Fashion News Alert: Naomi Campbell’s Fashion and Beauty Collection, Gwyneth Paltrow Launches Print Magazine, Gucci Debuts Fragrance, Yandy.com Scores Miss USA Pageant,and Vaquera’s “Handmaid’s Tale” Collection

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Dominating the runway, headlining a top television series and being one of the most recognizable names in fashion isn’t enough for Naomi Campbell. Campbell now adds business owner to her jam-packed resume. And they business of course is fashion and beauty.

Naomi Campbell Designs is inspired by Naomi Campbell’s lifestyle, her world travel and all the things that have influenced her in her now three decade career in fashion. All these reference points will be seen through a lens of simplicity and sophistication.

According to fashionnetwork.com, the initial collection ,that will be released on Starlite’s website, will include.four different chromatic universes, inspired by various countries and landscapes, and includes everything from essential basics like passionate reds, to metallic pigments.

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Designers and brands get inspiration from a wide array of cultural references and perspectives. Television and film has always been a reference point for some brands; however, Margaret Atwood’s adapted for television novel “The Handmaid’s Tale” is an unlikely source of inspiration for the fashion industry. Well, one might think that!!

Atwood’s 1985 dystopian novel details a world ruled by fundamental zealots in which young, fertile women, called handmaids, serve and bear children for barren couples of the fundamental elite class. Interestingly, there are no people of color in this reordered, dystopian society.

As one of the most anticipated television launches of 2017, New York-based brand, Vaquera, has taken up the charge, using Atwood’s novel and Hulu’s re-interpretation of the novel as source material for their upcoming collection. Approached by Hulu to create a collection based on Hulu series, the Vaquera team did not shy away from what some would consider an unusual request.

“The novel has been an inspiration since the beginning of Vaquera because [of] its use of visual language to discuss poignant social issues. We are excited to work on something so groundbreaking and timely.” “Color is very important to the plot of the show because it is used to categorize people based on their physical bodies: The Handmaids are dressed in red, which is a color historically associated with violence, oppression, and sex,” Vaquera said.

Though the first episode of “The  Handmaid’s Tale” aired on April 26, the Vaquera collection will not debut til June.

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Alessandro Michele, appointed creative director of Gucci in 2015, is forging new ground at the famed Italian house, and its not just in the women’s wear and menswear collections. In collaboration with master perfumer Alberto Morillas, Michele has created Gucci’s first fragrance, Bloom.

Bloom relates to the floral motifs often found in Michele’s collection for the icon fashion house.The floral scent containing notes of jasmine, tuberose and Rangoon creeper, a special ingredient sourced from India exclusively for use in this fragrance.

Bloom launched in NYC on Tuesday with actress/model Hari Nef starring in the fragrance’s advertising campaign. The campaign will be photographed by Glen Luchford.

Bloom will be available for pre-order in limited quantity in the US on May 3. The fragrance will not be available in stores until August and not available in Europe until spring 2018.

 

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Last Friday, Gwyneth Paltrow announced that she partnering with Conde Nast to launch a print publication based on her lifestyle site, Goop. In a statement for Conde Nast, Goop promises to be a quarterly magazine that will include “multi-platform content experience that will include print, digital and social initiatives.”

Anna Wintour, Conde Nast artistic director  and Vogue editor-in-chief said in a statement that “Goop and Conde Nast are natural partners and I’m excited [Paltrow]is bringing her point of view to the company. We all look forward to working with her and her team.” And Paltrow believes that the partnership is  “an opportunity for us to push our boundaries visually and deliver Goop’s point of view to consumers in new, dynamic ways.”

Goop.com launched in 2008 and focuses fashion, wellness, travel, recipes, parenting, and cultural issues.

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The Miss USA Pageant is just around the bend. It takes place during Mother’s Day Weekend in fact. One of the most anticipated segments of the Miss USA Pageant is the swimwear competition, and the swimwear competition promises to be extra special this year with yandy.com the new official swimwear sponsor of the pageant.

Contestants representing all 50 states and the District of Columbia will showcase some of the summer’s leading trends during the swimsuit portion of the competition. Yandy’s swim styles will also be featured during the preliminary competition held earlier in the week and a special MISS USA® fashion show. Additionally, the women competing for the title will be featured in multi-episode social series that will further highlight Yandy’s collections. As part of her prize package, Miss USA will receive a swim wardrobe supplied by Yandy.

—William S. Gooch


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