Jonathan Anderson tapped to create Moncler Genius line

Jonathan Anderson has been added to Moncler Genius’ roster of designers.The designer, who serves as creative director of his own label JW Anderson and Spanish fashion house Loewe, is to create garments for the lifestyle brand’s annual drop of capsule c…

Jonathan Anderson has been added to Moncler Genius’ roster of designers.

The designer, who serves as creative director of his own label JW Anderson and Spanish fashion house Loewe, is to create garments for the lifestyle brand’s annual drop of capsule collections.

“The Moncler Genius creative hub evolves and announces its 2020 line-up welcoming JW Anderson with his arrestingly clever vision of gender-defying fashion,” a Moncler representative said. “The Northern Irish designer brings a unique design aesthetic that offers a modern interpretation of masculinity and femininity through a cross-pollination of menswear and womenswear.”

Anderson will be joining Sergio Zambon and Veronica Leoni for 2 Moncler 1952, Sandro Mandrino for 3 Moncler Grenoble, Simone Rocha, Craig Green, Matthew Williams of 1017 ALYX 9SM, Fragment Hiroshi Fujiwara, Richard Quinn, and Poldo Dog Couture, in working with the company.

In addition, designers at Moncler are collaborating with the team at luggage brand Rimowa on a “bold new travel concept”.

Moncler chief executive officer Remo Ruffini has achieved great success with the guest designer model, which was first introduced three years ago, with company leaders thrilled with the ongoing interest.

“The values are solid and the shapes change constantly. It is a place where contemporary shapers of culture belonging to the world beyond Moncler are invited, in order to have other points of view on what the house stands for. Rapidity is the key,” they added. “The needs and the tastes of contemporary customers change at lightning speed. Fashion itself endlessly changes and morphs: Moncler Genius is a seismographer, and this is why it is always in flux.”

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Christelle Kocher tapped as guest designer for Pucci

Christelle Kocher is to serve as a guest designer for Italian fashion house Pucci.The French designer, who founded her label Koche in 2015, has been tapped by bosses at the LVMH-owned brand to create a collection for the upcoming fall/winter 2020 seaso…

Christelle Kocher is to serve as a guest designer for Italian fashion house Pucci.

The French designer, who founded her label Koche in 2015, has been tapped by bosses at the LVMH-owned brand to create a collection for the upcoming fall/winter 2020 season.

Kocher’s range will be presented on 20 February as part of Milan Fashion Week.

“I am very proud to collaborate with Pucci. This house has a magnificent heritage,” she said. “I have always been impressed by its elegant silhouettes, striking prints and colours. It is such a pleasure to deep dive into the brilliant history and universe of Emilio Pucci.”

Founded by Florentine designer Emilio Pucci in 1947, the company remains known for its geometric prints in a kaleidoscope of colours. But since Pucci’s death in 1992, the label has undergone many changes within the creative team, with his daughter Laudomia Pucci, and a variety of other designers, including Christian Lacroix, Matthew Williamson, and Peter Dundas, all taking on the head designer gig throughout the 2000s.

But executives at the label are now opting for a guest designer model, following in the footsteps of Moncler’s Genius concept, which has attracted the likes of Pierpaolo Piccioli and Richard Quinn.

“Pucci’s creative strategy is evolving: the Maison has decided to open its fabulous archives to ‘creative voices’, entrusting them to deliver innovative interpretations of Pucci’s heritage prints, lifestyle and collections,” a brand rep commented. “Pucci’s first collaboration will be with Christelle Kocher, a designer already spotted by LVMH on the occasion of the LVMH prize, and recognised for her unique blend of couture and street. We love her energy and are confident that her take on Pucci will be incredibly interesting and beautiful.”

The Pucci x Koche line will be available to buy in September.

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Bottega Veneta’s The Pouch handbag crowned ‘most-wanted’ item of 2019

Bottega Veneta’s popular The Pouch handbag has been named as the “most-wanted” item of 2019.As part of their annual Year in Fashion report, analysts at Lyst have looked at data, queries, page views, and sales metrics across six million fashion products…

Bottega Veneta’s popular The Pouch handbag has been named as the “most-wanted” item of 2019.

As part of their annual Year in Fashion report, analysts at Lyst have looked at data, queries, page views, and sales metrics across six million fashion products from over 12,000 online stores as well as the global media coverage and social media mentions generated by the biggest brands and trends.

As part of this research, they also rounded up the pieces that have driven the biggest spikes over the last 12 months, and crowned The Pouch purse in the top spot.

“Bottega Veneta’s The Pouch bag has sparked more than 10,000 views a month since its launch,” a Lyst representative commented. “Page views increased 297 per cent on Lyst in September. The bag was seen on editors, celebrities, and influencers worldwide; Rosie Huntington-Whiteley Instagrammed it 39 times in the space of three months.”

Since Daniel Lee joined Bottega Veneta in June 2018, the Italian fashion house has undergone a huge revamp, with the designer winning acclaim for his minimalist designs and Stretch sandals, which immediately sold out upon release following the launch of the label’s pre-fall 2019 collection.

Accordingly, the Stretch sandals followed in second place on Lyst’s round-up, with Gucci’s GG logo belt in third, and Jacquemus’ Le Chiquito bag in fourth. Other sought-after pieces included Prada’s logo bucket hat, Louis Vuitton’s Multi Pochette bag, Ganni’s Checked Seersucker Midi Dress, Sandy Liang’s Fleece Jacket, Weekday’s Rowe Sky Blue Jeans, and Gucci’s GG Supreme Messenger bag.

Elsewhere, the Alexander McQueen oversized sneakers topped the list of Hottest Women’s Products in the first quarter of 2019.

“Searched every two minutes on Lyst, they were the brand’s bestselling product this year,” a spokesperson added.

The top collaborations were between Off-White x IKEA, Sacai x Nike, and Reformation x New Balance, with the main breakout brands including Bottega Veneta, Pyer Moss, Jacquemus, Paco Rabanne, Molly Goddard, Richard Quinn, Saks Potts, and Telfar.

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Richard Quinn goes big with volume and colour for F/W 19

Richard Quinn made a triumphant return to London Fashion Week on Tuesday (19Feb19), a year after he was honoured with the inaugural Queen Elizabeth II Award for British Design by the Queen herself.Showcasing a collection brimming with his signature pen…

Richard Quinn made a triumphant return to London Fashion Week on Tuesday (19Feb19), a year after he was honoured with the inaugural Queen Elizabeth II Award for British Design by the Queen herself.

Showcasing a collection brimming with his signature penchant for typically British prints, including florals, cheques and houndstooth, Quinn recruited top models Adwoa Aboah and Georgia May Jagger to show off his latest work.

A procession of elegant coats made their way down the runway on the final day of London Fashion week, before giving way to flowing dresses with voluminous sleeves in bold prints and bright hues, showing that you don’t need to stick only to drab colours in the winter.

As the hems got shorter, the volume didn’t, with puffed shoulder detailing working well on skintight cocktail dresses and hints of black latex adding another dimension to the designs.

There were also a series of balloon skirts, fastened with bows and teamed with black velvet tops. Marabou feathers, full face scarves and tulle bustles completed the presentation.

Later in the day, Bethany Williams, who received the second Queen Elizabeth II Prize for Design, also showed.

Inspired by English city Liverpool and its progressive history in women’s empowerment for her Fall/ Winter 19 collection, Williams showed off a line of patchwork knits, boxy shirt jacket and matching trousers, and old denim pieces, sourced from Kent sorting factory Chris Carney Collections. Delicate line drawings appeared on some of the garments, like a white trousers and jacket combo modelled by Aboah, while others featured abstract paintings of Liverpool’s landscape.

As the show finished, Williams was presented with her award by the Duchess of Cornwall, who led a minute’s silence for Karl Lagerfeld.

Milan Fashion Week kicks off on Wednesday with shows from Gucci, Jil Sander and Alberta Ferretti, among others.

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Richard Quinn and Matthew Williams tapped to create Moncler Genius lines

Richard Quinn and Matthew Williams have been added to Moncler Genius’ roster of designers.London-based star Quinn, who won the inaugural Queen Elizabeth II Award for British Design last year (18), and Williams, known for his 1017 ALYX 9SM label, will b…

Richard Quinn and Matthew Williams have been added to Moncler Genius’ roster of designers.

London-based star Quinn, who won the inaugural Queen Elizabeth II Award for British Design last year (18), and Williams, known for his 1017 ALYX 9SM label, will both present collections for the Italy-based apparel company in Milan on 20 February.

Regarding the idea for tapping rising fashion talent for limited-edition collections, chairman and chief executive officer Remo Ruffini, explained that the business model acknowledges the diversity of the contemporary customer in the digital era.

“Moncler Genius is an answer to the times, a symposium of creative minds and an inspiring place. Each Genius operates singularly, and the sum of the Geniuses interprets the Moncler identity,” he said in a statement. “Different rooms house different visions, all of them shaping the global Moncler message and the Moncler Genius Building contains them all.”

Quinn and Williams will join other established Moncler Genius designers at the show, including Sergio Zambon and Veronica Leoni for Moncler 1952, Sandro Mandrino for Moncler Grenoble, Simone Rocha, Craig Green, Hiroshi Fujiwara, Palm Angels’ Francesco Ragazzi, and Poldo Dog Couture.

There will also be a line from Valentino creative director Pierpaolo Piccioli and model Liya Kebede.

Last year, Piccioli made a splash with his Moncler Genius collection, with the line including includes zip-up hooded capes, padded duvet-like coats, and basic down jackets, while the accompanying campaign featured models posing in settings evocative of Medieval Madonna paintings. Actor Ezra Miller also hit headlines when he stepped out at the premiere of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald in Paris in November sporting a daring black coat with matching hood and gloves from the line.

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Givenchy offers fans chance to attend Paris Fashion Week show

Givenchy fans have been offered the chance to watch Clare Waight Keller’s Paris Fashion Week show live from the audience.Ahead of the British designer’s spring/ summer 19 presentation, Givenchy has launched a competition giving label lovers the opport…

Givenchy fans have been offered the chance to watch Clare Waight Keller’s Paris Fashion Week show live from the audience.

Ahead of the British designer’s spring/ summer 19 presentation, Givenchy has launched a competition giving label lovers the opportunity to be at the show on 30 September (18).

An estimated 5,000 4G Givenchy stickers have been placed around London and Paris, stuck on everything from lampposts to dustbins, and those eagle-eyed enough to spot one just need to snap a photo and post it to Instagram along with the hashtag #GivenchyFamily.

The competition closes on 25 September, the first day of Paris Fashion Week, after which three winners will be chosen.

Sharing news of the contest on Givenchy’s official Instagram account, six example photos have been uploaded. All are all in black and white.

“WIN YOUR TICKET: Find the 4G stickers for a chance to win a ticket to the #GivenchySS19 show and be featured on our official account,” one post reads. “1. Find the 4G stickers in London or Paris 2. Take a photo and post it on your Instagram feed 3. Tag #GivenchyFamily.”

The three winning entries will also be shared across the luxury brand’s social media pages.

The planned publicly attended show follows in the footsteps of Virgil Abloh’s debut menswear spectacle for Louis Vuitton in June, where he invited students to take in the new season trends.

And Richard Quinn included students in uniform at his recent London Fashion Week show to make a statement on the cuts to arts funding in Britain.

“Arts education has been fundamentally cut,” he announced before the presentation. “It’s not seen as an academic subject anymore. So now we’re trying to bring it to the forefront and show the next generation how they can actually get into the industry.”

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Richard Quinn talks business ahead of LFW show

Richard Quinn’s label “blew up” after Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II sat front row for his debut London Fashion Week show in February (18).The recent Central Saint Martins graduate put on his first big runway show during the fall/ winter 19 presentations…

Richard Quinn’s label “blew up” after Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II sat front row for his debut London Fashion Week show in February (18).

The recent Central Saint Martins graduate put on his first big runway show during the fall/ winter 19 presentations, and as well as fashion royalty Anna Wintour perched on the front row, the British monarch, attending her first-ever show, also made an appearance to present the inaugural Queen Elizabeth II Award for British Design to Quinn.

“The scale of my label just blew up,” Quinn told Business of Fashion ahead of his spring/ summer 19 show on Tuesday (18Sep18).

Sarah Mower, the British Fashion Council’s ambassador for emerging talent, played a key role in arranging the Queen’s appearance earlier this year.

Quinn made a big impact on Mower after he stunned her by opening his own print studio, a prospect the BFC employee had deemed an “unattainable long-term dream”.

“Within a year he had done it. He showed a practical entrepreneurialism I have never seen before from someone so young,” Mower praised.

“I see a long-term prospect for him in homeware as well as fashion,” she continued. “A long way along the line, I see a possible future for him to become a new-generation equivalent of Cath Kidston – one of the most successful commercial print brands this country has produced.”

Quinn teased that his namesake label, which only has a team of four including his sales manger sister, will announce more collaborations this year.

He also hinted at what can be expected from his S/S 19 show.

“(I’ve been inspired by) different eras of fashion (including) old kinds of couture shows, where you see definite groups of girls throughout,” he shared. “There are silhouettes that I’ve become accustomed to but there lots that are not, like slinky dresses and light fabrics and using clashing prints in different ways.”

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Richard Quinn teaming with Liberty on accessories line

Richard Quinn has teamed up with Liberty on a limited-edition accessories collection.The British designer has had a longstanding business relationship with the London-based department store, having previously featured one of the company’s prints in his…

Richard Quinn has teamed up with Liberty on a limited-edition accessories collection.

The British designer has had a longstanding business relationship with the London-based department store, having previously featured one of the company’s prints in his 2017 graduate show, and also picking the boutique as the setting of his runway debut a year later.

This time, Quinn has put a spin on Liberty’s signature floral patterns and featured them on an array of quirky accessories including tote bags, purses, cardholders and scarves.

“We, at Liberty, have always prided ourselves on discovering and fostering new talent, as our founder Arthur Lasenby Liberty sourced artists and craftsmen from around the world,” Amelia Hornblow, director of product at Liberty, explained to WWD. “We are thrilled to be working with Richard Quinn, a great talent, whose collection and designs feature colour and print that embody the Liberty Spirit.”

The fashion star was given the opportunity to access Liberty’s extensive archive, which consists of 45,000 prints, and finally opted for a selection from the ’60s, ’70s and ’90s before putting a modern spin on his designs.

As well as rejigging the patterning, Quinn also jazzed up Liberty’s iconic logo by reintroducing it in his own cursive handwriting.

The limited-edition collection goes on sale from 11 July (18) with prices starting from $92 (£70) for a silk scarf and ending at $918 (£695) for the signature Marlborough tote.

All the pieces have been featured in a new campaign styled by Quinn himself, which depicts models in contorted positions wearing the designer’s signature floral patterned bodysuits.

Earlier this year, Quinn was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Award for British Design and was also a part of history when the monarch attended his fall/winter 2018 show in her first London Fashion Week appearance.

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Tessa Thompson wants to appear in more fashion campaigns

Tessa Thompson is determined to front more fashion and beauty campaigns in the near future.After appearing in films such as Selma, Creed and Thor: Ragnarok, as well as taking on the role of Charlotte Hale in sci-fi TV series Westworld, the actress has …

Tessa Thompson is determined to front more fashion and beauty campaigns in the near future.

After appearing in films such as Selma, Creed and Thor: Ragnarok, as well as taking on the role of Charlotte Hale in sci-fi TV series Westworld, the actress has cemented her status as one of the hottest names in Hollywood.

Tessa appeared in Rodarte’s fall 2018 lookbook alongside artist Grimes and Kirsten Dunst too, with the experience making her hungry for more modelling work.

“(Fashion and beauty) campaigns allow you freedom,” she told PorterEdit. “For a lot of actresses, it’s the way that they make most of their money. And if you are a black woman, occupying that space and having that sort of visibility, internationally, is huge. There’s this idea that our faces don’t sell and so when we do get those campaigns, they show people that they do.”

In addition to posing for Rodarte, Tessa has sported outfits from designers like Thom Browne, Rosie Assoulin and Fendi.

And she is adamant that a sideline in fashion won’t diminish her acting work.

“It’s really easy to write off these spaces as being frivolous. But I don’t think they are, actually. I think they’re significant,” the 34-year-old insisted.

In the accompanying photoshoot for PorterEdit, Tessa was photographed by Nagi Sakai and styled by Catherine Newell-Hanson in garments from Richard Quinn, Balmain, Christopher Kane and Maison Margiela.

During the chat, the brunette star also described how she used to get mistaken for a boy growing up and explained how clothing has always played a big part in her identity.

“I’ve always been conscious of the ways in which identity is a creation. I could tuck all my hair up into a cap, and suddenly people would treat me differently because they’d assume I was a boy. I think maybe that’s what attracted me to acting. I would look at people and wonder how they made themselves,” she added.

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Richard Quinn launches debut collection for Debenhams

Richard Quinn has launched a collection of dresses with high street store Debenhams.The 28-year-old winner of the inaugural Queen Elizabeth II Award for British Design, has dressed celebrities including Amal Clooney for the 2018 Met Gala, Adwoa Aboah a…

Richard Quinn has launched a collection of dresses with high street store Debenhams.

The 28-year-old winner of the inaugural Queen Elizabeth II Award for British Design, has dressed celebrities including Amal Clooney for the 2018 Met Gala, Adwoa Aboah and Thandie Newton and is known for his floral prints and prom-style silhouettes.

And the British designer, who made headlines earlier this year when The Queen sat in the front row of his fall runway show, has now created an 11-piece capsule collection making his couture style a little more accessible.

“It was an effortless collaboration and it’s always nice to have different entry points,” the designer explained to WWD of his decision to collaborate with Debenhams. “Perhaps the girl who doesn’t shop at Net-a-Porter or MatchesFashion can now have a Richard Quinn garment that is still intrinsically ‘us.'”

Quinn explained that he borrowed a few ideas for the prints in the collection from his personal archive, as well as creating some exclusive ones for the line.

Key pieces include an electric blue velvet Bardot dress, a printed jumpsuit and a super-glamorous strapless, floral evening gown with a train perfect for a summer wedding or a red carpet event.

All designs retail at reasonable price points ranging from $91 – $198 (£69 – £149).

Christine Morgan, director of public relations at the store, explained the brand didn’t want Quinn to tone down his signature style.

“We’ve kept it more to his handwriting than to ours,” she said. “It is quite a brave range for a store like Debenhams, but we haven’t tamed it down too much or diluted it – which is a great thing.”

The collection’s standout is a sheer panelled floral-print dress that’s flying off the shelves.

“People have been actively searching it out and we’ve had a really good reaction to it so far,” she added.

Quinn’s second collection for Debenhams will launch for spring 2019.

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