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Here’s all the Fashion News you missed this week, for May 4th 2020.

Swarovski Names Creative Director, Holt Renfrew Appoints President

This week, Swarovski announces its first global creative director, while Holt Renfrew taps Lane Crawford’s deputy president to lead the department store group. Business Of Fashion compiles the most important professional moves of the week. Source: BoF

Swarovski has appointed Giovanna Battaglia Engelbert its first ever global creative director #Swarovski #GiovannaBattagliaEngelbert #GiovannaBattaglia #Giovanna #BattagliaEngelbert #GiovannaEngelbert #Giovanna #Fashion #FashionNews #B2BSwarovski has appointed Giovanna Battaglia Engelbert its first ever global creative director, producing her first collection in the role for Spring/Summer 2021.

Battaglia Engelbert, who has been with the company since 2016, previously oversaw creative direction of Swarovski’s B2B division.

Bridget Foley’s Diary: Donna Goes Off-topic

In a discussion on slower fashion postcoronavirus, Donna Karan also touched on Calvin Klein, Anne Klein and the Queen of England. Source: WWD

In a discussion on slower fashion post-coronavirus, Donna Karan also touched on Calvin Klein, Anne Klein and the Queen of England.
Donna Karan.
Photo source: Lexie Moreland by wwd.com

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A conversation with Donna Karan is never linear or, goodness knows, dull. Though the main purpose of this interview to discuss slower fashion in the post COVID-19 world, Donna started elsewhere, with her early academic challenges – she failed typing and draping.

Yes, the Jersey Queen failed draping. But she didn’t linger there, moving on through assorted digressions, including these tidbits.

Victoria’s Secret Parent Company Posts $296 Million Loss

Victoria’s Secret is moving ahead with its plans to fly solo. Source: WWD

But that doesn’t mean the Angels haven’t been hurt by the pandemic. With stores closed amid the coronavirus outbreak, parent company L Brands, which also owns the Bath & Body Works brand, fell short on both top and bottom line expectations during its most recent quarter.

Victoria’s Secret Parent Company Posts $296 Million Loss
Inside a Victoria’s Secret store.
Photo source: wwd.com

Net revenues for the three-month period ending May 2 slipped to $1.65 billion, down from $2.6 billion a year earlier. The dramatic decline is a result of store closures across North America — since March 17 — to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

Inanna Sarkis and Matthew Noszka’s Work from Home Look is All About Baby

As life has slowed down significantly, families have gained a moment to reflect and appreciate each other. For Inanna Sarkis and Matthew Noszka, the moment has been especially meaningful. Source: Vogue

Inanna Sarkis and Matthew Noszka’s Work from Home Look is All About Baby
Inanna Sarkis and Matthew Noszka’s Work from Home Look is All About Baby.
Photo source: vogue.com

‘We can’t be silent’ – How fashion is speaking up about Covid racism

Asian American designers such as Phillip Lim and Prabal Gurung are using their clothes to fight against the rising tide of corona-related xenophobia and help the relief effort Source: The Guardian

A model in a Who Gets To Be American sash from Prabal Gurung SS20 collection  – how fashion is speaking up about Covid racism
A model in a Who Gets To Be American sash from Prabal Gurung SS20 collection.
Photograph: Randy Brooke/WireImage, Source: The Guardian

Since the Covid-19 pandemic began, an anti-Asian sentiment has been on the rise – and now the fashion community is putting itself at the forefront in tackling the hate.

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In the UK, racist incidents have rocketed and hate crimes have increased by 21%, while in the US, there has been an increase in racially motivated attacks against Asian Americans.

“The upturn of violence and discrimination really hit way too close to home for all of us,” says the US designer Phillip Lim.

“When we see people who look like us, our friends and family members, colleagues being attacked, we can’t be silent.”

Kim Kardashian West celebrates the launch of SKIMS at Nordstrom NYC on February 05, 2020 in New York City.
Kim Kardashian West celebrates the launch of SKIMS at Nordstrom NYC on February 05, 2020 in New York City.
Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images via People.com

Kim Kardashian West’s face masks provoke controversy

The reality star’s non-medical masks, launched through her shapewear company, suggest the line between fashion and necessity is becoming increasingly blurred Source: The Guardian

The reality TV star Kim Kardashian West is the latest designer to capitalise on the coronavirus crisis by launching a line of face masks – and has sparked a race row in the process.

Swarovski has appointed Giovanna Battaglia Engelbert its first ever global creative director #Swarovski #GiovannaBattagliaEngelbert #GiovannaBattaglia #Giovanna #BattagliaEngelbert #GiovannaEngelbert #Giovanna #Fashion #FashionNews #B2B

Launched over the weekend under the celebrity’s shapewear label, Skims, the non-medical seamless masks come in five skin tones and reportedly sold out in less than 30 minutes. There is now a waiting list for them.

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  1. Businessof Fashion | Power Moves
  2. WWD.com | Donna Goes Off-topic
  3. The Guardian | Kim Kardashian West’s face masks
  4. Vogue.com | Inanna Sarkis and Matthew Noszka’s Work from Home
  5. WWD.com | $296 Million Loss
  6. The Guardian | We can’t be silent