Dorothy Perkins Launches Kardashian Kollection in the UK

Dorothy Perkins is excited to announce an exclusive partnership with Jupi Corp. to bring the Kardashian Kollection to the United Kingdom.

The Kardashian Kollection will launch in November 2012 and will comprise of more than one hundred pieces from the ready-to-wear clothing and handbag collections, with footwear to follow in early 2013.

The range will be stocked in more than 250 Dorothy Perkins stores throughout the United Kingdom, including 8 shop-in-shops within BHS, online at dorothyperkins.com and internationally to thirteen further countries via franchise stores.

From trend led pieces to fashionably tailored looks the breadth of the range will appeal to all women who love fashion. There is something for every fashionista with looks that embrace a woman’s natural curves through bold and beautiful fashion statements for all occasions.

Bruno Schiavi President of Jupi Corp said: “The A/W12 collection embraces Kim’s glamorous red carpet looks, Kourtney’s more Bohemian chic, and Khloe’s edgier style.”

Commenting on the partnership, Kim, Kourtney and Khloe Kardashian added: “We’re looking forward to expanding our line and making Kardashian Kollection available to so many more people. We pride ourselves in having a line that is affordable and yet of great quality and we’re excited to bring it to new territories.”

The Kardashian Kollection features a range of stylish women’s clothes and accessories including shoes, swimwear, denim, jewellery and intimate nightwear. The collection also features items for the home including bedding, bathroom accessories including wash cloths and towels, shower curtains, lotion pumps and wastebaskets.

The collection originated in the Autumn 2011, with the Kardashians involved in creating the pieces themselves. The sisters contributed to the design process from start to finish and were able to draw on their previous experience of working on clothing lines. The collaboration was aimed at 17-35 year olds and debuted in over 400 US stores.

Since its release the Kardashian Kollection has received rave reviews, with bloggers and writers praising the range’s quality and affordability. Pieces from the collection have been featured in renowned magazines such as Cosmopolitan and InStyle. The line’s figure enhancing denim jeans have received particular praise, with three individual styles to mirror the sisters’ different styles and figures proving popular with critics and public alike.

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Wallis Launches New Collection By Print Designer Lollie Dunbar

Wallis, a premium high street women’s clothing brand, has launched a new collection by aspiring print designer Lollie Dunbar. The collection, which features a bespoke print created by the up-and-coming textile designer, first appeared online and in selected stores nationwide on 21 May 2012.

The seven-piece capsule collection features a range of garments for spring and summer. It includes three scarves, two dresses, wide-legged Palazzo trousers and a cropped kimono.

Growing up in a creative household, with an animator father and a dressmaker mother, Lollie Dunbar knew from a young age that she wanted to become a fashion designer. However, it wasn’t until college that she first discovered her love of prints and patterns. From there, she went on to study textile design at the Winchester School of Art. In addition to this latest endeavour with Wallis, she has also collaborated with the World Land Trust and Liberty London after winning a scarf print design competition.

Lollie discussed her inspiration for the collection: “I wanted to create something that was suitable for the Wallis customer, for spring/summer 2012, but also something that would be a reflection of me as a designer.

“My main inspiration for the designs were prints seen on contemporary homeware designs and I felt these would translate beautifully into a scarf collection and the other designs flowed from there.”

In addition to homeware designs, Lollie was also inspired by Egyptian Jewellery, Greek pottery and tribal tattoos. She visited the Pitt Rivers Museum in her hometown of Oxford and used its collection of world archaeology as her muse.

Lollie’s aesthetic also draws from the 1960s, as she admires the styles of Twiggy Lawson and Edie Sedgwick. She enjoys the strong yet feminine look of 60s-era shift dresses, jewellery and makeup.

In regard to the design process for her Wallis collection, Lollie said: “When I first met with the design team at Wallis to discuss the collaboration I was so excited that they very much wanted me to take my own direction.

“I worked from home and so had complete independence on the designs. Throughout the process I would meet with the team to keep them up to date on what I was working on and get their feedback on how the collection was progressing.”

Lollie is currently working on a new collection to add to her growing portfolio and looks forward to doing more projects like the one she’s done for Wallis.

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Dorothy Perkins Announces New Collection Designed By Olivia Rubin

Dorothy Perkins has revealed the launch of a new collection entitled ‘A Postcard From’ by London-based designer Olivia Rubin. The collection will appear exclusively in Dorothy Perkins’ top 25 stores and online.

‘A Postcard From’ is inspired by Olivia’s memories of her travels and aims to evoke a mood of summer fun. The new collection will include dresses, tops, swimwear and accessories, all featuring Olivia’s signature prints. In addition to its bright pink shades, the collection’s colour palette includes neutral tones of grey and pastels. With these soft colours expected to make a big splash in SS12, the collection represents a fresh, young point of view that’s very much on-trend.

Known for her distinctive prints, Olivia brings her signature patterning to the collection. It includes an array of jersey with blush-coloured shells, bikinis and beach bags with bold coral designs and chiffon maxi dresses with tropical bird prints.

Olivia’s collection also features many of her signature silhouettes, which have been seen on a range of popular female celebrities in recent years. The collection is aimed to flatter every woman, with sizes ranging from 8 to 18.

The collection is also an opportunity for fans of Olivia to wear her looks at affordable, high street prices. The accessibility of the range and the inclusion of versatile accessories is what has excited Olivia most about the collection.

Olivia commented on her collection: “I’m so excited to be working with Dorothy Perkins and to bring my designs to the high street. The collection focuses on strong yet simple silhouettes, as I always design feminine shapes with an original take, in order to create a versatile piece that can become a wardrobe staple. Also I have introduced jewelry and swimwear to the range, which will be the first time I have added accessories to one of my collections.”

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Wallis Announces Louise Redknapp As The Face Of Its Petite Clothing Collection

Wallis has announced that Louise Redknapp, singer, TV presenter and wife of footballer Jamie Redknapp, will be the face of its petite clothing collection. The collection features a range of garments specifically designed for women with a smaller frame.

As a confident, petite woman, Redknapp understands the importance of dressing for one’s shape and is therefore an ideal ambassador for Wallis’ petite clothing collection. As one of the UK’s most relatable and friendly media personalities, Redknapp has organically become a style icon for British women. By modelling Wallis’ collection on her petite frame, Redknapp proves that being petite doesn’t have to mean sacrificing style.

As spokesperson, Redknapp modelled several garments from the collection, including lemon jeans, petite dresses and rose printed trousers.

On the shoot set Louise Redknapp said: “When you are petite proportions are so important, whether it’s your jeans or a tailored jacket it’s essential that the fit is good as it makes all the difference.”

Despite usually being considered off-limits for petite women, the maxi dress is also featured in the collection, and it’s altered to flatter the petite frame. These floor-length dresses reflect the recent monochrome trend that’s set to take off in Spring and Summer 2012. Eveningwear options in the collection include a stylish black jumpsuit and a black body con dress with lace detailing. The collection also features a range of petite tops, including striped petite knitwear pieces.

The Wallis Design team have created unique pieces for the collection, as well as adapting key styles from Wallis’ core collection into petite silhouettes. The collection is designed for women of 5 foot 3″ and under, and is available in sizes 8-18. The proportions of each garment are altered to flatter the petite figure, while also enhancing seasonal trends. Specifically, leg lengths in the petite collection are shorted to 29 inches and sleeve lengths are reduced by 1 inch.

The collection, as well as accessories to pair with it, is available in all Wallis stores and online at wallis.co.uk.

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Topshop Launches T-Shirt To Support Fashion Targets Breast Cancer

Topshop is delighted to announce its continued support of charity initiative Fashion Targets Breast Cancer this year with the launch of a limited edition t-shirt, available online and instore nationwide.

Topshop has been working with Fashion Targets Breast Cancer since 2005, producing printed canvas bags and t-shirts each year. Following on from the success of 2010’s ‘Love to Love’ vest, this year the charity garment will be a soft jersey t-shirt with the slogan ‘Starts with L and ends in E and in the between are O and V’. The t-shirt comes in white, with the slogan written in black, apart from the letters which spell out love, which are blue in colour.

Enlisting the help of its friends within the fashion industry, Topshop’s blog ‘Inside Out’ has photographed fashion heavyweights such as blogger Susie Lau and stylist Fran Burns wearing the t-shirt in their own unique style to show their support.

With every purchase of this limited edition slogan t-shirt costing £18, £5.40 will be donated to Fashion Targets Breast Cancer. In addition, four styles of friendship bracelets and charity mirrors will also be on sale at till points nationwide.

Topshop’s website also features a section dedicated to its support of Fashion Targets Breast Cancer, which includes photographs of the fashion heavyweights wearing the t-shirt, as well as a guide to checking breasts for signs of breast cancer.

Fashion Targets Breast Cancer is the flagship fashion campaign of Breakthrough Breast Cancer, a pioneering charity dedicated to the prevention, treatment and ultimate eradication of breast cancer. Since the campaign launched in the UK in 1996, it has raised over £10.5 million for Breakthrough Breast Cancer’s vital research, campaigning and education work.

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Debenhams Reports Sales Of False Lashes Soar As Ladies Up North Wear Three At A Time

Debenhams has reported seeing sales of false eyelashes increase by over 1000% during the last year, as women in parts of the UK wear three pairs of lashes at a time.

Sales staff discovered the trend after emergency stocks of Eylure and other popular brands repeatedly had to be sent to stores in regions such as Newcastle, Manchester and Liverpool. Surges in sales were particularly apparent during the run up to the weekend, as the glamorous ladies of the north go all-out in their preparations for a night out on the town.

Sarah Meadows, Cosmetics Buyer at Debenhams, said, “We have had to send emergency stocks of our false lash ranges to certain stores around the country to cope with the Friday and Saturday night demand.

“It was only when sales staff reported that young women in Newcastle, Liverpool and Manchester were wearing the glue-on strip eyelashes three pairs at a time that we discovered the trend.

“With celebrities such as Jordan and The Saturdays papped with glamorous, cheek-sweeping lashes, falsies have become an essential part of a night out and it seems one pair is just not enough.

“False lashes have proved such a success that we’re continually extending the range. Our customers are demanding longer and thicker styles so feather effect, diamante tipped and babydoll styles are all coming soon.”

Sarah concluded, “It seems batting bigger eyes is most definitely better but to achieve the doe-eyed ‘bambi’ look, rather than out-of-control spider legs, make sure they are secure all night”.

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Debenhams First With Disabled High Street Model

Following an approach by Nikki Fox and Natasha Wood, both disability campaigners and presenters of the hit TV show ‘How to Look Good Naked’, Shannon Murray will appear in photography in the stores windows and online. Shannon, 32, has been confined to a wheelchair since breaking her neck in her teens.

Shannon will join three other models appearing in imagery to promote the recently launched Principles by Ben de Lisi range which prides itself on its inclusivity. Joining Shannon will be Kate Fullman, a size 16 model, Tess Montgomery, a petite 5’4″ model and Tokumbo Daniel, a size 10 model. The Principles clothing range starts at size 8 and goes up to size 20 with a specific petite clothing offering.

Unlike other high street stores, Debenhams is showing an increasing willingness to inject some variety into the people modelling its clothes. The campaign follows hot on the heels of the retailer using size 16 mannequins in its windows.

Michael Sharp, Debenhams’ Deputy Chief Executive said: “We cater for women of all shapes and sizes, young and old, non-disabled and disabled so we wanted our windows to reflect this choice.

“When Nikki and Natasha approached us with the idea, we didn’t have to think twice. We are proud to be the first high street retailer to deliver this. We only wished we had done it sooner,” concluded Sharp.

Nikki Fox praised the store for using Shannon in its campaign: “I am so happy and proud that Debenhams has used our disabled model for such a massive campaign.” she said. “It’s a really big deal. If seeing Shannon helps another disabled person, then we’ve done well.”

Ben de Lisi added: “Every woman deserves to look good and feel special which is why there are styles to suit, fit and flatter every body shape in the new Principles range. I think that Shannon looks amazing.”

Shannon Murray complemented the retailer for supporting disabled models: “I think this is a fabulous step forward by Debenhams and I’m proud to be part of such a big move towards positive representation of disability in high street fashion.”

Gok Wan added: “We in the UK have the best high street in the world. It’s a multi million pound industry that needs to recognise all shapes, sizes and disabilities. Filming ‘How to Look Good Naked’ has been a life changing experience for me, because I have learnt so much about a community I knew existed but have never been involved with.

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