August 28 2014

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5 posts tagged "Abercrombie & Fitch"

Model-Slash: Dirt Biker Rainey Forkner


Named after Formula One Grand Prix racer Wayne Rainey, fresh-faced model Rainey Forkner (pictured) was born to be an adrenaline junkie. When she isn’t skateboarding to and from castings in New York, you’ll likely find the 19-year-old up-and-comer zooming around Los Angeles on her Honda CBR sportbike or taking a spin around the dirt bike track in nearby Oak Hills, California. Forkner’s father wanted to be a pro racer his entire life and dedicates nearly all of his time and money to fixing engines and getting faster, so it’s not surprising that he made a racing protégée out of his daredevil daughter.When Forkner was just 13, her dad took her to a local course and put her on an entry-level bike with manual transmission for the first time. “I just popped the clutch and took off. Even though I was running into everything, my dad said I did great, and afterwards he bought me my own bike, a Kawasaki KX 100,” Forkner told “After that, I began going out to a big open lot near my house with jumps. I’d spend about seven hours a day—split up into three sessions—out there, and after a lot of practice and coaching from my dad, I got really good at it, so competing was the next step.”

Despite wearing a chest guard, elbow pads, rubber pants, knee pads, and obviously a helmet every time she gets behind the wheels, Forkner has had her fair share of injuries. “I’ve got many, many scars, which comes with the territory. My agencies are really on my case about not riding because they don’t want me to get hurt or, even worse, look busted,” she laughed. “The scariest time was when I highsided the bike. It’s basically when the front tire dips under and you get pitched over the handlebars. I landed really hard and popped out my shoulder.”

Forkner leads a fast-paced life, and that need for speed has helped her with modeling, too. Although she’s walked in a few runway shows including Mark Fast and Math Collective in London this season (and Cushnie et Ochs’ Fall ’12 show), Forkner is still a catwalk novice but is racking up editorial and commercial work in the meanwhile. She appeared in a beauty spread shot by Raymond Maier in the August issue of Teen Vogue and will star in the forthcoming Bruce Weber-lensed Abercrombie Holiday campaign. Forkner explained, “I’ve had kind of one foot in and one foot out of modeling for a while, but think I’m finally ready to be full-on committed to it. I’ve been practicing my walk all day every day and am getting feedback that it’s really strong.” So what’s next? “I’d love to do Ralph Lauren, and obviously Victoria’s Secret would be a dream. It’s like the Super Bowl for modeling.”

Photo: Courtesy of New York Model Management

Versace Announces Its Couture Runway Show, Diego Della Valle’s Speedy New Train, And More…


Donatella Versace has announced July 1 as the date for the Atelier Versace runway show after making a quiet return to the Paris Couture calendar last season with a small presentation. This time around, the label will have two shows at the Ritz Paris—the location of Gianni Versace’s last runway show in 1997. [WWD]

An Abercrombie & Fitch on Savile Row? Not if the staffers at The Chap magazine can help it. The Chap employees dressed up in three-piece suits and staged a demonstration against Abercombie to express their discontent with the retailer for opening on the famed bespoke tailoring street. [Styleite]

Tod’s chief Diego Della Valle unveiled his new high-speed train service, the NTV Italo, this past weekend in Italy. The train, developed with Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo, will run through nine cities and includes all the works, such as seats made of Poltrona Frau hides, gourmet Eataly delicacies, and a cinema coach. [WWD]

Victoria Beckham is lending her support to young designer Christopher Raeburn. Though she is known to step out in her own designs, Beckham recently bought one of Raeburn’s waterproof jackets and “tweeted a picture of herself in Beijing standing next to one of Raeburn’s inflatable squirrel installations,” according to British Vogue. [Vogue U.K.]

Photo: Yannis Vlamos /

Abercrombie & Fitch Tries To Handle A Situation, Moët & Chandon Raises A Glass To Testino, Counterfeit Luxury Shopping Bags, And More…


Abercrombie & Fitch has quite a situation on its hands. The teen retailer has offered the Jersey Shore cast member Michael “The Situation” Sorrentino a deal to stop wearing its clothes. “We are deeply concerned that Mr. Sorrentino’s association with our brand could cause significant damage to our image. We understand that the show is for entertainment purposes, but believe this association is contrary to the aspirational nature of our brand, and may be distressing to many of our fans,” A&F says. [WWD]

Moët & Chandon will toast Mario Testino and his legendary photography career with a ceremony, hosted by Lady Amanda Harlech, Vogue‘s Lucinda Chambers, and Hamish Bowles on September 19. He will receive the first Moët & Chandon Etoile Award during London fashion week. [Vogue U.K.]

London has just surpassed New York “as the fashion place people all over the world like the best,” according to Grazia Daily. Based on several different statistics gathered by the Global Language Monitor, tracking “the frequency of words and phrases in print, electronic and social media,” London is now the global fashion capital. [Grazia Daily]

How much would you fork over for a brand-name luxury paper bag? In Korea, apparently it’s a trend, and women are forking over $30 a pop on Chanel and Burberry branded shopping bags. They are in such high demand that people are even making counterfeit paper bags seriously. [WSJ]

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The New Girl At McQ, The Old Girl At Rachel Zoe, A&F Quarterly Reborn, And More…


Pina Ferlisi, former creative director for Marc by Marc Jacobs, has been named creative director for Alexander McQueen’s McQ. [WWD]

After months of rumors surrounding the Rachel Zoe/Taylor Jacobson split last November, Zoe has opened up about her former’s assistant’s departure—with made-for-TV barbs, of course, and a plug for her show. “Taylor just went in for the kill,” she says. But as for specifics? “I would love to tell you but I would have to kill you. You’ll see it on season 3.” [Fashionologie]

StyleList has the first looks inside Abercrombie & Fitch’s relaunched A&F Quarterly. Inside? Gratuitously unclothed models. Just like the first time—hey, no need to reinvent the wheel. [Stylelist]

Speaking of gratuitously undressed models, Valentino’s Fall campaign will feature some, too. [WWD]

American Apparel CEO and self-proclaimed “international business celebrity” Dov Charney threatens all AA employees with a $1 million dollar lawsuit for leaking any details of AA’s practices (which allegedly include regular check-ins for attractiveness). Yes, sounds totally above-board to us. [Gawker]

Photo: Mark Von Holden / WireImage

Americans In Milan, Lara For Louis, And More…


Today in Milan, hundreds, maybe thousands, of Italians are remembering why America is the best country ever. Two words: Abercrombie; Fitch. [WWD]

Daily Candy joins the Gilt Groupe group with Swirl, its own members-only e-commerce site, set to launch next month. We’re going to shop our way out of this recession if it’s the last thing we do! [WWD]

Louis Vuitton‘s Spring 2010 face is rumored to be Lara Stone, which means the Dutch treat is taking over the mantle from Madonna . It’s a monogrammed mantle, and it comes with tasseled clogs. [WWD]

Just in case you’ve been misled by supermarket tabloids, Mary-Kate Olsen and Nate Lowman are not engaged. Although it did sound like an awfully nice proposal. [People]

Photo: Courtesy of Abercrombie & Fitch