Today’s Fashion Headlines: Friday, February 8, 2013

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New York Fashion Week Gets Frosty

Before any of the Fashion Week fun can really heat up, it’ll have to thaw out a bit. Designers, buyers, editors, photographers and everyone else involved in the mayhem that is fashion week is bracing themselves for the first big blizzard of the season. Winter storm, Nemo is causing an already chaotic week to get even crazier. Designers like Marc Jacobs are having to hurry to change the dates of their shows.

The designer’s original showing was to be Monday at 8 p.m., but is now moved to Thursday at the same time. However, the show will remain at its New York Armory at 68 Lexington Avenue location.

These changes take their toll on everyone as individuals flying in and out of NYC have to change around their accommodations to fit in with the ever-changing fashion schedules. But really, Fashion Week just isn’t Fashion Week without the fuss!

Tommy Hilfiger Returns To The West Coast

Robertson Boulevard is where Tommy decided make his return on the west coast. The company doesn’t just signify this as the opening of another flagship, but more as a relaunch of the brand in this area.

The last major store that Hilfiger had here was in 2001. However, the 20,000-square-foot Rodeo Drive location failed to match the brand’s urban reputation with the luxury surrounding the iconic street. But much as changed since 2001. Hilfiger took his talents abroad as a lifestyle player, partnered with Macy’s and was scooped up by the PVH Corp.

“We have really become a global lifestyle brand. We were an American brand in America. We were affordable, but we weren’t affordable luxury or premium. Now we have moved into that area, and we did it first in Europe,” Hilfiger said. “As a result of the success of our upgrading product in Europe, we decided to do that in America.”

Chanel Expands

After Gabrielle Chanel first opened her boutique on 31 Rue Cambon in 1918, the Chanel brand has only gotten bigger. The iconic brand is set to expand it’s historic Rue Cambon location. They made the announcement on Thursday that a building located at 19 Rue Cambon on the corner of Rue Saint-Honoré has been purchased for that purpose.

Construction on this new location is set to begin in early 2014 with the goal of it being finished in 2016. In the meantime, Chanel plans to open two temporary boutiques starting in March. One of these interim shops, which will be on the Rue Saint-Honoré, is to be the home of the cruise and spring collections. It is to be devoted only to accessories and shoes. The other venue, which will be located on the Rue Duphot, will specialize in makeup and perfumes.

– Jamie Wilson

Source & Image: WWD

 

 

 

 

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