Four designers, who are already established in their local markets, have won the opportunity to further their international growth plans for showing their collections during fashion week events. Italy’s Francesca Liberatore will present her collection at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York. Turkey’s Hakaan Yildirim of Hakaan will showcase his designs at London Fashion Week. Henry Holland’s House of Holland will present at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in Tokyo, and the duo Nicholas and Christopher Kunz of Nicholas K from the U.S. will show during Milan Fashion Week.
DHL Exported will sponsor a fully produced runway show for two seasons, along with covering the logistic costs of producing the collections. It will also ship the final looks to either New York, London, Milan or Tokyo.
“We were astonished by the amount of applications we received and even more so about the collections’ quality and designers’ creativity. Our juries in London, Milan, New York and Tokyo each had tough decisions to make and ultimately found some of the most talented designers out there. We’re confident to export their work with great success,” said Arjan Sissing, senior vice president, corporate brand marketing, Deutsche Post DHL.
Jarrad Clark, vice president, creative director of IMG Fashion and a panelist in each of the markets, added, “For us, it was about finding the right designers whose design aesthetic and businesses are ready to enter a new region. We needed to ensure they all have the proper infrastructure in place so that they are able to use their runway show and DHL’s logistic offering to its full potential.”
DHL and IMG Fashion received 150 applications from designers in 36 countries. Designers were asked to choose the market where their businesses’ objectives would benefit the most. For each show, a committee of regional experts reviewed the applications and chose the designer who displayed the most promise to succeed from the program.
The fashion shows will take place in September 2014 and February 2015 during New York, London and Milan fashion weeks and October 2014 and March 2015 during Tokyo Fashion Week.
Breaking News: @louisvuitton's men's artistic director @mrkimjones is leaving the French fashion house after nearly 7 years. Jones joined Louis Vuitton in 2011, following a three year tenure as creative director of British luxury goods brand Alfred Dunhill. Jones is to exit Louis Vuitton after showing his fall 2018 collection for the brand in Paris on Thursday. Read the full exclusive story on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdnews #wwdfashion
For men’s fall 2018, @giuseppezanotti drew on elements from streetwear, sport, biker, combat and rock ‘n’ roll. Pictured here are a pair of shoes from the collection, featuring zippers, rhinestones, and silver hardware. Head to WWD.com to see a roundup of the accessories from Milan’s men’s fall 2018 shows. #wwdfashion (📷: Andrea Delb)
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For @rochasofficial’s pre-fall 2018 collection, creative director Alessandro Dell’Acqua channeled the sophisticated and intriguing Catherine Denevue in the film “Belle de Jour.” Polished collarless coats, midi skirts, suits and ’60s graphic motifs were all featured in the collection, adding a sense of discreet luxury. See the rest of the photos on WWD.com #wwdfashion
“We tried to produce clothing of that couture quality, but the most daunting part was that we only had a matter of days [to do it],” said costume designer Lou Eyrich, who recreated Gianni Versace’s iconic looks for @americancrimestoryfx. Eyrich searched online retailers and vintage shops for original pieces from the design house and for @penelopecruzoficial, who plays Donatella Versace. Head to WWD.com to read how she created the Versace world. #wwdfashion
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Harrods plans to remove the famous statue of Princess Diana and Dodi Al Fayed from the bottom of the Egyptian escalators and hand it back to Mohamed Al-Fayed. “We are very proud to have played our role in celebrating the lives of Diana, Princess of Wales and Dodi Al Fayed at Harrods and to have welcomed people from around the world to visit the memorial for the past 20 years,” said Michael Ward, Harrods managing director. “With the announcement of the new official memorial statue to Diana, Princess of Wales at Kensington Palace, we feel that the time is right to return this memorial to Mr. Al Fayed and for the public to be invited to pay their respects at the palace.” More on the news, with reporting by @loreleimarfil, at WWD.com. #wwdnews