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

(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

Club Monaco Held All-Access Fashion Show, Introducing The New York Fashion Week Spring 2017 Collection, Available Now

For the first time at New York Fashion Week, the customer is the VIP as Club Monaco presented a full-scale fashion show not just for media, but for consumers. On February 10th, the lifestyle brand was the first to invite customers to view its new Men’s and Women’s Spring Collections at its global flagship store on New York City’s Fifth Avenue. The pieces that walked the runway are now available to shop in every Club Monaco store and online, with select items available for the waitlist. In this unprecedented move, Club Monaco is joining the movement within the industry in giving the customer premier access to shop and experience the excitement of New York Fashion Week, thus bypassing the long wait for the designs to hit the sales floor six months later.

Invited guests Include: Katie Holmes*, Cipriana Quann, Drew Barrymore*, TK Quann, Jemima Kirke*, Afton Williamson*, Jeremy Piven*, Marcela Guitierrez*, Grace Coddington, Rachel Finninger*, Kate Bock*, Shaughnessy Brown*, Calu Rivero*, Darroch Putnam*, Gretchen Mol*, Mikey Putnam*, Eric Rutherford*, Alexandra Cronan*, Nick Wooster, Kyleigh Kuhn*, Kate Foley*, Gillian Zinser*, Chelsea Leyland*, Chloe Norgaard, Eleanor Lambert*, Alexa Reynen*, Danielle Savre*, and Aamito Lagum. (*indicates wearing Club Monaco)

Following the show, Club Monaco will bring The New York Fashion Week Collection on the road for customers around the globe. During the month of February, the brand will host a series of consumer events throughout the United States, Canada, the UK and Asia to celebrate the collection, including the following dates:

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Club Monaco Spring 2017 Fashion Show

North Damen, Chicago (1731 N. Damen Avenue) – February 16, 2017

SoHo, New York City (536 Broadway) – February 16, 2017

Columbus Avenue, New York City (211 Columbus Avenue) – February 16, 2017

Prudential Center, Boston (800 Boylston Street #175) – February 16, 2017

Collins Avenue, Miami (624 Collins Avenue) – February 16, 2017

Sloane Square, London (33 Sloane Square) – February 16, 2017

North Park Center, Dallas (8687 N. Central Expressway, Space R1-1448) – February 16, 2017

Georgetown, DC (97, 3295 M Street) – February 16, 2017

Rideau Centre, Ottawa (50 Rideau Street #308) – February 16, 2017

Robson, Vancouver (1040 Robson Street, #1034) – February 17, 2017

Lenox Square Atlanta (3393 Peachtree Road) – February 17, 2017

Beverly Drive, LA (401 N. Beverly Drive) – February 22, 2017

Swarovski Announces Partnerships & Collaborations for the New York Fashion Week Autumn 2017/Winter 2018 Shows

Swarovski Crystal Business continues its longstanding reputation as a key mentor of creativity and supporter of emerging talent in fashion through its partnerships and collaborations at the Autumn 2017/Winter 2018 fashion weeks in New York, London, Milan, and Paris.logo swarovski

Swarovski Crystal Business delivers a diverse portfolio of unmatched quality, craftsmanship, and creativity. Founded in 1895 in Austria, the company designs manufactures and markets high-quality crystals, genuine gemstones, and created stones as well as finished products such as jewelry, accessories, and lighting. Now run by the fifth generation of family members, Swarovski Crystal Business has a global reach with approximately 2,680 stores in around 170 countries, more than 26,000 employees, and revenue of about 2.6 billion euros in 2015.

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Commencing at New York Fashion Week (starting today), Swarovski’s collaboration with cutting-edge designers will see the three US members of the Swarovski Collective program, Creatures of the Wind, Rosie Assoulin and Tome showcasing their latest collections. Swarovski will also partner with some of the most exciting names in fashion, including 2016 CFDA Swarovski Award for Emerging Talent winner Brandon Maxwell. Additional partners include Vogue Fashion Fund 2016 winners Brock Collection, Woolmark Prize 2016 winner Gabriela Hearst, Jason Wu, Adeam, Alexander Wang, Cinq à Sept, Sachin & Babi, Sally La Pointe, Sandy Liang, and Jeremy Scott, who will all be revealing crystal looks within their collections.

Swarovski will continue its support for the international fashion weeks with highlights including shows and presentations from Emilia Wickstead, Faustine Steinmetz, Mary Katrantzou and Sadie Williams, and notable newcomers A.V Robertson and Roberta Einer in London; Arthur Arbesser and Vivetta in Milan; and finally Aalto, Anne Sofie Madsen, Wanda Nylon and Koché in Paris.

Together with its sister companies Swarovski Optik (optical devices) and Tyrolit (abrasives), Swarovski Crystal Business forms the Swarovski Group. In 2015, the Group generated revenue of about 3.37 billion euros and employed more than 30,000 people. A responsible relationship with people and the planet is an integral part of Swarovski’s heritage. The global Swarovski Waterschool education program has reached 257,000 children on the world’s greatest rivers, and the Swarovski Foundation, set up in 2013, works to support culture and creativity, promote wellbeing, and conserve natural resources to achieve positive social impact.