Fashion News Alert: Zac Posen’s Documentary, Fern Mallis’ New Job, Randy Fenoli Debuts Bridal Collection, J Crew Layoffs, and Fashion Revolution Week Takes Off

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“House of Z, which follows the career of Zac Posen debuts during the Tribeca Film Festival. “House of Z” details designer Zac Posen meteoric rise to fashion fame in his early 20s as the industry’s wunderkind to the difficulties faced later in his career. “I think if you’re going to make a movie, especially today about the creative process and media, you have to be honest,” Posen said in a recent article.

Directed by Sandy Chronopoulos, “House of Z” was originally intended to be a television special about Posen’s latest collection. While filming the special Chronopoulos realized the special would work better as a docufilm.

“House of Z” shows of glitz and glam of the fashion industry, but also the grittier side of fashion “He was catapulted into stardom at age 21, and he really went through the fashion machine … To see his rise and fall and rise again is a story of redemption,” explains Chronopoulos.

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Fern’s new gig

Fern Mallis has a new job. Yes, that’s right. And if running her own international fashion and design consultancy was not enough or creating and hosting “Fashion Icons with Fern Mallis,” a series at the 92nd Street Y, Fern Mallis has taken on the huge responsibility of foundation director at the Fashion Institute of Techonology (FIT).

“I’m thrilled to be part of the FIT Foundation Board. FIT has always been an incredible part of our industry with over 11,000 students from 70 countries,” Mallis told The Daily. “Its campus is just next door to the fashion industry and it’s where we all look for the next generation of professionals. I love the diversity of its programming—from toy design to production, business and technology to communication and exhibition design. It’s not just fashion. And at this stage of my career I enjoy giving back and being part of this creative college.”

Apparel industry leaders to nurture and educate future leaders for the fashion industry established the foundation in 1944. Today, the foundation serves as an advisory and fundraising body to FIT. Mallis will serve as a mentor, industry liaison, advocate, and philanthropic adviser.

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Talking about a revolution

If New York Fashion Week: The Shows and New York Fashion Week: Men’s was any indication of the fashion industry giving a nod to revolutionary times, then a time for revolution has spread across the Big Pond with over 90 countries taking part in Fashion Revolution Week. Starting this past Monday, April 24 and extending to April 30 Fashion Revolution Week aims to bring attention to working conditions and workers that are a part of the fashion industry’s fast fashion supply chain. Fashion Revolution Week was launched on the heels of the fire disaster in Rana Plaza in 2013 in which 1138 workers were killed.

“Have you ever wondered who makes your clothes? How much they’re paid and what their lives are like? Our clothes have gone on a long journey before they hit store shelves, passing through the hands of cotton farmers, spinners, weavers, dyers, and sewers. Eighty percent of them are women between the ages of 18 and 24. Many of the people who make our clothes live in poverty. This needs to change,” said Fashion Revolution Co-founder Orsola de Castro in a article.

Under the new theme ‘Money, Fashion, Power, Fashion Revolution Week kicked off on Monday with its annual Fashion Question Time at the House of Parliament in London. The week’s events include catwalks, panel discussions, film screenings, swapping evenings, school quizzes and fash-mobs.

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Randy says yes to his bridal line

For those who know Randy Fenoli from “Say Yes to the Dress” there is an opportunity to get to know Fenoli better. Fenoli, the fashion director of Kleinfeld Bridal Salon, has launched his own bridal line.

The 25-piece collection will range in sizes 00 to size 28 and feature intricate beading and lace details, and also include a few shorter dresses and gowns in colors other than white.

The Randi Fenoli Bridal Collection will be sold in boutiques around the country with prices ranging from $1500 to $3000.

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J Crew unravels

There’s more trouble for J Crew. It appears that Jenna Lyons is not the only person jumping ship. Frank J. Muytjens, head of J Crew menswear is also departing. Add to that the layoff of over 250 employees and things are not looking so good for the preppy sportswear brand.

According to WWD, the layoffs will save J Crew 30 million dollars, although 10 million of that will go to severance pay.We take these difficult decisions very seriously, but believe they are absolutely necessary. We are streamlining our teams as we evolve our business and processes to cater to the new demands of the retail industry,” CEO Millard Drexler said. “While challenging, we know what needs to be done and this is a critical step to position J.Crew for the future.  We are committed to treating impacted associates with respect and support through this period of change.”

—William S. Gooch



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