Raf Simons Further Expands The Calvin Klein Brand Into The Contemporary Music World With The xx

Calvin Klein, Inc. Chief Creative Officer Raf Simons Collaborates with The xx for “I Dare You” Music Video

Video Directed and Shot By Alasdair McLellan

Calvin Klein, Inc. announced that Chief Creative Officer Raf Simons collaborated with The xx and photographer and filmmaker Alasdair McLellan on the creative concept and direction for the music video for the band’s latest song “I Dare You.” (To View Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qqflFMhkqHM&feature=youtu.be)

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(Photo: © 2017 Alasdair McLellan)

Pieces featured in the long-form music video included selections from Calvin Klein 205W39NYC Fall/Winter 2017 Collection, formerly known as the Calvin Klein (Luxury Ready-to-Wear) Collection (and recently reconfigured under Simons), Calvin Klein Jeans, Calvin Klein Platinum, and Calvin Klein Underwear.calvin-klein-the-xx-i-dare-you-video-launch_ph_alasdair-mclellan-01

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(Photo: © 2017 Alasdair McLellan)

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(Photo: © 2017 Alasdair McLellan)

Simons has had a longstanding appreciation of The xx – Jamie Smith, Romy Madley Croft and Oliver Sim – and was drawn to the band’s work with McLellan on the music videos for “On Hold” and “Say Something Loving.” Seeing a connection between the videos and his own work at Calvin Klein, Simons was pleased to collaborate on the third video of the trilogy, lending his eye to the architectural and atmospheric elements and utilizing an eclectic cast of Calvin Klein collaborators.

In order to write and record their latest album, I See You, Sim says, the band made a concerted effort to stretch themselves beyond their hometown of London, to seek out the light. “We wanted to do something new,” he says, “so we had to go someplace new, which has spilled over into the artwork and visuals.” In looking for the proper aesthetic depiction of the band’s new, expansive outlook, they called on photographer-filmmaker Alasdair McLellan. “The way he captures skies and a certain light is beautiful,“ says Sim. “And exactly what we wanted.” Continue reading

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Newport Mansions to Host Pierre Cardin Retrospective Exhibition

Pierre Cardin Visits the Newport Mansions This Summer to Host Runway Show Introducing a Retrospective Exhibition of His Work by The Preservation Society of Newport County

Legendary fashion designer Pierre Cardin will personally host a fashion runway show at The Breakers this June, providing a spectacular introduction to a new fashion exhibition highlighting his most iconic work that will be on display at Rosecliff, another iconic Newport Mansion, through the end of 2017.

Pierre Cardin, 1983, the year he is made Knight of the Legion of Honour and and is decorated as “Chevalier des Arts and des Lettres” (courtesy Archives Pierre Cardin)

Pierre Cardin, 1983, the year he is made Knight of the Legion of Honour and and is decorated as “Chevalier des Arts and des Lettres” (courtesy Archives Pierre Cardin)

Trudy Coxe, CEO & Executive Director of The Preservation Society of Newport County, said, “We are honored by Mr. Cardin’s support of the Preservation Society in this amazing way, and especially that he will personally travel to Newport from Paris to be with us in June. As perhaps the world’s most iconic fashion designer, it is only appropriate that his fashions will be featured in two of the world’s most iconic historic properties, The Breakers and Rosecliff.”PierreCardinBanner (1)

Pierre Cardin: 70 Years of Innovation, will open in the exhibition gallery at Rosecliff on May 27, featuring 42 original pieces from Mr. Cardin’s private archives that document and celebrate his prolific career from the 1950s through his 2016 spring/summer collection.

Located at 548 Bellevue Avenue, this beautiful house was completed in 1902 for Nevada silver heiress Theresa Fair Oelrichs. Architect Stanford White modeled the house after the Grand Trianon at Versailles. Rosecliff was the setting for many spectacular Newport parties. More recently it has been used as a setting for several Hollywood movies, including The Great Gatsby, True Lies, Amistad, and 27 Dresses.

Pierre Cardin, 1990 (courtesy Archives Pierre Cardin)

Pierre Cardin, 1990 (courtesy Archives Pierre Cardin)

Pierre Cardin (b. 1922) is a product of immediate post-WW II possibilities and his designs continue to reflect his engagement with a changing world. Beginning with his haute couture work with Christian Dior in 1946, he helped develop the ‘New Look’ that would forever change mid-twentieth-century fashions. Just four years later Cardin founded his own company, and in 1959, broke with tradition by presenting a ready-to-wear women’s collection. This was a tremendous feat given that custom-fitted clothing for wealthy patrons ruled the great Parisian fashion houses at this time. Cardin was a pioneer in making high fashion accessible to a larger audience. Continue reading

The Go Red For Women™ Red Dress Collection Fashion Show Returns to New York Fashion Week

The American Heart Association Go Red For Women™ Red Dress Collection 2017 Fashion Show Presented By Macy’s Merges Entertainment, Media And Fashion As Celebrities Raise Awareness Of Heart Disease And Stroke In Women

Celebrities on the runway include: Adrienne Bailon, Jessie James Decker, Diane Guerrero, Jazz Jennings, Juliette Lewis, Rachel Platten, and Laurie Hernandez

The American Heart Association announced that the Go Red For Women™ Red Dress Collection (Fashion Show) 2017 presented by Macy’s will return to New York Fashion Week at the Hammerstein Ballroom on Thursday, February 9, 2017. The fashion show is slated to feature 19 celebrities in gowns by top fashion designers. Founded by NHLBI’s The Heart Truth®, the event reminds women of the need to protect their heart health. The show begins at 8 p.m. ET, along with a Facebook Live on Go Red For Women‘s Facebook page.gored_logo

Cardiovascular diseases cause 1 in 3 deaths among women each year – more than all cancers combined. However, 80 percent of cardiac and stroke events may be prevented with education and action. The most important action: know your numbers. Knowing the most critical numbers for your heart health including Blood Pressure, Cholesterol, Blood Sugar, and Body Mass Index (BMI) could save your life. Go Red For Women and Macy’s are encouraging all women to learn their personal health numbers. Your heart might depend on it.macys-logo

Macy’s, the founding national sponsor of Go Red For Women, is the presenting sponsor of the annual Go Red For Women Red Dress Collection. To date, Macy’s has raised more than $60 million through the generosity and commitment of Macy’s associates and customers, which has helped to directly fund women’s heart health research and education.

Walking in this year’s Go Red For Women’s Red Dress Collection presented by Macy’s are: Adrienne Bailon (co-host, The Real); Bonnie Somerville (Code Black); CCH Pounder (NCIS: New Orleans, Sons of Anarchy); Diane Guerrero (Orange is the New Black, Jane the Virgin); Jazz Jennings (activist/I am Jazz); Jeannie Mai (co-host, The Real); Jessie James Decker (singer/designer/reality star); Juliette Lewis (Secrets and Lies); Lauren Holly (Motive); Laurie Hernandez (Olympic Gymnast); Lea Thompson (Switched at Birth, Back to the Future); Lorraine Toussaint (Orange is the New Black); Lucy Lawless (Zena: Warrior Princess, Parks & Recreation); Lynn Whitfield (Greenleaf); Maureen McCormick (Dancing with the Stars); Peyton List (Jessie); Rachel Platten (singer); Stephanie March (Law & Order SVU); and Veronica Webb (model).

The Go Red For Women Red Dress Collection 2017 presented by Macy’s will feature three looks from designers in the not-for-profit, independently-run Fashion Incubator Programs housed at Macy’s: Masha Titievsky from the Chicago Fashion Incubator, Bethany Meuleners from Fashion Incubator San Francisco, and Amanda Casarez from the D.C. Fashion Incubator. Wearing these designs will be Lorraine Toussaint in VARYFORM by Masha Titievsky, CCH Pounder in Bethany Meuleners, and Veronica Webb in Amanda Casarez.

This year, for the first time ever, heart disease survivors will be walking alongside the celebrities. Last year, Macy’s took its commitment to women’s health to the next level by holding a nationwide employee associate casting call to identify five associates from Macy’s stores who’ve been personally impacted by heart disease. Odilia Cristabel Flores from New York City, a Senior Manager in Macy’s Social Compliance Department, and AHA Real Woman Nicole Hardy from Scarborough, Maine will be hitting the runway to raise awareness for a cause they know all too well.

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During the month of February, Macy’s offers customers additional ways to support this worthy cause through merchandise that gives back, including this limited-edition red dress by Calvin Klein (above, $134.00).

We are grateful to all of the celebrities and survivors walking in this year’s Go Red For Women Red Dress Collection for inspiring women world-wide to prioritize their heart health and make ‘Know Your Numbers’ actionable,” said Nancy Brown, Chief Executive Officer, American Heart Association. “The American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women movement is honored to be a part of New York Fashion Week with Macy’s, to shine a bright light on women’s heart disease, both on and off the runway.” Continue reading

Olivia Kim Launches Korean-Themed Pop-In Series With Gentle Monster at Pop-In@Nordstrom

Korean Fashion And Style Take Center Stage In The First Three Pop-In Shops of 2017

For the first time Nordstrom is unveiling a three-part shop in its series of pop-up shops, aptly titled KPOP-IN@Nordstrom, featuring the exciting and vibrant cultures of Korean fashion and beauty.

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Pop-In@Nordstrom x Gentle Monster: Store Images – Downtown Seattle from Nordstrom PR

Launched in October 2013, Pop-In@Nordstrom is an ongoing series of themed pop-in shops that transitions every four to six weeks to offer a new shopping experience and batch of new, often exclusive merchandise.

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Pop-In@Nordstrom x Gentle Monster: Store Images – Downtown Seattle from Nordstrom PR

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Pop-In@Nordstrom x Gentle Monster: Store Images – Downtown Seattle from Nordstrom PR

Pop-In@Nordstrom was built on a monthly rotation to keep customers coming back to discover new brands, new merchandise and create a fun and compelling experience in stores and online. Each shop features a mix of hand-picked merchandise spanning the high/low price range, with price points often starting at $5.pop-innordstrom-x-gentle-monster-10

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Pop-In@Nordstrom x Gentle Monster: Store Images – Downtown Seattle from Nordstrom PR

Founded in Seoul, Korea in 2011, Gentle Monster is the most rapidly growing eyewear brand in Asia. Now a global business, the brand is distinguished by its superior quality and unrivaled retail experience, aiming to provide a completely original experience with both product and brand. A philosophy stemming from the brand’s core focuses: product, space, styling, technology, and culture redesign. Gentle Monster‘s experimental approach can be well observed through its unique showrooms, and through its unbound horizon of collaborative projects with Opening Ceremony, Tome, and Hood By Air. (For more information, please visit www.GentleMonster.com.)

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Gentle Monster launches the series on January 6, followed in February by a shop featuring the obsessively fun world of K-Beauty. March brings forward-thinking Korean fashion brands curated by Olivia Kim, Vice President of Creative Projects at Nordstrom.

Gentle Monster will offer a selection of 40 styles of men’s and women’s frames reflecting the brand’s unique design sensibility with angular and rounded styles fit for high fashion magazines and casual everyday wear. Included in the selection will be six styles exclusively available at Pop-In@Nordstrom.

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Pop-In@Nordstrom x Gentle Monster from Nordstrom PR

Gentle Monster is excited to be a part of Pop-In@Nordstrom,” said Taye Yun, VP Gentle Monster USA. “This amazing opportunity allows us to reach out to Nordstrom customers through space and design. Although we have been present in select Nordstrom stores, Pop-In provides us with the platform to creatively connect directly with customers and introduce our brand in a new and exciting way.” Continue reading

NET-A-PORTER and MR PORTER Launch ‘Gifts All Wrapped Up’ Combined Holiday Campaign

Global luxury online retailers NET-A-PORTER and MR PORTER join creative forces for the second consecutive year to reveal this season’s holiday campaign, ‘Gifts All Wrapped Up’. The animated campaign reinforces the world-class service proposition for which both brands are globally renowned, offering a unique and thorough edit of the world’s most stylish gifts for him and her, with service across the globe that is second to none.

The “Gifts All Wrapped Up’ holiday campaign highlights and reinforces the mission of the company’s In-Season business: to deliver exceptional service and style to customers around the globe, making NET-A-PORTER and MR PORTER the ultimate online destinations for luxury gifting each holiday season.NET-A-PORTER and MR PORTER Gifts All Wrapped Up

The campaign was illustrated by Simone Massoni through Dutch Uncle Agency with animation by Animade. The campaign launches in line with NET-A-PORTER and MR PORTER‘s online gift shops across all mediums including desktop, tablet and mobile, and appears with existing media partners and through both brands’ online social media networks. The film will also live on both NET-A-PORTER YouTube (https://youtu.be/rw83-rQ9Wdk) and MR PORTER YouTube (https://youtu.be/rw83-rQ9Wdk) channels throughout the holidays.

The campaign spans print and digital, with the lead medium of a fully animated short film featuring a variety of charming and playful characters that bring to life the NET-A-PORTER and MR PORTER shopping experience during the holidays. The storyline takes the viewer on a ‘behind the scenes‘ journey of how gifts are prepared, packed and wrapped in our signature styling, through to how they are delivered to the homes of NET-A-PORTER and MR PORTER shoppers. The campaign will also be executed via London taxis in which the dual creative will appear in a his and her motif on a fleet of London’s signature black cabs.

Alison Loehnis, President, NET-A-PORTER & MR PORTER said: “We’re so excited to be launching our “Gifts All Wrapped Up” campaign. It’s the second year that NET-A-PORTER and MR PORTER have collaborated to celebrate the holiday season in style. The campaign highlights everything we love about this time of year and supports the key tenets of our brand: to provide the most amazing product, brought to life by beautiful content and underpinned by world-class service. We hope this fun animated campaign will bring a smile to our customers’ faces this season.”

Along with the visual identity of the campaign, NET-A-PORTER and MR PORTER have also produced their first ever printed gift guides this season which will be mailed to existing customers.

NET-A-PORTER YouTube: https://youtu.be/DpHy-y4McVg

MR PORTER YouTube: https://youtu.be/rw83-rQ9Wdk

NET-A-PORTER Gifts: www.net-a-porter.com/gifts
MR PORTER Gifts:
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BEARPAW To Launch Debut Television Campaign

BEARPAW, a global leader in fashion footwear for men, women and children, will debut its first ever television campaign this month. On the heels of their recent apparel launch and additions to the executive team, the company is set to increase brand awareness through :30, :15, and :10 national commercial spots on popular networks for women with families including Bravo, E!, HGTV, Food, Lifetime, TLC, Hallmark and Freeform. The campaign is expected to significantly elevate the brand’s visibility, aid in long-term brand building and accumulate a larger core audience. The TV campaign will air during the holiday shopping timeframe and will enjoy additional support from national magazines such as Marie Claire, InStyle and Glamour.

(Link to commercial: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=gDPX9nMupNQ)

Over the last couple of years, the evolution of the brand has been nothing less than extraordinary. With the company’s recent growth in the footwear and apparel markets, now is the perfect time to bring the brand’s core messaging of comfort, style, and affordability to a wider audience through television,” says President, John Pierce.BEARPAW Logo

To coincide with the media campaign, the brand will align with key women’s bloggers and influencers to establish an ongoing relationship with the target audience of women ages 25 to 49. The first national spot features BEARPAW ambassador Erika Frances as the quintessential modern mom, wife, photographer, and friend. With the tag line “Live Life Comfortably,” the commercial delivers the brand’s core message of comfort, sustainability, and feeling great on a budget.

More and more customers buy based on recommendations from blogs. Through customized influencer activations, we can leverage trust with a highly engaged audience and organically increase overall brand awareness,” says Pierce.

In addition to the television commercial campaign, BEARPAW will also advertise with publications such as Marie Claire, InStyle, Popsugar, Refiney29, Footwear News and Earnshaw’s over the next year.

Now It Can Be Told: “Black Fashion Designers” At The Museum at FIT

Without dwelling too deeply on the root cause (for the moment), it’s very rare to find black fashion designers represented in a great many of the recent costume exhibitions at museums great and small across the United States. At this moment, if you want to see a decent and wide-ranging look at black fashion designers, you would have to visit the recently opened National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington D.C., where designs from Tracy Reese,  other black fashion designers and other creative men and women are on permanent display. The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology (The Museum at FIT, Seventh Avenue at 27 Street, New York City 10001-5992), since 1975, has continuously work to create exhibitions, programs, and publications that are both entertaining and educational. Black Fashion Designer is eye-opening, entertaining and above all else, quite educational. It’s a good start.

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Mimi Plange, dress, Spring 2013, USA, Gift of Mimi Plange, 2016.49.1

Black Fashion Designers, opening December 6, 2016 (Fashion & Textile History Gallery, December 6 – May 16, 2017) at The Museum at FIT, examines the significant, but often unrecognized, impact that designers of African descent have had on fashion. The exhibition features approximately 75 fashions by more than 60 designers. Although there have been exhibitions (few and far between) on individual black designers, this is the first major exhibition in many years that highlights the global history of black fashion designers from the 1950s to the present. All of the objects on display are part of the permanent collection of The Museum at FIT.

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Patrick Kelly, dress, Fall/Winter 1986, France, Museum purchase, 2016.48.1

Black Fashion Designers opens with a fall 1986 evening dress by Patrick Kelly, embellished with vintage buttons. Buttons were a recurring motif for Kelly, whose grandmother would mend the family’s clothing. Alongside it is a fall 2012 ensemble by Nigerian-born, British designer Duro Olowu, whose knowledge of international textiles and affinity for mixing prints is evident in an intricate lace cape.

The introductory section of the exhibition also includes a beautiful wedding gown by society dressmaker Ann Lowe, who is best known for designing Jacqueline Kennedy’s wedding dress. Lawrence Steele, a Milan-based African-American designer, is represented by a stunning black evening dress accented with Swarovski crystals. Lagos-based designer Amaka Osakwe was inspired by the rich history of Nigerian story-telling when creating her contemporary, cut-fringe dress. Another highlight is Laura Smalls’s red-and-white floral print dress—famously worn by First Lady Michelle Obama when she sang with rapper Missy Elliot on James Corden’s carpool karaoke.

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Ann Lowe, wedding dress, 1968, USA, Gift of Judith A. Tabler, 2009.70.2

Black Fashion Designers is organized into eight themes, beginning with “Breaking Into the Industry,” which examines black designers working in New York. During the 1950s and early 1960s, Arthur McGee and Wesley Tann challenged discrimination in the industry. Other designers followed in their footsteps, playing a major role in building New York as a fashion capital. During the 1970s and 1980s, for example, Willi Smith built a large, international fashion house from his quirky twists on classic sportswear, seen in a multicolored, striped ensemble. Today, Tracy Reese is an indispensable mainstay. Her multicolored striped gown shows her feminine and elegant style.

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Lawrence Steele, dress, Spring 2002, Italy, Gift of Lawrence Steele, 2016.62.1

The next theme, “The Rise of the Black Designer,” focuses on the period from the late 1960s to the mid-1970s, when disco music and dance clubs inspired fashion. Stephen Burrows’s gold evening pajamas and Scott Barrie’s black-and-red silk jersey wrap dress, defined the era’s glamorous, body-conscious style. The fashion and mainstream press of the 1970s celebrated black designers such as Burrows and Barrie, in contrast to today, when only one percent of the designers shown on VogueRunway.com are black. Continue reading