Archive for May, 2010

May 31, 2010

Nokia x Yahoo



Photo: PC World

Anyone with even one eye on technology can clearly see that Google dominates the search engine field. We say, “google it” more times a day than we would like to admit. But competition is on its way in the form of a collaboration between Yahoo and Nokia. Nokia’s Ovi phone will be operating Yahoo maps while Yahoo provides Ovi phones with e-mail and instant messaging platforms. The partnership will expand both brands’ presence and possibly steer more than a few customers away from Google. And given that Nokia has a solid track record of producing quality mobile phones, this feet shouldn’t be hard for them to accomplish. Global availability is expected in 2011 but we’re betting it’ll take more than a little competition to take down the behemoth. Not sure? Google it.

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May 28, 2010

HP x Sex and the City 2



Photo: PC Richard & Son

The only technology we have ever associated with Sex and the City is Carrie’s iconic Mac laptop (a black PowerBook G3 to be exact), which she famously used throughout the series and first film. The only exception being that gargantuan desktop that made a debut during the early seasons (and maybe Samantha’s vibrator).

For Sex and the City 2 which premiers May 27th, expect those finely manicured hands to be typing away at a Hewlett-Packard. She will be using both the “digital clutch”, a phrase coined by HP for their HP Mini 210, designed and presented on Vivienne Tam’s Spring 2010 runway and HP’s TouchSmart. Warner Bros. Pictures is partnering with Hewlett-Packard to promote the upcoming film with contests and a sizable marketing campaign. This is a notable win for the PC vs. Mac debate and quite an interesting choice given that Apple is the fashion industry’s overwhelmingly favored tech purveyor. Carrie’s new little accessory may just usher in a wave of renewed interest in the fashion + technology trend.

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May 28, 2010

Fashion Blogger Bryanboy x H&M


The twitter buzz is low but fashion blogger Bryanboy has twittered that he has a collaboration in the works with fast fashion megabrand H&M. Now we know bloggers don’t need design skills to be offered a design position. But considering the things Bryanboy likes, we can speculate it to be a Lanvin inspired tee, chic handbag, over sized sunglasses or even a sumptuous fur jacket.

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May 27, 2010

Neil Barrett x Wallpaper x Maurice Lacroix


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Photo: Maurice Lacroix

When Neil Barrett’s not busy churning out slim suits and impeccable (though severely bank-breaking) leather jackets, he’s probably got a collaboration in the works. He has worked with Puma and Palladium in the past so it would come as no surprise that the designer has been approached by Wallpaper magazine and Swiss brand Maurice Lacroix to reinterpret their iconic Ponto Decentrique GMT timepiece. Barrett is one of three designers, others include Arik Levy and Gwenael Nicolas, but we are suckers for leather. And if you’re a follower of Barrett’s work, you can tell he went with his instincts on this one. Translation: minimalist and covered in what, leather. It’s simple design (silver on leather impressions of dials) make it a modern departure from the apparent epidemic of oversized watch faces (see: The Sartorialist, 9am on Wall Street) that we’ve been seeing for years. Barrett fans, leather aficionados and those with a starting sum of $5,207 (at the current exchange rate) are sure to swoon.

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May 26, 2010

Olivier Theyskens x Theory


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To say that Olivier Theyskens has been sorely missed since his departure from Nina Ricci last fall is a true understatement. After all, Anna Wintour famously declared, “How could you do this to me?” upon hearing of his break from the historic French house. Theyskens
has alluded to returning to design and his first foray back is in the form of a collaboration with Theory. Theory has been upping their game recently with stylist collaborations featuring industry heavyweights such as Jane How and Julia von Boehm, and Theyskens’s capsule collection is sure to be a sensational follow-up. Theyskens is designing for S/S 2011, so we have quite awhile to wait, but we’ll be highly anticipating how Theyskens interprets his ethereal, couture-like sensibilities for the “up and coming” sportswear label.

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May 25, 2010

Preen x Gieves & Hawkes


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Photo: Style.com

Preen designers Justin Thornton and Thea Bregazzi have been pretty lucky. They’ve managed to dress megastars like Gwyneth Paltrow and Rihanna while still maintaining a following of fashion editors, critics, and It-girls who never seem to tire of their perpetually cool designs. The designers are moving their label forward by collaborating with English tailoring firm Gieves & Hawkes. The brand approached Gieves & Hawkes to provide sharply tailored pieces for their A/W 2010 collection, including double-breasted jackets, exaggerated lapels, and structured cocktail dresses. “We wanted it to be masculine with a feminine twist, we thought it was about time we gave our Preen girl something to wear to work,” the designers told Vogue UK.

The androgynous tailoring is a welcome addition to Preen’s repertoire of futuristic cocktail dresses and slouchy knits. Not to imply that the designers have foregone their tried and true sex appeal, as seen in looks that combine Preen’s sophisticated construction with provocative cutouts, complimented by feminine pleating. Needless to say, these are not the looks you will be wearing to the job interview, but they are where that first paycheck will be going.

May 22, 2010

Fashion Bloggers x Coach


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Photo: Coach

Bloggers have officially become the new “it” players in the media industry. Fashion bloggers have gone from being considered would-be journalists to being featured in the pages of Vogue, sitting front row at fashion week, and now a select few have even been selected to design for megabrand Coach. The U.S accessories brand has chosen a group of bloggers to design a limited edition collection of handbags available for pre-order May 19th. Karla Deras of Karla’s Closet, Kelly Framel of The Glamourai, Emily Schuman of Cupcakes and Cashmere, and Krystal Simpson of What Is Reality Anyway were all selected to design the collection, retailing from $398 to $498.

Fashion bloggers have been thrown everything from free jeans to party invites in order to garner more positive press for brands. But this collaboration takes the relationship between blogs and brands to a new level. Coach is now hiring and promoting bloggers in exchange for coverage, which is sure to generate an uptick in sales. The problem with this type of collaboration is that it would never occur with journalists in more established fashion media. Would Suzy Menkes design handbags for Lanvin? Would we be okay with it? It raises several questions about the legitimacy of blogging as fashion journalism. In this case, considering the content of the selected blogs, the collaboration makes perfect sense for Coach. After all, who better to design covetous accessories than the girls that write about coveting accessories?

May 21, 2010

Isabel Toledo x Payless


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Photo:WWD

Isabel Toledo’s highly anticipated collection for Payless Shoe Source has finally been unveiled. Though the collection is launching in stores this September, fashion editors have been given a preview of the designs. According to Toledo, comfort is a must. “I’m a walker. I wanted to address that”, Toledo told WWD. The collection features two handbags and seven styles of shoes with a Cuban-heeled ghillie that evokes Toledo’s Spanish heritage. Toledo also brought her sense of humor to the collaboration; see the caped avenger in her illustration and naming her accessories with such gems as “Almost a Slingback” and “Poodle Boot.” Toledo was once the designer for American sportswear label Anne Klein, so she’s no stranger to the mixing of high fashion and mass retail, which may be why she’s a favorite of Michelle Obama, America’s most high-profile high-low proponent. The collection will be available in Payless boutiques and on payless.com and are sure to be a strong follow-up to Payless’s recent collaborations with designers, Alice and Olivia and Christian Siriano.

*Now what exactly is a ghillie?