ICYMI: Gigi Hadid pregnant, Andre Leon Talley's scathing new memoir, Saint Laurent rethinks Fashion Week and more
All the things that happened this week
Saint Laurent and other luxury fashion brands rethink fashion week
With extended lockdowns happening globally, luxury fashion brands have been forced to rethink how the show can go on, or if it actually should in the first place. On Monday, Saint Laurent was the first big brand on the official fashion week schedule to announce their withdrawal from the remaining shows of 2020. CEO Francesca Bellettini did not rule out physical shows in totality, but remarked that it was important for them to reclaim their independence to presentation, considering the drastic changes in retail and production cycles. Menswear brand Ermenegildo Zegna has also pulled out, working towards a digital show. In similar news, the British Fashion Council announced last week the SS21 ready-to-wear shows in September would be merged with menswear and shown on an alternative co-ed digital platform.
Gigi Hadid and Zayn Malik to expect a baby girl
Gigi Hadid's mother, Yolanda Hadid, just confirmed her daughter is expecting a baby girl with singer Zayn Malik. When the supermodel shared her 25th birthday celebrations on Instagram last week, many eagle-eyed followers suggested that she had potentially hosted a gender reveal party as well. Her IG stories were filled with baby gifts from friends, with paper bags labelled "Hello Little One" and pink and blue balloons. Rumours had been leaked that Gigi has been pregnant for five months with on-again-off-again boyfriend Zayn Malik. The Hadids and Malik have been staying together in the Hadids' Pennsylvania farm through lockdown, and his attendance at her celebrations further signalled the couple were back together, not just as friends — now they're even confirmed parents!
Marina Bay Sands launches online shopping concierge for at-home shopping.
Fashion brands, retailers and online wholesalers have been bruised from the brunt of Covid-19's closure of stores and slow down of supply chains. McKinsey & Company have projected a 35% decrease in overall decrease in fashion retail space, and the likes of Neiman Marcus and J Crew teetering on bankruptcy is a siren song for similar platforms to up their game. To keep the spirit of shopping alive, Marina Bay Sands, Singapore's landmark hotel and luxury mecca, has just launched a Shopping Concierge offering brands Bally, Boss, Bottega Veneta, Fendi, Jimmy Choo, Loewe, Manolo Blahnik, and Moncler (more to come), with complimentary shipping. From now to 31 May, spend $1,000 and $3,000 to stand to receive a $50 or $150 shopping voucher respectively.
Making The Cut could revolutionise fashion retail for Amazon
Jeff Bezos is the only man making money off Covid-19. One of the ways he's winning is in luxury fashion, an industry that's been slow to embrace digital, but even slower to embrace the mass market qualities of ecommerce monopoly Amazon. For a while, it seemed like Amazon was playing a game of "you can't win us, so join us". But it seems like Amazon Prime's latest fashion competition show, Making The Cut, is inkling that innovation could marry the glamour of fashion with the logistical genius of Amazon. Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn reprise their roles in a Project Runway-esque manner, accompanied by Naomi Campbell, designer Joseph Altazurra, social media influencer Chiara Ferragni and Nicole Richie as judges to find America's next breakout designer. The catch: viewers can shop the competing designer's winning looks, as well as a wardrobe curation from the judges. Similar initiatives at Bravo's Project Runway and Netflix's Into The Cut suggest a possible new normal in ecommerce for new talent. Shop the Watch The Cut collection here.
André Leon Talley's scathing new memoir
The 2017 documentary The Gospel According To André offered insight behind the iconic caftan-wearing, eloquent fashion editor and raconteur, exploring how his queerness, race and size affected his career in fashion. While at one point he peaked as former editor-at-large at Vogue magazine — with connections from the late Yves Saint Laurent to New York socialite Fran Lebowitz — he's also had to endure many misdoings by an industry plagued by elitist bigotry. In his latest memoir, The Chiffon Trenches, he name drops some of the "worst" industry leaders he's been betrayed by. Namely, Anna Wintour, citing that his former boss was "not capable of human kindness". It's quote-worthy enough for us to want to sink our teeth into his tell-all! He also criticises how Vogue has devolved since his departure, citing his unhappiness with being replaced as celebrity interviewer at the MET Gala with YouTuber Liza Koshy. His memoir's release date has been pushed forward to May 19.