Ib Kamara EIC at Dazed, Bridget Foley Leaves WWD, and more of the news you missed

Ib Kamara and Lynette Nylander Are In At Dazed
Effective immediately, 2021 starts off with a bang at British mag Dazed with new appointments of stylist Ib Kamara as editor-in-chief, replacing Isabella Burley and Lynette Nylander named as executive editorial director. The first glimpse at the new direction will be for the May 2021 issue and the current artistic director Jamie Reid and fashion director Emma Wyman are also stepping down from their positions at the magazine. The ascent comes at a difficult time for publications as advertising budgets get cut and Dazed’s recent scaling back from six to four issues per year. [BOF]

Bridget Foley is Leaving WWD After 30 Years
Editor Bridget Foley, a writing veteran of over 30 years, was laid off from trade publication WWD. The anticlimactic end of “Bridget Foley’s Diary,” her regular column that critiqued the collections, brings to a stop a space that championed designers from their infancy like Michael Kors and Marc Jacobs. [THE CUT]

Halima on Why She Called It Quits
It’s official: Halima Aden has quit modeling. In an exclusive interview with BBC News, the trailblazing model has opened up about her reasons for checking out. Finding her Muslim faith increasingly compromised by the demands of the industry, Halima says her discomfort with a King Kong Magazine cover shoot with legendary photographer Albert Watson back in September 2019 was the moment her doubts about modeling started to deepen. No longer associated with IMG or Unicef, she also mentions her disillusionment with the charity sector as one of the reasons she decided to go home to Minnesota and back to grassroots initiatives. [BBC]

Area is Dishing Out Couture
After a brief pandemic-spurred hiatus, Area is embracing a new off-schedule format with its latest collection RTW 01, and revealing a video featuring legendary ballroom dancer Leiomy Maldonado in the label’s glimmering creations. The collection is already available for purchase, and RTW 02 is right behind it, teased as coming out in the coming weeks. The line started by Beckett Fogg & Piotrek Panszczyk will also unveil its first couture collection January 28th virtually. “Our goal is to create pieces that are treasured – that fill an emotional need and elicit confidence, whether it’s an earring or a couture gown. We can no longer box ourselves into an unrealistic and outdated schedule dictated by break dates.”

Vice Media Parts Ways With Garage
Vice Media is selling back its majority stake of Garage Magazine to Russian-American art collector, founder and editorial director, Dasha Zhukova. The former Pop Magazine editor has been in a more involved role due to the strains of the pandemic and Mark Guiducci leaving the magazine’s editor-in-chief position last year. Since his departure, the magazine has been led by fashion director Gabriella Karefa-Johnson and features director, Laia Garcia-Furtado, and the upcoming spring issue of the biannual publication will be the last at Vice. [BOF]

Heroes Models Announces Inaugural Mentorship Winners
HEROES Model Management announced this past June that they would create a mentorship and management program aimed at creating opportunities for BIPOC creatives within the fashion industry. This year’s inaugural winners are hairstylist Suhailah Wali and makeup artist Whittany Robinson who will both be nurtured by the New York agency, whose represented models have complained about makeup artists not having their shade or a lack of experience with black hair on sets that aren’t diverse. For a year, they will each receive support from HEROES with contacts, book development, and model bookings.

Milan’s Menswear Shows Kick Off Fall 2021 Season
Here we go: it’s show season again, and the collections are on—-in one way or another. Fall 2021 kicks off this week with the Milan menswear shows and all eyes will be on Raf and Miuccia’s first collab on Prada menswear. Previously expected to be a mixture of COVID-safe presentations and runways, with new coronavirus strains running rampant throughout Europe the schedule has now been stripped back to just one physical show: Etro. Otherwise expect another season heavy on digital presentations and livestreams, including a mostly digital Paris men’s, a completely digital couture season, and a delayed start to the London shows. [Vogue]

Kamala Causes Converse Controversy
Hot on the heels of a controversially casual US Vogue cover, WWD reports that interest in Converse sneakers has spiked thanks to incoming vice president Kamala Harris. Pictured on the February 2021 issue in a pair of the brand’s All-Star low tops, Harris originally became known for her choice of footwear while on the campaign trail. Responsible for the surge of online mentions of Converse multiplying more than tenfold since the cover image was revealed on January 12th, is Kamala Harris doing for Converse what Michael Jordan did for Nike? [WWD]

Vuitton Names Osaka Global Brand Ambassador
Japanese-American tennis superstar Naomi Osaka has been named Louis Vuitton’s newest celebrity ambassador. Shot for LV’s spring 2021 campaign by creative director Nicolas Ghesquière, the 2020 U.S. Open champ has become known for her fondness for fashion over the past few years. Previously linked to Pyer Moss, Sacai, Comme des Garçons and ADEAM, Osaka states that working with Vuitton is a dream come true: “Aside from tennis, my most treasured passion is fashion, and there is no brand more iconic than Louis Vuitton.” [Vogue]

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