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Burberry Fall 2019: A Tale of Two Tiscis
“I have been thinking a lot about England as a country of contrasts, from the structured to the rebellious and free, and I wanted to celebrate how these elements coexist,” Riccardo Tisci said of his second Burberry collection.”Contrasts” were indeed a major part of the season for him, as the designer essentially presented two collections at once: the lady and the gentleman. The first half of the show was fashion-forward streetware. Tisci played with sportier, more youthful styles that showcased his personality as a designer.
Part two featured new versions of the tailored, refined looks Tisci presented last season at his debut for the house. His structured interpretation of Burberry’s heritage was offset by a custom soundtrack designed by M.I.A.
Drag Spice Girls Perform at Victoria Beckham’s London Fashion Week Party
Don’t ever say Victoria Beckham doesn’t know how to have fun. To celebrate her Fall 2019 show, the designer had a Spice Girls drag tribute group perform at the after party, sponsored by YouTube. Is this perhaps a nod to all the fans who were upset that she won’t be joining the reunion tour? Who knows! Though she doesn’t see to have any ill-will towards her pop star days, her fashion career is clearly where her heart is. So, what of the collection?
It was amazing. Beckham’s latest is earning her rave reviews and comparisons to Phoebe Philo’s Celine because of her exquisite tailoring and thoughtful silhouettes. Beckham has been on this trajectory for the past few years, and this season she really seems to have come in to her own. She is certainly filling a void for professional women looking for thoughtful designs that are also chic, rather than dowdy.
Peter Pilotto Brings Fun and Frivolity to London
The late 1970s were back in full force at Peter Pilotto. Feathers, flowing satin dresses, and streamlined suits in bold textiles were among the biggest takeaways from the collection. It was a reminder of how much fun fashion can be when you add a little pizazz.
Gucci Announces Plan to Boost Diversity (Fashionista)
Gucci announced a series of initiatives to boost the company’s diversity, as well as its inclusion, following its misfire with a sweater that resembled blackface. Starting immediately, Alessandro Michele will oversee the hiring of five new designers to the house’s studio in Rome. Meanwhile Gucci’s New York headquarters will hire a global director for diversity and inclusion. Finally, the house will launch a diversity and inclusivity awareness program for its employees globally.
FIT Announces 2019 Sustainability Conference and Gala
This April 3 and 4, FIT will hold the 2019 Sustainable Business and Design Conference. Titled “Innovating for the Future,” the conference will bring together leaders in sustainability and innovation with film screenings, breakout sessions, interviews, networking opportunities, and panels. Additionally, on the 3rd, FIT will hold a black-tie awards gala to benefit the FIT Foundation — the fundraising arm of FIT that creates programs, develops new initiatives, and provides scholarships for students. The night will honor Nadja Swarovski with the Social Impact in Sustainability Award and Laurent Claquin, president of Kering Americas, with the Corporate Innovation in Sustainability Award on behalf of Kering. The duo will also participate in panel discussions at the conference. Tickets to the conference are available to the public, with proceeds benefiting the FIT Sustainability Council.
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Lee Radziwill Has Passed Away (WWD)
Iconic socialite Lee Radziwill died on Friday at the age of 85. A socialite, interior designer, and PR executive for Giorgio Armani, Radziwill was known for her elegance and sense of style. A friend of Truman Capote, Andy Warhol, and countless designers, Radziwell was a pop culture figure in her own right, helping define the image of the “jet set” lifestyle of the 1970s.