Must Read: Goop to Receive CFDA Innovation Award, Telfar Clemens Talks Advertising with Essence

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These are the stories making headlines in fashion on Wednesday.

Goop to receive Innovation Award at 2023 CFDA Fashion Awards
Gwyneth Paltrow’s lifestyle brand Goop will receive the Innovation Award at the 2023 CFDA Fashion Awards on Nov. 6. This award recognizes innovation in “branding, marketing, social media, customer engagement, performance or product development,” according to the CFDA. “Since launching Goop 15 years ago, Gwyneth Paltrow has brought a new dimension to the lifestyle industry, making a case for vision and innovation in retail,” CFDA CEO Steven Kolb said in a statement. “We congratulate Gwyneth and her team at goop for the well-deserved Innovation Award presented by Amazon Fashion.” The award ceremony will take place at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. {Fashionista inbox}

Telfar Clemens talks advertising with Essence
Telfar Clemens, his creative director Babak Radboy and close friend Ian Isiah sat down with Lynette Nylander for Essence to discuss the art of advertising, staying authentic to their vision and how they’re defying expectations. Telfar’s advertising has often been high-concept and fun, like the brand’s latest campaign with Ugg featuring Lil’ Kim, Morris Chestnut and rapper Yung Miami. Clemens, who also starred in the campaign, often features friends in place of celebrities and has watched the brand continue to grow as a result of the successful advertising campaigns. “It definitely changed my perspective on stuff that we do, and how what we do starts to relate to a bigger world and a bigger audience — and we don’t even have to change ourselves to do that, which is really important to me,” Clemens told Essence. {Essence}

Kering lags luxury peers as sales drop
Kering’s third-quarter sales fell 9% at constant currency, with revenue dropping 21% in North America and 10% in Europe. Sales rose in Asia by 1% (excluding Japan), but the luxury group is lagging behind its peers such as LVMH, which grew 9% in the third quarter. Kering’s brands have faced some struggles, such as Gucci navigating a new creative director, CEO and marketing chief; Saint Laurent leaning into entry-priced luxury handbags and Balenciaga attempting to bounce back from last year’s scandal. {Business of Fashion/paywalled}

Carolyn Bessette Kennedy, ghost influencer
Carolyn Bessette Kennedy, a publicist at Calvin Klein and the wife of John F. Kennedy Jr., is still influencing fashion 25 years after her death. The couple were already fashion icons in their day, but Bessette Kennedy’s personal style is living on within the mood boards of labels such as Sporty & Rich, Carolina Herrera, Sandy Liang and Staud. Vanessa Friedman explores Bessette Kennedy’s status as a “ghost influencer” ahead of the publication of “CBK: Carolyn Bessette Kennedy: A Life in Fashion” by Sunita Kumar Nair. “Because she was so notoriously private, because she married into a family that had already colonized part of the public imagination, and because our memories of her are essentially preserved in amber (which is to say, a finite number of photographs, most of them taken between 1994, when she started dating Mr. Kennedy, and 1999), she will never age, get Botox, post an unthinking comment, get messy — or change her style,” Friedman writes. {The New York Times/paywalled}

The Hollywood Reporter spotlights top celebrity glam teams
For its 2023 Beauty Issue, The Hollywood Reporter spotlighted 40 hairstylists, makeup artists and nail artists and shared their favorite beauty moments of 2023. Michelle Yeoh’s hairstylist Mara Roszak shared her experience getting the star ready for the Academy Awards; makeup artist Hung Vanngo recalled creating Selena Gomez’s VMAs look and hairstylist Gregory Russell described the high ponytail he put Jennifer Lawrence in for the “No Hard Feelings” London premiere as his top 2023 moment. {The Hollywood Reporter}

Thom Browne and Andrew Bolton on collaborating for the first time
Fashion’s power couple — fashion designer Thom Browne and Curator in Chief of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute Andrew Bolton — have teamed up for the first time for a Phaidon Press tome celebrating 20 years of the Thom Browne brand. “It’s Andrew’s book. It just happens to have my name on it,” Browne told Rachel Tashjian of The Washington Post. “But when you work with Andrew, why would you even intervene? It’s 20 years through Andrew’s — you know, the most important curator in the world’s — eyes.” The book, which explores the evolution and philosophy of Thom Browne, is available now at and {The Washington Post/paywalled} 

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