Fashion News Alert: Trouble for Russell Simmons, Bruce Weber Accused, Barbie Makeover, and Kanye West Sued

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Media mogul Russell Simmons is stepping down from the leadership of his many companies because of sexual abuse allegations. Simmons was the co-founder of Def Jam Recordings, and created fashion lines, Phat Farm, Argyleculture, and Tantris. Simmons is also the CEO of Rush Communications.Jenny Lumet, the granddaughter of Lena Horne, is accusing Russell Simmons of sexual assault. “There is so much guilt, and so much shame,” Lumet wrote in her column for the Hollywood Reporter. “There is an excruciating internal reckoning. As a woman of color, I cannot express how wrenching it is to write this about a successful man of color. Again, shame about who I was years ago, choices made years ago. In this very moment, I feel a pang to protect your daughters. I don’t think you are inclined to protect mine.”

“The companies will now be run by a new and diverse generation of extraordinary executives who are moving the culture and consciousness forward,” said Simmons, adding, “As for me, I will step aside and commit myself to continuing my personal growth, spiritual learning, and, above all, to listening.”

Earlier in the month model Keri Claussen Khalighi accused Simmons of forcing her to have sex in conjunction with director Bruce Ratner. Ratner has had several women accusing him sexual assault. Tanya Reid has also accused Simmons of forcing her to perform oral sex on him in front of Ratner.

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Gigi and Barbie

Supermodel Gigi Hadid continues to have market proliferation. On next Tuesday, Gigi Hadid’s Barbie launches, commemorating her first runway walk as the global ambassador for Tommy Hilfiger’s women’s wear collection.

TommyxGigi Barbie is styled in a miniature version of the navy flag hoodie, white shorts and slip-on sneakers that Gigi wore to close the show. TommyxGigi Barbie has a suggested retail price of $50.

“I’m so honored to have my own Barbie, which celebrates my partnership with Tommy Hilfiger,” said Hadid, as detailed in a “Seeing the doll for the first time was surreal, and I’m so happy that we now get to share her with TommyXGigi and Barbie fans around the world!”

“The collaboration with Gigi and Barbie was an exciting new twist on our brand’s history of partnering with pop culture icons and our ongoing ambassadorship with Gigi,” said Tommy Hilfiger. “The final look of the TommyXGigi Barbie doll is a celebration of a defining moment in the history of Tommy Hilfiger womenswear.”

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More trouble for Kanye

Lawsuits against fashion designers keep ramping up. Kanye West’s West Brand Fashion, LLC is being sued by a former Istanbul-based sourcing agent for work she called she was not paid on West’s Yeezy season 2, 3, and 4.

Derya Gulseven claims that she was hired by West’s fashion company to find manufacturers to make Yeezy apparel in Turkey. According to Gulseven explained that her company, Dde Sourcing, was hired in 2015 to “new generation sourcing, buying, and manufacturing solutions” and that Turkey-based manufacturers would continue to make Yeezy garments after 2015.

Gulseven claims that once her company located the factory, she was cut out of the deal and West collaborated directly with the factory, depriving her company of the finder’s fee that was 7 percent of the $1.25 million order. The percentage would have come to around $87, 000.

Gulseven continued to work for West Brands even though she was not paid for her Yeezy 2 work. Though Gulseven was paid for her work with the company for Yeezy 3, Gulseven claimed she was not paid her 7 percent of Yeezy’s $2.24 million order. Gulseven claims she was only paid 4 percent.

Gulseven also worked for West Brands on Yeezy 4, but claims she was also not paid. In total, Gulseven claims that she is owed $228,000 from West Brands, and has also filed in court for punitive damages.

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Male models accuse Weber

Another male model has accused iconic fashion photographer Bruce Weber of sexual misconduct. Two male models contend that Weber pressured them into taking their clothes off and touched their genitals during photo shoots. Attorney Lisa Bloom is representing both male models Jason Boyce and Mark Ricketson.

“The entire experience was terrifying and humiliating,” Boyce said in a article. “I have suffered from depression and anxiety as a result of my photo shoot with Bruce Weber, and want this behavior to end now. I filed this lawsuit to show that this kind of abuse is wrong, and to hopefully stop it from happening to more of us.”

The sexual misconduct experienced by Mark Ricketson happened over 13 years ago; however, because of statute limitations laws in California Ricketson cannot sue. “I’ve … talked to other young men who, like me, knew that if we protested or refused then we would be blacklisted, not just from the photo shoot, but likely from our agency,” Ricketson said. “There is no safe place to go. If you wanted to work, you did what you were told.”

Jason Boyce filed a lawsuit against Bruce Weber in New York court last Friday.

—William S. Gooch

Fashion News Alert: Sarah Jessica Parker’s New Gig, Alessandra Ambrosio Retires, Is Emily Ratajkowski’s a Copycat, and Pornhub’s Pop-up Clothing Store

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Sarah Jessica Parker has a new job. In addition to her success as an actress and producer, Parker has also garnered success as a fashion designer. In 2010, Sarah Jessica Parker become creative director of Halston and in 2014 launched her footwear line, SJP Collection, for Nordstrom. Parker is also the spokesmodel for Jordache Jeans as of 2015. And in 2017, Parker launched her handbag line, The Seven Essentials.That said; Parker will have a new collaboration with GapKids, launching in spring of 2018. This limited-edition collection will be at Gap stores in the US, Canada, Japan, Greater China, Hong Kong, France, Italy, as well as online. Parker has formerly starred in Gap campaigns.


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Bye, bye Alessandra

After 17 years of strutting her stuff on the runway for Victoria’s Secret (VS), supermodel Alessandra Ambrosio has retired her angel wings. Ambrosio took her final Victoria’s Secret catwalk on Sunday at the Victoria’s Secret televised show in Shanghai.

Alessandra Ambrosio has had one of the longest VS careers of any supermodel. Ambrosio has a burgeoning acting career with an upcoming role in “Daddy’s Home 2” and her successful swimwear line, Ale. Ambrosio also has two children Anja aged 9 and Noah, aged 5.

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Is she a copycat?

A career as a fashion model is very short, and most top models, after a certain amount of time, look to transition into professions where how they look is not their source of income.  Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. And for supermodel Emily Ratajkowski it might not be working.

Emily Ratajkowski’s six-piece swimwear launch ‘Inamorata Swim’ has been accused of copying silhouettes from New York–based designer Lisa Marie Fernandez’s swimwear collection. The two silhouettes in question are Ratajkowski’s ‘Cardiff’ one-piece and ‘Vulcan’ top that closely resemble Fernandez’s ‘Poppy’ one-piece and ‘Leandra’ top. According to, Fernandez’s Leandra bikini retails for $595, and her multi-bow Triple Poppy one-piece retails for $455 to $535. Inamorata’s Vulcan top sells for $80 and its Cardiff one-piece is on the market for $160.

The copyright for Fernandez’s collection was registered in Germany in 2015, and Fernandez has sent Ratajkowski cease and desist letters, asking Ratajkowski to stop selling the designs in question. Fernandez has also filed suit in New York federal court.

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Fashionable porn

There were many surprises on Black Friday, and one of the biggest fashion shocks was the opening of Pornhub’s first-ever, pop-up fashion store in NYC’s SoHo district. NYC’s SoHo district contains such luxury brands as Chanel, Moschino, Versace, Stella McCartney, Louis Vuitton, and others.

For those not familiar with Pornhub, Pornhub is a very popular adult entertainment site that receives over 75 million visitors daily. And for the most part, the video content on the site is very explicit adult entertainment.

This is not Pornhub’s first time at the fashion rodeo. In 2015, Pornhub launched Pornhub Apparel. Also, Pornhub has produced fashion collaborations during New York Fashion Week with Hood by Air and Richardson.

“If we were going to make a retail store, we wanted to make sure we were in New York in SoHo, where are the fashion brands are,” Vice President Corey Price told Metro. “We see this as a fashion store, it’s much of a branded store and a fashion store than a sex shop.”

The popup store products include Pornhub items like hoodies, tank tops, and accessories, clothing from Richardson fashion line, a range of items from Museum of Sex, a collection from porn star Christy Mack, and other brands. Consumers must be 18 years and older to enter the popup store. The Pornhub popup store is open until December 20.

—William S. Gooch


Fashion News Alert: Simon Spurr Is Back, Jennifer Lopez’s Guess Campaign, Beyonce’s Holiday Collection, and Wendy Pepper Transitions

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Simon Spurr has a new job. Since the dissolution of his namesake brand SIMON SPURR in 2912, Simon Spurr has worked with Tommy Hilfiger briefly as a creative consultant and with as creative director of Kent & Curwen starting in 2014. As the new creative director of Eidos, Spurr will be responsible for overseeing Eidos’ brands and collection.”I have been following Simon’s career for a number of years, and always enjoyed his use of consistent messages in his storytelling. He has a strong viewpoint and always designs with an eye on what the market is doing. He is mindful of how his target consumers prefer to interact with the brand. He understands engagement and how it drives business at all levels. Needless to say, we are very excited to have him at the helm,” explained ISAIA CEO and Eidos owner Gianluca Isaia in a article.

“Neapolitan tailoring is known as some of the highest quality craftsmanship in the world, and the opportunity to work with such an iconic parent company with the resources of ISAIA, is a dream come true. During this climate of change within the fashion industry, the fact that Eidos is still a growing brand, and therefore, nimble to react, is a huge advantage. I look forward to injecting Eidos with an elevated, modern point of view – with a goal to better serve customers’ needs in a thoughtful, engaging way,” detailed Spurr.

Spurr’s first collection for Eidos will debut for the fall 2018 season.

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The new Guess girl

Jennifer Lopez is the new face of Guess Jeans spring 2018 campaign. This is not the first time at the fashion rodeo for J-Lo. In the past, J-Lo has had a beauty campaign with L’Oreal Paris, partnered with Giuseppe Zanotti on footwear, and her own line of fragrances, jewelry and a clothing line.

“When I got the call from Paul Marciano asking me to become the new Guess Girl, I was thrilled and excited to be a part of such an iconic brand that I have loved since I was a teenager,” said Lopez in a article.
“When I look back at early Guess campaigns through the years, you see all of these beautiful models and iconic images that Paul has created. It is a tremendous compliment to have been selected for Guess’ Spring 2018 campaign.”

“Jennifer Lopez is a Guess Girl’s dream. She is an accomplished artist, she is iconic, and sensual,” said Marciano. “Jennifer’s impact and influence continues to grow and this campaign celebrates the notion that women get more beautiful and talented as they gain life experience.

The Guess Jeans spring 2018 campaign was art directed by Marciano and photographed by Tatiana Gerusova.

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Beyonce recently revealed her holiday collection on her website According to, the holiday lifestyle collection contains multiple sweaters, t-shirts and adult onesies, all adorned with slogans such as ‘Have a thicc holiday’ and ‘Sis the season’. There is also a ‘Shinin’ long-sleeved shirt, as well as a series of t-shirts featuring photos of the singer. In addition to the fashion pieces, she has also come up with a series of festive bauble ornaments, two phone cases (one of which reads ‘Slay Bells’), and sheets of red and green wrapping paper stamped with the words ‘Best Revenge.’

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Goodbye Wendy

“Project Runway” season one competitor Anne Eustis Pepper, better known as Wendy Pepper, passed away on Sunday, November 19. The cause of death has not been given.

According to a article, “Wendy designed and hand-sewed exceptionally beautiful clothes for children and adults. She was a chef, a writer, and a life-long entrepreneur. Her wit and humor were unmatched, as was her generosity of spirit.”

Pepper placed third in the inaugural season of “Project Runway” and returned to participate in “Project Runway All-Stars” and was eliminated in the second round.

“We are saddened to hear of the passing of another member of the Project Runway family, designer Wendy Pepper, this year,” the statement read. “Wendy was one of the original designers that sent creations down the catwalk, paving the way for other designers to come.  We wish her family and friends peace during this difficult time.”

Wendy Pepper is the second “Project Runway” alum to pass away in 2017. Mychael Knight passed away in October.

—William S. Gooch









Fashion News Alerts: Colin Kaepernick’s GQ Cover, Kim Kardashian’s $10M Fragrance, the New Face of Estee Lauder, and Trouble for Target

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Colin Kaepernick has been named ‘Citizen of the Year’ by GQ magazine. The former football quarterback will grace the cover of GQ for the second time, with the first cover occurring in 2013. Kaepernick will appear on the cover of GQ’s December 2017 issue.In this “reclaim the narrative of his protest” article, Kaepernick a team of ten of his closest confidants who comment on the state or civil rights and share their insights on Kaepernick. This coterie of confidants include Ava DuVernay, Harry Belafonte, Linda Sarsour, rapper J. Cole, Carmen Perez, Tamika Mallory, Ameer Hasan Loggins, Eric Reid, Christopher Petrella, and his partner Nessa.

Colin Kaepernick came to prominence in 2016 while playing for the San Francisco 49ers and refusing to stand for the US national anthem in protest to the over-incarceration of US blacks and police violence against African Americans. Kaepernick is biracial with his birth father being African American.

It has been reported by that Kaepernick asked to wear only black fashion designers for his GQ shoot. Rachel Johnson, Kaepernick’s stylist, told refinery29 that “[Kaepernick] wanted to wear designers of color and or designers who were women. He wanted to give an opportunity for designers to be featured in the magazine who wouldn’t normally be, especially for a cover shoot of this magnitude.”

For this December 2017 shoot, Kaepernick was dressed in a black leather blazer by Harlem Haberdashery, and a custom-made shirt “Even More Names” by black designer Kerby James-Raymond of menswear brand Pyer Moss. Kaepernick also wore garments from Alexander Wang and Calvin Klein.

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$10 million dollar baby

You know you have market proliferation when you can sell $10 million dollar worth of product in one day, and that product is not even in the stores. That’s right, Kim Kardashian sold over $10 million dollars of her new fragrance in one day due to a very aggressive social media campaign.

300,000 bottles of KKW Fragrances expect to sell out by Thursday night with the fragrance being available for purchase on line on Wednesday, November 15. If inventory sells out by Thursday, the bonanza blowout will total to over $14 million dollars in just a day and a half. According to, the new fragrance hit the $1 million mark in the first hour.

KKW Fragrances is available in three fragrances, Crystal Gardenia, Crystal Gardenia Oud, and Crystal Gardenia Citrus. Hmm, that is a whole lot of gardenias. I guess diversifying is not Kim’s strong point!!

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Fei Fei’s new gig

Estee Lauder has a new global brand ambassador, Chinese supermodel Fei Fei Sun. Fei Fei shared this with her over 400, 000 followers on Instagram. “I am thrilled to announce that I am @esteelauder ‘s newest #EsteeModel ! So happy to be joining the #EsteeLauder family.” 

Fei Fei Sun will assume her responsibilities at Estee Lauder this December. The brand’s site has already posted videos sharing Fei Fei Sun’s morning beauty routine, a quick makeup tutorial, featuring the brand’s Double Wear Foundation and Lipstick Envy.

2017 has been a banner year for Fei Fei Sun with the supermodel starring in campaigns for Tory Burch, Swarovski, and Valentino, and gracing three Vogue covers.

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Target’s holiday strategy

Target’s shares fell by 10 percent due to low expectation and forecasts on holiday sales. For the last two years, Target has missed fourth quarter expectations, which includes holiday sales.

“It was always unrealistic that Target was going to have a great holiday season in terms of sales or profitability,” said Neil Saunders, managing director of GlobalData Retail, noting pressured margins were already expected based on company guidance in a post. This is still a very competitive environment, and Target has no choice but to respond to that … the problem is that Wall Street don’t necessarily understand this,” he added.

Target is putting a lot of energy in turning things around. In competition with the sales wars with some Target’s biggest competitors, Target announced in October that many of its holiday gifts will cost $15 and under. Target will also supply free shipping to it online customers. And in response to this expected increase in sales, Target has over 100,000 temporary workers, raising their hourly wage by 10 percent.

Target is also projecting to grab a large share of the holiday toy market because of the bankruptcy of the largest toy retailer in the US, Toy “R” Us. We are playing to win in toys. We think there is opportunity to expand share,” explained Target Chief Executive Brian Cornell.



Fashion News Alert: Rose McGowan’s Skincare Line, Bibhu Mohapatra and HSN, Edward Enniful’s First British Vogue Cover, and Teen Vogue Shutters Print

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Another celebrity launching a beauty brand; when is enough, enough? Well, with Rose McGowan, let’s make an exception.McGowan has been splashed across media a lot in the past couple of weeks due to her rape allegations against embattled film Harvey Weinstein. On the heels of all the recent press, according to Refinery 29 Rose McGowan is set to launch new beauty on her beauty skincare line, The Only Skincare, in February 2018.McGowan launched ‘The Only Skincare’ beauty line with her aunt Rory McGowan several years ago. The new products that are available for pre-order include an anti-aging wash and lotion. McGowan joins an ever-expanding list of celebrities—Madonna, Rihanna, Jennifer Lopez, Kim Kardashian, and Kylie Jenner—foraging into the fray.

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Color is trending

Edward Enniful took on the mantle of editor-in-chief at British Vogue earlier in the year, making him the first black editor-in-chief of the esteemed fashion publication. That said; Enniful’s first cover for British Vogue has recently been released with its December issue with British supermodel Adwoa Aboah gracing the cover. Aboah is of Ghanian descent.

The December cover was photographed by Steven Meisel and reflects Enniful’s desire to diversify British Vogue by including more models of color and features that appeal to Britain’s growing diverse, global population. Adwoa Aboah was recently named the face of Marc Jacobs beauty, as well as fronting 2017 campaigns for Miu Miu, Dior, The Gap, H&M, and several others.

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Bibhu and HSN

Agatha Christie’s “Murder on the Orient Express” has not only inspired a remake of the classic 1970s film which starred Maggie Smith, Peter Ustinov, and Bette Davis, but also a fashion capsule collection by Bibhu Mohapatra on.

Executives at HSN contacted Mohapatra about creating a capsule collection based on the film remake. “They came with a whole package and said. ‘This is your project, and we want you to do it,’ because they followed my work, explained Mohapatra in a WWD article. “They thought that, given the story and the time it’s set in, I would be a good person to come up with the capsule collection inspired by the movie and its characters. It’s beautifully cast and beautifully done. And the best part is [HSN] shared their entire research for the film and costume are art direction.”

The limited-edition collection is available now on HSN.

Another one bites the dust

Tomorrow Conde Nast will complete it final round of layoffs and cuts. And included in those cuts is the print version of Teen Vogue. Teen Vogue will continue as a digital publication with editor-in-chief Elaine Welteroth remaining in some capacity.

These cuts follow lots of exits at Conde Nast with a reorganization that has eliminated over 100 employees. According to WWD, those exiting Conde Nast include esteemed editor-in-chiefs Graydon Carter of Vanity Fair, Keija Minor of Brides and Cindi Leive of Glamour.

—William S. Gooch

Fashion News Alert: Kendall Jenner Honored, Victoria’s Secret Show Broadcast from Shanghai, Pharrell and Adidas Collaborate, and the CFDA and the ACLU Team Up

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Supermodel Kendall Jenner has been named Fashion Icon of the Decade by the fashion website Daily Front Row. The honor will be bestowed on Kendall during New York Fashion Week: The Shows (NYFWS) on September 8.

Though Kendall Jenner has 83 million followers on Instagram, not all fashion industry professionals are on board with Jenner receiving this honor. “Oh please! What about @NaomiCampbell or @CindyCrawford you know real models who got to the top due to hard work not who mummy is. Pathetic,” Twitter user Ginger Winger wrote as reported on

Kendall Jenner is a member of one of the wealthiest and most influential families in entertainment. Combined reality shows, video games, apparel and cosmetic brands has rendered the Khardashian close to a billion dollars in wealth.

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A new tennis fashion direction

Pharrell Williams’ foray into fashion continues. Williams has partnered with Adidas for a disruptive men’s and women’s campaign entitled “Don’t Be Quiet Please.”

The “Don’t Be Quiet Please” collection is marketed to a new market of tennis players during the US Open. “Every tennis match starts with the same two words: ‘Quiet Please.’ But change can be noisy and our love can transform anything,” explained Pharell Williams in the campaign’s manifesto.

The collection will include tennis staples that bring a new perspective to age-old favorites that include footwear and apparel. Instead of just classic tennis whites, the collection will include bold accent colors of orange, red and blue.

“Outside the court we will let our voices be heard as loud as we can. If you see the potential for good, speak up. Together, we can change the game for the better,” continues Williams in manifesto he wrote for the collection. The full collection is available August 31st at Adidas stores and online, at Williams’ Billionaire Boys Club flagships, and also select retailers across the country.

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The people united

On the heels of the melee and racial disturbance in Charlottesville, the CFDA and the ACLU have joined forces in an initiative, encouraging fashion industry professionals to speak out against bigotry and racism. During New York Fashion Week: The Shows spring 2018 season designers who are presenting collections are being asked to support the initiative by wearing and handing out the initiative’s blue ribbon.

“We want to be on the front line, not the sidelines, to boldly fight to protect our precious rights and freedoms, which has taken on a renewed urgency after the heart-wrenching events of Charlottesville,” said Steven Kolb, President and CEO of CFDA, in a statement. “Our goal is to actively support concrete work that will move our country meaningfully forward. The ACLU is doing that critical work.”

Several designers including Tracey Reese, Diane von Furstenberg, Prabal Gurung, Narciso Rodriguez have pledged their support. According to, the ACLU and CFDA have also created the hashtags #StandWithACLU and #FashionforACLU to spread the word about the initiative. During New York Fashion Week, Lyft will also be donating $5 from every ride to the ACLU when users enter the code “FASHIONSTANDS.”

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Victoria in China

Victoria’s Secret has not only expanded to China with stores in major cities, with a four-story flagship store in Shanghai. For 2017, the Victoria’s Secret annual fashion show will be held in Shanghai. The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show will be broadcast on CBS on November 28.

Victoria’s Secret models scheduled to appear include Adriana Lima, Alessandra Ambrosio, Behati Prinsloo, Candice Swanepoel, Lily Aldridge, Elsa Hosk, Jasmine Tookes, Josephine Skriver, Lais Ribeiro, Martha Hunt, Romee Strijd, Sara Sampaio, Stella Maxwell and Taylor Hill. They will be joined by Bella Hadid, who confirmed her appearance on social media this week, returning faces Devon Windsor, Maria Borges and Grace Elizabeth, and new faces Amilna Estevão and Roosmarijn de Kok.

—William S. Gooch





Fashion News Alert: Taraji Henson Collaborates with MAC Cosmetics Again, Philip Plein Partners with Floyd Mayweather, Lauren Conrad Expands to Plus Size, and Uniqlo and Ines de la Fressange Partnership Adopt Menswear

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It’s the second time around for Taraji Henson and MAC Cosmetics.  The “Empire” star is partnering again with MAC Cosmetics for a second Viva Glam campaign. MAC Cosmetic’s Viva Glam collections exclusively fund MAC’s AIDS Fund.

For Henson’s second collaboration with MAC Cosmetics it’s all about the metallics. Taraji Henson’s MAC collection will feature two bronze lipsticks with gold glitter flecks embedded in the lipsticks. The Lipglass and lipstick retail for $17 and be available right after Labor Day on September 7.

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Fashion and fighting

German fashion designer Philip Plein debuts his capsule collection collaboration with Floyd Mayweather during Mayweather’s “Fight of the 21st Century” with Conor McGregor on August 26. This one-of-a-kind match with Floyd Mayweather and Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) champion Conor McGregor marks Mayweather’s 50th bout. Mayweather will enter the ring wearing a custom-design boxing robe and trunks designed by Plein.  Philip Plein will dress Mayweather’s entire team for the “Fight of the 21st Century.”

Philip Plein has designed for Mayweather in the past, most recently when the duo walked arm in arm down the red carpet during the 2017 Cannes Film Festival with Mayweather wearing a white leather jacket embellished with graphics of colorful dollar bills and butterflies. “I am happy to collaborate with Philipp Plein, he is unique in the fashion world. Like me he works and plays hard, lives the dream, and demands the best,” commented Mayweather.

“I applaud Floyd’s winning spirit and have been intrigued by the idea of collaborating together since he joined me on the runway to present my spring/summer 2018 resort fashion show last May. His fashion sense and fearless attitude perfectly match the Philipp Plein mood and lifestyle. I am excited to see what we will work up together,” explained Plein in a fashionnetwork .com article.

The capsule collection will be available online on and the Philip Plein boutique in Las Vegas.

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Uniqlo, Ines, and menswear

Uniqlo and Ines de la Fressange’s collaboration continues. In its eighth season of collaborating, Uniqlo and Ines de la Fressange has expanded into including menswear pieces into their partnership.

This inclusion of menswear for the fall 2017 season will be available on August 31. Of the 83 garments in the fall 2017 collection, half are menswear pieces. All this is coming on the heels of Ines de la Fressange new book, Les Parisiens, due to be released in October.

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Curves rule

Lauren Conrad has expanded her Kohl’s line, LC Lauren Conrad, to include plus sizes. LC Lauren Conrad launched in 2009 and for the spring 2018 season, the line expands to sizes 0X to 3X, retailing from $12 to $154. Earlier in the year, Lauren Conrad expanded her line to include maternity and swimwear.

LC Lauren Conrad’s inclusion of plus sizes will have its debut during New York Fashion Week: The Shows on September 6. The runway show will include some holiday looks in metallic tones and velvet.

—William S. Gooch

Fashion News Alert: Chelsea Manning’s Vogue Spread, Demi Lovato Collaborates with Fabletics Again, Off White Opens Soho Store, NYFW: The Shows Schedule Announced


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From a maximum-security prison to the pages of Vogue, talk about transitions and big change. Well, that is the life of transgender activist Chelsea Manning these days.

Imprisoned for seven years for her security leak of more than 700,000 classified US documents to WikiLeaks, Manning has transitioned from Bradley Manning to Chelsea Manning—undergoing gender reassignment while imprisoned—and is now featured in a spread in September 2017 issue of Vogue. Manning was released from prison in May.

“Chelsea Manning changed the course of history. Now she’s focusing on herself,” says the headline of September issue of Vogue’s interview with Manning, Annie Liebowitz shot the images in the feature.

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Off White opens in Soho

Off White opens first store in Soho district of Manhattan. Creative Director Virgil Obloh wants the store to be seen as more of a gallery that showcases clothes than a typical brick-and-mortar store. Store is known as the EMP TY gallery, a concept that was employed at Off White’s pop-up store in Paris.

Abloh wants each Off White store to reflect the neighborhood of the stores’ locations. And Soho with its downtown artsy vibe is a perfect location for Off White’s gallery/store. The Off White Soho store will carry art that consumers can actually purchase. Off White has similar store in London, Manchester, Shanghai, Beijing, Hong Kong, Seoul, Tokyo, Singapore, and Toronto.

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Is two times the charm?

Demi Lovato will once again collaborate with athleisure brand, Fabletics. After the success of Lovato’s limited edition collaboration with Fabletics in May, the brand announced that the pop singer would be back for a fall 2017 active wear collection.

“I’m excited to share Demi’s second capsule collection at Fabletics with everyone!” said co-founder Kate Hudson in a article. “Demi’s strong sense of self and her passion for an active lifestyle embodies everything we at Fabletics want to share with our community. She did some great designs with really fun accents for this collection which I know our customer is going to love!”

“I’m so excited to continue working with Fabletics and the design team to launch an even bigger collection for fall. This collection is inspired by my personal style—on stage, at home and in the gym, so I had a lot of fun playing with bold colors, prints, and performance elements that I love. I felt more confident through the design process this time around, and think that the collection reflects that. I wanted to share that with my fans in hopes that they feel as confident and empowered when wearing the pieces,” explained Lovato.

The collection features a full assortment of tops, sports bras, leggings, outerwear and layering pieces, and ranges from sizes XXS-3X in short, regular and tall lengths.

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Skimpy NYFW schedule

New York Fashion Week: The Shows (NYFWS) has announced it final roster for the spring 2018 season. NYFWS spring 2018 season has been cut down from eight to seven days this season and many designers have opted out of showing. The amount of fashion designers we are on the official NYFWS calendar for spring 2018 is down about thirty-five percent.

Rodarte, Monique Lhuillier, Lacoste, and Proenza Schouler announced earlier this summer that would not show in New York City for spring 2018. And several designers/brands, though showing this season, are showing offsite—on site approved IMG/CFDA locations include Skylight Clarkson and Pier 59.

—William S. Gooch

Fashion News Alert: Usain Bolt’s Last Race Opens Doors at Puma, Betsey Johnson Lists on Airbnb, Selena Gomez and Coach Collaboration, and Michael Costello Opens First Boutique

Betsey_Johnson-mexican_VillaIs Betsey Johnson strapped for cash? Who knows? But her recent listing of her Mexican villa on Airbnb signifies that something is afoot!!

Betsey Johnson’s Mexican villa is located northwest of Acapulco and is listed as a “boutique vacation experience” for six to eight guests. The villa features four bedrooms—styled in bold, floral colors—a large pool, terrace and outdoor kitchen, along with a fully equipped exercise room. The villa also comes equipped with all the creature comforts of the modern traveler, with a Sonos sound system, Wifi, Netflix and cable TV, along with access to a 7-seat Jeep Commander, ATV and paddle board for land and water activities.

Guests may be surprised to learn Betsey Johnson still lives at the Mexican villa and they might have to share the villa with her. Rates began at $618 a night with a three-day stay minimum.

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Usain and Puma

On the heels of Usain Bolt coming in third in the 100-meter dash at the World Athletics Championships, Bolt has announced that the 100-meter dash was his last race. This last race could open doors for Bolt at Puma beyond him being sponsored by the brand, a sponsorship he has had since he was 15.

“Usain Bolt could be even more important for us when he stops running,” Chief Executive Bjorn Gulden told the Handelsblatt Daily in an interview. “I can even imagine that he could run our business in the Caribbean.”

Bolt is still not committing to his next move after track and field. Bolt has excelled in three Olympics, winning eight gold medals and 12 World Athletics Championships titles. “It’s going to be hard, as track and field has been everything for me since I [Usain Bolt] was 10 and it’s been a rush—but we’ll see where life takes me.”

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Coach x Selena Gomez

Selena Gomez’s relationship with Coach is expanding beyond the recent fall 2017 campaign with Gomez. Gomez is collaborating with Stuart Vevers, the creative director of Coach leather goods to create several chic bags including the “Selena Grace” bag.

“I’m very excited for everyone to finally see the design Stuart and I worked on together,” said the American singer about the Selena Grace bag in a article.. “I can’t wait to carry it—it’s totally versatile, perfect to wear day-to-night and it goes with everything.”

The focal item of the  Coach x Selena Gomez collection will be the “Selena Grace” bag that can be worn on the shoulder are on the arm, and meets the needs of the modern woman. The double-handled bag is available in several exclusive colors: Selena Black Cherry, Selena White and Selena Red. The collection also includes a wristlet, a cardholder, and charms that can be clipped to the handbag.

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Michael Costello expands to stand-alone boutique

On August 20, LA–based Michael Costello will open his first boutique in downtown Los Angeles. This store will exclusively carry Costello’s ready-to-wear collection, featuring Costello’s signature aesthetic.

Costello’s ready-to-wear collections will retail around $300.  Costello has a passion for beautiful garments at affordable prices. “To make high fashion more affordable and accessible to women of all shapes and sizes,” explains Costello.

The store will be open seven days a week from 10am to 8pm.

—William S. Gooch

Fashion News Alert: Misty Copeland’s New Campaign, Bye, Bye L’Uomo Vogue, Zoe Kravitz’s New Gig, and the CFDA Releases NYFW Spring 2018 Schedule

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2017 was a breakout year for Misty Copeland at American Ballet Theater (ABT). The African American ballerina made her debut in ABT’s “Don Quixote,” “Giselle,” and “Whipped Cream,” a huge accomplishment for any ballerina.

On the heel of these historic debuts, Copeland is the new global spokesmodel for Estee Lauder’s fragrance ‘Modern Muse.’ Copeland will be featured in short film teaching young dancers in ballet class that accompanies the fragrance’s video, print and television campaign, asking the question, “What inspires you.”

“My two passions are dance and giving back, and I love passing on knowledge to the next generation,” she said in a statement in a recent article. “I also have a strong connection to the scents I wear when I perform. The Modern Muse campaign is the perfect way to see another side of my story.”

“Misty has challenged the status quo to achieve her dreams and inspired so many young women along the way,” said Stephane de La Faverie, Global Brand President, Estée Lauder, with the brand’s Style and Image Director Aerin Lauder adding: “Misty is the perfect representation of today’s modern muse.”

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Zoe and YSL

Zoe Kravitz has a new job. She is the new global makeup ambassador for YSL Beautè. Kravitz first teamed up with YSL Beautè in 2016 starring a short film, “Beyond the Light,” that focused on her pre-stage makeup routine.

“YSL Beauté has always been one of my favorite brands,” said Kravitz in a statement. “Their ability to combine the chicest of styles with a raw edge has always been to me one of the best ways to express yourself through fashion and beauty. Nothing is forced, nothing is fake but everything is bold, strong and unafraid.”

2017 is turning out to be a triumphant year for Zoe Kravitz. Kravitz is a part of Tiffany & Co’s 2017 fall campaign and stars in the summer hit “Girls Trip.”


New York Fashion Week: The Shows (NYFWS) is just seven weeks away. NYFWS begins and September 7 and runs through September 13. NYFWS has been reduced this season from eight days to seven days.

Several key fashion week players will be missing from the calendar from the spring 2018 calendar. Those players include Rodarte, Altazurra, Monique Lhuillier, and Ralph Lauren. Lauren will show at his Bedford, NY garage for select editors and guests.

Those returning to the calendar for the spring 2018 season include Thakoon and Tom Ford after an absence of a few seasons. Akris and Sies Marjan are joining the NYFWS calendar this season for the first time, opting to show in NYC over Paris. Other NYFWS regulars to look forward to this season are Anna Sui, Opening Ceremony, Naeem Khan, Rag & Bone, Tadashi Shoji, Calvin Klein, Christian Siriano, Tracy Reese, Marchesa, Libertine, The Blonds, Zang Toi, and Marc Jacobs.

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Arrivederci L’Uomo Vogue

Conde Nast is shuttering all of Vogue Italia’s four offshoots. Vogue Bambini (Children’s wear), L’ Uomo Vogue (menswear), Vogue Sposa (bridal), and Vogue Gioiello (jewelry) employees will receive a generous severance package of 40 months pay and each publications lays off employees over the next several months and said publications discontinue operations.

L’Uomo Vogue is the largest of the Vogue Italia’s sister publications with readership of over 300, 000. L’Uomo Vogue launched in 1968 and quickly became one of the fashion industries premier men’s fashion publications. It is not know is L’Uomo Vogue content will merge into Vogue Italia.

—William S. Gooch


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