Gabriela Hearst Maps Out Sustainability Vision

LONDON — It might have taken her a while, but designer Gabriela Hearst has crystallized her brand vision. On Thursday morning, she shared her story with members of the British Fashion Council’s Fashion Trust during a talk at Jessica McCormack’s Mayfair Townhouse.
The New York-based designer was also marking the launch of a residency at Matchesfashion.com’s new retail space, 5 Carlos Place, a teaser of the brand’s future store in the British capital, Hearst said.
Alongside her residency at Carlos Place, which will run until Jan. 26, Hearst has also debuted an exclusive capsule for Matches, which added a British accent to signature brand pieces.
“We created a print based on the race of Belmont Park, which is an Ascot race but held outside of New York,” said the designer, pointing to an equestrian print on silk shirts and elegant shirtdresses. “It reminded me of a brooch of a horse I bought from Jessica McCormack, so it’s bringing a bit of that equestrian background into a more traditional, British scenario. I really connected to that print and from then everything naturally fit into place.”
Other looks include corduroy suits and velvet slip dresses, some of which were made from upcycled materials. A range of luxurious

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Exhibitors, Buyers Talk Conscious Consumption at Blossom Première Vision

PARIS — Conscious consumption was top of mind for a number of designers visiting the recent Blossom Première Vision trade show here, exhibiting fabrics for the spring 2020 season. Mills from Hermès-owned silk specialist Bucol to Scottish cashmere producer Alex Begg said they were increasingly adapting to a circular economy model.
“The movement is in motion. There’s still a long way to go but it’s already a mega trend,” said Chantal Malingrey, director of Blossom Première Vision, adding that the sustainability commitments of heavyweights like Kering and LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton is speeding the industry’s transformation.
Presenting an edited selection of high-end weavers, tanners and accessory manufacturers, the show, held at the Carreau du Temple here on Dec. 12 and 13, logged a 20 percent rise in attendees versus the equivalent year-ago edition. The lion’s share of visitors, or 81.5 percent, came from leading French fashion houses, according to a statement from the show, with the remaining 18.5 percent based at international brands. Following France, Italy had the second largest number of visitors, with attendance up by 50 percent year-on-year.
“If I can order fewer skins for my production, it’s better,” said Mathilde Possoz, head of design at Ellery, who was visiting the booth

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Denim Première Vision Travels to London and Aims to Be More International

LONDON — Denim Première Vision is looking outward and repositioning itself on an international scale: For the first time in 11 years, the denim trade show was held outside Paris as part of a new strategy that will see the show land in a variety of locations.
London was the first stop in the fair’s “roving denim” strategy, which will see the exhibition touch down in markets with mature fashion industries. The two-day event wraps up Thursday at the Old Truman Brewery in Shoreditch.
For Guglielmo Olearo, chief executive officer of Première Vision, London offers a hotbed of creativity and contemporary fashion while also being an “unexplored market for denim. Our new positioning is very contemporary, fashionable and sustainable, and from what I can see so far, London touches on all these points,” Olearo said.
This year’s exhibition hosted 89 companies, ranging from weavers to garment manufacturers to technology developers. Olearo said these exhibitors were chosen to fit the year’s four themes: Discover, Care & Share, Performance and Personalization. According to Première Vision’s fashion director, Pascaline Wilhelm, personalization is the DNA of denim.
According to Wilhelm, trends are stemming from product innovation and comfort. “People don’t want to be constrained with garments, the need for freedom is

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Nike Vision Expands Kevin Durant Eyewear Collection

Nike is placing more focus on its eyewear business Nike Vision.
The athletics brand, which produces and distributes its eyewear through Marchon, has released its second collection with NBA star Kevin Durant. Due to the success of the previous capsule, they’ve continued the partnership and expanded it to include sunglasses.
The two new styles of sunglasses include design details pulled from Durant’s on-court skills. The Nike KD Flicker boasts laser-etched components that are created from body-mapping Durant on court. Each of the sunglasses are laser-etched with a “KD” logo and Nike Swoosh logo on both temples. They retail from $ 99 to $ 144.
“Kevin was already wearing Nike sunglasses, so it was a natural progression from his optical collection to expand to sunglasses as well,” said Steve Tripi, marketing director at Marchon. “KD provides inspiration and direction for product design and he is involved throughout the process for approvals.”
The four new optical styles include the Nike KD 88, which is named after Durant’s birth year, and the Nike KD 929, which is named after his birthday. They were designed for young athletes and have flexible spring hinges meant to offer durability and comfort. The Nike KD 28 represents Durant’s age when he won his

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Vlad Namestnikov is test case for buying into David Quinn’s vision

Regarding David Quinn’s Rangers: 1. Vlad Namestnikov has set the template for Ryan Strome, a silky, skill-oriented forward who is going to have to add a couple of tablespoons of grit to his game in order to play a meaningful role for this team. Namestnikov has been a revelation the past three weeks following a…
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A man drank too much of an erectile dysfunction drug. It tinted his vision red

A man drank too much of an erectile dysfunction drug purchased over the internet and it tinted his vision red, USA Today reports. Doctors have been unable to fix it.
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