Condé Nast no longer working with photographers accused of sexual exploitation

Condé Nast has confirmed that it will no longer be working with two of the fashion world’s most renowned photographers, Bruce Weber and Mario Testino, after allegations of sexual exploitation surfaced around both of their names.

In a piece that was published this past Saturday, two dozen and counting current and former male models told stories about unwanted sexual advances from Weber and Testino to the New York Times. The alleged incidents ranged from nudity, inappropriate touching, masturbation and other sexual advances with some dating as far back as the mid-1990s.

“I saw him with his hands down people’s pants at least 10 times,” said Thomas Hargreave, a shoot producer who once worked with Testino.

“We are deeply disturbed by these accusations and take this very seriously,” Anna Wintour, artistic director of Condé Nast and editor of Vogue, and Robert A. Sauerberg Jr., chief executive of Condé Nast, said in a statement. “In light of these allegations, we will not be commissioning any new work with Bruce Weber and Mario Testino for the foreseeable future.”

Wintour also said in a separate statement that the stories have been really “heartbreaking” for her.

“Both are personal friends of mine who have made extraordinary contributions to Vogue and many other titles at Condé Nast over the years, and both have issued objections or denials to what has emerged,” she wrote. “I believe strongly in the value of remorse and forgiveness, but I take the allegations very seriously.”

Weber has so far denied every claim and said he never recalls any wrongdoing, while Testino’s lawyers have questioned the credibility of some of the pieces in the Times story. Other brands such as Stuart Weitzman, Michael Kors and Burberry have all announced plans to cut ties with the photographers.

In light of all the allegations, Condé Nast has released a new set of protocols in efforts to create a safer work space and to prevent any further sexual harassment. Some of the rules include setting the minimum age for models to 18, no drugs or alcohol on sets and the advanced approval of any shoot that involves nudity, sheer clothing, lingerie, swimwear, simulated drug or alcohol use or sexually suggestive poses.

Best shoes from Milan Men’s Fashion Week

Way back when, men’s shoes were all plain and practically the same. Now, the menswear world has started to embrace the sportswear trend, allowing footwear to become more casual.

Luxury now lies in the fabrication, versatility, techonology and detailing applied to every shoe. Milan Men’s Fashion Week was filled with some of the best shoes to date.

Santoni showcased Santoni classics while also reinterpreting them with some more casual proportions.

Brunello Cucinelli debuted runners in premium leather and also showed off hiking boots with luxe shearling linings.

Jimmy Choo showed off the Lucas, which this time around had a metal toe plate on the undersole with the brand’s logo etched into it.

Giuseppe Zanotti brought out a two-way biker/combat boot with zip-off which was done in butter soft leather. Other styles include sneakers and slippers with removable socks with an addition of a rainbow high-top sneaker where each panel had hand-applied color.

On the runway, crafted sneakers and snow boots took over at Zegna Couture. The shoes had the label’s triple X symbol. Laboratory inspired boots at Marni were so shiny people didn’t recognize it was made out of premium leather. Fendi produced a premium sock-boot, while at Versace, the collaboration with 2 Chainz on sneakers hit it off well.

Giuseppe Zanotti’s Fall 2018 filled with unique sneakers

Giuseppe Zanotti’s Fall 2018 collection was presented on the first day of Milan Men’s Fashion Week, and the versatility of the shoe collection was spectacular. The collection wouldn’t have been a full Zanotti collection without including something out of the ordinary, and this season it was in the form of a rainbow sneaker.

“I love black, but these sneakers will be delivered in June,” the designer told FN. “There’s no more winter and summer, so it reflects that.”

Each part of the shoe was hand-decorated with a different color. “This final result is more emotional than when it’s done via an industrial process,” Zanotti noted. “It costs nearly 40 percent more, but it’s 300 percent more beautiful.”

The shoe is unlike the rest of the collection because it drew inspiration from streetwear, sport, biker, combat and rock ’n’ roll. “It’s a new interpretation of our black universe, using our codes along with memories from my own generation,” the designer said.

Other shoes included biker style mid-calf boots where the top part could be removed, turning the shoes into ankle boots. “There’s a zipper just like on a biker jacket, so you can transform them into a combat boot,” according to the designer.

Another shoe in the collection was a black velvet runner shoe where part of the sole was made out of metallic gold. “It’s a super-thin coating done by a special machine they use for cars; it’s a molecular spray with charged particles.”

There were also sneakers and loafers that came in a chunkier sock-style upper but with removable soles. “I took the idea of the sock from the world of sport and 1960s tennis players,” he explained. “You can take them off and wash them in the washing machine.”

Dolce & Gabbana’s show catches eyes at Milan Fashion Week

Italian brand Dolce & Gabbana put on an extravagant cat walk show on Saturday with a regal-inspired men’s range, and it even featured some high-profile names from social media.

The show, titled “King’s Angels,” featured tailored suits and patterned lapels with gold embroidery and happened underneath a huge crown.

The Italian powerhouse has turned to millennials as their target market and used a number of promising names to show off its latest collection at Milan Men’s Fashion Week.

Internet icons like Kevin Chaplin, grandson of Charlie; Dylan Jagger Lee, son of Pamela Anderson and drummer Tommy Lee; Paris Brosnan, son of actor Pierce; and Christian Combs, son of P. Diddy, were all on the catwalk.

They were also joined by Neel Visser, who has 2.7 million Instagram followers, Vine star Cameron Dallas and musician Austin Mahone.

The Italian designer Giorgio Armani, 83, already showed off a collection for his Emporio Armani streetwear brand with a full unisex show.

Tag Heuer creates a smaller smartwatch

Tag Heuer has the Connected Modular 45, which has an average 45 mm case and is great for people with big wrists but no so much for others. That’s why the company has taken it upon themselves to make a smaller watch for those with smaller wrists. Tag Heuer created the new Connected Modular 41, which has a 41 mm diameter.

Tag Heuer worked with Intel and Google to improve their newest smartwatch. The watch has a brighter screen that shows 390 x 390 resolution and gives 326 pixels per inch. They even added to the memory capacity, upgrading to 8 GB and 1 GB of RAM as well. The newest design is water resistant to 50 meters and includes GPS and NFC connectivity. The watch can connect to phones that have Android 4.4 or iOS 9 and above. It’s set at a retail price that starts at $1,200.

Craig Green caught the stars’ attention

Men’s fashion designers are always the busiest during the month of January. Most of them are busy finishing up their collections for the London Fashion Week Men’s, which was established in 2012 and now happens twice a year, a month ahead of the main Fashion Weeks.

“It’s a very long process,” Craig Green said. “Because the shows are six months apart, we start planning a month after the last show.”

During this year’s London Fashion Week, Green caught more attention than half the catwalk show. Green is a 31-year-old who has been named the British menswear designer for the past two years in a row, and he showed off his newest collection on the last day of London Fashion Week Men’s.

“But it’s continuously changing, we order fabrics, we get things back that we think are going to be great, and then we see them, we’re cutting them up, changing them, developing them in the studio. It’s a five-month process, and we work long hours!”

The hard work paid off, judging by how everyone reacted to the new collection. GQ Style’s Editor Luke Day recently said, “it’s the quiet confidence of his work that defines him as the most exciting new menswear designer of our time.”

Green opened his label back in 2012, and his success has made his popularity grow at a fast rate. His creations have been worn by high names like Rihanna, Jay-z and Drake.

“We were asked to create something custom for the opening look of Rihanna’s tour,” Green said. “But someone like Jay-Z, he just bought that T-shirt, so we didn’t know about that until we saw it. Sometimes they just go into a store and buy it.”

“I remember after the first collection, I was walking past Liberty’s and I saw someone wearing one of our knitted hats, and I didn’t know them, they weren’t a friend or fashion journalist, and I remember how weird it was. And to realize that that person made a conscious choice to go into a shop and buy it, that’s very strange in the beginning, but also exciting.”

Green is a man who pays great attention to detail, and lately it seems like it’s taking him pretty far.

Yxng Bane modeled for What We Wear

Up and coming menswear brand What We Wear has showcased their newest spring/summer 2018 collection at this year’s London Fashion Week Men’s. The brand also belongs to British artist Tinie Tempah.

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The collection was composed solely of solid silhouettes and was showcased with new East London rapper Yxng Bane. Yxng Bane modeled most of the collection.

The brand What We Wear was launched around this time last year and with Tempah’s luxe-sportswear aesthetic being brought up again this season. Utilitarian jackets, unnoticeable details and fully functional looks are featured throughout the whole collection.

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Yxng Bane, the young London rapper, is ready to take over this year. He has been spotted multiple times repping the brand on the streets, and the 21-year-old rapper consistently made good music last year. BBC 1xtra has posted him as an artist to look for on their “Hot For 2018” list.

H&M closes stores in South Africa after racial ad protest

The big label brand H&M has temporarily closed several stores in South Africa this past Saturday after several protests erupted over an image in its online store that many critics and celebrities said was racist.

The ad was an image of an African American child wearing a hooded sweatshirt with a printed slogan on it that said, “coolest monkey in the jungle.” There were two other sweatshirts that were jungle themed but modeled by white children.

Saturday protesters were representatives of the second-largest opposition party, Economic Freedom Fighters, outside H&M locations all over South Africa.

Videos that turned up over the protests showed people either marching outside or through the store. There were other videos that showed people knocking mannequins over, overturning racks and scattering clothes.

“Out of concern for the safety of our employees and customers we have temporarily closed all stores in the area,” H&M said in an emailed statement on Saturday.

“None of our staff or customers have been injured. We continue to monitor the situation closely and will open the stores as soon as the situation is safe again. We strongly believe that racism and bias in any shape or form, deliberate or accidental, are simply unacceptable. We stress that our wonderful store staff had nothing to do with our poorly judged product and image.”

Julius Malema, the leader of the party, said in a speech on Saturday, “we make no apology about what the fighters did today against that store called H&M,” and said that targeting the stores was “just the beginning.”

“Every shop that undermines black people must be attended to,” he added. “It must be shut down. It must be closed.”

Malema believed that, despite the apology from H&M and the fact that they are no longer selling the shirt, the matter needs to be taken seriously.

“We cannot allow the humiliation of black people to continue,” he said. “No one should make jokes about the dignity of black people.”

Jimmy Choos makes royally attractive men’s shoes

Jimmy Choo Creative Director Sandra Choi showed the new 2018 men’s collection on the first day of Milan Men’s Fashion Week. The collection was very unique to past Jimmy Choo collections. Sandra Choi was able to give a little insight on her inspiration for the collection:

“We looked at royalty and how they dressed, 16th-century dukes in feathers and organzas and pleats and draped pearls. They could do that to assert their authority. But at the same time, we’re living now in 2018, so let’s just pull it back a bit. Jimmy Choo is not afraid to load up, but it’s about knowing where to put things, what finish to use, what details to pick out.”

Choi took elements from past history but turned it into a more approachable and relatable model for the market. A highlight of the collection was the Baldwyn, a boot-sneaker hybrid. The shoe featured a translucent rubber outsole that was set under a more classically shaped rubber midsole, and the upper half was lizard-print calf leather and tortoiseshell patent.

“For me, the over-arching theme at Jimmy Choo is always about glamour,” said Choi, adding that when it comes to men’s, she tends to be more careful when she makes decisions. “The key is to know where the limit is.”

Versace and 2 Chainz reveal sneaker collaboration at Milan Fashion Week

2 Chainz was front row at Versace’s fall 2018 men’s runway show on day one of Milan Fashion Week, but the fashionable rapper was there as more than just a guest. Earlier that day, 2 Chainz teased at a possible collaboration project on Instagram: he posted a video that showed off a pair of co-branded Versace sneakers featuring his Chain Reaction logo.

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The shoe was a tan retro running sneaker featured a mesh upper with red color on the laces and lining, and the shoe was instantly loved by sneaker heads all around the world.

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2 Chainz and Donatella Versace had even more to show off. At the show, they displayed even more collaborative sneakers, and most of them stopped the show. The chunky styles featured a lot of mismatch color schemes that were blended with bold prints and textures drawn from the ready-to-wear.  This new collaboration shows that the chunky shoe trend is likely to stay during the new year. According to WWD, the Versace x Chain Reaction sneakers are expected to be purchasable in two months.

Four female designers making a big impact in British menswear

As the menswear market continues to grow, several women have tried their hand at designing menswear instead of womenswear. Most notably, a number of London female menswear designers are bringing much needed talent and takes and turning them into profiting brands.

Grace Wales Bonner

Grace Wales Bonner graduated from Central St Martins back in 2014. She presented her first collection at Fashion East in 2015, and, that same year, she won Emerging Menswear designer of the year at the British Fashion Awards.

She made her debut at London Fashion Week Men’s in 2016 with her own label titled Wales Bonner. Most of her designs explore inspiration from European and African influences. Now, Bonner’s collections and shows are some of the most anticipated on the show calendars. Keep in mind, Bonner has yet to turn 27.

Lou Dalton

Dalton dropped out of school when she was 16 and began to learn her craft while working as an apprentice to a tailor, then she went on to study menswear at the Royal College of Art.

Dalton’s tailoring combined with her Shropshire roots make her clothes beautiful and extremely durable. Dalton’s collections are now some of the most highly sought after clothes. She has made capsule collections for Dover Street Market, Grenson, Liberty and Opening Ceremony. Dalton’s designs are available internationally on her online store.

Astrid Anderson

Anderson launched her own brand back in 2011 and has caught attention for her knack of remodeling the sports-luxe category. Her designs go far beyond a simple tracksuit. She is expertly able to blend urban influences with small feminine details to make clothes that challenge the gender norms.

She graduated from the Royal College of Art in 2010 and was able to get support from Fashion East and NEWGEN before making her official debut at London Fashion Week Men’s. Her celebrity base, including Drake, A$AP Rocky, and Rihanna, all adore her clothes.

Martine Rose

Rose, a 36-year-old designer, is one of London’s most original menswear designers. Her label, which is now 10 years old, has constantly been pushing boundaries.

Her designers effortlessly play with shape and proportion. Her designs are now being stocked at Barneys in New York, Dover Street Market and Matches fashion. Rose has also been added to the Balenciaga team to consult on its menswear line.

Norman fashion line tries to help Oklahoma

Middle America has never been seen as a fashion hub of the United States. Menswear brand companies are years behind other areas, but Norman resident Alejandro Vaca is hoping his new men’s line will send Oklahoma into the future.

Vaca comes from Ecaudor, where accessories and ensembles are critical parts of the culture’s everyday attire for both men and women. America’s “renaissance of makers” will help them grab the attention of the manliest of men in Oklahoma. Vaca commented:

“We’re focused on marketing to women who are choosing clothes and accessories for their husbands, spouses, fathers, or who are making suggestions about what looks good and what they like on a man. I grew up in a matriarchal community, one where the role of women and their contribution was respected, and that’s what we’re trying to do with our brand, to respect a woman’s contribution and to help reshape the typical macho man’s way of thinking about women and about fashion.”

Vaca, 35, is the fourth-generation fashion man following all the men before him up to his great-grandfather.

“I used to sneak in as a kid and have the employees teach me how to use the machines before I was really old enough,” Vaca said. “I have a memory from when I was really young of being in this room that was filled with hundreds of rolls of leather and that smell, it has always felt homey to me.”

“The big goal is to open a boutique here in Norman,” Vaca said in December. “I’m hoping to do that next year, but it could still be a couple years. We’ll see how things go.”

Vaca displays some of his collection at Stash, a local shop in Norman, but also goes to the University of Oklahoma’s Innovation Hub.

“The Hub exists to support entrepreneurs among the campus community and the Oklahoma community at large,” Fabrication Lab Director Brandt Smith said. “Our goal is not that he would continue using the Hub forever, but we want to help him get to point when he is successful and eventually can sustain without us.”

“People here have been so welcoming and warm, and I want to contribute to that and to give back to the place that helped me start this,” Vaca said.

The Weeknd cut ties with H&M over racial ad

Canadian RnB singer and Toronto native, The Weeknd, recently cut ties with the Sweden-based retail brand H&M after the company featured an ad that pictured a child of African American descent dressed in a sweatshirt that read “coolest monkey in the jungle.”

The artist partnered with the international brand for its 2017 Spring Icons Collection and even modeled some of its apparel.

On Monday, The Weeknd tweeted that he was “shocked and embarrassed” and “will not be working with @hm anymore” along with a photo of the racial ad.

By the next morning, the tweet had over 103,000 retweets and 230,000 favorites.

“We completely understand and agree with his reaction to the image. We are deeply sorry that the picture was taken and we also regret the actual print,” H&M said in a statement. “We will continue the discussion with The Weeknd and his team separately.”

The ad reached almost everyone with other celebrities chiming in on what had occurred. Lebron James posted an edited version of the ad on his Instagram that showed it in a more positive perspective, along with a compelling caption.

H&M had used the photo online to sell the hoodie in the United Kingdom. The brand then removed the photo, and the hoodie can no longer be purchased. The company said that it will “look into [their] internal routines to avoid such situations in the future.”

David Beckham opens new Kent & Curwen store with his family in London

David Beckham was joined by his wonderful family as he attended the opening of a new store for the label of which he is now a co-owner and helped relaunch.

The Essex man has become one of the most influential male fashion figures in the industry, and it’s starting to rub off on his children– especially his 15-year-old son, who was supporting his father by wearing one of the brand’s jackets.

Beckham has worked with the brand since 2015 and was able to relaunch it with Irish designer Daniel Kearns last year.

The England soccer star was even accompanied by his mother Sandra Beckham and his sister Joanne, who recently became a new mother with her partner Kris Donnelly. They had a daughter named Penny.

To celeberate the launch of the new store, located on Floral Street, Beckham hosted a lunch. He managed to maintain a British feel with a menu full of pie and mash followed by sticky toffee pudding.

CNN’s Samantha Barry named Glamour’s new Editor in Chief

The newest editor-in-chief of US Glamour is CNN social media executive producer Samantha Barry. Condé Nast, publisher for Glamour, confirmed.

The news came after an unexpectedly long search. This past September, Editor-in-Chief Cindi Leive announced she would leave the role of leading the magazine after staying for 16 years.

Barry, 36, has gone from BBC World News to CNN and now Glamour. At Condé Nast, Barry will be in charge of the Glamour brand and content and also in charge of consumer experiences. Barry starts Jan. 15.

Anna Wintour, Artistic Director of Condé Nast and Vogues editor in chief, has said that Barry is Glamour’s “first digital-native editor.” Wintour and Barry are said to have had a personal relationship prior to her appointment. Wintour elaborates in a statement:

“As an editor she has led all manner of news coverage from the 2016 presidential election and the horrific Las Vegas mass shooting to the love story voicemails and the 2018 New Year’s Eve festivities. Sam understands social media as a tool for storytelling and reporting; a way to support social conversation and the ever-changing contours of what’s cool. Sam is fearless, like so many leaders of the moment, and has both a reverence for Glamour’s history and a crystal clear view of its future in the digital environment.”

Barry also spoke in a statement:

“I am as humbled by Glamour’s past as I am excited about Glamour’s future. I could not be more proud to take the reigns of an iconic women’s brand at this pivotal moment for all women’s voices. For me, Glamour is the home of strong storytellers, insightful journalism, beauty and fashion. I look forward to building on the brand’s success, and sharing Glamour with audiences everywhere.”

Bob Sauerberg, Condé Nast’s chief executive and president, said:

“As we continue to innovate our content and distribution to reach next generation audiences, it is critical that our creators understand the symbiotic relationship between the audience, content and the best platforms to deliver each story and experience. Samantha’s fluency in connecting with consumers in digital, social and video will give Glamour fans the content they love, and in ways that are most meaningful to them.”

Arsenal soccer player Hector Bellerin criticized for appearing at London fashion week

Hector Bellerin, Arsenal soccer player and fashion admirer, was caught rocking a look that consisted mostly of Fear of God and a pair of white Balenciaga Triple S sneakers at the same time the soccer player’s team was losing to a smaller club in the FA Cup.

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The 22-year-old right back star was hit with plenty of backlash from fans over the Spain international’s obsession with fashion. Just three pieces from his outfit cost $3,594.63 which is more than the average monthly wage in England. Bellerin attended the fashion show with his girlfriend, Shree Patel, who wore a similarly outstanding outfit.

The Arsenal defender frequently posts on his Instagram showing off his newest threads, and many supporters are starting to question his passion for soccer. His appearance at a fashion show didn’t help the fact that his team was officially knocked out of the FA Cup due to a 4-2 loss to Nottingham Forest.

Below are some supporters’ responses on Twitter:

“Professional model, used to be a footballer who had so much promise… quite sad.”

“Already prepping a fall-to career Hector?”

“@HectorBellerin would you please take a break from fashion and concentrate on football.”

“I don’t know if you’re seeing it but our team is in tatters. All the recognition and fame you have is because of football and right now you aren’t exactly justifying it.”

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“Stop taking pics that make you look like a k*** and start playing for the team again.”

Vivienne Westwood collection stands out at London Fashion Week Men’s

Vivienne Westwood and Craig Green were two of the best names on Monday’s schedule, also known as the last day of London fashion week men’s. This meant a guaranteed show for the best British creatives.

A normal Vivienne Westwood show is always different from the rest of the fashion week, and her latest collection was no different. To begin with, there was no fashion show, but there was a two-minute and 45-second video that was shot mostly at night or backstage that starred character models, Westwood, an EU flag and sandbags.

Westwood’s theme this year was military style. The message the models kept repeating was “don’t get killed.” The 76 year old designer always manages to put beautiful pieces behind her slogans. The collection put military history with texture and focused more on the color. Westwood’s iconic princess coat was unisex for this collection in big camouflage print, tweed and undyed wool.

The whole collection consisted of belted coats, loose trousers, two-piece suits and draped gowns. Westwood promoted unisex styling for reasons that have to do with helping with the environment.

“You all know what I’m up to – I use fashion as a vehicle for activism to stop climate change and mass extinction of life on Earth,” she said.

David Beckham brings grit to London Fashion Week

London Fashion Week has long been an event to help find a new style for British manhood. For the past two decades, David Beckham has been the poster boy given his mainstream masculinity. Kent & Curwen, a brand that was recently brought back to life on Savile Row in 1926, has been a partner of David Beckham since 2015 when he became an owner.

Kent & Curwen worked with photographer Perry Ogden, who photographed the book Pony Kids. He posted his images along the walls of its autumn/winter 2018 collection. The images were shown in the new store on Floral Street, and while the images seem a bit odd for a menswear brand, they worked well with Beckham’s type of pedigree. Beckham is a man with some grit behind him.

The brand’s new direction is different from their first impression with Beckham, one which was more suited for Savile Row. The clothes that were designed by creative director Daniel Kearns had a college feel with striped knitwear, duffel coats and checked jackets. The new look is one that suits Beckham now more than ever. There are bomber jackets and t-shirts with “no guts, no glory” written on them. Other repeated motifs on the pieces included the rose and the three lions crest.

Beckham praised Ogden’s experience, way of shooting talented kids and accurately portraying them in pictures:

“That’s what the brand is about. It’s very multi-generational. I can go in the store and find something great and my 15- or 18-year-old kid can go in the store and find something great.”

Beckham believes his contribution is significant, especially in Asia where Kent & Curwen have stores including 100 in China alone. “I think what I bring to this is I am very British, I did wear the three lions for 15 years,” said Beckham. “Having the relationship in Asia that I have, the popularity that I have, it helps.”

Menswear brands to recognize for the upcoming fashion week

As more and more top brands are opting to combine their menswear and womenswear shows and presenting their full collections during the busier womenswear season, the official menswear schedules have taken a toll and lost big fashion house names. London is now without Burberry and J.W. Anderson; Paris lost Balenciaga and Saint Laurent; Milan no longer has Gucci; New York missed out on Calvin Klein and Coach.

Even with the sparsity of superstar names this season, there will be no lack of talent. With such changes increasing, a new wave of menswear brands is set to benefit. As big brands leave, lesser known brands gain the space, time and attention. There are a number of menswear brands to take notice of before it’s too late: GmbH in Berlin, Grace Wales Bonner and Charles Jeffrey in London, Feng Chen Wang and Xander Zhou in China, and Avoc and Y/Project in Paris. These brands will soon become the future of men’s fashion.

The GmbH brand launched in 2016, and within a couple of months, the Berlin brand was shortlisted for the LVMH Prize. The brand will be showing in Paris for the second time on Jan. 16.

Charles Jeffrey recently had success at The Fashion Awards and will have his second standalone show at London Fashion Week Men’s. Grace Wales Bonner single-handedly brought the ideas and issues that surround black masculinity to the front of her LVMH Prize-winning label. Her next collection is set to debut tomorrow in London.

Avoc is a brand that has recently won the ANDAM Award’s Creative Brand Prize. The gender-neutral brand will show during Paris menswear week and is set to collaborate with Nike later in the year.

Xander Zhou has been on the London menswear schedule since the week emerged. Y/Project has grown its stockists almost 500% in over three years. The brand is set to show in Paris as well. Feng Chen Wang has opted to show in New York for its menswear show this season.

New Balance gives most popular shoe a makeover

New Balance names all their shoes after a number, and that can make it very hard for some people discern one shoe from another. Everyone should know the 574 though, as it’s the most popular New Balance shoe and seen on a daily basis. It’s the shoe that has a vintage-inspire running style with a big “N” on the side. Ever since the 1990s, these shoes have constantly been on the shoe shelves in malls and stores. Recently, New Balance took the 574 and gave it some more modern traits to push it along in 2018.

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In 2017, New Balance added a slight sock sneaker look to the 574 through the 574 sport. The new true-blue 574 gets updates that are more subtle. The toe curves upward less, giving the shoe a better look and more angular silhouette. The shoe also includes a single-piece lining for added comfort a slimmer style that creates a fresher look.

The first drop of the newly tooled 574 comes in a variety of colors that almost any guy can rock: navy blue, olive green and burgundy.  Shop the new style at New Balance for $80.

Diddy’s son becomes the newest face for Dolce & Gabbana

Christian Combs, son of Sean “Diddy” Combs, landed the deal to become the newest face of Dolce & Gabbana’s spring/summer 2018 ad campaign. The campaign was shot by photographers Luca and Alessandro Morelli. The campaign is set to be an Italian holiday themed shoot, which is targeted towards millennials.

Christian, aside from making music, first became affiliated with the fashion company when he walked for their menswear line last summer, and he did so again last fall. Christian released a song called “Feeling Savage” in December and is expected to be back in Milan next week for men’s fashion week.

London College of fashion MA menswear students show off collection

London College of Fashion graduating MA menswear students got a chance to showcase their collections this past Friday with a special runway show just before London Fashion Week men’s kickoff.

Ten students from the fashion school presented their pieces and collections at St John’s Smith Square in Westminster. The best lineups came from Hanni Yang, Ying Yi Lu, Hengmin Lu, Sohyean Park and Xu Bo.

Yang, who worked with Teatum Jones and Céline in the past, used the skill of pattern-cutting to attach scarves to clothing pieces. She also provided a wide selection of tailored looks and put burgundy and cream silk scarves over a white shirt and burgundy trousers, creating an iconic look.

Ying Yi Lu took inspiration from younger boys during the Victorian era and put sole focus on tailoring, observable on a cropped blue pinstripes suit. Lu finished the collection with sailor style hats done in a collab with Atelier Millinery.

Hengmin Lu, who previously worked with Ports 1961, took inspiration from architecture of the Chairman Mao era. Lu did a take with functionality and pattern cutting, which was seen on a long brown coat worn over a white shirt with a unique mandarin collar and white knee-length trousers. The student was able to team up with JKJY Handcraft Fashion Ltd. Shanghai on footwear for the collection.

Park created a collection with a retro and vintage style from the late seventies and added artificial fabrics like polyester. The best look from this student’s collection was a blue pussy bow shirt with oversized tan shorts and a light check gray trench coat with a furry collar.

Bo worked with rayon raffia yarn and made most of his pieces using fringing, hand-weaving, crochet and knitting. Bo worked with Dinu Bodiciu on hats. A silvery gray woven overcoat was worn with a knitted top and silky trousers.

Tinie Tempah goes from top charts to top shows

Tinie Tempah top floor of his studio in Holland Park is covered in clothes and paper sketches. Tinie Tempah has went from being a well-known musician to becoming a well-known fashion icon. Tempah released his first collection for What We Wear.  Tempah has been an ambassador for LFWm since its launch back in 2012, a time where Tinie Tempah believes was pivotal for men’s fashion.

“I think 2010, 2011, there was a lot of press about how British men were becoming more fashionable. ‘Metrosexual’ was the term being used around the time,” he tells the BBC.

“Since then, more men have been paying attention to their fashion. To be honest, I still think there’s a lot more women paying attention to what they wear, how they wear it, how it looks, who the designer is.”

“But we’re started to seeing a new generation of young people who are very savvy, more into their brands.”

“Most people who are shooting music videos, they’re styled to some degree, there’s some thought about what they’re wearing, how their hair is styled. All of that, to me, is fashion.”

“Even a fashion show itself wouldn’t be right if there wasn’t any music. I think there’s a really close relationship between the two.”

“I’d say it was from about nine or 10. I come from a Nigerian immigrant background, my parents had us here, and my Mum, on top of having three or four jobs, she always believed in having a side hustle, and one of those was actually going and buying fabric,” Tinie explains.

“She’d go over to Switzerland or Italy, bring it back and sell it to other women from the local community.

“In Nigerian culture, a lot of the women like to make their own dresses and wear them to weddings, so she’d buy all these different materials, and once in a while she’d let me go with her.”

“From there, I started to understand and have a bit of a passion and knowledge for fashion and textiles in general.”

Tinie’s enthusiasm eventually encouraged to him become a prominent figure in the fashion circuit, working closely with the British Fashion Council.”

“I remember just saying to myself one day, ‘I can’t come to another Men’s Fashion Week for the sixth year running, being this guy that knows fashion, being this guy that’s a clothes horse for most of these designers, and not make a contribution myself,'” he recalls.

Ryan Seacrest Selling $50 Million worth of menswear this year

Ryan Seacrest is a man of many talents, he spends most of his time working for all sorts of companies and gigs. But as of recently, Ryan Seacrest has a new career in mind. As of recently his fashion brand called Ryan Seacrest Distinction, a menswear brand he launched four years ago, has recently been growing at an increasing rate.

The busyness of it keeps me on my toes, there is no room for error,” he tells BoF. “Since I’ve moved to the East Coast, I actually get more sleep than I’ve ever gotten before.”

Ryan Seacrest Distinction brand is set to hit $50 million in retail sales this year. Seacrest is focusing more time this year on his fashion line because of his love for fashion. He first started to take notice of fashion when he enjoyed smart tailoring after he started hosting American Idol 2002. He then made friends with Burberry’s Christopher Bailey, who made his custom suits for multiple events.

Seacrest knew not everybody could afford Burberry though, “I wanted to [create] something that provided that same sort of feeling to people when they would put it on,” he says. “Something that was accessible in its price point, that really was made of great quality, for the guy who had an eye for detail.”

Macy’s and Seacrest have become crucial partners over the years with Macy’s giving plenty of suggestions for Seacrest and his line. “Guys could specifically reference his style, what he wore, and that was an important element for us to venture into this partnership,” says Macy’s group vice president and fashion director for men’s, Durand Guion. Macy’s saw Seacrest’s brand as an alternative to bigger brands but that can still compete with quality and price. “How can we start to inject that next level of coolness into the clothing — a space that historically can be very block and tackle, very serious, very subdued?” Guion adds. “We knew there was already a shift happening.”

DVF finally finds New Chief Design Officer

DVF finally announced that Nathan Jenden has been named the new Chief Design Officer and Vice President after Jonathan Saunders resigned as the Chief Creative Officer at DVF back in December 2017. Jenden has returned to the brand that he was previously employed at for 10 years until 2011.

“Nathan is an extremely talented and technically skillful designer who has a great gift surrounding himself with young, emerging talent,” founder Diane von Furstenberg said in a statement. “It is with joy and pride that I look forward to welcoming Nathan back at DVF.”

Jenden will report directly to Dian von Furstenberg and DVF’s board. Jenden’s very first collection for the brand will be the Fall/Winter 2018, and it will be shown in February.

“I want to make great clothes that resonate with women. I see DVF as being more relevant today than it ever was in its message of self-empowerment while being dynamic and modern. I want to give the DVF girl what she wants, when she wants it, and with the joie de vivre and sense of purpose that epitomizes Diane, DVF the brand and the spirit of women today.”

Adding to the excitement, the brand’s former president, Paula Sutter (who departed back in Dec. 31, 2013), will rejoin the board. Sutter started working for the brand back in 1999, just after it was brought back to life in 1998. She has been widely praised for helping grow the brand’s business internationally.

Amazon’s new platform hints at the future of fashion

Amazon recently patented a product that hints toward the future and how people will soon be getting dressed. This past Tuesday, the tech mogul was granted a patent for a sort of reality mirror, which could ultimately project virtual clothing onto your reflection. It would also be capable of putting you inside a virtual scene like a beach or restaurant– something to match the outfit with the occasion.

The technology combines the use of mirrors, lights, projectors, displays and cameras to create an image on the display, according to the patent.

“These visual displays can be used to alter scenes as perceived by users, for example, by adding objects to the scene that do not actually exist,” the patent states.

It is still unclear if Amazon would use their own clothing line for virtual clothing, but it’s a possibility given how this new program could be a way for Amazon to sell apparel. In the past couple of years, the company has produced several in-house fashion labels such as James & Erin women’s clothing and Franklin & Freeman men’s dress shoes.

The smart mirror would be an unusual move for the tech giant. It could serve as a helpful extension for its newest product Echo Look ($200). This device is designed to be a style assistant to help a person figure out what to wear. It has a voice-controlled camera that takes pictures of the customer in different types of outfits that works through an app.

Other retailers are also using the concept of a smart mirror in brick and mortar stores. Rebecca Minkoff’s connected store concept has mirrors built inside that have integrated touchscreens, allowing the customers to search for looks, colors and different sizes. Nordstrom has also test types of smart mirrors in their fitting rooms.

Fashion Institute of Technology’s library gets a renovation

Fashion and history go hand in hand: you need to know about the past so you can build from it and learn from it. While the internet is becoming more and more prominent, it is still difficult to figure out where to start with such a vast source of information.

Bethany Gingrich, a 26 year old second-year graduate student at the Fashion Institute of Technology, had a similar problem when she started to write a thesis about Erte, the famous Russian-French designer. Gingrich worked from Special Collections and College Archives, a part of F.I.T.’s Gladys Marcus Library, on the fourth floor of the school’s Manhattan campus– also known as Sparc. The thesis quickly turned exciting.

Through Sparc, Gingrich had access to autobiographies and biographies as well as Erte’s sketches:

“It was really my introduction to Erte through the sketch collection at Sparc which led me to further exploration of his work. Having the physical resources on site and available means the world of difference.”

Sparc recently got an upgrade with a much needed $3.6 million renovation that was designed by Samuel Anderson Architects and was unveiled this past fall. The building was expanded from 3,500 square feet to 6,100 square feet and even includes a 1,000 square foot mechanical room. The building now includes new compact shelving, making it easier to store things. It also contains climate-controlled storage with sliding steel shelves. This protects some of the rare or fragile fashion documents and prototypes.

Spar has many artifacts in their library, and among them are original Marc Bohan sketches for Dior. A note from the vendeuse at Dior addressed to “Miss Coleman” lies on the front of a book filled with sketches sent to a debutante in 1966 with a variety of options for dresses that she could have had made.

Many new contemporary designers do research for current collections at Sparc. Many professional costume designers also rely on the files that are in Spar to help them accurately present history. Catherine Martin, who designed the costumes for “The Great Gatsby” (2013), uses Sparc for information.

Prada makes new Velcro sneaker

2017 was a year filled with big luxury brands creating the ugliest shoes that became a hot trend. Balenciaga with the sock sneakers and huge sole shoes took over for the most part with other brands not far behind. The longtime company Prada decided to kick start 2018 in similar fashion by releasing their new Cloudbust Sneakers in a very un-Prada-like way.

Prada’s new spring 2018 menswear collection is a mix of virtual reality and actual reality, and the Cloudbust silhouette fits both perfectly. The upper part of the shoe closely resembles what running shoes look like with a touch of luxury. The shoe has leather panels, a Prada logo and a multi-piece sole that gives the shoe an astronomical feel to it. Its two tone colorway (black and a dark red) also contributes.

Prada has been able to create staple pieces for a season, in the past, and the Velcro shoes might be the newest staple yet– the shoe has already been spotted on the feet of artist A$AP Rocky. This signals a significant indication that the shoes will cause a major wave in the fashion world. The shoes are available on Prada’s website for $695.

Four Scandinavian menswear labels to mark their stamp on 2018

Though European brands are at the center of high-end menswear, there is little recognition to European brands from countries like Denmark, Sweden and Norway. Here are four Scandinavian brands who will surely catch the eyes of the public this upcoming year.

Tiger of Sweden

This brand was founded back in 1903 in Uddevalla, Sweden as a tailoring house. The label went into a renewal process back in the early 1990s, focusing most of its efforts on modernization. Recently, Burberry alum and Swedish man Christoffer Lundman took the reins of the company. Today, the it’s a well-established brand that produces classic wear while offering slim-silhouette suiting and separates. Some styles they offer are the Lamonte wool check suit ($825), velvet blazer ($550) and a cotton striped Farrell button-down shirt ($170). All the looks are available at ssense.

Mismo

Mismo was established in 2006 and was based out of Copenhagen. This fashion brand offers accessories for men on the go. Most of the label’s collection includes a wide range of travel bags, including chic backpacks, totes and briefcases, it also has a wide selection of wallets, tech cases and belts. The brand uses a premium, durable canvas and leather to craft all of its pieces. The brand’s simple offerings are made to last a long time and be durable. Some notable pieces of the brand are a utility tote ($635), the MS Sprint backpack ($721) and MS Weekend bag ($485).

Stutterheim

Stutterheim was launched back in 2010, making it the youngest brand on this list. Alexander Stutterheim found his grandfather’s 1960s-era fisherman’s raincoat at an abandoned family barn, which gave him the inspiration to launch an outerwear company. Within just a couple of years, the brand’s waterproof handmade coats and jackets caught the attention of Barneys New York, earned the praise of Kanye West and even led to a collaboration with Jay Z– now the collection is available globally. Last month, the brand launched the Stutterheim x Marni capsule collection in partnership with the playful Italian brand. The collection includes a number of colorful coats (from $790).

Lindeberg

Lindeberg is a brand based out of Stockholm that has a passion for putting stylish tailoring into active wear, and it does so without taking away from functionality. The label was founded around 20 years ago and is available today in over 900 stores across the world. J. Lindeberg offers a range of clothing from slim-cut velvet pants and wool mohair blazers to high-performance ski and golf outwear. Some of the brand’s most notable pieces are the Crillon 2L Down Jacket ($800), Mixed Hybrid Jacket ($295) and Paclite Pants ($375).

Nordstrom starts hiring for its men’s NYC flagship

Nordstrom, Inc. is set to hire around 250 employees for its first ever men’s store in Manhattan, which will open its doors on Broadway between West 57th and West 58th Street in April 2018.

The company is also set to open a New York City flagship store in 2019 at Central Park Tower. The retailer said that Cailin Caro will be the manager of the NYC men’s store, while longtime company member Chris Wanlass will take over as vice president of the Manhattan full-line store. Caro commented:

“This is an exciting and historic time to be a part of Nordstrom as we prepare to open our first full-line store in one of the best retail cities in the world. We’re building an empowered team of people focused on service and providing customers with an elevated experience that reflects the best of what we have to offer.”

To promote hiring, the retailer wrapped banners around the exterior of its men’s store with big signs stating, “Desperately Seeking Sock Svengali,” “Now Hiring: Sneaker Obsessives,” and “People People Wanted.” They are also recruiting online through social media placements.

“Nordstrom is a great place to build your career, something I’ve been fortunate to have experienced firsthand over the course of my 25 years with the company,” said Wanlass, adding that he and Caro are “committed to creating an environment that fosters career development and growth opportunities, not only within our Manhattan stores, but the company as a whole.”

Nordstrom has been listed as an employer of choice by Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to Work For (and has been on this list for more than 20 years); Human Rights Campaign’s Best Places to Work for LBGT Equality (for 13 consecutive years); Forbes’ Best Employers for Diversity 2017; and Business of Fashion’s The Best Companies to Work For in Fashion 2017.

Sales and support positions will be posted today, Wednesday Jan. 3, 2018. Anyone who is interested can visit careers.nordstrom.com to apply.

Zegna creates a line for the streetwear scene

At an event earlier this month at the Sheats-Goldstein Residence in Beverly Hills, the company launched a line of tailored sportswear essentials called the Ermenegildo Zegna Couture XXX Collection. Unlike any other collection launch, Benjamin Millepied staged a modern dance performance that was inspired by the collection in which the dancers wore pieces from the actual collection.

This new collection from Ermenegildo Zegna, which is a company mostly known for its high-end tailoring, is trying to bring couture-level crafts to a range of casual wear. It is also trying to create some new silhouettes, the most notable being a tuxedo that mixes traditional jackets with tailored joggers. The collection will be available in Los Angeles and New York, then globally, on Feb. 8. Some other pieces from the collection include outerwear, denim, t-shirts and sweatshirts.

Esquire.com spoke with Sartori about the collection in an interview:

“First of all, I wanted to explore the idea of different constructions and different fabrics and fabrications. We included knitted fabrics and non-classic regular woven fabrics. And a lot of jersey too, all with a lot of special construction.”

All the pieces from this new collection are made from eco-friendly materials including cotton, recycled polyester and technical silk fabrics.

“Although everything is deconstructed and unlined, at the same time, we wanted cooling fabrics. So, the idea was to combine what was classic with what was comfortable and cool. It’s a new generation of light products, which is why we used dance, and specifically this type of modern dance, as inspiration.”

 

What men wanted to wear in 2017, according to Lyst

With the start of a new year and the ending of the old one, it’s best to know what was a growing trend and what wasn’t. luckily for us, global fashion search company Lyst has gone through its data over the course of the past year to find out what exactly men were looking for in 2017.

At first, Lyst noticed that outwear brands, such as Patagonia and The North Face, received a huge spike in popularity and ranked among the top five most desired men’s labels worldwide. Top luxury fashion brands such as Balenciaga, Gucci and Vetements have all increased their number of searches as well.

Streetwear brands continued their increased involvement in the fashion world during 2017, with skate labels growing the most. Skate labels received a 304 percent increase in searches over the course of the year. Palace took one of the top three fastest growing menswear label spots, proving that streetwear brands are here to stay.

In the pants category, the United States as a whole went to a straight-leg silhouette. All over the world, consumers kept up with their sweatpants, thanks to none other than YEEZY, Champion and Supreme, all of which have also increased their growth in searches by 104 percent.

It is a good bet to say that Canadian artist Drake has brought back the trend of cargo pants and even helped increase the success of Stone Island with the help of John Mayer. Drake wore a pair of cargo pants back in March which led to Stone Island being searched 12,000 times. Both Drake and John Mayer are huge fans of the color pink, which was the color with the most movement.

The last biggest trend in 2017 consisted of the sneaker collaborations. Every two seconds, someone was searching the site for a collaborative shoe. Among the top searched was Virgil Abloh x Nike, Vans x Fear of God and Raf Simons x Adidas.

Apple fought a fashion company called “Steve Jobs” and lost

When the name Steve Jobs comes to mind, most people think of the founder of the massive technology company Apple. Steve Jobs Inc. is a completely different entity.

Steve Jobs Inc. is a fashion brand (and aspiring electronics company) based out of Italy. The company registered the trademark under the name “Steve Jobs” with the European Union’s Office for harmonization in the Internal Market back in 2012. The brand has a registered logo that consists of a “J” that looks like it has a bite taken out of it with a single, angled leaf at the top. This logo is similar to Apple’s.

Apple tried to fight the trademark application, but Business Insider Italia reported that the massive tech company lost. The fight ended back in 2014, according to Vincenzo and Giacomo Barbato, the brothers who both founded Steve Jobs, the company. The brothers wanted to wait until after they extended their trademarks around the world and were free to use them before they announced this battle, the Telegraph reported.

The company is solely focused on fashion– especially denim– for the time being. Their social media pages show off Steve Jobs jeans and a Steve Jobs bag made from denim. The brothers told Business Insider Italia that they created the brand in hopes of becoming an electronic label.

“Clothing and design are the industries in which we worked, but electronics have always been the goal of the Steve Jobs brand,” the brothers explained.

The brothers are fully aware of the problems they could stir up with Apple: “Imagine devices marked with the name Steve Jobs with Android as an operating system.”

Apple’s conflict with them was never the name but the logo they trademarked.  However, the court ruled that the letter “J” isn’t edible and sided with the brothers, allowing them to use their logo.