Fashion News Alert: Miss America Minus Swimsuits, Kim Kardashian’s CFDA Win, Ashlee Simpson and Hubby Collaborate with Voltaire and Zadig, and Amazon Echo Look Launches

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One of the big news stories of the week—aside from Kate Spade’s untimely death—is the announcement that the Miss America pageant is eliminating their swimwear competition. The Miss America Organization has decided to take the focus away from the contestants’ beauty and focus the competition—it is no longer called a pageant—on talent and intelligence, thus eliminating the swimwear competition part of the competition.The Miss America Organization is attempting to stay relevant by replacing the swimsuit competition with televised live interviews of the top contestants. Because declining viewership, The Miss America Organization realized that some stark changes were needed. The Miss America Organization’s Chairman of the Board Gretchen Carlson, also a Fox News correspondent and Miss America 1989, concedes, “ You’ll never get 100 percent on you side.” “But it about time for the organization to come up to the relevancy of 2018.”

Mallory Hagan, the 2013 Miss America, agrees, “I don’t think you need to put on a swimsuit to tell that someone is physically fit or beautiful, explained Mallory Hagan. “We are in a new era. This is a way to modernize and open the door for a new wave of contestants.”

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Kim gets nod from the CFDA

The CFDA awarded Kim Kardashian its first-ever Influencer Award. And while many fashion industry professionals may scoff at this win—and many did at the 2018 CFDA ceremony—Kardashion has made a widely recognized name for herself. Kim has a social media following that numbers in the hundred millions; a beauty empire, KKW Beauty, and Donatella Versace created a gold chain mail gown designed for Kim for the 2018 Met Gala.

“I am kind of shocked that I am winning a fashion award when I am naked most of the time,” said Kim Kardashian when she accepted the award. “But, this is seriously such an honor, so thank you to the CFDA for this award.”

“It was maybe seven years ago when I had a publicist and she asked [me], what were my goals, what were my dreams, and I said I just wanted to be on the cover of a fashion magazine and she said to me, ‘Let’s get some realistic goals, because that will never happen,’” detailed Kim K in a people.com article.

Now, that is revenge!! You work, Kim K.

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Ashlee and Evan and Voltaire & Zadig

Huh, another celebrity fashion collaboration? Yea, another one, will it ever stop? Well, Ashlee Simpson and Evan Ross’ collaboration with Voltaire & Zadig promises to very different from some of the current celebrity fashion collaborations on the market. This collaboration focuses on gender-neutral clothes.

 Jagger Snow,the ten-collection collaboration—       named after the couple two-year old daughter—features t-shirts, cashmere sweatshirts, embellished shirts and denim. Evan Ross believes this unisex, gender neutral capsule collection will give male consumers more options.

Voltaire & Zadig states the collaborative collection represents, “love, equality and freedom,” adding that the collection is designed “[t]o inspire a message of equality, an independent attitude. Fashion as a living expression of the free spirit they embody in the open air.”

The capsule collection is now available on Zadig & Voltaire’s site. Price points range from $100 for a shirt to over $600 for a smoking jacket.

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Instant fashion

Amazon’s fashion community continues to grow. And on the heels of that fact, Amazon has launched Amazon Echo Look. Amazon Echo Look is an Alexa-powered device that can take photos and videos without the use of a smartphone camera or mirror.

Linda Ranz, director of Echo product management at Amazon said in a statement that Echo Look “can give advice on which of two outfits looks best, offer personalized recommendations on items that pair well with clothes you already own, create your personal lookbook, [and] keep your closet organized.”

Echo Look debuted at New York Fashion Week: The Shows this past February in partnership with Prabal Gurung. The product is now available for consumers at a price point of $200.

Echo Look uses Alexa and Style Check, which is a combination of machine-learned algorithms and fashion content from Amazon, Vogue and GQ. Echo Look will be able to critique fit, color, and styling with reference to current trends, and give an explanation of why one of the two options is better.

—William S. Gooch

Fashion News Alerts: Serena Williams’ New Fashion Line, New Fashion Layoffs, Ivanka Trump Brand Receives Chinese Trademarks, and Sears Closes More Stores

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New baby, new marriage, and return to tennis grand slams, when is Serena Williams going to slow down? Well, apparently no time soon.Serena Williams has launched her own apparel line, Serena. Though Williams has collaborated on fashion lines with Nike and HSN, this is her first independent fashion collection. “Today, I am proud to launch Serena, my own online shop. Never stop believing in yourself, you’re worth it,” Serena recently announced on Instagram.

“They say life is about timing. I learned this lesson at age 18, when I chose to play a light tennis schedule because I wanted to go to fashion school. Some criticized my decision, but I knew I had two loves—tennis and fashion—and had to find a way to make them [co-exist],”Serena continues in a recent fashionnetwork.com article.

“After 15 years of false starts, and people in fashion telling me ‘no,’ it only drove me to work harder. As a result, I discovered what it meant to invest in myself, and I allowed that belief in myself to drive me to reach my dream.”

Serena includes althleisure items, dresses, blazers, and denim. Certain garments feature affirmative statements and self-confidence and the social media campaign includes the hashtag “be seen be heard.”

Serena is now available exclusively on Serena Williams’ website. Prices range from $35 to $250.

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Condè Nast’s troubles

As a part of their internal reorganization, on May 30 Vogue laid off eight employees. As Condè Nast, Vogue’s parent company, adjust to declining advertising, subscription, and magazine sales at newsstands; layoffs at its publications have become all too common.

Among those hit by recent layoffs at Vogue is Vogue communication director Zara Rahim and senior market editor Kirby Marzec. Earlier in the month Condè Nast laid off top editors at Vanity Fair and GQ.

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Ivanka’s conflict

Though Ivanka Trump holds an executive position with the Trump administration, this isn’t keeping her fashion and home goods’ brands from receiving seven coveted Chinese trademarks. The seven trademarks cover Ivanka Trump product across home and fashion categories, including cushions, housewares and books.

Many political experts contend that this new business development is political grounds for a conflict of interest. After Ivanka Trump, who is a federal employee, became a White House advisor, Ivanka Trump handed her the operational responsibilities of her fashion and home goods companies to Abigail Klem. Still, Ivanka is due to acquire major financial gain with this new business development.

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Sears to shutter more stores

More store closings are in the works in the near future for Sears. The American retail giant recently announced that 72 stores are scheduled to close in the fall of 2018 due to a 12% drop in quarterly retail sales. Sears closed over 400 stores in 2017, leaving 894 brick and mortar stores as of May 5, 2018.

“While we had a challenging first quarter, we remain focused on improving our financial performance and enhancing our liquidity,” Sears’ CEO Eddie Lampert said in a prepared statement. Sears is set to liquidate some of its assets in the wake of its declining profits, selling Craftsman tools brand to Stanley Black & Decker Inc. for $900 million in 2017. Appliance brand Kenmore is next on the block to be sold.

“Continued efforts to enhance liquidity will be necessary to fund its ongoing operating losses,” said Moody’s Vice President Christina Boni in a recent fashionnetwork.com article. Sears contributes the decline in sales to less foot traffic and the popularity of online shopping.

—William S. Gooch

 

 

 

 

Fashion News Alert: Interview Magazine Bites the Dust, Fashion Houses Drop Out of Men’s Paris Fashion Week, Justine Skye Collaborates with H&M, and Winnie Harlow’s New Gig

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Another fashion and entertainment bites the dust. Unfortunately, this time around it is the hallowed Interview magazine.Founded in 1969 by pop art icon Andy Warhol, after months of turmoil, back pay lawsuits, and being locked of its corporate offices due to non-payment of rent, Interview magazine officially shut down on Monday, May 21. Owned by Peter Brant, a billionaire art collector, since 1989, the esteemed publication transitioned from a primarily Q&A print publication to a pop-culture publication under the direction of Ingrid Sischy and Bob Colacello.

Interview magazine covered the glitterati of the downtown art and culture scene with Warhol telling the late editor and writer Glenn O’Brien, “I tell everyone they can be on the cover of Interview.” That will not happen now, oh, the shame of it all!!

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Times are a-changing

It usually takes a long time for changes in beauty perceptions to gain traction in the fashion and beauty industry. But, change does happen. Evidence of changing notions of beauty is top model Winnie Harlow landing a job as brand ambassador for Tommy Hilfiger. Winnie Harlow was recently named as a brand ambassador along side top model Hailey Baldwin. Winnie Harlow is a Canadian model of African descent and has the skin condition, vitiligo, which reveals non-pigmented skin all over the body.

“As two of the most sought after super models in the world, Hailey Baldwin and Winnie Harlow are becoming the icons of tomorrow, captivating their audiences with their powerful drive and inner fire,” explained Hilfiger. Winnie Harlow and Hailey Baldwin will serve as the faces of the fall 2018 TOMMY ICONS capsule collection for women, a worldwide campaign that celebrates icons of tomorrow in the industries of art, fashion, art, music and entertainment.

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Nyden x Justine Skye

Celebrity collaborations in fashion continue. The latest collaboration is between H&M’s Group’s Nyden and musical artist Justine Skye. The Brooklyn-based singer and songwriter will collaborate with Nyden on a capsule collection due in stores this coming fall.

“Justine’s minimalistic yet extremely [colorful] personality makes her a perfect tribe leader for Nyden,” said Stina Force, creative director of Nyden. “It has been so much fun working with Justine and watching her channel one of her many talents—fashion design—into creating playful yet striking clothes for her current and future fans.”

“As an artist, I understand the importance of self-expression. What we wear says a lot about who we are and I’m very excited to team up with Nyden to design clothing that help people communicate their strength and independence to the world,” said Justine Skye in a recent fashionnetwork,com article.

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Changes at Paris Fashion Week: Men’s

There is change afoot at Paris Fashion Week: Men’s spring 2019 season. Some shows have been eliminated from the schedule and four major fashion houses have opted not to show for the men’s spring 2019 season.

Berluti, a Paris Fashion Week staple has opted not to show this season, perhaps, due to the exit of its prestigious creative director Haider Ackermann. Kris Van Assche has replaced Ackermann. Ackermann will present his namesake mens and women’s collections during Paris Fashion Week in early October. “This decision reflects a desire to stage a new balance between the two collections by breaking with codes and re-creating magic with the interaction of two different identities,” the spokeswoman for Haider Ackermann said.

Other brands bowing out the season are Julien David, Niuku, a genderless brand, and Christophe Lemaire and Icosae have opted for presentations over a runway show. The menswear season runs from June 19 through June 24.

—William S. Gooch
 

 

 

Fashion News Alert: Grace Coddington Gets a Talk Show, Amber Heard’s New Job, Rachel Roy Expands into Swimwear, and Prabal Gurung Launches Atelier Prabal Gurung

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Grace Coddington is getting her own fashion talk show? Huh, well, it might work!!The former creative director of American Vogue will host a late night fashion talk show on IMG’s streaming fashion channel Made 2 Measure (M2M). This six-part series will feature Coddington in conversation with fashion industry elites.

“It’s nerve-racking because I’ve never been on TV in this capacity,” explains Coddington in businessoffashion.com article. “ I’ve been interviewed, but not the one who is in control. But I’ve chosen people who are easy to talk to on purpose.”

“Face to Grace” will air in September, filmed at Mr. Chow’s restaurant on West 57th Street. Here’s hope for a graceful debut!!

Diane Kruger in Atelier Prabal Gurung at 2018 Met Gala
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Couture-like Prabal

On the heels of the 2018 Met Gala, Prabal Gurung announced the launch of his eight-piece capsule collection, Atelier Prabal Gurung. Gurung describes this capsule collection as, “a made-to-measure collection with a couture approach.”

“This has been building for a while,” Gurung explained in a vogue.com article. “We’ve always taken a couture approach to our [ready-to-wear] designs, and we make the majority of our collections in New York. I have a big private-client business, too, so we’ve been making custom, made-to-measure gowns for them.”

Each garment from the capsule collection made its debut at the 2018 Met Gala. Celebrities that donned Atelier Prabal Gurung gowns include Diane Kruger, Gabrielle Union, Eliza Gonzalez, Deepika Padukone, Ming Xi, Hailee Steinfeld, and top models Ashley Graham and Hikari Mori. “It’s no longer just about the designs, it’s about who’s wearing it, why, and what she’s representing, Gurung explained.

Atelier Prabal Gurung is now sold at Bergdorf Goodman and Moda Operandi from May 14 through May 29. Prices range from $11,995 to $37,995.

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Amber keeps it moving

Amber Heard has let no grass grow under her feet since her divorce from Johnny Depp. Heard was recently named a brand ambassador for L’Oréal Paris. Her ambassadorship was revealed during the Cannes Film Festival.

“To become a spokesperson for this dynamic, world-loved beauty brand that’s been telling women we’re worth it since before I was born, and to join the L’Oréal Paris family of changemakers is such an honor,” said Heard in a statement. “I feel like these women—my fellow ambassadors—represent a voice, a power, a movement, an opinion,” said Heard in a recent fashionnetwork.com article.

To promote her new job, Amber has already starred in two makeup tutorials published on L’Oréal Paris Instagram page, featuring 1940s–inspired Hollywood glam beauty and modern red-carpet looks. Other current L’Oréal Paris ambassadors include Eva Longoria, Julianne Moore, and Dame Helen Mirren.

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Rachel Roy is back

Swimsuits For All is working hard to expand its consumer base. Ashley Graham is collaborating with brand and now you can add Rachel Roy to the list.

We haven’t heard much from Rachel Roy since her legal issues with Jones New York and the shakeup down with Solange Knowles at the Met Gala a few years back. That said; Rachel Roy has moved on, collaborating on an exclusive four-piece capsule with the size-inclusive brand.

“I’ve always believed in championing issues for women that most do not focus on or even want to talk about,” said Roy in a release. “I am thrilled to see change come in many of those areas, especially one that is close to my heart—all sizes for all women!”

The swim capsule includes the Rainbow Plunge, a deep plunge one-piece that can double as a bodysuit, as well as the Cherry Twist, a cut out one-piece in red and black, and the Delilah maillot one-piece. Size will range from a size 4 to a size 18.

The Rachel Roy x Swimsuits for All is priced at $108 per swimsuit. The capsule collection is now available online through Swimsuits for All’s e-commerce site.

—William S. Gooch

Fashion News Alert: Layoffs at Popsugar, Margo Robbie’s New Job, Caroline Wozniacki Partners with Ovvo Optics, and Lord & Taylor Looks for a Turnaround

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In March 2018, the luxury brand announced it was launching two new Chanel brands, Coco Neige and Coco Beach that will be a part of the luxury brand’s ready-to-wear, haute couture, and cruise collections. And in April, Chanel released sneak peak images of the ad campaign of its new winter sports and après-ski collection with Margo Robbie front and center in the campaign.Karl Lagerfeld is designing both new Chanel brands with Coco Neige and Coco Beach being available in Chanel stores in July.

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Pop Sugar cuts

There are more layoffs at fashion and entertainment publications. And this time around the cuts were at Pop Sugar.

It was announced on fashionweekdaily.com that Pop Sugar is to lay off 19 staffers. “We made the hard decision today to say goodbye to 19 people, roughly 5 percent of our team,” a spokeswoman for Pop Sugar told The Hollywood Reporter. “This was done to achieve profitability.”

Prior to layoffs, staffers at Pop Sugar were emailed a memo from Pop Sugar co-founder and EVP of culture and corporate citizenship, Krista Moatz, that the company snacks, breakfasts, lunches, and beverage options would end because of the excessive costs, totally more than $488,000 annually. “We will take a pause on providing snacks and most beverages in all of our offices,” Moatz wrote as reported in fashionweekdaily.com. “But we will continue to provide coffee, and filtered hot and cold water …”

Interestingly, layoffs came after Pop Sugar did extensive coverage of the 2018 Met Gala with staffers racking up major overtime hours. Met Gala overtime, snacks and beverage slashing and layoffs, hmm, make for a lethal combination!!

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Caroline + Ovvo

Are you tired and fed up with celebrity fashion collaborations? You probably are, still, it is Fashion Reverie job to report them.

That said; tennis champion Caroline Wozniacki is partnering with Ovvo Optics on an eleven-piece eyewear collection. There will be seven styles for women and four styles for men with a butterfly silhouette on the women’s styles, as well as, Wozniacki’s favorite oversized silhouette on three of the styles.

“We were inspired by Caroline’s strong sense of self, her competitive spirit and her commitment to being the best,” explained Ovvo’s founders. Wozniacki is the 2018 Australian Open champion.

The C. Wozniacki + Ovvo Collection is now available through Ovvo. Price points range from $335 to $360 for the women’s styles and $335 to $375 for men’s glasses.

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Lord & Taylor’s revitalization

Lord & Taylor needs some help and Canadian retailer Hudson Bay Co. is just the company to turn things around. Armed with investment bankers and consultants developing new business strategies and deals, Hudson Bay Co. is primed to make this happen.

“Lord & Taylor is a storied brand and we will continue to evolve it for the future,” a Hudson’s Bay spokeswoman said in an emailed statement to fashionnetwork.com, declining to comment on moves the company was considering with investment bankers and consultants. “As we shared on our last earnings call, recent performance at Lord & Taylor has not met expectations. However, we see a lot of opportunity to grow the business.”

Lord & Taylor was acquired by Hudson’s Bay Executive Chairman Richard Baker, investment firm NDRC Equity Partners in 2006 for $1.2 billion dollars when the company’s retail sales were very good. No longer a standout store for upper middle class consumers, Lord & Taylor now struggles for traction with other retail chains like Macy’s, and if the trend of brick and mortars struggles continue, Lord & Taylor’s projections are dire.

“What do we offer consumers that’s differentiated?? If they can’t answer that question, they need to come up with a reason for consumers to care,” said Greg Portell, lead partner in the retail practice of A.T. Kearney, a management consulting firm in a fashionnetwork.com article.

New retails strategies for Lord & Taylor include launching a dedicated online store on retailer Walmart’s website, as well as closing some brick and mortar stores. “Hudson’s Bay should focus on having fewer stores,” Varghese said. “If that means selling certain brands, then so be it. Lord & Taylor does make sense.”

—William S. Gooch

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fashion News Alert: Wilhelmina Models Banned, Ashley Graham New Swimwear Line, Miley Cyrus’ New Gig, and Virgil Abloh’s Final Collection with Nike

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There is much shakeup in the fashion industry. One of the biggest shakeups that fashion tongues wagging was Wilhemina Models being banned from walking in any fashion shows held at Pier 59 during NYFW:The Shows and NYFW: Men’s or working at Pier 59.Apparently, William Wackerman, CEO of Wilhelmina International and Nadia Shahrik, vice president of Major Model Management received letters via Federal Express from Pier 59’s attorney Mark Cortegiano that models from Wilhemina and Major are not permitted to set foot inside or on the property of Pier 59. If they do, they will be persecuted for trespassing.

Federico Pignatelli, CEO of Pier 59, Art and Fashion Group and The Industry Model Management, has banned models from said model management companies due to unfair employment practices of said agencies. Though Wackerman has had a phone conversation with Pignatelli about said employment issues, Pier 59 and Pignatelli have failed to respond to Wackerman’s request for a meeting.

In the letter to Wilhelmina, obtained by WWD, Cortegiano wrote, “While my client recognizes that Wilhelmina International is a large and long-established modeling agency, my client believes that Wilhelmina’s models are subject to financial and contractual duress, and Pier 59 will not work with Wilhelmina under those circumstances. It has come to my clients’ attention that payments to Wilhelmina’s models is only made after significant delay and repeated requests from the models.” A similar letter was sent to Major Model Management.

Pignatelli told WWD, “I spoke to the [CEO] of Wilhelmina and, during our conversation, he questioned my reasons for taking this action with the Models Bill of Rights. He asked me why I would set rules regarding modernizing payment practices and standardizing contracts that would also affect my agency. I replied that, ‘This is how I am choosing to run my agency and will continue to do so in the future. I feel very strongly about the principles that I laid out in the Models Bill of Rights.’

“I invited him to join me in taking action and changing his approach to business, but he refused. I also advised him to raise additional capital to bring the company into a stronger financial position to be able to pay the models accordingly, which he also refused. I am taking Wilhelmina’s response as a clear statement that they do not wish to work together to see the modeling industry modernized and changed so that models are paid in a fair and professional manner, without being under duress by enforcing the one-sided contracts that the models may find the agency to be in breach of and/or feel to be mismanaged.”

With NYFW: Men’s is two months away will this rift get ironed out? Fashion Reverie will keep you informed!!

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The last go-round

There has been much hype about Nike, Inc’s tenth and last collaboration with Virgil Abloh. The brand recently released design aesthetic for the last collaboration that will be sneaks that conjure images of 1970s Converse Connor’s high tops.

So, you may think how Nike can get away with ripping off another sneaker brand’s design aesthetic? Some years back Nike acquired Converse, so the design aesthetic appropriation is totally legal.

In the official press release, Nike detailed that this last collaboration with Virgil Abloh will be, “a modern ode to the Chuck Taylor All Star, celebrating a time when the sneaker had evolved to become the pinnacle of function and utility for sport” “After being redrafted by Converse in 2013, the Chuck 70 quickly became the designer’s choice, with Rei Kawakubo, Missoni, Jonathan Anderson, and Virgil Abloh collaborating on the icon,” Nike, Inc. further explained.

This 70s` Converse Connor’s reinvention uses transparent woven uppers and sports Off-White branding. Translucent tape with “Vulcanized” is printed on the sides, as well as the words “Right” and “Left” on the respective shoe toe caps. Abloh’s Chuck 70 also flips the branded license plate on the heel, and the sneakers come with three additional sets of laces featuring Abloh’s signature “Shoelace” print.

The previous nine collaborations between Nike, Inc. and Virgil Abloh sold out quickly after launch. Ten Converse x Virgil Abloh Chuck 70 retails for $130 and is available in sizes 7 through 13.

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Miley and Converse

Speaking of Converse, Pop sensation Miley Cyrus just launched their 43–piece debut lifestyle apparel and footwear collection, Converse x Miley Cyrus. This new collaboration reflects Cyrus’ country roots with bandana prints and glitter-embellished Chuck Taylor All-Star footwear.

Cyrus chose to collaborate with Converse because “the brand appeals to and represents so many different cultures and walks of life. And they’re accessible.” In a statement on Nike’s website Miley Cyrus detailed that she chose a unisex approach because, “No age, no gender, no sex—I wanted everyone to feel included.”

The unisex collaboration includes pants, dresses, hoodies, hats, backpacks, and footwear in a color palette of pink, black, and white. Converse x Miley Cyrus launched on May 2 on Converse’s website, priced at $20 to $100.

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Voluptuous Ashley

Ashley Graham has unveiled her new summer 2018 swimwear collection for the size inclusive-label, Swimwear for All. Raw images from the summer 2018 swimwear collection shows Graham flaunting her voluptuous body in the new collection on the beaches and streets of Miami.

“This campaign is different than any other I have worked on throughout my entire career,” Graham elaborated in a statement in a recent fashionnetwork.com article. “I hope these images instill a fearless belief in everyone to be happy in their own skin and enjoy living in the moment, no matter who is watching.”

This nine-piece collection which features one- pieces swim wear and bikinis with geometric shapes and sexy cutouts, ranging in sizes 4–22 was inspired by the art deco found in much of the architecture of Miami. Ashley Graham and her mother were featured in Swimwear for All’s resort 2018 collection.

—William S. Gooch

 

 

 

 

 

Fashion News Alert: Karl Lagerfelds’ #MeToo Comments, Adidas Offers Kaepernick Deal, and Gaia Trussardi Resigns

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Karl Lagerfeld is known for saying exactly what he thinks. Mincing his words is not one of Lagerfeld’s virtues when it comes to speaking his mind on models and body image.In a recent numero.com article, Lagerfeld blasted the #MeToo movement by stating, “… I read somewhere that now you must ask a model if she is comfortable with posing. Its simply too much, from now on, as a designer, you can’t do anything. As for the accusations against the poor Karl Templar [creative director at Interview magazine], I don’t believe a single word of it. A girl complained he tried to pull her pants down and he is instantly excommunicated from a profession that up until then had venerated him. It’s unbelievable. If you don’t want your pants pulled about, don’t become a model! Join a nunnery, there’ll always be a place for you in the convent. They’re recruiting even!”

The Model Alliance, a model advocacy group, fired back. “Mr. Lagerfeld’s flippant dismissal of reports of abuse, and his characterization of models who have come forward as “stupid,” “toxic” and “sordid creatures” who should quit their profession if they do not like how they are treated surely demands action. While the industry has previously met such remarks with tacit acceptance, this much is clear: attitudes like Lagerfeld’s carry the day no longer.”

Some celebrities have also slammed Lagerfeld for his comments. Rose McGowan tweeted, “Karl, your cruelty is tired. You’ve made so much money off of women’s insecurities, time for you to ride off into the victim shaming sunset.” Comedian Whitney Cummings commented, “ Karl Lagerfeld is fed up with the #MeeToo. Well, I’m fed up with rich old entitled white guys with ponytails who make their money off of women’s insecurities.”

More for Kaepernick

Colin Kaepernick’s ability to get signed by an NFL team comes with some perks. The political activist and former San Francisco 49er quarterback is looking to get signed by an NFL team, but because of his controversial political activism some NFL team owners have cold feet. Kaepernick is currently a free agent.

Still, if Kaepernick does snag a deal, Adidas’ North American president Mark King has offered Kaepernick an endorsement deal.  “We love athletes that have a platform to make the world a better place. If they’re an activist in a way that brings attention to something that moves the world forward, even if there’s controversy at that moment, we’re really interested in those athletes because I think it represents the world today,” said Mark King according to a AZcentral.com report.

Kaepernick took several bows to the knee during the National Anthem in protest to racial profiling and police violence against people of color. Kaepernick has stated in the Washington Post, “when there’s significant change and I feel that flag represents what it’s supposed to represent, and this country is representing people the way that it’s supposed to, I’ll stand.”

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Bye, bye Gaia

Friday 13 is known to be a bad luck day, so most folks avoid doing anything substantive on that day. On this past Friday 13, Gaia Trussardi resigned as creative director of the family-owned Italian fashion label, Trussardi.

Gaia Trussardi has served as creative director of Trussardi for five years. Her explanation for her resignation, as reported in fashionnetwork.com was “to pursue new professional challenges.” No other explanations have been released at this time.

The Trussardi brand began in 1911, and in 2018 the brand is looking to expand its distribution in China and Russia. Gaia Trussardi’s last collection for the brand gave more of a contemporary look to Trussardi’s classic DNA.

—William S. Gooch

Fashion News Alert: Cardi B’s Fashion Collaboration, Susan Lucci Debuts Activewear, and GQ Goes to the Middle East

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In a very short amount of time Cardi B has become a style icon for young fans of hip hop. Well, Miss Cardi is leaving no stone unturned. Riding high off of her meteoric fame, Cardi recently revealed that she is in talks with Fashion Nova on a collaborative fashion collection. Fashion Nova is a fast-fashion online retailer.”They gave me an opportunity to design what I like and what I want to put out,” the star told Ebro Darden during their conversation on Apple Beats Music 1. “I’m going to put out a line with them, a little something-something for the fall. It’s going to be crazy because it’s what I like.” Card B continued, “[they have] been rocking with me from the beginning,” adding: “I want people to look good and I want people to look high-end with a good budget price and that’s the perfect opportunity. I’m excited for that.”

This is not Cardi B’s first time at the fashion rodeo, in December Cardi B collaborated with footwear icon Steve Madden on a shoe collection, Curated by Cardi. Curated by Cardi had Cardi B pick shoes from the label’s already existing collection and highlight each pick on the video series, “Daily Tips With Cardi B.”

Rock it Cardi, while it lasts!!

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GQ Arab style

Though fashion publications’ circulation and ad revenue globally may be down, that does not mean that media companies are not experimenting and looking for ways to expand their audiences. And though the retail market is going through lots of changes in the US, in other parts of the world, the retail market, especially luxury brands are gaining momentum.

In response to the growing menswear market globally, Condè Nast International is launching GQ Middle East in a licensing agreement IFP Media Group in September 2018. “The Arabian men’s fashion market is very dynamic … We believe that ITP has the experience, vision and enthusiasm to deliver GQ Middle East with its own unique voice across all platforms,” said Karina Dobrotvorskaya, President of Condé Nast New Markets and Editorial Director, Brand Development in a fashionnetwork.com. “GQ is without doubt the most recognizable men’s media brand in the world, and our Middle East version will distinguish itself with quality writers and photographers, exclusive interviews, video production, in-depth analysis and commentary,” added Ali Akawi, CEO of ITP Media Group.

GQ Middle East will cater to men between the ages of 28–45 years of age. ITP is one of the largest media companies in the Middle East, with a portfolio of more than 100 brands that include regional editions of Time Out, Harper’s Bazaar Arabia, and Hello!.

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La Lucci takeover

Another celebrity has thrown their hat into the active wear market. Soap Opera superstar Susan Lucci is launching an eight-piece active wear collection with QVC. The line includes printed tights, tanks, tops, and hoodies. Lucci previously sold Pilates equipment and videos on QVC.

“It’s appropriate for lunching with your friends, going to the shops, picking your children up from school and not missing a beat and traveling on a plane,” said Lucci in a fashionnetwork.com article. This active wear line includes bold colors and prints, as well as figure-flattering silhouettes.

This is not the first active wear line from Lucci, ten years ago Lucci launched a Pilates line with HSN. The active wear line on QVC was inspired by Lucci’s 20-year relationship with exercising with Pilates equipment. The line will debut on QVC on April 13.

—William S. Gooch

Fashion News Alert: Anna Wintour Rumors, Stella McCartney Buyback, Virgil Obloh’s New Job, and MAC Celebrates Aaliyah

 

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Fashion tongues are wagging that famed Anna Wintour may be leaving her position as Editor-in-chief of American Vogue and her role as Artistic Director of Conde Nast. Dame Anna Wintour has held the position of Editor-in-chief at Vogue since 1988 and Artistic Director of Conde Nast since 2013.On Monday, Page Six of the Daily News announced that Wintour will be stepping down in July after her daughter’s marriage Bee Schaffer to Francesco Carrozzini, son of deceased Franca Sozzani, former Editor-in-chief of Vogue Italia. This departure also comes after Wintour has finished her work on Vogue’s much coveted September issue.

The fashionweekdaily.com details that Edward Enninful, British Vogue’s current editor-in-chief, may replace Wintour. Fashionweekdaily.com also reveals that Jonathan Newhouse, chairman of Conde Nast International does not favor Wintour as his uncle SI Newhouse, longtime chairman of Conde Nast, and wants Anna Wintour out because she has too much power. Jonathan Newhouse is currently in London running the international wing of Conde Nast but is due to return to New York City soon to helm Conde Nast.

Conde Nast denies all these rumors. Is the Golden Age of fashion publications over? Hmm, the verdict is still out.

Virgil Abloh’s new gig

LVMH has tapped Virgil Abloh to head Louis Vuitton menswear. Virgil Abloh is currently the creative director and founder of street wear label Off-White. Abloh takes over the Louis Vuitton menswear collection after the departure of Kim Jones for Christian Dior menswear.

“Having followed with great interest Virgil’s ascent since he worked with me at Fendi in 2006, I am thrilled to see how his innate creativity and disruptive approach have made him so relevant, not just in the world of fashion but in popular culture today. His sensibility towards luxury and savoir-faire will be instrumental in taking Louis Vuitton’s menswear into the future,” explained Louis Vuitton’s CEO and Chairman Michael Burke.

After the announcement Abloh said, “It is an honor for me to accept the position of Men’s Artistic Director for Louis Vuitton. I find the heritage and creative integrity of the House are key inspirations and will look to reference them both while drawing parallels to modern times.”

LVMH has made a concerted effort in the past few years to elevate its fashion brands beyond a luxury design aesthetic, embracing more of a street wear design perspective in an effort to attract and retain a younger consumer. This new direction has prompted much shuffling at many LVMH brands.

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MAC and Aaliyah

MAC recently released a sneak peek of its MAC X Aaliyah series on social media. MAC X Aaliyah will hit the market in June 2018. “Aaliyah lives on in a makeup collection influenced by her groundbreaking work in music and film,” said the cosmetic giant on social media.

This collection will pay homage to the late R&B singer’s style and beauty. The cosmetic series will feature nine-shade eye palette containing sultry plum, ochre and rose hues inspired by one of the singer’s music videos. There will also be a single lipstick in a buttery toffee shade, similarly inspired by the name of an Aaliyah song. Both products are encased in sleek burgundy packaging with silver embossing.

The MAC X Aaliyah will be available on maccosmetics.com on June 20 and hit stores across North America on June 21.

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Stella McCartney is taking back more control at her eponymous fashion brand. McCartney is buying back 50% of company from Kering making her the sole owner of her company. The brand was launched in partnership with Kering in 2010.

“It is the right moment to acquire the full control of the company bearing my name. This opportunity represents a crucial patrimonial decision for me,” commented Stella McCartney in a recent fashionnetwork.com article. “It is the right time for Stella to move to the next stage. Kering is a luxury group that empowers creative minds and helps disruptive ideas become reality. I am extremely proud of what Kering and Stella McCartney have accomplished together since 2001. I would like to thank Stella and her team wholeheartedly for everything they have brought to Kering—far beyond business. Stella knows she can always count on my friendship and support,” detailed Kering CEO Francois-Henri Pinault.

It is rumored that Stella McCartney received the money for the buyback from her father Sir Paul McCartney. Kering and McCartney will continue to collaborate to ensure a smooth transition and Stella McCartney will stay on the board of the Kering Foundation.

—William S. Gooch

Fashion News Alert: Britney Spears New Gig, Kris Van Assche Exits Dior Homme, Naomi Campbell to Receive CFDA Award, and the Shopping Gender Gap

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Naomi Campbell’s fashion proliferation continues. Campbell recently announced on Instagram that she is to receive the 2018 Fashion Icon Award.“It is truly an honor to be recognized by the CFDA with this year’s Fashion Icon award,” Campbell said in a statement.  “Being from London, my personal style has always been tremendously influenced by both the dynamic, ever-changing nature of street culture and the music scene. I grew up in this industry and I’m forever grateful to the iconic American fashion designers that have supported me and celebrated me throughout my career.”

Other honorees at the 2018 CFDA Fashion Awards include Diane von Furstenberg, Carolina Herrera, Donatella Versace, and Narciso Rodriguez. The 2018 CFDA Awards will be held on June 4 at the Brooklyn Museum.

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Changes at Dior Homme

After 11 years Belgian-Flemish designer Kris Van Assche steps down as creative director of Dior Homme. Kim Jones, formerly of Louis Vuitton, will replace Van Assche.

According to fashionnetwork.com, Van Assche will continue to “to work in a creative role within the LVMH group,” and a “new position will be announced very soon.” “I salute Kris Van Assche, who contributed to Dior Homme’s impressive growth by creating a contemporary, sophisticated men’s style. He wrote an important chapter in the history of Dior Homme and played a key role in its expansion,” said Pietro Beccari, the new CEO of Christian Dior Couture, in a press release.

The 38-year old Kim Jones comes to Dior Homme after having worked as creative director of Louis Vuitton for seven years where he introducing a combination of men’s streetwear and luxury. A graduate of the prestigious Central Saint Martin College of Art and Design, Jones cut his fashion teeth at his own label—which he discontinued a few seasons back—and in some unique collaborations with Hugo Boss, Umbro, Iceberg, and Topman. Later in his career, Jones held key positions at Dunhill and Alexander McQueen.

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Britney bounce back

Of late, Britney Spears has bee somewhat camera shy. The one-time ubiquitous pop sensation after much speculation about her mental health and music releases that failed to excite pulses has spent much of her time the last few years with residences in Las Vegas.

Well, Spears looks to be attempting to come back with a bang as the face of the Kenzo’s La Collection Momento No2 campaign. This is Britney Spears first-ever major fashion campaign. “So excited to announce my new campaign for @KENZO’s La Collection Memento No2 shot by @therealpeterlindbergh!!!,” said Spears in a recent Instagram post.

Peter Lindbergh photographed this recent Kenzo campaign with Spears modeling several streetwear styles from the brand’s fall 2018 collection. These streetwear looks includes the signature “Bamboo Tiger” print and mixing things up with cropped sweatshirts, backpacks, and Noughties-inspired denim bralettes, jackets and thigh-high boots. 

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Shopping according to gender

Do ladies and gents have the same shopping goals and habits? Apparently not, if you are to believe recent shopping studies done by the First Insight on retail disruption.

“The data has unearthed a significant gender gap between how men and women shop and make purchase decisions,” said Greg Petro, CEO and founder of First Insight in a fashionnetwork.com article. “The fact that men are less inclined to shop online overall and prefer to go in-store is a significant finding, particularly as retailers consider how to align their in-store selection and pricing to meet consumer appetites.”

The study details that while 40 % if female consumers shop frequently using mobile devices only 22% of male consumers shop using mobile devices. The study also found that 44% prefer to shop at full price brick and mortar stores while only 38% of women shop at full price stores. Women also made five or more online purchases a month while men made no more than two online purchases a month.

—William S. Gooch

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