Gucci Loafers and Chanel Slingbacks Are Everywhere at Fashion Week - Fashionista. Three seasons ago, you couldn't walk within a five-block radius of a fashion week venue without seeing half a dozen pairs of Adidas's Stan Smith sneakers. Stan Smiths are still around, but far more ubiquitous this season are Gucci's horsebit loafers — both in classic black leather and, for the more adventurous, the fur-lined mules, heels and clogs — which we've seen on Vogue's Virginia Smith, All the Pretty Birds's Tamu McPherson and half a dozen Chinese editors. At Hood by Air, three of the four guests sitting across from me were wearing them. Seriously, they're everywhere. There's nothing revolutionary about the loafers above. It's clear that new creative director Alessandro Michele has brought some much-needed cool back to the Gucci label.
Street style photographers are loving them. Chanel's new, but classic, two-tone slingbacks are also making the rounds this season. The only thing that's keeping these shoes from reaching Stan Smith popularity is the price tag, we're sure. Marc by Marc Jacobs to close. The diffusion label will be folded into the main Marc Jacobs line By Rosie Reeves Picture: Marc by Marc Jacobs autumn/winter 2015/Getty Images According to reports, Marc by Marc Jacobs will be discontinued and absorbed into the main Marc Jacobs line. Women's Wear Daily broke the news this morning, stating that the future Marc Jacobs brand will "encompass a range of merchandise and price points currently divided between the two lines.
" The diffusion label is currently led by creative director Katie Hillier and women's design director Luella Bartley, but it is not yet known whether the dynamic duo will have a role in the brand's transition. Peter Dundas named creative director at Roberto CavalliPharrell is this year's CFDA IconBrooklyn Beckham shares new modelling pictures. Emilio Pucci appoints creative director. Preview Newsletter From street style to skincare, don't miss our weekly update on the best in fashion, beauty, travel and culture. Nearly there... To complete the sign up process, please click on the link in the email we just sent to email@example.com. Can't find the email? Please give it 5 - 10 minutes or check your spam folder. Louis Vuitton tops Forbes’ list of most valuable luxury brands. Burberry Cafe opens in London, Thomas's - 121 Regent Street. Because fashion and food have always made the perfect partners By Sarah Karmali Pictures courtesy of Burberry Burberry has launched its first ever café.
The all-day eaterie – named Thomas's, after the brand's founder Thomas Burberry – can be found within the newly expanded London flagship at 121 Regent Street. The café will offer a menu of quintessentially British classics, from afternoon tea to lobster with chips, and will be open seven days a week. The flagship store expansion also sees the addition of a dedicated gifting area, featuring a seasonally updated collection of present-worthy products (everything from blankets, cushion covers and candles to stationery, board games and travel goods), which can all be personalised or monogrammed in a number of different ways.
Burberry's ode to Bruce ChatwinVIDEO: James Cordon is the 'new face' of BurberrySuki Waterhouse shares Burberry kisses. Hermès Birkin Bag is still the most exclusive in the world. Insider fashion tip: A classic bag is always a good investment. Quality craftsmanship and elegant designs never go out of style—plus you won't outgrow your bag the way you might a pair of shoes or clothing. So if you're going to splurge, do so on a purse that will be a power-player in your wardrobe for seasons to come. Better yet, buy a Birkin. (That is, if you can get your hands on one.) Over thirty years have passed since Hermès first created Jane Birkin's namesake bag, and the signature style has remained a permanent icon ever since. Immune to economic slumps and fashion's ever-changing trends, the Birkin has proven its staying power unlike any other bag.
Advertisement - Continue Reading Below Despite its unwavering popularity, most who care to own a Birkin are aware that it's not an off-the-shelf sort of purchase. As Michelle Goad, CEO of luxury personal shopping app P.S. And then, you wait. Vivienne Westwood launches Save the Arctic campaign. Preview Newsletter From street style to skincare, don't miss our weekly update on the best in fashion, beauty, travel and culture. Nearly there... To complete the sign up process, please click on the link in the email we just sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. Can't find the email? Please give it 5 - 10 minutes or check your spam folder. Alexander Wang opens first European flagship store.
Designer’s first European outpost is in London By Rebecca Cope Picture: Alexander Wang spring/summer 2015/ Getty Images Alexander Wang has opened his first European flagship store in London. Located in a former post office on Mayfair’s fashionable Albemarle Street, the store spans three levels and offers Wang’s complete output, from menswear and womenswear to accessories and homewear. The store’s minimalistic, utilitarian interior is the result of a collaboration between Wang and Belgian architect Vincent van Duysen. “I’ve always loved London and I am so proud and excited to open my first European flagship store here,” says Wang.
“The essence of the London store reflects a coherent synergy between Alex and myself and creates a space that makes reference to both modern and classic archetypes,” says Vincent van Duysen. Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty is V&A's most successful show ever. More than 480,000 people came to see the exhibition of the late fashion designer By Rebecca Cope Picture: Courtesy of the V&A A retrospective of late fashion designer Alexander McQueen's work has proven to be a major coup for the V&A, becoming its most popular exhibition ever. Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty beat the V&A's previous record-holder, 2003's Art Deco exhibition, by more than 100,000 tickets. The sell-out show, which originated in New York at the Metropolian Museum of Art in 2011, sold more than 480,000 tickets in its 21-week London run and even saw fans becoming members simply to gain access once tickets had sold out. Visitors were certainly rewarded for their due diligience in purchasing tickets, with each room themed around McQueen's diverse interests and influences.
Watch Savage Beauty in Numbers, short film the museum have created about the exhibition, below: Saint Laurent's couture comeback Instagram announces shopping featureAlexander Wang's UK flagship. Saint Laurent couture collection show | Hedi Slimane's first YSL couture. Hedi Slimane unveils his first haute couture pieces for the French fashion house By Sarah Karmali Couture campaign Rue De L'Université, 2015. Picture courtesy of Saint Laurent. Saint Laurent is returning to couture for the first time in over 10 years. Creative director Hedi Slimane has already created his debut haute couture pieces for the French fashion house. Couture campaign Rue De L'Université, 2015. Spread across three floors, the space will be split into three categories: Salon Couture, Atelier Flou (for dressmaking) and Atelier Tailleur (for tailoring). "Hedi began to recompose the traditional Couture Ateliers of the House in 2012. Designer Yves Saint Laurent unveiled the final couture collection for his eponymous label in 2002 before retiring from fashion – an event which saw the likes of Catherine Deneuve, Laetitia Casta and Carla Bruni take to the catwalk.
Carla Bruni modelling Yves Saint Laurent's final couture collection in January 2002. Alexander Wang leaving Balenciaga. The designer's final show will be in September By Sarah Karmali Picture: Getty Images Alexander Wang is leaving Balenciaga. The designer's final show for the French fashion house - a spring/summer 2016 collection - will be shown during Paris Fashion Week in September. A spokesperson on behalf of Balenciaga confirmed the news, stating that they had reached a "joint decision" with the designer, not to renew his contract "beyond its initial term". “It’s been an incredible experience to work with a couture house in Paris. I am honored to have had the opportunity to work for this historical maison," said Wang. Rumours that Wang would be exiting the label began circulating last month, after the company released a statement saying that there were "discussions between the designer and Balenciaga regarding the renewal of the contract.
" Now the hunt is on for his replacement. Saint Laurent's couture comebackGigi Hadid for TopshopKendall and Kylie launch e-commerce site. Givenchy opens fashion week show to the public | New York Fashion Week tickets. 1,200 additional tickets up for grabs By Sarah Karmali Cara Delevingne on the Givenchy spring/summer 15 catwalk. Picture: Getty Images Not only is Riccardo Tisci moving his latest fashion week show from Paris to New York, but he's opening the doors to the general public. Turning the concept of the ultra-exclusive, invite-only fashion show on its head, the designer will welcome 1,200 "real people" – in addition to the usual press, buyers and celebrity guests – to watch the unveiling of his latest collection during New York Fashion Week on 11 September. The French fashion house is working closely with the City of New York on the event, reports WWD, which will see 820 of the tickets made available on a first-come, first-served basis via the nycgo.com website.
VIDEO: Gisele leads a model dance classThe best autumn/winter 15 fashion campaignsMinnie Mouse joins London Fashion Week schedule. McQ do a no-show show at lfw. McQ have shown their spring/summer 16 collection not through the traditional catwalk format, but through social channels and their digital flagship, McQ.com. The collection has been captured by three young creative talents: photographers and filmmakers Lea Colombo, Jack Davison and Sharna Osborne.
There are lo-fi videos, character studies and detail shots, all created in the crypt of Spitalfield's Christ Church. The collection references New York's Post Punk 'No Wave' scene of the late 70s and early 80s, with its punks and club kids, so there are silver jumpsuits, shredded skirts and band t-shirts. Sexy, androgynous and anarchic. Head to their Instagram on @McQ to see the full collection emerge and check out these exclusive i-D images here. Sibling take on the 60s pop for spring/summer 16. The 20 Most Instagrammed Fashion Brands - Fashionista. These days, it's not uncommon for brands to devote major resources to Instagram — both to their own accounts and to inspiring consumers and fashion week show-goers to post about them. Of course, some brands are doing this better than others. In a new interactive chart compiled by M by Macy's, we're seeing just which apparel companies are leading on the social media platform in both #hashtag mentions and followers, as well as overall engagement.
The results, largely, should come as no surprise to those familiar with apparel companies, as many brands' Instagram engagement levels corresponds with their overall company size. Nike, with $30.6 billion in annual revenue, tops both mentions and followers with 47.7 million and 18.7 million and, respectively. While Prada comes in second with mentions (18.7 million), it drops to tenth in followers (4.2 million). See the full rankings below, and head to Macys.com for more on their methodology.
Advertisement — Continue reading below. 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 region is responsible for a whooping 25% of sales at Burberry and 20% of sales at Prada. The strategy of growth by opening stores in emerging and existing markets is neither new nor unique to luxury retail. It is a reflection of the modus operandi of the industrial age, where scaling growth is linked to incessant production. 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. Moulton And Souter Swoop On UK Luxury Brand. An investor group including the founders of Stagecoach and one of the City's most prominent financiers has struck a multimillion pound deal to take control of Clive Christian, the luxury interiors and fragrance brand.
Sky News can reveal that a consortium called EME Investments 5 Ltd will announce on Friday that it has bought a majority stake in Clive Christian from its eponymous founder. The new investors include Sir Brian Souter and his sister Ann Gloag, who set up the transport company Stagecoach; Perscitus Advisers, the family office of Jon Moulton, the private equity tycoon; and EME Capital, an investment firm which backs British brands with global growth potential. The deal to buy Clive Christian, which is for an undisclosed price, will be among the most prominent involving a UK-based luxury brand this year. Established in 1978, the company is known for its boast that it produces "the world's most expensive perfume". Inside Thom Browne’s most twisted show yet. Mulberry profits collapse on lower bag sales.
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