Media Release Runway Report Spring/Summer 2009 Dubai, January 4th 2009 It’s time for a wardrobe overhaul this season at Harvey Nichols as Spring Summer’s most coveted designers make a trendy splash with notable designs. With seismic shifts in shape, colour and mood, many colourful and alluring runway creations have proven to be irresistible this season. From origami folds prevalent at Max Azria to figure flattering elegance at Herve Leger, and an exploration of romanticism and delicacy at Alexander McQueen - Spring fashion is definitely back with a bang. An 80s revival was also embraced by many designers, as harem pants, jumpsuits, asymmetric dresses and tops, accentuated shoulders, fringes, sheer fabrics, sequins, bows, ruffles peplum jackets, beading, lamé and evening jumpers were revived on the catwalks with a modern, chic twist. Graffiti, nuclear orange, nautical stripes, and post- punk influences like cutaway jackets, underwear as outerwear, crinkle fabrics and Africa- inspired prints have also made a popular comeback. For those looking for something tailored but a little less extreme, this season Harvey Nichols offers a great line-up of blazer-style jackets from designers such as Stella McCartney, Lanvin and Barbara Bui. Menswear inspired styles, long in the body which slip stylishly over a silky top or dress for a complete look. Hot colours have been making their way into trend lists for a couple of seasons now, and this is set to continue. Splashes of warm yellow, scarlet and bright blue are visible from many contemporary designers like Doo.Ri, Chris Benz and Diane von Furstenberg. This may also well be the season of the ‘It' shoe rather than bag, as designs appear to be more graphic and artistically inclined. With gravity defying selections from new brands such as Alejandro Ingelmo, Behnaz Kanani and Pierre Hardy, vertiginous heels and their equally irresistible arm candy counterparts are the crème de la crème of designer picks of the season from Dubai’s premier fashion store Harvey Nichols. -END- For further information and images, please contact: Anastasia Yianni Zainab Mumuni Harvey Nichols Account Manager PR, Harvey Nichols PR Executive Tel +971 4 2011563 Tel +971 4 2011208 Email firstname.lastname@example.org Email email@example.com Spring/Summer ‘09 Womenswear Erdem New to the Harvey Nichols fashion portfolio this season, Turkish designer Erdem definitely brought the S in Spring/Summer with his effortlessly chic and floral printed designs. His collection is breathtaking creations in movement and includes sculptural zones of richly encrusted jewelled and frilled embroideries on sleeves and hemlines. Herve Leger Sensuality on heels is probably an accurate description of any Herve Leger creation. Making a much anticipated presence at Harvey Nichols this season, the bandage-esque collection of Hollywood’s designer to the stars is a season must-have. Jennifer Lopez, Joy Bryant, Beyonce, and Mariah Carey are just a few of the A-listers that have proven to be loyal fans of the label. Manuel This New York based brand is known for its understated, chic tailoring and exquisite fabrics. This season, designer Wilfredo (Ex Giorgio Armani designer) taps into the current see-through trend with super-clean jackets with sheer panels, suspended step- pleated georgette from illusion necklines and layered pencil skirts over net slips. The overall effect, thanks in part to a selection of flattering palettes, is light and unfussy. Michael Angel Australian designer Michael Angel enters Spring with a splash. Each piece is a cohesive design with body-conscious silhouettes and more free flowing but still shapely lines. The maxi dress is going nowhere if Michael Angel has anything to say about it. He reinvented the piece this season with a more polished, less boho incarnation in painterly prints to die for. Max Azria Max Azria goes minimal chic for Spring. Exclusive to Harvey Nichols this season, the collection displays very fluid pieces, with lots of draping, twisting, and casual textures. There is also a clean athleticism to it, with tops and dresses layered over bandeaux, bodysuits, and stretchy ribbed belts. VPL "Velocity" was the title of Victoria Bartlett's show this season and the collection did indeed show that she's speeding in the right direction. Exclusive to Harvey Nichols this season, Victoria’s Spring/Summer collection has cleverly worked airplane and pilot details in some of her designs which include nylon straps, ballooning sleeves to cords that ran through jumpsuits (a season favourite), knits and t-shirts. Vanessa Bruno Born and raised in Paris, designer Vanessa Bruno established her line at the mere age of 24. Vanessa’s pieces incorporate the effortless quality of Parisian fashion. As is evidenced in her Spring/Summer collection, her designs do not demand spotlight and are not fashion prima donnas. Rather they catch the eye of those unassuming fashionistas who pay attention to detail, style and comfort. Guy Baxter Turya Nations and Braxton are the creative minds behind Guy Baxter. They combine artistic sensibilities and sought out to create a label which eclectically mixes modernism, timeless concepts, and everything feminine and pure. The heart of Guy Baxter collections include an ageless classic enthusiasm, spontaneous textile and trims , organic modern prints that are trendless and perfectly fitted pieces that carry an elegant yet comfortable excitement. Other new contemporary brands for Harvey Nichols’ Spring/Summer portfolio include the likes of Garconiera, Hemistone, Rory Becca and Stretsis. For the more casual and denim, Current/ Elliot, David Lerner, Denim of Virtue, Genetic Denim, Ksubi and Lauren Moshi. For lingerie and Swimwear Brett Sandler, Bodas, Jets, Luna Azul, Spanx, Tomas Maier and Zimmerman. Harvey Nichols also houses the season’s chicest trends by luxury brands including Balenciaga, Barbara Bui, Bottega Veneta, Yves Saint Laurent, Stella McCartney, Lanvin, Alexander McQueen and Gucci. Spring/Summer ‘09 Accessories Alejandro Ingelmo New York based shoe designer Alejandro Ingelmo’s exceptional and stunning shoe designs are making waves among the world of A-list celebrities. Alejandro’s shoe collections are feminine and stylishly designed to contour the foot. Boasting a variety of designs, Alejandro’s well crafted shoes are for the modern day woman that can easily transform from day to night. Behnaz Kanani Shoe designer Behnaz Kanani has been on the Vogue Magazine radar for months now and the glitterati is finally catching on; Amy Winehouse is also reportedly a huge fan. Behnaz’s design motto, "decadent luxury, soul of tradition", sums up the brand beautifully; the emphasis is on modern, architectural design using age-old techniques and always only the most luxurious and natural of materials and exotic skins. Charlotte Olympia Charlotte Olympia is the stylish and daring shoe label that has been making a huge presence in the fashion industry. Creative designer Charlotte Olympia’s designs are influenced by 1940s Hollywood and glamour and is therefore high on the agenda this season in the form of vibrant and luxurious fabrics on super high heels. Pierre Hardy Parisian shoe designer Pierre Hardy’s coveted shoes are now available at Harvey Nichols. For S/S 09, Pierre Hardy went to the beach for inspiration, with bright coral hues predominant in his collection. Fluorescent pink muted by subdued colours like navy and pale blue is evident on a wide range of platforms and flat sandals. Kara Ross In 2006, jewellery designer Kara Ross launched her line of exotic handbags. She has translated her love of jewels into her line of luxurious designs pairing alligator, caiman, ostrich, and pony skins with complementary gemstones and hardware. The focal point of her bags is precious stones that she uses at the closure paired with the exotic skins. Nuti No season or outfit is complete without an amazing handbag on your arm. Luxury accessory designer Nuti’s selections of exotic bags are the epitome of accessories this season. The bags come in a variety of hugely popular ostrich skin that depicts luxury and versatility. Fallon Jewellery designer Dana Lorenz creates contemporary jewellery pieces for the every day woman. Inspired by chic and edgy urban girls making their way through the city’s underground scene, Fallon is jewellery you wear everyday, with everything. Francesca Romana Diana Italian jewellery designer Francesca Romana Diana has quickly gained international recognition for her playful and bold pieces. Her inconspicuous designs can be seen on many A-list celebrities and a selection feature semi precious stones and gold accents atop meticulously woven raffia. Ghost & Lola Established in 2004 by Australian artist Kim McClintock, the Ghost & Lola label offers glamorous and exquisitely detailed hand-crafted and limited edition seasonal collections by merging a wealth of objects from many places, cultures and eras. Eclectic, eccentric and elaborate, Ghost & Lola collections draw inspiration from a love of contemporary art and literature. The result is a series of rare vintage crystal and glass stones carefully used to create unique pieces. Iradj Moini Coveted New York jewellery designer Iradj Moini creates exquisite pieces that exude luxury and immaculate details. Iradj's jewellery is handmade of brass and copper wire with imported glass stones that are individually hand set. Iosselliani Launched in 1997, the Iosselliani jewellery brand celebrates the freedom of expression of designer Paolo Giacomelli and his working partner Roberta Paolucci. The truly original precious stone and metal creations are a one of a kind collector’s item. Other brands joining the vibrant Harvey Nichols Accessories portfolio for Spring/Summer include shoes and handbags by Nicole Brundage, Raparo, Sigersson Morisson, and Giorgio Brato and contemporary jewellery collection by Janis Savitt. Spring/Summer ‘08 Menswear Haute Vincenzo De Cotiis is renowned for being a niche intellectual and fashion designer with his versatile and bespoke designs. The new Haute menswear spring/summer collection makes no exception, Vincenzo’s creations exemplify a refined elegance and a quirky aesthetic. Opening Ceremony Like a high-fashion version of a cultural-exchange program, Opening Ceremony presents nice clean prints and tactile fabrics infused with modern design and simple attitude. Versatility is paramount and is exemplified by blazer-style knit cardigans decked out with pocket squares or a hybrid of khaki shawl-lapel tux and windowpane linen suit. This season’s colour palette leans on navy, olives, and greys, which, if on the somber side for Spring, are nonetheless cornerstones of modern dressing. Maharishi Since its birth in 1994, Maharishi has evolved into one of the most influential and progressive brands in fashion. With its strong ethos and respect for nature, whilst using the latest technology, Maharishi has gained a respected reputation for not conforming to mainstream fashion trends with embroidered t-shirts, printed hoodies, cargo pants and shorts which is bound to be a hit this season. Hood by Air New York-based designer Shayne Oliver is leading the pack of luxury street wear brands. Inspired by his love for urban styling, Oliver's Hood By Air line delivers some ‘Hustle and Flow’ for the modern hipster looking for a new sense of luxury. The Spring/Summer '09 collection naturally takes a turn for the sensual and the dark. Denim pants with flash zipper detailing are worn as baggy, deeply pleated shorts or pants with black patent paneling, while denim vests and jackets are layered over jersey tees emblazoned with eccentric phrases. Modern Amusement A line designed by a creative group of artists and designers (with a whimsical street-wise sense), offers beautifully constructed and wearable pieces in rich fabrics and textures. Defined by dynamic colours, a keen attention to detail and an irreverent and mischievous sense of humor, Modern Amusement embodies the California dream. Without Backbones The team behind London based new label Without Backbones, follows a strict colour code of black and white with a splash of colour. Focused on street culture with sinister prints and geometric shapes, the label is definitely a staple in menswear this season. Superga Marketed as the ‘people’s shoe of Italy’ these sneakers span a variety of styles and colours and are being worn by many of the cooler kids in Europe. Hailed as the new converse this is a definite staple for the season. Zagliani The handbag world has been buzzing about Zagliani bags, which are injected with silicone to add a super buttery, feel to the bags. The designer behind the bags, Mauro Orietti-Carella, a professional in the field of dermatology, utilizes these techniques to create luxurious one of a kind bags that has everyone talking and is now available in styles specifically created for men. Exciting and new exclusive brands in Menswear are now available this season at Harvey Nichols which includes Manuel, Current Elliot, To-Orist, Simon Farrar, Raparo, Rock & Republic sneakers and coveted accessory line Orciani belts. Harvey Nichols also adds to its vast menswear portfolio Dior Polo and accessory label, Ivy. Spring/Summer ‘09 Key Looks and Trends Womenswear Blazer Glory Not your boyfriend’s blazer, Spring’s sport jackets flaunt feminine sophistication with soft silhouettes and splashes of shimmer. Pump Up the Volume Billowing jackets, petticoated skirts, and puffed shoulders take proportions to super stylish extremes. Fringe Benefits Spring’s tasseled trimmings are more cool-girl than cowgirl. In the Bedroom Boudoir basics, think lace, silk, and bows and a dose of street wearability. Boy Meets Girl Menswear-inspired suits get a sultry spin with sleek tailoring and eye-catching prints. Hot Spots African inspired print is back in a wild new colour palette that calls for a night out. Make a strong statement for evening in animal print. Neck Embrace The accessory du jour on the runways are statement necklaces. Blue Jean Baby Denim, the all-American classic, shows its sophisticated side as sleek pencil skirts and natty blazers. Nude Awakening Despite the explosion of colour, neutrals staked their claim on the Spring/Summer 2009 catwalk. Never to be outdone, nude dresses can be glammed up with bold black heels and ’40s siren-red lips. The Dark Side Designers also took the rebellious route, showing head-to-toe black for Spring. Techni-colour Kiss the oh-so-blah blacks and browns of winter goodbye, Spring is looking bright. Citrusy brights and playful pinks exploded into crisp dresses, tailored suits and floor-sweeping hemlines. Ruffled Up Forget oversize flounce; designers went dainty for Spring with reams of miniature ruffles. Long Skirts The full-skirt made a frequent appearance. The key is to choose sharp, clean whites or block colours to keep the look fresh. Harem Pants They’re back, but not as we know it. Voluminous pants with elasticised trouser cuffs made a huge return to catwalks this season. Spring/Summer ‘09 Key Looks and Trends Menswear White Out Crisp, clean and it goes with everything. Sophisticated and refined, the all-white ensemble is a great match for Spring/ Summer. Pastel Blues For the notoriously slow-to-change male, shades of sky and powder blue are a safe half-step toward a different Spring suit. Man Bags In today’s gadget world a man needs a bag to stuff all his wireless devices in. The man bag makes a fashion statement this season in big and bold designs. Updated Nerd The prep school look is back this year with a twist; look for stripes and argyle patterns. Geek is definitely chic this season with the return of immaculate suits and buttoned up shirts. Pajama Suits This is different from just making your suit casual. These are actual suits constructed to look and feel like pajamas with softer printed fabrics that will make you really want to wear them to bed. City Shorts Still in the quest to play around with the suit, the pants this season are cropped to break down formalness altogether. Summer Trenches Coats are fantastic all year round and as summer approaches, the to-die-for coats of the season are lighter trenches. Most of them are in earth tones to make for a softer look. Belted The one trend that almost always is overlooked is belts. The current trend suggests that we stay away from the classic black or brown leather belts and be more experimental. Rolled Up Being creative with your suit is the best way to express individuality in a sea of similar- looking ensembles. One of the season’s more versatile trends, rolled-up cuffs, can be applied to even the most formal outfit.