Fashion News Alert: Lindsay Lohan Rebrands, Marc Jacobs to Close European Stores, Donatella Disses Versace TV Series, and Norway Bans Fur Farms

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If anyone saw Lindsay Lohan on “The Wendy Williams Show” last Friday, it is quite evident that Lohan is attempting to rebrand herself. Now living in Dubai—where paparazzi are illegal—Lohan is putting a lot of energy into reinvigorating her image in the States and abroad.That said; Lohan announced on “The Wendy Williams Show” that she is developing a makeup and beauty line. Though she did not reveal many details about the upcoming cosmetics line, Lohan did express that the cosmetic line will contain lipstick and other beauty products. And a released image on “The Wendy Williams Show” shows a collection that might include a lipstick, eye shadow and mirrored powder compact.

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Donatella frowns

Donatella Versace has always been very outspoken and candid about her brother Gianni Versace’s life and death. Very close to her brother and very protective of his legacy, Donatella has confessed that she will not watch the US television nine-part, mini-series about the murder of her brother, Gianni Versace.

I haven’t seen [the series] nor will I see it, because after all this time it still hurts to see Gianni represented untruthfully,” Donatella told La Repubblica, an Italian daily paper. Since its publication in 1999, the Versace family has had major reservations about Maureen Orth’s book Vulgar Favours.

The Versace family, as detailed in a article, said, “in the attempt to create a sensational story, [the TV drama] presents gossip full of contradictions. It saddens [us] to see that among all possible portraits of (Gianni‘s) life and story, the producers chose to present the false and distorted version created by Maureen Orth,” they added.

The Versace family took issue with reports in Vulgar Favours that at the time of his death Gianni Versace was suffering from AIDS. And they were also concerned that Maureen Orth never reached out to the Versace family to verify facts.

The nine-episode series “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story” stars Edgar Ramirez as Gianni,  Penelope Cruz as Donatella and  Ricky Martin as Gianni’s boyfriend. The mini-series begins on January 17 on FX.

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Marc Jacobs’ shutdown

Retail sales have been declining for Marc Jacobs for the last couple of seasons. A few years ago Jacobs merged his less expensive line, Marc by Marc Jacobs, with his namesake line, and now Jacobs is closing the last remaining store in London, as well as additional brick and mortar stores in Europe.

Though Business of Fashion, who first reported this story, could not confirm which Jacobs’ brick and mortar stores in Europe will shutter later in the year, it was confirmed that the London Mayfair store on Mount Street closes in early 2018. It has been confirmed by LVMH, Jacobs’ holding company, that the Marc Jacobs’ Paris store on Rue Saint Honore will remain open

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Fur free

The Norwegian government, spearheaded by Prime Minister Erna Solberg, plans to phase out all Norwegian fur farms by 2025. Norway has about 200 fur farms that produce about 1 million pelts a year, employing over 400 people, and grossing 350 to 500 million Norwegian crowns.

Norway only produces 3 percent of the world’s fox fur, and 1 percent of the world’s mink. “It’s not a very lucrative business in Norway,” said Sveinung Fjose, of Menon Business Economics and an expert on fur farms. “It wouldn’t harm the Norwegian economy severely” to close it down.”

According to the Humane Society International, Norway is the 14th European nation to phase out fur farming.

—William S. Gooch


Fashion News Alert: Selena Gomez’s New Coach Campaign, Nordstrom Expands to Men’s Standalone, and Bruce Weber Responds to Allegations

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Selena Gomez’s is already revving it up in 2018. Selena released on her Instagram account an image from her new Coach spring 2018 campaign.”A New Year’s first just for you guys—I’m so excited to reveal my new @Coach campaign,” said Gomez on her Instagram post. Steven Meisel photographed the campaign with Selena holding Coach’s new multicolored, quilted ‘Parker’ bag against the New York City skyline.

Selena Gomez has been an ambassador for Coach since 2016 and has starred in several campaigns for Coach, even launching a capsule collection with Coach, Coach x Selena Gomez in spring 2017. The capsule collection included the widely popular ‘Selena Grace’ bag with the messages ‘Love yourself first,’ and ‘To be you is to be strong’ embossed on the bottom of the bag.

Gomez has also signed a two-year campaign with Puma in September. The contract requires Gomez to front for the brand and collaborate on designs. You go, Selena!!

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Bruce barks back

Bruce Weber has finally responded to sexual misconduct allegations. In early December 2017 Weber was accused of sexual harrasment by former male models Jason Boyce and Mark Ricketson in a press conference held by the attorney for the accusers, Lisa Bloom. Boyce is filing a lawsuit against Weber. Ricketson cannot file a lawsuit because of the statute of limitations in California.

Bruce Weber wrote on Instagram, “I want to address the recent allegations made against me. I unequivocally deny these charges and will vigorously deny these charges and I will vigorously defend myself. I have spent my career capturing the human spirit through photographs and am confident that, in due time, the truth will prevail. I am grateful for the outpouring of support I have received.”

In recent weeks Weber has received support from industry bigwigs Grace Coddington, Tim Blanks, Carine Roitfeld, Trey Laird, and a slew of male and female models.

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It’s all about the guys

It’s hard to believe that in a stagnant retail market that the menswear market is expanding. Well, Nordstrom seems to think so!!

The mega retail store is prepping for its first standalone menswear store set to open in New York City in April 2018. Nordstrom has also scheduled to open a flagship store in the base of the Central Park Tower in 2019.

While other mega retail stores saw a significant decrease in sales in 2016 and 2017, Nordstrom actually stayed steady with some modest gains. Cailin Caro, Nordstrom’s NYC men’s store manager, announced that the men’s store would be “focused on service and providing customers with an elevated experience that reflects the best of what we have to offer.”

For the NYC men’s standalone store Nordstrom is recruiting for sales associates in apparel, designer, furnishings, shoes, and grooming departments. Nordstrom’s men’s standalone store will be located on Broadway between 57th and 58th Streets.

—William S. Gooch

Fashion News Alert: Another NYFW Exit, Model of the Year, and the Blackamoor Brooch Controversy

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British model Adwoa Aboah has been recognized at the 2017 industry awards as its pick for Model of the Year: Women. Over 250 industry professionals chose Adwoa Aboah as the face that defined 2017.Adwoa Aboah has stood out in 2017 for her activism (Aboah’s sisterhood organization, Gurls Talk) and for career highlights in 2017 which include a Marc Jacobs beauty campaign, H&M fall 2017 campaign, Miu Miu fall 2017 campaign, Dior fall 2017 campaign, Alexander Wang spring 2017 campaign, and others, as well as British Vogue, Vogue Mexico, Vogue Espana, Love, I-D, Dazed magazine covers, the Pirelli calendar, and opening and walking in top fashion designers’ runway shows.

Adwoa Aboah is of Ghanaian and British descent.

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Rodarte defects to Paris

Another fashion brand has defected from New York Fashion Week: The Shows (NYFWS). Rodarte recently announced it will bypass NYFWS fall 2018 season and show in Paris with private appointments for the fall 2018 season. The brand’s next runway show will be in Paris for the spring 2019 season.

“We have always been up front about who we are and what we offer, which is a voice that is very different from a lot of other brands in the industry,” expressed Rodarte co-founder Laura Mulleavy in a fashionnetwork,com article. The Mulleavy sisters moved Rodarte to Paris earlier in the year. The Mulleavy sisters explained that the brand’s move to Paris was a natural evolution of the brand and a desire to delve deeper into luxury fashion that they feel they can accomplish with their move to Paris.

Rodarte will begin hosting appointments for its fall/winter 2018 private showings in Paris the week of January 22.

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Royal blunder

When can something of beauty spark media controversy? When that thing of beauty has racial overtones.

Such was the case when Princess Michael of Kent wore a broach with a blackamoor figure with gold crown and purple crystal embellishments to her cousin, Queen Elizabeth’s holiday lunch. The ‘blackamoor’ broach has caused a lot of controversy in the press and social media due to that fact that Prince Harry is engaged to Meghan Markle, a woman with African ancestry. Princess Michael was given the ‘blackamoor’ broach as a gift and has worn the broach many times prior.

 “I hope the Queen is going to ban this racist, horrible woman from attending any further gatherings,” wrote @nesslync. “Princess” Michael of Kent is an embarrassment to The Royal Family,” as reported in A spokesman for Princess Michael commented, “Princess Michael is very sorry and distressed that it has caused [offense].”

Blackamoor jewelry has had a complex history in European elite circles. Originating in Venice, blackamoor jewelry once was the epitome of glamor and paid homage to African exoticism. Princess Grace and Elizabeth Taylor have worn blackamoor jewelry.

—William S. Gooch

Fashion News Alert: Another NYFW Exit, Lanvin’s Troubles, Amber Valletta’s Resurgence, and London Fashion Week: Men’s Announces Roster

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Public School has come up with a new business plan. Like many brands, Public School has made a strategic business decision to produce collection that goes direct to consumers. The brand has also decided to abandon showing their fall 2018 collection during New York Fashion Week: The Shows (NYFWS) fall 2018 season, and possibly other fashion weeks, after the spring 2018 season. This not the first Public School has opted out of showing during NYFWS. The brand will continue its collaborations with Nike and Alpha Industries.Since its launch as a menswear brand in 2008, creative directors Maxwell Osborne and Dao-Yi-Chow have taken a variety of directions with Public School. Within a decade the brand had expanded to include women’s wear and accessories. In 2012, Chow and Osborne shuttered the brand after they lost their main stockiest, Barneys New York. However, in 2013 Public School won the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Award and the CFDA Swarovski Award for Menswear. The brand also won the International Woolmark Prize in 2015.

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Amber’s return

Amber Valletta is back!! But did she ever really go away. For those Millenials and Generation Xers that are too young to remember, Amber was ahead of most of the pack in the 1990s, establishing that she easily belonged in the pantheon of supermodels.

In the late 1990s, Amber began to focus on her career as an actress. And much success in that arena, Amber Valletta is back in fashion by being the face of Blumarine’s spring/summer 2018 campaign. Blumarine traditionally uses a supermodel to front their campaigns.

According to, Luigi & Iango photographed the Blumarine spring/summer 2018 campaign. The campaign features a couple—Amber Valletta and Phillip Mayberry—enjoying a romantic escapade in the wild in a vintage open-top car.

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Money problems at Lanvin

French couture house Lanvin needs a bailout. Since Alber Elbaz’s ouster from Lanvin in 2015, sales have continued to decline with the label’s revenue down 23% in 2016 to $163 million euros and new creative director Bouchra Jarrar has not been able to turn things around. In fact because of that Jarrar was let go after only eight months.

Senior management has confirmed that Lanvin will be bailed out of its current cash flow problems before the end of 2017. “An AGM was due to be held on [December 30th], but it has been pushed back to a later, as yet unspecified, date,” as detailed in “In the forthcoming weeks, there will be an announcement about the label’s re-launch. Everyone here is working hard and giving their all.”

Reuters expects sales in 2017 to continue to decline by another 30%. And fashion pundits, based on new Lanvin creative director Olivier Lapidus’ first runway show for the esteemed brand, do not expect an upsurge in sales any time soon.

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London Fashion Week: Men’s fall 2018 lineup

On the heels of the beginning of a new year, London Fashion Week: Men’s fall 2018 will take place from January 6–8. Following suit with New York Fashion Week: Men’s, many big names are absent from the roster with many menswear designers deciding to combine their menswear and women’s wear show, opting to show later in the season.

Below your will find the London Fashion Week: Men’s fall 2018 confirmed roster:

Saturday, January 6, 2018
12:00 – John Lawrence Sullivan
13:00 – Edward Crutchley
14:00 – What We Wear
14:30-16:30 – Wood Wood
15:00 – Tourne de Transmission
16:00 – Oliver Spencer
17:00 – Xander Zhou
17:30-18:30 – Ben Sherman
18:00 – Liam Hodges
18:30-19:30 – Band Of Outsiders
19:00 – QASIMI
20:00 – Cottweiler

Sunday, January 7, 2018
09:30-11:30 – Phoebe English MAN
11:30-13:30 – Lou Dalton
12:00 – MAN
12:30-14:30 – Kent & Curwen
13:00 – Chalayan
13:30-15:00 – Daniel w. Fletcher
15:00 – Christopher Raeburn
15:30-17:30 – Michiko Koshino
16:00 – Alex Mullins
17:00 – Kiko Kostadinov
18:00 – Astrid Andersen
19:00 – Wales Bonner
20:00 – Charles Jeffrey LOVERBOY

Monday, January 8, 2018
10:00 – Craig Green
10:30-12:30 – Per Götesson
11:00 – PRONOUNCE presented by GQ CHINA
12:30-14:30 – Belstaff
13:00 – Blood Brother
14:00 – Vivienne Westwood
14:30-16:30 – Nicholas Daley
15:00 – A-COLD-WALL
17:00 – D.GNAK
18:00 – Bobby Abley

—William S. Gooch

Fashion News Alert: DVF Looks for Investors, Genderless Makeup, Vivienne Westwood’s New Film, NYFW Combines Shows, and Anya Hindmarch Exits

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Diane Von Furstenberg (DVF) is looking for investors to assist with projected expansion of the brand in 2018. With its Japanese investment partner Sanei International biding sayonara, and with Japanese DVF stores expected to close indefinitely after the fall/winter season, the brand is furtively searching for a new injection of moolah!!”I’m not about to sell my business, but the time has come to give the company the senior management it deserves. I’ve decided we will probably sell a stake in [Diane von Fürstenberg’s],” the designer told WWD. A spokesperson for the label confirmed the decision, telling that “talks are still at an initial phase and, so far, no deal has been struck by the fashion label.” Also, no target date for the operation has been set.

Because of the dip in the luxury retail market over the last couple of years, DVF reduced its ready-to-wear items in its collections by 40% and has sought to become more selective in its wholesale and retail markets. This combined business strategy is not helping the brand as much as hoped in efforts to capture a younger consumer.

“As everyone knows, retail sales are going through a difficult phase for all brands right now. In terms of physical stores, we have not renewed a number of leases and, effectively, we have deliberately rationalized our distribution. Our e-tail business is performing extremely well,” the company told

Diane Von Furstenberg is co-president of DVF with Marc Menesguen.

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Makeup for everyone, well, not kids

OK, we know that some men wear makeup. If you have dark circles under the eyes and have some discoloration on your face, nothing works better or as quick as a little cover-up concealer. And with unisex culture getting more traction, this is an ideal time for genderless makeup.

Enter Jecca, the brainchild of makeup artist Jessica Blackler. Realizing there was a gap in the beauty market for genderless concealer, Blackler has developed ‘Correct & Conceal’ which promises to cover and conceal blemishes, beard shadow, under eye circles, acne, and birthmarks.

“Jecca overlooks gender and celebrates individuality,” Blackler told The Cut in a post. “We’re not a brand that concentrates on just women.” According to Blackler, there will be more genderless beauty products to follow.

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Is merger the answer?

New York Fashion Week: Men’s (NYFWM) needs an injection of energy. The CFDA recognizes that and in response to the rather lackluster assemblage of menswear designers and reduced attendance, NYFWM is merging with New York Fashion Week: The Shows (NYFWS). This integration will expand NYFW from February 5 through February 14.

NYFWM and NYFWS have not shared the same schedule since 2015. And though both fashion weeks will share the same schedule, NYFWM will start the fashion week separately on Monday, February 5 and the following two days.

NYFWM will start the week off with shows at Cadillac House, Pier 59, and Skylight Modern.

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Another doc for Westwood

There is another Vivienne Westwood film in the works. This documentary is due to release in March of 2018. “Westwood: Punk, Icon, Activist” will debut during the 2018 Sundance Film Festival.

Directed by Lorna Tucker the documentary will include interviews with collaborators, friends, and family. Vivienne Westwood rose to prominence in the 1970s by including street wear punk fashion in her collections, helping to promote the British punk movement of the 70s.

Westwood also dressed the Sex Pistols during this time and promoted her punk-inspired collections through her boutique, SEX, with her then-partner Malcolm McLaren. Westwood presented a circus-inspired spring 2018 collection with design partner Andreas Kronthaler during LFW in September.

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More fashion week exits

There are some recent Fashion Week defections to take note of. Creature of the Winds has decided not to show during New York Fashion Week: The Shows fall 2018 season and Anya Hindmarch is bowing out of London Fashion Week (LFW).

Anya Hindmarch’s fashion shows was one of the most go-to shows during LFW. But no more, Hindmarch is opting for “consumer happening” events four times a year.

The brand explains this new business model will “enable the consumer to really engage with the brand’s creativity on- and offline when the product is available to the customer in-store.” “This focused, direct-to-consumer approach has worked well for the Brand with the launches of their Build a Bag collection in May this year and their new fragrance category, Anya Smells, in November.”

—William S. Gooch

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.’

The collection is now available for purchase through

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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

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