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Josh Goot “Confident” Of Surviving Voluntary Administration

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Photo: Getty

Prepare your heart to break a little. Josh Goot’s eponymous line is going into voluntary administration, in a bid to save the business he founded over 10 years ago.

Goot revealed in a statement (via The Australian) that the company needs “to take some time to restructure to protect the long-term interests of the brand and all involved,” but has not pinpointed any specific challenges that the label is facing.

He did, however, admit that there were “well-documented external factors at play within the domestic industry” including the Australian dollar, domestic production costs, and international competition.

But unlike recent fashion-label casualties like Lisa Ho and Kirrily Johnston, Goot has been able to keep his label’s head above water during the toughest of times in our fickle landscape. “The retail market has witnessed a prolonged downturn since the GFC in 2008 and we are proud that we have been able to sustain and grow the business throughout the challenging period, while manufacturing exclusively in Australia,” he said.

Goot’s also hinting at many more years of dressing his devoted customers, like his girlfriend, Vogue Australia fashion director Christine Centenera, Lara Bingle and Kim Kardashian, in his label’s sought-after digital prints, sharp cuts and luxurious fabrications. “We’re confident that we can emerge from the voluntary administration as a better business,” he said.

“We are (as a brand), I think, unique in the Australian landscape and that doesn’t necessarily make our experience easier, but I also think that it does give us a real future and that’s what we’re going to be working to secure,” he added.

As for the upcoming collections, business is going about as usual with the Autumn 2015 collection launching next month (look out for it at tonight’s David Jones fashion launch) and design and production for Spring 2015 in the works.

We’re crossing our fingers for a speedy recovery, because our wardrobes just won’t be the same without a little Josh Goot injection.

[Via The Australian]

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Karl Lagerfeld and Cartoonist Tiffany Cooper Team Up for a Capsule Collection

Karl Lagerfeld is getting animated this season. The designer has tapped cartoonist Tiffany Cooper to create a capsule collection for his namesake brand. These days, nothing with Lagerfeld’s likeness is truly complete without the presence of Choupette, so Cooper has drawn images of both the kaiser and his fluffy white pet for a collection of apparel and accessories due out this April.

 

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Cooper announced the partnership on her Instagram and says that we can expect more “very exciting” projects from the pair in the near future, so we will be watching to see what unfolds.

The range will bow at Colette on April 1, and will be available at Lagerfeld boutiques starting April 4. 

[via WWD]

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Bruce Jenner Reportedly Opening Up About Transitioning to Diane Sawyer

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Image: WENN

There has been a lot of talk in the media as to whether or not Bruce Jenner is currently transitioning to become a woman. His stepdaughter Kim Kardashian told Entertainment Tonight last week that Bruce was the “happiest I’ve ever seen him,” and said that as far as his personal life, Bruce should “tell his story his way.” Kardashian added, “He’s our dad, so we support him no matter what. And I think when the time is right, he’ll talk about whatever he wants to talk about. I guess I’ll kind of let everyone be curious, and I feel like that’s his journey to talk about.”

While it is still not confirmed that Bruce is actually transitioning, judging by Kim’s comments, it’s clear that the Olympian turned reality dad has something he needs to share with the world, and according to Page Six, he’s going to get Diane Sawyer to help him out. Word is that Bruce will sit down with the journalist for a special coming out in May. Sources say that they will start filming the story this week.

Bruce’s alleged transitioning has been a hot topic as of late. In Touch Weekly magazine recently published a grossly insensitive cover picturing Mr. Jenner in women’s clothes and makeup with the headline, “My Life As a Woman.” Hopefully, Bruce gets the chance to do exactly what Kim hopes — tell his story his way.

[via Page Six]

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Stop Panicking: Lip Smackers Aren’t Going Anywhere

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Last week it was reported that after nearly 90 years, family-owned Bonne Bell Company was shutting down manufacturing and distribution operations at its Westlake, Ohio headquarters and as a result, 91 employees were expected to be laid off. From vanilla and mango to cotton candy and the famous Dr Pepper flavor, Lip Smacker lip gloss was all the rage for any beauty obsessed girl growing up.

The news of the cult favorite brand broke our inner tween hearts and hit close to home for our social media manager. “Lip Smackers were a gift bag staple at every Bat Mitzvah and were a go-to present for Valentine’s Day,” Meg reflected. The fun, cheeky glosses are hallmarks of our youth and were present for many first kisses, but before you start freaking out — don’t.

Thanks to an acquisition by California-based Markwins International Corporation, the folks behind Wet n Wild and Physicians Formula, Lip Smacker will continue to remain in our lives. Yesterday, Lip Smacker tweeted this message, which eased our minds:

Phew! Let the nostalgia live on.

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Kanye West May Be Showing His Adidas Collab at NYFW

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Image: SIPA/WENN.com

We’ve been waiting forever to finally see what Kanye West whipped up for his much-hyped Adidas collaboration and finally, we may get to see what the rapper has been working on all this time. 

An image of the invite for the Kanye West x Adidas presentation leaked on Instagram earlier today, and sources say Adidas and Mr. West will be making the big reveal on February 12. It’s interesting that he may choose New York Fashion Week to show his latest, especially since Kanye has been so partial to staging shows in Paris.

Adidas hasn’t confirmed the date, but it has been promoting the collaboration in tandem with the release of its new Confirmed app, so there’s reason to believe that Kanye’s collection will be on shelves soon. Of course, we will be patiently waiting to see what Kanye offers up for Adidas. If his previous collaborations are any indication, this latest range should do rather well. 

[via Complex]

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The CFDA Is Not Fooling Around with Health or Diversity This Fashion Week

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Image: Imaxtree

New York Fashion Week is kicking off in a few days, but before we delve into the shows, the CFDA would like to remind the members of its organization to please not be that guy during Fashion Week. CFDA President Diane von Furstenberg and CEO Steven Kolb penned a letter to the New York fashion community, urging it to be wary of using underage and unhealthy-looking models on the runway and to be more diligent about diversity this season and beyond.

In the missive, the pair condemns any use of models under age 16 on the runway, adding a link to the organization’s Health Initiative guidelines for reference. They also plead with designers to “at a minimum” follow the labor laws for models in New York under the age of 18. “Remember, we must consider the emotional and physical well-being of these young women.”

Kolb and von Furstenberg also address the diversity issue, saying that the CFDA is working with Bethann Hardison’s Balance Diversity to help bring more color to the runways this season. The letter references a document listing guidelines for diversity in the industry, which, for example, encourages casting directors to specifically ask agencies to send more models of color to be considered for shows. “Our objective is to make a shift on how the model of color is viewed so it becomes natural to see them participating each season in a greater number than seasons past,” the memo reads.

So, designers: No funny business this season. The CFDA is asking for the American fashion community to mind its Ps and Qs to avoid reverting to the problematic habits the industry has fostered over the years. Hopefully, the designers are listening.

[via CFDA]

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