Individuality and taking a stand will be celebrated at the next edition of the Who’s Next and Premiere Classe trade shows taking place from 19th to 22nd January 2018 in Paris – Porte de Versailles, where two powerful movements for self-expression will be celebrated: Jazz and Sapers.
These complementary movements represent a philosophy that, throughout their evolutions, have given each individual within their community the power to embrace their individuality and to express their unique artistic skills and acute savoir-faire.
By combining these two areas of expression, Who’s Next and Premiere Classe reassert their activist role in fashion; to prioritise intuition over reason.
The Woolmark Company has announced a two-season partnership with renowned Japanese fashion label FACETASM for the development of its A/W 18/19 and S/S 19 wool-rich offerings, ahead of its show at Paris Men’s Collection. Both capsule collections will be Woolmark-certified.
The partnership marks the beginning of a long-standing relationship where The Woolmark Company will continue to work closely with and support FACETASM’s design team, which has already viewed The Woolmark Company’s sourcing guide The Wool Lab, drawing on the most innovative fabrics and yarns for the upcoming collections and connecting the design team with the wool supply chain.
FACETASM founder/designer Hiromichi Ochiai travelled to Australia with the support of The Woolmark Company to visit the source of Merino wool, experiencing wool-growing properties first-hand and gaining invaluable insight and inspiration for his future collections.
Wool has been an integral part of the label’s collections since its launch in 2007, highlighting the versatility of the fibre and its position as the premier ingredient in luxury apparel. Its unique creations are deeply rooted in Tokyo’s edgy street culture, quickly garnering global praise.
“Hiromichi Ochiai will be our first global wool ambassador from Japan – a market that remains important in terms of creativity and impeccable quality, further expanding Merino wool’s legacy beyond traditional tailoring,” said The Woolmark Company Managing Director Stuart McCullough. “This partnership deepens the relationship between the Australian wool industry and Japan’s fashion industry, with FACETASM taking the two to a global audience via its extensive range of stockists.”
FACETASM’s Autumn/Winter 18/19 Woolmark capsule collection will be unveiled in January in 2018 in Paris.
Following the success of the “David Bowie: Heroes” exhibition, GAS has once again partnered with the Bologna-based art gallery in an exciting project, the photographic exhibition “Kurt Cobain 50: Grunge in photos by Michael Lavine”, the renowned photographer responsible for some of the most iconic images of entertainment celebrities of the past 25 years, and some of the most famous portraits of legendary Nirvana frontman, Kurt Cobain.
To mark the fiftieth anniversary of Kurt Cobain’s birth, the exhibition is designed to celebrate the rise to fame of a band which in just five years secured a place among the all-time rock greats.
The exhibition (13 December 2017– 31 January 2018) draws on Michael Lavine’s impressive archive which immortalizes Nirvana at four different moments in time, from the early days of their career to their worldwide success.
Michael Lavine’s images are the source of a limited edition of 2,000 numbered t-shirts and sweatshirts that blend GAS style with the American artist’s unmistakable grunge look as seen through the sensitive, original eye of the photographer. The images reinterpreted by the company’s creative team and chosen for their strong visual and emotional impact come from a 1993 photo shoot for the American teen magazine, Sassy, and portray an unusually red-headed Kurt Cobain.
For the 20th edition of Denim Première Vision, which took place on the 14th and15th of November at Paris’ Event Center, the show adopted a new approach for the presentation of the S/S 2019 trends, to capture the attention of the latest generation of fashion creatives.
With this, the organisers asked 8 Avant-Garde designers to explore the expertise of some of the show’s exhibitors to offer their own take on the proposed trends. Each designer created 2 silhouettes, inspired by the season’s trend book. The designers ranged from Los Angeles, Berlin, New York, Copenhagen, London and Paris.
With its rich stock of know-hows and manufacturing specificities, washings and wash-outs, laser treatments and sustainability research, denim explores new avenues for development, raising the banner on more sensitive, measured, subtle and deliberately refined denim. This season with its new perspective, confirmed that denim is no longer raw nor dirty, rough nor rustic, but neat, clean and casual, nonchalant without being vintage or distressed, and worn decidedly further away from the body.
Jacket Required has teamed up with Trouva for the upcoming edition presenting collections for A/W 2018. As part of the partnership, Jacket Required will present Trouva to key fashion retailers at its upcoming January show taking place at London’s Old Truman on the 24th and 25th of January 2018. With this, a dedicated lounge will be added to the event, where buyers, brands and press will be able to hear more about the platform, how they can be involved and talk about becoming a Trouva store. Bringing together more than 350 independent boutiques across 119 towns and cities online, Trouva is a growing online marketplace for fashion and lifestyle shoppers. The platform showcases more than 80,000 design-led products.
Within an industry ever-competing with leading multiples and e-commerce giants, the Trouva platform champions independent retail by building an online platform and offering supporting infrastructure for bricks and mortar stores. Trouva empowers its boutiques – helping shop owners remain focused on the in-store experience and product selection, while it provides the tools to support an online campaign, including click-and-collect, one hour delivery windows and worldwide shipping. Allowing retail’s shift on-line to work in favour of smaller stores, rather than against them.
Pitti Uomo’s 93rd edition, taking place in Florence from January 9th till 12th, 2018 will serve as the home base for Gucci’s Garden. The inauguration of the latter will take place inside the Palazzo della Mercanzia in Piazza dellas Signoria on January 9th, on the first day of the bi-annual menswear trade show.
Created by Gucci’s creative director, Alessandro Michele, the Gucci Garden will feature a pop-up store selling unique edition products from the fashion house. The Gucci Garden will also be home to a restaurant run by three-star Michelin chef Massimo Bottura and well as an exhibition area curated by Maria Luisa Frisa.
On the 20th of November, Catherine Zeta-Jones presented awards across 13 categories from a shortlist of brands, for the Walpole British Luxury Awards.
In Walpole’s 25th anniversary year, and 16th year of the Walpole British Luxury Awards, over 300 top luxury industry creatives, executives and influencers gathered to applaud those brands and individuals that have excelled over the past 12 months through trailblazing quality, craftsmanship, design, innovation or experience.
Online marketplace Matchesfashion.com was named British Luxury Brand of the Year, while Gucci took home the International Luxury Brand of the Year award.
Farfetch was presented with the Digital Award, Johnstons of Elgin won the Commitment to British Manufacturing and the new Innovation & Creativity Award went to Kingsman and Mr Porter.
The Walpole Award for Cultural Experience was awarded to Chatsworth House, where the exhibition ‘House Style’ examining the history of fashion in English aristocracy was held this year in collaboration with Gucci.
CATHERINE ZETA-JONES, CBE, commented: “Nobody does luxury better than the Brits; from fashion, interiors, cars and hotels, British luxury is desired the world over. It’s an honour to be asked to present the Walpole British Luxury Awards and to celebrate the most creative and talented individuals from around the British Isles, in one of the most exciting cities in the world.”
Tiger of Sweden is set to launch its new vision for the brand, with the newly appointed Creative Director Christoffer Lundman at Pure Man. As former Burberry design director, Lundman took over as the brand’s first ever head of creative & design position in June 2017. The brand will be previewing its upcoming A/W 2018 collection for men at Pure Man this coming February. Lundman’s direction will see Tiger of Sweden taking its focus and direction on more tailoring as well as expanding its suiting core and outerwear lines.
“It’s great that such an influential and market leading brand will be collaborating with Pure London for both editions in 2018,” said Adam Gough, Head of Menswear at Pure London. “We look forward to a long and successful partnership with Tiger of Sweden.”
The ‘TommyXRossignol’ capsule collection will launch in November 2017 with four iconic ski looks that fuse the signature ‘Tommy Hilfiger’ red, white and blue logo with Rossignol’s focus on refined technical activewear and tricolor rooster logo. Rossignol Group is a world leader in the ski industry and has a 108-year history of blending performance and elegance, comfort and refinement.
The TommyXRossignol capsule features men’s winter sports apparel including three padded ski jackets, two lighter jackets, five zip-through cardigans and two pairs of ski pants. The signature logos of both brands’ and shared red, white and blue color palettes are emphasized throughout each design to create a look that embraces the ski and après-ski spirit, and moves from mountain to city.
The four looks from the TommyXRossignol capsule premiered at the Pitti Immagine Uomo Fall/Winter 2017 edition. Presented alongside the Fall 2017 HILFIGER EDITION, TOMMY HILFIGER TAILORED , and TOMMY HILFIGER menswear collections, the capsule was showcased in an innovative yet historical setting, reflecting the brand’s passion for blending tradition with modernity.
VIEW Premium Selection is presenting itself in its new and therefore strongest line-up. As many as four renowned major textile agencies will be showcasing their portfolio for the first time at the Preview Textile Fair at MUNICH FABRIC START.
This comprehensive, international portfolio of renowned suppliers brings the line-up of pre-collections which until now numbered approx. 300 to over 360 in the VIEW FABRICS and VIEW ADDITIONALS segments featuring exhibiting companies from Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France, England, Turkey, Japan and Italy. Also in terms of area this 19th edition of VIEW is the largest event since its premiere in 2008.
Providing an initial outlook on the current developments is the Denim+Sportswear area. Pioneering product innovations will be presented here by suppliers of buttons, ribbons, decorative trims, fasteners, linings, lace, embroidery, inserts and labels.
Combining MUNICH FABRIC START with BLUEZONE and VIEW Premium Selection means optimum synchronisation for the highest degree of collection planning reliability. Especially since the early fabric and findings ranges are already well developed and statements properly firmed up. This format of two complementary trade fair formats means MUNICH FABRIC START boasts a strong performance package attuned to the demands of a textile and fashion market facing ever new challenges.