Men’s Fashion Week in Milan started this morning with heartfelt words for the Missoni family by Mr.Corneliani on behalf of the company before presenting the collection.
Corneliani’s distinguished sharp tailoring was modernized with oversized coats and bags, elaborate knitwear and subtle cargo details in a color palette of grey, burgundy and ecru.
Discover our new authentic streetstyles from Paris Fashion Week.
Our latest summer obsession are the colorful portfolio clutches from established brands Rochas and Clare Vivier, and rising stars Flea Bags and TL 180.
Brooklyn based contemporary handbag brand Flea Bags has teamed up with savvy online retailer Of a / Kind to create a clutch so fresh, we had to share it. In a natural canvas and leather combo, with striped lining and a neon zipper, the Limited Edition Riding Clutch can fit your iPad, iPhone, sunglasses and sunscreen!
Of a Kind- $115: http://ofakind.com/editions/908-RIDING-CLUTCH
Clare Vivier, known for her stylish and simple fold over leather clutches with pop accents, has inspired us to ditch cross-body bags once again. Her large portfolio tan leather clutches with a thick painted neon stripe down the center are just the right amount of function and personality. Personally, we dig the pink, but there are four great colors to choose from.
Clare Vivier – $155: http://www.clarevivier.com/clutches.htm
For any one with enough neon to last them the entire summer at this point, Parisian brand Rochas has a beautiful luxe large tan and teal clutch with subtle gold lettering.
Rochas – $645: http://www.rochas.com/en.aspx#1
Metallic is a summer trend that is only going to get bigger this fall, and we love these metallic clutches from French handbag brand TL 180. They come in a huge variety of colors, and satisfy the trend without taking it out on your paycheck.
TL 180 – $290: http://www.tl-180.com/pochs.html
The 2012 Costume Institute Gala hosted by Anna Wintour, Nicolas Ghesquiere, creative designer of Balenciaga, and Cate Blanchet, was held in the heart ofNew York’s cultural center, The Metropolitan Museum of Art. The Metropolitan Costume Gala has always been the place to catch a glimpse of some of the most over-the-top, glamorous and beautiful couture worn by celebrities, socialites, and fashion icons alike. While one can always expect the Costume Institute Gala to be nothing less than extraordinary, the looks that graced the red carpet this year had a bit of twist.
Three designers seemed to have a palpable presence during this year’s Gala. Touches of Paul Poiret’s designs, one of the most significant designers of the 20th century, could be seen throughout the event. Many of the attendees wore gowns reminiscent of his style of tiered dresses and meticulous draping. Also dominating the carpet was influences of designers Elsa Schiaparelli and Miuccia Prada, subjects of the Costume Institute’s latest exhibition “Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations,” with several guests wearing Prada in tribute to the legendary designer. Others took cues from Schiaparelli by dressing more on the fantastical side, including the fashion director of Berdorf Goodman who sported an Elvis like cape.
Amongst the range of opulent gowns, a select few stood out. Carey Mulligan, who in addition to attending also co-chaired the gala, dazzled in a Prada halter top large scale sequined gown, which is now for sale on eBay to raise money for Oxfam. Mulligan was able to effortlessly pull off a twist on the typical sequined gown, with the sequins overlapping one another to create a unique and understated scale like effect. Like many of the other guests, actress Jessica Biel also sported a Prada gown in honor of the Metropolitan’s upcoming exhibition.Biel’s gown was one of the more reserved, an ivory mid length, drop neck dress featuring delicate green jewel detailing.Biel’s look was one of the more beautiful and understated on the carpet. The variation amongst the gowns worn to this year’s Gala is underscored by the contrast betweenBiel’s subdued look and one of the most talked about dresses, Beyonce’s Givenchy Haute Couture gown. While Beyonce remained conservative in hair and makeup, her dress was anything but. The gown featured a mixture of lace, mesh, and a show stopping hem comprised of black and purple feathers that flowed all the way down and around her feet.
While classic shapes, and favorite designers continued to grace the Gala’s red carpet, strong influences like the designs of Paul Poiret, as displayed by Camilla Belle in her 1920’s inspired tulle beaded Ralph Lauren gown, were prominent. Designs making use of “natural” details, such as Beyonce’s mixed feather hem, Kate Bosworth’s Red and black feathered cocktail dress custom made by Prada, and Rihanna’s floor length snake skin patterned gown by Tom Ford were also highly visible amongst the Gala’s guests. Regardless of which trend was worn by whom, this year’s Costume Institute Gala was unique, perhaps reflecting the marriage of ideals of Schiaparelli and Prada in their embrace of the evolution of fashion.
[dropcap]S[/dropcap]uper Studio Piùhosted the Milan Image Art Fair for another successful turn out. The second edition of MIA art fair devoted to photography and video hosted 230 exhibitors of which many international coming from over 20 different countries worldwide. Among the various artists and subjects there was a hall dedicated specifically to fashion. Not only fashion, but nature and industry were two other main themes, as well as color and abstract.
[dropcap]O[/dropcap]ver the last year and a half Madison Avenue has been experiencing a rise of new store openings, signaling the return of uptown’s retail reign over Manhattan. Over 20 reputable retailers have signed leases on Madison Avenue within the last year, such as Lanvin, Valentino and Charlotte Olympia, to name a few. Many of the retailers with contemporary, downtown customer bases have been making their way north; Proenza Schouler, Vince, Rag & Bone, Zagid & Voltaire, Sandro, and new concept store FiveStory have all recently scouted for space on the iconic Madison Avenue. Areas between 50th and 62nd street being the most occupied while vacancies above 67th street has been accounted for by the more contemporary labels.
In a recent interview with WWD, Joel Isaacs, president of New York-Based commercial real estate firm Isaacs and Company said “Madison Avenue has certainly come back in the past 18th months or so. In September of 2010 it started roaring back and in 2011 there must have been over a dozen deals signed on the street.” Isaacs noted that in 2012 the Madison Avenue rents are back up to where they were in 2007.
The strong affluent residences surrounding Madison Avenue has made it the next logical step for those wanting to make a big statement but are looking away from the expense of the Meatpacking district and mega-labels of Fifth Avenue. And while uptown’s traditional neighborhood tended to cater to a more conservative clientele, the mood on Madison Avenue is changing. Andrew Rosen, a large stake holder of Proenza Schouler tells WWD “The customer has been turned onto these brands, whether they were going downtown to get them or to Barneys or Bergdorf’s to get them. Why should they have to go downtown to get it?” Rosen, who currently has two Helmut Lang / Theory boutiques on Madison Avenue, finds that the Madison Avenue landscape is changing to reflect the customer’s taste.
Luxury menswear has also sought new space uptown, with bespoke suits and sportswear designer Cesare Attolini on 67th St., Swiss Watchmaker IWC Schaffhausen on 54th St., and Bottega Veneta Men’s on 67th St., all opening last week. Neuhaus, a Belgium chocolatier best known for their pralines, opened a 1,500 Square foot flagship location at Madsion and 52nd street.
[dropcap]V[/dropcap]endôme Luxury doubles the bet from next summer. The high end lounge showroom organized by Carole de Bona alongside the fashion weeks in Paris will open a new formula from 30 June to 4 July. While the Vendôme Luxury Classic is scheduled for late September, this new Vendôme Luxury Preview will present the pre-collections of about twenty women’s high end brands or designer, clothes and accessories.
By positioning it self further up the season, Vendôme Luxury Preview does not house the crowd. Indeed, in the same window of opportunity will also be held in Paris the men fashion week and lounges associated, the week of couture, and the rendezvous of Who’s Next - Ready to Wear Paris Porte de Versailles .
But Carole de Bona has chosen a location to capture this traffic mode, since this “preview” will be set in the Hotel de Noailles, at 211 rue Saint-Honore, next to Colette.
[dropcap]T[/dropcap]rend Directions and looks from “White Milan”, the international exhibition of new trends for contemporary fashion.
Concepts and trends from the world’s most important platform for men’s clothing and accessories
Olympia Le Tan creates accessories inspired by the classics of literature and was the guest designer at this years ninth edition of Pitti Women.
This edition was dedicated to a sophisticated, feminine and cultivated woman, and held more than 70 brands. Amongst these were the amazing head pieces from NANà FIRENZE, romantic printed shirts by IN ABITI DIVERSI and colored jewels from BINGLABANGELS.
[dropcap]I[/dropcap]f you are planning to attend some trade shows during September, you will probably see many of our fashion specialists.
The LAMBERT AND ASSOCIATES trends spotters will be walking through stands to discover all the best novelties.
The first rendez-vous is taken for PRÊT-À-PORTER PARIS “the heart of fashion” Saturday 3rd to Tuesday 6th September 2011 at Paris Expo – Porte de Versaille – Pavillon 7.
Then, LAMBERT AND ASSOCIATES’ team will drop into MAISON & OBJET PARIS, the most amazing international trade show showcasing new releases of home-fashion. Five days and one place allow French and international buyers to discover all the cultures of home-fashion through different worlds. Textiles, tableware, objects & accessories, furniture, decoration, design.
For the first time in September, MAISON & OBJET creates a space dedicated to solutions for developing retail spaces.
An innovative, pedagogical and forward-thinking approach, where the retail space presents different suggestions for the layout of your retail space, combining technical solutions and new technologies (signage, installation, merchandising, lighting, materials, etc.)
This year, MAISON & OBJET invites young Japanese designers sponsored by Tokujin YOSHIOKA, Toshiyuki KITA, Ken OKUYAMA, Issey MIYAKE, Yoshihiro NARISAWA and Masamichi KATAYAMA:
MAISON & OBJET PARIS. collections Fall-Winter 2011/2012 -Paris Nord Villepinte Friday 9th to Tuesday 13th September 2011.
[dropcap]L[/dropcap]AMBERT AND ASSOCIATES has collaborated with the most luxurious Canadian department store HOLT RENFREW for almost 12 years and keeps providing valuables services in luxury and fashion.
LAMBERT AND ASSOCIATES will celebrate 12 years of collaboration next December so we decided to present here the prestigious history of Holt Renfrew, symbol of a luxury and successful department store in the fashion world.
Famous for his fine furs, Holt Renfrew was officially the “Furrier-in-Ordinary” to her Majesty under Queen Victoria’s reign. Holt’s, as commonly called by all Canadian people, is located all around Canada territory with two beautiful flagship stores in Vancouver and Calgary.
Holt Renfrew is well-known worldwide for its extraordinary shopping experience and is the leader in luxury retail in Canada. The nine stores in Canada are iconic places to enjoy exclusive items: Toronto (3 locations), Ottawa, Montreal, Quebec City, Calgary, Edmonton, and Vancouver.
The temple of fashion and luxury doesn’t offer only clothes and accessories; it also showcases a real customer shopping experience through high quality services, unique and creative product display, personal shopping, tailoring services, one restaurant, hairstylists, a café and many events during all the year.
LAMBERT AND ASSOCIATES provide sourcing and buying services to Holt Renfrew and covers all fashion categories from womenswear and menswear, accessories, jewelry, beauty to gourmet, home and decoration.
To know more about us: www.lambertandassociatesgroup.com/