Giorgio Armani puts Italian young designers in the spotlight

Angelos Bratis' Fall/Winter 2014 collection.

Angelos Bratis’ Fall/Winter 2014 collection.

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Following the footsteps of Stella Jean, Andrea Pompilio, the Au Jour le Jour duo and Christian Pellizzari in June, Angelos Bratis’ is the new designer to welcome the support of Giorgio Armani who has been putting young designers in the spotlight for six consecutive seasons. Angelos Bratis previously won the support of the judging panel of Who’s on Next, a competition organized by Italian Vogueand AltaRoma in 2011 with his minimalist designs and elaborate technique. the young designer studied at the Arnhem Fashion Institute in the Netherlands while still maintaining an interest in architecture and geometry alongside. Today he lives and works in Milan, where his Spring/Summer 2015 collection will be presented at the prestigious Armani Theater during Fashion Week.

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Carine Roitfeld project for Harper’s Bazaar

Lady Gaga Photo by Sebastian Faena

Lady Gaga
Photo by Sebastian Faena

Carine Roitfeld’s biggest project for Harper’s Bazaar will be unveiled on Aug. 19. It’s an important moment, Roitfeld noted from a table at Manhattan’s TriBeCa eatery Locanda Verde, as her assistant flipped through her latest portfolio of 19 images of well-known women.

“This is a portfolio I’ve been dreaming of wanting to do even over my 30 years in the business,” said Roitfeld, who noted that she began the project in March and finished in May. “You need a magazine that has big shoulders for such a project.”

Shot by Sebastian Faena, with creative direction by Stephen Gan, the portfolio, which will appear in all 30 editions of Harper’s Bazaar, includes Lady Gaga, Penélope Cruz, Linda Evangelista, Lara Stone, Cindy Crawford, Claudia Schiffer, Mariacarla Boscono, Joan Smalls, Stephanie Seymour, Isabeli Fontana, Laetitia Casta, Carolyn Murphy, Monica Bellucci, Gigi Hadid, Brooke Shields, Eva Herzigova, Iman, Stacy Martin and Lauren Hutton.

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Fendi to Open Château Ocean Condos in Miami


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Italian Luxury brand Fendi expanding its artistic scope with its plan to open the Chateau Ocean Condominiums in Miami. Partnering with real estate firm Chateau Group the property will be located in the Surfside district of the city and will house 60 condos between 3,400 and 7,000 square-feet, each on 12 equally-spaced floors. The building will be recognizable by its wavy façade formed by floor plates protruding beyond the structure’s edges, which in turn allows for spectacular balcony views as well as shade for the glass curtain walls below. Set to open sometime in 2015, the last bit of details that have been revealed include 300 feet of private beach property, pools and up-scale eateries.

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Kering Profits Slide 4.7% in First Half


Kering hopes its transition out of retail and into a luxury and lifestyle group will help it weather a tougher-than-expected economic environment this year.

The French conglomerate said Wednesday that net profit fell 4.7 percent to 555 million euros, or $761 million, in the first six months of 2014, during which it closed the sale of struggling mail-order retailer La Redoute.

At the same time, Kering revealed it is reinforcing its recently created watches and jewelry division with the acquisition of Swiss luxury watch brand Ulysse Nardin.

The profit decline at Kering is further evidence of the headwinds facing the luxury sector as it struggles against a slowdown in demand in China and Russia, and continuing volatility in global currencies. The drop comes on the heels of LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton reporting last week that its profits fell 4.3 percent in the first half.

Kering said that despite the difficult economic and currency environment, it saw signs of improvement going forward. Revenue growth accelerated in the second quarter, fueled by the strong performance of luxury brands like Saint Laurent and Bottega Veneta, which compensated for continued weakness at its cash cow brand Gucci.

Kering said sales rose 1.8 percent in the three months to June 30 to 2.35 billion euros, or $3.22 billion, compared with a 1.2 percent increase in the first quarter. At constant exchange rates, group revenues gained 4 percent in the second quarter versus a 4.1 percent increase in the first three months of the year.

Via WWD.

Uniqlo to open a Chicago Store

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The Japanese retailer’s second largest store in the U.S will be a 60,000-square-foot flagship at 830 North Michigan Avenue in Chicago. This unit is set to open in Fall 2015. Neighbors will include Topshop and H&M.“Chicago is a global city that’s home to some of the finest cultural and sports institutions in the world, and we are [pleased] to join the city’s rich landscape,” said Larry Meyer, ceo of Uniqlo USA. “We look forward to bringing our innovative, high-quality apparel, world-class customer service and modern, bright store aesthetic to the people of Chicago.”

Source: WWD.

Carven Fall 2014 Campaign


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Carven introduce the upcoming Fall season lensed by photographer Viviane Sassen. Brand creative director Guillaume Henry took inspiration from Dadaism to create his black and while collages. See images from the campaign below.

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Cara Delevingne for Topshop Fall campaign


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British brand Topshop has named supermodel Cara Delevingne as the face of its Fall 2014 advertising campaign. The images were shot in London by Alasdair McLellan and styled by Kate Phelan, Topshop campaigns have helped to launch the careers of some of today’s most famous models (Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Jourdan Dunn, Karlie Kloss and Lily Donaldson have all posed for the brand) but Delevingne’s campaign is extra special as it marks the first time that only one model is featured in the series of advertisements.

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Kenzo to open a pop-up in Printemps


As the French fashion house and Paris department store join forces, Kenzo loves Printemps presents a limited edition, capsule collection of ready-to-wear and accessories. With pieces featuring Kenzo’s iconic Tigre, Œil and Monster prints, don’t miss the unique capsule hitting the shelves on August 28.


Alexander Wang Fall 2014 Campaign


Alexander Wang Fall/Winter 2014/2015 advertising shot by fashion photographer Steven Meisel starring rising stars on the modeling scene Anna Ewers, Lexi Boling, Vanessa Moody, Kat Hessen, and top model Katlin Aas.

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Dior Couture Sales Increase 13.4% in First Half


Sales at Christian Dior Couture rose 13.4 percent to 747 million euros, or $1.02 billion at average exchange for the period, in the six months ended June 30, Christian Dior SA, the parent company of the Dior fashion house and LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, reported.

The French fashion house said profits from recurring operations jumped 47 percent in the second half of its fiscal year to 84 million euros, or $115.2 million.

Prabal Gurung taps Rosie Huntington-Whiteley for his Fall Ad


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Designer Prabal Gurung tapped Rosie Huntington-Whiteleyto give his fall ad campaign an international spin. The campaign was shot by Daniel Jackson against a mountainesque set made by Gerard Santos. The idea of bridging and exploring different worlds resonated with Gurung, whose own life started in Singapore with stays in Nepal, India, London and Australia before landing in New York. “As the business is growing exponentially, I wanted to focus on someone who has a little more of an international appeal,” Gurung said.

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Damien Hirst will open a Gallery in Lambeth, London


Celebrated British artist Damien Hirst is set to open his own gallery in a street-length space on Newport Street in Lambeth, London. Slated to open in 2015, the gallery will display Hirst’s 2,000-piece art collection, which includes works by the likes of Francis Bacon, Jeff Koons and Banksy to name a few. It will also serve as an office space for Hirst, who currently has a studio on the same street and was quoted in The Observer in 2012 as saying, “It’s a place to show my collection of contemporary art. It feels bad having it all in crates.” Stay tuned for more information when the space opens in May 2015.

Source: Hypebeast.

Nadège Vanhee-Cybulski named as Hermès Artistic Director

Nadège Vanhee-Cybulski.  Photo credit: Inez Van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin.

Nadège Vanhee-Cybulski.
Photo credit: Inez Van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin.

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Hermès officially confirmed Nadège Vanhee-Cybulski as artistic director of women’s ready-to-wear. The appointment confirms market reports emerged Wednesday, following the departure of Christophe Lemaire, who left the French luxury brand after four years to focus full-time on his own label. Vanhee-Cybulski has a CV that includes positions at Céline, Maison Martin Margiela and most recently women’s design director at The Row. The decision to name the 36-year-old French designer, marks a change in strategy for the French luxury firm, which previously employed Christophe Lemaire, Jean Paul Gaultier and Martin Margiela in the post. “We welcome the arrival of Nadège. Her talent and her creative track record will be great assets in the continued development of women’s ready-to-wear,” said Axel Dumas, chief executive officer of Hermès, in a statement.

She will reveal her first collection for Hermès women’s ready-to-wear for the Autumn/Winter 2015 season.

Source: WWD.

Instagram | Meeting Audrey, the owner of the new concept store Soubis

Meeting Audrey, the owner of the new concept store Soubis , launching this September in Paris. This store is a little sanctuary of French savoire faire #new #behindthesceneswithlanda #concepstore #paris #savoirfaire #france

Meeting Audrey, the owner of the new concept store Soubis , launching this September in Paris. This store is a little sanctuary of French savoir-faire #new #behindthesceneswithlanda #concepstore #paris #savoirfaire #france

Erik Schedin teamed up with Comme des Garçcons Shirt


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Back in 2004, Swedish designer Erik Schedin designed his iconic no logo sneakers. Thoses shoes were the antidote to ostentation, all white and directing attention to the product itself in a design approach that was immediately snapped up by the Dover Street Market concept store in London. To celebrate the tenth anniversary of their release, the sneakers are back on the store’s minimalist shelves, whilst production has been relocated to Italy. What’s more, Comme des Garçons Shirt have joined in collaboration for the design, adding the graphic motifs that are the signature of the Japanese brand.

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