Fashion News Alert: Supermodel Liya Kebede’s First Harper’s Bazaar Cover, “Emily in Paris” Fuels Interest in Chanel, and Asia’s Largest Store

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For her first Harper’s Bazaar cover as the magazine first woman of color to helm the esteemed magazine, Samira Nasr chose a model blast from the past, Ethiopian supermodel Liya Kebede. This is Kedebe’s first Harper’s Bazaar cover.

“Welcome to my first issue as editor in chief of Harper’s Bazaar,” Nasr wrote to readers, as reported in “This isn’t my first issue of Bazaar, though. I was a fashion editor at the magazine 20 years ago. My job was to edit and produce the shopping section of the magazine, and the section always opened with a model. Our bookings editor at the time told me that there was a new model who was ‘going to be a star.”

“A few days later, I styled Liya Kebede for the April 2001 issue, marking the first time she appeared in Bazaar, and the start of our friendship. In the years since, she has walked for every major designer and covered every major fashion magazine except this one. I’m thrilled that my first issue as editor in chief is also Kebede’s first cover for American Harper’s Bazaar, photographed in Paris by Christopher Anderson. The accompanying cover story by my fellow Montrealer Durga Chew-Bose unpacks Kebede’s decades-long career in an industry that has historically not made space for women of color and is often guilty of aging women out.”

Liya Kebede, 42, has had major contracts with Gucci, and Estee Lauder with major campaigns for Revlon, Yves Saint Laurent, Louis Vuitton, Dolce & Gabbana, Tommy Hilfiger, Escada, and Victoria’s Secret. She has appeared on the cover American, Japanese, Italian, French, and Spanish Vogue.

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Chanel gets a boost

The verdict is still out whether Netflix’s “Emily in Paris” is a great show or will evolve into a hit. However, the fashion in “Emily in Paris” is fueling interest in an iconic French fashion house, The House of Chanel.

According to online fashion shopping platform Stylight, they have seen an increase of 30% in global clicks to Chanel following the premiere of the show earlier in October. “Emily in Paris” follows the meandering of a young American woman in Paris as she attempts to navigate life in a foreign city while working at a prestigious French marketing firm.

“Emily in Paris” broke streaming records immediately after its premiere episode. The series also caused much consternation from cultural critics who were turned off by the series stereotypical portrayal of Parisians and French culture.

Iconic fashion designer Pat Fields serves as wardrobe manager for “Emily in Paris.” The series features several scene-stealing garments from recent Chanel collections.

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Asia’s biggest store

Zara has opened another store in China and this new store is the largest store in Asia. Last Friday, Zara opened a store that spread over 3,500 square meters across four floors. The megastore is located on the busy Wangfujing Street, one of the most famous shopping streets in Beijing.

This new megastore will integrate new technologies that reduce energy consumption by 20% and water usage by half. This new store also emphasizing design elements with smooth and circular shapes. There is so much space in this new store that the brand’s latest collections can be displayed, as well as standalone space for cosmetics, footwear and clothing personalization labs.

Interesting, Zara closed two stores in China in 2019 with the parent company, Inditex, announcing in June 2020 that they have plans to close 1200 Zara stores in Asia and Europe. Because of COVID-19, Zara experienced its first quarterly loss in the first quarter of 2020, reaching a 480-million-dollar loss because of the pandemic. Zara currently has 191 stores in China including the autonomous regions of Hong Kong and Macau.

—William S. Gooch


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