Fashion News Alert: Britney Spears New Gig, Kris Van Assche Exits Dior Homme, Naomi Campbell to Receive CFDA Award, and the Shopping Gender Gap

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Naomi Campbell’s fashion proliferation continues. Campbell recently announced on Instagram that she is to receive the 2018 Fashion Icon Award.“It is truly an honor to be recognized by the CFDA with this year’s Fashion Icon award,” Campbell said in a statement.  “Being from London, my personal style has always been tremendously influenced by both the dynamic, ever-changing nature of street culture and the music scene. I grew up in this industry and I’m forever grateful to the iconic American fashion designers that have supported me and celebrated me throughout my career.”

Other honorees at the 2018 CFDA Fashion Awards include Diane von Furstenberg, Carolina Herrera, Donatella Versace, and Narciso Rodriguez. The 2018 CFDA Awards will be held on June 4 at the Brooklyn Museum.

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Changes at Dior Homme

After 11 years Belgian-Flemish designer Kris Van Assche steps down as creative director of Dior Homme. Kim Jones, formerly of Louis Vuitton, will replace Van Assche.

According to, Van Assche will continue to “to work in a creative role within the LVMH group,” and a “new position will be announced very soon.” “I salute Kris Van Assche, who contributed to Dior Homme’s impressive growth by creating a contemporary, sophisticated men’s style. He wrote an important chapter in the history of Dior Homme and played a key role in its expansion,” said Pietro Beccari, the new CEO of Christian Dior Couture, in a press release.

The 38-year old Kim Jones comes to Dior Homme after having worked as creative director of Louis Vuitton for seven years where he introducing a combination of men’s streetwear and luxury. A graduate of the prestigious Central Saint Martin College of Art and Design, Jones cut his fashion teeth at his own label—which he discontinued a few seasons back—and in some unique collaborations with Hugo Boss, Umbro, Iceberg, and Topman. Later in his career, Jones held key positions at Dunhill and Alexander McQueen.

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Britney bounce back

Of late, Britney Spears has bee somewhat camera shy. The one-time ubiquitous pop sensation after much speculation about her mental health and music releases that failed to excite pulses has spent much of her time the last few years with residences in Las Vegas.

Well, Spears looks to be attempting to come back with a bang as the face of the Kenzo’s La Collection Momento No2 campaign. This is Britney Spears first-ever major fashion campaign. “So excited to announce my new campaign for @KENZO’s La Collection Memento No2 shot by @therealpeterlindbergh!!!,” said Spears in a recent Instagram post.

Peter Lindbergh photographed this recent Kenzo campaign with Spears modeling several streetwear styles from the brand’s fall 2018 collection. These streetwear looks includes the signature “Bamboo Tiger” print and mixing things up with cropped sweatshirts, backpacks, and Noughties-inspired denim bralettes, jackets and thigh-high boots. 

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Shopping according to gender

Do ladies and gents have the same shopping goals and habits? Apparently not, if you are to believe recent shopping studies done by the First Insight on retail disruption.

“The data has unearthed a significant gender gap between how men and women shop and make purchase decisions,” said Greg Petro, CEO and founder of First Insight in a article. “The fact that men are less inclined to shop online overall and prefer to go in-store is a significant finding, particularly as retailers consider how to align their in-store selection and pricing to meet consumer appetites.”

The study details that while 40 % if female consumers shop frequently using mobile devices only 22% of male consumers shop using mobile devices. The study also found that 44% prefer to shop at full price brick and mortar stores while only 38% of women shop at full price stores. Women also made five or more online purchases a month while men made no more than two online purchases a month.

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