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Jessica Chastain Opens Galeries Lafayette Christmas Windows

ALL THAT GLITTER: Paris department store Galeries Lafayette opened up the holiday spending season in the French capital with a Christmas window inauguration fronted by Piaget ambassador Jessica Chastain.
Dressed in a black velvet bustier dress and a glittering diamond necklace, the actress posed while a colorful array of alien monster puppets — fuzzy, one-eyed, squiggly haired figures with tails and antennae — wiggled in the windows behind her for the sea of phone cameras that greeted them.
After meeting with department store executives including Philippe Houzé and his sons Nicolas and Guillaume, along with Piaget executive Chabi Nouri, the star worked the crowd that gathered along the Boulevard Haussmann, pausing to pose with people snapping selfies with Piaget and the movie star brand ambassador. The family-owned department store chain emphasized a focus on women. Chabi Nouri is one of only a few top female executives in the high-end jewelry and watches sector while Chastain is known for cultivating female solidarity and voicing support for women’s causes.
Adjusting as consumption swings to the digital realm, Galeries Lafayette is looking to tap into public interest in issues related to the environment and social conditions to gain standing with customers, recently launching its ‘Go for Good’ campaign,

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Antonio Marras Collaborates With Zanichelli on Artistic Project

ARTISTIC DICTIONARY: In keeping with its effort aimed at raising awareness on the importance of preserving and cultivating the proper use of a language, Zanichelli, the historic publisher of the Italian dictionary, has collaborated with Antonio Marras on a special project.
In particular, the Sardinian visionary designer and artist transformed 16 copies of the Zingarelli dictionary into 16 works of art, which were unveiled on Wednesday with a press conference at the Circolo Marras in Milan.
“When Zanichelli sent me about 30 copies of the dictionary I started looking at them. They were so clean and perfect that I was almost intimidated by them. I really couldn’t understand how to approach this work,” the designer said. “Then I realized that the starting point should have been a sense of pain, desperation, loss…so I kicked off the process.”

Antonio Marras project for Zanichelli
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Taking inspiration from iconic women, including dance choreographer Pina Bausch, naturalist Eva Mameli Calvino and Nobel Prize-winner writer Grazia Deledda, Marras created 16 sculptures dedicated to them.
“Since art never comes from happiness, but from torment, who knows torment better than women?,” said art critic Francesca Alfano Miglietti, explaining Marras’ inspiration.
Marras manipulated the volumes with drawings, collages, cuts, as well as applications of a wide

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Burberry, Vivienne Westwood Offer a Glimpse of Upcoming Capsule Collection

KILT COMPLEX: Ahead of its first-half results presentation on Thursday, Burberry teased its collaboration with Vivienne Westwood, which Riccardo Tisci announced in July on Instagram.
There’s a mini kilt and lace-up platforms in Burberry’s Vintage check, which should come as no surprise given both brands’ DNA.
“Vivienne was one of the first designers who made me dream to become a designer myself,” Tisci wrote on Instagram back in July. “I am so honored to announce a new Burberry collaboration with the original British Punk.”
Burberry said the capsule will feature reimagined iconic pieces from the brand’s vast archive and proceeds will be going toward Cool Earth, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to halt rainforest deforestation.
“When I first started at Burberry, I knew it would be the perfect opportunity to approach her to do something. She is a rebel, a punk and unrivaled in her unique representation of British style, which has inspired so many of us. I am so incredibly proud of what we will be creating together,” Tisci said.
The Vivienne Westwood x Burberry collection will be available online and in select stores globally beginning Dec. 6, Burberry confirmed, with more details to be announced closer to the launch.

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Les Girls Les Boys Collaborates With Opening Ceremony for Underwear Line for Holiday

ALL ARE WELCOME: Les Girls Les Boys founder Serena Rees liked that her company’s label can be read in either direction since inclusivity is the bedrock of her business.
The one-year-old label has teamed with Opening Ceremony for cobranded underwear, cotton ribbed tanks and three-pair packs that are geared for fret-free holiday shopping. In tune with the unisex trend, many pieces are designed to be worn by women or men. “Anything goes — we just want people to have that freedom like themselves and to not feel limited, constrained or put in boxes in any way.”
Available in recycled packaging, the cobranded offerings will hit Opening Ceremony stores next week, as well as both companies’ e-commerce sites. Retailing from $35 to $55, the items will be the only underwear sold in Opening Ceremony’s stores. Having been making bras, underwear and tanks “for a very good part” of her career, Rees said she aims to provide great quality, great fabric, great design at an accessible prince point. From her standpoint, the super-high-end luxury sector is going to change, as is throwaway culture “that is way too cheap and will just be landfill.” Rees said more people are realizing that “no one really benefits

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Saint Laurent Launches Art Project With Daido Moriyama Exhibition

SELF PORTRAIT: Just in time for the Paris Photo fair, Saint Laurent is launching Self, an art project celebrating the various facets of the brand’s identity, with an exhibition by Daido Moriyama.
Moriyama’s works will be in show from Nov. 9 to 11 in a light installation accessible to the public in the Galerie d’Orléans courtyard in front of the Palais-Royal garden.
The Japanese photographer is the first in a series of artists and filmmakers selected by Saint Laurent creative director Anthony Vaccarello to participate in the project. “This project is an artistic commentary on society while emphasizing the core values of Saint Laurent,” the brand said in a statement.
The title, Self, refers to the concept of personality and also includes the brand’s initials. Further chapters will be disclosed with different formats depending on the content and the location in which they are unveiled, a spokeswoman for the house said.
The Saint Laurent brand has a long history of dialogue with the arts. Some of founder Yves Saint Laurent’s haute couture creations referenced works by the likes of Piet Mondrian, Vincent Van Gogh and Pablo Picasso.

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ComplexCon 2018: Gucci Ghost Artist Trevor Andrew Debuts Line

PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST: Trevor Andrew, known for his Gucci Ghost collaboration with Gucci, can now add streetwear line Real Buy to his resume.
Andrew was on hand at ComplexCon this past weekend to debut the Real Buy, which was initially teased online on Nov. 1 with a long-sleeve T-shirt. For ComplexCon, the artist brought hand-painted jackets, which lined the walls of his space. There were also short- and long-sleeve T-shirts retailing for $65 and $90, respectively, bearing seven different designs.
“I’ve always been making stuff so it’s nice when I find somebody that believes in what I’m doing and they give the free reins to do what I do. That’s always a good scenario,” Andrew said of the Real Buy while sitting on a couch in the brand’s booth Saturday.
Andrew’s ComplexCon buildout re-created his Koreatown studio, which he moved into last year after working out of Brooklyn for 17 years. The booth came complete with painted floors mirroring his actual work space and free tattoos done on site.
Andrew’s art has been seen in places such as Dover Street Market in Tokyo and Milk Gallery in New York. The artist, who is a former pro snowboarder, has also worked with the aforementioned

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Depop Turns Up the Volume With Nineties Rave Culture Exhibition

BACK IN TIME: A Spice Girls reunion — minus Victoria Beckham — has signaled the Nineties are here to stay and Depop, the online marketplace aimed at Gen Z, is celebrating the flip side of the decade’s music scene with a one–night–only exhibition on Wednesday dedicated to rave culture.
Depop has partnered with Youth Club, a nonprofit organization that preserves youth culture, and London’s NTS radio for the exhibition, called “Wear the Movement.” “Depop and Youth Club are both about youth culture and the importance of self-expression and acceptance is at the core of Depop,” said Maria Raga, chief executive officer of Depop.
The event will be held at Corsica Studios in south London and there will be imagery, vintage clothing and accessories on display, which have been sourced by Depop’s community of vintage dealers and sellers.
Clothing items, including vintage Moschino, Kappa and Adidas, on show and for sale, are exact matches of pieces shown in archival photos provided by Youth Culture.
The Depop community is made up of more than 10 million users, who are “overwhelmingly” Gen Z, said Raga. “But they are very interested in all things Nineties, from both the buyer and the seller side.”
She added that Nineties rave culture was

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Anya Hindmarch Gets Down to Business, Helping Procrastinators and the Scatterbrained

TO-DO LIST: Anya Hindmarch has been shifting her brand’s attention toward immersive retail and community building, with her latest event aimed at helping people get their act together. Later this week, she’ll begin hosting a series of talks and workshops celebrating the beauty of organization, the purity of the uncluttered inbox and the necessity of the to-do list.
The four-day series of events, which begin on Thursday, come on the heels of Hindmarch’s London Fashion Week events series, where she encouraged the public to take a break and chill on bean bags shaped like clouds while listening to soothing talks and lectures. Earlier this year, she showcased her cheeky sense of humor and flair for quirky designs by filling the London sky with chubby heart clouds, in time for Valentine’s day.
This week, Hindmarch will be bringing together a series of experts at her Sloane Street boutique to teach customers how to manage their to-do lists and inboxes, declutter their wardrobes and become more time efficient.
Over the course of the four days, productivity enhancement experts from the company Next Action Associates, who also train Google employees, will be hosting workshops on how to manage inbox overload. Gill Hasson, author of “Declutter Your

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Amazon to Inaugurate First Pop-Up Shop in Italy

ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS: Amazon is gearing up to inaugurate its first pop-up shop in Italy.
From Nov. 16, for 10 days, the North American retail giant will celebrate the Black Friday week and the upcoming holiday season with a 5,381-square-foot store located on Milan’s central Via Dante.
Called “Amazon Loft for Xmas,” the temporary shop will carry a wide selection of products, which will be associated with a Smile Code that can enable customers to discover more about each item from the Amazon app.
The store, which will be animated by a rich program of events and initiatives, will feature items from an array of companies operating in different fields, including HP, Microsoft, Garmin, Sony, Disney and Lego, as well as a selection of pieces from Amazon’s private labels, such as Find, Iris & Lily, Truth & Fable, Meraki and Aurique.
“With Amazon Loft for Xmas we want to give the chance to give everybody the chance to live a unique and innovative experience linked with the Amazon world,” said Amazon.it and Amazon.es country manager Mariangela Marseglia. “For us Milan is a very important city because for six years it has been housing our Italian headquarters and we are happy to consolidate

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Fila Signs Sponsorship Agreement With WTA Rising Star Sofia Kenin

Fila has signed a sponsorship agreement with 19-year-old American tennis player Sofia Kenin, who will join the company’s roster of endorsed WTA and ATP World Tour players who wear Fila on the court.
Kenin is the number 52-ranked WTA singles player. She was previously a Junior U.S. Open Finalist and the winner of the USTA Girls’ 18s National Championships.
Since turning pro in 2017, Kenin has won four ITF titles and reached an additional four finals. This season she had two wins against top 10 opponents, and her ranking improved nearly 150 spots. This week she will make her first appearance on the U.S. Fed Cup team as they compete against the Czech Republic for the title.
Born in Moscow, Kenin moved to the U.S. shortly after she was born and started playing tennis at five years old.
“It’s an honor to be a part of such an iconic brand that has a long, rich history of partnering with some of the best tennis players in the world,” said Kenin. “I’m excited for the opportunity to wear Fila and to have the brand’s support, both on and off the court, as I continue my career.”
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Sophie Hulme Experiments With Outerwear to Mark 10 Years in Business

LONDON — Sophie Hulme built her namesake company around her elegant, accessibly priced totes and their signature geometric hardware.
But as she prepares to mark 10 years in business, she is revisiting outerwear, a category she didn’t have time to develop earlier on when the growing demand for her handbags took over the business.
“I actually trained in ready-to-wear, but when demand for the bags started going a bit crazy, I decided to focus on the bags and do one thing very well,” said Hulme, who introduced her signature structured totes seven years ago.
Having developed her own retail channels since then, including an e-commerce platform and a boutique on Marylebone’s Chiltern Street, Hulme said she now has more space to experiment with one-off projects and new categories.
Her 15-piece outerwear capsule consists of a series of classic styles, many of which reference the original shapes the designer introduced during her label’s early days. Hulme said they reflect the brand’s enduring values of offering investment leather pieces, a modernist aesthetic — and a healthy dose of humor.
There are leather biker jackets, peacoats featuring back straps made of molded leather hoops and bright color-blocked pieces with collar charms that double as pencils. To celebrate the launch

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New York City Marathoners’ Discarded Pre-Race Clothing to Benefit Goodwill

DRESSED FOR THE LONG HAUL: Runners competing in Sunday’s 2018 TCS New York City Marathon had to layer up to fend off the morning chill before heading to the starting line.
With the temperature in the 40s, many of the entrants wore jackets, hoodies, hats and other items, during the hours-long pre-race wait. Many veteran New York City marathoners knew they would not be wearing their warm-up attire, but they also knew that it would not go to waste.
Goodwill Industries of Greater New York and Northern New Jersey Inc. collected more than 91,000 pounds of sportswear and other textiles from runners before they started on the 26.2-mile course. That was a jump compared with last year’s race when 86,000 pounds of clothing was collected. Once the approximately 52,000 runners were off on what they hoped would be a five-borough tour, their leftover layers were picked up by 200 volunteers. A record-breaking nearly 50,000 marathoners made it across the Central Park finish line with Kenya’s Mary Keitany capturing her fourth New York City title and Ethiopia’s Lelisa Desisa holding off his training partner Shura Kitata for the win.
The runners’ recycled clothing will be sold at 37 Goodwill stores in the city’s metropolitan

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Alice + Olivia Unveils Capsule Featuring Artwork of Keith Haring

Alice + Olivia by Stacey Bendet is unveiling a capsule collection featuring the artwork of Keith Haring.
Past Alice + Olivia collaborations include Domingo Zapata, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Donald Robertson. The collection will be available today.
When Bendet was designing the resort 2019 collection, colors such as canary, cherry and cobalt were featured heavily, reminding her of Haring’s work, the company said. His signature, vibrant, fun palette of primary colors embodied Bendet’s creative spirit, which inspired the capsule collection of ready-to-wear and accessories featuring Haring’s trademark dancing figures and prints in patchwork collages.
“I have always been a fan of Keith Haring’s work — the colors and graphics,” Bendet said. “He was also one of the first artists to advance social causes, and I think at this time in our world, it’s especially important to support artists who have made a difference.”
Haring, whose work responded to urban street culture of the Eighties, died in 1990 at the age of 31. He was inspired by the graffiti artists whose marks covered the city’s subway cars.
The Keith Haring x Alice + Olivia capsule collection includes a dancing figures print on a leather jacket, reversible bomber, cardigan, T-shirts, ballgown skirts, a clutch and booties, and a

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Hermès Debuts New Apple Watch Series 4 Straps

Judging by the new Apple Watch straps by Hermès, it would seem fashion and tech still mix.
The Cupertino, Calif.-based tech company and the luxury brand continue their three-year long relationship with new watchbands for the Series 4 smartwatch. Revealed in September, the new device arrived with options for exclusive watchfaces that shift colors according to the movement of the minute hand, and Hermès created color-blocked straps designed to work with the new dials.
On Monday, the companies expanded the collection to include two more styles in a new color way for the winter season.

44mm Amber/Capucine/Rose Azalée Swift Leather Single Tour
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The 40mm Amber/Capucine/Rose Azalée Swift Leather Double Tour features a winding band that wraps around the wrist twice and sells for $489 on Apple’s site. The 44mm Single Tour — read: single wrap — version retails for $339. At their essence, the colors read as red, pink and yellow, but are showcased in mature, yet vibrant tones.
The styling lines up with the overall spirit of the companies’ relationship. On its site, Apple described it as “a partnership based on parallel thinking, singular vision and mutual regard.” This fusion of tech and fashion calls to mind themes of timeliness and timelessness — which is

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‘Waste No More’ Environmental Project to Debut in the U.S. at Park Avenue Armory

IT ALL ADDS UP: As part of the fashion industry’s ongoing crusade to make sustainability a more palatable subject, the art installation “Waste No More” will be staged at the Park Avenue Armory starting Thursday.
On view through Nov. 12, the environmentally oriented project will be set up in conjunction with The Salon Art + Design. Curated by Li Edelkoort, the show is meant to raise awareness about the mammoth amount of textile waste that consumers contribute to annually and to also show visitors the upsides of the circular economy.
An estimated $500 billion worth of clothing that is barely worn and rarely recycled is lost annually. More simply put, the average U.S. citizen throws away 70 pounds of clothing each year. Without any improvement, the fashion industry will use up a quarter of the world’s carbon budget by 2050, according to the Ellen MacArthur Foundation.
With a name that seems to riff on the theatrical immersion experience, “Sleep No More,” Waste No More will be set up in the reception rooms of the Upper East Side Armory. It is presented by DesignWork, which is part of Renew, an initiative that turns previously owned Eileen Fisher clothing into felted material for fashion, home

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Jean Paul Gaultier Teams With Samba School for Rio Carnival

COSTUME PARTY: Moving from cabaret to carnival, Jean Paul Gaultier has partnered with leading samba school Grêmio Recreativo Escola de Samba Portela for the 2019 edition of the Rio Carnival in Brazil.
On March 4 at the city’s Sambadrome stadium, the school is to parade seven floats themed around the story of the late Brazilian samba singer Clara Nunes.
All of the troupe’s dancers will sport costumes designed by the couturier, working alongside iconic carnival designer Rosa Magalhães, Portela’s artistic director, and themed around the eagle, the school’s symbol. The traditional carnival costume is based on a lavish plumed headdress and heels.
Gaultier, who in September opened his “Fashion Freak Show” revue at the Folies Bergère in Paris, traveled to Rio de Janeiro last month to visit Portela’s hangarlike base in the city’s north, meet with Magalhães and learn about the history of the school. Founded in 1923, Portela is the biggest title holder of the Rio Carnival, having won 22 championships.

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New Foundation Aims to Foster Fijian Fashion Talent

SYDNEY — Ten days after mingling with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex at the state dinner thrown by Fiji’s president in Suva, Fijian Australian fashion entrepreneur Ellen Whippy-Knight was at another black tie gala, this time in Sydney.
Friday’s Bula Ball at the Darling Harbour Dockside venue was the inaugural fund-raiser of Whippy-Knight’s new Fijian Fashion Foundation, which aims to support emerging Fijian designers.
The foundation’s chair, Sydney-based Whippy-Knight is also managing director of the 11-year-old Fiji Fashion Week, an annual Fijian resortwear showcase that is staged in Suva every May.
She is well-acquainted with the limited opportunities facing young designers in a developing country of just 884,000.
Fiji has only one technical school, the Australia-Pacific Technical College, offering basic certificate courses. Established local names such as Robert Kennedy, Hupfeld Hoerder and Samson Lee were either self-taught or had the resources to study in Australia and beyond.
Whippy-Knight hopes to open up opportunities for new names such as 21-year-old Laisiasa Davetawalu, who has applied to study next year at Sydney’s high-profile Fashion Design Studio, whose alumni include Dion Lee, Nicky Zimmermann and Jordan Askill.

Swimwear by Fijian brand Helava at the Bula Ball in Sydney on Nov. 2.
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Vineyard Vines Partnering With New England Patriots

Vineyard Vines is showing its New England allegiance.
The Connecticut-based brand is partnering with the five-time Super Bowl champion New England Patriots as the Official Style of the New England Patriots and their home stadium, Gillette Stadium.
Vineyard Vines will create exclusive clothing and accessories for men, women and children for the 2018 and 2019 seasons that will be sold at the brand’s newly opened pop-up shop at Patriot Place, located next to the stadium, as well as at select Vineyard Vines stores and online.
“We are proud to partner with Patriots and their outstanding organization to be the Official Style of the Patriots and Gillette Stadium,” said Ian Murray, co-chief executive officer and cofounder of Vineyard Vines. “The Krafts are true entrepreneurs, and as entrepreneurs ourselves, we are inspired by the organization they’ve built.”
His brother, Shep Murray, co-ceo and cofounder, said the deal with the Patriots complements the brand’s deal as the Official Style of the Boston Red Sox, as well as its licensed product collaborations with all teams within the NFL.
“As a proud New England brand, we couldn’t be happier to partner with the beloved team, furthering our involvement in Boston, a winning and vibrant city that we love,” Shep Murray added.
The deal

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Roland Mouret’s Debut Book Is a Meditation on Style, and Growing Up

LIVING IT UP: “I didn’t want a retrospective or a museum show. That can all happen when I’m dead,” said a vibrant Roland Mouret, who’s set to release his first book “Provoke, Attract, Seduce” on Nov. 6 (Rizzoli).
“Twenty years have gone by. I just wanted to consider what I’ve done, look at the clothes again and try to understand them — and my creative DNA,” said the designer from his town house, showroom and shop on Carlos Place in Mayfair.
The coffee-table book was created with Mouret’s longtime collaborator, Sophia Neophitou-Apostolou, the fashion stylist and editor of 10 Magazine, and the writer Alex Fury. In it, Mouret talks about his childhood growing up in Lourdes, France, as a butcher’s son, his early career as a model and move into fashion design, his love of women’s bodies and approach to design.
He looked into his archives and reshot all of the old looks as if they were new, working with photographers including Vanina Sorrenti, Alessio Bolzoni and Cedric Buchet. There are images of his pre-collections in there, too, along with arty collages by Brian Burn and a shoot called “Butcher’s Apron” by Tierney Gearon.
“The butcher’s apron was really the start of everything,” Mouret says in the

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Alek Wek and Jack Whitehall to Host The Fashion Awards in London 

MIC DROP: The Sudanese-British model and activist Alek Wek and Jack Whitehall, the British actor, writer and comedian, will host The Fashion Awards in London on Dec. 10 at Royal Albert Hall, the British Fashion Council said Monday.
Wek, whose modeling career spans two decades, has helped to reshape beauty industry standards by breaking conventional stereotypes. She has used her influence and platform to speak for women of color and raise awareness of famine in southern Sudan. Wek has starred in the Pirelli calendar and appeared in campaigns for Marc Jacobs, Chanel and Tom Ford.
Whitehall has appeared in a number of television roles including “Fresh Meat,” “Bad Education” and “Bounty Hunters.” This year will be Whitehall’s sixth time co-hosting The Fashion Awards.
In partnership with Swarovski, The Fashion Awards raises money for the British Fashion Council’s business, education and mentorship programs. Last year, the BFC raised 2.2 million pounds in support of those initiatives.
The BFC will hand out awards for British Emerging Talent, Business Leader, Designer of the Year and Brand of the Year, alongside special recognition awards such as Outstanding Achievement, Swarovski Award for Positive Change and Isabella Blow Award for Fashion Creator.
Nominees include Miuccia Prada, Jonathan Anderson and Alessandro Michele for Accessories Designer of the Year; Burberry,

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