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The Cat’s Whiskers
We all know that Kaiser Karl is besotted with a certain feline. Now, along with famed toymaker Steiff, known for its gorgeous teddy bears, he has announced the introduction of a limited-edition plush toy inspired by Choupette. The cuddly cat mimics the appearance of the real-life feline, with fluffy white fur, big blue eyes and even a magnetic mouse companion. Just 2,000 pieces have been produced worldwide and are available exclusively at Karl Lagerfeld stores and karl.com. Later they’ll be on offer at Steiff stores, Steiff.com and through select fashion and toy retailers.
Keeping It in the Family
Model and reality TV star Kendall Jenner joins brother-in-law Kanye West as the newest brand ambassador for sportswear giant Adidas. With an Instagram following topping 80 million, the 21-year-old used the social media platform to share the news. In her post she’s wearing a casual Adidas tracksuit paired with brand sneakers for a video which shows her driving in a golf cart past a wall featuring the words “Welcome To The Family!”.
Digital giant Google has partnered with 180 institutions, schools and archives around the world for a new online project focusing on the history of fashion. We Wear Culture, which launched on the Google Arts & Culture website and mobile apps, looks at “how fashion is stitched into the fabric of our societies”.
There are more than 450 exhibitions and tours of important fashion and decorative art collections on the platform, from the story of the Silk Road, told through objects from the China National Silk Museum in Hangzhou, to Elsa Schiaparelli’s relationship with Surrealism, related through pieces from the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.
War On Waste
Veteran British designer Dame Vivienne Westwood has urged people to buy fewer clothes to help protect the environment. Speaking to the BBC’s Newsbeat backstage at her recent London Fashion Week Men’s show, she said: “My message is ‘buy less, choose well, make it last’.”
Her circus-themed collection was only the second time she has shown at the men’s event and featured recycled plastic bottles as shoes and aluminium cans pinned to tights, as a campaign against fashion waste. Adding: “It’s [about] quality, not quantity, not landfill,” the punk-era icon said a change in shopping habits would allow designers to make more beautiful clothes.
Michael Kors has announced Jourdan Dunn as the latest face of its street style campaign Michael Kors The Walk.
The British model’s It bag of choice for the campaign is the Mercer Dome Satchel, worn in an upbeat shade of sunflower yellow along with the best of summer’s MICHAEL Michael Kors ready-to-wear and accessories. In a nod to the brand’s array of bag customisation options, Jourdan brought playful personality to her Mercer with everything from gold-tone keychains and a floral appliqué handbag strap to a scarf tied around the handle of the satchel.
The new campaign is the fourth instalment in an ongoing series, with new style personalities joining Michael Kors The Walk each season to spotlight key handbags and ready-to-wear. A profile of Jourdan will also run on the brand’s editorial platform, DestinationKors.com.
One for the Girls
Reputed as a maker of men’s watches that are both unusual and elegant, deLaCour has decided to put its unique sensitivity and sensuality into the creation of a timepiece that is ultra feminine and designed exclusively for women.
The Passion is inspired by women, their attitude and strong character. It is the complete opposite of minimalist with a marriage of two materials: white gold for its main external visible case, and titanium for the inner case.
The combination of diamonds consists of 13 carats and lends its subtlety to the diamond-paved edges. The timepieces are named Passion Forever (with heart-shaped diamonds), Passion Allure (with square diamonds) and Passion Sparkle (with pear-shaped diamonds).