LIGHT BRIGHT: Louis Vuitton’s holiday windows worldwide will have an Indian flavor this year. Starting Nov. 5, displays will pay tribute to Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, an ancient and joyous occasion to light oil lamps, wear new clothes and distribute sweets. The French luxury brand’s ties to India stretch back almost a century. Vuitton teamed with Indian artist Rajeev Sethi to conceive the windows, which will feature hand-painted paper trunks glowing from within. Special products will include limited edition dresses made of vintage sari fabrics.
SOUND OF STYLE: Plenty of pop artists have jumped on the design bandwagon, so it was only a matter of time before music stores started selling rock-inspired fashion along with CDs and DVDs. HMV, the U.K. music retailer, will reveal today that, as of next week, 38 of its largest stores will start carrying men’s streetwear labels including Boxfresh, Lee Jeans, Eastpak and Fly 53. Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter's label, Rocawear, also will be sold at HMV’s Oxford Circus, London, flagship. The ranges will launch in HMV stores Wednesday, and will be housed in a department branded The Studio, which also will carry licensed entertainment products, such as band T-shirts. A spokesman for HMV said the store will focus on men’s wear to begin with, but plans to add women’s wear “in due course.”
WEEZER WARDROBE: Speaking of rockers and apparel, indie-rock band Weezer is jumping into the fray with a capsule collection produced by action-sports brand Hurley. Launching Sept. 10 exclusively at teen retailer Pacific Sunwear of California, the nine pieces for men and women include a puffer jacket designed by Weezer front man Rivers Cuomo, graphic Ts, green plaid button-up shirts, hoodies and knit hats, all retailing from $29 to $79. The new wardrobe is the latest collaboration between Hurley and Weezer. Not only did the band record some songs for its new album earlier this year at Hurley’s headquarters in Costa Mesa, Calif., but shoppers who buy a Hurley or Weezer product at PacSun between Sept. 10 and Oct. 15 can enter a contest to have Weezer play a concert at their school. Plus, Weezer plastered the rotund mug of the character named Hurley from the TV series “Lost” on its LP cover. Laura Wasser, vice president of marketing at Nike-owned Hurley, said while the name of Weezer’s album is coincidental, “music is a really big part of the [Hurley] brand.”
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