Just when the fashion world couldn’t imagine another departure of a high-profile designer in 2018, Raf Simons has stepped down from Calvin Klein as its Chief Creative Officer.
His exit is more than eight months ahead of the end of his contract and effective immediately.
Simons first joined the American brand in August 2016, when he was given the title of CCO. TheBelgian designer, as well known for his cult eponymous menswear label as his well-regarded stints at Jil Sander and Dior, was hyped to bring some European cool to New York Fashion Week.
It is reported that the relationship between Simons and the brand was irreparably fractured last month when the chief executive of PVH Corp., the corporation that owns Calvin Klein, apparently appeared to blame him for declining sales.
Despite being well-received within the industry — Simons was named Womenswear Designer of the Year at the CFDA Awards this year — both his 205W39NYC line and recent denim collection were called out by PVH chairman and chief executive Manny Chirico for their shortcomings, like being “too skewed toward the ‘high-fashion’ consumer.”
“Both parties have amicably decided to part ways after decided on a new brand direction which differs from Simons’s creative vision,” parent company PVH Corp. said in a statement.
As a result of Simons’ departure, Calvin Klein will not be showing on the February 2019 NYFW schedule.
No successor has been named, and it’s unclear what the next steps will be for either the brand or the designer, but the news of his departure is sure to send shockwaves through the industry.
J-Lo Shut Down Milan Fashion Week in Iconic Versace Dress
Remember back in 2000 when Jennifer Lopez wore a Versace dress to the Grammy Awards and the world lost its mind? So much so that former Google CEO Eric Schmidt revealed there were so many searches for photos of the dress it inspired the creation of Google Images?
Well, she’s done it again, walking a tribute of the dress down the runway to close out Versace’s Spring 2020 show at Milan Fashion Week, paying homage to the tech giant.
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At the end of the show, in what has become one of the most talked-about moments from fashion week, Donatella Versace’s voice filled the room asking Google’s Alexa to show her the green dress from J-Lo’s 2000 Grammy appearance. Then, Donatella asked to see the real thing. Cue J-Lo storming the runway to a standing ovation in a modern version of the gown that helped launch her to superstardom.
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For the Spring-Summer 2020 Collection, Versace honors an iconic moment when fashion and culture became a catalyst for technological progress. Passionate for constant innovation, Chief Creative Officer, @donatella_versace uses the latest technology – the Google Assistant – to call for @jlo wearing the Jungle dress on the runway, creating yet another unforgettable, Google-worthy Versace moment. #MFW #VersaceSS20
Footage of J-Lo strutting has been viewed more than two million times on social media.
As they say, classics always make a comeback.
Mary Jane Swim Will Keep You Cool, Even When It’s Hot
Founded by Diane Walker and Stacey Demar, Mary Jane Swim is a lifestyle apparel brand dedicated to normalizing cannabis. The two women founded their swimwear company, Sweenie Manufacturing in 2008, producing swimwear for other companies. After discovering the healing potential of cannabis for themselves, they decided to help change the perception of the plant for themselves and Maru Jane Swim was born.
We spoke to them about their fashion-forward styles, beautifully subtle cannabis prints and earth-friendly fabrics and production.
What inspired you to launch Mary Jane Swim?
The idea came about in late 2017 after our rediscovery of cannabis, specifically CBD for wellness, on a trip to Telluride, Colorado. We thought about how we could help destigmatize the plant in our own way.
Diane had been working in fashion and Stacey in fitness for many years, which organically led to the creation of Mary Jane Swim. It showcases both of our expertise and we focused on cannabis base printed apparel.
We launched a very small capsule “OG Kush “collection summer 2018 and just launched our full “Seven Leaflets “2019 SS line this past April which also includes activewear and accessories for both men and women.
What makes Mary Jane Swim unique in the marketplace?
Our focus is to bring elevated cannabis apparel to the market that has historically been promotional items. We have created a line that incorporates fashion-forward styles, beautifully subtle cannabis prints and earth-friendly fabrics and production.
Do you design the prints yourselves or do you source them?
Yes, we design each print ourselves inspired by current world trends and interpret them through the flower and leaf and our perspective.
How do you think Mary Jane Swim helps normalize the opinion of cannabis?
The more that the plant shows up in every day products, the more society starts to see it as a beautiful and beneficial plant and not as an evil gateway drug.
Any plans to develop a collection made from hemp and other more sustainable, eco-friendly products?
We have been researching hemp blends in both woven and knit bases for future products, as well as recycled fabrics.
You donate a portion of each sale to Athletes for Care. How did you become involved with them?
After using CBD daily for everyday use for wellness and pre/post workouts and realizing how powerful it is.
We came across their mission to help promote cannabis in sports and help alleviate the opioid crisis. A portion of the profits will be donated.
How do you want people to feel when wearing Mary Jane Swim?
Empowered and healthy.
What don’t you leave the house without?
CBD of course and a swimsuit!
You Can Now Literally Walk a Mile in Snoop’s Shoes
If you’re looking to pick up a fresh pair of slides or loafers this summer, Snoop Dogg has your back. The rap legend has partnered with luxury English footwear company Duke + Dexter to launch a limited-edition collaboration packed with his unique style baked in.
The Dogg Pack collection brings to life Snoop’s West Coast lifestyle with a fun pool-to-party theme. You can grab yourself a fresh pair of loafers, mules or slide style footwear with dice, cannabis leaf prints and even Snoop’s embroidered face.
“I wanted the collaboration to be sleek and stylish, like me,” Snoop told Forbes. “The design team helped me to put together shoes that represented my style and me. I do things differently; you know that. It was important that we created a first collection that had distinction, but also class. Real class no fakes shit.”
Launched in early June, the ultra-exclusive, limited-edition line is only 1000 pair deep, meaning that snagging a pair means you’re part of an incredibly exclusive club.
Lee Rogers, head of product at Duke + Dexter said via a statement, “I wanted to try to bring something new and fresh to the collaboration and products. Snoop is such a legend and the weight of doing this well was always in mind.
“I really wanted to find a quote/lyric that could help encapsulate what Duke + Dexter are as a brand and what Snoop represents, the lyric we decided to use ‘la di da di, we likes to party we don’t cause no trouble, we don’t bother nobody.’”
Snoop said the partnership came about after he posted a pair of their shoes he liked to his 34.2 million followers.
“They very smartly reached out to me and we started by creating some dope bespoke styles together, I grew my relationship with Archie and we started building a plan… the rest is history!” said the rapper.
While this ultra-exclusive line of footwear might be one of Snoop’s flashiest and newest business ventures, it’s far from his only one. Martha Stewart and Snoop are famously unlikely friends, even co-host a cooking show called “Martha & Snoop” together, he’s launched his very own cannabis strain and his “Leafs by Snoop” collaboration with Canadian cannabis giant Canopy Growth.
When asked why his fans should try out a pair of Duke + Dexter’s ultra-exclusive footwear line, Snoop said the quality of the brand was the selling point.
“D+D do things differently — they classy, they real,” said Snoop. “There’s so much fake shit out there nowadays, so many copycats. I only admire brands like this, brands who create their own, truly original stories and unique identities.”
If you can’t snag a pair of Duke + Dexter’s line, you can pick up a micro-suede house shoe, two luxury slide-in slippers and baby dogg slippers, all perfect for sipping a gin and juice wherever you might be.
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