This year’s edition of the global shopping event, scheduled for Sept. 10, will be preceded by a public fashion show at Lincoln Center on Sept. 7. The open-air show is being billed as the largest of its kind ever to be held in New York, and it will take place right in the heart of Lincoln Center at Josie Robertson Plaza. The show will feature trends from the fall collection modeled by 200 models in front of an audience of 1,500 — taking up the entire area between the Metropolitan Opera House, Avery Fisher Hall and David H. Koch Theater. It will be just steps away from Damrosch Park, which will become the official home of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week this September, though those invite-only shows will feature spring 2011 designs.
Vogue and SPEC Entertainment will produce the public fashion show.
“We felt it is important for people to see what wonderful fashion will be in stores at that moment,” said Vogue editor in chief Anna Wintour. “This show will focus on the key trends we’ve identified for fall so that shoppers will have plenty of inspiration to join the fun during Fashion’s Night Out.”
Fashion’s Night Out launched last year to stimulate consumer confidence and, subsequently, retail sales. The U.S. edition is the result of a partnership between American Vogue, the Council of Fashion Designers of America, NYC & Company and the City of New York.
“We feel this is an unprecedented opportunity for the fashion industry to connect with the consumer in a fun and meaningful way,” CFDA president Diane von Furstenberg said.
Tickets for the public show will be sold through the Lincoln Center box office this summer. The ticket price has not been finalized, but a portion of sales will benefit The New York City AIDS Fund.
Model Dree Hemingway is to front the latest advertising campaign from Salvatore Ferragamo for its new perfume Attimo. Joining Ferragamo's roster of big name models, which includes Claudia Schiffer (currently starring in the label's clothing ads for spring/summer 2010), relative newcomer Hemingway will be shot by photographer Craig McDean for the new Attimo women's fragrance. While Hemingway's great-grandfather, novelist Ernest Hemingway, may have been known for his understated style of writing, the career of the self-confessed "queen of layering" looks to be a lot less unassuming for the 23-year-old. She has previously scored herself ad campaigns with DKNY, Valentino and more recently Gianfranco Ferré, and is set to feature in the up-coming films The Truth About Angels and Privileged.
Following last night's fun-filled party to mark its launch (attended by the likes of Julia Restoin-Roitfeld, Anouck Lepere and Yasmin Le Bon- see it here), today Gucci's new Icon Temporary pop-up sneaker store in London's Covent Garden opens to the public.
A collaboration between the fashion house's creative director, Frida Giannini, and music artist Mark Ronson, the pop-up shop forms part of a worldwide sneaker tour to showcase - and sell - the trainers they designed together: 18 exclusive pairs in total (two for women, 15 for men and the Gucci Ronson style).
Having launched its own Facebook and Twitter pages as well as its very own Gucci App, the collaboration forms part of the label's move to attract a new audience.
"As I'm looking to attract a younger clientele to Gucci, these sneakers are crucial," Giannini - who almost didn't make it to London due to the volcanic ash cloud - told the Evening Standard.
Sleek in design, the store, located at 37 Earlham Street in Covent Garden, is 820-square-foot in size.
DJ/Model Leigh Lezark is one of music’s reigning “it” girls. And, judging by her frequent appearances at runway shows, she's also a budding fashionista and designer muse. Now Lezark has teamed with English designer Matthew Williamson in designing a limited edition kaftan that ties into Belvedere Vodka’s new flavor, Pink Grapefruit.
Williamson, who is also the former creative director of resort staple Emilio Pucci, designs clothes that tends to be brightly colored and Indian-inspired, making them perennially warm weather favorites. The New York City-based Leigh Lezark will model the print that she created with Williamson for the first time at the launch party for Pink Grapefruit this month, although the design she will be sporting will be a specially designed jumper in the limited edition print, and not the kaftan that will be for sale. Fittingly, she’ll also be joining The MisShapes to DJ the launch party.
The lightweight kaftan is made with silk fabric and a short hemline meant for an easy transition from day to night. Williamson remarked in a press release that his design for this collaboration “was inspired by the vitality of sultry high summer evenings,” and that he wanted to incorporate “a vibrant sun-drenched palette, and a print that is evocative of exotic destinations ventured by the modern-day, global traveler.”