2014 April 14

Cole Haan Expands Its Lifestyle Offering For Fall 2014

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Cole Haan has been cutting its teeth at becoming a full-on lifestyle brand for the last few seasons and now with its Fall 2014 collection, the brand is expanding its lifestyle assortment even further. In addition to the accessory brand's assortment of handbags and footwear for men and women there are small leather goods, travel accessories, outerwear, sunglasses and eyewear, and even hosiery. Plus, Cole Haan is continuing to develop its "Cole Haan & Friends" program that supports third party vendors like Izola, Hook + Albert, In God We Trust, Brett Fahlgren, Daniel Wellington, and Shinola's shoe care products. "It further establishes our signature style and brand personality," said David Maddocks, Cole Haan's chief marketing officer. "These products are made by people we respect."

While partnering with other smaller brands and designers has been a model that larger fashion companies are continuing to adopt, the focus this season was on women's handbags and leather accessories for men and a return to Cole Haan's own roots. "The use of weave in both the men's and women's collections is a nod to Cole Haan's heritage," said Maddocks. As for the menswear, the Truman accessories collection will feature a backpack, duffle, messenger, and shopper bag and the Pinch Grand Penny loafer and the Glenn Chukka boot will be classic styles that evoke the iconic Cole Haan American brand personality, according to Maddocks.

The brand is also ramping up its campaign imagery with model and actress Dree Hemingway's all-American looks. Hemingway is set to appear in the brand's Fall 2014 campaign and will also serve as the brand's global ambassador. "Dree embodies an unmistakably American spirit and exemplifies both respect for tradition as well as the modern style and sensibility of her generation," said Maddocks. Hemingway will also collaborate with the brand to create a line of handbags and footwear called "Cole Haan for Dree Hemingway". Stay tuned for Fall when product begins to roll out and check out Hemingway in 2015 when she stars alongside Ben Stiller and Amanda Seyfried in While We're Young.

2014 April 14

Vanessa Paradis Makes Rare New York City Appearance

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The last time Vanessa Paradis was spotted on Patrick McMullan was in 2010 at a Chanel dinner in her honor, so any New York appearance is cause for celebration. The French star and Karl Lagerfeld fave was spotted at the Cinema Society and Women's Health sponsored screening of her new movie, Fading Gigolo at the SVA Theatre on Friday night looking as badass as ever. After the flick, guests carried on to Bar Nana, where they sipped on Svedka's new mango pineapple flavor, for a celebatory party that brought out faces like director and writer John Turturro plus, Helena Christensen, Gabby Sidibe, Fiona Byrne, Cory Bond, Christian Campbell, Louisa Krause, and Debbie Bancroft. Fading Gigolo hits theatres on Friday. 


2014 April 14

Kylie Minogue Covers Vogue Australia

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Looks like somebody is still doing the locomotion. Vogue Australia gave cover duty to one of their own with Kylie Minogue fronting their May issue. The pop icon was shot by Will Davidson in a Schiaparelli haute couture bodysuit. She's also on the cover of the UK version of Good Housekeeping this month, which shows some serious newsstand versatility. Minogue turns 46 next month. 

2014 April 14

Roland Mouret To Create Collection For Banana Republic

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Roland Mouret is the latest designer to be collaborating with a major mass fashion retailer. The designer is set to launch a 25-piece capsule collection of women's apparel and accessories for Banana Republic. Expect some of Mouret's sexy form-fitting dresses and sharp tailoring in stores and online in early August. Prices for the collection will range from $49.50 to $165, which is far more affordable than his main line which retails anywhere from around $1,000 to $2,500 for dresses to around $700 for a top. The French designer previously designed a limited-edition dress line for the Gap in 2006. 

2014 April 14

John Brodie Named Editor-In-Chief Of MR PORTER

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MR PORTER has a new first-in-command! NET-A-PORTER's menswear site MR PORTER has tapped John Brodie as its new editor-in-chief replacing Jeremy Langmead, who decamped last November to be Christie's chief content officer. Brodie comes to MR PORTER from Hachette Book Group, where he served as an executive editor for the last four years. He has also worked for GQ, Best Life, Variety, Fortune, and SPY magazine, where he worked alongside Graydon Carter.

Brodie will be based in New York City reporting to managing editor Ian Tansley, but will also frequently work out of the London offices. Brodie will lead editors Jodie Harrison and Dan Rookwood, as well as style director Dan May in creating content across the brand including MR PORTER's The Journal, the weekly magazine of MR PORTER and THE MR PORTER Post, the site's bi-monthly print publication. Brodie will begin his post mid-May.

Brodie comes to the role with extensive experience in the publishing industry, having held staff positions at 
magazines including GQ, Best Life, Variety, SPY magazine, and Fortune, and most recently, as an Executive 
Editor at the Hachette Book Group. Over the years, he has worked alongside Graydon Carter at SPY and the 
late Art Cooper at GQ. Currently, he has been editing Eric Schmidt’s new book How Google Works—which 
publishes this coming fall.

2014 April 14

Paperless Post's James Hirschfeld On Stationery For The 'I Do' Set

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We’re still fawning over the glorious gowns that floated down the bridal runways this weekend. Et vous? With weddings on the mind, we chatted up Paperless Post co-founder James Hirschfeld recently at the booming stationery company’s downtown HQ. The mission: to get the skinny on his brand’s nuptials-oriented biz. The results are intriguing, whether you’re altar-bound or not…

How did Paperless Post expand its offerings to include luxe paper wedding invites?
We started out with digital party invitations and we got this very loyal user base of people. Over a couple of years, that user base started to mature—and they started getting engaged. People wrote to us saying, “I used Paperless Post for my 25th birthday, then I used it for my engagement party, and now I want to send a paper invitation for my wedding!”

Did customers’ requests for wedding invitations drive you to do print invites in general?
That was a big part of it. A lot of the feedback spurred the launch. Now, 40 percent of our paper business is wedding invitations. About 70 percent of our wedding invitations last year were sent online and 30 percent were sent in paper, but our paper invites are new, so those [paper] numbers are growing.

What kind of designers has Paperless Post buddied up with for print designs?
We have this partnership with Oscar de la Renta; we chose him as our first wedding partner. His perspective on bridal gowns is fashion-first, not wedding-first, so we wanted that to be reflected in our stationery line. 

What sorts of designs has Mr. de la Renta cooked up?
A couple of pieces were inspired by his couture gowns. One design is inspired by a dress Lauren Santo Domingo wore [to the 2012 Met Ball], with these huge black bows and puffy arms—we turned that into a wedding theme. It’s black and white with super-contrasting graphics and lace bows all over. It looks pretty wacky, but it’s super cool. Every time someone purchases it, I’m like, “I want to meet that bride, because she gets it.”

What sells well on the stationery front for weddings?
People love gold ink engraving, and there are a couple of Oscar pieces inspired by gowns with gold embroideries. For flat prints, it’s all about texture, like a gouache, which has a semi-translucent, semi-opaque handmade look. Other texture that people are going for are wood grain and slate. 

Which other designers or brands do you work with for nuptial-centric invites?
Kate Spade, Jonathan Adler, Kelly Wearstler, as well as Jessica Hische, who designed a 'Love' stamp and is an amazing calligrapher. We also work with Bernard Maisner, who’s phenomenal, and Mr. Boddington. Plus, we work with Crane & Co., which is a big one.

Who would you love to work with next?
I’d love to do something with Mary Katrantzou. It’s be really cool, maybe not for wedding invitations, but just for life. Those prints would look so graphic and beautiful on a cocktail invitation!

You haven’t gotten hitched yet, but since you’re surrounded by stationary all the time, have you already plotted your future wedding invites?
I’m probably going to go with something extremely simple. Maybe a fold-over, with black script and some kind of subtle motif on the top. The thing is, when you are surrounded by design so much and you have so many options, how could you not choose the most minimal? It’s like how fashion designers often just work in white sneakers and jeans. 

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