By Stella McCartney’s introduction of menswear range into the fashion industry’s response to Trump’s win, these are the very best international fashion news stories of this week.
Stella McCartney Debuts Menswear Collection
In February it was first reported that Stella McCartney had a potential menswear line in the functions. Since that time, fashion fans everywhere (gents in particular) have collaborated with bated breath to see what the much-loved designer could produce. While the recent Paris Fashion Week given the first glimpse into what to expect from the collection (McCartney’s husband, Alasdhair Willis, wore one of her designs in the newest Spring/Summer series), fans and shoppers have remained eager for more. This week, that wait brought to a close as Stella McCartney officially surfaced her first-ever menswear collection.
The debut took the form of a party at London’s iconic Abbey Road Studios (a place the McCartney family know very well!) . Additionally a presentation of this brand’s Spring 2017 women’s range, the celebratory occasion turned out to be a star-studded event. Celebrities like Orlando Bloom, Kate Moss, Beth Ditto and Salma Hayek were in attendance on the night.
As for the collection itself, the label delivered sharp tailoring spliced with unique knitwear, lots of motto pieces, and bold prints and layouts.
Participants and Non-Members Only! The first look at our debut Menswear series, LIVE NOW at @AbbeyRoadStudios. #StellaXAbbeyRd #MNMO
Sophia Amoruso’s Nasty Gal Files for Bankruptcy
Ten years after Sophia Amoruso launched Nasty Gal, the American style retailer has filed for bankruptcy. On Wednesday, the company petitioned a Californian court seeking Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. The move follows on from current challenges for the firm, including the layoff of 10 percent of its employees in February and a series of offenses surrounding wrongful termination, discrimination and a “toxic” work atmosphere.
In addition to the business filing for bankruptcy, reports also say that Amoruso will step down from her position as executive chairwoman. The #GirlBoss took on the role this past year after stepping down as CEO and has since published another book and made this year’s Forbes list of America’s richest self-made ladies.
“Our choice to initiate a court-supervised restructuring will enable us to address our immediate liquidity issues, restructure our balance sheet, and fix structural issues including reducing our high occupancy costs and restoring compliance with our debt covenants,” said Sheree Waterson, Nasty Gal’s current CEO. “We hope to keep our high level of customer support and emerge stronger and better able to deliver the merchandise and expertise which our customers expect and that we take pride in bringing to market.”
Do you understand what takes guts? Getting up on a stage facing nearly 1000 women less than 24 hours after your business files for bankruptcy. Thank you @sophiaamoruso — for being really real, for being exposed and also for showing us what a #girlboss truly is. #businesschicks #sophiaamoruso #nastygalaxy #nastygal
Lady Gaga Reportedly Set to Play Donatella Versace
Since it had been announced that season three of American Crime Story would center on the murder of Gianni Versace, everybody has been wondering who’ll be cast in the main roles. This week, the casting of a main role may have been revealed. According to reports, FX has selected singer and actress, Lady Gaga to celebrity as Gianni’s sister, Donatella Versace. After the passing of the late fashion designer in 1997, Donatella took over the Versace label, getting creative director. Today, Donatella nevertheless helms the brand and has become close friends with many celebrities, such as Lady Gaga.
The 10-episode season will follow on from the highly successful first season, titled ‘The People v. O.J. Simpson’ and the upcoming second season, focusing on the aftermath of Hurrican Katrina. The show, which is likewise an anthology collection, has ties to American Horror Story that can grow if American Crime Story casts Gaga as well.
Gaga’s function in the series is yet to be supported by FX. Likewise, all other castings for the series remain a mystery. This includes who will be selected to play with the legendary, Gianni Versace, himself.
In accordance with @usweekly, @ladygaga will play with Donatella in an upcoming period of American Crime Story #ladygaga #donatellaversace
Net-a-Porter Shows Collaboration with Reformation
Net-a-Porter has teamed up with cult-favourite, L.A. tag, Reformation to launch a unique capsule collection. Comprising of 21 bits, the collection, which is now available for purchase, is sold exclusively through Net-a-Porter. Featuring lots of chic, party appearances, the collection has dropped just in time for the upcoming holiday season. From stunning silk, slip dresses to sleek jumpsuits and womanly wrap dresses, the collaboration is sure to have you covered for every event.
Along with looking good, Reformation can be a brand doing good. The label consciously creates its garments with sustainable fabrics while “incorporating better practices during its supply chain to produce beautiful styles at a fraction of the environmental effect of conventional fashion.”
JOIN THE REFORMATION: The coveted LA tag is coming shortly to NET-A-PORTER using a capsule of pieces perfect for the party season beforehand. Be the first to view and keep that the exclusive #ReformationxNETAPORTER collection coming November 11. Search @reformation to sign up today at #NETAPORTER #SeeitBuyitLoveit
Fashion Industry Reacts to Trump’s Win
This week, not just the whole of America waited with anxious anticipation to see who’d eventually become the nation’s next president, most of the world did. Following on from a captivating and emotionally-charged campaign period, citizens took to the polls to cast their votes at the 2016 election. Votes were subsequently counted and it was declared, to much surprise, that Donald Trump had beaten Hilary Clinton to become President-elect.
The dramatic upset has caused many frustrated and ferocious Clinton supporters to voice out their insecurities and doubts. Included amongst those voicing their opinions in the aftermath of the election, are crucial members of the fashion industry. While some had clear concerns and were definitely upset, others seemed in disbelief and shock. A select few, however, have attempted to stay positive and calm during this tumultuous time.
See some of the responses from well-known names below.
Someone’s quite happy this morning
#Mood after watching Hillary’s concession speech. How can I go on with my company today? Will cancel appointments, get lunch, get eye brow threading, Botox top up and shop or Web A Porter to make the pain go away.
Today is the first day of the rest of our lives ! The future will be ours to build ! Think in good ! Love Diane
Wednesday 9th November 2016