Fashion News Alert: “Very Ralph” Documentary, Richemont Partners with Alber Elbaz, Cara Delevinge Teams with Nasty Gal, and Biggest Mall in the Northeast Opens in the US

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Finally, there’s a documentary about Ralph Lauren’s life. And it’s about time!!

Very Ralph,” and upcoming HBO documentary about Ralph Lauren’s explores his humble beginnings in the Bronx to establishing an American fashion empire. “Very Ralph,” directed by Susan Lacy contains archival footage from the brand’s archives, as well as interviews from Karl Lagerfeld, Anna Wintour, and Naomi Campbell. Lauren was presented with the idea of the documentary by former HBO CEO Richard Plepler.

“It was my 50th anniversary.” said Lauren, whose children also encouraged him to move forward with the project. “If I’m going to do something, I might as well do it now.”

“Very Ralph” premiered in New York City at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on October 23 and was attended by fashion and entertainment industry elites. “He’s a great American hero,” Vera Wang told Reuters in a red-carpet interview. “He really brought the American experience to the whole world and I doubt that would be possible today to reproduce.”

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Another partnership for Alber Elbaz

Iconic fashion designer Alber Elbaz will partner with Richemont on a dynamic project. The Richemont group owns labels including Dunhill, Chloé, Montblanc, and Peter Millar.

“Upon hearing Alber Elbaz describe his vision for fashion and the projects it inspires in him, I was again struck by his creativity and insight. His talent and inventiveness, with his sensitivity towards women and their wellbeing, will be of great value to our Group and its Maisons,” said Johann Rupert, chairman of Richemont in a fashionnetwork.com.

Elbaz has commented that he’s,m”very happy to partner with Richemont and to establish [his] “dream factory,” which will focus on developing solutions for women of our times.” Alber Elbaz in the past couple of months has collaborated with several fashion brands on special projects.

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Cara Delevinge collaborates, yet again

Supermodel and actress Cara Delevinge has scored yet another collaboration. This time the collab is with Nasty Gal. Cara will be designing a 40-piece collection.

The collection will contain beaded jackets, overstuffed suiting, statement tees, sheer tops, and faux-leather garments. These pieces will come in mostly neutral tones. The collection retails between $30 to $300 and will come in sizes 0 to 20.

“I couldn’t be more thrilled to star in Nasty Gal’s holiday campaign,” said Delevingne, as detailed in a fashionweekdaily.com. “I’ve followed the brand for years and am inspired by their approach to fashion–always rebellious and ever evolving. I love to work with brands that push the envelope on style, and this collection does just that.”

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Big mall, big crowds, well, maybe?

With retail in decline, is there room for another massive mall? Well, New Jersey state officials seem to think so.

After 20 years of stops and starts, American Dream is finally opening this Friday. American Dream will be the second largest mall in the US and the third largest in the Northeast. It will showcase three million square feet of leasable space dedicated to more than a dozen entertainment attractions like a 16-story indoor ski slope, rollercoaster, waterpark and eventually 450 retail, food and specialty shops.

“You can make it your backyard playground if you live in Manhattan or even if you’re in New Jersey,” said Ken Downing, chief creative officer for Triple Five Group, the mall’s developer in an apnews.com article. “It’s a staycation. So, it’s a little bit of competing with mindset and emotion, far more than a property or even Disneyland.”

Sounds like an incredible experience; however, what remains to be answered is if shoppers will come to this mega mall in large numbers. In 2017, Credit Suisse a report that predicted the closure of over a quarter shopping malls by 2022. Since 2015, only nine shopping malls have been built, a sharp decline from 43 malls built in 1973.

Don Ghermezian, the CEO and developer of American Dream and Triple Five conceded in a brief press statement that, “everybody talks about the future of retail and the future of entertainment, and how you merge the two. But there really isn’t a center on the planet that has done it to the degree that we’ve done in here.”

The Dream Mall, located in East Rutherford, NJ, will open on Friday. The Dream Mall will open to full capacity in the spring of 2020.

—William S. Gooch

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