Amanda Gorman’s Vogue Cover, Lena Dunham Collaborates with 11 Honore, and Armani Looks for a Partner

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Amanda Gorman is getting lots of traction in the fashion industry. Early this year she was signed to IMG Models and now she is gracing the cover of US Vogue’s May 2021 issue.

Always breaking records and knocking down barriers, Gorman’s cover makes the first time a poet is on the cover of US Vogue. This National Poet Laureate was styled for the cover and inside story by Gabriela Karefa-Johnson and photographed by Annie Leibovitz.

“What a joy to do this cover while wearing a piece designed by groundbreaking Black designer @virgilabloh that honors my heritage,” she said, as reported in fashionweekdaily.com. “It was a dream to be photographed by the indomitable @annieleibovitz & styled by @gabriellak_j who literally would carry me on her back & forth between set. Wow, my hands are shaking with love. This is called the Rise of Amanda Gorman, but it is truly for all of you, both named and unseen, who lift me up.”

Gorman is interviewed in the May issue of US Vogue by New Yorker writer Doreen St. Felix, and talks about growing up in Los Angeles, being a twin, and her trajectory toward national fame.

Amanda Gorman has 3 million followers on Instagram and has been offered millions of dollars in endorsement deals. Gorman explains that she carefully considers if the endorsements align with her values before she finds out the dollar amounts so that she is not induced by the huge amounts of money she’s being offered.

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Armani’s future

Giorgio Armani has said that his brand would always remain independent. But wagging fashion tongues are implying that Armani may be changing his mind.

In a recent interview in Vogue, Armani hinted that brand independence “is not so strictly necessary” and that “one could think of a liaison with an important Italian company,” that is not a part of the fashion industry. In the interview, Armani detailed that a partnership with a French company is not in the works, not a partnership with Kering or LVMH.

The potential partnerships that are being considered are Exor, the holding company owned by the Agnelli family, and possibly other Italian investors. Exor owns a 24% stake in footwear brand, Christian Louboutin, as well as recently acquiring Shang Xia, a Chinese luxury group. In 2019, the Giorgio Armani Group achieved revenues of 2.16 billion euros.

Besides a partnership with a holding company, there is the question of succession. Giorgio Armani is 86 years of age and has established a foundation in 2016 to prepare for his succession. The foundation was formed to transfer shares for the Giorgio Armani Group to the foundation. Though Giorgio Armani has no spouse or children, he hopes to “pass down much of the business to his family,” as reported in Vogue.

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Lena and 11 Honoré 

Collaborations are still ruling the day in the fashion industry. The latest fashion collaborative effort involves actress/writer/director Lena Dunham teaming with luxury plus-size retailer 11 Honoré for an exclusive collection.

This collaboration is the brand’s first collaboration since its launch in 2017. “This collaboration with 11 Honoré was about wanting to cultivate a space where the question of whether a plus body will be embraced by the clothes is a non-issue, and the clothes are not demanding that a plus woman hide,” said Dunham, in a collection pre-launch post on Instagram. 

The five-piece capsule collection launched on April 6 with Dunham collaboratively designing the collection with in-house fashion designer Danielle Williams Eke. The collection comes in sizes 12 through 26 with price points ranging from $98 to $298.

The collection includes a navy pinstriped blazer and miniskirt, a printed dress, a shirt and a mock-neck tank. The collection became available of April 6.

—William S. Gooch

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