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 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 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.
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.
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.
Cotton is the major raw material of denim production. Therefore, BOSSA follows every step taken towards a more sustainable production. BCI program is an important contributor to achieve the goal on this matter.
BCI Initiative defines what a better and a more sustainable way of growing cotton through an intense cooperation with a multi-stakeholder group of organisations must be like. The product of this method is called “Better Cotton.” It is based on 6 basic principles:
1. Better Cotton is produced by farmers who minimize the harmful impact of crop protection practices
2. Better Cotton is produced by farmers who use water efficiently and care for the availability of water.
3. Better Cotton is produced by farmers who care for the health of the soil.
4. Better Cotton is produced by farmers who conserve natural habitats.
5. Better Cotton is produced by farmers who care for and preserve the quality of the fibre.
6. Better Cotton is produced by farmers who promote decent work
Having 35 % of Bossa’s total cotton consumption from BCI cotton, the company have committed to increase the consumption dramatically to 60% in 2017. The target for 2018 is to make Better Cotton 90% of their consumption while remaining 10% will be organic cotton, allowing only sustainable cottons to the production at the mill.
Bruce Weber will receive the Isabella Blow Award for Fashion Creator at The Fashion Awards 2016 in partnership with Swarovski. Bruce Weber will be honoured at this year’s ceremony on Monday 5th December at the Royal Albert Hall for his incredible creative achievements within the global fashion industry.
Weber’s broad sweep of interests is anchored by his erotic and risqué but always uniquely stylish portraits; models, musicians, actors, artists and creators of all kind come alive in his vast catalogue of work. The warmth and exuberance of his work, alongside that unique ability to make each image feel intimate, is what makes Bruce Weber one of the foremost fashion creators working today.
Since 01.11 Strellson has showcased its “Unstoppable Heliskiing’ video on Youtube, Facebook and Instagram. The video produced by Mehmet Arici in St. Moritz shows two men, two suits, a helicopter and one Mission: “Make Yourself Unstoppable”. Mountain guides Gian Luck and Marcel Schenk take the viewer on the ultimate heliskiing adventure in their AS350 Écureil on 3546m altitude at the Morteratsch Glacier in St. Moritz; all whilst being decked out in Strellson suits.
Orta has launched its first Vintage Book – the 5374 Vintage Showroom Book. The book takes its name from Orta’s great vintage showroom housed in the Istanbul headquarters and tells the story behind 49 pieces selected from the wide archive. It is dedicated to the 49ers – the milestone of the global denim industry.
The birth of denim is globally synonymous with the Californian Gold Rush. When James W Marshall found gold at Sutter’s Mill in Coloma on January 24 1848, he inadvertently started the largest mass migration in American history. The Forty-niners were the first; the pioneers. The origins of denim are so tightly interwoven with these early settlers that this book is dedicated to them, with the selection of 49 inspirational pieces from Orta’s collection. The stories behind these 49 pieces belonging to different time periods from different locations around the world are told in the book with amazing pictures showing the details kept secret in each one.
Moda Made in Italy, the key Assocalzaturifici event for footwear in Germany, has announced new dates and a new position in the German trade fair calendar. The event will be held October 6th till 8th, 2017 rather than in September.
Due to the postponement of theMICAM (the international footwear trade fair scheduled for September 17th till 20th, 2017) Assocalzaturifici has decided to reposition Moda Made in Italy in the month of October to ensure that the German event preserves its specific role – universally recognised among buyers – as the trade fair at which end-of-season orders are finalised. The intention is to recover the former sales figures, which were halted in the most recent edition due to the early arrival of the new season.
The partnership with WGSN, an international fashion trend consulting firm, continues, allowing Moda Made in Italy to present dealers with footwear fashion trends and provide them with useful information for understanding consumers' needs and finalising their sales strategies in Germany and elsewhere.