NEW YORK, NY June 25, 2014
Taking a page out of Giuseppe Arcimboldo’s book, Etro took to something everybody enjoys to create it’s 2015 spring/summer menswear Collection: food. An homage to Italy’s excellent food and fashion, the newest collection features images of dishes that came directly from the design team’s meals.
The collection contains vibrant and vivid colors that blend food patterns in and out of focus. Etro’s signature use of florals and paisleys is still seen, but intertwined with Italian dishes, like risotto and spaghetti alle vongole (Kean’s favorite meal!).
Beyond the aesthetic innovation of Etro’s gustatory designs, the details and finesse that go into making Etro clothing are still ever-present. Fabrics of woven, natural fibers, and organic materials such as bamboo, hemp, and nettle coincide with the theme of organic foods.
The brand is also working with Carlo Petrini, the President of Italy’s Slow Food movement, to promote an initiative to build 10,000 vegetable gardens throughout Africa. With this collection, Etro is participating inTerra Madre, which links the food theme of the collection with thought about world change, and Milan’s food-themed World Expo that will occur next year.
New York, NY June 17, 2014
According to Style.com, “Cynthia Rowley has been making rash guards and wet suits for some time now, but she took the concept to a whole new level for Resort, adding workout-wear to the mix. “It’s functional fitness gear,” said the designer of the new range, which is fashioned out of a bonded fabric, developed in-house, that feels lighter and more luxurious than neoprene.
Rowley’s hope is that her customer will wear these sporty separates—floral leggings with a hidden back pouch for your keys, a printed rash guard piped with silver, a wet suit printed with racing stripes—for surfing, running, or SoulCycling, and then pair them with real clothes on other occasions. For thelookbook, which was shot in a gym, Rowley styled the activewear with pretty, embellished pieces. A fitted dress, for instance, was worn over a rash guard. A digital-print floral sweatshirt and matching leggings were paired with a feather skirt. White flares went with a floral rash guard that was topped off with an embellished vest. Rowley even designed little 1-pound wrist weights that looked like chunky leather bracelets. There was something of the 1970s about it all, but the high-tech ideas buffered the retro leanings.
Lots of designers are currently attempting to turn activewear into fashion. But Rowley, with her metallic racing-stripe leggings and floral sneakers, may be at the forefront. “All the lines are blurred,” she said. And if this collection was meant to help blur them even further, she’s on the right path.”
NEW YORK, NY May 31, 2014
Baselworld 2014 recently took place in Basel, Switzerland. Chanel’s watch collection, Mademoiselle Privé, is sourced from the life of Gabrielle Chanel, displaying the objects and symbols she kept around her and cherished. Created by master artisans and limited to an edition of 18 pieces, the watches feature 18k white cold cases with 562 brilliant-cut diamonds, an embroidered face by Masion Lesage using “needle painting” technique, 18k white gold hands, and 18k white gold crown set with an onyx cabochon.
NEW YORK, NY May 6, 2014
Australia’s top make-up artist and L’Oreal’s PARIS longest-serving makeup director (worldwide) RAE MORRIS is set to bring her bold expertise in making women everywhere look their best.
RAE MORRIS is a prized commodity in Australia’s beauty and fashion world. She is the four-time winner of the Australian Makeup Artist of the Year. Her book MAKEUP – THE ULTIMATE GUIDE is an 8 time bestseller and the no.1 beauty book in Australia, and is now available in more than 8 countries and 3 languages.
Rae brings with her a lifetime of key industry experience. She has spent years working on the faces of the world’s biggest models and celebrities, including Miranda Kerr, Doutzen Kroes, Cate Blanchett, Nicole Trunfio, Hugh Jackman, Dita Von Teese, Paula Abdul, Jessica Biel, Pink and Kelly Roland. Rae’s makeup has graced magazine covers and editorials for Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Marie Claire, Rolling Stone, and InStyle, any many more! She is also L’Oreal Paris’ longest serving Makeup Director of 10 years and directed over 100 shows.
With increasing consumer and makeup artist demand for Rae’s recommendations, advice and secrets, Rae has furthered her reach by authoring three bestselling books: MAKEUP – THE ULTIMATE GUIDE, EXPRESS MAKEUP, andTIMELESS MAKEUP. In early 2014, Rae turned her focus to product innovation with the release of the RAE MORRIS MAGNETIC Range, the first patented magnetic makeup brush range in the world and is renowned for featuring the first-ever magnetic base for a brush.
New York, NY April 17, 2014
Mark-Anthony Edwards, CEO of b michael AMERICA outlined to his Board of Directors aggressive plans to expand the b michael AMERICA Couture brand into RTW. “The mission of the brand is to create new jobs and refine skills within the garment industry.” b michael AMERICA is the face of a new America we are a relatively new fashion industry design presence with a deeply committed point of view that moves beyond design excellence and beautiful clothes. This point of view is in our name…as an awareness of, and respect for, the increasingly diverse face of America. Mr. Edwards announced immediate plans for local, national print advertising with an online marketing campaign starting with the re-launch of the company’s website on Monday, April 14th.
This commitment, delivered to consumers through B Michael’s time-tested talent and experience working for some of the country’s leading fashion impresarios, led eventually to starting our own fashion company, and the confidence and differentiation that all viable marketing platforms must have. In our case, this platform supports a new vision of American taste and lifestyle preference. It resists trends. It refuses to victimize consumers with dictatorial edicts which erode, season by season. It takes heed of what men and women say they want, or retailers identify as a void. It signals a new era in collaboration, understanding that clothes are what people wear to meet the world they live in. And we manufacture our goods right here at home.
How do we recognize this shifting paradigm? We listen. We listen to our clientele as they tell us what they want, or what they have trouble finding elsewhere. We listen to merchandisers as they share their own mission statements and buying rationales. Above all, we listen to ourselves — because the inherent artistry in a designer’s talent must be protected even while we strive to meet practical demands. We are a “can do” company that knows where it’s going because it knows how to watch, how to listen, how to respond.
The b michael AMERICA RED collection features beautiful, ready-to-wear pieces that today’s modern-chic woman can easily incorporate into her wardrobe. Each dress in the new collection is designed with on-the-go style in mind so that women can seamlessly transition from daytime to evening. The b michael AMERICA RED collection is available at select retailers, including the following Macy’s locations nationwide also online at Macy’s.com
b michael AMERICA RED RTW Brand Ambassadors are on hand in select stores nationwide to address customer questions and offer style tips and suggestions on how the ready to wear collection can be incorporated into their wardrobes. The designer himself will also make personal appearances in support of the new collection. “As a designer, I am honored to have my RTW collection at Macy’s. This is an iconic and important American retailer and arbiter of style.” For more information, please visit http://www.bmichaelamerica.com
“We are extremely excited to have the b michael AMERICA RED ready to wear collection at Macy’s,” said Tim Baxter, Macy’s executive vice president, Fashion and Product Office. “B Michael is an extraordinary talent with a keen eye for fashion and sophisticated design. We are thrilled to introduce this truly inspired collection to our customer.”
Designer B Michael views the b michael AMERICA RED ready-to-wear collection as an extension of his highly-praised Couture line. “The ready-to-wear collection is a joy to create because it allows me to broaden my point-of-view of Advanced American Style that for me means classic glamour,” says Mr. Michael. “I am also extremely proud that all of our pieces are manufactured in America in the New York City Garment District which enables our team to be hands on, assuring highest quality and interpretation of my designs.”
Macy’s Store Locations:
- Macy’s Herald Square, New York, New York
- Macy’s Pentagon City, Arlington, Virginia
- Macy’s State Street, Chicago, Illinois
- Macy’s Water Tower, Chicago, Illinois
- Macy’s Metro Center, Washington DC
- Macy’s Union Square, San Francisco, California
- Macy’s Center City, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
- Macy’s South Coast Plaza, Costa Mesa, California
- Macy’s Lenox Square, Atlanta, Georgia
- Macy’s Memorial City, Houston, Texas