Lionsgate Taps 3 Arts Roster for Two Fox Comedy Series Prospects

Lionsgate is capitalizing on its recent acquisition of 3 Arts Entertainment by setting up two multi-camera comedy series prospects for Fox from talent repped by the management-production firm. Both projects will be co-productions with Fox Broadcasting Co. The orders for these projects and others are a sign that Fox intends to continue developing scripted series […]

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Fendi Americas Taps Joanna Dubin as President

Joanna M. Dubin has been named president of Fendi Americas, effective Jan. 7.
She succeeds Gaetano Sciuto who served in the role five years and is leaving Fendi to pursue another opportunity outside of Fendi parent, LVMH Group. According to sources, Sciuto may be taking on a role at Giorgio Armani.
Dubin, who is based in New York, reports to Giuseppe Oliveri, Fendi’s worldwide managing director, retail and wholesale.
Most recently, Dubin has been senior vice president, merchandising at Louis Vuitton Americas in New York. Prior to that, she was based in Japan as chief executive officer of Gilt Groupe Japan, having earlier been general merchandising manager.
Previously, Dubin was senior director of digital merchandising and planning at Coach, and before that was with Polo Ralph Lauren Corp. as senior director of merchandising for Asia and Japan for the women’s, men’s, home and children’s categories. She started her career in the buying division of Bergdorf Goodman.

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Tesla Taps Boss to Oversee Musk

Tesla named board member Robyn Denholm as its chairman, tasking her with overseeing one of the business world’s most freewheeling figures at a pivotal moment for the electric-vehicle company.
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Dunhill Taps Artist Fredrikson Stallard for Festive Sculptures

METAL MANIA: Dunhill has tapped the artist Fredrikson Stallard to create unique works that will be shown in the brand’s flagships worldwide.
Named ‘Dunhill Crush,’ the sculptures are made from pieces of mirrored and polished aluminum that have a crushed and folded effect, much like opened wrapping paper.
“Metal and engineering are house codes that I have always been drawn to, and continue to develop as a means to expressing the design vocabulary of Dunhill,” said Mark Weston, Dunhill’s creative director.
The artwork will also be showcased in Dunhill’s seasonal campaign imagery, which has been photographed by Chris Rhodes. The campaign highlights the brand’s latest designs, such as the Duke flap briefcase, the Radial Spoiler sneakers and the Duke metallic card.

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Todd Snyder Taps Frank Muytjens as Guest Creative

Todd Snyder is a loyal friend.
First, he brought the former GQ editor Jim Moore on board to act as a stylist for his spring runway show and editorial campaigns. Now, he’s tapped Frank Muytjens, a longtime friend and one-time colleague at J. Crew, to be the first person featured in the new “Curated by” segment of his popular catalogue.
“Frank is such a huge talent and we were really close friends when we worked together at J. Crew,” Snyder said.
So it was a no-brainer when he came up for the idea for a series of creative types to curate their favorite pieces in his catalogue, that he would turn to Muytjens to kick it off. In mid-2017, Muytjens was among the casualties in J. Crew’s ongoing restructuring. Then this August, Muytjens revealed that he had partnered with artist and entrepreneur Scott Edward Cole to open a luxury bed-and-breakfast inn in the Berkshires called the Inn at Kenmore Hall.
“I wanted to partner with people who inspire me and ask them to tell me what inspires them,” he said. “The theme of this catalogue is ‘Upstate State of Mind’ so Frank was perfect for it. Plus, we probably have a very similar audience and

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Ugg Taps Heron Preston, Adwoa Aboah for Campaign Marking 40 Years

Ugg is celebrating its 40th anniversary by looking back and forward with a new campaign featuring Heron Preston and Adwoa Aboah.
The campaign, shot by photographer and visual artist Erik Madigan Heck, goes live on Thursday and has Preston and Aboah wearing its 40:40:40 collection, a limited-edition range of product reissued in its most beloved styles — Classic Boot, Tasman, Ascot, Neumel and Jesse II — in the original colorway, Sand.
Heck brought a fine art sensibility to the campaign by reimagining California landscapes such as Big Sur and the Redwood Forest in saturated sets with bold patterns, such the sea of poppies, California’s state flower. But it’s the personalities wearing the product that make perhaps a stronger statement.
“We wanted to take the opportunity to look back to who we are as a California lifestyle brand that’s been embraced by bold and provocative people, so the images respect our heritage while featuring product on people we have connected with, but who may not seem like the people who’ve expressed the brand over the last 20 years,” said Andrea O’Donnell, Ugg brand president.
The campaign follows one that featured “unexpected” Ugg fans such as Kim Gordon, Kyle MacLachlan and Cherry Glazer versus quintessential California

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L’Occitane Taps Roaming Truck to Acquire Customers, Scout for Real Estate

START YOUR ENGINES: L’Occitane is rolling. The beauty brand said its L’Occi truck has proven a good test into new markets and new customers.
The company in April introduced its retail truck in Washington, D.C., for the Cherry Blossom Festival, a timely event to play up L’Occitane’s own Cherry Blossom Collection. That was followed later that same month for the truck’s stop at Beautycon in New York. On Saturday the company parks the L’Occi Truck  at The Grove shopping center and will stay there through Oct. 31.
“The truck is becoming increasingly a really important aspect for us,” said Nicholas Baty, director of L’Occitane North America Outlets, who is managing the truck.
A roaming truck has served a number of brands well as businesses look to breathe new life into the retail experience. Kylie Cosmetics has popped up at a number of locations, including The Grove. The Giving Keys has also made use of a renovated Airstream to test retail in the past. There’s also Ripndip’s revamped ice cream truck, which has served as a mobile retail unit for the skate brand.
The vehicle for L’Occitane serves two functions for the business, Baty explained. First is to act as a stand-in for when a L’Occitane

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Maison Margiela Taps Divna Susa for Communications Role

HOUSE CALLS: Divna Susa, communications director at J.W. Anderson since 2015, is trading arty dresses and Converse sneakers for a white lab coat: She starts Monday at Maison Margiela as its communication director.
The seasoned public relations executive started her career at Franca Soncini in Milan, and has also worked for PR Consulting in Paris and Karla Otto in London. She has done communication planning for the likes of Jacquemus, Vionnet, Swarovski and Bouchra Jarrar.
Susa’s successor at J.W. Anderson has yet to be named.

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WPP Taps Company Veteran as CEO

The choice of Mark Read to succeed Martin Sorrell caps a monthslong search at the world’s largest advertising firm.
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‘Sopranos’ Prequel Movie Taps Director Alan Taylor

New Line is moving ahead with movie prequel to “The Sopranos,” hiring Alan Taylor to direct “The Many Saints Of Newark.” New Line set up the feature film in March when it bought the script from “The Sopranos” creator David Chase. The film is set in the 1960s in Newark, New Jersey, amid conflicts between […]

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Virgil Abloh Taps Stylist Christine Centenera for Louis Vuitton Debut

RECRUITING DOWN UNDER: Virgil Abloh is working with Australian stylist and Vogue Australia fashion director Christine Centenera for his debut Louis Vuitton men’s collection, which will be presented in Paris on June 21, WWD has learned.
According to her sole international agent —Ben Hams at the Sydney-based agency M.A.P. —  Centenera is consulting to Louis Vuitton’s newly appointed men’s wear artistic director on his spring collection, will be styling the show and has been back and forth between her New York base and Paris working on the project since April. On Friday, she was en route to Paris for the final show preparations, Hams said.
Although Centenera has worked with Vogue Australia since 2012 — from 2016, based out of New York — she has also been building a parallel freelance styling career. Other clients have included Kanye West, Kim Kardashian and Estée Lauder, for the latter’s fall 2017 Victoria Beckham collection campaign shot by Lachlan Bailey. Centenera met Abloh while both were working with West.
Centenera has consulted to West on all his runway collections since his debut spring 2012 women’s wear show in 2011. At the time she was the fashion editor of Harper’s Bazaar Australia and Abloh was the creative director of West’s creative agency, Donda.
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NYDJ Taps Jennifer Adams as Chief Financial Officer

Jennifer Adams has been named chief financial officer of NYDJ.
She succeeds Jason Frame, who left the company.
Since 2013, Adams has been cfo and operations leader for The Collected Group, which consists of Joie, Current Elliott and Equipment brands. Earlier she spent eight years at VF Corp. serving as cfo for the Seven For All Mankind and JanSport brands. Before that, she was with PricewaterhouseCoopers for more than 10 years.
Adams reports to Lisa Collier, president and chief executive officer of NYDJ.
In other news, NYDJ launched a Mother’s Day campaign today that runs through May 13. The goal of the campaign is to drive an emotional connection via storytelling. NYDJ is recognizing mothers and their daughters, leveraging the phrase “perfect the way you are,” across all touch points. The campaign video is featured on NYDJ’s homepage. The company will sent out three e-mails dedicated to Mother’s Day, including an e-mail directly from Collier. The campaign appears on the company’s social media channels, and video will run on Pandora, HGTV, DIY and Cooking Channel and Facebook.

A Mother’s Day image from NYDJ. 
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Blogger Kelly Augustine and pro-surfer Anastasia Ashley participated in the campaign and will support it on their social channels. And Make Up

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Jockey Taps Victoria Arlen for #ShowEm Campaign

Victoria Arlen spent four years locked inside her own body.
When she was 11, Arlen suffered from a rare illness that left her conscious but in a vegetative state, and once she came out of it, her lower body was still paralyzed, but she regained use of her legs after being told she would live life in a wheelchair.
Arlen, who is 23, has gone on to win three silvers and a gold medal for swimming at the London 2012 Paralympic Games, compete in “Dancing With the Stars,” and become the youngest on-air host at ESPN. And now she’s the face of Jockey’s Show ’Em What’s Underneath, Show ’Em Your Jockey campaign, which is known for highlighting everyday heroes.
“After ‘Dancing With the Stars’ there was a lot coming into my inbox and when Jockey came along I did my research and I loved what they stood for,” said Arlen. “It’s about family and being true to who you are. Obviously it’s a little intimidating to be in your underwear, but for me I have a lot of scars that I used to hide so I wanted to celebrate my body. And Jockey gave me an incredible platform to do that.”
In the campaign,

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H&M Taps Moschino for 2018 Designer Collaboration

Moschino, who took the “cheap and chic” ethos to a literal level with a diffusion line of the same name, is getting back into the high-low game with an H&M collaboration unveiled in the wee hours of its annual Saturday night party during the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival.
The tie-up was made in a surprise reveal during the annual dance party at the Corona Yacht Club near the festival grounds, just after midnight. Designer Jeremy Scott, who presided over the star-studded party, his 12th turn at the festival, should have no trouble translating his Moschino designs into less expensive and just as cheerful versions for the Swedish fast-fashion retailer.
Every year, fashion lovers and bargain hunters alike anticipate news of H&M’s latest designer collaboration the way sports fans wait for draft day. It’s hard at this point, after 16 years of the high-low mash-ups — the first of which was with Karl Lagerfeld in 2004 — to say which collaboration has been the most spot-on. The Moschino effort may just be one of the more popular, judging from the way fans have snapped up Scott’s designs since he took over as creative director in 2013.
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Hennessy Taps Jean-Raymond for First Apparel Capsule

NEW YORK — Kerby Jean-Raymond bristles when it’s suggested that he’s a streetwear designer.
But there’s no denying the founder of Pyer Moss is popular with the trendsetting Millennials who define the movement. His first sneaker for Reebok, which dropped earlier this month, sold out within minutes and is being offered on resale sites for more than $ 500.
Now Jean-Raymond has designed a capsule collection for cognac brand Hennessy’s Wild Rabbit “Never stop. Never settle.” project.
The designer was commissioned to create a line inspired by Marshall “Major” Taylor, an African-American track cyclist who won the sprint event at the 1899 ICA Track Cycling World Championships in Montreal and went on to compile a storied career in the sport. However, Taylor, who died in 1932 and was once esteemed as the fastest man on two wheels, is largely unknown today.
But with the help of Hennessy, ESPN and Jean-Raymond, that’s about to change.
On Thursday night, the brands will unveil the MMT 140 x Pyer Moss for Hennessy Capsule Collection, a mash-up of vintage cycling gear and streetwear staples, as part of an event that will celebrate the athlete. The program will include an ESPN-produced documentary, a voiceover performed by Nas, and a monument called

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Apple Taps European Executive to Run Global Music Business

Apple Inc. tapped Oliver Schusser, the head of its European music and content operations, to lead Apple Music world-wide, a role of growing importance as the tech giant aims to boost its services revenue amid slower iPhone unit sales.
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Apple Taps European Executive to Run Global Music Business

Apple Inc. tapped Oliver Schusser, the head of its European music and content operations, to lead Apple Music world-wide, a role of growing importance as the tech giant aims to boost its services revenue amid slower iPhone unit sales.
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Karen Walker Taps MMA Fighter for Men’s Campaign

Karen Walker is no stranger to choosing non-typical subjects for her campaigns — she’s highlighted everyone from Toast the Dog, a social media influencer, to Phyllis Sue, a dancer in her 90s. For her second men’s eyewear collection, titled Monumental, she’s tapped Israel Adesanya, a Nigerian-born, New Zealand-trained fighter to appear in the campaign.
“He’s an interesting man,” said Walker. “He’s an MMA fighter who started as a dancer and has a very modern take on masculinity. His nickname, ‘The Last Style Bender,’ captures his subversion and reinvention of his craft and that’s a place where we love to work as well — reinventing classics and throwing together opposites.”
Adesanya has been fighting since 2008 but made his UFC debut earlier this year. In the campaign, the 28-year-old is featured with a bloom behind his ear and a big smile. Walker said she wanted to depict a more multifaceted take on masculinity.
This is Walker’s second men’s collection, which has since been picked up by Kith, The Standard Hotel Shops, the Trade Public Hotel and Lapstone & Hammer.

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OVS Taps Massimo Piombo to Refresh Its Men’s Offering

Massimo Piombo is the new artistic director of Italian retailer OVS’ men’s line.
During a press conference held Thursday in Milan to present the capsule realized by the company in collaboration with Kendall and Kylie Jenner, OVS chief executive officer Stefano Beraldo said the designer will overlook the development of the retailer’s men’s wear offering, which will be enlarged with the creation of a still-unnamed “upper casual” line featuring retail prices 30 percent higher than regular products.
The collaboration with Piombo will start with the fall 2019 season.
The same strategy aimed at dressing customers looking for more design-oriented and high-quality products will be extended to the women’s division, which will continue to be guided by OVS fashion director Caterina Salvador.
The new labels will be sold in dedicated areas inside OVS stores and online.

A look from the Kendall + Kylie for OVS collection. 
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“My real ambition is to continue serving customers of every age and spending power, which means being also able to fit the needs of those who look for higher quality,” said Beraldo. “And actually, we can definitely make products with a higher value with prices that are just a little bit higher and always accessible.”
At the same time, Beraldo revealed

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Melissa Shoes Taps Artists Rachel Rossin, Cecilia Salama for Store Installation

Melissa Shoes has mounted two artist installations within its SoHo store.
The Brazilian rubberized shoe company has teamed with Rachel Rossin and Cecilia Salama on special works on display through May.
Rossin’s video piece is played on massive pixelated screens that comprise the Melissa store lobby.
Salama installed an immersive experience inside a petite stand-alone room — surrounding shoppers with her conceptual, visualized play on themes like migration, eco-diversity, femininity and identity politics.
“Melissa presented me a lot of material on their new collection, called Mapping — a lot of it had to do with borders. I managed to relate this to a theme I use a lot in my work, which are butterflies. They possess both power and vulnerability — I started doing a lot of research about their migratory journey and learned they are one of the largest symbols of immigration right now,” the artist explained of her piece, titled “Danaus Plexippus.”
Salama’s work has a souvenir component — the installation offers a butterfly-shaped “seed bomb” to visitors. The tiny objects are inlaid with milk thistle seeds, and when planted, they grow to become a plant enjoyed by butterflies as a source of shelter and food.

Seed bombs 
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EXCLUSIVE: Kenzo Taps Karen O to Record Original Song

HEAR MY SONG: First film, now music. Having commissioned leading filmmakers including Gregg Araki and Sean Baker to create short films, Kenzo has tapped singer-songwriter Karen O to record an original song, and writer-director Ana Lily Amirpour to direct the accompanying film.
Titled “Yo! My Saint,” the track will be released on Jan. 12 across more than 50 streaming services including Spotify, Apple Music, Tidal, Pandora, Deezer and Google Play Music. A companion limited-edition vinyl is to go on sale on Jan. 22 in Kenzo stores and online.
While championing female talent is nothing new for Kenzo creative directors Humberto Leon and Carol Lim, the project marks the first time the label has released an original song. Others brands which have produced music include Burberry, which supports British artists via its Burberry Acoustic initiative, and Kitsuné, which has its own record label.

Karen O 
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Best known as the frontwoman of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, O — whose full name is Karen Lee Orzolek — frequently works with director Spike Jonze, another member of Kenzo’s extended tribe of creative collaborators. The two were nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Song for “The Moon Song,” which appeared on the soundtrack of Jonze’s movie “Her.”
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Rafaella Taps Heather Monahan as Brand Ambassador

RAFAELLA TAPS MONAHAN: Rafaella, a division of Perry Ellis International, has launched a partnership with women’s empowerment expert, Heather Monahan.
Monahan, founder of the blogs Boss in Heels and The Monahan Method, empowers women in their careers via speaking engagements, interviews and advice columns. She has 100,000 followers on social media. Monahan will be featured on all Rafaella’s social platforms and will do speaking engagements on behalf of the brand. The contract is for six months and she’s exclusive to the brand for fashion and accessories. She may appear in future ads for the brand.
Rafaella, which launched in 1982, offers a full range of lifestyle apparel in petite, misses and plus collections, ranging in sizes from 4 to 22.
“Rafaella believes that looking great means feeling great, embracing a woman’s individuality and shape. Heather has an unparalleled ability to connect with women and encourages them to profess their confidence and appearance in every aspect of their life. She is the ideal brand ambassador,” said Oscar Feldenkreis, chief executive officer and president of Perry Ellis International.
Monahan added, “There is a direct link between clothing and confidence, and the world that we live in today, it is no secret that every woman needs to

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Guess Taps Jennifer Lopez for Spring Campaign

NEW FACE: Looks like Jennifer Lopez’s next act will be appearing as the new face of Guess Inc. in its upcoming campaign.
The multihyphenate is set to appear in the Los Angeles denim firm’s spring 2018 campaign, photographed by Tatiana Gerusova and art directed by Guess cofounder Paul Marciano. This marks the first time Lopez and the company will be working together.
Lopez’s music video premiere earlier this month for her single “Amor, Amor, Amor” could have perhaps been a clue of her upcoming work with Guess. She sported a crop top from the company as one of her looks in the video.
The aesthetic of the campaign is Hollywood meets Las Vegas glitz, the latter being a nod to Lopez’s residency at the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in Vegas for her concert “Jennifer Lopez: All I Have,” which capped last December.
Lopez, in a statement, referenced her affinity for the brand starting from a young age.
“When I got the call from Paul Marciano asking me to become the new Guess girl, I was thrilled and excited to be a part of such an iconic brand that I have loved since I was a teenager,” Lopez said in a statement. “When I look

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Benetton Taps Oliviero Toscani for New Communication Campaign

THE A-TEAM: Benetton is once again teaming with Oliviero Toscani on a communication campaign that is expected to bow on Dec. 1. The Italian fashion company is thus renewing a collaboration with the photographer that made history in the Eighties and Nineties for its controversial photos and campaigns that shines a light on issues such as the death penalty, AIDS, racism and homosexuality. His explicit and transgressive campaigns for United Colors of Benetton included images of a sensual kiss between a priest and a nun or a black horse mounting a white one, for example.
While Luciano Benetton no longer has an operative role within the family-owned company, it is understood he has played a significant part in reigniting the collaboration with Toscani, posting on Facebook a photo of himself and the photographer with the caption, “I think it is the right time to start having fun.” The group has been revamping its operations, cleaning up its network of stores, refurbishing and streamlining it and refocusing its product offer in a bid to further develop the United Colors of Benetton brand.
 

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Nordstrom Taps MoMA Design for Pop-in Gift Shop

Nordstrom begins opening its New York flagship complex with a men’s store next year and the main women’s store the year after. But it appears the Seattle-based retailer is eager to identify with the Big Apple and one of its most famous cultural institutions by opening a holiday gift shop in collaboration with the Museum of Modern Art’s MoMA Design Store. It’s a pop-up shop for the The Pop-in@Nordstrom program that’s online and in eight key Nordstrom stores.
On Friday, the MoMA shops opened in Nordstrom’s Bellevue Square, Wash. store; CF Pacific Centre, Vancouver; CF Toronto Eaton Centre, Canada; NorthPark Center, Dallas, and South Coast Plaza, Calif. stores. Prices range from $ 10 for coasters disguised as toast to $ 6,000 for a giant clock made up of 24 smaller, round clocks choreographed to form one digital display. There are also other gifts handpicked by Olivia Kim, vice president of creative projects at Nordstrom, and her buying team. “I’ve always been a huge fan of MoMA Design Store and their ability to thoughtfully consider the most interesting, exclusive and enticing products from around the world,” said Kim.

Pop-in@Nordstrom features gifts from the MoMA Design Store. 
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Kenzo Taps Three Young Filmmakers for Season Zero Campaign

LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION: Kenzo’s Carol Lim and Humberto Leon are known for their experimental approach to campaign films.
This season, for the launch of their Kenzo Season Zero collection, the design duo embarked on an adventure with three young filmmakers – Mati Diop, Baptist Penetticobra and Eduardo Williams – whose work they felt encapsulates the theme of the season: “a singular relationship with the world.” Their brief: “How do we inhabit Earth today in 2017?”
Described in a press release from the house as “mixed, expatriated, nomads,” Williams hails from Argentina, Diop is French and Penetticobra is French but L.A.-based.
Williams’ work, “Tzzd,” follows the dream of an elf who nods off in the metro in Buenos Aires, winding through three countries and two continents and moving from cool to warm colors, with locations ranging from a Buenos Aires fruit and vegetable shop to a dark cave.
Diop’s film, “Olympus,” captures her brother, model Gard Diop, bicycling through Paris in moonlight, and Penetticobra’s “Untitled (Juice),” presented in a vertical format, stars Karmesha Clark playing a modern-day, black Mona Lisa rapping about orange juice.
The films can be viewed on international streaming platform lecinemaclub.com, ending Nov. 9.
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Original Penguin Taps Band AJR for Spring 2018 Campaign

Men’s wear brand Original Penguin has tapped New York-based indie band AJR for its spring campaign, to be released in February of next year. Brothers Adam, Jack and Ryan Met were in Los Angeles this week to shoot the campaign as well as the music video for their single “Come Hang Out,” off their new album “The Click,” a version of which will also serve as the video campaign for OP’s spring collection.

Adam, Jack and Ryan Met of AJR. 
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“The shoot is some performance and some facial expressions, sort of like acting,” said Jack Met, explaining the concept of the video. “We are at a crazy party, but we are so busy performing that we don’t really notice the party going on around us,” he said.
Adam Met explained that it’s their first time linking with a fashion brand. “Original Penguin has great style, great simplicity and a throwback vibe that mirrors our style as a band. I also like the juxtapositions in the line, like a Seventies print shirt with Nineties pants. It’s sort of our like our music, a post-modern mix.”
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Balmain Taps Txampi Diz as Chief Marketing Officer

LOOK AT DIZ: Balmain has lined up Txampi Diz as the house’s first chief marketing officer.
After more than 15 years at KCD Worldwide, Diz has exited as senior vice president and managing director of KCD Paris. What he won’t be relinquishing is an advisor role to KCD’s executive board of directors. Balmain is one of the American agency’s largest clients. Balmain’s team works with KCD’s offices in New York, Paris and London across all of its divisions — media relations, creative services and digital.
In step with Diz’s news, KCD Paris has promoted Alexis Arnault and Michele Giacalone to managing directors. Previously, the two men held the title of vice president of public relations. They will work with agency partner and managing director Laurence Laure. Arnault and Giacalone have been with the agency for 14 years and 6 years respectively.
In this new post, Diz is to oversee marketing, advertising, media relations and digital responsibilities. He will report to chief executive officer Massimo Piombini and he will work closely with creative director Olivier Rousteing. Diz has been very much part of Rouesting’s inner circle as he has amassed a colossal social media following, due partially to big-name fans like Kim Kardashian, Kanye West and

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Barneys Taps John Vizzone to Create Millennial-Skewed Line

Barneys New York is heightening its focus on the Millennial shopper and has tapped Cifonelli creative director John Vizzone to create a more-moderately priced collection of tailored clothing targeted to this younger customer.
The collection, John Vizzone x Barneys New York, is exclusive to Barneys for at least the next year, said Vizzone, who served as creative director for Ralph Lauren’s Purple Label collection for more than 25 years before signing on with Cifonelli in 2014.
Tom Kalenderian, executive vice president and general merchandise manager of men’s wear for Barneys, said Vizzone and the retailer’s merchandising team were brainstorming about how best to attract a younger customer where they saw a void in the assortment. “It was the missing link in our business,” he said.
The younger guy will come to Barneys for his limited-edition sneakers, jewelry or other items, but with the average suit selling for more than $ 3,000 and shirts in the high $ 300 range and above, he often shops elsewhere for his more-tailored pieces, Kalenderian said.
So Vizzone agreed to create a line of Italian-made suits, sport coats and trousers that will retail for $ 995, $ 695 and $ 250 to $ 265, respectively. The collection will also include woven shirts made in Spain for

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Hublot Taps Texan Golfer Patrick Reed as Brand Ambassador

AN AMERICAN AMBASSADOR: LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton-owned Swiss watchmaker Hublot has added a new name to its list of professional golfing brand ambassadors: Patrick Reed.
Nicknamed Captain America, Reed built his reputation at the 2014 and 2016 Ryder Cups, helping spur the U.S. team to victory at the Hazeltine National Golf Club, and was the youngest winner of the WGC-Cadillac Championship.
Hublot chief executive officer Ricardo Guadalupe cited Reed’s “perseverance and commitment” to his career as a reason for the brand’s choice. The brash, fist-pumping 27-year-old joins golfers including top-ranked Dustin Johnson and Olympics gold medalist Justin Rose in partnering with the brand.
Hublot welcomed the partnership with Reed by throwing a cocktail party Tuesday at the Woodlands Country Club in Houston. Reed, who said he has a long-held affinity for Hublot watches, wore the Swiss brand’s Big Bang UNICO Titanium model.
Hublot also counts sportsmen of other disciplines to represent the brand, including runner Usain Bolt and soccer stars Pelé and Diego Maradona. Pelé and Bolt were both on hand to unveil the brand’s modern Fifth Avenue New York last year.

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Ouai Taps Stephanie Shepherd, Kristen Noel Crawley for ‘Live Life Your Ouai’

Product isn’t central to the new campaign Jen Atkin conceptualized for Ouai, her one-and-a-half-year-old hair-care brand — celebrating the “hustle” of women is.
And to do this, Atkin tapped eight women, a baby and a dog (Chrissy Teigen’s French bulldog Pippa) to depict what it means to be a woman for “Live Life Your Ouai.” The series of images shot by husband Mike Rosenthal. Today, the campaign kicks off across Ouai’s social platforms, with new content rolling out through Oct. 30. A collection where customers can shop “the best products for girls on the go,” as well as non-hair related merchandise will hit theouai.com too, including “Ouai Woke” and “Nasty in My Own Ouai” pins.
“It felt like everything was external and the narrative was about being pretty. I get it — we’re in the beauty aisle. But part of me felt just wanted to put a twist on that…and when I sat down and thought about what it means to be a woman, [I realized] there is so much more of the story to tell,” Atkin said.
The celebrity hairstylist turned entrepreneur’s need to convey “the spirit, independence and strength” of women was born from what she thinks is a hole in marketing and

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H&M Taps Erdem for Latest Designer Collaboration

PRINTS CHARMING: Hennes & Mauritz AB is linking up with London-based fashion brand Erdem for its next designer collaboration, and has tapped director Baz Luhrmann to create the visuals for the campaign.
The capsule line, including designer Erdem Moralioglu’s first-ever collection for men, will go on sale on Nov. 2 in selected H&M stores as well as online, the Swedish high street giant said in a statement on Thursday.
Known for its use of experimental textiles, vibrant prints and detailed craftsmanship, Erdem has a devoted celebrity following, with fans including the Duchess of Cambridge, Keira Knightley, Alexa Chung and Samantha Cameron.
For his women’s and men’s designs for the fast-fashion chain, Moralioglu will reinterpret themes from some of his most celebrated collections, incorporating historical references and personal narratives, H&M said.
“From the moment we started talking with Erdem about the collaboration, I was captured by his vision. For Erdem x H&M, he has created an enchanting world full of beauty, delicacy and rich details. These are special pieces you will want to wear forever,” said Ann-Sofie Johansson, creative advisor at H&M.

Ann-Sofie Johansson, Erdem Moralioglu and Baz Luhrmann. 
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Born in Montreal to a Turkish father and an English mother, Moralioglu won International Canadian Designer of

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Lanvin Taps Olivier Lapidus as Artistic Director

PARIS — Olivier Lapidus, a designer not well known outside certain Paris fashion circles, is being thrust into the international spotlight as the new artistic director of Lanvin.
His hire was effective Monday and he is expected to show his first Lanvin collection in September for the spring 2018 women’s ready-to-wear season, according to a source with knowledge of the matter.
Lapidus takes over from Bouchra Jarrar, who left Lanvin after only 16 months, as reported on July 7. WWD had already identified Lapidus as a possible successor.
He arrives at the French house as it manages challenging times for wholesale-driven busineses, and multiple internal woes. The company, founded by Jeanne Lanvin in 1889, has been majority owned since 2001 by Taiwan-based media magnate Shaw-Lan Wang. It has seen sales erode for several years after peaking at more than 250 million euros in 2012, according to sources. Last year, the house posted its first loss in more than a decade.
According to sources, orders for women’s collections have been falling at a steep double-digit rate. The brand has also struggled to build a handbag business, a chief pillar for most European fashion firms.
The former head of the Ted Lapidus label, founded by his father, Lapidus

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MSGM Taps Liam Gallagher’s Son to Walk Its Catwalk in Milan

MILAN — Italian designer Massimo Giorgetti tapped Lennon Gallagher to model at the upcoming men’s wear show of his label MSGM. Born in 1999, Gallagher is the son of singer Liam Gallagher — former frontman of the English band Oasis — and British actress Patsy Kensit.
In addition to walking exclusively on the MSGM catwalk on Sunday, Gallagher has been appointed to front the label’s fall ad campaign, lensed by English photographer Alasdair McLellan. Shot in London under the creative direction of Katie Grand, the images are infused with Nineties-inspired aesthetics.

MSGM’s fall ad campaign. 
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“We wanted an image that recalls London in the Nineties, the music of those years, telling also about my passion for the indie genre,” said Giorgetti, adding that Gallagher “represents perfectly the MSGM style.” The designer underscored that he is “a great fan of Oasis.”
Gallagher made his debut in the fashion industry this year, during the January edition of London Fashion Week, when he walked the Topman Design show. On the occasion, his father shared an encouraging tweet reading “Very proud of my boy Lennon for doing his first catwalk today.”

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— Liam Gallagher (@liamgallagher) January

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Brioni Taps Nina-Maria Nitsche as New Creative Director

MILAN — Brioni has appointed Nina-Maria Nitsche as its new creative director.
Nitsche joined Maison Martin Margiela in 1989, working closely with the founding designer for 23 years. After Margiela’s  resignation, in 2009, Nitsche took over the creative direction of the brand. She joined Vetements in September 2016 but left when the company relocated to Zurich from Paris earlier this year.
“Ever since I met her in 1996, I have been impressed by her creative approach, starting from a clearly defined concept and then transforming that into products that accurately resonate with the customer,” said Brioni’s chief executive officer Fabrizio Malverdi. “Her point of view will allow the brand’s core values to prosper and yet inject a contemporary dialogue that will enable Brioni to evolve into the future.”

Fabrizio Malverdi 
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“Thanks to its long sartorial history, Brioni has the potential to redefine its position as a unique luxury brand,” said the designer. “The house’s philosophy is based on a pioneering approach to men’s wear. My aim is to reinforce and invigorate this longstanding tradition.”
François-Henri Pinault, chairman and ceo of parent Kering, added: “I am delighted to welcome Nina-Maria Nitsche to Brioni and within Kering. Nina-Maria has a very accurate understanding of the Brioni man

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Duchess of Cambridge Taps Alexander McQueen Yet Again

MCQUEEN’S REIGN: The Duchess of Cambridge did her best to remain as low-key as possible during her sister Pippa Middleton’s wedding on Saturday, and her choice of dress suited her attitude.

The Duchess of Cambridge (in Alexander McQueen) arrives with the pageboys and flower girls for the wedding of Pippa Middleton and James Matthews at St Mark’s Church 
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There was no way she would ever risk upstaging the bride, like Pippa nearly did in her curve-hugging Alexander McQueen gown at Westminster Abbey six years ago. Instead, the duchess wore a custom-made, Forties-style midi-dress by McQueen, the same fashion house that created her wedding gown.
The dress had full sleeves, a peplum waist and full skirt, and its peachy pink color complemented the cascade of roses around the door of the church. Her hat, adorned with a large rose, was by milliner Jane Taylor, and her morganite earrings were from jeweler Kiki McDonough. The stiletto heels were Gianvito Rossi.
Mother of the bride Carole Middleton also plumped for pink – and she chose the same couture brand as she had six years ago for her elder daughter’s wedding. Mama Middleton donned a Catherine Walker coat dress with buttons down the front and bracelet sleeves, pairing

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Polaroid Swing Taps Natalia Vodianova, Paolo Roversi, Lord Brown for Artist Support Program’s Jury

IN AN INSTANT: To help rev up interest in the new iPhone app Polaroid Swing, the company is trying to help groom talent through its Polaroid Swing Artist Support Program.
Established and up-and-coming photographers will be given equipment, commissions from brand partners, exhibitions and media coverage. Selecting the winners will be a 12-person panel of judges including Natalia Vodianova, Paolo Roversi, the Tate’s chairman Lord Browne, artist Rolf Sachs and Twitter cofounder Biz Stone. Polaroid has a long history of helping artists due to its founder Edwin Land. Through the years, Ansel Adams, Robert Rauschenberg, David Hockney, Robert Mapplethorpe and Andy Warhol have been among the beneficiaries.
Other jurors include Arianna Huffington, The Wall Street Journal’s Christina Binkley, Gigaom founder Om Malik, photographer Dylan Don, Instagram filter creator Cole Rise, Getty’s Hugh Pinney, The Art Newspaper’s Ermanno Rivetti and “Instant: The Story of Polaroid” author Christopher Bonanos.
Polaroid Swing app cocreator Tommy Stadlen said, “Natalia Vodianova has spent a career in fashion working with the world’s leading Polaroid photographers, including Paolo Roversi.”
Aside from giving movement to an image, Swing allows users to reverse the sequence by swiping left or to advance it by swiping right. Stadlen said, “We had a very simple insight:

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Exclusive: Brioni Taps Samuel L. Jackson for Spring Ads

MILAN —  Brioni is going back to its tailoring roots by tapping legendary actor Samuel L. Jackson to front its sophisticated spring ads in a strong move away from the recent campaign portraying members of Metallica.
In the polished and sleek black-and-white images, Jackson strikes a pose by mostly looking straight into the camera.

Samuel L. Jackson in Brioni’s ad campaign for spring 
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Most recently, the American actor wore a blue velvet Bespoke Brioni suit at the Academy Awards and a suede blouson and cashmere sweater by the Italian brand at the Independent Spirit Awards. By choosing Jackson, Brioni underscores its longstanding link with Hollywood, from the on-screen James Bond character to actors ranging from Denzel Washington to Michael Keaton, to name a few.
Jackson, who has been featured in movies including “Pulp Fiction,” “Star Wars,” “Django Unchained” and “The Avengers,” was photographed in Los Angeles by Gregory Harris.

Samuel L. Jackson in Brioni’s ad campaign for spring 
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The campaign is part of a wider project titled “Tailoring Legends” — portraits of international leading men from different industries each with their own interpretation of the brand.

 

Samuel L. Jackson in Brioni’s ad campaign for spring 
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The shift in communication comes as the men’s wear company is going

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Five Four Taps Chris Paul for Summer Campaign

Five Four has brought on a new type of collaborator.
The digital men’s wear brand is known for producing capsule collections with fashion industry veterans including Robert Geller, Mark McNairy and Motofumi “Poggy” Kogi. But now they are pushing for more visibility by partnering with Chris Paul, a nationally recognized NBA player.
Paul, who is a point guard for the Los Angeles Clippers, will appear in the brand’s summer campaign and will design a Five Four capsule collection to be released throughout the rest of the year. It will infuse Paul’s athletic sensibility with pieces that can be worn from day to night.
“Chris has great personal style, he’s the biggest superstar athlete in Los Angeles and he’s a family man,” said Andres Izquieta, who cofounded Five Four with Dee Murthy. “His values are so on point with what we believe in and he’s had big challenges during his journey through life. We wanted to show how Five Four can help take you through your own journey.”
Paul has had a partnership with Brand Jordan for the past 10 years, but this is his first time he has worked with a fashion company. He discovered Five Four when he first moved to Los Angeles

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LVMH Métiers d’Art Taps Amandine Guruceaga for Residency

PARIS – LVMH Métiers d’Art, the luxury group’s structure for cultivating fine artistry and innovating new craft techniques, has selected the French artist and sculptor Amandine Guruceaga for the second edition of its artist-in-residency program.
Guruceaga will spend five months working with the artisans of the Riba Guixà heritage tannery near Barcelona. Founded in 1932, it is known for its work with colored sheepskins as well as for its broad palette — the house offers more than 22,000 shades of leather.
The 27-year-old Guruceaga is based in Marseille, where she graduated from the Ecole Supérieure d’Art et de Design in 2013. Her colorful works often mix steel, resin and bright fabrics. They have most recently been displayed at the Mains d’Oeuvres gallery in Saint-Ouen and La Friche la Belle de Mai in Marseille.
“This is a unique opportunity to work with leather, one of humanity’s oldest materials, made beautiful by the infinite palette of the Riba Guixà tannery,” Guruceaga said.
Her works for the residency will published in a book by fine art publisher RVB.
This is the second residency sponsored by LVMH Métiers d’Art. Last year, the company collaborated with the artist Thomas Mailaender, producing an art book through a similar residency at the Tanneries Roux in the Romans-sur-Isère village south of Lyon.
 
 
 

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J Brand Taps Bella Freud For Capsule

British designer Bella Freud is the latest collaborator J Brand denim has brought into its realm. Freud’s 25-piece, 10-look capsule, inspired by her own line of knitwear emblazoned with words and phrases, will drop July 25 for fall.
When J Brand approached her, she didn’t hesitate. “Everyone loves denim,” said Freud. “There’s always a moment in your life when you find what you love jeans-wise.” For her, there were two moments: A pair of blue jean dungarees given to her by an American classmate at her school in England, and the rite of passage of trying on jeans at Jean Jeanie. “These young guys would come into the dressing room halfway through when you were half naked, ‘Oh, do you need any help?’’’ remembers Freud, laughing. “It was such a nightmare, trying desperately to work out if you were going to look like an idiot in the jeans.”
For J Brand, she channeled her own teenage tomboy moment into boyish fit jeans, as well as a high-waisted tailored wide-leg style. There’s also a jacket, skirt and jumpsuit as well as cashmere and merino sweaters bearing phrases like “Gang of Love,” “Boy-Girl” and “Pretty Baby.” “I thought about someone who would like to

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GCDS Taps Caroline Vreeland for New Ad Campaign

Emerging Italian streetwear label GCDS has tapped singer and influencer Caroline Vreeland to appear in its spring advertising campaign. Photographed by Jason Lee Parry, the strong, provocative images portray Vreeland and model Adonis Bosso as a couple spending their honeymoon in a Los Angeles hotel, whose decor includes neon lights and retro phones. Something goes wrong as suggested by a picture showing Vreeland crying in a vintage pink car or sitting alone on a bed with her back to the viewer.

GCDS’s spring ad campaign 

The pictures’ pop atmosphere is enhanced by the colorful clothes, including multicolor tops and bombers featuring floral prints, stripes and see-though details. Maxi logos inspired by the Nineties, such as the ironic “J’adore GCDS,” appear on several pieces, as well as on the bold silver accessories.

Caroline Vreeland in GCDS SS17 Ad Campaign. 
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The advertising campaign includes a video, realized by the brand’s creative director Giuliano Calza, featuring Darlene Love’s “Today I Met the Boy I’m Gonna Marry” as its soundtrack. The video will be available at vimeo.com and at GCDS social accounts starting from Friday.

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Gucci Taps Women’s Trio for Undisclosed Project

POWER TRIO: Gucci is aware of the power of hashtags in the digital era.
On Friday, the fashion house teased the launch of a still undisclosed project by introducing the hashtag #InBloom.
Gucci revealed it has tapped actress Dakota Johnson; actress, model and writer Hari Nef, along with artist and photographer Petra Collins to front this new initiative.
Johnson, who will appear in James Foley’s “Fifty Shades Darker” movie and in Luca Guadagnino’s “Suspiria” this year, was seated front row at Gucci’s women’s spring show last September. Meanwhile, Nef and Collins walked the brand’s men’s fall 2016 and women’s fall 2016 catwalks, respectively.

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Rochambeau Taps Nike, Avery Dennison and Others for Woolmark Prize Collection

Laurence Chandler and Joshua Cooper, the design team behind New York-based men’s wear brand Rochambeau, looked to multiple resources to help them compete at the highest level for the 2016-17 International Woolmark Prize contest, which will be awarded in Paris on Wednesday, Jan. 23.
Rochambeau, who won the U.S. Woolmark prize last July along with women’s designer Gabriela Hearst, will compete against MÜNN from Asia, Ex Infinitas from Australia, Cottweiler from Britain, Tonsure from Europe and Bounipun from India.
Their winning look for the U.S. competition, which was influenced by the late artist Dash Snow, consisted of a boxer short made from wool suit fabric, a hand-waxed wool vest that looked like trompe’l’oeil leather, a wool hat and trousers. Chandler hopes to build on that with a larger collection that’s been created with help from Nike, Avery Dennison, Chromatic, Larsson and Jennings, Evrythng and Albertus Swanepoel. Rochambeau also worked with fabric mills including Dashing Tweeds, American Woolen, Aurotex, Steady Tex and Kendor Fabrics.
“We want to continue the narrative we created this past summer by bringing on great partners and innovating with wool,” said Chandler, who added that the entire line was created in New York.
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Cotton Citizen Taps Former James Perse Executive to Grow Brand

Cotton Citizen is gearing up for its next phase.
The Los Angeles-based men’s and women’s luxury basics line, which was started by Adam Vanunu in 2011, has hired Eddie Bromberg as president. Bromberg, who previously spent three years as vice president at James Perse, will help Vanunu grow the business.
Cotton Citizen is known for its brightly colored knits that are hand-dyed at a dye house that Vanunu’s family owns — a few years ago Vanunu took over running the facility, which specializes in denim. The line, which consists of hoodies, sweatshirts, thermals, joggers, T-shirts and tanks created in on-trend silhouettes with slight distressing, retails from $ 65 to $ 225 and has gained a following among celebrities including Sofia Richie and Hailey Baldwin.
But now Vanunu and Bromberg want to expand on that collection and continue to differentiate themselves from competitors such as Splendid and Michael Stars by broadening the offering to include more ready-to-wear pieces such as trucker jackets, skirts and denim at some point.
“We want it to be more collection-driven,” said Vanunu, who added that they also want to move into home furnishings in the future. “We consider ourselves more of a fashion brand and we want to offer pieces that can

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COS Taps Six Furniture Designers to Play Musical Chairs for Holiday Film by Lernert & Sander

ALL IN GOOD FUN: With its new Lernert & Sander film, COS seems to be simultaneously parodying how essential seating is for this season’s holiday get-togethers and poking fun at fashion designers’ ongoing game of musical chairs.
But those six designers vying for five highly designed seats in “COS x Musical Chairs” weren’t found in a casting call. As visitors to COS’ site can learn, the competitors also created the contemporary furniture they are vying for. In what appears to be an international effort, the H&M-owned retail chain recruited Canadian designer Philippe Malouin, Dutch-born Marjan van Aubel, Denmark-based Hay cofounder Mette Hay, German product designer Tino Seubert, British furniture designer Lucy Kurrein and Seungji Mun, whose Mun studio is based in Seoul and Copenhagen. Each wears items from the COS party collection and plays the game to music provided by a COS-dressed four-piece band.
The artists and filmmakers known simply as Lernert & Sander certainly know how to work the fashion crowd, having provided a bevy of creative services for such companies as Kenzo, Hermès, Brioni, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Colette, Nowness, Viktor & Rolf, L’Oréal and Wieden & Kennedy among others. Reached in their Amsterdam studio Thursday, the duo didn’t have time

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Shoes of Prey Taps Beauty Editor for Capsule Collection

Shoes of Prey has enlisted another stylish influencer to roll out a special capsule collection of footwear. Australian beauty editor Eleanor Pendelton has designed a range of five shoes for the e-tailer, which allows shoppers to custom-order shoes from its website.
Pendelton, editor and founder of digital beauty magazine Gritty Pretty, turned out styles including a boot with a chunky heel and a slingback pump in gray and black suede. The shoes, which sell for $ 139 to $ 269, are available on Shoes of Prey’s website as well as Nordstrom.com.
Pendelton said the collection, dubbed “The Renegades”, pays tribute to the women who have shaped her life and inspired her, including Lisa Messenger, editor-in-chief of multimedia platform Collective Hub, and Kate Moses, founder of talent agency MGMT.
“Each shoe in my collection is named after a special woman in my life who inspired me, in one way or another, to push the boundaries and go after what I am passionate about. They didn’t conform to conventional wisdom or play by the book; they set their own agendas, paved their own paths and nailed it,” said Pendelton, who was formerly a beauty editor at InStyle and Famous.
Pendelton is the latest individual to take part in

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Vince Taps David Stefko as CFO

VINCE’S MONEY MAN: David Stefko has been named chief financial officer of Vince Holding Corp. Most recently he was interim cfo and treasurer. Prior to joining Vince, Stefko was group cfo at Sun Capital Partners, and earlier was senior vice president, cfo and chief administrative officer of Things Remembered, a national multichannel specialty retailer.
 

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PETA Taps Singer Joss Stone for Latest Campaign Protesting the Use of Exotic Skins

LONDON — People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has tapped the British singer Joss Stone to appear in its campaign against the use of exotic skins for fashion.
Shot by Andrzej Dragan, Stone is portrayed with tears in her eyes and her body is painted to resemble the skin of a crocodile.
The release of the images follows a series of actions taken by the organization to prevent practices in the alligator farms known for supplying Hermès-owned tanneries.
“We don’t need to steal animals’ skin for fashion, and we’re grateful that Joss has joined us in sending this message,” said Elisa Allen, PETA associate director.
After an undercover investigation, PETA exposed what it condemned as acts of cruelty to animals at two alligator farms in Texas. A video posted on PETA’s YouTube channel shows the alligators at the facilities being kept in severely crowded pits and being cut open live.
“I hope when people see footage of what happens to crocodiles and alligators killed for their skin to be turned into handbags, they’ll join me in leaving wildlife out of their wardrobes,” said Stone.
PETA filed complaints against both the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department in Anahuac, Tex., in June. The actions taken resulted in

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ModCloth Taps Lizz Wasserman as First Fashion Director

ModCloth, the retro-minded e-tailer that in January brought on Matt Kaness as chief executive officer, has just hired its first fashion director.
Lizz Wasserman, who is based in Los Angeles and will work out of ModCloth’s office there, will report to Kaness and co-founder and chief creative officer Susan Koger, who are both based in the brand’s San Francisco headquarters. Wasserman will create seasonal collections for ModCloth’s line of branded apparel, which was introduced in August.
Wasserman, who studied sociology at the University of Wisconsin, has spent time at brands like Free People and Urban Outfitters, and was most recently Global Creative Director at 20th Century Fox Film.
“Her expertise will be invaluable as we grow our namesake label into a true ‘collection’ of high-quality pieces that are joyous, whimsical and make you feel your best,” Koger said.
Wasserman said that she was drawn to ModCloth’s supportive community and its vintage DNA, and described her aesthetic as “simpler silhouettes in beautiful prints and easy fabrics, with standout pieces.”
In this newly created role, Wasserman will “have an immediate impact on our product narratives, visual concepts and overall brand storytelling,” said Kaness, who also spent time at Urban Outfitters (although the two did not work there

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Mambo Taps Emma Mulholland

SURF’S UP: Mambo is hooking up with some emerging Australian fashion talent.
The 30-year-old Australian surf and streetwear brand — which was acquired by Los Angeles-based Saban Brands in January for an undisclosed sum — announced Wednesday it will be releasing a collaboration capsule collection with Sydney-based Emma Mulholland, one of Australia’s hottest up-and-coming designers, for the southern hemisphere’s spring-summer season.
An Australian exclusive for now, the 35-unit Emma Mulholland x Mambo Goddess collection will be released through Myer stores nationwide and online at ASOS.com on Aug. 17.
Inspired by the psychedelic marine life of the Great Barrier Reef, the collection features mix–and-match swimwear, T-shirts, leggings, shirts, jackets and sunglasses. Prices range from 39.95 Australian dollars, or $ 29 at current exchange, for a Lobster bra or Angel fish tank, to 149.95 Australian dollars, or $ 110, for a chambray Angel Fish bomber jacket or embroidered Lifestyle jacket.
Known for her acid bright color palette and quirky prints, Mulholland launched her label in 2011 straight out of design school — Sydney’s Fashion Design Studio — and regularly shows at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia. Her pieces have attracted the attention of music boldfacers such as Kanye West, Azealia Banks, Grimes, M.I.A and Kimbra. Mulholland is also the

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Galeries Lafayette Taps Hyères Finalist for Capsule Line

NEW FACE: French department store chain Galeries Lafayette has tapped Louis-Gabriel Nouchi, a finalist in the 2014 edition of the Hyères Festival, to design a 15-piece capsule collection for fall set to go on sale on Sept. 23.
The collection is made up of minimalistic looks in bright colors that use abstract patterns and oversized volumes to mix feminine and masculine codes.
“The idea was to have that masculine-feminine ambivalence, on one side a very masculine woman who becomes even more feminine like that I think, and on the other side a man playing with the feminine codes without being ridiculous. It’s about the right balance between the two,” Nouchi said in a YouTube interview.
“I also really like color, because I think it’s the field in which we can try new combinations, new proportions,” he explained.
A graduate of La Cambre, Nouchi was spotted at the Hyères Festival, which Galeries Lafayette has sponsored for eight years. Recently, the retailer recruited young design duo Marius et Léonie to create a capsule collection for its Version Originale private label. It has also supported the ANDAM prize since 2003.

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Betsey Johnson Taps Dance Moms’ Maddie Ziegler for an Adorable New Collaboration

Betsey Johnson‘s punky, funky, completely spunky style translates perfectly to the dance world, as evidenced by her brand-new collection for dance-wear giant Capezio. The campaign shows Dance Moms star Maddie Ziegler in a range of apparel and accessories including, yup, a tutu.

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The range is available for sale starting today and ranges between $ 20 and $ 120.

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Blue Nile Taps Monica Rich Kosann for Exclusive Collection

ON THE NILE: Monica Rich Kosann is getting a new online home. The fine jewelry designer has created a new collection exclusively for online jewelry retailer Blue Nile. “Blue Nile is one of the leading retailers in the digital space and are credited as being one of the first to develop a new model for selling jewelry online,” said Rich Kosann. “As a brand with an omnichannel perspective, we welcomed the opportunity to create an exclusive collection for them.” Inspired by the act of storytelling, the collection consists of classic lockets and unique charms, such as family trees, handprints and wedding bells. The pieces are made of 18-karat gold and sterling silver, with accents of sapphires, mother-of-pearl and blue topaz. “The collection stays true to the locket and charm collections that underpin our business,” explained Rich Kosann. “We had always seen an opportunity to create an opening price, petite 18-karat gold charm collection that would fit the growing merchandising matrix for our brand. We felt Blue Nile was the ideal launch partner for that.” With the collection, Rich Kosann joins Bree Richey, Robert Leser, Lisa Jenks and Sloane Street & Sage as part of the Blue Nile Designer Collective, the

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Levi’s Taps Local Talent for Berlin Store

PERSONAL TOUCH: Levi’s has collaborated with local talents for the first time to celebrate the reopening of its Berlin flagship store on Kurfürstendamm.
For two weeks starting March 30, classics like Trucker Jackets and 501 jeans personalized by young designers Bobby Kolade, Malaikaraiss and Sopopular will be on display in the Levi’s store – Germany’s largest.
Customizing has been part of Levi’s DNA from the outset. The brand’s jeans were personalized by 19th-century miners and Fifties Rockabillies, for instance. But repair and customizing services only entered into the corporate strategy in 2010 with the Levi’s Tailor Shops in European flagships.
The company plans to open such shops in all of its major European stores and intensify collaborations with local designers.
“We want to work more with Berlin talents,” said a Levi’s spokesman. “The city has always been a symbol of freedom and subversion — attributes inherent to our brand.”

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Suno Taps New COO

NEW HIRE: Suno has tapped Maloni Goss, formerly the director of wholesale strategy development at Chanel, as chief operating officer. In her new role, Goss will oversee all operational aspects of the business including finance, sales, production, e-commerce and merchandising. Previously, Goss held buying and merchandising roles at the Gap Inc. and Ralph Lauren. Goss said she jumped at the opportunity to work with designers Erin Beatty and Max Osterweis. “We have a natural synergy that is rare and is so important for a strong leadership team,” Goss said. Her plans include growing the brand’s wholesale business within the U.S. and internationally, as well as relaunching its e-commerce site, entering new categories such as accessories and shoes, and eventually opening the brand’s first retail store. Suno is currently sold in over 70 retailers including Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, Harvey Nichols, Net-A-Porter, Ikram, The Webster and Opening Ceremony.

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True Religion Taps Russell Westbrook

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The brand has brought Westbrook on board as campaign creative director and is partnering with the Oklahoma City Thunder player on its spring ad campaign.

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Karl Lagerfeld Taps Cartoonist Tiffany Cooper for Capsule Collection

Tiffany Cooper with her drawings.

Tiffany Cooper was invited by Karl Lagerfeld to create a capsule collection featuring her drawings of the designer and his famous pet Choupette.

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River Island Taps Edward Enninful

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The stylist is behind the high street chain’s spring campaign.

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