There’s no such thing as a truly quiet week in the world of fashion, and last week served as a further case in point. The never-ending saga of musical chairs at the major houses continued, only to be interrupted by news of fresh collections (interior and high street collabs), big name closures, tech releases, and operatic firsts for the Middle East. Get your speedy read on the latest here.
Lanvin’s new creative director was announced as Olivier Lapidus (formerly of Balmain Homme) replacing Bouchra Jarrar, then the fashion focus turned to H&M’s announcement of its next designer collaboration, with London-based label Erdem. The collection launches for the Fall 2017 season with the brand’s first menswear offering.
Forty-eight hours ago, Beyoncé revealed her first portrait with her twins Rumi and Sir Carter, garnering more than 9.5 million likes on Instagram. Meanwhile, Louis Vuitton X Unicef shared its initiative with Lebanese-Australian model Jessica Kahawaty. The model told Vogue, “I asked myself over and over why I deserve this free life they can only dream of living.”
In what turns out to be a busy week in Paris, yet again, the maison of Louis Vuitton also shared its first foray into wearable tech in the form of its debut smartwatch, the Tambour Horizon Connected – we listed five need-to-know details about the new luxury tech device. The A-list also kept the premium brand in the news spin as they sported the Louis Vuitton with Supreme collaboration in airports, on stage, and out-and-about: the fashion desk documented the most noteworthy looks, naturally.
Gucci shared the first view of its debut homeware and interiors collection, and it didn’t disappoint. The collection will be available from select Gucci boutiques worldwide from September 2017 and features a porcelain collaboration with Richard Ginori (friend to Alessandro Michele and master Italian interiors designer), and artist Alex Merry joined the team to provide painterly interpretations of the new collection. Expect the Gucci flamboyance and intricate attention to detail that has redefined the fashion zeitgeist since Michele took the helm in 2015.
Queen Letizia of Spain gave the world a sartorial masterclass in diplomatic dressing during her visit to the UK, while across the pond, Vogue Arabia’s debut cover girl, Gigi Hadid, graced the cover of US Vogue’s August issue with her partner, Zayn Malik.
On the beauty desk, Giorgio Armani revealed its new Édition Couture fragrance, a limited-edition run which will be available across the Middle East with only 1,000 available to purchase worldwide.
Clare Waight Keller released the first taste of her new direction for the house of Givenchy in the form of a Steven Meisel-shot campaign, and while on the topic of great photographers, Chloé celebrated the works of Guy Bourdin in its newly opened public space on 28 Re de la Baume, Paris. In other news from the culture circuit, The Amman Opera Festival, the first of its kind in the Middle East, is set for curtains up on July 19. Vogue.me reported on its first production and the names behind the initiative here.
Rewind to earlier in the week, when Vogue Arabia reported on the wedding of Prince Ernst August of Hanover’s eldest son, Prince Ernst August Jr, to Russian fashion designer of catsuit brand Ekat, Ekaterina Malysheva. The bridal dress designer, Sandra Mansour, shared her drawings and the dress fittings with Vogue.me. The bride didn’t just opt for one dress, instead she chose three custom-designed gowns to celebrate her big day.
As Colette Paris announced the shock news of its closure, Paris gained a name in the form of Joseph Altuzarra, who will be leaving the New York Fashion Week show schedule to present new collections in the French capital. The mass exodus from NYC has also seen it lose big names such as Proenza Schouler and Rodarte (remember those floral headdresses?) to Couture Fashion Week that took place this July.
As we now look to the week ahead with a review of the new cast of Disney’s Aladdin and celebrate the July/August issue of Vogue Arabia, starring cover girl Jourdan Dunn, we will be reporting on fashion news as it happens. Someone turn on the coffee machine.