Kerby to Reebok, Helmut Lang Returns for YSL and more of the news you missed

Kerby’s In At Reebok
Kerby Jean-Raymond of Pyer Moss has been named as Rebook’s new Vice President of Creative Direction. The role comes four years into a successful sneaker collaboration between Pyer Moss and Reebok. “I am thrilled to be evolving my role at Reebok and joining the leadership team as the head of Creative Direction,” said Jean-Raymond in a statement. “I welcome this opportunity to help invigorate the brand with new ideas, while also focusing on instilling a sense of social purpose into our work. [Paper Mag]

Former Head of Elite Accused of Rape
Gérald Marie, former president of the European arm of Elite Models for 25 years and ex-husband of Linda Evangelista was accused of raping former models, Carré Otis and Jill Dodd, who were then aged 17 and 20 years old respectively. The current chairman of the modeling agency, Oui Management has been accused of sexual assault in the past by journalist Lisa Brinkworth in 1998. Marie denies the allegations.

Kiko Milano Reportedly Requests ‘No Ethnics’ for Casting
Nylon Magazine obtained a casting request sent out on behalf of Italian makeup brand Kiko Milano requesting “caucasic, Mediterranean” models with “no diastema (gap teeth)” and “no ethnics” highlighted in bold. The casting, listed to be shot by Alvaro Beamud Cortes, was requested by an unnamed producer with the email in question quoted, “Hi guys, please let me know who you want to propose for this. The models must NOT be placed in Milan. Only younger than 25 years old. No ethnic models.”

In an email response shared with NYLON, Kiko Milano gave the following statement: “At KIKO we are categorically against any form of racism and discrimination, and we have taken your article and the claims very seriously. After a thorough investigation on this today, we can state that at no point did KIKO request for a “no-ethnic” model. We have done an exhaustive internal review of all our communications to verify this. We did request to the producer for a Mediterranean and a universal beauty, this part is correct.”

New Faces and Old Money at Condé
Condé Nast has announced that Yashica Olden will be their global chief diversity and inclusion officer. The role, which was created this year, is responsible for diversity and inclusion policies implemented across the company. Condé has also announced that they will be reversing the pay cuts they implemented five months ago for employees making more than 100k per annum–this includes Anna Wintour, who took a 20% pay decrease. [The Daily]

Saint Laurent and Helmut Lang Collaborate on Art Installation
Rolled out this week during the revving up of Paris Fashion Week, Anthony Vaccarello dropped news that Saint Laurent would surprisingly be collaborating with retired designer Helmut Lang on an unexpected art installation. Unveiled at Saint Laurent’s Paris flagship, the work is made up of shredded defected pieces mixed with resin to form formidable columns.

Elsa Hosk Pregnant with First Child
Swedish model Elsa Hosk touchingly announced this week she’s expecting her first child with boyfriend Tom Daly. The couple who live in New York City have been together for 5 years

Robin Givhan Promoted at The Washington Post
Pulitzer Prize journalist, fashion critic, and author Robin Givhan has been promoted to Senior-Critic-at-Large after a longstanding position at the Washington Post. Recently appointed managing editor for diversity and inclusion at the paper, Krissah Thompson made the announcement late last week stating in the new role, Givhan “will write in her trademark essayistic style about a broad range of subjects, including politics, race, business, and the arts. In the coming weeks, Robin will begin writing a weekly column that we will feature in the A-section.”

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