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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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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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Yuima Nakazato to Open a Store This Year

Yuima Nakazato, the Japanese designer revisiting couture by co-developing designs and tapping into old resources may be taking that customization experience, together with Lectra’s “Fashion on Demand” software, into a physical store “very soon,” he said.
Partnering with Lectra, the technology company aiming to upend traditional supply chains for industries such as fashion, furniture and automotive through its software solutions which cut customization time from 2.45 hours to 12 minutes, Nakazato’s dream to “bring that experience into the store” is coming this year, according to Lectra sources.
Click here to see Yuima Nakazato’s couture Spring 2019 collection.
The impending announcement was teased during a presentation at Lectra’s Global VIP Fashion Event in Bordeaux, France, last week, on the “Fashion on Demand” software. The session was hosted by Lectra’s Christine Dandieu, sales director for fashion at Lectra, and Frederic Gaillard, vice president for product marketing, cutting room.
Dandieu hinted at Nakazato’s dream becoming reality soon, saying to expect to see the ability to make customized clothes in the store “very soon.” When approached after the session, Gaillard confirmed Lectra has been in conversation with Nakazato to help realize the in-store customization concept within the year.
Nakazato’s latest collection featured upcycled fabrics quilted into a patchwork of

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Promise Project to Host Beautiful Promise Spring Fundraiser

Promise Project will host its 12th annual Beautiful Promise cocktail party, co-chaired by Cindy Weber Cleary, Lori Buchbinder and Terry Darland. The event takes place April 30 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Metropolitan Pavilion in New York.
Once again, ABC’s Bill Ritter will serve as emcee.
Guests will have an opportunity to bid on silent auction items that include accessories and handbags from Tom Ford, Chanel, Edie Parker, Lafont and Louis Vuitton, as well as experiences such as VIP tickets to the “Daily Show” and “Late Night with Stephen Colbert.”
Other auction items are a table for eight at Rao’s, a private tour of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, tickets to “To Kill a Mockingbird,” and VIP tickets to musical revue “Beach Blanket Babylon” and a stay at the Hotel Zeppelin. These will be available for bidding on Charitybuzz when the auction goes live on April 23.
The event is being catered by Thomas Preti Events to Savor.
All proceeds from the event will benefit Promise Project, which in collaboration with Columbia University Medical Center and New York Presbyterian Hospital is New York City’s most effective and comprehensive program committed to helping impoverished children living with learning disabilities get the support they need

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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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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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Nike, Artist Steven Harrington Team Up for Earth Day Capsule

Nike is getting artistic for Earth Day thanks to a collaboration with artist Steven Harrington.
The sports giant teamed with the Los Angeles-based painter to create a capsule collection intended to inspire love for the planet. Harrington is best known for his colorful California-inspired psychedelic pop works that often include dog and palm tree characters, an aesthetic he transferred to three Nike footwear models.
The Nike Flyleather by Steven Harrington collection includes an Air Force 1, a Blazer and a Cortez, each of which were created using Nike Flyleather, a proprietary sustainable material that uses at least 50 percent recycled leather.
Harrington said Nike reached out to him about a year ago to see if he’d be interested in working on the project, “and when it hit my desk, I was so excited,” he said. “I’m such a fan of the brand and the topic itself.”
Although he has worked with Nike in the past, the “different scope” of this project, and its overriding message about sustainability really hit home.
Harrington admitted that translating his art to footwear required a different mind-set. “In the initial concepting and talking with the designers within Nike,” he said, “I took the notion of footwear completely out of my

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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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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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The Ripple Effect of Kim Kardashian’s Yeezy Neon Pink Dress

In its most recent analysis report, researchers at Edited looked at the impact of influencers on Instagram and identified fashion trends that “trickle down and bubble up” on the social platform. The report also revealed the long-term impact of a single post from a top influencer.
In the report, titled, “The Instagram Effect: How Influencers Drive Successful Fashion Trends,” researchers at the firm noted that Instagram influencer marketing is a $1.7 billion industry, “with the tech giant ranking as the most important social media channel.”
Authors of the report said the social media platform is “showing no signs of slowing down, with over 1 billion users as of March and over 500 million daily users on Instagram Stories. And the app is forever expanding. It recently introduced a ‘checkout feature,’ allowing users to buy items directly from the app, shaping the way we shop.”
Regarding the lasting impact of Instagram posts, Edited researchers cited Kim Kardashian‘s Yeezy neon pink dress, which was worn to Kylie Jenner’s 21st birthday in August of last year. The post “created a ripple effect seen across the runway to fast-fashion brands like Fashion Nova. Since then, new neon products have grown 743 percent compared to the year before.”

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Bergdorf Goodman to Unfurl ‘Designers Off Duty,’ Showcasing Hidden Talents

Next week, Bergdorf Goodman will launch “Designers Off Duty,” a monthly series that will showcase the hidden talents and hobbies of such designers as Phillip Lim, Jason Wu, Sander Lak of Sies Marjan, Adam Lippes, Wes Gordon of Carolina Herrera, and Laura Kim and Fernando Garcia of Oscar de la Renta.
Lim will kick off the series Monday night with a cooking class for VIP customers and friends, featuring recipes from his recently launched cookbook, “More Than Our Bellies.” Guests will be invited to an intimate dinner at the Bergdorf Goodman restaurant where recipes from Lim’s cookbook will be served. There is no charge to participate and it’s open to a mix of VIP customers, friends of the brand and media.
“We have had a long partnership with BG, they have been supporting the brand for over a decade, and I am excited for the opportunity to share a more personal side of myself with my cookbook,” said Lim. “‘More Than Our Bellies,’ is a vehicle — much like my clothes — to continue to express love.” Lim said he’s eager to outfit his customers with clothes for the day and nurture them with food for the evening “as it is all

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Summer Beckons With Helen Owen x Aqua at Bloomingdale’s

Looking for the next influencer to collaborate on its Aqua collection, Bloomingdale’s tapped Helen Owen, whose Instagram account has 1.5 million followers, for her love of travel and comfort.
Owen’s blog showcases her enviable life with posts about trips to Malta; Tulum in Mexico; Bora Bora, and the Maldives, where her wardrobe invariably consists of midriff-baring tops and low-slung pants, off-the-shoulder cropped tops, shorts and bathing suits — lots of bathing suits.
“I’m a traveling creative still seeking an appropriate job title,” Owen said, adding that she’s most commonly referred to as an influencer, but sees herself as somewhere between an influencer, model, blogger and designer.
Designer is a word that’s been resonating with Owen. Her Helen Owen x Aqua collection will be available at Bloomingdale’s stores nationwide on Friday. The collection includes everything for a beach getaway to an appearance at Coachella, where Owen will be on Friday, “promoting the collection hard core.”
“I can’t just wear shorts and a T-shirt,” Owen said. “I like feeling a little more polished. I went to Bloomingdale’s with a mood board of what I wanted and their mood board was very similar.”
A white eyelet cropped top, lemon-print minidress, striped bustier and matching pants, and red skirt

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FIT Increases Safety Workshops After Brief Campus Lockdown Due to Last Week’s Live Shooter Scare

SECURITY MEASURES: Following Friday’s lockdown after reports of an active shooter on campus, officials at the Fashion Institute of Technology’s Public Safety department have amped up its standard safety workshops and tutorials.
Students and faculty were advised to shelter in place late in the day Friday, while the New York Police Department investigated the matter at the West 27th Street campus. At 6:40 p.m. police officials said there was no active threat and one person was in custody. The lockdown was lifted after 22-year-old Noah Lee was apprehended by police at the Barnes & Noble store in Union Square. Holding what turned out to be a pellet gun, Lee had posted a video of himself aiming at doors inside the school on social media with the caption, “School shooter, thank god it’s Friday.”
FIT has nearly 1,000 faculty members and close to 8,900 students. Mario Cabrera, director of FIT Public Safety, said Wednesday, “With a multi-building campus that includes residence halls, all in the middle of New York City, FIT has always made the safety and security of its community the highest priority. We need to have secure places to allow teaching and learning to go on. With that said, after an incident

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Fashion Illustrator Richard Haines to Debut Show That Encapsulates His Still-budding Career

IT ALL LINES UP: Fashion illustrator Richard Haines is gearing up for the April 18 opening of his show at the Daniel Cooney gallery.
About 20 or so pieces will be displayed in the gallery, including the work of Antonio Lopez; Christian Bérard; Paul Cadmus, an artist from the Thirties and Forties who was known simply as “Eric,” and other illustrators who influenced Haines. That combination led to the exhibition’s name, “The History of Beauty,” which is really telling a bigger story about fashion and illustration. The end result is not only what it means to Haines, but what it was, and what it is, he said. “I moved to New York in the Seventies, thinking I was hoping to be an illustrator. It was really just a dying field so I spent most of my career designing clothes. Then I started a blog of illustration 10 years ago and it just took off. With social media, there is so much more image with everything that illustration is really relevant again,” Haines said. “If I said to someone 10 years ago, ‘I want to become a fashion illustrator,’ they would have said, ‘That’s insane. There’s no work.”’
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Hot Tokyo Café, Breakfast Club, to Pop up in New York

Tokyo café Breakfast Club — a favorite haunt of fashion, film and art folk — is landing in New York.
The establishment will set a one-week creative residency at the rising Lower East Side gallery Entrance, which was recently profiled in WWD.
Founded by chef and longtime Tokyoite Luli Shioi and actor Kunichi Nomura, Breakfast Club — located in Nakameguro — is a preferred pitstop for creatives visiting Tokyo, as well as the local artistic community. The café is regularly visited by film directors including Wes Anderson, actors like Norman Reedus, fashion designers such as Olympia Le-Tan and artists like Tom Sachs and Barry McGee. Harry Styles has also recently popped in.
Breakfast Club’s merchandise — T-shirts and hoodies designed by Le-Tan, the brands Cav Empt and Richardson, and the artist Cali Thornhill Dewitt — are souvenirs coveted by many streetwear-inclined tourists.
Its New York residency will run from April 15 to 21, overseen by Shioi as well as Cai Oglesby, a New York native who now lives in Tokyo and works at the café. Each evening will see a new event, each planned to appeal to the same kind of creative community that Breakfast Club serves in Tokyo.
Oglesby’s monthly spoken word night will

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Graff Unveils Largest Cut Diamond at 302 Carats

SHINE BRIGHT: Graff has unveiled the largest square emerald-cut diamond in the world. Known as the Graff Lesedi La Rona, the diamond weighs in at 302.37 carats and has the highest color and clarity graded by the Gemological Institute of America.
“My love affair with diamond is lifelong and crafting the Graff Lesedi La Rona has been an honor. This diamond, our diamond, is beyond words,” said Laurence Graff, founder of Graff Diamonds.
It was cut from a 1,109-carat rough diamond, which was the second-largest diamond discovered in more than 100 years. Due to its substantial size, Graff said that they had to build a custom scanner to analyze the diamond and yield the best possible cut.
From start to finish, the process took 18 months and another 66 diamonds were also cut from the remaining rough diamond, ranging from under one carat to 26 carats.
“We had an immense duty to cut the very, very best diamond imaginable from this rough. The Graff Lesedi La Rona is an exceptional diamond, earning its place in history as the largest and finest of its kind in the world,” added Graff.

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Pierre Cardin Retrospective Planned for the Brooklyn Museum This Summer

Timed for what will be the 50th anniversary of the Apollo moon landing, the Brooklyn Museum will unveil “Pierre Cardin: Future Fashion,” an exhibition dedicated to the French designer’s seven-decade career.”
Cardin’s Space Age fashion and futuristic designs will be launched on July 20 and will run through January 5. The designer was fascinated by the space race of the Sixties. During a visit to NASA, Cardin bribed a security guard to let him try on Neil Armstrong’s space suit. In an interview with WWD, Cardin recalled how he told the security guard, “’Look, sir, my greatest happiness in life would be to try on that suit.’ He told me it was impossible. He was about to put it in a transparent glass case. I said, “Listen, be a pal.” He did me a huge kindness and I gave him a $50 bill. He took my picture. That’s how come I have that photograph.”
The 96-year-old French designer looked to space travel and worlds unknown for futuristic inspiration. The U.S. retrospective will feature 170 pieces that date from the Fifties through the present spotlighting an assortment of ready-to-wear, accessories, photographs, film and other materials from Cardin’s vast archives.
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Prince Harry and Oprah Winfrey Team Up For Series on Mental Health

TV royalty and British royalty are coming together.
The Duke of Sussex, Prince Harry, and Oprah Winfrey are joining forces to create a series focusing on mental health to air on Apple’s new streaming platform, Apple TV+, in 2020. The duo serve as partners, co-creators and executive producers for the upcoming show.
The news was confirmed today via Prince Harry’s joint Instagram account with The Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle. The post gave more insight into the show’s premise and offered a quote from Prince Harry, stating: “I truly believe that good mental health — mental fitness — is the key to powerful leadership, productive communities and a purpose-driven self.”

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We are excited to announce that The Duke of Sussex and Oprah Winfrey are partners, co-creators and executive producers on their forthcoming mental health series launching on Apple in 2020. The pair have been developing the series for several months and are looking forward to sharing such an important project on this global platform. The dynamic multi-part documentary series will focus on both mental illness and mental wellness, inspiring viewers to have an honest conversation about the challenges each of us faces, and how

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N.21 to Go Coed in September

MIXING IT UP: Milan Men’s Fashion Week is losing another men’s show.
Alessandro Dell’Acqua has decided to show his men’s and women’s collections under the N.21 moniker together to offer a single “design reference and reinforce the brand positioning,” said the company on Wednesday.
The first coed show will be held in September in Milan to present the spring/summer 2020 collections.
“A mix of feminine and masculine elements has always represented one of the brand’s style codes,” said Dell’Acqua, founder and creative director of N.21. “That’s why I feel that presenting the men’s and women’s collections together is perfectly natural, in sync with a creative game plan calling for an ever closer connection between the two.”
Roberto Ortello, chief executive officer of the brand, said that starting in mid-June, the spring/summer 2020 men’s collection will be sold in the N.21 corporate showroom together with the women’s pre-collection.
The first N.21 women’s collection was shown in February 2010, while the first men’s show was held at Pitti Uomo in January 2014.
Other Milan-based brands that have opted for a coed runway show include Bottega Veneta, Gucci, Missoni, Roberto Cavalli and Salvatore Ferragamo. Most recently, Giorgio Armani has experimented with this format for both his signature line and Emporio Armani.

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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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