Kerby Jean-Raymond calls out BoF, Chanel’s runway crasher and more of the news you missed

Prankster Crashed the Chanel Show, Met Gigi Hadid
Monday, at the Chanel Spring/Summer 2020 show in Paris, a woman crashed the runway and was then intercepted by Gigi Hadid who escorted her off. The woman is Marie Benoliel, who also crashed the Etam show, and is a professional prankster. She told the New York Times, “We’re talking about clothing. It has to be joyful, it has to be funny, it has to make people happy. And I think nowadays fashion doesn’t make people happy. It makes people ridiculous and pretentious.” [NYT]

 

 

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Kering Names Kalpana Bagamane Denzel CDO
The luxury group Kering named Kalpana Bagamane Denzel its chief diversity inclusion and talent officer. Keying says her role, new at Kering, is “identifying and prioritizing initiatives to help create an environment that embraces and encourages diversity.” Her appointment follows moves at the brand level with Chanel, Gucci, Burberry, and Prada all setting up various initiatives and positions this year.

Mary Katrantzou Returns Home for Spring 2020
Greek-born designer Mary Katrantzou skipped her normal London Fashion Week time-slot in favor of the familiar with her first show ever in her homeland. The fashion month topper hosted at the famed Temple of Poseidon cast models like Kaila Wyatt, Cindy Bruna, Chunjie Liu, Lauren de Graaf and Leomie Anderson all in dresses scribed with interpretted symbols of Greek discovery whether it be astronomy, navigation, mathematics, or modern medicine. The massive event was a Greek meeting of the marketing minds; hosted in partnership with Bulgari, Ancient Greek Sandals and Aegean Airlines, the event marked a decade for Katrantzou’s East-London line.

 

 

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Kerby Jean-Raymond Calls out BoF 500
Pyer Moss designer Kerby Jean-Raymond took to Medium to lament about his disappointing experiences with media publication Business of Fashion, and namely editor-in-chief, Imran Amed. Describing the lack of organization for the annual BoF Voices and absence of solo discussions with black creatives, the offer and then rescinding of a cover for the latest Voices of Change issue, and general lack of acknowledgment during the gala in favor for advertising brands for an issue focused on ‘diversity and inclusion.’ “I think your brand is exploitative, you proved that it’s fueled by corporate interest and shitty business practices. I understand that you have to make money, we all are selling something, but dawg, not your soul. And not ours” Jean-Raymond writes. You can read Amed’s response here.

 

 

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Thom Browne Will Be Launching First Fragrances
Fresh off his latest showing in Paris for fashion week, Thom Browne announced plans that he’s unveiling unisex fragrances in the coming weeks. Created together with Swiss fragrance manufacturer, Givaudan, the six-line range will feature Millenial-friendly notes of vetiver and range from $200 to $250 at Thom Browne boutiques, thombrowne.com and Dover Street Market locations. [WWD]

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