Condé Nast International debuts Vogue Business
An unexpected addition in their restructuring plans, Condé Nast International unveiled this week its version of informative, business digital publication with Vogue Business. In her first editor’s letter, former editor-in-chief of Fashionista and inaugural chief editor Lauren Indivk detailed plans to draw on Condé’s vast network of journalists and Vogue Business autonomous editorial team to deliver succinct, hard-hitting newsletters. Peter Saville, Apple’s Angela Ahrendts and Kerby Jean-Raymond are first up for the new site as introspective subjects.
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“I was the first martyr in fashion because I talked about race,” Kerby Jean-Raymond, founder and creative director of US label Pyer Moss, told Vogue Business. Today, his brand of socially conscious fashion is basking in critical acclaim – though he’s learned that commercial stability doesn’t necessarily come with that. “I’ve got to be realistic – our cachet is still growing, there’s a lot of people who know the brand now, but how many of them are true customers?” he says. “If I’m going to expand the business, it has to be because the demand has exceeded the supply – it’s not there yet.” #voguebusinessprofiles
Frances Grill of Click Models has passed away
Sadly, Frances Grill, who founded Click Model Management in 1980, has passed away at the age of 90. Click drove inclusivity during a time when there was little, driven by Grill’s vision and passion. Her death was confirmed by her son, Joey Grill, as reported by the New York Times. Both Joey and Frances’ daughter Stephanie work at the agency, where she continued to work until her last year. Early on Frances managed a diverse and prominent cast of groundbreaking models and figures such as Gail O’Neill, Teri Toye, Attila Von Somogyi and Isabella Rossellini. In a statement to the Times, Rossellini wrote, “Frances and her Click was more than an agency to me,” continuing, “She was my mentor who taught me about work ethics.” Click posted a statement on their Instagram account that read, “Last night the world lost our fearless leader and founder of Click Models, Frances Grill. It was an honor to work with a true icon and visionary. We will forever remember and continue to be inspired by her.” [The New York Times]
Iris Apfel, 97, is now repped by IMG
The 97-year-old interior designer and fashion icon, Iris Apfel, is now represented by IMG, making the modeling agency her first ever representation. The ever-busy, always-inspirational Apfel created her own textile company in 1950 called Old World Weavers with her late husband. Since then she has become a living legend, with numerous exhibitions, books and a documentary called “Iris.” She even had her clothes displayed at the MET in an exhibition called “Rara Avis (Rare Bird): The Irreverent Iris Apfel”. Iris told WWD, “I’m a do-it-yourself girl. I never expected my life would take this turn so I never prepared for it. It all just happened so suddenly, and I thought at my tender age, I’m not going to set up offices and get involved with all kinds of things. I thought it was a flash in the pan, and it’s not going to last. Somehow, people found me. People would just call. Tommy Hilfiger said that was no way to do it, and he put us together. I’m very excited and very grateful.” [WWD]
Ex-Courréges designers revive their brand Coperni
In 2015, during the LVMH Young Designer Prize, the design duo who ran the brand Coperni Femme, had announced their withdrawal from the competition as Courrèges made the announcement that Sébastien Meyer and Arnaud Valiant would be the brand’s new artistic directors––Coperni would go on hiatus. Flash forward to 2019, and with Meyer and Valiant no longer at Courréges they have announced the relaunch of the brand but with a unisex twist (and without the Femme label). The pair told Vogue, “We’re trying to find a good mix between something techno and something chic. If it’s new in the shape or the fabric, it’s always wearable.” [Vogue]
Zara Unveils a New Fabien Baron Designed Logo
New year, new logo for high street mega brand Zara. Its newest campaign, rumored to be shot again by Steven Meisel, is set to be released soon but the line has already tested out their new Fabien Baron trademark on social media. Take that sans serif sheep!
Half of our Rankings Board is in Hot Water Over Fyre Festival
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, the two subsequent documentaries on Hulu and Netflix blew the lid off the Fyre Festival scam controversy a few weeks ago. Due to founder Billy McFarland lack of financial disclosure, a judge on Monday signed off on subpoenas to several people who did receive funds from the manic event. Models Kendall Jenner, Elsa Hosk, Bella Hadid, and Emily Ratajkowski are thought to be amongst the list that helped publicize the festival in 2017 via social media. McFarland, who pleaded guilty to fraud and is currently serving a six-year prison term, is said to have scammed investors and customers out of a staggering $26 million. [WWD]
Porter Founding EIC is Leaving
After 6 and a half years at Net-A-Porter, Porter Magazine editor-in-chief Lucy Yeomans announced her departure this week. According to Busines of Fashion, “Sarah Bailey will become Porter’s acting editor-in-chief following the departure of Yeomans, who was also Net-a-Porter’s global content director, overseeing digital editorial products alongside print.”She celebrates her legacy with a five-year anniversary cover featuring the one who started it all, Gisele Bundchen, on newsstands February 7th.