Milan designers hit reset button during digital fashion week
MILAN – Fashion is off the hamster wheel, taking a deep breath that is allowing some freshness to seep into the once relentless cycle. “It is so weird thinking about fashion, and the kind of hamster wheel of fashion, and how we never had a break and always complained about it,’’ Marc Jacobs said during a Milan Fashion Week video chat with Miuccia Prada and Raf Simons post-digital show. Milan Fashion Week of mostly womenswear previews for next fall and winter wrapped a nearly all-digital edition on Monday. Only one designer — Daniel Del Core, marking his brand's debut — held a live runway show for a small number of guests. Milan designer Francesca Liberatore had planned an extravagant show in a Milan theater with holographic effects, but decided against it in solidarity with theater creatives who can't occupy that space.
Prada sees virtues to preserve in digital runways
MILAN – Miuccia Prada has adapted to the digital runway and isn’t ready to give up its lessons when the pandemic is over. While a runway show fades with the lights on the last look, the digital presentation requires another step: Picking the details that “create an atmosphere,” Prada said in a streamed conversation after the digital show. The women’s collection continued the body-hugging comfort layer of long johns from menswear, as well as leather gloves fitted with zipped pouches. Moschino’s Jeremy Scott maintained his usual playfulness, casting top models, actresses and a burlesque star that might have been front-row guests in another period to populate his Moschino digital show. Amber Valletta was caught on a shopping safari in a faux golden crocodile suit, replete with lizard tail.
Prada intros anti-uniform during all-digital Fashion Week
A giant screen streams a Prada fashion live during an interview with Miuccia Prada and Raf Simons, during the Milan's fashion week in Milan, Italy, Sunday, Jan. 17, 2021. Milan Fashion Week is unfolding entirely on computer screens and social media platforms this round for the first time ever, as the persistent virus resurgence dashed any hopes of even a handful of physical shows. In its digitally conceived preview, Prada on Sunday introduced the new anti-uniform that speaks to our new intimacy in our ever-tighter circles: luxury long-johns. “It is not often we find in fashion something that's so flexible, with so many facets,” Prada said in a video conversation with international fashion students. Now, more than ever, as people have more time at home to consider how they want to present themselves to the world, fashion is less about trends, and more about individuality.
Milan fashion gives small opening to Black Lives Matter
Models wear creations part of the Joy 2021 women's spring-summer collection at the "We are Made in Italy - Black Lives Matter in Italian fashion Collection" event during the Milan's fashion week in Milan, Italy, Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020. Five African-born designers in Italy want to put that view to rest with their inclusion on the official Milan Fashion Week calendar Sunday. The official Black Lives Matter in Italian fashion event is a first step in a process that Stella Jean, the only Black designer belonging to Italy’s prestigious fashion council, hopes will bring real diversity to the creative and decision-making centers of Italian fashion to combat racism in the industry. The head of Italy’s fashion council, Carlo Capasa, called the meeting ‘’interesting and instructive,’’ and that the brand representatives were there to mostly listen. The participants in the Black Lives Matter event have worked in other trades or professions before following their fashion dreams.
Prada-Simons dialogue launches in virtual Milan preview
A model wears a creation as part of the Max Mara 2021 women's spring-summer ready-to-wear collection during the Milan's fashion week in Milan, Italy, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020. The most anticipated event of the week was Prada’s virtual unveiling of the Miuccia Prada-Raf Simons collaboration announced in February. The designers joined the virtual audience for a dialogue after the presentation, responding to questions that had been submitted in advance. In a bid for democracy in luxury fashion, anyone can access the same preview experience as fashion insiders on Prada’s YouTube channel. ____MAX MARA’S RENAISSANCEMax Mara gave Milan Fashion Week its physical bearings, with a runway show around the porticoed courtyard of the Brera Painting Gallery, safe from threatening skies.
Fendi taps Dior designer Kim Jones to replace Karl Lagerfeld
FILE -- In this Jan. 17, 2020 file photo, designer Kim Jones accepts applause after the Dior Homme Mens Fall/Winter 2020-2021 fashion collection presented in Paris. Rome fashion house Fendi announced Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020 that Kim Jones is taking over from the late Karl Lagerfeld as creative director of haute couture, ready-to-wear and fur collections. Jones will take on the Fendi duties while staying on as artistic director of Dior Homme. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)ROME Rome fashion house Fendi announced Wednesday that Kim Jones is taking over from the late Karl Lagerfeld as creative director of haute couture, ready-to-wear and fur collections. Jones will take on the Fendi duties while staying on as artistic director of Dior Homme, another house in the Paris-based luxury goods empire of LVMH chief Bernard Arnault.
Prada headlines Milan's first Digital Fashion Week
Pedestrians pass by a screen showing a Vivetta model during the Milan Digital Fashion Week, in Milan, Italy, Tuesday, July 14, 2020. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)MILAN Prada headlined Day 1 of Milans first Digital Fashion Week on Tuesday with a series of out-sourced videos and the apt subtitle the show that never happened.Luxury fashion is adapting to the coronavirus pandemic by moving runway shows onto digital platforms. We are used to doing fashion shows, Miuccia Prada said in notes emailed to journalists. Only two fashion houses are hosting live shows this week in Milan: Dolce&Gabbana and Etro. We have to look for a new normality, a different normality, Milan Mayor Giuseppe Sala said in opening remarks for Digital Fashion Week.