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St. John Relaunches with Bold New Collection and Social Media Campaign Aimed at Global Audience

The American fashion house, known for its luxury knits, pushes the fashion envelope forward for an expanded customer base with a fresh vision and voice from new creative director Zoe Turner.

IRVINE, Calif., Nov. 7, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- St. John, the American luxury house founded in 1962 on the premise of simple, elegant knitwear enters an exciting new era with a fashion-forward capsule collection and provocative social media campaign envisioned by recently-appointed creative director Zoe Turner.

St. John's Creative Director, Zoe Turner at the launch of her capsule collection on November 6th in New York City

Embracing St. John's future while paying homage to its past, the story unfolds with a redesigned logo – a subtle yet powerful change.  Leading this new narrative is a refreshingly modern limited-edition capsule collection created by Turner and her team of artisans and knitwear technicians. The 20 head-to-toe looks push the boundaries of craft and couture, as innovative knitting techniques take both delicate and bold forms.

St. John's iconic signatures are reimagined with modernized brand codes including a single knit stitch, translated into metal hardware and a new knitted jacket silhouette. Looks range from a lightweight pleated viscose evening dress, to intricately textured, graphic geometric looks. In a creative twist, the hardware, is now incorporated into the clothing – down the front of a bodysuit or in the bodice of a cut-out midi dress. St. John's signature suit takes on new proportions, oversized and tailored at the same time, while classic cream and metallic tweeds now embody sporty silhouettes. Turner also introduces a new color palette, tailoring and leather, along with essential wardrobe pieces that speak to the way today's women dress.

Consumers will experience the collection via a limited release available online and a social media campaign launched exclusively on Instagram in the U.S. and WeChat in China, all new milestones for St. John. To help develop the concept and statement making social media campaign, St. John and Turner enlisted creative agency Mazarine and photographer Bibi Cornejo Borthwick.  

"It's about evolving as a brand and making sure we are being as authentic as possible along the way, creating an emotional connection with the consumer," said Joann Cheng, Fosun Group's Global Partner and Chairman of Fosun Fashion Group, which acquired a majority interest in St. John in 2017. "St. John holds an important position within Fosun Fashion Group not only because it's our first U.S. brand, but also one with a unique core of signature innovative knits and an undisputed reputation for quality. We are committed to further develop it into a successful luxury brand rooted in U.S. but with global width. The U.S. and China are two major markets, but we are increasing our efforts in regions such as Europe, where we also see ample opportunity."

"We're excited to introduce Zoe and her vision with this limited-edition capsule collection, and to spark the conversation around beautiful fashion through the digitally-led campaign. These new initiatives will speak to a larger audience, including our existing clients, about who we are and what we represent: a blend of modernity and history," said chief executive officer Eran Cohen.

Turner, who leads all creative at St. John with a holistic approach, starting with its codes and icons and melding them with her fresh approach to product, visuals and store design, noted, "The capsule was inspired by the icons of St. John, represented in 20 unique looks that capture the spirit of the house through, colour, print, silhouette and craft. This will act as a foundation to build our new story."

To help celebrate the limited-edition capsule collection, Turner and the St. John brand hosted an intimate evening on November 6th in New York City, providing guests with an exclusive first look of the new collection.

The capsule collection will also be supported by a press event in Beijing, as well as robust social media campaigns featuring 100+ influencers and opinion leaders ranging from celebrities, inclusivity advocates, and fashion tastemakers each bringing the looks to life in their own way.  Turner's first full collection for St. John will be Fall 2020, and a new store concept will debut mid-to-late next year.

ABOUT FOSUN
Fosun International Limited is a technology-driven consumer group that has been listed on the main board of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange (00656.HK) since 2007. Founded in 1992, Fosun operates three business lines, in Health, Happiness and Wealth, creating world-class products and services for families around the world. In 2018, Fosun recorded revenues of RMB 109.4 billion (c.US$ 16.5 billion) with total assets worth RMB 681.51 billion (c.US$ 99.13 billion) as of 30 June 2019.

ABOUT FOSUN FASHION GROUP (FFG)
Launched in 2017 and based in Shanghai, China, FFG is a multi-disciplinary industry platform under Fosun International Ltd. that focuses on in-depth operations and strategic investments in Fashion. Rooted in China with a global vision, FFG is able to provide the complete solution for brands' sustainable growth. FFG believes that long-term value can be created through a variety of strategic initiatives. These include brand building, talent recruiting, product development, strategic alliances, channel expansion, digitalization, as well as full-spectrum local operation provided through its China operation arm, Fosun Fashion Brand Management (FFBM). Through its unique approach and position, FFG looks to create and connect cross-border communities, empower talent and drive growth. FFG's current brand portfolio includes Lanvin, Wolford, St. John, Caruso and Tom Tailor.

ABOUT ST. JOHN
St. John is an American luxury house founded in 1962 on the premise of a simple, elegant and versatile knit dress. The brand has evolved over the years but the foundation of the collection remains the same today as it did from the very start – great American design, understated and timeless elegance, unsurpassed quality and craftsmanship. The company, headquartered in Southern California, employs more than 1,500 people and is vertically integrated with workshops, stores and offices around the world. Its collections are sold in high-end specialty retailers in 19 countries, 37 company-owned stores and through the brand's ecommerce site stjohnknits.com. Instagram/Facebook/Twitter/LinkedIn: @StJohnKnits

St. John's Creative Director, Zoe Turner and CEO, Eran Cohen at the St. John Event on November 6th in New York City
Jeanne Grey, Wendy Nguyen, Zoe Turner and Pam Hetlinger at the St. John Event on November 6th in New York City
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