From the passing of a fashion legend to power moves, and the rise of digital models, here are the top fashion news you have to know about this week.
1. Meet Shudu, the first digital model.
Following the drones at the Dolce & Gabbana runway show and the world's first virtual influencer Lil' Miquela, you ought to have critical eyes as digital model Shudu is taking Instagram by storm. Photographer Cameron James-Wilson who created Shudu took inspiration from a South African Princess Barbie and fashioned after Lupita Nyong'o, Duckie Thot and Nykhor, and Alex Wek, he shares in an interview.
Now, what started as an art project for Cameron quickly snowballed into a social media frenzy as her Instagram account has been flooded by DMs hiring the CGI model. Additionally, her existence has started a debate on whether models would soon be irrelevant. To which Cameron answers, "I don’t really see Shudu as a money spinner or a business for me. It’s more of an expression, and when I’ve had companies approach me, if what they want doesn’t reflect in what I see for her then it’s a no go. You know it doesn’t matter about the money or things like that. Because it’s not why I started Shudu. I started her for me, to express myself.
"I don’t see her or virtual people taking over the real world." He further explains, "The work that’s involved is extremely intense. The only reason I can make Shudu what she is is because I have a knowledge of photography, hair, makeup."
2. Hubert de Givenchy passes at 91.
French fashion designer Hubert de Givenchy died at 91, his partner Philippe Venet confirms. The house of Givenchy designer passed in his sleep and is survived by his nephews, nieces, and children.
Hubert is best known for his work with iconic actress Audrey Hepburn whom he had dressed for films like Breakfast at Tiffany's and Funny Face. Fashionista chronicles his career: "He founded his namesake fashion house in 1952, where he remained at the helm until 1995. Givenchy sold to LVMH in 1988; after he retired, the conglomerate brought in designers like John Galliano, Alexander McQueen and Julien McDonald to head up the label."
His house released a statement that immortalizes Hubert as a symbol of "Parisian chic and elegance for more than half a century."
3. Accessory brand Claire's might be on the brink of bankruptcy.
Another beloved brand is on the brink of closing its doors. Bloomberg reports, "The company is closing in on a deal in which control would pass from Apollo Global Management LLC to lenders including Elliott Capital Management and Monarch Alternative Capital, according to the people, who asked not to be identified because the matter isn’t public. Venor Capital Management and Diameter Capital Partners are also involved, the people said. The move should help ease the $2 billion debt load at Claire’s."
4. Glossier is joined by a Conde Nast veteran.
Glossier's Emily Weiss continues to grow her beauty brand by recruiting Marie Suter, "Condé Nast’s most valued creative director," Business of Fashion reports. For her new role at Glossier, Marie "will oversee the campaigns, packaging and creative functions" of the company. She succeeds Helen Steed who vacated the post last November.