Adidas and Beyoncé announce multi-layered partnership

April 4, 2019

The following is a press release from Adidas:

Adidas and Beyoncé have announced a multi-layered partnership that will include inspiring and empowering the next generation of creators, driving positive change in the world through sport, and identifying new business opportunities.

“This is the partnership of a lifetime for me,” said Beyoncé. “Adidas has had tremendous success in pushing creative boundaries. We share a philosophy that puts creativity, growth and social responsibility at the forefront of business. I look forward to re-launching and expanding Ivy Park on a truly global scale with a proven, dynamic leader.”

Beyoncé and Adidas are natural partners, both with a deep respect for and commitment to creativity, equity and creators. Neither ascribes to the typical stereotypes of athletes and what athleisure clothing and footwear should be, and instead, will bring to life a shared vision of inclusion that will forever alter the opportunities and landscape for all.

The partnership will result in the co-creation of exciting new products – from performance to lifestyle – and a unique purpose-driven program focused on empowering and enabling the next generation of athletes, creators and leaders. Meaningful and rich storytelling will be the foundation for both Beyoncé’s collection with Adidas as well as the re-launch of her Ivy Park brand. This partnership respects Beyoncé’s ownership of her company which continues her journey as one of the first black women to be the sole owner of an athleisure brand.

“As the creator sports brand, Adidas challenges the status quo and pushes the limits of creativity through its open source approach. Beyoncé is an iconic creator but also a proven business leader, and together, we have the ability to inspire change and empower the next generation of creators,” said Eric Liedtke, Executive Board Member – Global Brands, Adidas

Adidas is excited to welcome Beyoncé to the family!

About Adidas
Adidas is a global leader in the sporting goods industry with the core brands Adidas and Reebok. Headquartered in Herzogenaurach/Germany, the company employs 57,000 people across the globe and generated sales of around € 22 billion in 2018.

About Parkwood Entertainment
Parkwood Entertainment is an entertainment and management company founded by entertainer and entrepreneur, Beyoncé in 2010.  With headquarters in New York City the company houses departments in music and video production, management, marketing, digital, creative, philanthropy, publicity and a newly formed record label.  Under its original name, Parkwood Pictures, in 2008, the company released the film Cadillac Records (2008), in which Beyoncé starred and co-produced. The company also released the film, Obsessed (2009), with Beyoncé as star and executive producer. Parkwood Entertainment produced The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour (2013-2014) and The Formation World Tour (2016), and co-produced the On the Run Tour (2014) and On the Run II (2018).

Victoria’s Secret business crisis: store shutdowns, PINK brand in decline

April 1, 2019

by Daphne Sorenson

Models at the 2018 Victoria’s Secret Fashion show (Photo by Heidi Gutman/ABC)

Victoria’s Secret is experiencing a very public meltdown. The world’s most famous lingerie brand is closing up to 53 stores in North America in 2019, due to a decline in sales, According to Business Insider, most of the stores are located in shopping malls, which have been experiencing their own major financial problems in recent years. Although Victoria’s Secret has swimwear and sportswear, the company’s core business is still lingerie. In November 2018, Victoria’s Secret Lingerie appointed John Mehas its CEO. He replaced Jan Singer, who was with the company for two years.

Meanwhile, PINK—the Victoria’s Secret brand targeted to millennials—has become a big flop. Jefferies analyst Randal Konik told investors that sales for PINK in fell in the “low double digits” for the fourth quarter of 2018, according to Business Insider. Konik gave investors this bleak view of PINK after he attended a PINK consumer event at New Jersey’s Rutgers University on March 29, 2019:  “Our visit to Rutgers University on 3/29 shows the PINK brand without fans and rudderless. We believe PINK sales may be cut in half or more within the next 12-24 months.”

It’s the latest financial problem for Victoria’s Secret parent company L Brands, which already experienced the shutdown of its Henri Bendel business in January 2019.

So why has Victoria’s Secret been losing so much business? In December 2018, Business Insider reported that it’s a combination of reasons, such as complaints about bad customer service, the declining quality of the clothes and the company’s alienating image that women are “sexy” only if they look like the thin women who are hired to be Victoria’s Secret models. It didn’t help that L Brands chief marketing officer Ed Razek told Vogue in 2018 that there were no plans for Victoria Secret to have plus-sized on transgender models, and that Victoria’s Secret was not going to add plus-sizes because L Brands already has Lane Bryant. (What he didn’t mention in the interview is that Lane Bryant is also experiencing financial difficulties and store closures.)

Simply put: In an era where consumers are demanding more inclusive representation, Victoria’s Secret has been increasingly perceived as old-fashioned, out-of-touch and over-priced.

TV ratings for the annual Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show have also been on a rapid decline. The show, which debuted in 1995, wasn’t televised until 2001, when it got 12.4 million U.S. viewers on ABC. It remains the highest-rated Victoria’s Secret show for a single TV network, according to Nielsen. CBS televised the show in 2002, 2003 and from 2005 to 2017. During those years, the ratings ranged from 10.5 million U.S. viewers (in 2002) to 5 million U.S. viewers (in 2017). ABC picked up the show in 2018, when it had 3.3 million U.S viewers.

Here’s a partial list of the Victoria’s Secret stores that are confirmed to close in 2019, according to Business Insider:

  • Astoria, New York: 31-35 Steinway Street
  • Clay, New York: Great Northern Mall, 4155 NY-31
  • Washington, DC: 1050 Connecticut Avenue NW
  • Reston, Virginia: Reston Town Center, 11929 Market, Suite 50
  • Richmond, Virginia: Stony Point Fashion Park, 9200 Stony Point Parkway
  • Glen Allen, Virginia: Virginia Center Commons, 10101 Brook Road
  • Myrtle Beach, South Carolina: Myrtle Beach Mall, 10177 N. Kings Highway
  • Knoxville, Tennessee: West Town Mall, 7600 Kingston Pike
  • Jacksonville, Florida: Regency Square Mall, 9501 Arlington Expressway
  • Cedar Falls, Iowa: College Square Mall, 1 College Square Mall
  • Akron, Ohio: Chapel Hill Mall, 2000 Brittain Road
  • Cincinnati, Ohio: Tri-County Mall, 11700 Princeton Pike
  • Cleveland, Ohio: Tower City Center, 230 W. Huron Road
  • Elyria, Ohio: Midway Mall, 3433 Midway Mall

Tom Ford named chairman of the Council of Fashion Designers of America

March 19, 2019

Tom Ford

The following is a press release from Tom Ford:

The Council of Fashion Designers of America announced today that Tom Ford will be the next Chairman of the CFDA, effective June, 2019.

Ford was ratified by the CFDA Board during a meeting at the CFDA offices earlier today. He succeeds CFDA’s current Chairwoman Diane von Furstenberg.

Tom Ford is an award-winning fashion designer, film director, screenwriter, and film producer. In April 2005, the American born designer announced the creation of his eponymous luxury brand, beginning with menswear. Today, the TOM FORD brand offers a complete collection of Menswear, as well as Womenswear, Accessories, Eyewear, Beauty and most recently underwear and timepieces. Ford previously served as the Creative Director of Gucci Group, where he designed for luxury houses Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent until 2004.

Ford, who began his career as a design assistant for CFDA Member Cathy Hardwick, has been a member of the CFDA since 2000. He has won a total of seven CFDA Fashion Awards: Menswear Designer of the Year (2015, 2008), Womenswear Designer of the Year (2001), Accessory Designer of the Year (2002), Board of Director’s Tribute (2004), International Designer of the Year (1995), and the Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award (2014). Ford has shown his collections in London, Los Angeles, and New York.

“I have had the privilege of being a member of the American Fashion community for many years and have experienced what the CFDA does for its members and the industry as a whole,” Tom Ford said. “Having lived and worked in each of the global fashion capitals of the world, I look forward to working with the Board of Directors to further the voice of American Fashion and its designers.  As the Chairman, I look forward to continuing the incredible work Diane has done over the last 13 years. Diane is a true force and her contribution to the CFDA and to American fashion is immeasurable. We all owe her a great deal.”

“I am so excited that Tom Ford has agreed to come and lead the CFDA,” Diane von Furstenberg said. “American Fashion could not wish for a better visionary to further grow its impact in the global landscape. Tom is a role model for all of us, and we are very lucky to have him as the next Chairman of the CFDA.”

“Diane has been an incredible partner who helped build CFDA into a world class organization,” CFDA President and CEO Steven Kolb said. “I’m excited to now work with Tom to further strengthen the organization and support American designers with new creative and business opportunities.”

Von Furstenberg was named President of the CFDA in 2006 and became Chairwoman in 2015. Past CFDA Presidents were Stan Herman, Carolyne Roehm, Perry Ellis, Mary McFadden, Bill Blass, Herbert Kasper, Oscar de la Renta, Norman Norell, and Sydney Wragge.

About the CFDA
The Council of Fashion Designers of America, Inc. (CFDA) is a not-for-profit trade association founded in 1962 with a membership with 500 of America’s foremost womenswear, menswear, jewelry, and accessory designers. In addition to hosting the annual CFDA Fashion Awards, the organization owns the Fashion Calendar and is the organizer of the Official New York Fashion Week Schedule. It also offers programs which support professional development and scholarships. Member support is provided through the Strategic Partnerships Group, a group of high-profile companies offering designers strategic opportunities. The CFDA Foundation, Inc. is a separate, not-for-profit organized to mobilize the membership to raise funds for charitable causes and engage in civic initiatives. For more information, please visit www.CFDA.com, facebook.com/cfda, instagram.com/cfda, twitter.com/cfda, cfda.tumblr.com, and youtube.com/cfdatv

About TOM FORD
In April 2005, Tom Ford announced the creation of the TOM FORD brand. Ford was joined in this venture by former Gucci Group President and Chief Executive Officer Domenico De Sole, who serves as Chairman of the company. In that same year, Ford announced his partnership with Marcolin Group to produce and distribute optical frames and sunglasses, as well as an alliance with Estee Lauder to create the TOM FORD beauty brand. In April 2007, his first directly owned flagship store opened in New York at 845 Madison Avenue and coincided with the debut of the TOM FORD menswear and accessory collection. In September 2010, during an intimate presentation at his Madison Avenue flagship. Ford presented his much-anticipated womenswear collection. Presently there are over 100 freestanding TOM FORD stores and shop-in-shops in locations such as: London, Milan, Zurich, Munich, Rome, New York, Toronto, Beverly Hills, Puerto Banus, Moscow, Osaka, Atlanta, Las Vegas, Baku, Dubai, Tokyo, Seoul, Montreal, San Francisco, Beirut, Hong Kong, Shanghai, New Dehli, Kowloon, Beijing and Sydney.

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Karl Lagerfeld passes away: Fashion icon was creative force behind Chanel, Karl Lagerfeld, Fendi designer labels

February 19, 2019

by Yvette Thomas

Karl Lagerfeld
Karl Lagerfeld (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)

Karl Lagerfeld—the iconic fashion designer who was the longtime creative force behind Chanel, Fendi, Chloé and his own Karl Lagerfeld Paris label—died at the American Hospital of Paris in the Parisian suburb of Neuilly-sur-Seine on February 19, 2019. The cause of death has not yet been officially revealed, but several media outlets are reporting that he had pancreatic cancer. Although his age at the time of his death has been widely reported as 85, the Associated Press reports that Lagerfeld had two birth certificates—one that lists his birth year as 1933 and the other as 1938—and it has not been verified which one is authentic.

Karl Lagerfeld
Karl Lagerfeld and Nicki Minaj in Elle’s July 2018 issue (Photo by Karl Lagerfeld)

What is known for sure is that Lagerfeld was born in Hamburg, Germany, to a successful industrialist father and a violinist mother. He went to school in Paris, and apprenticed at Balmain before joining Patou in 1965. Lagerfeld joined Fendi in 1965, and later became the Italian design company’s creative director. He then made his mark at French label Chloe, followed by his career high point as creative director of the legendary Chanel company, beginning in 1983.

Lagerfeld started his own eponymous fashion label (Karl Largerfeld Paris) in 1984, and remained its creative director after it was sold to the Tommy Hilfiger Company in 2005. In addition to being a fashion designer and entrepreneur, Lagerfeld was an author and photographer. At the height of his fame, he became known for his eccentric personal fashion style, which included wearing a ponytail, mostly black clothes and always wearing sunglasses and gloves in public. Even though he was widely admired in the fashion world, Lagerfeld also had his share of critics and made statements that were considered racially or culturally offensive. In August 2018, the New York Times published a blistering critique of Lagerfeld that questioned why more people weren’t boycotting his work because of offensive comments he has made over the years.

Lagerfeld, who was openly gay, never married and did not have children. However, he famously treated his Birman cat called Choupette as if she were a human child. Lagerfeld’s health had been the subject of speculation after he did not take his traditional final bow at Chanel’s fashion show in Paris on January 22, 2019.  Chanel’s studio director Virginie Viard walked in Lagerfeld’s place instead. Chanel announced after Lagerfeld’s death that Viard has been promoted and will replace him at Chanel. Fendi and Karl Lagerfeld Paris have not yet announced who will replace Lagerfeld at their respective companies. Lagerfled’s last Fendi collection will be shown in Milan, Italy, on February 21, 2019.

Charlotte Russe files for bankruptcy, announces store closings

February 4, 2019

by Daphne Sorenson

Women’s fashion retailer Charlotte Russe has joined the growing list of financially troubled retailers that are closing stores after filing for bankruptcy. On February 4, 2019, Charlotte Russe announced plans to close 94 of its approximately 500 stores in a Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing, according to Business Insider. The company is hoping to finder a buyer before February 17, 2019. If no buyer is found, Charlotte Russe, which also owns children’s retailer Peek Kids, will likely liquidate all of its assets and close all its remaining stores. Business Insider reports that Charlotte Russe has received $50 million in debt relief to keep operating during its bankruptcy transition. At the time of the bankruptcy filing, Charlotte Russe had more than 8,700 employees.

Here is the list of the first 94 Charlotte Russe stores that are closing because of the bankruptcy:

Alabama

Florence: Florence Mall, 301 Cox Creek Parkway

California

Arvin: 5701 Outlets at Tejon Parkway

Culver City: Westfield Culver City, 6000 Sepulveda Boulevard

Daly City: 288 Serramonte Center

Fairfield: 1350 Travis Boulevard

Irvine: 71 Fortune Drive

La Mesa: Grossmont Center, 5500 Grossmont Center

San Bernardino: 500 Inland Center Drive

San Jose: Westfield Oakridge, 925 Blossom Hill Road

Santa Ana: MainPlace Mall, 2800 North Main Place

Valencia: Westfield Valencia Town Center, 24201 West Valencia Blvd.

Westminster: Westminster Mall, 2150 East Westminster Mall

Colorado

Grand Junction: Mesa Mall, 2424 US Highway 6

Pueblo: Pueblo Mall, 3429 Dillon Drive

Connecticut

Meriden: Westfield Meriden Mall, 470 Lewis Avenue

Milford: Connecticut Post Mall, 1201 Boston Post Road

Ledyard: 4anger Outlets Foxwoods, 455 Trolley Line Boulevard

Florida

Jacksonville: Markets at Town Center, 4870 Big Island Drive

Port Richey: Gulf View Square, 9409 US Highway 19

Sarasota: The Mall at University Town Center, 140 University Town Center Drive

West Palm Beach: Palm Beach Outlets, 1721 Palm Beach Lakes Boulevard

Georgia

Commerce: Tanger Outlets Commerce, 800 Steven B. Tanger Boulevard

Douglasville: Arbor Place, 1440 Douglas Boulevard

Pooler: Tanger Outlets Savannah, 200 Tanger Outlet Boulevard

Hawaii

Aiea: Pearlridge Center, 98-1005 Moanalua Road

Kahlului: Queen Ka’ahumanu Center, 275 West Kaahumanu Avenue

Kaneohe: Windward Mall, 46-056 Kamehameha Highway

Illinois

Algonquin: 1952 South Randall Road

Joliet: Louis Joliet Mall, 3340 Mall Loop Drive

Lincolnwood: 3333 West Touhy Avenue

Lombard: Yorktown Shopping Center, 203 Yorktown

Peoria: Northwoods Mall, 2200 W. War Memorial Drive

Skokie: 4999 Old Orchard Center

Indiana

Hobart: Southlake Mall, 2063 Southlake Mall

Iowa

West Des Moines: Valley West Mall, 1551 Valley West Drive

Kentucky

Ashland: 500 Winchester Avenue

Louisiana

New Orleans: Outlet Collection at Riverwalk, 500 Port of New Orleans Place

Slidell: Fremaux Town Center, 760 Town Center Parkway

Maryland

Annapolis: Annapolis Mall, 2550 Annapolis Mall

Bel Air: Harford, 696 Bel Air Road

Frederick: 5500 Buckeystown Pike

Gaithersburg: Lakeforest Mall, 701 Russell Avenue

Hagerstown: Valley Mall, 17301 Valley Mall Road

Ocean City: 12741 Ocean Gateway

Massachusetts

Cambridge: CambridgeSide Galleria, 100 Cambridgeside Place

Kingston: Kingston Collection, 101 Independence Mall Way

Michigan

Dearborn: Fairlane Town Center, 18900 Michigan Avenue

Howell: Tanger Outlets Howell, 1475 North Burkhart Road

Okemos: Meridian Mall, 1982 W. Grand Rive Avenue

Saginaw: Fashion Square Mall, 4667 Fashion Square Mall

Minnesota

Bloomington: Mall of America, 141 East Broadway

Burnsville: 1178 Burnsville Center

Missouri

Kansas City: Zona Rosa, South County Center, 7260 NW 86th Place

Lee’s Summit: Summit Fair, 880 NW Blue Parkway

St. Louis: South County Center, 85 South County Centerway

New Jersey

Atlantic City: Tanger Outlets Atlantic City, 122 Christopher Columbus Boulevard

East Brunswick: Brunswick Square, 755 State Road 18

Moorestown: Moorestown Mall, 400 Route 38

New York

Glendale: 8000 Copper Ave.

Massapequa: Sunrise Mall, 2135 Sunrise Mall

Nanuet: 66 Rockland Plaza Route 59

New Hartford: Sangertown, Route 5 & 5A

New York: 130 W. 34th Street

Niagara Falls: 1982 Military Road

Saratoga Springs: 3065 Route 50

Victor: Eastview Mall, 672 EastView Mall

Yorktown Heights: Jefferson Valley Mall, 650 Lee Boulevard

North Carolina

Gastonia: 246 New Hope Road

Ohio

Liberty Township: Liberty Center, 7100 Foundry Row

Mentor:  Great Lakes Mall, 7850 Mentor Avenue

Toledo: Franklin Park, 5001 Monroe Street

Oregon

Eugene: Valley River Center, 293 Valley River Center

Pennsylvania

Altoona: Logan Valley Mall, Route 220 & Goods Lane

Pittsburgh: Mall at Robinson, 100 Robinson Centre Drive

Willow Grove: Willow Grove Park Mall, 2500 Moreland Road

York: York Galleria, 2899 Whiteford Road

South Carolina

Florence: Magnolia Mall, 2701 David McLeod Boulevard

Myrtle Beach: Coastal Grand Mall, 2000 Coastal Grand Circle

North Charleston: Northwoods Mall, 2150 Northwoods Boulevard

Tennessee

Chattanooga: 2100 Hamilton Place Boulevard

Johnson City: 2011 North Roan Street

Texas

Cedar Hill: Hillside Village, 305 West FM

Fort Worth: 15853 North Freeway

New Braunfels: New Braunfels Town Center at Creekside, 257 Creekside Crossing

Victoria: Victoria Mall, 7800 North Navarro Street

Waco: Richland Mall, 6001 West Waco Drive

Virginia

Dulles: 21100 Dulles Town Circle

McLean: 7860 Tyson’s Corner Center

Springfield: 6767 Springfield Mall

Washington

Auburn: Outlet Collection Seattle, 1101 Outlet Collection Way

West Virginia

Morgantown: Morgantown Mall, 9500 Mall Road

Wisconsin

Brookfield: Brookfield Square, 95 North Moorland Road

Glendale: Bayshore Town Center, 5800 North Bayshore Drive

Madison: East Towne Mall, 375 East Towne Mall

Department store decline: Macy’s, Kohl’s, Norsdtrom, JCPenney closing more stores in 2019

January 28, 2019

by Daphne Sorenson

department store retail

 

The decline of department stores continues to affect the retail industry, as Macy’s, Kohl’s, Nordstrom and JCPenney have announced that they will be closing more stores in early 2019. It’s part of trend that is hitting fashion retail especially hard, since about half of the retailers that closed the largest number of stores in 2018 have fashion as their core business. Kohl’s will be shuttering all of its stores that are located in shopping malls, while almost all of the stores that Macy’s, Nordstom and JCPenney are closing are also located in shopping malls.

Many of the stores that are closing are not in economically depressed areas but are in areas with middle- or high-income levels, with the highest-income levels in places such as New York City’s Rego Park area; the San Francisco Bay Area’s Silicon Valley; West Los Angeles (near Beverly Hills); Redmond, Washington (a suburb of Seattle); and Fairfax County, Virginia. That’s probably because customers in these high-income areas are more likely to have the resources (credit cards with high credit lines) to do more online shopping than people with lower incomes. But that’s only part of the reason why these stores are closing. Based on customer review sites such as Yelp, these stores have been plagued for quite some time with complaints about bad customer service, declining appearance/cleanliness and unsatisfactory inventory.

According to Business Insider, these are the stores that will be closing in 2019:

Kohl’s
Kohl’s Rego Park at Rego Center in Rego Park, New York
Kohl’s Valley Stream at Green Acres Mall in South Valley Stream, New York
Kohl’s Lenexa in Lenexa, Kansas
Kohl’s Houma at Houma Crossing Mall in Bayou Cane, Louisiana

JCPenney
Three stores to be announced.

Macy’s
Macy’s at Casper Eastridge in Casper, Wyoming
Macy’s at Redmond Town Center in Redmond, Washington
Macy’s at Sunnyvale Town Center in Sunnyvale, California
Macy’s Furniture Gallery at Westside Pavilion in Los Angeles, California
Macy’s at Glendale Mall in Indianapolis, Indiana
Macy’s at Swansea Mall in Swansea, Massachusetts
Macy’s at Tysons Galleria in McLean, Virginia
Macy’s at Nanuet Mall in Nanuet, New York
Macy’s at Charleston Town Center in Charleston, West Virginia

Nordstrom
Nordstrom at The Mall at Wellington Green in Wellington, Florida
Nordstrom at MacArthur Center Mall in Norfolk, Northern Virginia
Nordstrom at Providence Place Mall in Providence, Rhode Island

 

Tiffany & Co. teams up with Zoe Kravitz, Naomi Campbell, Karen Elson and more for ‘Believe In Dreams’ 2018 holiday campaign

November 20, 2018

Zoe Kravitz
Zoë Kravitz behind the scenes of the 2018 Tiffany & Co. Believe In Dreams Holiday campaign shoot. (Photo by Lewis Mirrett)

The following is a press release from Tiffany & Co.:

This holiday season, Tiffany & Co. introduces the latest chapter of its “Believe in Dreams” campaign, which takes viewers behind the scenes of a Tiffany workshop where surprising and surreal moments unfold, featuring a star-studded cast of characters.

The campaign film opens at Tiffany & Co.’s iconic Fifth Avenue flagship store, where actress, musician and style icon Zoë Kravitz stars as a Tiffany sales professional working late into the evening. Kravitz is drawn from reality into a Tiffany Blue® dreamscape infused with pops of neon. At the heart of this whimsical wonderland is an underground holiday workshop with craftspeople, and at the helm is a quirky manager played by model Xiao Wen Ju. The exquisite workmanship and masterful artistry of Tiffany & Co. are brought to life in a series of witty vignettes with cameos from models Karen Elson and Maye Musk, among others. The journey culminates in a “madcap tea party” hosted by Naomi Campbell, complete with a delectable selection of pastries from The Blue Box Cafe™ and housewares and table settings from the Home & Accessories collection. By the end of the story, Kravitz discovers that the magic of Tiffany & Co. is where creativity and craftsmanship come together.

The holiday season is a time of year when more than ever, we’re inspired to dream,” said Reed Krakoff, chief artistic officer, Tiffany & Co. “At Tiffany, our artisans work to create magic and beauty in every piece. We created this film to bring their artistry to life and capture the spirit of a Tiffany holiday where anything is possible.”

The “Believe in Dreams” holiday campaign showcases both Tiffany & Co.’s iconic and new collections, including Tiffany Paper Flowers™, Tiffany HardWear, Tiffany T, Return to Tiffany® and Tiffany Keys. The fantastical film set draws inspiration from the accessories and home collections, with life-sized designs adding another layer of surrealism. The film was directed by Mark Romanek, most recently known for creating Beyoncé’s “Lemonade” and features Aerosmith’s 1973 hit “Dream On,” sung by superstar vocalist Steven Tyler. The campaign film launches globally on November 16.

To coincide with the craftsmanship theme for holiday, the Tiffany New York flagship store will feature an actual workshop that will house jewelers, stonesetters and engravers. The Tiffany workshop will be on display, from November 16, 2018 to January 1, 2019.

About Tiffany & Co.

In 1837, Charles Lewis Tiffany founded his company in New York City where his store was soon acclaimed as the palace of jewels for its exceptional gemstones. Since then, TIFFANY & CO. has become synonymous with elegance, innovative design, fine craftsmanship and creative excellence. During the 20th century its fame thrived worldwide with store network expansion and continuous cultural relevance, as exemplified by Truman Capote’s Breakfast at Tiffany’s and the film starring Audrey Hepburn.

Today, with more than 13,000 employees, TIFFANY & CO. and its subsidiaries design, manufacture and market jewelry, watches and luxury accessories – including more than 5,000 skilled artisans who cut diamonds and craft jewelry in the Company’s workshops, realizing its commitment to superlative quality.

The Company operates more than 300 TIFFANY & CO. retail stores worldwide as part of its omni-channel approach. To learn more about TIFFANY & CO. as well as its commitment to sustainability, please visit tiffany.com.

 

Glamour magazine ends monthly print edition to focus on digital efforts

November 20, 2018

by Yvette Thomas

Viola Davis - Glamour
Viola Davis on the cover of Glamour’s December 2018 issue (Photo courtesy of Glamour)

It’s the end of an era for Glamour, the New York City-based monthly magazine that began publishing in 1939: Glamour will no longer have a monthly print edition, as of the January 2019 issue, which will be available in late November 2018, and will instead be a digital-only outlet with the possibility of special print issues in the future. As first reported by the New York Times, Glamour’s parent company Condé Nast decided to shutter Glamour’s print edition due to the magazine’s declining newsstand sales and other financial problems facing Condé Nast, which lost $120 million in 2017. Glamour had about 2 million subscribers to its print edition and has about 20 million unique monthly visitors to Glamour.com

In 2017, Condé Nast ended the print editions of Teen Vogue and Self for similar reasons. In order to help alleviate its financial problems, Condé Nast is selling the magazines W, Brides and Golf Digest. For now, the company still plans to keep the print editions of magazines such as Vogue, GQ and Vanity Fair.

The big changes at Glamour were foreshadowed in 2017, when editor-in-chief Cindi Leive stepped down, after 16 years in the position. She was replaced by former CNN executive Samantha Barry, who has an extensive background in digital and video journalism.

Glamour will continue to have its annual Glamour Women of the Year event, which includes a summit and award show in New York City. The 2018 honorees were actress Viola Davis, singer/actress Janelle Monáe, model Chrissy Teigen, March for Our Lives activists, U.S. Senator Kamala Harris, activist Manal Al-Sharif, National Park Ranger Betty Reid Soskin and the women who took down convicted sex offender Larry Nassar, such as Michigan District Court Judge Rosemarie Elizabeth Aquilina and Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman.

Dior retrospective ‘Dior: From Paris to the World’ makes U.S. debut at Denver Art Museum

November 9, 2018

The following is a press release from the Denver Art Museum:

The Denver Art Museum (DAM) will be home to the U.S. presentation of Dior: From Paris to the World, an exhibition surveying more than 70 years of the House of Dior’s enduring legacy and its global influence. A selection of more than 200 haute couture dresses, as well as accessories, photographs, original sketches, runway videos and other archival material, will trace the history of the iconic haute couture fashion house. Dior: From Paris to the World also will profile its founder, Christian Dior, and subsequent artistic directors, including Yves-Saint Laurent (1958–1960), Marc Bohan (1961–1989), Gianfranco Ferré (1989–1996), John Galliano (1997–2011), Raf Simons (2012–2015) and Maria Grazia Chiuri (2016–present), who have carried Dior’s vision into the 21st century.

Dior: From Paris to the World also will highlight North and South American patrons’ vital role in helping establish the House of Dior’s global presence. Organized by the DAM and curated by Florence Müller, the DAM’s Avenir Foundation Curator of Textile Art and Fashion, the exhibition will be on view from Nov. 19, 2018 to March 3, 2019, and designed by Shohei Shigematsu, OMA Partner and Director of the global firm’s New York office. The more than 70-year Dior retrospective will offer a new vision on the fashion house’s legacy following the 2017 to 2018 Paris exhibition at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs.

Dior: From Paris to the World will give our visitors insight into the House of Dior’s creative process and inspirations that contributed to its unparalleled impact on the fashion world, which continues to reverberate today,” said Christoph Heinrich, Frederick and Jan Mayer Director of the DAM. “This exhibition will encourage audiences to think differently about the boundaries of fashion as art, and advance the museum’s commitment to taking viewers behind the scenes to reveal Dior’s imaginative and innovative endeavors.”

Christian Dior generated a revolution in Paris and around the globe after World War II in 1947 with his New Look collection. Dior, the art gallerist who became a celebrated couturier, completely shed the masculine silhouette that had been established during the war, expressing modern femininity with his debut collection. Dior’s sophisticated designs, featuring soft shoulders, accentuated busts and nipped waists, drew on his inspirations of art, antiques, fashion illustration and his passion for gardening. The result was elegant feminine contours that brought a breath of fresh air to the fashion world through luxurious swaths of fabrics, revolutionary design and lavish embroidery. This marked the beginning of an epic movement in fashion history that would eventually lead to Dior successfully becoming the first worldwide couture house.

The museum will mount this major exhibition with loans from the esteemed Dior Héritage Collection, many of which have rarely been seen outside of Europe, with additional loans from major institutions. The chronological presentation, showcasing pivotal themes in the House of Dior’s global history, will focus on how Christian Dior cemented his fashion house’s reputation within a decade and established the house on five continents—Africa, AsiaEuropeNorth Americaand South AmericaDior: From Paris to the World also will highlight how his successors adeptly incorporated their own design aesthetic.

“Artistic interpretation has always been a key factor to the House of Dior’s success in creating a global legacy for the French haute couture house,” said curator Müller. “Each one of the artistic directors has accomplished this during their tenure and through their visions. Visitors will witness this through thematic exhibition sections, and will also begin to understand how the Americas contributed to the success of the house over a seven decade period.”

North and South American patrons were essential to establishing the House of Dior’s international prestige, especially after World War II when designers in Paris were looking to reestablish the city as the epicenter of creativity and design. Dior accomplished this by founding locations in countries such as the U.S., MexicoVenezuela and Chile. Locations central to building its reputation in the U.S. included New YorkLos AngelesDallas and Chicago, following Christian Dior’s invitation to tour the country after being presented the esteemed Neiman Marcus award. Americans welcomed avant-garde fashion and culture during this time period, taking an interest in Dior’s extravagant designs. Notable clients at the time included famed actresses Marilyn MonroeRita Hayworth and Elizabeth Taylor.

Visitors also will be able to delight in seeing the exquisite technique of the Dior atelier in a dramatic visual display presenting a glimpse into this secret world, including sketches, toiles, dress patterns and the intricate process of embroidery. The atelier represents the heart of the house where seamstresses work with Dior’s creative directors to collaboratively bring couture to life as art, with the goal of making women more beautiful and therefore happier—which was Christian Dior’s ultimate dream as a couturier.

Internationally renowned architect Shohei Shigematsu, also known for his work designing the critically acclaimed 2015 Manus x Machina: Fashion in the Age of Technology exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, will oversee the exhibition design, building off of the bold architecture of the Frederic C. Hamilton Building to showcase the House of Dior’s innovative haute couture.

The DAM’s presentation of Dior: From Paris to the World will be on view in the Anschutz and Martin and McCormick galleries on level two of the Hamilton Building. Individual tickets are now available by visiting the museum’s website at www.DenverArtMuseum.org. Group ticket sales are available for reservations of 10 or more. To book a group, please email groupsales@denverartmuseum.org or call 720-913-0088.

Exclusive VIP hotel packages also are available for those traveling to Denver, which feature skip-the-line tickets. The DAM and VISIT DENVER, the city of Denver’s convention and visitors bureau, have created www.DiorinDenver.com to offer 12 exclusive hotel packages, which include:

  • Grand Hyatt Denver
  • Halcyon – a Hotel in Cherry Creek
  • Hotel Teatro
  • Hyatt Regency Denver at Colorado Convention Center
  • Kimpton Hotel Born Denver
  • Le Méridien Denver Downtown
  • Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel
  • the ART, a hotel
  • The Jacquard Hotel & Rooftop
  • The Ramble Hotel
  • The Ritz-Carlton, Denver
  • The Westin Denver Downtown

EXHIBITION SPONSORS
Dior: From Paris to the World is organized by the Denver Art Museum. It is generously presented by Joy and Chris Dinsdale. Additional funding is provided by Bridget and John Grier, Swarovski, Denver Agency, Nancy Lake Benson, John Brooks Incorporated, the Fine Arts Foundation, the donors to the Annual Fund Leadership Campaign, the Textile and Fashion Circle and the citizens who support the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD). Special thanks to the Avenir Foundation for its support of the department of textile art and fashion. Promotional support is provided by 5280 Magazine, CBS4, Comcast Spotlight and The Denver Post.