Fashion News Alert: Supreme Collaborates with Jean-Paul Gaultier, Cavalli Closes Stores in the US, Carine Roitfeld’s New Gig, and Project Runway All Star’s Fake Sponsorship

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The “Project Runway: All Stars” Season 7 finale revealed something that was a little off putting. That said; based on this unusual series of events, the Trump Administration is not the only institution screaming about fake media.Apparently, “Project Runway: All Stars’” JC Penny’s sponsorship never existed.  According to The New York Times, JC Penny only supplied items for the accessories wall. And though host Melissa Milano detailed that winning looks per episode would be available at JC Penny’s, that turned out not to be the case.

Due to the Harvey Weinstein’s scandals, JC Penny’s dissolved its relationship with “Project Runway: All Stars.” The Weinstein Company was the producer of the show until the company filed for bankruptcy in 2018.

Unbeknownst to viewers, “Project Runway: All Stars” Season 7 was filmed in the summer of 2017 but didn’t officially air until January 2019. The JC Penny relationship had dissolved by the time season 7 aired. So, Melissa Milano didn’t create a fake sponsorship, the timing was just way off.

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Jean-Paul Gaultier and Supreme

Fashion collaborations continue. The latest designer to jump into the collaboration pool is Jean-Paul Gaultier.

The iconic French designer will collaborate with New York-based street and skateboard clothing line, Supreme. The collaboration was announced on Supreme’s Instagram account.

The first looks from this collaboration will be released in Supreme stores and on its website on April 11. True to form, it is expected that Supreme will release a limited amount at first, causing fans of the brand to clamber for the limited releases.

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Cavalli shutters US stores

For those not aware, Roberto Cavalli’s fashion brand has been experiencing major retail losses. This decline in sales has forced the company to close operations in the US.

In the market for new investors, Cavalli is using these draconian methods to prove that the company is attempting to solve its retail decline challenges. The US market suffered the biggest retail losses of any other market.

“It’s been a very difficult market for the brand for a long time and losses were too high. All of Roberto Cavalli’s operations in the country are currently suspended,” the company told fashionetwork.com. On March 29, it was announced the Roberto Cavalli brand is filing for composition through the Court of Milan, a safeguarding measure which will allow the company to continue its operations, while also reassuring suppliers and creditors, as well as potential buyers. The brand “intends to utilize a well-defined legal mechanism arranged by the legislator to manage and overcome critical phases that could also lead to the suspension of some activities in foreign countries.”

Clessidra, which controls 90% of the brand’s capital has been looking to sell its stake in Cavalli for some time. Clessidra has approached Bluestar Capital, that owns Bebe, Catherine Malandrino, Tahari, and Brookstone, to invest in Cavalli.

Though Cavalli has not released its 2018 sales report, in 2017 Europe formed 45% of total sales with the US comprising 27% of sales. There are seven Cavalli stores, four outlets, and a concession in the US, employing 93 workers.

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Carine after Karl

Former Vogue editor Carine Roitfeld is moving up in the world. It has been announced that Roitfeld is the official style advisor to the Karl Lagerfeld brand. Roitfeld’s new position will be active for the next three seasons with her first collection coming out for the spring 2020 season.

“I am honored and grateful for having had the opportunity to work with Karl for so many years (…) He is forever a legend, and he redefined the meaning of fashion, photography and stardom. It is an honor to collaborate as style adviser with the label bearing his name, to disseminate his signature vision in the course of the next three seasons,” said Roitfeld in a fashionnetwork.com article.

At the time of his death, Karl Lagerfeld had already appointed a creative director, Hun Kim. Kim and Roitfeld will collaborate on the brand’s spring 2020 collection which Lagerfeld had started designing before his death.

We already have a creative team appointed by [Lagerfeld], led by Creative Director Hun Kim, who was picked by Karl Lagerfeld himself, explained the brand’s CEO Pier Paolo Righi “With the talent of Carine Roitfeld as style adviser, we will celebrate Karl’s iconic design aesthetic and keep it alive.”

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