David Gandy – Underwear For Marks & Spencer

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Now that we have visuals I felt it my fashion duty to reblog about the David Gandy underwear capsule collection in store today sadly only across the pond at Marks & Spencer.

The collection titled David Gandy for Autograph, a premium division of M&S will include 28 pieces complete with everything from briefs to boxes and sleepwear.

David Gandy Underwear for Marks & Spencer

David Gandy Underwear for Marks & Spencer

Gandy who’s no stranger to Marks & Spencer is the face of the M&S Collection Menswear label as well as a favorite with brands such as Dolce & Gabbana.

Sadly the US market will have to wait, as the David Gandy for Autograph collection launched today exclusively at Marks & Spencer in London ahead of its worldwide in-store and online debut.

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Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show Crosses The Pond

Victoria's Secret Fashion Show - (l) Alessandra Ambrosia & (r) Adriana Lima

Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show – (l) Alessandra Ambrosia & (r) Adriana Lima

THE VICTORIA’S SECRET FASHION SHOW returns to the CBS Television Network on Tuesday, Dec. 9 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) when it crosses the Pond to film in London for the first time.

World famous Victoria’s Secret Angels Adriana Lima, Alessandra Ambrosio, Doutzen Kroes, Candice Swanepoel, Lily Aldridge, Behati Prinsloo, Karlie Kloss and Lindsay Ellingson will be a part of the show, which merges fashion, fantasy and entertainment into a runway spectacle.

The show, seen in approximately 200 countries, will include musical performances; pink carpet interviews, model profiles and a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the world’s most celebrated fashion show.

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POPSUGAR – Launches Gift Collection Boxes

POPSUGAR -Bridesmaid Gift Collection Box

POPSUGAR -Bridesmaid Gift Collection Box

POPSUGAR, the leading global media and technology company that combines the best lifestyle content with everything women love, is expanding upon its popular monthly subscription Must Have boxes and launching Gift Collection boxes this September 17th. The Gift Collections cater to bridesmaids and expecting mothers and include Bridesmaid, Baby Boy, and Baby Girl boxes featuring premium products and keepsake items curated by POPSUGAR Editor in Chief Lisa Sugar and her team of editors.

These one-of-a-kind boxes make the perfect gift for a baby shower or bridal party. Product offerings will change every six months, keeping them fresh and full of the newest finds. Tailored for a boy or girl, each baby box includes colorful printed socks from Happy Socks, a cozy muslin mate security blanket and baby mum + bub soothing ointment from Aden & Anais, ergonomic Spuni spoons, a collectable silver Lunares piggy bank, and a classic Pat the Bunny gift set.

The Bridesmaid boxes feature a Pinch “Minimergency Kit” with 21 little essentials for the big day, a delicate gold and silver necklace by Kendra Scott, an Obsessive Compulsive lip kit with three different vegan-friendly lip shades, a luxurious June Jacobs body balm, Lunares crystal frame, and champagne infused Sugarwish candies.

“With our Must Have box, POPSUGAR continues to be the delightful surprise women expect and count on each month,” said POPSUGAR founder and Editor in Chief Lisa Sugar. “As we continue to evolve and grow our offerings, our loyal subscribers and new subscribers can share POPSUGAR’s Gift Collection boxes with their friends and family during the most special, unforgettable moments in life.”

Retailing for $75, each box includes products worth over $170 in retail value and is available for purchase at musthave.popsugar.com.

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Kerry Washington – Purple Purse Ambassador

In what could be considered a timely marketing and awareness move by Allstate for a cause that’s recently garnered more media attention, Scandal star Kerry Washington has joined with The Allstate Foundation to raise awareness about domestic violence and the critical role that financial abuse plays in domestic violence situations. Washington is serving as the national ambassador for Allstate Foundation Purple Purse, the signature initiative that gets Americans motivated to combat domestic violence.

Washington’s role as ambassador includes designing a limited-edition purple purse that will be distributed among community leaders, Allstate agency owners, Purple Purse community partners that work directly with survivors, celebrities and media to raise awareness for the cause. The purse represents the center of a woman’s financial domain and purple is the color of national domestic violence awareness. The Allstate Foundation is also distributing Purple Purse charms through Purple Purse Challenge participants to attach to a bag or purse and show support year-round. Washington also filmed a special Public Service Announcement featuring the purse and creating a call to action for Americans to get informed and involved.

Kerry Washington - Allstate Purple Purse Campaign

Kerry Washington – Allstate Purple Purse Campaign

“A purse is where a woman’s power lives. I am really proud of this bag, and having the opportunity to design a fashion statement that carries such an important message,” said Washington. “Financial control is almost always a weapon of choice for abusers because when a victim’s access to cash is taken away or her credit is destroyed or even her employment is jeopardized, it becomes nearly impossible for her to leave.”

“The Allstate Foundation wants to make it acceptable—even fashionable—to talk about domestic violence. Only by pulling back the curtain and getting involved can we ensure that victims can escape to a safer and brighter future,” said Tom Wilson, chairman, president and CEO of Allstate. “It shouldn’t take a high-profile incident in the news for us to rise up and take a stand against domestic violence. For far too long, this issue has remained in the shadows. We need to stop enabling criminals – by not letting money be a weapon of choice that, when combined with physical abuse, becomes a living nightmare for so many women in America.”

The Allstate Foundation has also released the results of a survey, Silent Weapon: Domestic Violence and Financial Abuse, to understand the attitudes Americans have about violence in relationships and the financial control that usually accompanies physical abuse. www.purplepurse.com

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H&M – Go Green Wear Blue

On October 2, H&M introduces Conscious Denim, a collection with clean styling and contemporary fits that not only uses more sustainable materials, but also more conscious processes. In a first for H&M, the washes used on its denim have been graded to assess their environmental impact, including energy and water use. The collection includes pieces for women, men and children, and will be available worldwide in around 1,000 stores for women and 700 stores for men, as well as online.

“We’re so excited about Conscious Denim at H&M. We’ve worked hard to reduce the environmental impact from the washing processes alongside using materials that are more sustainable. The collection is full of great pieces, and proves how sustainability can equal great style,” says Helena Helmersson, Head of Sustainability H&M.

H&M Conscious Denim

H&M Conscious Denim

The result is a full collection with modern cuts in deep indigo tones. For women, Conscious Denim has the essential styles of the season, from low-waisted or high-waisted skinny jeans to boyfriend cut and tapered ankle. Alongside these denim essentials, there are also pieces made from conscious materials that wear just like denim, to create the full look. Jogger jeans in knitted indigo have the softness of sweatpants, while an indigo boilersuit in Tencel has a sharp, slim fit.

For men, classic 5 pocket styles in raw denim are joined by jeans in different cuts and washes. As well as a deep indigo denim jacket, there’s a twill workers jacket while an indigo wool coat is the perfect outer layer for the season. Meanwhile for kids there are different styles, including jeans and dungarees, all in conscious materials.

H&M Conscious Denim

H&M Conscious Denim

When creating Conscious Denim, H&M used criteria from Spanish denim consultants Jeanologia to test its denim washing processes, including water consumption and energy consumption. To meet the Conscious Denim standards at H&M, the materials have to be more sustainable, and the washes have to achieve the highest status according to Jeanologia’s criteria.

Each garment in the Conscious Denim range will feature the Clever Care label, with details on sustainable wear and care, while in store hang tags will describe the conscious qualities of each piece. Its all part of H&M’s long term commitment to more sustainable fashion. For more information about Jeanologia please visit jeanologia.com .

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Get Ready Gladiators – Scandal x The Limited

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Scandal x The Limited (Courtesy The Limited)

Scandal x The Limited (Courtesy The Limited)

Today we got a little closer to the Scandal x Limited capsule collection as Peoples Style Watch got an exclusive look at more sketches from the the collection. Can you say scandalously-chic! The collection will be available in Limited stores and online September 23rd. Get ready Gladiators!!!

Want to dress like Kerry Washington’s character Olivia Pope on “Scandal” but don’t think it’s in the budget? Well think again as The Limited and “Scandal” star, Kerry Washington, along with costume designer Lyn Paolo, collaborate on a capsule collection.

The 42-piece collection, inspired by Washington’s character will include tops, pants, jackets and the amazing topcoats that Olivia Pope is known to adorn.

Scandal x The Limited Capsule Collection

Scandal x The Limited Capsule Collection

“It’s been really fun to have a voice at every stage of the production from picking buttons, choosing fabrics and weighing in on hair and makeup people,” said…

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The Museum at FIT – Dance & Fashion

As a former professional dancer the current retrospective Dance & Fashion on view at The Museum at FIT is one that’s very close to my heart. The exhibition is a stunning exploration of the relationship between these two embodied art forms. Organized by the museum’s director, Dr. Valerie Steele, and set in a dramatic mise-en-scène created by architect Kim Ackert, Dance & Fashion features nearly 100 dance costumes and dance-inspired fashions, ranging from the 19th century to the present, many of which have never been exhibited.

Dance & Fashion opens with a display of ballet costumes and related fashions from the 1830s and 1840s, the era of the Romantic ballet. A rare Spanish-style costume worn by the great ballerina, Fanny Elssler, is accompanied by fashions of the period. A costume by Christian Bérard for Symphonie Fantastique, along with a costume by Mme Karinska for Ballet Imperial, demonstrates the evolution of classic ballet costume, while a costume from Creole Giselle for the Dance Theater of Harlem evokes the continuing appeal of the Romantic ballet.

Halston, woman’s costume for Tangled Night, 1986, lent by Martha Graham Dance Company. Photograph © The Museum at FIT

Halston, woman’s costume for Tangled Night, 1986, lent by Martha Graham Dance Company. Photograph © The Museum at FIT

Christian Dior’s Black Swan ball gown epitomizes ballet’s influence on fashion design. Conversely, Marc Happel, costume director of New York City Ballet, has said that his costumes for Symphony in C were inspired by fashions designed by Dior and Balenciaga. Designer’s Christian Louboutin and Noritaka Tatehana have juxtaposed ballet pointe shoes, worn by famous dancers such as Anna Pavlova and Margot Fonteyn into fashion footwear.

The Orientalism of the Ballets Russes (1909-29) has also influenced generations of fashion designers, from Paul Poiret to Yves Saint Laurent. A costume from Schéhérazade, 1910, designed by the artist Léon Bakst and recently acquired by The Museum at FIT, is the centerpiece in a display of extraordinary fashions and costumes, including a couture ensemble from Yves Saint Laurent’s 1976 Ballets Russes collection and an ensemble by Ungaro worn by Princess Caroline of Monaco. There are also costumes worn by dancers such as Rudolf Nureyev and Mikhail Baryshnikov.

Stella McCartney, man’s tattoo costume for Ocean’s Kingdom, Fall 2011, lent by New York City Ballet. Photograph © The Museum at FIT

Stella McCartney, man’s tattoo costume for Ocean’s Kingdom, Fall 2011, lent by New York City Ballet. Photograph © The Museum at FIT

Among the fashion designers who have created costumes for the ballet are Yves Saint Laurent and Riccardo Tischi of Givenchy (for the Paris Opera Ballet), Christian Lacroix, and Jean Paul Gaultier, plus Valantino Garavani, Prabal Gurung, Giles Mendel, Olivier Theyskens, Rodarte, and Iris Van Herpen, all of who have created costumes for New York City Ballet.

 For the modern dance section, the Martha Graham Dance Company has loaned noteworthy dresses, some designed and worn by Graham herself, and others the product of a close collaboration between Halston and Graham. Dance & Fashion also includes several important African-Caribbean-inspired costumes from Katherine Dunham, a costume from José Limon’s Moor’s Pavane, and one from Alvin Ailey’s Revelations.

Versace, man and woman’s costume for Herman Schmerman, 1992, lent by New York City Ballet. Photograph © 2014 The Museum at FIT

Versace, man and woman’s costume for Herman Schmerman, 1992, lent by New York City Ballet. Photograph © 2014 The Museum at FIT

Fashion designers featured who have created costumes for modern dance include Narciso Rodriguez for Morphoses, Francisco Costa for Elisa Monte, and Tara Subkoff for Stephen Petronio, among others. A highlight is a costume from Merce Cunningham’s Scenario designed by Rei Kawakubo of Comme des Garçons, juxtaposed with a CDG “bump” dress, which inspired the dance costume. In addition to ballet and modern dance, there is a flamenco dress and a selection of flamenco-inspired dresses by designers such as Cristobal Balenciaga, Elsa Schiaparelli, Jeanne Paquin, Oscar de la Renta, and Ralph Lauren. Designs worn by step dancers at a recent, Rick Owens runway show in Paris will also be on display.

As part of the exhibition a multi-author book, published by Yale University Press, will be available. On October 23 – 24, 2014, a free two-day symposium that will further explore dance and fashion will be open to the public. The exhibition is currently on display thru January 3, 2015. www.fitnyc.edu/museum

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Alexander Wang x H&M -Our First Look

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Alexander Wang x H&M

Alexander Wang x H&M

What better way to end the fashion week then with our first look at the Alexander Wang H&M collaboration. Wang’s collection for H&M was announced last spring at the Coachella Music Festival, in Palm Springs, California.

The Alexander Wang x H&M collection will feature apparel and accessories for women and men.  Typical for his irreverent approach, Alexander Wang will propose a new take on the lifestyle product offering that goes beyond fashion.

Alexander Wang x H&M

Alexander Wang x H&M

“I am honored to be a part of H&M’s designer collaborations, say Alexander Wang. To work with their team is an exciting, fun process. They are very open to push boundaries and to set a platform for creativity. This will be a great way for a wider audience to experience elements of the Alexander Wang brand and lifestyle.”

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Target x TOMS – Holiday Collaboration

Breaking cool news from Target and TOMS ! It looks like the two are teaming up on a limited-edition collection for the holidays. Not only will you find pieces you’ll want to give – and get – but for each item purchased, you’ll be helping someone in need.

Buzz started to build after Blake Mycoskie, TOMS Founder and Chief Shoe Giver, and Kathee Tesija, executive vice president and chief merchandising and supply chain officer, Target, surprised nearly 14,000 Target team members with news of the do-gooding partnership at Target’s annual meeting in Minneapolis. And now, we’re bringing you an exclusive first look at the full collection!

Target x TOMS Collaboration

Target x TOMS Collaboration

“Target’s holiday partnership with TOMS is the perfect marriage of both brands’ core values—great design that’s accessible to everyone and a commitment to giving back,” said Kathee.

“We’re excited to partner with Target for the holidays and take TOMS’ One for One® giving model further than ever before,” said Blake. “Every purchase allows Target’s guests to bring home a beautifully designed product and do good, providing nourishment, warmth and shoes to a person in need.”

Target x TOMS Collaboration

Target x TOMS Collaboration

TOMS for Target features more than 50 items, each under $50, and will be available at all Target stores in the U.S. and Canada, as well as Target.com on November 16 … so mark your calendars now! And beyond TOMS’ beloved slip-ons, the collection includes home goods and apparel and accessories for women, men and kids, meaning you’ll have a lot to choose from.

Even better, with your help, TOMS for Target has the potential to provide more than 11 million meals, blankets and shoes to those in need. Every TOMS for Target apparel, accessory and home good purchase results in the donation of a blanket through the American Red Cross or Canadian Red Cross, or one week of meals through Feeding America or Food Banks Canada. And for every TOMS for Target pair of shoes sold, a pair will go to a child in need. www.target.com

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Narcisco Rodriguez Introduces New Fragrance

Narciso Rodriguez

Narciso Rodriguez

For those of you lucky enough to be in New York on September 17th, American fashion designer Narciso Rodriguez will mark the launch of his newest women’s scent, NARCISO with a personal appearance at the Bloomingdale’s 59th Street flagship store.

Customers will have an opportunity to meet the designer and have their own bottle of NARCISO personalized at an exclusive bottle-signing event. NARCISO, the designer’s latest scent, defines sensuality with a modern kind of elegance, embracing a femininity that’s both assertive and elusive, illuminating the universal magic of seduction and attraction. A warm and enveloping blend of Gardenia, Bulgarian Rose and Vetiver, NARCISO is available exclusively at Bloomingdale’s and www.bloomingdales.comb

Date: Wednesday, September 17th  Time: 6:00p Location: Bloomingdale’s 1000 Third Street New York 10022

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