Fendace closes MFW, and more fashion news

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  • 03.10.2021

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Versace and Fendi combined their house codes for Fendace.

It seems like luxury fashion houses melding together logos and house codes will be the next big thing in fashion. Closing Milan Fashion Week for the spring/summer 2022 show season, Versace and Fendi revealed an entirely separate collection that saw signature Versace prints and emblems presented in the same space as Fendi’s FF logos and bag silhouettes. The overall collection consists of two — Versace by Fendi and Fendi by Versace — with each an interpretation of each individual house by the respective creative directors.

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An Alber Elbaz tribute is set to close Paris Fashion Week.

As previously reported, the Alber Elbaz tribute it scheduled to happen as the final show during Paris Fashion Week on 6 October 2021 at 2am Singapore time. 44 designers in total are involved with the tribute — from Dries Van Noten to Vivienne Westwood — and will create new looks inspired by Elbaz’s vision. While details are understandably under wraps, the show will no doubt be one that’s celebratory and emotional.

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Gucci celebrates its 100th anniversary with Gucci 100.

Instead of a mere commemorative collection in celebration of Gucci’s centennial, creative director Alessandro Michele tied the Gucci 100 capsule collection to music. According to music data company Musixmatch, there are a total of 22,705 songs in the world that has used ‘Gucci’ in their lyrics. Michele has chosen just three of them — ‘The R’ (1988) by Eric B. & Rakim, ‘You Got Good Taste’ (1983) by rock band The Cramps, and Amy Winehouse’s ‘Fuck Me Pumps’ — and incorporated lines that mention Gucci as part of the collection, together with a dedicated Gucci 100 logo across the entire slate of ready-to-wear and accessories.

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Kipling goes green and charitable.

Do good with your pre-loved bags. From now till 31 October 2021, Kipling stores in Singapore are accepting donations of any pre-loved bags that will be forwarded to Singapore Council of Women’s Organisations in support of women and children who are victims of domestic abuse. In exchange, the brand will present a $50 voucher during the period. Separately, the brand is also moving into sustainability with the K.Limited collection, consisting of multicoloured bags that are made from its own leftover fabrics.

21 years of Ralph Lauren’s Pink Pony Initiative.

It has been 21 years since Ralph Lauren first launched its Pink Pony Initiative as a way of fighting breast cancer through helping to reduce disparities in cancer care, lead the fight to find a cure, and also help to ensure that access to quality treatment is available to everyone at an earlier stage. Part of that fight is channelled through its Pink Pony collection. For this year’s edition, 100 percent of the purchase price of the Pink Pony fleece hoodie and 25 percent of that of the rest of the collection will be donated to the Breast Cancer Foundation in Singapore and The National Cancer Society of Malaysia.

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Balenciaga created its own red carpet event.

For its summer 2022 runway show during Paris Fashion Week, Balenciaga created its own red carpet premiere event. In place of a proper runway, it was a red carpet complete with paparazzi and actual celebrities (aside from models and Balenciaga’s own team) modelling the summer 2022 collection. After the red carpet ‘attendees’ made their way inside the theatre, a special The Simpsons short film was shown, telling the story of Homer Simpsons brush with Balenciaga that resulted in the residents of Springfield getting a taste of the runway experience.

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Ong Shunmugam partners LASALLE for a bursary and mentorship programme.

In an initiative that’s first of its kind, homegrown brand Ong Shunmugam has partnered up with LASALLE on the Fashion Forward Bursary and LASALLE x Ong Shunmugam Mentorship Programme. Aimed at aiding talented and financially challenged LASALLE students, the bursary will be awarded annually to either two diploma students or one BA(Hons) student from LASALLE’s School of Fashion. Additionally, the brand’s founder Priscilla Shunmugam has also kickstarted a holistic mentorship programme that comprises of an industry-led project as well as dedicated mentorship for final-year students.