Isabel Toledo + Lane Bryant
This collaboration is yet another stride for the plus size fashion community. You may have noticed this partnership in the making during the last holiday season when a logo tee and tote bag featuring sketches by Toledo’s husband were part of Lane Bryan’ts Holiday 2013 collection. Now, Cuban American fashion designer Isabel Toledo has designed a full capsule collection for the leading plus size women’s clothing retailer’s Spring 2014 collection.
Toledo completed her formal education at the Fashion Institute of Technology and Parsons School of design in the mid eighties. She then went on to achieve a successful career in fashion, working with big names such as Anne Klein and First Lady, Michelle Obama, and receiving accolades such as the Cooper Hewitt National design Award and the Couture Council Award for Artistry of Fashion.
Lane Bryant has been pioneering American retailer for over a century! The brand started in New York City in 1904 when widowed, single mother Lena Bryant fought to support herself and her son as a dressmaker. With $300 borrowed from her brother in law and a modest storefront on Fifth Avenue, Bryant opened her doors. Later she remarried and continued to grow her business without losing sight of her roots. Customer relations, employee benefits, and corporate philanthropy have remained three cornerstones of her business model.
Lane Bryant revealed the collaborative collection with Toledo last week via a fashion show on Youtube. Now, the collection is available for purchase on the retailer’s e commerce site. BUT, that’s not all! Lane Bryant already has another exciting partnership in the works. This fall, the brand will launch an intimates collection with French fashion designer Sophie Theallet!
John Mayer + Rolex
John Mayer has had his fair share of unsavory scandals in the past, typically involving sex, drugs, and rock and roll. Since overcoming the severe throat condition that nearly ended his career, Mayer appears to have softened and taken a renewed approach to life. However, it seems that the artist just can’t seem to escape negative press. This time, at least the controversy is a little more upscale.
The luxury watch community has been buzzing ever since the news broke that Mayer was suing the expert vintage and high end timepiece dealer Robert Maron. Mayer has accused Maron of selling him a number of Rolex watches with non-original components. Watch industry insiders refer to such timepieces as “frankenwatches,” meaning vintage watches that are marketed as being in authentic mint condition that have actually had parts replaced from another watch or possibly even a counterfeit.
Elizabeth Doerr, editor-in-chief and co-founder of the online magazine Quill & Pad, Forbes contributor, and luxury watch expert, has validated Mayer’s watch expertise after serving on the jury of the most prestigious award in watchmaking, the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Geneve, with Mayer last fall. Doerr asserts that “Mayer knows far more about collecting Rolex and Patek Philippe wristwatches than I could ever hope to, even after two decades in the watch industry.” Yet Maron’s lawyer is claiming that Mayer is an avid contributor to luxury watch message boards and made posts claiming he could identify a “certain type of Rolex” aka frankenwatch and wanted it anyway. The outcome of this lawsuit is yet to be seen!
Tom Ford + E-Commerce
Today is the day! Tom Ford has officially launched an e-commerce site. The aesthetic of the highly anticipated site is luxurious, editorial, and sexy. If you weren’t already, you’ll soon be lusting after a new piece of Tom Ford after your first visit.
Both men’s and women’s accessories, including shoes, handbags, belts, and jewelry, are now available for purchase from the site. The photography of the accessories is phenomenal, and the zoom feature allows you to get such an up close and personal look at the lush goods you can almost feel and smell the leather.
The designer’s full beauty line and eyewear line are also up for purchase on the new site. The exceptional images and superb zoom feature allow you to get an unparalleled look at the products online. The must-see portion of the site is the lip line. As you hover your cursor across each row, you’ll find one set of lips that’s a GIF of a woman licking, biting, smacking her lips. For those of you who may be skeptical about online shopping, it might be time for you to reconsider.
For now, you can view a look book of the men’s and women’s ready to wear collections, with photos that detail the name and style number of each garment featured. Whether or not these lines will be available for purchase directly from this site in the future is unclear.
Currently, the site only offers shipping within the United States, but there are plans to offer international shipping in the works for the near future. All shipping and returns are complimentary, and same day delivery is offered in Manhattan. In store pickup is also an option. What are you waiting for? Check out the new site!
Google Glass + Ray Ban & Oakley
The highly buzzed about Internet connected eyewear, Google Glass, has finally scored a partnership that will help to make the technology more appealing to those who are fashion forward. They have signed a deal with Italian eyewear powerhouse Luxottica, who is home to two of the most iconic and beloved eyewear brands: Ray Ban and Oakley.
The duo is in the process of creating a team to develop, design, and distribute a new set of eyewear compatible with the Glass technology. While Luxottica has currently pledged to include its marquee brands in this collaboration, it’s important – at least to the fashion community – to note that Luxottica controls a sizable portion of the global eyewear market. They have licensing agreements with labels like Coach, Chanel, Prada, and Dolce & Gabbana, just to name a few. This is promising news for the luxury fashion lovers who can afford Glass, which still costs roughly $1500 for the technology alone without the frames.
This collaboration marks a huge stride for Google and their Glass technology. One of the main criticisms about Glass has been its robotic and utilitarian nature. Therefore one of Google’s biggest struggles has been making Glass attractive to mainstream consumers. It’s undeinable that Google’s expertise is building software not designing wearable fashion. Over a year ago, there was talk of Google working with the popular eyewear company Warby Parker, but nothing resulted. Now, it seems Google has taken a page from some of its tech predecessors like Apple, who recruited Angela Ahrendts, the former CEO of Burberry London, or Fitbit, who enlisted the help of Tory Burch, to assist with the fashion aspect of design. The collaborative collection is set to launch in 2015.
Hello and welcome back from a little Thanksgiving break. Let’s get right back into it with a bang by jumping into three controversial headlines.
Movement in the Modeling Industry
IMG Models is making a big statement in the movement to rethink the modeling industry. At the most recent fashion week, race and weight were topics of discussion as this year’s group of models took to the catwalk. Recently, IMG, one of the most esteemed international model management firms, discussed its aim to be a “ageless, raceless, and weightless agency.” This is another positive step in the industry to expand the image of beauty!
There are a lot of great reasons to donate clothing. It reduces the amount of unwanted clothing and textiles piling up in landfills, it can genuinely provide provide clothing for people in need, and hey, it’s a tax write off. Recently, Business of Fashion published an op-ed piece about the trouble with second-hand clothes. The piece brings awareness to the fact that a majority of donated clothing is shipped and sold outside the country in which the clothing was donated. The sale of this clothing is not only turning a lucrative profit but also competing with local textile markets in those areas. So, if you’re thinking about getting charitable this holiday season, do your research before donating. Look into a local organization that is transparent about exactly where their donations go – likely right back to those less fortunate in your area – or consider a national organization with a cause, like Dress for Success.
Pledge to Skip Black Friday
This Black Friday, the “radically transparent” clothing company Everlane declared a pledge to skip Black Friday. If you’re not familiar with the brand, Everlane is a California based retailer of men and women’s apparel and accessories that urges customers to, “Know Your Factories. Know Your Costs. Always Ask Why.” On the Friday following Thanksgiving, known to those who love a good deal (so much so they’re willing to fair the masses and forgo their sanity) as Black Friday, Everlane’s pledge caused quite a stir on social media. If you missed it, check out the pledge for yourself and read the comments. Regardless of your beliefs on the matter, join in on the dialog!