Balmain plans high-fashion boat ride

Balmain is taking its next show to the open waters by chartering a barge to sail down the river Seine in Paris.Label head Olivier Rousteing will be captain of the operation on Sunday evening, with a small number of crew and performers, including French…

Balmain is taking its next show to the open waters by chartering a barge to sail down the river Seine in Paris.

Label head Olivier Rousteing will be captain of the operation on Sunday evening, with a small number of crew and performers, including French singer Yseult, on board. Social distancing guidelines will be respected.

“Balmain is all about optimism, and after this period I wanted to bring back this optimism that this brand has been known for,” Rousteing told WWD, explaining the boat ride will also serve as an end of lockdown celebration.

“Yes, I’ll be on the boat. I don’t get seasick so it’s fine!”

Those gathered on the banks of France’s famous river will catch a glimpse of Rousteing’s presentation, which comes in the form of vignettes and not a runway. Archive pieces from Pierre Balmain, Erik Mortensen, and Oscar de la Renta, as well as Rousteing’s modern creations, will all feature.

The idea came to the 34-year-old as he, like many other Parisians, rediscovered the beauty of the river during lockdown. He sought the help of art director Andrew Makadsi, known for his work with Beyonce, to bring the vision to life.

It will be livestreamed on TikTok for those who aren’t in the French capital.

“It’s important to reinforce who we are and what we’re known for,” Rousteing added.

Rousteing has also confirmed Balmain will be a part of the spring/summer 21 Paris Fashion Week shows, which kick off in September.

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Karl Lagerfeld teams up with Kenneth Ize for capsule collection

Karl Lagerfeld has teamed up with Kenneth Ize for a new capsule collection.The French fashion house will be partnering with the designer, who uses traditional West African fabrics and weaving in his colourful and unique pieces. “The breadth of Karl’s w…

Karl Lagerfeld has teamed up with Kenneth Ize for a new capsule collection.

The French fashion house will be partnering with the designer, who uses traditional West African fabrics and weaving in his colourful and unique pieces.

“The breadth of Karl’s work has been very inspiring to me, and it’s an honor to be working with his namesake maison,” Ize told WWD. “Our vision is to combine Karl’s Parisian-chic aesthetic with elements of traditional African artistry.”

The Nigerian-born designer was one of the finalists in the 2019 LVMH Prize for Young Fashion Designers, and went on to make his official Paris Fashion Week debut back in February, with supermodel Naomi Campbell closing the show.

“Kenneth shares Karl Lagerfeld’s vision for innovation, craftsmanship, quality and authenticity. We very much look forward to launching this capsule collection together,” said Karl Lagerfeld chief executive officer Pier Paolo Righi, who added that the fashion house would unveil further details about the collaboration in the next few months.

Ize uses a centuries-old weaving technique called aso oke for his intricate garments, and has collaborated with textile weavers and designers in Nigeria to create contemporary pieces, including trench coats, tunics, and shorts.

The Ize capsule collection will be available at select Karl Lagerfeld stores and at Karl.com only in April next year.

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Paris Fashion Week officially going ahead

Paris Fashion Week will take place with physical shows in September. Representatives for French fashion’s governing body, The Fédération de la Haute Couture et de la Mode, confirmed on Wednesday that the womenswear spring/summer 2021 presentations w…

Paris Fashion Week will take place with physical shows in September.

Representatives for French fashion’s governing body, The Fédération de la Haute Couture et de la Mode, confirmed on Wednesday that the womenswear spring/summer 2021 presentations will take place in Paris between 28 September and 6 October.

“The Fédération de la Haute Couture et de la Mode confirms the holding of Womenswear Paris Fashion Week,” they announced in a statement on its website. “It will take place from Monday September 28th to Tuesday October 6th and will comply for its implementation to the recommendations of public authorities. Its organization will be completed by the platform set up for Paris FashionWeek online.”

Earlier this year, the governing body cancelled the couture and men’s fashion weeks as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. In place of a physical presentation, the weeks are going digital, with the couture week taking place online between 6 and 8 July and men’s between 9 and 13 July.

Saint Laurent, one of the biggest names on the Paris Fashion Week calendar, announced back in April that it would be not be appearing at the September shows or taking part in any pre-set schedules this year.

“Conscious of the current circumstance and its waves of radical change, Saint Laurent has decided to take control of its pace and reshape its schedule,” a spokesperson said in a statement posted on social media. “Now more than ever, the brand will lead its own rhythm, legitimating the value of time and connecting with people globally by getting closer to them in their own space and lives. With this strategy firmly in place, Saint Laurent will not present its collections in any of the pre-set schedules of 2020.”

Spring/Summer 2021 presentations will kick off with New York Fashion Week, which won’t feature Michael Kors, on 11 September. This is followed by London Fashion Week on 18 September, and Milan Fashion Week, which won’t feature Gucci, on 22 September.

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Dior green lights upcoming cruise show in Italy

Dior is going ahead with its cruise show in Italy next month.The luxury French fashion house is moving forward with its Cruise 2021 presentation on the Piazza del Duomo in Lecce on 22 July, and due to social distancing rules imposed in the Puglia regio…

Dior is going ahead with its cruise show in Italy next month.

The luxury French fashion house is moving forward with its Cruise 2021 presentation on the Piazza del Duomo in Lecce on 22 July, and due to social distancing rules imposed in the Puglia region of the country, there will be no audience.

The news was announced in a virtual press conference held by Pietro Beccari, CEO and president of Dior, alongside creative director Maria Grazia Chiuri, on Monday.

“It’s the first time Dior (will stage a) show in a big way in Italy. Supporting Italy and the Puglia region – which is on the verge of bankruptcy – is important to us,” Beccari said, as he noted that the show would be a message of support and hope to the world.

“I’m also thinking about models, photographers, hair stylists, make-up artists, production: all the fashion family around a show,” he continued. “Mr Dior founded his house after a war. He had the courage and optimism to do that. This is our DNA: to stand up and ring a bell for the fashion world in this moment. We rise by lifting others.”

Chiuri explained that staging the show in the picturesque region of Puglia was a personal decision.

“It’s very important to me to emphasise how much craftsmanship there is in Puglia and reinvest in it. So many people depend on our work,” she said. “I think it’s also important to remember that fashion week is not only important for fashion family, it’s also important for the city where the fashion shows are. This is also our idea: Don’t forget that we are important for others.”

They also revealed that a haute couture collection will be presented digitally in early July, and Beccari added the fashion house is definitely not abandoning the fashion calendar like other big name labels have decided to do in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

“Definitely, we will follow the rhythm of fashion week – there are people in Paris who expect us to follow this rhythm,” Beccari said. “We hope to have some audience in September, if not a full room.”

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Saint Laurent skipping Paris Fashion Week

Saint Laurent won’t be participating in Paris Fashion Week this year.Due to the many unknowns caused by the coronavirus crisis, a representative for the French luxury fashion house announced on Monday that the label won’t be presenting collections as p…

Saint Laurent won’t be participating in Paris Fashion Week this year.

Due to the many unknowns caused by the coronavirus crisis, a representative for the French luxury fashion house announced on Monday that the label won’t be presenting collections as part of any “pre-set” schedules in 2020.

“Conscious of the current circumstance and its waves of radical change, Saint Laurent has decided to take control of its pace and reshape its schedule,” they said in a statement posted on social media. “Now more than ever, the brand will lead its own rhythm, legitimating the value of time and connecting with people globally by getting closer to them in their own space and lives. With this strategy firmly in place, Saint Laurent will not present its collections in any of the pre-set schedules of 2020.”

However, the spokesperson also indicated that Saint Laurent bosses and creative director Anthony Vaccarello were considering alternative formats.

“Saint Laurent will take ownership of its calendar and launch its collections following a plan conceived with an up-to-date perspective, driven by creativity,” they added.

The Paris Couture Week and Paris Fashion Week: Men’s schedules originally set for late June and early July have been cancelled, though the dates for Paris Fashion Week in late September remain on the calendar.

Speaking about the decision to skip the event in an interview with WWD, Vaccarello insisted the move was about being as proactive as possible.

“It’s about being positive, not passive. We have known for years that something has to change. The time is now,” the designer commented. “There is no good reason to follow a calendar developed years ago when everything was completely different. I don’t want to rush a collection just because there is a deadline. This season, I want to present a collection when I am ready to show it.”

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Kim Kardashian almost pulled muscle getting into skin-tight Balmain suit

Kim Kardashian almost injured herself while trying to get into a skin-tight Balmain suit earlier this month.The 39-year-old wore the honey-coloured custom outfit, sent to her straight from the French label’s autumn/winter 2020 collection by creative di…

Kim Kardashian almost injured herself while trying to get into a skin-tight Balmain suit earlier this month.

The 39-year-old wore the honey-coloured custom outfit, sent to her straight from the French label’s autumn/winter 2020 collection by creative director Olivier Rousteing, to attend her husband Kanye West’s Sunday Service during Paris Fashion Week.

But in a preview of an upcoming episode of Keeping Up with the Kardashians, fans got a behind-the-scenes look at Kim’s struggle to get into the designer ensemble.

In the clip, older sister Kourtney Kardashian, who rocked a matching burgundy Latex Balmain suit, is seen standing in the background of a hotel suite while the mother-of-four has the help of two assistants to squeeze into the outfit.

“S**t, it’s stuck to my skin,” she said while pulling at the sleeve of the suit. “I literally feel like I pulled a muscle in my shoulder. This is f**king fashion week.”

“Who goes to church in Latex?” Kourtney joked, before Kim responded, “We do!”

An assistant then tried to pull the outfit over her leg while another held her long ponytail out of the way. And while wrestling her arms into the matching Latex gloves, the TV personality revealed that she may have pulled a muscle in her shoulder.

“You guys, I now need the coat with the gloves, I’m gonna be fully boxed in,” she told her team.

Kim and Kourtney then discussed how they’ll go to the bathroom while wearing the body-skimming outfits, with the Poosh founder confessing: “I’m gonna hold it.”

Hairstylist Chris Appleton appears in the footage too, having been tasked with sewing the “matching Latex hair tie” into Kim’s ponytail.

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Storm Reid makes runway debut at Miu Miu show

Storm Reid made her runway debut during Miu Miu’s Paris Fashion Week show on Tuesday. The Euphoria actress opened the Italian fashion house’s fall/winter 2020 presentation at the Palais d’Iena wearing a bronze crushed satin dress and a dark grey tweed…

Storm Reid made her runway debut during Miu Miu’s Paris Fashion Week show on Tuesday.

The Euphoria actress opened the Italian fashion house’s fall/winter 2020 presentation at the Palais d’Iena wearing a bronze crushed satin dress and a dark grey tweed overcoat, with her braids shaped into a ’40s updo.

The 16-year-old later took to Instagram to show pictures and video of her walking the runway and expressed her excitement in the caption.

“Wow. Wow. Wow. Today I walked in my first fashion show. Not only did I walk, but I opened the show. In Paris. For @MIUMIU. Insane right?!?” she gushed. “Thank you to the whole @miumiu team and (stylist) @kegrand for not only allowing but trusting me to do this. I always felt like I could walk in a show, and (creative director) @jasonbolden told me to be patient, and I’m so glad I was. We did it J! This is something that will be etched in my mind and heart forever. XO.”

Storm received praise from celebrities in the comments section, with her A Wrinkle in Time co-star Mindy Kaling writing, “Wow wow wow!! You are (fire) Storm!!” and Janelle Monae posting, “Gooooo stormie !!!!!” with a fire emoji.

The star was joined by the likes of models Adut Akech, Gigi Hadid, and Bella Hadid on the runway, while British singer Rita Ora made a surprise catwalk appearance wearing a floor-length military-inspired navy coat.

Rita shared images from her runway moment on Instagram too, and posted, “So your girl gave you a walk today Hunay on this fine Tuesday! Such an honour to walk for you #MucciaPrada @MiuMiu So amazing to work with such an amazing team thank you (sic).”

The 29-year-old is no stranger to strutting her stuff on the catwalk – she has previously appeared in shows for DKNY and Moschino.

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Jill Kortleve becomes first plus-size model to walk in Chanel show in a decade

Jill Kortleve has become the first plus-size model to walk in a Chanel show in nearly a decade.The rising Dutch fashion star is quickly becoming one to watch in the industry, having appeared in recent catwalk spectacles for the likes of Alexander McQue…

Jill Kortleve has become the first plus-size model to walk in a Chanel show in nearly a decade.

The rising Dutch fashion star is quickly becoming one to watch in the industry, having appeared in recent catwalk spectacles for the likes of Alexander McQueen, Mugler, Fendi, and Molly Goddard.

But Jill topped off a successful Fashion Month on Tuesday by taking to the runway during creative director Virginie Viard’s fall/winter 2020 presentation for the French luxury house held at the Grand Palais as part of Paris Fashion Week.

“I can’t believe this just happened but… to end this fashion month, I walked my first fashion show for @chanelofficial,” she captioned a photo of her wearing a black outfit with pearl buttons on her Instagram page. “I’m so thankful for this moment to happen and for everybody who made this happen; There’s a much-needed change happening on the runway and I’m proud and feel grateful to be a part of it. I truly hope that in the future I get to see and work with many more models who used to not fit the briefing.”

Previously, plus-size model Crystal Renn walked in Chanel’s 2011 cruise collection show held in Saint-Tropez back in 2010.

In addition to Jill, other top models cast in the show included Gigi Hadid, Kaia Gerber, Fran Summers, Mona Tougaard, and Hyunji Shin.

And accordingly, Jill was thrilled to see fashion leaders embrace much more inclusivity and diversity.

“This whole month has been a dream and I never expected that it was even possible for me to walk on the runway, let alone be included in the amazing shows this season. Thank you. My heart is filled with gratitude and love,” the 26-year-old added.

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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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Stella McCartney swaps models for animal mascots at fall 20 show

Stella McCartney highlighted animal welfare at her latest fashion show by swapping some of the models for furry mascots.The British designer has been a trailblazer when it comes to sustainability in the industry, having committed to using eco-friendly …

Stella McCartney highlighted animal welfare at her latest fashion show by swapping some of the models for furry mascots.

The British designer has been a trailblazer when it comes to sustainability in the industry, having committed to using eco-friendly and cruelty-free materials in all of her products.

On Monday, McCartney unveiled her fall/winter 2020 collection at the Opera Garnier as part of Paris Fashion Week, with the presentation attracting the likes of Janelle Monae, Shailene Woodley, Caitriona Balfe, Ashley Benson, and Isabelle Huppert – though she stunned the crowd by having people dressed as cows, foxes, alligators, rabbits, and a horse walk the runway alongside the regular models.

“What we try to do here at Stella is to sugarcoat a powerful, meaningful message in a little bit of humour and fun, to make our point in a palatable and digestible way so that people listen,” the 48-year-old commented of the concept to The Guardian. “These animals are the ingredients of everyone else’s fashion shows. We are the only luxury fashion house in the world that isn’t killing animals on the runway. I wanted to make that point, but in a joyous way.”

Elsewhere, McCartney made efforts to reduce environmental impacts by reusing seating, sharing invites digitally, repurposing walls, and planting trees. As for the fashion, the designer took inspiration from the work of Russian-born French artist and illustrator Erte, with some of his archival works used for the first time as fashion prints.

“Erte’s artistic vision is translated into Stella’s aesthetic vocabulary. Featuring a compelling tension created by the feminisation of masculine clothing, sculptural silhouettes, and minimal embellishments are balanced with natural textures,” the show notes read. “True to Stella, the palette includes terrestrial tones of mineral, clay, sand, charcoal, walnut, and navy alongside punches of lilac and ginger.”

Highlights of the range included a dark dress with silver beading on the bodice, cosy coats, and oversized suiting.

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