Fashion News Alert: Interview Magazine Bites the Dust, Fashion Houses Drop Out of Men’s Paris Fashion Week, Justine Skye Collaborates with H&M, and Winnie Harlow’s New Gig

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Another fashion and entertainment bites the dust. Unfortunately, this time around it is the hallowed Interview magazine.Founded in 1969 by pop art icon Andy Warhol, after months of turmoil, back pay lawsuits, and being locked of its corporate offices due to non-payment of rent, Interview magazine officially shut down on Monday, May 21. Owned by Peter Brant, a billionaire art collector, since 1989, the esteemed publication transitioned from a primarily Q&A print publication to a pop-culture publication under the direction of Ingrid Sischy and Bob Colacello.

Interview magazine covered the glitterati of the downtown art and culture scene with Warhol telling the late editor and writer Glenn O’Brien, “I tell everyone they can be on the cover of Interview.” That will not happen now, oh, the shame of it all!!

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Times are a-changing

It usually takes a long time for changes in beauty perceptions to gain traction in the fashion and beauty industry. But, change does happen. Evidence of changing notions of beauty is top model Winnie Harlow landing a job as brand ambassador for Tommy Hilfiger. Winnie Harlow was recently named as a brand ambassador along side top model Hailey Baldwin. Winnie Harlow is a Canadian model of African descent and has the skin condition, vitiligo, which reveals non-pigmented skin all over the body.

“As two of the most sought after super models in the world, Hailey Baldwin and Winnie Harlow are becoming the icons of tomorrow, captivating their audiences with their powerful drive and inner fire,” explained Hilfiger. Winnie Harlow and Hailey Baldwin will serve as the faces of the fall 2018 TOMMY ICONS capsule collection for women, a worldwide campaign that celebrates icons of tomorrow in the industries of art, fashion, art, music and entertainment.

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Nyden x Justine Skye

Celebrity collaborations in fashion continue. The latest collaboration is between H&M’s Group’s Nyden and musical artist Justine Skye. The Brooklyn-based singer and songwriter will collaborate with Nyden on a capsule collection due in stores this coming fall.

“Justine’s minimalistic yet extremely [colorful] personality makes her a perfect tribe leader for Nyden,” said Stina Force, creative director of Nyden. “It has been so much fun working with Justine and watching her channel one of her many talents—fashion design—into creating playful yet striking clothes for her current and future fans.”

“As an artist, I understand the importance of self-expression. What we wear says a lot about who we are and I’m very excited to team up with Nyden to design clothing that help people communicate their strength and independence to the world,” said Justine Skye in a recent fashionnetwork,com article.

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Changes at Paris Fashion Week: Men’s

There is change afoot at Paris Fashion Week: Men’s spring 2019 season. Some shows have been eliminated from the schedule and four major fashion houses have opted not to show for the men’s spring 2019 season.

Berluti, a Paris Fashion Week staple has opted not to show this season, perhaps, due to the exit of its prestigious creative director Haider Ackermann. Kris Van Assche has replaced Ackermann. Ackermann will present his namesake mens and women’s collections during Paris Fashion Week in early October. “This decision reflects a desire to stage a new balance between the two collections by breaking with codes and re-creating magic with the interaction of two different identities,” the spokeswoman for Haider Ackermann said.

Other brands bowing out the season are Julien David, Niuku, a genderless brand, and Christophe Lemaire and Icosae have opted for presentations over a runway show. The menswear season runs from June 19 through June 24.

—William S. Gooch



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