Today’s Fashion Headlines. January 24, 2012

January 24, 2012 • Fashion, Fashion Blog

Macy's sues Martha Stewart, Kate Moss joins Mango and Charla Krupp dies

Macy’s Suing Martha Stewart

Macy’s on Monday sued Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia Inc. for breach of contract in New York state court, according to the retailer. The suit accuses Martha Stewart of violating the 2006 deal to make and sell certain products exclusively to Macy’s. Penney’s bought a stake in the media and lifestyle brand last month, and plans to sell a wide range of Martha Stewart-branded products, starting in 2013. The deal was one of the first moves by chief executive officer Ron Johnson, who is trying to reinvent the chain.

“Macy’s has renewed its agreement with Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia Inc. to exclusively sell Martha Stewart-branded product in categories such as cookware, kitchen utensils, bed and bath for another five years,” said a Macy’s spokesman, who added that the agreement now expires in January 2018. “Macy’s plans to fully support its exclusive Martha Stewart-branded product going forward,” the spokesman said. “Martha Stewart is among a wide range of leading brands offered in Macy’s home store and we will continue to expand and improve our home offering based on localized customer preferences across the country.”

Kate Moss to Star in Mango Campaign

Mango will reveal today in London that Kate Moss will be the face of its spring ad campaign, continuing its tradition of hiring recognizable models and actresses to promote the brand. Mango’s spring ad campaign reunites Moss with photographer Terry Richardson. The two appeared together in a promotional video, “The Great Escape,” that Richardson directed for Mango’s fall 2012 runway show in Paris.

“It’s important that she is a fashion icon who is famous worldwide and widely recognized,” a Mango spokeswoman said of the attributes necessary to appear in a Mango campaign. “She must be a reference for the Mango target market in order for Mango to become an aspirational brand for all our customers.”

Charla Krupp Passes Away

Charla Krupp, a popular author and commentator on fashion and beauty whose best-sellers included “How Not to Look Old” and “How to Never Look Fat Again,” has died at age 58. Krupp’s husband, Richard Zoglin, said she died Monday of breast cancer at their home in Manhattan.

Starting her career as an entertainment editor for Glamour magazine, she interviewed many of the world’s most popular celebrities. She also wrote for many publications including Time, USA Today, and Town & Country and then had a second run at Glamour as beauty editor.“She touched millions of women, and I’m sure they share my loss,” Zoglin, a theater critic for Time, said in a statement.

Krupp has Chicago roots: she was born and raised in Wilmette, Ill., and majored in journalism at the University of Illinois. For this, it has been announced that the Krupp and Zoglin families have established the Charla Krupp Memorial Fund for Women in Media at the University of Illinois College of Media.

– Taneisha Jordan

Source: WWD; Washington Post
Photo: WWD

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