Friday, 30 November 2012

Alexander Wang Named Balenciaga Creative Director

After rumours started circulating a few days ago (and, on many occasions, denied soon after), WWD reported that Alexander Wang has been confirmed as Balenciaga’s new creative director, with an official appointment to be released next week. However, at the time of publication, neither Balenciaga nor Alexander Wang officials could be reached to comment, despite reports that a deal was agreed and a contract signed. The New York-based designer, famous for his androgynous aesthetic and for producing luxury accessories, will replace Nicolas Ghesquière, who led the fashion house for 15 years.

Portrait of Alexander Wang by Sebastian Kim

28-year-old Alexander Wang graduated from New York's Parsons School of Design in 2005 and, following an internship at Teen Vogue, began designing for his eponymous label, renowned for its range of fine cashmere knitwear. His first ready-to-wear collection was launched in 2007, followed by the diffusion line ‘T by Alexander Wang’ in 2009, the same year that saw him becoming the recipient of the Vogue/CFDA Fashion Fund Award. He opened his first flagship store in New York in 2011. 

Balenciaga was founded in 1918 in San Sebastian, Spain, by Cristóbal Balenciaga. In 1937, the brand opened a couture house on Avenue George V in Paris. The label flourished for decades but was closed in 1968, four years before Cristóbal’s death, and remained dormant until 1986, when its rights were acquired by Jacques Bogart S.A. In 2001, the Gucci Group (now known as PPR) acquired the label and increased the number of stores worldwide from a handful to over 60. 

Thursday, 29 November 2012

Dolce & Gabbana's Spring/Summer 2013 Menswear and Womenswear Campaign

The first campaign photographs of Dolce & Gabbana's Spring/Summer 2013 menswear and womenswear collections have been unveiled online by a number of faithful followers of the brand. Photographed by Domenico Dolce and styled by Stefano Gabbana, the campaign depicts groups of family and friends in animated tableaux vivants by the Mediterranean Sea and under the Sicilian sun to evoke carefree Summer days. It features Monica Bellucci, Bianca Balti and Bianca Brandolini d’Adda, and models Kate King and Zuzanna Bijoch surrounded by boys from Taormina.

Brioni Designs Exclusive Tuxedo for

Italian brand Brioni has designed an exclusive tuxedo for online menswear retailer The collaboration confirms not only the importance of designs conceived for the forthcoming holiday season, but also the reputation that has garnered in less than two years of existence.

In dark midnight blue, the one-button wool tuxedo features contrasting twill peak lapels and provides a stylish alternative to traditional black tuxedos. For more information, visit

Versace Partners with Jonathan Anderson to Design New Versus Collection

Versace announced on 29 November 2012 that Jonathan Anderson will design a capsule collection for Versus, as the first of a series of collaborations which are part of the recently announced strategic repositioning of the brand under Donatella Versace’s creative leadership.

Portrait of Jonathan Anderson by Thomas Lohr

The collection, which will be launched with a presentation-event planned for April 2013 in New York, includes both women’s and men’s ready-to-wear and accessories. It will be sold on-line at and at a select number of department and specialty stores worldwide.

Born in Northern Ireland in 1984, Jonathan William Anderson studied menswear at the London College of Fashion, graduating in 2005. He launched the J.W. Anderson fashion label in 2008 with a men’s collection which several years later was accompanied by a women’s collection, and he won the Emerging Talent Award for Ready-to-Wear at the recent 2012 British Fashion Awards. He lives and works in London.

Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Versace Launches New Underwear and Beachwear Collections

Versace is launching new underwear and beachwear lines for men and women in January 2013 alongside the brand’s main collections for Spring/Summer 2013. The pieces’ designs will include the iconic Medusa logo, the Greek key motif and colourful prints. Models Candice Swanepoel and Ryan Barrett were selected to feature in the promotional campaign for these new lines with art direction by Giovanni Bianco and photography by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott

Photographs courtesy of Versace

Tuesday, 27 November 2012

2012 British Fashion Awards Winners Announced

The British Fashion Council announced the winners of the 2012 British Fashion Awards at a ceremony held at the Savoy hotel in London on 27 November 2012. The top award, as Designer of the Year, went to Stella McCartney who also received the Designer Brand Award for her eponymous label.

Stella McCartney is Designer of the Year at 2012 British Fashion Awards

The evening saw 14 awards presented to leading figures in British fashion, recognising creative talent and design excellence across all areas of the industry. Hosted by Gemma Arterton and Nick Grimshaw, the British Fashion Awards ceremony was attended by key supporters of the fashion industry such as BFC Ambassador Samantha Cameron, Harold Tillman, Valentino, Manolo Blahnik, Stella McCartney, Sarah Burton, Christopher Kane and Alexa Chung.

Harold Tillman was honoured on the evening with a Special Recognition Award for his term as Chairman of the British Fashion Council and contribution to the fashion industry. Meanwhile, the Outstanding Achievement in Fashion was awarded to Manolo Blahnik. Professor Louise Wilson received the Isabella Blow Award for Fashion Creator, in recognition of her creative inspiration and influence in the fashion industry, in the same year that she celebrates her twentieth anniversary as Course Director of the MA in Fashion at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design

Jonathan Saunders: Emerging talent Award – Menswear

Sophie Hulme: Emerging talent Award – Accessories

The Accessories Award
went to Nicholas Kirkwood, and the New Establishment Award was won by Erdem, who over the past two seasons raised his profile receiving critical acclaim for his collections from a global audience. Kim Jones was awarded the Menswear Designer of the year for the second year in a row, based on his contribution to the menswear industry and most notably for his work at the helm of luxury fashion house Louis Vuitton’s menswear ready-to-wear line.

The Emerging Talent Award – Ready-To-Wear was won by J.W. Anderson; whereas Emerging talent Award – Menswear was won by Jonathan Saunders based on his breakthrough menswear debut over the past year. The Emerging Talent Award – Accessories was won by Sophie Hulme, in light of her iconic bag designs that have gained global attention.

Cara Delevingne picked up the Model award, in recognition of her contribution to the international fashion scene over the past year, and Roksanda Ilincic was the recipient of this year’s Red Carpet Award, after her creations were worn at prestigious events by personalities such as the Duchess of Cambridge, Samantha Cameron and Michelle Obama.

The British Style Award (sponsored by Vodafone) to recognise an individual who most embodies the spirit of London and is an international ambassador for London as a leading creative fashion capital went to Alexa Chung. This is the third time Chung has been recognised at the British Fashion Awards for her style credentials, and she remains the sole winner of the British Style Award since its introduction in 2010.

Photographs courtesy of the British Fashion Council

Saint Laurent Menswear Spring/Summer 2013 Campaign

Hedi Slimane has enlisted Dutch female model Saskia de Brauw to pose for his Saint Laurent men’s Spring/Summer 2013 campaign. Slimane, who has resorted to the androgynous look in many of his past fashion collections for Dior Homme and for his own photographs, was also the stylist and photographer of the campaign. 

Photographs courtesy of Saint Laurent

Christian Louboutin Opens First London Men’s Store

French footwear designer Christian Louboutin has opened his first men’s store in the UK. This is the luxury brand’s fourth of its kind in the world, following Paris, New York and Los Angeles. Located within close distance to Louboutin’s flagship London boutique on Mount Street, the new men’s store occupies an existing Georgian building on Mayfair’s Dover Street. Louboutin worked once more in close partnership with New York based architectural design company 212Box to design the interior of the store’s 170 square meters. 

Upon entering the ground floor of the two-floor store, visitors are welcomed into the room by a red carpet with a geometric rawhide border. The bay window at the front of the boutique provides a seating bank, whereas other seating solutions and freestanding furniture were designed by London design firm Squint. Leather wall panels in rhombus shapes are installed throughout (similar to the ones in the brand’s Paris men’s store, inaugurated in September 2011), and in the centre of the space (which is surrounded by hand-embroidered Tiger Rugs) sits a cash desk made from Tiikeri, a sustainable material made from reclaimed sorghum stalks. A staircase leads down to a secondary retail space conceived for private shopping appointments. In this area, studded concentric display stands and turquoise blue carpets mark a change of ambiance.

Louboutin’s first collection of trainers and studded loafers for men was initially introduced in the Spring of 2010 as a natural progression from the designer’s private orders for friends, performers and as part of special collaborations.

Photographs courtesy of Christian Louboutin

Monday, 26 November 2012

Marcelo Burlon T-shirts Ready to Conquer London

A line of graphic men’s t-shirts by Marcelo Burlon (titled ‘Marcelo Burlon: County of Milan’) is launching in London from early December, with the department store Selfridges in Oxford Street having secured exclusive retail rights for the UK.

Burlon is known for his collaborations with Givenchy, Prada, Jil Sander and Alexander McQueen, and for his projects as film-maker, photographer, publicist and stylist. Developed in collaboration with graphic designer Giorgio di Salvo, the ‘Marcelo Burlon: County of Milan’ collection includes multicultural imagery such as Argentinean bird feathers, Patagonian crosses and esoteric symbols placed on black and white backgrounds. 

The t-shirts retail from £120.