Weekend Fashion News Alert: Nominees for CFDA Fashion Award Named, Justin Timberlake Turns to Stella McCartney, and Lewis Hamilton’s New Gig

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The CFDA released its nominees for the CFDA 2018 Fashion Awards via a series of video clips on Instagram. “The 2018 CFDA Fashion Awards continue to honor those who have led the American fashion industry, and this year, we welcome designers who approach fashion in new ways,” said Steven Kolb, President and CEO of the CFDA in a recent article on fashionnetwork.com.Nominees for the Womenswear Designer of the Year Award are Raf Simons for Calvin Klein, Gabriela Hearst, Marc Jacobs, Virgil Abloh for Off-White, and Ashley Olsen and Mary-Kate Olsen for The Row. Nominated for Menswear Designer of the Year are Raf Simons for Calvin Klein, Virgil Abloh for Off-White, James Jebbia for Supreme, Thom Browne, and Tom Ford. The Accessory Designer of the Year nominees are Paul Andrew, Stuart Vevers for Coach, Rachel Mansur and Floriana Gavriel for Mansur Gavriel, Irene Neuwirth, and Ashley Olsen and Mary-Kate Olsen for The Row.

The Tommy X Lewis Hamilton Spring 2018 campaign image courtesy of wwd.com

The new face of Tommy Hilfiger menswear

Everyone agrees that British Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton is a looker, and now Tommy Hilfiger joins the consensus by tapping Hamilton will be the face of all of the brand’s menswear labels. This also includes swimwear and underwear.

Hilfiger is looking to have more global appeal and the plan has been to bring in a brand ambassador that gives the more of a global presence. While supermodel Gigi Hadid’s affiliation with the brand has been very effective in establishing Tommy Hilfiger as the current go-to brand for American female millenials, Gigi’s brand ambassadorship keeps the brand solidly in the American market. (Gigi’s contract with Tommy Hilfiger this year.)

With Lewis Hamilton as the new face of the menswear labels, Tommy Hilfiger is “[aiming] at driving the growth of Hilfiger men’s worldwide and bringing the next generation of fans to the brand.” That said; Lewis Hamilton has over 17 million followers on social media and has a net worth valued at over $130 million pounds.

Mikael Janssen photographed Tommy Hilfiger’s spring 2018 menswear integrated campaign with Lewis Hamilton at Pennsylvania’s Pocono Raceway. This spring 2018 campaign features exclusive video teasers, print, online, and out of home media placements, and will be supported by consumer activations “that continue to bring the brand’s unique perspective on pop culture to life around the world.”

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Justin and Stella

Justin Timberlake has kicked off his 42-city ‘Man of the Woods’ tour and many of the garments that Timberlake, his dancers and band members will don on stage come from Stella McCartney fall 2018 collection. This is the second time the pop singer has chosen McCartney as his designer of choice, the first time being his stage performance at the 2018 Super Bowl half time performance.

Stella McCartney’s collaboration with Justin Timberlake on his 2018 tour is a boon for the British designer in that McCartney’s menswear line is only two years old and

McCartney showed her 2018 menswear collection in Paris for the first time during Paris Fashion Week. “Justin has such innate style, and he embodies our menswear collection in many ways. Collaborating with him on his world tour wardrobe is an incredible opportunity … I’m so thrilled and proud that he chose Stella McCartney Menswear,” explained McCartney in a fashionnetwork.com article.

Timberlake’s stage costumes will include camo splatter Prince of Wales check bomber jackets, combat trousers, chevron tracksuits and tailored flannel styles, as well as bespoke designs. Timberlake’s ‘Man of the Woods’ tour will continue for the next 10 months.

—William S. Gooch

Fashion News Alert: Condé Nast’s New Codes of Conduct, Juicy Couture’s NYFW Debut, Marchesa’s Fall 2018 Show Cancelled, and J. Mendel Back in Court

                   Marchesa spring 2018 images courtesy of luxelookbook.me

Georgina Chapman is still visible. Well, somewhat even though the sexual misconduct and harassment charges surrounding her soon-to-be, ex-husband Harvey Weinstein has caused her to go underground!Though Georgina is seen weekly as one of the judges on “Project Runway: All Stars Season 4,” her fashion brand, Marchesa, will be absent from New York Fashion Week: The Shows fall 2018 collections. It was reported in The New York Post that Chapman was “too scared” to present a runway show and instead “[the brand] is looking forward to presenting their fall ’18 collection in an updated format this season,” as was told by a brand spokesperson to AFP. Chapman’s updated format will be a digital presentation.

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Condé Nast sets down the law

The #MeToo Movement has caused changes at Condé Nast. Condé Nast is addressing issues around sexual misconduct around models by instituting new codes of conduct. This new internal corporate policy, although aimed primarily at models, will other industry professionals associated with Condé Nast.

“All those who work for Condé Nast must be treated with dignity and respect. Any work done for Condé Nast must be carried out in a professional fashion, without any kind of discrimination or harassment,” the US publisher’s code of conduct says. “We are absolutely determined to work together to find solutions [to this problem] within our industry. By adhering to these recommendations, all the people involved in the creative process will help to ensure there is a safe, respectful working environment,” said Jonathan Newhouse, CEO of Condé Nast International.

The new codes of conduct include the following: all models must be at least 18 years of age; the need for a secluded area for changing garments; and the any nudity; one-on-one situations between said model(s), photographer(s), and crew should be avoided, and use of alcohol or drugs or skimpy garments must have prior approval before photo shoots.

Condé Nast interviewed 150 industry professionals and got recommendations on how they could better protect models and institute to codes of conduct. Let’s hope it sticks!!

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Juicy Couture is juicy again

Juicy Couture is experiencing a comeback, and it is long overdue. Though Juicy Couture was the flirty, celebrity-influenced brand of the late 1990s and 2000s—worn by Paris Hilton, Jessica Alba, Jennifer Lopez—it never showed during New York Fashion Week (NYFW).

Amid plummeting sales and after being acquired by Authentic Brands Group, all the Juicy Couture stores were closed down. But that wasn’t the complete demise of Juicy Couture. The brand has been struggling for three years to find its voice and reposition itself with Jamie Mizrahi being appointed creative director in 2017.

“I am not trying to reinvent Juicy. What I’m doing is taking the history that is so special and continuing to make it feel fun and wearable by bringing back silhouettes and materials and making them work for the modern woman,” stated Mizrahi around the time of her hire.

Capitalizing of the current revival of a 90’s aesthetic and logos trend, Juicy Couture’s NYFW debut will include two collections its Black Label collection (its renamed main line) and more casual Juicy Couture line.

J. Mendel spring 2018 images courtesy of highfashionliving.com

I want my money!

Luxury brand J. Mendel may be back in court. Since 2016 J. Mendel has owed New York public relations firm Karla Otto over six figures, approximately $110,00, after J. Mendel failed to pay for services rendered. J. Mendel’s monthly fee at Karla Otto was $12,000 a month.

According to WWD both parties decided to end the their relationship with J. Mendel agreeing to pay Karla Otto $260,000. To date, J. Mendel has only paid $70,000 of agreed upon $20,000 monthly installments.

Karla Otto has taken J. Mendel to a New York court for the past due amount and is also asking for an additional 14 percent interest on amount due, as well as a reimbursement for all legal fees. Karla Otto represents several prestigious brands including Tommy Hilfiger, Blumarine, Marni, Philipp Plein, and others.

—William S. Gooch


Fashion News Alert: Racial Slurs at Paris Couture Fashion Week, Ashley Graham and Covergirl, and Kim Kardashian Launches Valentine Fragrances

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When is racially sensitive language, sometimes found in hip-hop lyrics, improper and politically incorrect when used outside of hip hop? Well, apparently that cross- pollination of language sparked outrage when Russian fashion designer Ulyana Sergeenko sent a bouquet of roses with an attached card that contained a racial slur during the current Paris Couture Fashion Week to her friend Miroslava Duma.According to fashionnetwork.com, Duma posted an Instagram image of herseflf with the bouquet of roses and note quoting the title of a Kanye West and Jay-Z song, “Niggas in Paris”. “To my niggas in Paris,” the card read.

Supermodel Naomi Campbell denounced Sergeenko on social media proclaiming that, “this better not be real.” Sergeenko responded by saying the ‘N Word’ is used among her friends, “when we want to believe that we are just as cool as these guys who sing it.” Mira is a dear friend and even the fact that she so naively posted my private card on social media means that we meant nothing wrong.”

Duma later made a formal apology, saying, “The word is utterly offensive and I regret promoting it and am very sorry. “I detest racism or discrimination of any kind.”

Hmm, really, many will beg to differ. Hindsight is always 20/20.

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Legendary Ashley

Supermodel Ashley Graham continues her industry proliferation. Ashley has landed her first major Revlon beauty contract along with top models Adwoa Aboah, Imaan Hammam, and Raquel Zimmermann who front Revlon’s ‘Live Boldly’ campaign.

I am thrilled to be part of this timely and groundbreaking campaign with different types   of women across races, ages and sizes, and to leverage this platform to continue to create positive change,” said Graham in a statement. “To ‘Live Boldly’ is the mantra of my life. Every day in the mirror I say to myself, ‘I am bold, I am brilliant, I am beautiful,’ and together with Revlon, we can inspire all women to do the same.”

According to Revlon, the four models were selected based on their desire to live boldly evidenced in their political and cultural activism. Graham has long been an body image activist; Zimmerman and Hammam have embraced environmentalism and broken racial and diversity barriers, while Adwoa Aboah founded ‘Gurls Talk,’an online platform that offers young women a space to discuss topics such as female identity, mental illness, addiction, sexuality and racial diversity.

The past couple of years has been groundbreaking for Ashley Graham with her walking in Michael Kors show, landing her first Vogue cover and Sports Illustrated Swimwear cover and being the 10th highest paid model in 2017, according to Forbes.

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Kim continues to expand

Kim Kardashian continues to expand her empire. Kim is releasing a trio of fragrances in time for Valentine’s Day. She announced this on Instagram on the KKW fragrance account.

Kim K’s triptych of fragrances has the monikers ‘BFF’, ‘BAE,’ and ‘Ride Or Die’ and comes in candy-colored, heart-shaped vials. These new fragrances are collaborations between Kim K and her emoji brand Kimoji.

Last June, Kim K launched her KKW beauty line that contained ‘Crystal Gardenia,’ ‘Crystal Gardenia Oud’ and ‘Crystal Gardenia Citrus’ perfumes. The fragrances sold out in a couple days and it is expected a similar result for Kim K’s new trio of fragrances.

—William S. Gooch




Weekend Fashion News Alert: Hedi Slimane’s New Job, Meghan Markle’s First Royal Fitting, and Mario Testino Named in Sexual Harassment Roundup


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Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy (LVMH) has appointed Hedi Slimane as the new creative and image director of Celine. Phoebe Philo recently exited her post as creative director of Celine early this month after being at Celine for almost ten years.“I am particularly happy that Hedi is back within the LVMH Group and taking the reins of our Céline Maison. He is one of the most talented designers of our time. I have been a great admirer of his work since we collaborated on Dior Homme. His arrival at Céline reinforces the great ambitions that LVMH has for this Maison. Hedi will leverage his global vision and unique aesthetic virtuosity,” explained LVMH controlling shareholder, Bernard Arnault,

And in a recent fashionnetwork.com article Hedi Slimane added, “I am delighted to join Bernard Arnault in this all-embracing and fascinating mission for Céline. I greatly look forward to returning to the exciting world of fashion and the dynamism of the ateliers.”

Slimane starts his post next month, directing all of Celine’s collections. Slimane will extend his Celine directorship to include menswear, couture, and fragrances.

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Meghan Markle Says Yes to the Dress

As reported on “ABC News,” Prince Harry’s fiancée Meghan Markle had her first bridal gown fitting at Kensington Palace. Though Markle’s choice of bridal designer has not been revealed, royal reporter and biographer Omid Schobie explained that bridal stylist Jessica Mulroney is helping Meghan Markle create a custom-made look for the wedding.

“Meghan flew her close friend and bridal stylist Jessica Mulroney from Toronto to London last weekend where she attended a top-secret fitting at Kensington Palace with the designer. They’ve tried on a number of different designs and are currently whittling it down to pick the best designs for the day,” adds Schobie.

Schobie detailed that Markle has “expressed the desire to wear something simple and classy and very elegant.” Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding day is scheduled for May 2018.

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Mario Testino named

Add Mario Testino’s name to the list of fashion photographers who have allegedly been involved in sexual misconduct. First Terry Richardson was named—no surprise to anyone in the industry. In December 2017, Bruce Weber was called out for sexual misconduct by two former male models—also not a complete shock. Now, the New York Times alleges that Mario Testino participated in sexual misconduct with 13 models and male assistants. Testino is accused of making sexual advances, open masturbation, and groping.

“We are deeply disturbed by these accusations and take this very seriously—as previously noted in our statement regarding sexual harassment,” Conde Nast said in a statement. “In light of these allegations, we will not be commissioning any new work with [Testino and Weber] for the foreseeable future.”

According to the New York Times, a law firm representing Testino “challenged the characters and credibility of people who complained of harassment.” And that former Testino employees were shocked by the allegations” and “could not confirm any of the claims.”

Michael Kors is following Conde Nast’s lead and ending the brand’s relationship with Testino even though the brand has had a long, production relationship with Mario Testino. “In light of the seriousness of these accusations, we will not be working with Mr. Testino on future advertising campaigns,” said representatives for Michael Kors.

—William S. Gooch







Fashion News Alert: Lindsay Lohan Rebrands, Marc Jacobs to Close European Stores, Donatella Disses Versace TV Series, and Norway Bans Fur Farms

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If anyone saw Lindsay Lohan on “The Wendy Williams Show” last Friday, it is quite evident that Lohan is attempting to rebrand herself. Now living in Dubai—where paparazzi are illegal—Lohan is putting a lot of energy into reinvigorating her image in the States and abroad.That said; Lohan announced on “The Wendy Williams Show” that she is developing a makeup and beauty line. Though she did not reveal many details about the upcoming cosmetics line, Lohan did express that the cosmetic line will contain lipstick and other beauty products. And a released image on “The Wendy Williams Show” shows a collection that might include a lipstick, eye shadow and mirrored powder compact.

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Donatella frowns

Donatella Versace has always been very outspoken and candid about her brother Gianni Versace’s life and death. Very close to her brother and very protective of his legacy, Donatella has confessed that she will not watch the US television nine-part, mini-series about the murder of her brother, Gianni Versace.

I haven’t seen [the series] nor will I see it, because after all this time it still hurts to see Gianni represented untruthfully,” Donatella told La Repubblica, an Italian daily paper. Since its publication in 1999, the Versace family has had major reservations about Maureen Orth’s book Vulgar Favours.

The Versace family, as detailed in a fashionnetwork.com article, said, “in the attempt to create a sensational story, [the TV drama] presents gossip full of contradictions. It saddens [us] to see that among all possible portraits of (Gianni‘s) life and story, the producers chose to present the false and distorted version created by Maureen Orth,” they added.

The Versace family took issue with reports in Vulgar Favours that at the time of his death Gianni Versace was suffering from AIDS. And they were also concerned that Maureen Orth never reached out to the Versace family to verify facts.

The nine-episode series “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story” stars Edgar Ramirez as Gianni,  Penelope Cruz as Donatella and  Ricky Martin as Gianni’s boyfriend. The mini-series begins on January 17 on FX.

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Marc Jacobs’ shutdown

Retail sales have been declining for Marc Jacobs for the last couple of seasons. A few years ago Jacobs merged his less expensive line, Marc by Marc Jacobs, with his namesake line, and now Jacobs is closing the last remaining store in London, as well as additional brick and mortar stores in Europe.

Though Business of Fashion, who first reported this story, could not confirm which Jacobs’ brick and mortar stores in Europe will shutter later in the year, it was confirmed that the London Mayfair store on Mount Street closes in early 2018. It has been confirmed by LVMH, Jacobs’ holding company, that the Marc Jacobs’ Paris store on Rue Saint Honore will remain open

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Fur free

The Norwegian government, spearheaded by Prime Minister Erna Solberg, plans to phase out all Norwegian fur farms by 2025. Norway has about 200 fur farms that produce about 1 million pelts a year, employing over 400 people, and grossing 350 to 500 million Norwegian crowns.

Norway only produces 3 percent of the world’s fox fur, and 1 percent of the world’s mink. “It’s not a very lucrative business in Norway,” said Sveinung Fjose, of Menon Business Economics and an expert on fur farms. “It wouldn’t harm the Norwegian economy severely” to close it down.”

According to the Humane Society International, Norway is the 14th European nation to phase out fur farming.

—William S. Gooch


Fashion News Alert: Selena Gomez’s New Coach Campaign, Nordstrom Expands to Men’s Standalone, and Bruce Weber Responds to Allegations

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Selena Gomez’s is already revving it up in 2018. Selena released on her Instagram account an image from her new Coach spring 2018 campaign.”A New Year’s first just for you guys—I’m so excited to reveal my new @Coach campaign,” said Gomez on her Instagram post. Steven Meisel photographed the campaign with Selena holding Coach’s new multicolored, quilted ‘Parker’ bag against the New York City skyline.

Selena Gomez has been an ambassador for Coach since 2016 and has starred in several campaigns for Coach, even launching a capsule collection with Coach, Coach x Selena Gomez in spring 2017. The capsule collection included the widely popular ‘Selena Grace’ bag with the messages ‘Love yourself first,’ and ‘To be you is to be strong’ embossed on the bottom of the bag.

Gomez has also signed a two-year campaign with Puma in September. The contract requires Gomez to front for the brand and collaborate on designs. You go, Selena!!

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Bruce barks back

Bruce Weber has finally responded to sexual misconduct allegations. In early December 2017 Weber was accused of sexual harrasment by former male models Jason Boyce and Mark Ricketson in a press conference held by the attorney for the accusers, Lisa Bloom. Boyce is filing a lawsuit against Weber. Ricketson cannot file a lawsuit because of the statute of limitations in California.

Bruce Weber wrote on Instagram, “I want to address the recent allegations made against me. I unequivocally deny these charges and will vigorously deny these charges and I will vigorously defend myself. I have spent my career capturing the human spirit through photographs and am confident that, in due time, the truth will prevail. I am grateful for the outpouring of support I have received.”

In recent weeks Weber has received support from industry bigwigs Grace Coddington, Tim Blanks, Carine Roitfeld, Trey Laird, and a slew of male and female models.

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It’s all about the guys

It’s hard to believe that in a stagnant retail market that the menswear market is expanding. Well, Nordstrom seems to think so!!

The mega retail store is prepping for its first standalone menswear store set to open in New York City in April 2018. Nordstrom has also scheduled to open a flagship store in the base of the Central Park Tower in 2019.

While other mega retail stores saw a significant decrease in sales in 2016 and 2017, Nordstrom actually stayed steady with some modest gains. Cailin Caro, Nordstrom’s NYC men’s store manager, announced that the men’s store would be “focused on service and providing customers with an elevated experience that reflects the best of what we have to offer.”

For the NYC men’s standalone store Nordstrom is recruiting for sales associates in apparel, designer, furnishings, shoes, and grooming departments. Nordstrom’s men’s standalone store will be located on Broadway between 57th and 58th Streets.

—William S. Gooch

Fashion News Alert: Another NYFW Exit, Models.com Model of the Year, and the Blackamoor Brooch Controversy

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British model Adwoa Aboah has been recognized at the 2017 Models.com industry awards as its pick for Model of the Year: Women. Over 250 industry professionals chose Adwoa Aboah as the face that defined 2017.Adwoa Aboah has stood out in 2017 for her activism (Aboah’s sisterhood organization, Gurls Talk) and for career highlights in 2017 which include a Marc Jacobs beauty campaign, H&M fall 2017 campaign, Miu Miu fall 2017 campaign, Dior fall 2017 campaign, Alexander Wang spring 2017 campaign, and others, as well as British Vogue, Vogue Mexico, Vogue Espana, Love, I-D, Dazed magazine covers, the Pirelli calendar, and opening and walking in top fashion designers’ runway shows.

Adwoa Aboah is of Ghanaian and British descent.

Rodarte spring 2018 image courtesy of Getty Images

Rodarte defects to Paris

Another fashion brand has defected from New York Fashion Week: The Shows (NYFWS). Rodarte recently announced it will bypass NYFWS fall 2018 season and show in Paris with private appointments for the fall 2018 season. The brand’s next runway show will be in Paris for the spring 2019 season.

“We have always been up front about who we are and what we offer, which is a voice that is very different from a lot of other brands in the industry,” expressed Rodarte co-founder Laura Mulleavy in a fashionnetwork,com article. The Mulleavy sisters moved Rodarte to Paris earlier in the year. The Mulleavy sisters explained that the brand’s move to Paris was a natural evolution of the brand and a desire to delve deeper into luxury fashion that they feel they can accomplish with their move to Paris.

Rodarte will begin hosting appointments for its fall/winter 2018 private showings in Paris the week of January 22.

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Royal blunder

When can something of beauty spark media controversy? When that thing of beauty has racial overtones.

Such was the case when Princess Michael of Kent wore a broach with a blackamoor figure with gold crown and purple crystal embellishments to her cousin, Queen Elizabeth’s holiday lunch. The ‘blackamoor’ broach has caused a lot of controversy in the press and social media due to that fact that Prince Harry is engaged to Meghan Markle, a woman with African ancestry. Princess Michael was given the ‘blackamoor’ broach as a gift and has worn the broach many times prior.

 “I hope the Queen is going to ban this racist, horrible woman from attending any further gatherings,” wrote @nesslync. “Princess” Michael of Kent is an embarrassment to The Royal Family,” as reported in thetelegraph.co.uk. A spokesman for Princess Michael commented, “Princess Michael is very sorry and distressed that it has caused [offense].”

Blackamoor jewelry has had a complex history in European elite circles. Originating in Venice, blackamoor jewelry once was the epitome of glamor and paid homage to African exoticism. Princess Grace and Elizabeth Taylor have worn blackamoor jewelry.

—William S. Gooch

Fashion News Alert: Another NYFW Exit, Lanvin’s Troubles, Amber Valletta’s Resurgence, and London Fashion Week: Men’s Announces Roster

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Public School has come up with a new business plan. Like many brands, Public School has made a strategic business decision to produce collection that goes direct to consumers. The brand has also decided to abandon showing their fall 2018 collection during New York Fashion Week: The Shows (NYFWS) fall 2018 season, and possibly other fashion weeks, after the spring 2018 season. This not the first Public School has opted out of showing during NYFWS. The brand will continue its collaborations with Nike and Alpha Industries.Since its launch as a menswear brand in 2008, creative directors Maxwell Osborne and Dao-Yi-Chow have taken a variety of directions with Public School. Within a decade the brand had expanded to include women’s wear and accessories. In 2012, Chow and Osborne shuttered the brand after they lost their main stockiest, Barneys New York. However, in 2013 Public School won the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Award and the CFDA Swarovski Award for Menswear. The brand also won the International Woolmark Prize in 2015.

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Amber’s return

Amber Valletta is back!! But did she ever really go away. For those Millenials and Generation Xers that are too young to remember, Amber was ahead of most of the pack in the 1990s, establishing that she easily belonged in the pantheon of supermodels.

In the late 1990s, Amber began to focus on her career as an actress. And much success in that arena, Amber Valletta is back in fashion by being the face of Blumarine’s spring/summer 2018 campaign. Blumarine traditionally uses a supermodel to front their campaigns.

According to fashionnetwork.com, Luigi & Iango photographed the Blumarine spring/summer 2018 campaign. The campaign features a couple—Amber Valletta and Phillip Mayberry—enjoying a romantic escapade in the wild in a vintage open-top car.

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Money problems at Lanvin

French couture house Lanvin needs a bailout. Since Alber Elbaz’s ouster from Lanvin in 2015, sales have continued to decline with the label’s revenue down 23% in 2016 to $163 million euros and new creative director Bouchra Jarrar has not been able to turn things around. In fact because of that Jarrar was let go after only eight months.

Senior management has confirmed that Lanvin will be bailed out of its current cash flow problems before the end of 2017. “An AGM was due to be held on [December 30th], but it has been pushed back to a later, as yet unspecified, date,” as detailed in fashionnetwork.com. “In the forthcoming weeks, there will be an announcement about the label’s re-launch. Everyone here is working hard and giving their all.”

Reuters expects sales in 2017 to continue to decline by another 30%. And fashion pundits, based on new Lanvin creative director Olivier Lapidus’ first runway show for the esteemed brand, do not expect an upsurge in sales any time soon.

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London Fashion Week: Men’s fall 2018 lineup

On the heels of the beginning of a new year, London Fashion Week: Men’s fall 2018 will take place from January 6–8. Following suit with New York Fashion Week: Men’s, many big names are absent from the roster with many menswear designers deciding to combine their menswear and women’s wear show, opting to show later in the season.

Below your will find the London Fashion Week: Men’s fall 2018 confirmed roster:

Saturday, January 6, 2018
12:00 – John Lawrence Sullivan
13:00 – Edward Crutchley
14:00 – What We Wear
14:30-16:30 – Wood Wood
15:00 – Tourne de Transmission
16:00 – Oliver Spencer
17:00 – Xander Zhou
17:30-18:30 – Ben Sherman
18:00 – Liam Hodges
18:30-19:30 – Band Of Outsiders
19:00 – QASIMI
20:00 – Cottweiler

Sunday, January 7, 2018
09:30-11:30 – Phoebe English MAN
11:30-13:30 – Lou Dalton
12:00 – MAN
12:30-14:30 – Kent & Curwen
13:00 – Chalayan
13:30-15:00 – Daniel w. Fletcher
15:00 – Christopher Raeburn
15:30-17:30 – Michiko Koshino
16:00 – Alex Mullins
17:00 – Kiko Kostadinov
18:00 – Astrid Andersen
19:00 – Wales Bonner
20:00 – Charles Jeffrey LOVERBOY

Monday, January 8, 2018
10:00 – Craig Green
10:30-12:30 – Per Götesson
11:00 – PRONOUNCE presented by GQ CHINA
12:30-14:30 – Belstaff
13:00 – Blood Brother
14:00 – Vivienne Westwood
14:30-16:30 – Nicholas Daley
15:00 – A-COLD-WALL
17:00 – D.GNAK
18:00 – Bobby Abley

—William S. Gooch

Fashion News Alert: DVF Looks for Investors, Genderless Makeup, Vivienne Westwood’s New Film, NYFW Combines Shows, and Anya Hindmarch Exits

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Diane Von Furstenberg (DVF) is looking for investors to assist with projected expansion of the brand in 2018. With its Japanese investment partner Sanei International biding sayonara, and with Japanese DVF stores expected to close indefinitely after the fall/winter season, the brand is furtively searching for a new injection of moolah!!”I’m not about to sell my business, but the time has come to give the company the senior management it deserves. I’ve decided we will probably sell a stake in [Diane von Fürstenberg’s],” the designer told WWD. A spokesperson for the label confirmed the decision, telling FashionNetwork.com that “talks are still at an initial phase and, so far, no deal has been struck by the fashion label.” Also, no target date for the operation has been set.

Because of the dip in the luxury retail market over the last couple of years, DVF reduced its ready-to-wear items in its collections by 40% and has sought to become more selective in its wholesale and retail markets. This combined business strategy is not helping the brand as much as hoped in efforts to capture a younger consumer.

“As everyone knows, retail sales are going through a difficult phase for all brands right now. In terms of physical stores, we have not renewed a number of leases and, effectively, we have deliberately rationalized our distribution. Our e-tail business is performing extremely well,” the company told fashionnetwork.com.

Diane Von Furstenberg is co-president of DVF with Marc Menesguen.

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Makeup for everyone, well, not kids

OK, we know that some men wear makeup. If you have dark circles under the eyes and have some discoloration on your face, nothing works better or as quick as a little cover-up concealer. And with unisex culture getting more traction, this is an ideal time for genderless makeup.

Enter Jecca, the brainchild of makeup artist Jessica Blackler. Realizing there was a gap in the beauty market for genderless concealer, Blackler has developed ‘Correct & Conceal’ which promises to cover and conceal blemishes, beard shadow, under eye circles, acne, and birthmarks.

“Jecca overlooks gender and celebrates individuality,” Blackler told The Cut in a fashionnetwork.com post. “We’re not a brand that concentrates on just women.” According to Blackler, there will be more genderless beauty products to follow.

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Is merger the answer?

New York Fashion Week: Men’s (NYFWM) needs an injection of energy. The CFDA recognizes that and in response to the rather lackluster assemblage of menswear designers and reduced attendance, NYFWM is merging with New York Fashion Week: The Shows (NYFWS). This integration will expand NYFW from February 5 through February 14.

NYFWM and NYFWS have not shared the same schedule since 2015. And though both fashion weeks will share the same schedule, NYFWM will start the fashion week separately on Monday, February 5 and the following two days.

NYFWM will start the week off with shows at Cadillac House, Pier 59, and Skylight Modern.

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Another doc for Westwood

There is another Vivienne Westwood film in the works. This documentary is due to release in March of 2018. “Westwood: Punk, Icon, Activist” will debut during the 2018 Sundance Film Festival.

Directed by Lorna Tucker the documentary will include interviews with collaborators, friends, and family. Vivienne Westwood rose to prominence in the 1970s by including street wear punk fashion in her collections, helping to promote the British punk movement of the 70s.

Westwood also dressed the Sex Pistols during this time and promoted her punk-inspired collections through her boutique, SEX, with her then-partner Malcolm McLaren. Westwood presented a circus-inspired spring 2018 collection with design partner Andreas Kronthaler during LFW in September.

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More fashion week exits

There are some recent Fashion Week defections to take note of. Creature of the Winds has decided not to show during New York Fashion Week: The Shows fall 2018 season and Anya Hindmarch is bowing out of London Fashion Week (LFW).

Anya Hindmarch’s fashion shows was one of the most go-to shows during LFW. But no more, Hindmarch is opting for “consumer happening” events four times a year.

The brand explains this new business model will “enable the consumer to really engage with the brand’s creativity on- and offline when the product is available to the customer in-store.” “This focused, direct-to-consumer approach has worked well for the Brand with the launches of their Build a Bag collection in May this year and their new fragrance category, Anya Smells, in November.”

—William S. Gooch

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