Adidas teams up with Mary Katrantzou

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London-based “Queen of print” designer Mary Katrantzou will collaborate in November with Adidas Originals on a long-term partnership comprises women’s wear and a footwear line. She follows in the footsteps of designers as Yohji Yamamoto, Raf Simons and Rick Owens and more. She will the second woman to collaborate with Adidas since Stella McCartney. “As with any collaboration, it’s always interesting to see two creative minds combine,” Katrantzou told WWD.

Source: WWD.

Zaha Hadid new building opens in Seoul

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Zaha Hadid Architects team created the Dongdaemun Design Plaza, a cultural hub built in an historic district of Seoul: the centre of Dongdaemun. DDP is a very cosmopolite place, people of all ages can find a lot of public spaces such as Exhibition Halls, Convention Halls, Design Museum, Lab and Archives, Children’s Education Centre, Media Centre, Seminar Rooms and Sky Lounge; enabling DDP to present the widest diversity of exhibitions and events that feed the cultural vitality of the city. See the pictures after the jump.

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Louise Bourgoin is the new face of Parfums Kenzo

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The brand taps French actress Louise Bourgoin for the next women’s scent campaign. Ads will be lensed by Parfums Kenzo creative director Patrick Guedj.

The actress appeared in several films including “The Girl from Monaco,” directed by Anne Fontaine; “The Extraordinary Adventures of Adèle Blanc-Sec” by Luc Besson; “Black Heaven” by Gilles Marchand, and more recently “The Love Punch” by Joel Hopkins.

Source: WWD.

What you can’t miss from Salone del Mobile 2014

Living Divani displayed its new outdoor collection in a space especially designed for the occasion by architect Piero Lissoni, set within Brera's leafy Orto Botanica.

Living Divani displayed its new outdoor collection in a space especially designed for the occasion by architect Piero Lissoni, set within Brera’s leafy Orto Botanica.

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The Salone del Mobile  (8-13 April) is the most important furniture fair in the world, gathering all the international design crowd in Milan. Every corner of the city is transformed into exhibition space. Discover after the jump what you can’t miss about design from this international fair for 2014.

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The Victoria’s Secret Show 2014 comes to London

Candice Swanepoel and Adriana Lima at the Victoria Secret Fashion Show in London Announcement, Bond Street, London Photo credit: REX.

Candice Swanepoel and Adriana Lima at the Victoria Secret Fashion Show in London Announcement, Bond Street, London. Photo credit: REX.

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Victoria’s Secret catwalk moves from New York to London’s Earls Court this year, December 2. ”The Victoria’s Secret fashion show is the biggest fashion event in the world. We are very proud and honoured to announce that we’re headed to London this year.” said Adriana Lima during a press conference this morning. Victoria’s Secret chief marketing officer Ed Razek also said that Victoria’s Secret wanted to show in London since 1998. This show is one of the most watched catwalk event in the world, usually takes place in New York. The brand has a lot of well known ambassadors called “Angels” such as Alessandra Ambrosio, Behati Prinsloo, Karlie Kloss, Adriana Lima and Candice Swanepoel.

Source: Fashion Telegraph.

Nanjing Cenbest Acquires House of Frazer

Photo credit: James Winspear.

Photo credit: James Winspear.

Nanjing Cenbest, otherwise known as Nanjing Xinjiekou Deparment Store Co. Ltd., a Chinese department store chain and a subsidiary of the Chinese conglomerate Sanpower Group, said Saturday that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire 89 percent of the U.K. department store group House of Fraser, in a deal that values House of Fraser at around 480 million pounds, or $804.3 million at current exchange.

The deal, announced in a joint statement from Nanjing and House of Fraser, comes after weeks of talks between the two firms.

Source: WWD.

Karl Lagerfeld has been tapped to design luxurious suites at Hotel de Crillon

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Karl Lagergeld has often turning his creative hand to Hotels as he did last year for the exterior of the Hotel Métropole in Monte-Carlo. The creative director has been approached by the five-star landmark, the luxurious Hotel de Crillon which plan to reopen in 2015 with new suites designed by Chanel creative director. Originally commissioned by King Louis XV in 1758 as two palaces, it opened as a luxurious hotel in 1909. It has recently bought by Saudi Prince Mitab ben Abdallah Ben abd Al-Aziz al Saoud in 2010. The Hotel closed in 2013 for a major renovation set to reopen in 2015. “No one understands Paris or the heritage of the Crillon better than Mr. Lagerfeld,” said Radha Arora, president of Rosewood Hotels & Resorts.

Source: Fashion Telegraph.

H&M to collaborate with Alexander Wang

Margareta van den Bosch and Alexander Wang Credit photo: Mike Windle.

Margareta van den Bosch and Alexander Wang
Credit photo: Mike Windle.

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Designer Alexander Wang announced his partnership with Swedish fast fashion label H&M on Saturday night, at midnight EST with a video on his Instagram account showing a digital countdown, a basketball shot clock, ended with the numbers 11:06, for the collection’s November 6 debut. Wang is the first American designer who has partnered with H&M for its annual designer collaboration. The collection, which comprises apparel and accessories for men and women, will be available in 250 H&M stores worldwide and online. Currently creative director for Balenciaga and for his eponymous label, Alexander Wang  follows in the footsteps of major fashion industry names such as Karl Lagerfeld, Stella McCartney, Donatella Versace, Alber Elbaz and Isabel Marant,

Source: WWD.

Giuseppe Zanotti celebrates 20th Anniversary with capsule collections

Giuseppe Zanotti Credit photo: John Aquino.

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Credit photo: John Aquino.

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Giuseppe Zanotti has created four capsule to celebrate distinct characteristics of the brand. To build those capsule collections, Zanotti is benefiting from L Capital Management and L Capital Asia, the private equity funds belonging to LVMH, which last December, announced plans to acquire a 30 percent stake in Giuseppe Zanotti Design.

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Louis Vuitton Drives LVMH’s Q1 Sales

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LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton said sales advanced 4 percent in reported terms to 7.2 billion euros, or $9.9 billion, in the first quarter ending March 31, versus 6.9 billion euros, or $9.1 billion, in the year-ago period.

The growth in sales resulted from a strong performance of the conglomerate’s fashion and leather goods business, which rose 11 percent to 2.6 billion euros, or $3.6 billion, helped by Louis Vuitton.

“Louis Vuitton had an excellent start to the year,” the company said Wednesday, pointing out its new artistic director, Nicolas Ghesquière, and the strong performance of a range of looks from the Monogram line as positive factors.

Source: WWD.

Christian Lacroix has designed costumes for the Opéra National de Paris

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Images credit: Christian Lacroix.

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French designer Christian Lacroix has collaborated once again with the Paris Opéra. He designed costumes for the upcoming George Balanchine’s “Le Palais de Cristal” ballet, Lacroix was inspired by traditional dancers’ costumes, This is the forth time that he worked with the Opéra National de Paris. He previously designed costume in 1987 for Tarnished Angel, choreographed by Karol Ermitage, then, for the Bianca Li-choreographed “Shéhérazade” in 2001 and also Jean-Guillame Bert’s “La Source” ballet in 2011. The ballet will be on stage from May 10 at the Opéra Bastille.

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Classic Paintings Tagged with Social Media symbols by Nastya Nudnik

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Kiev-based artist Nastya Nudnik inserts symbols of the internet age into classic fine art. She worked on a series of Photoshopped pictures called  ”Emoji-Nation ” which features images from renowned artists from Edward Hopper to Michelangelo. She brought into the 21st century, these pieces of art with several icons including smiling icons from I-Message, pop-up alerts from the windows interface, emblems from instagram and more, representing the sentiment of the scene, bringing life and real human moments to the static setting. See all the pictures after the jump.

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PVH Buys Minority Stake in Karl Lagerfeld Brand

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“We have ambitious plans for the business and have embarked on an aggressive growth strategy, opening a new store every three weeks over the last six months. We believe PVH’s strong track record in supporting the growth opportunity of global designer lifestyle brands will be a big asset.” said Pier Paolo Righi, president of Karl Lagerfeld.

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PVH Corp, buys minority stake in the parent company of the Karl Lagerfeld brand. This position as minority shareholder enable PVH to benefit from the growth of the brand and own the right of first offer to license the brand for North America, giving a worldwide approach to the brand, focus formely on Europe and Asia. Karl Lagerfeld opened is largest European store last week in London, on Regent Street. This London flagship is the 17th to open since the brand’s rollout began 12 months ago.

Source: WWD.