Seven things you need to know, March '18 edition.
The world of fashion is fluid. And because change is the only constant, here are some of March’s most noteworthy highlights as we move gracefully into April. Here are seven things you need to know:
Fashion loses Hubert de Givenchy
On March 12, fashion mourned the death of Hubert de Givenchy, who passed away at the age of 91. Givenchy founded the eponymous House of Givenchy; one of the most noted fashion empires in the world, and he rose to prominence after dressing Audrey Hepburn in some of her most iconic films, including “Breakfast at Tiffany’s.” Givenchy has become a staple for celebrities and is one of the most recognizable names in Couture. The fashion house tweeted on the day of his passing, “he will be greatly missed.”
Constance White releases How to Slay
“Ghetto until proven fashionable,” read a hoodie at this year’s NYFW--a question similar to the one posed in the foreword of Constance White’s, How to Slay: Inspiration from the Kings and Queens of Black Style. Why is it that a black man can be shot for wearing a hoodie, yet black style is so loved and often appropriated by American culture? White, who made history as the first and only black executive fashion editor at Elle, has delivered a study of black style, exhibiting the trends that have become synonymous with contemporary fashion, while presenting the origins and pioneers of a style that has been ‘adopted’ as couture. White took a moment out of her busy book tour to speak to The Glow Up about why black style both shapes and shifts national culture. You can watch the interview here.
Issa Rae to host fashion awards
Issa Rae, the writer, director, producer and web series creator best known for her award-winning HBO show, “Insecure,” will host the 2018 CFDA Fashion Awards in Partnership with Swarovski on Monday, June 4th. “Issa Rae is leading a new generation of performers who use their voice and humor to discuss social topics in a way that is relatable and poignant,” said Steven Kolb, president and chief executive officer of the CFDA. For the first time in its 37-year history, the awards will take place in Brooklyn at the Brooklyn Museum, and Rae adds to the groundbreaking night. She is the first woman to host the awards in ten years.
11-year-old Kheris Rogers creates ‘Flexin in my Complexion’ line
In September of last year, Kheris Rogers became the youngest fashion designer to debut a collection at Fashion Week at only eleven-years-old. At Harlem Front Row, (known to some as the the 'multicultural equivalent' to Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week), she showcased her ‘Flexin in My Complexion,’ a line she created to combat colorism and promote diversity within beauty standards. The young CEO is both a designer and model, who has been featured in campaigns from Roc Nation to Nike, having received open celebrity support from the likes of Alicia Keys and Lupita Nyong’o. She told Teen Vogue, “I strongly believe that representation matters so I am happy that someone who looks like me was able to participate in [Nike’s] campaign. I just hope to continue spreading the message around the world that beauty comes in all shades.”
Virgil Abloh named new artistic director of Louis Vuitton menswear
On March 25, 2018, Off-White founder, Virgil Abloh, was been named the new Artistic Director of Louis Vuitton menswear. He succeeds Kim Jones in the role, marking him the first person of African Descent to lead the brand's menswear line, as well as one of few black designers at the helm of a major French house, where he joins the ranks of Olivier Rousteing at Balmain, and Ozwald Boateng at Givenchy menswear.
Abloh, who is of Ghanaian descent, has a comprehensive portfolio. It wasn’t until 2012 that Abloh founded his first fashion brand, Pyrex Vision, which later evolved into Off-White, the cult fashion label merging streetwear with haute couture. He first earned his MA in architecture from the Illinois Institute of Technology, where he went on in 2009 to found RSVP Gallery, an art gallery and boutique in his home city of Chicago, Illinois. Abloh then joined Kanye West’s creative agency, Donda, in 2009 as an artistic director, where he was charged with the supervision of shows and the creation of merchandised products for the brand. And prior to this appointment, he and West both spent six months interning at Fendi, where Abloh first met Michael Burke, the chief executive of Louis Vuitton. Abloh’s first collection for Louis Vuitton will be unveiled in June 2018 at the men’s fashion week in Paris.
“I feel elated,” Abloh told the New York Times, adding that he planned to relocate his family to Paris to take the job at the largest brand in the stable of LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, the world’s largest luxury group. “This opportunity to think through what the next chapter of design and luxury will mean at a brand that represents the pinnacle of luxury was always a goal in my wildest dreams. And to show a younger generation that there is no one way anyone in this kind of position has to look is a fantastically modern spirit in which to start.”
Fashion illustrator, Antonio Lopez spotlighted posthumously in new exhibit
Antonio Lopez (February 11, 1943 – March 17, 1987), was a beloved fashion illustrator who rose to prominence in the 1960s and 70s, and his work is now being featured over thirty years after his untimely death from AIDS. His work and contributions to fashion are being both reexamined and celebrated, with James Crump’s documentary “Antonio Lopez 1970: Sex, Fashion and Disco,” premiering this fall and a Lopez exhibition being considered for Maison Chloé in Paris for the upcoming year. Lopez was known for his revolutionary fashion illustrations, often done in pen, ink and/or watercolor, showcased in major publications such as Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, Elle, Interview, and The New York Times. However, the exhibit in Manhattan’s Danzinger Gallery, which opened on March 8th, highlights his photographs, Instamatics, that Lopez took of major fashion influencers, including Paloma Picasso, Grace Jones and Karl Lagerfeld, during the 70s. The exhibit runs until April 28, 2018.
San Francisco goes ‘fur-free’
San Francisco has made history as the first major US city to go fur-free after a unanimous vote by their Board of Supervisors, approving a citywide ban on fur sales effective the following year. The ban takes effect on January 1, 2019, although retailers have until 2020 to sell any remaining merchandise with fur that was purchased on or before March 20, 2018. The fur trade is responsible for for the deaths of more than 100 million animals a year, all for fashion, said Kitty Block, the chief executive of Humane Society International.
The sale "of fur products in San Francisco is inconsistent with the City’s ethos of treating all living beings, humans and animals alike, with kindness,” said San Francisco District Supervisor, Katy Tang. And San Francisco now joins West Hollywood and Berkeley, CA as the only other city in the United States to adopt a similar sale or import ban against fur, although it is the first major US city to go completely fur-free.
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