ComplexCon, an expertly curated convention and festival bringing the world of Complex to life hosted its second annual convention of art, streetwear, sneaker culture and music In Long Beach on November 4th and 5th.
Established and up-and-coming brands alike had the chance to connect with their fanbase, offering interactive experiences, art installations, and limited releases of much coveted items. As can be expected, long lines and hours long waits did nothing to deter attendees from missing the opportunity to peruse merchandise from brands at the forefront of streetwear design and culture. Amidst the frenzied need to capture the exclusive, epic appearances from Lil Uzi Vert, Gucci Mane, M.I.A., Pharrell, 2 Chainz, Ty Dolla $ign, and special guest Migos sent the already buzzing energy over the top. ComplexCon is the ultimate shopping spree/concert going experience.
Hype. Clothing have announced their latest collection inspired by the Star Wars universe. The collection is mainly monochrome staying distinctly true to the light and dark sides depicted in the film series. Furthermore Hype have thrown in a full ‘teddy fabric hoodie’, cap and bumbag reflecting the Chewbacca character. Also used are the latest tech fabric treatments, which allow a glow-in-the-dark reflective effect to appear on the clothes.
Four Marketing, London-based fashion wholesale, retail, and lifestyle company partners with New York native wholesale agency, Archetype Showroom, to create an exciting and innovative fashion wholesale and marketing agency; together they plan to bring an expert global perspective to men’s and women’s fashion in a curated NYC environment.
The new agency named, FOUR MARKETING ARCHETYPE, will expand to encompass the entire 2nd floor of Archetype Showroom’s current 676 Broadway home. The downtown landmark address, whose lobby’s walls and ceilings boast original black and white artwork by Keith Haring, befits the gallery-like showroom environment in which FOUR MARKETING ARCHETYPE will exhibit their selection of designers and brands, curated to inspire and impact the American Market.
The inception of FOUR MARKETING ARCHETYPE occurred when the Founders of FOUR MARKETING and Archetype Showroom recognized their like-minded ambition to grow select brands in a global retail marketplace. FOUR MARKETING and Archetype realized, by working in concert, their diverse skill sets, relationships, and working experiences in the world’s fashion capitals offer their clients a clear competitive advantage in the today’s retail climate.
Hugo Boss has launched its first digital showroom in Berlin. The brand presented its Hugo pre-fall collection for 2018 at a pop-up space in Berlin to showcase its digital showroom last week. Via a 65 inch touchscreen, resembling a table, viewers were able to browse through the entire collection, go through numerous colour and combination options and directly order pieces from the collection.
Specially developed for Hugo Boss, the dedicated application was created within a very short time using the so-called “scrum method.” This technique taps a form of agile project management that enables the rapid visualization of solutions to complex problems within a flexible framework.
Hugo Boss aims to roll out its digital showroom to its global market in 2018 following its launch in Berlin.
Christopher Bailey, President and CCO at Burberry will be leaving the brand by the end of 2018, bringing his 17-years at the company to an end. Chief Executive Officer Marco Gobbetti will take over as leader. Bailey will stay onboard as President and Chief Creative Officer until March 31st, 2018.
Christopher Bailey, President and Chief Creative Officer, said: “It has been the great privilege of my working life to be at Burberry, working alongside and learning from such an extraordinary group of people over the last 17 years. Burberry encapsulates so much of what is great about Britain. As an organisation, it is creative, innovative and outward looking. It celebrates diversity and challenges received wisdoms. It is over 160 years old, but it has a young spirit. It is part of the establishment, but it is always changing, and always learning. It has been a truly inspiring place to work and the decision to leave was not an easy one. I do truly believe, however, that Burberry’s best days are still ahead of her and that the company will go from strength to strength with the strategy we have developed and the exceptional talent we have in place led by Marco. I would like to thank all my colleagues as well as Sir John Peace and the Board for all their support and faith in me over the years. I am excited to pursue new creative projects but remain fully committed to the future success of this magnificent brand and to ensuring a smooth transition.”
The International Woolmark Prize will return to Florence, with the 2017/18 global final to be held January 9th, 2018, on the first day of Pitti Uomo. Following the success of the 2016/17 global final in Paris, the forthcoming final will once again combine menswear and womenswear into a one star-studded event at Stazione Leopolda, with the two global winners announced in front of key industry heavyweights.
Chosen among the 65 most talented emerging designers worldwide, the six menswear finalists and the six womenswear finalists will be judged by an highly esteemed panel made up of prestigious names of the fashion industry. The two winners will each receive AU$200,000 to invest in the development of their business and will see their winning collections commercialised through the International Woolmark Prize retail partner network which is made up of some of the world’s top stores.
A new component of this year’s prize will be the newly introduced Innovation Award, with The Woolmark Company reinforcing its commitment to supporting emerging design talent and shining a spotlight on the supply chain partners assisting in developing innovative wool fabric and yarn. The Innovation Award, powered by Fashion Tech Lab, will be awarded to the finalist who demonstrates the most exciting approach to help reduce its social and environmental footprint. The inaugural winner of the Innovation Award will be granted AU$100,000 as well as being presented with commercial opportunities
The 2017/2018 International Woolmark Prize finalists are:
- Six Lee – Asia
- BLAIRARCHIBALD – Australia & New Zealand
- Matthew Miller – British Isles
- L’Homme Rouge – Europe
- Antar-Agni – India, Pakistan and Middle East
- DYNE – USA
- KYE – Asia
- Harman Grubiša – Australia & New Zealand
- Le Kilt British Isles
- David Laport – Europe
- Bodice – India, Pakistan and Middle East
- Zaid Affas -USA
On Thursday, January 11th, 2018 UNDERCOVER by Jun Takahashi and TAKAHIROMIYASHITATheSoloist. will present their Fall/Winter 2018-19 menswear collections in Florence during Pitti Uomo 93rd edition.
“UNDERCOVER will be back in Florence after nearly nine years”, says Lapo Cianchi, Pitti Immagine director of communications and events, “along with TAKAHIROMIYASHITATheSoloist. For the first time ever these two visionary Japanese designers, who also happen to be great friends, will stage back-to-back shows that will serve as a symbolic expression of not only their friendship, but also of the mutual respect for one another’s work.”
“We are very happy that Jun Takahashi, who has been at the forefront of the fashion avant-garde for more than twenty five years, considers Pitti Uomo to be the only stage for his menswear shows. As to TAKAHIROMIYASHITATheSoloist., this will be his Pitti Uomo debut that we have been looking forward to for two reasons. First, because we have always held Miyashita’s previous fashion shows for his first label, Number (N)ine, in high regard, and second, because this will be the first show of TAKAHIROMIYASHITATheSoloist outside of Japan.
“We are sure that the back-to-back shows will highlight the work of these two talents. Undercover’s dizzyingly postmodern yet sublime looks, and Takahashi’s unconventional considerations of the beautiful and the weird will be juxtaposed against Miyashita’s forays into the Western imagination and youth culture transformed through his unique design vision. I truly hope that once again Florence will prove to be an endless source of inspiration for these designers, as well as for their global audience.”
Kering, the global luxury group, joined forces with Shanghai Fashion Week to hold an interactive “Innovative Luxury Lab” at Jade House in Xintiandi, Shanghai. For the first time, this workshop introduced the Environment Profit & Loss (EP&L) account to the Chinese fashion industry. Launched by Kering several years ago, the EP&L is a pioneering tool that values the environmental impacts of a business across its entire supply chain, and expresses these impacts in monetary terms. Providing the Group with a global and precise picture, the EP&L helps to make better decisions and support disruptive innovations, from the sourcing and production of raw materials right up to the boutique floor.
The US Group is re-inventing historic jeans styles with new fibers, treatments and methods.
Fabrics in US Group’s presentation at Kingpins Amsterdam harness tomorrow’s textile advances to revitalize the great style visions of the past by adding fashion, comfort, performance and sustainability advantages to authentic denim looks.
With this, US Group will present Cosmic Denim, which features unique technology that enables fabric that fascinates with unlit illumination, bringing glow-in-the-dark-yarn denim. This will be presented at Kingpins in Amsterdam on October 25th till 26th and Denim PV in Paris from November 14th till 15th, 2017.
Centered around Shibuya Hikarie and Omotesando Hills as its main venues, “Amazon Fashion Week TOKYO 2018 S/S” was held between Oct. 16th and 22nd, with 55 brands presenting their collection and over 30 related events taking place. The Fashion Week hosted by the Japan Fashion Week Organization (JFW Organization) and is held twice a year in March and October.
On the first day, it started out with Ms. Ai Tominaga, the Official Ambassador of “Amazon Fashion Week TOKYO 2018 S/S” making an appearance and attending the opening ceremony of “DESIGNART 2017”. In addition, with the enlarged and substantiated, ‘Amazon Fashion “AT TOKYO”’, a program of the title sponsor, Amazon Fashion, to provide a global platform for Japanese designers and continued support to the community, and increase in the number of internationally active global brands participating.
“TOKYO FASHION AWARD”, which selects and awards Tokyo brands with the potential to be active in international markets, and supports their overseas developments, had entered its 4th year. In addition, a project to select and award 1 brand and support their efforts in making a fashion show style collection announcement in Paris, called the “FASHION PRIZE OF TOKYO”, has been newly established. This is an award which was developed to go one step beyond the TOKYO FASHION AWARD.