Marc Jacobs Launches Diffusion Line, Chanel Addresses Phoebe Philo Rumors

by Aria Darcella
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Marc Jacobs Is Launching a New Diffusion Line (WWD)
Fans of the now defunct Marc by Marc Jacobs rejoice — the designer is launching a new diffusion line. Titled The Marc Jacobs (also the designer’s personal Instagram handle), the collection is currently being shown to buyers and will launch for Pre-Fall 2019. Although images of the new line have yet to be released, someone did manage to snap a pic of two of the looks on their phone and slip it to WWD.

Chanel President Responds to Rumors About Phoebe Philo’s Succession (BoF)
Bad news for anyone hoping that Phoebe Philo would succeed Karl Lagerfeld at Chanel: the house’s president, Bruno Pavlovsky, says its not going to happen. “I hear the rumors [about Philo] and all that, and I find that quite funny,” he said. “But it’s nothing serious.”

Meanwhile the luxury label is making headlines this morning thanks to its extravagant Pre-Fall show in New York Tuesday night. The event, held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, used the Temple of Dendur as a backdrop for a collection inspired by ancient Egypt.

CFDA Adds 14 New Members
The CFDA has added 14 new members to its ranks, bringing its total to 493. The newbies were confirmed at the bi-annual membership meeting Tuesday night and are as follows:

  • Sander Lak of Sies Marjan
  • Venus Williams of Eleven by Venus Williams
  • Zaid Affas
  • Jason Alkire and Julie Alkire of Haus Alkire
  • Mike Amiri of Amiri
  • Pamela Bell of Prinkshop
  • Christopher Bevans of Dyne
  • Lindy McDonough of Lotuff
  • Ji Oh
  • Alexander Olch of Alexander Olch New York
  • Marysia Dobrzanska Reeves of Marysia
  • Ahlem Manai-Platt of Ahlem Eyewear
  • Alejandra Alonso Rojas

Sander Lak (PMC)

Dirk Standen Out at Condé Nast After 15 Years (BoF)
Dirk Standen, the former EIC of who went on to helm Condé Nast’s branded content studio, has left the company. “I have had an intense and intensely rewarding 15 years at Condé Nast,” he said in a statement. “Being the editor-in-chief of and working with such a talented group of people was the thrill of a lifetime. Then, as founding editor of 23 Stories, I got to work with many leading advertisers and help build a creative agency that quickly became one of the most successful divisions in the company. I’m looking forward to combining those experiences in my next adventure.”

Dirk Standen (PMC)

“Mary Queen of Scots” Makes Its New York Premiere
Last night, Focus Features and the Cinema Society hosted the New York premiere of “Mary Queen of Scots” at the Paris Theater. Many of the film’s stars were in attendance, including Saoirse Ronan, Margot Robbie, Jack Lowden, Ismael Cruz Cordova, and Joe Alwyn. Before the screening, first-time filmmaker Josie Rourke took the stage to thank the cast and crew for their contributions, most especially the Queen of Scots herself, Ronan.

Margot Robbie and Saoirse Ronan (PMC)

The film, based on the book Queen of Scots: The True Life of Mary Stuart by John Guy, opens on the scene of Mary’s beheading at Fotheringhay Castle on February 8, 1587, before jumping back in time to her arrival on the shores of Scotland in 1561 at the age of 18 following the death of her husband, the Dauphin of France. Her struggle to solidify her power in a patriarchal society is mirrored in similar struggles by her cousin, Queen Elizabeth I (Robbie), in England, and the film that unfolds is both epic and heartbreakingly intimate.

Following the screening, guests including Claire Danes, Hugh Dancy, Damian Lewis, Sara Sampaio, Gus Kenworthy, Mamie Gummer, and Candace Bushnell joined the cast for an afterparty at Tavern on the Green.

Rashida Jones and Yara Shahidi Collaborate on a Film for Tory Burch
Tory Burch is tackling the holidays with humor. To promote its new holiday collection the brand tapped Rashida Jones to direct a video with actress Yara Shahidi that captures what some people love (and others loathe) about the season: gift wrapping! Watch the adorable short, below:

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