Fashion News Alert: Anna Wintour Stays, D&G’s Affectation for Rich Kids, Tyson’s Feud with Kim K, and Millennial Pink

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Anna Wintour ain’t going nowhere!! Or so, Condè Nast contends.Amid rumors that the hallowed fashion editor is soon to leave her post as editor-in-chief of American Vogue and creative director of Condè Nast, Condè Nast CEO Bob Sauerberg clapped back on Twitter on Tuesday, “Anna Wintour is an incredibly talented and creative leader whose influence is beyond measure. She is an integral to the future of our company’s transformation and has agreed to work with me indefinitely in her as @voguemagazine editor-in-chief and artistic director of Condè Nast.

Still, the powers that be at Condè Nast did not give dates of Wintour’s extended employment. Hmm, in the words of the bard of Stratford-on-Avon, “the things thou dost protest.”

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Rich kids rule

There is no doubt that Dolce & Gabbana (D&G) has a long-standing penchant for the scions of famous folks. In the brand’s spring 2018 and fall 2018 shows, D&G had the kids of celebrities scattered throughout their runway shows—Sofie Richie, Hailey Baldwin, Sistine and Sophia Stallone, Christian Combs, and others.

For its fall 2018 men’s campaign, D&G has employed the services of Christian Combs, Rafferty Law, son of Jude Law, Charlie Oldman, son of Gary Oldman, Hero Fiennes-Tiffin, nephew of Ralph and Joseph Fiennes, Kevin Chaplin, grandson of Charlie Chaplin, Paris Bosnan, son of Pierce Brosnan, as well as some non-celebrity scion men. Talk about a celebrity scion festival!!

With this assemblage of the kids of powerful celebrities, the D&G design duo catches two birds with one stone. Domenico Dolce and Steffano Gabbana connect a younger audience with this well-known iconic Italian fashion house, and this casting also represents the brand’s current clientele.

Hmm, rich folks fronting for a fashion brand, seems kind of dusty!! What do you think?

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Catfights and dog barks!!

Speaking of rich folks, the Kim Kardashian/Tyson Beckford social media feud continues. This feud started with supermodel Tyson Beckford body shaming Kim K on social media about Kim K’s surgically enhanced body, ”Sorry, I [don’t] care for it personally … “She is not real, doctor fucked up on her right hip.” These comments were in response to an image of Kim K walking in tight pants.

Kardashian clapped backed on The Shade Room which showed the image and Beckford’s comments by saying, “Sis, we all know why you don’t care for it.” The post was accompanied by the tea, frog, and nails emoji.

Wagging tongues are contending that Kim K was implying that Tyson Beckford is gay and on the down low (DL). Tyson clapped back by showing off his very toned body and commenting that he is sexually attracted to women, and supports LGBT issues.

Is this a real social media feud, or only done for more social media likes, followers, and publicity? You know the Kardashian are the kings, or should I say, queens of social media plants!!

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Pretty in millennial pink

Millennial pick try-ons account for 20% of lipstick try-ons in the US and UK according to Perfect Corp, parent company of YouCam Makeup. This result was discovered in an initiative sponsored by YouCam Makeup on National Lipstick Day (July 29). This lipstick color tests was conducted on 280 million users worldwide.

While millennial pink was one of the most popular lipstick colors in this study, pink overall was the preferred color in the Western world—with almost 50% of the top lip colors being pink shades in the United States and the UK—users in the East preferred to mix it up more. The study also found that Chinese users liked a more diverse range of colors—purples, oranges and lighter sheer shades. Korean users preferred bold, darker pinks, purples, and reds.

—William S. Gooch

Fashion News Alerts: Alber Elbaz Is Back, Rodarte Returns, Ralph Lauren Celebrates 50, and Ivanka Trump Shutters Fashion Brand

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Any 50th anniversary is a great achievement, usually culminating in a huge celebration. Ralph Lauren has decided to celebrate his 50th anniversary in the fashion industry with a big runway show and gala in Central Park during New York Fashion Week: The Shows. The runway show will take place in Bethesda Terrace in Central Park on Friday, September 7. Ralph Lauren has always had a fondness for Central Park, staging his 49th anniversary show in 2008 in Central Park with a black-tie dinner at the Conservancy Garden.The purpose of this celebration is “to render homage to his hometown of New York, the epicenter of American and world fashion, and to the industry which he has led for five decades,” the brand said in a company press release. Ralph Lauren, happy 50!!

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He’s back

The fashion community mourned when Alber Elbaz was released from his creative director post at Lanvin a few years ago. But, the fashion community can now dry their eyes because Alber Elbaz is back!

Alber Elbaz has teamed up with LeSportsac for a capsule collection that will debut during New York Fashion Week: The Shows spring 2019 season. Elbaz adds a whimsical touch to LeSportsac’s signature styles in five bold prints, named “Dance with Me,” “Love Me Kiss Me,” “Big Kiss,” “Color Me Leopard,” and “Color Me Zebra.”

“If we inject more love into fashion, and less fear, we have a beautiful reason to wake up every morning,” said Elbaz in a statement reported in fashionnetwork.com, in reference to his latest project. “LeSportsac is fun, colourful and modern—it makes me smile every time.”

LeSportsac is not the only collaboration that Alber Elbaz has been a part of since his departure from Lanvin in 2015. Elbaz has partnered with Converse in a shoe capsule collection and he has partnered with French perfumer Frédéric Malle on a fragrance.

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The return

Rodarte is returning to New York Fashion Week: The Shows (NYFWS) to showcase its spring 2019 collection after showing for three seasons in Paris. This announcement was made recently on the brand’s Instagram page. “We are excited to announce we will be showing our [spring 2019] collection during NYC Fashion Week! We are thrilled to create the show with our amazing team: Brian Phillips and Black Frame, Alex de Betak and Bureau Betak, IMG and our beauty and hair teams.”

Laura and Kate Mulleavy founded Rodarte in 2005. And like several top American brands in recent years—Monique Lhuillier, Altazurra, Proenza Schouler, Thom Browne, and others—the Mulleavy sisters opted out of showing their collections during NYFWS. However, Rodarte and Proenza Schouler are returning to NYFWS for the spring 2019 season.

This is great news for the CFDA, hopefully lifting the organization out of the doldrums caused by the defections. Rodarte has not announced the location and date of their show during NYFWS spring season.

Bye bye Ivanka

On Tuesday, Ivanka Trump shut down her eponymous fashion line due to a conflict of interest. A number of restrictions have been placed on the brand due to Ivanka Trump’s official position with the Trump administration. Currently, Ivanka Trump is a senior advisor to the Trump administration.

The restrictions place on Ivanka Trump’s namesake fashion brand include prevention from undertaking international expansion and requiring the company to discuss any potential deals with domestic partners with Ivanka Trump. According to a BBC source, these restrictions are hampering the growth of the company.

The company has come under fire since the  election of Trump, resulting in boycotts, negative press, and retail giants Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, HSN and ShopStyle, among other retailers dropping the brand in recent months. According to a recent post in fashionnetwork.com, although the brand is shutting down, licensing deals will be maintained until the end date of the agreements.
 —William S. Gooch

Fashion News Alert: Yeezy Model Arrested, Dapper Dan x Gucci Collaboration, Issa Rae’s New CoverGirl Campaign, and Vogue/CFDA Fashion Fund Finalists

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Issa Rae has scored another CoverGirl campaign and this time she brings along her friends. The actress/writer/youtube sensation recently unveiled her CoverGirl “Shade for Shade” video that promotes CoverGirl’s new 48-piece ‘Exhibitionist Lipsticks’ series. “I had too much fun filming with my best friends for my latest @COVERGIRL spot,” the star captioned the clip, which she shared with her 2 million Instagram followers. The video highlights Issa Rae and three friends getting ready for a night out on the town using Exhibitionist Lipsticks in shades of black, nude, purple and red in matte, metallic and cream finishes.

 “I love that people are experimenting,” Rae told Allure of the new campaign. “It’s a form of self-expression, and if that gets you closer to making you feel like you, then no one should get in the way of that.”

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Dapper Dan x Gucci

Since it was announced that Gucci would be referencing iconic Harlem designer of the late 1970s Dapper Dan in an upcoming collection, those familiar with Dapper Dan were excited about the collaboration. Well, the Dapper Dan x Gucci ad campaign, shot by Ari Marcopoulos, has finally been released.

The recent ad campaign draws inspiration from archival images of Dapper Dan vintage designs that include oversized sweat suits, leather bombers, all heavily emblazoned by logos. “Everyone [has] paid homage to Dapper Dan, but no one ever paid him,” said Dapper Dan in a press release detailed in a recent fashionweekdaily.com post. “The people have spoken and Gucci has listened. Nothing has been more significant in the Harlem cultural scene than Alessandro and Gucci coming to Harlem and partnering with Dapper Dan.”

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YEEZY model arrest

Shannade Clermont, former YEEZY Instagram model, has been arrested for using a dead man’s debit card to buy clothes, book airline flights, and pay bills. Charges add up to over $20K. Before starring in Kanye West’s season 6 YEEZY campaign, Shannade Clermonts starred on a season of “Bad Girls Club.”

According to Source magazine, in 2017, Clermont had allegedly visited the dead man in question’s apartment for a “prostitution date” and stole two debit cards, using debit cards to pay rent, phone bills and purchase airline flights. Over a thousand dollars worth of clothing was also purchased on the stolen debit cards.

United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Geoffrey S. Berman details, “As alleged, Shannade Clermont, a former cast member of “Bad Girls Club,” lived up to her reality series reputation. She allegedly stole debit card information from a man found dead—the victim of a drug overdose—in his Manhattan apartment and used his identity to make tens of thousands of dollars in fraudulent purchases. Thanks to the skilled investigative work of the NYPD, Clermont’s new reality is federal prosecution for alleged nefarious conduct.”

Clermont has been charged on three counts: conspiracy to commit wire fraud, access device fraud, and aggravated identity theft. If convicted, girlfriend will do a lot of time!!

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And the 2018 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund finalists are

The CFDA has announced the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund finalists. Ten creative brands will compete to win the prestigious award that includes mentorship to grow their brands and $400,000.

“For the past 15 years, the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund has transformed American fashion by creating a path for emerging designers to find success in the business of fashion,” said CFDA president and CEO Steven Kolb in a fashionnetwork.com article. “The program has had global impact and inspired other fashion capitals to put a focus on emerging talent.”

The 2018 finalists are Batsheva Hay of Batsheva, Emily Adams Bode of Bode, Christian Cowan, Danielle Corona of Hunting Season, Jonathan Cohen and Sarah Leff of Jonathan Cohen, Raul Lopez of Luar, Matthew Adams Dolan, Kerby Jean-Raymond of Pyer Moss, Rebecca de Ravenel, and Scosha Woolridge of Scosha. The winner will be announced in a ceremony on November 5, 2018.

—William S. Gooch

Fashion News Alert: Roger Federer and Uniqlo, Valentino Celebrates Maria Callas, Caron on the Auction Block, and Walmart Dumps Trump

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If you have been watching Wimbledon, you will notice Wimbledon champ Roger Federer has been wearing Uniqlo for all his matches. Recently, the 20-grand slam champ signed a ten-year deal with the Japanese retail giant that could be worth 230 million pounds.Of the partnership with Federer, Uniqlo founder and CEO Tadashi Yanai believes that the partnership will “continue taking tennis to new places, while exploring innovations in a number of areas including technology and design with him.” And the partnership additionally, “will be about innovation on and off court.”

The Uniqlo shirt that Federer will be wearing during his play at Wimbledon is a tennis shirt with a short stand-up collar “to emphasize a more sophisticated look both on and off court.” The shirt and shorts are designed with a burgundy color line at the edge of the sleeves and the front panel of the shirt, and down the sides of the shorts, highlighting Uniqlo’s corporate color.

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Valentino and Callas

As Couture Fashion Week continues in Paris this week; perhaps, one of the grandest collections presented for the couture season was Valentino’s tribute to legendary opera icon, Maria Callas. Maria Callas at the peak of her career in the 1950s and 60s represented the opera diva at their grandest with opulence and broad fan worship.

On Wednesday night at the Salomon de Rothschild mansion to the strands of Maria Callas singing Puccini arias on the loud speakers, models with very teased coifs in exquisite couture gowns conjured up a couture world that Callas inhabited, but a world that sadly no longer exist.

Many of the gowns were named after famous cultural fashion icons including Liza Minelli and others. At the end of this sumptuous feast of fashion the crowd stood and applauded Valentino founder Valentino Garavani.

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Caron for sale

The second oldest fragrance house in Paris is up for sale. Caron, best known for its men’s fragrance, “Pour un Homme,” was founded in 1904  and is 114-years old.

The legendary fragrance house saw its revenue decline in 2018 already by $8 million euros. Caron only makes up 4% of its parent company, Ales Groupe’s, revenue. Caron still has four stores in Paris with its fragrance market mostly in France. Ales Groupe has owned Caron since 1998.

Caron over the years has produced such powdery scents as “Narcisse Noir,” which dates back to 1911, and “Fleur de Rocaille.” 

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Walmart under fire

Controversy can be a good thing in fashion and retail. However when it comes to the Oval Office, controversy can sometimes not be a good thing.

On Tuesday, mega retail giant Walmart removed “Impeach 45” shirts and accessories from its online marketplace. The “45” relates to the 45th president, Donald Trump.           

“These items were sold by third party sellers on our open marketplace, and were not offered directly by Walmart,” a company spokesman said. “We’re removing these types of items pending review of our marketplace policies.”

That may be true; however, perhaps, the anti-Trump items were removed for other reasons. “A lot of the stores are in locations that are probably fairly Republican,” Neil Saunders, managing director of consulting firm GlobalData Retail, said in a recent fashionnetwork.com article. “They do need to take action because it could alienate a large portion of their customer base.”

—William S. Gooch

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 fashionnetwork.com 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 ArianaGrande.com 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 fashionnetwork.com.

“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 fashionnetwork.com 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 fashionnetwork.com, 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 fashionnetwork.com, 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 fashionweekdaily.com 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 people.com 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 fashionnetwork.com 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 fashionnetwork.com article. Sears contributes the decline in sales to less foot traffic and the popularity of online shopping.

—William S. Gooch

 

 

 

 

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