STUART WEITZMAN SS'18 CAMPIAGN - Kate Moss, Jordan Barrett join Gigi Hadid

Stuart Weitzman’s Spring 2018 advertising campaign has made fashion history by featuring Gigi Hadid and Kate Moss, photographed together for the very first time.

Shot by renowned fashion photographer Mario Testino, the images capture two iconic supermodels embodying the brand’s multi-generational appeal while showcasing the essential silhouettes of the season.

With a nod to Stuart Weitzman’s legendary past campaigns and a look into the brand’s exciting future, the international supermodel pairing captures the essence of strong, powerful women.The campaign takes a step in a bold, new creative direction with the addition of male supermodel Jordan Barrett, featured sans shoes.

Each image is a dynamic vignette in which the models play off of one another revealing the brand’s new collection of women’s shoes — from the tough motorcycle EXPERT boot to the ornate IRISES and FRINGENUDIST, available for sale and pre-order on www.stuartweitzman.com.

The international advertising campaign will launch in the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia. A behind-the-scenes video and additional creative content will be featured on www.stuartweitzman.com and in Stuart Weitzman boutiques worldwide.

Source: Stuart Weitzman


International Woolmark Prize winners announced!

At a special event in Florence on the opening night of Pitti Uomo, Matthew Miller and Bodice were announced as the winners of the 2017/18 International Woolmark Prize, joining an illustrious hall of fame. DYNE was awarded in the inaugural Innovation Award for the way they pushed the boundaries of nature’s miracle fibre.

Held at the iconic Stazione Leopolda, judges including Livia Firth, Amber Valletta, Miroslava Duma and Phillip Lim came together to discover the work of fashion’s new stars. Go behind the scenes of this year’s International Woolmark Prize to see the ways in which designers from across the globe reached new heights.

Matthew Miller – 2017/18 INTERNATIONAL WOOLMARK PRIZE FOR MENSWEAR

For Vogue Italia Editor-in-Chief Emanuele Farneti, Matthew Miller presented a well-balanced collection, with attractive price points. “He showed a good combination between innovation, commercial viability and pieces which will be worn by men on the street.”

Inspired by designer and philosopher Dieter Rams, British designer Matthew Miller took the idea ‘form follows function’ to add multifunctional elements for different environments, such as the addition of the garment belt system which acts as a way to turn the garment into an accessory in warmer climates. Miller treated wool in a variety of ways, including innovative treatments to create water resistant fabrics and has erased the need for plastic fastenings by using recycled material, such as waste marble.

Using Australian Merino wool ranging from 17.5 to 20.5 microns, the Matthew Miller multi-layered collection reflects the label’s design philosophy, developing the inherent character of each piece.

“Winning this award is amazing, it’s a dream come true,” said Matthew Miller of his win. “To be listed alongside the previous winners of this prize is next level.”

Bodice – 2017/18 INTERNATIONAL WOOLMARK PRIZE FOR WOMENSWEAR

Representing India, Pakistan and the Middle East, Bodice was selected as the womenswear winner, praised for technique and the manufacturing process. Inspired by her grandmother who used to upcycle saris into quilts, Bodice addressed the issue of consumer waste in fashion with traditional techniques of recycling and cultural beliefs in the spiritual power of cloth to affect our wellbeing. Collaborating with hand weavers and encouraging them to take an unorthodox approach to traditional techniques, Ruchika Sachdeva produced an elegant collection honouring Australian Merino wool and the artisans of her country.

Bodice also worked with Bio-Dye in Sawantwadi, central India, which makes all colours from natural sources. The colour palette of navy and forest green mixed with pink and green pastels contains natural dyes and are safe for the skin – a nod to the ancient practices of Ayurveda. Completing the label’s holistic approach, Bodice sourced buttons from renewable sources of coconut shell, seashell, and wood.

Womenswear designer Phillip Lim thought Bodice’s collection was “completely thoughtful”. “From the ingredients and dyes used all the way to the application and everything in between, her collection really represents a modern woman.”

For Bodice, the win means everything. “This is a huge opportunity to expand on what I do and keep doing it,” said Bodice designer Ruchika Sachdeva. “To get the chance to work with these retailers is incredible.”

DYNE – INAUGURAL INTERNATIONAL WOOLMARK PRIZE INNOVATION AWARD

The Innovation Award powered by Future Tech Lab celebrates the collection with the most innovative and creative wool fabrication, process or development and was awarded to the finalist who demonstrated the most exciting approach to help reduce its social and environmental footprint. DYNE will receive $100,000 along with commercial opportunities.

“For me he was definitely the leader in innovation,” said Miroslava Duma. “The NFC chips he embedded in his collection, and the fabrication of the snowboard gear really stood out. He really thinks about technology every step of the way.”

Inspired by learning to snowboard in the 1980s – in a wool bomber jacket – the collection of DYNE’s Christopher Bevans comprised a technical snowboarding wardrobe, complete with an NFC chip in the water-resistant wool jacket to track users in avalanches and ultimately bridge the gap between the brand and the consumer. DYNE describes itself as liminal, its garments designed to operate on both sides of every threshold, and to break the existing barriers of fabric, fit and function.

“It’s an honour,” said DYNE designer Christopher Bevans. “We pushed so hard and to be recognised for this is incredible. It doesn’t get more special.”

Source: The Woolmark Company


Marimekko x UNIQLO fashion collaboration rocks

UNIQLO, the Japanese global apparel retailer, has announced a special edition collaboration line with Finnish design house Marimekko, celebrated worldwide for its original prints and colors since 1951.

The new collection for women, which will be available only for a limited time, will launch at UNIQLO stores and UNIQLO.com starting from Thursday, March 29. The collection embodies a shared commitment by the two companies to enhance daily living. For Marimekko, this is via its mission of empowering people to be happy as they are, and in bringing joy to their everyday lives through bold prints and colors.

LifeWear is the UNIQLO commitment to creating high quality clothing that is functional and reasonably priced, to suit everyone’s daily lifestyles. The nine-item collection combines the timelessly bold and vibrant print designs of Marimekko with the quality and comfort of UNIQLO’s casual street style. All of the prints are designed by Maija Louekari, one of Marimekko’s world-renowned print designers, and are inspired by nature and urban lifestyle.

A new print design has been specifically chosen to celebrate the collection, which is comprised of tops, dresses, pants, sneakers and bags. The silhouettes of the tops and dresses accentuate femininity, and the pants are available in both plain and printed styles.

Source: Uniqlo


Gal Gadot announced as REVLON Ambassador

Revlon has announced Gal Gadot as new Global Brand Ambassador, and the embodiment of what it means to Live Boldly, Revlon’s new campaign designed to inspire women to express themselves with passion, optimism, strength and style.

Revlon’s new Live Boldly campaign will launch later in the month. The new multi-media campaign will be brought to life through a series of experiential activations and cultural immersions designed to bring women together around powerful conversations, shared experiences and a celebration of diverse beauty.

“Revlon is such an iconic and groundbreaking brand, a champion of women, and I am so happy to be part of this family now,” says Gadot. “There’s a cultural shift happening, which Revlon celebrates, where feminine power is recognized, and I’m so proud that I get to witness and live this amazing change.”

“Revlon has always celebrated and championed strong, independent women in its iconic campaigns and in its philanthropic initiatives.  Gal captures the beauty, strength, modernity and boldness that Revlon represents,” said Fabian Garcia, President & CEO of Revlon.  “Gal, and all the new Revlon brand ambassadors are emblematic of the beauty, determination and attitude that reflect what it is for women to live boldly in today’s world,” said Garcia.

Gadot – actress, wife, mother, former soldier, former Miss Israel, and advocate for women – will be joined by four additional brand ambassadors, to be announced later in the month, who powerfully represent the ethos of living boldly and will be featured as part of the Revlon’s Live Boldly campaign.

Gadot will begin appearing on behalf of Revlon across all media platforms beginning January 2018.

For additional information on Revlon and to view behind-the-scenes content and additional announcements surrounding the Live Boldly campaign, visit www.Revlon.com , #liveboldly and follow @RevlonANZ on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and RevlonSnaps on SnapChat.

Source: Revlon


Why wearing black to the Golden Globes does matter. . . .

Fashion is so often seen as this frivolous ‘thing’ that means nothing.

This ‘thing’ that is dismissed because a lot of people just don’t understand it. That it is trivial, indulgent, boring. But no. Just no. Like sporting events, music, entertainment and film, fashion is incredibly big business. It is popular. It is essential. It is copied and worn by most of us, whether we like it or not.

Whenever we wear anything – whether it’s the t-shirt we threw on, that has been hanging over the end of the bedhead in the morning, the cossie you’ve decided to wear to the beach or the first outfit back to work today, you are making statement.

It is a multi, multi billion dollar business so that is why, as we peruse the Hollywood A-listers in their black dresses today, this is one small step in a bloody important movement.

By wearing a black gown or pants (as many did) to the Golden Globes, those who chose to do so – and I reckon it was around 99.99999% of guests – it was one dramatic way to draw attention to what has been going on within the entertainment industry for years. The sexual misconduct and appalling behaviour shown by those who should have known better is something that will continue to be uncovered over the following years. And ‘yes!’ to that.

It is being forged by a group of high-profile women who want to show their solidarity. It isn’t tokenism. It is a very large group of humans basically standing up to say ‘we are not going to take this crap anymore’.

Sure. There are naysayers. Yeah. Yeah. Wear one black dress and that’s the end of the story. Somehow, I don’t think this will be the end of the story – it is actually bigger than a one picture deal, which, once made in its entirety will possibly make the biggest blockbuster ever.

In the meantime, the rats have to be smoked out of the ranks and by the look of it, both here and globally, that is definitely happening.

Melissa Hoyer