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Pyer Moss Set To Debut During Haute Couture
Pyer Moss makes history as the first Black American designer to ever showcase a collection during Paris Haute Couture Week for the Autumn 21’ edition held from July 5th-8th. The Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture isn’t known for adding new designers to their roster, so this new addition is certainly one to watch out for. Designer Kerby Jean-Raymond will also be debuting his RTW collection at NYFW this fall and will release more information about his impending couture collection in July. [Harpers Bazaar]

IMG Plans To Revitalize NYFW With Fashion Alliance
This past Wednesday, worldwide agency IMG announced their initiative to revive NYFW with the Fashion Alliance. The President of IMG, Leslie Russo, said they created the alliance, “formed with a simple, like-minded objective: to create a bedrock of designers committed to New York Fashion Week’s revitalization and celebrate the resilience of New York’s fashion and retail industry as we emerge post-pandemic.” Before the pandemic, talk of “NYFW Is Dead” had already started as many designers began to only showcase internationally. Another reason for IMG choosing to create this initiative is to refute this debate and create a support system so that American designers can remain local. [Fashionista]

Marie Claire US Sold by Hearst
After floundering in recent years, Marie Claire US has been sold by Hearst to a UK media company. Previously one of Hearst’s flagship publications, within the last year the magazine has been producing fewer issues and is currently offering voluntary buyouts to certain staff members, with layoffs on the cards if not enough employees take severance packages. The title was purchased by Future Media, which also owns Marie Claire UK—an edition of Marie Claire, which, under the guidance of Future Media, has seen a boost in audience numbers as well as digital and e-commerce success. [The Daily Front Row]

Teen Vogue Has Another New Editor In Chief
Following the botched EIC hiring of Axios’ Alexi McCammond earlier this year, Teen Vogue finally has a new editor: Versha Sharma. Previously head of news and cultural coverage at NowThis, Sharma also worked at MSNBC.com covering the U.S. presidential election in 2012 and is a sits on the board of directors for the Online News Association. Sharma will star May 24th, inheriting the digital tome focused on bringing teens and young adults pieces on politics, fashion and culture. [NYT]

Karen Elson Goes Rogue
After more than two decades of growing disillusionment with the agency system, Karen Elson has made the radical step of leaving IMG in order to represent herself. A number of factors and experiences led to the decision, which she insists is not a condemnation of any particular agency or agent but more to do with the industry as a whole, saying, “I’m really struggling within the infrastructure of model agencies right now. I don’t have bad blood towards them. It’s just very difficult for me to get the things I need from a model agency.” It will be interesting to see if other top models follow suit. [The Cut]

Survivors Speak Up Against Former Elite Boss, Gerald Marie
This Sunday, CBS’ 60 Minutes Australia is airing first-hand encounters of 13 women who were allegedly sexually abused by former Elite Model Management boss Gerald Marie. Among the courageous women is Carre Otis, who is also an activist for sexually abused survivors seeking justice. Otis posted on her Instagram, “I am proud to stand with these courageous women and heartfelt thanks go out to the crew.”

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