Fashion News Alert: Condé Nast’s New Codes of Conduct, Juicy Couture’s NYFW Debut, Marchesa’s Fall 2018 Show Cancelled, and J. Mendel Back in Court

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Georgina Chapman is still visible. Well, somewhat even though the sexual misconduct and harassment charges surrounding her soon-to-be, ex-husband Harvey Weinstein has caused her to go underground!Though Georgina is seen weekly as one of the judges on “Project Runway: All Stars Season 4,” her fashion brand, Marchesa, will be absent from New York Fashion Week: The Shows fall 2018 collections. It was reported in The New York Post that Chapman was “too scared” to present a runway show and instead “[the brand] is looking forward to presenting their fall ’18 collection in an updated format this season,” as was told by a brand spokesperson to AFP. Chapman’s updated format will be a digital presentation.

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Condé Nast sets down the law

The #MeToo Movement has caused changes at Condé Nast. Condé Nast is addressing issues around sexual misconduct around models by instituting new codes of conduct. This new internal corporate policy, although aimed primarily at models, will other industry professionals associated with Condé Nast.

“All those who work for Condé Nast must be treated with dignity and respect. Any work done for Condé Nast must be carried out in a professional fashion, without any kind of discrimination or harassment,” the US publisher’s code of conduct says. “We are absolutely determined to work together to find solutions [to this problem] within our industry. By adhering to these recommendations, all the people involved in the creative process will help to ensure there is a safe, respectful working environment,” said Jonathan Newhouse, CEO of Condé Nast International.

The new codes of conduct include the following: all models must be at least 18 years of age; the need for a secluded area for changing garments; and the any nudity; one-on-one situations between said model(s), photographer(s), and crew should be avoided, and use of alcohol or drugs or skimpy garments must have prior approval before photo shoots.

Condé Nast interviewed 150 industry professionals and got recommendations on how they could better protect models and institute to codes of conduct. Let’s hope it sticks!!

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Juicy Couture is juicy again

Juicy Couture is experiencing a comeback, and it is long overdue. Though Juicy Couture was the flirty, celebrity-influenced brand of the late 1990s and 2000s—worn by Paris Hilton, Jessica Alba, Jennifer Lopez—it never showed during New York Fashion Week (NYFW).

Amid plummeting sales and after being acquired by Authentic Brands Group, all the Juicy Couture stores were closed down. But that wasn’t the complete demise of Juicy Couture. The brand has been struggling for three years to find its voice and reposition itself with Jamie Mizrahi being appointed creative director in 2017.

“I am not trying to reinvent Juicy. What I’m doing is taking the history that is so special and continuing to make it feel fun and wearable by bringing back silhouettes and materials and making them work for the modern woman,” stated Mizrahi around the time of her hire.

Capitalizing of the current revival of a 90’s aesthetic and logos trend, Juicy Couture’s NYFW debut will include two collections its Black Label collection (its renamed main line) and more casual Juicy Couture line.

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I want my money!

Luxury brand J. Mendel may be back in court. Since 2016 J. Mendel has owed New York public relations firm Karla Otto over six figures, approximately $110,00, after J. Mendel failed to pay for services rendered. J. Mendel’s monthly fee at Karla Otto was $12,000 a month.

According to WWD both parties decided to end the their relationship with J. Mendel agreeing to pay Karla Otto $260,000. To date, J. Mendel has only paid $70,000 of agreed upon $20,000 monthly installments.

Karla Otto has taken J. Mendel to a New York court for the past due amount and is also asking for an additional 14 percent interest on amount due, as well as a reimbursement for all legal fees. Karla Otto represents several prestigious brands including Tommy Hilfiger, Blumarine, Marni, Philipp Plein, and others.

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