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May 2010

Clarks Desert Trek shoe

Clarks Desert Trek shoe

The new Desert Trek shoe from Clarks is in recognition of their 40 year old Desert boot. The fall/winter season returns with the Adventure Trek version that features tan leather and embossed detailing. Prepared to release in September, you can find these at select Clarks retailers.

Clarks has a colorful history of innovation.

1825 – Cyrus and James Clark set up a small sheepskin slipper business in the tiny English village of Street, Somerset.

1883 – William Clark creates shoes that follow the natural shape of the foot, a revolutionary concept.

1950 – Nathan Clark, inspired by the crepe-soled boots worn by British officers in World War II, introduces the Desert Boot, the first of Clarks Originals.

Late 50s – Clarks innovates the process of directly vulcanizing rubber soles onto leather uppers

1960s – Lance Clark designs the world’s first true comfort shoe, a moccasin built on Clarks nature-formed last. The Wallabee® goes on to join the Desert Boot as a timeless classic.

1970s – Clarks introduces the use of polyurethane (PU) as a soling material. Incredibly lightweight, yet virtually indestructible, PU formed the basis for the decade’s many technological breakthroughs.

1980s – Clarks pioneers the use of air in comfort footwear with its Air Comfort concept for casual shoes.

1990s – We’re named “Company of the Year” by Footwear News, an industry-leading trade publication.

2000 – With styles now available for a broad range of uses and lifestyles, we fulfill our goal of providing comfortably stylish footwear for nearly all occasions in an active person’s life.

Alexander McQueen – Sarah Jessica Parker

Alexander McQueen - Sarah Jessica Parker

Sarah Jessica Parker is set to present the CFDA Board of Directors’ Special Tribute Award to the late designer Alexander McQueen at the June 7 CFDA Awards, WWD reports. McQueen dressed Parker for numerous red carpets, and clad both the actress and himself in tartans at 2006’s Costume Institute Benefit.

WWD has more details about the event: Caroline Kennedy will present the Eleanor Lambert Award to Vogue fashion director Tonne Goodman; Matt Tyrnauer directed the film for Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award honoree Michael Kors; And Richard Press made the clip for Eugenia Sheppard Award honoree Kim Hastreiter.

Gucci Boots, S/S 2010 – GSB9 High Top Buckle Sneakers

Gucci Boots, S/S 2010 – GSB9 High Top Buckle Sneakers

Gucci Boots, S/S 2010 – GSB9 High Top Buckle Sneakers

Whether you want to call them boots or GSB9 High Top Buckle Sneakers, these footwear specials are well worth a closer butchers. They’re like apres ski for the street. The style is bold but the branding subtle making for a clean and stylish look. Gucci score a hit with these.

Gucci Boots

Jean Paul Gaultier leaving Hermès

Jean Paul Gaultier leaving Hermès

In August of last year, rumors surfaced about Jean Paul Gaultier leaving Hermès. Apparently they just decided to split! WWD reports Gaultier will leave Hermès after his next show for spring 2011 to focus on his namesake line. Hermès will retain its 45 percent stake in the Jean Paul Gaultier label. Christophe Lemaire, the artistic director of women’s ready-to-wear for Hermès, will take the reins from Gaultier starting with the fall 2011 collection. We’re relieved they figured that out now, rather than leaving us speculating over the situation for months, as happens with so many houses.

Olivier Theyskens x Theory Capsule Collection

Olivier Theyskens x Theory Capsule Collection

Olivier Theyskens hasn’t been producing clothes since he was dismissed from Nina Ricci after his adored fall 2009 collection. But he’s finally landed a gig doing a capsule collection for Theory. Theory! The great office-suit brand! That everyone is forced to buy on What Not to Wear! But we are thrilled with this, because Theory is a label we can actually afford if we feel like it. Details on prices for Theyskens’s pieces haven’t been announced, but we hope they’re in line with Theory’s other stuff. We also hope they don’t water down his aesthetic too much.

Ryan Seacrest and his exclusive Burberry wardrobe

Ryan Seacrest and his exclusive Burberry wardrobe

Does Ryan Seacreat look like Graham Norton’s slightly younger brother? Any, this just in from Burberry…

Ryan Seacrest and his exclusive Burberry wardrobe on American Idol.

Ryan was dressed in Burberry Brit, Burberry London and Burberry Prorsum collections as well as bespoke custom made tailoring by Burberry Chief Creative Officer Christopher Bailey for the Hollywood Week and Performance episodes of American Idol.

Ryan Seacrest will be dressed in a custom made Burberry tuxedo for the final episode of American Idol tonight. 12 custom made suits also bear an insignia from Christopher Bailey “To Ryan, From Christopher 2010” along with cufflinks and pocket squares with Ryan’s intials.

Season 9 of American Idol, which runs for 48 episodes, premiered in the US on 12 January 2010

In 2009, Burberry dressed Ryan Seacrest for the Academy Awards, the Golden Globe Awards, the Emmy Awards and New Years Rockin’ Eve which he hosted live on ABC on 31 December and more recently at this year’s Grammy Awards and Golden Globe Awards

Ryan Seacrest

Primavera Sound festival in Barcelona

Primavera Sound festival in Barcelona

from 27th to 29th May PeSeta will be in barcelona at the Primavera Sound festival. Peseta have designed two special series of bags for the festival. The one you see in the picture was made using cordura fabric and a traditional Madrilian lining. The other bag has a costal fabric and it´s dedicated to all the Primavera Sound family. Just can´t wait to see the pet shop boys, pavement, superchunk…

Marc Jacobs gets naked to sell BANG!

Marc Jacobs gets naked to sell BANG!

How Marc Jacobs Came to Strip Down and Grease Up to Sell Bang!

“Robert and I work closely with Coty on these projects, and he said, ‘Marc, you look so great now — you should be the model for men’s fragrance.’ My immediate reaction was, I don’t know. But then I came to see that it made sense … Once I agreed to be the model, I couldn’t see what I would wear to express this. We tried it with clothes, but it didn’t work. Then Juergen [Teller, who shot the campaign] had the idea for the silver Mylar, and it all came together. The silver Mylar also gives it that flash, that bang … As a word, it has so many connotations, including a sexual connotation.” —Marc Jacobs.

Hedi Slimane Diary: Legends

Hedi Slimane Diary: Legends

Hedi Slimane released the latest installment of his “Diary” series, entitling this set “Legends” which delves into two very different individuals that in more ways than one are pop culture legends. www.hedislimane.com

John Lyndon, who in his early career is known as “Johnny Rotten” (a nickname inspired by the dismal condition of his teeth at the time) is one of the two personalities in “Legends”.

A primary culprit behind the style and attitude that is associated with the punk movement of the late 1970s, John Lydon is certainly one of the most recognizable performers of the punk era, despite his relatively short-lived involvement in the genre.

Joe D’Allesandro is known today as Joe Dallesandro, who is came into fame when Andy Warhol and Paul Morrissey photographed and filmed him naked, thus making him a de facto sex symbol of the era.

Though Joe Dallesandro continued to make a living as an actor, he cannot escape the power of his allure in those early films wherein he was the first openly eroticized male sex symbol of the movies to walk naked across the screen.

Ambivalent about his fame as a Warhol Superstar, Joe Dallesandro likes to tell interviewers that all he ever had to do in a Warhol/Morrissey film was show up. He’s right. He’s a natural.

Hedi Slimane Clothing

EJF – The Great Fashion Cycle

Toxic pesticides used in cotton production kill over 20,000 people a year, reveals the Environmental Justice Foundation (EJF) in a candid interview with FashionUnited. As you read this article, there is a possibility that you or someone that you know is wearing clothing produced by irresponsible methods of cotton production. While some corners of the fashion industry are rushing to incorporate more sustainable practices into modern clothing, a self-conscious glance of your label reveals this is still an endemic problem.

The EJF has attracted widespread attention for it efforts to raise awareness of the social and environmental abuses in the cotton industry through campaigning and fundraising initiatives to list but a few. Larissa Clark, Marketing and PR Manager of EJF, explains the latest fundraiser, The Great Fashion Cycle: “We wanted to do something different to raise awareness and funds for our ethical cotton campaign to end social and environmental abuses in the cotton industry, like forced child labour and chronic health impacts from exposure to toxic pesticides that farming communities face.”

She says: “Rather than putting on an ethical fashion show, we decided to get people on their bikes by making a 300-mile bicycle journey between two of Europe’s iconic style capitals – London and Paris – to promote a fairer future for the fashion industry and raising £15,000 for the charity’s work.”

The EJF’s work has led to dramatic policy changes in some of the world’s biggest buyers of cotton. Clark says: “The aim of the cotton campaign is to eradicate the use of forced child labour and the deadliest pesticides from cotton production and promote sustainable alternatives.”

She adds: “EJF’s public campaign to press retailers to only sell ‘clean cotton’ has had a major impact on businesses resulting in significant gains for social and environmental justice including the creation of a National Action Plan and signing of two ILO conventions by the Uzbek government on child labour and significant progress towards a global ban on toxic pesticide endosulfan.”

Clark highlights: “EJF’s campaign has changed the CSR policies of over 40 of the world’s largest retailers including ASDA/Wal-Mart and Tesco, who have taken the unprecedented action of eliminating cotton from the world’s third largest exporter, Uzbekistan, from their supply chains until a time when the abuses of state-orchestrated child labour are resolved. Others have supported the Call to Action for a global ban on endosulfan.”

“With support from EJF, many retailers have undertaken rigorous supply chain audits and developed effective ‘track and trace’ systems so they can identify the country of origin for their cotton – something they previously had no idea about,” she adds.

Based on the scale of its work, the assumption is that the EJF is a big organisation but in reality it is a small charity (a team of seven) doing big things in the industry. Clark exceeds her PR title by doing her own fundraising and also taking to the open road in July which she beams will be a “ride of a lifetime.”

Billabong’s 4th Annual “Design for Humanity” Event

Billabong's 4th Annual

Billabong’s 4th annual Design For Humanity benefit www.designforhumanity.com, to be held on Thursday, June 10th, 2010, is heading to a new location set in the heart of legendary NY streets on the back lot of Paramount Studios in Hollywood. This massive fashion-music-art block party will feature two concert stages, DJ dance parties, a runway fashion show showcasing one of a kind Billabong bikinis, a custom art gallery in partnership with The Carmichael Gallery, live art installations, Hit+Run live t-shirt screen printing, food trucks, a VIP street, and much more.

Legendary electroclash duo FISCHERSPOONER www.fischerspooner.com will be headlining this year’s event for an unforgettable festival of light and sound performance. FISCHERSPOONER’s fusion of music, dance, fashion, film and photography makes them a perfect collaborator for this year’s event. Additional opening acts and guest DJ’s include Kid Sister, Pase Rock, Classixx, Them Jeans, and Mark Moreno.

100% of this year’s ticket sales and proceeds from art show and product collaboration auction sales are being donated to Invisible Children www.invisiblechildren.com, an organization raising awareness and funds for families affected by the long-standing war in Uganda, Africa. Invisible Children rebuilds schools devastated by war, benefiting over 8,400 Ugandan youth in the areas of water and sanitation, books and equipment, refurbishment of structures, teacher support, and technology and power.

Gucci party honours Martin Scorsese

Gucci party honours Martin Scorsese

Gucci Creative Director Frida Giannini and Vanity Fair Editor Graydon Carter co-hosted the Vanity Fair/Gucci party last night in Cannes in honor of Martin Scorsese.

The Chairman of the Film Foundation, which, together with Gucci and other partners restored the film “Il Gattopardo”, Martin Scorsese is best known for directing iconic films “Taxi Driver” and “The Color of Money” among many others which had become part of American pop culture and the whole world.

Kate Beckinsale

Born November 17, 1942, Martin Scorsese is also a screenwriter, producer, actor, and film historian.

He is the founder of the World Cinema Foundation and a recipient of the AFI Life Achievement Award for his contributions to the cinema, and has won awards from the Oscars, Golden Globe, BAFTA, and Directors Guild of America. Scorsese is president of The Film Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to film preservation.

An intimate dinner at the Hotel du Cap honoring Mr. Scorsese was followed by a party to celebrate the famed director and the 20 year anniversary of The Film Foundation.

Myriam Catania

Bensoni Clothing A/W 2010

Bensoni Clothing A/W 2010

Inspired by Americana, Bensoni’s Spring / Summer 2010 collection cleverly uses patriotic emblems as elements without being cliché.

The floral / rose print, be it the jacket or the sheath dress is a witty take on American symbolism. And yes, there are the requisite stripes, but they were ingeniously incorporated in skirts and in the sailor dress done in navy and red stripes.

Of course, there is the expected red, white and blue, which are also smartly proposed in the scarlet sheath dress, strapless white cocktail dress and the floral organza dress in denim blue.

Moschino Store Window: Love is Free

Moschino Store Window: Love is Free

Entitled “Love is Free”, Moschino created everyone’s dream, an ATM machine that does not stop giving!

A familiar scene in any city or town starting of a certain size, an ATM cash dispenser has its place. A single female mannequin wearing a Moschino dress from the Spring/ Summer 2010 collection, stands in front of the machine waiting for it to dispense love.

The machine continuously dispenses cash, to the point that the “woman” is literally getting buried under a pile of money while the ATM says, “love is free”.

Once again, Moschino does it… creating a thought provoking store window that is fun yet philosophical at the same time.

Moschino Sale

Atrezzo Mannequins, the Passion for visual display

Atrezzo Mannequins: Individualism, Abstraction and the Passion for visual display

The art of Fashion Merchandising was born at the beginning of the 20th century when the first mannequins inspired by wax dolls were carved in wood, they were extremely heavy.

Until the ’20s, with the popularity of Hollywood movies, mannequins acquired more realistic features that mirrored those of famous stars.

With the arrival of World War II, life changed and the mannequins lost their Hollywood smiles, replaced by serious, no-nonsense ones. By the ’50s, mannequins became pop art; they celebrated surrealism with an abstract quality.

The women´s revolution of the 1960s depicted two different visions, on the one hand the housewife mannequin and at the other extreme the androgynous mod look epitomizing the model of the decade -Twiggy.

The 1970s saw the introduction of Black, Asian, and Latino mannequins, reflecting the growing ethnic mix in the country. Also mirroring the turbulent decade, mannequins with facial expressions of pain, worry, and stress became in vogue. In the 1980s, the big capitals got “physical,” and mannequins took running and leaping poses.

The century ended with avatars, robots, ecological crusades and super heroes ready to save the planet.

Atrezzo, European leader, trendsetter in design, distribution and marketing of mannequins and visual supports, revolutionizes the visual merchandising market launching a collection of mannequins inspired by the fundaments of contemporary dance, as a profound process that reflects historical changes, aesthetic movements and existential themes.

The Rock Eco Collection is based on a choreography of poses where movement is centered in the body as the instrument that stands out for its strength and flexibility. The head becomes lighter than ever representing the disharmony between the individual’s search for meaning and the apparent meaninglessness of the universe, a delight of the absurd.

This coming Christmas, Atrezzo´s mannequins will delight, amuse, and entice the outrageous windows of Henri Bendel on Fifth Avenue, recreating extravagant scenes of the New York City Ballet.

Y3 Cannes Store

Y3 Cannes Store

Following its global retail concepts of minimalist black and white, Y3 opened its first pop-up store in Cannes, France. The temporary store is launched in collaboration with blanch and located at the new blanch Contemporary Space on Boulevard de la Croisette. The venue has a multifunctional structure and houses an innovative project which allows luxury brands to occupy the building from one to three months.

The retail space will present Y-3’s SS10 men’s and women’s collection including iconic footwear, travelwear, accessories range as well as signature apparel pieces from April 28th to June 29th, 2010.The Y-3 pop-up store features 200sqm one-level inner space is completed by a 100sqm private garden. This will be Y-3’s second stand-alone store in France, the first one opened in Paris on Rue Etienne-Marcel in August of 2007.

Y-3 Boutique Cannes

Gael Monfils x K-Swiss

Gael Monfils x K-Swiss

K-Swiss is boosting its marketing efforts with yet another athlete. The Westlake Village, Calif.-based sports brand has signed a multiyear deal with France’s second highest ranked tennis player Gael Monfils to represent both footwear and apparel.

The 23-year-old tennis phenom, currently ranks at No. 18 in the ATP World Tour and will be the highest ranked player on the K-Swiss team, which also includes tennis players Bob and Mike Bryan and Sam Querrey. Monfils has two career ATP titles and is a seven-time ATP Tour finalist.

“He will be a big part of our marketing efforts, not only in Europe, but globally as well,” K-Swiss sports marketing director Erik Vervloet said in a statement. “He is young, talented, and is only going to get better as the years go on.”

Montreal Fashion and Design Festival

Montreal Fashion and Design Festival

From August 4 to 7, the heart of downtown Montreal will beat to the rhythm of the Montreal Fashion and Design Festival, which celebrates this year its 10th anniversary.

The largest outdoor event of its kind in North America, the Festival will take over McGill College Avenue between Maisonneuve and Place Ville-Marie, and becomes the leading vehicle for the consumer launch of international collections.

True to its origins, the MFDF remains an avant-garde happening creating a “New Year of Fashion” by inviting fashionistas to start out anew, offering them an opportunity to redefine their style!

More than just a Montreal window on what’s new and what’s hot, the MFDF will also showcase previews of wild multidisciplinary performances presented exclusively for Montrealers within a framework enshrining the Festival’s core values: avant-gardism, creativity, openness.

As it has done for a decade, the MFDF not only provides a window on Montréal trends, it also offers festivalgoers an opportunity to soak in an intense fashion and design ambience peppered by unique outdoor multimedia performances on hot Montréal nights. In an exhilarating, freewheeling ambience, the public will be treated to fabulous fashion shows along with live performances by well-known singers, musicians and DJs.

The Festival attracts than 550,000 visitors and presents 100-plus well-known designer labels and collections, musical performances, design in real time, entertainment and an absolutely unique ambience. Free activities open to all!

For more information : www.festivalmodedesign.com

Montreal-Fashion

DJ Campbell hat-trick

DJ Campbell hat-trick

DJ Campbell, the Red Monkey model, hits a hat-trick as Blackpool beat Nottingham Forest to reach the Championship play-off final at Wembley.

Dudley Junior “D. J.” Campbell (born 12 November 1981) is an English footballer who plays for Blackpool on loan from Leicester City. He is a forward and has been capped by England C.

Campbell’s early career was in non-League football, between 2000 and 2005 when he moved into The Football League with Brentford. He has played in the Premier League with Birmingham City and two divisions of the Football League – in The Championship and League One with Leicester City, League One with Brentford, as well as loan spells at Championship sides Blackpool (twice) and Derby County.

Paul Smith Warehouse Sale

Paul Smith Warehouse Sale
Paul Smith Warehouse Sale – 37 Kindsway, Holborn, London WC2

London – Warehouse Sale: Wednesday 12th – Friday 14th May

Opening Times:

8am – 6pm Wednesday 12th, Thursday 13th and Friday 14th May 2010

Closest Tube Stations:Holborn and Covent Garden

Swedish Designers follow the NOHARM lead

Swedish Designers follow the NOHARM lead

Following in the footsteps of the UK based vanguard brand, NOHARM, Swedish designers trumpet their passion for environmentally-friendly and ethical fashion.

Eco Chic – Towards Sustainable Swedish Fashion opened at the Scandinavia House: The Nordic Center in America, showcasing Swedish fashion designers who take an environmentally-friendly and ethical approach to their work without sacrificing style.

On view through August 21st, this exhibition illuminates high fashion alternatives to mcuh of today’s environmentally harmful clothing.

Proving that “going green” is more than a feel-good fad, Swedish designers collaborated to establish a culture of sustainable fashion. The fashion industry faces major challenges in both resources and labor, but designers featured in the Eco Chic exhibition strive to change the general attitude of fashion and consumption.

They believe that sustainable development is not simply an empty phrase, and fashion is not just about appearance. This touring exhibition from The Swedish Institute (SI) which premiered in Belgrade in the winter of 2008 has visited major international cities including Minsk, Kiev, Riga, Istanbul and most recently Berlin. The installation at Scandinavia House in New York marks the first American stop on this tour.

Sustainable clothing has typically been distinguishable by its appearance. Now, as Eco Chic illustrates, ethical fashion look no different from conventionally produced clothing. It can be exciting and it is possible to construct high fashion garments with sustainable and ecological practices.

What sets this kind of fashion apart is implicitly in the values and attitudes of individual garments, and continue right thorough to the finished product, including the transparency of fashion companies about their production processes and materials.

Eco Chic designers aspire to create a culture o principles design and production. Through this touring exhibition, they hope to inform consumers that fashion can be simultaneously stylish and sustainable.

Eco Chic – Towards Sustainable Swedish Fashion presents garments and footwear by various Swedish fashion designers. Featured in this exhibition include: Anja Hynynen, Bergman’s, Camilla Noorback, Dem Collective, Johanna Hofring, Julian Red, Nudie, Pia Anjou, Reflective Circle, Righteous Fashion, Swedish Hasbeens and Zion.

Ethical Fashion Show 2010 in Paris

Ethical Fashion Show 2010 in Paris

The Ethical Fashion Show 2010. The seventh edition of Ethical Fashion Show 2010 will take place in Paris from 25th to 28th September. The main topic for 2010 will be: Fashion and Biodiversity. The Docks en Seine will be an illustrious venue for this growing event.

Nine Days Denim Jeans

Nine Days Denim Jeans

With heavy washing and deconstruction, Nine Days denim is dominating the marketplace by differentiating itself from the other clean finished washes currently out there. This denim collection bridges the gap between the simple clean wash and the intricately aggressive wash. Nine Days fulfills the demand for abrasions and heavy washing. The jeans pioneer new advancements in washing and sewing, producing denim of unfathomable standards.

Dollar for dollar Nine Days offers the best washing in the industry for the best value. This is accomplished through extensive research conducted in the Asian market by creative founder Donwan Harrell, who has over 10 years experience in innovative denim design.

Brigitte Bardot eco-friendly bag

Brigitte Bardot eco-friendly bag

Brigitte Bardot goes NOHARM. The French handbag brand is launching the “Bardot,” an eco-friendly bag with 100% natural fabrics! The sixties icon participated in the creation of the bag that bares her name, which will hopefully become the new It-bag. I can’t wait to see it, the Bardot launches in June!

Brigitte Bardot naked

Alfred Dunhill Hong Kong Grand Opening

Alfred Dunhill Hong Kong Grand Opening

Last April 22nd, Alfred Dunhill welcomed the city’s sophisticates to the much-anticipated opening of the new Hong Kong Home. At this exclusive event, distinguished guests had a privileged first glimpse of what promises to be Hong Kong’s leading lifestyle destination.

Part of a unique global concept, the luxurious Homes of Alfred Dunhill enable customers to become part of the Alfred Dunhill legacy – to be invited ‘home’ as a welcome guest of the brand. Spread over three floors in the prestigious Prince’s Building, the new home offers a range of consummately British menswear and accoutrements.

It is also distinguished by unparalleled services that reflect the Alfred Dunhill commitment to distinction. These include a bespoke tailoring service, a fine wine reserve by Berry Bros & Rudd and Alfie’s restaurant and bar by KEE.

On this splendid evening, Mr Andrew Seaton, British Consul-General to Hong Kong & Macao, and his wife Mrs Seaton were invited to attend the grand opening cocktail party and made their special appearance alongside other prestigious guests including Mr & Mrs Christian & Maria Rhomberg, Ms Mara Rhomberg, Mr Andrew Yuen, Mrs Yvette Yuen, Mr Alan Chan, Ms Michelle Cheng, Ms Kay Li, Mr Gordon Lam, Mr Kevin Lam, Mrs Sabrina Lam, Dr Daniel Lee, Mr Kim Robinson, Mr Kyran Sze, Mr Albert Wong, Mr Charles Yang, Mr Harris Chan, Ms Marisa Zeman, Mr Jonathan Young, Ms Charlotte Chen, Mr Thierry Mandonnaud, and sons of Princess Annie, just to name a few.

Devoted supporters of Alfred Dunhill were also invited to share the joy of Alfred Dunhill’s spectacular grand opening cocktail party.

Renowned Taiwan artist Mr. Chun Wu was dressed in Alfred Dunhill’s latest collection; Best Actor of 29th Hong Kong Film Award Mr. Simon Yam appeared in Alfred Dunhill twill safari blazar, twill chino, pocket square, shagreen belt and cream brogues, together with his wife Mrs QiQi Yam who appeared in Chloe linen jacket with Swarovski paved lapel from Spring 10 collection; and famous local pop singer Mr. William Chan appeared in Alfred Dunhill grey marble short sleeve shirt with jeans and high top trainer.

Alfred Dunhill Menswear

Limited Edition New Balance M996 Trainers

Limited Edition New Balance M996 Trainers

The New Balance M996 has been reissued in limited production and will be available exclusively at Fred Segal in LA.

The classic heritage running sneaker from New Balance features all-over premium pigskin leather and most notably is made here in the U.S. at one of New Balance’s Maine factories.

The 996 was first introduced in 1988 and with an improved midsole, (utilizing the ENCAP® heel with a C-CAP midsole) was the best stability and cushioning combo to date. The 996 also featured the first use of 3M Scotchlight reflective trim for safer night time running by New Balance.

Only 47 pairs of the M996 will be available at Fred Segal (Santa Monica) beginning on May 13th.

On the same date and location, there will be a New Balance West Coast Release party for the New Balance Sonic collection.

Fred Segal
500 Broadway
Santa Monica, CA 90401
(310) 394 – 9814

Fred Segal in Los Angeles

Eva Green at Harrods

Eva Green at Harrods

Montblanc ambassador and actress Eva Green appeared at Harrods for the launch of Montblanc Meisterstück Diamond writing instrument (yes, that’s a pen) which will be exclusively available at Harrods for the month of May.

Mingling with guests and signing autographs, Eva Green introduced the Montblanc Meisterstück Diamond highlighting its timelessness of design and craftsmanship.

Hand-crafted in the best European tradition, the black precious resin writing instrument is adorned with platinum plated fittings and a handcrafted 14K gold nib with a rhodium-plated inlay.

The distinctive traditional white resin Montblanc star as the Montblanc emblem on the top of the writing instrument now shines as a beautiful diamond.

Over recent years, the Montblanc Diamond has become a favourite on the red carpet at award ceremonies, premieres and festivals all over the world.

Montblanc Meisterstück Diamond Pen

Christina Aguilera wears Agent Provocateur

Christina Aguilera wears Agent Provocateur

In her newly released video, “Not Myself Tonight”, Christina Aguilera wore Agent Provocateur’s Fonda Playsuit & pasties and the Kendtra Mac Jacket in pink.

Agent Provocateur believes that passion and intimacy should be indulged, and that exploring your inner desires and fantasies profoundly enriches your life.

Agent Provocateur lingerie is an opulent range of inspirational creations, designed to intensify life’s pleasures and unlock your innermost desires. Our elegant ranges, designed with both the boardroom and the boudoir in mind, ensure that women can be sexy and professional as the mood takes them.

Our bridal wear range will bring magic and passion to your nuptials, while our maternity range promises to keep you feeling beautiful and desirable. And, in our alluring swimwear collection you will find abundant appealing styles, daring you to choose between ingénue or temptress.

Christina Aguilera in underwear

Beyoncé – Why Don’t You Love Me

Beyoncé Returns to Denim Bootie Shorts for Her New Music Video. In a preview from her forthcoming release “Why Don’t You Love Me,” we see Beyoncé play a braless, tarty car mechanic. The Daisy Dukes style denim short shorts are probably less of a distraction than the hot little Triumph; who is clearly the star of the show.

American Apparel store on Broadway smashed

American Apparel store on Broadway smashed

On Saturday, vandals smashed the windows of the American Apparel store on Broadway, moving on to take out windows of the neighboring GNC and other stores. American Apparel sent around this photo of the group in action. Police arrested several involved in the attacks, which caused one American Apparel employee to break her arm. Following a similar attack on the Williamsburg American Apparel, Gothamist wonders if the window smashing is just an elaborate marketing campaign.

With so many anarchist attacks on the store lately, this latest by some marketable teen$, we wonder if this is just their new ad campaign. They told us the busted out windows will cost around $3,000 to replace … which has got to be cheaper than a billboard on Houston Street.

An American Apparel spokesman confirmed they are not putting employees, shoppers, and bystanders in harm’s way for the pure sake of exposure. He wrote in an e-mail statement:

Obviously American Apparel isn’t a stranger to this kind of vandalism, we went through it last year in DC for somewhat related reasons. So unfortunately this is very real and not an ad campaign – as the broken windows and broken arm of our employee can attest to.

The attacks in D.C. were a response to the “Legalize Gay” T-shirts on display in the store windows. And American Apparel, with their best-ass contest and everything, is probably the last store that needs to arrange for crazy new methods — like violence — of getting attention.

Legalise Gays