A New Step Forward: Cole Haan Launches Studiøgrand Lifestyle Collection

Cole Haan Raises The Bar For Work, Working Out, And Every Adventure In Between

Cole Haan has announced the launch of StudiøGrand: a most versatile women’s lifestyle collection which features understated, minimalist silhouettes made for women who make the most of every step, from studio to street and beyond.

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Cole Haan STUDIØGRAND – Sara Mearns (Principle Dancer at the New York City Ballet)

The Cole Haan StudiøGrand Collection draws inspiration from kindred spirits and pioneers of movement, like Principal Dancer Sara Mearns of the New York City Ballet whose poised athleticism and street-to-studio schedule demanded a shoe that merges substance with style. Other visionaries that have joined the campaign include Coco Rocha – Model, Owner & Director of NoMad Management, and 27-year-old CEO and Co-Founder of groundbreaking Y7 Studio, Sarah Larson Levey.

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Cole Haan STUDIØGRAND – Coco Rocha (Model, Owner & Director of NoMad Management)

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Cole Haan STUDIØGRAND – Pack & Go Trainer in Marine Blue, Duffle and prAna Yoga Mat

StudiøGrand was born out of a need for style and substance in and out of the studio. We have collaborated with extraordinary women, like Sara Mearns, who demand more out of their feet than anyone, to create a collection for the multi-faceted woman constantly moving between the various studios of her life,” says David Maddocks, Chief Marketing Officer and General Manager of Business Development at Cole Haan.

The StudiøGrand Collection includes an array of functional accessories designed for the active woman, including footwear, outerwear, bags, sunglasses, an umbrella and a yoga mat.

The footwear collection highlights the StudiøGrand Pack & Go Trainer with lightweight GRAND.ØS Energy Foam. In addition, the collection also includes a feminine floral embossed StudiøGrand Sneaker, StudiøGrand Packable Ballet Flat, accompanied with a zipper shoe bag for pack-and-play ease, and a breathable StudiøGrand Knit Trainer. Continue reading

Canada Goose Spreads Its Wings and Opens U.S. Flagship in New York City

Canada Goose, the world’s leading maker of Arctic luxury apparel, officially opened the doors to its U.S. flagship at 101 Wooster Street in New York City. The 4,100 square foot location brings the Canada Goose story to life in a historic SoHo storefront, by weaving together its roots and Arctic heritage via Canadian design elements and housing an impressive breadth of product. This marks the second flagship opening for Canada Goose; its first-ever retail store opened in Toronto at Yorkdale Shopping Centre last month.

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Canada Goose’s first-ever U.S. store, and U.S. flagship store, which opened at 101 Wooster Street in New York City on November 17th. (Photo: Business Wire)

Founded in a small warehouse in Toronto, Canada nearly 60 years ago, Canada Goose has grown into the world’s leading maker of Arctic luxury apparel. Informed by the rugged demands of the Arctic, relentless innovation and uncompromised craftsmanship inspire the form and function of every collection. From Antarctic research facilities and the Canadian High Arctic, to the streets of New York City, London, Milan, Paris, and Tokyo, people are proud to wear Canada Goose products.

Canada Goose New York City Flagship Store Opening

Ansel Elgort celebrated Canada Gooses U S flagship store opening in New York City on November 16th

With more than 100 different styles in 40 unique colourways, the flagship offers the largest variety of product anywhere in the world, including the brand’s highly-anticipated fall/winter 2016 collection with Opening Ceremony, as well as exclusive styles, prints and colors. Whether customers are shopping for the perfect piece to triumph in a trek through Fifth Avenue during a record-breaking snow storm or for conquering their next big outdoor adventure, brand ambassadors will provide bespoke service to ensure customers find the appropriate product. Guests will be able to schedule personal shopping appointments, have their purchase delivered to their home or hotel, return online orders in-store and take advantage of mobile check-out.

Who knows about cold better than Canadians? And what better brand to bring that expertise to New York?” says Dani Reiss, President & CEO of Canada Goose. “The City has truly become our home-away-from-home so I’m excited to show New Yorkers all that Canada Goose has to offer.”

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Canada Goose logo

A selection of vintage pieces from the company’s 60-year archive will be on display and rotate seasonally, including: the Heli Arctic Parka, inspired by the brand’s tactical and iconic Snow Mantra and Resolute Parkas, and created almost 10 years ago for Parks Canada Enforcement Officers; and the Peace Keeper Parka, which was created exclusively for Ontario Provincial Police officers who face extreme conditions in the line of duty. Continue reading

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.

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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.

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

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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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Lexus Collaborates with MADE Fashion Week, Coco Rocha and Giles Deacon to Create Live Holographic Fashion Experience during New York Fashion Week

“Lexus Design Disrupted” event features a unique convergence of artistry and technology

To celebrate the launch of its all-new 2014 IS performance sedan; Lexus created and hosted a MADE Fashion Week event debuting a first-ever live holographic performance art experience. The event, “Lexus Design Disrupted,” featured supermodel Coco Rocha and a bold retrospective from the archives of designer Giles Deacon in a creative concept inspired by the IS and the brand’s commitment to design and technology. Joe Zee, ELLE creative director and host of Sundance Channel’s special series “Revealing,” served as master of ceremonies. The IS incorporates Lexus’ new design language that seeks to attract drivers in a new way. Lexus Design Disrupted was an opportunity for guests to engage with Lexus through design, art, fashion, culture, music and technology.

Supermodel Coco Rocha performs at Lexus Design Disrupted event.  (PRNewsFoto/Lexus)

Supermodel Coco Rocha performs at Lexus Design Disrupted event. (PRNewsFoto/Lexus)

By combining 3D holographic projection technology, 3D mapping and a choreographed narrative, Lexus, in conjunction with award-winning multimedia studio LEGS, created a visually stunning show designed to defy convention with the seamless integration of technology, fashion and performance art. The cutting-edge spectacle turned the stage into an illusionary world where 3D holograms interacted with their real-life counterparts to tell a metaphorical story of disruption as an inevitable phenomenon in nature. It echoed the emotion and independent spirit of the recently launched commercial campaign for the IS that challenges consumers to stand out from the crowd.

The story unfolded in three acts, tracking the beautiful heroine (Rocha) as she battled opposing forces on a path to independence from darkness to light. Through choreographed movement and creative expression, she breaks free from the dark, unleashing a surge of vibrant color as she ultimately finds her own liberation. Filmmaker and artist Andrew Thomas Huang of LEGS served as creative director for the show, which included the performance of choreography by Ryan Heffington and original compositions by rock band HEALTH.

Supermodel Coco Rocha at Lexus Design Disrupted.  (PRNewsFoto/Lexus)

Supermodel Coco Rocha at Lexus Design Disrupted. (PRNewsFoto/Lexus)

Lexus Design Disrupted reaffirms our focus on design and technology and the willingness to push boundaries,” said Brian Bolain, Lexus corporate marketing communications manager. “All of the creative people involved in this event, including Joe, Coco and Giles, ‘blend out’ and take everyday risks—something we at Lexus strive to do and celebrate.” Continue reading