Roksanda Ilincic and Richard Quinn among recipients of BFC Foundation Fashion Fund

Roksanda Ilincic and Richard Quinn are among the first recipients of the British Fashion Council’s Foundation Fashion Fund.In response to the escalating Covid-19 pandemic, BFC officials announced in late March that they would be bringing all of their c…

Roksanda Ilincic and Richard Quinn are among the first recipients of the British Fashion Council’s Foundation Fashion Fund.

In response to the escalating Covid-19 pandemic, BFC officials announced in late March that they would be bringing all of their charitable initiatives under one umbrella and making $1.2 million (£1 million) of emergency funds available to British designer businesses and some students.

And on Wednesday, BFC chief executive Caroline Rush confirmed that the BFC Foundation Fashion Fund would be offering financial support to 37 designers and brands, including Illincic, Quinn, Richard Malone, Rejina Pyo, Bethany Williams, Craig Green, David Koma, Charles Jeffrey LOVERBOY, and Halpern.

“Over the last couple of weeks, we have seen an astonishing amount of applications come through from British designer businesses all over the country, asking for help to survive the crisis. The need for support is immense,” said Rush. “Our hope is to re-open the fund for future rounds, to help as many businesses as possible, and ensure the future growth and success of the British fashion industry.”

Fund recipients will receive a maximum of $61,000 (£50,000) and will also be given access to business support and mentoring.

The BFC Foundation Fashion Fund is utilising funds that would have previously been awarded to up-and-coming designers, such as those involved in the annual BFC/Vogue Designer Fashion Fund competition.

But as the judging process for the BFC/Vogue Designer Fashion Fund had already completed for this year, executives decided that the cash prize and mentoring award would be split across each of the six shortlisted brands for the very first time.

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Dries Van Noten leads call for major changes to fashion calendar

Dries Van Noten is proposing major changes to the fashion calendar amid the coronavirus crisis.The Covid-19 pandemic has hit the clothing industry hard, with factories and stores being forced to temporarily close across the world. However, Van Noten is…

Dries Van Noten is proposing major changes to the fashion calendar amid the coronavirus crisis.

The Covid-19 pandemic has hit the clothing industry hard, with factories and stores being forced to temporarily close across the world.

However, Van Noten is adamant that now might be the time to try and rethink the traditional seasonal fashion calendar.

“When you try to explain how fashion works to people not in fashion, it’s impossible. Nobody can understand it,” the 62-year-old told The New York Times, before noting that he anticipates disruptions to the upcoming drops anyway. “We know fall will deliver late… And we are going to put that on sale in November? Wouldn’t it better to wait until the new year? And then to have the courage to keep the rhythm we establish now?”

Accordingly, Van Noten is spearheading a campaign to better streamline the business, with a group of other designers and global retail bosses also showing their support for the idea.

Members of the group published an open letter on Tuesday in which they insisted the current environment provides the opportunity for a “fundamental and welcome change that will simplify our businesses, making them more environmentally and socially sustainable and ultimately align them more closely with customers’ needs.”

Primarily, they want to put the fall/winter season back to winter (August/January) and spring/summer season back in summer (February/July), create a more balanced flow of deliveries, and discount only at the end of the season.

“Working together, we hope these steps will allow our industry to become more responsible for our impact on our customers, on the planet and on the fashion community, and bring back the magic and creativity that has made fashion such an important part of our world,” they added.

Current signatories include Joseph Altuzarra, Craig Green, Erdem Moralioglu, Marine Serre, Mary Katrantzou, Pierre Hardy, Tory Burch, as well as Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez of Proenza Schouler.

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Jonathan Anderson tapped to create Moncler Genius line

Jonathan Anderson has been added to Moncler Genius’ roster of designers.The designer, who serves as creative director of his own label JW Anderson and Spanish fashion house Loewe, is to create garments for the lifestyle brand’s annual drop of capsule c…

Jonathan Anderson has been added to Moncler Genius’ roster of designers.

The designer, who serves as creative director of his own label JW Anderson and Spanish fashion house Loewe, is to create garments for the lifestyle brand’s annual drop of capsule collections.

“The Moncler Genius creative hub evolves and announces its 2020 line-up welcoming JW Anderson with his arrestingly clever vision of gender-defying fashion,” a Moncler representative said. “The Northern Irish designer brings a unique design aesthetic that offers a modern interpretation of masculinity and femininity through a cross-pollination of menswear and womenswear.”

Anderson will be joining Sergio Zambon and Veronica Leoni for 2 Moncler 1952, Sandro Mandrino for 3 Moncler Grenoble, Simone Rocha, Craig Green, Matthew Williams of 1017 ALYX 9SM, Fragment Hiroshi Fujiwara, Richard Quinn, and Poldo Dog Couture, in working with the company.

In addition, designers at Moncler are collaborating with the team at luggage brand Rimowa on a “bold new travel concept”.

Moncler chief executive officer Remo Ruffini has achieved great success with the guest designer model, which was first introduced three years ago, with company leaders thrilled with the ongoing interest.

“The values are solid and the shapes change constantly. It is a place where contemporary shapers of culture belonging to the world beyond Moncler are invited, in order to have other points of view on what the house stands for. Rapidity is the key,” they added. “The needs and the tastes of contemporary customers change at lightning speed. Fashion itself endlessly changes and morphs: Moncler Genius is a seismographer, and this is why it is always in flux.”

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Pierpaolo Piccioli tapped as part of Moncler’s new design supergroup

Pierpaolo Piccioli, Simone Rocha and Craig Green are among the eight new designers tapped by Moncler for its Genius design team.Following the departures of Giambattista Valli and Thom Browne from the Italian label’s Gamme Rouge and Gamme Bleu lines in …

Pierpaolo Piccioli, Simone Rocha and Craig Green are among the eight new designers tapped by Moncler for its Genius design team.

Following the departures of Giambattista Valli and Thom Browne from the Italian label’s Gamme Rouge and Gamme Bleu lines in November (17), Moncler has now unveiled a new design team initiative.

There will now be eight lines under the Moncler umbrella, headed up by Valentino designer Piccioli, Rocha, Green, Karl Templer, Sandro Mandrino, Kei Ninomiya, Hiroji Fujiwara and Francesco Ragazzi.

“A couple of years ago I saw this world is really changing,” said brand owner Remo Ruffini, according to Vogue.com. “This world is really much more fast. I don’t think there are seasons anymore, and I don’t think that shows (that look forward) six months’ time really help with the customer. And I said we have to do something new, I wanted to change the model of the business.”

A Moncler Genius show will be held on 20 February (18) at the Moncler Genius Building in Milan, the night before the city’s Fashion Week kicks off.

Talking about his new design job, Piccioli shared his excitement.

“The spirit of the project is something daring: It emphasises the value of creativity and talent,” he praised. “It is something challenging for me to work with totally different materials and the totally different DNA of the brand. Yes, it was like stretching my legs. The other designers are very interesting. But I said yes at the very beginning before I knew who they were. I’ve known Remo for some time, and I appreciate his way of thinking and managing the company.”

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