Fashion industry leaders voice support for anti-racism protests

Fashion industry leaders, including Ralph Lauren and Tommy Hilfiger, have pledged their support for the anti-racism protests taking place across the U.S.Numerous demonstrations have been staged across the nation in recent days in response to the shocki…

Fashion industry leaders, including Ralph Lauren and Tommy Hilfiger, have pledged their support for the anti-racism protests taking place across the U.S.

Numerous demonstrations have been staged across the nation in recent days in response to the shocking death of African-American man George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police officers on 25 May. All four police officers involved have been fired and one, Derek Chauvin, has been arrested and charged with second-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter after he was caught on camera kneeling on Floyd’s neck for close to nine minutes.

Accordingly, prominent members of the fashion community have since taken to social media to share their outrage over the incident and to champion the Black Lives Matter movement.

“We all want to make a good life for ourselves and our loved ones. To have the opportunity to achieve this is an essential human right. The abhorrent acts of racism happening across America betray this and everything I believe in,” said Lauren in a statement, while Hilfiger added in a post on his personal Instagram account: “What is happening in this country is not OK/ What happened to George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery – and countless others – is not OK. We need action. To achieve change we have to be fearless in speaking out and standing up for what is right.”

Elsewhere, Balenciaga and Alexander McQueen bosses confirmed they would be making donations to the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), Vivienne Westwood noted she was “horrified” by Floyd’s death and encouraged those taking part in protests to wear masks and social distance in order to prevent the spread of the Covid-19 virus, while luxury footwear designer Brian Atwood begged anyone who didn’t support the demonstrations to unfollow him on Instagram immediately.

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Steve Madden buys women’s clothing brand BB Dakota

Steve Madden is continuing its buying spree with the acquisition of women’s clothing company BB Dakota.Executives at the New York-based footwear and accessories company, founded by designer and businessman Steve Madden in 1990, announced on Monday that…

Steve Madden is continuing its buying spree with the acquisition of women’s clothing company BB Dakota.

Executives at the New York-based footwear and accessories company, founded by designer and businessman Steve Madden in 1990, announced on Monday that they had completed a deal to purchase sneaker brand Greats, and they followed it up on Tuesday by confirming they had also acquired BB Dakota.

“BB Dakota is so in tune with the Steve Madden girl. I always thought it would be great to combine forces, and now that dream has come true. It’s a perfect match,” Madden said in a statement, while the company’s chief executive Edward Rosenfeld added, “We are pleased to complete the acquisition of BB Dakota, an apparel company known for its consistently on-trend designs. With its laser focus on product and strong track record of execution, we believe BB Dakota is a great fit for Steve Madden and provides the ideal platform to expand our brands in the apparel category.”

BB Dakota, which was founded in 2005 by Gloria Brandes, is based in California and known for “stylish classics with an effortless attitude”. The company, which owns brands BB Dakota and Jack by BB Dakota as well as licensed label Cupcakes and Cashmere, had net sales of an estimated $43 million (£36 million) in the 12 months ending 30 June.

“We are tremendously excited by this dynamic partnership that will serve to jump-start the Steve Madden apparel segment of this strong company and we plan to take full advantage of this opportunity for growth,” Brandes said.

Steve Madden also markets products under its own brands including Dolce Vita, Betsey Johnson, Blondo, Report, Brian Atwood, Cejon, Mad Love, and Big Buddha.

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Designers and models slam Alabama’s controversial anti-abortion law

Top fashion designers and models are among those slamming Alabama’s new anti-abortion law.Alabama Governor Kay Ivey signed into law the controversial bill on Wednesday evening, after senators from the U.S. State passed the bill late the previous day, w…

Top fashion designers and models are among those slamming Alabama’s new anti-abortion law.

Alabama Governor Kay Ivey signed into law the controversial bill on Wednesday evening, after senators from the U.S. State passed the bill late the previous day, with the law only allowing for terminations of ectopic pregnancy, if the unborn child has a “lethal anomaly” or to “avoid a serious health risk to the unborn child’s mother”.

Under the legislation, doctors who perform abortions may face life in prison, and while Democrats attempted to re-introduce an amendment to exempt rape and incest victims, they were unsuccessful – with a number of members of the fashion community now speaking out over the divisive law.

Taking to Instagram, Zac Posen uploaded a picture of a poster with the words, “Abortion is a personal decision, not a legal debate,” and in the caption wrote, “Deeply shocked and disappointed by Alabama criminalising abortion. I know from my mother what it was like for women before Roe v. Wade. Women’s rights are human rights. Let’s move forward, not backwards.”

In her statement, Ivey commented that she was aware the new law may be unenforceable due to the Supreme Court’s landmark Roe v Wade decision in 1973 which legalised abortion in all 50 states, but insisted that the new regulation was passed with the aim of challenging that law.

Elsewhere, luxury footwear designer Brian Atwood shared vintage images of women fighting for the right to have abortions and added, “Total BS!!! Alabama wake the f**k up! We will not stand for this!!!! Men will not govern a woman’s body!!!!”

While model Bella Hadid reposted a comment on the issue penned by artist Petra Collins, and Hailey Bieber shared a Twitter user’s post on her Instagram Stories in which they pointed out that the 22 Alabama senators who voted for the bill were all male.

Other A-listers including Lady Gaga, Alyssa Milano, Sarah Silverman, Ava DuVernay, Chris Evans, and Padma Lakshmi have all spoken out over the law too.

The bill will not take effect for six months after becoming law.

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Mary Katrantzou wants Victoria’s Secret designs to act like a ‘second skin’

Mary Katrantzou hopes her designs for Victoria’s Secret feel like a “second skin”.Earlier this month (Oct18), bosses at the U.S. lingerie giant announced that the Greek designer would be creating sexy separates for the upcoming Victoria’s Secret Fashio…

Mary Katrantzou hopes her designs for Victoria’s Secret feel like a “second skin”.

Earlier this month (Oct18), bosses at the U.S. lingerie giant announced that the Greek designer would be creating sexy separates for the upcoming Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, to be held in New York City in November.

Regarding the collection, Katrantzou has now shared that she was very concerned with getting the fit right when crafting the bras and underwear.

“It’s designed to empower women to have fun with their undergarments and feel free to explore pattern and colour as a second skin,” she told Vogue.com. “The pieces can be worn as undergarments or as actual clothing, so all the fabrications have dual purpose. I wanted to stay true to our brand heritage, so pattern and colour are integral to the collection, but we always kept the Victoria’s Secret girl central to the design process.”

Katrantzou went on to explain that she looked back at silhouettes she crafted for previous fashion collections for inspiration, but also created new styles specifically for the lingerie company.

In addition, she confirmed the garments will include her signature prints, with a teaser image of the colour palette depicting blue and burgundy flower motifs against a pink and white striped background.

“I wanted the collection to be colourful and uplifting, bold, and strong,” the 35-year-old smiled.

After the show, Katrantzou’s underwear designs will be available to buy in-store and online as part of the Victoria’s Secret holiday collection. Prices have not yet been announced.

So far, models such as Behati Prinsloo, Candice Swanepoel, Winnie Harlow, Devon Windsor, Leomie Anderson and Cindy Bruna have been confirmed to appear in the style spectacle. Footwear designer Brian Atwood has also hinted that Gigi Hadid and Kendall Jenner walk the runway too, after taking a break in recent years.

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