From Roberto Cavalli’s major shakeup to Zayn Malik’s fashion collaboration, these are the top international fashion stories of the week.
Peter Dundas Exits Roberto Cavalli in Brand Shakeup
After a short three seasons at the helm, Peter Dundas is departing Roberto Cavalli amongst a significant brand shakeup. The creative director leaves the label less than a month after showing his final collection for Cavalli at Milan Fashion Week.
“On behalf of Roberto Cavalli and our shareholders, we thank Peter Dundas for his contribution to the brand, and we wish him well for his future,” said CEO Gian Giacomo Ferraris. “As Roberto Cavalli goes through a period of transformation, the design team will carry on, and the appointment of a new creative director will be made in due course.”
The exit of Dundas is but one move for the brand in a larger reorganizational plan for the company. As part of the shakeup, which aims to return the business to profitability by 2018, the brand will cut an estimated 200 jobs from its 672 total and close or relocate an unknown number of stores. In addition to this, the company will streamline its structure by locating all functions in Florence. This move includes the closure of the brand’s Milan corporate and design offices.
Zayn Malik to Design a Versus Versace Capsule Collection
Zayn Malik can now count another fashion collaboration under his belt. The ex-One Direction star is turning his hand to designing once again after recently partnering with Giuseppe Zanotti on a footwear range. This time around, the star will team up with Donatella Versace herself, to create a capsule collection for Versus Versace.
Titled Zayn x Versus, the collection will feature a range of both men’s and women’s designs and it will be presented to buyers and media next Spring (Autumn down under). Following its presentation, the range will then become available for purchase in May in Versus stores and online. Although there’s no word yet on what the collection might look like, we have a feeling that it will include some of that rock and roll, attitude that Versus and Zayn both love.
“Versus is everything that the Versace line is not,” said Donatella Versace in an interview. “It is loud, it is rebellious — I don’t want shoppers buying both from Versus and Versace. The houses have different souls. I wanted Zayn because he can help me talk to his followers. I want to listen to their language. I want to learn more about them, what they think and what they like. They are a new generation that without working with someone like Zayn, I will never reach.”
Christopher Kane Hires New CEO
While everyone is still buzzing over Christopher Kane’s recent fashion week reinterpretation of the traditionally “ugly” Crocs shoes, the company has announced its appointment of a new chief executive officer. Nikolas Talonpoika has been named the brand’s new CEO and begins in the role immediately.
The incoming CEO joins Christopher Kane from its parent company, Kering, for which he worked as the brand’s strategic marketing and media coordinator. Talonpoika has been with the French luxury conglomerate group for eight years. In his new position at Christopher Kane, Talonpoika will continue to work for Kering, reporting to Jean-François Palus, the company’s group managing director.
Talonpoika takes over from Sarah Crook in his new role of CEO. Crook had held the position for two years, in that time the brand opened its first flagship store in London, expanded internationally and diversified into new product categories.
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Chadstone Shopping Centre Unveils New Expansion
Melbourne’s iconic Chadstone Shopping Centre has unveiled its new multi-million dollar expansion to the public. Opened this Thursday, droves of shoppers attended the unveiling to participate in the centre’s celebration. The exciting, state-of-the-art precinct features over 60 new retail stores, two new dining areas and a brand new Hoyts cinema complex. Sitting above the new space is also Australia’s first glass gridshell roof with individually tailored panels and the ability to offer an airy feel indoors.
While this week’s unveiling revealed the most significant part of Chadstone’s expansion, there’s still more to come. The $660 million development, which is scheduled to be complete mid-2017, will solidify Chadstone’s position as Australia’s top destination for shopping, dining and entertainment. Once finished, the centre, which is known as ‘The Fashion Capital’, will house nearly 600 retailers, including some of the most prestigious luxury brands, top flagship stores and first-rate international retailers.
“Chadstone is already one of the leading shopping centres in the world, and this expanded offer will take the customer experience to the next level,” said Angus McNaughton, CEO of Chadstone co-owner, Vicinity Centres.
Missguided Launches Unretouched Plus Size Campaign Starring Barbara Ferreira
Fast-fashion, online retail giant, Missguided has revealed its new Fall 2016 Missguided+ campaign this week, starring Barbara “Barbie” Ferreira. The campaign, which is for the brand’s plus size range, features the model completely unretouched. An avid advocate for body positivity, Ferreira shows off the brand’s new season offerings with plenty of confidence and no airbrushing.
￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼”I loved working with Missguided on this new campaign,” said Ferreira. “The clothes are a statement, and anyone can have access to this collection. Missguided doesn’t exclude anyone’s beauty, and they provide a range that isn’t like anything else. The clothes are fearless and just in a few extra sizes. The collection can let you be a badass bitch without an asterisk or label.”
Wilhelmina Curve modelling agency currently represents Ferreira.