Johnny Coca tapped to head Louis Vuitton’s leather goods division

Johnny Coca has been named as the new head of Louis Vuitton’s leather goods division.The Spanish fashion star previously served as creative director at Mulberry, but announced his departure from the British heritage house following a five-year stint in…

Johnny Coca has been named as the new head of Louis Vuitton’s leather goods division.

The Spanish fashion star previously served as creative director at Mulberry, but announced his departure from the British heritage house following a five-year stint in March.

Now, Coca has confirmed he is relocating to Paris to begin work in the French luxury brand’s accessories department, where he will partner with womenswear creative director Nicolas Ghesquiere.

“I am proud to join Nicolas Ghesquiere and the Louis Vuitton teams to develop the women’s handbag lines and fine leather goods,” he said. “For me, this is a real return to my roots, where I had the chance to live my passion for the first time and to learn the fundamentals of my profession in the heart of the workshops in Asnieres. A new stage in my own creative journey is now opening up for me in this laboratory between heritage and modernity.”

Coca will officially begin his new role on 2 June. It’s not the first time he has worked for Louis Vuitton, having honed his design skills at the house following his studies before taking up roles at Bally and Celine.

And Ghesquiere is looking forward to collaborating with Coca on upcoming collections.

“I welcome Johnny to the Maison Louis Vuitton and I am happy that he is joining me in this adventure that started several years ago. The teams and I look forward to working with him in the universe inspiring Louis Vuitton,” he stated, while Louis Vuitton executive vice president Delphine Arnault added: “I am delighted with Johnny’s return to Louis Vuitton and the LVMH Group. He will enrich our creative force and our capacity for innovation. Johnny knows the spirit of Louis Vuitton and shares our vision, and I am delighted that he is joining us.”

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Anna Wintour postpones 2020 Met Gala

Anna Wintour has postponed the 2020 Met Gala in light of the coronavirus pandemic.The annual Costume Institute Gala was due to be held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City on 4 May, with the bash to celebrate the opening of the spring exh…

Anna Wintour has postponed the 2020 Met Gala in light of the coronavirus pandemic.

The annual Costume Institute Gala was due to be held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City on 4 May, with the bash to celebrate the opening of the spring exhibition titled About Time: Fashion and Duration.

However, regular co-chair and U.S. Vogue editor-in-chief Wintour announced in an article published on Vogue.com on Monday that the event would be delayed indefinitely.

“One day that will not arrive on schedule will be the opening of the Costume Institute’s exhibition, About Time,” she wrote. “Due to the unavoidable and responsible decision by the Metropolitan Museum to close its doors, About Time, and the opening night gala, will not take place on the date scheduled.”

Wintour added that fashion fans would be give a preview of the “extraordinary exhibition” in the May 2020 issue of Vogue.

While guests had not yet been announced, the evening’s co-chairs were to include Louis Vuitton’s Nicolas Ghesquiere and Hollywood stars Lin-Manuel Miranda, Emma Stone, and Meryl Streep.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art has been closed since last Thursday, with executives abiding by the recommendation from officials at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) that all gatherings of more than 50 people be suspended for the immediate future to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

Founded in 1948, the Met Gala was established as a way to raise money for the newly-founded Costume Institute. Over the course of the gala’s history, it has been cancelled twice – following the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in 1963, and in 2002, after the September 11 terrorist attacks.

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Stella McCartney and Virgil Abloh join 2020 LVMH Prize jury

Stella McCartney and Virgil Abloh are to help judge the 2020 LVMH Prize for Young Fashion Designers competition.Every year since 2013, executives at Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton (LVMH) have held the prestigious contest, with the Young Fashion Designers …

Stella McCartney and Virgil Abloh are to help judge the 2020 LVMH Prize for Young Fashion Designers competition.

Every year since 2013, executives at Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton (LVMH) have held the prestigious contest, with the Young Fashion Designers competition open to designers from around the world who have produced at least two collections and who are under 40.

On Tuesday, organisers announced that this year’s winner will be announced at an event held at the Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris on 5 June, with McCartney and Louis Vuitton menswear designer Abloh among the panel.

Singer Rihanna, who launched her Fenty clothing label in partnership with the luxury conglomerate last year, will also be on the jury.

“For this seventh edition, I am delighted to announce the arrival of Virgil Abloh, former Prize finalist, Robyn Rihanna Fenty, and Stella McCartney in the jury of the LVMH Prize,” said Delphine Arnault, executive vice president of Louis Vuitton, in a statement. “They will be joining our prestigious panel which includes: Jonathan Anderson, Kris Van Assche, Nicolas Ghesquiere, Maria Grazia Chiuri, Marc Jacobs, Clare Waight Keller as well as Sidney Toledano, Jean-Paul Claverie and I. I wish to thank them for their involvement and their support to young creation. The prize is an incredible opportunity for these young designers to be appraised by them and to enjoy their advice.”

Those in the running for the 2020 LVMH Prize include New York-based designer Peter Do, British-Indian designer Supriya Lele, British menswear designer Priya Ahluwalia of Ahluwalia, French menswear designer Charaf Tajer of Casablanca, Emma Chopova and Laura Lowena of womenswear brand Chopova Lowena, London-based menswear designer Nicholas Daley, South African womenswear designer Sindiso Khumalo, and Japanese womenswear designer Tomotaka Koizumi of Tomo Koizumi.

The winner will take home $340,000 (£260,000) and receive support from executives at the company for 12 months.

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Louis Vuitton contemplates time travel with fall 20 show

Louis Vuitton has pondered the concept of time travel with its fall/winter 2020 collection.Creative director Nicolas Ghesquiere unveiled his latest line at the Louvre’s Cour Carree as part of Paris Fashion Week on Tuesday, with the presentation drawing…

Louis Vuitton has pondered the concept of time travel with its fall/winter 2020 collection.

Creative director Nicolas Ghesquiere unveiled his latest line at the Louvre’s Cour Carree as part of Paris Fashion Week on Tuesday, with the presentation drawing in the likes of Alicia Vikander, Lea Seydoux, Laura Harrier, Lupita Nyong’o, and Florence Pugh.

Titled Time Clash, the French designer had a cast of 200 characters or “live tableau” kitted out in period dress extending from the 15th century to 1950 standing in a gallery as a backdrop, with Milena Canonero, known for creating costumes for Stanley Kubrick and Wes Anderson’s films, creating the outfits.

“What if all of the innumerable eras that nourish fashion could come together in the here and now?” he wrote in the show notes. “This collection is like a sartorial tune-up in which personality takes precedence: Everyone can pen their own history.”

As with previous collections, Ghesquiere opted to merge Baroque flourishes and much more futuristic influences, with the spectacle opening with model Michelle Laff donning a sporty vest with a ruffled layered black leather miniskirt. The outfit was topped off with striped leather booties and a Louis Vuitton monogram tote.

Elsewhere, the fashion star juxtaposed petticoat-like dresses with sporty parkas, motocross-inspired vests with oversized skirts, and three-piece pinstripe suits with leather gloves and edgy cube-like bags.

Other highlights included an embroidered leather two-piece outfit with the words “I still breathe the past” written on the front of the jacket, a tiger print dress with black leather detailing, as well as a heavily beaded emerald green bolero jacket worn over a simple white shift dress.

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Sophie Turner and Emma Roberts fronting offbeat Louis Vuitton campaign

Sophie Turner, Emma Roberts, and Billie Lourd are among the famous faces featured in Louis Vuitton’s latest campaign.Creative director Nicolas Ghesquiere has re-imagined his muses, including Jennifer Connelly, Robyn, Jaden Smith, Lea Seydoux, and Alici…

Sophie Turner, Emma Roberts, and Billie Lourd are among the famous faces featured in Louis Vuitton’s latest campaign.

Creative director Nicolas Ghesquiere has re-imagined his muses, including Jennifer Connelly, Robyn, Jaden Smith, Lea Seydoux, and Alicia Vikander, as chic protagonists of ’80s sci-fi and horror novels to debut his pre-fall 2020 collection.

The 24-page lookbook is a compilation of retro book covers with Game of Thrones star Sophie fronting The Devil’s Mansion, wearing a camel-coloured wool coat, a slick cream suit, and moon boots.

American Horror Story actress Emma is the leading lady in The Dragon Slayer, rocking a fuchsia mid-length dress with black patent boots, while Billie is the fictional protagonist in zombie thriller Alive, sporting an embellished black dress, with tights, and chunky black boots.

In a press release accompanying the lookbook, a spokesperson explained that the collection follows the motto: “Fashion is a novel.”

“These characters from our wardrobe set the scene for our days, our moods, our lives,” they continued. “This meeting of periods, stylistic movements and anachronistic combinations brings to life a rich cast of costumes.”

Longtime Louis Vuitton muse Jennifer appears in an ethereal scalloped lace pleated dress as the star of Dreamkeeper, singer Robyn wears a delicate sequinned vest paired with red, black, and white leather in The Night Chaser, and Chloe Grace Moretz dons a black and white dress with a statement headpiece for her chilling Secret Sister cover.

Rapper Jaden and Oscar-winning actress Alicia are among the other famous faces headlining their own fictional novel, alongside No Time to Die star Lea in a silver sequinned slip dress, paired with a black T-shirt and fur hat, for the fictional spider horror Arachno Mania.

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Jean Paul Gaultier takes final bow at star-studded couture show

Jean Paul Gaultier has concluded his 50-year fashion career with a star-studded runway spectacle.The legendary French designer announced his retirement plans in a statement posted to social media last weekend, and on Wednesday night, staged his final c…

Jean Paul Gaultier has concluded his 50-year fashion career with a star-studded runway spectacle.

The legendary French designer announced his retirement plans in a statement posted to social media last weekend, and on Wednesday night, staged his final catwalk show at the Theatre du Chatelet as part of Paris Couture Week.

The extravaganza drew in a number of celebrities, including Nicolas Ghesquiere, Christian Lacroix, Carla Bruni, and Christian Louboutin, but at the opening, Gaultier called for fans to embrace sustainability and recycle their clothes.

“In my first show and this, my last, there are creations made with the jeans I’ve worn,” he told the crowd. “It’s the most beautiful of materials. Like a lot of humans, it becomes even more beautiful as it gets older.”

As promised, Gaultier offered guests a party, with the presentation opening with Karlie Kloss standing in the centre of the stage and opening a black coffin, to reveal model Issa Lish standing in a frilled white minidress inside.

Lish then took to the catwalk and was followed by a parade of models in quirky ensembles, such as a white dress covered in gloves, a top made from a tuxedo jacket, and a black tulle dress with images of Japanese art attached to the front.

Many of the 67-year-old’s key motifs were also included, with one model sporting a jumpsuit that resembled the conical bra he created for Madonna in the 1990s, burlesque star Dita Von Teese posing in an outfit made from a satin corset and belts, Gigi Hadid in a sailor uniform-inspired look, Karen Elson in a corseted number, and Irina Shayk in a Goth-inspired black tulle ballgown.

The event also featured special appearances from Joan Smalls, Paris Jackson, who made her runway debut, Erin O’Connor, as well as Coco Rocha, who did an Irish dance on the catwalk, as she also did back in 2007.

To conclude, Boy George performed a song during the finale, with the models applauding Gaultier as he proceeded to take his bow.

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Nicolas Ghesquiere keen to become more involved in social activism

Nicolas Ghesquiere has set his sights on becoming more involved in social activism.The French fashion designer is one of the most successful names in the industry, having worked for Jean Paul Gaultier and Balenciaga before landing the coveted position …

Nicolas Ghesquiere has set his sights on becoming more involved in social activism.

The French fashion designer is one of the most successful names in the industry, having worked for Jean Paul Gaultier and Balenciaga before landing the coveted position of Louis Vuitton’s head womenswear designer in 2013.

However, in a new interview with Out magazine, in which he was named as one of the Out100 honorees, Ghesquiere explained that he wants to do more to support causes closes to his heart.

“I’m not taking the voice of someone we’d call an activist today,” he said. “But if I had more time, I would do more and more. Maybe in the future I will. But the way that I do it (now) is with the respect, the attraction, and the inspiration to showcase people like (Scottish music producer) Sophie, (transgender model) Krow, or others I work with who express this way of being. They’re people I want to stand by.”

Ghesquiere’s interview took place shortly before he hit headlines for criticising Louis Vuitton’s parent company Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton (LVMH)’s ties with Donald Trump last month, after the U.S. President attended the opening of a Louis Vuitton workshop in Alvarado, Texas. The American leader has attracted controversy in the past regarding his divisive policies relating to minority groups.

“Standing against any political action. I am a fashion designer refusing this association #trumpisajoke #homophobia,” the 48-year-old wrote on his Instagram page.

Elsewhere in the Out discussion, the openly gay Ghesquiere spoke about how his sexuality has informed his creative process.

“The sense that being gay gives me, it’s an asset for being inspired. Maybe it’s sometimes pushing my own limits – the limits I could have just for being gay – or maybe it’s making my imagination go forward, to another territory that belongs to fantasy, to freedom,” he shared. “I think it has an influence in the way I design where, sometimes, pragmatism and function can have a limit.”

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Nicolas Ghesquiere and Anna Wintour among co-chairs for 2020 Met Gala

Nicolas Ghesquiere and Anna Wintour are among the co-chairs for the 2020 Met Gala.On Thursday, officials at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City announced that The Costume Institute’s spring 2020 exhibition will be centred on the theme of Ab…

Nicolas Ghesquiere and Anna Wintour are among the co-chairs for the 2020 Met Gala.

On Thursday, officials at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City announced that The Costume Institute’s spring 2020 exhibition will be centred on the theme of About Time: Fashion and Duration, and will be on view from 7 May until 7 September 2020.

In celebration of the opening, The Costume Institute Benefit, also known as the Met Gala, will take place on 4 May, with the evening’s co-chairs to include Ghesquiere, who is Louis Vuitton creative director for womenswear, U.S. Vogue editor-in-chief Wintour, as well as Hollywood stars Lin-Manuel Miranda, Emma Stone, and Meryl Streep.

The annual event is The Costume Institute’s main source of annual funding for exhibitions, publications, acquisitions, and capital improvements, and draws in a number of top fashion designers, models, and names from the entertainment industry.

Meanwhile, the exhibition will trace more than a century and a half of fashion, from 1870 to the present, as part of the museum’s 150th anniversary celebration. Employing philosopher Henri Bergson’s concept of “la duree”- time that flows, accumulates – representatives explained that they wanted to explore how clothes generate temporal associations that conflate the past, present, and future.

“Fashion is indelibly connected to time,” Andrew Bolton, the Wendy Yu curator in charge of The Costume Institute, said in a statement. “It not only reflects and represents the spirit of the times, but it also changes and develops with the times, serving as an especially sensitive and accurate timepiece. Through a series of chronologies, the exhibition will use the concept of duration to analyse the temporal twists and turns of fashion history.”

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Louis Vuitton’s Nicolas Ghesquiere posts defiant anti-Trump message

Nicolas Ghesquiere has spoken out over Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton (LVMH)’s ties with U.S President Donald Trump.The French designer, who is the artistic director of womenswear at Louis Vuitton, took to social media on Sunday to post a fiery statement …

Nicolas Ghesquiere has spoken out over Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton (LVMH)’s ties with U.S President Donald Trump.

The French designer, who is the artistic director of womenswear at Louis Vuitton, took to social media on Sunday to post a fiery statement in which he publicly distanced himself from the controversial American politician.

“Standing against any political action. I am a fashion designer refusing this association #trumpisajoke #homophobia,” he wrote on his Instagram page.

The post came days after Trump attended the grand opening of a Louis Vuitton workshop in Alvarado, Texas on Thursday, alongside Bernard Arnault, head of luxury goods conglomerate LVMH – which owns Louis Vuitton – and the French fashion house’s chief executive officer, Michael Burke.

During the opening, Arnault told reporters he was “honoured” to have Trump in attendance and said they had known each other since the 1980s.

Accordingly, Ghesquiere’s comment has attracted support from his celebrity followers.

Louis Vuitton’s accessories creative director Camille Miceli commented on his post with clapping hands and heart emojis, while Paco Rabanne creative director Julien Dossena, Out Magazine editor-in-chief Phillip Picardi, and former Elle U.K. editor-in-chief Anne-Marie Curtis were among the other industry figures to praise the 48-year-old.

Model Teddy Quinlivan also wrote, “BRAVO. Thank you for standing on the right side of history.”

Ghesquiere, who joined the luxury fashion house in 2013, follows in the footsteps of other prominent designers, including Marc Jacobs, Tom Ford, and Phillip Lim, in choosing to speak out against the divisive Trump administration.

Representatives for LVMH have not yet commented on Ghesquiere’s remarks.

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Louis Vuitton channels Belle Epoque era for spring 2020

Louis Vuitton took inspiration from the Belle Epoque era for its spring/summer 2020 collection. Creative director Nicolas Ghesquiere closed Paris Fashion Week by presenting his latest collection in the courtyard of the Louvre in front of celebrities i…

Louis Vuitton took inspiration from the Belle Epoque era for its spring/summer 2020 collection.

Creative director Nicolas Ghesquiere closed Paris Fashion Week by presenting his latest collection in the courtyard of the Louvre in front of celebrities including Alicia Vikander, Chloe Grace Moretz, Jessica Biel and Justin Timberlake, who watched the models walk down the minimalist runway while a large video screen played Scottish musician Sophie singing her 2017 song It’s Okay to Cry.

Ghesquiere took inspiration from the past for his collection, particularly Belle Epoque-era Paris, with him explaining in the show notes, “It’s a part of French history that’s very interesting in art, as well as culturally, in terms of emancipation of women, and, of course, in literature with Proust.”

He also added that he wanted to explore “dandyism, and those particular snobberies that would later become what is known as French elegance.”

The period, which is conventionally dated between 1871 and the outbreak of World War I in 1914, also marks the time when the French fashion house, which was founded in 1854, was on the rise thanks to the popularity of their monogrammed trunks among elite travellers.

There were many nods to the past in the collection, with puff sleeves on shirts, iris boutonnieres, high-waisted and wide-legged trousers, silk blouses, block-heeled loafers and moccasins. There were also a number of Art Nouveau touches, with eye-catching designs on dresses and miniskirts, as well as prints reminiscent of the ’70s.

The show opened with model Mariam De Vinzelle wearing black high-waisted trousers with a checked blouse and a multicoloured sweater vest. The dandy looks continued with more trousers, fitted waistcoats and tailored blazers all in different clashing prints.

The collection was clearly a hit with the crowd as Ghesquiere received a standing ovation when he came out for his final bow.

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