It's not ALL been about Coachella Festival this week, despite our persistence in imagining we're hanging with Kate Bosworth and co in the Cali desert. In fact, there's been some exciting news from the likes of H&M, Rag & Bone and Amanda Wakelely. Read on for the latest style snippets...
1. Caroline Issa Joins Dorchester Collection Judging Panel
Calling all aspiring designers: entries for the 2013 Dorchester Collection Fashion Prize are now open! The UK panel of judges consists of Daniella Helayel, Caroline Issa, Stephen Jones OBE, Nicholas Oakwell, Rupert Sanderson and Stephen Webster MBE and considering previous winners include Thomas Tait, Andra Neen and Augustin Teboul, we recommend you get your applications in sharpish. The winner gets a £25,000 endowment, a stay at one of Dorchester Collection’s properties AND the chance to be mentored on a one to one basis from a selection of the judges. The grand final will take place on 29 October 2013 at The Dorchester www.dorchestercollection.com.
2. H&M To Dress The Swedish Teams For The Olympics
We've seen H&M grace the Oscars red carpet and now the high-street brand is hitting the Olympics. Yes, H&M has announced that it will dress the Swedish teams for the Winter Olympics and Paralympics in Sochi 2014 as well as the Summer Olympics and Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro 2016. Talk about planning ahead! The H&M outfits will be worn by atheletes for the Opening and Closing Ceremonies and the collection will also include sporty options for when they're hanging out in the Olympic village. What's more, those lucky Swedish Olympians will have a say in the pieces and collaborate on H&M’s new expanded sports collection that's set to debut in January 2014.
3. Rag & Bone To Show At London Collections: Men
Happy news! The New York-based brand will show menswear in the British capital for the first time ever during LC:M. 'Rag & Bone started life in New York, but as English guys, we are delighted to be a part of London Collections: Men,' said Marcus Wainwright and David Neville, the Managing Partners. 'Menswear is what originally put our brand on the map and our British roots have heavily influenced our aesthetic, so we felt strongly about showing our Spring Summer 2014 collection in our hometown. London is important to us on several levels – it’s where we opened our European flagship store last summer – and with LC:M gathering momentum each season, we feel incredibly excited to be a part of it.' And we're delighted to have you here!
4. Jimmy Choo to Show at London Collections: Men
As if Rag & Bone and Burberry showing as part of London Collections: Men in June, now Jimmy Choo has announced its joining the schedule too. After showing in Milan since the launch of its men’s line in 2011, the brand will bring its Spring Summer 2014 collection to our fair capital for an intimate presentation. 'It’s exciting to be showing our men’s collection as part of London Collections: Men,' said Sandra Choi, creative director of Jimmy Choo, in a statement. 'London is at the creative heart of Jimmy Choo and, with our new flagship Men’s store opening on Dover Street in May, the timing feels right to make the move.' With Alexander McQueen, Tom Ford and Richard James also showing, it's set to be a good'un.
5. Your Chance To Purchase Past Season Amanda Wakeley
Heads up, fashion bunnies: Amanda Wakeley has some exciting shopping news. If you missed picking up a K-Middy-esque dress when it first hit the store, here's your chance to buy past season collections at fab prices. Launching next Monday, The Loft is a new department within Amandawakeley.com which will open with the opportunity to purchase catwalk looks from the Spring Summer 2012 collection. It'll also offer members discounts starting at 40% as well as updates on new lines. Visit amandawakeley.com/shop/outlet and sign up pronto.
6. Fashion Culture Project Announces A Winner
The Fashion Culture Project – which is a design competition between international fashion colleges in Poland and the UK is now in its second season. The White House in London became the home for an elite judging panel and students from London College of Fashion, Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, MSKPU in Warsaw, ASP in Lodz and SAPU in Poland all took part. Anka Letycja Walicka, a graduate from SAPU in Cracow took home the first prize which was an internship at Meyer & Mortimer (a prominent Savile Row tailors), a weekend trip to Lisbon, plus a scholarship at her college to further her studies. Her gothic black layers and luxurious leather tailoring nailed her top spot, while St Martins grad James Castle followed in second place and Aimee Matthew-John, also of St Martins, came third. Three names to watch we say. For more info check out fashionculture.pl
Anka Letycja Walicka; James Castle
7. YOOXYGEN Celebrates Earth Day
This year YOOXYGEN, yoox.com’s eco-friendly initiative, is celebrating Earth Day with a fresher, greener look. Since 2009, the eco-arm of Yoox has lead the way in eco-commerce with wonderful eco-friendly fashion. For 2013, they've gone all out with two exclusive T-shirts from Generation Pacifique and a capsule collection by IOU Project especially for yoox.com. The proceeds from the sale of the Generation Pacifique t-shirts go directly to Green Cross International, long-time partner of YOOXYGEN, towards their initiative Smart Water for Green Schools an ‘on-the-ground’ activity providing sustainable access to safe drinking water and sanitation to tens of thousands of people in Ghana and Bolivia. They've also announced a unique collaboration with super-trendy Eco-Brand IOU PROJECT: a capsule collection of men’s and women’s pieces, perfect for lovers of easy, eco-elegance.