John Varvatos files for bankruptcy

Executives at John Varvatos have filed for bankruptcy protection amid a major restructure.Founded by designer John Varvatos in 1999, the luxury menswear retailer offers a range of apparel, accessories, and fragrances, and over the years, has become kno…

Executives at John Varvatos have filed for bankruptcy protection amid a major restructure.

Founded by designer John Varvatos in 1999, the luxury menswear retailer offers a range of apparel, accessories, and fragrances, and over the years, has become known for featuring musicians and bands such as Nick Jonas, Iggy Pop, Alice Cooper, Dave Matthews, The Roots, and Green Day in its campaigns.

However, bosses announced on Wednesday that they had filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, and as part of the restructure, would be selling the business to Lion Capital, an existing investor.

“The agreements with Lion represent a critical step in our process to transform our business to drive long-term, sustainable growth,” Varvatos said in a statement. “We have taken decisive action to respond to the challenges that all retailers face in the present environment and we remain extremely confident that our brand, celebrating its 20th year in business, will emerge even stronger. We have a passionate team, a fierce global consumer following and a commitment to our customers, whom we expect to serve for many years to come.”

According to the U.S. Bankruptcy Code, a Chapter 11 filing permits reorganisation under the bankruptcy laws. Typically, the John Varvatos boutiques would be able to remain open, but the coronavirus crisis has curtailed any such plans.

“Along with the rest of the luxury retail industry, John Varvatos Enterprises has been greatly impacted by the negative effects of the coronavirus pandemic,” a spokesperson added. “In response to the rapid and exponential spread of Covid-19 as well as relevant governmental orders, the company’s leadership took difficult yet prudent steps to temporarily close all store locations and conserve cash. The restructuring and related agreements represent the effort to continue the company’s legacy and to reposition the reorganised entity for long-term success.”

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Kesha looks to David Bowie for style inspiration

Kesha looks to David Bowie for style and beauty inspiration. The Tik Tok singer is known for wearing bold, colourful, and experimental make-up looks and she has taken this passion one step further by developing Kesha Rose Beauty, a collection of five …

Kesha looks to David Bowie for style and beauty inspiration.

The Tik Tok singer is known for wearing bold, colourful, and experimental make-up looks and she has taken this passion one step further by developing Kesha Rose Beauty, a collection of five eyeliners, eyeshadows, and lip products which launched last week.

When asked who she looks up to for her own style and beauty inspiration, Kesha pointed to late British music icon Bowie, who was known for his androgynous looks and wild make-up.

“I mean, obviously David Bowie was a huge inspiration with the face painting and the androgyny and the colour and never letting anyone put him in a box or define him,” she told People. “He always was so playful with clothing and in make-up and that was one of the main inspirations for the make-up line is that I really wanted to incorporate so many colours because I feel like I promised myself on the last record (2017’s Grammy Award-nominated Rainbow) I’ll find a rainbow… So, I want people to just have fun and feel good and have it not be dependent on any external ideas or philosophies or anything that satisfies anyone except for themselves.”

In a separate interview with Elle.com, the 32-year-old said most of her style icons are men who rock the androgynous look and don’t conform to the norm.

“I really look to David Bowie for just about everything style and make-up-wise. I would always think, ‘Would this make David Bowie proud? Would Iggy Pop wear this?’ But when you go more classic – Grace Jones, Twiggy, Brigitte Bardot. I just love anyone who’s not afraid of colour,” Kesha shared.

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Jim Jarmusch’s zombie movie to open Cannes

Jim Jarmusch’s star-studded zombie thriller has been picked to open next month’s (May19) Cannes Film Festival in France. The Dead Don’t Die, which features Bill Murray, Chloe Sevigny, Adam Driver, Selena Gomez, Iggy Pop, and Tilda Swinton, will kick…

Jim Jarmusch’s star-studded zombie thriller has been picked to open next month’s (May19) Cannes Film Festival in France.

The Dead Don’t Die, which features Bill Murray, Chloe Sevigny, Adam Driver, Selena Gomez, Iggy Pop, and Tilda Swinton, will kick off the annual movie spectacular on 14 May.

The film focuses on the residents of peaceful Centerville, who find themselves having to battle an army of the undead.

The movie, which Jarmusch also wrote, will be among the competition at this year’s festival.

The filmmaker has been a regular at Cannes for years, screening films like Mystery Train, Down By Law, Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai, and Dead Man at the event.

Oscar-winning Birdman and The Revenant director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu will front this year’s (19) festival jury, becoming the first Mexican to take the role.

“Cannes is a festival that has been important to me since the beginning of my career,” Inarritu previously said in a statement. “I am humbled and thrilled to return this year with the immense honour of presiding over the Jury.

“Cinema runs through the veins of the planet and this festival has been its heart. We on the jury will have the privilege to witness the new and excellent work of fellow filmmakers from all over the planet. This is a true delight and a responsibility, that we will assume with passion and devotion.”

Inarritu follows in the footsteps of his Babel star Cate Blanchett, who served as jury president in 2018 and awarded the Palme d’Or to Shoplifters with the help of jury members including Ava DuVernay and Kristen Stewart.

The official selection line-up for the 2019 Cannes Film Festival will be unveiled next week 18 April. It is expected to include Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Spanish moviemaker Pedro Almodovar’s Pain And Glory, and Elton John biopic Rocketman, which stars Taron Egerton as the British rock star.

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Selena Gomez and Iggy Pop teaming up for Jim Jarmusch zombie film

Selena Gomez and Iggy Pop are among the stars featuring in Jim Jarmusch’s new zombie movie The Dead Don’t Die. Bosses at Focus Features announced the cast on Wednesday (27Mar19), confirming that Bill Murray, Adam Driver, Tilda Swinton, Chloe Sevigny, …

Selena Gomez and Iggy Pop are among the stars featuring in Jim Jarmusch’s new zombie movie The Dead Don’t Die.

Bosses at Focus Features announced the cast on Wednesday (27Mar19), confirming that Bill Murray, Adam Driver, Tilda Swinton, Chloe Sevigny, Steve Buscemi, Danny Glover, RZA, Rosie Perez, and Tom Waits will star alongside Selena and the punk icon.

The plot of the undead comedy, which the Coffee and Cigarettes filmmaker has written and directed, is yet to be revealed, however, Bill let slip a few details before a secretive shoot last summer.

“I’ve got a good job coming up. Brace yourself: It’s a zombie movie,” he told Philly.com. “Jim Jarmusch has written a zombie script that’s so hilarious and it has a cast of great actors: Rosie Perez, Daniel Craig. It’s titled The Dead Don’t Die, and it shoots over the summer. But, no, I will not play a zombie.”

The James Bond star appears to have dropped out of the film as he is not featured on Wednesday’s official cast list.

Chloe also dropped hints about The Dead Don’t Die’s themes during a recent interview with U.S. website Collider.

“The Dead Don’t Die is more in the vain of a comedy,” she explained. “It’s Adam Driver and Bill Murray and myself, and a whole cast of characters. He refuses to say that it’s social commentary, but zombie pictures often are, and it’s pretty easy to ascertain what he would be speaking on. There’s an environmental catastrophe that sets this thing off.”

She also gushed that working with Bill, who she also had a scene with in Jim’s 2005 drama Broken Flowers, is a “dream,” adding that the Ghostbusters star is a “genius” and a “sweetheart”.

Iggy previously appeared in Jim’s 1995 Western Dead Man, and the filmmaker directed a 2016 documentary about his band, The Stooges.

The Dead Don’t Die will debut in North American cinemas in June.

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John Varvatos talks Nick Jonas partnership

John Varvatos’ partnership with Nick Jonas was a natural fit because the designer is such a big fan of music.John, 55, and 26-year-old musician Nick formed a friendship after meeting at a dinner party in 2016. That soon blossomed into a business partne…

John Varvatos’ partnership with Nick Jonas was a natural fit because the designer is such a big fan of music.

John, 55, and 26-year-old musician Nick formed a friendship after meeting at a dinner party in 2016. That soon blossomed into a business partnership, with Nick and John creating a new clothing collection, JV x NJ, which marks the first time the designer’s namesake label has ever joined forces with anyone.

“For as long as I can remember, music was my way to transport myself to another place,” John told the New York Post, explaining what inspires him.

Over the years John has been heavily influenced by music icons like Jimi Hendrix, Iggy Pop and Keith Richards, and even wrote a book, Rock in Fashion, documenting the elements of rock style that have embodied the music community for decades.

With Nick, he’s kept up his edgy aesthetic, blending it with the singer’s more traditional style.

“Nick is kind of a classic guy with a twist. And that’s really right where my brand sits,” he explained.

“They still have a cool edge to them, but they feel timeless because they’re authentic.”

Together, John and Jealous singer Nick came up with six pieces designed to go from season to season.

Included in the JV x NJ line is a dark grey motorcycle jacket, two T-shirts, a hoodie, bomber jacket and shirt jacket.

“Nick wanted this piece (motorcycle jacket) that felt really tough and slim without being constricting,” the designer shared.

Nick also fronts the campaign for the new venture, which is available now.

“It’s rooted where mine is,” John said of his partner’s creative philosophy. “It’s not about overdesigning, but all in the details: the perfect fit, the perfect fabrics. It’s hard to create really simple pieces and have them be special.”

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