Monday, 20 May 2019

House of iKons’s 14-year-old Designer at London Fashion Week.

Josh Birchjones
(Courtesy: Designed By Josh )

“Preparations for the September 2019 London Fashion Week are in full swing and have already started for some emerging creators and some of the biggest brands.” According to the House of iKons, a young British fashion designer, Josh Birchjones, will, at just 14, enter International fashion history during this year’s London Fashion Week.

Birshjones is inspired by big names such as Elie Saab and Zuhair Murad.  At the age of 12, he launched his first two collections during London Fashion Week and made a name for himself as the “Creator to follow”. The brand, “Designed by Josh” has begun to attract media interest in the UK and abroad.     
“The boy is about to enter the history of international fashion in September of this year with a collection that should impress the public and a final piece worth an estimated 50 million pounds. This iKonic dress will be adorned with the most rare gems and diamonds and full of history never used in the making of a dress,” the House of iKons says.

Mozafarian sponsored diamonds and jewels will adorn the exceptional piece designed by young Birchjones. This renowned luxury brand, present for more than six generations, has become an international reference. The pieces of this jeweler are sold in more than 40 sales outlets around the world, including Harvey Nichols Knightsbridge in London, the official release adds.

By Blouin Artinfo.
Full story at Blouinart Info

Friday, 17 May 2019

Acca Kappa Marks Its 150th Anniversary With Celebrations.

Acca Kappa's Treviso Factory Built By Herman Krull
(Courtesy: Acca Kappa )

This year, the Italian beauty and lifestyle brand, Acca Kappa, celebrates its 150th anniversary and its rich history of providing consumers with the body, face, hair care products, and signature brushes, as well as fragrances that quite literally don't go out of style, as per an official release.

“Yet, as captivating as their merchandise and its natural sourcing is, the truly fascinating story it's that of the Krull family who has led the company since 1869. In Italian, the letter, "H" is pronounced Acca and the letter "K" as Kappa – the initials of the company's founder, Herman Krull - who started out making custom horse brushes in an old factory in the heart of Treviso, Italy. The business fast grew to include brushes for fine rugs, clothes, shoes, and hair and Krull quickly established his business reputation for the finest quality goods that were purchased by renowned horse breeders, a duke, and many other influential people,” says the release.

Gradually, when the business started to grow to more than 500 employees, Krull built a new factory which to this day still houses Acca Kappa's brush factory and offices. The business, as well as the family, had significant ups and downs during World Wars I and II, followed by a post-war resurgence, and is today thriving in a competitive global marketplace, led by Herman Krull's great-granddaughter, Elisa Gera, according to the release.

By Blouin Artinfo.
Full story at Blouin Artinfo.

Thursday, 16 May 2019

Fashion conglomerate Kering pledges to stop hiring models under 18.


The company owns houses including Gucci, Alexander McQueen and Saint Laurent.

Fashion company Kering says they will no longer use models under the age of 18. The new policy will come into effect for the autumn/winter 2020 collections, as the company says they’re “conscious of the influence exerted on younger generations”.

Chief executive François Henri-Pinault explained the company's decision in a statement: “We believe that we have a responsibility to put forward the best possible practices in the luxury sector, and we hope to create a movement that will encourage others to follow suit.”

The luxury French group owns some of the biggest houses in fashion, including Gucci, Saint Laurent and Alexander McQueen.

By Jessica Davis.
Full story at Harpers Bazaar.

Wednesday, 15 May 2019

3 powerhouse fashion and beauty brands that started from pop-up markets.

The two friends were engineers before
starting their own fashion label.
Photo: The Star/Kamarul Ariffin

From small stalls at pop-up markets, entrepreneurs grow big business. This is the case for three popular Malaysian brands – So.lek Cosmetics, Pestle & Mortar Clothing and Kapten Batik.

Each has shown that hard work can take you far in the fashion and beauty industry. The founders have put in the hours selling their products at weekend markets, and are reaping the fruits of their labour. They started small too, with funding from personal savings or a little help from family.

We talk to them about their experience and find out how their humble beginnings at pop-up markets have led to retail success.

Banking On Batik
For friends Farhan Omar and Mohamad Ekram Faiz, starting their own batik label was really a leap of faith. They did not have any fashion background at all, being engineers.

Somehow, the two made it work. With zero experience, they built up their business (which started in 2017) to where it is now. Kapten Batik can now be found in Robinsons, Sogo and Isetan, plus its own standalone flagship store in Publika Shopping Gallery.

By Bervin Cheong.
Full story at Star 2.

Tuesday, 14 May 2019

The best celebrity fashion at Cannes Film Festival 2019.


Elle Fanning's princess dress is everything.

As we speak, all your favourite celebrities are currently flocking to Cannes in the south of France for the 72nd Cannes Film Festival. With long sunny days and a red carpet practically every night, the annual affair is something of a fashion bonanza.

Expect copious amounts of summer style inspiration, enviably extravagant evening outfits, and no shortage of famous actors and stars hanging around town.

By Natasha Harding.
Full story at Cosmopolitan.

Monday, 13 May 2019

Female Designers Who Changed Fashion.

Getty Images.

Celebrating the women who left their mark on the fashion industry.

Designers are the celebrities of the fashion industry. They channel their visions into namesake lines, revive old houses, and build total lifestyle brands. From Jeanne Lanvin, who began her empire as an entrepreneur before the 19th century, to the thoroughly modern Rei Kawakubo, who has carved out a successful niche of fashion meets art, these power women created designs that changed fashion and still influence us today.

Jeanne Lanvin.

One of the earliest female entrepreneurs in fashion, Jeanne Lanvin, opened a millinery house in 1889. Later inspired by her daughter, Marguerite Marie-Blanche di Pietro, Lanvin began creating lavish dresses for little girls using delicate silks and gorgeous embroidery. Lanvin's matching childrenswear and adult ensembles flew off the shelves, and her department store strategy was ahead of her time —by the 1920s, her line expanded into sportswear, furs, home décor, lingerie, menswear, swimwear and fragrance.

Full story at ELLE.
By By Jennifer Algoo.

Friday, 10 May 2019

Rihanna to launch groundbreaking new fashion label with LVMH.

FILE - In this Sept. 13, 2018 file photo, singer Rihanna attends the 4th annual Diamond Ball at Cipriani Wall Street in New York. Rihanna is partnering with LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton to launch a new fashion label. The pop star, born Robyn Rihanna Fenty, announced Friday, May 10, 2019, that a new line called Fenty will debut this spring and will be based in Paris. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File) (Associated Press)

NEW YORK — Rihanna certified her status as a cultural fashion icon with her groundbreaking new deal with LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, the world’s largest luxury group.

The pop star, born Robyn Rihanna Fenty, announced Friday that she will debut a line called Fenty this spring through LVMH. Her luxury house will be based in Paris.

The 31-year-old singer becomes the first person since 1987 to launch a new house with LVMH (the last person was Christian LaCroix). Rihanna is also reportedly the first woman to create an original brand at LVMH and the first woman of color at the top of an LVMH maison.

“Designing a line like this with LVMH is an incredibly special moment for us,” Rihanna said in a statement. She added that Bernard Arnault, the chairman and CEO of LVMH, “has given me a unique opportunity to develop a fashion house in the luxury sector, with no artistic limits. I couldn’t imagine a better partner both creatively and business-wise, and I’m ready for the world to see what we have built together.”

By Mesfin Fekadu.
Full story at Washington Post.

These are the 10 most popular designer products in the world right now.


How many are on your wish list?

Four times a year, fashion search engine Lyst rounds up the most popular designer brands and products around by analysing search and social data.

To compile the results, the company analyses the online shopping behaviour of more than five million shoppers, who are searching, browsing and buying fashion across 12,000 designers and stores online. The formula behind the Index takes into account global Lyst and Google search data, conversion rates and sales, as well as brand and product social media mentions and engagement statistics worldwide over a three month period.

Here are the 10 most coveted products for the first quarter of 2019.

By Amy De Klerk.
Full story at Harpers Bazaar.