ICYMI: JW Anderson's first flagship in Soho, LVMH Prize finalists, and more fashion shows cancelled due to COVID-19
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Vera Wang and Starbucks collaborate.
New York fashion designer Vera Wang has teamed up with Starbucks to release a line of tumblers, thermos, mugs, totes, and even a clutch plus makeup case. There's a lot of black, which is typical Vera Wang, but not much else in the way of a point. The collaboration is an Asia-Pacific exclusive, and can be found in almost every Starbucks store in Singapore.
Max Mara cancels resort 2021 show in St. Petersburg.
More cancellations — this time, it's Max Mara. The Italian brand put out a statement announcing that it would no longer be staging a runway show in St. Petersburg, Russia to present its resort 2021 collection. This, of course, is a precautionary move in light of the global coronavirus situation, and Max Mara is just one of many to call off fashion shows.
Isabel Marant is making its foray into eyewear.
The French designer Isabel Marant announced that her brand had signed a 10-year agreement with the Italian eyewear manufacturing giant, Safilo. This agreement will provide Safilo the license to design, manufacture, and distribute sunglasses and optical frames with the Isabel Marant brand, the first of which will launch together with the spring/summer 2021 collection.
Exposed: High fashion brands' unethical use of Indian embroiderers.
The New York Times ran an expose on the state of Indian embroiderers in Mumbai, who are employed on the down low by a host of luxury fashion brands. It was revealed that these workers were paid below industry wages, had no health benefits, and made to work in factory rooms with caged windows. It's crucial to note that the Utthan pact — which Kering, LVMH, Burberry, and Mulberry signed, aimed at improving workers' conditions — has zero legal authority.
Jonathan Anderson opens his first flagship store in Soho, London.
It might be hard to believe, but JW Anderson is only now opening its first flagship retail location. Anderson chose to open the store in Soho, which according to the brand is synonymous with the designer's embrace of diversity and queer culture. Considering the homoeroticism Anderson commonly references in his designs? Sounds about right.
The Row is getting sued.
Olsens are getting into a legal spat with David Schulte, the former president of their luxury label, The Row. While details are spare due to the case being kept under seal in New York, what is known is that Schulte is suing both Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, their label The Row, and their entertainment company Dualstar Entertainment.
Gossip Girl is getting a reboot.
One of the most seminal stylish TV series of this generation is getting the reboot it needs. Come spring 2020, a new Gossip Girl will debut on HBO Max. Tavi Gevinson has signed on as one of the leads, and the show will take place eight years after the original.
This year's LVMH Prize finalists are announced.
The Paris cocktail party might have been cancelled — no points for guessing why — but the results are out anyway. The finalists of this year's LVMH Prize are Ahluwalia, Casablanca, Chopova Lowena, Nicholas Daley, Peter Do, Sindiso Khumalo, Supriya Lele, and Tomo Koizumi. The winner will be announced 5 June, with names like Rihanna, Virgil Abloh, and Stella McCartney as newcomers to the jury.
Fendi's sample sale in London beat the coronavirus odds.
While fashion retail has been facing a massive slump thanks to the Coronavirus crisis, the Arlettie outpost in London seems to be doing just fine. Arlettie, which organises sample sales for luxury fashion brands, recently held one for Fendi and — despite the need for social distancing and crowd avoidance — managed to draw queues.