Over-viewing news from the month of November, written by Sophie Prescott.
>> Balmain x H&M Causes Chaos
Chaos broke out upon the release of H&M‘s collaboration with Balmain, with shoppers going to extreme lengths to get their hands on the coveted collection. The collection sold out within record time as dedicated shoppers camped outside stores in New York, Paris and Florence, while shocking footage emerged of the riotous crowds in Turkey fighting over the exclusive pieces.
With a campaign fronted by the likes of Kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadid, the pieces were gorgeous – but are they really worth an overnight camp and rowdy crowds? We’re not so sure.
>> Warehouse Announces Rebrand Details
News of Warehouse‘s rebrand has been circulating for some time, but it has now been announced that two fashion heavyweights are on board with the high-street brand’s image overhaul – Alasdhair Willis and Emma Cook. Willis has gone from strength to strength at Hunter and will be sure to shake things up as brand consultant, alongside Emma Cook as creative director – we can’t wait to see what lies in store for the brand!
>> Burberry Campaign
Burberry unveiled their star-studded Billy Elliot themed Christmas campaign; the ad featured Julie Walters, Elton John, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Naomi Campbell, James Corden, little Romeo Beckham and many more famous faces.
>> British Fashion Awards
Towards the end of the month came the biggest night in British fashion, which brought everyone from the likes of Jourdan Dunn and Karlie Kloss to the Beckhams. It was a great night for JW Anderson who won awards for Menswear Designer and Womenswear Designer, while Karl Lagerfeld received an accolade for Outstanding Achievement.
Monochrome looks dominated the red carpet; Georgia May Jagger wore a black mesh Gucci dress, showing exactly how sheer fabrics should be worn, while Arizona Muse shone in an elegant crop top and skirt combo from Ralph & Russo.
>> Collaboration With Rihanna Helps Puma’s Profits
Despite a struggle with profits in their third quarter, Puma‘s collaboration with Rihanna has been a great success, helping to grow their womens footwear category. Her twist on the classic suede sneaker with a creeper style sole sold out in no time – giving the sports brand a much needed boost.
>> ‘Grace: Thirty Years of Fashion at Vogue’ Reprinted
Originally printed in 2002, this retrospective on Grace Coddington had a limited release of only 5000 copies – which collectors were willing to pay thousands for. Now, you have another chance to grab your a copy, as Phaidon is reprinting the book at a (slightly) more affordable £100 – so you can read up on the first 30 years of the flame-haired creative director at Vogue.
>> Death of Marie Seznec Martinez
Best known for her modelling and her work with Christian Lacroix, Marie Seznec Martinez sadly lost her battle with cancer this month. She will be remembered for her truly glamorous life and as a striking muse for Lacroix.
>> Designers Stand Against Paris Attacks
Following the tragic attacks in Paris, designers have taken a stand against terrorism to spread a message of hope. Karl Lagerfeld, Rick Owens, Victor and Rolf, Guillaume Henry and David Koma were amongst the designers who offered sketches in the midst of the tragedy, however, it was graphic designer Jean Jullien‘s simplistic symbol of unity which went viral, with millions sharing the ‘Peace for Paris‘ image, showing the true power of art.
>> Victoria Beckham designs for World AIDS Day
As a UNAIDS Global Goodwill Ambassador, Victoria Beckham is helping to raise awareness about HIV for World AIDS Day with exclusive designs to raise money for charity. Her t-shirt design features the campaign’s red ribbon and can be purchased online for £90, while a keyring can be purchased for £165 – with all profits donated towards the prevention and treatment of AIDS.
>> Lanvin Controversy
After a popular and successful run as creative director, Alber Elbaz‘s departure from Lanvin wasn’t without controversy, as the majority shareholder made the decision that he should step down from his position after 14 successful years. With a contemporary creative flair, he transformed the French brand in-keeping with their traditional, feminine designs while at the helm.
Following the staff revolts at Lanvin, even the Mayor of Paris has waded in on the debate, asking: “by dismissing the person to whom it owes its renewal and an essential part of its influence, does the house of Lanvin not risk losing a part of its soul?”. While we can’t be sure what lies ahead for Lanvin, there is no doubt Elbaz will go on to thrive on his next creative project.