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Sustainable Denim to Shop Now and Wear Forever

Sustainable Denim to Shop Now and Wear Forever

As one of the most resource-heavy, environmentally damaging items we buy, denim gets a bad rep. Made from cotton, which is mostly grown using harmful fertilizers and pesticides and requires a lot of water to produce (and results in over-farmed land and soil erosion), the impact our denim buying habits have on the health of the planet is significant. But it’s not all bad news. Denim is also one of the hardiest and versatile materials in our wardrobes and deserves its fashion staple status. Shopped wisely and sparingly, a classic pair of jeans can (and should) transition effortlessly from season to season.
Photo: Couretsy of Elv Denim x Swarovski
Thankfully a growing number of brands have come up with a solution to satiate our love of denim while limiting their environmental impact (scroll through to shop their latest jean styles). Specializing in vintage denim, reworked into modern cuts using deadstock materials, these brands keep the focus on localized production meaning each stage of the manufacturing process takes place in a small area which, to put it simply, caps their carbon footprint.
And it’s not just jeans that are being created with a sustainable mindset. Everything from jackets to skirts and dresses is being reworked for today’s more mindful shopper. Bahraini designer Noof Al Shekar has taken it one step further, adding a capsule of shoulder, top handle, and belt bags in recycled denim to her signature luxury line, NS By Noof. We caught up with the designer to discuss her planet-friendly offering…
Photo: Courtesy of NS By Noof
Why denim? Why now?
“When I started thinking about a sustainable line I wanted to create something hip and cool but at the same time classic, to suit every age – that’s when we had the idea of recycled denim.”
It must have been a challenge to work with a material you’ve never used before.
“I started looking into materials back in 2019…I wanted to create something that was influenced by my kids and the awareness this new generation have on the environment. The challenge was to create a practical design with geometric cuts that can be worn day to night, while maintaining the brand DNA.”
Photo: Courtesy of NS By Noof
Ethical practices are certainly a big focus for the fashion industry in general right now.
“I believe there’s an awareness of the environment and how we can make the world a better place – every profession has a way to express it and this is how [the fashion industry] can help.”
Who will this collection appeal to?
“Women who like to stand out by carrying a bag that looks chic but don’t necessarily want to show off the brand. Everything from the material we use to the hand-stitching reflects the quality, yet it’s also discrete.”
Photo: Courtesy of NS By Noof
Do you think ‘trends’ are still relevant?
“There will always be trends – they keep people excited about what is coming next; but I also believe people today are more aware of their own style and how to express who they really are…this is the art of fashion.”
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Sam Smith, AJ Tracey and Romeo Beckham Rave With Prada at Tate Modern

Sam Smith, AJ Tracey and Romeo Beckham Rave With Prada at Tate Modern

PRADA LIVE: Prada brought a rave party to the tanks at Tate Modern on Thursday night, and the fashion kids in town were clamoring to get in.
Sam Smith was spotted arriving at the party around midnight wearing a black nylon coat and carrying a sparkly crystal-studded satin tote bag, all by the brand. Romeo Beckham was there with his girlfriend Mia Regan, and they were both dressed in Y2K attire.
Lots of Prada runway pieces made their way onto the dance floor: artist Shaquille-Aaron Keith wore a pink leather bomber jacket, while rapper AJ Tracey was seen in a dark navy corduroy coat, both from the brand’s fall 2021 collection.

Romeo Beckham and Mia Regan attend the Prada Extends event at The Tanks, Tate Modern in London.
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The event, Prada Extends, was part of the Italian fashion house’s global live events series.

The London edition was curated by electronic musician and Prada collaborator Richie Hawtin, aka Plastikman. He paired local music and visual artists — Hawtin with Joelle Snaith; HAAi with Hanzo; OK Williams with L’Aubaine; and Overmono with Rebel Overlay — to create physical experiences where people, ideas and aesthetics can connect, and extend the brand into new territories.

Richie Hawtin commanding the DJ set at the Prada Extends event at The Tanks, Tate Modern in London.
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It was the British-born, Canadian-raised Hawtin who proposed the idea of Prada Extends.
“I like the name ‘extend.’ Prada extending outwards, connecting to people and being a catalyst to bring communities and creatives together, interconnecting the like-minded. I can imagine that each event focuses on a local scene, the details within it, and pushes it outwards further than originally imagined,” he said.

The dance floor at the Prada Extends event at The Tanks, Tate Modern in London.
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Notable Fashion Awards Winners Throughout the Years

Notable Fashion Awards Winners Throughout the Years

On the eve of the Fashion Awards, which is set to return to London’s Royal Albert Hall on Monday night, WWD looks back at some of the most notable winners throughout the years:

Bottega Veneta former creative director Daniel Lee
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Daniel Lee, former creative director at Bottega Veneta, set a new record by bagging four major awards at the Fashion Awards in 2019: Brand of the Year, Accessories Designer, British Women’s Wear Designer, and Designer of the Year. He was also nominated for this year’s Designer of the Year Award. Now that he’s no longer working for Bottega, it’s unclear whether he will attend this year’s event.

Marco Bizzarri
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Gucci chief executive officer Marco Bizzarri, who has been credited for successfully reviving the brand alongside creative director Alessandro Michele, took home the business leader award three times in a row from 2016 to 2018. This year, though, it will be Michele who steps into the spotlight, receiving the Trailblazer Award.

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The British Fashion Council noted that, in the past year, Michele has made strides: He presented Gucci’s Aria and Love Parade collections, launched Vault by Gucci, and opened the Gucci Garden Archetypes exhibit and the Gucci Archive in Florence. The BFC said he continues “to expand the scope of what a traditional luxury fashion brand should be.”

Jonathan Anderson
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Loewe creative director and JW Anderson founder Jonathan Anderson has been a Fashion Awards darling since he won the Emerging Talent award for ready-to-wear back in 2012.
In 2017 and 2015, he took home major awards including Accessories Designer of the year and British Designer of the Year, Women’s Wear. This year, he is nominated for the Designer of the Year award.

Christopher Bailey
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Christopher Bailey, the former creative director of Burberry, won a total of six awards at the Fashion Awards between 2005 to 2015, including an Outstanding Contribution to British Fashion award, three Men’s Wear Designer of the Year awards, and two Designer of the Year awards.

Kim Jones
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Kim Jones, Dior’s artistic director of men’s wear and Fendi’s artistic director of haute couture, ready-to-wear and fur collections for women, is another regular at the Fashion Awards. Since taking home the Men’s Wear designer award in 2006, he has received a total of five awards, in recognition of his outstanding work at Dunhill, Louis Vuitton and Dior Men. In 2018 he was given the inaugural Trailblazer Award.
This year, he is once again nominated for the Designer of the Year award.

Stella McCartney
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Stella McCartney has won a total of eight awards over the years. She first took home the Glamour designer award in 2000, and most recently was the recipient of the Special Recognition award for innovation in 2017.

Alexander McQueen
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The late Lee Alexander McQueen dominated the Fashion Awards between 1996 to 2004. He was named Designer of the Year four times, in 1996, 1997, 2001 and 2003. Under creative director Sarah Burton, the brand has won an additional three awards in recent years. 

John Galliano
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John Galliano was another Fashion Awards favorite back in the day. He also took home the Designer of the Year award four times, in 1987, 1994, 1995, and 1997, in which he shared the title with Alexander McQueen. In 2009, he was honored with the BFC Outstanding Achievement in Fashion award.

Philipp Plein Unveils New Showroom, To Open Hotel in Milan

Philipp Plein Unveils New Showroom, To Open Hotel in Milan

MILAN — Black Friday, chez Philipp Plein came with plenty to offer.The brand unveiled its new, expansive headquarters in Milan on Friday, and to mark the occasion revealed bullish plans encompassing the launch of an ambitious Plein hospitality project in the city; the relaunch of the Plein Sport line; new licensing deals and global store openings; significant distribution plans in China, and an overall enhancement of the women’s wear business to rebalance the label’s offering, among other initiatives.
It was a lot to digest in a strategy aimed at further scaling the business, which expects to close the year with 200 million euros in revenues.
Many of the plans revealed still felt like a work-in-progress, starting from the showroom that was undergoing some final touches, including work on the expansive terrace and separate 1,076-square-foot structure that will showcase the Plein Sport range.

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“This space will definitely be ready by Dec. 15,” assured Plein, founder and chief executive officer of the Switzerland-based luxury group that also owns the Billionaire label. Plein explained that on that date the activewear collection will be presented to buyers before it will be officially unveiled with a press presentation in January.
Introduced in 2016, Plein Sport was suspended since, as reported, the designer claimed its success cannibalized and interfered with the perception of the brand’s main line. As a result, the company shut down half of the 30 stand-alone Plein Sport stores while the others were converted into Philipp Plein locations.
“But we’ve received a big request from the market, also with offers for licensing deals to take over the Sport label. After internal discussions we decided to do it ourselves, so we’re bringing the line back,” said the designer.
If the new Plein Sport collection was still under wraps, accessories from the main line’s fall 2022 line were on full display at the showroom, as the company started its sales campaign this week, welcoming back most of its buyers for physical appointments.
“Accessories in particular are a very important business for us, they account for 25 percent to 27 percent of our total revenues, and they keep growing,” said Plein, underscoring that footwear is driving the sales.
Footwear, handbags and baseball caps were showcased next to the inaugural efforts of the licensing agreements the brand has inked over the past months with De Rigo for eyewear and with WorldTime Watches & Jewelry for watches at the three-story showroom, which is located in Via Burlamacchi, in the southern part of Milan.
Designed by the JSC Studio founded by architect Jolanda Sbrana, the 16,146-square-foot space was dominated by marble, mirrors and glass surfaces while here and there walls and floors were spray-painted with graffiti. All these elements ran through different areas, including the rooms showcasing the flamboyant women’s and men’s ready-to-wear; a corner dedicated to denim, and a small bistro restaurant with walls covered with greenery punctuated by a massive logo. A hall with wood flooring and a separate entrance displayed the Billionaire offering.

Philipp Plein’s new showroom in Milan.
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Previously the showroom for the Dirk Bikkembergs brand, the Philipp Plein Group acquired the real estate at the end of July, replacing its former outpost in central Milan’s Via dei Giardini that shut down last year.
Moving to the city’s southern part, the company is mirroring the migration of other fashion groups. As reported, earlier this year LVMH Italia signed a pre-letting agreement with real estate company Covivio for a 10-year lease on offices in the Symbiosis business district, which is located next to Fondazione Prada and a 20-minute walk from Plein’s new outpost.
But the German designer is not ready to leave central Milan just yet. He has signed a deal to open a Plein hotel in Via Manin, in the historic Palazzo Melzi d’Eril building that formerly housed Krizia’s legendary headquarters. Plein has inked a deal with a new entertainment company that has rented the space and will operate the brand’s hospitality project under license. The location is slated to include a hotel with about 18 rooms, the Philipp’s restaurant and club, La Jungle de Plein bistro restaurant, The Skull bar and a private cinema for small screenings and accessible by members only.
To mark the start of the renovation, Plein threw a party themed “Noir Christmas” on Friday at the venue, which is slated to officially open its doors to guests next year.

The historic Milanese building set to house the Plein hotel next year.
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The designer said he will use the space to host his namesake brand’s runway show next February. Given Plein’s knack for staging over-the-top bashes during Milan Fashion Week, the hospitality project will be designed to be flexible to accommodate these events and change its look seasonally, according to shows’ themes.
There will be a continual element, however, thanks to the brand’s new home line. The group inked another license with luxury furniture company Eichholtz for the development of a home collection under the Philipp Plein banner. As part of the deal, which marks a return to the beginnings of Plein’s career in the design world, the first furniture range will be unveiled during Milan Design Week in April 2022.
“I partnered with Eichholtz because it works with stock — in an industry in which you usually have to wait three months to receive a sofa you ordered — and it’s very aggressive with its distribution’s expansion,” said Plein, who is also aiming to open two stores dedicated to home collections next year, one in Miami and one in Russia.

Overall, the company is set to accelerate the expansion of its distribution network with more than 25 store openings planned for 2022. Among the most prominent operations, the brand is in exclusive talks to take over the former Michael Kors flagship in London’s Old Bond Street to replace its New Bond Street unit that shut down.
After moving its Chinese offices from Hong Kong to Shanghai, the group also intends to accelerate in that market, where it foresees significant growth potential. Philipp Plein currently counts seven units between flagships and outlets in Mainland China, but plans to have 16 directly operated doors in 2022.
This will boost local sales, which at the moment account for 5.4 percent out of the brand’s total revenues, putting China after the U.S. — which accounts for 20 percent of total revenues — Russia, Italy, Germany and Spain. But Plein said he expects China to rank third by the end of 2022.
Overall, the brand is available at 730 doors worldwide, including 40 directly operated stores, 30 outlets, 40 franchisees and a presence in 620 multibrand retailers.
Thanks to the partnership with Italian manufacturer De Rigo, the label’s eyewear offering is slated to reach 1,000 doors next year, with the U.S. projected to account for 24 percent of eyewear sales.
As for the watches, which WorldTime Watches & Jewelry develops and crafts in collaboration with specialist Timex Group, the pieces will be available in 1,500 doors worldwide in 2022. Additionally, Plein said that he will launch a jewelry collection in the foreseeable future.
Other licenses include the five-year deal inked with Altana Group for children’s wear collections earlier this year. In 2019, the brand also entered the beauty arena with two scents developed under Philipp Plein Parfums, a separate company established in Geneva under the umbrella of the Brands Beyond Beauty holding, which sold 1,000 pieces in one week on the brand’s online store.

A style of the Philipp Plein spring 2022 eyewear collection by De Rigo.
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The e-commerce platform continues to be a key driver for the company, which was among the first fashion players to accept cryptocurrency as a method of payment. Sales originated online for the Philipp Plein brand increased 16 percent compared to last year, with the average basket standing at around 800 euros. This month alone, the brand registered 11 million euros in online sales, with orders mainly hailing from the U.S., Russia, Germany and Italy and, in terms of categories, men’s sneakers and down jackets listed as most sought-after items.

“Today men’s wear accounts for 65 percent out of our total sales, while when we started it was 10 percent. We’re now looking to relaunch women’s wear to rebalance the offering and improve its performance, with the goal to have this part accounting for 40 percent of our revenues next year,” said Plein.
To this end, the brand is working on the communications front, tapping key personalities as faces of the brand. Already fronting the video that introduced the Philipp Plein spring 2022 collection earlier this year, Megan Fox will appear in the eyewear campaign photographed by Steven Klein that will begin to roll out Dec. 1.
Also next week, the company will shoot the campaign for its pre-fall 2022 collection and has tapped supermodel Eva Herzigová.

Philipp Plein’s new showroom in Milan.
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Brick-and-mortar stores will mirror this commitment in enhancing the women’s wear assortment with a new interior concept that will debut next month. Philipp Plein has relocated its flagship in Barcelona, Spain, now standing next to the city’s Mandarin Oriental hotel. The unit will open next month with a new design in sync with the Milan showroom blueprint and with a different color palette set against the men’s and women’s offerings.
The new concept will be replicated in the Milan store, too, which will temporarily close for renovation next summer and relaunch just in time for fashion week in September 2022.

Oliver Smith Celebrates With Parmigiani Fleurier

Oliver Smith Celebrates With Parmigiani Fleurier

Scottsdale-based Oliver Smith Jeweler is partnering with Parmigiani Fleurier to create twenty bespoke watches to help celebrate the jeweler’s fortieth anniversary.
The 42mm watches, fifteen steel-cased Tonda GT models and five of its more complicated sibling, the Tondagraph GT, each feature a customized brown guilloché dial with cream-colored subdials and chapter ring.
The Parmigiani Fleurier Tondagraph GT specially made with Oliver Smith.
“I really wanted to partner with Michel Parmigiani because of his creative genius. His skill as a restorer of antique timepieces was clear at a young age, and he’s come about his success as a watchmaker extremely organically,” says Oliver Smith, Founder and Creative Director at Oliver Smith Jeweler.
“I appreciate how Michel takes inspiration from patterns in nature, like the Golden Ratio and the Fibonacci sequence, in developing the proportions of his pieces. He takes that natural world into the balance of his watches,” Smith adds.
The Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda GT specially made with Oliver Smith.
Each dial is guided by Michel Parmigiani’s Golden Ratio principles. The dials each sport open-worked Delta-shaped hands framed by fluted bezels and unmistakable teardrop-shaped lugs. Fifteen Tonda GT pieces have been produced. Only five Tondagraph GT models have been made, each numbered individually 1-5.
Inside Parmigiani Fleurier fits its own excellent calibers. The Tonda GT is powered by the PF044 automatic movement, which is finely finished, has a power reserve of 42 hours and is water resistant to 100 meters. The Tondagraph GT features the PF043 movement and combines an annual calendar and a chronograph.
Both models are fastened by a matching steel bracelet with folding clasp buckle, a new design from Parmigiani Fleurier first seen in last year’s Tonda GT novelties. For extra versatility, Oliver Smith and Parmigiani Fleurier include an additional interchangeable black rubber strap with deployant buckle.
Prices: $17,700 (Tonda GT pieces) and $23,200 (Tondagraph GT models, each numbered individually 1-5).

Gucci Product Searches Spike After “House of Gucci” Film Release

Gucci Product Searches Spike After “House of Gucci” Film Release

MANY HAPPY RETURNS: It looks like the eagerly-awaited “House of Gucci” will be bringing in more than box-office returns this holiday season. Cash registers should be ringing at Gucci as data showed a spike in searches for its handbags and clothes, coinciding with the film’s worldwide release this week.Fashion e-commerce aggregator Lovethesales.com reported on Friday that there was a 257 percent jump in searches for Gucci bags compared to the prior week, while searches for Gucci clothes rose 73 percent. Interest in Gucci slides, meanwhile, was up 75 percent week-on-week, it said.
The ripple effect is not unexpected. Claire Roblet, director of financial communications and market intelligence at Gucci’s parent company Kering, predicted in a conference call with financial analysts in October that the release of Ridley Scott’s movie would have a “halo effect” on the brand.

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The film includes a protracted shopping scene, and features several actors closely associated with the house.
Salma Hayek, wife of Kering chairman and chief executive officer François-Henri Pinault, plays a psychic, while Gucci brand ambassador Jared Leto, who appeared in its recent runway show staged on Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles, stars as Paolo Gucci, one of the grandsons of founder Guccio Gucci.

All the Looks from Gucci Love Parade Show in L. A.
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Lady Gaga, who plays Patrizia Reggiani, the Italian socialite convicted of hiring a hitman to kill her ex-husband Maurizio Gucci, has worn several outfits designed by Gucci creative director Alessandro Michele for the “House of Gucci” press tour and premieres this month, further driving interest in the brand.
Gucci has also dressed Hayek and Leto for several red carpet events. The brand promoted the film this week with an Instagram post highlighting its loan of archival pieces to costume designer Janty Yates.
Gucci is not the only house that stands to benefit from the film. Lovethesales.com also reported a 245 percent jump in searches for pinstriped suits, fueled by the men’s looks featured in the movie, provided by another legendary Italian label, Ermenegildo Zegna.
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Roland Mouret Files for Administration

Roland Mouret Files for Administration

LONDON – After trying, and failing, to raise fresh funds, Roland Mouret‘s brand has filed for administration, according to Companies House, the register of U.K. businesses.The business is vacating its Mayfair townhouse at 8 Carlos Place and has let go around 50 staff, according to industry sources. Earlier this year, Mouret’s company had welcomed Grosvenor as a minority investor, but the money was not enough to keep the business afloat.
Grant Thornton has been appointed as the administrator, and it is understood that the intellectual property has been purchased by a third party.
Mouret declined to comment. The designer was a shareholder in the business alongside Mark Langthorne, the CEO; Justine Rouch, who had recently joined the brand as president; and Simon Fuller of 19 Entertainment;.

Grosvenor, one of the largest property owners in Britain and Ireland, took the stake in Mouret’s business in June. It owns the Carlos Place townhouse, and Mouret’s brand had been one of its longest-standing fashion tenants in the neighborhood.

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It was the first time that Grosvenor had made an equity investment in an occupier. The investment was made through Grosvenor’s Tenant Investment Fund, and Grosvenor said it was a first from a U.K. property company.
Grosvenor declined to comment on the administration.
Mouret had opened the lush, six-story Mayfair townhouse in 2011. Located across from the Connaught hotel, it housed the designer’s first standalone store, a showroom, design studio and offices. The two-floor retail space spanned 3,240 square feet.
Although the brand had been struggling to raise money behind the scenes, it was forging ahead with a number of creative projects, and seeking new avenues of growth.
As reported last month, Mouret launched an activewear collection known as Roland Mouret Body, which is sold through stockists including Neiman Marcus, Mytheresa, Tsum, Selfridges and RolandMouret.com.
The new pieces featured in his spring 2022 collection, which he showcased in a film last September.
Instead of staging a runway show, Mouret gathered members of the press — and his pals — together at a London hotel for the screening of a short film called “Terma,” a retelling of Odysseus’ tale from a female point of view.
Mouret commissioned and produced the film and gave the actress and co-director Magaajyia Silberfeld carte blanche to come up with a story encompassing women and diversity.
Mouret was also the first European brand to launch with Amazon Luxury Stores.
The designer opened his shop on the platform in September 2020, and to mark the occasion, he screened a new CGI film called “No Show,” which he created with Amazon and which featured clothing but no models, and zero carbon footprint.
At the time, he described Amazon as “the next frontier” for luxury fashion online. “At the moment — in my gut — it feels so right. It’s part of the reset of the fashion industry,” he said.
This is not the first time that Mouret’s business has run into trouble. 
Mouret split from his backers, Sharai and Andre Meyers, in October 2005 over differences in strategic direction, and lost the rights to use his trademark. The couple held 100 percent of Roland Mouret Ltd., and Mouret eventually bought it back in 2010, after he partnered with Simon Fuller’s 19 Entertainment.

“My advice to young designers is to carry on no matter what — everything is possible,” he said after taking back his trademark.
Mouret had joined forces with Fuller, the British entertainment guru behind “Pop Idol” and the Spice Girls, in 2006. They formed a 50-50 fashion joint venture that was part of Fuller’s 19 Entertainment, the global media organization.
A spokesperson for Fuller declined to comment on the administration.

Discover the Remarkable Van Cleef & Arpels Creations That Continue To Enchant Jewelry Connoisseurs

Discover the Remarkable Van Cleef & Arpels Creations That Continue To Enchant Jewelry Connoisseurs

Palmyre earrings in white gold with diamonds, Zip Couture Alliance graphique necklace in white gold with pink sapphires and diamonds, Van Cleef & Arpels; dress, Elisabetta Franchi. Photographed by Greg Adamski
It all began with a love story when Estelle Arpels, the daughter of a precious stone dealer, tied the knot with Alfred Van Cleef, the son of a stone cutter, to later join their passion for jewelry making with Van Cleef & Arpels. Loyal to its vision for elegant craftsmanship of a selection of exceptional quality precious stones, the fine jewelry house has been catering to a high-profile international clientele for about 100 years. Van Cleef & Arpels has perfected the mission to create more accessible jewelry for women, relying on historical narratives and precious stones that formulate its day-time jewelry profile.
Flying butterfly necklace with detachable clip in white gold with diamonds, Flying Butterfly Between the Finger Ring in white and rose gold with Traditional Mystery Set sapphires and diamonds, Van Cleef & Arpels; top, SemSem. Photographed by Greg Adamski
Though known for its emblematic Alhambra launched in 1968, Van Cleef & Arpels has offered other iconic pieces punctuated with the house’s signature sophistication and elegance. The Zip Couture Alliance Graphique necklace is inspired by the 19th century and re-appropriates the humble beginnings of a boot fastener. Suggested to design by Alfred Van Cleef’s daughter, Renée Puissant, this piece was designed in 1950. With a ribbon of rubies, round and baguette-cut diamonds mounted in platinum, emeralds, and sapphires, this piece has adorned the necks of stars including Irina-Lazareanu, Anne-Hathaway, Cate Blanchett, and Margot Robbie.
Inspired by an Oasis located in the Syrian desert, the Palmyre Collection brings the Palmyre earrings and necklace that reflect timeless elegance and sophistication. Embellished with different rows of sparkling diamonds set in white or yellow gold, the collection brings out an airy, fluid-like setting. The collection illustrates a scenery of glittering drops of water, enhancing the diamonds’ natural beauty, as they’re worn day and night.
Palmyre necklace in yellow gold with diamonds, Ludo bracelet in yellow and white gold with diamonds, Van Cleef & Arpels; dress, Maison Yeya. Photographed by Greg Adamski
In 1935, the Ludo bracelet was created in honor of Louis Arpels, who was referred to as ‘Ludo’ by his friends. Lauded for its sleek gold ribbon built of hexagon bricks, two colors of gold are blended in the representation of flexible fabric. The assembly frames a jewelry clasp that gives the impression of a belt buckle trimmed with round diamonds, effortlessly draping around the wrist.
Médaillon abstrait long necklace in rose and white gold with spessartite garnets, pink and black spinels, coral, onyx, and white cultured pearls, Van Cleef & Arpels; dress, Valentino. Photographed by Greg Adamski
The Médaillon Abstrait long necklace is an exhibition of precious stones beaded in an inlay of pink and black gems, corals, pink and white gold, and pearls. The necklace’s geometrical character was inspired by the long necklaces of the 70s and flexibly transforms from a long tasseled piece into layers of three.
With a tender and lightweight flow, Van Cleef & Arpels revisits asymmetry and the art of illusions through its Two Butterfly jewelry collection. The Flying Butterfly with a Detachable Clip stands out in an attire of one marquise-cut white diamond to testify the jewelry house’s innovation and vision for breaking the typical frame for creativity. The Flying Butterfly Between the Finger Ring is painted with a Traditional Mystery Set of Sapphires, narrating the story of a delicate confrontation linked by an open band of rose or white gold.
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This New Kuwaiti Couture Atelier Revives 18th Century Romance

This New Kuwaiti Couture Atelier Revives 18th Century Romance

Photo: Courtesy of Farah Al Mesbah
Born and raised in Kuwait, Farah AlMesbah grew up alongside her mother, sitting by her at her sewing machine observing her making her own clothes, surrounded by patterns and fashion magazines. “She taught me how to sketch and express myself freely through drawing,” recalls AlMesbah. “My mother prepared me to become the designer I am today.”
Photo: Courtesy of Farah Al Mesbah
Photo: Courtesy of Farah Al Mesbah
The artist in the classroom, she would express herself through music, sketches, and dressing up. Watching Disney movies, her mind explored the world of fantasy. “I always felt a push to look beyond reality,” she says. In London, her preconceived notions that fashion was unreachable shifted as she met young, niche designers, and started to explore her own hand at design. “When I showed the result to my mother, she was so positively impressed. At that moment, I understood that fashion was all I wanted to do in life, and I began the path that led me to my fashion career.”
Photo: Courtesy of Farah Al Mesbah
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After graduating from the London College of Fashion, she embarked on launching her namesake brand that would speak to the likes of customers Lulwa AlAslawi, Laila Abdalla, and Dana AlTuwarish. Her dresses are cut to couture effect with details that remain in the memory long after the evening is over. “If I had to pick my signature piece, it is a pantsuit inspired by 18th century fashion. Available in long and short versions, it emphasizes the waistline and makes it look very tiny, then opens at the hips, following the typical glass hour shape, and culminates in structured pants that run loosely on the legs along a rather geometric line. Elegant and daring, feminine and masculine at once.”
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The 76 Best Black Friday Clothing Deals to Shop Right Now

The 76 Best Black Friday Clothing Deals to Shop Right Now

The holiday shopping season is upon us, with the biggest shopping day of the year, Black Friday, inching ever closer. Taking place annually the day after Thanksgiving, Black Friday is the day when retailers offer huge shopping incentives to customers, on everything from electronics to homewares and fashion (there are lots of beauty deals on Black Friday from retailers like Ulta and Sephora, too). Cyber Monday falls the Monday after and is dedicated to offering deals online.
This year, Black Friday is on Friday, Nov. 26, and Cyber Monday is Monday, Nov. 29. Black Friday has always been a huge in-store shopping day but has moved increasingly online in recent years. That means elbowing fellow shoppers in big box stores has been more comfortably replaced with logging on to one’s favorite retailers.

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The only issue this presents is finding desired merchandise in stock in one’s size. Luckily, tons of retailers and brands have opened their online doors early so you can avoid post-Thanksgiving stress and get your shopping done now, whether you’re searching for gifts for women or gift ideas for men.
We’ve listed a ton of Black Friday and Cyber Monday clothing sales below that will kick off early or already hosting excellent sales, and we’ve picked out a few of the best Black Friday deals we’re shopping way before the day after Thanksgiving, including the best shoe deals.
Keep checking back as we update this page so you can find the best discounts before it’s too late.
Best Black Friday Deals From Top Retailers
Amazon
Amazon is rolling out lots of great fashion deals for men, women, and kids. No matter who’s on your holiday shopping list, you can save big on all the top brands and gifts this Christmas season.
Farfetch
Farfetch is offering up to 50% off tons of designer brands from boutiques around the world last year, and will likely serve up even more deals this Cyber week.
Luisa Via Roma
Enjoy 40% off full-priced designer duds with code BF40 and an extra 25% off discounted items during Luisa Via Roma‘s Black Friday sale.
Matches Fashion
Save up to 50% off tons of designer brands on MatchesFashion.com this Black Friday.
MyTheresa.com
Browse MyTheresa‘s sale section to save up to 60% on designer clothing and accessories from top brands, including Off-White, Fendi, Balmain, Isabel Marant and more.
Net-A-Porter
Save up to 50% off select dresses, shoes, handbags, sweaters, jeans, and more from your favorite designer brands during Net-A-Porter‘s Black Friday Sale.

Nordstrom’s Black Friday deals have already started. Think coats, winter boots, and sweaters, all with up to 50% off in savings, making it the perfect time to treat yourself or gift to others this holiday season. There are also markdowns in the beauty and handbags and wallets departments.
Revolve
Select items from Revolve’s massive online inventory will be up to 65% off on Black Friday. On Cyber Monday, final sale items will be discounted an extra 20% off. There are already thousands of markdowns on Revolve.com to shop now, which is the best strategy for making sure you get what you want before it sells out.
Saks
If you’re looking for chicest designer clothing, Saks has all the deals you’re looking for with up to 50% off in savings on top brands like Khaite, Chloe, The Row, and so much more.

Saks Off Fifth
Shop ’til you drop at Saks Off Fifth with up to 80% top brands like Marc Jacobs and Stuart Weitzman, and up to 90% select clearance items with code BFSTEALS right now.
Shopbop
It’s the most wonderful time of the year to head to Shopbop.com, where the retailer is offering up to 50% off the trendiest styles of the season with the code HOLIDAY. Owned by Amazon, Shopbop items are available for two-day shipping with Amazon Prime.

adidas Women’s Grand Court Sneaker

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Kate Spade Leila Medium Leather Handbag

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Spanx Faux Leather Leggings

$98 
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Nordstrom Cashmere Turtleneck Sweater

$119 
$79.80

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Ugg McKay Water Resistant Booties

$150 
$99.90

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Eberjey Women’s Gisele Pajama Sleepwear Set

$118 
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Ugg Women’s Oh Yeah Slipper

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Marc Jacobs Small The Snapshot Zip Leather Card Case

$95 
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Calvin Klein Women’s Invisible Panties Multipack

$45 
$35

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Balmain B-Court Fluorescent-Trim Leather Sneakers

$595 
$357

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Marc Jacobs The Director Leather Tote

$450 
$270

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Monica Vinader Naida Diamond Circle Pendant Bracelet

$425 
$318.75

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AllSaint Donita Boots

$348 
$208.80

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Movado Esperanza Bracelet Watch

$995 
$696.50

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JW Anderson Embellished Leather Slides

$500 
$350

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Live the Process Ballet High-Rise Leggings

$125 
$87

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The Row Coco Suede Mules

$795 
$596

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Topshop Belted Blouson Sleeve Cardigan

$75 
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Sam Edelman Lydell Combat Boot

$180 
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Jacquemus Le Chiquito Bag

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Best Black Friday Deals on Activewear and Athletic Shoes

Save up to 50% off sneakers, track pants, hoodies, and so much more at Adidas.com. If you’re holiday shopping for the fitness lover in your life, Ultraboost 21s are the perfect gift.
Bandier
Bandier is opening its sale window early, kicking off on Nov. 23 and concluding Nov. 29, with the entire site discounted 30 percent off. Start bookmarking favorites on Bandier.com now.
Beyond Yoga
There’s no time like the present to stock up on cozy loungewear that doubles as workout gear. Beyond Yoga’s Black Friday discounts start early on Nov. 23, with sitewide savings up to 30 percent off.
Gym Shark
Refresh your workout wardrobe with up to 70% select Gym Shark styles.
Lululemon
Lululemon’s Black Friday sale offers up to 60% off styles from the We Made Too Much section. Check it out now to find your favorites at a discount.
New Balance
Select New Balance shoes, activewear, and athleisure clothing is 20% off during the brand’s secret sale event.

Nike already has major savings happening on apparel and shoes at Nike.com. Shop now to get up to 50% off some cool sneakers and stylish athleisure clothes.
Outdoor Voices
Now until Nov. 25, get 50% off select styles at Outdoor Voices.
Puma
Puma‘s Black Friday sale offers up to 50% tons of styles, from cute athleisure to comfy sneakers.
Rhone
If the man in your life can use some new activewear, Rhone‘s Black Friday sale will help you save 20% off $150 orders, 25% off $250 orders, and 30% off orders of $300 or more.

Adidas Ultraboost 21 Women’s Sneakers

$180 
$135

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Fitbit Luxe Fitness Tracker

$150 
$100

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Nike Pro Dri-FIT Tank

$35 
$27

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Outdoor Voices 7/8 Dipped Warmup Leggings

$78 
$39

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Nike Men’s ZoomX SuperRep

$140 
$81

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Beyond Yoga Lounge Around Midi Jogger

$88 
$44

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Best Black Friday Fashion Sales
7 For All Mankind
From Nov. 18-24, customers can take 30 percent off full-price and sale items on the 7 For All Mankind website, and in-store. From Nov. 25-30 the discount increases to 30 percent off.
Aether Apparel
From November 25 through November 29, save up to 30% off Aether Apparel menswear and womenswear styles.
AllSaints
From leather jackets to cool dresses, everything at AllSaints is discounted by 30% off original prices for Black Friday.
Apparis
For Apparis‘ Black Friday preview sale, you can save 25% off most styles with code BFPREVIEW.
Ba&sh
The Ba&sh FW21 collection will be 25 percent off from Nov. 23-30. On Thanksgiving and Black Friday, Nov. 25-26, customers can take an extra 10 percent off sale items with code EXTRA10.
BlankNYC
From Nov. 19-30 BlankNYC is offering an early 30 percent off Black Friday sale. It applies to all items on the website.
Bleusalt
Bleusalt‘s Pre-Black Friday sale is offering up to 40% off select styles.
Brooks Brothers
Save 25% off most styles, along with 40% off when purchasing four or more Brooks Brothers shirts.
Club Monaco
Find the perfect gift for anyone on your list with Club Monaco‘s Black Friday sale, which offers 25% off everything with code BLACKFRIDAY.
Coach
With code THANKS25, you can save 25% off select styles at Coach.
Coach (Outlet)
Save up to a whopping 70% off select items during Coach‘s Black Friday outlet sale. Plus, save an extra 25% off sitewide with free shipping.
Commando
Never worry about having to go commando on laundry day, thanks to Commando‘s 20% off Black Friday sale. Just use the code HOLIDAY20.
Eberjey
Starting November 23rd, Eberjey is offering 25% off sitewide with the code JOY25.

Right now, you can save big on dozens of styles before Everlane‘s big Black Friday sale. This year, the brand started a charitable Black Friday fund with Oceana, which is an international advocacy organization that works to clean up and conserve the world’s oceans.
GSTQ
Save up to 30% off sitewide at GSTQ.com, including leathers, leggings, dresses, and more.
Halston
Halston is already offering daily flash sales of up to 30 percent off select styles. Right now, select party styles are 15 percent off with the code HOLIDAY15. Deals will run through Black Friday on Nov. 26.

Hill House Home
Hill House Home‘s annual sale offers up to 50% off cozy robes and separates, and of course, huge discounts on the brand’s popular Nap Dress.
Hudson Jeans
Hudson Jeans will begin its 30 percent off deal on Nov. 23. Get on it early so you can nab your preferred size for women’s, men’s and kids’ styles. Discounts will end Dec. 1.
J. Crew
J. Crew’s holiday sales are already well underway at JCrew.com. Find up to 50% off women’s holiday party style clothing, plus an extra 30 percent off sale items with code SALETIME.
Jenni Kayne
Enjoy 25% off all of Jenni Kayne‘s chic clothing and accessories sitewide with code BF25.
Karen Millen
Karen Millen‘s entire array of womenswear, lingerie, and accessories is discounted right now, with winter wear 50 percent off and everything else 20 percent off. If you download the brand’s app you can score an additional 10 percent off all merchandise, on top of other savings. From Nov. 23-28 expect to see even steeper discounts, with styles up to 70 percent off. On Cyber Monday, Nov. 29, select items will be up to 75 percent off.
Ksubi
Starting November 24, save 40% off select Ksubi styles.
La Ligne
Now through November 30th, you can shop La Ligne‘s Merci Giving sale and save up to 50% off.
Levi’s
Forget Black Friday, Levi’s Indigo Friday sale equals 40% off denim for women, men, and kids in-store and on Levi.com, plus free shipping and returns. The company is also offering a holiday promotion of 20 percent off styles site-wide and free shipping if you sign up for emails.
Madewell
Get 30% off select items at Madewell now until Nov. 28 with code OHJOY.
Michael Stars
Dig into the 25% off all items sale on MichaelStars.com starting Friday, Nov. 19 through Tuesday, Nov. 23. Deals will get even steeper from Nov. 25-28 with 30 percent off all items.
Naadam
Now through November 28, save 40% off select styles, including Naadam‘s holiday capsule collection and essential cashmere collection.
Naked Cashmere
Nothing screams holiday gifting like cashmere, and Naked Cashmere has debuted a special Black Friday collection at less-than-normal prices. It’s available now with women’s and men’s options on NakedCashmere.com.

Nicce
Save up to 50% off sitewide at Nicce.com and an additional 10% off with code EXTRA10.
PH5
Save up to 50% off select PH5 styles and an additional 15% off all sale items with code THANKS.
Rachel Antonoff
Rachel Antonoff’s Black Friday sale will launch a day early on Thanksgiving, Thursday, Nov. 25 at 10 a.m. EST sharp. It will offer 25 percent off sitewide plus some special holiday exclusives in the first 24 hours, like special PJ sets. The sale ends Monday, Nov. 29 at midnight; use code GIFTDADDY.
Rag & Bone
Shop the Rag & Bone online sale now, with plenty of styles for men and women up to half off.
Ralph Lauren
There are early deals to score on RalphLauren.com, with up to 40 percent off women’s, men’s and kids’ clothing, plus home items.
Rowing Blazers
Now’s your chance to get the viral Princess Diana Warm & Wonderful sheep sweater, because Rowing Blazers is offering 25% off sitewide right now.
Something Navy
Starting tomorrow, Something Navy will discounting dozens of styles for 40% off with the code CYBER40.
Splendid
Stock up on tons of cozy basics at Splendid’s pre-Black Friday sale. Get 40 percent off sitewide Nov. 23-28 with code BF21. Sleepwear and intimates will be marked down 50 percent Nov. 25-26.
Stone and Strand
We’ll take any discount we can get when it comes to our spendy jewelry purchases. Black Friday is Stone and Strand’s biggest sale of the year, and it kicks off early, running Nov. 21-29. Expect 20 percent off tons of styles with the code ONCEAYEAR. Start browsing items already on major sale, like this Over the Moon Ring Set with moonstone, tanzanite, and sapphires in 10-karat yellow gold.
Sunspel
Save up to 30% off select Sunspel menswear and womenswear styles.
Theory (Outlet)
Save up to 80% off select Theory styles, including knitwear, coats, winter accessories and more.
Todd Snyder
Todd Snyder will kick off Black Friday savings early, with a sitewide 25 percent discount from Nov. 21 to Nov. 28. Come Cyber Monday, markdowns will increase to 30 percent.

Courtesy of Hill House Home

Hill House Home The Ellie Nap Dress

$125 
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Hill House Home Hotel Robe

$100 
$80

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Everlane The Italian Leather Day Glove Shoes

$115 
$63

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Everlane The Perform Pocket Legging

$68 
$54

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Everlane The Featherweight Alpaca Cardigan

$70 
$56

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FARM Rio Embroidered Midi Dress

$285 
$143

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BLANKNYC Love Doctor Jacket

$148

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7 For All Mankind Cropped Straight Jeans

$208 
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Michael Stars Natalie Dress

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Best Black Friday Accessories Deals
Aldo
Starting Wednesday, Nov. 24, Aldo will offer up to 50% off shoe styles. Shop the sale through Nov. 30, both in-store and online.

Alison Lou
The early bird catches the savings at Alison Lou. Shoppers can take 20% off fine jewelry purchases Nov. 18-29 with the code BLACKFRIDAY. Loucite hoops will only be discounted on Cyber Monday.
Astrid & Miyu
Costume jewelry brand Astrid & Miyu will feature a 25% off discount sitewide Nov. 22-29. Email subscribers get even earlier access to the steals on Nov. 21.
Aurate
Aurate’s entire website will offer jewelry with 25% off through Nov. 30 with code STOCKUP.
BaubleBar
Enjoy 30% off all Baublebar has to offer with code BB30.
DSW
DSW has a wide sale array, with some starting before Black Friday hits. Shop Nike deals on Nov. 21, and Ugg deals Nov. 22-24. On Nov. 27-28 select brands will be discounted 30%. Finally, on Nov. 29-30 additional brands will be marked down 30 percent.
Franco Sarto
Get a jump on winter shoe needs with Franco Sarto’s early Black Friday sale. From Nov. 23 through Cyber Monday all styles on FrancoSarto.com will be discounted 30%.
Illesteva
Upgrade your eyewear with Illesteva‘s Black Friday sale that will save you 25% off sunglasses with code SECRETSALE.
Jins Eyewear
From November 26 through November 30th, save 30% off Jins sunglasses and eyewear sitewide with code BLACKFRIDAY30.
JW Pei
Save up to 70% off JW Pei‘s selection of sleek and chic handbags.
Mansur Gavriel
Starting November 22nd, Mansur Gavriel will offer up to 40% off select styles.
Mejuri
Mejuri.com will offer 20% off purchases of $150 or more beginning Nov. 24 through Nov. 29. Email subscribers get early access to the discount on Nov. 22 and 23.
Persol
Save up to 50% off Persol‘s stylish eyewear and an extra 50% prescription lenses.
Prive Revaux
Prive Revaux is having a BOGO sale that will save you 50% off select affordable-yet-stylish sunglasses.

Naadam Signature Cashmere Gloves

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JW Pei Mini Flap Bag

$99 
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Coach Janel Boots

$275 
$206.25

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Off-White Liquid Melt Mules

$965 
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Stone and Strand Over the Moon Ring Set

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