Milan Fashion Week going digital amid coronavirus crisis

Milan Fashion Week is to be fully digital for the first time.Italy continues to be one of the nations worst affected by the coronavirus pandemic, with 91,000 active cases and approximately 30,000 deaths. In light of the crisis and lockdown to prevent t…

Milan Fashion Week is to be fully digital for the first time.

Italy continues to be one of the nations worst affected by the coronavirus pandemic, with 91,000 active cases and approximately 30,000 deaths.

In light of the crisis and lockdown to prevent the further spread of the Covid-19 virus, executives at the Camera Nazionale della Moda Italiana have announced that they will be presenting the first digital fashion week from 14-17 July 2020.

The online calendar will promote the spring/summer 2021 men’s collections and the spring/summer 2021 men’s and women’s pre-collections.

“The initiative is in line with a raft of concrete responses to the recently changed scenario in the fashion industry,” a spokesperson commented. “Camera Nazionale della Moda Italiana will be proposing a digital platform featuring photographic and video content, interviews, and backstages of creative moments and alternative and unique viewpoints, all organised in a calendar with slots for each brand, the aim being to create a rich and varied (blueprint for) use to all operators in the industry.”

In addition, organisers hope to introduce webinars, livestreams of interviews with important industry figures, and live performances.

The news comes shortly after British Fashion Council (BFC) executives confirmed plans to merge womenswear and menswear into one gender-neutral platform for London Fashion Week during the next year, with online events to kick off from 12 June.

Meanwhile, Giorgio Armani has indicated that he plans to resume presenting fashion shows in Milan in September.

In an interview with WWD, the designer insisted he will be unveiling his men’s and women’s collections later in the year, though admitted the “format is still being defined”.

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London Fashion Week going digital amid coronavirus crisis

London Fashion Week is to be fully digital and gender-neutral for the first time.The United Kingdom continues to be one of the nations worst affected by the coronavirus pandemic, with almost 107,900 active cases and approximately 16,500 deaths. In ligh…

London Fashion Week is to be fully digital and gender-neutral for the first time.

The United Kingdom continues to be one of the nations worst affected by the coronavirus pandemic, with almost 107,900 active cases and approximately 16,500 deaths.

In light of the crisis and lockdown to prevent the further spread of Covid-19, executives at the British Fashion Council (BFC) announced on Monday that they will be merging womenswear and menswear into one gender-neutral platform for London Fashion Week during the next 12 months.

“By creating a cultural fashion week platform, we are adapting digital innovation to best fit our needs today and something to build on as a global showcase for the future,” Caroline Rush, BFC chief executive officer, commented. “Designers will be able to share their stories, and for those that have them, their collections, with a wider global community; we hope that as well as personal perspectives on this difficult time, there will be inspiration in bucketloads. It is what British fashion is known for.”

The online event will run from 12 June through the time period of the former London Fashion Week: Men’s.

And Rush is confident the new digital platform will give a voice to British fashion businesses and creatives during these extraordinary times.

“Many of our businesses have always embraced London Fashion Week as a platform for not just fashion but for its influence on society, identity and culture,” she added. “The current pandemic is leading us all to reflect more poignantly on the society we live in and how we want to live our lives and build businesses when we get through this. The other side of this crisis, we hope will be about sustainability, creativity, and product that you value, respect, cherish.”

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Anya Hindmarch releasing new take on ‘I Am Not a Plastic Bag’ totes

Anya Hindmarch has released an updated version of her popular ‘I Am Not a Plastic Bag’ totes.The British designer first released the canvas bags back in 2007 as part of a collaborative project with global social change movement We Are What We Do, which…

Anya Hindmarch has released an updated version of her popular ‘I Am Not a Plastic Bag’ totes.

The British designer first released the canvas bags back in 2007 as part of a collaborative project with global social change movement We Are What We Do, which is now known as Shift.

The bags sold out immediately, and now Hindmarch has overhauled her sustainability project to create patterned totes using recycled materials.

The new ‘I Am a Plastic Bag’ tote is made from 32 plastic bottles, and the 52-year-old was keen to increase awareness and make a bold statement with her designs, even though it was a lengthy process to ensure the material was of a high-quality.

“The bottles are chipped and melted into pellets, which is then made into a fibre,” Hindmarch told WWD. “It took a while to achieve this high quality of canvas and then to coat it, because I wanted to make sure we have recycled coating which was a real challenge.”

The bag sold out in seconds online, but there will be another release of the eco-friendly bags in April.

Hindmarch also decided to close three of her London stores during the weekend of London Fashion Week and fill them with plastic bottles, in an effort to publicise her new totes and highlight the devastating effects of plastic consumption.

“We filled each store with 90,000 bottles, which equals six seconds’ worth of consumption. I wanted to show people because once you see it, it’s a bit shocking,” she explained, before adding that she’s been working hard to embrace more sustainable practices. “It has to be common sense but once you start, there are so many more things you realise you can do.”

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Halima Aden: ‘I wouldn’t have had a place in fashion five years ago’

Halima Aden believes she wouldn’t have been embraced by the fashion industry five years ago. The Somali-American model became the first person to wear a burkini and hajib in the Miss Minnesota USA competition back in 2016, and did the same on the cover…

Halima Aden believes she wouldn’t have been embraced by the fashion industry five years ago.

The Somali-American model became the first person to wear a burkini and hajib in the Miss Minnesota USA competition back in 2016, and did the same on the cover of Sports Illustrated’s Swimsuit Issue last year.

Halima has continued to break barriers for Muslim women by appearing on the cover of magazines, in campaigns and on runways, including the recent Tommy Hilfiger London Fashion Week presentation, in her modest headwear.

But as she didn’t see other hijab-wearing women in the fashion industry, the 22-year-old never thought she would be a model, and now, she’s thrilled to be bringing modest outfits into the mainstream.

“Before (I got the call from IMG Models), if you had asked me in 2015 or 2016 if I could have been a model, I would have told you no, that’s impossible,” she told Harpersbazaar.com. “When you don’t see something, it’s hard to visualise it. A career like that, for someone like me, didn’t exist. But… modesty has been around for so long. It is one of the oldest fashion staples. Modesty is in so many different cultures. It has stood the test of time. So, it is confusing that it took until 2016 to go mainstream, but I am so grateful that it did.”

Halima continued to state that the fact the fashion industry has accepted her, as well as a diverse range of models, goes to show how much it has evolved in recent years.

“It took the entire fashion community to embrace me, wrap its hands around me, and to say that you belong without asking me to conform… And if you really think about it, five years ago, I wouldn’t have a place in fashion – not in the way I do today,” she added.

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Burberry opts for equestrian chic for fall 20

Burberry has harnessed equestrian chic for its fall/winter 2020 collection.Creative director Riccardo Tisci unveiled his latest line at Kensington Olympia as part of London Fashion Week on Monday, with the presentation drawing in over 800 guests, inclu…

Burberry has harnessed equestrian chic for its fall/winter 2020 collection.

Creative director Riccardo Tisci unveiled his latest line at Kensington Olympia as part of London Fashion Week on Monday, with the presentation drawing in over 800 guests, including celebrities such as Cate Blanchett, Naomi Campbell, Luka Sabbat, FKA Twigs, Jacob Elordi, and Hunter Schafer.

Titled Memories, Italy-born Tisci explained in his show notes that he was inspired by his first travels to the British capital as a young man, as well as the central codes of the heritage house.

“Moving back to London recently – a city I first discovered as a young student – gave me a real sense of nostalgia. It was the place where I learnt to be myself and a city where I gained the confidence to be the man that I am today. I have this strong feeling of pride when I think about the early days of my career, when I was an emerging designer still learning my craft and taking inspiration wherever I could find it,” he shared. “The memory of this special and formative time in my life is what has influenced this collection – from the places I visited and the people that surrounded me to the music that inspired me. It is this side of my personal journey that I wanted to blend with the codes and language that I have started to define here at Burberry.”

To open, model Astrid Voss took to the catwalk in a belted brown coat with dramatic feather detailing on the lapels and sleeves. Tisci then unveiled similar silhouettes featuring Burberry’s signature tan fabric and check print, with much of the line focused on layered separates ideal for the cooler months. An equestrian influence was apparent in duffel coats, quilted jackets, long collarless coats, jodhpurs, and fluted skirts, with Kendall Jenner sporting a checked top with black detailing and long white skirt and Gigi Hadid modelling a black jumpsuit and colour-blocked jacket.

Elsewhere, Tisci introduced the new Olympia bag collection, featuring a shoulder bag in three sizes and a crossbody bag, and concluded the spectacle by having a parade of models walk the runway in sparkly dresses featuring strong shoulders and sparkly fringing.

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Victoria Beckham dishes up ‘gentle rebellion’ for fall 20

Victoria Beckham has explored the tension between “refinement and rebellion” for her fall/winter 2020 collection.The British designer unveiled her latest line at The Banqueting House as part of London Fashion Week on Sunday, with the presentation attra…

Victoria Beckham has explored the tension between “refinement and rebellion” for her fall/winter 2020 collection.

The British designer unveiled her latest line at The Banqueting House as part of London Fashion Week on Sunday, with the presentation attracting the likes of Anna Wintour, Samantha Ronson, Alexa Chung, Karen Elson, and Sinead Burke, as well as Victoria’s husband David Beckham and their four children.

Regarding her inspiration for the range, the fashion star explained that she wanted to add a bit of edge to her go-to feminine silhouettes.

“This season, I was thinking about the tension between refinement and rebellion. I was inspired by different ideas of women – different characters, different moments, and different attitudes – but with no restrictions. The overriding sentiment was that we don’t have to follow the rules. We can follow our instincts. Be spirited,” she wrote in the show notes. “The silhouette has evolved with a newness, a freshness. Shorter abbreviated proportions feel different and right for now. I wanted to explore how to honour tradition but challenge convention. To be subversive, yet still sophisticated. The collection is about staying true to ourselves and our woman, but still surprising her, and us. Twisting our codes. This is what I call my gentle rebellion.”

To open, a model walked the runway in a black velvet dress with plunging neckline and black leather boots. The outfit was given a touch of sparkle via the addition of crystal drop earrings.

A number of black ensembles followed, many of which were accessorised with belts featuring interlocking hand designs.

Victoria also introduced a line-up of plaid separates, brightly coloured knitwear, and cosy coats, before concluding the show by having models parade the runway in winter-ready dresses with voluminous sleeves.

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Lewis Hamilton unveils latest Tommy Hilfiger line with star-studded London show

Tommy Hilfiger and Lewis Hamilton recruited many famous faces to model their latest designs at London Fashion Week on Sunday.The American designer unveiled his fourth collection in partnership with the Formula One driver, as well as their capsule colle…

Tommy Hilfiger and Lewis Hamilton recruited many famous faces to model their latest designs at London Fashion Week on Sunday.

The American designer unveiled his fourth collection in partnership with the Formula One driver, as well as their capsule collection with musician H.E.R., at the TOMMYNOW Spring 2020 show held at the Tate Modern in London on Sunday night, with celebrity guests including Billy Porter, Charli XCX, and Meghan Trainor.

The show featured a diverse, age, and size-inclusive mix of models from both sides of the Atlantic, ranging from ’90s British favourites Jodie Kidd, Yasmin Le Bon, and Erin O’Connor to newcomers such as Halima Aden, Alton Mason, and Jasmine Sanders. Other U.K. faces included Jourdan Dunn, Georgia May Jagger, and Karen Elson, while international models included Winnie Harlow, Alessandra Ambrosio, and Candice Swanepoel.

The famous faces on the runway vastly outnumbered those sitting front row, with the show also featuring celebrity relatives such as Helena Christensen and Norman Reedus’ son Mingus, Kate Moss’ sister Lottie, Liam Gallagher’s son Lennon, Bob Geldof’s daughter Pixie, and Christy Turlington’s nephew James.

The genderless ‘See Now, Buy Now’ collection was the most sustainable TommyxLewis release to date, with 75 per cent of the line using more sustainable production methods, including organic cotton, recycled fabric, and low-impact denim washes.

Naomi Campbell opened the show wearing a neon yellow and beige tracksuit with chunky high-top sneakers. A number of streetwear looks followed, before the collection focused on preppy outfits heavily featuring nautical stripes and the stars and stripes of the U.S. flag, with Ambrosio wearing a crisp navy blue blazer over the top of a white and blue striped shirt, worn as a dress, and a white jumper.

Hamilton linked arms with Campbell as he walked down to the catwalk with Hilfiger and H.E.R. to give the final bow.

“Thanks to @thomasjhilfiger, @hermusicofficial, all my amazing models including @naomi and of course to everyone at @tommyhilfiger,” he wrote on Instagram. “It’s been such a journey to create our most sustainable collection to date, but it’s something I’m so proud that we’ve been able to achieve. Feeling very grateful for all our hard work today.”

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

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Temperley London unveils debut handbag collection

Alice Temperley has unveiled Temperley London’s very first collection of handbags.The British designer is known for her vintage-inspired gowns and embellished minidresses, with her celebrity clients including the likes of Penelope Cruz, Halle Berry, Ev…

Alice Temperley has unveiled Temperley London’s very first collection of handbags.

The British designer is known for her vintage-inspired gowns and embellished minidresses, with her celebrity clients including the likes of Penelope Cruz, Halle Berry, Eva Mendes, and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge.

However, Temperley has now decided to branch out into the world of accessories, dropping six new styles of bags.

“I am excited for everyone to see what we have created and hope everyone loves the designs as much as I do,” she commented, while a brand representative stated: “We are excited to announce the launch of our new accessories collection which will be showcased for the first-time during London Fashion Week and is available to pre-order online now. The collection is focused on timeless elegance, featuring six functional and iconic styles available in three classic colours; Somerset Green, Burnt Umber and Black. Designed to become a classic staple of the Temperley London woman, taking her from day to night.”

The winter 2020 range includes the Alice Handbag, a classic everyday style, the Florence Circle Bag, an on-trend round bag, and the Clementine Tote bag.

The items, which are named after members of the designer’s family, are priced from $840 – $1,822 (£650-£1,400) and are now available to pre-order.

“We thought long and hard, not only to identify the right supply chain and high standard of quality required, but also to be able to understand what our loyal clients were expecting from us,” chief executive officer Luca Donnini added.

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H.E.R. teaming with Tommy Hilfiger and Lewis Hamilton on capsule collection

Singer H.E.R. is partnering with Tommy Hilfiger and Lewis Hamilton on a fashion collection.Formula One driver Hamilton has collaborated with the American designer on four capsule drops over the course of the past two years. Now, he has recruited the st…

Singer H.E.R. is partnering with Tommy Hilfiger and Lewis Hamilton on a fashion collection.

Formula One driver Hamilton has collaborated with the American designer on four capsule drops over the course of the past two years. Now, he has recruited the star, real name Gabriella Wilson, to work on the new streetwear line, to be known as Tommy x Lewis x H.E.R.

“Such an honour to design and collab with @tommyhilfiger and @lewishamilton. Stay tuned for the drop of our collection!!!” she captioned an image of herself alongside Hamilton on Instagram on Wednesday.

The pair are pictured posing in casual black outfits with neon green writing. While few other details were given about the clothes, items will be made from 75 per cent sustainable fabrics like organic cotton.

“This collab is straight-up fire. More to come!! Thank you so much @hermusicofficial,” Hilfiger added.

Meanwhile, Hamilton has described the 22-year-old as a natural fit for the collaboration.

“I’m so grateful to continue to bring to life our shared vision of making each collection more sustainable,” he told WWD. “Tommy and I also share a passion for music and feel strongly about giving a platform to artists to express their creativity in a whole new medium.

“I admire the raw and authentic way that H.E.R. expresses herself through her music and the creative journey that she’s undertaken. Her authenticity comes through in the bold and edgy twist she has brought to the Tommy x Lewis x H.E.R. street style aesthetic.”

The capsule collection will be available for purchase following Hilfiger’s Tommy Now spring/summer 2020 show held as part of London Fashion Week on Sunday.

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Tommy Hilfiger to showcase next Lewis Hamilton collaboration in London

Tommy Hilfiger is set to showcase his next collaboration with Formula 1 racing driver Lewis Hamilton in London.The American designer will debut the fourth Tommy x Lewis collection alongside the spring 2020 Hilfiger Collection for women and men at The T…

Tommy Hilfiger is set to showcase his next collaboration with Formula 1 racing driver Lewis Hamilton in London.

The American designer will debut the fourth Tommy x Lewis collection alongside the spring 2020 Hilfiger Collection for women and men at The Tanks at Tate Modern art gallery on 16 February, during London Fashion Week.

Hilfiger is keen to acknowledge the eco-friendly steps his iconic brand is taking in the fashion industry with his upcoming show and called the design partnership with Hamilton his “most sustainable collaboration yet”.

Styles in the Tommy x Lewis line feature organic cotton, recycled materials, vegan leather alternatives, low-impact denim washes and miDori bioWick, which is a plant seed oil-based finishing agent.

“We are determined to be one of the leading sustainable designer lifestyle brands in the world, and this is a commitment we share with Lewis,” Hilfiger explained, according to WWD. “We are proud to accomplish new milestones every season, with spring 2020 being our most sustainable collaboration yet.”

And the six-time Formula 1 World Champion, who was named the fashion company’s global brand ambassador in March 2018, echoed his design partner’s sentiments, and said the collection captures his “personal sense of street style”.

“Tommy and I continuously explore new ways to take our sustainability vision to greater heights, and spring 2020 is the latest milestone in these achievements. I’m so excited to debut the sustainable designs we created through the TommyNow platform and keep driving this message forward,” the 35-year-old added.

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