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.
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.
‘The most aristocratic of French designers’
Hubert de Givenchy was the most aristocratic of French designers, renowned for his own personal elegance and impeccable manners. He was born into a noble French family, and destined initially for the law. But at the end of World War Two, he persuaded his family to let him pursue his passion for clothes.
Fame came in the 1950s, and for three decades, he dressed some of the most beautiful women in the world to include the iconic, legendary fashion styles of Audrey Hepburn, Grace Kelly and Jackie Kennedy.
He’s credited with introducing the notion of separates to give women greater freedom to choose, and with being one of the first clothes designers to create his own perfume.
In 1988, he sold his fashion house to the luxury brand LVMH, and a few years later he retired to a life of comfortable discretion. He came from a world of fashion which he acknowledged has now all but disappeared – an age of elegance, where clothes were created out of a unique personal relationship between client and couturier.
Source: Hugh Schofield, BBC News, Paris
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.
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.
Tis’ the Americans in Paris Season and eight previous CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund finalists (and some winners) are heading to Paris in a few weeks to showcase their Fall/Winter 2016 collections to the Parisian market. Once again TUMI is our proud lead underwriter for the initiative.
“We’re very excited to return to Paris and celebrate the tenth season of the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund’s successful American’s in Parisprogram,” said Michael Petry, Creative Director of TUMI. “It is an honor working alongside Vogue and the CFDA to support an initiative that allows us to be creative with this new group of inspiring, talented designers.”
For the first time, the showroom will be located at Espace Commines at 17 rue Commines in Paris.
“This season, Americans in Paris not just has a new venue, but also an entirely new group of designers, all of whom were Finalists of the 2015 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund,” said Steven Kolb, President and CEO of the CFDA. “By showing their collections in Paris during fashion week, these designers are given an opportunity to grow their businesses on a global level.”
The Participating Designer:
Aurora James, Brother Vellies
Brad Schmidt and Raul Arevelo, Cadet
Chris Gelinas, CG
Becca McCharen, Chromat
David Hart, David Hart
Rio Uribe, Gypsy Sport
Jonathan Simkhai, Jonathan Simkhai
Thaddeus O’Neil, Thaddeus O’ Neil
The showroom will open from Saturday, March 5-Monday, March 7, 2016 11AM-6PM.
Photo: Joe Schildhorn/BFA.com
DHL EXPORTED KICKS OFF CYCLE TWO THIS WEEK AT NEW YORK FASHION WEEK: THE SHOWS
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.
NEW YORK (August 6, 2015) – IMG today announced the Spring/Summer ’16 collections schedule and lead partners for New York Fashion Week: The Shows and MADE, taking place September 10-17, 2015. “Evolving a high-profile event with this many moving parts takes time, effort, and the trust and support of the industry,” said Mark Shapiro, Chief Content Officer, IMG. “We’re so pleased with the response to the changes we’re making, and are excited to welcome new and returning designers and partners, as well as the MADE community, to the fold. We look forward to showing the industry all we’ve been working on come September.”
NYFW: The Shows will be held at Skylight at Moynihan Station and Skylight Clarkson Sq and feature the collections of designers including: ACADEMY OF ART UNIVERSITY, ALICE AND OLIVIA, ANGEL SANCHEZ, ANNA SUI, BADGLEY MISCHKA, BCBGMAXAZRIA, BETSEY JOHNSON, BIBHU MOHAPATRA, BRANDON MAXWELL, CARMEN MARC VALVO, CONCEPT KOREA, CUSTO BARCELONA, DENNIS BASSO, DEREK LAM, DESIGUAL, DKNY, ERIN FETHERSTON, FASHION SHENZHEN, GEORGINE, GREG LAUREN, GROUND ZERO, HERVÉ LÉGER BY MAX AZRIA, IDAN COHEN, J.CREW, JENNY PACKHAM, JEREMY SCOTT presented by MADE, JOSIE NATORI, KARIGAM, KEMPNER, KID’S ROCK!, KYE, LELA ROSE, LIBERTINE, LIE SANGBONG, MARA HOFFMAN, MONIQUE LHUILLIER, NAEEM KHAN, NICHOLAS K, NICOLE MILLER, NOON BY NOOR, NOVIS, OHNE TITEL, PAMELLA ROLAND, PRABAL GURUNG, PROJECT RUNWAY, PUBLIC SCHOOL, RACHEL ZOE, RALPH LAUREN, REBECCA MINKOFF, REBECCA VALLANCE, REEM ACRA, SKINGRAFT, SON JUNG WAN, SUNO, SUPIMA, TADASHI SHOJI, TAORAY WANG, THE ART INSTITUTE, THOMAS WYLDE, TOME, TOMMY HILFIGER, VIVIENNE HU, VIVIENNE TAM, YIGAL AZROUËL, and ZANG TOI. MADE’s preliminary collections schedule includes: A-R-E-A, ANDREA JIAPEILI, ADAM SELMAN, BABYGHOST, BAJA EAST, BROCK COLLECTION, CG (CHRIS GELINAS), CHROMAT, COLLINA STRADA, CUSHNIE ET OCHS, DEVON HALFNIGHT LEFLUFY, DION LEE, GYPSY SPORT, HARBISON, HOUGHTON, ISA ARFEN, JEREMY SCOTT, JONATHAN SIMKHAI, MARISSA WEBB, PARSON’S MFA COLLECTIONS, SANDY LIANG, TELFAR, THE BLONDS, WES GORDON, and XIAO LI.
IMG also announced its lead partners for each event. NYFW: The Shows will be presented by lead partners Lexus, Maybelline New York, TRESemmé, Intel, DHL, and E! Entertainment. MADE will be presented by lead partners Accenture, American Express, Intel, Lexus, Macy’s, and Maybelline New York. Additionally, IMG unveiled a new brand identity and digital home for its NYFW properties. The brand identity, developed by Mother New York, was created to help the industry more easily identify the shows and activations unique to IMG. MADE will retain its standalone branding under the IMG umbrella.
The new digital home for NYFW: The Shows will be NYFW.com and @NYFW across Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. These digital channels will feature exclusive designer content and social activations throughout the year and align closely with MADE’s MA.DE and @MADE channels, which will also feature exclusive editorial coverage and content. Additionally, all collections shown at Skylight at Moynihan Station and Skylight Clarkson Sq will be livestreamed on NYFW.com. For up-to-date schedule and event information, as well as media registration, visit NYFW.com and follow @NYFW @MADE.
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. Continue reading amFAR & Versace partner for star studded Dinner in Paris
One of the most important designers in the history of American fashion, Donna Karan, is stepping down as chief designer of Donna Karan International.
Karan, 66, plans to devote greater time to her Urban Zen company and foundation, but will remain a close adviser to DKI under a long-term agreement, according to the company. Continue reading Donna Karan steps down from her Iconic Brand
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.