Fashion News Alert: Wilhelmina Models Banned, Ashley Graham New Swimwear Line, Miley Cyrus’ New Gig, and Virgil Abloh’s Final Collection with Nike

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There is much shakeup in the fashion industry. One of the biggest shakeups that fashion tongues wagging was Wilhemina Models being banned from walking in any fashion shows held at Pier 59 during NYFW:The Shows and NYFW: Men’s or working at Pier 59.Apparently, William Wackerman, CEO of Wilhelmina International and Nadia Shahrik, vice president of Major Model Management received letters via Federal Express from Pier 59’s attorney Mark Cortegiano that models from Wilhemina and Major are not permitted to set foot inside or on the property of Pier 59. If they do, they will be persecuted for trespassing.

Federico Pignatelli, CEO of Pier 59, Art and Fashion Group and The Industry Model Management, has banned models from said model management companies due to unfair employment practices of said agencies. Though Wackerman has had a phone conversation with Pignatelli about said employment issues, Pier 59 and Pignatelli have failed to respond to Wackerman’s request for a meeting.

In the letter to Wilhelmina, obtained by WWD, Cortegiano wrote, “While my client recognizes that Wilhelmina International is a large and long-established modeling agency, my client believes that Wilhelmina’s models are subject to financial and contractual duress, and Pier 59 will not work with Wilhelmina under those circumstances. It has come to my clients’ attention that payments to Wilhelmina’s models is only made after significant delay and repeated requests from the models.” A similar letter was sent to Major Model Management.

Pignatelli told WWD, “I spoke to the [CEO] of Wilhelmina and, during our conversation, he questioned my reasons for taking this action with the Models Bill of Rights. He asked me why I would set rules regarding modernizing payment practices and standardizing contracts that would also affect my agency. I replied that, ‘This is how I am choosing to run my agency and will continue to do so in the future. I feel very strongly about the principles that I laid out in the Models Bill of Rights.’

“I invited him to join me in taking action and changing his approach to business, but he refused. I also advised him to raise additional capital to bring the company into a stronger financial position to be able to pay the models accordingly, which he also refused. I am taking Wilhelmina’s response as a clear statement that they do not wish to work together to see the modeling industry modernized and changed so that models are paid in a fair and professional manner, without being under duress by enforcing the one-sided contracts that the models may find the agency to be in breach of and/or feel to be mismanaged.”

With NYFW: Men’s is two months away will this rift get ironed out? Fashion Reverie will keep you informed!!

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The last go-round

There has been much hype about Nike, Inc’s tenth and last collaboration with Virgil Abloh. The brand recently released design aesthetic for the last collaboration that will be sneaks that conjure images of 1970s Converse Connor’s high tops.

So, you may think how Nike can get away with ripping off another sneaker brand’s design aesthetic? Some years back Nike acquired Converse, so the design aesthetic appropriation is totally legal.

In the official press release, Nike detailed that this last collaboration with Virgil Abloh will be, “a modern ode to the Chuck Taylor All Star, celebrating a time when the sneaker had evolved to become the pinnacle of function and utility for sport” “After being redrafted by Converse in 2013, the Chuck 70 quickly became the designer’s choice, with Rei Kawakubo, Missoni, Jonathan Anderson, and Virgil Abloh collaborating on the icon,” Nike, Inc. further explained.

This 70s` Converse Connor’s reinvention uses transparent woven uppers and sports Off-White branding. Translucent tape with “Vulcanized” is printed on the sides, as well as the words “Right” and “Left” on the respective shoe toe caps. Abloh’s Chuck 70 also flips the branded license plate on the heel, and the sneakers come with three additional sets of laces featuring Abloh’s signature “Shoelace” print.

The previous nine collaborations between Nike, Inc. and Virgil Abloh sold out quickly after launch. Ten Converse x Virgil Abloh Chuck 70 retails for $130 and is available in sizes 7 through 13.

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Miley and Converse

Speaking of Converse, Pop sensation Miley Cyrus just launched their 43–piece debut lifestyle apparel and footwear collection, Converse x Miley Cyrus. This new collaboration reflects Cyrus’ country roots with bandana prints and glitter-embellished Chuck Taylor All-Star footwear.

Cyrus chose to collaborate with Converse because “the brand appeals to and represents so many different cultures and walks of life. And they’re accessible.” In a statement on Nike’s website Miley Cyrus detailed that she chose a unisex approach because, “No age, no gender, no sex—I wanted everyone to feel included.”

The unisex collaboration includes pants, dresses, hoodies, hats, backpacks, and footwear in a color palette of pink, black, and white. Converse x Miley Cyrus launched on May 2 on Converse’s website, priced at $20 to $100.

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Voluptuous Ashley

Ashley Graham has unveiled her new summer 2018 swimwear collection for the size inclusive-label, Swimwear for All. Raw images from the summer 2018 swimwear collection shows Graham flaunting her voluptuous body in the new collection on the beaches and streets of Miami.

“This campaign is different than any other I have worked on throughout my entire career,” Graham elaborated in a statement in a recent article. “I hope these images instill a fearless belief in everyone to be happy in their own skin and enjoy living in the moment, no matter who is watching.”

This nine-piece collection which features one- pieces swim wear and bikinis with geometric shapes and sexy cutouts, ranging in sizes 4–22 was inspired by the art deco found in much of the architecture of Miami. Ashley Graham and her mother were featured in Swimwear for All’s resort 2018 collection.

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