Today’s Fashion Headlines: Tuesday, August 11, 2013

August 13, 2013 • Fashion Blog, Fashion News

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Xiu.com has three million registered users.

China’s Xiu.com Targets Foreign Partners

In the wake of securing partnerships with Salvatore Ferragamo and eBay, Xiu.com is working to convince more international brands that collaborating with a domestic e-commerce player has more advantages than entering China’s booming online shopping sector via foreign e-tailers. Xiu, founded in 2008, sells products ranging from luxury  goods and cosmetics to fast-fashion and designer labels. Last year, the Shenzhen-based site inked a deal with Ferragamo to launch the Italian luxury brand’s official online store on its platform. Xiu also unveiled a major partnership with eBay for the launch of eBay Style, a fashion site for Chinese consumers that has more than 5,000 brands. “Xiu definitely has better brand awareness in the market” compared with foreign e-commerce players, Celine Yang, vice president of strategy for the online Chinese fashion retailer, claimed. “We have a strong local operations team, and we are an online fashion marketplace carrying a lot of brands of different levels to serve customers better. We localize global fashion and ensure everything we sell is matching Chinese consumer preferences.” 

Maserati, L’Uomo Vogue Hosting Venice Cocktail

Venice is warming up for the 70th edition of its international film festival, which kicks off Aug. 28 with Maserati lined up as the main sponsor. The luxury car company, part of the Fiat Group, will offer a courtesy car service at the festival and provide celebrities en route to the  with rides in Trident vehicles. Fittingly, the night before the festival opens, Maserati and L’Uomo Vogue — a veteran of glittery Venetian parties — are hosting a cocktail reception at the Hotel Excelsior’s Maserati terrace, followed by an exclusive Moët & Chandon dinner and dancing soiree at the Palazzina G luxury resort. The cocktail will feature a preview of artist Marina Abramovic’s performance titled “James Franco: The Last Unicorn,” and L’Uomo Vogue editor in chief Franca Sozzani and Maserati chief executive officer Harald Wester will both be in attendance.

Alexander McQueen Taps Damien Hirst for Limited-Edition Scarves

Alexander McQueen has tapped Damien Hirst to create 30 limited-edition scarves in celebration of the 10th anniversary of the brand’s signature scarf print. Each of the one-off designs is adapted from Hirst’s famous “Entomology” series and sees butterflies, bugs, spiders and other creepy crawlies worked geometrically into the shape of the McQueen skull motif. The brand said that Hirst was chosen because of his shared aesthetic vision, “in which an interest in symmetrical design is combined with strong references to the natural world.”

Ruthie Davis and John Bartlett Collaborate on Footwear

Shoe designer Ruthie Davis and men’s designer John Bartlett have channeled their shared love of animals into a cobranded range of “cruelty-free” shoes. The Ruthie Davis [heart] John Bartlett designs are made from sustainable and vegan materials that bear Bartlett’s signature “Tiny Tim” print, a colorful motif of the designer’s beloved three-legged pit bull who died in 2010. The lineup includes three styles: a woman’s high-heeled pump, a unisex high-top sneaker with spikes and a unisex running shoe. The shoes will retail for $398 to $698 and will be available in late January at ruthiedavis.com and johnbartlettny.com, as well as select specialty retailers.

-Mehar Singh

Source and Photo: WWD

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