Phew! We’ve been off for a week but that doesn’t mean that the news stopped rolling! Here’s more of what you missed…
Rick Genest, Zombie Boy, passed away
Rick Genest, the super-tattooed model, who was also known affectionately as “Zombie Boy”, passed away at 32 last Wednesday in Montreal. His death was confirmed Thursday of last week on his agency’s Facebook page, Dulcedo Management. At this time there is still speculation as to whether his death was suicide or accident. He was most known for appearing in Lady Gaga‘s “Born This Way” music video in 2011 but had also modeled for clients like Mugler.
Riccardo Tisci unveils a new Burberry logo
As hypebeasts wait with baited breath to see what Riccardo Tisci has in store for London Fashion Week, the Italian designer is already making swift changes to British heritage brand, Burberry. Last week fresh off a birthday celebration, he unveiled a new design motif and logo rebranding designed in collaboration with the British art director and graphic designer, Peter Saville. Saville, as you may recall, was also part of Calvin Klein’s rebranding last year with the appointment of Raf Simons. Who else wants a piece? [WWD]
Beyoncé Knowles covers the September issue of American Vogue
The industry expressed congratulations to photographer Tyler Mitchell who shot Beyoncé for the illustrious September issue of Vogue Magazine. The viral cover story unveiled Monday marks the first time that an African American photographer has ever shot a cover, let alone a September issue cover, for the magazine in its entire 125 year history. Check out our earlier Feed post on the landmark moment.
W Magazine is officially up for sale
A report from The Wall Street Journal confirm-confirms that Condé Nast’s W Magazine is for sale. The news is not a shock to most, who presumed it was only a matter of time, especially after Enninful’s move to British Vogue and an overall leaning-down of the media company. Also for sale is Brides and Golf Digest, which are all hoped to be sold by the end of the year. Chief Executive Bob Sauerberg outlined a plan to its staff on Wednesday, Wall Street reported, aiming for a $600 million revenue increase by 2022. WWD reported that Stefano Tonchi, W’s own editor in chief, is rumored to be probing a possible buy of the for-sale publication.
Peter Brant buys back Interview assets from himself in time for fall relaunch
Following through with news of its hasty relaunch, Interview Magazine is set to come back to life in the fall with Hari Nef as its alleged cover star, photographed by Inez and Vinoodh, WWD has reported. Essentially, Peter Brant’s Chapter 7 liquidation filing relaxes obligations to pay its debt, which in this case are $3.3 million. In a sort of closed-loop, Brant created a new holding company, Singleton LLC, that is buying for $1.5 million the needed assets to relaunch. The magnate is demanding the sale close by Aug. 31. [WWD]
Joanna Coles leaves Hearst
Hearst’s chief content officer since 2016 posted a video on her Instagram walking on her treadmill desk, saying “My route is being recalculated,” with “news” in the fall. The video serves as confirmation that she is indeed stepping out of the media company. The news comes not long after Troy Young was announced as the successor to senior vice president, David Carey. WWD quoted a Hearst spokeswoman who said of her exit, “She’s made the decision to start a new adventure, and we thank her for her creativity and many contributions and wish her the very best.” [WWD]
Telfar is crossing the pond to preview his new collection in London
Fresh off a CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund win and much talked about fashion week show last season, designer Telfar Clemens is spreading the sartorial wealth this summer by staging a special preview of his Spring 2019 collection tonight at the Serpentine Pavilion in London’s Hyde Park. Titled, Not for You, for Everyone, the preview will feature a special performance with South African creative duo, Fela Gucci and Desire Marea of Faka. Don’t worry though, Clemens’ is back in the Big Apple come this September for his regular showing for NYFW. [VOGUE]