Kim Klones Return, Brexit’s Multi-Billion-Dollar Threat to UK Luxury Industry

by Aria Darcella
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Kim Kardashian Collaborates With Carolina Lemke on Sunglass Collection
Sunglass brand Carolina Lemke has just released images of its new collaboration with Kim Kardashian. The campaign, shot by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott, features an army of Kim clones, all decked out in the eyewear collection. Select styles from the Kim Kardashian West for Carolina Lemke collection will be available online March 19. The full collection will be available April 2019.

No-Deal Brexit Threatens UK Luxury Industry (British Vogue)
Up to a fifth of British luxury exports will be at risk if the U.K. leaves the European Union without a deal in place. U.K. luxury body Walpole commissioned research that found a value of £6.8 billion ($8.92 billion) could be lost. “British luxury businesses are committed to staying in Britain, but we are losing patience with the government taking us to the knife edge of no-deal,” said Helen Brocklebank, CEO of Walpole. “The cost to the UK economy in lost exports from British luxury will be nearly £7 billion and we believe that money should be used to strengthen the country not diminish it. We urge the government categorically to rule out no-deal exit.”

Alexander McQueen Spring 2019 (firstVIEW)

Givenchy Will be a Guest at Pitti Uomo in June (WWD)
Givenchy will show in Florence during Pitti Uomo in June as a guest designer. This will be designer Clare Waight Keller’s first stand-alone menswear runway show for the brand. “Obviously, being a French couture house, our roots are in Paris, but to take the first leap into men’s wear on a runway level, I felt that would be an incredibly special moment to do it,” she told WWD. The brand will return to Paris during men’s week in January.

Marc Jacobs Asks for Dismissal of Nirvana Trademark Infringement Lawsuit (Dazed)
When Marc Jacobs reissued his infamous grunge collection last November he included pieces that riffed on Nirvana’s smiley-face logo, with a “M” and “J” for eyes. Was that enough to differentiate the face from Nirvana’s? Nirvana didn’t think so, and filed a trademark infringement lawsuit. Jacobs is now asking for the suit to be dismissed, citing that Courtney Love and Francis Bean Cobain were supportive of the collection. His lawyers are also claiming that the icon Jacobs used is different enough from the Nirvana logo.

The Christian Dior Exhibit In London Has Been Extended By Popular Demand (The Independent)
The Victoria & Albert Museum’s exhibit Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams, which opened on February 2, is a smash hit. So much so that the museum has extended the show’s run until September 1, seven weeks longer than originally scheduled.

 

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Unpaid Teen Behind Popular BuzzFeed Quizzes Gets a Book Deal (Page Six)
Earlier this year in the wake of massive staff layoffs at BuzzFeed the website’s former director of quizzes and games, Matthew Perpetua, revealed that one of the site’s highest traffic-drivers was a 19-year-old college student who was creating quizzes for free in her spare time. The teen, Rachel McMahon, had no idea how popular her work actually was, and expressed guilt at the idea that people lost their jobs because she had been working for free. Well here’s some good news: McMahon has landed a book deal! Her tome, What Kind of Quiz Book Are You? comes out July 2.

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