Kewl News: August Fashion Recap

Kewl News: August Fashion Recap

Posted on August 27 2016

From first-time appearances on magazine covers to the latest offerings in fashion merchandise, here’s your monthly update on major happenings in the fashion world as we come to the end of August.

Sarah Jessica Parker and Other Celebs Shine at 20th Annual ACE Awards

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Manhattan’s Cipriani 42nd Street was abuzz with glitz and glamor at the beginning of the month as it served as the venue for The Accessories Council (ACE) Awards. The 20th anniversary celebration of the event received guests that included Sarah Jessica Parker and Julianna Margulies, both of whom were also honored at the event. While the 51-year-old Sex and The City star received the Brand Visionary Award, ‘The Good Wife’ Margulies bagged the Style Influencer Award together with costume designer of the show, Dan Lawson. Other celebs at the awards event included presenters Debra Messing and Priyanka Chopra.

The Accessories Council Excellence (ACE) Awards were conceived in order to honor people for their role in increasing awareness for the industry of accessories, and has recognized several pioneers and international brands over the years.

Burberry Announces Shift in Venue ahead of London Fashion Week 

British fashion brand Burberry, known for its iconic check-pattern, recently revealed that they will shift base for the upcoming London Fashion Week (LFW) in September. Their shows are usually held at Kensington Gardens—a sprawling venue that is known to allow onlookers glimpses into the famous celebrities attending the annual event. However, according to a release from the high fashion designer, this time they are moving the show to Maker's House at 1 Manette Street. This move will take them closer to Brewer Street Car Park in Soho—the central venue for the fashion week.

This is not the only change Burberry is making before this year’s LFW; a few months back the designer announced that they will combine the shows for both womenswear and menswear for the first time.

French Fashion Designer Sonia Rykiel Passes Away

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Sonia Rykiel, the iconic fashion designer who was nicknamed ‘The Queen of Knitwear,’ died on August 25 in Paris aged 86. The designer had been battling Parkinson's disease for more than 15 years.

A pioneer in womenswear known for her bright colors and easy-to-wear designs, Rykiel started off in 1968 by launching her first fashion store in the French capital. Her fun, chic creations soon made her famous, with her name becoming synonymous with the “poorboy” sweaters. At that time, her quirky clothes for regular women came as a rebellious act in fashion as until then women mostly dressed in somber colors. The designer’s death has saddened not only the fashion world, but people in all walks of life because Rykiel gave us an unashamed appreciation of bright, living colors.

Rihanna’s Fenty x Puma Clothes to Hit Stores Soon

Style icon Rihanna has gone for more than one fashion collaborations this year, and her debut fashion range for sportswear giant Puma is all set to hit stores next month. The news was announced on social media by the Barbadian singer with this tweet- “COMING SOON! My#FENTYXPUMA debut collection drops September 6 (sic).” For this celebrity collaboration, Rihanna had organized a runway show in February this year where she and other models displayed designs from the collection.

Fenty x Puma clothes will be made exclusively available on September 6th at Bergdorf Goodman and Six:02 (a new retail concept by FootLocker). The collection will go into wider distribution from the next day and you can buy pieces including lace-up sweaters and kimono jackets online, at Puma stores, and a few other retailers.

Willow Smith Appears in CR Fashion Book 

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2016 seems to be working out great for Willow Smith—after being a Chanel brand ambassador and being featured on the cover of Teen Vogue, Willow is just 15 years old and has landed an appearance on the ninth edition of CR Fashion Book.

One in the series of edgy photo shoots features Willow sporting a fashionable school uniform photographed by lensman Bruce Weber in "The Weber Series, and is set to hit the newsstands on September 15.

Michelle Obama Stuns on the Cover of 'Variety' in a Jonathan Simkhai Creation

We just can’t stop admiring the United States First Lady enough, can we? Michelle Obama, always one to sport and encourage young designers, has posed for Variety Magazine’s cover in a stylish monochrome Jonathan Simkhai dress and she totally rocked the look! As graceful as ever, she posed for the magazine’s August 23 issue in a black-and-white sheath dress with geometric detailing.

The custom dress is in keeping with the signature fit-and-flare macramé lace dresses of the designer, someone who has created a buzz for himself in fashion with his fresh take on sensual dressing. With someone like Michelle Obama donning his creation, Simkhai seems to have found a fan in power women too.

Beyoncé Offers Brand-New ‘Lemonade’ Merch

Say ‘lemonade’ and the sweetened drink is not what springs to mind now that Beyoncé has made us associate it with her latest album. The latest news here is that the sultry singer has recently released a new range of Lemonade-inspired merchandise. Picture yourself wearing something that Beyoncé actually had a hand in creating—yes, you can get your hands on this new merch through her website. The fresh collection features both clothes and accessories including a Hold Up Dad Hat, BOY BYE Cropped Sweatshirt, and Lemon iPhone Case.

Girls stars Lena and Jemima Pose in Lingerie for Non-photoshopped Pictures

"Challenging the traditional lingerie stereotypes," Lena Dunham and Jemima Kirke got together recently for an impressive new lingerie campaign. The series of lingerie portraits pictured the two women sporting lacy lingerie for the lingerie label Lonely from New Zealand.

They were photographed in a relaxed, natural setting hanging around the house in their undergarments, evoking similarities to their characters in the TV series. The pictures were left untouched by Photoshop—pushing the cause of women embracing their natural bodies and celebrating the female form. This shoot was also in keeping with the brand’s mission to create intimate wear for women "who wear lingerie as a love letter to themselves."

Naked Cashmere Ropes in Kate Moss for Brand Campaign

Supermodel Kate Moss will be seen as the face of Naked Cashmere: a new, premium cashmere line that is set to make its online debut next month. The 42-year-old style icon appears sensuous in the sneak peek of the line’s stripped-down advertising campaign. Fashion photographer Peter Lindbergh is the man behind the lens for the elegant, sexy images and the campaign was created by David Lipman.

This new line, which will focus on making available premium cashmere at affordable rates, will offer 100 percent cashmere products for both men and women, with prices between $50 and $500. If the inaugural ad glimpses are anything to go by, getting Kate Moss to model for them can work as a big boost for the brand.

Victoria's Secret Model Izabel Goulart Sizzles at Rio Olympics Closing Ceremony

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For the past month, the Rio Olympics have been a regular feature in conversations, and the closing ceremony on August 21 put on quite a show with Izabel Goulart in a stunning carnival costume that bared almost everything.

The Brazilian Victoria's Secret model danced on the stage in a spectacular amethyst bikini that was completely covered with jewels. With huge pink wings attached and pair of strappy, diamond-studded heels that accentuating her carnival look, the model displayed her well-toned body as she danced into the venue with Samba legend Renato Sorriso—an image none of us are going to forget any time soon!

Kendall Jenner Graces US Vogue Cover for the First Time

Although it is a bit tough to believe that there can be a first-time cover photo shoot for Kendall Jenner, the truth is that this is the first time the famous model is appearing on the cover of American Vogue. She is the magazine’s cover girl for the September issue after being featured on the covers of the Paris, Brazil, and Japan editions earlier.

Talking about this latest achievement, the 20-year-old wrote this on Instagram, "In a room with a bunch of people I love, looking at this cover made me cry. I F*!@ING DID IT. SEPTEMBER VOGUE, this is the coolest thing ever!". The spread will feature Kendall wearing a range of clothes to display her diversity as a model and how she is different in style when compared to the "Kardashian sisters."

InStyle’s New Editor-in-Chief is Laura Brown from Harper's Bazaar

Laura Brown, the former executive director of Harper’s Bazaar, was named as the next editor-in-chief of the 22-year-old InStyle magazine. With a lot to share from her rich experience in the fashion industry, Brown will be taking over the helm at the fashion magazine beginning August 29. She will be replacing Ariel Foxman, who resigned from his post at the magazine in July.

August was filled with beauty and many first in the fashion world so we readily await to seem them all come to fruition in September.

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