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

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

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

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Workers unite!

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

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

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

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Catwalk Naomi

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

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

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

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Sporty Bella

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

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

—William S. Gooch

 

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

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

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

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

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Bye, bye American pie

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

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

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

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Anna teams up

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

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

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A new Garment District

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

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

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

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

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

—William S. Gooch

 

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

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

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

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Kate Spade buyout

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

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

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

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Dame Anna

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

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

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The skinny on the French

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

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

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

—William S. Gooch

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

—William S. Gooch


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

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

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

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

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Fern’s new gig

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

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

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

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Talking about a revolution

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

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

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

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Randy says yes to his bridal line

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

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

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

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J Crew unravels

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

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

—William S. Gooch

 

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

 

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

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

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

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British Black

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

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

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

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

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Thin is in?

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

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

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

 

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Conflicting Ivanka figures

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

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

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Trumped out

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

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

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

—William S. Gooch

 

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

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

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

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

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Power to the people

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

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

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

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

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

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Bye, bye Jenna

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

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

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

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Payless goes shoeless

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

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

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

—William S. Gooch

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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Image courtesy of mytotalretail.com

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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Image courtesy of macyassets.com

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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Image courtesy of goodamerican.com

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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Image courtesy of thefashionisto.com

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

 

 

 

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