Fashion News Alert: Cyber Monday 2018 Breaks Records, Amy Schumer’s Fashion Line, Glamour’s Last Print Issue, and Condé Nast Merges Brands

We are all aware of the struggles of print magazine publishing. Condé Nast has decided to solve this, if temporarily, by merging its international titles. “Operating as one global company will only help us realize our ambition to deliver the highest quality journalism, experiences and value to our audiences, advertisers and partners,” Condé Nast said in a statement.

With this new merger, Bob Sauerberg, CEO of Condé Nast, will be exiting the company after someone is found to replace Sauerberg in the newly created position of global chief executive. Sauerberg had been with the Condé Nast since 2006 and CEO since 2016.

Condé Nast’s portfolio includes Vogue, Vanity Fair, Glamour, The New Yorker and GQ; while Condé Nast International produces such esteemed publications as British Vogue, British GQ, Love Magazine, Tatler and Wired, among others.

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Amy expands

Comedian/Actress Amy Schumer is using her name recognition to go beyond the entertainment industry. Schumer announced recently that she is launching her own fashion line with costume designer Leesa Evans for Saks Off Fifth.

Schumer’s ‘Le Cloud’ collection will contain 23 ready-to-wear wardrobe essentials, such as tops, pants, skirts, a jumpsuit and outerwear, designed for women of all shapes and sizes; offering a range of comfortable, wearable separates in neutral shades and in sizes from a 0 or XS to a 20 or XXL.

“We are making beautiful, comfortable and wearable clothing that is accessible to real women,” she said added in a statement. “A Le Cloud customer will feel confident and powerful when wearing these pieces. We take our product seriously, but not ourselves.”

Le Cloud will be available in Saks Off Fifth flagship store on 57th Street in NYC and online, as well as Beverly Connection stores in Los Angeles on December 13. Price points range from $38 to $248.

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Bye, bye Glamour, well kind of

According to The New York Times, Glamour magazine is cancelling its print editions, transitioning completely to a digital presence. Glamour’s last print edition landed on newsstands on November 27.

Vanessa Friedman of The New York Times commented that this last issue, “should have been bigger … When you are holding something in your hands that is the last of its kind, you feel it ought to be more … special. A collectible. Something worthy of a time capsule, or a memory box.”

The last issue of Glamour is a small, reduced issue of less than 100 pages with Amber Heard on the cover, a Meghan Markle article, and other articles of lesser note. Glamour is the latest Condé Nast publication that has struggled of late and is going the route of only a digital presence. (Self, Lucky, Details, and Brides magazines have all fallen by the wayside.)

Glamour launched in 1943 as a fashion and beauty magazine “for the girl with a job.”

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Cyber Monday shopping bonanza

Cyber Monday 2018 has turned out to be the largest online shopping day of all time in the US. Cyber Monday 2018 increased online sales by 19.8% in 2018 compared to last season, breaking records of 7.9 billion.

Online sales conducted on smart phones contributed to 43.6 of websites visited with many consumers conducting purchases through their smart phones and tablets. “Sales coming from smartphones hit an all-time high of $2 billion and we saw a significant spike in the buy online, pickup in-store trend,” explained John Copeland, head of Marketing and Customer Insights at Adobe, as reported on fashionnetwork.com.

—William S. Gooch

Weekend Fashion News Alert: Ralph Lauren to be Knighted, GAP to Close More Stores, Cardi B’s Alleged Fashion Theft, and Amazon Strikes

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Hip-hop artist Cardi B’s fashion line, which is sold on Fashion Nova, is doing very well. The collection launched on Fashion Nova on November 14 and has already sold out most of the garments. However, pop artist Ashanti’s sister Kenashia Douglas has accused Cardi B on Instagram of stealing her fashion designs. Douglas had coincidentally shared a throwback image of a garment from her fashion line when it came to her attention that Cardi B had an image of a very similar garment from her fashion line on Fashion Nova. “Peep how the universe works. I was planning to put this pic up as a throwback Thursday today because I’m tired of it,” wrote Douglas on Instagram. “I posted it last year, as a creative things get old and annoying fast. And I peeped people, certain designers I’ve worked with even try to run with the design and make it their own…”

Though several people who are fans of Douglas’ line have commented on Instagram that Douglas’ garments look to be better made than Cardi B, Douglas has not talked about any legal action against Cardi B. Douglas is taking the design rip off as a compliment.

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Sir Ralph

It is now official; Ralph Lauren will be knighted by as an honorary commander knight of the British Empire. Lauren will be the first American designer to receive this honor.

This honor comes on the heels of the 79-year-old Lauren celebrating the 50th anniversary of his eponymous fashion brand. “In his storied career in fashion, business and philanthropy, [Ralph] Lauren has played a key role in forging transatlantic cultural and economic connections,” said Antony Philipson, British consul general to New York, in a press release.

Ralph Lauren will be present be presented with the British knighthood during a ceremony in 2019.

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Continued struggles for Gap

There are more struggles for American apparel group Gap Inc. On Tuesday there was an urgent call by CEO Art Peck to close of hundreds of stores.

There are hundreds of other stores that likely don’t fit our vision for the future of Gap brand specialty store, whether in terms of profitability, customer experience, traffic trends, importantly the ROD structure and/or near and long-term relevance to the brand,” Peck said in a fashionnetwork.com.

“There likely will be a cash cost to exit many of these stores, which we will attempt to minimize with appropriate sequencing. But I plan to exit those that do not fit the future vision quickly. I’m going to move thoughtfully, but aggressively.”

This announcement encompasses 775 Gap store closings globally with some flagship store closings in major cities. Gap Inc. has been have market struggles for some time with a very weak quarterly performance.

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Amazon’s Black Friday strike

Black Friday/Cyber Monday is a big day for Amazon. What may have been a bigger day for the mega online retail giant were the strikes at Amazon logistic centers in Germany and Spain on Friday with workers walking off the job.

Germany had 620 workers striking, demanding higher pay and labor contracts that guarantee healthier working conditions. Germany’s Verdi services union called for the strike for 24 hours starting on Black Friday.

We are entering the end of year spurt, the most stressful time for employees,” said Verdi representative Mechthild Middeke in a fashionnetwork.com article. “Especially on a day like Black Friday, employees should be the central focus.”

Eighty to 90% of Amazon workers at Spain’s biggest warehouse, San Fernando de Henares, also went on strike on Friday. Spanish workers’ strike went into Saturday.

—William S. Gooch

Fashion News Alert: Proenza Schuler Buyback, Victoria’s Secret Controversy, Lush x Rupaul, and MTV’s Sneaker Collection

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There was lots of controversial buzz around Victoria’s Secret last week when the brand’s CMO Ed Razek said in an interview with Vogue that Victoria’s Secret would not be interested in using transgender models in their annual Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show.There was lots of clapback on social media and recently Razek offered an apology to diverse communities and the transgender community. “My remark regarding the inclusion of transgender models in the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show came across as insensitive. I apologize. To be clear, we absolutely would cast a transgender model for the show. We’ve had transgender models come to castings … And like many others, they didn’t make it … But, it was never about gender. I admire and respect their journey to embrace who they really are,” said Razek in a press release.

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Proenza Schouler ownership

Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez, founders and designers of Proenza Schouler have bought back Proenza Schouler from Castanea Partners, with the help on new private investors. With this change in ownership, several employees have stepped down or have been let go. Both the CFO and CEO are leaving the company.

“We are thrilled to embark on this new very exciting chapter of Proenza Schouler and are delighted about the team of industry leaders we have assembled who, together with us, will help drive the business to it full potential,” explained Hernandez and McCollough in a statement. This injection of new cash will enable the brand to fund and expand the company’s secondary line, PSWL, globally. Hernandez and McCollough founded Proenza Schouler in 2002; both knew each other while they were students at Parsons School of Design.

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Dragalicious Xmas

With the start of the holiday season starting in a little over of week, Lush is launching a holiday beauty campaign with three contestants from “Rupaul’s Drag Race.” This very glamorous holiday ‘Merry Dragmas’ campaign will feature Kim Chi, Shea Coulee, and Detox, with Kim Chi kicking off the holiday campaign.

Each of the stars has selected a favorite Lush product to promote, with the trio choosing ‘Sleepy Shower Gel,’ the ‘Shoot for the Stars Bath Bomb,’ and the ‘Candy Cane Reusable Bubble Bar.’ Lush is known for its plant-based skincare essentials and beautiful bath bombs.

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MTV x Christopher Bates

MTV is launching a limited-edition sneaker with Canadian menswear designer Christopher Bates. This high-end sneaker collection offers three unisex styles available in both men’s and women’s sizing: The Noctem Hightop (black), The Argentum Hightop (silver) and The Aurum Lowtop (gold). According to fashionnetwork.com, the collection was designed in Milan and produced in Italy where the designer is now based, feature metal stud detailing along the toe and heel, and hints of red for a contemporary look combined with a touch of 90’s nostalgia. 

“They’ve got a bit of a rock ‘n’ roll, edgy vibe, of course, from the MTV side, but the more Italian design and manufacturing aesthetic from my side,” said Bates of the sneaker collection. The limited collection is producing only 75 sneakers per style with the MTV’s logo and Bates’ signature kiss motif.

The high-top styles are available for $396 Canadian dollars, with the low-top version retails for $360 Canadian dollars. The MTV x Christopher Bates sneaker collection is exclusively available at christopherbates.com and at Canadian retailer GotStyle. 

—William S. Gooch

Fashion News Alert: Adriana Lima’s Last Walk, Wrangler and “Bohemian Rhapsody”, and Marc Jacobs Relaunches Grunge

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After 19 years appearing in Victoria’s Secret runway shows, supermodel Adriana Lima is retiring her angel wings. For the upcoming Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show to be telecast on ABC on December 2, Adriana Lima will walk in her last runway show for the global lingerie brand.“Dear Victoria, [t]hank you for showing e the world, sharing your secrets, and most importantly not just giving me wings but teaching me to fly,” said Lima in an Instagram post. Lima shed her tear as she walked in her last Victoria’s Secret show. The show was tapped on November 8 in New York City.

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Wrangler conjures up Freddie Mercury

On the heels of the Queen biographical film “Bohemian Rhapsody,” denim brand Wrangler has launched a Bohemian Rhapsody capsule collection. The collection features tee shirts, jeans, and jackets adorned with Queen lyrics from hit songs like “Don’t Stop Me Now,” “Crazy Little Thing Called Love,” and “Bohemian Rhapsody.” Price points range from $39 to $159 and made in collaboration with music lifestyle brand Lyric Culture.

“Since 1947 we’ve partnered with legendary recording artists, supported music festivals and events all around, and for us we view both music and our brand as a connector,” Jenni Broyles, vice president and general manager of Wrangler Modern Lifestyle said in an interview with Billboard. “We’ve been on the likes of George Strait and Garth Brooks, but we’ve also been on the likes of Jimi Hendrix and Lady Gaga.”

The Wrangler/Bohemian Rhapsody capsule collection is drawing from the fact that Queen lead singer Freddie Mercury wore a pair of the brand’s jeans during Queen’s Live Aid performance in 1985. The capsule collection is now available exclusively on Wrangler’s website.

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Marc looks back

Most folks don’t realize that at one time Marc Jacobs was the creative director of Perry Ellis. Back in 1993, Jacobs created an iconic grunge collection for Perry Ellis.

Jacobs is revisiting that iconic 1993 grunge collection with a revamped version of 26 looks. The revisited collection will feature Nirvana-inspired t-shirts, fruit-printed dresses and tops, as well as coats, pants, and matching sets in neons, pastels, stripes and plaid galore. The Redux Grunge lookbook will feature the children of models who originally walked in the 1993 grunge show—Lily McMenamy and Coco Gordon Moore, as well as top models Slick Woods and Gigi Hadid.

Price points range from $95 to $1200. The looks from Redux Grunge are available for pre-order now on the Marc Jacobs e-commerce site.

—William S. Gooch

Fashion News Alert: Kanye West Designs Black Exodus Collection, Pharrell Williams Collaborates with Chanel, and Rita Ora Headlines Performers at 2018 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show

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It has been confirmed that pop sensation Pharrell Williams will collaborate on a ready-to-wear clothing and accessories spring 2019 collection with Chanel. The collaborative collection will not be available in stores until March 2019, debuting in Chanel’s new store in Seoul, Korea.Pharrell Williams has collaborated with the iconic French fashion house since 2014, appearing in a 2014 ad campaign with Cara Delevigne and also walking in the brand’s runway show in 2016. Still, this is Pharrel Williams first attempt at designing a ready-to-wear collection—he will be working closely with Chanel creative director Karl Lagerfeld—though he has co-created luxury sneakers for Adidas Originals and Chanel and co-owning G-Star Raw.

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2018 Victoria Secret Fashion Show headliners

According to relaxnews.com, Rita Ora, Halsey, and Shawn Mendes are confirmed to perform at the 2018 Victoria’s Secret Fashion show that is to be tapped in New York City in November. Additional singers signed up to appear at the event include Bebe Rexha, The Chainsmokers, Kelsea Ballerini, and The Struts.

The 2018 Victoria’s Secret Fashion show will also reveal the brand’s lingerie capsule collaboration with Mary Katrantzou. Celebrity makeup artist Charlotte Tilbury will do makeup for the models.

“The show is a year-long production, and 2018 promises to be our most ambitious yet,” said Victoria’s Secret executive producer Ed Razek in a statement. “We have more musical guests, more fashion and more stories than ever; and, of course, 60 of the world’s top models.”

The 2018 Victoria’s Secret Fashion show will air on ABC on December 2. The show will also air in 190 countries.

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Kanye encourages black exit

With Kanye West the controversy never stops. West has designed a line of apparel encouraging African Americans to leave the Democratic Party as a part of conservative pundit’s Candace Owens’ ‘Black Exit’ or ‘Blexit’ campaign.

‘Black Exit’ or ‘Blexit’ is “the black exit from permanent victimhood,” according to Candace Owns. “Blexit is a renaissance, and I am blessed to say that this logo, these colors were created by my dear friend and fellow superhero, Kanye West,” continues Owens.

The campaign merchandise contains baseball hats and graphic tees that come in a range of fluorescent colors. Some of the graphics contain the printed words “we free,” and ‘Blexit” spelled out with a giant black X. Product retails for $25 to $28.

West has been a supporter of the Trump administration since 2016. Hmm, I guess with this political collection ‘ebonics’ rules.

—William S. Gooch

Fashion News Alert: Leon Bridges’ New Gig, Layoffs at Refinery 29, Rag & Bone Team with Mickey Mouse, and Gilberto Benetton Transitions

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Gap is trying to up its game. Like many retail brands of its ilk, Gap is looking to celebrities to bring better recognition and tap into an ever-evolving youth market. In a market that is consistently over-saturated, Gap in recent years has struggled to keep its consumers and maintain market traction.By employing pop icon Leon Bridges as the face of its 2019 holiday campaign. Leon Bridges is a Grammy-nominated artist. Bridges will star in the latest installment of Gap’s ‘Meet Me in the Gap’ campaign, creating his soulful rendition of “Now That We’ve Found Love” for the brand’s commercial.

Bridges and the cast of video will be adorned in classic jeans and vibrant prints from Gap. Emil Nava directs the video.

“Music, dance, fashion and personal style are my big passions in life, so getting to work with Gap on this campaign that ties all of those elements together is epic,” said Bridges in a statement. “I grew up watching all of their diverse, music-based commercials, and they were just the coolest. Getting to be in one myself is wild and it’s a dream to lead the brand into the season, especially with a song that has a message of love.”

“This year especially, we want everyone to feel the love by lifting spirits with Leon’s harmonious take on this ’90s anthem,” said Gap chief marketing officer Craig Brommers in a fashionnetwork.com article. “Leon’s soulful voice and charismatic rhythm, styled in Gap’s signature crazy stripes, created an undeniable energy brought to life in this moment of positivity and cheer, bound to spread love.”

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Cuts at Refinery 29

Refinery 29 is cutting it staff again. In 2017, the digital media company laid off 34 employees, seven percent of its workforce. This time around Refinery 29 is cutting ten percent of its workforce, 40 full-time employees. The majority of the layoffs will be from the company’s engineering, product, and video departments.

Insiders contend that Refinery 29 is shifting its video content strategy toward more television and streaming service deals. Wagging tongues also detail that Refinery 29 is restructuring it ad-sales department.

Refinery 29 provides lifestyle content for mostly millennial women. And Refinery 29 has a reported global audience of 550 million.

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Rag & Bone and Mickey

Can you believe it, Mickey Mouse is soon to turn 90. And Rag & Bone is on board to contribute to the famous mouse’s 90th birthday.

Rag & Bone has teamed up with Disney on a unisex ready-to-wear capsule collection that celebrates Mickey Mouse. The collaboration, Rag & Bone X Mickey Mouse is scheduled to hit stores on November 1. Mickey Mouse’s 90th birthday is November 18.

Though Rag & Bone released the news on Instagram, they have been hush hush about the details of the collaboration. Still, according to WWD, the series will span t-shirts, sweaters, a denim jacket, chinos, a sneaker and more, with pieces featuring various Mickey images and retailing for between $150 and $2,995.

Addio Gilberto

Gilberto Benetton, one of the co-founders of Benetton died on Monday. Three brothers Gilberto, Carlo, and Luciano, as well as the brothers’ sister Giuliana in Ponzano Veneto, a village near Venice, founded Benetton in the 1960s.

The company’s sweaters had is most popular period between the years of 1982–2000. In recent years, the company’s sales have declined. At the time of Gilberto Benetton’s death, he was the vice-president of Edizione, the family holding company.

Gilberto died in his home in Treviso after a brief illness. His brother Carlo had passed away three months prior. Gilberto Benetton was 74 years old.

—William S. Gooch

 

 

 

 

Fashion News Alert: Zendaya’s New Gig, Kim K’s Birthday Beauty Collection, Vionnet Liquidates, and Diversity Increased for Spring 2019

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Fashion’s love affair with celebrities continues. And Zendaya is the newest celeb to profit from this love affair.Zendaya is the latest celebrity that is being employed as a brand ambassador for Tommy Hilfiger. In her role as women’s global brand ambassador, Zendaya will launch a Tommy X Zendaya capsule collection to go on sale in February 2019. She will also be one of the faces for the brand’s spring 2019 collection.

I love to collaborate with people who are passionate about making their dreams a reality and who inspire the next generation to do the same,” said Tommy Hilfiger. “Zendaya has become a global icon, using fashion to make bold statements while always staying true to herself. Our capsule collection will fuse her eclectic style with the Americana spirit of our brand.”

In the past, Tommy Hilfiger has worked with supermodel Gigi Hadid on collaborations with his brand and Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton on his menswear division.

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Vionnet liquidates

Legendary French fashion house might Vionnet be closing. The iconic fashion house, owned by socialite Goga Ashkenazi, announced on Tuesday that it has gone into voluntary liquidation.

With the experience and acquired wisdom in the turbulent environment of today’s transformed fashion industry, Vionnet has decided to redefine its activities in the light of Madeleine Vionnet’s timeless heritage and entrepreneurial vision and courage and engage in innovative ways pursuant to sustainable development strategies. We see it as the only way forward for us and humanity as a whole.” said Goga Ashkenazi, chairwoman and creative director of Vionnet, in a recent release.

Vionnet was founded in Madeleine Vionnet in 1912 and is credited with freeing women from corsets and inventing the technique of cutting on the bias. In 2012, by Goga Ashkenazi acquired the iconic fashion house from Matteo Marzotto and Gianni Castiglioni, the former CEO of Marni, moving the brand from Paris to Milan. Later, Goga Ashkenazi attempted to revert the brand from a sportswear brand it had become back to more of a luxury brand.

According to fashionnetwork.com, while Vionnet is in liquidation, “the brand searches for investors that would enable the brand to be re-positioned on the market.”

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Kim K expands

Kim Kardashian’s empire continues to expand. For her 38th birthday, Kim K has created a brand new makeup collection. “Flashing Lights” is a new cosmetics series from KKW Beauty.

According to fashionnetwork.com, Flashing Lights features seven ‘Pressed Powder Pigments’ and seven ‘Loose Powder Pigments,’ the collection comes in dazzling jewel tones such as pink, silver, gold, turquoise, violet, rose and royal blue, offering a pearly finish. Each pressed powder comes individually packaged in its own perspex compact, packaged in a mirrored silver box, while the loose powders—which can be used wet or dry and mixed with lip gloss or worn as eyeliner—come in oblong perspex tubes. The collection launches on October 19.

Since its debut in 2017, KKW Beauty and KKW Fragrances has netted Kim $350 million and recently placing her at number 54 on Forbes’ ‘America’s Richest Self-Made Women’ list.

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Diversity of the runway

Should there be complaints about the lack of diversity in the fashion industry? Well, if you believe the diversity report from thefashionspot.com, the complaints should be few and far between; especially, when it comes to models of color.

According to thefashionspot.com, there was a total of 36.1% of models of color for the spring 2019 fashion season in New York, London, Milan, and Paris. This statistic is up 3.6% compared to fall 2018.

New York has the largest percentage, topping at 44.8% of models being models of color. London followed with 36.2%, Paris with 32.4%, with Milan lagging behind with 29.9%. This diversity inclusion also captured curvy models, with this season topping at 54 models across 15 shows in New York, Paris, London, and Milan.

Trans women and non-binary models also increased for the spring 2019 season, topping with 91 catwalk appearances, walking in 52 shows. Now, the question is if this diversification is trickling down to larger or equal paychecks!!

—William S. Gooch

Fashion News Alert: Karlie Replaces Heidi, Sears Prepares for Bankruptcy, Prabal Gurung Looks to Asia

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It was revealed in September that Tim Gunn and Heidi Klum are leaving “Project Runway.” They are developing a new fashion reality show for Amazon Prime Video. What was not revealed was who was replacing Heidi Klum. (Wagging tongues have intimated that Michael Costello is replacing Tim Gunn. Not true!!)

Well, Fashion Reverie has the tea!! Karlie Kloss will be replacing Heidi Klum as host and executive producer. Kloss will be joined by “Project Runway” Season 4 winner Christian Siriano as contestant mentor, designer Brandon Maxwell, and teenVogue editor-in-chief Elaine Welteroth, who will both be judges.

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Prabal Gurung promotes diversity

For its fall 2018 campaign, Prabal Gurung hired a cast of Asian models. Entitled “A love letter to our home, the East,” the model lineup includes Varsha Thapa from Nepal, He Cong from China and Hyun Ji Shin from South Korea.

“Given our current political and social climate, I believe that strong visual representation for minority groups is more important than ever,” Gurung told fashionista.com. “For as long as I can remember, I’ve believed minorities need a seat at the table to be seen, heard, and counted. While our industry is making some progress with the way we cast our campaigns and shows, it is equally important that our behind the scenes teams be represented as well, an idea that is often forgotten.”

Inspired by the Far East, Prabal Gurung’s fall 2018 collection is an ode to Eastern artisanal practices and crafts made evident in the collections mandala-inspired and hand drawn graphic prints, hand cut fringe, hand knit sweaters, and hand embroidered sweaters, paillettes and pearls. Bravo, Prabal!!

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Another big retailer is about to bite the dust

Sad, but true, mega retailer Sears is preparing to file bankruptcy as early as this Friday. As the world’s largest retailer, things look grim as Chapter 11 bankruptcy is in the works as the company’s stock plummeted down 27 percent to 43 cents a share. A decade ago the company’s stock was worth $100 a share.

The Wall Street Journal has reported that Sears has hired M-III Partners LLC to assist with bankruptcy proceeding before a $134 million debt payment is due early next week. Over the past year in an attempt to avoid bankruptcy Sears sold off its Craftsman tool brand to power toolmaker Stanley Black & Decker for $900 million.

—William S. Gooch

Fashion News Alert: Adrien Brody’s New Gig, “Rupaul’s Drag Race” Miss Fame Launches Cosmetics Line, and Eloquii Acquired by Walmart

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Adrien Brody has a new job. In celebration of Mango Man’s 10th anniversary, Brody will be the front man in a special campaign for the brand’s 10-piece capsule collection.This limited-edition capsule collection will contain some timeless pieces essentials, as well as some sophisticated garments.

The capsule collection will be comprised of a white shirt, a cashmere sweater, denim pants, slim-fit suit pants in either wool or Italian cotton, and outerwear pieces including an unstructured wool blazer and a shearling jacket. Accessories include a pair of polarized sunglasses and Italian leather sneakers.

The Mango Man capsule collection will be available in select countries beginning the first week of October.

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Miss Fame’s new venture

Kurtis Dam-Mikkelsen, known as Miss Fame, launched a cosmetic line on Rupaul’s Drag Con NYC, an e-commerce store. In 2014 Dam-Mikkelsen competed on “Rupaul’s Drag Race.”

This has been a journey and a dream come true,” wrote Dam-Mikkelsen on his Miss Fame Instagram account on Sunday night in a post with over 16,000 likes. “3 days into my launch and you’ve all been so incredibly supportive.”

As reported on fashionnetwork.com, Miss Fame Beauty collection features five lipsticks that retail at $19. The shades are named ‘Flash of Flesh’, ‘How’s your Head?,”Fame Whore,’ ‘The Other Woman,’ and ‘Dirty Couture.’ The lipsticks are also available as a complete collection for $95. ‘On Top,’ an experimental glitter, is also available as a lavender glitter designed to be layered on top of other lipsticks in the collection.

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Eloquii acquired

Walmart has acquired plus-sized clothing brand, Eloquii for an undisclosed amount. As a four-year old startup, Eloquii sold clothing starting at size 14 through five of its own stores and its own e-commerce sites. The acquisition is expected to close this quarter.

The plus-size clothing market is a $21 billion dollar market and is also one of the fastest growing segments of the retail market. Eloquii was originally launched in 2011 by The Limited, but discontinued a year later. Eloquii CEO Mariah Chase with the Eloquii team relaunched the brand three years later, growing Eloquii to one of the most popular e-commerce brands.

Walmart is looking to expand its consumer demographic by looking to tapping into the plus-size market. “We are laser focused on developing a portfolio of direct to consumer brands with a unique assortment you can’t find anywhere else,” said Andy Dunn, senior vice-president of digital consumer brands at Walmart U.S. e-commerce.

—William S. Gooch

Weekend Fashion News Alert: Michael B. Jordan’s New Gig, Versace for Sale, and Bye Bye Henri Bendel

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The House of Versace is up for sale. The company has declined to comment; however, the company, founded by the late, great Gianni Versace with sister Donatella now as vice president and creative director, could be sold to Tiffany & Co, or US fashion group Michael Kors Holdings Ltd’s as earlier as Monday morning.

Donatella has called a staff-wide company meeting for Tuesday morning. Versace is valued at $2 billion dollars.

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Another celeb brand ambassador

Actor/Producer Michael B. Jordan has a new job. Michael B. Jordan has been named Coach’s first menswear brand ambassador.

“Michael is cool and authentic, and he really embodies the Coach guy,” said Vevers in a press release as reported in fashionetwork.com. “I’ve had the chance to get to know Michael over the last couple of years. He always looks great in Coach, so it felt really natural to build our relationship.”

Michael B. Jordan will be featured in Coach’s spring 2019 global advertising campaigns for the brand’s ready-to-wear, accessories and fragrances. The job will also include special design projects with Creative Director Stuart Vevers and philanthropic endeavors with the Coach Foundation.

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Another store bites the dust

All good things must come to an end. And after 123 years, it is the end for Henri Bendel New York. The iconic Fifth Avenue luxury retail store will close its doors and all of its 23 stores and online store in January 2019.

Opened in 1895 by women’s hat maker Henri Bendel after he moved to NYC from Louisiana. Henri Bendel quickly began catering to NYC’s elite with its recognizable brown and white stripped shopping bags. Henri Bendel moved from its first location in Greenwich Village to the current flagship store later in the 20th Century.

Henri Bendel was the first retail stores to create its own fragrance, offer in-store makeovers, and stage its own fashion shows. And at one time Andy Warhol worked at Henri Bendel as an in-store illustrator. In the 80s, Henri Bendel opened more than two dozen stores, selling high-end handbags, jewelry and accessories and became a favorite store of celebrities.

Acquired by L. Brands Inc in 1985, in recent years Bendel’s has struggled to keep with consumers’ evolving shopping habits.

—William S. Gooch

 

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