LA PERLA LAUNCHES IT'S READY TO WEAR COLLECTION - MILAN - SS17

Julia Haart, La Perla's new creative director, interpreted the concept of liberation in every aspect of her first season. The designer approached the collections with a deep connection to the brand's founder, Ada Masotti, a corsetière who opened her own lingerie laboratory in Bologna in 1954. Ada Masotti designed lingerie with attention to how women wanted to feel: sensual, beautiful, and comfortable with themselves. As a female Creative Director, Julia Haart shares these values. Among her fixed principles is the desire to liberate women from sacrificing for beauty: curves are intrinsic to feminine identity, and clothes must begin with an understanding of women's bodies. In the women's ready­-to­-wear collection, the designer created clothes with lingerie-­expertise inspired by the brand's close­-cut know how. Clothes embrace the body like perfectly fitted lingerie, with fabrics that feel as good on the inside as they look outside. The pieces can be worn by all women on all occasions. 

Julia Haart envisioned a journey of liberation through flowering blossoms, geographic maps and colorful, shimmering silk forms as the visual thread that runs through the ready­-to-­wear collection. The beautiful designs rendered in soft bi­-stretch fabric move as the wearer moves, revealing an expert understanding of the female form, the real DNA code of La Perla. 

Prints in the collection are eye­catching: the topography of a fjord is transformed into micro and macro motifs, blooming roses reveal entrancing maps nestled amongst their petals in a classic stripe, and dazzling colors illuminate cascades of floral bouquets. The prints adorn close­fitted jackets, and high­waisted tailored shorts paired with bralettes and vests that take cues from bustiers, but enhance curves without any traditional wiring. Three show­stopping long dresses anchor the collection's red carpet appeal: a shirt collar is the perfect counterpoint to a high slit, the fjord print is dotted with hand sewn sequins, a calligraphy­esque "Autografo" motif embroidered over stretch silk with black inserts emphasizes the décolleté, and silk georgette embellished with soutache inserts plays with sheer detailing at the sides and neckline. These looks are dazzling and refined, but move with stretch to adapt to the female form on the body. 

Special attention has been dedicated to Essentials that truly meet the core needs of women's wardrobes. A bi­stretch, cool wool Corset Jacket is the undisputed protagonist of the collection, embodying the feeling and support of lingerie with internal cups and finely tailored darts, sized according to bust for the perfect fit inside and out. It fastens with a row of hooks and can be worn without additional undergarments: they are built in. It can also be worn as suiting in its dress version, or paired with new soft wool leggings.

Iterations of the standout jacket are also shown with high­waisted slim cut pants and loose, flowing silk pants. The very same tailoring strategy is at the core of shirts shaped to the body and T­shirts designed and cut for the feminine form, made from silk, cotton and stretch. 

Embroidered tulle, Leavers lace and macramé are La Perla heritage fabrics and form the starting point for a collection that has been updated with modern silhouettes like the boy-shorts. In particular, Julia Haart focused on variations of the bra, such as the non­-wired push­ up bra or the triangle bra with a plunging V neck, which offer unprecedented possibilities for wear and an entirely new feeling of freedom. Alluring macramé reveals its talent for flirting with sheerness in the babydoll, alternating with nude tulle and silk georgette inserts. This fabric becomes the star of not only bras, bodysuits and briefs, but also of a silk dress into which lingerie style codes have been flawlessly translated. 

The "Autografo" embroidery is reminiscent of calligraphy that has been sketched over the body, created by an impalpable nude stretch mesh, embroidered with seductive motifs. Here, the bodysuit takes center stage, creating the illusion of being a set thanks to the invisible tulle inserts. 

There is no short supply of versatile pieces that elegantly toe the boundary between lingerie and clothing: graphic tops, bodysuits in soft, stretch­ silk yarn wrap around the body like a caress. 

Cascades of pearls outline the curves of the body, transforming one­ pieces and bikinis into garments begging to be worn both on and off the beach. The color block trend has been freshly interpreted in geometrically­-shaped pieces inspired by the allure of the unforgettable bikini worn by Ursula Andress in her turn as a Bond girl in the 1960s. Vivacious energy exudes from these pieces, adorned with stylized starfish, brushed stripes, city maps and colorful plastic panels. 

A sensual back is emphasized with cut­out accents, while plunging necklines and boy-shorts reveal a new side to swimwear's personality. Bikinis and one­ pieces are offered alongside a versatile RESORTWEAR collection conceived to be the 24/7 vacation wardrobe. Fluid bi-­stretch, crêpe and georgette silks, soft viscose and fresh cotton emphasize the effortless femininity of each and every piece. 

An elegant cape with contrasting trim and a two­-tone dress with paneling contributes to the casual glamour of the collection's rompers and shorts, all of which can be worn at the beach, on a yacht or at a pool party. Special attention has been paid to warm­ weather jumpsuits, which flow over the body, making them the perfect alternative to an evening dress. Cotton stretch seersucker cover ­ups with multi­colored mosaic print that echoes the color palette of the bathing suits are designed with white bands that emphasize shape, and curve around the body. The same mosaic design found in the print transforms into a seductive spider web in the collection's block­-color knitwear. 

D'Orsey sandals are coated in sparkling sequins and also feature shimmering reflective accents on the shiny upper. Leather platform sandals with criss­cross straps boast sleek, ultra­-feminine lines. Pumps and booties feature a surprising accent: lacquer heels with streaks of color. Perforated leather mules adorned with floral motifs – inspired by the precious decoration of the signature Petit Macramé collection – represent the extension of lingerie style codes to the realm of accessories. Flat leather sandals with a chain accent and a hand enameled suspender­ hook complete the collection. 

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Mister Triple X featuring L.A.M.B. by Gwen Stefani at NYFW The Shows

Mister Triple X caused a stir at this seasons New York Fashion Week featuring risqué fashion, sexy creations and lots of heart. The runway show featuring L.A.M.B. eyewear by Gwen Stefani was presented by AIDS Healthcare Foundation at the Angel Orensanz Event space and was part of NYFW The Shows. Celebrity Italian models Andrea Denver and Andrea Melchiorre opened and closed the shows to a packed house of fashionistas. 

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"Rise of the Pharaohs" at NYFW The Shows

Temraza at Art Hearts Fashion NYFW The Shows Presented by AIDS Healthcare Foundation

The "Rise of the Pharaohs" is the latest installment in Temraza's SS 2017 Collection. With the designer's roots in Cairo, it's no wonder that the inspiration for this latest collection, came from Pharaohs and ancient Egyptians. This collection not only shows the authenticity of the Egyptian culture, but it also highlights their modernized aesthetic in the world of fashion. The colors from the collection are reminiscent of the ancient Pharaohs, yet the cuts, shape and movement are perfect for true fashionistas and fashion forward individuals. The collection not only gives homage to it's cultural roots, but more importantly, it symbolizes strength and femininity of women. Temraza is the first Egyptian brand to officially showcase their collection at NYFW. The visibility and excitement from the runway was echoed at the 2016 Primetime Emmy Awards, where a piece from the collection was featured on a celebrity for the red carpet gala. Fashion magazines alike are responding to the buzz and are featuring the brand in fashion editorials. Photo Credit Arun Nevader / Getty Images

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RAGTRADE ATLANTA Joins NYFW Schedule With Shoppable Runways

RAGTRADE ATLANTA, an award-winning fashion organization devoted to the discovery and promotion of today’s top emerging fashion designers, announced today their 3rd annual RAGTRADE ATLANTA Runway Show, presented by The Lincoln Motor Company, will unveil the organization's first-ever shoppable runway show featuring collections from the current fall/winter 2016 season. The runway show will take place on October 5, 2016 at the Georgia Freight Depot.

As an innovator in the South, the decision from RAGTRADE ATLANTA to align with the newest fashion industry standards of the ‘see-now, buy-now model’ comes from the organization’s goal to provide emerging talent with the ideal platform to showcase their designs to industry professionals and consumers alike. Following the footsteps of top NYFW regulars like Rebecca Minkoff, Tommy Hilfiger and more, RAGTRADE ATLANTA too will offer shoppable runway presentations in order to give designers the opportunity to sell greater volumes without the six month lag time between seasons.

“The industry is evolving and the fashion calendar is changing. It’s our mission for RAGTRADE ATLANTA to give emerging talent the resources they need to showcase their designs to editors, buyers and also the consumer. The ‘see-now, buy-now’ model is the future and, as an innovator, RAGTRADE ATLANTA will align itself to meet the need for our emerging designers,” said Angela Watts, founder of RAGTRADE ATLANTA.

The premier fashion event will include a night of industry-quality runway shows featuring the latest fall/winter 2016 collections from a curated group of designers which include:

  • Apoteca - Womenswear designer made in Lithuania
  • Cease & Desist - Contemporary menswear designer based in Atlanta, GA
  • Natt Taylor - Winner of Belk’s 2015 Southern Designer Showcase; The City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs 2015 Emerging Fashion Designer Grant recipient; RAGTRADE ATLANTA 2014, 2015 featured designer
  • Kenya Freeman of Sylvia Mollie – The City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs 2015 Emerging Fashion Designer Grant recipient; RAGTRADE ATLANTA 2015 featured designer
  • Onyii (“Own-Yee”) Brown of Onyii & Co. - Contemporary womenswear designer; Martha Stewart American Made 2015 Style Finalist
  • William Malcolm Luxe Collection - Bespoke Luxury Menswear created by William Malcolm also known as “The Style Artist”. He is also the design director for William Malcolm Eyewear, Lapel Kandy and Detroit Saddle Company

RAGTRADE ATLANTA will host a week long series of events leading up to and following the premier runway show. The schedule of events will take place as follows:

Sunday, Oct. 2, 2016 | KISS Magazine Party

Private Location

*Invite Only Event* | Media please RSVP: press@ragtradeatlanta.com


Monday, Oct. 3, 2016 | RAGTRADE ATLANTA Opening Night Party

Red Martini | 3179 Peachtree Rd, Atlanta GA 30305

7pm-9pm Guest and Media please RSVP here.


Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2016 | RAGTRADE ATLANTA Private Dinner Sponsored by Le Jeux Champagne

Huff Furniture Store | 3178 Peachtree Rd NW, Atlanta, GA 30305

7pm-9pm *Invite Only Event* | Media please RSVP: press@ragtradeatlanta.com
 

Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2016 | RAGTRADE ATLANTA 2016 Runway Show Presented by The Lincoln Motor Company

Georgia Freight Depot | 33 Martin Luther King Jr. Dr SE, Atlanta, GA 30303

5pm | The Shops @ RAGTRADE ATLANTA

7:30pm | Runway Show

Media please RSVP here.

*Guests please purchase tickets here.


Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016 | MARENIKAE  x RAGTRADE ATLANTA Presents West Meets West

AC Hotel Atlanta Buckhead at Phipps Plaza | 3600 Wieuca Rd NE Atlanta, GA

6:30pm | Red Carpet Begins

7:30pm | Conversation Begins Guests and Media please RSVP here.


Additional events will be announced next week.

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DIOR Grand Opening at The Shops Buckhead Atlanta

Dior put the "grand" in opening last night as more than 200 guests celebrated Atlanta's first free-standing Dior location at The Shops Buckhead Atlanta. Guests were greeted with champagne upon entering the glamorous five-thousand square foot showroom - Moet of course.

Dior curated an exclusive guest list which meant I got to meet new people and make fabulous new friends. This was one of the best, most chic boutique openings I've attended. Dior seamlessly balanced a perfect evening of shopping and celebration. A DJ kept things moving and Moet kept flowing while guests discreetly stacked up shoes, bags and accessories in private VIP rooms. They were whisked away for fittings and then retuned to the party. Very classy, but I would expect no less from Dior.

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TYRA BANKS, TRACEY AFRICA, GEENA ROCERO, AND DIVERSE WOMEN OF COLOR FROM AROUND THE GLOBE APPEAR ON THE COVER OF NEW HARPER’S BAZAAR INDIA

Art Director and Executive producer, Christopher Sollinger, cast various industry icons, veterans, and new faces for the historic cover series of the next edition of “Harper’s Bazaar India.” Nine versions of the magazine will be available, each featuring a different woman of color on the cover including Tyra Banks as well as Tracey Africa and Geena Rocero, who become the first transgender women to appear on the cover of the iconic Harper’s Bazaar. Sollinger produced the shoot over the course of a week in New York.

'The Nine Wonders of the World’ cover series is a twist on the unofficial title sometimes given to those new buildings, structures, projects or even designs that are deemed to be comparable. The series interprets and showcases this "new" as diversity. The new being that diversity is acceptable and celebrated today.

“Diversity has always been the DNA of Harper’s Bazaar. The Indian edition is delighted to follow in such illustrious steps”, said Harper’s Bazaar India Editor Nonita Kalra.

 “Showcasing white woman after white woman on covers does not work anymore, we need to show the women of the world that is of now,” said Sollinger. “The world is changing and with this story we want to be apart of that global revolution.”

“This cover means the world to me and for me to represent my community, it is such a humbling experience for me, I can't thank Christopher and Harper's Bazaar for allowing me to be on the cover,” said Tracey Norman. 

“It is an honor to be on this historic cover series with the women that I’ve looked up to. Growing up in the Philippines I used to dream of being on the cover of Harper’s Bazaar”, said Rocero.

The Models:

·      Tyra Banks is a veteran and icon to the runway and various leading advertising campaigns.

·      Tracey Africa is the first trans model to have multiple beauty campaigns in the 1970s. Tracey was also shot by Irving Penn for Vogue Italia.

·      Geena Rocero is a Filipino American model, producer, founder of Gender Proud and gave a viral Ted Talk with 3 million views. She was honored this year with a GLAAD Media Award for the Logo digital series ‘Beautiful As I Want To Be,’ which she executive produced and appeared in.

·      Hannelore Knuts is a veteran Belgian model and known to be the only model in history to have three consecutive Vogue Italia covers.

·      Cora Emmanuel is a Caribbean beauty and has been the face of Chanel.

·      Emanuela de Paula was born to a white Brazilian mother and an Afro Brazilian father, She has been the face of retailer NEXT and L'Oreal.

·      Pyper & Daisy America showcase Millennials in our new modern age, unorthodox beauties who have gained notoriety through social media and shear personality. It is the first time the sisters of Lucky Blue were shot together for a cover.

·      Hind Sahli is one of the few Muslim models to break out of Morocco. Hind was voted by Vogue Italia as "the top middle eastern model of our generation."

·      Soo Joo Park is the leading Korean Model and an inspiration to all designers. Soo Joo has been the face of countless magazine covers and beauty brands.

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Christopher Kane Spring 2017

Runway: Christopher Kane Spring 2017 London Fashion Week.

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