Jan
 17
 2018



Christopher

Hello,

Today's edition of The Spin covers a wide range of topics from Kim Jones' just announced departure from Louis Vuitton, Karl Lagerfeld's latest design collaboration and another "oops" at Asos to what might be the making of a future episode of "The Crown" on Netflix several years from now. Enjoy the read, feel free to share it and have a wonderful Wednesday. Best, Christopher



people

Leaving LV. British designer Kim Jones, who has served as artistic director of Louis Vuitton's men's division since 2011, will officially exit from the brand at the end of his fall 2018 catwalk show during Paris Men's Fashion Week on Thursday. Although his successor has not been named and Jones has been mum thus far about his next step, industry rumors say that he might be headed to either Versace or Burberry to replace Donatella Versace or Christopher Bailey respectively.


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Karl x Kaia. Cindy Crawford's 16-year-old daughter Kaia Gerber continues to conquer the fashion world. In addition to being crowned the top new model last year, the well-favored wunderkind is now working with Karl Lagerfeld to design a capsule collection for his eponymous label. The assortment of apparel and accessories with a Parisian chic-meets-Los Angeles vibe will drop in September.





retail

Bankrupt Bon-Ton? Troubled US department-store company The Bon-Ton Stores Inc seems on the verge of officially declaring bankruptcy after announcing yesterday that it has entered into forbearance agreements with lenders after missing a $14 million loan payment. The company has not been profitable for six years and owes about $1.2 billion in debt so creditors are allegedly urging it make the filing.



Asphyxiating accessory? Etailer Asos has generated the ire of parents on social media for advertising a £45 "Hanger Latex Flame Choker" on the neck of a young female model. Calling the image and product "vile and offensive," many believe that the picture looks as if the girl has fashioned a noose from a belt and killed herself. While the item seems to have been removed from the website this is not the first time Asos' merchandise has been poorly received.





brands

Nike thinks pink. Forget "tennis whites" – a superbright pink has emerged as the hottest fashion color for shoes and apparel of the male tennis players currently competing in the Australian Open. And the reason for this trend is simple: Nike sponsorships. Sam Shipley, design director for NikeCourt, says he chose the bold shade to evoke a 1990s vibe and so that the players would stand out on small media screens.



Birthday card. In addition to launching a special capsule collection (in Italian) to mark its 50th anniversary this year, French label Sonia Rykiel has created a limited edition Valentine's Day-themed Love postage stamp for France's La Poste. The brand's artistic director Julie de Libran used its signature red, black and white stripes and hearts to create the graphic, which also references the company's half-century milestone with a "1968" at the bottom.





markets

End of an (eco) era. Vancouver, Canada's Eco Fashion Week has decided to pull the plug on itself. It was founded eight years ago, ran for a dozen seasons, produced spinoff events in Toronto and Seattle and spotlighted more than 160 sustainable designers over the course of its run. Its founder explained that it has not been "financially sustainable for a very long time."





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Toodle-oo, treasure chests. London-based lingerie brand Rigby & Peller has been stripped of its 57-year-old royal warrant to be the Queen's official corsetiere after its owner, June Kenton, published an autobiography called "Storm in a D-Cup" in which she shares tales about being the bra-fitter to the Queen, the Queen Mother and Princess Margaret, among others. Kenton says she is "very sad" about the situation but that she "can't fight with Buckingham Palace."







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