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Industry News – August 25th, 2016

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Curated fashion industry news links for Thursday, August 25th, 2016…

LA PERLA HAS A NEW CREATIVE DIRECTOR AND A SURPRISING NEW APPROACH TO READY-TO-WEAR – Vogue
“…La Perla, the luxury Italian intimates brand famed for its lacy little things, is expanding its ready-to-wear presence under a new creative director, Julia Haart—or so you’d think. Speaking with Haart on the phone in advance of the announcement, the designer explained that her intentions for the label go deeper than just capitalizing on the style trends of the moment.”

ABERCROMBIE & FITCH EXPANDING GLOBAL FOOTPRINT THROUGH WHOLESALE DEAL – RetailingToday
“The retailer on Wednesday announced a wholesale agreement with Zalando SE, a Germany-based online retailer that carries more than 150,000 styles from some 1,500 brands for women, men and kids and counts more than 18 million active customers. Beginning this week, Zalando will start selling Abercrombie & Fitch, Hollister and abercrombie kids products through its online stores in the 15 European markets it serves.”

SONIA RYKIEL, FASHION DESIGNER FOR THE ‘FRAGILE, BUT STRONG,’ DIES AT 86 – TheNewYorkTimes
“The death was announced by the Élysée Palace, the office of the French president, and by Ms. Rykiel’s daughter, Nathalie, the artistic director of the fashion house her mother began. The cause was complications of Parkinson’s disease.”

A KANYE WEST COLLABORATOR IS BRINGING TRASH-COLLECTOR UNIFORMS TO FASHION WEEK – TheCut
“In a first-time partnership with the New York City Department of Sanitation, Preston will show a unisex line of repurposed green and orange sanitation uniforms at Fashion Week, according to the New York Post. Titled “Uniform,” the collection will reportedly show on September 7 (the same day as Yeezy season four) at the Department of Sanitation’s Salt Shed on Spring Street. Donated clothing will be “up-cycled” with silk-screen patterns and patches, according to a press release.”

FRANCE’S BURKINI BAN BACKFIRES: NON-MUSLIM WOMEN SUIT UP – Pret-a-Reporter
“France’s recent burkini ban has triggered an international debate that reaches far beyond the beaches of Nice, Cannes and Corsica. The ban, which has so far been implemented in 15 towns in France, stemmed from politicians who claimed that the distinctive dress could incite violence, a sentiment that was particularly resonant after the July 14 jihadist attacks in Nice.”

NEW BALANCE COLLABORATES WITH REIGNING CHAMP FOR ‘GYM PACK’ – FootwearNews
“New Balance is renowned for its Made in USA sneakers, but its next collab has the Boston-based label teaming up with our neighbors from the north. Vancouver, British Columbia-based athletic apparel brand Reigning Champ is the latest label to team up with New Balance, choosing to use its acclaimed 530 silhouette for its “Gym Pack” collection.”

WHEN DID FASHION STOP CARING ABOUT CLOTHING? – TheFashionLaw
“These shows make for an experience, which makes a lot of sense, if kept in check. All we keep hearing about consumers – particularly millennials and those of Gen Z, the market’s future big spenders – is that they don’t want to buy stuff; they want to buy into an experience.”

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