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                              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.

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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 ayianni@altayer.com                 Email zmumuni@altayer.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.

				
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