Fashion News Alert: Tyra Banks Returns to Sports Illustrated, Rihanna’s Fenty Maison, NYFW Shrinks to Five Days, and Goodbye Max Azria

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Supermodel/Media Mogul Tyra Banks has returned to Sports Illustrateds Swimwear edition. The 45-year-old Banks has graced the cover of Sports Illustrated three times prior to the 2019 cover.”This is for everybody that has been told that they are not good enough because of their body, their age, their everything,” Banks told her 6.3 million followers on Instagram.

“Since Tyra’s first cover in 1996, she’s transformed herself into nothing less than a mogul, a cultural force and a supernova of inspiration and empowerment,” said SI Swimsuit Editor, MJ Day, adding: “Alex Morgan stands for feminine strength and power—using her voice to fight for gender discrimination and equal pay and Camille Kostek, only a year after we discovered her in our annual Model Search casting, marks the launch of a career swimming in potential. These women emulate determination to own who they are and demonstrate how limitless they can be.”

The theme for the 2019 Sports Illustrated Swimwear edition is “Shattered Perceptions.” The issue contains 34 women, featuring seven athletes, four mother, and six rookies.

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Rihanna’s house

LVMH has finally announced they will launch Fenty Maison, Rihanna’s new luxury clothing line. Fenty Maison will be based in Paris and will be composed on accessories, shoes and ready-to-wear.

“Designing a line like this with LVMH is an incredibly special moment for us,” Rihanna explained in a press release. “Mr. Arnault has given me a unique opportunity to develop a fashion house in a luxury sector, with no artistic limits. I couldn’t imagine a better partner both creatively and business-wise, and I’m ready for the world to see what we have built together.”

According to The New York Times, Rihanna is the first woman to create a fashion brand at LVMH, and the first woman of color to helm a LVMH fashion brand. Bravo and kudos to Rihanna!!

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Fashion week shrinks

The CFDA announced today that New York Fashion Week: The Shows (NYFWS) will be shortened to five days instead of its current seven-day schedule. Some years back NYFW was cut down from eight days to seven, starting on Thursday and lasting through the Wednesday of the following week.

With the new schedule, NYFWS will commence on Friday and end on Wednesday week. The dates set for next season are September 6 through September 11. “This effort is not only for U.S. industry and talent but will also serve as the change needed to further globalize New York Fashion Week,” explained the CFDA on its website. 

The call for this change seems to be coming from incoming CFDA Chairman Tom Ford. Ford is looking to revamp NYFWS, perhaps in the fashion week models that are employed in Europe.

NYFWS has been in decline for the past few years, and a revamp and revitalization are necessary to keep NYFWS as one of the premier global fashion weeks. Ford will not start his position at the CFDA until 2020.

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Bye, bye Max

The fashion world mourns the loss of Max Azria. Max Azria was one of the most beloved fashion designers of the late 80s and 90s, launching his fashion brand, BCBG Max Azria, in 1989.

The Tunisian-born Max Azria moved with his family to Paris as a young boy. With his brother Serge, Max Axria founded a textile company that supplied textiles to Sentier, on of Paris oldest garment districts.

After selling the business in 1981, Max Azria moved to the US and launched his women’s luxury line BCBG Max Azria which over time morphed into a company that would acquire Herve Leger, Dorotennis and Manoukian. For most of the past two decades, BCBG has been a constant presence at New York Fashion Week.

In 2016, Max Azria stepped down in his executive role at BCBG, with the company filing for bankruptcy a year later. Marquee Group now owns BCGG Max Azria and BCBGeneration.

After a long illness, Max Azria died at the age of 70 at his home in Houston. He is survived by his wife Lubov and his three children.

—William S. Gooch

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