Nick Kamen, 80s Icon, Passes Away
Nick Kamen, 1980s London icon, has sadly passed away. Most famously known by the general public as the guy in the iconic Levi’s ad from the 1980s, to those in fashion Nick (along with his brother, Barry Kamen) played another iconic role—as Ray Petri’s Buffalo Boys. After his modeling career, Nick turned to music, releasing a record in collaboration with Madonna and scoring several top 10 hits in the UK and Europe. He died on Tuesday night after a long battle with bone marrow cancer. He was 59. [CNN]
The Met Gala Announces Gen Z Co-chairs
It’s the week of the annual “First Monday In May” and although the Met Gala didn’t take place this past Monday, the co-chairs for Part 1 of the event in September were announced. The Gen Z clan, Timothée Chalamet, Billie Eilish, Naomi Osaka, and Amanda Gorman will join honorary chairs, Tom Ford, Adam Mosseri, and Anna Wintour during the first exhibit, “In America: A Lexicon of Fashion”. The exhibition will feature Halston, Christopher John Rogers, Prabal Gurung, and much more with the opening date set for September 18th. [The Daily Front Row]
Print Sale to Help India’s Fight Against Covid
India is currently experiencing a catastrophic surge in Covid-19 cases. To lend a helping hand, consider purchasing a print from Art for India, a sale of works by artists from India and the Indian diaspora. All proceeds go to Mission Oxygen, a group importing and distributing much-needed medical supplies. Prints are available until May 9th.
Halston Mini-Series is Coming to Netflix
Coming to Netflix on May 14th is Halston, the Ryan Murphy/Ewan McGregor vehicle that charts the rise and fall of legendary Studio 54-era designer, Roy Halston. Starring McGregor in the title role, with Rebecca Dayan as the late Elsa Perretti, other supermodel Halstonettes portrayed are Pat Cleveland (played by Dilone ), Karen Bjornson (Sietzka Rose) and Chris Royer (Freja Zeuthen). Judging by the trailer there’s plenty of cocaine-fuelled drama and glamor, which doesn’t stray too far from the real story as told by people who were actually there–the ones who can remember it, that is.
Zara Launches Beauty Line
Zara is venturing into cosmetics with their new beauty line, Zara Beauty. On Monday, May 3rd, the Spanish brand announced the launch of the beauty line that was created in collaboration with makeup artist Diane Kendal, with the launch date being set for May 12th and filled with a variety of 130 colors. Kendal sought out a mix of talents to curate several looks for the line, Steven Meisel, David Sims, Oliver Hadlee Pearch, Zoë Ghertner, and Nadine Ijewere are among the wide-ranging list of talents. [The CUT]
Vogue Continues Consolidation
Something is amiss at Conde Nast International as the media conglomerate continues to chink away at the once impenetrable armor of its top international staffers. BOF reports that Vogue India editor-in-chief Priya Tanna, who lead the title since its launch in 2007, is leaving as Conde continues to consolidate staffers under regional leadership with more exits expected in the coming weeks. Outside of the Chinese and Russian market, Vogue editorial teams in the Asia-Pacific region have been under the leadership of Vogue Taiwan editor Leslie Sun. Vogue Germany, Vogue China and Vogue Spain respective EICs Christiane Arp, Angelica Cheung, and Eugenia de la Torriente left their positions at the end of 2020.