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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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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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

 

 

 

Fashion News Alert: Karl Lagerfeld Gets a Medal, Versace’s Sales Plummet, US Store Closures Increase, and Jenny Meirens Transitions

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In spite of opening 38 new stores in 2016 and 2017, starting an online channel, and a 3.7 increase in venue sales, according to Radiocor Versace closed the year with EBITDA margins shrinking to 6.6 percent from 12.5 percent in 2015 and a consolidated loss of 7.4 million euro (8.3 million dollars), against profit of 15.3 million euros (17.3 million dollars) last year.

Though this latest retail news may not be good news for Versace, there is a silver lining. Sales in Asia grew by 8.8 percent and sales in North America grew by 2.5 

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Lagerfeld honored

On Tuesday, Karl Lagerfeld was awarded the Grand Vermeil Medal of City of Paris. Lagerfeld was awarded the medal after Chanel’s fall 2017 Couture show.

“Your genius permits you to take risks and to transport us into a universe in which you excel. You are an immense talent and a great person who has done so much for our city to make it even more creative, magical and beautiful,” said the Mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo.

“I’m a foreigner and proud of it. And we foreigners see how France really lives. And with the latest changes we have the impression that France has really changed. Everyone wants to come to Paris and live in France and start learning French again. And I find that formidable! When you are not French you see things clearly with an eye disengaged from nationalism and patriotism. And I really want to say Vive La France! Vive Paris! And may the Olympics of 2024 come to Paris!,” Lagerfeld responded.

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More US store closings

According to the Fung Global Retail & Technology Weekly Tracker, US  store closings 218 percent compared to last year this time. That translates into 5,321 U.S. retail closings were confirmed from January 2017 up until June 23.

The leaders in these store closings have been Bebe, Payless, Inc., and RadioShack. One of the reasons for these store closings has been US consumers moving their dollars to online shopping.

According to Fung, Global Retail & Technology there is some good news. There was a 20% increase in store openings compared to this time last year and US consumers are switching to athleisure wear and beauty so many of the new store openings are reflecting this gravitation.

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Bye, bye Jenny

Jenny Meirens, one of the co-founders of Maison Martin Margiela passed away on July 3. Meirens had a direct role in making Maison Martin Margiela a household name.

It was Meirens who suggested that Martin Margiela leave the label in the clothing blank, causing consumers to focus on the design of the clothes other than the designer or brand house. In 2003, Meirens left the brand after selling her stake in the brand to Renzo Rosso, founder of the OTB Group.

Maison Martin Margiela posted a tribute to Jenny Meirens on social media. “In memory of Jenny Meirens, commercial partner of Martin Margiela and one of the visionaries who worked behind the scenes.”

—William S. Gooch

 

 

 

 

Fashion News Alert: Naomi Campbell’s German Collaboration, Payless to Shutter More Stores, Joe Zee Exits Yahoo Style, and Robert Geller and G-Shock Partner Up

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One thing can be said for Naomi Campbell, the supermodel never rests on her laurels for long. Whether Campbell continues to expand her acting chops or stays in the entertainment limelight with verbal battles with the likes of Rihanna and others, Campbell keeps tongues wagging.

Naomi Campbell continues to expand her growing empire by partnering with German mega retailer, Tom Tailor for her own collection. The German retail giant has planned three capsule collections for Campbell over the next 12 months with the first capsule being on sale at the end of October. The first capsule collection from Campbell will have a holiday/Christmas Theme.

After a rough 2016 Tom Tailor is hoping to bounce back and growth the company with more collaborations with celebrities from the worlds of entertainment, sports and fashion. Several months of customer surveys revealed that Tom Tailor scored high points in quality, trust, value and price points. However, excitement value was a low point for the brand. Tom Tailor hopes to bring more pop and excitement to the brand by employing global celebrities like Naomi Campbell.

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After nearly three years, Joe Zee leaves his post at Yahoo Style. Zee came to Yahoo Style as the website’s editor-in-chief and executive creative director after leaving his job as creative director of Elle magazine.

“What an incredible 3 years it has been for me. THANK YOU guys for all your support on this amazing ride. I am so proud of the site we built from the ground up but of course, no one does anything alone. Thank you to my smart, dedicated, driven OG Crew, who always poured so much of themselves into making everything fresh and exciting and the #1 site from the day it launched,” Zee wrote in an Instagram post reported on fashionnetwork.com.

Joe Zee joins Bobbi Brown, former editor-in-chief at Yahoo Beauty, and others staffers who have left the Yahoo in 2017. Since Verizon assumed ownership of Yahoo in June 2016 there has been lots of shifts with Verizon announcing it will 2100 employees at both Yahoo and AOL.

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There is more store closings for Payless Holdings, LLC. The embattled footwear retail store has received permission from a Missouri bankruptcy courts to close 216 additional stores to the 389 stores expected to close. Payless selected the store closings based on cash flow, profitability and unlikelihood of rent concessions.

Payless has a burden of $1 billion-plus in liabilities with only between $500 million and $1 billion in assets. Payless hopes to get the footwear retail giant back on track with a restructuring support agreement to the tune of potential access to $385 million in debtor-in-possession financing comprised of $305 million secured by assets and $80 million in new term loans.

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With New York Fashion Week: Men’s (NYFWM) spring 2018 collections being less than two week away, all eyes will be turning to men’s fashion. Robert Geller will be one of the standout designers during NYFWM, particularly with his continued collaboration with G-Shock.

Robert Geller an G-Shock are also continuing their partnership with the launch of G-Shock’s new watch, the GST200RBG-1, a collaboration with Geller for G-Shock’s G-Steel line.

“I have been working with G-Shock for several years, and was very pleased when we decided to create a watch together,” said Geller in a recent fashionnetwork.com article. “I wore a G-Shock watch throughout my teenage years, so it is really exciting to be able to make my own, more grown up version.”

The GST200RBG-1 watch is a part of G-Shock’s G-Steel line of watches for active men. Robert Geller, inspired by his love of Japanese culture, specifically designed the GSt200RBG-1.

My favorite time in Tokyo is walking through the city in the middle of the night, when it is impossible to sleep because of the jet lag,” said Geller. “The lights, smells and sounds are really magical and I wanted this watch to reflect that magic. For the past ten years, I have been producing my ready to wear collection in Japan because I love the quality and care of Japanese craftsmanship. G-Shock shares this same love, which is why this collaboration is a natural fit for us.”

The GST200RBG-1 retails for $420 and will be available in July at G-Shock in SoHo, the G-Shock website and select Macy’s, jewelers and fashion apparel stores.

—William S. Gooch

Weekend Fashion News Alert: Sears to Close More US Locations, Alexander Wang Designs NYC Gay Pride Float, Alexander McQueen’s Menswear Returns to Paris, and Ivanka Goes to Court

 

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Alexander McQueen is returning to Paris runways, well, his menswear that is!! After several seasons not showing menswear in Paris, the design house is coming back with bang under the creative direction of Sarah Burton.

Alexander McQueen’s menswear show will close the spring 2018 menswear season in Paris. And the show promises to show the gamut of British imagery ranging from rocker 1950s street wear to Colonial dandies and proper Edwardian gents. This menswear dissertation on British male fashion is solidly in the arena of men’s couture, making the collection difficult to replicate for mass consumption.

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More Trump trouble

Are the Trumps, ever not in the news? Apparently, not!! It appears that Ivanka Trump may have to make a court appearance in lieu of a lawsuit that implies that Ivanka Trump’s apparel company copied designs from a prominent Italian shoemaker.

Ivanka has attempted to get out of testifying in court because of her White House duties; however, New York District Judge Katherine Forrest has rejected Ivanka’s claim. [Despite] “the obvious time constraints that Ms. Trump must currently have … it is nonetheless true that she is alleged to have personal involvement in the events at issue in this lawsuit,” explained Judge Forrest in a three-page ruling released on Friday. “Accordingly, she cannot avoid a deposition in this matter.”

The Italian shoe company in question is Aquazzura. Aquazzura claims that Ivanka Trump “copied nearly every detail” of the brand’s “well-known and coveted ‘Wild Thing Shoe’ from the shape and silhouette to the fringe covering the toes, to the tassel on the heel.”

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Wang pride

Alexander Wang joins Urban Outfitters, Converse and Nichola Formichetti’s NicoPanda in celebrating NYC’s 2017 Pride celebration. Wang is collaborating with Trojan in creating a sleek, black float that will promote safer sex in the Pride parade.

The black float will mimic Wang’s black buses that transported partygoers to his legendary runway show after-parties. The chic black float will have the safer-sex logo “Protect Your Wang” emblazoned on the float with Wang, himself, riding on the float. New York City’s Pride Parade takes place on June 25.

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More Sears closings

Sears plans to close more store locations in the US. The embattled mega store filed this past Friday a regulatory filing with the US Securities and Exchange Commission that is closing 18 stores and two K-Mart locations by October 2017.

Store liquidations will begin on June 30 bringing the total Sears store closings in 2017 to 260. There are still 1,100 K-Mart and Sears stores still open for business.

—William S. Gooch

Fashion News Alert: Kim Kardashian Launches Beauty Brand, Pedro Almovador’s New Gig, Condé Nast Shutters Style.com, and Neiman Marcus Stays Intact

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Kim Kardashian, following in the footprints of her famous sisters, Kylie and Kendall Jenner, will launch her own line of cosmetics. With Kim Kardashian having over 100 million followers on social media, KKW Beauty will have no trouble finding customer.

Although there is very little known about KKW Beauty, it has been revealed on Instagram that the beauty brand will launch primarily online via www. kkwbeauty.com. KKW Beauty already has an Instagram account with 51, 000 followers.

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Prada and Pedro

Big fashion houses often look to film actors and sports celebrities as the faces of their campaigns. That said; rarely does the fashion industry look to people behind the camera to front a campaign.

Prada is changing all of that. Since the fashion house’s inception, Prada has always had a deep relationship with cinema and famous directors. For its current campaign Prada has tapped iconic Spanish film auteur Pedro Almovador as the new face of its 2017 fall campaign in a short film directed by Willy Vanderperre. Though Almovador is not thought of as being associated with the fashion industry, he has appeared in a few fashion campaigns, most noticeably a Missoni ad alongside Blanca Suarez and Rossy de Palma.

The Prada fall 2017 campaign will mirror the cinematic style of many of Almovador films with Almovador appearing in a 30-second short surrounding by posters and photographs.

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Style.com is no more

Its official; style.com bites the dust. Condé Nast has decided to shutter the popular fashion website as Condé Nast has brokered a deal with Farfetch.com to commercialize its content. Anyone who tries to access style.com, as of this post, will be redirected to Farfetch.com.

The reasons for this new direction is to “to connect Condé Nast’s global editorial portfolio with Farfetch’s e-commerce, technology and logistics platform [to] create a seamless luxury shopping journey from world authority fashion inspiration to purchase gratification, commercializing Condé Nast’s online and social media content by linking it to the world’s leading brands and boutiques, in real time,” according to a recent article on fashionnetwork.com. Farfetch.com is a luxury e-tailer and many of the brands sold on Farfetch.com’s website are brands that advertise heavily in many of Conde Nast’s fashion magazines.

Style.com was one of Condé Nast’s most popular websites and has cost Condé Nast about $100 million since its inception. There is no word if style.com’s staff will be transferred over to Farfetch.com’s team or be placed in other jobs at Condé Nast.

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Not for sale

For a couple of years, there have been rumors of Neiman Marcus being sold to another retail conglomerate. Those rumors have been silenced as the upscale retailer confirmed on Tuesday that is has ended talks on a partial or full-scale sale to other retailers. This new development comes days after the Wall Street Journal reported that Neiman Marcus was in talks with Hudson Bay Co. and Saks Fifth Avenue regarding a potential retail combination.

“While looking ahead, we know challenges remain, but we are encouraged by the strategies we have in place to improve our operational efficiencies and performance,” Chief Executive Karen Katz said on a post-earnings call, as reported in fashionnetwork.com. Neiman Marcus is struggling to get rid of overwhelming debt that stems from its $6 billion leveraged buyout in 2013, when its current owners, Ares Management LP and Canadian public pension fund CPPIB, acquired it from other private equity firms.

This past Tuesday, Neiman Marcus posted a fourth straight quarterly loss. And Neiman Marcus posted a nearly 5 percent dip in same-store sales for the third quarter ending April 29.

—William S. Gooch

 

 

 

 

Fashion News Alert: Kanye West’s Potential New Gig, Bebe Completes Reorganization, Edward Enninful’’s Debut Video and Jack O’Neill Transitions

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Kanye West is back on the front pages of fashion news. But, for the reason many fashion pundits might think.

This recent West fashion story is not about West ranting against the fashion industry or jewels being stolen or pilfered. To expand his fashion empire—if you want to call it that—West is seeking to sign school uniforms for the Calabasas High School.  West hopes to partner with the Calabasas High School’s athletic department to bring his brand Yeezy the school. The school has already collaborated with Yeezy’s parent company, Adidas.

According to TMZ, West is aiming to remake the school’s athletic uniforms, as well as a new color theme and mascot. Calabasas is the long-time family home of the Kardashians. And in March of this year, West launched his Calabasas collection for Adidas.

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Bye, bye Bebe?

Has Bebe gone bye bye for good? Apparently so!!

Bebe Stores, Inc completed its reorganization that included a $65 million dollar agreement with its retail landlords to terminate all of its store leases. Bebe is liquidating its design and distribution centers with its Benicia, CA distribution center selling for $22 million.

The company expects no brick and mortar operations in the future and if the brand continues it will be solely online.

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Enninful expands

Future British Vogue editor-in-chief Edward Enninful continues to rack up credits to his already prolific resume. Enninful has directed a Gap campaign entitled, “Bridging the Gap.” The  “Bridging the Gap” video includes a long list of sports figures, models, actors, activists and musicians moving and dancing to 70s disco track “Sunny.”

“Growing up, I loved the imagery I saw from America as it celebrated being the land of the free and home of the brave,” Enninful explains in a Refinery 29 post. “This project is about authenticity and people living their truths.”

Enninful handpicked the entire cast of the video with cast members wearing Gap tee shirts and denim.

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Image courtesy of surferdad.co.uk

Sayonara Jack

Jack O’Neill, the founder of the global surf company, O’Neill died this weekend in Santa Cruz, California. The modern neoprene wetsuit is credited to Jack O’Neill.

After serving in the Navy during World War II, O’Neill and his wife moved from Portland to San Francisco and began prototyping what is now known as the modern neoprene wetsuit that would keep him warm in the freezing Northern California water. Later, O’Neill moved from San Francisco to Santa Cruz to immerse himself into the then emerging surf culture. O’Neill expanded his brand to include surfboards, and by 1980 the brand had expanded into Japan, Australia, and Europe.

O’Neill is now a subsidiary of La Jolla Group which also owns Hang Ten and FMF. Jack O’Neill was 94.

—William S. Gooch

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