ICYMI: Resale luxury now on Zalora, Emanuel Ungaro died, and Balenciaga’s Rue Saint-Honore boutique tagged by graffiti

ICYMI: Resale luxury now on Zalora, Emanuel Ungaro died, and Balenciaga’s Rue Saint-Honore boutique tagged by graffiti

Fashion by the 'gram

Text: Gordon Ng

Editor: Jolene Khor

1. Zalora announced a partnership with Style Tribute.

Zalora, the locally-loved fashion e-commerce website, announced that it would be partnering with the luxury resale site Style Tribute. The move was announced as part of Zalora's plans in 2020 for sustainability and what it calls a "circular fashion movement". You can shop, right now, from over 10,000 pre-loved luxury items and enjoy Zalora's speedy shipping network all over Southeast Asia.


2. Kim and Kanye gifted North West a US$66,000 Michael Jackson jacket.

Merry Christmas! Kim Kardashian, Kanye West, and their six year old daughter North West, are here to remind us all that they're in a different league. For the holidays, Kim and Kanye gave North a jacket owned and worn by Michael Jackson, tacked up at the hems so it would fit North and be resized to normal as she grows. Kim said on her Instagram stories that she got the jacket at auction, which, at last sale, went for US$65,625.


3. Jil Sander is opening a new store at the Hilton Hotel.

Expect a new temple to minimalism when Jil Sander opens its new store on the ground floor shopping area of the Hilton Hotel. The German brand's new space will follow the vision of the brand's current creative directors, Luke and Lucie Meier, who have led the house since April 2017 and brought its sober chic up to date.


4. Fashion Nova exposed for underpaying the manufacturers of its cheap garments.

The New York Times' Natalie Kitroeff broke a story that exposed the shady machine behind Fashion Nova, the fast fashion brand that lives on Instagram and is famous for churning out copied designs in record time. Key facts: Fashion Nova paid their sewers as little as US$2.77 an hour, and owed U$3.8 million in back wages to hundreds of workers.


5. Emanuel Ungaro died.

The French couturier, famous for his bright colours and bold designs, died at the age of 86. Ungaro, who trained at Balenciaga and Courreges in the '60s, launched his eponymous fashion house in 1965 and became the toast of Paris in the next two decades, as part of a wave of young couturiers and designers. Ungaro retired in 2004, and the brand is now designed by an in-house team that includes longtime employees who used to work with the couturier himself.


6. Mama Cax, the model, activist and champion of diversity with a disability, died.

Activist and model Mama Cax, born Cacsmy Brutus, died at the age of 30 on 16 December. The Haitian-American broke new ground in her time by being one of the very few models who are disabled, working for brands like Tommy Hilfiger, Chromat, and Savage x Fenty, and giving new visibility and representation to disabled bodies. She's remembered for her beauty, grace, and as one of the vanguard in pushing fashion toward a wider acceptance of beauty standards and body positivity.


7. Influencers went to a problematic Saudi Arabian music festival.

The model Teddy Quinlivan sparked this bit of drama, posting on her Instagram story that she had turned down an invitation to attend a music festival in Saudi Arabia. She alleged that the festival, and the influencer spon-con, was part of the country's very well-funded PR rehabilitation project meant to promote tourism and smooth over the scandal of Jamal Khashoggi's planned murder. Diet Prada claimed, from anonymous sources, that influencers were being offered up to six-figure sums — a real price tag on a conscience if there ever were one.


8. GQ named Roger Federer its most stylish man of the decade.

Surprise, surprise: GQ named Roger Federer the most stylish man of the decade, beating out other red carpet celebrity heavyweights such as David Beckham, Harry Styles, Timothee Chalamet, and A$AP Rocky. Federer is, of course, a favourite of avowed fan Anna Wintour. Who so happens to be the global artistic director of Conde Nast... which publishes GQ. Make sense now?


9. Balenciaga's Paris boutique got tagged by Kidult.

The graffiti artist Kidult, famous for vandalising fashion brands in the past such as Marc Jacobs and Maison Martin Margiela, recently tagged the Rue Saint-Honore Balenciaga boutique in Paris. Kidult splashed a big "CRISIS" in addition to Balenciaga's own "Merry" — although word is, knowing Demna Gvasalia's tastes, that the brand could very well have paid for it to begin with.


10. Archival '90s Chanel shows are now on Vogue Runway.

Vogue Runway announced it would be uploading six archival Chanel collections from the '90s onto its website, and you can already view the fall 1991, spring 1992, spring 1993, and fall 1994 shows now. These are a celebration of Karl Lagerfeld's legendary reign at the brand, and you can enjoy the hi-res photography as well as new writing by the site's Archive Editor, Laird Borrelli-Persson.