Today’s Fashion Headlines: Zoë Kravitz for Alexis Bittar, J. Crew Cuts 175 Jobs, H&M Launches Unicoin, Carolina Herrera Takes on Washington

June 11, 2015 • Fashion Blog, Fashion News

Zoë Kravitz for Alexis Bittar, Fashion News, Jewelry

Zoë Kravitz for Alexis Bittar

For jewelry designer Alexis Bittar’s fall ad campaign he called on actress and musician Zoë Kravitz. Bittar explains, “I felt a connection and a kindred spirit in this girl, and knew I had to work with her. Her inner strength and individuality are so apparent and make the jewelry come alive.” In one image of the campaign (pictured above) Kravitz wears a poodle shaped pin in Lucite and crystal pavé on rhodium with 14 karat gold accents attached to a gold collar necklace.

J. Crew Cuts 175 Jobs

J. Crew Group, in a major reorganization triggered by difficulties at its J. Crew brand and recent disappointing financial results, is eliminating 175 jobs (12 and 13 percent of the total workforce) from its corporate headquarters. Somsack Sikhounmuong has been named head of women’s design for the J. Crew brand and succeeds Tom Mora, who will be leaving the company.

For the past two years, Sikhounmuong has been the head of design for Madewell, which has been on a roll, while the J. Crew brand has been struggling mostly with its women’s apparel. Prior to Madewell, he held various design positions at J. Crew from 2001 to 2012. Sikhounmuong is expected to bring a fresh approach to J. Crew, and will continue to report to Jenna Lyons, president and executive creative director of J. Crew Group. Lyons’ role remains unchanged.

H&M Launches Unicoin

The H&M Conscious Foundation has presented customers a new currency, the Unicoin, that can only be spent on educational supplies. How the Unicoin works; children with their parents upload a drawing that captures what dreams they have for the future to unicoins.org. In return they will receive a Unicoin. H&M will then match each Unicoin with a notebook and pencil. The initiative is part of the Global Program for Education, a collaboration between H&M Conscious Foundation and UNICEF that began in 2014.

Carolina Herrera Takes on Washington

Carolina Herrera along with new and old costumers opened her 21st location in the U.S. at CityCenterDC. Herrera has dressed some of the world’s top women, from first ladies to Bella Swan in Twilight. Ten percent of the evening’s proceeds benefited the National Portrait Gallery.

–Rachel Bogo

Source & Photo: WWD

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