Fashion News Alert: Gwyneth Paltrow x Lily Pulitzer, Ariana Grande’s New Fragrance, Popsugar Sued, and India’s Labor Issues Continue

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There has been much in the news about Ariana Grande’s recent engagement to Pete Davidson. Still, Grande is making news in other genres.

Grande’s recently announced that she has a new fragrance that will be released in the fall. In partnership with Luxe Brands, Clouds “is a joyful, new creation inspired by optimism and hope.” The perfume features top notes of lavender blossom, pear and bergamot, before opening into a heart of crème de coconut, praline and vanilla orchid. “I love clouds, and I love this new fragrance,” said Grande in a statement in a recent article. “It is my favorite one yet!”

Grande has had a slew of fragrances in partnership with Luxe Brands—”Moonlight”, a sweet and fruity scent; “Sweet Like Candy,” a sugary combination of berries, vanilla, marshmallow and precious woods, and a unisex fragrance, “Frankie by Ariana Grande.” “Each of Ariana’s fragrances continues to surpass expectations, simply defying the trajectory of celebrity fragrances,” said Joel Ronkin, CEO of LUXE Brands. “This is a true testament to her ability to connect with her fans and her incredible passion to deliver a superior fragrance for them.”

“Clouds” will hit Ulta Beauty Stores in the US and Shoppers Drug Mart in Canada, as well as on in the fall of 2018.

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Gwyneth Paltrow expands

Gwyneth Paltrow has moved beyond being only an A-list film actress. Some years back, Paltrow founded the modern lifestyle magazine, Goop. Soon after, the brand’s clothing line, G. Label, launched.

Now G. Label is collaborating on a five-piece capsule collection with iconic brand Lily Pulitzer designed by Paltrow herself. For this capsule collection, Paltrow drew inspiration from the legendary photography of 1960s, Slim Aarons. Aarons gained popularity in the 60s taking photographs of Vanderbilt and Rockefeller women.

“I felt so inspired looking through Slim Aarons’ photos of these glamorous, elegant women dressed in Lilly Pulitzer. The opportunity to revisit that aesthetic has been a lot of fun,” said Paltrow in a news statement.

The five-piece capsule collection will include a pink large floral print entitled “Kiss Kiss” created by Paltrow and Lily Pulitzer Executive Vice President of Product Design and Development, Mira Fain. The five pieces showcasing the print are a silk maxi dress, a stretch shift dress, a cotton blouse, a maxi skirt from the Lilly Pulitzer archives and a tote bag.

The five-piece collection is now on sale at Lily Pulitzer stores and available on online. The Goop x Lily Pulitzer collection ranges in price from $90 for the tote to $400 for the silk maxi dress.

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Popsugar stealth

Los Angeles–based social media influencer Nita Batra is suing fashion and lifestyle site, Popsugar for $5 million dollars, claiming that the site used her proprietary images without her permission. Batra has over 215,000 followers on Instagram.

Filed in California federal court earlier in the week, Batra purports that Popsugar “decided to capitalize on the influencers’ social media following by copying and posting thousands of influencers’ Instagram images [and their bio info] on its own website without authorization.” Batra’s social media images were originally linked to LikeItKnowIt, a platform that pays influencers royalties when their followers make a purchase through their images.

Batra contends that Popsugar posted her images, removing the original links, and replacing Batra’s links with its own affiliate links to ShopStyle, a competing platform that Popsugar owned at the time. By doing this, Popsugar reaped financial benefits without Batra’s permission, diverting financial benefits from Batra. Batra believes this a standard practice employed by Popsugar, Batra hopes to persuade other influencers to engage in a class action lawsuit against Popsugar.

Though Popsugar has not responded to the lawsuit filing, Batra alleges that when she confronted Popsugar CEO Brian Sugar, she was informed that the posts where only to be for internal use and that wider publication was a mistake.

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India’s labor challenges

Though there has been a lot of global initiatives bringing lots of attention to labor issues in India’s over-saturated garment manufacturing sector, little has been done to correct the labor issues. International agencies believed that if workers were able to speak about labor abuses, things would change; unfortunately, that has not happened. So, the question is if this attention was just window dressing or an impetus for real change?

“The organizations are violating the rules of the mechanisms they created by not taking time bound action against complaints that come up,” said S. James Victor, director of Serene Secular Social Service Society, which works to empower garment workers. “They are far removed from ground reality. The fact is that every day a worker continues to face workplace harassment in the spinning mills and garment factories of Tamil Nadu.”

The US–based Social Accountability International (SAI) agency introduced voluntary labor practices a few years back after the Rama factory fire. And though some Indian garment factories have received SAI certifications, the voluntary labor practices are rarely followed.

“Workers are being victimized, harassed and managements are literally going after them for raising any complaint,” said Sujata Mody of the Garment and Fashion Workers Union, which has about 3,000 active members. And when workers issue complaints, organizations like Britain’s Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) are slow to respond with no concrete plans to address complaints.

—William S. Gooch

Fashion News Alert: Patrick Dempsey Delves into Fashion, Jay Z’s New Gig, and Tori Spelling to Host Makeover Show

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The music industry’s power couple’s fashion and entertainment empire continues to expand. Which power couple is Fashion Reverie referring to? Consider Beyonce and Jay Z. That is right!!Late Monday evening it was announced that Jay Z was named creative director of Puma. There is hope that Jay Z can bring some magic to the brand’s dusty basketball footwear sector. Though Jay Z will not design the brand’s basketball footwear and apparel, he will be a big part in choosing basketball stars that will represent Puma as brand ambassadors.

If you are questioning why Jay Z was chosen for this post, consider that Jay Z was previously a part owner in the Brooklyn Nets NBA team. Looks like Jay Z has landed a cushy job!!

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Patrick Dempsey’s new gig

Another actor has jumped into the fashion fray. Surprisingly, the fashion bug has bitten “Grey’s Anatomy’s” Patrick Dempsey.

Dempsey is collaborating on a six-piece capsule collection of luxury separates with Malibu-based lifestyle brand Bleusalt. The capsule collection features two trouser styles for men, as well as a polo, blazer and cap, and a more fitted blazer for women, and will come in soft, neutral shades. 

“We put in pockets for your passport, wallet, glasses, all that stuff,” Dempsey told WWD. “The pants are really comfortable on a long flight. They’re like sweatpants but more defined.”

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Tori Spelling is back

Reality television star Tori Spelling will be back on television next week, but not in her eponymous “Tori & Dean” reality series. This time around Tori Spelling will be the co-host of a makeover reality television show “The Look: All Stars.”

Tori Spelling will be teamed with hairstylist Kim Vo on the reality makeover show where they will oversee teams of hairdressers, makeup artists and fashion stylists performing two makeovers per episode. Perfect365, reality beauty app, will offer users and viewers a preview of the four different beauty looks seen on the show each week, which they can try on virtually, in real time.

“The show features established talent from the worlds of fashion and beauty and we can’t wait for the viewers to get to experience those looks at home,” said Gregory Butler, executive producer of “The Look: All Stars,” in a statement on

“This ongoing collaboration proves that digital beauty is continuing to grow and marks a shift in the way TV shows and brands will continue to utilize technology like Perfect365 to engage with their audiences in different ways,” added Cara Harbor, Perfect365 Director of Marketing. “The Look: All Stars” is set to air on the CW and MyNetwork TV stations from June 24.

—William S. Gooch

Weekend Fashion News Alert: Nicki Minaj’s New Fragrance Partnership, Dsquared and Cowgirls, and New York Garment District Plan Unveiled

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Cat fights aside Nicki Minaj continues to expand her entertainment and beauty empire. Looking to reinvent her fragrance line, based on her signature scent, Pink Friday, Nicki Minaj has formed a fragrance partnership with Luxe Brands. Luxe Brands produces fragrances for Ariana Grande, Jennifer Lopez, and Hawaiian Tropics.”There’s no better feeling than working with a brand that genuinely wants to get it right for my fans. My fans know I always come with the best for them,” Nicki Minaj commented.

“Nicki encompasses authenticity and creativity in everything she does,” said Joel B. Ronkin, chief executive officer of Luxe Brands in a article. “She is an authority on breaking barriers and building successful brands and partnerships across product categories.”

Cowgirl supreme

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Dean and Dan Caten, co-creative directors of Dsquared2 have often tapped into Canadian references, being that they are native sons of Canada. And one of those references this season is the cowboy/cowgirl culture of the Canadian frontier.

As an homage to the Canadian frontier, the design duo has chosen Kendall Jenner and Bella Hadid as rebel Canadian cowgirls. Kendall and Bella both walked in Dsquared2 fall 2018 fashion show. Between the two top models, their social media numbers count past 10 million Instagram followers. 

The new fall 2018 campaign is photographed by the famous photographer team of Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott. Bella and Kendall are shot in a 1960s motel off of a Midwest highway. Both models party at the hotel and seduce guys to come party with them.

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Garment District win

The embattled Garment District in New York City got a bit of relief on Friday. The fashion industry, community leaders, and the Mayor’s office unveiled a plan that is a supportive comprehensive package for fashion production.

The plan includes a new tax incentive program to preserve manufacturing space in the Garment Centre, supports a public-private partnership to acquire a building dedicated to garment production, and institutes a special permit to curb hotel development in the district, according to a press release from New York City Economic Development Corporation. Additionally, the plan includes a proposal for targeted zoning changes that will have a positive impact on the Garment District.

The Mayor’s NYC administration has committed up to $20 million in city capital to facilitate the acquisition of a building in the Garment District. Back in the late 1990s fashion designer Yeohlee and Nanette Lepore lead the fight to preserve the Garment District. It looks like all the hard work is paying off!!

—William S. Gooch

Fashion News Alert: Paul Marciano Quits Guess, Tom Maier Leaves Bottega Veneta, and Adidas’ $1500 Sneaker

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Sexual assault claims in fashion continue. Paul Marciano, co-founder of the Guess fashion brand, has resigned amid claims of sexual assault. The allegations are currently under investigation.According to a SEC filing reported by, Marciano “exercised poor judgment in his communications with models and photographers and in placing himself in situations in which plausible allegations of improper conduct could, and did, arise.” The Guess board of directors unanimously voted to release Paul Marciano from his duties as executive chairman but will retain Marciano as chief creative director on salary through January 30, 2019.

Two independent investigators interviewed over 40 people and reviewed 1.4 million pages of alleged sexual misconduct against Paul Marciano. According to, the filing revealed that, “[m]any of the allegations could not be corroborated.” Five of the complainants have received over $500,000 from Marciano and Guess in settlement claims.

Famed attorney Lisa Bloom is representing four of the complainants. “Each of my clients chose to accept this settlement because it was preferable to litigation, especially given the statute of limitations, and because she still retains the right to tell her story one day if she chooses to do so,” explained Bloom.

Supermodel Kate Upton, who was once the face of Guess, has accused Marciano of sexually molestation. Lisa Bloom represents Upton. “We do not believe a man with so many credible accusations of sexual assault is fit to lead any company, much less one that sells primarily to women,” Bloom added.

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Bye, bye Tomas

After 17 years Tomas Maier is leaving his creative director post at Bottega Veneta. Under Maier’s helm, Bottega Veneta achieved up to $1 billion dollars in sales in 2012. However, in recent years, sales had declined.

“It’s largely due to Tomas’s high-level creative demands that Bottega Veneta became the House it is today, said Francois-Henri Pinault, chairman and CEO of Kering in a recent article. Pinault continued, “He put it back on the luxury scene and made it an undisputed reference. With his creative vision, he magnificently showcased the expertise of the House’s artisan. I am deeply grateful to him and I personally thank him for the work he accomplished and for the exceptional success he helped to achieve.”

It is not known who will replace Maier at Bottega Veneta.

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Sneaks for the 1 percent

Sneakers are big for summer 2018. And one of the must-have sneaks of the season is Adidas’ Yung 1s. However, this sneaker is for folks with deep pockets. The Yung 1 has a price point of $1500.

That’s the dicey challenge of this new Adidas release. The good new is that Adidas’ Yung 1 is part of collaboration with Wardrobe NYC, a startup that purports to simply wardrobe by getting consumers to purchase entire capsule collections. In other words, when you purchase the Yung1 you are also purchasing 8 to 10 items in a capsule collection. So, you get Yung 1 plus 8 to 10 garments for the price of $1500.

These capsule collections with the Yung 1 bundle will be available for pre-order on June 18. Still, that is a steep price for a sneaker with 8 to 10 additional athleisure garments. Hmm, the gimmick might work!!

—William S. Gooch

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

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

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

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Kim gets nod from the CFDA

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

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

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

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

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Ashlee and Evan and Voltaire & Zadig

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

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

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

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

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Instant fashion

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

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

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

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

—William S. Gooch

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Condè Nast’s troubles

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

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

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Ivanka’s conflict

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

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

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Sears to shutter more stores

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

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

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

—William S. Gooch





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

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

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

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Times are a-changing

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

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

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Nyden x Justine Skye

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

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

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

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Changes at Paris Fashion Week: Men’s

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

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

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

—William S. Gooch



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

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

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

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

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Couture-like Prabal

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

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

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

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

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Amber keeps it moving

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

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

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

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Rachel Roy is back

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

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

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

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

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

—William S. Gooch

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

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

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Pop Sugar cuts

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

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

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

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

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Caroline + Ovvo

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

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

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

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

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Lord & Taylor’s revitalization

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

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

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

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

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

—William S. Gooch







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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The last go-round

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

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

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

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

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

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Miley and Converse

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

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

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

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Voluptuous Ashley

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

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

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

—William S. Gooch






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