We’ve often frequented the talented Liz black’s new season showcases and loved what we’ve seen. True to her goal, she always creates completely wearable statement pieces with timeless appeal. So, we’re really excited to hear River Island’s announcement that she’s set to become its next Design Forum Collaborator.
Spanning a timeless colour palette of midnight blues and black, the nine-piece collaboration is said to be influenced by the ready-to-wear pieces and accessories of the Russian princess Anastasia Romanova. It’ll cover dresses, separates and outerwear which is set to feature Russian muffs. Can we smell yet another Clueless revival here? Remember in the film’s spin-off series when Cher made a muff and turned it into a trend at her school?
Whether it’s vintage Cher or an opulent princess' style that you’d like to emulate, this is the perfect winter collection for you. Prices start from £30 upwards, and you’ll be able to get your mitts on the pieces online and at selected River Island stores later in the year. That’s after the initiative's launch at London Fashion Week’s fashion film event, with Mary Nighy directing the short film this time around.
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Australian activewear brand Lorna Jane has beaten some of the country's best retailers to take the number one spot for the Retail Fashion category in the Social Pulse 2014 report that analyses Australia's most engaging social media networks. Inside Retail reports that the top ranking is because of the brand's Facebook page engagement.
Although the always-growing Facebook page is just short of one million "likes," it still comes in at number 14 for the most amount of fans on an Australian retailer's page. But it is because of the engagement with its audience that Lorna Jane beat top brands like Bonds, Sass & Bide, Nike, Country Road and General Pants Co in this year's report.
With the highest engagement rate of 1.65%, and a share engagement of 14.05%, it is clear that the Lorna Jane brand voice is being heard loud and clear. The brand's social media performance also translates into online sales, with the e-commerce site receiving sales equal to that of 16 stores.
Advocates for more diversity in the fashion industry will be pleased to see Balmain's latest campaign for Fall 2014, through which creative director Olivier Rousteing wanted to showcase "the beauty of different ethnicities." Since the Spring 2014 season, when Bethann Hardison's Diversity Coalition called out top designers in New York, London, Milan and Paris for not using enough models of color on their runways, there seems to be a heightened awareness in the industry and greater commitment to representing more forms of beauty.
And it seems Rousteing is one of the designers who heard the call. For this campaign, he cast Jourdan Dunn, Cara Delevingne, Binx Walton, Ysaunny Brito, Issa Lish and Kayla Scott — an extremely diverse group of models — to pose for Mario Sorrenti. The sextet is pictured lounging in the label's studded leather and animal-print offerings for the Fall 2014 season, styled by Katie Grand.
As a "black boy in a really important French house," Rousteing felt it was important to take the lead and cast a campaign that featured more than one token minority model — and we're loving it. This is the picture of what fashion ads could look like if designers, modeling agencies and casting professionals actually made a commitment to showcasing diversity.
As if we needed any more proof that there is beauty in women of all ethnicities.
IMAGE: ROLAND MOURET
French-born, London-based designer Roland Mouret has joined forces with The Woolmark Company for an eight-piece capsule collection. The range features brightly-coloured tops, pants and dresses that embody Mouret's popular draping technique, all made from Australian Merino wool.
For Mouret, his signature style and Aussie wool served as the perfect combination. “I have always loved working with Australian Merino wool because it has an amazing quality that allows it to drape and hang beautifully," he explained to Woolmark. "The capsule collection, for me, was about how to introduce wool to the red carpet and to everyday life. It’s about brightness, it’s about colour therapy, and it’s about shaping the body."
The ready-to-wear collection also tapped Australian fashion blogger Nicole Warne of Gary Pepper to front the campaign. Warne, who is a proud wearer of red lipstick and known for her eye-catching colour combinations, couldn't be more fitting for the brand's aesthetic. "It's an absolute honour to finally share with you all the new @roland_mouret campaign we've kept secret for nearly 4 months!" Warne shared on her Instagram.
The range will be available exclusively at Australian department store Myer, as well as Roland Mouret's online store from July 17.
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In addition to being the best airline ever, Virgin Atlantic now has the best-dressed flight attendants in the game, thanks to Vivienne Westwood, who was tapped to design the uniforms for the airline's esteemed fleet. The designer unveiled the new looks at London's Village Underground last night, with special guest Debbie Harry, who performed in the new, bright red uniform jacket with standing collar Westwood designed.
Including the blazer (also available in gray), ladies have the option of a sculptural white or burgundy cowl neck blouse, red pencil skirt, leather bag and sensible heels. In cold climates, they can keep warm with a red coat with an asymmetric closure and oversized collar. The look for male attendants features a deep burgundy or gray three-piece suit with a white shirt and a red tie.
Fashion designers taking on uniform collaborations can be hit or miss (Prabal Gurung's makeover of the Sephora uniform isn't a favorite), but Westwood definitely did the Virgin flight staff a service. And I can't be the only one who wants that coat for myself…
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Net-a-Porter will launch a new high-end athleticwear site called Net-a-Sporter. [WWD]
Sales of plus-sized clothing increased 5% this year…hopefully this means more clothing options for full-figured gals in the near future! [Fashionista]
Dov Charney is more than just a creepy pervert…he's got some redeeming qualities, too. [The Atlantic]
Headed to the beach this weekend? Here are some tips on how to get your bod bikini-ready before you hit the waves–no crunches required. [PopSugar Beauty]
The Metropolitan Museum of Art is holding its first fall exhibit in seven years and the theme is a little morbid. The Costume Institute's latest will be called "Death Becomes Her: A Century of Mourning Attire," displaying a selection of dresses worn by mourning women between 1815 and 1915. [WWD]
Balenciaga and Nicolas Ghesquière have their day in court. [The Fashion Law]
STOP THE PRESSES. Kate Middleton wore that eyelet Zimmerman dress again to Wimbledon. She first rocked it on her Australian tour, and guess what y'all, it's still white and made of eyelet. [PopSugar Fashion]
Jeremy Meeks, AKA the finest felon on the planet has an agent now. [Fox News]
This guy is the Olivia Pope of corporate crisis management. [Racked]