Celebrity Fashion Sightings: Week of September 24, 2018

Fashion Reverie’s Celebrity Fashion Sightings is back after a month’s hiatus. And we are back with a vengeance. This was a week of a bevy of top celebrities with sightings from the London premiere of “A Star of Born,” the Los Angeles screening of “The Oath,” the Q85: A Musical Celebration of Quincy Jones.

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Tiffany Haddish is everywhere!! With three films in the mix “Night School,” “Nobody’s Fool” and “The Secret Lives of Pets 2,” Haddish is definitely on her way to mega stardom.At “The Oath” screening at the LA Film Festival, Tiffany makes a statement on the red carpet a color blocked red and pink Cushnie dress, accessorized in Ruwaya pink sapphire diamond hoop earrings and a Le Vian ombre pink sapphire ring. Now, who wore this dress better, Tiffany or the model? Sorry, Tiffany Fashion Reverie votes for the model!!

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We all loved Jennifer Hudson’s vocal performance at Aretha Franklin’s funeral, and we also loved Jennifer in this Marc Jacobs’ red tartan and black dress on the “Ellen Show.” Jennifer pairs her look with Djula black diamond hoop earrings.

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“A Star Is Born,” a remake of the Judy Garland classic promises to be a big hit for Lady Gaga. And Gaga showed off her attention-grabbing style wearing an Alexander McQueen Queen Elizabeth–inspired style on the red carpet of the London premiere of “A Star Is Born.” Gaga accentuates her red-carpet look with Anabela Chan pearl and sustainable lab-grown diamond single earring.

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Vanessa Hudgens stunned on the football field of the Vikings and Rams football game in a Ronny Kobo Galina white dress and L’Dezen earrings.

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“The Walking Dead’s” Christian Serratos made all heads turn in a diaphanous Galia Lahav blue gown at the “The Walking Dead: Season 9 premiere in Los Angeles. She is beautifully accessorized in L’Dezen sliced pave diamond earrings.

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Chrissy Teigen wore Marco Bicego earrings and ring and Le Vian diamond rings to her Cravings: Hungry for More book signing in Los Angeles.

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R&B sensation Fantasia wore a Borgioni diamond ear cuff and Harry Kotlar diamond studs to Q85: A Musical Celebration for Quincy Jones in Los Angeles. She wore a black velvet ensemble with dipping décolletage. Not a good look Fantasia; better look next time around!!

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Amal Clooney always has great style. During UN Week, Amal Clooney was chic and sophisticated in a red Oscar de la Renta sheath dress, accessorized with Maxior yellow gold earrings. Later in the week, Amal donned a black polka-dotted number with Le Vian black diamond stud earrings.

Images courtesy of D’Orazio and Associates

Bringing up the rear this week, Bella Hadid wore a vintage pink Jean-Paul Gaultier gown, accessorized AS29 diamond earrings to The Naked Heart France Gala Dinner in Paris.

Fashion News Alert: Bella Hadid’s New Gig, Gloria Steinem’s Lipstick, Victoria’s Secret Store Closings, and Sears to Shutter More Stores

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Gloria Steinem has now put her footprint in the worlds of beauty and fashion. The journalist and women’s and civil rights activist has joined up with the social justice organization, The Lipstick Lobby, to launch ‘In The Clear,’ a new lipstick product. ‘In The Clear’ is a Vitamin E–infused lip balm made with cruelty-free ingredients. The lip balm nourished lips and also has a glossy effect. All proceeds from the sale of ‘In The Clear’ go to the ‘unPrison Project,’ a program that teaches incarcerated women in the US valuable skills for life after prison.”I chose the name ‘In The Clear’ because it speaks to the accessibility of this product—clear is universal and wearable for anyone and everyone who wants to make an impact,” Steinem told Hello Giggles in a statement as reported in fashionnetwork.com. “It also speaks to the fact these women now have a full, free life ahead of them. We all have a right to feel ‘in the clear’ regardless of our past.”

The Lipstick Lobby has used proceeds from the sale of its products in recent years to fund Planned Parenthood and The Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence. ‘In The Clear’ is now available from thelipsticklobby.com, priced at $19.

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Bella and denim

True Religion is back and Bella Hadid is the face the denim brand after the brand’s return from a 2017 bankruptcy filing. Bella stars in the brand’s fall 2018 campaign. Photographer Boo George took images of Hadid posing topless in a pair of dark denim jeans, hugging a lighter wash jacket to her chest for True Religion’s fall 2018 campaign. “My New True Religion campaign by Boo George! @TrueReligion is back!” the model proclaimed.

“It was a great experience shooting an iconic denim campaign in Los Angeles,” Hadid elaborated to Women’s Wear Daily. “I grew up with True Religion and was excited to play a part of the brand’s next chapter.” The label, meanwhile, told the publication that the model was “the natural choice to meld the iconic essence of the brand with the modern view of its future.”

So far, fall 2018 is promising to be a successful season of Bella Hadid. Hadid has fall 2018 ads for Versace and Fendi, as well as covers for Allure Magazine and Harper’s Bazaar Japan.

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More store closings

There are more store closings afoot. It was recently announced that L. Brands, the parent company of Victoria’s Secret, is closing 20 of the lingerie retailer’s locations. L Brands closed 6 Victoria’s Secret stores earlier this year. Victoria’s Secret has 1,165 locations, including Pink stores, in North America. 

In recent years, Victoria’s Secret has struggled to hold its place as a dominant women’s lingerie brand as similarly less-expensive lingerie brands have begun to corner the market. The company’s second-quarter results showed a 1% decline in store sales. This comes on the heels of Denise Landman, CEO of Victoria Secret’s Pink, stepping down. Amy Hauck, president for merchandising and product development at L Brands–owned Bath & Body Works, will replace Landman.

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More trouble for Sears

Speaking of store closings, Sears Holding Corp. announced today that they are closing 33 Sears stores and 13 Kmart stores. All 46-store closings will be in the US. There will be liquidation sales at all store locations next week.

“We continue to evaluate our network of stores, which is a critical component to our integrated retail transformation, and will make further adjustments as needed,” the company said in a news statement. According to fashionnetwork.com, in Sears’ last reported quarter, the company reported a net loss of $424 million ($3.93 loss per diluted share). Total revenues were $2.9 billion during the first quarter of 2018, compared to revenues of $4.2 billion reported in the prior year quarter. 

—William S. Gooch

Weekend Fashion News Alert: Billionaire Kylie, Victoria Secret’s Troubles, and Anniston Racks up the Cash

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At the tender age of 20, Kylie Jenner is on her way to being the youngest billionaire. Valued at $900,000 Kylie Jenner’s self-made beauty empire, Kylie Cosmetics, has set her on the path to the billionaires’ club, according to Forbes magazine.Launched in 2016, Kylie Cosmetics has sold over $630 million dollars worth of makeup and solely owned by Kylie Jenner. According to Forbes magazine, another year of growth would make Kylie Jenner the youngest self-made billionaire in history. Forbes contends that $900 million is a conservative number when it comes to Kylie’s wealth. The millions made from endorsements, television programs and tax dividends were not all added in when summing up Kylie’s wealth.

Though some contend that Kylie Jenner is not self-made—she comes from a very wealthy and well-connected family (the Kardashians and the Jenners)—her ascent in the beauty industry is historic, if not revolutionary. Kylie Jenner first came to fame by appearing on “Keeping Up with the Kardashians.”

Jenner told Forbes magazine that social media for helping drive her success. “Social media is an amazing platform,” she said. “I have such easy access to my fans and my customers.”

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Down market for Victoria’s Secret

Victoria’s Secret is having issues. In spite of extensive promotions, glamorous runways shows and a plethora of television commercials, the brand’s sales fell by 1% in June. This decline in sales, though small, causes fashion tongues to wag, with insiders commenting that Victoria’s Secret is falling prey to some of its major competitors.

According to Randal Konik, a financial analyst with NYC–based financial services firm Jefferies, Pink, Victoria Secret’s youth-focused spinoff brand is no longer appealing to young consumers. Young consumers are flocking to Aerie by American Eagle for their lingerie choices. Aerie has outperformed Victoria’s Secret for the last 16 quarters.

Add to this outperformance by Aerie, women’s taste is lingerie is changing, opting for less expensive, less elaborate lingerie. This shift makes things much more difficult for Victoria’s Secret whose signature aesthetic is embellished, elaborate lingerie at a higher price point.

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More money for Jenny

Jennifer Anniston is one of the highest paid film actresses in Hollywood, right behind Emma Stone. Surprisingly, Anniston has made any big budget films in quite a few years. That said; where does Anniston’s big bucks come from?

According to Forbes magazine, Anniston made $10 million dollars in 2017 from product endorsements, which include Eyelove, Smartwater, Aveeno, Emirates, and Living Proof. Anniston also has six fragrances on the market.

—William S. Gooch

Fashion Reverie’s Summer 2018 Frock Roundup

Boy, is it hot outside!! If you live on the East Coast, you are experiencing scorching temperatures. You are probably wondering how you are going to look cool and collected in all this heat especially at outside barbeques and cookouts. And with Independence Day just around the corner and Memorial Day not being too far behind what to wear in hot temperatures is a dilemma.

True to form, Fashion Reverie has you covered. We have assembled some great summer frocks and looks that not only will show off your great style but will also keep you cool and calm.

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Just like the brand’s moniker this hot and humid season, THEIA will make you look like the goddess of light in its sleek and sophisticated summer frocks. THEIA is always all about color and for summer 2018, THEIA explores all the colors and tones in light’s color spectrum. Let your inner goddess shine through in THEIA’s bold and beautiful summer 2018 frocks.

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Do you linen tie skirt and embroidered crop tops? If you do, then Miguelina’s spring 2018 collection is for you. For almost two decades Miguelina has been one of the go-to brands for casual, easy, stylish resort wear. Miguelina fuses fashion and functionality with its signature lace dresses, kaftans, and jumpsuits. For spring 2018 if you are looking for free-spirited, exotic, jetsetter additions to your wardrobe, Miguelina should be your choice.

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Consistently a Fashion Reverie favorite, Sachin & Babi always has a fashion-forward sensibility that is ideal for that fashionista that wants style and charm even if there is a heat wave going on. Husband and wife design team Sachin & Babi Ahluwalia continues their penchant for feminine statement for women at every jointure of the day. And for summer 2018 Sachin & Babi combines their modern sensibilities with their unique craftsmanship in a collection that meets every woman’s needs.

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Though Ulla Johnson is not a household name, the brand should be. Synonymous with custom prints, intricate embroideries, and fine tailoring, for spring 2018 the brand looked to floral concoctions found in a secret garden hideaway. If you looking for that diaphanous, whimsical floral flock that will make heads turn, Ulla Johnson has the garment for you.—William S. Gooch

Editors’ Pick: Yandy’s Royal Wedding Trousseau Selects

With the royal wedding just a few days away, there is much buzz about what Meghan Markle will wear to the ceremony. We know that she will wear two wedding day garments, of course the traditional bridal gown and a look for the wedding reception. Still, there is much speculation if Meghan will chose to feature a British designer; maybe Vivienne Westwood, Burberry or Stella McCartney. Fashion tongues are wagging that Meghan will wear Ralph & Russo. The word is not out yet. What ever her choice, we know it will be stupendous.

What hasn’t been talked about much is what Meghan will wear on her wedding night and those sensual, rapturous nights to follow on the royal couple’s honeymoon. This is not her first time at the nuptial rodeo, so unlike many new brides, Meghan brings experience and a savoy wisdom.

And though Meghan Markle has to follow royal protocol when it comes to her wedding gown and reception garment—remember, for a British royal wedding understated glamour and sophistication is required—royal protocol will not play on what happens in the nuptial bedroom. (Queen Elizabeth II cannot inject her imperial decision on bedroom dynamics!!)Yandy.com, an e-tailer of sexy specialty apparel for real women has offered to send Meghan Markle $5,000.00 worth of lingerie for her bridal trousseau prior to the Royal Wedding. The American-based company has put together a selection of elegant, yet sultry looks for the bride-to-be’s wedding night, honeymoon, and beyond.

As Prince Harry is no stranger to all things scandalous, we think it’s safe to say that he would love this lingerie package and his bride’s new look. While it’s still unclear what title Ms. Markle will be given by the Queen post-wedding, we think Lady of Lace has just the perfect ring to it, as well as some other sexy lingerie on yandy.com’s website.

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For more information, go to https://www.yandy.com/royal-wedding-bridal-trousseau. —William S. Gooch 



Fashion News Alert: Rupaul’s New Gig, Kim Kardashian’s New Fragrance, American Apparel’s Online Relaunch, and Sarah Jessica Parker’s Bridal Line

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If being the host of “Rupaul’s Drag Race” is not enough, Rupaul Charles has teamed with Mally Beauty for a beauty collection. Rupaul Charles, himself, will design the 10–12 piece beauty collection.“R has always stayed true to who he is and unapologetically puts himself out there, He exemplifies self-acceptance and has inspired and taught millions of people to love themselves. This seamlessly blends with Mally Beauty’s mantra: What makes you different makes you beautiful!,” detailed Mally founder Mally Roncal.

Though the collaboration has already unveiled on Instagram with massive comments by fans, the Mally x Rupaul collaboration will not be available until early 2019. You better work, Rupaul!!

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Kim again

Kim Kardashian is back in the news, but for than justifying the rants of her husband. This time it is for her voluptuous body. So you may ask, what is new about that!!

This time around, Kim K is promoting her body as the prototype of her “KKW Body” fragrance that is to launch on April 30. The fragrance is to be presented in bottle molded after Kim K’s body. Kim K shared this process with her over 110 million followers on Instagram.  “We took a mold of my body and made it a perfume bottle,” Kim K said about the process on an Instagram post.

Kim K’s previous trios of scents, “Crystal Gardenia,” “Crystal Gardenia Oud” and “Crystal Gardenia Citrus,” sold out very quickly after their release.  Her “Kimoji Hearts” Valentine’s Day collection also went out of stock within days when it was released back in February.


More bridal for SJP

Sarah Jessica Parker (SJP) continues to expand her fashion empire. Less than a week after New York International Bridal Week, SJP revealed that she is expanding her bridal shoe collection to include a ten-piece bridal collection in collaboration with Gilt.

The bridal collection will retail at the very affordable prices of $300–$2,400 in the traditional white bridal hues, as well as accents of black with pops of grey, pink and blue. The collection will include dresses, maxi skirts, bodysuits, and jumpsuits. 

“Whether you’re the person walking down the aisle, or you’re attending, these are all pieces that should be relevant in your closet,” Parker told WWD in a recent fashionnetwork.com article. 

“There are some pieces that feel more decadent and more specifically bridal. There’s no law saying they’re not appropriate for many other important occasions as well,” she added. 

In addition, SJP will of a 15 unique styles of shoes to be sold exclusively through Gilt along with the SJP Bridal fashions. SJP one-season bridal collection is now available on gilt.com.

AA resurge

American Apparel is back!! Well, kind, in fact, this time around American Apparel is relaunching online.

Instead of being a monobrand brick and mortar store, America Apparel will follow the Amazon model, working with wholesale distribution such as Alphaborder and Sun Apparel. The brand will now veer away from it’s previous hypersexualized campaign images of young women. ‘[T]he approach now focuses on body positivity, inclusion and diversity. The new collections feature the signature American Apparel style once again, but their products are available in a broader range of shapes and sizes,” explained American Apparel in press release.

Canadian group Gilan bought the once financially strapped US fashion retailer in January 2017. The relaunch, which occurred on April 24, will service customers in over 200 companies.

—William S. Gooch





Fashion News Alert: Karl Lagerfelds’ #MeToo Comments, Adidas Offers Kaepernick Deal, and Gaia Trussardi Resigns

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Karl Lagerfeld is known for saying exactly what he thinks. Mincing his words is not one of Lagerfeld’s virtues when it comes to speaking his mind on models and body image.In a recent numero.com article, Lagerfeld blasted the #MeToo movement by stating, “… I read somewhere that now you must ask a model if she is comfortable with posing. Its simply too much, from now on, as a designer, you can’t do anything. As for the accusations against the poor Karl Templar [creative director at Interview magazine], I don’t believe a single word of it. A girl complained he tried to pull her pants down and he is instantly excommunicated from a profession that up until then had venerated him. It’s unbelievable. If you don’t want your pants pulled about, don’t become a model! Join a nunnery, there’ll always be a place for you in the convent. They’re recruiting even!”

The Model Alliance, a model advocacy group, fired back. “Mr. Lagerfeld’s flippant dismissal of reports of abuse, and his characterization of models who have come forward as “stupid,” “toxic” and “sordid creatures” who should quit their profession if they do not like how they are treated surely demands action. While the industry has previously met such remarks with tacit acceptance, this much is clear: attitudes like Lagerfeld’s carry the day no longer.”

Some celebrities have also slammed Lagerfeld for his comments. Rose McGowan tweeted, “Karl, your cruelty is tired. You’ve made so much money off of women’s insecurities, time for you to ride off into the victim shaming sunset.” Comedian Whitney Cummings commented, “ Karl Lagerfeld is fed up with the #MeeToo. Well, I’m fed up with rich old entitled white guys with ponytails who make their money off of women’s insecurities.”

More for Kaepernick

Colin Kaepernick’s ability to get signed by an NFL team comes with some perks. The political activist and former San Francisco 49er quarterback is looking to get signed by an NFL team, but because of his controversial political activism some NFL team owners have cold feet. Kaepernick is currently a free agent.

Still, if Kaepernick does snag a deal, Adidas’ North American president Mark King has offered Kaepernick an endorsement deal.  “We love athletes that have a platform to make the world a better place. If they’re an activist in a way that brings attention to something that moves the world forward, even if there’s controversy at that moment, we’re really interested in those athletes because I think it represents the world today,” said Mark King according to a AZcentral.com report.

Kaepernick took several bows to the knee during the National Anthem in protest to racial profiling and police violence against people of color. Kaepernick has stated in the Washington Post, “when there’s significant change and I feel that flag represents what it’s supposed to represent, and this country is representing people the way that it’s supposed to, I’ll stand.”

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Bye, bye Gaia

Friday 13 is known to be a bad luck day, so most folks avoid doing anything substantive on that day. On this past Friday 13, Gaia Trussardi resigned as creative director of the family-owned Italian fashion label, Trussardi.

Gaia Trussardi has served as creative director of Trussardi for five years. Her explanation for her resignation, as reported in fashionnetwork.com was “to pursue new professional challenges.” No other explanations have been released at this time.

The Trussardi brand began in 1911, and in 2018 the brand is looking to expand its distribution in China and Russia. Gaia Trussardi’s last collection for the brand gave more of a contemporary look to Trussardi’s classic DNA.

—William S. Gooch

The Evolution of the Male Model

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How does one define masculinity? Or more so to Fashion Reverie’s interest, what currently defines the look of a top male model. In previous decades, particularly the 1960s, 70s, and 80s, male models looked like very handsome actors. Think of those tall, handsome, Hollywood types—Cary Grant, Clark Gable, Tab Hunter, John Gavin, Ted Danson, and Tom Selleck. (Ted Danson and Tom Selleck actually started out as male models.) The really good-looking actor standard for American male models held for quite a few decades until iconic fashion photographer Bruce Weber came along.

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Though Weber is controversial, he is still a revolutionary figure in the fashion industry. It was Weber who introduced the all-American Ivy League–like male model to the American consumer, and later to the international fashion community. The quintessential man for Weber was the all-American handsome young man with Disney Prince Charming-like features and athletic jock body. “Bruce kind of pioneered that all-American aesthetic, marrying striking good looks with athleticism. Scouts would [comb] Ivy League campuses and find tall, fit guys who were on the rowing teams, lacrosse, and fencing teams. In the 80s [the US] put males models on the map,” said former model and New York Times bestselling author Brad Gooch in a fashionreverie.com interview.

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During the 1980s male models began to have  V-shapes, and gym-toned bodies. However, in the early 2000s, a dramatic shift happened and a new kind of male model emerged. Male models began to look younger—in some cases they looked like high school students—more svelte—extremely slim with teenage bodies and taller frames. (In previous decades male models ranged in height from 5`10 to 6`1.) The new male model was rarely shorter than 6`0 and could be as tall as 6`4.

Though fashion designer Hedi Slimane is credited for popularizing the slight-framed, teenaged male model, that aesthetic started before Slimane. According to businessinsider.com, “by the early 90s hypermasculinity was out and the everyman was in.” And in fashion that meant sayonara muscled male models, hello skinny grunge boys. (Though Versace continued to use muscular male models for another decade.)

Slimane , who is currently making headlines again for being the next creative director of Céline, served as ready-to-wear director of menswear collections for Yves Saint Laurent from 1996 to 2001. His last show for the brand was fall/winter 2000, and it was considered the debut of “skinny.” The slim cut silhouette (and the ultra slim male model) foreshadowed how Slimane would promote the change in menswear and the face of male models.

 Images Marcus Schenkenberg, Tyson Beckford, and Alex Lundquist courtesy of twitter.com, popsugar.com, and listal.com, respectively

Slimane would move on to the position of creative director for menswear at Christian Dior, and his designs were so acclaimed that Slimane became the first menswear designer to receive the CFDA Award for International Designer. During Slimane’s tenure at Dior, the face of the male models continued to change. The standard of the muscle boys of the 90s like Tyson Beckford, Marcus Schenkenberg, and Alex Lundqvist was passé. The heroin chic look became the order of the day in the new millennium. (If you google heroin chic on Pinterest, you’ll find several Saint Laurent images from the Hedi Slimane era.) It was as if menswear brands had begun putting out calls for male models that said, “Give me your tired, your starved, your single digit body fat men.”

      Images of Chad White and Sebastian Suave courtesy of artpartner.com and pinterest.com

Even top male models of the ‘00s who started off more muscular like Chad White and Sebastian Sauve had to slim down as industry standards for male models changed. In addition to the more svelte look of male models, another trend of gender fluid models began to emerge in the fashion industry.

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Male models like David Chiang, Marcel Castenmiller, and gender ambiguous models like Rain Dove and Andrej Pejic began strutting runways in New York, Milan, and Paris for brands Jean-Paul Gaultier, Richard Chai, Marc Jacobs, Rag & Bone, Kenzo, and PLAYOUT. Other gender ambiguous models like Kris Gottschalk (who identifies as female) and Ruby Rose (who is gender non-conforming) became niche faces of what it meant to be a “male” model. (Andrej Pejic in 2013 transitioned to a female; however, before the transition Andrej was known as the first completely androgynous supermodel.) By the end of the 21st Century’s first decade, the standard men of the runway began to change again. Hedi Slimane was out of Saint Laurent, having left the brand in 2016. The heroin chic look was beginning to fade, and the red carpet was rolled out for the boys with classic good looks—Sean O’Pry, Eian Scully, Garrett Neff, Pierre Woods, Henry Watkins, Cory Baptiste, and Pietro Boselli.With their chiseled bodies, knockout good looks, and charm, this new breed of men began to dominate the industry from runways to top ad campaigns. It was “the return of the male supermodel,” as Soul Artist Management founder Jason Kander so he put it and popularized as a hashtag on Instagram.

However, on the horizon is the return of Hedi Slimane—he’s been named the artistic creative and image director of Céline. As he has planned to introduce menswear to Celine, the ultra slim model could make a comeback. Also, with luxury brands adapting luxury street wear as a design aesthetic, a slimmer male silhouette may experience a resurgence. Only time will tell, let the evolution of the male model continue.

—Kristopher Fraser

Weekend Fashion News Alert: Lanvin Rescued, Teyana Taylor’s New Gig, Job Cuts at Cond Nast and Hearst, and Cushnie et Ochs Split

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Teyana Taylor is now taking on the beauty industry. Most consumers know Teyana Taylor from her star turns in Kanye West’s 2016 video “FADE” and her appearance on MTV’s show “My Super Sweet Sixteen.” And those who follow Taylor on youtube.com, Taylor slayed opening The Blonds spring 2018 show in jacket of many hues and colors with turquoise bodysuit underneath.That said; Taylor has now become a beauty ambassador for nail giant OPI. This comes on the heels of Taylor opening her own 90s-style nail salon, ‘Junie Bee Nails,’ in Harlem on February 15.

“I’ve been a fan of OPI for years, and I couldn’t be happier to be partnering with the brand,” Taylor told nailsmag.com. “I’m looking to experiment with my nails and showcase them even more with the new salon and latest OPI products. I’m taking my experience in music and entertainment to give Junie Bee a distinct style.”

Teyana Taylor has over 5.9 followers on Instagram and with this new job, expect her followers to increase.

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Lanvin gets an injection of cash

Anyone who has been following all the goings-on at French iconic fashion house Lanvin are probably aware that the brand was short on cash flow due to very low retails since Alber Elbaz was forced out in 2017. Lanvin was so short on cash that it was speculated that the iconic fashion house would be challenged to meet payroll in March.

All this uncertainty has forced the iconic house to look for a huge infusion of money. Several fashion holding companies had expressed interest in Lanvin with Mayhoola and Fosum International being the most viable.

Fosum International won the bidding contest over Mayhoola, signing the agreement on Friday. Fosum International will invest over 100 million euros into Lanvin, using its new acquired shares as controlling interest in Lanvin. Chinese media mogul Shaw-Lan Wang along with Swiss entrepreneur Ralph Bartel formally held controlling interest in Lanvin. Many believe that Shaw-Lan Wang was responsible for the ouster of former Lanvin creative director Alber Elbaz in 2015, replacing him with Bouchra Jarrar who lasted less than nine months at Lanvin.

Fosum International is an international holding company controlled by Shanghai billionaire Guo Guangchang with interests in insurance, trading and many other businesses including French holiday operator Club Med and knitwear band St. John in the US. Because of financial issues Lanvin has cancelled it show during Paris Fashion Week that was scheduled for February. Lanvin also recently had to pay Alber Elbaz 10 million dollars in euros for compensation due to ending his contract at Lanvin before his contract was up. This financial award was decided in arbitration in a French court in December.

Carly Cushnie and Michelle Ochs image courtesy of fashionweekdaily.com

Bye, bye Michelle

Sadly, Michelle Ochs of Cushnie et Ochs is leaving the company. The fashion label founded of 2008 was the brainchild of Michelle Ochs and Carly Cushnie, and according to WWD reports that the design duo’s business relationship had “run its course and came to a natural end.” Cushnie et Ochs’ chief executive officer is also leaving the company.

The brand developed a sizable following as a women’s wear brand who strong design aesthetic focused on a feminine, modern approach to design. Cushnie et Ochs was a finalist in for the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund award as well as nominated for the CFDA Swarovski Award.

Cushnie et Ochs celebrated its 10th anniversary during New York Fashion Week: The Shows spring 2018 collections. Cary Cushnie will stand in as CEO temporarily.

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There was enough sadness to go around this week at Conde Nast and Hearst Publications. Both publishing giants have let go some key editors which include Vanity Fair’s managing editor Chris Garett, features editor Jane Sarkin, and deputy editors Aimee Bell and Dana Brown, as well Vanity Fair’s executive director of communications, Beth Kseniak.

It was well known for some time that Glamour magazine was not doing well. The round of layoffs include Glamour’s deputy fashion editor Jillian Davison, deputy fashion editor Sasha Inglehart, West Coast editor Jessica Kantor, and sex and relationship editor Cady Drell.

—William S. Gooch




New York Fashion Week: Bust or Dust?

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All good things must come to an end. Or, so the adage goes. And though we mourn the passing of people and circumstances that promote positivity, goodness, and mirth, we often understand, with great difficulty sometimes, that everything in life is temporary; every phenomenon has its moment. This is the circle of life!New York Fashion Week (NYFW) or in its original form, Press Week, was launched in 1944 by the industry’s first fashion publicist Eleanor Lambert. Eleanor Lambert started Press Week because American press and fashion industry professionals were not able to attend the European couture shows due to World War II. Being cut off from Europe facilitated a unique opportunity for Lambert to promote American designers to the American press and consumers.

Since its inception in 1944, Press Week, or New York Fashion Week as it now called, has evolved beyond anything Eleanor Lambert envisioned. This bi-annual event has grown from a mostly press and fashion industry event to an international phenomenon that has global coverage and merges the worlds of fashion, music and entertainment. 

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At its peak, NYFW was widely attended and covered by international press, major media outlets, and top celebrities—Beyonce, Rihanna, Vanessa Williams, Sarah Jessica Parker, Nicki Minaj, Fergie, Paris Hilton, Grace Jones, Nicole Ritchie, Pharrell Williams, Chris Brown, Whoopie Goldberg, Kim Kardashian, Jennifer Hudson, Martha Stewart, Justin Timberlake, Jay Z, Bette Midler, Jessica Alba, just to name a few. Add to that the proliferation of supermodels strutting in the shows and the variety of corporate sponsorship, from Mercedes Benz, Olympus, DHL, Amazon to Samsung, Papyrus, Skin Lab, and others, the CFDA, and later IMG produced a media event that was unparalleled and one of the largest on the planet.By the late 90s, Europe took notice and European and other world-class designers wanted to take advantage of the great press in the US, press which had surpassed international press at other international shows in Paris, London, Tokyo, and Milan. (Alexander McQueen, Alberta Ferretti, Diego Biletti, Georges Chakra, Antonio Bernardi, Versace Versus, Carlos Miele, Thom Browne, Hugo Boss, Vassa, Venexiana, and many others have showed at NYFW.) Additionally, international press began to take over the photographers’ risers and backstage at NYFW. This confluence of pop culture, international press, and glamorous fashion made NYFW one of the premier fashion events of every season.

That has all changed now, not only have the European brands jumped ship, but many top American designers are no longer interested in presenting during NYFW. (Tommy Hilfiger, Rodarte, Monique Lhuillier, Altazurra, Proenza Schouler, Vera Wang, and many others have opted out.) In fact, some American brands are throwing their hats more heavily into overseas markets, presenting their fall 2018 collections during Paris and London fashion weeks. And celebrities, well, they are few and far between at the shows. With the exodus of top celebrities, most of the major media outlets have disappeared as well.

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The decentralization of the shows is another big challenge. (Gone are the days of the tents at Bryant Park or Lincoln Center.) Add to that the almost complete disappearance of the international press, as well as the defection of top models to runway shows in Europe, China, Russia, and South Korea because of better pay, and you have a fashion week that is a shadow of what it was ten years ago.Why the exodus from NYFW, and has NYFW come to end as we know it, has the moment passed? “In fashion—and in a way, everything, but fashion more than anything else—there are these cycles. It’s true that we’re currently in a cycle where New York fashion Week has tended to be more realistic; more commercial, and so, for that reason, maybe, quite a few went to Paris this year … I think that New York, sometimes, isn’t the best place for growing the more creative of the brands, the less commercial ones, and that is probably the reason Rodarte went, and Proenza, and Altazurra, and maybe a few more,” explains Alexandre de Betak, creative director and founder of Bureau Betak in a vogue.com article.

Prabal Gurung agrees in the same vogue.com article, “ NYFW and Fashion Weeks worldwide have changed. The disruption through digital media has shaken the industry and has brought a rise in new voices, a new authority … while there certainly has been some shake-ups, change is a good thing as it inspires greater creativity …”

Still, one questions if the changing face of NYFW is a good thing. All change is not good, at least, initially. And is this change the result of the ever-evolving, peripatetic taste of the American consumer, or a reaction to America’s declining status as the premier world power. Interestingly, most of the brands that recently defected from NYFW are luxury brands that are finding more retail traction in Europe and Asia where luxury brands are have more appeal. According to a 2016 New York Times article, “[t]oday, Chinese shoppers account for nearly half of the global luxury market, providing invaluable demand to brands in every segment.” With Asian consumer’s luxury taste becoming more sophisticated and less label defined due to global travel, Asian consumers are always on the look for new, innovative, luxury garments that employ high quality fabrics, and have a distinct point of view.

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Combine the exodus of American luxury brands to greener pastures oversees to the stark reality that US consumer spending is down and Generation Xers and Millenials are far less likely to spend expendable dollars on pricey garments, opting for brands associated with pop culture collaborations—Off-White x SSENSE, Gigi Hadid x Tommy Hilfiger, Coach x Disney, Victoria Beckham x Reebok, just to name a few, and you have a very different retail environment compared to that market twenty years ago. As expressed in insider.utelier.com, “[t]he landscape of fashion has become increasing democratized, and the formula of offering limited edition pieces designed in collaboration with another brand or person proved to be extraordinarily lucrative and beneficial for both parties.” (Think of all the luxury collaborations in recent years with H&M, mostly with European brands, sold at way below luxury market levels.) This panoply of influences has created a landscape that is not so welcoming to US luxury brands.That said; many of the brands debuting at NYFW for the fall 2018 season are more commercial US brands—Juicy Couture, Carlisle, Land of Distraction, Saks Pott, and Alice McCall—or commercial Asian brands Peacebird (the Zara of China), KA WA KEY, VLEEDA, Clot, and Chen Peng—that are backed by big money machines. (Steve Kolb of the CFDA was spotted in China recently scouting Asian brands to bring to NYFW: Men’s.) Though some of the those brands already have market traction in the US and Asia; unfortunately, a significant amount will die the early death that most emerging brands experience in an over-saturated US market, fading from memory just as quickly as they emerged.

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Still, the challenges around NYFW continue, and one cannot but pause to reflect if the moment has expired or what we are experiencing is an expected, cyclical fashion malaise that will evolve into something more exciting and revolutionary. “The Fashion Weeks are changing and the whole way we look at fashion is changing completely, not just in New York,” details legendary hairstylist Guido Palau in a vogue.com article. … “The great thing about fashion is that it never stays the same in any [fashion] medium … It’s all being mixed up to keep the whole thing exciting, and I think if we try to keep it in a certain way, it just becomes stale …” Hmm, I guess we have to wait and see.—William S. Gooch

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