Alexander Wang Leaves Balenciaga
French fashion house Balenciaga confirmed that American designer Alexander Wang will leave his role as a Creative Director of the brand. The decision was made by a mutual agreement, Balenciaga representatives said. Wang started his work for the French luxury brand in 2012 and it seems Balenciaga was not content with his critical acclaims, although his work positively influenced the growth of sales in the brand. „Balenciaga and Alexander Wang today announce their joint decision not to renew their contract beyond its initial term,“ the French fashion house said in a statement, WWD reports. „Since 2012, Alexander Wang has stood at the creative helm of the maison and has been instrumental in the pursuit of its development. With his proven talent and his irreverent, modern vision of design, Alexander Wang has brought a new impetus to the brand. Balenciaga and Kering would like to thank Alexander Wang for his accomplishments and wish him the very best with his eponymous brand as well as all his future endeavours,“ they added. The final show of the young Americal designer for Balenciaga will be seen in October, when he’ll present the Spring 2016 collection in Paris. Wang has suggested he was going to concentrate more on his own label, based in New York after his departure from Balenciaga. „It’s been an incredible experience to work with a couture house in Paris,“ Wang said today. „I am honoured to have had the opportunity to work for this historical maison. I would like to thank the brilliant team at Balenciaga for their collaboration and for what we have accomplished together, and I am looking forward to taking my own brand to its next level of growth,“ said Wang as reported by Vogue.co.uk.
PETA buys shares in Hermés
After the highly shared story that Jane Birkin pushes on Hermés to pull her name from the legendary handbag, another news came in this morning. PETA (People for Ethical Treatment of Animals) has reportedly bought shares in the French luxury fashion company, trying to add pressure on Hermés to stop using animal leather on its products. Officially, PETA bought a stake in Hermés „in order to put pressure on the company to end its sale of exotic-animal skins“.
I mean, if that doesn’t help, I don’t know what will, although Vogue.co.uk reports the animal protection organisation only bought a symbolic one share in Hermés. The share will allow them to attend the company’s annual meeting and ask questions about the practises that Hermés uses. A few days ago Jane Birkin decided she no longer wanted to give her name to one of the designs of the iconic bag made of crocodile leather, after she was alerted by PETA to the „cruel practices“ of the company used towards animals. Birkin bag first got its name from actress and artist Jane Birkin back in the 80’s. In its reaction to Jane Birkin news the French company addressed the video made by PETA which showed cruel practices used on crocodiles on a Texas farm. „Hermès respects and shares [Birkin’s] emotions and was also shocked by the images recently broadcast. An investigation is underway at the Texas farm which was implicated in the video. Any breach of rules will be rectified and sanctioned. Hermès specifies that this farm does not belong to them and that the crocodile skins supplied are not used for the fabrication of Birkin bags.“
Calvin Klein uses gay couples to star in its Fall ad campaign
The Fall campaign released by US brand Calvin Klein, known for its racy ads often using very young models, will feature gay couples for the first time in it history. The new ads picture young same-sex couples using modern technology (sexting, smart phones) to arrange hook-ups. The pictures shot by Mario Sorrenti show couples and their text conversations on the side, creating stories that complete the images. The new Calvin Klein ads feature models Reid Rohling and Ethan James Green together,and a famous Instagramer Torin Verdone alongside Imaan Hammam. “Calvin Klein Jeans has a long history of combining sexual energy with cultural relevance,” said Melisa Goldie, chief marketing officer at Calvin Klein, Inc. “Through this campaign, we’re creating an emotional connection with today’s technology driven generation, highlighting the new normal channel for modern meet-ups.” Beside the photo ads Calvin Klein Jeans also released a sexy video campaign. “We’re highlighting the truth about dating – the meet up, the hookup and the freedom that you have through the digital dating landscape and how instantaneous it is,“ said Goldie for the WWD.
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