Fashion News Alert: Karlie Kloss’ Talk Show, Bye, Bye Shayne Oliver, NYFW: Men’s Revamp, and RIP Mychael Knight

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Welcome to the new world of fashion!! The new world of fashion is a universe where fashion is just a launching pad for something more lucrative. And fashion models epitomize this new fashion trajectory.Bella Hadid is becoming a cosmetics mogul, Cara Delevinge is a burgeoning actress, and now Karlie Kloss is primed to become a talk show host. The talk show centers on Kloss watching movies with her celebrity friends. “Movie Night with Karlie Kloss” will air on the Freeform channel.

Karlie Kloss revealed on Instagram that some of her celebrity guests will include Ashley Graham, Jourdan Dunn, and Kendall Jenner. “Movie Night with Karlie Kloss” premieres in the winter of 2018.

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Helmut Lang’s new creative director

Shayne Oliver’s tenure at Helmut Lang appears to be over. It was announced on today that Mark Howard Thomas has been creative director of the brand’s menswear division.

Though Shayne Oliver was only pegged to create a capsule collection for the brand’s women’s wear collection which debuted during New York Fashion Week: The Show’s spring 2018 season, that was hope that Oliver would hold a permanent position at Helmut Lang. However, according to fashionnetwork.com Andrew Rosen, who oversaw the acquisition of Helmut Lang over ten years ago, announced today that the Oliver collaboration was “a one-off project.”

Mark Howard Thomas comes to Helmut Lang with an impressive resume. Thomas has held senior positions at some very important fashion houses, including Givenchy, Neil Barrett, and Joseph. Mark Howard Thomas first collection for Helmut Lang will be for the brand’s fall 2018 collection.

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A changing NYFWM

New York Fashion Week: Men’s (NYFWM) is going through a major overhaul. As recently announced by the CFDA, NYFWM will reduce its fall/winter 2018 shows from four days to three days. Also, NYFWM’s schedule will precede New York Fashion Week: The Shows by three days starting on Monday, February 4, 2017.

This reduction of days will leave a lot of menswear designers out of the fold of NYFWM, forcing some of them to show during New York Fashion Week: The Shows fall 2018 season. There was no explanation by the CFDA for the reduction of the shows, but wagging tongues suggest that with sponsorship for NYFWM being much reduced, this reduction of shows cuts down of the cost.

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Mychael Knight transitions

The fashion industry mourns the death of “Project Runway” contestant Mychael Knight. Mychael Knight finished fourth on season three of “Project Runway” and later appeared on the “Project Runway: All Stars” in 2009 and “Project Runway: All Stars in 2013. Knight debuted his fashion line on BET’s “Rip the Runway.”

The Lifetime network released a statement to CNN. “ We are saddened to hear about the passing of a member of the “Project Runway” family, designer Mychael Knight,” the statement said. It’s a loss of a great talent and we wish his family peace and solace during difficult time.”

Born in Nuremberg, Germany, Knight grew up in Montgomery, Alabama and was educated at Georgia Southern University, earning a degree in merchandising and apparel design. Mychael Smith died at his home on Tuesday, October 17, 2017.

—William S. Gooch

 

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