Cautious Next delivers strong H1, stands by FY outlook

UK-based apparel retailer Next reported Thursday an understated “good first half” performance with pre-tax profits and sales ahead of expectations. However, its share price opened down 1.7% at £70.40 despite the retailer also maintaining its full-year outlook. Pre-tax profit for the six months to July jumped 19.3% to £324.2m from £271.8m a year ago while net profit grew 18.6% to ...
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A modern twist on sportswear at Proenza Schouler -

New York: Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez said of their new Proenza Schouler collection that it was, "Our version of American sportswear." If that's the case, sportswear has reached a new level. There were rifs on the classics: parkas in laser-cut and color-blocked leather, hand knitted polos with inset leather panels and two-tone leather pants, a deconstructed argyle sweater, not ...
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White emerges as a key nail colour at NYFW -

Designers showcased several ways of wearing white nails on the New York catwalks. At Kye, a bold matte finish on shortened stiletto shapes kept a mix of white and patterned nails looking bright and fresh. In contrast models at Custo Barcelona displayed simple whitewashed nails with a milky texture. Subtle detailing was the focus at Nonoo, featuring nails with a thin, ...
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A new approach to uniform dressing at Marc Jacobs -

New York: Marc Jacobs closed fashion week with a refreshing line-up of looks with a strong military influence. Belted waists and voluminous constructions resulted in extreme hourglass shapes. Cargo pants featuring oversized patch pockets were the core of the collection, and complemented by relaxed variations on schoolgirl dresses. In place of Girl Scout-inspired patches were large resin and button appliqués, creating tactile surface ...
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Modern elegance reigns supreme at Calvin Klein Collection -

New York: Francisco Costa's signature clean lines produced an organically sleek and polished look for S/S 15. White, ivory, indigo, burgundy and shades of black generated stark contrasts that enhanced slender body-skimming silhouettes. Metallic silver yarns created luxe shimmering surfaces taking ensembles from day to night. Brighter primary colours were pulled from Andy Warhol's portraits of Mao Zedong. All in all, ...
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Roses are Red, Violets are Delpozo -

Just when we thought Delpozo couldn't get any lovelier, their Spring/Summer '15 collection beamed with elegance delivering sculpted bouquet effect oxfords that add a fresh feminine edge to the classic menswear silhouette. Could it be coincidence or a bit of symbology for the Spanish Fashion House to feature such an array of flora as they blossom back to a place ...
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Dancing in the garden with Michael Kors -

New York: Michael Kors created another stunning collection of true American Sportswear that was feminine yet functional. Inspired by the attitude of dance choreographer Agnes de Mille and photographer, Louise Dahl-Wolfe’s nature infused colour palette, forms took on structure yet femininity with a casual elegance. Most notable were the details and embellishments which included chiffon cut petals with beaded leaves, ...
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Trend Alert Catwalk – Refined Linens -

S/S 15 see the return of linen and linen blends in subtle textural gradations or smooth and refined looks that highlight the importance of simple, elegant silhouettes.  
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F.I.L. Indigo Camping Trailer “The Traveling Trailer” Pop-Up Store NY

After a successful launch in Japan, Visvim F.I.L. Indigo Camping Trailer brings its pop-up concept "The Travelling Trailer" to New York's Dover Street Market. Amongst the hype and glamour of New York S/S 16 Fashion Week's schedule, Visvim designer Hiroki Nakamura is showcasing a slightly less polished offering for fashionistas and denim heads alike. For the first time, Hiroki's pop-up concept “The Traveling Trailer” ...
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Jurliques Launches Nutri-Define Anti-Ageing Skincare Line

Described by the brand as a 'multi-benefit anti-ageing skin care’ and designed for more mature skin, the Nutri-Define line includes a facial serum, day cream and night cream. The products contain five key active ingredients: horseradish, to help with skin firmness and elasticity; mulberry root, assists in brightening the complexion; rosemary, to help rejuvenated the skin; peppermint, to improve skin dullness ...
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Patrik Ervell Makes Tech Futurism Modern -

New York: This season Patrik Ervell was inspired by interiors and the persistence, durability, and functionality of trends within this space. This concept was most influential in the designer’s material choice with performance driven textiles like vinyl, polyurethane, and technical jersey used for parkas, anoraks, and simple mockneck shirts. The result was a futuristic look that still seems applicable today. –Matt ...
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Craig Kauffman inspires molded plastics for MBMJ accessories

Katie Hillier and Luella Bartley cited a group of artists at the Ferus gallery in L.A as a major point of reference for their second catwalk collection at MBMJ. Renowned for his work with vacum-formed plastics and acrylics, the specific influence Craig Kauffman had on the spring/summer 15 bags at MBMJ was clear to see; from the molded constructions and lozenge ...
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Muuto Launches New Collection

Nordic design brand Muuto's new collection of pared-back homewares includes clever candlesticks, marble serving boards, tonally gradated rugs, a tactile coffee maker and a set of magically balancing vases. The new Fiber chair, designed by Iskos-Berlin, is 100% recyclable. Made of a shell made of plastic and wood fibres, the chair offers a choice of four bases: wooden, wireframe and metal ...
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Backstage at Jenny Packham: Hair, Make-up & Nails -

We take a look behind-the-scenes at Jenny Packham as it prepares for the spring/summer 2015 show. Marilyn Monroe was the inspiration behind Jenny Packham’s collection this season and this was reflected in the hair, make-up and nails. Make-up artist Talia Shobrook for Laura Mercier created a fresh face with radiant highlights on the eyes paired with natural coloured lips. Over at hair, ...
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Summer pursuits at Thom Browne -

New York: Although Thom Browne has a happy knack of creating an extraordinary performance, he always manages to infuse his masterful tailoring skills in to the drama. This Spring 2015 was no exception. The scene was set in a scented, box-hedged lawn surrounded by quintessential summer pursuits and so ensued the procession of exquisitely cut silhouettes. Browne employed master milliner Stephen ...
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