Former BHS boss Darren Topp joins LK Bennett as CEO | News | Drapers. He replaces interim CEO Robert Bensoussan, who will stay on as a non-executive director. The premium womenswear retailer has also appointed former BHS financial adviser Michael Hitchcock as CFO, succeeding Alison Egan. Both are joining this week. Bensoussan said: “Having been an investor in LK Bennett since 2008, and having spent the last two years as interim CEO, now is the right time for me to step back into a non-executive role.” Prior to joining BHS, Topp spent over twenty years at Marks & Spencer in a variety of leadership positions, including as divisional executive, head of HR and regional and store manager roles.
Hitchcock was previously CFO at Beales and Moss Bros. A source close to the situation said: “[LK Bennett] is a great brand and it should be doing much better than it has been doing. “There are probably too many stores in the UK which may have to be evaluated, but there are big opportunities online and in other areas.” Jane Shepherdson leaves Whistles | News | Drapers. Raf Simons. Ashley Williams. Ashley Williams’ designs aren’t for wallflowers. ‘BAD MOOD’, ‘PLASTIC SURGERY’ and ‘LAST CHANCE TO ESCAPE PLANET EARTH’ are just some of the tongue-in-cheek slogans emblazoned across her pieces – created with a little help from fashion’s favourite graphic designer, Fergus Purcell.
The London-based Williams has been championing 80s and 90s subcultures (along with all things kitsch) since her first collection in 2013, helping to define a look that’s sort of a mainstay now – one where fur, PVC, graphics and a healthy dose of sparkle come together in a ‘so wrong it’s right’ tribute to twisted girlhood. Then there are her references – from Elvis-crazed Americana to real-life doomsday cults. “Spending time really seeking something out, and the reward of being inspired by what I found, feels more gratifying,” she says of taking her research offline.
“But change is inevitable, bad and good. Ian Connor. As a stylist, model, influencer and Raf Simons enthusiast, 23-year-old Ian Connor is a creative polymath of the post-internet generation. Adopted by the A$AP Mob in his late-teens, the New Jersey native has been honing his refined fashion eye for the past couple of years, styling celebrities and rappers like Kylie Jenner and Wiz Khalifa. In addition to his styling, Connor was seen modelling for friend Kanye West’s Yeezy shows, garnering attention for casually smoking a cigarette as he swaggered down the catwalk.
More recently, he stormed Off-White’s AW16 runway to congratulate the brand’s designer Virgil Abloh, West’s creative director and a close friend of Connor, as he took his bow. But his influence extends beyond the realms of fashion. The multi-tasker also manages viral Atlanta rapper Playboi Carti, and is constantly seen supporting other creatives and musicians such as John Ross and Lil Yachty. Text Ava Nirui. Bella Hadid. Bella Hadid belongs to a new breed of supermodel. Like Cara Delevingne, Kendall Jenner and her sister Gigi before her, the Los Angeles native manages to straddle the roles of paparazzi magnet, social-media mogul and high fashion muse simultaneously – and with apparent ease. The daughter of former model and Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Yolanda Foster and Jordanian-American real estate developer Mohamed Hadid, Bella grew up around the same LA cliques as the Kardashians. Following the 19-year-old’s signing to IMG Model Management (the same agency that represents her sister) in August 2014, Hadid experienced a rapid rise to success, showcasing her adaptability as a model in advertising campaigns for Balmain and Topshop, walking runway shows for Moschino and Marc Jacobs, and landing multiple magazine covers – as well as featuring in The Weeknd’s BRTHR-shot video for “In the Night”.
Text Ted Stansfield. Lily-Rose Depp. Like the flame emojis that adorn her Instagram comments, a generation’s @lilyrose_depp obsession is set to explode in 2016. But not only is the 16-year-old daughter of Vanessa Paradis and Johnny Depp totally in control (she limits herself to one social media channel, her Instagram, and has done limited press), she’s also outstandingly unfazed by the noise. Instead, Depp prefers to let her acting chops do the talking, with three films on the way this year, including a starring role in supernatural period drama Planetarium alongside Natalie Portman, and a turn as a dance prodigy in Stéphanie Di Giusto’s The Dancer.
Up first, she’ll be channelling her inner Daria Morgendorffer in Kevin Smith’s Yoga Hosers, a role that sees her bring Clerks up to speed with the sardonic millennial humour of her generation. Refreshingly, Depp isn’t set to become a Kardashian-klone any time soon. Text Claire Marie Healy. Tavi Gevinson. “While I’m happy to talk about feminism and I’m happy that I’m a girl, I do sometimes feel like, ‘Why does everything I do have to be viewed through a lens of feminist or not?’” In practice, pigeonholing writer, publishing mogul and actress Tavi Gevinson just doesn’t work. The 19-year-old widens the lens through which we understand and celebrate girls – most notably through online teen mag Rookie (now in its fifth year), and most recently through acting roles on Broadway (This is Our Youth) and on screen (Enough Said). In a landscape of clickbait ‘feminism’ (“I feel wary of an obsession with celebrity culture masquerading as activism or as conversation or action,” she told Vanity Fair last year), Rookie still stands as an important space for belonging and fearlessness, where engagement with topics such as friendship and self-love are framed around connecting girls rather than getting likes.
In fact, it’s this community that’s allowing a girl’s-eye-view on the world to finally be heard. How Kim Kardashian Is Changing the Fashion Industry. Tommy Hilfiger Hasn't Been Cool in Years. Is a Supermodel the Fix? | News & Analysis | BoF. NEW YORK, United States — The moment the super-famous began filing onto Pier 16 at New York's South Street Seaport on Friday, it was obvious Tommy Hilfiger's fall fashion show was about so much more than the clothes — if it were even about the clothes at all.
Bulbs flashed early as Taylor Swift and her supermodel squad member Martha Hunt glided to their seats, perching next to Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton. Kardashian matriarch Kris Jenner followed. The producers cranked up the lights and music, and Gigi Hadid came out blazing in a navy-and-white jacket and leather pants. Spectators jostled, craning for a good Instagram angle. If the idea was to attract attention, it worked. The extravaganza was part of a hype train meant to woo younger shoppers and imbue the Hilfiger name with the coolness it once enjoyed. For Friday's show, the label, owned by Calvin Klein and Izod parent PVH Corp., had built a carnival on the pier.
This was no mere launch party for a new line. What will Alexa Chung's fashion line look like? | Fashion. Alexa Chung will launch a fashion line called Alexachung in May 2017. In a statement, the 32-year-old – with typical kook – commented: “With this first collection, I aim not only to delight your eyeballs but to furnish your wardrobe with all of your soon-to-be favourite pieces.” The truth is, she’s probably on to something. Chung has, arguably, become one of the biggest influencers on what young women wear over the past decade.
Her own line follows a series of collaborations with other brands including Madewell and Eyeko, drawing on her own personal style. After AG Jeans last year, Chung curated an Archive collection for Marks & Spencer in April. Using her taste – retro chic filtered with an arched eyebrow – she took the wholesome staples from M&S over the years and made them appealing again for millennials. After a career as a model and TV presenter, Chung has found a niche mining her personal style and selling it back as new product. Denim cut-offs Piecrust collar Waxed jacket Loafers. The Most Influential People in Fashion -- New York Magazine. Anna WintourEditor-in-chief, VogueVogue, c’est moi. No fashion figure has ever played her power as strongly and cannily as the feared, respected, sharply intelligent Wintour. She can make a fledgling’s career in a single phone call (designers from John Galliano to Zac Posen owe her a debt of gratitude), anoint the next society muse (Lauren duPont, Jessica Joffe), and raise millions for her favorite causes ($26 million for the Met’s Costume Institute in the past eleven years, $14 million for various AIDS charities).
And let’s not forget her burgeoning empire (Teen Vogue, Men’s Vogue, Vogue Living). Even paint-wielding peta activists and a whiny roman à clef can’t touch her. In fact, she’s been an inadvertent boon to the publishing industry, since The Devil Wears Prada spawned its own subgenre of chick lit. Peter MarinoArchitect The premier set designer for the luxury-shopping experience, ever since he did Barneys’ uptown flagship back in 1992. Olivier Rousteing on Rihanna, Kim Kardashian and the Balmain army | Fashion. A gorgeous July day in Paris, the haute couture shows are in full swing and the Four Seasons hotel is in glamour lockdown. A motorcade of buffed, black, presidential-scale cars lines the kerb outside its street entrance, currently occupied by two women in red-carpet hair and makeup who have paused at the exit for a prolonged session with a selfie stick.
Inside, a chandelier the size of a meteorite twinkles above a vast expanse of black and white marble floor, the airy space punctuated by urns crowded with triffid-sized white gladioli, reed slender and supermodel height. In other words, the scene is perfectly set for the entrance of Olivier Rousteing, Balmain’s creative director and Paris fashion’s most glamorous frontman. Except, of course, he isn’t here yet, because I am 10 minutes early and he – like any self-respecting rock star – will be 20 minutes late.
And then here he is. He is ridiculously good-looking. The Balmain aesthetic is tight, bright and leggy. Haters? He works at this. Adwoa Aboah. “These are the contradictions we see every day, where we see advocates for healthy body standards also advocating unnatural ones.” So reads the caption on an Instagram post by model Adwoa Aboah, critiquing a photo of three members of the Kardashian clan in waist trainers. Whether posing next to a neon light sculpture of a woman fingering herself, or posting inspiring quotes by academic bell hooks and author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, London-born Aboah is using her Instagram account Gurls Talk to empower and encourage girls to be open about their feelings.
The project was inspired by her struggle towards sobriety a few years ago, and the silent ‘everything is fine’ facade she felt pressured to maintain. “When you talk, you realize that the pains and worries you feel are universal; you no longer feel alone in your sadness”, says Aboah, “You relate and find comfort in the fact that there are other women going through the same things as you are.” Miley Cyrus Thinks the Red Carpet Is Sexist. Tomorrow evening, the 68th Emmy Awards will be broadcast from Los Angeles, where Keri Russell will be a contender for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for her role in The Americans—her first-ever Emmy nomination. Russell’s costar and real-life love, Matthew Rhys, is also a contender in the actor category. Because the FX series has been largely overlooked for three seasons running, the couple—who earlier this summer welcomed their son, Sam—didn’t even bother tuning into the live nominations announcement.
“You just think if it hasn’t happened yet, it’s probably never going to happen,” Russell said in August. The subsequent celebration at their summer home in Woodstock, New York, included a pair of Pacíficos and a cheese quesadilla (“Because we’re classy”). Ahead of tomorrow night’s awards, here are five things you may not have known about the artist formerly known as Felicity. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Ashley Williams pays tribute to cult icon River Phoenix. If you’d been feeling sleepy towards the end of the first day of London Fashion Week yesterday, Ashley Williams’ show had enough energy to jolt you out of a coma.
Inspired by her longterm love – the late, great River Phoenix – the designer’s SS17 show was staged in a replica of a teenage girl’s bedroom and saw a stellar cast take to the catwalk. Here’s your five-point guide to what went down at the show. The ephemera of tween bedrooms was scattered across the catwalk, a mixture of the trappings of girlhood (dolls, lollypops, the colour pink) with items which winked towards more teenage years (empty vodka bottles, fag butts and KY Jelly). There was a bed, bookcase (complete with Madonna CDs) and even a bathroom sink, which one model positioned herself in front of for the duration of the show, gazing in a mirror as she chopped haphazardly at her own hair. Others sat around in teen-ennui mode, while another moved around the catwalk filming models as they walked out.
London's female designers shaping the industry: part one. Hannah Weiland, Shrimps Why do you think London is a hotbed for female talent? I think girls can give other girls the confidence they need to go out there and do it. What advice would you give young girls hoping to follow in your footsteps? To trust your gut and don't be scared of failure. Molly Goddard Which woman in fashion has been most instrumental in your career? Ashley Williams Why is London a hotbed for female talent? Pam Hogg London's female designers… rock because the city still has the best energy for innovative design. Credits Photography and artwork Quentin Jones Hair Kei Terada using Bumble and bumble at Julian Watson Agency. Gigi-hadid-for-tommy-hilfiger-collection-pictures. Form an orderly queue, the Tommy x Gigi collection went on sale today on Zalando, tommy.com, Tommy Hilfiger stores and at select department stores.
The collection will be celebrated with a funfair-style show at New York Fashion Week on September 9 (catch it live on tommy.com). On 15/08/16 we wrote:Gigi Hadid’s designer debut is coming – her TommyxGigi collection, created in collaboration with Tommy Hilfiger, is landing on 1st September and she’s already shared plenty of sneak previews with us on Instagram and Snapchat.
So what do we know so far? It’s nautical and military inspired, just like Tommy’s mainline AW16 collection, but it’s got a supermodel twist, naturally. Back in January, Gigi shared pictures of red, white and blue badges and patches shaped like stars and military awards. All images: Instagram / Tommy Hilfiger / Gigi Hadid The suspense is killing us but whatever the collection is set to look like, we have a feeling it’s going to be impressive. Good thinking, Tommy.