Fashion News Alert: Another NYFW Exit, Lanvin’s Troubles, Amber Valletta’s Resurgence, and London Fashion Week: Men’s Announces Roster

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Public School has come up with a new business plan. Like many brands, Public School has made a strategic business decision to produce collection that goes direct to consumers. The brand has also decided to abandon showing their fall 2018 collection during New York Fashion Week: The Shows (NYFWS) fall 2018 season, and possibly other fashion weeks, after the spring 2018 season. This not the first Public School has opted out of showing during NYFWS. The brand will continue its collaborations with Nike and Alpha Industries.Since its launch as a menswear brand in 2008, creative directors Maxwell Osborne and Dao-Yi-Chow have taken a variety of directions with Public School. Within a decade the brand had expanded to include women’s wear and accessories. In 2012, Chow and Osborne shuttered the brand after they lost their main stockiest, Barneys New York. However, in 2013 Public School won the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Award and the CFDA Swarovski Award for Menswear. The brand also won the International Woolmark Prize in 2015.

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Amber’s return

Amber Valletta is back!! But did she ever really go away. For those Millenials and Generation Xers that are too young to remember, Amber was ahead of most of the pack in the 1990s, establishing that she easily belonged in the pantheon of supermodels.

In the late 1990s, Amber began to focus on her career as an actress. And much success in that arena, Amber Valletta is back in fashion by being the face of Blumarine’s spring/summer 2018 campaign. Blumarine traditionally uses a supermodel to front their campaigns.

According to, Luigi & Iango photographed the Blumarine spring/summer 2018 campaign. The campaign features a couple—Amber Valletta and Phillip Mayberry—enjoying a romantic escapade in the wild in a vintage open-top car.

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Money problems at Lanvin

French couture house Lanvin needs a bailout. Since Alber Elbaz’s ouster from Lanvin in 2015, sales have continued to decline with the label’s revenue down 23% in 2016 to $163 million euros and new creative director Bouchra Jarrar has not been able to turn things around. In fact because of that Jarrar was let go after only eight months.

Senior management has confirmed that Lanvin will be bailed out of its current cash flow problems before the end of 2017. “An AGM was due to be held on [December 30th], but it has been pushed back to a later, as yet unspecified, date,” as detailed in “In the forthcoming weeks, there will be an announcement about the label’s re-launch. Everyone here is working hard and giving their all.”

Reuters expects sales in 2017 to continue to decline by another 30%. And fashion pundits, based on new Lanvin creative director Olivier Lapidus’ first runway show for the esteemed brand, do not expect an upsurge in sales any time soon.

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London Fashion Week: Men’s fall 2018 lineup

On the heels of the beginning of a new year, London Fashion Week: Men’s fall 2018 will take place from January 6–8. Following suit with New York Fashion Week: Men’s, many big names are absent from the roster with many menswear designers deciding to combine their menswear and women’s wear show, opting to show later in the season.

Below your will find the London Fashion Week: Men’s fall 2018 confirmed roster:

Saturday, January 6, 2018
12:00 – John Lawrence Sullivan
13:00 – Edward Crutchley
14:00 – What We Wear
14:30-16:30 – Wood Wood
15:00 – Tourne de Transmission
16:00 – Oliver Spencer
17:00 – Xander Zhou
17:30-18:30 – Ben Sherman
18:00 – Liam Hodges
18:30-19:30 – Band Of Outsiders
19:00 – QASIMI
20:00 – Cottweiler

Sunday, January 7, 2018
09:30-11:30 – Phoebe English MAN
11:30-13:30 – Lou Dalton
12:00 – MAN
12:30-14:30 – Kent & Curwen
13:00 – Chalayan
13:30-15:00 – Daniel w. Fletcher
15:00 – Christopher Raeburn
15:30-17:30 – Michiko Koshino
16:00 – Alex Mullins
17:00 – Kiko Kostadinov
18:00 – Astrid Andersen
19:00 – Wales Bonner
20:00 – Charles Jeffrey LOVERBOY

Monday, January 8, 2018
10:00 – Craig Green
10:30-12:30 – Per Götesson
11:00 – PRONOUNCE presented by GQ CHINA
12:30-14:30 – Belstaff
13:00 – Blood Brother
14:00 – Vivienne Westwood
14:30-16:30 – Nicholas Daley
15:00 – A-COLD-WALL
17:00 – D.GNAK
18:00 – Bobby Abley

—William S. Gooch

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