Fashion News Alert: Alexi McCammond Resigns, Brandon Maxwell Pivots to Walmart, and Goodbye Elsa Peretti

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Alexi McCammond has resigned.  McCammond stepped down without starting her new role as Editor-in-chief at Teen Vogue on March 24.

Due to calls for her resignation, based on some racist Asian and homophobic tweets made while McCammond was a college student. McCammond tweeted earlier this week why she was stepping down. “Hey there: I’ve decided to part ways with Condé Nast,” the tweet began.

“I should not have tweeted what I did,” McCammond continues in the statement, as reported in fashionweekdaily.com,“ and I have taken full responsibility for that. I look at my work and growth in the years since and have redoubled my commitment to growing in the years to come as both a person and as a professional.” McCammond further wishes the best to the Teen Vogue team, before sharing her hopes to “re-join the ranks of tireless journalists who are shining light on the issues that matter every single day.”

Editors, journalists, and fashion industry professionals’ response to McCammond’s resignation, for the most part, has been positive. Condé Nast has not responded or announced a replacement.

Image courtesy of vogue.com

Walmart ups its game

Walmart is attempting to give its clothing brands a remake. Walmart private brands Scoop and Free Assembly are getting a makeover.

Noted ready-to-wear fashion designer Brandon Maxwell will collaborate with the mega retail store and serve as creative director of Walmart’s private labels Scoop and Free Assembly. As creative director of Free Assembly and Scoop, Maxwell will be responsible for the seasonal collection of Scoop and Free Assembly’s men’s, women’s, children, and accessories. Maxwell will also participate in brand strategies, production, fabric sourcing, marketing, and campaigns.

“Working with Walmart has long been a dream of mine. Like many people across the country who live in a small town, Walmart was the destination for everything where I grew up in Texas, including clothing,” said the designer in a release, as reported in fashionnetwork.com. “This partnership allows me to bring the experience and joy of fashion to countless people who live in small towns across the country. Everyone deserves to have access to well-designed clothing at an accessible price point.”

Brandon Maxwell currently produces a line of face masks that are sold exclusively at Walmart.

Image courtesy of town&country.com

Ciao Elsa

Famed jewelry designer Elsa Peretti has died.  Known for her long-time affiliation with Tiffany & Co. and Halston, Peretti was the recipient of the 1971 Coty Award and worked with Tiffany’s as a jewelry designer for almost 50 years.

Born in Florence, Italy. Peretti came from a wealthy, distinguished Italian family. Educated in Switzerland and Rome, Peretti started her modeling career in Europe in the mid-1960s. After being invited to the US by the Wilhelmina Modeling Agency in 1968, Peretti later came to work for Halston as a fashion model.

In the 1970s, Peretti became a mainstay at New York City’s famed Studio 54. According to Halston, “Elsa had style: she made the dress she was modeling her own.”

In 1969, Peretti began designing jewelry for a small coterie of fashion designers in New York City. Peretti first hit as a jewelry designer was a two-inch bud vase made of sterling-silver, worn on a leather thong. This jewelry design was first worn by a model in Giorgio Sant’ Angelo’s fashion show. Peretti started designing jewelry for Halston in 1971.

In 1974, Peretti had her own jewelry boutique in Bloomingdales and in that same year Peretti signed a contract for Tiffany & Co. By 1979, Peretti was one of Tiffany & Co. main designers. Over her lifetime, Peretti designed more than 30 collections for Tiffany & Co.

Elsa Peretti died in Spain on March 18, 2021. She was 80 years of age.

William S. Gooch

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