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Fashion Firms Partake in Solar Eclipse Viewings Around the Country

LET THE SUNSHINE IN: While many companies held informal gatherings on their office rooftops to view the solar eclipse Monday, others initiated more formal plans for the event. Warby Parker bussed its Nashville headquarters’ employees to celebrate the eclipse at its Nashville store, Warby Parker Edgehill. The party included a performance by Futurebirds, then during the city’s one minute and 57 seconds of eclipse-induced darkness, the Nashville-based ALIAS Chamber Ensemble played a composition that they crafted especially for the occasion. Martin’s, a local barbecue joint, fired up lunch on-site for attendees.
Lividini & Co., a fashion public relations and brand strategy company at 264 West 40th Street in New York, entertained some 30 to 40 people on their rooftop Monday afternoon, including staff from other companies in the building, such as Robert Graham, as well as media. Bottled water and stars and moon cookies were served, along with sun-protection glasses.
Nautilus held a viewing party for hundreds in their corporate office with a glasses-decorating station, brunch and drink stations for specialty coffees and smoothies.
There were virtually no cars on the roads in Portland during what is typically the Monday morning rush hour, according to one observer. However, the highways south of the city,

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Bulgari Teams With Maxxi Museum for Art Prize

ROMAN ACCOLADE: Bulgari is teaming with Rome’s Maxxi museum, a cultural institution established by the late Zaha Hadid and dedicated to 21st-century arts, to launch the Maxxi Bulgari prize.
The accolade is an evolution of the annual Premio Maxxi competition and it aims to support the museum’s efforts to spotlight young contemporary artists.
As part of the partnership, Bulgari and Maxxi tapped a panel of experts to select the finalists for the prize, including Hou Hanru, artistic director at Maxxi; David Elliott independent curator; Yuko Hasegawa, artistic director at Tokyo’s Museum of Contemporary Art, and Hans Ulrich Obrist, artistic director at the Serpentine Galleries in London.
The finalists will be revealed during an event, to be held on October 3 at the Bulgari Hotel in London, as part of the Frieze art fair. Following the announcement, a series of works by the shortlisted artists will go on to be showcased at the Maxxi, in an exhibition curated by Giulia Ferracci.
Jean Christophe Babin, Bulgari’s chief executive officer, said the company aims to promote the works of Italian artists on a global scale, as part of the initiative.
“The Premio Maxxi sees Italy at the center of the work of the artists involved. Supporting a prize

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Nike to Host Brand Activations to Celebrate NYFW and the U.S. Open

Nike is leveraging the excitement around New York Fashion Week and the U.S. Open to tell its own stories.
The sportswear brand is continuing its New York Made campaign, which first launched in November, and will offer a variety of events, brand activations and product releases over the course of two weeks.
“Nike has had a long history in NYC,” said Helen Kim, general manager of the East Coast region at Nike. “We are excited to continue this story and be a part of cultural moments with great product stories.”
Nike will start things off by paying homage to star tennis player Roger Federer with RF19, a temporary space highlighting the player’s style and New York’s sneaker culture that will open on Aug. 23. This space will also feature the release of Federer’s latest New York Collection and a new styles from Nike Zoom Vapor and Air Jordan 3.
In partnership with Virgil Abloh, Nike will introduce Nike Off Campus at 23 Wall Street on Sept. 6. This space will showcase the Ten Icons by Abloh and serve as a cultural learning environment. There will be a series of workshops with leading contemporary designers. Nike hasn’t confirmed that they will release their collaborative product

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Dolls Kill Readies for First Store in Haight District

TESTING, TESTING: Dolls Kill on Saturday makes the leap into the physical world for the first time with a temporary shop in San Francisco’s Haight District.
The 1,100-square-foot store, located at 1475 Haight Street, kicks off with a collection the company’s calling “In Dust We Trust.” The offering consists of futuristic platform boots, catsuits and furry tops and jackets. The store will continue to roll out the fall collection in addition to having a broad footwear assortment. It’s expected to be stocked with costume and party wear closer to the store’s planned closing after Halloween.
Dolls Kill, based in San Francisco, has carved a niche for itself in online retailing since its launch in 2011 building a business it says is “for the misfits and miss legits” and an Instagram following of 1.3 million. Its multibrand online boutique carries its own line along with that of others such as Obey, The Ragged Priest, Petals and Peacocks, For Love & Lemons, Wildfox, Dr. Martens and Lazy Oaf. The company’s managed to resonate across a broad spectrum of subcultures in what could generally be defined as an antiestablishment sort of ethos with what it calls its dolls. Each doll’s personality aims to click with

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Eva Longoria Readies for New York Fashion Week Debut With Kia STYLE360

IT’S A FIRST: Eva Longoria, Rosario Dawson and Alysia Reiner are part of the batch of well-known newcomers that will be showing during next month’s New York Fashion Week.
They will be part of Kia STYLE360’s roster at Metropolitan West, which is located at 639 West 46th Street where live-streaming the shows, 360-degree virtual reality broadcasts and Facebook Live will all be part of the deal. Staring things off on Sept. 11, will be Studio 189 by Dawson and Abrima Erwiah. The proactive duo are trying to use artisanal sustainable fashion as an agent for social change. That night Andy Hilfiger, who certainly has attended his share of runway shows over the years, will be hosting one of his own as creative director of Artistix by Greg Polisseni.
With three directing projects “Black-ish,” Dylan McDermott’s new show “L.A. to Vegas” and Kaitlin Olson’s Fox show “The Mick,” Longoria will have no trouble calling the shots at the first show for her affordable Eva Longoria Collection on Sept.r 13. Another familiar face from the small screen is Vanessa Simmons of MTV’s “Run’s House,” who has been tweeting about her upcoming fashion week debut. Bad Butterfly presented by Candice Cuoco x Vanessa Simmons is on deck for

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The Work of James Galanos Focus of a New Exhibition at the Phoenix Art Museum

HIS TIME IN THE SUN: Ten months after his death, James Galanos will be the subject of a new exhibition at the Phoenix Art Museum.
For more than 50 years, the designer amassed a clientele that included Duchess of Windsor, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Marilyn Monroe, Marlene Dietrich, Grace Kelly, Rosalind Russell and Diana Ross. The designer died last fall at 92.
Born to parents who had come to Philadelphia from Greece, Galanos pitched in with his three sisters at his parents’ restaurant. After that service-oriented start, Galanos moved to New York following high school hoping to enroll in a fashion school led by Russian stage designer and costumer Barbara Karinska. Due to a delayed opening, he scrapped that plan to take classes at the Traphagen School of Fashion. Eight months later Galanos decided more hands-on experience was needed.
He officially entered the world of fashion by way of Hattie Carnegie in New York working as an assistant. The several years that followed led to posts like assisting Robert Piguet in Paris and later working as a part-time sketch artist in Columbia Pictures’ costume department under the guidance of Jean Louis. The way Galanos told it, the hiring was “out of pity,” although understatement

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Handbag Designer Adriana Castro Doing Shoes With Moda Operandi

Designer Adriana Castro is expanding her luxury handbag line with a small collection of shoes and an exclusive deal with Moda Operandi.
The Colombian-American designer whose father operated a crocodile farm when she was a child has been making handbags from leather and exotic skins for several years, but this is her first foray into footwear and her first time selling with Moda, an online retailer that deals exclusively with high-end brands.
While Castro said she’s “honored” to be working with Moda, she puts design before distribution.
“[I spent] a lot of time, months, in the factory in Spain learning the shoe-making process,” Castro said. “We had to make a piece that managed to seduce a critical eye. It was worth it.”
The spring 2018 shoe collection is limited to a single style of loafer mule priced between about $400 and $850 that’s being offered in an array of colors and skins, from a canary yellow leather to a soft pink python and will be available for pre-order on Moda’s web site beginning this week.

Adriana Castro’s new spring 2018 shoe line in yellow leather and pink python.
Adriana Castro

Castro said once spring rolls around, shoes will also be for sale on her own web site,

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British Online Retailer Avenue 32 Shuts Operations

DEAD END: British online retailer Avenue 32, which sold contemporary women’s wear, has shut down, the company said Wednesday.
The business posted a message on its web site: “Goodbye…After 6 wonderful years, we have decided to focus on new projects and so, sadly, Avenue32.com is now closed. Thank you for being such loyal customers. Orders placed before 11th August 2017 will be processed as normal and the returns period remains at 15 days from receiving your order.”
Launched in 2011 by chief executive officer Roberta Benteler, who had spent her career in private equity, Avenue 32 was backed by Germany’s Benteler Group, which makes steel tubes, components and systems for the auto industry.
Sources said the closure came down to financing as the company struggled to generate sales. Financials experts say it’s difficult for small online retailers to secure funding and financing nowadays: Not only do they have to show they are profitable, they are also facing competition from all directions. They have to compete with the big online luxury players such as Net-a-porter.com, Moda Operandi, Stylebop.com, Mytheresa.com Farfetch and Matchesonline.com, stand-alone brand sites and Instagram sellers. Last year, e-tailer Atterley Road ceased operations as it failed to secure new investment. The web

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Bagatelle International Inc. Adds Branded Apparel and Diffusion Lines

Montreal-based leather and suede manufacturer Bagatelle International Inc. is expanding its branded outerwear line Bagatelle.City to include apparel, and launching a lower-priced sister line called Bagatelle.NYC later this month.
Bagatelle.City, an advanced contemporary collection of leather garments, shearlings and furs in its third season, retails from $695 to $1,875. The 14-piece collection was inspired by minimalist Scandinavian design, with details such as handmade zipper pulls modeled after fine jewelry, and interior cosmetics slots and zipper pockets with removable card holders. The apparel collection, which launched this week, is made from stretch lambskin and includes pants, dresses, skirts and an asymmetrical one-shoulder top.

A look from Bagatelle.City.
MADI ATKINS

Bagatelle.NYC’s debut collection comprises younger, on-trend pieces such as quilted motos and washed leather bikers, a suede studded skirt and a suede patchwork skirt. Retails prices range from $119 to $299. Next season, product categories will expand into new fabrications including denim.
“We decided to introduce apparel under Bagatelle.City and to launch Bagatelle.NYC because we noticed there was a huge void in the market,” said Bagatelle vice president of sales Jamie Litvack. “The City woman and the NYC woman both value quality leather pieces, but they want innovative garments at competitive prices, so we had to take

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Dutch Fashion Label Mexx Acquired by RNF Holding

GOING HOME: Mexx, the Dutch midprice apparel brand, has been acquired by RNF, a holding company that owns fashion, accessories and apparel labels. Terms were not disclosed.
RNF, which is also based in the Netherlands, purchased the chain from Eroglu, the Istanbul-based holding whose portfolio includes casual apparel company Colin’s and the Turkish denim brand Loft.
The transaction also includes Mexx Perfumes, which is operated as part of a licensing agreement with Coty.
Ferry Helmer, RNF Holding’s managing partner, lauded Mexx’s heritage, which dates back to the Eighties, and its strong brand recognition, which RNF said it plans to leverage.
Helmer added that as part of the transaction, Mexx would be incorporated under the RNF umbrella as Mexx International BV, a newly formed company.
Other labels under RNF include Ferro footwear. The company also operates Umbro and Scout under license in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Belgium, Luxembourg and the Netherlands.
Mexx is best known for its casual styles and contemporary price points. In 2014, the company, then owned by The Gores Group, went into liquidation, having been hit by the European recession and a rapid decline of its business in Eastern Europe. It began operating again in January 2015, after it was acquired by Eroglu Holding.

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CFDA and LIFEWTR Partner to Boost Three Young Designers

JUST ADD WATER: Three up-and-coming designers are getting a visibility boost thanks to the strategic partnership between the CFDA and LIFEWTR, Pepsico’s premium water brand.
Adam Dalton Blake, Tiffany Huang and Ghazaleh Khalifeh have each been tapped to have their designs displayed on nearly 40 million bottles of LIFEWTR for its Series 3. All three designers are among the participants in the CFDA+ spotlight program. Each will present their collections, which will incorporate patterns from their respective Series 3 bottle designs, on the first day of New York Fashion Week.
“I’m from Taiwan, which is an island so we are always surrounded by water. So water is something that feels very natural to me,” said Huang, who developed prints with a friend skilled in augmented reality. “This is an incredible opportunity. Because when you are starting out as a young designer, it’s very hard to find people who just believe in you.”
She, Blake and Khalifeh will also receive mentoring and networking opportunities in the months ahead.
Olga Osminkina-Jones, vice president of hydration at PepsiCo Global Beverage Group, declined to comment on its financial commitment but said the goal was to help emerging fashion designers “get their names out there, to be discovered and

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Tiffany Scores $19.4 Million Verdict in Costco Knock-off Ring Case

Tiffany & Co. is the victor in a long-running fight with Costco Corp. over knock-off engagement rings to the tune of $19.4 million.
A New York federal judge ordered the bulk retailer to pay $11.1 million of the profits selling what it labeled as “Tiffany” engagement rings along with $8.25 million in punitive damages.
Tiffany sued Costco in early 2013, claiming its trademarked name was being improperly used on signage that misled shoppers.
“Costco’s proffered explanations for the Standalone usage — that clerical workers merely copied language from jewelry suppliers’ invoices as shorthand for Tiffany settings and that Costco therefore was not engaging in intentional infringement or counterfeiting — were not credible in light of trial evidence that showed that displays of fine jewelry are an integral part of Costco’s marketing strategy, Costco made frequent internal and external references to Tiffany as a quality and style benchmark, and Costco displayed of rings with ‘Tiffany’ stand-alone signage in proximity to displays of name-brand luxury watches,” the judge said.
With Monday’s ruling, Costco is permanently barred from using the word “Tiffany” alone or in reference to ring or setting styles.
The case went to trial in fall of 2016, and a unanimous jury found that while Costsco’s

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Matchesfashion.com Opens New Creative Hub

NEW HOME: As takeover rumors swirl, Matchesfashion.com is expanding with a new East London creative hub. The new office space, which is located at Here East Studios at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and spans 24,000 square feet, will house the company’s photography, video and editorial teams in state-of-the-art facilities.
Equipped with more than 20 photography bays and video sets, the hub will enable the e-tailer to increase the amount of products shot, styled and uploaded on the site by 50 percent, reaching 2,000 products per week. The new facilities will also allow the teams to develop new ways of presenting the product on the web site, such as 360-degree videos.
A new fashion media space is expected to boost the output of its editorial teams, including newly launched features such as shoppable editorial videos and “Shop By,” a new section on the Matches web site that highlights exclusive capsule collections, trend-driven product edits, as well as edits developed by style influencers.
The company said the new hub would create more than 150 new jobs in the next four years.
“Storytelling is such an important part of what we do,” said Ulric Jerome, chief executive officer at Matchesfashion.com. “This move to Here East, and our investment

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Harman Grubisa, Blair Archibald Named Woolmark Prize Australasia Winners

SYDNEY — Harman Grubisa and Blair Archibald have been named the Australia and New Zealand regional finalists of the 2017/2018 edition of the International Woolmark Prize.
Announced at a lunch on Monday inside a private harborside mansion in Sydney’s Neutral Bay, the Auckland, New Zealand-based womenswear duo Madeleine Harman and Jessica Grubisa and Archibald, a Melbourne-based menswear designer, have both won 70,000 Australian dollars or $55,248 at current exchange, a Woolmark license and global mentoring support. The designers will go on to join 10 finalists from five other regions to compete in the event’s global finals in Florence in early 2018.
The judging panel was comprised of International Woolmark Prize 2016/2017 womenswear winner Gabriela Hearst, David Jones general manager womenswear Damian Burke, R.M. Williams head of design Jeremy Hershan, Harpers Bazaar Australia editor in chief Kellie Hush, influencer Nicole ‘Gary Pepper Girl’ Warne, Men’s Style Australia fashion director Kim Payne and Australian Wool Innovation chief executive officer and The Woolmark Company managing director Stuart McCullough.
Harman Grubisa’s winning look was a belted wool black and tan tweed blazer over a royal blue 16 micron wool dress that converts into a clutch.
Archibald presented a marle grey wool turtleneck and dark grey wool trousers, teamed

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Carolina Herrera Ltd. Makes Two Key Hires — Lisa Arnold and Thea Terenik

MAKE IT A DOUBLE: Carolina Herrera has bolstered the ranks with two key hires.
Lisa Arnold has joined the company as vice president of retail and Thea Terenik is on board as vice president of global merchandising. Both executives are based in the company’s New York office and report to Emilie Rubinfeld, president of Carolina Herrera Ltd.
Arnold will handle all aspects of Carolina Herrera New York’s global retail presence with an emphasis on delivering best-in-class client service. She joins the team with considerable experience in the luxury sector, most recently having spent six years at Chanel overseeing its East Coast retail division. During her career, Arnold has also held retail leadership positions at Roger Vivier, Dior and Ralph Lauren.
Terenik joins the company from Calvin Klein, where she was in charge of merchandising for both men’s and women’s ready-to-wear at Calvin Klein Collection. Prior to that, she worked in merchandising at Alexander Wang and Barneys New York. In the role of vice president of global merchandising, Terenik will head up Carolina Herrera New York’s global brand positioning and product strategy within the luxury ready-to-wear and bridal market. She has been tasked with teaming with the design team to maximize the house’s New

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Chrissy Teigen Attends A.L.C. x Intermix ‘On Duty’ Dinner in L.A.

Chrissy Teigen isn’t one to hold back when it comes to indulging in her favorite foods, so the model and her pal, stylist-turned-designer Andrea Lieberman, chose trendy Los Angeles eatery Jon & Vinny’s as the venue for a dinner to launch A.L.C.’s new collection for Intermix, titled “On Duty.”

Andrea Lieberman
Getty Images for INTERMIX x A.L.

The 16-piece contemporary line, for which Teigen was the muse, includes Lieberman’s takes on the classic white shirt, black trousers, track suit and other wardrobe staples, and ranges in price from $128 to $895 retail.
Lieberman started the collection with the track pant. “Since my days as a stylist, traveling around the world, I’ve wanted to find a pant that could take you from city to city, day to night. Pair it with a sneaker, pair it with a heel, it is equally cool and totally effortless,” she said. “My good friend Jen Atkin puts it best, ‘Life is hard, looking good should be easy.’”
The collection is available exclusively at the retailer’s web site and brick-and-mortar boutiques. Guests, including Teigen’s stylist Monica Rose, singer Kacy Hill and Justin Bieber’s stylist Karla Welch, all got the dress code memo, arriving in white shirts and black pants.
Teigen wore a

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Adriano Goldschmied Designs Relaunched Edwin Jeans Line

Japanese premium denim brand Edwin Jeans is returning to the North American market with a new collection designed by Adriano Goldschmied, the Los Angeles-based denim guru.
Founded more than 70 years ago in Japan, Edwin has been known for utilizing exclusive fabrics, revolutionary production technologies with state-of-the-art finishing. Known as “the Levi’s of Japan,” the brand has more than 2,000 points of sale throughout Japan and Europe and 32 company-owned stores in Japan.

The Edwin Morrison jean

“The goal is to make Edwin the only global Japanese denim brand,” said Goldschmied, who has long admired and worked with Japanese denim companies. “They are one of my main inspirations because they love indigo and they are amazing at developing product.”
The new Edwin collection is designed at Goldschmied’s studios in Arts District of downtown Los Angeles, and the company’s main headquarters are in East Tokyo, hence the new slogan “From East Tokyo to East L.A.” The first collection will be a limited capsule collection for men and women, available for holiday 2017 retail, followed by a focused collection of stand-alone items for spring 2018. Staying true to the roots of the brand, the collection will be manufactured in Japan. Retail prices range from $225 to

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UGG Collaborates With Jeremy Scott

Jeremy Scott has long incorporated symbols of pop culture into his designs, and his latest project involves the ubiquitous furry boot. Scott and Ugg have linked on a set of limited-edition styles that will make their debuts on Sept. 13.
“Collaborations have been very popular for a long time, and we have done them in the past but never been that strategic in terms of what they can do for us as a business. This collaboration stretches what the brand stands for and what we can do design-wise,” said Andrea O’Donnell, president of Ugg.

UGG’s collaboration with Jeremy Scott.

The tie-up with Scott is the first one that covers all categories — women, men, kids and babies. Ugg collaborated on a women’s style back in 2010 with Jimmy Choo, and in October will debut a men’s collaboration with 3.1 Phillip Lim.
The eight limited-edition styles will retail from $90 to $1,195 at select global retailers and at five North American retailers: Just One Eye, IntermixOnline.com, Serenella, Chuckies and David Lawrence.
“I was an undercover Ugg fan. They are so cozy and I love the way they look with pants and shorts,” said Scott. “It’s not known for men to wear them so much here even

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Obey Takes Up Melrose Avenue Space for Pop-Up

PUNK INSPIRED: Streetwear-inspired clothing brand Obey has taken up residence on Melrose Avenue for a month-long pop-up.
The brand on Thursday evening is expected to celebrate its first foray into stand-alone brick-and-mortar in the city along with the launch of its Debbie Harry x Obey women’s collection, with artist Shepard Fairey on hand to DJ the private launch event.
The concept shop, at 7400 Melrose Avenue, totals 1,000 square feet and will have in stock pieces from the collaboration with Harry in addition to other items from the fall collection for men and women. A collection of zines will be available from various artists and publishers, including Never Press, Studio Number One and Animals Mag. Additional events are also planned for the space.
The company’s collaboration with Harry was first disclosed last year.
“I’ve been a Blondie fan my whole life and have collaborated with them in the past, which has been a dream come true. But working with Debbie on this project has been totally inspiring,” Fairey told WWD at the time of the collaboration’s announcement. “She’s been very involved and hands-on for the whole process, just another display of her incredible talent.”
The 25-piece collection includes a mix of pieces ranging from a

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NBA MVP Russell Westbrook to Talk Fashion at 92Y Book Launch With Rizzoli

WESTBROOK’S FAN BASE: The NBA’s two-time MVP award winner Russell Westbrook will be the first athlete to get the grilling from Fern Mallis at 92Y.
The stylish point guard will take to the stage Sept. 11 during New York Fashion Week. The Olympian will be talking up his new Rizzoli-backed book “Russell Westbrook: Style Drivers,” which is due out early next month. Westbrook teamed with artist Raymond Pettibon for the cover’s combo of sports and fine art. After brainstorming with Westbrook in March, Pettibon, an avid sports fans, wound up doing three different covers, the endpapers and chapter openers.
Admittedly, the Q&A is “somewhat of a departure and a little stretch” for Mallis, but she was game after Rizzoli’s publisher Charles Miers suggested the idea. She has also met the six-time NBA All-Star here and there at fashion shows. “We’ve run into each other in the city. I like him,” Mallis said. “And I grew up in a basketball family. I love basketball. Being a New Yorker, the Knicks are my team. But my dad was a basketball coach in his early youth, and my cousins were all [taller than] six feet and they played basketball.”
The $55 photography-heavy book is meant to

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Swarovski Pledges 300,000 Pounds to the BFC Education Foundation

STUDENT AID: Swarovski has pledged 300,000 pounds to the BFC Education Foundation, a charity that supports fashion students who are studying for bachelor- and master-of-arts degrees at U.K. universities, the British Fashion Council said Thursday.
Nadja Swarovski, member of the Swarovski Executive Board, said investing in the next generation of talent is essential and is a part of the company’s ethos.
“Young designers are the heartbeat of our business, and it’s up to all of us to foster and champion their visions to keep our industry thriving,” said Swarovski.
“Our mission aligns brilliantly with the British Fashion Council and The Fashion Awards, as these awards are both a celebration of the best in global fashion, and a vital platform to raise funds for the BFC’s Education Foundation.”
The Fashion Awards, formerly known as the British Fashion Awards, are held in association with Swarovski, and will take place on Dec. 4 at Royal Albert Hall.
The event, which honors companies, brands and designers, is the main fundraiser for the BFC Education Foundation.
Last year, Gucci and Demna Gvasalia were the big winners at the Fashion Awards. Simone Rocha, Craig Green, Alexander McQueen and Molly Goddard were among the British winners.
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