Written By , on April 22, 2015

Global retailer H&M, Hennes & Mauritz, celebrates Earth Day and encourages customers to become involved and make an impact towards a more sustainable fashion future with H&M’s Garment Recycling initiative and more sustainable fashion choices. Join the movement and bring your unwanted clothing to your nearest H&M store to give it a new life. In return, participants will receive 20% off their next H&M purchase which they can use towards any of H&M’s more sustainable fashion pieces, worn by celebrities Jessica Alba, Olivia Wilde, Solange Knowles, Victoria Justice, Dakota Fanning, Maggie Gyllenhaal,Jennifer Lopez, Miranda Kerr, Kate Mara, Emmy Rossum, and more.



After learning the staggering fact that the vast majority of fabric can be recycled, yet 85% of all textiles end up in landfills each year, H&M became the first fashion company to launch a global garment collecting initiative. With the aim to minimize waste going into landfills by finding a solution to reuse and recycle textile fibers for new use, all donated clothing is sent to a recycling facility where they will be given a new life. Since the launch in 2013, almost thirty million pounds of product has been collected.

H&M offers garments in every category made from more sustainable materials. As the world’s number one user of organic cotton, the brand is consistently evolving to source new materials and innovative processes. New fabrications such as PET bottles turned into recycled polyester, and assessments on methods such as testing and using less energy and water to create capsule collections such as H&M’s Conscious Denim collection, all work together to create a positive impact on our planet. Most recently highlighted is H&M’s fourth Conscious Exclusive collection fronted by actress and humanitarian Olivia Wilde, which launched in stores on April 16th. The limited-edition collection, which embodies details derived from global influences and cultures, is made from more sustainable and recycled materials including recycled sequins and beads, recycled silk, and Tencel/Lyocell.

Coming off the heels of the release of the brand’s thirteenth Sustainability Report, everything that the brand does must be run in a way that is economically, socially, and environmentally friendly. Focusing on the desire to increase the use of renewable energy and recycled materials, H&M’s goal is to make more sustainable fashion choices available, affordable, and attractive to as many people as possible.

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Written By , on April 22, 2015

Consumers who love leather handbags but don’t want to support the conventional leather production industry now have an ethical alternative: Fashion Accessories by Parvane. With eco-friendly vegetable-tanned leather handbags imported from Italy and made from hides reclaimed from the meat industry, Parvane is one of the few leather accessories retailers making sure customers can enjoy beautiful leather products without harming animals or the environment.



The leather in the I Medici bags from Parvane is vegetable-tanned, making it biodegradable and free of toxic chemicals, including the chromium salts typically used to tan leather. Thus the bags are ideal for people who suffer from chrome allergies.

“The vast majority of the world’s leather is chrome tanned,” explains Parvane founder Parvaneh Zamani. “Chrome tanning is environmentally destructive and produces leather that is not biodegradable and cannot be worn by those with chrome allergies. Vegetable tanning is safe, natural and non-toxic, and it produces a lovely, warm leather with a rich look and feel.”

Zamani founded Parvane nine years ago with the goal of offering traditional Italian leather bags to a global audience. She chose to carry I Medici bags on Parvane.net because she knew she wasn’t the only one who wanted beautiful leather accessories that were environmentally friendly.

“One of the things that really sets our bags apart from many other leather bags available today is the leather sourcing,” said Zamani. “I Medici bags are made from rawhides discarded by the meat industry and reclaimed by the tanneries. No animals are killed for their skin.”

In addition to the sale that will run through May, which discounts I Medici handbags to as low as $49.00, Parvane offers free shipping to the U.S. and Canada year-round. All authentic I Medici leather handbags come with original factory tags displaying the Genuine Italian Vegetable Tanned Leather Consortium trademark and serial number.

About Fashion Accessories by Parvane

Founded in 2006 by Parvaneh Zamani, Fashion Accessories by Parvane is a leading Canadian retailer of leather handbags, purses, computer bags, messenger bags and wallets imported directly from Italy and Europe. In addition to its leather goods, Parvane also offers wool and silk scarves from Nepal. Learn more and view the entire Parvane collection at http://www.parvane.net.

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Written By , on April 21, 2015

VOGUE American released their May Issue today, making history by profiling their first ever transgender model. Inside the coveted pages, one can find an intimate and beautiful four-page profile of Transgender Supermodel and Luminary Andreja Pejic. The spread is titled ‘The New World’, shot by the legendary Patrick Demarchelier. The issue takes a wider look into ‘Trans America’, which is dubbed ‘the frontier in gender politics’. The interview, which can be found here – http://vogue.cm/1OyFmgI discusses Andreja’s insights regarding gender fluidity dominating the runways and whether we have reached a transgender turning point.


Andreja opened up and allowed a rare insight into her world, sharing that “There are just more categories now, it’s good. We’re finally figuring out that gender and sexuality are more complicated”.

Also released in the interview is the exciting announcement that Andreja is the first transgender model to secure a significant cosmetics campaign. This year, we will see her appear as the face of Make Up For Ever. As Andreja continues to break the barrier for transgender models in the fashion industry, and transgender individuals internationally, she has been pursuing a documentary about her transition from androgyny to womanhood since 2013. During London Fashion Week in February 2015, Andreja made her first runway debut as a female, for Giles Deacon.

“Andreja had an extraordinary career as a male model, often modeling female clothes; she pulled it off. It opened a lot of eyes and made people see things from a new perspective. We’re going to see her influence for years to come”, says Gene Kogan, codirector of the men’s division at Pejic’s former agency, DNA Model Management. Today The Society Management’s women’s board exclusively represents her in North America.

Raised in Australia, from Serbian and Croatian descent, Pejić was first discovered as a teen and has since become an inspiration to the international fashion industry and transgender community.  She was the first model to make a successful career in both womenswear and menswear, along with being featured on both gender boards of her modeling agency. Pejić was discovered in 2007 while working at McDonalds and rose to fame after her 2010 Paris Vogue feature styled by Carine Roitfeld, where Pejić was dressed in women’s wear and photographed by Mert & Marcus. Pejić went on to walk in top runway shows such as Galliano, Marc Jacobs, Raf Simons, Paul Smith, and Jean Paul Gaultier where she opened the show in woman’s Haute Couture and closed the show in a men’s suit. After that Pejić became known as one ofGaultier’s muses, and was highlighted in his print ads and walked as the mariée in his women’s wear Haute Couture Spring 2011 show.

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Written By , on April 21, 2015

The Costume Institute’s spring 2015 exhibition, China: Through the Looking Glass, will be on view at The Metropolitan Museum of Art from May 7 through August 16, 2015 (preceded on May 4 by The Costume Institute Benefit).  Presented in the Museum’s Chinese Galleries and Anna Wintour Costume Center, the exhibition will explore the impact of Chinese aesthetics on Western fashion and how China has fueled the fashionable imagination for centuries.  In this collaboration between The Costume Institute and the Department of Asian Art, high fashion will be juxtaposed with Chinese costumes, paintings, porcelains, and other art, including films, to reveal enchanting reflections of Chinese imagery.
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The exhibition is made possible by Yahoo.

Additional support is provided by Condé Nast and several Chinese donors.

“I am excited about this partnership between these two forward-thinking departments which will undoubtedly reveal provocative new insights into the West’s fascination with China,” said Thomas P. Campbell, Director and CEO of the Met.  “The artistic direction of acclaimed filmmaker Wong Kar Wai will take visitors on a cinematic journey through our galleries, where high fashion will be shown alongside masterworks of Chinese art.”

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.

“From the earliest period of European contact with China in the 16th century, the West has been enchanted with enigmatic objects and imagery from the East, providing inspiration for fashion designers from Paul Poiret to Yves Saint Laurent, whose fashions are infused at every turn with romance, nostalgia, and make-believe,” said Andrew Bolton, Curator in The Costume Institute.  “Through the looking glass of fashion, designers conjoin disparate stylistic references into a fantastic pastiche of Chinese aesthetic and cultural traditions.” 

Exhibition Overview 
This is The Costume Institute’s first collaboration with another curatorial department sinceAngloMania: Tradition and Transgression in British Fashion in 2006, a partnership with the Department of European Sculpture and Decorative Arts.  China: Through the Looking Glasswill feature more than 140 examples of haute couture and avant-garde ready-to-wear alongside masterpieces of Chinese art.  Filmic representations of China will be incorporated throughout to reveal how our visions of China are shaped by narratives that draw upon popular culture, and to recognize the importance of cinema as a medium through which we understand the richness of Chinese history.

The Anna Wintour Costume Center’s Lizzie and Jonathan Tisch Gallery will present a series of “mirrored reflections” focusing on Imperial China; the Republic of China, especially Shanghai in the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s; and the People’s Republic of China.  These reflections, as well as others in the exhibition, will be illustrated with scenes from films by such groundbreaking Chinese directors as Zhang Yimou, Chen Kaige, Ang Lee, and Wong Kar Wai.  Distinct vignettes will be devoted to “women of style,” including Hu Die (known as Butterfly Wu), Oei Huilan (the former Madame Wellington Koo), and Soong May-Ling (Madame Chiang Kai-shek).

Directly above the Anna Wintour Costume Center, the Chinese Galleries on the second floor will showcase fashion from the 1700s to the present, juxtaposed with decorative arts from Imperial China, including jade, bronze, lacquer, and blue-and-white porcelain, mostly drawn from the Met’s collection.  The Astor Court will feature a thematic vignette dedicated to Chinese opera, focusing on John Galliano’s spring 2003 Christian Dior Haute Couture Collection.

Designers in the exhibition will include Cristobal Balenciaga, Travis Banton, Bulgari, Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen, Callot Soeurs, Cartier, Roberto Cavalli, Coco Chanel, Christian Dior, Tom Ford for Yves Saint Laurent, John Galliano for Christian Dior, Jean Paul Gaultier, Valentino Garavani, Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Picciolo for Valentino, Craig Green, Guo Pei, Marc Jacobs for Louis Vuitton, Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel, Jeanne Lanvin, Ralph Lauren, Christian Louboutin, Martin Margiela, Alexander McQueen, Alexander McQueen for Givenchy, Edward Molyneux, Kate and Laura Mulleavy, Dries van Noten, Jean Patou, Paul Poiret, Yves Saint Laurent, Paul Smith, Van Cleef & Arpels, Vivienne Tam, Giambattista Valli, Vivienne Westwood, Jason Wu, and Laurence Xu.

Exhibition Credits 
The exhibition, a collaboration between The Costume Institute and the Department of Asian Art, coincides with the Museum’s year-long centennial celebration of the Asian Art Department, which was created as a separate curatorial department in 1915. China: Through the Looking Glass is organized by Andrew Bolton, Curator, with the support of Harold Koda, Curator in Charge, both of The Costume Institute.  Additional support is provided by Maxwell Hearn, Douglas Dillon Chairman; Denise Patry Leidy, Curator; and Zhixin Jason Sun, Curator, all of the Department of Asian Art.

Internationally renowned filmmaker Wong Kar Wai will be the exhibition’s artistic director working with his longtime collaborator William Chang, who will supervise styling.  Nathan Crowley will serve as production designer for the exhibition-he has worked on three previous Costume Institute exhibitions including Superheroes: Fashion and Fantasy (2008), American Woman: Fashioning a National Identity (2010), and Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations(2012).

The design for the 2015 Costume Institute Gala Benefit will be created by Wong Kar Wai and William Chang with 59 Productions, and Raul Avila, who has produced the Benefit décor since 2007.

“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,” said Wong.  “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.”

Related Content and Programs 
A book, China: Through the Looking Glass, by Andrew Bolton, has texts by Adam Geczy, Maxwell K. Hearn, Homay King, Harold Koda, Mei Mei Rado, and Wong Kar Wai, and an interview with John Galliano. This publication accompanies the exhibition, and is illustrated with new photography by Platon.  Published by The Metropolitan Museum of Art and distributed by Yale University Press, the $45 gold-stamped flexibound edition has 256 pages, 40 printed vellum leaves, and 231 color illustrations. A deluxe limited boxed edition of 500 numbered copies has a traditional Chinese string binding and a framable print of a Platon photograph.  It is $250 and available only at the Museum. 

Met Museum Presents programs include an opening concert in conjunction with China: Through the Looking Glass by pianist Lang Lang in the Great Hall on May 14.  Lang Lang at the Met is inspired by the exhibition China: Through the Looking Glass and made possible by Adrian Cheng.  Additional funding is provided by Sarah Solomon Billinghurst.   

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Written By , on April 21, 2015

Judith & Charles elevates its position as a full lifestyle brand with its Fall 2015 collection, notably with sophisticated outerwear. Attention to detail is prominent and influences from the 70s are evident through the use of textured materials and unique patterns, coming together to create a stylish and versatile collection epitomizing the brand’s essence.   judith-charles
The collection opens with the sleek double-breasted Bisset Coat in a luxurious wool cashmere blend. The defining characteristic is the spicy rose colour selected to enhance the fabric’s richness. In the same material, the label offers the single-breasted Huston Coat, also tailored but this time in the season’s rich Vicuna colour. The chic Charlie Coat, crafted in compact wool boasts a cool allure in a looser fit with rounded shoulders. Finally, the label expands on casualwear with a beautiful beige and off-white combo cape, a fall favourite. 
Subtle yet edgy details are highlighted throughout the collection, namely with the standout offering of new dresses. The Burton dress, offered in the brand’s signature crepe fabric sets the tone with graphic depth and Bordeaux colour blocking. In their renowned form-fitting silhouette, the Gia Dress combines navy and black, a leather waistband, and an exposed front zipper, making it ultra modern. The skirts are also distinctive as seen in the stripe tweed Maud skirt with precisely combined chintz details offered in a rich Bordeaux.
Also in Bordeaux, the plaid Khan jacket is designed with a leather collar, a fashionable take of the classic style. Other thoughtful inserts of leather, chintz and zipper details recur in the collection, as found on novelty knitwear.
A 70s influence is clear from the use of supple suede, printed silks and reminiscent shapes. In addition, the chevron pattern featured in the Johnson Jacket and the long sleeved Pam dress also takes inspiration from the fashionable decade. The mock neck Bowie Dress and Nicks pencil skirt offered both in suede and in a sublime dark green creates an uncompromised modern effect.  Finally, flared pants are seen throughout the collection, a shape staying true to brand, a perfect fit.
Once again, Judith & Charles is proud to present an exquisite collection. The label’s ability to consistently offer elegant, stylish and easy to wear clothing, combined with their high quality fabrics and precise craftsmanship are the qualities that keep the contemporary woman wanting more.

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Written By , on April 21, 2015

Shelly Brown, wife of three-time Grammy Award winner Zac Brown, announces the launch of her lifestyle brand jewelry collection, the first in her series of fashion designs. The Shelly Brown jewelry collection, versatile glam meets Boho-chic, will debut exclusively at the New York Accessories and Jewelry Market May 3-5. The line will be sold at retail stores fall 2015. Shelly is making a statement with her bold pieces, drawing inspiration from life at home and on the road.


“We’ve been fortunate enough to travel and by doing so I can’t help but be wildly influenced by the open road and the world around me,” said Brown. “I was inspired to craft a collection of jewelry that spoke to these influences; something that reflects the duality of our lifestyle, pieces that you can wear with a t-shirt and jeans or with a cocktail dress, day-to-night, or work-to-play.”

Shelly will introduce adaptable pieces for the fascinating woman featuring a creative fusion of elements, textures, colors and styles. Swarovski crystals, leather fringe, antique and high-shine pieces all synthesize to create a line that is far from traditional.

“I enjoy mixing materials and textures, giving my collection a chic, yet relaxed vibe,” said Brown. “There’s an elegant meets edgy appeal. Everything can stand on its own or mixed with pieces a woman may already have. The entire line is really substantial and I am so happy with the quality.”

The jewelry collection, comprised of rings, earrings, necklaces and bracelets, are all made in the USA using organic and authentic techniques and retails on average from $200-$400. Shelly creates each original piece by hand, leather is locally sourced at Southern Ground Artists in her native Atlanta, and all final pieces are produced in Rhode Island.

Designing at a young age, everything from pillows to prom dresses, Shelly has always been drawn to artistic endeavors. Upon graduating with a Fashion Design Degree from Bauder College in Atlanta, Shelly began exploring professional opportunities to fine-tune her craft. As fate would have it, along the way she met and married Zac and has since established herself as a major contributor in the creative direction for costuming and wardrobe for the band’s tours and music videos.

When they’re not on tour, Shelly and Zac reside outside Atlanta and spend as much time as possible on Florida’s gulf coast with their five children and four dogs.

Shelly’s plans are to later translate her designs to fashion, handbags, shoes and accessories.

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Written By , on April 21, 2015

Leading global beauty brand, L’Oreal Paris welcomes renowned celebrity makeup artist, Sir John, to its notable roster of experts.  A consummate visionary, Sir John uses the power of cosmetics to exalt women to their highest impact and is now able to empower even more women to become their most beautiful selves.   In his new role, Sir John will lend his insights and expertise to everything from product development and how-to’s to social media.



“We are delighted to welcome Sir John into our L’Oreal Paris family,” said Karen T. Fondu, President, L’Oreal Paris. “His skill for knowing how to draw out confidence and enhance the natural beauty in a woman is exceptional. His creativity and skill will help our consumers translate professionally-inspired looks to the everyday and encourage them to be their own makeup designers.”

“I’m thrilled to be working with L’Oreal Paris – it’s a humbling experience,” says Sir John.  “It’s a brand I have admired for years, dating back well before my career as a makeup artist even began. I will wear my new title with pride and aim to inspire as many women as possible.”

At his core, Sir John considers himself an artist. He gained a firm grasp on different mediums like brush strokes and nuances of color and shading through studying the arts in his school years, an innate understanding that eventually led him to makeup.

After he moved to New York City, his career took off upon meeting and working as an assistant to celebrated makeup artist Pat McGrath.  The weeks and months that followed were laden with international Fashion Week runway shows and collaborations.  One year later, at Tom Ford’s Spring 2011 runway show, Sir John met Beyonce Knowles.  Following an “OMG” phone call to his mom, the rest, as they say, is history. Soon after, Sir John embarked on his solo career and eventually signed on as the global megastar’s official makeup artist for her two consecutive world tours, not to mention lending his artistry to her self-titled visual album.

Crediting Beyonce as his artistic muse, the relationship catapulted Sir John’s industry presence.  He has solidified his role as a respected backstage mainstay in fashion and gives a voice to his work by contributing to esteemed publications as Vogue Italia,Style.com, Models.com, The Coveteur, InStyle and Teen Vogue.  Sir John’s signature versatility and creativity has made him the go-to for elite red carpet events. Regular celebrity clients include Karlie Kloss, Liya Kebede, Chrissy Teigen, and Joan Smalls.

Sir John is based in New York City where in his spare time he enjoys cooking, eating, traveling and physical fitness.  An early adopter of social media, Sir John remains in touch with fans and followers to give up-and-coming artists an inside peek into the process in an otherwise invisible arena – an invaluable perspective that was lacking in his early career.

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Written By , on April 21, 2015

The annual LEGENDS celebration is one of the most anticipated and respected trade events where the ‘best of the best’ in design are invited to transform the 67 windows of the showrooms and galleries of the quarter, revealing the essence of what inspires them most. In celebration of this year’s theme, Where Muses Dwell, Nelson will take her inspiration from the iconic Pauline de Rothschild for her creative window display. Iconoclastic, idiosyncratic, individualistic…”le style Pauline” is the American-born aesthete’s legacy of juxtaposing spare/opulent, modern/historic, raw/refined, and mixed with memories, emotion, and scholarship to embody inspired design, timeless style.


“I chose Pauline de Rothschild as my muse because she embodies innovation,” says Nelson, Principal Designer and Managing Director of KMNelson Design, LLC. “Everything Pauline—from the details of the clothes she designed to the pillows, curtains and decorative details on furnishings in her varied homes—was about mix and match and breaking the rules,” adds Nelson. “When porcelain, fine linens and formal floral arrangements ruled tables, Pauline was renowned for her imaginative tablescapes. She would mix papal-quality silver with ceramic dishes placed on Indian bedspread tablecloths, then complete it all with imaginative creations like a sprawling mound of moss embedded with weeds, or miniature forests of herbs individually potted in ancient Chinese blue and white porcelain vessels, making it look effortless, inviting and timeless.”

Pauline de Rothschild’s residences in London, Paris, and Pauillac, were also strikingly original with decor and details that still inspire designers and design devotees today. Spaces were created with an artist’s eye, with every element considered. Similarly, Nelson’s design will showcase de Rothschild’s legacy of mixing and matching materials, periods, styles, and unexpected elements in a two-“room” display evoking the duality of city Pauline and country Pauline. Fabrics and furnishings in the window, including a Niermann Weeks chandelier and two brand new Arte wallpaper designs – one of which is an innovative three-dimensional manufacturing process and the other an inspired take on Chinoiserie – are all available through Egg & Dart.

“We are delighted to partner with a top design talent whose focus on luxury and high style aligns with our own mission of showcasing the industry’s finest home furnishings and designs,” says Robert Allred, General Manager for Egg & Dart. “We look forward to supporting Kristi in her window design that will celebrate and combine her unique aesthetic, Pauline de Rothschild’s legacy, and our brand’s style, vision, and products.”

Throughout this 3-day celebration, highly recognized and celebrated top designers and their work draw top editors and enthusiasts alike to LEGEND’s array of showrooms, panels, cocktail parties, book signings, and receptions.


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Written By , on April 15, 2015

Desigual wants to share and celebrate World Art Day with everyone in celebration of creativity. The fashion brand and artist Alexa Meade are joining forces to celebrate creativity and present a series of surprising images. With colorful Desigual bags as the backdrop, Meade has painted the entire set of a photo shoot, even the models’ bodies. The result: a thorough test of the perception of reality.


Meade paints on objects, creating an optical effect that transcends the limitations of imagination. She is able to turn the people she paints into works of art. She understands something that cannot be seen from the outside and adds another dimension to the person, all while taking another away at the same time.

As its clothing and accessories prove, Desigual has always focused on artistic inspiration and creativity in its designs and collections. Therefore, the brand has joined forces with Meade, not just as an ambassador for art, but as an ambassador for unconventional art who breaks boundaries to create something edgy, innovative and highly creative. Meade’s creativity goes beyond the mere act of creating because it starts with the concept itself, with how the idea and the creative process are developed. That’s why Meade is pure creativity and a valuable talent for the Spanish brand.

The artist discovered a very special canvas in the brand’s accessories that she herself has converted into art. The bright colors and graphics are an ideal foundation to work on. That’s why she has created three scenarios featuring a model wearing Desigual bags and bikinis as the central element.

Life is Chula (“Life is Cool”) is the famous Desigual leitmotif, referring to a way of life where being unique, special and distinct is considered positive and distinguishing. It encourages people to live life in their own way: creatively and experimenting as much as possible without fear of being themselves. That’s why people like Alexa Meade – who dropped out of a political science degree to concentrate on the creative pursuits she was passionate about to focus on something new, colorful and bold – fits in perfectly with the brand’s philosophy and values.

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Written By , on April 13, 2015

Siki Im was selected as the winner of a Creative Promise Prize in Fashion for his menswear designs that draw inspiration from architecture, culture, politics, and psychology.  Im is the fashion designer behind SIKI IM, a line of luxury menswear, and DEN IM, a denim and basics extension line.  A former architect, he is interested in the intersections of culture, theory, and psychology within the design process.  Sold in stores worldwide, each of Im’s collections centers on a theme (from immigrants and xenophobia to The Lord of the Flies), which he researches in depth to build into a collection of draped, often unisex pieces.  He seeks to grow his company into a multi-focus creative design studio that also works in architecture and product design.  Siki Im was born in Germany to Korean immigrant parents.

About the Vilcek Foundation:

The Vilcek Foundation was established in 2000 by Jan and Marica Vilcek, immigrants from the former Czechoslovakia.  The mission of the foundation, to honor the contributions of foreign-born scholars and artists living in the United States, was inspired by the couple’s careers in biomedical science and art history, respectively, as well as their personal experiences and appreciation for the opportunities they received as newcomers to this country.  The foundation awards annual prizes to immigrant biomedical scientists and artists and sponsors cultural programs such as the Hawaii International Film Festival.  To learn more, please visit Vilcek.org

About the Vilcek Prizes:

The Vilcek Foundation believes that immigrant contributions are invaluable to advancing the American arts, sciences, and culture. Now in their tenth year, the Vilcek Foundation Prizes pay tribute to and spotlight individuals whose accomplishments embody this belief. The Vilcek Prize in the Arts honors an artist with records of major achievement in her or his field. The winner of the prize is awarded a $100,000 unrestricted cash prize and an unique trophy designed by Austrian-born designer Stefan Sagmeister. The Vilcek Prizes for Creative Promise in the Arts, established seven years ago, commend young immigrant artists who have demonstrated outstanding achievement in the early stages of their careers. The winners each receive a $50,000 unrestricted cash prize and a certificate designed by Stefan Sagmeister. Each year, the Vilcek Prize and Creative Promise Prizes for the Arts are awarded in a different category of the arts and humanities; previous categories include fine arts, architecture, music, filmmaking, culinary arts, literature, dance, contemporary music, and design. In 2015, the prizes are awarded in the field of Fashion. All prizewinners will be honored at a ceremony in New York City in April 2015.

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