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

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fashion News Alert: Nicki Minaj Signs with Wilhelmina, Rezoning Threatens NYC’s Garment District, Joan Smalls New Gig, and Amazon.com Layoffs

 

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T and A is really trending, especially, if you are Nicki Minaj. Minaj has officially been signed as a model with Wilhelmina’s celebrity division that includes Demi Lovato and Nick Jonas.

“I love the synergy between my music and how it inspires my fashion,” Minaj said in a press release. “My message is always about celebrating your own style. I’m thrilled and honored to have signed with Wilhelmina. They get me.”

It should be noted that Nicki Minaj is one of Riccardo Tisci muses, and has appeared in Roberto Cavalli’s spring 2015 campaign.

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Garment District sellout

Just when you thought New York City’s Garment District would be preserved, the CFDA and New York City and Economic and Development Corporation (NYCEDC) has introduced a multi-million dollar rezoning package moving the Garment District to Sunset Park in Brooklyn. Was Anna Sui, Nanette Lepore, Yeohlee and other fashion designers work in vain?

For those who don’t remember, over 25 years ago Anna Sui, Yeohlee, and Nanette Lepore launched Save the Garment campaign which helped keep real estate developers hands off critical manufacturing space in the Garment District. Now surprisingly, the CFA and NYCEDC has proposed a $51.3 million plan that will stimulate manufacturing in NYC by rezoning the Garment District to Sunset Park.

Garment District manufacturers and some NYC City Council members are outraged at this proposal. Though not opposed to the new Sunset Park fashion hub, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer believes this move will “[add] hours or days to the production process,” according to an article on fashionnetwork.com. Manufacturing jobs in NYC have fallen from a high of 90,000 in the 1960s to currently just 14,000.

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Joan Smalls innovates

If being one of the most sought after supermodels is not enough, Supermodel Joan Smalls has signed on as the first global innovator for W Hotels. Smalls will assist W Hotels in shaping its fashion platform around the world. Duties will include making special appearances, collaborating on unique partnerships, and participating in exclusive in-room digital content on The Angle, W’s digital platform that features the latest in fashion, music, and design and FUEL, the brand’s take on healthy living through spa, food and working out, as well as local content from W destinations around the globe

“I am thrilled to be named the first-ever global fashion innovator of W Hotels,” said Smalls in a statement. “It is a dream job of mine to be able to combine two of the things I love the most: travel and fashion. W Hotels—and their incredible line up of hotels around the world—is the perfect partner for such a collaboration. I’m excited to share my passions, tips and personal style with W guests,” detailed Smalls in a fashionweekdaily.com.

 

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Trouble for Amazon

Quidisi, a beauty product subsidiary of Amazon.com, is causing Amazon to bleed jobs. Amazon.com is planning to layoff 263 workers in New Jersey this summer because of restricting around Quidisi.

“We have worked extremely hard for the past seven years to get Quidsi to be profitable, and unfortunately we have not been able to do so,” an Amazon spokeswoman said in a statement in a fashionnetwork.com post. “Quidsi has great brand expertise and they will continue to offer selection on Amazon.com; the software development team will focus on building technology for AmazonFresh.”

Quidsi operates diapers.com and other websites that appeal to young moms. Amazon will move some staff from the Quidsi sites to AmazonFresh. Affected employees at New Jersey-based Quidsi will be able to apply for other positions in Amazon, the company said in its New Jersey filing. (Reuters)

—William S. Gooch

 

 

 

 

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 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 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 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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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.

Image courtesy of vogue.com

Image courtesy of vogue.com

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

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