‘Tis the season for party dresses, sparkly accessories and sequins to come into their own. The party season offers up a key revenue spike for retailers, with a focus on stocking and replenishing stock for the consumers looking to buy key items to take them from their work Christmas party all the way until Boxing day. This season, Reformation, the US based retailer (known for its sustainable fashion practices and innovative brand strategy) has teamed up with singers HAIM for a capsule collection of dresses. The collection ditches overtly bling styles, for on trend velvets and silks, styled in this lookbook with the accessory of the moment, the choker. In addition to stunning lookbook images, the brand launched the capsule collection which ranges from $118 to $498, on its e-commerce site and through all its social media channels. Despite just launching today, key pieces have already sold out and there is a waiting list for some items. The brand is also taking a tongue-in-cheek approach to its end of year party collection promotion, with the tagline “we linked in up with the ladies of Haim to bring you the best damn party collection since our last party collection. A night to remember, a year to forget.” The collection is available online now. Join WGSN for retail news, brand collaborations, marketing insight and more. The post Reformation teams up with HAIM for its NYE collection appeared first on WGSN/INSIDER. http://ift.tt/2h8McAq

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This season’s Michael Kors resort 2017 collection, comes with a different name attached, transeason. The reason? The designer has realised that consumers are no longer concerned with labels like ‘resort’ or ‘pre-season’ they just want the clothes, so this isn’t limited to one season, it’s transeason. And Kors is putting the consumer first, providing what they want, a little something for everyone. And with the transeason collection accounting for 65 per cent of the business, even though it wasn’t teased with images all over Instagram (Kors favours a more quieter approach to releasing imagery around these coveted pieces) this is a collection to pay some serious attention to. The new transeason collection covers early spring to early summer, and so there is something here for spring weddings, new workwear and that special evening event you need to attend as the weather gets warmer. It’s an eclectic collection with a focus on one key piece, or as Kors dubbed it ‘The Boomerang dress’, referencing the Instagram app, that lets you record short little action shots. The dresses are made for the app, in that they shimmer, shake and move; think silver fringed sequined stretch tulle gowns and black stretch tulle sheath dresses with silver chain fringe and sequin embroidery. And if all that glamour is to much for you, there is a nod to the activewear trend too, with leggings, relaxed trousers, and oversized jackets. But activewear doesn’t mean the absence of luxe fabrics, the leggings are cashmere, and the jackets and vests are made with cracked leather. Key items: menswear tailoring with defined waists, strong shoulders with military accents ultra glam dresses and skirts, seasonless party dressing, punk chain embellishments, from headbands to the hardware on bags. Join WGSN for retail news, catwalk analysis, global emerging fashion brands and more. The post Michael Kors Transeason 2017: The rise of the Boomerang dress appeared first on WGSN/INSIDER. http://ift.tt/2gvGCYV

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For the entire month of December your WGSN global editors are coming live and direct to you through the WGSN Insider blog. We’re rounding up this overwhelming year, by cutting through the noise to deliver you, our “WGSN #ICYMI”! It’s a rundown of the coolest moments of the year, the most innovative ad campaigns, plus super cool products that may have flown under your radar this busy year, and we’ll give you insight into the people (read: key influencers) who used 2016 as their warmup as they plan to take over in 2017. WGSN #ICYMI: DAY FOUR Emily Ellison, Video Production Associate In this pool of undiscovered talent that makes up New York City, one artist is making massive waves since his move here, this year, from Florida. Elijah Anderson is hands down one of the best parts of my social media feed and he should definitely be on your radar for 2017. Pop culture and the skate world seep through as clear influences for this artist who drips blasé humor and smart puns in each piece he creates. In an interview earlier this year, Anderson describes his art as “…being minimal…the phrases being not too deep but also deep enough to make people think and have a little chuckle.” His recent collaboration with up-and-coming brand, Peels, further confirms a promising future for his art. He worked with them to design a limited release jacket, still available online for now, that captures (in seemingly equal parts) the brand’s image and his personal style. Elijah Anderson, his artwork and the messages they convey resonate deeply with his following. As we enter the new year, he is a key artist to know about in 2017. Artist : Elijah Anderson Instagram : @spacehose Website: elijahandersonart.com Look out for our full #ICYMI calendar coming up everyday on WGSN Insider, this month. Check out day four, for the Stranger Things scavenger hunt. At WGSN our global employees are first when it comes to emerging trends, designers to watch, and the retail brands doing dynamic things. For more curated insight, join WGSN. The post #ICYMI Day 5: Elijah Anderson, the breakout graphic artist to look out for in 2017 appeared first on WGSN/INSIDER. http://ift.tt/2gUVMau

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