Next Year Promises to Be an Exciting One in Fashion
Bass, Debra D, St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)
Ten things Im looking forward to in the fashion world for 2013.
H&Ms global recycling program starts in February. Its a rather industrious global garment-collecting initiative that the store is touting as a first. Customers will be able to exchange used garments for shopping discounts in H&M stores in all 48 markets worldwide.
One of the top fast fashion houses is striving to reduce the environmental impact of our clothes-horse culture. Itll give people something to do with clothes too damaged to donate to charity.
Any clothing, from any brand and in any condition, will be accepted. In return, the customer will receive a voucher for each bag of clothing donated. H&M promises that more than 95 percent of these clothes could be used again; re-worn, reused or recycled depending on the state of the garment. The company has a foundation dedicated to reusing and recycling textile fibers on a larger scale, so kudos to them for leading by example.
Built premieres 8 p.m. Jan. 28 on the Style channel. Its a reality television show about a group of male models who moonlight as handymen. We previewed the first episode, and it managed to fit in a gratuitous showering shot, underwear modeling and a closet makeover.
My favorite line of the show in response to a client (a self- professed Russian Barbie) who commented on how great one of the guys six-pack abs were: Its an eight-pack, but whos counting. The show revolves around a real-life high-end home renovating crew that goes by the name Hott and Handy.
The models actually do the work and most (not all) of them seem pretty competent, but thats really not the point. Did I mention the showering and underwear modeling?
OLOWUS JC PENNEY LINE
Designer Duro Olowu masterfully combines bright colors and graphic tribal prints into everyday city chic. Its for the lady who isnt afraid to make a fashion statement, but the color shouldnt distract from the sophistication.
Hes a high-end art-world favorite, but now hes designing a collection for JC Penney.
The mass retailer is welcoming the Nigerian-born designer based in London as its first seasonal designer. JC Penney is jumping on the bandwagon with an ambitious designer choice. The limited- edition collection for spring 2013 will range in price from $10 to $100 with most items, including housewares, topping out at about $60.
The Face stars supermodel judges Naomi Campbell, Coco Rocha and Karolina Kurkova along with host Nigel Barker of Americas Next Top Model fame. Word on the street is that the ladies have already started fighting. After gossip surfaced about a recent spat, Campbell tweeted: I dont need a certain number of friends, just a number of friends I can be certain of.
The series is set to air on Oxygen in February. The winner of the show will work as the new face of ULTA Beauty.
St. Louis native Kimora Lee Simmons is back in the reality television world. Shes now president and creative director of the online retailer JustFab. It was only a matter of time before the Style Network sought to capitalize on her sassy business acumen and avid fan base.
The show, Kimora: House of Fab, will air eight, hourlong episodes. The title is perhaps a slight reference to her previous show Kimora: Life in the Fab Lane, the series that ran four seasons and followed Simmons evolving family life during her previous role as creative director of Baby Phat. The show premieres 8 p.m. Jan. 23 on the Style Network.
DIANA VREELAND FILM
Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel highlights how the fashion diva who reigned for 50 years and was often called the Empress of Fashion. She launched Twiggy, advised Jackie Onassis, and established countless trends that have withstood the test of time. She was the fashion editor of Harpers Bazaar for 25 years, became editor-in-chief of Vogue at a critical time and later served at the Metropolitan Museum of Arts Costume Institute.
Anyone with a love of fashion should know of her and her accomplishments. She was a strong, dominating outspoken character who ruled the fashion world with sheer confidence. She was no classic beauty, but she believed that style could overcome anything. She infamously said, Style is everything ... style is a way of life. Without it, youre nothing.
The film has been scheduled for a St. Louis showing for months, but has been postponed. The next release date is Jan. 11 at Plaza Frontenac.
Pop star Rihanna launched a Project Runway style reality television show in the U.K. this year and shes bringing the show to the United States. Robyn Rihanna Fenty will be host and executive producer, move over Heidi Klum.
Known overseas as Styled to Rock, contestants will create stage outfits for celebrities and musicians, and the winner gets to design a look for Rihanna.
The show is being tweaked for the Style Network (no judges, mentors or musical guests announced yet) and should air sometime in 2013. Agents of the show have already been poking around St. Louis for contestants. So you know they must be serious. Interested parties should apply at styledtorockcasting.com. Completed applications and videos must be received by Jan. 21.
Project Runway, because after 10 seasons it might be hitting the self-destruct button. The new season will have some big changes that will be worthwhile or really, really bad.
Pithy Michael Kors, always good for a French whore or flamenco dancing maid analogy, is going to be absent most of the season. Hes not leaving the show, but apparently running a huge fashion enterprise keeps him really busy all of a sudden. His part-time replacement is designer Zac Posen, whos younger, hipper and has better hair, but we doubt that hes as clever.
Kors will return for the finale as a guest judge. But thats not the only change this season.
The show will force all the designers to compete as teams, but there will still be one winner. Team challenges have become synonymous with cat fights and crying on the show. Thats OK every once in a while, but it could be a turn-off every episode. Others have already pointed out that this twist was employed by Bravos failed The Fashion Show series (which was a rip-off of Project Runway after the show split for its current home on Lifetime).
Project Runway premieres at 8 p.m. Jan. 24 on Lifetime.
2013 PIRELLI CALENDAR
The calendar is usually filled with 12 artistically nude or topless A-listers, but this year the publication is populated with fully-clothed models, actresses and singers who each holds leadership positions with charitable causes. The subjects include St. Louis-raised supermodel Karlie Kloss, Isabeli Fontana, Petra Nemcova and a pregnant tummy-baring Adriana Lima among others.
All the ladies were photographed by famed photographer Steve McCurry in Rio de Janiero. He said the purpose was to capture the spirit, power and dedication of these women and highlight each of their charitable endeavors and humanitarian efforts.
The calendar is iconic, but sadly, it is not for sale. View images online at pirellical.com/2013.
GURUNGS TARGET LINE
Up-and-coming New York-based designer Prabal Gurung, a darling of the fashion world, might soon become beloved by all in 2013. Inspired by love, he developed a limited-edition collection for Target.
It will be available in stores and online from Feb. 10 through March 23, and include womenswear, accessories, handbags, shoes and jewelry. The collection probably wont result in mass retail hysteria but for people in the know, it will be a wonderful treat to own something from the man whos dressed First Lady Michelle Obama, The Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton and a slew of A-listers, thanks in part to his pal celebrity stylist Rachel Zoe.…
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Publication information: Article title: Next Year Promises to Be an Exciting One in Fashion. Contributors: Bass, Debra D - Author. Newspaper title: St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO). Publication date: December 3, 2012. Page number: H3. © 2008 St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All Rights Reserved.