Shoppers brace yourselves for the ultimate collaboration that has finally been concocted as Neiman Marcus’ high-end looks will be combined with Target’s budget-friendly price tags! This holiday season the luxury retailer and the affordable, trendy chain will be partnering up to bring us designs by 24 CFDA members in a limited-edition collection!
The Academy Award winner’s next starring role won't be in a feature film, rather on television. Cruz will be making an appearance in nationwide public service announcements for Saks' Key to the Cure Campaign wearing limited-edition t-shirts designed by Carolina Herrera. The stylish tees were created in an effort to raise awareness for women’s cancer research. Herrera’s designs don a map of the world with teeny, tiny hearts scattered across it.
After years and years of designing sportswear necessities, Oakley has decided to take a quick turn into women’s swimwear. The word on the street is that the notoriously sporty brand, is said to launch this collection of women’s swimwear in stores this coming November. The company will be partnering up with the Trimera Group, where it will be distributed under and licensed by the Montreal-based company.
But don’t be surprised if there are no frills or flirty frocks. Paying homage to their brand, Oakley’s new collection will still maintain the active appeal as it will be filled with performance swimwear, and swim related accessories for the “athletic type.” According to WWD, Kathy Van Ness, president of the swim division at Trimera Group, explained, “This is not a collection for a girly girl, it’s for the sporty girl and it has a lot of attitude. It’s athletic sporty and not meant to be flirty.”
In partnership with BeachMint, one year ago (and some change) Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen created the label now known to fashion enthusiasts as StyleMint. Since its big launch in July of last year, the e-commerce site’s collection of t-shirts, will now be expanding its realm of styles to dresses, skirts, sweaters, cardigans, pants, and even sunglasses. Their items are all the rage! Not only are they designed by the ultimate stylish duo- M-K and A, but they're budget friendly with most items retailing for $30. With the extension of their line, other items will also be available for $60 as well as cashmere pieces for $90.
Back in 2001, Doo-Ri Chung created her namesake brand and after much success over the past decade, has decided to step down from her position at the fashion house. Though we have little details on the matter as of now, according to WWD, there is a possibility of selling the firm while members of the Tharanco Group, owners of the Doo.Ri brand, evaluate new strategies for the fashion house.
It’s been reported that YSL creative director, Hedi Slimane plans to make a re-branding initiative to the fashion house that has people up and buzzing. According to WWD, the iconic French Yves Saint Laurent name will be changed to Saint Laurent Paris by the time that Slimane’s first collection for spring 2013 with the company hits the shelves.
Dolce & Gabbana have taken a step down (in clothing size that is) as they launch their first children’s collection this coming July. According to WWD, Gabbana described the styles as being a mini version of their signature designs where there will be around 1,300 pieces in the collection from inner and outerwear, to swimwear, to accessories and footwear. The collection even includes designs dedicated to baptismal ceremonies. When describing the religious ceremonial pieces, WWD quoted Gabbana saying, “This is a homage to Italy and to our tradition. It’s part of our culture and marks one of the most important moments in our lives.”
Times are tough, and it seems the recession just keeps hitting the fashion industry harder and harder. Betsey Johnson wasn’t the only high fashion designer in financial trouble; it’s been reported that Marithé + François Girbaud have also filed for the French equivalent of Chapter 11 for their high-end designs.
According to WWD, it has been said that representatives of the French brand were at court last Thursday where they were trying to extend the observation period as an opportunity for potential buyers to step in and save the day. No details on this matter have been presented yet, however, there is one prospect among buyers that is whispered to be interested in the brand: Indian weaver Fibres & Fabrics.
You want a sneak peak of YSL’s cruise and spring menswear collections? You’ll have to wait, or get into the retail biz as the word on the street is that the new creative director, Hedi Slimane’s first collections will not be given way to the public, or press for that matter, for another several months. This shocking news is bringing a new meaning to the word “exclusion” in the fashion industry, where not even the top of the top a-listers will be invited to view the lines.
For years, and years we have connected the brand Christian Louboutin to sky-high stilettos. They're so conspicuous we can spot their bright red soles from miles away! The who’s who of the fashion elite and those who could only dream of wearing a pair watch in admiration as they saunter by. Needless to say, the Paris-based fashion designer has taken the shoe and handbag world by storm, so what’s next on his list? Louboutin has decided to embark on a new venture into the beauty industry where he will be partnering up with New York-based Batallure Beauty LLC.