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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Met Gala 2015 – China: Through the Looking Glass

Rihanna in Guo Pei Haute Couture

Rihanna in Guo Pei Haute Couture

Monday night’s Met Gala China: Through the Looking Glass was a star studded evening which featured a gala red carpet of designers and their muses draped beaded and jeweled in celebration of the much anticipated exhibition to be held in the museums Chinese Galleries and the Anna Wintour Costume Center.

The exhibition will feature more than 130 haute couture and ready-to-wear fashions juxtaposed with traditional Chinese masterpieces in jade, lacquer, cloisonné, and blue-and-white porcelain.

Chinese imagery will be used throughout the exhibition, presenting a series of “mirrored reflections” that focus on the evolution of art, fashion, and culture from Imperial China through the present-day People’s Republic of China.  The exhibition will be on view at the Met from May 7th to August 16th. www.metmuseum.org/ChinaLookingGlass

Here’s a look at a few of my favorite and more controversial themed looks from the evening.

Beyonce in Givenchy Haute Couture

Beyonce in Givenchy Haute Couture

Jennifer Lopez in Versace Atelier

Jennifer Lopez in Versace Atelier

Lady GaGa in Balenciaga

Lady GaGa in Balenciaga

Sara Jessica Parker in H&M and Philip Treacy

Sara Jessica Parker in H&M and Philip Treacy

Solange Knowles in Giles Deacon

Solange Knowles in Giles Deacon

Cara Delevingne in Stella McCartney

Cara Delevingne in Stella McCartney

Jennifer Lawrence in Dior Haute Couture

Jennifer Lawrence in Dior Haute Couture

Rita Ora in Tom Ford

Rita Ora in Tom Ford

Georgia May Jagger in Gucci

Georgia May Jagger in Gucci

Kerry Russell in Altuzarro

Kerry Russell in Altuzarro

Olivia Wilde in Prada

Olivia Wilde in Prada

Lizzy Caplan in Donna Karan Atelier

Lizzy Caplan in Donna Karan Atelier

Anne Hathaway in Ralph Lauren

Anne Hathaway in Ralph Lauren

Amana Seyfried in Givenchy Haute Couture

Amana Seyfried in Givenchy Haute Couture

Allison Williams in Giambattista Valli Haute Couture

Allison Williams in Giambattista Valli Haute Couture

Katie Holmes in Zac Posen

Katie Holmes in Zac Posen

Katy Perry and Jeremy Scott in Moschino

Katy Perry and Jeremy Scott in Moschino

Liya Kebede and Phillip Lim

Liya Kebede and Phillip Lim

Kerry Washington in Prada

Kerry Washington in Prada

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Naomi Campbell – Launches New Yahoo Series

Joe Zee and Naomi Campbell at the Yahoo NewFronts

Joe Zee and Naomi Campbell at the Yahoo NewFronts

From the catwalk to “The Face” and this seasons biggest hit TV series “Empire” super model Naomi Campbell is about to embark on a new Yahoo series of her own aptly titled “I Am Naomi” reports Fashionista. The announcement was made earlier this week at the Yahoo NewsFronts.

The new digital series will be produced under Yahoo’s Style vertical and will air on Yahoo Screen. Campbell will star and act as executive producer for the project.

“I think there’s something so unpredictable and, like the word that she used onstage last night, spontaneous about her,” said Yahoo Style editor in chief Joe Zee. “But my favorite part about Naomi is that a lot of people don’t know how hysterical she is, full of bites. You’ve seen her on TV before and she’s always so funny and really engaging.”

The series will allow viewer an all access pass into the life of the super model. An airdate for the new project has yet to be announced. www.yahoo.com

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HTC x Jourdan Dunn Collaborate On HTC INK

Supermodel Jourdan Dunn

Supermodel Jourdan Dunn

HTC a global leader in innovation and design has announced its latest campaign HTC INK with worldwide fashion icon and supermodel Jourdan Dunn. Tapping into the fashion world’s passion for body art, HTC INK will see bespoke celebrity body art designs engraved onto a limited run of HTC’s premium HTC One M9 handsets. 

With a personal love of body art, Jourdan is the ideal choice to launch this style-led Limited Edition campaign, which capitalizes on the global trend for ‘ink’, in both permanent and temporary forms.  

“My experience in the world of fashion means that I have a passion for creativity and expressing personal style, said Jourdan Dunn. The HTC INK campaign seemed like a fun way for me to showcase the inspiration behind my own body art and share my love of design.  I’m proud to be part of HTC’s campaign and am excited to see people around the world with my creation on their HTC One M9.”

Screen Shot 2015-04-29 at 3.16.39 PMWith the look and feel of the HTC One M9 inspired by the artistry of high-end fine jewelers, coming in a number of brushed-metal, two tone finishes, Jourdan’s HTC INK design will replicate this in the form of temporary metallic body art.

Created by Cally-Jo Pothecary, who was responsible for Rihanna’s henna-style hand inking, it will be engraved onto the back of a series of Limited Edition HTC One M9 handsets. www.htc.com

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Uniqlo x Lucasfilm – Hold STAR WARS Fan T-Shirt Competition

Boys for the STAR WARS fan in you check out these cool t-shirts from a fan competition that retailer Uniqlo and Lucasfilm held. Here are a few of my fav’s from the selected winner. May the force be with you! I hear they’re going fast.

From (L to R) UTGP Star Wars - Chewbacca/C-3PO Graphic T-Shirt $19.90,  UTGP Star Wars R2-D2 T-Shirt $19.90, UTGP Star Wars - Grand Prix T-Shirt $19.90

From (L to R) UTGP Star Wars – Chewbacca/C-3PO Graphic T-Shirt $19.90, UTGP Star Wars R2-D2 T-Shirt $19.90, UTGP Star Wars – Grand Prix T-Shirt $19.90

STAR WARS fans from across the galaxy submitted over 5,000 original STAR WARS T-shirt designs in celebration of the esteemed UTGP 2015 STAR WARS contest. UNIQLO, in conjunction with Lucasfilm, selected the winning creations to produce a dynamic apparel collection for men and children. www.uniqlo.com starwars.com

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Thakoon Up Next At Kohl’s DesigNation

dn7-comingsoon-20150419-logoJust in case you missed the news Kohl’s has announced its next DesigNation collaboration will be with designer Thakoon Panichgul, making him the seventh designer to participate in the DesigNation limited-edition series.

“We are excited to bring Thakoon to our customers this fall to enhance our women’s apparel offerings with innovative designs, great quality and great value,” said Nancy Feldman, Kohl’s executive vice president of women’s apparel. “DesigNation is built to inspire our customers with designs shaped by some of the world’s most popular destinations, and Thakoon Panichgul is the perfect person to bring London to life as he is known for showcasing distinct, global influences through his collections.”

The Thakoon for DesigNation collection brings Panichgul’s take on London where he recently celebrated his brands tenth anniversary. He’s translated his affinity for the city’s character, culture and history into unique prints and patterns seen in shirts, sweaters, knit tops and dresses.

“Im excited to partner with Kohl’s to share my process of inspiration,” said Thakoon Panichgul. “The DesigNation collection allows me to explore London, a city I have always loved, and to showcase its style culture through our lens.”

The Thakoon collection will retail for under $200 and will be available exclusively at Kohl’s and Kohls.com beginning fall 2015. www.kohls.com

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