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More From Paris Fashion Week: Christian Dior SS15

Video from Paris Modes TV

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In the heart of the Cour Carrée of the Louvre, Raf Simons for Christian Dior revisits the past in order to understand the future. In the heart of the Cour Carrée of the Louvre, Raf Simons for Christian Dior revisits the past in order to understand the future. As for his couture show, the designer plays with historical volumes of the riding coats, and the hooped petticoats of the 18th century, reinterpreted and reworked for the taste of today, in contemporary fabrics, and lightened tapestry prints. The show started with streamlined silhouettes composed of trousers and jackets with large contrasting cuffs on the sleeves. Then the bodies are buttoned to the skirts à la française, long shirt-dresses were adorned with floral and guipure prints, as well as aviator combinations appeared very modern. The high waisted Bermuda shorts were paired with sleeveless jackets with the volume billowing backwards, worn with sock boots. An extremely contemporary wardrobe writing a new page of Chistian Dior history. Music from the show

 

Ron-n-Ron Menswear Goes to Haiti

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Some of our favorite kinds of features here at Gia On The Move are when fashion and filmmaking collide.  It’s as exciting as the freestyle, island swag, colors, finely detailed edges and artwork prints which star in the latest Ron-n-Ron menswear collection shown here. The first video was recently featured on AOL style.  We added the second for the full lookbook.  Truly swanky gentlemen will want to open their wallets to the twin brothers who are currently creating this line.  Check out their website for more information: ron-n-ron.com

Ron-n-Ron Lookbook Part 1:

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Ron-n-Ron Lookbook Part 2:

Ron & Ron, a menswear fashion label specializing in made-to-measure suits, was established in 1999 by twin brothers Ronald and Rony Delice.

The Ron & Ron label was noticed almost immediately, receiving critical acclaim from the leading periodicals including The New York Times and DNR, the predominant menswear trade magazine. They also earned Fashion Group International’s “Rising Star Award” and Gen-Art’s “Design Fashion Award.” The label quickly gained popularity among a host of celebrities such as Will Smith, Samuel L. Jackson, Courtney B. Vance, D.L. Hughley, and Jamie Foxx, renowned musicians including Justin Timberlake, Jay-Z, and Sean John “Diddy” Combs, and star pro athletes such as Latrell Sprewell, Curtis Martin, and Steve Francis.

Springtime in Paris: CARVEN SS15

by Paris Modes TV

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The last aerodynamic collection at Carven for Guillaume Henry.

The Carven woman has more and more self confidence and she’s always moving at a fast pace. The silhouette is aerodynamic, sporty and graphic, with a touch of the sixties through the zip detailing and the turned out collars. Cycling shorts, cropped jackets, skirts and short dresses done in colour block or in multiple graphic oriental prints creates a young and fresh wardrobe, full of personality designed by Guillaume Henry for his last collection at Carven.

Guillaume Henry: “This season I had a clear vision of a dynamic and feminine woman with no fuss or frills, but had something a bit radical, like a line on the ground, like a path, yes a notion of speed. I didn’t want to approach this collection with an overwhelming amount of clothes but more with an overwhelming energy and so there is an energy in the collection. I wanted to work with structured clothes, and jackets and coats and all of them with clothes like pilots, the jackets almost in competition, but with couture accents in the materials.”

Music from the show.

What’s Happening in Paris: Fashion Week Day 3

ROLAND MOURET – COLLECTION SPRING/SUMMER 2015 IN PARIS

Paris Fashion Week Day 3

 

A “desirable” collection by Roland Mouret…The first show of the day was at the Beaux Arts, for Roland Mouret, who just like an artist, uses colour to structure the silhouettes. The designer from Toulouse adorned the girls in a number of dresses and close fitting skirts, with a very defined waist which flared at the hips, and also ultra sculpted pieces with zips at the back. A 3D appliquéd rose, made this collection even more feminine. The elastic bands outlined the backs and shoulders. The bright orange brought the show to a close with assymetrical tops and dresses embroidered with frayed feathers. Roland Mouret is becoming more and more international with the opening of a boutique on Madison Avenue, a wonderful French success for the self-taught designer! Music from the show.

Video by: Paris Modes TV

Bloody Branding Blow-Up: Urban Outfitters in the Ugly Spotlight

Urban Outfitters Bloody SweatshirtYesterday  Gia On The Move was contacted by Kate Connors of Media Communications Strategies regarding the controversy surrounding the Urban Outfitters Kent Stage Sweatshirt outrage offering an opinion about the uproar.  We thought it was important enough to share with you.  After all, it’s not just movies, music, theatre, dance and sports that make up culture.  It’s also how we react to the norms, when we call “foul” and how we rebel against what we see as “out of line.”  You can decide for yourself.  Below is the guest post including a few comments we found this morning on Twitter:

 

Urban Outfitters’ “Vintage” Kent State Sweatshirt Showcases What Happens When You Rubber Stamp Clothing Concepts to Store Shelves

By Kate Connors and Kipp Lanham, Senior Account Team Members at Media & Communications Strategies 

Urban Outfitters Vintage KentUrban Outfitters is no stranger to brand controversy. In fact, some of their promotional language suggests they aim to be edgy and controversial. Yet how much is too much? In these times of heightened sensitivity to gun violence in any school or mall setting, Urban Outfitters might want to reconsider this type of business approach with its Kent State vintage sweatshirt.

Recently, the brand marketed this vintage-era shirt, due to the discoloration and splatters of red on the shirt, which seemed very reminiscent of blood. Immediately after its release, critics took to social media; outraged the shirt was reminiscent of the 1970 Kent State Massacre on the university’s campus that left four dead, nine injured and thousands of people across the United States outraged.

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Where do you draw the line? Our team looked at some of the things Urban Outfitters’ company leaders did correctly and some things that could have used a vast improvement.

After the outpouring of criticism from its customer base, Urban Outfitters did remove the item immediately for sale and issued an apology featured in TIME:

“Urban Outfitters would like to extend our sincerest apologies to Kent State University and the Kent State community. We are deeply saddened by the recent uproar our Vintage Kent State sweatshirt has caused. Though it was never our intention to offend anyone, we understand how the item could have been perceived negatively… To promote such an event is disgraceful, insensitive and in poor taste…The discoloration that has been mistaken for blood is from natural fading and sun exposure. With all of that said, this truth does not excuse us from our failure to identify potential controversial products head on.”

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But is this apology really genuine? It is hard for many consumers to believe Urban Outfitter company officials are truly feeling sorry when they are notorious for pushing boundaries. Their “Eat Less” t-shirt release caused celebrities like Sophia Bush to attack them for encouraging men and women to embrace “thinspiration” and other pro-eating disorder actions. Urban Outfitters targets 18-30 year olds, which for many individuals is a transitional life phase during which one feels immense pressure. The eating disorder risk heightens during this period, so creating a shirt encouraging these young adults to eat less really doesn’t help quell the self-image problems people face during this life period.

This isn’t the first time a brand has upset customers with a product, and Urban Outfitters certainly could have spent a little more time researching what other companies have done in this instance, if not at least know its US history.

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Here are just a few ideas of how Urban Outfitters could have handled this situation more appropriately:

1)      Publically Reach out to the Kent State University (KSU) Administration – Every year since the tragic 1970 shootings, KSU alumni and students hold memorials to honor the lives lost on that day. Urban Outfitters could have expressed its apologies to those directly involved.

2)      Make a public donation to a Kent State charity – Public donations are important for increasing brand awareness and giving a face to the causes an organization supports. For example,‘Kent May 4 Center’ is a non-profit educational charity that has made it their mission to educate the public about what happened on May 4, 1970 and to memorialize the victims of this tragedy. One of its initiatives has been to create memorial scholarships for the Kent State students. Sponsoring a scholarship would be a great way for Urban Outfitters to show its support for the victims and their families.

3)      Support anti-gun violence campaigns in schools: With an increase in school shootings, more companies are taking a stand against gun violence in schools. Urban Outfitters should consider taking a public stance against gun violence and doing a shirt that reflects such. Turning a negative product into a positive one is a great way to rebrand your company after a crisis.

I know some individuals are going to argue, “any press is good press.” In our business at Media & Communications Strategies, that isn’t the case. The best thing you can do in this situation is offer an apology but then take action to make amends for what you did as a corporation. This will help to restore faith in your brand, and stress the apology was sincere and genuine. Companies such as Urban Outfitters need to have sensitivity to the culture and times in which they live and operate. Who wears the clothes? Where will they be seen wearing the clothes? Will it create any concerns among the community? If these questions are asked, a crisis such as this could have been averted. It can be easy to look back and point fingers, but companies can do better to not act tone deaf to current events and history happening around them for the sake of an image that can quickly turn offensive without doing simple homework and planning.

About Media & Communications Strategies, Inc:

Media & Communications Strategies, Inc. handles all kinds of critical public relations for US and international clients out of our Washington, D.C. office. We are a founding member of the Public Relations Boutiques International network for constant, far-reaching support. High profile crisis communications is one niche talent, reputation management in all kinds of media is our core expertise and client satisfaction is our specialty.

 

Hello Kitty Con 2014 Opens in Los Angeles on October 30th

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We couldn’t believe this find!  Well OK, the LA Times got it first, but just in case you missed it, well, you won’t want to miss it! #HelloKitty

We took this info straight from the website:

Hello Kitty Con 2014Celebrate Hello Kitty’s 40th Anniversary at the first ever official Hello Kitty Convention in the world! Hello Kitty Con 2014 is a global gathering of fans and friends to celebrate all things Hello Kitty. (Note: as of this morning all but one of the workshops are sold out and tickets to the event are going fast!!!)

Taking place at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA (Museum of Contemporary Art) in Downtown LA’s Little Tokyo, Hello Kitty Con 2014 will offer interactive experiences and events for fans and friends of all ages, including activities, art, exhibits, exclusives, workshops, lectures, panels, sneak peeks, tattoos, food, fun, and many more surprises!

Join Hello Kitty and your friends at Hello Kitty Con 2014. As Hello Kitty always says, “You can never have too many friends!”

Fall Fashion Trends: Architectural Silhouettes Meet Rich Textures

We’ve been noticing here at Gia On The Move “on trend” contemporary women’s styles becoming just the tiniest bit pulled back.  So when these suggestions landed in the email box, we thought they were worth sharing.

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Canadian womenswear brand Judith & Charles recently unveiled its latest Fall 2014 collection of sophisticated tailoring and classic contours.  Geometric lines inspired by strong urban architecture set against nature’s softened textures and monochromatic, minimalist, colour palette, this season offers high quality fabrics (alpaca, cashmere, silk, pony hair, and leather sourced from Italy) and innovative textures as well as introducing tonal jacquard, cloque and bonded jersey.  Many of the style are traceable to 1960s mod influences as evidenced by shift dresses, mock turtlenecks and hounds-tooth motifs.

Gia On The Move’s take:  Sleek. Versatile. Easy to wear and pair. A bit on the conservative side, but just enough style to get you through the day at the office and early evening for dinner with friends. And just as easily packable for trips out of the city.

Every one of the new pieces can be shopped online.  New Yorkers can visit local stores.  Visit the website for the Look Book and other Fall ideas.