ICYMI: Valentino recruits new CEO, Dries Van Noten proposes a fashion calendar reset, Christian Dior’s favourite recipes are now digital and more
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Valentino recruits former Gucci executive, Jacopo Venturini as new CEO
Guiding the Italian luxury fashion house since 2006, Stefano Sassi has stepped down as CEO declaring "It has been an incredible personal and professional experience working at Valentino for the past 15 years". As of beginning of June, Venturini will take Sassi's place as Valentino's new CEO. Having previously worked as Valentino's brand manager for womenswear and menswear from 2000 to 2004, and later on as a ready-to-wear collection director in 2008, this is not Venturini's first rodeo at Valentino. In addition to working for the Italian brand back in the day, Venturini was Gucci's former executive vice president of merchandising before being promoted to chief executive, leading to his departure from Gucci late last year.
Dries Van Noten releases an open letter proposing a reset to fashion industry calendar
Led by the Belgian designer, fashion's biggest names have started to rethink outside the traditional fashion calendar norms. Tapping into Zoom, a group of designers and retailers assembled a forum that addresses two prominent issues in the industry today — timing of collection deliveries and discounts. Aiming to align these matters more closely to customer needs, the letter calls for the adjustment of the seasonality and flow of both womenswear and menswear goods.
Being severely affected by the ongoing pandemic, this practice set in place means that the autumn/winter 2020season will be pushed to August through to January and push the spring/summer 2021 season to February through to July. Moreover, the letter recommends a delay to season discounting in order to allow full price selling and a pact to increase sustainability through less unnecessary waste in fabrics and inventory. Designers such as Marie Serre and Craig Green alongside retailers like Nordstrom and Selfridges are among many of the key industry players behind the open letter.
Christian Dior's favourite recipes in his 1972 cookbook is now available digitally
Known to many as the celebrated founder of one of the top luxury fashion brands in the world, Christian Dior actually had many other artistries up his sleeve. Besides being an icon of couture, his great taste translated from fashion onto food. Hence, for those closest to him, it will come as no surprise that — in the words of Chef Raymond Thuilier — he was a 'true gourmet'. After debuting his limited-edition cookbook 15 years following his death, his favourite recipes were revealed, conjuring up similar passions for food. Illustrated by artist René Gruau, the delectable book features Christian's culinary secrets and refined meals that Christian liked to enjoy beside his loved ones. And now, his published cookbook has been kindly made digital and free for all of us to use during our quarantine cooking sessions.
Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Tbilisi will take place in an ex-Coca-Cola factory building
A central hub for up-and-coming and established Georgian designers, Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in Tbilisi allows new and well-deserved talent to showcase their artistic fashion flare. Taking place for the first time ever in the Art and Culture Center, the 27,000 square meter — and former Coca Cola factory residence — has been transformed into a connecting hub for all arts, fashion and craft matters. Hence, the revitalized Art and Culture Center will become the new home for future Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week events.
Although the launch of the center has been postponed, once the gates reopen, this cultural hub in Tbilisi will act as a building block for exciting future events, fostering networking and shared visions. Whilst we eagerly wait until the center's grand opening to witness the unique getups, some of the Georgian designers lined up include Alexandre Akhalkatsishvili who is known for his leather-like textures, Anouki — a selected finalist in Vogue Italia x Yoox's Next Talent contest and George Keburia, a designer who's touted to becomethe next Demna Gvasalia. A room full of rare talent like this means that it'll certainly be worth the wait.
Dior presents a colouring book and a spot the differences game to keep you busy
To keep you distracted and take your mind off these trying times, the House of Dior has released several games and activities acting as a fun escape route. Referencing one of the founding couturier's favourite numbers and the date in which the House was founded, eight tricky details are embedded into the various settings and symbolic looks featured in the photos. Illustrating the latest collections and icons of Dior in the shots, this game offers a playful take on a regular spot the difference game except this time it's a one-off Dior couture style. Not your cup of tea? Try a hand at Dior's very own colouring book. Taking you on a journey to the center of 30 Avenue Montaigne in Paris, France — Dior's ionic flagship address — fans can reinvent Dior's well-known House code and can tint the outlined tropical jungles to their heart's content.