January 8, 2013

What to Watch in 2013

Last year all eyes were on Lana Del Rey's ad campaigns, Psy's hit "Gangnam Style," and Raf Simons debut at Dior. The Rolling Stones were the comeback of 2012 and now Fleetwood Mac will resurface onto the music scene this April with their 34-city tour. On the television front, Lena Dunham's hit show of 2012 "Girls" will return this weekend for a second season of Millennial woes. Etsy CEO, Chad Dickerson definitely gave the e-commerce world a sense of craftiness by bringing an online community to the real world. And last but not least, the Pinterest boom is finely beginning to calm, but just in time for the next wave of newness. If 2012 was the year of change, 2013 will nonetheless be a major year for development and evolution. Not to worry though! There is a ton to look forward to as a fresh array of talent lead us into the coming year!

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Without a doubt all eyes are on Alexander Wang as he takes the reign at Balenciaga this year. How will he incorporate his downtown, edgy cool into the classic Parisian brand? Well, for one, Carine Roitfeld may be joining him as a stylist for the fashion house. And equally as important, what will become of his own label? As he continues to focus his brand's growth in China (with 14 stores planned), some predict he may also start to expand his secondary line by launching T by Alexander Wang specific stores.

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Now that CEO Ron Johnson has a full year under his belt, will JCPenney finally make a successful turnaround in 2013? According to an interview where WWD named Johnson Newsmaker of the Year, the "fun" hasn't even started yet. Thus far, he's fully focused to update the department chain for 2013 include bringing in major brands like Joe Fresh, Martha Stewart, Marchesa, Jonathan Adler and Carter's, launching both "The Street" hangout area and "The Square" for seasonal events and snacks, supplying employees with iPads, and continue allocating 40% of floor space for the new JCPenney shops.

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We posted about Rita Ora on Facebook back in 2012 and this year she's finally making moves here in the U.S. She kicked off the New Year in the heart of Times Square at MTV's Club NYE 2013 as she performed her song "How We Do (Party)." And now, with a second album and U.S. debut, tour, and numerous collaborations in the works, Rita is really ready to party!

photo via Refinery 29

Korean American photographer Jason Kim has a very harmonious point of view when it comes to combining color, texture and form into one stunning image. He is known for his precise use of lighting and minimalist visual aesthetic which makes his photographs so powerful. He made Refinery 29's list of 8 On-The-Rise Photographers at the end of last year and his client list includes V, Vman, Elle, Nylon, Yigal Azrouel, Richard Chai, and Peter Pilotto to names a few. Keep an eye out because we'll definitely be seeing more of his work on the fashion scene in the very near future!

photo via WWD

With lawsuit from ex-husband Chris Burch settled and his shares sold to new investors, it just may be Tory's year as she officially becomes a fashion billionaire! Retailing at about $200, her signature ballet flats have defined her brand as a status symbol for working women alike, and now rumors have been surfacing that Tory Burch's company (with an approximate net worth of $3.4 billion) may be up for IPO.

After Lady Gaga took everyone by storm with her theatrical performances and outrageous fashion ensembles, along came manager Try Carter, the creator of Backplane, a new social media platform and home to Gaga's hardcore community of fans, littlemonsters.com. This new form of social media geared towards building relationships between artists and fans may just well be "the future of micronetworks." Unlike the control that many common sites like Facebook and Twitter have to regulate data, change settings or deactivate accounts, this platform creates a direct relationship between the musician and her following.

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If there is one fashion icon who will never go out of style it's Kate Moss! At 38, she's been everywhere and she just scored three major Spring campaigns for this year including Versace, Stuart Weitzman and now as the new face of Givenchy! Not to mention, this living legend even released an autobiographical book towards the end of last year showcasing her extraordinary career. Could she be the world's greatest supermodel? We think so!

photo via AskMen

So who is the most desirable woman of 2013? According to AskMen, it is none other than 22-year old Jennifer Lawrence. Her performance as Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games film earned her Rolling Stone's title of "the most talented young actress in America." She is also up for a Best Actress nomination at the Golden Globes for her role in Silver Linings Playbook and it very likely may be her first win. With a new X-Men movie in the works and the anticipated release of The Hunger Games sequel later this year, Lawrence won't be fading away anytime soon!

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