Valentino and J.W. Anderson lead the charge on new-and-improved fashion shows, Teflar x Gap is cancelled, and more

Valentino and J.W. Anderson lead the charge on new-and-improved fashion shows, Teflar x Gap is cancelled, and more

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Text: Emily Heng

1. Valentino takes on a new format to present their latest collection...

The brand's Autumn/Winter 2020 Couture Collection will be showcased first during Digital Couture Fashion Week on 8 July and also via an actual show on 21 July. Both will incorporate physical and digital elements to the presentation. "The live performance will bring together the human and the digital touch, creating a dialogue where neither of them will take the lead," Valentino announced in a press release. "No digital effects can substitute the humanitas. The result will be the expression of the inner values of couture: creativity, imagination and emotion." We can't wait to see it.


2. ... as does J.W. Anderson.

Except designer, Jonathan Anderson, is not opting for either a physical or digital show. Instead, he's dispatched a literal "show in a box" to editors across the globe. Think a folder of ephemera ranging from menswear and women's resort 2021 show looks enclosed with swatches of fabric and little pressed flowers. "Hopefully it's something that someone is going to put on their bookshelf," designer, Jonathan Anderson, said speaking over Zoom in an interview with Vogue. "Then maybe, in 10 years, when they're cleaning out their apartment, it'll fall to the ground and reminds them: that's when we had to spend four months in quarantine. It was real."


3. Suzy Menkes steps down from Vogue International.

The veteran fashion journalist and critic will be departing from Condé Nast come October. "I have enjoyed every moment of my time as Editor, Vogue International, and I am proud of everything I have achieved at the company," Menkes told publication, Business of Fashion, in an email. "The current global situation has given me — and all of us — pause for reflection. And so, it is time for a new adventure, which I look forward to with excitement."


4. The Telfar x Gap collection is cancelled.

The partnership was first announced in January, with a launch date set tentatively for later this year. Unfortunately, the arrival of COVID-19 stalled proceedings, causing The Gap, Inc. to cancel orders; close thousands of stores; and furlough a slew of employees. It was then announced that the collaboration would be on "indefinite hold" in April, and a postponement fee offered to Telfar. The drama came to a head, however, when a Telfar representative stepped forward to say that payment had not yet materialised. This incurred the rage of the fashion community, leading Gap to take immediate steps to resolve the matter, where they have agreed to pay the stated amount. Since then, both parties have confirmed the terminated status of the collaboration.


5. The Textile and Fashion Federation (TAFF) welcomes a new president.

Singapore's non-profit trade association — geared towards transforming our sunny island into a fashion hub — has just announced the appointment of a new president. Wilson Teo. He has taken on the executive director position, and is slated to lead TAFF in the years to come.


6. Rimowa Eyewear is a thing — and will be launching 9 July.

Everyone's favourite prestigious German luggage label has announced the impeding launch of their eyewear collection. Comprising two main lines, Rimowa Bridge and Rimowa Rim, each pair of sunglasses are designed to withstand the "rigours of travel". They are also available in eight variations ranging from classic aviators to pantos. And that's not all on this front...


7. Kering Eyewear announces a partnership with Dunhill.

Releases under this exclusive partnership will first be available via the Dunhill Spring/Summer 2021 collection. It will include a tailored offering for the Asian market with a key focus on Japan. Kering Eyewear expressed in a statement that they will "continue to strengthen its leadership in the high-end eyewear segment, capitalizing on Dunhill's longstanding history in luxury and lifestyle."


8. Rihanna announces the winners of the Savage x Fenty contest.

The fashion and beauty mogul has ended her casting search for the Savage x Fenty summer campaign. The winners comprise Brenda Senyana, Kortney Russell, Gerlind Anagho, and Sariena Luy, all of whom were chosen specifically to "change the narrative of one specific body type being the standard of beauty."