Tommy Hilfiger teams up with A Bathing Ape for capsule collection

Tommy Hilfiger has teamed up with pioneering streetwear brand A Bathing Ape for a capsule collection.The American fashion house’s denim label, Tommy Jeans, has partnered with the Japanese firm’s diffusion line Aape on a Nineties hip-hop and street cult…

Tommy Hilfiger has teamed up with pioneering streetwear brand A Bathing Ape for a capsule collection.

The American fashion house’s denim label, Tommy Jeans, has partnered with the Japanese firm’s diffusion line Aape on a Nineties hip-hop and street culture-inspired capsule collection of menswear.

The Tommy Jeans x Aape by A Bathing Ape line will include polo shirts, denim jackets, T-shirts, footwear, and accessories that feature the American brand’s signature red, white, and blue colour palette.

The pieces are also oversized and emblazoned with A Bathing Ape’s Moon Face logo, camouflage patterns, and a Tommy Jeans x Aape by A Bathing Ape flag logo.

The collaboration was teased on Instagram on Saturday, with the official Instagram page for Tommy Jeans posting a short clip of both brand’s logos.

The limited-edition collection will be available online via Tommy.com and in Tommy Jeans stores in Shanghai and Toyko, A Bathing Ape stores and in other select stores across Europe from 11 July.

Prices start at $98 to $111 (£79 to £90) for oversized tees, polo shirts from $139 (£113), up to $300 (£243) for the chunky-soled sneakers, and the Tommy Jeans x Aape logo denim jacket is priced at $394 (£320).

A Bathing Ape, which specialises in men’s, women’s and children’s streetwear, was founded by Nigo in Ura-Harajuku in 1993, while its spin-off line was created back in 2012, and is targeted at a younger audience.

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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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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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Tommy Hilfiger and Calvin Klein among designers closing stores over coronavirus fears

Tommy Hilfiger and Calvin Klein are among the high-profile designers closing their stores over growing coronavirus fears.It was announced on Tuesday that PVH Corp., the brands’ parent company, will temporarily shutter all their stores in the U.S. and E…

Tommy Hilfiger and Calvin Klein are among the high-profile designers closing their stores over growing coronavirus fears.

It was announced on Tuesday that PVH Corp., the brands’ parent company, will temporarily shutter all their stores in the U.S. and Europe until 29 March.

“Health and safety remain our top priorities,” chairman and chief executive Manny Chirico said in a statement. “This is an unprecedented and rapidly changing situation to which we will need to continue to adapt.”

Urban Outfitters, Anthropologie and Free People are also among the retailers closing their doors, alongside sportswear giants Nike, Adidas, Under Armour, New Balance, and Vans.

High street giant H&M announced on Tuesday the closure of all its stores in the U.S. and Canada until 2 April, and all employees will receive full pay despite the shutdown.

“H&M’s top priority is maintaining the health and safety of all its colleagues and customers,” the brand said in a statement. “We have been diligently following the latest recommendations made by local governments and the relevant health authorities and have been agile.”

And Tapestry Inc., parent company of brands including Coach, Kate Spade and Stuart Weitzman, have shuttered all their stores across North America and Europe.

While physical stores will be closed, the brands will still be taking orders on their websites.

“We are closely monitoring the situation and taking the appropriate actions to protect the safety of our employees, customers and communities,” chairman and chief executive Jide Zeitlin said in a statement.

There are more than 6,500 cases of Covid-19 in the U.S, with 116 deaths. The virus has infected almost 200,000 people across the world since the outbreak began back in December, and nearly 8,000 people have died.

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Sofia Richie preparing to release bikini line

Sofia Richie is planning to kick off her business empire with a line of bikinis. The 21-year-old is gearing up to launch her own business this year and will start by releasing a line of swimwear, as she is obsessed with bikinis and owns around “50 or 6…

Sofia Richie is planning to kick off her business empire with a line of bikinis.

The 21-year-old is gearing up to launch her own business this year and will start by releasing a line of swimwear, as she is obsessed with bikinis and owns around “50 or 60” pairs.

“I love bikinis… I feel like my following is always fascinated by the bikinis I’m wearing,” Sofia told U.S. Cosmopolitan magazine.

Sofia has experience in this area as she previously collaborated with Los Angeles-based brand Frankies Bikinis to create a 10-piece line of ’90s-inspired swimwear last year.

After the release of her own bikini line, Sofia then plans to expand her business to include a fashion collection and a beauty company – which will focus on hair and body, rather than make-up, while also launching a YouTube channel and an acting career.

“It’s time to start hustling,” the model said of her plans. “2020 is about no fear, and I’m doing things that would usually make me very uncomfortable.”

Elsewhere in the interview, Sofia, who has appeared in campaigns for the likes of Tommy Hilfiger, Michael Kors, and Chanel, explained how modelling fell into her lap because of her famous father, Lionel Richie. However, she soon realised she wanted more from her career.

“A lot of people just become models because they’re influencers,” she shared. “We would all get the same jobs, be in the same space, and be labelled the same thing, and I hated it. It made me step back and be like, ‘O.K., I’m a creative individual and I want to be smart, start my own businesses, do something I can do on my own, and not be attached to other people.'”

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Naomi Campbell calls for pay parity for racially diverse models

Naomi Campbell has claimed racially diverse models still don’t receive equal pay.The British supermodel has been involved in the fashion industry for more than three decades, and in addition to her modelling work, serves as a mentor to young women. Bu…

Naomi Campbell has claimed racially diverse models still don’t receive equal pay.

The British supermodel has been involved in the fashion industry for more than three decades, and in addition to her modelling work, serves as a mentor to young women.

But while Campbell is pleased to see business leaders embrace inclusivity and diversity, she is adamant more work needs to be done, especially in relation to payment.

“It’s still a big deal and there’s always work to be done. You never should sit on your laurels and just think everything is fine. You always have to maintain and challenge yourself. That’s how I always felt. Know what you want to try and not be afraid to try it,” she said in an interview with CNN. “Now, I’m looking now at (models getting the) same payment for doing the same work. I do feel that it’s obvious that’s going to come up next. And that (it) should be equal.”

Campbell has recently walked the runway for the likes of Tommy Hilfiger and Kenneth Ize, and is also dedicated to charity work, supporting Fashion For Relief, and organisations in Africa.

And she’s determined not to allow a story published last year in the Mail on Sunday, which included a picture of her at an event also attended by late financier and convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, affect her life or career.

“They didn’t publish a picture of me and Jeffrey Epstein because they don’t have one of me and Jeffrey Epstein. They published a picture of me with many people, throughout my 34-year career at public events, that may have fallen from grace in some which way. And that’s supposed to reflect on me? One of the pictures was 30 years old,” the 49-year-old fired. “What does that have to do with me? That doesn’t define who I am as a person. It doesn’t define (you) if your next-door neighbour goes and does an act, you’ve known them for years, but you had no knowledge they were that way. I was not going to accept that method and that’s why I came out on my YouTube channel Being Naomi and said what I had to say.”

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Lucky Blue Smith weds

Lucky Blue Smith is officially a married man.The American model, who has appeared in campaigns for the likes of Tom Ford, Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger, and Philipp Plein, took to Instagram over the weekend to upload a video of himself and his new wife …

Lucky Blue Smith is officially a married man.

The American model, who has appeared in campaigns for the likes of Tom Ford, Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger, and Philipp Plein, took to Instagram over the weekend to upload a video of himself and his new wife Nara Pellmann kissing.

“I married my best friend today,” he commented.

Choosing to exchange vows on a beach, Lucky, 21, looked dapper in a light blue suit with dark blue detailing on the lapel, while Nara wowed in a satin ivory gown from Orseund Iris.

Neither of the stars wore shoes for the nuptials, with their guests also removing footwear.

And gushing about the big day, the 24-year-old captioned a video of the pair: “The boy who stole my heart… I married my best friend today.”

Accordingly, a number of celebrities were quick to post congratulatory messages, including designer Brandon Maxwell, Yolanda Hadid, and Rita Ora.

While Lucky’s sister Pyper America Smith shared, “The sweetest day ever,” and “Life could not be more perfect.”

Lucky and Nara, who is also signed to IMG Models, went public with their relationship last year and indicated they were engaged in a string of social media posts in late December in which the brunette beauty showcased a stunning oval-shaped diamond ring on her ring finger.

The Utah native previously dated model Stormi Bree, with the former couple welcoming a daughter named Gravity Blue Smith in July 2017.

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Halima Aden: ‘I wouldn’t have had a place in fashion five years ago’

Halima Aden believes she wouldn’t have been embraced by the fashion industry five years ago. The Somali-American model became the first person to wear a burkini and hajib in the Miss Minnesota USA competition back in 2016, and did the same on the cover…

Halima Aden believes she wouldn’t have been embraced by the fashion industry five years ago.

The Somali-American model became the first person to wear a burkini and hajib in the Miss Minnesota USA competition back in 2016, and did the same on the cover of Sports Illustrated’s Swimsuit Issue last year.

Halima has continued to break barriers for Muslim women by appearing on the cover of magazines, in campaigns and on runways, including the recent Tommy Hilfiger London Fashion Week presentation, in her modest headwear.

But as she didn’t see other hijab-wearing women in the fashion industry, the 22-year-old never thought she would be a model, and now, she’s thrilled to be bringing modest outfits into the mainstream.

“Before (I got the call from IMG Models), if you had asked me in 2015 or 2016 if I could have been a model, I would have told you no, that’s impossible,” she told Harpersbazaar.com. “When you don’t see something, it’s hard to visualise it. A career like that, for someone like me, didn’t exist. But… modesty has been around for so long. It is one of the oldest fashion staples. Modesty is in so many different cultures. It has stood the test of time. So, it is confusing that it took until 2016 to go mainstream, but I am so grateful that it did.”

Halima continued to state that the fact the fashion industry has accepted her, as well as a diverse range of models, goes to show how much it has evolved in recent years.

“It took the entire fashion community to embrace me, wrap its hands around me, and to say that you belong without asking me to conform… And if you really think about it, five years ago, I wouldn’t have a place in fashion – not in the way I do today,” she added.

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Lewis Hamilton unveils latest Tommy Hilfiger line with star-studded London show

Tommy Hilfiger and Lewis Hamilton recruited many famous faces to model their latest designs at London Fashion Week on Sunday.The American designer unveiled his fourth collection in partnership with the Formula One driver, as well as their capsule colle…

Tommy Hilfiger and Lewis Hamilton recruited many famous faces to model their latest designs at London Fashion Week on Sunday.

The American designer unveiled his fourth collection in partnership with the Formula One driver, as well as their capsule collection with musician H.E.R., at the TOMMYNOW Spring 2020 show held at the Tate Modern in London on Sunday night, with celebrity guests including Billy Porter, Charli XCX, and Meghan Trainor.

The show featured a diverse, age, and size-inclusive mix of models from both sides of the Atlantic, ranging from ’90s British favourites Jodie Kidd, Yasmin Le Bon, and Erin O’Connor to newcomers such as Halima Aden, Alton Mason, and Jasmine Sanders. Other U.K. faces included Jourdan Dunn, Georgia May Jagger, and Karen Elson, while international models included Winnie Harlow, Alessandra Ambrosio, and Candice Swanepoel.

The famous faces on the runway vastly outnumbered those sitting front row, with the show also featuring celebrity relatives such as Helena Christensen and Norman Reedus’ son Mingus, Kate Moss’ sister Lottie, Liam Gallagher’s son Lennon, Bob Geldof’s daughter Pixie, and Christy Turlington’s nephew James.

The genderless ‘See Now, Buy Now’ collection was the most sustainable TommyxLewis release to date, with 75 per cent of the line using more sustainable production methods, including organic cotton, recycled fabric, and low-impact denim washes.

Naomi Campbell opened the show wearing a neon yellow and beige tracksuit with chunky high-top sneakers. A number of streetwear looks followed, before the collection focused on preppy outfits heavily featuring nautical stripes and the stars and stripes of the U.S. flag, with Ambrosio wearing a crisp navy blue blazer over the top of a white and blue striped shirt, worn as a dress, and a white jumper.

Hamilton linked arms with Campbell as he walked down to the catwalk with Hilfiger and H.E.R. to give the final bow.

“Thanks to @thomasjhilfiger, @hermusicofficial, all my amazing models including @naomi and of course to everyone at @tommyhilfiger,” he wrote on Instagram. “It’s been such a journey to create our most sustainable collection to date, but it’s something I’m so proud that we’ve been able to achieve. Feeling very grateful for all our hard work today.”

London Fashion Week continues on Monday with presentations from Burberry, JW Anderson, and Erdem.

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H.E.R. teaming with Tommy Hilfiger and Lewis Hamilton on capsule collection

Singer H.E.R. is partnering with Tommy Hilfiger and Lewis Hamilton on a fashion collection.Formula One driver Hamilton has collaborated with the American designer on four capsule drops over the course of the past two years. Now, he has recruited the st…

Singer H.E.R. is partnering with Tommy Hilfiger and Lewis Hamilton on a fashion collection.

Formula One driver Hamilton has collaborated with the American designer on four capsule drops over the course of the past two years. Now, he has recruited the star, real name Gabriella Wilson, to work on the new streetwear line, to be known as Tommy x Lewis x H.E.R.

“Such an honour to design and collab with @tommyhilfiger and @lewishamilton. Stay tuned for the drop of our collection!!!” she captioned an image of herself alongside Hamilton on Instagram on Wednesday.

The pair are pictured posing in casual black outfits with neon green writing. While few other details were given about the clothes, items will be made from 75 per cent sustainable fabrics like organic cotton.

“This collab is straight-up fire. More to come!! Thank you so much @hermusicofficial,” Hilfiger added.

Meanwhile, Hamilton has described the 22-year-old as a natural fit for the collaboration.

“I’m so grateful to continue to bring to life our shared vision of making each collection more sustainable,” he told WWD. “Tommy and I also share a passion for music and feel strongly about giving a platform to artists to express their creativity in a whole new medium.

“I admire the raw and authentic way that H.E.R. expresses herself through her music and the creative journey that she’s undertaken. Her authenticity comes through in the bold and edgy twist she has brought to the Tommy x Lewis x H.E.R. street style aesthetic.”

The capsule collection will be available for purchase following Hilfiger’s Tommy Now spring/summer 2020 show held as part of London Fashion Week on Sunday.

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