Chris Peters and Shane Gabier did not title their fall Creatures of the Wind collection “Candy” because it was sweet or precious or included dresses that brought to mind the woefully overused fashion term “confection.” Rather, they intellectualized. “You know how candy doesn’t look like a real thing?” said Peters during a preview. “It looks like plastic but there’s an appeal of this nonreal thing to it.” That thought translated to things meant to be worn, not eaten, through fairly simple silhouettes applied with interesting colors, such as orange and heathered pink, and shiny treatments, whether Swarovski embroideries or slick surfaces, like vinyl and polyester, that were often shown in fabric blocking.
This proved a perfect marriage of Creatures of the Wind’s past — gleeful eccentricity — and the Darwinian path the designers find themselves on now: Evolve toward the commercial or face extinction. Gabier and Peters are aware of this crossroad. “We both feel like this collection is very much us but you can see a buy in a more clear way,” said Gabier.
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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