Fashion News Round-Up: Kenzo x H&M, the Met Show & new ‘Black Fashion Designers’ Exhibition

This week has been full of exciting fashion news: from new exhibitions to stunning catwalk shows, and an announcement about one of fashion’s biggest events, get up to date with all the latest stylish happenings.

Kenzo x H&M catwalk show

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Following the recent release of the collaboration’s full lookbook, Kenzo held an amazing show last Wednesday 19th October, showcasing their collection for H&M. Taking inspiration from Kenzo’s own catwalks of the 1970s and 80s, which often featured performers, the show was full of drummers, whistlers, brass players as dancers and models stormed the catwalk. The show was directed by the legendary Jean-Paul Goude and choreographed by Ryan Heffington, who has worked on most of Sia’s music videos. The spectacularly fun show perfectly encapsulated the collaborative collection, with its colour, energy and playfulness.

The Fashion Institute of Technology’s exhibition ‘Black Fashion Designers’

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A new exhibition will open in December at New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) to celebrate the contribution of black designers in fashion. 75 garments by over 60 black designers will be featured, including Grace Wales Bonner, Joe and Charlie Casely Hayford, Patrick Kelly, Dapper Dan, Duro Olowu and Kerby Jean-Raymond. ‘Black Fashion Designers’ will explore how black designers broke into the industry in the 1950s and 60s and their rise in the late 60s and mid 70s, as well as covering themes such as Black Models, Evening Wear, African Influence, Street Influence, Activism, Menswear and Experimentation. The exhibition will run from 6th December until 16th May 2017.

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Topman’s new campaign shot by Gosha Rubchinskiy

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Russian photographer Gosha Rubchinskiy has shot Topman’s latest campaign, their Christmas collection. The shoot took place in an old warehouse and features a diverse array of models modelling short-sleeved shirts styled over long-sleeved tops, sharp suits, faux fur coats and hoodies, and were styled by Max Pearmain. As well as the series of images, Rubchinskiy directed a short film for the campaign.

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Comme des Garçons at the next Met show

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The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s next Costume Institute Spring show, which will take place 4th May 2017, will centre on Comme des Garçons and Rei Kawakubo. This is the second time a living designer’s work has been celebrated in the annual prestigious exhibition; the last time this happened was back in 1983 about Yves Saint Laurent. The exhibition of course goes hand in hand with the Met Gala, a charity ball attended by fashion’s top icons and other A-listers, and we are excited to see how the guests will interpret the new theme.

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Raf Simons moves AW17 show from Paris to New York

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Despite giving little reason behind his decision, Raf Simons has announced that his Autumn/Winter 17 show will move from Paris Men’s Fashion Week to be showcased in New York as part of the CFDA’s New York Fashion Week Men’s. This adds more prestige to New York Fashion Week Men’s, which is often one of the less anticipated fashion weeks, and Simons will join brands including Michael Kors, Gyspy Sport, Coach, Landlord and Tommy Hilfiger.