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WME | IMG today confirmed the acquisition of MADE Fashion Week. Founded in September 2009 to support emerging designers, MADE Fashion Week has featured approximately 30 runway shows and presentations each season from designers including Altuzarra, Cushnie et Ochs, Public School, Proenza Schouler, Jeremy Scott, Sophie Theallet, Ohne Titel, and Alexander Wang.

Through this acquisition, MADE Fashion Week will continue to operate as a separate entity while strategically aligning with WME | IMG to provide additional opportunities and creative resources for both entities’ designers and partners.

“As we reimagine New York Fashion Week with new venues, experiences and platforms for the industry, we are excited to add MADE Fashion Week to our portfolio,” said Catherine Bennett, SVP and Managing Director, IMG Fashion Events & Properties.  “This acquisition creates new opportunities for all our designers and partners to grow and evolve their businesses not only during fashion week in New York, but globally throughout the year.”

MADE’s leadership team, including Keith Baptista, Partner and Managing Director at Prodject and Partner at OBO Paris; Mazdack Rassi, Co-Founder and Creative Director of Milk Studios; and Jenné Lombardo, Founder of The Terminal Presents, will continue to oversee MADE Fashion Week’s day-to-day operations and consult on WME | IMG’s broader fashion events strategy.

“MADE has been a platform that supports creative vanguards in fashion, music, technology and culture and makes their work possible,” said Keith Baptista, a founder of MADE Fashion Week. “As part of the WME | IMG family, MADE will expand its reach and remain on the front line of fostering new talent and encouraging bold new voices. We are thrilled to be part of the team, and excited for all that the future holds.”

The New York Fashion Week and MADE Fashion Week Spring 2016 Collections will take placeSeptember 10-17, 2015.

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Written By , on March 17, 2015

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H&M’s new Conscious Exclusive collection is proof that fashion can be sustainable using fabrics such as hemp, organic linen, and organic leather to create stylish pieces to contribute to a more sustainable fashion future. The collection, worn in the campaign exclusively by actress and humanitarian Olivia Wilde, will be available in approximately 200 H&M stores globally, as well as online, beginning April 16th.

This year’s Conscious Exclusive collection is inspired by cultures around the world and focuses on the versatility of the dress. An organic linen and silk sleeveless gown featuring a glamorous cut is printed with hand-drawn images of birds. A black cocktail dress made with Tencel® and recycled wool embraces African influences, with rows of recycled sequins. Meanwhile, a sleeveless cocktail dress made of organic hemp and organic silk highlights inspiration from Japanese ink-washing paintings.

Each piece in the collection is distinct, whether it’s the pilot jacket in Tencel® with reversible jacquard fabric and threads intentionally left loose, or the organic silk tuxedo blazer with sleeves slit to the elbow to create a dramatic effect.

The diverse use of more sustainable materials is seen throughout the collection in pieces such as a flapper dress with recycled beads, as well as a minimalist leather jacket and stack-heeled sandals made from organic leather.

“I love the Conscious Exclusive collection at H&M, both for the look, and also for its ethics. This is how all fashion should be: great style that’s naturally more sustainable,” says Olivia Wilde.

“I love the global influences in this Conscious Exclusive collection and the beauty of the hand-drawn prints, made by one of our talented in-house designers. Olivia Wilde is the perfect choice for this collection because she shares H&M’s commitment to a more sustainable future,” says Ann-Sofie Johansson, Creative Advisor H&M.

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Long Tall Sally, global leader in fashion for tall women, announces the launch of TTYA x Long Tall Sally – a capsule collection for summer in partnership with British designer label Taller Than Your Average.  This collaboration pairs Long Tall Sally’s expertise in fit and design with TTYA’s cutting edge style.

This 25 piece collection, designed in partnership with British fashion stylist and founder of the TTYA label, Irene Agbontaen, boasts cool, effortless pieces specifical­ly cut for women 5’8”and taller.  The focus is on clean, fluid silhouettes and cool, minimalist dressing. Fabrics include soft organza and ponte, while sequins add a hit of glamour.

“I’m very excited about the latest collaboration with Long Tall Sally,” says 5’11” Irene.  “The line pairs effortless dressing with modern staples and silhouettes.  It’s a collection that every tall girl can wear and feel confident in while keeping with the latest trends.”

TTYA x Long Tall Sally first debuted an autumn/winter collection last season, causing a stir on the celebrity circuit with fans including tall supermodel Jourdan Dunn. The second season looks to make an even bigger impact, offering key trends for summer in soft powder blues and icy whites with hints of metallic shine. The range encompasses knife-pleat maxi dresses and skirts, duster coats, culottes and crop tops, patchwork denim and a standout wide-leg jumpsuit. There is also a tall-girl-friendly, extra-long beach towel.

“The TTYA x Long Tall Sally capsule collection has continued to develop and grow from the unprecedented success of the first collaboration between Irene and the LTS design team,” says Andrew Shapin, CEO of Long Tall Sally. “The bold styles and strong silhouettes offer the tall women of the world a trend-led collection, unavailable anywhere else. I’m incredibly proud of Irene and the LTS design team on this collaboration.”

TTYA x Long Tall Sally is set to launch on March 16, 2015 at select Long Tall Sally stores and online at longtallsally.com. The collection will be available in sizes 4-16, and prices range from $49 – $179.  Photographer Jeff Hahn shot the TTYA x Long Tall Sallycampaign, featuring model Jamie Gunns.

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Written By , on March 11, 2015

Lancome announced today the creation of an exclusive makeup collection by Anthony Vaccarello.

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The master of asymmetric cuts, thanks to his simultaneously radical and romantic redefinition of femininity in graphic and ultra-contemporary style, Anthony Vaccarello shot to fame with his very first collection. His love of liberated and uncompromising beauty makes him the most natural of partners for Lancome, and his vision will shine through in a number of iconic make-up references for autumn 2015. “I was inspired by the Lancome woman’s femininity and charisma – a special kind of elegance that’s never lifeless nor frozen. For me, Lancome embodies the philosophy of understated beauty: it’s something quintessentially French,” explains the designer.

“Anthony Vaccarello has a gift for redefining the contours of a strong, modern vision of femininity,” states Francoise Lehmann, Lancome International General Director. “We are thrilled he has agreed to join us in this collaboration, taking over from talents such as Proenza Schouler, Alber Elbaz and, more recently, Yiqin Ying, Alexandre Vauthier and Jacquemus. Entrusting a selection of our most iconic products to a designer with such a unique creative universe is an incredibly energizing and enriching experience for a Maison like ours that constantly combines heritage and innovation.”

The Anthony Vaccarello for Lancome limited editions will be available from October 2015 on http://www.net-a-porter.com/. Further details on the collection will be unveiled very soon.

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Written By , on March 10, 2015

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Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia commenced celebrations of its twentieth year last night with an event attended by the Australian fashion industry’s key influencers. During the evening, Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia unveiled the preliminary schedule for its upcoming 2015/16 Spring Summer collections, which will see more than 50 designers show at Sydney’s Carriageworks from Sunday 12th April until Thursday 16th April 2015.

Designers and industry guests including Carla Zampatti, Alice McCall, Peter Morrissey, Nancy Pilcher, Laura Dundovic, Alexandra and Genevieve Smart of Ginger & Smart, and Bambi Northwood-Blyth made appearances at the iconic Icebergs Dining Room & Bar in Bondi for the announcement.

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia will showcase the Spring Summer 2015/16 Collections from: Aje, Alice McCall, Beauty Berry, Bec & Bridge, Betty Tran, Bianca Spender, Blue Glue Bikinis, Bondi Bather, By Johnny, Daniel Avakian, Dyspnea, ELLERY, FELLA, Galanni, Ginger & Smart, Gypsea, Han, Haryono Setiadi, IXIAH, Jayson Brunsdon, Jennifer Kate, Jewels + Grace, Kate Sylvester, Kirrily Johnston For Cooper Street, La Biquini, Lee Mathews, Macgraw, Manning Cartell, Maticevski, One Fell Swoop, Phoenix Keating, Romance Was Born, Steven Khalil, STRATEAS.CARLUCCI, SWAROVSKI, Ten Pieces, Watson x Watson, We Are Handsome , Zhivago and Zingiber.

“With the celebration of 20 Years of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia, our focus has been on reflecting upon the immense and diverse design talent that is evident year-on-year. From its humble beginnings in 1996, Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia remains Australia’s greatest fashion platform and the launch pad of Australian designers on to a global stage,” says Emily Weight, Director of Strategy and Brand, IMG Fashion.

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia will commence with one of Australia’s brightest talents on the international stage with the Mercedes-Benz Presents Ellery runway show.

“We’re excited to experience Ellery’s innovative design at Mercedes-Benz Presents, the opening night of the 20th Year of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia” says Horst von Sanden, CEO Mercedes-Benz Australia/Pacific.

The event’s New Generation platform, which has introduced some of Australia’s biggest fashion names to the global stage, will for the first time be supported by St.George Bank. Hand-selected by IMG, the 2015 St.George New Generation show will feature emerging design talents including: Casper + Pearl, House of Cannon, Mariam Seddiq, Misha Collection, POL and Vanessa Moe.

Collections from Australia’s leading fashion graduates will be showcased as part of The Innovators: Fashion Design Studio and the Raffles International Showcase.

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia will again host future-focused morning seminars from industry thought leaders to discuss the opportunities and challenges ahead for the Australian fashion industry.

The Official Schedule can be viewed at mbfashionweek.com/australia/schedule.

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Written By , on March 9, 2015

International Home & Housewares Show 2015, PANTONE ColorWatch Display (Hall of Global Innovation, located in the Lakeside Level 3 Lobby) — The Pantone Color Institute®, an X-Rite company and the global authority for color forecasting and custom color development, today unveiled PANTONE® VIEW home + interiors 2016 – Innovation and Impact, a trend forecast highlighting color trends for the home and interiors marketplace in 2016. Containing nine key trend palettes, plus individual color and material direction, PANTONE VIEW home + interiors provides home furnishings and interior designers with the color information they need to make those critical color decisions.

 

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“As media continue to move toward more evocative, imaginative and innovative uses of color to woo consumers, unexpected color stories are emerging,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute. “To capture attention and keep product lines relevant in the consumer’s eye, it’s important to understand the impact that this always-morphing innovation will have on color and design trends for 2016.”

PANTONE VIEW home + interiors 2016 contains visual inspiration, suggested color harmonies, individual tear-out palette cards for each of the nine forecasted palettes, swatches of the 77 forecasted colors, and product imagery for use in presentations and storyboards. Highlighting additional insight and direction, a summary page provides a comprehensive color overview and a look at other factors influencing the world of home furnishings and interior environments. To enable digital design, PANTONE VIEW home + interiors 2016 also includes PANTONE COLOR MANANGER for direct download of all PANTONE Color Libraries into design software.

The nine palettes for 2016 are: Natural Forms, Dichotomy, Ephemera, Lineage, Soft Focus, Bijoux, Merriment, Footloose and Mixed Bag.

Products in colors from the nine palettes featured in PANTONE VIEW home + interiors 2016 will be on display through tomorrow in the PANTONE ColorWatch Display located in the Hall of Global Innovation at the International Home and Housewares Show. Colors from PANTONE VIEW home + interiors 2016 will also be highlighted in two presentations at the show given by Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute®. The presentations are:

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Written By , on March 9, 2015

180156 180155This spring, Nordstrom and Piece & Co. are collaborating on a new collection of apparel and accessories that connects style with global impact. Launching on March 9th, the capsule collection brings to life the work of women artisans around the world through unique, stylish pieces from eight incredible brands – Alice + Olivia, Current/Elliott, DVF, Joie,Rebecca Minkoff, Theory, The Honest Company, and Tory Burch. Each brand worked closely with Piece & Co. to source handmade materials and fabrics that are then incorporated into their pieces – dresses, tops, skirts, shorts and handbags. The collection will be available at select Nordstrom stores and on nordstrom.com.

A Mission to Empower Women
Founded in 2011 by Kathleen Wright, Piece & Co. is committed to ending global poverty by providing sustainable employment opportunities to female artisans. To date, Piece & Co. has created thousands of jobs for women in more than 30 countries by connecting their craft with brands who serve a global marketplace of conscious consumers. With one brand’s order, between 75 and 100 artisans can be employed for up to three months.

“When you invest in a woman, you invest in her family and community, too,” said Wright. “On average, women invest 90 percent of their income back into their families. This includes putting healthy food on the table, paying for their children to go school, or buying healthcare. And our artisans are no different. When we employ one artisan woman, we impact many.”

By joining forces with Nordstrom, these brands are able to create more than 5,000 jobs through Piece & Co. “Pretty amazing things happen when women from around the world come together,” said Wright. “I’m excited for the possibilities that this collaboration with Nordstrom and these fantastic brands brings.”

Handcrafted Style
In the collection, customers will find classic silhouettes revisited in global patterns and colors, including:

–    DVF‘s iconic wrap dress, this time made with hand-printed indigo batik, an ancient fabric printing technique that incorporates wax resist and dye.
–    Alice + Olivia‘s A-line dress in an artisan-made bold blue and white loom-woven fabric, made in a weaving cooperative in India.
–    Rebecca Minkoff‘s ‘Mini MAC’ cross-body in cognac leather accented with backstrap loom fabric, an ancient weave technique from Vietnam.
–    Tory Burch‘s crackle printed canvas separates made of hand-painted fabric from Zambia.
–    The Honest Company‘s nursing scarves made from hand-woven stripe and chambray designs and silk-screen printed fabrics from Maheshwar and Jodhpur, India.
–    Theory‘s tunics and city shorts in fatigue and block prints from India that are created using a hand-carved wooden stamp.
–    Current/Elliott‘s prep school shirts in black & white ikat or floral block prints made in India.
–    Joie‘s blue and white ikat on casual summer staples: jumper, shorts and a sleeveless dress.

“What excites us most about this collaboration with Piece & Co. is how each of the brands really embraced the idea that the clothing they’re designing can truly make a difference,” said Tricia Smith, executive vice president, general merchandise manager, Women’s Apparel at Nordstrom. “It’s been inspiring to see how all of the brands have enjoyed creating their items with these beautiful fabrics and how they’ve now been incorporated into their spring collections.”

Piece & Co will be available at the following Nordstrom stores and online at nordstrom.com/pieceandco:

About Piece & Co
Based on her experiences at an artisan-focused nonprofit, CEO and Founder Kathleen Wright wanted to help women artisans create a marketplace for their products, and in turn create sustainable employment for themselves. Soon she began to make connections with brands that were looking for authentic alternatives to factory-produced fabrics and accessories and today, the handmade textiles she helps source – ikat, block print, tie-dye – are sought-after for their one-of-a-kind prints, bold colors and interesting textures. Piece & Co. was born.

About Nordstrom
Nordstrom, Inc. is a leading fashion specialty retailer based in the U.S. Founded in 1901 as a shoe store in Seattle, today Nordstrom operates 291 stores in 38 states and Canada. Customers are served at 115 Nordstrom stores in the U.S. and one in Canada; 167 Nordstrom Rack stores; two Jeffrey boutiques; and one clearance store. Additionally, customers are served online throughNordstrom.com, Nordstromrack.com and HauteLook. The company also owns Trunk Club, a personalized clothing service serving customers online at TrunkClub.com and its five clubhouses. Nordstrom, Inc.’s common stock is publicly traded on the NYSE under the symbol JWN.

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Written By , on March 6, 2015

The Metropolitan Museum of Art held a press briefing at the Palace Museum in Beijing, China, about its spring 2015 Costume Institute exhibition, China: Through the Looking Glass. The exhibition, on view at the Met from May 7 to August 16, will explore how Chinese art and film have influenced Western fashion design for centuries.  Thomas P. Campbell, Director and CEO of the Metropolitan Museum; Shan Jixiang, Director of the Palace Museum; Max Baucus, U.S. Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China; Andrew Bolton, Curator in The Costume Institute; Maxwell K. Hearn, Douglas Dillon Chairman, Department of Asian Art; Anna Wintour, Artistic Director of Condé Nast and Editor-in-Chief of American Vogue; and renowned filmmaker Wong Kar Wai, Artistic Director of the exhibition, all attended the press briefing.   
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Director Shan welcomed guests to the Palace of Established Happiness (Jianfu Palace) in the Forbidden City, Ambassador Baucus delivered remarks, and Mr. Campbell highlighted the importance of cultural and artistic exchange between China and the Met.  Andrew Bolton discussed how the exhibition will juxtapose Chinese art and historic costumes with high fashion to demonstrate the West’s fascination with Chinese imagery.  Wong Kar Wai discussed the role of film in the exhibition and showed a montage of the film clips that will be used in the exhibition to illuminate the impact of the cinematic arts on Western fashion. 

During the press briefing, a display in the Jianfu Palace featured images and objects to be included in the Met exhibition: an Yves Saint Laurent gown (by Tom Ford, 2004) inspired by the dragon robe worn by Puyi (1906-1967), the last Chinese emperor, for his inauguration in 1908; and a blue-and-white Chanel beaded gown (by Karl Lagerfeld, 1984) and a Roberto Cavalli gown (2005) whose patterns reflect those on Chinese export porcelains.  This interchange between art and fashion complements the Palace Museum’s mission to highlight the essence of Chinese art and culture formed over thousands of years, as well as The Costume Institute’s commitment to exploring the connection between art and fashion. The Costume Institute became part of the Met in 1946, and subsequently built a world-class collection including more than 35,000 garments from five continents, with some dating back to the 15th century.

China: Through the Looking Glass will be on view in the Met’s Chinese Galleries and in the Anna Wintour Costume Center.  It will feature more than 130 haute couture and ready-to-wear fashions juxtaposed with traditional Chinese masterpieces in jade, lacquer, cloisonné, and blue-and-white porcelain. Chinese imagery will be used throughout the exhibition, presenting a series of “mirrored reflections” that focus on the evolution of art, fashion, and culture from Imperial China through to the present-day People’s Republic of China.     

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“It is an honor for the Met to host a press presentation at the Palace Museum for many reasons, chief among them our long, collaborative relationship with our Chinese colleagues,” said Mr. Campbell.  “We are particularly delighted to share early details about The Costume Institute’s spring exhibition focusing on the history of Chinese imagery in art, film, and fashion.  We hope that many Chinese visitors will come experience the exhibition in our galleries this spring alongside fellow art lovers from around the globe.”

Mr. Shan Jixiang, director of the Palace Museum of China, said: “The close cooperation between the Palace Museum and The Metropolitan Museum of Art in developing this exhibition has enhanced mutual understanding, formed new friendships and led to brilliant new and exciting ideas. We believe that in the near future, we can look forward to more collaboration opportunities and learn from each other by sharing our expertise and experiences in exhibition design and curating.” 

Andrew Bolton, curator of the exhibition, noted:  “From the earliest period of European contact with China in the 16th century, the West has been enchanted with enigmatic objects and imagery from China, providing inspiration for fashion designers from Paul Poiret to Yves Saint Laurent.  Through the looking glass of fashion, designers conjoin disparate stylistic references into a pastiche of Chinese aesthetic and cultural traditions.”

Maxwell K. Hearn added, “China has long been an intriguing source of inspiration for Western artists. As the Met’s Asian Art Department embarks on its 100th year, our permanent collection continues to celebrate the genius of China’s ancient traditions.  This collaboration between two curatorial departments will demonstrate how Western designers have responded creatively to those traditions in ways that are both provocative and insightful.”

“William Chang and I are pleased to be working in collaboration with The Costume Institute and the Asian Art Department of The Metropolitan Museum of Art on this exciting cross-cultural show,” commented Wong Kar Wai. “Historically, there have been many cases of being ‘lost in translation’–with good and revealing results. As Chinese filmmakers, we hope to create a show that is an Empire of Signs–filled with meaning for both East and West to discover and decipher.”

In celebration of the exhibition opening, the Museum’s Costume Institute Benefit will take place on Monday, May 4, 2015.  Silas Chou will serve as Honorary Chair.  The evening’s co-chairs will be Jennifer Lawrence, Gong Li, Marissa Mayer, Wendi Murdoch, and Anna Wintour.  This event is The Costume Institute’s main source of annual funding for exhibitions, publications, acquisitions, and capital improvements.  

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Written By , on March 6, 2015

Sport and futurism were the themes at last night’s H&M Studio show for autumn/winter 2015, held at the Grand Palais in Paris. Models such as Kendall Jenner, Gigi Hadid and Joan Smalls wore pieces from H&M’s key seasonal collection, which combined functional separates with feminine layers. Solange Knowles, Audrey Tautou and Noomi Rapace were among the guests who sat front row at the H&M Studio show, held during Paris Fashion Week in a uniquely constructed lunar landscape inside the Grand Palais.

 

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The set imagined a fashion moon landing, with a colony of space craft dotted around the catwalk. The show was opened by style icon and music producer Caroline de Maigret, who walked the runway like the first woman on the moon, de Maigret entered the space pod and started her live DJ set that put the show in motion.

The show was attended by 600 international editors and guests, as well as a worldwide audience who watched the show live on hm.com, specially hosted by the French fashion journalist and presenter Alexandra Golovanoff.

“There’s such great energy about this H&M Studio collection. I love the sporty and futuristic pieces, which are perfect to mix and match with functional outerwear and the tomboy glamour of lurex and sequins,” says Ann-Sofie Johansson, Creative Advisor at H&M.

Zip-up jackets and coats paired with slender pants set the sporty mood on the H&M Studio catwalk for autumn/winter 2015, with futuristic shimmer from lurex knits and dresses, along with functional pieces like hooded anoraks and zip-fronted jumpsuits.

H&M Studio is H&M’s limited-edition collection of key seasonal pieces, with its own dedicated design team. The autumn/winter 2015 collection will be available in 200 stores, as well as online, from September 10, 2015.

“That was my favorite H&M Studio collection so far. I loved everything about the H&M Studio show. There’s a green turtleneck and pants I want to get my hands on right now,” said Solange Knowles. “H&M is such a great brand. Every cool girl, every model, everybody wears H&M,” said Karolina Kurkova.

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Written By , on March 6, 2015

Via Spiga has debuted its spring 2015 campaign featuring model Hilary Rhoda in images by photographer Sharif Hamza.

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The campaign is modern and elegant and speaks to all facets of a woman’s life — exploring her sophisticated, passionate personality, and her sexy, playful spirit. Rhoda is shown in a series of seated positions with the objects of desire — the shoes – in the foreground. The geometric lines and crisp color palette of white, cool blue, green and silver matches the sleek look and sophisticated mood of the collection. The mirrored floor reflects water-like ripples onto the walls and ceiling of the space, adding lively movement which is juxtaposed with Rhoda’s graceful and powerful presence.

“Via Spiga is such an iconic brand so, it was an honor to work with them on the campaign,” said Rhoda. “I love that the collection offers a wide variety of beautiful, well-made styles for the modern woman.”

The campaign features eleven styles from Via Spiga’s spring 2015 collection, each suited to different aspects of the modern woman’s life. From chic pointed-toe suede mules for a big meeting, to spectacular black and gold gladiator heels for a night out, Via Spiga offers styles for every occasion. All are produced in beautiful Italian leathers with luxurious detailing.

Featured styles include: the Dahlia pump in color-blocked suede, the Gwena leather sandal with jewel embellishments, the Sumner flat gladiator sandal, and theTerrelle high-heeled sandal in metallic Nappa leather, among others.

The campaign will debut in print and online, beginning in March. The collection will be available for purchase on ViaSpiga.com and at major department stores in the U.S. including Nordstrom and Bloomingdale’s.

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