Chrissie Rucker of The White Company Takes Home Veuve Clicquot’s Business Woman Award

LONDON — Chrissie Rucker, founder of The White Company, has received Veuve Clicquot’s Business Woman Award on Thursday Night at London’s Design Museum.
Rucker is the youngest nominee of the global award since 1996, and has been recognized for her achievements in the retail and style industry.
“I’ve always viewed these awards as the most special, and perhaps the closest thing to an Oscar for businesswomen. It’s fantastic to recognize what women are able to achieve today and I think we have Madame Clicquot to thank for paving the way all those years ago,” said Rucker, who is marking her 25th year in the business.
The news comes at an exciting time for the company, which has just secured a new partnership with Nordstrom and a pop-up in the Hamptons.
“We have a new partnership with Nordstrom, and will be going into all of their stores as one of three major home brands. I think we will have six stores open with them by the end of the year. We are planning to double the size of the business in the next five years, with international expansion a big part of that across the U.S., Europe and Australia as well as continuing the U.K.,”

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Marc Jacobs and Grace Coddington Are By the Book at Marc Jacobs’ Madison Avenue Pop-up Store

SIGNED AND SEALED: Marc Jacobs and Grace Coddington greeted a stream of fans at Tuesday night’s signing for their book “Marc Jacobs Illustrated” at the designer’s Madison Avenue pop-up shop.
The Phaidon-published tome highlights 50 collections created by the fashion designer in the past 25 years as illustrated by Coddington. To leave shoppers and passersby with a more lasting image, 18 mannequins showcased archival looks in the storefront windows that were mirrored by Coddington’s oversize illustrations of them on the windows. Jacobs was far from haunted by his past.
“I was just saying to Grace how great it was to see these things again, because I never look at them. I mean, you know, I don’t live in my past. I have no regrets certainly. I just think it’s so nice to see the selection,” he said. “I just love the whole concept of the book and her drawings have such charm. Then when we pulled these clothes out of the archive, when I arrived up here, I said, ‘Wow, they look really good.’
“They do look really good,” Coddington agreed.
The duo has been on the circuit, so to speak. They will chat about their careers and fashion at a Times Talk on

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Timo Weiland Relaunching With Tailored Clothing Focus

Timo Weiland is back.
After nearly two years on hiatus, the label created by Timo Weiland, Alan Eckstein and Donna Kang, is relaunching during New York Fashion Week: Men’s.
The spring collection, which will be focused exclusively on a colorful array of men’s suits, is being brought back by Groupe, a retail concept created by James and Gwendolyn Jurney of Seize sur Vingt fame, which bankrolls independent and emerging designers.
The collection will be shown on June 3 during Agentry PR’s New York Men’s Day at Daylight Studios & Location 05, next to Hudson Yards.
In a preview at Groupe, Weiland said that while each of the brand’s founders has moved on to create other businesses, they were eager to work together again on the Timo Weiland line.
Weiland is working with Noah Gellman on The Lead, a consulting/networking company that connects fashion firms with technology providers. Eckstein next month will launch Everybody Wins, a business that creates sustainable apparel by redesigning overstock, and Kang is working with Megan Wall to create Maer, a direct-to-consumer, inclusively-sized evening wear line for women that also launches in mid-June.
“But we’re still a trio,” Weiland said — at least when it comes to the Timo Weiland collection. The business

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Sofía Vergara Debuts Shapewear That Gives Back, Discusses Wrapping ‘Modern Family’

Sofía Vergara has just demanded to see my skivvies.
“Show it to us!” Vergara says, sipping coffee inside a suite at The Peninsula Hotel in Beverly Hills on a Monday afternoon. The “Modern Family” star is only half-joking. After all, she is both a comedian as well as a cofounder of the underwear subscription service EBY, or Empowered By You.
“What kind of underwear are you wearing?” Vergara’s partner Renata Black inquires, noting that women have often been known to discuss their unmentionables with her. “I’ll be at dinner sometimes and I’ll have somebody pull out their underwear,” she says with a laugh, “and they’ll be like, ‘Look! Mine has holes!’” Vergara has had similar experiences. “My makeup artist just had a baby like six months ago and I’m big breasted, so she was like, ‘Do you have left over bras? Look what I’m wearing.’” Ever the performer, Vergara mimes the motion.
No question, women feel a sense of comfort and intimacy around Vergara. Maybe it’s because they’ve been watching her for nearly 10 years on her Emmy-winning ABC show. Or maybe it’s because she has a genuine ease about her. Even so, while it may feel like girl talk, in actuality, the

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EXCLUSIVE: Lionel Messi to Debut Apparel Collection

Count soccer superstar Lionel Messi as the latest celebrity to launch an apparel collection.
The Argentine athlete, who captains both FC Barcelona and the Argentina national team, has partnered with MGO, a brand portfolio company whose chief creative officer is Tommy Hilfiger’s sister, Ginny Hilfiger, to create Messi.
The premium lifestyle brand with “a sporty edge” will be primarily men’s wear but will include a few women’s tops as well, according to Hilfiger.
The line will launch in July on a global e-commerce site called The Messi Store that will offer teasers of product. A full rollout will begin in August.
Hilfiger said new product will be released each week, but on a limited basis to create “a get-it-before-it’s-gone tactic,” she said. If some pieces become staples, they will be produced in larger quantities.
Hilfiger said there will also be some items in the mix that will be autographed by Messi “so the lucky customer will get a signed Leo piece,” she said.
In mid-September, the brand will partner with Savile Row tailor Richard James as well as the English shoe brand Tricker’s for a small capsule that will be offered at Santa Eulalia, a high-end specialty store in Barcelona that was established in 1843.
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Zac Posen Resort 2020

Zac Posen has had a whirlwind month. He’s currently in Japan celebrating 40 years of Brooks Brothers operations there, before jetting off to Hong Kong and Shanghai for various projects. He dressed a host of guests for the Met Gala, among them Nina Dobrev and Jourdan Dunn, in 3-D-printed “glass” dresses, for which he’s already fielded exhibition requests.
During the look book shoot for resort at his showroom last week, the designer didn’t discount the possibility of incorporating such 3-D-printed elements into his main line. After all, he’s an engineer in his own right — albeit of a different medium — creating garments at the intersection of design and fantasy.
His lineup was heavy on gowns that balanced drama with elegance. Though there were many, it wasn’t repetitive. An array of color, shoulder, sleeve and neck details provided plenty of interest. A black wide-collar silk faille gown featured seaming that perfectly accentuated the body. A pink moire number that could double as a coat had dramatic ruffles as elongated sleeves, while a lightly embroidered green dress kept the volume higher up with short puff sleeves. There was even a sporty accent to a voluminous ombre taffeta gown through paracord ties.
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Justin Bieber Is Making Deodorant

Justin Bieber is now the face of a deodorant.
The singer has teamed with natural deodorant brand, the Unilever-owned Schmidt’s Naturals, to create a new scent called “Here + Now.” Bieber revealed the collaboration today on his Instagram, posting a shirtless photo of himself captioned with: “ready for Here + Now…new collab coming this fall with @schmidtsnaturals.”

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Bieber was involved in the conception of the product, collaborating with the brand on the name, packaging and custom scent — which is yet-to-be revealed. While the product is slated to launch in “fall 2019,” according to the company, there is no specific information on its composition and packaging.
In late March, Bieber announced on his Instagram that he would be taking a hiatus from the music world, instead focusing on his marriage and his mental health. He’s since released a new song, called “I Don’t Care,” with Ed Sheeran earlier this month and collaborated with DJ Khaled on the song, “No Brainer,” for the DJs latest album, “Father of Asahd.”
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Algae Raincoat, 3-D-printed Faux Fur On View at Cooper Hewitt’s Nature-inspired Triennial

TRY THIS AT HOME: An edible algae raincoat and 3-D-printed faux fur are among the innovative concepts on view in “Nature — Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial.”
The twofold exhibition is on view at the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum in New York and the Cube design museum in Kerkrade, Netherlands, through Jan. 20.
Interdisciplinary designer and researcher Charlotte McCurdy developed a carbon negative plastic that is made from marine algae. The bio-based plastic is also biodegradable. Made entirely from food-grade materials, she could eat her raincoat and be totally fine. While artist friends have suggested, “That’s the piece — film yourself eating the raincoat,” McCurdy is not convinced. Her aim is to start conversations with people about how much of the built environment is intrinsically complicit in climate change because of its chemistry. “There is an emerging and in some cases, well-established suite of tools that would allow us to have things like plastic be carbon negative. That changes the story that we are offering to consumers from ‘the best you can to do is be less bad’ to ‘you can start to do good with the things you do, the things you buy, the things you give as gifts,’” she said.
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Mel Ottenberg Helps Critique RISD’s Seniors, Plans Metropolitan Museum of Art Talk

Stylist, consultant and Interview magazine’s creative director Mel Ottenberg helped critique seniors’ work at his alumni Rhode Island School of Design.
Returning to Rhode Island for the first time since 1998 was a bit of a culture shock, he said, “Back then they did it in the RISD auditorium. The models were on stage. You were at a microphone speaking to the critics. It was very formal,” he said. “The reason I went to RISD is because I wanted to find myself outside of New York City. I wanted to figure out what I was about, before being drenched in the world and what everyone else was doing. The students are so different now because of the Internet. They’re really seeing everything the world has to offer all the time.”
But certain skill sets carry on. “The thing I am most proud of going to RISD for is the insane work aesthetic of the people who come out of that school. You really have to be able to work really, really hard to survive there. In general, people who go there have fun working really hard. I certainly do and I feel that I learned that there,” said Ottenberg, adding that this

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Luciano Benetton Speaks Up About Bridge Collapse

SPEAKING UP: Luciano Benetton has opened up about his family business’ alleged involvement in an environmental disaster, which hit the city of Genoa in August last year.
In an interview with Italy’s newspaper La Repubblica on Sunday, the entrepreneur, 84, said “the ethic of responsibility, modernity and respect for the rules are not discretionary, instead they are the condition for survival for any entrepreneur. The bridges’ maintenance and the investments on the highways are mandatory by context rather than by a free intellectual choice.”
As reported, in August, a section of the city’s Morandi bridge collapsed, leading to 43 deaths, hundreds of evacuees and much structural damage. Opened in 1967 and part of the A10 highway linking the French and Italian rivieras, the bridge was maintained and operated by Autostrade Per l’Italia. This is the prime Italian highway player and is 88 percent owned by infrastructure company Atlantia. The Benettons’ family holding company Edizione controls 30.25 percent of Atlantia.
“Believe me, anyone who knows us a bit, has never doubted us, everybody knows we’re not part of that kind of capitalism [stuck] between politics and dishonesty,” Benetton is quoted as saying, adding he has long questioned the conduct of Autostrade Per l’Italia. “I’m sure about

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Giorgio Armani to Hold Signature Men’s Show in June at Storied Via Borgonuovo HQ

HOME SWEET HOME: For the first time in 18 years, Giorgio Armani will show his namesake men’s collection for spring 2020 at his storied headquarters at 11 Via Borgonuovo.
The show is scheduled on June 17 at 5 p.m., closing Milan Men’s Fashion Week, which kicks off on June 14.
Armani took control in 1996 of the stately 17th-century building, Palazzo Orsini, named after the 12th-century family, but in 2001 the designer unveiled offices and his Teatro, designed by Japanese architect Tadao Ando on Milan’s Via Bergognone — in a former Nestlé industrial area, and effectively helping to revamp that part of the city.
The Emporio Armani show will be held at the Teatro on June 15 at 11 a.m.
The designer has most recently been experimenting with different formats and venues. Last September, he staged a coed Emporio Armani show at Milan’s Linate Airport — at the Hangar where the imposing Emporio Armani billboard has been placed since 1996. That was the first time a fashion show was held at that site and it was followed by a Robbie Williams concert.
In February, for the first time, Armani held a coed show for his signature line at Silos, the exhibition space he opened in 2015, opposite the

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2019 Cannes Film Festival: Toni Garrn Cohosts Charity Cannes Lunch With Amend

GIVING BACK: “I first worked here when I did a Chanel cruise show up on that hill, I remember walking down was weird, walking up was weird, too. I love this location and I’ve supported a lot of amfARs here,” said Toni Garrn, slipping into her seat at a charity lunch and auction she cohosted with Amend on Friday on the terrace of the Hôtel du Cap-Eden-Roc, with views across the Mediterranean.
Over 130,000 euros was raised at the event, with event producer Andy Boose auctioning off items including a Terry O’Neill photo of David Bowie and Elizabeth Taylor and a Chopard Happy Love watch. Guests included Remo Ruffini, John Nollet, Ellen von Unwerth and Daria Strokous, with the funds raised going to Amend’s programs for preventing road traffic injuries to children in Africa and the Toni Garrn Foundation, which supports education initiatives for girls in Africa.
In business mode, Garrn wore a pink suit by Victoria Hayes. “I feel like a Barbie,” said the model-turned-actor, whose latest roles include playing a German secret agent in “Spider-Man: Far From Home.”
“I have a very strong German accent, it’s really fun. I get to give Tom [Holland], who plays Spiderman, a new suit because

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Alexander McQueen Pre-Fall 2019

This big, bold collection drew on the industrial north of England, Fifties ballrooms and Eighties punks, with debutante styles strolling alongside tailored, mannish silhouettes. Eveningwear was a hybrid of punk and couture, with fat bunches of tulle sprouting from under the full sleeves of silk, rose-printed tops and double duchess satin dresses with raw, frayed edges. Those dresses were often slashed, with uneven hemlines and bejeweled safety pins, or tough leather belts at the waist. Other dresses glittered with crystal chandelier style adornments or garlands of diamanté jewelry, while slimmer styles were spliced together from wool silk and thick satin.
Daywear was done in sturdy English fabrics, as in a hybrid coat that was part houndstooth, part double duchess silk, while suits came as peg leg trousers paired with jackets that had trompe-l’oeil double lapels. Other wool jackets had built-in, corset-style belts or big flourishes of fabric flaring from one side, while a trench was a patchwork of white gabardine and black–and-white Prince of Wales check. Shapely knit dresses, tops and skirts were modeled on Fifties corsetry styles, while leathers came in a dramatic claret trench or black skirt suit with short, bell-like sleeves.

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2019 Cannes Film Festival: Eva Longoria On Hollywood’s ‘Sisterhood and Community of Information”

CANNES, France — “I was lucky because it was called ‘Desperate Housewives’ and not ‘Desperate Husbands,’” quipped Eva Longoria during a Kering Women in Motion talk at the Majestic Hotel on Friday.
The Time’s Up co-founder, whose activism and charitable work has taken on a sense of urgency since having her son, said that the organization is studying what role it can play in the 2020 elections in the U.S. “We’re trying to figure out how can we have an impact, not only with the presidential election, but in state governments. We see what’s happening in Alabama right now, which is crazy, archaic, not progressive, not American,” she said, referencing that state’s banning of all abortions.
On the goal set by Time’s Up to achieve 50-50 equality in the workplace in Hollywood by 2020, “The statistics are going the wrong way, we’re not improving,” she said.
The actor, director and producer who is directing her first feature, “24-7,” in which she also stars alongside Kerry Washington, talked about her efforts to surround herself with a female-led team and how she used “Desperate Housewives” as a film school.
“It was a decade of my life, I knew I wasn’t reaching my full potential, I’d go

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Lady Gabriella Windsor Chooses Luisa Beccaria for Her Wedding Gown

ORANGE BLOSSOM: Lady Gabriella Windsor, a member of the British Royal Family, wore a custom-made Luisa Beccaria bridal gown for her wedding to Thomas Kingston, held Saturday at Windsor Castle’s St. George’s Chapel.
Fitted at the front, the dress, which was developed at Luisa Beccaria’s couture atelier in Milan, revealed an eye-catching, voluminous back with a long train. Crafted from Valencienne lace in an ecru tone with subtle blush tones, the dress was layered with ribbons of flowers and buds. Featuring a see-through tulle neckline, punctuated by embroideries, the gown had sheer lace long sleeves enriched with embroideries for a 3D effect. 
The bride matched the gown with a white tulle six-meter long veil paired with a diamond tiara, worn by her grandmother, the Princess of Greece, on her wedding day to Prince George, Duke of Kent, fourth son of King George V of England.
“I was so lucky to have my dream dress designed by Luisa Beccaria. She and her team are exceptional and I am thrilled with the stunning result of their craftsmanship,” said Lady Gabriella. “I have been in love with this brand for a long time!”
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Matchesfashion.com, Pellicano Hotels Bring the Tuscan Sun to London

THE PELLICANO BRIEF: There was a sweet scent of Italy in the London air this week, as Brioni reopened its flagship on Bruton Street, with Negronis on tap and an airy, elegant shopfit. Nearby, on Carlos Place, Pellicano Hotels staged a fashionable takeover of the Matchesfashion town house — chefs and all.

<span class="s1">The ground floor of Matches with the “Curated By” holiday looks chosen by Marie-Louise Sciò and Robert Rabensteiner.</span> 
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Matches’ Ulric Jerome and Natalie Kingham, along with Marie-Louise Sciò of Pellicano Hotels and the stylist Robert Rabensteiner, kicked off The Grand Tour Italy, a collaboration that will see Matches take a vacation edit of clothing to a pop-up shop on a Thirties yacht set to sail between the three Pellicano coastal hotels — Il Pellicano in Tuscany, La Posta Vecchia in Rome, and Il Mezzatorre on the island of Ischia in May and June.
Sciò and Rabensteiner also worked on a “Curated By” edit of clothing that adorned the ground floor of the townhouse during the cocktail, which drew guests including Bella Freud, Jane McFarland, Kim Sion, Dena Giannini, Stephen Doig, Daniela Agnelli, Fiona Scarry, Zoe Suen, Niomi Smart, Julia Hobbs, Flora Johnston, and Daisy de Villeneuve.

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Bicester Village Celebrates Ethical Indian Fashion With Latest Pop-up

LONDON — Bicester Village is highlighting creativity, craftsmanship and ethical fashion for its latest pop-up, Celebrating India. Opening Friday and running until May 29, the pop-up not only showcases fashion labels from Manish Arora and Behno, but jewelry and lifestyle products, too.
The boutique has been overseen by Sujata Assomull, contributing editor of Vogue India, who said she wanted to “give a taste of everything that is designed in India,” from fashion and home to jewelry and shawls, the staples of Indian fashion.
“That was really important to us because India has such a vast repertoire. We also wanted to show that Indian fashion is in fact very global, it’s not costume-y and just saris. Indian fashion has really progressed,” said Assomull.
Designers echoed that sentiment.
“What I’m thrilled about is finally the recognition of the creativity of the designers in India, which is so filled with imagination that draws from something so traditional but is also really relevant to a global audience,” she said.
Shivam Punjya, founder of Behno, is also excited to show a different side of Indian fashion. “People don’t necessarily equate Indian fashion with minimalism. We’re a country that’s so known for its intricate beadwork, and for me it’s how I

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Dsquared2, Drake’s OVO Collaborate on Capsule

TEAM CANADA: Dsquared2 has teamed with October’s Very Own, the lifestyle brand founded by Canadian musician Drake with entrepreneur Oliver El-Khatib and longtime producer Noah “40” Shebib, on a men’s capsule collection.
In particular, Dsquared2 founders and creative directors Dean and Dan Caten reworked the OVO signature logo, which, instead of featuring the usual owl, shows two owls — an homage to the idea of duplicity rooted in the Canadian-Italian label, actually established and managed by the Caten twins.
The two owls, combined with the graphic Dsquared2 logo, embellish a range of urban pieces, spanning from a dark indigo jacket, medium blue jeans, a gray hoodie with coordinated fleece track pants, T-shirts, as well as a beanie and a baseball cap.

Dsquared2 x OVO capsule 
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“We have this intuitive cultural understanding between us, we are all from Toronto, Canada power, working with Drake was like creating with the third D, D cubed to the power of three,” said Dean Caten. “We feel that collaborations unify forces from different industries, whether it is fashion or music, coming together is the way to go,” added Dan Caten.
The collection will be available from Friday at OVO’s seven flagships across Canada, the U.S. and in London, as

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Versace Racks Up the Most MIV for Met Gala, According to Launchmetrics

ALL IN THE NUMBERS: The social media hysteria has died down since last week’s Met Gala, and Versace was the big winner as the top brand for media impact value.
This year’s exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute “Camp: Notes on Fashion” fueled all sorts of outrageousness and over-the-topness. Dressing eight VIPs, including Kylie and Kendall Jenner, Jennifer Lopez, Serena Williams and Lupita Nyong’o, helped Versace outdo other designer companies. To walk non-ticket holders through the creative process of each dress’ construction, Versace also shared how-it’s-made videos via the brand’s social channels.
In total, the Met Gala revved up nearly $ 613 million in MIV, with the leading celebrities being Lady Gaga with a total MIV of $ 62.9 million, thanks largely to three Brandon Maxwell wardrobe changes in 15 minutes. In second place was a Gucci-clad Harry Styles at $ 36.8 million in MIV, followed by Thierry Mugler-clad Kim Kardashian at $ 33.6 million in MIV, Moschino’s favorite chandelier and hamburger Katy Perry at $ 33.1 million and Serena Williams at $ 23.4 million.
In the Top Five Brands category, Versace, the sponsor of last year’s record-breaking exhibition “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination,” was followed respectively by Gucci (this year’s sponsor) at $ 39.1 million

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Farfetch President Honored by High School of Fashion Industries

NEW YORK — Farfetch’s first-quarter results weren’t the only event in the online fashion platform’s calendar this week.
That’s because its North America president Jeffrey Fowler was on Tuesday evening honored at the High School of Fashion Industries’ annual fund-raiser and fashion show in Manhattan, which brought in $ 50,000 for the school.
Accepting the Visionary Award, Fowler told the audience of enthusiastic students that ask anyone who knows him, they’ll say there’s a huge element of irony in him accepting any type of reward relating to the industry of fashion — especially if his fourth-grade picture is anything to go by.
“I was the kid standing on the edge with a fresh buzz cut, a pair of oversize thick-lens horn rimmed glasses and to top it all off, a fully emblazoned cub scouts shirt with all the badges,” he said, adding that he’s got nothing against cub scouts and he was proud to be one.
In fact, it might have sparked his interest in fashion as it was where he earned his embroidery and sewing badge.
Fowler, who has worked for Farfetch since 2016, joined the likes of design duo Isabel and Ruben Toledo, fashion personality Tim Gunn, and former senior vice president and fashion

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Marchesa Donates ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Gown to the Smithsonian

Marchesa is having a historic moment.
The brand, established in 2004 by Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig, is donating the blue dress that actress Constance Wu wore in the film “Crazy Rich Asians” to the Smithsonian National Museum of American History. The dress will be presented Saturday during “The Party: A Smithsonian Celebration of Asian-Pacific Americans,” a Los Angeles event hosted by the Smithsonian’s Asian-Pacific American Center at City Market Social House.
The event recognizes the contributions of Asian-Pacific Americans to history and culture across industries, including music, film, sports and culinary arts.
Wu, who played the role of Rachel Chu, wears the dress when she attends a high-profile wedding in defiance of her boyfriend’s disapproving mother. The gown is a floor-length Grecian-style dress made of light blue tulle with floral appliqué, a deep V-neck and a cinched waist. The original version of the dress designed by Marchesa for its fall 2016 collection featured long sleeves, but they were temporarily removed by the film’s production for aesthetic purposes. The museum will receive the altered sleeveless version that appeared in the film.

Marchesa’s original gown from fall 2016. 

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Jonathan Simkhai Resort 2020

On Monday, a year and a half after Jonathan Simkhai first visited Sydney’s Bondi Beach on vacation, he returned to the birthplace of surf lifesaving to present his resort 2020 collection during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia.
Staged at sunset at the North Bondi Surf Life Saving Club, one of Australia’s oldest surf clubs, which was founded in 1906 and reopened in 2013 after a modernist do-over by Sydney architectural firm Durbach Block Jaggers, the show and collection were inspired by what Simkhai calls the “magic hour.”
“When you’re with someone you love and it’s 5 o’clock and the sun’s setting and the person you’re with, their face is glowing and you have a drink in hand and you’re having the best time,” he explained backstage after the show. “I thought how can I make a woman feel like she can put her dress on and be in that moment?”
The answer apparently was via a skin-tight, blush pink napa leather flight suit, which was the collection’s departure point. This was followed by a series of leather wrap skirts, baggy trousers and sexy bralettes with criss-cross straps and tough chic hardware in tan, mustard and black and a jacquard jersey section featuring hand-painted “chain”

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FabFitFun Expands to the U.K.

SELLING THE LA LIFE: FabFitFun, the subscription box service, is crossing the pond and making its lifestyle services available to the U.K.
The move follows an $ 80 million Series A funding completed in January, with the company aiming to use part of the funds toward international expansion.
“We’ve had a lot of interest in FabFitFun from consumers all over the world with a high concentration of interest in the U.K. That, combined with the fact that there are no language barriers, a lot of overlap in cultural interests, and similar seasons, put the U.K. market at the top of our list,” said the company’s cofounder Katie Rosen Kitchens.
The company believes the biggest opportunity lies in the breadth of its services, which extend beyond the subscription box to a streaming service that offers on-demand videos on a wide variety of topics such as cooking, fitness or relationships; members-only flash sales, and access to an active social network.
“We are a lifestyle membership and the subscription box is one component. That’s what’s allowed us to thrive where others have not been as successful,” added Rosen Kitchens, pointing to customers’ ability to customize the boxes they receive and get a taste of the L.A. lifestyle, as

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OTB Foundation Taps Ballerina Eleonora Abbagnato for Charity Event

MILAN — OTB’s Only the Brave Foundation has tapped ballet dancer Eleonora Abbagnato to stage a charity event aimed at raising funds for its social initiatives.
Established by OTB founder Renzo Rosso, the charity organization will host a dancing performance on June 2 at the Teatro Comunale theater in Vicenza.
Dubbed “Puccini,” the piece will be dedicated to the renowned Italian opera composer and feature his most famous arias. In addition to Abbagnato, who’s an étoile of the Opéra National de Paris and the director of the ballet corp of the Teatro dell’Opera in Rome, the cast will include French choreographer and dancer Julien Lestel.
Since its establishment in 2008, Only the Brave Foundation supported about 200 international projects focused on social development with an impact on the life of 200,000 people.
Among the most recent initiatives, earlier this year the organization donated 200,000 euros to fund six projects launched by Italian nonprofits destined to disadvantaged youth and communities or groups.
As reported last year, the OTB Foundation also supported the charity music event That’s Live 2018 in Florence, where Courtney Love performed as special guest. Further strengthening its bond with music, the organization also joined forces with the Andrea Bocelli Foundation inaugurating a middle school complex in

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EXCLUSIVE: Honey Dijon Cues Up Fashion Brand, With Comme des Garçons

QUEEN BEE: Honey Dijon is the latest music figure to take a leap into fashion with a prestigious partner: Comme des Garçons is preparing her first products for release in the coming months, WWD has learned.
Dijon and Adrian Joffe, president of Comme des Garçons International and chief executive officer of Dover Street Market, confirmed they are “working on building a brand together called Honey F—ing Dijon.”
They noted “the first small collection of DJ bags and Ts should be launching this summer or early fall.”
A DJ popular with the fashion crowd, Dijon has 118,000 followers on Instagram and commands huge crowds for high-energy sets that mix various genres of dance music. The most recent one was a sold-out “Brunch in the City” event in Barcelona last weekend.
Dijon has also mixed music for Dior Men’s runway shows and performed at an array of fashion events for brands including Burberry.
DJs seem to be the latest fashion stars, with Peggy Gou recently launching her brand Kirin as the latest recruit of New Guards Group, whose stable includes Off-White designer Virgil Abloh and Heron Preston. Both men are also frequently found behind the decks.

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Iconix to Expand Starter Label in South Korea

Iconix Brand Group Inc. has entered into a three-year licensing deal with Sparks Glencoe Korea Co. Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of Fila Korea Ltd., to expand its Starter athletic brand in South Korea.
Under the agreement, Sparks Glencoe Korea Co. Ltd. will have the exclusive license to design, manufacture and market Starter and the new Starter Black Label footwear and underwear in South Korea. The new Black Label line will launch at retail later this year.
“Iconix’s new licensing deal for Starter is part of our strategy to grow our brands internationally,” said Bob Galvin, chief executive officer and president of Iconix Brand Group, Inc. “This new partnership reinforces Starter’s strong brand recognition around the world, and we look forward to collaborating with the Sparks Glencoe Korea team to further develop the brand.”
Starter, which was launched in 1971, is one of 30 brands in Iconix Brand Group’s portfolio of consumer brands.

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Madison Cox to Receive Rosa d’Oro Prize

A ROSE FOR A GARDENER: Madison Cox is about to join the select circle of winners of Italy’s Rosa d’Oro, or Golden Rose, Prize.
The president of the Fondation Pierre Bergé — Yves Saint Laurent in Paris and of the Fondation Jardin Majorelle in Marrakech is scheduled to receive the award at a ceremony in Palermo, Italy, on May 17, the foundations said in a joint statement on Monday.
The recipient of the prize, established in 1984 by publishing house Novecento, is traditionally chosen by the winner of the previous edition. Cox was designated by the Italian editor and publisher Roberto Calasso in recognition for his decades-long work as a garden designer and his work to preserve Saint Laurent’s legacy.
Cox follows in the footsteps of luminaries such as Jorge Luis Borges, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Pierre Boulez, I.M. Pei, David Hockney and Saint Laurent himself, who won the 2001 edition. The couturier retired in 2002 and died in 2008, leaving behind thousands of drawings and pieces of clothing.

The Majorelle Garden in Marrakech. 
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Until he tied the knot with Bergé, Saint Laurent’s longtime companion and business partner, Cox was best known as a gifted — though ultradiscreet — garden designer with a list of clients

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Delvaux Mounts Magritte Exhibit in New York Store

Delvaux will bring its partnership with the Magritte Foundation Stateside, mounting an in-store exhibit of five René Magritte works that have not yet been seen publicly.
The show, opening Tuesday, is a brand-building exercise, according to Delvaux chief executive officer Jean-Marc Loubier. The Belgian leather goods firm opened its first U.S. store in January, and is interested in building local goodwill through experiential pop-ups in the shop.
Loubier said that Magritte enthusiasts not interested in purchasing a bag are still welcome to come view the works. “We are not arrogant, we are always welcoming people,” Loubier said. “We want people to discover us, our universe. The moment people come to us and enjoy, they have a good memory so they can come back or tell a friend. We want to be appreciated here long-term, that is the development we are doing.”
The Magritte works will be on view until May 24. To mark the occasion, Delvaux has released a new collection of Magritte-inspired accessories — a motif the brand has been working with and evolving over the past few years. Small leather goods and a men’s travel bag bear the artist’s famous rendering of a cloudy sky.

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Pratt Students Help Honor Pyer Moss’ Kerby Jean-Raymond at Annual Fashion Show

NEW YORK — Pratt showcased the work of 17 designers Thursday night at Spring Studios, and honored Pyer Moss’ Kerby Jean-Raymond with the Pratt Fashion Visionary Award.
In an interview Friday, Moss said he hoped students would remember that “the process is supposed to be long and intense, and if they stay the course they will eventually reach the goal and the purpose that was assigned to them by the universe. As artists, we go through the ebbs and flows and sometimes we don’t survive them. I just want them to know that at some point it does get better.”
Jean-Raymond received the award from his mentor Dapper Dan, who can appreciate that sentiment. Over the past four years, the two men have had many conversations and “Sunday talks,” Jean-Raymond said, adding that Dan has always been someone who he could count on pre-Gucci. “We navigated through different fashion industries, but at the end, we ended up in the same place,” Jean-Raymond said.
In addition to researching his next collection for his show in September, the designer said he is working on a signature shoe for Reebok. With his contract with Reebok scheduled to run out this year, the designer said he is

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Christopher Kane Pre-Fall 2019

Marilyn Monroe captured Christopher Kane’s imagination for pre-fall, in particular images of the late actress shot by John Vachon in the Canadian Rockies when the actress was filming “River of No Return” in 1953. The designer fused this Hollywood glamour girl aesthetic with his love of diamanté sparkle, flashes of lace and latex, and the result was an arty, color packed. It was filled with full skirts or midi-dresses with deep V-necks covered in big, scribbled black dots, and jackets with strings of diamanté snaking across the front. Kane built lace into chain-mail tops or whipped it into long-sleeve blouses and dresses adorned with white pearl fringe. There was latex galore, including a feather-light lime green dress with a high collar and diamanté adornments and wacky shoes with inflatable latex straps. The collection took a surreal turn with octopus-inspired sweaters and skinny dresses with multiple arms and then circled back to Marilyn in the form of a candy pink sweatshirt with thrusting Eighties shoulders, adorned with an image of the actress cuddling a white cat.

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Atelier Swarovski Sparkles in Milan

MILAN — The 10 Corso Como concept store in Milan will carry Atelier Swarovski’s fine jewelry collections until the end of May, a first in Italy. This includes three lines designed in collaboration with Penélope Cruz, Stephen Webster and Paige Novick.
The Atelier Swarovski fine jewelry collections are part of Swarovski’s drive toward luxury based on a combination of lab-grown diamonds and emeralds, fair-trade gold and sustainably sourced gemstones. The Atelier is a certified member of the Responsible Jewellery Council, which sets standards for the jewelry supply chain, from mining to retail.
Last year, Nadja Swarovski, executive board member of Swarovski, said the family company started this initiative because it had “been dressing celebrities on the red carpet with crystal jewelry and crystal handbags and actually realized they prefer diamond jewelry versus crystal jewelry.”

Atelier Swarovski fine jewelry pieces 
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Swarovski Created Diamonds were developed through a 20-year laboratory research and “have the same optical, chemical and physical characteristics of mined diamonds,” claims the company. The project is part of Swarovski’s drive to offer “new conscious luxury embracing created stones made using responsible methods that respect human wellbeing and support the preservation of the planet.”
Seven pieces of the Penélope Cruz collection were unveiled on the

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Former Harper’s Bazaar Australia EIC Kellie Hush to Launch Accessories Brand

SYDNEY — After nearly a quarter of a century covering luxury goods through various roles at Australian fashion magazines, Australian editor Kellie Hush is taking aim at the fast-fashion arena via her own accessibly priced accessories line.
On May 24, nine months after the former Harper’s Bazaar Australia editor in chief revealed she was quitting after six years to start her own business, Hush will launch a line of handbags and jewelry called The Way via an e-commerce site, with plans to open five freestanding 800- to 1,100-square-foot brick-and-mortar stores in the Sydney region by the end of the year and 50 stores across Australia within five years.
The store concept has been created by Australian interior designer Rebecca Vulic, a former senior director of global store design for Kate Spade New York.

The launch campaign for Kellie Hush’s new accessories line The Way. 
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Theway.com.au will launch with 800 stockkeeping units. Handbags, which account for 60 percent of the brand’s offer and are all made from fabric or polyurethane, range from 40 to 120 Australian dollars, or $ 28 to $ 84 at current exchange, while jewelry ranges from 15 to 50 Australian dollars, or $ 10 to $ 35.
Hush, the brand’s cofounder, creative director and marketing manager,

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Suitsupply Opens First Store in Paris

PARIS — Suitsupply has landed in France.
A stone’s throw from the Paris Opera, the Amsterdam-based men’s wear retailer has opened its first French store on Rue de La Paix in the 2nd arrondissement.
The 6,450-square-foot space, which was unveiled to the public on Thursday, will carry Suitsupply’s full collections, spanning men’s tailoring, outerwear, shoes and accessories, including the retailer’s newest style, a lightweight silk and wool blend suit, which was debuted in the Paris flagship.
“The decision to open in Paris was a no-brainer, as a big chunk of our online sales come from France,” said founder and chief executive officer Fokke de Jong.
“The French have an ingrained sense of elegance; they approach tailoring in an effortless way,” he continued. “We focus on the more elegant side of men’s fashion — basically, everything that has a jacket on. I think that will resonate well with the French customer.”
The privately held company chose to acknowledge the difficult timing of the opening, which comes a month after the Notre Dame fire: All sales made on the store’s opening day went to the Notre Dame restoration fund.
“If you come to a new city and it’s dealing with something like that, the least thing you can do

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Sies Marjan Expected to Show Men’s in Paris

Count Sies Marjan as the latest brand to make the jump from New York to Paris.
Sources said the buzzy New York-based brand will hold its first men’s-only show in June during Paris Fashion Week. The company declined to comment but an announcement is expected next week.

The label, designed by Sander Lak, a former head of design for Dries Van Noten, has historically shown men’s looks during his women’s show in New York, but a more-intense focus on its men’s collection has prompted the company to opt for the Paris runway where many of the higher-profile brands show.

Sies Marjan launched as a luxury women’s label in 2016 in New York. Lak, a Dutch native, debuted his first full men’s line for fall 2018.
Before spending five years at Dries Van Noten, Lak, a graduate of Central Saint Martins, worked at Balmain in Paris and Phillip Lim in New York. His Sies Marjan brand is known for its use of color, proportion and innovative materials.

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FIT Students Make Strong Statements in 2019 Future of Fashion Show

NEW YORK — Protection from both the elements and the news of the day was how one judge described many of the looks that paraded down the runway at the Fashion Institute of Technology’s 2019 Future of Fashion Runway show.
The show, held Thursday night at FIT, showcased some 99 looks from this year’s students graduating from the school’s Fashion Design BFA program.
In addition to featuring knitwear, sportswear, intimate apparel, special occasion and children’s wear on the runway, this year FIT introduced a Street Style and Athletics Capsule Collection that was presented at the end of the show.
The show, professionally produced by Jack Rich, is supported by a $ 2 million, multiyear gift from FIT alumnus Calvin Klein through the Calvin Klein Family Foundation, as well as the company he founded, Calvin Klein Inc. The show was also supported by Brother International Corp., which supplied FIT with more than $ 100,000 worth of sewing, embroidery and electronic cutting machine products.
The presentation was chockablock with craftsmanship and embellishments, including a chunky handknit coat, a hand-printed bomber jacket, a reflective puffer jacket, a “spaceman” sweater, a gray industrial felt dress, denim patchwork handknit coat, a black shearling bomber with parachute straps, a self-embroidered canvas “Overpopulation” coat,

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Reformation Delves Into Footwear

Los Angeles brand Reformation is now selling footwear with its latest category expansion.
The company on Thursday officially began selling shoes, offering its customers a collection of 11 styles with an opening price point of $ 128. The assortment includes strappy sandals, heels, flats and espadrilles, which the company said were inspired by the Nineties.
“The goal of Ref is to bring sustainable fashion to everyone in all different types of categories, and every year we try to move into one or two categories,” said founder and chief executive officer Yael Aflalo. “We really felt that shoes was the right move. It’s the number-one requested thing from our customers and it also gives us a really good opportunity to shine from a sustainability perspective.”
The footwear release is not a one-off, with the plan to build to monthly releases and then eventually follow a drop cadence in line with the apparel, which is refreshed weekly.

Reformation’s latest category expansion now has it selling it footwear. 
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True to the company’s focus on sustainability, the sourcing team sought out green leather options and did research into components for the soles and insoles. The collection utilizes chrome-free leather and jute. The company also went through a process to

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Chanel Cruise 2020

The invitation for Chanel’s cruise show was printed on a plain white card — symbolizing, perhaps, the blank page facing artistic director Virginie Viard as she prepared to write the next chapter in the history of the house that had been synonymous with Karl Lagerfeld for 36 years.
Guests arriving at the Grand Palais found a similarly low-key ambiance inside the venue. Its soaring steel-and-glass roof all but dwarfed the set, a retro train station where guests sat on wooden benches under signs bearing the names of cities that resonate in Chanel lore: Venice, Saint-Tropez, Rome or Edinburgh, among them.
An impulse kicked in to make a pun: All aboard the Chanel Express! But the space lacked the joyful effervescence of Lagerfeld’s bombastic sets, which invited guests to preen for selfies and journalists to conjure clichés about rocketships, icebergs, cruise liners or whatever phantasmagorical vision he dreamt up for the season.
“It’s very minimal,” one editor soberly observed. The press kit offered the first hint of change. A booklet, printed on glossy paper, featured images shot by Karim Sadli, marking the first time since 1987 that a photographer other than Lagerfeld had lensed the collection.
In it, hints of a lighter, more streamlined take

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The Best Social Reactions to Royal Baby Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor

The wait for baby Sussex is finally over.
On Monday, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, welcomed their first child, a baby boy weighing 7 lbs. and 3 oz. On Wednesday, the couple made their first appearance together as a family in Windsor, later revealing in an Instagram post the baby’s name is Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor.
Read More: See Photos of Meghan Markle’s Maternity Style
The name choice comes as a surprise as British bookmakers saw the most bets placed on more traditional British royal names, like Albert, Arthur, Alexander, James and Phillip. However, the Internet has already started having fun with the name, many making references to the titular character of the Archie Comics series and the CW show it inspired, “Riverdale,” whose main, red-haired character is named Archie Andrews.
Read on to see more social reactions to baby Sussex, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor.

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Caroline Constas Designs Exclusive Capsule at Bergdorf Goodman

CONSTAS CAPSULE: Caroline Constas, the advanced contemporary company, has designed an exclusive capsule for Bergdorf Goodman. The capsule is separate from the seasonal buy at Bergdorf’s, which has carried Constas’ collection for the past three years.
The capsule, which retails from $ 395 to $ 995, is housed in its own 20-by-10-foot pop-in space, located on Bergdorf’s fifth floor. It has a jet-set theme, incorporating the brand’s DNA such as whimsical toile prints, bold stripes and ginghams. The main colors are vibrant orchids, blues and saffron yellow. It’s a one-time capsule.
The capsule, consisting of 12 ready-to-wear and three swim styles, is called Caroline Constas Mer.
The offering will go into Bergdorf’s today and will be available online on Thursday. It will be celebrated at an event at Bergdorf’s Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m., where Constas will be on hand.

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EXCLUSIVE: Randa Acquires Haggar Brand

Randa Accessories is finally making its long-desired jump into the apparel end of the business.
On Tuesday, the New York-based company revealed that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire 100 percent of Haggar Clothing Co. Terms were not disclosed, but the transaction is expected to close on May 31. The acquisition also includes the Tribal women’s brand.
Haggar is believed to have sales of around $ 500 million and Randa revenues of about $ 700 million, so the combined company would have sales of more than $ 1 billion.
Haggar’s headquarters will remain in Dallas and the current management team, headed by chief executive officer Michael Stitt, will remain intact.
A little over a year ago, Randa was locked in a battle with George Feldenkreis to acquire Perry Ellis International. Ultimately, Feldenkreis prevailed but Randa’s management was determined to regroup and find another brand that would allow it to expand beyond accessories, where it dominates the market.
That opportunity arose with Haggar, a privately held, 93-year-old, Dallas-based brand whose founding family sold the business in 2005 to private equity firm Perseus LLC and Taiwan-based Pou Chen, the world’s largest footwear manufacturer, which has been the sole owner for the past several years.
Stitt said Pou Chen had informed him around six months ago that

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The Best Memes From the Met Gala 2019

The Met Gala is always a breeding ground for Internet fodder, and this year’s camp theme proved the perfect catalyst for a number of fashion memes.
With a theme that encouraged bold, over-the-top and, at times, ridiculous looks, the Internet gladly took to turning designer wares into kitschy memes, comparing Kim Kardashians’ custom Thierry Mugler look to a croissant and Katy Perry’s Moschino chandelier to Lumière from Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast,” among others.
Read more: All the Red Carpet Looks at the Met Gala 2019
The Met Gala pink carpet also produced a number of topical memes, referencing HBO’s “Game of Thrones” and Marvel’s “Avengers.” Florence Welch, dressed in custom Gucci, was compared to the Night King from “Game of Thrones,” and Benedict Cumberbatch’s green gemstone brooch was compared to the time stone that his character Doctor Strange protects in the Marvel Studios franchise.
Read on to see more memes from the 2019 Met Gala.

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The Paris Agreement Climate Change Goals Can’t Be Met Unless Fashion Does Better

OUT OF TIME: Despite all the noise — and the genuine changes being made — the fashion industry is losing its enthusiasm for tackling climate change, according to the latest report released by Global Fashion Agenda and Boston Consulting Group.
Industry progress has slowed by a third in the past year. The industry as a whole was awarded just four points in the GFA’s Pulse Score, a baseline score for measuring and tracking sustainability targets of the global fashion industry, compared with the six points awarded in 2018.
The report revealed that since the industry is a net contributor to climate change, the goal of keeping global warming below 1.5 degrees Celsius, as stated in the Paris Agreement, will not be met unless improvements can be made.
“These latest findings emphasize the dire need for the whole industry to join the race and accelerate change now,” said Morten Lehmann, chief sustainability officer at Global Fashion Agenda, the organization that stages Copenhagen Fashion Summit, which is set for later this month.
The report also uncovered that 40 percent of the industry is not able to move into phase two of the Pulse Curve, a five-phase trajectory charting the industry’s social and environmental performance. Phase two

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Istituto Marangoni Strengthens Scholarships Program With New Partnerships

MILAN — Istituto Marangoni is strengthening its post-graduate scholarship program, adding new names to its partnerships’ portfolio.
The initiative aims to assign 25 masters to graduates in fashion, business or marketing, as well as experienced professionals in the industry, and cover half of the post-graduate courses’ fees at the Istituto Marangoni outposts in Milan, Florence, Paris and London.
As reported, to determine the recipients of the first five scholarships, a series of contests was launched in January with Etro, Balmain, Ermanno Scervino, Chantal Thomass and leading furniture firm Poliform.
Now Missoni, Loro Piana, Jimmy Choo and Stephane Rolland are among the names joining the initiative, as well as design players Cappellini and Rossana Orlandi and titles i-D and ODDA.
With Missoni, Istituto Marangoni’s Milanese site developed two contests, dubbed “International digital engagement” and “a new target from emerging trends.” The former invites contestants to present innovative ideas for digital strategies and campaigns able to engage international consumers, while the latter asks designers to indicate emerging trends and identify a specific target for the M Missoni line.
The “Boost your menswear design” project developed by Loro Piana invites applicants to develop a digital portfolio representing a capsule collection for the brand that targets the Chinese market

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Accessories Council Announces 2019 ACE Award Honorees

The ACE Awards will be held in New York on June 10 at Cipriani 42nd Street. The Accessories Council will again toast leaders in the accessories category and has already set honorees for the evening.
Winners include 10 Corso Como, for the retail influencer award; the Breast Cancer Research Foundation for the philanthropy award; Ciara for the style icon award; Columbia Sportswear for the legacy award; Jackie Demeterio for the style ambassador award; Kering Eyewear for the Business Visionary Award; Rachael Ray for the business launch award; Rent the Runway for the retail innovative award; Saks Fifth Avenue for the retailer of the year award; Sperry for the sustainability award; Steve Madden for the Visionary Award, and Todd Snyder for the designer of the year/collaboration award.
The 2019 president’s award will be given to Steven Roberts and RJ Graziano.
Awards sponsors include Coterie, Marchon, Sperry, Caleres, Collection 18, Judith Leiber, LIM College, Ross, Signal Brands, Swarovski and TJX.
Accessories Council president Karen Giberson said of the winners: “Our 2019 ACE Award honoree lineup is an extraordinary mix of retailers, brands and individuals who exemplify excellence in the industry and continuously find new ways to grow a business, and we can’t wait to celebrate their

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Coach Goes Underground With Graffiti Artist Partnerships

UNDERGROUND VIEW: Coach has tapped a series of British graffiti and rave culture artists to re-create its monogram and create new visuals, from a more creative, underground lens.
The project will kick off this weekend, with the release of fly posters, by the East London-born graffiti artist Pez.
The brand said that it was drawn to Pez’s “utopian dreamscapes” and the way his artworks for legendary U.K. raves have become icons for the rave movement and were often found in fans’ bedroom walls.
For the project, Pez incorporated the Coach monogram into one of his signature, dreamlike landscapes which features a surrealist glass floor with the brand’s monogram on it and a summer sunset sky with a pair of eyes flying around, enveloped by the Coach double “C” logo.
The posters will be scattered around various locations in London this weekend.
This is not the first time the brand has stood behind British talent, having also collaborated on a range of bags with the up-and-coming designer Matty Bovan last year.

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Prada Resort 2020

“Simplicity is rebellion.”
So said Miuccia Prada during a preview of the resort collection she showed on Thursday night. Prada referred specifically to the clothes, which she described as “naïve, cotton, simple,” but the thought extended to the event itself. At a moment when, in the luxury sweepstakes for sales and social media attention, her primary competition rents out major world monuments and airline terminals, Prada preferred to show at home. Or at one of her homes. In this case, her brand’s New York headquarters on 52nd Street overlooking the Hudson River. “I like to do the shows in my own spaces,” she said.
Yet while Prada may reject (for now at least) the kind of extravagant wanderlust of her competitors, this was no quiet little soiree. A star-studded guest list including Elle Fanning, Shailene Woodley, Uma Thurman, Naomi Watts, Joel Edgerton, Anderson Paak, Hailee Steinfeld, Marc Jacobs, Char Defrancesco and Sofia Coppola turned out, many reveling through four stages of festivities: boisterous pre-show cocktail, show, post-show informal dinner, after party.
Simple in its open concept and egalitarian flow — OK. Low-key — definitely not, offering an Instagrammable someone or something at every turn. Within that framework, Prada presented a lineup she characterized as simple

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Dolly Parton Signs Global Licensing Deal With IMG to Develop Fashion, Accessories and Home

HELLO DOLLY: Considering the vastness of Dolly Parton’s business ventures, the fact that IMG is now her first exclusive global licensing representative is an eye-opener.
The eight-time Grammy winner, who has been a client in North America of IMG’s partner company WME since last year, plans to delve into fashion, jewelry, accessories and home goods through the new deal. The multiyear pact is set up to help the country music star develop a lifestyle brand. But the truth is, she already is that and more. Gucci’s Alessandro Michele designed a sleeveless jean jacket emblazoned with her name and image on the back for the luxury label’s spring 2019 collection.
Aside from knowing how to make a statement on stage — wigs, sequins, bright colors and body-accentuating silhouettes — Parton also grasps what it takes to execute those ensembles. She and her creative director and wardrobe designer Steve Summers have reportedly been known to create about 300 outfits each year — down to every shoe and accessories.
Beyond her 1.8 million Instagram followers, Parton presents to IMG a built-in fan base. Five years ago, she passed the 100-million mark for records sold, and Parton continues to churn out country music, books and all kinds

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Sterling Ruby: Pitti Uomo a ‘No Brainer’ to Debut Collection

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Los Angeles artist Sterling Ruby gave away little about the ready-to-wear label he’s set to launch in June during a breakfast for the upcoming Pitti Uomo save for one detail: the dark denim pair of jeans he was wearing from S.R. Studio. LA. CA., which he paired with a black hoodie.
The only other hint that’s been stated publicly in an announcement on the collection is it is to serve as a reinterpretation of American workwear.
The L.A. artist is a special guest of the trade show, presenting his first apparel collection — some 10 years in the making — at a June 13 event.
Ruby stood before media and other guests just ahead of breakfast being served.
“I’ve been interested in making clothes…for some time and most of it has been just kind of a private endeavor,” he said. “For the most part, it’s been something very internal. But over the last 10 years, I’ve started to understand the desire and the reasons why I was doing this to begin with, and I also started to work with people in the fashion industry, in the garment industry, from both owners of big luxury houses to the youngest designers.”
That’s included a

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Dennis Basso Opens First Store in Qatar

An outdoor plaza shopping center anchored by Galeries Lafayette is the home to Dennis Basso’s first store in Doha.
Basso’s 1,800-square-foot unit is near the Cartier, Graff and Van Cleef & Arpels boutiques. Back in New York, the designer said Friday that he hopes this first store will lead to others in the Midde East. The opening was made possible through the Ali Bin Ali Holding company. Designed by Ali Bin Ali’s in-house team, Basso said the decor consists of a range of cream-colored interiors with pale gray marble and vaulted high ceilings. It is also a corner store, which allows for greater visibility, enhanced by the valet car service offered near the store’s entrance.
One of the greatest features from the designer’s point of view is the outdoor air conditioning provided by cool air that is blasted upward through grates. While Qatari woman generally wear abayas and head scarves on the street, their attire tends to be more colorful or embellished when at home, at special events or traveling. “When they’re going to a gala, they really want to be gala,” Basso said, adding that his collection was well-received at the launch, which included a dinner and an in-store event.
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Tiffany & Co. Brings Pop-up Café Concept to Beverly Hills

BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY’S: Tiffany & Co.’s Blue Box Café concept makes its way for a brief stint in Beverly Hills this weekend.
The company said the temporary café marks its first pop-up café in North America and marked the occasion Friday morning with a breakfast hosted by Zoe Saldana.
The café pop-up, dubbed The Tiffany Café at Beverly Hills, will serve breakfast Saturday and Sunday and is modeled off the New York store’s The Blue Box Café, which bowed in 2017.
“Our flagship in Beverly Hills provided the perfect opportunity to introduce the brand’s first pop-up dining experience, and its unique execution speaks to the wit and creativity of Tiffany for our clients in this important market,” Tiffany & Co. chief artistic officer Reed Krakoff told WWD in a prepared statement.

Zoe Saldana hosted a breakfast marking the opening of The Tiffany Café at Beverly Hills. 
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The Tiffany Café was built out on the Rodeo Drive store’s patio. The company also set up a complimentary coffee cart within the Via Rodeo luxury shopping district running along Rodeo Drive.
Krakoff had earlier said in an announcement on the coming café that it serves as “a new take on what it means to be a luxury brand

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Barry and Sheryl Schwartz Feted at FIT for Donation and Scholarship Fund

It was a Calvin Klein reunion of sorts Thursday night, when Barry Schwartz, co-founder and former chairman of Calvin Klein Inc., and his wife Sheryl were honored at the Fashion Institute of Technology.
The Schwartzes donated to the Museum at FIT three sample coats that launched the Calvin Klein Inc. business in 1968. In addition, the Schwartzes have established a scholarship fund at FIT in their name, which will provide full tuition support to a student in financial need through all four years of their undergraduate studies at FIT.
Two of the original wool coats (a pale teal double-breasted version and a brown single-breasted) were launched for fall 1968, and one (a black-belted coat) was launched for the holiday season a few months later. The items, which were on display, had been in the Schwartzes’ cedar closet at their farm in Granite Springs, N.Y., where Sheryl has amassed a vast collection of Calvin Klein clothing over the years.
The inspiration behind the display came from the facade of the York Hotel, where Klein and Schwartz started the brand in room 613. After months of putting the line together, the label took off after Donald O’Brien, vice president of Bonwit Teller, saw a coat

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Bob Mackie to Receive Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2019 CFDA Fashion Awards

Bob Mackie, the costume and fashion designer who has dressed some of the most glamorous entertainers in the world, will receive the Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2019 CFDA Fashion Awards on June 3.
The event will be held at the Brooklyn Museum.
Mackie will be honored for his contributions to American fashion. Over the years he has designed for such Hollywood stars as Cher, Bette Midler, Liza Minnelli, Carol Burnett and Diana Ross. His career spans five decades and includes nine Emmy award wins and three Academy award nominations.
Mackie began his career as a sketch artist for costume designers in film, which led him to designing the wardrobes for Mitzi Gaynor, Ann-Margret, “The Carol Burnett Show,” Cher’s concert tours and theatrical productions including “Lorelei” with Carol Channing, “On the Town” with Bernadette Peters and “Minnelli on Minnelli” with Liza Minnelli.
Most recently, Mackie designed more than 600 costumes for “The Cher Show,” which opened on Broadway last December. His work on the show earned him a 2019 Tony Award nomination for Best Costume Design of a Musical.

Bob Mackie sketches of wardrobe pieces for ‘The Cher Show.’ 
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In 1999, the Museum at The Fashion Institute of Technology honored Mackie’s enormous contribution to

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Dior Cruise 2020

MARRAKECH — Cultural appropriation is dead. Long live cultural appreciation!
That was the message of the Dior cruise show staged here on Monday night, which saw creative director Maria Grazia Chiuri collaborating with a host of guest designers from the African continent and beyond in a shared tribute to craftsmanship.
The location of the display, the remains of the magnificent El Badi Palace, spoke of ancient dynasties and rulers. The clothes themselves were a dialogue with the world of today, a celebration of globalization and inclusivity.
Celebrities including Jessica Alba, Shailene Woodley, Lupita Nyong’o and Diana Ross were among the roughly 800 guests who took in the mega-production, staged shortly after sunset around a water basin dotted with dozens of candles and seven flaming braziers.
To a hypnotic soundtrack of Jajouka musicians, accompanied by British electronic band The Orb, a diverse cast of models walked in more than 110 looks ranging from African wax separates to black evening gowns that carried a whiff of Yves Saint Laurent, the former Dior designer who considered Marrakech his second home.
Alba, flanked by her husband Cash Warren, was fresh off celebrating her 38th birthday the night before at a welcome dinner held at the neighboring Bahia Palace in a

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True Religion Looks to Allen Onyia to Reassert Itself in Streetwear

LOS ANGELES — True Religion said Wednesday it hired Allen Onyia, the founder of the online magazine UpscaleHype, to serve as artistic director of the brand.
Onyia cofounded the site UpscaleHype in 2008 with his brother Kyle Onyia, focused on coverage of high-end men’s wear and celebrity fashion. The site includes some commerce with items such as Fear of God sneakers, along with accessories and UpscaleHype-branded product for sale.
The hire is a bid to tap an aesthetic relevant today in streetwear and what the company said is a move to reposition itself back in the category.
“The whole point of this [hire] is it really signals a sea change for the company and its progression into the future,” said chief executive officer Chelsea Grayson. “This is a real line in the sand and I was intent on that when I joined the company.”
The significance of Onyia’s hire is in the company’s aim to return to its roots in streetwear, Grayson added. It’s one of several steps being taken that includes a transition to limited-edition drops. On the product side, there will be less denim and more crewneck T-shirts, crewneck long-sleeve shirts, sweatshirts, outerwear and elevated fabrications, Grayson added, noting that pricing will

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Southern Tide, Reyn Spooner Partner on Capsule

Southern Tide is teaming with heritage Hawaiian surf brand Reyn Spooner on a special capsule collection for spring.
The Southern Tide x Reyn Spooner collection offers an updated take on the Aloha shirt and is being released today. The shirts will feature quick-dry technology, UV protection and moisture-wicking properties.
Lynne Koplin, chief executive officer of Reyn Spooner, said the collection “combines the Aloha and Southern state of mind…by embracing new technology while maintaining our brand’s rich heritage.” Reyn Spooner was founded in 1956.
Christopher Heyn, ceo of Southern Tide, said, “The Southern Tide x Reyn Spooner collection was a long time in the making. Reyn Spooner’s inspiration has stayed with me over the years, and we’ve been waiting for the right time to collaborate with this legacy brand. The collaboration was very well received during market especially with our specialty accounts and destination markets.”
Top wholesale sellers included the Island Time Sport Shirt, Floral Sport Shirt, Wave Print Polo and the Floral Swim, he said.
The collection of sport shirts, polos, T-shirts, swimwear and children’s wear will be sold at specialty retailers as well as at Southern Tide Signature Stores and online. They will retail for $ 32 to $ 110.

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Madison Square Boys & Girls Club Luncheon Raises Over $200,000

NEW YORK — A raft of well-heeled Manhattan socialites gathered at the Metropolitan Club next to Central Park on Tuesday for the Madison Square Boys & Girls Club’s annual Style of Life luncheon — and they certainly didn’t forget to bring their purses with them.
The fundraiser, which was held in the club’s ornate ballroom facing Fifth Avenue, raised over $ 200,000 through a silent auction and raffle, double the amount seen in 2017. Donated prizes up for grabs this year included a luxury Belize vacation, a Canyon Ranch getaway and a Peloton.
Among the 200 guests in attendance were SoulCycle chief executive officer Melanie Whelan, who made a beeline for guest of honor Sam Kass, the former White House chef and senior policy adviser for nutrition under the Obama administration, to no doubt chat all things health and fitness.
Kass told WWD that his involvement in the charity, which organizes extracurricular programs for children and teens in many of New York’s most underserved communities, stretched back to his time at the White House.
“I know how important their work is in that critical gap in the afternoons where many of the kids go astray — not just for health, but everything else as well,”

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Dôen Fetes Net-a-Porter Collab, Announces First Retail Store in L.A.

Margaret and Katherine Kleveland gathered supporters of their four-year-old Los Angeles clothing brand Dôen at Gjelina restaurant Monday night to toast their first capsule collection for Net-a-porter.
The two sisters, who built their brand of romantic, Victorian-inspired prairie blouses and dresses through a collective of female tastemakers and social media reach, also shared that they will be opening their first permanent brick-and-mortar retail store this summer at Brentwood Country Mart.
“We just got the keys today,” said Katherine, twinning with Margaret in Dôen all-white dresses on the rooftop of the Venice, Calif., restaurant. “We’re very excited to be in Irene Neuwirth’s company,” she said of the L.A. jewelry designer’s new store in the retail center, where Dôen had a pop-up store last year.

Margaret and Katherine Kleveland 
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But first, they were there to celebrate the 15-piece Net-a-porter capsule launched this week, which retails from $ 135 to $ 305, and includes blouses, summer frocks and sundresses in “crispy sun-dried” cottons; “salt,” “prairie blue” and “nutmilk” solid hues, as well as allover ditzy poppy and garden blossom prints.
“It’s a treat for everyone to be able to be here and be together,” said Katherine of the dinner party, which started with an acoustic performance by Primrose Forever

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Scott Jameson Joins Carbon38 as Chief Operating Officer

Carbon38 has hired Scott Jameson as chief operating officer, overseeing operations, finance, retail and strategy.
The post is a new one for the e-commerce company that specializes in what it calls “performance fashion.” Jameson is based in Carbon38’s Culver City, Calif., headquarters and reports to Katie Warner Johnson, Carbon38 cofounder and chief executive officer. Carbon38 is one of several tech-centric activewear brands vying for market share in the increasingly crowded market with Outdoor Voices, Bandier and Fabletics among the others.
Most recently, Jameson served as chief operating officer and chief financial officer at The Collected Group, home of the Joie, Equipment and Current Elliot labels. After Jameson exited the company in November, The Collected Group’s ceo James Miller took on Jameson’s former responsibilities, according to a company spokeswoman.
Jameson said he aims to bring “some process and structure” to Carbon38, as in listing the 10 biggest initiatives that are going on in the company and building the working teams, meeting and documents among other things. “We have so much data and information that we’ve gathered from Day One in this company. We’re spending a lot of time culling that information to really try to understand the customer better to segment them in certain

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Joe’s Blackbook Scholarship Foundation Names Two Winners

TWO FOR THE ROAD: As part of its ongoing commitment to support the next generation of designers, the Joe’s Blackbook Foundation has awarded two $ 10,000 Scholarships — one for women’s wear and the other for men’s wear. Juniors at top U.S. design schools compete via a project. Designers judge the submissions in a two-stage process. Six finalists are selected to present in front of a panel of judges each April.
Joe’s Blackbook founder Joe Medved cooked up the idea for the scholarship foundation in 2011. Juniors from such schools as Parsons, Fashion Institute of Technology, Pratt Institute, Rhode Island School of Design, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Savannah College of Art and Design, University of Cincinnati, Academy of Art University, Otis College of Art and Design and the California College of the Arts were in the running for this year’s scholarships.
This year’s winner for the women’s competition is Aaron (Kam Shun) Mak from Parsons and the winner for men’s wear is So Jung (Hailey) Kim from California College of the Arts. The other finalists were Hannah Hong of Otis and Rainie (Yuting) He of Parsons. The other men’s wear finalists were Dias Amenov of F.I.T. and Randy (Chi Ho)

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Reformation Expands Wholesale Distribution to Net-a-porter

After a successful holiday capsule collection in 2016, Reformation plans to start selling Net-a-porter, effective today.
Reformation, whose only other wholesale partnership is with Nordstrom, is known for its sustainable fashion. Reformation has 13 stores in New York, California, Florida, Massachusetts and Washington, D.C., with a pop-up planned for East Hampton this summer.
Net-a-porter will offer Reformation’s 11 signature styles, retailing from $ 98 to $ 268, in various exclusive colorways and sustainable fabrics. The offering includes linen dresses, snakeskin skirts and wide-leg pants. New items will be introduced on the site on a monthly basis. This is a long-term, permanent partnership.
Based in Los Angeles, Reformation is known for its recycled and eco fabrics,  recycled hangers in stores and eco-friendly packing for home shipments.

A Reformation look at Net-a-porter 

Yael Aflalo, founder and chief executive officer of Reformation, explained why she wanted to expand her distribution via Net-a-porter. “Our mission at Reformation is to prove that fashion and sustainability can coexist and our partnership with Net-a-porter furthers that mission. We admire Net-a-porter for their innovative approach to fashion retail and because of their ability to build an amazing roster of brands. We’re really excited to permanently join the Net-a-porter family and bring Reformation to their customers

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Austrian Upcycling Label Wins Hyères Festival

HYÈRES, France — Will his be the next fashion fairy tale?
Austrian designer Christoph Rumpf scooped the Première Vision Grand Prize at the 34rd edition of the Hyères International Festival of Fashion and Photography, which wrapped on Sunday, winning over a jury headed by Chloé creative director Natacha Ramsay-Levi.
Rumpf, who is in his fourth year at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna, came up with a rich men’s wear collection of oversized shapes and multitextured pieces created entirely with upcycled and dead stock material, mostly found at flea markets in Austria and France.
Ninety percent of the collection was made of repurposed textiles, such as Persian carpets, Lurex jacquard and pristine cotton, embellished with beaded trims from old belly-dancing costumes, crystal pendants from chandeliers and bone jewelry sourced on various market stalls.
“The real challenge for a designer nowadays is to know where his fabric comes from,” said Rumpf, whose internship under British designer Craig Green was visible in some of the more voluminous silhouettes, held up by intricate darting and internal constructions.
For one of his looks, an angular suit with exaggerated shoulders assembled by stitching pieces of carpet together, the 24-year-old pointed out a sturdy structured waist holding the construction, the

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Self-Portrait Pre-Fall 2019

According to designer Han Chong: “Self-Portrait is made for women who want to look and feel effortless all the while being the best dressed in any room. For pre-fall 2019, the collection consists heavily of our signature lace with a touch of newness such as leopard print devoré and sequins. The millinery alleys of Jerusalem inspired the vibrant pops of cadmium yellow and cherry matching the heat of the summer.”

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J.Hilburn Adds Chief Marketing Officer

Casey Shilling has been named chief marketing officer of J.Hilburn, a custom men’s wear brand.
She will join chief executive officer Andy Janowski, a former chief operating officer of Burberry and ceo of Smythson; chief operating officer Joe Dixon, a onetime senior vice president of Brooks Brothers and the former ceo of Size Stream, and chief creative officer Simon Kneen, the former executive vice president of design and creative director for Banana Republic, at the Dallas-based company.

Shilling said she will work with the management team to “increase our stylist network and transform the company into an omnichannel business, increasing brand awareness to attract new customers and deepening engagement with our loyal base of clients.”
Janowski said Shilling’s “deep experience in building lifestyle brands will be instrumental in telling our disruptive custom-made story. She is a rare combination of digital, strategy and creative. She has a keen focus on driving results and is a tremendous culture fit. I look forward to watching her grow the business alongside our strong leadership team.”
Shilling most recently served as chief marketing officer of Zoës Kitchen, a fast, casual Mediterranean restaurant group with more than 260 locations nationwide. While at Zoës, she led the brand’s digital efforts and

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Anna Sorokin Found Guilty of Grand Larceny

Anna Sorokin has been found guilty of grand larceny.
Sorokin, who posed under the fake name of Anna Delvey and stole more than $ 200,000 from investors, banks and many of her friends, was convicted on Thursday on multiple charges, including one count of first-degree attempted grand larceny, second-degree grand larceny and theft of services, after a monthlong trial in State Supreme Court in Manhattan, according to the New York Times. She faces up to 15 years in prison.
The 28-year-old was charged in 2017 after posing as a fake German heiress and New York socialite, swindling bank loans and funds to pay for her lavish lifestyle, which included stays at luxury New York hotels, international getaways and her designer wardrobe.
She had also attempted — and failed — to raise a reported $ 22 million to open an exclusive arts club in Manhattan, which she received another charge of first-degree grand larceny. The jury found her not guilty for this charge.
Aside from the charges, Sorokin’s court appearances made headlines due to her sartorial choices. Per GQ, Sorokin’s lawyer, Todd Spodek, hired stylist Anastasia Walker to help dress Sorokin for her court appearances in designer labels such as Michael Kors, Saint Laurent and Victoria Beckham,

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Busy Philipps, Irene Neuwirth and Peter Pilotto Celebrate Capitol L.A. Opening

“Forget Coachella — Ren Faire, that’s the only way I want to dress. Mark my words, it’s the next thing,” said Busy Philipps, nodding approvingly at Capitol boutique founder Laura Vinroot Poole dressed like a fair maiden in a Peter Pilotto square-neck liquid organza gown, a blonde braid wrapped around her head.
Philipps took time off her late-night talk show “Busy Tonight” to join Poole and L.A. jewelry designer Irene Neuwirth to celebrate their newest venture — the opening of an outpost of the Charlotte, N.C.-based Capitol boutique at the Brentwood Country Mart. The Peter Pilotto designers came over to L.A. to join the festivities, hosting a pre-dinner trunk show at the store, which has a shop-in-shop full of Neuwirth’s nature-inspired fine jewelry.

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“Our work brought us together and we became friends. There is such a synergy. We are both so drawn to color,” said Pilotto of how his vibrant prints mix with Neuwirth’s surf-and-sky-inspired gemstones. “I remember in school, Peter had such a fascination with opals,” added Christopher de Vos.

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Simon Shifts Into High Gear for Indy 500

With headquarters  in Indianapolis — the racing capital of the world — it’s no wonder that Simon Property Group developed a strong affinity for the sport. The 103th Running of the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday, May 26, has put the shopping center developer and operator into overdrive with a slate of racing-related initiatives at its Indianapolis-area properties.
At the Fashion Mall at Keystone on Wednesday Simon partnered with Saks Fifth Avenue to host a kickoff event for the big race. There was fashion, food and racing luminaries. Simon Pagenaud, the Team Penske driver and the 2016 NTT IndyCar Series champion, and IndyCar drivers Ed Carpenter, Spencer Pigot and Kyle Kaiser were among those in attendance. WWD is owned by Penske Media Corp.
Guests at Saks sampled dishes prepared by local chefs. It was a preview of the cuisine that will be served at Rev, an event that attracts about 3,000 enthusiasts, including Indy car drivers and racing legends, raising money for the trauma and critical care programs at Indiana University Health Emergency Medical Center at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
To fuel interest in the race, Simon, the Speedway, NTT IndyCar Series and Rev have launched a contest, asking shoppers to dress in white

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American Apparel Pulls Back on Los Angeles Store Plans — for Now

LOS ANGELES — American Apparel has tabled plans to reenter retail via a Los Angeles store as it focuses on continuing the momentum within other areas of its business.
The company continues to still have a leasehold on the Melrose Avenue location where it intended to open the store.
“We’ve been really focused on solidifying the brand’s e-commerce B2C web site and platform, expanding its reach to over 220 countries around the world,” said Garry Bell, vice president of corporate marketing and communications at American Apparel parent Gildan Activewear Inc. “These initiatives allowed us to substantially increase sales online year-over-year and we look forward to keep[ing] the momentum going.”
Bell went on to say growing the company’s imprintables business in England, Europe, Canada, Japan, Australia and New Zealand is also an area of focus.
The store isn’t off the table and “as we continue to assess other opportunities, we will reviews the plans for the store,” Bell said.
Gildan’s acquisition of the American Apparel business, which filed for bankruptcy twice in less than two years’ time, included the company’s intellectual property and some inventory. The chain of stores were left off the negotiating table, largely seen as a drain on the business at the time.

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Berluti to Collaborate With Sotheby’s on Online Auction

LONDON — Berluti, the LVMH-owned men’s wear and leatherware-maker is partnering with the world’s largest auction house Sotheby’s for an online sale, titled “Berluti: The Art of Craftsmanship.”
The auction is opened for bidding until May 7 on sothebys.com, with the full exhibition on view at Sotheby’s Paris premises till April 29. It features a selection of items hand-chosen by Sotheby’s specialists, which “pay tribute to the pillars of Berluti’s heritage and proficiency. Specifically, the distinct handcrafted Berluti patina and the exclusive Venezia leather, introduced by Olga Berluti in the 1980s,” the brand said.
The sale aims to offer collectors a unique opportunity to acquire rare pieces from landmark moments throughout the shoemaker’s history.
The standout lot is a Porsche 911 S Targa sportscar from 1973, fully customized in an exclusive Berluti patinated leather interior with nearly 500 hours of crafting and a reserve price at 140,000 euros.
Other prizes in the auction include Triumph Bonneville T120 motorbike, luxury items signed by soccer players Didier Drogba and Paul Pogba and model Natalia Vodianova.

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Penney’s Changes Chief Men’s Merchant

The changes are continuing at J.C. Penney.
James Starke, the company’s longtime head of men’s wear, has exited the retailer and has been replaced by Jeff Useforge.
Useforge, whose title is senior vice president and general merchandise manager of men’s and children’s, will oversee the company’s private and national brands. He was formerly vice president and divisional merchandise manager of men’s, big and tall, activewear and team apparel for Penney’s. Before that, he was a senior buyer of big and tall and The Foundry, a big and tall concept that it had once hoped to roll out as a chain.
Useforge has more than 30 years of retail experience and began his career with Mercantile Department Stores. He also spent five years with Saks Inc. in the Proffitt’s and McRae’s division, where he was gmm of men’s and children’s. He has also worked for Bon-Ton and Kohl’s.
Starke had spent 13 years at Penney’s, mainly in the men’s department. His most recent role was senior vice president and senior gmm of men’s, children’s, jewelry and home, according to his LinkedIn profile. He joined Penney’s in 2005 after spending eight years at Foley’s in Houston, also primarily in the men’s area.
He could not be reached

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Nike to Open New U.K. Headquarters at London’s King’s Cross

NIKE’S LONDON MOVE: Nike is slipping on its running shoes and heading north to King’s Cross in London. It plans to move its headquarters to the new development there, joining Google, Facebook, Universal Music and LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, which have already moved in, or are set to settle into the neighborhood.
At more than 60,000 square feet, the new Nike headquarters will be nearly double the size of the current one on Wardour Street in Soho. The company is due to move into the new building next year after building work is complete.
A real estate source has confirmed British media reports that the new location will be S1, a building in King’s Cross that is under construction, on the corner of Handyside Street and Canal Reach.
The London-based French architect Michel Mossessian, who worked on the NATO headquarters in Brussels and on the Marks & Spencer head offices in London’s Bayswater, is designing the Nike building.
He is also working on the adjacent building, which has already been pre-let to Google.
The Nike offices will be in close proximity to the recently opened retail space, Coal Drops Yard, and near King’s Cross and St. Pancras train stations. Central Saint Martins is also

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Noma T.D. RTW and Men’s Fall 2019

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Main message: Masako Noguchi and Takuma Sasaki have been designing their brand for more than a decade, but their latest collection was the first one they presented at Tokyo Fashion Week. First they showed a short film directed by Rinko Kawauchi with music by Hiroshi Fujiwara. Titled “Harmony,” it showed simple, everyday scenes at a family country house and the surrounding wilderness as winter changes to spring.
Next, a black curtain opened to reveal eight models in relaxed, outdoorsy Noma T.D. looks. A pajama-like set of flannel pants and a shirt in a big, bold check pattern was paired with a black fishing vest for men, while a gray, navy and dark green floral print satin dress peeked out from under a plush wool coat for women. There was also a blue tie-dyed sweatsuit, a shirt embroidered with large flowers, and a quilted black coat with striped satin sleeves in black and deep blue.
The result: The offering, while small, showed a balance between street-ready and outdoorsy pieces, making it well suited for the modern urbanite.

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Taraji P. Henson, Busy Philipps, Jessica Alba & Olivia Wilde Join Gwyneth Paltrow’s In Goop Health Summit

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Kenzo Takada Celebrates U.S. Book Launch at FIT, Talks About Audrey Hepburn, Grace Kelly

A LIFE IN PICTURES: Tuesday night’s understated book signing for Kenzo Takada at the Fashion Institute of Technology was just his style.
About 50 guests were invited to the FIT Foundation’s low-key event at the school’s Art & Design gallery. Stateside for a three-day stay, the Paris-based designer planned to return to campus Wednesday afternoon for an informal chat with students. Known for his inclusive approach to fashion that incorporates multicultural influences with exacting techniques, Takada did not wish to judge the students’ designs — to avoid dissuading them in any way.
Undergrads were not among the well-wishers Tuesday night, since alcohol was served. Sipping on a glass of red wine, Takada was surprised to learn that FIT has a museum on campus and asked about what types of exhibitions have been staged there.
The guest of honor was looking forward to seeing the musical “My Fair Lady” on Broadway, before flying out of town. Earlier in the day, Takada dashed into Barneys New York’s Madison Avenue store to try the chicken at its Freds restaurant. En route, he also ducked into the Celine boutique because he is “very curious” about what Hedi Slimane is doing there. One eagle-eyed staffer recognized Takada and

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Victoria Beckham Heads to Toronto for Suzanne Rogers Event

O CANADA!: Victoria Beckham will pack her clothing trunks and head to Toronto in November as the special guest in the fifth series of Suzanne Rogers Presents events, WWD has learned. An announcement is expected Wednesday.
Beckham follows in the path of Diane von Furstenberg, Oscar de la Renta, Marchesa and Zac Posen, who have all taken part in the charity fund-raising series that Rogers started in 2010.
To date, Rogers’ events have raised more than $ 3 million for charities fighting children’s poverty and supporting a spectrum of health and education programs for young people.
The November edition will be cohosted by Rogers and the event chair, philanthropist Sylvia Mantella. The celebration will include an “intimate fashion presentation” with Beckham, followed by a seated luncheon, according to organizers.
“I am so pleased that Victoria has accepted the invitation to come to come to Toronto and deeply appreciate her personal commitment and generosity in supporting our children’s charities,” Rogers said.
Proceeds will benefit Camp Ooch, which gives children affected by childhood cancer unique opportunities for growth through special experiences, and The Penelope Neuroblastoma Foundation, which funds brain tumor research, and provides support for families affected by this type of childhood illness.
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Skazi Brand Bucks Brazil’s Political, Economic Turmoil

Brazilian fashion brand Skazi intends to double growth to over 20 million reals, or $ 5.1 million, this year amid strong demand for its women’s wear that targets “powerful, sexy women” in their thirties to fifties, said marketing director Diego Lemos.
“We are going to grow 100 percent this year and may grow 50 percent to 100 percent in the next three years,” Lemos told WWD from the company’s flagship store in Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais. “Last year we grew 40 percent while other brands were declining.”
Lemos claimed the company is vertically integrated, manufacturing most of its yarns and fabrics locally, including in an 86,000-square-foot factory next to its store. That, coupled with clever celebrity and influencer-driven marketing, helped it top a recent survey naming it Brazil’s top women’s wear brand, he added.
“We only have wholesale, not retail, and we make everything ourselves, from the yarn to the finished garment. This has been the secret of our success,” he said.
Skazi, which is also about to launch its first men’s collection, plans to open 100 new points of sale this year to boost its count to 1,100, according to Lemos. While international markets account for 2 percent of sales, the brand plans to

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Chico’s FAS Creates Intimates Brand TellTale

Just in time for National Lingerie Day, Chico’s FAS, parent company to women’s apparel and accessory retailer Chico’s, is launching bra and underwear brand TellTale.
The intimates line will start with seven collections, ranging from sexy to comfortable to functional. And with names like The Ghoster or The Romantic, the idea is to offer a little something for everyone.
“No woman is one thing,” Kimberly Grabel, general manager, or “ringleader,” of TellTale, told WWD.  

TellTale’s Influencer collection. 

The collections include a mix of push-up bras and bralettes in everything from cotton to see-through mesh, as well as underwear and bodysuits.
The target audience, Grabel said, is the “new adult woman,” somewhere between 30 to 35.
“She’s not fully set in her ways,” Grabel explained. “She hasn’t had kids yet. Or, maybe she’s had a baby, but she takes the baby out with all her friends on a Saturday night for dinner, because she’s in denial that this baby is going to change her life. So, she’s kind of in that life stage.”

The Lover collection is part of the new TellTale brand. 
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Mary van Praag, brand president of Chico’s other intimates and apparel brand Soma, will run TellTale. Products are available exclusively at MyTellTale.com,

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Planet Blue Founder Creates Label Sun Becomes Her

LOS ANGELES — Planet Blue founder Ling-Su Chinn’s been busy over the past several months building out new contemporary brand Sun Becomes Her with business partner Githa Duncker.
The line’s launch had been expected after WWD reported last summer Chinn had left the company she founded and built more than 20 years ago in a bid to get back to what she called her roots: focusing on branding and designing a line that embodies the West Coast for a global consumer.
Chinn had pointed out the challenges that come with also having to balance business objectives around growth in new markets as being a struggle that took time away from more creative endeavors. What she built was sizable with the company’s new ceo reporting last year volume north of $ 40 million.
She still retains what she called a “significant ownership” stake in the company but preferred not to further discuss the business.
“I just really wanted to launch something not being tied to the commercial hassles and timeframes,” said Chinn, who serves as creative director of the new brand. “I really wanted to launch a more elevated product, more thoughtfully designed product that we didn’t have any timeframes in doing.”
That’s given way to a launch

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Koral Delves Into Men’s With Equinox 

LOS ANGELES — Koral, the activewear brand backed by Seven For All Mankind cofounder Peter Koral, will enter the men’s space exclusively with Equinox before a broader rollout at retail.
The men’s line launches with more than 20 stockkeeping units, priced from $ 75 to $ 300 and utilizing many of the same performance fabrics seen in the women’s line, such as lightweight scuba. The men’s collection takes on a streetwear-inspired aesthetic and a color scheme of navy and taupe.
The official launch is April 30 in 19 Equinox stores for a six-month exclusive, in addition to Koral’s online shop. The collection will broaden for fall with a larger stockkeeping unit count distributed to more retailers.
“I would love if men’s could be just as big as the women’s business one day,” chief merchandising officer and cofounder Marcelo Kugel said. “I think we can get a stronghold in the market and that’s why Equinox wanted to be our main partner on this because they see the opportunity for growth and then we’ve also been approached by Peloton, Barry’s Boot Camp and Net-a-porter with the launch of fall.”
Koral helped fund the business in the beginning, fueling about $ 8.5 million worth of working capital. The business has now been

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Vivienne Westwood Brings Back Asics Classics in New Collaboration

FOOT IN THE DOOR: Vivienne Westwood is getting in on the footwear hype and is partnering with sports performance brand Asics. The first two of the limited-edition sneaker styles will drop globally on April 27 and the following three will be released in July.
“Asics are brilliant technicians known for their expertise, they are the best in their field. We love the look of their trainers because they are form following function, which attracted us to this collaboration. We wanted to bring together fashion and function,” said Andreas Kronthaler, creative director of Vivienne Westwood.
The capsule is a reinterpretation of classic Asics styles paired with Westwood’s signature prints such as the squiggle print, which debuted in her fall 1981 collection. Westwood’s orb logo can also be found on the heel of the sneakers.
The first two sneakers released will feature this print with one in a high-top style in a white and red colorway and the second, a low-top fit in a red and orange palette complete with Asic’s patented gel sole. The high-top retails at 185 pounds and the low-top at 155 pounds.

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Malamute RTW Fall 2019

Name: Malamute
Main message: For her second outing during Tokyo Fashion Week, Mari Odaka took inspiration from Tokyo’s changing landscape ahead of the 2020 Olympics, as well as from two films: Andrew Niccol’s 1997 “Gattaca” and Jim Jarmusch’s 2013 “Only Lovers Left Alive.”
Odaka created her own surreal landscape on the runway with large squares of gold Mylar illuminated by fluorescent tube lights, accompanied by a soundtrack of jarring noise. She deftly mixed contrasting textures, showing pleated chiffon trousers together with an unevenly knit scarf that resembled static on a TV, but in red and navy. A shimmering, open knit long skirt resembling a spider web glistening in the morning sun was paired with a cold shoulder black sweater with spots of ivory fringe. There were also pantsuits with relaxed, slit-ankle trousers in black on black floral brocade or pale gray suiting trimmed with tiny ruffles. An oversize grandpa sweater worn as a minidress and a red and black tracksuit with chevron detailing lent a retro vibe.
The result: The designer proved her fledgling brand to be one to watch with a strong collection of relaxed yet elegant pieces in interesting textures.

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Nataša Čagalj Exits Ports 1961

MILAN — Ports 1961 is parting ways with its women’s creative director Nataša Čagalj.
A Central Saint Martins graduate, the designer joined the company in 2014 as creative director, succeeding Fiona Cibani, who held the role for four years.
“We are very grateful to Nataša for the outstanding work achieved during her tenure and wish her a bright future,” said Ports 1961 vice president Marc Boelen in a statement where the brand also highlighted Čagalj’s strategic role in kicking off a new chapter for the brand, “combining luxurious fabrics with a modern design.”
Čagalj unveiled her last collection for the Ports 1961 label last February with a runway show at London Fashion Week.
Prior to joining Ports 1961, Čagalj worked with Nino Cerruti and Peter Speliopoulos when he was appointed creative director of Cerruti Arte in Paris. She was then Alber Elbaz’s right-hand designer at Lanvin until she moved in 2005 to Stella McCartney, where she was head of design until 2012.
According to Ports 1961, a successor will be named soon.
Previously designed by creative director Milan Vukmirovic, the brand’s men’s line was discontinued last year and replaced with Ports V, which includes bi-monthly, unisex capsules. Vukmirovic is the creative director of the new brand.
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How Beauty Brands Are Banking on Cannabis

Beauty’s obsession with CBD isn’t slowing down.
CBD — the shortened term for cannabidiol — has become one of the hottest ingredients in beauty, popping up in different types of skin care, color cosmetics and wellness supplements as consumer interest in the plant’s purported benefits increases rapidly.
Brands are tapping into cannabis and its many ingredient extracts with varying levels of CBD — including hemp seed oil, which contains no actual CBD  — and now with the upcoming 4/20 “holiday,” brands are attracting customers with a slew of new products that promote relaxation, anti-inflammation and soothing qualities.
Read on to see how 11 beauty brands are cashing in on cannabis.
1. Heretic

Heretic’s Dirty Grass contains CBD oil that is meant to be absorbed transdermally. 

It was only a matter of time before CBD entered the fragrance space. Natural fragrance brand, Heretic, has released Dirty Grass, a “functional fragrance” that combines traditional scent with aromatherapy by using CBD oil, which is said to absorb into the wearer’s bloodstream. The earthy scent also includes notes of pink pepper, lemon, violet leaf and vetiver and retails for $ 85 for a 15-ml. bottle and $ 185 for a 50-ml. bottle.
2. Scotch Porter
For 4/20, men’s grooming brand, Scotch Porter, is hosting

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Wardrobe Teams Up With Gregory Hotel in New York

Wardrobe, the peer-to-peer digital marketplace to rent women’s and men’s clothing and accessories from people’s closets, has struck a fashion and sustainability partnership with The Gregory Hotel in New York. This is the first hotel partnership launch for Wardrobe.
The way it works is prior or during a stay at The Gregory at 42 West 35th Street, hotel guests can reserve items from the Wardrobe app, and the items will be delivered to them at their hotel room for the duration of their stay. After wearing, they can leave it in the hotel closet or with the concierge. The partnership begins Monday.
Asked why they decided to partner with Wardrobe, Yaniv Packin general manager of The Gregory, said,  “As a sustainably minded hotel, this partnership with Wardrobe was an exciting opportunity to be a first mover in the industry and offer our guests an unforgettable experience during their stay. As a hotel we are trying to showcase more sustainable and mindful ideas from hosting an Earth Day event with @insteadofmovement and hosting mindful events including a gallery featuring the work of jewelry designer Ariana Ost.”
Adarsh Alphons, chief executive officer and founder of Wardrobe, added, “We hope to learn a lot from this

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Carson Kressley Wins the Jefferson Spirit of Design Award

PHILADELPHIA — Emmy-Award winning style pundit, TV personality, fashion designer and New York Times best-selling author Carson Kressley was on hand Thursday night at Moulin at Sherman Mills, where he received Thomas Jefferson University’s 2019 Spirit of Design Award. Previously awarded to Stuart Weitzman, John Varvatos, Nicole Miller, Tommy Hilfiger and Calvin Klein’s Francisco Costa, the honor is presented to designers who have made outstanding contributions to the fashion and design industry through innovation.
The audience, filled to capacity with students, parents and industry insiders, knew that that night was set to be anything but staid when the festivities were kicked off by Thom Filicia, Kressley’s original interior design cohort in their breakout show, “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy,” and costar of their current show on Bravo “Get a Room With Carson and Thom.”
“Carson kind of tricked me into this,” said Filicia. “He originally told me this was the Spirit Awards. I was so excited! Ketel One vs. Grey Goose, which one’s going to win? And then I thought, wait, this is Spirit of Design Award. That’s great, too.” After a few minutes of good-natured quips that kept the audience in hysterics (“Carson told me he has an honorary doctorate

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49 Unforgettable Met Gala Red-Carpet Looks

With only weeks to go, designers and A-list stars are heading into crunch time before the 2019 Met Gala.
While the Met Gala has a 71-year history of producing the most over-the-top high-fashion red carpets , this year’s theme, “Camp: Notes on Fashion,” should result in a particularly unexpected red-carpet scene. Met Gala alum such as Sarah Jessica Parker, Blake Lively and Rihanna are famous for taking the theme head-on. Rihanna for one, all but broke the Internet in 2015 when the red carpet had to be cleared so she could take those iconic steps wearing a yellow, fur-lined Guo Pei cape with a seemingly miles-long train — and let’s not forget her 2018 look for the  “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Image” exhibit: fashion pope.
Before “camp” comes upon us on May 6, WWD is looking back at 49 unforgettable Met Gala looks, from Princess Diana’s risqué John Galliano Dior slipdress to Kim Kardashian’s much-memed Givenchy gown with affixed gloves. Click the gallery above to see them all.
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Blake Lively in Versace at the Met Gala 2018. 
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Etro Men’s Line to Make Runway Comeback in June

RUNWAY RETURN: Etro is bringing its men’s line back on the catwalk.
Following a three-season runway hiatus, during which Etro men’s creative director Kean Etro organized engaging presentations, the brand will unveil its spring 2020 collection with a show on June 16.
The last men’s collection that Etro showed on the catwalk was the spring 2018 lineup, which was presented with a coed runway show at the Palazzo del Ghiaccio venue in Milan.
The location of the upcoming men’s show is still to be disclosed. After seasons of shows held at Palazzo del Ghiaccio, last February Etro showed its women’s fall 2019 collection at Milan’s Giuseppe Verdi music conservatory.
Etro, which counts more than 200 stores, is investing in communication and marketing, strengthening the experience in stores and increasing digital content. Europe is still Etro’s biggest market, representing 30 percent of sales. It is followed by Asia and the U.S., accounting for 30 and 20 percent of the brand’s total business, respectively.

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Ozwald Boateng to Debut First Women’s Collection in New York

NEW YORK CALLING: Savile Row tailor Ozwald Boateng will hit York on May 5 with an immersive fashion experience at the Apollo theater in Harlem, showcasing the brand’s first women’s collection.
The show will be a celebration of culture, diversity, music, history and fashion and mark the 100th anniversary of the Harlem Renaissance, “starting with a short film on Africanism, and guiding us into the future of artificial intelligence,” according to the company.
VIPs within sports and entertainment are expected to appear at the former Givenchy designer’s runway show, the brand added.
Boateng, whose parents immigrated to the U.K. in the Fifties, was the youngest designer of African descent to open a business on London’s Savile Row. He founded his company in 1995, and was part of a new bespoke movement that catapulted him to international recognition.
Known for his bright flashes of color and twist on classic British tailoring, his brand offers in-store bespoke services as well as RTW men’s wear and items such as ties, shirts and knitwear.

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Hyke RTW Fall 2019

Name: Hyke
Main message: Yukiko Ode and Hideaki Yoshihara reimagined classic military pieces for fall, rendered in oversize proportions and tech fabrics. Voluminous toggle and shawl-collar coats in Army green and skirts made of swinging fringe shared the runway with structured jersey dresses that were striking in their simplicity. The designers also showed their latest collaboration items: eyewear by Julius Tart Optical, tote bags by Chacoli, wedges by Beautiful Shoes, and puffer jackets, long down coats and rain jackets by The North Face.
Ode and Yoshihara showed their skills with sumptuous outerwear that was both cozy and elegant, as well as beautifully draped dresses and asymmetric knits that came alive with movement. Their textures were equally rich, ranging from corduroy and wool flannel to fur and technical fabrics.
The result: The collection had a clear point of view and beautifully constructed clothes, once again demonstrating why Hyke is one of the strongest brands in Japan at the moment.

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Cannes Festival Pays Homage to Agnès Varda

VARDA FOREVER: If you look closely, you can just about make out her signature bowl haircut.
For its 72nd edition, running from May 14 to 25, Cannes Film Festival has chosen to pay homage to French filmmaker Agnès Varda, who died on March 29, making her the first female director to be immortalized on a Cannes Film Festival poster.
The photo chosen for the poster, taken in August 1954 as Varda was directing her first film “La Pointe Courte” at just 26 years old, depicts the filmmaker crouching on a collaborator’s back to get the perfect shot.
“You can feel the strength of her engagement: she would do everything to create, everything to overcome hurdles,” said festival president Pierre Lescure, speaking at the presentation of the Official Selection lineup for the 2019 edition of the festival, held on Thursday at the UGC Normandie cinema on the Avenue des Champs-Elysées in Paris.
There are four female directors in this year’s lineup out of the 19 competing for the Palme d’Or, one more than the 2018 selection.
Among these are French-Senegalese director Mati Diop presenting her debut “Atlantiques,” set in a suburb of Dakar, and Austrian director Jessica Hausner’s “Little Joe.” Two French directors complete the female

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44 Met Gala Red Carpet Looks You Forgot Happened

Seventy-one years of the Met Gala have produced some of the most iconic red carpet fashion moments of all time. Think: Rihanna in that yellow Guo Pei cape with its endless fur-lined train back in 2015. Some Met Gala looks, however, haven’t quite stuck in the cultural lexicon.
Ahead of this year’s “Camp: Notes on Fashion” — which will surely usher in a meme-worthy fashion parade that’ll have social media buzzing — WWD is taking a look back at some Met Gala red carpet fashion moments you probably forgot even happened.
Read More: Everything You Need to Know About the Met Gala 2019
Take for instance, Chloë Sevigny’s casual brown jacket paired with a beige midi skirt for the “In Style: Celebrating 50 Years of the Costume Institute” exhibit in 1998. Granted, Sevigny has sported this look in the earlier days of the Met Gala, when there was no physical red carpet and the event itself was less of a media spectacle.
In 2005, Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen made their Met Gala debut in romantic looks that are a stark difference form the cerebral looks we see the CFDA Award-winning designers wear today.

Chloë Sevigny at the Met Gala in 1998. 
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5 Summer 2019 Hair Trends That Took Off at Coachella

Festival season is finally here, and so, too, are a number of fashion trends.
Coachella weekend one saw the emergence of a number of trends, primarily in the hair category, as influencers and guests looked to accessories, classic styles and colorful looks to complement their festival gear.
A go-to festival style, textured waves left its mark at Coachella, with many taking a grungy and grittier take on the classic beach waves with hair that looked like it had been dipped in a swimming pool prior to styling.
Others went for bold, colorful looks with balayage highlights and full coloring in pastel hues of pink, purple and blue.
Read on to see the five key hair trends that emerged at Coachella.
1. Pastel Hues

Lottie Tomlinson at the Revolve Party at Coachella 2019. 
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Sophie Simmons at the 5th Annual ZOEasis Party, at Coachella 2019. 
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Winnie Harlow at the Revolve Party at Coachella 2019. 
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Jenn Im at the Revolve Party at Coachella 2019. 
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2. Loose Braids

Shay Mitchell at the Revolve Party at Coachella 2019. 
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Kathryn Newton at Coachella 2019. 
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Khanh Duong at Coachella 2019. 
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3. Gritty Textured Waves

Aimee Song at the Revolve Party at Coachella 2019. 
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Jasmine Tookes at the Revolve Party at Coachella 2019. 
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Danielle Herrington at the Revolve Party at Coachella

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Decoding L.K. Bennett’s New Owner, Rebecca Feng

L.K.’S NEW LADY: Chinese businesswoman Rebecca Feng, who made headlines last week after her company Byland U.K. Ltd. acquired the British fashion and footwear retailer L.K. Bennett, is an ambitious multitasker who’s known as Kaka in China, and whose interests range from fashion retail to the theater.
Not much was revealed about Feng after she bought L.K. Bennett out of bankruptcy last week, except for the fact that she was L.K. Bennett’s China distributor. At closer glance, she is a far more interesting figure. Feng declined to be interviewed for this story.
A well-respected, high-achieving polymath, Feng has said her first job out of college was selling diamonds for a businessman in Hainan Island, the most southern province of China. She then worked in advertising for 14 years from the age of 24, before launching her multibrand fashion concept store Cachet. She is also a part-time playwright and actress.
Her drama, “The Seven Year Itch,” (not to be confused with the Marilyn Monroe film of the same name) was well-received in Beijing.
She founded Cachet in 2010, and now runs six stores in Beijing, Xi’an and Nanjing. Feng told local Chinese media in July that Cachet is planning to open major stores in Chongqing

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Untuckit Partners With Fair Harbor on Eco-friendly Swimwear

Untuckit is unveiling its first collaboration — one that’s good for the planet.
The men’s wear brand has partnered with Fair Harbor, a sustainable swimwear brand that creates products from post-consumer recycled plastic bottles, on a co-designed collection.
This exclusive collection of eco-conscious swimsuits includes six styles, each made from 11 plastic bottles that have been collected from oceans and beaches. The collection features three of Fair Harbor’s classic fits in six colorways, including a board short in red and blue with a water photoprint and a swim trunk in blue stripes and a beach wave photoprint by surf photographer Mike Nelson.   

“We’re excited to be partnering with Fair Harbor, an incredible brand whose inspiring mission has resulted in such a great swimwear collection,” said Aaron Sanadres, cofounder and chief executive officer of Untuckit. “We’re looking forward to helping them develop their business, especially as they’re in their early stages, while learning from them how to become a more eco-conscious company ourselves. We couldn’t have picked a better first-collaboration partner.”
At the same time, Untuckit has gone the extra mile to help Fair Harbor grow its business by inviting its executive team to be housed at Untuckit’s headquarters. In return, Fair Harbor will

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Devastating Notre Dame Cathedral Fire Rocks Fashion World

A catastrophic fire took hold of the Notre Dame Cathedral, one of Paris’ most iconic landmarks on Monday.
The blaze set off on Monday afternoon and continued to rage throughout the evening. Thousands of onlookers in the City of Light watched from the bridges and sidewalks as the building’s famed spire, which painted the Paris cityscape for more than 800 years, collapsed into the flames. No casualties have been reported and there has been no cause for the fire cited at press time. The 14th-century French Gothic building, with its pointed arches, intimidating gargoyles and rose windows was immortalized in film and literature, most notably in Victor Hugo’s classic novel “The Hunchback of Notre Dame.”
Designers and dozens of members of the fashion industry have taken to their social media feeds in tribute to the French landmark. See their posts here:

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Notre Dame de Paris in flames ! How terribly terribly sad ! 800 years of history …treasure of the world….Quasimodo, Esmeralda … Victor Hugo… …all in smoke .. so so sad
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Rocky Barnes Dabbles With Design in Latest Link With Express

PALM SPRINGS, CALIF. — Rocky Barnes’ mom used to sell surf collectables at the Rose Bowl Flea Market in Pasadena and the model-blogger, as a teen, used to roll her eyes at the down time spent there. Little did she know that would largely become a key part of her personal style and what fueled the inspiration for a new collection due out next month in collaboration with Express.
“I feel really, really proud of how it came together,” Barnes said Saturday in Palm Springs as she awaited taking the stage to speak at the Create & Cultivate Desert Pop-up conference. “Obviously, I’m not a designer, but I feel like the Express team really helped me mold everything together. I know there’s a million influencer capsules going on right now, but I feel like this one is really just distinctly me. I’m not scared of color. I’m not scared of patterns. It’s stuff you can mix and match. There’s not one set outfit.”
The collection is broad in its range with maxi kimonos, bodysuits, cropped tops, jumpsuits, skirts, dresses, shorts and an assortment of footwear, including Western-inspired booties and slide heels. Leopard, a mustard floral print, pale lavender and white are just some of

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Keisukeyoshida RTW Fall 2019

Name: Keisukeyoshida
Main message: What do you get when you mix sharp tailoring and a wide range of textures with subtle bondage influences? Keisuke Yoshida’s latest offering, which was shown on a slick red runway with stairs in the center and models all with bandaged heads. A short suit with an oversize, double-breasted jacket was worn over pleather leggings punctuated with cutouts and buckles, while slinky dresses in headline printed mesh or lamé jersey were gathered all over for a balance of sexy and conservative.
There were structural elements as well, with tails of coats clipped to the backs of collars to create a vague origami effect, and sleeves that were either ballooned and extra long or topped with boned shoulder plates rivaling a football player’s padding. High-wasted pants with rows of rope fastened with toggles were paired with satin blouses trimmed in exaggerated Western-inspired yokes.
The result: Yoshida’s collection was just fantastical enough to find itself at home on the streets of Tokyo, without taking itself too seriously.

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Bud Konheim, Nicole Miller’s Chief Executive Officer, Dies at 84 After Biking Fall

Nicole Miller’s longtime business partner Bud Konheim died Saturday, after injuries sustained from a bicycle accident in Connecticut.
Konheim, chief executive officer of Nicole Miller Inc, died at the age of 84 at Norwalk Hospital in Norwalk, Conn., Saturday. The cause of death was not immediately known, Miller said.
Services will be held Friday at the Frank E. Campbell Funeral Chapel in New York City.
Konheim and Miller have been one of the fashion industry’s longest-standing power couples, having worked together for more than 40 years. “He always said, ‘I’ve never had a bad day.’ He loved life and he loved his job.” Miller said. “He just always had this positive attitude. He just loved what he did. He loved the business.”
The irrepressible straight talker Konheim was a big picture thinker who examined the fashion industry from a mile-high perspective. Rather than talk up his own company’s success or most recent news, Konheim was more inclined to first discuss at great length why old-school retail models and other aging business practices weren’t working. Rather than bemoan the state of things, Konheim would fire off a litany of possible solutions. An early adopter of technology for a variety of elements of sales and design,

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Gabrielle Union Honors ‘Black Panther’ Costume Designer Ruth E. Carter

On Saturday night, the newly launched Black Design Collective (which aims to remove inequality in the fashion industry with resources such as mentorship and an e-commerce platform) officially set its plans in motion with a fete that presented its first scholarship and honored costume designer Ruth E. Carter for her work on “Black Panther.”
Among those who flocked to the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising in Los Angeles to help founders Angela Dean, Kevan Hall and TJ Walker celebrate the Carter’s breadth of work (which includes more than 50 films in a 30-year timespan) were actresses Loretta Devine, Gabrielle Union, Malinda Williams, Congresswoman Maxine Waters, models Roshumba Williams and Beverly Johnson, celebrity stylist Elizabeth Stewart, as well as designer Tina Knowles-Lawson.
Taking the stage in a sparkling magenta suit by African-American designer Christopher John Rogers, Union, who worked with Carter on the TV series “Being Mary Jane,” noted, “Every fitting I’ve ever had with Ruth was in her home. She welcomes us in. She makes us feel protected. She literally gives us wings so we can all fly. Who really is doing that? She made Mary Jane a fashion icon. That wasn’t me, Mary Jane would have been in some basketball

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Nordstrom Executive Pay Revealed

Rounding off a week of retail boss compensation reveals was department store chain Nordstrom Inc.
Co-presidents Erik, Pete and the late Blake Nordstrom each made around $ 4.4 million last year, down from $ 5.6 million in 2017, according to filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Some of this was made up of stock options, the full value of which might never be realized due to fluctuations in stock prices and vesting schedules.
The brothers, who are great-grandsons of the company’s founder, John W. Nordstrom, ran the company together as co-presidents from 2015 until Blake’s unexpected death in January following a short battle with lymphoma. Pete and Erik will continue as co-presidents of the business.
Under SEC rules, the company also identified the median pay for all employees, other than Erik, who ranks as principal executive officer. The worker in the middle of the bell curve at Nordstrom was paid $ 34,454 — putting the top executive’s pay at 129 times the median. This included part-time and seasonal workers.

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Candice Swanepoel Signs With Creative Artists Agency

NEW KID ON THE BLOCK: Candice Swanepoel has new representation.
The Victoria’s Secret model and founder of swimwear brand Tropic of C has signed on with Creative Artists Agency for representation in all areas.
Swanepoel will continue to be managed by Marlon Stoltzman. She’s been on Forbes’ “Highest-Paid Models” list every year since 2010, and although she’s best known for her work as an Angel, Swanepoel has appeared in campaigns and on runways for Chanel, Fendi, Tom Ford, Givenchy and many more.
Last year was a big one for the South African model. She became a mother of two, after giving birth to her second child in June; launched Tropic of C, and put her Village Green penthouse condominium up for sale in April — with a price tag of $ 1.89 million.
When speaking to WWD about her swimwear company in 2018, she explained that the throwback feel of Tropic of C makes her suits stand out.
“We bring a modern approach to vintage classics and a mix of European elegance with Brazilian ease,” Swanepoel said. “We focus on distinct fits — it features a high-cut leg, some corset-type tops and references to the Eighties and Nineties.”
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Minnesota United Links With Ebbets for Limited-Edition Capsule

Minnesota United has teamed with Ebbets Field Flannels, the American vintage athletic apparel brand, for a limited-edition capsule collection that drops on Friday.
The collection features three styles: a gray fitted cap with the Minnesota United word mark, a black fitted look featuring the Minnesota United logo, and a charcoal adjustable hat that features l’étoile du nord, which is a French phrase meaning “The Star of the North.” It is the motto of the state of Minnesota and accompanied by the Minnesota United FC star. Product will only be available online on ebbets.com and while supplies last. The price point of the collection is $ 50.

 
The collaboration between MNUFC and Ebbets began through the common interest in creating a collection that would give fans the opportunity to own a unique piece of the club’s history, according to Rachel Leber, vice president of consumer products at Major League Soccer. “We hope that the collection appeals to both Minnesota United supporters and fans of Ebbets Field Flannels.”
World-class soccer stadiums have been a key focus of Major League Soccer. Minnesota United FC’s Allianz Field opens this season, becoming the league’s 20th stadium built or transformed for soccer. The collection celebrates the opening of the $ 250 million state-of-the-art

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Fila North America Names Jennifer Estabrook as First Female President

Two months after the death of Jon Epstein, Fila North America has named Jennifer Estabrook as his successor as president.
In this role, she becomes the company’s first female president. Estabrook had been serving as acting president following Epstein’s death after heart surgery.
All divisions and departments of Fila North America will continue to report to Estabrook. Fila North America and Fila Luxembourg S.à.r.l. are wholly-owned subsidiaries of Fila Korea Ltd., a public company listed on the Korea Exchange.
Estabrook joined Fila North America and its affiliates in 2005, holding posts such as chief operating officer of Fila North America, and as a member of the board of managers and head of global licensing for Fila Luxembourg S.à.r.l. Prior to that, she was executive vice president of business operations for Fila North America. She serves on the board of Acushnet Company, the publicly traded maker of Titleist, FootJoy and other leading golf brands majority-owned by Fila Korea.
The company has been enhancing its ties to the fashion world with various collaborations. Fila recently linked with the Japanese women’s wear label Snidel to sell a 14-piece limited-edition collection. Last fall, Fila hosted its first runway show in Milan, where the brand also inaugurated a retrospective

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Onia Teams With Christy Turlington Burns’ Nonprofit, Every Mother Counts

In recognition of Mother’s Day, Onia is releasing a Mommy & Me capsule collection of swimwear with Christy Turlington Burns’ nonprofit organization, Every Mother Count to help every mother make childbirth and pregnancy safe. The capsule will be released April 16.
The Onia x EMC collection includes three of Onia’s essential “Kelly” one-pieces matched with their “Ava” girls style. The suits feature the EMC Mother’s Day rose symbol and signature color palette.
The Kelly will retail for $ 195 and the Ava for $ 75 on onia.com.

Mommy & Me styles from Onia x EMC capsule. 
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Onia will be donating 50 percent of proceeds to the foundation. Every Mother Counts educates the public about maternal health, engages individuals to advocate for the well-being of mothers, and invests in community-led programs to improve access to essential maternity care.
 

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Ujoh RTW Fall 2019

Name: Ujoh
Main message: Tapped by Italian manufacturer Saldarini to help promote its Cashmere Flakes line, this season Mitsuru Nishizaki put his spin on the company’s quilted puff outerwear, which is stuffed with cashmere filling rather than goose down. To give the jackets and coats a more urban vibe, he added oversize wool patch pockets or snap-on sleeve covers, or chose unconventional colors such as bright blue or dusty pink, which contrasted with the nearly all-black and navy offering. Nishizaki mixed the outerwear with pieces from his main line, including long floral dresses, tonal checked skirts and track pant-inspired trousers.
The result: While the collection included some unexpected choices and will surely be well received by consumers, it lacked the “wow” factor that viewers hope to see during fashion week.

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Lagerfeld Fashion Sketches Going Under the Hammer

The death last month of longtime Chanel designer Karl Lagerfeld has only increased demand for the brand and heightened interest in the man. Now, a little-known chapter in his career will be illuminated when a Palm Beach auction house on April 18 offers 125 of Lagerfeld’s fashion sketches dating to the early Sixties when he was working for the House of Tiziani in Rome, long before he joined Chanel in 1983.
The trove of sketches is the second sale of Lagerfeld’s fashion drawings by the Urban Culture Auctions division of Palm Beach Modern Auctions. The company in 2014 offered sketches by Lagerfeld, which were saved by Tiziani’s founder Evan Richards and preserved by subsequent owners who maintained the archive.
Urban Culture’s co-owner Rico Baca in 2014 traveled to Rome with the consignor and spent a week sifting through the archive. “Many of the sketches had Lagerfeld’s signature on them,” he said. “I had to look at the rest of the collection and find similarities. You can see how the shoes are done and how the faces are done. Many design studios don’t add hair to the faces.”
While Baca thought he’d auctioned the last of the sketches in 2014, he subsequently learned that

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Arianna Huffington Hosts Party for Daughter’s Collaboration With Sarah Flint

ARIANNA GETS HAPPY: Thrive Global founder Arianna Huffington threw a party Wednesday night in honor of her daughter Isabella’s new collaboration with shoe designer Sarah Flint.
The twentysomething Huffington’s art has been shown at Rebecca Minkoff’s Los Angeles gallery and in Ports 1961’s store. Through a collaboration with the travelwear company Summersalt, Huffington will help launch a swimsuit soon. Flint, meanwhile, is using a butterfly print from one of Huffington’s paintings for the new shoes.
Huffington said of her new kicks with Flint, “I love the idea of wearable art. If you make a painting, it’s just for one person. If you make a shoe, it has to be something that a lot of people will love.”
Her “reimagined” portraits of women from the 18th and 19th centuries” were on display in the apartment’s study. Five years out of Yale, the younger Huffingon lives within walking distance of her mother’s SoHo pad, and asks her for advice from time to time. The Thrive founder’s most sound advice is, “A lot of times people think, ‘I’ll be happy if I get this or this, or if this happens or that happens.’ If you’re not happy now, you’re not going to be happy when that happens.

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Combo Looks for the Knockout With Boxing-Inspired Activewear

Activewear start-ups continue to enter the market, with the segment showing no signs of fatigue. Combo Boxing looks to carve out a slice of the category, with a nod to the sport of boxing.
Its founders think they can make a good case that there’s room for their brand, particularly with the popularity of boxing boutiques and gym classes continuing to grow.
The just-launched company will start out direct-to-consumer in its first year but will eventually look into retail partners, in the vein of businesses such as a Bandier or Carbon38. Combo Boxing is also working out a deal with boxing studio Gloveworx that hasn’t yet been finalized, which could also mean distribution there. It would make sense with the brand’s core consumer in the gyms as Combo aims to position itself as the workout and daywear label of boxers who want something more fashionable than what’s already available.
The company plans to drop new items four times annually and then gauge market reaction. Combo tapped Alex Dimitrijevic to be creative director. Dimitrijevic comes to Combo after having served as head designer at Equipment, in addition to prior stints as designer at AG and design director for Assembled Brands. 
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EXCLUSIVE: Louis Wong Named Creative Director of Editions M.R

PARIS — Parisian men’s wear label Editions M.R has chosen Louis Wong as its first official creative director.
The French designer, who is best known for his work at A.P.C., joined the ready-to-wear company in March, and will present his first collection for the brand during Paris Fashion Week: Men’s in June.
“When Louis and I met, I immediately felt we shared this common sensibility,” said Mathieu de Ménonville, who cofounded Editions M.R in 2010 (formerly named Melinda Gloss.) “I’m hoping his creative direction will lead to developing more fabrics and styles, but will also add a touch of eccentricity and bring a fresh outlook to the brand.”
After a stint at Louis Vuitton’s men’s studio working under Marc Jacobs, Wong, 42, spent 15 years at A.P.C., collaborating with Jean Touitou on the men’s and women’s lines. In 2011, the French designer launched his own men’s line at A.P.C., named Louis W.
“I am fond of the ultraclassic French aesthetic that Mathieu embodies,” said Wong. “And I like the relaxed feel, the refined proportions. The idea is to push a radical but subtle eccentricity while staying true to the roots of Editions M.R.”
Collections were designed in-house prior to Wong’s nomination. In the brand’s early

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Sunny-side Up at Saks

As part of its grand renovation, Saks Fifth Avenue’s New York flagship will open an 800-square-foot “Saks Sun Bar” on the main floor on Friday.
The launch will include new sunglass brands; a 40 percent increase in styles; monthlong gift-with-purchases for select brands; Sam Teich customized hand-painted sunglass cases, and an exclusive in-store partnership with the brand, Ditto.
Ditto offers face analysis, frame recommendation and virtual try-ons in 180-degree angles. The facial analysis technology scans, detects and analyzes the customer’s facial shape and measurements, and recommends frames based on their findings.
Among the brands are Dita; For Arts Sake, exclusive to Saks for 2019; Loewe, and Versace. Other notable collections are Linda Farrow Precious Lens Kennedy Sunglasses, made from 18 to 22-carat rose-gold-plated lightweight titanium and retailing for $ 1,135; Tom Ford Antibes with 200 inlaid stones; Moncler Genius capsule, and Fendi x Gentle Monster collaboration.
The Saks Sun Bar is located adjacent to handbags.

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Jeffrey Dodd Exhibits at the Kaneko Art Museum

Jeffrey Dodd is exhibiting a selection of archived pieces alongside his fall 2019 collection at the Kaneko Art Museum in Omaha, Neb. The exhibition, which opened last month, will be on display through June. Dodd has joined the artist Jun Kaneko and five other artists in an exhibit titled “The Human Condition.”
In addition to his clothing, Dodd’s installation includes a series of sketches, drawings, prints and fabrics. These elements offer a look into Dodd’s creative process, color study and 2-D to 3-D exploration and provide the viewer insight into his evolution as an artist and designer.
The “Human Condition” exhibition is a study of human experience as seen through the humanities — art, music, literature, history, and now fashion. The purpose of this multidisciplinary exhibition “is to encourage visitors to immerse themselves in the question of how we define what it means to be human,” the museum said.
To toast the partnership, Dodd hosted a cocktail celebration to unveil his installation last month with board members and donors, as well as 150 to 200 museum supporters.
Dodd, who was born and raised in Iowa, plans to draw on Kaneko’s distinctive use of color and lines in his next collection.
Kaneko founded the contemporary art

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Designers Take on Tutus to Benefit Young Dancers

FASHION ON POINTE: Three designer labels are pitching in to help young ballet stars pursue their dream at this year’s Youth America Grand Prix.
Monse’s Laura Kim and Fernando Garcia, Carolina Herrera’s Wes Gordon and The Row’s Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen have each designed one-of-a-kind tutus that will be auctioned at the YAGP’s April 18 “Stars of Today Meet the Stars of Tomorrow” gala and performance. The designer component is a new initiative called “Beautiful at the Ballet.” Once the tutus are displayed at the gala, they will be auctioned online via Charitybuzz. Proceeds from the auction will benefit YAGP educational programs to help up-and-coming dancers.
This year’s 20th anniversary YAGP is a sold-out event which will feature a mashup of YAGP young finalists and members of the international ballet circuit’s establishment performing. Guests will be the first to see “Porte Rouge,” a collaboration between Mick Jagger and Melanie Hamrick. Jagger-orchestrated Rolling Stones music will be paired with choreography by Hamrick and Jenn Delifice. Jagger and Hamrick, an American Ballet Theatre ballerina, have a toddler son, Devreaux. Organizers were not certain Monday whether Jagger, who is recovering from recent heart surgery, would be able to attend to see the work that he and

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Matchesfashion.com’s Lifestyle Push

LONDON — Modern-day style is evolving to encompass travel, interiors and homeware and Matchesfashion.com wants to keep up to speed.
That’s why the luxury fashion retailer debuted a home category last summer and, seeing traction from its global network of consumers, it’s now looking to expand its home offer, dabble in art and take its fashion edits to glamorous holidays — starting with the Il Pellicano hotel this summer.
“It’s a question of taste, it’s not only about how you dress but how you dress your table, how you dress your home and how you entertain. It’s all part of what’s a lifestyle,” said Martina Mondadori, editor in chief of Cabana magazine, which has just debuted a tabletop collection in partnership with Matches.
This concept of fashion beyond one’s wardrobe has become a growing focus for the retailer. It’s planning to highlight homeware more prominently on its web site with a new “At Home” column that will spotlight “lifestyle experts talking about style across all categories,” exclusive partnerships like the one with Cabana and a home offer that will expand beyond tabletop to include more ceramics and soft furnishings.
Additions include a new homeware line by Peter Pilotto — whose colorful aesthetic lends itself

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Shiroma RTW Fall 2019

Name: Shiroma
Main message: Shiho Shiroma lucked out with unseasonably balmy weather for her outdoor fashion show, held right in the center of Shibuya, Tokyo’s most buzzing neighborhood. It was also a wise choice for a venue, as her clothes looked right at home in one of Japan’s fashion centers — although the logo-covered backdrop left much to be desired. She showed basics with a twist, mixed with less conventional pieces. Simple shift dresses were made interesting with structural belts and one-shoulder harnesses, some trimmed in frills. While overall the neutral-toned collection had a modern feminine feel, there were also ample military and athletic influences. Wide-leg olive pants and khaki trousers had snaps all down the outer leg, allowing them to be opened up so they billowed with movement, wool arm covers were reminiscent of skaters’ elbow guards, and bomber jackets were turned out in navy and mustard lace or cropped in burgundy satin with balloon sleeves. Ankle-length sweatshirt hoodies were splashed with botanical patterned embroidery and sequins, and cotton twill tanks, dresses and trenchcoats had overlays on one half of a gossamer-thin, sheer tech fabric.
The result: Just the right amount of asymmetry, mixed influences and contrasting textures made for an

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Olivia Palermo Said Readying E-commerce Platform

Is Olivia Palermo rethinking the online shopping experience?
The fashion entrepreneur, whose collaboration with the late Karl Lagerfeld’s brand bows in June, is preparing to unveil an e-commerce platform, WWD has learned. The platform will live on Palermo’s web site and will have a multibrand boutique element. It will focus on bags, shoes and accessories to start, and will include collaborations that Palermo has created, including her forthcoming one with the Lagerfeld label.
A pop-up box on Palermo’s web site was an indicator that a change to its content was in the works. “Big things coming soon,” reads the box, which prompts users to sign up for e-mail alerts.
The web site currently includes clips of Palermo’s modeling and design work, as well as general information about her. There is also a link to her collaboration with sunglass brand Westward Leaning; however, users aren’t yet able to shop the collection on Palermo’s site and are instead redirected to Westward Leaning’s.
As the note on her web site indicates, big changes are in the works at Palermo’s brand. The forthcoming e-commerce platform is said to be complemented by and grounded in editorial content. It is not yet clear exactly what kind of content Palermo will

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See the Star-Studded Instagram Posts From Inside Marc Jacobs’ Wedding to Char Defrancesco

Marc Jacobs and Char Defrancesco’s wedding this weekend brought out stars, models and fashion insiders — and their Instagram posts did not disappoint.
The fashion designer and his longtime partner — who famously got engaged via a Prince flash mob at Chipotle last year — hosted their wedding reception Saturday night in New York at The Pool, bringing together some of their famous friends, such as Naomi Campbell, Emily Ratajkowski, Kate Moss, Kaia Gerber and Gigi and Bella Hadid and more.

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Stepping out to the wedding of the year!! 🖤🖤🖤#MarcAndCharsWedding @themarcjacobs @chardefrancesco #CHOSENFAMILY ♥️♥️♥️ DANCED ALL NIGHT !! Wearing @Balmain @olivier_rousteing @lejenke
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The star-studded affair also included many of Jacobs’ fellow fashion designers, like Dior Men’s artistic director Kim Jones, and Kenzo and Opening Ceremony’s Humberto Leon.
From an elaborate cake-cutting performance to the otter monogrammed sweatshirts given as wedding favors, many guests took to Instagram to document the night and to share their well wishes with the couple.
Read on to see more Instagrams from Marc Jacobs and Char Defrancesco’s wedding.

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MEN’S FORUM: The Whitaker Group’s James Whitner Relies on Instinct and Close Consumer Connections to Stay Ahead

For The Whitaker Group’s founder James Whitner, being the consumer is essential to knowing the consumer.
With an assortment of stores via his company’s four retail entities — Social Status, A.P.B., Prosper and A Ma Maniére — Whitner emphasized the importance of being submerged with the people you are trying to connect with. He asked, “Are you focused on the consumer? Do you know who the consumer is and why? Most people don’t. You’re casting a wide net in men’s wear…I’m the guy. I’m the guy who’s buying the stuff and wearing the stuff.”
Aside from anticipating what his shoppers want, Whitner spoke of how he tries to design spaces that they will emotionally respond to. “I’m always trying to re-create the places and spaces I’ve been in. I feel like I have a romantic affair with the consumer in the process. Can someone cue the music? [Romantic tunes follow.] When I walk into a store, this is how I feel. I’m being romanced by the romance,” he said.
Referring to outdated business practices that can’t keep up with quick fire social media and fashion’s rapid speed of change, Whitner said, “You’ve got to set your businesses up to move like we move.

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Nike Gets Naomi Osaka, Adidas Moves on With Beyoncé

Tennis superstar Naomi Osaka is now playing on Team Nike — although some were looking for her to go a different direction in the ultracompetitive world of sports marketing deals.
Nike revealed its partnership with Japanese-born Osaka, the world’s number-one women’s single tennis player, on Thursday. But fans will have to wait until the Stuttgart Grand Prix, which begins April 22, to see the 21-year-old tennis player on the courts in Nike gear.
The news came as a bit of a surprise as many thought Osaka was courting a new corporate beau.
In September, after Osaka nabbed the U.S. Open title from Serena Williams, Osaka was rumored to be in talks with rival Adidas for an apparel endorsement worth an estimated 6.5 million pounds, or $ 8.5 million. She already had a deal with Adidas, but the rumored arrangement would have made the tennis star the highest-paid female athlete ever to sign with Adidas. Osaka was also seen sporting Adidas apparel as recently as January while competing in the Australian Open.
While Nike nabbed Osaka, the jilted Adidas had some blockbuster news of its own — which it chose to release the same day the Nike-Osaka tie-up was announced.
The German sports apparel, footwear and accessory

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Levi’s VP of Global Innovation Talks Sustainability, Upsides of Hemp

LIVING THE BRAND: Levi’s vice president of global innovation Paul Dillinger spoke quickly and passionately about how the fashion industry can take steps to become more sustainable, closing out the two-day Sustainable Business and Design Conference on Thursday night at F.I.T.
Wearing a white cottonized hemp jacket from the Levi’s Wellthread x Outerknown spring/summer collection, he told attendees that by touching it they would understand the possibilities of making the fabric into something lovely and soft (and not scratchy). The company’s first foray into the use of a new form of “cottonized hemp” denim — hemp that’s been altered to feel just like cotton, Dillinger’s embroidered trucker jacket has removable metal hardware for recyclability.
He also highlighted the company’s commitment to innovation and sustainability. Dillinger stressed the need to embrace circular industrial systems to reduce pollution rather than because “you want an excuse to grow.” Environmental issues such as deforestation and desertification are offshoots of overproduction. Dillinger suggested fashion companies and designers adopt the decluttering mantra from Marie Kondo, asking themselves pre-production if the item will bring people joy.
Dillinger spoke of how the fast-fashion industry has an incredible appetite “that is on steroids at this point.” In addition, the media reach of

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Goop Goes to Tokyo, Tests Café Concept

Goop is spreading its gospel to Asia.
Gwyneth Paltrow’s wellness megabrand is set to open a pop-up in Tokyo on April 19, its first foray into the Asian market. The 2,000-square-foot space in the city’s upscale Roppongi district will be home to the first Goop Kitchen, a café concept serving California-style fare from goop.com’s collection of healthy recipes.
Goop Tokyo was designed as a “livable, shoppable experience,” according to a statement released by the company. The café, a new concept, will serve dishes such as Goop’s gluten-free, vegan miso kale salad, avocado chocolate mousse and corn soup with coconut milk.
Goop Tokyo will also house an assortment of the brand’s lifestyle, beauty and fashion offerings, including G.Sport workout wear, G.Label’s ready-to-wear, skin care, bath soaks, body products, candles, rose-quartz face rollers and crystals.
Goop is hoping that its messaging around women’s empowerment will resonate with consumers in the Asian market. “In bringing Goop to Tokyo, our goal is to further the conversation that it’s acceptable for women to be open about their multiple facets: they can be mothers, businesswomen and own their sexuality, all at one time,” read a statement released by the company.
Said Paltrow, “Our mission at Goop is to help women eliminate

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9 Fashion and Beauty Brands Spawned From Original Cast of ‘The Hills’

While it originally aired in the early aughts, MTV’s “The Hills” still holds a soft spot for many Millennials, who are now impatiently waiting for the show’s reboot, called “The Hills: New Beginnings,” set to premiere on June 24.
More than just a cultural moment that gave birth to many famous lines and sage pieces of advice, the show launched a new generation of reality TV stars turned entrepreneurs. Many of the show’s cast have gone on from the show to launch their own companies in the fashion, beauty and wellness spaces, some lucrative — for instance, Emily Weiss’ Glossier Inc., valued at $ 1.2 billion — while others — like Heidi Pratt’s Heidiwood — fell flat.
The show is coming back with some of its fan favorites, including Pratt and her husband, Spencer; Whitney Port and Audrina Patridge, and newcomers, like actress Mischa Barton, who is making her reality TV debut.
Now that MTV is reprising the show, WWD takes a look at all the brands created by “The Hills” current and former cast.
1. Lauren Conrad: LC Lauren Conrad and The Little Market

Left, Lauren Conrad attends season three premiere of “The Hills” in 2007. Right, Conrad at the Baby2Baby Gala in 2018. 
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Although Lauren

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The Reracs RTW and Men’s Fall 2019

Name: The Reracs
Main message: With her inaugural show during Tokyo Fashion Week, Naomi Kurahashi displayed just how to present classic pieces on a runway without boring the audience: make sure to have plenty of variety, use beautiful textiles, keep the pace quick, and employ inventive styling choices. The brand lived up to its profile, which says that it’s “backed by quality and practicality,” but proved that it has so much more to offer.
The collection was made up of variations on a pretty basic theme: straight-legged or relaxed, jogger-style trousers paired with V-neck sweaters or just about any kind of outerwear imaginable, all turned out in neutral tones of gray, black, navy, white and beige. But the superior construction and luxurious textiles elevated the collection beyond simple classics, with suiting material showing a drape resembling that of matte jersey, and a black pleather poncho turning more heads than it would have if it had been made from animal skin. The fabrics were so beautiful on their own that there was no need for flashy prints, but occasional flashes of Fair Isle, argyle or checked patterns kept things interesting.
The result: Kurahashi has been designing The Reracs for nearly a decade, but proved

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Calvin Klein Promotes Three Executives in Global Design and Merchandising Roles

Calvin Klein Inc. has made several key appointments to strengthen the brand’s global design and merchandising structure.
Marcella Wartenbergh has been promoted to chief merchandising officer, reporting to Steve Shiffman, chief executive officer of Calvin Klein. She will continue to serve in her role as global head of licensing and international markets. Earlier she had been president of brand management for Calvin Klein Europe, driving commercial performance of the European business across product categories, countries and channels of distribution, as well as overseeing merchandising and distribution of Calvin Klein products in Mexico.
In this new role, Wartenbergh is expected to leverage her global expertise to improve products’ commercial viability.
Ulrich Grimm has been promoted to global head of non-apparel design. He has been with Calvin Klein for more than 20 years and served as executive vice president, design, shoes and accessories.  During his time at Calvin Klein, he has built strong global alignment across the brand’s accessories, including some of the licensee categories such as eyewear and watches and jewelry. He will oversee design for accessories, footwear and home.
Suzanne Barton has been promoted to global head of close to body design. She has been with Calvin Klein for over 10 years, leading the

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Chanel and Barneys Host Dinner Party at Freds for Influencers and Top Buyers

EPHEMERAL, NOT POP-UP: Chanel and Barneys threw an intimate cocktail and dinner party inside the tony department store Wednesday night to celebrate their new partnership. It was also a chance for the two companies to invite influencers and top shoppers from New York City to check out the new collection, one that Barneys hopes will lead to a lasting partnership with Chanel, existing beyond the realm of just a pop-up shop. (That’s why this collection lives in an “ephemeral boutique.”)
Outside the store, the windows on Madison Avenue were filled with beach scenes: wicker baskets, chiffon printed dresses and one-piece swimsuits designed by the French maison especially for Barneys.
Pairs of jeans, canary yellow blazers and beach ball-inspired purses were all on display on the sixth floor. There, guests including Leandra Medine, Vanessa Traina and Atlanta de Cadenet milled about among the mannequins, posing for photographs next to enlarged “CHA” and “NEL” letters. Among this crowd, there were tweed jackets, 3.55 bags and elegant tailoring synonymous with Chanel as far as the eye could see. Medine toted a clear purse with pearl handles, while de Cadenet opted for a floaty white dress. Following cocktail hour, attendees trooped upstairs to Freds to

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Haspel to Celebrate 110th Anniversary With Vintage Capsule

It was 110 years ago when Joseph Haspel Sr. created a suit out of an unusual puckered Indian fabric called seersucker that could hold up to the New Orleans heat and still look good.
Fast forward to today, and Laurie Haspel Aronson, the great granddaughter of Haspel and chief executive officer of the family-owned business, is celebrating that milestone with a special vintage capsule collection, a retail partnership and a number of parties and pop-ups that kick off for spring and will continue throughout the year.
“We’re bringing the roots back to New Orleans,” said Aronson, who is headquartered in nearby Baton Rouge, La. “It’s in our DNA and part of our brand strategy.”
To that point, Haspel has partnered with Rubensteins, the venerable men’s store in New Orleans, to sell the entire spring collection in its Canal Street store. In 2017, Haspel moved from a wholesale model to direct-to-consumer. Rubensteins is its only retail account.
This past weekend, the two companies teamed for a two-day trunk show to celebrate the start of the festival season in New Orleans with an event benefiting the Jewish Children’s Regional Service. In addition, Haspel will be a sponsor of the French Quarter Festival, a Louisiana-skewed music event,

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Confindustria Moda, Mittelmoda Ink Partnership

MILAN — Confindustria Moda, the Italian federation made up of around 67,000 companies in fashion, textiles and accessories, and the country’s fashion contest International Lab of Mittelmoda have announced they’re partnering to further promote young talents.
Signed on Wednesday at Confindustria Moda’s headquarters in Milan by the organization’s president Claudio Marenzi and Matteo Marzotto, president of Mittelmoda International Lab, the partnership will allow the latter to extend the 26th edition of its “Fashion Awards” talent search to handbag, footwear, eyewear, textile and accessories designers, in addition to apparel.
“This partnership injects a breath of fresh air and hope. We’ve had a brilliant past and we’ve been supported over the past 25 years by institutional local and regional partners,” said Marzotto, who joined the talent search 11 years ago. “We try to find talents at the source, by scouting them in fashion schools, seeking for those who have the right skills and DNA to create fashion.”
As part of the deal, the award event will be held on Sept. 16 and hosted by Milan’s footwear trade show Micam, whose organizer, Assocalzaturifici, is one of Confindustria Moda’s associates. This is a return to the city for the award ceremony, which was held in Milan first in

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Life Is Good Teams With Olympian Aly Raisman and Dunkin’ for #SomethingGood

LIFE IS REALLY GOOD: Two years after she designed a T-shirt for the sportswear brand Life Is Good, Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman is art it again.
To celebrate its 25th year, the Boston-based company has recruited Aly Raisman and Dunkin’ to try to jump-start a nationwide movement. Collectively with its brand partners, consumers are being challenged to share #SomethingGood. Some might say the former Olympian did just that last year, when she testified against now-convicted former physician Larry Nassar. This Life Is Good-led effort is designed to support children in need.
The aim is to spread the power of optimism so that more individuals will achieve a happy and fulfilling life. That objective has been the brand’s mission since it started years ago. Running through September, the campaign is designed to shift the societal narrative from negative to positive. For every #SomethingGood that is shared online, the company will donate $ 1 to the Life Is Good Kids Foundation. The goal is to reach donating up to $ 1 million.
In addition, 100 percent of the net profits from a new Life Is Good limited-edition #SomethingGood T-shirt will be donated directly to the Life is Good Kids Foundation. The $ 28 T-shirt is available for men

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Printemps Puts Spotlight on Upcycling Initiatives

SECOND LIFE: Printemps is on the lookout for used clothing.
The Paris department store is launching a sustainability-focused event named “(Re)Créez, (Ré)Inventez” (“Re-create, Reinvent”), putting the spotlight on upcycling, marking the latest retail initiative aimed at tapping into consumer interest in environmental and ethical issues.
From April 4 to May 12, customers will be able to bring used garments into all Printemps stores to be donated to the French Red Cross. The clothing will either be distributed to people in need or resold in Red Cross charity stores.
The department store has also chosen to showcase creative ways of disposing of used garments. In addition to welcoming secondhand clothing boutique Tilt Vintage, Printemps has tapped Maroussia Rebecq, who designs under her brand Andrea Crews, to create a 20-piece capsule of upcycled clothing in partnership with local charity Tissons la Solidarité.
Using leftover clothing from Printemps’ stock, the designer worked in collaboration with 70 socially responsible workshops specializing in textiles. They help 1,900 workers return to the professional world each year, 83 percent of which are women.
For the event’s duration, the windows of the Printemps Haussmann store in Paris will be taken over by five artists celebrating material reuse.
Each participant has based their chosen artwork

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Delivering Good Selects Women of Inspiration Honorees

Delivering Good has selected its honorees for the annual Women of Inspiration fundraiser on June 12. The event takes place at the Pierre Hotel in New York.
The luncheon will honor Lece Lohr, president of Justice, a subsidiary of Ascena Retail Group, Inc., and Maria Montano, president and chief executive officer of Gerber Childrenswear.
There will be a special luncheon tribute to the legacy of Edyth Bush of The Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation, which has played a key role at the state and local levels to develop leadership in the nonprofit sector and to address the most pressing community needs. It is a longtime supporter of Delivering Good.
Jennifer Dulski, head of groups and community at Facebook, and the author of “Purposeful: Are You a Manager or a Movement Starter?,” will be the featured speaker.
The luncheon’s host will be Thomas P. Farley, an etiquette expert, speaker and author who is known as Mister Manners and writes the “What Manners Most” newsletter.
Luncheon tickets are $ 375 and tables start at $ 7,500.
Since 1985, the charity has distributed over $ 1.8 billion of donated product through its network of community partners.
 
 
 

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Pat Cleveland’s Friends Help Raise Funds for Her Colon Cancer Treatment

STRENGTH IN NUMBERS: Friends and relatives of the irrepressible model Pat Cleveland are rallying around her to help finance her treatment for colon cancer.
In less than 24 hours, 121 people had contributed nearly $ 44,000 toward the $ 150,000 GoFundMe initiative as of early this afternoon. Cleveland’s husband, Paul van Ravenstein, said Monday, “The community is so supportive. It is just amazing to see everybody reach out.”
After having some strange digestive issues over the last few months, Cleveland sought medical advice in New York. Cleveland helped to break racial barriers on the runways in the Sixties and Seventies. Unlike many of her peers, Cleveland continued to model through the years. Once fashion week got underway in February, she was busy in New York, and then off to Europe for the Laura Biagiotti and Missoni shows in Milan, followed by Tommy Hilfiger’s Zendaya show in Paris, her husband said. Earlier this month Cleveland made an appearance at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts’ opening for its Thierry Mugler exhibition.
About 10 days ago in Paris for her daughter Anna’s birthday and a hair show for L’Orèal, Cleveland sought medical attention due to increased discomfort, her husband said. When the consulting physician checked back with

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Cinoh RTW and Men’s Fall 2019

Name: Cinoh
Main message: Takayuki Chino has been heading his own brands for over a decade, but as one of the winners of the 2019 Tokyo Fashion Award, he staged a runway show for the first time this season. With it, he showed his audience just why Cinoh has reached levels of popularity that many Tokyo brands can only hope for, being carried by top retailers across Japan.
The designer showed a relaxed, slightly disheveled sophistication. A leopard print, plush fleece pantsuit and long, fringed straight skirts for women shared the runway with men’s suits that were reimagined with pullovers in the place of button-front jackets. Long satin dresses, pleather overalls, fuzzy knits and easy fit trousers were given a subtle injection of Nineties grunge when paired with oversize plaid jackets and shirts. The theme was also hinted at in the show’s soundtrack, which included an instrumental backing track of Nirvana’s 1991 hit “Smells Like Teen Spirit.”
The result: With equal parts elegance and comfort, it was a collection that will surely resonate with Tokyo’s fashion-forward youth, without alienating older consumers.

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Billy Reid on a Growth Spurt as New Investors Come on Board

NEW YORK — It’s a new day at Billy Reid.
The Alabama-based designer recently sold a minority stake in his business and with that financial cushion is working with a new team to grow the brand to what he believes can be its full potential.
In addition to Joel Anderson, an Alabama businessman who has been a partner for close to a decade, the Kemmons Wilson Companies, a Memphis-based investment firm operated by the descendants of the founder of the Holiday Inn chain, recently invested as well. Kemmons Wilson also holds stakes in the Memphis Grizzlies NBA team, the Wiseacre Brewing Co., Central BBQ, Active Implants and businesses in the hospitality and insurance fields. It purchased an undisclosed percentage of the Billy Reid brand last year.
The latest company to provide funding is The Balvenie, Scotland’s premier single malt Scotch whisky. The deal, which is for one year but may be extended, will find Balvenie spirits being featured at Billy Reid’s 12 retail stores. It will sponsor his 11th annual Shindig festival in Alabama in August and host a series of in-store events in several stores.
Like many independent designer labels, Reid has struggled to find the cash to sustain and expand his business. Reid

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Christie’s Auction of S.I. Newhouse Art Expected to Fetch $130 Million

Ahead of the May auctions, Christie’s has unveiled 11 pieces from the late S.I. Newhouse‘s prized art collection, valued at more than $ 130 million.
From Jeff Koons to Andy Warhol, the modern art collection includes paintings and sculptures from the former Condé Nast heir and publisher’s personal collection, which he started curating in the Sixties. The collection includes work by major artists such as Paul Cézanne, Vincent van Gogh, Roy Lichtenstein and Alberto Giacometti, among others.

Roy Lichtenstein’s 1996 “Landscape with Boats,” estimated between $ 7 million and $ 9 million. 
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“S.I. Newhouse was one of the most important collectors of the 20th century and well into the 21st,” Tobias Meyer, adviser to the Newhouse family, said in a statement on the auction. “He personified the rare combination of a great intuitive eye and equally great intellectual curiosity. He read voraciously about artists he admired and nothing could stop him once he decided to acquire a work of art that measured up to his exacting standards.”
The most high-profile and most valued of the Newhouse pieces going on the block is Koons’ 1986 sculpture, “Rabbit,” expected to sell for between $ 50 million to $ 70 million. The stainless steel piece has been admired for decades with its

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