With the impending release of its first wearable, Apple has been steadily courting the fashion set. The company invited members of the fashion community to the unveiling of its Apple Watch and even held a few events at Paris Fashion Week last month promoting the new device. The tech giant’s “chicifying” of the timepiece continues, since Apple Watch is prominently featured on the cover of November’s Vogue China.
Liu Wen, who is rumored to be appearing in Apple’s forthcoming campaign for the wearable, is pictured in a multi-stripe knit frock with the watch prominently displayed on her wrist. The accompanying spread features her wearing various outfits accessorized with the watch with a few of its (many) different bands.
Indeed, Vogue China is probably one of the best fashion magazines to choose for this big editorial debut. As Editor-in-Chief Angelica Cheung pointed out to The Business of Fashion: “Chinese people are actually very digitally minded and we embrace new technology and digital products more easily than perhaps people elsewhere. We are an ancient country but at the same time a very young country when it comes to fashion and new products. We love to embrace everything that is new, modern and positive.”
Considering the reaction so far to the watch, the move makes a lot of sense. As the Verge reported last month at Apple’s Colette Paris unveiling, a few fashionistas there were less-than-impressed by the new device. Given China’s penchant to adopt what is new and next on the tech front, it is kind of a match made in heaven for Apple and Vogue.
Still, it will be interesting to see if and how the fashion community at large embraces the Apple Watch. Google Glass is another tech company flirting with fashion — it recently released versions of its device with stylish frames designed by Diane von Furstenberg at Net-a-Porter. But we think that in order for Apple Watch to get the kind of loving reception that, say, its iPhone does from the fashion industry, it’s going to have to be at least easy to use. The style component it’s got covered, but if the device doesn’t boast the type of user-friendly interface the tech giant is known for, it might not catch on in the way the brand hopes.
We’ll just have to wait and see what happens as Apple rolls out the device next year.
[via The Business of Fashion]
The man responsible for Moulin Rouge and The Great Gatsby, Baz Luhrmann, and his wife, costume designer Catherine Martin, are throwing the party to trump all parties at New York’s Central Park Zoo. We’re excited, and you should be too, because things are about to get wild.
Page Six reports that everyone who’s anyone is expected to show at the zoo-turned-wonderland, which will act as the opening-night event for the couple’s takeover of Barneys’ Madison Avenue store this holiday season.
Baz and Catherine will be creating the ultimate in-store experience as part of the project called — wait for it — Baz Dazzled Holiday. If you happen to be in the area, plan a pit stop to explore the pair’s magical world of fantastical characters and creatures, plus some snow owls and candy canes.
It sounds like Barneys is about to become the best kind of winter wonderland, but the party, taking place on November 13, is sure to go down in the history books. The man’s a genius.
Photo: Karen Walker
Karen Walker Eyewear celebrated its 10th anniversary last night, hosting a fun-filled event at The Gunnery in Woolloomooloo, Sydney. Big-name faces were visible at every turn inside the historic building’s art space, with designers, models, presenters, bloggers, stylists and actresses all flocking in to celebrate Karen’s big decade milestone.
Guests like Sara Donaldson, Zanita Whittington, James Mathison, the Ginger & Smart girls, Danielle Cormack and Tanja Gacic mingled amongst shots from the label’s previous campaigns, which decorated the walls. To make the trip down memory lane that much sweeter, attendees were also treated to M&M-filled cakes, champagne and a DJ.
Click through the gallery below to see all the social snaps from the game-changer designer’s big night. (more…)
When you live in a climate that’s cold, like really cold, for five months of the year, you don’t mess around with outerwear. But that doesn’t mean you’re willing to forgo your fashionable tendencies. Luckily, Eleven Elfs, the Italian outerwear brand known for its stylish coats in vibrant colours, has launched in select stores across Ontario and Quebec.
Created for what founder Manuel Luciano calls the “classy adventurer,” the brand takes its inspiration from the fantastical colours and wondrous sceneries of Michael Ende’s fantasy novel The Neverending Story. This translates into elegant and dazzling outerwear that boasts luxe accents like fur trim and unique colourblocking details as well as high-end functional features like premium down fill, durable and wind-resistant outer shells, storm cuffed sleeves and fleece-lined zip pockets. Styles include vests, bombers, jackets and coats that are ultra lightweight and supremely warm.
Take one of these to the streets or to the slopes and show winter your true colours.
Last night Pedestrian TV announced its 2014 Blogster Awards winners, and the fashion category prize went to a blog without a face. We say this because the owner of the winning website, Wilddarts, doesn’t strut her personal-style stuff in front of her photographer boyfriend — or any other photographer, for that matter — like most other successful fashion blogs these days.
Instead, founder Mel Elsdon sticks to sharing her views, not her outfits, on fashion and beauty, using her beautifully presented blog and her bloody good eye as a creative outlet. “Wilddarts is more than personal style,” founder Mel Elsdon wrote to her blog, stating that her website “transcends time” and “is the next big thing.”
She also mentioned “there’s nothing worse than a well-dressed woman with nothing to say,” which may or may not be a dig at personal-style and OOTD bloggers with little-to-no writing skills to back up their visual feast.
Wilddarts beat outfit bloggers like Spin Dizzy Fall, Friend in Fashion and Little Black Book. Be sure to check out the Wilddarts blog here and tell us: do you prefer this type of fashion intake or outfit inspiration straight off the back of your favourite blogger?
Photo: Michael Wright/WENN
Eva Longoria stopped by Hollywood’s Universal Studios on Wednesday, October 8, chatting to Extra in a contrasting olive-green and black pinafore dress by Bec & Bridge.
The piece is from the Aussie label’s highly anticipated Spring 2014 collection, with strategic features that work in Eva’s favour. The asymmetrical hemline makes for a modest length and a cheeky cut also shows off the 39-year-old’s figure, whereas the apron-style neckline matches the forever cuteness of Eva’s petite frame.
She was able to amp up her usual sophistication with pointed-toe Casadei heels in nude, diamond drop earrings, and clean, fresh makeup.