Posted in Beyonce’, Designer Love, fashion, Fashion News, Thierry Mugler, Tina Knowles

Fashion News: Beyonce’s “Fierce” Clothing Line

Beyonce’s “Fierce” Clothing Line Goes Back-to-School…

America’s high schools are about to get a lot more stylish come fall. In partnership with her mom Tina Knowles and their existing design label House of Dereon, Beyonce’ plans to launch her junior apparel label, Sasha Fierce for Deréon just in time for back-to-school, reports WWD.

The brand’s name, of course, plays off Beyonce’s on-stage alter ego, Sasha Fierce. “The line really exudes a different side of my personality, which I am grateful that I can express,” said Beyonce. The collection, codesigned with her mother, Tina Knowles, includes clothing, handbags, footwear, eyewear, lingerie, and jewelry — all described as over the top and inspired by Beyonce‘s Thierry Mugler concert costumes.

That means a lot of large chains, mixed metals, studded shoes, and oversize sunglasses. Clothes include one-shoulder frocks, bodysuits, leather-like jackets, ripped jeans, and leggings. The line, wholesaling from $25 to $75, will be available come Fall at Macy’s and Dillard’s and specialty stores.

SEE ITEMS FROM BEYONCE’S LINE BELOW!

A look from Sasha Fierce for Deréon launching for back-to-school selling

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Posted in A Bathing Ape, Billionaire Boys Club, Designer Love, Ice Cream, N.E.R.D., Nigo, Pharrell Williams

Designer Love: Nigo Steps Away from his BAPE Brand

Cult Streetwear Designer Nigo Steps Away from his BAPE Brand

Cult Streetwear Designer Nigo Steps Away from his BAPE Brand…

Are people still spending $150 on graphic hoodies? Wait. Are people still wearing graphic hoodies?

Perhaps it’s the lack of demand for insanely overpriced streetwear that has Nigo — the revered Japanese designer who helped popularize the graphic hoodie through his A Bathing Ape label — backing away from his own business.

WWD reports that the diminutive designer is stepping down as president and director of the brand, though he’ll remain head designer — and will continue his fashion partnership with N.E.R.D. Pharrell Williams, whom he co-owns the Billionaire Boys Club and Ice Cream brands with.
Nigo, who’s also a DJ and music producer, said he’s decided to give up his management duties in order to concentrate on the creative side…which probably needs a boost right about now.

The designer’s ascension in the fashion world is the stuff of pop culture legend. He launched Bape in 1993 by making between 30 and 50 t-shirts a week, then splitting them between his celebrity friends, including Williams and Kanye West, and the fawning public. The limited-edition pieces became instant collector’s items.

But luxury streetwear companies like Bape and WESC — who’ve been gauging us for years — are going to have to rethink their business models if they want to stay relevant. In this economy, $200 t-shirts don’t fly. And if we keep our heads, they never will again.

Source: hollywoodlife.net

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Posted in AKOO, Designer Love, Fashion News, T.I.

Designer Love: T.I. Launches AKOO Site and Online Store

T.I. launches full AKOO site and online store…
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T.I. x AKOO.

T.I. might be headed to the slammer soon but he definitely got his AKOO clothing line in order before hand. TIP has personally been involved in the design and layout of the new AKOO website which now features a full online store, look book, music videos and an upcoming blog. We have always been supporters of T.I. and now we are giving you an exclusive first look at his line. Check out the new AKOO site and see for yourself.

Some photos below…
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Photo Source: AKOO

“I think this would be a great site to buy something from for my husband as a Father’s Day gift and any other occasion. Thanks T.I.”

Posted in Christian Audigier, Designer Love, Ed Hardy, fashion, Fashion Designer, Fashion News, MADONNA

Designer Love: Madonna

Madonna’s Doing a Clothing Line With Christian Audigier…

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Madonna’s collaborating with Ed Hardy on a fashion line, according to the Mirror. Known for its tattoo prints, the label is owned by Christian Audigier, who’s also designing an outfit for Michael Jackson’s comeback tour. Working with the two of them at once must be a real headache treat. Audigier approached Madonna about the line after he spotted her wearing Ed Hardy. The Mirror reports:

He offered a six-figure deal and put on a private catwalk show to inspire Madonna, telling her to “Express Yourself”.

But he needn’t have worried. Her Madgesty, 50, thinks Christian is a true fashion innovator and jumped at the chance to work with him.

We’ll have to agree to disagree with Madge on that. But it’s good to know that if we went up to her and said “express yourself” she wouldn’t slug us. Her designs include tattoo-inspired T-shirts and diamante-encrusted bodices (Pussycat Dolls, control yourselves). We’re glad to hear veering young doesn’t stop with her love life.

Source: nymag.com

Posted in Adam Sandler, American Classics, Baby Phat, Barack Obama, Designer Love, Fashion Designer, Fashion News, Phat Farm, Russell Simmons, Simmons' American Classics, Will Smith

Designer L♥VE: Russell Simmons For Wal-Mart

Wal-Mart to Launch Simmons Clothing Line…

According to Business Week, Hip-hop entrepreneur Russell SimmonsAmerican Classics line of men’s clothing is set to roll out. But with consumers spending less, Wal-Mart keeps mum. As most apparel retailers announce job cuts and store closures because of sluggish sales, it is a precarious time for any of them to launch a new brand. But on Feb. 15 Wal-Mart Stores (WMT) will roll out a new line of men’s clothing designed by hip-hop entrepreneur Russell Simmons in 350 stores, about 10% of its U.S. outlets, and on its Web site. The launch will come less than a week after the world’s largest retailer announced that it will move buyers in the apparel division from its Bentonville (Ark.) headquarters to New York to increase the focus on fashion.

For a company whose financial performance has trounced rivals such as Target (TGT) in recent months by focusing on lower-price essentials rather than more expensive discretionary items, the move seems surprising, especially as Wal-Mart flopped famously in its previous efforts to sell more fashionable, pricier clothing. One such effort was a women’s line designed by Mark Eisen, which alienated the store’s core customers. “Fashion is tricky,” says retail consultant David Lockwood of Mintel Research. “This is not macaroni and cheese or over-the-counter vitamins, which they know really well.” But as Wal-Mart slows its store expansion, it needs to sell higher-profit items to continue generating growth—and apparel is one segment that can still draw new customers.
Priced to Sell…

This time around Wal-Mart is keeping a tighter rein on the price and the trendiness of new clothing items. Simmons’ American Classics line will be priced between $9.99 and $29, with about 80% of the clothes at $15 or less. Simmons, who launched the Phat Farm clothing label in 1992 and another brand in 2008 called Argyle Culture, sold in Macy’s (M), says his new focus is the “urban graduate,” whom he describes as 25-to-50-year-old men such as Will Smith, Adam Sandler, and Barack Obama, who grew up with hip-hop clothes but as professionals can no longer don baggy pants and shirts sporting oversize logos. American Classics’ first season has a heavy focus on purple, navy, and white and includes jeans, sweater vests, casual sports shoes, and woven and knit shirts.
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Source: businessweek.com

Posted in Designer Love, Exclusive!, fashion, Fashion Designer, Fashion News, Gilded Age, Opening Ceremony, Shipley and Halmos, Steven Alan, Uniqlo

Designer Love: Uniqlo’s Spring 2009 Collaborations

Uniqlo’s Spring 2009 Collaborations
See Uniqlo’s Spring Lines by
Opening Ceremony, Steven Alan, Shipley and Halmos, and Gilded Age…

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Opening Ceremony

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Photos: Uniqlo

Posted in Barack Obama, Designer Love, Exclusive!, fashion, Fashion Designer, Fashion News, First Lady, Inauguration Day, Isabel Toledo, Jason Wu, Michelle Obama

Fashion News: Michelle Obama Shines in Jason Wu

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Tuesday morning was a promising day for a young fashion designer, Jason Wu. He was well-respected in certain fashion circles. But by Tuesday night, he became a household name.

Jason Wu’s place in history is all sewn up thanks to First Lady Michelle Obama, who donned his white chiffon gown for the inaugural balls.

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Fashion Designer, Jason Wu

The 26-year-old Taipei-born New Yorker’s rapid rise to fame makes him the second designer from the Big Apple to hit the national spotlight on Inauguration Day.

So … who is this guy?

The onetime doll designer was reportedly introduced to Obama by Vogue editor-at-large Andre Leon Talley. She later wore a dress by the designer for a Barbara Walters special just before the presidential election.

Despite his low profile, Wu has earned quite a following among the fashionista set for his hourglass silhouettes and flowing fabrics.

Vogue editrix Anna Wintour even attended his last show, lending a serious nod of approval from the fashion community.

Wu, whose dolls sell at F.A.O. Schwartz, debuted his first runway collection in February 2006 and has shown off his wares in subsequent seasons – albeit in some of Fashion Week’s smaller venues.

Odds are, that’s about to change.

The budding star has been recognized for his talent, nabbing the Fashion Group International’s Rising Star Award for women’s ready-to-wear last year.

Wu told Us Weekly that he didn’t know that Obama had chosen his dress for her husband’s big night.

“I found out when the whole world found out,” he said. “I said, ‘It looks white. It looks like mine…’ I had a box of pizza and I nearly fell over. I was sitting there with my friends, and they were screaming.”

Wu’s big moment comes on the heels of fellow New Yorker Isabel Toledo’s rise to national consciousness.

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The first lady kicked off Inauguration Day in a pale yellow wool brocade dress and coat by the then-little-known designer.

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The outfit “was made for Michelle with extra warm linings sewn into the [inner linings] so that she wouldn’t freeze,” Toledo’s husband told the Daily News.

A spring version of the dress – which will retail for around $1,500 – will hit Barney’s in March.

Wu’s goods are also currently available at upscale stores such as Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus – and have popped up on rising stars like Leighton Meester, Joy Bryant and Kerry Washington.

Oh, and the first lady – just in case you didn’t hear.

Source: [NY Daily News]