Jessica Simpson To Open Brick and Mortar Boutiques

1251225249_jessica_simpson_290x402It looks like Jessica Simpson’s foray into fashion is about to charter new territory as she announces that her eponymous label will open freestanding brick and mortar boutiques.

Currently available at Macy’s, Lord & Taylor and Dillard’s the very successful Jessica Simpson line, which includes shoes, accessories and fragrances, brings in over $1 billion annually.

“I am extremely honored to partner with Sequential Brands Group to continue the growth and integrity of the Jessica Simpson Collection,” said Simpson. “There is no limit to our success… Here’s to the next billion.”

No official dates of when we’ll see our first  freestanding boutiques open have been announced at this time.

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Coach Introduces – “COACH PUPS” Fall 2015 Campaign

Coach Pups Campaign

Coach Pups Campaign

Lets here it for the pups as Coach, Inc., goes to the dogs as the brand reveals its newest advertising campaign titled “COACH PUPS.” The new campaign features canine stars in a series of portraits photographed by Steven Meisel. It launches with Miss Asia Kinney, the adorable four-legged companion of Lady Gaga.

The campaign celebrates the dogs in our lives and captures the pups’ unique personalities as they “model” Coach’s Fall 2015 star bags. Miss Asia Kinney, Lady Gaga’s now famous French Bulldog can be seen modeling the Edie and Rucksack bags in the campaign.

“I am so proud of Miss Asia! She’s a natural in front of the camera, said Lady Gaga and we’re both so excited that the iconic Steven Meisel shot her for Coach’s pup campaign! I really love getting to watch my best friend be a star.”

“’I’ve never had so much fun on a shoot, said Stuart Vevers, Creative Director at Coach. The combination of Mr. Meisel and the pups was an extraordinary, surreal, special moment. We wanted to create playful images that make you smile. We were inspired by some images from the Coach archive, which featured Eddie—the dog that starred in the TV series Frasier—to create something joyful, with humor and character. That’s a spirit that’s uniquely at the heart of Coach.”

This new initiative will also introduce the social campaign #coachpups, including a range of online activities for fellow dog lovers, opportunities for Instameets, special talks and other events hosted by the great and the good of the canine world. This will also mark the debut of the Coach Snapchat account.

“COACH PUPP” campaign will appear in print, online and on outdoor media globally starting in July. www.coach.com

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Christian Louboutin Expands Nude Color Palette

Christian Louboutin - New Nude Collection

Christian Louboutin – New Nude Collection

Christian Louboutin is updating his Nude Collection with two new styles, the Deepik and Dorissima, as well as doing the unthinkable by increasing the color palette with seven new shades of nude, ranging from fair to chestnut for fall 2015 http://bit.ly/1IwDrG9.

Can you say BRILLIANT! I mean the idea that women come in a variety of different skin tones is something that the fashion and cosmetic industry have struggled with for years but leave it to the master cobble to lead the way.

The new Nude Collection will be available this August. Let’s hope others will follow. http://us.christianlouboutin.com/us_en/

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Nicole Richie’s – House of Harlow 1960 Pop-Up Boutique

Nicole Richie

Nicole Richie

Nicole Richie’s House of Harlow 1960 will open its first U.S. pop-up at The Grove, in Los Angeles from July 3rd through July 16th. The House of Harlow 1960 pop-up will showcase apparel and accessories that reflect Richie’s eclectic style, inspired by the spirit of the 1960s and 1970s.

The House of Harlow 1960 pop-up will offer never-before-seen collections, as well as exclusives offering priced from $24 to $395.

The the pop-up will also carry a capsule collection of apparel designed for summer dressing, including House of Harlow 1960’s signature kimono, along with curated vintage apparel handpicked by Richie during her travels.

Additionally, a selection of fine jewelry, new to the brand will also be available as well as – sunglasses, scented candles and personal accessories

“In our ongoing commitment to provide guests with an exceptional shopping experience, we are pleased to host Nicole Richie’s House of Harlow 1960,” stated Kloe Colacarro, head of leasing for Caruso Affiliated. “With its commitment to style and a dash of retro flair, the brand perfectly resonates with the atmosphere and fashion-forward guests at The Grove.”

“I can’t think of a better way to experience what House of Harlow 1960 is all about! The pop up shop offers a unique environment where all things House of Harlow can be found, said Richie. I am so looking forward to interacting with fans of the collection and learning more about their needs.”

The House of Harlow 1960 pop-up shop will be open at The Grove from Friday, July 3rd through Wednesday, July 16th. Hours of operation are Monday-Thursday, 10:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 10:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m.; and Sunday, 10:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m.  For more information, please visit www.thegrovela.com.

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TOPSHOP – Presents ‘Summer of Love’

TOPSHOP celebrates a ‘Summer of Love’ with a video short styled by Poppy Kain and shot by videographer Leigh Johnson.

The short features twin models; Ruth and May Bell, in the TOPSHOP high summer collections, which includes romantic summer dresses in maxi and baby doll shapes, poet blouses and soft suede skirts and shorts with lace up detailing.

The short includes a limited-edition maxi dress in nude and ivory color-ways, which will be available exclusively on TOPSHOP.COM and in the Oxford Circus store and 5th Avenue store, priced at $170.

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Target x Eddie Borgo Accessories Collaboration

Target’s next designer collaboration, brings a personalized first-of-its-kind, limited-edition offering of accessories and wall art made exclusively by designer Eddie Borgo, for Target guests.

The collection features the designer’s signature aesthetic – geometric shapes and symbols inspired by sculptural art and architecture – and on-trend textures, colors and finishes like – silver, gold and rose gold combined with materials like hand-poured resin, brass mesh and chains.

“Eddie has an amazing eye, and we love the ingenuity and quality of craftsmanship of this collection,” said Kathee Tesija, chief merchandising and supply chain officer, Target. “Our guests are looking for ways to personalize their look and express their individual sense of style, and this line gives them the ability to do just that through beautifully designed jewelry and accessories that feel incredibly luxurious.”

The best part of this collection is how easy it is to custom-create your own unique pieces! Simply select a jewelry or accessory item, such as a handbag, necklace or earrings, and style it with a variety of components, including charms, studs and totems.

“When designing this collection, I was inspired by the idea of modernizing the 1960s and 1970s craft culture and empowering people to be creative,” said Eddie. “It’s been exciting to bring the spirit of this collection to life, and I can’t wait to see how Target’s guests make it their own.”

Priced from $7.99 to $49.99 the Eddie Borgo for Target collection will be available at select Target stores and Target.com beginning July 12th. www.target.com

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H&M x Balmain Fall Collaboration – #HMBalmaination

(c) Olivier Rousteing, (l) Jourdan Dunn, and (r)  Kendall Jenner

(c) Olivier Rousteing, (l) Jourdan Dunn, and (r) Kendall Jenner

Breaking fabulous fashion news as H&M announces its fall guest design collaboration with the Parisian house of Balmain.

A veritable bastion of French luxury, under the creative directorship of young Olivier Rousteing, Balmain has grown into a global pop-culture phenomenon. Rousteing and his friends Kendall Jenner and Jourdan Dunn, walked the red carpet at the 2015 Billboard Music Awards revealing the first pieces from the collection.

“I want to talk to my generation: this is my main aim as a designer. H&M allows me the unique possibility of bringing everyone into the world of Balmain, get a piece of the dream and create a global #HMBalmaination: a movement of togetherness, fueled on a hashtag, said Olivier Rousteing. The collaboration felt extremely natural to me: H&M is a brand that everybody connects to. It calls for unity, and I am all for it”.

Founded in 1945, by Pierre Balmain today the house still remains true to Balmain’s original vision and spirit expressing energy, fun, amusement and freedom through cutting edge design. The Balmain x H&M collection will feature clothing and accessories for both women and men.

“We are excited to have Balmain as our guest designer at H&M and create a truly involving experience for everybody. With its mix of couture spirit and streetwear attitude, Balmain owns a unique style, at once opulent and direct, sensual and energetic. It is also closely linked to the show business and music worlds, which adds another element of surprise,” says Ann-Sofie Johansson, Creative Advisor at H&M.

Through social media H&M x Balmain invites their fans to join a movement of togetherness with #HMBalmaination.

The collection will be available November 5, in around 250 stores worldwide and online. www.hm.com www.balmain.com

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Reese Witherspoon Launches Draper James Collection

Reese Witherspoon Draper James

Reese Witherspoon Draper James

It appears that actress Reese Witherspoon is getting into the fashion and design business as she’s just announced the launch of Draper James, a retail brand with a focus on fashion, accessories and home decor inspired by the American South.  The brand is named after Reese’s grandparents, Dorothea Draper and William James Witherspoon.

“I created Draper James to honor my past and allow others to embrace the beauty, style and excitement that embodies what is happening in the South today,” says Reese, speaking to the ethos behind Draper James.

The collection, will offers feminine dresses and separates in bright and cheerful prints that are designed to be mixed and worn together while the accessories will range from jewelry to handbags. The home collection will include stationery, blankets, pillows, and cocktail napkins amongst others.

Manufactured and designed in-house, the brand will launch direct to consumer online at DraperJames.com, followed by its first brick and mortar store opening this fall in Reese’s hometown of Nashville.

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Armani Opens – Armani Silos

Armani Silos

Armani Silos

In celebration of his 40th anniversary, Giorgio Armani opens Silos Armani, a museum space that will house over 600 designs from the esteemed house.

The newly renovated 48,600 square feet space covers four levels and was originally constructed in the 1950’s as part of the Nestlé Company.

Armani Silos

Armani Silos

“I wanted to keep the rough aspect of the Silos as it was,” Armani told WWD. [I] plan to renew the displays with pieces from the new collections every six months,” he explained.

The new space that Armani doesn’t like to refer to as a museum opened this week during the Milan Expo 15, of which Armani has also been named fashion ambassador. www.armani.com

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Macy’s To Open – Four Backstage Discount Locations

Macy'sMacy’s, has announced that the first four pilot stores in Macy’s new off-price business, will open this fall 2015 in the New York surrounding area.

The four off-price Macy’s Backstage stores will average about 30,000 square feet and offer a compelling assortment of women’s, men’s and children’s apparel, as well as – shoes, fashion accessories, housewares, home textiles, intimate apparel and jewelry.

Each store also will include amenities, such as free WiFi and a suite of spacious fitting rooms. One location will test a café concept so customers can relax and refresh.

Merchandise will include clearance goods from Macy’s stores, as well as special buys from well-recognized fashion brands – all at exceptionally great values, priced between 20 to 80 percent off of original price.

“We believe we can deliver a whole new level of value to customers who appreciate fashion and love to hunt for a bargain,” said Peter Sachse, Macy’s chief innovation and business development officer. “Macy’s Backstage stores will be designed to surprise and delight customers with continuously updated and fresh merchandise assortments focused on delivering current fashion with incredible prices, day-in and day-out, and enthusiastic sales associates.

“Backstage is a new retail concept that the Macy’s team has built from scratch over the past six months. It will be an exciting shopping experience supported with compelling marketing, both traditional and mobile,” Sachse said. “As with all of Macy’s innovations, we will test and learn to see what resonates most with customers so we can adjust before rolling out additional locations.”

The pilot store locations are:  Sheepshead Bay (2027 Emmons Ave.), Brooklyn, NY Queens Place, Elmhurst (Queens), NY Lake Success Shopping Center, New Hyde Park, NY Melville Mall, Huntington, NY

Macy’s Backstage stores will accept Macy’s credit cards, as well as other forms of payment www.macys.com

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