Rihanna’s Fenty goes on a hiatus, Alaïa finally gets a creative director, and more

Rihanna’s Fenty goes on a hiatus, Alaïa finally gets a creative director, and more

Fashion by the ‘gram

Text: Asri Jasman

LVMH announced that Rihanna's Fenty fashion line is taking an indefinite pause.

In less than two years, the French fashion conglomerate has decided to put a pause on Fenty, the ready-to-wear brand that's fronted by multi-hyphenate Rihanna. Fenty was reportedly not gaining traction despite the initial fanfare that it received at launch back in spring 2019. Critics blamed the high price point (positioning Fenty as a luxury brand) and simple constructions that alienated Rihanna's established fanbase—reportedly an issue that Rihanna had from the start. But fret not, the style icon's Fenty Beauty and Savage x Fenty lines are still going strong and affordable.

Pieter Mulier has been appointed Creative Director of Alaïa.

The late Azzedine Alaïa was a tour de force in fashion, and one that's difficult to replace. Which was why when the fashion designer passed in late 2017, the fashion house decided to proceed without a creative director, owing to the many designs that a studio team could reference to create further collections. That has since changed as the Richemont-owned fashion house has announced a new creative director in Pieter Mulier. The Belgian-born designer had been Raf Simons right-hand man during his appointments at Dior and Calvin Klein as well as his own eponymous label. But how will Mulier fare on his own? We'll have to wait and see for his debut collection for Alaïa in spring/summer 2022.

RuPaul is no H&M fan.

"I don't want to see any f***ing H&M," said RuPaul on the fifth episode of the latest season of RuPaul's Drag Race UK. That strong reaction was aimed at contestant Joe Black's admission of wearing a pink velvet dress from the fast fashion brand during the episode's maxi challenge. To be fair, Black was a returning contestant after being eliminated in the very first episode, and in an interview with Screen Rant, revealed that he had sold off some of his outfits because he thought he was done with Drag Race. While RuPaul's reaction may have been a tad severe, a drag queen wearing a rather basic dress from H&M on such an iconic show is quite insulting. In RuPaul's words: "If it is from H&M, you better glitter the f*** out of it and make it something special."

Cody Fern stars in Louis Vuitton's spring/summer 2021 campaign.

Artistic Director of Louis Vuitton womenswear, Nicolas Ghesquière, has steadily proven that his designs for the maison extends beyond the traditional notions of gender. Case in point: actor Cody Fern is the latest masculine face to be part of the maison's spring/summer 2021 womenswear campaign. Fern joins Jaden Smith and gender queer model Kris DeG as the three gender non-confirming faces that are part of the extensive campaign that also features Chloe x Halle, Emma Stone, Jennifer Connelly, and Laura Harrier. And can we just say that they all look so darn good.

Roger Vivier's first ever male ambassador.

And in other surprising (somewhat) gender-bending news, Roger Vivier has revealed its first male ambassador in the form of Chinese actor Deng Lun. For those unfamiliar with the brand, Roger Vivier is most notably known for its luxury shoes and accessories for women, and have yet to officially crossover into the men's luxury segment. But while Lun's involvement may be somewhat surprising, the campaign (specifically designed for China's social media platforms like Weibo and WeChat) has already garnered positive reactions from Chinese netizens. The Miss Vivier Strass Buckle handbag featured reportedly sold out on Tmall as soon as the announcement was made public too.

Rebecca Minkoff is showing on OnlyFans during New York Fashion Week.

OnlyFans is getting its first fashion cred thanks to accessories brand Rebecca Minkoff. The American brand has created an OnlyFans account as a way of connecting better with its legion of fans, aiming to share more premium content that will begin with a behind-the-scenes look at its upcoming collection as part of New York Fashion Week, as well as fashion insider tips. OnlyFans does have a particularly adult following as both professional and amateur adult film stars commonly use the platform to take control of their own content. But with more mainstream celebrities such as Michael B. Jordan and Cardi B taking to OnlyFans for non-sexual purposes, it is slowly breaking away from that connotation.

Birkenstocks made from Hermès Birkins.

Forget about Birkenstock collaborations with fashion names the likes of Valentino, Rick Owens and Proenza Schouler. Because nothing is bigger than Hermès. That's right, you can now wear Birkenstocks made from Hermès Birkin bags. Of course, they're not an official collaboration between the two—we doubt Hermès would allow their Birkin bags to be whittled down into a pair of sandals—but rather the brainchild of Brooklyn-based MSCHF. If you're so inclined to having the experience of wearing Birkin-fashioned Birkenstocks, a pair will set you back at least USD $34,000. Yikes.

The Weeknd's labour-intensive sequinned jacket for the Super Bowl Halftime Show.

The Super Bowl this year was quite an unusual affair. For one, the stands were filled with regular American football fans interspersed with cardboard standees of faux audiences, in light of the pandemic. But that didn't stop The Weeknd from putting on quite a stellar Halftime Show performance. It was a medley of all the hits he's put out so far, complete with pretty impressive staging and nightmare-inducing choreography. What made it even more memorable was the sequinned jacket that he wore throughout. Thanks to the artisans at Givenchy Haute Couture, the handmade custom jacket took more than 250 hours for four embroiderers to complete. And all that for a performance that lasted almost 15 minutes. Now that's dedication.