Alexander Wang x H&M Runway Event

Last Thursday, October 16th the Armory on the Hudson in New York City was transformed from an indoor track and field stadium to a futuristic runway fashion arena for the global launch of the Alexander Wang x H&M collection, one of the most anticipated and stylish designer brand partnerships of the season.

The celebrity crowd included: Jessica Chastain, Kate Mara, Dakota Fanning, Natasha Lyonne, Justin Theroux, Solange Knowles, Mary J. Blige and the return of Tyson Beckford to the runway. The show was followed by a performance by hip-hop artist Sharaya J and a surprise set by musical artist Missy Elliott.

Alexander Wang x H&M Runway Event

Alexander Wang x H&M Runway Event

“Tonight’s event for the launch of Alexander Wang x H&M was about high energy and a full experience that goes beyond fashion; from the attitude and speed of the show, to the pop-up store in a locker-room setting, and the performances by Missy Elliott and Sharaya J at the after-party,” says Alexander Wang. “I wanted for everyone to be able to just let go and have fun and hopefully we achieved that tonight.”

In addition to the crowd of celebrities and fashion industry press, fans of both brands who won tickets through a golden ticket initiative via vending machines, held in selected H&M stores around New York were also on hand for the launch. The event was also available globally via live streaming on hm.com and alexanderwang.com.

Alexander Wang x H&M Runway Event

Alexander Wang x H&M Runway Event

“Tonight’s celebration truly reflected the theme of the Alexander Wang x H&M collection. It was like being at the ultimate meeting between fashion and sport, and it was perfect to launch it here in New York,” says Margareta van den Bosch, H&M’s creative advisor.

The collection will be available in 250 H&M stores worldwide, and online starting November 6, 2014 www.hm.com.

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WILDFOX Opens LA Flagship Boutique

Wildfox LA Boutique

Wildfox LA Boutique

It’s official, Los Angeles-based women’s label, Wildfox Couture, has officially opened the doors to its first flagship retail store located on Sunset Blvd in the iconic Sunset Plaza shopping district.

To help kick-off the opening of the new boutique was a trendy fashionable hipster crowd of shopper’s and celeb’s that included – model Alessandra Ambrosio, Nick Cannon, actress Kerris Dorsey of Showtime’s “Ray Donovan,” G. Hannelius of Disney’s “Dog with a Blog,” Katherine McNamara, Scott Disick, Peyton List, Hollywood fav Jared Eng of Just Jared, and yours truly who donned a cool red heart shaped sequined headband and blinking bow-bracelet seen on my Instagram page: TodHFashStylistOfficial along with a few additional fun party pix.

Alessandra Ambrosio at Wildfox Boutique

Alessandra Ambrosio at Wildfox Boutique

“We are thrilled our customers finally have the opportunity to experience all of our products in one place, commented Wildfox CEO Jimmy Sommers. The flagship location will always carry the newest and widest assortment of styles. The space is meant to feel like walking into the ultimate Wildfox girl’s dream closet. The look of the store will change with the release of every collection so I want customers to experience each campaign photo shoot brought to life.”

The 2,000 square foot space will showcase the brand’s iconic ultra-soft, graphic tees, jumpers, dresses, and bottoms, angora blend sweater knits, eyewear, denim, swimwear as well as the full Kids range.

(l) Kerris Dorsey, (c) G. Hannelius (r) Katherine McNamara

(l) Kerris Dorsey (c) G. Hannelius (r) Katherine McNamara

Designed by Katie Hurley, Owner and Founder of Fineas+Clover, the flagship’s décor is best described as an eclectic fusion of locally sourced, vintage pieces with modern accents. Expertly blending antique Mastercraft brass tables and delicate vintage china displays complemented by etched filigree mirrors and hand blown glass chandeliers, the interior transforms the Wildfox personality into a physical space patrons can experience on an intimate level.

Launching exclusively in-store for holiday season, customers will be able to completely customize their own sunglasses by pairing any existing frame with a lens finish of their choice. Leenabell jewelry designer, Monica Stanley, has several of her collections available for purchase in the Wildfox store. Ranging from dainty to chunky, vintage to modern, and fine to custom, price points are between $100-1800.

Nick Cannon at Wildfox Boutique

Nick Cannon at Wildfox Boutique

Wildfox Flagship Store boutique is located at 8710 Sunset Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90069 Hours: 11am-7pm Sunday-Thursday and 11am-9pm Friday & Saturday Tel: 310.855.9030

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LACOSTE – The Retro Men’s LS.12 Sneaker

LACOSTE - LS.12 Sneaker

LACOSTE – LS.12 Sneaker

LACOSTE is taking its LS.12 sneaker from the tennis court to the urban landscape as the brand re-introduces a limited edition of the classic LS.12 menswear style. Inspired by the 1987 tennis court model the new LS.12 edition has a masculine monochrome design crafted from calfskin leather and tone-on-tone suede, with a thick sole designed for urban street-wear.

The new LS.12 has moved away from the classic white style and is now available in – Navy Blue, Asphalt Black and Dark Brown. The LS.12 is available exclusively at LACOSTE.com and LACOSTE boutiques worldwide and retails for $195.

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ShopBAZAAR.com x Stuart Weitzman Fall Boot Collaboration

Stuart Weitzman and Harper's Bazaar Collection

Stuart Weitzman and Harper’s Bazaar Boot Collection

Yes it’s that time of year again ladies to start the hunt find for the perfect fall boot. But you’re in luck as Harper’s BAZAAR and Stuart Weitzman have teamed up once again, this time to launch an exclusive boot capsule collection for ShopBAZAAR.com.

With the help of four of the mag’s most stylish editors, Digital Director Joyann King, Senior Digital Director Kerry Pieri, Fashion Market Editor Mallory Schlau, and Fashion News/Features Editor Christine Whitney the team has collaborated with Stuart Weitzman to create the perfect fall boot that reflects their own personal style.

Each editor created her ideal outfit around her Stuart Weitzman boots to showcase how she would wear them. BAZAAR’s intrepid street style lensman Diego Zuko captured the four boots in action all around Manhattan. They include:

  • The HITIMES pointy-toe stiletto bootie
    “The rich cognac leather and elongating pointed toe make these ankle boots versatile and timeless, but nothing feels more modern than wearing them with a palette of perfectly mixed neutrals.” – Digital DirectorJoyann King
  • The HIJACK over-the-knee boot
    “Stuart Weitzman does an amazing high boot: fitted close to the body, but comfortable. Brown and suede are feeling fresh right now, so these are the ideal combination—and as a plus, they pair perfectly with white.” – Senior Digital Director Kerry Pieri
  • The BUCKLER ’60s-inspired ankle boot
    “I love the mod shape and unexpected navy color of this luxe suede boot, and with black leather pants, it’s the perfect mix of textures and hues.” — Fashion Market Editor Mallory Schlau
  • The BOBSLED rugged lace-up boot
    “I love a good flat boot, and this season is all about shearling—the addition of a shorter skirt gives these rugged lace-ups a gamine twist.” – Fashion News/Features Editor Christine Whitney

Starting October 15, the Stuart Weitzman x ShopBAZAAR.com boot capsule collection will be available onShopBAZAAR.com/StuartWeitzman. Prices range from $498-$665.

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Rihanna Launches – ROGUE MAN Fragrance

ROGUE MAN by Rihanna

ROGUE MAN by Rihanna

Rihanna is set to launch her first-ever fragrance for men, ROGUE MAN by Rihanna. The ultra-sexy and masculine scent, has top notes comprised of fresh citrus, herbs, and spicy black pepper which offer a clean opening impression, the velvet floral blends, strong undertones of cedar wood, and the primal sensation of labdanum ignite the senses and linger warmly on skin.

“Building upon the marked success of her women’s fragrance line, we are thrilled to join Rihanna on her venture into the men’s fragrance category,” said Donald Loftus, President of Parlux, Ltd. “ROGUE MAN by Rihanna offers a new constituency of male consumers entrance into the bold world of Rihanna’s growing lifestyle brand.”

Shot by legendary fashion photographer Mario Sorrenti, the ROGUE MAN by Rihanna ad campaign explores the rebellious and complex juxtaposition of attraction, sexuality and power. Rihanna was immediately attracted to feature model Daniel Ness for his raw sensuality and knew at first sight that he is the embodiment of the ROGUE MAN

ROGUE MAN by Rihanna will be available at Macys.com and select Macy’s nationwide and retails for Eau de Toilette Spray 3.4 oz  / $69.00 Eau de Toilette Spray 1.0 oz / $39.00 www.macys.com

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A New Man At Oscar de la Renta

Peter Copping

Peter Copping

After months of speculation that John Galliano might take the post as Creative Director at Oscar, only to hear that a deal could not be reach. Oscar de la Renta, has finally found his man, confirming the appointment of Peter Copping as the new Creative Director, a new position for the company.

In his new role, Mr. Copping will set the design direction across all product categories reporting to Oscar de la Renta and Alex Bolen, the company’s Chief Executive Officer.

Peter Copping comes to Oscar de la Renta from Nina Ricci, where he was Artistic Director for five years.  Prior to Nina Ricci, Peter spent twelve years at Louis Vuitton as Studio Director under Marc Jacobs.  Before that he worked at Sonia Rykiel and Christian Lacroix.  Peter is a graduate of the Royal College of Art and Central Saint Martins in London.

“I’m very happy Peter has agreed to join us. He is a great talent and along with our shared design sensibilities, we both have a deep curiosity about the wider world, from music and art to architecture and gardens, said Oscar de la Renta.   Our Industry has not always done the best job when it comes to changes in design leadership.  My hope is that, in leading this selection, and actively participating in the transition, I can insure the right design future for our company and brand.”

“It is an immense pleasure for me to join Oscar de la Renta as Creative Director in November, said Peter Copping.  “After a career of 20 years in Paris, this is an important next step for me.   Oscar de la Renta has defined American elegance for generations of women, and the opportunity to work with him and help ensure the future of the brand is very exciting.”

Copping will start work on November 3rd, 2014 and will present his first collection in February 2015, working closely with Oscar. www.oscardelarenta.com

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Harrods Takes You – Inside The Studio

Harrods Presents Inside The Studio

Harrods Presents – Inside The Studio

Harrods presents an intimate look Inside The Studio of four of Britain’s most talented fashion designers, Matthew WilliamsonRupert SandersonAntonio Berardi and and Alice Temperley, as they invite you inside their bustling ateliers to discover the exquisite craftsmanship behind their coveted collections.

A series of four exclusive films captures the essence of each design studio and reveals the intricate journey of a collection as documented by the designers themselves and brought to life by their glamorous muses, Georgie MacIntyre (Matthew Williamson), Jade Parfitt (Rupert Sanderson), Sophia Neophitou-Apostolou (Antonio Berardi) and Jacquetta Wheeler (Temperley London).

Harrods Presents Inside The Studio

Harrods Presents – Inside The Studio

“Harrods has a 150-year reputation for bringing the world of luxury to consumers from all over the world – in its latest project, Inside the Studio, its global audience will be able to go online and discover the fascinating stories and craftsmanship behind four of Britain’s most celebrated design talents,” explained Caroline Rush CEO British Fashion Council.

Working closely with selected media partners and bloggers, Inside The Studio premieres on Thursday 16th October with immersive, behind-the-scenes footage and photos, must-buy shopping edits and money-can’t-buy competition prizes, including a piece from each designer’s Autumn/Winter collection and an exclusive signed sketch. www.harrods.com

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TUMI Introduces New CFX Set Of Travel Bags

TUMI CFX Collection

TUMI CFX Collection

Have you ever meticulously packed your luggage for travel keeping in mind that if you exceed the said weight limit at the airport, you’ll be hit with an additional baggage fee only to find that when your bag is weighted you’re surprising over the limit? Well it’s happened to me and it’s typically because we don’t take into consideration the weight of the bag before it’s packed…sigh.

Well TUMI has the answer to this problem as the brand introduces the new CFX set of travel accessories, merging world-class craftsmanship with cutting-edge innovation.

Distinguished by an exclusive, American-made fabric, TUMI has transformed a traditionally hard-side carbon fiber material into a collection of high-performance soft travel bags and accessories.

Constructed from, CX6™, an exclusive, flexible soft carbon fiber, CFX is symbolic of TUMI’s heritage of design excellence, pushing the boundaries of technical innovation.

“The TUMI consumer is a fan of the brand because of our commitment to innovation, part of which is finding new materials that offer a true performance advantage and lets us design products that offer superior functionality and quality. Carbitex has co-created this exclusive, innovative CX6™carbon fiber fabric that is equally revolutionary as it is sleek and cool. The CFX collection will offer beautifully made bags from one of the strongest and most coveted materials available today,” said Alan Krantzler, Chief Merchandising Officer of TUMI.

CFX will be available in 11 styles across wheeled travel, soft travel and day bags including the Silverstone International Carry-On, Adelaide Soft Duffel and Indianapolis Slim Brief. The CFX collection will be available at select TUMI stores worldwide beginning October 9th and on www.tumi.com.

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UGG Australia + Swarovski Collab

UGG Australia + Swarovski

UGG Australia + Swarovski

Starting today UGG Australia will introduce a cool partnership with Swarovski for the first ever ‘Glitterati Challenge’ in celebration of the new Swarovski crystal customization opportunities available in UGG stores!

In all 23 UGG North America stores, the brand will host an in-store only contest for the chance to win a custom crystalized pair of Classic Tall boots.

UGG fans are invited to visit any UGG store, view the display and guess the number of crystals used in the boot design.

One lucky winner will take home a pair of the custom Swarovski jeweled boots – with a retail price close to $5,000!  The ‘Glitterati’ boots are hand-crafted and requires about 40 hours to complete.

The ‘Glitterati Challenge’ kicks off the new design palate of Swarovski crystal customization offered by UGG Australia stores this fall.  With additions like detailed stars, skulls and flowers, the new options are a way to bring sparkle to favorite classic UGG styles, from boots or slippers to loungewear.

The ‘Glitterati Challenge’ will run from October 8th through October 22nd.  There is no purchase necessary to participate, and the winner will receive their custom boots in time for the holidays.  The winner will be announced on November 3rd. www.uggaustralia.com

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Gerard Butler New Face Of BOSS BOTTLED & Man of Today

BOSS Parfums - Gerard Butler

BOSS Parfums – Gerard Butler

BOSS Parfums has announced its new global campaign with the latest face of BOSS BOTTLED and Man of Today, Gerard Butler. Simon Doonan, author, fashion commentator and Creative Ambassador-at-Large for Barneys New York, interviewed Gerard about the Man of Today campaign, his passion for success, distinctive style and personal grooming.

“The Man of Today campaign is inspiring and encourages me to have focus, drive and compassion, explained Butler. I could really relate to the character and traits of the Man of Today.” He continued, “I pride myself on being focused and working hard. I’m dedicated but I also like to live my life in the moment, which is really important for the Man of Today. Being ambitious and striving for success in not only his career, but his whole life. He is multi-faceted and has many different interests, always giving back in some way. He’s chivalrous but also humorous.”

Dressed sharply in a two button grey Boss suit, Gerard also spoke about his longstanding relationship with the brand. “I’ve used BOSS BOTTLED for a longtime now and it is a timeless classic,” he said. “I love the fragrance and the smell. www.hugoboss.com

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