Jean Paul Gaultier takes final bow at star-studded couture show

Jean Paul Gaultier has concluded his 50-year fashion career with a star-studded runway spectacle.The legendary French designer announced his retirement plans in a statement posted to social media last weekend, and on Wednesday night, staged his final c…

Jean Paul Gaultier has concluded his 50-year fashion career with a star-studded runway spectacle.

The legendary French designer announced his retirement plans in a statement posted to social media last weekend, and on Wednesday night, staged his final catwalk show at the Theatre du Chatelet as part of Paris Couture Week.

The extravaganza drew in a number of celebrities, including Nicolas Ghesquiere, Christian Lacroix, Carla Bruni, and Christian Louboutin, but at the opening, Gaultier called for fans to embrace sustainability and recycle their clothes.

“In my first show and this, my last, there are creations made with the jeans I’ve worn,” he told the crowd. “It’s the most beautiful of materials. Like a lot of humans, it becomes even more beautiful as it gets older.”

As promised, Gaultier offered guests a party, with the presentation opening with Karlie Kloss standing in the centre of the stage and opening a black coffin, to reveal model Issa Lish standing in a frilled white minidress inside.

Lish then took to the catwalk and was followed by a parade of models in quirky ensembles, such as a white dress covered in gloves, a top made from a tuxedo jacket, and a black tulle dress with images of Japanese art attached to the front.

Many of the 67-year-old’s key motifs were also included, with one model sporting a jumpsuit that resembled the conical bra he created for Madonna in the 1990s, burlesque star Dita Von Teese posing in an outfit made from a satin corset and belts, Gigi Hadid in a sailor uniform-inspired look, Karen Elson in a corseted number, and Irina Shayk in a Goth-inspired black tulle ballgown.

The event also featured special appearances from Joan Smalls, Paris Jackson, who made her runway debut, Erin O’Connor, as well as Coco Rocha, who did an Irish dance on the catwalk, as she also did back in 2007.

To conclude, Boy George performed a song during the finale, with the models applauding Gaultier as he proceeded to take his bow.

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Guo Pei to present first-ever U.K. show at V&A museum

Guo Pei is to present her first-ever U.K. fashion show at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum.The Chinese couturier has built up a reputation for her glamorous gowns since launching her brand in 1997 but is perhaps best known for creating the trailing …

Guo Pei is to present her first-ever U.K. fashion show at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum.

The Chinese couturier has built up a reputation for her glamorous gowns since launching her brand in 1997 but is perhaps best known for creating the trailing yellow gown Rihanna wore at the 2015 Met Gala.

Now, Pei is to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the V&A’s Fashion in Motion initiative, in which anyone can nab a seat on the front row, and will unveil her 2019/20 Alternate Universe Couture collection inside the Raphael Gallery on 1 November.

“I am very pleased to be the featured designer of V&A’s Fashion in Motion 20th anniversary show. This will also be my first-ever show in the United Kingdom,” she said in a statement. “The V&A is an historic platform, preserving and celebrating art and design in many forms, from many cultures and very often spanning many centuries. I feel fortunate to be included onto V&A’s platform and very much looking forward to the collaboration.”

Pei first presented her Alternate Universe line at this year’s Paris Couture Week. The range is inspired by the idea of a new universe where light and darkness coexist, angels and demons sit next to one another, and magical creatures creep out of the shadows.

Accordingly, Oriole Cullen, V&A fashion curator, is thrilled to be hosting the designer.

“Guo Pei’s work demonstrates the height of what can be achieved in the skilled ateliers of an haute couture house. We are delighted to be working with Guo Pei to showcase a selection of garments from her uniquely beautiful Alternate Universe collection,” she added.

Other fashion stars to take part in the V&A’s Fashion in Motion event over the years have included Alexander McQueen, Christian Lacroix, Erdem, Gareth Pugh, Giles Deacon, Jean Paul Gaultier, Jenny Packham, Vivienne Westwood, and Yohji Yamamoto.

Tickets for the three free catwalk shows will be available to book online via the V&A website from 21 October.

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Dries Van Noten collaborates with Christian Lacroix on spring 2020 collection

Dries Van Noten has collaborated with Christian Lacroix on his spring/summer 2020 collection.The Belgian fashion designer confirmed prior to his presentation held at the Opera Bastille as part of Paris Fashion Week on Wednesday that he had linked up wi…

Dries Van Noten has collaborated with Christian Lacroix on his spring/summer 2020 collection.

The Belgian fashion designer confirmed prior to his presentation held at the Opera Bastille as part of Paris Fashion Week on Wednesday that he had linked up with the legendary French couturier on the line, having begun secretly formulating ideas together back in March.

“The plot was hatched naturally and at the very start of the season, I found myself needing exuberance, opulence, another volume and fun! I was constantly drawn to the ’80s and ’90s, to a love of dressing up, to couture, to beauty, to audacity – to joy,” Van Noten recalled in a statement. “I quickly realised that all roads seemed to lead to the work and world – of Mr. Christian Lacroix. So, after little deliberation, I thought why not just phone him, why not phone Christian and ask if he would be up for the challenge and enjoy working with me on a collection. I was so happy when he immediately said: yes.”

Lacroix, known for launching his own haute couture house in 1975, has steered clear of the spotlight in recent years, focusing his attention on interiors and costume design.

He no longer owns the trademark for his fashion label, but is able to continue to explore creative partnerships, and was thrilled at the idea of teaming with Van Noten. Yet, he is adamant the line isn’t an “homage” to his work.

“I was very happy when Dries said, ‘It is not an homage: you are still alive.’ I don’t want to be back in fashion, but I always thought that Dries’s company was different from the others, because of the freedom, because of the distinctions. Very, very often I noticed that we have the same colours, the same love of print, of mixing, so it was interesting,” the 68-year-old said in an interview for Van Noten’s website.

The show opened with model Mica Tosi walking the runway in a black jacket, white trousers, and gold platform boots, with the look topped off with a huge black feather in her hair.

Other items featured clashing animal and polka dot prints, luxurious brocade, tailored floral print suits, and taffeta ballgowns with dramatic ruffled skirts.

Van Noten and Lacroix joined model Vilma Sjoberg, who was sporting a white gown, for a bow at the conclusion of the show.

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Rihanna developing high-end fashion line – report

Rihanna is reportedly developing her own high-end fashion line.The Barbadian singer/actress has branched out into the fashion and beauty worlds in recent years, finding success with her inclusive lingerie line Savage x Fenty, as unveiled at New York Fa…

Rihanna is reportedly developing her own high-end fashion line.

The Barbadian singer/actress has branched out into the fashion and beauty worlds in recent years, finding success with her inclusive lingerie line Savage x Fenty, as unveiled at New York Fashion Week last September (18), and her Fenty Beauty cosmetics range, which has been praised for catering to a diverse range of skin colours.

Now, according to editors at WWD, Rihanna is in talks with executives at luxury conglomerate Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton (LVMH) to create a clothing collection.

“LVMH has already handpicked a clutch of employees from within, including some from Louis Vuitton and Celine, to work on the project in tandem with Rihanna and some of her key associates,” the fashion publication reported on Thursday (17Jan19).

It was also claimed that the 30-year-old has been involved in “secret discussions” about the potential partnership for many months, with one source commenting that the line will include ready-to-wear, leather goods and accessories, and is likely to be released around the same time of her ninth studio record, reportedly titled R9, later on in 2019.

Bosses at LVMH have declined to comment on WWD’s report. Though should the deal go-ahead, it will mark the first new brand under the luxury group’s umbrella since the Christian Lacroix house was founded in the late 1980s.

Rihanna is no stranger to working with LVMH’s labels, having previously acted as the face of Dior in 2015.

She has also collaborated with numerous other labels over the years, including luxury footwear company Manolo Blahnik, U.K. retailer River Island, and sportswear giant Puma, for which she created the highly popular Fenty x Puma line of apparel and shoes.

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Alberta Ferretti set to unveil Alitalia airline uniforms at Milan show

Alberta Ferretti has designed the new staff uniforms for Italian airline Alitalia.Ferretti is the latest designer to team with an airline, following in the footsteps of Zac Posen’s work with Delta Air Lines, Vivienne Westwood’s Virgin Atlantic creation…

Alberta Ferretti has designed the new staff uniforms for Italian airline Alitalia.

Ferretti is the latest designer to team with an airline, following in the footsteps of Zac Posen’s work with Delta Air Lines, Vivienne Westwood’s Virgin Atlantic creations and Christian Lacroix’s Air France uniforms.

The new uniforms will be unveiled on 15 June (18) at her Milan Fashion Week: Men’s show, along with Ferretti’s resort 2019 and demi-couture limited-edition collections.

“This is a unique and exciting project that I took to heart from the very beginning,” she said of her packed Fashion Week schedule.

The staff at Alitalia, Italy’s biggest airline, have already had the designer treatment, with Italian haute couturier Ettore Bilotta previously creating their work clothes.

Ferretti said of her appointment: “Alitalia is a well-recognised and an institutional symbol for our country. This is why I have welcomed the opportunity to create a special collection (that) symbolises Italy and brings the best of Italian creativity, elegance and style in the world.”

Meanwhile, Delta staff are finally wearing Posen’s glamorous designs, three years after the collaboration was first announced.

The Project Runway judge’s initial designs were rejected after being deemed too sexy, but after reworking the outfits, Delta finally unveiled the stylish steward looks in October 2016.

And after staff tested the clothes, it’s finally take off time for Posen’s designs.

“We developed three different collections and themes: Fly Me to the Moon, Shaping the Sky and Glamour Take Off,” Posen told The Hollywood Reporter. “I wanted to bring glamour back to the runway and to 30,000 feet.”

His most notable change is overhauling Delta’s navy and red colour palette, which they’d stuck to for 30 years, for new hues such as Passport Plum, Cruising Cardinal, Groundspeed Graphite, Travelling Thistle and Skyline Slate.

“I have always loved flying and it was great to be able to share my love of aviation and fashion,” the designer said.

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