Current Affairs

Lucky magazine

Well, we finally have an answer to all the questions surrounding the fate of Lucky magazine: the glossy is to become a quarterly.  The May issue, currently on newsstands, will be the last of the monthly format, and the new format will launch in September. According to Lucky Group CEO Josh Berman the revamped Lucky will have a "premium collectible feeling," more like a coffee table book than a monthly fashion glossy (sounds a lot like the Style.com mag or Net-a-Porter's The Edit). What isn't changing is Conde Nast's limited involvement--the publisher will continue to print and distribute Lucky, as well as remain a shareholder in The Lucky Group. For its part, Lucky will continue to focus on its digital initiatives, including beefing up its video content. Still no word on who will replace Eva Chen, but knowing we'll have a totally new Lucky to look forward to come September is enough for us.

 

Eddie Borgo

Get excited, because New York jewelry designer Eddie Borgo is making his edgy, downtown chic style accessible to the masses with a collection of customizable jewelry, accessories, and wall art. You read that right--customizable! That means fans of the collection can add charms, studs, or geometric totems to jewelry, scarves, or handbags; and there are a variety of different finishes to choose from, so the resulting piece will truly be one-of-a-kind. "I was inspired by the idea of modernizing the 1960s and 1970s craft culture and empowering people to be creative," said the designer. And with prices ranging from $7.99 to $49.99, a completely customized piece of designer jewelry won't break the bank. We're fans already and we haven't even seen the collection, which launches in select stores and online on July 12. 

 

Alaia perfume

It's so common for fashion designers, luxury houses, and even pop stars to have one or many fragrances (Marc Jacobs, Chanel, Britney Spears--they all have several), that we're always a little surprised to learn when a major designer doesn't. Until now, Azzadine Alaïa fell into the latter category, but after over thirty years in the business, the designer is finally launching a fragrance. The perfume is called Alaïa Paris and features notes of freesia, pink pepper, peony, and musk (the inspiration behind the scent, "the smell of cold water falling on hot chalk"). But you'll have to wait to see what cold water on hot chalk smells like; after putting off a perfume launch for over three decades, the designer is waiting until September to release the fragrance. 

Olivier Rousteing and Jourdan Dunn

The premiere of Taylor's Swifts widely anticipated video for "Bad Blood" wasn't the only cause for excitement at last night's Billboard Music Awards; Olivier Rousteing, creative director for Balmain announced that the French fashion house is set to collaborate with fast-fashion retailer H&M! The fashion designer took to the red carpet with beauties Jourdan Dunn and Kendall Jenner on his arm, each of them rocking looks from the upcoming collection. For his part, Rousteing acknowledges what a big deal this is, even for a luxury fashion house. "When you do a collaboration with H&M, it’s a big step in the fashion industry. It’s a big achievement," he said in an interview with Style.com. He went on to explain, "When you work for a superluxury brand, you don’t have so many stores, your vision isn’t the entire world. With H&M, you know you’re part of the world, you touch all the continents." This marks the eleventh year of high-profile designer collaborations with H&M, and Rousteing is in good company, following in the footsteps of Karl Lagerfeld, Roberto Cavalli (for whom Rousteing was once a design assistant), Lanvin, and Alexander Wang. We obviously cannot wait for this collection to hit stores on November 5!

 

Rihanna Dior campaign

Rihanna's "Secret Garden IV" ad campaign for Dior is one we've been waiting for for a very long time--it's the first time Riri has collaborated with the label and also the first time the French fashion house has featured a woman of color in one of its campaigns, particularly noteworthy given the industry's lack of diversity. The "FourFiveSeconds" singer shared several preview images with fans via Instagram and Facebook last week, and, as expected, the shots are gorgeous. They were shot by Steven Klein at the Palace of Versailles (is that not beyond fabulous?!) and feature the singer in the most beautiful Dior gowns. We're dying to see more of this ultra glamorous and historic campaign!

 

Rebel Wilson

Pitch Perfect 2 beauty Rebel Wilson is taking on a new role--she's breaking into the fashion industry with a collaboration with plus-size retailer Torrid. This is the first time the retailer has worked with a celebrity on a designer collaboration and Wilson seems to be a perfect fit. The comedienne brought a sense of playfulness to the collection, which includes several nods to her own life: microphone-shaped hardware to represent her role on Pitch Perfect and Pitch Perfect 2, and a koala-print t-shirt to represent her native Australia. The inaugural Rebel for Torrid line includes twenty-five pieces, with prices ranging from $25 to $128. A follow-up collection for Spring 2016 may be in the works. 

Kendall Jenner for Marc Jacobs

Model-of-the-moment Kendall Jenner is one busy girl, walking runways and red carpets, covering magazines, and attending glamorous parties, and now the young star has landed a coveted role in the Marc Jacobs Spring 2015 campaign. Jenner starred alongside Harry and Peter Brant II, Jamie Bechert, and Mariacarla Boscono in the Fall 2014 campaign for Givenchy, but the Marc Jacobs ads mark the first time the model is featured by herself. The campaign, shot by David Sims and styled by Katie Grand, also features separate images of top models Joan Smalls, Adriana Lima, Karlie Kloss, and Natasha Poly.

 

Reese Witherspoon

If you don't know who Draper James is, you're not alone. And actually, Draper James is not a who but a what. It's actress Reese Witherspoon's lifestyle brand, and it is, as she puts it, "unapologetically pretty." The Southern-inspired lifestyle brand, which includes everything from fashion and accessories--Reese often wears and is photographed in her own designs--to jewelry and gifts, is produced in-house, and Witherspoon even plans to open up a brick and mortar location this fall in her hometown of Nashville, Tennessee. We checked out the website, and we've got to say, were quite charmed by all the Southern influence, particularly a peach-printed notebook, shorts and trousers with the prettiest magnolia print (as seen above on Witherspoon), and the "Totes Y'all" Vanderbilt tote bag. And if you're wondering about the name, Witherspoon named her brand after her grandparents, Dorothea Draper and William James Witherspoon.

Eva Chen

For months there's been speculation that Lucky magazine was on the brink of closing shop, especially after the glossy got the boot from it's home in the Conde Nast building and formed a separate company with e-commerce site Beachmint (which totally had everyone scratching their heads). Now, EIC Eva Chen has confirmed that she is leaving. The editor in chief took to Twitter last Thursday to make the announcement, saying that she will "be transitioning from the brand in the coming months." Chen also noted that it was an "intensely personal/difficult decision" and she plans to "spend some time with family." And while The Lucky Group had no further news, WWD is reporting that Lucky will be shutting down its print operations to go completely digital. Could it be that Chen is jumping ship before the whole thing sinks? Possibly. Either way, we're certain we'll see her name on another masthead soon. 

 

Giorgio Armani

Giorgio Armani feted 40 years in the fashion industry last week, with a celebrity-studded party, a couture show, and an opening of an Armani museum in Milan. The Armani/Silos is a 4,500 square meter museum and exhibition space with four floors, all dedicated to Armani's illustrious fashion design career (The museum will open to the public next month, and the first exhibit will showcase 800 outfits and 200 accessories!). The festivities started with a tour of the Armani/Silos space, followed by an Armani Privé couture show, and finished with a giant party. Among the stylish guests, Leonardo DiCaprio, Janet Jackson, Tina Turner, Cate Blanchett, Hilary Swank, and Chris Pine. 

 

Zac Posen

Working at Delta is about to get a whole lot more glamorous thanks to Zac Posen; the designer is creating new uniforms for the flight attendants and airport customer service agents. Delta’s ramp and ground support agents, Delta Cargo agents, and Delta TechOps employees will also receive new uniforms, however Posen isn't designing them, but will act as an advisor during the design process. The designer is taking the next few months to consult with various Delta employees to find out what they want in a uniform and what will be most functional for them, then prototypes will be made, and finally the finished product. The new uniforms are expected to be released in early 2018. 

Kohls x Thakoon

When it comes to designer/retailer collaborations, Target and H&M seem to have the market cornered, with big launch parties and even bigger print and television ad campaigns (who didn't swoon over those Lilly Pulitzer x Target commercials?). But if fabulous designer duds at affordable prices is what you want, don't discount Kohl's. After collaborations with Peter Som, Derek Lam, and Michelle Smith of Milly, the retailer has announced that a collection by Thakoon Panichgul is forthcoming. The limited-edition capsule collection is part of the store's DesigNation series, and will feature a range of womenswear priced at less than $200. 

 

Kate Bosworth x Matisse Footwear

From her indie style (she's always one of the most photographed celebrities at Coachella) to her glamorous red carpet looks, Kate Bosworth is easily on of the most fashion-forward stars around. Now, the Still Alice actress is giving us a chance to match her style with a shoe collection that is inspired by her wardrobe. Bosworth worked with footwear label Matisse to launch the collection, which includes boots, sandals, and mules, and she said she created shoes that she would actually want to wear with the clothes hanging in her own closet. Need proof? Bosworth did indeed wear the Charlotte boot, a star-embellished, chunky-heeled number at Coachella a couple of weeks ago. We are super excited about this collection and can't wait to rock a pair of these Bosworth-designed shoes. 

 

Karl Lagerfeld

It's not uncommon for a a big party to call for several hosts, but the Met Gala is more than just a big party--it's the industry's premier red carpet event, just ask any one of the more than one hundred hosts. Often called the Oscars of fashion, this year's Met Gala is being hosted by a veritable who's who of fashion and entertainment, including names you may expect to see, such as Andre Leon Talley and Sarah Jessica Parker, and surprises like Seth Meyers and Bradley Cooper. There are also a ton of fashion designer co-hosts, natch, including Tory Burch, Tom Ford, Valentino Garavani, Nicolas Ghesquiere, Diane von Furstenberg,  and Alexander Wang, to name a few. And even though the Chanel cruise 2015 show is the same evening and neither of them are expected to attend, both Karl Lagerfeld and Cara Delevingne are listed on the invitation (he because, obviously, he's the creative director for the French fashion house, and she because she typically closes his runway shows). The Met Gala is the largest fundraiser for the Costume Institute, and precludes the opening of the new Costume Institute exhibit, "China: Through the Looking Glass." Look for websites such as Vogue.com and Style.com to stream the event live on May 4. 

Liya Kibede Vogue Paris

Model Liya Kibede is gracing the May 2015 cover of Vogue Paris and she looks absolutely stunning. So why is this a big deal? She's gorgeous, her skin is flawless, she looks amazing in high-end designer fashion--she belongs on the cover of magazines, right? Well, this is the first time Vogue Paris has had a black model on the cover in five years, proving that the lack of diversity in the fashion industry is still very much a huge issue. Despite efforts from the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) and its international counterparts to boost diversity, on the runway in particular, there hasn't really been much progress throughout the industry as a whole. Here's hoping this Vogue Paris cover and Jourdan Dunn's Vogue UK cover back in February are the start to a necessary change that needs to happen in the fashion world. Congrats to the beautiful Liya Kibede on landing this cover!

 

Gisele

It's the end of an era! After two decades of modeling, Gisele Bündchen is retiring from the runway. The supermodel, who's walked for iconic fashion houses including Chanel, Valentino, and Louis Vuitton, ended her career last week in her native Brazil where she strutted the runway at Sao Paulo Fashion Week. "I don't see how to continue (modeling on the catwalk) ... and stopping will leave room for other projects I have for myself," Bündchen said in an interview. "Automatically my body tells me if what I do is worth it, and it asked to stop. I respect my body, it's a privilege to be able to stop." The Brazilian beauty is, according to Forbes, the highest-earning model, netting $47 million last year alone. Bündchen is staying mum on what her "other projects" might be, but we're keeping our fingers crossed that some sort of book is in the works.

 

DELiAs

It was just over a month ago that we reported that dELiA*s was finito, but it ain't over 'til it's over. After being delisted from the Nasdaq Global Market, liquidating merchandise (and store fixtures!) at the brick and mortar locations, and shutting down the website, dELiA*s is making a comeback as an online-only shop. Head to the dELiA*s homepage now and you'll be greeted with a message that reads "coming soon...," along with the hashtag #DeliasForever. The retailer also sent out the message via their Instagram with a post that says "News flash! Delia*s will be coming back-to-school with you! Best part? Online only = ALWAYS OPEN!" Look for the new dELia*s e-commerce site to launch this August. 

Gucci Westman

Gucci Westman, perhaps one of the best-known makeup artists in the industry, is leaving Revlon after 7 years as the beauty brand's global artistic director. Westman is a fixture at Fashion Week, creating looks for Rag & Bone, Marchesa, J. Mendel, and Oscar de la Renta, to name a few, and has had a pivotal role in helping Revlon compete against high end makeup brands which also sponsor Fashion Week shows. No word yet on what the makeup artist's next steps will be (we'd totally love to see her start her own beauty brand), but we'll likely know soon, as she is leaving Revlon on Wednesday, April 15th.

 

Donna Karan

DKNY, Donna Karan's diffusion line, will soon have a new creative director. WWD is reporting that the label's CEO, Caroline Brown, is looking for someone new to head up the fashion design team, a role which has been held by DKNY Executive Vice President of Design Jane Chung since its inception (despite having never designed for the label, Donna Karan has always taken the bow at the end of each fashion show). According to the report, bright, young fashion stars Prabal Gurung, Public School's Maxwell Osborne and Dao-Yi Chow, and Andrea Lieberman of A.L.C. are named as possible candidates, although none of them confirmed. DKNY appeals to a younger customer base than Karan's eponymous line and is owned by LVMH, which has historically brought in fresh, young talent to refresh its labels.

 

Valentino Flagship

There's only one thing dreamier than a Valentino gown: 15,823 square feet of Valentino apparel, shoes, and accessories. The Italian fashion house just opened a flagship store in Rome, and needless to say, its the biggest one ever. Designed with luxury in mind, the space is located next to the 16th-century Palazzo Mignanelli (the label’s creative headquarters) in Piazza di Spagna, with interiors that feature a Venetian terrazzo with Carrara chippings, timber, leather, and marble. The space will house both women- and menswear, including made-to-measure denim for men. 

 

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Katie Hillier and Luella Bartley

The fashion world went a little crazy a couple of weeks ago when we learned that our beloved Marc by Marc Jacobs label was to be discontinued and folded into Marc Jacobs' eponymous line, but now that we've (kind of) recovered from the news, we are happy to hear that the Marc by Marc Jacobs creative director and design director, Katie Hillier and Luella Bartley, respectively, have moved on and are working together on a new label of their own. The two London-based designers have launched Hillier Bartley and have already shown their Fall 2015 collection to select buyers. The new label is a women's line that includes ready-to-wear, bags (yessssss!), and accessories, and will sell at a luxury price point. "Luella and I have always worked together in different ways. Now we are finally putting all our experience into making something that's a reflection of us, of what we want to wear," said Katie Hillier in a statement. "I’m really proud of what we’ve made — the craftsmanship, attention to detail and design. It’s been a real labour of love and I am really looking forward to seeing women we admire carrying our bags and wearing our clothes." And we're looking forward to checking out this new label when it hits select stores this August.

 

Philip Treacy MAC collaboration

As far as we're concerned, any collaboration with MAC Cosmetics is one to love, and the newest collection, done with milliner Philip Treacy, proves that point. The Treacy collection features color cosmetics inspired by three headpieces the designer created to emphasize the eyes, lips, and cheekbones. There's a colorful feathered headdress that No Faux Pas, a hot-pink matte lipstick, Cardinal a vibrant burgundy,  and Hollywood Cerise, a magenta berry, each $16; a black-lace mask, which covers the entire head and reveals just one eye, which translated into the Pro Longwear Paint Pots and Fluidline liners, priced at $21 and $16, respectively, in shimmering metallics and tropical blues; and sparkling metallic hat from Treacy’s archive inspired the $32 High-Light Powder, designed with Art Deco arches in pale pink and silver. You can score the MAC Philip Treacy collection through April 30.

 

Sophie Richie

Sophie Richie is coming into her own in the fashion industry, making her debut cover on the inaugural issue of Popular magazine.  The 16-year old kid sister to the ever-cool and stylish Nicole Richie has already been featured in Who What Wear and Elle.com, so it was really just a matter of time before a fashion glossy offered her the cover.  Popular is a teen magazine founded by Nylon's former Editor in Chief Marvin Scott Jarrett. The magazine, which hits newsstands this Tuesday, April 7, bears a strong resemblance to Nylon, with its cover lines and flash-heavy photography. From the looks of the cover, it's also every bit as edgy and forward as Nylon. In addition to Richie, the first issue will also feature fashion icons Alexa Chung, Clemence Poesy, and other familiar faces. 

 

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Soo Joo Park

Soo Joo Park had more than just her birthday to celebrate this month--she was just named L'Oreal's newest global spokesperson. The supermodel joins such famous faces as singer/actress Jennifer Lopez and models Lara Stone and Doutzen Kroes. "I like that they really take pride in their spokespeople. They have a personal relationship with all the people that they choose to represent the brand," said Park, who is the brand's first-ever Asian-American ambassador. She added, "To be the first to represent a global brand is a huge honor. But I don't want to be just that one thing; I want to be the global ambassador." Of receiving the news on her birthday Park said, "I really couldn't ask for a better present."

 

Kendall jenner

Kendall Jenner's resume just keeps growing--the 19-year old is now the new face of Calvin Klein Jeans Denim Series, an entirely new line, limited-edition line of athletic pieces.  The campaign was shot by Alasdair McLellan and styled by Melanie Ward, and features a fresh-faced Jenner alongside male model Simon Nessman. Also visible on the photos, the hashtag #mycalvins, which was started when singer Justin Bieber starred in the brand's Spring 2015 campaign and earned the brand an additional 3 million followers on various social media outlets. Jenner, who has 21. 8 million followers on Instagram alone, has helped push the success of the #mycalvins campaign by posting selfies in her calvins.  Look for the  Calvin Klein Jeans Denim Series in Opening Ceremony stores on April 15, and on CalvinKlein.com on May 15. 

 

Of a Kind

Of a Kind is one of our favorite shopping sites (we've featured a few products on Must-Have Monday), so it was kind of a big deal when we heard about an Of a Kind home decor collection launching at Target (another of our favorite shopping destinations, by the way).  The collection will feature items from three of the indie e-commerce site's brands: wall art by Dealtry, coasters, soap dishes, toothbrushes, and balsam pillows by Izola, and the most adorable animal bookends and wall hooks we've ever seen by Wolfum. The Of a Kind for Target collection will only be available in 350 of the nearly 1,800 Target brick and mortar stores across the nation, and sadly there are no plans to stock it online right now, but we're keeping our fingers crossed that we'll find it on Target.com eventually.

Pharrell

Pharrell Williams is not one to shy away from fashion risks; he has a style all his own (do we need to remind you of the hat), and whether you love it or hate it, you have to admire him for his sartorial fearlessness. Now the "Happy" singer is being honored for his personal style with a Fashion Icon Award from the CFDA (Council of Fashion Designers of America). Williams is only the second male in history to receive this top honor, the first being Johnny Depp back in 2012, but he has certainly earned it. "If cool was a person, it would be Pharrell," said CFDA president Diane von Furstenberg. We couldn't agree more. Now the only question is, what kind of unique look is this guy going to pull out of his hat for the awards ceremony (no pun intended)?

 

Peter Dundas

It's official--Peter Dundas is taking the helm at Roberto Cavalli after being named the Italian fashion house's new creative director.  Dundas, who has been creative director at Emilio Pucci since 2008, will take over both women's and men's ready-to-wear collections, as well as accessories and all of Cavalli's licenses, including Just Cavalli. Both Dundas and Roberto Cavalli himself showed their Fall 2015 collections last month in Milan for their respective labels, but come September the former will be debuting his premiere collections for Roberto Cavalli. "The choice of Peter Dundas was made with the desire to evolve a style that combines glamour, tradition and innovation, recognized worldwide as the signature of Cavalli since the birth of the house," said Roberto and Eva Cavalli in a statement. High praise coming from one of fashion's greatest. 

 

Beyonce

Beyoncé is designing a shoe! No, not a shoe collection (which would be beyond amazing), just one shoe. The "Flawless" singer has teamed up with Giuseppe Zanotti to collaborate on a pair of ultrathick platform stilettos inspired by the Queen Bey herself. "Beyoncé has very clear ideas--she knows exactly what she wants," Zanotti said of designing the shoe. "I'm working on finalizing the design with her stylist right now. And Beyoncé will then say what she likes and what she doesn't like." We cannot wait to see what these two come up with. 

 

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