Sfera’s Summer 2016 Collection Is Packed With All The Trends

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Are you looking for a summer collection that has it all, from Nineties-inspired rompers to Seventies ethnic prints? Rejoice! Sfera’s summer 2016 collectionofficially features all the summer 2016 trends possible, and not being able to find something appealing and suitable in this line is going to be basically impossible.

Sfera Summer 2016 Collection

Aside from a few zigzagged lace details and wide belts, the collection is overall clean in its lines and cuts, a choice that actually helps the prints stand out even more, dominating the entire line-up. To interrupt such a colorful mood, a few total-white ensembles peep out, delicately adorning the figures with their relaxed lines and lightweight materials.

Back to the joyful patterns, Sfera’s summer 2016 collection predominantly channels retro and ethnic vibes, using their geometrical precision to embellish other equally hot and flattering trends, namely splits, draped/wrapped lines and off-the-shoulder tops. Along with rich, sun-soaked colors that draw inspiration from nature, these pieces will make you embrace your inner boho rocker attitude, letting you choose among draped skirts, voluminous floor-length frocks, billowy trousers and even mini wrapped dresses.

The line-up also gives plenty of possibilities in terms of styling and mix-matching, creating combinations that are both easy to play with, and funny to wear. Knee-length t-shirt dresses with side slits, pleated crop-tops with lace embroideries, textured tops with Americana necklines all enhance the figures, being perfect staples to wear either with the collection’s roomy pants or with a pair of short shorts, depending on the situation (as for the oversized t-shirts, they are also perfect to wear to any party by the bonfire).

Sfera Summer 2016 Collection

Those who are looking for more classic and unconventional pieces at the same time, can always opt to pair such t-shirts and shirts with Sfera’s wrapped skirts, the colors and cuts of which get along pretty well with basically any kind of top. Victorian style ruffles give plenty more layering ideas, creating a beautiful balance with the collection’s flamenco inspirations made of fiery red frills and the aforementioned lace detailing.

‘Urban jungle’ inspirations have been reflected on the pajama-inspired pieces, which veer to a typical grunge style, as well as on casual-chic ensembles, which will give you something to wear from the office to the club.

Denim plays a huge role in Sfera’s summer 2016 line too, helping the rounded t-shirts find their ‘partner in crime’ thanks to the denim romper. Short ethnic jumpsuits are somehow in the middle of the Seventies and the Nineties, while the long jumpsuits make us quickly back in time to the hippie-chic decade.

Lastly, it is also worth mentioning that Sfera’s summer 2016 collection is strong on the accessory line as well, which includes earth-toned flat sandals, ethnic-inspired statement jewelry and wide, printed belts.

Sfera Summer 2016 Collection

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Versace Resort 2017 Collection

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As seen in its latest fall 2016 campaign too, Versace is currently undergoing some major changes, which will probably lead the Italian fashion house to a new, more independent aesthetics. This idea has just been strengthened by the newly released Versace resort 2017 collection, which perfectly embodies the label and Donatella Versace’s recent contemporary views and approach to fashion.

Versace Resort 2017 Collection

With a style that strongly resembles the designer’s personal looks, this Versace resort 2017 collection might be less conventional as the previous resort line-ups in terms of silhouettes, but nonetheless it does exude equally terrific haute couture and street-style vibes that are just as cozy as covetable.

Although we might not know the exact chronological dynamics of Donatella’s creative process, we do know how deeply connected the resort collection and the fall 2016 campaign are to one another, as both of them were respectively designed and shot in the U.S. While the campaign’s setting are those of Chicago, Illinois, the collection’s lines, cuts and decorations are to be found in all those cities that Donatella visited while taking a coast-to-coast trip across the USA, which served as a major inspiration for this collection.

Donatella Versace’s full immersion in the USA led her to try imprinting the country’s landscapes onto the ensembles, while encouraging us to just be brave and adventurous. That said, we thus also have a reason to fall for all those biker-inspired jackets, trousers and leather finishes the collection is filled with. It is also interesting to point out how travel is becoming a great source of inspiration for many designers (theTemperly London and Erdem resort 2017 collections followed a similar path), lessening the distances between multiculturalism and fashion.

Versace Resort 2017 Collection

Versace Resort 2017 Collection

With her resort 2017 line-up, Donatella Versace evoked fancy Midwestern American motifs both through the aforementioned biker jackets and the micro-floral prairie-inspired patterns, plissé A-line skirts, patchwork shirts and, through more curve-hugging silhouettes and contrasting hems to highlight the cities’ skylines. Most of the biker-inspired pieces feature contrasting hems, which not only balance the figures, but help us recall the architecture and frenetic lights of the American cities.

The contrasting hem motif gets reinvented throughout the collection thanks to the use of color-blocking patterns and layered ensembles, which mix the USA’s chaotic cities and countryside’s calmness and approach with life. This Americana celebration couldn’t go without the glamorous vibrations and streets of Hollywood, the red carpet events and streets of which are always filled with top-notch combinations of clothes and fancy dresses.

Donatella Versace took all that Hollywood is famous for and brought that into the scene, utilizing sensual, feminine lines to elongate the figures and adding a bit of glamour to the entire collection. The collection’s final pieces feature more fluid materials and intricate beading and detailing, which ultimately give us all we need to take along with us for a coast-to-coast vacation.

Versace Resort 2017 Collection

Versace Resort 2017 Collection

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Balenciaga Pre-Fall 2016 Collection Channels Vetements

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Although not exactly designed by Demna Gvasalia himself, the newestBalenciaga pre-fall 2016 collection somehow exudes some strong anti-fashion vibes typical of Vetements, not only making us wonder what’s really going on with the fashion house, but also confirming once again that a fashion revolution is floating in the air, indeed. Despite the official statement that the collection was designed by Balenciaga’s in-house team in the interim of Alexander Wang’s departure and Demna Gvasalia’s appointment, this line-up clearly speaks through the clothes, and we can’t help but translate their words into Vetements.

Balenciaga Pre-Fall 2016 Collection

Officially unveiled a few hours ago online, the Balenciaga pre-fall 2016 lookbook features models Stella Tennant, Julia Nobis and Marland Backus, who also walked for the house’s latest fashion shows. Besides flawlessly showcasing all of the proposals, Tennat, Nobis and Backus also managed to personify the line-up’s urban attitude like no one else could before, even putting into emotions Gvasalia’s notorious androgynous style and overall genderless approach to fashion. Throughout their poses (and thanks to the mysterious photographer who captured them), the three talented models also seem to be celebrating Balenciaga’s heritage, namely that of Nicolas Ghesquière.

This collection appears like a well-served combination of both Gvasalia’s and Ghesquière’s influences, as if those at the fashion house’s headquarters wanted to embrace Balenciaga’s glorious past while also subtly giving us a glimpse of its future. Thus each ensemble mixes elements characteristic of both the designers, such as Ghesquière’s sculptural tailoring and sharp aesthetics, and Gvasalia’s street-style allure and oversized silhouettes.

As for the designers’ mutual passion for innovative and ultra-modern materials, the collection fully meets our expectations with its metallic, sleek and furry fabrics, almost looking as if Ghesquière’s pieces were reinterpreted through Gvasalia’s eyes. The collection contains a lot of tailored jackets and coats, relaxed pants and peplum cuts, while also focusing on single revival pieces that are just to die for.

Balenciaga Pre-Fall 2016 Collection

As soon as Balenciaga unveiled its lookbook, most of its international fans couldn’t help but notice a specific shearling aviator jacket, which seemed to be designed by Nicolas Gesquière himself. On the other hand, street-style-inspired detailing such as Balenciaga’s logo branded on the shearling collars and scarves clearly drive us back to the whole Gvasalia-involved speculations, not to mention the oversized hoodies, deconstructed skirts and cropped pants, and especially the floral prints Vetements often channels.

Vichy-check patterns and the few shocking colors inevitably still remind us of Gvasalia too, while the thigh-high sleek boots clearly jutted out from Vetements’ latest shows. Is Balenciaga approaching and dipping into Vetements’ fashion philosophy? We will probably find out the answer in the fashion house’s next collections.

Balenciaga Pre-Fall 2016 Collection

Balenciaga Pre-Fall 2016 Collection

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Kenzo x H&M Is Officially Coming In November

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Admit it that you’ve been holding your breath until H&M’s next designer partnership, and while we still can’t get over all the frenzy caused by the H&M x Balmain collection, today the Swedish retailer made it official and announced its upcoming partnership. The Kenzo x H&M collection is going to hit the H&M stores worldwide and HM.com on November 3, and no wonder it’s going to be vibrant, colorful and beaming with eye-feasting prints and patterns.

Kenzo x H&M Is Officially Coming In November

The creative minds behind Kenzo, Carol Lim and Humberto Leon, who are also the co-founders of Opening Ceremony, are no strangers to exciting fashion collaborations, as previously they have partnered with Levi’s, Keds and Dr. Martens among others to produce one-of-a-kind designer-meets-high-street-fashion collections that have all succeeded so far. This time around, the duo is teaming up with Hennes & Mauritz, better known as H&M to develop a capsule collection for the upcoming fall season.

It was back in April, 2016, when we discovered Kenzo’s Disney collectioncelebrating the new remake of The Jungle Book, a favorite Disney animated movie that gained fame in 1967. With both the brands having such a rich background in terms of partnership, their joint venture makes a no-brainer, actually, yet still excites us a lot, as we are going to see something extraordinary delivering a doozy of a style, celebrating the opulence of Kenzo combined with the laid-back street fashion allure of H&M.

The short teaser video H&M and Kenzo both unveiled on their social account but a few hours ago takes us to the jungle, hinting that we are going to be treated to a fascinating potpourri of animal, botanical and abstract prints in the most vibrant shades possible. As Lim and Leon have revealed, they are going to launch something big, designs that “push the boundaries and bring the new energy of Kenzo to everyone around the world.”

Previously H&M has collaborated with such giant fashion houses and world-famous designers as VersaceAlexander WangBalmainMarniMaison Martin Margiela and Anna Dello Russo, just to name a few, giving their customers the unique opportunity to wear designer-made clothes without breaking the bank. The reason why they have chosen Kenzo this time to partner with is crystal clear, since the house has always stood out with its unique takes on high fashion, knee-deep in street-style aesthetics and uniqueness.

As H&M explained: “Since joining the house in 2011, Carol Lim and Humberto Leon have set their own fashion agenda with collections full of bold colors and vivid prints, revealed through high-impact shows, artist collaborations and creative digital campaigns. Global influences and traditions are remixed and fused with the energy of the street, resulting in collections that are both inspirational and accessible to their fans around the world. At Kenzo, fashion expresses freedom, joy and individuality for all.”

While the details about the Kenzo x H&M fall 2016 collection haven’t been revealed yet, we expect colorful and printed clothing and statement-making accessories both for men and women. The collection will launch in 250 H&M stores worldwide in November, but until then stay tuned to learn more about the styles included in the line, as well as the price points.

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How Much Models REALLY Make

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If you have been signing for the modeling career for a long time now, that’s because you see no further than those glossy magazines, photoshoots, lookbooks and graceful models sashaying down the runways as pleased as Punch and that’s because you don’t have even a single doubt in that they are making really big money and living the life of Riley. But get ready to know the dirty secrets behind the modeling industry, which might really disappoint you to bits and propel you to just continue thumbing through those glossy magazines. We already know what it actually takes to be a supermodel, also know many top models that dream of something bigger than modeling, and now we are going to reveal the truth about how much models really make in the fashion industry, of course unless they are Gigi HadidKendall Jenner or Bella Hadid, the latter of which was reportedly paid a whopping $400,000 by MISHA Collection to walk for their runway show at the Australian Fashion Week.

How Much Models REALLY Make

The investigative series, “Runway Injustice” kicked off by CNN Money, has recently touched on the aspect of how much models make in the industry and the result is just daunting with dozens of models accusing modeling agencies of labor abuses, namely fat commissions, absurd work expenses and fees that often reduce the initially-promised paychecks leaving them with just a small amount of money. Even more ridiculous are the cases when models end up in considerable debts to the agencies.

Typically, modeling agencies charge 20% commission from the models’ paychecks but that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Starting from air tickets and group housing to all promotional websites, photoshoots, portfolios and even “comp cards”, all these financial expenses are charged from the models. Some even more shocking cases have been registered like the one with model Louisa Raske, when she found out having been charged for the flowers the agency brought for her birthday. And the same model also showed past statement from another agency where it was evident that she was charged $250 from her paycheck for a client’s Christmas gifts without her being aware of that.

Among other abused models is Jamaican Alexa Palmer, who filed against the Trump Model Management claiming that the expenses charged from her added up to $12,000 in only three years, while the male model Alex Shanklin remembers to have been booked for a catalog photoshoot for $1000, which was actually reduced into only $150 after certain travel expenses.

In defense of their not committing anything wrong or unjust, the agencies told CNN Money that they invest significant resources to help their models climb the success ladder and all those fees and taxes charged are just a part of the business. Actually, some prevention measures were taken more than a decade ago when a class-action lawsuit threw discredit upon the commissions and the agencies had to pay out a multi-million dollar settlement, pledging to be more transparent from that moment on. However, 20% commission continues to ride high among modeling agencies and what makes it even more outrageous is that the 20% commission is charged not only from the models but also from their clients, thus totally proving that the modeling agencies are overt labor abusers.

According to some attorneys, the main reason that these agencies are allowed to charge such high commissions is that they introduce themselves as “management companies” rather than employment agencies, which are actually limited to charging fees by the state law.

As if the aforementioned was not enough to abuse models, the CNN Money brought to light one more absurd aspect of the industry. It is those cash advances for a 5% interest rate that most of the models have to take from the agency since the paychecks take several months to turn into cash. And heaven forbid, if it so happens that the initially promised paycheck shrinks into less than cash advances or just disappears into thin air: the model thus ends up not only with zero profit, but also owing money to the agency.

For example, retired model Carina Vretman has had a similar experience with a German modeling agency, which administered her free trip to Denmark for a catalog photoshoot but her shooting resulted in not only earning zero cent, but also the agency’s statement that she owes them 700 euro for promotional expenses.

Despite so many overt wrongdoing facts against the modeling agencies, attorney Robert Hantman, representing one of the defendants in the lawsuit, pushed forward some excuses in favor of agencies, claiming; “Until someone becomes a commercially viable model, it’s their agencies that pay their rent, advance their money, pay for the pictures that go in their ‘lookbooks,’ and help them with stylists. They spend a lot of money trying to develop the models.”

Stay tuned with CNN Money to know more about runway injustice and to be armed with enough information about the industry just in case you have remained adamant about your future modeling career.

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HOW MARIMEKKO'S NEW CREATIVE DIRECTOR IS MAKING THE BRAND MORE RELEVANT

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This Sunday, Target launches its latest designer collaboration with Marimekko: a 200-piece summer line that encompasses beachwear, outdoor furniture and whimsical lifestyle items, from paddleboards to inflatables. Anyone familiar with Marimekko can probably visualize the collection before they've even seen it: it revolves around the Finnish brand’s colorful prints, so recognizable that, arguably, they've earned the term "iconic."

Founded in 1951 by the textile designer Armi Ratia, Marimekko launched bold and bright fabrics into a country that was still living in the long shadow of the Second World War. From the earliest days of the company, Ratia hired young artists to create prints, some of which are still in circulation today; Jackie Kennedy was an early fan, buying seven dresses and wearing one of them on the cover of Sports Illustrated.

Since the 1960s, Marimekko has straddled the worlds of fashion and homeware, embedding the same design signatures into both; the company showed its fall 2016 ready-to-wear collection at Paris Fashion Week in March, and is exhibiting its latest home collection at Milan Design Week this month. It is a worldwide business, with a particularly large following in Japan.

In April 2014, Swedish designer Anna Teurnell was poached from & Other Stories to be the brand's new creative director. Teurnell had gained recognition as a cool creative force at & Other Stories' parent company, H&M Group, where she was firmly ensconced: she had previously spent eight years designing for H&M. Her move, in some ways, was surprising: where those brands are unfailingly commercial, Marimekko instead has an emphasis on heritage and offbeat design. It may not have produced paddleboards in the 1950s, but there's still a direct visual link between the designs first sold by Ratia and the products you can buy today.

Back in 2012, CEO Mika Ihamuotila told Fashionista, "When we inspire our designers, we always say to them, 'Never try to please the market. Don't do something you think is trendy today.' ... This is a contrast to the fashion industry, which is so pressured by the seasons and things like, what is the hot yellow for the season. We want to be far away from that."

Two years into Teurnell's role, we spoke to her via Skype about making that move, exploring the brand's history and moving on from fast fashion.

A look from Marimekko for Target. Photo: Target
A look from Marimekko for Target. 

Your previous positions were at brands that were quite commercial and more seasonal, I would say, than Marimekko. Is that fair?

Wherever you work, you want to do something that lasts as long as it can – but of course Marimekko is not about wanting the latest trends. When I started here, I wanted to update the materials and silhouettes so the brand looked relevant for here and now. But for example, we create clothes and home products that I often don't want to swap from one season to the next – I want to keep them. The mentality is 'last long,' and for that you need really good quality, you need craftsmanship, you need to take extra care over the details. That is something that I myself appreciate.

What was the transition like from & Other Stories to Marimekko?

It was new to me to work with the home category, but as for the rest — working with a creative team, having an idea, making it into a nice product and deciding how to present it in the store and online — this is a very familiar process. But we have very few heritage brands up here in the north, and I was so drawn to working with something that has such strong trademarks and roots in something that I appreciate and believe in. Marimekko has a strong signature, the colors and prints. You can see there is a craftsmanship within the product. On top of that, since Marimekko started, it has also had a very relaxed, and sometimes functionalistic attitude – it’s very much about everyday life products.

So the history of the brand is part of the appeal for you.

You know, Marimekko was started in 1951 by a woman, who post-war, having a textile business, understood the importance of working with interesting artists and designers to create interesting clothes. I think her gut instinct drew her not to the corset kind of clothing, but to a liberated, strong style that was often a bit unisex. To me, those are still such important assets.

What do you feel has been achieved since you joined the company?

The goal was to lift and make the assortment more clear and more inspiring, more relevant. It's hard to measure, but I looked at old brochures the other day, and I saw that we have done quite a bit, because it was very different. But the goal was never to change Marimekko into something that you don't recognize as Marimekko. It was the opposite – how can we focus even more on our most important, favorite prints?

A look from Marimekko's fall 2016 collection. Photo: Marimekko
A look from Marimekko's fall 2016 collection. 

Am I right in thinking that Marimekko is still using archive prints that were designed many years ago?

Yeah. I try to have a mix. When I started, I felt that we should use the archive prints more, because they were the ones that once made the difference for Marimekko. They made the brand so unique, and they have this craft. I use many prints that were made by Vuokko Eskolin-Nurmesniemi [a designer who worked at the company from 1953 to 1960]. I meet her and show her our ideas, and what we want to do with her ideas. Isn't that lovely, that there are good creative people from our history who are still going strong? They are still working and they have opinions of how you treat their work. I think that when it's possible, working like that has a really good vibe. Of course we work with new people as well, because that is also very Marimekko – to surprise and do new things.

Your printing factory is in the same building as your headquarters. Does the design team work closely with the manufacturing side of the business?

Yeah, we go to them and talk. There are now rules and regulations about how you can work with chemicals, for example, so we discuss how we can print in the old way, but also manage without certain chemicals that make the colors behave slightly differently. How can you get the result you want? Working so closely with part of your production is not so usual any more, especially in big companies. I really appreciate that tight connection to the craft.

There's a lot of buzz around the Target collaboration. As a Finnish brand, what's your relationship like with America?

It's been very interesting to see how open America has been to the expression of the brand created by a strong woman, full of strong women – there are some strong men as well, I must say!

If you have seen a couple of Marimekko prints and you are interested in design, I would think that you'd be able to recognize a Marimekko print in the future. There aren't many brands that have that visual power.

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