Fashion News Alert: Meghan Markle’s Fashion Line, Ferrari Disassociates with Philipp Plein, and Pyer Moss’ New Gig

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When Philipp Plein is not making news with hip-hop-inspired fashion collections, he is making headlines with controversy and outrageous behavior. Earlier in 2019, Plein created a buzz by being hustled out of a million dollars by a Kanye West wannabee. There has also been controversy with Plein using a hip-hop band for his winter 2019 collection that used the N-word several times during their performance. Additionally, Plein made headlines by threatening to sue a fashion editor for a bad review of his fall 2019 collection.

This time around, the controversy centers around Plein posting an image on Instagram of his $800 sneakers on the hood of his green $350,000 812 Superfast Ferrari. Ferrari claims that Plein posted the Instagram image for promotion of his brand, contending that the Plein brand, “tarnishes the reputation of Ferrari.”

Additionally, Ferrari sent a restraining letter to Plein demanding that he remove the said image from his Instagram post. According to, Ferrari states that Plein’s Instagram post aligns Ferrari “with a lifestyle [that is] totally inconsistent with [its] brand perception, in connection with performers making sexual innuendos and using Ferrari’s cars as props in a manner which is per se distasteful.”

Plein has responded by threatening legal action against the luxury car brand, stating that, “I can’t even put in words how disappointed and disgusted I am.” Plein claims that he has bought four Ferraris over a ten-year period.

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Meghan Markle’s foray into fashion

Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex, has branched into fashion. First, she has been assigned a guest editor position for the September issue of British Vogue, and additionally Markle is working on a fashion collaboration with Misha Nonoo, Mark & Spencer, Jigsaw, and John Lewis & Partners on a workwear series of suitable interview apparel for women.  This collaboration will benefit Markle’s royal patronage, Smart Works. Smart Works assist women who are re-entering the job market with suitable interview clothing and interview coaching sessions.

“When you walk into a Smart Works space, you’re met with racks of clothing and an array of bags and shoes,” the Duchess reportedly writes in the digital issue of British Vogue, as detailed in “Sometimes, however, it can be a potpourri of mismatched sizes and colours, not always the right stylistic choices or range of sizes. To help with this, I asked Marks & Spencer, John Lewis & Partners, Jigsaw and my friend, the designer Misha Nonoo, if they were willing to design a capsule collection of more classic options for a workwear wardrobe.”

For each workwear garment that is purchased from these collaborations, one garment will be donated to Smart Works. The fashion line will be released later in the year.

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Kerby Jean-Raymond and Reebok

Pyer Moss’ creative director Kerby Jean-Raymond has created a new fashion line for Reebok. With major competition from Puma, Nike and other global sportswear brands, Reebok has been struggling of late to gain market traction. Reebok is hoping that this collaboration with Jean-Raymond will help revitalize the brand. Jean-Raymond will serve as creative director for a new division of Reebok, Reebok Studies.

Pyer Moss came to prominence in the New York fashion market in late 2015 during New York Fashion: The Shows spring 2016 season. Often the brand’s collection depicts and draw inspiration from African American culture, taking on at times a political slant.

Though Adidas acquired Reebok in 2005, the sportswear brand continues to struggle. Shares of Reebok fell by 3.05 percent in 2018.

William S. Gooch

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