Fashion News Alert: Naomi Campbell’s German Collaboration, Payless to Shutter More Stores, Joe Zee Exits Yahoo Style, and Robert Geller and G-Shock Partner Up

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One thing can be said for Naomi Campbell, the supermodel never rests on her laurels for long. Whether Campbell continues to expand her acting chops or stays in the entertainment limelight with verbal battles with the likes of Rihanna and others, Campbell keeps tongues wagging.

Naomi Campbell continues to expand her growing empire by partnering with German mega retailer, Tom Tailor for her own collection. The German retail giant has planned three capsule collections for Campbell over the next 12 months with the first capsule being on sale at the end of October. The first capsule collection from Campbell will have a holiday/Christmas Theme.

After a rough 2016 Tom Tailor is hoping to bounce back and growth the company with more collaborations with celebrities from the worlds of entertainment, sports and fashion. Several months of customer surveys revealed that Tom Tailor scored high points in quality, trust, value and price points. However, excitement value was a low point for the brand. Tom Tailor hopes to bring more pop and excitement to the brand by employing global celebrities like Naomi Campbell.

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After nearly three years, Joe Zee leaves his post at Yahoo Style. Zee came to Yahoo Style as the website’s editor-in-chief and executive creative director after leaving his job as creative director of Elle magazine.

“What an incredible 3 years it has been for me. THANK YOU guys for all your support on this amazing ride. I am so proud of the site we built from the ground up but of course, no one does anything alone. Thank you to my smart, dedicated, driven OG Crew, who always poured so much of themselves into making everything fresh and exciting and the #1 site from the day it launched,” Zee wrote in an Instagram post reported on

Joe Zee joins Bobbi Brown, former editor-in-chief at Yahoo Beauty, and others staffers who have left the Yahoo in 2017. Since Verizon assumed ownership of Yahoo in June 2016 there has been lots of shifts with Verizon announcing it will 2100 employees at both Yahoo and AOL.

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There is more store closings for Payless Holdings, LLC. The embattled footwear retail store has received permission from a Missouri bankruptcy courts to close 216 additional stores to the 389 stores expected to close. Payless selected the store closings based on cash flow, profitability and unlikelihood of rent concessions.

Payless has a burden of $1 billion-plus in liabilities with only between $500 million and $1 billion in assets. Payless hopes to get the footwear retail giant back on track with a restructuring support agreement to the tune of potential access to $385 million in debtor-in-possession financing comprised of $305 million secured by assets and $80 million in new term loans.

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With New York Fashion Week: Men’s (NYFWM) spring 2018 collections being less than two week away, all eyes will be turning to men’s fashion. Robert Geller will be one of the standout designers during NYFWM, particularly with his continued collaboration with G-Shock.

Robert Geller an G-Shock are also continuing their partnership with the launch of G-Shock’s new watch, the GST200RBG-1, a collaboration with Geller for G-Shock’s G-Steel line.

“I have been working with G-Shock for several years, and was very pleased when we decided to create a watch together,” said Geller in a recent article. “I wore a G-Shock watch throughout my teenage years, so it is really exciting to be able to make my own, more grown up version.”

The GST200RBG-1 watch is a part of G-Shock’s G-Steel line of watches for active men. Robert Geller, inspired by his love of Japanese culture, specifically designed the GSt200RBG-1.

My favorite time in Tokyo is walking through the city in the middle of the night, when it is impossible to sleep because of the jet lag,” said Geller. “The lights, smells and sounds are really magical and I wanted this watch to reflect that magic. For the past ten years, I have been producing my ready to wear collection in Japan because I love the quality and care of Japanese craftsmanship. G-Shock shares this same love, which is why this collaboration is a natural fit for us.”

The GST200RBG-1 retails for $420 and will be available in July at G-Shock in SoHo, the G-Shock website and select Macy’s, jewelers and fashion apparel stores.

—William S. Gooch

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