New York & Company Launches Customer-Inspired Capsule Collections

The #IAmNYandCo Campaign Launched Online and in Atlanta Stores on February 22nd

Specialty women’s apparel chain, New York & Company, Inc. has announced the launch of collections inspired by customers. These collections will derive inspiration directly from New York & Company’s most loyal shoppers to create diverse styles that attest to the brand’s dedication to empowering women.

The first collection of this kind is inspired by long-time New York & Company customer, Dr. Roblena E Walker. Walker, a Research Scientist and Public Health Professor, has been a loyal New York & Company client for over 20 years. Since her first purchase of white-washed boot cut jeans, Walker has believed in the clothing and the brand. “The thing I love most about this brand is that the pieces are more than just clothes – it’s a way of life. I am New York & Company,” Walker expresses. “When I slip on a beautiful dress and statement necklace, I can conquer any obstacle I may encounter. More importantly, I immediately obtain a huge boost in confidence that further positions me to empower other women.”

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Dr. Roblena E Walker, a Research Scientist and Public Health Professor, has been a loyal New York & Company client for over 20 years and the inspiration for New York & Company’s first Customer-Inspired Capsule Collection.

Walker stars in the brand’s newest campaign, where she styles each look herself. “It’s always exciting to see how our clients style each piece in their own way,” states Greg Scott, CEO of New York & Company. “We will continue turning to them for inspiration while in doing so, #IAmNYandCo will give women who share a love for fashion a chance to inspire each other.”NYCo logo and web

To celebrate, New York & Company is hosting in-store launch parties for Walker in her hometown of Atlanta, GA on February 24th and 25th at Cumberland Mall and The Shoppes at Webb Gin, respectively. The capsule collection will consist of 9 styles, which is now available online and in select Atlanta stores.

Parsons School of Design Announces New Couture Course Inspired by Iconic Designer Norman Norell

The New School’s Parsons School of Design announces the “Norell x Parsons” course as part of the spring 2017 couture curriculum. A creative collaboration conceived in partnership with Parsons, Parlux Ltd., and Neiman Marcus, the unique program addresses the emerging, modern day challenges facing a new generation of fashion industry talent, inspired by the legacy of American designer, Norman Norell.parsons_logo

Fusing the worlds of fashion, art, and commerce, “Norell x Parsons” challenges students to interpret the Norell brand heritage through a contemporary couture approach, practice, and development over the course of one semester. Students will design and create a piece based on Norell’s classic designs, while also learning the necessary skills to creatively lead a fashion house in the current fashion industry.

The Parsons School of Design, founded in 1896, is one of the leading institutions for art and design education in the world. Based in New York but active around the world, the school offers undergraduate and graduate programs in the full spectrum of art and design disciplines, as well as online courses, degree, and certificate programs. Critical thinking and collaboration are at the heart of a Parsons education. Parsons graduates are leaders in their respective fields, with a shared commitment to creatively and critically addressing the complexities of life in the 21st century.

A Selection Committee including Fashion Designer and Parsons Alumni, Jason Wu, Parsons Dean of Fashion, Burak Cakmak, The Fashion Group International President, Margaret Hayes, Fashion Designer and Author, Jeffery Banks, CR Fashion Book Online Director, Ray Siegel, Parlux Ltd. President and The Fashion Group International Chairman of the Board, Donald Loftus, Neiman Marcus Senior Vice President & Fashion Director, Ken Downing, photographer Michael Avedon and Parsons Faculty will evaluate the creative concepts of each student designer.

Renowned for his legendary aesthetic that revolutionized American ready-to-wear and the American designer fragrance industry, Norell was one of the first American fashion designers to launch a namesake fragrance. Following the 2015 launch of the re-mastered iconic scent, Norell New York, Norell Elixir launched in fall 2016 exclusively at Neiman Marcus.

This course aims to arm students with the knowledge needed to succeed in today’s ever-challenging fashion and retail environments,” said Loftus.Norell’s legacy highlights the evident synergies between designer fashion and fragrance, and the value of a brand embracing both style and scent to effectively position itself among today’s luxury lifestyle powerhouses.”

Creating the future of fashion can only be achieved with a passionate understanding of the past,” said Downing. “I’m excited for the next generation of the industry’s great talents to uncover the brilliance of Norman Norell, as they forge a new path in fashion history.

At the conclusion of the couture course, the Norell New York’s leadership team will select one winning design that will be showcased in the Neiman Marcus Christmas Book, a longstanding retail partner, and made available to sell as a special order.

Creative directors at today’s fashion houses often look to a company’s archives for history, inspiration, and creativity to understand a brand’s DNA before establishing their own, modern imprint for the brand,” said Cakmak. “This course will offer our students important hands-on industry experience, and help prepare them to enter a new era of creative direction in the fashion industry.”

The student winner will be announced in May 2017.

Macy’s Launches YYIGAL, an Exclusive Limited-Time Collection by Designer Yigal Azrouel

The New Line Of Architecturally Feminine Blouses, Dresses And Jackets Is Available Now At 149 Macy’s Stores And On Macys.Com

Macy’s has announced the release of an exclusive, new collection by famed designer Yigal Azrouel. YYIGAL, an architecturally-influenced, limited-edition line, embodies the sophisticated and feminine spirit of the Yigal Azrouel brand through signature tops, blouses, faux-leather motorcycle jackets, intricate dresses and a statement jumpsuit. YYIGAL is available at 149 Macy’s stores and on macys.com today.macyslogo

YYigal represents the effortless style, cool confidence and modern sophistication that is at the core of my brand,” said Yigal Azrouel.From the intricate lace detailing and architectural silhouettes, to the delicate draping that has become signature to my design; each piece was created to stand out and make the wearer feel empowered. This is my first collaboration with Macy’s, and they’ve been an incredible partner in helping bring my point-of-view to their customers.

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Macy’s exclusive, limited-time collection YYIGAL, by designer Yigal Azrouel, is available now at select Macy’s stores and on macys.com/yigal; Knit Lace Fit-and-Flare Dress $149 (Photo: Business Wire)

The dynamic line taps into the core aesthetic of Yigal Azrouel’s design DNA—as it combines delicate draping with expert construction, resulting in a collection that is fresh and modern, but also exudes the timelessness inherent in high style. Vivid prints are rendered in a refined color palette of black, white and blush, and lace embellishments, inserts and bodices are new and edgy interpretations of the traditionally hyper-romantic and feminine fabric. The pieces are reflective of Azrouel’s New York roots and global vision, and thoroughly embody today’s woman and her life. The clothing is bold and powerful, yet sophisticated and continental, and clean silhouettes make for easy wearing, day-to-night dressing. The effortlessly cool collection projects confidence, style and an ultra-chic urbane flare.

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Macy’s exclusive, limited-time collection YYIGAL, by designer Yigal Azrouel, is available now at select Macy’s stores and on macys.com/yigal; YYIGAL Printed Faux-Leather Moto Jacket ($179.00) and YYIGAL Lace-Trim Wide-Leg Jumpsuit ($149.00) (Photo: Business Wire)

Yigal Azrouel is an iconic New York designer known for his impeccable attention to detail and designs that make women look and feel amazing,” said Cassandra Jones, senior vice president of Macy’s Fashion. “He is a master at drawing inspiration from his various interests in travel, architecture, and of course, New York City, and creating breathtaking clothing that speaks to the modern woman. We’re bringing this seasoned, fashion-first practical approach to every day dressing to the Macy’s customer in a new way through this collection, and she’s going to love it.

The exclusive, limited-edition collection retails between $69 and $199, and is available in 149 Macy’s stores and on macys.com.

New York Fashion Week: Concept Korea Fall 2017/Winter 2018 Runway Show

(Runway Photos by Dan Lecca)

Since 2010, The Concept Korea Program Has Brought Rising Design Stars From South Korea Into The New York City Spotlight, Providing A Global Stage For The Country’s Tremendous Talents.

From K-Pop to K-Beauty, there is no denying the cultural influence of South Korea over the past decade. Most recently, South Korean fashion designers have taken the industry by storm, creating a K-Fashion phenomenon that has quickly placed Seoul on the international fashion map.

Concept Korea is a collaborative project to promote Korean fashion designers and assist them in their attempts to break into the U.S. fashion market. Concept Korea is organized by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism of the Republic of Korea and the Korea Creative Content Agency (KOCCA). Concept Korea began in the spring of 2010, and this W/W 2017 season marks the organization’s fifteenth time showing at New York Fashion Week.

Concept Korea returned to New York on February 10th, 2017 to show Fall/Winter 2017 collections at Skylight Clarkson Square, marking its fifteenth season showing at New York Fashion Week. Hosted by the Korea Creative Content Agency (KOCCA), this season’s showcase represented the best of women’s Seoul-based fashion and included designers: GREEDILOUS by Younhee Park, KIMMY J by Heejin Kim and YOHANIX by Yohan Kim.

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GREEDILOUS by Younhee Park Fall 2017/Winter 2018 Collection

The GREEDILOUS F/W17 collection referenced a 1930’s Salvador Dali painting “The Persistence of Memory,” through the use abstract objects and rhythmic patterns. Such surrealist nods to inference and nuanced awareness reminded the designer, Younhee Park, of the investigative works of Sherlock Holmes; Using the movies’ background history and mood, she completed her collection using classic checked prints and Greedilous’s unique style, perfecting the collection with a feminine, casual silhouette.

Since 2009, designer Younhee Park has captured the authenticity of haute couture but with an eye on sustainability. Describing the look as ‘futuristic modernity’, Park creates a feminine look with masculine undertones that manages to be both classic and directional. GREEDILOUS has grown into a global brand loved by celebrities and influencers worldwide. The brand has participated in Paris’s Who’s Next, Seoul’s Generation Next and NYC’s Capsule and Coterie tradeshows. Most notably, the designer was nominated for the 2014/2015 International Woolmark Prize. http://greedilous.com/

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KIMMY J by Heejin Kim Fall 2017/Winter 2018 Collection

KIMMY. J’s FW/17 collection titled, “Dumpster Disposal Squad” was inspired by garbage collectors who pick up trash from door to door. The title uses Dumpster, to reference landfills, and Disposal Squads, to reference the collectors, personifying them as superheroes. The collection uses fun, energetic color palettes reminiscent of plastic, metal, and vinyl, juxtaposed against achromatic colors you find in refuse. Silhouettes include reinterpreted uniform shapes and feature details found in public goods.

Designer Heejin Kim majored in integrated design in Yonsei University. Originally expressing her creativity through furniture design, Kim felt her artistic imagination was stifled, and 2013 launched KIMMY J. and aims to develop a witty collection for urban lifestyle using her structural design aesthetic. KIMMY J. has previously shown in Seoul, New York and Paris Fashion Weeks. http://www.kimmyj.com Continue reading

Fiji Lands On All Three Covers of The Sports Illustrated Swimsuit 2017 Issue

Secluded VOMO Island Resort and the Idyllic Mamanuca Islands Serve as Backdrop

Tourism Fiji is proud to announce that selected islands of Fiji are featured on all three covers of the highly anticipated Sports Illustrated Swimsuit 2017 issue. Hitting newsstands, the web and social platforms today, the annual Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue has an unprecedented reach of over 60 million readers worldwide.

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Kate Upton as photographed in Fiji. (Photo Credit to Yu Tsa/SPORTS ILLUSTRATED)

Nestled in the sparkling waters of the South Pacific, Fiji’s 333 islands are known for their endless stretches of white sand beaches, crystal-clear ocean waters, lush jungles and picturesque waterfalls. During the shoot, SI Swimsuit shot in locations including VOMO Island and Vomo Lailai (Little Vomo), situated between Fiji’s two western island chains called the Mamanucas and the Yasawas. Shoots also took place on Mana Island and Modriki Island in the Mamanuca island chain, places revered for their natural beauty and featured in previous film and television productions, including the iconic film “Castaway” and television show, “Survivor.” These locations were selected for their stunning landscapes, yet also for their secluded nature. The models on the shoot included Hannah Ferguson, Danielle Herrington, Bojana Krsmanovic, Ashley Graham and Kate Upton.

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Kate Upton in the Fiji Islands for the Sports Illustrated 2017 Swimsuit Issue Photo Shoot. (Photo Credit: Yu Tsa/Sports Illustrated Swimsuit 2017)

Fiji is your quintessential paradise, and rightly so!” said MJ Day, Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Assistant Managing Editor. “Tons of tiny islands each with their own look and feel, gorgeous coral-lined beaches decorated with palm trees like it’s straight out of a postcard. VOMO Resort was the perfect base camp for our 2017 shoot. After arriving via helicopter, feeling like a royal, we were greeted by the most perfect beaches…and some black tipped sharks in the shallows (don’t worry, they’re harmless)! The crew enjoyed some of the freshest seafood we have ever had, one lunch eating sashimi from a fish that Hannah Ferguson caught herself. Fiji snagged the 2017 cover, so I think that speaks for itself.”

The models and crew were transported from Los Angeles (LAX) via Fiji Airways, who offers the only non-stop flights from the U.S. to paradise. After arriving in Fiji, the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit crew focused its multi-day destination shoot on the exclusive, luxurious 225-acre-island escape that is VOMO Island Resort. The resort features a choice of four room types ranging from laidback beachfront cottages (or Bures as they are known in Fijian) to the sophisticated 4-bedroom “Residence,” which includes your own Fijian butler. Located only a five-minute boat ride off VOMO Island is Vomo Lailai (Little Vomo); a deserted island that can be rented out for a day of romance and privacy. Guests can indulge in a gourmet champagne picnic delivered to the island upon request.tourism-fiji

Fiji is much more than just its pristine beaches and idyllic tropical islands as showcased in SI Swimsuit 2017,” said Matthew Stoeckel, CEO of Tourism Fiji. “Fiji is world renowned for its authentic, friendly hospitality and it’s the interaction that visitors have with the Local Fijians that make Fiji such a captivating destination. At every resort, guests are always greeted by name and the small guest-to-staff ratio makes the interaction personal and memorable,” concludes Stoeckel.

These personal and heartfelt interactions with visitors further create the notion of Fiji as a transformational destination. Many visitors are highly impacted by the Fijian culture and experience a shift of perspective during their stay. Fiji provides visitors with the opportunity of self-reflection and the development of a deeper communion with nature and culture.

Those interested in learning more about Fiji’s islands, VOMO Island Resort and the places featured on the covers of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit 2017 are invited to click on www.fiji.travel/us/Swim2017.

You can also check out all photos from Swimsuit 2017 on si.com/swimsuit and to see additional images from SI Swimsuit 2017 on location in Fiji, click here: Swim Daily.

Join the conversation about the shoot with the trending hashtags across social media: #SISwim & #FijiNow.

The Business of Fashion: Tom Ford Names Brian Blake President And Chief Operating Officer Of Tom Ford International

Tom Ford announced today the promotion of Brian Blake to President and Chief Operating Officer of TOM FORD INTERNATIONAL. He will report directly to Tom Ford, Chief Executive Officer. His appointment is effective immediately. In addition to his role as President, Blake will assume the responsibilities of Tom Mendenhall who has left his position as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer to pursue other opportunities.

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Most recently Blake has held the position of Chief Executive Officer of Distribution and Manufacturing within the company. In his newly expanded role, Brian will oversee all business activities and operations for TOM FORD INTERNATIONAL.

Blake, a 40-year veteran of the fashion industry, has extensive experience in the luxury sector. Prior to joining TOM FORD INTERNATIONAL, Blake served as President and CEO of Gucci Worldwide, COO and Commercial Director Worldwide for Prada and Miu Miu and President and COO Worldwide for Burberry.

Tom Ford commented: “I have known and worked with Brian Blake for the past 27 years since we began our working relationship and friendship at Gucci in 1990. We have grown and developed together over that time and most recently worked closely together at TOM FORD INTERNATIONAL. Brian is a rare creature in our industry as he is highly analytical and practical yet also has tremendous people skills and is a proven leader. He has made many great contributions to TOM FORD INTERNATIONAL and I look forward to a new chapter in our growth and development with Brian at my side.”

Blake commented: “Since I joined TOM FORD INTERNATIONAL, I have had the privilege of working alongside an outstanding team of talented individuals who have significantly contributed to the growth of our company. I am honored to be part of this exceptional organization and look forward to working closely with Tom Ford as we continue to build our business and reputation as the world’s leading luxury brand.”

Tom Ford announced the creation of the TOM FORD brand in April 2005 and was joined in this venture by former Gucci Group President and Chief Executive Officer Domenico De Sole, who serves as Chairman of the company. In that same year, Ford announced his partnership with Marcolin Group to produce and distribute optical frames and sunglasses, as well as an alliance with Esteé Lauder to create the TOM FORD Beauty brand. In April 2007, his first directly owned flagship store opened in New York at ‪845 Madison Avenue and coincided with the debut of the TOM FORD Menswear and Accessory collection. In September 2010, during an intimate presentation at his Madison Avenue flagship, Ford presented his much-anticipated Womenswear collection. Presently, there are 124 freestanding TOM FORD stores and shop-in-shops in locations such as New York, Toronto, Beverly Hills, Zurich, Milan, Puerto Banus, Moscow, Osaka, Atlanta, Las Vegas, Baku, Dubai, Tokyo, Seoul, Montreal, San Francisco, Beirut, Hong Kong, Shanghai, New Delhi, Rome, London, Munich, Beijing, and Sydney.

The American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) Names Honorees for the 2017 American Image Awards

The American Apparel & Footwear Association today announced its 2017 American Image Awards honorees: Andrew Rosen, Founder and CEO of Theory (Person of the Year); Marc Fisher Footwear (Company of the Year); Stuart Vevers of Coach, Inc. (Designer of the Year); Nick Graham (Fashion Maverick); and Ed Nardoza (Lifetime Achievement Award). Owned and operated by the AAFA, the American Image Awards began in 1977 to honor those who have exemplified leadership, excellence, and outstanding achievement in all sectors of the apparel and footwear industry, including education, design, manufacturing, and retail. Award-winning stage and screen actor Alan Cumming will emcee the gala. Presented on April 24 in New York City, the American Image Awards will benefit the Fashion Manufacturing Initiative (FMI), part of the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) Foundation. This year’s ceremony will take place at the historic 583 Park Avenue venue in New York City.aafamemberlogotwocolor

Representing more than 1,000 world famous name brands, the American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) is the trusted public policy and political voice of the apparel and footwear industry, its management and shareholders, its four million U.S. workers, and its contribution of $361 billion in annual U.S. retail sales. AAFA stands at the forefront as a leader of positive change for the apparel and footwear industry and delivers a unified voice on key legislative and regulatory issues. The organization enables a collaborative forum to promote best practices and innovation and its comprehensive work ensures the continued success and growth of the apparel and footwear industry, its suppliers, and its customers.

The Fashion Manufacturing Initiative (FMI) is a program of the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) in partnership with the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) and was created to nurture, elevate, and preserve garment production in New York City, ultimately connecting fashion designers to local manufacturing. The program includes: FMI Grant Fund offering matching grants to facilities committed to improving their services through innovation and technology; Apparel Skills Training Courses to generate a stronger workforce; a New York City Production Database on www.CFDA.com; and ongoing professional development sessions, industry events and collaborative partnerships. Continue reading