Current Affairs

Selena Gomez

It's no secret that Selena Gomez has one of the most enviable heads of hair in the entertainment industry, so it was really just a matter of time before she nabbed a beauty contract to show it off. Sure enough, Pantene, the brand that's practically synonymous with hair care, has inked a deal with the 22-year old "Come & Get It" singer and her silky, brunette tresses.  "I've always loved using Pantene, so it's a dream come true to be the brand's newest ambassador," the starlet said in a press release. "Not only because Pantene stands for strong, healthy hair but also because it encourages women to be their best selves." This is Gomez's first beauty deal, but we suspect it won't be her last. 

 

Lucky magazine

It's official--finally. Lucky magazine's print edition is closing down. It's been a long time coming, and it seems like we've been reporting on this inevitable shut down for ages. Most recently, we had confirmation that the fashion glossy was to reduce publication and become a premium, coffee table style quarterly magazine similar to Net-a-Porter's The Edit, with the new format launching in September (that news hit our desk less than a month ago). Rumors are swirling that the entire Lucky franchise--print, digital, and e-commerce--will be shutting down after one of the investors pulled out, but nothing has been confirmed as there are still three other investors in talks to keep the digital side of the house going. Lucky was definitely one of our favorite monthly reads, and we're sad to see it go. 

 

Gap

There will no longer be a Gap on every street corner. The San Francisco-based retailer, known best for peddling denim and khakis, announced last week that it is shutting down 175 of its North American stores and cutting 250 jobs from its headquarters. "These decisions are very difficult, knowing they will affect a number of our valued employees, but we are confident they are necessary to help create a winning future for our employees, our customers, and our shareholders," Gap's global president Jeff Kirwan said. The company will continue to operate 800 stores across the U.S., which includes 300 outlets. 

 Target blogger swim campaign

If Target's summer swim campaign seems to be missing something, it is. The retail giant recruited, not models, but bloggers for the ads and used the tagline, "A Fit for Every Body."  "We know there is no ‘one suit fits all’ and wanted to help women feel confident this summer and empowered to try different styles, no matter their size or shape," said a Target spokesperson in an interview. Nashelly Messina of Fabulatina, Nikki Minton of My Style Diaries, Simply Stylist's Sarah Boyd, and Chantè Burkett of Everything Curvy and Chic are the featured models, and each of them wrote sponsored posts about their respective swimsuit shopping experiences with Target stylist Zanna Roberts Rassi. There's also a video included in the campaign, in which Roberts Rassi asks each of the bloggers about their favorite body parts and what they feel their problem areas area, before explaining why she dressed each one of them in the swimsuits she picked for them. Burkett, the only plus-size blogger pictured, summed up the campaign perfectly, saying, "Target wanted to showcase real women in swimsuits and if this isn't real I don't know what is."

 

Katy Perry Moschino

Pop singer Katy Perry is all hip-hop as the face of the Moschino Fall 2015 campaign. The star took to Instagram to make the announcement, showing off an image of herself draped in gold chains and a boombox minaudière with a gold-trimmed patchwork jean jacket that could have been plucked right out of a '90s rap video. The photos were shot by industry darlings Inez and Vinoodh, and styled by Carlyne Cerf de Dudzeele, who's signature aesthetic of over accessorizing fit perfectly with the campaign's hip hop-inspired theme. The "This Is How We Do" singer is pals with Moschino's creative director, Jeremy Scott, and even accompanied him to this year's Met Gala (always a good indication that there's a partnership of some sort brewing). We can't wait to see more photos from the campaign!

 

Somsack Sikhounmuong

J.Crew and Madewell are two of our favorites (the jewelry at J. Crew and the denim at Madewell are always toppers on our must-have lists), so we're quite excited about the recent shakeup that's taken place at the brands. J. Crew has brought in Somsack Sikhounmuong, Madewell's now-former head of designer, to head up their women's design department. Sikhounmuong spent 14 years at Madewell and played a key role in the brand's success, no doubt one reason why J. Crew brought him onboard. "Other strategic and organizational changes" can be expected throughout the company, according to CEO Mickey Drexler, who's made it clear he was unhappy with last year's sales. This change could be a big deal for J. Crew, and hopefully the same magic Sikhounmuong used to boost Madewell's sales will rub off in his new gig.

 

Willow Smith for Marc Jacobs Fall 2015

Even though she's just barely in high school, Willow Smith is already a style icon in her own right, so it makes sense that Marc Jacobs would tap the young fashionista for the Fall 2015 campaign. Designer Jacobs revealed the news on his Instagram with a snap that shows the 14-year old star looking almost like a doll in a full black skirt, embellished jacket, and lace-up stacked heels. Included in the caption, Jacobs wrote, "Beauty, style and talent know no age. It is those individuals whose creativity, unique vision, and voice inspire all of us here to create and express ourselves through our medium: fashion." He also stated that this season's campaign ads feature "friends, each of whom evoke a sense of intrigue and inspiration and collectively provoke a true consideration for individuality." Can you just imagine being 14-years old and calling Marc Jacobs a friend? Stay tuned because more from the Marc Jacobs Fall 2015 campaign will be revealed in the coming weeks, and judging from the first two pics of Cher and Willow, we can count on them to be next level!

 

Ellie Goulding

MAC Cosmetics has partnered with a slew of famous faces over the years, and there's been a ton of speculation about who the makeup label would tag next to collaborate with. Sticking with the trend of working with musicians (they've collaborated on cosmetics collections with Rihanna, Nicki Minaj, and Lady Gaga in the past), MAC is launching a collection with British singer-songwriter Ellie Goulding. The collection includes shimmery gloss, smoldering eye shadow quads, creamy lipstick, flared lashes, and more, all in light-reflecting, feminine pastels and neutrals. The "Love Me Like You Do" singer looks stunning in one of the campaign images, rocking metallic nails, blown out-to-there tresses, and dramatic winged eyes. The bad news is the collection isn't available until December, but the good news is we'll have it in time to mimic Goulding's look for holiday parties.

 

Lorde

Vogue Australia chose New Zealand-born Lorde to cover its music issue, and we can't help but notice how much the "Royals" singer looks more like a model than a chanteuse. Seriously, this girl is stunning, and she looks gorgeous and sophisticated in a floral Gucci confection that's unlike anything we've ever seen her in. And we can probably expect to see her in more looks like this. "As I get older and a little bit more comfortable in myself, I’m like: ‘Yeah, I will wear that really pretty, feminine outfit’, and I’ll feel strong in that as well," she said. "But I do love a perfect pair of pants, the perfect collared shirt, and I wear sneakers, heavy shoes." We're fans of this amazingly talented singer, no matter what she's wearing. 

 

Christian Siriano

Project Runway Season 4 winner Christian Siriano is the latest designer to make his creations available to the masses, partnering with Lane Bryant for a Spring 2016 collection. The retailer, known for offering current fashion trends for curvier figures, took to social media to make the announcement. "We're beyond excited to announce Christian Siriano for a limited-edition line in Spring 2016. Who's in?" No further details about the collaboration have been released from either camp, however Linda Heasley, CEO of Lane Bryant, said in a statement, "Christian Siriano is a real star... from his highly publicized debut on television, his millions of social followers and through the years as he has successfully designed and shown his own beautiful ready to wear clothes worn by some of the best known celebrities, he has proved his talent on the world fashion stage. It's a delight to welcome him to Lane Bryant and to be able to offer his exclusive designs for us beginning in the spring of 2016." We're excited for this partnership, and can't wait to see what dreamy gowns Siriano comes up with. 

Google_Levis Jacquard

Tech giant/verb Google and denim giant Levi's seem an unlikely pair, but the two have partnered on a new type of "smart" fabric that could be available as early as 2016. The fabric is called "Jacquard" (not to be confused with jacquard with a lowercase 'j') and microfibers that have "digital sensing capabilities" that could interact with other tech devices, including smartphones. At last year's U.S. Open, Ralph Lauren introduced the "Polo Tech" shirt, which was embedded with sensors and had a "little black box" that could transmit data to iPhones attached to the wearer's ribcage. Google's "Jacquard" technology takes that concept one step further because it eliminates the need for any additional apparatus. 

 

Ciara for Cavalli

The trend of fashion houses replacing models and actresses with musicians for their campaigns continues. Hot on the heels of rapper Nicki Minaj's partnership with Roberto Cavalli for the Spring 2015 campaign, the Italian fashion label has named singer Ciara as the face of the Fall 2015 ad campaign. Cavalli made the announcement through its various social media accounts, with the "I Bet" singer following up on her own Instagram. This marks the label's first campaign under the direction of Peter Dundas, the creative director who took the helm when Roberto Cavalli stepped down. 

 

Cher for Marc Jacobs

Another designer who's pegged a musician for his Fall 2015 campaign is Marc Jacobs--the celebrated designer named Cher as the new face of his eponymous line. The 69-year old singer/actress, who has been a fixture in the fashion industry since most designers were still in diapers, accompanied Jacobs to this year's Met Gala, which may have been a clue that the pair were working together. The ad, shot by David Sims, features the iconic singer clad in a floor-length black gown and gloves from Jacobs' dark and mysterious Fall 2015 collection.

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. 


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