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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Menswear Boardroom Battle Between Fine Clothiers

The Men's Wearhouse today announced that it has proposed to acquire all of the outstanding shares of Jos. A. Bank Clothiers common stock.  The interesting part of this story is the fact that Jos. A. Bank Clothiers recently attempted to take over the Men’s Wearhouse.  It appears as if this menswear retailer does not plan to go down without a fight.

The Men's Wearhouse proposal represents a 45% premium over Jos. A. Bank's unaffected enterprise value and a 32% premium over Jos. A. Bank's closing share price on October 8, 2013, the day prior to the public announcement of Jos. A. Bank's proposal to acquire Men's Wearhouse.  

"Following Jos. A. Bank's unsolicited public proposal to acquire Men's Wearhouse, our Board of Directors evaluated a number of alternatives to deliver value to our shareholders," said Bill Sechrest, Lead Director of the Board of Men's Wearhouse.  "After a thorough review, our Board concluded that an acquisition of Jos. A. Bank by Men's Wearhouse has strategic logic and the potential to deliver substantial benefits to our respective shareholders, employees and customers.  In reaching our determination, we considered a number of factors including Men's Wearhouse's advantage in scale, growth and performance, long history as a prudent steward of capital, successful acquisition track record and experienced management team.  We believe we are the right acquiror for this combination and that our experienced management team is best positioned to execute the integration of our companies and achieve the synergies that would result.  We are ready to engage with the Jos. A. Bank's Board immediately." 
Doug Ewert, President and Chief Executive Officer of Men's Wearhouse, said, "Our compelling proposal provides Jos. A. Bank's shareholders with a substantial premium and immediate liquidity for their investment.  The transaction will be substantially accretive to Men's Wearhouse's earnings in year one, and the combined company will have a strong balance sheet with the operational flexibility to successfully execute on its strategic plan.  Together, we can create the premier men's apparel retailer, with enhanced scale and a broader best-in-class offering for our valued customers, which we expect to drive significant shareholder value."

Let the battle begin.  Who do you think will win this fashion industry brawl?

Read more about the boardroom brawl between Jos. A. Bank and the Men’s Wearhouse at the Fashion Newspaper.


As indicated in the press release from The Men’s Wearhouse, “The Men's Wearhouse management team has a proven track record of successful acquisitions, having integrated more than 600 stores and over 7,000 employees in connection with its previous acquisitions of Joseph Abboud, After Hours and Moores.  Men's Wearhouse would expect a smooth integration, as there will be no rebranding or remodels required – Jos. A. Bank's store banner would remain in place.  Management would consist of the most qualified individuals from both companies, and Men's Wearhouse is confident that its deep-rooted corporate culture of customer service will appeal to Jos. A. Bank employees and customers, and that implementing the best practices of both companies will drive operational and financial success.”

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Monday, November 25, 2013

Toren Technical Apparel

Move over Patagonia, The North Face and Arc'teryx, and make room for Toren! Toren, a new fashionable brand of stylish, affordable and accessible technical apparel for men and women is planning its debut in the spring of 2014. The brand was created to provide a high quality, reasonably priced alternative for consumers with an active outdoor lifestyle.  Notably, Toren is employing the unique approach of soliciting consumer input on product design and features via its blog, social media channels and website, www.toren.is. 


Entrepreneur Ethan Wishnick, founder and creator of Toren, wants to engage his customer base pre-product launch to learn specifically what they want in technical apparel. "We want to know what pieces consumers are looking for. We're interested in what styles and colors are most appealing and what features are most important," he said. "Our goal is to listen and respond to create innovative new products with the features and look consumers want, all at a more affordable price point."


Toren's initial offering, the Fundamental Shell, is designed to look great and function equally well in the city or on the mountain. The shell will feature a more tailored fit than many of the products currently offered by competitors and integrate three-layer, waterproof/breathable fabric produced by Toray, a leading manufacturer of high performance textiles. Following the launch, Toren plans on producing technical apparel for all seasons, including pieces like insulated hard-shells and wetsuits.

Wishnick, an outdoor enthusiast who currently resides in Manhattan, was inspired to create Toren after years of frustration with the fit and high cost of technical garments.

"We have received tremendous feedback on our designs. We're confident our quality will be equivalent to our higher priced competitors, as we are using many of the same suppliers," said Wishnick. "Our e-commerce distribution model differentiates us from other technical apparel brands. By operating online, we can interact with our customers in real time to make them a part of our process, while eliminating overhead costs that inflate retail prices."


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Bonnie McKee at 2013 American Music Awards

Bonnie McKee steals the spotlight in Soffer Ari at the 2013 American Music Awards on November 24th, 2013 in Los Angeles, CA. Bonnie wore the Trinity Tiny N.C. Cicero Necklace by Soffer Ari.

Soffer Ari is a Los Angeles based line that was started in 1995. Each piece is handmade and the precious stones are hand picked to ensure the highest quality of genuine gems. The line appeals to those who demand perfection and exudes the Los Angeles rocker style. Soffer Ari has a following amongst Hollywood's elite including Katy Perry, Stacy Keibler, and Kelly Osbourne. Soffer Ari is available for purchase at www.sofferari.com.



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Danity Kane Spotted at the 2013 American Music Awards

Singer Aundrea Fimbres of the group Danity Kane donned a Pia Gladys Perey gown on the red carpet at the 2013 AMA's.  Aubrey looked stunning in a red dress with a deep plunging neckline while Aundrea sported a black long-sleeve number by the Australian designer. 



Earlier, the singers of Danity Kane were also spotted at the AMA Radio Room & Gift Lounge. The fab four wowed the onlookers in their super stylish outfits.  Singer Dawn Richards was the epitome of sporty chic when she paired a black leather Pia Gladys Perey skirt with a matching leather jacket and red Melie Bianco clutch. Aubrey O'Day turned heads when she wore red printed Mister Zimi pants, black crop top, Melie Bianco clutch, and jewelry by Charles Albert, MAKKO, and Misahara. Shannon Bex looked stunning in a black crop top, black pants, a MAKKO necklace with shoes by Maria Lorenzo. Aundrea Fimbres wore rhinestone encrusted booties by Maria Lorenzo with a white blouse and black Mister Zimi shorts. 




 
WHO: Girl group, Danity Kane: Aubrey O'Day, Shannon Bex, Dawn Richards, & Aundrea Fimbres

WHERE: At the 2013 AMA's and AMA Radio Room & Gift Lounge
 
WHEN: November 23 - 24, 2013
 
ABOUT PIA GLADYS PEREY:
Synonymous to sexy elegance for the modern goddess, Pia Gladys Perey (PGP) is the go-to label for glamorous frocks with a romantic flair. Sensual folds and dramatic drapes define the PGP woman, where curves of every kind are celebrated and made beautiful. To date, PGP has is favoured by Hollywood stars like Angelina Jolie, Eva Longoria, Camilla Belle, Kim Kardashian, Kate Flannery, Nadine Ellis, and Gabrielle Union. The brand’s ethereal aesthetic clearly earned a red carpet following, making Pia Gladys Perey one of the most successful Filipino fashion labels with a global appeal.
 
ABOUT MELIE BIANCO:
It all began with an idea: design stylish, luxurious handbags and sell them at an affordable price. This idea came to life when Melissa and William, a husband and wife team, founded Melie Bianco in 2003. Since then their designs have been featured on TV segments and spotted in major fashion magazines like Marie Claire, Glamour, Lucky, Instyle, Oprah, Cosmopolitan, Self, People Style Watch, and Vogue among others. The main emphasis behind the Shop Melie brand was that handbags are usually found in the up-scale department (next to cosmetics, watches, shoes and jewelry). With this being such a prime area, it gave them the motivation to offer affordable luxury to the everyday woman. They did this by creating trend driven handbags that are always stylish from season to season by using premium faux leather, paying attention to craftsmanship and using high-end hardware and lining. Their mission is for every woman to “treat herself to a little luxury”.
 
ABOUT CHARLES ALBERT:

Since 1996, Charles has carved out a niche in the marketplace by designing one-of-a-kind fossil, mineral & gemstone jewelry set in .950 (95% pure) fine sterling silver.  Every piece of jewelry is meticulously hand-made from designs that Charles and Beth,  have put together.  Charles Albert, Inc. produces fantastic jewelry with the widest variety of stones from all over the world.  All Charles Albert pieces are signed and the quality of work is unsurpassed. Over time, Charles Albert, Inc. has earned a good reputation for style, excellent quality and fantastic customer service. 

 
ABOUT MAKKO:
 Makko Jewelry believes that jewelry wasn't just meant for show, but something that could empower and protect the wearer. Makko Jewelry accomplishes this in a very unique and artistic way using Japanese kanji characters, gemstones, and distinctive shapes, to match each individual's spirit in the form of jewelry. Every piece of jewelry created by company founder, Makiko Tokuyama has a special meaning or message; some convey fortune and well-being while others may refer to peace and tranquility.
 
ABOUT MARIA LORENZO:
Maria Lorenzo is a luxury brand with one mission, capitalize on Distinction and eccentricity and release the  infinite versatile collections that are subtly elegant and decisively contemporary. The brand collections are hand-made in Italy from the finest materials.
 
ABOUT MISTER ZIMI:
Bali-based label Mister Zimi is the brainchild of Zoe and Jimi Paul and has been wildly embraced and hugely successful since its inception in 2007. Combining modern Australian design, beautiful Balinese influxes, textiles from around the globe and an easy-going lifestyle in sunny Bali, Mister Zimi features a diverse range of dresses, tops, bottoms, jackets, footwear and even antique rugs! Their collections draw on bright, bold, and exotic places and channel the silhouettes of the laid-back 70s.
 
ABOUT MISAHARA:

Misahara jewelry is the culmination of Lepa Galeb-Roskopp's bi-cultural upbringing along with her extensive world travels. Misahara's unique pieces channel an upscale gypsy-bohemian flare and comprise impeccable hand-craftsmanship using only the finest quality gemstones and metals.  Pieces range from adorned cuffs to large statement rings and provide a bit of luxury to the everyday woman.  Not only is Misahara committed to offering fine jewelry, but they also donate a portion of their proceeds to the Thimbini school located in Kwa Zulu Natal, South Africa.  

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Kesha Accessorizes with ELAHN Jewels at the 2013 American Music Awards

Kesha hits the red carpet in ELAHN Jewels while attending the 2013 American Music Awards on November 24th, 2013 in Los Angeles, CA. The actress wore the Yellow Gold Knuckle Band by ELAHN Jewels to the awards.



    ELAHN Jewelry is the collaborative line by Leora Talmor and her mother Elahn. Elahn's inspiration for the line came from her dreams of gems while growing up in Jerusalem. The line  has a modern edge while adding gothic, victorian, and ancient eastern elements and making the pieces timeless and classic. The collection includes a mixture of rustic mined and sliced diamonds combined with classicly cut diamonds, sapphires, rubies, emeralds, rutilated quartz, and moonstones set in antiqued silver and gold. ELAHN Jewelry has already been seen on Vanessa Hudgens, Lily Collins, and Jessica Simpson, and is available for purchase at www.elahnjewels.com.

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Ariana Grande Wears TACORI to 2013 American Music Awards

Ariana Grande sparkled in TACORI earrings at the 2013 American Music Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. The New Artist of the Year winner looked glamorous in a red sequin gown and TACORI's .48ct Diamond French Wire Earrings (#FE 671 10, $3,230; www.tacori.com).






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Emma Roberts at the 2013 American Music Awards


 Emma Roberts wears ELAHN Jewels to the 2013 American Music Awards on November 24th, 2013 in Los Angeles, CA. The actress wore the Diamond Barrel Ring by ELAHN Jewels to the awards.


ELAHN Jewels is the collaborative line by Leora Talmor and her mother Elahn. Elahn's inspiration for the line came from her dreams of gems while growing up in Jerusalem. The line  has a modern edge while adding gothic, victorian, and ancient eastern elements and making the pieces timeless and classic. The collection includes a mixture of rustic mined and sliced diamonds combined with classicly cut diamonds, sapphires, rubies, emeralds, rutilated quartz, and moonstones set in antiqued silver and gold. ELAHN Jewels has already been seen on Jessica Alba, Lily Collins, and Jessica Simpson, and is available for purchase at www.elahnjewels.com.

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Friday, November 22, 2013

Angela Lindvall Wearing Alberta Ferretti November 2013

Angela Lindvall, in occasion of the Born Free Campaign Press event, wore a black tailored tuxedo pant suit with satin lapels by Alberta Ferretti.



Angela Lindvall is an American model and occasional actress. She has appeared in several films including Kiss Kiss Bang Bang in 2005. She was the host of the fashion reality series "Project Runway: All Stars", an extension of the popular series "Project Runway".  Lindvall is an ardent environmentalist and is the founder and president of the Collage Foundation, an organization promoting sustainability and environmentally conscious choices among young people. She was named "Best Dressed Environmentalist" in 2004 and 2005 by the Sustainable Style Foundation.

See other fashionable celebrities wearing Alberta Ferretti from the style posts below.

October 2013 - Sandra Bullock Wearing Alberta Ferretti
September 2013 - Ksenia Rappoport Wearing Alberta Ferretti 

You may also have interest in reading the Elle Fashion Days Project article from May of this year.

If you wish to go back further in time, you may wish to see more blog posts about Alberta.

September 2012 - Valentina Cervi Wearing Alberta Ferretti
October 2011 - Anna Dello Russo Wearing Alberta Ferretti
December 2009 - Aubrey Plaza Wearing Alberta Ferretti


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Jeweled Straps to Spice Up Your Holiday Outfit

With the holiday season coming up, I’m sure we’re all thinking of ways to stand out in the crowd. Kaiio’s jeweled straps might be your answer! Three years ago, Christine Ko, founder of Kaiio, made her first crystal jeweled strap solely to give her work uniform a little something extra. After numerous compliments and customers asking to buy her pieces she became determined to launch her own company to share her sparkle with the rest of the world. 



In August 2013, Christine Ko and Quinton Van Der Burgh partnered to create a dazzling line of crystal jeweled straps known as Kaiio.  From humble beginnings, Kaiio was destined to be the finishing touch to the little black dress. Designer, Christine Ko says, "theres no such thing as too much sparkle...it gives women the option to add a wow factor to a little black dress or a hint of glam to a blouse and jeans." With the straps retailing between $300-$700 and rings for $85,Kaiio looks and feels as luxurious as a diamond piece that doesn't cost the high precious stone price (www.kaiio.com).

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Olivia Wilde Hits the Streets in Style

Olivia Wilde was spotted looking stylish as she was walking the street.  She has on a super cute Signorelli tee ($46; www.shopsignorelli.com)


Olivia Jane Cockburn known professionally as Olivia Wilde, is an American actress who has appeared in a number of television and film productions. Wilde has starred in TV productions such as The O.C., The Black Donnellys and House, and in films such as Tron: Legacy, Cowboys & Aliens, In Time, and Drinking Buddies.


You can also see Olivia Wilde on the following fashion blog posts:

September 2013 - Olivia Wilde in Junk Food Clothing
July 2013 - Olivia Wilde in Level 99 Again
May 2013 - Olivia Wilde in The Girls Apparel
April 2013 - Olivia Wilde in Level 99

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Teresa Palmer in Soffe Athletic Apparel

Teresa Palmer was photographed wearing Soffe yesterday in Los Angeles. The engaged actress showed off her growing baby bump in her Skinny Gym Capris in Black and Pink Glo. ($20, www.soffe.com).  Doesn't she appear to glow and look fabulous?



If you are not too familiar with this fashionable mother to be, Mary Teresa Palmer is an Australian actress. She made her film debut in the suicide drama 2:37. Palmer was seen in The Grudge 2 in 2006, in December Boys, alongside Daniel Radcliffe, and in the 2008 children's fantasy Bedtime Stories, with Adam Sandler. She appeared in The Sorcerer's Apprentice in 2010, with Nicolas Cage and Jay Baruchel, and her films in 2011 include a turn as an alien in the sci-fi film I Am Number Four, and playing Topher Grace's love interest in Take Me Home Tonight. In 2013, she starred in the zombie love story, Warm Bodies, and the romantic war film, Love and Honor, opposite Liam Hemsworth.

Learn more about the Soffe brand and various celebrities that have recently been spotted wearing the apparel brand.

September 2013 - Vanessa & Stella Hudgens Wearing Soffe 
September 2013 - Vanessa Hudgens Wearing Zebra Capri's from Soffe
July 2013 - Vanessa Hudgens in Soffe Zebra Print

June 2013 - Vanessa Hudgens in Soffe Work-Out Capris

Yes, Vanessa Hudgens must really like her stylish workout clothing as much as Teresa Palmer.

By the way, we really like the athletic shoes worn by Teresa in the photographs above.  Does anyone know what brand they are?  If yes, please comment in the discussion area below.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Beckett Simonon Men's Shoes

Online-Only Men’s Footwear Retailer Offers High End Product Collection at an Affordable Price

The perfect gift for the dapper yet price conscious gentleman, Beckett Simonon footwear, a leading online retailer of men’s footwear, will have a special 25% discount off total orders from Friday, November 22, 2013 to Tuesday, December 3, 2013. Beckett Simonon’s new Goodyear Welted collection, originally available at for under $139, will be even more affordable in honor of the shopping holiday, allowing customers to stock up on their favorite Monkstraps, Longwings, Oxfords and more.

To receive the special discount, customers simply need to enter TURKEY at checkout to receive the discount. 

Beckett Simonon, a leading online retailer of men’s footwear, announces the launch of their new Fall Goodyear Welted collection, which is available for under $139 thanks to the company’s unique direct-to-consumer business model. Styled for a “new breed of gentleman,” Beckett Simonon is ideal for American men who want to look dapper but are also price conscious.

As the American gold-standard in quality shoe construction, Goodyear Welt construction* is most commonly found in expensive shoe brands that typically cost more than $300, however, since Beckett Simonon bypasses all “middleman” retailer costs and ships all their products directly to consumers free of charge, they are able offer their Goodyear Welted collection at an affordable price without sacrificing quality.

"We see a huge gap in the men's footwear market. It's outrageous that well-made leather shoes retail above $300. We operate without the complex layers of big businesses (no middlemen, no distributors, no expensive physical stores, etc.) so we can offer the same quality products for a much more affordable price," says Andres Niño, CEO and co-founder of Beckett Simonon. “By selling directly to consumers we bypass the traditional retail markup, around 2.5X, so we are technically selling to consumers at wholesale prices.”


Highlights of the Goodyear Welted collection include:

Baily Chukka Boots

Caine Oxfords


Cohen Loafers

Hoyt Double Monkstraps


Hughes Longwings

"Beckett Simonon is a great alternative for guys who want to look dapper but are also price conscious.  Good style doesn't end with a nice suit or well-fitted clothes, there are also shoes, but very few guys can afford to spend $300+ on a pair of fine shoes," says Nicholas Hurtado, lead designer and co-founder.

Beckett Simonon is the only online footwear company to sell Goodyear Welted construction shoes under $139, setting them apart from competitors with equivalent craftsmanship and materials but retailing above $300.

*ABOUT GOODYEAR WELT CONSTRUCTION
As the American gold-standard in quality shoe construction, Goodyear Welt construction holds together the sole, insole and upper sole with one thick stitch and a leather welt. Between the insole and outsole is a cork layer that creates a custom-like footbed, which makes the shoe breathable and flexible.



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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Nikki Reed Hosts The Baja Animal Sanctuary Charity Event

Nikki Reed and fellow Hollywood animal enthusiasts gathered at the 1st annual "Friends Across The Border" charity event last night at NINE ZERO ONE Salon in West Hollywood to raise money for the Baja Animal Sanctuary, northern Mexico's only no-kill animal shelter! Other celebrity attendees included socialite Cara Santana and radio personality Kyle Keller, along with other prominent Hollywood animal supporters. Guests indulged in gluten-free catering from cibo verde and beverages by Caliche Rum as they celebrated the wonderful work done by the Baja Animal Sanctuary and its founder Sunny Benedict.




Guests bid on silent auction items including accessory, fashion, beauty and lifestyle products from Kara Ackerman Designs, Tacori, Carlos Antonio for Charlie, Nola Singer, Juicy Couture, Marigot Collection, HydroPeptide, Kate Somerville, UNITE, Forever Living Products, Sun Kissed by Jenni, KAI, Soul Cycle, Pilates Plus, Oak Fitness, cibo verde, Gro-O, SodaStream, Jonathan Adler, LA Galaxy tickets, The Ellen DeGeneres Show tickets and much more! Animal items included packages to Chateau Marmutt, a subscription to BarkBox and P.L.A.Y. All proceeds from the night went directly to the Baja Animal Sanctuary.





About Baja Animal Sanctuary:

The Baja Animal Sanctuary is located in Rosarito, Mexico, just 23 miles south of the San Ysidro border. The sanctuary was founded in 1997 by Sunny Benedict, a native New Yorker, who was working in real estate in Rosarito. From her office window, Sunny would see the local animals, mangy and starving roaming the streets in search of anyone who might toss them a morsel of food, or give them a kind pat on the head. She knew she had to do something. With a mere $180 she gathered from friends, she turned her dream into reality and started the Baja Animal Sanctuary. BAS, the only no-kill shelter in northern Mexico provides a safe haven for dogs and cats rescued from the streets of Rosarito and surrounding areas. Once at BAS, they receive food, medical care, and love for as long as they are there. Once the puppies are old enough, or the sick ones are well enough, they are spayed/neutered and vaccinated. The ultimate goal is to find each and every adoptable animal at BAS a forever home. When this can't be accomplished, since it is a no-kill shelter, the animals that are "un-adoptable" will make BAS their permanent home. In some extreme cases, untreatable dogs and cats are euthanized to put an end to their pain and/or suffering. In 2012 BAS placed 276 dogs and 42 cats in loving homes throughout the United States. Presently, the Sanctuary is home to over 400 dogs and cats combined. The Baja Animal Sanctuary was officially incorporated in the year 2000. BAS is recognized by the IRS as a 501(c)(3), not-for profit corporation, qualified to receives no assistance from the Mexican government. For more info or to donate, visit www.bajaanimalsanctuary.org

View more fashion blog posts about Nikki Reed:
Nikki Reed at 2012 Teen Choice Awards
Nikki Reed Wearing The Girls Apparel

Nikki Reed Wearing Maggy London in 2008

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Jennifer Humiston Dress Collection Launch

Inspired by fashion icons ranging from Lauren Hutton, Bridget Bardot to Alexa Chung and Harley Viera Newton, Jennifer Humiston created an eponymous dress collection that defies trends and transcends time, just like her muses. The line will be available on the week of November 25 at select boutiques and online.





Launching for Holiday 2013, the Jennifer Humiston collection combines modern elegance and simplicity with luxurious fabrics and beautiful craftsmanship.  A fan of fashion from a young age, Humiston was most drawn to the iconic fashions of the past that she would see in the movies and as she delved into her studies as an Art History major at USC, Humiston observed a tremendous crossover between art and fashion as means of expression. She learned very early on that understanding art from the past could translate to the present and be completely relevant. Combining her studies with her passion, she applied principles of line, color, and form to create clothes that could allow the wearer to say something about herself. "I wanted to present that memorable well-crafted piece that women like me could base an outfit around; that classic garment that can be layered with scarves,  jewelry, accessories, and shoes to really reflect each and every fashionista's individuality in their own personal way," Humiston says. 

Consisting of five styles, each dress gives Humiston's consumer a finely crafted garment with timeless appeal. For the ultimate trendsetter look, try the Alexa as its cobalt blue silk crepe de chine with softly gathered skirt is contrasted by black silk crepe de chine long princess sleeves, and accented by black silk charmeuse neckline. Be classy in the Chanel-inspired Jenny dress made of soft ivory "Linton Tweed" with subtle flecks of shimmering white. The dropped waist gives way to a softly pleated skirt with ivory silk charmeuse piping accents at the drop waist, jewel neckline and sleeveless arm holes.  For a more laid back look, slip on the Maria- a casually-draped navy blue cotton bodice with long sleeves and a classic drop waist skirt of gently gathered aqua silk. For that cocktail chic attire, dress up in the Kathryn - available in ruby or black tweed with subtle flecks of shimmering silver; the classically-tailored piece has extended capped shoulders rising from the squared neckline that gradually plunge down the back to the waist. Lastly, don Jennifer Humiston's elegant hero piece, the Elizabeth-a sophisticated gown designed with midnight navy silk crepe de chine with a classic dropped waist to softly gathered midnight navy and black iridescent silk chiffon.

Made in America, every dress is created by professional seamstresses, giving Humiston complete control over the entire design process.  "Not only can I insure the working conditions of my employees, I can make any necessary changes as the dress is being sewn or cut, encouraging constant evolution of my designs. I can redefine each style with new fabrics and colorways as often as I want, and I take pride in constantly reinventing my staple pieces so each and every girl can feel unique in the piece she is wearing," Humiston says.  The line will be available on the week of November 25 at select boutiques and online (Prices will Range from $295 to $425, www.jenniferhumiston.com).




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Monday, November 18, 2013

Kate Bosworth Wearing Nonoo Field Hockey Dress

To the “Homefront” film press day in a rabbit hole four-ply silk surreal print cross back field hockey dress with concealed silk organza pleats and chalk Pima cotton long sleeve hand-pleated shoulder oxford blouse from the Spring 2014 collection. Available for pre-order now on Moda Operandi.

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2013 Geneva Watchmaking Grand Prix

2013 PRIZE LIST

The Aiguille d’Or goes to Girard-Perregaux

The jury of the 13th Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève (GPHG) unveiled its prize list on the evening of Friday November 15th 2013.  The prize-giving ceremony, presented by Frédéric Beigbeder, took place in the Grand Théâtre de Genève in the presence of the President of the Swiss Confederation, Mr Ueli Maurer. 1’500 guests, all influential stakeholders in the fields of watchmaking, politics and the economy, congregated on this occasion to celebrate the excellence and creativity of the 12th art.

15 prizes honoured the year’s finest watch creations, including the supreme distinction, the “Aiguille d’Or”, which was awarded to Girard-Perregaux for the Constant Escapement L.M watch.


 « Winning the Aiguille d’Or tonight is a genuine emotion that will stay with me deeply. I owe this amazing consecration to the work, passion and love of my team for the art of watchmaking » as quoted by Mr. Michele Sofisti, Girard-Perregaux CEO.

The prestigious international jury of this 13th GPHG brought together the skills of watch experts, collectors and authoritative figures in their respective fields, who were called on-stage in turn to announce the winners of the various prizes. Notably, designer Philippe Starck, indian jeweller Viren Baghat, architect Jean-Michel Wilmotte, all keen watchmaking enthusiasts, officially presented the trophies to the CEOs of the prize-winning brands.
           
2013 PRIZE LIST :

“Aiguille d’Or” Grand Prix: Girard-Perregaux, Constant Escapement L.M.
Grande Complication Prize: A. Lange & Söhne, 1815 Rattrapante Perpetuel Calendar
Ladies’ Complications Watch Prize: Van Cleef & Arpels, Lady Arpels Ballerine Enchantée
Ladies’ Watch Prize: DeLaneau, Rondo Translucent Champagne
Men’s Complications Watch Prize: Romain Gauthier, Logical One
Men’s Watch Prize: Voutilainen, V-8R
Innovation Prize: Vianney Halter, Deep Space Tourbillon
Jewellery Watch Prize: Chopard, L’Heure du Diamant
Artistic Crafts Watch Prize: Chanel, Mademoiselle Privé Camélia Brodé
Sports Watch Prize: Zenith, El Primero Stratos Flyback Stricking 10th
“Petite Aiguille” Watch Prize: Habring2, Jumping Second Pilot
Revival Prize: Tudor, Heritage Black Bay
Horological Revelation Prize: Ressence, Type 3
Special Jury Prize: Philippe Dufour
The public, which had expressed its views on the Internet and during the exhibitions, chose the winner of the :
Public Prize : A. Lange & Söhne, 1815 Rattrapante Perpetuel Calendar
Organised as a live link-up broadcast with New York and simultaneously translated into English for enthusiasts around the world, the ceremony was streamed live on Euronews.com, Worldtempus.com and on the official GPHG website, Gphg.org.
A highlight of the international watch industry calendar, the Geneva Watchmaking Grand Prix is a yearly salute to the excellence of global watch production and thereby contributes to promoting the influence of watchmaking and its values around the world. These values are shared by the main partner of the GPHG Foundation, the Edmond de Rothschild group, which has since 2011 annually rewarded the best student at the Geneva Watchmaking School by granting a scholarship.

This year, the travelling exhibition presenting the watches pre-selected by the jury featured stopovers in Beijing, Macau, Dubai and Geneva. To conclude this 13th edition, the prize-winning watches in the various categories will be on show from November 21st to 28th at L’atelier by the Hour Glass, in Singapore.
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Girard-Perregaux remporte l’Aiguille d’Or

Le jury du 13e Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève (GPHG) a dévoilé son palmarès ce vendredi 15 novembre 2013. La cérémonie de remise des prix, présentée par Frédéric Beigbeder, s’est déroulée au Grand Théâtre de Genève, en présence du président de la Confédération suisse, Monsieur Ueli Maurer. Mille cinq cent invités, acteurs influents des univers horloger, politique et économique, se sont rassemblés à cette occasion pour célébrer l’excellence et la créativité du 12ème art.
Quinze prix sont venus distinguer les meilleures créations horlogères de l’année, dont l’Aiguille d’Or, récompense suprême, qui a été décernée à Girard-Perregaux pour la montre Echappement Constant L.M.

« Remporter lAiguille dOr ce soir m’émeut profondément. Je lie ce succès au travail, à la passion et à lamour que mon équipe témoigne à lart horloger » a déclaré Monsieur Michele Sofisti, CEO de Girard-Perregaux.

Prestigieux et international, le jury de cette 13e édition du GPHG, réunissait les compétences d’experts en horlogerie, de collectionneurs et de personnalités faisant autorité dans leurs domaines, appelés tour à tour sur scène pour annoncer les gagnants des différents prix. Ainsi, le créateur Philippe Starck, le joailler Viren Bhagat et l’architecte Jean-Michel Wilmotte, tous amateurs d’horlogerie, ont notamment remis sur scène les trophées aux CEOs des marques lauréates.
         
Palmarès 2013 :
Grand Prix de l’Aiguille d’Or : Girard-Perregaux, Echappement Constant L.M.
Prix de la Grande Complication : A. Lange & Söhne, 1815 Rattrapante Quantième Perpétuel
Prix de la Complication pour Dame : Van Cleef & Arpels, Lady Arpels Ballerine Enchantée
Prix de la Montre Dame : DeLaneau, Rondo Translucide Champagne
Prix de la Complication pour Homme : Romain Gauthier, Logical One
Prix de la Montre Homme : Voutilainen, V-8R
Prix de l’Innovation: Vianney Halter, Deep Space Tourbillon
Prix de la Montre Joaillerie : Chopard, L’Heure du Diamant
Prix de la Montre Métiers d’Art : Chanel, Mademoiselle Privé Camélia Brodé
Prix de la Montre Sport : Zenith, El Primero Stratos Flyback Striking 10th
Prix de la  Petite Aiguille : Habring2, Jumping Second Pilot
Prix « Revival » : Tudor, Heritage Black Bay
Prix de la Révélation Horlogère : Ressence, Type 3 - Le Scaphandrier
Prix Spécial du Jury : Philippe Dufour
Le public, qui s’est prononcé sur internet et lors des expositions, à couronné quant à lui :
Prix du Public : 1815 Rattrapante Quantième Perpétuel
Organisée en duplex avec New York et traduite simultanément en anglais pour les amateurs du monde entier, la cérémonie a été retransmise en direct sur Euronews.com, Worldtempus.com, et sur le site officiel du GPHG, Gphg.org,
Temps fort du calendrier horloger international, le Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève vient saluer chaque année l’excellence des productions horlogères mondiales et contribue ainsi au rayonnement de l’horlogerie et de ses valeurs de par le monde. Des valeurs partagées par le partenaire principal de la Fondation du GPHG, le groupe Edmond de Rothschild, qui récompense depuis 2011 le meilleur jeune élève de l’école d’horlogerie de Genève en lui remettant une bourse d’étude.

L’exposition itinérante présentant les montres présélectionnées par le jury a été organisée cette année à Beijing, Macao, Dubaï et Genève. Pour conclure cette 13e édition, les montres lauréates des différents prix seront exposées du 21 au 28 novembre à L’atelier by the Hour Glass, à Singapour.

Gwen Stefani Wears Seraphine Aline Skirt

Gwen Stefani was spotted in Seraphine while cheering on her son, Kingston at his soccer game this weekend in Los Angeles! The stylish mommy-to-be kept warm in the cool weather with a camouflage jacket, rain boots and Seraphine's Janine Grey Jersey Aline Skirt ($73).



Here are two more photos of Gwen in her Seraphine maternity brand skirt.


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