The Bold Scoop #4 :: May 23-29

Sunday, May 22, 2016



What?
Join Drapers News Editor, Kirsty McGregor, Rise and the UKFT on May 25 for a discussion about the EU referendum and its possible implications on the UK fashion industry. Whether you're in the business or just curious, this event titled "The Fashion Perspective" is set to be an interesting look at how the designers, clothing manufacturers, retailers and shoppers are likely to be affected if Britain decides to leave the EU. The evening will include drinks, canapés & networking with guests from Orla Kiely, Temperley London, Ferragamo, The Dune Group and Erdem amongst others and will also feature a Q&A with a panel that includes John Hoerner (Former CEO of Tesco Central European Clothing, Arcadia Group and Burton Group PLC), Ankur Shah (Founder, Mahabis, the fastest growing new casual footwear in the world) and Damian Collins MP (Conservative MP for Folkestone & Hythe, Culture, Media & Sport select committee).

Did-You-Know
UK's fashion industry is relatively new but contributes today an estimated £26 billion to the UK economy. The industry supports close to 797,000 people, most of them women, and is the largest employer of all creative industries in the UK. Ready to wear sales of womenswear in the country were valued at £27 billion in 2015 and are predicted to increase by 23% to £32 billion in 2020. 83 designers showcased their work during London Fashion Week back in February and it's estimated that close to 35 million people had the opportunity to watch the shows thanks to the 60 outdoor screens placed all around the UK.

Up Close and Personal
Visit rise4fashion for more information about the event and get your tickets here.

To find out more about how the EU referendum on June 23 could affect the UK fashion industry read this and this.

What?
Have a thing for shoes? Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum and El Museo del Barrio present 2 events designed to give you an inside look at the wonderful world of footwear. On Wednesday, May 25 join shoe designer Edmundo Castillo for a discussion about his influences and design process. For something a bit more hands on, join him on Thursday, May 26 for a shoe design workshop that will give participants the chance to learn about the fundamentals of the craft and develop their own designs.
Edmundo Castillo is a Creative Director and EVP of Aquatalia, inventors of weatherproof and stain resistant fashion footwear for men and women. Prior to joining the company, Edmundo Castillo worked alongside industry icons Donna Karan, Ralph Lauren, and Sergio Rossi before launching his eponymous collection in 1999. He has been the recipient of many industry awards, including the Perry Ellis Award for “Best Emerging Accessories Designer” by the CFDA, Travel + Leisure’s “Design Award for Best Travel Shoes,” and the "Rising Star Award" from Fashion Group International.

Did-You-Know
Louboutins remain one of the most recognizable shoes ever created thanks to their red soles. This brand signature is trademarked and has given the French footwear company cause to file at least half a dozen high profile infringement cases all around the world. Most famously, in 2011 the the brand tried to stop Yves Saint Laurent from selling red shoes with a red sole. Eventually in September 2012 the US court ruled that Louboutin retains exclusive rights to red soles whenever the outer portion of the shoe is any color besides red... given the YSL shoe in question was monochromatic, with a red upper and a red outsole, the trademark wasn't infringed.

Up Close and Personal
The lecture is on May 25 from 6:30-8 pm at the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum (2 E 91st Street, New York, NY 10128) while the design workshop is on May 26 from 6-8 pm at El Museo del Barrio (1230 5th Avenue, New York, NY 10029). 

Both events are FREE but require pre-booking. You can register for the lecture here and for the design workshop hereSpace is limited but Cooper Hewitt museum members have access to priority tickets. You can find out more about becoming a member here.


What?
This is the last week you can visit Oscar de la Renta: The Retrospective at the de Young Museum in San Francisco before it closes its doors on May 30This world premiere retrospective of Oscar de la Renta’s work celebrates the life and career of one of fashion’s most influential designers. The exhibition was curated by former American Vogue Editor-at-Large, Andre Leon Talley, includes more than 130 pieces produced over five decades, and is presented in collaboration with the house of de la Renta and the designer’s family. The presentation traces the rise of de la Renta’s career in Spain, where he gained his first commissions; his formative years spent in the world’s most iconic fashion houses; and his eventual role as a designer for many of the most influential and celebrated personalities of the 20th and 21st centuries.

Did-You-Know
Oscar de la Renta was often called "fashion's favorite ladies' man" having dressed most big-name celebrities (including Jackie O and Amal Clooney) and every first lady since Betty Ford. Most famously, he was the one who convinced Anna Wintour to put Hillary Clinton on the cover of Vogue back in 1998 when she was in the midst of the Monica Lewinsky scandal. That cover helped demystify Clinton and marked a sort of resurgence for her after a year dominated by sex scandal. As far as the most recent first lady, Michelle Obama, is concerned... she and de la Renta are said to have gotten off to a rocky start when he criticized her for not supporting more American designers, but eventually just weeks before his death even she wore one of his designs.

Up Close and Personal
The de Young Museum is open Tuesday to Sunday from 9:30 am to 5:15 pm with extended hours on Friday, May 27 (last admission to the exhibit 7:30 pm). Visitors will also be allowed access to the exhibit on Monday, May 30 as it's the last day of the show.

Regular tickets for nonmembers are $30 with premium passes costing $50. Book both here.

For a something a bit more special... visit the museum on Saturday, May 28 for a special evening of film and conversation. For $40 ($35 for members) you'll be able to watch a screening of The First Monday in May followed by a talk with Andre Leon Talley who was a longtime friend of Oscar de la Renta. You will also be able to get your exhibition catalogue signed by Talley.
More information about the event here. Keep in mind that the exhibition ticket is not included in the event price and needs to be purchased separately. 

Not in San Francisco?
To hear about the creation of the exhibit watch the opening-day discussion and Q&A here.

For a closer look at the show you can purchase Oscar de la Renta, a 230 page exhibition catalogue that traces his illustrious career. The book includes three essays that contextualize his achievements as well as a lavish gallery of images including his sketches, documents, runway and backstage shots, and magazine editorials.

You can also shop a handful of pieces from the Oscar de la Renta Fashion Jewelry Collection, including this gorgeous Floral Baguette bracelet and these signature Tassel earrings, or pick up a limited edition deluxe version of the exhibition catalogue which features a case wrapped in a beautiful floral fabric that was picked by Oscar de la Renta for his designs and was used in the 2015 resort collection. Only 95 copies were ever printed so you know you're getting a piece of history.

To view the full selection of Oscar de la Renta items available at de Young click here.

What?
This upcoming weekend hosts not one but two sporting events of note. First off, the UEFA Champions League Final is on Saturday, May 28. This prestigious club competition in European football is played by the national league champion (and, for some nations, one or more runners-up) of each UEFA National Association. The winner of the UEFA Champions League qualifies for the UEFA Super Cup and the FIFA Club World Cup. This year's final is between 2 Madrid teams... Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid... and could lead to an 11th title for Real Madrid should they prove victorious.
Secondly, this year marks the 100th run of the Indianapolis 500 which is on Sunday, May 29 and will see two-time winner Juan Pablo Montoya enter the race as the defending champion. The Indy 500 which is also known as "The Greatest Spectacle in Racing" is considered to be a part of the Triple Crown of Motorsport (not to be confused with the horse racing Triple Crown we scooped for you here) which consists of 3 of the most prestigious motorsport events in the world: the Indy 500, the 24 hours of Le Mans and the Monaco Grand Prix.

Did-You-Know
The Indianapolis Speedway is considered to be one of the most dangerous racetracks in the world. This 2.5 mile track is a rectangular oval with two long and two short straights and has seen 56 competitors killed since 1909. Average speeds can be anywhere in the range of 160-230 mph depending on the competition and loss of traction, particularly in the corners, is what usually leads to incidents. The last race car related fatality for a driver came in 2003 when Tony Renna spun in turn 3, caught some air underneath the chassis and went airborne. The car cleared the 4 ft concrete wall and smashed into the catch fence — snapping posts, scattering parts and killing Renna instantly of massive internal trauma.

Up Close and Personal
UEFA Champions League final is on Saturday, May 28 at 2:45 pm EST. You can catch it on Fox or livestream it here.

The 200 lap Indianapolis 500 kicks off on May 29 at 12:19 pm and you can watch it on ABC.
Want to be there in person? Reserved seating is unfortunately sold out but you can still get general admission tickets here.

You can also still get passes for the Firestone Legends Day Concert featuring Blake Shelton which takes place a day before the race on Saturday, May 28.

Memorial Day is now just a week away on May 30. This is pretty much your last chance to hit up that friend with a house share in the Hamptons or to make plans for a weekend BBQ, rooftop hangout etc. Need outfit inspiration? Check out the Shopping List for some weekend-ready pieces.

🍷 May 25 is National Wine Day... like you needed an excuse to pop open a bottle of vino in the middle of the week.

🎬 If you're not leaving town for Memorial Day weekend why not see a movie or two... The wonderfully bizarre, Alice Through the Looking Glass and yet another installment in the X-men series, X-men: Apocalypse are out on May 27.

Cannes Film Festival :: The 2nd week of the film festival saw more premiers and star studded red carpets. Some features were polarizing (The Neon Demon) while others were literally laughed at (we're looking at you Sean Penn and The Last Face). Some of the best fashion moments came courtesy of the annual amfAR Cinema Against AIDS Gala which saw Katy Perry perform and Kevin Spacey run the charity auction.

Kate Perry
amfAR Gala

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley
Cannes 2016

Lily Donaldson
amfAR Gala

Vanessa Paradis
amfAR Gala

Natasha Poly
amfAR Gala

Kendall Jenner
Cannes 2016

Eva Herzigova
amfAR Gala

Marion Cotillard
Cannes 2016

Kirsten Dunst
Cannes 2016
Images via Elle.com and WWD.com - click for more



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