ICYMI: Jean Paul Gaultier exits haute couture, Opening Ceremony is closing stores, and Netflix's new fashion TV show

ICYMI: Jean Paul Gaultier exits haute couture, Opening Ceremony is closing stores, and Netflix's new fashion TV show

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Text: Gordon Ng

Editor: Jolene Khor

Bao Bao Issey Miyake has a pop-up at Paragon.

It's called #hellobaobao, the stars of which are limited edition versions of the brand's bestselling Lucent and Rock tote bags. These have been released in mini variants that are a quarter the size of the original designs, with a wide range of shades from basic colours to vivid neons.


Netflix's 'Next In Fashion' debuts on 29 January 2020.

The new reality competition series will star co-hosts Tan France and Alexa Chung. Fun twist: the show will feature working designers with their own labels who will compete for a USD250,000 prize and the chance to have their work sold on Net-a-Porter. The real star power, however, lies in the guest judge lineup. It includes veritable fashion big names like Eva Chen, Prabal Gurung, Phillip Lim, Kerby Jean-Raymond, Christopher Kane, and Tommy Hilfiger.


More Dior x Jordan is on its way.

If you saw the first Dior x Jordan sneakers and wanted more, here's some good news: both brands have announced a further partnership that will include apparel and accessories. According to Kim Jones, the line is inspired by Michael Jordan's off-court style, and will feature a mainly navy, grey, and white colour palette.


Vetements shows a real-life deepfake runway collection.

The maverick brand, sans its star designer Demna Gvasalia now, showed its latest collection in Paris on the men's fashion week schedule. Most notably, a whole lineup of celebrity impersonators were cast as models for the show — a bit of a disturbingly surreal experience. Repeat after us: fake Kate Moss isn't real and she can't hurt you.


Laetitia Casta makes her runway comeback at Jacquemus.

The designer's latest collection paid tribute to 90s nostalgia. 1997, to be specific, which was the year Simon Porte Jacquemus made his first pieces of clothing. To mark that, he invited Laetitia Casta, French supermodel of the decade, to return to the catwalk to open his show.


Opening Ceremony is closing its stores.

Get it while it lasts: Opening Ceremony announced it would be closing its retail locations in 2020. Founders Humberto Leon and Carol Lim said they would be stepping back from multi-brand retail — arguably OC's strength since day one — to focus on building the brand's own label. This comes shortly after the company was acquired by New Guards Group, which also  has a stake in Off-White.


Jean Paul Gaultier is leaving Paris's couture week.

Fashion's l'enfant terrible is saying goodbye to fashion shows after a 50-year career. His show on 23 January will be the grand finale, and it's probably a safe bet to expect a bonanza of glamour, camp, and drama. Gaultier says, however, that "couture will continue in a new concept". Stay tuned to find out whatever that means.


Louis Vuitton buys the world's second biggest diamond.

Could fine jewellery be next for Louis Vuitton? All signs point to it, especially since the brand made the recent splashy purchase of the Sewelo diamond, the second-largest diamond in the world. The stone, mined in Botswana, weighs a whopping 1,758 carats. LVMH recently added Tiffany & Co. to its lineup of brands, so it's going to be interesting to see what Louis Vuitton itself does with the Sewelo.


Telfar is making the Gap cool again.

A collaboration with Telfar Clemens, purveyor of the Bushwick Birkin tote bag, might just be what the Gap needs to be cool again. Both brands threw a party in Paris recently to mark the collaboration, and stars like Kate Moss, Honey Dijon, and Dev Hynes were present — when was the last time you heard of such a well-attended party at a Gap store?


OM enlists illustrator Ella Zheng for Chinese New Year.

OM, the diffusion line from local designer cheongsam label Ong Shunmugam, has released a collaboration with the illustrator Ella Zheng. It's part of a series of collaborations from OM meant to explore the symbiotic relationships between fashion and art. In this edition, Zheng was given a brief to explore the ideas of Chinese New Year, Asian women, and expectations, through her particular style and aesthetic.


Beyonce goes ham with her Ivy Park x Adidas PR.

Other brands might have a list of social media influencers to send new releases to, but Beyonce is not just anyone. The first drop from her Ivy Park and Adidas partnership was sent to a whole glut of celebrities — the best of which was undoubtedly Reese Witherspoon's gleeful unboxing. Talk about a desirable big orange box.