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The successor of Ricardo Tisci was announced on Thursday, as Givenchy declared Clare Waight Keller (aka THE Chloé girl) as its new artistic director. Effective from May 2, the announcement was made via Instagram with an image of Waight Keller shot by Steven Meisel (pictured right) to mark the occasion. “True elegance comes with a natural gesture, an attitude in simplicity”, read a caption to another celebratory image on the brand’s Instagram. “Hubert de Givenchy’s confident style has always been an inspiration and I am very grateful for the opportunity to be a part of this legendary house’s history,” commented Waight Keller. “I look forward to working with the teams and writing a new chapter in this beautiful story.” Back to more brand-hopping, Chloé also announced last week that Natacha Ramsay-Levi is taking over from Waight Keller, a position that will effective from April 3. Exciting times.
The creative director of Jil Sander, Rodolfo Paglialunga (who has been at helm of the brand for 3 years), has officially exited his position – his last collection the offering he showcased at MFW in February. “We want to deeply thank Paglialunga for his great job at Jil Sander and the respect he paid to the brand’s DNA”. His successor is yet to be announced, and fashion’s favourite game of musical chairs continues once again.
American fashion label Thakoon (spearheaded by designer Thakoon Panichgul) announced that he label is being put on hold while his investors plan “the next evolution of Thakoon”. This decision is said to have been taken by Bright Fame Fashion which acquired a controlling stake in the house in 2015, and pushed the brand to its current see-now buy-now model. However, the brand has “recognised that the business model is ahead of the current retail environment. Therefore, we are taking a pause and an eventual restructure.” Panichgul commented on the development: “It was time for my brand to explore a new business model and this opportunity allowed us to do so. We can now take the learnings from this to apply to the next evolution of Thakoon.”
Speculation (on a somewhat ridiculous level) continues surrounding Beyoncé’s pregnancy, prompted by successions of Instagram and paparazzi shots. For example: is she expecting a boy and a girl because she wore a pink bra and blue pants in the announcement picture? Is she due in May because she keeps wearing jewellery containing emeralds (the birthstone for May)? And, most recently, as she stepped out wearing the same earrings (pictured) she wore in the video for If I Were A Boy in 2008, she’s clearly must be having twin boys.
Photo hackers seem to never take a day off, and this week was no exception. Emma Watson has allegedly been the centre of yet another hack, as online chatrooms reported the existence of private images of the actress (who is currently promoting Beauty & the Beast as we speak, a Disney film with a feminist and empowering twist to Belle – clearly this attack has been maliciously timed). However the images, which some are reporting as nude, were actually take at “a clothes fitting that Emma had with a stylist a couple of years ago. They are not nude photographs,” a representative clarified. Amanda Seyfried is another name, among others, to have been stung by the attack. Some people really need to find a hobby, or even just a conscience would do.
Although Valentino creative director Pierpaolo Piccioli has been praised heavily by CEO Stefano Sassi, it came to fruition this week that he has ruled out an IPO (initial public offering: the first time that the stock of a private company is offered to the public) this year due to “market conditions”.