Marni now has 68 stores thanks to the opening of with its first freestanding store in Istanbul. The chic Turkish shopping district Akaretler will house 1,620-square-foot space. There are two rooms entirely dedicated to accessories and characterized by large stainless steel displays or backlit fiberglass showcases. The clothes are showcased on polished stainless steel racks that curl around the walls while suspended mannequins float in the air moved by fans. Other elements used for the decor include aged teak floors and walls painted with an unfinished hand. Marni is clearly banking on its international appeal as 20 more stores are in the pipeline for this year including retail outlets in Saudi Arabia, Japan, Indonesia, Singapore and the United Arab Emirates, among other countries.
The husband and wife design team Hanii Yoon and Gene Kei are eliminating their Y & Kei designer line. Its replacement is the duo's contemporary label Hanii Y. The Seoul based global marketing company SK Networks is backing the new initiatives. Fashionistas curious about the new Hanii Y collection will have a chance to see it shown in New York at the next fashion week.
The endless parade of international fashion weeks continue this week with Vancouver. Vancouver Fashion Week is hot on the tail of BC Fashion Week thus adding to the tally of alternatives for Canadian fashion designers to the traditional Toronto Fashion Week. Designers to watch include Katherine Koniecki, David Leach, Kaylyn MacKenzie and Coquette Couture 1827.
Fashion collaborations continue unabated as the second Gap/CFDA White collection hosted its launch party last Tuesday. We remain nonplussed.
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