HEDI SLIMANE SUES FORMER EMPLOYER, KERING

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Hedi Slimane. Photo: Martin Bureau

When Kering-owned Saint Laurent and Hedi Slimane officially parted ways in April, somewhat as a surprise given the commercial success of Slimane'sdesigns, it felt like one of the most drama-free designer departures of recent memory. The term "fired" was never used, there was no talk of burnout, etc.

But nearly three months later, with Slimane's replacement Anthony Vaccarello already at work, the designer's relationship with his former employer has hit a snag. Somewhat confusingly, Slimane has entered into legal proceedings with Kering because he wants the company to reinstate the non-compete clause that it lifted at the time of his departure. Reuters was first to report the lawsuit, and Kering provided us with the following statement:

The procedure regards the usual non-competition obligations that accompanied Hedi Slimane’s collaboration with the Yves Saint Laurent Maison. Kering lifted this clause at the end of Hedi Slimane’s contract, thus freeing Hedi Slimane from this potential constraint. Hedi Slimane is requesting that this clause be applied still, along with the effective payment of the financial compensation that goes with it.

A non-compete agreement can prevent an employee from taking a job that would put him or her in direct competition with an employer — so, in Slimane's case, joining another luxury brand as creative director — for a specified duration of time. It sounds like, at some point, Slimane and Kering struck up a deal wherein he sacrificed some amount of compensation in order to have his non-compete lifted.

Now, presumably, he does not plan to join a competing company anytime soon and wants his non-compete, and the money that comes with it, back. Kering still holds Slimane in a positive light though, writing in its statement that: "This disagreement does not alter the Group's recognition for Hedi Slimane's contribution, who, together with the Yves Saint Laurent team, has reformed the Maison, during his 4-year tenure as Creative and Image Director of Saint Laurent."

Slimane has been rumored to be replacing Karl Lagerfeld at Chanel; otherwise, his current pursuits are generally unknown.

On Kering's part, it's not the first time the company entered a legal battle with a former employee: One of its brands, Balenciaga, sued Nicolas Ghesquiere in 2013 over negative comments he made about the company in an interview following his departure.

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STEVE MADDEN’S SHOES ARE MADE FOR GOING OUT

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Get ready to step out in style this summer with the release of Steve Madden’s recent trend guide focusing on night out shoes. Models Bojana Relic and Max von Isser head to a New York’s West Village cocktail lounge called, ‘The Happiest Hours’. The models play a couple going out for a drink (or two), complete with stylish shoes. For her, strappy sandals and 70’s style platforms are what’s in, while for him, it is all about loafers and slip-on sneakers.


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CHRISTOPHER KANE LAUNCHES E-COMMERCE, CARA DELEVINGNE APPEARS IN NEW INDIE FILM TRAILER

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Christopher Kane at the Vogue 100 Festival in London. Photo: Getty ImagesChristopher Kane at the Vogue 100 Festival in London. 

These are the stories making headlines in fashion on Wednesday.

Christopher Kane takes a major step for his brand
After opening its first brick-and-mortar store in London, launching a website and debuting an inaugural advertising campaign, e-commerce is a logical next step for Christopher Kane's brand. The new online platform will use digital and video content to combine "a brand experience and a commercial experience," says Christopher Kane CEO Sarah Crook.

Cara Delevingne's latest movie trailer is here
The model is continuing to rack up acting credits on her IMDB page, and the latest is sure to be another hit amongst the soul-searching millennial audience. In "Kids in Love," she stars alongside Alma Jodorowsky and Will Poulter against a backdrop of underground, bohemian London. 

Vanessa Friedman shares her thoughts on cruise season
After a whirlwind season that took the fashion crowd to Havana, London, Rio de Janeiro and London again, Vanessa Friedman shared a personal diary that perfectly reflects the increasingly confusing resort/pre-spring/cruise season. The paragraphs span from May 11 through (preemptively) July 3. Hey, when you’re as busy as she is, planning in advance is key. 

Goop is joining Snapchat and will do it in the most Goop way possible
Speaking about the evolution of Gwyneth Paltrow's lifestyle site, Goop CEO Lisa Gersh announced plans to join Snapchat, in addition to expanding video content throughout. And if you’re already planning to deride the hilariously lavish items that will appear on the Goop Snap story, you’re too late — because Goop is already in on the joke. "We understand the reaction, and we want to be part of it," said Gersh. 

Alex Badia gets a bigger role at WWD
In a newly created role, Alex Badia, who most recently served as WWD's sittings director and men's fashion director, will work with the photo and art departments along with their stylists and market editors to direct the overall vision of the weekly magazine and website. 

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CALVIN KLEIN UPDATES ITS DENIM STYLES FOR SPRING

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Calvin Klein Jeans provides a style update for the spring-summer 2016 season with the release of a trend guide starring models Hanne Linhares and Abiah Hostvedt. The American fashion brand champions casual and laid-back vibes with denim, cotton, canvas and chambray fabrics. Worn with modern sunglasses and sneakers, the Calvin Klein woman shows off her denim style with edge for the new season.

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H&M'S SALES GROWTH CONTINUES TO SLOW

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Joan Smalls may love H&M, but does everyone else? Photo: Getty ImagesJoan Smalls may love H&M, but does everyone else? 

Is fast fashion starting to peak? After slowing sales numbers lead to closures of Uniqlo stores earlier this year, H&M released its first half-year report of 2016 on Wednesday, and the numbers are not what they once were. 

Blaming cold spring weather and a strong U.S. dollar for a slow second quarter, H&M CEO Karl-Johan Persson says, "The sales increase in March and April was significantly below our plan." Sales were up just 5 percent for the second quarter — the weakest in three years — with profit reaching about 7 billion kronor ($850 million). That's quite a bit less than the company's projected 7.23 billion kronor. This follows a steep decline in profitfor the first quarter of the year.

Of course, it's not all bad news for the fast fashion sector: H&M rival Zara is experiencing huge global sales increases, perhaps due to its ability to turn inventory around more quickly as climate demands it. Uniqlo, though it may not be growing as rapidly as it hoped, recently brought on Christophe Lemaireto serve as artistic director. H&M still plans to complete its roll out of 425 new stores this year, in addition to expanding e-commerce into new markets: Canada and South Korea will be next.

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HE CONG MODELS A POP OF COLOR FOR DIOR MAGAZINE

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The latest issue of Dior Magazine serves some major beauty inspiration with this makeup editorial starring He Cong. Photographed by Richard Burbridge, the Chinese model wears pop art inspired looks from Dior’s ‘Milky Dots’ collection with bold color combinations ranging from blue eyeshadow to lavender colored lips and more. DiorMakeup’s image and creative director Peter Philips is responsible for the dynamic palette while hairstylist Yannick D’Is creates sleek fringe. 


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