Fashion News Alert: June Ambrose’s New Gig, Nyle DiMarco’s “Deaf U,” and Kenzo Takada Transitions

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June Ambrose has a new job. Consumers will probably know June Ambrose as the stylist to hip-hop royalty—Missy Elliot, and Jay Z, well as celebs Zoe Saldana, Kerry Washington, Mariah Carey, Mary J Blige, and Alicia Keys. Consumers may also know June Ambrose for her short-lived reality show “Styled by June.”

Well, June has a new job. June has formed a new creative partnership with Puma, designing the footwear brand’s women’s and girl’s line. The collaborative collection is aiming for a summer 2021 release.

“Beyond the collections, it’s important to me that the collaboration is rooted in social impact, and Pumas work in the social justice space to empower youth through sport makes them the perfect partner,” explained Ambrose in an article on

“Having the opportunity to bring an individual with such talent into the world of sports is unique and we are excited to see how she can redefine what it means to create a sportswear collection,” said Adam Petrick, Puma’s global director of brand and marketing. In 2020, Puma has landed several important collaborations with popular celebrities—Selena Gomez, Rihanna, and Kylie Jenner.

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Nyle DiMarco puts on the producer’s hat

If you don’t know who Nyle DiMarco is, you should. First, Nyle was the winners of “America’s Next Top Model” cycle 22—he was also the first deaf model to win the reality model competition. And Nyle was the winner of season 22 “Dancing with the Stars.”

Besides modeling and acting, Nyle DiMarco is now branching into documentary production. “DEAF U” a new Netflix documentary, produced by DiMarco, centers on deaf students at Gallaudet University as they navigate life. Gallaudet University is a renown university for deaf students of which DiMarco is 2013 graduate.

“DEAF U” premieres on Netflix on Friday, October 9.

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A very important fashion designer bites the dust

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to wreak havoc on the fashion community. This time the COVID-19 casualty was iconic fashion designer Kenzo Takada.

Kenzo was a very important fashion designer in the Paris fashion world. He was the first Japanese fashion designer to establish himself in Paris.

Born in Hemeji, Japan, Kenzo came to Paris in 1965, and quickly established himself as a fashion force to be reckoned with. His first fashion line, Jungle Jap, helped Kenzo establish himself. Later in 1975, Kenzo merged Jungle Jap into his eponymous line which became extremely popular around the world. In 1983, Kenzo launched his menswear line.  Kenzo’s collections were known for their emphasis on graphic and floral prints.

Kenzo sold his eponymous line to LVMH in 1993 and resigned as creative director in 1999. At his death, Felipe Oliveira Baptista was serving as the creative director of the brand. In June of this year, the brand opened its first US store in the Soho district of New York City.

Kenzo Takada died from complications due to COVID-19 on Sunday in the American Hospital in Neuilly-sur-Seine five days at the brand presented its spring 2021 collection in Paris. He was 81 years old.

—William S. Gooch

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