Today’s Fashion Headlines. August 14, 2012

August 14, 2012 • Fashion Blog, Fashion News

The Kardashians are going global, Kenley Collins starts making makeup and Georgina Chapman makes a (short) film.

Kardashians Terrorizing Overseas

They must have finally realized that America was sick of them. The Kardashians are eyeing global expansion of their fashion business via Sir Philip Green’s retail empire.

With their licensee, Jupi Corp., and Green’s Arcadia Group, Kim, Kourtney and Khloe Kardashian are launching Kardashian Kollection this fall in 13 countries, stretching from the U.K. to Turkey, Kuwait to Singapore. The line will be offered in some 250 of Dorothy Perkins’ 600 units located throughout the U.K. and on the high-street retailer’s Web site. The department store BHS, which also is owned by Green, will open eight shops-in-shop for it. Franchise stores in Thailand, Israel, Qatar, Malaysia, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Indonesia and the Philippines will round out the retail base.

The wave of store openings marks the second phase of growth for Kardashian Kollection, which bowed last September at Sears in the U.S. and a month later at David Jones, Strandbags and various boutiques in Australia, where Jupi is based. Brazil, Russia and China are targeted for the third phase, in 2013.

Kenley Collins Makes Makeup History

Bésame Cosmetics plans a Sept. 1 launch for its first collaborative product offering, a limited-edition scarf and lipstick pairing created with “Project Runway” contestant Kenley Collins. Founder Gabriela Hernandez called the teaming of Besamé and Collins for the Limited Edition Scarf and Lipstick Set ($45) “a vintage match made in heaven.”

Bésame Cosmetics is comprised of Thirties and Forties-inspired gold-plated compacts, bullet-shaped lipstick cases and other vintage-type products, meant to reflect authentic pieces from the period. “Each product carries the essence and sophistication of the post-World War II era, crafted with the utmost quality and design,” said Hernandez. “[The makeup is] for the romantic at heart.”

And if you know Kenley, this was obviously right up her alley. “It was a natural collaboration for us,” Hernandez noted of working with retro-minded Collins. “We share the same vision and love for vintage.” The “bright, bold, cool red” highly-pigmented lipstick, dubbed Kenley Red, will be sold with a boldly patterned scarf, designed by Collins.

Georgina Chapman’s Directorial Debut

Georgina Chapman, film director? It’s hardly a secret the Marchesa designer has ties to the movie world (Harvey Weinstein is her husband, after all), but thanks to a new partnership with Canon’s Project Imagination, she will now be giving directing a try. As part of the initiative’s next installment, Chapman is working on a short film inspired by consumer photos submitted to Canon, and will make her directorial debut with the help of mentor Ron Howard. The contest kicks off Tuesday, with more information available at www.imagination.usa.canon.com.

– Taneisha Jordan

Source & Photo: WWD

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