Exclusively Weekly Fashion Edit

Sartorial Headlines Worth Knowing From Around The World

September is shaping up to be quite an eventful month fashion wise and the week that went by was particularly noteworthy with its myriad developments. Big ticket events kicking off, unexpected departures and arrivals, companies filing for bankruptcies, others testing uncharted waters and collaborations that became the talk of the town – these were just a few things that went down in fashion’s week that was.

Closer home, well known jeweler Nirav Modi embarked on an ambitious international expansion while another international high street giant finally released it’s official launch date for India.  A PR maverick announced plans to turn fashion entrepreneur and the online beauty space became all the more exciting with the launch of a dedicated organic wellness platform.

Here we round up 10 headlines from the global fashion industry from the week that went by for the sartorial minded:

1. Fashion Week Diaries: #NYFW Kicks Off At A New Location

After a historical run at the famed Lincoln Center, New York Fashion Week shifted base for its new edition to the twin locations of Skylight at Moynihan Station and Skylight Clarkson Sq. in Soho. Along with the change in the title sponsor – Lexus instead of Mercedez-Benz, there are quite a few other interesting developments to be expected from the ongoing fashion extravaganza (running from Sept 10 – 17) beginning with the much talked about debut show of Givenchy open to public and the wearable technology diffusion collection by Zac Posen in association with Google.

Zac Posen presented a wearable tech collection for his diffusion line Zac by Zac Posen for his preview show to kick off New York Fashion Week SS 16 in association with Code by Google. A collection of LED coded dresses and separates, the range received rave reviews from the critics in beautifully merging technology and fashion.

In a democratic and egalitarian moment, Ricardo Tisci presented Givenchy’s first-ever show during New York Fashion Week on Day 2 that was open to public – with 800 tickets raffled on first come first serve basis. Marking the launch of the Givenchy Manhattan flagship store, the show was dedicated to the 9/11 catastrophe, with an hour long performance art intro directed by Marina Abramovic.

For detailed synopsis of what to expect from the SS16 edition of New York Fashion Week including new names, standout shows and celebrity moments, visit here.

2. Store Launch: Nirav Modi Flagship in New York 

It was a quite a historical moment for Indian luxury when jeweller Nirav Modi opened doors to his first flagship in New York at the fabled Madison Avenue. Foregoing local cities, the diamantaire picked Manhattan for his debut international venture. In a glittering affair, the launch was marked by a cocktail evening graced by unofficial brand ambassador Lisa Haydon along with critically acclaimed Indian actress Nimrat Kaur and Hollywood star Naomi Watts. The highlight of the evening, though, was the $1.65 million ‘Maharani’ diamond necklace and earrings in the window display.

Housed on prime real estate, the Nirav Modi flagship store is on the same street as Chanel, Roberto Cavalli and Jimmy Choo. With more plans stateside, Modi is keen to expand to Miami, Los Angeles and San Francisco in the near future.

3. Fashion Finance: Quick Silver Files For Bankruptcy

It was a dark Tuesday for the Californian surf wear chain as it announced bankruptcy succeeding the loss of 79 percent of its market value this year with a contingent plan to hand control over to lender Oaktree Capital Management LP. The company’s European and Asian operations aren’t affected by the bankruptcy, it said in the statement.

Quiksilver rode the fashion trend toward surfer and skater styles in the 1990s and early 2000s, along with names like Billabong and Pacific Sunwear. But a shift in tastes along with the hyper competitive market space took its toll. After a period of expansion, Quiksilver struggled to compete with fast-fashion retailers like H&M and Zara with their lower prices and on-trend clothes. Nevertheless it’s a low point in fashion when quality labels have to struggle to stay afloat owing near impossible to match fast fashion price points.

4. New Label: The Orient Label by Srimoyi Bhattacharya and Megan Riley

Mumbai-based brand whiz and co-founder of Peepul PR Srimoyi Bhattacharya and designer Megan Ryley announced the launch of their label ‘The Orient Line’, a collection of lounge wear including comfortable camisole tops, summer dresses, loose trousers and shorts in easy fabrics – khadi silks, linens, cottons and voiles and a calming colour palette of ecru, pale pinks and soft blues.

Bridging the gap between post work dregs and nightwear, the handcrafted collection is priced at INR 4000 and upwards and retails at Theorientline.com

5. Design For A Cause: Stella McCartney’s New Lingerie Collection for Breast Cancer Awareness

Sustainable fashion designer Stella McCartney launched her second edition of a special lingerie range in support of the Breast Cancer Awareness month in October. Named the Alina Playing range — a balconette bra, a soft-cup bra and a bikini brief in the breast cancer campaign shade of hot pink, the line will retail from $55 for the briefs through to $110 for the bras. A fixed percentage of the profits from the range  will be donated to three breast cancer charities: the Linda McCartney Centre in Liverpool, England; the National Breast Cancer Foundation in the U.S., and the National Breast Cancer Foundation in Australia.

In what may very well be her last modeling assignment for the near future, super model Cara Delevingne stars in the collection campaign shot by renowned fashion photographer Sean Thomas to mark the launch. Last year, Kate Moss served as the face of McCartney’s campaign.

The lingerie range can be shopped at www.stellamccartney.com along with retailers including Net-a-porter.com, Barneys New York, Bergdorf Goodman, Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus in the U.S. and Harrods and Selfridges in London.

6. H&M India: High Street Giant To Open Doors on October 2nd

Swedish fast fashion retailer Hennes & Mauritz (H&M) is set to make its debut in India on October 2 with a store in Delhi. After almost a year long wait, the world’s No. 2 fashion retailer after Spain’s Inditex (of Zara fame), is ready to open a 25,000 sq ft store in south Delhi’s Select Citywalk Mall on Gandhi Jayanti.

Talking about the launch, Karl Johann-Person, CEO, H&M, told English daily The Times of India, “India is probably the most interesting market in the world where we are not present yet. We have huge hopes.” H&M is the first international fashion retailer to enter India on it’s own after the decision by Indian government earlier this year allowing 100% foreign direct investment in single-brand retail. Starting with the first store in New Delhi in early October, the company plans to open 50 stores across the country in the next few years.

What’s especially interesting for Indian shoppers is H&M’s aggressive pricing for the Indian market – the average price of t-shirts are at Rs 799, denims at Rs 1,999 and outerwear at Rs 2,999. Just one more reason to look forward to the long weekend!

7. First Look: Madonna’s ‘Rebel Heart’ Tour Designer Costume Sketches

Jean Paul Gaultier rose to public fame in the early nineties when he made the now legendary conical corset for Madonna for her hugely successful Blond Ambition World Tour. It was a historical moment sartorially speaking and Alessandro Michele, the dynamic new creative director at Gucci along with Jeremy Scott of Moschino, Alexander Wang, Fausto Puglisi, Lebanese designer Nicolas Jebran and luxury labels Prada and Miu Miu are looking to recreate history for the songstress’ recently commenced ‘Rebel Heart Tour’.

WWD, as part of their tradition, revealed the Madonna tour costume sketches in time with the Queen of Pop’s announcement of the names of the designers who made the cut for her next road adventure along with longtime stylist and costume designer extraordinaire Arianne Phillips. Sketches alas will be shown at a later date (Though we managed to score one sketch, keep on reading!)

The Rebel Heart Tour is  Madonna’s 10th world tour in support of her thirteenth studio album, Rebel Heart. Starting September 9, 2015, in Montreal, Canada, the tour will travel throughout Europe and Asia, finally concluding on March 27, 2016 in Brisbane, Australia.

8. Designer Chronicles: Tom Ford To Miss Another Season at London Fashion Week

As the the spring women’s wear season kicks off with New York Fashion Week starting last Thursday, there’s one question that seems to have crossed everyone’s mind: Where is Tom Ford? Alongside Burberry, Tom Ford’s show is London Fashion Week’s biggest draw. But after moving his Fall’15 show earlier this year to LA in time for the Oscars last February, the designer has once again decided not to host a runway show in London this season. He’s also not on the New York, Milan or Paris calendars.

The question that then arises is what are the iconic designer’s plans for the coming season. He is planning something “different and special,” according to a spokesperson. Are we to assume then that the designer is solely focusing on his next directorial endeavor, the thriller ‘Nocturnal Animals’ to fill in the big shoes of his widely critically acclaimed debute film, “A Single Man’? Guess it’s a waiting game, one which the maverick designer seems to have aced going by his recent activities.

Watch this space for further updates on Tom Ford’s designs, pun intended!

9. Fashionable Waters: Evian x Alexander Wang

He is one of the most anticipated name at any runway and his recent collaborations have been the talk of the town, be it the H&M collection that sold out mere hours after it debuted in select stores last year or his last collection for Balenciaga everyone is watching out for with bated breath. And now Alexander Wang, quite possibly one of the most dynamic designers of the recent times, has announced a collaboration with Evian – limited edition twin bottles imbibing his raw energy and the edgy active wear vibe that has become synonymous with his designs. Inspired by the unique purity of Evian water, Wang contextualizes the Evian packaging – the iconic glass bottle reinterpreted, emphasis being on clean graphics and a minimalist play of the lines on the bottle as a reflection of water as one of the purest element.

Since 2008, Evian has worked with some of the world’s most prestigious designers to create a limited edition bottle – including illustrious names such as Diane von Furstenberg, Paul Smith, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Elie Saab and KENZO, each collaboration is a renewed celebration of purity and playfulness and a reinterpretation of Evian’s spirit through art and design. The 2016 evian x Alexander Wang Limited Edition bottle will be available in 75cl glass bottles at evian.com and retailers worldwide beginning November 2015.

10. Online Launch: Exclusively.com Introduces Organic Beauty & Wellness Range

It might be a little cheeky of us, but we felt it might be of interest for you to know that Exclusively now has a dedicated organic beauty segment – a one stop solution to all your beauty needs. You can now shop from a vast array of bath & body, skincare, haircare and make up products alongside specially curated beauty regime packages and fragrances from a curated selection of premium organic beauty & wellness brands including Ananda Spa, Diptyque, Eminence Organics, Forest Essentials, Natio, Pure Earth, Skin Yoga, Thalgo and Za.

For an exclusive low down on the hottest picks from the range, read here and to shop, visit here.

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Watch this space and stay tuned for the hottest fashion news week on week – news that we sartorialists (borrowing the term from a Mr. Scott Schuman) need to know to stay on top of our fashion game!

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