Max Mara To Show Resort 2021 In Saint Petersburg

Max Mara is heading to Russia to unveil its Resort 2021 collection. The show will take place on May 25 in Saint Petersburg. The event’s location is still undisclosed.

Previously, starting with the 2015 pre-fall season, the Italian women’s fashion group has staged runway shows in New York, London, Shanghai, Reggio Emilia, Italy, and Berlin.

Max Mara’s runway show in Saint Petersburg will be part of the seasonal resort marathon, which will also see the fashion crowd flocking to Capri to attend the Chanel cruise show on May 7.

While the majority of luxury fashion houses have yet to announce the dates of their resort shows next spring, the pre-fall schedule already counts a Dior men’s showin Miami on Dec. 3 and a Giorgio Armani women’s show on Nov. 14 at the Armani Theater in Milan. During the event, the designer  who will receive the 2019 John B. Fairchild Honor award at the WWD Apparel & Retail CEO Summit to be held Oct. 29 and 30 in New York — will also unveil the first high jewelry collection under the Giorgio Armani luxury label.

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California Becomes The First State To Ban Fur

On Friday California state’s governor, Gavin Newsom, signed AB44 into law, which bans sales of new clothing and accessories (handbags, shoes, pompoms, key chains, you know) made of fur.

For the purpose of the law, fur is defined as “animal skin or part thereof with hair, fleece or fur fibers attached thereto.” For the purposes of shoppers, that means mink, sable, chinchilla, lynx, fox, rabbit, beaver, coyote and other luxury furs.

California is the first state to ban fur, but it is following the lead of a number of its own municipalities, including Los Angeles, San Francisco and Berkeley. A variety of countries have banned fur farming, including Serbia, Luxembourg, Belgium, Norway, Germany and the Czech Republic. And similar bills banning fur sales have been introduced in New York City and Hawaii, though they have yet to become law.

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Over the last year numerous brands have jumped on the no-fur bandwagon, including Stella McCartney, Gucci, Versace, Coach, Chanel, Prada, Burberry, Michael Kors, Giorgio Armani and Tom Ford. H&M, which is not exactly a haven of mink coats, has said it will no longer use mohair. One of the few holdouts is Fendi, which began life as a fur house, still has five outlets in California that sell fur and even has “haute fourrure” fashion shows once a year during couture. (Fendi did not respond to requests for comment on the ban.)

Still, all of this just-say-no-to-fur is not quite the sacrifice it sounds, since for many brands fur makes up a very small percentage of sales (at Coach, for example, fur accounted for less than 1 percent of its business). In California, it was an especially tiny percentage.

Exceptions have been made for cowhide, deerskin, sheepskin and goatskin. Which means that shearling is totally fine. Exceptions have also been made for religious observances (shtreimels, the fur hats often worn by Hasidic Jews, can continue to be sold) and other traditional or cultural purposes.

CHRISTIAN DIOR’S MARIA GRAZIA CHIURI AWARDED FRENCH LEGION OF HONOUR

Dior‘s creative director Maria Grazia Chiuri has been awarded the Legion of Honour hours after the luxury fashion brand’s Couture Fall 2019 fashion show.

The designer was handed the honour by France’s gender equality minister, Marlène Schiappa, who praised Chuiri for her use of feminism and activism in her work.

“Receiving such an important honour in France, which represents fashion and culture, and from the hands of a woman like Marlene Schiappa, who expresses the most important values for me, is a new emotion,” Chiuri said, before calling on young women to “believe in themselves and follow their instincts”.

“Dior is a maison that represents femininity, and for this reason I believe that my commitment is to make women aware of their potential, and I thank the maison that supports me to give a voice to women and their work,” Chiuri said.

“Their commitment can change the world.”

Chiuri started her career at Italian fashion brand Fendi, where she was part of the accessories team that designed the legendary “Baguette It” bag, before working at luxury Italian house Valentino where she eventually became co–creative director with her longtime design partner, Pierpaolo Piccioli. 

In 2016, Chiuri left Valentino to become Dior’s first female artistic director and has spent the last three years transforming the brand from one of the most feminine houses to one of the most feminist. 

Iconic Fashion Designer Karl Lagerfeld Has Passed Away

Fashion icon Karl Lagerfeld has died at age 85 after a cancer battle.

Lagerfeld is widely regarded as one of the most important and prolific designers of his generation and had held creative director roles at Fendi (since 1965), his namesake label (since 1974) and Chanel (since 1983) simultaneously.

The iconic designer is believed to have been unwell for two weeks before his death in a Paris hospital.

The House of Karl Lagerfeld has confirmed the news of his death, following French media reports. 

The official Instagram account for the fashion designer’s own label posted: “The House of KARL LAGERFELD shares, with deep emotion and sadness, the passing of its creative director, Karl Lagerfeld, on February 19, 2019, in Paris, France.”

Driven by a phenomenal sense of creativity, Karl was passionate, powerful and intensely curious.

“He leaves behind an extraordinary legacy as one of the greatest designers of our time, and there are no words to express how much he will be missed.”

Denver Art Museum Announced “Dior: From Paris to the World” Exhibition

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Dior is getting its first major fashion retrospective in the U.S., and it’s opening this November in Denver Art Museum (DAM).

From Paris to the World, an exhibition surveying more than 70 years of the House of Dior’s enduring legacy and its global influence. A selection of 150 haute couture dresses, as well as accessories, photographs, original sketches, runway videos and other archival material, will trace the history of the iconic haute couture fashion house.

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Dior: From Paris to the World also will profile its founder, Christian Dior, and subsequent artistic directors, including Yves-Saint Laurent (1958–1960), Marc Bohan (1961–1989), Gianfranco Ferré (1989–1996), John Galliano (1997–2011), Raf Simons (2012–2015) and Maria Grazia Chiuri (2016–present), who have carried Dior’s vision into the 21st century.

Meghan Markle Picks Givenchy’s Clare Waight Keller for Her Wedding Dress

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Meghan Markle, who became Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Sussex, stepped out of a vintage Rolls-Royce in a minimal and an unembellished Givenchy Haute Couture dress by the British designer Clare Waight Keller, a diamond tiara on loan from Queen Elizabeth, and a veil bearing symbols of the Commonwealth, this bride was out to prove that she’s all about simplicity, heritage, respecting tradition — and serving her public.

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Waight Keller designed a veil representing the distinctive flora of each Commonwealth country, as the bride wanted to have all countries of the Commonwealth with her on her journey through the ceremony, according to Kensington Palace.

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Markle paired her Givenchy dress and veil with Queen Mary’s Diamond Bandeau Tiara, loaned to her by the Queen. The Diamond Bandeau is English and was made in 1932 from a brooch dating from 1893.

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As for her second dress, Markle turned to yet another female British designer to dress her on her wedding day: Stella McCartney.

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Chanel To Launch First Swimwear And Ski Collections

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Karl Lagerfeld is launching two new capsule lines to Chanel’s ready-to-wear offer: Coco Neige and Coco Beach.

The ski and swimwear lines will be timed to hit stores from June to ensure a strong in-season component. Lagerfeld said he got the idea while on summer vacation in Saint-Tropez, where he noticed the Chanel store lacked a strong assortment of beach gear, reports WWD.

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The Coco Beach line includes swimsuits, bikinis, bandannas, terry cloth beach cover-ups, denim pieces, bags and espadrilles. The swimwear comes in black, with a satiny oversized appliqué double-C logo, or with a hand-painted lattice motif, on a pink or red background, which also appears on the accessories. It will be introduced in 26 stores beginning in June.

“We have around 30 stores in seaside locations, and during the months of June and July, when towns such as Cannes, Nice, Capri, Barcelona and [cities in] Florida are incredibly busy, the stores are carrying winter collections,” said Chanel president of fashion Bruno Pavlovsky. “These tactical launches are designed to better satisfy the needs of our customers and to find the best way to communicate to them the fact that these items exist.”

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The Coco Neige collection will have a wider distribution, hitting Chanel stores in July and August in tandem with its fall collections. It will also be available in ski resorts such as Courchevel, where Chanel has a temporary store during the winter months.

The line was unveiled to store buyers in Paris alongside the house’s pre-fall collection. It features technical items, such as tweed-trimmed down jackets and nylon ski pants; casual pieces, like a black hoodie with a quilted camellia motif, and accessories including shearling boots and bags.

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THE FASHION AWARDS 2017 IN PARTNERSHIP WITH SWAROVSKI WINNERS ANNOUNCED

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Taking place at the Royal Albert Hall in London, the evening was hosted by Jack Whitehall and Karlie Kloss. Notable attendees included Adrian Joffe, Adwoa Aboah, Alexa Chung, Angelica Cheung, Anja Rubik, Christopher Bailey MBE, Connor McGregor, Donatella Versace, Edward Enninful OBE, Erykah Badu, Eva Herzigova, Georgia May Jagger, Hailey Baldwin, Hilary Swank, Jose Neves, Kaia Gerber, Karlie Kloss, Imaan Hammam, Lewis Hamilton, Maisie Williams, Maria Grazia Chiuri, Dame Anna Wintour, Dame Natalie Massenet, Nadja Swarovski, Naomi Campbell, Paris Jackson, Pat McGrath MBE, Pink, Raf Simons, Rita Ora, Sam Smith, Selena Gomez,
Stella McCartney, Stella Maxwell, Stormzy, Winnie Harlow, Zadie Smith and Zendaya.
The evening at the iconic Royal Albert Hall in London celebrated fourteen awards, nine voted for by an international panel of 2000 industry opinion formers and five Special Recognition awards. Each winner was given a unique Swarovski crystal trophy, commissioned by architectural designer John Pawson.

Christopher Bailey MBE received a surprise award for Outstanding Contribution to British Fashion, acknowledging his phenomenal transformation of Burberry since joining in 2000, turning the UK company into a renowned global fashion brand.
The late Azzedine Alaïa was celebrated for his incredible career spanning over 60 years, acknowledging him as one of the most respected and unique couturiers in the industry.

  • Accessories Designer of the Year: Jonathan Anderson for Loewe Presented by Amber Valletta
  • Business Leader: Marco Bizzarri for Gucci Presented by Annie Lennox & Massimo Bottura
  • Swarovski Award for Positive Change: Maria Grazia Chiuri Presented by Bianca Jagger
  • Model of the Year: Adwoa Aboah Presented by Erykah Badu & Loyle Carner
  • Urban Luxe: Off-White Presented by Hailey Baldwin
  • Isabella Blow Award for Fashion Creator: Pat McGrath MBE Presented by Eva Herzigova
  • British Emerging Talent Menswear: Charles Jeffrey for Charles Jeffrey LOVERBOY Presented by John Galliano CBE
  • British Emerging Talent Womenswear: Michael Halpern for Halpern Presented by Pamela Anderson
  • Outstanding Contribution to British Fashion: Christopher Bailey MBE Presented by Dame Anna Wintour
  • Special Recognition Award for Innovation: Stella McCartney OBE Presented by Sir James Dyson
  • British Designer of the Year Menswear: Craig Green for CRAIG GREEN Presented by FKA Twigs
  • British Designer of the Year Womenswear: Jonathan Anderson for JW Anderson Presented by Zandaya
  • Fashion Icon: Donatella Versace for Versace Performance by Rita Ora Presented by Naomi Campbell
  • Designer of the Year: Raf Simons for Calvin Klein Presented by Oliver Sim

Fashion’s Hottest Brands and Top Selling Products in Q3

Balenciaga has stolen Gucci’s crown to become the hottest brand in fashion. According to the latest data analysed by BoF in partnership with search platform Lyst — which tracks 4.5 million data points per hour from over 65 million annual consumers, five million products and 12,000 brands — the Demna Gvasalia designed brand climbed two places to top the hottest brand ranking in the third quarter of 2017.

Gucci dropped one place, coming in second this quarter, but continues to excel as the most consistent performer in the hottest brand ranking to date this year. Between July and September, the label launched Gucci Décor — an eclectic line of home furnishings and treatments — and announced its collaboration with Dapper Dan, driving brand searches across the e-commerce sites Lyst aggregates.

But the real success story this quarter is the impressive ascent of Virgil Abloh’s Off-White, which jumped 31 places to become the third-hottest fashion brand in the world in Q3.

EMMA STONE IS THE NEW AMBASSADOR OF LOUIS VUITTON

Louis Vuitton  announced Emma Stone is the latest ambassador for the Maison. The announcement was made in anticipation of Stone’s “Battle of the Sexes” movie premiere in London. With her striking beauty and unique talent, Academy Award winning actress, Emma Stone has claimed her role as one of Hollywood’s most sought out actresses.

“I’m excited by this opportunity and my stylist, Petra and I are really looking forward to collaborating with the incredibly kind and talented Nicolas Ghesquiere.” commented Emma Stone

Nicolas Ghesquière added “I admire Emma hugely. We have been collaborating over the past years and I am delighted she is joining Louis Vuitton today. I am looking forward to this wonderful partnership together”

Emma Stone recently appeared in Damien Chazelle’s La La Land. Peter Travers at Rolling Stone said “The Academy damn well better crown Stone…with Oscar love.” She went on to win the Academy Award for “Best Actress,” Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role,” Golden Globe for “Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy,” British Academy Film Award for “Best Actress in a Leading Role” and “Best Actress” at the Venice Film Festival for her work in the film. She was also honored along with co-star Ryan Gosling with the Santa Barbara Film Festival’s “Outstanding Performers of the Year” and the Palm Springs International
Film Festival’s “Vanguard Award” with Gosling and Chazelle.
She can currently be seen in “Battle of the sexes” and in 2018 she will be seen in “The Favourite” and “Maniac” which she is also producing.