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Acne’s Jonny Johansson on Getting Out of the Denim Box, the Globalization of Style, and Innovation Versus Appearance

The denim business today is nearly as fast-paced as ready-to-wear. Boyfriends have been replaced by mom jeans. Printed denim? So 2012. And flares go in and out almost too often for even die-hard jeans lovers to keep track. Acne Studios is a label that survives and thrives not by rushing in to grab its share of the trend pie, but by staying true to the simple principle that it launched with back in 1997.

Louis Vuitton Is Setting Up Shop at Dover Street Market

Dover Street Market is still on everyone’s lips. The concept store just made its social media debut with @doverstreetmarketlondon on Instagram, and its emerging designers like Melitta Baumeister and Hood by Air are generating lots of buzz for the fast-growing empire. At the London outpost, racks of Comme des Garçons (the owner of DSM), Prada, Supreme, and up-and-comers like Craig Green and Phoebe English will soon be joined by a particularly luxurious label: Louis Vuitton.

EXCLUSIVE: Cool-Girl Jewelry Brand Dylanlex Debuts at Owen in New York

Dylanlex launched less than a year ago, but the jewelry brand has already reached every corner of the globe—mainly due to social media. Founder Drew Ginsburg essentially started the company on Instagram, posting photos of her own collection of reworked bib necklaces to gauge her audience’s reaction. She layered, deconstructed, and reassembled jewelry she picked up on trips to Turkey, London, Tokyo, and beyond for a truly unique, far-flung vibe. She began lending her edgy-meets-earthy pieces to stylists, and immediately received a steady stream of orders.

EXCLUSIVE: VFiles Names Its Spring 2015 Runway Show Designers

Last season’s VFiles runway labels, ASSK, Hyein Seo, and Melitta Baumeister, went into the show without much of a presence on the global fashion scene. The designers, who earned their spots through an online competition, came out of it with such retailers as Dover Street Market and celebrity clients like Rihanna. If you still thought VFiles is just here to fill fashion’s missing “weird” quotient, think again.

With Bright Colors and Bunnies, Helen Lee Brings a Burst of Energy to Chinese Fashion

It’s official. Fashion’s obsession with bunnies continues, and this time in China, as Shanghainese designer Helen Lee incorporates surrealist and Dada-inspired takes on the furry critters into her Fall 2014 collection.
“We call it ‘The Magician’s Rabbit,’” said Lee, “because usually, when people play in magic, they’re always using bunnies as their tool and magically turn them into something else.” The idea is an abstract one, aiming to connect life’s multifaceted worlds together through the transformative power of dress, with the wearer as the master illusionist.

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