Fashion News Alert: Rihanna’s New Fragrance, Thom Browne’s Acquisition, Nike and Supreme’s Sneaks, and Goodbye Ruth Finley

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Ruth Finley, regarded as the ‘godmother of fashion week,’ by some industry professionals, passed away on Monday. Perhaps, no other person has contributed to fashion week in more of a unique way as Ruth Finley.In 1945, understanding that editors were having a hard time attending fashion shows in NYC due to conflicting scheduling shows at Saks Fifth Avenue and Berghdorf Goodman, Finley borrowed $1000 from a college friend launced the Fashion Calendar. Four over six decades the fashion calendar became the go-to calendar for industry professionals with contacts for fashion weeks and fashion events around the globe.

“Ruth Finley was the phone call that made a designer legitimate. It would mean you were listed in THE Fashion Calendar,” commented Diane von Furstenberg. “We worked with Ruth for a number of years—she was out go-to for Fashion Week,” explains Prabal Gurung. “Ruth was a female industry leader, something so rare and still so impactful and special in our industry. She helped make this city the place where I was able to achieve my American dream. Ruth was a fearless industry leader and a true inspiration. It was an honor to have known her, and she will be missed.”

Ruth Finley sold the Fashion Calendar to the CFDA in 2014; already in her 90s the task of running this very important part of fashion weeks had become too much for her. A documentary about her life has been made into an upcoming film, “Ruth Finley’s Fashion Calendar. Ruth Finley was 98 years of age.

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Thom Browne acquired

Gildo Zegna, CEO of Ermenegildo, has acquired Thom Browne. In the half a billion acquisition, Zegna will have an 85% stake in Thom Browne. Prior to acquiring Thom Brown, Zegna had started to manufacture parts of the American designer’s collection.

“I suppose we got a little head of ourselves! But in the past few months we did start producing a small of part of Thom’s summer 2019 spring-summer collection. So, we have already taken the first steps,” laughs Zegna in a phone call from his office in south Milan as reported in

“Obviously, we were looking for something and this came along in an almost casual way. It’s a good time to do a deal and we were quick and determined. Thom Browne really knows what he wants and has a great team; with a very strong CEO Rodrigo Bazan and a great marketing and communications director in Tomaso Galli,” added Zegna.

Acquiring Thom Browne was a natural progression for Zegna in that Ermenegildo, as a brand, is known for their fine fabrics used in classic men’s wear. Zegna and Thom Browne started talks in the spring of 2018, and with Thom Browne’s yearly profits nearing $150 million, Zegna realized that Thom Browne’s business was a well-oiled machine.

“But when I saw an opening we got together immediately. I met Thom a few times and then things moved quickly—silently and efficiently. We want to keep Thom independent. Our job is one of support,” explained Zegna. Thom Browne will show in Paris on September 30.

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Rihanna adds to the family

There is a new fragrance in Rihanna’s family of fragrances. Reb l”Fleur Always is the sister fragrane to Ri-Ri’s Reb l’Fleur which was released in 2011. Rihanna’s current family of fragrances includes ‘Nude,’ ‘Kiss,’ ‘Riri’ and ‘Rogue.’ 

As reported in, Reb’l Fleur Love Always is a richer version of the original perfume. It features fruity top notes of red berries, purple plum and peach, with a heart of Hawaiian hibiscus flower, violet and tuberose, and base notes of vanilla, patchouli, amber and musk.

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A good team

Nike and street wear brand Supreme are teaming up again. This seasonal collaboration will drop the newest version of their sneaker ‘Gato’ on August 31. The ‘Gato’ silhouette was introduced by Nike in 2011 and has been reinvented several times.

Now, Supreme has jumped into the fray, reinventing ‘Gato’ for Nike. The new Gato features a calfskin leather upper with cushion midsole, gum outsole, and lenticular side panels. It will be offered in four-color ways including red, white, black and light blue. 

The Supreme/Nike ‘Gato’ will retail for $110, releasing in the US on Thursday. The sneak will release in Japan on September 1.

—William S. Gooch

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