Some current fashion news stories include: 1. The latest fashion trends and styles showcased at fashion weeks around the world. 2. The impact of COVID-19 on the fashion industry, including changes in consumer behavior and supply chain disruptions. 3. The growing trend towards sustainable and ethical fashion, with more brands focusing on eco-friendly materials and fair labor practices. 4. The rise of virtual fashion shows and digital fashion experiences, as a response to the pandemic. 5. The increasing importance of diversity and inclusivity in the fashion industry, with more brands featuring models of different races, sizes, and gender identities.
Fashion is a constantly evolving industry that has been around for centuries. It is a form of self-expression that allows individuals to showcase their personal style and creativity. Over the years, fashion has gone through numerous changes, reflecting the cultural and societal shifts that have occurred throughout history. Fashion can be traced back to ancient civilizations, where clothing was used to signify social status and occupation. In ancient Egypt, for example, royalty and nobility wore elaborate garments made from fine linen and silk, while commoners wore simpler clothing made from cotton or wool. Similarly, in ancient Greece, clothing was used to distinguish between citizens and slaves.
During the Middle Ages, fashion was heavily influenced by the church, with modesty and piety being the main focus. Clothing was designed to cover the body completely, with long, flowing robes and head coverings being the norm. However, as trade routes opened up and new materials became available, fashion began to evolve.
The Renaissance period saw a shift towards more elaborate and ornate clothing, with bright colors, intricate patterns, and luxurious fabrics being used to create elaborate garments. This was also a time when fashion began to be seen as a form of art, with designers and tailors gaining recognition for their creativity and skill.
The 18th and 19th centuries saw fashion become more accessible to the masses, with the rise of the industrial revolution leading to the mass production of clothing.
This led to the development of new styles and trends, with fashion becoming a way for individuals to express their individuality and personality. In the 20th century, fashion became more democratic, with designers such as Coco Chanel and Yves Saint Laurent revolutionizing the industry by creating clothing that was both stylish and comfortable. This was also a time when fashion began to be influenced by popular culture, with music, film, and television having a significant impact on the styles and trends of the time. Today, fashion continues to evolve, with new styles and trends emerging every year. However, there is also a growing awareness of the impact that fashion has on the environment and society, with many designers and consumers becoming more conscious of the need for sustainable and ethical fashion.
Fashion and art are two creative fields that have always been intertwined. Both fields are about self-expression, creativity, and beauty. Fashion is a form of art, and art is a form of fashion. In this essay, I will argue that fashion and art are not only connected but also rely on each other.
Fashion is a form of art that is constantly evolving. It is a way of expressing oneself through clothing, accessories, and makeup. Fashion designers are artists in their own right, who use fabrics, colors, and patterns to create beautiful and unique pieces of clothing. Just like artists, fashion designers have their own distinctive styles that reflect their personalities and creative vision.
Art, on the other hand, has always been a source of inspiration for fashion designers. From the Renaissance period to the present day, art has been a major influence on fashion. Many fashion designers have been inspired by famous works of art, such as the paintings of Van Gogh, Monet, and Picasso. Art has been a source of inspiration for fashion designers in terms of color, texture, and pattern.
One of the best examples of the fusion between fashion and art is the collaboration between fashion designers and artists. Many famous artists, such as Salvador Dali and Andy Warhol, have worked with fashion designers to create clothing collections. These collaborations have resulted in some of the most iconic fashion pieces of all time. For example, in 1965, Yves Saint Laurent collaborated with artist Piet Mondrian to create a collection of dresses inspired by his famous geometric paintings.
In conclusion, fashion and art are two creative fields that are intertwined. Fashion is a form of art that is constantly evolving, and art has always been a source of inspiration for fashion designers. The fusion between fashion and art has resulted in some of the most iconic pieces of clothing and accessories. The relationship between fashion and art is a perfect marriage, and it is difficult to imagine one without the other.
Officially titled "Karl Lagerfeld: A Line of Beauty" and will showcase the late creative visionary's greatest works and designs from across his six-decade career. Outfits featured will include pieces he made while working for brands like Chanel, Fendi, Balmain, Patou, Chloé, and his own eponymous label. The showcase is expected to run from May 5 through July 16 next year.
The dress code for this year's Met Gala is "In honor of Karl." Attendees and guests will be able to use the night as an opportunity to pay tribute to Karl Lagerfeld and perhaps even wear some of his greatest archival designs.
This years Met Gala will be held the first Monday of May.
2021/22 Métiers d’art show
THE NEW building IMAGINED
BY CHANEL AND DEDICATED
TO THE FASHION MÉTIERS D’ART
The film of the show will be revealed on
CHANEL invited eight authors to celebrate the wealth and diversity of the Métiers d'art in residence at le19M. On entering this new space dedicated to fashion’s historic and unique savoir-faire, the writers Anne Berest, Lilia Hassaine, Nina Bouraoui, Salomé Kiner and Sarah Chiche, the author and composer Clara Ysé, the musician and writer Abd Al Malik as well as the artist MC Solaar discovered the magic of the Métiers d'art along with the ateliers, the gestures, the vocabulary and the history of these Houses. Eight texts emerged from their visits: intimate stories, micro-fiction, poems, a letter and the free association of memories, all pay tribute to this exceptional artisanal heritage, for which le19M provides an equally precious showcase.
Loewe's new boutique on the Rue Saint Honoré boasts monumental paintings, vintage furniture and ceramics by Pablo Picasso.
The pandemic inspired designer Jonathan Anderson to create a spellbinding alternative to the runway: shows in a box for Loewe that are as fun to play with as they are artistic — and collectible. (Two “gently used” ones are listed on Grailed: one at $500 and another at $30,000.)
The designer also has strong ideas about how fashion boutiques must change.
“Going forward after this pandemic, I think retail will have to be about unique discoveries, it must become more personal,” he told WWD as Loewe readies a striking new store on the Rue Saint Honoré that showcases monumental paintings, vintage furniture, and ceramics by Pablo Picasso, the latter encased in glass cubes. The store, whose architect was Paula Aza Custodio, opens Saturday.
“Through the curation of art, each store has its own unique voice and when you go to stores, they need to be about discoveries,” Anderson said, calling the new unit “a very personal” project. “All the objects are curated. I worked very closely with the in-house architect, Paula, on coming up with solutions on how to create novelty within a space that is not permanent.”
The sharply angled corner unit, with its floor-to-ceiling windows, is something of a fishbowl, which Anderson used to full effect.
“You are seeing layers as you look through the window,” he said. “It is almost as though you were turning the store into a TV set and stepping into a different world.”
Attendees of Loewe’s fall 2016 fashion show might recognize some of the glass cubes scattered about the main floor: one filled with small lightbulbs; others with copper tubing, feathers or colored sand. These were used for seating at the UNESCO display, and here are repurposed as plinths for leather goods — or freestanding sculptures.
Large-scale paintings by Richard Hawkins and Patricia Leite are mounted on large panes of glass, giving visitors a glimpse of the frames from behind, showcasing woodworking skills in tune with Anderson and Loewe’s fascination with craft.
Visitors weave their way between the cubes and panes of glass that are mounted on concrete blocks — all potentially moveable parts to construct pathways to discovery. The layout invites zigzagging through the space: past a hulking shelving unit of rustic pink tiles with nooks for handbags, a high-back Arts & Crafts wooden chair by Harry Napper occupied by an animal-shaped leather pouch, and a triangular nook for ready-to-wear.
A concrete staircase leads shoppers up to a mezzanine level appointed with a vast and colorful carpet by textile designer John Allen, a vintage library lounge chair, more rtw, eyewear, footwear — and those Picassos, which are not for sale. Here, one can take in almost the entire main floor, vibrant with color and texture.
Anderson said the materials — among them pine wood, ceramics hand-glazed in Spain, and Marmorino, a type of plaster — telegraph his and Loewe’s commitment to craft.
“This is the first time we have had Picasso ceramics in the store and the nice aspect of it is that it transmits this idea of Spain and how Picasso became such a pioneer in terms of craft,” the designer enthused.
Loewe is one of the fastest-growing fashion and leather goods brands at LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton and the Saint-Honoré location is in addition to the brand’s historic store on Avenue Montaigne.
Loewe’s footprint in Paris, compared to other fashion capitals, was not yet at the level of Loewe’s growing influence, so increasing our visibility there was high on our priority list,” said Pascale Lepoivre, Loewe’s chief executive officer. “We will also open a beautiful space on the ground floor of Le Bon Marché early next year.”
She said the new women’s boutique “expresses exactly what will continue to engage new generations of customers: thoughtful, young-hearted luxury combining thoughtfulness and play, experimentation and a passion for well-made things.”
The 1,700-square-foot store, previously occupied by Dior and before that John Galliano, now sits in the shadow of hulking flagships by Dior and Chanel.
Lepoivre said she relishes being in such good company: “We are thrilled by the fact that this corner has such great visibility. We think Loewe will bring something fresh and exciting to an already brilliant mix of beautiful stores.”
The new unit brings to 123 Loewe’s global store count, and Lepoivre characterized freestanding stores as a key pillar in the company’s strategy, while acknowledging the steep drop in tourism in many cities.
“We are definitely pursuing the strategy, with some planning adjustments of course, as well-located, freestanding stores are key to introducing our full-fledged collections to local clients, and because they also play an essential role in the deployment of omnichannel sales and services,” she said. “By focusing on local markets all around the world, we have been able to rebalance our merchandise and adjust the depth of our stocks with a certain success. Now that we are reaching the year end, we will finish widely positive on last year in several countries and regions.”
Loewe shifted some retail projects to 2021, but maintained plenty of store openings this year including Munich in Germany, Kunming in China, Dubai, and Singapore, as well as seasonal locations in Saint-Tropez and Ibiza.
Like many luxury brands, Loewe has shifted its focus to “working very closely with our local teams, listening to their requests, suggestions and needs, which can sometimes be very specific to a local culture or consumption behavior,” Lepoivre said. “We learned a lot from the crisis and this approach will definitely be maintained in the long run.”
(Jonathan Anderson of Loewe Says Stores Must Offer ‘Unique Discoveries’; Loewe's new boutique on the Rue Saint Honoré boasts monumental paintings, vintage furniture and ceramics by Pablo Picasso; wwd.com)
Amazon launches Amazon Luxury. Starting as an invitation only via the mobile application, designers such Oscar da la Renta and La Perla are available as well as many more.
Gabrielle Chanel: Fashion Manifesto a retrospective that explores the enduring style signature the designer forged, and to the extent to which her and her brand was one of the same. Opens October 1st at the newly renovated Palais Galliera. (via vogue.com)