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MBFW Australia: Lee Mathews Resort 19

Lee Mathews presented their Resort 19 in the Carriagework’s Elston Mezzanine  Room. Bringing the outside elements in, Set Designer Benjamin Fountain created a living runway of fresh grass, filling the air with a piquant smell of the earth. Together with flooding natural light, this set the perfect space for the show.

Initial inspiration for Lee Mathews Resort 19 came from the iconic American architects Frank Lloyd-Wright and Eames, as well as minimalist artist Donald Judd. It was not only for their striking body of work but also their belief that design should be in harmony with humanity and the environment.

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With this concept in mind, Creative Director Lee and newly appointed Head Designer Natalia Grzybowski began with a grounding palette of creams and clays punctuated with pops of mint, orange and blue. These colours appear across a hybrid of natural textiles and zero-waste fabrics — from organic cottons to a coated zero-waste Italian linen and ethically sourced silks.

Silhouettes revolve around fluidity and represent the curves of nature; sheer Summer dresses sweep the ground with river-like tiers and blooming sleeves shoot like flowers from shift dresses.At times a nod to artist duo Christo and Jeanne-Claude appears in gowns that roped and wrapped, like the artists well-known draped landscapes.

 

This human-nature theme deepened to explore more sustainable practices across the brand, and has resulted in Lee Mathews designing her most sustainable collection to date.Whilst continuing her signature use in natural textiles (biodegradable & organic) she is working with fabrics from mills at the forefront at waste, energy and water reduction. One discovery was EcoNyl, a material produced in an infinite loop system made from rescued nylon and discarded fishing nets. This has led to Lee to debut Swim Capsule of 5 timeless styles.

Collectively, these precise compositions represent the vision and hope of change in the Fashion Industry, one where the environment is no longer an absent factor in the manufacturing process.

Whilst Lee Mathews is far from perfect, she is striving as a brand to grow and change; challenging her team to act more responsibly, produce more thoughtfully and continue to create beautiful clothing that can be passed on to future generations.

LFW Fashion Scout AW18: Claire Tagg

British designer Claire Tagg launched her eponymous label for AW18 showcasing a dramatic, oriental inspired fauna and flora collection. The AW18 season is inspired by a personal story of her travels as an Air Hostess, combining glamour and destructed textures to creative a dramatic yet opulent range.

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The AW18 collection sees cut and silhouette inspired by formal airline uniforms. Structured jackets and blazer style dresses are juxtaposed with over-sized full skirts and ballgowns constructed in luxurious Duchess Satin. Despite the more grown-up aesthetic of the collection, the core identity of the brand remains.

 

LFW Fashion Scout AW18: Amy Thompson

Eponymous label Amy Thomson launched her playful AW18 collection ‘Chasin’ Dreams’, inspired by youthful aspirations. Each look in the collection presents a character based on a profession seen from a child’s perspective. Thomson poses the question – what does a Princess, Baker and Hairdresser look like through a child’s unaffected eyes? How are these career paths defined in the mind of a child without any preconceptions?

From this conceptual beginning, Amy has created eight complete looks that embody a magical aesthetic, bringing to life the idea of focusing on your dreams. Thomson creates this magical feel with her larger-than-life hand rendered drawings that hold a distinctive and charming naivety, ensuring no two garments are the same. With dreamlike prints, motifs and illustrations referencing each character appear throughout the narrative of the collection. 37808084_2077671378911635_1456267614429904896_n

Armani Casa Partners with Smart Hero Group To Design Luxury Residences in Beijing

The Giorgio Armani Group is set to launch a stylish new real estate project in China. Armani Casa has signed a deal with the Smart Hero Group to develop a residential project in Beijing, Women’s Wear Daily (WWD) reports. More than ten years after its foundation, Armani/Casa is a world leader in the luxury furnishings sector. A byword for elegance and style, it stems from Giorgio Armani’s living dream of a warm, harmonious, highly comfortable and sophisticated haven. Since 2003, the Armani/Casa Interior Design Studio has provided complete interior design services to private individuals and property developers, from the conceptual phase through to supervising the execution.

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ICYMI:Nicki Minaj wears Idan Cohen on the cover of Cosmo

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When we viewed the Idan Cohen show back in February, we were dazzled by the beautiful intricacy of his work. Apparently, the stylists over at Cosmopolitan were too, since their July cover girl, Nicki Minaj, dazzled in a crystallized body suit from his RTW collection. Mr. Cohen debuted his designs for the first time at New York Fashion Week in February. We have no doubt it will not be his last. As time ticks down to September, we cannot wait to see what Idan Cohen has in store for us with his S/S 2016 Collection.

If you would like to view more of Idan Cohen’s A/W 2015 collection, watch the video below. Courtesy

of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week YouTube Channel:

Why we all should want to be a “Getty Girl”: August Getty Atelier

After floating us into his garden on a cloud of lavender in September with his debut spring collection for 2015, August Getty ushered us into the sleek streets of the night with his Fall 2015 collection. Black Leather was the key to his collection, from dramatic capes to gowns made of flowing trains of leather, August ‘s woman is effortless when it comes to being the undiluted center of attention. Laser cut jumpsuits, two piece sets with peek-a-boo cut outs in the rear, the fall collection had everything a mysterious woman could want. The essence that his collections give off is that of a confident, fearless woman who oozes allure.  When you see his designs, you want to be around the “Getty Girl”, but most importantly, you want to be the “Getty Girl”. Sexy, confident, sassy, and mysterious isn’t that the dream persona of all fashionable women?  Continue reading Why we all should want to be a “Getty Girl”: August Getty Atelier

WILLOW SMITH: The New Face of Marc Jacobs

MARC JACOBS SLOWLY UNVEILS HIS FALL/WINTER CAMPAIGN

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This morning Marc Jacobs unveiled a picture from his latest campaign starring Willow Smith. Over the past year, Willow and her brother Jaden have been two of the most interesting celebrity kids to watch, fashion-wise. Last week the Internet was buzzing about Jaden’s prom pictures, but it’s safe to say his sister wins this round—her campaign image is pretty stellar. While it may seem insane that a 14-year-old has landed a major fashion campaign, keep in mind this is the same kid that had a hit single at age 9.

Willow joins Cher in the campaign, photographed by David Sims. There is no word yet on who else might show up in the series, but on his Instagram, Jacobs states that there is still more to come. Is it weird to be genuinely excited about advertising?

BALMAIN X H&M COLLABORATION

Get ready for ‪#‎HMBalmaination‬! H&M’s next designer collaboration will be with the Parisian house of Balmain.  It all started with a bang. Yesterday night, the creative director of Balmain, Olivier Rousteing, took the red carpet at the Billboard Music Awards together with his friends Kendall Jenner and Jourdan Dunn. They were all dressed in Balmain x H&M – revealing the first pieces of the collection. Through social media, H&M and Balmain invited their fans to join a movement of togetherness with: #HMBalmaination.

“I want to talk to my generation: this is my main aim as a designer. H&M allows me the unique possibility of bringing everyone into the world of Balmain get a piece of the dream and create a global #HMBalmaination: a movement of togetherness, fueled on a hashtag. The collaboration felt extremely natural to me: H&M is a brand that everybody connects to. It calls for unity, and I am all for it,” says Olivier Rousteing.

Olivier Rousteing, Jourdan Dunn and Kendall Jenner showed us the first pieces of the collection at the Billboard Music Awards.
Olivier Rousteing, Jourdan Dunn and Kendall Jenner showed us the first pieces of the collection at the Billboard Music Awards.

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WME/IMG officially acquires MADE Fashion Week

NEW YORK (March 23, 2015) – WME | IMG today confirmed the acquisition of MADE Fashion Week. Founded in September 2009 to support emerging designers, MADE Fashion Week has featured approximately 30 runway shows and presentations each season from designers including Altuzarra, Cushnie et Ochs, Public School, Proenza Schouler, Jeremy Scott, Sophie Theallet, Ohne Titel, and Alexander Wang.

Through this acquisition, MADE Fashion Week will continue to operate as a separate entity while strategically aligning with WME | IMG to provide additional opportunities and creative resources for both entities’ designers and partners.

“As we reimagine New York Fashion Week with new venues, experiences and platforms for the industry, we are excited to add MADE Fashion Week to our portfolio,” said Catherine Bennett, SVP and Managing Director, IMG Fashion Events & Properties. “This acquisition creates new opportunities for all our designers and partners to grow and evolve their businesses not only during fashion week in New York, but globally throughout the year.”

MADE’s leadership team, including Keith Baptista, Partner and Managing Director at Prodject and Partner at OBO Paris; Mazdack Rassi, Co-Founder and Creative Director of Milk Studios; and Jenné Lombardo, Founder of The Terminal Presents, will continue to oversee MADE Fashion Week’s day-to-day operations and consult on WME | IMG’s broader fashion events strategy.

“MADE has been a platform that supports creative vanguards in fashion, music, technology and culture and makes their work possible,” said Keith Baptista, a founder of MADE Fashion Week. “As part of the WME | IMG family, MADE will expand its reach and remain on the front line of fostering new talent and encouraging bold new voices. We are thrilled to be part of the team, and excited for all that the future holds.”

The New York Fashion Week and MADE Fashion Week Spring 2016 Collections will take place September 10-17, 2015.

Idan Cohen

This Mercedes Benz Fashion week, February 14, 2015 was monumental for many people and for many reasons. For the rising star Israeli designer Idan Cohen, he was not only debuting his A/W line of evening gowns but he was also getting married. The designer married his life and business partner, Elad Borenstein, right before his debut show in a beautiful ceremony with their families around them on the very same runway his collection would show. The excitement was palpable as people took their seats for the runway show.

As the lights dimmed, and the music of Beyonce’s “Haunted” played over the speakers, the models adorned in truly inspired gowns seemed to float down the runway. The intricate beading of Idan’s hand sewn designs was simply captivating. His flawless designs only enhanced the effortless beauty of the models. It is no wonder his designs are coveted by some of the most exclusive, and high profile women in Tel Aviv. It is evident in the craftsmanship of Mr. Cohen’s designs, that his time studying at the London Instituto Marangoni school of fashion is at an expert level.  Below are some of the looks from his A/W 15 collection. Check out more of Idan’s designs at  www.idancohen.net .

All photos taken by Money Jensen for Stylefusionworld.com

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