Pretty soon it looks like there are going to be more celebrity designers than there are just strictly fashion designers. Next up in the ever so popular world of starting your own clothing line is professional skater Stevie Williams and rapper Lil Wayne. This past weekend the fellas launched their respective brands during a special event at the Beverly Center’s Macy’s.
Stevie’s line is called DGK which is the acronym for “Dirty Ghetto Kids”, the name of his old skate crew. His motto concerning his brand is; “From those who come from nothing”. The line will feature tees, hats, fleeces, and a streetwear collection.
Weezy’s brand will be called TRUKFIT and will feature a tees and hats for both men and boys.
About the venture, Stevie said, “It’s exciting to share this moment with my homie Lil Wayne and show the world skate fashion is cool. What Wayne and I are doing is bringing skate culture inside of corporate entities where a lot of our fans shop and we’re proud to do this with Macy’s.”
The event also included a meet-and-greet and autograph session for fans. The first 10 fans to purchase $150 worth of DGK and/or TRUKFIT gear during the event received a skateboard and admission to an exclusive VIP reception.
Fashionistas who love to look fab, but stay within their budget limits, will be excited to hear this news! The legendary Versace fashion house will begin selling their own line of clothing for H&M. The two companies has partnered up to bring flamboyant, bright, and edgy clothes and accessories to the market. The collection will officially go on sale in stores and online on November 17.
“Versace is one of the most important brands of recent times and their collection for H&M will be glamorous and flamboyant – everything Versace stands for,” said Margareta van den Bosch, creative advisor at H&M – who has masterminded collaborations with Karl Lagerfeld, Stella McCartney, Comme des Garcons and Jimmy Choo in the past. “Donatella Versace is sharing with us iconic designs from the archives. This is such a celebratory collaboration and is perfect for the party season.”
When asked about the partnership and the clothing that will be sold, Donatella Versace stated…
“The collection for H&M is the essence of Versace. For the collaboration we’ve brought back from the archives, as well as from more recent collections, some of the icons of Versace, such as the bright prints, the Greek key and daring cuts. I can’t wait to see how H&M’s wide audience will make these pieces their own,” says Donatella Versace.
If you want to get a sneak peek of the new line, check it out here. But, here are a few samples to give you an idea:
Ladies, do you like the new Versace for H&M collection??
The latest fashion trends have always been top of mind with Stokes. Stokes has overseen the wardrobe collections of widely popular musical performers B2K and IMX, to the actors on the movie set of “You Got Served,” and has kept his appreciation for chic urban wear in tune. “I created the line, after years of perfecting an intricate eye for style through studying design and browsing countless lines worldwide,” says Stokes.
“Christopher Brian Apparel is ‘the brand for the million dollar man,’ with only the use of the finest quality of wool, cashmere, and lamb skin leather. The line is fresh yet timeless, and will truly please customers in search of an exclusive fit and a comparable price tag to that of
other high end fashion houses. “ Stokes signed, Kim Kardashian because her keen sense of fashion aligns perfectly and Kevin Federline because he has a following that’s perfect as spokes models for the line.
New York Fashion Week started last on Sept. 5 and goes through Friday Sept. 12. We’re sure you have read all the reports and seen all the coverage of the Fashion Rocks concert that kicked it off. Now, let’s get caught up on what’s been on the New York runways for the upcoming spring season.
Betsy Johnson‘s show took place today. Her guests were treated to cupcakes with the initials “BJ” to enjoy during the show as well as baby blocks, a book for her run of show and huge lollipops. Betsy’s show was divided into multiple parts, showing looks that were at once both Scarlett O’Hara-inspired and very Lolita looking.
That’s it for now, but stay tuned for more coverage as we will try to bring you shots from ALL the runways in this years NYC Spring 09 Fashion Week!
As for Mos Def’s contribution to Undrcrwn’s collection, Canalin said, “We took his DNA and applied it to ours.” Many of the items incorporate the colors and cover print from the 2004 Dead Prez album “RBG:
Revolutionary But Gangsta,” but include personalization from Mos Def’s own life. He twists conventional elements, adorning a nylon jacket with an upside-down flag, or printing bandana stripes on the back side of a T-shirt, for example. “A lot of it was just child’s play,” he said. “It’s just playing around with things, and saying, ‘People always do this, let’s not do that.’”
As for Undrcrwn, Canalin promised that Mos Def will be one of many designers to guest with Undrcrwn in future seasons, as the brand looks to expand outward from its sporty roots. Undrcrwn recently signed on Bryon Sheng, the creator of Adidas’s Remix division, to head up sales and marketing, and hopes that Mos Def will entice larger retail chains into recognizing Undrcrwn’s creative potential. “We don’t want to have the brand so regimented to basketball,” he explained. “We’re really trying to give it a designer touch.”
The 14 piece collection, “Mos Def designed by Dustin Canalin for Undrcrwn,” will debut on August 26th at the Palms Hotel & Casino, in Las Vegas, but will not be available to us, retail from $36 to $200, until February ’09.
Rachel Roy, who began her namesake collection ‘Rachel Roy Collection’ in 2005, has teamed up with Grey Goose Vodka. Rachel will be designing a cocktail dress for Grey Goose. The dresses will debut in September during New York’s Srping Fashion Week 2009, during which Grey Goose will be Rachel’s official sponsor. (Pic Source)
Here is the cocktail dress that will be worn by the Vodka Brand’s models at various events:
Rachel recently became a mother for the second time and aslo sold a 50 percent stake in her business to Jones Apparel Group. Can we say “Power Moves”! (Source)
See some of Rachel’s previous designs:
Wow, it is August already and Labor Day weekend is quickly approaching. For the fashionista (there’s one in all of us) that means it is time for the big switch. You know, rotating your spring/summer wardrobe and updating your closet with the latest fall/winter fashions. Now that all of the major fashion weeks have taken place and all the who’s who in fashion design have debuted their fall collections, we are going to take a look back at what has been on the runways and ideally would be in your collection this fall. Considering the abundance of major players as well as the many notables in the fashion industry we are going to have to take the “Get Ready” reviews in doses. To begin we are going to take a look at a well-known, yet newcomer to the fashion design industry, Alexis Phifer with her Ghita collection.
Ghita Fall 2008 Collection
Alexis Phifer launched her clothing line, Ghita in 2005.
Ghita translates to “pearl of the sea”.
At Stacks Magazine we are well aware of social, community and economic issues and the state there of. So for the trendsetter on a budget (c’mon let’s just be honest everybody’s not balling) stay tuned for tips and resources to help you “get the look for less” as we continue to shine the spotlight on the high end designers.
Rihanna, who has been longtime fan of Gucci and already has her own children’s charity, has been chosen by Gucci’s creative director, Frida Giannini to showcase its collaboration with UNICEF. Rihanna teamed up with the fashion house back in February and performed at Gucci’s UNICEF fundraiser during New York Fashion Week. This will be the label’s first ad campaign for the children’s charity. (Photo Source)
According to WWD, Giannini said: “When we decided to dedicate a full ad campaign, more than just creating products, to really come out and show our commitment to UNICEF, I felt a musician and a beautiful woman was the perfect icon for this campaign.”, Giannini chose the Rihanna for her “strong personality”.
The campaign, “Tattoo Heart”, will be out in December with 25% of sales going towards the charity. (Source)
Dressed head to toe in his own designs at Paris’ Jardins de Bagatelle, Kanye, who is very much on first-name terms with Louis Vuitton, revealed to Women’s Wear Daily that he will be creating a shoe line as well as a women’s line with none other than his favorite designer – Louis Vuitton. Yep, you heard it correctly! It is no secret that Kanye is a very fashion conscious character. (Photo Source)
The women’s clothing line is set to debut this fall. The forthcoming shoe line will be for the fellas. Kanye was quoted as telling U.K.’s Guardian newspaper at the LV show Friday, “I grew up with the Louis look, you know. I just love the style.” (Source)
According to All Headline News … Rapper Soulja Boy is venturing into fashion. The young rapper has signed a multi-year sneaker and apparel endorsement contract with Dallas-based clothing company, Yums Shoes.
The 17-year-old “Crank That” singer would be collaborating with graffiti artist and designer Tex to create his apparel line and his own Yums “Block Star” sneakers, which will have emblazoned graffiti art on the soles.
The hip hop artist will be involved in the extensive marketing campaign of the new line. He will launch his collection at the Magic trade show in the fall. He will also create webisodes for the line that will be shown on Yums Web page as well as on his official Web site.
He is quoted by Billboard as saying, “The Soulja Boy exclusive shoe will be released in the fall along with my album. The Soulja Boy cartoon will also be released in the fall, so there’s three things to look out for.” (Source)
Couture Connoisseur Fashion Network received a Phoenix Award for its commitment to the Atlanta design community and “commendable contribution to its 2007 beneficiary Save the Children.” (Source)
Don’t miss this year’s event – it’s your opportunity to give and to get!
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