Following Fashion Philosophy’s first News article from last month, Tskenya-Sarah Fraser once again prepared a report of the biggest and most exciting news, this time from the month of June.
>> Graduate Fashion Week feels like it was a long time ago, but at the beginning of this month a few lives changed forever. Hannah Wallace (from Manchester School of Art), Melissa Villevielle (from Edinburgh College of Art) and Ella Nisbett (from Nottingham Trent University) found themselves sweeping the awards board, taking home two each. Wallace took home the big prize of the night, the George Gold Award which comes with a £10,000 reward. Congratulations! Great Britain is producing some serious fashion talent – go us!
>> Founded in London fashion retailer matchesfashion.com collaborates with Y-3 on the capsule collection. Both brands have collaborated on a limited edition three-piece collection inspired by ink drawings from Yohji Yamamoto.
#1 – Hannah Wallace’s designs at Graduate Fashion Week, photographed by Lucy Young and sourced from The Print Affair. // #2 – Y-3 and matchesfashion.com collaboration, image sourced from i-D.
>> “Call me Caitlyn.” – This month Caitlyn Jenner, previously known as Bruce Jenner stole the internet away from her step-daughter, Kim Kardashian, and her pregnancy news. Even though it’s great to hear that Kimye are expecting a second child, Caitlyn deserves all the coverage as she just helped break down a massive social barrier. With an ubiquitous Vanity Fair cover and record-breaking Twitter debut under her belt (breaking Barack Obama’s record to reach 1 million followers in the shortest time ever), Caitlyn Jenner has had an eventful month. The Fashion Philosophy team wishes her the best of luck!
>> Supermodel and philanthropist Tyra Banks takes on the scandal of retouching and jumps on the #nomakeupselfie bandwagon. Bank’s called out celebrities and important societal figures for misleading their audiences and followers who have used the hashtag #nofilter, but who have secretly been retouching their images. Speaking to her 2.9 million followers on Instagram, Tyra commented: “And there YOU are… looking at me, studying this picture. Maybe you’re thinking, “Whoa, she looks ROUGH.” And if you are, great! You deserve to see the REAL me. The REALLY real me. #RawAndReal”.
>> A ‘rogue’ model takes to protest on the runway during the Rick Owens S|S 16 Menswear show this June. Male model Jera Diarc – a regular on the Owens runway unravelled a piece of white fabric that read “Please Kill Angela Merkel – Not“. The statement was a commentary on the anti-capitalist protests that took place in Frankfurt and around Germany earlier this year. Diarc was later criticised by his agency for his attempt at freedom of speech.
>> Shouts for inclusion! Louboutin, one of the most popular shoe brands in the world has extended its Nude collection to match and fit all skin tones. Many fashion critics have argued that calling beige and peach items of clothing ‘nude’ is racist, but aside from the political and sociological issues, it’s a simply inaccurate way to describe a colour – thank you Louboutin.
>> Favourite childhood actors, now fashion designers and businesswomen, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, have scooped their second CFDA Award for their womenswear label The Row. The twin’s won the accessories prize last year, and the womenswear award in 2012 which was considered one of the most difficult categories. The category also featured designers such as Proenza Schouler, Michael Kors, Marc Jacobs and Joseph Altuzarra. Congratulations Mary-Kate and Ashley!
>> Fashion legend Donatella Versace is the new face of the Givenchy A|W 15 collection. The news surprised most of the fashion community but the choice is proving to be a popular one. The campaign was shot by Mert & Marcus Piggott and styled by Carine Roitfeld.
>> The Martin Margiela documentary film is now streaming online, and it is called The Artist Is Absent and is already deemed a must watch by fashion lovers. You can see Margiela’s greatness yourself in the whole 12-minute film now.
>> Fashion house favourite Kenzo and cult director Gregg Araki are set to release a film together. Araki’s shoot for Kenzo, titled Here Now, will debut during Couture Fashion Week in Paris – the fashion community will have to wait patiently for now, counting down the months, days, hours and minutes. But we’re thinking it’s definitely going to be worth the wait!
>> Farfetch relaunches its collection with menswear at its forefront. You can see a snippet of the collections at Browns, South Molton Street. The indie online e-retailer has collaborated with celebrities such as Usher to a launch campaign curated by Swizz Beats for their beefed-up menswear offering.
>> Counterfeit goods have been rife on the fashion market for decades but June Unesco and Comité Colbert take a stand on fashion counterfeiting. As featured on style.com, in an interview they commented: “The ultimate goal is to promote culture and fight against illicit trafficking, and thus counterfeiting”.
>> Fashion and music idol Missy Elliot is making a come back! This June we were given major hints that she will be returning to the scene with a bang, after she was named as the Bestival’s Sunday headliner. Missy hasn’t released an album since 2005, so we are all eagerly awaiting new material.
>> Vanessa Snow and Jason Schwartzman come together to shoot Araks’ latest lookbook. The photo-book features a wonderful range of minimalistic lingerie shot by numerous close friends of the pair, using a disposable camera to add a more authentic and real element to the shots.
>> Dope, the latest movie to hit the box office with a bang is set to make all watchers reminiscent of the 90’s. The coming of age movie takes inspiration from what is considered to be one of the most influential decades of fashion, featuring celebrities such as A$AP Rocky, Zoë Kravitz and Chanel Iman to capture the scene.