This week has seem some great news in fashion, from a new Supreme collaboration, Chanel’s promotion of inclusivity and diversity, a call for designers to create for all sizes, and a new location for London Fashion Week. Get your fashion news fix here!
The British Fashion Council announced that London Fashion Week will be leaving Brewer Street Carpark after taking place there for the last three seasons. Previous to this, Somerset House had been the home of London Fashion Week. In February the event will move to The Shore Studios, which is situated at 180 The Strand. This is where London Fashion Week Men’s already takes place, and will also include the bi-annual London Fashion Week Festival, incorporating all three events into one location that will serve as the city’s new fashion hub.
Araki for Supreme
Japanese photographer Nobuyoshi Araki has collaborated with Supreme, producing a collection of hoodies, long-sleeved and short-sleeved tops in a range of colours, as well as a zine of Araki’s images for the campaign. Araki is a world-renowned photographer and is known for his gritty, erotic images that often feature ‘kinbaku-bi’ – ‘the beauty of tight binding,’ a Japanese art of bondage. The images for the collaboration of course play with this distinctive style, which star model Kiko Mizuhara. The Araki for Supreme collection will be released in Supreme stores in New York, Los Angeles, London and Paris on 3rd Novemeber 2016, and in Japan on 5th November 2016.
Chanel’s inclusive and diverse window display
Chanel celebrated cultural inclusivity and diversity with a new window display at their Rodeo Drive store in Beverly Hills, featuring mannequins adorned in hijab-esque headscarves. This marks another step forward for the inclusion of Islamic clothing in Western fashion, and this year has also seen Dolce & Gabbana releasing a line of hijabs and abayas, Uniqlo creating a range of hijabs and modest wear. With 23% of the world’s population following Islam, we felt it was about time the mainstream fashion industry started offering more to Muslims.
Jack O’Connell cast as Alexander McQueen
In an upcoming biopic film about Lee ‘Alexander’ McQueen, British actor Jack O’Connell will take the lead role. O’Connell has given excellent performances in the past, including his roles in ‘Unbroken’ (2014), ‘‘71’ (2014) and ‘Starred Up’ (2013). As well as the proven talent that O’Connell will bring to the role, he also has the perfect look to play the designer. Filming is set to begin next spring and will be directed by Andrew Haigh, who has previously directed ‘45 Years’ (2015) and ‘Weekend’ (2011).
Ashley Graham urges designers to cater for all sizes
Ashley Graham, activist and ‘plus size’ model, has encouraged designers to start creating for women of all sizes. She applauded Michael Kors, Donna Karan and Calvin Klein for making extended sizes, but said she really wanted to see designers make all of their high-end lines go up to extended sizes, so all women had the option to buy them. She stressed that society’s beauty ideals and attitudes to body image need to be addressed, which are currently so narrow, not inclusive, warped and damaging. Instead a broader view of beauty needs to be promoted by challenging perceptions.