What’s Trending This Week?
Zayn Malik is following in the footsteps of his on/off (but at the moment, absolutely on) girlfriend, Gigi Hadid, by designing a capsule collection in collaboration with Versus. The Zayn X Versus collection will feature both menswear and womenswear, and will be presented next spring and then drop in May. “I think Versus has always been a very cool brand,” said the singer, who will star in the campaigns. “It’s a great brand for me and for people in my generation. I’ve always wanted to design clothes, and there’s no brand I’d rather design for than Versus. The bonus is that I get to collaborate with Donatella, whom I love and admire. I know we’ll create something amazing.”
Cristóbal Balenciaga is at the centre of the V&A’s next major fashion exhibition, announced the museum this week. Entitled Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion, the showcase marks the 100th anniversary of the opening of the pioneering Spanish designer’s fashion house, and will feature a vast array of garments, hats, sketches, photographs, film and fabric samples. Taking place from May 27 2017, this exhibition surrounding “the greatest couturier ever” is definitely one to mark in your calendar.
The anticipation is over. Candice Swanepoel welcomed her first child this week, a baby boy named Anacã, and shared the first photograph of her newborn via Instagram. The image was captioned “Life is sweet. Anacan (Anacã) 5th October 2016,” and marked a new chapter for the Victoria’s Secret model.
(Images clockwise from top left: Zayn Malik and Donatella Versace, H&M X Kenzo collaboration, Candice Swanepoel’s baby, Kim Kardashian West,
Peter Dundas at Roberto Cavalli, Vogue cover and B&W shot from the Balenciaga archives)
H&M’s annual designer collaboration look book has dropped, and this year the high-street brand have collaborated with Kenzo to create an offering of vibrant, electric animal ‘street’ pieces. Dropping in November, I would be scouring the now-available look book (which features many diverse influential, from DJ Juliana Huxtable to make-up artist Isamaya Ffrench) for your absolute must-have items.
The fashion week drama continues: Peter Dundas has left Roberto Cavalli, having shown his final collection for the brand during Milan Fashion Week. “I want to thank Roberto Cavalli and the group for this valuable experience and wish them success in their future endeavours,” said the designer, whose next move is unknown. In contrast the brand’s future has already been decided, as the day after Dundas’s departure the brand announced they will be cutting 30% of their global workforce; the head – Gian Giacomo Ferraris – believes that “the Cavalli brand has what it takes to succeed. But the reality is that the company’s costs must be in line with its revenues and that is the task we now have to embark upon.”
Another change to the industry this week was Christopher Kane’s newly appointed CEO, Nikolas Talonpoika. Tasked with accelerating the international expansion of the brand and “further strengthening its distinctive identity”, let’s hope Talonpoika can do what Kane’s other CEOs could not.
If you can take any more Kardashian in your life, here it is: Kim Kardashian West is suing celebrity gossip website, MediaTakeout, for defamation after it claimed that she faked her own robbery in Paris last week. Stating, “after having been the victim of a horrific and traumatic armed robbery in France, Kim Kardashian returned to the US only to again be victimised, but this time by an online gossip tabloid that published a series of articles in early October 2016 referring to her as a liar and thief”, the lawsuit marks a break in reality-star’s recent low-profile since the event.