James Franco Fronts for Gucci Eyewear Campaign
Further strengthening his ties with Gucci, James Franco will front the Italian brand’s eyewear campaign for fall. The campaign will make its debut globally next month. The Seventies-inspired aviators are a sophisticated evolution of the classic Bamboo version launched for spring 2013.
The natural bamboo cane is one of Gucci’s most distinctive signature motifs since 1947, employed on several products, from handbags and ready-to-wear to jewelry. Franco will also be the face of the new Gucci Made to Measure fragrance for men, produced and distributed by P&G Prestige.
Disney Through The Ages
Gap has Superheros and Old Navy now has Mickey. Yesterday Old Navy launched a 30 items collection of Disney through the decades. The artwork looks vintage and weathered (much like many of the fans). The Disney collection at Old Navy will be showcased in the windows of three of the retailer’s stores: two in New York and one in San Francisco. Great news for collectors and children alike.
Jones Group Jonesing For Buyer?
Jones Group (the parent company of brands like Nine West, Anne Klein and Stuart Weitzman) has hired Citigroup to explore a possible sale of the company. According to the NY Post, they are looking to sell the company in its entirety, if possible, according to sources close to the process are seeking potential buyers such as private-equity firms and competing manufacturers of shoes, accessories and clothing.
Jones Group has been struggling to modernize it’s collection of brands in recent years and this spring came under pressure from activist hedge fund Barington Capital Group to improve its business and stock price. In response, Jones management has decided to close stores and cut costs. The company said it would close 170 stores and lay off 8% of its work force by the middle of next year.
Qatar Museums Authority, Fondazione Prada Unveil Curate Competition
The Qatar Museums Authority and the Fondazione Prada unveiled an international competition Monday aimed at discovering talented new curators. Called Curate, the contest invites anyone who’s interested — not just aspiring or well-established curators — to dream up an exhibition and propose it to a jury. Participants can upload their two-minute video proposals to the Curate Web page, and should include a 500-word text explaining their exhibition concepts and listing relevant materials and works. One winner will be selected in spring 2014 from a pool of 20 finalists, whose work will be displayed on the Curate web site.
Designer, Kate Hudson? Just Fab
Not just an actress, but now a designer? The face of Ann Taylor, where her capsule collection launched in May, Kate Hudson is partnering with subscription e-commerce site JustFab on a new line of athletic apparel and accessories launching in October. Called Fabletics, the line will include tops, bottoms, jackets and select accessories.
Hudson is not the first celebrity associated with JustFab (which started wit just shoes, but has added handbags and jewelry in recent years). Kimora Lee Simmons was named president and creative director of the Web site in 2011. JustFab’s acquisition of children’s fashion site FabKids earlier this year brought Christina Applegate, who cofounded FabKids, into its fold. JustFab has also marketed exclusive items from Avril Lavigne’s clothing and accessories brand Abbey Dawn.
Top Trends in Men’s Spring Fashion
Making headlines, men’s fashion rarely generates as much noise as its feminine counterpart. But the spring 2014 menswear shows produced no lack of excitement. Former Yves Saint Laurent creative director Stefano Pilati made his debut at Ermenegildo Zegna with a notably looser take on the Italian house’s traditional tailoring. Miuccia Prada shook things up with darkly romantic tropical prints, confirming florals as one of the season’s biggest trends. And, as ever, some simply fantastic clothes came down the runways. Marc Jacobs uses his exaggerated checks for this season and the smoking-jacket-inspired looks at John Galliano and Haider Ackermann that all but called for a pipe, slippers and monocle.
– Mehar Singh
Sources: WWD , WSJ & NY Post