Sies Marjan shuttering amid Covid-19 pandemic

Fashion label Sies Marjan is closing down.Founded by creative director Sander Lak in 2016, the New York City-based ready-to-wear brand was known for its evocative use of colour and proportion. However, Lak announced on Monday that he was shuttering the…

Fashion label Sies Marjan is closing down.

Founded by creative director Sander Lak in 2016, the New York City-based ready-to-wear brand was known for its evocative use of colour and proportion.

However, Lak announced on Monday that he was shuttering the business as a result of financial difficulties in the face of the coronavirus pandemic.

“As a young independent company, we were significantly impacted by Covid-19. With a heavy heart, we have made the very difficult decision to close our business,” he said in a statement released to editors at WWD. “What we have worked on has been a dream come true. Thank you to everyone who has given their time and talent to Sies Marjan over the years. We have built a singular brand whose legacy is not just in the clothes and collections, but within each person who contributed along the way.”

The Sies Marjan website and Instagram page have already closed.

Lak previously worked for the likes of Phillip Lim, Balmain, and Dries Van Noten before heading to the U.S. to launch his own label. Backed by Nancy and Howard Marks’ holding company Deia, the Dutch designer won the CFDA Award for Emerging Talent in 2018, having been nominated for the same prize a year earlier.

The news comes as a number of brands have indicated plans to restructure amid the Covid-19 crisis. Executives at Diane Von Furstenberg are reportedly cutting 75 per cent of staff members and closing the majority of stores, while John Varvatos filed for bankruptcy protection last month.

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Dries Van Noten leads call for major changes to fashion calendar

Dries Van Noten is proposing major changes to the fashion calendar amid the coronavirus crisis.The Covid-19 pandemic has hit the clothing industry hard, with factories and stores being forced to temporarily close across the world. However, Van Noten is…

Dries Van Noten is proposing major changes to the fashion calendar amid the coronavirus crisis.

The Covid-19 pandemic has hit the clothing industry hard, with factories and stores being forced to temporarily close across the world.

However, Van Noten is adamant that now might be the time to try and rethink the traditional seasonal fashion calendar.

“When you try to explain how fashion works to people not in fashion, it’s impossible. Nobody can understand it,” the 62-year-old told The New York Times, before noting that he anticipates disruptions to the upcoming drops anyway. “We know fall will deliver late… And we are going to put that on sale in November? Wouldn’t it better to wait until the new year? And then to have the courage to keep the rhythm we establish now?”

Accordingly, Van Noten is spearheading a campaign to better streamline the business, with a group of other designers and global retail bosses also showing their support for the idea.

Members of the group published an open letter on Tuesday in which they insisted the current environment provides the opportunity for a “fundamental and welcome change that will simplify our businesses, making them more environmentally and socially sustainable and ultimately align them more closely with customers’ needs.”

Primarily, they want to put the fall/winter season back to winter (August/January) and spring/summer season back in summer (February/July), create a more balanced flow of deliveries, and discount only at the end of the season.

“Working together, we hope these steps will allow our industry to become more responsible for our impact on our customers, on the planet and on the fashion community, and bring back the magic and creativity that has made fashion such an important part of our world,” they added.

Current signatories include Joseph Altuzarra, Craig Green, Erdem Moralioglu, Marine Serre, Mary Katrantzou, Pierre Hardy, Tory Burch, as well as Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez of Proenza Schouler.

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Dries Van Noten serves up ultimate party girl wardrobe for fall 20 line

Dries Van Noten has offered up a wardrobe for the ultimate party girl with his latest collection.The Belgian fashion designer unveiled his fall/winter 2020 line as part of Paris Fashion Week on Wednesday, with the 65-piece range including sequinned sep…

Dries Van Noten has offered up a wardrobe for the ultimate party girl with his latest collection.

The Belgian fashion designer unveiled his fall/winter 2020 line as part of Paris Fashion Week on Wednesday, with the 65-piece range including sequinned separates and silk dresses with bold floral motifs.

Speaking backstage, Van Noten explained that he was intrigued by the concept of “nocturnal glamour”.

“It’s about going out, enjoying life-having fun, that’s very important!” he commented, according to Vogue. “I thought of this party girl. Something mysterious. Something dark. But I questioned how far it could go, while staying contemporary.”

Opening the show, a model stepped out in a feathered skirt, long brown cardigan, plaid jacket, and knee-high brown suede boots. The designer then introduced a fun jungle-inspired print consisting of bright green leaves and pink flowers on velvet jumpsuits, silk kimonos, high-neck tops, and PVC trench coats.

Elsewhere, party-ready essentials included the likes of black leather trousers, long lime green sequin dresses, crushed purple velvet pants, ’70s-inspired snake print dresses and coats, fringed skirts, and metallic jacquard dresses with ’80-style puff sleeves.

The vibe was emphasised by the eye-catching hairstyles, with the models sporting neon paint, perhaps influenced by Billie Eilish’s signature look, on their roots.

To conclude, Van Noten served up a parade of eveningwear pieces, with highlights including a purple sequin bolero jacket, bright purple sequin dress with pockets, shiny black tuxedo jackets, and a long black gown with feather detailing on the hemline.

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Scarlett Johansson leads wave of colour in pink Versace dress at BAFTAs

Scarlett Johansson wowed in a daring pink feathered Atelier Versace dress on the red carpet at the 2020 British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAs).The actress, who was nominated for both Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress at the ceremony on Sunday, stu…

Scarlett Johansson wowed in a daring pink feathered Atelier Versace dress on the red carpet at the 2020 British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAs).

The actress, who was nominated for both Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress at the ceremony on Sunday, stunned as she arrived at the star-studded bash held at London’s Royal Albert Hall.

Scarlett showed off her trim figure and numerous tattoos in the plunging custom pink gown, which was covered in sequins and finished off with a flourish of baby pink feathers on the skirt.

The mesh sections of the gown gave fans a glimpse of the ink on her rib cage, in addition to the string of roses and a goat exposed on her back.

She completed her show-stopping look with blush pink Jimmy Choo sandals and drop earrings, and styled her blonde hair in a chic updo.

Scarlett, who was nominated for both Marriage Story and Jojo Rabbit, was just one of the famous faces opting for colour on the chilly red carpet.

Renee Zellweger, who won the Best Actress gong for her portrayal of Hollywood legend Judy Garland in the biopic Judy, wore an off-the-shoulder pale pink column gown by Prada with matching Jimmy Choo heels.

Best Supporting Actress nominee Florence Pugh chose a dramatic black and pink Dries Van Noten gown for the ceremony, which featured a short skirt in the front and a huge hot pink train in the back.

Charlize Theron also wowed with her pleated floor-length purple Dior dress, while Zoe Kravitz wore an eye-catching metallic gold gown designed by Saint Laurent.

Laura Dern, who continued her successful streak by winning Best Supporting Actress for Marriage Story, also channelled the colourful theme on the red carpet with a bright pink Valentino gown that featured an embellished bodice and full skirt.

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Dries Van Noten collaborates with Christian Lacroix on spring 2020 collection

Dries Van Noten has collaborated with Christian Lacroix on his spring/summer 2020 collection.The Belgian fashion designer confirmed prior to his presentation held at the Opera Bastille as part of Paris Fashion Week on Wednesday that he had linked up wi…

Dries Van Noten has collaborated with Christian Lacroix on his spring/summer 2020 collection.

The Belgian fashion designer confirmed prior to his presentation held at the Opera Bastille as part of Paris Fashion Week on Wednesday that he had linked up with the legendary French couturier on the line, having begun secretly formulating ideas together back in March.

“The plot was hatched naturally and at the very start of the season, I found myself needing exuberance, opulence, another volume and fun! I was constantly drawn to the ’80s and ’90s, to a love of dressing up, to couture, to beauty, to audacity – to joy,” Van Noten recalled in a statement. “I quickly realised that all roads seemed to lead to the work and world – of Mr. Christian Lacroix. So, after little deliberation, I thought why not just phone him, why not phone Christian and ask if he would be up for the challenge and enjoy working with me on a collection. I was so happy when he immediately said: yes.”

Lacroix, known for launching his own haute couture house in 1975, has steered clear of the spotlight in recent years, focusing his attention on interiors and costume design.

He no longer owns the trademark for his fashion label, but is able to continue to explore creative partnerships, and was thrilled at the idea of teaming with Van Noten. Yet, he is adamant the line isn’t an “homage” to his work.

“I was very happy when Dries said, ‘It is not an homage: you are still alive.’ I don’t want to be back in fashion, but I always thought that Dries’s company was different from the others, because of the freedom, because of the distinctions. Very, very often I noticed that we have the same colours, the same love of print, of mixing, so it was interesting,” the 68-year-old said in an interview for Van Noten’s website.

The show opened with model Mica Tosi walking the runway in a black jacket, white trousers, and gold platform boots, with the look topped off with a huge black feather in her hair.

Other items featured clashing animal and polka dot prints, luxurious brocade, tailored floral print suits, and taffeta ballgowns with dramatic ruffled skirts.

Van Noten and Lacroix joined model Vilma Sjoberg, who was sporting a white gown, for a bow at the conclusion of the show.

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Christian Louboutin to be honoured with top couture prize

Christian Louboutin is to be feted with a prestigious couture prize.The French designer has built his eponymous label around his signature shiny, red-soled shoes, which are coveted by fashionistas around the globe, including celebrities such as Cardi B…

Christian Louboutin is to be feted with a prestigious couture prize.

The French designer has built his eponymous label around his signature shiny, red-soled shoes, which are coveted by fashionistas around the globe, including celebrities such as Cardi B, Jennifer Lopez, and Blake Lively.

Now, Louboutin will be honoured by officials at The Couture Council of The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology (MFIT) with the 2019 Couture Council Award for Artistry of Fashion.

“To be recognised by The Museum at FIT’s esteemed Couture Council is a great honour,” the 56-year-old said in a statement. “While my designs have roots in Paris, I feel very lucky to have access to some of the most specialised craftsmanship in the world; that has allowed me to push my creative boundaries and celebrate inclusivity and self-empowerment through cultural exchange.”

Louboutin will be presented with the award during a luncheon held at the David H. Koch Theater at the Lincoln Centre in New York City on 3 September.

The fashion star was selected for his lifelong dedication to the art and craft of fashion by an advisory committee which was chaired by Dr. Valerie Steele, director of MFIT, and included the likes of Glenda Bailey, editor-in-chief of Harper’s Bazaar, Hamish Bowles, international editor-at-large of Vogue, Bergdorf Goodman’s Linda Fargo, and Vogue’s Suzy Menkes.

“Sigmund Freud famously asked: ‘What do women want?'” commented Dr. Steele. “For many women, the answer would appear to be shoes, especially beautiful, high-heeled shoes, and specifically, Christian Louboutin’s famously seductive red-soled shoes. Because of his delightfully desirable and distinctive shoes, Christian Louboutin was chosen to receive the 2019 Couture Council Award.”

This year’s Couture Council luncheon coincides with MFIT’s Paris, Capital of Fashion exhibition.

Previous recipients of the Couture Council Award include Narciso Rodriguez, Thom Browne, Manolo Blahnik, Carolina Herrera, Michael Kors, Oscar de la Renta, Karl Lagerfeld, Dries Van Noten, and Alber Elbaz.

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Jonas Brothers tap Prabal Gurung for comeback single cover outfits

The Jonas Brothers tapped Prabal Gurung for the outfits they wore in their reunion single cover.After a nearly six-year hiatus, popstar siblings Nick, Joe, and Kevin Jonas dropped their comeback tune Sucker on Thursday (28Feb19), with the accompanying …

The Jonas Brothers tapped Prabal Gurung for the outfits they wore in their reunion single cover.

After a nearly six-year hiatus, popstar siblings Nick, Joe, and Kevin Jonas dropped their comeback tune Sucker on Thursday (28Feb19), with the accompanying artwork depicting the trio posing in front of a grand mansion in colourful ensembles.

A stark contrast from the jeans and Converse they wore in the mid-2000s, Joe sported a blue and green shirt and matching trousers, Nick donned pink trousers and a polo top, while Kevin opted for floral cotton jodhpur pants, with most of the items from Nepalese-American designer Prabal’s debut spring 2019 menswear collection.

“I am beyond excited to launch our menswear collection with The Jonas Brothers,” wrote Prabal alongside a picture of the cover on his Instagram page. “It is a teenage fantasy come true, but is also so much more than that. Joe, Nick and Kevin are style icons, unabashed in their approach to menswear dressing. They embody the exact spirit I wanted to evoke in launching this new category – a loyalty towards one another, a great respect for women, and a fearlessness in embracing fashion and colour.”

The trio also wore pieces from David Hart and Dries Van Noten. Nick’s go-to stylist Avo Yermagyan, who also works with celebrities such as Angela Sarafyan and Awkwafina, styled the shoot, while Amy Komorowski was in charge of grooming.

In addition, the stars also stepped up their style for the accompanying video for Sucker, opting for quirky suits and sharp two-piece looks.

The clip is a family affair, with Nick’s new wife Priyanka Chopra, Kevin’s wife Danielle Jonas, and Joe’s fiancee Sophie Turner all making appearances in glamorous gowns too.

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Adam Levine’s stylist: ‘His clothes need to match his moves’

Adam Levine is very specific with his stage outfit choices because he moves around so much.The Maroon 5 frontman recently played to a global audience during the Super Bowl Halftime Show, and while some critics dismissed the gig as boring, Adam and his …

Adam Levine is very specific with his stage outfit choices because he moves around so much.

The Maroon 5 frontman recently played to a global audience during the Super Bowl Halftime Show, and while some critics dismissed the gig as boring, Adam and his bandmates called it a dream come true.

When it comes to dressing the Moves Like Jagger singer for such events, his stylist Matt Goldman, told The Hollywood Reporter: “He’s very specific, because he moves a lot and he is energetic. You can’t just throw anything on him.”

The Voice judge’s wardrobe also got people talking at the recent sporting final, with social media users likening his chequered Dries Van Noten tank top to a design seen on throw cushions from U.S. store Target.

He also wore Lanvin pants and a Yves Saint Laurent belt for the Halftime Show, though Matt points out the 39-year-old was keen to do things his own way when it came to his outfit.

“All of a sudden, Adam looked at me and said, ‘Can we just do our own thing?’” he recalled. “And I said, ‘Yeah, let’s do it.’ We just wanted it to feel natural to him. We didn’t want to come into this event and push something that wasn’t what he wanted to do.

“The truth is that I was a little apprehensive coming into the fitting because Adam can wear everything, so it could have been anything. He doesn’t normally do fittings. But on this one, he really wanted to see some stuff, so we played around a little more than usual, which was really fun. And I feel like we landed somewhere that gives him his vibe.”

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Dries Van Noten: ‘People will say my style has changed’

Dries Van Noten has insisted fashion fans will be disappointed if they’re expecting to see “a change” in his upcoming women’s collection.The Belgian designer began his fashion career in 1986 when he presented his first menswear collection in London, be…

Dries Van Noten has insisted fashion fans will be disappointed if they’re expecting to see “a change” in his upcoming women’s collection.

The Belgian designer began his fashion career in 1986 when he presented his first menswear collection in London, before going on to design womenswear beloved by celebrities including Cate Blanchett. In June (18), Van Noten sold a portion of his brand to Spanish conglomerate Puig, but as he prepares to present his next women’s collection, he doesn’t believe consumers will notice a difference in the label’s style, as hard as they try.

“People are going to try to see a change in the women’s collections (after the acquisition announcement) but they won’t discover a lot of things,” the 60-year-old insisted in an interview Vogue Australia. “But they will look for something different, they will say: ‘Oh, he has changed! He is like all the others!’”

The announcement came as a surprise to many considering Van Noten had been held up as a role model for the independent designer for many years, however, part of his decision to sell to Puig stemmed from the realisation that independence was not synonymous with freedom.

“I had always thought that if I didn’t like doing what I do anymore, I wanted to be able to stop. And a few years ago I realised it was impossible for me to stop because there are so many people who are depending on me,” he explained. “So it’s not that I can say: ‘I don’t like this anymore, bye!’ Puig is a family company and that’s important. I will control completely all the creative side and I can focus more on the creative side, and now they can help with the business growth.”

And in spite of the success of his brand, the 60-year-old insisted that he still gets nervous before debuting his collections.

“People think you get used to (the shows), but the last few years have been so successful so you want to get better, better and to surprise,” he said.

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Hilary Duff has saved a decade’s worth of clothes for her daughter

Hilary Duff will be giving her daughter a collection of clothing she’s saved for 10 years.The actress is already mother to six-year-old son Luca from her marriage to ex-husband Mike Comrie, and is now expecting her first child – a daughter – with boyfr…

Hilary Duff will be giving her daughter a collection of clothing she’s saved for 10 years.

The actress is already mother to six-year-old son Luca from her marriage to ex-husband Mike Comrie, and is now expecting her first child – a daughter – with boyfriend Matthew Koma.

And Hilary has been preparing for a little girl for some time, by putting together a collection of outfits accumulated over the last decade.

“Oh, I’ve been (saving clothing) for like 10 years!” she told People magazine. “And I’ve been doing that having no idea I was going to have a girl. I think I knew at some point I was going to have a girl and just saved a lot of cool stuff.”

She’s particularly looking forward to one day presenting her child with a Dries van Noten “pearl bib thing,” which she thinks her daughter will appreciate when she’s a little older.

“(It’s) things like that that I probably spent too much money on but I really enjoyed, and maybe I am not enjoying right now, but I think that in 10 years it will be cool for her,” the 30-year-old reasoned.

As for her own style, Hilary has recently unveiled her second eyewear capsule for GlassesUSA.com.

Describing the latest line as “very California-coast-inspired,” the Younger star is grateful she can be creative in addition to being a busy mum.

“I’m lucky to have lots of opportunities and people that are sensitive to what my priorities are in my life, which is obviously my kid,” she explained. “I’ve been working so long I don’t think I could strictly be a mom. I really need that other outlet.”

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