Fashion News Alert: Michael Kors’ New Approach to Fashion Week, Rihanna Releases Three New Beauty Products, and Goodbye O Magazine

Images of Micahael Kors spring 2020 collection courtesy of tom+lorenzo.com

Michael Kors has decided not to show his spring 2021 collection during New York Fashion Week (NYFW). However, that does not mean that Kors will not have some form of presentation for his spring 2021 collection.

Instead of showing his spring 2021 collection during NYFW, Kors will have a series of digital presentations.  Kors’ will present his spring 2021 collection to the press in an intimate presentation on October 14, and on October 15 the spring 2021 will be broadcast on the brand’s social and digital platforms.

“It is key for us to be able to bring our collection to life and translate that in-person runway show experience as best as possible to the digital world,” says Michael Kors, as reported in a fashionweekdaily.com post. “To ensure the press and consumers alike are able to view the clothes and accessories in detail, virtually, is my top priority,” says Kors.

Image courtesy of thelatch.com

Fenty Beauty expands

Rihanna’s empire continues to grow. This week the Barbadian-American pop singer will debut three products from her Fenty Beauty line. Fenty Beauty launched in 2017.

Fenty Beauty is now a gender-neutral beauty line with a wide spectrum of products that can appeal to wide, diverse demographic. “I’m a woman of color and I have a lot of sensitivity in a lot of areas of my face,” the singer, actress and business mogul, said on Instagram, as reported on fashionnetwork.com. “I wanted a product that just worked.”

These three products—the Total Cleans’r Remove-It-All Cleanser ($25), Fat Water Pore-Refining Toner Serum ($28), and Hydra Vizor Invisible Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Sunscreen ($35)—will debut on Friday. Rihanna hosted a live virtual Fenty Skin Launch Party on Wednesday July 29.

Image courtesy of O magazine

Bye, bye O

O magazine goes out of print in December 2020. Earlier in the week Hearst Publications announced that O magazine will only exist in a digital format after December 2020.

“As the brand celebrates twenty years of O, The Oprah Magazine, we’re thinking about what’s next, but again the partnership and the brand are not going away,” Hearst said in a statement Monday, confirming a Business of Fashion report from July 24. “This is a natural next step for the brand, which has grown to an online audience of 8 million, extending its voice and vision with video and social content. We will continue to invest in this platform as the brand grows and evolves into one that is more [digitally centric.]”

Like most print publications, O magazine has suffered a dramatic decrease in newsstand sales. And the COVID-19 pandemic has made sales plummet even further.

Launched in 2000, O magazine, a joint venture between Hearst and Oprah Winfrey’s Harpo Productions, at its peak reached a circulation of over 3 million, including 1 million newsstands copies sold each month. In 2019, the magazine’s monthly circulation fell to 2.3 million; however, monthly newsstands sales fell to 228,989.

“I’m proud of this team and what we have delivered to our readers over the past 20 years,” said Oprah, as reported in the nypost.com. “I look forward to the next step in our evolution.”

—William S. Gooch

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