Fans of Nanette Lepore were treated last week at the designer's store in London's Westbourne Grove. The designer flew in from New York to host a meet and greet with customers, celebrity fans and customers. Guests including Zara Martin and Jasmine Guinness went through the brand's new collection whilst enjoying champagne and cupcakes from Hummingbird Bakery.
On Monday night, 75 of the most influential minds in fashion came together, along with New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, to begin the year-long project Fashion NYC 2020. The project aims to reinforce New York City as the garment capital of America, with attendees including Saks Fifth Avenue's chairman and CEO Stephen I. Sadove, Diane von Furstenberg, Roger Farah of Polo Ralph Lauren, Sir Philip Green of Topshop and last, but certainly not least, Anna Wintour, who went to "just listen and learn".
It was revealed that the group aimed to discuss ways to preserve the garment capital; to include stimulating tourism to the area via shopping coupons or subsidising airline prices, pop up stores, and technology - including sustainability, mobile marketing and the new media. Possibly one of the more exciting discussions surrounded Fashion's Night Out, where the group aims to include a no-sales-tax day, and a fashion show for the general public, all held on September 10th.
Fashion devotees from across the industry, including New York City-based designer, Nanette Lepore, and Representative Diane Watson, gathered last Friday to talk about the state of the fashion industry and show their support for the creation of a “Fashion Caucus” in Congress. “This caucus isn’t about the image of fashion, it’s about the business of fashion,” said Christine Brooks-Cropper, GWFCC President.
“The fashion district is facing extinction, and small factories are being lost to developers,” said Lepore, who plans for a “Save the Fashion District” rally to be held at the bronze garment-worker statue in October.