Fashion News Alert: Chelsea Manning’s Vogue Spread, Demi Lovato Collaborates with Fabletics Again, Off White Opens Soho Store, NYFW: The Shows Schedule Announced


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From a maximum-security prison to the pages of Vogue, talk about transitions and big change. Well, that is the life of transgender activist Chelsea Manning these days.

Imprisoned for seven years for her security leak of more than 700,000 classified US documents to WikiLeaks, Manning has transitioned from Bradley Manning to Chelsea Manning—undergoing gender reassignment while imprisoned—and is now featured in a spread in September 2017 issue of Vogue. Manning was released from prison in May.

“Chelsea Manning changed the course of history. Now she’s focusing on herself,” says the headline of September issue of Vogue’s interview with Manning, Annie Liebowitz shot the images in the feature.

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Off White opens in Soho

Off White opens first store in Soho district of Manhattan. Creative Director Virgil Obloh wants the store to be seen as more of a gallery that showcases clothes than a typical brick-and-mortar store. Store is known as the EMP TY gallery, a concept that was employed at Off White’s pop-up store in Paris.

Abloh wants each Off White store to reflect the neighborhood of the stores’ locations. And Soho with its downtown artsy vibe is a perfect location for Off White’s gallery/store. The Off White Soho store will carry art that consumers can actually purchase. Off White has similar store in London, Manchester, Shanghai, Beijing, Hong Kong, Seoul, Tokyo, Singapore, and Toronto.

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Is two times the charm?

Demi Lovato will once again collaborate with athleisure brand, Fabletics. After the success of Lovato’s limited edition collaboration with Fabletics in May, the brand announced that the pop singer would be back for a fall 2017 active wear collection.

“I’m excited to share Demi’s second capsule collection at Fabletics with everyone!” said co-founder Kate Hudson in a article. “Demi’s strong sense of self and her passion for an active lifestyle embodies everything we at Fabletics want to share with our community. She did some great designs with really fun accents for this collection which I know our customer is going to love!”

“I’m so excited to continue working with Fabletics and the design team to launch an even bigger collection for fall. This collection is inspired by my personal style—on stage, at home and in the gym, so I had a lot of fun playing with bold colors, prints, and performance elements that I love. I felt more confident through the design process this time around, and think that the collection reflects that. I wanted to share that with my fans in hopes that they feel as confident and empowered when wearing the pieces,” explained Lovato.

The collection features a full assortment of tops, sports bras, leggings, outerwear and layering pieces, and ranges from sizes XXS-3X in short, regular and tall lengths.

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Skimpy NYFW schedule

New York Fashion Week: The Shows (NYFWS) has announced it final roster for the spring 2018 season. NYFWS spring 2018 season has been cut down from eight to seven days this season and many designers have opted out of showing. The amount of fashion designers we are on the official NYFWS calendar for spring 2018 is down about thirty-five percent.

Rodarte, Monique Lhuillier, Lacoste, and Proenza Schouler announced earlier this summer that would not show in New York City for spring 2018. And several designers/brands, though showing this season, are showing offsite—on site approved IMG/CFDA locations include Skylight Clarkson and Pier 59.

—William S. Gooch

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