Anne Klein’s Granddaughter Unites with Iconic Fashion House to Launch Covid-19 Relief Effort and Deliver 100,000 Masks to Essential Workers Throughout the U.S.

Anne Klein was an American fashion designer and businesswoman, the founder of Anne Klein fashion house. Her design career began in 1937 when she was awarded a scholarship to attend the Traphagen School of Fashion, which led to her first job as a sketcher for dress firms on 7th Avenue. In 1940, Anne Klein began making a name for herself as a designer. She first began designing for Maurice Rentner at his business, Maurice Rentner, Inc., which produced ready-to-wear designs for men and women

In 1948 she married clothing manufacturer Ben Klein, with whom she launched the Junior Sophisticates clothing line,  which aimed to make juniors’ clothes look more grown-up and less childish. Anne Klein was the principal designer at Junior Sophisticates until 1960, when her marriage ended. In 1963, she married her second husband, Matthew ‘Chip’ Rubenstein, and in 1968, they founded Anne Klein & Company at 39th Street. She also opened Anne Klein Studio at 57th Street.

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On March 19, 1974, Anne Klein died of breast cancer at Mount Sinai Hospital, New York, NY. After Anne Klein dies, Donna Karan and Louis Dell’Olio take over the design direction of the company. Today the iconic women’s fashion brand Anne Klein is an American privately held company owned by WHP Global who acquired the brand in July 2019, and sells a full lifestyle assortment from apparel, to footwear to watches to jewelry and is sold worldwide.

WHP Global (‘WHP’ or the ‘Company’), has united with the namesake designer’s granddaughter Jesse Gre Rubinstein to provide relief during the Covid-19 pandemic. To meet the immediate need for Personal Protection Equipment (PPE), the Company today announced the procurement of 100,000 face masks through its supply chain, which will be distributed with Jesse to essential workers and community organizations providing relief across the United States.

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“Uniting the brand Anne Klein with the founder’s family at this critical time and making a commitment to distribute 100,000 masks to those on the frontlines helping our communities, is a win/win. This is just the beginning of our planned collaboration with Anne’s granddaughter, Jesse. We’re thrilled to partner with her,” said WHP Chairman and CEO Yehuda Shmidman.

I am honored to have the opportunity to play a role in supporting my grandmother’s legacy by highlighting inspiring individuals who even during this time of great uncertainty, embody the vision and strength to empower their community and uplift those around them. My hope is that this initiative serves as the launch of a powerful network that can both support and inspire others to help not only in the present, but as we begin to rebuild.

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Additionally, WHP has tapped Jesse and her agency to spearhead the upcoming launch of Anne Klein’s new social series, featuring notable individuals making a difference and connecting communities during this global pandemic. Following in the footsteps of Anne Klein who inspired so many, Jesse will host a Facebook Live series featuring the heroes of today, inspiring the next generation of trailblazers, with guests from a variety of industries who are championing aid during the pandemic.

Come into the beautiful world of Anne Klein.

 

 

 

H&M x Johanna Ortiz

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After an exclusive pre-drop of four dresses, H&M is delighted to announce the launch, in March 2020, of the complete collection born from its collaboration with Colombian designer Johanna Ortiz. With its palette of exotic colors, floral prints and spectacular silhouettes that have become synonymous with the clothing brand Johanna Ortiz, the collection presents 19 attractive and feminine pieces such as dresses, tops, skirts and swimwear.

The imprint of Colombia – the rhythm of salsa, the beauty and elegance of orchids and the majesty of palm trees on the sublime pink of a sunset – is felt in each drawing. I am delighted to give this H&M collection a simple glamour and to bring a little Latin American party into the wardrobe of the H&M client. I hope that the clients will wear these pieces barefoot and with a beautiful flower in their hair.

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Key pieces include the bright red floral maxi dress, the magenta midi dress in English embroidery, the black patterned column dress in viscose crepe – one of Johanna’s favorites – and the poplin ruffle wrap skirt in black and white cotton. Extravagant frills are an important feature of the design, appearing even on asymmetrical swimwear. There are also more minimalist styles, such as the cotton poplin tunic and monochrome blouses for a fascinating look of great simplicity.

The H&M x Johanna Ortiz Collection will be launched in selected H&M stores as well as online on March 12. Come into the beautiful world of H&M.

 

 

 

 

 

Raf Simons becomes co-creative director of Prada

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Fashion designer Raf Simons has announced that he is becoming co-creative director of Italian fashion house Prada, where he will work alongside Miuccia Prada.

This isn’t the first time that Simons has worked at a high-end fashion house. Since launching his self-titled menswear label in 1995, the designer served as creative director for Jil Sander between 2005-2012, before moving on to Christian Dior where he stayed until 2015. On August 2, 2016, Calvin Klein announced Simon’s appointment as Chief Creative Officer of the brand. In December 2018, Calvin Klein and Simons announced they are ‘amicably parting ways’, after Calvin Klein “decided on a new brand direction different from Simons” creative vision.

The collaboration between Belgium-born Simons and Miuccia Prada – who has sat at the helm of Prada since 1978 – is said to come from ‘a deep reciprocal respect’ between the two designers.

“It opens a new dialogue, between designers widely acknowledged as two of the most important and influential of today” said the Italian fashion house in a statement. “Conceptually, it is also a new approach to the very definition of creative direction for a fashion brand – a strong challenge to the idea of singularity of creative authorship”.

The first co-designed collection is to be unveiled for spring-summer 2021 during a fashion show in Milan in September. Come into the beautiful world of Prada.

 

Fresh again

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The Swedish fashion brand Filippa K launches a Clothing Mist together with Swedish Pure Effect, as a part of the new Filippa K Care collection. The aim is to treat our garments well, mist them to reduce unnecessary washing and in the end keep each garment, uniquely designed to keep timeless style, in its pristine condition. This aligns with a more environmentally conscious way of thinking and caring for fashion.

The Clothing Mist formula is based on biotechnology, using a unique active bacterial culture that breaks down odor molecules and organic material in your clothes without the mechanics of a washing machine. Just hang your garment, spray it, and let it dry. This extends the time between washing, freshens up clothing while traveling and gives difficult-to-wash fabrics like cashmere, wool, etc. a longer life.

The Filippa K Clothing Mist is available at Filippa K and selected stores worldwide Come into the beautiful world of Filippa K.

 

 

 

Viktor & Rolf returns to men’s wear

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Fashion house Viktor & Rolf returns five years after cessation of the ready-to-wear branch back with a menswear collection called Mister Mister. Mister Mister is an extension of the personal wardrobes of Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren.

Mister Mister is an intimate reflection, understated but with clever details a series of tactile and patchwork prints.

Mister Mister combines tailoring with casual wear. The line has a recognizable pattern of a top hat that forms a thread through the collection. The reference to dandies plays the tone. Nice detail: overstock fabrics of recent Haute Couture collections are used for various details on the items.

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EXCLUSIVE: Viktor & Rolf Return to Men’s Wear With New Conscious Approach

A previously menswear line of Viktor & Rolf was named Monsieur. Victor & Rolf Mister Mister collection contains about 130 units and pricing will be between 100 and 2000 euros. Mister Mister will from July in stores.

Come into the beautiful world of Victor & Rolf.

 

 

 

 

Louis Vuitton’s luxurious new Sneaker Box

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French Maison Louis Vuitton designed a sneaker storage box for display at Design Miami, which will take place from 4 to 8 December 2019. As a smaller version of the Sneaker Trunk, which will be introduced at the Louis Vuitton Savoir-Faire event, the Sneaker Box comes to the fore with the signature Monogram Eclipse, as we are accustomed to.

How much do you love your most treasured sneakers? A lot?

With a leather outer layer, transparent perspex cover and two concealed hidden drawers, drawers built into the box’s interior can house shoe care equipment and other small accessories. Similar to the Sneaker Trunk, the Sneaker Box can be customized to a client’s needs – sneakerheads can also stack the boxes into a wall displaying multiple pairs.

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The Louis Vuitton Sneaker Boxes, which are available at very selected Louis Vuitton Boutiques. The retail price has has yet to be announced. But believe me…. beauty doesn’t comes cheap! But hey, you do love your sneakers. Right?

Come into the beautiful world of Louis Vuitton.

 

 

Balenciaga Joins Forces With World Food Programme for Second Capsule Collection

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In 2018, French Maison Balenciaga decided to embark on a mission to support the World Food Programme’s aim to ending hunger by 2030 and by doing so, launched a collection for Fall/Winter ’18.

The fashion house’s fight to end hunger continues.

Continuing its commitment to the humanitarian organisation, the Kering-owned luxury fashion house launched a second capsule collection to engage its customers around one of the world’s most important issues with a new selection of clothing and accessories.

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Expanding from last year’s offerings, the second capsule collection includes more designs, including socks, hats, scarves, pants, raincoats, T-shirts, blouses, hoodies, and unisex bags, available in multiple colours.

The new collection will continue to raise awareness and support the World Food Programme with some designs adorned with the official WFP logo, and others feature a signature repeating slanted pattern comprised of Balenciaga and WFP logos.

Also, what makes the launch even greater is that Balenciaga will be doubling the amount of proceeds from each product designated as a WFP donation to 20 percent (10 percent more than last year).

The collection will be sold worldwide via retail stores and online, starting in December 2019. Come into the beautiful world of Balenciaga.

 

 

 

 

Vespa and Sean Wotherspoon host a unique launch event in Milan

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Vespa is an Italian brand of scooter manufactured by Piaggio. The name means ‘wasp’ in Italian. The Vespa has evolved from a single model motor scooter manufactured in 1946 by Piaggio & Co. S.p.A. of Pontedera, Italy to a full line of scooters and one of seven companies today owned by Piaggio. Vespa scooters have been known for their painted, pressed steel unibody which combines, in a unified structural unit, a complete cowling for the engine (enclosing the engine mechanism and concealing dirt or grease), a flat floorboard (providing foot protection), and a prominent front fairing (providing wind protection).

The biggest sales promo ever was Hollywood. In 1952, Audrey Hepburn side-saddled Gregory Peck’s Vespa in the feature film ‘Roman Holiday’ for a ride through Rome, resulting in over 100,000 sales.

Vespa scooters have become an iconic symbol of classic and modern Italy. The heritage scooter brand has been refining its creations for over 70 years and in its lifetime it has produced more than 18 million scooters. To amplify its most recent collaboration with streetwear aficionado and Round Two founder Sean Wotherspoon, Vespa will host a special launch event coinciding with the EICMA international fair.

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Details of the collaboration are restricted, but it’s rumoured to involve a capsule collection and a limited edition Vespa Primavera scooter. True to Wotherspoons’ style, fans should expect a vividly colorful design, offering a bold reinterpretation of the classic scooter model.

The capsule collection will be officially unveiled by Vespa and Sean Wotherspoon himself at the launch event taking place at the Motoplex Milano City Lounge on November 5. Guests will be able to pick up signed T-shirts from the collection, retailing at €40, and meet the designer himself.

Find out more information on the event’s Facebook page. Come into the beautiful world of Vespa.