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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Heidi Klum launches social media strutting challenge

Heidi Klum has encouraged her fans to participate in a “strutting” challenge while practicing social distancing amid the coronavirus crisis.Following the launch of her new Amazon Prime Video reality TV series, Making the Cut, last week, the German supe…

Heidi Klum has encouraged her fans to participate in a “strutting” challenge while practicing social distancing amid the coronavirus crisis.

Following the launch of her new Amazon Prime Video reality TV series, Making the Cut, last week, the German supermodel and TV personality took to Instagram to share a video of her doing her best runway walk while wearing a red tracksuit and black thigh-high boots in her living room.

“While we’re all at home, I’d love to do this challenge with you guys. Please show off your best home couture and use the hashtag #StrutForTheCut,” she commented, before referring to her dog Anton. “Anton and I can’t wait to see what you will be wearing… and sending all of you lots of love!”

In the accompanying caption, Heidi asked her seven million followers to show off their “social distancing home couture”.

“Whatever you want to wear – whether that means your favourite flannels, going all out glamorous sexy and chic, or pairing your sweats with thigh-high boots (as I did). Now I want to see you strut! I will repost my favourites,” the 46-year-old noted.

Meanwhile, Heidi also announced that the team behind Making the Cut will be donating approximately $600,000 (£483,000) to the World Health Organization (WHO) in aid of hospitals and health workers around the globe fighting the Covid-19 pandemic.

Following their exit from Project Runway in 2018, Heidi and co-host Tim Gunn unveiled the fashion competition show Making the Cut on 27 March.

Judges include Naomi Campbell, Nicole Richie, Carine Roitfeld, Joseph Altuzarra, and Chiara Ferragni.

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Anna Wintour praises 2019 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund winners

Anna Wintour has lauded the winners of the 2019 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund.Members of the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) held their annual gala dinner in partnership with Vogue magazine at the Cipriani South Street in New York on Monday ni…

Anna Wintour has lauded the winners of the 2019 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund.

Members of the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) held their annual gala dinner in partnership with Vogue magazine at the Cipriani South Street in New York on Monday night, with the likes of Ashley Graham, Ben Platt, and sisters Gigi and Bella Hadid in attendance.

During the dinner, Christopher John Rogers was crowned the winner of the sixteenth CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund, with Danielle Hirsch of Danielle Frankel and Reese Cooper named as runners-up.

“With this year’s Fashion Fund finalists, we’ve seen not only great design and talent, but a wonderful commitment to progressive and inclusive values,” said Wintour, editor-in-chief of U.S. Vogue. “Fashion should never be divorced from the values of the world and this year’s designers have taken that to heart.”

Rogers will receive $400,000 (£310,000), while the two runners-up walk home with $150,000 (£116,000) each. The three designers will also regularly meet with an assigned business mentor.

Winning the top prize in the prestigious competition marks a major moment in the career of Brooklyn-based Rogers. Born in Baton Rouge, the designer is quickly building up a reputation for his bold use of colour and playful silhouettes, with celebrities including Lizzo, Rihanna, Regina King, and Tracee Ellis Ross having worn his creations to events.

He follows in the footsteps of past winners such as Proenza Schouler, Alexander Wang, Joseph Altuzarra, Brock Collection, Telfar, and Pyer Moss.

“The CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund continues to foster not only creative design talent but also an entrepreneurial spirit required in today’s changing fashion landscape,” added CFDA president and chief executive officer Steven Kolb. “This year’s finalists represent the best of American fashion’s future.”

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Chanel postpones Hong Kong show amid political protests

Chanel has postponed its Hong Kong show as political unrest in the country continues to rage on.Back in June, huge demonstrations began, with thousands of protesters peacefully taking to the streets to campaign against a controversial extradition bill,…

Chanel has postponed its Hong Kong show as political unrest in the country continues to rage on.

Back in June, huge demonstrations began, with thousands of protesters peacefully taking to the streets to campaign against a controversial extradition bill, which would have allowed criminal suspects to be sent to China for trial.

Protests are still taking place in Hong Kong, which is a special administrative region of the People’s Republic of China, despite the legislation recently being scrapped by the country’s chief executive Carrie Lam.

Now, bosses at the French luxury fashion house have announced that they have decided to scrap a presentation of the 2019 Cruise collection at the Kai Tak Cruise Terminal on 6 November.

In a statement, a spokesperson explained that the event would be held at a later date and a “more appropriate moment”.

While Bruno Pavlovsky, president of fashion at Chanel, told WWD: “It depends on the situation. We’ll have another opportunity.

“We continue to service clients in the boutiques and they are there. Hong Kong is a key market. We have a very strong Hong Kongese customer base.”

The 2019 Cruise collection originally debuted in Paris back in May, and executives at the fashion house hinted earlier this month that the show in Hong Kong might be postponed.

“Like all brands present in Hong Kong, we are keeping a close watch on events, and have not yet made a decision,” a representative said at the time.

Chanel has nine boutiques in Hong Kong, including one at the airport, and three in Macau.

Designers Joseph Altuzarra and Anais Mak recently showcased their resort collections at the Centrestage festival in the country.

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Naomi Campbell and Carine Roitfeld to serve as judges on Heidi Klum’s new show

Naomi Campbell, Carine Roitfeld, Joseph Altuzarra and Nicole Richie have joined the judging panel on Heidi Klum’s new fashion series Making the Cut.Hosted by the German model and her former Project Runway co-star, Tim Gunn, the fashion design competiti…

Naomi Campbell, Carine Roitfeld, Joseph Altuzarra and Nicole Richie have joined the judging panel on Heidi Klum’s new fashion series Making the Cut.

Hosted by the German model and her former Project Runway co-star, Tim Gunn, the fashion design competition series began filming at the Eiffel Tower in Paris on Tuesday.

Klum and Gunn, who are also executive producers of the show, were joined by supermodel Campbell, reality star and House of Harlow 1960 founder Richie, fashion editor Roitfeld and clothing designer Altuzarra for the first runway challenge on an open-air stage in front of the tourist attraction.

Making the Cut will see 12 entrepreneurs and designers from around the world compete for a $1 million (£788,000) prize and the chance to turn their budding businesses into massive worldwide brands.

Campbell announced she was joining the upcoming show on Instagram, and shared a picture of herself and the other three judges in front of the Eiffel Tower after dark.

“I’m looking forward to joining these iconic judges on #MakingTheCut coming 2020 @amazonprimevideo !!” the 49-year-old wrote in the caption.

Richie posted a photo of the four new judges posing for a selfie taken by Campbell, and added, “SUMMER JOB… I am so excited to be a judge on @amazonprimevideo new series #MakingTheCut with these epic queens. First stop: PARIS.”

Klum and Gunn quit Project Runway after 16 seasons, and model Karlie Kloss replaced Klum as host and designer Christian Siriano replaced Gunn as a mentor. Judges on the show include Elle editor-in-chief Nina Garcia, designer Brandon Maxwell, and former Teen Vogue editor-in-chief Elaine Welteroth.

Making the Cut will debut on Amazon in 2020.

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Anna Wintour praises 2019 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund finalists

Anna Wintour has praised the 10 finalists in the 2019 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund competition as a “true reflection of American fashion”.The editor-in-chief of U.S. Vogue magazine and artistic director of Conde Nast is one of the 11 members on the Selectio…

Anna Wintour has praised the 10 finalists in the 2019 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund competition as a “true reflection of American fashion”.

The editor-in-chief of U.S. Vogue magazine and artistic director of Conde Nast is one of the 11 members on the Selection Committee, who met on Monday to decide on the emerging designers who would compete for the 16th annual prize.

The finalists are Abdul Abasi and Greg Rosborough of Abasi Rosborough; Alejandra Alonso Rojas; Victor Barragan of Barragan; Christopher John Rogers; Hillary Taymour of Collina Strada; Danielle Hirsch of Danielle Frankel; Raffaella Hanley of Lou Dallas; Siying Qu and Haoran Li of Private Policy; Reese Cooper; and Natalie Ratabesi of Tre by Natalie Ratabesi.

Wintour called the finalists “a true reflection of American fashion – and the world – today, speaking to creativity, community, and sustainability.”

“They are following in the footsteps of so many wonderful talents who’ve come before them, and I look forward to seeing what our class of 2019 will do in the months to come,” she added.

The CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund was established in 2003, and past winners include Proenza Schouler, Alexander Wang, Altuzarra, The Elder Statesman, and last year’s champion, Pyer Moss.

Over the course of the next few weeks, the 2019 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Selection Committee – which includes Joseph Altuzarra, Eva Chen, Steven Kolb, and Diane von Furstenberg – will meet with the finalists to interview them, review their work and visit their design studios.

The winner, to be announced at a gala dinner on 4 November in New York City, will receive a prize of $400,000 (£320,000). The two-runners up take home $150,000 (£120,000) each.

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Joseph Altuzarra celebrating brand’s 10th anniversary with limited-edition collection

Joseph Altuzarra is commemorating his 10th year in business by releasing a new limited-edition collection.The fashion designer launched his brand in 2008 and quickly became known for his luxury ready-to-wear line, which draws on his multicultural upbri…

Joseph Altuzarra is commemorating his 10th year in business by releasing a new limited-edition collection.

The fashion designer launched his brand in 2008 and quickly became known for his luxury ready-to-wear line, which draws on his multicultural upbringing.

And as Altuzarra is preparing to celebrate a decade in business next month (Feb19), he has decided to create The One That Got Away collection.

According to editors at Vogue.com, the 36-year-old has consulted 10 of the label’s closest friends, old and new, and asked them to select their favourite pieces in order to put together an archival collection.

The garments include a black lacy suit chosen by Evan Rachel Wood, a velvet dress picked out by actress Shu Pei Qin, and a chic pencil skirt selected by Altuzarra’s muse, Carine Roitfeld.

Since starting his brand, Altuzarra has outfitted a number of high-profile names, including Rihanna, Kate Bosworth, Nicole Kidman, Tessa Thompson, and Naomi Watts.

However, one of the designer’s most important relationships has been with Meghan, Duchess of Sussex – who made a splash when she stepped out in a black Altuzarra suit for an event in September (18).

“She came to the party for our Target collaboration five years ago and we’ve worked with her ever since. She represents such a modern idea of womanhood as well as a very new idea of royalty,” he smiled of the former actress in a recent interview with U.K. newspaper The Telegraph.

And though many fashion houses tend to cater to a younger demographic, Altuzarra designs clothes to suit women of all ages.

“The root of my idea for the brand was looking at women like my mum, who were in their sixties and who still wanted to be sexy, and who didn’t want to feel like society was relegating them to having to wear tweed suits,” he noted.

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Joseph Altuzarra opens up about his ‘ageless’ designs

Joseph Altuzarra is adamant all women deserve to wear clothes that make them feel sexy.The fashion designer launched his brand in 2008 and quickly became known for his luxury ready-to-wear line, which draws on his multicultural upbringing. While many f…

Joseph Altuzarra is adamant all women deserve to wear clothes that make them feel sexy.

The fashion designer launched his brand in 2008 and quickly became known for his luxury ready-to-wear line, which draws on his multicultural upbringing.

While many fashion houses tend to cater to a younger demographic, Altuzarra has now spoken about how he designs clothes to suit women of all ages.

“A lot of the women we want to talk to are not just 20, 30 or 40 but also 50, 60 and 70,” he said in an interview with U.K. newspaper The Telegraph. “The root of my idea for the brand was looking at women like my mum, who were in their sixties and who still wanted to be sexy, and who didn’t want to feel like society was relegating them to having to wear tweed suits.”

Altuzarra went on to explain that he always considers how a bra and perhaps underwear will work with a particular outfit.

But his main concern is how exactly the wearer will feel when they slip into one of his ensembles.

“I just really wanted to create happy clothes, that you would want to wear when it’s beautiful out, and which make you feel in love and happy,” the 36-year-old noted.

Since starting his brand, Altuzarra has outfitted a number of high-profile names, including Rihanna, Kate Bosworth, Nicole Kidman, Tessa Thompson, and Naomi Watts.

However, one of the designer’s most important relationships has been with Meghan, Duchess of Sussex – who made a splash when she stepped out in a black Altuzarra suit for an event in September (18).

“She came to the party for our Target collaboration five years ago and we’ve worked with her ever since. She represents such a modern idea of womanhood as well as a very new idea of royalty,” he smiled of the former actress.

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Pyer Moss’ Kerby Jean-Raymond wins 2018 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund

Pyer Moss designer Kerby Jean-Raymond has won the 2018 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund.The fashion star, who launched his brand in 2013 – attracting celebrity fans including Tracee Ellis Ross and Issa Rae – is an outspoken advocate of social justice and makes …

Pyer Moss designer Kerby Jean-Raymond has won the 2018 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund.

The fashion star, who launched his brand in 2013 – attracting celebrity fans including Tracee Ellis Ross and Issa Rae – is an outspoken advocate of social justice and makes a point to celebrate Black culture with his designs, with his spring 2016 menswear line referencing the Black Lives Matter movement via the use of video and street art.

At a gala hosted by U.S. Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour and the CFDA’s Diane von Furstenberg at the Brooklyn Navy Yard in Brooklyn, New York on Monday night (05Nov18), with stars such as Karlie Kloss, La La Anthony, Chanel Iman, Karolina Kurkova and Zac Posen in attendance, it was announced by actress Emily Blunt that Jean-Raymond has won the prestigious CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund, taking home $400,000 (£306,000). Emily Adams Bode of Bode and Jonathan Cohen were named runners-up, each receiving $150,000 (£114,000).

“At a time when our world faces so many challenges, I’m impressed by this year’s winners,” Wintour said. “Their work highlights a high degree of creativity and a deep-rooted commitment to the notion of community. They’re not only a credit to the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund as it celebrates its fifteenth anniversary, but also to the optimism and inclusivity of the very best American fashion.”

The CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund, established in 2003, helps emerging American design talent find continued success in the business of fashion.

Other finalists in the 2018 competition included Batsheva Hay of Batsheva, Christian Cowan, Danielle Corona of Hunting Season, Rebecca de Ravenel, Matthew Adams Dolan and Scosha Woolridge of Scosha.

CFDA president and chief executive officer Steven Kolb also praised the latest round of competitors and added: “For 15 years, the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund has provided emerging talent with a path to become tomorrow’s American fashion leaders. In the process, we have identified many fashion stars, and created a culture that welcomes and fosters young talent.”

Previous winners of the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund have included Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez of Proenza Schouler, Alexander Wang and Joseph Altuzarra of Altuzarra.

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Joseph Altuzarra wins top honours at fashion awards ceremony

Joseph Altuzarra was named Designer of the Year at the American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA)’s 40th American Image Awards.The awards show took place on Monday night (16Apr18) in New York, with journalist Katie Couric hosting the evening.After …

Joseph Altuzarra was named Designer of the Year at the American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA)’s 40th American Image Awards.

The awards show took place on Monday night (16Apr18) in New York, with journalist Katie Couric hosting the evening.

After picking up his award from Couric, who was wearing a Joseph Altuzarra dress, the French designer took time to thank his team.

“It’s always a very touching and moving opportunity to be able to take the time to look back at the year you’ve had, and I’ve shared with my entire team and I think, feel pride, and to be very grateful for a lot of people in this room who helped and encourage us,” he stated, thanking the AAFA, his hard-working team and CEO Karis Durmer, press and retail partners, and the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA).

“This has been a landmark year for Altuzarra. We’ve taken a lot of risks, shown in Paris, and I would like to thank Steven (Kolb, CFDA CEO) and the CFDA for all of their guidance and encouragement, I really appreciate it.”

The CFDA was chosen as the awards beneficiary for the second year, while Camuto Group went home with Company of the Year. Clothing store Fred Segal was awarded Retailer of the Year, Emanuel Chirico was honoured as Person of the Year and Rachel Mansur and Floriana Gavriel of Mansur Gavriel were named Fashion Maverick.

“The apparel and footwear industry includes some of the most creative minds in the business community, and it is a great privilege to bring everyone together for a night to celebrate our remarkable achievements,” said AAFA president and CEO Rick Helfenbein. “Last night was one of a kind. We were thrilled to honour such standout visionaries and leaders, and to partner for a second year with the CFDA Foundation to support its great work investing in the future of the fashion industry.”

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