Born in Zhejiang and educated in London, Jarel Zhang received a master's degree from Northumbria University，After completing the first master degree，Jarel Zhang received second master degrees in Textile Design from Chelsea College of Art and Design. JAREL ZHANG Studio is an "Independent" spirit booster; With material innovation at the heart of every piece, JAREL ZHANG not only creates the brand, but has also developed a construction technique unique to the atelier. JAREL ZHANG explores the design direction of "Component Collection", We explore a new way of selling clothes, we hope that we can buy more than just one complete set of clothing in the store, at the same time, to component purchase is also what we want or what can we choose. JAREL ZHANG hopes to make every widget on the fashion full of vitality; JAREL ZHANG with his revolutionary design pattern and sales model is working with a number of malls to expand and promote more interesting fashion modules so as to fashion could bring consumers more enjoyable experience.
Issey Miyake debuted his first collection in New York in 1971 and began participating in Paris Fashion Week from 1973. His unique concept of clothing as “A Piece Of Cloth” was widely acclaimed throughout the world from the very beginning. An inexhaustible explorer, he has continued to open up new horizons for making clothes through research, experimentation and development while reimagining the relationship between the human body and clothing.
With a resolute determination of moving ever forward, Miyake has brought forth several epoch-making outcomes, including original pleated pieces from 1989, which would later develop into PLEATS PLEASE ISSEY MIYAKE, and the basic idea and process of A-POC in 1997, this time in collaboration with Dai Fujiwara, which would soon evolve into a design solution called A-POC INSIDE which was incorporated into the ISSEY MIYAKE collections as well as in all other brands owned by the ISSEY MIYAKE group.
Placing a high value on fostering various human resources and innovative technologies in the industry since the foundation of the brand, Miyake's spirit of making things has been passed on to a new generation of designers, past and present.
It is Yoshiyuki Miyamae and his team of designers at the helm of the ISSEY MIYAKE Women's collection since the Spring/Summer 2012 Collection.
They are taking on further challenges with fresh eyes and new ideas, while combining the traditional techniques of Japan with new technologies.
Growing up in Messina, de Vincenzo was obsessed with drawing and design. He would study family photographs, fascinated by the transformational power of clothes; at 18 he left Sicily for Rome’s prestigious Istituto Europeo di Design. After graduating, he started working on handbags at Fendi, where he forged a close relationship with Silvia Venturini Fendi.
Still, he fantasized about making clothes, and in 2009 he presented a small haute couture collection in Paris. It was an auspicious debut: His body-skimming suits and dresses with meticulously crafted pleats and metallic finishes caught the attention of the Italian Vogue editor Franca Sozzani, who awarded him first place in her magazine’s famous competition for newcomers, Who Is On Next?
Since then, de Vincenzo has shown a series of accomplished ready-to-wear collections in Milan. From season to season, his look has been anything but predictable, oscillating from geometric leathers to yeti-like furs to pixelated prints to sunny knits in serpentine patterns. AtFendi, he developed a passion for unusual materials, which he sources from small factories and artisanal workshops all over Italy, and when something strikes his fancy—whether it’s fur or athletic mesh—de Vincenzo goes to great lengths to make it unique, hand-painting 3-D effects, gilding and pleating leather, adding crystals. “After working for so many years on handbags, I wanted to feel free,” the designer declares. “I take the liberty of doing a kind of creative slalom.”
What gives cohesion to de Vincenzo’s style is his instinct for what is wearable and his spare, classic silhouettes. “I don’t have a muse, but I have beautiful friends who work in the fashion world, like Giovannaand Delfina [Delettrez, the jewelry designer and daughter of Silvia Venturini Fendi]. From the start, I’ve studied their real-life outfits,” de Vincenzo confesses. “I begin designing, and I ask them, ‘Would you wear this?’ But I also dream of transforming fabric. When I’m working alone, just with the material, I always ask myself, ‘Is it magic?’ ”
A passionate and resourceful meeting between two designers. An intuition turned into a philosophy of style and business management. A new interpretation of the contemporary look that sealed the creation of the brand au jour le jour in 2010, including both the femme and garçon lines. Mirko Fontana e Diego Marquez combine transversal, yet at the same time complementary life paths, unveiling a winning blend of backgrounds and skills that confer a unique value to the brand, as they express their particular vision of elegance: versatile and ironic, cultured and sophisticated, every day. Today, together they run their all-Italian project, which is making its way across the world through celebrities and fashion icons, but, above all, through a selected network of the most prestigious boutiques and department stores in the international fashion and luxury scene
Original, fresh, transversal and ultra-refined. The signature brand’s creativity pairs fabrics and colour with an extremely recognisable balance, characterised by illustrations and animal prints that form the unmistakable habitat au jour le jour. Exclusive materials; baby and pastel hues mixed with vibrant, bright colours; materials and colours come together for a sophisticated and ultra-modern spirit; high definition jewel decorations and embroideries. Every collection is entirely produced in Italy, because the quality of Made in Italy is not a detail but a style statement, which stands for excellence and uniqueness. From the overcoats to the clothes, from the suits to the knitwear, from the eyewear to sneakers, each wardrobe’s garment reflects an aesthetic which enjoys telling a new, captivating story every time. Mainly inspired by real people and their everyday lives, their personal, free and spontaneous expression, like the cheerful and glamorous image of the au jour le jour creations.
Designer Felipe Oliveira Baptista was born in Portugal in 1975. He studied fashion design at Kingston University, graduating in 1997. From 1997 to 2001, he designed for Maxmara, Christophe Lemaire, and Cerruti. In 2002, he won the Grand Prix at the Festival d’Hyères. The following year, in 2003, he won the ANDAM / LVMH Fashion Award and launched Felipe Oliveira Baptista. In 2005, he again won the ANDAM LVMH Fashion Award and presented his first show during Haute Couture Paris Fashion Week. In 2006, he designed a capsule collection for UNIQLO and in 2007, he presented an exhibition in MUDAM, Musée d’art moderne du Luxembourg. In 2008, he commissioned a book and project, Nike « AW77 », and presented an installation at Festival d’Hyères. He also launched his accessories line that same year. In 2009, he presented his first runway show for his ready-to-wear collection at Paris Fashion Week. The following year, in 2010, he launched a Capsule collection: FOB by Felipe Oliveira Baptista for Spring/Summer 2011. That same year, he was appointed creative director of Lacoste.
Ramon Martin After holding many prestigious design posts, Ramon finally settled in New York in 2007, securing the role of Design director at Derek Lam. In 2002, after winning the international design competition Mitelmoda, he left Sydney for London and worked in VM for Dunhill. Following this his European employers included Alberta Ferretti where he was a designer on both the main line and Philosophy - Ferretti’s secondary line. While in Italy, he was offered a design position at Jean Paul Gaultier, moved to Paris, and was exposed to the antiquated inner workings of the Haute Couture atelier. He also consulted for various brands within Europe and Asia gaining experience with production in both markets. He continues to consult for brands in the USA. Ryan Lobo Currently a freelance stylist and design consultant, Ryan Lobo has spent over 15 years in fashion. He has traveled to the world's fashion capitals as buyer for leading Sydney luxury multi-brand stores, first at Robby Ingham Stores, and then for Belinda and The Corner Shop. He contributed to progressive online magazine pagesonline.com for many years and became Editor in chief in 2007, holding the post for three years. His work has been published in OYSTER, Marie Claire and The Sunday Times and he has styled fashion shows for the likes of Camilla and Marc, Antipodium and TV, as well as clients like Next Top Model, and personalities including Miranda Kerr, Natalie Imbruglia and Ruby Rose.
Although the world of fashion is often considered fickle, there are those whose talents and vision are substantial enough to exempt them from its whims. Johnson Hartig is one such talent.
Launching his own eponymous collection in 2000, and the founding creative force behind Libertine, Hartig has been a constant presence in the fashion industry for a decade. His formative years spent traveling through several continents as well as his keen and cultivated eyes have led him to create the popularly regaled collection, Libertine. His expression through Libertine led him to great success, revolutionizing the way we think of graphics, deconstruction of the classic, and recycled clothing. Through this, Johnson Hartig paved the way for what has become known as ecologically friendly fashion.
His great creative prowess has led to often unusual and intriguing collaborations with luminaries such as Damien Hirst, Goyard, and an influence in the broader market with a line for Target. With over 50,000 press editorials during his career, industry insiders, editors, celebrities and taste-makers seek out Hartig not only for his witty take on the world of fashion, but for his view and contributions in all areas of art and design. Early champions include Anna Wintour, Karl Lagerfeld and John Galliano.
Hartig currently resides in Los Angeles, California and regularly travels throughout the world, fueling his creative growth and further expressions. And causing grief.
J.Crew debuted in 1983 with the mailing of its first catalog. Six years later, the company opened a flagship store at New York’s South Street Seaport. Today, the business includes retail stores, the ever-growing website, jcrew.com and catalog business. In 2003, Millard “Mickey” Drexler joined J.Crew as Chairman and CEO, pushing service, quality and innovation to the next level. The company partners with the finest global fabric mills and craftsmen—as well as with iconic brands such as Alden, Timex, Thomas Mason and Barbour (to name just a few). J.Crew has also introduced several line extensions, including crewcuts (for kids sizes 2–14), J.Crew Weddings & Parties and J.Crew Collection (featuring exclusive and limited-edition pieces with couture-level details). J.Crew continues its retail expansion with a series of new specialty boutiques. Four men’s-only stores in downtown Manhattan—The Liquor Store, the Ludlow Shop and 2 J.Crew Men’s Shops—are each filled with a curated selection of J.Crew must-haves, limited-edition items, vintage finds and a suiting shop. No. 1035 is the exclusive Madison Avenue women’s shop dedicated to the Collection label plus one-of-a-kind products. In addition, a crewcuts store opened on Madison Avenue and a dedicated jewelry and accessories shop was added to the Prince Street store. In 2006, the company introduced Madewell, a modern-day interpretation of an American denim label founded in 1937. Madewell has a flagship store in New York City and 65 other stores nationwide. Summer 2010 brought the launch of Madewell’s much anticipated commerce site, madewell.com. In March 2012, Jcrew.com launched in over 100 countries and opened the company's first stores outside of North America in London in November 2013.
ROBERTO LÓPEZ ETXEBERRÍA was born in Éibar, Gipuzkoa, in 1976. After studying design and fashion at Felicidad Duce (Barcelona), he worked as assistant to fashion designer Sergei Povaguin from 2005 to 2008. In 2008, he created his own brand ETXEBERRIA, specialising in men's fashion.
From 2008 to 2010, the company presented small collections at Pasarela Vigo (2008, “Night Calls” and 2009 “Dress Code”) and Creamoda Bilbao (2010, “Portraits”), which received an honourable mention, second prize and first prize, respectively.
In 2011, the brand presented two full collections at Ego de Cibeles Madrid Fashion Week: “La piel que habito” (A/W 2011-12) and “Jour de fête” (S/S 2012), consecutively winning the L’Oreal Award for the best collection.
Also in 2011, the brand was selected to represent Spain at the second La Maison de la Création in Marseille; it was invited by the Spanish Embassy in Austria to present the collection “La piel que habito” at Vienna Fashion Week, and in October, it showed the collection at Brooklyn Fashion Week in New York, where it achieved great success and significant repercussions in the international press.
In February 2012, the company presented its A/W 2012-13 collection “Viaje de invierno” on the catwalk OFF MERCEDES-BENZ FASHION WEEK MADRID.
In September, it presented its S/S 2013 collection “La piel del Sur” once again, at OFF MBFWM. This collection was also shown at the Pitti Uomo trade show in Florence.
In February 2013, the brand was shown in the official section of MBFWM, for the first time, with the A/W 2013-14 collection “París Berlín Moscú”. This collection was also shown at Pitti Uomo Florence and at the PROJECT NY trade show, once again.
In June that year, the brand was invited to a private location in Washington, to show the Jour de Fête collection.
In September, the latest collection (S/S 2014), called “Gernika” was presented in the official section of MBFWM, where it achieved great success, high media impact and critical acclaim. This collection was presented in the showrooms at Pitti Uomo, PROJECT NY and THE TENTS Las Vegas.
Some of its creations were included in an exhibition for the Spanish embassy in London. In October, the designer was a special guest at Designblok in Prague, taking part in various events and showing his latest collection once again. What is more, the Colombian wool producers' association Festilana and journalist Pilar Castaño invited him to Bogotá to show the same collection and learn about traditional local techniques.
ETXEBERRÍA has been selected to represent Spain at the next International Woolmark Prize 2014-2015.
In November, he was invited to show the “París Berlín Moscú” collection (A/W 13-14) and give several talks on his career at CREARE in León de Guanajuato (Mexico).
In February 2014, the latest collection (A/W 2014), called “Midwinter men” was presented in the official section of MBFWM, where it achieved great success, high media impact and critical acclaim. This collection was presented in the showrooms at Tranoï (Paris) and PROJECT NY.
The Dalmau brothers, Custo and David, created Custo Barcelona in the early 80’s after a long trip during which they travelled all around the world. Their journey allowed them to discover not only new landscapes but the most varied of artistic, cultural and philosophical expressions. Amongst the things they found to be most worthy of interest were the typically Californian style they saw on the surfers who lived in the southern part of the state and the psychedelic look they observed in the northern part. The brothers were impressed by the colorful and innovative fashion trends they came across, and in particular the style of the tops and T-shirts which didn’t exist in Spain in those days. Using the above as a starting point, the brand was launched under the name “Custo Line”. The Dalmau brothers got to work and learned everything there was to know about printing techniques and finishings, paying special attention to graphic design, a field they felt particularly comfortable with. Through time, their research on the use of color and prints has given risen rise to designs that are innovative, bold and sophisticated. Later on, all kinds of new garments were introduced to complement Custo Barcelona’s trademark printed tops, like skirts, trousers and coats, thus giving rise to complete collections. Nowadays it could be said that Custo Barcelona is a style in itself; one that, to a certain extent, embodies a specific lifestyle.
Manel Jadraque, Managing Director & spokesperson for Desigual.
Manel Jadraque began his career at Desigual in 2004 as the Director of Operations. His knowledge and experience in the fields of design, sales and production led him to the role of product manager for the women’s division 3 years later. While in charge, the team increased to over 60 and saw the introduction of children’s and accessory divisions that today make up more than 20% of Desigual's global revenues.
In 2009 Jadraque led the international expansion of Desigual into the United States, opening offices in 2010. By 2011 Jadraque was appointed to the role of Director of European Retail, a market which is responsible for half of Desigual’s global income. In 2012 he assumed the role of Managing Director of Desigual worldwide.
Manel Jadraque has a degree in Business Studies from the University of Barcelona and a Masters in Business Management from the Instituto de Empresa (IE) (Business Institute). He began his career in 1986 at Mateu&Solé, an industrial machinery company, where he learned about production organization, cost analysis and processes. In 1992 he took on a role in the operations department of the prestigious luxury group LVHM in Paris as Director of Production in Spain. When LVHM acquired Loewe he moved to Madrid in 1997 and became Director of Planning and Procurement. In this role he worked directly with the design team.
"Desigual is an exciting and passionate project involving imaginative people who enjoy every single day!
Tory Burch is a luxury lifestyle brand defined by classic American sportswear with an eclectic sensibility and attainable price point. It embodies the personal style and spirit of its CEO and designer, Tory Burch. The brand was launched in February 2004 as a lifestyle concept with multiple product categories, including ready-to-wear, handbags, shoes and jewelry. Tory Burch designed the first boutique in New York to feel more like a residential space than a traditional retail store. Key design elements featured in all boutiques include orange lacquer doors, mirrored walls and Lucite fixtures. Tory Burch is greatly influenced by the personal style of her parents Buddy and Reva Robinson. She also is inspired by her love of art, music, culture and travel, which is reflected in the collection. Graphic prints, bold colors and unique details are all signatures of the brand. Tory Burch has received several awards from the fashion industry, including the 2008 CFDA for Accessory Designer of the Year; 2007 Accessory Brand Launch of the Year from Accessories Council of Excellence; and 2005 Rising Star award from Fashion Group International. Burch was named one of Forbes’ Most Powerful Women in the World in 2010. Blake Lively, Reese Witherspoon, Oprah Winfrey, Jennifer Lopez, Gwyneth Paltrow and Hilary Swank have all worn the collection. In 2009, the Tory Burch Foundation was launched to support the economic empowerment of women and families. Through grants and microfinancing for women entrepreneurs, the foundation invests in the success and sustainability of women-owned small businesses. Through mentoring opportunities, it provides women with tools to achieve their aspirations as entrepreneurs and leaders. Please visit toryburchfoundation.org for more information. Born and raised in Valley Forge, just outside Philadelphia, Burch graduated from The University of Pennsylvania with a degree in art history and moved to New York to pursue a career in the fashion industry. She has worked for some of the most influential American designers, including Ralph Lauren, Vera Wang and Narciso Rodriguez at Loewe. Burch currently resides in New York City with her three sons. Tory Burch is available at freestanding Tory Burch stores across the U.S., Europe, Middle East, Latin America and Asia, on toryburch.com, and in over 1,000 select department and specialty stores worldwide.
Born July 7, 1966 in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The first of four children, Luis Antonio started designing since his early years in High School. After a couple of years in the New York Fashion Institute of Technology, Luis Antonio returns to Puerto Rico were he began working in designing his ready-to-wear collection.Luis Antonio’s label quickly became a household name among society women. His collections are modern and cosmopolitan, yet they posses a romantic, feminine quality about them which has been the reflection of Luis Antonio’s staple over the years. His use of ruffles, bows, vibrant colors, soft silhouettes and evening wear, characterizes his creativeness and architectural vision over the past two decades. Luis Antonio’s label also produces casual and formal, menswear and in recent years, his own shoe design-line by famous shoe franchise, NOVUS, INC.
Luis Antonio has been hired by such companies as Pepsi, Budwiser, Cover Girl, Coors, Heineken, Mercedes Benz, etc. to dress their models.
Most recently, Luis Antonio designed the complete wardrobe of the Actress, Mia Maestro for her Canadian movie: Meant to Be, as well as the wardrobe used in the store of her designer character. In addition, his designs were shown in top magazine covers, and he has worked as the personal designer for stars such as, Gisselle Blondet, Barbara Bermudo, Adamaris Lopez, Dayanara Torres, Luis Fonsi, Jackie Guerrido, Melina Leon, Mirka Dellanos, Ivy Queen, Astrid Muñoz, Kani Garcia. As well as International renowned stars like: Jennifer Lopez, Marc Anthony, Don Omar, Amaury Nolasco (Prision Break), Jennifer Morrison (House), Roselyn Sanchez (Without a Trace), Paulina Rubio and many more. On the business side, he opened a flagship store in San Patricio Town Center in San Juan, Puerto Rico and will soon open an atelier in Miami, Florida.
He has been a mainstay of the Puerto Rican fashion scene for the past 20 years, in which he has presented 2 collections each year in partnership with different non-profit organizations such as the Ricky Martin Foundation, the American Society for Cancer (Puerto Rico Division) and the Alas a la Mujer Fundation, among others.
Luis Antonio has become famous and consistent in the ever changing and competitive fashion world, because after 20 years, his work continues to blend elegance, luxury and ease. His pieces are eclectic, subtle yet with a touch of chic, gothic and retro. Luis Antonio has defined the standards of elegance and the best is yet to be seen.
Growing up Getty provided an interesting portal into the world of Art, Fashion and Fantasy for designer August Getty. By the age of five, August had created his very own world of whimsy, storytelling, dance and drawing, he also had the perfect muse to direct: his sister, Natalia.
After years in the making, August Getty is pleased to announce his debut designer collection for Spring/Summer 2015 and the opening of his Los Angeles studio, aptly named August Getty Atelier.
Getty’s childhood is filled with memories of his mother (Ariadne Getty, daughter of Sir Paul Getty, KBE - a.k.a. John Paul Getty II) opening larger than life boxes from the greatest couturiers of her time.
August calls upon memories of wildly delightful European Heiresses, Statues and his family’s botanical gardens. He would sit for hours and draw Hydrangeas, Peonies and Wisteria -- flowers that abundantly appear throughout this season’s collection. Glamour, power and prestige push the envelope of Getty’s designs that include drop dead, head turning dresses and gowns.
Founded in 1989, BCBGMAXAZRIAGROUP is the lifetime version of one man: Founder, Designer, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Max Azria. After years of success designing women’s wear in Paris and Los Angeles, Azria decided to pursue his dream of launching a design house that spoke to the modern woman, and BCBGMAXAZRIA was born. Azria’s distinct ability to cultivate his creative sensibilities while maximizing his keen business sense is key to BCBGMAXAZRIA’s success. With the launch of the BCBGMAXAZRIA brand, he redefined the designer category by offering high-quality, on-trend clothing at contemporary price points. As a result, Azria was inducted into the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) IN 1998. Lubov Azria, Chief Executive Officer of BCBGMAXAZRIAGROUP and Max’s wife, joined the company as a designer in 1991 and was named Creative Director in 1996. Under Lubov’s influence, BCBGMAXAZRIA has become one of America’s leading design houses, with collections that span evening, cocktail dresses, sportswear separates, handbags, small leather goods and licensed outerwear, footwear, hats and swimwear. In recognition of her accomplishments as a designer and creative leader, Lubov Azria was inducted into the CFDA in 2010. Max and Lubov Azria launched the BCBGMAXAZRIA runway collection during New York Fashion Week in the Fall of 1996. In 1998, BCBGMAXAZRIAGROUP acquired the esteemed Hervé Léger fashion house. The Azrias relaunched the label in early 2007 with their own designs which were quickly embraced by celebrities like Rihanna, Beyonce and Jennifer Lawrence. For Fall 2008, Max and Lubov presented Hervé Léger by Max Azria and BCBGMAXAZRIA Runway on the runway. Today, BCBGMAXAZRIAGROUP has more than 530 BCBGMAXAZRIA retail boutiques worldwide, each serving as a consummate showcase for women’s ready-to-wear and accessory collections. There are currently over 250 BCBGMAXAZRIA boutiques in the United States, and BCBGMAXAZRIA is present throughout Europe, Canada, Venezuela, Chile, Portugal, Greece, Bahrain, Japan, Singapore, Malaysia, Taiwan, China, Hong Kong and Russia among other countries. The Azrias’ collections are also sold in specialty stores and in-store shops in major department stores across the globe, including Saks Fifth Avenue, Bergdorf Goodman, Bloomingdale’s, Macy’s, Lord & Taylor, Dillard’s, the UK’s Harvey Nichols, Hong Kong’s Lane Crawford, Taiwan’s Mitsukoshi and Singapore’s Takashimaya stores.
“Every woman, regardless of size and shape, deserves to feel confident,comfortable and gorgeous.”
It is this belief that drives Tadashi Shoji and his namesake brand. Employing expert techniques in draping, ruching and shutter pleats, each garment is masterfully tailored to flatter all figures.
Tadashi also carefully chooses fabrics with stretch, such as luxe jersey, embroidered lace and featherweight tulle to render a custom-made feel. So, whether it’s a cocktail dress or floor-length gown, the wearer looks red-carpet polished, with all the effortlessness of slipping on her favorite T-shirt. From the fabric to the fit, a Tadashi dress is infused with glamour and ease.
With a range of styles and exquisite craftsmanship, Tadashi Shoji inspires realwomen, on their most memorable occasions, to feel confident in what they are wearing and comfortable in their own skin – in a word, beautiful.
Tadashi Shoji, founded in 1982, maintains signature boutiques in the United States, Indonesia and China and is carried in more than 700 major department and specialty stores worldwide.
About Tadashi Shoji
Tadashi Shoji, the founder and chief designer of the Tadashi Shoji collection was born and raised in Sendai, Japan. He began painting and drawing from a youngage and eventually moved to Tokyo, where he studied fine art. His talent was soon recognized and he was recommended for an apprenticeship with Japan’s leading contemporary artist, Jiro Takamatsu, who is credited with paving the way for the modern art movement in Japan during the sixties.
However, it was not until Tadashi moved to Los Angeles in the seventies that he awakened his life-long passion, fashion design, in which he also earned a degree. Soon after university, Tadashi began working at a prominent clothing manufacturer and quickly climbed the ranks. Noticing that women had few choices when it came to special occasion dresses in the contemporary market, he launched his own collection in 1982.
For the next 25 years, the brand continued to thrive and in 2007, Tadashi debuted his higher-end runway collection at New York Fashion Week to rave reviews. In 2013, to mark his 30th anniversary as a designer, Tadashi released a capsule collection inspired by his most sought-after pieces.
Today, the Tadashi Shoji collection is globally recognized and loved by devoted women ranging from busy working mothers to red carpet gracing celebrities. With his original designs and innovative collections, women regardless of shape or size are inspired to showcase their beauty and walk with confidence.
Carmen grew up in Westchester County, New York. His father was an anesthesiologist and mother, a nurse. In the Valvo home, traditional children’s story and coloring books were supplemented with educational and anatomy related volumes in hopes their son would follow in the family footsteps. This is where Carmen first developed the formative knowledge of the female figure that would later help him to become such a successful and intuitive designer. His artistic spirit revealed itself early on through his passion for oil painting and portraiture as well as fashion illustration. Before heading to Vienna where he hoped to pursue his artistic dreams, Carmen first attended the Fine Arts program at Manhattanville College. While traveling throughout Europe and exploring the rich cultural tapestry of centuries-old historic cities and quaint countryside, and becoming proficient in several languages, fate intervened - Carmen was injured in a car accident and returned to the States to recover. Finally realizing his true passion had always lay in fashion design, he set his sights on a career he thought was only a fantasy and enrolled in Parsons School of Design. Upon leaving Parsons School of Design, Carmen’s first position was with Bill Atkinson in mid-1970. However, Carmen’s real professional career began with an offer to work in Paris with the house of Nina Ricci. This was followed by a position with Christian Dior in the same city. Dior is where he established his true sense of the couture aesthetic, which so embodies all of his works to date. By 1989 he was ready to launch his own label. With only a few thousand dollars, he fearlessly pulled together a collection to show to department and specialty stores at the fall fashion market in New York. His collection was an instant success and was bought by several top stores. But it was his eveningwear, his true passion, which captured the hearts of buyers at both Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus. Having established a solid reputation as one of 7th Avenue’s most noteworthy independent brands with his Black Label Collection, Carmen launched Carmen Marc Valvo Couture in 1998. After years of working in the Parisian ateliers, Carmen was finally able to truly utilize his skill and experience to create his celebrity clientele the original Carmen Marc Valvo creations that they so desired. Twice each year during New York Fashion Week, Carmen’s Couture collection is presented showcasing his extraordinary craftsmanship. Since then he has been exploring his soul's desire to bring glamorous dressing to every woman's life through his eponymous Collection, whose enchanting designs have become synonymous with grace and refinement. Today his elegant eveningwear collection is a fixture at fine department stores throughout the world. Carmen’s label also appears on his highly sought-after clothing and accessory lines – including swimwear, eyewear, footwear and fur, which reflect the designer’s artistic sensibility. “While other designers seek to shock, Valvo’s creations shine in the marketplace.” -TIME magazine In 2011, Carmen brought his talents from the design studio to the printed page with the publication of his book, Dressed to Perfection: The Art of Dressing for Your Red Carpet Moments (Rizzoli). This book captures Carmen’s unique perspective on design and silhouettes, offering expert insights and advice for dressing for all seasons and body types, for women everywhere who want to look their best. The designer also shares his personal sources of inspiration, from the idyllic private hideaway that refreshes his creative energies, to the women who inspire his creations. “Over the years, the designer has demonstrated the talent to do it all.” -Women’s Wear Daily Most recently, Carmen joined forces with H.H. Brown Shoe Company to create the exclusive Carmen Marc Valvo Calzature collection produced in Italy as well as the Carmen Marc Valvo collection: the designer's first-ever foray into footwear of this magnitude. Today, the Carmen Marc Valvo lifestyle brand is made up of several collections. Through special licensing partnerships, each top-tier company contributes a unique component that embodies the integrity and vision of Carmen Marc Valvo. Swimwear - Swimwear Anywhere since 2005 Eyewear and Sunglasses - Signature Eyewear since 2007 Fur - BC International Group since 2010 Knitwear – Republic Clothing Group since 2011 Shoes – H.H. Brown Shoe Company since 2012 Each one of Carmen’s elegant designs combines classic artistry and refinement in striking silhouettes designed to enhance and complement the inherent beauty of the female form. His unique ability to highlight a woman’s best features through the flawless execution of color and fabric has made him a favorite of celebrities seeking an unforgettable special event look. Over the past 24 years, Carmen’s stunning cocktail dresses and breathtaking couture gowns have graced some of the world’s most glamorous and talented women.
Scott was born in Kansas City, Missouri.He attended the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York, for fashion design. He started his career in the late 1990s showing in Paris Fashion Week. Vogue called his spring 2000 ready-to-wear show "a witty reply to all his detractors, who had accused him in the past of producing outlandish clothing that no one would wear.
In June 2008, Adidas launched a collaboration collection of footwear and apparel by Scott. The wing high tops and teddy bear shoes are popular with hip hop stars as well as with the general fashion public. The first collaboration between Scott and Adidas was in 2002 for the "!Signed" project, for which Scott created a silk jacquard with a motif of money scattered around with his own likeness replacing that of George Washington. The design was on the Adidas classic high top model, the Forum, which has a velcro strap around the ankle. The shoe was handmade in the Adidas factory in Scheinfeld, Germany. There were only 100 pairs made, 50 went to Scott and 50 went to Adidas followed by Adicolor Collab with Adidas + Keith Haring
There seems to be no stopping Rochambeau, the young designer menswear label which has been making waves in the American fashion industry since it’s debut season in 2008.
Rochambeau, which is French for the popular game rock-paper-scissors. As such, each of the three members brings their own individual strength to the table.
Joshua Cooper and Laurence Chandler, both 26, met in New York City, are the business core of the team. Emerging from a family background in the print industry, a sector closely related to the fashion industry, the guys cultivated relationships within the fashion industry taking plenty of notes along the way.
Their look books have also garnered critical acclaim and have been shown in galleries alongside artwork from Victor Demarchelier and Alexandra Richards as well as at the Diesel “Only the Brave” opening party.
Rochambeau was recently featured in publications such as YRB, In New York, as well as a 6 page spread for Interview Magazine featuring female supermodel Natasha Vojinovic wearing Rochambeau menswear telling the androgynous story of Jack and Jill.
Rochambeau has become finalists in a prestigious fashion award to be announced later this year.
Rochambeau retails at prestigious boutiques around the world, including OAK NYC, HARVEY NICHOLS Hong Kong, OKII-NI online, CHURCH LA, The Mondrian Hotel, FL, Kifka + Heller NYC, DAIS Boutique, London, Sid Concept, Saudia Arabia, as well as their recently launched ecommerce site (www.rochambeau.us.com).
Her MA Graduation Collection in 2010 received much positive press and buyer attention, and also was rewarded the revered Harrods Award; with her collection being house in the window of the Knightsbridge Department Store.
In March she launched her eponymous label, J JS LEE featuring sleek and chic androgynous pieces in tailoring.
Her vision for creating a label which defines a modern woman who is concerned with looking sharp in a uniquely feminine way has been given a platform to launch itself.
DESIGNER NAME: Henry Holland
BACKGROUND: Born in Ramsbottom, Henry went on to study at the London College of Printing. He was a stylist before setting up his label.
SIGNATURES: “Bold, colourful, irreverent.”
IDEAL CLIENT: “I design with a London girl’s aesthetic in mind and love to see girls wearing my designs in their own unique way.”
"PERSONALLY, I like the risk of creating something and making it successful... This is what a creator should be…challenging himself to create something that people want to observe and learn more about. It's not just fashion, it's also an object that they want to invest in and own, have, look at." - Marios Schwab (Business of Fashion)
Through his conceptually driven and unashamedly theoretical approach to fashion, Greco-Austrian Marios Schwab has won the hearts of fashion critics and buyers alike since launching his London-based label in 2005.
Despite a childhood dream to become a ballet dancer, Schwab began his training in Austria at the Annahof school at the age of 15. He embarked on a four year course in classical tailoring and technical construction of garments. The skills garnered at Annahof have proved to be the cornerstone of the Marios Schwab brand aesthetic.
Schwab moved on to Berlin's ESMOD University graduating with distinction and the institution's award for Best Student. From this, he completed an MA in Womenswear at London's prestigious Central Saint Martins under the guidance of the formidable Louise Wilson.
After showing for three seasons as part of Fashion East's initiative for emerging talent, Schwab debuted independently at SS 2007 LFW to great critical acclaim – notably scooping the prize for Best New Designer at the British Fashion Awards in 2006 and the Swiss Textiles Award in 2007. Furthermore, in May 2009, Schwab was appointed Creative Director of the iconic American Label Halston in what Vogue described as a "match made in heaven".
Never complacent, Schwab's design aesthetic is not only cutting edge but steeped in respect for traditional craftsmanship and innovative technological advancements.
With narratives informed by everything from tattoos and mystical symbols in SS11 to split page books in SS10. The collections are as intelligent as they are desirable to clientele including Chloe Sevigny, Kylie, Jessica Alba and Demi Moore.
Recent collections have explored the themes of period costume, lingerie and Schwab's Austrian upbringing in a shift from the body conscious designs with which he became synonymous.
Furthermore, with continual features and editorials in a range of international publications from Vogue to Dazed and Confused, stockists the world over and ongoing collaborations with Mykita and Swarovski, it remains inarguable that Schwab is a leading light in the British Fashion Industry.
DESIGNER NAME: Christopher Kane
DESIGN BACKGROUND: Born in Scotland, Christopher studied at Central Saint Martins for six years. He interned with Giles Deacon and Russell Sage before setting up his own label as soon as he graduated.
SIGNATURES:“I love detail, especially some sort of embellishment that can transform a garment instantly. It’s always good to move out of your comfort zone each season, to learn new things and to challenge your senses.”
IDEAL CLIENT: “She is a real individual and a keen follower of fashion. She maybe works in the industry or another creative field. Age doesn’t really concern me; I’m more interested in personality and the way a woman carries herself.”
TRADEMARK PIECE: “I wouldn’t want to be known for doing one thing but the girls in the studio think it would have to be the neon collections.”
Christopher Kane won BFC British Collection of the Year at the British Fashion Awards 2009 and the New Establishment award at the British Fashion Awards 2011.
Christoper Kane won the Womenswear Designer Award at the British Fashion Awards 2013
Established in London in 2005 by Erdem Moralioglu, the eponymous ready-to-wear brand, Erdem, has come to be synonymous with versatile yet powerful femininity. Erdem trained at the prestigious Royal College of Art in London where he remained to launch the brand following his graduation. Known for his use of experimental textiles, vibrant prints, and detailed craftsmanship, Erdem has created a beautiful world of the delicate mixed with the bold.
Erdem has received numerous accolades over the years, including the 2008 British Fashion Council’s Fashion Forward Award; the 2010 inaugural Vogue / British Fashion Council Designer Fashion Fund Award, the 2012 British Fashion Council’s New Establishment Award and the 2013 British Fashion Council’s Red Carpet Award.
Erdem is sold in over 170 of the most exclusive retailers, including Barneys New York, Bergdorf Goodman, Lane Crawford, Colette, Dover Street Market and Harvey Nichols.
London-based designer Markus Lupfer graduated from the University of Westminster with a first-class honours degree, in 1997. Thanks to his unique style and the artful way Lupfer refreshes everyday basics, the German-born designer didn’t wait long for commercial success. His critically acclaimed final year collection was immediately bought by fashion boutique Koh Samui. And shortly after that he was awarded the New Generation Award, in 2001, allowing him to show the label that bears his name.
Markus Lupfer became a regular on the London Fashion Week schedule until February 2003, before joining Spanish fashion house Armand Basi in 2006, where he was design director until 2009. In 2008 Markus Lupfer won ‘Best Designer of the Year’, at the Prix de la Mode Awards, in Spain. Lupfer’s innovative designs have also created opportunities for collaborations and consultancy projects with Ruffo, Cacharel, Mulberry, and, of course, Armand Basi One womenswear – which he turned into a must-see London Fashion Week show.
In 2010, Markus reintroduced his collections to the London Fashion Week schedule, hosting light-hearted, refreshing and highly acclaimed presentations. AW12 will be the second season for Markus to be part of Style.com’s Video Fashion Week.
Lupfer is acclaimed for his exceptional knitwear and inspired approach to jersey tailoring. His innovative use of print and experimentation with embroidery, and graphic embellishment, continues to earn him a devoted celebrity following, with fans including Madonna, Olivia Palermo, Lydia Hearst, Alexa Chung, Tennessee Thomas, Irina Lazareanu, Edie Campbell, Rhianna, Beyonce, Anna Friel and Gossip Girl’s Leighton Meister.
Markus Lupfer’s experimental and exceptional approach to sequined embroidery has won him fans the world over. Particularly, straight talking fashion journalist Sarah Mower who recognizes the cult fan base Lupfer is quickly acclaiming:
“Markus Lupfer's been very clever in making his sequined sweaters an item with a bit of a cult following that draws followers from a really surprisingly broad customer-base. They strike such a great balance between easy and dressed-up and witty and smart - pieces to make people from teenagers to grown ups smile and feel good in it almost anywhere.”
Lupfer’s unique style breathes new life into the everyday basics and refreshes the concept of classic knitwear, creating wearable clothing with an ornamental feel.
Tom Ford was born in Austin, Texas, but spent most of his childhood in Santa Fe, New Mexico. During his teens, Ford moved to New York and enrolled at New York University, initially attending courses in art history. He later redirected his studies to concentrate on architecture at Parsons School of Design in New York and Paris, concluding his training at Parsons in New York.
In 1990, Tom Ford moved to Milan to join Gucci as the company’s Womenswear Designer. In 1992, he became Design Director and in 1994 he was appointed Creative Director of Gucci. He was responsible for the design of all product lines, from clothing to perfumes, and for the Group’s corporate image, advertising campaigns and store design.
In January 2000, following the acquisition of Yves Saint Laurent and YSL Beaute by the Gucci Group, Tom Ford assumed the position of Creative Director of Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche and YSL Beaute in addition to his then existing duties at Gucci. Ford worked with all creative teams at YSL to define the overall image and positioning of the YSL brand including all product categories and communication activities. Ford also served as Creative Director of Gucci Group. In July 2002 he was made Vice Chairman of the Management Board of Gucci Group. In April 2004, Ford resigned from his post at Gucci Group following a buyout by Pinault Printemps Redoute.
During Ford’s 10 years as Creative Director at Gucci and Gucci Group, sales increased from 230 million dollars in 1994 to almost 3 billion dollars in 2003, making Gucci one of the largest and most profitable luxury brands in the world.
In April 2005, Ford announced the creation of the TOM FORD brand. Ford was joined in this venture by former Gucci Group President and Chief Executive Officer Domenico De Sole, who serves as Chairman of the company. In that same year, Ford announced his partnership with Marcolin Group to produce and distribute optical frames and sunglasses, as well as an alliance with Esteé Lauder to create the TOM FORD BEAUTY brand. There are currently 15 private blend and 7 signature fragrances in the TOM FORD beauty collection, as well as a complete cosmetics collection, which launched in Fall 2011. Both the eyewear and beauty collections have been hugely successful and rank in the top 3 brands at specialty stores worldwide.
In April 2007, his first directly owned flagship store opened in New York at 845 Madison Avenue and coincided with the debut of the TOM FORD menswear and accessory collection. In September 2010, during an intimate presentation at his Madison Avenue flagship, Ford presented his much anticipated womenswear collection on some of his style icons including Lauren Hutton and Beyonce Knowles. Presently, there are 64 freestanding TOM FORD stores and shop-in-shops in locations such as Milan, Tokyo, Las Vegas, Dubai, Zurich, New Delhi, Shanghai and Russia.
In March 2005, Ford announced the opening of his film production company, FADE TO BLACK, through which he directed, produced and co-wrote his first feature film entitled 'A Single Man'. Adapted from the Christopher Isherwood novel of the same name, the film stars Colin Firth, Julianne Moore, Matthew Goode and Nicholas Hoult. ‘A Single Man’ premiered at the 66th annual Venice Film Festival and was released in December 2009. The film received multiple awards and nominations including an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor for Colin Firth, Independent Spirit Award nominations for Best First Feature and Best First Screenplay for Tom Ford, Golden Globe nominations for Colin Firth and Julianne Moore for Best Actor and Best Supporting Actress, Best Actor awards for Colin Firth at the Venice Film Festival and the BAFTA's, and Outstanding Film (Wide Release) for Tom Ford at the GLAAD Media Awards.
Tom Ford’s success has been recognized by a number of awards including: five awards from the prestigious Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) (1995), (2001), (2002), (2004), (2008); four VH-1/ Vogue Fashion Awards (1995), (1996), (1999), (2002); People Magazine’s 50 Most Beautiful People (1997); the Fashion Editor’s Club of Japan (FEC) (2000), two ACE awards from the US Accessory Council (2001) and (2006) in recognition of his new sunglass line; the Style Icon Award at the 1999 Elle Style Awards (UK); the British GQ International Man of the Year Award (2000); the Superstar Award at the Fashion Group International’s Night of Stars (USA, 2000); Best Fashion Designer, TIME Magazine (2001); GQ Designer of the year (USA, 2001); the Fashion Design Achievement Award at the Cooper Hewitt Design Museum’s National Design Award (2003). In March 2004, Tom Ford was honored for his contributions to the worlds of fashion and film with the Rodeo Drive Walk of Style award. That same year, he was inducted into the International Best Dressed List Hall of Fame. In 2005, he received the Andre Leon Talley Lifetime Achievement Award from the Savannah College of Art and Design. In March 2007, GLAAD honored Tom Ford with the Vito Russo Award. In 2009, he was honored as one of GQ USA’s Men of the Year and was selected as GQ Germany’s Man of the Year. In 2010, Tom Ford was nominated for a CFDA for Menswear Designer of the Year. In 2011 Tom Ford was named the STATUS Magazine International Man of the Year in Greece and Elle UK’s International Designer of the Year, as well as GQ Russia’s Man of the Decade.
Before launching her own brand,