+ Britney Spears posted a sneak peek on Twitter of her upcoming Elizabeth Arden Fantasy Twist campaign. If the unoriginal Cleopatra theme actually sells you on the fragrance, you can pick up a bottle beginning September 1.
+ In order to garner more buzz about her upcoming retrospective runway show, Betsey Johnson is throwing a contest for fans through Facebook. If you're determined enough to dig up your closet (or your mother's!) for vintage Betsey, you can upload a photo of yourself wearing it and may just end up showing it off on the runway.
+ Mariah Carey follows in the footsteps of Katy Perry and the Muppets with her upcoming nail polish line. In a collaborative deal with OPI, the songstress will choose eight new shades to be sold under her name in January.
+ Reality star-turned-fashion designer Nicole Richie models for her Macy's line looking like her usual smokey-eyed, bohemian chic self. Early sketches of the design reveal Richie's love of the seventies and peacocks.
Jonathan Saunders has designed the official Vogue Fashion's Night Out T-shirt.
The Scottish designer has teamed up with Vogue magazine for the annual fashion event and created a unique T-shirt design in aid of domestic violence charity Refuge.
"It's such an honor to collaborate with [editor] Alexandra Shulman and Vogue on this year's official Fashion's Night Out T-shirt. The design features one of my signature prints which I hope people are excited to take away from the night. I am so happy to be a part of this global initiative raising much-needed funds for charity, and I look forward to a great night out on September 6," he said.
Fashion's Night Out will be held on September 6 by all 19 countries that publish Vogue. This year marks the fourth time the magazine is supporting the fashion and retail sectors by hosting star-studded shopping parties in major cities featuring editors, stars, models, fashionistas, and designers.
Jennifer Hudson is to release an affordable fashion collection with QVC.
The 30-year-old singer is to introduce the Jennifer Hudson Collection for QVC in September and her new range will comprise of pieces from her former size 16 to her latest look, size six, for all of her fans who span that range.
:I feel like I represent every woman. I've been on both sides of the fence. I've been a big girl and now whatever this is, the average size, whatever you want to call it. But I wanted the clothes to be where any girl could wear it - no matter what size you are - and you could feel comfortable in it," she said.
The Dreamgirls actress is "looking forward" to her collection drawing in the multicultural market as well as music and film fans, and the brunette beauty insists she would wear every single item in her 14-piece range: "It has to be true to me. I would not sign off on it if I would not wear it."
Maison Martin Margiela will create a one-off collection for H&M.
The French fashion house has teamed up with the Swedish high street store to design a special range, which will compromise men's and women's ready-to-wear as well as accessories.
"Maison Martin Margiela is one of the most important and influential fashion houses of the past three decades. I am so excited by this radical collaboration which will give fashion lovers around the world the chance to wear special pieces by Maison Martin Margiela. This collaboration will be a great and memorable fashion moment," said H&M creative advisor Margareta van den Bosch.
A statement from Maison Martin Margiela added, "The democracy of our fashion has always been at the centre of our creativity, and the collaboration with H&M allows us to push this instinct further. We will bring together the contrasting universes of the two houses in ways that will surprise all."
The collection will launch in 230 stores worldwide and online on November 15.
Dolce & Gabbana are launching their first luxury men's watch collection.
The accessories line will comprise 52 models and be available in select boutiques from June 18. The collection will be stocked in 30 stores before the end of 2012.
"A man cannot not have a watch, it's part of a man's style, it's one of the few accessories that he can wear, and it was a category that was missing for us," designer Stefano Gabbana told WWD. "It's interesting to offer products that one must look for, special things that are difficult to find," he added, speaking about the selection process.
The Swiss-made collection is split into three product lines: the classic DG7, with a mesh Milano chain bracelet; the sporty DS5, with chronometers and chronographs tested by the Official Swiss Chronometer Testing Institute, and the glitzy DG7 Gems, embellished with diamonds, rubies, sapphires or emeralds.
Stella McCartney opened her first ever standalone Adidas by Stella McCartney store over the weekend.
The designer - who has created the Adidas kit for the Great Britain team to wear during the London Olympics this summer - chose South Kensington's Brompton Cross in London as its location, which is also home to the her mainline and childrenswear shop: "This store is a real celebration of what we have been building for the last eight years together with Adidas and hopefully it is going to be the home for women to go to and find everything they need for their sports - and at the same time not having in any way to sacrifice their style. It's very much part of the world of the Stella McCartney store that we have opened in Brompton Cross, and it's really the icing on the cake, as far as it is expressing the different facets of the brand."
Victoria Beckham plans to open her first shop in London.
The fashion designer is already working on getting her first ever standalone store in the English capital city and she also hopes to open retail units in Hong Kong.
"People say, 'Am I going to have my own store?' I would love to. That's what I'm working on at the moment. It would probably be in London, but in the not-too-distant future maybe it will be Hong Kong. Who knows?" she said.
The 38-year-old brunette is eager to take her business as far afield as possible and she sees Asia as a "very exciting" prospect, but the former Spice Girls singer is conscious about the dangers of expanding her fashion empire too quickly: "What I do really is not just focus on the US or England. I mean there are a lot of territories that are really big for me and Asia is very exciting. I'm just scratching the surface at the moment. I want take baby steps with this business; I don't want to run before I can walk."
Manolo Blahnik is working with Kurt Geiger to sell his shoes in two London stores.
The designers have inked a deal which will see Manolo's shoes sold alongside Kurt's at London stores Harrods and Liberty. Kurt will manage and create boutiques within the shoe departments at the both London department stores.
"I am very excited that my shoes will reach an even broader audience through Kurt Geiger in Liberty and Harrods," Manolo told WWD.
Previously Manolo's shoes were only available in one boutique located in London's upmarket Chelsea district. The Liberty space opened earlier this year and as well as shoes includes tote bags, scarves and stationery. The Harrods area will featuring the brand's autumn collection, and will span 300 square feet.
"The Liberty opening in February has been very successful, and with Harrods being a breathtakingly beautiful store full of incredible heritage, seeing my shoes there in the next couple of months will be a special moment," Manolo added.
Zac Posen thinks trendy clothing should be accessible to everyone.
The designer has teamed up with Lord & Taylor to create a more affordable line, Z Spoke Zac Posen for Lord & Taylor, and says he was inspired to do it so everyone can have the chance to look good.
"I believe that trendy clothing should be accessible. And I want to directly acknowledge that fashion loves bodies. I love women who have bodies and curves, so I really want to embrace that. My ideal are the women on the street," he told People.
Speaking about his clientele, Zac said, "They are trend-driven, flirtatious, socially savvy through media and life on the street. I try to create a collection that can have a youthful quality to it, but has an age-and shape-diverse ability, too."
Zac also revealed he may create an affordable accessories line, if the clothing range does well: "We'll grow the accessories and some other categories that might happen in the future ... that I can't talk about yet!"
Joshua Schulman has become president of Bergdorf Goodman. The former head of Jimmy Choo and the Gucci Group admits he is delighted at his new job because he has "always" appreciated the work of the world famous New York department store and its parent company Neiman Marcus.
"I've been a vendor of Bergdorf Goodman and a vendor of the Neiman Marcus Group in my career over the last 20 years. I've always had an enormous appreciation for the culture of Bergdorf Goodman and the Neiman Marcus Group and for their focus on excellence in luxury retail," he told WWD.
Jim Gold, president of speciality retail for the Neiman Marcus Group, added his two decades of experience would bring a new wave of "knowledge" into the sector: "Josh has been around the luxury business for 20 years and although he has been on the wholesale side, he has worked with department stores his whole career and gained an intimate knowledge of what it takes for a large store to work."
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