Fashion News Alert: Balenciaga Dumps Casting Agency, US Retailers Woes, “Moonlight” Cast Lands Calvin Klein Underwear Campaign and Prabal Gurung Collaborates with Lane Bryant

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Image courtesy of Eonline.com

Following the 2017 Academy Award’s best movie debacle on Sunday, it was announced that Calvin Klein had pegged the cast of “Moonlight” to star in his upcoming underwear campaign. Sounds like a double win for “Moonlight.”

This new Calvin Klein “Revelation” campaign stars “Moonlight” cast members Mahershala Ali, Alex Hibbert, Ashton Sanders, and Trevante Rhodes. The “Revelation” campaign conjures up images of Calvin Klein 90s black and white photographs with logoed briefs.

Balenciaga fall 2016 image courtesy of stylecaster.com

Balenciaga fall 2016 image courtesy of stylecaster.com

Balenciaga backs up models

The fashion industry appears to be embracing a kinder, gentler attitude. Iconic fashion house Balenciaga recently fired its casting agency due to sadistic treatment of models for a casting of the iconic fashion house’s Paris Fashion Week show.

Over 150 models were forced to wait in a dark stairwell for over three hours this past Sunday. According to US casting director, James Scully, some models were locked in the stairwell while casting agents went to lunch.

“In their usual fashion they shut the door, went to lunch and turned off the lights to the stairs leaving every girl with only the lights of their phones to see,” Scully added. ”Not only was this sadistic and cruel it was dangerous and left more than a few of the girls I spoke with traumatized.”

Balenciaga took immediate action and fired the casting agency. Balenciaga told AFP it was “making radical changes to the casting process” after the incident, “including discontinuing the relationship with the current casting agency”.

“Balenciaga took notice of issues with the model castings carried out on that day [Sunday]. The house reacted immediately,” a statement added.

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Prabal Gurung x Lane Bryant

This past July Prabal Gurung announced his collaboration with national plus-size brand Lane Bryant. The 20-piece Prabal x Lane Bryant collection launched in stores on Monday with a collection that includes trench coats, leather jackets, wide-legged pants, color-blocked dresses, cut-and-sew sweaters, and jumpsuits.

Prabal Gurung is the fifth high-end designer to partner with Lane Bryant. Gurung follows in the footprints of Sophie Theallet, Christian Siriano, Isabel Toledo, and Lela Rose, all brands that have collaborated with Lane Bryant.

The Prabal Gurung x Lane Bryant collection is now available in Lane Bryant stores and online.

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Image courtesy of usatoday.com

US retail blues

According to a report from Moody’s Investor Service, the number of distressed retailers in the US has tripled since the Great Recession of 2008. Moody’s has placed 19 retailers in its retail/apparel portfolio at a Caa/Ca rating. The low trade rating is based on retailers that cumulatively owe $5 billion dollars in debt through 2021 with about 40 percent of the debt due in 2018.

“Moody’s-rated US retailers rated Caa or Ca today make up just over 13 percent of our total rated retail portfolio, which is the highest level since the Great Recession, when this group comprised 16 percent of the portfolio,” says Moody’s Vice President Charlie O’Shea, in a news statement. “And the increase comes at the same time as the broader universe of Caa rated companies is likewise growing.”

O’Shea recommends that distressed retailers take drastic measures including high promotional pricing to dig themselves out of this downward trend.

—William S.

Fashion News Alert: NYFW Diversity Report, Ungaro’s No Show at Paris Fashion Week, Big Brands Exit Bangladesh, and Sisqo at NYFW?

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Was hip-hop artist Sisqo at Vivienne Tam, Philipp Plein and Kanye West shows during the current New York Fashion Week? According to the real Sisqo, apparently not.

An imposter pretending to be Sisqo lied his way into some of the top shows during New York Fashion Week, getting past industry professionals, fashion PR reps, security guards, acquiring front seats and even posing with celebrities and top fashion designers. Interestingly enough, the pretender flaunted a coiffed appearance that doesn’t even correspond to Sisqo current look!!

An outraged Sisqo is considering a lawsuit against this pretender because the pretender was placed on a private jet to appear at a young girl’s bat mitzvah as Sisqo. “You know, you got this 13-year-od little girl who’s thinking that I’m gonna come perform live at her Bat Mitzvah … So now we’re taking legal action,” explained Sisqo in a video call to TMZ.

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Ungaro fall 2016

Ungaro absence

Emmanuel Ungaro will be a no show during Paris Fashion Week. Aimz Acquisition, the investments fund of Pakistani-American businessman Asim Abdullah, told fashionnetwork.com that Ungaro,”[] will not able to produce its Autumn/Winter 2017–18 collection because its manufacturer has gone into receivership.” Aimz Acquisition acquired Ungaro in 2005.

Ungaro, in 2015, changed its manufacturing partner from Italian group Aeffe to Italian company, Modalis. Ungaro has now taken back its manufacturing and will show it cruise collection in Paris in June.

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NYFW mixes it up

The Fashion Spot and Model Alliance has released their diversity report for NYFW’s fall 2017 season. Every season Model Alliance and The Fashion Spot collaborate on the diversity report. This very important tabulation has appeared in Vogue, WWD, Glamour, and The Huffington Report. The diversity report tabulates inclusion during NYFW taking into account racial diversity, body size, age, and gender fluidity.

NYFW’s fall 2017 season was the most inclusive of any current NYFW. According to The Fashion Spot and Model Alliance every single runway show included one model of color. Still, only 9 of the 116 shows tabulated by The Fashion Spot and Model Alliance used plus size or curvy models. Chromat used more transgender models than any other brand during NYFW. J. Crew used three models that were over the age of 50.

The shows that included the most diversity were Chromat, Chrisitian Siriano, Gypsy Sport, Tome, and J. Crew.

—William S. Gooch

Weekend Fashion News Alert: Katy Perry Launches Footwear Line, Marc Jacobs Reimagines the Runway, Jeremy Meeks Walks during NYFW, and Sponsorship Changes for New York Fashion Week

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This past Thursday was a big day for Katy Perry. Thursday marked the day that Perry’s footwear collection hit retail stores and specialty stores.

This 40-piece collection includes shoe styles dedicated to Hillary Clinton and actresses Lena Dunham and Allison Williams. Perry’s ‘HRC’ shoe is a pale-pink shoe with a glittery lucite heel. Other standout styles include Rubik’s cube-inspired heels, mesh heels with dollar signs, and feathered sandals.

Global Brands Holding Limited launched Katy Perry’s shoe collection. Price points range from $59 to $299.

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Image courtesy of Amazon Fashion

Some sponsors exit NYFW

With New York Fashion Week fall 2017 season complete, sponsorship changes have been announced for upcoming New York Fashion Week: Men’s (NYFWM) and New York Fashion Week: The Shows (NYFWS). NYFWM, which launched in 2015, has been in existence for four seasons. NYFWS, which was previously called Olympus Fashion Week and later Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, continues to be the premier fashion event for women’s wear brands in NYC.

Lexus will continue to serve as the main sponsor for NYFWS, extending its contract through 2019.  Lexus began its association with NYFWS in 2015.

Amazon has ended its sponsorship with NYFWM, though it will continue to work with the seasonal men’s fashion week event. According to fashionnetwork.com, Kate Dimmock, the Fashion Director of Amazon Fashion, told WWD that the plan of the sponsorship was “to support CFDA’s mission to help solve a real business challenge facing the men’s wear industry. We’re pleased to see the positive impact of our combined efforts after only four seasons.”

Though Amazon has exited NYFWM, Samsung will continue to be a sponsor. NYFWM’s was launched to keep major American menswear designers showing in NYC, and to some extent that as been accomplished. Still, Tommy Hilfiger, Michael Bastian, and Hugo Boss did not show for the fall 2017 menswear season. And NYFWM’s has yet to attract European menswear luxury brands.

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Image courtesy of vogue.com

Former convict opens Philipp Plein fall 2017 show

This fall 2017 season, fashion designers/brands are looking at a variety of breakout sensations to create buzz for  press and consumers. During New York Fashion Week, industry professionals were treated to a skateboard ramp with skateboarders gliding back and forth in the brand’s skateboard-inspired clothes; caged models in urban gear as prison industrial complex statistics blared over a loud speaker; and, models throwing bags of trash while male models strutted back in forth in heels, extreme makeup and non-leather and vinyl bustiers. Sometimes, the gimmicks worked and added to the editorial story and other times the sensational moments distracted.

Philipp Plein, who has made a definite dent in the hip-hop, urban market with his blinged-out garments, chose to have a former convict open his fall 2017 show. 33-year old Jeremy Meeks, convicted for weapons possession, was the breakout moment in Philipp Plein’s fall 2017 show. Meeks has become an Instagram sensation with his shirtless photos.

What is more surprising about Meeks’ burgeoning modeling career is being signed by a model management company in his early 30s, a time when most male model’s career has ended or slowed down. Meeks told ABC News, he never “thought that everyone in the world would recognize me for my looks.”

Marc Jacobs fall 2017 images courtesy of fashionisers.com

Marc Jacobs fall 2017 images courtesy of fashionisers.com

Jacobs reinvents the catwalk

With the threat of runway shows fading from fashion weeks around the world, Marc Jacobs closes his fall 2017 runway show during NYFWS with the final walk done in silence with only the sound of the models feet echoing through the cavernous Park Avenue Armory. Most runways end with music blasting from huge speakers, models plodding to the beat and rhythm of the loud music. Not so for Marc Jacobs this season!!

Guests were asked to restrain from taking photos of the collection during the show. Blaring music began after the final procession as models,  guests and media photographers both scurried to take social media images.

Jacobs’ fall 2017 collection is his personal dissertation of casual streetwear with a nod to hip-hop culture.

—William S. Gooch

Breaking Fashion News Alert: Anniesa Hasibuan Produces All Immigrant Model Runway Show for NYFW

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Anniesa Hasibuan spring 2017

Anniesa Hasibuan made history in this past September when she became the first New York Fashion Week: The Shows (NYFWS) designer to produce a fashion show in New York City with all the models wearing hijabs. Hasibuan’s spring 2017 show was a critical success last September and she returns to NYFWS this week with a show composed of immigrant models.

Anniesa Hasibuan chose to make a statement on the Trump administration’s stance on immigration in the US by holding a casting call seeking models that are immigrants or first/second generation. Everyone was accepted at the casting regardless of the model’s immigration status, but the casting call sought immigrants to highlight the beauty of diversity in the country.

Fashion Reverie will be backstage at the show and reviewing the runway presentation. So, stay tuned!!

—William S. Gooch

Weekend Fashion News Alert: Kanye West Changes Time Slot for NYFW, Christie Brinkley Back in Sports Illustrated, and Neiman Marcus Drops Ivanka

Yeezy spring 2017 image courtesy of harpersbazaar.com

Yeezy spring 2017 image courtesy of harpersbazaar.com

Kanye West does what he wants to do. Well, most of the time.

Because of criticism from the CFDA of his NYFW show time slot, Kanye West has moved his show to two hours earlier to accommodate Marchesa. West came under criticism from CFDA President Steve Kolb, who called West erratic behavior “inexcusable, “ asking West to communicate with the CFDA so they together could come up with a better time slot for fall 2017 show.

“Kanye called me personally to let me know that he had no intention of showing on top of another designer, and was unaware that there was a conflict. He explained that once he realized Marchesa was in the time slot, he immediately looked at alternative options. The CFDA appreciates Kanye’s outreach and effort, and we look forward to working with him far in advance to integrate Yeezy into the schedule in seasons to come,” explained Kolb in a recent fashionnetwork.com article.

West had refused to change his time slot at the behest of the CFDA for four prior seasons. Kanye West’s Yeezy fall 2017 fashion show will be on Tuesday, February 14.

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Image courtesy of sportsillustrated.com

Age aint nothing but a number

A good wine grows better with age, and so does Christie Brinkley. At 63, Brinkley becomes the oldest model to grace the pages of Sports Illustrated Swimwear edition.

Christie Brinkley has appeared in Sports Illustrated Swimwear edition eight times from 1975 to 2004, and a record three consecutive times on its cover in 1979, 1980, and 1981, respectively. In the new issue, which hits newsstands on February 15, Brinkley appears alongside her two daughters, Sailor Brinkley Cook, 18, and Alexa Ray Joel, 31 in a red and black one-piece swimsuit.

“Thank you Sports Illustrated for sending the powerful message that good things come in packages of every size and we do not come with an expiration date!” Brinkley wrote on her Instagram page. (AFP)

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Image courtesy of instyle.com

Bye, bye Ivanka

One day after Bloomberg reported that Nordstrom’s was winding down its relationship with Ivanka Trump based on the fashion brand’s poor performance, Neiman Marcus pulled Ivanka Trump’s jewelry from its online site and also stopped selling Ivanka’s jewelry at Neiman Marcus Garden State Plaza store in New Jersey. There was no explanation for Neiman Marcus’ discontinuation of Ivanka Trump’s jewelry.

Ivanka Trump and Neiman Marcus failed to comment on the discontinuation. Ivanka Trump in September announced two new licensing deals with A.D. Sutton & Sons Inc and The Jewelry Group to sell baby accessories and fashion jewelry. (Thomas Reuters)

—William S. Gooch

Fashion News Alert: Sweet Smelling Angelina, Women’s March Fashion, Low European Holiday Sales Influence Layoffs, and Another Hadid Scores Campaign

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Angelina Jolie smells purty!! On Monday, it was announced that Jolie is to be the face of Guerlain’s new fragrance, Mon Guerlain.

Jolie was chosen to front the new fragrance from Guerlain because the brand identified Jolie as the epitome of the contemporary woman. This contemporary femininity attracted the eye of Guerlain director of perfume creation Thierry Wasser.

Jolie will dedicate the entire earnings for the Mon Guerlain campaign to charity, in line with her work as a Special Envoy for the UNHCR.

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Image courtesy of pussyhatproject.com

Pink pussy power

Did you know that there was fashion coming out of the Women’s March on Washington on Saturday, January 21? Well, if you didn’t, be aware that was a fashion element to the march.

The 500,000-plus Women’s March crowd was a sea of pink knit hats, “Pussy Hats,” in fact. The brainchild of Jayna Zweiman and Krista Suh, the “Pussy Hat Project” was a visual response to controversial comments by President Trump. Remember Trump’s comments, “grab the pussy.”

“We were imagining this sea of pink hats making a really large statement,” Zweiman told Fast Company magazine. “So, there was a big goal. I think having that visual creates an impetus for people to really get involved.”

Consulting with LA knit storeowner Cat Coyle, Zweiman and Suh came up with a knit pattern that was very easy to reproduce with the coal having every participant in the Women’s March wearing a pink hat. They almost achieved their goal.

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Image courtesy of Voltaire & Zadig

Another Hadid model

Did you know there was another Hadid that modeled? Well, Zadig & Voltaire did.

Bella Hadid is joined by her younger brother Anwar in Zadig & Voltaire’s spring 2017 campaign. Anwar and Bella are also joined by disc jockey sensation, Clara 3000.

Looking to find the right models and personalities to front the brand’s rock n’ roll spring 2017 collection, Zadig & Voltaire found what they were looking for in Bella, Anwar, and DJ Clara 3000. The campaign was photographed in the Zadig & Voltaire’s headquarters in Paris wearing leather jackets, light parkas and “Amour” cashmeres.

The campaign will be released in three installments, 12 visuals and eight web ads between January and May 2017.

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Image courtesy of about.com

French layoffs

French labor unions are concerned that Vivarte group’s sale of Naf Naf and Andre chain stores will bleed retail jobs. Vivarte had already decreased their sales staff at retail chains by 1,850 employees in 2015. And French labor experts expect a loss of 5,000 more jobs in 2017 from other retail store chains.

This comes on the heels of 1,500 jobs lost in 2016 due to store closings. Mark & Spencer and Banana Republic recently announced they would be leaving France and Carnet de Vol, American Apparel, MS Mode, and Bata are downsizing. This job elimination and downsizing affects mostly women who make up the bulk of low-wage employees in French retail stores.

—William S. Gooch

 

Breaking Fashion News: Lagerfeld Rumored to Dress Melania

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With the presidential Inauguration being just a day away, fashionistas ponder on which designer will dress FLOTUS–To Be Melania Trump for the inaugural festivities. Many fashion designers—Sophie Theallet, Marc Jacobs, Tom Ford, Derek Lam, Humberto Leon of Kenzo and Opening Ceremony, and Phillip Lam have stated they will not dress Melania while Tommy Hilfiger, Ralph Lauren, Rag and Bone, Carolina Herrera, and Thom Browne are not opposed to dressing Melania Trump.

That said; very few European designers have weighed in on dressing the FLOTUS–To Be. Karl Lagerfeld is one exception.

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Images courtesy of getty

Obviously, Melania has an affinity and fashion predilection for Ralph Lauren. (Melania wore a Ralph Lauren ensemble at the third presidential debate.) However, is Ralph Lauren chic enough for the former model?

It is reported that Karl Lagerfeld is designing a gown and ensemble for Melania to wear to the inaugural festivities. Still, it is unclear which brand will Lagerfeld be designing under for Melania. (Lagerfeld designs for Chanel, Fendi and his own eponymous brand.)

Traditionally the First Lady wears American designers during the Inauguration; however, Melania is only the second First Lady not born in the US and with the Trumps nothing is conventional.

Chanel Couture fall 2016 images courtesy of maryosbazaar.com

Chanel Couture fall 2016 images courtesy of maryosbazaar.com

Another inaugural style question to consider is that if Lagerfeld is chosen to dress Melania, how much of the design will actually be Lagerfeld’s vision? At 83 years of age, Karl Lagerfeld design powers might not be at their peak.  Also, Lagerfeld is only the creative director of Fendi and Chanel with Chanel being privately owned by Alan and Gerard Wertheimer and Fendi owned by LVMH. Much to ponder and consider!!

—William S. Gooch

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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Image courtesy of newyorkmagazine.com

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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Image courtesy of shopify.com

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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Image courtesy of cnn.com

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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Image courtesy of amazon.com

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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Image courtesy of fashionnetwork.com

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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Image courtesy of wsjtv.com

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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Image courtesy of people.com

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

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