Fashion News Alerts: Alber Elbaz Is Back, Rodarte Returns, Ralph Lauren Celebrates 50, and Ivanka Trump Shutters Fashion Brand

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Any 50th anniversary is a great achievement, usually culminating in a huge celebration. Ralph Lauren has decided to celebrate his 50th anniversary in the fashion industry with a big runway show and gala in Central Park during New York Fashion Week: The Shows. The runway show will take place in Bethesda Terrace in Central Park on Friday, September 7. Ralph Lauren has always had a fondness for Central Park, staging his 49th anniversary show in 2008 in Central Park with a black-tie dinner at the Conservancy Garden.The purpose of this celebration is “to render homage to his hometown of New York, the epicenter of American and world fashion, and to the industry which he has led for five decades,” the brand said in a company press release. Ralph Lauren, happy 50!!

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He’s back

The fashion community mourned when Alber Elbaz was released from his creative director post at Lanvin a few years ago. But, the fashion community can now dry their eyes because Alber Elbaz is back!

Alber Elbaz has teamed up with LeSportsac for a capsule collection that will debut during New York Fashion Week: The Shows spring 2019 season. Elbaz adds a whimsical touch to LeSportsac’s signature styles in five bold prints, named “Dance with Me,” “Love Me Kiss Me,” “Big Kiss,” “Color Me Leopard,” and “Color Me Zebra.”

“If we inject more love into fashion, and less fear, we have a beautiful reason to wake up every morning,” said Elbaz in a statement reported in, in reference to his latest project. “LeSportsac is fun, colourful and modern—it makes me smile every time.”

LeSportsac is not the only collaboration that Alber Elbaz has been a part of since his departure from Lanvin in 2015. Elbaz has partnered with Converse in a shoe capsule collection and he has partnered with French perfumer Frédéric Malle on a fragrance.

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The return

Rodarte is returning to New York Fashion Week: The Shows (NYFWS) to showcase its spring 2019 collection after showing for three seasons in Paris. This announcement was made recently on the brand’s Instagram page. “We are excited to announce we will be showing our [spring 2019] collection during NYC Fashion Week! We are thrilled to create the show with our amazing team: Brian Phillips and Black Frame, Alex de Betak and Bureau Betak, IMG and our beauty and hair teams.”

Laura and Kate Mulleavy founded Rodarte in 2005. And like several top American brands in recent years—Monique Lhuillier, Altazurra, Proenza Schouler, Thom Browne, and others—the Mulleavy sisters opted out of showing their collections during NYFWS. However, Rodarte and Proenza Schouler are returning to NYFWS for the spring 2019 season.

This is great news for the CFDA, hopefully lifting the organization out of the doldrums caused by the defections. Rodarte has not announced the location and date of their show during NYFWS spring season.

Bye bye Ivanka

On Tuesday, Ivanka Trump shut down her eponymous fashion line due to a conflict of interest. A number of restrictions have been placed on the brand due to Ivanka Trump’s official position with the Trump administration. Currently, Ivanka Trump is a senior advisor to the Trump administration.

The restrictions place on Ivanka Trump’s namesake fashion brand include prevention from undertaking international expansion and requiring the company to discuss any potential deals with domestic partners with Ivanka Trump. According to a BBC source, these restrictions are hampering the growth of the company.

The company has come under fire since the  election of Trump, resulting in boycotts, negative press, and retail giants Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, HSN and ShopStyle, among other retailers dropping the brand in recent months. According to a recent post in, although the brand is shutting down, licensing deals will be maintained until the end date of the agreements.
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