EXCLUSIVE: Aldo Maria Camillo to Unveil Namesake Brand at Pitti Uomo

MILAN — Aldo Maria Camillo will unveil the first collection of his namesake label at Pitti Uomo, running in Florence Jan. 8 to 11.
The designer was selected by the international men’s wear trade show at its Pitti Italics Special Event.
“Aldo Maria Camillo works exclusively and with great focus on men’s fashion studying the masculine silhouette, with the aim of giving a new imprint and freshness to men’s wear. His cultural references belong to an intimately classical background, supported by solid stylistic training and an acute sensitivity to current worldwide events — which goes beyond fashion. He has talent, imagination, and a sense of material,” said Pitti Immagine director of communications and events Lapo Cianchi. “The new project of Aldo Maria is very personal and immediately engaged us, because we believe that in men’s wear it is essential to return to the standards of elegance nonetheless, re-read and renewed in a modern key. We want to join him in this adventure — the launching of his self-named brand — which now more than ever before requires courage and determination.”
A graduate from the New York Fashion Institute of Technology, Camillo kicked off his career in 2003 as an assistant fashion designer at Valentino. Three

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Y/Project to Unveil Men’s Fall Collection at Pitti Uomo

MILAN — Y/Project will show its men’s fall 2019 collection in Florence as guest brand of the next edition of international men’s wear trade show Pitti Uomo, running Jan. 8 to 11.
Y/Project’s collections are designed by Glenn Martens, who succeeded the brand’s founder Yohan Serfaty as creative director in 2013. Serfaty passed away that year.
Under the creative direction of Martens, the Paris-based label won the ANDAM Grand Prize award in 2017 and consolidated its presence in the most relevant department stores in the world, including Dover Street Market, Barneys, Selfridges, Lane Crawford and Jeffrey.
“Glenn Martens created for Y/Project a new aesthetic language, based on contradictions,” said Pitti Immagine communication and events director Lapo Cianchi. “Elegance is juxtaposed with eclectic and extravagant references, streetwear is enriched with historic details and exaggerated couture touches. The brand offers a highly conceptual design in line with the most advances projects in the market and Martens express a witty sense of humor and has a very personal fashion vision, based on freedom, experimentation and fun, without boundaries.”
Last June, Martens unveiled in Milan his capsule collection for the Diesel Red Tag label. Craig Green and Roberto Cavalli were the latest guests designer at Pitti Uomo last June.

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Back For Good: Take That unveil greatest hits tour

Take That have announced a greatest hits tour to mark their 30th anniversary next year.
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OVS, Massimo Piombo Unveil New Brand

Italian men’s wear designer Massimo Piombo has a couple of new jobs to add to its résumé.
On Thursday, Italian retailer OVS and the designer launched the new Piombo brand, cutting the ribbon of the label’s first freestanding store here. OVS and Piombo hold a 70 percent and 30 percent stake in the company, respectively.
In addition, the designer, who was named OVS men’s artistic director in March, will expand his role. Stefano Beraldo, OVS chief executive officer, announced that Piombo will take on the creative director post overseeing all the retailer’s lines, which include women’s wear and kid’s wear — a particularly successful segment for OVS according to Beraldo — along with men’s wear.
The fashion direction of the OVS women’s ready-to-wear collections will continue to be led by Caterina Salvador, under Piombo’s guidance.
The first store for the new Piombo brand, which is positioned in the contemporary, affordable luxury segment, is located in the city’s artsy Brera district. The 1,291-square-foot unit will be open for business Sept. 14, along with a second banner in Treviso, in Italy’s Veneto region.

The new Piombo label’s first store in Milan. 
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Beraldo noted that he expects to open 15 additional doors for the label by the end

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Diego Dolcini to Unveil Crystal-Heeled Baccarat Shoe Capsule

CRYSTAL VISIONS: Crystal slippers are no longer limited to fairy tales. Celebrating 25 years of heels, Diego Dolcini has collaborated with Baccarat on a limited-edition capsule of 15 footwear designs sporting crystal heels — a “first in the history of shoemaking,” according to the footwear designer.
Dubbed Cristal Couture, the capsule is also designed in signature Baccarat colors: ruby, amber, amethyst and black.
Dolcini named a ruby satin sandal with a torsade-shaped crystal heel echoing Baccarat’s Zenith chandelier after French singer Lou Doillon, dedicating the collection to “iconic French women of today and of the future.” (Think Brigitte Bardot, Catherine Deneuve and Mélanie Laurent, “to name but a few.”)
Hailing a “new chapter” for Baccarat, Daniela Riccardi, chief executive officer of the crystal house, in a statement said the team has been mulling “the idea of bringing Baccarat into the world of couture, catwalks and fashion shows” for some time.
The house will present a retrospective of Dolcini’s footwear oeuvre in the Salle de Bal at the Baccarat headquarters on Place des États-Unis during Paris Couture Week, with a cocktail scheduled for July 1.
The Italian designer has headed the footwear departments of brands including Gucci, under former creative director Tom Ford, Pucci, Dolce &

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Vans, Marvel to Unveil Superheroes Collection

POWER PACKED: Vans and Marvel teamed again for a collaboration that represents a broader assortment sparked by an initial collection between the companies five years ago.
The lineup touches footwear, apparel and accessories for men, women’s and kids and is significantly larger than what the two produced in their first go-round.
“For this collection, we have 70-plus sku’s across footwear and apparel,” said Ashley Ahwah, Vans senior director of global footwear merchandising. “This was definitely a unique project because we tried to capture the essence of Marvel.”
The initial collaboration in 2013 mainly focused on accessories and footwear, Ahwah said. “This season we have true, robust collections across men’s, women’s and kids.”
The offering is comprehensive, with footwear, backpacks, socks, pullovers, T-shirts, jackets and hats that combine Marvel comic book artwork and Vans graphics.
Characters pulled into the collection include Black Panther, Deadpool, The Avengers, Iron Man, Hulk and Black Widow, among others.
The collection, expected to be released June 8, will be supplemented at retail with window displays in-store and will also be sold online.
“When we approach these projects, the overall goal is to drive energy and promote sell-out from our consumers. That is definitely something we’re anticipating,” Ahwah said of how the collection is

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Estée Lauder, Debenhams Unveil the #Beautyhub

Debenhams is strengthening its beauty portfolio by partnering with the Estée Lauder Cos. Inc. for the launch of #Beautyhub, the department store’s first multibrand, in-store concept. #Beautyhub will be unveiled at Debenhams’ Stevenage store, located in Hertfordshire in the U.K., and further hubs are set to roll out across the country later this year.
The launch follows a number of leadership changes at Estée Lauder earlier this month, with the appointment of Laraine Mancini as senior vice president of investor relations and the addition of two board members: Jennifer Hyman, chief executive officer at Rent the Runway and Jennifer Tejada, ceo of PagerDuty.
The new #Beautyhub will bring together a roster of Estée Lauder beauty brands such as Bobbi Brown, Tom Ford Beauty, Clinique and Origins. It’s primed to “satisfy [the Debenhams] customer’s insatiable appetite for fresh new brands,” according to Richard Cristofoli, managing director of beauty and marketing at Debenhams.
For Estée Lauder, putting consumers first is important. With a growing demand for experiential services, the hub aims to create a personalized buying experience for the company’s supporters and Debenhams’ customers.
#Beautyhub will also launch new digital features, such as beauty tutorials on in-store iPads and visitors will be able to film their beauty

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Former GQ Staffer, Tech Start-up Founder and Creative Director to Unveil Seam

Justin Hruska, a sneaker collector with a background in tech, wasn’t satisfied with his online shopping experience. Oftentimes he would visit larger e-commerce sites and feel shortchanged because he knew he wasn’t seeing everything a brand had to offer, which meant he had to visit other sites to find what he was looking for.
“A lot of brands use wholesale for awareness and put their best-selling products on their own site,” said Hruska. “So the consumer has to jump through all these hoops before they can purchase a $ 300 sweatshirt. With Seam, we want to reimagine what that looks like.”
Seam is a men’s and women’s shopping app set to launch this summer that was cofounded by Hruska, the chief executive officer, and Jake Woolf, the editorial director. Nate Brown, who cofounded Studio Institute, a creative firm that’s worked with artists including Beyoncé and Jay Z on tour visuals, is a partner and a strategic adviser who worked helped design the app.
Similar to Farfetch, Seam will serve as a marketplace, but instead of partnering with boutiques, Seam works directly with brands and designers and the app will mirror the product available on their e-commerce sites. Woolf said because Seam holds no inventory

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Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Pierpaolo Piccioli, Caroline Kennedy Help The Met Unveil ‘Heavenly Bodies’ at the Costume Institute

CCD AT THE MET: Cardinal Timothy Michael Dolan, Archbishop of New York, cut straight to the chase in his remarks at Monday’s opening of “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination” at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
“You may be asking, ‘What’s the church doing here? Why is the church part of all this?’ You may be asking, ‘What’s the Cardinal Archbishop of New York?’ I asked that when I was first invited a couple of months ago,” he said. “It’s because the church and the Catholic imagination are all about three things: truth, goodness and beauty. That’s why we have great schools and universities to teach the truth. That’s why we love to serve the poor to do good. And that’s why we’re into things such as art, poetry, music, liturgy and, yes, even fashion, to thank God for the gift of beauty.”
Dolan went on to thank Blackstone founder Stephen A. Schwarzman and his wife Christine (the exhibition’s underwriter with Versace) for their generosity to inner-city schools, Catholic charities and St. Patrick’s Cathedral. “In the Catholic imagination, the truth, beauty and goodness of God is reflected all over the place, even in fashion,” he said.
Schwarzman said he and his wife

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Selfridges Set to Unveil First Cinematic Ad Campaign in 40 Years

SELFRIDGES’ BIG SCREEN: Selfridges is off to the movies with its first cinematic ad campaign in four decades, which will hit screens in the U.K. on Friday.
Called “Radical Luxury” and reflecting the in-store thematic takeover of the same name, it is the biggest advertising campaign that Selfridges has ever done. The 60-second film will be shown in selected cinemas across the U.K. in cities including London, Birmingham and Manchester from Friday to May 19.
The campaign will also include billboard ads, have a digital element and video on-demand placement. The campaign is meant to express Selfridges’ vision of “the essence of luxury” and promote the in-store takeover that aims to explore the meaning of luxury in today’s world.
The campaign will launch ahead of the opening of the Flipside, an exhibition that takes an alternative look at luxury through seven brand experiences.

A visual from the Selfridges’ “Radical Luxury” cinematic campaign. 
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Flipside will be staged in Selfridges’ old hotel on Orchard Street and has been designed as a multisensory journey into altered states of luxury. It was designed in collaboration with brands such as Google, Louis Vuitton, Loewe, and Thom Browne.
The campaign launch also comes on the eve of the unveiling of the final phase

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Roka to Unveil Ophthalmic Range

In almost five years, Roka has made a name for itself in the technical apparel space, launching first with wetsuits, positioning itself as the go-to brand for endurance athletes in triathlon circles. The brand expanded by outfitting athletes’ needs for the all three parts of the race: run, bike and swim.
In late 2016, the brand, cofounded by former competitive swimmers Rob Canales and Kurt Spenser, took their obsession with performance and broke into the eyewear market, using propriety technology to launch with an aviator sunglasses built for performance. In a short time, the sunglasses line has grown to 65 stockkeeping units meant to meet performance needs beyond the triathlon, including sunglasses options for snow sports, golf and everyday outdoor fitness activities.
While the current sunglasses line is prescription ready, the brand is positioning to take it a step further and last week at Vision Expo East teased an upcoming ophthalmic launch for mid-summer 2018, with a proper launch in September at Vision Expo West. For now the brand showed  3-D printed nylon prototype models in two sizes and gave a few details.
“Some of the things that make us unique in the sun space will also make us unique in optical. The big thing we are going

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Simon Porte Jacquemus to Unveil Men’s Line

WAITING FOR THE MAN: The guessing game is over: Simon Porte Jacquemus revealed at his fall show in Paris on Monday that the new professional challenge he has been teasing for weeks on social media with the hashtag #newjob is the launch of his own men’s wear line.
The designer made the announcement at his women’s ready-to-wear show, held at the Petit Palais, but will not present his first creations until Paris men’s fashion week in June, a spokesman said. It has not yet been finalized if he will stage a show or a presentation for the men’s line.
“I see the Jacquemus man as I see the Jacquemus woman, it’s my own story and emotions — all that inside a collection,” Jacquemus told WWD in a statement. He revealed he had a very personal reason to launch the project. “I started to imagine the man when last year I fell in love,” the 28-year-old said.
The designer has used social media as a central part of his communications strategy since he launched his brand in 2009 after dropping out of fashion school, prompted by his mother’s untimely death (Jacquemus is her maiden name.)
He rapidly gained the support of industry figures like Rei

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Libertines unveil Margate seafront hotel plan

The Libertines have revealed details of their new hotel and studio in the seaside town of Margate.
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Stefano Pilati to Unveil Exhibition at Pitti Uomo in June

MILAN – Stefano Pilati will unveil an exhibition at the 94th edition of international men’s wear trade show Pitti Uomo in June.
Titled “Evolution – Involution – Revolution. Three decades of men’s fashion as seen by Stefano Pilati,” the exhibit at Florence’s Palazzo Pitti is to highlight the tight links between fashion and the constantly changing world surrounding it.
The show, which will be inaugurated during Pitti Uomo and remain open to the public until Oct. 21, represents the third chapter of the three-year program promoted by the Florentine Center for Italian fashion, Galleria degli Uffizi and Pitti Immagine. The Italian Ministry of Economic Development and Italian trade agency ICE will also support the project with a financial contribution.
“For this project focused on men’s fashion, a theme which has been neglected for too long on the Italian and international cultural scenes, we chose Stefano Pilati because he is one of its main protagonists,” said Pitti Discovery Foundation general secretary Lapo Cianchi. “But most of all, we got fascinated by his personal vision of the fashion system: eccentric, dissonant, almost cynical. He has a precise point of view, which reflects the obsessions and considerations of a collector, who is also a designer and someone

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Star Trek Family, Stars Unveil Statue of Late Anton Yelchin

A bronze statue of the late Anton Yelchin was recently unveiled, honoring the actor’s life and career.

According the The Hollywood Reporter, the statue was revealed during a service for Yelchin, which was attended by some of his Star Trek collaborators, including Simon Pegg, Zoe Saldana, and J.J. Abrams.

Director Joe Dante, who helmed the Yelchin-led horror comedy Burying the Ex, shared the following photo of the statue on Twitter:

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The Unseen and The Lost Explorer Unveil T-Shirt That Changes Colors in Response to Water Pollutants

JUST ADD H2O: To try to make climate change more recognizable, The Unseen and The Lost Explorer have introduced a T-shirt that is designed to change colors in reaction to water pollutants.
In addition to ocean acidification’s and acid rain’s damaging effects on climate change, both parties wanted to draw attention to the fact that up to 20 percent of industrial world water pollution is caused by textile dyeing and treatment, ranking that second behind the oil industry. While that statistic was presented by the International Research Journal of Engineering and Technology, this year’s U.N. World Water Development report claims that 80 percent of the world wastewater is released into the environment without treatment.
To create the shirt, “an ancient pH indication potion” extracted from red cabbage was replicated by using a simple dyeing process. That dye was then used for a Lost Explorer cotton and hemp T-shirt. What starts as a purple T-shirt changes into other colors after contact to non-neutral water. Red cabbage juice contains anthocyanin, which can be used as a pH indicator. The pH level of the water that it subsequently contacts makes the shirt change into different colors. The shirt will change through the pH scale from

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Berlin: Tom Tykwer, Beta’s Jan Mojto Unveil ‘Babylon Berlin,’ Germany’s Biggest-Ever TV Series

BERLIN  The makers of Germany’s biggest-budgeted TV series ever unveiled on Wednesday the first trailer for “Babylon Berlin,” an adaptation of the first book in German author Volker Kutscher’s bestselling series about a police inspector in 1920s Berlin. The press conference at Berlin’s legendary but slightly dilapidated Clärchens Ballhaus (which first opened its doors in… Read more »

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