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FASHION

RAG & BONE TAPS ASTRID BERGÈS-FRISBEY AND MICHAEL PITT FOR S/S 2015

Announcements

39min
Actress Astrid Bergès-Frisbey is the new face of rag & bone womenswear, starring in the spring/summer 2015 campaign alongside actor Michael Pitt, in his third consecutive year as the fashion label's menswear face. The 12-minute campaign film is also Michael's directorial debut, and the first time the brand's men's and womenswear collections have been shot together. Print imagery was photographed by Glen Luchford.

ALEXANDER WANG COLLABORATES WITH POLTRONA FRAU

Announcements, Launches/Relaunches

1d
Alexander Wang has teamed up with luxury Italian furniture brand Poltrona Frau to create a limited edition set of lounge furniture. The collection consists of three pieces made in Poltrona Frau's matte black leather and black shearling: two bean bag chairs, reinterpreted to lend structure to the typically slouchy body, and a portable Trunk Bar which can be used as a side table, or opened to reveal a shelved mini bar. Used together the pieces create a 'Hang Out' space, coupling Poltrona Frau's design workmanship with Alexander's approach to luxury. The collection will be available from February and will be on display at the Alexander Wang New York flagship store and the Poltrona Frau New York showroom: all orders will be fulfilled through Poltrona Frau. Also available in select Poltrona Frau showrooms worldwide, and select Alexander Wang stores from the end of April.

PROMINENT EUROPE SIGNS LICENCE AGREEMENT WITH SIMON CARTER

Announcements

1d
Prominent Europe has signed a licence agreement with the Simon Carter shirt, tie and tailoring business. The agreement will give the East Midlands-based supplier the rights to manufacture menswear and boyswear under the brand from autumn/winter 2015 for the whole of the European Union, Hong Kong, South Africa and New Zealand. It will include the mainline Simon Carter range as well as the West End by Simon Carter line. There will be the opportunity to go further afield from 2016, encompassing Israel and Australia.

BEAUTY

CIATÉ NAMES OLIVIA PALERMO AS GUEST CREATIVE DIRECTOR

Appointments, Announcements, Launches/Relaunches

46min
Nail care brand Ciaté has named American socialite Olivia Palermo as Guest Creative Director for 2015. The British brand is celebrating the launch of its Colour Cosmetics collection by creating four limited edition collections with Olivia, using her fashion and design experience to create bespoke packaging, products and formula. The Ciaté Colour Cosmetics collection will launch in May and will be available in Sephora stores globally, with the first seasonal edit housing an exclusive limited edition range for summer 2015. The debut Olivia Palermo x Ciaté London Colour Collection will include three shades of nail enamels selected by Olivia, with mesh lock technology to prolong colour wear, strengthen nails and provide a glossy, plump finish. The fall collection will include a hydrating and smoothing moisture-rich lipstick, a smoky eye palette for a blendable pigmented finish, and a contouring compact, with all featuring richly pigmented formulas, suede inspired textures, high-tech ingredients and vintage-inspired packaging. Photo credit Lickerish/ Phil Taylor. #Oliviapalermoxciatelondon #loveplaycolour

INTENSAE NAIL LACQUER LAUNCHES SPRING COLLECTION

Launches/Relaunches

1d
INTENSAE Nail Lacquer has announced the launch of its spring nail collections, inspired by modern day and classic icons in pop culture, rapper Brooke Candy, actress Kirsten Dunst and model and actress Jean Shrimpton. GENESIS, inspired by Brooke, is a rich, classic red with raspberry undertone; the KIKI shade, which takes inspiration from Kirsten, is pastel blue; and The Shrimp, inspired by Jean, is pastel pink. The five-free polishes retail at 16.85 Euros and are available from February 1.

LIFESTYLE

KELLY SLATER COLLABORATES WITH PBTEEN

Announcements, Launches/Relaunches

48min
Teen-focused home retailer PBteen, part of Williams-Sonoma Inc, has partnered with surfer Kelly Slater on a home furnishings collection. Inspired by Kelly's commitment to global conservation, the capsule collection will feature over 40 pieces, made with sustainable materials and recycled fabrics. It will include furniture made with FSC certified wood, wall art, 100% organic cotton bedding and lighting. Kelly Slater for PBteen will launch online in early April.

ALEXANDER WANG COLLABORATES WITH POLTRONA FRAU

Announcements, Launches/Relaunches

1d
Alexander Wang has teamed up with luxury Italian furniture brand Poltrona Frau to create a limited edition set of lounge furniture. The collection consists of three pieces made in Poltrona Frau's matte black leather and black shearling: two bean bag chairs, reinterpreted to lend structure to the typically slouchy body, and a portable Trunk Bar which can be used as a side table, or opened to reveal a shelved mini bar. Used together the pieces create a 'Hang Out' space, coupling Poltrona Frau's design workmanship with Alexander's approach to luxury. The collection will be available from February and will be on display at the Alexander Wang New York flagship store and the Poltrona Frau New York showroom: all orders will be fulfilled through Poltrona Frau. Also available in select Poltrona Frau showrooms worldwide, and select Alexander Wang stores from the end of April.

MEDIA/INDUSTRY

MEREDITH CORPORATION ACQUIRES SHAPE BRANDS FROM AMERICAN MEDIA

Announcements

3h
Meredith Corporation has announced its acquisition of Shape Magazine and the brand's digital assets of Shape, Natural Health and Fit Pregnancy from American Media. Shape Magazine will be produced by Meredith Corporation from May 2015 onwards. In line with the news, a number of team changes are taking place: Tim O'Connor, Managing Director for Meredith's Corporate Sales Group, will serve as Publisher; Eric Schwarzkopf, most recently Publisher of Fitness, moves into the position of Associate Publisher; Elizabeth Goodman Artis, Editor-in-Chief of Shape Magazine, remains in the same position at Meredith; and Betty Wong, Editor-in-Chief of Fitness, moves to the digital team as VP, Brand Development for Shape's and Fitness' digital brands. Meredith Corporation has also announcement plans to launch Parents Latina, an English-language title, in spring 2015.

LUMENE APPOINTS THE BANK AS GLOBAL CREATIVE AGENCY

Account Wins, Announcements, PR

6h
Finnish skincare and cosmetics brand Lumene has appointed London-based agency The Bank as its global creative agency following a competitive four-way pitch. Established in the 1970s, Lumene combines natural wild arctic ingredients with the latest scientific advances in skincare. Its products are sourced, developed and manufactured in Finland and the brand's range includes cosmetic products and skincare lines such as Bright Now and Time Freeze. In this new role, The Bank will help strengthen Lumene's image in markets around the world, starting on a global roll-out of a sharpened brand proposition and visual identity, as well as an above-the-line campaign to break in Finland this year.