Fashion News Alert: Karlie Kloss’ Talk Show, Bye, Bye Shayne Oliver, NYFW: Men’s Revamp, and RIP Mychael Knight

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Welcome to the new world of fashion!! The new world of fashion is a universe where fashion is just a launching pad for something more lucrative. And fashion models epitomize this new fashion trajectory.Bella Hadid is becoming a cosmetics mogul, Cara Delevinge is a burgeoning actress, and now Karlie Kloss is primed to become a talk show host. The talk show centers on Kloss watching movies with her celebrity friends. “Movie Night with Karlie Kloss” will air on the Freeform channel.

Karlie Kloss revealed on Instagram that some of her celebrity guests will include Ashley Graham, Jourdan Dunn, and Kendall Jenner. “Movie Night with Karlie Kloss” premieres in the winter of 2018.

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Helmut Lang’s new creative director

Shayne Oliver’s tenure at Helmut Lang appears to be over. It was announced on today that Mark Howard Thomas has been named creative director of the brand’s menswear division.

Though Shayne Oliver was only pegged to create a capsule collection for the brand’s women’s wear collection which debuted during New York Fashion Week: The Show’s spring 2018 season, there was hope that Oliver would hold a permanent position at Helmut Lang. However, according to fashionnetwork.com, Andrew Rosen, who oversaw the acquisition of Helmut Lang over ten years ago, announced today that the Oliver’s collaboration was “a one-off project.”

Mark Howard Thomas comes to Helmut Lang with an impressive resume. Thomas has held senior positions at some very important fashion houses, including Givenchy, Neil Barrett, and Joseph. Mark Howard Thomas first collection for Helmut Lang will be for the brand’s fall 2018 collection.

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A changing NYFWM

New York Fashion Week: Men’s (NYFWM) is going through a major overhaul. As recently announced by the CFDA, NYFWM will reduce its fall/winter 2018 shows from four days to three days. Also, NYFWM’s schedule will precede New York Fashion Week: The Shows by three days starting on Monday, February 4, 2017.

This reduction of days will leave a lot of menswear designers out of the fold of NYFWM, forcing some of them to show during New York Fashion Week: The Shows fall 2018 season. There was no explanation by the CFDA for the reduction in the show days, but wagging tongues suggest that with sponsorship for NYFWM being much reduced, this reduction of show days cuts down of the cost.

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Mychael Knight transitions

The fashion industry mourns the death of “Project Runway” contestant Mychael Knight. Mychael Knight finished fourth on season three of “Project Runway” and later appeared on “Project Runway: All Stars” in 2009 and “Project Runway: All Stars in 2013. Knight debuted his fashion line on BET’s “Rip the Runway” in 2007.

The Lifetime Network released a statement to CNN. “ We are saddened to hear about the passing of a member of the “Project Runway” family, designer Mychael Knight,” the statement said. It’s a loss of a great talent and we wish his family peace and solace during difficult time.”

Born in Nuremberg, Germany, Knight grew up in Montgomery, Alabama and was educated at Georgia Southern University, earning a degree in merchandising and apparel design. Mychael Smith died at his home on Tuesday, October 17, 2017.

—William S. Gooch

 

Fashion News Alert: Georgina Chapman Splits from Hubby, Cicely Tyson’s Elle Cover, Coach Changes Corporate Name, and Riccardo Tisci’s Nike Project

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This has been a tough week for Marchesa co-creative director Georgina Chapman. Chapman announced today that she is leaving billionaire media mogul husband Harvey Weinstein in lieu of sexual abuse and rape allegations against Weinstein from a slew of actresses and female employees of his media company.Initially, when the allegations surfaced in the New York Times and New Yorker magazine, Chapman stood by her husband. But as more women have come forward with further sexual abuse claims, Chapman changed her tune. “I have chosen to leave my husband. Caring for my young children is my first priority and I ask the media for privacy at this time,” explained Chapman in a recent People magazine article.

Georgina Chapman has been married to Harvey Weinstein for over 10 years and has two children with Weinstein. Weinstein helped Chapman and Marchesa business partner Keren Craig push their red-carpet, luxury brand to international prominence by having actresses in his films wear Marchesa gowns at red carpet, award ceremonies and film premiere events.

Since the sexual abuse and rape allegations against Weinstein have surfaced licensee Helzberg Diamonds has dropped Marchesa’s jewelry license.

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Age is only a number

At the ripe age of 92, Cicely Tyson is a cover girl for Elle magazine. The Emmy and Tony-winning actress graces the cover of the November issue of Elle’s ‘Women in Hollywood’ issue.

This annual list celebrates trailblazing women in Hollywood. Other film icons that have graced the Elle’s ‘ Women in Hollywood’ annual issue include Meryl Streep, Tina Turner, and Lauren Hutton. At 92 Cicely Tyson is the second oldest to grace the cover. Iris Apfel trumps Tyson by being on the cover of Elle at the age of 93.

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Another gig for Tisci

Though Riccardo Tisci may no longer be at Givenchy, leaving the creative directorship earlier in the year after at 12-year stint, he still staying busy. Supposedly, he may be staying busy with Nike.

In a series of posts on Instagram, Tisci hinted that he might be collaborating with Nike in the future on a series of creative projects. The first of these posts shows Tisci with a Nike logo superimposed on the photo in the Instagram posts. According to fashionnetwork.com, “Dreams come true,” [Tisci] captioned the image, adding the hashtags #NikeRT #NikeBasketball #NikeNBA #comingsoon and #nyc. A second photo of the Nike RT logo confirmed that the new project has a basketball slant, along with the caption “I’m honored to be part of this important moment as @Nike reclaims its partnership with the @NBA,” while a final post simply said “NIKE RT coming soon.”

Tisci has collaborated with Nike since 2014 and in March of this year he lent his creative expertise to Nike’s 30th anniversary of version of the brand’s signature Air Max 97 sneaker.

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By another name

Coach, Inc. will change it corporate name to Tapestry, Inc. sometimes this month. According to Victor Luis, CEO of Coach, Inc., the name change reflects a defining moment in Coach’s reinvention and that the corporate name change Tapestry, Inc. denotes, inclusivity, craftsmanship, and creativity.

“We searched for a name to reflect these values while also expressing the cultural diversity of our people and our brands for today and tomorrow.” Luis noted that the name change is part of a larger corporate rebranding, adding, “We are establishing a strong and distinct corporate identity, which enables our brands to express their individual personalities and unique language to consumers.”

In the past two years, Coach Inc. acquired Stuart Weitzman and Kate Spade & Company. The name change will go into effect on October 31, 2017.

—William S. Gooch

 

 

Weekend Fashion News Alert: Gigi Partners with Maybelline, Aaliyah Is the Subject for Streetwear Collection, American Ballet Theatre Collaborates with Rag & Bone, and Herve Leger Leroux Transitions

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Supermodel Gigi Hadid has partnered with Maybelline for a cosmetic line. Gigi revealed on Instagram that the ‘GigixMaybelline’ series has been in the works for about a year.

Still, there was no release date on the collaboration. However, Maybelline has revealed on their social media the ‘GH” logo that will be on all the products. Gigi did release a photo on Instagram surrounded by brushes, lipsticks, pencils, and eye shadows from the new collaboration.

Aaliyah reboot

Though R&B singer Aaliyah passed away 16 years ago, she is still a source of inspiration. That puts the deceased pop star in the pop culture pantheon of Marilyn Monroe, Elvis Presley, Michael Jackson, and mostly recently Prince.

Earlier in 2017, MAC announced that they would create a makeup collection inspired by Aaliyah to launch in stores in the summer of 2018 and Elle Azhdari of the British brand The Fan is launching an 11-piece collection inspired by Aaliyah.

The Fan came into existence in 2016 as the brainchild of Elle Azhdari and stylist Cristina Aranda-Garzon, and so far has the design duo has released three collections. According fashionnetwork.com, the 11-piece Aaliyah collection is a part of Selfridges’s Music Matters campaign and includes a mix of streetwear pieces such as hats, t-shirts, sweatshirts, jackets and hoodies, most of which feature Aaliyah’s face.

This unisex collection launched on October 4, and is available at Selfridge’s and The Fan’s online store. The pieces are available in limited quantities with no more than 150 of each item produced, and retail for $66 to $1,054.

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Rag & Bone and ABT

Next week, American Ballet Theater (ABT) will start its fall season at Lincoln Center’s Koch Theater. As a part of this fall season, ABT will debut a Benjamin Millepied ballet on the Lincoln Center courtyard and street with costumes designed by Rag & Bone. Twenty-four dancers will be dressed in Rag & Bone costumes. Superstar ballerina Misty Copeland will also star in another ballet during ABT’s fall season in a Rag & Bone costume.

As detailed in fashionnetwork.com, Millepied chose Rag & Bone because he wanted his choreography performed ‘in street clothes,” lending a “natural street quality” to the choreography. For Millepied, Rag & Bone represented a contemporary, realistic approach to street style that was essential to his choreography.

This street ballet, ”Counterpoint for Philip Johnson” will contain dancers from ABT’s Studio Company and students for the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School, ABT’s professional training school. “Counterpoint for Philip Johnson” will be performed from October 18–29.

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Goodbye Herve

Herve Peugnet passed away on Friday, October 6. Better known as Herve Leger, Leger set himself a part from other designers by his signature ‘bandage dress.”

In May 2017, Leger put his namesake company, Herve L. Leroux on hiatus. “After this wonderful, 17-year-long adventure, I need to reflect, and to infuse my style with fresh zest. I feel I must develop my creativity along new avenues, working with other luxury industry players, and to conceive a new project for my label,” said the designer in a press release.

The self-taught fashion designer started his career as an assistant to Karl Lagerfeld at Chanel and Fendi. After working at Lanvin, Leger launched his women’s ready-to-wear label, Herve Leger, in 1985. The label was an immediate success and quickly acquired the Canadian group Seagram as an investor.

The company was sold to BCBG Max Azria in 1998 with Leger being dismissed in 1999. He launched a new label Herve L. Leroux in 2000 with a store on the Rue Jacob.

Herve Peugnet was 60 years old and apparently died from an aneurysm.

—William S. Gooch

Fashion News Alert: Kendall Jenner Honored, Victoria’s Secret Show Broadcast from Shanghai, Pharrell and Adidas Collaborate, and the CFDA and the ACLU Team Up

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Kendall Jenner at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival. Image courtesy of hawtcelebs.com

Supermodel Kendall Jenner has been named Fashion Icon of the Decade by the fashion website Daily Front Row. The honor will be bestowed on Kendall during New York Fashion Week: The Shows (NYFWS) on September 8.

Though Kendall Jenner has 83 million followers on Instagram, not all fashion industry professionals are on board with Jenner receiving this honor. “Oh please! What about @NaomiCampbell or @CindyCrawford you know real models who got to the top due to hard work not who mummy is. Pathetic,” Twitter user Ginger Winger wrote as reported on fashionnetwork.com.

Kendall Jenner is a member of one of the wealthiest and most influential families in entertainment. Combined reality shows, video games, apparel and cosmetic brands has rendered the Khardashian close to a billion dollars in wealth.

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A new tennis fashion direction

Pharrell Williams’ foray into fashion continues. Williams has partnered with Adidas for a disruptive men’s and women’s campaign entitled “Don’t Be Quiet Please.”

The “Don’t Be Quiet Please” collection is marketed to a new market of tennis players during the US Open. “Every tennis match starts with the same two words: ‘Quiet Please.’ But change can be noisy and our love can transform anything,” explained Pharell Williams in the campaign’s manifesto.

The collection will include tennis staples that bring a new perspective to age-old favorites that include footwear and apparel. Instead of just classic tennis whites, the collection will include bold accent colors of orange, red and blue.

“Outside the court we will let our voices be heard as loud as we can. If you see the potential for good, speak up. Together, we can change the game for the better,” continues Williams in manifesto he wrote for the collection. The full collection is available August 31st at Adidas stores and online, at Williams’ Billionaire Boys Club flagships, and also select retailers across the country.

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The people united

On the heels of the melee and racial disturbance in Charlottesville, the CFDA and the ACLU have joined forces in an initiative, encouraging fashion industry professionals to speak out against bigotry and racism. During New York Fashion Week: The Shows spring 2018 season designers who are presenting collections are being asked to support the initiative by wearing and handing out the initiative’s blue ribbon.

“We want to be on the front line, not the sidelines, to boldly fight to protect our precious rights and freedoms, which has taken on a renewed urgency after the heart-wrenching events of Charlottesville,” said Steven Kolb, President and CEO of CFDA, in a statement. “Our goal is to actively support concrete work that will move our country meaningfully forward. The ACLU is doing that critical work.”

Several designers including Tracey Reese, Diane von Furstenberg, Prabal Gurung, Narciso Rodriguez have pledged their support. According to fashionnetwork.com, the ACLU and CFDA have also created the hashtags #StandWithACLU and #FashionforACLU to spread the word about the initiative. During New York Fashion Week, Lyft will also be donating $5 from every ride to the ACLU when users enter the code “FASHIONSTANDS.”

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Victoria in China

Victoria’s Secret has not only expanded to China with stores in major cities, with a four-story flagship store in Shanghai. For 2017, the Victoria’s Secret annual fashion show will be held in Shanghai. The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show will be broadcast on CBS on November 28.

Victoria’s Secret models scheduled to appear include Adriana Lima, Alessandra Ambrosio, Behati Prinsloo, Candice Swanepoel, Lily Aldridge, Elsa Hosk, Jasmine Tookes, Josephine Skriver, Lais Ribeiro, Martha Hunt, Romee Strijd, Sara Sampaio, Stella Maxwell and Taylor Hill. They will be joined by Bella Hadid, who confirmed her appearance on social media this week, returning faces Devon Windsor, Maria Borges and Grace Elizabeth, and new faces Amilna Estevão and Roosmarijn de Kok.

—William S. Gooch

 

 

 

 

Fashion News Alert: Taraji Henson Collaborates with MAC Cosmetics Again, Philip Plein Partners with Floyd Mayweather, Lauren Conrad Expands to Plus Size, and Uniqlo and Ines de la Fressange Partnership Adopt Menswear

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It’s the second time around for Taraji Henson and MAC Cosmetics.  The “Empire” star is partnering again with MAC Cosmetics for a second Viva Glam campaign. MAC Cosmetic’s Viva Glam collections exclusively fund MAC’s AIDS Fund.

For Henson’s second collaboration with MAC Cosmetics it’s all about the metallics. Taraji Henson’s MAC collection will feature two bronze lipsticks with gold glitter flecks embedded in the lipsticks. The Lipglass and lipstick retail for $17 and be available right after Labor Day on September 7.

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Fashion and fighting

German fashion designer Philip Plein debuts his capsule collection collaboration with Floyd Mayweather during Mayweather’s “Fight of the 21st Century” with Conor McGregor on August 26. This one-of-a-kind match with Floyd Mayweather and Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) champion Conor McGregor marks Mayweather’s 50th bout. Mayweather will enter the ring wearing a custom-design boxing robe and trunks designed by Plein.  Philip Plein will dress Mayweather’s entire team for the “Fight of the 21st Century.”

Philip Plein has designed for Mayweather in the past, most recently when the duo walked arm in arm down the red carpet during the 2017 Cannes Film Festival with Mayweather wearing a white leather jacket embellished with graphics of colorful dollar bills and butterflies. “I am happy to collaborate with Philipp Plein, he is unique in the fashion world. Like me he works and plays hard, lives the dream, and demands the best,” commented Mayweather.

“I applaud Floyd’s winning spirit and have been intrigued by the idea of collaborating together since he joined me on the runway to present my spring/summer 2018 resort fashion show last May. His fashion sense and fearless attitude perfectly match the Philipp Plein mood and lifestyle. I am excited to see what we will work up together,” explained Plein in a fashionnetwork .com article.

The capsule collection will be available online on Plein.com and the Philip Plein boutique in Las Vegas.

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Uniqlo, Ines, and menswear

Uniqlo and Ines de la Fressange’s collaboration continues. In its eighth season of collaborating, Uniqlo and Ines de la Fressange has expanded into including menswear pieces into their partnership.

This inclusion of menswear for the fall 2017 season will be available on August 31. Of the 83 garments in the fall 2017 collection, half are menswear pieces. All this is coming on the heels of Ines de la Fressange new book, Les Parisiens, due to be released in October.

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Curves rule

Lauren Conrad has expanded her Kohl’s line, LC Lauren Conrad, to include plus sizes. LC Lauren Conrad launched in 2009 and for the spring 2018 season, the line expands to sizes 0X to 3X, retailing from $12 to $154. Earlier in the year, Lauren Conrad expanded her line to include maternity and swimwear.

LC Lauren Conrad’s inclusion of plus sizes will have its debut during New York Fashion Week: The Shows on September 6. The runway show will include some holiday looks in metallic tones and velvet.

—William S. Gooch

Fashion News Alert: Chelsea Manning’s Vogue Spread, Demi Lovato Collaborates with Fabletics Again, Off White Opens Soho Store, NYFW: The Shows Schedule Announced

 

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From a maximum-security prison to the pages of Vogue, talk about transitions and big change. Well, that is the life of transgender activist Chelsea Manning these days.

Imprisoned for seven years for her security leak of more than 700,000 classified US documents to WikiLeaks, Manning has transitioned from Bradley Manning to Chelsea Manning—undergoing gender reassignment while imprisoned—and is now featured in a spread in September 2017 issue of Vogue. Manning was released from prison in May.

“Chelsea Manning changed the course of history. Now she’s focusing on herself,” says the headline of September issue of Vogue’s interview with Manning, Annie Liebowitz shot the images in the feature.

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Off White opens in Soho

Off White opens first store in Soho district of Manhattan. Creative Director Virgil Obloh wants the store to be seen as more of a gallery that showcases clothes than a typical brick-and-mortar store. Store is known as the EMP TY gallery, a concept that was employed at Off White’s pop-up store in Paris.

Abloh wants each Off White store to reflect the neighborhood of the stores’ locations. And Soho with its downtown artsy vibe is a perfect location for Off White’s gallery/store. The Off White Soho store will carry art that consumers can actually purchase. Off White has similar store in London, Manchester, Shanghai, Beijing, Hong Kong, Seoul, Tokyo, Singapore, and Toronto.

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Is two times the charm?

Demi Lovato will once again collaborate with athleisure brand, Fabletics. After the success of Lovato’s limited edition collaboration with Fabletics in May, the brand announced that the pop singer would be back for a fall 2017 active wear collection.

“I’m excited to share Demi’s second capsule collection at Fabletics with everyone!” said co-founder Kate Hudson in a fashionunited.com article. “Demi’s strong sense of self and her passion for an active lifestyle embodies everything we at Fabletics want to share with our community. She did some great designs with really fun accents for this collection which I know our customer is going to love!”

“I’m so excited to continue working with Fabletics and the design team to launch an even bigger collection for fall. This collection is inspired by my personal style—on stage, at home and in the gym, so I had a lot of fun playing with bold colors, prints, and performance elements that I love. I felt more confident through the design process this time around, and think that the collection reflects that. I wanted to share that with my fans in hopes that they feel as confident and empowered when wearing the pieces,” explained Lovato.

The collection features a full assortment of tops, sports bras, leggings, outerwear and layering pieces, and ranges from sizes XXS-3X in short, regular and tall lengths.

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Skimpy NYFW schedule

New York Fashion Week: The Shows (NYFWS) has announced it final roster for the spring 2018 season. NYFWS spring 2018 season has been cut down from eight to seven days this season and many designers have opted out of showing. The amount of fashion designers we are on the official NYFWS calendar for spring 2018 is down about thirty-five percent.

Rodarte, Monique Lhuillier, Lacoste, and Proenza Schouler announced earlier this summer that would not show in New York City for spring 2018. And several designers/brands, though showing this season, are showing offsite—on site approved IMG/CFDA locations include Skylight Clarkson and Pier 59.

—William S. Gooch

Fashion News Alert: Usain Bolt’s Last Race Opens Doors at Puma, Betsey Johnson Lists on Airbnb, Selena Gomez and Coach Collaboration, and Michael Costello Opens First Boutique

Betsey_Johnson-mexican_VillaIs Betsey Johnson strapped for cash? Who knows? But her recent listing of her Mexican villa on Airbnb signifies that something is afoot!!

Betsey Johnson’s Mexican villa is located northwest of Acapulco and is listed as a “boutique vacation experience” for six to eight guests. The villa features four bedrooms—styled in bold, floral colors—a large pool, terrace and outdoor kitchen, along with a fully equipped exercise room. The villa also comes equipped with all the creature comforts of the modern traveler, with a Sonos sound system, Wifi, Netflix and cable TV, along with access to a 7-seat Jeep Commander, ATV and paddle board for land and water activities.

Guests may be surprised to learn Betsey Johnson still lives at the Mexican villa and they might have to share the villa with her. Rates began at $618 a night with a three-day stay minimum.

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Usain and Puma

On the heels of Usain Bolt coming in third in the 100-meter dash at the World Athletics Championships, Bolt has announced that the 100-meter dash was his last race. This last race could open doors for Bolt at Puma beyond him being sponsored by the brand, a sponsorship he has had since he was 15.

“Usain Bolt could be even more important for us when he stops running,” Chief Executive Bjorn Gulden told the Handelsblatt Daily in an interview. “I can even imagine that he could run our business in the Caribbean.”

Bolt is still not committing to his next move after track and field. Bolt has excelled in three Olympics, winning eight gold medals and 12 World Athletics Championships titles. “It’s going to be hard, as track and field has been everything for me since I [Usain Bolt] was 10 and it’s been a rush—but we’ll see where life takes me.”

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Coach x Selena Gomez

Selena Gomez’s relationship with Coach is expanding beyond the recent fall 2017 campaign with Gomez. Gomez is collaborating with Stuart Vevers, the creative director of Coach leather goods to create several chic bags including the “Selena Grace” bag.

“I’m very excited for everyone to finally see the design Stuart and I worked on together,” said the American singer about the Selena Grace bag in a fashionnetwork.com article.. “I can’t wait to carry it—it’s totally versatile, perfect to wear day-to-night and it goes with everything.”

The focal item of the  Coach x Selena Gomez collection will be the “Selena Grace” bag that can be worn on the shoulder are on the arm, and meets the needs of the modern woman. The double-handled bag is available in several exclusive colors: Selena Black Cherry, Selena White and Selena Red. The collection also includes a wristlet, a cardholder, and charms that can be clipped to the handbag.

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Michael Costello expands to stand-alone boutique

On August 20, LA–based Michael Costello will open his first boutique in downtown Los Angeles. This store will exclusively carry Costello’s ready-to-wear collection, featuring Costello’s signature aesthetic.

Costello’s ready-to-wear collections will retail around $300.  Costello has a passion for beautiful garments at affordable prices. “To make high fashion more affordable and accessible to women of all shapes and sizes,” explains Costello.

The store will be open seven days a week from 10am to 8pm.

—William S. Gooch

Fashion News Alert: Misty Copeland’s New Campaign, Bye, Bye L’Uomo Vogue, Zoe Kravitz’s New Gig, and the CFDA Releases NYFW Spring 2018 Schedule

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2017 was a breakout year for Misty Copeland at American Ballet Theater (ABT). The African American ballerina made her debut in ABT’s “Don Quixote,” “Giselle,” and “Whipped Cream,” a huge accomplishment for any ballerina.

On the heel of these historic debuts, Copeland is the new global spokesmodel for Estee Lauder’s fragrance ‘Modern Muse.’ Copeland will be featured in short film teaching young dancers in ballet class that accompanies the fragrance’s video, print and television campaign, asking the question, “What inspires you.”

“My two passions are dance and giving back, and I love passing on knowledge to the next generation,” she said in a statement in a recent fashionnetwork.com article. “I also have a strong connection to the scents I wear when I perform. The Modern Muse campaign is the perfect way to see another side of my story.”

“Misty has challenged the status quo to achieve her dreams and inspired so many young women along the way,” said Stephane de La Faverie, Global Brand President, Estée Lauder, with the brand’s Style and Image Director Aerin Lauder adding: “Misty is the perfect representation of today’s modern muse.”

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Zoe and YSL

Zoe Kravitz has a new job. She is the new global makeup ambassador for YSL Beautè. Kravitz first teamed up with YSL Beautè in 2016 starring a short film, “Beyond the Light,” that focused on her pre-stage makeup routine.

“YSL Beauté has always been one of my favorite brands,” said Kravitz in a statement. “Their ability to combine the chicest of styles with a raw edge has always been to me one of the best ways to express yourself through fashion and beauty. Nothing is forced, nothing is fake but everything is bold, strong and unafraid.”

2017 is turning out to be a triumphant year for Zoe Kravitz. Kravitz is a part of Tiffany & Co’s 2017 fall campaign and stars in the summer hit “Girls Trip.”

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New York Fashion Week: The Shows (NYFWS) is just seven weeks away. NYFWS begins and September 7 and runs through September 13. NYFWS has been reduced this season from eight days to seven days.

Several key fashion week players will be missing from the calendar from the spring 2018 calendar. Those players include Rodarte, Altazurra, Monique Lhuillier, and Ralph Lauren. Lauren will show at his Bedford, NY garage for select editors and guests.

Those returning to the calendar for the spring 2018 season include Thakoon and Tom Ford after an absence of a few seasons. Akris and Sies Marjan are joining the NYFWS calendar this season for the first time, opting to show in NYC over Paris. Other NYFWS regulars to look forward to this season are Anna Sui, Opening Ceremony, Naeem Khan, Rag & Bone, Tadashi Shoji, Calvin Klein, Christian Siriano, Tracy Reese, Marchesa, Libertine, The Blonds, Zang Toi, and Marc Jacobs.

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Arrivederci L’Uomo Vogue

Conde Nast is shuttering all of Vogue Italia’s four offshoots. Vogue Bambini (Children’s wear), L’ Uomo Vogue (menswear), Vogue Sposa (bridal), and Vogue Gioiello (jewelry) employees will receive a generous severance package of 40 months pay and each publications lays off employees over the next several months and said publications discontinue operations.

L’Uomo Vogue is the largest of the Vogue Italia’s sister publications with readership of over 300, 000. L’Uomo Vogue launched in 1968 and quickly became one of the fashion industries premier men’s fashion publications. It is not know is L’Uomo Vogue content will merge into Vogue Italia.

—William S. Gooch

 

Fashion News Alert: Michael Kors Acquires Jimmy Choo, Narcisco Rodriquez Exits NYFW, Pat McGrath Joins British Vogue, Kylie Jenner Launches Beauty Birthday Line, and Layoffs at Neiman Marcus

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Makeup guru Pat McGrath’s star continues to rise. McGrath was recently named beauty editor-at-large at British Vogue.

“It is an honor to be part of my dear friend Edward’s [Enninful] vision for British Vogue. Throughout my career, I’ve had the good fortune to work closely with the world’s best designers, stylists, photographers, models, and creative professionals. Now I’m thrilled to be part of this extraordinary team at Vogue; pushing the boundaries of beauty and artistry, while [honoring] the past and the esteem of this prestigious publication,” said McGrath in a recent press release.

McGrath’s new role at British Vogue is a natural progression for McGrath. Early in her career, McGrath’s work appeared in British Vogue. McGrath joins at British Vogue new contributing beauty editors Charlotte Tilbury, Sal Garland, Sam McKnight, and Guido Palau.

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NYFW defections

New York Fashion Week: Men’s experienced lots of defections for its spring 2018 collections. Following suit, designers are already choosing not to show during New York Fashion: The Shows (NYFWS) that is less than seven weeks away.

So far, Narciso Rodriquez joins several prominent fashion designers that will not show during NYFWS. Tommy Hilfiger and Altazurra are skipping NYFWS for Paris and London, while Ralph Lauren will stage his show out of the garage of his Bedford, New York home, using a “See Now, Buy Now” format. Monique Lhuillier, Rodarte, and Proenza Schouler opted to show their spring 2018 collections during the Paris couture shows in early July.

Narciso Rodriquez will show his spring 2018 collection on the first day of NYFWS, September 6, with private appointments.

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Michael Kors expands

In a somewhat surprising move, Michael Kors is acquiring Jimmy Choo for approximately 1.35 billion. What is surprising about this acquisition is the Michael Kors brand has been struggling for several months, closing its online retail distribution center in North Carolina.

In spite of the acquisition, several key top-level executives will maintain their positions at Jimmy Choo. Pierre Denis will continue in his role as chief executive officer and Creative Director Sandra Choi will continue to lead the creative and design teams. This acquisition is expected to grow Jimmy Choo in global markets and expand the brand into other accessory markets.

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Birthday girl

To celebrate her 20th birthday, Kylie Jenner is launching a special of ‘Birthday Collection’ via her Kylie Cosmetic beauty brand. According to an Instagram post, the collection is set to launch on August 1 on the brand’s website prior to Kylie’s birthday on August 10.

The ‘Birthday Collection’ will include two of the new ‘Ultra Glow’ highlighters, which come in gold and pink shades. Also included are four different makeup brushes, an ‘I Want It All’ palette of highlighters and eye shadows, and, of course, several of the lip colors saw her first break into the cosmetics industry. A ‘Birthday Book’ pressed powder palette will also form part of the celebratory haul. All products from the ‘Birthday Collection’ will be packaged in pink-themed, sparkly purse.

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Job cuts

Neiman Marcus plans to cut 225 jobs due to a change in consumer buying habits and to deal with its nearly $5 billion buyout debt. This restructuring plan will hopefully help Neiman Marcus maintain its status as a high-end, luxury retail destination.

Neiman Marcus is also re-evaluating its Last Call outlet division. Neiman Marcus has already closed 3 of its Last Call stores with 37 remaining open. In early 2017 there was much talk of the sale of the luxury giant; however, in June, Neiman Marcus decided to initiate a restructuring deal and not sale the company.

—William S. Gooch

 

 

Fashion News Alert: Cara Delevingne and Valerian, New York City Ballet Partners with Cole Haan, Colette Closes, Buyers Circle Jimmy Choo, and Karl Lagerfeld and the Russians

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Donald Trump and Russia is proving to be a toxic combination. In fact, any Russia pairing has nefarious connotations these days. However, that does not concern Karl Lagerfeld.

Lagerfeld is looking to expand his ever-growing brand by making presence stronger in Russia by establishing is women’s collections with the distributor the BNS Group. BNS Group distributes nine brands that include Calvin Klein, Topshop, Michael Kors, and the recently added Coach, Tommy Hilfiger and now, Karl Lagerfeld.

Lagerfeld also has a presence in Russia for his menswear line that is primarily sold in Russian shopping malls. The agreement with BNS Group will distribute Lagerfeld’s women’s wear line in Russia, Belarus, and Kazakhstan with 10 single-brand stores scheduled to open by 2022.

The first store is scheduled to open in the Moscow Metropolis shopping center in 2018. The single-brand store will house women’s wear clothing, footwear, eyewear, watches, and perfumes.

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NYCB and fashion

Ballet dancers are currently in vogue. First, there was ABT principal dancer Misty Copeland’s campaign with Under Armour in 2015 and in 2017 Dutch National Ballet soloist Michaela DePrince landed a campaign with Jockey. Now, the New York City Ballet (NYCB) has teamed with Cole Haan.

Cole Haan has chosen New York City Ballet dancer Amar Ramasar, Sara Mearns, Megan Fairchild, Gretchen Smith, and Justin Peck to star in its new GrandEvolution collection campaign. New York City Ballet soloist and choreographer Justin Peck choreographed the movement for the campaign that is captured in stills and a series of GIFs to be released on digital channels. NYCB dancers Sear Mearns, Gretchen Smith, and Megan Faircild had appeared in Cole Haan campaigns in previously, going back to 2014.

Andrew Eccles shot the GrandEvolution campaign, Cole Haan’s new unisex collection. The shoes from the collection is available now online and in Cole Haan stores around the world, with prices ranging from $180 to $280.

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“Valerian” image courtesy of superherohype.com

Silver screen Cara

It is quite common for fashion models to transition into acting. Most don’t have as big a career in acting as they had in fashion with the exception of Cybil Shepard, Lauren Hutton, and Cameron Diaz. Still, others are making definite inroads. Cara Delevingne is one of those supermodels.

With the opening of “Valerian” on Friday, Cara Delevingne is pegged to be the next supermodel to make that successful transition to the silver screen. Directed by Luc Besson, in “Valerian” Cara plays Laureline, a secret agent police who sent on a mission with fellow secret agent, Valerian, to find a ‘converter’ creature from an unknown planet.

In that “Valerian” is a  summer release; there is hope that the film will score big at the box office. “Valerian” is Cara’s fourth major film role since launching her fashion career in 2009.

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Jimmy Choo resort 2017 image courtesy of fashionisers.com

Fashion hawks circle Jimmy Choo

The announcement in May 2017 that Jimmy Choo is up for sale has some fashion hawks flying low, hoping to be the first ones to take advantage of this proclamation. Those frontrunners include Michael Kors—who is apparently working with JP Morgan as its broker—as well as Coach and Hony Capital, who are interested in Jimmy Choo–branded parfums.

With all of his recent retail worries, Kors is an odd choice to take on Jimmy Choo in that the Michael Kors brand has disappointed analysts and investors with its 2017 sales and profit performances. Coach is a more viable choice with its recent purchase of Kate Spade. Hony Capital is in negotiations with Interparfums, the French fragrances group that holds the license to manufacture Jimmy Choo–branded perfumes.

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Bye, bye Colette

Colette, the iconic French concept store, is closing it doors in December. In 2015, almost went into the bankruptcy proceedings and was recently threatened with eviction. Colette’s woes are the result of retail struggles. The continuing advent of online shopping has threatened multi-brand stores like Colette, which was founded in 1990 by Carla Sozzani, as an eclectic concept store.

Still, there is some good news. Businessman Tiziano Sgarbi and designer Simona Barbieri, the founders of Italian fashion label, Twin-Set are taking control of Colette’s Italian counterpart 10 Corso Como.  As reported on corriere.it, Sgarbi and Barbieri are taking control of 10 Corso Como and its retail space for fewer than 30 million euros.

“We have no intention of changing the format. We simply wish to [modernize] it, and we hope to be able to keep the name ’10 Corso Como.’ As for the photography exhibition gallery and the cult fashion and accessories boutique, we would like to enter into a partnership with Carla Sozzani,” Tiziano Sgarbi told corriere.it.

—William S. Gooch

 

 

 

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