ICYMI: Louis Vuitton opens a cafe and restaurant, Manolo Blahnik partners with Birkenstock, Emporio Armani's latest campaign features Singapore
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Vetements collaborates with Evian.
Evian, perhaps the most fashionable mineral water right now, is adding Vetements to its list of collaborators. The fashion brand has come up with a special edition of recycled plastic bottles as part of its ongoing sustainability initiative to reduce waste and close the loop on its manufacturing. It's another prestigious partnership for Evian, which previously hired Virgil Abloh to head up sustainable design as a creative advisor.
NYFW is in danger of losing steam.
It's just days before New York Fashion Week's fall/winter 2020 begins, and the city's schedule has lost some big names. Mainstays like Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger, and Tom Ford (chairman of the CFDA, mind you) are opting not to show in the Big Apple this season. The latest name to pull out is Jeremy Scott, who is taking his show to Paris instead. In the meantime, Marc Jacobs will likely be holding the fort as the marquee designer show in the city.
A fur scandal is about to erupt.
According to fashion journalist Pierre Alexandre M'Pelé, aka Pam Boy, there's a major fashion scandal brewing. It involves a major fashion house violating its own commitment to go fur-free by buying real fur on the down low for its VIP clients. There's a lot of speculation about who it is, but here's a quick reminder of the biggest brands to have gone fur-free recently: Gucci, Versace, Burberry, and Armani. Now, we wait.
Louis Vuitton opens a restaurant and a cafe at its new Osaka flagship.
In addition to opening Maison Osaka Midosuji, the brand's latest flagship in Osaka designed by the architects Jun Aoki and Peter Marino, the brand has also got two new F&B ventures on the top floor of the boutique. Le Cafe V and Sugalabo V both have menus helmed by famed Japanese chef Yosuke Suga, and are the first dining experiences offered by the French brand.
Gigi Hadid and other influencers join the LVMH Prize.
The LVMH Prize added a host of influencer names to its experts panel; they will form part of the judging jury that selects the winner of the prestigious award's €300,000 prize. Gigi Hadid is the biggest of them all. In addition to jury duty for the Prize, she will act as an ambassador to help boost the profile of the 2020 edition's competing designers.
Emilio Pucci enlists Christelle Kocher.
The Florentine brand announced it would be bringing Christelle Kocher of the buzzy Koche brand, on board as a guest designer for its fall/winter 2020 collection. The Pucci brand itself is designed by an in-house team, so it seems they're trying a new creative strategy to bring some new blood and talent. Fingers crossed it creates as much fashion magic as Christian Lacroix did when he joined Dries Van Noten for a season.
Tim Coppens is consulting on Calvin Klein's menswear design.
Calvin Klein has been woefully short on creative vision since the departure of Raf Simons, but things are looking up — they just hired the Belgian designer Tim Coppens to consult. Specifically, Coppens will be consulting on menswear for the mid-range contemporary Calvin Klein label that is primarily distributed throughout Asia via the Club21 group.
Emporio Armani shot its spring/summer 2020 campaign in Singapore.
Our "Crazy Rich Asians" moment is still going strong. The latest seasonal campaign from Emporio Armani was lensed right here in Singapore by photographer Mario Sorrenti. The campaign's futuristic direction matches the high-shine fabrics present in the collection, and offers up a kinetic and splashy version of Sorrenti's own view of Singapore.
Manolo Blahnik is in a Birkenstock ad campaign.
Birkenstock, the makers of unsexy but supremely comfortable and pragmatic sandals, has called on the legendary shoemaker Manolo Blahnik to front its new personality campaign. Manolo, along with his niece and chief executive Kristina Blahnik, are wearing their own well-loved Birks — part of the brand's push on the personality and longevity of their designs. If you must know, Manolo prefers the Boston clogs.