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FASHION

PROMINENT EUROPE SIGNS LICENCE AGREEMENT WITH SIMON CARTER

Announcements

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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.

PARSONS THE NEW SCHOOL FOR DESIGN HONORS MARC JACOBS AND LVMH

Announcements, Competitions/Awards

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Parsons The New School for Design has announced details of its 67th Annual Fashion Benefit, taking place May 19 - see events. The art and design college will present awards to global luxury group LVMH, Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, and to fashion designer Marc Jacobs. LVMH will receive special recognition for its 25 years of collaboration with Parsons The New School for Design, as well as its philanthropy, celebration of craft and scholarship in support of innovation. The school will also honor its alumnus Marc Jacobs, for his vision and singular aesthetic. Executive Dean of Parsons Joel Towers comments: 'Marc Jacobs is one our most prestigious alumni and a guiding light in the fashion industry. LVMH reminds us every day how corporate success and creativity can beautifully co-exist. Both honorees will enrich our most important fundraiser of the year.' The fundraiser, held at the River Pavilion in Manhattan, will host 800 attendees for a seated dinner and include a runway show featuring the best work from Parsons' graduating fashion design students, as well as the naming of its Designers of the Year.

BEAUTY

ACQUA DI PARMA LAUNCHES ITALIAN RESORT BODY AND SKINCARE

Launches/Relaunches, PR

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Beauty and lifestyle brand Acqua di Parma has announced the launch of its Italian Resort body and skincare line, part of the Blu Mediterraneo collection, available March 2. The line of age-defying products contains renewed formulas and an innovative active complex that captures the energising power of the Mediterranean vegetation to provide thorough and deep skin revitalization, countering the signs of aging and restoring youth and radiance. The core ingredient of each product is the Mediterranean Re-Activating Complex, a natural elixir extracted from the bark of the Sicilian maritime pine, capable of restoring energy to the skin and making it gradually thicker, smoother and more compact. The range includes Revitalizing Face Cream, 50ml (£73); Revitalizing Eye Cream, 15ml (£51); Revitalizing Face Serum, 30ml (£73); Illuminating Face Exfoliant, 75ml (£30); Revitalizing Body Cream, 200ml (£52); Toning Body Oil, 200ml (£45); and Soothing Body Scrub, 200ml (£38).

NONIE CREME LAUNCHES COLOUR PREVAILS COLLECTION

Launches/Relaunches, PR

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Nonie Creme, renowned manicurist, color mixologist and former Founding Creative Director of Butter London has launched Nonie Creme Colour Prevails, a color collection inspired by self-expression. The range includes customizable make-up and nail colors, which combine quality formulations with ergonomically designed packaging. The nail collection includes 35 lacquer shades ($8 each), with the make-up range covering face, eyes and lips. The face line includes five products: Blank Canvas Liquid Foundation ($15), Blurred Lines CC Crème ($16), Bashful Biscuit Blush/Bronzer ($13), Bashful Beauty Multi Stick: Cheek & Lip ($13), and Sculpture Contour & Highlighting Duo ($14); the eyes range has the Watercolour Wet/Dry Eye Shadow Palette ($19), Eye Calligraphy & Precision Painter ($9), Eye Shimmer Powder & Precision Painter ($10), Lash Ombre Mascara ($13) and Eye Design Shadow/Liner Duo ($12); and for the lips, Nonie created four products: Lip Design Sheer Colour/Liner Duo ($12), Paint and Varnish Matte Lip Colour & Top Coat ($12), Classic Lip Duo ($14) and Colour Wash Comfort Balm ($9). Available at Walgreens.com and Drugstore.com in February and in Walgreens stores in March. A hair colour collection will also be available later in the year.

NINA RICCI PARFUMS NAMES LAETITIA CASTA AS FACE OF L'EXTASE

Announcements, Appointments

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French model and actress Laetitia Casta has been named by Nina Ricci Parfums as the face of its new fragrance L'Extase. The actress was chosen by the label for demonstrating the sense of French chic, femininity and sensuality the fragrance has been designed to embody. Created by perfumer Francis Kurkdjian, the scent invites women to 'set free their desires and deliver themselves up to ecstasy'. More details on the fragrance will be available closer to the launch - watch this space. Photo credit: Nina Ricci.

LIFESTYLE

FONDAZIONE PRADA LAUNCHES NEW MILAN VENUE AND OPENING EXHIBITIONS

Announcements, Openings

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Fondazione Prada has announced the opening of a new Milan venue on May 9. The opening exhibition Serial Classic, which runs May 9-August 24 (preview days May 2-8), focuses on classical sculpture and explores the ambivalent relationship between originality and imitation in Roman culture and its insistence on the circulation of multiples as an homage to Greek art. To mark the opening, the foundation is hosting a wide range of activities including Roman Polanski exploring the cinematographic inspirations behind his artistic vision, which will translate into a new documentary and a series of film screenings. In addition, a selection of artworks from the Prada collection will be presented in a series of thematic exhibitions. Along with the new spaces in Milan, the foundation's Venetian venue will continue to operate in the 18th century palazzo Ca' Corner della Regina. From May and throughout summer 2015, both locations will be linked by two ancient art exhibitions devised by Salvatore Settis. Fondazione Prada was created in 1993 as a platform to analyse present times through the staging of contemporary art exhibitions as well as architecture, cinema and philosophy projects. #fondazioneprada