Fashion News Alert: Rita Ora’s New Gig, Kelly Rowland Collaborates with Fabletics, Simon Spurr’s New Job, and Chico’s to Close Stores

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Simon Spurr has been named the global director of 7 For All Mankind. Spurr will be based in Los Angeles and his duties will include leading the brand’s global teams in “[bridging] 7 For All Mankind’s heritage as a premium denim brand with a new, modern approach across classifications,” detailed in a press release.“[Spurr] brings the perfect balance of relevant experience, entrepreneurial spirit, and fashion vision to lead 7 For All Mankind® into its third decade,” said Tim Baxter, Delta Galil Premium Brands chief executive officer in a fashionnetwork.com article. “Importantly, Simon also has a strong, directional perspective on how we can modernize the brand and position it for accelerated growth while sustaining our legacy as a premium denim brand.”

Spurr’s new role at 7 For All Mankind will coincide with the brand’s 20th Anniversary. Spurr’s debut collection for the brand will launch in spring 2020.

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Kelly Rowland loves the 90’s

Kate Hudson’s activewear line, Fabletics, has a new collaboration. Pop star Kelly Rowland is the newest celebrity collaborator with Hudson’s popular activewear line.

This winter 2019 capsule collection, inspired by 90s nostalgia, is Rowland’s first activewear collaboration. The capsule collection pays homage to Rowland’s time with Destiny’s Child in the 90s and that style is reflected in the capsule collection’s range of hue of soft mauve, light bronze, black cherry and wine violet with sexy athletic detail finishes.

“[The capsule collection] truly celebrates every woman and every beautiful curve,” Rowland said of the line. “In my collection, I feel ready to take on anything that may come my way, all while looking and feeling great.” Rowland further explains that the capsule collection is “about versatility, movement, being comfortable and feeling confident,” according to the pop star. 

The capsule collection includes seven outfits with items ranging from sports bras, tops and leggings, as well as a bodysuit and hoodie, while the highlight pieces of the collection include a reversible bomber jacket. The capsule collection is now on sale online and in retail stores.

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Rita Ora expands into footwear

British popstar Rita Ora has a new job. Ora is collaborating with Giuseppe Zanotti for a footwear collection dubbed ‘GZxRita Ora.’ GZxRita Ora line will contain flats, high-heeled styles, including slides, sandals, mules and peep-toe boots with a chunky Cuban Link chain feature on the heel, according to fashionnetwork.com.

Zanotti has a history of collaborating with celebrities including Jennifer Lopez, Katy Perry, Gigi Hadid, and Rihanna. GZxRita Ora is launching on January 24 and will be priced between $795 and $2,495.

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Chico’s plans to shutter brick and mortars

LA–based Chico’s has announced plans to close 250 stores over three years to focus on its digital platform. According to a press release Chico’s restructuring “will allow the company to take advantage of its lease expiration cadence, while improving profitability and return on invested capital.”

“Our focus is on implementing those initiatives that drive the greatest levels of growth and profitability of our business,” said Shelley Broader, Chico’s CEO and president. “This includes continued improvement in each of our differentiated brands, increased flexibility and efficiency across our organization, and fully leveraging the capabilities of our robust omnichannel platform.” 

To boost its digital presence, Chico’s is partnering with QVC, Amazon, and Shoprunner. Following Chico’s store closings announcement, the company’s stock rose 1.9% in premarket trading.

—William S. Gooch
 

 

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