Salvatore Ferragamo names menswear designer

Salvatore Ferragamo names menswear designer

Salvatore Ferragamo has named Guillaume Meilland as its new menswear design director, heading up all ready-to-wear. Meilland since 2008, held a position as senior menswear designer at Lanvin and prior to that at Yves Saint Laurent and Cacharel. 

Meilland will present his first collection for the brand in January for autumn/winter 2017.

Pepe Jeans acquires Façonnable

Pepe Jeans acquires Façonnable

Pepe Jeans has acquired 100% of the brand Façonnable, part of the Lebanese group M1 (also the owner of Pepe Jeans itself. Façonnable was owned by US department store Nordstrom up until 2007, when it was acquired by M1. Pepe Jeans will be entirely restructuring the French brand Façonnable, especially in its retail side of business. Façonnable will still be based in Paris, but the design office will relocate to Spain.

Herrlicher CEO celebrates 70th birthdayHerrlicher CEO celebrates 70th birthday

Herrlicher CEO celebrates 70th birthday

Erwin Licher, CEO of Herrlicher celebrated in Munich's Kohlebunker his 70th birthday. Among family, friends, celebrities & press, 3 other guests had their birthday on the same day. Licher gained fame with Freeman T Porter before he started one of Germany's coolest sportswear label Herrlicher. Happy Birthday from WeAr!

The Triennale Design Museum: Antonio Marras exhibition

The Triennale Design Museum: Antonio Marras exhibition

The Triennalle Design Museum is hosting until 21st January 2017 the ‘Antonio Marras: Nulla dies sine linea’ exhibition. The latter is an anthological exhibition of works of art executed over the last twenty years, illustrating Antonio Marras’s visual trajectory.

The exhibition’s title – Pliny the Elder’s famous phrase with which he referred to the painter Apelles who “never let a day pass without tracing a line” – alludes to how Marras has always combined his work as a stylist with that of the artist. 

Antonio Marras, known as “the most intellectual of Italian stylists”, is renowned above all for creating fusions of the worlds in the creative universe, from cinema to poetry to history and visual art. This last is in fact the focus of the exhibition. The exhibition relates Antonio Marras’s visionary world, highlighting the emotion-driven and intellectual signs that marked important stages in his life. 

In the words of curator Francesca Alfano Miglietti, the exhibition is intended as: “a fully-involving experience, a journey into a stimulating, provocative world (stimulating because it is provocative) that is sometimes absolute, sporadically uninhibited”.

American Apparel to file for bankruptcy

American Apparel to file for bankruptcy

American Apparel has filed for its second bankruptcy in just over a year. The company listed assets and liabilities of between $100m and $500m in its bankruptcy filing.

American Apparel’s board fired founder Dov Charney from his position of chairman in June 2014 and sacked him as chief executive in December for sexual misconduct.

Costume Institute’s Spring 2017 exhibition: Rei Kawakubo

Costume Institute’s Spring 2017 exhibition: Rei Kawakubo

The Metropolitan Museum of Art announced that The Costume Institute's spring 2017 exhibition will be Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons on view from May 4th through September 4, 2017. Presented in the Museum's Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Exhibition Hall on the second floor, the exhibition will examine Kawakubo's fascination with interstitiality, or the space between boundaries. Existing within and between entities—self/other, object/subject, fashion/anti-fashion—Kawakubo's work challenges conventional notions of beauty, good taste, and, ultimately, fashionability. The exhibition will feature approximately 120 examples of Kawakubo's womenswear designs for Comme des Garçons, dating from her first Paris runway show in 1981 to her most recent collection.

In celebration of the opening, The Met's Costume Institute Benefit, also known as The Met Gala, will take place on Monday, May 1, 2017. The evening's co-chairs will be Katy Perry, Pharrell Williams, and Anna Wintour. Rei Kawakubo will serve as Honorary Chair. The event is The Costume Institute's main source of annual funding for exhibitions, publications, acquisitions, and capital improvements. 

Stella McCartney debuts first menswear collection

Stella McCartney debuts first menswear collection

Stella McCartney has unveiled the debut of her first menswear collection, ready to be launched during the S/S 2017 season. The launch consisted of an event held at London’s Abby Road Studios; reminiscing the days that Paul McCartney and the Beatles brought fame to this location.

The collection has been available to pre-order from this week and will be distributed across stand-alone stores as well as boutiques and concessions in international department stores, as well as online at stellamccartney.com

Dries Van Noten to release fashion documentary film ‘Dries’

Dries Van Noten to release fashion documentary film ‘Dries’

Dries Van Noten will soon release its new documentary film called ‘Dries’. The latter will show the journey of the house’s designer Dries Van Noten. The film which includes several guest appearances (from the likes of Iris Apfel and Suzy Menkes) will be debuted at the American Film Markets and Conferences the coming week at a “work in progress” screening and is set to be released in cinemas next year. The film, produced by Reiner Holzemer, shows how the latter followed the designer over the time period of a year, taking viewers on a journey of the production of four collections, highlighting the career of the designer so far.

Holzemer has previously produced fashion documentaries on Juergen Teller and Karl Lagerfeld.

Pitti Immagine Special Guest: Paul Smith

Pitti Immagine Special Guest: Paul Smith

An icon of British design and style who unites heritage, pop inspiration and eclecticism, has chosen Pitti Uomo 91 as the stage for a special event to launch his PS by Paul Smith collection. PS by Paul Smith, the designer’s contemporary line, offers a fusion of luxury design and performance characteristics, technical fabrics and ergonomic cuts. Paul Smith will be realizing a special fashion installation for the occasion.

It’s time to White: Berlin edition

It’s time to White: Berlin edition

On the 17th of November 2016, White Milano will host a special event at the Italian Embassy in Berlin. The latter ispart of the international promotion projects that White Milano organised in key global fashion capitals.

The road-show “IT’S TIME TO WHITE” will bring abroad a taste of the tradeshow’s brand mix including established Italian brands and more upcoming designers, in order to promote the Italian contemporary fashion companies worldwide through special fashion events conceived to attract the international press and buyers alike. 

For the event in Berlin – besides the special evening with informal modelling performance in the big halls of the prestigious Italian Embassy – three designers with a special bond with the German capital have been picked as guest speakers: Italian designers Melampo and Ludovica Diligu founder of the brand Labo.Art, who have both chosen to be based in Berlin, although they produce in Italy, and, last but not least, Berlin’s designer Simone Vera Bath who lives and works in Rome, the latter will share her experience as winner of the Time Award contest at WHITE.