Anna and Tina’s on Screen Rivalry, Another Defection from NYFW, Anna Sui Collaborates with Macy’s, and NYC Looks to Redevelop the Garment District

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Anna Wintour is coming to the small screen, accompanied by Tina Brown, that is!! Bravo will be producing a television series based on the rivalry between editors Anna Wintour and Tina Brown.

“All That Glitters” based on Thomas Maier’s book, “Newhouse” will follow the careers of Anna Wintour of American Vogue and Tina Brown’s career at Vanity Fair and The New Yorker with a glimpse at the behind-the-scene rivalry at Conde Nast between the two women. (Sound familiar, did anyone watch FX’s “Feud”.)

Lawrence Konner and Mark Rosenthal will respectively direct and produce the series. Sony Pictures Television and Universal Cable Productions will produce the series.

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Bye, bye American pie

The defections from New York Fashion Week (NYFW) keep adding up. John Elliot is the latest defector, choosing to show in Paris over New York Fashion Week: Men’s in July. Add to the list Rodarte and Proenza Schouler, who are also opting out of showing in NYC.

New York Fashion Week Men’s (NYFWM) that launched a few years ago was created to keep American menswear designers showing in NYC on a schedule the aligned more with menswear market week and the shows in Europe. Unfortunately, in its fourth season, NYFWM has failed to attract high-end European menswear designers and the foreign press. In just a few seasons, established American menswear designers are starting to bleed away.

What will IMG and the CFDA do to stop the bleed?

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Anna teams up

Macy’s is in the habit of collaborating with high-end designers. In the past the major clothing retailer has collaborated with Cynthia Rowley, Giambattista Valli, Karl Lagerfeld and others. Add Anna Sui to Macy’s extensive list of collaborations.

Anna Sui will collaborate with Macy’s in-house brand, INC International Concepts for a capsule collection that will be in stores in September. The Anna Sui x INC collaboration will be available online and in 25 Macy’s stores. The capsule collection will include men’s and women’s pieces, as well as accessories.

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Image courtesy of zady.com

A new Garment District

Because of lagging sales, these kinds of collaborations are necessary to get Macy’s retail sales numbers back on track. Macy’s stock recently fell 14.5 percent. Coincidentally, 2017 is proving to be a record year for Anna Sui, with sales exceeding expectation.

There is a lot of restructuring going on in the garment industry. First, there is Mayor DiBlasio’s rezoning of the Garment District and the New York City Council’s aim to boost garment manufacturing. Leading this initiative is Deputy Mayor for housing and development Alicia Glen, who is forming a steering committee to look into revitalizing the Garment District.

“We believe in New York City’s future not just as a capital of fashion design and marketing, but of home-grown garment manufacturing. That’s why we’ve invested more than a quarter billion dollars in the industry,” explains Glen in a recent article in fashionnetwork.com.

“There is more and more consensus that the outdated preservation requirement has not proven effective at securing this industry the affordable, quality manufacturing space it needs. Thirty years of continuous job losses prove it. It’s time for a new approach to get this industry thriving again. We are investing heavily in new, quality space in Brooklyn with the affordable, long-term leases fashion firms need to grow their businesses,” Glen added.

“I expect by late August we’ll have a plan we can all be proud of. Our steering committee will gather experts and representatives from all major stakeholder—manufacturers, labor, designers, and more—to examine the data, hear from everyone, and achieve consensus,” Brewer said.

—William S. Gooch

 

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