Bergdorf, Goat Partner on Sneaker Installation

Bergdorf Goodman is hoping to attract sneakerheads by partnering with Goat for a special installation at its men’s store that will run through New York Fashion Week. On Wednesday, the retailer and the Los Angeles-based sneaker reseller will open an installation at the Goodman’s Men’s Store that will showcase some highly coveted models including Chanel’s collaboration with Pharrell on the Adidas NMD Human Race Trail, and the auto-lacing Air Mag Back to the Future. Both will be on display in the store and will also be available for purchase for $ 16,400 and $ 47,250 respectively. “Sneakers and athletic-driven sportswear have been a leading component of the designer and luxury men’s wear world, and we see this influence continuing to be very important,” said Bruce Pask, men’s fashion director for Bergdorf Goodman. “Goat is an innovator and leader in the resale space with an elevated aesthetic, peerless expertise and a focus on customer experience and service — aspects that we absolutely share, making this a perfectly suited partnership and an exciting new experience that our customers can only find at Bergdorf Goodman.” Pask said he met Matt Cohen, Goat’s vice president of business development and strategy, a little over a year ago, and they visited the

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Jamie Foxx and Sylvester Stallone’s Daughters, Corinne and Sistine, Costar in “47 Meters Down: Uncaged”

“I don’t think I fully thought it through,” said Corinne Foxx, 25, of accepting a starring role in Johannes Roberts’ shark thriller “47 Meters Down: Uncaged,” out today. “The director asked me, ‘What’s your swimming ability like?’ I said, ‘It’s great, it’s wonderful,’ and then I got there, and I couldn’t even doggy paddle.” “They told me I got the part on a Thursday, and by Sunday, I was on a plane,” she continued. She was given the part after another actress turned it down and learned to both swim and scuba dive in four days. “It’s survival. Either you swim or you don’t swim, so I had to figure it out. I don’t know what I was thinking, but it paid off.” Along with being the daughters of well-established, respected actors, Jamie Foxx and Sylvester Stallone, Corinne and her costar Sistine Stallone, 21, have a number of other similarities. They have both modeled, been Miss Golden Globe — the tradition that ended in 2017 of celebrity offspring assisting in handing out award trophies to winners — and now, they’re in their first feature film. “It’s been fun, because it’s my first press circuit for my own movie,” said Foxx of being asked the

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The Look Book for Target’s 20th Anniversary Collection Is Here

Target is giving shoppers a peek at its upcoming 20th anniversary collection. The retailer sent shoppers into a frenzy when it announced it was tapping into its archives and reproducing over 300 items from its past designer collaborations, many of which sold out immediately upon release. Now, the brand has revealed all the styles for the upcoming collection. On Thursday, Target posted the campaign for the collection on its Instagram account, which shows the designers themselves posing alongside models dressed in their designs. View this post on Instagram Celebrating 20 years of Design for All! Anniversary Collection drops in-store and online 9/14. Link in bio to explore. Follow @Target20 for more. #Target20 A post shared by Target (@target) on Aug 15, 2019 at 6:14am PDT The look book revisits Target’s fashion designer collections over the last 20 years, including its first collaboration in 1999 with Michael Graves — a homeware collection — and its latest collaboration in 2018 with British lifestyle brand Hunter. The upcoming anniversary collection — which hits stores on Sept. 14 and is available for pre-order on Sept. 3 — includes other collaborations with designers like Zac Posen, Anna Sui, Missoni, Phillip Lim, Rodarte, Jason Wu and Lilly Pulitzer,

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Fashion Controversy in China: How Givenchy, Coach and Versace Are Involved

Brands such as Givenchy, Coach and Versace have all come under fire recently for marking Hong Kong as its own country on their merchandise and web sites. The brands have been criticized for offending Chinese sovereignty as the Hong Kong protests continue after 10 weeks. The fashion controversy in China continued in the past week when models Liu Wen and Yang Mi ended their newly-minted contracts with Coach and Versace, respectively. Givenchy’s t-shirt  Courtesy The models’ split from the luxury brands is part of a larger controversial issue surrounding fashion designers and Chinese geopolitics that have caused other Chinese ambassadors to break ties with the brands. From which models are involved to the brands’ apologies, here is everything you need to know on the fashion controversy in China. How are Givenchy, Coach and Versace involved in the China fashion controversy?  Coach, Versace and Givenchy have made materials seen as insensitive toward Chinese sovereignty. Each of the brands have released t-shirts that show a list of cities followed by their respective country, however, Hong Kong is listed as its own country instead of as part of China. One of the controversial Coach T-shirt designs.  Courtesy Additionally, on Coach and Givenchy’s t-shirts, Taipei is listed as “Taipei, Taiwan.” On Coach’s web site,

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For That Special Day: Karen Walker Creates Bridal Collection

Just as every bride has a story — or more likely 100 stories — designer Karen Walker wants to be part of that narrative with a new bridal collection. The Auckland, New Zealand-based designer has created an assortment of wedding-day styles, after years of customers requesting bridal dresses or outfits. Until now, the timing never felt right, Walker said. But that did not deter many from buying various Karen Walker designs to wear for their big day. “But they had never been designed specifically for that intent,” she explained. Now there are 12 bespoke dresses, four bespoke suits and two off-the-rack dresses “for those wanting to elope,” Walker said. Retail prices range from $ 950 to $ 3,500 and are sold through the new bridal shop in her Auckland boutique and online store. Bespoke shoppers can work directly with her team that includes patternmakers, tailors and other specialists in her atelier or via e-mail, FaceTime or other means. Fittings and creating toiles are all part of the package. Such procedures have been put to use for six international high-profile clients over the past 12 months. That roster included former First Lady Michelle Obama, who needed a suit for her “Becoming” book tour. Walker said,

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Hannah Godwin of ‘Bachelor in Paradise’ Talks Drama-Free Shoot, ‘Making Pretty Powerful’ for Kensie

ABC’s “Bachelor in Paradise” is all about the drama, but the reality show’s Hannah Godwin has a more direct message in Kensie’s fall campaign. In an interview Tuesday, the 24-year-old talked about the brand’s “#Make Pretty Powerful” marketing initiative, but she wasn’t about to reveal anything about the show. Godwin edged into modeling as a high schooler, going on to appear in print ads, catalogues, e-commerce sites, music videos and commercials, particularly in the Southeast and on the West Coast. Photography is another pursuit. Having bought Kensie as a teenager, she said, “They have very cute clothes, which made me pick up their things. It’s good quality. You can rewear a lot of the stuff, which I really love. I will keep them in my closet for a year and just rewear them a bunch of different ways.” Dove Shore photographed the campaign in Beverly Hills in what the reality star described as “a magical dollhouse.” But one that was free from any sign of Dylan Barbour, Blake Horstmann or any of Godwin’s other televised admirers. In addition to the abundance of bikinis and cut-off shorts that Godwin wore for “BIP,” she also wore a few tanks. “It was so hot there. I

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Grailed and Future Come Together for Closet Sale

Grailed and Future are partnering again for another closet sale, with proceeds going to the rapper’s FreeWishes Foundation that encourages and empowers youths and seniors through programs and events. The men’s fashion marketplace first partnered with the rapper at ComplexCon in 2018, and the follow-up, which will officially launch on Aug. 9, includes pieces from Gucci, Saint Laurent, Off-White, Burberry and Fear of God among others. It also includes custom basketball, hockey and football jerseys, and a concert-worn jacket from the Summer Sixteen Tour with Drake that reads “Them Boys Up To Something” across the sleeves and back in reference to “Jumpman,” their platinum-selling song from the “What a Time to Be Alive” mixtape. The 50-plus pieces available in the sale have a potential value of $ 23,000. “Whether it be low-end or high-end, we mix it in and blend it well,” said Future. “Because it’s not about what you wear or what you spend, it’s the person who’s wearing it. It’s how you put it together.” Grailed recently had a closet sale with actor Adam Pally for Father’s Day, and operated a showroom in Paris for fashion week in June. Grailed cofounder Arun Gupta said in June that the company has plans for more

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Social Media Has a Lot to Say About Nars’ Phallic Lipstick Campaign

Nars is taking risqué marketing to the next level. The 25-year-old beauty company, best known for its Orgasm blush — among other shade names that are sexual innuendos — has social media abuzz over its newest campaign. Nars posted the raunchy video — which shows a nude lipstick melting into the phallic shape — to its Instagram account with the caption: “When the nudes keep you up all night.” Social media was quick to react, with many expressing their shock at the campaign. Model Chrissy Teigen, for one, poked fun at the campaign on her Twitter account. honestly in love with this color and now I must have it to soften my boner — christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) August 12, 2019 “The View” cohost Meghan McCain for another, responded to the video campaign, claiming the brand’s blush is her favorite to use. It’s my favorite blush 😕 — Meghan McCain (@MeghanMcCain) August 12, 2019 Beauty influencers, including Nicolette Mason and Manny Gutierrez, have also reacted to the campaign, praising the brand for its unique marketing. Francois Nars is our sex positive makeup king!!!! — nicolette mason (@nicolettemason) August 12, 2019 Honestly I live for NARS branding lol ❤️ #orgasm — Manny MUA (@MannyMua733) August 13, 2019 While some are amused by Nars’ marketing tactic,

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DKNY, NFL Partner on Sport Collection

The NFL will be celebrating its 100th anniversary this season and DKNY is doing its part to help the league celebrate. The brand is creating an exclusive DKNY Sport collection for women that will be co-branded with the logos of all 31 teams. The line offers street-style-worthy, feminine looks that were created as an alternative to the loose-fitting jerseys that have become de rigeur among fans. This collection will offer puffer coats, sneaker dresses, classic leggings and cropped hoodies, all co-branded with the logos of the team. Beginning in October, the line will be expanded to include sweatshirts, jackets and vests. Prices range from $ 40 for T-shirts to $ 150 for outerwear. The DKNY x NFL collection will be available beginning this month at Macy’s, select stadiums and on the DKNY, NFL and Fanatics web sites. Earlier this year, DKNY offered a similar sports-inspired collection for Major League Baseball. That was part of a push by Fanatics, the largest global retailer of licensed sports merchandise, to focus on more-upscale brands. The collection comes as a result of a licensing deal between DKNY and the NFL.

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Men’s Trend Spring 2020: Man as Muse

A new model of masculinity was on display at the men’s runway shows for spring as designers tapped into today’s tectonic cultural shifts to offer softer, more fluid and gender-bending styles, including pearls and handbags for men. It all generated an artistic vibe, as seen here in a Comme des Garçons coat with pleated sleeves and shorts suit.

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Models Toni Garrn, Gisele Bündchen, Gigi Hadid and Karlie Kloss Donate Fashion for Charity Sale

Toni Garrn, Gisele Bündchen, Naomi Campbell, Karlie Kloss, Gigi Hadid, Bella Hadid, Joan Smalls and Amber Valletta are among the models who have pulled some items from their closets for Paddle8’s “Supermodel Flea Market.” The cultural e-commerce site has teamed with the Toni Garrn Foundation to create an assortment of online and offline attractions running from Aug. 19 through Nov. 30. The initiative is designed to support the foundation and to support women and girls with educational and health-care initiatives in African countries such as Burundi, Ghana, Uganda and Rwanda. The high-profile models have presented about 220 items in total. Gigi Hadid has also done some serious closet cleaning and has provided 100 items. Bündchen is another one of the more generous donors, having contributed 50 items, including the Alexander McQueen clutch that she carried at the Met gala in 2011. Shoppers will have three options — an online auction with 15 to 20 items, an online buy-now sale featuring about 70 items that will be replenished at least three times, and a pop-up shop at the 11 Howard hotel with more than 1,000 items. As of Tuesday, they will be able to preview some of the items from the sale. For

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Fashion Group International Names New President, CEO

Six months after the death of its longtime leader Margaret Hayes, Fashion Group International has tapped Maryanne Grisz as her successor as president and chief executive officer. Directly prior to taking on these responsibilities, Grisz had served as FGI’s managing director of events and operations since January of this year. As an insider, she has worked closely with chairman James D’Adamo. Grisz joined FGI as director of special events and social media strategies in 2012 and shouldered the additional responsibility of handling brand development in 2015. As an attorney, film producer of producer of global events, Grisz offers a diverse skill set. Having become a member 20 years ago while living in Philadelphia, she became a regional director in the late Nineties before taking on the voluntary role of district director for the East Coast, overseeing Boston; Philadelphia; Washington, D.C., and three regions in Ohio. In 2003, she relocated to New York and later pitched in at FGI as a member volunteer by co-chairing “Career Day” and serving on the “Frontliners” committee. At Hayes’ request, she agreed to act as a consultant for the group’s social media. When the position of FGI’s director of special events became available in 2013, Grisz, a

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Columbia Taps DJ and Artist Zedd to Release SH/FT Footwear

Columbia Sportswear is partnering with Grammy Award-winning DJ and producer Zedd on a new collection of footwear called SH/FT that is designed for nature hikes and city commutes. SH/FT is comprised of a waterproof knitted mid-top sneaker, which is the hero style for the collection, along with a non-waterproof low-top sneaker, and collaboration mid-tops. The new range launches on Friday, and will be followed by a leather hiker boot and outdoor winter boot in late September. “The goal is to become equally famous in apparel and footwear and have a deeper conversation in footwear,” said Peter Ruppe, Columbia Sportswear’s vice president of footwear. “Everybody believes there’s an emerging category here that’s different from where outdoor has been in the past.” Ruppe explained that the SH/FT collection is targeted to a younger demographic that tends to wear running shoes or other footwear not suitable for hiking. The knit sneakers look like casual shoes for city walks, but feature a midsole with beading technology that took a few years to develop. According to Ethan Pochman, Columbia’s vice president of global brand marketing, “We don’t want any footwear fails on the trail. We want to deliver this ability to take them out of town and into

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Robert Graham Teams With ‘Star Wars’ for First Capsule

IN A GALAXY FAR, FAR AWAY: Robert Graham is feeling the force. The brand best known for its embellished men’s shirts, has inked a deal for its first collaboration, a capsule collection with “Star Wars” and the latest iteration of its popular film series, “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker,” set to be released on Dec. 20. In November, Robert Graham will introduce a collection of three men’s button-down shirts, two men’s sport coats, three men’s T-shirts, two women’s button-downs, one women’s T-shirt, one women’s bomber and five pocket squares. Among the styles will be the Leia blouse, the Light Speed button down, and the Vader Saber T-shirt. The collection will be sold at Robert Graham stores and the company’s e-commerce site as well as select high-end specialty stores. Retail prices will be consistent with other pieces in the brand’s line. It will be released in November. “The Rise of Skywalker” is the third installment of the “Star Wars” sequel trilogy and the final episode in the nine-part “Skywalker” story.

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Brands to Check Out at the Vegas Shows

As the men’s market nears its end and the women’s season kicks off, brands and buyers will flock to Las Vegas to check out the spring market. With Project Men’s and Women’s, WWDMAGIC, Liberty Fairs, Agenda and more commencing next week at the Las Vegas Convention Center and Sands Expo Center, here are some brands to keep on the radar.   Project Men’s Brand: Marine Layer Designer: Molly Getty, chief creative officer A look from Marine Layer.  ARTURO TORRES Backstory: Michael Natenshon joked that he started Marine Layer after his girlfriend threw out his favorite shirt. Although he crossed into the fashion world from the finance arena, Natenshon had always had an interest in apparel and just couldn’t find anything in the market quite like what he wanted. He moved to Los Angeles to study textiles and develop a fabric that would be the basis for Marine Layer. The founder and chief executive officer launched the brand in 2010, offering T-shirts to friends and family before opening a pop-up shop in San Francisco that eventually became a full-time lease and one of the brand’s 41 retail locations. Though Marine Layer operates stores across the United States in big markets such as New York City, San Francisco, Southern California,

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Exclusive: Chief Merchant Tom Ott Exiting Saks Off 5th

After a 24-year run, Tom Ott is about to bid adieu to Saks Fifth Avenue. In the latest restructuring at the luxury department store, Ott, senior merchant of Saks Off 5th, will be leaving the company on Aug. 30. Ott’s position will be split between two other employees who are also longtime Saks Off 5th executives. Christine Merrick, formerly vice president and divisional merchandise manager of shoes and handbags for Off 5th, has been elevated to senior vice president and general merchandise manager of men’s, kids, shoes and handbags. Allison Ross, formerly vice president and dmm of women’s contemporary for Off 5th, has been named senior vice president and gmm of women’s, accessories, beauty and home. Both will report to Marc Metrick, president of Saks Fifth Avenue, who oversees the Off 5th off-price chain, which operates over 100 stores in the U.S. and Canada. “Tom has had a meaningful impact on the business in his 24-year career with the company, from his significant leadership in men’s to his more recent role at Saks Off 5th, we are grateful for his contributions,” Metrick said. “At Saks Off 5th, we continue our strategy to evolve the business to be more of a true off-price player and

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Kylie Jenner Wears Versace for Italian Birthday Dinner

Kylie Jenner looked to one of her favorite designer’s for her 22nd birthday dinner. The reality TV star and beauty mogul chose a two-piece Versace look for her birthday while on vacation in Italy with rumored fiancé, rapper Travis Scott, and daughter Stormi Webster. Her look featured a baroque print on the cropped top and midi-length pleated skirt, which she wore with the brand’s small tribute medallion handbag. Read More: A Look Back at the Kardashian-Jenner-West Fashion and Beauty Empire View this post on Instagram Mom & Dad 💕 @dashuniverse A post shared by Stormi Webster 🥰 (@stormisnapchats) on Aug 8, 2019 at 5:06pm PDT View this post on Instagram Kylie and Travis were at @paolinolemontreescapri in Capri, Italy yesterday ☺️ A post shared by Stormi Webster 🥰 (@stormisnapchats) on Aug 9, 2019 at 10:33am PDT The couple has been fueling wedding rumors since a paparazzi shot went viral on Tuesday, showing a Saks Fifth Avenue garment bag — with a white feathery dress peeking out — being loaded onto their private plane. Adding more fuel to the rumors, many celebrities closely linked to the Kardashian-Jenner clan are also in Italy, including Scott Disick and girlfriend Sofia Richie

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Flag & Anthem Names NFL Player Christian McCaffrey Brand Ambassador

Flag & Anthem has tapped NFL star Christian McCaffrey of the Carolina Panthers as its brand ambassador. Previously, the men’s wear brand started by Azod Mohit and Brad Gartman has partnered with Ford Motors on a capsule collection and collaborated with country star Dierks Bentley, as well. The partners seem to have been fated to work together. Gartman said he had followed McCaffrey’s career closely, going back to the athlete’s time at Stanford, where in 2015 he broke the NCAA record for all-purpose yards, was named Associated Press Player of the Year and was a runner-up for the Heisman Trophy. Meanwhile, McCaffrey said he shopped the brand and wore the clothes before shooting the campaign. Gartman said McCaffrey is the “ideal core customer for the brand,” and they are in similar “emerging” stages, with McCaffrey starting his pro-football career in 2017, one year after Flag & Anthem launched. Gartman also described the partnership as “natural.” The brand photographed its fall campaign in Colorado, which seems to have been a stroke of fate as well, considering that McCaffrey was born and raised in the state. While McCaffrey described the campaign shoot as “cool” and “easy,” Gartman expressed just how “natural” the shoot was. “It was kind

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Nick Graham Expands Into Sportswear, Swimwear

Nick Graham is creating a collection. The designer and founder of the Joe Boxer brand will introduce sportswear and swimwear under the Nick Graham label for spring 2020 at the Project show in Las Vegas next week. The sportswear collection is being called “Happy America” and is inspired by Fifties Miami Beach with a healthy dose of Graham’s signature ironic sense of humor. Rayon shirts, for example, are offered in pastel colors and feature prints such as a parrot smoking a pipe and wearing fedora and toucans with headphones and a flamingo with a large dollar sign. “They’re not so subtle, but then I’ve never been subtle,” the designer said with a laugh. He said he was inspired by a time when America “was simpler and not so complicated. I was looking at some imagery from that era, and the style seemed to match the optimism of the day. I wanted to try to capture that feeling.” The collection includes unstructured sport coats, slim five-pocket jeans and chinos in stretch twill and multicolor cotton polos. The swimwear is offered in a variety of conversational prints that coordinate with the rayon shirts to create a cabana set look. Printed baseball caps and fedoras with novelty headbands

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Jeffrey Epstein Dies in Apparent Suicide

Jeffrey Epstein was found dead in an apparent suicide in his Manhattan jail cell on Saturday. The convicted sex offender reportedly hung himself at the Metropolitan Correctional Center, according to NBC News. Epstein was transported to a nearby hospital where he reportedly went into cardiac arrest. On July 6, Epstein was charged for one count of sex trafficking of minors and one count of conspiracy to engage in sex trafficking of minors between 2002 and 2005. He was being held in the Manhattan prison awaiting his court date and was denied bail. If convicted, Epstein would have faced a maximum of 45 years in prison. His death comes days after L Brands’ chairman, Leslie Wexner, claimed that the two had a falling out because Epstein misappropriated over $ 46 million from him and his family. The two were closely linked until the late aughts, with Epstein later taking ownership of Wexner’s Manhattan home on East 71st Street, the same residence that prosecutors demanded Epstein forfeit. Read more here:  L Brands Probe Into Wexner and Epstein Hit Retailer’s Shares L Brands’ Les Wexner Makes First Comment on Jeffrey Epstein How Jeffrey Epstein Is Linked to Fashion, Media and President Trump WATCH: 5 Ways ThirdLove Is Innovating Bra Shopping if(typeof(jQuery)==”function”){(function($ ){$ .fn.fitVids=function(){}})(jQuery)}; jwplayer(‘jwplayer_m31GEjpc_V9usQ9H0_div’).setup( {“playlist”:”https:\/\/content.jwplatform.com\/feeds\/m31GEjpc.json”,”ph”:2} );

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Is This Kylie Jenner’s Dress for a ‘Special Occasion?’

MI CASA SU CASA: Is it a wind-up or a wedding? No one knows for sure, but beauty mogul Kylie Jenner certainly has social media abuzz about her Italian escapades. TMZ broke the news that what looked like a wedding dress was stowed away, when the beauty billionaire and Travis Scott boarded a private jet bound for “Bel Paese.” The fact that their toddler Stormi wasn’t the only member of their extended family who was along for the ride only ratcheted up the rumor mill. Kris Jenner, Corey Gamble, Scott Disick and Sofia Richie have also been photographed on various strolls in Italy. Jenner jump-started the celebration of her 22nd birthday two days early on Thursday night with Scott over dinner, complete with a candles-ablaze birthday cake and what looked like a serragghia serenade. Italian tradition calls for a groom to serenade his bride-to-be with musicians from beneath the balcony or window on the night before her wedding. Chalk that up to coincidence. The “Sicko Mode” singer did not appear to be sharing his talents at the dinner table in Capri. The feathery white dress that set the rumor mill in motion was carried in a white Saks Fifth Avenue garment bag. Staffers at

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Tie Bar to Relocate New York Store

The Tie Bar is relocating its New York store and will open a flagship next week. The 1,400-square-foot store at 340 Madison Avenue is located near the pop-up-turned-permanent-store it has been operating at 400 Madison Avenue since 2017. The New York flagship will join the company’s stores in its hometown of Chicago as well as recently opened units in Boston, Washington, D.C., and Philadelphia. “New York continues to be one of our important markets,” said Allyson Lewis, chief executive officer. “As we’ve grown out of solely being an accessories brand, our stores have proven extremely effective showcasing first-hand all that The Tie Bar has to offer now. When it came time to launch the first flagship outside of our hometown, it was a no-brainer that it would be in New York.” The store will sport a new design concept that features custom wood fixtures, an outfit-building station and a wedding shop. “Our new store floor plan has been totally reimagined to create an experience that allows our customers to shop from head-to-toe,” Lewis added. “Whether mixing and matching on their own, or working with one of our in-house stylists, we’ve created a space that’s been tailored exactly to our customer’s full style needs.” The

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Myro Receives Investment From Serena Williams, Carmelo Anthony

Myro has found investors in Serena Williams and Carmelo Anthony. The tennis legend and the basketball star have invested in the gender-neutral refillable deodorant brand through their respective venture capital firms Serena Ventures and Melo7 Tech Partners with Stuart Goldfarb. The investment is part of a $ 7 million seed-extension funding round that includes Western Technology Investment. “I’m always trying to find the next big thing, and refillable deodorant just feels relevant to the time we’re living in. With the way the world is now, it’s so important to invest in sustainable brands doing positive things,” said Anthony. “I treat every decision I make as the biggest decision of my life, so being deliberate about working with brands that align with my personal values is really important to me.” Founded by Greg Laptevsky in 2017, Myro is a direct-to-consumer, gluten-free and vegan deodorant that can be refilled with new deodorant pods. Refillable cases and deodorant pods are available in five colors and scents that retail for $ 10. A subscription service delivers packs of three refill pods quarterly for $ 10 each as well. Each deodorant is made with about 50 percent less plastic than traditional deodorant brands, and is a custom blend of 100 percent natural

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Then and Now: A Look Back at the Kardashian-Jenner-West Fashion and Beauty Empire

In the last decade, the Kardashian-Jenner-West families have proven they’re a force to be reckoned with both in the entertainment arena where they began and in the fashion and beauty industries, where several have built empires that compete with some of the biggest brands in the market. The reality television family — Kourtney, Kim, Khloé, Rob, Kendall, Kylie, Kylie, matriarch Kris, not to mention rapper Kanye West — has remained a fixture in the cultural lexicon since the early Aughts, and have leveraged that fame to create some of the most successful fashion and beauty brands of the decade. From their early, unsuccessful ventures to reaching $ 1 billion status, here WWD looks back at the evolution of the Kardashian-Jenner-West fashion and beauty empire. The Kardashian Threesome: Kim, Khloé and Kourtney Then: Kim Kardashian and Kourtney Kardashian in 2010.  Fairchild Archive/Penske Media/Shutterstock As their reality television career was taking off, the three eldest Kardashian sisters began working together to carve a place for themselves in the fashion and beauty worlds. Most notably, in 2006 the sisters created Dash, a boutique with locations in Los Angeles, Miami, New York and Southampton, where they had a summertime pop-up shop in 2014. The store was the inspiration behind the E Network’s

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Knot Standard to Dress Spring Place Staff

Knot Standard, a custom men’s brand, has inked a deal to dress the staff at Spring Place. The New York-based company has designed the uniforms for the collaborative workspace and members-only clubs in Los Angeles and New York. Knot Standard worked with the employees to get their measurements, fabric choices and personalized options. The staff will be provided with solid blue or navy suits made from either a lightweight wool cloth or a linen, wool and silk blend. “Partnerships have been an important part of our strategy for growth since the beginning,” said John Ballay, chief executive officer and cofounder of Knot Standard. “We’re constantly seeking collaboration opportunities with like-minded brands to expand our reach at a local and national level. Spring Place and Knot Standard align on so many levels, and we’re proud to be a part of the Spring Place community.” Bryan Woody, general manager of Spring Place New York and Beverly Hills, said Knot Standard “embodies our classic, elevated aesthetic. “Like Spring Place, Knot Standard is a customer-driven brand that is constantly evolving and innovating to meet clients’ needs. Our uniform speaks volumes to who we are as a company, and we value a partner like Knot Standard that shares

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Tommy Hilfiger to Be Honored at Save the Children Centennial Gala

Tommy Hilfiger will be an honoree at Save the Children’s centennial gala celebration, which will be held over two events this fall in New York and Los Angeles. The designer will receive the organization’s Humanitarian Award during the New York gala on Sept. 12 in recognition of his charitable work across different causes, including youth education, environment and health. His work is particularly well aligned with Save the Children’s mission; in 1995, he founded The Tommy Hilfiger Corporate Foundation with a focus on serving underprivileged youth through educational and cultural programs. In May, the designer was honored by the Fresh Air Fund to mark the 20th anniversary of Camp Tommy, which has provided opportunities for boys ages 13 to 15 from low-income communities in New York to attend outdoor summer camp in Fishkill, N.Y. “By continuing to advocate for the rights of children globally, Tommy Hilfiger has not only become a notable humanitarian figure, but he has built a brand based on corporate responsibility. We’re looking forward to honoring him for those efforts in New York in September,” said Carolyn Miles, ceo of Save the Children, in a statement. Hilfiger joins previously announced Save the Children honorees Camila Cabello, receiving the Voice Award

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L Brands’ Les Wexner Claims Jeffrey Epstein Embezzled Over $46 Million

L Brands’ chief executive officer Leslie Wexner has opened up about the cause of his fallout with convicted sex offender, Jeffrey Epstein: embezzlement. In a letter to the members of his Wexner Foundation on Wednesday obtained by CNBC, Wexner explained that Epstein misappropriated over $ 46 million from him and his family. “I am embarrassed that, like so many others, I was deceived by Mr. Epstein,” Wexner wrote. “I know now that my trust in him was grossly misplaced and I deeply regret having ever crossed his path.” Wexner went on to explain that he discovered Epstein had been misappropriating funds after the two ended their professional relationship and friendship in 2007. He wrote that he was able to recover some of the embezzled funds through a $ 46 million contribution that Epstein made to Wexner’s YLK Charitable Fund the following year. “As the story has unfolded further, and the extent of the pain caused by Mr. Epstein continues to grow, I have spent time reflecting and searching for answers as to how this could have happened,” he continued. “My heart goes out to each person who has suffered unthinkable pain and I pray for their healing.” Wexner has been under fire for his former links to

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Men’s Wearhouse Names Three New Execs to Management Team

Carrie Ask has assembled her team. The president of the Men’s Wearhouse and Moores divisions of Tailored Brands Inc. today will announce three hires that are intended to drive the stores more profitably into the future. The two divisions have sales of around $ 2 billion and operate nearly 900 stores in the U.S. and Canada. New to the team are Mary Ann McGrath, who has been named senior vice president and chief marketing officer; Jerry Brandehoff, senior vice president and general merchandise manager, and Sharmila Sudhakar, vice president, e-commerce. Ask said this group of “proven and talented” professionals “have successfully transformed each of their respective business domains to drive significant profitable growth for leading companies. We look forward to benefiting from their experience and leadership as we transform our business to deliver an unparalleled customer experience through personalized products and services, inspiring and seamless experiences in and across every channel, and brands that stand for something more than just price.” McGrath has more than 25 years of retail experience and served most recently as senior vice president of customer relationship marketing for Williams Sonoma, Williams Sonoma Home and West Elm. She has also worked at Gymboree, Escada and Saks Fifth Avenue. Frank Hamlin had

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Tommy Hilfiger Hosts Staycation in Brooklyn

Tommy Hilfiger proposes that you play hooky on Thursday. The company is hosting a pop-up retail activation at the Williamsburg Hotel Rooftop Pool in Brooklyn, N.Y. from noon until 7 p.m. A retail gift shop will sell Tommy Hilfiger product such as a straw fedora hat for $ 69.50, a pareo and pouch for $ 59.50, bikini bottom for $ 49.50, and bikini top for $ 45.50. For men’s, the offering consists of a backpack for $ 99.50; swim trunks for $ 69.50; straw hat for $ 59.50, pool slides for $ 49.50, a flag cap for $ 39.50 and a tie-dye T-shirt for $ 30. In addition, there will be unisex sunglasses, towels and tie-dye socks. Three DJ acts will play during the event: Vashtie, Coco & Breezy, and Mazurbate. There will also be a roaming Polaroid photographer and station, and synchronized swimmer performance by the Aqualillies. A day spa in the water tower will offer massages by FaceGym, manicures by Paintbucket, vitamin supplements by Hum Nutrition, chair massages by Spa Chicks on the Go, Pressed Juicery samples and cans of Guayakí Yerba Mate. And if that’s not enough to call in sick, Supergoop! Sunscreen bartenders will be on site discussing skin care and sunscreen application. Participants can write their friends who

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Bridget Foley’s Diary: InStyle Marks a Milestone

The Big 2-5. With its September print issue, InStyle magazine celebrates its 25th anniversary. The magazine launched just as fashion was in the early throes of its passionate love affair with celebrities of the Hollywood sort, and well into the transition from supermodel to celebrity covers that would ultimately rule unchallenged until social media provided the classic model genre a platform for self-reinvention. InStyle’s maiden raison d’être was to cover and celebrate celebrity culture, and in homage to that heritage, celebrity is a key element of the anniversary tome. This print issue hits newsstands on Aug. 16, with stories posting throughout August. Now, at a fractured time in the culture and fashion, the issue, via its two major fashion features, provides a delightful reminder of fashion’s purpose at its most basic level — to bring joy while helping women realize their most beautiful selves. And if along the way glam celebrities offer some inspiration, all the better. The cover story features the divine Julianne Moore in a smart interview with Helena Christensen. Moore wears fashion from the decade of InStyle’s birth, the Nineties, in a shoot by Phil Poynter styled by Karla Welch. The other major piece, written by Eric Wilson,

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DXL CEO Sees Growth in Engaging Customers, Expanding Wholesale

When the Destination XL annual shareholders meeting opens on Thursday, there will be a different face at the podium: Harvey Kanter, the company’s new president and chief executive officer. Kanter, whose résumé includes Blue Nile, Moosejaw Mountaineering, Eddie Bauer and Backcountry Travel Inc., was named to the top post at the country’s largest big and tall men’s retailer in February. He succeeded David Levin, who revealed in March 2018 that he would retire from the company at the end of the year after an 18-year run. It took the company nearly a year, and two search firms, before the board selected Kanter. In the past six months, Kanter has immersed himself in the company’s culture and gotten a crash course in this highly specialized business. He started out as an adviser, working with Levin, who had stayed on as interim ceo, until April 1. But now that his feet are firmly planted on the ground at the retailer’s headquarters in Canton, Mass., Kanter has his game plan in place for the 225 DXL full-price and outlet stores in the U.S. and Canada. The company also operates around 100 Casual Male and Rochester Clothing stores, but both those nameplates are being phased out

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Rimowa Links With MTA on Branded MetroCards

Rimowa is headed underground. The high-end luggage brand has linked with the Metropolitan Transit Authority to issue branded MetroCards within New York City’s subway system. Some 250,000 MetroCards featuring the label’s signature corrugated-surface suitcases will be available at select subway stations across Manhattan and Brooklyn. Rimowa’s chief executive officer Alexandre Arnault said the brand, “Continues to innovate and partner with like-minded people to showcase the creativity and heritage of the brand. “Through our partnership with the MTA, Rimowa-branded MetroCards will appear all throughout the city. New York is a city our brand has a strong tie with, and we are excited for the MetroCard and the commuters of New York to embody our campaign’s concept that, ‘No one builds a legacy by standing still.’” The move is in line with Arnault’s marketing vision for Rimowa — the first LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton subsidiary to take a firm stance against print advertising. The label has heavily invested in digital platforms while also focusing on interactive, outdoor advertisements in global metro areas.

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Boohoo Makes a Play for British Retailers Karen Millen and Coast

LONDON — Boohoo is looking to drive its brand image upscale and confirmed Tuesday it has made an offer to acquire British retail brands Karen Millen and Coast. The company did not give further details, and said a further announcement would be made “when appropriate.” The two fashion chains could not be more different than Boohoo, a fast-fashion online retailer aimed at a Gen Z customer that sells clothes at far lower price points than its two acquisition targets. The fashions at Karen Millen and Coast are more classic, not trend-driven and target an older demographic. Karen Millen bought Coast through a pre-pack administration deal in October 2018 and both brands are owned by Icelandic bank Kaupthing. “The Boohoo Group seems an unlikely suitor for premium women’s wear brands Karen Millen and Coast, which have strong reputations for quality occasion wear. This contrasts to Boohoo’s focus on selling a high volume of product quickly, offering frequent promotions and using social media as an important marketing method,” commented Emily Salter, retail analyst at Global Data. Boohoo Group has been growing its stable. In 2016, it acquired fast-fashion website Pretty Little Thing for 3.3 million pounds and in 2017 the group acquired Nasty Gal for

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Iman to Receive Franca Sozzani Award in Venice

IN HER HONOR: Iman will be the third recipient of the Franca Sozzani Award, which recognizes women who stand out for their artistic careers and their social commitment. Starting her career as a pioneering model in 1975, Iman has developed skin-care collections designed for women with skin of color and has been involved in humanitarian work for The Children’s Defense Fund, Action Against Hunger and the Raise Hope For Congo campaign. In 2010, she was recognized with the CFDA’s Fashion Icon Award. The Franca Sozzani Award was established by the family of the late Vogue Italia editor in chief Franca Sozzani. Salma Hayek was the second recipient last year, following Julianne Moore in 2017. The event will be held on Aug. 27, ahead of the 76th edition of the Venice International Film Festival, running Aug. 28 to Sept. 7. The ceremony will take place at Sozzani’s favorite Belmond Hotel Cipriani, a five-star hotel on Venice’s Giudecca island, and it will be hosted by Sozzani’s son, photographer and film director Francesco Carrozzini, who established the award, and his wife Bee, daughter of Anna Wintour. “Iman’s work has disrupted the fashion industry in a way similar to Franca’s: bold, innovative and inclusive,” said Carrozzini. “Using her platform

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L.A. Brand Dôen Opens First Brick-and-Mortar Store

Margaret and Katherine Kleveland, who built their direct-to-consumer, priced-right Los Angeles brand of romantic, vintage-inspired ditsy floral blouses and ruffle-trim dresses through a collective of female tastemakers with social media reach, have opened their first permanent brick-and-mortar retail store at Brentwood Country Mart. The 900-square-foot space stocks the full range of women’s and children’s clothing, chunky knits, denim and T-shirts, as well as mary jane shoes, ballet flats and accessories designed by the L.A. sisters, who were fashion industry veterans working at the brand Joie before they launched their own label in 2015, with pieces retailing for $ 115 to $ 598. “We want the customer to be touched on all levels and senses upon entering the store. From the scent we burn and warm lighting to the comfortable rugs and kid corner (with toys for the little ones!), we want it to feel comfortable and easy while shopping,” the Santa Barbara-born designers said in a statement. “Every piece is unique and inspired us in some way. We hope to evoke the feeling when you stumble upon a hidden gem in a small alleyway outside of Paris, from the hand-painted walls to the special wrapping paper.” Margaret and Katherine Kleveland  Chelsea Lauren/WWD/REX/Shutterstock The brand’s dreamy, visual style

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Sixties Model and Muse Peggy Moffitt Venturing Into Licensing

Sixties-era model and muse Peggy Moffitt, known for her distinctive five-point Vidal Sassoon haircut, harlequin eye makeup and for her collaboration with the late L.A. designer Rudi Gernreich, is poised to become her own brand. Sage Licensing has revealed the development of a licensing program in fashion apparel and accessories based on the famed model, who made waves when she posed in Gernreich’s topless monokini in 1964. The deal is being spearheaded by the group’s president Bruce Giuliano, who has worked with Hello Kitty and Paul Frank, among other creative properties. A native of Los Angeles, Moffitt studied acting, which led to roles in “Blow-up” and other films, and dance, which influenced her taste in clothing and her balletic style of modeling — and caught the eye of Gernreich, known for his avant-garde, body-con style. Her late husband, photographer William Claxton, also contributed to her legacy with his iconic Sixties images of the model. Moffitt, 79, who lives in the Hollywood Hills, has been ill in recent months, and has not appeared publicly. The new brand-licensing program coincides with her archival images and clothing being showcased in the “Rudi Gernreich: Fearless Fashion” exhibition on view at L.A.’s Skirball Cultural Center. Open categories for licensing

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Rodarte Presents Eighties-Themed Capsule Collection at L.A. Roller Disco Party

It was an Eighties-themed night seemingly off the set of “Stranger Things” inside Milk Studios on Thursday in Los Angeles, where Rodarte designers Kate and Laura Mulleavy showcased a limited-edition capsule collection. “We wanted something that spoke to nostalgia a little bit, but also felt of-the-moment,” shared Laura of the event, a collaboration with IMG’s Made and Mastercard. Neon lights filled the room, which featured a see-now-buy-now Fred Segal Sunset pop-up in the style of a romanticized teenage bedroom. The line of T-shirts, selling for $ 150 each, and sweatshirts for $ 280 — with “Radarte” written across the front — is a collaboration with artist Mari Eastman and sold exclusively at the retail store starting today until Aug. 14. “Made approached us and said that they were going to do a series of projects where they want you to unite with an artist,” said Laura prior to the presentation, which had models strutting around a makeshift roller-skating rink. “We immediately thought, ‘Oh, this is an amazing opportunity to work with an artist that we admire,’ and we’ve known Mari for years. She’s an amazing painter and professor. Everything was very organic, and it was just a step-by-step process of doing something that was heartfelt

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Saturdays NYC Creates Line for 10th Anniversary

Saturdays NYC has ridden a wave of momentum for the past decade that has resulted in nine stores around the world as well as a popular wholesale collection. So to celebrate its 10th anniversary, the New York-based company has created a special collection for fall that is intended to speak to its “transition, movement and memories” since its founding in 2009. Classic Saturdays styles such as the Everyday Classic Sweater and the Miguel Sweater have been updated with the use of speckled yarn in saffron, green and navy and high-end fabrics such as lambswool. The William Moleskin Parka has been elevated with the addition of a M-51 style fishtail and Royal Air Force-style pockets, and the Harrison Cord Jacket and the Coney Cord Pant were each hand-splattered with bleach, creating one-of-a-kind patterns. Special commemorative prints were also created and will be used on shirts, swim trunks and shorts. A special “10” label has been used on all printed tops and outerwear. The fall collection also features a 10th anniversary bag collaboration with Porter-Yoshida that will be available in the U.S, Japan and Australia, and sunglasses by Japanese eyewear brand Eyevol for the U.S and Japanese markets. The 10th anniversary collection will be available at Saturdays

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MedMen Taps Fashion Veterans for Key Hires

The great migration from fashion to cannabis continues. MedMen, the multibillion-dollar cannabis retailer — with operations across the U.S. and flagships in Los Angeles, Las Vegas and New York — has tapped three fashion veterans for key hires. Esther Song, most recently at Tory Burch, will be senior vice president of marketing and communications with oversight of creative, marketing (retail, digital, product, brand), communications and partnerships. Christian Langbein, most recently at Prada, will be vice president of communications with oversight of corporate communications, consumer communications, events and VIP/influencer engagement. And Sandey Kang, formerly at CAA, will be vice president of brand marketing with oversight of MedMen brand marketing and operations. Song brings 15-plus years of experience in public relations, working to generate visibility in media and consumer relationships through talent partnerships and influencer content for clients including Tod’s, and BPCM, where she managed accounts such as Lanvin, Celine and Rimowa. Most recently, Song was vice president of VIP public relations and partnerships at Tory Burch. Langbein relocated to Los Angeles from New York where, with experience from Barneys New York, HL Group and Giorgio Armani, he had been leading communications and marketing for Prada’s North American business for six years. For 16 years, Kang has

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Peabody Essex Museum Plans to Unveil Iris and Carl Apfel Gallery

After enjoying her 98th birthday at the end of this month, Iris Apfel can keep the celebration going next month at the Peabody Essex Museum’s unveiling of the Iris and Carl Apfel gallery. The artist, designer and model is expected at PEM’s Sept. 21 gala, which will give guests a chance to see her namesake fashion and design-focused space showcasing 15 of Apfel’s ensembles for the occasion. The gallery is part of a 40,000-square-foot, $ 150 million wing that has been designed by Ennead Architects of New York. The official ribbon-cutting is set for Sept. 28 at the Salem, Mass., museum. Like many museums and cultural institutions around the globe, PEM is ramping up its fashion quota. Apfel has been pitching in for 10 years, since the “Rare Bird of Fashion: The Irreverent Iris Apfel” exhibition had a successful run. In addition to 90 complete ensembles, Apfel has bestowed 1,000 separates and her late husband’s wardrobe. Patrons may recognize Apfel’s name, likeness or designs from “Iris,” the 2014 documentary about her life; the Barbie Collector Styled doll by her, various books or modeling campaigns for Kate Spade. The noctogenerian also has signature accessories and a furniture collection. Petra Slinkard, the museum’s Nancy B. Putnam

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Analyzing the Sneaker Resale Race

The sneaker wars are more intense than ever, fueled by the rise of sneaker culture due to social media, designer and celebrity collaborations and limited product runs that have created massive demand and hype surrounding said product. It’s forced the industry — not only activewear megabrands, but also luxury fashion houses and retailers — to update their footwear strategies to produce or sell more sneakers. And in the midst of that battle, another question arises: Who will win the resale market? StockX, Goat and Stadium Goods — three sneaker resale companies that have captured the attention of the global fashion industry — are playing a significant role in the world’s newfound interest and infatuation with sneakers. Now, with backing from investors, the race is entering a new phase, one that had been unimaginable for the sneaker resale and collecting world, which had long been a niche market for only sneakerheads. Each company has a different business model. StockX emulates the stock market model, with real-time resale price updates for buyers to get the best deal and traders to see how valuable their collections are. Goat focuses on digital commerce and entered retail with its acquisition and merger of consignment shop Flight Club. Stadium

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Oscar de la Renta, Saks Fifth Avenue Partner to Mark Save Lake Tahoe’s 50th Anniversary

When models walked the runway at the League to Save Lake Tahoe’s fund-raiser in 1969, they were barefoot on a beach. “It was raw,” said Saks Fifth Avenue’s president Marc Metrick, of the original setting. “It was fashion at its core.” Held at a Rubicon Bay beach house on the lake, the function began as a collaboration between the late Bill Blass and Saks Fifth Avenue’s James J. Ludwig, a vice president and general manager of the retailer’s San Francisco branch at the time. Along with Eugene Levin, owner of Maurice Rentner (Blass was its designer), they took notice of Bay Area customers vacationing in Lake Tahoe for the summer and relocated their habitual fall presentation, usually held in August, to the Sierra Nevada area. “It moved from a fashion show with boxed lunches — literally, there were boxed picnic lunches — to an involved community event,” continued Metrick. What started as an intimate show has evolved into a significant production that has raised $ 1 million this year and a total of more than $ 18 million for programs dedicated to the protection and preservation of the Lake Tahoe Basin. The affair, which now showcases Oscar de la Renta designs, celebrates its 50th anniversary this weekend. “Oscar and

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How Manuel Mendez Came to Style One of the Most Famous Kids in the World

Manuel Mendez is known to plan as many as 90 outfits at a time, all of which are for one very famous seven-year-old. Much like her contemporary North West, Blue Ivy, the eldest daughter of Beyoncé and Jay Z, has made headlines in recent years for establishing herself as a young fashionista. Last year she wore a custom Valery Kovalska tuxedo pantsuit to the Grammy Awards and a Billie Blush dress in Jay Z’s “Family Feud” video. In July, she appeared in the video for “Spirit” from Disney’s “The Lion King” remake, in which she wore a custom purple tulle dress by Microwave and matching Alejandro Collection top. Mendez is the fashion force behind these looks and others Blue has worn, as WWD confirmed last year, and has been quietly styling the young celebrity since before she was even born. He began his career with the Carters nearly a decade ago as Beyoncé’s personal assistant. In 2011, when the famed singer became pregnant with Blue, Mendez was tasked with keeping stock of and organizing the many gifts that poured in for the expecting mother. Eventually, that job turned into shopping for the newborn. “There were things I couldn’t find and couldn’t get, and

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Caruso Opens Showroom in New York to Build Brand in U.S.

Caruso has set its sights on the American market. The Milan-based men’s brand has opened a permanent showroom in Midtown Manhattan and is meeting with specialty and department stores during men’s market this week as it strives to regain a foothold in the U.S. Spearheading the move is Marco Angeloni, the eldest son of former Brioni chief Umberto Angeloni, who remains an “active shareholder” in the business, according to his son. Caruso is now majority-owned by Fosun, the company’s Chinese partner since 2013. In 2017, when Fosun purchased the controlling stake from Aplomb Srl, Umberto Angeloni’s holding company with Ruggero Magnoni, Marco Angeloni was elevated to chief executive officer from chief operating officer. Marco Angeloni, who has also worked at Bain & Co., said his father launched the fashion brand a decade ago and opened flagships in both Milan and New York City. Both those stores have since closed and Umberto Angeloni stepped down as ceo when Fosun became the majority owner. Gone, too, are the brand’s trademark mannequins with handlebar mustaches intended to be reminiscent of its namesake, the singer Enrico Caruso. Marco Angeloni  What hasn’t changed, however, is the brand’s quality manufacturing of tailored clothing and upscale sportswear at an affordable price. The collection

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Prabal Gurung Signs with CAA Creative Artists Agency

Creative Artists Agency has signed New York designer Prabal Gurung for representation. Born in Singapore and raised in Kathmandu, Nepal, Gurung launched his women’s collection in February 2009, merging the glamour and handcraft of the East with the practicality of modern American sportswear. His designs have been worn by Oprah Winfrey, former First Lady Michelle Obama, and the Duchess of Cambridge. In 2010, he won the Ecco Domani Fashion Fund Award, and in 2011, he won the CFDA Swarovski Award for Womenswear. Gurung has been vocal in the conversation about fashion and feminism, diversity and inclusion, notably sending out a finale of feminist T-shirts at his Fall 2017 runway show held shortly after the first Women’s March (a portion of proceeds from the tees supported women’s charities), and hosting Gloria Steinem at his spring 2018 show (it was the author and feminist icon’s first), which featured a diverse cast of all-size models. In 2011, he established the Shikshya Foundation Nepal to provide education and opportunity to underprivileged children. Gurung collaborated with Target in 2013, with MAC Cosmetics in 2014, with Toms to support his foundation in 2016 and launched a capsule collection with plus-size retailer Lane Bryant in 2017. CAA has been on a roll

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Claudia Schiffer and Stephanie Seymour Return on Vogue Italia’s Cover

COVER COMEBACKS: Take a selfie but make it Vogue. Claudia Schiffer and Stephanie Seymour are back as cover faces of Vogue Italia at their own terms. For the August issue of the glossy publication, the two supermodels have taken their own self-portraits, in a double photo shoot with and without clothes, both supervised by photographer Collier Schorr. The images are meant to be a tribute to Helmut Newton’s self-portraits but inject a women-only perspective into the concept, as Schiffer and Seymour control the narrative and Schorr, who’s known for exploring identity and gender in her works, is behind the lens. “When you are photographing women such as Stephanie and Claudia, who are literally like the walking lexicons of fashion gesture in photography, there are things they will and will not do,” the American photographer said. “There’s not one thing that you see in these photographs that Claudia didn’t want to do — if she didn’t want to do it, she changed it.” Claudia Schiffer on the cover of Vogue Italia.  Courtesy Photo This approach is enhanced by the lettering “Claudia by Claudia” and “Stephanie by Stephanie,” which appear on the four covers. In particular, Schiffer dons a black blazer and high-heeled pointed sandals ensemble in an

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Jordan Brand Signs Zion Williamson

Zion Williamson, the first overall pick of the 2019 NBA Draft by the New Orleans Pelicans, has signed with Jordan Brand. On Tuesday, Nike revealed the signing, which adds the former Duke University star to the brand’s roster of athletes that includes NBA stars Russell Westbrook, Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul, and recent NBA and WNBA signees Jayson Tatum, Rui Hachimura, Asia Durr and Kia Nurse. The terms of the deal were not disclosed. “I feel incredibly blessed to be a part of the Jordan Brand family,” Williamson said in a statement. “Since I was a kid, I dreamed of making it to the league and having the type of impact on the game Michael Jordan had and continues to have today. He was one of those special athletes I looked up to, and I really can’t express how happy and excited I am for this journey.” Williamson was born in North Carolina in 2000, one year before Michael Jordan made his return to the NBA with the Washington Wizards. Many sports analysts expect a great professional career from the young prospect given his short-lived college career that drew loads of attention and endless Instagram and YouTube postings of his acrobatic play. Deadline

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Micaela Erlanger Signs On to Promote Platinum Guild

Celebrity stylist Micaela Erlanger has been named official ambassador for Platinum Guild International USA, a marketing board that supports the platinum jewelry industry. Erlanger — stylist for Meryl Streep, Lupita Nyong’o, Shailene Woodley and Diane Kruger and who last year released a book dedicated to accessorizing — will also be the face of the guild’s Platinum Born jewelry collection. She will make personal appearances and will feature in marketing materials related to the promotion of platinum jewelry. “I’m passionate about accessorizing, I wrote a book last year about the topic,” Erlanger said of her decision to sign on with the platinum guild. “I think jewelry and accessories really represent your personality and jewelry is such a key component of self-expression and transforming one’s style.” Erlanger recently became engaged, an occasion that she and her new fiancé marked with a platinum ring. “Micaela is known for providing a fresh perspective on styling and turning her clients into fashion icons, so she will undoubtedly inspire women everywhere with her accessory advice. Plus, she has an authentic passion for the metal platinum, so it is a perfect pairing,” said Platinum Guild International USA president Jenny Luker.

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Wacoal Inks Deal to Acquire Lively, Adding Digital Lingerie Savvy

Lively has a new home.  Wacoal International Corp., parent company to women’s intimates apparel company Wacoal America, has agreed to acquire Lively, the online lingerie start-up founded by Victoria’s Secret alum Michelle Cordeiro Grant, for $ 85 million. The deal also includes another $ 20 million to $ 55 million dollars in payouts based on performance achievements.    The acquisition is part of a growing trend of established companies acquiring online start-ups, allowing each to play off the other’s strengths. The deal gives the budding company access to the Wacoal’s infrastructure and brand name, while Lively brings in its ability to market directly to younger consumers, many of whom only shop online.  “Lively came prominently into focus with that target in mind,” Bob Vitale, president and chief executive officer of Wacoal America, told WWD. “We were interested in exploring acquisition candidates, [which] were these digitally native brands who were disrupting the market place and taking market share and really courting the Millennial customer successfully.” He added that, with the U.S. women’s intimates apparel industry in flux (as current leader Victoria’s Secret continues to lose market share), there’s a lot of potential for growth.  “Our vision is for [Lively] to continue to operate independently with our guidance and support and

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Bristol Studio Offers Its Spin on Business Casual

Bristol Studio is showing itself to have quite the range with the Los Angeles label’s latest capsule. The newest collection from the Los Angeles men’s line, which draws inspiration from founder and creative director Luke Tadashi’s love for basketball, has released its take on business casual. It’s good timing as much of the conversation around men’s is now focused on suiting and more tailored looks. Bristol first previewed the line at the recently ended ComplexCon in Chicago and has now officially released it to the broader market. “The reception at ComplexCon was strong,” Tadashi said. “People were definitely excited by the concept and curious as to how the concept came to life. As with any collection or project we do, it takes some explaining, so I would often explain the concept in great detail and from there they got even more stoked about the product because they understood the reason why it exists. I think the reversability factor is also important to note because that was something people always responded with awe to.” A look from Bristol Studio.  Ian Flanigan The capsule includes reversible basketball shorts with a custom gray and yellow plaid or navy and white pinstripe retailing for $ 160, a $ 220 dress shirt with

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Rhude’s Rhuigi Villaseñor Celebrates First Puma Collaboration at Kith in L.A.

Off the heels of Rhude’s Paris Fashion Week debut last month, Los Angeles-based designer Rhuigi Villaseñor commemorated his upcoming collaboration with Puma by throwing a party at Kith on Saturday evening. “I wanted to celebrate silhouettes that already existed, but amplify that and bring it to an audience that doesn’t necessarily understand the heritage of Puma, while incorporating my own twist,” said Villaseñor in a sit-down with Kith’s Ronnie Fieg inside the Los Angeles location of the trendy retail store on Sunset Boulevard. “I’m in a space where I feel like I can concur that. It’s for the new age.” In front of an audience that included singer Miguel and former New York Giants player Victor Cruz, Villaseñor shared that he wasn’t initially sold on the idea of working with the sportswear company. A conversation with Puma’s global director of brand and marketing, Adam Petrick, changed his mind. “It was about­­ –– just life and what’s happening in society, and I felt that he took a stand,” said Villaseñor. “It’s important to take a stand…We talked about gun violence and different things that I personally care about…I thought it was larger than just a partnership of products. It’s about ethics.” View

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Former Victoria’s Secret CEO Is Helping Lingerie Start-up Harper Wilde Grow

Harper Wilde is getting a new bra⁠ — two actually. And former Victoria’s Secret chief executive officer Sharen Turney is helping make sure the lingerie brand keeps growing.  The Los Angeles-based start-up⁠ — which previously sold just three styles of underwire bras, some with catchy quotes on the side like “Lift Up the Ladies” ⁠— is expanding its offerings to include sports bras and bralettes.  “We really want to be able to support her through everything,” cofounder Jenna Kerner told WWD. “We want to be all of the basics, all of her foundations. But instead of just staying in typical bras, we really wanted to expand and cover her from 5 a.m. when she’s working out, to her full day of work, and into her weekend, lounging in her bralettes.”  The pocket in the back of Harper Wilde’s new sports bras is meant to hold small things like keys or a cell phone.  Courtesy Kelle Ramsey The new assortment is available on HarperWilde.com starting Tuesday and comes with features like straps that adjust from the front, making them easier to reach, and pockets on the back of the sports bras so women can hold things like a cell phone, keys or a wallet while working

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Men’s Stores Are Changing the Rules of Retailing

NEW YORK — The rules of the game have changed and independent men’s specialty stores that have adapted to the new normal are on a winning streak. Whether it’s a de-emphasis of traditional tailored clothing — long the bread and butter of independent retailers — or a dramatic shift in their vendor mix, the survivors have learned to navigate the current climate. Many larger brands are opening their own stores — either brick-and-mortar or virtual — leaving independents hard-pressed to compete. And customers searching the Internet to compare prices on commonly found labels has also prompted stores to look elsewhere. “We’re finally at a tipping point,” said Ken Giddon, president of Rothman’s. “The relationship between retailers and vendors has to be reworked. Retailers are waking up to the fact that things have to change. They can’t keep their heads in the sand anymore on pricing.” He wasn’t alone. Mike Zack, owner of Circa 2000 in Plano, Tex., has been banging the same drum for a while now. “It’s a whole new world today,” he said. “We’re completely changing our vendor structure and have gotten rid of most of the big brands like Peter Millar and Tommy Bahama. I’m taking my ball to a new

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CFDA, Accessories Council Announce Elaine Gold Launch Pad Finalists

The Council of Fashion Designers of America and the Accessories Council have named five finalists for their third annual Elaine Gold Launch Pad program, which supports new companies. The finalists are Tribe + Glory’s Loren Thomas and Caragh Bennet; Graham Baldwin’s Graham Tyler; Shanel’s Shanel Campbell; Bond Hardware’s Dana Hurwitz and Mariah Pershadsingh, and Rui Zhou. Each finalist has been in business for less than three years and will vie for a portion of the fund’s $ 175,000 in prize money. Over the course of 23 weeks, finalists will partake in a “virtual residency” that sees them review their business strategies, brand concepts and design offerings. “As CFDA and Accessories Council enter the third year of Elaine Gold Launch Pad, we are immensely proud of the success of past participants. They have pioneered new approaches to fashion such as inclusivity, accessibility and circularity. They look at the fashion model through a whole new lens, which is exciting and inspiring,” said Steven Kolb, chief executive officer of the CFDA. “We were delighted to have more entrants than ever before. It was quite a task to pick the group for this round! We are excited to start working with this talented and diverse team!” added Accessories Council

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Danielle Vreeland Joined Alice + Olivia

Danielle Vreeland has joined Alice + Olivia as senior director of global public relations, celebrity and VIP.  She begins today. Most recently, Vreeland was director of p.r. and VIP at Zac Posen. Before that, she was with the Donna Karan Co. as a celebrity manager and helped build their celebrity division within the p.r. department, which included Donna Karan Atelier, Donna Karan, DKNY and DKNY Jeans. Danielle Vreeland  courtesy shot. Alice + Olivia has restructured its p.r. and marketing department since the departure of Aliza Licht, who was executive vice president, brand marketing and communications for two and a half years. She left in March to start a podcast inspired by her bestseller, “Leave Your Mark,” as well as pursue other projects.

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Rolling Stones Get Gig at Bergdorf Goodman Men’s Store

You can’t always get what you want, but can get what you need — and them some — at the Rolling Stones retail experience at Bergdorf Goodman.
While the Rolling Stones might not seem like an obvious brand partner for Bergdorf’s, the British band’s red and black tongue and lips logo looms large on the facade of the men’s store, where the concept, featuring limited-edition collections for the band’s fans, will operate through Aug. 13. The pop-up retail experience will then travel with the Rolling Stones’ “No Filter” tour to Pasadena and Miami, where there will be follow-up installations at Maxfield in Los Angeles and Alchemist in Miami.
Bravado, Universal Music Group’s merchandise and brand management company, partnered with Bergdorf’s to create the concept. The pop-up has a strong fashion pedigree. Bergdorf’s tapped Sarah Andelman, cofounder of Colette, the now-defunct Parisian retailer, who culled resources through her consulting and curating company, Just an Idea. Andelman assembled a collection of disparate brands, united by their affinity for the Rolling Stones.
Visitors to the third floor of the men’s store will see two larger-than-life 8-foot-tall, 600-pound tongues that celebrate the Rolling Stones’ return to the U.S. after the European and U.K. No Filter tour closed

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Wolk Morais Collection 8 Film Uses Old Hollywood Inspiration, New Hollywood Models

“Our favorite look is not here because it’s with Cate Blanchett,” says Brian Wolk during a walk-through of his new Wolk Morais collection designed with Claude Morais, at the duo’s Hollywood bungalow home-studio.
The designers’ love affair with Los Angeles continues with their eighth collection — spring 2020 — debuting in a short film format, and inspired by a mood board full of old Hollywood screen and wardrobe test images starring Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn, Sharon Tate, Marlon Brando and more.
“We’ve been using Los Angeles as our muse, backdrop and scenic inspiration and we felt it was time to speak the language of the city,” says Wolk, referencing previous collections, one shown at Hollywood’s historic Yamashiro Japanese restaurant, another inspired by California’s mid-century “California Cool” art movement, another by its private school-going “teenage bourgeoisie.” “Also, it was really fun to cast…we got to call all of our crazy eccentric friends and get them to participate,” he said of the short film’s lineup of Lydia Hearst, Moon Unit Zappa, Aimee Garcia, Rebecca Walker, Monica Abanonu and more.
While many may associate Los Angeles fashion with streetwear or rock ‘n’ roll, the Wolk Morais designers have been zeroing in on tailoring as a specialty,

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Danielle Brooks Debuts Baby Bump in Christian Siriano Gown at ‘Orange Is the New Black’ Premiere

Danielle Brooks used a high fashion moment to reveal her pregnancy.
The actress arrived at the New York premiere for the final season of Netflix’s hit show, “Orange Is the New Black,” Thursday wearing a custom Christian Siriano silver sequin gown with a white blazer and matching oversize hat. Brooks was joined by Siriano on the red carpet, who helped adjust the gown’s train for her photo op, where she gladly cradled her baby bump for the photographers.

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Siriano’s looks were also seen on a number of actresses at the premiere, including Laverne Cox in a tulle ballgown, Diane Guerrero in a pink tartan dress and Adrienne C. Moore in a cheetah print look.

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Dyne Expands Into Eyewear, Working With Fila

Christopher Bevans continues to spread his wings.
The founder and designer of Dyne used his skills working with technical fabrics that he applied to interesting sports-inspired silhouettes as well as complementary products such as eyewear, socks and bags.

In his spring presentation in New York earlier this week, Bevans offered a tight collection of T-shirts, anoraks, track pants and sweats all updated through the use of creative fabrics.

Case in point was a technical T-shirt created through a sublimation technique with a graphic design that Bevans said was “inspired by geometry and motion” and a pattern informed by tropical birds. A hooded anorak and lightweight pants with a drawstring waist sported the same pattern.

Bevans also showcased a fabric innovation he discovered in Taiwan that used recycled paper for short-sleeve shirts. 

The spring collection, called “Colour Theory,” included baby French terry sweatshirts and a raincoat in a reflective camouflage pattern.

Bevans revealed he’s now working with Fila on a special capsule using wool — the designer is a Woolmark Award winner — and has also jumped into the eyewear market. His line of glasses had acetate or metal frames, some with snap-on lenses. The glasses will retail for $ 220 to $ 325 and will ship in a

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New Balance Commits to RE100 and U.N. Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action

New Balance is the latest big brand to support the United Nations’ Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action as well as RE100, a global corporate initiative dedicated to renewable electricity.
In joining the U.N.’s effort, the Boston-based company increases the tally to 48 firms. PVH Corp., Puma AG, Schoeller Textil AG, Kering, Burberry Group, Gap Inc., Target Corp. and Hugo Boss AG are among the other corporations that have signed on. Numerous organizations such as the Outdoor Industry Association, the Sustainable Fashion Academy, World Wildlife Fund and the International Finance Corp. have also joined the initiative.
Participants aim to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050. As a supporter, New Balance has committed to a 30 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030. The company is prioritizing materials with low climate impact, eliminating new coal from tier one and tier two supply chains, supporting more circular business models and engaging consumers to increase awareness about environmental hazards and change behavior.
In unveiling its two climate change-fighting commitments, New Balance noted it has generated more than one million kilowatt hours in solar energy at its footwear manufacturing facility in Flimby, England. One competitor, Nike Inc., has also committed to the U.N. Fashion Industry Charter for

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Willy Chavarria Men’s Spring 2020

Sex, love, glamour and immigration.
All these hot topics, mixed with masculine queer culture, set the tone for Willy Chavarria’s runway return to New York — and boy, was he missed.
Known for his Chicano heritage vibes, Chavarria’s former stint in the Nineties, the creation of “The Love Garage,” a club in San Fransisco that embraced rave culture and gritty house music, served as one of the key components of his take on what minimalism can mean.
In this case, the usually big, oversize silhouette that has defined Chavarria took a sophisticated turn that still managed to maintain a tough edge.

The first portion of the show showcased standouts such as a black washed satin robe with matching shorts, along with an array of flared and high-waisted denim numbers, often paired with souvenir jackets or matching oversize boxy shirts. Quilted leather handbags, an item typically associated with high luxury, adorned most of the models, along with black and gold chains used as necklaces, belts and handbags, which provided a refined touch.
Part two featured a collaboration with athletic brand K-Swiss: a Nineties California Chicano tennis prep collection — oversize pastels in blue and pink with a bit of neon that enhanced sweatshirts, baggy shorts and

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Rapper Dave East Releases Diamond Supply Co. Collaboration Ahead of First Single From ‘Survival,’ Out Friday

“I got it tatted on me, ‘born broke, die rich,’” said rising rapper Dave East, lifting his white T-shirt and revealing the cursive letters marked below his navel.
The 31-year-old New York City native, born David Brewster Jr., came from humble beginnings, becoming a Crip as a teen, and later, facing a stint in prison for selling drugs. Following the 2010 release of his first mixtape, “Change of Plans,” and the broader attention that followed with 2014’s “Black Rose,” he’s been forging a different path and is now signed to Def Jam Recordings. With 2.4 million Instagram followers and millions of YouTube hits on each music video (“Perfect,” featuring Chris Brown, has 34 million views alone), East is one to watch.
“Them four words mean everything to me,” he continued. It’s also the title of a 2016 collaborative EP with Philadelphia rapper Kur. “You’re born a certain way, but you don’t gotta die like that.”
All eyes were on the rising rapper as he held court on Fairfax Avenue, smoking a joint in front of Diamond Supply Co., where he celebrated his collaboration with the streetwear and skateboard label on Thursday evening.
Inside the shop, “born broke, die diamond” read the $ 36 T-shirts hanging

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Simon G. Jewelry Sees Growth Potential in Men’s

Simon G. Jewelry began dabbling in the men’s business about five years ago. Now it’s ready to go full force with the launch of its first men’s collection this fall.
The Glendale, Calif.-based company, which got its start in bridal, first began exploring what it could offer men beyond wedding bands by testing larger bands, and saw strong interest.
“What we came to find several years ago is that a lot of the men who were purchasing jewelry for their soon-to-be wife and even some of the same-sex couples purchasing from us, were interested in bands as opposed to just engagement rings,” said vice president of marketing and communications Brooke Brinkman, who is overseeing the men’s division. “Our men’s band business took off. As we study SEO, we’re seeing there’s a great deal of search for men’s jewelry.”
The company, when looking at January through June of this year, saw unique sessions to the landing page for men’s rings jump 1,355.27 percent from the same period last year. Sessions for men’s bracelets were up 77.27 percent for the same six-month time frame this year compared with last year.
Simon G. has built a business around 18-karat and fine platinum, giving the company’s executive team

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Rodarte Teaming With Made for Capsule Collection, L.A. Party

Rodarte is throwing a summer party with the Bangles’ Susanna Hoffs on Aug. 1 in Los Angeles.
The Eighties-themed concert bash is being held in collaboration with Made and Mastercard to celebrate a new capsule collection of “Radarte” pieces incorporating artwork by Los Angeles-based painter Mari Eastman, which will be sold at L.A.’s Fred Segal beginning Aug. 2. The event is expected to draw 300 guests, including friends of Kate and Laura Mulleavy, models, celebrities and fashion notables from the Endeavor agency roster. (The designers are represented by the talent agency, which also owns Made.)
“We are so excited to make these T-shirts and sweatshirts featuring artwork by artist Mari Eastman. We are such fans of her body of work,” the Mulleavys said in a statement of the capsule, which will also incorporate blockchain technology developed by Mastercard.
“Mastercard is happy to be a part of this collaboration. We will address the 94 percent of supply chain leaders who think digital transformation will fundamentally change supply chains for the better with the unveiling of a technology that will help consumers explore the journey of the product and shop with confidence,” said a company statement from Mastercard.
“Fred Segal is at the forefront of retail

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Peter Pilotto and Boss to Show at Milan Fashion Week

MILAN — Just ahead of the summer holidays earmarked for most of the Italian fashion crowd, Camera Nazionale della Moda Italiana today released the first official draft of its Milan Fashion Week schedule, running Sept. 17 to 23.
Among the biggest novelties peppering the calendar, Peter Pilotto, after 12 years of shows in London, will make its official debut in Milan with a show on Sept. 18 at the Teatro Manzoni venue.
“We are very honored to join the Camera della Moda Italiana Fashion Week calendar and engage on this new journey,” said Peter Pilotto, who founded the namesake label with Christopher de Vos in 2007. “We are also proud to represent British fashion abroad in such a key and sophisticated fashion capital as Milan.” The brand in January tapped an Italian chief executive officer, Maia Guarnaccia.
The upcoming Milan Fashion Week will also see the debut of the Boss brand, which will stage a coed runway show Sept. 22 at Tortona Area Lab, as well as of leather specialist Drome, which will relocate its show from Paris.
“I think that we are unveiling a great, strong calendar featuring a great mix of international labels, storied brands and talented emerging designers,” said Camera Nazionale della

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Mr Porter Commits to Mental, Physical Health

LONDON — Mr Porter is launching Mr Porter Health in Mind, an initiative aimed at providing a safe space for consumers to learn and speak about men’s mental and physical health.
Not only will Health in Mind help to raise funds for Mr Porter’s men’s health charity partner, the Movember Foundation, but it will also produce a series of lifestyle features such as stories from industry insiders and advice from mental and physical health experts in Mr Porter’s Journal.
“Mr Porter Health in Mind is a passion project for us as a business and as our audience has grown we’ve become more aware of the importance of making long-term commitment to an overarching cause. We decided to use our platform to support mental health and wellness, a subject that affects all of us, and to build awareness of it through our content,” said Toby Bateman, managing director of Mr Porter.
The content portion will launch online today with features rolling out on a monthly basis. “We’re building stories around positive examples of individuals and groups of men who embody the things in life that keep us happy, and who can share stories on keeping a sound mind and body. We now have a greater purpose

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OVS to Use Only Sustainable Cotton by 2020

GETTING SUSTAINABLE: OVS is taking another step toward a more sustainable future.
The Italian retailer, operating 1,700 stores, said that by 2020, 100 percent of the cotton used for its collections will be sustainable. It will include organic cotton, cotton coming from cultivations certified by Better Cotton Initiative, a nonprofit promoting better standards in cotton farming and practices across 21 countries, as well as recycled cotton.
This significant commitment will enable OVS to save 14 billion liters of water, 15 tons of pesticides and 6,000 tons of carbon dioxide.
OVS was the first Italian company in 2016 to support Better Cotton Initiative, which listed the retailer among the 15 more virtuous companies in the world thanks to its important contribution to the sales of products crafted from materials sourced from more sustainable cultivations.
In addition, with the spring 2020 season, OVS will further increase the use of sustainable alternatives for a range of materials, including viscose produced with cellulose certified by FSC, as well as nylon and polyester obtained recycling plastic bottles.
All these initiatives are part of OVS’ #wecare launched in 2016 and aimed at accelerating the sustainable revolution across the company’s different business units, including product offering, retail and human resources.
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How Halston Became One of America’s Most Iconic Fashion Designers

Halston, one of America’s most iconic fashion designers, is getting the documentary film treatment.
Premiering at the Sundance Film Festival in January, the CNN Films documentary “Halston” centers on the life of the iconic designer during his heyday in the Sixties and Seventies. From “Dior and I” director Frédéric Tcheng, the film includes narration from Tavi Gevinson and commentary from Halston’s close friends, including Liza Minnelli, Elsa Peretti and Pat Cleveland, among others. The film follows the designer to his untimely death in 1990 after battling AIDS-related cancer.
Born Roy Frowick Halston, the designer quickly rose to fame as a milliner, later branching into ready-to-wear, couture, accessories and beauty. He was a fixture in New York’s party scene, specifically at Studio 54, and was closely linked to influential women like Bianca Jagger, Diana Vreeland, Marlene Dietrich and Lauren Bacall.

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Before the documentary’s primetime premiere on Aug. 18, WWD rounded up 11 facts to know about Halston.
1. Halston Began His Career as a Hatmaker
Halston started off his career as a hatmaker in 1953 with his own millinery salon at the Ambassador Hotel in Chicago. In 1958, he moved to New York to work under milliner Lilly Daché before going over to Bergdorf Goodman’s hat

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Men’s Denim Brand Monfrère Expands to U.K.

Los Angeles-based men’s brand Monfrère aims to make its upscale denim the go-to wardrobe piece for day and night, and it’s quickly expanding.
The three-year-old business is now in Selfridges, marking its expansion to the U.K., and has a contract with a Korean distributor, which the company expects will help its presence in the Asian market grow over the next six to 12 months.
Monfrère is sold in 55 doors, including Barneys New York and Bergdorf Goodman, and was cofounded by Sean Rudes — whose father Jeffrey Rudes started J Brand with Susie Crippen — along with Steven Dann. The founder of his namesake men’s shop in New York, Dann is also Sean Rudes’ brother-in-law.
“Sean and I were really discussing denim fits and what we were looking to purchase and wear and both of us had the same requirements,” Dann said of the company’s start.
The two wanted comfortable denim that fit well and could be worn with a T-shirt and sneakers and just as easily transition to a look with a sports jacket. The two scoured the market looking for a brand that fit their requirements, but didn’t turn up anything in line with the description. That was when they said they

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Steven Oo’s Pure Wit in Cashmere Knit

“Stitched in Time” marked the second year that the Chinese yarn-maker, Consinee Group, has held a fashion show in New York City. More than 400 guests attended, including corporate clients of Consinee Group, textile and fashion industry professionals, as well as representatives from the Chinese embassy and the United Nations, among others.
“Here in New York, anything and everything is possible,” said Boris Xue, chairman and chief executive officer of Consinee Group, in his closing remarks to attendees. For knitwear designer Steven Oo, Xue’s sentiment was manifested in the 88 ready-to-wear looks designed for the show, each composed of Consinee Group cashmere yarns, and were draped, fitted, twisted, ribbed and even pleated.
The show was held at Cipriani on Wall Street to celebrate the company’s nearly 20 years of cashmere competency — as the largest exporter of cashmere yarn in China. Consinee Group produces and sells nearly 10,000 tons of high-grade yarns and fabrics a year, with cashmere assuming nearly 20 to 25 percent of the world’s pure cashmere raw material production, according to the company. Clients include Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein, Burberry, Hugo Boss, Max Mara, Chanel, Theory, Michael Kors and Hermès, among other global fashion brands.

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Becca Cason Thrash Sets Benefit for Notre-Dame Cathedral

RAISING THE ROOF: Houston philanthropist Becca Cason Thrash — perhaps best known for her sumptuous Liaisons au Louvre events — is now flexing her fund-raising muscles for Notre-Dame de Paris, ravaged by fire last April.
She is organizing a three-day event in Mexico City that commences on Feb. 27, encompasses an array of rare cultural experiences, and culminates with a black-tie gala and auction at the hilltop Chapultepec Castle, famously used for scenes in Baz Luhrmann’s “Romeo + Juliet” movie in 1996. Those experiences will include tours of the private homes and foundations of iconic Mexican artists Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera and Rufino Tamayo, plus a dinner at the art-stuffed home of Eugenio López, of the Jumex fruit-juice fortune. Tickets are priced at $ 6,000 per person.
Cason Thrash lived briefly in Mexico City in the Seventies when she was a fashion and beauty editor at Mexican Vogue, and is eager to show off its now-thriving art scene and architectural splendor. “A lot of my friends around the world don’t know Mexico City,” she noted.
Impressed by her work for the Louvre, Notre-Dame de Paris had reached out to Cason Thrash about 18 months ago asking for help. “They needed about 100 million [euros] before

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EXCLUSIVE: H&M Teams Up with Angel Chen on First China Designer Capsule

SHANGHAI — H&M is bringing its fashion designer collaboration initiatives to China, and designer Angel Chen has created a 45-piece capsule with the retailer’s design team. The collection is due to hit stores in September.
This marks the first time H&M has worked with a Chinese design talent in pursuit of generating buzz among the local fashion community, as well as tapping into the young, fashion-minded, affluent and well-traveled Chinese speaking consumer since the collection will not only be available in China both online and in stores but also in countries with dense Chinese populations, such as Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines and Canada.
Magnus Olsson, country manager of H&M Greater China, said, “The fashion industry is undergoing a transformation, and consumers are constantly changing. We always aspire to create fashion that offers our local customers something new, delivering a good balance between fashion basics, current fashion and the very latest trends. Therefore, we are experimenting with various ways in different markets around the world to bring outstanding design and products to local consumers.
“Angel Chen is a pioneer Chinese designer brand with its colorful approach to fashion coupled with the brand’s core concept of fusion of Eastern and Western aesthetics,” Olsson said, adding that

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Atlanta de Cadenet Taylor and Fame and Partners Collaborate on Capsule

Atlanta de Cadenet Taylor, the 27-year-old model, DJ and podcaster who’s also the daughter of Duran Duran bassist John Taylor and TV host and photographer Amanda de Cadenet, has a new gig. She’s teaming with Fame & Partners, a Los Angeles-contemporary collection of made-to-order essentials, on a capsule collection, which launches today.
The eight-piece capsule, which is available for a three-month period, is designed to recognize diversity with almost zero-waste sustainable manufacturing. The collection focuses on body inclusivity and will be sold exclusively online at fameandpartners.com.
“It allows us to have capabilities to customize each piece,” said Breanna Warner, who oversees brand marketing for Fame and Partners. She said customers can customize colors, length of the skirts, length of the tops, and size. They can also add straps for support. The pieces are manufactured in China.
Retail prices range from $ 129 to $ 279 and sizes run the gamut from 0-22.
De Cadenet Taylor and the team worked together to create pieces that fit women’s various body types properly.
“Breanna and I are friends and we were talking about doing something for a while, and she was a fan of my podcast,” said de Cadenet Taylor, when asked how the deal came together. “I always wanted

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Moncler Unveils ‘Genius Is Born Crazy’ Campaign With Will Smith

There’s a fine line between genius and crazy, but to Moncler they’re one and the same. The Italian-based company unveiled this morning its new brand campaign, “Genius Is Born Crazy” featuring Will Smith in his first fashion campaign.
Tim Walker photographed the actor levitating in a seated position, wearing a red Moncler down parka, white T-shirt and silver pants. “Levitating,” the first of three campaign stories that Moncler will release, explores the antagonistic relationship between genius and crazy.
“I believe in the power of crazy, and I always give a chance to a crazy dream,” said Moncler chief executive officer Remo Ruffini. “The magic often happens somewhere beyond the ordinary, in the exploration of new horizons that only few see, before others follow. Long live the craziest intuitions when rigor and dedication are there to make them happen.”
Though the “Genius Is Born Crazy” campaign is in support of the entire brand, Ruffini created the separate Moncler Genius project to showcase the brand’s heritage through the vision of other creatives such as Valentino creative director Pierpaolo Piccioli, Craig Green, Simone Rocha, Hiroshi Fujiwara, Matthew Williams and Francesco Ragazzi among others.
Smith is a fitting face of the campaign given his many unique and inspirational

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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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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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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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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.
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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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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.
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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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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.
And although he’s undoubtedly received other job offers through

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