Today’s Fashion Headlines: Wednesday, July 10, 2013

July 10, 2013 • Fashion Blog, Fashion News

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New Banana Republic Collaboration On The Horizon

Designer L’Wren Scott is collaborating with Banana Republic for a 50-plus piece holiday line. Scott is known for her beautifully tailored, clothes that can be seen on celebrities from Nicole Kidman to Sarah Jessica Parker. But now, shoppers will be able to buy them for a fraction of the cost. The line ranges from dresses, blouses, and cardigans to accessories such as berets and tote bags, with prices starting at $25. Scott is bringing her polished, feminine aesthetic to the line, combining high-street wearablility for the Banana Republic customer. The collection will be available in stores December 5.

Haute Couture Making Waves Again

After last week’s Fall 2013 Couture fashion week, editors are noticing a shift into a more modern era of luxury fashion. In the last few years, designers scrambled to keep couture lines afloat; now, couturiers have to add seats for their shows for new, young customers from around the globe, who are driving business. Designers have to cater to those clients, showing more wearable, though spectacular, daywear and suiting. More culturally diverse materials also appeared, with an emphasis on glittering evening wear. This may mean less groundbreaking designs, but the new, less frilly couture is boosting sales.

Joseph Altuzarra Wins U.S. Woolmark Award

Last night, Joseph Altuzarra was announced as the U.S. selection for the 2013-2014 International Woolmark Prize, which will be awarded during Milan Fashion Week in February. He will be awarded $100,000 for the next collection of his eponymous line, and will represent the U.S. in the international competition among designers from Europe, Australia, India and Asia. For the next six months, the designers will create a merino wool capsule collection. The winner will receive 100,000 Australian dollars, and their collection will be carried in top retailers.

Bill And Hillary Clinton Honor Oscar de la Renta

During the opening reception of Oscar de la Renta’s new exhibit in Little Rock, Arkansas on Monday, Bill, Hillary, and Chelsea Clinton lauded de la Renta for his contributions to fashion, his loyal friendship and philanthropic efforts. The exhibit, “Oscar de la Renta: American Icon” at the William J. Clinton Presidential Center, follows the designer’s life, beginning with his native Dominican Republic. But it mainly showcases his beautiful designs from the last decade, with gowns worn by Chelsea Clinton, Taylor Swift, Jessica Chastain, and more.

– Tanisha Wallis

Sources: WWD, Wall Street Journal

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