Posted by Shirley Brady on September 17, 2012 11:54 AM
London Fashion Week is now running through Sept. 18, but the priciest new frock by a British designer premiered more than 2,000 km away. British designer Debbie Wingham debuted what's described as one of the most expensive dresses ever in front of the fashion cognoscenti of Kiev.
Her evening gown, adorned with 50 two-carat black diamonds and weighing in at 13 kg, is valued at £3.5 million (US$5.68 million) drew mixed reviews from the fashionistas assembled at the city's Fairmont Grand Hotel for the reveal. As The Telegraph of London reporter heard, above, at least one appalled onlooker considered it more schmatte-luxury than meta-luxury.
Posted by Mark J. Miller on September 14, 2012 04:51 PM
Since 1856, Burberry has been serving the clothing needs of British and then global big spenders. At the start of the 21st century, the company’s signature plaid is readily identifiable and highly regarded as a symbol of the brand's, and indeed British, craftsmanship.
Burberry has remade its London flagship — which has housed a radio station and a livery stable, among other things, over the last 200 years — into a 44,000 square foot, digitally-enhanced retail experience chock full of tech innovations, while maintaining the bespoke elegance for which the brand is known.Continue reading...
Posted by Barry Silverstein on September 13, 2012 05:03 PM
It may not yet be a major earthquake, but there seem to be rumblings that luxury goods are undergoing some sort of seismic shift.
As Fashion Week was at its height in New York, instead of watching hemlines fashionistas were watching stock prices, as luxury apparel maker Burberry saw its shares drop over 20 percent Tuesday on issuing its first profit warning since 2008. It was an especially bitter pill to swallow for a brand that in January was named "International Retailer of the Year" and, in April, took the mantle of greatness from a bankrupt Aquascutum.
Bloomberg Businessweek labeled Burberry's slide as "an end to a three-year rally in the luxury-goods industry as wealthy shoppers cut back on past indulgences." While Burberry's report may have helped pull down shares of luxury giant LVMH and other luxury brands such as Prada and Richemont, it does appear demand for luxury goods has been softening recently.
Harry Winston indicated last week that there was lower interest in its luxury products, and last month, Tiffany projected lower profits for the year. Stacey Cartwright, Burberry's CFO, told Bloomberg Businessweek that she had spoken with other luxury goods marketers. "We know we are not alone in terms of what we've seen in the last couple of weeks," she said.Continue reading...
Posted by Mark J. Miller on September 13, 2012 02:02 PM
The fashion runway is generally seen as a place that is not in the reality of everyday Americans. Not only do they typically not ever get to see a fashion show live and in person but they certainly don’t get to strut their stuff up on the actual runway itself. That job is for models whose physical forms aren’t exactly shapes that typical Americans relate to and who have clothes specifically constructed to fit them.
But Old Navy is trying to take back the fashion show for all the little people (and not so little). The idea is to take over a runway when Fashion Week ends this week in New York and let any woman who wants to walk the runway to do so. They’ll only get to do it, though, if they are wearing a pair of Old Navy’s Rockstar Skinny Jeans, which the company will not only provide but actually give to anybody who cares to take the stroll. Those participating in the stroll down the catwalk will also get “coaching on how to work it,” according to the release. Old Navy will be posting info to Facebook and Twitter, of course.
And if you don’t live in the New York City area and aren’t interested in buying a ticket to get there for Friday’s show, worry not.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on September 13, 2012 11:58 AM
Sergio Marchionne got Chrysler dealers from across America fired up this week by pulling the wraps off dozens of potential new models and variations of vehicles that are in the pipeline for the next few years, including aerodynamic versions of current best-selling nameplates for Jeep, a vastly improved Chrysler 200 sedan, and an all-new Chrysler 100 subcompact that would fill a niche where the brand hasn't had a credible entry for decades.
But most of the hardware that the Fiat and Chrysler CEO showed off in Las Vegas is for the future. Right now, with double-digit sales increases each month, Chrysler has been doing a great job of selling just a very few all-new or substantially overhauled models along with others that are mainly reskinned. And one reason they've been so successful is some innovative marketing.
Chrysler launched a new initiative in that regard during Fashion Week in New York, introducing a new Chrysler 300C John Varvatos Limited Edition and a Chrysler 300C Luxury Edition featuring the stylings and touches of the menswear (and now kids) designer. A native of Detroit, Varvatos was featured in a TV campaign for his 300 collaboration with the automaker.Continue reading...
Posted by Shirley Brady on September 11, 2012 02:02 PM
Victoria Beckham's lower priced spring/summer 2013 ready to wear collection hit the runway at New York Fashion Week with a collection of accessories that belonged to her main collection, including a shoulder bag named after her daughter Harper and another with a detail caught by Huffington Post's resident fashionista, Jim Shi — a series of V's for Victoria. It was her second NYFW show following Sunday's runway show. Watch the RTW runway show below.Continue reading...
Posted by Mark J. Miller on September 11, 2012 11:02 AM
While fashionistas bring their stilettos to the streets of New York for the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week spring runway shows, wool is likely one of the last fabrics on their minds.
Woolite is hoping to change that, opening its first pop-up store in New York's Soho district an extra week, through Sept. 16. The installation promotes the brand's new laundry detergent — all of the items sold in the store have been washed in the detergent and carry its distinctive scent — and will be promoted with a Twitter party today.
According to the press release,
True to the brand's campaign slogan, "WooliteWashed. Clothes look like new, longer", each item showcased will be washed in Woolite® so that consumers can experience firsthand and be amazed by the brand's product benefits. Consumers will be able to purchase limited-edition garments and accessories (which have been) pre-washed in Woolite, from five notable designers – Dannijo, Felix Rey, LNA, Laundry by Shelli Segal, and Timo Weiland. Items will retail from $28-$60, and 100% of the proceeds will be donated to Save the Children, a non-profit creating lasting change in the lives of children in need in the United States and around the world.
Halfway around the world, one of wool’s top wool-producing nations and trademarks – Woolmark – has partnered with famed Australian photographer Anne Geddes, who has made a name for herself taking photos of babies in flowers and other fairytale-like settings, “to photograph them nestling in cradles of wool,” as Stock and Land notes, for a 2013 calendar that features what may be the cutest interpretation of a logo ever.Continue reading...
Posted by Shirley Brady on September 10, 2012 12:51 PM
In a sponsorship deal that was to the manor born, Ralph Lauren announced its first ever TV sponsorship — with PBS for Masterpiece, the U.S. public member-supported TV brand's flagship drama series that has "won six Emmy awards for outstanding costumes" as the Hollywood Reporter notes.
In tandem to updating its Facebook cover photo with a tweedy image evoking the roaring twenties, above, the brand's FB page announced: "Ralph Lauren is proud to announce its national corporate sponsorship of MASTERPIECE | PBS (Masterpiece Theatre), the celebrated PBS drama series known for hit programs such as Downton Abbey and Sherlock."Continue reading...