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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Bella Thorne lands brand ambassador role for hemp clothing line Drihp

Bella Thorne is the new brand ambassador for unisex hemp clothing line Drihp.The 22-year-old wants to support the affordable and sustainable capsule collection, which features tank tops, T-shirts and underwear made in Los Angeles from a blend of hemp a…

Bella Thorne is the new brand ambassador for unisex hemp clothing line Drihp.

The 22-year-old wants to support the affordable and sustainable capsule collection, which features tank tops, T-shirts and underwear made in Los Angeles from a blend of hemp and recycled materials.

“The fashion part of the brand is just our foot into the door,” Bella told WWD. “It’s just our way of showing people that hemp is actually positive, besides just telling them that it is. What we’re really trying to do is spread awareness.

“We want to make people understand hemp by having them feel a T-shirt and know that the T-shirt took 1/20th of the water (to make compared to cotton). Everybody needs to get on this train and ride it with us.”

Drihp was founded by Luke Dandrea, and he shared his excitement about teaming up with Bella.

Influencers Jay Alvarrez and Rachel Cook also star in the ads.

“I turned to Bella, because she has an edge about her,” he explained. “She has fought for her name and so has hemp. She bleeds authenticity. She’s somebody with a voice with weight.”

Future plans for the clothing line include footwear, beach towels and environmentally-friendly drinking straws, and Bella is excited to be partnering with the earth friendly brand.

“We really need to be educating people who are closed off to it, people who put hemp and cannabis in the same boat, which they’re not,” she continued. “How do we get those people to change?”

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Riccardo Tisci calls for fashion weeks to be ‘reimagined’

Italian fashion designer Riccardo Tisci believes fashion weeks need to be “reimagined for the world we live in now”. The coronavirus crisis has forced key figures in the industry to re-evaluate their participation in the annual fashion calendar, with …

Italian fashion designer Riccardo Tisci believes fashion weeks need to be “reimagined for the world we live in now”.

The coronavirus crisis has forced key figures in the industry to re-evaluate their participation in the annual fashion calendar, with Michael Kors recently deciding to host presentations outside of New York Fashion Week and to only release two collections per year.

On Monday, Burberry became the first big brand to set a date for spring/summer 21 fashion weeks, and in an interview with WWD, chief creative officer Tisci vouched for the continuing existence of them, but admitted they needed a modern update.

“I do not believe that fashion weeks are to be stopped, they just need to be reimagined for the world we live in now,” he explained. “You know, there is nothing like the experience of being at a fashion show — the energy in the room, the anticipation, excitement — it is something beautiful that I would not want to see lost.

“But we must recognise that the world is changing, and we must adapt and redefine our landscape through new forms of expression. Ultimately, to me, it will always be important to keep a physicality to fashion, to be able to see and understand the texture and movements of clothes, but in new ways.”

He added that “fashion has lost its sense of emotion” in the past few years and he believes this can be restored by “pulling collections back to their true essence”.

The English heritage label will host its spring/summer 2021 presentation in the British outdoors on the 17 September, and while the show will not have a physical audience, it will be available to watch digitally around the world.

London Fashion Week is due to begin on 18 September.

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Sies Marjan shuttering amid Covid-19 pandemic

Fashion label Sies Marjan is closing down.Founded by creative director Sander Lak in 2016, the New York City-based ready-to-wear brand was known for its evocative use of colour and proportion. However, Lak announced on Monday that he was shuttering the…

Fashion label Sies Marjan is closing down.

Founded by creative director Sander Lak in 2016, the New York City-based ready-to-wear brand was known for its evocative use of colour and proportion.

However, Lak announced on Monday that he was shuttering the business as a result of financial difficulties in the face of the coronavirus pandemic.

“As a young independent company, we were significantly impacted by Covid-19. With a heavy heart, we have made the very difficult decision to close our business,” he said in a statement released to editors at WWD. “What we have worked on has been a dream come true. Thank you to everyone who has given their time and talent to Sies Marjan over the years. We have built a singular brand whose legacy is not just in the clothes and collections, but within each person who contributed along the way.”

The Sies Marjan website and Instagram page have already closed.

Lak previously worked for the likes of Phillip Lim, Balmain, and Dries Van Noten before heading to the U.S. to launch his own label. Backed by Nancy and Howard Marks’ holding company Deia, the Dutch designer won the CFDA Award for Emerging Talent in 2018, having been nominated for the same prize a year earlier.

The news comes as a number of brands have indicated plans to restructure amid the Covid-19 crisis. Executives at Diane Von Furstenberg are reportedly cutting 75 per cent of staff members and closing the majority of stores, while John Varvatos filed for bankruptcy protection last month.

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Dan Levy tapped Thom Browne for Schitt’s Creek wedding outfit

Dan Levy turned to designer Thom Browne for the wedding tuxedo his character wore in the Schitt’s Creek series finale.The hit Canadian comedy, which was created by Dan and his father Eugene Levy, came to an end on Tuesday after six seasons, and the las…

Dan Levy turned to designer Thom Browne for the wedding tuxedo his character wore in the Schitt’s Creek series finale.

The hit Canadian comedy, which was created by Dan and his father Eugene Levy, came to an end on Tuesday after six seasons, and the last-ever episode focused on the nuptials between his character David and his fiance Patrick.

The 36-year-old actor and writer approached Browne to see if any of his designs worked for the wedding day look, and the American fashion designer was more than happy to be a part of the show’s finale.

“I am always a fan of anyone who is true to his or herself… this is true fashion… this is true style,” Browne told WWD. “I like to showcase these people in any way possible. We need more people like this in the world… bravo to Dan, bravo for his bravery and leadership.”

Browne also revealed that while the suit wasn’t custom-made, he personally hosted Dan at his store in New York City for a fitting.

The Schitt’s Creek star, writer, director and co-creator took to Instagram to share a picture from his character’s onscreen nuptials, showing him wearing the Thom Browne tuxedo with a black pleated skirt and a pair of black boots and black socks.

Also in the snap is Catherine O’Hara, who plays David’s mother Moira, rocking a papal-inspired gown and mitre with a long flowing blonde wig.

And Browne is no stranger to creating outfits for high-profile weddings, as he dressed American soccer players Ashlyn Harris and Ali Krieger for their big day back in December.

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Footwear designer Sergio Rossi dies

Celebrated footwear designer Sergio Rossi has died, aged 84.The legendary craftsman passed away in Cesena, Italy this week after being admitted to hospital, according to the company’s chief executive officer, Riccardo Sciutto. “He was a master, it was …

Celebrated footwear designer Sergio Rossi has died, aged 84.

The legendary craftsman passed away in Cesena, Italy this week after being admitted to hospital, according to the company’s chief executive officer, Riccardo Sciutto.

“He was a master, it was a great pleasure to have met him,” Sciutto said in a statement to WWD. “He was our spiritual guide and he is today more than ever.”

In a statement, Rossi’s son Gianvito confirmed his father died on Thursday night after contracting Covid-19.

Born in the Romagna region of Italy, Sergio Rossi followed in his father’s footsteps and launched a factory in 1951. He soon built up a reputation for his Opanca sandal with a curved sole and later expanded his collection to include a wider range of footwear.

Over the years, Rossi collaborated with designers at fashion houses including Versace, Azzedine Alaia, and Dolce & Gabbana, and also opened up boutiques in major cities around the world.

Praising the artisan’s business sense, Sciutto added: “(He loved) women and was able to capture a woman’s femininity in a unique way. He was never over-the-top, always in good taste. The shoes were always wearable and he was never satisfied until they were perfect. They were not accessories for him. He told me once that he wanted to create the perfect extension of a woman’s leg.”

The Sergio Rossi brand was purchased by PPR Luxury Division, now known as Kering, in 1999. The company was then acquired by private equity firm Investindustrial in 2015, with Scuitto joining the following year.

Gianvito Rossi unveiled his own footwear label in 2007.

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Tyra Banks credits Cindy Crawford with inspiring her to branch outside of fashion

Tyra Banks was inspired by Cindy Crawford to pursue a career outside of modelling.In a new interview, the TV personality, producer, businesswoman, actress, and author has credited the supermodel for paving the way for others in the industry to establis…

Tyra Banks was inspired by Cindy Crawford to pursue a career outside of modelling.

In a new interview, the TV personality, producer, businesswoman, actress, and author has credited the supermodel for paving the way for others in the industry to establish their own brands.

“I kind of followed in the footsteps of Cindy Crawford, but just did it my way,” she told WWD. “I was very inspired by her. I remember reading an article saying she had a Revlon contract and an office in the Revlon building, and I’m like, ‘Wow, that’s cool.’

“I couldn’t really understand what that meant, but I know there was something powerful behind it. I liked that she took her name and made herself a brand and household name.”

However, the America’s Next Top Model host and creator went on to explain that she is pleased she gave Cindy’s career her own spin and headed into television.

“I added my own passions. It’s producing television and creating a talk show and now being the founder of ModelLand,” the 46-year-old added, referencing her upcoming modelling theme park

The unique attraction, which will give visitors the chance to live out their “ultimate modelling fantasy”, will open its doors in Santa Monica, California in May.

And Tyra said her vision for ModelLand was to give other women the tools to create their own careers in the fashion business.

“I like to say we’re like the Disney of fashion and beauty and self-esteem,” she shared. “It’s a place where everybody can be the fantasy versions of themselves.”

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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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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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Gucci cancels cruise show due to coronavirus fears

Gucci bosses have cancelled the fashion house’s cruise 2021 fashion show in California due to coronavirus fears.A spokesman confirmed the event in San Francisco, scheduled for 18 May, has been postponed in light of “the ongoing uncertainty prompted by …

Gucci bosses have cancelled the fashion house’s cruise 2021 fashion show in California due to coronavirus fears.

A spokesman confirmed the event in San Francisco, scheduled for 18 May, has been postponed in light of “the ongoing uncertainty prompted by the coronavirus outbreak”.

“A decision on the new timing and location of the show will be announced at a later date, once the situation becomes clearer,” a statement reads. “At this time, our thoughts are with all of those affected around the world.”

The virus, named COVID-19, has infected more than 90,000 people across 76 countries, with the global death toll at more than 3,100.

More than 100 cases have been confirmed in the U.S., and six people in the Seattle area of Washington state have died after contracting coronavirus.

Gucci’s creative director Alessandro Michele reportedly chose San Francisco to host the cruise show due to its history as a centre of liberal activism, according to WWD.

The decision by the Italian fashion house follows Prada’s move to postpone its cruise show, scheduled for 21 May in Tokyo, Japan, and a week after Giorgio Armani scrapped his Milan Fashion Week event in Italy over coronavirus fears.

The 85-year-old designer showed his fall/winter 2020 collection behind closed doors on the last day of fashion week, and the future of his cruise 2021 showcase in Dubai next month is unknown.

Chanel is expected to be staging its cruise show in Capri, Italy, in May, and days later, Dior is heading to Lecce, in the Italian region of Puglia, for their highly-anticipated show.

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