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Katie Hillier and Luella Bartley Are Starting a Line Together

Katie Hillier Luella Barltey

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With last week’s announcement that Marc Jacobs would be absorbing his Marc by Marc brand into his main line, the question of what would become of the diffusion label’s creative director Katie Hillier and women’s design director Luella Bartley remained. Well, it looks like the pair will be pretty busy as they just announced that they’re teaming up to start their own label, aptly named Hillier Bartley.

The new luxury label will be hitting shelves sooner than you think – they’ve already got a collection due out for the Fall 2015 season. Bartley says the line is “a very personal project which Katie and I have been working on for years. It is a culmination of everything I have learnt as a designer and a woman and is purely and defiantly about the clothes and fabrics.” According to the designers, the line has a masculine charm, so it will be interesting to see what the label, which will include clothing, accessories and handbags, will offer next season.

As for their other gig, Hillier is expected to stay on with the Marc Jacobs label, though things seem to still be up in the air for Bartley.

[via WWD]

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Olivier Rousteing Checks His Reflection on Out Magazine’s May Cover (Forum Buzz)

We aren’t amazed Olivier Rousteing is checking his reflection on the cover of Out magazine, after posting countless selfies with the likes of Kim Kardashian, Rihanna and Jourdan Dunn on his highly-followed Instagram account. It’s a rare occasion when Out makes an appearance on our forums, but with Rousteing on the front cover, members couldn’t resist starting a discussion. The Balmain creative director was photographed by Pierre et Gilles for the magazine’s May 2015 issue, captured in front of an ornate mirror, providing us a unique photo while showing off the 28-year-old’s chiseled features.

OUT Magazine May 2015 Olivier Rousteing


Forum members couldn’t wait to express their opinions. “Beautiful! He’s beautiful. The picture is so gaudy and glitzy just like the house he designs for. I really like this,” approved Khabeer.

“I’m so happy for the success and fame Olivier is attracting to himself and the Balmain brand. There must [have] been an enormous amount of pressure and high expectations for him to do well. Especially for the first man of mixed-raced (man of color) of such a prestigious brand such as Balmain,” added fashionlover2001.

Also an admirer was arlekindearabal: “Oh, he certainly has the face for a Pierre et Gilles homage. He’s so pretty.”

TeeVanity was full of appreciation, too. “This is incredible, lovely cover. Out magazine’s having great covers lately, wonderful Olivier is a part of that,” he noted.

Although, not everyone was buying it. “I hate the frame overdose. It’s such an eyesore. I know it was used to make the cover look rich and regal, but it ended up looking tacky. It’s like he’s in a high end circus. I also hate how they seemed to have played with the lights to contour and highlight parts of his face but the end result just made the cover look dark,” MON immediately disapproved.

“Oh God, I really loathe this age of the ‘star designer’. This guy is becoming as frequently photographed and insufferable as his BFF Kim K. Of course the cover is excessively tacky – all that gold?” Benn98 questioned.

Are you a fan? Join the discussion here.

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Net-a-Porter and Yoox to Merge

There have been a lot of rumors as of late surrounding the fate of Net-a-Porter. Besides speculation that Amazon would be purchasing the e-tailer, it was reported that parent company Richemont had plans to merge it with Yoox. Now, Richemont has come forward to confirm that Yoox and Net-a-Porter will combine to form the Yoox Net-a-Porter Group.

Where Yoox and Net-a-Porter used to be rivals, now they will be working together to provide the world with luxury fashion accessed by a few simple clicks of the mouse. “We believe it is important to increase leadership and size to protect the uniqueness of the luxury industry,” Richemont Chairman Johann Rupert said. “The merger of the two leaders will further enhance an independent, neutral platform for a sophisticated clientele looking for luxury brands.”

Richemont is hoping that the pair, considered pioneers in the luxury retail game, can join forces and again shift the landscape. “Together, we plan to expand on our many combined successes and industry breadth to strengthen partnerships with the world’s leading luxury brands and harness a significant untapped growth potential,” Yoox founder Federico Marchetti said.  

[via BoF]

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New York Footwear Brand Rivals the Selfie Stick with a Pair of Selfie Shoes

Photo: Youtube

Photo: Youtube

Consider your shoe fetish RUINED. An American shoe brand has really put their foot in it, today unveiling a new set of pumps designed to help you take a no-hands selfie. It’s just as visually displeasing as you had imagined.

The brand responsible for this hilariously innovative thinking is Miz Mooz, a New York shoe company which was getting a bit toey with the selfie stick aka wand of self-absorption. “The great thing about the selfie shoes is you no longer need to use your arm, so now both hands are free to be in the photo,” Cheryl Matson, Miz Mooz’  design director explained in the promo clip.

So how does this nonsense work? Well, apparently, you just insert your phone into the port (which is some god-awful elongated open-toe style situation), raise your foot as high as humanly possible to get a flattering angle, and click the internal button with tap of your toe to selfie away. Too easy! (more…)

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Stars Launch the Samsung Galaxy S6 in Style

Models, fashion bloggers and WAGs got in touch with their techy sides in Sydney last night, stepping out to celebrate the launch of Samsung’s sleek new mobile device, the Galaxy S6. Some outfits were just as impressive as the new handheld, others not so much.

Check out the looks below.

Laura Dundovic at Samsung S6 launch in Sydney

Photo: Getty

Model Laura Dundovic added class to her navy-blue Bec & Bridge mini, featuring a wrap-style v-neck and asymmetrical hemline, with a black quilted bag and pointed-toe pumps. The side-parted updo and deep-red lip pulled the look together, and, since her stylish efforts at the MBFWA 2015 schedule launch, this stunner is back on our radar. (more…)

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Uniqlo Opening Two New Australian Stores


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Uniqlo must be doing pretty darn well in Australia, because the Japanese retail giant has decided to expand its offering down under with two new stores.

Following the success of Uniqlo’s Macquarie Centre and MidCity stores which opened last year, the apparel brand will be focusing on its NSW market by setting up shop in Sydney’s Westfield Parramatta and Westfield Miranda. 

Uniqlo Australia’s CEO, Shoichi Miyasaka, explained his decision to grow the company’s Sydney market in a statement. “We’re excited to expand our presence in New South Wales and extend our offering of high quality, affordable options to customers who are yet experience the brand.” (more…)

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