Today’s Fashion Headlines: November 21, 2012

Manolo Blahnik to Receive Award

Happy 40th anniversary Manolo Blahnik! In accordance with the anniversary, Manolo Blahnik is anticipating to take home the Outstanding Achievement Award at the annual British Fashion Awards in London on November 27th.

The award was launched last year, with Sir Paul Smith winning the first, and commends a designers who’s body of work has influenced the global fashion industry. Alexander McQueen, Burberry, Stella McCartney, and Christopher Kane are among other nominees for the award.

The Outstanding Achievement Award is among 11 other awards, including Designer of the year and Isabella Blow Award for Fashion Creator, given in the British Fashion Awards. While this award is both a privilege and an honor, Manolo Blahnik has been awarded before with the British Fashion Council’s Accessory Designer of the Year Award in 1990, and again in 1999.

Repetto Launches its First Ready-to-Wear Collection

On November 20th, French ballet-shoe brand Repetto unveiled its first ready-to-wear collection in the company’s headquarters. The collection features 18-pieces including dresses, tops, and skirts, all dancer inspired. Emilie Lu-Duc, the collection’s designer, mimics classic dancers’ clothing with exposed backs and draped tops in a range of powdery pastels.

The collection launches on November 28th online and in select Repetto shops on December 5th. The company is looking to grow 20% this year with the launch of the collection, the expansions of their French based factory, a perfume launch in in July 2013, and finally, the opening of new stores in France. While ballet flats and leather goods have worked well for the brand, it is looking to broaden its horizons. Repetto chief executive officer Jean-Marc Gauchet is also plotting to open the first Repetto standalone store in the U.S. In 2013, which will preferably be in SoHo.

Yoko Ono to Design Men’s Line

Yoko Ono has paired with Opening Ceremony to create a limited-edition line of 18 men’s looks that will launch at Opening Ceremony’s LA and New York stores on November 27th. The line is based off a number of design sketches titled, “Fashion for Men,” the Ono had given to John Lennon as part of a wedding present in 1969. The designs have been compressed into a softcover book that will be sold along with the line in Opening Ceremony stores. Her line included tailored pieces, sportswear, footwear, headwear, and other accessories.

The designers are playful and humorous, paying tribute to Ono’s love for Lenon’s body. The line includes mesh tops,  suit pants adorned with a hand cutout sewn over the crotch, and whatever a “lightbulb bra” is. The line is eccentric and fun, what else could we expect from Ono?

– Kendall Hill

Source and Photo: WWD

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