by Danielle Zabrauskas, Fashion News Correspondent
For its 60th anniversary, the high fashion French brand Chloé threw a collection of parties in fashion’s biggest hot spots, with the celebration making its way to Tokyo last Wednesday. The style elite mixed with the brand’s creative director, Clare Waight Keller, while watching videos of past runway shows. Being Keller’s first time back in Japan in four years, she had words on its market: “I think Japanese economy has gone through a rough time but…they’ve always loved buying fashion. I think there’s a really strong market here and certainly it’s reflected in our results so it’s good.”
Though designer Diane von Furstenberg is widely known for her iconic wrap dresses, her continuous pursuit of new creative endeavors makes her a legend. Furstenberg’s latest will be the release of her second collaboration for GapKids, set to launch this Thursday. She filled the collection with her trademark bright colors and prints, stating, “My idea was to make the little girls look like explorers.” She also added how much she personally invested in the line, saying “I had a lot of fun. It’s a limited engagement. People have to rush and go get it.”
Music festivals are famous for cultivating unique fashion styles among their respective attendees, and this year, Coachella highlighted the idea of the well-dressed concertgoer by partnering with AX Armani Exchange for its second weekend. The collaboration called for multiple celebrities, colorful accessories and carnival rides. Names among the event included Leonardo Di Caprio, Emma Stone, Kirsten Dunst and Rumer Willis.
Protests erupted outside Juicy Couture’s Manhattan flagship this past Thursday, after activists delivered a petition with 5,000 signatures to the brand. Protesters claim that brand stores have changed employee statuses to part time to avoid paying expensive health benefits. Carrie Gleason of the Retail Action Project issued a statement: “We’re seeing a part-timing of the workforce and its happening across the country,” and added that, of the label’s 128 store employees, only 19 are classified as full-time.