Today’s Fashion Headlines: December 6, 2012

Versace Brings the Beach in House

Versace has decided to bring both their Beachwear and Underwear collections in house this January. Previously manufactured under license by Tuscany-based company Le Bonitas, the collections will be sold in the company’s flagship stores and specialty shops. Donatella Versace, Versace’s creative director designed the new men’s and women’s collections. The collections this year are bright, colorful, and feature prints fitting with the stores existing image.

Photographer Mert Alas shot models Ryan Barrett and Kendra Spears for the packaging of the collections. It is certainly an exciting step in the right direction for fashion power house Versace.

H&M to Launch Recycling Initiative

In February 2013, H&M will launch iCollect, their global recycling initiative. Consumers will be asked to donate old clothing in return for a voucher in the form of a store discount. The process is an initiative in the companies going green. H&M hopes to pioneer the learning of smart sorting and how recycling technology can be used on a large retail level. The company also hopes to recycle the fibers to create new “post-consumer recycled” garments.

H&M has continuously been environmentally conscious. In 2011 the company’s 10th global sustainability report concluded that it was the world’s largest user of organic cotton. H&M hopes to use only sustainable cotton and achieve zero chemical discharges by 2020.

The company encourages consumers to donate old clothing so it may not go to waste. Boxes will be places near cash registers and all garments, despite brand and condition will be accepted. H&M sees the effort as profitable for the company itself and on a global environmental scale.

LAX’s New Makeover

28 year old international airport, LAX is gearing up for the opening of their $1.5 billion dollar make-over this spring. The remodeling will host an array of on-site shopping destinations and places to chow-down for international travelers. Over 60 retailers and restaurants will cover 54,000 square feet of the terminal featuring 28 that have never before been seen in an airport and 22 local names.

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa hopes that the remodeling will reflect on the lifestyle of the city of Los Angeles. Among a slew of new retailers will be Hugo Boss, Victoria’s Secret, Coach, and Michael Kors along with a luxury and duty-free retail area. The store will house Hermés, Gucci, and Burberry boutiques and merchandise from Bobbi Brown, MAC Cosmetics, and Smashbox. Restaurants will include James Beach, Border Grill, and dozens of others. Along with luxury lounges, the new space will also have beauty services from Bliss and XpresSpa.

The new space will serve as not only a commuter lounge, but a luxary shopping destination.

-Kendall Hill

Source & Photo: WWD.com

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