Fashion News Alert: Valentino’s New Tabletop Book, Peter Nygard in Court Again, and H&M Studio’s Holiday Collection

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Peter Nygard, the Canadian fashion mogul, is in court yet again. However, this time he is being sued for alleged sex trafficking.

Alleged sex trafficking victims are suing Nygard and high-level employees at his company for sex trafficking and aiding and abetting Nygard for the alleged sex crimes. Even Nygard’s daughter is named in the lawsuit that was filed this week in Manhattan federal court by Jane Doe victims.

“Recruiters were taught by Nygard and by employees of the Nygard companies to inform targeted young female victims that Nygard possessed extraordinary wealth, power, resources, and influence,” the victims allege, as reported in fashionnetwork.com, “that he was a fashion designer who could help fulfill female victims’ dreams. This often was an offer to become a model but was modified based on the specific victims’ hopes and dreams.”

Nygard, now 82, has agreed to be extradited for said allegations. Nygard was convicted by a jury on November 12 in a Toronto court on four counts of sexual assault.

According to the complaint filed in the Manhattan federal court, high-level employees of Nygard’s companies maintained a corporate database including photographs that allowed Nygard to peruse, rate, and contact potential victims. “The database contains ratings or grades, information, and pictures of over 7,500 underage girls and women dating back to 1987,” the plaintiffs allege, as reported in fashionnetwork.com. Employees of Nygard’s companies were expected to keep cash at his various properties so he could pay victims for sex, the complaint further states.

Nygard’s fashion brand was once one of the largest manufacturers and makers of women’s clothing in Canada. Nygard’s companies filed for bankruptcy in 2020. Nygard filed for bankruptcy one month after he was arrested in the US for sexual assault.

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H&M holiday cheer

The holiday spirit is in the air. Proof of this yuletide cheeriness is H&M Studio’s 2023 holiday capsule collection.

This holiday capsule collection was inspired by the clever construction of antique undergarments and the raw structures of the Brutalist architectural style. This collection has an interesting take on day-to-night silhouettes that contain sensual silk and lace, and a soft-focus color palette.

“Timeless dressing and an enduring sense of sophistication defines the H&M Studio Holiday capsule. We wanted to play around with corsetry, but also revitalize favorite styles like the bias-cut slip dress and the sculptural blazer, all in enduring fabrics that age beautifully and will delight and excite for years to come,” said Ann-Sofie Johansson, head of design womenswear and creative advisor at H&M, as reported in fashionnetwork.com.

The H&M Studio’s 2023 holiday capsule collection did focus on sustainability in this outing. The majority of the premium-quality fabrics were made of sustainable products which included organic silk, recycled wool, Lenzing EcoVero viscose, and sequins made from recycled polyester.

H&M Studio’s 2023 holiday capsule collection will be available on December 7 in H&M stores and online.

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Holiday reading

Continuing in the holiday vein, Givenchy has produced a new tabletop book in time for the holiday season. Entitled Givenchy Catwalk, this tabletop book is an homage to 180 fashion collections of the iconic French fashion house.

Givenchy Catwalk chronicles the many collections of the brand from its inception by Hubert de Givenchy in 1952 to the current collections by Givenchy creative director Matthew M. Williams. Notable collections include the collection that include the famous ‘little black dress,’ worn by Audrey Hepburn in “Breakfast at Tiffanys,” as well as collections by John Galliano when he served as creative director from 1995 to 1997. Additionally, there are images of garments by Alexander McQueen when McQueen served as creative director from 1996 to 2001.

The 1200-page book comes to life with fashion commentary by fashion commentator and historian Alexandre Samson and Anders Christian Madsen of British Vogue. Samson detailed, “finding and assembling the photos of the most emblematic looks, those that really speak to a grander public. The idea was to conceive a book in the same way that I curate an exhibition at the Palais Galliera, meaning to find the right elements to amaze and transmit the love of the subject to everyone, from a well-acquainted journalist to a student to someone who’s been in the industry for over sixty years.”

Givenchy Catwalk by Editions de la Martinière is available both at selected bookstores and online and sells for 59 euros. A great holiday gift for that special fashionista!!

—William S. Gooch

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