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Chance the Rapper, The Weeknd Cover February Issue of GQ [GQ]
Chance the Rapper ditched his overalls (but kept his New Era “3” cap) for one of two covers for GQ‘s February issue, opting instead for a blue Moncler bomber jacket and his trusty denim. The Weeknd nabbed the other cover, wearing a YSL blazer and a Chrome Hearts ring — the same brand with which his ex, Bella Hadid, is launching a collection. (The Weeknd has since been linked to Selena Gomez.) Both artists, who are set to headline this year’s Bonnaroo Festival in Tennessee, were photographed by Eric Ray Davidson for their covers.
Swimwear Designer Anne Cole Dies at 90 [California Apparel News]
California swimwear designer Anne Cole died at age 90 in her Beverly Hills home on Tuesday after a “short illness.” The designer, whose eponymous label has been a California staple since the 1980s, was best known for popularizing the tankini. Cole was also the daughter of Fred Cole, a silent-screen actor who later founded the Cole of California knitwear brand in 1923. After working with her father for several years, Anne went on to launch her label in 1982. In 2008, the label was sold to In Mocean Group for $26 million.
Jaden Smith Covers Vogue Italia Alongside Estella Boersma [Vogue Italia]
Jaden Smith has officially landed his first Vogue cover. The 18-year-old was photographed by Bruce Weber in a Dior ensemble alongside model Estella Boersma for Vogue Italia‘s “A Brave New World”-themed January issue. In an Instagram post of the cover, the Vogue Italia team used the hashtag #FrancaSozzani and a heart emoji to commemorate their late editor-in-chief, who died in December. Fashion editor/stylist Paul Cavaco wrote in his own post, “We shot the entire story and cover just before Christmas. It was our last cover for Franca. I am beyond happy we were able to do it.”
British Fashion Council Partners With Barneys New York [Pret-a-Reporter Inbox]
The British Fashion Council and Barneys New York have partnered to celebrate British fashion in New York City during the month of January. Beginning Wednesday, Barneys‘ Madison Avenue windows will showcase British designers through Jan. 25. Both emerging and established designers — including Alexander McQueen, Anya Hindmarch, Paul Smith, Victoria Beckham and Erdem — will be featured in the displays.
Tommy Hilfiger Shows Men’s Collection at Pitti Uomo; Ralph Lauren Returns to NYFW: Mens‘ [Fashionista, Yahoo]
Tommy Hilfiger’s play for the millennial crowd doesn’t just concern women. The designer, who will show his second collection in collaboration with mega-popular millennial Gigi Hadid in Venice Beach in February, tapped a handful of 25-and-under men for his first show at Pitti Uomo in Milan, including Dolce & Gabbana boys Presley Gerber, Gabriel Kane Day-Lewis and Rafferty Law (the latter of whom Hilfiger simply referred to as “Jude Law’s son”). Lucky Blue Smith and tennis player Julian Ocleppo, son of Hilfiger’s wife, handbag designer Dee Ocleppo, also were present at the affair. Elsewhere in the world of men’s fashion, Ralph Lauren is quietly returning to New York Fashion Week: Men’s after a two-year hiatus to show his Purple Label’s fall collection.
Aeropostale Opening 500 Stores [Houston Chronicle]
Someone is opening, not closing, brick-and-mortar stores? That’s right, Aeropostale, the teen mall retailer that filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in May of last year and subsequently closed more than 150 stores in the U.S. and Canada, announced Wednesday the opening of 500 new stores across the U.S. The brand, which was acquired by Authentic Brands Group in September, promises a “revitalized” aesthetic in its new stores.
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