Tom Ford Opening at Phipps Plaza


Simon, a global leader in premier shopping, dining, entertainment and mixed-use destinations today announced that iconic luxury brand Tom Ford will open boutiques at two of Simon’s premier properties, The Galleria in Houston and Phipps Plaza in Atlanta. Both boutiques will feature women’s and men’s ready-to-wear fashion and will open by Holiday 2019.

The 4,000 square-foot store in Houston will be located in The Galleria’s luxury wing which includes Chanel, Valentino, Louis Vuitton, and Saint Laurent among others. At 4,500 square feet, the Tom Ford boutique at Phipps Plaza will join the new Valentino boutique, newly-expanded Gucci and Jeffrey stores, and the first-in-market Saint Laurent.

“We’re very pleased to continue our long-standing relationship with Simon through the addition of our two newest stores in Phipps Plaza and The Galleria,” said Tom Ford, the company’s Chief Executive Officer and Creative Director. “Houston and Atlanta continue to be very strong markets for our business, and we look forward to serving our customers in these new stores.”

“Simon and Tom Ford are a perfect fit combining one of fashion’s most prestigious names with two of Simon’s leading properties,” said Velda Turan, Simon’s Senior Vice President of Luxury Leasing.

More than 30 million visitors each year enjoy the uniquely comprehensive experience of The Galleria, one of the nation’s top ten shopping centers and the largest in Texas. Spanning 2.4 million square feet of space, housing 400 stores and restaurants, two high-rise hotels, and three office towers, The Galleria is Houston’s most popular retail and tourist destination, meeting every budget, style and taste. The Houston Galleria is owned by a joint venture between Simon and Institutional Mall Investors.

Located in Atlanta’s prestigious Buckhead district, Simon’s Phipps Plaza is the Southeast’s premier upscale shopping, dining and entertainment destination. Its distinctive mix of contemporary and luxury fashion is home to more than 50 market-exclusive brands. Ground was broken in October 2018 on a transformative mixed-use redevelopment which will include the arrival of Nobu Hotel and Restaurant Atlanta, a 90,000 square-foot Life Time® healthy living and entertainment destination, and One Phipps Plaza, a 13-story, 350,000 square foot Class A office building. The reimagined Phipps Plaza is set to open in phases beginning in 2020.




Atlanta’s most philanthropic and fashionable affair, Jeffrey Fashion Cares, is set to celebrate 27 stylish years on Monday, August 26, 2019 at 7 p.m. The annual event, which has become a mainstay on Atlanta’s social circuit, is founded by acclaimed retailer and arbiter of style, Jeffrey Kalinsky, who recently expanded his Atlanta store in Phipps Plaza and is now offering both men’s and women’s clothing, shoes, accessories and jewelry.  What is aways an unforgettable evening, Jeffrey Fashion Cares will kick off with a cocktail reception and dynamic silent auction followed by a high-energy live auction.  The evening’s pièce de résistance, a runway show featuring Kalinsky’s style selections from high-end designers, once again promises to dazzle with looks from Celine, Christian Dior, Givenchy, Dries Van Noten, Sacai, Saint Laurent Paris, Balenciaga, Valentino, Christian Louboutin and Manolo Blahnik. The 2019 event will be held at Phipps Plaza and benefit Susan G. Komen Greater Atlanta, the Atlanta AIDS Fund (AAF), and the Medical University of South Carolina.

New this year, Marsha Archer, CEO and President of M Squared Public Relations, joins veteran co-chairs Lila Hertz and Louise Sams to continue Kalinksy’s mission to raise as much funds and awareness for the event’s beneficiaries as possible.  Selling out year after year, guests will slip into a completely transformed and private environment in the Monarch Court at Phipps Plaza located in the heart of Buckhead.  Last year’s event raised nearly $625,000 for the organizations, and in its history, Jeffrey Fashion Cares has grown into one of the largest combined AIDS and breast cancer benefits in the country. Sponsor and patron packages are currently available. A limited number of single seat tickets will be on sale beginning July 15, 2019.  For more information, visit   


Yohji Yamamoto Ground Y Rejoins 'Ghost In The Shell' for SS19 Capsule

Following the initial collaboration launched almost exactly one year ago, Yohji Yamamoto’s youthful Ground Y imprint rejoins the Ghost In The Shell  franchise for another round of lightweight graphic goods. Utilizing a black palette as the base, the garments are all emblazoned with thematic imagery.

Ghost In The Shell: Innocence was the franchise’s second movie and the first feature-length anime film to compete at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival. Coincidentally releasing close to the film’s fifteenth anniversary, the Ground Y clothing capsule is the first collection to draw influence specifically from the movie, as opposed to the anime series or prior film.

Clothing designs run the gamut of familiar Ground Y garments, repurposing Yohji Yamamoto‘s signature silhouettes into accessible layering pieces. These include extended-length collared shirts, hooded dresses and drop-crotch pants, with plenty of imagery sourced from the film. This includes illustrative apparitions that represent Innocence‘s digital “ghosts” and Japanese Kanji representing quotes from the dialogue. Elsewhere, a wireframe sketch of Major Motoko Kusanagi is emblazoned in stark colors on the hooded dress with ghostly effect.

Expect the new Ghost In The Shell: Innocence goods to hit Ground Y’s web store and Japanese storefronts on April 19.



Craig Green Drops Summer-Ready Reversible Parka

Craig Green continues to release products from his SS19 collection, this time dropping a reversible parka. Made from cotton twill and rubber, the color-blocked pattern has a navy front and a beige reverse, with Green’s signature hole pattern on the lower pocket.

A loose-fit coat, it’s ideal for rainy days in summer, with the rubberized finish providing protection from the elements. It’s been one of a few drops from Green, who earlier released more psychedelic parkas in colors that mimicked thermal imaging. The Craig Green reversible cotton twill and rubber parka is available now from for £1,485 (approx. $1,944 USD).



Raf Simons Discusses His Post-Calvin Klein Plans in New Interview


To mark the launch of his latest Kvadrat collaboration at this year’s Milan Design WeekRaf Simons sat down with The Guardian to discuss his work with the textile label as well as his plans after leaving Calvin Klein in late December. Speaking about the launch installation for his new work with the Danish brand, Simons explains that it will “have a cafe, and a space for social interaction. It’s not a showroom, it’s an environment, a place of inspiration.”

As well as his ongoing work with Kvadrat, Simons also covers his ever-growing and increasingly ambitious art collection. Speaking about the works, Simons described his collection as “quite a responsibility. I’m not exactly buying things you can ship back home in a crate and hang on the wall.” Because of this, Simons is considering turning his collection into an art foundation: ”I’m not interested in setting up a really private private foundation. Rather something with education and collaboration built into it.”

While Simons mainly covers his future plans in the interview, the Belgian designer also discusses how the fashion industry has changed over the course of his career: “In the past, a designer made a collection and presented it to a small audience of professionals, then one picture appeared in a magazine, and months later the clothes came to the shops. Oh my God, the desire that created! Now everyone sees the runway show right away, and by the time the clothes are available, people have moved on to something else. This fast communication, it’s exciting but it can be dangerous, too. Damaging.”