CFDA cut New York Fashion Week to three days

Bosses at the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) have made the decision to cut short the upcoming New York Fashion Week.Typically, the biannual event takes place over an eight-day period, with various runways and presentations staged across…

Bosses at the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) have made the decision to cut short the upcoming New York Fashion Week.

Typically, the biannual event takes place over an eight-day period, with various runways and presentations staged across the city.

However, in light of the global coronavirus pandemic, bosses have made the decision to cut the fashion event down to three days.

In a notice sent to members, the spring/summer 21 showcase will run from 14 to 16 September, with the option to add the 17th as a supplement day if the schedule demands it, reports WWD.

The dates for the next NYFW are still officially listed as 11 to 16 September.

However, members have reportedly been told the shorter calendar came about as a result of the “changes we have seen from live events to digital activations, and awareness of city regulations to protect the health and well-being of everyone”.

Some brands, like Marc Jacobs and Michael Kors, have already stated they are skipping the next Fashion Week. For the shows that go ahead, there will be no live audiences.

Discussing the change, Mark Beckham, vice president of marketing and events for CFDA, told the fashion title: “We can fit the same amount of shows in to three days because of no need for travel time in between the shows. The three days of shows is only for this season as a result of Covid-19.”

He further noted the impact of the pandemic on production and budgets “may cause some designers to skip this season”.

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Michael Kors donates $35 million of product to charity

Michael Kors has given a whopping $35 million (£28.5 million) worth of stock from his namesake label to non-profit organisation Delivering Good.The mission of Delivering Good is to unite retailers, manufacturers, foundations and individuals to provide…

Michael Kors has given a whopping $35 million (£28.5 million) worth of stock from his namesake label to non-profit organisation Delivering Good.

The mission of Delivering Good is to unite retailers, manufacturers, foundations and individuals to provide people impacted by poverty and tragedy with new merchandise.

Happy to help out, Kors explained that the current global pandemic has inspired him to do even more when it comes to charity.

“I’ve always believed that long-lasting change needs to happen at both the local and national level,” the designer said in a statement, reports WWD. “With Delivering Good, we’re able to donate our product and know that it will be provided to the local communities and organisations throughout the country that need it most. If we have learned anything during these trying times, it’s that when you are able to help, you should.”

The products from the popular high-end label will help people across the U.S. and will be distributed between Delivering Good’s more than 700 community partners.

The company’s president and CEO Lisa Gurwitch explained why contributions like the designer’s are so vital.

“The donation of Michael Kors product will provide hope, dignity and self-esteem to families and individuals facing the financial challenge that comes in a crisis. Our community partners will be distributing the merchandising to people in need as they also provide services for more stable living environments,” she said.

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Michael Kors designs charity T-shirt

Michael Kors has designed a charity T-shirt to support the World Food Programme during the coronavirus pandemic.The white #WatchHungerStop Love tee features the word Love written in light blue, and retails for $40 (£32). All profits will go towards he…

Michael Kors has designed a charity T-shirt to support the World Food Programme during the coronavirus pandemic.

The white #WatchHungerStop Love tee features the word Love written in light blue, and retails for $40 (£32). All profits will go towards helping keep kids in need healthy during the crisis.

“This pandemic has reminded us that what really matters is health and love and community,” Kors outlined in a statement. “WFP has always worked to help those most in need, using their unparalleled expertise to alleviate suffering and spread hope. They are the organisation that much of the world turns to in an emergency, and it’s no surprise that they are rising to the challenges presented by COVID-19. We’re honoured to work with them and to share their efforts with our own community.”

The T-shirts are on sale now, available to purchase online and in select Michael Kors Lifestyle stores.

The World Food Programme Watch Hunger Stop campaign aims to provide school meals to children in food-insecure regions of the world.

The Michael Kors brand will also donate up to two million meals.

Since 2013, Watch Hunger Stop has delivered more than 19 million meals to children in need. Since the Covid-19 pandemic, the organisation has also been working to get food to children in their homes, as many schools have been shut to stop the spread of the virus.

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Burberry unveils plans for immersive September show

Burberry will stage an outdoor catwalk show in September.The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has meant many catwalk presentations and campaigns have been cancelled or postponed, with various big names, including Michael Kors, Gucci, and Saint Laurent, cho…

Burberry will stage an outdoor catwalk show in September.

The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has meant many catwalk presentations and campaigns have been cancelled or postponed, with various big names, including Michael Kors, Gucci, and Saint Laurent, choosing to skip the traditional Fashion Weeks scheduled for fall time.

Representatives for the English heritage brand, headed up Riccardo Tisci, have now revealed how it will proceed for the Spring/Summer 2021 presentation.

A series of cryptic videos uploaded to Burberry’s Instagram Stories show overhead shots of the British coastline, forests and roads accompanied by the words “BURBERRY IN NATURE”. In between this footage, bold white lettering reads: “An immersive show experience, set in the British outdoors, 17 September”.

“As humans, we have always had a deep affinity to nature,” Tisci explained in a statement. “We have had to respect and rely upon its power for our very existence, whilst marvelling and revelling in its extraordinary beauty. Especially recently, we have all yearned to reconnect again and for this show, I wanted to celebrate these feelings by bringing our community together in a creative experience that takes place within the beautiful, natural landscape of Britain.”

The catwalk show will not have a physical audience and fashion fans around the world will be able to watch it digitally. The show will be certified carbon neutral, with emissions offset through Burberry’s Regeneration Fund.

The recent London Fashion Week Digital, which took place between 12 and 14 June, merged womenswear and menswear presentations into one gender-neutral platform – a decision made by the British Fashion Council (BFC) in response to the restrictions facing the fashion industry in the wake of the coronavirus crisis. The schedule format will be in place for 12 months.

London Fashion Week is officially slated to start on 18 September.

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Sophia Webster pledges to donate to ‘black causes’ to mark Juneteenth

Shoe designer Sophia Webster has pledged to donate a percentage of sales to “black causes” to mark Juneteenth every year. In the U.S., Juneteenth is celebrated on 19 June to recognise the liberation of enslaved African-Americans in 1865. And to mark t…

Shoe designer Sophia Webster has pledged to donate a percentage of sales to “black causes” to mark Juneteenth every year.

In the U.S., Juneteenth is celebrated on 19 June to recognise the liberation of enslaved African-Americans in 1865. And to mark this year’s Juneteenth and every year afterwards, British shoe designer Webster will donate 19 per cent of the brand’s average daily sales to “black causes” which will be identified in consultation with black employees.

“Here in the UK we should – but don’t – have an equivalent national day of observance,” she wrote on Instagram. “In the absence of our own day and in unity with our black US followers, we would like to use Juneteenth as an annual marker to check our on-going commitment to proactively redress the inequality that black people face globally.

“On the 19th June, every year, we would also like to donate 19 per cent of our average daily sophiawebster.com net sales across the previous 12 months to black causes. We are mindful that this is not a day to promote sales, which is why we are taking an average across the year. We welcome other brands to join us in our pledge #19forJUNETEENTH.”

Webster, who launched her eponymous footwear line in 2012, joins a number of designers who have pledged to support organisations which work to eliminate racial inequality and injustice, such as the Black Lives Matter movement, in the wake of ongoing protests following the death of George Floyd at the hands of police officers in May.

Michael Kors and his brand’s parent company Capri Holdings have made donations to the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), while leaders at French fashion company Kering, which owns Gucci, Balenciaga, and Alexander McQueen, among others, have pledged donations to the NAACP and Campaign Zero, an organisation that aims to reduce police violence in the U.S.

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Michael Kors opting out of New York Fashion Week

Michael Kors has opted out of this year’s New York Fashion Week.The fashion designer, who is usually a staple at the event in his native New York, has announced he will not be presenting his spring/summer 2021 collection during NYFW in September and wi…

Michael Kors has opted out of this year’s New York Fashion Week.

The fashion designer, who is usually a staple at the event in his native New York, has announced he will not be presenting his spring/summer 2021 collection during NYFW in September and will instead host a runway show between October and November.

In a statement announcing the news, Kors insisted the fashion industry calendar needs an overhaul.

“I have for a long time thought that the fashion calendar needs to change,” Kors said. “It’s exciting for me to see the open dialogue within the fashion community about the calendar – from Giorgio Armani to Dries Van Noten to Gucci to YSL to major retailers around the globe – about ways in which we can slow down the process and improve the way we work. We’ve all had time to reflect and analyse things, and I think many agree that it’s time for a new approach for a new era.

“It is imperative that we give the consumer time to absorb the fall deliveries, which will just be arriving in September, and not confuse them with an overabundance of additional ideas, new seasons, products, and images.”

Kors joins a number of designers who have called for a change to the industry schedule amid the coronavirus crisis, which led to the closure of stores and delayed production and deliveries on upcoming collections.

He continued to announce that he will only produce two collections per year – spring/summer and autumn/winter – for the Michael Kors Collection, with him eliminating resort and pre-fall collections.

The 60-year-old also plans to showcase his latest designs closer to when they will be delivered to the consumer as it “makes logical sense to me”.

“I think it is also important to return to the idea that September and March are key months in launching the beginning of seasonal selling for the consumer,” he explained. “Keeping all of this in mind, we will also be reassessing when the fall collection is released to the press and the public – most likely sometime between mid-March and mid-April.”

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Michael Kors pledges support for Black Lives Matter movement

Michael Kors has promised to take on a bigger role in promoting diversity within the fashion industry.In response to the shocking death of African-American man George Floyd at the hands of a white police officer in Minneapolis, Minnesota last month, ex…

Michael Kors has promised to take on a bigger role in promoting diversity within the fashion industry.

In response to the shocking death of African-American man George Floyd at the hands of a white police officer in Minneapolis, Minnesota last month, executives at the brand, founded by the designer in 1981, have issued a statement in which they have voiced support for the Black Lives Matter movement and other anti-racism organisations, such as the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).

“Our company does not condone racism, discrimination or violence of any kind. We stand in solidarity with the Black community to work towards ending racial prejudice and injustice,” they said. “As an organisation and as individuals, we have an opportunity to positively impact the future. We are continuing to work diligently with our Global Diversity and Inclusion Council on initiatives to foster greater equality for our employees and the communities that we serve. We are committed to listening, learning and taking the necessary actions to support long-term positive change for the Black community.

“Additionally, we intend to contribute to other social justice, legal and educational organisations to support diversity and inclusion in the future. We look forward to updating you on our progress.”

Bosses at Kors’ parent company Capri Holdings and the designer will be making donations to the NAACP. In addition, Capri’s chairman, John D. Idol, has also confirmed the company will be giving funds to the civil rights group on behalf of the conglomerate’s other brands, including Versace and Jimmy Choo.

Meanwhile, leaders at French fashion company Kering, which owns Gucci, Saint Laurent, Bottega Veneta, Balenciaga, and Alexander McQueen, have also vowed to stand in solidarity against racism and will be making donations to the NAACP and Campaign Zero, an organisation that aims to reduce police violence in the U.S.

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Walmart enters fashion resale market with thredUP partnership

Walmart is gearing up to make a major splash in the fashion resale market.Executives at the U.S. retail giant have announced they are partnering with the team at online thrift store thredUP on the new venture, which will include a website where custome…

Walmart is gearing up to make a major splash in the fashion resale market.

Executives at the U.S. retail giant have announced they are partnering with the team at online thrift store thredUP on the new venture, which will include a website where customers can find nearly 750,000 pre-owned items across women’s and children’s clothing, accessories, footwear, and handbags.

Regarding the collaboration, Denise Incandela, head of fashion for Walmart U.S. eCommerce, noted that the initiative was the perfect way for Walmart to begin tapping into the market for pre-owned and sustainable fashion.

“The resale prices are outstanding, and we are thrilled to offer our Walmart customers the opportunity to reuse garments. Items have been carefully evaluated and selected by thredUP for sale based on their overall quality and condition,” she said. “Only pre-owned garments and shoes deemed ‘new’ or ‘like new’ by thredUP are available on Walmart.com. ‘Gently used’ accessories and handbags are also available.”

In addition, shoppers will be able to take advantage of Walmart’s free shipping threshold on orders of $35 (£28) or more and free returns to Walmart stores or thredUP.

And Jenn Volk, director of product management at thredUP, is delighted to be reaching out to a whole new demographic.

“We are excited to join forces with Walmart to power a sustainable, secondhand shopping experience unlike any other. From Calvin Klein and Nike to Coach and Michael Kors, this digital partnership enhances Walmart’s fashion offering with fresh brands at amazing prices that their customers will love,” she added.

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Fashion star Giovanna Battaglia Engelbert named creative director of Swarovski

Giovanna Battaglia Engelbert has been appointed as Swarovski’s first-ever company-wide creative director.The Italian fashion editor began her career as a stylist, working with the likes of Anna Dello Russo and Franca Sozzani, and has since gone on to c…

Giovanna Battaglia Engelbert has been appointed as Swarovski’s first-ever company-wide creative director.

The Italian fashion editor began her career as a stylist, working with the likes of Anna Dello Russo and Franca Sozzani, and has since gone on to collaborate with major brands like Carolina Herrera, Michael Kors, and Dolce & Gabbana.

Now based in New York City, Giovanna has been tapped as creative director for Austrian crystal brand Swarovski, with the gig seeing her reimagine the product portfolio across all divisions, including the areas of design and content curation.

“For decades, Swarovski has been illuminating the world of fashion, design, entertainment, in general the whole creative industry,” she said. “I am thrilled to be leading the creative vision of a cultural powerhouse like Swarovski in the future.”

The first products designed by Giovanna will be showcased in the spring/summer 2021 collection.

And Robert Buchbauer, chief executive officer of Swarovski, is confident the fashion star will be able to help bosses bring further growth to the company.

“Our 125-year history is witness for the power of our company to transform and reinvent itself and I am pleased to welcome a brilliant creative mind and strong female leader like Giovanna to our company,” he added. “With her remarkable track record in the industry and compelling point of view, she will explore new frontiers and become a vital part in writing the next chapter of our success story.”

Along with her fashion credentials, Giovanna also boasts 1.1 million followers on Instagram.

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Calvin Klein and Tommy Hilfiger product manufacturer files for bankruptcy

Executives at Centric Brands, a key manufacturer for the likes of Calvin Klein and Tommy Hilfiger, have filed for bankruptcy protection.Based in New York City, the lifestyle brand collective designs, sources, markets, and sells fashion products across …

Executives at Centric Brands, a key manufacturer for the likes of Calvin Klein and Tommy Hilfiger, have filed for bankruptcy protection.

Based in New York City, the lifestyle brand collective designs, sources, markets, and sells fashion products across multiple markets, with the company’s portfolio also making items for licensed brands such as Nautica, Spyder, Under Armour, Joe’s Jeans, Hudson Jeans, Kate Spade, Michael Kors, Timberland, and Jessica Simpson. It also owns the rights to Zac Posen’s label.

However, bosses at Centric Brands announced on Monday that they have voluntarily filed for protection under Chapter 11 amid the coronavirus crisis.

According to the U.S. Bankruptcy Code, a Chapter 11 filing permits reorganisation under the bankruptcy laws.

“The current crisis has significantly impacted companies across all sectors. The pandemic disrupted many of our wholesale accounts’ ordering and constrained our cash flow. However, we are confident that with added flexibility in our capital structure, we will be well-positioned for long-term success during this period and beyond,” said Jason Rabin, chief executive officer of Centric Brands, in a statement. “We thoroughly evaluated all possible strategic options to address this environment. After extensive review, we determined that partnering with our current lenders to pursue this path will result in a stronger financial position and more resources to support future growth, while allowing us to focus on serving key stakeholders.”

The team at Centric Brands intends to continue operating as usual amid the restructure process and expects to emerge as a private company with the support of existing stakeholders.

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