Michelle Lee Out at Allure, Couture is Almost Here and more of the news you missed

Michelle Lee Steps Down from EIC position Allure
Nearly 6 years since she started her editor-in-chief tenure at Allure Magazine, Michelle Lee announced she is leaving the beauty tome for digital waters as as VP of Editorial and Publishing for Netflix. Credited with transforming Allure by including diverse perspectives on global beauty, Lee will be heading to the West Coast to lead the streaming service’s team focused on social media channels, podcasts, and other initiatives. She adds to a rapidly growing list of EICs who have departed Condé Nast titles in recent months. [VARIETY]

Marco Gobbetti Resigns From Burberry, to Join Ferragamo as CEO
After 5 years as CEO of Burberry, Marco Gobbetti has stepped down from the position. The news came as such a shock that the British luxury brand’s shares dropped 8% after the news was released that Gobbetti was headed to Ferragamo at the end of the year to act as CEO and general manager in Italy. Mr. Gobbetti said he chose to leave “to take up another opportunity that will enable him to return to Italy and be closer to his family.” Gobbetti’s successor is yet to be revealed. [WWD]

SKIMS Is Officially Intimate with Team USA
After last week’s Telfar news of them officially linking with the Liberian Olympic team, Kim Kardashian and her Skims line has announced that the intimates brand will design the official undergarments, pajamas, and loungewear for the USA Olympic and Paraolympic team. The capsule collection will be available on Skims’ website July 12 and features athletes Haley Anderson, A’ja Wilson, Scout Bassett, Alex Morgan, and Dalilah Muhammad. [VOGUE]

Neiman Marcus Groups is Going Fur-Free
Luxury retailer Neiman Marcus Group, who owns Neiman Marcus, Bergdorf Goodman, Last Call, and Horchow, has announced that the group is ditching fur and going fur-free. The department group will renounce the use of animal fur and replace it with ethical alternatives and will close all fur salons by 2023. Neiman Marcus Group CEO Geoffroy van Raemdonck said, “It is clear the future is fur-free, and that includes the ultra-luxury space. As a leader in luxury retail, NMG has an opportunity to make a positive impact and help build a better future for our industry. We’re grateful to the Humane Society of the United States for their partnership.” [WWD]

The Live-Show Experiment is Going Well
After over a year, the return of the live show experience rushed in with back-to-back, off-season Fall 2021 presentations from Marc Jacobs and Jacquemus this week. On Monday at New York Public Library, Marc Jacobs’ comeback was as eagerly anticipated as his over-the-top proportions for outerwear. One of the most extensive debut list in a while, curated by new-MJ casting team, DMCASTING, Marc Jacobs’ muses like Anok Yai, Gigi Hadid, Selena Forrest and Kaia Gerber returned. On Wednesday, models like Imaan Hammam and Ugbad jetted over to Paris for Simon Porte Jacquemus‘ saturated show with his digitally covetable and savvy accessories. Titled La Montagne, the camping-inspired menswear and womenswear collections were presented in a ‘see now, buy now’ format and included Loli Bahia, Bella Hadid, Jill Kortleve, Mica Argañaraz, Oumie Jammeh (who has made her runway return earlier at Paco Rabanne after having a baby), Sora Choi (and her new hair!), Kendall Jenner and Rianne Van Rompaey to close out the viral show.

Looking Ahead to Couture
On Monday, July 5th couture returns to live shows for the first time since the pandemic began and this season there will be as much anticipation for the guests members as the canon. First before it even starts, Pieter Mulier will debut his first ready-to-wear and couture collection for Azzedine Alaïa (with Paolo Roversi assisted campaign images) since its founder passed away in 2017. Charles De Vilmorin is having a busy year as the newly appointed Rochas Creative Director juggles a finalist spot for this year’s edition of the LVMH Prize in addition to his second hand-painted couture collection. After 53 years creative director Demna Gvasalia will unveil Balenciaga’s couture return in a fully restored version of Cristóbal Balenciaga’s original salon on July 7th. On July 8th, Kerby Jean-Raymond will present his first-ever couture collection for Pyer Moss live-streamed from Villa Lewaro, Madame C.J. Walker’s Hudson River estate.

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