Fashion News Alert: Dries Van Noten Steps Down, Pierpaolo Piccioli Moves On, and Walter Chiapponi Leaves Blumarine

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The Belgian fashion designer has stepped down as creative director of his eponymous brand. The 65-year-old fashion designer will exit his successful company in June of this year.

“In due time, we will announce the designer who will continue the story,” Dries van Noten told Women’s Wear Daily. “I have been preparing for this moment for a while, and I feel it’s time to leave room for a new generation of talents to bring their vision to the brand,” he wrote in a statement on Instagram, as reported in

After graduating from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp, Belgium, Dries van Noten launched his eponymous fashion brand in 1986. In 2008, van Noten won the International Designer of the Year award from the CFDA. He had his 100th fashion show in 2017 and in 2018 he sold a majority stake in his company to Spanish fashion company Puig.

“In the early ‘80s, as a young guy from Antwerp, my dream was to have a voice in fashion. Through a journey that brought me to London, Paris and beyond, and with the help of countless supportive people, that dream came true,” van Noten said in a statement, as reported in

“Now, I want to shift my focus to all the things I never had the time for. I’m sad, but at the same time happy, to let you know that I will step down at the end of June. I have been preparing for this moment for a while, and I feel it’s time to leave room for a new generation of talents to bring their vision to the brand.”

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Ciao Pierpaolo

Another exit worth noting is Pierpaolo Piccioli announcement of his departure from Valentino. Piccioli has been at the famed Italian fashion house for more than 20 years.

“I have existed and lived together with the people who, with me, have woven the threads of this beautiful story that is mine and ours,” Piccioli wrote in Italian on Instagram. “Everything existed and exists thanks to the people I have met, with whom I have worked, with whom I have shared dreams and created beauty, with whom I have built something that belongs to everyone, and which remains immutable and tangible. I carry this heritage of love, dreams, beauty and humanity with me, today and forever.”

Piccioli came with Maria Grazia Chiuri to the Valentino luxury house in 1999 with both designers taking over the leadership of the Red Valentino, the brand’s diffusion line, in 2003. This dynamic duo became co-creative directors of Valentino in 2009 with Chiuri leaving in 2016 to helm Dior.

While singularly manning the helm of Valentino, Piccioli was named a Time 100 honoree and Designer of the Year at the CFDA Fashion Awards. No successor has been named at Valentino and Piccioli has not revealed what his new fashion post will be.

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Another one bites the dust

This Fashion News Alert seems to be all about departures. That said, we are reported a third creative director exit.

After being at Blumarine for only one season, Walter Chiapponi has decided to leave the iconic brand. This departure announcement occurs almost exactly a month after Chiapponi’s debut collection in February for Blumarine. Chiapponi became creative director in November of 2023.

Chiapponi stated in a press release that his debut collection for Blumarine was “a kind of return to the future, to which I dedicated all my love and creative passion,” adding that “following this journey, I would like to thank above all Marco Marchi, who made it possible, as well as all those without whom I would never have been able to express myself the way I did. I am referring to the people I have loved and are no longer with us, but who continue to instill powerful emotions in me, and to inspire my feelings and my journey. I would now like to focus on new initiatives and projects with a social and humanitarian content and, when the time is right, I will return to the runways.”

Chiapponi was brought to Blumarine after former creative director Nicola Brognano’s exit to make Blumarine more consumer friendly and provide clearly defined direction. No successor has been named.

William Gooch

Fashion News Alert: Idris Elba’s New Gig, Moschino’s New Creative Director, and Bye, Bye Sports Illustrated

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Moschino has a new creative director. After the sudden death of Davide Renne, who was only 10 days into his role of creative director of Moschino, the iconic Italian fashion brand had to find a new creative director.

With very little time to waste, Moschino chose Adrian Appiolaza. Appiolaza is primed to create womenswear, menswear and accessories for the esteemed brand in time for Milan Fashion Week. The Buenos Aires born designer cut his fashion teeth at Miu Miu, Louis Vuitton, and Chloe with his last position being design director at Loewe.

For his debut collection for Moschino, Appiolaza is referencing some iconic looks from the Italian fashion house. “The jackets with 3-D postcards, the dress with a skirt made with twenty bras, the countless trompe-l’oeil: as a creative and a collector, the list of creations by Franco Moschino that have entered the history of fashion is almost endless. The essence of his talent, for me, is to inhabit his time—a mission he carried out with enviable lightness, opening a window for all of us to imagine, in our own way, the future,” explained Appiolaza, as reported in

Adrian Appiolaza debut collection for Moschino will take place on February 22.

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Idris brings the sexy to Calvin

Idris Elba is everywhere. From red carpets to the silver screen, this debonair British actor is the epitome of black male glamour.

Add to his recent campaign for the second installment of Calvin Klein’s fall 2024 menswear collection, and Elba is primed to become a force in fashion. Following on the heels of Jeremy Allen White, who was the face of the first installment, Elba’s presence will “introduce an elegant, polished silhouette in tailored wool, sateen and cotton fabrications,” as reported in His campaign will also offer “elevated materials with a sophisticated take on easy everyday layering options”. 

This campaign was photographed by Mert Alas and is already on featured on the Calvin Klein website and will roll out on social channels throughout the week. The second installment will be in stores soon.

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Another one bites the dust

Through several publications have gone belly-up in the past few years, one would not expect Sports Illustrated (SI)to be on the chopping block; however, this might be the end of SI.

The Arena Group, which publishes SI, missed payment a 3.75 payment to SI’s licensed holder, Authentic, which caused the deal to sever. Because of the defaulted deal, SI laid off the majority of its staff.

Authentic purchased SI from Meredith five years ago for $110 million dollars. Because of the missed payment, Authentic has terminated its agreement to Arena Group to publish SI in print or digital form.

“… We were notified by Authentic Brands Group (ABG) that the license under which the Arena Group operates the Sports Illustrated (SI) brand and SI related properties has been officially revoked by ABG. As a result of this license revocation, we will be laying off staff that work on the SI brand.” 

So, what does this mean to the fashion industry; hmm, no more Sports Illustrated Swimwear issue. Duh!!

—William S. Gooch

Fashion News Alert: Jeremy Allen White’s New Gig, Pharrell’s Louis Vuitton Collection Floods Stores, and Pamela Anderson Front and Center

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There was a lot of buzz when it was announced a little under a year ago that hip hop superstar Pharrell Williams would be taking over the helm at Louis Vuitton’s menswear. There were those fashion wagging tongues who thought this appointment was a horrible choice, pandering to the hip-hop world. While others thought Pharrell was a progressive, interesting choice.

Whatever your personal choice might be, Louis Vuitton is pulling out all the stops by placing Williams’ debut collection for the iconic French luxury brand in 50 retail stores with pop-up stores in New York City and Los Angeles. To more specific, the pop-up stores will be West Hollywood, and New York City’s Soho fashion district, opening on January 4.

Consumers can expect a French Pont Neuf theme, the Parisian location of Pharrell’s debut Louis Vuitton menswear collection, at the pop-up stores. There will also be molding to conjure visions of the Pont Neuf bridge, French-inspired streetlamps, as well as a checkered floor in a golden Damier pattern, hidden rooms, secret spaces accessible by invitation only, and more.

These pop-up shops coincide with the release of the LeBron James campaign for the luxury French brand. Oh la la!!

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Make-up free Pamela

If you have been wondering what Pamela Anderson has been doing the last few years, stand up and pay attention. Spotted at New York Fashion Week (NYFW) and Paris Fashion Week in September, Anderson is now the face of Proenza Shouler’s spring 2024 campaign.

And this new gig came as the 56-year-old actress swore off excessive makeup and hair styles. Anderson flaunted this new cleaned-up look on red carpets this past fall.

 “I did not come to Paris Fashion Week and think, ‘I’m not going to wear any makeup.’ I don’t know, something just came over me,” Anderson told French Vogue, as reported in the “I was dressing in these beautiful clothes, and I thought I don’t want to compete with the clothes. I’m not trying to be the prettiest girl in the room. I feel like it’s just freedom, it’s relief. I don’t have a stylist; I don’t have a glam team. I’m just kind of doing this freestyle!”

The new spring 2024 campaign, featuring Pamela Anderson, was styled by Thistle Brown with memorable garments from the brand’s spring 2024 runway show. Photographed by Davit Giorgadze, Anderson dons a cut-out satin ribbon dress, acid bleached boyfriend jeans, sharp tailoring, toe-ring sandals, and a funnel-neck nylon anorak.

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It’s all about the skivvies

Calvin Klein’s spring campaigns always cause hearts to flutter and temperatures to rise. Remember, the brand’s spring campaigns with Brook Shields, (1980) Mark Wahlberg (1991), and Justin Bieber (2016). You can add actor Jeremy Allen White to that list.

The star of “The Bear” is the latest actor to star in a Calvin Klein campaign. For this spring 2024 campaign, White was photographed in his native New York City by photographer Mert Alas in a series styled by Emmanuelle Alt.

This campaign features Calvin Klein’s familiar underwear favorites, as well as some new additions. Add Leslie Gore’s 1960s hit single “You Don’t Own Me’ to the 2024 spring campaign video and you have a campaign that is steamy hot combined with an in-your-voice, urban independence. Sounds like a winner to Fashion Reverie.

—William S. Gooch

Fashion News Alert: Valentino’s New Tabletop Book, Peter Nygard in Court Again, and H&M Studio’s Holiday Collection

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Peter Nygard, the Canadian fashion mogul, is in court yet again. However, this time he is being sued for alleged sex trafficking.

Alleged sex trafficking victims are suing Nygard and high-level employees at his company for sex trafficking and aiding and abetting Nygard for the alleged sex crimes. Even Nygard’s daughter is named in the lawsuit that was filed this week in Manhattan federal court by Jane Doe victims.

“Recruiters were taught by Nygard and by employees of the Nygard companies to inform targeted young female victims that Nygard possessed extraordinary wealth, power, resources, and influence,” the victims allege, as reported in, “that he was a fashion designer who could help fulfill female victims’ dreams. This often was an offer to become a model but was modified based on the specific victims’ hopes and dreams.”

Nygard, now 82, has agreed to be extradited for said allegations. Nygard was convicted by a jury on November 12 in a Toronto court on four counts of sexual assault.

According to the complaint filed in the Manhattan federal court, high-level employees of Nygard’s companies maintained a corporate database including photographs that allowed Nygard to peruse, rate, and contact potential victims. “The database contains ratings or grades, information, and pictures of over 7,500 underage girls and women dating back to 1987,” the plaintiffs allege, as reported in Employees of Nygard’s companies were expected to keep cash at his various properties so he could pay victims for sex, the complaint further states.

Nygard’s fashion brand was once one of the largest manufacturers and makers of women’s clothing in Canada. Nygard’s companies filed for bankruptcy in 2020. Nygard filed for bankruptcy one month after he was arrested in the US for sexual assault.

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H&M holiday cheer

The holiday spirit is in the air. Proof of this yuletide cheeriness is H&M Studio’s 2023 holiday capsule collection.

This holiday capsule collection was inspired by the clever construction of antique undergarments and the raw structures of the Brutalist architectural style. This collection has an interesting take on day-to-night silhouettes that contain sensual silk and lace, and a soft-focus color palette.

“Timeless dressing and an enduring sense of sophistication defines the H&M Studio Holiday capsule. We wanted to play around with corsetry, but also revitalize favorite styles like the bias-cut slip dress and the sculptural blazer, all in enduring fabrics that age beautifully and will delight and excite for years to come,” said Ann-Sofie Johansson, head of design womenswear and creative advisor at H&M, as reported in

The H&M Studio’s 2023 holiday capsule collection did focus on sustainability in this outing. The majority of the premium-quality fabrics were made of sustainable products which included organic silk, recycled wool, Lenzing EcoVero viscose, and sequins made from recycled polyester.

H&M Studio’s 2023 holiday capsule collection will be available on December 7 in H&M stores and online.

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Holiday reading

Continuing in the holiday vein, Givenchy has produced a new tabletop book in time for the holiday season. Entitled Givenchy Catwalk, this tabletop book is an homage to 180 fashion collections of the iconic French fashion house.

Givenchy Catwalk chronicles the many collections of the brand from its inception by Hubert de Givenchy in 1952 to the current collections by Givenchy creative director Matthew M. Williams. Notable collections include the collection that include the famous ‘little black dress,’ worn by Audrey Hepburn in “Breakfast at Tiffanys,” as well as collections by John Galliano when he served as creative director from 1995 to 1997. Additionally, there are images of garments by Alexander McQueen when McQueen served as creative director from 1996 to 2001.

The 1200-page book comes to life with fashion commentary by fashion commentator and historian Alexandre Samson and Anders Christian Madsen of British Vogue. Samson detailed, “finding and assembling the photos of the most emblematic looks, those that really speak to a grander public. The idea was to conceive a book in the same way that I curate an exhibition at the Palais Galliera, meaning to find the right elements to amaze and transmit the love of the subject to everyone, from a well-acquainted journalist to a student to someone who’s been in the industry for over sixty years.”

Givenchy Catwalk by Editions de la Martinière is available both at selected bookstores and online and sells for 59 euros. A great holiday gift for that special fashionista!!

—William S. Gooch

Fashion News Alert: Swarovski x SKIMS, Edward Enninful Signs with WME, and Goodbye David Renne

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SKIMS continues to expand and develop new audiences. Its latest expansion includes a collaboration with Swarovski.

This latest SKIMS collaboration includes a new collection of body jewelry, intimates, and ready-to-wear. ​”It’s been a dream since I joined Swarovski to create a first- ever collaboration with Skims that furthers the art of self-expression,” said Giovanna Engelbert, creative director of Swarovski, as reported in “Our collection is a celebration of the body, and of strong, independent women who value their individuality and embrace life with confidence and style.”

The jewelry pieces that are a part of this collection are bedazzled pieces that can be layered over or under clothing. The SKIMS undergarments are styled with jewelry pieces which includes chokers, necklaces, and bracelets.

“For this collaboration, we really wanted to celebrate individual creativity and bring more glamour into getting dressed every day,” said Kim Kardashian. “The pieces are so dreamy, and we loved integrating the iconic crystal cuts into my favorite Skims pieces. We can’t wait for everyone to love Swarovski x SKIMS as much as I do.’’

The Swarovski x SKIMS collection launched globally earlier this week at the new Swarovski Flagship Store on Fifth Avenue and online via Skims e-commerce store.

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Enninful looks beyond fashion

Departing British Vogue editor-in-chief Edward Enninful has signed with William Morris Endeavor (WME). Enninful served as editor-in-chief at British Vogue for six years and was the first black person to serve as editor-in-chief at any of the Vogue magazines.

Enninful will continue to work for Conde Nast in the capacity of editorial advisor at British Vogue and content and cultural advisor at Vogue. Enninful’s memoir A Visible Man was published in 2022.

WME will work to bring Enninful’s creative visions to life. The agency will also handle the film/TV rights for A Visible Man.

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Ciao, David

David Renne, creative director of Moschino, has passed away. Renne has just begun his post at Moschino on November 1.

“There are no words to describe the pain we are experiencing at this dramatic time. Davide joined us only a few days ago, when a sudden illness took him from us too soon. We still can’t believe what happened,” chairman Massimo Ferretti said in a statement, as reported in Ferretti added that Renne was “loved and respected,” and lamented that he had just started with the house filled with ambition, enthusiasm, and optimism for the future.

For 20 years, Renne has worked as a dedicated member of the Gucci creative team, working as the head of womenswear during Alessandro Michele tenure at Gucci. Rennie was due to show his inaugural collection at Moschino in February 2024.

On his appointment as creative director of Moschino, Massimo Ferretti said, “We are confident that he will play a pivotal role in shaping the future of Moschino, a global house with an Italian heart.” Rennie would have been the fourth creative director of Moschino.

David Rennie died of a heart attack. He was 46 years old.

—William S. Gooch

Fashion News Alert: Dior’s New Brand Ambassador, the Rolling Stones and Paul Smith, and Goodbye Gail O’Neill

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As famous athletes continue to be influential in the fashion industry, Dior has looked to the world of artistic gymnastics for their next brand ambassador. LVMH is one of the premium partners of the 2024 Paris Olympics and 2024 Paralympic Games, so it only makes sense that Olympic French gymnast Mélanie de Jesus dos Santos has been chosen as the brand ambassador for Dior who is owned by LVMH.

Mélanie de Jesus dos Santos is a four-time European champion. She was also a member of 2016 and 2020 French Olympic teams and a member of the bronze-winning 2023 World Gymnastic Championship team.

“Mélanie de Jesus dos Santos has won over the public and succeeded in her discipline through her talent, determination and resilience,” said LVMH in a press release. LVMH announced its brand partnership with the Paris 2024 Olympics after releasing its financials for 2023, which so far has been a 30% rise in net income, up from 8.5 billion euros to 42.2 billion euros.

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The Rolling Stones roll on

The Rolling Stones seem to be constant when it comes to news about icon brands. A constant since the 1960s, the Rolling Stones are in the news again with their collaboration with iconic menswear brand Paul Smith.

With the release of their first album in 18 years, The Rolling Stones is collaborating with Paul Smith—a long-time friend of Mick Jagger. The Rolling Stones x Paul Smith collaboration will feature exclusive vinyl design references the album’s title (a nod to East End slang for broken glass) with a photoprint rendering of smashed glass. There will also be cotton tees that will have the vinyl print as well as a version with a print of the reinterpreted signature stripe tongue logo front and center.

“As a brand, we’ve always had a close relationship with the music business, and I count The Rolling Stones as one of my all-time musical heroes. As well as being a fan, I’m also lucky enough to be able to call the band friends. It goes without saying that Hackney Diamonds is a phenomenal album, with a fearless spirit. For this launch, I wanted to create something that stayed true to the vision that the band set out—with a few subtle Paul Smith ‘twists’, as we call them,” detailed Paul Smith.

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Goodbye Gail

Top fashion model Gail O’Neill has passed away. O’Neil was a member of the tribe of black fashion models in the mid-80s that began to dominate the runways in Europe and the US.

The daughter of Jamaican immigrants, O’Neill began her career as a fashion model in the mid-1980s. O’Neill appeared on the covers of Elle, Essence, Vogue, Mademoiselle, and Sports Illustrated magazines. She worked for such esteemed designers as Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein, Donna Karan, Perry Ellis, Marc Jacobs, and Michael Kors. Additionally, O’Neill secured ad campaigns for Coca Cola, Avon, and Revlon. O’Neill was known for her stance against smoking and would not appear in ad campaigns that promoted cigarettes or for companies that would not divest investments from South Africa.

After her modeling career O’Neill worked as a journalist, becoming one of the original correspondents of CBS’s “The Morning Show.” O’Neill quietly battled a terminal illness before dying at the age of 61.

—William S. Gooch



Fashion News Alert: The 10th Annual Media Awards Honorees, John Varvatos Adds Another Notch to His Fashion Belt, and Khloe Kardashian’s New Gig

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Under Armour recently announced that John Varvatos will come on board as the brand’s creative design officer. Varvatos will start his new position on September 11.

“I am so excited to join Under Armour, an iconic American brand,” said Varvatos, as reported in “The innovation, design and mission of the brand has never been more relevant as consumers demand clothes that function for both sport and everyday activities.  I cannot wait to unveil that next chapter in Under Armour’s incredible story.”

We are thrilled to welcome John into the Under Armour family” said Stephanie Linnartz, Under Armour president and chief executive officer. “His track record and thirty-year career speaks for itself. John will work in partnership with our product team to bring apparel, footwear and accessories from concept to commercialization, blending performance and style.”

Varvatos has an incredible resume of accomplishments in the fashion industry. He has manned his eponymous brand for almost three decades, as well as having worked for Calvin Klein, Converse, and Polo Ralph Lauren.

Under Armour is betting that Varvatos can bring a fresh approach to the brand with retail sales waning in the past few years. In the past recent quarter, revenue fell 2.4% to $1.32 billion.

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Another one for Khloe

Khloe Kardashian has a new gig. Fabletics announced on Wednesday that Khloe Kardashian will partner with the brand for the Fabletics x Khloe collection.

The collection will launch on September 8 and will feature nine bold pieces inspired by the desert. The color palette which is rooted in tones from a desert landscape will include warm tones like St. Tropez Coral, Palm Leaf, and Terracotta.

“Staying active, working out and taking care of my health is a priority—it’s what keeps me strong and persistent,” said Kardashian, as reported in “Fabletics shares these values and empowered me to put my personal touch into this collection. Each piece is designed for high performance, regardless of how you choose to move. Strong in the gym and strong enough to take on any challenge that life hands you.”

The collection will contain two signature items, the Seamless Bra and Leggings. Both items are built with breathable, graduated compression material, and the Motion365+ Onesie in Black that pairs with the Cozy Fleece Cropped Hoodie in Terracotta. 

“We’re thrilled to partner with Khloé,” added Ginger Ressler, co-founder of Fabletics. “We’ve long admired her commitment to speaking out about physical and mental health and her dedication to designing products for everybody. This collection is bold and powerful – every detail is a perfect reflection of her vision, resilience, and strength.”

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The Fashion Media Awards honorees

With New York Fashion Week (NYFW) only a few days away, the industry is getting primed for the 10th Annual Fashion Media Awards. The event will take place at New York City’s Rainbow Room, hosted by Alan Cummings.

The 2023 honorees are:

Style Icon: Pamela Anderson

Fashion Visionary: Jeremy Scott

Shoe Brand of the Year: Sarah Jessica Parker, SJP Collection

Model of the Year: Grace Elizabeth

Breakthrough Model of the Year: Lila Moss

Creatives of the Year: Inez & Vinoodh

Breakthrough Photographer of the Year: Elizaveta Porodina

Cover star of the Year: Martha Stewart for Sports lllustrated Swimsuit Issue 

Magazine of the Year: Nina Garcia, Elle

Best Podcast: Emily Ratajkowski, The High Low with EmRata

Fashion Innovator: Jane Siskin, Cinq à Sept

—William S. Gooch

Fashion News Alert: Supermodels Grace Vogue’s September Issue, H&M Looks into Worker Abuse in Myanmar Factory, and RIP John Barrett

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The 90s supermodels are back!! But not in a music video or documentary.

Naomi, Cindy, Linda, and Christy are gracing the covers of Vogue’s and British Vogue’s upcoming September issues.  Styled by the iconic Edward Enniful and photographed by Rafael Pavarotti in New York City, these runway legends, who are all in their 50s, look incredible. Naomi is 53, Linda Evangelista is 58, Cindy Crawford is 57, and Christy Turlington is 54,

The cover for the September issue was shared on Instagram. And there were several comments about 90s supermodel Claudia Schiffer missing from the lineup. There were also comments about the supermodels’ images perhaps looking too retouched.

The Vogue September issue Instagram issue was accompanied by a quote. “In the late ’80s to mid-’90s, high fashion went from a niche aspirational hobby to a pillar of mainstream entertainment—and at the center of this transformation were Christy, Naomi, Cindy, and Linda, whose rare combination of extraordinarily photogenic features, born-with-it confidence, quick wit, intuitive style, intense curiosity, and utterly bananas work ethic flipped the switch for the industry,” the caption reads. “And the lights have never gone off.”

The editorial images are accompanied by a must-read article by Sally Singer. The article details the 90s supermodels’ rise to fame, adjusting to changes in the fashion industry and how they have stayed relevant for over 30 years.

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Trouble at H&M

According to Reuters, Global megastore H&M has plans to investigate worker abuses in Myanmar factory as 20 alleged wage theft allegations continue to mount. These allegations come to the fore as mega retailer Zara in phasing out purchases from Myanmar.

 According to a report by the NGO, the Business and Human Rights Resource Centre (BHRRC), wage theft and wage reductions appear to be the frequently reported abuses, followed by forced overtime work, inhumane work rates, and unfair work dismissals.

“All the cases raised in the report by BHRRC are being followed-up and where needed remediated through our local team on the ground and in close cooperation with relevant stakeholders,” H&M said in a statement, as reported in “We are deeply concerned by the latest developments in Myanmar, and we see increased challenges to conduct our operations according to our standards and requirements,” the Swedish retailer said.

BHRRC has been tracking labor abuses at factories in Myanmar since the military junta took power in Myanmar. BHRRC has tracked over 124 cases of abuse in factories in Myanmar.

Celebrity hairdresser to the stars John Barrett has passed away. Barrett was a hairdresser to everyone from Princess Diana, Hilary Clinton, the Olsen twins to Candace Bergen, Reese Witherspoon, and Martha Stewart.

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So long, John

Born in Limerick, Ireland, Barrett honed his hairdressing skills in the 1970s in London, moving to New York City in 1990s. He set up shop in New York City in the penthouse salon space of Bergdorf Goodman, a salon he maintained for 23 years.

“His superhuman talent was his ability to make anyone who sat in his chair feel like the most beautiful person in the world,” detailed his team at the John Barrett Salon. Barrett had been suffering from blood cancer. John Barrett was 66 years of age.

—William S. Gooch

Fashion News Alert: Zimmerman May Be Sold, Design Competition Comes Back to NYFW, and Breakthrough in Polyester Recycling

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Zimmerman, the very popular Australian women’s brand, is about to be sold once again. Or so fashion wagging tongues are claiming!!

After being acquired by Italian investment firm, Style Capital three years ago, it appears that Zimmerman is to be sold for 1 billion euros, as reported by Milanese business daily, MF Fashion. According to MF Fashion, in 2022 Zimmerman’s revenue was reported at 270 million euros, and revenue for 2023 is expected to exceed 336 million euros. The brand obtained international visibility by showing consistently at New York Fashion Week and Paris Fashion Week. MF Fashion did not comment on who the potential buyer might be.

Founded in 1991 by Australian fashion designer Nicole Zimmerman and her sister Simone, the brand started as a quirky swimwear brand and later evolved to a sexy bohemian brand that was know for its floral prints and stylish dresses.

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Supima is back

The 16th Supima Design Competition comes back to New York Fashion Week (NYFW) on September 7, 2023. The competition will be hosted by Jeremy Scott. The competition will bring together eight next-generation fashion designers for a $10,000 prize and industry mentorship.

“I’ve been happy to be a small part of helping bring new talents to the larger public’s awareness on the past two seasons of Amazon Original’s “Making the Cut.” So, it was a great honor to be asked to host the Supima Design Competition’s Sweet 16. How could I say no? I look forward to seeing all the finalists’ work, detailed Jeremy Scott.

The finalists Amber Kuia (Academy of Art University), Carla Pierini, (Drexel University), Alexander Ziemba (Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising), Hee Jin Hwang (Fashion Institute of Technology), Wendy Weng (Kent State University), Tianze Wu (Parsons School of Design, The New School), Sahara Clemons (Rhode Island School of Design), and Mariana Espinos (School of the Art Institute of Chicago to a panel of judges and industry professionals. The 16th Supima Design Competition will take place at 3pm on September 7.

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Polyester breakdown

For sustainability advocates, the fabric polyester has been anathema to the recycling and sustainability movement. The challenge has been separating cotton from plastic, the two main combinations that make the blended polyester fabric.

Well, young chemists at the University of Copenhagen have come up with a breakthrough solution that can make polyester recyclable. “The textile industry urgently requires a better solution to handle blended fabrics like polyester/cotton. Currently, there are very few practical methods capable of recycling both cotton and plastic—it’s typically an either-or scenario. However, with our newly discovered technique, we can depolymerise polyester into its monomers while simultaneously recovering cotton on a scale of hundreds of grammes, using an incredibly straightforward and environmentally friendly approach,” explained the young chemist from the University of Copenhagen.

“We can take a polyester dress, cut it up into small pieces and place it in a container. Then, add a bit of mild solvent, and thereafter hartshorn salt, which many people know as a leavening agent in baked goods. We then heat it all up to 160°C and leave it for 24 hours. The result is a liquid in which the plastic and cotton fibres settle into distinct layers. It’s a simple and cost-effective process,” said Shriaya Sharma, a doctoral student of the Jiwoong Lee group at the department of chemistry and study co-author.

Currently, the breakthrough solution has only been used in the lab, but there is a lot of potential for applications outside of a laboratory environment. The young chemists have already been in contact with businesses that explore the possibilities of taking the solution to the industrial level.

—William S. Gooch

Fashion News Alert: Lindsay Lohan’s New Gig, Kendall Jenner and L’Oreal, and Layoffs at Hearst

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In case you haven’t noticed, Lindsay Lohan is on the comeback trail. The new mom is continuing here return to the entertainment industry by being selected as the face of MCM’s new distinctive footwear campaign.

The recently unveiled limited-edition MCM X Crocs Mega Crush Clog campaign comes on the heels of MCM revamping its artistic team with a new design team. And for the MCM X Crocs Mega Crush Clog campaign Lohan is photographed in Dubai, Lohan’s current home location. In the campaign Lohan models the MCM crocs with MCM luggage in the forefront.

As reported in the, the crocs are crafted with an oversize heel for exaggerated elevation (all the better to keep up with those skyscrapers), an electrolyzed mirror detail on the platform, and a detachable zip pouch as well as silver-tone metal charms. The MCM X Crocs Mega Crush Clog is now available.

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Layoffs at Hearst

As temperatures continue to rise this summer and we struggle with trying to stay cool, so is Hearst struggling to keep employees. It appears that Hearst Corporation has cut 41 employees from its publications as of Thursday. These layoffs add to employee layoffs at National Geographic, ESPN and Grazia magazine.

Hearst’s 41 employee layoffs come mostly across Cosmopolitan, Seventeen, and Elle magazines. A Forbes magazine spokesman said that the layoffs were the result of “making strategic decisions that position the business for long-term growth.”

The company restructuring translates into the layoff of Seventeen editor-in-chief Kristin Koch, who will leave her post in September. According to the Hearst Magazines Media Union wrote on Twitter: “Due to ‘company restructuring,’ we are losing talented people whose creativity and institutional knowledge is immeasurable […] We are disappointed and angry that Hearst unilaterally chose to lay off our members instead of coming to the table to explore alternative options.”

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Kendall and L’Oréal

Can you believe Kendall Jenner is 26 years old. I remember seeing Kendall Jenner walk in her first fashion show when she was 15 years old.

Well, at the ripe old model age of 27 years old, Kendall has been named the new global ambassador for L’Oréal Paris. Starting in September, Kendall will lead L’Oréal Paris’ makeup campaigns. Additionally, L’Oréal Paris will put a special push behind Kendall’s favorite brand products, OG Telescopic Mascara, Infallible Fresh Wear Foundation, and the newly unveiled Infallible Matte Resistance liquid lippie.

“Kendall is a powerful, successful, and talented young woman who continues to captivate audiences around her,” said L’Oréal Paris in a news release. “A constant figure in the fashion industry, an entrepreneur, and a media icon, Kendall Jenner has become a role model for her generation, and the brand is thrilled to welcome her to the L’Oréal Paris family.”

Jenner added in the same announcement: “I’m honored to be part of a new sisterhood of strong, powerful women and to be able to say those iconic words, I’m worth it. Joining the L’Oréal Paris family and having the opportunity to embody everything the brand stands for feels like a true full-circle moment.”

—William S. Gooch


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