Fashion News Alert: Karl Lagerfelds’ #MeToo Comments, Adidas Offers Kaepernick Deal, and Gaia Trussardi Resigns

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Karl Lagerfeld is known for saying exactly what he thinks. Mincing his words is not one of Lagerfeld’s virtues when it comes to speaking his mind on models and body image.In a recent article, Lagerfeld blasted the #MeToo movement by stating, “… I read somewhere that now you must ask a model if she is comfortable with posing. Its simply too much, from now on, as a designer, you can’t do anything. As for the accusations against the poor Karl Templar [creative director at Interview magazine], I don’t believe a single word of it. A girl complained he tried to pull her pants down and he is instantly excommunicated from a profession that up until then had venerated him. It’s unbelievable. If you don’t want your pants pulled about, don’t become a model! Join a nunnery, there’ll always be a place for you in the convent. They’re recruiting even!”

The Model Alliance, a model advocacy group, fired back. “Mr. Lagerfeld’s flippant dismissal of reports of abuse, and his characterization of models who have come forward as “stupid,” “toxic” and “sordid creatures” who should quit their profession if they do not like how they are treated surely demands action. While the industry has previously met such remarks with tacit acceptance, this much is clear: attitudes like Lagerfeld’s carry the day no longer.”

Some celebrities have also slammed Lagerfeld for his comments. Rose McGowan tweeted, “Karl, your cruelty is tired. You’ve made so much money off of women’s insecurities, time for you to ride off into the victim shaming sunset.” Comedian Whitney Cummings commented, “ Karl Lagerfeld is fed up with the #MeeToo. Well, I’m fed up with rich old entitled white guys with ponytails who make their money off of women’s insecurities.”

More for Kaepernick

Colin Kaepernick’s ability to get signed by an NFL team comes with some perks. The political activist and former San Francisco 49er quarterback is looking to get signed by an NFL team, but because of his controversial political activism some NFL team owners have cold feet. Kaepernick is currently a free agent.

Still, if Kaepernick does snag a deal, Adidas’ North American president Mark King has offered Kaepernick an endorsement deal.  “We love athletes that have a platform to make the world a better place. If they’re an activist in a way that brings attention to something that moves the world forward, even if there’s controversy at that moment, we’re really interested in those athletes because I think it represents the world today,” said Mark King according to a report.

Kaepernick took several bows to the knee during the National Anthem in protest to racial profiling and police violence against people of color. Kaepernick has stated in the Washington Post, “when there’s significant change and I feel that flag represents what it’s supposed to represent, and this country is representing people the way that it’s supposed to, I’ll stand.”

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Bye, bye Gaia

Friday 13 is known to be a bad luck day, so most folks avoid doing anything substantive on that day. On this past Friday 13, Gaia Trussardi resigned as creative director of the family-owned Italian fashion label, Trussardi.

Gaia Trussardi has served as creative director of Trussardi for five years. Her explanation for her resignation, as reported in was “to pursue new professional challenges.” No other explanations have been released at this time.

The Trussardi brand began in 1911, and in 2018 the brand is looking to expand its distribution in China and Russia. Gaia Trussardi’s last collection for the brand gave more of a contemporary look to Trussardi’s classic DNA.

—William S. Gooch

Fashion News Alert: Cardi B’s Fashion Collaboration, Susan Lucci Debuts Activewear, and GQ Goes to the Middle East

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In a very short amount of time Cardi B has become a style icon for young fans of hip hop. Well, Miss Cardi is leaving no stone unturned. Riding high off of her meteoric fame, Cardi recently revealed that she is in talks with Fashion Nova on a collaborative fashion collection. Fashion Nova is a fast-fashion online retailer.”They gave me an opportunity to design what I like and what I want to put out,” the star told Ebro Darden during their conversation on Apple Beats Music 1. “I’m going to put out a line with them, a little something-something for the fall. It’s going to be crazy because it’s what I like.” Card B continued, “[they have] been rocking with me from the beginning,” adding: “I want people to look good and I want people to look high-end with a good budget price and that’s the perfect opportunity. I’m excited for that.”

This is not Cardi B’s first time at the fashion rodeo, in December Cardi B collaborated with footwear icon Steve Madden on a shoe collection, Curated by Cardi. Curated by Cardi had Cardi B pick shoes from the label’s already existing collection and highlight each pick on the video series, “Daily Tips With Cardi B.”

Rock it Cardi, while it lasts!!

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GQ Arab style

Though fashion publications’ circulation and ad revenue globally may be down, that does not mean that media companies are not experimenting and looking for ways to expand their audiences. And though the retail market is going through lots of changes in the US, in other parts of the world, the retail market, especially luxury brands are gaining momentum.

In response to the growing menswear market globally, Condè Nast International is launching GQ Middle East in a licensing agreement IFP Media Group in September 2018. “The Arabian men’s fashion market is very dynamic … We believe that ITP has the experience, vision and enthusiasm to deliver GQ Middle East with its own unique voice across all platforms,” said Karina Dobrotvorskaya, President of Condé Nast New Markets and Editorial Director, Brand Development in a “GQ is without doubt the most recognizable men’s media brand in the world, and our Middle East version will distinguish itself with quality writers and photographers, exclusive interviews, video production, in-depth analysis and commentary,” added Ali Akawi, CEO of ITP Media Group.

GQ Middle East will cater to men between the ages of 28–45 years of age. ITP is one of the largest media companies in the Middle East, with a portfolio of more than 100 brands that include regional editions of Time Out, Harper’s Bazaar Arabia, and Hello!.

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La Lucci takeover

Another celebrity has thrown their hat into the active wear market. Soap Opera superstar Susan Lucci is launching an eight-piece active wear collection with QVC. The line includes printed tights, tanks, tops, and hoodies. Lucci previously sold Pilates equipment and videos on QVC.

“It’s appropriate for lunching with your friends, going to the shops, picking your children up from school and not missing a beat and traveling on a plane,” said Lucci in a article. This active wear line includes bold colors and prints, as well as figure-flattering silhouettes.

This is not the first active wear line from Lucci, ten years ago Lucci launched a Pilates line with HSN. The active wear line on QVC was inspired by Lucci’s 20-year relationship with exercising with Pilates equipment. The line will debut on QVC on April 13.

—William S. Gooch

Fashion News Alert: Anna Wintour Rumors, Stella McCartney Buyback, Virgil Obloh’s New Job, and MAC Celebrates Aaliyah



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Fashion tongues are wagging that famed Anna Wintour may be leaving her position as Editor-in-chief of American Vogue and her role as Artistic Director of Conde Nast. Dame Anna Wintour has held the position of Editor-in-chief at Vogue since 1988 and Artistic Director of Conde Nast since 2013.On Monday, Page Six of the Daily News announced that Wintour will be stepping down in July after her daughter’s marriage Bee Schaffer to Francesco Carrozzini, son of deceased Franca Sozzani, former Editor-in-chief of Vogue Italia. This departure also comes after Wintour has finished her work on Vogue’s much coveted September issue.

The details that Edward Enninful, British Vogue’s current editor-in-chief, may replace Wintour. also reveals that Jonathan Newhouse, chairman of Conde Nast International does not favor Wintour as his uncle SI Newhouse, longtime chairman of Conde Nast, and wants Anna Wintour out because she has too much power. Jonathan Newhouse is currently in London running the international wing of Conde Nast but is due to return to New York City soon to helm Conde Nast.

Conde Nast denies all these rumors. Is the Golden Age of fashion publications over? Hmm, the verdict is still out.

Virgil Abloh’s new gig

LVMH has tapped Virgil Abloh to head Louis Vuitton menswear. Virgil Abloh is currently the creative director and founder of street wear label Off-White. Abloh takes over the Louis Vuitton menswear collection after the departure of Kim Jones for Christian Dior menswear.

“Having followed with great interest Virgil’s ascent since he worked with me at Fendi in 2006, I am thrilled to see how his innate creativity and disruptive approach have made him so relevant, not just in the world of fashion but in popular culture today. His sensibility towards luxury and savoir-faire will be instrumental in taking Louis Vuitton’s menswear into the future,” explained Louis Vuitton’s CEO and Chairman Michael Burke.

After the announcement Abloh said, “It is an honor for me to accept the position of Men’s Artistic Director for Louis Vuitton. I find the heritage and creative integrity of the House are key inspirations and will look to reference them both while drawing parallels to modern times.”

LVMH has made a concerted effort in the past few years to elevate its fashion brands beyond a luxury design aesthetic, embracing more of a street wear design perspective in an effort to attract and retain a younger consumer. This new direction has prompted much shuffling at many LVMH brands.

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MAC and Aaliyah

MAC recently released a sneak peek of its MAC X Aaliyah series on social media. MAC X Aaliyah will hit the market in June 2018. “Aaliyah lives on in a makeup collection influenced by her groundbreaking work in music and film,” said the cosmetic giant on social media.

This collection will pay homage to the late R&B singer’s style and beauty. The cosmetic series will feature nine-shade eye palette containing sultry plum, ochre and rose hues inspired by one of the singer’s music videos. There will also be a single lipstick in a buttery toffee shade, similarly inspired by the name of an Aaliyah song. Both products are encased in sleek burgundy packaging with silver embossing.

The MAC X Aaliyah will be available on on June 20 and hit stores across North America on June 21.

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Stella McCartney is taking back more control at her eponymous fashion brand. McCartney is buying back 50% of company from Kering making her the sole owner of her company. The brand was launched in partnership with Kering in 2010.

“It is the right moment to acquire the full control of the company bearing my name. This opportunity represents a crucial patrimonial decision for me,” commented Stella McCartney in a recent article. “It is the right time for Stella to move to the next stage. Kering is a luxury group that empowers creative minds and helps disruptive ideas become reality. I am extremely proud of what Kering and Stella McCartney have accomplished together since 2001. I would like to thank Stella and her team wholeheartedly for everything they have brought to Kering—far beyond business. Stella knows she can always count on my friendship and support,” detailed Kering CEO Francois-Henri Pinault.

It is rumored that Stella McCartney received the money for the buyback from her father Sir Paul McCartney. Kering and McCartney will continue to collaborate to ensure a smooth transition and Stella McCartney will stay on the board of the Kering Foundation.

—William S. Gooch

Fashion News Alert: Britney Spears New Gig, Kris Van Assche Exits Dior Homme, Naomi Campbell to Receive CFDA Award, and the Shopping Gender Gap

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Naomi Campbell’s fashion proliferation continues. Campbell recently announced on Instagram that she is to receive the 2018 Fashion Icon Award.“It is truly an honor to be recognized by the CFDA with this year’s Fashion Icon award,” Campbell said in a statement.  “Being from London, my personal style has always been tremendously influenced by both the dynamic, ever-changing nature of street culture and the music scene. I grew up in this industry and I’m forever grateful to the iconic American fashion designers that have supported me and celebrated me throughout my career.”

Other honorees at the 2018 CFDA Fashion Awards include Diane von Furstenberg, Carolina Herrera, Donatella Versace, and Narciso Rodriguez. The 2018 CFDA Awards will be held on June 4 at the Brooklyn Museum.

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Changes at Dior Homme

After 11 years Belgian-Flemish designer Kris Van Assche steps down as creative director of Dior Homme. Kim Jones, formerly of Louis Vuitton, will replace Van Assche.

According to, Van Assche will continue to “to work in a creative role within the LVMH group,” and a “new position will be announced very soon.” “I salute Kris Van Assche, who contributed to Dior Homme’s impressive growth by creating a contemporary, sophisticated men’s style. He wrote an important chapter in the history of Dior Homme and played a key role in its expansion,” said Pietro Beccari, the new CEO of Christian Dior Couture, in a press release.

The 38-year old Kim Jones comes to Dior Homme after having worked as creative director of Louis Vuitton for seven years where he introducing a combination of men’s streetwear and luxury. A graduate of the prestigious Central Saint Martin College of Art and Design, Jones cut his fashion teeth at his own label—which he discontinued a few seasons back—and in some unique collaborations with Hugo Boss, Umbro, Iceberg, and Topman. Later in his career, Jones held key positions at Dunhill and Alexander McQueen.

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Britney bounce back

Of late, Britney Spears has bee somewhat camera shy. The one-time ubiquitous pop sensation after much speculation about her mental health and music releases that failed to excite pulses has spent much of her time the last few years with residences in Las Vegas.

Well, Spears looks to be attempting to come back with a bang as the face of the Kenzo’s La Collection Momento No2 campaign. This is Britney Spears first-ever major fashion campaign. “So excited to announce my new campaign for @KENZO’s La Collection Memento No2 shot by @therealpeterlindbergh!!!,” said Spears in a recent Instagram post.

Peter Lindbergh photographed this recent Kenzo campaign with Spears modeling several streetwear styles from the brand’s fall 2018 collection. These streetwear looks includes the signature “Bamboo Tiger” print and mixing things up with cropped sweatshirts, backpacks, and Noughties-inspired denim bralettes, jackets and thigh-high boots. 

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Shopping according to gender

Do ladies and gents have the same shopping goals and habits? Apparently not, if you are to believe recent shopping studies done by the First Insight on retail disruption.

“The data has unearthed a significant gender gap between how men and women shop and make purchase decisions,” said Greg Petro, CEO and founder of First Insight in a article. “The fact that men are less inclined to shop online overall and prefer to go in-store is a significant finding, particularly as retailers consider how to align their in-store selection and pricing to meet consumer appetites.”

The study details that while 40 % if female consumers shop frequently using mobile devices only 22% of male consumers shop using mobile devices. The study also found that 44% prefer to shop at full price brick and mortar stores while only 38% of women shop at full price stores. Women also made five or more online purchases a month while men made no more than two online purchases a month.

—William S. Gooch

Weekend Fashion News Alert: Nominees for CFDA Fashion Award Named, Justin Timberlake Turns to Stella McCartney, and Lewis Hamilton’s New Gig

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The CFDA released its nominees for the CFDA 2018 Fashion Awards via a series of video clips on Instagram. “The 2018 CFDA Fashion Awards continue to honor those who have led the American fashion industry, and this year, we welcome designers who approach fashion in new ways,” said Steven Kolb, President and CEO of the CFDA in a recent article on for the Womenswear Designer of the Year Award are Raf Simons for Calvin Klein, Gabriela Hearst, Marc Jacobs, Virgil Abloh for Off-White, and Ashley Olsen and Mary-Kate Olsen for The Row. Nominated for Menswear Designer of the Year are Raf Simons for Calvin Klein, Virgil Abloh for Off-White, James Jebbia for Supreme, Thom Browne, and Tom Ford. The Accessory Designer of the Year nominees are Paul Andrew, Stuart Vevers for Coach, Rachel Mansur and Floriana Gavriel for Mansur Gavriel, Irene Neuwirth, and Ashley Olsen and Mary-Kate Olsen for The Row.

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The new face of Tommy Hilfiger menswear

Everyone agrees that British Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton is a looker, and now Tommy Hilfiger joins the consensus by tapping Hamilton will be the face of all of the brand’s menswear labels. This also includes swimwear and underwear.

Hilfiger is looking to have more global appeal and the plan has been to bring in a brand ambassador that gives the more of a global presence. While supermodel Gigi Hadid’s affiliation with the brand has been very effective in establishing Tommy Hilfiger as the current go-to brand for American female millenials, Gigi’s brand ambassadorship keeps the brand solidly in the American market. (Gigi’s contract with Tommy Hilfiger this year.)

With Lewis Hamilton as the new face of the menswear labels, Tommy Hilfiger is “[aiming] at driving the growth of Hilfiger men’s worldwide and bringing the next generation of fans to the brand.” That said; Lewis Hamilton has over 17 million followers on social media and has a net worth valued at over $130 million pounds.

Mikael Janssen photographed Tommy Hilfiger’s spring 2018 menswear integrated campaign with Lewis Hamilton at Pennsylvania’s Pocono Raceway. This spring 2018 campaign features exclusive video teasers, print, online, and out of home media placements, and will be supported by consumer activations “that continue to bring the brand’s unique perspective on pop culture to life around the world.”

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Justin and Stella

Justin Timberlake has kicked off his 42-city ‘Man of the Woods’ tour and many of the garments that Timberlake, his dancers and band members will don on stage come from Stella McCartney fall 2018 collection. This is the second time the pop singer has chosen McCartney as his designer of choice, the first time being his stage performance at the 2018 Super Bowl half time performance.

Stella McCartney’s collaboration with Justin Timberlake on his 2018 tour is a boon for the British designer in that McCartney’s menswear line is only two years old and

McCartney showed her 2018 menswear collection in Paris for the first time during Paris Fashion Week. “Justin has such innate style, and he embodies our menswear collection in many ways. Collaborating with him on his world tour wardrobe is an incredible opportunity … I’m so thrilled and proud that he chose Stella McCartney Menswear,” explained McCartney in a article.

Timberlake’s stage costumes will include camo splatter Prince of Wales check bomber jackets, combat trousers, chevron tracksuits and tailored flannel styles, as well as bespoke designs. Timberlake’s ‘Man of the Woods’ tour will continue for the next 10 months.

—William S. Gooch

Fashion News Alert: Condé Nast’s New Codes of Conduct, Juicy Couture’s NYFW Debut, Marchesa’s Fall 2018 Show Cancelled, and J. Mendel Back in Court

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Georgina Chapman is still visible. Well, somewhat even though the sexual misconduct and harassment charges surrounding her soon-to-be, ex-husband Harvey Weinstein has caused her to go underground!Though Georgina is seen weekly as one of the judges on “Project Runway: All Stars Season 4,” her fashion brand, Marchesa, will be absent from New York Fashion Week: The Shows fall 2018 collections. It was reported in The New York Post that Chapman was “too scared” to present a runway show and instead “[the brand] is looking forward to presenting their fall ’18 collection in an updated format this season,” as was told by a brand spokesperson to AFP. Chapman’s updated format will be a digital presentation.

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Condé Nast sets down the law

The #MeToo Movement has caused changes at Condé Nast. Condé Nast is addressing issues around sexual misconduct around models by instituting new codes of conduct. This new internal corporate policy, although aimed primarily at models, will other industry professionals associated with Condé Nast.

“All those who work for Condé Nast must be treated with dignity and respect. Any work done for Condé Nast must be carried out in a professional fashion, without any kind of discrimination or harassment,” the US publisher’s code of conduct says. “We are absolutely determined to work together to find solutions [to this problem] within our industry. By adhering to these recommendations, all the people involved in the creative process will help to ensure there is a safe, respectful working environment,” said Jonathan Newhouse, CEO of Condé Nast International.

The new codes of conduct include the following: all models must be at least 18 years of age; the need for a secluded area for changing garments; and the any nudity; one-on-one situations between said model(s), photographer(s), and crew should be avoided, and use of alcohol or drugs or skimpy garments must have prior approval before photo shoots.

Condé Nast interviewed 150 industry professionals and got recommendations on how they could better protect models and institute to codes of conduct. Let’s hope it sticks!!

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Juicy Couture is juicy again

Juicy Couture is experiencing a comeback, and it is long overdue. Though Juicy Couture was the flirty, celebrity-influenced brand of the late 1990s and 2000s—worn by Paris Hilton, Jessica Alba, Jennifer Lopez—it never showed during New York Fashion Week (NYFW).

Amid plummeting sales and after being acquired by Authentic Brands Group, all the Juicy Couture stores were closed down. But that wasn’t the complete demise of Juicy Couture. The brand has been struggling for three years to find its voice and reposition itself with Jamie Mizrahi being appointed creative director in 2017.

“I am not trying to reinvent Juicy. What I’m doing is taking the history that is so special and continuing to make it feel fun and wearable by bringing back silhouettes and materials and making them work for the modern woman,” stated Mizrahi around the time of her hire.

Capitalizing of the current revival of a 90’s aesthetic and logos trend, Juicy Couture’s NYFW debut will include two collections its Black Label collection (its renamed main line) and more casual Juicy Couture line.

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I want my money!

Luxury brand J. Mendel may be back in court. Since 2016 J. Mendel has owed New York public relations firm Karla Otto over six figures, approximately $110,00, after J. Mendel failed to pay for services rendered. J. Mendel’s monthly fee at Karla Otto was $12,000 a month.

According to WWD both parties decided to end the their relationship with J. Mendel agreeing to pay Karla Otto $260,000. To date, J. Mendel has only paid $70,000 of agreed upon $20,000 monthly installments.

Karla Otto has taken J. Mendel to a New York court for the past due amount and is also asking for an additional 14 percent interest on amount due, as well as a reimbursement for all legal fees. Karla Otto represents several prestigious brands including Tommy Hilfiger, Blumarine, Marni, Philipp Plein, and others.

—William S. Gooch


Fashion News Alert: Racial Slurs at Paris Couture Fashion Week, Ashley Graham and Covergirl, and Kim Kardashian Launches Valentine Fragrances

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When is racially sensitive language, sometimes found in hip-hop lyrics, improper and politically incorrect when used outside of hip hop? Well, apparently that cross- pollination of language sparked outrage when Russian fashion designer Ulyana Sergeenko sent a bouquet of roses with an attached card that contained a racial slur during the current Paris Couture Fashion Week to her friend Miroslava Duma.According to, Duma posted an Instagram image of herseflf with the bouquet of roses and note quoting the title of a Kanye West and Jay-Z song, “Niggas in Paris”. “To my niggas in Paris,” the card read.

Supermodel Naomi Campbell denounced Sergeenko on social media proclaiming that, “this better not be real.” Sergeenko responded by saying the ‘N Word’ is used among her friends, “when we want to believe that we are just as cool as these guys who sing it.” Mira is a dear friend and even the fact that she so naively posted my private card on social media means that we meant nothing wrong.”

Duma later made a formal apology, saying, “The word is utterly offensive and I regret promoting it and am very sorry. “I detest racism or discrimination of any kind.”

Hmm, really, many will beg to differ. Hindsight is always 20/20.

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Legendary Ashley

Supermodel Ashley Graham continues her industry proliferation. Ashley has landed her first major Revlon beauty contract along with top models Adwoa Aboah, Imaan Hammam, and Raquel Zimmermann who front Revlon’s ‘Live Boldly’ campaign.

I am thrilled to be part of this timely and groundbreaking campaign with different types   of women across races, ages and sizes, and to leverage this platform to continue to create positive change,” said Graham in a statement. “To ‘Live Boldly’ is the mantra of my life. Every day in the mirror I say to myself, ‘I am bold, I am brilliant, I am beautiful,’ and together with Revlon, we can inspire all women to do the same.”

According to Revlon, the four models were selected based on their desire to live boldly evidenced in their political and cultural activism. Graham has long been an body image activist; Zimmerman and Hammam have embraced environmentalism and broken racial and diversity barriers, while Adwoa Aboah founded ‘Gurls Talk,’an online platform that offers young women a space to discuss topics such as female identity, mental illness, addiction, sexuality and racial diversity.

The past couple of years has been groundbreaking for Ashley Graham with her walking in Michael Kors show, landing her first Vogue cover and Sports Illustrated Swimwear cover and being the 10th highest paid model in 2017, according to Forbes.

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Kim continues to expand

Kim Kardashian continues to expand her empire. Kim is releasing a trio of fragrances in time for Valentine’s Day. She announced this on Instagram on the KKW fragrance account.

Kim K’s triptych of fragrances has the monikers ‘BFF’, ‘BAE,’ and ‘Ride Or Die’ and comes in candy-colored, heart-shaped vials. These new fragrances are collaborations between Kim K and her emoji brand Kimoji.

Last June, Kim K launched her KKW beauty line that contained ‘Crystal Gardenia,’ ‘Crystal Gardenia Oud’ and ‘Crystal Gardenia Citrus’ perfumes. The fragrances sold out in a couple days and it is expected a similar result for Kim K’s new trio of fragrances.

—William S. Gooch




Weekend Fashion News Alert: Hedi Slimane’s New Job, Meghan Markle’s First Royal Fitting, and Mario Testino Named in Sexual Harassment Roundup


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Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy (LVMH) has appointed Hedi Slimane as the new creative and image director of Celine. Phoebe Philo recently exited her post as creative director of Celine early this month after being at Celine for almost ten years.“I am particularly happy that Hedi is back within the LVMH Group and taking the reins of our Céline Maison. He is one of the most talented designers of our time. I have been a great admirer of his work since we collaborated on Dior Homme. His arrival at Céline reinforces the great ambitions that LVMH has for this Maison. Hedi will leverage his global vision and unique aesthetic virtuosity,” explained LVMH controlling shareholder, Bernard Arnault,

And in a recent article Hedi Slimane added, “I am delighted to join Bernard Arnault in this all-embracing and fascinating mission for Céline. I greatly look forward to returning to the exciting world of fashion and the dynamism of the ateliers.”

Slimane starts his post next month, directing all of Celine’s collections. Slimane will extend his Celine directorship to include menswear, couture, and fragrances.

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Meghan Markle Says Yes to the Dress

As reported on “ABC News,” Prince Harry’s fiancée Meghan Markle had her first bridal gown fitting at Kensington Palace. Though Markle’s choice of bridal designer has not been revealed, royal reporter and biographer Omid Schobie explained that bridal stylist Jessica Mulroney is helping Meghan Markle create a custom-made look for the wedding.

“Meghan flew her close friend and bridal stylist Jessica Mulroney from Toronto to London last weekend where she attended a top-secret fitting at Kensington Palace with the designer. They’ve tried on a number of different designs and are currently whittling it down to pick the best designs for the day,” adds Schobie.

Schobie detailed that Markle has “expressed the desire to wear something simple and classy and very elegant.” Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding day is scheduled for May 2018.

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Mario Testino named

Add Mario Testino’s name to the list of fashion photographers who have allegedly been involved in sexual misconduct. First Terry Richardson was named—no surprise to anyone in the industry. In December 2017, Bruce Weber was called out for sexual misconduct by two former male models—also not a complete shock. Now, the New York Times alleges that Mario Testino participated in sexual misconduct with 13 models and male assistants. Testino is accused of making sexual advances, open masturbation, and groping.

“We are deeply disturbed by these accusations and take this very seriously—as previously noted in our statement regarding sexual harassment,” Conde Nast said in a statement. “In light of these allegations, we will not be commissioning any new work with [Testino and Weber] for the foreseeable future.”

According to the New York Times, a law firm representing Testino “challenged the characters and credibility of people who complained of harassment.” And that former Testino employees were shocked by the allegations” and “could not confirm any of the claims.”

Michael Kors is following Conde Nast’s lead and ending the brand’s relationship with Testino even though the brand has had a long, production relationship with Mario Testino. “In light of the seriousness of these accusations, we will not be working with Mr. Testino on future advertising campaigns,” said representatives for Michael Kors.

—William S. Gooch







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


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