Fashion News Alert: Tom Ford Resigns, Yeezy Gap by Balenicaga Launch Postponed, and Gisele Bundchen’s New Gig

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You know someone is a supermodel when they can leave the industry for a few years and come back stronger than ever. That is Gisele Bundchen’s story. Well, sort of!!

Though Gisele doesn’t appear on the catwalk anymore, she officially retired from runways a few years back, she is now front and center as the face of Burberry’s TB Summer Monogram campaign. The collection includes gabardine trench coats, silk-blend bomber jackets, silk dresses, cotton shirts, swimwear, and sunglasses,

For this campaign, Gisele was photographed by Luigi & Iango. And in a nod to Burberry’s vintage history, Gisele is posed in front of unreleased images by Luigi & Iango photographed over a decade ago.

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Bye, bye Tom

In shocking news, Tom Ford stepped down from his position as Chairman of the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA). After serving in that position for three years, Ford’s last day will be May 31.

“When I began my role as chairman in June of 2019, my goal was to help the American fashion industry become more globally recognized for its talent and importance. I could not have imagined the extraordinary circumstances that both the industry and the world would have to navigate—that a pandemic would shut the world down and change the course of our lives and of our businesses forever,” wrote Ford in a statement distributed by the CFDA.

“The pandemic challenged all of us to think about our businesses in new ways—from the design process and production, to how we reach and speak to our customers,” he continued in his statement. “We were forced to come up with creative new ways to run our companies. Some may think that fashion is just about making beautiful clothes and accessories or having runway shows, dressing celebrities and throwing parties without considering the incredible amount of work that goes on behind the scenes, or that the fashion industry is a $3 trillion industry that employs millions of individuals. As chairman of the CFDA, I have had the privilege to experience first-hand the remarkable determination and optimism that drives our industry. I am honored to have been able to support the truly incredible talent in the American fashion industry for these past three years, and I look forward to continuing in my role on the CFDA board.”

During his tenure at chairman of the CFDA, Ford helped bring back the Met Gala and New York Fashion Week (NYFW), after NYFW and the Gala’s absence during the COVID-19 pandemic. He also launched the CFDA’s A Common Thread initiative with Vogue, donating over $5 million to the fashion industry in the United States.

Tom Ford will remain on the CFDA’s board while the board looks for a replacement.

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Delays to Yeezy Gap Engineered by Balenciaga

Because of the deadly shooting at an elementary school in Uvlade, Texas, Yeezy Gap Engineered by Balenciaga’s launch has been postponed. The collection was set to launch on Yeezygap.com and Balenciaga online partners Farfetch.com, Mytheresa.com and LuisaViaRoma.com.

“In light of the tragedy in Uvalde, Texas, we are postponing the Yeezy Gap Engineered by Balenciaga launch until Friday, May 27,” the company said in an official statement, as reported in fashionnetwork.com. “As we pause, our hearts go out to the families and communities impacted.”

Yeezy Gap Engineered by Balenciaga is the result of a collaboration between Yeezy Gap and Balenciaga’s creative director Demna Gvasalia. Ye, or as he is better known, Kanye West signed a 10-year deal with Gap to create Yeezy Gap in 2020.

—William S. Gooch

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