Fashion Hong Kong designers wore optimistic faces as their collective looks for fall/winter 2020 walked the runway at Manhattan’s Spring Studios. If they were feeling anxious over the coronavirus, they showed no signs. More concerning to the designers was the state of retail in the U.S. Designers came to New York Fashion Week to open doors — both at department and specialty stores, and their own boutiques. They quickly learned that the fashion and retail industries are in the throes of convulsive change with generational shifts in consumer shopping behavior.
“This is our third time here,” said Lary Cheung, who with Yi Chan designs Heaven Please. “In New York, there are more and more young brands coming. We have three stores in Hong Kong. Brands need ideas, not only with their stores, not only by their clothes, but also their site. In Hong Kong, we have our shops and we make installations at our shops to disseminate ideas.
Rhoxanne Villaseñor is keeping her family's "rh" theme alive.
Like her brother, Rhuigi of Rhude Villaseñor has a background in design. She launched The Rhod, a jewelry brand named after her father, several years ago, around the same time that her brother launched his cult-favorite streetwear brand. The Rhod, Villaseñor said, was mainly costume jewelry made of brass with gold plating. She has since elevated to fine jewelry, working strictly with gold and diamonds for Rhox, her newest jewelry venture. "As I’m getting older, it was important for me to be true to myself," said Villaseñor. "The way we marketed and branded Rhox, it’s more studio-artistic. I’m using fruits to reflect body parts and shapes because I want people to visualize themselves without comparing [themselves to] another person. The images are vibrant, bright, and it’s a reflection of me and my spirit. I want to bring joy to people — I do it for a living." 🍋
Victoria’s Secret has been sold – and Les Wexner is stepping aside.
Parent company L Brands sold 55 percent of the intimates giant to Sycamore Partners for $525 million. The deal includes the Pink brand. Victoria’s Secret will become a private company, while L Brands’ remaining operation, Bath & Body Works, will become a standalone public firm.
Following the transaction, Wexner – who has come under fire over the last 18 months for Victoria’s Secret failure to adapt to changing market conditions, his relationship with Jeffrey Epstein and alleged sexual harassment at the company, will transition from chairman and chief executive officer to chairman emeritus of the company he founded.
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