All the High Fashion Moments From Beyoncé’s ‘Spirit’ Music Video

Beyoncé’s “Spirit” music video is visually striking, both for its picturesque landscape and high-fashion moments.
Filmed in the Grand Canyon, Beyoncé is joined by a host of dancers and her daughter, Blue Ivy Carter, dressed in looks ranging from Valentino’s spring 2019 couture collection to up-and-coming international brands, including Canadian designer Mark Fast and Brazilian brand Maison Alexandrine. The looks were styled by Zerina Akers.

The music video was debuted Tuesday evening and is a part of the upcoming “The Lion King” live-action reboot’s soundtrack, which Beyoncé curated and produced. Beyoncé herself voices adult Nala in the film and joined the film’s cast for the Los Angeles premiere on July 10, where she had a mother-daughter twinning moment with Blue Ivy, and for the London premiere on Sunday, where Beyoncé and husband Jay Z met the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.
The “Spirit” music video starts off with Beyoncé sitting in the desert wearing a color-blocked, exaggerated ruffle look from Pierpaolo Piccioli’s Valentino spring 2019 couture collection, which celebrated black women. She was joined by Blue Ivy, who wore a similar lilac-colored ruffle dress.

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Beyoncé & Blue Ivy. The Lion

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Meghan and Harry Have Revealed the Name of Their New Charitable Foundation

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are continuing their philanthropic mission.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are starting their own charitable organization, named “Sussex Royal The Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex,” according to The Sun’s reporter, Emily Andrews, who tweeted out the news on Wednesday. The charity will be called “Sussex Royal” for short.

Exclusive: #Harry & #Meghan’s new foundation will be called “Sussex Royal” (full title “Sussex Royal The Foundation of the D&D of Sussex). Its 4 directors are the Sussexes, PR guru Sara Latham & former Royal Foundation staffer Natalie Campbell, who will be the new director. pic.twitter.com/604czSjQEw
— Emily Andrews (@byEmilyAndrews) July 17, 2019

The news comes after the royals split their household from the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William and Kate Middleton. They also exited from the Royal Foundation, which Prince Harry helped his brother start in 2009. The charity focuses on causes surrounding mental health awareness, wildlife conservation and youth, among other issues.
The announcement comes after a busy week for the royal couple, who attended the Wimbledon Championship and the U.K. premiere of “The Lion King” where they met Beyoncé and Jay Z.
The royals registered the new foundation as a private company on July

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Late Designer Azzedine Alaïa’s Personal Couture Archive Revealed – to Students

PARIS — Despite his best efforts, fashion designer Azzedine Alaïa never managed to keep his personal collection of couture garments a complete secret.
“Every time he went to a fashion auction, he used to say he was going to the physiotherapist,” said Carla Sozzani, Alaïa’s close friend and cofounder of the Association Azzedine Alaïa, speaking at an event at the maison’s headquarters in Paris on Thursday.
“We would say to him, ‘But you already went yesterday,’” she continued. “And then he’d come back laden with huge plastic parcels that he would hide under his desk. Just last month, we discovered some of those parcels: They contained rare Vionnet and Balenciaga pieces.”
The extent of Alaïa’s personal couture collection was discovered following the designer’s passing in November 2017, and was somewhat overwhelming.
More than 10,000 garments, ranging from vintage Vionnet, Charles James, Schiaparelli, Jean Patou and around 200 Balenciaga items, to more contemporary pieces like Martin Margiela and Comme des Garçons, lie in the fashion house’s archives in the Marais, left without any directions from the collector himself.
“I knew Alaïa was collecting, as I often saw him in the auction rooms and he always snagged the best pieces,” Olivier Saillard, fashion historian and director of

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Philipp Plein Designs Off-Field Uniforms for A.C. Monza Soccer Team

Once again Philipp Plein is set to reinforce its bond with the sports world as the official partner of Italian soccer team A.C. Monza.
Under a three-season agreement, the luxury fashion brand has designed off-field uniforms for the team and its management. These include black suits with details in red, the club’s insignia color, such as the brand’s staple skull on the jackets’ lapels or the piping on accessories. Reflecting Philipp Plein’s style, gothic lettering appears on the suits and the coats. As for accessories, the uniform comprises calf leather oxford shoes with contrasting bright red laces, and a printed crocodile tote bag with stitched lettering.

Philipp Plein sketch for A.C. Monza uniform 
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Media tycoon and former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi in 2018 took control of A.C. Monza, which plays in the Series C league, through his Fininvest group. An avid soccer fan, Berlusconi owned the A.C. Milan team until 2017.

This is not the first athletic gig for the brand, which previously inked several partnerships in the sports world, such as with A.S. Roma and A.S. Monaco and Lugano’s Hockey Club. Most recently, Billionaire, under the Philipp Plein Group umbrella, announced a sponsorship of the Monte Carlo Polo Club during the men’s fall 2019 show. Group

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Bridget Foley’s Diary: Vera Gives Back

In Washington, two morons have worked hard to delay or dilute via an amendment approving ongoing funding of the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund for first responders. In New York, two entities are joining ranks to do something nice for people who dedicate their lives to the protection of others.
Global Goddess of Bridal Vera Wang is pairing with Brides Across America, an organization that gifts bridal gowns and underwrites weddings for U.S. troops and, more recently, first responders.
Wang got involved as part of the observance of a major brand milestone. “2019…celebrating our 30th year in business! Who’d of thunk it?!” she mused. The approaching anniversary led her to reflect on more than her own place in fashion. “Milestones also make us grateful for all the opportunities that have come our way,” she said. “Given the world we live in, with all of its complexities and challenges, it is so joyful for me to celebrate my anniversary by celebrating people who have given their lives for us. I look forward to dressing 10 couples on their happiest of days.”
Brides Across America has been gifting gowns and weddings to military personnel since it was founded in 2008 by chief executive officer Heidi Janson.

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The Best Social Media Reactions to the ‘Cats’ Trailer

The “Cats” trailer is finally here, and the Internet isn’t too happy about it.
When it was announced that the beloved musical would be given the live-action treatment, musical theater lovers rejoiced. But many have taken to Twitter to express their disappointment — and downright terror — toward the film’s first trailer.

The trailer features a number of A-list actors and musicians, including Taylor Swift, Jennifer Hudson, James Corden, Idris Elba and Dame Judi Dench, among others, who appear as felines with human-like faces and bodies. The film’s director, Tom Hooper — best known for directing films like “Les Misérables” and “The King’s Speech” — has called the technique “digital fur technology.”
Many commenters are poking fun at said technology, comparing the actors to other iterations of this anthropomorphism in film, including in “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets,” where Emma Watson’s character, Hermione Granger, accidentally transforms into a cat, and Mike Myers’ take on “The Cat in the Hat.” Others have taken liberty with the trailer by adding in their own edits, like one user who cut in the song from Jordan Peele’s horror film, “Us,” over the “Cats” trailer.

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— Jordan Peele (@JordanPeele) July 19, 2019

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OTB Bans Disposable Plastic Bottles Throughout Group Companies

SAY NO MORE: OTB is forgoing disposable plastic bottles. The initiative will affect 2,500 employees in Italy and over the next few months it will be extended to the group’s foreign staff, reaching more than 6,500 people.
Dubbed “Remove Plastic From Water by Removing Water From Plastic,” the awareness campaign against disposable plastic bottles stems from an internal survey that revealed how every year more than 124,000 plastic bottles are purchased and used by the fashion group’s employees — only in its Italian companies.
Founded by Renzo Rosso, OTB controls Diesel, Maison Margiela, Marni, Paula Cademartori, Viktor & Rolf and production arms Staff International and Brave Kid. As reported in June, OTB has also taken a stake in the luxury brand Amiri, founded by Mike Amiri in 2014.
Taking a concrete step in curbing its environmental impact, OTB has banned the sale of plastic bottles effective immediately and is replacing them with drinkable water dispensers. To further encourage new daily practices, the group has provided its employees with sustainable bottles, partnering with 24Bottles, the Italian design company whose mission is to drastically reduce the use of disposable plastic bottles globally.
For OTB, 24Bottles has reinterpreted its “Clima” model in stainless steel which keeps a liquid hot

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YG Celebrates Release of Summer Capsule

LOS ANGELES — “Rats Die Slow” reads the back of one 4Hunnid T-shirt.
The message needs no explanation rapper YG (né Keenon Daequan RayJackson) said about one of the pieces from his brand 4Hunnid’s summer capsule. The recently released collection of mostly T-shirts and a pair of basketball shorts is a nod to summer and beautiful women, he went on to say as he described the items.
“It’s really just representing our lifestyle during the summer,” he said. “When summer hits, a lot of people do a lot of things and they plan a lot of trips. I wanted to make a capsule based around pretty females.”
Most of the pieces bear phrases the music artist said represent the lifestyle of “having a good time, being real, being authentic, enjoying yourself, chasing your dream and getting your money.” The capsule debuted at an event Thursday evening that included a gallery-like installation of photos from the capsule’s look book imagery.
4Hunnid, also the name of YG’s record label under Interscope, started in early 2016. It largely won a following as artist merchandise but that changed last year with the introduction of a cut-and-sew collection that made its debut at a star-studded fashion show that drew

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This Weekend’s Best Sales: Revolve, Lululemon & More

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Mia Becar Launches With Direct-to-Consumer Business Model to Sell Footwear

SURE-FOOTED: The direct-to-consumer footwear company Mia Becar is up and running.
The West Hollywood-based company was started by Betzabe “Betsy” Gonzalez and Carolina Lujan. Aiming to establish repeat customers, Mia Becar will offer monthly drops of capsule collections to try to keep shoppers coming back. The shoes retail from $ 575 to $ 875. “We thought this was the future of a luxury shoe brand. We want to keep the brand fresh. We also wanted to be able to control our message and our story.”
Gonzalez and Lujan were both born in Mexico and they studied shoe design and graduated from Arsutoria School in Milan in 2017. Their debut collection was inspired by the Golden Age of Hollywood and features such looks as D’Orsat pumps, peep-toe mules and stiletto booties.
Married to former New York Mets player Adrian Gonzalez, Betsy has lived in different cities over the years due to his Major League Baseball career. On the road, she noticed a need “for brands that supported noble causes, elevated women and held themselves to the highest standards.” Motivated partially by the belief that “good shoes simply make life better,” she and her cofounder Lujan visited numerous factories in Italy before starting their Italian-made footwear brand.

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EXCLUSIVE: Valérie Hermann Exiting Ralph Lauren

Valérie Hermann, president of global brands at Ralph Lauren Corp., is leaving the firm, effective Sept. 30.
A talented and experienced executive, Hermann had been in that role for nearly three years, having previously been Lauren’s global brand president of Luxury, Women’s Collections and World of Accessories. Hermann joined Ralph Lauren in 2014 as president of Ralph Lauren Luxury Collections, overseeing Black Label, Purple Label, fine jewelry, eyewear, timepieces, handbags, RRL and fragrance. In her most recent role, Hermann had responsibility for all Lauren’s global brands, overseeing Ralph Lauren, Polo Ralph Lauren, Lauren, Chaps and Home.
According to a company statement, “Valérie Hermann has made the decision to step down from her role. We had an open dialogue about this, and together agreed to transition the team she has successfully put in place to drive our brand strategy forward. Valérie has made a valuable impact on our business, strengthening our luxury capabilities and playing a critical role in our brand elevation strategy.”
Ralph Lauren, chairman and chief creative officer, said, “Valérie is a talented leader who has made many valuable contributions to our company. Those contributions came not only from her great experience and professionalism, but from her heart and her very special

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Outdoor Voices’ Ty Haney Announces Pregnancy on Instagram

Outdoor Voices’ Ty Haney has announced her pregnancy with a cheeky Instagram post.
The chief executive officer and founder and her fiancé, country singer and actor Mark Wystrach, are expecting their first child, a baby girl, this November. Haney took to her Instagram account to reveal the news, posting a topless bathroom selfie with strategically placed flower emojis.

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Baby on board or too many donuts? 🔮 Lil cowgirl on the way
A post shared by Ty Haney (@ty_haney) on Jul 19, 2019 at 8:30am PDT

“Baby on board or too many donuts?” Haney wrote in the post. “Lil cowgirl on the way.” In a statement from Outdoor Voices, Haney also stated: “I am beyond thrilled to be welcoming a girl, particularly since there are more strong women breaking barriers today than ever before.”
Haney founded the activewear brand in 2014 to offer women an alternative to the testosterone-charged messaging produced by other companies. Her brand focuses on fitness rather than performance with its hashtag #doingthings, creating an inclusive, friendly community that highlights the fun of working out.
She has grown the brand to include men’s wear and nine brick-and-mortar stores across the country, with the

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Nike Is Making SpongeBob SquarePants Sneakers

SpongeBob SquarePants is getting his own sneaker collection.
In celebration of the Nickelodeon TV show’s 20th anniversary, Nike is teaming with NBA player Kyrie Irving to create a SpongeBob SquarePants collection that takes inspiration from the beloved show’s characters.
Nike and Irving — a self-described super fan of the show — worked in collaboration with Nickelodeon to create five versions of the Kyrie 5 and Kyrie Low 2 sneakers that are designed after the titular character along with his friends Patrick Star, Squidward Tentacles, Mr. Krabs and Sandy Cheeks.

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A closer look at the #Kyrie #SpongeBob collaboration releasing this August. Who's excited to get their hands on these?! @KyrieIrving @NikeBasketball
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The Kyrie 5 sneaker is created to look like a sponge with a yellow polka dot pattern and a red and brown sole that mimics SquarePants’ uniform suit. The sneakers also include an image of the character himself on the inside soles.
Because a SpongeBob SquarePants collaboration wouldn’t be complete without his best friend Patrick, another version of the Kyrie 5 sneaker is included in the collection that takes inspiration from the

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Kate Walsh Reveals Her 5 Must-Have Beauty Products

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Umbro, Kinfolk Collaborate on Rio-Themed Capsule

Umbro has teamed with Kinfolk, a streetwear label and retailer based in Brooklyn, on an ath-leisure-based collection inspired by the classic sportswear worn by the youth of Rio de Janeiro.
Classic Kinfolk and Umbro styles are being updated with the colors and signatures of the city such as the wavy pattern on the sidewalks of the Copacabana and the red, white and black of Flamengo, one of Brazil’s largest nightclubs. The club was a big part of Umbro’s 95-year history during the Nineties and its trademark bright colors were used for the collection.
“Rio’s street energy and the diversity of the city’s youth is super exciting. Kids dress with style, using what they have and wear it or customize it to make it unique,” said Jey Perie, Kinfolk’s cofounder and creative director. “I also love the incorporation of all the football jerseys in everyday street style. The Brazilian league still has the best football jersey design.”
To capture the collection, Kinfolk also worked with Brazilian photographer Ricardo Beliel, who captured the culture and atmosphere of the Maracanã Stadium in the Seventies and Eighties.
Helene Hope, Umbro’s head of global brand marketing, said the collection “captures the true vibrancy, spirit and energy of Brazilian street fashion.”
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Versace Is Making Sneakers Inspired by Jennifer Lopez’s Iconic Green Dress

Nineteen years later, Jennifer Lopez’s plunging, jungle-themed dress is still iconic.
Case in point: the Versace number, which Lopez wore to the Grammy Awards in 2000, is getting the sneaker treatment in a collaboration between the fashion house and clothing brand, Concepts.
Launching Friday, the two have partnered for a limited-edition Chain Reaction platform sneaker that mimics the green, jungle-print seen on Lopez’s dress. The sneakers retail for $ 1,075.

Versace x Concepts Chain Reaction Sneaker. 
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Lopez’s dress is still celebrated as a cultural emblem of the early aughts and is credited for catapulting the singer and actress to fashion icon status. The dress was the impetus behind Google launching Google Images, with former chief executive officer, Eric Schmidt, stating that Lopez’s dress was the most popular search term that the company had ever seen.
The limited-edition sneaker is available in both men and women’s sizes and will be available on Concepts’ web site and stores in Boston and New York.
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Jennifer Lopez Performs in Custom Designed Fur

IS IT HOT ENOUGH?: While half of the U.S. is gripped in a heat wave, Jennifer Lopez is storming along with her “It’s My Party”’ concert tour with all sorts of wardrobe changes, including a floor-length fur coat.
The pale gold fox coat was based on her specs and designed specifically for the Grammy winner by the Fur Salon at Saks Fifth Avenue. Lopez tried on a canvas in her New York penthouse apartment before the final look was created. In the end, she decided that a train was in order for the outerwear as well as an oversized shawl collar that doubles as a hood.
The Saks outpost has been tapped before for fur items for previous trips to the Oscars and Grammys, a spokeswoman said. Should any of her fans want to copy that look, a special-order version of the style can be had for $ 27,500.
The entertainer will soon have reason for another party — her 50th birthday is July 24. In honor of that occasion, the avant-garde footwear specialist Concepts has teamed with Versace to create limited-edition “Chain Reaction” sneakers inspired by the jungle-printed green dress with a plunging neckline that Lopez wore in 2000. In touting Friday’s launch,

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Agnona Marks Eternals Collection With New York Dinner

On Wednesday evening, Italian sportswear label Agnona held a private dinner with Bergdorf Goodman to mark the release of its essentials collection — a new range of four-figure wardrobe basics devised by creative director Simon Holloway.
The Waverly Inn’s garden room, with its translucent ceiling, provided dinner guests with a private, cozy viewing of the lightning storm that was covering New York. Poppy Delevingne, the collection’s spokesmodel, turned up in a camel cashmere suit just after the rain began. “It’s warm,” she said of the finely spun goat hair fibers cocooning her in heat-wave temperatures. In the more moderate climate of her native London, however, the model uses Agnona to “wrap myself up and be like a glowworm, which I love.”
Holloway said Eternals was devised as “a very elevated line of tailored clothing, pillars for every wardrobe in navy, black, camel, flannel gray and rosewood — essential pieces that are easy for women to wrap into their lives.” The collection’s suiting, loungewear and knits are meant to appeal to a lifestyle-in-motion — a woman who floats between travel, career and family life.
Holloway, who joined Agnona in 2015, was excited to report that “since joining the company, I’ve seen the [client] age

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Chico’s FAS Florida Headquarters Locked Down After Shooter Threat

Chico’s FAS was on lockdown Thursday after the company received a tip about a shooter in the area. 
Chico’s security personnel received an anonymous call that there was an active shooter near the company’s Fort Myers, Fla. corporate headquarters.   
Local police were notified and the facilities were shut down as a result. 
“The security and safety of our employees is of paramount importance to Chico’s FAS,” said the company in a statement. “Local law enforcement and other emergency personnel were immediately notified, and are presently on site.”
All employees were notified and kept in a secure location. According to the company, no one was injured and no actual shooter was identified. 
Sheriff Carmine Marceno of the Lee County Sheriff’s Office told local press that the call was likely a hoax. Representatives at the retailer could not be reached for further comment.
Chico’s FAS is the parent company of Chico’s, White House Black Market, Soma and TellTale. Company shares are down more than 60 percent year-over-year. 

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Industry of All Nations Opens First East Coast Store in NoLIta

Industry of All Nations has brought its sustainability message to the East Coast.
Last week, the Los Angeles-based men’s brand officially opened its first store in New York City at 248 Elizabeth Street in NoLita. It’s the label’s third retail location, joining a unit that opened on Abbot Kinney in Venice, Calif., in 2015, and San Francisco at the end of 2016.
“New York feels right for us at this moment,” said brand manager Drew Preedeedilok. “We’ve been hearing ‘You’ve got to open a shop in New York City’ ever since we first opened in Venice. What’s more, we already see a lot of online orders coming from New York, so we know our customer is here.”
Industry of All Nations tested the waters by opening a pop-up at Unis, a specialty store located a few storefronts away on Elizabeth Street, from April to June of this year.
Founders Juan Diego and Fernando Gerscovich designed the interior of the 500-square-foot store and produced almost all of the custom fixtures from mostly recycled and repurposed materials. The brothers founded Industry of All Nations  in 2011 with the specific goal of changing how apparel is made. All of its goods are manufactured at the source of

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Taco Bell Is Making a Sunglasses Collection

Taco lovers can now take their obsession to the next level — with Taco Bell sunglasses.
The American fast-food chain is teaming with Diff Charitable Eyewear for a capsule collection launching Friday that takes inspiration from many signature elements from Taco Bell, including its signature bell logo and its packets of hot sauce.
The five-piece collection offers kitschy updates on Diff Eyewear’s most popular styles, like the brand’s Luka visor-like style, which features the word “hot” branded over each lens. The style is also in an ombré yellow to red color scheme and includes a flame motif on the frame.
Also included are versions of the brand’s Sawyer style, including reading glasses that have cartoonish illustrations of tacos and hot sauce packets on its translucent frame and a black-frame version with the orange flame design seen throughout the collection.
The collaboration will be available on Diff Eyewear’s web site and at The Bell Hotel, Taco Bell’s upcoming, limited-time resort in Palm Springs, Calif., opening in August. Purchases of the styles will come with taco-shaped cases and a cleaning cloth that resembles a hot sauce packet.
The collection includes sunglasses, reading glasses and blue light glasses and retails for $ 85 to $ 95. As part of Diff

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On the Moon Landing and Space Travel

Before cell phones, before texting and TV that streams, the world had a mass date with its television sets. On July 16, 1969, Apollo 11 blasted off from Cape Canaveral, and four days later, Neil Armstrong took that mind-blowing giant leap for mankind with the feisty Buzz Aldrin right behind. Fifty years later, the notion still awes.
When WWD asked fashion folks their thoughts on the anniversary and whether they’d like to venture into space, the answers were broad. Some designers watched and remember. Ralph and Ricky tuned in during dinner at the Hotel Cala di Volpe in Sardinia; Vera, in the bar of an inn in the French Pyrenees where she trained with the French Olympic figure skating team. DVF remembers the event well; she married Egon on the day of lift-off and watched the landing on their honeymoon, on a “very bad TV,” while sailing the fjords of Norway.
For many more, the moon landing was an historic event they may have learned about at school or from parents or grandparents. It fascinates still. Christian Siriano and Julie Alkire marveled that it was a moment when all Americans came together (imagine that). For others, the anniversary brings thoughts of home.

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Stylish Lion King Merch to (Pride) Rock All Summer

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EXCLUSIVE: Aitor Throup Announces Upcoming New Men’s Label

Aitor Throup is gearing up to debut a men’s wear label, WWD has learned.
The Buenos Aires-born and Burnley, England-raised designer, known for his highly conceptualized fashion, said this project marks “the biggest thing I’ve ever worked on, I’m nearing the completion of my vision, which has been 15 years in the making, and I’m near the end of it.”
The new men’s brand, the name of which is being kept under wraps, will make its debut later this year before fully seeing the light in 2020.
Throup, who had served as G-Star’s executive creative director overseeing the men’s and women’s mainline ranges and the Raw Research men’s line since 2016, last year parted ways amicably with the Amsterdam-based label co-owned by Pharrell Williams.
Prior to his appointment at G-Star, Throup had launched his conceptual men’s label New Object Research, which debuted on the London Fashion Week: Men’s calendar in 2013. In 2016 the designer hosted a performance-presentation hybrid in a deconsecrated church in Marylebone.
The men’s label blending fashion, design and the arts paved the way for the development of the new project debuting this year. “New Object Research was a part of this process, this exploration that has allowed me to develop a

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Jewelry Dominates Ranking of Most Expensive PLAs

PRICEY GOODS: Digital marketing platform provider SEMrush conducted an analysis for WWD of the most expensive fashion items in “PLAs,” or product listing ads, and jewelry dominated the list. The company said the most expensive product in PLAs “is Blue Nile Diamond with a price of $ 331,000” and noted that most products “are coming to the top 10 most expensive products from Germany web sites and U.S. web sites.”
In second place on the list was a Picchiotti ring with a price tag of $ 174,883, which was followed by a Van Cleef & Arpels collar worth $ 174,661. In fourth was Hublot big band watches for $ 155,000 and fifth was NM Estate earnings with a price point of $ 107,500.
A Buccellati collier took sixth with a price tag of $ 106,576 while a Buccellati collar followed at about $ 106,500. A Glamira Ring Daphne was seventh at $ 97,986, and a Jared ring took the next spot at $ 80,000. A Buccellati ring closed out the list at number 10 with a price tag of $ 78,517.
 

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Clara Daguin Couture Fall 2019

The domed Chapelle Expiatoire tucked into a quiet square in the 8th arrondissement, built on the original burial site of Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette, provided the mystical backdrop for Clara Daguin’s first couture presentation.
The 2016 Hyères finalist, who specializes in combining artisanal techniques with technology in a form of science fiction meets fashion, showcased a single creation. Dubbed “Atom” and worn by her sister Mélanie like a living installation, her dress — if that is what it can be called — undulated in time to the soundtrack, activated by sound thanks to the circuits worked into the fabric.
Like the rings of gas that surround certain planets, four gauzy halos oscillated and glimmered around a column dress completely covered in five kilograms of glass beads, mirrors and neopixels, a pattern like a double-helix flickering mysteriously.
The creation of the design necessitated 3,142 hours of handiwork by a team of 31 helpers. Even in fashion’s tech-driven future, craftsmanship has its place.

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Fenty Beauty By Rihanna Is Asia Bound

EASTWARD BOUND: Fenty Beauty by Rihanna is poised to launch in Asia in September, according to the brand’s Instagram feed.
On Friday, it posted a photo of the pop star with text detailing the cosmetics brand’s eastern rollout. In Hong Kong and Macau it is to be carried in T Galleria, Sephora, Harvey Nichols, Beauty Bazaar and Beauty Avenue. In Seoul, the brand will be in travel-retail doors, such as Lotte Duty Free and Shinsegae Duty Free, while on Jeju Island, Fenty Beauty is to be found in Shilla Duty Free.

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Stone Island x Nike Golf Capsule Kicks Off With Rory McIlroy

MILAN — The latest collaboration between Stone Island and Nike will be unveiled on July 18, the opening day of the prestigious four-day golf tournament the Open Championship, at its 148th edition, hosted this year at the Royal Portrush Golf Club in Northern Ireland.
The two pieces of the Stone Island x Nike Golf capsule, including a jacket and a crewneck, will be worn by Rory McIlroy.
“Knowing that the conditions during the tournament can change quickly, and can be quite challenging, we wanted to focus on outerwear,” said Kelly Tweeden, vice president and creative director for Nike Golf, Nike Tennis and Nike Skateboarding. “As experts in creating product that performs as well as it looks, Stone Island was a natural partner in finding the best solutions.”
Designed to facilitate the body’s movement, especially during the swing phase, and guarantee optimal thermic regulation, the jacket and the crewneck are crafted from a military cotton satin fabric bonded to a breathable, water-repellent membrane. The color palette includes gray, turquoise and yellow, this last used only for the crewneck.
“One of the things that has always made me enthusiastic is that those who love sports love Stone Island. Golf particularly fascinates me, because it is a precision game in

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Michael Kors Leans Into Chinese Valentine’s Day With New Ambassadors

It’s a tough act to follow a megastar like Yang Mi, the face of last year’s Michael Kors Chinese Valentine’s Day campaign. So for this year’s occasion, the brand tried a different tack — tapping not one but two famous faces: Gen Z actors Leo Wu and Lareina Song.
It’s not the only thing about the campaign the brand has expanded. While last year was the first time Michael Kors produced a special capsule collection for the occasion — consisting of two purses — this year’s collection has grown to 30 items.
With a campaign shot by photographer Kai Z. Feng, the collection features graffiti scribbles on products spanning ready-to-wear, small leather goods, footwear and jewelry.

Qixi falls on Aug. 7 but in the lead up to that, Michael Kors will be throwing an event at its Chengdu Taikoo Li store on July 26 with the two stars.
Wu, who is in the middle of shooting “Cross Fire,” said he will likely spend actual Qixi working but shared there were plenty sweet moments to savor in life regardless.
“My fans really did many romantic things for me,” Wu said. “For example, on my birthdays, they would record videos consisted of all the work I did

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Zuhair Murad Fall Couture 2019

With North Africa as inspiration, Zuhair Murad worked traditional carpet patterns into richly colored jacquards and hand-beaded jackets — using them to bring a new flavor to his world of decadent sensuality.
“I like in every collection to search for a theme and to let people dream, and enter the dream somehow,” Murad said before the show. His North African jaunt, which he called “Mirages et Oasis,” came in deep reds and purples, infused with Lurex, as well as some jazzy, solid-gold statement numbers. Last season’s pleated pastel rainbow dress — worn by Chiara Ferragni last week in an Instagram post that garnered more than 500,000 likes — came in gold renditions, one with a muted leopard print and embellished with sequins, and another with an iridescent sheen and a matching cape that billowed out behind.
Also in the heart-stopping category: a fiery orange chiffon dress with puffs of feathers lining the cape — the airy gown flowing from a tightly wrapped bustier.
Murad keeps it all highly elevated, yet he relishes contradictions. Here, he used velvet as a contrast to the shimmery and beaded sides of the collection, lending a quiet softness to the high volume lineup.
New this season: fabric headbands. Murad was

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Moore From L.A.: Can Dockers Shed Its Dad Pants Image?

Dockers, the brand that invented casual Fridays, dressed Homer Simpson and inspired a 1991 episode of “Seinfeld” that had Jerry handwringing about dating a woman who liked a TV commercial for the chinos, is making a fashion play.
Owner Levi Strauss & Co., which had one of the most successful initial public offerings of the year, is putting renewed focus on the brand, hoping to strike gold again, this time with khaki — and a little help from some stylish Los Angeles friends.
Dockers tapped its go-to Hollywood collaborator Karla Welch, stylist to Justin Bieber and Tracee Ellis Ross, to design a capsule collection of five unisex styles now being sold at Dover Street Market, including $ 360 tapered pleated pants inspired by Fred Astaire. And it linked with cult L.A. upcycling brand Atelier & Repairs on three styles that debuted at the men’s wear trade show Pitti Uomo, including the “Kennedy” with chambray details and the “Traveler” with individual carpenter pockets for an iPhone and earbuds.
But can Dockers, forever the (saggy) butt of jokes, escape its goofy dad pants rep?
“For the last two decades, the business has been up and down and somewhat challenging,” admitted Levi Strauss & Co. chief marketing officer

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Shea Marie’s Victoria’s Secret Swim Line May Be Your Next Summer Obsession

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K-Swiss and IGC Debuts First E-sports Performance Shoe for MIBR

K-Swiss has entered the gaming arena, launching the first e-sports performance shoe with Immortals Gaming Club for Made in Brazil, or MIBR, the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive e-sports organization.
K-Swiss and IGC formed a partnership in April 2018 and produced the Immortals x K-Swiss lifestyle sneaker that launched in December 2018. The new e-sports shoe is a continuation of this partnership.
The limited-edition shoe, named One-Tap, had been in production for one year. It was developed for both professional and amateur gamers, who generally practice and compete in seats. One-Tap has a mesh upper, a foldable heel to be worn as a sneaker or a slide, a “Flow Cool” TPU venting unit to let air into the shoe and wool-lined insoles to cover the vents for warmth. The shoe also has MIBR branding and the Brazilian crest, in reference to the organization’s name and home.
“This first version is designed for MIBR in their colors. We positioned this version as a beta program,” said Barney Waters, president of K-Swiss. “We wanted to get a version out for the players and start to get feedback on what could be improved and come back in 2020 with a finer version of the shoe.”
Waters said only 200

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The ‘Gossip Girl’ Reboot Is Coming: A Look Back at the Show’s Iconic Fashion Moments

A “Gossip Girl” reboot is officially in the works.
Seven years after it went off the air, the CW teen drama, famous for its over-the-top fashion, is being remade for HBO Max, a new streaming service launching in spring 2020, which will be home to HBO and WarnerMedia programming.
According to TVLine, the reboot will also be set in New York and will highlight how social media plays into the lives of elite Manhattan private school students. The show’s former executive producers — Josh Schwartz, Stephanie Savage and Joshua Safran — are returning for the reboot, but it has not yet been announced if the original series’ cast — including Blake Lively, Leighton Meester and Penn Badgley, among others — will be returning.
“Gossip Girl” has long been admired as one of the most fashionable TV shows of the late Aughts, attracting some of the industry’s biggest names for cameos, including Rachel Zoe, Karlie Kloss, Cynthia Rowley and Tory Burch, among others. Costume designer Eric Daman dressed the cast in looks straight from the runway, creating the show’s most iconic fashion moments. The series’ last season in particular had a number of standout looks, including Meester’s character, Blair Waldorf, who wore an Elie

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Viktor & Rolf Couture Fall 2019

The prime definition of glamour as “an attractive or exciting quality that makes certain people or things seem appealing” links it unquestionably to the world of couture. Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren considered another facet of the word and started an “investigation into the original meaning of the word — casting a spell,” Snoeren said.
They had, they said at a preview, wanted to work with Claudy Jongstra, a fellow Dutch artist who has embraced sustainability in her work. To create felt such as the one used as a cornerstone of this collection, she raises her own flock, shears their wool herself and then dyes them using only plant pigments taken from her organic garden — including the elusive “Burgundian black,” a medieval recipe that produces a deep black with red undertones, which she redeveloped. Talk about a process.
But there was no preaching message behind Horsting and Snoeren’s musing. Rather, they wanted to inspire action. As the general feeling of doom about the environment rises on all sides, the designers wanted to “show something that would give a positive message,” Horsting said. “To cast a positive spell that says things can be done,” Snoeren added.
To stay in the spirit of her

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Couture Fall 2019 Trend: Acropolis Now

It could be the cultural moment. Or maybe couturiers just can’t get enough of a glorious classical inspiration. Either way, goddess looks were all over the haute runways, and they mesmerized.

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Newlyweds Zoë Kravitz and Karl Glusman Bring Their Amore to Italy

Zoe Kravitz, Karl Glusman, ParisZoë Kravitz and Karl Glusman brought their amore to Italy.
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Ripndip Suits Up for Texas River Float

LOS ANGELES — What started out as pricy marketing campaign for Ripndip might have the potential to be something more lucrative for the Los Angeles skate brand.
The company on Friday will host another River Float this time at surf park BSR Surf Resort in Waco, Tex. It’s projecting some 3,000 attendees for the third annual event, up from last year’s float, which drew a crowd of 2,000.
The event first began as an idea by Ripndip founder Ryan O’Connor as means of doing something fun and head-turning for the brand’s fans. It’s a big expense: it’s free for all ages and comes with a complementary Ripndip floatie for every attendee. This year’s event has also grown to include three Ripndip merchandise pop-ups that will include event-specific T-shirts and other pieces with the range retailing from $ 10 to $ 75. Performances from Paul Wall, Young Gravy and others are also part of the event.
“The cost of putting something like this on sometimes outweighs what we could sell through the booth, through the pop-ups,” O’Connor said. “But maybe this year the pop-ups will pay for the event. That’s the goal. But it is still marketing until we start charging for tickets, which maybe next

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Canadian DTC Jewelry Brand Mejuri Opening Door in L.A.

Toronto-based, direct-to-consumer jewelry brand Mejuri is expanding to the West Coast.
The label founded in 2015 by Noura Sakkijha with the goal of delivering everyday high-end jewelry that Millennial women can afford to buy for themselves, will open a showroom/store on Aug. 10 at 8404 Melrose Avenue, adjacent to the trendy Melrose Place shopping stretch that houses Glossier, Marc Jacobs and Isabel Marant.
After Toronto and New York, L.A. marks the third brick-and-mortar outpost for the minimalist jewelry brand with 488,000 Instagram followers, which in four years has quadrupled revenue year-over-year, grown to 120 employees, and inspired waitlists up to 70,000 customers, according to a spokesperson. The L.A. location is the first to open since the brand raised $ 23 million in series B funding in April for retail expansion from venture capital firms including NEA, Felix and Imaginary.
Mejuri operates with a weekly drop model, and its delicate mini hoop and chain threader earrings, diamond-line necklaces, zodiac signet rings and dainty chain bracelets run from $ 29 to $ 2,000. The brand also sells engagement rings.
“California has always been an important market for Mejuri and there’s nothing more valuable to us than meeting our community where they are,” Sakkijha said of the new opening. “The

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Jean Paul Gaultier Fall Couture 2019

Guests arriving at Jean Paul Gaultier’s headquarters in the sweltering afternoon were offered a choice of refreshments: a Magnum ice lolly or a glass of Champagne. Either one was perfect fare to settle in and watch the pregame entertainment.
Dressed in full evening gowns, guests crowded onto the catwalk to pose for photographs. Drag queen Violet Chachki furiously fanned herself as she greeted Swedish p.r. Fredrik Robertsson, rocking a green sequined hooded dress. Catherine Deneuve swooped in on Alber Elbaz, running her fingers through his bleached hair.
In a corner, Christina Aguilera sat with a sour expression as camera flashes went off in her face. Meanwhile, Hong Kong billionaire Stephen Hung, wearing silk Versace pajamas and velvet slippers, maintained an impassive expression behind his mirrored Ray-Bans. Robert Altman, eat your heart out.
By the time the show kicked off at 3:15 p.m. to the sound of Technotronic’s “Pump Up the Jam,” the space was filled with the kind of nervous energy one usually finds in a nightclub. Whoops and cheers greeted the first looks down the runway, including a quilted jacket that looked like it was made of fur.
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Fila to Introduce Explore Collection, Blending Sports and Style

Fila is heading to the mountains, the woods and the canyons for its newest collection. The company has created Explore, a limited-edition assortment of footwear, apparel and accessories for men and women that will have a soft launch at ComplexCon in Chicago this weekend.
To support the launch, Fila will open experiential pop-up stores in SoHo in New York, in Los Angeles and in several other cities around the world on July 26.
The genesis of the collection dates to 1978 when mountaineer, adventurer and explorer Reinhold Messner was the first to summit Mount Everest without the aid of supplemental oxygen dressed in high-tech Fila gear.
While Explore is inspired by this feat and the brand’s outdoor heritage in skiing, hiking and trekking, the collection is “not so literal, but is more fashion-driven,” according to Louis W. Colon 3rd, Fila North America’s vice president of heritage and trend. So it’s better suited to hanging out at a festival than hiking the Appalachian Trail.
He said many customers still think of Fila as a tennis or basketball brand, but it has a rich history in other outdoor sports as well and the new collection is intended “to get customers to explore the brand more. There are tons

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Fendi to Launch Capsule Collection With Jackson Wang

MILAN — Fendi is launching a capsule collection in collaboration with singer and songwriter Jackson Wang, who is also the house’s brand ambassador in China.
Realized under the creative direction of Silvia Venturini Fendi, the capsule is marked by the black color and the tone-on-tone FF logo — used all over or in the form of a band — and shows a “Fendi Team Wang” logo. In addition to a selection of ready-to-wear pieces, including a formal suit and more easy jumpers and T-shirts and pants, the collection comprises a black leather Baguette bag with the FF logo in velvet embroidered on the frontal flap, a clutch and a chenille baseball hat, as well as running sneakers and slide sandals with an innovative air sole.
Black velvet and chenille are the main materials.
 
 

Jackson Wang wearing the capsule. 
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The Fendi x Jackson Wang capsule will launch in 33 select Fendi boutiques and on fendi.cn starting from July 20. To mark the launch of the capsule, on July 21 Wang will hold a concert in Chengdu at the Play House Club.
Also, a playful panda installation called Fendidi, designed with artist Oscar Wang, will stand at the entrance of Shamao Street at Chengdu IFS July

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Vogue Talents to Celebrate 10th Anniversary With Exhibition at Milan Fashion Week

TALENTS ON SHOW: To mark its 10th anniversary, Vogue Talents, Vogue Italia’s fashion talent scouting project, will be celebrated during the upcoming Milan Fashion Week with an exhibition at Brera’s Palazzo Cusani, running Sept. 20 and 21.
The exhibit will include the creations of 70 designers who in the past 10 years were involved in the program, which was founded in 2009 by the magazine’s late editor in chief Franca Sozzani and Sara Sozzani Maino, currently head of Vogue Talents and Vogue Italia deputy editor for special fashion projects.
“Vogue Talents was created to support the new generation of creatives at a time when few people believed in talent,” Sozzani Maino said. “It’s borderless and barrier-free, and it searches the world, because there’s talent everywhere. Our mission going forward is to act responsibly and set an example that the world needs to change.”
The list of designers scouted by the team of Vogue Talents includes names such as Jonathan Anderson, Aquazzura, Giannico, Paula Cademartori, Arthur Arbesser, Simone Rocha and Bethany Williams.
In keeping with the 10th anniversary celebrations, some of the aforementioned designers will explain the role that Vogue Talents had in the development of their careers with short movies which will be posted

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Guo Pei Couture Fall 2019

If one believes in the multiverse theory, it’s entirely possible that Guo Pei’s creations are just the thing to wear when stepping out for a formal occasion. Such was the premise for a collection titled “Alternate Universe” that read as a Neil Gaiman-esque mythology in which goddesses of all creeds mingle among mortals. After all, what else to conclude from a show that starts with a pair of conjoined twins appearing from under a crow-laden arch?
That the Chinese couturier kept to a predominantly cream, metallic and gray palette gave her collection a cohesiveness reminiscent of Greek statuary. And details emerged despite the profusion of embellishments.
Embroidered scenes on dresses depicted “angels and Satan sit[ting] next to each other,” “monkeys sitting on the king’s throne under the guidance of prophets,” flocks of birds and esoteric motifs in the manner of illuminated manuscripts. There was one ballgown decked out as a human puppet theater, strings held by some sort of animal. A crow was perched on the shoulder of another gown with ballooning sleeves.
The final look was a complete tableau, the model in a marigold dress framed by a green knoll of silk chiffon grass, garment and landscape bleeding into each other.
Throughout, kilometers

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Sotheby’s and Stadium Goods Sell Sneaker Collection in Private Sale

The Sotheby’s and Stadium Goods sneaker auction took a surprising turn Wednesday morning when they revealed that 99 of the 100 sneakers on auction had been privately acquired by entrepreneur and collector Miles Nadal for $ 850,000.
The online-only auction of 100 rare and limited-edition sneakers from Stadium Goods’ Trophy Case, the sneaker purveyor’s collection of rare and coveted footwear, began on July 11, and included rare styles spanning decades such as the 1972 Nike Moon Shoe, Virgil Abloh’s MCA Chicago Off-White x Nike Air Force 1 sneakers, and the one-of-one pair of Chanel x Pharrell x Adidas NMD sneakers for Karl Lagerfeld. Nadal acquired all of the sneakers except for the Moon Shoe that Sotheby’s and Stadium Goods decided to keep on auction.
“We wanted everyone to have a chance at that,” said Sotheby’s global head of ecommerce Noah Wunsch. “We’ve had a number of clients reach out.”
Wunsch said that it is rare for a client to contact Sotheby’s directly. The conversation with Nadal began shortly after the auction went live, and they spoke with consignors before the sale. “I could not have predicted that this would happen,” he said. “I think it’s a fantastic outcome. It speaks to this category, how

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Sotheby’s and Stadium Goods Team for Rare Sneaker Auction

Sotheby’s and Stadium Goods are partnering on a global online-only auction of 100 rare and limited-edition sneakers that opens today and runs through July 23. The auction includes a public exhibition at Sotheby’s New York Gallery at 1334 York Avenue.
The sneakers, which have been provided by Stadium Goods’ Trophy Case, the company’s collection of the rarest items, span several years and date as far back as the early Seventies with the Nike “Moon Shoe” made by Nike cofounder and Oregon University track coach Bill Bowerman for runners at the 1972 Olympic Trials. That shoe is estimated at $ 160,000 given its unworn condition.
Other models expected to draw interest include Virgil Abloh’s MCA Chicago Off-White x Nike Air Force 1 sneakers that were on display at the designer’s “Figures of Speech” exhibit at Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art. 
“We spend a lot of time on our Trophy Case,” said Stadium Goods cofounder and co-chief executive officer John McPheters. “A good chunk of items we’ve already had. We’ve done a ton of work behind creating this list of shoes and it’s indicative of how this world has changed.”
Additional sneakers available for auction include the 2011 and 2016 versions of the Nike Mags from the

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Remembering Style Icon Carolyn Bessette Kennedy

Twenty years after her tragic death on July 16, 1999, Carolyn Bessette Kennedy remains one of the most admired — and referenced — style icons of the Nineties.
The wife of the late John F. Kennedy Jr. and onetime director of public relations at Calvin Klein Inc., Bessette Kennedy cemented her fashion icon status with her minimalist, sophisticated aesthetic with sleek black dresses and casual button-down shirts that many consider as a signifier of Nineties’ style.
Bessette Kennedy’s style lives on today — especially on social media. On Instagram alone, there are dozens of fan accounts dedicated to unearthing long-lost photos of Bessette Kennedy’s fashion looks. Jack Sehnert, who founded the account @carolynbessette, which has 30,000 followers, explained the fascination with the late fashion icon.
“I started this account four years ago as a place to create a modern homage to all that her name instantly conjures,” said Sehnert, who has a day job as design director of handbags and accessories at Steve Madden. “In the years since her death, her name has almost become an adjective to describe an entire way of dressing, be it bridal or off-duty casual. I simply wanted to keep the conversation going in a positive and fun

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EXCLUSIVE: Billie Eilish Fronts MCM Campaign

PARIS — MCM has tapped American artist Billie Eilish to front its fall 2019 campaign.
The 17-year-old “Bad Guy” singer, whose album “When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?” hit number one in the Billboard 200 on the week of its release, appears in a series of digitally collaged analogue shots by South African photographer Lea Colombo, mixing MCM accessories such as bucket hats and bum bags with slouchy tracksuits and oversize parkas.
“For me she’s a bit of a role model for younger generations, even though she would probably hate the word,” MCM global creative officer Dirk Schönberger told WWD.
“I’ve seen her play concerts and…she tells her fans to be themselves without holding back,” continued the designer, who joined the German brand in October after spending eight years as creative director of Adidas.
“This is such a strong message at a time where uniformity is somehow on the rise. She’s a game-changer: Not only is she disruptive, but it also feels like she can’t be corrupted. It’s not a marketing trick: She is that person. She really stands out in the current music scene.”
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Beaufille RTW Spring 2020

Chloé and Parris Gordon drew on their recent, first visit to Japan for inspiration, and delivered a clean, modern lineup with a healthy amount of artistry. They used a bright orange, ultra-thin yet super-strong fabric to craft a series of romantic blouses and dresses — unfussy cuts with carefully dosed ruffled accents, or puffy sleeves. Also uplifting: a paper-thin waxed cotton made into a bright, orange rain dress. Who needs a traditional raincoat?
The pair likes to take their clients from day to evening. With this in mind, they crafted a transformable, button-up blouse with an extra flap to wrap around the neck like a handkerchief; similarly transformable, a tan suit jacket, with straps to cinch around the waist or leave open, with a different effect. Trained at a design school in Nova Scotia that teaches all stages of the garment-making process — down to weaving materials to make fabric — the designers seek to make sturdy, well-made pieces that exude effortless chic. In a nod to their artistic mother, who encouraged their creativity growing up — they recalled she would unfurl rolls of brown paper for them to decorate — they used one of her paintings as a pattern for

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Lilly Pulitzer Teams Up With Balboa Bay Resort in Newport Beach, Calif.

Lilly is making a splash in Southern California.
Lilly Pulitzer has partnered with the Balboa Bay Resort, a waterfront resort in Newport Beach, Calif. The resort’s outdoor pool cabanas and daybeds will be outfitted in Lilly Pulitzer’s prints to celebrate its completed pool bar. Colorful pillows, curtain tie backs and towels from the brand are also featured.
On July 27, guests and locals can shop Lilly Pulitzer’s on-site pop-up shop that carries the latest collection.
The resort’s pool bar staff will also wear Lilly Pulitzer uniforms featuring the vibrant watercolor coral Sink or Swim print from Pulitzer’s summer 2019 collection. In addition, the resort is serving a Viva La Lilly cocktail. Guests and locals who book Balboa Bay Resort’s VIP cabanas will also receive gifts from the collection.
Pulitzer was inspired by the opening of its first West Coast retail store at Fashion Island, located two-and-a-half miles from the resort, last March.
The brand, which has been in business 60 years and is known for its colorful floral prints, has been looking to raise its profile on the West Coast.

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Formula E Races Through Brooklyn to End Season

As many New Yorkers and tourists took in the city’s sights or fled to the beach over the weekend, thousands of others rushed to Red Hook in Brooklyn for the final leg of the 2018-19 FIA Formula E season. This weekend saw the end of the fifth season of the electric motor-racing championship.
Founded by former politician and businessman Alejandro Agag, Formula E is a fast-paced electric version of the popular Formula One competition. While the latter uses hybrid engines, an innovation it implemented in 2019, Formula E uses strictly electric cars produced by Spark Racing. The lithe 2,000-pound cars reach speeds as high as 160 miles an hour and can reach 60 mph in two seconds.
The 2018-19 FIA Formula E season saw races in Morocco, Chile, Hong Kong, Saudi Arabia and Switzerland. The season began on Dec. 15 in Ad Diriyah, Saudi Arabia, which also marked the first Formula E race to be held in the Middle East. Following a world tour that took racers to Marrakech, Santiago, Rome, Paris, Monaco and Berlin, the competitors headed to New York City to compete and claim the championship.
Prior to the weekend event, Hugo Boss and Porsche unveiled a collaboration collection, launching this

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Zoë Jordan RTW Spring 2020

Zoë Jordan worked a lively, Ibiza-flavored lineup of sporty knitwear apt for the festival circuit — or the beach. Keeping things easy, her signature cashmere tracksuits came in chic ivory tones or bright, tie-dyed numbers, reflecting her lifestyle change from the city in London to that Mediterranean outcrop where the jet-set crowd lets loose. Long, mesh tops with low, drawstring waists came in lizard green or melon yellow, new accents in a universe dominated by pinks and oranges; an Eighties-flavored layer to toss over a swimsuit. Slightly distressed touches and cutout holes added a touch of shabby chicness of the techno-festival sort, including the frayed bottom of a tie-died skirt and holes in the arms of a bright pink sweater that was dip-dyed — a new technique for the label. Also new, a crocheted dress, cut like an extra-long tank top, all stripes. The sportier looks were also striped, including halter tops and shorts, anchoring the profusion of papaya-pink.

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Chiara Ferragni Joins Heidi Klum’s New Amazon Fashion Series

BLONDE ADDITION: Influencer Chiara Ferragni has joined the cast of Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn’s new Amazon fashion show.
The Italian blogger and entrepreneur, aka The Blonde Salad, appears on “Making the Cut” as it alights in Tokyo as part of a series of challenges filmed in some of the world’s top fashion destinations. Ferragni has been posting images of her Tokyo trip, including a visit to the Sanrio Puroland theme park, on her Instagram account.
The show kicked off shooting in Paris last month on an open-air stage in front of the Eiffel Tower as an all-star cast of judges and guest judges looked on: model Naomi Campbell, designer Joseph Altuzarra, fashion editor Carine Roitfeld and Nicole Richie, actress and creative director of House of Harlow 1960.
The program brings together 12 entrepreneurs and designers from around the world who are competing for a $ 1 million prize and the chance to turn their fledgling businesses into global brands. Looks from the show, which will air on Amazon Prime Video early next year, will be shoppable on the online retail platform.
Klum and Gunn, the former host and mentor of “Project Runway,” are also executive producers of “Making the Cut.”

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Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2019’s Best Exclusive Beauty Deals

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Tom Kalenderian Celebrates 40 Years at Barneys

There aren’t many retail executives who can say they’ve worked for one company for 40 years. But Tom Kalenderian is not just any retailer.
Kalenderian, the executive vice president and general merchandise of men’s, children and home for Barneys New York, is one of the most respected merchants in the luxury men’s business.
He’s survived a bankruptcy filing, five ownership changes and a similar number of chief executive officers. He’s seen the business shift its focus from downtown to uptown and lived through its expansions and contractions — all without losing focus on making Barneys’ men’s business the best it can be.
What sets Kalenderian apart is not only his passion for the industry and his deep knowledge of the business, but also his ability to unearth little-known brands that Barneys can incubate and help build into powerhouse brands, whether that’s Boglioli, Isaia or Ovadia.
But something else sets him apart as well: his humility.
In an industry where self-promotion has become a career objective and egos can fill an auditorium, Kalenderian is the opposite. Ask him, for example, why he’s been so successful and he always answers the same way: it’s because of Barneys, not him.
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Margot Robbie Fronts Gabrielle Chanel Essence Scent

FRAGRANCE FACE: Margot Robbie will front the upcoming scent Gabrielle Chanel Essence, Chanel said on Tuesday.
The house in May announced that the Australian-born actress had become its new fragrance ambassador. She’d fronted the Coco Neige collection for fall 2018 and been a Chanel fashion ambassador since last year.
Gabrielle Chanel Essence — conceived by the French luxury brand’s in-house perfumer Olivier Polge and Chanel’s laboratory of fragrance creation and development — is meant to be an olfactory interpretation of Gabrielle Chanel. The scent is built on four white flowers: jasmine, ylang-ylang, orange blossom and tuberose.
Gabrielle Chanel Essence will launch Sept. 1 in Europe, the U.S., Canada, Latin and Central America, South Africa and Australia.
Robbie joins fragrance faces at Chanel that include Lily-Rose Depp and Keira Knightley.
Robbie will play the part of Sharon Tate in the upcoming movie “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” directed by Quentin Tarantino. She recently starred as Queen Elizabeth I in Josie Rourke’s “Mary Queen of Scots.”
The actress was nominated for an Oscar for her portrayal of Olympic ice skater Tonya Harding in “I, Tonya,” which Robbie produced through LuckyChap Entertainment. That production company, which she helped found in 2014, aims to tell stories with strong female

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Isabel Marant Étoile RTW Spring 2020

For the spring collection of Isabel Marant’s Étoile line, the designer worked her trademark volumes into a fashionable lineup that melded seduction with comfort. Amped-up shoulders added heft — on a feminine, embroidered peasant blouse or gray acid washed jean jackets and vests. There were a lot of one-piece looks, including a vest-shorts combo in a faded tie-dye print, a long trouser jumpsuit in a western-inspired floral pattern and a dark boiler suit, cinched at the ankle, with ample volumes on the shoulders and arms. Fluidity came in the form of airy blouses and flower-printed dresses in silk chiffon while structured numbers included a double-breasted flannel suit and quilted jackets. In the footwear department, choices included ivory cowboy boots or studded white wide-leg heels.

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Browns Introduces Women’s Active Wear With 33 Brands

LONDON — Browns is expanding into the active wear category and launching today, July 16, with 33 brands and an exclusive capsule with street wear label Misbhv. There will be a mix of luxury to performance wear brands available such as Versace Active to Adidas and Nike.
“Brands are really starting to focus on understanding and creating performance wear pieces geared towards women instead of just ‘shrinking it and pinking it.’ I felt that with this new category, it could really represent the whole of Browns’ audience,” said Ida Petersson, women’s wear buying director at Browns.
In an effort to represent as much of the Browns audience as possible, Petersson has included items that stretch far beyond the gym wear range such as performance wear for yoga, running, cycling, basketball and football.
“There is so much happening on the women’s activewear side and I want to make sure we cater to all those women. We’ve seen the cycling genre becoming stronger and stronger and with our global audience, basketball is big in the U.S.,” said Petersson.
Browns will also be offering three exclusive styles with Misbhv that include neon bodycon dresses, other key drops include pieces from Fantabody, Adam Selman Sport and Adidas x Daneille Cathari.
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Why the Internet Thinks Cara Delevingne and Ashley Benson Are Engaged

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Saks Re-creates Men’s Footwear Department at Flagship

Saks Fifth Avenue’s $ 250 million-plus grand renovation project is finally turning its attention to men’s.
Later this week, the store will take the wraps off a new men’s footwear department that it boasts will be one of the largest luxury shoe destinations in the country.
The 8,000-square-foot space unites shoes in one central location on the sixth floor in an area that has 60 percent more selling space. It will offer 2,000 stock-keeping units  from 60 brands — 15 of which are new to the store — and 160 exclusives, as well as other amenities such as shoe repair stations, extended sizes and personalization stations.
“We know how to build a category-dominant business,” said Marc Metrick, president of Saks. Metrick had been head of planning for Saks and chief merchant Tracy Margolies was vice president of women’s footwear more than a decade ago when they worked together to create Saks’ successful 10022-Shoe women’s floor.
“Twelve years ago, we built an amazing destination,” Margolies said of the women’s floor, one that offers up a “fun and social experience. There’s no reason not to re-create the same thing for men.”
She said when the management team sat down and talked about redeveloping the New York store, they

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Hilfiger’s TommyNow Show at the Apollo Theater Marks Return to New York

After traveling the world, Tommy Hilfiger is bringing its TommyNow fashion show back to New York.
On Sept. 8, the company will showcase the fall 2019 Tommy x Zendaya collaborative collection, codesigned by Tommy Hilfiger and global brand ambassador Zendaya, at the Apollo Theater in Harlem. The choice of the Apollo Theater confirms a WWD report on Jan. 8.
The show is expected to continue the themes of inclusion, diversity and empowerment that Hilfiger and Zendaya brought to the TommyNow runway show in Paris for spring 2019. That runway show, which paid homage to the 1973 French-U.S. “Battle of Versailles,” featured an all-black cross-generational cast including Grace Jones, Beverly Johnson, Pat Cleveland, Grace Jones, Veronica Webb, Halima Aden, Jourdan Dunn and Winnie Harlow. Roller disco dancers on an illuminated runway warmed up the crowd of more than 1,000 guests.
The Apollo show marks Hilfiger’s return to New York, having shown in the city for fall 2016. Since that initial presentation, the worldwide tour touched down in Los Angeles for spring 2017, London for fall 2017, Milan for spring 2018, Shanghai for fall 2018, and then Paris.
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Maison Margiela Artisanal Fall Couture 2019

Chinos, lederhosen, breeches, flares — they’re not just kinds of pants. They’re among the historical research materials pictured in vintage photos on John Galliano’s Maison Margiela Artisanal mood board, from which he distilled a plan “to explore the trouser and how that could be transformative.”
Yes, Galliano believes in the power of pants (he prefers “trousers”) to transform, not only from one item of clothing into another, but an entire belief system as represented by sartorial selection. But I’m getting ahead of myself.
In the couture collection he showed on Wednesday morning, Galliano offered part three of his exploration of decadence. “Before, we were feeling the excess, and now I’m feeling we’re in decay, reflected by the breakdown of social structure. I’m feeling impulsive and anarchic,” he said in contemplative mode during a preshow visit at the very on-brand headquarters, a bastion of beautifully curated, chic dishabille. He then added a wry rejoinder. “I sound like a teenager, don’t I?”
Not at all. Nor did he sound like a typical designer during a typical preview. Galliano’s fashion speak is often dense. Talk of decadence moving toward decay led him to observe that “so few of us remember how to rely on instinct,” and

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Grimes to Appear in Fall Ad Campaign for Adidas by Stella McCartney

MAKING MUSIC: Stella McCartney has received some celebrity reinforcement from the Canadian musician Grimes, who is featuring in the fall Adidas by Stella McCartney campaign.
A commitment to sustainability isn’t the only common denominator between the British designer and the Canadian musician. Three years ago Grimes joined Madonna’s daughter Lourdes Leon, Amanda Stenberg and Kenya Kinski-Jones in a video for McCartney’s Pop perfume video campaign. But it was Grimes who headlined that ad campaign, which was photographed by Glen Luchford. Born Claire Elise Boucher, Grimes is a self-taught musical and visual artist. The 31-year-old has become a familiar face on the fashion circuit.
As part of her ongoing effort to help reduce the environmental impact, McCartney chose an assortment of eco-friendly cutting-edge fabrics for the fall collection, but ones that are performance-oriented. Recycled polyester made with Parley Ocean Plastic, and regenerated Econyl yarn are among the options. To try to ensure the looks stand up during high-intensity workouts and unexpected or severe climate conditions, there are such enhancements as Adidas’ Boost, Climachill and Climalite.
The collection draws in part from McCartney’s fall runway, as evidenced by the combination of graphic prints, bold mesh, soft, blush color palette and earth tones. Consumers will find

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The View Gets Lit: Co-Hosts Share Their 2019 Summer Reads

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American Eagle Taps Lil Wayne for Collaboration

American Eagle is prepping kids for the back-to-school season by offering a collaboration collection with multiplatinum-selling hip-hop artist Lil Wayne.
AE x Young Money, launching on Aug. 10, is composed of 25 tie-dye and color-blocked pieces such as graphic T-shirts, shorts, hoodies, socks, boxers, hats and American Eagle’s Stacked jeans, ranging in price from $ 8 to $ 100. The collection includes skate decks, a nod to the rapper’s hobby.
“I know my fans wear and love the brand, so we came together to co-create a collection that blends my personality with American Eagle’s iconic style,” said Lil Wayne. “We designed the AE x Young Money collection with purpose and pride. Whether it’s my music or my style, I have always used both as an outlet for creativity and to live my truth — without apologies. American Eagle gets it. The brand celebrates individuality and to me that’s something I want to be a part of.”
The Grammy Award-winning rapper favors the tie-dye print pieces from the collection and the oversize hoodies. “I’ve been living in them on tour,” he said. “My pieces keep going missing, so I have to call American Eagle for more.”
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Equinox Hotel Recruits Celebrity Stylist Kate Young to Design Uniforms for Staffers

Fashion has always been infused in the Equinox brand and in line with that ethos celebrity stylist and creative consultant Kate Young has designed the uniforms for the new Equinox Hotel.
She is in good company, with photographer Nick Knight shooting the short film featuring Naomi Campbell to promote the new luxury property. Started as a more stylized fitness club in New York 25 years ago, Equinox now has 100 clubs in the U.S., U.K. and Canada. Building on its health-is-wealth mind-set, the company’s new Hudson Yards property starts welcoming guests on Monday. The 212-room property’s design required enlisting David Rockwell/Rockwell Group, Ken Smith Workshop and David Childs/SOM, as well as Joyce Wang for the Equinox Fitness Club and Spa.
In an interview Friday, Young said she approached the uniform project much like she would working with one of her celebrity clients. The stylist was interested in the DNA of the brand, determining what they want to accomplish, identifying the ideal customer and “feeling out within the context of New York City, Hudson Yards and Equinox the brand what the look should be.”
To some degree, her Intuition turned out to be a casting vote. “The hotel is cool because it sort of

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Maticevski Resort 2020

With his second runway outing during the Paris couture shows — the first was two years ago — Australian designer Toni Maticevski stayed true to his structural ethos, intentionally blurring the boundaries between his couture and resort pieces so the observer struggled to tell them apart.
Taking moths and butterflies as one of his themes — notably their metamorphosis and the way they are attracted to a flame — he draped and built his chrysalis-like shapes, encasing the body.
His structured and draped tailoring curled up around the face like flower petals — a recurrent theme in Maticevski’s designs. Voluminous ruffles like intricately woven cocoons sheathed several more dramatic looks.
Embroidered panels like moths’ wings fluttered on the backs of gowns in black and white, just one of the intentionally clashing patterns — a rarity for the designer — Maticevski built into the collection. In the same register, he mixed animal motifs, including leopard butterflies and zebra moths.
The metallic glitter of several looks, including draped tailoring and gowns in burgundy or black or, in a more extreme manifestation, with panels and ruffles of aluminum foil-coated translucent silk, suggested the attraction of a torch at night.

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Guillaume de Seynes, Dominique Issermann Make French Honors List

NEW KNIGHTS: Guillaume de Seynes, managing director of Hermès International, and photographer Dominique Issermann were each named Knight of the Legion of Honor, France’s highest civilian distinction, on Bastille Day.
Earlier this year from the fashion and beauty industries, Virginie Morgon, chief executive officer of Paris-based investment firm Eurazeo was also named a Knight, as were Camille Fournet’s Jean-Luc Déchery and Vog’s Franck François.
The National Order of the Legion of Honor was established in 1802 by Napoléon Bonaparte.

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This Weekend’s Best Sales: Saks Off 5th, The Container Store & More

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Nordstrom, Union Throw Block Party for Concept 005 Launch

Sam Lobban wasn’t about to host just another in-store event for the launch of Nordstrom’s latest pop-up men’s concept shop. Instead, the retailer’s vice president of men’s fashion threw a high-energy block party at the Hester Street Market on the Lower East Side to introduce Concept 005: Union & Company, complete with food, drinks, live music and fun takeaways.
“We’ve been to enough boring cocktail parties,” said Chris Gibbs, owner of Union, the buzzy Los Angeles-based specialty store. “We wanted to create something we would actually go to.”
The event was properly named a block party. The vibe was a neighborhood cookout, with food provided by Jamaican restaurant Miss Lily’s. The only thing missing was an open fire hydrant for children to run around, but the young attendees found fun and games at a ping-pong table instead.
A newsstand near the entrance carried fashion magazines, gave out free candy, and scratch-off tickets for a chance to win a free T-shirt. Games such as dominoes and chess were stationed on picnic tables and wooden speakers were in the rear where Stretch and Bobbito provided tunes for the party.
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Couture and Costume Storage Facility Garde Robe Opens in Los Angeles

Couture and costume storage facility Garde Robe has expanded to Los Angeles, offering fashion collectors a temperature-controlled facility, and same-day access to wardrobe pieces.
Founded in New York in 2001, Garde Robe had been servicing West Coast customers from a San Diego location, but relocated to Los Angeles to be able to offer more immediate delivery to clients. “Garde Robe pioneered the Cyber Closet valet concept in New York City because most fashionable New Yorkers struggle with closet space,” said Doug Greenberg, vice president of Garde Robe, which preserves textiles for collectors of historical garments, including the foremost Princess Diana clothing collector, he said, as well as a leading Alexander McQueen collector.
“In Southern California, our members’ primary need is having a personal wardrobe archivist that is knowledgeable about garment care and textile preservation managing their off-site closet filled with high-value, infrequently worn evening wear, costumes and vintage/couture collections,” he said. “Moth infestations are very common in this region. Smoke from wildfires and the air’s salinity near the ocean can damage delicate textiles permanently.”
Garde Robe’s services include in-home wardrobe consultation and collection, cataloging and personal photography. Members receive condition reports and recommendations for garment care, which can be arranged through vetted providers,

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Alberta Ferretti Limited Edition Fall 2019

Alberta Ferretti did not hold back with her Limited Edition demi-couture collection, with bold designs and intricate 3-D embroideries, which belied an underlying simplicity. Indeed, simplicity was a starting point for the designer, who said she was looking to “create a new silhouette with new, important volumes,” with an eye on “personalization and eccentricity” at the same time.
Big bows, sculptural sleeves, capes and draping on beautiful fabrics such as radzmir contrasted with simple silhouettes. Ferretti said the designs reflected “a woman’s strong identity,” which has always fascinated her and she enthused about “a dress that can move, accompany and transform a woman.”
This season, the designer also further elaborated the marine theme she developed for her latest resort lineup, shown in May in Monte Carlo, with fairy-tale lamé embroideries on jacquard gowns that looked like the seabed of an ocean, or delicate chiffon slipdresses embellished with degradé sequins that had a wet effect similar to “drops that fall off the body,” said the designer, reiterating her ongoing fascination with nature.
What Ferretti dubbed an “unexpected color palette” of acid sherbet green or mustard, with touches of vivid red, contrasted with the blues and azures of the sea theme.
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The Biggest Influencer Controversies of 2019 — So Far

Hair vitamins, defective lipstick, body shaming and a bribery scandal.
These are just some of the catalysts behind 2019’s biggest influencer controversies that have captivated millions of followers on social media, launching a number of think pieces on “cancel culture,” the limits of sponsored content and society’s overall fascination with influencers and social media.
From Olivia Jade’s involvement in the college admissions scandal to a feud between Something Navy blogger and designer, Arielle Charnas, and actress Amanda Seyfriend, here is a breakdown of all the influencer drama so far this year.
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While Olivia Jade Giannulli — known on the Internet as just Olivia Jade — was already a well-known influencer with 1.3 million followers on Instagram, she was catapulted into the spotlight thanks to her famous parents, fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli and “Full House” actress Lori Loughlin, who were charged in the now infamous college admissions scandal, where more than 40 adults allegedly used bribes to get their children admitted to elite colleges.
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Amazon Prime Day 2019’s Star-Studded Deals

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Britain’s John Lewis Revamps Offer, Puts Urban Spin on Men’s Wear

LONDON — British department store John Lewis & Partners, where customers can find everything from lamps and frying pans to flat-screen TVs and computers, is putting a fresh spin on men’s wear in a bid to speak to multiple generations, street and sneaker devotees and necktie-free urbanites.
The retail stalwart, which also owns the upmarket supermarket chain Waitrose, has held relatively steady in the crisis that is sweeping the British high street. The store continues to invest in its store real estate, own-brand merchandise, staff training and has been swinging the spotlight onto own brand and exclusive products that customers cannot buy anywhere else.
It’s a tough time for British brick-and-mortar clothing retailers in particular. They’re falling victim to online competition, fast-fashion and streetwear competitors, as well as luxury brands keen to woo younger shoppers with entry-price merchandise such as sneakers and T-shirts.
Marks & Spencer is a prime example of the struggle so many are facing: On Thursday the retailer said in a terse statement that its managing director of clothing and home, Jill McDonald, was leaving the business after two years.
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Alexander Wang Ups the Ante on the Viral Bottle Cap Challenge

The summer’s hottest trend isn’t from the runway, rather it involves a bottle cap.
Alexander Wang is the latest to get in on the viral “Bottle Cap Challenge” where people post videos of themselves opening bottle caps in inventive ways, usually by kicking it open. Wang has taken the challenge to the next step, posting a video of himself on a boat in Croatia opening a bottle cap thanks to his dramatic, 360-degree hair flip.

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The designer joins a long list of models and celebrities who have gotten in on the viral trend, including Hailey Bieber, Justin Bieber, Lizzo and more. Kendall Jenner, for one, set the Internet into a frenzy with her version, which had her kick open a bottle cap while riding a jet ski.

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Read on to see more celebrities and models get in on the bottle cap challenge.
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Andrew Gn Resort 2020

Andrew Gn is an avid collector of antiques, so it was only a matter of time before vintage fabrics found their way into his designs. In addition to channeling old porcelain patterns and wallpaper motifs in his resort collection, he has also incorporated a stock of lace from the Sixties.
“I hate wastage,” explained Gn, adding that using dead stock, some of which he buys at auction, dovetails with his approach of designing heirloom pieces that women will keep and wear for a long time. “We try to produce less and produce only the best.”
The vintage black lace was used as an overlay on the pleated skirt of a pink dress, and was mirrored in the modern guipure-and-lace medallion design on its bodice.
That oval pattern, borrowed from a Forties-era greeting card that he found at a flea market, appeared on everything from a casual ivory sweater to a monochrome blouse worn with a raw-edged miniskirt covered in oversized lettering spelling out the word “butterfly.”
Indeed, the insect was another recurring theme, rendered in graphic black lace on a white tweed coat, and in psychedelic sequined appliquès on Sixties-tinged evening wear. You could picture the bell-sleeved Empire-line dresses on someone like Marisa Berenson,

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As Swim’s Growth Slows, Miami Swim Market Shakes Things Up

On the cusp of the annual Miami swim market, whose trade shows, runway presentations and activations are scheduled from July 11 to 16, the category appears to be as saturated as a wet swimsuit after a dive into the pool.
Marshal Cohen, chief industry adviser, retail, at The NPD Group, said other than being the victim of its own success as new and existing brands, including mass-market retailers, piled on product, resortwear’s and swim’s robust growth has fallen flat as consumers buy the same quantity but at lower prices. He also noted that both categories’ early adoption of new uses, such as beach to street versatility, has been undermined by ath-leisure. Another culprit is climate change, which is wreaking havoc on traditional weather patterns — the U.S. is coming off its wettest 12 months in history, while summer forecasts for below and above average temperatures could keep more people indoors.
“Swimwear has to get its mojo back and find growth outside the market,” said Cohen, of a sentiment felt across fashion from sportswear to trade shows, both of which have expanded well beyond their niches. “Innovation is paramount, too, so swimwear needs a wide-open throttle rather than waiting around for replenishment to

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9 Crop Tops You’ll Wanna Wear All Summer

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Rag & Bone’s Mashed-up Men’s Spring Collection

Marcus Wainwright is feeling twisted these days.
For the spring men’s collection, Wainwright, the founder and chief brand officer of Rag & Bone, “mashed things up” by taking the brand’s key pieces and updating them to appeal to a street and sports fan.
Wainwright said the collection just returned to New York after being shown to buyers in Europe, where it received a strong reception from retailers.
“Our men’s business is really strong,” he said. “Men’s in general is having a prolonged moment and ours is very stable and growing nicely.”
But what customers were clamoring for, he said, was “more fashion.” Not over-the-top trendy items, but pieces that “push the line and the tenets of the brand,” he said.
So for spring Wainwright answered the call by designing “a more twisted Rag & Bone,” he said during a walkthrough of the line at the company’s Meatpacking District showroom in Manhattan. “Every season we go back to workwear, British tailoring and military references but we’re also bringing in sports elements.”
Case in point: part of the spring offering was “very loosely inspired by tennis from the 1920s onward,” Wainwright said, pointing to a collection of sweaters with V-neck ribbing and other details specific to the sport.
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Whoopi Sets Up Storefront on Amazon

Whoopi Goldberg is making a splash on Amazon. Her new size-inclusive apparel brand, Dubgee by Whoopi, is being sold on Amazon for customers in the U.S. with an Amazon Storefront and an apparel item for Amazon Prime Day.
“I am so excited to be launching my first collection and making it available on Amazon,” said Goldberg, founder of Dubgee. “They are always my go-to no matter what I’m looking for, and I’m truly honored to be working with them and introducing my collection to their amazing customers.”
The Dubgee collection is available for purchase online at Amazon.com/dubgee and via the Amazon app, with free shipping options for all customers.
For Amazon Prime Day on July 15 and July 16, Dubgee will offer a classic black hoodie with a “Normal Is Just a Cycle on a Washing Machine” Dubgee graphic, retailing for $ 65, and the remaining 28 styles will be offered at 40 percent off. Among the various styles in the storefront are the kimono dress, belted tunic, sweatpants, long overlap dress, pull-on-pants, short cocoon dress and white shirt.

Whoopi Goldberg and some looks from Dubgee. 
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Inspired, designed and created by Goldberg, Dubgee is being developed in partnership with The Powell Cos. Real LLC, as

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Versace Resort 2020

Donatella Versace went Western for resort.
The signature cowboy aesthetic met the brand’s quintessential sensuality and femininity in a flamboyant, strong collection.
Foulard and Western motifs were combined with Versace’s signature baroque patterns on silk dresses showing draping, knots and bold shoulders, these last also defining a leather jacket worn with a handkerchief skirt printed with a desert view at sunset.
Baroque insets peppered suede outerwear and studs, as well as rhinestones, drew graphic motifs on denim trucker jackets.
Inspired by blankets, fringed coats were decorated by jacquard motifs reproducing Gianni Versace’s autograph, which also became an all-over Swarovski pattern on a two-tone dress showing a plunging V-neck.
Suits came with mannish elongated blazers matched with flared pants, while tweed in vibrant colors gave a refined attitude to mini skirts and frocks worn with coats enriched with very Versace motifs. Meanwhile, leopard patterns worked in sunset-inspired colors put the accent on the brand’s wildest side.

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Hollywood Stylist Karla Welch Designs Summer Collection for Express

Super-stylist Karla Welch is bringing her Hollywood magic to the masses once again, this time at Express.
The celebrity wardrobe architect for Tracee Ellis Ross, Busy Phillips, Elisabeth Moss, Cleo Wade, Justin Bieber and more is teaming with the retailer on a 20-piece capsule collection of everyday summer basics with a twist in neutral hues, including oversize linen boyfriend blazers (“shoulder pads are back” she says); mechanic’s jumpsuits; tie-dye cropped Ts; men’s wear-inspired shirts; clear sequin-coated boxing shorts; off-shoulder eyelet lace shifts, and high-waist Latex miniskirts. Launching July 17 in sizes 00 to 18, the Express x Karla collection is priced $ 19.90 to $ 128, and will be sold at select stores and online.
“I actually hate summer dressing, that’s how I went into this. But this is who I am and what I want to wear. I wanted to keep it really limited and small and just what you need,” said Welch, an L.A. fashion fixture known as much for her tomboyish personal style and democratic-leaning political Instagram posts as for her red-carpet finesse.
[In Hollywood], “red carpets are massive fashion moments. But for every woman out there and every guy, every day is a fashion moment and it feels great to like

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Sergio Tacchini Changes Owners, Names Dao-Yi Chow Global Creative Director

Sergio Tacchini wants to get reacquainted.
The Italian sportswear brand has changed hands and named Dao-Yi Chow of Public School as its global creative director.
Tacchini, which was founded by the Italian tennis star of the same name in 1966, is now owned by Stefano Maroni, an entrepreneur and chief executive officer of licensing firm GMI USA, along with private equity firm Twin Lakes Capital and B. Riley Principal Investments. Terms of the deal, which closed today after some seven months of negotiations, were not disclosed.
After filing for bankruptcy in 2007, the brand was sold to Hong Kong financier Billy Ngok in 2008. In 2013, Ngok formed a partnership for the brand with Wintex Hong Kong, through Wintex Italia, and sold the U.S. license to Maroni and GMI USA in December 2018.
Earlier this year, Maroni opened a pop-up with record producer and executive Chris Ivery to relaunch Sergio Tacchini in the U.S. and Canada under the name STLA. In addition to a core collection of tracksuits, polos and sweatshirts, which Maroni said had a “very positive” reaction, the brand also created capsule collections with Stampd and Barbie, the latter of which is still available online. There were also collaborations with Band of

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2019 LACMA Art+Film Gala Honorees Set

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Honorees for the 2019 LACMA Art+Film Gala on Nov. 2 have been set: African-American artist Betye Saar and “Roma” filmmaker Alfonso Cuarón.
LACMA trustee Eva Chow and actor Leonardo DiCaprio will continue as co-chairs, and Gucci will continue as presenting sponsor for the event, which last year drew stars including Jared Leto, Kim Kardashian, Dakota Johnson, A$ AP Rocky, Beck, Kiki Layne and Paris Jackson.
Known for her assemblage works, Saar has been a political voice in art since 1972, when she entered a small box containing an “Aunt Jemima” mammy figure wielding a gun, into an open call for black artists at a community center in Berkeley not far from the Black Panther headquarters. Titled “The Liberation of Aunt Jemima,” the piece repositioned a derogatory figure born of America’s racist history as an armed revolutionary, and set a course for Saar’s career exploring the symbolism of everyday objects in the context of African-American oppression.
“Betye Saar is one of the most significant artists working today, and one who boldly addresses issues of race, gender and spirituality,” said LACMA chief executive officer and Wallis Annenberg director Michael Govan in a statement.
“Born in Los Angeles and having sustained a career over seven decades here, Saar

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St. John Resort 2020

Over the past few seasons, the St. John woman has been offered expanded categories in the brand’s staples — knitwear for day and evening, extended sportswear and private-jet-esque getaway loungewear, along with more modern takes on their classic tweed jackets. For the resort season, the St. John team steered toward more graphic waters through a maritime-influenced lineup. Prints were more literal — there were colorful nautical scarf prints on silk dresses and blouses — and knitwear were given sail-knot-like stitches and cross-hatch buttons. 
Another main emphasis of the collection came from the idea of monochromatic layerings head-to-toe, as in luxurious but easy knit sets, aquatic natured in scuba and sale blues or more subtle in cork, navy and cream neutrals. Elsewhere, a navy trenchcoat and baby-cuffed trousers helped to refresh the brand’s more signature, updated offerings.

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Diesel Teams with Netflix Series “La Casa de Papel”

JOINING THE HEIST: Let the binge-watching – and purchasing – begin. Diesel has revealed a partnership with hit Netflix series “La Casa de Papel,” also known as “Money Heist.”
Created by Álex Pina in 2017, the Spanish show revolves around a long-prepared, multi-day assault on the Royal Mint of Spain in Madrid conceived by a criminal mastermind and executed by eight thieves whose identities are undisclosed. Over the arc of just two seasons, the series gained worldwide popularity, with some of its signature elements becoming part of the pop culture, including the red uniforms; the Salvador Dalí-inspired masks worn by the protagonists during the heist; and the Italian anti-fascist song “Bella ciao” played multiple times in emblematic scenes as a metaphor of resistance and freedom.
For the third season of the show, which will be released on July 19, Diesel’s design team created the red hooded jumpsuits worn by the key characters. As part of the collaboration, the brand will also offer a limited number of jumpsuits worn on set to aficionados of the show and consumers through an online contest.

La Casa de Papel’s signature red jumpsuit uniform. 
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In addition, Diesel will release a limited edition capsule collection dedicated to the series. Offered in a color

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Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2019: Your Guide to the Best Deals

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Sotheby’s Paris to Auction Private Collection of Vintage Martin Margiela

TREASURE TROVE: As prices for vintage soar, demand for one designer’s work shows no sign of flagging: Sotheby’s Paris said Tuesday that it would hold an exhibition and online auction this fall dedicated to Martin Margiela.
Nearly 220 items of clothing and accessories from a private collection will go under the hammer between Sept. 19 and Oct. 1. Among the top lots is a men’s vest assembled from playing cards from Maison Martin Margiela’s Artisanal collection. One of only five of its kind, it is estimated to fetch between 8,000 euros and 10,000 euros.

A waistcoat made with playing cards from Maison Martin Margiela’s spring 2006 Artisanal collection. 
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Among the other rare items offered for sale are down coats from fall 1999, a linen jacket from the Stockman collection of spring 1997, and a top made of bow ties, also from the Artisanal line. The items will be on show from Sept. 20 to 25, coinciding with Paris Fashion Week.
Coming on the heels of two major Paris retrospectives last year — at the Palais Galliera fashion museum and Les Arts Décoratifs — the sale coincides with a double anniversary: the birth of Maison Martin Margiela in 1989 and the departure of its reclusive

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Atelier By Fang Couture Fall 2019

The technique of origami featured heavily in Yang Fang’s fall 2019 collection for Atelier By Fang, the couture line of the fashion label she established in 2013 upon returning to her hometown of Shanghai after studying fashion at Esmod in Paris.
“Kids nowadays play on iPhones and iPads, but when I was little I used to play with paper,” said the designer, speaking at her first couture presentation in Paris. “My grandmother used to give me sheets of white paper and taught me how to transform them into small animals like frogs and elephants, or stars and flowers. When I arrived at Esmod, I started doing the same thing with fabrics, in order to pay homage to my Asian heritage.”
A stunning black-and-white midi shiftdress was made of hundreds of hand-folded silk organza flowers. At their center were eye-catching Swarovski crystals. The brand was the first Chinese label to be tapped by the jeweler as part of its support program for young designers, and the partnership has been going on for nine seasons.
The collection, which was black-and-white save for a short red dress, was entirely made in the By Fang couture ateliers in Shanghai, with a particular focus on craftsmanship and predominantly

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Instagram Launches New Features to Stop Bullying

Instagram is rolling out two new features in its effort to stop bullying.
Facebook chief operating officer, Sheryl Sandberg, helped reveal the social media platform’s two new features on Monday that work to end bullying on Instagram. The first is a “restrict” option, which makes it so that only the user and the restricted account will be able to see each other’s comments, unless the initial user approves the comment for public viewing. The second feature is “comment warning,” which alerts users before posting when their comments may be considered offensive.

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Today we announced two new @instagram features to help stop bullying online.⁣ ⁣ Young people tell us they’re hesitant to block, unfollow, or report bullies because it could make their situation worse. With “Restrict” you can protect your account from bullying without notifying the person targeting you. Once you restrict someone, only you and they can see their comments on your posts unless you approve their comments. And “Comment Warning” lets people know when their comment might be considered offensive before they post it. Tests show that this encourages some people to undo their comment and share something less hurtful instead.⁣ ⁣

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Amazon Prime Day 2019: Everything You Need to Know

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Boy Meets Girl Expands Into Home

Boy Meets Girl is expanding into the home category in time for back-to school.
The contemporary ath-leisure brand is launching a home collection, that includes decor and throw pillows, throw blankets and totes available online at Bed Bath & Beyond, beginning in August. It is also being sold on target.com — as of July 7 — and in selected Target stores on July 14.
The brand will now offer its iconic boy and girl silhouette logo on decor and throw pillows, throw blankets and totes. Pillows retail between $ 19.99 and $ 24.99; throw blankets are $ 24.99, and totes are $ 14.99. Some of the items have sayings such as “Confidence & Courage Never Go Out of Style,” “Limitless,” and ”Never Look Back.”
Stacy Igel, founder and creative director of Boy Meets Girl, said, “I wanted to expand into the home category as I felt it was a natural extension of our brand. I have been a statement brand from the beginning of my career and given the state of our climate I felt it was time now to share our messaging in homes and have conversations happen through these products whether that be in their apartment, dorm room, etc. so the consumer could come together.
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August Getty Atelier Couture Fall 2019

August Getty’s gothic, theatrical “Enigma” collection visited a dark, melancholic world of graveyards and masquerade balls. One armor-like minidress was molded from resin like an ornate tombstone, complete with a gargoyle on its shoulder. Another, in black leather, had a pannier skirt and crawled with Swarovski spiders.
“Think of it as a ceramic umbrella,” \ Getty said when explaining the technique used to create another of the dramatic, sculptural pieces in his fall couture collection, his second. The design in question was a pair of voluminous pants hewn from white silk to look like Pierrot’s ruffled collar and a matching top that covered the arms and torso, enveloping the body.
Providing a contrast from black and white, mint green velvet was worked with a grid-like embroidery of pearls on a mid-length bustier dress, its silhouette exaggerated with a bustle, and was intended to give the effect of oxidized copper. In a darker manifestation of forest green, an allover sequin gown embroidered with ostrich feathers at its hem reproduced a ghost-like cherub’s face come to haunt Getty’s morbid but creative underworld.

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The Attico Teams With Eres, Linda Farrow to Fete New Web Site

GETTING DIGITAL: “Luglio col bene che ti voglio,” which in English translates to “July, the love I feel for you,” is not only a popular song from the late Sixties, but also the name of the first see-now-buy-now capsule collection that will go live on July 12, marking the official debut of The Attico’s new web site.
Founded in 2016 by Giorgia Tordini and Gilda Ambrosio, the women’s wear label is going to offer a full digital immersion into the brand with a web site that combines an online store with a content section peppered by collaborations with up-and-coming talents from different fields, ranging from art, cinema and photography to food and design.
In addition, the e-commerce site — operated by Milan-based company The Level Group, which manages the online shops of a range of brands including Dolce & Gabbana, Stuart Weitzman and Woolrich — won’t only carry the label’s ready-to-wear and accessories collections. It will actually sell limited-edition capsule dedicated to a specific theme. Along with pieces designed by Tordini and Ambrosio, the capsule will include items developed by other brands.

The Eres x The Attico swimsuit. 
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Dedicated to summer, the debut mini collection, “Luglio col bene che ti voglio,” will consist

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Willie Norris Makes Runway Debut at La Mama Galleria

Designer Willie Norris presented his fall 2019 collection at the intimate and iconic La Mama Galleria in the East Village, where artists such as Bette Midler, Harvey Keitel, Diane Lane, Harvey Fierstein, the Blue Man Group and David Bowie have performed or taken in a show.
Though the setting was intimate, the audience was rambunctious, cheering for the all-queer cast of models and friends like Coco Romack, West Dakota and Charlene Incarnate, who hosted the show, and Aaron Philip, Michael Love, Jess Miller, Blaire Augustus and Cherry Jaymes, who made their runway debuts. Norris cast the models before the collection was done, because he wanted to adapt the clothing to each individual.
“I cast most of the models before the looks were made,” said Norris. “I knew exactly who I wanted in the show and the clothes needed to adapt to the models, not the other way around.”

Michael Love, one of many to make their runway debut at the Willie Norris Workshop show this month. 

“Collection One” consisted of 15 workwear-inspired looks, including a range of jeans, denim jackets and jumpsuits, and graphic T-shirts and tank tops all crafted from deadstock fabric and repurposed clothing. In addition, leather pieces and accessories were made

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Routing Brooklyn’s New Vintage Shopping Experience

The pop-up shop, the anticipatory sneaker “drop,” community rallies and shopping tours — all have origins in community.
Vanessa Monsalve is a wardrobe stylist, curator and creator of the Ultimate NYC Vintage Shopping tour. One hundred tours later, Monsalve has carved out the two perfect routes in Brooklyn, N.Y.’s Greenpoint and Bushwick neighborhoods. Frequently rotating between selection as the top pick on Airbnb’s recommended experiences, she is just one familiar face of Brooklyn’s community of creatives embracing secondhand fashion.
Providing a digital map of the surrounding area and tour route, personal styling consultation and discount incentives by store, Monsalve aims to give both veteran vintage shoppers and newcomers alike a taste of Brooklyn’s “hidden gems.”

Mosalve’s Brooklyn shopping tour in Greenpoint. 
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“Vintage is a finite resource,” said Maresa Ponitch, owner and operator of Dusty Rose Vintage, first stop on the North Brooklyn Vintage Shopping tour. Ponitch has been buying vintage for nearly 30 years, a testament to her organized bins with labels such as “silk tops” or the quirkier, “goth witch noir mix.” Around 2004, Etsy and eBay were catering to what Ponitch calls “true vintage,” whereas today, she partially credits the craze (and muddled definitions of vintage) in secondhand shopping to teenagers

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Alexis Mabille Resort 2020

With a closet as chock-full as her agenda, Alexis Mabille’s A-list client needs an extra reason to splash out on something new. Here’s what he thought she could use: a gown sturdy enough to be tucked away in a small suitcase — and unfurled when needed. Elegance in an instant.
Not that one could imagine squeezing any of these long, silky dresses into luggage.
Mabille kept the resort collection soothing and easy — always on the upper end of the luxury scale. His signature cape dresses came with V-necks, skimming the knee or the floor. The color palette felt fresh, with lots of whites, pale pinks and a bit of black. Another trademark silhouette — the short bustier dress — came in bright red, lined with a spray of jagged-edged tulle on the top of the chest and at the bottom. Adding to the fluidity of this lineup were draped dresses, asymmetric numbers in a peach pink, the folds worked just-so, enhancing the right places — the shoulders and a hip. A flattering, floor-length dress in black with a slightly splayed collar and long sleeves had a timeless feel to it, a surefire hit. Patches of lace, the occasional bow and sprigs

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The Smallest Royal, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, Christened in Private

LONDON — The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have kept the British public — and royal watchers around the world — guessing about the names of their second son’s godparents. Defying royal tradition, the couple refused to name the godparents of Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, who was christened Saturday morning at Queen Elizabeth II’s private chapel at Windsor Castle in an under-the-radar ceremony.
Later in the day, the Sussexes released two pictures, a black-and-white image of themselves holding Archie, and an official color portrait with immediate family, including the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Charles, the Duchess of Cornwall and Doria Ragland, Meghan Markle’s mother. The images were photographed by Chris Allerton.
The Duchess of Sussex wore a cream Dior Couture dress with matching hat and Cartier earrings, while the Duchess of Cambridge was in a coral Stella McCartney dress with a pussy bow and pleats at the front.
 

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex holding their son Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor at Windsor Castle with the Rose Garden in the background. 
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Also in the official photo are the late Princess Diana’s sisters Lady Jane Fellowes and Lady Sarah McCorquodale. The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh were not in attendance due to a

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Oprah Winfrey’s Summer 2019 Reading List

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Men’s Spring 2020 Trend: Pastel Path

Strongly associated with Easter — and the Eighties — pastels made major inroads at the European men’s shows for spring 2020. At Louis Vuitton, men’s artistic director Virgil Abloh opened and closed his outdoor display with a range of loose tailoring and sportswear in dusty shades.

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Hong Kong Wellness Group H&H Acquires British Skin Care Brand Aurelia Probiotics

LONDON — U.K. brand Aurelia Probiotic Skincare has been acquired by Health & Happiness, the Hong Kong-based wellness group that owns French nutrition brand Biostime and Australian vitamins and supplements brand Swisse.
The terms of the deal were not disclosed.
“I am hugely confident and passionate about Aurelia Probiotic Skincare sitting within the Health & Happiness Group. There is a true and perfect synergy between the expertise and beliefs they have in probiotics and our vision in skin care,” said Claire Vero, founder of Aurelia.
Vero will continue to stay on the board of the skin-care brand and will lead Aurelia’s R&D and product development teams. The company will continue to distribute from the U.K.
“The partnership will enable our brand to grow on a global scale in markets such as U.S., France and China. It will also allow us to continue to deliver new innovations,” said Vero.
There has been a lot of M&A activity of late in the skin-care, hair-care and wellness industries as larger groups look to increase their scale and geographic reach.
In April, Britain’s The Hut Group confirmed plans to buy Christophe Robin, an upscale hair-care brand. In January, L’Occitane International SA bought British premium skin-care and wellness brand Elemis for $ 900

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Francesco Scognamiglio Couture Fall 2019

The iconic women who populated Capri’s nightlife, such as Veruschka, Brigitte Bardot and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, are the muses who inspired Francesco Scognamiglio’s couture collection.
Their elegant, feminine attitude was combined with influences from the Italian island, such as the colors of the sunset, which inspired the pink tone of a tulle dress. The nets of Capri’s fishermen echoed in the sparkling Swarovski crystal net sleeves of a draped minidress with a plunging V-neck, while the rich plaster decorations of Villa Lysis served as inspiration for the precious encrusted embellishment punctuating a wool coat.
Crystal starfishes and pearls gave an intriguing underwater feel to a slipdress, while a suit showing a constructed tulle jacket with a coordinated skirt was worked in a dark nocturnal tone, a nod to Capri’s legendary blue lizard living on the island’s signature Faraglioni rocks.

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Harvey Nichols Brings In Vapor Machines, Scented Smoke Rings in Fragrance Installation

LONDON — For the summer months, Harvey Nichols is inviting customers to experience fragrance in a 360-degree immersive environment, with an exhibition called “Something in the Air.” The exhibition will run until Aug. 27 and feature fragrances from Memo Paris, Experimental Perfume Club, Serge Lutens and Widian.
“In the summer we have a lot of international customers coming into the store, so this is a really good opportunity to show the range of fragrances that we have,” said Deb Bee, creative and marketing director of Harvey Nichols.
Situated on the fifth floor, the installation created by Architecture Social Club invites visitors into a dark room with changing light and scented rings of smoke.
A different fragrance will be emitted every two weeks. Memo Paris will be taking over the opening two weeks with a set of fragrances exclusive to Harvey Nichols, including London Tweed, Siberian Golden Wood and Rose Paris Rose.
Each brand will also take over the space outside the installation. Memo Paris has hung floral arrangements on the walls and snaked vines around perfume bottles, which are displayed on white shelving units.

Harvey Nichols’ “Something in the Air” fragrance installation. 
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“Fragrance has historically been quite democratic, discount and gray-market-driven, but this really

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J.Hilburn Names New CEO

J.Hilburn, a Dallas-based direct seller of made-to-measure men’s wear, has named Dave DeFeo chief executive officer. He succeeds Andy Janowski, who had held the position since April 2018 and who will now return to his role as chairman of the company’s board of directors.
DeFeo was most recently a consultant with Kyranmatt LLC. Before that, he was ceo of the Worth Collection, a women’s direct-to-consumer business, a role he had held for more than a decade until leaving in 2017. Prior to Worth, he was president and chief operating officer of The Longaberger Company, president of Doncaster and held leadership roles at Milliken & Company.
“It’s been an investment year focusing on the strategic vision of the company, assembling a world-class leadership team, and positioning the company for aggressive growth,” said Janowski. “With that said, the time is now to hand over those reins to someone who is incredibly additive to our amazing team. Dave is a passionate and proven leader and you’d be hard pressed to find anyone in the business with more experience in the direct sales of luxury apparel.”
DeFeo will work with chief operating officer Joe Dixon, chief creative officer Simon Kneen and vice president of marketing Casey Shilling.
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Inaugural Moncler Hackathon Involves 450 Employees

MILAN — “Innovation sprouts and grows when there’s no fear of making mistakes,” said Moncler chief executive officer and chairman Remo Ruffini in kicking off the first Moncler Hackathon held here Thursday.
A lively and enthusiastic mood ran through the former industrial complex, a few steps away from the company’s headquarters, where the 24-hour marathon took place. The audience of 450 employees was upbeat, clapping and cheering to the inaugural speeches.
“Solutions can rarely rely on just one mind, the culture of innovation lays in the ability to work together,” Ruffini said, adding he expected the event to provide unusual solutions.
The employees were divided into 37 teams, each one working on the development of a project across nine strategic areas, ranging from product and IT to supply chain, sustainability, retail and the internal Academy, which stems from the first MonCampus that was launched last year that is dedicated to training young talents in the company.
Capping off the 24-hour event, on Friday, 21 projects will be submitted to the jury, including the five presented by teams from the overseas regions, such as South Korea, Japan, the U.S., EMEA and Latin America. The four shortlisted projects, winners of the Hackathon Prize, will then be assessed

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Fendi Couture Fall 2019

The cinematic majesty of the Roman Colosseum as seen from the roof of the Temple of Venus and Rome took your breath away. It was one of those remarkable moments many of us in fashion are privileged to experience via our jobs, a moment to register for posterity not only on Instagram, but in the mind and heart.
That Fendi chose to show in Rome at this particular time was all the more special because the city meant so much to Karl Lagerfeld, who famously joined the company 54 years ago at the behest of the five Fendi sisters and stayed until his death in February. He often boasted that during that tenure, he’d visited the Eternal City more than 800 times.
Given that, Thursday night’s show was dedicated to Lagerfeld, but subtly so. Before the show, in a backstage area that was surprisingly functional given that its bones date to antiquity, Silvia Venturini Fendi, who had long coauthored the Fendi collection with Lagerfeld, said the brand had set its sights on a show at the venue some time ago, and that it was just a matter of when. When Lagerfeld died, “we said that the plan had to go [forward] and

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Custo Barcelona Signs Licensing Agreement With Aeffe’s Velmar

ITALIAN PARTNER: Custo Barcelona, the Spanish fashion brand established in 1996 by Custo Dalmau, has signed a multiyear licensing agreement with Italian manufacturing company Velmar for the production and worldwide distribution of the brand’s collections.
While Barcelona-based Dalmau will remain creative director of the label, the fashion house’s headquarters will be moved to Rimini, where Velmar is located. Founded in 1983, Velmar in 2001 passed under the control of the Aeffe Group, the parent company of Alberta Ferretti and Moschino.
“The creativity of the Dalmau brothers has anticipated lots of trends, always keeping his authentic and original feature during these years,” said Velmar general manager Luca Gori. “The union of these characteristics with Velmar’s ability to interpret and translate the strong identity of the fashion house, along with productive and distributive experience, creates a good basis for a project of global development.”
The first fruits of the collaboration between the two companies will be unveiled at New York Fashion Week in September, where Custo Barcelona will debut a capsule collection for spring 2020.
According to Dalmau, the licensing agreement will help boost the brand’s business globally, with a focus on the United States, Europe and China. The expansion strategy includes the reinforcement of Custo

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July 2019 Celeb Book Club Picks From Reese Witherspoon & More

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EXCLUSIVE: Cerruti 1881 Parts Ways With Jason Basmajian

PARIS — Cerruti 1881 has parted ways with chief creative officer Jason Basmajian, WWD has learned.
Basmajian is leaving by mutual agreement with Hong Kong-based parent company Trinity Ltd. in order to pursue other opportunities. The Boston-born designer has a track record of refreshing and revving up storied men’s wear names, joining Trinity in 2013 to revamp iconic Savile Row tailor Gieves & Hawkes.
He moved to Cerruti in 2015, unifying various collections with different names and positioning under a single moniker, Cerruti 1881, offering a balance of soft tailoring and sportswear and reintroducing women’s wear. Basmajian marked the 50th anniversary of the brand with a documentary film featuring Nino Cerruti.
“It has been a privilege to work for such iconic brands and write another chapter in their history. I want to thank my incredible teams and talent that I have collaborated with over the years in addition to guidance and support from Mr. Cerruti. I wish the new shareholders and management success in the development of this beautiful heritage brand,” Basmajian told WWD.
Officials at Cerruti were not immediately available for comment.
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Nicolas Ghesquière Gives First Look at Sophie Turner’s Wedding Dress

While Sophie Turner and Joe Jonas are some of the most social-media adept celebrities of 2019, content from the couple’s second wedding in France has been scant on Instagram — until now.
Photos from Turner and Jonas’ rehearsal dinner and other pre-second-wedding events (the couple married in Las Vegas last month in an impromptu wedding ceremony, which was streamed on Instagram by DJ Diplo) made their way to both Instagram and the paparazzi. The most-awaited shot of the wedding, however — Turner in her wedding gown — was just revealed Wednesday night by Louis Vuitton women’s creative director Nicolas Ghesquière.
Turner, who came to fame playing the role of Sansa Stark on “Game of Thrones” wore a long-sleeved, full skirted gown with a mid-length lace veil. The gown, which featured a keyhole back, had a retro-meets-futuristic aesthetic. The designer captioned the photo on Instagram “Absolut beauty.” Turner, who most recently starred in “Dark Phoenix,” is a spokesmodel for Louis Vuitton and features in some of the French fashion house’s ads.
See the photo of Turner’s wedding dress here.

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Valentino Couture Fall 2019

The magic continues. On Wednesday night at the Hôtel Salomon de Rothschild, Valentino’s Pierpaolo Piccioli staged another dazzling show. Make that an event, one without the bells and whistles of a major set, but with a high-intensity front row that itself dazzled — Gwyneth Paltrow and Celine Dion in white, and Piccioli’s new BFF Naomi Campbell, who didn’t get the white memo and instead rocked hot pink stripes and a floppy hat. Their row of honor was anchored by Valentino Garavani and Giancarlo Giammetti. (The positive relationship between the house and its founders, who cashed out years ago, is a lovely anomaly.)
The audience settled in for the latest turn in a brilliant series that has catapulted Piccioli to the forefront of the haute oeuvre. After the passing of Karl Lagerfeld and with John Galliano doing fascinating experimental work at Maison Margiela, Piccioli is its undisputed leader. His belief in couture’s ongoing relevance is well-known, including that even haute can espouse inclusivity as indicated by last season’s casting of mostly black models.
“It’s important today to dream of a world without boundaries, where everyone can live their own routes, everywhere. It’s just a dream, of course,” Piccioli  said during a preview. The

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Everything You Need to Know About Sophie Turner’s Wedding Dress

HERE COMES THE BRIDE: While seemingly every detail from Joe Jonas and Sophie Turner’s second wedding in France has leaked out on social media, one key image has been missing: that of the dress worn by the “Game of Thrones” star for the official ceremony.
Nicolas Ghesquière, artistic director of women’s collections at Louis Vuitton, on Thursday posted an image of the bride, a Louis Vuitton brand ambassador, with the caption: “Absolut beauty @sophiet.” The gown made of flower-embroidered tulle and silk gazar required more than 350 hours to assemble, the house said.
 

Sophie Turner’s Louis Vuitton wedding dress. 
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Though not known for his bridal designs, Ghesquière is well versed in red-carpet dressing, with 31 of his outfits for stars including Alicia Vikander, Michelle Williams and Emma Stone currently on display as part of the “Louis Vuitton X” exhibition in Los Angeles.
The luxury brand has a specialized workshop, the Atelier Rare & Exceptionnel, at its flagship on Place Vendôme in Paris where seamstresses create exclusive gowns for celebrities, and fit and customize ready-to-wear pieces for VIP clients.
For Turner’s dress, more than 10 embroiderers worked for a total of 1,050 hours on the 14 meters of tulle, covered with a digitally-designed pattern of more

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Derrill Osborn, Former Men’s Fashion Director for Neiman’s, Dies in Dallas

Derrill Radcliff Osborn, the flamboyant former men’s fashion director for Neiman Marcus, died in his Dallas home Monday night. He was 76.
The cause is not known at this time, but his death was confirmed by Nelson Bell, a pastor at the Highland Park Presbyterian Church. Bell said Osborn, who had been ill for some time, had planned his own service and a date for the memorial will be set shortly.
Osborn was descended from pioneers and ranchers who settled in New Mexico. After serving in the U.S. Army, he started his retail career working at Saks Fifth Avenue in 1964. In the decade he was employed there, he worked his way up from a salesman to a buyer. Osborn also served briefly as general manager of the Lew Ritter men’s specialty store in Beverly Hills before joining Neiman Marcus, where he worked as a buyer for six years before being named vice president of men’s tailored clothing. He retired from Neiman’s in 2002.
Osborn, who was known for his flashy personal style — flowing capes, bowler hats, carnations in his lapel and his ubiquitous beard and mustache — had an unerring eye for fashion that helped put Neiman’s men’s store on the

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Jaclyn Hill’s Makeup Brand Drama: Everything You Need to Know

The summer of influencer drama continues.
As the feud between beauty influencers James Charles and Tati Westbrook settles, the drama is turning to fellow influencer Jaclyn Hill, whose highly anticipated makeup line has launched with criticism surrounding its sanitation and product quality.
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After numerous customer complaints and attacks by other influencers, Hill has deleted her social media accounts and the brand’s web site has temporarily been taken down after promising full refunds to all customers.
From all the influencers involved to allegations of contamination, here is everything you need to know about the drama surrounding Hill and her Jaclyn Cosmetics brand.
Who is Jaclyn Hill?
Hill is billed as one of the biggest beauty influencers, starting her YouTube channel nearly eight years ago and amassing roughly 6 million subscribers. She is credited with reviving Becca Cosmetics after partnering with the brand in 2015 to collaborate on the brand’s Champagne Pop highlighter — which sold out of its 25,000 units in 20 minutes — and later with a full collection in 2017. Her second collaboration with the brand earned more than $ 3.5 million in sales during its first day. Hill had also collaborated with Morphe Cosmetics for a 35-pan

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Armani Privé Couture Fall 2019

Let there be light! That seemed to be the edict from Giorgio Armani, who shunned his signature darkened venues this season to showcase his fall Privé haute couture collection in a sun-drenched gallery at the soaring Petit Palais museum.
It made for a perfect foil to his dazzling outfits, which were covered in enough crystals to give Elsa a case of fashion frostbite. Armani used them by the fistful, as a sparkly dusting on barely there mesh tops, in orderly rows on his signature pagoda-shouldered jackets, and as droplets of light on the sheerest of tulle skirts.
“The impression is that of a clear water surface reflecting a ray of moonlight or sunlight,” his show notes explained.
The designer said the collection, dubbed Armani Code, was inspired by the “folk” style of the late Eighties and early Nineties. At first it was hard to see what he meant, so far removed were his liquid fabrics and iridescent textures from the rootsy appeal of boho chic.
He opened with those razor-sharp jackets in evanescent shades of pink and blue, paired with silver velvet pants overlaid with a whisper of tulle. The first hint of a folkloric touch came in the polka-dot motifs, though Armani homed

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The Outside View: The Importance of a Couture Mind-set

The casualization of fashion and an obsession with street wear, wellness, and wearable fashion tech are everywhere, mirroring our fast-paced, tech-obsessed lives. Sneakers have become a powerful engine of growth for luxury houses, sales of high heels are shrinking and hardly anyone wears a necktie anymore.
So why is it that the V&A has had to extend its Dior exhibition for a further seven weeks, until September? Why do the Paris couture shows remain the most awaited of the fashion season? In January, Balmain returned to the couture calendar after a 16-year hiatus, while Hedi Slimane plans to expand the category as part of many new initiatives as creative director at Celine.
Younger labels — including Mary Katrantzou, Richard Quinn and Marine Serre — are all exploring demi-couture while British designer Ozwald Boateng recently unveiled his first collection of tailored clothing for women in Harlem in Manhattan.
Why? I believe the reason is that deep down, we still want to dream. We are entranced by beauty and craftsmanship and yearn to retain some of those values. To some, the world of couture may seem detached, irrelevant, archaic even, but it still exerts a powerful pull, and also sends a strong message about longevity,

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Derrill Osborn, Neiman’s Former Men’s Fashion Director, Dies

Derrill Radcliff Osborn, the legendary men’s fashion director for Neiman Marcus, has died in Dallas, according to multiple posts on Facebook late Monday night.
No further details are known at this time, but his death was confirmed by Nelson Bell, a pastor at the Highland Park Presbyterian Church in Dallas. He said Osborn, who had been ill for some time, had planned his own service and a date will be set shortly.
Osborn descended from pioneers and ranchers who settled in Mexico. After serving in the U.S. Army, Osborn started his retail career working at Saks Fifth Avenue in 1964. In the decade he was employed there, he worked his way up from a salesman to a buyer. Osborn briefly ran a men’s clothing and antiques boutique in Beverly Hills before joining Neiman Marcus, where he worked as a buyer for six years before being named vice president of men’s tailored clothing. He retired in 2002.
Osborn, who was known for his flamboyant personal style and ubiquitous mustache, is credited with helping to introduce luxury Italian lines to the store including Ermenegildo Zegna, Brioni and Kiton.
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Maria Grazia Chiuri Receives Legion of Honor

HONOR ROLL: “I can’t believe it!” Maria Grazia Chiuri exclaimed in Italian as she bounded up to her former boss, Valentino Garavani, at the Dior headquarters in Paris on Monday night.
The veteran designer was one of several hundred people gathered at 30 Avenue Montaigne to watch Chiuri receive the Legion of Honor, France’s highest civilian distinction, from France’s gender equality minister Marlène Schiappa.
About to close for renovations, the building had been decked out in an immersive installation by feminist artist Penny Slinger for Chiuri’s haute couture show earlier in the day, giving the proceedings a surrealist twist.
Flanked by her husband Paolo, son Nicolo and daughter Rachele, Chiuri was swarmed by well-wishers, including fellow designer Alber Elbaz; influencer Chiara Ferragni; Pathé Ouédraogo, the Burkina Faso-born designer better known as Pathé’O, with whom she worked on her recent resort collection, and author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, who inspired her “We Should All Be Feminists” T-shirt.

Valentino Garavani and Maria Grazia Chiuri. 
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LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, the luxury conglomerate which owns the Dior label, was out in force. Antoine Arnault, head of communication and image, was joined by his partner, model Natalia Vodianova; his sister Delphine Arnault, executive vice president of Louis Vuitton;

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Dress by Julie de Libran Couture Fall 2019

A new, niche intimacy is sprouting up in pockets across fashion, offering alternatives to the industry’s mega brand domination. Julie de Libran is one designer going her own way. After her departure from Sonia Rykiel, where she was creative director, de Libran didn’t opt for an “Eat, Pray, Love” sabbatical (physical or emotional). Instead, she jumped into a new project with her name on the label and her personal aesthetic on view.
To telegraph the personal approach behind Dress By Julie de Lebran, the designer showed her debut lineup of 21 looks in her home. “I thought it was nicer and easier,” she said. “Since I’m in my universe, I feel more relaxed and I like to have people over, even if I’m not a very good cook. I tend to get stressed in the kitchen.” (Her caterer filled the void, supplying a feast of veggie-based hors d’oeuvres.)
De Libran focused on dresses precisely because they feel so personal to her — she designed her first one at 14, for a school dance — and they represent “infinite creativity.” Yet this was no fantasy-come-to-life. Rather de Libran showed a range of distinctive looks for women who believe in dressing up at night,

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Talking Dresses at Giambattista Valli Dinner

ROUND ABOUT: Diana Widmaier Picasso recently donned what is surely the strangest dress she’s ever worn.
“It’s a mixture of penises, breasts and pregnant woman,” she said of the bulbous latex garment made in 1968 by artist Louise Bourgeois, currently on display at Hauser & Wirth in Zurich for the exhibition “Louise Bourgeois & Pablo Picasso: Anatomies of Desire.” (Widmaier Picasso also models it on her Instagram account.)
The art historian wrote an essay “on the theme of pregnant women” for the exhibition catalog, one of the many projects she described at Caviar Kaspia on Monday, where Bianca Brandolini d’Adda and Lauren Santo Domingo hosted a dinner for Giambattista Valli during Paris couture week.
New York-based singer Mafalda, who just released an EP titled “Daisy Chain,” said she would tour in support of the release in November, starting with Italy. But first a new video for the second single, “Hate Me Right.”
Rachel Zoe’s conversation with Nicky Hilton Rothschild was interrupted by a Facetime call by her children, now 5 and 8. Like many women at the party, including Mafalda and Caroline Vreeland, she had chosen a loose and flowing chiffon Valli number.
“He’s one of the few people that I’ll let style me,” Zoe

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Sophie Turner’s Column Dress, Zoë Kravitz’s Biker Shorts and Much More: All The Bridal Fashion You May Have Missed

Zoe Kravitz, Karl Glusman, ParisIt was the weekend of weddings in Hollywood–except the stars were everywhere but Tinseltown.
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Montblanc and Bape Team on Accessories Collection

Montblanc is courting streetwear aficionados with a new collaboration collection with A Bathing Ape, launching soon at select Montblanc and Bape stores and their respective web sites.
The limited-edition accessories capsule features Tokyo-based Bape’s signature camouflage pattern and Montblanc branding on a portfolio, slim document case, bifold wallet and 1-pen pouch. The products retail between $ 235 and $ 995.
“We were looking for a collaborative partner to apply their DNA onto ours,” explained Montblanc creative director Zaim Kamal. “We reached out to Bape and they were happy about this collaboration. We can speak of Bape as a maison, because they have the same idea of detailing and excellence.”
Kamal had been a longtime fan and supporter of Bape and was introduced to the brand years ago when he was living in London. As a “child of the Eighties and Nineties” and “admirer of the Harajuku style,” he was drawn to the brand’s “new expression of streetwear” with “an otaku spin.” After connecting in Tokyo, the two brands set the project in motion.
“The Japan Montblanc team reached out to us. It was our great pleasure and the entire team was thrilled,” said Go Miyazaki, Bape’s GM of marketing. “We have successfully partnered up with many

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Dior to Open Temporary Champs-Elysées Store on July 15

FACE OFF: The Dior flagship on Avenue Montaigne is about to close for renovations, but the facade of the building will travel: a reproduction of the historic headquarters will be superimposed on its new temporary boutique on Avenue des Champs-Elysées, opening on July 15.
The trompe l’oeil image, which lifts up at the corner like a page being turned, also went up on an advertising billboard on Place de la Concorde in Paris on Monday.

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The Dior store, located next to the Publicis Drugstore and across the road from Cartier, opens at a troubled time for the Champs-Elysées, which has been repeatedly closed to traffic and public transport since the gilets jaunes, or yellow vests, protests started last November.
The Avenue Montaigne boutique will close shortly before the Champs-Elysées store opens its doors, a spokeswoman for the brand said. The new boutique at 30 Avenue Montaigne, a building which also houses offices and the brand’s haute couture ateliers, is expected to reopen in 2020.

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Ulyana Sergeenko Couture Fall 2019

Ulyana Sergeenko’s luxury loving jetsetter left behind her old life in search of adventure, traveling east to Uzbekistan with only the clothes on her back — namely the burgundy patent leather trench dress and black-and-white bustier gown of the opening looks in the Russian designer’s fall couture collection.
When she arrives, her wardrobe takes on the influences of Samarkand, with its Islamic architecture and influential position on the ancient Silk Road, picking up her eclectic finds in the city’s bustling souks, overtaking the senses.
Metallic motifs found their way onto fluid organza dresses and harem pants in a deep palette of forest green and burgundy, adorned with colorful tassels or sequins. Her voluminous capes were worked in hand-painted silk in black or mustard yellow or inspired by the geometric patterns of the carpets of the region.
Decadent bodices and dresses offered a colorful display of allover sequins. In other looks, ballooning silks and jacquards undulated in an array of pink and lilac shades or orange and gold. Sergeenko amplified the silhouette with exaggerated shoulders, ample skirts and cinched waists, one of her signatures.
There was a charm in the balance of opulence and folklore to many of the looks, taking Sergeenko into new territory

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Paris Scene: What’s New for Couture Season

Paris is on fire — and that’s not just temperature-wise. From new shops, restaurants, spas and art exhibitions, the city is a hotbed of newness. Here’s a selection of where to go during this summer’s couture season.
NEW LEGACY: The Hôtel Barrière Fouquet’s Paris has a new retail space, called Legacy. Set up by Bow Group and Sébastien Chapelle, who formerly headed the watches and high-tech offer at Colette, the space sells high-tech grooming tools from Dyson and Braun; exclusive watch models from labels such as Corum and Casio G-Shock; jewelry, and books by Rizzoli and Taschen. Interior decorator Jacques Garcia designed the plush space, which is tucked next to the Marta bar, with red moiré curtains and a purple carpet. — Mimosa Spencer
Legacy
46 Avenue George V, 75008
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Open Monday to Sunday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
HITTING THE TOWN: An eighth-floor rooftop bar, an arty terrace and a former train station transformed into a colorful restaurant: This couture season, Paris is teeming with exciting new spots to let off steam in between shows.
After a bit of shopping at Parisian department store Galeries Lafayette, head to the eighth floor of the building to take in the spectacular panoramic view of the Opéra Garnier and the

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Vanderpump Rules’ Stassi Schroeder Reveals Her Next Level Basic Guide to #OOTD

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Launchmetrics’ Numbers Support Strength of Paris, Italian Men’s Fashion Weeks

It’s no surprise that Paris Men’s Fashion Week has been gaining in importance as New York and London continue to struggle. Marquee shows such as Louis Vuitton and Dior with their buzzy creative directors are overshadowing brands showing in other cities.
And while the Milan calendar is also experiencing some strain, the big Italian brands are still managing to hold their own against their Parisian counterparts.
Looking back at the spring 2019 season, Launchmetrics’ recently released State of Menswear report found that, thanks in large part to the debut of Virgil Abloh as creative director, Louis Vuitton was by far the most popular show of the season with 18.2 million media placements. That number outpaces Dior, the next most popular show, with 9.7 million MIVs, or media impact values, Launchmetrics’ proprietary measurement of media placement in all channels: social, print and online.
Third on the list is Versace, with 5 million MIVs, followed by Prada with 3.2 million, Valentino with 3.1 million, Giorgio Armani with 2.7 million, Off-White with 2.5 million, Yohji Yamamoto with 2.194 million, Boris Bidjan Saberi with 2.190 million and Balmain with 2 million.
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Lady Gaga, Donatella Versace Surprise Crowd at Stonewall Day in N.Y.

Lady Gaga just made a surprise appearance alongside Donatella Versace in Manhattan’s Greenwich Village to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the uprising at the Stonewall Inn, which paved the way for gay rights.
Kicking off a weekend of LGBTQ Pride events in New York City, an emotional Gaga, adorned in over-the-knee rainbow boots and a Versace jacket, took to the stage to address an excited crowd at the Stonewall Day pop-up event near the historic venue.
“I’m so emotional today. This community has fought and continued to fight a war of acceptance, a war of tolerance, and of the most relentless bravery. You are the definition of courage. Do you know that? I feel so honored and privileged to even be asked to be here,” the Oscar-winning performer said.
“I really, really love you. You are strong. You are so strong. You welcomed me into your community in the most beautiful of way that I will never forget. My whole life changed because of you.”
She concluded her empowered speech by telling the audience that true love is when you would take a bullet for someone and that’s what she would do for them.

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Miu Miu Resort 2020

What better a context for showcasing hats than a night at the races? That was Miuccia Prada’s thinking for the presentation of her knockout collection on Saturday at the picturesque Hippodrome d’Auteuil race track in Paris’ 16th arrondissement.
The open-air event, in the midst of a European heatwave, kicked off with a horse race as guests including Céline Dion, Nicole Richie and Gabrielle Union excitedly flapped their Miu Miu fans in the stands.
“For a moment I thought I was in England, I was like, ‘Where’s my hat?’” deadpanned Dion, taking in the expansive race course, the Eiffel Tower spiking the horizon. “It’s full of firsts for me — my first Miu Miu show, my first time betting on a horse… and the set-up is extraordinary with the drones, the grass, the horses getting ready. It’s fun and that’s what life should be about,” added the singer.
Mixing Forties and Seventies references, Prada’s spin on “conservative” occasion wear read like an homage to Yves Saint Laurent’s iconic “Scandal” collection for Spring 1971, inspired by wartime fashion.
Finishing off the silhouettes — paraded on a striped runway running the length of the viewing stands — were clunky platforms, including lace-up cork styles, and high pile-ups

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French Court to Issue Sonia Rykiel Ruling on July 25

PARIS — A Paris commercial court weighing bids for beleaguered fashion house Sonia Rykiel will issue its ruling on July 25, WWD has learned. 
On July 1, the court will hold a closed-door hearing with various parties including the company’s works council, administrators, bidders and executives of the label, according to sources with knowledge of the matter. The famed striped knitwear label has been in receivership since April.
Two proposals have emerged as likely front-runners, with finances and a strategy aimed at keeping the label in operation, retaining some of the company’s 130 employees, these people said. One of them has a designer lined up to become creative director. 
Former Balmain chief executive officer Emmanuel Diemoz is leading one of these bids, while the other involves a wealthy French family with industrial holdings in other sectors, but no experience in the fashion business, according to the sources. Diemoz did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The executive is credited for playing a key part in the revival of Balmain, building brand heat with a younger audience through showy designs from Olivier Rousteing and a strong social media presence.
The family bidders have enlisted help from an industry expert, and a younger family

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Wrangler Introduces Rooted Collection Sourced, Created in America

Wrangler is expanding its sustainability efforts with the launch of its new Rooted Collection.
The Greensboro, N.C.-based brand is working with local farmers to create the line of jeans and T-shirts from cotton that has been grown, milled, cut and sewn in the U.S.
The Rooted Collection features five state-specific pairs of men’s jeans: the Alabama Jean, the Georgia Jean, the North Carolina Jean, the Tennessee Jean and the Texas Jean. The cotton used for each is sourced from a family farm in each state. The design, trim and patch details of each style are unique and feature the state’s silhouette and other embellishments. The collection will also include two T-shirt designs for each state, as well as two national designs.
“Connection to community and taking care of land are hallmarks of Western culture,” said Tom Waldron, president of Wrangler. “The Wrangler Rooted Collection reflects our commitment to strengthening local communities and supporting U.S. farmers. Equally important, the introduction of this collection aligns with our goal to continually improve the environmental performance and traceability of our products.”
The family farms supplying cotton for the Rooted Collection are the first five growers identified within the Wrangler Science and Conservation program, which “advocates for land stewardship

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Mayor of Kyoto Asks Kim Kardashian to Drop Kimono Trademark

The backlash on Kim Kardashian’s Kimono brand continues.
The mayor of Kyoto, Daisaku Kadokawa, issued a statement to Kardashian on Friday asking her to drop the trademark of Kimono for her new shapewear brand, which she revealed on Tuesday.
“Kimono is a traditional ethnic dress fostered in our rich nature and history with our predecessors’ tireless endeavors and studies,” he writes in the letter. “It is a culture that has been cherished and passed down with care in our living. Also, it is a fruit of craftsmanship and truly symbolizes sense of beauty, spirits and values of the Japanese.”
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He goes on to write that the city is aiding in Japan’s initiatives to get “Kimono Culture” registered to UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage list because the rich culture and heritage behind the garment shouldn’t be monopolized.
Kadokawa then asks Kardashian to visit Kyoto to experience the “Kimono culture” and better understand his sentiments expressed in the letter.
The mayor’s open letter is just one of many criticisms toward Kardashian’s new line. Many on social media have accused the reality TV star and beauty mogul of cultural appropriation over the shapewear brand.

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Yeohlee Resort 2020

Yeohlee Teng is fashion’s quiet pioneer. She left behind the traditional wholesale model to focus on experiential retail years ago, and focused on concepts like gender fluidity and sustainability before they become hot-button issues. Her resort collection continued the conscious thread from fall, utilizing only archival fabrics that in effect produces less waste.
At face value, the collection was fluid and drapey, brimming with minimalist geometric details the designer has long championed. The flag drapes on a metallic dress were rectangles. The back of a high-waisted faille and satin skirt was stitched in a way that created a rounded shape in back. Stripes were a recurring motif, ranging from a textured seersucker top with malleable sleeves to a knit skirt meticulously cut in one piece that transitioned from a straight grain to bias grain to cross grain.
Conceptually, there were harmonious design contrasts that reflected life’s beautiful chaos, underscored by the idea of creating interest around sustainable fashion through thoughtful design. “The collection is built around not just the fabrics from the archive, it’s also a contrast of weight, texture and weave,” Teng said in her showroom, adding: “There’s soft and collapsible, hard and woven, plays on shine and matte; it’s about

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Hollywood Stylist Anita Patrickson’s Amanu Sandal Brand Sets Hotel Partnership

Hollywood stylist Anita Patrickson has aligned with Singita luxury lodges to bring her made-to-order Amanu sandals to resorts in South Africa. It’s the first move into the hospitality sector for the brand, and a full circle moment for Patrickson, who originally hails from Capetown.
She parlayed her work as a fashion stylist for Julianne Hough, Portia de Rossi and others into a custom shoe business that launched last year in L.A., inspired both by traditional sandals made using tire rubber in Africa, and the tradition of resort sandal making on the island of Capri.
Now she’s bringing the eco-conscious, high-touch experience  customers get in her West Hollywood flagship to guests at Singita. In June, Patrickson traveled to South Africa with one of the U.S. makers to train the staff at Singita Ebony Lodge and Lemombo Lodge to cobble the shoes, priced $ 160 to $ 275, from an array of leathers, with pony hair and feather trim, in under an hour.

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“My parents were both born in Kenya, and I thought this was a cool way to be able to take this craft back and teach somebody a skillset—and a way to be able to go home more,” Patrickson laughed, adding of her brand

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How to Work the Dresses-Over-Pants Trend

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Ntwrk Receives Funding From Drake, Live Nation

Ntwrk, the e-commerce and content platform started by Agenda and ComplexCon founder Aaron Levant, has secured a second round of investment from Live Nation Entertainment and hip-hop artist Drake that will be used for collaborations and a new event franchise called Ntwrk Presents.
Ntwrk, which was founded last year, was initially backed by Warner Bros. Entertainment, Jimmy Iovine and Main Street Enterprises.
Although the size of the investment was not disclosed, the Canadian rapper and the events promoter will partner with Ntwrk to offer concert tickets and exclusive merchandise, as well as artist-driven collections that will be sold exclusively on the Ntwrk mobile platform. In addition, the companies will offer access to a variety of Live Nation concerts and create promotional bundles that will include tickets to concerts and exclusive merchandise.
Levant, chief executive officer of Ntwrk, said the platform will have access to up to 100 different licenses and rights. “In general, music-driven merchandise has been moving culture and retail, and permeates across sports and music,” he said.

Aaron Levant, Ntwork’s chief executive officer. 
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Musicians such as Kanye West could be credited with sneaker companies’ love affair with rappers. His “The Life of Pablo” clothing sold $ 1 million in a weekend in March

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Jackie O. Items Featured in Oleg Cassini Estate Auction

OLEG’S SELLOUT CROWD: Even 13 years after his death, Oleg Cassini’s name managed to create a sellout estate sale at Doyle on Thursday. The all-day event ran for nine and a half hours and the lots sold for a total of more than $ 1.3 million, according to Louis Webre, senior vice president of marketing and media for the auction house. That final tally was well above pre-auction estimates of $ 578,185 to $ 884,260.
Some of the international bidders turned up at the Doyle East 87th Street sale room, with others phoning in their bids or placing them online. Many of the designer’s fans associate him with First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy, whose White House style Cassini was instrumental in cultivating. A nine-page handwritten letter by Kennedy prior to her husband’s administration clearly defined what she expected from Cassini as her designer and confidante. That piece of history sold for $ 16,250 — above the $ 10,000 to $ 15,000 estimate.
Thursday’s event was far from a run-of-the-mill estate sale. The 750 lots were gleaned from what was once Cassini’s Oyster Bay Cove 43-acre estate and the neo-Gothic Gramercy Park town house that he lived in at one time. Cassini’s widow Marianne Nestor Cassini has been entangled in

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Reem Acra Resort 2020

“It’s kind of disco, but bohemian at the same time.…Why not go into your evening looking like this?” remarked Reem Acra during a walk-through of her fall collection, pointing to look book images of models clad in her dresses, which she referred to as “couture,” accessorized with new headscarves. “I wanted to show a new way of dealing with couture, and giving it a bit of an edge without going overboard,” Acra said of her designs. In place of fall’s golden armour, the designer debuted a tightly edited, “mini” collection of fresh, Seventies-influenced disco-meets-bohemian dresses for the resort season. 
“All of the drama,” Acra described. Gowns were light as air with tulle trains and capes (both attached or as separates), while even her full beaded offerings held lightness in their pastel palette of lavender, blush and blues against the metallics of silver and gold. Acra’s handwork and meticulous placement of embellishments against her fluid fabrics made for a strong collection, especially when it came to a long-sleeve lavender number with purposely mesh-encased embellished belt — no snagging here. All the opulence and glamour while being free spirited and easy, without the worry.

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Trisha Yearwood’s Decor Line Is About to Make Your House a Home

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Men’s Spring 2020 Trend: Hang Loose

Men’s wear designers amped up the volume for spring — from looser cuts on suits and trousers to flowing ponchos and baggy knitwear. Rei Kawakubo at Comme des Garçons captured the style with her stellar collection, which played on the theme of Virginia Woolf’s “Orlando,” and also hit the genderless trend.

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EXCLUSIVE: Roger Vivier Enlists Susan Sarandon, AnnaSophia Robb for Short Film

TAKE TWO: Gherardo Felloni is addressing the generation gap — and incidentally sending out the message that style has no age barrier — with a short film to present his fall 2019 collection for Roger Vivier.
He tapped a Hollywood heavyweight, Susan Sarandon, as well as rising star AnnaSophia Robb, to star in a short film set to go live on the brand’s social channels today. It also stars Instagram sensation Tuna the Dog, who has 2 million followers — almost as many as Sarandon and Robb combined.
Inspired by Italian director Antonio Pietrangeli’s cult 1965 movie “Io la conoscevo bene” (“I Knew Her Well” in English), the film tells the story of an aspiring actress — played by Robb — who moves to the city to learn her trade and take lessons in style under shoe-obsessed drama teacher Sarandon.
“The relationship between different generations [is] something I’ve always been interested in,” Felloni said. “I wanted to address the theme in this short film for Roger Vivier.”
He continued, “I think it’s important to show who is the Roger Vivier woman. Susan Sarandon and AnnaSophia Robb perfectly exemplify my vision of Vivier women.…I chose them because I wanted to show a playful exchange between

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Y’s Resort 2020

Cobalt blue, rich teal and deep navy were some of the predominant tones in Y’s spring 2020 collection, quite a departure for the predominantly monochrome brand designed by Yohji Yamamoto’s creative team.
Both the label’s “Black” and “Pink” lines focused on artisanal techniques. A stunning selection of velvet dévoré pieces — a dress, a blouse, a top and trousers — were crafted by dipping the initially white velvet in a box of dye, creating unique patterns for each piece. Dark blue moons were then carved out of the velvet, their irregular edges giving an eerie effect.
There was a particular focus on denim pieces, lending the collection a more youthful aspect than previous offerings. High-waisted jeans and boxy jackets were hand-bleached — very Eighties — while dark blue stitches on a pair of straight white jeans were left unfixed, meaning their dye trickled along pant legs and clouded the pristine denim.
For the “Pink” line, the studio took elements from two previous Yohji Yamamoto collections to add to their silhouettes. A wing motif from the fall 2001 collection was added to the back of silk jackets and dresses, hand-painted by an atelier in Kyoto. Another standout piece was a long, white dress with

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Kim Kardashian’s Shapewear Line Is Shaping Up to Make a Big Splash

Kim Kardashian’s new shapewear hasn’t hit the market yet and it’s already stirring up controversy.
The reality star and multimillionaire makeup mogul revealed her new shapewear brand Kimono on Tuesday. The launch date has not yet been set publicly, but within hours the Internet exploded with accusations of cultural appropriation since the line’s name plays off the traditional Japanese garment. 

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Still, Kimono’s Instagram following more than doubled overnight⁠ — from roughly 42,000 on Tuesday morning to 108,000 Wednesday afternoon. Clearly, some people are still excited about the arrival of the brand. 
But while some consumers seem to have mixed feelings about Kardashian’s latest business venture, all the attention might be good news for the shapewear industry. The more shoppers are talking about something, the more likely they are to buy it. And a last name like Kardashian offers some serious equity in the market. 
“Her many followers and marketing tactics will give her brand clear advantage,” said Ayako Homma, fashion and luxury consultant at market research firm Euromonitor International. 
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Chris Lane Will “Definitely” Stay Out the Way of Fiancée Lauren Bushnell’s Wedding Planning

Chris Lane, Lauren Bushnell, 2019, Academy of Country Music Awards, ACM AwardsThere are “big, big plans” ahead for newly engaged Lauren Bushnell and Chris Lane.
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Men’s Spring 2020 Trend: Graphic Art

Bold prints and patterns were all over the men’s runways for spring, with many designers collaborating with artists on the looks. Turning the process on its head, and creating a new paradigm, was artist Sterling Ruby, who has added “designer” to his résumé with his brand S.R. Studio. LA. CA., coming up with one of the standout collections of the season.

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Nicole Miller Talks Hamptons Happening Event, New Rosé, Candace Bushnell’s ‘Sex and the City’-inspired Book

RAISE A GLASS: Nicole Miller will be honored by the Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation at the 15th annual Hamptons Happening on July 13.
As this year’s fashion honoree, Miller will be joined at the cancer research benefit by chef honoree Lidia Bastianich, business honoree Antonella Bertello and restaurateur honoree Ian Duke. Miller first teamed with the SWCRF in 2014 to launch the Collaborating for a Cure Ladies Luncheon and she staged a fashion show. In the years that followed, other designers have done the same, helping to raise a total of more than $ 600,000 for cancer research. Miller said of the SWCRF, “They’re big on genetic research and the future of cancer care.”
This summer’s SWCRF event will feature a “Tour de Cuisine” theme with gourmet food, wine and spirit tastings. Miller has been going to the Hamptons on a consistent basis for more than 20 years, which is when she and her husband first bought a house there. She will be hosting her own East End events this summer.
Her summer entertaining will include bottles of her new signature rosé. “I love sipping rosé in the summer. The opportunity just came up. What’s great about it is it’s from Bordeaux; it’s

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Elie Saab Resort 2020

Elie Saab took to the Mediterranean for his resort collection, weaving a lineup that navigated between ivory-toned romance and a sharper version of chic, all of it capturing a breezy, seaside feeling. The dominant force came in a rich pattern of tropical leaves and flowers in broad strokes of blues, greens and orange set against a dark navy blue. He used this for a series of sweeping dresses — a brand staple. This included wide-sleeve caftan numbers, puffy sleeved ballgowns and a long skirt with a slit running to the thigh, paired with a pocketed, army-style shirt that had short wide sleeves — crisp and light at once.
Using this same pattern, he also threw in a suit jacket and shorts combo, as well as a bolero jacket, embellished with patches of yellow and white tropical flowers embroidered with wide sequins. Further playing with texture, the designer offered a mango-colored dress with metal, chain straps, while a sheer skirt had lines of shiny, gold sequins, like sunrays.
On the romantic side, ivory-toned ensembles included dresses, flowing skirts, blouses, capes and culotte trousers with panels of ivory lace interspersed throughout. Here was another display of the airy chicness — also seen in the

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Comité Colbert Adds Balenciaga

PARIS — French luxury goods trade association Comité Colbert has added two new members, including fashion house Balenciaga.
The label was founded by Spanish-born Cristóbal Balenciaga in 1917 and established in Paris in 1937. Now owned by French luxury group Kering, the brand is enjoying strong growth under artistic director Demna Gvasalia and chief executive officer Cédric Charbit.
Comité Colbert also welcomed the family-owned musical instrument manufacturer Henri Selmer Paris, known for its professional-grade woodwind and brass instruments, especially saxophones, clarinets and trumpets.
“Balenciaga brings history and creativity to the design of emblematic, modern and innovative fashion products, whereas Henri Selmer Paris has been celebrating the sense of hearing for four generations, thus contributing to the sensory alchemy that is the hallmark of luxury,” said Elisabeth Ponsolle des Portes, president and chief executive officer of Comité Colbert.
The association now includes 84 luxury houses, 16 cultural institutions and six non-French European members.

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