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Are Apple’s iPhone 6 and Watch items of Fashion?

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Apple did not ninja-launch their seasonal batch of new products for sure. A few hours before the Keynote introducing yet another iPhone and a Watch seemingly tailored to tackle Samsung’s leading innovations, there was a wind of disbelief in the Fashion Press where editors, influencers and followers alike felt they would feel the full blow of Apple Marketing Superpower.

Geek is now infamously chic, but why such a sudden direct poke (copyright?) at the trendiest industry?

BoF did not take this lightly either. The respectable source about The Industry took the opportunity to present their new hub for Fashion-dash-Tech:

 


Elsewhere, behemoths like Refinery29 are dropping their unusual Top Story about the iPhone 6 and the Watch, while invitations were dropped to regional top editors (Vogue China, Italia…) to have them join San Francisco’s event venue…

Capitalizing on the obvious trend making tech objects the new Talismans of our contemporary citizens, the brand seems to make a wise business move involving fashion partners more closely, but we’re still wondering: are these new products really worth the spotlight?

Here is Suzy Menkes’ review (seriously?)

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Barbie Lagerfeld. You can’t stop Karl.

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Karl. Lagerfeld. Karl. Lagerfeld.

I’ve tried to hate him, seriously. I’ve tried and it can’t last very long.

Because Karl Lagerfeld is too much; he is. And it’s SO too much that it becomes attaching. That’s the same relationship I have with Barbie dolls. I’ve tried to hate them. And I’ve actually figured out how to make it last for at least 20 years. But now, imagining a world without this disproportionate pink absurdity might be weird. It’s part of pop culture; and as any object of pop culture, you have detractors and ambassadors. Pros and cons. Plastic pro, and dodgy cons. Fashion is about matchmaking, mismatching, misfitting. This new doll is part of the long history of fashion.

Even the name is a marketing coup. It’s not Barbie Karl. It’s Barbie Lagerfeld. It’s about mixing two brands, not personalities. It’s an arrogant then genius collaboration: people are not going to buy a creator or the iconic Barbie (who could recognize it’s a Barbie doll anyway): they will buy a state of mind. Again, genius.

The “Platinum-label Barbie doll” (we told you it’s TOO much) will be available through exclusive retail channels including; NET-A-PORTER.COM, select KARL LAGERFELD retail stores, TheBarbieCollection.com, and Colette in Paris. The worldwide retail launch is set for Monday, September 29, 2014. It costs between 200 USD or €200 Euro.

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Louis Vuitton Fall 2014 Men’s Shoe Collection: less is more

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Less is more with Louis Vuitton men’s shoe collection this season. Surfing on the “two-in-one” trend, shoes mix calf “leather on the front with richly colored glazed waxed calf leather on the back”.

An adequate match for impatient customers who can’t afford to bring 3 pairs in a 24-hour bag; it will obviously solve a market need for people between Hong-Kong and New York City.

 

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Lyle & Scott X Jonathan Saunders AW14: the film

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Lyle & Scott x Jonathan Saunders Autumn/Winter 2014 from Lyle & Scott on Vimeo.

We had already told you about the brilliant AW 14 collection of Lyle and Scott. The collaboration with Jonathan Saunders can now be shopped at Liberty, Present, Oki-Ni and Lyle & Scott online .

Why Lyle & Scott and Jonathan Saunders? Well, the brand answers that it’s one of the most natural mash-up ever:

The Scottish kinship is obvious and Saunders signature use of colour, pattern and graphic has a clear relationship with the brand 1960’s golfing heritage.

 

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French Connection: Never Miss A Trick

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What if fashion was a trickery? At the end, fashion tells one’s inner stories.

A bit like a magician, styling an identity is about sharing a tale; or leading audience to another corner.

That’s the creative idea behind “Never miss a trick” by French Connection, featuring magician Troy and model Camilla Christensen.

A poetic invitation to discover their Autumn Winter collection

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London Fashion Week SS15: where to go, where to eat, where to party, where to get free wifi?

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In few weeks, London Fashion Week is back. Amazing designers in the beautiful city.

It’s now the 4th time we’re going to attend some of the shows. And let’s face it: most of the tips we read are not exactly what we were looking for.

Basically, we had few bad experience:

  • desperately looking for food at Somerset House: queuing for 1 hour to get something ridiculously small. Realizing that we also need to have a pastry not to collapse
  • trying to leave Somerset House. Ending at Prêt à Manger. And crying
  • expecting to party @ The Box. And finally at 11pm, realizing that it’s too late and that you’d rather go back to the hotel and watch a cool series instead of attending party with PR agencies (no offence thus)
  • looking for free wifi; finally relying on 3G to send your 1Go photos

So here’s our unconventional list of tips and tricks, and cool places, created with Pindrop.

Share your thoughts! And click on the picture to access our list.

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J BRAND collection FW 14 / 15

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We often forget it but J Brand was the very first brand to introduce the dark-washed skinny jean,

Something which is now a standard in every wardrobe.

The brand has just revealed its Fall / Winter 2014-15 collection.

Efficiency, nice shapes, a refocus on slim and simple shades of grey and black.

We love it.

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Saigon Block Party – Hip Youth Video

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Trendwatchers from the world have their eyes laid on Tokyo, Berlin, Brooklyn, NoMa (Paris), but emerging scenes of youth culture like Vietnam are now über-exciting, shall we say.

Just watch this video made in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) to take a peek into a generation craving for ideas, aesthetics, style and contemporary values. In their own way, somehow.

B-R-A-V-O to Bluer Production.
Behold The Day Dreamers.
 

The Day Dreamers from BLUER VIETNAM on Vimeo.

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Marcus “Zyrken” Gustafsson x Björn Borg: streets as the never ending fashion playground

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One of the world’s best parkour and free running athletes Marcus “Zyrken” Gustafsson from Helsingborg, Sweden is joining forces with the clothing and underwear brand, Björn Borg. Zyrken is known for his creative vaults and tricks with excellent acrobatic control.

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Zyrken is a former gymnast that started his career in Parkour and free running when he was fifteen years old. He has been active for around ten years and runs the largest free running team in Sweden. Zyrken has been on the winner’s stand in most prestigious competitions in Parkour and Freerunning for the last 6 years. But what is Parkour actually?

“a holistic training discipline using movement that developed from military obstacle course training. Practitioners aim to get from A to B in the most efficient way possible.They do this using only their bodies and their surroundings to propel themselves; furthermore, they try to maintain as much momentum as is possible in a safe manner. Parkour can include obstacle courses, running, climbing, swinging, vaulting, jumping, rolling, quadrupedal movement, and the like, depending on what movement is deemed most suitable for the given situation.”

That’s interesting because Parkour, like skateboarding or aggressive in-line skating, tries to think differently elements from our daily lives: urban equipment, handrails, blocks. A natural match with fashion which tries to synthesise loads of cultural inspirations surrounding us.

The collaboration with Björn Borg runs as of July 1st, 2014. Previously this year, Björn Borg signed with Olympian freeskier Henrik Harlaut and Olympian speed skater Koen Verweij. Björn Borg will challenge Zyrken on a Swedish Mission later this year.

“We have followed Zyrken for a while and are amazed by his energy and skills. We immediately saw a great brand fit: Zyrken is both colourful and brave, just as the people who wear our products”, says Lina Söderqvist, Marketing Director at Björn Borg

A good move for the brand to set up more urban roots.

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