Style Notes: Bob Mackie to Design for 'The Cher Show'; Donatella Versace Will No Longer Use Fur
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Bob Mackie on ‘The Cher Show’ Design Team [Pret-a-Reporter Inbox]
Fashion and costume designer Bob Mackie, known for his long relationship with Cher, has been tapped to work on The Cher Show, the new musical based on the life of the iconic singer and actress that will debut in Chicago in June before hitting Broadway this fall. Tony Award-winning set designer Christine Jones, sound designer Nevin Steinberg, Tony Award-winning lighting designer Kevin Adams and set designer Brett Banakis have also joined the show's design team.
Donatella Versace Will No Longer Design With Animal Fur [Pret-a-Reporter Inbox]
In an interview with 1843, Donatella Versace (creative director of the Versace label) announced that she will no longer use fur in her designs, although Versace did show fur pieces on the fall 2018 runway. “Fur? I am out of that,” she said. “I don’t want to kill animals to make fashion. It doesn’t feel right.” PETA welcomed the news with a statement that noted their runway protests and a 2006 ad campaign and encouraged a “leather-free Versace next.” She follows brands Gucci, Tom Ford, Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger, Michael Kors and Rent the Runway who have all announced they will no longer be using fur.
Warby Parker Raises Another $75 Million [Pret-a-Reporter Inbox]
Today the eyewear brand Warby Parker announced a Series E funding round of $75 million, led by T. Rowe Price, along with the news that the business is profitable. The 8-year-old company, now valued at $1.75 billion, counts over 65 retail locations and has raised $215 million to date.
Uniqlo’s Collab With Tomas Maier Will Debut on May 17 [Pret-a-Reporter Inbox]
Today Japanese fashion brand Uniqlo announced details about its collaboration with Bottega Veneta creative director Tomas Maier that will land online and in stores on May 17. The Tomas Maier x Uniqlo Resort Wear collection of men’s and women’s apparel and swimwear will range from $10 to $80 and is inspired by Florida, where Maier lives part-time in Palm Beach.
Inditex Reports Slowdown in Sales [Business of Fashion]
Spanish company Inditex, one of the world’s largest fashion retailers and owner of Zara, has reported its weakest profitability numbers in a decade. The decline has been attributed to the adverse effects of a strong European currency, as well as the expenses of store remodeling and online expansion plus poor weather conditions in Europe.