Sophie Koella insists you vote, best of Halloween, Coach goes to Shanghai and more news you missed

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Versace Merges Versus and Versace Jeans

In one of the first moves since being acquired by Michael Kors Holdings, Versace has announced plans to merge the diffusion line Versus with contemporary line, Versace Jeans, reported WWD. Jonathan Akeroyd, cheif executive officer, said, “Over the past few months, we have been looking at ways as to how we can simplify our business model and enable us to give a better focus and energy into our brand portfolio to ensure that we continue to be innovative and relevant in everything that we do.” The Versus line, started in 1989, was revived in 2009 after a 4-year break. [WWD]

Givenchy reinstalls its men’s show in Paris Men’s Fashion Week
Givenchy is holding a Paris Men’s Fashion Week presentation on January 16. The news, reported by WWD, marks the house’s move back to a dedicated collection showing for men’s ready-to-wear for the first time since Clare Waight Keller joined on as artistic director in 2017. It runs counter to the brands that have fully embraced co-ed shows, showing their menswear alongside womenswear. Givenchy told WWD, “Granting men’s wear a dedicated platform starting from January reflects the house’s support of Clare Waight Keller’s vision for the brand.” [WWD]

Jason Wu unveils plus-size collection with ELOQUII
Jason Wu revealed his plus-sized collection in collaboration with the retailer ELOQUII, which sells clothing sizes 14-18, news that is bound to excite buyers looking for sophisticated designs in inclusive sizes. Wu teased the holiday line on Instagram with images and video modeled by Paloma Elsesser.


How fashion dressed up for Halloween
Some things just go together: black and navy, Elon and Grimes–oh wait, but definitely Halloween and fashion do. It’s the one night of the year where Rick Owen’s seems sartorially way-too-chill. It makes sense models, who dress up for a living, love to embrace the night and transform themselves to the extreme. Models.com rounded up the most extra.

Coach Heads to Shanghai
The latest brand to head to the Far East, Coach announced this week plans to showcase their Pre-Fall collection in Shanghai. The event will be held on Dec. 8 and is intended to commemorate the brand’s 15th anniversary in China. In a statement to WWD, creative director Stuart Vevers commented, “Shanghai is one of the most vibrant, youthful and contemporary cities I have ever visited. It has a distinct energy that is inspiring and exciting — just like New York. I’m most looking forward to taking the spirit of the new Coach and the attitude and energy of New York to Shanghai to connect in an exciting and memorable way.”

Vogue Hong Kong is Coming
Also, news came from the East that Condé Nast plans to add to the worldwide roster with their 26th outpost, Vogue Hong Kong. The bilingual publication will roll out early 2019 and include both print and online editions. In a statement to WWD Jonathan Newhouse, chairman and chief executive officer of Condé Nast International spoke on the expansion, “We are delighted to launch Vogue in Hong Kong. This magical city has long been a magnet for shoppers and a center of taste and luxury in the heart of Greater China.”

Balmain Returns to Couture
After 16 years since the departure of Oscar de la Renta in 2002, Balmain announced this week their plans to revive their previously defunct couture line. Creative director Olivier Rousteing led the charge of his Balmain army disclosing the line’s imminent return in January. [WWD]

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