Fashion News Round-Up: Tom Hiddleston, New Appointments & Feminist Dior

From fashion house reshuffles to insider documentaries on the biggest star-studded events, it’s been a big week for fashion. In between all the madness surrounding the end of SS17 fashion weeks, take some time to chill with our essential round-up of all the latest happenings in the world of style.

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The First Monday in May

Each spring, the Met Gala (often called the ‘fashion Oscars’) takes place – a red carpet fundraiser where high profile celebrities arrive in beautiful, elaborate and innovative clothes. The First Monday in May is a documentary film that has just hit cinemas, following the run-up to this exclusive event, as well as the preparations for the Metropolitan Museum of Arts’ spring exhibition, which in 2015 was the hugely successful China: Through the Looking Glass. The compelling film will absorb fashion lovers, sparkling with glamorous celebrity appearances and detailing the everyday drama of preparations and inner workings of the Gala.

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Tom Hiddleston models for Gucci

Fans of the British actor will be excited to learn that he’s the new face of Gucci’s cruise 2017 men’s tailoring collection, posing in a beautiful shoot for the campaign. The photographs were shot by Glen Luchford in the late artist Tony Duquette’s Los Angeles mansion, with its ornate, luxurious decor perfectly matching Hiddleston’s sharp, statement suits – many of which feature bold colours and intricate patterns. Hiddleston is perfect for the feel of old world grandeur and eccentricity created in the shoot, which is heightened by his fellow models: three Afghan Hounds.

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Fenty x Puma by Rihanna

Paris Fashion Week saw the debut of Rihanna’s spring/summer collection for Puma, which she described as “If Marie Antoinette were going to the gym and needed something to wear.” This influence was clear with the regal touches to the sportswear line and the pastel pink hues that dominated the collection. Both female and male models wore pearls, displayed athletic staples such as sweatpants and parkas that were updated with delicate lace, ribbons and corsetry. Gym bags were frilly, baseball caps featured corset lacing, trainers became heels, and shower shoes were given huge silk ribbons.

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Vetements recruits Nina Nitsche

Paris-based label Vetements has appointed Nina Nitsche as collection director. Nitsche had previously worked at Maison Margiela for over twenty years, leaving her position there as lead designer. She will now lead the design team at Vetements under brothers Demna and Guram Gvasalia’s creative direction. Demna Gvasalia remarked of their young label – which was formed in 2014 – “Now it’s becoming adult.” He also previously worked at Maison Margiela, as well as in the design studio at Louis Vuitton. Vetements are known for often dissecting garments to resemble them, and designing without set themes or references.

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Maria Grazia Chiuri’s Dior debut

Maria Grazia Chiuri is the first female head of Christian Dior, which makes her a very powerful woman in Parisian fashion. This power was reflected in her debut collection for Dior at Paris Fashion Week, which featured a t-shirt with the slogan ‘We should all be feminists.’ Dior is a label that has always been a symbol of womanhood and femininity, and in Chiuri’s debut, this was more gritty than girly – bold and striking rather than pretty. A punk spirit was occasionally present in the designs, and any softer garments were offset by tough details.