Style Notes: Ashley Graham Named SI Swimsuit Rookie; Phoebe Philo Reassures Celine Employees
The fashion news this Tuesday.
Plus-size model Ashley Graham, who has starred in Forever 21 and Lane Bryant campaigns and currently has her own line of intimates for Canadian brand Addition Elle, has been named as one of Sports Illustrated's 2016 rookies for their annual swimsuit issue. Last year, Robyn Lawley (size 10) made headlines as the glossy's first plus-size model. Graham made an appearance in 2015's issue in an ad for swimwear brand Swimsuitsforall. It was also confirmed that Lane Bryant will run their first ad in a swim issue in the 2016 edition. [Instagram, WWD]
With all the designer shake-ups that have been happening lately, last week's rumors that Phoebe Philo would be leaving Celine for Azzedine Alaia were not taken lightly. However, Alaia was quick to deny the news, and now Philo has done the same. WWD reports that an internal memo signed by both CEO Marco Gobbetti and Philo was sent to Celine staff dictating that the designer is "committed" to the brand. [WWD]
The Yoox Net-a-Porter group released their first revenue report since their merger, and things are looking good. Really good. In 2015, revenue increased 30.9 percent to $1.8 billion, up from $1.7 billion in 2014. The news isn't too much of a surprise, considering the company's Black Friday sales were up 82 percent last holiday season. [Footwear News]
On the other side of the spectrum, Banana Republic reported a 17 percent dip in sales for January. Revenue fell from $888 million last year to $813 million this year, despite efforts to restructure to stay afloat. The Gap Inc. brand moved Marissa Webb from the creative director position to a "creative advisor" role last October, opting not to fill the director role, and has also focused on revamping sales floors. [Fashionista]