Tremaine Emory Exits Supreme, Fashion Month Is Here, and More News You Missed

Tremaine Emory Exits Supreme
Supreme‘s first-ever creative director, Tremaine Emory, has resigned from his position, citing “systemic racism was at play within the structure of Supreme” as the primary reason for his departure. Established by James Jebbia in 1994, Supreme underwent a significant change in ownership in 2020 when VF Corp, the parent company of North Face, acquired the brand in a transaction valuing it at $2.1 billion. Jebbia retained his position as CEO and appointed Emory to the role of creative director. In an Instagram post, Emory detailed his decision to leave, pinpointing concerns with the actions of Supreme’s senior management during a project involving artist Arthur Jafa, whose work focuses on Blackness in America through film and occasionally explores themes related to slavery. Emory specifically aimed to incorporate a well-known photo from the National Portrait Gallery featuring a formerly enslaved man with whiplashes that Supreme apparently scrapped without informing Emory. Supreme is known for its past inspirations pulled from Black culture and hip-hop, and Emory’s posts on Instagram have been aimed to raise awareness among his followers about the critical need to foster diversity and equity within fashion corporations, and empowering Black employees to become decision-makers. Supreme has denied allegations that the project was cancelled responding to the departure, “While we take these concerns seriously, we strongly disagree with Tremaine’s characterisation of our company and the handling of the Arthur Jafa project, which has not been cancelled. This was the first time in 30 years where the company brought in a creative director. We are disappointed it did not work out with Tremaine and wish him the best of luck going forward.” [The Cut]

Fashion Month Is Here
The S/S 24 season is just around the corner, with NYFW kicking off on September 8th, featuring Peter Do’s debut at Helmut Lang opening the festivities and Luar closing the week on September 13th. Throughout the week, renowned brands like Proenza Schouler, Eckhaus Latta, Gabriela Hearst, Dion Lee, Michael Kors, and many more will be unveiling their new collections along with many newcomers like Grace Ling, Diotima, and Advisry. Following that, London Fashion Week will run from September 15th to the 19th, with notable designers such as Supriya Lele, JW Anderson, KNWLS, Ahluwalia, and Burberry participating. Milan Fashion Week is set to take place from September 19th to the 25th, with all eyes on two debuts: Tom Ford’s new creative director, Peter Hawkings, and Sabato De Sarno’s start at Gucci. You can also look forward to collections from the usual fashion powerhouses like Prada, Fendi, Giorgio Armani, and more. Lastly, to wrap up the last week of the fashion month, Paris Fashion Week will grace the stage from September 25th to October 3rd. Prominent brands including Peter Do, The Row, Marni, Schiaparelli, Loewe, Miu Miu, and others will be presenting their latest collections for S/S 24.

Karlie Kloss In Talks To Buy i-D
Supermodel Karlie Kloss is reportedly eyeing to purchase i-D magazine, as detailed in an article by writer Laura Sherman. Kloss is considering the acquisition of the London-based print publication from its currently bankrupt owners, Vice Media. If the deal materializes, the magazine’s editor-in-chief and stylist, Alastair Mckimm, will continue to lead the publication. This potential investment wouldn’t be Kloss’s first foray into the publishing world, as she played a significant role in a consortium of investors who supported W magazine, in collaboration with Bustle Digital Group, in late 2020. Kloss, an entrepreneur, already boasts an impressive portfolio of investments, including Coterie diapers, Seed probiotics, TheraGun, Mirror, StockX, and more. [Puck]

Marc Jacobs Partners With Rubric Initiative for Mentorship Programme
Marc Jacobs has teamed up with Rubric Initiative, an organization dedicated to fostering accessibility and equity in the fashion industry for emerging creatives. Within the Rubric community, aspiring creatives were carefully chosen as mentees and will be paired with industry professionals endorsed by Marc Jacobs to serve as their mentors. These mentees were granted exclusive access to the Marc Jacobs atelier, where they had the opportunity to take the creative lead in a photoshoot using the brand’s deadstock materials, co-collaborate in designing a branded t-shirt, and engage with Jacobs directly, seeking career guidance. Their career-related questions will be addressed and shared on the @marcjacobs and @rubricinitiative social media pages. [Marc Jacobs]

Mother Agents in Fashion Panel
Nico Losado, from BRI’GEID model agency, has organized another mother agency panel to foster connections and discussions on experiences, success, and challenges within the fashion industry. The panel features Ember Hill as a co-host, Malachi Smythe, a production manager, Roderick Hawthorne, CEO of RHSEVEN, Julian White, CEO of Fetch Managment, and Delwin, CEO of Ethos Management. The event is on Tuesday, Sept 5th and from 6-7:30 pm EDT and will take place at 137 West 26th Street New York, NY 10001. You can register for tickets by clicking here.

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