Mix together 11 countries, about 20 different languages, 16 different colleges and universities and what do you get? A happy, hi-tech, hectic melting pot of styles, cultures and inspirations.
The International Show was Graduate Fashion Week’s recipe for global success, bringing together 20 ‘best-in-show’ final-year student collections from Turkey, Taiwan, Israel, Japan, America, Germany, France, Italy, Denmark, Norway, and Pakistan on one catwalk.
Fencing and surgical-look collections vied with pom-pom spacesuits and plywood dresses. Dandy-ish girls’ tailoring was juxtaposed with his ‘n’ hers floral appliqués in organza. A barefoot ‘Nirvana’ bride contrasted with Islamic-style lace veiling which encased the models’ entire bodies. And spiral hats clashed with the spiked and encrusted ‘one eye’ helmets of futuristic samurais.
Renowned for her instantly recognizable, carefree and natural beauty, Refaeli was a perfect choice to represent the Nevada line of apparel. Having spent her career in fashion, Refaeli appreciates the exceptional mix of quality, comfort and style that Nevada apparel is designed to offer customers.
“With the launch of our new Nevada brand denim designed by the Buffalo Group, we wanted someone that matched what the brand represents for women: fashionability, quality, and confidence”, said Calvin McDonald, President and Chief Executive Officer, Sears Canada Inc. “We believe this relationship will demonstrate to Canadians that Sears is a destination for great fitting, affordable and fashionable apparel, especially in the 25 to 40 age demographic.”
Refaeli recently completed the photo shoot for the Fall LOOK! report where she will appear on the cover, and will also be involved in a number of marketing and public relations activities as the face of Nevada. An in-store appearance in conjunction with the launch of the Fall LOOK! report is being planned, as is the release of a behind-the-scenes video featuring clips from the photo shoot for the LOOK! report which will be available on www.sears.ca.
North Tel Aviv is about to get even posher. Louis Vuitton, one of the world’s most recognizable luxury brands, is opening its Israeli flagship store on Thursday at the Ramat Aviv Mall and with it comes an invasion of its iconic logo, the interlocking initials LV.
The new 300 square meter store, designed by architect Panagiotis Chatzinas, a frequent Louis Vuitton collaborator, features separate sections for women’s bags, shoes, menswear and other collections. The merchandise will mix iconic items with fresh, seasonal interpretations and the latest accessories.
The interior furnishings will mirror other Louis Vuitton flagships around the world, save for Israeli artwork on the walls to give it a local touch. Naturally, there will be a VIP section dedicated to rare and unusual leather goods, tucked safely behind closed doors and with an expert shop assistant at your service.
Prices will range from NIS 2,500 to NIS 15,800 for bags; NIS 10,300 to NIS 22,000 for luggage, and NIS 2,090 to NIS 3,150 for shoes.
Louis Vuitton founded his eponymous fashion house in Paris in 1854; his signature handbags and luggage have since become synonymous with old-world wealth. When designer Marc Jacobs was named LV’s artistic director in 1997, the label rapidly expanded its international operations, moving into ready-to-wear fashion lines, shoes, accessories, watches, glasses and jewelry, all sold through a network of 463 stores spread around the globe.
The brand, named the world’s most valuable for an eighth year in a row, is now part of the world’s largest luxury brand empire, Paris-based LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton. Under that golden umbrella is a number of other well-known fashion labels, such as Christian Dior, Givenchy, Fendi and Celine. The conglomerate, estimated to be worth $22.7 billion in 2013 (according to Millward Brown Optimor’s 2012 BrandZ study, down 12 percent from 2012), is run by Bernard Arnault, the wealthiest person in France.
Louis Vuitton has run a small boutique shop in Kikar Hamedina in Tel Aviv for the past 12 years. The store, which sold mostly bags, recently closed.
Four years ago, Louis Vuitton added Tel Aviv to the prestigious City Guides series it publishes every year. In the guide, Tel Aviv is described as an open and stylish city, the center of gay culture and the Israeli left, still waiting for peace to come with its neighbors.
Though the arrival of the flagship may not contribute to the latter issues, at the very least, Tel Aviv is about to become a bit more stylish.
Supermodel Bar Refaeli has been confirmed as the host of “The X Factor Israel” reality show, and according to estimates in the industry she will be paid some NIS 1 million (about $270,000) per season.
Refaeli, who will celebrate her 28th birthday next week, signed a contract with Reshet TV on Sunday to lead the Israeli version of Simon Cowell’s television music competition. This will be the second television program she hosts after leading a reality show in Germany in the past year.
‘X Factor Israel’ is expected to air this year. Singers Rami Fortis, Moshe Peretz and Ivri Lider have already been chosen as judges, and singer Shiri Maimon is likely to join them in the coming days.
As opposed to other countries, Reshet has restricted the competition to participants over the age of 15 after failing to receive the required permits for younger contestants from the Economy Ministry.
Reshet appears to be investing quite a lot of money in the show’s first season. In addition to the NIS 1 million Refaeli is expected to earn for hosting the show, judge Moshe Peretz will receive some NIS 600,000 ($162,000) per season.
Singer Rita, who eventually decided to join Keshet TV’s “Kochav Nolad” (A Star is Born) music show, was initially offered some NIS 800,000 ($216,000) to participate in “X Factor.”