Dec
 08
 2017



Christopher

Happy Friday, ,

Today's rundown of the fashion industry's top news stories spotlights the annual Art Basel scene, 2018's just announced Color of the Year and staff changes at Coach and Condé Nast. Enjoy the read and have a wonderful weekend. Best, Christopher



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Meet me in Miami. The Miami Beach edition of Art Basel, which is currently taking place until Sunday, has once again drawn a fashion pack that is eager to piggyback on the buzz generated by the annual art fair. Just a few of the participating style names include Gucci which hosted a glam party to celebrate its collaboration with Artsy's "Artists for Gender Equality" video series, Public School, MCM, COS, Patricia Field, Van Cleef & Arpels (which has opened a new boutique there) and three Swiss watch brands.


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Hyped hue. A deep purple called Ultra Violet is the Pantone Color Institute's new Color of The Year. Called optimistic and empowering, the more blue than red shade of purple (Pantone number 18-3838) unseats 2017's choice, Greenery. It has recently appeared in the collection color palettes of Alberta Ferretti, Marni and Kenzo.





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New Coach drivers. Coach has named new presidents of its European and North American business divisions. Fredrik Malm, the current president of EMEA sales at Ralph Lauren, will assume the role of president of Coach Europe and Coach International while Laura Dubin-Wander, who now serves as president of Givenchy's US market, will be the accessories brand's president of North America. The changes take effect in 2018 and both execs will report to Coach's CEO and president Joshua Schulman.



Leaving Lezard. Struggling German premium fashion company René Lezard announced (in German; paywall) the exit of its CEO Heinz Hackl. In the middle of a restructuring process for six months now the company also appointed (in German) Bernd Kowalewski as new CFO. Kowalewski comes from German airline Lufthansa.



Condé continues cutbacks... Publishing giant Condé Nast is probably downsizing its editorial headcount yet again. Sources say it is looking to merge the now separate fashion-market editor positions at Vanity Fair, Glamour and W into a single one and will make staff reductions as a result. The news comes just days after the company announced that Jim Moore, the longtime creative director of GQ, is stepping down after almost 40 years with the men's title.



...and Zoe Report makes some too. Serving as additional evidence that struggles in the media sector are not strictly limited to print, The Zoe Report, the fashion website that began as a newsletter by renowned stylist/designer Rachel Zoe in 2009, has let go most of its full-time editorial team and will rely strictly on freelance submissions going forward. The site retained its editorial director and social media team however.



Rocket Man. Buzz Aldrin, the 87-year-old veteran astronaut who was the second person to walk on the moon, has launched a limited-edition "Mission to Mars" capsule collection with NYC-based accessories label Sprayground. The five-piece drop includes a backpack, cap, gloves, parka and a solar panel backpack that all sport colorful patches. Aldrin made his Fashion Week debut last February when he walked the runway in the Nick Graham show.



Isaac is everywhere. Although he no longer labors in the fashion world, designer Isaac Mizrahi has hardly left the limelight thanks to numerous recent new projects. He is working on his autobiography (paywall), serves as a commentator about classic fashion movies on the streaming service Filmstruck and has a successful cabaret act. He recently admitted that he "really didn't care that much" about how people looked when he had his own womenswear line.







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