ICYMI: Calvin Klein pulls the plug on ready-to-wear, the '80s are back (in a good way), and Alexander McQueen's next stage
Fashion by the 'gram
1. Calvin Klein announced the dissolution of its luxury ready-to-wear division.
Around 100 staff members, including the brand's entire Milanese office, will be left jobless. Parent company PVH is choosing to focus on Calvin Klein's underwear, denim and fragrance lines, having decided that the 'halo' effect of its runway collections was no longer producing results; its final creative director, Raf Simons, was unceremoniously let go in December 2018.
2. The 80s are back and lookin' good, mostly thanks to Marc Jacobs.
The designer's photogenic spring/summer 2019 collection continues to be a favourite among adventurous celebs including Zendaya and Celine Dion — both styled by MJ superfan Law Roach — Russian Doll star Natasha Lyonne, and rising pop darling Lizzo.
3. Fashion bid its final adieu to Karl Lagerfeld.
Chanel's fall/winter 2019 collection was shown in a recreation of an alpine village at the Grand Palais. Tears flowed on both the runway and front row during the finale.
4. Sarah Burton received a huge endorsement from Alexander McQueen's owners following her hit FW19 collection.
After the 2018 sale of its stakes in Stella McCartney and Christopher Kane, The Guardian reports that luxury conglomerate Kering intends to grow McQueen to a business of the same scale as Saint Laurent; the former's revenue is currently around 20% of the latter.
6. On International Women's Day, fashion's only Pulitzer Prize-winning critic reminded us how far we have left to go.
Robin Givhan pointed out a preponderance of traditionally masculine forms of power dressing (charcoal pinstripe pantsuits etc.) on the FW19 runways, and attributed it to the continuing power imbalance between women and men in business and politics.
7. Kate Spade went all in on its signature motif for its Ion Orchard popup.
Designed in the shape of (you guessed it) a spade, the brand's concept will stock a limited edition shoulder bag and luggage tag personalisation service alongside its SS19 wares. The popup will run at level one of Ion Orchard from 11 to 24 March.