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On 3 June 2017 an attack took place in the Southwark district of London, England, when a van mounted the pavement of London Bridge and was driven into pedestrians. The van crashed, and the three male occupants ran to the nearby Borough Market pub and restaurant area, where they stabbed people with long knives. The Home Secretary Amber Rudd stated that the attackers were Islamist terrorists. Eight people were killed and 48 were injured, including four unarmed police officers who attempted to stop the assailants. The three attackers, who wore fake explosive vests, were all shot dead by police. In response, Theresa May said that ‘enough is enough’ and that ‘things need to change’. Indeed they do, indeed they do.
A plethora of the most famous names (Katy Perry, Justin Bieber, Robbie Williams, The Black Eyed Peas, Miley Cyrus, Take That, Coldplay, Little Mix, Marcus Mumford, etc.) in the music industry came together in Manchester on Sunday night to support the families affected by the devastating attack that took place two weeks ago. Organised all by Ariana Grande, the 50,000-strong crowd enjoyed the celebration – with Katy Perry summarising the message of it all perfectly: “Love conquers fear and love conquers hate and this love that you choose will give you strength, and it’s our greatest power.”
Sunday was also the day of the CFDA awards, with Raf Simons collecting the Menswear and Womenswear Designer of the Year for his work at Calvin Klein (only after a year at the label). Demna Gvasalia took home the International Award for his work at Balenciaga and – his own label –Vetemants. Other members of the fashion community were (of course) also honoured, including Kenneth Cole, Rick Owens, Pat McGrath and Franca Sozzani; Anna Wintour presented Sozzani’s posthumous award to her son Francesco Sozzani, after giving a moving speech celebrating her incredible work in the industry.
This week the Yoox Net-A-Porter Group announced that it will no longer sell fur on any of its e-commerce platforms (Net-A-Porter, Mr Porter, The Outnet & Yoox) – a huge (and much-needed) step towards the de-glamorisation of animal cruelty. “The group started its journey towards creating a sustainable future back in 2009 with the launch of Yooxygen, the pioneering Yoox’s destination for social and environmental responsible brands,” said Matteo James Moroni, head of sustainability at YNAP. “Since then we have made great steps. Yet there is still much more to do and we remain more focused than ever on our commitment to create a sustainable future. We have a strong sense of responsibility and recognise the importance of making a positive contribution to society. With a range of initiatives, partnerships and innovations, our goal is to act as an industry-wide catalyst for change.”
Olivier Rousteing has ventured into a new foray: the Paris Opéra Ballet. The Balmain creative director has designer exquisite pearl-laden costumes for choreographer Sébastien Bertaud’s new ballet, Renaissance. The collection, inspred by Fabergé eggs, features a palette of beige nudes heaped with extravagant pearls, beads and sequins – and is most definitely recognisable as Balmain. “I wanted to propose a ballet of today,” Bertaud commented. “As a choreographer I feel the responsibility to make choices that push our own identity into the future. I was wondering which designer could be the next one for this amazing institution – and for me, Olivier was the only one. This wonderful company is, in a way, like a classical army. It’s all about this new generation, new energy.”
Giorgio Armani has partnered with the British Fashion Council to launch a competition to find the best fashion talent in the UK to create a capsule collection for his Spring/Summer 2018 Emporio Armani line. Called the New Bond project, Armani will select three winners from the entries, which must “bring the essence of British style to their interpretations of three iconic Emporio Armani signature models”; the designs will be produced and sold in stores around the UK, and the winners will also be invited to spend three months at his Milan HQ to work in-house to develop their ideas. “British design schools are among the most interesting in today’s arena,” announced Armani. “They produce unique talents, by encouraging the originality and individuality of each student. I believe that to be successful in fashion, creativity must go hand in hand with a pragmatic and realistic approach; I would like to use this initiative to encourage a dialogue between these two elements, giving the winners a useful opportunity to succeed and move forward in their careers.”