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What To Expect At NYFW This Year

As summer enters its final month, the fashion industry is gearing up for another show season, but it’s starting with a New York Fashion Week that’s a bit different from seasons past.

The biggest news for the spring 2020 collections is that NYFW will be on a shorter official schedule, down to six days of shows listed on the calendar released by the Council of Fashion Designers of America. The initiative to trim down the schedule was spearheaded by the CFDA’s new chairman, designer Tom Ford, who assumed the role from longtime CFDA head, Diane von Furstenberg, in June. Upon his appointment as CFDA chairman, Ford said reinventing NYFW was a top priority.

From which designers are showing to Ford’s role as CFDA chairman, here is what to expect from NYFW spring 2020.

1. A shorter schedule for NYFW spring 2020:

This September, the Council of Fashion Designers of America is introducing a shorter, more compact schedule for New York Fashion Week, decreasing to six days of runway shows and presentations. The schedule will now begin on Friday, Sept. 6  and will end on Wednesday, Sept. 11 with Marc Jacobs, who will close the season once again.

2. Designers pull shows from Hudson Yards following backlash against Stephen Ross:

Backlash against chairman Stephen Ross was swift when news broke that the Hudson Yards real estate developer was hosting a fundraiser for President Donald Trump at his Hamptons home with tickets going up to $250,000. The news has led to many fashion designers pulling their upcoming NYFW shows from Hudson Yards.


3. This is the first NYFW with Tom Ford as CFDA chairman:

Tom Ford was photographed Aug. 27 at Milk Studios in Hollywood.

This NYFW season marks the first for Tom Ford in his new role as chairman of the CFDA, succeeding Diane von Furstenberg, who held the role for 13 years. When it was revealed that Ford would take on the role, it was reported that one of the critical topics at the top of his agenda was reinventing NYFW, potentially moving its venue to The Shed at the recently opened Hudson Yards. The official venue for NYFW will remain at Spring Studios for this upcoming season.

4. Tommy Hilfiger and Zendaya move their show from Paris to New York:

Zendaya, Tommy Hilfiger and models on the catwalkTommy Hilfiger show, Runway, Spring 2019, Paris Fashion Week, France - 02 Mar 2019

Tommy Hilfiger is teaming with actress Zendaya once again for his TommyNow fashion show, this time bringing the event back to NYFW. The show will take place at the Apollo Theater in Harlem on Sept. 8 at 8:30 p.m. marking the second time the designer and actress are linking for the show, which was held in Paris in March. The Paris runway show gave a nod to the actual models who walked the runway at the historic “Battle of Versailles” fashion show competition in 1973, including Pat Cleveland and Beverly Johnson. Top models Halima Aden, Winnie Harlow and Jourdan Dunn also walked the disco-themed runway. Hilfiger’s upcoming show is said to continue the themes of inclusion, diversity and empowerment seen at his prior shows.


5. NYFW designers schedule change-up:

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While he has regularly opened NYFW in the past, Tom Ford is moving his show to Monday, Sept. 9, at 8 p.m. The official CFDA calendar lists Telfar as the opening show, with the brand putting on a performance at 6 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 6, for its collection.

Ralph Lauren, for another, is moving his show to a nighttime slot on Saturday, Sept. 7, at 9 p.m. Last season, the designer hosted his show in the morning at Ralph’s Coffee — an intimate eatery installed in his women’s flagship store on Madison Avenue. Pyer Moss’ Kerby Jean-Raymond will also be returning to the NYFW schedule after skipping last season, with a show slated for Saturday, Sept. 7, at 8 p.m.

6. Georgina Chapman is presenting her first solo Marchesa collection:

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After the departure of the brand’s co founder, Keren Craig, in June, Marchesa designer Georgina Chapman will go forward with her first solo collection. Instead of a presentation or runway show, Chapman is hosting private appointments for the brand’s spring 2020 collection on Wednesday, Sept. 11.

-By Layla Ilchi WWD

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Rihanna x LVMH Fashion House Coming Soon…

LVMH and Rihanna have been in secret talks to launch a luxury house under her name, according to multiple sources.

Rihanna is getting ready for her next act in fashion, and with the world’s largest luxury group as her partner.

According to multiple sources, LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton and the music sensation have been in secret discussions to launch a luxury house under her name. That would make it the first fashion brand industry titan Bernard Arnault has launched from scratch since Christian Lacroix in 1987.

LVMH has already handpicked a clutch of employees from within, including some from Louis Vuitton and Celine, to work on the project in tandem with Rihanna and some of her key associates, sources said.

Details about the launch and its timing could not immediately be learned. LVMH officials declined comment Wednesday.

On Tuesday, the Internet lit up with speculation about the origins of the bold, gold shades Rihanna wore while stepping out in Manhattan — her Fenty brand name spelled out across the temples. Sources said the music star was simply test-driving a prototype, while dropping a colossal tease about her next major foray beyond music.

Rihanna has demonstrated a serious interest in, and influence on, fashion — along with formidable design chops and acute instincts — with her recent tenure as the creative director of Puma, energizing the German activewear brand with her Fenty by Puma project, and following it up with successful forays into beauty and lingerie — the former with LVMH-controlled Kendo; the latter with California-based TechStyle Fashion Group.

Her public appearances generally stir the paparazzi, and her fans, into a frenzy, with outfits ranging from sultry off-the-shoulder styles to streetwear to, at the Met Ball, showstopping numbers that are the highlight of the occasion. In May, for example, she wore a Maison Margiela crystal-encrusted gown and bolero jacket, complete with a hat resembling a bishop’s mitre.

Rihanna in Maison Margiela, Met Gala 2018

It is understood her collection with LVMH will span ready-to-wear, leather goods and accessories, and could be released in tandem with her ninth album, expected out sometime later this year, one source said.

For LVMH, the Rihanna line signals a further move outside its comfort zone of heritage brands as it continues to diversify its holdings, having recently invested $2.6 billion in luxury travel operator Belmond Ltd., owner of the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express train and hotels including the Copacabana Palace in Rio de Janeiro.

Kendo, which functions as an incubator making products that end up being retailed by LVMH’s Sephora perfumery chain and other outposts, signed on Rihanna in 2016. Her Fenty Beauty products racked up sales north of $100 million in a matter of weeks, and was hailed as a transformative brand.

It also cemented Rihanna as one of the hottest-selling celebrities in the world of licensing.

Just a year after its launch, Fenty Beauty by Rihanna is a digital innovator and champion for diversity, using its platforms — 6.3 million Instagram followers, 490,000 YouTube subscribers and 372,000 Twitter followers — to showcase makeup on women of all complexions and sizes. The brand engages with its followers regularly, reposting user-generated content and collaborating with avid fans on videos and posts.

Rihanna’s proximity to LVMH stretches back to at least 2015. After attending shows for Christian Dior, one of Arnault’s most treasured fashion properties, she appeared in “Secret Garden IV,” a campaign and short film shot by Steven Klein inside Versailles. It featured her in Dior sunglasses, carrying the brand’s bags and wearing looks from the Esprit Dior collection.

A year later, she created a range of futuristic sunglasses in collaboration with Dior as part of her brand ambassadorship.

Sources inside LVMH describe her as a hands-on type who is extensively involved in product development. It is understood LVMH started assembling her fashion team about six months ago in Paris, with the project being overseen by Sidney Toledano, chairman and chief executive officer of LVMH Fashion Group, a stable of fashion houses that includes Givenchy, Celine, Kenzo and Marc Jacobs.

Rihanna’s talent and beauty have made her a favorite of fashion designers worldwide. The Barbados native has previously modeled for Gucci, Emporio Armani and Balmain.

She made her debut in design in 2013 with British high-street brand River Island, creating a collection of clothing and accessories.

“Launching at London Fashion Week is a dream come true for me,” she said at the time. “I have wanted to design my own collection for a long time and to present my collection for River Island alongside all of the other great design talent at LFW is a real privilege. I can’t wait to see the reaction from my fans and the fashion press.”

While at Puma, Rihanna staged high-energy shows — one featuring motorcycle acrobats — in Paris and New York. Indicative of her wide appeal, her collection landed at Bergdorf Goodman in New York and spawned a consumer frenzy — and knockoffs galore — for several hit shoe styles, including creepers and furry shower slides.

TechStyle co-ceo Adam Goldenberg told WWD in a recent interview that he chose Rihanna because he needed “the right partner to bring instant credibility and exposure” to a new proposition in the lingerie category.

He confirmed her deep involvement in products that bear her Fenty brand name. “Every single item we have designed she has been involved in the process and seen it on a model, made her own adjustments, decided if we are going to bring it in stock, down to every element of the campaign,” he said.


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Everybody calm down! Versace is not over!

Versace Is Not Becoming Michael Kors—the Same Way Jimmy Choo Didn’t Become Michael Kors
It’s confusing, but Versace isn’t over.

You’re probably not totally clear on this whole “Michael Kors now owns Versace” thing. Yes, the most successful all-American brand in the current market is now the proud owner of one of the most preeminent names in Italian fashion. It’s mind-bending, truly. But Versace is still Versace. Let me explain.

After rumors of the acquisition, Michael Kors Holdings officially confirmed its purchase of Versace for $2.12 billion. In its acquisition of the brand, Michael Kors Holdings will now officially be named Capri Holdings. “The Versace family will become shareholders of Capri Holdings Limited, with Donatella keeping her role as creative director of the fashion house. Capri Holdings, formerly Michael Kors Holdings, now has three major fashion houses under its portfolio: Michael Kors Collection, Jimmy Choo, and Versace.”

Michael Kors Holdings acquired Jimmy Choo last year, setting itself apart from other fashion conglomerates that tend to grow in scale and revenue strictly via licenses, diffusion lines, and the acquisition of more mass-market labels. John D. Idol, CEO of Michael Kors Holdings Limited, said in a release: “The acquisition of Versace is an important milestone for our group…We believe that the strength of the Michael Kors and Jimmy Choo brands, and the acquisition of Versace, position us to deliver multiple years of revenue and earnings growth.”

Here’s where the confusion lies. Fans of the iconic Italian brand, which became beloved stateside when Gianni Versace moved into the Versace Mansion and changed the face of American style in the late ’80s and ’90s, are terrified of what’s to come due to Kors’ influence on the brand. Michael Kors is known for easy, breezy, American style–not the sexy, risk-taking, ultra-luxe Italian allure upon which Versace is based. Furthermore, Kors’ success is based upon his licensing and diffusion brands, like Michael Michael Kors, as well as his fragrance, timepieces, and accessories partnerships. It seems fans are worried this kind of market saturation could be next for Versace, which currently only has one sister line, Versus Versace, to its name.

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But similar to Jimmy Choo’s agreement with Kors Holdings, Donatella Versace will continue to remain at the helm of her namesake brand, leading the brand’s creative vision. Said Versace of the news, “This is a very exciting moment for Versace. It has been more than 20 years since I took over the company along with my brother Santo and daughter Allegra. I am proud that Versace remains very strong in both fashion and modern culture. Versace is not only synonymous with its iconic and unmistakable style, but with being inclusive and embracing of diversity, as well as empowering people to express themselves. Santo, Allegra and I recognize that this next step will allow Versace to reach its full potential.”

Understandably, this means that scaling the Versace name into new avenues of revenue is a possibility–but that likely won’t include mass-retailers in the way Kors has expanded his ever-growing empire—at least not immediately. It seems that Kors, now Capri Holdings Limited, is eager to expand predominantly into the luxury space, and much will be revealed when details of the acquisition are finalized and released.

While Donatella’s loyal fanbase might not be as welcome to change, she certainly seems to be excited for what the future may bring under Idol and the Capri’s collaboration and leadership. “We believe that being part of this group is essential to Versace’s long-term success,” Donatella said. “My passion has never been stronger. This is the perfect time for our company, which puts creativity and innovation at the core of all of its actions, to grow.”


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Henri Bendel Is Closing!

Say it ain’t so! Henri Bendel, the 123-year-old shopping institution, is closing its doors. The store’s owner, L Brands, which also operates companies such as Victoria’s Secret and Bath & Body Works released a statement on Thursday that it’s shuttering all 23 outposts including the beloved Fifth Avenue flagship by January 2019. This also includes Bendel’s e-commerce site.

Like the many other shopping meccas that have closed within the last few years, the decision comes down to lack of funds. Although a recent revenue report shows Henri Bendel brings in $85 million this year, but apparently the sum still doesn’t doesn’t make up for its operating losses and closing costs. Additionally, it’s hard for the high-end label-touting brand to compete with nearby department stores like Saks Fifth Avenue and Bergdorf Goodman.

This news comes to us just a few months after another Fifth Avenue staple—Lord & Taylor—announced it’s becoming a WeWork building after 104 years of business. Naturally, this poses a serious threat to New York’s epic holiday window displays, as both of these brands created some of the most legendary North Pole and Winter Wonderland scenes we’ve ever seen. Fortunately, Henri Bendel and Lord & Taylor are sticking around for one more Christmas in New York. Nonetheless, Fifth Avenue will never be quite the same.

– Jennifer Picht ; Time Out Magazine

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Spring Essentials

7 Essential Trends You Need For Spring

Winter just won’t seem to go away! Although we’ve wrapped up our first week of spring, the freezing cold temperatures are still lingering, making us crave some heat . Besides having warmer days, we are dying to push the furs to the back of the closet and bust out the short shorts and flowing frocks. If you are still getting your Spring/Summer looks together or just want to freshen up your wardrobe with new pieces, check out the 7 essential trends you need to incorporate this season.

Romance in Ruffles

Get a little fun and flirty with ruffles this spring. Whether dainty or voluminous , frills are blooming to be a major trend in 2017.

Year of the Stripes

Subtle or bold, stripes are a must have in 2017. You could play nautical or get Wall Street chic with this versatile trend.

Layers On Top Of Layers

Get creative and pile on the pieces to create a unique look. Take this trend even further by layering multiple textures and prints.

Pink Over Everything

It’s official-pink is the new IT color. Brighten up your wardrobe with various shades of the color du jour.

Off the shoulders

Slide the fabric to the side and show those sexy shoulders. Draped effortlessly or a deconstructed cutout, you can’t go wrong with showing a little skin.

Khaki 2.0

Who said Khaki was just for a uniform? The classic and practical textile has undergone a major makeover and has now become the staple of the season.

Peep Show

Tastefully give a little sneak peek with sheer. Opaque is definitely the way to go to keep cool while looking haute at the same time.

Vicrina Aberdeen is a host, personal shopper, and digital content creator living
in New York City. You can find more of her work on

Vicrina Aberdeen Host/Executive Producer Vicrina En Vogue




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The Resurrection of Gucci

You’d have to be sleeping under a rock if you haven’t noticed Gucci’s rise to fashion glory. Over the past few seasons, the rules of fashion have been single handedly dismantled as each collection has featured both men and women strutting in a playful assortment of ruffles, appliqués, hardcore footwear and bright colors, pushing boundaries to create an overall eclectic, gender-fluid display. A stark contrast from the craftsmanship centered and structured collections of the former Creative Director, Frida Gianinni, Gucci has become a brand that is intriguing to every style preference from preppy to street wear. And it’s all thanks to the current Creative Director, Alessandro Michele.

Holding true to Gucci’s roots, Michele has pulled from the vault icons like the Double G logo and revived the classics with his youthful, whimsical flair. Michele has somehow managed to create timeless collections all while tastefully juxtaposing modern street wear with trends from periods of the past, infusing his love for vintage.

After being the Head of Accessories at Gucci since 2002 and with Fendi under Karl Lagerfeld in the late 90’s, Michele was thrust into the spotlight in 2015 when Gianinni abruptly departed the label. The fashion world was left in shock and doubt as Michele’s design abilities had not been vetted and was seen as a careless risk for CEO Marco Bizzarri to take. However, the newly appointed director turned out to be the jolt that Gucci so desperately needed.

Named as 2016’s top fashion brand, Michele has not only rejuvenated the Gucci name and image, but has shaken up the fashion world with his unrivaled vision and foresight, proving he was worth the risk. The Creative Director’s “anything goes” approach has successfully relaunched the Italian label as one of the world’s most recognizable brands. Celebs like Beyoncé, Rihanna and Cardi B have been seen out and about rocking pieces from the latest collections. Guess you could say taking a chance on Michele was all worth it in the end.

Vicrina Aberdeen is a host, personal shopper, and digital content creator living in New York City. You can find more of her work on

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