ICYMI: Serena Williams challenges the tennis dress code, Ermenegildo Zegna buys Thom Browne, Lady Gaga carries Hedi Slimane's first Céline bag

ICYMI: Serena Williams challenges the tennis dress code, Ermenegildo Zegna buys Thom Browne, Lady Gaga carries Hedi Slimane's first Céline bag

Fashion by the 'gram

Text: Debby Kwong

Editor: Jolene Khor

27 August - 2 September

1. Serena Williams hits back — on the courts of fashion
The black catsuit Serena Williams wore for medical reasons during this year's French Open would "no longer be accepted "because it did not respect the sport or the tournament," according to Bernard Giudicelli, President of the French Tennis Federation. Nike clapped back by posting a black-and-white image of Serena in the outfit with the following message: "You can take the superhero out of her costume, but you can never take away her superpowers." Billie Jean King, one of the top female players of all time, tweeted that "the policing of women's bodies must end" and called for respect for Williams, a sentiment echoed by much of the internet. Since then, Williams has taken the courts of the US Open in a Nike x Off-White tutu in stylish retaliation. Ace.



2. Rihanna returns to New York Fashion Week
After skipping a season, Rihanna is bringing her line of lingerie and intimate accessories back to New York Fashion Week (NYFW) with a Savage x Fenty presentation on September 12. To be held in Brooklyn, the event (NYFW's unofficial closing) will showcase Rihanna's new collection in a see-now-buy-now format; the fall/winter 2018 range will be immediately available online.



    3. The Row takes on menswear full-time
    Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen announced that The Row's debut premiere menswear collection will focus on suits (the brand's name was inspired by Savile Row), available in The Row stores and select retailers from October. "We did one menswear capsule collection many years ago, and in 2016 launched a retail menswear capsule," Ashley Olsen said in a statement regarding the brand's organic expansion plan. The new range will be made-to-order in Japan using traditional European hand-stitched techniques, while shirts will be produced in France, knitwear in Italy, denim and T-shirts in America.



    4. H&M expands its home offerings
    For the first time, the Swedish retailer has introduced small furniture and lighting to its homeware collection. Affordable Scandi-designed benches, stools, side tables along with table lamps and bamboo hanging shades are destined to complement every minimalist's aesthetic. When H&M Home will arrive on our shores is anyone's guess.



    5. Hedi Slimane's first Céline bag spotted at Venice Film Festival
    Lady Gaga arrived Venice Film Festival to promote her new film with Bradley Cooper, A Star is Born, in impeccable fashion, toting Hedi Slimane's first bag for Céline no less. The singer's stylist Tom Eerebout confirmed to Business of Fashion (BoF): "He gifted her the bag and it's the first one from his new collection." More details of the bag have yet to emerge. 



    6. Ermenegildo Zegna buys Thom Browne for $500 million
    Thom Browne announced that Italian menswear stalwart Ermenegildo Zegna Group has acquired an 85 percent stake in the company; Browne is the sole other shareholder. The one-time actor founded his business with five suits and a small appointment-only shop in 2001. Ermenegildo Zegna, chief executive of the Zegna Group, told BoF, "It's a good company, a good organisation, a good business, profitable. The company has to stay independent and autonomous from Zegna with support and help from the group."



      7. Alexander Wang makes sunglasses for CEOs
      Remember that corporate-inspired collection Alexander Wang showed for fall/winter 2018 in February? At the time, Wang even posted a selfie of himself wearing sunglasses with the letters CEO on the temple. "When you're not the CEO but still wanna dress like one," read the caption. Soon, you can own that exact pair of sunglasses courtesy of his collaboration with Gentle Monster. Gentle Monster x Alexander Wang will hit the former's Singapore store on September 8. Click here for more details.



        8. Michael Jackson lives on in Boss
        Did you know that the white suit Michael Jackson wore on the cover of his "Thriller" album is from Boss? "Thriller" remains the biggest selling album of all time, and the cover, an enduring statement of Michael Jackson's timelessness. To celebrate the King of Pop's 60th birthday, the German label has released a #BOSSxMichaelJackson unisex T-shirt capsule collection and a new edition of the white Boss suit, limited to 100 pieces.


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