Fashion News Alert: Kim Kardashian Launches Beauty Brand, Pedro Almovador’s New Gig, Condé Nast Shutters Style.com, and Neiman Marcus Stays Intact

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Kim Kardashian, following in the footprints of her famous sisters, Kylie and Kendall Jenner, will launch her own line of cosmetics. With Kim Kardashian having over 100 million followers on social media, KKW Beauty will have no trouble finding customer.

Although there is very little known about KKW Beauty, it has been revealed on Instagram that the beauty brand will launch primarily online via www. kkwbeauty.com. KKW Beauty already has an Instagram account with 51, 000 followers.

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Prada and Pedro

Big fashion houses often look to film actors and sports celebrities as the faces of their campaigns. That said; rarely does the fashion industry look to people behind the camera to front a campaign.

Prada is changing all of that. Since the fashion house’s inception, Prada has always had a deep relationship with cinema and famous directors. For its current campaign Prada has tapped iconic Spanish film auteur Pedro Almovador as the new face of its 2017 fall campaign in a short film directed by Willy Vanderperre. Though Almovador is not thought of as being associated with the fashion industry, he has appeared in a few fashion campaigns, most noticeably a Missoni ad alongside Blanca Suarez and Rossy de Palma.

The Prada fall 2017 campaign will mirror the cinematic style of many of Almovador films with Almovador appearing in a 30-second short surrounding by posters and photographs.

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Style.com is no more

Its official; style.com bites the dust. Condé Nast has decided to shutter the popular fashion website as Condé Nast has brokered a deal with Farfetch.com to commercialize its content. Anyone who tries to access style.com, as of this post, will be redirected to Farfetch.com.

The reasons for this new direction is to “to connect Condé Nast’s global editorial portfolio with Farfetch’s e-commerce, technology and logistics platform [to] create a seamless luxury shopping journey from world authority fashion inspiration to purchase gratification, commercializing Condé Nast’s online and social media content by linking it to the world’s leading brands and boutiques, in real time,” according to a recent article on fashionnetwork.com. Farfetch.com is a luxury e-tailer and many of the brands sold on Farfetch.com’s website are brands that advertise heavily in many of Conde Nast’s fashion magazines.

Style.com was one of Condé Nast’s most popular websites and has cost Condé Nast about $100 million since its inception. There is no word if style.com’s staff will be transferred over to Farfetch.com’s team or be placed in other jobs at Condé Nast.

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Not for sale

For a couple of years, there have been rumors of Neiman Marcus being sold to another retail conglomerate. Those rumors have been silenced as the upscale retailer confirmed on Tuesday that is has ended talks on a partial or full-scale sale to other retailers. This new development comes days after the Wall Street Journal reported that Neiman Marcus was in talks with Hudson Bay Co. and Saks Fifth Avenue regarding a potential retail combination.

“While looking ahead, we know challenges remain, but we are encouraged by the strategies we have in place to improve our operational efficiencies and performance,” Chief Executive Karen Katz said on a post-earnings call, as reported in fashionnetwork.com. Neiman Marcus is struggling to get rid of overwhelming debt that stems from its $6 billion leveraged buyout in 2013, when its current owners, Ares Management LP and Canadian public pension fund CPPIB, acquired it from other private equity firms.

This past Tuesday, Neiman Marcus posted a fourth straight quarterly loss. And Neiman Marcus posted a nearly 5 percent dip in same-store sales for the third quarter ending April 29.

—William S. Gooch

 

 

 

 

Fashion News Alert: Kanye West’s Potential New Gig, Bebe Completes Reorganization, Edward Enninful’’s Debut Video and Jack O’Neill Transitions

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Kanye West is back on the front pages of fashion news. But, for the reason many fashion pundits might think.

This recent West fashion story is not about West ranting against the fashion industry or jewels being stolen or pilfered. To expand his fashion empire—if you want to call it that—West is seeking to sign school uniforms for the Calabasas High School.  West hopes to partner with the Calabasas High School’s athletic department to bring his brand Yeezy the school. The school has already collaborated with Yeezy’s parent company, Adidas.

According to TMZ, West is aiming to remake the school’s athletic uniforms, as well as a new color theme and mascot. Calabasas is the long-time family home of the Kardashians. And in March of this year, West launched his Calabasas collection for Adidas.

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Bye, bye Bebe?

Has Bebe gone bye bye for good? Apparently so!!

Bebe Stores, Inc completed its reorganization that included a $65 million dollar agreement with its retail landlords to terminate all of its store leases. Bebe is liquidating its design and distribution centers with its Benicia, CA distribution center selling for $22 million.

The company expects no brick and mortar operations in the future and if the brand continues it will be solely online.

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Enninful expands

Future British Vogue editor-in-chief Edward Enninful continues to rack up credits to his already prolific resume. Enninful has directed a Gap campaign entitled, “Bridging the Gap.” The  “Bridging the Gap” video includes a long list of sports figures, models, actors, activists and musicians moving and dancing to 70s disco track “Sunny.”

“Growing up, I loved the imagery I saw from America as it celebrated being the land of the free and home of the brave,” Enninful explains in a Refinery 29 post. “This project is about authenticity and people living their truths.”

Enninful handpicked the entire cast of the video with cast members wearing Gap tee shirts and denim.

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Sayonara Jack

Jack O’Neill, the founder of the global surf company, O’Neill died this weekend in Santa Cruz, California. The modern neoprene wetsuit is credited to Jack O’Neill.

After serving in the Navy during World War II, O’Neill and his wife moved from Portland to San Francisco and began prototyping what is now known as the modern neoprene wetsuit that would keep him warm in the freezing Northern California water. Later, O’Neill moved from San Francisco to Santa Cruz to immerse himself into the then emerging surf culture. O’Neill expanded his brand to include surfboards, and by 1980 the brand had expanded into Japan, Australia, and Europe.

O’Neill is now a subsidiary of La Jolla Group which also owns Hang Ten and FMF. Jack O’Neill was 94.

—William S. Gooch

Fashion News Alert: Mariah Carey’s Beauty Company in the Works, Michael Kors to Shutter over 100 stores, David Beckham’s New Gig, and Credit Suisse Predicts Closure of a Quarter of US Malls

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Mariah Carey continues to expand her empire. Carey is looking to launch a beauty company and was spotted recently in Beverly Hills scouting locations.

“They plan on opening a brick-and-mortar store in Beverly Hills and have been secretly looking at a number of retail spaces with a plan to unveil it this holiday season or next year by the latest,” explained a source. This same source confirmed that Carey’s prospective beauty company would include makeup, skincare and fragrances.

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Michael Kors to shutter stores

2017 is not looking good for Michael Kors. As the brand looks to turn around a decline in sales, the brand is looking to close between 100 to 125 full-price retail stores in two years. Total sales fell 11.2 in the most recent quarter ending April 1 with stock prices falling more than 6 percent last Wednesday.

Like other brick and mortar stores, retail sales at Michael Kors stores have declined due to online shopping, stagnant consumer wages and an overall decline in apparel purchasing. According to fashionnetwork.com, net loss attributable to Michael Kors was $26.8 million, or 17 cents per share, in the latest quarter, compared with net income of $177 million, or 98 cents per share, a year earlier.

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Another fashion gig for Beckham

David Beckham has new job. The soccer superstar has long been associated with fashion brands and fragrances. And now Beckham can add watch brand, Tudor, to his many fashion brand associations.

According to WWD, David Beckham has been pegged as a new brand ambassador for Tudor based on his status as an international style icon. Beckham will also front Tudor’s “Born to Dare” campaign.

“Daring individuals have long chosen Tudor while achieving the extraordinary on land, ice, in the air and underwater,” declares a Tudor spokesman. “It also refers to the vision of Hans Wilsdorf, the founder of Tudor, who manufactured Tudor watches to withstand the most extreme conditions, watches made for the most daring lifestyle indeed. It finally tells of the singular approach Tudor is known for today, having pioneered now major trends within the watchmaking industry.”

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Mall shutdown

Credit Suisse is predicting that a quarter of American shopping malls will close over the next five years. That means of the 1100 malls in the US, approximately 220 to 275 will close by 2022.

Malls are no longer the shopping destination they once were, reaching its consumer peak in the 1970s and 1980s. Online shopping and consumer buying trends have caused the sharp decline in mall shopping in the last five years.

Credit Suisse has recorded over 3600 closings in 2017 already, with an expected 8500 more expected to close by year’s end. Credit Suisse expects online shopping to increase from a current 17% to 37% by 2030.

—William S. Gooch

Fashion News Alert: Naomi Campbell Teams up with Diesel, Novak Djokovic’s New Gig, H&M Strives to Improve Working Conditions, and Another Fashion Job for Bella Hadid

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There is very little down time for Grand Slam champion Novak Djokovic. As his five-year contract ends with Uniqlo, Djokovic has been named brand ambassador for Lacoste. As Lacoste’s brand ambassador Djokovic is to wear Lacoste on and off the tennis court.

The Novak Djokovic Collection for Lacoste will be available in Lacoste stores this month and will be worn by Djokovic during the upcoming French Open. These performance products have been engineered for performance, comfort, quality, and are ergonomically designed to prevent chaffing and promote ease of movement.

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Workers unite!

As workers around the world engage in strikes and protests for higher wages and better working conditions, H&M, one of the largest retailers in the world, has begun steps to improve working conditions for employees that make H&M products. One of H&M’s projections is to get factory employees representation by trade unions that can negotiate better working conditions for factory employees.

“The work is at the top of our agenda and we stay true to our collaborative approach and methodical way of working, making it possible to take important steps forward,” H&M said. “In 2018, the goal is to have democratically elected worker representatives in place at supplier representing 50 per cent of our product volume. Our collaboration within the Global Framework Agreement—pushing the development forward—was converted to a permanent agreement. H&M became an official supporter of the Global Deal partnership,” H&M details.

H&M has factories in Bangladesh, Cambodia, Indonesia, India, China, Turkey, and Myanmar that will be participating in this worker initiative. “In 2018, the goal is to have improved wage management systems in place at suppliers representing 50 per cent of our product volume,” the H&M group contends.

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Catwalk Naomi

Naomi Campbell is everywhere! As she is gracing the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival, Campbell also hosted the Fashion for Relief charity event during the Cannes Film festival.

The Fashion for Relief charity event raised money for Save the Children. Campbell collaborated with Diesel to support the charity organization. Models donned tee shirts and hoodies with rainbow heart and ladybird designs from ‘Child at Heart’, a collection designed by Campbell.

Diesel creative director Nicola Formichetti created two exclusive looks for the fashion show for the charity event, based on classic Diesel styles. More than 400 guests attended the event including Jeremy Renner, Anna Cleveland, and Paris Hilton.

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Sporty Bella

Bella Hadid’s fashion proliferation is about to catch up with her supermodel sister Gigi. Bella has joined Nike’s long list of celebrity brand ambassadors. Bella will be featured in Nike’s 45th anniversary sneaker campaign. The campaign will feature Bella skateboarding in jeans and Nike workout gear.

Bella is following in her sister Gigi’s footprints. Gigi was the face of Reebok’s # Perfect Never campaign. Bella is expanded her audience by adding sportswear to her a portfolio of high-end fashion clients. Bella recently acquired campaigns with Dior makeup and Tag Heuer.

—Ano Okera

 

Anna and Tina’s on Screen Rivalry, Another Defection from NYFW, Anna Sui Collaborates with Macy’s, and NYC Looks to Redevelop the Garment District

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Anna Wintour is coming to the small screen, accompanied by Tina Brown, that is!! Bravo will be producing a television series based on the rivalry between editors Anna Wintour and Tina Brown.

“All That Glitters” based on Thomas Maier’s book, “Newhouse” will follow the careers of Anna Wintour of American Vogue and Tina Brown’s career at Vanity Fair and The New Yorker with a glimpse at the behind-the-scene rivalry at Conde Nast between the two women. (Sound familiar, did anyone watch FX’s “Feud”.)

Lawrence Konner and Mark Rosenthal will respectively direct and produce the series. Sony Pictures Television and Universal Cable Productions will produce the series.

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Bye, bye American pie

The defections from New York Fashion Week (NYFW) keep adding up. John Elliot is the latest defector, choosing to show in Paris over New York Fashion Week: Men’s in July. Add to the list Rodarte and Proenza Schouler, who are also opting out of showing in NYC.

New York Fashion Week Men’s (NYFWM) that launched a few years ago was created to keep American menswear designers showing in NYC on a schedule the aligned more with menswear market week and the shows in Europe. Unfortunately, in its fourth season, NYFWM has failed to attract high-end European menswear designers and the foreign press. In just a few seasons, established American menswear designers are starting to bleed away.

What will IMG and the CFDA do to stop the bleed?

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Anna teams up

Macy’s is in the habit of collaborating with high-end designers. In the past the major clothing retailer has collaborated with Cynthia Rowley, Giambattista Valli, Karl Lagerfeld and others. Add Anna Sui to Macy’s extensive list of collaborations.

Anna Sui will collaborate with Macy’s in-house brand, INC International Concepts for a capsule collection that will be in stores in September. The Anna Sui x INC collaboration will be available online and in 25 Macy’s stores. The capsule collection will include men’s and women’s pieces, as well as accessories.

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A new Garment District

Because of lagging sales, these kinds of collaborations are necessary to get Macy’s retail sales numbers back on track. Macy’s stock recently fell 14.5 percent. Coincidentally, 2017 is proving to be a record year for Anna Sui, with sales exceeding expectation.

There is a lot of restructuring going on in the garment industry. First, there is Mayor DiBlasio’s rezoning of the Garment District and the New York City Council’s aim to boost garment manufacturing. Leading this initiative is Deputy Mayor for housing and development Alicia Glen, who is forming a steering committee to look into revitalizing the Garment District.

“We believe in New York City’s future not just as a capital of fashion design and marketing, but of home-grown garment manufacturing. That’s why we’ve invested more than a quarter billion dollars in the industry,” explains Glen in a recent article in fashionnetwork.com.

“There is more and more consensus that the outdated preservation requirement has not proven effective at securing this industry the affordable, quality manufacturing space it needs. Thirty years of continuous job losses prove it. It’s time for a new approach to get this industry thriving again. We are investing heavily in new, quality space in Brooklyn with the affordable, long-term leases fashion firms need to grow their businesses,” Glen added.

“I expect by late August we’ll have a plan we can all be proud of. Our steering committee will gather experts and representatives from all major stakeholder—manufacturers, labor, designers, and more—to examine the data, hear from everyone, and achieve consensus,” Brewer said.

—William S. Gooch

 

Fashion News Alert: Coach Acquires Kate Spade, Paris Jackson Signs with Calvin Klein, Dame Anna, and French Lawmakers Fight Against Model Thinness

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 One of the Jackson tribe is fronting for Calvin Klein, and it is not Janet, Latoya or Tito. Paris Jackson, the 19-year old scion of pop legend Michael Jackson, has signed a reported seven-figure salary as the face and body of Calvin Klein.

Paris Jackson will join the likes of Lauren Hutton and the cast of “Moonlight” as inspirational subjects for Calvin Klein Creative Director Raf Simons. There are still no details on what Paris Jackson will be modeling for the brand.

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Kate Spade buyout

On Monday, Coach acquired Kate Spade for 2.4 billion dollars. In December 2016, the Wall Street Journal revealed that an acquisition of the brand was afoot. Kate Spade and Coach’s board of directors unanimously approved the acquisition deal that is expected to close in the third quarter of 2017.

“Kate Spade has a truly unique and differentiated brand positioning with a broad lifestyle assortment and strong awareness among consumers, especially millennials. Through this acquisition, we will create the first New York-based house of modern luxury lifestyle brands, defined by authentic, distinctive products and fashion innovation,” says Victor Luis, chief executive officer of Coach.

Although this acquisition may look like a done deal, there are some fiduciary duties that may have been breached in that the buyout may have been too low, affecting current shareholders and perhaps, the Kate Spade brand did not adequately pursue other alternatives to a buyout prior to the acquisition.

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Dame Anna

You will now have to call Anna Wintour, Dame Anna Wintour.  Last Friday, for her contributions to fashion and journalism, Queen Elizabeth made Anna Wintour a Dame of the United Kingdom.

The 67-year old editor-in-chief of American Vogue has been at its helm for over 30 years, the longest appointment in the magazine’s history. Her 30-year history at Vogue has made her one of the most influential people in fashion.

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The skinny on the French

French lawmakers have now passed a law that in order for fashion models to work in France they must have an occupational health certification. Also, the new law states that if body images have been retouched to make the model look thinner or more fleshed out, there must be a notification that the body image has been retouched.

“It will be mandatory for pictures used for commercial purposes to carry the `re-touched picture´ mention if a model’s physical appearance has been modified, whether fleshed out or made thinner, by means of an image editing software,” wrote the French Health Ministry in a press release. ”The [fashion] industry was involved in the drawing up of these decrees, and was therefore informed in advance,” said the Ministry.

The health certificate will be valid for up to two years and will certify, “The person’s overall health [...], evaluated specifically in terms of their body mass index, allows them to carry out the job of fashion model.” This new legislation comes on the heels of outrage from consumers and French media over the extreme thinness of some models in recent fashion campaigns and editorials.

—William S. Gooch

 

Fashion News Alert: Naomi Campbell’s Fashion and Beauty Collection, Gwyneth Paltrow Launches Print Magazine, Gucci Debuts Fragrance, Yandy.com Scores Miss USA Pageant,and Vaquera’s “Handmaid’s Tale” Collection

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Dominating the runway, headlining a top television series and being one of the most recognizable names in fashion isn’t enough for Naomi Campbell. Campbell now adds business owner to her jam-packed resume. And they business of course is fashion and beauty.

Naomi Campbell Designs is inspired by Naomi Campbell’s lifestyle, her world travel and all the things that have influenced her in her now three decade career in fashion. All these reference points will be seen through a lens of simplicity and sophistication.

According to fashionnetwork.com, the initial collection ,that will be released on Starlite’s website, will include.four different chromatic universes, inspired by various countries and landscapes, and includes everything from essential basics like passionate reds, to metallic pigments.

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Designers and brands get inspiration from a wide array of cultural references and perspectives. Television and film has always been a reference point for some brands; however, Margaret Atwood’s adapted for television novel “The Handmaid’s Tale” is an unlikely source of inspiration for the fashion industry. Well, one might think that!!

Atwood’s 1985 dystopian novel details a world ruled by fundamental zealots in which young, fertile women, called handmaids, serve and bear children for barren couples of the fundamental elite class. Interestingly, there are no people of color in this reordered, dystopian society.

As one of the most anticipated television launches of 2017, New York-based brand, Vaquera, has taken up the charge, using Atwood’s novel and Hulu’s re-interpretation of the novel as source material for their upcoming collection. Approached by Hulu to create a collection based on Hulu series, the Vaquera team did not shy away from what some would consider an unusual request.

“The novel has been an inspiration since the beginning of Vaquera because [of] its use of visual language to discuss poignant social issues. We are excited to work on something so groundbreaking and timely.” “Color is very important to the plot of the show because it is used to categorize people based on their physical bodies: The Handmaids are dressed in red, which is a color historically associated with violence, oppression, and sex,” Vaquera said.

Though the first episode of “The  Handmaid’s Tale” aired on April 26, the Vaquera collection will not debut til June.

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Alessandro Michele, appointed creative director of Gucci in 2015, is forging new ground at the famed Italian house, and its not just in the women’s wear and menswear collections. In collaboration with master perfumer Alberto Morillas, Michele has created Gucci’s first fragrance, Bloom.

Bloom relates to the floral motifs often found in Michele’s collection for the icon fashion house.The floral scent containing notes of jasmine, tuberose and Rangoon creeper, a special ingredient sourced from India exclusively for use in this fragrance.

Bloom launched in NYC on Tuesday with actress/model Hari Nef starring in the fragrance’s advertising campaign. The campaign will be photographed by Glen Luchford.

Bloom will be available for pre-order in limited quantity in the US on May 3. The fragrance will not be available in stores until August and not available in Europe until spring 2018.

 

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Last Friday, Gwyneth Paltrow announced that she partnering with Conde Nast to launch a print publication based on her lifestyle site, Goop. In a statement for Conde Nast, Goop promises to be a quarterly magazine that will include “multi-platform content experience that will include print, digital and social initiatives.”

Anna Wintour, Conde Nast artistic director  and Vogue editor-in-chief said in a statement that “Goop and Conde Nast are natural partners and I’m excited [Paltrow]is bringing her point of view to the company. We all look forward to working with her and her team.” And Paltrow believes that the partnership is  ”an opportunity for us to push our boundaries visually and deliver Goop’s point of view to consumers in new, dynamic ways.”

Goop.com launched in 2008 and focuses fashion, wellness, travel, recipes, parenting, and cultural issues.

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The Miss USA Pageant is just around the bend. It takes place during Mother’s Day Weekend in fact. One of the most anticipated segments of the Miss USA Pageant is the swimwear competition, and the swimwear competition promises to be extra special this year with yandy.com the new official swimwear sponsor of the pageant.

Contestants representing all 50 states and the District of Columbia will showcase some of the summer’s leading trends during the swimsuit portion of the competition. Yandy’s swim styles will also be featured during the preliminary competition held earlier in the week and a special MISS USA® fashion show. Additionally, the women competing for the title will be featured in multi-episode social series that will further highlight Yandy’s collections. As part of her prize package, Miss USA will receive a swim wardrobe supplied by Yandy.

—William S. Gooch


Fashion News Alert: Zac Posen’s Documentary, Fern Mallis’ New Job, Randy Fenoli Debuts Bridal Collection, J Crew Layoffs, and Fashion Revolution Week Takes Off

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“House of Z, which follows the career of Zac Posen debuts during the Tribeca Film Festival. “House of Z” details designer Zac Posen meteoric rise to fashion fame in his early 20s as the industry’s wunderkind to the difficulties faced later in his career. “I think if you’re going to make a movie, especially today about the creative process and media, you have to be honest,” Posen said in a recent fashionnetwork.com article.

Directed by Sandy Chronopoulos, “House of Z” was originally intended to be a television special about Posen’s latest collection. While filming the special Chronopoulos realized the special would work better as a docufilm.

“House of Z” shows of glitz and glam of the fashion industry, but also the grittier side of fashion “He was catapulted into stardom at age 21, and he really went through the fashion machine … To see his rise and fall and rise again is a story of redemption,” explains Chronopoulos.

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Fern’s new gig

Fern Mallis has a new job. Yes, that’s right. And if running her own international fashion and design consultancy was not enough or creating and hosting “Fashion Icons with Fern Mallis,” a series at the 92nd Street Y, Fern Mallis has taken on the huge responsibility of foundation director at the Fashion Institute of Techonology (FIT).

“I’m thrilled to be part of the FIT Foundation Board. FIT has always been an incredible part of our industry with over 11,000 students from 70 countries,” Mallis told The Daily. “Its campus is just next door to the fashion industry and it’s where we all look for the next generation of professionals. I love the diversity of its programming—from toy design to production, business and technology to communication and exhibition design. It’s not just fashion. And at this stage of my career I enjoy giving back and being part of this creative college.”

Apparel industry leaders to nurture and educate future leaders for the fashion industry established the foundation in 1944. Today, the foundation serves as an advisory and fundraising body to FIT. Mallis will serve as a mentor, industry liaison, advocate, and philanthropic adviser.

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Talking about a revolution

If New York Fashion Week: The Shows and New York Fashion Week: Men’s was any indication of the fashion industry giving a nod to revolutionary times, then a time for revolution has spread across the Big Pond with over 90 countries taking part in Fashion Revolution Week. Starting this past Monday, April 24 and extending to April 30 Fashion Revolution Week aims to bring attention to working conditions and workers that are a part of the fashion industry’s fast fashion supply chain. Fashion Revolution Week was launched on the heels of the fire disaster in Rana Plaza in 2013 in which 1138 workers were killed.

“Have you ever wondered who makes your clothes? How much they’re paid and what their lives are like? Our clothes have gone on a long journey before they hit store shelves, passing through the hands of cotton farmers, spinners, weavers, dyers, and sewers. Eighty percent of them are women between the ages of 18 and 24. Many of the people who make our clothes live in poverty. This needs to change,” said Fashion Revolution Co-founder Orsola de Castro in a fashionnetwork.com article.

Under the new theme ‘Money, Fashion, Power, Fashion Revolution Week kicked off on Monday with its annual Fashion Question Time at the House of Parliament in London. The week’s events include catwalks, panel discussions, film screenings, swapping evenings, school quizzes and fash-mobs.

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Randy says yes to his bridal line

For those who know Randy Fenoli from “Say Yes to the Dress” there is an opportunity to get to know Fenoli better. Fenoli, the fashion director of Kleinfeld Bridal Salon, has launched his own bridal line.

The 25-piece collection will range in sizes 00 to size 28 and feature intricate beading and lace details, and also include a few shorter dresses and gowns in colors other than white.

The Randi Fenoli Bridal Collection will be sold in boutiques around the country with prices ranging from $1500 to $3000.

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J Crew unravels

There’s more trouble for J Crew. It appears that Jenna Lyons is not the only person jumping ship. Frank J. Muytjens, head of J Crew menswear is also departing. Add to that the layoff of over 250 employees and things are not looking so good for the preppy sportswear brand.

According to WWD, the layoffs will save J Crew 30 million dollars, although 10 million of that will go to severance pay.We take these difficult decisions very seriously, but believe they are absolutely necessary. We are streamlining our teams as we evolve our business and processes to cater to the new demands of the retail industry,” CEO Millard Drexler said. “While challenging, we know what needs to be done and this is a critical step to position J.Crew for the future.  We are committed to treating impacted associates with respect and support through this period of change.”

—William S. Gooch

 

Fashion News Alert: Edward Enniful’s New Job, Another Fragrance for Jennifer Lopez, Selfridge Escapes Too Thin Allegations, Ivanka Trump Label’s Sales Increase, and Sayonara Trump Models

 

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Twenty five might be a lucky number for Jennifer Lopez. With her new partnership with Designer Parfums, Lopez is primed to release her 25 fragrance.

Many in the fragrance industry consider Jennifer Lopez a fragrance powerhouse with 24 fragrances to her credit, topping all other celebrities who have launched fragrances.  Lopez’s 2003 fragrance ‘Glow by JLO’ was one of the most successful celebrity fragrance launches.

“Jennifer has always had a clear vision when it comes to her fragrance, knowing trends and delivering scents the public love, all while encompasses her authenticity and vision,” said Dilesh Mehta from Designer Parfums. “The teams at Designer Parfums are hugely excited to be working with Jennifer and her team and having a long, successful and beautifully scented partnership.”

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British Black

Everyone wants that premier job, and Edward Enninful just scored it!! Conde Nast has named Edward Enniful the new editor-in-chief of British Vogue after the recent departure of Alexandra Shulman. Shulman tenure at British Vogue lasted for 25 years.

Enniful’s appointment makes him the second man and first person of African ancestry to hold the title of editor-in-chief at any Vogue magazine. Since 2011, Enniful had been the creative director of W Magazine.

“By virtue of his talent and experience, Edward is supremely prepared to assume the responsibility of British Vogue,” added Conde Nast International Chairman and Chief Executive Jonathan Newhouse. And Newhouse has called Enninful, “an influential figure in the communities of fashion, Hollywood and music which shape the cultural zeitgeist.”

Enniful will start his new position at British Vogue on August 1.

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Thin is in?

When is thin too thin? Apparently, when an extremely thin model appeared in an ad for the UK’s Selfridges department store’s marketing email in January of this year. The marketing email shows a models standing sideways in a long, sleeveless dress.

There was major outcry in the UK over the model’s thinness, with consumers and several British authorities begging Selfridge to remove the ad. However, Selfridges contended that the model was weight appropriate and that ad was designed to focus on the garment, not the model. “We considered most people, including young children and women, would interpret the ad as focusing on the design and fit of the dress, rather than on desirable body image,” explained Selfridges.

UK’s Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) agreed with Selfridges after a thorough investigation of the incident. The ASA stated that they did not consider the model to be “significantly underweight.”

 

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Conflicting Ivanka figures

Despite rallying cries against President Trump, Ivanka Trumps’ labels sales increased by 61%, well that is in 2016. G-III Apparel Group, which manufactures and sells Ivanka’s clothing labels recently revealed that between February 2016 and January 2017 Ivanka Trump’s brands generated revenue of $47.3 million compared to $29.4 million in the previous yearly cycle.

G-III Apparel contends that Ivanka Trump’s labels’ increase in sales contributed to the company’s rise in operating income. This claim goes against the statement issued by Nordstrom’s earlier this year, explaining that Ivanka Trump’s clothing and accessories were pulled from the store because of lagging sales.

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Trumped out

It was only a matter of time that Trump Models would be a thing of the past. Fashion insiders have been wagging their tongues for several months that Trump Models would go the way of Never, Neverland.

With iconic supermodels Pat Cleveland and Carmen Dell’Orefice leaving the fold, fashion pundits could see the writing on the wall. In its 18-year history, Trump Models only achieved modest success, though it helped launch the careers of Steven Meisel favorite Holly-May Saker, and Sports Illustrated Swimwear star Mia Kang. However, when top agency bookers defected to start their own model management companies—Iconic Focus and Anti Management—the agency’s revenue declined steeply.

Add to those series of events, Donald Trump’s low rating in the polls with an administration filled with resignations, scandals and verbal faux pas,’ the president’s name association was too much for the modeling agency’s revenue growth. Result, closing shop!!

—William S. Gooch

 

Fashion News Alert: Kendall Jenner Ad Pulled, Andre Leon Talley Moves to Talk Radio, Jenna Lyons Leaves J. Crew, and Payless Files for Bankruptcy

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Andre Leon Talley has a new job!! Those who Andre Leon Talley’s fashion and cultural commentary will get to hear more of it on his one-hour radio talk show, “Full Length.” “Full Length” will broadcast on Andy Cohen’s SiriusXM channel, Radio Andy.

“My SiriusXM radio show will, of course, be fabulous,” said Leon Talley in a press release. “We will cover it all—from global style influences and trends, to iconic pop culture moments that wowed us. “Full Length” will showcase the connection we all have with fashion.”

“Full Length” will have limited run launching on April 14 at 11am EST on SiriusXM’s Radio Andy channel 102.

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Power to the people

When is enough, enough? Apparently, enough is enough when commercial products co-opt social movements in order to sell consumers their products.

Such is the case with the new Pepsi commercial that uses Black Lives Matter protest iconography to sell Pepsi with Supermodel Kendall Jenner offering riot gear-less police a peace pipe–offering of a can of Pepsi. The recent Pepsi commercial also featured a Muslim reporter in a hijab recording the protest, smiling approvingly as the cop accepted the Pepsi peace offering.

Due to overwhelming consumer outrage, Pepsi has pulled the controversial commercial.  Consumers tweeted “THIS AD IS TRASH.” “If I had carried Pepsi, I guess I never would have gotten arrested. Who knew?” Black Lives Matter activist DeRay McKesson tweeted.

“Pepsi was trying to project a global message of unity, peace and understanding,” the company said in a statement. “Clearly we missed the mark, and we apologize. We did not intend to make light of any serious issue. We are removing the content and halting any further rollout.”

Dr. Boyce Watkins, a social commentator and author, had called that ad “arguably the most racist commercial in history.” (Thomas Reuter, 2017)

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Bye, bye Jenna

On the heels of dwindling sales and a $2 billion debt load, iconic fashion icon, Jenna Lyons, is leaving her post at J. Crew as president and creative director. Lyons tenure at J. Crew lasted 26 years. Lyons will stay on at J. Crew as a creative advisor through December 2017.

“She has made many significant contributions to J.Crew and has built an incredibly talented team,” said CEO Mickey Drexler said in a statement released Monday following news reports of Lyon’s departure. “J.Crew is focused on continuing the progress underway as we execute on our strategic initiatives and position the Company for the long term.”

Lyons brought her quirky style to J. Crew, expanding the brand beyond its classic prep aesthetic. While at J. Crew, Lyons reinvented the pencil skirt and instigated now classic trends as ball gowns with sweaters and the bubble necklace.

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Payless goes shoeless

Another one is about to bite the dust!! On Tuesday Payless ShoeSource filed for Chapter 11 protection with plans to restructure debt. Payless also expects to close over 400 underperforming stores in the US and Puerto Rico.

Payless ShoeSource was acquired by Guggenheim Partners in January and advised to restructure debt by filing bankruptcy and closing underperforming stores. Payless has 4,400 stores globally with 3,600 of those stores in North America.

“This is a difficult, but necessary, decision driven by the continued challenges of the retail environment, which will only intensify,” Payless Chief Executive Officer W. Paul Jones commented in a fashionnetwork.com article. Upon closing underperforming stores, Payless looks to “aggressively manage” it remaining stores and expands into Latin America and other international markets.

—William S. Gooch

 

 

 

 

 

 

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