Marc Jacobs only wants to produce two collections per year

Marc Jacobs is adamant it is time for the traditional fashion calendar to be streamlined.Following the restrictions put in place due to the coronavirus crisis earlier this year, the American fashion designer previously announced that he wouldn’t be cre…

Marc Jacobs is adamant it is time for the traditional fashion calendar to be streamlined.

Following the restrictions put in place due to the coronavirus crisis earlier this year, the American fashion designer previously announced that he wouldn’t be creating a collection for spring 2021 and had halted production on his fall/winter 2020 line, unveiled as part of New York Fashion Week in February, as he is too dependent on fabric imported from Italy.

And in a recent conversation for The Business of Fashion’s podcast, Jacobs revealed that he believes designers should now be making no more than two collections per year.

“I feel like that last show was very telling of what I was really thinking, but that doesn’t surprise me because all of the shows are somewhat autobiographical. I told the story of a New York that I remembered and I loved, and still love, but is gone. It had shades of all my heroes and my fashion life as a New Yorker,” he commented. “After every show I say, if this was the last show I did, I’d be fine with it. But… I was so emphatic about the last show and I felt like things have got to change. We have to slow down, we can do this twice a year. I would like to say something creatively, but I can do it twice a year. The idea of being forced to create something and tell a story constantly, when it has no meaning, it has no soul, has no authenticity or credibility, it just seems so vacant.”

Jacobs went on to explain that he will be pushing the industry to become much more sustainable as he is sick of seeing unused products and fabrics ending up in landfills.

And while the fashion star is continuing to design throughout the Covid-19 lockdown, he admitted the whole scenario is impacting his mental health.

“There are days where I feel extremely depressed, I feel like it’s the end of the world, and there are days when I’m manic and I think, ‘What a great opportunity for us all to learn, collectively from this,'” the 57-year-old added.

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Pyer Moss unveils plans for drive-in New York Fashion Week event

Pyer Moss designer Kerby Jean-Raymond has announced plans to stage a drive-in event during New York Fashion Week.The Haitian-American designer, who founded his brand in 2013, confirmed on Monday that he will be unveiling his new feature film titled Ame…

Pyer Moss designer Kerby Jean-Raymond has announced plans to stage a drive-in event during New York Fashion Week.

The Haitian-American designer, who founded his brand in 2013, confirmed on Monday that he will be unveiling his new feature film titled American, Also in the Big Apple in September before holding multiple drive-in screenings in cities across the U.S. so fans can view it from the safety of their vehicles amid the ongoing coronavirus crisis.

Jean-Raymond did not share exactly when or where the premieres will be held.

And while he won’t be debuting a fashion collection at this time, there will be some specific “drops” of clothing available to buy at the events.

“It’s always been our mission to show the amount of thinking and labouring that goes behind putting together a collection – we’ve been slowing down the speed of how much we produce and improving the quality of what we produce throughout the years,” Jean-Raymond told Vogue. “This film aims to show the love and care our entire company puts into every single moment we create and will show that we appreciate fashion as an art form and communication tool that we’ve used to embolden a community around us.”

American, Also delves into the preparation the designer undertook in the lead-up to the release of his spring 2020 show held at the Kings Theatre in Flatbush, Brooklyn.

Earlier this month, Jean-Raymond stated in an interview with Simon Porte Jacquemus and Marni creative director Francesco Risso for Vogue’s Global Conversations series that he has no plans to hold a fashion show until at least 2021, but still believes there is a place in the world for such spectacles.

“None of us would be here without fashion week. When the halo brands have a show during a specific (time frame), smaller brands can piggyback off of that because they know everyone is in town,” he stated. “I do think the concept of the show has to change… But it’s an entry point that is so important for young designers.”

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Paris Couture Week cancelled amid coronavirus crisis

Paris Couture Week and Paris Fashion Week: Men’s have been cancelled amid the coronavirus pandemic.France is one of the nations most affected by the spread of Covid-19, with an estimated 40,000 reported cases and approximately 2,600 deaths. In light of…

Paris Couture Week and Paris Fashion Week: Men’s have been cancelled amid the coronavirus pandemic.

France is one of the nations most affected by the spread of Covid-19, with an estimated 40,000 reported cases and approximately 2,600 deaths.

In light of the crisis and lockdown of citizens, representatives for the Federation de la Haute Couture et de la Mode have confirmed the two upcoming events have been scrapped.

“In light of the spread of the Covid-19 epidemic worldwide, strong decisions are required to ensure the safety and health of Houses, their employees and everyone working in our industry,” they said in a statement. “Consequently, the Board of Directors of the Federation de la Haute Couture et de la Mode has come to the decision that, in the present conditions, Paris Fashion Week: Men’s, scheduled from June 23rd to June 28th, 2020, and the Haute Couture Week scheduled from July 5 to July 9, 2020, cannot take place.”

However, the spokesperson insisted members of the federation are “actively working” with designers and fashion houses to find possible alternatives.

In addition to presentations from Chanel and Dior, the next Paris Couture Week was to feature the highly anticipated return of Balenciaga to the schedule.

Meanwhile, executives at the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) have also confirmed that the resort 2021 shows lined up for the middle of the year have been scrapped.

“The CFDA has been carefully following the developments of Covid-19, while providing information and resources to help the industry move forward during this most challenging time,” they commented. “With that in mind, the CFDA has decided to cancel the official NYFW: Resort 2021 schedule of presentations. The decision was based on the current global situation, the ongoing uncertainty regarding its impact on retailers and their open-to-buys, and designers’ challenges in producing collections at this moment.”

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Anna Wintour applauds Tom Ford for staging fashion show in Los Angeles

Anna Wintour has commended Tom Ford for staging his latest fashion show in Los Angeles.Steering clear of the New York Fashion Week calendar, the American designer unveiled his fall/winter 2020 collection at Milk Studios in early February, just days bef…

Anna Wintour has commended Tom Ford for staging his latest fashion show in Los Angeles.

Steering clear of the New York Fashion Week calendar, the American designer unveiled his fall/winter 2020 collection at Milk Studios in early February, just days before the Academy Awards.

The spectacle included top models such as Gigi Hadid and Kendall Jenner, and in a new chat for her Go Ask Anna video series, Wintour praised Ford’s bold move.

“First and foremost, I want to applaud Tom Ford for showing in Los Angeles, because I totally reject the idea that everybody always has to do the same thing and show in the same way. We’re an industry that’s meant to be about change, so why don’t we change more often?” she mused. “So, taking his super glamorous show with his super glamorous audience to Los Angeles, I thought, was genius. The show was exciting and vibrant… and every woman there wanted every dress on the runway.”

Wintour attended numerous presentations over the course of Fashion Month, with her other top picks including the Marni, Louis Vuitton, and JW Anderson shows. She also loved the inventive Marc Jacobs show held at the Park Avenue Armory as part of New York Fashion Week, with the spectacle drawing in the likes of Naomi Campbell, Sofia Coppola, and Nicki Minaj, and featuring a performance from Karole Armitage and her troupe of dancers.

“He surprised us all by having sort of a cabaret setup. The whole space was filled with an army of Karole Armitage dancers and models mixing in with each other. You weren’t sure who was a dancer and who was a model. It was a very joyful, intimate and exhilarating experience,” the 70-year-old added.

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Brandon Maxwell thrilled to have dress included in New York exhibition

Brandon Maxwell is excited to have one of his dress designs included in a new exhibition.The Texas-born fashion designer unveiled his fall/winter 2020 ready-to-wear collection at the American Museum of Natural History as part of New York Fashion Week l…

Brandon Maxwell is excited to have one of his dress designs included in a new exhibition.

The Texas-born fashion designer unveiled his fall/winter 2020 ready-to-wear collection at the American Museum of Natural History as part of New York Fashion Week last month.

Now, Maxwell has confirmed the stunning red gown worn by a model during the finale will be included in the institute’s new exhibition, titled The Nature of Color.

“In the scheme of big dreams in my career, having our runway show at the Hall of North American Mammals was always at the top, for many personal reasons. I used to walk by the museum and literally mumble to myself, ‘One day…’ This year I somehow found myself in a room of the most brilliant and kind museum curators and team members who not only asked me to take part in this incredible exhibition but also agreed to open their doors to host our runway show in the very room I had always dreamed of,” he captioned a snap of the ruby red dress on a mannequin as part of the exhibition on his Instagram page. “It’s taken me a little bit of time to process the idea that a boy like me could move here on a wing and a prayer and 10 years later find his work on display in one of the most iconic New York institutions where thousands of visitors will come to be inspired, just like I had so many years earlier.”

The immersive and interactive exhibition will run at the museum from 9 March 2020 until 8 August 2021.

And Maxwell is hopeful that his contribution will help to inspire the next generation of creative minds who visit.

“If I can do it, you certainly can, and you will, without a doubt. Images, stories, little glimpses and moments, they can be formative, and I’m so grateful to the entire museum staff for allowing me to be a small part of a larger story that will inspire and entertain so many. It was an absolute pleasure from start to finish and from my team to yours I say a most sincere and deep, thank you,” the 35-year-old concluded.

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Ralph Lauren scraps New York presentation due to coronavirus crisis

Ralph Lauren has cancelled his upcoming show in New York due to the coronavirus outbreak in the U.S.A spokesperson for the American luxury brand confirmed on Tuesday that the presentation in April, which was due to take place in an unspecified location…

Ralph Lauren has cancelled his upcoming show in New York due to the coronavirus outbreak in the U.S.

A spokesperson for the American luxury brand confirmed on Tuesday that the presentation in April, which was due to take place in an unspecified location in the city, was being scrapped.

“In light of the ongoing uncertainties related to the novel coronavirus around the world, we have decided to cancel our fall 2020 show as a precautionary measure and out of respect for our teams, partners and consumers,” they commented in a statement to WWD. “Our primary focus remains on their health and safety.”

Officials in the U.S. have confirmed nine deaths from the virus, called COVID-19, and more than 100 cases. However, some health experts have suggested that the real number may be far higher if coronavirus testing is expanded across the country.

More than 3,200 people have died, and 92,000 people have been infected in more than 70 countries, with the vast majority of fatalities in mainland China, where the outbreak originated in late 2019.

Lauren declined to showcase a fall collection during New York Fashion Week last month.

The news comes after Gucci decided to cancel its cruise 2021 fashion show that was due to take place in San Francisco, California on 18 May, and Prada’s move to postpone its cruise show, which had been scheduled for 21 May in Tokyo, Japan.

Despite the widespread coronavirus outbreak, Chanel is pushing forward with its cruise show in Capri, Italy on 7 May, while Dior still plans to head to Lecce, in the Italian region of Puglia, on 9 May.

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Dua Lipa showcases high-fashion looks in sitcom-inspired video

Dua Lipa has lived out her high-fashion dreams in a quirky new video for Vogue.The New Rules hitmaker showcases the hottest looks from the New York Fashion Week runway in the clip, including extravagant pieces from Marc Jacobs, Tom Ford, Oscar de la Re…

Dua Lipa has lived out her high-fashion dreams in a quirky new video for Vogue.

The New Rules hitmaker showcases the hottest looks from the New York Fashion Week runway in the clip, including extravagant pieces from Marc Jacobs, Tom Ford, Oscar de la Renta, and Michael Kors.

“Dua’s World @voguemagazine Fall 2020 hot off the nyc runway 90s Sitcom Video of my dreamzzzzz,” Lipa wrote on Instagram alongside a snippet of the offbeat video. “Loved this whole whirlwind day with the sweeeetest team on the planet… watch in full on youtube or via the link in my story (sic).”

In the video, the 24-year-old prances around an expensive apartment filled with chintz furniture and over-the-top flowery wallpaper, while trying on a series of outfits.

Lipa is first seen wearing a bright yellow ensemble from Eckhaus Latta, along with a harlequin-print jacket by Oscar de la Renta, which she takes off and subsequently throws to her waiting butler.

She then makes dinner for German actress Jessica Joffe and rocks a fuchsia turtleneck and skirt by Tom Ford.

Elsewhere, the Physical hitmaker is seen squeezing down a narrow hallway while wearing an over-the-top Area blue satin dress, which features a heart-shaped waist. She proceeds to jokingly lose her temper, while looking chic in a cow-print Michael Kors jacket, and attempts to iron her huge emerald green Christopher John Rogers gown, which she then wears while struggling down the staircase.

Lipa’s penultimate look is comprised of a rose-red dress and heart-embellished opera gloves by Rodarte, before she concludes the footage by modelling an iridescent coral gown by Marc Jacobs.

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Brandon Maxwell had ‘meltdown’ before New York Fashion Week show

Brandon Maxwell had a “full crying meltdown” before presenting his latest collection during New York Fashion Week.The designer showcased his fall/winter 2020 ready-to-wear collection at the American Museum of Natural History earlier this month. While …

Brandon Maxwell had a “full crying meltdown” before presenting his latest collection during New York Fashion Week.

The designer showcased his fall/winter 2020 ready-to-wear collection at the American Museum of Natural History earlier this month.

While Maxwell had previously been open with his Instagram followers about how his team helped him overcome self-doubt, negativity, and insecurities in order to create his line, in a new YouTube video about the show, he revealed it all got too much for him just before the presentation.

“This season, in particular, they (members of his team) were late getting out of the room to the show because I locked myself in my dressing room and had a full crying meltdown and had to almost breathe into a bag,” he revealed. “They all got up onto the chairs and (started) beating their chairs and saying everything’s going to be great, this is going to be awesome, and everything’s amazing.

“This experience is not about the clothes and has never really been about the clothes… it’s about community, it’s about loving something and the thing you love being able to bring people together. All of the team that I work with come together to really pull out the best in each other. My team does it for me, I try to do it for them.”

In a recent Instagram post, Maxwell told his followers that he was making progress because he was finally able to look back at the runway show and not be critical about everything he saw.

“Sometimes post-show I sit around for a week and criticise myself for what I could have done better, but honestly all I’ve done this week is think about this hair bow,” the 35-year-old wrote alongside a video of a model wearing brown fabric tied in a bow around her ponytail. “Not overly criticising everything in the week after feels like growth, like being nice to myself, so I’m very grateful to this hair bow.”

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Halima Aden refused to walk in Yeezy show due to length of skirt

Halima Aden once refused to walk in a Yeezy show due to a disagreement over the length of her skirt.The Somali-American beauty was due to make her New York Fashion Week debut in Kanye West’s season five ready-to-wear show back in 2017, but in an interv…

Halima Aden once refused to walk in a Yeezy show due to a disagreement over the length of her skirt.

The Somali-American beauty was due to make her New York Fashion Week debut in Kanye West’s season five ready-to-wear show back in 2017, but in an interview with British newspaper The Observer, she recalled how the moment ended up being a watershed moment for her modelling career.

After Halima was presented with an outfit by the rapper’s team, she acknowledged it “was just not going to work” as the skirt sat above her knee.

“Even then I knew: walking away when something doesn’t fit is always better than feeling you need to force something,” the 22-year-old shared, adding that while she was disappointed, she felt empowered as she returned to her hotel. “And then, without having to say anything, they called back: ‘We have a second option.’ I tried it on, and it was perfect. I just knew it was a pivotal moment in my life.

“The people who you want to work with, they’re willing to work with you just the way you are.”

Halima went on to make her groundbreaking appearance in the show wearing a floor-length fur coat.

She also noted that later that same year, she walked for Max Mara in an outfit that was designed just for her.

Elsewhere in the interview, the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue star shared her plans to use her career to make a difference and emphasised how she wants to continue mixing her modelling with activism.

“My career in fashion is not just, ‘I want to work with this brand, I want to get on that catwalk.’ We’re not sitting here talking about ‘Buy this heel, because this heel will make you feel sexy,'” she fired. “I’m proud that I can say I combined fashion and activism. I can’t do one without the other.”

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Serena Williams seeking to branch out into luxury fashion

Serena Williams wants to branch out into high-fashion with a luxury capsule collection.The tennis ace launched her size-inclusive womenswear line, S by Serena, in 2018, and recently presented her latest collection at New York Fashion Week. Serena, who …

Serena Williams wants to branch out into high-fashion with a luxury capsule collection.

The tennis ace launched her size-inclusive womenswear line, S by Serena, in 2018, and recently presented her latest collection at New York Fashion Week.

Serena, who studied fashion design at college, told Anna Wintour during a Q&A after her show that while she still wants to please her loyal fans, she’s not ruling out dabbling in a luxury line.

But rather than releasing pricier pieces as a separate collection, the 38-year-old is considering including a limited-edition capsule within her S by Serena line.

“I would love to do luxury, but I feel like I also want to be true and authentic to people that support the brand for years,” she explained. “And so, if we do a luxury capsule, it’ll be really small one day in the future. But I love the idea of see now, buy now, and really do it in a good way.”

Elsewhere in the interview, Serena told the U.S. Vogue editor-in-chief that she’s trying to embrace sustainability by using vegan leather and other eco-friendly materials, while maintaining her glam aesthetic.

“We experimented with different animal prints; we focused on giraffe. And then we focused on the sustainability aspect of having vegan leather,” she explained. “And so that’s kind of what we wanted to focus on and just build from there.”

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