Fashion News Alert: Idris Elba’s New Gig, Moschino’s New Creative Director, and Bye, Bye Sports Illustrated

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Moschino has a new creative director. After the sudden death of Davide Renne, who was only 10 days into his role of creative director of Moschino, the iconic Italian fashion brand had to find a new creative director.

With very little time to waste, Moschino chose Adrian Appiolaza. Appiolaza is primed to create womenswear, menswear and accessories for the esteemed brand in time for Milan Fashion Week. The Buenos Aires born designer cut his fashion teeth at Miu Miu, Louis Vuitton, and Chloe with his last position being design director at Loewe.

For his debut collection for Moschino, Appiolaza is referencing some iconic looks from the Italian fashion house. “The jackets with 3-D postcards, the dress with a skirt made with twenty bras, the countless trompe-l’oeil: as a creative and a collector, the list of creations by Franco Moschino that have entered the history of fashion is almost endless. The essence of his talent, for me, is to inhabit his time—a mission he carried out with enviable lightness, opening a window for all of us to imagine, in our own way, the future,” explained Appiolaza, as reported in

Adrian Appiolaza debut collection for Moschino will take place on February 22.

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Idris brings the sexy to Calvin

Idris Elba is everywhere. From red carpets to the silver screen, this debonair British actor is the epitome of black male glamour.

Add to his recent campaign for the second installment of Calvin Klein’s fall 2024 menswear collection, and Elba is primed to become a force in fashion. Following on the heels of Jeremy Allen White, who was the face of the first installment, Elba’s presence will “introduce an elegant, polished silhouette in tailored wool, sateen and cotton fabrications,” as reported in His campaign will also offer “elevated materials with a sophisticated take on easy everyday layering options”. 

This campaign was photographed by Mert Alas and is already on featured on the Calvin Klein website and will roll out on social channels throughout the week. The second installment will be in stores soon.

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Another one bites the dust

Through several publications have gone belly-up in the past few years, one would not expect Sports Illustrated (SI)to be on the chopping block; however, this might be the end of SI.

The Arena Group, which publishes SI, missed payment a 3.75 payment to SI’s licensed holder, Authentic, which caused the deal to sever. Because of the defaulted deal, SI laid off the majority of its staff.

Authentic purchased SI from Meredith five years ago for $110 million dollars. Because of the missed payment, Authentic has terminated its agreement to Arena Group to publish SI in print or digital form.

“… We were notified by Authentic Brands Group (ABG) that the license under which the Arena Group operates the Sports Illustrated (SI) brand and SI related properties has been officially revoked by ABG. As a result of this license revocation, we will be laying off staff that work on the SI brand.” 

So, what does this mean to the fashion industry; hmm, no more Sports Illustrated Swimwear issue. Duh!!

—William S. Gooch

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