Davidson Obennebo Wins Elite Model Look International 2016.
For the first time in the 33 years since Elite Model Look first launched, a Nigerian model has taken top honours. Nigeria’s Davidson Obennebo was named as the male winner of this year’s Elite Model Look International Competition held in Lisbon, Portugal. The 20-year old model won the Elite Model Look Nigeria competition in October. For more, click here.
Christian Louboutin’s New Collection Launches at Alara
Alara threw a grand cabaret-themed party for the launch of Christian Louboutin’s new collection. The black-tie invite-only party had performances by acrobats, violinists, while guest perused the new collection. For more, click here.
Nasty Gal Files for Bankruptcy
Following a long period of legal trouble, it has been announced that online retailer Nasty Gal has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. It has also been rumoured that Executive Chairman and author of ‘Girl Boss,’ Sophie Amoruso, may be resigning from her position. In a statement, the company’s CEO stated that the filing was to deal with immediate liquidity issues affecting the company. For more, click here.
Suno Closes Down
New York-based womenswear label Suno has ended its operations. The brand announced in a statement that its Cruise 2017 collection, which has been produced and shipped to retailers across the globe, will be its last collection. Suno was opened 8 years ago by Max Osterweis. For more, click here.
CR Fashion Book Signs Digital Partnership Deal with Hearst Publications
Founder and editor-in-chief of CR Fashion Book has just signed a digital partnership deal with Hearst Publications. Hearst will have authority to oversee the bi-annual print magazine’s digital distribution and advertising on the online publishing platform MediaOS. The deal will also allow Hearst to monetise CR Fashion Book’s digital and social media content and syndicate it across Hearst Magazines’ digital portfolio. For more, click here.
Tommy Hilfiger Voices Support for Dressing Melania Trump
While the fashion industry struggles to come to terms with Donald Trump’s election victory, there has been a lot of talk from designers about not dressing First Lady Melania Trump. Tommy Hilfiger has however taken the unpopular stance and has come out in favour of dressing the First Lady. He told WomensWearDaily: “I think Melania is a very beautiful woman and I think any designer should be proud to dress her…You’re not gonna get much more beautiful than Ivanka or Melania.” For more, click here.
Vera Wang to Receive Legion of Honour
American fashion designer Vera Wang is set to be honoured in France as a Chevalier of the National Order of the Legion of Honor. Gérard Araud, France’s ambassador to the United States and a longtime friend, will present the award at a luncheon, the place and time to be determined. The date of the award will coincide with her New York Fashion Week show and she would therefore skip the show and instead, present her new show online. For more, click here.
Topshop Staff to Strike on Cyber Monday Over Hourly Wage Dispute
Over half of the 200 workers at Topshop’s online distribution centre have announced that they will strike on Cyber Monday, one of the biggest shopping days in the year, due to a dispute over their hourly wages. They wanted to receive £8.45/hour, the amount set by the UK’s Living Wage Foundation, but are being paid the national minimum wage of £7.20/hour. The pay raise request was rejected by embattled Topshop CEO Phillip Greene. For more, click here.