For up to date happenings in the international and continental fashion scene, here is TheStyleHQ Fashion Weekly, brought to you by Noble Ezeala.
Condé Nast Set to Rework Style.com Into an International e-Commerce Site
In view of the $1.5trillion global e-commerce market, Condé Nast will turn fashion mecca, Style.com, into a global e-commerce site where many international brands will be retailed. Style.com, known for its up-to-date fashion news and runway coverage, will be migrated to a new url under the umbrella of American Vogue. No date has been revealed for the move but it will reportedly happen this Fall. For more, click here.
Opening Ceremony Welcomes Studio OneEightyNine
With eco-friendly, sustainable fashion on everyone’s mind, Opening Ceremony has opened its doors to Studio OneEightyNine. The label, a collaboration between Abrima Erwiah and Rosario Dawson, creates casual basics produced by artisans in Mali and Ghana. A fraction of every sale goes towards funding the One Billion Rising campaign: a campaign to end violence against women. For more, click here.
Prabal Gurung Appeals for Funds for Nepal Following Devastating Earthquake
This weekend, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit Kathmandu, and not long after the news traveled worldwide, Nepal-born fashion designer, Prabal Gurung, reached out to all his social media followers and press contacts to appeal for funds to aid the damaged city. In his emotional plea, he says, “The immediate need on the ground is for medical support, search and rescue, emergency shelters and food and water among many other things. As the days, weeks and months go by and after the humanitarian needs are addressed, Nepal will need to begin the healing and rebuilding process. The magnitude of the damage is still being assessed, but hundreds of buildings have collapsed including many homes and many of Nepal’s ancient and iconic temples and monuments.” For more, and to learn how to help, click here.
Matthew Williamson Closes London Flagship Store to Focus on e-Commerce
British designer, Matthew Williamson, announced that he will be closing down his London flagship on Bruton Street to focus on direct-to-consumer e-commerce and licensing. According to his spokesperson, the team will be relocating to a showroom in central London where customers can visit by appointment only. A reworked website will launch early next year that will offer free shipping worldwide and same-day delivery in London. The label’s Qatar location will remain open for business. For more, click here.
Apple Designers Open Condé Nast Luxury Conference
Apple’s top design duo, Sir Jonathan Ive and Marc Newson, opened the first ever Condé Nast International Luxury Conference in Florence. The pair joined Vogue’s International Editor, Suzy Menkes, to discuss the 21st Century definition of luxury and how Apple’s products now rival high market luxury goods. The conference focuses on connecting with younger luxury consumers to examine the ways technology is reshaping the fashion industry. For more, click here.
Stella McCartney Joins the #WhoMadeMyClothes Campaign for Fashion Revolution Day
She’s said no to leather, hell no to fur, and now, Stella McCartney is fighting for the ethical treatment of fashion workers in the industry. Last Friday, on Fashion Revolution Day (a day when you wear your clothes inside out in support of fashion workers’ welfare), the British fashion designer shared the above photo of her wearing a sweater from her label turned inside out on social media with the caption “Show your label and ask #whomademyclothes for Fashion Revolution Day.” For more, click here.
Donatella Versace Responds to Comments on Gianni Versace Made by Giorgio Armani
In Giorgio Armani’s recent interview with The Sunday Times Magazine, he recalled a conversation he supposedly had with the late Gianni Versace and quoted the late designer as saying, “I dress sluts, you dress church ladies.” Versace’s heir and sister, Donatella, released this statement shortly after the interview went public: “I find it extremely rude and tasteless that Mr. Armani has once again put words in to my brother’s mouth, especially because he is sadly no longer with us to reply. This is the second time that he claims this was said, the first time was immediately after his death and he apologized to me. When my brother spoke about fashion the only word that ever came from his mouth was glamour. What should be said about my brother is: may Gianni Versace rest in peace.” For more, click here.
Andreja Pejic Becomes First Transgender Model in History to Feature in a Vogue Editorial
As the world learns more about trans issues, thanks in part to Bruce Jenner’s revealing interview with Diane Sawyer, Vogue has featured its first ever transgender model in an editorial. Andreja Pejic, who already made a name for herself in the industry as the androgynous Andrej, is featured in the magazine’s latest issue in an editorial shot by Patrick Demarchelier. The 23-year old Serbian model has also been named as the face of Make Up Forever. For more, click here.
Wikileaks Email Reveals Sony’s Plans for Movie on the Life of Grace Coddington
An email sent in December 2013 between former Co-Chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment, Amy Pascal, and then Junior Creative Executive, Adam North, was released on Wikileaks and reveals plans to turn Grace Coddington’s fascinating life into a movie. In the email, North tries to arrange a meeting between Coddington and Pascal to have them discuss the possibility after reading her biography. See the email here.
Yoox Appoints Enrico Cavatorta as Chief Financial & Corporate Officer
As the Yoox Group’s Board of Directors has approved their merger with Net-a-Porter, the company has appointed Enrico Cavatorta as its Chief Financial & Corporate Officer, effective today. The fashion executive makes this move after spending 15 years at Luxottica where he ended up as co-CEO of Corporate Function until last year. He will take over matters of administration, finance and control, corporate development and investor relations, legal and corporate affairs, risk management and compliance, as well as general services. For more, click here.
Converse x Missoni
Fashion collaborations continue to rise as more brands collaborate with the shared goal of making major profits. The latest collaboration is between Converse and Italian fashion house, Missoni. The pair have released their Spring 2015 collection of shoes featuring prints which are easily identified as the label’s. The shoes will be available at select retailers. For more, click here.
Yves Saint Laurent Files Lawsuit Agaist What About Yves
Following the release of its parody tees back in 2013, Yves Saint Laurent has sued the founder of What About Yves, Jeanine Heller. The lawsuit was filed through Luxury Goods International, the company that owns YSL’s intellectual property rights. They are suing for copyright infringement, trademark dilution, false designation of origin, and unfair competition. For more, click here.