Victoria Beckham serves up a ‘modern mix’ for spring 2020

Victoria Beckham has unveiled a “modern mix” of silhouettes for her spring/summer 2020 collection.The British designer presented her latest line as part of London Fashion Week on Sunday, with the likes of U.S. Vogue’s Anna Wintour, Kim Jones, British V…

Victoria Beckham has unveiled a “modern mix” of silhouettes for her spring/summer 2020 collection.

The British designer presented her latest line as part of London Fashion Week on Sunday, with the likes of U.S. Vogue’s Anna Wintour, Kim Jones, British Vogue’s Edward Enninful, and Helen Mirren all perched on the front row, while her husband David Beckham and their four children were also in the audience.

Regarding the inspiration for the range, Beckham explained in a post on her Instagram page that she was influenced by a variety of sources and was determined for all of the garments to be comfortable for her customers.

“We took a melting pot of references and inspiration from past decades, then looked to our brand DNA and put everything together into a blender, to make a new, modern mix,” she commented, adding: “Lightness, easiness, freedom. Those are the ideas I was thinking of for this collection. There is always a duality in women, moving between different ideas, different moods. I want clothes that move with a woman, that move with her life.”

The show opened with a model wearing a black and white chequered suit, burnt orange shirt, and off-white coat, followed by a number of ensembles featuring neutral separates.

Rather than the figure-hugging dresses Beckham has built up a reputation for in previous years, this time she opted for a flowing silhouette, with standouts including a violet dress with ruffled neckline and floral applique on one shoulder, a lemon-yellow number with plunging neckline, as well as shirts and dresses featuring a scribble print.

Other highlights included ’70s-inspired suits, a bright green number, and a bright purple dress with off-the-shoulder neckline. The show concluded with a trio of swishy black dresses, a sharp white suit, and a beautiful white dress with ruching at the waist.

London Fashion Week continues on Monday with presentations from Roksanda, Erdem, and Burberry.

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Kim Jones reimagined Christian Dior’s archive for modern menswear line

Kim Jones looked to Christian Dior’s archive for inspiration when creating his modern menswear collection. The British designer became creative director of Dior Homme in March 2018 after exiting Louis Vuitton, and immediately investigated the history o…

Kim Jones looked to Christian Dior’s archive for inspiration when creating his modern menswear collection.

The British designer became creative director of Dior Homme in March 2018 after exiting Louis Vuitton, and immediately investigated the history of the iconic French designer.

“I just really wanted to look at Christian Dior’s work, and what it would be relevant as in the 21st century, so to speak. I looked at the archive, and particularly the background of his life, because there’s a huge amount of things (that happened) before he was a couturier.

“All the time you find something new. I haven’t gone completely through it, but I wanted to find things that defined (him),” he said to SHOWstudio of the inspiration for his debut menswear line for Dior Men in June last year.

Going forward, Jones is keen to incorporate Dior’s passions into future collections as a tribute to one of the founders of fashion.

“For example, I looked at his love of nature – which is something I’m also really interested in – I wanted floral because there’s a huge amount of florals in his works,” he shared.

“The three things that (my collection) were based on was the tailoring, the couture element, and then the elegance of Christian Dior as a brand.”

During the lengthy interview, the London-born fashion star was quizzed about the influence of his former mentors – stylist Judy Blame, who passed away in 2018, the late Louise Wilson, who died in 2014, and Lee Alexander McQueen, who committed suicide in 2010.

The designer recently dedicated his guest-edited issue of A Magazine Curated By to his three friends, who he said he would’ve asked to contribute to the magazine had they still been alive.

“Lee and Louise are the two most important people. Louise gave me the confidence to go and do what I needed to do, and Lee was always there to say, ‘F**k ’em, go and do it, don’t listen to people, listen to yourself’,” he said.

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Virgil Abloh and Kim Jones added to Vogue Forces of Fashion Summit

Virgil Abloh and Kim Jones have joined the 2019 Vogue Forces of Fashion Summit.The two-day event will take place in New York City on 10 and 11 October, with Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour resuming her role as host.CFDA chairman Tom Ford, Tory Burch…

Virgil Abloh and Kim Jones have joined the 2019 Vogue Forces of Fashion Summit.

The two-day event will take place in New York City on 10 and 11 October, with Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour resuming her role as host.

CFDA chairman Tom Ford, Tory Burch, Wes Gordon of Carolina Herrera, Kerby Jean-Raymond of Pyer Moss, and Proenza Schouler’s Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez are also participating.

The theme of this year’s summit, which will include Q&As, experiential sessions and group discussions, focuses on the future of fashion. According to Vogue, designers, entrepreneurs, and cultural influencers will address topics from sustainability to inclusivity in “no-holds-barred, everything’s-on-the-table” conversations.

In a chat with the fashion glossy, Off-White founder and Louis Vuitton’s menswear artistic director Abloh explained his approach to fashion.

“From the beginning, I approached the idea of design from a grassroots level,” he mused. “I removed this idea that it’s somehow detached from the consumer.

“You don’t have to sit in your studio and throw a dart and hope that it lands on the bull’s-eye. If you actually walk up to the dartboard, you can just place it in the bull’s-eye. I think that’s the success of Off-White. I haven’t made a distinction between the design world and the real world – I’ve just immersed myself in both. And because I came from outside the fashion industry, I don’t have the luxury of creating collections in a traditional way.”

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Dior designer creates costumes for BTS world tour

Dior designer Kim Jones has been revealed as the mastermind behind the costumes for BTS’s world tour. The visionary for the luxury label has crafted the looks the South Korean boy band will wear on the next leg of their Love Yourself: Speak Yourself c…

Dior designer Kim Jones has been revealed as the mastermind behind the costumes for BTS’s world tour.

The visionary for the luxury label has crafted the looks the South Korean boy band will wear on the next leg of their Love Yourself: Speak Yourself concerts, which are set to kick off in Los Angeles on Saturday (04Apr19). The menswear creator developed seven looks for the stars that were inspired by his pre-fall collection and includes shiny, military-inspired items and athletic attire.

The personalities of each band member inspired Jones as he crafted the pieces.

“They all have their personal taste and style and it works so well together,” Jones tells Women’s Wear Daily. “Each member of the group chose the look they wanted, and we worked very organically to create each look for them. It was very collaborative.”

The fashion visionary first met the group ahead of the Grammy Awards in February (19) and he is thrilled to be collaborating with artists who have such a devoted fan base.

“They are really great guys and super into fashion, and everyone I know is kind of crazy about them,” he adds. “When I speak to my friends about meeting them, they all are obsessed by them.”

Jones took to Instagram to share his excitement about the venture and posted a sketch of the group wearing his concepts.

“Excited to announce the tour costumes for BTS for Dior,” he captioned the drawing.

The next leg of the BTS tour will take the band to Chicago, New Jersey, Sao Paulo, London and Paris.

The beloved singers are currently riding high after taking home the prizes for Top Duo/Group and Top Social Artist at the Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas on Wednesday (02Apr19) night.

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Christian Louboutin blown away by Virgil Abloh’s work at Louis Vuitton

Christian Louboutin is sad he missed “brilliant” Virgil Abloh’s first Louis Vuitton menswear show in 2018.Off-White founder Abloh took over the top job at Louis Vuitton from Kim Jones in March last year and has quickly made his mark on the French luxur…

Christian Louboutin is sad he missed “brilliant” Virgil Abloh’s first Louis Vuitton menswear show in 2018.

Off-White founder Abloh took over the top job at Louis Vuitton from Kim Jones in March last year and has quickly made his mark on the French luxury label.

One person who approves of his new aesthetic is famed footwear designer Louboutin, who has gushed to WWD how impressed he is with Abloh.

“The job he’s starting to do at Vuitton is really great, really, really great,” he beamed to the fashion publication. “There was a lot of expectation and a lot of non-expectation like, ‘Oh God,’ and he did a brilliant job. It’s really beautiful. I was sad because it was his first show and I was not in Paris. He was doing an exhibition, he was at the Gagosian, but my timing was not correct. I’ve been really sort of… I missed that because it looked really great.”

Synonymous with his red-soled shoes, Louboutin is now branching away from footwear by opening his own hotel in Portugal.

Construction is set to begin in April, though the Parisian designer is quick to point out he’s not undertaking the project as a business venture, but rather just a hobby.

“It’s a hobby, you know, it’s a hobby… I’m starting to build a hotel but it’s definitely a hobby. It’s a good thing. It’s nothing but a hobby.

“It’s nice because you know full architecture and interior decorations. There are a lot of elements which you know are important when you are creating things, so again it’s bouncing back,” he added of how it may inspire his future shoe designs. “It’s not linked in a way but at the same time it bounces back a lot of details of architecture.”

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David Beckham unveils a Peaky Blinders-inspired fashion collection

David Beckham presented a Peaky Blinders-inspired fashion line through Kent & Curwen, the London brand he partially owns.This was the second time the label has been featured on the London Fashion Week: Men’s schedule, with the sport star’s wife Victori…

David Beckham presented a Peaky Blinders-inspired fashion line through Kent & Curwen, the London brand he partially owns.

This was the second time the label has been featured on the London Fashion Week: Men’s schedule, with the sport star’s wife Victoria, eldest son Brooklyn, Brooklyn’s model girlfriend Hana Cross, and David’s mother Sandra in attendance, as well as Gordon Ramsay, Dior Homme designer Kim Jones and Peaky Blinders creator Steven Knight.

The collection, which was unveiled on Sunday (06Jan19), paid homage to the BBC series about 1920s gangsters in Birmingham and was designed by the brand’s creative director Daniel Kearns.

“(I’m) a big fan of the show and our brand has always been about the look. It keeps that authenticity,” David told The Guardian of the collaboration, adding that the iconic flat cap seen on the television show has a special relevance to his family.

“I got that from my grandad. I wore his from a very young age. Brooklyn has taken it on as well.”

Speaking to WWD, 19-year-old Brooklyn insisted that he and his father dress like the Peaky Blinders characters “every day,” and sported a collarless shirt and peg trousers from the Kent & Curwen collection for the show.

The range also got the approval of David’s fashionista wife Victoria, who recently celebrated the 10th anniversary of her eponymous fashion house. She supported her husband’s latest project wearing a grey tweed suit with flared trousers from her fall 2019 pre-collection.

“This collection was very honest and true to David and his style,” she smiled. “And the show was beautiful, too.”

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Kaia Gerber crowned Model of the Year at The Fashion Awards 2018

Kaia Gerber was crowned Model of the Year at The Fashion Awards 2018.The 17-year-old saw off the likes of Adut Akech, Adwoa Aboah, Bella Hadid and Winnie Harlow to take home the prize at London’s Royal Albert Hall on Monday night (10Dec18), and was sup…

Kaia Gerber was crowned Model of the Year at The Fashion Awards 2018.

The 17-year-old saw off the likes of Adut Akech, Adwoa Aboah, Bella Hadid and Winnie Harlow to take home the prize at London’s Royal Albert Hall on Monday night (10Dec18), and was supported by her family, including her famous parents Cindy Crawford and Rande Gerber, as well as her 19-year-old brother Presley.

Kaia received the accolade wearing a stunning black and silver cut-out gown by Alexander McQueen.

Another highlight of the night was a surprise appearance by Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, who graced the ceremony to honour Clare Waight Keller, winner of British Designer of the Year: Womenswear.

The British designer was responsible for the iconic Givenchy bridal gown Meghan wore to marry Prince Harry in May, and the expectant mother looked radiant as she concealed her blossoming baby bump in a chic one-shouldered black dress.

Though Gucci led the nominations with nods in four categories, the label took home two awards – Brand of the Year and Business Leader for the label’s chief executive officer Marco Bizzarri.

Creative director Alessandro Michele was beaten by Valentino’s Pierpaolo Piccioli in the Designer of the Year category, with Piccioli also coming out on top over Keller, Kim Jones for Dior Homme and Virgil Abloh for Louis Vuitton.

Meanwhile, Jones was honoured with the 2018 Trailblazer Award, while Vivienne Westwood received the Swarovski Award for Positive Change and Miuccia Prada was feted with the Outstanding Achievement prize.

The full list of winners at The Fashion Awards 2018 is as follows:

Accessories Designer of the Year – Demna Gvasalia for Balenciaga

Brand of the Year – Gucci

British Designer of the Year: Menswear – Craig Green for CRAIG GREEN

British Designer of the Year: Womenswear – Clare Waight Keller for Givenchy

British Emerging Talent: Menswear – Samuel Ross for A-COLD-WALL*

British Emerging Talent: Womenswear – Richard Quinn for Richard Quinn

Business Leader – Marco Bizzarri for Gucci

Designer of the Year – Pierpaolo Piccioli for Valentino

Model of the Year – Kaia Gerber

Urban Luxe – Virgil Abloh for Off-White

2018 Trailblazer – Kim Jones

Swarovski Award for Positive Change – Vivienne Westwood

Special Recognition Award for Innovation – Parley for the Oceans

Isabella Blow Award for Fashion Creator – Mert & Marcus

Outstanding Achievement – Miuccia Prada

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Kim Jones is Fashion Awards’ first Trailblazer winner

Kim Jones has been chosen to receive the inaugural Trailblazer honour at Monday night’s (10Dec18) Fashion Awards.The designer, who has been the menswear artistic director at Dior since leaving his post at Louis Vuitton in January, will be feted at Lond…

Kim Jones has been chosen to receive the inaugural Trailblazer honour at Monday night’s (10Dec18) Fashion Awards.

The designer, who has been the menswear artistic director at Dior since leaving his post at Louis Vuitton in January, will be feted at London’s Royal Albert Hall, alongside other previously named winners Miuccia Prada, who will receive the Outstanding Achievement Award, and Swarovski Award for Positive Change recipient Vivienne Westwood.

“I am very happy to receive this award from the British Fashion Council. This recognition for my work means a lot to me,” Jones said in a statement.

The Trailblazer Award, new for the 2018 honours, recognises the best innovators and creatives in fashion that are helping to shape the industry.

British Fashion Council chief executive Caroline Rush explained why Jones was chosen as the very first trailblazer.

“If the always on tap to culture zeitgeist is Kim’s industry reputation, his love for travel, international cultures and understanding of consumers further enhance his creative and commercial standing,” she praised. “Kim’s role as trailblazer in this industry continues to grow and we are very proud he is British born, educated and a great global ambassador for our industry.”

Other fashion stars in the running for prizes at Monday’s awards include Victoria Beckham, Clare Waight Keller, Riccardo Tisci, Jonathan Anderson, Bella Hadid and Adwoa Aboah.

Model Alek Wek and British comedian Jack Whitehall will be hosting the evening.

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Valentino plays with colour for debut co-ed pre-fall show in Tokyo

Valentino displayed an evolution of colour at its first-ever men’s and women’s pre-fall show.Creative director Pierpaolo Piccioli chose to unveil his latest collection in Tokyo on Tuesday evening (27Nov18), having last hosted a presentation in Japan’s …

Valentino displayed an evolution of colour at its first-ever men’s and women’s pre-fall show.

Creative director Pierpaolo Piccioli chose to unveil his latest collection in Tokyo on Tuesday evening (27Nov18), having last hosted a presentation in Japan’s capital in 1982.

Guests included Widows actress Elizabeth Debicki and Chinese singer-songwriter Lay Zhang, who were treated to an explosion of colour and opulence by the Italian fashion house, while a four-piece string section and pianist created drama with a hypnotic soundtrack.

Against a futuristic grey backdrop, models, including 17-year-old Kaia Gerber, descended on the catwalk sticking entirely to a regal red palette.

Dark furry coats were layered over crepe pussy bow dresses, while the hue was also exuded through sheer capes, smart leather handbags, and casual lace-up brogues. The palette started to evolve through black and red floral prints, until all-black outfits became the next trend, complete with dark eyewear and streamlined hats.

Piccioli then started to incorporate white through monochrome pieces such as a creamy knitted jumper with a black crescent-style motif, before the palette shifted to a navy blue, later returning to black and coming full circle by concluding the presentation with frothy red evening gowns.

Pops of colour were implemented in the make-up, with some models flaunting icy blue matte lips or fiery red eyeliner. While the women’s wardrobe tended to stick to luxurious dresses, the menswear offering featured shirts, trousers, and jackets in casual cuts, paired with bold accessories like oversized feather hats, leather lanyards, and cool backpacks.

Later this week (ends02Dec), Kim Jones will also stage his Dior Homme pre-fall show in Tokyo, while Stuart Vevers will show his men’s and women’s Coach 1941 pre-fall collections in Shanghai, China on 8 December.

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Gucci leads The Fashion Awards 2018 nominations

Gucci leads the nominations at The Fashion Awards 2018, with nods in four categories.The Italian fashion house is up for the Brand of the Year accolade against Balenciaga, Burberry, Off-White and Prada, while creative director Alessandro Michele has be…

Gucci leads the nominations at The Fashion Awards 2018, with nods in four categories.

The Italian fashion house is up for the Brand of the Year accolade against Balenciaga, Burberry, Off-White and Prada, while creative director Alessandro Michele has been honoured in the Designer of the Year category with Clare Waight Keller for Givenchy, Kim Jones for Dior Homme, Pierpaolo Piccioli for Valentino, and Virgil Abloh for Louis Vuitton.

Michele is also in the running to take home the Accessories Designer of the Year prize, and Gucci’s President and Chief Executive Officer Marco Bizzarri has received a nomination for the Business Leader award.

Meanwhile, newcomer Adut Akech joins previous nominees Adwoa Aboah, Bella Hadid, Kaia Gerber and Winnie Harlow in the Model of the Year category, and Riccardo Tisci and Kim Jones are both up for British Designer of the Year Menswear after debuting their first collections for Burberry and Dior Homme, respectively, this year.

Victoria Beckham has been recognised in the British Designer of the Year Womenswear, which coincides with her eponymous fashion label’s 10th year in business.

“I would like to congratulate all the nominees of The Fashion Awards 2018 in partnership with Swarovski. Each and every one of them is being recognised for their creative excellence and innovation,” Stephanie Phair, Chairman of the British Fashion Council (BFC), said in a statement on Tuesday (23Oct18).

The ceremony, which was formerly known as the British Fashion Awards and is in partnership with Swarovski, will take place at London’s Royal Albert Hall on 10 December.

The full list of nominations for The Fashion Awards 2018 is:

Accessories Designer of the Year

Alessandro Michele for Gucci

Demna Gvasalia for Balenciaga

Jonathan Anderson for LOEWE

Maria Grazia Chiuri for Dior

Miuccia Prada for Prada

Brand of the Year

Balenciaga

Burberry

Gucci

Off-White

Prada

British Designer of the Year Menswear

Craig Green for CRAIG GREEN

Jonathan Anderson for JW Anderson

Kim Jones for Dior Homme

Martine Rose for Martine Rose

Riccardo Tisci for Burberry

British Designer of the Year Womenswear

Clare Waight Keller for Givenchy

Jonathan Anderson for JW Anderson

Roksanda Ilinčić for ROKSANDA

Simone Rocha for Simone Rocha

Victoria Beckham for VICTORIA BECKHAM

British Emerging Talent Menswear

Ben Cottrell and Matthew Dainty for COTTWEILER

Eden Loweth & Tom Barratt for ART SCHOOL

Kiko Kostadinov for Kiko Kostadinov

Phoebe English for PHOEBE ENGLISH

Samuel Ross for A-COLD-WALL*

British Emerging Talent Womenswear

Matty Bovan for Matty Bovan

Natalia Alaverdian for A.W.A.K.E.

Rejina Pyo for REJINA PYO

Richard Quinn for Richard Quinn

Sofia Prantera for ARIES

Business Leader

Jonathan Akeroyd for VERSACE

José Neves for FARFETCH

Marco Bizzarri for Gucci

Marco Gobbetti for Burberry

Michael Burke for Louis Vuitton

Designer of the Year

Alessandro Michele for Gucci

Clare Waight Keller for Givenchy

Kim Jones for Dior Homme

Pierpaolo Piccioli for Valentino

Virgil Abloh for Louis Vuitton

Model of the Year

Adut Akech

Adwoa Aboah

Bella Hadid

Kaia Gerber

Winnie Harlow

Urban Luxe

Alyx

Balenciaga

Marine Serre

Off-White

Supreme

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