IN THE KNOW WITH RADHIKA – VOL. 9

Happy Independence Day! Hope you’ll enjoyed the day off and are ready for our stories from the global fashion scene this week.

Collaborations clearly seem to be big thing right now but I can’t really complain because I am super psyched about the McQueen and Hirst collab – 2 of my favourite crazies. Also, Riri teases us with a glimpse of her upcoming collection for River Island which I am already dreaming about. Also, handbag backed loans – whaaaaaat? Yes, you read correct! Read on 🙂

ALEXANDER MCQUEEN COLLABORATES WITH DAMIEN HIRST

Last year on my annual trip to London, I went for my first ever Damien Hirst exhibit at the Tate Modern. I have to say I was awestruck by his twisted genius. What impressed me most was one particular of his high security laden artworks, For the Love of God. Now, it’s no secret that I am distracted by shiny objects but this was another level of shiny – a cast of a human skull covered with 8,601 diamonds.

For the Love of God by Damien Hirst

For the Love of God by Damien Hirst

It is thus only befitting that British fashion label Alexander McQueen team up with fellow Englishman Damien Hirst to celebrate the 10th anniversary of its iconic skull-print scarf.

Alexander McQueen Scarf

Alexander McQueen Scarf

The British artist is to rework the classic into 30 exclusive limited edition designs, with each print being inspired by his Entomology paintings, featuring colourful insects such as butterflies, bugs, and spiders displayed to form kaleidoscopic geometric shapes, laid out to create the McQueen skull motif. McQueen chose Hirst for the anniversary collaboration because of the artists’ common interest in symmetrical design combined with strong references to the natural world.

The 30-piece collection will be available at Alexander McQueen boutiques and online from mid-November, and the scarves will be featured in a rainbow of colours in chiffon, pongé, twill and cashmere. Prices start at £135.

Read more: http://www.vogue.co.uk/news/2013/08/13/alexander-mcqueen-damien-hirst-scarves-collection

FANCY A QUICK LOAN, FASHIONISTA? 

Need a loan quick? Well, you might have heard of ‘investment pieces’ but if you’re in Hong Kong then you can literally put up your Gucci, Chanel, Louis Vuitton or Hermes handbag as collateral for a loan! While money lenders typically ask for cars and homes as collateral, Hong Kong’s Yes Lady Finance Co. seeks its customers’ beloved handbags.

The four-year-old company accepts handbags on the spot, assesses them for their condition and authenticity and then procures loans in 30 minutes at 80% of the bag’s value, as long as the bags are Gucci, Chanel, Hermès or Louis Vuitton. Occasionally, they’ll consider a Prada.

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The four-year-old company brings in assessors from affiliate Milan Station Holdings Ltd., a chain for luxury secondhand purses, to check the bags’ condition and authenticity. The way we look at it, if you’re feeling low on cash this could be the ideal way to snap up some of McQueen’s limited edition Damien Hirst collab scarves – don’t you think?

Read more: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887323585604579009622161718050.html

RIHANNA’S NEW RIVER ISLAND COLLECTION REVEALED

Remember when we told you about Rihanna’s take two with River Island? Well, now here is the first look at this collaboration redux (of sorts).There is still about a month to go until Rihanna‘s fall collection for River Island drops, but fans of the singer and her clothing line now have images and a behind the scenes video to tide them over.

The new ad campaign features select pieces from the 80-piece collection, which combines sophisticated chic and urban glamour. The line includes camouflage and midriff-baring tops and long skirts with bold stripes, as well as intimates with “RiRi” and “G4LIFE” written on the bands.

Read more & for images: http://www.vogue.co.uk/news/2013/08/12/rihanna-for-river-island-second-collection-pictures-unveiled

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IN THE KNOW WITH RADHIKA – VOL 7

Hello August! This marks the beginning of fashion week season in India. The Couture Week in Delhi is already in progress and I must say Anju Modi & Sabyasachi ensembles have left me speechless. Also the full list of participating designers in the Lakme Fashion Week happening later this month is revealed.

I can barely conceal my excitement over some of the other happenings in the world of global fashion. My personal favourite and most revered fashion business icon forays back after a sabbatical, H&M launches e-commerce FINALLY, Rihanna slams Topshop in a lawsuit (good for her) and of course the BEST news for us here in India (well, I speak for myself at least) Michael Kors launches in Delhi!!

Michael Kors in India – YAY!

Okay, so I don’t know the entire deal here yet but late last evening the Michael Kors facebook page posted the below picture signifying they have, at long last, opened their first store here in India! As an ardent fan I have just one word to express my glee – Wooohooo!

 Michael Kors India

Will keep you’ll posted as soon as I come across more details.

H&M goes online

Does this mean more over ASOS? Well either way, I am overjoyed for the US customers of the Swedish retailer who already offered online shopping for Austria, Norway, Denmark, Finland, Germany, the Netherlands, the UK and, of course, Sweden.

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This day has been in the works for months and it was worth the wait for you guys in the US. The Swedish retailer has options for women, men, plus-size and kids at fingertips the site is a one-stop shop for quick, affordable fashion delivered right to your doorstep.The site also showcases items exclusively available online, like H&M’s first home collection, which was part of the online debut yesterday.

ALSO, the entire Isabel Marant collaboration will be available as will other future collaborations. Say goodbye to those overcrowded dressing rooms.  Excited yet? Then head to hm.com — it’s time to start shopping.

Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/08/01/shop-hm-online_n_3687871.html?utm_hp_ref=business&ir=Business

Tamara Mellon to launch lifestyle brand

Anyone else wondered what Tamara Mellon was up to for the last 2 years? Well, speculate no more.

Mellon has been one of my biggest inspirations for the last decade now. After having sold Jimmy Choo to Labelux in 2011 and departing from the company herself shortly after, she pretty much went underground without any further professional plans.

Tamara Mellon

Tamara Mellon

Recently, she gave American Vogue the first look at her eponymous lifestyle brand set to hit Tamaramellon.com in November. There will be ready-to-wear, handbags, and (duh!) shoes. Priced at from $295 for a cashmere tee to $4,500 for a ponyskin leopard-print trench coat, this label has Tamara Mellon written all over it.

Read more: http://fashionista.com/2013/07/tamara-mellon-set-to-launch-new-lifestyle-brand-with-sales-plan-that-bucks-industry-standards/

Rihanna wins lawsuit against Topshop

Unlike Miley Cyrus’ Tshirt for Marc Jacobs which she endorsed and even posed (naked!) for, Topshop was selling the ‘Rihanna Tank’ which was never permitted by the Umbrella singer.

The singer accused the fashion chain of failing to seek approval from her before going ahead with printing their stock. At a hearing in London, Judge Mr Justice Birss ruled in the 25-year-old’s favour, asserting that the British retailer was guilty of “passing off”. Passing off is a common law tort which can be used to enforce unregistered trademark rights.

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The Topshop tank shows Rihanna wearing a dungaree-strap bra top – the same outfit that she wore, as one of the numerous outfits, in the video for We Found Love.  The photograph was taken unofficially during the shoot in Northern Ireland.

(See it here at 2:56 seconds)

The judge ruled in Riri’s favour due to the fact that a “substantial number” of buyers were likely to have been deceived into purchasing the product on “false belief” that it had been authorised by the singer. As a result, he said this was damaging to Rihanna’s “goodwill” and represented a loss of control over her reputation in the “fashion sphere” and has sued the British retailer’s parent company, Arcadia, for damages of $5m (£3.3m).

Methinks her designing a second clothing line for River Island could also be a conflict of interest, no?

Read more: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-23514738

In other news

This week seems to have been super eventful. Few more news worthy stories

Manish Malhotra – Lakme Fashion Week curtain raiser

Alexander Wang’s first bag for Balenciaga

Hillary Clinton Scoops Up Another Major Fashion Endorsement

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IN THE KNOW – WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST VOL. 5

So what’s going on folks? Fashion weeks all over the place, top management playing musical chairs in the global fashion and luxury world and Autumn Winter collections in stores. Very soon we will be running up our credit card bills, once we are done clearing out our wallets at the ongoing sales. Oh well, in other words, same old same old.

Amidst the chaotic, yet monotonous (oxymoron much? But you get what I mean, right?!) existence that we call life, I love new collaborations and announcements. Which is what this week seems to be all about. A breath of fresh air – ah!

CFDA/ Vogue Fashion Fund finalists announced

The 10 up-and-coming designers who will compete for the 2013 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund, which includes instant exposure along with a 300,000 US dollar cash prize, has been revealed. Selected by a panel including US Vogue’s editor-in-chief Anna Wintour, Diane von Furstenberg and J. Crew’s Jenna Lyons, the winner will be announced on Nov. 11, 2013 at a dinner in New York.

CFDA/ Vogue Fashion Fund Finalists

CFDA/ Vogue Fashion Fund Finalists

The winner will receive a 300,000 US dollar cash prize to help boost their brand and a collaboration with J. Crew, while the two runners-up will be awarded 100,000 US dollars and each will receive business mentor-ship. With previous winners like Proenza Schouler, Alexander Wang, Rodarte, and Joseph Altuzarra, I cannot wait to see who is going to be the new Wang on the block!

Read more (and view list): http://runway.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/07/11/cfdavogue-fashion-fund-chooses-10-finalists/

L’Wren Scott Teams Up With Banana Republic

Ladies, you needn’t worry about what to wear to that Christmas party this year!! Yes, I did say, Christmas. L’Wren Scott and Banana Republic have collaborated to release a glamorous collection in December, so, consider your festive wardrobe all taken care of. First time for Scott joining forces with a global retailer, she explains, the collection “beautifully combines the ultra-feminine with wearable polish and will bring a sexy confidence to our consumers.”

L'Wren Scott for Banana Republic

L’Wren Scott for Banana Republic

The 50-piece edit spanning clothing, jewellery, and accessories will make use of three original motifs — one with romantic peonies, another in violet candy stripes, and the last in a lipstick-red lip print perfect for puckering up in under the mistletoe. From the glamorous girlfriend of Mick Jagger, we should expect nothing short of rock-‘n’-roll magic.

 

Read more: http://www.elle.com/news/fashion-style/lwren-scott-banana-republic-collaboration

Harrods launches ‘The Handbag Narrative’

Oh yay, it’s a bag attack! Twenty of the world’s leading elite handbag makers have come under Harrods’ roof to mark the expansion of the store’s luxury accessories department. Harrods is hosting the Handbag Narratives exhibition which showcases bags which are exclusively designed for them. With exclusive installations by Mulberry, Prada, Stella McCartney, Burberry, Victoria Beckham, Loewe (my personal favourite installation) and more, this is like nothing you’ve seen before.

Loewe Installation formed with miniature versions of the tools used to make the brand's cult Amazona bag dipped in gold

Loewe Installation formed with miniature versions of the tools used to make the brand’s cult Amazona bag dipped in gold

This collection of stylish designer bags has been unveiled in specially designed windows at the pop up shop. Each window features an over-sized interpretation of one of their most celebrated handbag designs, from optical illusions to sculpture, the handbag will never be the same again. Spreading over 40,000-square-foot space the new department is one of the world’s largest luxury accessories halls.

Stella McCartney Gold Falabella

Stella McCartney Gold Falabella

The event will be on till August 24.

Read more: http://fashion.telegraph.co.uk/article/TMG10166861/Harrodss-huge-handbag-invasion.html  (PS:  Fendi has made five of its 2Jours bags (as seen in the video on the link) in green crocodile, which retail at 17,500 pounds each – just saying)

Rihanna for River Island Autumn ’13

Are you ready for Rihanna Take Two? Well, ready or not, here she comes. Post the raging success of her collaboration for the British high street store, River Island, Rihanna has collaborated with River Island for a second time for Autumn/Winter ’13. In a video released by the brand, you can get a glimpse of what to expect from the upcoming collection slated to be in store by September 12, 2013.

First look: Isabel Marant for H&M

The little blue birdie comes as news bearer once again. This time around the news is a lot more exciting. The Swedish retail giant shared the first preview of its highly anticipated collaboration with French fashion designer Isabel Marant with its Twitter followers.

H&M tweeted a picture of Marant modelling a loose-fitted printed dress and slouchy tasseled ankle boots with the tweet: “You’re the first ever to see @isabelmarant wearing the #HMIsabelMarant collection! What do you think?”

Isabel Marant

Isabel Marant

You may remember from our earlier post when the collection was announced last month, Marant said that the aim of the collaboration was to “create something real, that women want to wear in their everyday lives”, adding that the collection would be infused with Parisian attitude where “you dress up, but do not pay too much attention and still look sexy”.