Breaking Fashion News Alert: Anniesa Hasibuan Produces All Immigrant Model Runway Show for NYFW

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Anniesa Hasibuan spring 2017

Anniesa Hasibuan made history in this past September when she became the first New York Fashion Week: The Shows (NYFWS) designer to produce a fashion show in New York City with all the models wearing hijabs. Hasibuan’s spring 2017 show was a critical success last September and she returns to NYFWS this week with a show composed of immigrant models.

Anniesa Hasibuan chose to make a statement on the Trump administration’s stance on immigration in the US by holding a casting call seeking models that are immigrants or first/second generation. Everyone was accepted at the casting regardless of the model’s immigration status, but the casting call sought immigrants to highlight the beauty of diversity in the country.

Fashion Reverie will be backstage at the show and reviewing the runway presentation. So, stay tuned!!

—William S. Gooch

Weekend Fashion News Alert: Kanye West Changes Time Slot for NYFW, Christie Brinkley Back in Sports Illustrated, and Neiman Marcus Drops Ivanka

Yeezy spring 2017 image courtesy of harpersbazaar.com

Yeezy spring 2017 image courtesy of harpersbazaar.com

Kanye West does what he wants to do. Well, most of the time.

Because of criticism from the CFDA of his NYFW show time slot, Kanye West has moved his show to two hours earlier to accommodate Marchesa. West came under criticism from CFDA President Steve Kolb, who called West erratic behavior “inexcusable, “ asking West to communicate with the CFDA so they together could come up with a better time slot for fall 2017 show.

“Kanye called me personally to let me know that he had no intention of showing on top of another designer, and was unaware that there was a conflict. He explained that once he realized Marchesa was in the time slot, he immediately looked at alternative options. The CFDA appreciates Kanye’s outreach and effort, and we look forward to working with him far in advance to integrate Yeezy into the schedule in seasons to come,” explained Kolb in a recent fashionnetwork.com article.

West had refused to change his time slot at the behest of the CFDA for four prior seasons. Kanye West’s Yeezy fall 2017 fashion show will be on Tuesday, February 14.

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Image courtesy of sportsillustrated.com

Age aint nothing but a number

A good wine grows better with age, and so does Christie Brinkley. At 63, Brinkley becomes the oldest model to grace the pages of Sports Illustrated Swimwear edition.

Christie Brinkley has appeared in Sports Illustrated Swimwear edition eight times from 1975 to 2004, and a record three consecutive times on its cover in 1979, 1980, and 1981, respectively. In the new issue, which hits newsstands on February 15, Brinkley appears alongside her two daughters, Sailor Brinkley Cook, 18, and Alexa Ray Joel, 31 in a red and black one-piece swimsuit.

“Thank you Sports Illustrated for sending the powerful message that good things come in packages of every size and we do not come with an expiration date!” Brinkley wrote on her Instagram page. (AFP)

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Image courtesy of instyle.com

Bye, bye Ivanka

One day after Bloomberg reported that Nordstrom’s was winding down its relationship with Ivanka Trump based on the fashion brand’s poor performance, Neiman Marcus pulled Ivanka Trump’s jewelry from its online site and also stopped selling Ivanka’s jewelry at Neiman Marcus Garden State Plaza store in New Jersey. There was no explanation for Neiman Marcus’ discontinuation of Ivanka Trump’s jewelry.

Ivanka Trump and Neiman Marcus failed to comment on the discontinuation. Ivanka Trump in September announced two new licensing deals with A.D. Sutton & Sons Inc and The Jewelry Group to sell baby accessories and fashion jewelry. (Thomas Reuters)

—William S. Gooch

Fashion News Alert: Sweet Smelling Angelina, Women’s March Fashion, Low European Holiday Sales Influence Layoffs, and Another Hadid Scores Campaign

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Angelina Jolie smells purty!! On Monday, it was announced that Jolie is to be the face of Guerlain’s new fragrance, Mon Guerlain.

Jolie was chosen to front the new fragrance from Guerlain because the brand identified Jolie as the epitome of the contemporary woman. This contemporary femininity attracted the eye of Guerlain director of perfume creation Thierry Wasser.

Jolie will dedicate the entire earnings for the Mon Guerlain campaign to charity, in line with her work as a Special Envoy for the UNHCR.

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Image courtesy of pussyhatproject.com

Pink pussy power

Did you know that there was fashion coming out of the Women’s March on Washington on Saturday, January 21? Well, if you didn’t, be aware that was a fashion element to the march.

The 500,000-plus Women’s March crowd was a sea of pink knit hats, “Pussy Hats,” in fact. The brainchild of Jayna Zweiman and Krista Suh, the “Pussy Hat Project” was a visual response to controversial comments by President Trump. Remember Trump’s comments, “grab the pussy.”

“We were imagining this sea of pink hats making a really large statement,” Zweiman told Fast Company magazine. “So, there was a big goal. I think having that visual creates an impetus for people to really get involved.”

Consulting with LA knit storeowner Cat Coyle, Zweiman and Suh came up with a knit pattern that was very easy to reproduce with the coal having every participant in the Women’s March wearing a pink hat. They almost achieved their goal.

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Image courtesy of Voltaire & Zadig

Another Hadid model

Did you know there was another Hadid that modeled? Well, Zadig & Voltaire did.

Bella Hadid is joined by her younger brother Anwar in Zadig & Voltaire’s spring 2017 campaign. Anwar and Bella are also joined by disc jockey sensation, Clara 3000.

Looking to find the right models and personalities to front the brand’s rock n’ roll spring 2017 collection, Zadig & Voltaire found what they were looking for in Bella, Anwar, and DJ Clara 3000. The campaign was photographed in the Zadig & Voltaire’s headquarters in Paris wearing leather jackets, light parkas and “Amour” cashmeres.

The campaign will be released in three installments, 12 visuals and eight web ads between January and May 2017.

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Image courtesy of about.com

French layoffs

French labor unions are concerned that Vivarte group’s sale of Naf Naf and Andre chain stores will bleed retail jobs. Vivarte had already decreased their sales staff at retail chains by 1,850 employees in 2015. And French labor experts expect a loss of 5,000 more jobs in 2017 from other retail store chains.

This comes on the heels of 1,500 jobs lost in 2016 due to store closings. Mark & Spencer and Banana Republic recently announced they would be leaving France and Carnet de Vol, American Apparel, MS Mode, and Bata are downsizing. This job elimination and downsizing affects mostly women who make up the bulk of low-wage employees in French retail stores.

—William S. Gooch

 

Breaking Fashion News: Lagerfeld Rumored to Dress Melania

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With the presidential Inauguration being just a day away, fashionistas ponder on which designer will dress FLOTUS–To Be Melania Trump for the inaugural festivities. Many fashion designers—Sophie Theallet, Marc Jacobs, Tom Ford, Derek Lam, Humberto Leon of Kenzo and Opening Ceremony, and Phillip Lam have stated they will not dress Melania while Tommy Hilfiger, Ralph Lauren, Rag and Bone, Carolina Herrera, and Thom Browne are not opposed to dressing Melania Trump.

That said; very few European designers have weighed in on dressing the FLOTUS–To Be. Karl Lagerfeld is one exception.

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Images courtesy of getty

Obviously, Melania has an affinity and fashion predilection for Ralph Lauren. (Melania wore a Ralph Lauren ensemble at the third presidential debate.) However, is Ralph Lauren chic enough for the former model?

It is reported that Karl Lagerfeld is designing a gown and ensemble for Melania to wear to the inaugural festivities. Still, it is unclear which brand will Lagerfeld be designing under for Melania. (Lagerfeld designs for Chanel, Fendi and his own eponymous brand.)

Traditionally the First Lady wears American designers during the Inauguration; however, Melania is only the second First Lady not born in the US and with the Trumps nothing is conventional.

Chanel Couture fall 2016 images courtesy of maryosbazaar.com

Chanel Couture fall 2016 images courtesy of maryosbazaar.com

Another inaugural style question to consider is that if Lagerfeld is chosen to dress Melania, how much of the design will actually be Lagerfeld’s vision? At 83 years of age, Karl Lagerfeld design powers might not be at their peak.  Also, Lagerfeld is only the creative director of Fendi and Chanel with Chanel being privately owned by Alan and Gerard Wertheimer and Fendi owned by LVMH. Much to ponder and consider!!

—William S. Gooch

Fashion News Alert: Versace Bows Out of Paris Couture Week, Dwayne Wade Creates Capsule Collection, Reed Krakoff’s New Job, and Twitter to Phase Out Buy Button

Versace Spring 2016 image courtesy of elle.com

Versace Spring 2016 image courtesy of elle.com

Atelier Versace has decided to skip Paris Couture Week. Atelier Versace usually shows their couture collection opening night of Paris Couture Week. Instead, the iconic fashion house will host a series of fashion events for its exclusive clients.

At the moment, we do six shows a year, and my feeling is: That’s a lot of shows,” said Chief Executive Officer at Versace, Jonathan Akeroyd, to The New York Times. “Eight, if you count couture, seems excessive. And we all know the model is changing quite a lot, so why not take the opportunity to try something new?”

This bowing out of Paris Couture Week is on trend as other major fashion brands are opting out of presenting collections this season or combining their menswear and women’s wear collections. Akeroyd revealed that Atelier Versace gets more traction from dressing celebrities for red carpet appearances and hosting smaller fashion events than producing big fashion shows.

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Dwayne and DSquared2

“I have known Dean and Dan for many years, and their innovative design influences my style choices, said Wade in a fashionnetwork.com article, so I am very happy to have joined forces with Dsquared2 for the Saks Fifth Avenue collection, a sample of our shared fashion vision.”

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Image courtesy of newyorkmagazine.com

Reed Krakoff’s new home

Where is Reed Krakoff? Well, starting February 1, Krakoff will be at Tiffany & Co.

Krakoff has been named Chief Artistic Officer replacing Francesca Amfitheatrof. Duties will include directing design for Tiffany & Co. luxury accessories and brand jewelry, as well as lead Tiffany & Co.’s artistic and design visions in stores and e-commerce marketing, and advertising.

Krakoff has worked with Tiffany & Co. before, serving as creative collaborator in 2016. His first collection for Tiffany & Co. will debut in Holiday 2017. Reed Krakoff is a three-time CFDA Award winner, previously serving as Executive Creative Director of Coach before launching his own accessories line in 2010 and suspending his eponymous line in 2015. Tiffany & Co. holiday sales dropped by 4% in the US in 2016 but increased globally to $966 million.

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Goodbye ‘buy’ button

Does social media sell garments? Well, apparently Twitter is no longer convinced. In 2014 Twitter instituted the ‘Buy’ button in which Twitter followers could purchase product through its social media platform.

The 300 million-user social media platform has decided to refocus its strategy to increase users and revenue. Shopify’s ‘Buy’ button was to boost Twitter’s advertising sales connecting Twitter directly to specifically targeted brands. The abandonment of this e-tail demonstrates the short lifespan of several e-tail apps and features that have been touted to drive commerce-based revenue for social media platforms.

—William S. Gooch

Fashion News Alert: Ivanka Trump Steps Away from Fashion Business, Boy George and Dior Homme Team Up, Macy’s Cuts Thousands of Jobs, and Ralph Lauren Returns to the NYFW: Men’s Roster

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Image courtesy of cnn.com

Just as President-Elect Donald Trump relinquishes control of his business empire so has his daughter Ivanka taken a “formal leave of absence” from her clothing and accessories brand as revealed on Ivanka’s Facebook account. Though Ivanka is stepping down from a leadership role at her fashion company, the company will continue to expand into lingerie.

Ivanka’s formal leave of absence is the result of a conflict of interest of an administrative position Ivanka may assume in President-Elect Trump’s administration. A 1960s anti-nepotism statute that says, “A public official may not appoint, employ, promote, advance, or advocate for appointment, employment, promotion, or advancement, in or to a civilian position in the agency in which he is serving or over which he exercises jurisdiction or control any individual who is a relative of the public official,” nor is that relative “entitled to pay.”

According to a yahoo.com article, Abigail Klem, the current Ivanka Trump company president will work with a board of trustees to manage the strategic and day-to-day operations of the business.

 

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Image courtesy of amazon.com

Trouble for Macy’s

Things are not looking good at Macy’s. Macy’s is set to close 68 stores and cut over 10,000 jobs due to low holiday 2016 sales. Macy’s currently operates 720 stores, making it the largest retail chain in the US.

According to a recent fashionunited.com article, Terry J. Lundgren, Chairman and chief executive of Macy’s attributed low holiday sales to “broader challenges” facing the retail industry. Lundgren also admitted that the decline in sales was “consistent with the lower end of our guidance, we had anticipated sales would be stronger.”

Macy’s shares have fallen more than 10 percent.

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Boy George Bonanza

Boy George is making a comeback. Not only is Boy George a contestant on the current season of “The Apprentice,” he is also featured in Dior Homme’s most recent campaign.

Dior Homme creative director Kris Van Assche chose Boy George for the brand’s spring 2017 campaign because of Boy George’s iconic presence in fashion, music, and entertainment. Also featured in the new advertisements are ‘Mr. Robot’ actor Rami Malek, Russian model Ernest Kilmko, and rapper A$AP Rocky, who also appeared in the fall 2016 campaign

Photographed by Willy Vanderperre, Boy George is styled in raw-edged tailoring accessorized with harnesses from the house’s spring 2017 collection, and customized with punk Toru Kamei souvenir pins.

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Ralph is back

Ralph Lauren returns to New York Fashion Week: Men’s (NYFWM) roster after an absence of two years.

According to WWD, Lauren will show his Purple Label fall 2017 collection for specially selected audience of February 1 at his Madison Avenue headquarters.

Unlike his women’s wear collections, Lauren prefers to show his men’s collection for a privately selected audience of buyers and editors in a presentation as opposed to a runway show.

In his absence from the NYFWM roster, Lauren has presented his menswear collection in Milan.

—William S. Gooch

Fashion News Alert: Bella Hadid’s Fendi Campaign, Anna Cleveland Sued, Gwen Stefani’s New Gig, and 2016 Holiday Sales Trump 2015

 

Image of Anna Cleveland in Jalouse magazine, photographed by Bjarne Jonasson

Image of Anna Cleveland in Jalouse magazine, photographed by Bjarne Jonasson

Did you know that supermodel Pat Cleveland has a daughter that has followed in her footsteps? In case you didn’t, Anna Cleveland, Pat Cleveland’s daughter has been gaining market traction in recent years by walking in shows for Jean-Paul Gaultier, Bottega Veneta, Missoni, Moschino, Jeremy Scott, Vionnet, Carolina Herrera, Zac Posen, and many others.

Anna Cleveland made news recently by being sued by All In The Works LLC (AITW) for breaching her contract on a documentary film following her life and career. She is being sued for $350,000.

According to a complaint filed in the U.S. District for the Southern District of New York, AITW is suing Cleveland for ignoring the contract and stopping to film the documentary for which AITW had “exclusive rights to exclusive motion picture, television and related rights in her life story in furtherance of the creation by AITW of a documentary film concerning her.” Cleveland also agreed to “to be available to AITW during all option periods, to be interviewed on camera in connection with the production, assist AITW in obtaining the on-camera appearances of various third parties, and otherwise consult with AITW,” as detailed in a fashionnetwork.com article.

The lawsuit contends that Cleveland did not make herself available for filming, particularly during the month of September because of her fashion week obligations. This footage was to be a key component of the documentary film. Cleveland had begun filming in early 2016.

 

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Bella lands Fendi

Gigi is not the only Hadid making headlines; sister Bella is also in the news with her recent acquisition of the spring 2017 Fendi campaign. Bella shared an image from the Fendi campaign via Instagram.

Both Bella and Gigi walked in the Fendi spring 2017 runway show’s opening. So, it is no surprise the Bella acquired the spring 2017 campaign for the esteemed Italian fashion house. Fendi’s creative director Karl Lagerfeld shot the Fendi spring 2017 campaign.

2017 may prove to be a banner year for Bella with models.com naming her “Model of the Year 2016.”

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Holiday sales are up

Holiday shopping was up in 2016 compared to 2015 with consumers spending an average of $711 in 2016 as opposed to a $100 less 2015 according to The International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC). ICSC revealed that Gen X averaging $1,000, Baby Boomers averaging $875 and Millennials averaging $865.

Though online sales were up in 2016, surprisingly 81% of Millenials did holiday shopping in brick and mortar stores compared to 62% of Baby Boomers and 73% of Gen X. Also, 86% of Millenials used mobile devices while shopping in-stores and 96% made a purchase from those retailers. Over half of the mobile users compared prices while in store.

“The strong holiday shopping season suggests a positive environment for retail sales overall The convergence of physical and digital continues to be important as consumers have come to expect an integrated experience allowing them to buy products through a variety of channels. The survey data proves that omnichannel retailers are the real winners this season as they offer purchasing options that satisfy the shopping behaviors of all generations,” explained ICSC president and CEO Tom McGee in a fashionnetwork.com article.

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Beautiful Gwen

Halle Berry, Emma Stone, Jessica Alba, Claudia Schiffer, and Jessica Biel all have something in common. They all were beauty ambassadors for Revlon.

Well, you can no add Gwen Stefani to Revlon’s list of beauty ambassadors. The three-time Grammy Award winning singer and songwriter will represent Revlon in global campaigns beginning this year in Revlon’s ‘Choose Love’ campaign.

“We are thrilled that Gwen Stefani will be representing Revlon as a global brand ambassador,” said Revlon President & CEO Fabian Garcia. “Gwen is a modern-day icon: a Grammy-winning artist, a trendsetter, an entrepreneur and loving mother. The versatility of these accomplishments demonstrates her message of female empowerment, one that strongly resonates across generations of fans.”

This is not the first at the beauty rodeo for Stefani. Gwen Stefani in the past was the face of L’Oreal Paris.

—William S. Gooch

Fashion News Alert: Another NYFW Designer Defects to LA, Carolina Herrera Sues Oscar de la Renta, and Debbie Harry Collaborates with Obey

Carolina Herrera spring 2017 image courtesy of fashionisers.com

Carolina Herrera spring 2017 image courtesy of fashionisers.com

Just when you thought you had heard it all, Page Six of the New York Daily News reveals that iconic designer Carolina Herrera is suing a former member of her board for trying to oust her out her creative duties at Herrera’s eponymous brand. After failing to do that, said executive jumped ship for greener pastures at Oscar de la Renta.

Carolina Herrera’s vice president Laura Kim was offered the creative reigns at Carolina Herrera with a one million dollar salary by CEO Francois Kress; however, Kim turned the position down because she felt that Herrera would not give up total creative control. “Ms. Herrera intended to run CH as if she were the Creative Director. While Laura was supposed to be reporting to Francois Kress, Carolina Herrera frequently took charge, without objection from Mr. Kress,” wrote Kim’s attorney Neil Capobianco in the letter included in the lawsuit.

Because of tensions at Carolina Herrera, Kim left the company on July 8, taking a position at Oscar de la Renta that violated her six-month non-competition clause with Carolina Herrera. Herrera’s attorneys contend that, “Kim made it known to CH that she wanted to be creative director, in effect displacing Carolina Herrera herself.” Herrera’s legal team contends that since Kim’s departure has been played out in the press, the brand was dropped from Bergdorf’s and the fall 2017 collection sales are low.

Debbie Harry and Shepard Fairey images courtesy of yahoo.com

Debbie Harry and Shepard Fairey images courtesy of yahoo.com

Debbie Harry collaborates

Street wear clothing brand Obey has announced collaboration with music icon Debbie Harry. The collaborative effort will be available to consumers for fall 2017.

“I’ve been a Blondie fan my whole life and have collaborated with them in the past, which has been a dream come true. But working with Debbie on this project has been totally inspiring,” explained Obey founder Shepard Fairey told WWD.

This collaboration is not just in name only; Harry will be closely involved in the look and production of the garments. “She’s been very involved and hands-on for the whole process, just another display of her incredible talent,” revealed Fairey in WWD.

Rachel Comey spring 2017 images courtesy of vogue.com

Rachel Comey spring 2017 images courtesy of vogue.com

California dreamin

Brooklyn-based fashion designer Rachel Comey adds her name to the list of designers who are defecting to Los Angeles instead of showing during New York Fashion Week: The Shows (NYFWS). Comey follows in the footsteps of Tommy Hilfiger, Rachel Zoe, Rebecca Minkoff, and Tom Ford who have opted out of NYFWS in favor of showing their fall 2017 collections in Los Angeles.

Comey, who has been a constant presence at NYFWS for several seasons, expressed wanting to be more in touch with her LA audience for bowing out of NYFWS. Comey will showcase her fall collection on February 7, 2017 at the international art gallery Hauser Wirth & Schimmel before holding press appointments at her Melrose Place store the next day.

—William S. Gooch

Fashion News Alert: Toronto Fashion Week Is Back, Public School Returns to NYFW, Zac Efron’s New Fashion Gig, and Fashion Magazines Increase Diversity in 2016

 

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Image courtesy of torontoisfashion.com

In July IMG parted ways with Toronto Fashion Week. However, Canucks there is no need to fear. A dynamic ownership group headed by real estate mogul Peter Freed has jumped into the fray and acquired Toronto Fashion Week.

“Toronto is a city that is experiencing exponential growth; fashion and retail have been integral contributors to this. I’ve witnessed it first-hand developing commercial and residential properties across the GTA over the past 15 years. With the purchase of Toronto Fashion Week® from IMG, we have the opportunity to create a multi-faceted program that embraces the Canadian fashion and design community, addresses today’s retail trends and consumer interests together with the creation and integration of a strong digital platform. It’s extremely exciting,” explained Freed in a recent press release.

IMG’s reason for dropping Toronto Fashion Week after four years of sponsorship was lack of local support.

Public School menswear spring 2016 image courtesy of vancouversun.com

Public School menswear spring 2016 image courtesy of vancouversun.com

Welcome back

Public School returns to New York Fashion Week: The Shows (NYFWS) after a seasonal absence. Public School will present its fall 2016 collection during NYFWS on February 12.

Since Maxwell Osborne and Dao-Yi Chow’s departure from DKNY, the design duo has decided to put their energies into re-invigorated the Public School brand. Osborne and Chow took over the helm of DKNY in April 2015. In a conversation with Vogue, Chow detailed, “The hardest thing was being in one place and having to think about the other place. I remember being backstage at a Public School show and one of our head designers from DKNY was there shooting backstage, and I was like, “where are we right now?” In that two-block radius between our office and the DKNY office, you really had to switch. You know, there was a lot of talk about, “you stay in New York, it’s not like you have to go to Paris to do your duty, but that space actually could’ve benefitted [“from”?] the boundary between the two. Creating those boundaries was probably the most difficult part of it all.”

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Zac smells purty

The Hugo Boss fragrance, Hugo Man, has a new celebrity face, Zac Efron. The deal was announced on Tuesday via Twitter.

The 29-year-old actor, who is currently starring in the new “Baywatch” movie announced his new job on his Twitter account, Hey guys–I’m excited to reveal that I will be fronting the new Hugo man campaign next year- check it out! #BlueSteel #YourTimeIsNow.”  The digital campaign for the fragrance will launch in early 2017.

 

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Image courtesy of vogue.com

Colored girls rule

2016 marked in uptake in diversity for fashion publications. According to fashionista.com, 147 magazines featured 52 people of color on their covers. A person of color refers to non-white folks, but includes people of mixed race and Hispanics. This inclusion marked an increase of 16% compared to 2015.

Teen Vogue was the most inclusive with seven of their eleven 2016 covers being people of color. Nylon also showed improvement in 2016, moving from only one cover in 2015 of a person of color to five covers in 2016.

It is also worth noting that several publications opted to feature upcoming actors and artists over more mainstream celebrities for their covers.

—William S. Gooch

 

Fashion News Alert: Kanye and Anna Wintour Meet with the Donald, Top Brands Merge Men’s and Women’s Collection, Kate Moss’ New Gig, and NYFW: Men’s Fall 2017 Schedule

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 As several fashion designers have expressed no interest in dressing Melania Trump, others in the industry are meeting with president-elect Donald Trump at Trump Towers. Those two fashion elites being Anna Wintour and Kanye West who recently broke bread with “The Donald.”

Anna Wintour and Kanye West met with Trump on this past Tuesday. The word is out that Trump met with West to “discuss multicultural issues” and he met with Wintour to discuss a “range of issues.” Anna Wintour, during this presidential year was an avid supporter of Hillary Clinton, even hosting expensive fundraisers for the former FLOTUS.

Alexander Wang spring 2017 images courtesy of fashiongonerogue.com

Alexander Wang spring 2017 images courtesy of fashiongonerogue.com

Is one better than two?

In a shrinking retail market, several major brands are combining the menswear and women’s collection and their menswear and women’s fashion week runway/presentation. In 2015 Marc Jacobs merged Marc by Marc Jacobs into one brand. Hugo Boss is showing both men and women shows during NYFW: The Shows and Kenzo is following suit in Europe.

Alexander Wang is not combining his menswear and women’s collection into one collection, but merging his ready-to-wear menswear and T by Alexander Wang into one collection. Bringing to tow menswear collections together helps facilitate Wang’s menswear into a cohesive lifestyle offering.

“The decision to streamline our men’s business was thoughtfully considered and reflects the way our customers already interact with the brand. Having one focused line enables us to push the boundaries of technical innovation, to elevate menswear by creating new signatures, categories, and updating the codes of the Alexander Wang guy,” detailed Wang in a recent fashionnetwork.com article.

And while Alexander Wang is combining his menswear lines, Kenzo has decided to present the menswear and women’s collection as one collection, to be presented on January 22 in Paris. Calvin Klein, Gucci and Bottega Veneta have made a similar decision.

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Another one for Kate

Is it Nike or Nikkie? In Kate Moss’ case its Nikkie.

Nikkie, the Dutch retail brand, founded by Dutch celebrity Nikkie Plessen launched in 2011. Since its inception, Nikkie has expanded to 15 standalone boutiques globally. For their fall 2017 campaign, supermodel Kate Moss will be the face of the brand’s women’s wear campaign.

The 42-year old model has scaled back her modeling jobs to launch her own talent agency. That said; Moss recently shot an Elvis music video for “The Wonder of You,” that was released last week.

 

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Image courtesy of fashiontimes.com

NYFWM fall 2017 schedule

The CFDA recently released the schedule for New York Fashion: Men’s (NYFWM) fall 2017 schedule. NYFWM fall 2017 runs from January 30–February 2.

A few prominent designer/brands will be missing for the fall 2017 schedule. The biggest name absent from the lineup will be Tommy Hilfiger. Joining Hilfiger, Gypsy Sport, Coach, Second Layer, and Timo Weiland. New names added to the roster include Hugo Boss, Dim Mak, Dyne, Jahnkoy, You As, Death to Tennis, Bode, Combatant Gentleman, Palomo Spain, Willy Chavarria, Represent, Matthew Adams Dolan, and Raf Simmons in his first collection for Calvin Klein. Returning designers are Patrik Ervell and Billy Reid.

Brands returning to NYFWM include Tim Coppens, John Varvatos, Robert Geller, John Elliott, Todd Snyder, Ovadia & Sons, Rochambeau, Nautica, Carlos Campos, Palmiers Du Mal and Orley.

—William S. Gooch

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