Raf Simons’ Musical Collaboration, the Color of 2020

by Aria Darcella
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Raf Simons Celebrates The xx
Being a famous fashion designer certainly has its perks. For example, you get to work with your favorite rock stars, and befriend them. Such is the case for Raf Simons, who is helping British band The xx celebrate the 10th anniversary of their debut album, xx — which also happens to be one of Simons’ all-time faves. The designer worked with band members Romy Madley Croft, Oliver Sim, and Jamie Smith on a capsule collection inspired by the album.

After falling in love with their music, Simons invited The xx to perform at a Dior party at the Guggenheim in 2014. A few years later, he collaborated with them again on their “I Dare You” music video. “Working with the guys has been so amazing and so easy to do at the same time,” Simons told System Magazine. “We are already quite attuned to each other in the sense that we know very well what we want and what we can offer each other. When they reached out to do something together to celebrate the 10th anniversary of xx, I didn’t have to think twice… I’m so happy and grateful for the fact we became friends and got to collaborate in so many ways.”

The collection includes t-shirts, patches, a cap, and a set of pins. It will available December 12 through The xx’s website, and select retailers globally.

Pantone Announces the Color of 2020 (New York Times)
Pantone is forecasting “classic blue” as the color of next year. Classic blue — the color of blueberries or a Pepsi can — was chosen as a response to the stressful, anxious nature of our times. The company describes the color as “nonaggressive,” “easily relatable,” and “honest.”


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Chanel Draws From its Past for Fall 2020
Coco Chanel’s 31 ru e Cambon apartment in Paris is an iconic part of the designer — and the brand’s — identity. The space has appeared in countless Chanel campaigns. It’s a bit surprising that it has taken this long for the house to use it as inspiration for a collection, let alone one of its lavish shows. But the time seems right to celebrate one of the more decadent elements of label’s heritage, so yesterday the Grand Palais in Paris was transformed into the legendary space.

“There is a sort of simplicity in going back to Chanel’s ABC,” explains Virginie Viard. “I didn’t want the usual long-distance traveling of the Métiers d’art collections; I wanted to stay in Paris. So, we had to think of a new way of doing things. And then there are the codes invented by Gabrielle Chanel and made sublime by Karl Lagerfeld, which I like mixing up, too. I like the idea of a patchwork. For me, it has to be on the same level as in real life. I always question the context, which has nothing to do with the way we lived decades ago: What would a woman like today? How would she wear it?”

It seems the woman of today is interested in a particular trend: micro handbags, or bags as jewelry. Chanel is finally getting in on the action, issuing tiny versions of its Boy and Gabrielle bags. There were also subtle references to objects in the apartment, and one look — a champagne-hued lace ensemble — was inspired by a 1935 Cecil Beaton portrait of Coco.

Otherwise, the collection presented slight updates on Chanel classics. Models wearing tweed suits, dripping in costume jewelry glided down the runway while celebrities like Kristen Stewart, Vanessa Paradis, Lily-Rose Depp, Penélope Cruz, Yara Shahidi, Sofia Coppola, and Marion Cotillard watched.

Giorgio Armani Opens Up About Sustainability (The Guardian)
“My values have always been in a way sustainable – I’ve never done things to be thrown away after one season,” Giorgio Armani recently told The Guardian. “I’d love for us all to slow down the cycle of collections, and produce less, but of better quality. It seems that designers are locked into a system of renewal that, for me, often seems arbitrary.”

“Obviously, every now and then I myself have a doubt if what I am doing is correct,” he continued. “If I should be pushing the pedal or accelerating to provide luxury when all of this is happening.” That said, he’s not a supporter of activist groups like Extinction Rebellion. “I’m against exaggeration, by nature, in everything. I don’t like exhibition, though there is a basis which is justified.”

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Emma Stone Is Engaged (People)
Emma Stone and Dave McCary are engaged! The couple in 2016 met when Stone hosted Saturday Night Live, where McCary works as a segment director. They began dating sometime in the summer of 2017. Congrats!


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