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H and M David BeckhamH&M is announcing the expansion of its long-term relationship with sport and style icon David Beckham. For spring 2015, David will choose his favorite H&M menswear pieces to create Modern Essentials Selected by David Beckham. This new collaboration, a natural evolution for both David and H&M following the unprecedented success of David Beckham Bodywear, will allow men around the world to access the icons globally recognized sense of style.

Modern Essentials Selected by David Beckham will kick-off with a campaign filmed by the famous director Marc Forster. David Beckham has also created a new spring Bodywear collection forH&M. Both collections will launch worldwide in stores and online onMarch 5, 2015.

“I am thrilled to continue and extend my collaboration with H&M by selecting my favorites from this spring’s Modern Essentials collection. Each piece is a new wardrobe classic that will update every man’s spring wardrobe with great style. Marc Forster is one of my favorite directors – I can’t wait to reveal the new campaign with H&M,” says David Beckham.

“Most of us are familiar with David’s innate sense of style and design. However, it was his keen eye for cinematic storytelling that I noticed during the filming of this campaign. He doesn’t make H&M clothing look good, he makes it look great,” says Marc Forster, known for directing the hits Monster’s BallFinding NeverlandStranger than FictionThe Kite RunnerQuantum of Solace, and World War Z.

Modern Essentials selected by David Beckham focuses on the important pieces of the season, updating men’s classics in fresh fabrics, colors and fits for spring 2015. Key garments include a linen pilot jacket; a white chalk-washed denim jacket; a car coat; a stylish linen blazer; a city-slicker polo shirt and the perfect white poplin shirt.

Meanwhile, David Beckham continues with a new Bodywear collection for spring, complete with the perfect loungewear pieces – Henley shirts, raglan-sleeved shirts, crewnecks and a sleeveless jersey shirt. The collection centers on tones of dark blue, gray melange and off-white, with accents of orange-red. Stripes appear as trim or across whole garments to add a new classic twist. The collection is supported by a brand-new print campaign, featuring David wearing select looks from the David Beckham Bodywear collection, available exclusively at H&M.

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Written By , on January 21, 2015

Style.com/Arabia and Farfetch Host a Secret Dinner Under the Stars in Abu Dhabi Condé Nast’s Style.com/Arabia and online retailer Farfetch, joined forces to host an intimate dinner in the heart of Abu Dhabi, the UAE’s capital city.

The exclusive affair was held to celebrate the retailer’s latest expansion within the Middle East, with the signing of prominent Kuwaiti boutiques AlOthman and Al Ostoura. This dual signing solidifies Farfetch’s commitment to the Middle Eastern market and support of the Arab world’s burgeoning creative landscape.

The evening took place under the stars at a private location at the Emirates Palace. Produced by London-based event planner Jemma-Jade Events, the evening was designed to fuse the mystical elegance of Arabia with the clean and refined tone of contemporary fashion. A candlelit path led the way to an ethereally decorated gazebo, featuring twinkling white Arabian-influenced décor laced with florals. VIP guests, including Nez Gebreel, CEO of the Dubai Design and Fashion Council; rising actress Razane Jammal; and accessories designer Nathalie Trad, enjoyed a decadent dining experience, as well as a surprise performance by Emirati soul musician and MTV EMAs nominee Hamdan Al Abri, along with car service from Careem, the evening’s official transportation partner.

In collaboration with AlOthman, founded nearly half a century ago, Farfetch brought a fashion-souk to life. The display featured a curated edit of what shoppers around the world can expect to find newly available online at Farfetch through AlOthman.

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Written By , on January 21, 2015

Ecco Domani Zac PosenEcco Domani® Wines of Italy today revealed that acclaimed fashion designer Zac Posen will dress the Ecco Domani® Pinot Grigio bottle in an exclusive, limited-edition design for summer 2015.

Posen, whose designs can be found on celebrities who grace the red carpets, is bringing his signature style to America’s best-selling Italian Pinot Grigio. Available in the Italian import section of stores nationwide starting in May, Ecco Domani’s Posen-designed Pinot Grigio will retail for a suggested price of $10.99 – a steal for a Zac Posen original.

“I’ve dressed many people in my life, but never a bottle of wine. This is such an exciting project because it weaves together my work as a fashion designer and my passion for food, cooking and entertaining. The design will reflect the bright, floral qualities of the wine, giving any table a stylish, refreshing look,” Posen said.

Posen has a long-standing history with Ecco Domani. A recipient of the inaugural Ecco Domani Fashion Foundation Award in 2002, Posen received sponsorship of his first major runway show by the Italian wine brand. In partnering on the project, the designer andEcco Domani are coming full circle.

“We wanted to create an easy way to add a touch of style to any occasion this summer, and partnering with Zac Posen for a one-of-a-kind design is the perfect way to highlight our classic Pinot Grigio,” said Courtney O’Brien, Director of Marketing, Ecco Domani. “Zac is bringing the modern sophistication and glamour he’s known for on the runway to everyday occasions.”

Ecco Domani translates to “Here’s tomorrow” in Italian, reflecting a forward-thinking approach to authentic Italian wines. Ecco Domani Pinot Grigio is made with flavorful fruit from northern Italy’s celebrated regions of the Tre Venezie: Trentino-Alto Adige, Veneto andFriuli-Venezia Giulia. With its delicate citrus and floral aromas, signature tropical fruit flavors, and a crisp, refreshing finish, Ecco Domani Pinot Grigio is considered America’s most loved Italian Pinot Grigio and is a perennial leader in Pinot Grigio by-the-glass and by-the-bottle sales.

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Written By , on January 19, 2015

Maybelline Welcomes Gigi Hadid

 

Maybelline New York announced today that American golden girl Gigi Hadid is their newest spokesperson. Gigi will join an elite group of spokeswomen which includes Christy Turlington, Adriana Lima, Jourdan Dunn,Emily DiDonato, Marloes Horst, Kemp Muhl, and a host of others.

“Being a Maybelline New York spokesperson means more to me than anyone can imagine; it doesn’t seem real! It’s the most incredible feeling and is a dream come true,” said Gigi. “I feel so honored and humbled to be a part of the iconic brand I grew up with, and I am very excited by this opportunity.”

At only 19, Gigi has graced the runways of Marc Jacobs, Giles, Sonia Rykiel, Jean Paul Gaultier, Jeremy Scott, and Chanel. She landed in 2014 the cover of the fourth installment of Carine Roitfeld’s CR Fashion Book, and the December 2014 cover of Harper’s Bazaar in Malaysia. Mentored by Carine Roitfeld, Gigi has sat for renowned photographers including Steven Meisel, Mario Sorrenti,Craig McDean, Bruce Weber, Gilles Bensimon, Sebastian Faena, and Ellen Von Unwerth.

‎”We are thrilled to welcome Gigi Hadid to Maybelline New York,” said Jerome Bruhat, Global Brand President.   “As the fashion industry’s newest ‘it’ girl, Gigi is known for her confident, fun, seductive spirit. She reflects our brand values and represents Maybelline New York women all over the world who are smart, sexy, optimistic and full of life.”

The green-blue-eyed beauty’s modeling career began at a young age when she was discovered by Guess co-founder Paul Marciano. She would go on to model for Baby Guess, Guess Kids, then graduating to Guess. Campaigns with Tom Ford, Sports Illustrated, and a spot in the notorious 2015 Pirelli calendar have followed.

A Malibu native, the media darling now calls the streets of New York City home. Entering 2015 on a high note, Gigi has a striking international social media presence, clocking in at over 1.4 million Instagram followers and 193K Twitter devotees. In 2014, she landed on Models.com’s Top 50 Models list, Models.com’s Top Sexiest Models list, Sports Illustrated‘s12 Rookies Who Rocked 2014, and Rolling Stone‘s 25 Hottest Sex Symbols of 2014.

An accomplished equestrian and volleyball player, Gigi also enjoys staying active with boxing at her home away from home, Gotham Gym, in New York City. In addition to her active social media presence, Gigi edits the popular tumblr blog SevenAngels, and recently completed her first year of undergraduate studies in forensic psychology at Eugene Lang College The New School for Liberal Arts.

Gigi will make her Maybelline New York debut in advertising campaigns later this year.

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Written By , on January 19, 2015

Wildfox Swim Cruise 15 Collection

Wildfox Swim announces the arrival of its Cruise 15 ‘Party Like it’s ’99’ range of swimwear and cover-ups inspired by late 80s and early 90s fashion, the peak of the supermodel era, vintage Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issues and vintage Barbie.

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Swim is a collaborative design effort between Wildfox Swim & Intimates Designer, Leilani Shimoda, and Creative Director, Kimberley Gordon. Together the girls create timeless collections of both vintage-inspired classics and more daring Brazilian cuts, which can be mixed and matched to accommodate all body types and personal style preferences. Shimoda, says, Kim and I went to high school together in the 90s, so we have a lot of memories of that time. This collection reflects that nostalgia.”

First debuted on the runway during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim in Miami Beach, the collection features a palette of pastel, ombre and neon hues mixed with graphic prints, tongue-in-cheek Wildfox sayings, and sporty zipper details on high leg one piece suits and neoprene-like sets.

Reversible Classic String tops and bottoms are made from a shiny polyester spandex blend and come in a variety of playful prints and graphics with a contrasting pattern or solid when reversed. The String top features adjustable halter and back ties, and side ties on the bottoms. Styles include the Wildcat: leopard print to solid black, the 80’s Star: red with white stars to a blue with all over stars, the80’s Stripe: pastel stripes to solid light blue and the Hamburgers: all over burgers to a pink/white club stripe.

The 80’s Star Classic One-Piece features a white, allover star print on a bright blue body with a deep neckline and straps that can be styled three different ways – crisscross, straight suspender or halter tie. The shiny polyester spandex blend fabric makes for a flattering, yet sexy fit. Our Totally Rad reversible Classic String Top and Bottoms are made of a recycled polyamide elastane blend fabric, and have “Rad” and “Cool” speech bubbles on the triangles, and “Totally Awesome” across the back of the bottoms. Both top and bottom reverse to a solid neon pink and have black string ties finished with gold, Wildfox charms. The Bolt 80’s Zipper One-Piece is adorned with a lighting bolt graphic on a matte neon yellow body with a scoop neck, open back and side zippers for an even higher cut. The Hamburger 80’s One Piece features a cheeseburger in pink paradise print on slight v-neck, low back body with thick straps and a high leg for a vintage-inspired look. The Teddy Girl Bikini bottom has a cute bear face across the back of our classic low-rise polyamide elastane blend bottoms. The Wildfox Maui Surfer One-Piece is a sporty version of our Classic One-Piece made from a neoprene-like, double knit tricot blend fabric with a zip-front and contrasting side panels, offered in ombre pink and purple colors.

Cover-up styles include lightweight rib (with color-changing inks and scratch-and-sniff smells!), terry cloth rompers, shorts, and woven beach pants, rompers, and flowing maxi dresses. The Pineapple Palace Bell’s Beach Dress has all over pineapple graphics on a flowing, A-line body with a scoop neck and back, high-low hem and adjustable spaghetti straps. The same print is offered on our Fiji Tank and Sun Shorts. The scoop neck tank has a loose, cropped silhouette, while the high waist drawstring shorts have elastic along the back and a longer, looser fit with side slits and a small back pocket. The Wildfox Maui Shark Tank features a relaxed scoop neck, open armholes, roomy, slightly A-line body and 80s inspired ‘Wildfox Maui’ graphic in solar ink that turns bright pink in the sun! ThePastel Tie-Dye Logo Fiji Tank has a solar ink W logo that turns bright yellow in the sun. Both Sun shorts and Beach Bells dress are also offered in the dreamy, allover pastel tie-dye print.

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The Biltmore Company The Biltmore Company exhibitionThis winter and spring, Biltmore becomes the canvas for an exhibition of more than 40 costumes from the PBS Masterpiece series “Downton Abbey.”  Opening February 5 and continuing through Memorial Day, May 25, “Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times” juxtaposes elements of the fictional TV series and the real lives of the Vanderbilts who lived at Biltmore during the same early 20th century era. Admission to the exhibition is included in the price of regular estate ticket purchases.

Themes explored include the evolution of fashion, nuances of etiquette, changing roles of women, and the life of service staff. Costumes on display will range from country tweeds, to servants’ uniforms, to lavish gowns and evening attire cut from fine fabrics and decorated with embroidery, lace and beading.  The award-winning costumes, created by London costume house Cosprop Ltd., were designed with inspiration from photographs and historic patterns. Some are original pieces from the period, while others incorporate antique decorative elements that inspired the overall costume design.

Biltmore bears striking resemblance to the series’ setting at Highclere Castle, making it easy for visitors to blur storylines and experience for themselves a bit of life a hundred years ago.  “The day-to-day running of Biltmore House was surprisingly similar to what’s depicted on ‘Downton Abbey,'” says Biltmore’s Director of Museum Services Ellen Rickman. “Just like Downton has Mr. Carson and Mrs. Hughes, Biltmore had its own cast of fascinating characters. Displaying these fabulous costumes from the show gives us an unparalleled opportunity to delve into Biltmore’s stories.”

“Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times” at Biltmore is presented by Belk.

Complementing the exhibition, visitors can take advantage of the following estate-wide special offerings:

New Biltmore historic audio and printed guides
New historic content is being featured on the Biltmore House audio guide and in the printed Estate and House Guide.  New stories will be shared about George Vanderbilt, his wife Edith, their daughter Cornelia, and the servants who lived in the 250-room Biltmore House.

Behind-the-scenes guided “Upstairs – Downstairs Tour”
In this new 60-minute guided tour, descend the back stairs to explore servant life at Biltmore. Discover boilers in the sub-basement and other cutting-edge technologies that kept America’s largest home humming. Visit the domains of the butler, head housekeeper, and lady’s maid, and continue to a suite of guest rooms to learn about grand house parties hosted by the Vanderbilts.

Themed dining and a rooftop reception
Estate guests can enjoy a special English Sunday Brunch at Cedric’s Tavern. Look for early 20thcentury-themed cocktails on the estate’s restaurant menus and special sweets at The Bake Shop.

Select weekend evenings in April and May, book the “Rooftop Sparkling Wine Reception.” A guided behind-the-scenes rooftop tour will showcase unrestored areas of Biltmore House and provide stunning views of the estate from various balconies. Following the tour, enjoy passed canapes and Biltmore wines. Dates to be announced.

“Dressing Downton” hotel package | The Inn on Biltmore Estate
Feb. 5May 22
The Dressing Downton Package includes accommodations, chef’s breakfast buffet daily, Afternoon Tea in the Library Lounge, admission to Biltmore House valid for length of stay, audio guide to Biltmore House, Biltmore souvenir guidebook, valet parking at the Inn and complimentary estate shuttle service.

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Designer and activist Kenneth Cole announces the launch of a limited-edition sandal collaboration with Haitian artisans tied to the five year anniversary of the Haiti earthquake. On a recent visit to Haiti, Kenneth visited the Deux Mains sandal workshop — a grassroots social enterprise that uses upcycled tires and locally sourced leathers to make one-of-a-kind sandals. In collaboration with their shoemakers, Kenneth designed “The Love-Haiti Sandals” to support the community.

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The sandals (for him and her) are each available in three colors. They retail from $69.00 to $79.00 and come with a stylish burlap tote with the phrase “We are in a LOVE-HAITI relationship.” The sandals are available at KennethCole.com as well as select Kenneth Coleretail stores beginning January 12, 2015.

“Since shortly after the earthquake five years ago we have sought to play a role in helping to rebuild Haiti,” says Kenneth Cole. “Although the press and cameras are gone, the needs of the community are not. This sandal collaboration is one more step in our effort to put our foot-wear it makes a difference.”

Deux Mains is an innovative Haitian-lead social enterprise that provides sustainable income for its sandal makers which empowers them to reunite their families, provide themselves with food and medical care, send their children to school, and accumulate savings for long-term stability. The Love-Haiti sandals offer an alternative solution to tire burning in Port-au-Prince by upcycling tires into unique handmade sandals.

“Deux Mains believes that empowering citizens through dignified employment is the way to end global poverty.  I am delighted that a worldwide icon like Kenneth Cole shares our vision and is partnering with Deux Mains to support job creation in our Haitian workshop.”  Julie Colombino, CEO- Deux Mains Designs.

In 2010 when the earthquake hit Haiti, Kenneth Cole Productions launched an in-store shoe drive and shipped thousands of pairs to Haitians who desperately needed shoes. Next, Kenneth Cole launched a community-building initiative: an in-store fundraising program and multiple associate volunteer trips to Haiti to help rebuild the community.

Shortly after that, the brand built The Kenneth Cole Haiti Health Center (The KCHHC) at St. Mary’s Hospital in Cite Soleil – one of the most underserved areas in the Western Hemisphere. The KCHHC is part of a tri-level collaborative medical system in partnership with the St. Luke Foundation for Haiti, and is accessible to over 1.5 million people. The St. Luke Foundation for Haiti (a Haitian-run organization employing more than 1,000 Haitian staff) provides education, medical care, and dignified humanitarian outreach through key programs.

Most recently, Kenneth Cole opened a store in Haiti at the Kinam Hotel in Petitionville. The store contributes to The KCHHC and has collaborations with local artisans, providing jobs and funds to the local community.

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H&M is excited to announce its first ever festival collaboration with the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival. H&M continues their sixth year as a sponsor of the festival by taking their partnership to the next level and creating a first of its kind official branded collection. The H&M loves Coachella collection will be available on hm.com and in approximately 350 stores in North America beginning on March 19th and worldwide on March 26th.

HM Co Branded Collection with the CoachellaThe H&M loves Coachella collection will offer men’s and women’s clothing along with a variety of accessories. The collection will range from $4.95 to $49.95 and will embody the aesthetic of the festival for 2015.  The women’s collection focuses on a romantic trend with graphic tops, fringe, lace, rompers, crop tops, shorts, and wide legged pants for a feminine bohemian look. For men there will be graphic t-shirts and shorts.

For those attending, H&M will have their first ever pop-up shop on-site in the H&M tent where festival goers can buy the exclusive collection, take a break indoors and enjoy an interactive experience. Although the festival is sold out, as a special perk to customers, H&M will be giving away all inclusive trips to the festival throughout the month of March through social media and in stores.  Customers who bring unwanted clothing to any H&M store to be recycled will receive a 20% off voucher for their entire purchase and will also be entered to win a once in a lifetime weekend.

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California based design-your-own apparel and accessory provider, vPersonalize Inc., today announced the launch of its next generation design software that provides advanced features for designers to visualize, produce and deliver products on-demand to their customers.

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“One of the barriers for emerging designers has been access to an easy and affordable manufacturing platform.  More and more fashion designers are turning to vPersonalize.com to produce their own exclusive designs in small batches, under their own label, shipped direct to their customers, without the inventory risk of having to pay for a larger run from a traditional manufacturer. And like with e-books, no design ever goes ‘out of print’, as all products are made on-demand,” says Lee Hagelshaw, Co-Founder and CFO for vPersonalize.com.

“We have continually improved our platform over time.  Features like advanced error checking point out any problems in visual design. Auto-fit, mirror and clone functions make it much easier for any creative individual to design professional looking products,” says Bala Selvarajan, Co-Founder  and Chief Technologist for vPersonalize.com. “We have also added a much requested feature from designers – the ability to select and reorder their older designs,” adds Mr. Selvarajan.

Custom design, e-commerce and on-demand manufacturing, coupled with pattern making and design services enables emerging designers to easily create and deliver personalized fashion that is uniquely theirs. vPersonalize.com enables a designer to visualize their desired creation in 3D, at their chosen size, before getting it custom made as seen.

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