Style Notes: Donatella Versace Talks Prince, #MeToo in April GQ; CoEdition Plus-Size E-Commerce Launches
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Donatella Versace Talks Prince, #MeToo Movement and More In April GQ [Pret-a-Reporter Inbox]
Inside the April edition of GQ magazine, fashion designer Donatella Versace (who recently announced that she will no longer use fur in her designs and will receive the 2018 CFDA International Award on June 4) sits down in an apartment that once belonged to her late brother Gianni to talk about taking over the business from him, her thoughts on the #MeToo movement, how Prince revealed to her that he wanted to be the face of the Black Lives Matter movement just before he died and more. While Versace declines to talk at length about the death of Gianni (highlighted in FX’s unauthorized American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace that debuted in January), she does touch on the subject: “I never thought of leaving the company,” she says. “I had to stay. Gianni trained me — the last two years of his life especially — Gianni trained me to do everything.” Read the whole story here.
Elyse Walker Debuts New ‘Towne’ Concept Store [Pret-a-Reporter Inbox]
Elyse Walker first opened her eponymous, multi-brand Pacific Palisades boutique in 1999, and her sharply curated offerings quickly attracted a Hollywood clientele, including Jennifer Garner, Cindy Crawford and Kate Hudson. Walker also helms upscale e-commerce site ForwardbyElyseWalker.com and, in 2016, she added a second location in Newport Beach. Now the super-stylist/entrepreneur is expanding with a new Towne By Elyse Walker multi-brand store that will include essential “down-time” styles including denim, knitwear, vintage T-shirts, footwear and accessories for both men and women. The first shop is set to open in September in the new Palisades Village shopping center.
CoEdition, New Multi-Brand Destination Site for Plus-Size Fashion Market, Debuts [Pret-a-Reporter Inbox]
Four former execs from the flash sale company Gilt.com on Tuesday announced the launch of a new multi-brand destination e-commerce site, CoEdition, dedicated to the plus-size fashion market, marking the first time that size-inclusive brands are curated all in one place. CoEdition offers apparel, swimwear and intimates in sizes 10 to 16, plus shoes and accessories from brands such as Cosabella, Cynthia Rowley, Rachel Roy, Stuart Weitzman, Tahari, Vimmia and more (many which have not offered plus-size styles until now) and plans to stock over 150 brands by the end of the year. So far, the New York-based company has raised $4 million in funding. The average price point on the site is $150. Gwyneth Paltrow recently invested in size-inclusive brand Universal Standards, Reese Witherspoon’s brand, and Draper James has collaborated with Eloquii, the four-year-old label that offers sizes 14 to 28. Over the past few years, these plus-size brands and others such as Gwynnie Bee and Dia & Co (notably not offered on CoEdition) have experienced enormous growth and the market seems to have plenty of potential.