Fashion News Alert: Fenty Goes on Hiatus, Tommy Hilfiger Collabs with Pose’s Indya Moore, and Fern Mallis’ New Project

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When Rihanna forged a relationship with LVMH, there was a nod of approval throughout the fashion industry. Rihanna’s clothing brand Fenty was launched with holding company partner LVMH in 2019. This was fashion brand that was owned by black person that was in LVMH coterie of fashion brands.

With LVMH as the holding company, Fenty was able to secure$115 million in Series B funding. The funding gave Fenty the ability to launch Fenty Beauty, Fenty Skin, and Savage x Fenty (Rihanna’s lingerie brand.) In other words, 2019 was a very busy year for Rihanna.

Though all this funding has been great for Rihanna’s beauty and lingerie brands, 2020 was not a good year for the clothing brand. This downturn has caused LVMH to put the Fenty clothing line on hold, “pending better conditions” in a statement, according to Footwear News, as reported in

The cause of the halt on the clothing line has not been confirmed, but what is known is that the Fenty clothing line has been experiencing very low sales; perhaps, due to the high price points. Which comes as a bit of shock in that from the initial launch, the Fenty clothing line had become a top of many conversations among fashion industry professionals.

Because of the clothing line has been put on hold does not mean Fenty clothing may not experience a resurgence. The Fenty spinoff brands still have the go-ahead from LVMH and word on the street is that Rihanna is strategizing how to reinvigorate Fenty clothing.

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Hilfiger tries to bridge the gap

Tommy Hilfiger has announced capsule collections with Indya Moore, star of “Pose,” and streetwear designer Romeo Hunte. Romeo Hunte has long been mentored by Hilfiger.

These upcoming capsule collections are the result of Tommy Hilfiger’s partnership with People’s Place Program. According a Tommy Hilfiger press release, People’s Place Program is Hilfiger’s three-pillared platform with an initial minimum commitment of $5 million in annual funding for the next three years, that will seek to advance the representation of black, indigenous and people of color (BIPOC) within the fashion and creative industries. Centering around Partnerships, Career Access and Industry Leadership, the program seeks to achieve consistent, long-term change.

“We are determined to continue putting real action behind our words,” Avery Baker, president and chief brand officer, Tommy Hilfiger Global added, as reported in “Equity and inclusion cannot be achieved through short-term recognition; we have to bring them to the forefront every day.”

The People’s Place Program will also be working with Harlem Fashion Row (HFR) to sponsor their 3rd Annual Digital Fashion Summit, taking place on February 18, 2021. Additionally, People’s Place Program will work with The Fashion and Race Database (FRD), to fund and support a new research study called “The Unsung History of American. Sportswear” to uncover overlooked influences from Black American culture on signature Tommy Hilfiger styles.

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Another Fern Mallis project

Fern Mallis never lets any grass grow under her feet. She always stays busy with new projects.

If you didn’t get the opportunity to attend any of Fern Mallis’ conversations with fashion icons at New York City’s 92Y, don’t fret, there is still hope. Fern has launched “Fashion Icons: The Archive,” a dedicated channel that features her chats with some of the most important names in the fashion industry.

“This has been a dream of mine to share these interviews digitally, for many years,” Mallis says. “People are always asking me if they could watch replays of these conversations. I always hear from people who are sorry to have missed them live at 92Y, after the fact. And in many cases, people missed them because they were sold-out!”

Fern has interviewed over 50 fashion industry professionals in her interview chats at the 92Y. Fern has interviewed  everyone from Donna Karan and Vera Wang to Ralph Rucci, Calvin Klein, and Tom Ford to John Varvatos, Thom Browne, Christian Siriano, and many others.

—William S. Gooch



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