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Givenchy Looks to the ’90s for Spring 2020
Clare Waight Keller’s Spring 2020 work for Givenchy featured an environmentally conscious use of denim. Throughout the collection, upcycled versions of the material brought a touch of ’90s New York to the brand’s daywear offerings. Keller didn’t have to dig deep to capture the city’s style during the decade — she lived it, reminding Vogue backstage that working for Calvin Klein in 1993 was one of her first jobs in the industry. Trousers, high-waisted pencil skirts, and a minimalist pieces evoked a Carolyn Bessette-like aesthetic. The eveningwear could not have been more different. Intricate floral patterns, appliqués, and flowing silhouettes (the kind Keller has become known for) highlighted how her eye has evolved.
Forever 21 Officially Files for Bankruptcy (New York Times)
Fast fashion retailer Forever 21 has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. The company will cease operations in 40 countries and close 350 stores worldwide, including 178 in the United States. However, it will continue to operate some stores, as well as sell online. “What we’re hoping to do with this process is just to simplify things so we can get back to doing what we do best,” Linda Chang, Forever 21’s EVP, told the New York Times.
Thom Browne’s Seersucker Aristocracy
Thom Browne continues to be one of fashion month’s most interesting shows. The American designer has become an expert at attacking themes with a sense of drama, whimsy, and theatricality. For Spring 2020 he mixed the court ensembles of Versailles with a bit of ’80s punk. Of course, everything was skewed through the lens of his trademark preppiness, which at this point has become a hallmark of his sense of humor. Who else would think to imagine 18th century robe à la polonaise, corsets, bloomers, and crinolines in seersucker, if not that man who found a way to make uniform grey wool suits quirky and unique?
Instagram Will Now Remind You About Product Drops (Vogue Business)
Instagram is beefing up its shopping capabilities once again. Beginning today, brands will be able to add “reminder” buttons when they launch new products on the platform. Fans who opt-in will receive push notifications both one day and 15 minutes ahead of the drops.
The New York City Ballet Holds Its Annual Fall Gala
Last week, the New York City Ballet held its eighth annual Fall Gala, which included world premiere performances of The Shaded Line with costumes by Zac Posen and Lineage, with costumes by Anna Sui. The evening also included a performance of George Balanchine’s Symphony in C — a pillar of the NYCB’s repertory since 1948 — set to music by Georges Bizet and featuring costumes by NYCB director of costumes Marc Happel. Since its inception in 2012 the gala has raised more than $20 million for New York City Ballet.
Nobis Comes to New York City
Canadian outwear brand Nobis celebrated their pop-up at Rothman’s (222 Park Avenue) on Thursday night with a party hosted by Eric Rutherford. Nobis is the first outwear company to feature men’s, women’s, and children’s styles together at Rothman’s. Guests included former NBA player Kevin Willis, Garrett Neff, Eian Scully and Igee Okafor.