ELLE rethinks the print/digital divide, creating a ‘360’ team that embraces all platforms across the business. BoF. Kimye prove the doubters wrong, scoring a 20% rise on last months edition of Vogue with their wedding cover. Fashionista.com. Kim Kardashian stuns in Lanvin at the Met Ball… get all the action in one place. ELLE. 7 of the best fashion/beauty collaborations right now. Coco’s Tea Party. If you do one thing today, vote for the ME Association in the Direct Debit competition to secure £2000’s for bio medical research into a disease with no effective treatment or cure. ME Association.
Gosh it’s been a rather frantic week, a mixed bag of shockers.
– Kimye finally get their first Vogue cover… and it’s actually very tasteful. Unlike the reaction on social media. Fashionista.com.
– Bruno Guillon steps down as CEO at Mulberry after two years in the role, which saw the retailer lose two thirds of its market value in the same period. BoF.
– Tamara Mellon launches online store. The Fash Pack.
– With a great idea and expert advice, your business could become a reality, thanks to Virgin Start Up. Scarlett London.
– It’s official, tequila is ALWAYS a good plan and the Mexican favourite can help you lose weight too- yes, really!! Handbag.com.
The last 12 months has been jam-packed with fabulous fashion and beauty collaborations, Isabel Marant x H&M, Bip Ling/Pretty Ballerina, Adidas/Raf Simons, Lorde for MAC to name but a few. If collaboration is the key to success (the music industry has tons of great examples of what can be achieved when two or more exceptional talents combine forces to produce something that is so much more than the total sum of its parts), imagine what the tech boffins, hidden away in their ivory towers could achieve?
I know the subject of intellectual property is littered with ownership conflict and secrecy and yes, some of the most inspired brands and products of the 21st century were born out of undiluted genius. Idea’s that throw the rule book out the window and re-design the landscape, unrelated to anything that’s gone before.
Facebook opted for a straight buy out with Instagram, the photo sharing service is now one of the fastest growing social media platforms around. But acquisition bares little resemblance to collaboration and personally I don’t see much of an improvement in Instagram since Facebook bought the app.
More encouraging is the increasing level of investment in social media start-up’s. Large brands all desperate to discover the ‘next big thing’ first. ASAP54 predicted to become ‘Google’ of the fashion world reportedly secured $3 million in venture capital to launch their app which allows users to snap an image, submit it to ASAP54 and discover where to find that item within 24 hours. No more ‘I wonder where she got that from’- what a great idea.
I can’t help but wonder, what could be achieved if two complimentary companies combined….. the results could be phenomenal.
– Fancy staying in a hotel designed by Karl Lagerfeld….just imagine the accessories! Maybe each room could come equipped with its very own Choupette- just putting it out there. BoF.
– King Karl enlists newbie model Kendall Jenner to walk in the Chanel A/W14 show…. oh yes, a Kardashian on the Chanel catwalk. Fashionista.com.
– Behind the scenes at Lanvin… utter heaven.
– The very best street style snaps from all four fashion weeks in one place- thank you Vogue.
– Katie Holmes and Jeanne Yang dissolve their partnership, the duo have worked on Holmes & Yang for five years but apparently can no longer agree on where the brand is heading. Such a shame, sometimes a little friction can bring out the best in a partnership. Daily Mail.
Paris Fashion Week sets the Parisian capital alight this week…
– RiRi steals the limelight with her daring choice of outfit, we had french maid at Dior, intrepid explorer at Balmain, androgynous at Lanvin and barely there at all, to the Balmain after party. Metro.
– Garance Doré launches her very first stationery collection with Rifle yesterday at Colette. Beautiful illustrations and lots of social media. Fashionista.com.
– Raf Simons steps up his campaign to re-work the classic Dior look with a sports luxe twist. Sharp tailoring and double-breasted suits sat alongside lace-up details, brilliant brights and quilting. Inspired cuts and innovative shapes showcased Raf’s ingenuity (perfect statement dresses for the first lady). The most innovative pieces combined 1940’s nipped waist dresses with splits revealing contrasting coloured, slinky dresses with the addition of crystal appliqué. Vogue.
– Relax…. messy bed hair is officially chic, as seen at several Paris shows. Can’t find the hair brush this weekend, just don’t bother! Huffington Post.
– Paris can always be relied upon to provide a huge hit of fairytale fashion… heavenly. Vogue.
Model Agyness Deyn is launching her own fashion brand this Spring called Title A.
The Brit model who was practically on every catwalk during the 00’s, has produced a collection inspired by her own relaxed, tough-luxe, androgynous style. Agyness isn’t the first model to move into fashion design, iconic model Kate Moss famously teamed up with Topshop to create multiple capsule collections for the high-street brand. So Agyness is in good company. I suspect this will be the start of a new model/fashion designer trend. How fabulous would a Cara Delevingne collection be?
Modelling and fashion design may be opposite sides of the same coin but rarely do the two cross over. I’m not sure I can recall one single fashion designer who has ventured into modelling? Traditionally models were required to be seen and not heard, only the occasional sneer or smile hinted at the models personality. Recognising a quirky personality or wicked sense of style is an asset, brands are now opting for ‘stand out’ models to front their catwalk shows. It’s not surprising savvy models want to channel their creativity into creating their own brands.
Click here for a sneak peek at the Title A collection via Fashionista.com
I’ve just discovered The Liberty Craft Blog, a fabulous little find, full of inspirational craft projects like this one from Stone Cold Comfort blogger Chloe. The Liberty Craft Blog.
Whistles and Hunter join the ever-expanding London Fashion Week official calendar. Fashionista.com.
Peter Pilotto’s much-anticipated collaboration with Target will be available to buy at Net-A-Porter. Sign up here.
Why We Heart It is set to be the next big social media network. Mashable.
Behind the scenes documentary about The CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund competition featuring a whole lot of Anna Wintour. WWD.
We’ve been shopping up a storm with some major pre-Christmas sales taking place this week. Put your purse away and check out what else has been happening in the last 7 days.
The girl with the best gift guides has to be Coco’s Tea Party. Christmas inspiration. Coco’s Tea Party.
Karlie Kloss explains how social media helped her nab the latest Coach campaign. Fashionista.com
Create your own personalised stack of Monica Vinader rings…. here’s my creation. Monica Vinader.
Five Five Fabulous makes DIY pop-up Christmas cards…. just follow the instructions. Five Five Fabulous.
If you haven’t had time to check-out Blogosphere Magazine with LLG on the cover, check it out now. LLG.
Nina Ricci & Laudree combine their collective deliciousness to create a macaroon and fragrance inspired by each other. Luxury Launches.
All Saints take us downtown to NYC.
Landmark $1.2 million dollar lawsuit involving photo’s removed from Twitter sets a social media president. Mashable.
Mulberry goes all festive, think ruby-red and glimmering gold. Handbag.com.
5 new online retailers to keep your eye on for 2014 Fashionista.com.
It’s all change online….
Cocosa announce plans to close. The designer discount retailer established in 2008, confirmed the business will be winding down in the next few months. In stark contrast Amazon, the online giant, announced plans to expand the fashion side of their business (they currently own Shopbob and Myhabit). This is part of a global plan to establish Amazon as a key e-commerce player in the fashion industry.
Talking to WWD about Amazon’s plans Cathy Beaudoin said ‘Our challenge is to help the customer quickly navigate (through the offering)’, something that has been an issue for other multi brand sites. Editing the search results to give the user a curated selection of desirable items has proved a challenge. There seems to be an element of ‘good taste’ missing. Meaning you’re bombarded with 1000’s of down right ugly items which is extremely frustrating.
Amazon plans to explore other avenues too. Mobile & social shopping are both marked as growth areas. Designer collaborations may be old news but teaming up with someone influential in the style stakes may push the retailer in the right direction, something Amazon are keen to do.
It seems Amazon have big plans, so watch this space!