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Danish Jeweler Monies Names CEO, Adds Paris Store

NEW ROOTS: Signaling its aim to expand, Danish jewelry brand Monies has named Anne Christine Persson as chief executive officer and is opening a Paris store with a Palais Royal address, the company said on Tuesday.
The label, known for chunky, handmade necklaces made out of petrified wood, cowbone and shells, said Persson will manage and develop the company’s business in Denmark and abroad, also handling its strategy for the future. The executive, who takes her position in April, worked at the Danish Fashion Institute and was involved in Copenhagen’s fashion week.
Founded in 1973 by goldsmiths Gerda and Nikolai Monies, the jeweler has a workshop in Copenhagen.
The new Palais Royal location will place Monies alongside brands including Stella McCartney and Acne Studios. The store stretches over 1,000 square feet on two floors, serving as a showroom for the jewelry and a place for events and exhibits as well, the founders said, noting that Paris has always been an important place for the label to meet both private and wholesale customers.

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Anna Dello Russo Cleans Her Closet for Charity Sale

CHIC SHOP: Anna Dello Russo has partnered with Net-a-porter for a flash sale of her famously flamboyant wardrobe. Comprising 150 pieces and spanning brands from Balenciaga and Gucci to Prada and Céline, the sale is to start from Feb. 25, with items priced from 15 pounds for accessories to 700 pounds for outerwear.
After being sold via Instagram Stories, 100 percent of the purchase price will be donated to the British Fashion Council Education Fund. In an Instagram video announcing the partnership, Dello Russo said: “I wish that my clothes go to the next generation to bring them to life again. This is a very important project to me because it is all about the new generation. This one is for you guys.”

In addition to the flash sale, Net will also be selling “AdR Book: Beyond Fashion,” Dello Russo’s first book, published by Phaidon.

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Front Row at Erdem Fall 2018

PICTURE PERFECT: Erdem Moralioglu took over the National Portrait Gallery for his fall show, which had guests including Daisy Lowe, Felicity Jones and the Haim sisters seated under the portraits of Britain’s historical heavy hitters.
Enjoying a respite from moving house, Lowe has been making her rounds at the shows. “I’ve just been loving taking in all of the London Fashion Week designers and seeing what’s been going on. I saw Roland Mouret yesterday and Simone Rocha the day before, they were so beautiful. Erdem is always a huge highlight for me, I can’t wait to see what he does,” she said before the show.
The model has also been busy hosting her new podcast, Femme. “It’s been really amazing talking to all of my favorite women who I find really inspiring, who make the world brighter,” she said.
The Haim sisters announced a big show at London’s Alexandra Palace ahead of their European tour.

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Front Row at Christopher Kane Fall 2018

FASHION THOROUGHBREDS: One of the first to arrive at Christopher Kane’s show on Monday, Yasmin Le Bon cut a striking figure in a brown corduroy suit inside the doors of the Tate Britain. As she was getting her portrait sketched in the halls outside the venue, the English model struck a comfortable pose.
“I’ve been having a great time, I haven’t been going crazy, just a few shows today. It’s exciting and I love to be inspired and see what people are doing,” she said.
Fellow model Candice Lake, who made an entrance in a sweeping cape, also attended the show, along with Caroline Sieber and actress Laura Carmichael.
Actress Anya Taylor-Joy is excitedly soaking up all the fashion week highlights. “These last two weeks have been fashion week but also the BAFTAs so it’s all been surreal,” she said.
Up next is a press tour. “I have a movie coming out in March called ‘Thoroughbred’ and I’m so excited about it,” the young actress enthused. “It’s a really interesting, witty, dark comedy and it’s just gorgeous.”

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Buckingham Palace Opens Its Doors to Sustainable Fashion

ECO-LOGICAL: The Duchess of Cambridge hosted a reception at Buckingham Palace on Monday evening to celebrate The Commonwealth Fashion Exchange. The initiative is a project launched by Livia Firth, founder of Eco-Age, and Patricia Scotland, the Commonwealth secretary-general, to promote sustainable fashion among the Commonwealth nations, most of which are former British territories.

The scheme united designers and artisans from Commonwealth countries, who created 52 exclusive garments, with Burberry and Stella McCartney representing the U.K. Each look was made following strict sustainability guidelines.
“This is a project rich in partnerships and creative codesign,” said Firth. “As someone who is passionate about joining the threads of global fashion and creating real partnerships, you can imagine how exciting it is for us to be involved.”
The garments were exhibited at a reception curated by Vogue’s international editor-at-large, Hamish Bowles. Guests included Naomi Campbell, Adwoa Aboah, Caroline Rush, Anna Wintour and Edward Enniful. The duchess wore a patterned guipure lace ensemble from Erdem and was accompanied by the Burberry-clad Countess of Wessex.
An edited selection from the initiative will be sold on Matchesfashion.com in September. Ulric Jerome, chief executive officer of the e-tailer, said: “The most resilient and sustainable supply chains in fashion are based on collaboration and, fundamentally, that is what we are seeing created by The Commonwealth Fashion

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Nars Unveils First Collaboration With Erdem

MORALIOGLU’S MAKEUP: Nars unveiled its first collaboration with Erdem during London Fashion Week at the designer’s fall 2018 show held at the Tate Britain on Monday. The range will be available for purchase on April 15 in the U.K.
“It was really interesting to explore my aesthetic in collaboration with Nars and see how far we could push different elements through color and product,” said Erdem. “It was fascinating to develop new pigments and palettes as well as the cosmetics themselves.”
Inspired by strange flowers, the collection has been in the making for a long time, according to the brand’s spokeswoman, who noted Erdem’s penchant for makeup. The designer has been hands-on in the process and his involvement led the brand to launch items it has never produced before, such as a lip powder palette.
The 13-piece Erdem for Nars Strange Flowers collection consists of products for the cheeks, eyes and lips and comes in floral packaging. The price range is 15 pounds for blotting papers to 35 pounds for lip or eye shadow palettes. The range will be sold in Selfridges on April 15 and nationwide May 1.
Nars has been crafting the beauty looks for the designer’s shows since 2013.

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K-Swiss Continues Work With DNCE in Latest Shoe Release

THE BEAT GOES ON: K-Swiss continues its quest to have its brand appeal to a new generation of sneaker fans with the help of DNCE.
The Los Angeles footwear firm said it had linked with the music group, fronted by Joe Jonas, last summer in a bid to boost the brand’s image among Millennials and Generation Z consumers, while riding the wave of retro Nineties nostalgia. Jonas is joined in the band by Cole Whittle, JinJoo Lee and Jack Lawless, all of whom appear in the K-Swiss advertising.
The campaign continues Thursday with the launch of the company’s Donovan Quest Pack shoe style, which is being sold exclusively through retailer Journeys.
The campaign around the style features DNCE and includes tour footage playing at Journeys stores nationally. The shoe for men and women retails for $74.99 with juniors and kids $59.99 and $49.99, respectively.
For K-Swiss, the company’s work with DNCE is being done in tandem with retailers such as Journeys, and in other cases Footaction or Shoe Palace to help build brand awareness.
Patrick Buchanan, K-Swiss Global Brands global marketing director said at the time of the DNCE deal the point is to work with retailers that already have ties with the new generation

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Arab Fashion Council Plots First Arab Fashion Week, Partners With British Fashion Council

LONDON — The Arab Fashion Council is starting to lay the foundations for the development of a sustainable infrastructure across the Arab world, with a strategic partnership with the British Fashion Council and the debut of the first Arab Fashion Week in Riyadh.
The nonprofit organization, which represents 22 countries across the Arab world and has recently set up a regional office in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, is aiming to use the event as a platform to support local talent, as well as international names looking to enter the Arab market.
“The history and trajectory of the BFC goes hand in hand with what we are trying to achieve: nurturing young talent and adopting an international vision,” said Princess Noura Bint Faisal Al Saud, the organization’s honorary president.
In turn, the AFC will work toward providing opportunities for London-based designers to tap into the Arab market.
Jacob Abrian, the founder and chief executive officer of the AFC, pointed to the fact that their efforts are aligned with the government’s broader vision to diversify the economy of Saudi Arabia and create opportunities for its increasingly young generation — 70 percent of the population being under 30. “Most Arab countries are looking to diversify; Abu Dhabi, for example, announced that

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Gucci Teases Fall Show With Ticking Invitation

GUCCI’S COUNTDOWN: As if anyone in the fashion industry could forget, Gucci creative director Alessandro Michele’s surprising invitation to the brand’s fall 2018 show on Feb. 21 is an orange timer with red digital numbers that count down to the event, sealed in a Ziploc bag. On one side, the timer warns “Parental Advisory, Explicit Content.”

Gucci’s show invitation.
On the other side, it provides details of the show, to be held at 3 p.m. at Gucci’s headquarters in Milan. As with past Gucci invitations, the designer’s lucky number — 25 — appears on the bag.

The other side of Gucci’s invitation.
The underlying message is a mystery and the fashion house is mum on show details.
Michele is known for unique and unusual invitations. A year ago, it was hard to miss — and easy to collect: A 33-rpm vinyl record. On side A, Florence Welch read from “Songs of Innocence and Experience” by William Blake. On side B, A$AP Rocky read “A Love Letter From Frederick Wentworth to Anne Elliot” from “Persuasion” by Jane Austen. Packaged in a brown paper envelope, the cover of the record showed a photo by Coco Capitan. “What are we going to do with all this future?” was spelled out in

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Michael Halpern, Browns Toast Collaboration

AFTER MIDNIGHT: In addition to an eye for emerging talent, Browns knows how to throw a good party.
To celebrate the launch of its exclusive capsule with designer-of-the-moment Michael Halpern, the retailer invited the London Fashion Week crowd to the famous burger joint Five Guys.
It might not have been their usual hangout, but attendees — including Aymeline Valade, Julia Restoin Roitfeld, Mary Charteris and performer Honey Dijon — seemed to enjoy the change of atmosphere and the refreshingly laid-back vibe.
They ate burgers at the silver tinsel-covered booths, drank beers and milkshakes, took selfies with the disco balls that were scattered across the venue and danced until the early hours — a rarity at fashion parties — to performances by the band HMLTD and DJ Kim Ann Foxman.

Julia Restoin Roitfeld
Dave Benett/Getty Images for Browns

“We just don’t like to do things in a typical manner,” said Holli Rogers, Browns’ chief executive officer. “The collection’s theme was ‘After Midnight’ so we were just thinking about what you do after hours and no matter what city you are in, a burger and fries after a party is always a great idea.”
Halpern, who had just presented his fall collection on the catwalk, was on the

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Chinese Investors Continue Hot Pursuit of European Brands

CHINA CLUB: The march of the big-ticket Chinese investor continues. Having just announced plans to buy Bally for an undisclosed price, Shandong Ruyi may have another European acquisition it its sights: Arcadia Group.
The Chinese textile giant that controls SMCP and Hong Kong’s Trinity Group is said to be eyeing Arcadia, parent of Topshop and Topman, according to a report in The Sunday Times of London.
The report said Shandong could buy all or part of Arcadia, which also owns high-street retailers such as Burton, Miss Selfridge and Evans. The sale of the Topshop and Topman properties could prove trickier as Leonard Green & Partners holds a 25 percent stake in those businesses. LGP purchased the stake in 2012 in a deal that valued the retailers at 2 billion pounds.
An Arcadia spokesman could not be reached for comment on Sunday, and industry sources have dismissed the report, which appeared in the paper’s business section. It would not be unusual for the aggressive Shandong to be looking at any number of Western companies, given its recent buying spree.
Earlier this month, it announced plans to buy Bally, and in November, it took a majority stake in Hong Kong’s Trinity Ltd., parent of brands including

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Female Activists, Antifur Protesters Fight Their Causes at London Fashion Week

BARE NECESSITIES: Topless, or scantily clad, female activists braved the cold February weather to stage protests during fashion week, capitalizing on the media throngs at shows to gain attention.
On Friday, both PETA supporters and advocates for a more body-inclusive runway caused scenes, shouting out for their respective causes. The antifur contingent had “wear your own skin” painted on their bare torsos, and encouraged passersby to stand up for animals by embracing a vegan wardrobe. On the subject of fur, Elisa Allen, director of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, said: “It’s not fabric, and it’s not ours for the taking.”
Meanwhile, the pro-curves protesters held plaques that read “fashion rules rewritten” and wore lingerie by Simply Be, a plus-size brand. American model and actress Hayley Hasselhoff led the way, accompanied by eight activists who demanded to know when more curvaceous women will be seen on runways. Angela Spindler, chief executive officeroff N Brown Group plc, which owns Simply Be, said: “This isn’t about ‘skinny shaming.’ We think that shape should be celebrated irrespective of size.”
The women all got their say – and a few goosebumps.

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Burberry Hosts a Bevy of Stars for Bailey’s Farewell Show

CHECKING OUT: Saturday night’s Burberry show was nothing short of a Christopher Bailey love-in, with staffers getting teary eyed and celebrity guests gushing about the designer who’s leaving after nearly two decades at the brand.
“Of course I’m here to support him – he’s been so generous to me, dressing me for years for different events,” said the actor Idris Elba. Naomi Watts said she wanted to be there because “I like Christopher – he’s a really lovely person to spend time with.”
More than 1,300 guests attended the show including Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell, Keira Knightley, Michelle Dockery, Naomie Harris, Iris Law, Lily James, Jourdan Dunn, Kate Mara, Chelsea Clinton, Paloma Faith, Liam Gallagher, Gosha Rubchinskiy, Daphne Guinness and Stephen Jones.
When they weren’t gushing about Bailey, they were talking about their projects for the stage and screen.
Miller said she’s still recovering from the West End run of “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof,” and is about to promote “The Burning Woman,” an American drama in which she plays a woman named Deb. “But I don’t set myself on fire and the film is not related in any way to Burning Man (festival),” she said.
Watts, meanwhile, has two films in the pipeline,

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Natacha Ramsay-Levi Unveils Chloé Pop-up at Selfridges

After her big debut at Chloé last year, designer Natacha Ramsay-Levi is enjoying the fruits of her labor, as her inaugural collection for the French house is dropping in stores around the world.
On Friday, she was in London to celebrate the opening of a dedicated pop-up space at Selfridges, stocking her spring collection of ready-to-wear and accessories.
“It’s incredibly gratifying. I think there are two great elements of the job; putting everything together before the show and then seeing it on the streets and in stores. I love how people mix the different pieces; it’s the best feeling in the world when you see that it works on different women,” said the designer, who has been on tour as of late, to mark her collection’s debut. Earlier this month, she was in New York at Saks Fifth Avenue.
At Selfridges, she worked with the French artist Marion Verboom to inject more personal touches to the pop-up space, located at the department store’s women’s galleries. Verboom’s sculptures, which were also featured at the Chloé show space last season, are displayed throughout the pop-up alongside Ramsay-Levi’s signature Drew bags and lace-up boots, which are already selling well at retail.
“The collaboration offers a friendly conversation

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Designers Mark Chinese New Year at Dover Street Market

DOG YEARS: Dover Street Market has unveiled a new collaborative project to celebrate Chinese New Year.
Friends and collaborators of the retailer, including streetwear label A Bathing Ape, NikeLab, Undercover, Noah and Stüssy, as well as the musician Nick Cave, came together to design limited-edition Year of the Dog-themed T-shirts.
The T-shirts feature imagery and humorous illustrations of dogs and will be sold exclusively at Dover Street Market stores worldwide, as of Friday, the first day of London Fashion Week.

A T-shirt by Dreamland Syndicate.
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Alongside the Year of the Dog project, the retailer plans to debut a series of other collaborations and in-store installations to coincide with London Fashion Week.
In celebration of London’s eclectic spirit, Charles Jeffrey will display inflatable pieces designed by Gary Card for his fall 2018 show in-store, Simone Rocha’s new jewelry range will be featured in a special display, while Gosha Rubchinskiy will be making an appearance to celebrate his eyewear collaboration with Retrosuperfuture.
Buzzy new label The Vampire’s Wife, the brainchild of musician Nick Cave’s wife Suzy, will also be launching a range of intricate charms created in collaboration with jewelry brand Annoushka.

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Jennifer Chamandi Lands at Level Shoes

DUBAI — Banker turned footwear designer Jennifer Chamandi landed here this week to launch a pop-up at Level Shoes in Dubai Mall. The collection consists of seven styles, and her first bridal shoe.
“I like to work with exclusives because it brings a strong relationship with my retailers,” Chamandi said.
Retailers have responded positively to her signature heels, which feature a distinctive gold-plated eyedrop-shaped hole carved and inlaid into every heel. A removable strap is worn threaded through the hole.
The signature has set the designer apart, she said. “I wanted the shoes to be recognizable because it’s a very competitive market.”
Developing the heel was complex. “It’s very easy to have a strap around the heel, but I need something more technical.”
Chamandi studied Italian intensely for four months before going to meet the family run artisan atelier in Parabiago, Italy’s shoe capital, to present her idea. It took nine months of prototyping and manufacturing innovations to create the technically complicated shoe. “We developed a technique, a whole different type of heel,” she explained. Chamandi is in the process of patenting the heel in the U.K., which is she said is “99 percent there.”
“Every season I like to introduce one style. I really think buyers need

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Jennifer Chamandi Lands at Level Shoes

DUBAI — Banker turned footwear designer Jennifer Chamandi landed here this week to launch a pop-up at Level Shoes in Dubai Mall. The collection consists of seven styles, and her first bridal shoe.
“I like to work with exclusives because it brings a strong relationship with my retailers,” Chamandi said.
Retailers have responded positively to her signature heels, which feature a distinctive gold-plated eyedrop-shaped hole carved and inlaid into every heel. A removable strap is worn threaded through the hole.
The signature has set the designer apart, she said. “I wanted the shoes to be recognizable because it’s a very competitive market.”
Developing the heel was complex. “It’s very easy to have a strap around the heel, but I need something more technical.”
Chamandi studied Italian intensely for four months before going to meet the family run artisan atelier in Parabiago, Italy’s shoe capital, to present her idea. It took nine months of prototyping and manufacturing innovations to create the technically complicated shoe. “We developed a technique, a whole different type of heel,” she explained. Chamandi is in the process of patenting the heel in the U.K., which is she said is “99 percent there.”
“Every season I like to introduce one style. I really think buyers need

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Dover Street Market Ginza Nabs Kim Jones GU Collaboration

GU GOES TO GINZA: Dover Street Market Ginza will be the first store to stock the new Kim Jones collaboration with GU, the lower-priced sister brand of Uniqlo, WWD has learned. The collection will go to sale at DSM Ginza on March 19, two days before the official GU launch. According to a DSM spokesperson, the retailer will also stock exclusive items through a special installation at Ginza’s Elephant Room.

Jones revealed the collaboration, Kim Jones GU Production, via an Instagram post Wednesday and the line is inspired by the designer’s own label, which ceased operations in 2008. Jones recently left his position as men’s artistic director for Louis Vuitton and has yet to disclose future professional plans, although speculation is mounting that he might be the man to succeed Christopher Bailey at the creative helm of Burberry.
In addition to Dover Street Market Ginza, the collaboration will be available online and at select GU stores in Japan and Taiwan, and at all GU stores in Hong Kong.

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Dover Street Market Ginza Nabs Kim Jones GU Collaboration

GU GOES TO GINZA: Dover Street Market Ginza will be the first store to stock the new Kim Jones collaboration with GU, the lower-priced sister brand of Uniqlo, WWD has learned. The collection will go to sale at DSM Ginza on March 19, two days before the official GU launch. According to a DSM spokesperson, the retailer will also stock exclusive items through a special installation at Ginza’s Elephant Room.

Jones revealed the collaboration, Kim Jones GU Production, via an Instagram post Wednesday and the line is inspired by the designer’s own label, which ceased operations in 2008. Jones recently left his position as men’s artistic director for Louis Vuitton and has yet to disclose future professional plans, although speculation is mounting that he might be the man to succeed Christopher Bailey at the creative helm of Burberry.
In addition to Dover Street Market Ginza, the collaboration will be available online and at select GU stores in Japan and Taiwan, and at all GU stores in Hong Kong.

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