^The Fashion Fix^ – Looking Back at 2019
As we edge closer to the start of a brand new decade, now is the perfect time to reflect on the biggest news that has hit the fashion scene in 2019. From the sad passing of an iconic and influential fashion designer, the launch of a celebrity fashion line, designers stepping down from their eponymous labels and much more, let’s rediscover the year’s most trending headlines.
Karl Lagerfeld Dies at 85
On February 19th the fashion world was mourning the loss of iconic designer Karl Lagerfeld, who passed away at the age of 85. It was believed the designer became increasing unwell after he failed to be in attendance for Chanel’s Spring 2019 couture show. The pioneering fashion designer was honoured amid the upcoming Chanel and Fendi Autumn/Winter 2019 ready-to-wear catwalks and a memorial entitled “Karl For Ever” was held in Paris in June.
Calvin Klein Exits Collection Business
In March, news broke of Calvin Klein closing its collections and appointment businesses, indicating that the long-running fashion brand would no longer be included on the red carpet or during New York Fashion Week. This announcement arrived only months after Raf Simons, chief creative officer withdrew from the company. Despite Simon’s amicably parting ways with the brand, it was suggested that the influencer’s visualisation was too avant-garde and didn’t transmit to Calvin Klein’s DNA.
Rihanna Establishes Fenty Fashion Brand With LVMH
In May, popstar sensation and entrepreneur Rihanna increased her world fashion dominance and established her own fashion label, Fenty. This arrived after the launch of her beauty brand, Fenty Beauty and Riri’s lingerie line, Savage x Fenty. She went into partnership with LVMH, which signals the first time LVMH has worked with a fashion label from scratch since Christian Lacroix’s establishment in 1987. Drawing inspiration from herself, the label’s range features billowing sleeves, cinched waists, corsetry and tailoring details, as well as footwear, jewellery and eyewear.
Demna Gvasalia Leaves Vetements
After being a go-to for streetwear under the fashion umbrella of Vetements, in September it was announced that designer Demna Gvasalia was stepping down from the label. Vetements was born because Gvasalia became bored of fashion “and against all odds fashion did change once and forever since Vetements appeared and it also opened a new door for so many,” he informed a fashion source. He pursued the brand for five years, delivering a fresh take on nostalgia and advocating logos including Juicy Couture and international courier DHL.
Zac Posen Closes His Fashion Business
In November, the fashion world was rocked after hearing the news of Zac Posen’s business had shattered. “Horrible,” “pretty intense” and “surreal” were words described by the designer of the brand closure. The design house was established in 2001 by Posen, who said that the label was in a sale process, yet funding was unattainable as of 1st November.
Until next time, xoxo, Katie.