NYFW is Almost Here, 50 models for Change, Jacquemus’ New Book, and more of the news you missed

Simon Porte Jacquemus to Release Photo Book
Master marketer Simon Porte Jacquemus will release his second photo book for his eponymous line Jacquemus next week on September 1st. The book titled Images will feature eye-catching inspiration iPhone photos representative of how he views colors and composition. [CR FASHION]

Governor Cuomo Gives NYFW Green Light
Details such as who is showing, how, and when still remain a mystery but one thing is for sure: New York Fashion Week is going ahead. Governor Andrew Cuomo announced on Tuesday that fashion shows and presentations will be permitted from September 13th to September 17th with stringent COVID-19 precautions in place. Outdoor shows will be limited to 50 people and any indoor event can only be filled to 50% capacity. This is in addition to all venues requiring temperature checks at the door, face coverings, and social distancing. Looks like sitting front row just became even more exclusive. [WWD]

The Offical NYFW Calendar Dropped
With Cuomo’s blessing, the official NYFW calendar dropped this week and the bi-annual event will undoubtedly be a little less sparkly this season due to the continual threat of the COVID19 pandemic. Many brands have been financially gutted due to slowed cashflow, layoffs, or sale declines and an exorbitant presentation is not in the cards, especially for emerging designers that operate outside a conglomerate. The SS21 event will be abbreviated with most designers opting for strictly-digital content or a handful of limited-attendance, physical shows that are scheduled to run from September 14th-16th. Vogue Runway reports the event has dropped from 177 designers to 60 but the CFDA and IMG, who will run the few physical event at Spring Studios, will support the mainly digital content on their fashion hub, Runway360. Names you might recognize? Tom Ford, Carolina Herrera, Jason Wu, Zero + Maria Cornejo, Eckhaus Latta and Anna Sui. They’ll be more to come next week on each fashion capital’s plan, so stay tuned to Models.com. [WWD]

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Carolina Herrera (pictured), LaQuan Smith, Anna Sui, Eckhaus Latta, Jonathan Simkhai, Zero + Maria Cornejo and Marchesa are among the designers on CFDA’s Official New York Fashion Week Schedule for September. The season launches on Sunday, September 13 with Jason Wu and Harlem’s Fashion Row, and concludes with Tom Ford on Wednesday, September 16.⠀ ⠀ New names to the schedule include AKNVAS, Colleen Allen, Dur Doux, Duncan, Frederick Anderson, Frère, Imitation of Christ, Oak & Acorn, Theophilio, Venicew, Wiederhoeft, and Who Decides War.⠀ ⠀ CFDA’s new digital platform and business tool #RUNWAY360 will serve as the premier discovery destination, allowing brands the flexibility to show their collections in a variety of formats and at a time that works for them, engaging domestic and international press, consumers, and retailers.⠀ ⠀ The countdown has begun on runway360.cfda.com! Link in bio for the full schedule.

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Vanity Fair Makes a Statement
The Ta-Nehisi Coates guest-edited September issue of Vanity Fair U.S. will honor Breonna Taylor, with the cover featuring an illustration painted by Amy Sherald of the 26-year-old African-American EMT who was tragically murdered on March 13th by police officers in Louisville, Kentucky. The issue, which explores activism and art as well as Breonna Taylor’s life, continues a marked change for the magazine under the leadership of Editor in chief Radhika Jones: Taylor is the third Black woman in a row—after Janelle Monae and Viola Davis—to appear on the cover. [The Daily]

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Presenting Breonna Taylor for Vanity Fair’s September issue, “The Great Fire.” Five months have passed since police killed Breonna Taylor in her own home, a violent crime that our September issue guest editor Ta-Nehisi Coates ascribes to a belief in Black people as a disaster, as calamity. “I don’t know how else to comprehend the jackboots bashing in Breonna Taylor’s door and spraying her home with bullets, except the belief that they were fighting some Great Fire—demonic, unnatural, inhuman.” Coates chose the "The Great Fire" as the theme for the issue, which assembles activists, artists, and writers to offer a portrait of hope in a world where the possibility of a legitimate anti-racist majority is emerging for the first time in American history. “Something is happening,” writes @tanehisipcoates, “and I think to understand it, we must better understand the nature of this Great Fire.” For his cover story, Coates tells Breonna’s story through the words of her mother. Also in the issue: an oral history of the historic days after George Floyd's death; a portfolio of creatives and visionaries who capture the spirit—and urgency—of the moment; director @ava DuVernay's conversation with revolutionary Angela Davis; and much more. Read “The Great Fire” at the link in bio now. Painting by Amy Sherald (@asherald).

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Fashion Forces Combine to Create CAAxKCD
There’s a new conglomerate in town: Creative Artists Agency and KCD have partnered to form CAAxKCD, a global venture pooling resources and creating further fusions of fashion, pop culture and entertainment opportunities. CAA has best been known as a Hollywood talent agency but now represents model multi-hyphenates such as Luka Sabbat, Elsa Hosk and Adriana Lima. In a press release CAA agent, Christian Carino stated, “Our joint venture with KCD enhances our capabilities in the creation of new businesses for and with clients, through the power of our combined rosters, propelling CAA Fashion’s representation far beyond what the traditional modeling agencies have ever committed.” [The Daily]

We have New Additions to Rankings!
Quarantine or not, models have been grinding this summer. New additions to Hotlist include Akon Changkou and Sacha Quenby while on the mens side Huang Shixin and Lucas El Bali have been added. Top 50 welcomes Jill Kortleve and stunner Mayowa Nicholas who has been racking up advertisements joins the money list. Rounding things up, Nigerian supermodel Oluchi Onweagba has been added on Icons. There will be much movement on rankings in the coming months so watch this space.

50 Models Aim to Break Ceilings on MDX
Also, be sure to look at our latest MDX “Sea of Voices” video shot by Xavier Scott Marshall. In solidarity of the black model community, the video addresses the rampant racism that continues to plague the industry and the casts’ experiences, asking the question “what does it mean to be black in fashion?”

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