Tabitha Simmons teams with Puma on floral-inspired collection

Tabitha Simmons has collaborated with the team at Puma on a new collection.The British stylist and footwear designer launched her debut line in 2009, with celebrities such as Miranda Kerr, Kate Bosworth, and Liv Tyler all fans of her chic ankle boots a…

Tabitha Simmons has collaborated with the team at Puma on a new collection.

The British stylist and footwear designer launched her debut line in 2009, with celebrities such as Miranda Kerr, Kate Bosworth, and Liv Tyler all fans of her chic ankle boots and bold patterns.

Now, Tabitha has worked alongside the designers at the German sportswear giant on the Puma X Tabitha Simmons range, which features feminine takes on classic athleisure pieces and sneakers.

“I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to partner with such an iconic brand like Puma for my first venture into the sportswear and athleisure market,” she commented. “Together, we married Puma’s sporty aesthetic with my signature, feminine florals to create a collection of shoes, bags and a stylish tracksuit for all women on the go.”

Tabitha’s collection includes reimagined versions of the Puma Cell Stellar and Ralph Sampson shoes. There is also matching apparel decorated with rose, daisy, and dragonfly motifs, including a reversible full-zip nylon track jacket, a backpack, a padded laptop pocket, and a waist bag.

Accordingly, Puma bosses are thrilled with the final result.

“We’re excited to introduce our partnership with Tabitha Simmons, an incredible creative with an extremely diverse set of talents,” added Adam Petrick, global director of brand and marketing at Puma. “For our first collaboration, we’ve blended Puma’s iconic sport-inspired silhouettes with Tabitha’s well-known custom florals resulting in disruptive new executions with a feminine touch.”

The Puma X Tabitha Simmons collection will drop on 1 February.

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Coach teams with Tabitha Simmons on accessories collection

Coach has partnered with Tabitha Simmons on a new collection of whimsical accessories. The British stylist and footwear designer launched her debut line in 2009, with celebrities such as Miranda Kerr, Kate Bosworth and Liv Tyler all fans of her chic…

Coach has partnered with Tabitha Simmons on a new collection of whimsical accessories. 

The British stylist and footwear designer launched her debut line in 2009, with celebrities such as Miranda Kerr, Kate Bosworth and Liv Tyler all fans of her chic ankle boots and bold patterns.  

Now, Coach’s creative director Stuart Vevers has announced that he has teamed with Simmons on the Coach x Tabitha Simmons range, which is comprised of shoes and handbags.  

“I have always admired Stuart as a designer and enjoy seeing how his collections evolve season after season,” said Simmons, who also works as a contributing fashion editor at U.S. Vogue magazine, in a statement. “It has been incredible working with him to bring our collaboration to life in a way that honours both of our brand’s aesthetics. I love the contrast between whimsical, feminine florals and a little bit of a punk and edginess – there is something for every woman in this collection.” 

Highlights include the Urban Hiker boots with leather detailing and the Harriette flats, which are available in either a dainty floral print or eye-catching colourblocking. 

The floral patterns reintroduce original Coach prints from the house’s spring 2016 collection, while the line also includes Simmons’s first-ever handbag design – the Coach x Tabitha Simmons Crossbody, which is a reimagination of Coach’s 1973 Suspender Pouch. 

Regarding the partnership, Vevers commented that he found creating with Simmons to be very natural.  

“She already has Coach in her closet,” he shared, before recalling how the concept came about: “It’s actually a cute story: I bumped into her one day at the Greenwich Hotel, and she happened to be wearing a floral print dress from the spring 2016 collection. We knew it had to be the starting point for our collaboration.” 

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Alexa Chung and Poppy Delevingne team up on charity T-shirt

Alexa Chung and Poppy Delevingne have created a line of T-shirts raising funds for Save the Children.The pals worked together on the project to mark the charity’s 100th anniversary, and also the launch of Save the Children’s Stop the War on Children ca…

Alexa Chung and Poppy Delevingne have created a line of T-shirts raising funds for Save the Children.

The pals worked together on the project to mark the charity’s 100th anniversary, and also the launch of Save the Children’s Stop the War on Children campaign.

Available in three colourways – navy, white and yellow – the tee, designed by Chung and modelled by Delevingne, features an illustration of a crescent moon face alongside the words The Future is Now.

“To me (the moon) symbolises children’s dreams, hopes and the promise of a new day,” Chung explained, reports Vogue.co.uk. “Sadly, not all children have the chance to enjoy such innocent childhoods as millions are battling through conflicts started by adults. But they should, and we need to fight for their futures and help them fulfil their potential by ensuring all children are off limits in war.”

Thirty per cent of the profits will go directly to Save the Children. The adults’ T-shirt has a price tag of £25 ($32), while the children’s version comes in at £15 ($19).

For the accompanying images, Delevingne roped in shoe designer Tabitha Simmons to style her, had Gucci Westman on make-up duty and enlisted Cass Bird to art direct and photograph the campaign.

“Having visited many Save The Children programmes over the past four years, I’ve met with some of the most inspiring and amazing children who, despite adversity and conflict, have not only survived to tell their stories but are now thriving and full of hope for a better future,” Delevingne said about her ambassadorial role. “It’s because of these children and their daily fight that Alexa and I wanted to create something that would help make a change and encourage people to do something good.”

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Virgil Abloh leads 2019 CFDA Fashion Awards nominations

Virgil Abloh leads the 2019 Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) Fashion Awards nominations with two nods.Officials from the trade association announced the nominees for the prestigious prizes on Tuesday (19Mar19), with Louis Vuitton menswear…

Virgil Abloh leads the 2019 Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) Fashion Awards nominations with two nods.

Officials from the trade association announced the nominees for the prestigious prizes on Tuesday (19Mar19), with Louis Vuitton menswear designer Abloh picking up nominations in the Menswear and Accessory Designer of the Year categories for his streetwear label Off-White.

The 38-year-old will face off with Mike Amiri, Pyer Moss’ Kerby Jean-Raymond, Rick Owens, and Thom Browne for the menswear prize, and against Jennifer Fisher, Tabitha Simmons, Telfar Clemens and The Row’s Ashley Olsen and Mary-Kate Olsen in the Accessory Designer of the Year group.

Sander Lak for Sies Marjan, who won the Emerging Talent prize last year, has moved up to the Womenswear Designer of the Year category, as have Brandon Maxwell and Rosie Assoulin. The designers are joined by Marc Jacobs and Rodarte’s Kate and Laura Mulleavy.

In addition, organisers shared that Alexander McQueen creative director Sarah Burton will receive the Valentino Garavani and Giancarlo Giammetti International Award, Eileen Fisher will be bestowed with the Positive Change Award for her commitment to sustainability, stylist and CR Fashion Book editor-in-chief Carine Roitfeld will receive the Founder’s Award in honour of CFDA founder Eleanor Lambert, and fashion editor and writer Lynn Yaeger will take home the Media Award in honour of Eugenia Sheppard.

“The CFDA Fashion Awards celebrate the outstanding creativity in American fashion,” CFDA president and chief executive officer Steven Kolb said in a statement. “There will be exciting changes to this year’s awards, and we are honoured to have Valentino and Giancarlo Giammetti join us as we name the International Award.”

The 2019 CFDA Fashion Awards will take place at the Brooklyn Museum on 3 June.

The complete list of nominees is as follows:

Womenswear Designer of the Year

Brandon Maxwell

Marc Jacobs

Kate Mulleavy and Laura Mulleavy for Rodarte

Rosie Assoulin

Sander Lak for Sies Marjan

Menswear Designer of the Year

Mike Amiri for Amiri

Virgil Abloh for Off-White

Kerby Jean-Raymond for Pyer Moss

Rick Owens

Thom Browne for Thom Browne New York

Accessory Designer of the Year

Jennifer Fisher for Jennifer Fisher Jewelry

Virgil Abloh for Off-White

Tabitha Simmons

Telfar Clemens for Telfar

Ashley Olsen and Mary-Kate Olsen for The Row

Emerging Designer of the Year

Emily Adams Bode for Bode

Beth Bugdaycay for Foundrae

Heron Preston

Catherine Holstein for Khaite

Sarah Staudinger and George Augusto for Staud

Valentino Garavani and Giancarlo Giammetti International Award – Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen

The Positive Change Award – Eileen Fisher

The Founder’s Award – Carine Roitfeld

The Media Award – Lynn Yaeger

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Tabitha Simmons used to go clubbing wearing ice skates

Tabitha Simmons used to wear ice skates to go clubbing with Anna Wintour and Karen Elson.The U.S. Vogue editor-in-chief shared Tabitha’s unusual footwear choice as she presented her with the award for Designer of the Year at the Footwear News Achieveme…

Tabitha Simmons used to wear ice skates to go clubbing with Anna Wintour and Karen Elson.

The U.S. Vogue editor-in-chief shared Tabitha’s unusual footwear choice as she presented her with the award for Designer of the Year at the Footwear News Achievement Awards (FNAAs) on Tuesday (04Dec18), which took place at the IAC Building in New York.

And Anna believed the accolade was inevitable given Tabitha’s bold approach to evening shoes.

“Years ago, Tabitha and (model and singer-songwriter) Karen Elson shared an apartment in New York — and like most young women in the city, they liked to go out,” the 69-year-old began. “Tabitha would then dance all night at various Manhattan clubs. She danced in a pair of ragged white Victorian ice skates. She wore them like a pair of comfortable and practical biker boots — never batting an eyelid or complaining that her feet were hurting or even acknowledging that she was on ice skates. She only gave up on them when the blades finally offed.”

Anna added that considering her statement footwear, it’s “no surprise that Tabitha became an extraordinary shoe designer”.

The British footwear mogul has had a busy year, having launched collaborations with Brock Collection and Johanna Ortiz, and also welcomed her first child with husband Robert Livingston Mortimer, daughter Violet Elizabeth, in January.

The couple then went on to get married in June.

Tabitha insisted she had “been wanting this award for so long” but in spite of her growing success, she still believes she has much to learn.

“I’m still a baby in the shoe industry, getting my identity,” she explained. “I want to be able to say (to the customer): ‘This is our shoe, and this is how it feels.'”

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Tabitha Simmons is always keen to collaborate

Tabitha Simmons is always attracted to a collaboration opportunity.The British footwear designer entered the fashion industry as a model before becoming a stylist, and is also a contributing editor at American Vogue, in addition to styling Dolce & Gabb…

Tabitha Simmons is always attracted to a collaboration opportunity.

The British footwear designer entered the fashion industry as a model before becoming a stylist, and is also a contributing editor at American Vogue, in addition to styling Dolce & Gabbana’s Alta Moda line.

Her award-winning shoe label will celebrate its tenth anniversary next year, and having already teamed up with Brock Collection and Colombian-based designer Johanna Ortiz in recent months, Simmons has learned the value of a strong brand partnership.

“For me, those collaborations have been important and very successful,” she insisted in an interview with Footwear News. “Everyone can buy things online now and (purchase) rather quickly. It’s nice when you can walk into a store and find something special. That’s what happened with my Bergdorf Goodman (capsule collection in April 2018). A lot sold out because you couldn’t buy it anywhere else. People want something a bit different now.”

Simmons dedicates much of her own time to her eponymous brand, which is beloved by many celebrities including Jennifer Aniston, Gigi Hadid and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex.

And though working with other labels can mean a lot of work, she is adamant that the graft is worth it.

“The thing is that I love my job. I love what I do, so when someone asks you to collaborate, you think, ‘Why not?'” the fashion star smiled. “If it feels right, then I’m one of these people who will do it. When great projects come along and you love what you do, why not say yes?”

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Tabitha Simmons doesn’t care whether her brand is ‘established’

Tabitha Simmons has insisted that she never wonders whether her brand is “established”.The British shoe designer entered the fashion industry as a model before becoming a stylist, and is also a contributing editor at American Vogue, in addition to styl…

Tabitha Simmons has insisted that she never wonders whether her brand is “established”.

The British shoe designer entered the fashion industry as a model before becoming a stylist, and is also a contributing editor at American Vogue, in addition to styling Dolce & Gabbana’s Alta Moda line.

Though her own shoe label will celebrate its tenth anniversary next year, Simmons is adamant that its respective status amongst other fashion brands is of little importance.

“When you are in the trenches you are always thinking, ‘How can I move this forward.’ You are never thinking if you are an emerging brand or an established brand, you are thinking about what problems you are going to solve,” she explained in an interview with Forbes. “You live to fight another day, and you love it. It’s your passion.”

Simmons has grown a loyal clientele thanks to her unique and attention-grabbing designs, adding that her desire to create new footwear sometimes meant she would “create an entire collection and then scrap it”.

Another attractive aspect of her eponymous shoe line is the reasonable price of the products and she previously admitted that she regrets setting such a high price point when she first launched the brand in New York in 2009.

“In hindsight, I would be more mindful about the entry price point of the line when I launched the brand, as ours were priced completely out of the market,” she mused in an interview with Footwear News.

And despite her success, Simmons still abides by one motto, in particular, to keep herself motivated in the workplace.

“There are always going to be daily challenges; however, I’ve learned to roll with the punches. As the saying goes, ‘When you fall off your horse, the only thing to do is to get right back on,'” she laughed.

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