11 May 2008

front(lines): barneys

While I was my doing my obligatory weekly...er sometimes daily Barneys site check, I saw this tease --  Rogan for Target's Go International line will be previewed and sold at Barneys Madison Avenue flagship on Friday until Sunday, and then at Barneys Los Angeles store from May 16 to 18. Barneys will limit purchases to three pieces. The line will only be in stock for five days and, after that shoppers will have to wait for the collection's debut at Target as part of its Go International line on May 18th...not that long.

Barneys sells designer Rogan Gregory's primary line, which features trousers for $230, dresses for $320 and anoraks for $450. Rogan for Target will be priced between $15 and $45.

photo cred: wwd & target

10 May 2008

front(lines): upmarket charity

Oxfam charity has just introduced a new concept in selected "boutiques." Donated clothes will be overhauled by young designers from the London College of Fashion. There will also be clothes and accessories from ethical fashion labels such as People Tree and Wright & Teague.  To celebrate the launch, seven British designers have made one-off pieces using clothes from the charity shop which will be auctioned on eBay. For example, Giles Deacon created a bright orange and green 1950s-style dress made from a pair of curtains and Stephen Jones constructed a hat made from pillowcases printed with a map of London.

Jane Shepherdson, of former Topshop fame, is working behind the scenes with Oxfam on this project. She is quoted as saying - "People don't want to spend money on fast fashion when money is tight. They want sustainable fashion."

I love this idea, they are basically saving us the step of what many usually do with clothes bought from charity shops - reengineering and designing.

photo cred & source: the guardian

04 May 2008

front(lines): theoutnet.com

WWD reports-

Net-a-porter.com's business continues to grow, and the company is moving in new directions. Following a redesign of its Web site that increased sales, the company plans to take advertising in its online magazine and has hired fashion editor Colin McDowell of The Sunday Times of London as creative editor at large to oversee its editorial pages. In the fall, Net-a-porter will open a separate off-price retail site called TheOutnet.com.

I wonder….

03 May 2008

front(lines): m.i.a.

Performer M.I.A. has her own clothing line that includes "items such as bomber jackets, leggings and T-shirts, all done up in the bold hues and graphic prints for which the singer is known." You could probably just go to American Apparel instead and call it a day. But according to her, what makes her line different is - "With my stuff, because everything's really bright, if you lose it or someone steals it, you can see it from miles away and you can be like, 'Oy! Give me my shirt back!" Cute.
photo cred: miauk.com; source: wwd
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