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Your first look at Gigi Hadid’s line for Tommy Hilfiger

Your first look at Gigi Hadid’s line for Tommy Hilfiger
Just last week former One Direction member and Dazed cover star Zayn Malik made his fashion design debut, unveiling a footwear range he’d created in collaboration with Italian designer Giuseppe Zanotti. Today his girlfriend, model Gigi Hadid has done the same – revealing a capsule collection she’s worked on with American brand Tommy Hilfiger. Modelling in the lookbook herself (see above), Hadid’s collection includes clothing, footwear, accessories and fragrance and sees the California native put “a West Coast stamp on Hilfiger’s signature East Coast classics.” The whole thing has a decidely maritime feel – something that is particularly noticeable in the peaked caps, sailor tops, cable knits, naval badges and anchor motifs. However isn‘t the first time Hadid has worked with Hilfiger, she’s actually an ambassador for the brand, has starred in its AW16 and The Girl fragrance campaigns, and has walked in its three most recent runway shows. Related:  Luxury BrandsPeople

Op-Ed | Why Nascent Luxury Brands Need Middlemen | Op Ed | BoF The Kiko Kostadinov space at Dover Street Market in London | Source: Dover Street Market LONDON, United Kingdom — Direct-to-consumer e-commerce pioneers like Warby Parker and Everlane pride themselves on bypassing the middlemen who operate third-party retail distributors. In the telling of their success stories, these middlemen are often painted as meddling intermediaries, taking an unreasonably high margin that serves neither brand nor consumer. But despite the undeniable achievements of companies like Warby Parker and Everlane, there is definite value in the presence of middlemen. As argued recently by Richie Siegel, third-party retail distributors can offer clear business benefits by taking on the task of merchandising and selling product, enabling brands to focus on design. The value of fashion is about much more than pure functionality. A century and a half later, Paris remains the world’s most important fashion capital. Sure, there are alternatives. Related Articles:

Chris Mosier Stars in Nike's First-Ever Ad With a Transgender Athlete Chris Mosier, the first transgender athlete to make the U.S. men's Olympic team, stars in Nike's newest TV advertisement, which aired Monday night on NBC. Mosier, a duathlete who began his transition in 2010, joined the men's national team in 2015. Now, 32 years after Nike's first television ad, Mosier is the brand's first transgender athlete in a commercial. Advertisement - Continue Reading Below "Everything that I've done in the last five, six years since I started to transition, has been with [a] 'Just Do It' mindset," Mosier said in a statement. The advertisement—part of the brand's ongoing "Unlimited" campaign—breaks the fourth wall as Mosier explains to a narrator about competing on the men's Olympic team. "Being the first trans man on a U.S. men's national team was a dream come true for me," Mosier said.

Fashion house Balmain sold to Qatar's Mayhoola sovereign wealth fund | Fashion The Qatari investment fund that owns the Italian Valentino label will take over the French fashion house Balmain, which has become a favourite of film stars, the adviser for the acquisition has announced. “After completing this transaction Mayhoola for Investments will hold 100% of Balmain’s capital,” said the merger and acquisitions company Bucephale Finance. The French financial daily Les Echos in reporting on the acquisition said the Qataris offered €485m (£372m) for Balmain, which is 70% held by the heirs of the former CEO, Alain Hivelin, who died in December 2014, with the remaining 30% held by management. The reported Qatari offer was higher than sale estimates of between €300m-€400m. Mayhoola is an investment vehicle supported by the emir of Qatar. Balmain was started in 1945 by designer Pierre Balmain and has passed through several hands and periods of financial difficulty over the years. Since 2011 Balmain has gained added momentum under artistic director Olivier Rousteing.

Alexander McQueen's DNA turned into leather by Tina Gorjanc Graduate shows 2016: Central Saint Martins student Tina Gorjanc has proposed a conceptual range of leather accessories made of skin grown from late fashion designer Alexander McQueen's DNA (+ slideshow). The Pure Human range uses DNA sourced from labels in McQueen's first collection, Jack the Ripper Stalks His Victims, which contain locks of the designer's hair housed in perspex. After extracting the genetic material and implementing it into a cell culture, Gorjanc's process involves harvesting the cells into skin tissue. This would be tanned and processed into human leather with the view to using it in bags, jackets and backpacks. Gorjanc filed a patent application in May 2016, which would cover the material made from McQueen's genetic information using this particular chain of processes. Gorjanc created the Pure Human project as part of Central Saint Martins' Material Futures MA and showed speculative designs made of pig skin offcuts at the art school's end-of-year show.

Luxury brands must redefine the way they do business | Media Network There were times when China was the holy grail for global retailers. Logo-obsessed Chinese buyers seeking opulence were armed with cash fresh from the economic boom. Luxury retail brands flocked to the new market, with the result of 35% of sales for brands such as Omega, Harry Winston and Balmain coming from Greater China, according to estimates by Exane BNP Paribas. The strategy of growth by opening stores in emerging and existing markets is neither new nor unique to luxury retail. The logic of this is that if consumers aren’t buying your stuff, create more stuff. From 2008 to 2011, there was a 42% spike in the number of luxury retail stores in Asia, compared with a 28% rise in Europe and 5% rise in North America, according to Lux Redux report by Boston Consulting Group. Overexposure is a bad strategy. Exactly how dangerous, luxury retailers are only about to find out. They can be solved by amplifying the stores and inventory companies already have through digital business models.

Alexander Wang Nicholas Ghesquiere Paul Smith Back Apple IP Case Samsung 05 August 2016 Scarlett Conlon ALEXANDER WANG, Nicholas Ghesquière, Paul Smith, Dries Van Noten, and Alber Elbaz are among the 111 high-profile designers and industry figures who have officially come out in support of Apple in its IP court case with Samsung. The Mac creator has been in a lengthy battle with the South Korean company since 2012, when it accused the latter of copying three of the main design elements of its ground-breaking iPhone: the rounded-corner front face, its bezel and its app-icon grid interface. So far, Samsung has been ordered to pay $1 billion to Apple, although has managed to reduce the sum to $548 million through a series of appeals, reports the Business of Fashion. The interest for the designers - who have all signed an "amicus brief", a legal document filed by people or brands not directly involved with a case but who have a strong interest in the subject matter and its outcome - is clear. Currently a date is set in court for Samsung and Apple on October 11.

Burberry teams up with Harrods for 2016 Christmas Windows London department store Harrods is working with fashion house Burberry to tell “A Very British Fairy Tale.” The retailer’s effort for holiday 2016 will kick off in November when its window displays facing Brompton Road are unveiled. Holiday windows attract crowds of shoppers and passersby, allowing the retail host to become part of consumers' traditions. A British wonderlandHarrods’ holiday windows will see the creation of a snow covered landscape and two small children as its protagonists. The window panes will include wintery scenes with flying cars, floating bathtubs and secret trails. As part of A Very British Fairy Tale, Burberry will provide an exclusively designed capsule collection. Burberry launched a similar effort in its Regent Street flagship for the month of June, giving consumers a close-up view of artisan hand embossing and monogramming. Burberry trench coat artisan The brand choose to highlight both British culture and its own history by focusing the design on rainwear.

Why Is It So Hard for Women of Color to Buy a Nude Bra? The same goes for Nubian Skin, the two-year-old lingerie brand that created a line of nude underwear, bras, and hosiery in a variety of shades for women of color in 2014. The brand made headlines again this year when Beyoncé and her dancers wore Nubian Skin's nude lingerie under sheer white Balmain bodysuits during Bey's Formation World tour. But still, there's no denying that the fashion and beauty industries have a "nude" problem. Luckily, some brands have already started to expand their definition. Naja's "Nude for All" Campaign launched in May 2015. There's even been some progress in beauty; the nail polish brand Zoya launched a new Naturel Collection of neutral nail polishes created to coordinate with every skin tone. But the most notable change — or lack thereof — is for lingerie. Photo: Courtesy of Nubian Skin "There's no reason why Victoria's Secret can't have nudes," says Catalina Girald, Naja's founder and owner. "Our supply chain is very fast. Photo: Courtesy of Nubian Skin.