Victorinox Swiss Army Introduces the Delemont Collection

Victorinox Swiss Army, with a 130-year heritage of quality and innovation in blade design, introduces the Delemont Collection, a complete new line of Swiss Army Knives offering a variety of unique features, tools and styles across 52 knives. The Delemont Collection, which is being introduced at Outdoor Retailer Summer Market in Salt Lake City this week, marks the first collaboration between Victorinox Swiss Army and Wenger, which joined forces last year.

The Delemont Collection is comprised of four separate handle designs, including the Evolution, EvoGrip, EvoWood and RangerGrip across a range of three different sizes. The collection includes a 65 MM knife featuring a deployable nail clipper, as well as a variety of 85 MM knives with the EvoWood, EvoGrip and Evolution handles. The line concludes with a series of large, 130 MM knives featuring the RangerGrip and RangerWood handles. The knives in the collection offer a wide variety of special features and tools; however, the signature feature is a contoured, ergonomic handle, which makes the knives easier to grip. The contoured handle design offers a more comfortable, non-slip grip even when wearing gloves or in wet conditions.

The EvoGrip S18 is part of the new Delemont Collection from Victorinox Swiss Army. (PRNewsFoto/Victorinox Swiss Army)

The EvoGrip S18 is part of the new Delemont Collection from Victorinox Swiss Army. (PRNewsFoto/Victorinox Swiss Army)

RangerGrip 74 – The 130 MM RangerGrip 74 is designed for serious outdoor adventures and includes a variety of heavy-duty tools, including a 3.9″ locking blade and a deployable needle nose pliers equipped with a wire cutter and nut wrench. The knife features an ergonomic handle with non-slip inserts to help improve grip even in wet conditions.

In addition to the contoured, ergonomic handles, the Delemont Collection includes a variety of unique features and tools. Highlights include: a deployable needle nose pliers; a heavy-duty nail clipper; a universal wrench for M3-M5 nuts; an integrated rotating compass; a shackle opener with marlin spike and ruler; a knife body with an integrated bit holder; and a lever designed serrated-edge scissors. Some of the noteworthy new knives in the collection include:
—  Nail Clip 580 – This 65 MM knife comes with all the essentials, including a 1.75″ blade, nail file, scissors, tweezers and toothpick. It
also incorporates a retractable, heavy-duty nail clipper and cleaner. It is the perfect tool to tackle everyday needs and is small enough to fit
in a pocket, backpack or glove box.
—  EvoWood 14 – The 85 MM handle on this EvoWood 14 is constructed from sustainable walnut wood, which is repurposed from excess production
materials. The walnut is finished with a rich, dark stain giving each knife unique shades and grain patterns. The knife features a 2.5″ blade
along with a variety of other functional tools.
—  EvoGrip S18 – At 85 MM, the EvoGrip S18 is an ideal mid-sized knife and fits perfectly in-hand thanks to the ergonomic, contoured handle with
non-slip inserts. A veritable tool chest for the outdoor enthusiast, the 2.75″ double-cut wood saw can tackle much larger jobs than its size
would indicate. Along with 14 other useful functions, the EvoGrip S18 is a stand-out in its striking, bright yellow finish.

For more information about Victorinox Swiss Army and the Delemont Collection, visit www.swissarmy.com.

MACY’S IMPULSE BRAND BAR III STEPS INTO SHOES FOR FALL 2014

Macy’s private brand bar III is stepping into new territory for Fall 2014 with the launch of bar III shoes for women. The collection makes its debut in August 2014 and will be sold exclusively at select Macy’s stores and on macys.com.

BAR III Shoe Launch + Fall 2014 Preview: Lily Lane, Julie Henderson

BAR III Shoe Launch + Fall 2014 Preview: Lily Lane, Julie Henderson

 

BAR III Shoe Launch + Fall 2014 Preview: Christina Caradona

BAR III Shoe Launch + Fall 2014 Preview: Christina Caradona

Staying true to the contemporary brand’s aesthetic, bar III shoes deliver versatile, fashion-forward footwear at an accessible price point. The debut collection consists of 17 styles priced from $49 to $199.

Much like the women’s ready-to-wear, the shoe collection offers something for nearly every occasion. Casual styles include the Berlinda, a flat sandal with chain detail for $49, the Zero, a bow-front ballet flat for $59, and the Susie, a Nubuck wedge sandal, available in four colors, for $79.

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Dressier styles are priced from $79 to $99 and add a sophisticated edge to the collection. Standout styles include the Adalia, a lace up peep toe heel available in leopard calf hair or blue snakeskin-effect leather, and the Edith, a d’orsay pump with wraparound strap available in black leather, cordovan calf hair or leopard print calf hair.

The collection also features a large variety of booties and boots ideal for Fall’s cooler months. Heeled ankle boots like the sleek, pointed-toe Festa and sporty side-buckle Valerie range from $99 to $119, while taller styles like the Deidre riding boot and Cecile over-the-knee heeled boot are available from $129 to $199.

“We’re excited that the bar III customer can now dress in our brand from head to toe,” says Nancy Slavin, SVP Marketing at MMG. “The shoe collection is the perfect complement to our collection of ‘wear to work, wear out’ apparel and accessories, and we can’t wait to hear what our customers think.”

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Bar III, the Impulse department’s anchor brand, first launched its women’s and men’s fashion collections in February 2010. The brand has since expanded to include bar III home, a collection of bedding and decorative pillows launched in August 2011, and bar III jewelry, launched in November 2011. Now, with the addition of women’s shoes to the bar III family, consumers can achieve a truly “head-to-toe” bar III look.

 

 

Stuart Weitzman Announces Gisele Bundchen as the New Face of Its Fall 2014 Campaign

Stuart Weitzman announced the debut of Gisele Bundchen as the new face of the brand for the fall 2014 advertising campaign. In the world of Stuart Weitzman, “sexy” means being comfortable and confident in your own skin, and the campaign captures this essence in a relaxed, effortless, chic way while clearly showcasing the new season’s essential silhouettes. Shot by renowned fashion photographer Mario Testino, the stunning black-and-white images was designed to “embrace a distinctively minimalist aesthetic while manifesting the intimate relationship between a woman and her shoes.”

Stuart Weitzman Announces Gisele Bundchen as the New Face of Its Fall 2014 Campaign. (PRNewsFoto/Stuart Weitzman)

Stuart Weitzman Announces Gisele Bundchen as the New Face of Its Fall 2014 Campaign. (PRNewsFoto/Stuart Weitzman)

With a spotlight on Weitzman’s trademark boots, in-demand trends including up-to-the- knee boots, combat boots and pointy-toe stiletto ankle boots take center stage. The iconic 5050 boot also gets updated with a ’60s-inspired Mod block heel and a strong stacked high heel.

According to the company, the Brazilian supermodel was chosen as the new face of the brand because of her international fashion icon status and her unique ability to personify the multi- facets of the Stuart Weitzman woman, from fashion forward trendsetter to sophisticated tomboy to multi-tasking mom to the quintessential girl-next-door. With her signature lithe physique, bronzed skin and tousled golden locksGisele “personifies the confidence, empowerment, beauty and ease women feel the moment they slip into their Stuart Weitzman shoes“.

The international advertising campaign will launch in the United StatesItalyFranceEnglandDubaiGermany,Spain and Asia. Outdoor advertising (billboards and kiosks) will run in Los AngelesNew YorkMilanParis andHong Kong. A behind-the-scenes video and additional creative content will be featured onwww.stuartweitzman.com and in Stuart Weitzman boutiques worldwide.

The 2014 CFDA Fashion Awards Winners

JOSEPH ALTUZARRA NAMED WOMENSWEAR DESIGNER OF THE YEAR

RIHANNA NAMED FASHION ICON OF THE YEAR

AWARDS SHOW TO BE WEBCAST ON CFDA.COM ON TUESDAY, JUNE 3RD AT 11AM

House Photography:  BFA: www.bfanyc.com

Last night, the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) paid tribute to the winners and honorees of the 2014 CFDA Fashion Awards in collaboration with Swarovski at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center. Film director and screenwriter John Waters was the host for the evening. For the thirteenth year in a row, the evening was generously underwritten by Swarovski. Highlights of the evening included a live tribute featuring sixteen models of color in Diane von Furstenberg dresses paying homage to Founder’s Award honoree Bethann Hardison for advocating diversity on the runways and Michael Kors leading the In Memoriam segment in which he honored the passing of Annabel Tollman, L’Wren Scott, and Art Ortenberg over the past year.

2014 CFDA Fashion Awards - Award Presentation with hos John Waters

2014 CFDA Fashion Awards – Award Presentation with hos John Waters

Nominees, honorees, and winners were determined by the CFDA Awards Guild which is comprised of CFDA members, leading fashion journalists, stylists, and top retail executives. Ernst & Young, LLP was the official accounting firm of the Awards.

Tonight, we celebrated creativity, experience, and conviction by honoring the diversity and vibrancy of individuals who define the influence of the fashion industry,” said CFDA President Diane von Furstenberg.

ACCESSORIES WINNERS - THE ROWMARY - KATE OLSEN & ASHLEY OLSEN WITH PRESENTER KERI RUSSELL(Center)

ACCESSORIES WINNERS – THE ROWMARY – KATE OLSEN & ASHLEY OLSEN WITH PRESENTER KERI RUSSELL(Center)

Dao-Yi Chow, James Marsden, Maxwell Osborne

Dao-Yi Chow, James Marsden, Maxwell Osborne

Lupita Nyongo, Joseph Altuzarra

Lupita Nyongo, Joseph Altuzarra

The evening’s Womenswear Designer of the Year honors went to Joseph Altuzarra for Altuzarra, presented by Lupita Nyong’o. The award for Menswear Designer of the Year was presented to Maxwell Osborne & Dao-Yi Chow for Public School by actor James Marsden. Mary-Kate Olsen & Ashley Olsen for The Row took home the Accessories Designer of the Year Award, presented by actress Keri Russell.

Sebastian Stan, Christopher Peters, Nadja Swarovski, Shane Gabier, Greta Gerwig, Tim Coppens, Irene Neuwirth

Sebastian Stan, Christopher Peters, Nadja Swarovski, Shane Gabier, Greta Gerwig, Tim Coppens, Irene Neuwirth

Greta Gerwig and Sebastian Stan presented the three Swarovski Awards, which honor and recognize emerging talent. The Swarovski Award for Womenswear was given to Shane Gabier & Christopher Peters for Creatures of the Wind. The Swarovski Award for Menswear was presented to Tim Coppens. The Swarovski Award for Accessory Design went to Irene Neuwirth. Recipients in each category will receive generous financial support from the company as well as exposure to the company’s vast and innovative crystal products and applications for fashion.

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Rihanna was presented with the Fashion Icon award by Vogue editor in chief Anna Wintour who praised the musician for her ability to tell captivating stories through the boldness and beauty of clothes. Rihanna thanked members of the audience: “the designers, the models, and everyone else who has inspired me.

The CFDA believes in designers at every stage of their career.  Last night we recognized a broad range of talent and influence from student scholarship winners and emerging talent to industry icons,” added CFDA CEO Steven Kolb.

It’s been an honor to partner with the CFDA in celebrating the very best in American fashion for thirteen incredible years, and the creativity of the award winners never fails to amaze.  We are especially pleased to support the industry’s next generation through the Swarovski Awards. It’s a privilege to help these dazzling young talents evolve and realize their visions as they take the next steps in their careers,” said Nadja Swarovski, Member of the Swarovski Executive Board.

The Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Tom Ford by Richard Buckley for his consistent, creative influence on fashion.

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT HONOREE TOM FORD

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT HONOREE TOM FORD

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Ferragamo Debuts FIAMMA, the new handbag collection inspired by family legacy

FIAMMA will launch in New York at a global event to celebrate the second chapter of L’Icona, the birth of a Ferragamo house icon, with a short film and interview series featuring a fascinating cast of international families and their female generations.

Medium ivory calf leather Fiamma bag - $2,250. Available at Salvatore Ferragamo boutique nationwide and www.ferragamo.com/fiamma (PRNewsFoto/Salvatore Ferragamo)

Medium ivory calf leather Fiamma bag – $2,250. Available at Salvatore Ferragamo boutique nationwide and http://www.ferragamo.com/fiamma (PRNewsFoto/Salvatore Ferragamo)

Featured in the Fall/Winter 2014 Ready-to-Wear fashion show in Milan this past February, FIAMMA’s first runway incarnation was unveiled, focusing on exclusive exotics-black crocodile, the combination of pony hair and calfskin, and the sensual softness of palmellato buffed calfskin, complimented by an indulgent silk lining resurrecting an archival foulard print from the 1970’s and polished gold hardware handles.

Mariel Hemingway and Langley Fox Hemingway (PRNewsFoto/Salvatore Ferragamo)

Mariel Hemingway and Langley Fox Hemingway (PRNewsFoto/Salvatore Ferragamo)

The new handbag collection from Salvatore Ferragamo Creative Director Massimiliano Giornetti, draws inspiration from the different female generations of the Ferragamo family and their enduring influence on the House today. Ultra-sophisticated design and unique construction reflect the inherent DNA of Ferragamo’s legacy and future through the harmonious mix of exquisite materials including calfskin, python, pony hair and crocodile adorned with sleek metal hardware details.



Named after Salvatore’s late daughter Fiamma Ferragamo, the house’s leather accessories and shoe designer for almost 40 years who founded the iconic Vara, the digital experience will stay true to its namesake by recognizing women and families for their inherited legacies – unique talents, reputations, impeccable achievements, and inherent styles – captured in an intimate and personal environment, whilst discussing their shared and common traits.

The semi-circular top handle, designed in a range of five variant sizes, incorporates a functional pocket fastened with a lock that recalls the Gancio, the eternal symbol of Ferragamo’s history and dedication to modern design and luxurious craftsmanship. A combination of undeterred quality and functionality translates into a rich series of luxe details: top-stitched ribbed handles, double zip hardware closure, removable adjustable shoulder strap and elegant satin lining.

Ferragamo will also premiere a special collection of miniature styles, a range of limited edition variants that highlight precious mixed materials including: fringe embroidered nappa, two-tone fox fur hand stitched onto aged snakeskin, tweed with degrade Swarovski crystals held by lizard skin handles, and calfskin with opulent stingray details. The color palette favors autumnal browns – Cocoa, Black, Moss and Rosewood – as well as seasonal shades such as Plum, Atlantic, Grape, and the lighter touch of New Bisque, while the refined finish lends the metal accessories a golden shimmer.

The film vignettes and portraits will showcase the new FIAMMA handbag collection, cast alongside a curated group of internationally relevant women–including Sydney and Anika Poitier of Los Angeles, Princess Patricia and Princess Melusine Ruspoli of Rome, Flora Zeta Cheong-Leen and Claudine Ying of Hong Kong, Hanayo and Tenko Nakajima of Tokyo, Helena Bordon, Luciana and Marcella Tranchesi of Sao Paulo, Stella, Lola and Jacqueline Schnabel of New York and Mariel Hemmingway and Langley Fox Hemingway of Los Angeles– incorporating Ferragamo signatures – innovative design,  interesting combinations of exotic materials, iconic silk print linings from the 1970’s, novelty hardware stemming from the brand’s origins to today- showcasing the House’s classic heritage alongside new playful styles for the next generation.

Stuart Weitzman Launches The “Be Suede” Experience

Stuart Weitzman continues SWxYOU, its limited-edition customization series, with the introduction of “Be Suede,” exclusively on www.stuartweitzman.com. The program unites two of the season’s hottest trends – summer suede and the classic espadrille flat – giving shoppers the unique opportunity to reimagine this warm weather must-have by choosing from 15 shades ranging from bold shades of clementine orange, sol yellow and pimento red to soft neutrals including dove gray, haze tan and bisque cream. The flat is infallible this season, with the espadrille dominating fashion headlines. Both sporty and chic, this lightweight slip-on becomes instantly elegant when recast in supple suede, yet decidedly downtown when embedded with studs.

(PRNewsFoto/Stuart Weitzman)

(PRNewsFoto/Stuart Weitzman)

Shoe lovers, brand loyalists and trendsetters alike are sure to “be suede” by this exclusive opportunity to choose, create and customize a luxe limited-edition espadrille, only from Stuart Weitzman.

The SWxYOU: Be Suede experience will only be available for a two-week window. A celebration of personal style, the customization option extends beyond the palette, and is comprised of three simple steps: 1) Choose the shade of suede 2) Select the metallic hardware tone 3) Opt to embellish the vamp with studs or keep it smooth and simple. Each pair will be meticulously handcrafted in Spain – the birthplace of the traditional espadrille.  Retail prices range from $298 – $335, with an approximate delivery period of 6 – 8 weeks.

 

Conde Nast Entertainment And Allure Launch New Digital Channel And Series

Allure’s Video Content Expands to Give Consumers More Insider Tips on Hair, Skin, Makeup, and More

Today, Allure, the beauty expert, launches its dedicated digital video channel, with four new original series featuring makeovers, expert beauty advice, and the inside stories behind the most memorable celebrity beauty looks. The channel extends the reach of Allure’s video library which includes the Backstage Beauty series of trend reports from fashion shows, behind-the-scenes of celebrity cover shoots, and beauty how-to’s.  The content will be widely distributed across all platforms including Allure’s video site on video.allure.com and YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/Allure as well as through syndicated partnerships.

New series from Allure include:

Hair Tyrant with Ashley Javier

Ashley Javier operates an invitation-only salon where his customers agree to submit to his vision—and his brutal honesty.  In his show, Ashley gives women dramatic makeovers that push them out of their comfort zone for a fresh start. His roster of clients includes Proenza Schouler designers Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez, artist Julian Schnabel, and socialite Lauren Bush Lauren.

Cassandra to the Rescue

Model Cassandra Bankson became a YouTube sensation after posting a video in which she removed all of her makeup to reveal her severe acne. In her series, Cassandra helps women with varying skin problems use makeup to help them prepare for a big event. In addition to being a talented self-taught makeup artist, Cassandra knows firsthand the emotional impact of having severe skin problems and the positive psychological impact of beautiful makeup.

Beauty Evolution

An extension of a classic, popular in-book franchise feature, Beauty Evolution delves into some of the best (and not-so-best) beauty looks of favorite celebrities, why they’re inspiring, and what lessons viewers can take from their missteps and successes.

Beauty Basics

A new take on the classic how-to, Beauty Basics features tips and techniques that teach women how to recreate popular hair and makeup looks on themselves.

Beauty is one of the fastest growing categories in video,” said Linda Wells, editor in chief of Allure. “It is a great platform for a mix of entertainment and information. It is an important frontier for beauty and the audience is passionate, opinionated and involved.”

Allure launched in 1991 as the first and only magazine devoted to beauty. Today, Allure’s print audience is 6.4 million and its average monthly online audience is 2.8 million. Allure has a strong social media presence, tablet editions, mobile apps, content licensing, books, and special issues. Allure is published by Conde Nast.  Follow Allure at facebook.com/allure and @Allure_magazine on Twitter and Instagram.

In 2013, beauty-related videos on YouTube garnered 700 million views per month — a 133% increase from 2010’s average of 300 million views per month. Conde Nast Entertainment’s digital audience grew by 761% in unique visitors from 2012 to 2013.

The Allure digital channel brings to life the expertise, passion and loyalty that the brand has always shared with its consumers,” said Dawn Ostroff, President, Conde Nast Entertainment. “Premium content for the beauty category’s engaged audiences is a key component of the continued growth of CNE’s digital network.”

Conde Nast creates the world’s best content for the world’s most influential audiences.  The company attracts more than 164 million consumers across its twenty industry-leading print and digital media brands:  Vogue,Vanity FairGlamourBridesSelfGQThe New YorkerConde Nast TravelerDetailsAllureArchitectural DigestBon AppetitEpicuriousWiredWLuckyGolf DigestGolf WorldTeen Vogue and Ars Technica.

The company launched Conde Nast Entertainment in 2011 to develop film, television and digital video programming.  Conde Nast also owns Fairchild Fashion Media (FFM) and its portfolio of comprehensive fashion journalism brands:  WWD, Style.com, Footwear NewsNowManifestBeauty Inc.M and Fairchild Summits.

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