PARIS FASHION READY FOR THE MESS

Paris Fashion Week will take place this fall with physical shows, augmented by a digital platform, French fashion’s governing body said on Wednesday. As usual, a weather vane would have been more accurate

The Spring 2021 women’s wear fashion week will be held from Sept. 28 to Oct. 6 and will comply for its implementation to the recommendations of public authorities.

The federation canceled couture and men’s fashion weeks this Summer due to the coronavirus pandemic. It has yet to release the schedules for the digital couture week, scheduled for July 6 to 8, and men’s shows, due to take place online from July 9 to 13. But why make it simple when you can make it complicated? Continue reading

SHAME ON ART

The art of shame or the shame of art! this is the ultimate for an Egyptian to have a “papy Russe”, and when this one is called Bergé it is linked to a traffic of antiques worth several tens of millions of euros that has been dismantled. It will shake up the fashion world, with five arrests, for hundreds of antiques sold in particular by the Pierre Bergé company, arts industry cultural looted in the Middle East in countries such as Egypt, Libya, Yemen and Syria. Continue reading

BURBERRY OUTDOOR SHOW

Riccardo Tisci is answering a cry from the great outdoors with plans to stage a Burberry presentation under British skies in September. Everyone’s invited to the spring 2021 outdoor shoW.

The show will take place on Sept. 17 Tisci’s lucky number and on the eve of London Fashion Week, which runs from Sept. 18 to 22. Burberry’s chief creative officer said he wanted to channel the “purity and simplicity of the outdoors” and redefine the fashion landscape through new forms of expression.

After Bambi a Tisci signature featured big in his first collection for the brand, while hand-sketched, painted and collaged animal prints have pranced and swung their way across jackets, bags and silk scarves. Continue reading

MEN’S STORE FOR ABLOH

Louis Vuitton is opening its first ever standalone men(s store in Tokyo. Originally scheduled to coincide with the Summer Olympic Games in the Japanese capital, the opening comes as the country’s economy is reopening cautiously against the backdrop of the coronavirus pandemic.

In line with the ongoing social distancing restrictions, the store in the new Miyashita Park mall will open on July 6 by appointment only. Advance booking online will be required until July 27. Continue reading

FAKE DRESSES FOR A FAKE DESIGNER

Olivier Rousteing and his team designed Balmain’s resort collection during the coronavirus pandemic, swapping images on WhatsApp and drafting in suppliers worldwide to get it made !!! Interesting !

Embroideries were done by old ladies working in their kitchen in the south of Italy, the myth of Haute Couture is killed in eggs. In Japan, they were working in their living room, you know in this very large apartment in Tokyo !!!

It was tough,” said the designer, who tried on the men’s prototypes in his Paris apartment. The fabrics were a real struggle because I was choosing by Zoom. It is a very difficult and great performance in fact, but so much easier than sewing a dress.

In the whole Balmain produced more than 400 looks for women and 300 for men, presented since June 15 in a digital showroom with an avatar of Rousteing acting as host and guide. But if you can make 400 models in your kitchen why not do away with the design studio ? Continue reading

ELEMENTARY MY DEAR WATSON

Emma Watson has joined Kering’s board, becoming the chair of its sustainability committee. The British actress is joining the board alongside Tidjane Thiam, who will chair the audit committee, and Jean Liu.

The luxury group said it seeks to expand its expertise, improve understanding of the group’s markets and represent a diversity of experience on the board.

“The collective intelligence that comes from diverse points of view and the richness of different experiences are crucial to the future of the organization, François-Henri Pinault said, chairman and chief executive officer. Continue reading

WILLIAMS SHAVE ON YOU

Luxury brand Givenchy has announced the appointment of an American designer and founder of luxury streetwear label. Starting from June 16th, Williams will take on all creative responsibilities for women’s and men’s collections, whilst also independently designing for the Alyx brand.

Nickname Celtic neck cross. The 34-year-old self-taught designer said he is “honoured” to be taking on the role, succeeding Clare Waight Keller who left the fashion house in April. When you didn’t go to fashion school you can indeed be proud.

Williams described his appointment as his “lifelong dream”, before adding that “at the same time it’s bittersweet because we’re living in unprecedented times in the world. I just hope in some way I can bring hope and with my community and colleagues, create positive change for our industry and for the world.” The choice of Tolenado for an autodidact who does not know how to make a dress but more about making the buzz. The house can handle it like a puppet. Continue reading

BALMAIN SECOND LIVE

Monday, Rousteing said he leveraged high-tech means to reveal the humanity behind the collection, interspersing CGI razzmatazz, Zoom meetings and WhatsApp groups with footage of seamstresses, tailors and embroiderers toiling at home, pausing occasionally to celebrate a colleague’s birthday.

“It’s going to be like getting into the Balmain world from far away, but at the same time feeling really close,” Rousteing remarked. Visitors to the interactive “digital house” can visit various rooms to discover a variety of content. A technology invented by second live 15 years ago. Continue reading

THE MASQUERADE

Facebook and Instagram are opening up their temporary ban on nonmedical masks on their platforms to allow people to advertise them and post in IG shopping listings and marketplace.

In March, the platforms temporarily banned ads and commerce listings for masks on their apps to help protect against scams, misleading medical claims, media supply shortages, inflated prices and hoarding. Since then they have continued to monitor trends and activity around COVID-19 to better understand how people are using their platforms and advertising tools during the pandemic.

Since the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a global pandemic, governments and authorities around the globe have evolved their guidance on the need to wear masks. Many health authorities now advise wearing nonmedical masks, and in some places, masks are required for activities such as taking public transportation or going inside a store. Continue reading

SUPER TAX EVASION FOR SUPERMODEL

Bar Refaeli has signed a plea deal in her tax evasion case in Israel to complete nine months of community service which is egal to 9 months of maternity leave.

The model and her mother, Tzipi Refaeli, signed the deal on Tuesday in the case, which alleged they hid tens of millions of shekels in earnings from Israeli tax authorities between 2009 and 2012, according to the Times of Israel. I have always thought that models had no brain. Now I am sure that they do not have heart too.

Refaeli’s mother will serve 16 months in prison and the two will have to pay a fine of roughly $720,000 as well as roughly $2.3 million in back taxes. They should have come to France where tax evasion is a national sport and less repressive.

Prosecutors in the case alleged that Refaeli lied about living abroad during the time and didn’t report her earnings to the Israeli government. Refaeli refuted those allegations, stating that at the time she was living in the U.S. with then-boyfriend Leonardo DiCaprio. Everybody knows that DiCaprio is stingy. Continue reading

HO BLAZY HO BLAZA VENETA

The former design director of Calvin Klein under Raf Simons, Matthieu Blazy, has joined Bottega Veneta.

According to sources, he quietly started in a senior design role several weeks ago, reporting to Bottega Veneta creative director Daniel Lee.

Blazy spent two years and seven months at Calvin Klein working on men’s and women’s collections and was part of the inner circle that Simons brought with him to New York. That circle also included Pieter Mulier, Simons’ longtime number two who carried the title of creative director at Calvin Klein and joined Simons for runway bows. Continue reading