British retailer Marks & Spencer has created a fall ad campaign with a lot of star power. With famed photographer Annie Leibovitz behind the camera and a group of models including Vogue’s Grace Coddington, actress Helen Mirran and model/singer Karen Elson, Marks & Spencer is making a statement with their ads, which will be printed beginning Sept. 3. The photos are accompanied by the line “Meet Britain’s Leading Ladies,” and are set in quintessentially British locations. Other lesser-known, yet just as important, women include Jasmine Whitbread, chief executive of Save the Children International, and Helen Allen, who was voted “nurse of the year” by the British Journal of Nursing in 2011. Given the company’s flagging sales, this new campaign shows the company’s future aspirations, as well as the confidence and strength of its customers.
Hal Rubenstein To Add Another Title Onto His Resume
InStyle editor-at-large Hal Rubenstein is taking the leap from writing about clothes to designing them. Next month, he will debut his eponymous apparel and footwear collection for HSN. As an expert in the fashion editorial industry and lover of personal style, this move seems like the perfect fit. Rubenstein wanted to create a collection that celebrates women. For years he has listened to women dwell on what they believe are imperfections – thoughts he thinks women should throw out the window in exchange for a different, more confident way of thinking. “…Wouldn’t it be cooler if she realized that out of the 3.5 billion women, not a single one of them sees the same reflection she sees?” he told WWD. The collection focuses on leather details and key pieces for fall, including an animal-print coat with leather side panels and an asymmetric dress with a lace shoulder and sleeve.
Marchesa Creates A New Line With Their Day-Wear in Mind
Marchesa is known for its beautiful, luxurious gowns that are often seen on the red carpet. But what does the brand’s customer wear during the day? Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig, the designers behind the brand, are launching a new, contemporary collection called Marchesa Voyage. “We always wanted Marchesa to be a lifestyle brand,” Chapman told Style.com. Craig added, “For us, Voyage is all about creating clothes for the global-minded woman and the global-minded traveler, whether she’s going somewhere exotic or just venturing to the office.” The collection debuted August 15th with a celebration on the Gramercy Park Hotel rooftop. It will retail in stores such as Saks and Bloomingdale’s, with prices ranging from $260-$1,000.
– Tanisha Wallis
Sources: WWD, Style.comSee the Top Ten Summer 2016 Trends for Women Over 40