Weekend Fashion News Alert: Olivia Palermo Collaborates with Karl Lagerfeld, Libertine Abandons NYFW, Ruby Rose’s New Gig, and Elizabeth and James Teams with Kohls

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Olivia Palermo’s capsule collection collaboration with Karl Lagerfeld’s namesake brand is set to launch in Dubai on June 12 in the Lagerfeld Dubai store. The capsule collection was revealed to the press in Paris on Tuesday.The capsule collection contains 19 pieces, as well as four bags, inspired by Lagerfeld’s expressionist aesthetic and Palermo’s native New York. “I wanted to respect the aesthetic of Karl Lagerfeld with an added sporty New York feel. Clothes that are stylish and cool,” said Palermo in a phone call, as reported in fashionnetwork.com.

The global launch of the collaborative capsule collection will take place of June 27, presenting in all Lagerfeld flagship stores with the bespoke pieces being available online.  The worldwide campaign will store Olivia Palermo and will be shot by Chris Coles in Paris.  

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G-Star and Ruby Rose

Actress and TV host Ruby Rose has a new job. Ruby Rose is the new brand ambassador for G-Star and will be featured in black and white images for the brand’s new campaign that feature her rebellious spirit.

“I’ve always been a fan of G-Star, their attitude really aligns with my passion and respect for our planet. In this specific campaign, I love how G-Star motivates us to embrace who we are and feel confident in doing so. Denim has a magical way of attributing to that confidence,” the actress said in a statement.

Supermodel Jon Kortajarena will be featured in a short video with Ruby Rose. The entire campaign will be launched officially on April 15.

Libertine spring 2019 images courtesy of fashionreverie.com

Bye, bye New York Fashion Week

Another bites the dust, well when it comes to New York Fashion Week: The Shows (NYFWS). In the past few years NYFWS has experienced fashion designers defecting to other international fashion weeks. Tommy Hilfiger, Monique Lhuillier, Jeremy Scott, Rebecca Minskoff, Reem Acra, Vera Wang, and Venexiana, former mainstays of NYFWS, no longer present collection in New York City. Now another NYFWS regular has jumped ship.

Libertine will present its fall 2019 show in Los Angeles instead of New York City on April 26. The brand did not show in New York City in February. Los Angeles is the hometown of Libertine founder and creative director Johnson Hartig.

Founded in 2001, Libertine has been a mainstay of NYFWS for almost two decades; however, the brand is readjusting its audience by showing at Los Angeles’ history Wilshire Ebell Theatre. This fall 2019 collection will be a collaboration with the Jimi Hendrix estate. The collection will be comprised of pieces designed by Hendrix’s sister Janie.

Images of Elizabeth and James spring 2019 courtesy of businessoffashion.com

The Olsen twins and Kohls

Elizabeth and James, the mid-priced line designed by Ashley and Mary Kate Olsen is looking for new life. And the brand is looking for new life at mega-retail discount store Kohls.

Kohls will now exclusively sell Elizabeth and James, as the Olsen twins shuttered the Elizabeth and James’s store in September of 2018 and laid off its staff and design team due to poor retail sales. The Olsen twins entered to a licensing agreement with Kohls so that the Elizabeth and James brand would continue and to reach a broader audience.  

“Our vision for Elizabeth and James is to deliver a lifestyle brand that offers women access to premium fashion at an affordable price without sacrificing quality and fit,” Mary-Kate Olsen said in a press release. “Kohl’s is the right partner to take our brand into a new era, while staying true to the high-quality, fashion-forward designs that our loyal brand enthusiasts expect from us.”

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