This week in fashion, Amazon Australia launches a local fashion offering, Burberry’s Christmas campaign has arrived, Alexa Chung has launched a Net-a-Porter Christmas capsule collection and the Spice Girls have released a charity T-shirt. Find these stories and more as we reveal the top international fashion news of the week.
Alexa Chung has Launched a Net-a-Porter Christmas Capsule Collection
Alexa Chung has released a Christmas capsule collection that will be available to shop exclusively on Net-a-Porter, just in time for the festive season. The 11-piece collection boasts a number of luxurious yet subtly festive looks. Think a picture perfect dress dotted with strawberries and complete with bell sleeves, a luxe velvet tuxedo jacket along with the token T-shirt and a ruby red halter neck dress featuring a bow around the neck. But that’s not all. A number of winter staples, including beanies, scarves and knits will also be coming to the brand’s online store.
Chung launched her eponymous label last year and has admitted that although running her own line is “joyful and fun”, she still has a lot to learn about running her own company. “The first year of running the business has been joyful and fun but also the whole thing has been a steep learning curve. Just in learning how to delegate and learning how to be creative under pressure and the fine line you have to tread when you’re trying to marry art and commerce,” she said.
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I have a thousand puns ready for this caption but I’m starting to sound like a Dad so here’s a photo of me from breakfast with 📸 @jellison22. I had truffled boiled eggs with grilled cheese soldiers which really made all my other meals today look like gruel. I made the jumper it’s on @alexachungstagram if you happen to care, I didn’t make the bag I got it for $20 from a thrift store in New York and that literally never happens to me but I was with angel person Jordy @jordanaskill so I think he magicked it in.
Amazon Australia Introduces Local Fashion Offering
Amazon Australia has launched a new storefront featuring more than 150 local fashion brands and hundreds of international fashion labels, with a collective range of tens of millions of products. Dubbed The Local Fashion Store, the range includes brands that have already been available on the site, such as Bras N Things and Bonds, along with many others.
Aligned with the launch, marketplace giant has announced a new award that will give 15 up-and-coming Australian brands the opportunity to win a $75,000 marketing package to accelerate their growth. “We are really excited to be empowering some brilliant homegrown talent by putting them front and centre on our fashion store. We know Aussies love to shop local and we want to help them do just that with our Amazon Fashion 2018 Local Brand Award and The Local Fashion Store,” Amazon Australia’s head of fashion, Angela Langmann said.
Victoria’s Secret CEO Quits After Two Years
Victoria’s Secret CEO Jan Singer has quit after two years in the position. Upon her appointment in 2017, Singer said she wanted to introduce “choices of sexy” to the label. The Business of Fashion reported that a close source said that Singer has left the lingerie brand. Victoria’s Secret shares consequently dropped, and stock price is down by 39 per cent year on year. A spokesperson for the business said, “Any commentary made by the company will be done in conjunction with third-quarter earnings on Monday.”
The brand has become the target for widespread criticism for its outdated, limited view of beauty most pervasive in its annual runway show. Sales have fallen as consumer tastes move towards more “body positive” items.
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The CEO of American clothing and lingerie brand Victoria's Secret has resigned amid flagging sales and controversy around a lack of diversity at the line's iconic annual fashion show, a source said Wednesday.A source familiar with the matter said CEO Jan Singer, who had been in the position since September 2016, would leave the company, but did not specify when.American media outlets had reported the move without specifying the reason, and Victoria's Secret parent company, L Brands, declined to comment.The departure comes less than a week after the brand's marketing director Ed Razek garnered anger for saying in a Vogue interview that Victoria's Secret had thought about and decided against including transgender or plus-size models in their show, which this year was held in New York on Nov. 8."We attempted to do a television special for plus-sizes (in 2000). No one had any interest in it, still don't," Razek told the magazine.The director cited pop star Rihanna's Savage X Fenty line, which carries plus sizes, but said Victoria's Secret didn't want to include new models just to be "politically correct," and that they are a "specialty business" which doesn't market to everyone. The comments sparked a surge of criticism on social media, to the point that Razek issued a public apology, saying that the brand wouldn't object to hiring a transgender model. Outside of that controversy, Singer's departure as CEO comes at a difficult time for the lingerie company, which has suffered from a slow-down in recent years. Sales fell eight percent in 2017. In the first half of 2018, L Brand, its parent company, was able to stabilize Victoria's Secret, particularly thanks to the opening of several stores in China and to the growth of online sales. Critics say the its issues come because the brand and its models haven't been able to adapt to the market's new demands. _________________________________________________ #fashionomics #victoriassecret #vs #jansinger #ceo #fashionbusiness #society #change #victoriassecretfashionshow #fashionshow #angels #angel #vsangel #fashionnews #fashionbusiness
Burberry’s Christmas Campaign has Arrived
Inspired by festive traditions and centred around the film Close Your Eyes and Think of Christmas, Burberry’s new Christmas campaign features a collection of men’s and women’s ready-to-wear pieces and accessories. Shot and directed by artist and photographer Juno Calypso, the imagery also offers a preview of Vivienne Westwood’s collaboration with the British fashion house, which goes on sale on December 6. Naomi and Valerie Campbell model the 16-piece offering.
“I wanted to portray a more realistic British Christmas, but still shot through a fantasy lens,” she said. “The campaign takes you through all the key seasonal rituals, both good and bad. That’s what brings us together,” Calypso said.
Victoria’s Secret Boss Apologises for “Insensitive” Trans and Plus-Size Comments
Victoria’s Secret’s chief marketing officer has apologised for his “insensitive” comments about transgender models. During a recent interview about whether the company was putting more emphasis on inclusion and diversity, Ed Razek had remarked that the annual Victoria’s Secret shows are a “fantasy” and therefore should not include plus-size or trans models.
Razek, who was part of the casting team, admitted that he had “considered” putting plus-sized and transgender models on the catwalk, but conceded that that company “did not market to the whole world”. After a backlash on social media, Victoria’s Secret released a statement from Razek on Twitter. “My remark regarding the inclusion of transgender models in the Victoria’s Secret Show came across as insensitive,” Razek wrote. “I apologise. To be clear, we absolutely would cast a transgender model for the show. We’ve had transgender models come to castings… And like many others, they didn’t make it.”
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Ed Razek, you can keep your wack ass apology. Victoria Secret never supported plus size women, that was NEVER a secret. But what we not going to say is that plus-size and transgender models are not fantasy worthy. The audacity ! Shoutout to brands like @savagexfenty , @elomilingerie, @parfaitofficial that support us. 📸 @str8d0pe —— #savagexfenty #savagexirl #edrazek #vsfashionshow #victoriassecret
The Spice Girls have Released a Charity T-shirt
The ’90s girl group Spice Girls is back, with a tour planned for 2019 (albeit without Victoria Beckham), and new merchandise to embrace. The foursome has released a charity collection featuring a T-shirt, hoodie and sweatshirt, featuring the words “#IWannabeASpiceGirl”. All proceeds will go towards Power Up, a program within Comic Relief’s Gender Justice pillar, which champions equality for girls and women – a cause that has always been integral to the band’s girl power ethos.
“Equality and the movement of people power has always been at the heart of the band. It is about equality for all, ‘every boy and every girl’,” said the Spice Girls in a statement. “We recently found out that charities focused on issues faced by women don’t get the funding that they desperately need, so launching a campaign to raise funds for these issues is incredibly important to us and an area we want to support.” Prices range from £19.31 for a T-shirt to £30 for the sweatshirts and hoodies. All pieces are available for purchase now from Represent.com.
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