Fashion News Alert: Jason Wu Pairs with Eloquii, Gucci Invests Millions in Diversity, Tom Ford Takes Over at the CFDA, and Lacoste Celebrates Keith Haring

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OK, it has all come to past. Tom Ford has been named chairman of the Council Federation of Fashion Designers (CFDA). His new job goes into effect on January 1, 2020.Tom Ford takes over the role of chairman from Diane von Furstenberg, who helmed the CFDA for thirteen years. Ford has been a member of the CFDA since 2000 and has won seven CFDA awards, winning the CFDA Menswear Designer of the Year in 2015.

One of the many challenges that Tom Ford will face in taking over the chairmanship of CFDA is New York Fashion Week (NYFW). NYFW is rumored to be moving to The Shed at the newly opened Hudson Yards for the spring 2020 season.

Ford will continue to helm his eponymous fashion label while he serves as chairman of the CFDA. Ford launched his namesake label in 2005.

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Gucci’s remedy for diversity issues

In response to the clap backs and the backlash around Gucci’s racially insensitive black jumpsuit with a collar image that evoked images of black minstrels, Gucci has launched the “Gucci Changemakers” program. The “Gucci Changemakers” initiative was created to have a “lasting social impact in our communities and within the fashion industry,” Gucci explained through its social media platforms.

Coincidentally, the black turtleneck jumpsuit in question was immediately pulled from stores as a result of the controversy. “We consider diversity to be a fundamental value to be fully upheld, respected, and at the forefront of every decision we make. We are fully committed to increasing diversity throughout our organization and turning this incident into a powerful learning moment for the Gucci team and beyond,” said the house in an official statement published at the time, as reported in fashionnetwork.com.

Gucci will invest $10 million dollars into the “Gucci Changemakers.” “I believe in dialogue, building bridges and taking quick action. This is why, we started working immediately on the long-term infrastructure at Gucci to address our shortcomings,” said Gucci CEO Marco Bizzarri in a press release. “And now through our Changemakers program, we will invest important resources to unify and strengthen our communities across North America, with a focus on programs that will impact youth and the African-American community.”

Hmm, time will tell!!

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Jason Wu x Eloquii

Spring 2019 promises to be another season of fashion collaborations. Jason Wu is partnered with plus-size brand Eloquii. This collaborative effort will focus on women from size 14 and up. Jason Wu previously partnered with Eloquii for a Holiday 2018 capsule collection.

“I was so happy to work with Eloquii again on a spring capsule collection that is beautifully feminine and refined,” Wu said of the collaboration. “I especially love the freshness of the floral pieces that are perfect for the warmer season.”

The 26-piece Jason Wu x Eloquii Spring 2019 series includes dresses, tees, blouses, blazers, trousers and skirts, with special attention given to colorful motifs such as pinstripes and florals in a cheerful palette that riffs on blues, greens, yellows, and whites. Prices points range between $59.95 to$149.95.

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Lacoste looks to Keith Haring

Fashion collaborations continue to florish, from Tommy Hilfiger partnering with Zendaya and Gigi Hadid, Reebok teams up with Cardi B, Alexander Wang and Uniqlo, and the list goes on and on and Lacoste collaborating with a brand that will make fashion fans’ hearts quiver.

Lacoste, in collaboration with Artestar, is primed to launch a ready-to-wear and accessories collection celebrating the art of Keith Haring. The collaborative collection pays tribute to Keith Harings’ expressions of bold color, patterns, and pop art of the 1980s. Two of the most recognizable motifs from the collection will be Harings’ “Barking Dog” and “Heart” motif.

The Keith Haring x Lacoste capsule includes the brand’s iconic polo shirts—finished with various motifs—s well as shirts, sweaters, dresses, jackets, swimwear, sneakers, a reversible tote bag and even watches. The Keith Haring x Lacoste capsule collection launches on March 27 on the Lacoste e-commerce store and select Lacoste stores.

—William S. Gooch

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