Fashion News Alert: Cara Delevingne and Valerian, New York City Ballet Partners with Cole Haan, Colette Closes, Buyers Circle Jimmy Choo, and Karl Lagerfeld and the Russians

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Donald Trump and Russia is proving to be a toxic combination. In fact, any Russia pairing has nefarious connotations these days. However, that does not concern Karl Lagerfeld.

Lagerfeld is looking to expand his ever-growing brand by making presence stronger in Russia by establishing is women’s collections with the distributor the BNS Group. BNS Group distributes nine brands that include Calvin Klein, Topshop, Michael Kors, and the recently added Coach, Tommy Hilfiger and now, Karl Lagerfeld.

Lagerfeld also has a presence in Russia for his menswear line that is primarily sold in Russian shopping malls. The agreement with BNS Group will distribute Lagerfeld’s women’s wear line in Russia, Belarus, and Kazakhstan with 10 single-brand stores scheduled to open by 2022.

The first store is scheduled to open in the Moscow Metropolis shopping center in 2018. The single-brand store will house women’s wear clothing, footwear, eyewear, watches, and perfumes.

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NYCB and fashion

Ballet dancers are currently in vogue. First, there was ABT principal dancer Misty Copeland’s campaign with Under Armour in 2015 and in 2017 Dutch National Ballet soloist Michaela DePrince landed a campaign with Jockey. Now, the New York City Ballet (NYCB) has teamed with Cole Haan.

Cole Haan has chosen New York City Ballet dancer Amar Ramasar, Sara Mearns, Megan Fairchild, Gretchen Smith, and Justin Peck to star in its new GrandEvolution collection campaign. New York City Ballet soloist and choreographer Justin Peck choreographed the movement for the campaign that is captured in stills and a series of GIFs to be released on digital channels. NYCB dancers Sear Mearns, Gretchen Smith, and Megan Faircild had appeared in Cole Haan campaigns in previously, going back to 2014.

Andrew Eccles shot the GrandEvolution campaign, Cole Haan’s new unisex collection. The shoes from the collection is available now online and in Cole Haan stores around the world, with prices ranging from $180 to $280.

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Silver screen Cara

It is quite common for fashion models to transition into acting. Most don’t have as big a career in acting as they had in fashion with the exception of Cybil Shepard, Lauren Hutton, and Cameron Diaz. Still, others are making definite inroads. Cara Delevingne is one of those supermodels.

With the opening of “Valerian” on Friday, Cara Delevingne is pegged to be the next supermodel to make that successful transition to the silver screen. Directed by Luc Besson, in “Valerian” Cara plays Laureline, a secret agent police who sent on a mission with fellow secret agent, Valerian, to find a ‘converter’ creature from an unknown planet.

In that “Valerian” is a  summer release; there is hope that the film will score big at the box office. “Valerian” is Cara’s fourth major film role since launching her fashion career in 2009.

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Fashion hawks circle Jimmy Choo

The announcement in May 2017 that Jimmy Choo is up for sale has some fashion hawks flying low, hoping to be the first ones to take advantage of this proclamation. Those frontrunners include Michael Kors—who is apparently working with JP Morgan as its broker—as well as Coach and Hony Capital, who are interested in Jimmy Choo–branded parfums.

With all of his recent retail worries, Kors is an odd choice to take on Jimmy Choo in that the Michael Kors brand has disappointed analysts and investors with its 2017 sales and profit performances. Coach is a more viable choice with its recent purchase of Kate Spade. Hony Capital is in negotiations with Interparfums, the French fragrances group that holds the license to manufacture Jimmy Choo–branded perfumes.

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Bye, bye Colette

Colette, the iconic French concept store, is closing it doors in December. In 2015, almost went into the bankruptcy proceedings and was recently threatened with eviction. Colette’s woes are the result of retail struggles. The continuing advent of online shopping has threatened multi-brand stores like Colette, which was founded in 1990 by Carla Sozzani, as an eclectic concept store.

Still, there is some good news. Businessman Tiziano Sgarbi and designer Simona Barbieri, the founders of Italian fashion label, Twin-Set are taking control of Colette’s Italian counterpart 10 Corso Como.  As reported on, Sgarbi and Barbieri are taking control of 10 Corso Como and its retail space for fewer than 30 million euros.

“We have no intention of changing the format. We simply wish to [modernize] it, and we hope to be able to keep the name ’10 Corso Como.’ As for the photography exhibition gallery and the cult fashion and accessories boutique, we would like to enter into a partnership with Carla Sozzani,” Tiziano Sgarbi told

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