31 things that made headlines in the world of Fashion & Lifestyle this month.
FASHION WEEKS & SHOWCASES
1. Pre-Fall 2014
A short in-between season that has fast become a prominent feature on fashion diaries has been quite a long fashion season this year. With labels and designers still presenting their Pre-Fall lines, one has to wonder, is this season really that relevant?
2. Men’s Fall 2014
Three of the Big Four in fashion capitals hosted the Men’ Fall showcase. London (6th - 8th January 2014), Milan (11th - 13th January 2014), and Paris (15th - 19th January 2014) were the host cities for the Men’s collection presentations.
3. Spring Couture 2014, Paris
Paris, a city synonymous to ‘fashion’ and ‘couture’, saw the showcase of Haute Couture lines by design stalwarts and celebrated labels like Atelier Versace, Christian Dior, Schiaparelli, Alexandre Vauthier, Alexis Mabille, Bouchra Jarrar, Chanel, Giambattista Valli, Ulyana Sergeenko, Vionnet, Armani Prive, Elie Saab, Maison Martin Margiela, Valentino, Viktor+Rolf, and Zuhair Murad. The Couture presentations started on 20th January till 23rd January at the City of Lights.
CAMPAIGNS & SPOKESPERSONS
4. Kate Moss for Alexander McQueen
A dark, creepy, almost extraterrestrial campaign inspired by the 1960 cult thriller “Peeping Tom” and shot by Steven Klein, features the supermodel. Be ready to see this first ever association between Alexander McQueen and Kate Moss in the March glossies!
5. Lhuillier’s Ready-To-Advertise
Monique Lhuillier RTW launched her first Advertising campaign. The first images of floral and colorful ensembles are set to appear in February issues.
6. Kirsten Dunst has been named the first L’Oréal Professionnel spokesperson for 2014
7. Brothers, Sisters, Sons and Daughters - Barneys' latest Ad campaign featuring transgender models
8. Daria Werbowy replaces Miranda Kerr as the new face of Mango for the Spring 2014 campaign
NEW LABELS & CREATIVE DIRECTORS
9. Andreas Melbostad for Diesel Black Gold
Andreas Melbostad unveiled his first menswear line for Diesel Black Gold at Pitti Uomo as guest designer.
10. Costume National launches Costume and Costume
Replacing C’N’C Costume National is Costume and Costume, a new brand being launched by Costume National as a younger sister to the designer line.
11. Hussein Chalayan designs for Vionnet
Unveiling his first collection conceived for the label, the Cyprus-born designer presented Vionnet’s demi-couture line on January 21st during the Spring Couture Week 2014 in Paris.
12. Marco Zanini for Schiaparelli
Reviving the brand, Marco Zanini debuted his Couture line as the Creative Director of Schiaparelli at Spring Couture 2014 in Paris on 21st January.
13. Carolina Irving - the new Creative Director of Oscar de la Renta Home
Taking over from interior designer Miles Redd, Carolina Irving has signed with Oscar de la Renta LLC as creative director of home. Her new post entails handling the creative direction and execution of the Oscar de la Renta Home collection, including its Gift & Entertaining collection that is produced in-house; the furniture line made by Century Furniture; home fabrics and wallpaper with Lee Jofa, and rugs produced by Elson & Co.
14. Jason Wu - the new Boss at Hugo Boss
When Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week kicks off in the Big Apple, in addition to showing the latest offering for his eponymous label, Wu will also present his first collection as Hugo Boss' Artistic Director of women's design.
COLLABORATIONS & ASSOCIATIONS
15. Nike & Riccardo Tisci collaborate
Keeping the momentum going from 2013, Riccardo Tisci has collaborated with Nike for a line of merchandise (with footwear as a major part of it). The fruits of the partnership will bear the logo NIKE RT, and will arrive in stores and on Nike.com this Spring.
16. Gwen Stefani & Michael Glasser create DWP
The ‘No Doubt’ singer and fashion mogul - Gwen Stefani has teamed with denim guru and the man behind 7 For All Mankind, Citizens of Humanity and Rich and Skinny - Michael Glasser to create DWP (acronym for Design With Purpose), a new non-denim line that aims to replace jeans by filling the void for casual-and-chic clothes in women's wardrobes.
The line will be available this Spring, and wholesale prices for items in the 18-piece collection will range from $80 to $130.
17. Nicole Miller & Bloomingdale present "haute couture" football helmet design
Nicole Miller, in conjunction with Bloomingdale's and the NFL, and in honor of Super Bowl XLVIII presented "haute couture" football helmet design. Speaking on the design unveiling, Nicole Miller said, “the idea of bringing a female touch to something masculine was very interesting to me.”
18. Zooey Deschanel teams with Tommy Hilfiger
With a collection name like a love note (To Tommy, From Zooey), and pieces like a love affair, the capsule line designed by Tommy Hilfiger and Zooey Deschanel channels the best of both.
“Tommy and I share many of the same inspirations - old-school music, classic films and old Hollywood icons - and his guidance during the design process helped to put a really unique twist on each piece,” said Zooey Deschanel on her collaboration with Tommy Hilfiger.
19. The all-new crystal club by Swarovski Elements
Swarovski Collective, the 15 designers Swarovski Elements is collaborating with for the Fall 2014 season, were revealed by the Swedish-brand. The group that includes established names and Swarovski Collective veterans like Prabal Gurung, Rodarte, Emilia Wickstead, Alexis Mabille and Anthony Vaccarello, along with three new designers - Brandon Sun, Fyodor Golan and Tex Saverio, will all receive financial support along with a “free reign” to experiment with Swarovski Elements in their collections.
20. Birchbox and Us Weekly to collaborate
Launching in February, Birchbox and Us Weekly present a Step and Repeat box in spirit of awards season. Full of products inspired by recent red-carpet trends and celebrity-approved beauty products, the parcels include top-selling products from Smashbox , OPI and dr. brandt®, and Beauty Protector.
Intel Corp. teams up with CFDA, Barneys New York and Opening Ceremony to support and encourage wearable tech line. The project will launch with a smart bracelet designed by Opening Ceremony and Intel that will be available at Barneys.
AWARDS & ACCOLADES
22. LVMH names Fashion Designer Prize Panel
Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton has corralled 40 prominent figures from retail, publishing and image creation to help it choose the first recipient of its new LVMH Young Fashion Designer Prize. Among the select fashion insiders are prominent editors and stylists like - Net-a-Porter founder and CEO Natalie Massenet, stylist Olivier Rizzo, editor-in-chief for Vogue China Angelica Cheung, stylist Camilla Nickerson, contributing editor for American Vogue Sarah Mower, editor for Style.com Tim Blanks and Jo-Ann Furniss, president of Saks Fifth Avenue - Marigay McKee and creative director of Colette - Sarah Andelman.
23. British Fashion Council names Fashion Forward Winners
The designers Nasir Mazhar, Sophia Webster and Jackie JS Lee of the J. JS Lee label have all been named winners of the British Fashion Council’s Fashion Forward prize for Fall 2014 and Spring 2015. Lee will open London Fashion Week on 14th February 2014, while Mazhar will also show later on the same day, and footwear designer Webster will present her collection on 16th February 2014.
24. International Woolmark Prize finalists unveiled
The Woolmark Company has announced that International Woolmark Prize Finalists to show in Milan during the fashion week on 21st February. The five selected finalists - ffiXXed for Asia; Sibling for Europe; Rahul Mishra for India and Middle East; Christopher Esber for Australia; and Altuzarra for the U.S. - will show their skills with merino wool at the fashion week.
25. Queen Elizabeth II’s New Year Honors list for 2014 - names include Phoebe Philo
There were nods for a clutch of names in the fashion, beauty and design worlds in Queen Elizabeth II’s New Year Honors list for 2014. Phoebe Philo, Céline’s creative director, was named an OBE, or an Officer of the Order of the British Empire, for services to fashion, while makeup artist Pat McGrath was named an MBE, or Member of the Order of the British Empire, for services to the fashion and beauty industry.
EXITS & BOW OUTS
26. Cathy Horyn, the longtime fashion critic of The New York Times, has resigned
27. Martin Cooper, Chief Creative Officer of Belstaff since 2011, exits the company
28. Michael Bastian to show last Gant collection
Concluding the collaboration that lasted nine seasons, in place of the intended two seasons, Michael Bastian to showcase his last collection for Gant at the Fall 2014 presentations.
29. Rachel Zoe Bows Out of New York Fashion Week
New mother Rachel Zoe has called off her show at noon, February 13 at the Lincoln Center, NYFW. The stylist, whose second son Kaius Jagger was born in December, chalked up the change in plans to motherhood. She will proceed to show at a later date in Los Angeles.
30. Yves Saint Laurent’s biopic hits the floor
The upcoming biopic based on the life and career of Yves Saint Laurent directed by Jalil Lespert with the cooperation of Pierre Bergé (YSL’s longtime partner), has begun production.
Speaking on this, Pierre Bergé said, “It really disconcerted me, it even upset me, because it’s very difficult. At times, I thought it was Yves Saint Laurent himself. That’s huge.”
31. Diane von Furstenberg presents the "Journey of a Dress"
The exhibition documenting four decades of Diane von Furstenberg's wrap dresses opened in Los Angeles on January 7th. Showing solidarity to the revolutionary designer were Anna Wintour, André Leon Talley, Hamish Bowles, Tonne Goodman Gwyneth Paltrow, Demi Moore, Allison Williams, Coco Rocha, Raquel Welch, Marisa Tomei, Robin Wright, and Dylan Penn.
“I have had a very interesting relationship with the wrap dress because the truth is, it happened by accident. First it was a little wrap top inspired by what ballerinas wear, with a matching skirt, and then I made it into a dress”, said Diane von Furstenberg on the wrap-dress.