Versace and M.I.A. Collaborate
Versace confirms the news that singer M.I.A. has created a capsule collection for Versus. The 19 piece collection is inspired by counterfeit Versace items found in London. Variations of Versace’s iconic designs, like the Medusa head or the Greek frieze, are mixed with street-style, graphic prints. The collaboration includes garments for both women and men, and features t-shirts, printed jeans, silk skirts, jersey dresses, jackets, and military-inspired outerwear. “I adore the energy of the street, so when M.I.A. proposed to expose the issue of counterfeit Versace pieces by creating a collaboration inspired by these items, I thought it was an incredible idea,” said Donatella Versace. “The collection represents all that I love of the new Versus Versace: it’s fast, it’s noisy, it’s brazen and it blends the world of music with that of fashion. I can’t wait to see it worn.” M.I.A. x Versus Versace will be available October 16 online and in select stores.
Fifth & Pacific Sells Juicy Couture
Authentic Brands Group has bought the intellectual property assets of Juicy Couture from Fifth & Pacific for $195 million. This transaction is the result of several months of negotiations and includes an agreement for first half of 2014 to switch over the Juicy operations. Fifth & Pacific is still weighing its options for selling Lucky Brand and the company aims to focus on nurturing the Kate Spade brand.
Proenza Schouler Opens in SoHo
Proenza Schouler has opened a second NYC boutique in SoHo. The new location features a skylight and double-height ceilings. Located at 121 Greene Street, the space is lighter and larger than the Madison Avenue location uptown. This is a major investment for the brand; Proenza Schouler has signed a 10-year lease for the new boutique. “We looked at a ton of spaces. This one felt right, with the back skylight so you get a lot of natural sunlight, which was important to us,” said designer Jack McCollough. “SoHo has been such an iconic shopping area for us since we were young and coming to the city. To actually physically have a store here is kind of crazy. It’s really great.” The Proenza Schouler stores carry many of the designs seen on the runway.
Kate Moss and Topshop Collaborate Again
Topshop and Kate Moss will rekindle their partnership with a new collection launching in April. The collaboration will consist of 40 ready-to-wear styles and will be available in Topshop stores, Topshop.com, Nordstrom, and Galeries Lafayette in Paris. Moss has been working on the collection and spending a lot of time with Topshop’s creative director Kate Phelan, the in-house design team, and collaborator Katy England. The first Kate Moss for Topshop collection debuted in September 2006, and the supermodel hasn’t worked with the brand since November 2010.
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