Elsa Hosk designs sustainable denim collection for J Brand

Elsa Hosk has created an 11-piece sustainable denim collection for J Brand.Following on from influencer Stephanie Shepherd’s successful #LittleBlueJean and #LittleBlackJean lines for the California-based brand last year, the Victoria’s Secret Angel has…

Elsa Hosk has created an 11-piece sustainable denim collection for J Brand.

Following on from influencer Stephanie Shepherd’s successful #LittleBlueJean and #LittleBlackJean lines for the California-based brand last year, the Victoria’s Secret Angel has now unveiled the #LittleJean collection.

Hosk oversaw the entire design process, including naming the garments and styling the accompanying campaign, which was shot by photographer Zoey Grossman.

“(J Brand is) known for making the best jeans with extremely flattering fits, so I just wanted to take some of those sustainable fabrics and push the shapes a bit,” she commented. “Anything we can do to help the environment is so crucial right now, and I’m proud to say that all the blue jeans in this collection use 90 per cent less water in production and the rest of the jeans use upcycled fabrics to cut down on waste. All the styles have recycled thread, hardware, and hangtags.”

Hosk’s line features a leather blazer and five jean styles, with prices ranging from $248 to $1,298 (£199 – £1,044).

Pumice stones, which are a natural resource but produce a large amount of waste that is discarded into the sea, were scrapped in favour of man-made eco stones.

And the model also revealed that she used to design her own jeans growing up in Sweden, as some trends hadn’t arrived in the country yet.

“Ever since I was a kid, I was obsessed with jeans and how they fit. If there was a trend that hadn’t come to Sweden yet, I would get big jeans then re-cut and re-sew them. So, when this project came up with J Brand, it was just so exciting for me. They are such an iconic denim brand (the first designer jeans I bought when I came to the U.S.) who are also working on being sustainable which is so important,” the 30-year-old added.

The collection is available to buy from J Brand’s website and Net-a-Porter, and will arrive in London department store Selfridges on Thursday, before launching globally on 1 August.

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Saint Laurent set to drop capsule collections with Net-a-Porter and Mr Porter

Fashion’s newest partnership is an exciting one – Saint Laurent is teaming up with both Net-a-Porter and Mr Porter on two capsule collections.The lines will drop on 13 May, with woemsnswear, menswear, shoes and accessories all on offer.Saint Laurent,…

Fashion’s newest partnership is an exciting one – Saint Laurent is teaming up with both Net-a-Porter and Mr Porter on two capsule collections.

The lines will drop on 13 May, with woemsnswear, menswear, shoes and accessories all on offer.

Saint Laurent, headed up by creative director Anthony Vaccarello, is known for its edgy silhouettes and androgynous offerings, which will be seen through the new capsule collections. A heritage music note print runs through the items, with nods to styles from the ‘60s to the ‘90s.

“We spotted the trend of genderless dressing emerging over the past few seasons, and never has this idea felt more relevant,” Elizabeth von der Goltz, global buying director at Net-a-Porter, commented. “We see Saint Laurent as the genesis of this movement, and the perfect partner for our joint exclusive capsule celebrating androgynous dressing at Net-a-Porter and Mr Porter.”

The womenswear Net-a-Porter collaboration will consist of 29 pieces, 21 of which will be ready-to-wear, and eight non-apparel. A leather jacket, jeans, denim jacket, tops, dresses, bags and shoes all feature, with prices ranging from $275 (£211) for a cardholder to $6,500 (£5,000) for a sequined minidress.

Over at Mr Porter, there will be 14 items of clothing, two accessories and a pair of shoes, with prices starting at $275 and going up to $4,990 (£3,838).

The news comes shortly after John Wick star Keanu Reeves was unveiled as the new face of the luxury French label. He fronts Saint Laurent’s fall 2019 menswear campaign.

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Isabel Marant & Victoria Beckham design T-shirts for International Women’s Day

Isabel Marant and Victoria Beckham have created T-shirts to help mark International Women’s Day.Executives at online retailer Net-a-Porter have tapped the designers to make the garments, with all profits benefiting Women for Women International, a non-…

Isabel Marant and Victoria Beckham have created T-shirts to help mark International Women’s Day.

Executives at online retailer Net-a-Porter have tapped the designers to make the garments, with all profits benefiting Women for Women International, a non-profit organisation that helps women living in war-torn countries to rebuild their lives.

For her contribution, Marant chose to print a white T-shirt with the slogan “You Go Girl” in bold red text, while Beckham opted to have the text “I am her” scrawled on her shirt.

“My feminist fight is about equality: equal treatment, equal pay, equal opportunities… I thought we would be over this by now, but we’re not. Culture, knowledge, and education are our paths to empowerment and justice. The fight is not over,” said Marant of collaborating with Net-a-Porter on the charity project, while Beckham added: “It’s more important than ever that women support each other and hopefully, this aids in raising awareness for a subject close to my heart.”

In addition, fashion stars Kym Ellery, Rosie Assoulin, Alexa Chung and designers from skiwear brand Perfect Moment have also made T-shirts, with the items featuring slogans such as “Divine Feminine” and “Power”.

And a number of stars have also promoted the project on Instagram, including Elle Fanning, Julia Van Os, Lucy Liu, Angela Bassett, Nicole Kidman, Brooke Shields, Diane Kruger, Storm Reid, and Gina Torres.

Brita Fernandez Schmidt, executive director of Women for Women International – UK, commented that the T-shirts send a powerful message of support, sisterhood, and solidarity.

“Through this campaign and the vital funds raised, Net-a-Porter, along with six inspiring female designers, are helping to transform the lives not only of the women we work with but also their entire communities,” she shared.

The Net-a-Porter T-shirts are priced from $140 – $220 (£85-£175).

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Reese Witherspoon’s Draper James launches swimwear collection

Reese Witherspoon’s brand Draper James has launched its first-ever swimwear collection.The Legally Blonde actress founded the label in 2015, with her clothing range and accessories channelling her own colourful personal style and Southern roots. Now, W…

Reese Witherspoon’s brand Draper James has launched its first-ever swimwear collection.

The Legally Blonde actress founded the label in 2015, with her clothing range and accessories channelling her own colourful personal style and Southern roots.

Now, Witherspoon is gearing up to make a splash in the swimwear market, having teamed with U.S. company Helen Jon on a new line.

“Our (Draper James) customer has consistently asked for swimwear,” she said in a statement. “We are thrilled to offer this staple for her with Helen Jon, a brand known for its excellent quality and fit. I can’t wait to see our customers wearing the pieces.”

The Draper James x Helen Jon collection consists of 20 designs, including swimwear, rash guards, cover-ups, and beachside dresses. Garments, which include bikinis, a one-piece with frill detailing, and a blue number with the slogan “Sisterhood,” are available in sizes extra small to extra large, with prices starting at $67 (£50).

Regarding the venture, Gwyn Prentice, co-founder of Helen Jon, explained that the capsule will continue to evolve throughout the year, with the items presenting a modern twist on timeless style.

“We are thrilled to partner with Draper James,” added Gwyn. “The brand Reese Witherspoon has created is aligned with our priorities – creating high-quality products that fit a woman’s body beautifully and have those special details that set it apart.”

The Draper James x Helen Jon collection isn’t the first time Reese has collaborated with other brands; she previously worked with Net-a-Porter on a Draper James capsule line inspired by American summers as well as with U.S. plus-size retailer Eloquii on a popular range.

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Dolce & Gabbana designers apologise to people of China in Mandarin

Dolce & Gabbana co-founders Stefano Gabbana and Domenico Dolce have apologised to the people of China in Mandarin.The designers are in the midst of a race row, following a recent campaign which appeared to ridicule Chinese culture, as well as a series …

Dolce & Gabbana co-founders Stefano Gabbana and Domenico Dolce have apologised to the people of China in Mandarin.

The designers are in the midst of a race row, following a recent campaign which appeared to ridicule Chinese culture, as well as a series of distasteful messages about the nation which were alleged to have been sent from Gabbana’s personal Instagram account. The controversy led to the cancellation of Dolce & Gabbana’s Shanghai show, which was scheduled to take place on Wednesday (21Nov18), with a number of retailers and celebrities also cutting ties with the label.

Now, the designers have issued their third apology through a video uploaded to Chinese social media platform Weibo on Friday.

“In regards to the cultural insensitivity we demonstrated, we hope we can receive your forgiveness,” said Dolce in the clip.

“We will certainly not forget this experience and lessons, and this kind of thing will never happen again,” Gabbana added. “At the same time, we will use all our effort to understand more about and respect Chinese culture. Lastly, from the bottom of our hearts we ask for your forgiveness.”

The video ends with the pair saying, “Dui bu qi,” which means “sorry” in Mandarin.

Dolce and Gabbana previously insisted that the campaign videos – which featured an Asian model struggling to eat Italian food with chopsticks – were “unauthorised,” claiming that the company’s Instagram had been hacked, as had Gabbana’s personal account. One of the messages that emerged saw him refer to China as “the country of (five poop emojis).”

Celebrities including TF Boys’ Karry Wang and Chinese actress Dilraba Dilmurat have indicated that they will be terminating contracts with the brand, while Dolce & Gabbana products have been pulled from leading department store Lane Crawford. Executives at Yoox Net-a-Porter Group have announced that they will not be stocking any of the label’s products too, while searches on popular websites such as JD.com and Alibaba Group’s Tmall.com have not returned any results.

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Aquazzura taps jewellery designers for special collection

Aquazzura is creating the ultimate party shoes with the help of five jewellery designers.Aquazzura founder Edgardo Osorio has recruited Anissa Kermiche, Sabine Getty, Noor Fares, Eugenie Niarchos and Ana Khouri for the new project, with the five shoes …

Aquazzura is creating the ultimate party shoes with the help of five jewellery designers.

Aquazzura founder Edgardo Osorio has recruited Anissa Kermiche, Sabine Getty, Noor Fares, Eugenie Niarchos and Ana Khouri for the new project, with the five shoes going on sale on 23 November (18) just in time for the festive season.

“Each woman is not only a designer I admire, but a friend and a woman whose style I love,” Osorio shared with Vogue. “Connecting the worlds of jewellery and footwear was a fascinating journey and each shoe is as unique as the women.”

Kermiche designed a pair of black sandals with statement heels made up of her Rondeur Triple earrings, while Khouri used her Mirian bracelet on the front of a pair of black slingbacks. Getty and Fares also went for black shoes; with the former opting for pretty mules with sparkly detailing, and Fares creating a boot with a bejewelled heel. Niarchos bucked the black trend, choosing silver and gold as her colour palette for a pair of platforms.

The five styles will be available on Net-a-Porter, with global buying director of the e-commerce platform Elizabeth von der Goltz explaining the special collection is a perfect fit for their customers.

“These days, there is so much to choose from, so the more original product you can offer your customers, the stronger their loyalty will be,” von der Goltz said. “It’s Net-a-porter.com’s key point of difference; we’ve always been called a fashion leader, and in order to keep leading we need to offer our customers interesting and new collaborations, capsules and products that they can’t find anywhere else.”

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Alexa Chung unveils Christmas capsule collection

Alexa Chung has designed a Christmas capsule collection for her fashion label Alexachung.The British star launched her eponymous brand in May 2016, and made her debut at London Fashion Week in September (18) as she presented her spring/summer 2019 read…

Alexa Chung has designed a Christmas capsule collection for her fashion label Alexachung.

The British star launched her eponymous brand in May 2016, and made her debut at London Fashion Week in September (18) as she presented her spring/summer 2019 ready-to-wear collection to the fashion elite. With her business going from strength to strength, Alexa has given fans a festive treat in the form of a brand-new capsule collection in time for the festive season.

According to editors at Vogue Australia, the 11-piece range is full of luxurious looks with subtle wintry twists, evident in pieces like a ruby red halterneck dress featuring a bow, an opulent velvet tuxedo jacket, a strawberry-printed dress complete with bell sleeves, as well as a matching T-shirt. Other winter staples include beanies, scarves and knits, and the entire collection can be purchased exclusively from Net-a-Porter.

The 35-year-old has been a fashion icon for many years, and in a recent interview with Elle U.S., she revealed that she’d influenced the style choices of her peers long before she decided to set up her own clothing company.

“The worst was when a teacher copied me. She bought the fuzzy coat and big glasses I wore. I took a lot of s**t for that,” she laughed. “But I was not the middle-aged woman buying stuff because of a 13-year-old! Why weren’t they taking the p**s out of her?!”

In addition, Alexa also became something of a sartorial star amongst the other teenage girls at school – even those five years her senior.

“Of course, they’d tease me first,” she scoffed. “It would be like a solid month of, ‘Alexa, why do you have a record bag? Alexa, why did you cut all your hair off? Alexa, what are those funny loafers?’ And a month later, they’d all be wearing it, too.”

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Jonathan Anderson preparing for see-now-buy-now drop

Jonathan Anderson will be dipping his toes into the see-now-buy-now format for the first time following his upcoming London Fashion Week show.The style action moves to the British capital on Thursday (13sep18), after proceedings wrap up in New York.The…

Jonathan Anderson will be dipping his toes into the see-now-buy-now format for the first time following his upcoming London Fashion Week show.

The style action moves to the British capital on Thursday (13sep18), after proceedings wrap up in New York.

The JW Anderson designer is showing off his new season trends on Saturday, and fans will be able to snap up the collection on Net-A-Porter straight after the last model has walked.

“For me, it is always about how we work out new ways to be able to try to deal with the media scene, and you know… have fun with fashion,” he told British Vogue of why he is trialling the business model now.

And it hasn’t been a mad rush for Anderson to complete the collection in time for its release, as he explains he works on each of his lines, which includes his work with Loewe, six to eight months in advance.

“I feel I need that time to breathe with (a) collection,” he shrugged.

For his spring/ summer 19 offering, the Northern Irish designer has taken inspiration from arts and crafts pioneers Christopher Dresser and E. W. Godwin, whose works are featured on garments.

Flowing skirts and dresses give way to tailored suits, with Anderson pairing sneakers with the outfits for the first-look imagery.

“I feel that I have become more at one with what I do,” he explained. “I wanted to find something which was about this idea of really looking outside where we are, how we got there.

“When you look at those prints, they could have been designed 100, 400 years ago – but there is a modernity which is still applicable to today. I always like to take things from the past and reconnect them with today’s world.”

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Stephanie Phair appointed chair of British Fashion Council

Stephanie Phair has been appointed as the new chair of the British Fashion Council (BFC).The businesswoman, who has acted as the chief strategy officer at online fashion company Farfetch since late 2016, will officially join the board of the not-for-pr…

Stephanie Phair has been appointed as the new chair of the British Fashion Council (BFC).

The businesswoman, who has acted as the chief strategy officer at online fashion company Farfetch since late 2016, will officially join the board of the not-for-profit organisation that aims to further the interests of the U.K. fashion industry on 5 July (18).

In her new role, Phair will lead the BFC and play a key role in events such as London Fashion Week, The Fashion Awards and the BFC/Vogue Fashion Fund Award.

“I am honoured and delighted to take on the role of chairman. The British Fashion Council is in a strong position following the incredible work of Dame Natalie Massenet, Caroline Rush and the team, and my role will be to build on this and help drive continued innovation and new thinking in this fast paced, changing industry,” she said in a statement. “I look forward to working with the team at the BFC to engage with and support all the talented designers and teams working for British fashion today.”

Phair assumes the role of chair from Massenet, who stepped down from the role in December 2017 following a five-year term.

Phair and Massenet previously worked together at Net-a-Porter, and now at Farfetch, where Massenet acts as a non-executive co-chair.

Regarding Phair’s appointment, BFC chief executive officer Rush said that she was looking forward to seeing what expertise she could bring to the group.

“(Phair’s) appointment was driven by her reputation as a strategic thinker, a broad view of the sector, and her propensity to challenge the norms to create new opportunities for growth,” Rush added.

A digital fashion veteran, Phair has also previously held senior roles at THE OUTNET and in the communications departments at U.S. Vogue and Issey Miyake.

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Emilia Wickstead gearing up to launch activewear collection

Emilia Wickstead is teaming with wellness brand Bodyism on a new activewear collection.The New-Zealand born designer is known for her ladylike garments and now counts Sarah Jessica Parker, Gigi Hadid and Britain’s Duchess of Cambridge as customers. But…

Emilia Wickstead is teaming with wellness brand Bodyism on a new activewear collection.

The New-Zealand born designer is known for her ladylike garments and now counts Sarah Jessica Parker, Gigi Hadid and Britain’s Duchess of Cambridge as customers.

But in response to her clientele’s growing interest in health and fitness, Wickstead is adding sporty clothing to her line via a 13-piece capsule collection.

“Exercise is such an integral part of so many women’s lives, and I wanted to approach activewear from a modern woman’s perspective,” Wickstead told WWD. “I wanted to give my customer an activewear collection that is stylish, directional and unexpected, in keeping with our brand ethos. Health and fitness is also incredibly important to me personally, as is the confidence and empowerment that it lends to you every day.”

The range is due to launch on 12 March (18) and will include leggings, sports bras, sweatshirts and even yoga mats featuring pastel pink and floral patterns.

Wickstead has also chosen to name each item after celebrity customers. For example, the high-necked Sienna crop top pays tribute to actress Sienna Miller, while other pieces are named after Liv Tyler, Arizona Muse, and Karolina Kurkova.

“I always name my collections after women I admire and names that I love,” the designer smiled. “I believe in names giving personality to a garment.”

Prices range from $111 (£80) for a sports bra to $388 (£280) for a jacket, will all items available to purchase from department stores such as Harrods and Selfridges as well as online at Net-a-porter and Bodyism.com.

Bodyism was launched in 2006 by James Duigan, a longtime friend of the fashion star. The wellness club offers activewear and sports equipment alongside its exercise studios and cafes in Europe and Asia.

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