Fashion News Alert: Roger Federer and Uniqlo, Valentino Celebrates Maria Callas, Caron on the Auction Block, and Walmart Dumps Trump

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If you have been watching Wimbledon, you will notice Wimbledon champ Roger Federer has been wearing Uniqlo for all his matches. Recently, the 20-grand slam champ signed a ten-year deal with the Japanese retail giant that could be worth 230 million pounds.Of the partnership with Federer, Uniqlo founder and CEO Tadashi Yanai believes that the partnership will “continue taking tennis to new places, while exploring innovations in a number of areas including technology and design with him.” And the partnership additionally, “will be about innovation on and off court.”

The Uniqlo shirt that Federer will be wearing during his play at Wimbledon is a tennis shirt with a short stand-up collar “to emphasize a more sophisticated look both on and off court.” The shirt and shorts are designed with a burgundy color line at the edge of the sleeves and the front panel of the shirt, and down the sides of the shorts, highlighting Uniqlo’s corporate color.

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Valentino and Callas

As Couture Fashion Week continues in Paris this week; perhaps, one of the grandest collections presented for the couture season was Valentino’s tribute to legendary opera icon, Maria Callas. Maria Callas at the peak of her career in the 1950s and 60s represented the opera diva at their grandest with opulence and broad fan worship.

On Wednesday night at the Salomon de Rothschild mansion to the strands of Maria Callas singing Puccini arias on the loud speakers, models with very teased coifs in exquisite couture gowns conjured up a couture world that Callas inhabited, but a world that sadly no longer exist.

Many of the gowns were named after famous cultural fashion icons including Liza Minelli and others. At the end of this sumptuous feast of fashion the crowd stood and applauded Valentino founder Valentino Garavani.

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Caron for sale

The second oldest fragrance house in Paris is up for sale. Caron, best known for its men’s fragrance, “Pour un Homme,” was founded in 1904  and is 114-years old.

The legendary fragrance house saw its revenue decline in 2018 already by $8 million euros. Caron only makes up 4% of its parent company, Ales Groupe’s, revenue. Caron still has four stores in Paris with its fragrance market mostly in France. Ales Groupe has owned Caron since 1998.

Caron over the years has produced such powdery scents as “Narcisse Noir,” which dates back to 1911, and “Fleur de Rocaille.” 

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Walmart under fire

Controversy can be a good thing in fashion and retail. However when it comes to the Oval Office, controversy can sometimes not be a good thing.

On Tuesday, mega retail giant Walmart removed “Impeach 45” shirts and accessories from its online marketplace. The “45” relates to the 45th president, Donald Trump.           

“These items were sold by third party sellers on our open marketplace, and were not offered directly by Walmart,” a company spokesman said. “We’re removing these types of items pending review of our marketplace policies.”

That may be true; however, perhaps, the anti-Trump items were removed for other reasons. “A lot of the stores are in locations that are probably fairly Republican,” Neil Saunders, managing director of consulting firm GlobalData Retail, said in a recent article. “They do need to take action because it could alienate a large portion of their customer base.”

—William S. Gooch

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