Saks Fifth Avenue Announces 2017 Key To The Cure Campaign Benefitting Women’s Cancer Research Fund

Saks Fifth Avenue has teamed up with Women’s Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) for the 2017 Key To The Cure campaign. Now in its 19th year, Key To The Cure is Saks Fifth Avenue‘s annual fundraising and charitable initiative to fight cancer. This year, Women’s Cancer Research Ambassador Jennifer Lopez will act as the face of the campaign, and Missoni will design the exclusive, limited edition t-shirt.

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Saks Fifth Avenue Announces 2017 Key To The Cure Campaign Benefitting Women’s Cancer Research Fund With Women’s Cancer Research Ambassador Jennifer Lopez And Missoni.

For almost two decades, Key To The Cure has been one of the most iconic and valuable programs that Saks executes each year,” said Marc Metrick, President of Saks Fifth Avenue. “We look forward to raising funds for WCRF, as well as cancer research and treatment organizations around the country, and are confident that we will be successful, especially with the extraordinary support from both Jennifer Lopez and Missoni.

The Women’s Cancer Research Fund (WCRF), a program of the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, has supported innovative research directed at the development of more effective approaches to the prevention, early diagnosis, and treatment of women’s cancers since 1997. Founded by Jamie Tisch, Kate Capshaw, Rita Wilson, Anne Douglas, Quinn Ezralow, Kelly Chapman Meyer and Marion Laurie, WCRF has significantly moved the needle to advance life-saving research. Saks Fifth Avenue‘s annual KTTC Charity Shopping Weekend will kick off on Friday, Oct. 13, and will donate three percent of sales of designated merchandise up to $500,000 to WCRF from Friday to Sunday.

We are honored to partner with Saks Fifth Avenue on this year’s Key To The Cure campaign,” said Tisch. “We admire all that Saks has accomplished in support of cancer research over the years, and we are grateful to everyone who will participate in this event to raise critical funds.”

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Saks Fifth Avenue Key To The Cure 2017 t-shirt by MISSONI

Since the campaign’s inception 19 years ago, Saks Fifth Avenue has donated close to $40 million to cancer research and treatment organizations throughout the United States. Organizations that have benefitted from Saks Fifth Avenue’s charitable support include Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C), Cleveland Clinic, Boston’s Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Nevada Cancer Institute and much more.

The Women’s Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) has supported innovative research directed at the development of more effective approaches to the prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and survivorship of women’s cancers since 1997. WCRF has significantly moved the needle to fast-track more effective approaches to the study of women’s cancers. In 2016, WCRF joined forces with the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF)—the largest private funder of breast cancer research worldwide. As a program of BCRF, the highest rated breast cancer organization in the country, WCRF will go even further in its ability to advance life-saving research. For more information, kindly visit www.wcrfcure.org or www.Instagram.com/wcrfcure.

Missoni, known for its colorful geometric motifs, created the exclusive 2017 Key To The Cure t-shirt. The design will be available for purchase from Oct. 1 through Oct. 31 at all Saks Fifth Avenue locations in the U.S. and Canada as well as on saks.com. One hundred percent of proceeds from the $35 t-shirt will be donated to twelve local cancer charities, including American Cancer Society, Breast Cancer Research Foundation, and TGen Foundation, among others.

It’s an honor to design the coveted Key To The Cure t-shirt for Saks Fifth Avenue,” said Angela Missoni. “This year marks my 20th anniversary as the Creative Director for Missoni and what better way to celebrate than to join the amazing roster of designers who have used their creative voices to support such an extraordinary cause.

Jennifer Lopez will act as the official 2017 WCRF Ambassador, appearing in the KTTC advertising campaign as well as in a Saks Fifth Avenue-sponsored national public service announcement. Past ambassadors and designer collaborations have included Halle Berry and Christian Louboutin, Jennifer Aniston and Peter Dundas, Gwyneth Paltrow and Karl Lagerfeld, and Heidi Klum and Michael Kors, among many well-known others.

For more information, kindly visit saks.com, Facebook.com/saks, Instagram.com/saks, Twitter.com/saks, Pinterest.com/saks, and Snapchat.com/saks_official.

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Cole Haan Announces Karlie Kloss And Christy Turlington Burns As Subjects Of its Fall 2017 Advertising Campaign

Extraordinary Women, Extraordinary Stories: Cole Haan Reinvents Iconic American Dress Shoes, Handbags and Outerwear To Complement Its Breakthrough Grand Series

Cole Haan is delighted to announce its Fall 2017 Extraordinary Women, Extraordinary Stories campaign featuring fashion icons Christy Turlington Burns and Karlie Kloss, lensed by acclaimed photographer Cass Bird. The campaign is a culmination of an all-women cast and crew.COLE HAAN LOGO

Showcasing these extraordinary women and laced with the narrative of the unique relationship between Burns and Kloss, the campaign features strikingly intimate candid video vignettes and editorial photographs, as well as classically cool styling by Karla WelchExtraordinary Women, Extraordinary Stories explores the meaningful relationship between the two women, bound by a shared desire for purposeful change. Each has been inspired to channel the success of their modeling careers to work toward positively impacting women’s lives through their respective initiatives: Kode with Klossy, empowering young women and girls to learn to code as well as become leaders in tech and, Every Mother Counts, providing support to mothers around the world with access to essential maternity care.

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Cole Haan – Fall 2017 Extraordinary Women, Extraordinary Stories Campaign – Christy Turlington Burns – Collection Tall Boot in Brand

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Through a rare photo essay and video shorts, Bird captures intimate anecdotes and life lessons shared between Kloss and Burns as they aspire to do more, place passion with purpose, and embody the extraordinary. “When someone is extraordinary,” says Karlie Kloss, “they are being genuine to their unique passions and chasing their dreams.” Christy Turlington Burns notes, “What any of us do on any daily basis is very ordinary, very routine. Extraordinary is really born from being your best possible self in any of those given moments.

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Lands’ End Takes Spring Outerwear by Storm

As snowstorms turn to rain showers (we hope), Lands’ End continues to prove its expertise in designing high-quality spring outerwear with substance. Lands’ End announced it is launching a new collection of spring outerwear for women, offering versatile options for the wide range of spring weather and lifestyle needs.

Lands' End takes spring rainwear by storm.

Lands’ End takes spring rainwear by storm.

At Lands’ End, we pride ourselves on providing our customers outerwear for any weather condition they may find themselves in while ensuring we have an option for a variety of personal styles,” said Martin Cooper, Senior Vice President And Creative Director Of Design at Lands’ End. “The spring collection combines essential outerwear features, such as breathable waterproof fabric, taped seams, and placket covered zippers, with popular trend details in silhouettes women will love.

Here are some of the spring trends found in the new Lands’ End spring outerwear collection:

Classic Khaki with a Modern Twist
The Harbor Trench Coat is a go-to piece that takes the trench trend and makes it a spring staple. Worn with a pair of jeans or a classic dress, this chic trench is perfect for business wear, formal occasion, and light rain. The single-breasted style features princess seams, a back-button yoke and removable belt in a water repellent fabric.

Standout Sporty Staple
The popular winter Squall® is now a standout this spring and with good reason. It is a solid combination of water and wind resistance, smart design and sporty style. The new Women’s Lightweight Squall features a waterproof and wind-resistant nylon shell that can be cinched at the waist for a flattering shape, sealed seams, and a removable hood that is available in on-trend colors such as yellow dandelion and rich red.

Brighten Up Dreary Days with Shades of Yellow
Yellow is the key color for spring outerwear this season. Saturated yellows in coats and jackets will brighten up any dreary day. For all around versatility and style, the StormRaker Jacket cannot be beat. Flap pockets keep items safe while an inner-cinched drawcord can lend shape and keep away breezy drafts. Look for the StormRaker in yellow dandelion, as well as four other colors.

Lightweight and Packable
If travel is on the agenda or Mother Nature is being indecisive, the Women’s Travel PrimaLoft Jacket is highly compatible and makes an easy extra layer of warmth with its 80-gram PrimaLoft® insulation. This jacket easily folds up into the included drawstring bag, allowing for easy packing.

Cooper recommends keeping fit and function top of mind when shopping for the perfect spring jacket. Interior cinched waist details and following the product size chart helps flatter figures without leaving room for wind and rain to sneak in. Lifestyle and local weather are key to ensuring spring outerwear meets functionality needs.

H&M Launches Denim United Unisex Collection: “Normcore” Style With Sustainable Fabrics

H&M has announced the launch of Denim United, a unisex denim collection, available exclusively online at www.hm.com on March 23rd. With this collection, his and hers clothing are one in the same, blurring borders and challenging norms. Traditional style is revisited with menswear and womenswear, borrowing both materials and silhouettes from one another. The result is a sustainable, modern collection for everyone.

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H&M Launches Denim United Unisex Collection: “Normcore” Style With Sustainable Fabrics

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H&M Launches Denim United Unisex Collection: “Normcore” Style With Sustainable Fabrics

With this collection, H&M is continuing their work towards a more sustainable fashion future and closing the loop on fashion. The garments in the Denim United collection are all made with more sustainable materials such as organic cotton and recycled cotton.

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H&M Launches Denim United Unisex Collection: “Normcore” Style With Sustainable Fabrics

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H&M Launches Denim United Unisex Collection: “Normcore” Style With Sustainable Fabrics

It is very natural for us to launch a unisex collection as fashion is constantly evolving and intersecting and today we see there are no boundaries in democratic style. Fashion should always be inclusive,” says Marybeth Schmitt, H&M Spokesperson.

Oversized silhouettes and casual mix and match pieces create an effortless style with work wear jackets, overalls, and slouchy shorts, all in a range of washes. The denim pieces combined with high neck t-shirts or the oversized hoody make for the quintessential normcore look.

For more information, please visit www.hm.com.

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.

Retail News: Nordstrom Is Nation’s Favorite Fashion Retailer, New Market Force Study Finds

Annual Retail Study Also Uncovers Top Shoe Brands, And Trends In Consumer Confidence, Wearables And E-Commerce

Nordstrom’s fan base is as fervent as ever. For the fifth time in a row, Nordstrom ranked as the nation’s favorite fashion retailer in an annual retail industry study conducted by Market Force Information (Market Force). Market Force polled over 10,000 consumers for the study, which ranks top fashion retailers, reveals retail technology trends and looks at spending plans and habits.

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The survey was conducted online in December 2016 across the United States. There was an overall pool of 10,714 respondents covering all four U.S. Census regions. Within the survey pool, 7,241 reported shopping for fashion at a favorite retailer within the past 90 days, and 5,494 reported shopping for shoes within the past six months. There was a broad spectrum of income levels, with 54% indicating incomes of over $50,000 a year. Respondents’ ages ranged from 18 to over 65. Approximately 75% were women and 25% were men. For the rankings, Market Force asked participants to rate their customer satisfaction with their most recent fashion retailer experience, and their likelihood to refer the brand to others. The results were averaged to attain a Composite Loyalty Score. Only retailers with at least 100 locations were included.

Dillard’s and T.J. Maxx Climb Higher in Rankings

Nordstrom, which has built a reputation for incomparable customer service, ranked first among the retailers studied with a score of 64%, up 6% from 2016. Dillard’s made even larger strides from last year, gaining 16% percentage points to rank second with 54%, and was closely trailed by off-price retailer T.J. Maxx, which earned a 53% score. Ann Taylor and Nordstrom Rack landed in the top of the rankings, after not making the cut last year, tying with Kohl’s for fourth place. [See Graph 1].

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Graph 1 – 2017 Fashion Retailer Rankings

Nordstrom Top for Value, Dillard’s for Creating Full Looks

In the attributes that set one retailer apart from the others, Nordstrom, Ann Taylor and Dillard’s all performed exceedingly well. Overall-winner Nordstrom ranked first for value, atmosphere, and ease of finding items, while Dillard’s took the No. 1 spots for creating a look and finding correct sizes. Ann Taylor landed in the top three in all of these categories. T.J. Maxx and Ross were called out for merchandise selection, and American Eagle has the fastest checkout speeds. [See Graphs 2 and 3].

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Graph 2 – Rankings by Attributes

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Graph 3 – Rankings by Attributes

Sizing up Sales Support

Despite the fact that sales assistance is shown to boost satisfaction and sales, less than half (42%) of consumers report being helped by an associate during their last shopping trip. Lane Bryant’s and Nordstrom’s associates assisted customers most often, while Target and T.J. Maxx shoppers received the least help. [See Graph 4].graph-4-sales-associate-effectiveness-by-retailer

Sales associates are the front-line representatives for retailers, and how they engage with customers can make or break the shopping experience and impact sales,” said Cheryl Flink, chief strategy officer for Market Force Information. “The research shows that 90% of customers who were assisted by a sales associate bought something. When customers were not assisted, only 82% made a purchase. That 8% difference in conversion rate is a key reason why fashion retailers need to invest in their sales staff.” Continue reading

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

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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