ICYMI: Givenchy returns to the men’s runway, Uniqlo and Kaws take another trip down Sesame Street, and Meghan Markle shuts Fiji down
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1. Jeremy Scott x Moschino [tv] H&M hype continues to build
The ultimate success of Jeremy Scott and Moschino's H&M collection has never been in doubt: the polarising designer commands a fan base for whom the terms passionate and borderline-obsessive seem... a little lacking. As with previous H&M collabs, a runway blowout in New York preceded the launch, with plenty of celebs in the front row giving us a closer look at the action. Every model-of-the-moment made an appearance on 25 October, but only one truly mattered; H&M pulled out the big guns and summoned the legend that is Naomi Campbell to close the show.
2. Meghan Markle wore a dress and the media went apesh**
Meghan Markle is famous, royal and pregnant, which must be some sort of paparazzi trifecta. While visiting Fiji this week, the Duchess of Sussex was spotted in a Safiyaa blue caped gown, photos of which quickly proceeded to flood our feeds and explore pages. Lovely though they may be, cape gowns are about as novel as florals for spring, leaving us to conclude that the world is not quite done with its ages-old (and problematic) obsession with royalty.
3. Claire Waight Keller sets her sights on conquering menswear at Givenchy
Having slowly crystallised her vision for Givenchy womenswear these last few seasons, Claire Waight Keller (who just got nominated for two British Fashion Awards) is now ready to take on Paris men's fashion week. The French legacy brand has announced its return to the boys' catwalk in June next year, though in keeping with the current trend for mixed presentations, the collection promises to include a fair share of looks for the ladies as well.
4. Uniqlo and Kaws can't get enough of Sesame Street:
Uniqlo's UT line is a reliable dispenser of childhood nostalgia, and following the success of last year's Sesame Street collection — created in partnership with the pop-graphic artist Kaws — the brand has announced a sequel. Come 23 November, Bert & Ernie, Big Bird, Elmo and Cookie Monster will be back, this time in a plush toy form complete with Kaws Companion-esque button eyes. Creepy, but cute.
5. One of Hollywood's biggest stylists makes the case for twinning
If you don't already know who Elizabeth Stewart is, here's a quick primer: she's been responsible for all of Cate Blanchett's epic red carpet appearances over the years, as well as those of Viola Davis, Jessica Chastain, January Jones, Gal Gadot and Julia Roberts (read: her MO is sleek, nigh-unattainable, old-style Hollywood glamour). At a fashion awards show earlier this week, Stewart not only put Julia Roberts — the night's recipient of a Style Icon award — in a lavender Givenchy pantsuit, she also attended as Roberts' date dressed in the exact same outfit. Hilarity on Instagram ensued, but the big takeaway is this: if Stewart, of all people, is ok with twinning, then it must be ok for everybody. We salute you, Ms Stewart, for rehabilitating a style choice hitherto reserved for corny couples.
6. Timberland and Christopher Raeburn become bedfellows
Christopher Raeburn, British fashion's best-known upcycler, has just been named global creative director at Timberland. Having previously partnered with the brand on a capsule that debuted earlier this year, Raeburn's outdoorsy, low-key sensibility already feels like the perfect fit for Timberland. Hopefully, he'll bring his sustainability and innovation-driven processes along to this new gig too.
7. Hugo re-launches at ION Orchard
Hugo by Hugo Boss is finally opening the doors of its revamped Ion Orchard space — full of sleek, modern pine and acrylic fittings — to the public. To celebrate this new era, the store will be selling a limited run of customisable T-shirts from 1 November (the store's official launch date), alongside its regular offering of streetwear and technical outerwear.