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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Viola Davis swaps sky-high heels for sneakers at 2019 Emmy Awards

Viola Davis has won praise for swapping her sky-high heels for chic sneakers during the 2019 Emmy Awards.The Oscar-winning actress walked the purple carpet with her husband Julius Tennon on Sunday night, and looked stunning in a black and white one-sho…

Viola Davis has won praise for swapping her sky-high heels for chic sneakers during the 2019 Emmy Awards.

The Oscar-winning actress walked the purple carpet with her husband Julius Tennon on Sunday night, and looked stunning in a black and white one-shoulder custom Alberta Ferretti gown, which she matched with a pair of black Stuart Weitzman stilettos.

However, eagle-eyed viewers spotted that the 54-year-old had changed out of her heels into a pair of silver platform sneakers when she appeared on stage to present the Emmy for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series, which was collected by Game of Thrones star Peter Dinklage.

Fans took to social media to sing the praises of Viola, who were impressed with her decision to rock the casual footwear at such a big event.

“Viola Davis is wearing a red carpet gown and sneakers, because she can,” one wrote on Twitter, while another added: “Viola Davis stole my diamonds and sneakers aesthetic and she’s doing it way better than I do.”

“Viola Davis presented in her gym shoes. I have no choice but to stan even harder,” a third user commented.

And it’s not the first time that Viola, who missed out on the Emmy for Best Lead Actress in a Drama Series to Killing Eve’s Jodie Comer, has gone low-key with her footwear.

The How to Get Away with Murder star changed out of her heels following the Academy Awards in 2017, after scooping the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her role in Fences.

She arrived at the ceremony in a red off-the-shoulder Armani gown, with yet another pair of Stuart Weitzman pumps, but changed into a white suit and gold Stella McCartney platform brogues for the Vanity Fair Oscars party.

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Jennifer Aniston will wear her Stuart Weitzman wedges ‘until they are beyond repair’

Jennifer Aniston intends to wear her classic Stuart Weitzman wedges “until they are beyond repair”.The 50-year-old Friends star has been wearing the designer’s Alex Swamp Espadrille shoes since 2009 and has paired the $415 (£335) wedge with outfits su…

Jennifer Aniston intends to wear her classic Stuart Weitzman wedges “until they are beyond repair”.

The 50-year-old Friends star has been wearing the designer’s Alex Swamp Espadrille shoes since 2009 and has paired the $415 (£335) wedge with outfits such as a white slip dress, denim shorts and bootcut jeans over the years.

“I like a wedge. I’m currently switching between Burberry, Saint Laurent, and my old-school Stuart Weitzmans that I will wear until they are beyond repair,” she said during an interview with InStyle magazine.

She also picked her two favourite red carpet looks from her decades-long Hollywood career and revealed she would love to wear them again.

“Both are Valentino Haute Couture: the black gown with a high slit that I wore to the 2010 Golden Globes and the silver mini from the premiere of Love Happens (in 2009),” Jennifer shared.

Elsewhere in the interview, the Murder Mystery star confessed to binge-watching Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s sitcom Fleabag and admitted she would love to work with her close friend Ben Stiller again after they starred opposite each other on the 2004 romantic comedy Along Came Polly.

“(It) is up there as one of my fondest movie-making experiences,” she gushed.

Jennifer also listed her top beauty picks and shared she is “obsessed” with Tom Ford eyeshadows, wears Jennifer Meyer’s $2,750 (£2,215) hammered gold hoops on a daily basis, and swears by Jillian Dempsey’s Khol Eyeliner, $20 (£16).

The Hollywood beauty also uses Melanie Simon’s ZIIP Device, a palm-size skincare device that stimulates collagen and elastin by pushing electricity into the skin.

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Kendall Jenner shows off dance moves in Stuart Weitzman campaign

Kendall Jenner dances up a storm in Stuart Weitzman’s latest campaign.The model, who also appeared in the footwear label’s marketing imagery for the Nudist collection earlier this year, is now fronting the fall 2019 advertising campaign. In the first …

Kendall Jenner dances up a storm in Stuart Weitzman’s latest campaign.

The model, who also appeared in the footwear label’s marketing imagery for the Nudist collection earlier this year, is now fronting the fall 2019 advertising campaign.

In the first instalment of the campaign, titled Boot Camp, Kendall is seen dancing in a black bodysuit and a pair of the popular Lesley boots, with the video also featuring dancers Stasya Generalova and Morgan Wright.

In the accompanying still images, the 23-year-old demonstrates her flexibility in a series of abstract poses.

“#SWDANCE, the first scene of SW Boot Camp, highlights the art of movement,” a brand representative stated of the inspiration behind the campaign. “It portrays the power and confidence women feel when they can effortlessly move and dance through their days with fluidity and ease in their SW boots.”

The Lesley boots are available in 17 sizes and three widths. It is crafted from stretch suede and features a tie back detail, which can be adjusted for a flawless fit around the thigh.

In all, the new Stuart Weitzman campaign is comprised of three short films and imagery produced by photographer and videographer Charlotte Wales and stylist Clare Richardson.

“Set in the present day, during a time when women are constantly redefining their complex and ever-changing roles, the campaign redefines the traditional idea of boot camp entirely, turning it from extreme to exquisite, from excessive to elegant,” they added. “Because in today’s landscape, nothing is as straightforward as it seems.”

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Badgley Mischka to unveil resort collection on cruise ship

Badgley Mischka is to launch a future resort collection on a cruise ship.Designers Mark Badgley and James Mischka founded their label in 1988 and have since gone on to build a reputation for sophisticated and elegant red carpet gowns and bridalwear.Now…

Badgley Mischka is to launch a future resort collection on a cruise ship.

Designers Mark Badgley and James Mischka founded their label in 1988 and have since gone on to build a reputation for sophisticated and elegant red carpet gowns and bridalwear.

Now, Badgley and Mischka have announced that they will unveil their 2021 resort range on Cunard’s flagship Queen Mary 2 in May 2020 as part of the fifth annual Transatlantic Fashion Week Crossing.

“Our style is reminiscent of the glamorous Hollywood of the ’40s and we feel Cunard emulates that same style, offering patrons a chance to do their best couture and dress for a special occasion,” said Mischka, while Badgley added: “Our brands both represent effortless glamour and we are excited about this partnership and giving Cunard guests an intimate glimpse into the world of Badgley Mischka.”

Badgely and Mischka will also hold a Q&A session with guests during the seven-night cruise, with additional fashion experts that will join the voyage set to be announced shortly.

The liner will depart Southampton, England on 24 May and arrive in New York on 31 May 2020, and Josh Leibowitz, senior vice president of Cunard North America, commented that he was very excited to be bringing the fashion stars on board.

“We are thrilled that the legendary fashion team of Badgley Mischka will join Cunard for Transatlantic Fashion Week,” the executive shared. “Mark and James are true visionaries in the world of fashion and will bring a once-in-a-lifetime, bespoke sense of occasion and experience to guests onboard Queen Mary 2.”

Among the celebrities to appear on the upcoming 2019 voyage are milliner Stephen Jones, shoe designer Stuart Weitzman, and iconic model Pat Cleveland.

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Kendall Jenner wows in ‘dream’ Vogue Italia photoshoot

Kendall Jenner has described her new shoot for Vogue Italia as a “dream come true”.The model, who has recently landed campaigns for Stuart Weitzman and Proactiv, took to Instagram on Sunday (03Feb19) to share an image of her cover shoot for the Februar…

Kendall Jenner has described her new shoot for Vogue Italia as a “dream come true”.

The model, who has recently landed campaigns for Stuart Weitzman and Proactiv, took to Instagram on Sunday (03Feb19) to share an image of her cover shoot for the February 2019 issue of the Italian fashion magazine, which was titled “OSSESSIONE (Obsession). The many faces of Kendall.”

In the picture, Kendall is seen posing in a sheer pastel-coloured top with a slick of light blue eyeshadow on her eyelids, and in the accompanying caption, she thanked Vogue Italia creative director Giovanni Bianco and photography duo Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott for working with her on the project.

“DRAMA. my @vogueitalia Feb. cover by @mertalas & @macpiggott !! one of my favourite shoots I’ve ever done! can’t wait for you guys to see the rest (sic),” she wrote. “Dream come true! OSSESSIONE.”

Inside the magazine, Kendall stars in a number of photos, including one in which she is seen staring into a mirror in a red-lit bathroom as she reads a love letter, while in another shot, the 23-year-old poses on a bed while sporting a green and purple patterned Mulberry dress.

However, the snap which is garnering the most buzz is a photo of her standing in a doorway, wearing nothing but yellow gloves, knee-high pantyhose and white platform heels.

There is also a series of moody snaps depicting the Keeping Up with the Kardashians personality sitting in lingerie in a bathtub, talking on a phone while gazing out a window and walking outside in the dead of the night.

In addition, Mert and Marcus shot in a video to go along with the magazine shoot.

“This short film sees the supermodel as the protagonist of a journey set behind the backdrop of great Italian cinema. Scene after scene, we observe Kendall transform from femme fatale to girl next door, from bride to girl with suitcase,” a spokesperson for the magazine commented of the concept.

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Kendall Jenner stars in Stuart Weitzman’s new Nudist campaign

Kendall Jenner stars alongside Willow Smith, Yang Mi, and Jean Campbell in Stuart Weitzman’s new Nudist campaign.The 23-year-old model shows off her enviably long legs in the campaign shot, which shows all the women wearing silk slip dresses in differe…

Kendall Jenner stars alongside Willow Smith, Yang Mi, and Jean Campbell in Stuart Weitzman’s new Nudist campaign.

The 23-year-old model shows off her enviably long legs in the campaign shot, which shows all the women wearing silk slip dresses in different shades and strappy Weitzman sandals in hues which match their skin tones.

The image is one of the first Weitzman campaigns to be in colour, as the brand has long been famous for shooting their promotional images in black and white. The shots and video featuring Kendall and company will be released in four parts over a period of six months, as a “multimedia project”.

It’s hoped that the push for the Nudist collection will help promote the shoes ahead of a spring season in which the “nude sandal” is expected to be one of the biggest trends.

The new campaign is a sign of things to come at Weitzman, and is reflective of the brand’s hope to promote diversity. The Nudist collection will soon come in seven different colour variations of nude, and different heel heights, to cater to a wider range of customers.

Eraldo Poletto stepped in as chief executive officer of Weitzman in April 2018, while Edmundo Castillo joined the brand as head of design later that year.

And looking forward, the pair is hopeful they can return Weitzman to its “core values,” such as femininity, comfort, and craftsmanship.

“There are not many American brands in shoes. The visibility is very American, very practical and dynamic with a European aesthetic and attention to quality and craftsmanship,” Poletto told WWD. “Comfort is a key asset, and I think these are true elements of a recipe for something very modern and contemporary – we have leveraged that.

“I think it’s about the product… We are experts in boots and sandals, and we need to be leveraging everything in between the two.”

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Stuart Weitzman executive sues Tapestry over sexual harassment claims

A senior Stuart Weitzman employee has filed a lawsuit against Tapestry, Inc and one of its former creative directors over sexual harassment allegations.Last week (ends27May18), bosses at shoe brand Weitzman, owned by parent company Tapestry, announced …

A senior Stuart Weitzman employee has filed a lawsuit against Tapestry, Inc and one of its former creative directors over sexual harassment allegations.

Last week (ends27May18), bosses at shoe brand Weitzman, owned by parent company Tapestry, announced that Giovanni Morelli had parted ways, citing issues with his behaviour in the workplace.

Now, details of how Morelli apparently “fell short” of standards have emerged, with Weitzman’s vice president of product development footwear, Thomas Gibb, alleging in documents filed in a Manhattan state court that the designer had repeatedly harassed him.

In the complaint, Gibb stated that he had endured “unwanted touchings” and an “endless” stream of sexually explicit comments from Morelli.

The harassment allegedly included “sexually charged conversation and innuendo into the workplace, making those around him, including Mr. Gibb, extremely uncomfortable”.

Further, Gibb claimed that during a design team meeting in Spain, Morelli constantly touched his body and legs, drew “vulgar and obscene drawings” on a whiteboard in his office and also asked him whether he would “ever consider not being straight?”

The court documents also stated that Gibb had complained about Morelli’s behaviour to Weitzman’s human resources department but his “complaints were ignored entirely”. He is seeking an unspecified amount of damages, punitive damages and attorneys’ fees.

Morelli has not yet commented on the lawsuit. However, a Tapestry representative told The Hollywood Reporter: “While we historically have not commented on pending litigation, we can confirm that the Wigdor firm, representing Mr. Gibb, wrote to our General Counsel on May 15, 2018. On that date, the Company commenced an investigation which ultimately resulted in the announcement on May 21, 2018, regarding the resignation of Giovanni Morelli.”

Morelli joined Weitzman as creative director in May 2017 and presented his first two collections in February.

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Mario Testino closes creative agency in New York

Mario Testino’s New York creative agency has ceased operations a year after opening.The famed fashion photographer’s reputation took a hit after a New York Times expose in January (18) accused him of sexual assault and harassment, providing detailed ac…

Mario Testino’s New York creative agency has ceased operations a year after opening.

The famed fashion photographer’s reputation took a hit after a New York Times expose in January (18) accused him of sexual assault and harassment, providing detailed accounts from 13 male models, including Roman Barrett, Jason Fedele and Ryan Locke, and assistants dating allegations back to the 1990s. An additional five accusations of the same nature came to light in March.

Now, Mariotestino+ has been shut down, and though Testino’s office in London remains open, a spokesperson told WWD that “the client-facing teams have been restructured”.

The New York agency was launched under the leadership of Brigid Walsh, who left the company in March, according to an online profile.

Though 63-year-old Testino has strenuously denied all allegations made against him, and previously described his accusers as “mentally ill” or “disgruntled employees,” Vogue publisher Conde Nast swiftly announced it would not hire him “for the foreseeable future,” while Michael Kors and Stuart Weitzman have also refused to work with him on any ad campaigns.

However, WWD editors have reported that he continues to do commercial work, but it’s “unclear for whom”.

Locke, who worked with Testino on a Gucci campaign in the ’90s, referred to him as “a sexual predator” in the article, which reported claims of groping, masturbation and aggressive coercion on and off-set.

The expose also accused 72-year-old Bruce Weber of subjecting 15 current and former models to unnecessary nudity and coercive sexual behaviour, with Josh Ardolf alleging that the photographer grabbed his genitals during a nude photoshoot.

In a statement to the newspaper, Weber said: “I’m completely shocked and saddened by the outrageous claims being made against me, which I absolutely deny.”

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Stuart Weitzman part ways with creative director Giovanni Morelli

Stuart Weitzman have announced the departure of creative director Giovanni Morelli.The designer previously worked with brands including Loewe, Prada and Burberry before succeeding Weitzman as head of his namesake brand last May (17). However, the luxur…

Stuart Weitzman have announced the departure of creative director Giovanni Morelli.

The designer previously worked with brands including Loewe, Prada and Burberry before succeeding Weitzman as head of his namesake brand last May (17). However, the luxury shoe brand has decided to part ways with Morelli, citing issues with his behaviour in the workplace.

“While we greatly admire Giovanni’s creative talents, Tapestry (house of modern lifestyle including Stuart Weitzman) is committed to an environment where every individual feels respected and at times his behaviour fell short of these standards,” Tapestry chief executive officer Victor Luis said in a statement. “Looking ahead, we have the utmost confidence in the talented Stuart Weitzman design team under the direction of CEO and brand president Eraldo Poletto, who has a proven track record of developing iconic brands and successfully building global teams.”

Morelli presented his first and only collection during New York Fashion Week in February (18), which showcased his revamped, trendier approach to footwear.

“The strategy of the brand is to give a more cohesive point of view, but also to create wardrobe essentials,” he explained to WWD before his collection hit the catwalk. “I would really like to have, in-store, pumps with different heel heights — just like with jeans how you want slim fit and regular fit offered in the store. This sense of offering is a bit American, which I like.”

Weitzman, who founded his eponymous label over 30 years ago, reportedly pledged to gradually phase himself out of the running of the company after it was acquired by Coach Inc. (now Tapestry) in January 2015.

A number of high profile campaigns followed, with Gisele Bundchen starring in the label’s first ever commercial in August 2015, with the brand since going on to work with top models including Gigi Hadid, Lily Aldridge and Joan Smalls.

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