Today’s Fashion Headlines: Wednesday, August 7, 2013

August 7, 2013 • Fashion Blog, Fashion News

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Lady Gaga Taps Up-And-Comer Louise Leconte

Lady Gaga seems to be undergoing many changes. Her hip surgery (and face surgery?) has left her recovering and uncharacteristicly under-the-radar since February. Her new album, ArtPop, is set to debut in November. And, it looks like she has chosen a new designer to create her bold outfits. Earlier this month, Lady Gaga was seen at an event in the Hamptons, wearing a vampy black gown that revealed a black lace brassiere. Louise Leconte, who graduated with a master’s degree from La Cambre Mode in Belgium last year, designed the look. It was part of the Brussels-based designer’s graduation project, which was inspired by Joan of Arc. When Lady Gaga’s stylist called Lecont asking for looks from the graduation collection, the designer had to send them. It looks like we’ll be seeing a lot more from Lecont in the future!

Club Monaco Is Stepping Out With A New Shoe Line

Caroline Belhumeur, Club Monaco’s Senior Vice President of Women’s Design, is leading the creation of the store’s first shoe line. The collection, which retails from $150 to $300, includes fun, flirty styles that are still classic and chic – bright pumps, leopard-print sandals, leather ankle boots, and smoking slippers – all made in Italy. Belhumeur told the Washington Street Journal that she wanted to create a timeless collection that has the longevity to last a lifetime. “I wanted the consumer to be able to wear our shoe a decade from now,” she said. The collection is available now online and will be in a few store in the U.S. and Canada by the end of the month.

Sephora Acquires Technology Platform Scentsa

In its ongoing effort to move toward digital innovation in-store, Sephora has acquired Scentsa, the interactive technology that has helped develop Fragrance Finder, which helps customers find the perfect perfume, and Color IQ, a handheld tool that matches the user’s skin tone to foundations in the store. Most recently, Sephora developed Skincare IQ – an interactive system that helps customer choose appropriate skin care for their skin type and budget. Sephora wants to make a focused, effective effort on solving a problem without overwhelming customers. So what’s next? Julie Bornstein, chief marketing and digital officer for Sephora, hinted at a hair care system, but hasn’t given a definitive answer.

– Tanisha Wallis

Sources: Wall Street Journal, Style.com, WWD

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