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#News: February

>> Tom Ford Cancels NYFW Presentations
Tom Ford has flouted the traditional fashion calendar (conventionally showing collections four months before their release) by cancelling his planned presentations at NYFW. “Our customers today want a collection that is immediately available. Fashion shows and the traditional fashion calendar, as we know them, no longer work in the way that they once did,” Ford said in a statement released this month. Instead, his AW16 collection will be delayed until September, where it will be instantly available for purchase.

>> Cavalli Settles Court Cases
Roberto Cavalli has settled two plagiarism lawsuits out of court. One involved the MTO Shahmaghsoudi School, who claimed a tattoo in Cavalli’s Just Gold fragrance campaign resembled a sacred emblem which represents the school’s beliefs. The second lawsuit came after Californian graffiti artists Revok, Reyes and Steel claimed designs from the Just Cavalli label were taken from one of their murals in San Francisco. Details were not disclosed, however both parties agreed to dismiss their cases.

>> Gucci’s AW16 ‘Graffitied’ by GucciGhost
Graffiti inspired-designs have been seen elsewhere, too – namely, the Gucci AW16 show in Milan. Alessandro Michele continued his radical, and slightly eccentric, vision for the brand as creative director, this time teaming up with graffiti artist Trevor Andrew, also known as GucciGhost. The result? Traditional materials and florals, with a contemporary pop of colour and rebellious ‘graffitied’ accessories.

>> California to Introduce Model Health Laws?
Last month we reported on French laws decreeing that models must have a medical certificate stating they are fit for work – and it seems California might be following suit. The bill was proposed by the Department of Public Health and the Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board, and would involve “periodic health check-ups, nutrition consultations and medical testing” – with a fine for those who failing to comply.

>> Emma Watson Plans Acting Hiatus
Emma Watson is planning to take a break from acting to pursue work as a UN ambassador, as well as focusing on her HeForShe campaign. She has recently launched a new feminist book club, Our Shared Shelf, which she will also develop during her hiatus.

>> Leomie Anderson Speaks Out
Why are there more white make-up artists backstage than black when black ones can do all races’ make-up?” British model Leomie Anderson asked on social media this month. Her views come after many instances of unprepared makeup artists who are unable to provide the right products and shades for models of different races – an issue that the likes of Nykhor Paul have spoken about in the past.

>> & Other Stories X Faux/Real Collaboration
Swedish label & Other Stories has announced their next collaboration – jewellery brand Faux/Pas. The collaboration comes after & Other Stories teamed up with Rodarte, for a highly anticipated capsule collection which will be released in less than a month’s time.

>> Alexa Chung Announces M&S Collaboration
Having previously collaborated with Madewell and AG Jeans, Alexa Chung announced this month that she will be working on a collection with Marks & Spencer, called Archive by Alexa. The concept of the collection is based on the M&S archives, where Alexa has hand-picked 31 classic ready-to-wear pieces, which have been updated for a contemporary twist. Timeless pieces include a khaki trench coat and a 50s-inspired full midi skirt, all of which will be available in store and online from April.

>> Stella McCartney to Release Menswear Line?
Rumour has it that Stella McCartney will release a menswear collection for SS17, although further details are unknown. Before being appointed the creative director of Chloé, McCartney started her career designing for Edward Sexton – so there is no doubt the collection is in capable hands.

>> Mansul Gavriel Shoes Launch on Net-A-Porter
Fans of Mansul Gavriel’s clean, minimalist bags were thrilled to hear the designers were launching a footwear line, and finally, the range is available for purchase. As you’d expect, the line is nothing short of chic – consisting of both flat and heeled mules in colourful suede and classic leather, and is available to buy today over at Net-A-Porter.com.

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Written by Sophie Prescott;
featured is a backstage photograph of Gucci AW16-17 by Martina Ferrara, sourced via Dazed.

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