Fashion News Alert: Athleta Supports Simone Biles, Boohoo Boots DaBaby, and the NYFW Spring 2022 Calendar Is Here

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Earlier in the week, US Olympic gymnast Simone Biles pulled out of the Tokyo Olympics’ gymnastic all-around competition, as well as three of the event finals—Biles qualified for all four event finals. After botching on the vault during the Team event on Sunday, Biles pulled out of most of competition, citing mental health challenges.

Biles has continued to train in the hopes that she would be able to compete and get pass the “twisties,” a body/mind challenge where the gymnast cannot discern their placement in the air when doing very difficult airborne acrobatics. While battling this mind/body challenge, Biles has continued to be very supportive of her team members by being in the stands and routing for them during their competitions.

Biles has also received a ton of support from fans and loved ones while receiving harsh criticism from others on social media. Sportswear brand Athleta, which has been in partnership with Biles since April of this year, has also joined the chorus of supporters.

“We stand by Simone and support her well-being both in and out of competition,” an Athleta spokesperson said in a statement, as reported in cbsnews.com. “Being the best also means knowing how to take care of yourself. We are inspired by her leadership today and are behind her every step of the way.”

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The official NYFW spring 2022 season

The official New York Fashion Week (NYFW) is here!! The CFDA in partnership with IMG has released the official NYFW calendar for the spring 2022 season which includes 90-plus shows and presentations. NYFW week will be from September 7-12.

The first official show of the season will be Ulla Johnson on September 8. Others showing will be Rodarte, Gabriela Hearst, Tory Burch, Oscar de la Renta, Sergio Hudson, Maryam Nassir Zadeh, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Proenza Schouler, Coach, Michael Kors, Brandon Maxwell, Zero Maria Cornejo, Markarian, Telfar, Khaite, Staud, Jason Wu, Kevan Hall, Victor Glemaud, and Rebecca Minkoff.

Tom Ford is making a return to NYFW with Rachel Comey, Carolina Herrera, and Wes Gordon presenting anniversary collections for the spring 2022 season. Altuzarra and Thom Browne are also returning with Peter Dundas of DUNDAS presenting at NYFW for the first time. Moschino is also showing which promises to be one of the hottest tickets of the season.

“New York Fashion Week is back with a diverse lineup representative of the future of American fashion,” CFDA CEO Kolb said, as reported in dailyfrontrow.com. “Our fashion industry has come together as we continue to emerge from the pandemic, and a collaborative spirit is paramount to the success of our creative talents.”

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Loose lips, sink ships

Popular online, affordable, youth-oriented brand Boohoo has severed ties with hip-hop artist Dababy.  Apparently, DaBaby made a homophobic remark on stage in Miami over the past weekend. “If you didn’t show up today with HIV, AIDS, any of them deadly sexually transmitted diseases that’ll make you die in two, three weeks, then put your cellphone light up.”

DaBaby has a prolific relationship with BoohooMan, launching a large collection only a few weeks ago with DaBaby, as well as several marketing campaigns. However, DaBaby’s recent rant has caused the fast-fashion brand to pause their relationship.

“BoohooMan [condemns] the use of homophobic language and confirm we will no longer be working with DaBaby,” [the brand] said, as reported in fashionnetwork.com. “Diversity and inclusion are part of the Boohoo Groups DNA and we pride ourselves on representing the diverse customers we serve across the globe. We stand by and support the LGBTQ+ community, and do not tolerate any hate speech or discrimination in any form.”

DaBaby on Monday responded by referencing his gay fans and positive interactions with openly gay friends and celebrities.

—William S. Gooch

Fashion News Alert: Naomi Osaka’s and Megan Thee Stallion’s Sports Illustrated Swimwear Cover, Fashion Brands Distance from Kris Wu, and New York Men’s Day Is Back

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Naomi Osaka and Megan Thee Stallion grace multiple covers of the new Sports Illustrated Swimwear issue along with trans model Leyna Bloom. This three-cover issue is a precedent for Sports Illustrated Swimwear.

There are other precedents in this issue. Osaka is the first black athlete to grace the cover, Megan Thee Stallion is the first rapper to be on the cover, and Bloom is the first transgender model to appear on the cover of Sports Illustrated Swimwear.

This diversity and inclusion in this groundbreaking issue was intentional. “If there’s one thing that our cover models have in common, it’s that they don’t have one thing in common,” she said. “They look different, have different upbringings, have different passions and inspirations. But each is a reminder that beauty comes in many forms,” explained Sports Illustrated editor-in-chief MJ Day, as reported in dailyfrontrow.com.

There are 25 other diverse models in the current issue of Sports Illustrated Swimwear. The issues hit newsstands on July 22.

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NYMD returns

New York Men’s Day (NYMD) returns to New York Fashion Week (NYFW). Instead of it being an entity attached to the now defunct New York Fashion Week: Mens (NYFWM), NYMD is now attached to NYFW, presenting its menswear designers on the first day, September 8, of NYFW.

NYMD also has a new venue, Canoe Studios. NYMD will present two new emerging designers in addition to the other eight menswear designers on the roster. Menswear designers presenting include A.Potts (genderless) Carter Young (menswear), Chelsea Grays (menswear), KoH T (menswear & womenswear), ONYRMRK (menswear), Stan (genderless), Teddy Vonranson (menswear),  and the STOLEN GARMENT (gender neutral). William Frederick (genderless) and FRIED RICE (genderless) are presenting for the first time.

John Legend will present his footwear collaboration with Sperry during NYMD. Sperry is also one of the sponsors of NYMD along with Watchfinder & Co, the resource for pre-owned luxury watches.

“We are thrilled to be bringing NYMD back to in-person events this September during New York Fashion Week,” Erin Hawker of Agentry PR says, as reported in dailyfrontrow.com.  “It has been an interesting learning experience during the COVID-19 global pandemic, as we navigated digital showings for our designers. We are excited to incorporate what we have learned in the past and put forward an experience like no other in-person activation this season. Our mission remains the same, to provide a platform and voice for emerging new talent to be discovered. We could not have done this without the support of our existing and current sponsors, and partnerships that share our vision. Allowing us to showcase physical events locally and the ability to reach a global network digitally, NYMD continues to propel forward and evolve with time.” 

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Trouble for Kris Wu

More fashion brands have dropped Kris Wu or are suspending collaborations with the Chinese pop idol since allegations of sexual abuse have come out. Louis Vuitton, Bulgari, and Porsche have joined other fashion brands that are putting a distance between themselves and Wu. Lancome announced that their partnership with Wu expired in June.

On Sunday, Chinese news portal NetEase reported that 19-year old student Du Meizhu accused Wu of date-raping her. Du contends that Wu attempted to buy off her silence after the date rape by offering her 500,000 RMB ($77,100). Du Meizhu plans to go ahead with legal proceedings against Kris Wu. On social media Wu has denied the allegations.

Since Du Meizhu has come forward, other alleged victims have come forward. Wu, as well as his staff, have been accused of questionable actions, such as inviting young females to alcohol-induced karaoke parties with the Chinese pop star.

“I only met Miss Du once at a friend’s gathering, I didn’t ply her with alcohol … I have never ‘coerced women into sex’ or engaged in ‘date rape’,” the megastar also known as Wu Yifan, wrote on Monday.

—William S. Gooch

Fashion News Alert: NYFW’s New Venue, “Making the Cut’s” Second Season, and Mugler Retrospective to Debut at the Louvre

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New York Fashion Week (NYFW) has a new home. For the first time ever, NYFW will have fashion shows and presentations on Fifth Avenue.  The Fifth Avenue Association has provided a new three-story venue that will house several shows and presentations for the upcoming spring 2022 runway season.

The new location is 608 Fifth Avenue, between 48th and 49th Streets, conveniently across the street from Saks Fifth Avenue and Rockefeller Center. The venue will house a runway and presentation space, boasting state-of-the-art lighting, staging, and sound. 

“This September’s New York Fashion Week promises to amplify the immense creativity of the American fashion industry,” explained Steven Kolb, CEO of the CFDA, as reported in the dailyfrontrow.com. “New York City is not only an evergreen inspiration to our talented designers but also the ideal setting for the week. CFDA welcomes Fifth Avenue, with its storied history of providing a home to so many iconic fashion brands, to NYFW.”

“We are thrilled to welcome New York Fashion Week to Fifth Avenue as we celebrate and support one of the largest revenue-generating events for the fashion industry—and what better place than on Fifth Avenue, the heart of global fashion and luxury shopping,”  said Jerome Barth, Fifth Avenue Association’s president, detailed in fashionnetwork.com. “We look forward to being home to emerging designers and top talent this year and beyond.”

NYFW: The Shows spring 2022 season will take place in New York City September 8 through September 12.

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“Making the Cut” is back

Making the Cut” returns on Friday, July 16 for its second season on Amazon Prime hosted by Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn. Season 2 will have new judges, Winnie Harlow and Jeremy Scott.

Season 2 will include fashion designers from India, France, Poland, Colombia, the UK, Australia. and the US. The new season was shot in September of 2020, during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic with production concluded around the third week of October 2020. The season was filmed in Malibu, California.

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Thierry Mugler comes to the Louvre

Though Thierry Mugler actively retired from his brand in 2002, his brand MUGLER continues. It has been announced that the Musée des Arts Décoratifs (MAD) of the Louvre will host the Mugler exhibition, Thierry Mugler: Couturissime, in September. The exhibition will highlight and examine Thierry Mugler’s multidisciplinary talents, and ideas that influenced fashion, photography, video music culture, perfumery, and gay rights. 

Thierry Mugler: Couturissime will be staged inside the newly renovated Christine and Stephen A. Schwarzman Fashion Galleries of the Musée des Arts Décoratifs. The exhibit was initiated, produced, and circulated by the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (MMFA) in 2019. 

Thierry Mugler: Couturissime will showcase ready-to-wear collections and haute couture silhouettes as well as stage costumes, photographs and unpublished archives dating from 1973 to 2014. The exhibit was curated by Thierry-Maxime Loriot.

The exhibit will be displayed on two floors at the MAD of the Louvre and will be open from September 30, 2021 to April 24, 2022.

—William S. Gooch

Fashion News Alert: Christian Siriano to Debut First Solo Exhibition, A$AP Rocky’s New Gig, and the Karl Lagerfeld-Kenneth Ize Collaboration Launches

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Rapper A$AP Rocky has a new job. California-based, youth brand PacSun has hired A$AP Rocky as the brand’s first-ever creative director. A$AP Rocky will hold this position for 18 months.

A$AP Rocky’s duties will include overseeing designer collaborations, brand campaigns, and in-store activations that will support product launches at the PacSun locations in Downtown LA and Soho, New York. A$AP Rocky will also manage “several limited-edition collections that are both nostalgic and forward at the same time.”

 “Our community of customers is looking for something unexpected, that elevates their daily experience and lets them express their personal style. Nobody bridges the gap between high fashion and streetwear like A$AP Rocky,” said PacSun co-CEO Alfred Chang, as reported in fashionnetwork.com. “We are proud to welcome him to the PacSun family and energized about making his ideas a reality that can be shared (and worn) by millions and lead a global style conversation,” added Chang.

PacSun collaborated with A$AP Rocky for the first time in 2015 on a tee shirt collaboration which a tee shirt with an American flag turned upside down. PacSun believes that A$AP Rocky will continue to keep PacSun on their upward climb in sales. In 2020 PacSun came to more to $700 million in revenue.

“It has been an inspiring creative process for our team to work alongside A$AP Rocky for the past 18 months,” commented PacSun president Brieane (Brie) Olson. “The design process working with Rocky has really allowed the PacSun brand, which has always been built on youth culture, to connect design innovation with what is happening from a cultural perspective and translate that into coveted unique product offerings and design collaborations for our consumer.”
 

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Karl Lagerfeld-Kenneth Ize capsule collaboration

On Wednesday, the Karl Lagerfeld-Kenneth Ize capsule collaboration launched with curation by Karine Roitfeld. This gender-neutral capsule collaboration draws inspiration from Nigerian and European styles with “eye-catching prints with smart silhouettes.”

Kenneth Ize is based in Nigeria and many pieces in the capsule collection use traditional Nigerian aso oke cloth with all the fabrics for the accessories in this collection sourced from Nigeria. The color palette of this capsule collection is Chanel’s signature color palette of black and white with pops of bold color.

The collection includes a range of tailored separates, knitted tops and pants, “flowing silhouettes and sharp, casual pieces that can easily be worn with more sophisticated looks,” as reported in fashionnetwork.com. Price points range from £85/€99 and rising to £600/€695, with the collection available in the Paris Saint Germain and Regent Street, London Karl Lagerfeld physical stores, as well as via the Lagerfeld webstore, plus Farfetch and the Browns online store.

Kenneth Ize explained that working on the collection “allowed [him] to play with the brand’s existing style codes and expand my own approach to design.” And Carine Roitfeld detailed that “there’s a freshness to Kenneth’s designs that is so very different, and it creates a nice contrast to the brand’s DNA. I’m certain that Karl would have loved the collection and its exploration of [color] and culture.”

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Siriano’s Debut Exhibition

In September Christian Siriano will debut his first solo exhibition in Savannah, Georgia at the SCAD Museum of Art. The exhibition will be open to the public from September 24 through January 30, 2022. Entitled ‘People Are People,” this debut exhibit will be a part of SCAD’s 10th anniversary celebration.

“It is such an unbelievable honor to follow in the footsteps of so many great designers who have exhibited their work at SCAD,” Siriano said, as reported in fashionnetwork.com. “As a young designer it was always been my dream to create and inspire others especially a young generation and I truly hope this exhibit does that. This exhibition is a celebration of people and all their beauty.”

“It is an honor to dedicate an exhibition at SCAD MoA to Christian Siriano’s incredible body of work and highlight the undeniable impact he has had on the fashion industry,” said Rafael Gomes, director of fashion exhibitions at SCAD and curator for People Are People.  “His stunning creations are vibrant, whimsical, and combine beautiful craftsmanship with a unique point of view and upbeat positivity. We are proud to recognize Christian during this momentous year for SCAD’s museum.”

—William S. Gooch

Weekend Fashion News Alert: Scarlett Johansson’s Beauty Brand, Skims Connects to US Olympic Team, and Kylie Cosmetics Relaunches

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Kim Kardashian keeps expanding her empire.  Kardashian’s her undergarment/loungewear/shapewear brand Skims has been named the official undergarment and pajama brand for the US Olympic team and the US Paralympic team for the 2021 Tokyo Olympics.

When Kim launched her Skims in 2018, few predicted that this brand would achieve the market saturation that has been achieved. Valued at 1.6 million dollars, Skims has become one of the go-to brands for consumers that are looking for undergarments that not only support the body but also has a shaping component.

For the US Olympic team, Skims has created an assortment of bralettes, tee shirts, briefs, tank tops, leggings, socks, and more—each of which flaunt a United States flag emblem and Olympic rings. And Kardashian has tapped current Olympians Alex Morgan, Scout Bassett, Haley Anderson, A’ja Wilson, and Dalilah Muhammad to model the Tokyo Olympic collections. This new collection is available for consumers at skims.com.

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Scarlett Johansson tips into the skincare pool

Scarlett Johansson is the latest celebrity to dip into the beauty brand pool.  Though there is no name for the beauty brand, the launch date is in early 2022. The skincare beauty brand will be backed by Najafi Companies—the same private investment beauty firm behind Tracee Ellis Ross’ Pattern—as well as Moon Oral Care, Johansson will chair the skincare line.

Johansson will be assisted in this endeavor by fashion executive Kate Foster, who has previously worked with Juicy Couture and Victoria’s Secret Beauty. With her co-founder Kate Foster and Najfi Companies, Johansson will operate independently, maintaining her creative input and vision.

Johansson has previously served as a brand ambassador for L’Oréal Paris and Dolce & Gabbana. There is currently no information on the types of product that will be included in Johansson’s beauty brand.

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Kylie Cosmetics goes vegan

Kylie Cosmetics is relaunching as a clean, vegan brand with new formulas. American beauty conglomerate Coty, Inc announced this change in direction for Kylie Cosmetics on this past Thursday. Coty, Inc bought a majority share in Kylie Cosmetics in November 2019.

“We are excited about the relaunch of Kylie Cosmetics with a reformulated range that is really at the forefront of everything Gen Z wants,” said Sue Y. Nabi, Coty’s CEO, as reported in fashionnetwork.com. “Kylie Cosmetics is followed by many millions of people across the world. Our new online platform, along with selected retailers, allows consumers to buy their whole beauty routine in one space, from the cleanser to the moisturizer, the highlighter, or the lip color.”

“I’m so proud to relaunch Kylie Cosmetics with all new formulas that are clean and vegan,” said Kylie Jenner. “Innovation has come far in the past few years. When creating this line, it was so important to me to commit to using clean ingredients across the board, but to never sacrifice performance. My new lip kit has 8-hour wear and is so comfortable on the lips, and all my new formulas are amazing. I’m excited for everyone to try the new products.”

The updated formulas have been created without the use of animal oils, parabens, or gluten, along with a long list of over 1,600 other potentially harmful and irritating ingredients. There will also be a new packaging, as well as a new way to shop Kylie Cosmetics.

The relaunched Kylie Cosmetics will be available to consumers on July 15 through a new direct-to-consumer website, as well as such stores as Harrods and Selfridges in the UK, Douglas in Europe, and Mecca in Australia. The brand will be available in the US in Ulta Beauty stores in August 2021.

—William S. Gooch

Fashion News Alert: Victoria Beckham Combines Brands, Harlem Fashion Row announces “Close the Gap” winners, and Telfar Clemons Designs Olympic Opening Ceremony Uniforms for Liberia

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The Tokyo Olympics are less than a month away and already the fashion pundits are lining up to review Opening Ceremony uniforms. What most industry professionals have access to is previews of the Opening Ceremony uniforms. And to that respect Liberia’s Opening Ceremony uniforms is one of the first countries giving a sneak preview.

Telfar Clemons, who is designing the Liberian Opening Ceremony uniforms, released a preview of his designs via Instagram. The image on Instagram show a blue and white design referencing Telfar’s unisex one-shouldered tank. 

The partnership with Clemons came due to Liberian Olympic sprinter Emmanuel Matadi’s familiarity with Clemons due to his girlfriend being a fan of Clemons’ handbags. Matadi approached the Liberian attaché, Kouty Mawenh, about a possible collaboration.

When asked about his designs for the Liberian team, Clemons told the New York Times, “It’s all things you can’t find. They said, ‘Go crazy.’ So, I did.”

Though Clemons had never designed activewear before, he was excited about this opportunity. The uniforms are currently being tested and adjusted to meet performance requirements. Fans of the activewear will be able to purchase selections from the Opening Ceremony uniforms in September as a part of Telfar Clemons wider workout and sportswear line.

The Tokyo Olympics begin with Opening Ceremonies on July 23, 201.

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Victoria Beckham changes direction

When Victoria Beckham revealed her new pre-spring 2022 fashion collection, there was an obvious adjustment. Like many British fashion brands, Beckham has combined her two fashion brands—Victoria by Victoria Beckham and Victoria Beckham—into one signature brand. Additionally, Beckham has adjusted her brands’ price points.

Beckham seeks to return her brand to a positive financial position after being in the red for several seasons. Though celebrated for her sophisticated, fashion-forward collections, Beckham has struggled to turn the positive reviews about her collection into positive retail sales.

All that is looking to change with some restructuring. French luxury vehicle, NEO Investment Partner, is coming on board as an investment partner and their will be shift in direction with new CEO Marie Leblanc de Reynies and Chairman Ralph Toledano.

“We think of it as this as a rebirth. We are very excited about this collection as we have put Victoria by Victoria Beckham and Victoria Beckham into one cohesive collection, with a more accessible entry price point. To me this is a sweet spot,” explained Beckham, as reported in fashionnetwork.com.

Instead of the eight fashion collections that Beckham produced early year, the brand will scale back to just four collections. Beckham will also reduce the cost on her signature collection, which will be midway between Victoria Beckham and Victoria by Victoria Beckham’s price points.

“Before I struggled to know where [I] would go for affordable luxury for designer clothe—so we see this as a sweet spot. Plus, people constantly compliment us on the execution of the garments, which is great,” Beckham concedes.

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Fashion scholarships for HBCUs

The Gap and Harlem Fashion Row announced the winners of its “Close the Gap” scholarships, which is awarded to historically black universities and colleges (HBCU). The pool of scholarships amounts to over $510,000 dollars this year, making it the largest fashion scholarship ever presented to an HBCU by a fashion retailer.

The aim of the “Close the Gap” scholarship is to give educational opportunities to the next generation of black fashion industry professionals. The award recipients include two scholarships of $100,000 to North Carolina Central and North Carolina A&T; Five scholarships of $50,000 to Delaware State University, Howard University, Bowie State University, the University of Maryland Eastern Shore and Tennessee State University; and three scholarships of $20,000 to the University of Arkansas Pine Bluff, Clark Atlanta University and Norfolk State University.

“It is a great honor for us to partner with a global leader in the fashion world to kick off the inaugural awards ceremony that will turn into a yearly event,” said Brandice Daniel, founder and CEO of Harlem’s Fashion Row. “We are coming together as one to not only address pipeline issues of diversity and inclusion in the industry but also to help give them tools and guidance the next generation needs to take the fashion industry to new heights.”

—William S. Gooch

Fashion News Alert: Tracee Ellis Ross Has a New Gig, Ralph Lauren Corporation Aims for Zero Emissions, James Harden Joins Saks, and Manolo Blahnik Opens New York Flagship Store

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If starring in a hit television series and winning an Emmy is not enough, Tracee Ellis Ross is adding another accolade to her ever-growing lists of accomplishments. Ross has been named one of the three brand ambassadors for Tiffany & Co.

Accompanying Traci Ellis Ross in Tiffany’s new campaign is actress Anya Taylor-Joy and freelance skier Eileen Gu. These three new faces of the brand’s new “Give Me the T” campaign will debut in the campaign on June 15 across all brand platforms. Traci Ellis Ross currently stars in the television hit “Black-ish” which is going into its final season in the fall.

“Growing up, I would often wander through the flagship on Fifth Avenue, imagining myself as a grown woman wearing … Tiffany’s signature diamonds. All these years later, to be the face of this iconic brand and to represent the T1 collection is a dream come true,” said Tracee Ellis Ross in a statement, as reported in fashionnetwork.com.

This diverse casts for the “Give Me the T” campaign was photographed in New York City by Maria Sorrentino. This current Tiffany & Co. campaign will be followed up by a new campaign, “Knot Your Typique” featuring the same triptych and photographed also by Maria Sorrentino. “Knot Your Typique” will debut in North America in the fall and globally in 2022.

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James Harden’s new job

On Monday Saks.com announced that NBA All-Star James Harden will join as an independent member of Saks.com. Harden will join as a minority investor and assist Saks in helping high-consumer brands potential grow. Harden is well known for his expertise in financial investing and entrepreneurial ventures.

“As we work to build this new board, James is an important and valuable addition. With experience in growing businesses and as someone who values self-expression through fashion, I am confident that he will bring a distinct point of view that will help us better deliver for our customers,” said Saks’ executive chairman, Richard Baker, as reported in fashionnetwork.com. “His expertise, combined with that of our other board members, will enable Saks to further capitalize on the significant growth opportunity within luxury ecommerce.”

As basketball player for the Brooklyn Nets, Harden’s investment portfolio includes minority ownership of Major League Soccer’s Houston Dynamo and the National Women’s Soccer League’s Houston Dash, as well as stakes in various brands, including Therabody, BodyArmor, Art of Sport, Stance and Pura, where he serves as creative director. Harden is also the founder of Thirteen, a Houston-based fine dining restaurant.

“I am honored to join the Saks board and to be a part of a company that is paving the future of luxury retail,” added Harden. “This is an exciting opportunity for me to combine two of my personal passions—a love of fashion and teaming up with brands that have the potential to lead while making an impact on the communities they serve. I look forward to working with the Saks team, and to having a direct impact on the company’s future success, the fashion community and its customers.”

Saks.com is a separate entity from Saks Fifth Avenue, separating from its former owner, Saks Fifth Avenue, earlier this year with a focus on luxury e-commerce. Saks.com seeks to establish itself as the preeminent luxury e-commerce destination.

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Manolo Blahnik is back

Manolo Blahnik returns to New York City this month by opening its flagship store in Manhattan’s Upper Eastside. The flagship store located on Madison Avenue will house the brand’s women’s and men’s collections, as well as a capsule collection inspired by Manolo Blhanik’s love of New York City.

The capsule collection which is rich in color and textures was inspired by Tony Duquette’s interiors. The relaxed elegance of this capsule collection embodies the richness and glamour of The Big Apple.

The new location which was inspired by the Hollywood Regency is adorned with classic marble floors detailing, walls adorned with hand-painted Regency-style stripes in the house’s signature color scheme, while large classical columns line the walls. And in the tradition of Manolo Blahnik stores there is a functional bar that offers non-alcoholic beverages.

The previous Manolo Blahnik store that was located on West 54th Street closed in 20219. Additionally, the brand has opened a pop-up store in the Hamptons with a special selection of seasonal pieces and iconic pieces from the brand’s women’s and men’s collections.

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Ralph Lauren Corporation enhances sustainability initiatives

Based on its global citizenship and sustainability report for fiscal 2021, the Ralph Lauren Corporation has established that they are aiming for zero emissions by 2040. This target is on point with the company’s previous goal to reduce its absolute GHG emissions across its operations and supply chain by 30%, compared to fiscal 2020 levels.

“The convergence of the global pandemic, climate crisis and call to action to dismantle systemic racism has been a catalyst for the business community to focus and accelerate its progress toward a more equitable and sustainable future,” said Ralph Lauren Corporation president and CEO Patrice Louvet in a release, as reported in fashionnetwork.com. “We embrace that call to action wholeheartedly at Ralph Lauren, demonstrated by the progress our teams have made in the last year—including our increased transparency, climate goal and integration of ESG metrics into executive remuneration.”

—William S. Gooch

 

 

Fashion News Alert: Supreme Collaborates with Emilio Pucci, Dior Retrospective Comes to Brooklyn Museum, and the Pirelli Calendar Is Back

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If you haven’t noticed, things are opening up globally. And one example of global re-openings is the return of the Pirelli calendar.

Suspended because of the COVID-19 health pandemic, the Pirelli calendar has returned with a new photographer. Canadian rock musician and photographer Bryan Adams has acquired the prestigious job of photographing some of the fashion industry’s top models for the annual calendar.

In case, you are not familiar with Bryan Adams, Adams 1983 album “Cuts Like A Knife” featured top 10 hits “Cuts Like a Knife” and “Straight from the Heart.”  Adams has received Oscar and Golden Globe nominations for songwriting for films, as well as a Grammy Award for “Best Song in a Motion Picture.” When it comes to photography, Adams is no slouch. His work has been featured in British Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar. Adams has also photographed Amy Winehouse, John Boyega, and Queen Elizabeth II.

Though the theme for the 2022 Pirelli calendar has not been revealed, Adams explained that “I’m proud to have been chosen as the photographer of the Pirelli Calendar 2022. Combining photography and music for The CalTM is very exciting and it will of course feature some extraordinary people.” 

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Supreme and Pucci

Despite the global health pandemic, collaborations still appear to be the order of the day. And the newest fashion collaboration that is causing fashion tongues to wag is the Supreme collaboration with the legendary fashion house of Emilio Pucci.

The Supreme/Pucci collaboration is a menswear collaboration in three colorways inspired by archival prints from Pucci’s 1970 Fantasia and 1965 Tulipani collections. The collection features tee shirts, soccer jerseys, shorts and more, as well as accessories like sunglasses, caps, belts, and lighters.

In the past, Supreme as collaborated with Louis Vuitton and Yohji Yamamoto. Founded in 1991 by James Jebbia, Supreme has stores in Paris, London, and several US cities. The collaboration capsule with Pucci will drop on June 10, 2021.

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Christian Dior comes to Brooklyn

The Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams exhibit finally comes to New York, well Brooklyn that is. After rave reviews in Paris, London, and Shanghai, the 200 haute couture garment exhibit comes to the Brooklyn Museum.

The exhibit examines Dior’s 70-year history retrospectively through garments, photographs, videos, sketches, accessories, and vintage perfume elements. The exhibit will be housed in Brooklyn Museum’s Beaux Arts Court which has been transformed into an enchanted garden. The exhibit has been curated by Florence Müller, Dior scholar and Avenir Foundation curator of textile art and fashion at the Denver Art Museum, in collaboration with the Brooklyn Museum’s senior curator of fashion and material culture, Matthew Yokobosky, the exhibition also features works from the Brooklyn Museum’s own collection.

The Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams exhibit will contain haute couture garments from Christian Dior and creative directors that came after Christian Dior, namely Yves Saint Laurent, Marc Bohan, Gianfranco Ferré, John Galliano, Raf Simons, and Maria Grazia Chiuri. “As early as 1947, with his celebrated ‘New Look’ collection, Christian Dior transformed his sudden name recognition into the international expansion of his House, becoming a precursor of contemporary globalized fashion,” explained Müller in a release, as reported in fashionnetwork.com. “The opening of the first New York branch, in 1948, was a prelude to this worldwide fame. Following on from the presentation of Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams in Paris and London, the new exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum pays tribute to this unique historic fashion adventure initiated between Paris and New York.”

Unlike the exhibition in Shanghai, London, and Paris, the exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum will contain works by major American photographers, including Lillian Bassman, Henry Clarke, David LaChapelle, and Annie Leibovitz. There will be a special presentation of Richard Avedon’s famous Dovima with Elephants, Evening Dress by Dior, Cirque d’Hiver, Paris, from 1955.

Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams exhibit will be at the Brooklyn Museum from September 10, 2021, through February 20, 2022. Tickets go on sale to the public on Thursday, June 10, 2021.

William S. Gooch

Fashion News Alert: Savage X Fenty’s Pride Collection, Naomi Osaka’s French Open Withdrawal Supported by Tag Heuer and Nike, and Dolly Parton’s New Fragrance

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Savage X Fenty is producing its own Pride Collection. This follows on the heels of pride collections that are being produced by many other fashion brands this season. This will be Savage X Fenty’s first-ever pride collection.

“Pride is all about appreciating your authentic self,” Rihanna told Elle, as reported in fashionnetwork.com. “I am very excited about this collection and showing love and support to the LGBTQIA+ community, which includes so many of our customers, team members and fans.”

The Savage X Fenty Pride Collection is a 25-piece collection that will include a wide variety of items, ranging from bras, crotchless panties, boxers, and jockstraps to smoking jackets, satin pants and even a rainbow-colored kitty whip. Colorways include bright neon and pastel rainbow shades, as well as discreet black options featuring rainbow details. The brand will also include 13 models from the LGBTQIA+ community.

The pieces in the pride collection are sized inclusively, with bras available in 30A-42H, while other garments can be purchased in sizes XS–3X. Prices range from $14.95 for a cotton thong or a pair of bikini bottoms to $89.95 for a smoking jacket.

Unlike many other fashion brands that use the month of June’s pride celebrations as a marketing ploy for dollars marketed to the LGBTQIA+ communities, Savage X Fenty is going the extra mile toward inclusivity by donating $250,000 from its Savage X Pride sales to LGBTQIA+ communities, namely, GLAAD, the Audre Lorde Project, The Caribbean Equality Project, INC., Trans Latin@ Coalition, and the Trans Wellness Center. The Savage X Fenty collection is available now on Savage X Fenty website.
 

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Dolly Parton expands

As we announced earlier on Fashion Reverie, Dolly Parton is launching her first fragrance, “Scent from Above,” on July 28.  In addition to the new fragrance, Parton has composed a new song, “Sent from Above,” to go with the new fragrance. “I think I’ll have a fun time promoting it and enjoy getting out there and talking about it,” she says, as reported dazeddigital.com. “I really want to see how people respond to it.”

When it comes to the actual fragrance, Dolly Parton told the Wall Street Journal’s “My Morning Series,” “I’ve actually always worn a combination of scents, a couple of perfumes mixed with some bath oils and lotions. And that gave me the idea that [for my own fragrance] I need to combine my other scents,” she says. “The people … who developed the scent for us checked all the ingredients of the stuff I loved. It took us a long time to come up with the exact fragrance that I was really happy with.”

With the launch of her fragrance a month and a half away, Parton also has another beauty venture in the works. “I’m going to be doing wigs, and accessories and make-up,” she shares. “I’m going to hopefully create a scent for the men in my life, too.” 

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Nike and TAG HEUER have Naomi’s back

Four-time Grand Slam tennis champion Naomi Osaka created quite stir by pulling out of French Open on Monday. Osaka pulled out of the 2021 French Open because she refused to do first round press conferences and was fined $15,000 and threatened with expulsion. Osaka contends that having to face the media was too stressful for her because she suffers from clinical depression.

Many athletes have come out in support of Osaka. Additionally, several fashion brands support Osaka’s decision to withdraw from the 2021 French Open. Swiss watchmaker TAG Heuer, owned by LVMH, has offered support to Osaka, and Nike has supported Osaka for coming out about her mental issue challenges. Osaka is a brand ambassador for TAG HEUER.

In the past 12 months, Osaka has earned upward of $ 55 million, currently more than any other female athlete. Most of her earnings have come from endorsement and sponsorship deals from companies in the US and Japan.

—William S. Gooch

Fashion News Alert: Martha Stewart’s Documentary, Michael Kors Returns to the Runway, and Jean-Paul Gaultier Returns to RTW with a Five Designer Collaboration

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2021 seems to be the year that Netflix is expanding into the fashion and lifestyle industry by producing fashion and lifestyle-related film series and documentaries. So far Netflix has produced the controversial four-part “Halston” miniseries and next on the list is the Martha Stewart documentary.

The documentary about the lifestyle mogul is currently underway to be directed by R. J. Cutler and produced by Alina Cho. The documentary is expected to contain plenty of juicy details about Stewart’s life including inside information about her rise from New Jersey babysitter to fashion model to lifestyle mogul. Also, Stewart’s 2004 insider trader scandal, conviction, and prison time will be included.

Though there is no official release date, the documentary is expected to release in 2022.

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Welcome back

A year and a half ago Jean-Paul Gaultier announced he was retiring his brand from ready-to-wear (RTW) markets. Though the brand continued producing couture collections, Jean-Paul Gaultier was missed from RTW runway shows and markets.

Well, that has all changed. The fashion house that Gaultier founded is back with a RTW collection in collaboration with five other fashion designers. Gaultier has not showed a RTW collection since 2015, the year the fashion house was acquired by Puig. the Catalan clan that also controls Carolina Herrera, Dries Van Noten, Paco Rabanne, and Nina Ricci.

Palomo Spain, Nix Lecourt Maison, Ottolinger, Alan Crocetti, and Marvin M’Toumo are the five brands that will collaborate with the Gaultier fashion house. There will be a series of five summer drops of the collaborative effort to be released in time for LGBQTI Pride Month.

This collaborative project will include Gaultier’s nautical motifs; however, the brand has updated its signature nautical motif of US naval hats that now include the brand’s logo. The collection will also contain multiple takes on denim sailor’s trousers, even unbuttoned to show the bottom. While the summer drops will also include vintage elements, part of an emphasis on upcycling.

“Torn, distorted, distressed and transcended, the sailor-boy stripes take on a salacious, [hypersexualized] connotation for 2021,” the house of Jean-Paul Gaultier detailed in a release. This collection will began retailing on Friday, May 28 with prices ranging from €150 to €750, with 75 different SKU references.
 

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Michael Kors returns live to NYFW

New York Fashion Week: The Shows (NYFWS) will return with live runway shows for the spring 2022 season. And Michael Kors will be one of the brands that returns with live shows for the spring 2022 season.

“This is an important moment for New York, and we’re proud to support the city and the industry during this season’s New York Fashion Week. I am thrilled about the return of live performance throughout New York this autumn, and I look forward to presenting my collection to a live audience,” stressed Kors, as reported in fashionnetwork.com, who is celebrating his house’s 40th anniversary this year.

Fashion designers/brands Tory Burch, Jeremy Scott, Thom Browne, Pyer Moss, Gabriela Hearst, Markarian and Jonathan Simkhai have all committed to show at NYFWS with live shows for the spring 2022 season. And Michael Kors is a much-needed addition to the fashion calendar for the spring 2022 season, with Tommy Hilfiger and Ralph not having yet committed to showing.

NYFW will take place on September 8-12 with Kors showing on September 10 at 10am live. Michael Kors will broadcast his runway live on his website and other digital platforms.

William S. Gooch

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