Fashion News Alert: Lindsay Lohan Rebrands, Marc Jacobs to Close European Stores, Donatella Disses Versace TV Series, and Norway Bans Fur Farms

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If anyone saw Lindsay Lohan on “The Wendy Williams Show” last Friday, it is quite evident that Lohan is attempting to rebrand herself. Now living in Dubai—where paparazzi are illegal—Lohan is putting a lot of energy into reinvigorating her image in the States and abroad.That said; Lohan announced on “The Wendy Williams Show” that she is developing a makeup and beauty line. Though she did not reveal many details about the upcoming cosmetics line, Lohan did express that the cosmetic line will contain lipstick and other beauty products. And a released image on “The Wendy Williams Show” shows a collection that might include a lipstick, eye shadow and mirrored powder compact.

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Donatella frowns

Donatella Versace has always been very outspoken and candid about her brother Gianni Versace’s life and death. Very close to her brother and very protective of his legacy, Donatella has confessed that she will not watch the US television nine-part, mini-series about the murder of her brother, Gianni Versace.

I haven’t seen [the series] nor will I see it, because after all this time it still hurts to see Gianni represented untruthfully,” Donatella told La Repubblica, an Italian daily paper. Since its publication in 1999, the Versace family has had major reservations about Maureen Orth’s book Vulgar Favours.

The Versace family, as detailed in a article, said, “in the attempt to create a sensational story, [the TV drama] presents gossip full of contradictions. It saddens [us] to see that among all possible portraits of (Gianni‘s) life and story, the producers chose to present the false and distorted version created by Maureen Orth,” they added.

The Versace family took issue with reports in Vulgar Favours that at the time of his death Gianni Versace was suffering from AIDS. And they were also concerned that Maureen Orth never reached out to the Versace family to verify facts.

The nine-episode series “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story” stars Edgar Ramirez as Gianni,  Penelope Cruz as Donatella and  Ricky Martin as Gianni’s boyfriend. The mini-series begins on January 17 on FX.

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Marc Jacobs’ shutdown

Retail sales have been declining for Marc Jacobs for the last couple of seasons. A few years ago Jacobs merged his less expensive line, Marc by Marc Jacobs, with his namesake line, and now Jacobs is closing the last remaining store in London, as well as additional brick and mortar stores in Europe.

Though Business of Fashion, who first reported this story, could not confirm which Jacobs’ brick and mortar stores in Europe will shutter later in the year, it was confirmed that the London Mayfair store on Mount Street closes in early 2018. It has been confirmed by LVMH, Jacobs’ holding company, that the Marc Jacobs’ Paris store on Rue Saint Honore will remain open

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Fur free

The Norwegian government, spearheaded by Prime Minister Erna Solberg, plans to phase out all Norwegian fur farms by 2025. Norway has about 200 fur farms that produce about 1 million pelts a year, employing over 400 people, and grossing 350 to 500 million Norwegian crowns.

Norway only produces 3 percent of the world’s fox fur, and 1 percent of the world’s mink. “It’s not a very lucrative business in Norway,” said Sveinung Fjose, of Menon Business Economics and an expert on fur farms. “It wouldn’t harm the Norwegian economy severely” to close it down.”

According to the Humane Society International, Norway is the 14th European nation to phase out fur farming.

—William S. Gooch


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