Jean Paul Gaultier taps Sacai to design next couture collection

Jean Paul Gaultier has selected Sacai’s Chitose Abe to design the next haute couture line for his namesake fashion house.Back in January, the French designer announced his retirement plans in a statement posted to social media, and later staged his fin…

Jean Paul Gaultier has selected Sacai’s Chitose Abe to design the next haute couture line for his namesake fashion house.

Back in January, the French designer announced his retirement plans in a statement posted to social media, and later staged his final catwalk spectacle at the Theatre du Chatelet as part of Paris Couture Week.

However, Gaultier confirmed on Wednesday that he would be adopting a guest designer model going forward, with Abe to be the first fashion star tapped to create a collection.

“I have the pleasure to announce the new concept for my haute couture,” he posted on Instagram. “Each season, I will invite a designer to interpret the codes of the House and I am doubly pleased that Chitose Abe of @sacaiofficial will be the first one!”

Japanese designer Abe founded Sacai in 1999. She has since built up a reputation for breaking down barriers between casual and formal clothing, and has teamed up with the likes of The North Face, Apple, and Nike on various projects.

Abe also posted a snap of herself and Gaultier posing in matching blue boiler suits on a Paris rooftop on her Instagram page.

“I have a long-held admiration for Jean Paul’s unique vision of subversive femininity and his originality, both of which I’ve strived towards in my work since the beginning,” the designer said in a statement, according to WWD. “It’s a true honour to be given the opportunity to be custodian of his house as the first designer of this project.”

The next Paris Couture Week is set to take place between 5 and 9 July.

Of late, bosses at fashion houses such as Moncler and Pucci have also embraced the guest designer business model.

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Tennis star Naomi Osaka fronts Nike x Sacai collection

Tennis star Naomi Osaka has been tapped to front a new collaboration between Nike and Japanese luxury brand Sacai. The 21-year-old sportswoman represents her birthplace Japan when she competes, even though she has lived in the U.S. since she was three…

Tennis star Naomi Osaka has been tapped to front a new collaboration between Nike and Japanese luxury brand Sacai.

The 21-year-old sportswoman represents her birthplace Japan when she competes, even though she has lived in the U.S. since she was three years old, so she was the perfect person to be the face of a collaboration between American sportswear giant Nike and luxury Japanese brand Sacai.

“This collaboration was a special one because it was the perfect marriage of elevated Japanese fashion with the practical needs of my life as an athlete,” Osaka told Vogue.com.au. “It makes me feel edgy and confident, but in an understated way. The collection is just really cool and different from anything else you see in sportswear right now… Kind of futuristic, but also really wearable streetwear.”

Comprised of 11 pieces, the Nike X Sacai collection features apparel and sneakers and is available from the beginning of September. In a campaign image, Osaka wears a purple jacket over the top of a sports bra and running leggings.

The women’s world number one also explained how her style fits into both cultures, adding, “When I’m not on the court, I tend to gravitate towards pieces that are super unique and funky – it’s too tame for Japan, but too wild for America.”

The campaign comes months after Osaka left Adidas and signed an endorsement deal with Nike to wear their branded clothes on the court.

“I’m proud to become a member of the Nike family and excited about getting involved in all of the opportunities Nike has to offer,” she said at the time. “Nike has a legendary track record of writing history and I look forward to being a part of those moments for many years to come.”

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