Fashion News Alert: Zendaya and Lancome, Gigi Hadid’s New Gig, Alber Elbaz Is Back, and Kenzo’s New Creative Director

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For those who’ve wondered were Alber Elbaz would end up after his departure from Lanvin four years ago, wonder no more. Elbaz has created a capsule collection of Italian brand Tod’s. Entitled, “Happy Moments,” the capsule collection is inspired the turbulent four years of Elbaz’s life after being fired from Lanvin.

“It’s been a while. Four years. Some happy moments and some not so happy moments. But that’s life,” added Elbaz in a article. For different reasons … All we do is make everyone else happy, but we are not. We are the second skin of the world and we lose our own skin,” continued Elbaz.

This shoe capsule collection has moccasins and of course, sneakers with ergonomic soles. “Given the traffic at shows, maybe sneakers are the new cars. All I wanted to do was change the soles at Tod’snot the soul of Tod’s,” quipped Elbaz.

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Gigi smells good

Supermodel Gigi Hadid can add Michael Kors’ fragrance Wanderlust to her impressive list of modeling jobs. Today, Michael Kors announced that Gigi Hadid would be the new face of the Wanderlust fragrance.

Wanderlust contains a bouquet of almond milk accord, Italian bergamot, Sicilian mandarin, and pink pepper, followed by dianthus, jasmine grandiflorum absolute, jasmine sambac absolute, heliotrope fragrances. This bouquet is set off by dry notes of sandalwood Sri Lanka, cashmeran wood, and benzoin siam.

The summer 2019 Wanderlust fragrance campaign was photographed in Turks and Caicos by Inez & Vinoodh.

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Zendaya’s new job

Speaking of smelling good, Zendaya has been slated to be the brand ambassador for Lancome’s new fragrance. Lancome’s ‘Idôle’ was created to appeal to millennials.

We are excited to be able to create a fragrance for a new generation of women questioning the status quo, breaking free from tradition and re-defining the meaning of success,” added Françoise Lehmann, Lancôme Global Brand President. “Collective and beneficial for all women, this new confidence is inciting them to raise the bar a little higher every time.”

“Idôle is a perfume that has meaning,” Zendaya says. “I like the fact that it’s fresh and light. I am very particular about perfumes, and Idôle smells absolutely beautiful and I love it.”

This new Lancome fragrance contains sustainably sourced Isparta Rose Petal Essence from Turkey made exclusively for the brand. It also features notes of bergamot, accords of pear, India Jasmine Grandiflorum, and a new ‘clean and glow’ accord. It will be presented in a slender bottle that measures just 15mm in thickness. Idôle goes on sale globally on August 22.

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Kenzo has a new creative director

All rumors about the new creative director of Kenzo have been confirmed. LVMH, which owns Kenzo, has announced that Felipe Oliveira Baptista is the new creative director of Kenzo. Baptista was the former creative director for Lacoste, serving in that post for eight years before departing in 2018.

Baptista will join Kenzo in the beginning of this month, debuting his first fall 2021 collections for Kenzo in Paris in early 2020. “His contemporary, innovative creative vision and his extremely comprehensive design approach will enable the label to deploy its potential while respecting its unique heritage,” said Sylvie Colin, general manager of Kenzo.

The 44-year-old Baptista is a native of the island of Azores, and a fashion design graduate of London’s Kingston University. Baptista began his fashion career with Max Mara and later working at Cerruti and Christophe Lemaire. Baptista is credited with rejuvenating Lacoste, making it a go-to brand for young consumers.

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