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#News: March

>> Sophia Webster Wins BFC/Vogue Fashion Fund
Congratulations to Sophia Webster, who won the BFC/Vogue Fashion Fund earlier this month. The luxury footwear designer won the award, which provides £200,000 funding and a year of mentorship, at the Bulgari Hotel. So what’s next for Webster after her celebrations? “The store is next on the agenda, we only just got the keys last week, so that’s our next focus. After that, our team is growing and we’ve really outgrown our space so next will be a new office. It’s incredible.

>> Armani Ditches Fur
I am pleased to announce that the Armani Group has made a firm commitment to abolish the use of animal fur in its collections,” read a statement made by an Armani spokesperson, as they made the decision to go cruelty-free in their fashion collections as of AW16. The policy will apply to the Giorgio Armani, Emporio Armani and Armani Prive collections – let’s hope other brands follow by example.

>> Mansur Gavriel Bucket Bag Lawsuit
Leather goods designers Mansur Gavriel have accused a number of other designers of copying their popular bucket bag, including Pelletteria Pierre SNC, DiScarselli Roberto & C,. Bruna Rosso SNC, and Hobbs Group SRL. The company allegedly sent out a number of cease and desist letters, for copying the “unique and distinctive trade dress of the MG Bucket Bag”, but to no avail. The case continues.

>> Bouchra Jarrar Announced as Lanvin’s Artistic Director
Following the departure of Alber Elbaz last year, Bouchra Jarrar has confirmed she will take the reins at Lanvin – which may not be an easy task following the house strikes at the company. Before founding her eponymous label, Jarrar has had many years’ experience at Balenciaga, Christian Lacroix and Jean Paul Gaultier, so hopefully she has what it takes to get the French fashion house back on track for SS17.

>> Massimiliano Giornetti Leaves Salvatore Ferrogamo
Massimiliano Giornetti is stepping down from his role of creative director at Salvatore Ferrogamo, after 16 years at the company, and 6 years at the helm of the Italian fashion house. “I wish to thank still the Ferragamo family for the invaluable professional opportunity given to me in these years of mutual collaboration” he said in the official statement released this month.

>> Salvatore Ferrogamo to Microchip Accessories
The Salvatore Ferrogamo brand has also been in the news as the latest brand to use technology in the fight against counterfeit goods, adding microchips into the heels of shoes and into selected bags in order to preserve resale value and to distinguish authentic goods from fakes. The news comes after $17million worth of fake goods were seized last year from China and on the web.

>> Penelope Chilvers X Molly Goddard Collaboration
What happens when you bring together bespoke footwear brand Penelope Chilvers with the wonderfully kitsch Molly Goddard? A highly anticipated shoe collection. The range includes an eclectic range of textures and colours, from bottle green to salmon, in everything from clogs to lace ups. The collection is available to purchase now on PenelopeChilvers.com.

>> Christian Dior Come to UK for SS17
Dior will showcase their Spring/Summer 17 collection at Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire on May 31st this year, where Christian Dior once displayed a couture collection back in 1954. This follows the news that Gucci will hold their pre-SS17 collection at Westminster Abbey.

>> Instagram’s Newsfeed Changes Face Backlash
Instagram have introduced a new algorithm to its newsfeeds, which means that posts will no longer be viewed in chronological order, but in terms of ‘interest’ to the individual user – similar to the changes made to Twitter earlier this year. The changes have faced considerable backlash among celebrities and the public alike, including Instagram giants Kendall and Kylie Jenner.

>> Hermès Saddle Up for the Olympics
Hermès have been chosen as the official saddle makers for Brazil’s show jumping team for this year’s Olympics. The brand started out back in 1837 as a saddle and harness company, so it seems fitting that they will lend their talents to (who will be) the most stylish show jumping team in the competition!

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Written by Sophie Prescott,
featured image of Dior‘s location of Cruise Collection ’16, sourced via Bureau Betal.

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