This week, the international fashion scene saw important power moves, discovered valuable manuscripts, and explored new technology advances. From Bill Cunningham's surprise memoir to Louis Vuitton's new designer appointments, here's a gist of everything you need to keep track of.
1. Bill Cunningham left a memoir.
Upon the demise of legendary fashion photographer Bill Cunningham in 2016, he left behind an archive valued at $1 million. And along with it, we discovered that he also left a memoir in the form of multiple, undated drafts of typewritten scripts entitled Fashion Climbing. The manuscript chronicled his career, from his humble beginnings to his struggles and musings. In an auction, Penguin Press editor Christopher Richards acquired the manuscript and will be piecing them together into a book that's slated to be released in September, just in time for Fashion Week.
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2. Kim Jones joins Dior Homme to replace Kris Van Assche.
After 11 years at the helm of Dior Homme, Kris Van Assche steps down as its artistic director. He will be replaced by Kim Jones who recently left his post at Louis Vuitton. Kim's appointment marks the first major decision of Pietro Beccari, who had recently moved to the brand as chairman and chief executive officer after his stints at Fendi and Louis Vuitton.
“I am delighted to welcome Kim Jones, with whom I had the chance to collaborate previously at Louis Vuitton,” Beccari tells WWD. “I admire his creative vision, which combines both his own inspirations of contemporary culture and his own reinterpretation of specific codes and heritage of a house. I am confident in his ability to recreate his universe within the Maison Dior and imagine for Dior Homme an elegant and resolutely modern wardrobe.”
Kim joins Maria Grazia Chiuri, artistic director of women’s haute couture, ready-to-wear, and accessory lines, and Victoire de Castellane, the house's fine jewelry designer since 1998.
3. Virgil Abloh is Louis Vuitton's new menswear designer.
Rumors have been put to rest as Louis Vuitton names Virgil Abloh as its new menswear designer. Known for his Off-White yellow belts, white thigh-high boots (even Nadine Lustre owns a pair!), and creative use of irony, Virgil will be presenting his first collection this June during Men's Fashion Week in Paris.
"Having followed with great interest Virgil's ascent since he worked with me at Fendi in 2006, I am thrilled to see how his innate creativity and disruptive approach have made him so relevant, not just in the world of fashion but in popular culture today. His sensibility towards luxury and savoir-faire will be instrumental in taking Louis Vuitton’s menswear into the future," says Michael Burke, Louis Vuitton’s Chairman & CEO.
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4. Versace and Furla are going fur-free.
Two Italian brands have turned over a new leaf. Versace and Furla announced that they will be discontinuing the use of animal fur on their clothes.
The fashion houses join the slew of designer brands who have also turned their backs from the fur industry. This includes Gucci, Armani, Hugo Boss, Tommy Hilfiger, Calvin Klein, Michael Kors, and luxury retailer Yoox Net-A-Porter. Long before that, Stella McCartney has also abandoned the use of fur, leather, and feathers.
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5. Zara launches an augmeted-reality mobile app.
Zara dips its toes into virtual reality as they launch their new augmented-reality app that will allow its users to "hold their phone up in the store and see models walk around the store wearing Zara clothes that you can then click through and buy," Harper's Bazaar reports.
The app also lets its customers hover over a package ordered online to see its content. The augmented reality app will be rolled out across 120 of Zara’s stores worldwide, beginning April 18 and will last for two weeks. Zara follows the footsteps of Burberry, Gap, Converse, Topshop, Uniqlo, and IKEA, all of which also have AR apps.