Fashion News Alert: Ryan Gosling Has a New Job, Olivier Rousteing Reveals Burn Injuries, and Nordstrom Partners with Dr. Martens

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Major fashion brands still seem to be looking to celebrities to endorse their products in the hopes that consumers will pay attention and dig deep into their pockets. Ryan Gosling is the latest celebrity that has jumped into the brand ambassador fray for a major fashion and accessories brand.

Ryan Gosling is now a brand ambassador for TAG HEUER. This is Gosling first brand ambassadorship.

Gosling will front the brand’s new 13-piece collection that reinterprets and reimagines the horological icon in four versions: the TAG Heuer Carrera Day Date 41 mm, the TAG Heuer Carrera Twin-Time Date 41 mm, The TAG Heuer Carrera Date 39 mm and the TAG Heuer Carrera Date 29 mm. The TAG HEUER Carrera collection was inspired 60 years ago by the brand’s CEO Jack Heuer who wanted to create a timepiece that that was uncluttered and perfectly harmonious—ideal for drivers who needed to tell the time at a glance while under pressure. In Spanish, Carrera means not only road and race, it can also mean course.

“TAG Heuer has quietly and consistently been a classic and iconic pillar of excellence in its field for over a hundred and sixty years. Partnering with them was an easy decision and time, in general, is just something I think a lot about now. My kids are growing up fast, so I keep an eye on the clock in a way I never used to,” explained Gosling.

Whether Gosling was chosen by TAG HEUER for his dramatic turn in “Driver” or because he does his own stunts is not known. However, Gosling does have that rugged look and magnetism that many male consumers can relate to.

Pari Dukovic who shot the TAG HEUER campaign featuring Gosling confided that, “Ryan said he wanted to do something completely different. Color has emotion and it’s completely unexpected. In creating these portraits, it was about creating something timeless and timely at the same time. TAG Heuer’s watches have a timeless quality to them and that’s exactly what we wanted to do with the campaign.” 

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Olivier Rousteing bounces back

We all love how Olivier Rousteing has transformed the iconic French luxury House of Balmain from a dated luxury brand that focused mostly on classic silhouettes to the sexy, in-your-face hip brand that every young consumer wish they had in their closet.

Recently, Balmain Creative Director Olivier Rousteing revealed on Instagram that he suffered severe burn wounds from an explosion in a fireplace in his Paris apartment.

“A YEAR AGO, I finally feel ready to share this. I’ve been hiding this for too long and it’s time for you to know. Exactly a year ago, the fireplace inside my house exploded. I woke up the next morning in Paris’ Hôpital Saint Louis. The talented staff at that famous hospital, which was dealing with an incredible number of COVID cases at that same time, took amazing care of me. I cannot thank them enough. I did everything to hide this story from as many people as possible and trying to keep the secret with my teams and friends for too long,” wrote Rousteing.

Now, you may wonder that with such severe burns how did Rousteing conceal his burns from co-workers and close friends? Rousteing detailed that he his injuries by wearing COVID-19 masks and turtlenecks.

“To be honest I am not really sure why I was so ashamed, maybe this obsession with perfection that fashion is known for and my own insecurities… As I recovered, I just worked days and night to forget and creating all my collections, trying to keep the world dreaming with my collections and at the same time hiding the scars with face masks, turtlenecks, long sleeves and even multiple rings on all my fingers through many interviews or foto-shoots. And I truly realized that the power of social media is to reveal only what you want to show! Kind of allowing us to create our own special narrative that avoids what we do not wish to see or show: this is our new world. Now, a year later—healed, happy and healthy. I realize how truly blessed I am, and I thank GOD every day of my life,” he continued.

Interestingly, Rousteing’s burn injuries inspired his latest collection, which was his 10th collection for Balmain. “My last show was about the celebration of healing over pain, and I thank all the modelsm the productions my team, the models my Balmain family, my friends that came and supported not only my 10 years of Balmain but my rebirth. Today, I feel so free, so good and so lucky. I’m beginning a new chapter with a smile on my face and a heart full of gratitude,” explained Rousteing.

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Nordstorm NY teams up with Dr. Martens

Now that the economy seems to be opening up a bit, department stores are trying a variety of things to get shoppers in the stores. Nordstrom NY is now home to an immersive pop-up partnership with footwear brand Dr. Martens inviting consumers into a shoppable music venue inspired atmosphere. 

This indoor experience is a part of Nordstrom’s revolving Center Stage platform. The pop-up shop will run until November 7 with styles for men, women, and children mimics a music venue atmosphere, complete with trusses, stage lighting, graffitied furniture and even a live musical performance to kick off the shop, as reported in fashionnetwork.com. There will also be a live performance from New York City-based band on October 15 at 7pm.“We deeply value and learn from the best-in-class customer connectivity and market leading services that Nordstrom is known for across the industry. Dr. Martens is proud to launch our Nordstrom Center Stage collaboration, celebrating our strengthened brand presence and creating a special Dr. Martens experience to further our consumer connection in Nordstrom NYC.” 

Dr. Martens and Nordstrom have a long history as partners in the U.S. and Canadian markets and this year our brands have come together to build an even stronger partnership as the momentum in 2021 continues to grow,” said Lisa Kim, vice president, Dr. Martens wholesale. The collaborative collection will be available not only at the pop-up store in NYC and online but in seven other Nordstrom stores.

—William S. Gooch

Fashion News Alert: Adele’s Recent Fashion Covers, Schiaparelli First US Store, and John Boyega Collaborates with H&M

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In case you haven’t noticed, British singer Adele has lost a lot of weight. No biggie, celebrities lose weight all the time. The question is if this weight loss helped her get on the cover of two major fashion magazines. Not really!! Adele has had covers of fashion magazines before she slimmed down.

That said, Adele is on the cover of both American and British Vogue magazines. These covers predate Adele’s new album, her first since 2015.

For the cover of American Vogue, Adele donned a green Valentino Haute Couture gown. And for her British Vogue cover, Adele was dressed in a corseted Vivienne Westwood dress.

Adele explains that her lost of weight was more about getting fit than slimming down. “It became my time,” Adele told American Vogue of her gym sessions. “I realized that when I was working out, I didn’t have any anxiety. It was never about losing weight. I thought, If I can make my body physically strong, and I can feel that and see that, then maybe one day I can make my emotions and my mind physically strong.”

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Look out America, her comes Schiaparelli

Schiaparelli is one of those iconic fashion brands that has somewhat of a name recognition, particularly in Europe, but does not come immediately to mind in the US when thinking about luxury brands. Well, all that is about to change with the launch of the first Schiaparelli store in the US.

The US Schiaparelli is launching its own store inside the famed Bergdorf Goodman. The Schiaparelli store will be located on the fourth floor of the iconic New York City Store and will offer Schiaparelli’s ready-to-wear collection, including suits, denim parkas with bejeweled buttons, knitwear, coats and capes, dresses that transform into cocktail looks, accessories and leather goods. Additionally, there will be some evening gowns inspired by the brand’s haute couture collection, designed exclusively for Bergdorf Goodman.

Bergdorf Goodman has a long history with Schiaparelli, selling her collections in its stores from 1931 up until Elsa Schiaparelli closed her fashion house in 1954. Diego Della Valle quietly brought the brand back in 2012, first acquiring the brand’s archives and brand rights in 2006.

Since 2019, Daniel Roseberry has been creative director, and has successfully modernized Schiaparelli. “Our mission is to build an alternative couture house, and our luxury ready-to-wear line gives us the opportunity to do so. Our ready-to-wear offering is a way for us to balance the dreamlike narrative of couture with commercial credibility,” Rosebery explained in a release, as reported in fashionnetwork.com

The opening of the Schiaparelli salon inside Bergdorf Goodman is scheduled for October 12. The salon is modelled on the original Schiaparelli salon on Place Vendome in Paris and is designed by Roseberry and architect Daniel Romualdez.

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John Boyega’s new gig

John Boyega has a new job. In addition to his extensive acting resume, this British actor can now add fashion collaborator to his list of accomplishments.

Boyega is the newest celebrity to be a part of H&M’s ‘Edition by.’ This collaboration with H&M features key season looks constructed from recycled, organic, and innovative materials, such as Vegea—a vegan alternative to leather, partly made from waste from the winemaking industry.

In response to this collaboration, Boyega stated that this collection, “aligns my passions with purpose … sustainability to me means thinking about longevity for the benefit of those coming after us. This collaboration has already birthed opportunities for fresh dynamic creatives. Two birds with one stone,” as reported in fashionnetwork.com.

At the center of this collaboration is sustainability. The collection contains key garments such as a chore jacket (a Europe online exclusive) with a patchwork denim design constructed from collected denim garments, remade into a contemporary style; a checked coat, partly made from premium Italian recycled wool; an organic cotton striped shirt; a zip-off jacket-to-vest puffer jacket (online exclusive worldwide), crafted from Vegea.

Edition by John Boyega‘ will launch in H&M stores and online on October 28.

—William S. Gooch

 

Fashion News Alert: California Garments to Get Hourly Wage, Guess Launches Anna Nicole Smith Collection, and Tom Brady to Launch Fashion Line

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Some creatives become more famous after they have passed away than when they were alive. The list is long and extensive—Marilyn Monroe, Picasso, Van Gogh, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring, Christian Dior, George Floyd, and others.

Though Anna Nicole Smith was hugely popular while she was alive, her popularity continues with Guess launching the Anna Nicole Smith Collection as a part of their New Originals. The collection will be available in October.

“Anna Nicole Smith is essential to ‘90s fashion. Anna’s legendary beach shoot revived for this collection and the campaign with Sydney Sweeney is the perfect timeless moment to continue to celebrate one of the most iconic Guess Girls with a new generation,” said Guess’ brand partnerships director, Nicolai Marciano, as reported in fashionnetwork.com

The 32-piece collection which features women’s and men’s clothing looks back to some iconic vintage collections when Anna Nicole Smith was the face of Guess. The collection is inspired by the hues of the ocean which was the inspiration for the 1993 Miami photoshoot by Wayne Maser, featuring Anna Nicole Smith.

The men’s collection offers a selection of long and short-sleeve tees, sweatshirts, crewnecks, hoodies and a black denim jacket and matching pant. All the while, the women’s capsule features an array of tees, mesh shirts, bodysuits, sweaters, sweatpants, crewnecks, jumpsuits and include a matching gingham jacket and pant, as well as a teal denim jacket and pant. 

The collection will be available for purchase in select Guess retail stores and Guess Originals pop-ups globally, as well as guessoriginals.com and select styles at urbanoutfitters.com. Price points range from $12 to $248 for shirts, jackets, denim, socks, hats, and handbags.

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Tom Brady branches out

Athletes starting their own fashion line has been around for some time. So, it is surprising that Seven-time Superbowl Champion Tom Brady is just jumping into the fashion fray.

This past Tuesday, Tom Brady announced that is launching his own namesake fashion line. The menswear brand, called “Brady,” will launch in December. “Brady” has been in the works for three years, developed by Public School co-designer and co-founder Dao Yi Chow, and Jens Grede, who has worked with Kim Kardashian on her SKIMS brand.

The menswear collection uses “innovative technologies, advanced fabrications and more sustainable practices to offer intelligently designed and highly engineered pieces for optimal performance on and off the field,” according to a recent press release. The brand will be sold direct-to-consumer at brady-brand.com with the first drop set to feature a range of product from the ‘Train’ and ‘Live’ collections.

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Garment workers’ victory

On Monday, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed a bill that will ensure that garments are paid an hourly wage instead of just being paid for piece work. This new bill, the Garment Workers’ Protection Act, will help workers get closer to the California minimum wage of $14 an hour.

“California is holding corporations accountable and recognizing the dignity and humanity of our workers, who have helped build the fifth-largest economy in the world,” Newsom said in a statement, as reported in fashionetwork.com. “These measures protect marginalized low-wage workers, many of whom are women of color and immigrants, ensuring they are paid what they are due and improving workplace conditions. We are committed to having their backs as we work to build a stronger, more inclusive economy.”

Some critics believe that this bill will drive garment manufacturing out of the state. Labor groups contend that this bill will be good for workers and help monitor many of the garment factories that are not well regulated in California.

 Los Angeles has the highest concentration of garment worker in US. And 85% of them do not earn minimum wage. The average take home pay is $300 a week for 60 to 80 a week.

—William S. Gooch

Fashion News Alert: Sonia Rykiel to BE Acquired by G-III, Gabrielle Union Relaunches Fashion Line, and Tennis Star Emma Raducanu Has a New Gig

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Gabrielle Union is not letting any grass grow under feet. She has a new book out, You Got Anything Stronger, and now she is relaunching her namesake fashion line through the Saadia Group.

Union’s namesake brand originally launched in 2017 exclusively at New York & Co. with everyday wardrobe staples. The namesake brand was immediately successful. This time around Union’s namesake brand will have monthly rollouts at New York & Co. and Lord & Taylor with plans to release future drops at Fashion to Figure, a leading plus-size fashion brand.

“We are excited to have Gabrielle Union join the Saadia Group, her brand is the perfect fit for our family of brands. We are excited to offer our product development expertise to relaunch her line bigger than before, with product at New York & Company and a debut at Lord & Taylor,” said Jack Saadia, principal and cofounder of The Saadia Group, as reported in fashionnetwork.com. “Our customers have been asking for the return of her line and we are confident that Gabrielle’s creativity and authentic style will continue to resonate with them.”

“It’s great to join the Saadia Group and be back with the New York & Company family, designing my line once again!” added Union. “With every collection I design, I want to ensure the clothing reflects my personality, style and celebrates confidence. The September collection has everything from styles for work, chic and cozy knits and pops of color for a fun night out.”

The brand will feature a color palette of soft neutrals with subtle pops of color, items range from a multicolor swirl maxi dress, and bold sexy knits to matching sets. The new fall pieces embrace luxe textures and fabrics and will equally introduce denim for the first time ever.

Price points will range from 49.95-$149.95, with sizes from XS-XXL and US 0-20.

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G-III acquires another iconic brand

Sonia Rykiel is looking to change hands, once again. The Sonia Rykiel fashion brand was liquidated in 2019, after Rykiel’s death in 2016, and acquired by Showroom Prive co-founders Eric and Michael Dayan.

Sonia Rykiel will be joining G-III, the holding company that owns Donna Karan and does private licensing for Calvin Klein, Karl Lagerfeld, and Tommy Hilfiger. The Dayan brothers held Sonia Rykiel for less than 2 years.

“We are proud to have been a part of this brand which has a deep French heritage and to be the drivers behind its relaunch. We are thrilled to have found G-III, a true apparel and accessory powerhouse with a strong portfolio of globally recognized brands, as the new owners and stewards of the Sonia Rykiel brand. With G-III’s dominance in a diversified range of lifestyle categories, along with its well-established and broad range of retail partners, we see a bright future for the growth of the Sonia Rykiel brand,” said the Dayan brothers.

G-III CEO Morris Goldfarb divulged in fashionnetwork.com article, “We believe there is significant opportunity to unlock the untapped potential of this brand as we look to accelerate our global reach,” he explained. “We will leverage the existing executive management team and infrastructure based in Europe, as well as G-III’s supply chain expertise to scale and grow the Sonia Rykiel business across apparel, accessories and numerous other lifestyle categories.”

The transaction is expected to take place by the end of October of this year. Sonia Rykiel will present a collection for the upcoming Paris Fashion Week.

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Emma Raducanu’s brand ambassadorship

If you attended New York Fashion Week (NYFW) spring 2022 season, you may have not watched the 2021 US Open. If you missed the US Open, you missed 18-year-old Emma Raducanu winning the women’s title.

That said, the 2021 US Open is not the only thing that Raducanu is winning. Raducanu has recently acquired a brand ambassadorship with Tiffany & Co. It should be noted that Raducanu was wearing Tiffany jewelry while playing during the recent US Open.

“It’s such an iconic brand and one that I’ve felt connected to for quite some time. I wore the ring, bracelet, earrings, and cross necklace throughout the [US Open] tournament. These pieces will always be very special to me,” explained Raducanu.

Raducanu was an unexpected winner of the 2021 US Open women’s title. However, she fits in nicely with Tiffany’s rebranding in its attempt to reach out to a younger consumer. As a recent addition to LVMH’s ever-expanding portfolio of brands, Tiffany has signed Jay Z and Beyoncé, showing their embrace of diversity and inclusion, and the brand has signed 17-year-old freestyle skier Eileen Gu, reaching out to a younger audience.

—William S. Gooch

 

Fashion News Alert: Alexandra Ocasio Cortez’s Met Gala Gown, Nicki Minaj Opted out of the 2021 Met Gala Due to Vaccination Requirements, Sotheby’s Black Jewelry Designer Exhibit, and Dapper Dan Collaborates with Pepsi

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Contrary to the fashion rumor mill, the 2021 Met Gala turned out to be an overwhelming success. Many wagging tongues assumed that many celebrities would not be in attendance to due to COVID-19 Delta variant scares. That was not the case, this year’s Met Gala red carpet was not packed to the brim with some of our favorite celebrities, there was a strong contingent of Tokyo Olympic medalists on the red carpet as well.

That said, Nicki Minaj was one celeb who opted out of attending this year’s Met Gala. Minaj was outraged that there was a strict COVID-19 vaccination requirement for attending this year’s Met Gala. And her outrage caused her to post several incendiary rants on social media.

In one Twitter post Minaj said, “They want you to get vaccinated for the Met. if I get vaccinated it won’t for the Met. It’ll be once I feel I’ve done enough research. I’m working on that now. In the meantime, my loves, be safe. Wear the mask with 2 strings that grips your head & face. Not that loose one.”

In other social media rants, Minaj stated that she would rather be home with her child and that her friend Drake got COVID, even though he was vaccinated.  It appears that Minaj is not an anti-vaccine, but that she is still doing research. Minaj has not appeared in public for over a year.

Hmm, more research, really?

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The cost of political controversy

There were lots of bold, dramatic, eye-catching garments at the 2021 Met Gala, but, no other celebrity or public official caused more controversy than New York Congresswoman Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez’s white wool gown that was emblazoned with a “Tax the Rich” in red on the back of the gown.

This was Ocasio-Cortez’s first appearance at the Met Gala. Though she was invited in 2019, she chose not to attend, And, in 2020, the Met Gala was cancelled due to concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic.

Many praised Ocasio-Cortez for her brave political statement, a statement that was carefully planned as Democrats struggle to get President Biden’s Infrastructure passed. (Biden’s infrastructure bill comes with a $4.5 billion costs and raises taxes on wealthy individuals.)Still,  there were many critics, including conservatives and some liberals, who thought that Ocasio-Cortez’s political statement was out of place at the 2021 Met Gala. 

The conservative critics are the usual cast of characters such as Donald Trump, Jr., who called Ocasio-Cortez a fraud for calling for taxing the rich “while she’s hanging out with a bunch of wealthy leftwing elites.” Still there were some progressive critics like Briahna Gray, the former national press secretary for Senator Bernie Sanders’s 2020 campaign and the co-host of the “Bad Faith” podcast who said that Ocasio-Cortez is “held to a unique standard exactly because people expect more of her.”

According to The New York Times, other progressives like John Ganz, a columnist for Gawker.com, who described himself as a supporter who at other times has viewed Ms. Ocasio-Cortez as a “beacon of hope,” felt that “The Met Gala is an event best shunned by sincere socialists.”  Other progressives, like former New York City mayoral candidate Mara Wiley, supported Ocasio-Cortez decision to attend the Met Gala.

“We turn everything into a purity contest,” Ms. Wiley said, as reported in The New York Times. “Politics shouldn’t be about purity. She did the right thing by not avoiding it, by saying this is part of who we are, and let’s have a conversation that includes the Met Gala.”

Coincidentally, Ocasio-Cortez was seated at Anna Wintour’s table. Other politicians who attended included Mayor Bill de Blasio, Scott Stringer, and Carolyn Maloney.

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Sotheby embraces Black jewelry designers

This Friday, Sotheby hosted its first exhibit of exclusively black jewelry designers. The exhibit, Brilliant & Black: A Jewelry Renaissance, will feature 21 black jewelry designers and will open to the public on September 26, followed by a sale that runs in person and online until Oct. 10.

The exhibit will feature 63 works with jewelry designs by Art Smith, Harwell Godfrey, Shola Branson, Winifred Mason Chenet, Lorraine West, Marei New York, Mateo New York, Lola Fenhirst, Jariet Oloyé, Maggi Simpkins, and Shola Branson, and others. The exhibit will showcase a variety of styles with prices ranging up to a $1 million dollars.

The initiative was pioneered by Black jewelry author, editor, and stylist Melanie Grant, following the rise of the Black Lives Matter movement. She had a goal to spotlight talented Black designers with a focus on one-of-a-kind pieces.

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Dapper Dan collaborates with Pepsi

Dapper Dan continues to evolve his brand by collaborating with Pepsi on Pepsi’s “Made for Football Watching” NFL campaign. Dapper Dan partners with Pepsi to create the capsule collection, Pepsi x Dapper Dan Capsule Collection which was made available to consumers during New York Fashion Week (NYFW) on September 9.

“I’ve been bringing luxury fashion to Harlem for 35 years and let me tell you, you don’t always see a true authentic collaboration come to life the way it did here with Pepsi, and right in time for the football season and New York Fashion Week at that,” said Dapper Dan, as reported in fashionnetwork.com.  “This capsule collection is equally inspired by the Pepsi brand, football fans, and my one-of-a-kind looks. Fashion and football have never come together like this before.”

“While Pepsi has always had deep roots in pop culture and football, we have never brought it all together like we have with The Pepsi x Dapper Dan Football Watching Capsule Collection,” said Todd Kaplan, VP of marketing at Pepsi.

“Dapper Dan’s unique style of merging luxury fashion and streetwear is so bold and unapologetic—just like the Pepsi brand—so we thought he was the perfect partner to blend his visionary taste in streetwear with football fandom in the unique way only he can do.”

The collection features fashion-forward football-watching pieces including a lounger, hoodie, bucket hat, and custom-patterned Pepsi cans to ensure fans are fitted and geared up for every touchdown, sack and fumble. Visit madeforfootballwatching.com/dapperdan to view the full collection.

—William S. Gooch

Fashion News Alert: Naomi Osaka Has a New Job, Beyonce and Jay Z Help Reinvent Tiffany’s, and Bill Cunningham’s Exhibition Launch

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Despite the COVID-19 economic downturn Tiffany & Co. is back in the black. And now that it is under the auspices of LVMH, Tiffany’s seeks to appeal to a wider demographic with a reinvention.

Interestingly, entertainment power couple Jay Z and Beyoncé are a part of the reinvention. On Monday, Tiffany & Co. announced their new campaign featuring Jay Z and Beyoncé. The “About Love” campaign is “a close collaboration and a shared vision” between the couple and Tiffany & Co.

“Beyoncé and Jay-Z are the epitome of the modern love story. As a brand that has always stood for love, strength, and self-expression, we could not think of a more iconic couple that better represents Tiffany’s values. We are honored to have the Carters as a part of the Tiffany family,” detailed Alexandre Arnault, executive vice president of Product & Communications, as reported in fashionnetwork.com.

Beyoncé and Jay Z’s love story is “illuminated by the iconic Tiffany Diamond and set against the backdrop of Jean-Michel Basquiat’s Equals Pi (1982)”. This is also significant because, as part of a private collection from its creation until now, this marks the work of art’s first public appearance, “propelling Tiffany’s long-standing tradition of working with New York creatives forward.”

This groundbreaking campaign is unique in several ways. This is the first time this mega-entertainment couple has been featured together in a campaign. Additionally, the Tiffany Diamond is worn by Beyoncé. This is the first time the Tiffany Diamond, which was unearthed by in 1877 and bought by Charles Tiffany as a rough diamond in 1878, has been worn in a Tiffany’s campaign. And lastly, Jay Z will be wearing some house icons, notably the Jean Schlumberger Bird on a Rock brooch, reconstructed as a pair of one-of-a-kind cufflinks.

With this reinvention, Tiffany & Co. is reaching out to underrepresented communities, making a $2 million commitment towards scholarship and internship programs for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). The campaign launches globally in print on September 2 and the film will launch on Tiffany.com on September 15 alongside global media activations.

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Celebrate NYFW with Bill Cunningham

During New York Fashion Week (NYFW), a new exhibit highlighting the work of famed street and fashion photographer Bill Cunningham will launch at the Seaport. The exhibit will launch on September 12, 2021, the last day of NYFW.

Entitled “Experience the Times of Bill Cunningham, this expansive and immersive exhibit will a show the range of Cunningham’s work and will be presented in a two-story display with six distinct spaces. According to fashionnetwork.com, the exhibit will include experiences like a grand staircase where guests’ outfits will be digitally transformed, as well as an ever-changing gallery that reveals the surprising links between the sartorial trends captured by Cunningham and today’s latest street styles. 

The exhibit is designed to capture the energy, passion, and variety of Bill Cunningham’s photography and life which made Cunningham one of the most influential historians, documentarians, and culture-makers of the 20th and 21st centuries. Cunningham was known for photographing everyday New Yorkers, as well as iconic fashion industry professionals, fashion shows, and fashion events. And he did this for more than six decades.

The exhibition will run for eight weeks through October 30, at 26 Fulton Street, New York. Admission is $30.

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Another fashion collection for Naomi

Grand Slam tennis pro Naomi Osaka has a new job. Osaka is launching a limited-edition womenswear denim collection with Levi’s.

The collection, which launched this past Tuesday, pays homage to Osaka’s Japanese heritage, as well as utilizing upcycled and vintage denim. The collection comes in four styles which includes a kimono with matching denim obi belt and two styles of shorts: a vintage 501 jean short finished with crystal fringe, and a long short with lace-up detailing. The collection is complete with a denim bustier made from reworked Levi’s Trucker jackets.

For the collection, Osaka can be found modeling some of garments from the collection along with her sister Mari Osaka, who is also a professional tennis player. “When we were little, me and my little sister would take car rides and drive for hours and hours on end and we would have little fashion design battles and have my dad pick the winner. So, it’s always been a thing for us growing up,” Osaka said in the promotional video for the collection. 

Naomi Osaka has collaborated on collections with Nike, and Adeam, and was featured in Louis Vuitton and Tag Heuer ads. The Levi’s x Naomi Osaka collaboration will be available in select Levi’s stores and on the brand’s app. The collection will retail for $150 to $380.

—William S. Gooch

 

Fashion News Alert: Adidas Sells Reebok, Frank Ocean Delves into Fashion, and Tommy Hilfiger x Romeo Hunter Capsule Collection

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Are you ready for one of the fashion surprises of the year? Well, here it is. Adidas is selling Reebok to Authentic Brands Group (ABG) for 2.5 billion dollars (2.1 billion euros). Adidas has decided to concentrate on its namesake brand due to Reebok not delivering financially as expected.

Adidas purchased Reebok for 3.8 billion in 2006 as the German sporting goods company sought to outpace its major competitor Nike. Though this purchase of Reebok was substantial, investors repeatedly called for Adidas to abandon Reebok due to lagging sales.

According to Reuters, Reebok will retain its headquarters in Boston and continue operations in North and Latin America, Asia-Pacific, Europe, and Russia.

“We’ve had our sights set on Reebok for many years, and we’re excited to finally bring this iconic brand into the fold,” Jamie Salter, founder, chairman and CEO of ABG, said. “We are committed to preserving Reebok’s integrity, innovation, and values—including its presence in bricks and mortar,” Salter added.

Over the past 11 years, ABG has acquired more than 30 labels sold in some 6,000 stores. Its brands include apparel chains Aéropostale and Forever21, as well as and Sports Illustrated magazine. Despite the global health pandemic, ABG has had strong earnings in 2020 and recently filed for a US initial public offering.

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Two unlikely brands find common ground

When fashion collaborations come to mind one doesn’t necessarily think of Tommy Hilfiger and Romeo Hunte in the same thought capsule. Still, in this time of uncertainty, anything is possible.

That said, these two seeming disparate brands have come together in a unique capsule collection, TommyxRomeo. This capsule collection seeks to fuse Hilfiger’s Manhattan Prep style with Hunte’s Brooklyn street style. The capsule features classic Hilfiger pieces like puffer jackets, trench coats, jeans, shorts, and sweatshirts, as well as accessories, but remixed via Hunte’s signature deconstructed design, creating fresh looks meant to appeal to a new generation of shoppers.

These two brands collaboration is due to Tommy Hilfiger’s People’s Place Program, an initiative started by Hilfiger which finds and nurtures young talent from underrepresented BIPOC communities.  The capsule collection is available now at romeohunte.com.

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Frank Ocean dips into the jewelry and accessories pool

OK, OK it’s another celebrity fashion launch. Nothing new about that. Well, not quite true.

Unlike many celebrities who try to get a foothold in the fashion and beauty industries by launching a clothing brand or a beauty brand, recording artist Frank Ocean has opted to launch a jewelry and accessories brand.

Inspired by his childhood, these retro-style items are made in Italy and designed in New York City.  According to fashionnetwork.com, “the pieces feature bright colors and characters with a manga edge. The jewelry is made from 18k gold, recycled sterling silver, hand-painted enamel, and lab-grown diamonds.”

The jewelry collection is rather pricey with pendants starting at $435 and $1,695 for “double sphere” earrings, $16,515 for a gold bracelet, and $471,900 for a gold necklace set with a multitude of diamonds of different colors. Silk scarves are priced between $230 and $460.

Entitled ‘Homer,’ the collection can only be purchased at the brand’s only New York store, located in lower Manhattan. Appointments are made online in 15-minute booking slot options.

Frank Ocean is the son of 80s pop superstar Billy Ocean. Frank Ocean’s hit songs include “Thinkin Bout You,” “Slide,” “White Ferrari,” “Chanel,” and “Nights.”

—William S. Gooch

Fashion News Alert: Trans Model Graces the Cover of Vogue’s September Issue, NYFW Will Require Vaccination Proof, and Kendall Jenner Sued

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Everyone is excited about New York Fashion Week (NYFW) returning; however, things will be quite different for the spring 2022 season. But that should come as no surprise. COVID-19 has caused a lot of things to change.

In addition to a new venue on Fifth Avenue, NYFW spring 2022 season will now require all attendees at CFDA and IMG venues to show proof of vaccination. This is in accordance to New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s recent announcement that starting September 13, 2020 that New York City gyms, retail stores and indoor venues will require proof of COVID-19 vaccination of a 72-hour COVID-19 negative tests.

“In accordance with the City of New York’s [COVID]-19 vaccination mandate announced this morning, it is the CFDA’s directive that all New York Fashion Week events require proof of vaccination for any guests, staff members or individuals on-site.

Following IMG’s announcement of a vaccination requirement at NYFW: The Shows, we encourage the broader industry to follow suit as it is imperative to place the safety of guests and those working events in the highest priority.

We will be closely following updates and recommendations from the CDC, New York State and City, and will be releasing further detailed guidelines in mid-August,” announced the CFDA on its Instagram account.

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A first for Vogue

Vogue’s September issue is here and for the first time in the history of the publication, a trans model graces the cover of the hallowed September issue. In accordance to where American fashion is heading—embracing diversity, inclusion, and social issues—American Vogue uses it’s September issue to demonstrate that the publication is in step with the new face of American fashion.

Trans model Ariel Nicholson joins of bevy of models—Anok Yai, Bella Hadid, Lola Leon, Sherry Shi, Yumi Nu, Kaia Gerber, and Precious Lee—for this historic September issue. “I feel like fashion has gotten the message that casting models from diverse backgrounds is the absolute bare minimum. But what people are starting to wrap their heads around now is that ‘diversity’ isn’t the point—the point is respect; the point is dignity,” designer Becca McCharen-Tran of innovative and inclusive label Chromat is quoted as saying, as reported in dailyfrontrow.com.

The September issue is all about new beginnings and that is reflected not only in the diverse models used on the cover and inside the pages of the September issue, but also in the wide range of designers used. The diverse group of fashion designers employed in the September issue include Christopher John Rogers, Fe Noel, Brandon Maxwell, and Kerby Jean-Raymond, Ralph Lauren, Tom Ford, Rick Owens, Proenza Schouler, Thom Brown, Carolina Herrera, and many more.

This effort is the work of Vogue editors and photographers Maya Singer, Ethan James Green, and with Tonne Goodman and Gabriella Karefa-Johnson. Vogue’s September issue is now available at vogue.com and hits newsstands on August 17.

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Hey Jenner, where is my money?

Supermodel Kendall Jenner is being sued by Italian fashion brand Liu Jo for allegedly breaching her model contract. Liu Jo has filed a legal complaint against Kendall Jenner for not completing two required photo shoots for the brand. According to the legal compliant, Liu Jo is looking for 1.8 million dollars in damages.

Jenner signed a 2019 contract with the Italian fashion brand and only completed one photoshoot. Liu Jo contends that they attempted to reschedule the second photoshoot with Jenner but received no response. Liu Jo has asked for a refund from Jenner, but, yet again, received no response. Kendall Jenner has not responded to said allegations.

—William S. Gooch

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

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