ELLIE GOULDING DRIVES NEW RANGE ROVER VELAR IN NEW YORK

 The new Range Rover Velar made a spectacular US debut with an exclusive live online performance from Ellie Goulding. The chart-topping singer’s New York show precedes a charity auction of the hotly anticipated new mid-size SUV at the East Side House Settlement Annual Gala later this week.

Goulding brought a touch of British glamour to the Velar’s US launch party when she arrived in Manhattan – the Metropolitan home of Range Rover – to be the first person to drive the new Velar and to sing for a global online audience. Her performance of ‘Love Me Like You Do’ opened the reveal event and was shown live on her Facebook page.

Ellie said: “I have always been a big Range Rover fan and it was a pleasure to be a part of its launch here in the US. Even more rewarding to be supporting a local charity that improves over 10,000 lives every year in one of my favourite cities.” 

A Range Rover Velar will be auctioned at the East Side House Settlement charity gala, a preview of the 2017 New York International Auto Show, at the Jacob Javits Center on Thursday 13 April. The winning bidder will be among the first customers in the world to take delivery of the highly coveted new vehicle. New York remains the world’s biggest Range Rover market.

Proceeds from the gala will benefit the East Side House Settlement, a non-profit organisation providing education and social services in the Bronx and north Manhattan.

Designed to fill the white space between the Range Rover Evoque and the Range Rover Sport, Velar brings unprecedented glamour, modernity and elegance to the Range Rover family. A vehicle that has emotionally charged DNA and unquestionable pedigree, it’s the first of its kind.

Gerry McGovern, Land Rover Chief Design Officer, said: “Velar is now the compelling, stand-out design in the class, showcasing perfectly optimised volume, powerful, taut surfaces and a stunning silhouette.”

Velar continues Range Rover’s history of innovation, incorporating advanced technologies, compelling design and absolute attention to detail.

Velar launches with a suite of consumer technologies, working together to create an in-built technology butler. At its heart is an all-new, cutting-edge infotainment system called Touch Pro Duo. Known as ‘Blade’ by development engineers because of its slender profile and clean surfaces, it makes the in-car technology experience clearer, quicker and more enjoyable – enhancing every journey.

Velar is created from a clean sheet using Jaguar Land Rover’s Lightweight Aluminium Architecture. Safer, stronger and cleaner, it also improves driving performance. Five engines are offered at launch, ranging from the clean, responsive 180PS 2.0-litre Ingenium diesel to the potent 380PS supercharged 3.0-litre V6 petrol engine. A 300PS Ingenium petrol engine will join the Velar range later in 2017.

DKNY DEBUTS EMILY RATAJKOWSKI FOR SPRING/SUMMER 2017 CAMPAIGN

Today, DKNY launches the Spring/Summer 2017 intimates, hosiery and sleepwear campaign, titled #GoodMorningDKNY. Featuring actress and model Emily Ratajkowski, the campaign and film were shot by fashion photographer Sebastian Faena on location in DKNY’s native New York.

To complement the launch of the campaign, DKNY introduces a fashion film, set in a quintessential Manhattanapartment. In the film, Emily wakes, exiting her apartment to walk her dog, wearing nothing more than her DKNY bra and briefs. And- because anything can happen in New York– she steps onto the streets, greeting stunned neighbors, onlookers and viewers with, “Good Morning, New York.” The fashion film and campaign imagery, styled by Clare Richardson, will live online at DKNY.com and in iconic New York locations including The High Line, Times Square and in New York Subway stations. There will also be a comprehensive digital media plan across several fashion and lifestyle websites to support the launch.

“I have never been one to shy away from expressing my individuality – DKNY has always been about supporting strong, self-assured women and that is a message very important to me,” says Ratajkowski, “I’ve always been a fan of the brand and this intimates campaign and film are a natural fit.”

In the film, Emily embodies the attitude of a New Yorker – confident and not afraid to make a statement, her authentic charm feels inherent to DKNY’s DNA. Emily wears the black unlined demi bra and matching cheeky boyshort from the new classic lace collection. Additional styles worn throughout the campaign include Emily’s favorite sheer lace bralette and cheeky garter. The litewear collection appears as Emily lounges in bed wearing the ultra-smooth wirefree bralette and low rise bikini and with the mesh litewear bodysuit paired with the new fishnet thigh high in nude.

The DKNY intimates, hosiery and sleepwear spring collections, priced at $12-$62, are available at DKNY, Nordstrom, Lord + Taylor and Macy’s, both in stores and online, as well as select international retailers.

Selena Gomez is the New Face of Coach

Coach, Inc., a leading New York design house of modern luxury accessories and lifestyle brands today announced its partnership with the actress and singer Selena Gomez. The collaboration with Coach will be wide ranging and commence with her appearing in Coach’s fall 2017 fashion campaign. It will also include a special design project with Coach Executive Creative Director Stuart Vevers.  In addition, Ms. Gomez will partner with the Coach Foundation in its support of Step Up, a national organization dedicated to the empowerment of teen girls from under-resourced communities.

Wrapping up its 75th Anniversary year, Coach has a long tradition of innovation in handcrafted women’s and men’s accessories.  Most recently, Coach has been undergoing a bold transformation returning to its heritage in leather, once again becoming the go-to resource for authentic, original, modern handbags and accessories, as a globally recognized fashion lifestyle brand.

Selena Gomez said, “I am so excited to work with Coach and love the clothes and accessories designed by Stuart Vevers.  I am especially looking forward to getting to know the Coach team as well as becoming involved in the Foundation’s support of Step Up.  On top of all that, collaborating on a piece with Stuart for next fall makes this beyond special to me.”

Executive Creative Director Stuart Vevers added, “The woman I design for is authentic, honest and possesses a romantic charm mixed with a cool, confident attitude. Selena embodies all of these qualities perfectly — but the fact that she has always loved Coach, and believed so strongly in our philanthropic mission, made her a true Coach Girl.”

Coach, Inc. is a leading New York design house of modern luxury accessories and lifestyle brands.  The Coach brand was established in New York City in 1941, and has a rich heritage of pairing exceptional leathers and materials with innovative design. Coach is sold worldwide through Coach stores, select department stores and specialty stores, and through Coach’s website at www.coach.com.  In 2015, Coach acquired Stuart Weitzman, a global leader in designer footwear, sold in more than 70 countries and through its website at www.stuartweitzman.com.

Coach Celebrates Finale of 75th Anniversary

Last night Coach, America’s original house of leather, marked the culmination of its 75th anniversary at New York City’s Pier 94 with a dual-gender runway show and party featuring musical sets by guest DJs Lolawolf and Mark Ronson. The evening was a celebration of Coach’s successful re-invention for a new generation of luxury customers in a year which saw many milestone achievements, including the opening of its first Coach House global flagship stores on New York City’s Fifth Avenue and Regent Street in London, as well as the re-location of its headquarters to the city’s newest landmark address, 10 Hudson Yards.

The Women’s Pre-Fall and Men’s Fall 2017 were presented to a capacity crowd and guests such as actors Drew Barrymore, Dree Hemingway, Zoe KravitzRiley KeoughEmma Roberts, Michael B Jordan, Hopper Penn, Laura Harrier, Hari Nef, Olivia CulpoRowan Blanchardmodel Jordan Barrettmusicians Diplo, Mark RonsonDua Lipa and Soko, stylist Brad Goreskiartist Arden Wahl and designers Pamela Love and Peter Copping.

On the runway, Executive Creative Director Stuart Vevers presented a vision of American optimism and the cool attitude of the West Coast mixed up with the individualism of New York City. Nostalgic retro graphics – space program, spaceships and planets were paired with shearling, leather and varsity detailing. He explored the tension between toughness and a gentle femininity with the playful, innocent charm of patch-worked prairie dresses, delicate floral buttons, trompe l’oeil bows and shoes in bold proportions with magpie-like details. The season’s new bag made its first appearance, a glovetanned leather hobo called The Bandit. Models including Gabriel Day-Lewis, Dilone, Winnie HarlowBinx Walton and Lexi Boling walked through a set that took inspiration from a motel parking lot complete with vintage cars, snow and the Young People’s Chorus of New York Cityperformed a special arrangement of “Empire State of Mind,” the modern anthem of Coach’s birthplace.

Vevers commented, “New York City, the spiritual home of Coach, is a cultural melting pot that embraces individuality and celebrates togetherness. It welcomes outsiders, like me, in a way that’s honest and un-contrived. Those values are more important today than ever as well as being relevant to our goal of making Coach the authentic, modern luxury alternative.”

The house mascot, Rexy the Coach Dinosaur also made an appearance at the show, on pieces from an exclusive holiday capsule available from December 9th at Coach House Fifth Avenue and Coach.com.

Victor Luis, Chief Executive Officer of Coach, Inc. said, “We are thrilled to celebrate Coach’s heritage and history of innovative craftsmanship in the city where we were born.  This year has been filled with amazing highlights and we look forward to the next 75 years of bringing the unexpected to our customers around the world.”

#NYFW & The Future of Fashion

The future of fashion is here. For September New York Fashion Week, NYFW production company FTL Moda (celebrating its 10th year) will be joined by Next Artists and Samsung to curate one-of-a-kind fashion experiences at its technology-enabled venue Space 404 in Midtown Manhattan.

The shows will take place Thursday, September 8th (womenswear and menswear), and Saturday, September 10th(kids collection showcase), at Space 404 at 404 10th Avenue, New York, NY.

Although the shows are by invitation only, a limited amount of tickets have been allocated for the public at FTLShows.com, or TheShows.NYC.

WHAT IS THE FUTURE OF FASHION?

Because the future of fashion (and retail) is technology, FTL Moda’s show will play host to Samsung’s state-of-the-art interactive mirror displays, which provide new avenues for the fashion industry to refine and deliver content, while offering complete product visibility.

Social media stations will provide visibility to established labels of the fashion industry through live-streamed red carpet interviews and live entertainment with VIPs, celebrities, and industry influencers, who will have the opportunity to see the Samsung technology in action.

FTL Moda’s partners Fashion Week Online (the world’s top dedicated fashion week portal) will live-stream the shows, red carpet, and technological fun in real-time.

And because the future of fashion is compassion, FTL Moda’s shows will feature acid attack survivor Reshma Qureshi, along with the hashtag #TakeBeautyBack, in partnership with Global Disability Inclusion.

WHAT’S NEXT? BEAUTY, OF COURSE!

The show on Saturday, September 10th will also play host to the Fashion Week Beauty Lounge, by Next Artists in conjunction with Fashion Week Online and FTL Moda.

Next Artists — a division of Next Models — is, of course, part of the legendary talent agency founded in 1989 by Faith Kates with Joel Wilkenfeld. They’ve represented an incredible range of talent over the years: everyone from Alexa Chung and Alice Dellal, to Jessica AlbaLana del ReySuki Waterhouse, and many others.

Although the beauty lounge is by invitation only, Fashion Week Online will be bringing viewers live, exclusive behind-the-scenes coverage, with Next’s top models, celebrity hair stylists and makeup artists, and VIP guests of New York Fashion Week.

All the fun is all accessible from your laptop, or work computer. (We won’t tell.) Tune in Thursday, September 8th, and Saturday, September 10th, at FashionWeekOnline.com.

More information:

FTL MODA
ftlshows.com

NEXT ARTISTS
nextmanagement.com

FASHION WEEK ONLINE
fashionweekonline.com

UNIQLO Launches “A New Tokyo in Soho”

“A New Tokyo in Soho” is the theme of the new UNIQLO store that will be unveiled on September 2 in Soho. Japanese apparel retailer UNIQLO opened its first global flagship store in 2006 with the concept “From Tokyo to Soho,” and after ten years, renews its engagement with one of New York’s most vibrant local communities. Through the re-modeled store, UNIQLO will once again bring the very latest in Tokyo creativity, innovation and shopping experiences to Soho.

“Introducing the UNIQLO brand in the U.S. and opening the very first global flagship store in Soho in 2006 were important milestones in the company’s plans to expand internationally. During the past ten years, Soho has evolved as an important hub of design, creativity and art, and UNIQLO too has grown in the community. ‘A New Tokyo in Soho’ symbolizes a celebration of our first ten years and our commitment to deepen our roots in the community over many years to come. By engaging with the neighborhood in new and exciting ways, we wish to contribute to the next phase of Soho’s growth,” said Hiroshi Taki, UNIQLO U.S.A. CEO.

A New Tokyo in Soho

The renovated store will feature multiple shop-in-shop areas, each telling a story that highlights UNIQLO LifeWear and the company’s passion for innovation. The shop promoting performance items such as Ultra Light Down and Jogger Pants will focus on functionality, while another will celebrate the art of design, emphasizing the care and attention UNIQLO dedicates to fabrics like cashmere and the patterns of flannel. A new shop will bring Japanese urban style together with Soho street style, through classic items like denim and oxford shirts. In addition, this shop will present the best of Japanese styling through a special partnership with Popeye magazine, Japan’s iconic men’s fashion and lifestyle print publication.

In honor of Soho’s rich artistic history, UNIQLO will engage with its neighborhood through regular events around cultural moments. The store’s mezzanine level will work as an exhibition space, evoking images of a Soho artist’s loft and featuring products like SPRZ NY (Surprise New York), a collaboration between UNIQLO and MoMA that gives access to iconic artists such as Andy WarholKeith Haring, and Jean-Michel Basquiat.

UNIQLO Soho will also partner with local stores and restaurants, and the company will extend its relationships with local non-profit organizations such Free Arts NYC and municipal agencies, including the NYC Department of Homeless Services. UNIQLO already collaborates with the NYC Department of Homeless Services throughout the city by donating winter clothes to underprivileged youth as part of A Warm Gesture program, in addition to providing other clothing donations, art and job-experience workshops.

Renovation work at UNIQLO Soho began in July and will continue through the end of August. The store will close from August 22 and will re-open to customers on September 2.

To learn more about “A New Tokyo in Soho,” visit http://www.uniqlo.com/us/uniqlo-soho.

UNIQLO in New York City:

  • In addition to Soho, UNIQLO occupies a prominent location on 5th Avenue and 53rd Street, and on 34thStreet. The 5th Avenue and 34th Street stores opened in October 2011.
  • In May 2013, UNIQLO became a multi-year, corporate sponsor of MoMA, home to one of the world’s greatest collections of modern and contemporary art. At that time, UNIQLO began its sponsorship of the Friday night free admission program, which is known as “UNIQLO Free Friday Nights.” Since the start of the partnership, over one million visitors have enjoyed free admission at MoMA.
  • In March 2014, UNIQLO launched SPRZ NY (Surprise New York), a new global project featuring a collection of modern art-inspired fashion products that are intended to surprise New York and the world. In partnership with MoMA, the second floor of the Fifth Avenue store was remodeled to resemble a museum, with special areas for each artist and framed displays of T-shirts and other items. In another first, Starbucks opened an outlet at the location, creating a space to drink coffee and enjoy art. The products resulting from the partnership are today available at UNIQLO stores worldwide.
  • In September 2014, UNIQLO began its quarterly T-shirt making workshop in partnership with Free Arts NYC and the NYC Department of Homeless Services. For these workshops, UNIQLO invites up to 50 children who are living in the city’s homeless shelters to the Fifth Avenue store to learn about the lives and works of artists who are featured in the SPRZ NY collection. At the same time, children create their own works of art on T-shirts, guided by professional art educators from Free Arts NYC and assisted by UNIQLO volunteers.

Sergio Mannino Studio’s Designer Scarf Collection

Sergio Mannino Studio announces the launch of its first collection of silk and wool scarves for men and women. Handmade in Italy with the highest quality wool and silk, Sergio Mannino Studio offers this capsule collection as an expression of the studio’s Italian roots and love of drawing, color, and the natural world. Having trained with the legendary Italian designer Ettore Sottsass (founder of the Memphis group), Mannino has created 100% Italian silk scarves with hand-drawn butterfly motifs in various naturalistic shades of yellow, green, pink, and purple. In addition, Mannino has created wool and silk blend scarves with hand drawn architectural geometric shapes in a darker shade of blue and gray. His aesthetic fuses an Italian sensibility with a contemporary flair.

This first capsule collection of accessories can be purchased at the bespoke design shop, Flying Solo Collective, in the Nolita neighborhood of Manhattan (224 Mulberry Street) and on the Sergio Mannino Studio website.

Flying Solo is a one of a kind store, owned and operated by 30 talented designers. All members are local New York designers with backgrounds from all around the world.

Sergio Mannino Studio Announces Capsule Collection of Designer Scarves (PRNewsFoto/Sergio Mannino Studio)
Sergio Mannino Studio Announces Capsule Collection of Designer Scarves (PRNewsFoto/Sergio Mannino Studio)

About Sergio Mannino Studio
Sergio Mannino Studio is a retail store design firm with roots in Italian design and culture. Based in New York, the studio operates on a global scale, having worked on over 250 stores for companies such as Prada, Miu Miu, Lexus, Vince Camuto, Jessica Simpson, Miss Sixty, Breil, Kensiegirl, Steve Madden, and many others. Most recently, Sergio Mannino Studio completed residential apartment designs for a complex in the mainland Chinese city of Shenzhen. Studio principal Sergio Mannino earned an Architecture degree from the University of Florenceand worked extensively in interior design with Ettore Sottsass and Remo Buti. In 2002, he mounted a one-man show of his furniture designs at the Memphis Gallery in Milan. In 2008, Mannino’s “ooo! Lamp” was featured at the furniture fair in New York and nominated best pick of the ICFF by Metropolis magazine. Most recently, the Studio introduced the colorful and modular “Non-Flying Carpet” and the “Inside-Out” series at the New Yorkshow “Wanted Design” during the NYCxDesign week. The Studio’s work has been published in magazines, books and blogs around the world, including most recently, Wallpaper.com, for a series of lamps inspired by the artist John McCracken.

Chiara Ferragni at New York Fashion Week

It’s heere! Fashion month is officially upon us, and as always we’ve got a plethora of fun and fabulous street stylers to ogle. We start in chilly New York, where the mercury is hanging seriously low…

Layering is the order of the day, and The Blonde Salad blogger, Chiara Ferragni, shows that you can keep warm and still look cool at New York Fashion Week (oh don’t roll your eyes, I’ve got hundreds of them!). I love her classy floor length camel coat (ASOS do a beautiful soft textured wool duster coat) paired with her chic black roll neck and bleached skinny jeans. So far so good. But mixing in that cropped camo puffer jacket (a style I usually wouldn’t touch with a bargepole), and some quite dramatic ski goggles (well I’ve heard it can get a bit snowy in the Big Apple) adds a cosy, quirky twist to an otherwise sophisticated look. If you’re not so keen on the traditionally outdoorsy jacket, try switching in another design, just make sure to keep your top layer cropped so you have some definition to your lengths. Shrimps do gorgeous brushed felt biker jackets with colourful faux fur collars – this bright contrasting one from Net-A-Porter will add a playful element to your look, or you could keep things simple and chic with this fab denim kimono jacket from MIH Jeans . For a lighter cover-up, why not try a sleeveless design that will take you through to Spring? This  Zara parka will look great over the neutral duster coat, as well as a simple striped Breton jumper when it gets warmer.

I’m giving Ms Ferragni a double bill today, as she’s just too fab. Here she is rocking the cropped skinnies and black roll neck again, but this time adding a kitsch slogan jumper and fun furry jacket. Who said fashion was stoic? This girl demonstrates fashion’s cheeky side. Markus Lupfer is famous for his quirky sequinned tees and jumpers, and currently has an exclusive city collection for Net-A-Porter. This Paris design is my fave! When it comes to fur, the high street is awash with brilliant faux versions, there’s absolutely no need to go for the real deal. Check out all the usual suspects – ASOS, Topshop, Primark et al – for a style to suit you (aaaaand hopping off my soap box now). In this instance I love the cropped cut of the jacket with the longer length jumper and streamlined pants. When going for something so bulky it’s always more flattering to keep the rest of your silhouette sleek, as demonstrated here. Continuing to mix those proportions, I’m loving the massive mittens and the teeny tiny (albeit totally useless) cross body bag. Designers are loving the miniature bag phenomenon. To be honest, it’s not something I’m totally on board with as the price tag doesn’t really correlate with the size. However, Mulberry’s Small Delphie does give you a little bit more bag for your buck with their flip design (you can flip it over to reveal a contrasting leather for a whole different look. No, I couldn’t picture how it works either, so check out the little demo on their website). I still don’t think it justifies the £700-plus price tag, but if you’ve mastered the art of packing light you’ll love it.

Kerryn Grady