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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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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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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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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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

Weekend Fashion News Alert: Chris Brown Opens Pop-up Shop, Teen Vogue Goes the Quarterly Route, NYFW Says Goodbye to Skylight Moynihan, and Adios Complex

 

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Chris Brown’s apparel label Black Pyramid goes across the Big Pond. That’s right, Chris Brown will launch Black Pyramid stores in London, Milan, Barcelona, and Amsterdam in 2017. The Black Pyramid pop-up store opened in Amsterdam—located at 101 Kalverstraat—on December 8 and will be in operation through December 17.

Black Pyramid, launched in 2012 in Los Angeles, features monthly collections from subculture brands. “With Black Pyramid I want to show my fans what type of clothing I really like and share it with the rest of the world by offering affordable clothing. I like to come to Amsterdam and I am happy to launch it here,” explains Brown.

Simone-Biles-Gabby-Douglas-Teen-Vogue-August-2016-Jason-Kibbler-01Teen Vogue times four

As print publications struggle with decreasing circulation and advertising sales, some hard decisions have to be made. Teen Vogue is the latest publication to go to a quarterly distribution. The December/January issue will be the last issue of the current format. New efforts will be focused on Teen Vogue’s digital format with Amy Oelkers the head of revenue for the revamped Teen Vogue.

“Amy brings an innovative digital-first approach to connecting our advertising partners to Teen Vogue’s audience of highly-influential millennials,”says Jim Norton, chief business officer and president of revenue for Condé Nast in a recent BoF article. “Investing in Teen Vogue’s digital, video and social content, and creating collectible print editions will better engage our audience where and how they consume our content.”

Teen Vogue reaches an audience of 24 million users a month across its multiple platforms. Its website traffic has doubled in the past year to 5.4 million unique visitors in September 2016, according to Comscore. Mobile traffic is up 207 percent year over year, with video viewers up 222 percent. The publication’s social presence includes 12 million followers across 16 platforms. (Stats courtesy of BoF)

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V Files fall 2016 image courtesy of furinsider.com


NYFWS new venues

Since the demise of Lincoln Center as a venue for New York Fashion Week: The Shows (NYFWS) in 2015, IMG’s search for a suitable location has been a furtive search that has not produced a good return on the investment. Skylight Moynihan, which was one of the venues that IMG was using post-Lincoln Center, is no longer available for NYFWS. Skylight Moynihan is currently under construction, set to be the new location of Amtrak.

“Fashion is about evolution and adapting to the needs of your audience. As we strategized about next season, we decided to centralize our efforts at Skylight Clarkson Square to enhance the experience for our partners, designers and guests,” said Catherine Bennett, senior vice president and managing director, IMG Fashion Events & Properties to WWD.

That said; the IMG–approved venues for NYFWS are Skylight Clarkson, Pier 59 Studios, Industria Studios, Spring Studios, Hammerstein Ballroom, and the High Line Hotel.

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Image courtesy of Complex

Bye, bye Complex

Another publication bites the dust. In a world where digital publications are becoming more the order of the day, print publications are having a difficult time keeping up.

The last issue of Complex magazine, which is on newsstands, now, is the latest Hearst print publication to go the way of She, Mademoiselle, and Conde Nast’s Details. The bi-monthly magazine that launched in 2002, gave notice and credence to street wear, sneaker, and hip-hop culture. In 2007 Complex launched the Complex Media Network with Hearst investing $21 million in the media network in 2015. Hearst later acquired Complex Media in a 50/50 split with Verizon in April 2015.

With the closure of Complex magazine, Hearst will put its efforts into Complex Media Network. Layoffs at Complex magazine were announced on Thursday.

—William S. Gooch

Weekend Fashion News Alert: Designer-less Melania, Public School Duo Exits DKNY, and More NYFW Defections

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With all the money the Trumps have stashed away you wouldn’t think Melania Trump would need high-end designers to dress her. And perhaps she doesn’t!!

At any rate several top designers have expressed no interest in dressing the soon-to-be FLOTUS. First, Sophie Theallet informed the press that not only would she not be dressing Melania, but urged other designers to follow suit. Now, Marc Jacobs and Tom Ford have thrown their hats into the ring.

Marc Jacobs recently told WWD that, “no interest whatsoever in dressing Melania Trump. Personally I’d rather put my energy into helping out those who will be hurt by [Donald] Trump and his supporters,” While Tom Ford confessed on “The View,” “I was asked to dress [Melania Trump] quite a few years ago and I declined,” … “She’s not necessarily my image,” Ford also explained that he would also not be interested in dressing Hillary Clinton. “Even had Hillary won, she shouldn’t be wearing my clothes,” Ford detailed. “They’re too expensive. And I don’t mean that in a bad way. They’re not artificially expensive. It’s how much it costs to make these things. But I think to relate to everybody, [the FLOTUS] shouldn’t necessarily [wear very pricey clothes].”

Though Tommy Hilfiger has expressed an interest in dressing Melania Trump, he appears to be in a company of one!!

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DKNY spring 2017 image courtesy of instylelook.com

Osborne and Chow exit

Public School’s Maxwell Osborne and Dao Yi-Chow, co-directors of DKNY, have bowed out of their creative positions with DKNY. On the day of the G-III Apparel completed acquisition of Donna Karan International (DKI), Chow and Osborne announced their departure. DKI was owned by LVMH when Chow and Osborne assumed the co-directorship of DKNY. However, in July of this year, G-III Apparel offered to acquire DKI from LVMH for $650 million. DKNY CEO Caroline Brown has also resigned. Brown came to DKNY in 2015 from Carolina Herrera.

“Given the company sale and subsequent change in strategies, we have decided to step down and focus on our own business Public School,” said Osborne and Chow in a joint statement. “It’s been an unbelievable experience to work side by side with the wonderful people at DKNY, especially our amazing design team and atelier. We wish the company success in the future. 

Since Osborne and Chow took over the creative helm at DKNY there has been mixed reaction to their creative input on the brand. Sales decreased, as well as a loss of brand identity. There is no indication that these reasons influenced the design duo’s decision to leave the iconic brand.

Though G-III Apparel has not announced a replacement, there are high hopes for the Donna Karan brands. “We believe there is a need for these brands in the market and that DKNY alone has the potential to generate 1 billion dollars in annual sales,” said Morris Goldfarb, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of G-III. “Working closely with our partners and through our strong licensing network, we are confident we can quickly bring to market a comprehensive and compelling lifestyle offering that will restore the DKI brands to prominence and excite consumers We have always sought to build our business in a way that will provide us with long-term sustainable growth.”

Tommy Hilfiger spring 2017 image courtesy of beautyblog.com

Tommy Hilfiger spring 2017 image courtesy of beautyblog.com

Another one bites the dust

Another bites the dust at New York Fashion Week: The Shows (NYFWS). It was recently announced that Vera Wang and Hugo Boss won’t show their fall 2017 collections during NYFWS. Now add to the list Tommy Hilfiger.

Though Hilfiger will be showing on February 8, he will be showing in Los Angeles, two days before NYFWS on February 10. According to WWD, Hilfiger will show in Venice Beach to 4,000 industry professionals and consumers. The show will reflect a Southern California lifestyle. “Gigi and I have loved fusing elements of her California lifestyle and a musical festival atmosphere in the second Tommy x Gigi Collection,” Hilfiger told WWD.

The fall 2017 show will show the current spring 2017 collection, as well as the fall 2017 and his collaboration with Gigi Hadid. “See Now, Buy Now” will be in full effect.

—William S. Gooch

 

 

 

Fashion News Alert: Sarah Jessica Parker’s Brick and Mortar, Calvin Klein to Merge their Women’s and Men’s Shows, and Givenchy Honors Audrey Hepburn

 

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Sarah Jessica Parker already has a few clothing brands to her credit, so that next step was to open her own brick and mortar store. And she has done just that!!

Sarah Jessica Parker’s standalone boutique will be located at the MGM National Harbor resort in Maryland will offer the designer’s eponymous collection of shoes, handbags, accessories, as well as her line of little black dresses. ”Opening a standalone store has long been a dream we have been working towards,” said the actress and designer. “We feel truly privileged to be doing so with the expertise, guidance and support of our brilliant partners at MGM Resorts. It’s been very exciting to have been involved in all steps of the process, from on-site construction visits to the actual layout and design of our boutique. I’m honored to be included in this massive undertaking and I’m very much looking forward to celebrating in December. Because perhaps then I will believe it’s real.”

The MGM National Harbor is a 1.2 billion dollar venture of MGM Resorts International. The MGM National Harbor will open on December 8, 2016.

Calvin Klein men's spring 2017 Image courtesy of nytimes.com

Calvin Klein men’s spring 2017 Image courtesy of nytimes.com

No longer a house divided

Raf Simons is making some dramatic changes at Calvin Klein. One of the first major changes at the iconic brand since Raf Simons took over he helm is presenting the menswear and women’s wear collections together. The combined show will occur on February 10, 2017, location to be determined.

This comes on the heels of Bottega Veneta announcing it will also combine its women’s and menswear shows. The combined Calvin Klein shows will also showcase accessories. Raf Simons will manning the helm at Calvin Klein will present his eponymous menswear collection during New York Fashion: Men’s fall 2017 on February 1.

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Image courtesy of fashionunited.com

To Audrey with love

Audrey Hepburn’s relationship with the iconic Hubert de Givenchy began in 1953 and continued until her untimely death. To commemorate their unique relationship the Gemeentemuseum in Den Haag, The Netherlands, has produced the exhibit “Givenchy: To Audrey, with Love.”

Several of the couture pieces in the exhibit have been curated by Hubert de Givenchy himself and have never been seen by the public. Audrey Hepburn once said, “Givenchy’s clothes are the only ones I feel myself in. He is more than a designer, he is a creator of personality.”

Givenchy dressed Hepburn for “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” and “How to Steal a Million.”

Fashion News Alert: Melania Mayhem, J Lo Opens New Stores, Vera Wang and Hugo Boss Exit NYFW, and Cindy Crawford Scion Lands Marc Jacob Beauty Campaign

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The public backlash and expanded beyond President Elect Donald Trump to his wife Melania. French designer Sophie Theallet has declared that she will never dress the FLOTUS to be, and encourages other designers to follow suit. Theallet in the past has dressed First Lady Michelle Obama.

“As an independent fashion brand, we consider our voice an expression of our artistic and philosophical ideas. The Sophie Theallet brand stands against all discrimination and prejudice. Our runway shows, ad campaigns and celebrity dressing have always been a celebration of diversity and a reflection of the world we live in,” confides Theallet in a letter on her social media outlets.

I am well aware it is not wise to get involved in politics. That said, as a family-owned company, our bottom line is not just about money. We value our artistic freedom and always humbly seek to contribute to a more humane, conscious and ethical way to create in this world,” continues Theallet.

“As an immigrant myself in this country, I have been blessed with the opportunity to pursue my dreams in the USA. Dressing the First Lady Michelle Obama for the past 8 years has been a highlight and an [honor]. She has contributed to having our name [recognized] and respected worldwide. Her values, actions and grace have always resonated deeply within me.”

While Theallet has taken this militant stance, Tommy Hilfiger has a more conciliatory approach. At the Angel Ball, Hilfiger told WWD, “I don’t think people should become political about it”…”I think Melania is a very beautiful woman and I think any designer should be proud to dress her,” added the designer. “Ivanka is equally as beautiful and smart, although she wears her own clothes. I don’t think people should become political about it. Everyone was very happy to dress Michelle [Obama] as well. I think they look great in the clothes. You’re not gonna get much more beautiful than Ivanka or Melania.”

Since Hilfiger’s comments were shared on social media, the public has been outraged at his comments.

Image courtesy of fashionnetwork.com

Image courtesy of fashionnetwork.com

J. Lo expansion

“American Idol” may be over, but Jennifer Lopez’s media domination continues. In early 2016 Jennifer Lopez opened the J. Lo by Jennifer Lopez store in Unicentro, Colombia. J. Lo by Jennifer Lopez is in partnership with local distributors.

Next week, the international pop artist plans to open another store in Cali. Colombia is the second Latin American country to carry the boutique.

The brand offers women’s wear items that are reminiscent of the singer and actress’ outfits and style. Jeans, party dresses, tops and leather jackets are combined in unique and glamorous ways, empowering women of all ages. J Lo intends open three additional standalone stores in Colombia by the end of 2016.

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Image courtesy of fashionnetwork.com

Crawford dynasty

The Cindy Crawford fashion dynasty continues. At 50, Cindy Crawford is still going strong with a plethora of projects in the works. However, not far behind Cindy is her 15-year old daughter, Kaia Gerber.

Kaia Gerber has been pegged as the new face of Marc Jacobs’ beauty campaign. “I’m so excited and honored that my first beauty campaign is with Marc Jacobs, an icon in the fashion industry. I’m obsessed with his beauty products, and like everything else he does, Marc Jacobs Beauty makes you feel feminine and playful,” exclaimed Kaia Gerber in a fashionnetwork.com article.

This campaign stays true to the Marc Jacob aesthetic with Kaia sporting wild, red hair and dramatic blue and black eyeliner. This campaign is not Kaia Gerber’s first campaign. Kaia has posed for such major brands as Chrome Hearts, Alexander Wang, and Miu Miu.

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Image courtesy of getty images

Boss and Wang bow out

There is more trouble for New York Fashion Week: The Shows (NYFWS). Vera Wang and Hugo Boss have opted not to show during New York Fashion Week: The Shows fall 2017 season in February. These latest exits from two major brands continue to demonstrate that significant changes need to be made to NYFWS if the fashion week is to continue and not go the way of Miami Swimwear or LA Fashion Week.

Boss is putting most of its effort into New York Fashion Week: Men’s fall 2017 that shows from January 30–February 3, opting out of NYFWS. Wang has decided to make a short film of her fall 2017 collection to be shown in Paris on February 28, the same day Wang receives the Legion d’honneur in Paris.

In September, Sophie Theallet, Derek Lam, Diane von Furstenberg, and Kate Spade chose presentations over runway shows for their spring 2017 collections. And missing from the September roster was Venexiana, Badgley Mischka, Greg Lauren, and several others.

—William S. Gooch

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