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Insta-Gratification

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In the age of Instagram, all it takes is a smartphone to achieve a photo finish, be it filtered or #nofilter-ed. That’s why Style.com’s social media editor, Rachel Walgrove, is rounding up our favorite snaps and bringing them into focus. See below for today’s top shots.

Thursday, March 13

Blurred lines need not apply.

Fact: Girls just wanna have fun.

And the award for coolest custom kicks goes to…

No one rocks classic red quite like Dita von Teese.

Coasting with Karen Elson. Continue Reading “Insta-Gratification” »

And the 2014 CFDA Fashion Award Nominees Are…

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Tonight, during an event hosted by Nadja Swarovski and CFDA President Diane von Furstenberg at the Bowery Hotel, the CFDA and Swarovski teamed up to reveal the 2014 CFDA Fashion Award nominations. Without further ado, we give you the nominees and honorees for the June 2 event below. Congratulations, and best of luck, to all.

WOMENSWEAR DESIGNER OF THE YEAR
Alexander Wang
Joseph Altuzarra for Altuzarra
Marc Jacobs

MENSWEAR DESIGNER OF THE YEAR
Maxwell Osborne and Dao-Yi Chow for Public School
Marcus Wainwright and David Neville for Rag & Bone
Thom Browne

ACCESSORIES DESIGNER OF THE YEAR
Alexander Wang
Lazaro Hernandez and Jack McCollough for Proenza Schouler
Mary-Kate Olsen and Ashley Olsen for The Row

SWAROVSKI AWARD FOR WOMENSWEAR
Shane Gabier and Christopher Peters for Creatures of the Wind
Rosie Assoulin
Wes Gordon

SWAROVSKI AWARD FOR MENSWEAR
Tim Coppens
Todd Snyder
Shayne Oliver for Hood by Air

SWAROVSKI AWARD FOR ACCESSORIES
Irene Neuwirth
Jennifer Fisher
Marc Alary

GEOFFREY BEENE LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Tom Ford

INTERNATIONAL AWARD
Raf Simons

THE MEDIA AWARD IN HONOR OF EUGENIA SHEPPARD
Paul Cavaco

THE FOUNDER’S AWARD IN HONOR OF ELEANOR LAMBERT
Bethann Hardison

BOARD OF DIRECTORS’ TRIBUTE
Ruth Finley

Fashion and Function: Opening Ceremony’s Carol Lim Talks Teaming Up With Intel

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Humberto Leon and Carol LimGoogle’s not the only company that can play the tech-meets-fashion game. Last night at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Intel’s CEO Brian Krzanich announced the corporation’s new plan to produce functional tech accessories that are both wearable and aesthetically pleasing. Impossible? Not when you have Opening Ceremony’s Humberto Leon and Carol Lim on your team. The duo will design a smart bracelet, which, currently under development, will be unveiled at a yet-to-be-revealed date.

But one bracelet does not a revolution make, so in addition to OC, Intel has tapped Barneys (who will sell the forthcoming wristband and future products) and the CFDA (who will help emerging designers get on Intel’s wearable gadget bandwagon) to assist with the project.

Earlier today, Ayse Ildeniz, Intel’s VP of Business Development and Strategy of New Devices, hosted a panel to discuss the push. She was joined by OC’s Bettina Chin (Director of Special Projects) and Su Barber (Art Director), the CFDA’s Adam Roth (Director of Strategic Partnerships), and Barneys’ Matthew Woolsey (SVP of Digital). The takeaway from their chat? While functionality is key, the products have got to look great (if you recall, one of the biggest complaints about Google Glass, pairs of which were worn on Diane von Furstenberg’s Spring ’13 runway, was that it wasn’t exactly the sleekest thing on the block). “If wearables are to take off, it has to be an industry effort, and fashion and aesthetics have to be involved,” Ildeniz told Style.com after the panel. Woolsey concurred. “The design element is paramount to the way in which our customer engages with [the product],” he said. It’s worth noting that, through this project, Barneys will become the first luxury retailer to carry wearables.

So can Leon and Lim do for wearable tech what they did for Kenzo—that is to say, make it the cool set’s new must-have? Unfortunately, some blizzard-induced flight delays prevented Lim from attending the conference and addressing that in person. However, with a little help from a smartphone, Style.com was able to catch up with Lim about why OC and Intel are a natural fit, how she plans to make wearable tech covetable, and how her collaborative device will not only allow people to plug in, but offer them the option to turn off.

Why did you and Humberto say yes to the Intel project?
Technology in all forms has been really important to us, not only in our store and our collections, but also in terms of online retail. We had been watching the wearable technology space for quite some time before Intel approached us. We’d been thinking about how to incorporate [wearables] into our collection, so when this project came along, we thought it was a great opportunity. Intel represents such a strong force in technology, so we were happy to lend our design sensibility, and it makes sense to partner with someone whom we consider to be the expert.

Do you feel confident that the end result will resonate with the Opening Ceremony customer?
Absolutely. If you look at how people operate today, they use so many devices and applications. I think [wearable technology] is the next step in terms of how people interact. Your phone’s generally by your side, but you don’t always get a chance to look at it, so I think this product is a natural progression.

As far as stereotypes go, “fashion” people and “tech” people are about as opposite as you can get. How do you hope to bridge this perceived gap? And considering you design for Kenzo as well as Opening Ceremony, do you see wearable tech translating into luxury fashion?
When Intel approached us, they basically said, “We’re experts in technology, and we would rely on you to be experts in the field of creating an item that can stand on its own—an item that is beautiful, and that people will want.” I think that marriage of two partners with different talents is going to be very interesting. And you’re right, the fashion industry has been slow to adopt wearable technology. But I think that’s because it’s usually coming only from a technology point of view, rather than a combination of tech and design aesthetic. Our focus will be to create a covetable item that someone would want to wear regardless of the tech aspect. So I think this collaboration with Intel will stand out from other devices. Continue Reading “Fashion and Function: Opening Ceremony’s Carol Lim Talks Teaming Up With Intel” »

Can New York Fashion Week Be Fixed?

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Vera Wang Spring '14The crusade to remedy the circus that is New York fashion week continues today. WWD reports that the CFDA has teamed up with Ruth Finley’s Fashion Calendar in an attempt to create a less manic, more comprehensive NYFW schedule. The project, which will debut this February, endeavors to fix scheduling glitches (i.e., prevent the overlap of major shows) and help editors and buyers to better organize their weeks.

In related news, despite IMG’s announcement last week that it will be revamping NYFW by slashing its size and doing away with “unessential” attendees, Vera Wang, who’s been presenting at the tents since the beginning, has revealed today that she’ll be skipping Lincoln Center and showing at a yet-to-be-disclosed location. This comes on the heels of Carolina Herrera’s suggestion to The New York Times that she, too, may be abandoning the tents. Indeed, the CFDA and IMG’s efforts to repair NYFW are noble and much needed, but the fact remains that the schedule is grossly overstuffed, and the distracting crowds are making it harder and harder for industry professionals to do their jobs. Will these fixes be enough to restore designers’ loyalty to the established runway platform? Tune in this coming February to find out.

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New York’s Fashion Industry Rallies Behind BORNFREE

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Samantha Power, Diane von Furstenberg“At the heart of [Africa's HIV/Aids pandemic] is an acronym that is seriously problematic: PMTCT, the prevention of mother-to-child transmission,” said U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power in a speech during last night’s launch of BORNFREE, a new initiative that aims to eliminate just that. Hosted by CFDA president Diane von Furstenberg at her studio in New York’s Meatpacking District, the affair drew scores of fashion insiders—Alexander Wang, Bruce Weber, Jenna Lyons, Andrew Rosen, and Angela Lindvall all turned up to show their support.

“BORNFREE is a slogan that captures the need for children—babies—to begin life with a fair chance at living life. It’s the urgency of making sure that the baton passed by one generation to the next is not tainted by the poison of HIV/AIDS,” Power continued.

In order to further its cause, the organization has asked 23 female designers—all of whom are mothers—to create clothing and accessories for women and children. Von Furstenberg, Tory Burch, Victoria Beckham, Alexander McQueen’s Sarah Burton, Donna Karan, Lyons, Stella McCartney, Miuccia Prada, and Vera Wang, among others, have all signed on to participate. The wares, which will incorporate custom prints produced by Kenyan artist Wangechi Mutu, will be available for purchase on Shopbop.com on Mother’s Day 2014. One hundred percent of the proceeds will go to BORNFREE. Continue Reading “New York’s Fashion Industry Rallies Behind BORNFREE” »