As an artist, photographer, fragrance developer, and mother-of-two, the Austrian-born entrepreneur Nana de Bary is almost always creating. “I need to be doing something with my hands,” she laughs, perched at a table in the city’s 7th arrondissement in the midst of Paris Fashion Week.
That something, most recently, has been the creation of Liaison de Parfum, a new sparkling collection of perfumes available at Colette in Paris, where they gained a steady cult following over the past year before arriving stateside this summer.
With incredible fashion talent seemingly growing on trees these days—the work of the CFDA Fashion Incubator provides ample evidence—an aspiring designer may find it near impossible to create something original, something that stands out. But Melitta Baumeister has done just that.
Born into a family of tailors, the German designer was always surrounded by clothing and an “interest in making it.” She attended a fashion-oriented high school and then an art-related fashion program at Pforzheim University in Germany. During her last year there, she met Shelley Fox, the director of the MFA program at Parsons. “Fox’s way of approaching fashion convinced me to dive deeper into an exploration of my own design language,” says Baumeister.
Oct. 1 is the kickoff date for Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Kate Moss has revealed — very literally — a new campaign with Stella McCartney to support the cause. The British designer, who just showed her Spring/Summer 2015 collection at Paris Fashion Week, created a hot pink lingerie set. The bras and underwear are special edition of her Gemma Relaxing line, which is priced between $40 and $80, will hopefully encourage and remind women to give themselves self-exams when getting dressed and proceeds from the sales will support the Linda McCartney Centre in the U.K..
In the clutter of contemporary culture, where hits and likes threaten to overtake content in value, the purity of an idea takes on increasing currency. “I think now more than ever it’s important to be clear, to be singular,” he says, “and to have a perspective, one you didn’t generate as the result of doing a lot of focus groups.” Developing concepts and creating prototypes leads to “fascinating conversations” with his team, says Ive. “It’s a process I’ve been practicing for decades, but I still have the same wonder.”