Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Next Year Promises to Be an Exciting One in Fashion

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Next Year Promises to Be an Exciting One in Fashion

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Ten things I'm looking forward to in the fashion world for 2013.


H&M's global recycling program starts in February. It's 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. It'll 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. It's 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: "It's an eight-pack, but who's 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 that's really not the point. Did I mention the showering and underwear modeling?


Designer Duro Olowu masterfully combines bright colors and graphic tribal prints into everyday city chic. It's for the lady who isn't afraid to make a fashion statement, but the color shouldn't distract from the sophistication.

He's a high-end art-world favorite, but now he's 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 "America's 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 don't 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. She's 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: 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 Harper's Bazaar for 25 years, became editor-in-chief of Vogue at a critical time and later served at the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute. …

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