The German company PUMA has returned to Fashion Week 2022 with famed stylist June Ambrose (who was named designer and creative director last year) running the show at Cipriani’s in New York, the Futrograde show. Among PUMA’s re-imagining of old and new street wear there was also the collaboration capsule’s like Dapper Dan. Dan’s convergence of high fashion and sportswear, which Dapper Dan said: “the best thing that could’ve happened to fashion.”
“It’s just an incredibly important moment for us for so many different reasons,” said Adam Petrick, chief brand officer of Puma. “Returning to fashion week for the first time in several years is significant because we knew we needed the right combination of factors to be present. With an emphasis on digital, a great lineup of ambassadors and an amazing creative partner in June Ambrose, the foundation and creativity for a great show are there.”
The end of July 2022 PUMA’s second quarter sales earning jumped 18.4 percent, more than 2 Billion Euros.
Chief brand officer Adam Petrick said: “So we’re going to look at our values and core principles, which is sports first. Sports never goes away. It’s something humans love and need, whether it’s the competition or the fitness or just the general health aspects. It’s absolutely not recession-proof, but it’s certainly something that we can count on as continuing to be interesting to our consumer.”
The German brand also launched a parallel Metaverse fashion show experience called Black Station that has exclusive NFTs which are redeemable for a limited-edition physical sneakers. Black Station connects consumers with various web3 activations slated to emerge over the coming years.
Some of the biggest fashion brands have in the last couple of years made public pledges to reduce their carbon footprint, however recent studies have found that most have not lived up to their promises of sustainability. environmental NGO Stand Earth released a report last year that revealed 35 companies out of 47 received a failing grade (F) on their Fashion Fossil-Free Score Card for a clean energy supply chain.
Big fashion brands like Prada, LVMH and Lululemon were some of the biggest offenders. The organization said that “In the wake of a global pandemic that reinforced growing public demand for strong action to curb the climate crisis and protect public health, fashion brands are at a critical crossroads”.
They also stated: “The fashion industry continues to rely heavily on coal to power the manufacturing of its products, contributing to rising climate emissions and deadly air pollution in countries, such as Vietnam and Bangladesh, where its supply chain is concentrated.”
As calls for fashion sustainability continues to rise, the fashion industry is estimated to contribute 5-10% of green house gases. Roughly 75% of fashion brands fail in adopting sustainability practices, some companies like are shifting to “vegan” leather materials like Nike and H&M. However it is still a long road ahead for many fashion brands.
I remember when you wanted to buy clothes to add to your wardrobe you had to travel to a Brick and Mortar store.
Once you arrived, you had to physically look for items, or sets and try them on to ascertain fit and quality.
The advent of shopping online brought great convenience along with the greater inconvenience of not being able to physically see or try on a sample in your approximate size.
In the last couple of years “Virtual Clothing” and “3D Fashion” has come into existence, which cater to the very best of both these shopping practices. Now Virtual Clothing: is defined as any piece of clothing represented in a digital format accurately. In the majority of the cases these virtual formats can be created into real physical clothing, which can be a huge benefit for many e-commerce retailers.
Designers can now bring their fashion concepts and styles to global fashion hubs like New York, Paris, London, Milan and Asia to anyone with access to a cell phone or laptop.
3D Fashion and Virtual Clothing will represent the future of the fashion industry. Designers will be enabled to release whole new fashion lines without physically creating one single garment.
Harrods announced in June that they will have to delay 2022 Summer sale due to hold ups in the global supply chain, by two to three weeks. The fall out is a result of Brexit
“It’s almost impossible to find the right staff. We’ve lost significant amounts of people as a result of Brexit. And it’s not the skilled or qualified, it’s the people we need to do jobs that unfortunately the British will not do.”
Clothing outlets have been hit by problems with shipping and factory shutdowns in China and elsewhere in Asia as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Value fashion chain Prtimark also said this week that it was closely watching events in China, where lock downs were affecting some factories and ports, threatening potential disruption to deliveries of stock.
LVMH‘s Tag Heuer announced that it will now accept Crypto payments on it’s U.S. website via a press release over a week ago. Tag Heuer now accepts 12 cryptocurrencies via BitPay which includes Bitcoin, Dogdecoin, Etherium, Shiba Inu, Stablecoin and others for transactions up to $10,000.
“The press release announcement came after LVMH brands and rival luxury fashion houses at Kering are investing in the Metaverse and Web3, which is the concept for a new stage of the internet relying on blockchain technology.
“Balenciaga will soon start accepting Bitcoin and Ethereum as payment at its flagship U.S. stores and online, as reported by Women’s Wear Daily. Earlier this month, Gucci announced it would start accepting crypto as payment in select U.S. stores.”
Digital currency is not accepted in brick and mortar stores of Tag Heuer at the moment, but they did not say that it wont happen in the future.
Amanda Holley’s 5 Octave voice is not only captivating, but also calming and soothing while she delivers important and personal messages. With each single/EP, you can see and hear her evolve in “RUNAWAY” and “CODE”, both out now. You can listen to “CODE” on Amazon Music,Spotify, Apple Music, and TIDAL.
This multi-talented bi-racial singer, songwriter, musician, actor (yes actor too!) has captivated audiences of hundreds and thousands, performing at Coachella, NYFW, LAFW, Carnegie Hall, iHeart and MTV. This SONY signed artist has it all it takes to be a mega star, on stage and TV!
Look for Amanda’s EP “The HolleyGraphic”, (to be released soon) in collab with Billboard Charting producer/songwriters Davis Chris & Cecily Wagner, as well as her starring on a new Reality TV show that will be announced in 2022/23.
Ms. Holley recently talked about her new acting role, spirituality, and working with amazing giants in the industry on the Elegant Classy Gentleman Magazine Podcast, which will be on social media in a few days in 2-3 parts (Amanda has much to talk about) in which Amanda will elaborate…on many things!
The founder the luxury brand Off-White, Virgil Abloh and artistic director of Louis Vuitton men’s wear passed away due to cancer at 41 years old. After selling his luxury brand to Louis Vuitton and joining the same in 2018 had his first show in June of the same year began an exciting chapter in fashion history, by bringing streetwear into the luxury fashion industry!
In a statement posted to his Instagram, Virgil’s family wrote: “We are devastated to announce the passing of our beloved Virgil Abloh, a fiercely devoted father, husband, son, brother, and friend. He is survived by his loving wife Shannon Abloh, his children Lowe Abloh and Grey Abloh, his sister Edwina Abloh, his parents Nee and Eunice Abloh, and numerous dear friends and colleagues.”
Virgil privately fought a rare and aggressive type of cancer (cardiac angiosarcoma) for two years, after being diagnosed in 2019, undergoing various treatments while running several companies. Louis Vuitton paid tribute to the creative genius by presenting his Spring/Summer 2022Collection, on Nov 30th in Miami.
“We are all shocked by this terrible news. Virgil was not only a genius designer and a visionary, he was also a man with a beautiful soul and great wisdom. The LVMH family joins me in this moment of great sorrow and we are all thinking of his loved ones on the passing of their husband, father, brother, son and friend.” CEO Bernard Arnault of Louis Vuitton said in a statement.
This year in October, the Elegant Classy Gentleman Paranormal Division went scouting for possible paranormal activity sites in mid to upper Manhattan. Here’s what we investigated.
The Amiable Child Memorial: Riverside Park
This rare private 200 year old grave site belongs to a 5 year old child (St. Claire Pollock) who died (it is said) from a fall from the parkland cliffs to the rocks below on the Hudson River on July 15, 1797.
Their are different accounts of his family origins. Some say that that a linin merchant which was either his father, or uncle lived in the mansion on Strawberry Hill (which was later renamed Claremont), and on January 18th 1800 he sold the property to a former neighbor, Mrs. Cornelia Verplanck in which he presented her with this request: “There is a small enclosure near your boundary fence within which lie the remains of a favorite child, covered by a marble monument. You will confer a peculiar and interesting favor upon me by allowing me to convey the enclosure to you so that you will consider it a part of your own estate, keeping it, however, always enclosed and sacred.”
Now is the spirit of five year old St. Claire Pollock still attached to the grounds of the monument?
We went to the site to see if we could pick up any evidence of a haunting of any type. while this site is a perfect candidate for a haunting (especially at night) we were not able to detect any paranormal activity at the time. We will definitely return another time with more powerful equipment to test the waters again.
Central Park /59th Street & 5th Ave/AKA: “Swan Lake”
The oldest “Ghost Story” at this site is that of Janet & Rosetta Van Der Voort, aka the ice skating ghost sisters.
The Van Der Voort sisters lived with their wealthy and overprotective father in southeastern central park. They were rarely allowed to go anywhere alone, with the exception of ice skating in the winter at (right you guessed it) the pond, which was near their mansion.
The years went by and the sisters grew so close that they rejected all male suitors, and died spinsters only a few months apart in 1880. After the their deaths (and many years after into modern times) people have reported seeing the sisters (or rather their ghosts) skating on the pond during the summer and winter in ghostly figure eights.
We waited at night by the pond, hoping to get a glimpse of the sisters to no avail. We will try again this winter when the pond is frozen over, which seems to be the best time to capture the sisters on camera.