Today’s Fashion Headlines. February 1, 2012

February 1, 2012 • Fashion, Fashion Blog

Alberta Ferretti is the designer for Macy's Impulse, Stine Riis wins H&M award and Jonathan Saunders wins Vogue Fashion Fund

Alberta Ferretti Designs for Macy’s

Another collection to stay up late and buy. Alberta Ferretti is next up in Macy’s designer series for the store’s Impulse contemporary department. The Italian designer has created about 30 pieces inspired by the Amalfi Coast to be sold exclusively at Macy’s for 10 weeks starting April 17. Feminine dresses, peasant blouses, garden-party looks, oversize and abstract floral prints, knitwear and delicate fabrications like chiffon and voile are in the mix.

“The collection I created is fresh and bright, featuring light summer clothing that evokes the spirit of my beautiful country and is at the same time true to my style,” Ferretti said. The Ferretti collection, priced from $49 to $119, will be in 185 Macy’s locations, compared to 220 with previous capsule collections.

Danish Designer Wins H&M Award

Swedish high street retailer Hennes & Mauritz (to those who might be confused “H&M“) has named Danish designer Stine Riis as the winner of its first annual international H&M Design Award. The 28-year-old, who graduated in June from the London College of Fashion, unveiled her designs today at Stockholm’s Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. She will receive a cash prize of 50,000 euros, or $65,750 at current exchange, and H&M will produce some 15 pieces from the collection to be sold in early autumn in selected flagship stores in the countries that took part in the competition: Sweden, Denmark, the United Kingdom, Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands.

Riis said her collection, titled “Decadence & Decay,” was inspired by the felt sculptures of Robert Morris and illustrated her commitment to creating clothes destined to last for more than one season. “It will still be my designs and I think my designs have longevity,” she said. “I think it’s also my opportunity to tell my vision as a designer, and hopefully the customer will understand my idea.”

Jonathan Saunders Wins Vogue Fashion Fund

Vogue UK announced today that Jonathan Saunders is the lucky winner of the third annual British Fashion Council/Vogue Fashion Fund prize. Saunders wins £200,000, industry mentorship, and lots of attention. He beat out eight other finalists: womenswear designers Roksanda Ilincic, Mary Katrantzou, Richard Nicoll, Marios Schwab, Peter Pilotto, Meadham Kirchhoff, and Zoe Jordan, as well as shoe designer Nicholas Kirkwood. All the finalists will also receive mentorship from British fashion industry professionals, but no cash prize.

“I’m so happy about winning the fund,” said Saunders. “The last 12 months have been an exciting time for me and my team and I’m very proud of all their hard work. We have many exciting plans for the near future and this along with the support network provided by the BFC will enable us to achieve our goals.”

– Taneisha Jordan

Source: WWD, Vogue UK
Photo: WWD

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