Top Fashion Stories of the Week: December 16

This week, fashion turned to the future. On the fashion week calendar, Bode announced that she would be showing her FW23 collection in Paris in January, and Marni shared that she would be taking her next collection to Tokyo in February. At LVMH, Antoine Arnault has officially become the CEO of Christian Dior SE, the holding company that operates the largest luxury conglomerate. Elsewhere, the industry has seen energetic collaborations – including Givenchy teaming up with Disney for a 100th anniversary capsule, and Telfar and Eastpak coming together for a slew of bright blue bag deals.

Below, Hypebeast has rounded up the best fashion stories of the week so you can stay up to date on industry trends.

Antoine Arnault is officially appointed CEO of LVMH Holding Company

Antoine Arnault, eldest son of French billionaire Bernard Arnault, has officially become the CEO of Christian Dior SE, the holding company through which the family controls the luxury goods conglomerate, LVMH.

Appointed as both CEO and vice-president, Antoine replaces Sidney Toledano, 71, former president of LVMH’s fashion group and former head of the Christian Dior Couture brand. Pietro Beccari still holds the title of President and CEO of Christian Dior Couture.

Notably, Bernard Arnault’s five children all hold senior titles at LVMH. According ReutersAntoine’s appointment follows a change in the legal structure of the family’s investments.

Bode will be back at Paris Men’s Fashion Week in January

Emily Bode is bringing her eponymous label back to Paris for a show during Men’s Fashion Week in January, according to WWD.

Bode, who will reach seven years at the helm of her antiques-laden imprint in 2023, first traveled overseas to Paris in 2019 for her Spring/Summer 2020 show, then returned for her Fall 2020 show Once the pandemic hit, the designer focused on growing her business nationally, opening a flagship store in Los Angeles.

Bode’s largest direct market is in North America, but on the wholesale side the brand is most successful in Europe and the UK. “Everyone frequents Paris for the shows,” she added. “And while we’ve had great success with virtual dating, we felt it was important to show again.”

Bode has confirmed that it may offer a retail activation in New York during February fashion week, although it does not plan to replicate the Paris show elsewhere.

Jacquemus launches the SS23 “LE RAFFIA” collection

Purveyor of natural beauty, Simon Porte Jacquemus presented Jacquemus’ Spring-Summer 2023 “LE RAFFIA” fashion show.

Staged outside Paris in the town of Le Bourget, the label’s parade spoke of the brand’s strengths. In care after look, Jacquemus’ penchant for natural-colored pieces, couture-centric silhouettes and architectural design codes became clear. This season, the designer turned to raffia palm, a fiber native to tropical regions of Africa, to create his earthy iterations. Dried wheat and sand-colored palm weaved into flowing tops, suits and skirts, as well as statement bags and oversized hats.

See the full collection here.

Raf Simons bids farewell with new SS23 campaign

After announcing the closure of his eponymous label, Raf Simons has released his official spring-summer 2023 campaign.

Shot by Willy Vanderperre and styled by Olivier Rizzo (known for his collaborations with Miu Miu, Christian Dior, Coach, Raf Simons and Jil Sander), the campaign highlights the SS23 collection with a complete vision. Where Simons’ rave show at London’s Printworks received mixed reviews from sequins, the campaign paints a clear picture of what’s to come from the designer’s latest collection under his eponymous label.

⁠Raf-isms are on full display, with frayed details, angsty and punk undertones, and references to kink and workwear. House signatures, including RS denim, now appear in baby blue, and a black denim shirt tucked into faded jeans and paired with a dark brown knit is real Raf.⁠

Marni will hold her FW23 fashion show in Tokyo in February

Marni will hold her fall 2023 show in Tokyo in February, according to creative director Francesco Risso via WWD. The show, which is expected to host around 2,500 guests, will take place on February 1 at 8 p.m. local time.

Japan is one of Marni’s largest markets. The brand’s general manager, Barbara Calò, previously said the country accounted for 23% of Marni’s total sales. In 2022, Marni was expected to see a 30% increase in sales from Japan compared to 2021, and according to recent data, the label surpassed that figure, with a 31% increase.

The Japanese show will mark the second leg of Marni’s traveling shows, following the brand’s show in New York in September, which was held under the Joralemon Tunnel in Brooklyn. Risso said WWD that he has planned four traveling shows, although he doesn’t know the remaining two locations at this time.

Gucci unveils its après-ski collection

Enter Gucci Après-Ski, the Italian Maison’s official offering of bundled clothing and accessories ideal for a laid-back (or chilled out) winter getaway.

The collection is inspired by skiwear, with co-ords ideal for snow, logo-covered sweaters and shiny puffer jackets. The range also welcomes a preview of ready-to-wear and accessories from an upcoming adidas x Gucci installment, with co-branded emblems adorning core silhouettes and heritage bags.

In footwear, Gucci offers an assortment of silhouettes ranging from archetypal hiking and snow boots. Among them, the brand presents four pairs of new Gucci x adidas lace-up boots, which appear in bold colorways with technical canvas, metal eyelets and rope laces.

Gucci Après-Ski will be available in Gucci boutiques, as well as on the Gucci website, with special pop-ups in Courmayeur, Cortina, Courchevel, Verbier and Kitzbühel.

Givenchy celebrated 100 years of Disney with a new collaborative capsule

Following their inaugural collaboration in May, Givenchy and Disney have come together to create an all-new capsule collection featuring Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, in honor of Lunar New Year and The Walt Disney Company’s 100th anniversary.

For the collaboration, Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, a first in character animation history, makes a fashionable exit from the Disney vault, ahead of the Year of the Rabbit. Fusing the fun character’s playful spirit into the range, Givenchy’s creative director Matthew M. Williams curated a “one-of-a-kind world tour” collection for the age-old character, drawing inspiration from New York, Paris, Los Angeles, Shanghai, Tokyo and beyond.

The Disney x Givenchy capsule collection will be available from December 16 in China, Singapore and at the Tokyo Ikebukuro pop-up. The collection will be launched at the Miami Aventura pop-up on December 19 and will be available worldwide from December 30 on the Givenchy website. Prices range from €220 to €3,790.

Telfar and Eastpak continue their bag magic with a new collaboration

After joining forces in April, Telfar and Eastpak have reconnected for an all-new bag offering that blends the former brand’s popular shopping bag designs with the latest Boston-based brand’s signature tech fabrications.

In this new collaboration, the duo offers a host of iconic Telfar silhouettes, including the Telfar Shopper Medium/Large, the Telfar Shopper Small and the Telfar Circle. Finished in a bold ‘Painter’s Tape’, the accessory features black handles and straps, as well as a co-branded logo.

The Eastpak x Telfar III collaboration was released earlier this week on Eastpak’s website.

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