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October 2010

Ed Westwick wearing Burberry to Vogue’s London Emerging Designers Cocktail Party

Ed Westwick wearing Burberry to Vogue's London Emerging Designers Cocktail Party

Ed Westwick wearing Burberry to Vogue’s London Emerging Designers Cocktail Party. He posed solo, and also cuddled up to host Anna Wintour, Georgia May Jagger and designer Louise Gray. Ed’s been busy suiting up as Chuck Bass, but he’s also made time for dates with Jessica Szohr.

Edward “Ed” Westwick (born 27 June 1987) is an English actor and musician best known for his role as Chuck Bass in the main cast on the American television series Gossip Girl.

Anna Wintour



Raf Simons (born January 12th 1968) is a Belgian fashion designer. He studied Industrial design, but after a few years of self-study, he became a menswear designer in 1995. Initially, he worked with Walter Van Beirendonck in Paris, where he was exposed to the work of Martin Margiela and Jean-Paul Gaultier.

Blake Lively wearing Burberry

Blake Lively wearing Burberry

Blake Lively wearing Burberry!

Blake Lively has appeared on the cover of multiple mainstream magazines yearly. In 2007 the list includes Cosmo Girl (November). In 2008 the list includes; Lucky (January), Teen Vogue (March), NYLON (May; with Gossip Girl co-star Meester), Seventeen (August), Girls’ Life (August; with The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants co-stars Tamblyn, Bledel, and Ferrera), Vanity Fair (August; with Kristen Stewart, Amanda Seyfried and Emma Roberts) and Cosmopolitan (September). In 2009 the list includes Vogue (February cover), Allure (May), Rolling Stone (April), Glamour UK (August), Nylon (November) and Marie Claire (December). In January 2009, Lively was voted one of the top “35 Most Stylish Women To Look Out For” by Glamour UK. Lively was placed at #33 on the Maxim Hot 100 List in 2009, and number 5 in 2010.

Sexy Blake Lively

New Balance for J.Crew Trainers

New Balance for J.Crew Trainers

New Balance and J. Crew, two iconic American brands, join forces on a Made-in-USA sneaker collection for Holiday 2010.

Built on New Balance’s legendary 1400 lifestyle silhouette, the New Balance for J. Crew collection was designed, developed and made in New Balance’s Maine factory for the discerning male who appreciates classic styling. The combination of the classic sport styling of New Balance and the clean aesthetic of one of the country’s leading fashion lifestyle brands, J. Crew makes it a perfect collaboration.

The collection features two unique colorways of the 1400 sneaker in premium suedes, which were designed in tandem by J. Crew’s Head of Men’s Design, Frank Muytjens and New Balance. The first, a never-before-created navy and the second, a moss green. In addition, the shoes have domestically tanned leathers from premium made-in-USA partners in an on-going effort to support local American manufacturers.

The limited edition 1400s will be part of the exclusive line at the J.Crew Men’s Shop at The Liquor Store in Manhattan as well as the new J.Crew Men’s Shop in Copley Plaza, Boston starting early November 2010 and will retail for $130.00. They will also be available online at and sold in the J. Crew catalog.

The Holiday 2010 collection is the first of an ongoing partnership for the two brands. Stay tuned for more on this collaboration in 2011.

New Balance Sneakers J. Crew

K-Swiss – California Collections series

Jake Davis Test Shots: Brendon Babenzien from Jake Davis on Vimeo.

Series: K-Swiss
Featured: Brendon Babenzien

In recognition of K-Swiss’ West Coast heritage, K-Swiss has brought on the Creative Director of Supreme, Brendon Babenzien, to design a California Collections series.

Since 1966, K·Swiss has represented innovation, quality, performance and style. Its signature K-SWISS “CLASSIC,” the first leather tennis shoe, made its debut at Wimbledon in 1966, and more than 40 years later, is still a style staple both on and off the court. Today, K·Swiss’ premium sports heritage has expanded from tennis footwear, to also lifestyle, running, training, nautical, and free-running footwear that stands up to the performance demands of world-class athletes and trendsetters alike.

Puma Sportswear to Sue Greek Distributor

Puma to Sue Greek Distributor

German sporting goods maker Puma (PUMG.DE) said it would bring criminal charges against its partners in a Greek joint venture after discovering a swindle that could cost it as much as 130 million euros ($181 million).

Puma said on Monday it suspected that its “Greek joint venture partner, along with members of the Greek local management, has committed a series of criminal acts” based on the preliminary findings of an audit.

“This is about systematic evasion and embezzlement,” Puma Chief Executive Jochen Zeitz told Reuters in an interview.

He said it was not yet clear how much Puma would seek in damages from its partners, brothers Georgious Glou and Antonius Glou, who own 15 percent each of the Puma Hellas venture.

Officials at Glou, a non-listed Greek clothing retailer, declined to comment. The two brothers did not immediately return a phone call to their office seeking comment.

Greece is one of Puma’s 10 biggest European markets, with annual sales in the tens of millions of euros.

“In the long term, Greece is an important market for us,” Zeitz said, but added that Puma would shrink its Greek business — under new management — to reflect tough economic conditions in the southeastern European country.

Olivier Theyskens Is Theory’s New Artistic Director!

Olivier Theyskens Is Theory’s New Artistic Director!

After Nina Ricci let him go, it was anyone’s guess as to which label Olivier Theyskens would land at. Surely something so fancy and aspirational that it must only be worn in circles where the women would seem no less normal for preferring their heels without heels or their strawberries without seeds. But he just took a full-time job at the quintessential working-woman label: Theory! Theyskens previously signed a deal to design the Theyskens Theory label for the brand, which debuts for spring 2011, but will take over design for the entire label as artistic director beginning with the fall 2011 season. Theyskens’s position is a new one at the company, where he “is expected to give the purist label, which was instrumental in creating the contemporary field when it launched 13 years ago, a fashion jolt while still appealing to the existing Theory customer,” according to WWD. With any luck he’ll also become instrumental in moving corporate America away from nude panty hose.


With beer flowing as though it were on tap courtesy of our friends at Mountain Goat Breweries, and the release of the New Balance, Mita, and Hectic 10th anniversary MT580 to coincide, it was definitely a party to remember.

Here’s the official event recap of the night courtesy of the crew over at Story Arc Productions.

A special thanks to our sponsors over at New Balance, Sneaker Freaker, Mountain Goat, all of the entertainment from Arks, Big Bubba, Sampology, Steezy, and to all that came out for the night to support and share the moment as we opened our doors.

KU AMBIANCE Store in Germany

KU AMBIANCE Store in Germany

World renowned KU AMBIANCE Brand arrives in Germany.


For over 20 years, the designers at Ku Ambiance have been illuminating the intersections between Japan, America, and Europe. And since 2000, with the start of a new millennium it has been of growing interest to see how the most traditional Japanese arts and crafts—many with traditions of hundreds of years behind them—will fare in the new century.

KU Store Germany

These traditional arts all value the “hand-made” as a primary and naturally good value. At a time when most people experience only machine-made goods often composed of plastic or other artificial materials, to encounter a hand-made object made of natural materials and lovingly shaped by a master artist can be a sublime and humbling experience.

In Japan, the work of master craftspeople is the pinnacle of aesthetic achievement, and the work ethic of countless hours spent on achieving the “mastery” of craft can be daunting to outsiders. Many of the artists we feature in this book spent decades learning and developing their craft. Some had apprenticeships that lasted twenty years or more. Some practice arts or skills virtually unknown outside Japan, and not fully appreciated except by collectors in-the-know. And some of these artists now find themselves re-inventing while still venerating family traditions of art-manufacture that go back over 400 years.

KU Clothes

Nous Sommes x Terry Richardson

Nous Sommes x Terry Richardson

Nous Sommes have made a bunch of pendants shaped as famous people’s punims. They are black, gold and pewter-look. The big deal is that this moi is perplexed: is Terry Richardson’s face as iconic as Marylin Monroe’s, Grace Jones’s or Michael Jackson’s?

Nous Sommes

Levi’s And Pendleton Woolen Mills Join Hands

Levi's And Pendleton Woolen Mills Join Hands

Pendleton Woolen Mills, the brand known for its Navajo and ethnic print fabric, is collaborating with Levi’s to release a line of Native American-inspired jacquard prints.

The collection will incorporate the red, blue and gold prints on wool linings or accents on a blanket, two men’s trucker jackets, a men’s work shirt, two women’s trucker jackets and a women’s cape.

“We’ve used blanket linings forever, which Pendleton is known for, so this collaboration is such a no-brainer I couldn’t believe it wasn’t done long ago,” said Carl Chiara, director of concepts and special projects for the Levi’s brand.

Prices range from $118 to $198 on the collection that will be available in stores next month.

Georgia May Jagger Through the Eyes of Hedi Slimane

Georgia May Jagger Through the Eyes of Hedi Slimane

Hedi Slimane and Georgia May Jagger first met in 2007 at Fourchette, Mick Jagger’s French residence. Hedi photographed her then, capturing her youthful glamour and elegance.

Three years would pass before the two will reconnect. This time, it was in New York. Under the auspices of Harper’s Bazaar, Hedi filmed Georgia May Jagger last September in black and white and thus evoking the glamorous heritage of Georgia May Jagger, the legacy of her parents – Mick Jagger and Jerry Hall.

The music is by the British band, Egyptian Hip Hop which Hedi introduced last July in his Rock Diary.

The band is precisely Georgia’s age and generation. The entire EEH song has been on Noise, (playlist on since July.

Aspiring Japanese designers urged to look to home, China

Aspiring Japanese designers urged to look to home, China

Young Japanese designers are being urged to aim for success at home as a way of opening the door to one of the world’s biggest potential markets — China.

While Japanese designers like Issey Miyake, Yohji Yamamoto and Comme des Garcons’ Rei Kawakubo reigned strong in the 1970s and 1980s, hopeful young successors today are struggling to make themselves known, particularly in an ailing economy.

But veteran designer Hiroko Koshino, who recently presented her latest collection in Paris and has shown in Rome, Paris, and Shanghai as well as Tokyo, said local designers should get known at home first before setting their sights overseas.

“If a Japanese designer were to succeed in attracting a Japanese market, it will definitely open up a huge opportunity towards the foreign market,” she told Reuters Television at the start of Japan Fashion Week on Monday.

“China is now an important market, so it’s extremely crucial for designers to gain an absolute popularity in Japan since Chinese people love to buy what’s new and popular in Japan.”

Koshino, long known for work inspired by calligraphy and traditional Japanese art, looked to Asia for her spring/summer 2011 Tokyo collection titled “The Far East,” making use of ideas of colourful dyeing from Vietnam as well as from ancient China.

“I used a lot of patterns using Japanese ink or ‘sumi,’ which is a distinctive art style of the East. The Tokyo collection is based on my art and I really focused on the textiles when making the collection,” she said.

With Japan’s economy flagging, Japanese merchants of items ranging from luxury goods to electronics have been pinning their hopes on Chinese shoppers, boosted by a recent change in visa regulations that opened up travel to Japan for middle class Chinese.

Upscale Japanese jeweller Mikimoto & Co saw sales to Chinese customers at its flagship store in the ritzy Ginza shopping area triple in February from a year earlier.

Stores in the electronics mecca of Akihabara have hired Chinese-speaking staff and earlier this year held special sales aimed at tourists during the Chinese New Year.

Although a recent diplomatic spat between Japan and China may have dented travel numbers, Japan’s National Tourism Organization still projects that the number of visitors from China will reach a record 1.5 million this year.

(Writing by Elaine Lies; editing by Belinda Goldsmith)

Ralph Lauren Honored with Key to New York City

Ralph Lauren Honored with Key to New York City

During the medieval times, the practice of presenting a key to an individual was a great honor, as it symbolized free entry to a city usually surrounded by walls and guarded by watch towers.

The walls and watch towers might just be footnotes in history today, but the honor of receiving a key to a city lives on. And today, Ralph Lauren, founder and patriarch of Polo Ralph Lauren received that honor as Mayor Michael Bloomberg presented the famed designer with a key to New York City.

With Jessica & Jerry Seinfeld, Martha Stewart, Charlie Rose, Vera Wang, Graydon & Ana Carter, Candice Bergen & Marshall Rose, Former Mayor Dinkins, Diana Taylor, Patti Harris, Arthur Sulzberger, Mike Gould, Terry Lundgren, Terry Semel, Robert Rubin, Jon Tisch and Sandy Weill in attendance, Ralph Lauren received the Key to the City of New York from Mayor Bloomberg at the newest Ralph Lauren Women’s store at 888 Madison Avenue.

First given in 1702, the Key to the City of New York is presented to distinguished persons for outstanding civic contributions.

Past recipients of the Key to the City include winners of the New York City marathon, Olympic Gold medal winners Sarah Hughes and Jimmy Shea, Mets pitcher John Franco, Yankees pitchers David Cone and David Wells, the Dalai Lama, Nelson Mandela, Pope John Paul II, Mikhail Gorbachev, Mother Theresa and the 1980 US Olympic Hockey team.

With 22,000 square feet of retail space, the Ralph Lauren Women’s store in Madison Avenue and 72nd Street is the brand’s largest women’s store and offers several firsts – a lingerie line, fine jewelry and made-to-order suits for women.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg

Esquire meets Thom Browne

Thom Browne, of the short trousers fame, is on a bit of a roll. Not only have his last few impeccably tailored, eponymous collections gone down a storm, he’s also taken over the helm at Moncler Gamme Bleu and he’s about to launch his first ever womenswear collection.

Browne, in short, is hot fashion property. It was only natural then, that we took time out to meet the man himself on his recent trip to London.

Charming, dapper and teeny tiny, the man singlehandedly responsible for freezing ankles around the world was everything we’d hoped for and more. Watch our interview with him to find out what’s next for the current king of fashion, and why his clothes are just so pricey.

Donna Air and Douglas Booth – Burberry Winter Storms!

Douglas Booth wearing Burberry at the Burberry Prorsum Spring Summer 2011 Womenswear Show

Celebrities wearing Winter Storms. Burberry Winter Storms is a capsule collection within the Burberry London collection.

Donna Air and Alexa Chung wearing Burberry Winter Storms accessories and Douglas Booth wearing Burberry Winter Storms T-shirt.

Douglas Booth wearing Burberry at the Burberry Prorsum Spring Summer 2011 Womenswear Show

Donna Air wearing Burberry at the Burberry Prorsum Spring Summer 2011 Womenswear Show

Donna Air wearing Burberry at the Burberry Prorsum Spring Summer 2011 Womenswear Show.

Burberry Winter Storms

Burberry Winter Storms

Burberry Winter Storms is a capsule collection within the Burberry London collection. Capsule collection with ready to wear for men, women and children including trench coats, outerwear, denim and knitwear. Accessories including bags, scarves, umbrellas, eyewear and timepieces also feature

Detailing in the collection includes Burberry black and white mega check, studs, zips and leather straps. Colour palette: Black, white, grey, stormy white, dark nickel metal.

Burberry Winter Jacket

Ralph Lauren – Pink Pony Walk

Ralph Lauren - Pink Pony Walk

“Keep up with Ralph Lauren,” a senior Polo Ralph Lauren staffer announced. “He will lead the walk.”

That was the mantra early Wednesday morning, when Lauren assembled a few hundred members of his staff at Manhattan’s Grand Army Plaza to kick off the company’s annual Pink Pony Walk, snaking through Central Park for nearly two miles.

Lauren just marked the 10th anniversary of the charitable program, which he launched to raise cancer awareness and support programs for cancer screening, early diagnosis, treatment, research and patient navigation. That morning, the designer recalled his impetus for his campaign to fight cancer. In the late Eighties, then-Washington Post fashion editor Nina Hyde approached Lauren after she was diagnosed with breast cancer. Vowing to help, he has since worked on multiple initiatives to raise awareness and funds to combat cancer, and that spirit has permeated the culture of the company. On Wednesday, his staff, including Buffy Birrittella, Wayne Meichner, Charles Fagan and Bette-Ann Gwathmey, turned out in force. They were all dressed for the walk head-to-toe in black, accentuated only by the Pink Pony motif on the special black T-shirts Lauren created for the walk. Employees outside of New York were walking too. “In Geneva, Hong Kong, Japan and London, our colleagues will walk in the days to come,” Lauren said.

As part of the milestone, Polo teamed with for an online Pink Pony auction featuring such lots as a three-night stay at the Round Hill Resort in Montego Bay, Jamaica; a Paris weekend with dinner at the Ralph’s restaurant; tickets to a Miami Heat game and the chance to meet LeBron James; a CNN Studio tour with Anderson Cooper, and a chance to play polo in Palm Beach with Nacho Figueras. Net proceeds of the auction, which ends Oct. 21, will benefit the Pink Pony Fund. “The goal is $1 million,” said David Lauren, senior vice president of advertising, marketing and corporate communications.


by R+I creative

INFLUENCERS is a short documentary that explores what it means to be an influencer and how trends & creativity become contagious today in music and fashion.

Directed by Paul Rojanathara and Davis Johnson, the film is a Polaroid snapshot of New York influential creatives (advertising, design, fashion and entertainment) who are shaping today’s pop culture.


Stussy x NEIGHBORHOOD – Boneyards II: Conspiracy with Trevelen

Trevelen from SuperCo explains the engineering innovations during the 1950s by a group of bike builders from East LA that inspired Boneyards II: Conspiracy.

Stussy has collaborated with Japanese fashion brand NEIGHBORHOOD for the second installment of Boneyards, entitled “Conspiracy.” Inspired by East LA motorcycle clubs of the 50’s-70’s, this year’s collection includes a limited edition Levi’s trucker jacket and signature NEIGHBORHOOD denim. Boneyards, named after a secret surf spot in San Pedro, California, is a partnership between the two brands that started with the release of the initial Boneyards collection in the summer of 2008. In addition to the clothing, there will be a limited edition ‘zine containing photos, interviews and artwork relating to the project. The second group of Boneyards II: Conspiracy product will be released on Friday, October 8th at and Stussy chapter stores.

New York Vegan Fashion Show featuring NOHARM

New York Vegan Fashion Show featuring NOHARM

Albany Vegetarian Network Inc.’s Photos – 2010 Veg Expo & Fashion Show featuring NOHARM.

Since 2004, USA/UK-based NOHARM has combined high fashion and eye-catching aesthetics with a bold and inspiring set of ethics that guides its operations, materials sourcing, and production processes. The Company’s shoes are certified as fully vegan by the Vegan Society, completely cruelty-free, and hand-crafted in Italy by manufacturers that do not use child labor or worker exploitation.

The Albany Vegetarian Network Inc. is a not-for-profit organization comprised of dedicated volunteers. Our goal is to promote the global health benefits of green sustainable living, environmental awareness, compassion for animals and all beings and to highlight their relationship to a vegetarian/vegan lifestyle.

NOHARM Ethical Clothing

1st Photo Credit
Alanna Facchin
Like Tidal Water

Duran Duran x Fendi O

Duran Duran x Fendi O’

Duran Duran rocked a crowd of hundreds who gathered Sunday night at the Fendi O’ extravaganza to fete Fan di Fendi, the new women’s fragrance. The Eighties super group played hits such as “Notorious,” “Girls on Film” and “Rio” to adoring fans, who included the likes of Karl Lagerfeld, who said he’d been following the band “since the beginning.” Alber Elbaz is a big admirer, too. “I love them,” he gushed. Meanwhile, Audrey Marnay said she’s the new face of the Longchamp brand. After making her way down the glitter-strewn carpet, Nora Arnezeder said her next film, “La Croisière,” is due out in April. In the comedy, she plays a kleptomaniac. Arnezeder is also working on an album, but don’t expect its release anytime soon. “I want to take my time,” she said. Other partygoers included Lou Doillon, Noémie Lenoir, Shingai Shoniwa (who changed her outfit half-way through) and Jade Jagger. via WWD.

Alber Elbaz

The Windmill Club AW 2010

The Windmill Club AW 2010

The Windmill Club launch their latest collection with this short video. The accessories brand was conceived by recent Harvard graduate Kevin Burrows as they specialize in bowties and neckties.

Brandon Roots

Kevin Burrows

Llamabeats –

Liverpool Fashion Week

Liverpool Fashion Week

Liverpool Fashion Week kick starts this month with a host of high street brands such as John Lewis, Next, Matalan, New Look, Wallis, Dorothy Perkins, Miss Selfridge and Evans showcasing their A/W 10/11 collections alongside independent design boutiques and online stores.

Fashion Week in Liverpool is sponsored by Thornton Hall Hotel and Spa who will be offering spa treatments during the week, alongside the Moroccan themed boutique fair. Other sponsors include The Lip Doctor, Southport New Pleasureland and Hed Kandi.

Dubbed the hottest runway event that the north west has ever seen, guests can expect celebrities, fashion, music, dance and singing as well as shopping all rolled into one. The event is organised by Lifestyle Monthly magazine, the region’s longest running free glossy magazine, and is media partners with Radio City 96.7 FM.

Reality star Kerry Katona will open the Liverpool Fashion Week on Tuesday 19 October where there will be performances from Liverpool girl band Estralla and dance troupe and Britain’s Got Talent finalists Nemesis, who will perform their debut single during the week long fashion festival.

Fashion Week takes place at Bambooo in Duke Street Liverpool from the 19th – 23rd October 2010.

LRG Clothing: Holiday 2010

LRG Presents: Holiday 2010

LRG is proud to announce the new Holiday 2010 line. This season we are bringing you 9 individual themes spread through two deliveries for limitless styles to keep you looking winter-fresh all throughout the holidays . The first delivery is available and in stores now.

The video features LRG Skate Team Riders: Kelly Hart & Jack Curtin. LRG Snow Team Riders: John Jackson, Justin Bennee & Chris Grenier. Musicians: TimBuck2 & Outasight

Native Shoes presents Les Pieds en Paris

Native Shoes presents Les Pieds en Paris

As part of Native Shoes’s ongoing promotion efforts for their fall / winter 2010 line, they’ve filmed Les Pieds en Paris.

Native Shoes was founded in 2009 with a collection of good looking EVA footwear. “As the collection grows the vision always remains: lightweight and iconic footwear for now — and for the future.”

Cavalli’s 40th Anniversary Bash in Paris

Cavalli's 40th Anniversary Bash in Paris

“Happy birthday, Mister Cavalli!” trilled Kylie Minogue from the stage inside the Fine Arts School in Paris, which Roberto Cavalli had transformed into a luxe lounge, complete with animal-print banquettes, for his 40th anniversary bash. “Are you jealous?” the Italian designer teased guests as he jumped onstage and wrapped his arm around the Australian pop singer’s waist, before cutting a giant birthday cake with Heidi Klum. Guests including Janet Jackson, accompanied by her billionaire boyfriend Wissam Al Mana, Tyra Banks, Bianca Jagger, Leona Lewis, Aishwarya Rai and Rachel Bilson gathered for the event, which also featured a performance by dancers from the Crazy Horse cabaret.

Taylor Swift said her new album, “Speak Now,” is coming out Oct. 25. “Twenty-six days left and counting,” she mused. “I’ve been daydreaming about what people think of my new music.” Bryan Ferry said the Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott photos plastering the entrance to the venue would make a perfect Roxy Music album cover. “They are lovely pictures, but our new one is as well,” he said, referring to the portrait of Kate Moss that’s on the cover of his new album, “Olympia,” due out in late October. Klum said she was gearing up for the launch on Oct. 7 of her activewear collection for New Balance, to be sold exclusively on Craig David revealed that in addition to working on his new album, due out next March, he was testing his acting skills in a TV miniseries set in Miami. Meanwhile, Jenson Button was enjoying life in the fast lane. While he might be lagging in the Formula One championship, Button’s still the boss — Hugo, that is. “I can’t wear Roberto Cavalli’s men’s wear because I’m sponsored by Hugo Boss,” he said. via WWD

Rick Owens Coat

Photo credits: Stephane Feugere and Dominique Maitre