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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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Emily Current and Meritt Elliott

Emily Current and Meritt Elliot are, without a doubt, fashion's It girls. They launched denim label Current/Elliot (they left in 2012), are stylists to countless A-list celebrities, design a so-hot home collection for Pottery Barn Teen, and wrote a book called A Denim Story. Now the duo are back to designing their own fashion label, and it's aptly named The Great. The Great, which launched in time of Spring 2015, is a multi-category contemporary label with a "whimsical Americana" aesthetic. "It’s sort of like a more feminine, charming Ralph Lauren. We really have this American aesthetic with heritage workwear, army denim, t-shirts, fleece... like, these classic fabrications [that have] our take on them in terms of proportion and detail," said Meritt Elliott of the new label, adding, "A lot of times people use this term 'American wonderland.' We love that, too; it kind of feels like a wonderland." 

 

WWD

It's been 105 years since Women's Wear Daily printed its first paper, but times, they are a-changin', and in this new age WWD is dropping the "Daily." Like many fashion publications, including Lucky and W, WWD is going to scale back on the print side of the house and focus on its web presence. Starting the week of April 29, WWD will print a weekly publication. The paper will still feature the same types of industry news stories--retail news, original profiles and photography, party coverage, op-eds--while the website cover up-to-the-minute news and updates. 

 

DEliAs

And in case you missed it, online fashion retailer dEliA*s is no more as of last week. dEliA*s, which was similar to Charlotte Russe or Wet Seal, launched in 1993 and pretty much ruled the decade. Sales have declined in recent years, though, and in November of last year dEliA*s was delisted from the Nasdaq Global Market. Some dEliA*s brick and mortar locations are still liquidating merchandise, as well as store fixtures, so if you have one in your area you might want to check it out. Goodbye, dEliA*s; we'll miss your denim maxi skirts, daisy prints, and stacked eyeshadow pots.

Rachel Zoe

Subscription boxes are a wildly popular service that allow buyers access to products or services that they may not otherwise be privy to (these days that includes anything from snacks to shoes), and now celebrity stylist/designer Rachel Zoe is getting in on this growing industry--Box of Style by The Zoe Report is a Zoe-curated quarterly subscription box service, and the first boxes are shipping out later this month. Members pay $100 per quarter, or $350 for a full year, to receive a box that's valued over $300 and contains one $100-plus item (revealed in advance by the team at The Zoe Report) as well as clothing, beauty products, accessories, or home and lifestyle goods, which will not be divulged ahead of time. A rep for The Zoe Report claims the boxes will include both up-and-coming as well as established brands, so subscribers could potentially be hanging some very high-end gear in their closets. 

J.Crew Paris

The first Paris, France J. Crew store opened its doors on Friday, just as Paris Fashion Week was getting under way. The 1,800-square feet space is located in Paris's Marais neighborhood, just a few doors down from a Carven store, and is strictly devoted to womenswear (standalone stores for menswear and Crew Cuts will open eventually). In addition to J. Crew staples like cashmere sweaters, sequin skirts, and striped Oxford shirts, the new store offers its Parisian shoppers a bit of home through its merchandise and decor: exclusive designs from the label Saint James, artwork from a Parisian gallery, pieces from the high-end J.Crew Collection (available in only five boutiques worldwide), and a nonfunctional mailbox near the entrance, as well as Swarovski appliqués of French “motifs” (the Eiffel Tower, snails, mustaches) and phrases like carrément (absolutely) and bisous (kisses) on a few of the pieces.

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Tom Ford Fall 2015

While fashion heavy hitters such as Marc Jacobs, Gareth Pugh, Gucci, and FIDM Alumna Monique Lhuillier unveiled their Fall 2015 collections in one of the four fashion capitals, Tom Ford had his runway show for his A/W 2015 collection in the City of Angels. Ford held the star-studded event at Milk Studios, where famous faces such as Beyonce, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jennifer Lopez, Rita Ora, Nicole Richie, and Miley Cyrus to name a few, sat front row to get a first look at the collection. So why exactly did Ford skip the excitement and bustle of Fashion Week in New York or London for a runway show on the west coast? Two words--the Oscars. "This year, my show in London would have fallen the day after the Oscars," the designer said in an interview with InStyle. "How much global press do you think you're going to get for a fashion show in London on the same day that the Oscar pictures come out?" In addition to the media coverage issue, Ford always dresses several stars for the Oscars and wanted to make sure he was available for fittings. No matter the reason, we're hoping Ford's presence will help to resurrect more fashion week activity in Los Angeles.

Juice Beauty

Actress Gwyneth Paltrow and her lifestyle brand Goop have entered into a "long-term business venture" with organic skincare brand Juice Beauty. Paltrow will become a shareholder in the company and act as its creative director for makeup. The first product range under her direction will launch later this year. And while Paltrow has taken on a role at Juice Beauty, the beauty line will, in return, invest in Goop, a deal which was finalized in January. To round out the whole deal, Goop and Juice Beauty are working together to develop a skincare collection which is set to hit the market in March of next year. 

 

Karl Lagerfeld

If you thought that at age eighty-one designer Karl Lagerfeld would start to wind down his impressive career, you thought wrong. It's just been announced that Lagerfeld will present Italian fashion house Fendi's debut "Haute Fourrure" couture collection at the Paris shows this summer, and as the name suggests, it will be fur-centric. "Haute fourrure will set a differentiation between Fendi fur and the rest," stated Fendi CEO Pietro Beccari. But here's the thing, Lagerfeld isn't just the creative director for Fendi, he's also the creative director for French fashion house Chanel and will be showing the Chanel Haute Couture collection in Paris this summer as well. Are you following? That's two couture collections, plus the ready-to-wear collections, plus his eponymous line. We're seriously exhausted just typing about it.

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Nike x Sacai

When you think of Nike you don't typically think about fashion--sneakers, yes, fashion no. Yoga pants or even a track suit, perhaps, but definitely not fashion. But in an effort to keep up with other athletic brands that are dabbling in fashion (Adidas and Athleta come to mind), Nike has recruited Japanese label Sacai, designed by Comme des Garçon's Chitose Abe, to help create a womenswear collection. "Our excitement to work with Chitose was really born from her unique understanding of form and silhouette,” Kurt Parker, vice president and creative director of Nike Sportswear said in an interview. “Many of her collections have inspired the design team at Nike, through her elegant and graceful application of materials." And Abe's designs for the Nike x Sacia collection are nothing if not inspiring. She's taken nylon from Nike's 30-year old Windrunner jacket and reimagined it into a skirt; a hoodie is given a playful peplum and side openings. Stay tuned--we have a feeling this 8-piece collection is going to be an unbelievably creative and exciting take on "athleisure."

 

H&M Loves Coachella

When it comes to music festivals, it's a little hard to top Coachella. The proof? Fast fashion retailer H&M has designed a collection of festival-appropriate apparel and it's called H&M Loves Coachella. H&M has been a sponsor of Coachella for the past six years, but this is the first time the Swedish-based retail giant has actually partnered with the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival on a project. "The H&M Loves Coachella Collection really brings to life the spirit of the festival, whether you’re there or somewhere else around the world," said Ann-Sofie Johannson, H&M's head of design and new development. Priced from $4.95 to $49.95, the H&M Loves Coachella collection debuts in 350 North American stores on March 19, then globally and online one week later on the 26th.

Lucky CCO Eva Chen

We've been a little confused by everything we reported about Lucky magazine over the past year (first Conde Nast was dumping the mag, then it was partnering with BeachMint, then there was something called The Lucky Group...???) but the latest news involving the glossy (can we still call it a glossy?) is pretty clear, and pretty fabulous--the launch of Lucky Shops. Lucky Shops is an editorial site with a content-meets-commerce concept, meaning you can actually buy the pieces in each article without ever having to leave the site. Or if you want, you can just shop, without reading anything. And if you're looking for style advice, there's plenty of that as well. The site just launched a week ago, so there are only 1,000 products and about 200 brands to start, but we've no doubt Lucky Shops is going to grow into something incredible. Oh, and if you're looking for Luckymag.com it doesn't exist anymore; type it in and you'll be redirected to Luckyshops.com.

 

Mayor Bill de Blasio

Designer Oscar de la Renta is an industry icon who will never be forgotten, certainly not by anyone who loves fashion. But the designer will also be remembered by an entire city because New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is honoring the late designer by naming a street after him. "No one is more deserving than him of that," said de Blasio. "He will forever be ingrained in the fabric of the city." Mayor de Blasio, pictured above, signed the bill, which renames 56 thoroughfares and public places in the city, on February 5. What isn't specified in the bill is the exact location of the renamed street, but we're pretty sure that info will be popping up on social media soon.

 


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