Kate Spade boss Anna Bakst departing brand

Kate Spade boss Anna Bakst is exiting her role at the fashion brand.Leaders at Tapestry, Inc. – the parent company of Kate Spade, Coach, and Stuart Weitzman – announced on Thursday that Bakst will be leaving the company at the end of the year. The busi…

Kate Spade boss Anna Bakst is exiting her role at the fashion brand.

Leaders at Tapestry, Inc. – the parent company of Kate Spade, Coach, and Stuart Weitzman – announced on Thursday that Bakst will be leaving the company at the end of the year.

The businesswoman served as chief executive officer and brand president at the label since April 2018.

“We thank Anna for the passion and commitment she has brought to her work at Kate Spade,” said Jide Zeitlin, chairman and chief executive officer of Tapestry, Inc. “We are moving ahead quickly with a search process. Our strong Kate Spade leadership team, working with Joanne, will take the business forward aligned with (designer) Nicola Glass’s creative vision.”

Tapestry executives have already started searching for Bakst’s successor. In the interim, Joanne Crevoiserat, Tapestry’s chief financial officer, will have direct oversight of Kate Spade’s strategy and operations, working closely with the brand’s senior leadership team.

And in spite of the upheaval within management, Zeitlin is pleased with how the brand is tracking.

“Quarter-to-date, Kate Spade’s performance is on track and we are confident in our ability to meet our holiday season goals. We look forward to providing details about our second quarter results during our upcoming earnings call in February,” he added.

Previously, Bakst worked as group president of Michael Kors for five years and as an executive at Donna Karan. She has not yet shared any of her future plans.

Designer Kate Spade, who founded the label in 1993, began selling her shares in the company in the late 1990s, with the brand later acquired by the Neiman Marcus Group and then Tapestry executives in July 2017.

Spade was found dead in her apartment in June 2018. Her death was ruled a suicide.

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Kendall Jenner pokes fun at sister Kylie’s make-up techniques

Kendall Jenner has poked fun at her sister Kylie in an over-the-top make-up tutorial.In a preview clip for the season finale of Keeping Up with the Kardashians, the 24-year-old model can be seen wearing a pink ombre wig as she applies a nude Kylie Cosm…

Kendall Jenner has poked fun at her sister Kylie in an over-the-top make-up tutorial.

In a preview clip for the season finale of Keeping Up with the Kardashians, the 24-year-old model can be seen wearing a pink ombre wig as she applies a nude Kylie Cosmetics lipstick and impersonates her little sister.

“I love over-lining my lips, this is how it all started,” Kendall tells the cameras, as she jokingly smears the product all around her mouth. “Literally, I just over-lined my lips and everyone was wondering what I was using.”

Using another Kylie Cosmetics lipstick, she then applies the bright red shade over her mouth.

“Mix the shades. We love mixing,” Kendall laughs, as she exaggerates the lipstick on her face. “It feels amazing on my skin. It feels so f**king good.”

The model then FaceTimed her sister to get her thoughts on her uncanny impersonation.

“Oh my god!” Kylie exclaimed. “You look cute as Kylie… That looks amazing.”

The Kylie Cosmetics founder previously admitted on her reality show Life of Kylie in 2017 that she got her lips done because she became insecure about them after a boy made a comment.

“I had really small lips, and it was, like, one of my first kisses, and a guy was like, ‘I didn’t think you’d be a good kisser because you have such small lips’… I took that really hard,” she confessed. “I didn’t feel desirable or pretty.

“I would overline my lips with the lip liner to create the illusion of bigger lips and then, finally, I was like, this lip liner isn’t doing it and ended up getting my lips done… It sticks with you – it just got in there.”

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Betsey Johnson memoir to hit shelves next year

Betsey Johnson has confirmed her memoir will be released in April 2020.The designer, who opened her first boutique in 1969, is known for her feminine and whimsical garments, as well as for doing cartwheels at her fashion shows. Johnson announced that s…

Betsey Johnson has confirmed her memoir will be released in April 2020.

The designer, who opened her first boutique in 1969, is known for her feminine and whimsical garments, as well as for doing cartwheels at her fashion shows.

Johnson announced that she was nearly ready to unveil her book back in October, and taking to Twitter recently, she shared that the memoir will hit shelves on 7 April.

“Can’t wait for you to read my memoir! It’s coming soon and I hope you all love it!” she wrote, adding a link to a website for pre-sales.

Simply titled BETSEY, Johnson’s memoir will delve into her childhood in Connecticut, her memories of the fashion scene in the ’60s, the ups and downs of her business, and the time she was forced to file for bankruptcy.

“Throughout her decades-long career, she’s taken pride in producing fun but rule-breaking clothing at an accessible price point. What they might not know is that she built an empire from scratch, and brought stretch clothing to the masses in the ’80s and ’90s,” a spokesperson for publishers Penguin Random House commented of the book.

The memoir, co-written with the 77-year-old’s longtime friend Mark Vitulano, will also share the fashion star’s thoughts on body image, love, divorce, men, and motherhood, as well as her health scares, including a battle with breast cancer and major heart surgery in April.

BETSEY will be illustrated with many of Johnson’s landmark clothes, fashion sketches, and personal photos.

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Lily Aldridge smelled ‘horse’ fragrance while choosing scents for perfume line

Lily Aldridge smelled the scent of a horse while creating her new perfume line.The model launched her debut perfume, Haven, back in September, and recently released her second, muskier scent, Summit.In a new interview with People Now!, the mother-of-tw…

Lily Aldridge smelled the scent of a horse while creating her new perfume line.

The model launched her debut perfume, Haven, back in September, and recently released her second, muskier scent, Summit.

In a new interview with People Now!, the mother-of-two opened up about the development of her beauty brand and revealed that she was involved in the complex process from beginning to end.

“I did everything,” Lily explained of her hands-on approach to choosing the fragrances, adding that she was told to smell her shoulder in-between sniffing different scents to cleanse her palate.

And when asked about the strangest scent she had smelled during the creative process, she confessed it was something very unusual.

“When I went to the lab and I was creating, they were like, ‘You can bottle anything, the essence of anything,'” the 34-year-old explained. “So, I tried ‘horse’. The smell of a horse. It smelled just like a horse had been running through the fields.

“It didn’t smell great. But the second I smelt it, I was like, ‘Oh my God, this is a horse. I can see it.’ It was crazy.”

Describing her second perfume, Summit, as a “warm hug”, Lily noted that even her Kings of Leon rocker husband Caleb Followill is a fan of the spicy fragrance, as it features notes of leather, tobacco, and cardamom.

Summit, and Lily’s debut fragrance Haven, priced at $50 (£37) each, are available to buy from her website.

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Designer Khalid Al Qasimi died of drug poisoning

Designer Khalid Al Qasimi died of drug poisoning after taking GHB and cocaine.The 39-year-old, founder of British-based label Qasimi, was found dead on 1 July in his luxury apartment in west London, where he had taken drugs with his friend Yohan Escoba…

Designer Khalid Al Qasimi died of drug poisoning after taking GHB and cocaine.

The 39-year-old, founder of British-based label Qasimi, was found dead on 1 July in his luxury apartment in west London, where he had taken drugs with his friend Yohan Escobar the night before, an inquest has heard.

Al Qasimi, who was the son of the ruler of Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates, launched his brand in 2008 with designer Elliott James Frieze, and showcased his spring 2020 collection in June, just days before his shock death.

Escobar, who was not treated as a suspect by police, told officers that the GHB they had taken was “particularly strong”, the coroner’s court in Westminster heard. He said he believed Al Qasimi was asleep when he left the flat, because he was on the floor and snoring.

Coroner Bernard Richmond said a postmortem report performed by Dr Michael Osborn confirmed that the cause of death was drug-related.

“It is quite clear from the detective I spoke with that the last person who saw him, Yohan, was spoken to and had explained they had been taking strong GHB and cocaine,” he added, noting that Al Qasimi was found in the same place that Escobar had left him.

“I am quite satisfied on the balance of probabilities that it was a drug-related death,” Richmond concluded.

At the time of his death, a spokesperson for Al Qasimi’s label said in a statement that he had died “unexpectedly,” but did not provide any further information.

His father, Sultan bin Muhammad Al-Qasimi, has ruled Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates since 1972, and expressed his sorrow in an Instagram post at the time, where he stated that his son was now “in the care of God”.

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Karlie Kloss creates hoodie to benefit coding camp

Karlie Kloss has teamed up with artist Shantell Martin to design a hoodie to benefit her Kode with Klossy initiative. The model founded the nonprofit organisation in 2015 to help young women get interested in computer science and software engineering,…

Karlie Kloss has teamed up with artist Shantell Martin to design a hoodie to benefit her Kode with Klossy initiative.

The model founded the nonprofit organisation in 2015 to help young women get interested in computer science and software engineering, and offers a free two-week camp every summer for girls aged between 13 to 18 years old.

To celebrate Computer Science Education Week this week, the team at Kode with Klossy have created a limited-edition black hoodie featuring a white design by Martin which incorporates creative coding symbols and the words “Kode More”.

“Shantell is such an incredible artist – her work is both simple and complex, focused and multifaceted,” Kloss told People of the collaboration. “She embodies the passion and creativity our Kode with Klossy scholars bring to their work in our classrooms. We collaborated with Shantell on this design to reimagine the outdated coder hoodie and create something that reflects the next generation of leaders in tech.”

“Meet the Kode More hoodie, Kode With Klossy’s first artist collaboration with the extraordinary Shantell Martin. Martin’s globally celebrated work invites audiences to become part of her art, not just spectate,” a Kode with Klossy spokesperson wrote on its official website. “Coders are so much more than people working in dark corners with their hood on. That’s why this hoodie collab felt right, we’re flipping the script and we’re celebrating the stories of those who wear it.”

The limited-edition Kode with Klossy X Shantell Martin hoodie costs $52.50 (£40) and is available to buy on the website. All of the proceeds will go the initiative and help thousands of young women to learn to code for free each summer.

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Misha Nonoo enjoyed collaborating with Meghan, Duchess of Sussex on clothing collection

Fashion designer Misha Nonoo enjoyed teaming up with her close friend Meghan, Duchess of Sussex to create an “empowering” clothing collection for charity.Back in September, the pair joined forces with British brands John Lewis & Partners, Marks & Spenc…

Fashion designer Misha Nonoo enjoyed teaming up with her close friend Meghan, Duchess of Sussex to create an “empowering” clothing collection for charity.

Back in September, the pair joined forces with British brands John Lewis & Partners, Marks & Spencer and Jigsaw to design and create a collection of clothes for Smart Works, an organisation that provides interview clothes and interview training to unemployed women.

Misha was given the task of designing the perfect white shirt for the project’s Smart Sets, a capsule working wardrobe stocked in the high street stores that also included an elegant blazer, tailored trousers, a flattering dress, and a tote bag.

“She really entrusted me with the responsibility of designing the piece,” she told ABC News’ podcast No Limits with Rebecca Jarvis. “When I showed her what I was thinking we had a little bit of a conversation about what other items might be worn with, the fact that it should be tailored, where this woman was going and when I showed her the idea that I had she was like, ‘Sounds great.'”

And for every Smart Set that is sold, one is donated to an unemployed woman looking to get back into work.

“The thing that I love the most about this business is empowering women, equipping women with clothes that are going to take them in any direction that they want to go, and that’s always what I want for myself,” she shared.

Items are now available in stores, online and in Smart Works dressing rooms across the U.K.

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Prada inks beauty deal with L’Oreal

Executives at Prada and L’Oreal have signed a long-term beauty deal.On Thursday, representatives for the Italian fashion house and French cosmetics giant announced that they had agreed to pool their expertise for the new venture, which will include the…

Executives at Prada and L’Oreal have signed a long-term beauty deal.

On Thursday, representatives for the Italian fashion house and French cosmetics giant announced that they had agreed to pool their expertise for the new venture, which will include the creation, development, and distribution of luxury beauty products for the Prada brand.

“L’Oreal is the leading global beauty company,” said Prada chief executive officer Patrizio Bertelli. “Its position and experience makes it the ideal partner for Prada to develop its full potential across a variety of new projects, leverage Prada’s well-established fragrance identity and reach even more audiences around the world.”

Prada has long been involved in the fragrance industry, with its La Femme Prada and Candy scents proving to be favourites with consumers.

However, leaders at the label, headed by fashion designer Miuccia Prada, have yet to explore the make-up and cosmetics categories.

In light of the deal, Cyril Chapuy, president of L’Oreal Luxe, noted that he was thrilled to be working with the team at Prada.

“We are very pleased to have signed this licence agreement with Prada. Prada is one of the most respected players in the global luxury industry,” he commented. “A symbol of excellence and avant-garde, the Prada brand’s unique and unconventional philosophy appeals to consumers around the world. This licence will give L’Oreal Luxe the ideal complement to its portfolio of iconic brands.”

The agreement will come into effect on 1 January 2021.

Earlier this year, bosses at L’Oreal also announced plans to expand their fragrance offerings by acquiring the Mugler and Azzaro brands from Clarins Group.

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Victoria Beckham developing her own foundation

Victoria Beckham is developing her very own foundation product.The fashion designer and beauty executive Sarah Creal co-founded Victoria Beckham Beauty earlier this year, with the line comprised of clean cosmetics made with luxurious ingredients. Victo…

Victoria Beckham is developing her very own foundation product.

The fashion designer and beauty executive Sarah Creal co-founded Victoria Beckham Beauty earlier this year, with the line comprised of clean cosmetics made with luxurious ingredients.

Victoria recently announced that she was launching a priming moisturiser formulated in collaboration with scientists at high-end German skincare company Augustinus Bader, and in a new Instagram video, revealed she is gearing up to add a foundation to her line too.

When asked for the name of the foundation she wears, the fashion star commented: “I’m wearing (my) own foundation. It’s actually a secret, but it’s fantastic!”

Victoria gave no further details relating to the foundation or when it may be released, though she did note that she is thoroughly enjoying working on her skincare and cosmetics ranges and insisted that she has accepted the ageing process.

“There’s not a lot you can do about (ageing). I’m O.K., I like the fact I’m getting older, I feel much more confident than when I was younger,” the 45-year-old explained. “I accept who I am, I make the best of who I am and what I have. I’m not trying to change anything. I’m certainly not trying to look any younger. I just want to look the best that I can look.”

Elsewhere in the clip, Victoria was asked about the one beauty look she regrets, and she pinpointed her look at the 1998 American Music Awards when she was part of the Spice Girls as her least favourite.

“I will never ever recreate what I looked like at the American Music Awards,” she smiled. “It was way too heavy, it was a lot of make-up, it was a lot of hair, not a lot of clothes. But it’s a journey (and I) learned a lot from that look.”

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Naomi Campbell: ‘I’m a work in progress’

Naomi Campbell is open to criticism because she feels she is a “work in progress”.The supermodel has been the subject of negative media coverage throughout her lengthy career, but she told i-D magazine that she chooses to ignore the critics if they don…

Naomi Campbell is open to criticism because she feels she is a “work in progress”.

The supermodel has been the subject of negative media coverage throughout her lengthy career, but she told i-D magazine that she chooses to ignore the critics if they don’t offer constructive feedback.

“I am open to criticism because I am a work in progress. I know when it is given to me in a positive way, even if it’s not what I want to hear,” Naomi explained. “I don’t want enablers in my life. I want to be the best that I can possibly be.

“But I’m not taking criticism from f**king rags that are coming from a very different place. I know the difference,” she fired. “I’m not stupid. When they come from that angle, I’m coming right back. I’m not laying there, rolling over and taking it. I will speak up.”

The model and activist also shared her sentiments on privacy, and revealed she has “Privacy Law Pioneer” in her Instagram bio to highlight her ongoing work in trying to stop the paparazzi from intruding into the private lives of famous faces.

“It means that I help people in recovery who are going to meetings and have a camera pushed in their face, people outed for doing something good for themselves, something positive,” the 49-year-old said, referencing the infamous photograph of her leaving a Narcotics Anonymous meeting in 2002.

And Naomi is keen to keep her personal life – including her relationships – out of the spotlight for the sake of her happiness.

“I have my privacy. If you want it, you can have it. I know I’m in the public domain, but me, as myself – I’m not,” she stated. “There’s Naomi the public person and I do what I do – which I’m grateful to still be able to do – and there’s the Naomi behind closed doors.”

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