Today's Fashion Headlines. September 24, 2012

Derek Lam’s New Kohl Collection
Derek Lam may have spent the summer in New York, but his thoughts were all about Brazil. The designer drew from a May visit to Rio de Janeiro for his limited-edition DesigNation collection for Kohl’s Department Stores. The fact that it rained during his springtime stay there with a development team proved to be fortuitous.
Lam managed to work in some artistic references, with midcentury graphic artists like Hélio Oiticica providing inspiration for a surfwear-type print. That design was used for a fitted T-shirt dress with a dropped shoulder. Lam also reimagined the city’s sensual side as well as its dense, damp jungle. The deep-saturated color palette includes three stories — jungle green, aquamarine and a yellow, nude and orange sorbet combo. A multicolored swim dress worn with a black georgette trouser skirt is one of his favorite looks. “I really believe that as a designer, now we can do different things. Accessibility is no longer the opposite of luxury,” he said.
Retailing from $36 to $98, the dresses, skirts, pants, capris, shorts, tank tops, swimwear and outerwear will be carried at Kohl’s and available on its Web site in April and May. Narciso Rodriguez will lead off the DesigNation initiative with a collection that makes its debut Nov. 7.
Kate Spade’s Paper(less) Post
The go-to destination for paperless online invitations, Paperless Post, has tapped Kate Spade New York as its first fashion partner on a collection of cards to be unveiled today. The new offerings at — with a user base that sends over 40 million e-cards per year — includes over 70 customizable card options and nine envelope liners that will retail from 15 to 30 cents per card (depending if the user opts to include liners, envelopes, etc). Consumers can expect Kate Spade’s usual dose of whimsy from the selection of holiday and New Year’s cards (singing dachshunds in colored “Fa La La” sweaters or giraffes and zebras wearing reindeer horns, for example), as well as an ample selection of all-year-round options printed with paper airplanes or a “hello, my name is” sticker.
Uniqlo Teams with France
The French branch of Japanese fashion chain Uniqlo has teamed up with Paris-based design collective Andrea Crews for a line of customized cashmere sweaters for the holiday season. The limited-edition collection of 10 models sporting bright seasonal motifs like mountains, snowmen, bows and Christmas trees will be on sale at Paris concept store Colette starting Nov. 5, priced at $349. In tandem, the Uniqlo will also offer shoppers at its Paris Opera flagship the opportunity to have cashmere items customized. Through November and December, people can have their knitwear adorned with Andrea Crews-designed patches or embroidery for $19.47.
– Taneisha Jordan
Source & Photo: WWD

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