Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Fashion News and Events



There has been a lot happening in fashion news and events. I included the top stories that caught my eye lately.


News in Fashion...


The Winners of the WGSN Global Fashion Awards 2015
H&M and Balmain to Collaborate
Rebel Wilson Collaborates with Torrid
Plus-Size Model Ashley Graham to Launch Lingerie Line in the US
The Arab Fashion Council Announces Arab Fashion Week


The Winners of the WGSN Global Fashion Awards 2015


Each year, WGSN recognizes and celebrates what’s new and next in fashion design and retail. These are the only awards in fashion that can lay claim to being truly global with entries from more than 50 countries each year.

This year's winner are:

SPECIAL AWARD
Hall of Fame - Outstanding Achievement: Colin McDowell
Sophia Webster
Sophia Webster
 
CATEGORY: Breakthrough Talent
Lycra® Future Designers Award: Natália Vechiatto Feitoza e Silva
Avery Dennison RBIS Emerging Brand: Marques Almeida
Breakthrough Footwear & Accessories Design: Sophia Webster
Breakthrough Menswear Designer: Agi & Sam
Catrice Breakthrough Womenswear Designer: Barbara Casasola

CATEGORY: Retail & Digital Innovation

SPECIAL AWARD
Equinox Best Digital Innovation: Primark - Primania

CATEGORY: Design & Buying Innovation
Best New Retail Concept: Kate Spade - Houston Flagship
Best Store: Level Shoe District, UAE
Best E-Store (Pure Play): Farfetch
Creative Innovator of the Year: EKOCYCLE for will.i.am & The Coca Cola Company
Design Collaboration: H&M x Alexander Wang
iSKO Denim Design: Diesel
Footwear & Accessories Design: House of Holland Eyewear
Intimates/Swimwear Design: Hope Lingerie, Gisele Bündchen Intimates
Children's Trust Kidswear Design: Peter Alexander
Menswear Design: Tiger of Sweden
Meryl® Activewear/Sportswear Design: Polartec
Multi-Brand Offer: S*uce
Sustainable Design: Rambler
Womenswear Design: Equipment

SPECIAL AWARD
Hall of Fame - Icon: Twiggy

Twiggy




H&M and Balmain to Collaborate


Ann-Sofie Johansso
Ann-Sofie Johansson
"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."
Ann-Sofie Johansson, Creative Advisor at H&M
Olivier Rousteing
Olivier Rousteing

"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. 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."
Olivier Rousteing


The collection will feature clothing and accessories for both women and men. It will be available on November 5th, in around 250 stores worldwide and online.

H&M is also planning to unveil its largest store, on 34th Street in New York.




Rebel Wilson Collaborates with Torrid


Rebel Wilson
Rebel Wilson
Actress Rebel Wilson has teamed up with Torrid for its first ever clothing collaboration. The Rebel for Torrid Capsule Collection will feature tops, bottoms, jackets, dresses and accessories.

The exclusive 25-piece capsule collection will include US sizes 12-28, with prices ranging from $28.50-125. It will be available in TORRID stores and online in November.




Plus-Size Model Ashley Graham to Launch Lingerie Line in the US


Ashley Graham
Ashley Graham
Model Ashley Graham launched her plus size lingerie line with online retailer Navabi last fall. The model has designed her line for Canada's Addition Elle for five seasons (see the videos below). Now she is launching the line in the U.S. at Nordstrom.com in August.

The 19-piece range is reported to be inspired by the movie "Fifty Shades of Grey" and includes bras, starting at 36DD and going up to 44E.









The Arab Fashion Council Announces Arab Fashion Week


The Arab Fashion Council has announced the launch of Arab Fashion Week. The biannual week will represent 22 Arab countries, with the inaugural edition taking place in Dubai on November 1-4.

Cavaliere Mario Boselli, previously the president of Camera Nazionale della Moda Italiana and the Milan International Fair, has been named Honorary President of the council.

Cavaliere Mario Boselli