Fashion News Alert: NYC Loses Many Chain Stores in 2020, the FHCM Releases Paris Couture Show List, and Goodbye Stella Tennant

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The COVID-19 pandemic may not hinder the Paris Haute Couture shows from happening. The Federation de la Haute Couture et de la Mode (FHCM) has released the calendar for the Paris Haute Couture shows.

Because of the ensuing health pandemic, the FHCM has not confirmed if the haute couture shows will be in the format of runway, presentations or online. The format depends on the French health pandemic lockdown rules. That said; the FHCM, which is the French fashion governing body, has listed 32 shows on the haute couture calendar.

This calendar includes haute couture collections from such esteemed brands as Dior, Giorgio Armani Prive, Chanel, Schiaparelli, and Valentino, with Alber Elbaz debuting his new fashion brand AZ Factory. Kim Jones will debut his first haute couture collection for Fendi, and Chitose Abe will debut his first haute couture collection for Jean-Paul Gaultier as a guest designer.

The Haute Couture shows will take place in Paris from January 25 through January 28.

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NYC retail hit hard by health pandemic

2020 has been a very tough year for the retail market, particularly in New York City. According to the Center for an Urban Future (CUF) over 1,000 stores have been shuttered by retail chains. These closings are mostly due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Manhattan saw the most store closings in 2020 of the five boroughs, closing 520 stores. There was a total of 1,057 closings in Manhattan and the boroughs.

As reported in, both clothing and accessories stores and beauty destinations have closed 22% of their locations in New York over the last twelve months. The only other retail store category that outpaced clothing and accessories when it come to closures were vitamin and food supplement shops.

BCBG Max Azria has closed all of it six NYC stores, as did tween retail store, Justice. New York & Co. has shuttered all its 17 NYC stores. Brooklyn Industries, Lucky Brands, and Motherhood Maternity have followed suit.

CUF’s annual State of the Chains report is based on a tally of chain retailer store locations across New York City, broken down by retailer, borough and zip code.

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Stella Tennant farewell

A few days before Christmas day, on December 23,  British Supermodel Stella Tennant suddenly passed away at her home in Duns, Scotland. According to a Scotland police spokesperson, “Officers were called to an address in Duns around 11.30 a.m. on Tuesday, December 22, following the sudden death of a 50-year-old woman. Her next of kin have been made aware. There are no suspicious circumstances and a report will be submitted to the procurator fiscal.”

According to, Stella Tennant’s family confirmed her death by stating, “Stella was a wonderful woman and an inspiration to us all. She will be greatly missed. Her family ask for their privacy to be respected. Arrangements for a memorial service will be announced at a later date.”

Stella Tennant burst unto the fashion scene in the early 90s with iconic fashion photographer Steven Meisel shooting Tennant for the cover of Italian Vogue. Later Tennant acquired an exclusive contract from Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel. Additionally, Tennant appeared in numerous campaigns for Giorgio Armani, Calvin Klein, Burberry, Hermes, and Chanel.

Tennant was a distant cousin of Princess Diana and grand-daughter of Andrew Cavendish, the 11th Duke of Devonshire. Tennant is survived by her husband, French photographer David Lasnet and her four children.

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