Chanel and Pharrell debut exclusive sneaker

The world's most exclusive sneaker is here courtesy of Karl Lagerfeld, Pharrell Williams and Adidas Originals. The 1000 euros sneaker made its debut last night at Colette at a party celebrating Chanel's takeover of Colette. The sneakers are part of Pharrell's ongoing collaboraiton with Adidas.

The sneaker has arguably taken exclusivity to an entirely new level. There are only 500 pairs available, and 120,000 pre-registered to buy them. The resale value shot up to 32,000 dollars after the pre-registration period.

Pharrell's Chanel sneakers limited to only 500 pairs

“Officially, it’s the first time to my knowledge that the Chanel name has appeared on a product made by another brand, so it’s true that this makes it something very special,” said Sarah Andelman, creative director and purchasing manager at Colette to WWD.

500 people will be selected by a bailiff, and they will receive confirmation e-mails on how to purchase on Thursday. Williams has said he expects the resale value of the sneakers to go up to 40,000 dollars. Any merchandise affiliated with him is known to resell for multiple times its value. For example, his recent Adidas collaboration with N.E.R.D. is now going for up to 10,000 dollars.

This collaboration also has a philanthropic twist to it. Williams and Chanel plan on donating the profits to the Chanel Foundation, which aims to support women's empowerment throughout the world.

The collaboration is historic in that it is one of the last Colette will ever see. The famed department store is scheduled to close on December 20.

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Make Smthng weeks rejects consumerism promoted by Black Friday

London - With Black Friday only two days away, retailers promotional discounts and sales are at the front and centre of all attention across high street and shopping centres. However, some organizations and brands are taking a stand against Black Friday by promoting other values and offering alternatives to the sale shopping day. Fashion Revolution, the non-profit behind the global movement ‘Who Made Your Clothes’ has teamed up with Greenpeace to launch Make Something week (Make Smthng), an initiative created to encourage consumers to buy less and make more.

Running global from December 2 to December 10, Make Something week follows on from Singles, Black Friday and Cyber Monday. The movement aims to encourage consumers to take a stand against over-consumption while enjoying the products they already own by mending, sharing, swapping, transforming repairing or even creating new ones. "Singles Day, Black Friday, Cyber Monday and other shopping days have become major peaks of consumerism. This shopping binge also generates greater volumes of waste than ever. This dangerous trend is harming our planet. We buy without thinking for a minute, but the waste we create will sometimes last for centuries,” said Chiara Campione, Greenpeace Italy global project leader of Make Smthng Week.

Make Smthng weeks rejects consumerism promoted by Black Friday

"We have been tricked into thinking happiness comes from what we buy, when we know that true happiness comes from what we can create. Making fantastic creations out of things that we already own is much more fun, creative and social than buying stuff.” Numerous events are set to take place around the world to promote this concept in cities including Brighton, Milan, Berlin, and Helsinki. Fashion Revolution will also be hosting a Disco Make at the Mercato Metropolitano on December 5 in London, which will include a series of events focusing on styling and upcycling second-hand clothes.

Alternatively, consumers are encouraged to create their own workshop or event for Make Smthng week, join the movement online and share their experience at makesmthng.org. “Reintroducing creativity, crafts, and emotions in our relationship with clothes is a brilliant way to take action,” added Orsola De Castro, Founder of Fashion Revolution. “After all, our wardrobes are a part of the fashion supply chain, and our choices can have a huge effect in making things better, for people and planet. We are producing over 100 billion garments x year, and wearing just a fraction of that. How much more stuff do we need? Time to care for the things we already own. Long Live My Clothes!"

Photos: © Greenpeace / Wendi Wu

Matchesfashion wins top prize at Walpole luxury awards

Walpole, the luxury trade body that represents some of Britain’s best-known luxury brands, has crowned Matchesfashion.com as British Luxury Brand of the Year at the 2017 Walpole British Luxury Awards held this week in London.

Matchesfashion were up against tough competition in luxury department store Harrods and Farfetch, which went onto pick up the best in Digital honour, beating Yoox Net-a-Porter and Charlotte Tilbury, in the 16th annual Walpole British Luxury Awards that celebrates the success of exceptional brands, experiences and individuals that make British luxury the world leader it is today.

Walpole’s chief executive, Helen Brocklebank said: “It’s never been more important to recognise the towering contribution British luxury makes to the UK. The brands and individuals we celebrate tonight add to the cultural and economic richness of the British Isles through regional job creation; the simultaneous preservation of, and innovation in, making and manufacturing skills; a strong focus on export and, of course, their overriding creativity, artistry and passion.”

Matchesfashion wins top prize at Walpole luxury awards

Gucci, Farfetch and Matchesfashion win Walpole awards

There was also honours for Gucci, which scooped the International Luxury Brand of the Year award, in a category that had Louis Vuitton, Ralph Lauren, Cartier, and Estée Lauder shortlisted.

Other winners included Johnstons of Elgin, who were awarded with the Commitment to British Manufacturing, while new Innovation and Creative award went to the Kingsman and Mr Porter collaboration, and Chatsworth House won the Walpole Award for Cultural Experience for its ‘House Style’ exhibition examining the history of fashion in English aristocracy in collaboration with Gucci.

Recognising Walpole’s 10-year long commitment to nurturing the next generation of British luxury brands, the Brands of Tomorrow Award for Emerging Talent was presented to House of Hackney, Aurelia Probiotic Skincare,Seedlip and Tom Raffield, which were all identified by the judging panel as new British brands with the “potential for success on a global scale”.

Author, fashion writer and editor-in-chief of Harper’s Bazaar and Town and Country, Justine Picardie was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award as Harper’s celebrates its 150th birthday and Imran Amed, was awarded the Leader in Luxury for his advocacy of British fashion and luxury though the industry-leading Business of Fashion, which he is the founder and editor-in-chief, while the visionary designer, craftsman and furniture maker, Mark Wilkinson, was posthumously awarded the Walpole Honour.

There were also awards for Land Rover, who won the Export Excellence award, while Bentley were named Luxury Maker of the Year, and Glenmorangie were awarded with Luxury with a Heart accolade.

Matchesfashion wins top prize at Walpole luxury awards

Winners were selected by an expert panel of judges from the luxury industry led by Michael Ward, managing director of Harrods and Walpole’s Chairman; Gillian de Bono, editor of FT How to Spend It; Hannah Rothschild, chair of The National Gallery’s Board of Trustees; Stefan Sielaff, design director at Bentley; Marcus Wareing, chef patron of two-Michelin starred Marcus; Henrietta Jowitt, deputy director general, CBI; and Tim Delaney, chairman of Leagas Delaney.

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Aella is moving forward with a new experimental service. The elevated womenswear brand just introduced new styles of pants for every body type.

The brand includes five styles including trousers, skinny pants, flared pants, and more. The line ranges in price from approximately 40 to 200 dollars for pants and tops. The new service allows Aella customers to try on a second size for free and return the other pair for free. Customers can return the unwanted size in a prepaid envelope, leaving themselves with the correct pair. The brand is also introducing a new questionnaire for customers to fill out in order to help stylists find their correct size. The questionnaire also lets stylists find the right style for each customer creating a personal experience.

In the past, Aella has opened a pop-up at Bloomingdales in New York as well as held a collective of minimalist, elevated fashion shops. The modern womenswear brand has continued to empower women with its sophisticated, comfortable clothing. Combining both luxury and practicality, the brand was founded in South Gate, California. Since its establishment in 2012, the brand has expanded through its pop-ups as well as through its online shop. Moving forward, it seems that Aella is changing the way customers buy clothing through this new, hassle-free try-on service.

Fashion is a year round endeavor, so fall/winter and spring/summer aren't enough for brands anymore. Pre-collections, including resort and pre-fall, have become key components of many brands business models. Designer Alexandre Mattiusi of AMI wasn't going to let himself miss out on his piece of the marketshare.

After seven years of designing his eponymous namesake label, the designer has announced he will be introducing pre-collection which launch mid-May of next year and will include staples like outerwear and jersey fabric pieces.

AMI has been seeing impressive growth and a growing customer base. The brand currently counts a total of six stores, including locations in Paris, Tokyo, Hong Kong, London and a new section in Galeries Lafayette set to open this spring.

While the brand hasn't opened a U.S. store yet, the country currently represents their second largest market in terms of sales for their e-commerce site. Mattiusi has declined to disclose specific sales figures.

Aquazzura and Mytheresa.com launch capsule collection

Aquazzura and Mytheresa.com are going for the gold. The two companies have teamed up for a limited-edition capsule collection called "Woman in Gold."

The five piece-capsule collection is inspired Austrian artist Gutav Klimt's painting "The Lady in Gold." Obviously, the collection is heavy on gold colors and accents. Gold jacquard patterns and gold velvet are signature details of the collaboration.

Styles include high-heels, sandals, booties, block mid-heeled ankle boots, powderpuff sling back pumps and flat slippers in gold velvet. The collection officially launches tomorrow on Mytheresa.com Price points for the collection range from 585 dollars to 1332 dollars.

Aquazzura has managed to carve out its niche in the luxury market very well. The company's annual revenues are now over 22 million dollars, and counts over 350 stockists internationally. Mytheresa.com's strong presence in Germany will help boost their presence there and gain influence among German luxury customers.

Draper James partners with SCAD students for capsule collection

London - Draper James, the fashion and lifestyle brans launched by Reese Witherspoon, is set to team up with the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) to create a limited edition capsule collection.

Selected students from SCAD's fashion program will design a "Mommy + Me" capsule range for Draper James spring line, which will be unveiled at SCAD FASHWKND, the university's annual celebration, in May 2018. "SCAD and Draper James belong together! I really admire the depth and breadth of Reese's accomplishments in film and fashion. Her Draper James line is smart and chic, suffused with Southern charm — just like SCAD!" said SCAD president and founder Paula Wallace.

"This partnership with Draper James is a dream for our students, who study within the world's preeminent School of Fashion. Every day these SCAD students manifest their dreams, just as Reese has done with her elegant, up-for-any-occasion brand." The project aims to connect students from SCAD degree programs in fashion, accessory design, graphic design, fashion marketing and management as well as fibres with the brand's design team to create a ready-to-wear collection. After the collection is unveiled at SCAD FASHWKND the capsule collection will launch for sale at draperjames.com.

In addition to launching a collaborative collection, SCAD is also set to honour Witherspoon with its prestigious SCAD Étoile award. The award will be presented in recognition of the brand's unique contributions to fashion, design and culture at the SCADshow theatre in Atlanta during an event on November 30. The move sees Witherspoon joining the likes of other fashion designers SCAD has honoured, such as Vivienne Westwood, Oscar de la Renta, Karl Lagerfeld, Tom Ford, Vera Wang, Diane von Furstenberg, and Carolina Herrera.

"I'm so incredibly honoured to receive the SCAD Étoile award and thrilled to be partnering with such a gifted and respected institution," said Witherspoon, the founder and creative director of Draper James. "I founded Draper James in order to showcase the originality and beauty of the South, and I'm thrilled it resonates so well with the emerging talent SCAD is known for around the world,"

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China's internet saw an outpouring of support on Tuesday for model Ming Xi, who apologised to the country for tripping on the catwalk of the first-ever Victoria's Secret fashion show held in her country.

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Xi, who was born Xi Mengyao, went down after stepping on the train of her flowing costume during the show in her hometown Shanghai. The spotlight was on participants like Xi after Victoria's Secret chose a record seven Chinese-origin models for the annual show -- which is broadcast in over 190 countries -- as it seeks to break into the country's growing lingerie market.

But Xi was the only one of the 55 models in the show to suffer the occupational hazard of falling on the catwalk, in what quickly became one of the top-trending items on China's Twitter-like Weibo. "I'm sorry to let everyone down. Thanks for everyone's concern," Xi, 28, said on Weibo.

"As a model for seven years, I have fallen on this road many times, but I know no matter how painful it is, I must stand and finish." "The future road is long. I will always continue walking." Chinese netizens praised Xi for getting up, straightening the elaborate floral-themed decorative frame on her back and finishing her walk. "My heart broke watching that. But Ming is still pretty! Go girl!" said one of thousands of Weibo comments.

Supermodel Karlie Kloss chimed in on Xi's feed. "You handled that with such grace and elegance. Sometimes you trip and fall but it's how you get back up that matters, and you got up like a champ and owned it. Love you Ming!" Kloss said. The racy exhibition of skimpy bras and panties, now in its 23rd year, was recorded Monday but airs globally on November 28.

The run-up was overshadowed by bad press including the withdrawal of top US model Gigi Hadid on Friday. Hadid gave no reason, but she had been harshly attacked by Chinese internet users over a video clip showing her squinting her eyes next to a Buddha image, an act construed by critics as racist.

US media also reported that singer Katy Perry was expected to perform but was denied a Chinese visa. The reports suggested China was upset that Perry had previously draped herself in the flag of diplomatic rival Taiwan and performed in colours implying support for those on the island opposing closer relations with China. (AFP)

Victoria's Secret Show stumbles across the line in China

The glitzy Victoria's Secret fashion show stumbled across the finish line Monday night in its first-ever China staging after a run-up marred by setbacks and reports of political interference by Beijing.

Models breezed down the catwalk sporting elaborate feathered wings and billowing trains as the US brand held the racy show in Shanghai in hopes of making a splash in the country's growing lingerie market to offset declining American profits.

But the show, now in its 23rd year, suffered a blow when top US model Gigi Hadid announced Friday she was withdrawing. She gave no reason for the decision but it came after Chinese internet users savaged the 22-year-old over a video clip showing her squinting her eyes in an apparently derogatory facial expression.

US media also reported that singer Katy Perry was expected to headline the musical acts but was denied a visa by China. Instead, England's Harry Styles led the way. The reports suggested that China was upset that Perry had previously draped herself in the flag of diplomatic rival Taiwan and performed in colours implying support for those on the island opposing closer relations with China.

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Neither Perry, Victoria's Secret, nor China's government have confirmed the reports but the state-aligned Global Times suggested in an editorial Sunday that Hadid and Perry had "dropped a stone" on their own feet.

"Payback was unavoidable. Those who are serious about developing careers in the Chinese market can draw lessons from this case and learn to abide by the rules in China," it said.

Tripped up

The stumbles continued Monday night at Shanghai's Mercedes-Benz arena, whose exterior was bathed in garish pink. A system breakdown slowed the entry of the thousands of invited guests, delaying the show's start, and the Chinese crowd largely resisted entreaties to show much enthusiasm.

According to reports, as part of its China charm offensive Victoria's Secret selected a record seven Chinese women to be among the 55 models. But one of them, Ming Xi, tripped on her costume and went down hard on the catwalk, triggering an outpouring of sympathy on the Chinese internet.

The scene is certain to be excised when the edited production airs in more than 190 countries on November 28. Earlier during make-up, China's top model Liu Wen, a veteran of several Victoria's Secret shows, told AFP that Monday's version was "even more special" to her this year because it was held at home.

"We can be thankful that China is such a big market, so there could be so many Chinese faces appearing. So personally I feel proud of my own country," Liu, 29, said. Victoria's Secret is hoping to win a slice of that market, opening its first two super-stores in China this year, in Shanghai and Chengdu.

The company's US sales have sagged, with analysts blaming its slow-footed response to a trend away from constructed bras towards more comfortable intimate wear. Victoria's Secret is banking on its name recognition and on top models like Adriana Lima and her Chinese counterparts winning over women in China who are increasingly interested in expressing their sexuality, say social and fashion analysts.

Lingerie is one of the fastest-growing segments in Chinese women's apparel, according to market-intelligence firm Mintel. Mintel predicts it will grow to 148 billion yuan (22 billion dollars) by 2020, up 32 percent from 2015 numbers. The show's priciest piece of lingerie was the annual "Fantasy Bra".

This year's version, worn by Brazil's Lais Ribeiro, was a 2 million US dollar creation by Swiss-based luxury-goods company Mouawad, studded with nearly 6,000 gemstones. Matthew Crabbe, Mintel's regional trends director, said the fashion show was "a great way to raise consumer awareness".

But he added that Victoria's Secret was entering "a tough retail market with many competitors", both foreign and domestic. US fashion media have also run unconfirmed reports that three Russian and one Ukrainian model were denied visas. (AFP)

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Extended sizing retailer KingSize just announced a new partnership. The menswear company will be working with Copper Fit in order to offer extended sizes 2XL-5XL. The new partnership pis a way to bring awareness to the emerging plus-size side of the fashion industry.

"Men of every size should have access to quality compression products. We are proud of the affiliation with KingSize, and pleased to support all shapes and sizes in their pursuit of living limitless," said Andy Khubani, chief executive officer of Copper Fit.

The exclusive extended sizes of the Copper Fit product will be target at men who are looking for both support and relief from their fashion purchases. The Copper Fit compressions sleeves are designed for performance wear. The material includes anti-bacterial, anti-odor properties, and more.

"Acceptance and growth of plus-size fashion has been monumental in the past few years. We want to bring that same inclusivity and acceptance to men who still struggle with a lack of larger options and sizes in traditional retail," said David Reinke, senior vice president and general brand manager of KingSize