Adut Akech plans dinner while walking the runway

Adut Akech plans her dinner while she’s walking the runway to distract herself from the task at hand.Since making her runway debut for Saint Laurent in 2017, the Sudanese-Australian model has become one of the most in-demand names in fashion, with her …

Adut Akech plans her dinner while she’s walking the runway to distract herself from the task at hand.

Since making her runway debut for Saint Laurent in 2017, the Sudanese-Australian model has become one of the most in-demand names in fashion, with her making catwalk appearances for the likes of Fendi, Valentino, Prada, Givenchy, and Haider Ackermann during the recent spring/summer 2020 Fashion Month.

During an interview with L’Officiel USA, the 19-year-old was asked what trick she uses to feel comfortable on the runway and she shared that she distracts her mind by thinking about food.

“When I think of the catwalk, I think too much and that is not good. So, I think about eating and sleeping, that really helps me,” she revealed. “I am in my own world and wonder: ‘What will I eat after the show?’ That’s my trick. I don’t know if I would recommend it to other models, but it works for me.”

Akech also confessed that she doesn’t work out or limit her food intake during fashion weeks.

“I don’t train during fashion week. I just try to drink a lot of water and eat as much as possible, and that alone can be difficult because we run from one place to another,” she continued. “But I try to eat and sleep whenever I can. I don’t do fitness to stay slim, but I used to run a lot. I felt good about that.”

During the interview, Akech also shared that hamburgers used to be her go-to comfort food until she became a pescatarian, and she prefers to go without make-up when she’s off-duty.

“I don’t use make-up during the day, because my motto is ‘less is more.’ I already wear make-up every day for work, so if I don’t have to, I don’t do it and I let my skin breathe,” she added.

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Givenchy returning to Paris Fashion Week: Men’s

Givenchy is returning to Paris Fashion Week: Men’s for fall 2019.The label has opted for coed shows ever since Clare Waight Keller was appointed artistic director in 2017, however, WWD has reported that it will be switching back to the men’s fashion ca…

Givenchy is returning to Paris Fashion Week: Men’s for fall 2019.

The label has opted for coed shows ever since Clare Waight Keller was appointed artistic director in 2017, however, WWD has reported that it will be switching back to the men’s fashion calendar next season.

Givenchy confirmed in a statement that the presentation is scheduled for 16 January (19).

“Granting menswear a dedicated platform starting from January reflects the house’s support of Clare Waight Keller’s vision for the brand,” a spokesperson added.

The British designer presented a gender-fluid offering for her spring 2019 collection inspired by Swiss writer Annemarie Schwarzenbach, and though she has now decided to offer separate displays of menswear and womenswear, the brand is adamant that men and women will still feature side by side in her ready-to-wear and haute couture shows.

Waight Keller’s campaigns for the French fashion house have portrayed both sexes in mirror-image pairs, and the decision to return to the men’s fashion calendar comes at a time where many brands are deciding to present women’s and men’s wear simultaneously.

Celine, in its first presentation under new artistic, creative and image director Hedi Slimane, and Maison Margiela both staged their first coed shows for spring 2019. Under Slimane, Celine has also introduced a new menswear category to the brand for the first time.

While Stella McCartney, Balenciaga, Haider Ackermann and Sonia Rykiel all featured models of both sexes on their catwalks during their Fashion Week shows.

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Designer Bruno Sialelli in talks to join Lanvin – report

Loewe designer Bruno Sialelli is reportedly in talks to join Lanvin in a key role.The French luxury fashion house has been in a state of flux since the departure of long-serving creative director Alber Elbaz in late 2015, with Lucas Ossendrijver, Bouch…

Loewe designer Bruno Sialelli is reportedly in talks to join Lanvin in a key role.

The French luxury fashion house has been in a state of flux since the departure of long-serving creative director Alber Elbaz in late 2015, with Lucas Ossendrijver, Bouchra Jarrar, and, most recently, Olivier Lapidus, among the names who’ve held the post of head designer for brief stints.

But according to editors at WWD, Lanvin bosses are in negotiations with Sialelli to take over the role of creative director. However, neither Lanvin executives nor Sialelli have yet commented on the speculation.

A rising star in the fashion industry, Sialelli has helmed the menswear department at Spanish heritage brand Loewe since March 2016.

Before that, he worked in womenswear at Paco Rabanne, as well as at Acne Studios, Balenciaga and Azzedine Alaia. His LinkedIn profile also states that he studied at the Studio Bercot fashion school in Paris in from 2008 until 2010.

In recent months, designers floated as potential successors for Lapidus have included former Berluti designer Haider Ackermann and Simon Porte Jacquemus.

Since executives at Chinese conglomerate Fosun acquired a majority stake in Lanvin in February, revamping the design team has been a major focus, with new chief executive officer Jean-Philippe Hecquet tasked with finding fresh talent.

And in August, former Louis Vuitton employee Hecquet explained that he was committed to finding the right people as part of a new strategy.

“Clearly our objective and our goals are very ambitious, and the road may be a bit bumpy. It’s never easy to bring back to life a luxury brand… I don’t take it as an easy project,” he told Business of Fashion. “My role and the role of the executive committee will really be to bring back the confidence, to bring back the positive vibes.”

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Haider Ackermann still has a soft spot for Berluti

Haider Ackermann is still fond of Berluti months after he left his position as creative director.The designer joined the Paris-based menswear brand in September 2016 but after just three seasons he abruptly departed in March (18), in the midst of a cre…

Haider Ackermann is still fond of Berluti months after he left his position as creative director.

The designer joined the Paris-based menswear brand in September 2016 but after just three seasons he abruptly departed in March (18), in the midst of a creative shuffle at Berluti parent company Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton (LVMH), which saw Kim Jones move from Louis Vuitton to Dior and Virgil Abloh step in to fill his shoes.

In spite of his exit, Ackermann has insisted that he does not begrudge the label in any way.

“You don’t want love affairs to end that soon, that abruptly,” he told American GQ while “wearing Berluti from head to toe”.

“It’s like when you break up but you still love the person you had been with. I’m still close with all my exes. I’m proud of the work that I did with the team at Berluti.”

The Colombian-born French fashion mogul was approached to succeed John Galliano at Dior after declining the proposed succession of Martin Margiela, and admitted that his appointment at Berluti was “unexpected.”

However, Ackermann explained that his decision to join Berluti rather than any of the other labels was not financially motivated.

“If I had done things for financial reasons. I would have accepted different things,” the 47-year-old said. “(With Berluti) I was very intrigued and disturbed. And everything which intrigues and disturbs me always wakes up my curiosity.”

Though Ackermann refused to share what’s next for him in the fashion world, he is happy in Paris where he has lived and worked for eight years, with no plans to move: “unless there is a new love affair – and then I’m out of here again.”

Kris Van Assche succeeded Ackermann at Berluti in April, and will debut his first collection for the brand in January 2019.

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Kris Van Assche drops debut Berluti campaign

Kris Van Assche has unveiled his first Berluti campaign.Van Assche was announced as the artistic director of the menswear label in April, two weeks after he left Dior Homme. He’d been at the French luxury brand for 11 years before he took over Haider A…

Kris Van Assche has unveiled his first Berluti campaign.

Van Assche was announced as the artistic director of the menswear label in April, two weeks after he left Dior Homme. He’d been at the French luxury brand for 11 years before he took over Haider Ackermann’s role at Berluti.

The Belgian designer’s debut adverts for his new company dropped on Monday (18Jun18), just ahead of the first day of Paris Fashion Week: Men’s. Although he’s sitting this round of men’s shows out, Van Assche has ensured the stylish crowd will be talking about Berluti with his stripped-down marketing imagery.

“For this first campaign, I wanted to create an image rooted in the maison’s origins and emboss it with my vision,” he said in a statement. “See you in January.”

Van Assche will show his first Berluti line at the start of 2019, while his Dior Homme successor Kim Jones will unveil his debut collection in Paris on Saturday.

The black and white images, shot by Jamie Hawkesworth and styled by Mauricio Nardi, feature three nude male models posing with only a pair of Berluti’s classic Alessandro Oxford shoes, slung around their necks. The models each show off a different variation of the shoe, which is made from a single piece of patinated Venezia leather or alligator hide.

“This campaign was thought of and art-directed by Kris. I relate to it because it speaks of who we are while holding a promise of more to come,” added Antoine Arnault, chief executive officer of Berluti.

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Kris Van Assche tapped as creative director for Berluti

Kris Van Assche has been tapped as the new artistic director of Berluti.The Belgian designer has been announced as the successor of Haider Ackermann, who departed after just 18 months with the label on Friday (30Mar18). Van Assche previously held the …

Kris Van Assche has been tapped as the new artistic director of Berluti.

The Belgian designer has been announced as the successor of Haider Ackermann, who departed after just 18 months with the label on Friday (30Mar18).

Van Assche previously held the same position for 11 years at Dior Homme, which is now being helmed by Kim Jones, and bosses at Berluti are “delighted” to welcome him to their team.

“I have known him for several years, have always admired his work at Dior Homme and I am looking forward to working with him,” Antoine Arnault, chief executive officer of Berluti, said in a statement.

The 41-year-old will oversee the production of shoes, leather goods, ready-to-wear and accessories at the luxury label and will show his first full collection during Paris Fashion Week: Men’s in January 2019.

Van Assche, who has also worked under Hedi Slimane at Yves Saint Laurent as well as Dior, also thanked Bernard Arnault, chairman and chief executive officer of Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton (LVMH), for his renewed confidence.

“I have always wanted to build bridges between the savoir-faire, the heritage of a house and my clear-cut contemporary vision,” he explained. “Antoine Arnault spoke to me of his ambitions for Berluti and it is with great pleasure that I accept this new challenge which fits perfectly with my own will and vision.”

Van Assche’s appointment marks the latest reshuffling at LVMH to keep up with the growing demand for luxury streetwear, after Slimane was announced as artistic, creative and image director at Celine, while Off-White’s Virgil Abloh was recruited as men’s artistic director at Louis Vuitton.

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Haider Ackermann exiting Berluti

Haider Ackermann is departing Berluti after three seasons at the label.The Colombian-born designer joined the Paris-based menswear brand in September 2016 and has since gone on to build a reputation for his sharp suits and eye-catching accessories.But …

Haider Ackermann is departing Berluti after three seasons at the label.

The Colombian-born designer joined the Paris-based menswear brand in September 2016 and has since gone on to build a reputation for his sharp suits and eye-catching accessories.

But on Friday (30Mar18), bosses at Berluti parent company Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton (LVMH) announced that Ackermann was exiting his role as creative director.

“Haider has been at the core of the evolution of Berluti’s collections and image these past few seasons,” said Berluti’s chief executive officer Antoine Arnault, according to WWD. “I want to thank him for everything he has accomplished since his arrival. His feel for materials, colours, and his wonderful shows will always be linked to the history of the house.”

Ackermann studied at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp and went on to work at John Galliano before starting his eponymous line in 2001.

He has not yet shared whether he will be joining another fashion house or concentrating on his own brand but uploaded a statement on Instagram in which he explained how happy he was to have been a part of the Berluti story.

“I am immensely proud to have been able to put my creativity at the service of this house with an exceptional know-how, whilst working with a passionate team. I thank them for their commitment,” he added.

Ackermann’s exit marks another shake-up within the world of men’s fashion, as Hedi Slimane has recently joined Celine, where he will debut menswear, and Kim Jones has left his role at Louis Vuitton in order to take up the role of head menswear designer at Dior Homme, succeeding Kris Van Assche. Off-White designer Virgil Abloh will replace Jones at Louis Vuitton.

Berluti executives are expected to announce Ackermann’s successor shortly.

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