Prada Cuts Back, Refinery29 En Français

by Aria Darcella

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Prada Downsizes Its Wholesale Network (Business of Fashion)
Prada is ending its relationships with some Italian and European wholesalers in an effort to create “uniform prices” and reduce markdowns. The news comes after the brand announced it will no longer markdown its goods at the end of a season.

Refinery29 Launches French-Language Edition (WWD)
Refinery29 has launched a website dedicated to a French-speaking audience. “The launch of our French-language edition is really to deepen and enrich our relationship with French readers,” said Kate Ward, president of Refinery29 International. “We will also be organizing community-building events: We’re going to be coming to meet the audience and reach out to the French influencer community.” The publication launched a German-language platform three years ago.

Streetwear Fans Aren’t Interested In Influencers (Hypebeast)
Hypebeast conducted an extensive survey of streetwear fans and discovered that musicians are the most “credible figures” when it comes to influencing style. Of the 40,960 survey respondents around the world, 65 percent said they look to musicians, while 52 percent said they look to fashion industry insiders. Only 32 percent considered social media influencers to actually be influential.


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Chloë Sevigny Teams Up With Warby Parker on a Collection
Chloë Sevigny has creative directed her first solo collection for optical brand Warby Parker. The Crystal Overlay collection, which launches today, features delicate metal frames and a crystal face front. The collection is based on the Tate frames, which Sevigny designed last year as part of the brand’s Pupils Project collection. She also creative directed the Crystal Overlay campaign, which was shot at the Brooklyn Botanical Garden.

American Dream Will Officially Open Fall 2019
The much-anticipated new retail/dining/attraction experience, American Dream, is finally set to open this fall. Tenants will continue to open their doors through the Holiday 2019 and early 2020 seasons. “For over 35 years, Triple Five Group has embraced the concept that retail cannot exist without entertainment and experiential elements, and American Dream will further raise the bar,” said Don Ghermezian, president of American Dream.

Flower Court at American Dream

Celebrities and Their Kids Attend the Premiere of Pip’s Island
Last night, David Burtka and his kids, Harper and Gideo, co-hosted the interactive family adventure and theatrical experience, Pip’s Island, benefitting the Hole in the Wall Gang Camp. Pip’s Island, located at 400 42nd street in Manhattan, is an immersive narrative that blends animation, live actors, and multi-sensorial environments. Notable grown-up attendees included Sienna Miller, Gretchen Mol, Huma Abedin, and Jane Krakowski.

Robert Stock Helps Honor the Next Generation of Menswear Design Talent at FIT
Last week, Robert Stock, designer and founder of Robert Graham and Robert’s Club, was on hand at FIT to present the award for Outstanding Menswear Design to graduating senior, David Garcia. Garcia’s collection is on display at the school’s annual Graduating Students Exhibition, which is open to the public through May 29. ”I feel it is important to support and encourage the next generation of design talent,” said Stock. “I was delighted to meet each of them. This year’s fourteen finalist were talented, enthusiastic and ready for the next steps in the industry.”

David Garcia, Robert Stock

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