Must Read: Ken Downing Is the New Creative Officer of Triple Five Group, Pharrell Williams Shows off His Capsule Collection With Chanel in Short Film

Plus, what's the deal with wearables and fashion?
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Ken Downing. Photo: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images

Ken Downing. Photo: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images

These are the stories making headlines in fashion on Monday.

Ken Downing is the new creative officer of Triple Five Group 
Ken Downing announced his departure from Neiman Marcus on Friday, after working at the company for 28 years. And on Monday, we learned of his next steps: Downing will join Triple Five Group as its Chief Creative Officer. Triple Five Group is a Canadian developer known for combining retail and entertainment at enormous centers such as the Mall of America in Minnesota and the upcoming American Dream in New Jersey. "Ken's appointment as Chief Creative Officer for Triple Five underscores our commitment to
providing guests with the highest level of service and style," said Don Ghermezian, the President of American Dream, in an official statement. "Ken has a proven track record of working with designers and curating premiere consumer experiences — mixing
the best in fashion, art, culture and design." {Fashionista inbox} 

Pharrell Williams shows off his capsule collection with Chanel in short film 
Pharrell Williams is taking his relationship with Chanel to the next level by co-designing a capsule collection with the French fashion house. The line, which consists of color-blocked T-shirts and sneakers, will drop exclusively on Thursday at the opening of Chanel's first flagship boutique in Seoul and launch in select Chanel stores on April 4. To mark his debut as a Chanel designer, Williams stars in a short film that features a rainbow-clad group of men and women on a nocturnal road trip. You can get a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the video below. {WWD

What's the deal with wearables and fashion? 
The Apple Watch made its big debut five years ago, marking the start of tech's love affair with fashion. But now, talk about wearables has gone very quiet. In a new piece for The New York Times, Vanessa Friedman explores how tech's relationship with fashion went stale. "It's possible we don't actually want our clothes, or our accessories, to do much more than they already do, which is make us feel good and be tools of self-expression, symbols of membership in a group, clues to aspirations," Friedman writes. {The New York Times

PETA condemns Levi's for using leather patches
Levi's went public on Thursday and is already facing calls for change from PETA. The animals rights organization said it purchased the minimum number of shares needed to be able to submit shareholder resolutions, and it's targeting the cow skins that the denim company uses to make its brown patches. PETA wants Levi's to use vegan leather patches instead. {Business of Fashion

The Modist confirms investments from Farfetch and Nicola Bulgari 
The Modist announced strategic investments from Farfetch and the private equity vehicle for Nicola Bulgari on Monday. "We are delighted to welcome Farfetch, an invaluable player in the world of luxury and innovative technology and look forward to continuing our journey of growth with their support and expertise," said Ghizlan Guenez, founder and CEO of The Modist. "Equally, Mr. Nicola Bulgari values excellence in the needs of the evolving luxury consumer and we are thrilled to have his guidance and vast experience, thereby reaffirming our positioning in the rapidly evolving luxury modest fashion space." {Fashionista inbox} 

Inside the poppy bloom that's brought swarms of influencers to Southern California 
There's a poppy bloom that's causing swarms of content-thirsty influencers and tourists to visit a small city in Southern California. And while the flame-orange flowers do make for a splendid, springy background and look pretty on our feeds, the rush to capture their beauty has brought horrible traffic to the roads and destructive foot traffic to the hills. {The New York Times

Bella Hadid models the Paris collections for Vogue
On the final day of fashion month, Bella Hadid spent the afternoon with director Gordon von Steiner and fashion editor Jorden Bickham to model some looks from Paris Fashion Week. Highlights include a white Chanel suit, a red Givenchy bustier gown and an embroidered satin Paco Rabanne dress. {Vogue

The rise of Karla Welch
Naomi Fry profiled stylist and designer Karla Welch for The New Yorker. In the piece, Fry spoke with a slew of her celebrity clients — from Ruth Negga to Judy Greer — who talk about her as they would a guru. Fry also got Welch to share more about her upcoming products, such as an app launching this summer that will allow users to solicit wardrobe and shopping advice from stylists chosen by her. {The New Yorker

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