The Bob and Dolores Hope estate, location for tonight’s #LVCRUISE show. Courtesy of Louis Vuitton
Louis Vuitton’s latest, streaming direct to your device. Just check in here tonight at 6:15 p.m. PST for a livestream of the #LVCRUISE show taking place tonight in Palm Springs.
Since we can’t all be in Palm Springs this evening taking in the Louis Vuitton 2016 Cruise Collection in person, we’ll settle for second best watching the Louis Vuitton livestream right here, below.
If that’s still not enough LV for you, follow along on Instagram, @Louisvuitton.
Catch up on the latest happenings in fashion and style:
Fledgling designers will have another shot at a helping hand thanks to LVMH’s new global fashion prize. WIth members like Karl Lagerfeld, Marc Jacobs, Phoebe Philo, Nicolas Ghesquiere and Riccardo Tisci on the board, winners will be privy to their advice along with a 300,000 euro prize. The prize aims to find the fashion designer of tomorrow – without the American/British limits the CFDA and BFC place on their funds. Kenzo/Opening Ceremony’s Humberto Leon and Carol Lim will join in on the search. The 30 semifinalists will be flown by LVMH to Paris to show their collections in March.
Alexander Wang bowed his new Balenciaga retail store in SoHo, feted last night by the likes of Julianne Moore, Joseph Altuzarra, Max Snow, Vanessa Traina, and Julia Restoin Roitfeld. What to expect? Lots of green marble.
Love Thom Browne but afraid of a highwater? Fortunately for those seeking a classic American look, Thom Browne is expanding his offerings to include a new line – andt this is a little confusing, so stay with me – called Thom Browne. What about his other Thom Browne line? It’ll be renamed Thom Brown New York. The new Thom Browne will feature his aesthetic with a more classic fitting suit.
CFDA winners Dao Yi Chow and Maxwell Osbourne of Public School are working hard on their J.Crew collaboration collection, and there’s a whisper in the air about a possible women’s line. Which is great news for women. Fingers crossed.
The fashion weeks controversy has been ongoing – scheduling is a nightmare for everyone, and it’s no secret that Milan has been the stickiest of all the cities in refusing to budge or cooperate. But this is progress – Giorgio Armani joined the National Chamber of Italian Fashion in an attempt to reinvigorate Milan Fashion Week. He still wants all Italian designers to show in Italy. But he recognizes the need for reorganization. We’re on the right track now.
On to more serious business, those working to improve safety standards in the Bangladesh factories have found some common ground and are moving toward an agreement. Good news all around.
After much speculation and months of near-confirmation, Balenciaga’s former designer Nicolas Ghesquière has been confirmed as artistic director of Louis Vuitton’s women’s collection, effective immediately.
Ghesquière’s departure and subsequent rift with Balenciaga left a hole for Alexander Wang to fill, but the bigger question still seemed to be where Nicolas would go next. With Marc Jacobs’ decision to leave Louis Vuitton and focus on his own brand, Louis Vuitton seemed like the obvious place – it was only a matter of time before confirmation – and now we have it. Ghesquière’s first collection for Louis Vuitton will show in Paris during the fall collections in March.
Considering Louis Vuitton’s current push to scale back proliferation of its logo and escalate the aesthetic, Ghesquière seems a perfect choice. Part of his clash with executives at Balenciaga came from a disagreement over future direction for the house – Ghesquière insisted on pushing the boundaries and upping the elite factor, while Kering, Balenciaga’s family company, had a different, more commercial vision.
With Ghesquière at the helm, Louis Vuitton is poised for critical acclaim. His talents have been missed, and we’re excited to see him back in action.
Thanks to an extraordinarily forthcoming Tamara Mellon (formerly of Jimmy Choo, currently anti Jimmy Choo,) the word on the street is that the man for which the shoes were named never actually designed anything. Now, Mellon has publicly called him a “cobbler”. (Burn!) Mellon, who departed Jimmy Choo to focus on her own brand, continues to air her dirty laundry for our horrified amusement (in interviews, a book, and excerpts published everywhere.) So what other fashion feuds gathered us in the schoolyard to watch?
But a year ago, respected fashion writer Cathy Horyn disrespected Oscar de la Renta in her review of his spring 2013 collection, calling de la Renta a “hotdog,” (in the surfer lingo sense of the word, meaning a showman, obviously.) A seething ODLR retorted with a full-page ad in WWD, calling Horyn a “stale, 3-day old hamburger.” The two have sort of since made up.
That time Keifer Sutherland head butted Proenza Schouler’s Jack McCollough at the Met Ball in 2009, breaking the designer’s nose. McCollough was supposedly defending the honor of Brooke Shields, who Sutherland had bumped into. Let’s assume Sutherland will never attend one of Proenza Schouler’s shows.
Hedi Slimane versus everyone ever. A few of his grievances include: making sure Cathy Horyn wasn’t invited to his debut show at YSL Yves Saint Laurent Saint Laurent because of comments she made in 2004, and cutting ties with retailer Colette (and losing hundreds of thousands of wholesale business for one season alone) over those AIN’T LAURENT without Yves tees. More to come, probably.
Nicolas Ghesquière v. Balenciaga. When the designer left his post at Balenciaga, he broke his contracts by speaking ill in an interview with System magazine. Now the house is seeking about $7 million in damages. But who knows, maybe we’ll see him turn up at Louis Vuitton, and this will all be history.
What happened in fashion this weekend? Let’s catch up:
The makeup at Givenchy took Pat McGrath 12 hours to complete. 12 HOURS.
Guess who’s back, back again? Maybe? After the most talked about hiatus since, ever, word on the street (and WWD) is that Nicolas Ghesquière may be heading to Louis Vuitton when Marc Jacobs’ contract runs out at the end of October. But nothing is confirmed. And Marc’s time may not be up. Anything could happen.
In case you had no idea, Chanel is worth, like, a lot. The company was valued at $18 billion.
Looking to get holiday shopping done way early this year? Hermès is popping up a Silk Bar at the Time Warner Center for the entire month of October. Get those hundred dollar bills in order.
If philanthrophy is more your jam and you happen to be in London, check out the Breast Cancer Care gala coming up on October 2nd, fashion show included.
Storied fashion house Schiaparelli confirms that Marco Zanini will design for the label, after his name spent some time flying around the air. Zanini comes from Rochas, and he reportedly had very little to do with the spring collection that just showed in Paris. Zanini’s first show for Schiaparelli will be couture in January.
Taking Zanini’s place at Rochas is designer Alessandro Dell’Acqua.
Happy Monday, y’all.
● Balenciaga designer Nicolas Ghesquière said he reacted “very violently” to working with Tom Ford and Domenico De Sole back in the Gucci days. (FYI, they’re all good now). [FashionETC] ● Christian Dior has suspended John Galliano for his recent racial slurs in Paris, which couldn’t come at a worse time, what with Paris Fashion Week being just around the corner. [NYT] ● With Gap, Bloomingdales, and Converse collabs under their belt, Vena Cava is now set to partner with Uniqlo. [Fashionista]
● The new Bulgari fragrance ad features a really cute lion! Oh, and a scantily-clad Kirsten Dunst. [HuffPo] ● YSL confirms that Hedi Slimane is definitely not taking over Stefano Pilati’s role at the French fashion house, simply because he’s not going anywhere. [Twitter] ● Rodarte is set to debut their first solo exhibition at the MOCA in Los Angeles, opening March 4. [Style]
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