February 9, 2016

IMG and DHL are proud to kick off the cycle two shows of DHL Exported, a global platform that offers regionally established designers the opportunity to expand their businesses internationally, this week in New York. Marcel Ostertag of Germany will be the first designer to take the international stage as part of New York Fashion Week: The Shows this Thursday, February 11.

Ostertag will be followed by Sid Neigum from Canada showing at London Fashion Week; Atsushi Nakashima from Japan showing at Milan Fashion Week; and Anne Sofie Madsen from Denmark showing at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Tokyo. This marks the first time each of these designer is showing outside his or her home market, an important step in the development of their brand.

The Autumn/Winter 2016 collections of the winning designers will be debuted as follows:

Marcel Ostertag – February 11, 2016
NYFW: The Shows, The Gallery at Skylight Clarkson Sq
Sid Neigum – February 21, 2016
London Fashion Week, The Institute of Contemporary Arts, The Mall
Atsushi Nakashima – February 26, 2016
Milan Fashion Week, Palazzo Reale
Anne Sofie Madsen – March 16, 2016
Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Tokyo, Hall A

As part of the DHL Exported program, designers receive a fully produced runway show for two consecutive seasons along with marketing and logistics support for the duration of the program.

Katya Leonovitch SS16 Bisected Beauty

Katya Leonovich Spring Summer 2016 Bisected Beauty fuses fashion and art seemlessly while empowering the woman that wears this collection to embody inner strength through a sleek, modern style. The scene was set at the Highline Lofts among guests that were treated to a visual feast for the eyes as those in attendance could partake in the beauty of the art of fashion.  Leonovich plays upon the senses with eye popping colors and fabric which mirrored each design to compliment the models themselves.  Since her creation of the “Alive Dress” for Madonna in 1997, Leonovich has shown her artistic ingenuity by elevating each collection with couture construction, clear vision and personality in each piece.

Neoprene and Fox fur trim leather dress
Neoprene and Fox fur trim Leather dress. 

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Han Kjobenhavn Heads to Le Marais



 After setting up shop in Copenhagen and expanding across the ocean to New York, where does a label like Han Kjobenhavn, who have been enjoying a slow build toward becoming one of menswear’s coolest names, go next?

Paris, of course. Specifically Le Marais, which is still at the epicenter of trend-driven shopping in the city. Han Kjobenhavn’s just-opened Parisian output on Rue des Rosiers is down the block from retail mainstays like COS and adidas, around the corner from the first French J.Crew location, and a short walk from boutiques from Carven, Nike LAB, and APC. d1691cd3d95122c8680271923d505fd2768aab92

But it wasn’t just the heavy foot traffic promised by the neighborhood that drew Han to their new storefront. Tim Faith Hancock, founder and owner of the brand, said Paris met a lot of their expansion ideals.

“We always have had a international approach when opening our stores,” he told us. “We want our stores to check multiple boxes such as PR, sales, and a city that we like.”

Fans of the sleek and minimalist design employed in the Copenhagen and Manhattan shops will recognize the aesthetic of the boutique, which has been updated with stone accents. For his part, Hancock wasn’t too concerned with fitting into the neighborhood’s pre-existing look and feel.

“We bring our Danish DNA,” he said. han-kjobenhavn-spring-2010-preview-2 han-kjobenhavn-spring-summer-2010-2

As has happened with each new Han Kjobenhavn opening, Hancock expects to speak to the in-the-know shopper from the beginning – “The fashion consumer and faster movers are always first,” he noted – before settling into his regular customer base.

And once that’s established, Hancock has his eyes on the next stop in his burgeoning retail empire: Hong Kong.

Perhaps it’s only a matter of time before Han Kjobenhavn is as ubiquitous as some of its neighbors in Le Marais.

Visit Han Kjobenhavn in Paris at 3 Rue des Rosiers.

 BY STEVE D. Via Capsule 

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amFAR & Versace partner for star studded Dinner in Paris

STATE OF THE ART: AmfAR has landed in Paris. The charity event raising money to combat HIV/AIDS feted its first Paris edition on Sunday night, though the party’s hostess Carine Roitfeld insisted: “This is totally different. We just wanted to say thank you to all those people who have supported us year after year after year,” she said in a body-hugging black Versace gown, which turned out to be the evening’s hottest brand. 20150706_084239 Continue reading amFAR & Versace partner for star studded Dinner in Paris

amfAR generationCURE: Solstice 2015

2015On Tuesday , June 23, 2015. amfAR’s generationCURE held its fourth annual Solstice event at the Hudson Hotel in New York City. This years Solstice major sponsors included Microsoft and MoëtHennessy with a dress theme of black and white summer chic style. amfAR’s generationCURE Ambassadors Emerson Barth, Chiara Ferragni and Kelly Osbourne, came together to gather and socialize with event chairs and other professionals to promote and raise money for HIV/AIDS research.

Kelly Osbourne, Chiara Ferragni, Emerson Barth
Kelly Osbourne, Chiara Ferragni, Emerson Barth

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Lexus Builds a Functional Hoverboard Prototype

Watch out, world. Toyota is heading back to the future.

The automaker has hinted it’s looking into flying cars. Now its Lexus luxury brand has actually built a working model of a hoverboard. That’s right, an actual working hoverboard. It’s real, but not for sale. Yet. The board uses liquid nitrogen-cooled superconductors and magnets, according to the Lexus website. The technology is already zooming around Toyota’s home country. A Japanese railway company last year set a new world speed record using a magnetic-levitation train. Toyota tipped its hand a year ago that it’s been experimenting with this for cars.


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The Annual Summer Party on the High Line presented by Coach

Last night Coach held it’s annual Summer party on the High Line which despite the earlier rains, didn’t stop the stars for coming out, shining and partaking in this sophisticated event. The Summer Party brings together the High Line and Coach – two iconic New York institutions that represent the creative energy of the city – to celebrate the spirit of summer with a carnival-inspired event. Thanks to generous underwriting by Coach, 100 percent of the proceeds from ticket sales will go directly toward the High Line, helping Friends of the High Line keep the park clean, the plants beautiful, and the public engaged through free art, tours, talks, and kids activities all year long. Continue reading The Annual Summer Party on the High Line presented by Coach

London Collections Men SS 16 Roundup

The British Fashion Council and London Collections Men SS16 took the city by storm. The vast array of designers totaling 140 brought different styles and flavors through Classic, Contemporary and Creative menswear. Now in its seventh season, LCM is now one of the most talked about men’s fashion events in the world. Taking place bi-annually, it attracts the most acclaimed designers as well as big-name stars (Lewis Hamilton is now an ambassador), not to mention numerous press from around the globe. Dictating the trends for seasons ahead, it’s a must for those with even a passing interest in style, and this time around it promised, once again, to be the biggest and baddest affair yet. It delivered.

Watch highlights from the four days of London Collections Men including interviews with Tommy Hilfiger, Lewis Hamilton, David Gandy, Dylan Jones & Dermot O’Leary.