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FASHION

BOOT BARN LAUNCHES MOONSHINE SPIRIT BY BRAD PAISLEY

Announcements, Launches/Relaunches

4h
Western and workwear apparel retailer Boot Barn has teamed up with country singer Brad Paisley to launch an exclusive collaborative collection. Moonshine Spirit by Brad Paisley will blend Boot Barn's western heritage with a modern, country music edge, offering a variety of boots, jeans, cowboy hats, ball caps, shirts, T-shirts, woven shirts, jewelry, belts and a leather jacket, with prices ranging from $20 for a baseball cap to $299 for a leather jacket. The Moonshine Spirit by Brad Paisley collection will be unveiled at the grand opening of the Nashville Boot Barn store in Tennessee on October 24, and will be available to purchase online and in all Boot Barn stores December 1.

EMILY KINNEY NAMED AS FACE OF NIKKI RICH

Announcements, Appointments

1d
Nikki Rich, the clothing line created by Nikki Lund and Richie Sambora, has announced actress and musician Emily Kinney as face of the brand's spring 2015 collection. Nikki Lund met Emily this year at the iHeartRadio Music Festival Village in Las Vegas and later styled her for the premiere of TV show The Walking Dead, in which the actress stars. Nikki said of Emily's appointment: 'she is soft, but bold. And we like her drive and passion.'

PILYQ APPOINTS MICHELE MARIE PR IN THE US

Account Wins, PR

2d
Michele Marie PR has been appointed to handle the press and publicity for swim and resortwear brand PilyQ. Founded in 2010 by fashion designer Pily Queipo and Creative Director Amber Delecce, the label mixes 'European flair with American sensibility' and offers pieces made of fabrics sourced from Barcelona and Italy. Lace cover ups, on-trend bikini separates as well as accessories such as handbags, clutches and hats are available. Alessandra Ambrosio, Eva Longoria and Pippa Middleton are among celebrity fans.

BEAUTY

GIORGIA & JOHNS LAUNCHES COSMETICS LINE

Announcements, Launches/Relaunches

1d
Italian fashion brand Giorgia & Johns has extended its range of products in launching its cosmetics line, Giorgia & Johns Biocosmetics. Made in Italy, the range comprises of products for face and body, including: an illuminating face cream, moisturising face mask, smoothing body scrub, bath and shower gel, cleansing milk, protective hand cream and scented water. Giorgia & Johns Biocosmetics is made with pure ingredients such as natural extracts and oils, products of organic farming and wild crops, obtained without the use of GMO, pesticides or radiation. The products are now available in Giorgia & Johns stores and online.

CASTO + DOWNS LAUNCHES

Launches/Relaunches

1d
This month sees the launch of natural skincare brand Casto + Downs. To ensure freshness, each product created is stamped with a batch number and expiration date. The line uses no chemicals or chemical preservatives, and only employs natural ingredients. Vitamin E, grapefruit seed extract and capryl glycol are used for preservation. Products in the skincare line include Body Butter, a thick moisturiser that keeps skin hydrated; Blemish Bar, a handcrafted soap with containing blemish-fighting ingredients including charcoal; Lip Balms and Travel and Gift Bags.

LIFESTYLE

MICHELE MARIE PR REPRESENTS PAPERGOLD

Account Wins, PR

7d
Michele Marie PR has announced its representation of PaperGold. Due to a technological process, gold has been transformed into a paper thin bill that can be easily held, folded and carried. Currently available in 1/10th gram of pure 24kt gold per bill, the process begins with customized artwork of American symbols of power and wealth, then placed into a machine that deposits precise amounts of liquid gold on the film. Each bill is then placed between thin film and cut, before being verified. Pricing for PaperGold currently starts at $100 for 10 bills, with a $50 for five bill option introduced from October 17.

AMARA EXPANDS INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Announcements, Launches/Relaunches

1w
Luxury online retailer Amara has announced the launch of its French website as part of its international expansion plans. The new site will sit alongside Amara's current international sites covering the UK, United States, Australia and United Arab Emirates. It will be managed from the UK with a dedicated French speaking customer services team available to assist customers via phone, email and live chat. France is Amara's third largest international region following US and Australia. The brand has seen significant growth in sales and traffic in Europe since migrating from .co.uk to .com in 2013, and is currently looking into other European territories to continue expanding into over the next 18 months. The homeware retailer began as a small business based in the Essex countryside and has grown to offer luxury interiors worldwide.

SALVATORE FERRAGAMO COLLABORATES WITH LALIQUE

Announcements, Launches/Relaunches

2w
Luxury Italian footwear label Salvatore Ferragamo has announced a collaboration with French crystal and homeware label Lalique on a limited edition briefcase. The case forms part of the Lalique 100 Points by James Suckling collection, a series of seven stem wine glasses and two decanters created in association with wine expert James Suckling. The briefcase, crafted by leather artisans, is inspired by an early 20th century design and features black saffiano leather and a Ferragamo Red lambskin lining. The briefcase willl be available from Lalique outlets globally from November 2014, priced at €4,800 for the Red Edition and €7500 for the limited Black Edition.

MEDIA/INDUSTRY

MARIE CLAIRE FRANCE ANNOUNCES PRIX DE LA JOURNALISTE DE L'ANNÉE WINNER

Announcements, Competitions/Awards

13h
Manon Loizeau has been announced as Journalist of the Year at the inaugural Marie Claire Prix de la Journaliste de l'année awards, presented in association with the Press Club de France. The award was launched in celebration of the French publication's 60 year anniversary, aiming to highlight and honour female investigative journalists. Nine journalists were selected by a jury chaired by Laure Adler, members of the Board of Directors of the Press Club de France and Marie Claire journalists. Manon Loizeau was selected as winner for her story 'Yemen, the cry of women', published in France on November 5, 2013. The other shortlisted journalists were Séverine Lebrun, Samah Soula, Raphaelle Bacque, Anne Fauquembergue, Mathilde Lemaire, Patricia Allémonière, Dorothy Olliéric and Cecile Allegra. Photo: Olivier Cruchot.

REDBOOK NAMES FASHION DIRECTOR AND ART DIRECTOR

Appointments

21h
Hearst Corporation USA's monthly publication Redbook has announced the appointment of Jennifer Hitzges as Fashion Director. Jennifer has worked as a stylist for celebrities including Anne Hathaway, Natalie Portman, Jessica Biel and Penelope Cruz, contributed to titles such as Vanity Fair and InStyle, as well as styled ad campaigns for the likes of Bloomingdale's and Neiman Marcus. Additionally, Petra Kobayashi has joined Redbook as Art Director. She formerly held the same role at SELF.