Barnsley FC Chief Praised For Writing Letter To Fan Who Tweeted About His Mental Health

By Rachel McGrath Barnsley FC chief executive Gauthier Ganaye has been praised for reaching out to a fan who tweeted about his mental health. On Tuesday, Chris Ryder shared a picture of a letter he received from Ganaye, alongside the caption “best club in the world”. Ganaye opens the note by apologising to Ryder for […]

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Are Men Really Worse Parents Than Women?

By Dr Pragya Agarwal New research by YouGov recently showed that one third of mums think that they are better parents than their partners; 32% of men thought that they were a worse parent than mothers. What I found most interesting about this study was that so many parents are fearful of their parenting skills, […]

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BMX Rider Nigel Sylvester Reveals His First Air Jordan Collab

Nigel Sylvester has made a name for himself by being one of the hippest individuals in the modern BMX biking scene. Equally at home on the pedals as at an exclusive party surrounded by other celebs, he’s also known as the biggest sneakerhead on a bike. Already the first BMX rider sponsored by Jordan Brand, […]

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Why Do Cosmetics Companies Keep Blacking Up Women’s Hands In Ads?

By Micha Frazer-Carroll What colour are dark-skinned people’s palms? If you don’t know the answer, you might be in the same boat as the staff over at BECCA, the most recent brand to be accused racial insensitivity in its advertising. Over the weekend, the Australian cosmetics company came under fire on social media for a […]

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Campaigners Warn Of ‘Brexodus’ Following Record Drop In Number Of EU Workers

By Jasmin Gray Pro-EU campaigners have warned “Brexodus” has hit the UK after new data revealed a record drop in the number of EU workers. Figures published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) showed the number of EU nationals employed in the UK decreased by 86,000 in the year following June 2017 – the […]

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Try Not To Puke Watching Ryan Reynolds Drink A Truly Disgusting Cocktail

The “Deadpool” star went all in on “The Tonight Show” with Jimmy Fallon. Via:: https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/ryan-reynolds-drinking-game-fallon_us_5b729123e4b0530743cd0e84       

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Stephen Colbert Schools Donald Trump Over Latest Geography Goof

“The Late Show” host said it’s “important that the most powerful man in the world knows what countries are in that world.” Via:: https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/stephen-colbert-donald-trump-geography-lesson_us_5b72aac6e4b0530743cd343b       

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I’m A Celeb Extra Camp Host Joel Dommett Says Dec Would Be ‘Fine On His Own’ Hosting Show Solo

By Connor Parker Ant McPartlin Breaks Months Of Social Media Silence After Standing Down From ‘I’m A Celebrity’ Ant And Dec Pictured Together For First Time Since Ant’s Drink-Driving Arrest Scarlett Moffatt Laughs Off ‘Ludicrous’ Ant McPartlin Romance Rumours Via:: https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/ant-mcpartlin-im-a-celebrity-replacement-joel-dommett_uk_5b72a53fe4b0bdd0620c92ca       

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Google Is Still Tracking Your Location Even If You Turn It Off

By Thomas Tamblyn Google is still tracking your location on iPhone and Android, even after you specifically told it not to. The revelation was made by an investigation by Associated Press which found that even after people turned off ‘Location History’ in their privacy settings, Google was still recording exact locations when users carried out […]

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Darren Criss, Eyeing an Emmy

Earning his first Emmy nomination hasn’t gone to Darren Criss’ head — even if he’s also the one to beat. “It was fun to live out my old-age rivalry between me and Tony,” says Criss playfully, early one morning from the Made Hotel in New York. Tony is Antonio Banderas, and both actors are up […]

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Nicki Minaj Adds R-Rated Lyric About Stephen Colbert To ‘Barbie Dreams’

“I don’t know where to go from here,” said “Late Show” host Colbert. Via:: https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/nicki-minaj-stephen-colbert-barbie-dreams_us_5b728a13e4b0ae32af9b3963       

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Seth Meyers Cautions Donald Trump About The ‘Perjury Trap’

Trump’s lawyers have their work cut out for them. Via:: https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/seth-meyers-donald-trump-perjury-tra_us_5b725f54e4b0ae32af9b1108       

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Does Rudeness Have A Legitimate Place In Politics?

By The Conversation UK We live in an age of rude politicians. In the US, Donald Trump has periodically monopolised the headlines since 2015 with his rude and obnoxious behaviour, often showcased via Twitter or at international summits, where he has pushed presidents out of his way and left his counterparts visibly exasperated. His behaviour […]

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‘Strictly Come Dancing’ 2018: Joe Sugg Confirmed For This Year’s Line-Up

By Daniel Welsh We’re only onto the second day of Here’s Everything We Can Tell You So Far About The New Series Of ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ BBC Still Has ‘No Plans’ To Include Same-Sex Pairings On ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ Meet The All-New ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ Professionals Joining The Show This Year Via:: https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/joe-sugg-strictly-come-dancing_uk_5b728036e4b0bdd0620c61b1       

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James Corden ‘Releases’ More Of Omarosa’s Secret Recordings Of Donald Trump

“Dogs are boys and cats are girls.” Via:: https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/james-corden-omarosa-tapes-donald-trump_us_5b72778de4b0ae32af9b2732       

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Royal Mail Fined £50 Million For Competition Law Breach

By George Bowden and PA / HuffPost UK Communications regulator Posties Banned By Royal Mail From Flying Flags During World Cup This Is Royal Mail’s Deadline For Posting Letters To Santa To Be Guaranteed A Response Royal Mail Workers Vote To Strike Over Jobs, Pay And Pensions Via:: https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/royal-mail-fined-ps50-million-for-competition-law-breach_uk_5b7273f3e4b0530743ccf132       

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Human Hair Extensions Are Being Matted Together To Clean Up Oil Spills

By Sara Spary It’s an unlikely ending for something as glamorous as hair extensions or as mundane as the clippings from a hairdressers’ floor, but tonnes of human hair are being swept up and knitted together to soak up oil spills from our oceans. Future Fuels: What To Expect From Emerging Energy Sources Scientists Have […]

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Who wants to be a baby giraffe? The problem with Instagram It poses

By Anna Hart Online influencers are imitating wildlife to get likes. But from the knock-kneed ‘pigeon toe’ to the ‘sparrow face’ pout, they aren’t exactly selecting power animals It’s a jungle out there on Instagram. If people aren’t using animal face filters to give themselves cutesy cartoon ears or oversize tongues, they are mimicking animals […]

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Comfort meets style with #MANO sneakers

By Anna Katina Comfort meets style Hello my friends! As you can see, I try to write more often again! This is my second article this month, whoop! Last week, I introduced you the fair fashion store Akabo, this week I would like to talk about some sneakers… not any sneakers but THE sneakers I […]

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Let’s talk fair fashion!

By Anna Katina FAIR FASHION IN LUXEMBOURG – Introducing AKABO BUTTéck Hello my friends! I hope you’re all doing great! I’m currently in the middle of the wedding marathon (and I love it!!). Soon I’ll be in Croatia and Cuba! (Cameras all ready !!). I didn’t write about Tokyo yet and I think about it […]

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Spotted in Luxcity – The Place!

THE PLACE (to be!) Hello my friends! I hope you are doing great, Spring is finally here, for real! Whoop! So, full of Spring vibes, I decided to present you a new fashion spot in Luxembourg City. Maybe you know this store already? The name is The Place and it has opened a few months […]

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Current style obsession

O V E R S I Z E D Skinny jeans + oversized jumper + mini bag Dear friends. Yes this post is a mix of hair colours but who cares. Today I realised that my recent outfits all look similar so I decided to feature my current obsession which is based on three things […]

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A sprinkle in time: the best watches for spring/summer 2018 – in pictures

From Omega to Chanel, here are six of the most stylish timepieces money can buy (doughnuts not included) • Read more from the spring/summer 2018 edition of The Fashion, our biannual fashion supplement Continue reading…      

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Spring vibes – let’s go outside!

By Anna Katina Hello my friends! Happy March! Spring is coming, I feel it! Time to breath new life into the fashion category of my blog! So here we go, Spring vibes with bright colours, warm tones and cheeky details, because Spring is my favourite season! Bye-bye Winter depression, scarfs, coats and all the grey […]

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Objects of desire: this season’s most wanted fashion items – in pictures

From Dior’s bohemian glass bead necklaces to Saint Laurent’s ‘le smoking’ bag, here are spring 2018’s hottest items in all their glory • Read more from the spring/summer 2018 edition of The Fashion, our biannual fashion supplement Continue reading…      

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Brexit Risks Half A Million More Air Pollution Deaths, MP Warns

The UK could face half a million more early deaths from air pollution after Brexit if the government fails to take robust action, an MP has warned. Labour’s Geraint Davies says ministers’ current plans to completely phase out petrol and diesel cars by 2040 do not go far enough to mitigate leaving the EU and […]

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We Must Protect Our Rights From Automated Decisions

Imagine a future where algorithms or even supercharged artificial intelligence (AI) make decisions in multiple aspects of your life: your job, your education, your welfare, and even your health. In this future, the police use algorithms and AI systems to predict where crime will be committed and automated alerts trigger police to despatch vehicles. Police […]

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Britain First Banned From Facebook

Britain First’s Facebook page and the pages of its two leaders have been removed “with immediate effect”, the social media giant has announced. In a statement, Facebook said the far-right group’s three pages, including leaders Paul Golding and Jayda Fransen’s, had “repeatedly posted content designed to incite animosity and hatred against minority groups”. Facebook said […]

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Creating ‘Immersive Art’ at Juku New York’s Subterranean Cocktail Bar

“Coming down here you’ll feel one level removed from reality,” explains contemporary artist Jonah Freeman of the new cocktail lounge beneath Japanese restaurant Juku at 32 Mulberry Street in Manhattan. Freeman and his creative partner Justin Lowe have transformed the intimate space into a trippy work of experiential art that begins after the stark concrete […]

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‘A uniform for intellectuals’: the fashion legacy of Marimekko

Designed in the 1950s to bring colour to a postwar world, Finnish design brand Marimekko is enjoying a fashion moment – with a bright and breezy Uniqlo collaboration ‘I really don’t sell clothes, I sell a way of living.” No, these aren’t the words of fashion’s current tastemakers, the likes of outgoing Céline designer Phoebe […]

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Stephen Hawking Dead: Eddie Redmayne Leads Tributes To The ‘Astonishing’ Man He Played In ‘The Theory Of Everything’

Eddie Redmayne has paid tribute to Stephen Hawking following the death of the British scientist at the age of 76. Eddie won the Best Actor Oscar in 2015 for his portrayal of the professor in ‘The Theory Of Everything‘. He described him as having a “truly beautiful mind” and added that he was “the funniest […]

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Brexit Didn’t Cause The Pressures On The NHS, But It Will Make Them More Difficult

Forget the red bus, with its claims about what leaving the EU would mean for the health service. In reality, the potential impact of Brexit on the NHS was hardly discussed during the EU referendum campaign. The Leave camp specialised in vague pledges of extra funding. And, for their part, the Remainers managed to come […]

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Iconic Physicist Stephen Hawking Dies At 76

“We have this one life to appreciate the grand design of the universe,” Hawking once remarked, “and for that, I am extremely grateful.”      

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The cat's been out of the bag for decades, as longtime readers of WWD can attest. Leopard-print designs have made front-page fashion news since the Thirties, and were popularized by an array of famous personalities. Follow WWD on Twitter or become a fan on Facebook.Read More... [...]
Andrea Jovine, a well-regarded bridge sportswear designer in the Nineties, is making a comeback. Jovine teamed with Nation Design, a New York-based manufacturer, to produce a collection of fall knitwear that is currently being shipped to some 400 to 500 specialty stores in the U.S. The spring line, which is being shown this week at Stitch @ Project in Las Vegas and will be introduced next week at the New York showroom, is being expanded to department stores. The sweaters, which range in size from XS to 3X, carry the label, AJ Andrea Jovine. For spring, looks include asymmetrical tunics, raglan cardigans, side-tie sweaters, tie-front pullovers, button-sleeve dolman sweaters, ruched pullovers and a tie-front tank. Fabrics range from viscose, nylon crepe and semi-sheer transparency to mercerized cotton tape yarns, corded viscose and linen. Metallics and sheen, black, white, and sorbet colors are featured prominently. “I've known Andrea a long time. She's focused most of her time on interiors. She's always wanted to get back into it,” said Lynne Ronon, chief executive officer of Nation Design, in an interview at company headquarters. Jovine explained, “When we left, it was under circumstances that were not really planned, we had closed when Victor [Coopersmith, her husband andFollow WWD on Twitter or become a fan on Facebook.Read More... [...]
When the private investors behind Baldwin, the Kansas City, Kan.-founded heritage denim brand, decided to make the leap from a mainly men's niche business to a global ready-to-wear company, they knew some things needed to change. With the blessing of founders Matt and Emily Baldwin, who launched the brand in their hometown nine years ago and grew the business into one that became a men's fashion magazine darling and a CFDA Vogue Fashion Fund finalist, the torch was passed to new president Johnathan Crocker, who had spent nearly a decade as the marketing mastermind at AG. Crocker was also up for the challenge, having grown up in the premium denim world and wanting to move beyond it to create an American rtw label that could compete with the New York runways and woo majors with a sophisticated women's and men's offering. The goal is to take Baldwin from a ratio of 70/30 men's/women's to 35/65. Baldwin's new website First order of business: relocate the entire company to Los Angeles, where the design and sales talent pools were larger and the creative momentum at a peak. Crocker recruited nearly 20 employees, from designers to production managers, sales and marketing directors, solely through word of mouthFollow WWD on Twitter or become a fan on Facebook.Read More... [...]
Sun-baked colors, natural fabrics and simple shapes telegraph summer ease, even in the big city. Those are among elements to be showcased at the trade shows in Las Vegas this week. Follow WWD on Twitter or become a fan on Facebook.Read More... [...]
Colorful stripes, alone or crossed to form squares, added graphic verve to contemporary collections for resort. Follow WWD on Twitter or become a fan on Facebook.Read More... [...]
Body positivity and inclusivity are major themes at Rafaella, the better-price sportswear company, which focuses its attention on fit. The brand, which continues to grow in a challenging environment, is designed to address the needs of women of all shapes and sizes. It is positioned at the opening price range of the better sportswear offer at department stores, with key accounts including Belk, Lord & Taylor, Stage Stores, Hudson's Bay Co. and Boscov's, as well as Amazon and Dia & Co., the plus-size subscription box. While its distribution has been focused on department stores and their online channels as well as various e-commerce sites (it doesn't have e-commerce on its own Web site), the company is changing the way it communicates with its customers. “We're focused on reaching our consumer in a digital/social media way that we never have before. It's very grassroots and very authentic,” said Denise Miller, president of Rafaella, which is the largest women's division at Perry Ellis International. Miller said the sportswear brand has gone through some aesthetic and messaging changes and is well-positioned for the future. “It's almost like the re-evolution of Rafaella. We've been servicing her for many years now. We have a very loyal authentic customer,” said Miller. AskedFollow WWD on Twitter or become a fan on Facebook.Read More... [...]
LOS ANGELES — Ali Qureshi is sitting in the middle of a factory floor as sewing machines buzz, workers churning out jersey shorts that go on to sell for a few hundred dollars. This is where high-end streetwear meets its reality. Qureshi, founder of the fledgling streetwear brand Norwood, owns the factory with business partner and production manager Sona Gadani and together they have a workforce of about 40 with a modest client base of six. That's in addition to the not even two-year-old Norwood brand, which recently came back from showing spring 2019 — its third collection — in Paris. The brand is now set to link with Barneys Japan on a pop-up in possibly two stores in October. There's also a deal with Timberland set for 2020 and a collaboration in the works with music artist and designer Taz Arnold's line Tisa. Norwood, which has managed to get its product on Kanye West, J Balvin and Migos, is distributed in retailers such as American Rag, Wanderset, Mortar Tokyo and Fred Segal Japan. It picked up accounts with retailers such as LuisaViaRoma in Italy and American Rag Dubai following Paris Fashion Week Men's as buyers perused Norwood's T-shirts with a startingFollow WWD on Twitter or become a fan on Facebook.Read More... [...]
Accessory designers tuned into color for resort, seeing the season through rose-colored glasses — green, purple, blue and yellow ones, too. Follow WWD on Twitter or become a fan on Facebook.Read More... [...]
Rag & Bone has tapped Stefanie Strack as chief executive officer, effective Sept. 10. At that time, she will also be named to the company's board. Marcus Wainwright, the current ceo, will assume the new title of founder and chief brand officer. Wainwright has been going it alone as ceo since co-ceo and cofounder David Neville departed in June 2016. Strack comes from Nike Inc., where she spent 14 years in various operational and business roles. She has also been a member of Nike's corporate leadership team. Most recently she was vice president, general manager of Nike Express Lane, leading a global effort to meet evolving consumer needs with improved speed-to-market. The effort led to the development of a division within Nike that sought to transform key direct-to-consumer functions: consumer sensing, data and analytics, design, supply chain and manufacturing. In Nike's earnings for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2018, Express Lane was the fastest-growing product engine, serving as a key focus point of the brand's speed initiative. Earlier, she served as general manager of Nike Skateboarding. In that role, she tapped into a young Millennials market while bringing digital innovations to the direct and wholesale marketplace. As reported, Neville stepped aside in 2016 toFollow WWD on Twitter or become a fan on Facebook.Read More... [...]
This weekend Levi's will launch a limited-edition customization studio in downtown Los Angeles that will allow denim lovers to create a jean finish from start to, well, finish. Created with state-of-the-art Project F.L.X. (future-led execution), the portable studio uses the latest advances in laser-powered technology to digitize the design and development of denim finishing, enabling Levi's to take customization to new levels. Fans can pick their denim finish — rips, fades, distressing — and wash, and watch as lasers do the work in minutes, followed by sustainable washing. The by-appointment-only studio, which will be open through Oct. 15, is a precursor to in-store Project F.L.X. technology that will be available starting in spring 2019. The heritage denim brand has long nurtured the custom experience, first with its Lot No. 1 program for made-to-order jeans, then with Levi's Tailor Shops for pins, patches, alterations, repairs and chain stitch embroidery. Now, Project F.L.X. will allow customers to design their own one-of-a-kind pair of Levi's jeans and jackets. Throughout the studio's 10-week stay, notable friends of the brand such as Kelly Slater, Victor Cruz, Kith, Clare Vivier and Karla Welch will create limited-edition pieces at the studio for giveaways on Levi's Instagram platform. “By utilizing these new methodsFollow WWD on Twitter or become a fan on Facebook.Read More... [...]
LONDON — Pernille Teisbæk and Hannah Løffler Schmidt have become chief whips of the Copenhagen fashion scene, corralling a crowd of Danish and international influencers for the city's fashion week, curating their clients' front rows at shows and connecting Danish brands to international retailers and influencers — and vice versa. Through their agency Social Zoo, they act as intermediaries, managers, influencers, event organizers and social media gurus. Their agency is Copenhagen Fashion Week's official digital strategic partner and, according to multiple industry sources, Social Zoo has an unprecedented influence on brands' guest lists and seating arrangements at shows. Industry sources said they've become the unofficial Copenhagen fashion council, with brands and retailers wanting to partner exclusively with them, especially during the twice-yearly fashion weeks. Teisbæk wields great influence due in large part to the personal relationships she has developed as an influencer herself. With 573,000 followers on Instagram, she was one of the first Scandinavian influencers to emerge and she built Social Zoo on the back of her formidable popular media accounts. Her straight, sandy brown hair and sharp features are easily recognizable at shows, and she has been featured on a string of street style Instagram accounts. Via Social Zoo, which was founded in 2016, Teisbæk now plies her personal brand and pushes sponsored content onFollow WWD on Twitter or become a fan on Facebook.Read More... [...]
Customers want it all according to brands and retailers at CurveNY, which took place at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center last week in New York. The prevailing theme is that shoppers want to feel comfortable, but still feel supported and fashionable. Brands are fulfilling this demand by creating unfussy bras, underwear and lingerie that is basic, but special. Elila, a plus-size intimates brand, showed a molded, strapless longline bra that didn't have any exterior seams, a bra with tulip embroidery, and a bra made from stretch lace. Elila's collection retails around $50 to $80. “We are growing the assortment little by little and making more fashion pieces,” said Elila's founder Ellen Jacobson. “Retailers want pieces that are going to appeal to a younger demographic who is in need of support.” In terms of retailers bringing more plus-size items in-store, Jacobson said because retail real estate is such a premium, many buyers are keeping these styles online and asking Elila, which doesn't sell directly, to drop ship, which she believes is positive for both parties. “It limits liabilities,” said Jacobson. “They won't be stuck with inventory and we won't have any margin pressures.” Curvy Couture, which targets customers with fuller busts, is expanding its wholesale operations.Follow WWD on Twitter or become a fan on Facebook.Read More... [...]
Danish brand By Malene Birger has always embodied Scandinavian style with its elegant staples and flair for modernism. Now it's ready to make its voice heard louder with a refreshed image and a stronger design perspective. Leading the contemporary brand's revamp is new creative director Mathilde Torp Mader, an alumna of Sonia Rykiel, Mulberry and Marni who said her biggest aim is to create clothes that can stand the test of time and become women's best friends. Torp Mader, who took over at the beginning of the year, already offered a clue to the new direction with her fall 2018 collection, which she was tasked to design in a mere few weeks. “I tried to think of what a wardrobe consists of, and visualize what you need to feel like a modern, empowered woman. I found that it's pieces that are quite elegant or classic, yet have those special details that make them feel yours,” Torp Mader said. “Those pieces then become friends and you feel safe in them, they can make you feel cooler or stronger or more feminine or more flirtatious depending on where you are. That's what I call the 360-degree wardrobe and it's what I've been trying to map out.” Mathilde TorpFollow WWD on Twitter or become a fan on Facebook.Read More... [...]
CHICAGO—Virgil Abloh will be the subject of a major retrospective at The Museum of Contemporary Art here next year. Currently titled “Virgil Abloh: Figures of Speech,” the exhibit will open June 8 and run all summer, closing the third week of September. “Both Virgil and I really like the title,” said Michael Darling, the museum's chief curator. “It's a term that comes out of the world of language and there's so much language that he plays with in his work. He's putting quotes around everything and questioning what these words mean. He uses so much text in his clothes and once you wear his clothing, you're walking around and you're enacting his work with your body in space.” This use of language will be translated with mannequins in the exhibit with messages on them. “They literally become figures carrying speech,” Darling said. Fashion will comprise half to three quarters of the show. “Virgil has helped us recognize how fashion has become a central hub for contemporary culture. It seems like art, music and design flows through fashion,” Darling said. “We're in a cultural moment where fashion is this common ground. People are using fashion to express themselves and all these disciplines are coming together inFollow WWD on Twitter or become a fan on Facebook.Read More... [...]
LOS ANGELES — How to go from a jobber selling fast fashion into a brand with a focused point of view and collections is no easy feat. For Honey Punch, it was a seven-year process that has the company now at a turning point. The company, started in 2002, is on an ambitious track for global status. About six months ago the business stopped selling Honey Punch at the Mart — a collection of businesses hawking mostly fast fashion in downtown. The design and sourcing teams began putting together collections for Topshop. By year's end, the company should have 31 concessions in the London-based retailer. The company counts more than 500 retail customers, including Berlin-based Zalando, Bloomingdale's and LuLus. Chief executive officer and owner Katherine Kim, seated at a conference table in the company's showroom at the New Mart in downtown recently, declined to state what the company's generating in annual sales but said it's growing at a rate of about 30 percent each year. It's a trend she projects will continue for the next few years and reported the company has also been realizing a profit for some time now on a consistent basis. It's a turn for a brand that evenFollow WWD on Twitter or become a fan on Facebook.Read More... [...]
PARIS — Fashion and music figures took to social media outlets on Friday to mourn the death of Rick Genest, known as Zombie Boy, the 32-year-old, tattooed Nicola Formichetti muse who had also worked with Lady Gaga. “The entire Dulcedo family is in shock and upset by this tragedy,” said Montreal-based Dulcedo Management, Genest's talent agency, in a statement on Facebook on Thursday. “Thank you ZB for these beautiful moments in your presence and for your radiant smile,” it added. The Canadian, who had described his profession to WWD as “sexual performer” and whose acts included writhing on beds of nails, shot to fame after being discovered by Formichetti on Facebook. The designer hired Genest for the Thierry Mugler 2010 campaign and flew him to Paris for the men's show. “I like the whole freak-show atmosphere,” Genest told WWD in 2011, speaking backstage after his turn on the catwalk. His fame continued to grow after he appeared in a high-profile advertisement for Dermablend that garnered millions of hits and launched endless Internet debates about how society judges physical appearance. The video ran under the tag line “How do you judge a book?” and featured a clear-skinned Genest who stripped nude to the waist and proceeded toFollow WWD on Twitter or become a fan on Facebook.Read More... [...]
Two years ago, Robin Chang and Luke Goldstein were leading professional lives that most twentysomethings would envy — she was working as a women's wear designer at Theory and he was a men's product strategist. But a lunch with Sarah LaFleur, founder and chief executive officer of direct-to-consumer workwear label MM.LaFleur, changed their perspectives. “She encouraged us to leave our jobs,” Goldstein recalled. “I always had an idea for a start-up, but I need a female creative collaborator, so I chased Robin down outside of our building one day.” Chang added, “Fashion has always been this place of exclusivity that doesn't make sense to us. The image of an anorexic girl in front of the camera was never for us.” In April 2017, the two cofounded Proof Collective, a DTC basics brand that uses technology to give natural fibers enhanced functionality. Their first item, a cropped jean jacket, looks and feels like premium denim, but repels water like a raincoat. The Made in Los Angeles product is comparable to brands such Rag & Bone, Mother or Re/Done that retail for twice the $195 price. Other foundational categories such as T-shirts, fleece and sweaters, all with tech-enhanced fibers, will follow, but for now they areFollow WWD on Twitter or become a fan on Facebook.Read More... [...]
FACE TIME?: Could Francisco Costa be plotting his next act, this time in the burgeoning beauty space? The Brazilian-born designer, best known for his 14-year stint as women's creative director of Calvin Klein Collection, is readying a product launch for later this year, sources told WWD. Additional details could not immediately be learned, and Costa could not be reached for comment. He lists himself as founder of Costa Brazil on his personal Instagram page, which counts 79,000 followers. The Costa Brazil feed has no posts yet. Costa has lived in the U.S. since the 1980s and attended the Fashion Institute of Technology. He worked for Oscar de la Renta and Bill Blass before joining Calvin Klein in 2003. He received the Council of Fashion Designers of America's Womenswear Designer of the Year award in 2006 and 2008 and the Cooper-Hewitt National Fashion Design Award in 2009. He and Italo Zucchelli, creative director of men's for Calvin Klein Collection, exited the brand in 2016 to make way for a new global strategy unifying all Calvin Klein lines under designer Raf Simons. Follow WWD on Twitter or become a fan on Facebook.Read More... [...]
SERIOUSLY LOOPY: As far as brand mascots go, “Toucan Sam” is a pretty colorful character, with a tricolored bill inspired by Froot Loops' original colors. But Kellogg's is taking a more kaleidoscopic route for its upcoming Froot Loops-inspired apparel collection. The fruit-flavored breakfast cereal has joined forces with AwaytoMars for the “Whatever Froots Your Loops” initiative. The capsule collection of what is described as “wardrobe essentials” is being created with the help of consumers. The project is meant to encourage people to show their true colors, to “find inspiration and show the world ‘Whatever Froots Your Loops.'” Earlier this year, Kellogg's put out the word online that design ideas were welcome. Aiming to gather input from 10,000 people around the world, the Froot Loops/AwaytoMars collection will consist of jackets, coats, hats, beanies, tops, shirts, dresses and shoes. Froot Loops, AwaytoMars and online critics are choosing the two most popular cocreators for each category. Early entrants included a colorful dress from Paris-based designer Emmanuelle Julliard that is meant to be “a wink to the dresses of the Sixties from Paco Rabanne.” Her A-line dress is made in a kind of chain mail of fabric with padded rings in the Froot Loops color paletteFollow WWD on Twitter or become a fan on Facebook.Read More... [...]
OCEAN'S TWO: Jewelry theft is on the rise. On Tuesday afternoon, thieves raided the Strängnäs Cathedral, situated west of Stockholm, during visiting hours. Their loot included a royal orb embellished with precious stones and pearls. The orb dates back to the 17th century from Charles IX and Kristina the Elder's funeral regalia. Two crowns were also stolen. These belonged to King Karl IX and Queen Kristina. It was reported that the thieves lifted these items from their locked glass displays, and according to witnesses, two men were seen running from the cathedral with the stolen jewels and proceeded to jump into their getaway vehicle, a small white motorboat. Stockholm is situated on 14 islands and is made up of a vast network of waterways that wind in and out of the city. Police believed that the thieves took advantage of, and fled, via the city's system of lakes and canals. The Swedish police have mobilized a manhunt, helicopters and boats have been deployed but so far, they have been unsuccessful. “It's 1-0 to them right now,” Thomas Agnevik, a police spokesperson, told the Swedish media. “It is not possible to put an economic value on this, it is invaluable items of national interest.” Earlier this month,Follow WWD on Twitter or become a fan on Facebook.Read More... [...]
LOS ANGELES — It's not uncommon for lines out the door of stores on Fairfax Avenue on any given day, but kids asking for autographs from the founder of what is, for all intents and purposes, a backpack company? That's got to say something. As Sprayground founder and creative director David Ben-David strode up the walk to his company's Fairfax pop-up — here through Aug. 5 — he was greeted by hearty handshakes and hugs. Once inside the store, a fan asked him to sign the inside of his backpack. Ben-David obliged. “We're the new revolution of accessories,” Ben-David later told WWD. “The bag [in the past] wasn't significant; now it's significant. It's turning out fashion in something utilitarian.” Growth prompted the New York-based company's push onto the West Coast for its first pop-up here following two in New York. It's a mind-boggling appetite — much of it crossing over with the same cohort that buys into streetwear brands — that's driving Sprayground's success with its limited edition backpacks and a more recently introduced line of luggage. The brand's in-your-face styles reflect quirky slices of pop culture that began with Ben-David's first design riffing off the “Hello My Name Is” tags commonplace at meetings. TheseFollow WWD on Twitter or become a fan on Facebook.Read More... [...]
Trends transcend borders, as these street-style snaps attest. Fantasy camp shirts, flowing dresses, straw accessories and micro bags were spotted on the streets of Cannes, France; Copenhagen; Taipei, Taiwan; Shanghai; New York; Seoul, and Los Angeles. Follow WWD on Twitter or become a fan on Facebook.Read More... [...]
PARIS — Behind the Gucci-centric headlines that greet every quarter of impressive growth at Kering, there is another brand that is fueling the French luxury group — Saint Laurent — because of a reboot of its women's wear offer under chief executive officer Francesca Bellettini and creative director Anthony Vaccarello. “If you think that the luxury industry is mostly women-driven, and before Anthony, our men's ready-to-wear business was bigger than the women's ready-to-wear, it's dysfunctional, so there was a huge job that we had to do to reaffirm the woman of Saint Laurent,” she explained. “Without clarifying the image and the positioning of the woman, and the elevation of the woman, we could not secure the future of the company,” Bellettini added in an interview at the company's corporate headquarters on Avenue George V here on Friday, a day after Kering published its first-half results. Since she took over in 2013, the Italian executive has overseen a tripling of the house's sales, though she's not one to sit on her laurels. Rather, she continually drives her teams toward the next challenge, as she propels the label founded by Yves Saint Laurent toward its long-term revenue target of 3 billion euros. Having posted sales ofFollow WWD on Twitter or become a fan on Facebook.Read More... [...]
Kelly Killoren Bensimon, who's had a busy multihyphenate career as an author, socialite, model, editor, cast member of “The Real Housewives of New York City,” and current real estate agent is getting into the luxury fashion game. She is designing a capsule in collaboration with Pologeorgis, the New York-based luxury furrier and outerwear firm called En Ville. The capsule runs the gamut from a peacoat, fur-lined luxurious raincoat and evening shrugs to an animal-printed fur coat and embellished footwear. En Ville will be introduced Aug. 4 at What Goes Around Comes Around in East Hampton and then be sold on Pologeorgis' web site and Bensimon's Instagram, beginning in September. The capsule includes jackets and coats, retailing from approximately $700 to $2,500; accessories, retailing from about $499 to 1,000, and home, retailing from about $300 to $2,000. Among the apparel is a camo-printed fox patchwork-lined hooded parka for $2,000; a gray Rex rabbit oversized pullover with boat neck, $950; a navy double-faced cashmere blend with black dyed beaver peplum jacket, $995; a sheared and grooved navy rabbit peacoat, $1,295, and a black Rex rabbit shrug, $745. Accessories in the lineup include black shearling-lined slippers with brown fox trim at the top for $425 and leather sandalFollow WWD on Twitter or become a fan on Facebook.Read More... [...]
MOSCOW — Signaling the vibrancy of the local skateboard scene — and a rebounding Russian retail market — upstart brand Paccbet has opened its first freestanding store here. The 1,600-square-foot unit is called Oktyabr: the name echos the Oktyabrskaya subway station where Moscow skaters congregate to improve their skills – and check out each others' gear – under a monumental statue of Lenin. A view of the new Paccbet store Courtesy Photo Paccbet founder Tolia Titaev, 24, hopes Oktyabr – which he bills as the first multi-brand skateboarding store in Moscow – will become another key meeting point for the local scene. In addition to Paccbet, the Russian word for sunrise, the unit carries such brands as F—ing Awesome, Dime, Awake, Stussy and Carharrt. Oktyabr also carries Russian Absurd, which Titaev cooked up with local skating hero Gosha Konushev, who will lead a group of boarders sponsored by Oktyabr. “I always wanted to do something for Russian skateboarding. I wanted to tell the world that the Russian scene is strong and our youth is buzzing and is willing to do things,” said Titaev, who established Paccbet in 2016 under the tutelage of his friend Gosha Rubchinskiy, the new ringleader of the Russian fashion scene andFollow WWD on Twitter or become a fan on Facebook.Read More... [...]
LOS ANGELES — ComplexCon officials were duped into believing Dior would have a presence at the upcoming streetwear event by an agency that said it was acting on behalf of the luxury house, WWD has learned. ComplexCon on Wednesday had announced Dior's inclusion in the third annual festival, which is to be held Nov. 3 to 4. The deal had been viewed by ComplexCon — which melds fashion, music, food and art — as a push into luxury and a way to diversify its base of vendors exhibiting at the buzzy event. It would have underlined luxury's continued charge into the streetwear space. Neil Wright, ReedPop event director of ComplexCon and Agenda, issued a statement to WWD Friday morning in which he said, “Yesterday ReedPop learned that an agency that led us to believe they were representing Dior in negotiations to exhibit at ComplexCon did not have the authority to enter into agreements on behalf of the brand. We apologize to Dior for the confusion this caused and for our failure to discover the issue sooner. We are reviewing our internal policies and taking steps to ensure this doesn't happen again.” A Dior spokeswoman in New York did not immediately returns requests forFollow WWD on Twitter or become a fan on Facebook.Read More... [...]
Giorgio Armani is gearing up to bring its “Giorgio's” private members' night out concept to Munich. Introduced at the company's Armani/Privé nightclub in Milan at the end of 2016, the one-night format, including a mix of performances with DJ-sets, will hit the German city on Sept. 13. The event, which will be hosted at Munich's Park Café, a neoclassic hip venue, will mark the reopening of the company's flagship, located on Munich's Maximilianstrasse. The two-story, 4,305-square-foot store was revamped with the brand's most recent concept, which includes enamel and platinum-colored metal furniture pieces and displays placed in an elegant setting with curtains and silk panels matching the flooring's color palette. Along with carrying the brand's ready-to-wear and accessories collections, the flagship features an area dedicated to Giorgio Armani's makeup and fragrance offering. Giorgio Armani flagship in Munich. Beppe Raso “Munich is a very fascinating city. Its spirit perfectly combines modernity and tradition,” said the designer. “In this important tourist destination, I wanted to renovate my boutique, which with its eight windows, features a high visibility on one of the city's luxury shopping boulevards. I conceived a refined yet warm space, reflecting my esthetic codes and, at the same time, well integrated in its context.” Previously, theFollow WWD on Twitter or become a fan on Facebook.Read More... [...]
Belgian label A.F. Vandevorst will be the special project of the upcoming edition of Milan-based trade show White, running Sept. 21-24. The brand won't only present its spring 2019 collection to buyers and press at the fair's Tortona 27/Superstudio Più location, but will also celebrate its 20th anniversary with a special installation at the Tortona 31/Archiproducts venue. Here, A.F. Vandevorst will also operate a pop-up show selling limited edition ready-to-wear and accessories. Putting the focus on Belgian creativity, White will host in the same Tortona 31/Archiproducts area “The Belgian Focus,” a special project developed in collaboration with Flanders DC, a nonprofit organization founded by the Flemish government to boost the business of the region's economy. Through the partnership, seven emerging companies, including sustainable underwear specialist Ophelia Lingerie, printed textile maker Marlène Madou, footwear brand Morobé, bag label Lies Martens, jewelry house Studio Collect, as well as ready-to-wear firms Mooiloop and Helder Antwerp, will showcase their creations in Milan. The next edition of White will also see the participation of Fiorucci, which, as special guest of the trade show, will present its spring 2019 lineup in a dedicated area at the Tortona 27/Superstudio Più venue. Follow WWD on Twitter or become a fan on Facebook.Read More... [...]
Laura McEwen has joined Tibi, the advanced contemporary brand, as senior vice president of global sales. She takes over duties formerly handled by Brendan Wittlinger, who left the company. Most recently, McEwen was head of sales and partnerships at Flipboard, digital news curators, prior to which she was founder and chief executive officer of Squarecanvas LLC. Earlier, McEwen was with Condé Nast as vice president and publisher of Teen Vogue and Self. In her new role, McEwen will lead the sales organization globally, the private client group and the retail network. In a related move, Solène Pouyat will join Tibi as director of sales, managing the EMEA region, South America, and other key accounts. It is a new post. Most recently, Pouyat spent six years at Balenciaga, leading key regions for wholesale. Her appointment is effective Aug. 13. McEwen reports to Elaine Chang, president of Tibi, who was elevated from chief marketing officer earlier this year. Poyat reports to McEwen. Chang said she was excited to have McEwen join the team. “Our industry is changing at such a rapid pace that we must always be agile and creative with how we grow sales. Bringing on an executive like Laura who comes from media and publishing, butFollow WWD on Twitter or become a fan on Facebook.Read More... [...]
MILAN — Altagamma continues to support the Italian creative companies it represents with a new summit, scheduled for Oct. 30 at Milan's Triennale design museum. The “Next Design Perspectives,” which is expected to take place annually, will focus on socioeconomic macro trends shaping the future of design and creativity. The goal of the initiative is to promote Italian creative skills by discussing and depicting the expected evolution of design over the next few years, beginning with research Altagamma commissioned from London-based trend forecasting firm WGSN. The study will be unveiled during the summit in October. “Design is challenged by technology, which is only partially related to the digital transformation, and is opening up to new ecosystems — such as socioeconomic places — where design really actualizes. These ecosystems are facing the challenge of modernization,” said Altagamma president Andrea Illy. “Milan is a key city in terms of design and creativity, but it lacked an event investigating such topics especially to give small- and medium-sized enterprises answers about the future of design, how it will look and what are the strategies to follow,” explained Dario Rinero, the event's project leader and chief executive officer of Poltrona Frau Group. Rinero spearheaded the project's steering committee, which includes MoMA's seniorFollow WWD on Twitter or become a fan on Facebook.Read More... [...]