Fashion News Alert: Kendall Jenner Ad Pulled, Andre Leon Talley Moves to Talk Radio, Jenna Lyons Leaves J. Crew, and Payless Files for Bankruptcy

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Andre Leon Talley has a new job!! Those who Andre Leon Talley’s fashion and cultural commentary will get to hear more of it on his one-hour radio talk show, “Full Length.” “Full Length” will broadcast on Andy Cohen’s SiriusXM channel, Radio Andy.

“My SiriusXM radio show will, of course, be fabulous,” said Leon Talley in a press release. “We will cover it all—from global style influences and trends, to iconic pop culture moments that wowed us. “Full Length” will showcase the connection we all have with fashion.”

“Full Length” will have limited run launching on April 14 at 11am EST on SiriusXM’s Radio Andy channel 102.

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Power to the people

When is enough, enough? Apparently, enough is enough when commercial products co-opt social movements in order to sell consumers their products.

Such is the case with the new Pepsi commercial that uses Black Lives Matter protest iconography to sell Pepsi with Supermodel Kendall Jenner offering riot gear-less police a peace pipe–offering of a can of Pepsi. The recent Pepsi commercial also featured a Muslim reporter in a hijab recording the protest, smiling approvingly as the cop accepted the Pepsi peace offering.

Due to overwhelming consumer outrage, Pepsi has pulled the controversial commercial.  Consumers tweeted “THIS AD IS TRASH.” “If I had carried Pepsi, I guess I never would have gotten arrested. Who knew?” Black Lives Matter activist DeRay McKesson tweeted.

“Pepsi was trying to project a global message of unity, peace and understanding,” the company said in a statement. “Clearly we missed the mark, and we apologize. We did not intend to make light of any serious issue. We are removing the content and halting any further rollout.”

Dr. Boyce Watkins, a social commentator and author, had called that ad “arguably the most racist commercial in history.” (Thomas Reuter, 2017)

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Bye, bye Jenna

On the heels of dwindling sales and a $2 billion debt load, iconic fashion icon, Jenna Lyons, is leaving her post at J. Crew as president and creative director. Lyons tenure at J. Crew lasted 26 years. Lyons will stay on at J. Crew as a creative advisor through December 2017.

“She has made many significant contributions to J.Crew and has built an incredibly talented team,” said CEO Mickey Drexler said in a statement released Monday following news reports of Lyon’s departure. “J.Crew is focused on continuing the progress underway as we execute on our strategic initiatives and position the Company for the long term.”

Lyons brought her quirky style to J. Crew, expanding the brand beyond its classic prep aesthetic. While at J. Crew, Lyons reinvented the pencil skirt and instigated now classic trends as ball gowns with sweaters and the bubble necklace.


Payless goes shoeless

Another one is about to bite the dust!! On Tuesday Payless ShoeSource filed for Chapter 11 protection with plans to restructure debt. Payless also expects to close over 400 underperforming stores in the US and Puerto Rico.

Payless ShoeSource was acquired by Guggenheim Partners in January and advised to restructure debt by filing bankruptcy and closing underperforming stores. Payless has 4,400 stores globally with 3,600 of those stores in North America.

“This is a difficult, but necessary, decision driven by the continued challenges of the retail environment, which will only intensify,” Payless Chief Executive Officer W. Paul Jones commented in a article. Upon closing underperforming stores, Payless looks to “aggressively manage” it remaining stores and expands into Latin America and other international markets.

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