Fashion designer Alber Elbaz dies of COVID, Kenzo parts ways with Felipe Oliveira Baptista, and more fashion news

Fashion designer Alber Elbaz dies of COVID, Kenzo parts ways with Felipe Oliveira Baptista, and more fashion news

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Text: Asri Jasman

Celebrated fashion designer Alber Elbaz dies of COVID-19 at the age of 59.

Alber Elbaz has died from COVID-19. The news was confirmed by Richemont, the parent company behind Elbaz's own brand, AZ Factory. The Moroccan-born fashion designer was 59 and passed away in Paris. Elbaz was famously known for his work at Lanvin, where he gained a legion of fans for the contemporary vision and whimsy that he brought to the brand. AZ Factory was only launched early this year after a an almost six-year hiatus since leaving Lanvin in 2015.

Kenzo parts ways with Felipe Oliveira Baptista.

In just two years, Kenzo has announced that Felipe Oliveira Baptista will no longer be its creative director from 30 June 2021. The brand that became synonymous with jumpers bearing the Kenzo Tiger emblem — thanks to former creative directors Humberto Lim and Carol Leon — was given a new direction under Oliveira Baptista, focusing more bold silhouettes and vibrant colours. No word yet on who is set to take over, but the brand is reportedly bent on taking a new direction.

CELINE reopens in Ngee Ann City.

Taking over the first-floor space that was previously occupied by Tiffany & Co., CELINE reopens with a womens-centric boutique in Ngee Ann City. The interiors have been conceptualised by artistic, creative and image director Hedi Slimane, with bespoke furniture specifically designed by Slimane himself. The boutique houses CELINE's women's ready-to-wear, leather goods, accessories, as well as the haute parfumerie collections that was introduced in 2019.

Seoul-based artist SambyPen collaborates with MCM.

This is not the usual MCM that most are familiar with. Up-and-coming Seoul-based artist SambyPen added his artistic flair to MCM's iconic monogram on a line of accessories as well as a selection of ready-to-wear pieces for both men and women. MCM x SAMBYPEN celebrates the graffiti street scene of Berlin as seen through the artist's lens for a youthful and irreverent perspective. The collection is now available in MCM boutiques and online.

There's now a Rolls-Royce co-designed with Hermès.

The epitome of luxury is getting both Rolls-Royce and Hermès to come together for a bespoke automotive creation. Japanese entrepreneur, art collector and supercar enthusiast Yusaku Maezawa has commissioned both luxury brands to create the Phantom Oribe — a Rolls-Royce Phantom inspired by Japanese Oribe ware with interiors finished by Hermès. From leather finishes to Toile H canvas accents to a hand-painted recreation of an Hermès commission, everything was considered for a truly luxurious experience. And one that's one-of-a-kind.

RIMOWA's next collaboration sees it partner up with London-based Chaos.

Just like its name suggests, London-based brand Chaos aims to disrupt the norm with its standout luxurious accessories done in leather with bold graphics. It's now adding the same sensibility to RIMOWA's polycarbonate Essential Cabin suitcases. Available in two colourways — Saffron Yellow and White, and Cactus Green and Black — the collaborative pieces have been reworked with a paint-drip effect splashed across the brand's iconic grooved design. Also available are a series of accessories such as luggage tags as well as a nylon harness that wraps around a suitcase for added compartments and storage space. RIMOWA x Chaos launches from 3 June 2021.

Tiffany & Co. set to launch engagement rings for men.

It's time for the boys to get in on the action. Beloved jeweller Tiffany & Co. will be launching its first engagement rings for men that it's calling The Charles Tiffany Setting. Named after its founder, the line of engagement rings will feature a bold solitaire diamond that's similar to its iconic sister, the Tiffany Setting. This marks a new move for the brand and extends its legacy of celebrating love and inclusivity by paving the way for new traditions as well as stories of love beyond societal norms.