Fashion News Alert: Zendaya’s New Gig, Kim K’s Birthday Beauty Collection, Vionnet Liquidates, and Diversity Increased for Spring 2019

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Fashion’s love affair with celebrities continues. And Zendaya is the newest celeb to profit from this love affair.Zendaya is the latest celebrity that is being employed as a brand ambassador for Tommy Hilfiger. In her role as women’s global brand ambassador, Zendaya will launch a Tommy X Zendaya capsule collection to go on sale in February 2019. She will also be one of the faces for the brand’s spring 2019 collection.

I love to collaborate with people who are passionate about making their dreams a reality and who inspire the next generation to do the same,” said Tommy Hilfiger. “Zendaya has become a global icon, using fashion to make bold statements while always staying true to herself. Our capsule collection will fuse her eclectic style with the Americana spirit of our brand.”

In the past, Tommy Hilfiger has worked with supermodel Gigi Hadid on collaborations with his brand and Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton on his menswear division.

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Vionnet liquidates

Legendary French fashion house might Vionnet be closing. The iconic fashion house, owned by socialite Goga Ashkenazi, announced on Tuesday that it has gone into voluntary liquidation.

With the experience and acquired wisdom in the turbulent environment of today’s transformed fashion industry, Vionnet has decided to redefine its activities in the light of Madeleine Vionnet’s timeless heritage and entrepreneurial vision and courage and engage in innovative ways pursuant to sustainable development strategies. We see it as the only way forward for us and humanity as a whole.” said Goga Ashkenazi, chairwoman and creative director of Vionnet, in a recent release.

Vionnet was founded in Madeleine Vionnet in 1912 and is credited with freeing women from corsets and inventing the technique of cutting on the bias. In 2012, by Goga Ashkenazi acquired the iconic fashion house from Matteo Marzotto and Gianni Castiglioni, the former CEO of Marni, moving the brand from Paris to Milan. Later, Goga Ashkenazi attempted to revert the brand from a sportswear brand it had become back to more of a luxury brand.

According to, while Vionnet is in liquidation, “the brand searches for investors that would enable the brand to be re-positioned on the market.”

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Kim K expands

Kim Kardashian’s empire continues to expand. For her 38th birthday, Kim K has created a brand new makeup collection. “Flashing Lights” is a new cosmetics series from KKW Beauty.

According to, Flashing Lights features seven ‘Pressed Powder Pigments’ and seven ‘Loose Powder Pigments,’ the collection comes in dazzling jewel tones such as pink, silver, gold, turquoise, violet, rose and royal blue, offering a pearly finish. Each pressed powder comes individually packaged in its own perspex compact, packaged in a mirrored silver box, while the loose powders—which can be used wet or dry and mixed with lip gloss or worn as eyeliner—come in oblong perspex tubes. The collection launches on October 19.

Since its debut in 2017, KKW Beauty and KKW Fragrances has netted Kim $350 million and recently placing her at number 54 on Forbes’ ‘America’s Richest Self-Made Women’ list.

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Diversity of the runway

Should there be complaints about the lack of diversity in the fashion industry? Well, if you believe the diversity report from, the complaints should be few and far between; especially, when it comes to models of color.

According to, there was a total of 36.1% of models of color for the spring 2019 fashion season in New York, London, Milan, and Paris. This statistic is up 3.6% compared to fall 2018.

New York has the largest percentage, topping at 44.8% of models being models of color. London followed with 36.2%, Paris with 32.4%, with Milan lagging behind with 29.9%. This diversity inclusion also captured curvy models, with this season topping at 54 models across 15 shows in New York, Paris, London, and Milan.

Trans women and non-binary models also increased for the spring 2019 season, topping with 91 catwalk appearances, walking in 52 shows. Now, the question is if this diversification is trickling down to larger or equal paychecks!!

—William S. Gooch

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