Zandra Rhodes to create homeware products for IKEA

Zandra Rhodes is to collaborate with bosses at Swedish furniture giant IKEA on a line of homeware products. The British designer, who is known for her bold prints and quirky style, has teamed up with executives at the retail company to explore “patter…

Zandra Rhodes is to collaborate with bosses at Swedish furniture giant IKEA on a line of homeware products.

The British designer, who is known for her bold prints and quirky style, has teamed up with executives at the retail company to explore “pattern and colour” and discover what products can be created “when colourful fashion prints, inspired by local pattern cultures from across the globe, are put into the home context.”

In a statement, Rhodes said she was excited to bring her signature aesthetic to a whole new realm of design.

“I initially started my career as a textile designer, studying Printed Textile Design at The Royal College of Art in London. Pattern and colour have always been two mediums synonymous with my work and are mostly associated with my fashion designs,” the 78-year-old commented. “What a fabulous opportunity to re-imagine my designs into homeware products working with the world’s leading furniture retailer and icon, IKEA. I hope to bring my passion for textiles, print and colour to this global market drawing inspiration from my distinctive style and love of travel. What an exciting adventure for The House of Zandra Rhodes!”

Nils Larsson, Creative Leader at IKEA Range and Supply, added that Rhodes was the perfect choice for the project because of her creative reputation.

“We want to explore how to make textile prints and patterns more contemporary and connected to local cultures. And who better to do this together with, than the experienced, ultra-creative fashion designer Zandra Rhodes?” he asked.

Rhodes isn’t the first designer to work with the company – Louis Vuitton menswear designer Virgil Abloh recently produced a range of artworks intended to be used as rugs, wall hangings or art pieces.

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Demna Gvasalia didn’t anticipate success of Balenciaga’s Triple S sneakers

Demna Gvasalia had no idea Balenciaga’s Triple S sneakers would be so popular.The Georgian designer led teams at Maison Martin Margiela and Louis Vuitton in the past and is now garnering critical acclaim as creative director of Balenciaga and Vetements…

Demna Gvasalia had no idea Balenciaga’s Triple S sneakers would be so popular.

The Georgian designer led teams at Maison Martin Margiela and Louis Vuitton in the past and is now garnering critical acclaim as creative director of Balenciaga and Vetements.

Gvasalia first introduced the chunky-soled Triple S as part of his fall/winter 2017 Balenciaga menswear line, with the shoe quickly selling out and sparking the trend for “dad sneakers,” however, he is adamant that he never anticipated such strong interest in the creation.

“(The) Triple S became that commercial success that we didn’t expect,” he stated in an interview with The Washington Post. “We were not really very ready to supply the demand that we were actually getting… Everybody asks us, even the driver, like the Uber driver, asks me, ‘So when is there a new sneaker coming out?'”

A pair of Triple S sneakers cost around $830 (£645), with the shoes all currently sold out on the Balenciaga website. There is a huge demand for the designs on resale websites too, yet Gvasalia doesn’t view himself as the king of the “ugly” sneaker.

“I cannot feel the ownership or responsibility, for example, for ugly sneakers or whatever they call it. I cannot feel that responsibility because I truly do not consider Triple S as an ugly sneaker,” the 38-year-old continued. “I don’t like ugly things. Like, I don’t know who came up with that. I actually love beautiful things; but I maybe try to see beauty in other things that are not conventionally considered as beautiful today.”

Elsewhere in the discussion, Gvasalia spoke about his fall/winter 2019 ready-to-wear line for Balenciaga, and upheaval within the fashion world. He also chatted about his other controversial design – a $2,000 (£1,550) blue leather tote which resembles an expensive Ikea bag.

“I used, a lot, the actual Ikea bag in my student time. I always thought how great (it) would it be to have the same thing, but in a beautiful, luxurious bag,” he explained of the inspiration.

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Virgil Abloh doesn’t always consider himself to be a designer

Virgil Abloh doesn’t always view himself as a designer.The Ghanaian-American designer has risen to fame since launching streetwear brand Off-White in 2012 and was announced as Kim Jones’ successor at Louis Vuitton’s menswear division in March (18), unv…

Virgil Abloh doesn’t always view himself as a designer.

The Ghanaian-American designer has risen to fame since launching streetwear brand Off-White in 2012 and was announced as Kim Jones’ successor at Louis Vuitton’s menswear division in March (18), unveiling his first line for the French luxury label in Paris in June.

While Abloh now holds one of the most coveted roles in the business, his background in studying civil engineering and architecture means that he sometimes finds it hard to believe that he is now a couturier.

“I thought that a designer with a capital D never looked like me. I was like, ‘I’m not a designer,'” he told Vanity Fair, adding that his opinions about his job change constantly. “Maybe yesterday afternoon I wouldn’t have considered myself a designer. Today I would, probably. But 98 per cent.”

Over the years, Abloh has undertaken a number of collaborations, serving as artistic director for Kanye West and JAY-Z’s 2011 album Watch the Throne, as well as working with the likes of Nike, eyewear brand Warby Parker and Swedish homeware company Ikea on limited-edition projects.

When it comes to getting all of his work done, the fashion star admits that he needs to be as efficient as possible.

“A project like Ikea or something. I’m trying to design it while we’re in the intro meeting. Because if you can do that, you’ve already shaved three months. So every project I have I try to initiate very quickly,” the 37-year-old said.

During the interview, Abloh also shared that he has now relocated to Paris with his wife Shannon and their two children, Lowe and Grey, for his Louis Vuitton gig. But as his role requires constant travel, he explained that he has to take a very methodical approach to his life at the moment.

“I’m super-organised. And (have the) passion – that’s it,” he smiled.

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Virgil Abloh named as Louis Vuitton’s new menswear designer

Virgil Abloh has been named as Louis Vuitton’s new artistic director for menswear.The Chicago-raised designer is one of the hottest names in the fashion industry, with A-list fans of his Milan-based fashion label Off-White including Rihanna, Beyonce, B…

Virgil Abloh has been named as Louis Vuitton’s new artistic director for menswear.

The Chicago-raised designer is one of the hottest names in the fashion industry, with A-list fans of his Milan-based fashion label Off-White including Rihanna, Beyonce, Bella Hadid and Drake.

In recent months rumours have swirled that Abloh was looking to take on a top role at a major fashion house, with it announced on Monday morning (26Mar18) that he will be replacing Kim Jones as the French luxury label’s head men’s designer.

“Having followed with great interest Virgil’s ascent since he worked with me at Fendi in 2006, I am thrilled to see how his innate creativity and disruptive approach have made him so relevant, not just in the world of fashion but in popular culture today,” said Louis Vuitton chairman and chief executive officer, Michael Burke, in a statement. “His sensibility towards luxury and savoir-faire will be instrumental in taking Louis Vuitton menswear into the future.”

Abloh studied engineering and architecture before branching out into fashion, first as an art director for JAY-Z and Kanye West’s 2011 album Watch the Throne, and creative director for the Gold Digger rapper before launching influential streetwear label Pyrex Vision, which would ultimately lead him to create brand Off-White in 2013.

Under Off-White, the designer has landed high-profile collaborations with the likes of sportswear giant Nike, eyewear label Warby Parker, and Swedish homeware brand Ikea.

However, the style star is now looking forward to making his mark at the Paris-based label.

“It is an honour for me to accept the position of men’s artistic director for Louis Vuitton,” the 37-year-old shared. “I find the heritage and creative integrity of the House are key inspirations and will look to reference them both while drawing parallels to modern times.”

Abloh will present his first collection for Louis Vuitton as part of Paris Fashion Week: Men’s in June.

His appointment follows a series of shake-ups within the men’s fashion industry, with Jones replacing Kris Van Assche as head of Dior Homme, and former Saint Laurent and Dior Homme designer Hedi Slimane joining Celine.

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