Fashion News Alert: Bebe Shutters Brick and Mortars, Ivanka Trump’s Lawsuit, Ryan Seacrest Expands Fashion Line, Khloe Kardashian Launches Brand in UK, and Uniqlo’s ‘Beauty and the Beast’ Collection

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It seems there is nothing but bad news for the Trump clan. Ivanka Trump is facing a class-action lawsuit from California-based Modern Appealing Clothing.

Modern Appealing Clothing claims that Ivanka’s clothing and accessories brands have an undue advantage related to the brands’ association with Donald Trump, the President of the US. Modern Appealing Clothing is seeking damages for unfair competitive edge dating back to November 9 when Trump won the presidential election.

Though Ivanka is no longer involved in her clothing brand due to a conflict of interest sales have skyrocketed since January 2017 of over 346%.

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Bebe bye bye?

Another bites the dust!! Since the beginning of 2017 Wet Seal, The Limited, Bibhu Mohapatra, BCBG, and Gordmans have filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Add retail store brand Bebe to the list.

In response to low retail sales and to concentrate on its online audience, Bebe has announced that is it closing all of its brick and mortar stores. If landlords are unwilling to negotiate current leases, Bebe will file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

In February Bebe announced that it would focus its efforts on denim and leggings to meet the need for casual apparel. Bluestar Alliance, which is a partner company of Catherine Malandrino, Michael Bastian, and Nanette Lepore recently purchased a 50% investor stake in Bebe.

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Uniqlo and Beauty

In just one week Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” has grossed over $750 million. And a lot of brands are jumping on the “Beauty and the Beast” wagon. Add Uniqlo to the list!!

Just in time for spring 2017, Uniqlo has launched a capsule collection that includes tee shirts, a tunic dress, a blouse and a long shirt with some of the items decorated with characters from “Beauty and the Beast.” The collection is currently in Uniqlo stores and its e-shop.

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Ryan Seacrest is growing his successful ‘Distinctions” collection, offering a sportswear/life wear collection.  Seacrest test-drove this expansion by offering a Rio-inspired sportswear collection during the recent Rio Olympics.

This new Distinctions sportwear/life wear collection is the brainchild of Distinctions creative director Mateo Gottardi.  According to fashionnetwork.com, Gottardi contends that this new extension to the Distinctions collection will offer male consumers “more freedom and flexibility in their dressing because that’s where our culture is today. Everything needs to go together effortlessly.”

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Khloe moves across the Big Pond

Khloe Kardashian expands to the UK. Well, her fashion line, Good American, is!!

Good American, co-founded by Khloe Kardashian, has launched in British iconic retailer, Seflridges in an exclusive partnership. Good American is a casual lifestyle brand that expands to plus-size. Sizes range from 00 to 24.

Khloe Kardashian launched with her business partner Emma Grede based on a conversation that today’s women need “more freedom and flexibility in their dressing because that’s where our culture is today. Everything needs to go together effortlessly.” Good American launched denim items in January and is available in select Nordstroms and online at goodamerican.com.

—William S. Gooch

Fashion News Alert: Tyra Banks New Gig, Thakoon on Hold, The Olsens Settle, Sam L. Jackson’s Teams with Brioni, and Lindsay Lohan’s New Fashion Line?

 

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If revamping “America’s Next Top Model” was enough for Tyra Banks, add host of “America’s Got Talent”  (AGT) to Bank’s impressive resume.  AGT fellow judge Howie Mandel announced on Sunday that Banks would be replacing AGT host Nick Cannon. Cannon via Facebook announced that he would be leaving AGT.

Tyra Banks will join fellow supermodel Heidi Klum and actor/comedian Howie Mandel and former Spice Girl Mel B as judges. Production for AGT season 12 will began soon.

Paradoxically, Banks’ good news follows on the heels that “America’s Next Top Model’s” (ANTM) cycle 24 ratings are down. Banks supposedly is blaming new host Rita Ora for the low rating. According to OK magazine, Banks, who still serves as executive director on ANTM, was very disturbed by the low ratings and wants Ora to exit.

In spite of the low ratings, ANTM has been picked up for another season. Will Rita Ora return? We will have to wait and see!!

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Thakoon spring 2017 image courtesy of fashionisers.com

Thakoon shuts it down

When is the time right for a fashion brand to freeze operations, reflect on the past and reposition itself? Apparently, that time is now for Thakoon Panichgul.

As one of the first brands to adopt the “See Now, Buy Now” business model, Thakoon has decided to put a hold on this business model and his fashion lines at large due to the fact that the “Seen Now, Buy Now” model was not what the brand though it would be.

Thakoon partnered with Hong Kong–based investment vehicle, Bright Fame Fashion, in 2015. Bright Fame Fashion facilitated the “See Now, Buy Now” business model for Thakoon, with the brand utilizing the business model for its spring 2016 collection. Clothes from the spring 2016 were immediately available in the Thakoon’s Wooster Street store.  A year and a half later, Thakoon and Bright Fame Fashion have determined that “the business model [See Now, Buy Now]is ahead of the current retail environment.”

“It was time for my brand to explore a new business model and this opportunity allowed us to do so,” Panichgul said via a statement. “We can now take the learnings from this to apply to the next evolution of Thakoon.”

Bright Fame Fashion will continue to partner with Thakoon; however, the Wooster Street store and site will close at later to be determined date.

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Sam Jackson expands

Samuel L. Jackson joins the long-list of stars—Denzel Washington, Michael Keaton, and James Bond on-screen characters—that have been dressed by menswear brand Brioni. But Jackson is doing more than being dressed by Brioni, Samuel L. Jackson will be the front man for Brioni spring 2017 campaign.

Jackson will be featured in series of black and white campaign images that is part of the brand’s larger project entitled, “Tailoring Legends.” “Tailoring Legends” showcases leading men from a wide range of images demonstration their interpretation of Brioni.

Jackson has already been seen flaunting Brioni on 2017 red carpets including the Independent Spirit Awards and wearing a blue Brioni suit at the Oscars. The images from the Brioni spring 2017 campaign starring Samuel L. Jackson will seen be released on Instagram.

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Cheap way out Olsen style

According to the New York Daily News, the Olsen Twins are settled a lawsuit brought by interns at their clothing brand, The Row. Lead plaintiff Shahista Lalani filed a lawsuit in 2015 against the Olsen’s company Dualstar Entertainment Group claiming that she worked over 50 hours a week with the same responsibilities as paid employees. Lalani also claims that she treated poorly at The Row and suffered from dehydration during her five-month internship.

The Olsen Twins and Lalani settled for $140,000 that was to be doled out to the other 185 interns that joined Lalaini in the lawsuit. Each intern will receive approximately $530. Hmm, small change for the Olsens!!

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Mystery fashion

Lindsay Lohan is back, back in fashion that is!! After some career and emotional disruptions, Lohan is making a comeback not only in film but also in fashion.

On Monday, the mysterious Lohan placed a photo of herself on Instagram wearing a headscarf with the caption, “ New Fashion Line coming soon ….#fashion.” Recently, Lohan has been in Syria, helping refugees.

There is no word of when this mysterious fashion line will surface. But, with Lindsay everything is always a surprise!! Fashion Reverie will keep you informed.

—William S. Gooch

 

 

 

Fashion News Alert: Conde Nast Layoffs, More Fashion for Sarah Jessica Parker, Saint Laurent’s Degrading Posters, Jourdan Dunn Teams with Misguided, and the Fashion Retail Market Decline

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When does a fashion campaign go to far? Apparently, when the models are too thin and in degrading, sexualized poses. Well, that is what France’s leading advertising regulation agency, ARPP, thought of Saint Laurent’s recent ad campaign featuring an extremely thin model in stiletto roller skates bending over a stool and another thin model in fishnet stocking with her legs open while in a reclining position.

Stephane Martin, the head of ARPP wrote to Saint Laurent, asking the iconic French fashion house to “stop the use of these images, to withdraw them or to change them,” as told to the Associated Foreign Press. The new creative director of Saint Laurent, Anthony Vacarello, created the latest controversial campaign. Saint Laurent has declined to comment.

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Conde cuts

Over the weekend, it was announced that Conde Nast will eliminate100 business positions. This is a 4% cut of the 3,000 Conde Nast jobs. Ad sales and marketing teams begin to hear from human resources on Friday, March 3 that their jobs had been eliminated.

In January, Conde Nast chief business officer and revenue president John Norton laid out his plan for the publication giant. One of the restructuring strategies included publishers being recast as chief business officers.  This title transition allows publishers to consolidate duplicate jobs. The official title transition will take place on April 3.

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Jourdan Dunn expands

Jourdan Dunn is looking beyond the pages of fashion magazines and the catwalk to expand her brand. The British supermodel is collaborating with Misguided to launch a 96-piece athleisure collection. The new line, “Londunn,” expressed Dunn’s street style.

“I wanted to this to be an athlesiure line that is practical but at the same time make women and girls feel confident in an effortlessly cool way,” explained Dunn. “I wanted it to be accessible for all women and girls. We all love to wear sportswear now—this reflects how busy our lives are, but we still want to look cool and chic. There are demands on how we live and I wanted my collection to reflect how modern women live day to day.”

“Not only is Jourdan a positive role model to our customer she has also been a pleasure to work with. The whole process has gone so seamlessly and our views on what we wanted to create; product and campaign wise have been perfectly aligned,” commented Missguided CEO Nitin Passi in a fashionnetwork.com article.

Londunn + Misguided will be available in stores and online on March 11.

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Fashion retail bust

In case you haven’t noticed, several major retail chains are shuttering stores. From Sears to Macy’s to JC Penny’s, the American fashion retail market seems to be on a perilous path. Recently, Target, one of the nation’s largest discount chains, is seeing lower sales already in 2017.

The question that should be pondered is not why the fashion retail market is in decline, there is no doubt about that, but whether the fashion retail bubble has burst? Interestingly, the Wall Street Journal has a relevant perspective on this phenomenon.

“The U.S. market is oversaturated with retail space and far too much of that space is occupied by stores selling apparel,” explained Urban Outfitters chief executive officer Richard Hayne to the Wall Street Journal. “Our industry, not unlike the housing industry, saw too much square footage capacity added in the Nineties and early 2000s.Thousands of doors opened … and created a bubble and like housing, that bubble has now burst,” says Hayne. “We are seeing the results, doors shuttering and rents retreating. This trend will continue for the foreseeable future and may even accelerate.”

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SJP expands clothing empire

Sarah Jessica Parker is expanded her namesake brand. Parker is launching a made-in-America handbag line to be sold exclusively at Bloomingdale’s and Amazon Fashion. While the leather is sourced in Italy, the handbags are made entirely in the US.

This handbag line, entitled “Seven Essentials,” refers to the seven different types of bags Parker believes a woman needs. Bags range from small evening clutches to everyday clutches to carry-all tote bags. Prices range from $395 to $695.

—William S. Gooch

Fashion News Alert: Balenciaga Dumps Casting Agency, US Retailers Woes, “Moonlight” Cast Lands Calvin Klein Underwear Campaign and Prabal Gurung Collaborates with Lane Bryant

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Following the 2017 Academy Award’s best movie debacle on Sunday, it was announced that Calvin Klein had pegged the cast of “Moonlight” to star in his upcoming underwear campaign. Sounds like a double win for “Moonlight.”

This new Calvin Klein “Revelation” campaign stars “Moonlight” cast members Mahershala Ali, Alex Hibbert, Ashton Sanders, and Trevante Rhodes. The “Revelation” campaign conjures up images of Calvin Klein 90s black and white photographs with logoed briefs.

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Balenciaga fall 2016 image courtesy of stylecaster.com

Balenciaga backs up models

The fashion industry appears to be embracing a kinder, gentler attitude. Iconic fashion house Balenciaga recently fired its casting agency due to sadistic treatment of models for a casting of the iconic fashion house’s Paris Fashion Week show.

Over 150 models were forced to wait in a dark stairwell for over three hours this past Sunday. According to US casting director, James Scully, some models were locked in the stairwell while casting agents went to lunch.

“In their usual fashion they shut the door, went to lunch and turned off the lights to the stairs leaving every girl with only the lights of their phones to see,” Scully added. ”Not only was this sadistic and cruel it was dangerous and left more than a few of the girls I spoke with traumatized.”

Balenciaga took immediate action and fired the casting agency. Balenciaga told AFP it was “making radical changes to the casting process” after the incident, “including discontinuing the relationship with the current casting agency”.

“Balenciaga took notice of issues with the model castings carried out on that day [Sunday]. The house reacted immediately,” a statement added.

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Prabal Gurung x Lane Bryant

This past July Prabal Gurung announced his collaboration with national plus-size brand Lane Bryant. The 20-piece Prabal x Lane Bryant collection launched in stores on Monday with a collection that includes trench coats, leather jackets, wide-legged pants, color-blocked dresses, cut-and-sew sweaters, and jumpsuits.

Prabal Gurung is the fifth high-end designer to partner with Lane Bryant. Gurung follows in the footprints of Sophie Theallet, Christian Siriano, Isabel Toledo, and Lela Rose, all brands that have collaborated with Lane Bryant.

The Prabal Gurung x Lane Bryant collection is now available in Lane Bryant stores and online.

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US retail blues

According to a report from Moody’s Investor Service, the number of distressed retailers in the US has tripled since the Great Recession of 2008. Moody’s has placed 19 retailers in its retail/apparel portfolio at a Caa/Ca rating. The low trade rating is based on retailers that cumulatively owe $5 billion dollars in debt through 2021 with about 40 percent of the debt due in 2018.

“Moody’s-rated US retailers rated Caa or Ca today make up just over 13 percent of our total rated retail portfolio, which is the highest level since the Great Recession, when this group comprised 16 percent of the portfolio,” says Moody’s Vice President Charlie O’Shea, in a news statement. “And the increase comes at the same time as the broader universe of Caa rated companies is likewise growing.”

O’Shea recommends that distressed retailers take drastic measures including high promotional pricing to dig themselves out of this downward trend.

—William S.

Fashion News Alert: NYFW Diversity Report, Ungaro’s No Show at Paris Fashion Week, Big Brands Exit Bangladesh, and Sisqo at NYFW?

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Was hip-hop artist Sisqo at Vivienne Tam, Philipp Plein and Kanye West shows during the current New York Fashion Week? According to the real Sisqo, apparently not.

An imposter pretending to be Sisqo lied his way into some of the top shows during New York Fashion Week, getting past industry professionals, fashion PR reps, security guards, acquiring front seats and even posing with celebrities and top fashion designers. Interestingly enough, the pretender flaunted a coiffed appearance that doesn’t even correspond to Sisqo current look!!

An outraged Sisqo is considering a lawsuit against this pretender because the pretender was placed on a private jet to appear at a young girl’s bat mitzvah as Sisqo. “You know, you got this 13-year-od little girl who’s thinking that I’m gonna come perform live at her Bat Mitzvah … So now we’re taking legal action,” explained Sisqo in a video call to TMZ.

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Ungaro fall 2016

Ungaro absence

Emmanuel Ungaro will be a no show during Paris Fashion Week. Aimz Acquisition, the investments fund of Pakistani-American businessman Asim Abdullah, told fashionnetwork.com that Ungaro,”[] will not able to produce its Autumn/Winter 2017–18 collection because its manufacturer has gone into receivership.” Aimz Acquisition acquired Ungaro in 2005.

Ungaro, in 2015, changed its manufacturing partner from Italian group Aeffe to Italian company, Modalis. Ungaro has now taken back its manufacturing and will show it cruise collection in Paris in June.

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NYFW mixes it up

The Fashion Spot and Model Alliance has released their diversity report for NYFW’s fall 2017 season. Every season Model Alliance and The Fashion Spot collaborate on the diversity report. This very important tabulation has appeared in Vogue, WWD, Glamour, and The Huffington Report. The diversity report tabulates inclusion during NYFW taking into account racial diversity, body size, age, and gender fluidity.

NYFW’s fall 2017 season was the most inclusive of any current NYFW. According to The Fashion Spot and Model Alliance every single runway show included one model of color. Still, only 9 of the 116 shows tabulated by The Fashion Spot and Model Alliance used plus size or curvy models. Chromat used more transgender models than any other brand during NYFW. J. Crew used three models that were over the age of 50.

The shows that included the most diversity were Chromat, Chrisitian Siriano, Gypsy Sport, Tome, and J. Crew.

—William S. Gooch

Weekend Fashion News Alert: Katy Perry Launches Footwear Line, Marc Jacobs Reimagines the Runway, Jeremy Meeks Walks during NYFW, and Sponsorship Changes for New York Fashion Week

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This past Thursday was a big day for Katy Perry. Thursday marked the day that Perry’s footwear collection hit retail stores and specialty stores.

This 40-piece collection includes shoe styles dedicated to Hillary Clinton and actresses Lena Dunham and Allison Williams. Perry’s ‘HRC’ shoe is a pale-pink shoe with a glittery lucite heel. Other standout styles include Rubik’s cube-inspired heels, mesh heels with dollar signs, and feathered sandals.

Global Brands Holding Limited launched Katy Perry’s shoe collection. Price points range from $59 to $299.

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Image courtesy of Amazon Fashion

Some sponsors exit NYFW

With New York Fashion Week fall 2017 season complete, sponsorship changes have been announced for upcoming New York Fashion Week: Men’s (NYFWM) and New York Fashion Week: The Shows (NYFWS). NYFWM, which launched in 2015, has been in existence for four seasons. NYFWS, which was previously called Olympus Fashion Week and later Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, continues to be the premier fashion event for women’s wear brands in NYC.

Lexus will continue to serve as the main sponsor for NYFWS, extending its contract through 2019.  Lexus began its association with NYFWS in 2015.

Amazon has ended its sponsorship with NYFWM, though it will continue to work with the seasonal men’s fashion week event. According to fashionnetwork.com, Kate Dimmock, the Fashion Director of Amazon Fashion, told WWD that the plan of the sponsorship was “to support CFDA’s mission to help solve a real business challenge facing the men’s wear industry. We’re pleased to see the positive impact of our combined efforts after only four seasons.”

Though Amazon has exited NYFWM, Samsung will continue to be a sponsor. NYFWM’s was launched to keep major American menswear designers showing in NYC, and to some extent that as been accomplished. Still, Tommy Hilfiger, Michael Bastian, and Hugo Boss did not show for the fall 2017 menswear season. And NYFWM’s has yet to attract European menswear luxury brands.

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Former convict opens Philipp Plein fall 2017 show

This fall 2017 season, fashion designers/brands are looking at a variety of breakout sensations to create buzz for  press and consumers. During New York Fashion Week, industry professionals were treated to a skateboard ramp with skateboarders gliding back and forth in the brand’s skateboard-inspired clothes; caged models in urban gear as prison industrial complex statistics blared over a loud speaker; and, models throwing bags of trash while male models strutted back in forth in heels, extreme makeup and non-leather and vinyl bustiers. Sometimes, the gimmicks worked and added to the editorial story and other times the sensational moments distracted.

Philipp Plein, who has made a definite dent in the hip-hop, urban market with his blinged-out garments, chose to have a former convict open his fall 2017 show. 33-year old Jeremy Meeks, convicted for weapons possession, was the breakout moment in Philipp Plein’s fall 2017 show. Meeks has become an Instagram sensation with his shirtless photos.

What is more surprising about Meeks’ burgeoning modeling career is being signed by a model management company in his early 30s, a time when most male model’s career has ended or slowed down. Meeks told ABC News, he never “thought that everyone in the world would recognize me for my looks.”

Marc Jacobs fall 2017 images courtesy of fashionisers.com

Marc Jacobs fall 2017 images courtesy of fashionisers.com

Jacobs reinvents the catwalk

With the threat of runway shows fading from fashion weeks around the world, Marc Jacobs closes his fall 2017 runway show during NYFWS with the final walk done in silence with only the sound of the models feet echoing through the cavernous Park Avenue Armory. Most runways end with music blasting from huge speakers, models plodding to the beat and rhythm of the loud music. Not so for Marc Jacobs this season!!

Guests were asked to restrain from taking photos of the collection during the show. Blaring music began after the final procession as models,  guests and media photographers both scurried to take social media images.

Jacobs’ fall 2017 collection is his personal dissertation of casual streetwear with a nod to hip-hop culture.

—William S. Gooch

Breaking Fashion News Alert: Anniesa Hasibuan Produces All Immigrant Model Runway Show for NYFW

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Anniesa Hasibuan spring 2017

Anniesa Hasibuan made history in this past September when she became the first New York Fashion Week: The Shows (NYFWS) designer to produce a fashion show in New York City with all the models wearing hijabs. Hasibuan’s spring 2017 show was a critical success last September and she returns to NYFWS this week with a show composed of immigrant models.

Anniesa Hasibuan chose to make a statement on the Trump administration’s stance on immigration in the US by holding a casting call seeking models that are immigrants or first/second generation. Everyone was accepted at the casting regardless of the model’s immigration status, but the casting call sought immigrants to highlight the beauty of diversity in the country.

Fashion Reverie will be backstage at the show and reviewing the runway presentation. So, stay tuned!!

—William S. Gooch

Weekend Fashion News Alert: Kanye West Changes Time Slot for NYFW, Christie Brinkley Back in Sports Illustrated, and Neiman Marcus Drops Ivanka

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Yeezy spring 2017 image courtesy of harpersbazaar.com

Kanye West does what he wants to do. Well, most of the time.

Because of criticism from the CFDA of his NYFW show time slot, Kanye West has moved his show to two hours earlier to accommodate Marchesa. West came under criticism from CFDA President Steve Kolb, who called West erratic behavior “inexcusable, “ asking West to communicate with the CFDA so they together could come up with a better time slot for fall 2017 show.

“Kanye called me personally to let me know that he had no intention of showing on top of another designer, and was unaware that there was a conflict. He explained that once he realized Marchesa was in the time slot, he immediately looked at alternative options. The CFDA appreciates Kanye’s outreach and effort, and we look forward to working with him far in advance to integrate Yeezy into the schedule in seasons to come,” explained Kolb in a recent fashionnetwork.com article.

West had refused to change his time slot at the behest of the CFDA for four prior seasons. Kanye West’s Yeezy fall 2017 fashion show will be on Tuesday, February 14.

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Image courtesy of sportsillustrated.com

Age aint nothing but a number

A good wine grows better with age, and so does Christie Brinkley. At 63, Brinkley becomes the oldest model to grace the pages of Sports Illustrated Swimwear edition.

Christie Brinkley has appeared in Sports Illustrated Swimwear edition eight times from 1975 to 2004, and a record three consecutive times on its cover in 1979, 1980, and 1981, respectively. In the new issue, which hits newsstands on February 15, Brinkley appears alongside her two daughters, Sailor Brinkley Cook, 18, and Alexa Ray Joel, 31 in a red and black one-piece swimsuit.

“Thank you Sports Illustrated for sending the powerful message that good things come in packages of every size and we do not come with an expiration date!” Brinkley wrote on her Instagram page. (AFP)

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Bye, bye Ivanka

One day after Bloomberg reported that Nordstrom’s was winding down its relationship with Ivanka Trump based on the fashion brand’s poor performance, Neiman Marcus pulled Ivanka Trump’s jewelry from its online site and also stopped selling Ivanka’s jewelry at Neiman Marcus Garden State Plaza store in New Jersey. There was no explanation for Neiman Marcus’ discontinuation of Ivanka Trump’s jewelry.

Ivanka Trump and Neiman Marcus failed to comment on the discontinuation. Ivanka Trump in September announced two new licensing deals with A.D. Sutton & Sons Inc and The Jewelry Group to sell baby accessories and fashion jewelry. (Thomas Reuters)

—William S. Gooch

Fashion News Alert: Sweet Smelling Angelina, Women’s March Fashion, Low European Holiday Sales Influence Layoffs, and Another Hadid Scores Campaign

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Angelina Jolie smells purty!! On Monday, it was announced that Jolie is to be the face of Guerlain’s new fragrance, Mon Guerlain.

Jolie was chosen to front the new fragrance from Guerlain because the brand identified Jolie as the epitome of the contemporary woman. This contemporary femininity attracted the eye of Guerlain director of perfume creation Thierry Wasser.

Jolie will dedicate the entire earnings for the Mon Guerlain campaign to charity, in line with her work as a Special Envoy for the UNHCR.

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Image courtesy of pussyhatproject.com

Pink pussy power

Did you know that there was fashion coming out of the Women’s March on Washington on Saturday, January 21? Well, if you didn’t, be aware that was a fashion element to the march.

The 500,000-plus Women’s March crowd was a sea of pink knit hats, “Pussy Hats,” in fact. The brainchild of Jayna Zweiman and Krista Suh, the “Pussy Hat Project” was a visual response to controversial comments by President Trump. Remember Trump’s comments, “grab the pussy.”

“We were imagining this sea of pink hats making a really large statement,” Zweiman told Fast Company magazine. “So, there was a big goal. I think having that visual creates an impetus for people to really get involved.”

Consulting with LA knit storeowner Cat Coyle, Zweiman and Suh came up with a knit pattern that was very easy to reproduce with the coal having every participant in the Women’s March wearing a pink hat. They almost achieved their goal.

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Image courtesy of Voltaire & Zadig

Another Hadid model

Did you know there was another Hadid that modeled? Well, Zadig & Voltaire did.

Bella Hadid is joined by her younger brother Anwar in Zadig & Voltaire’s spring 2017 campaign. Anwar and Bella are also joined by disc jockey sensation, Clara 3000.

Looking to find the right models and personalities to front the brand’s rock n’ roll spring 2017 collection, Zadig & Voltaire found what they were looking for in Bella, Anwar, and DJ Clara 3000. The campaign was photographed in the Zadig & Voltaire’s headquarters in Paris wearing leather jackets, light parkas and “Amour” cashmeres.

The campaign will be released in three installments, 12 visuals and eight web ads between January and May 2017.

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Image courtesy of about.com

French layoffs

French labor unions are concerned that Vivarte group’s sale of Naf Naf and Andre chain stores will bleed retail jobs. Vivarte had already decreased their sales staff at retail chains by 1,850 employees in 2015. And French labor experts expect a loss of 5,000 more jobs in 2017 from other retail store chains.

This comes on the heels of 1,500 jobs lost in 2016 due to store closings. Mark & Spencer and Banana Republic recently announced they would be leaving France and Carnet de Vol, American Apparel, MS Mode, and Bata are downsizing. This job elimination and downsizing affects mostly women who make up the bulk of low-wage employees in French retail stores.

—William S. Gooch

 

Breaking Fashion News: Lagerfeld Rumored to Dress Melania

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With the presidential Inauguration being just a day away, fashionistas ponder on which designer will dress FLOTUS–To Be Melania Trump for the inaugural festivities. Many fashion designers—Sophie Theallet, Marc Jacobs, Tom Ford, Derek Lam, Humberto Leon of Kenzo and Opening Ceremony, and Phillip Lam have stated they will not dress Melania while Tommy Hilfiger, Ralph Lauren, Rag and Bone, Carolina Herrera, and Thom Browne are not opposed to dressing Melania Trump.

That said; very few European designers have weighed in on dressing the FLOTUS–To Be. Karl Lagerfeld is one exception.

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Images courtesy of getty

Obviously, Melania has an affinity and fashion predilection for Ralph Lauren. (Melania wore a Ralph Lauren ensemble at the third presidential debate.) However, is Ralph Lauren chic enough for the former model?

It is reported that Karl Lagerfeld is designing a gown and ensemble for Melania to wear to the inaugural festivities. Still, it is unclear which brand will Lagerfeld be designing under for Melania. (Lagerfeld designs for Chanel, Fendi and his own eponymous brand.)

Traditionally the First Lady wears American designers during the Inauguration; however, Melania is only the second First Lady not born in the US and with the Trumps nothing is conventional.

Chanel Couture fall 2016 images courtesy of maryosbazaar.com

Chanel Couture fall 2016 images courtesy of maryosbazaar.com

Another inaugural style question to consider is that if Lagerfeld is chosen to dress Melania, how much of the design will actually be Lagerfeld’s vision? At 83 years of age, Karl Lagerfeld design powers might not be at their peak.  Also, Lagerfeld is only the creative director of Fendi and Chanel with Chanel being privately owned by Alan and Gerard Wertheimer and Fendi owned by LVMH. Much to ponder and consider!!

—William S. Gooch

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