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#News: April

>> Duchess of Cambridge Graces Vogue’s 100th Issue
The Duchess of Cambridge starred in her first ever cover shoot for a fashion publication, as the June issue of Vogue celebrated 100 years of the iconic magazine. The shoot took place in Norfolk, and was photographed by Josh Olins, styled with classic casual-wear in keeping with the pastoral countryside setting. The issue is available to purchase now.

>> 100-year-old Model Makes Her Debut
Elsewhere in the milestone publication, Vogue 100-year-old, Bo Gilbert appropriately made her debut in the magazine’s 100th issue. In a special Harvey Nichols campaign, the stylish centenarian shone in the bright and playful shoot, wearing Dries Van Noten, Valentino and Victoria Beckham – proving that fashion truly has no age limit.

>> Elbaz’s Departure from Lanvin Board
Following his departure as creative director of Lanvin, Alber Elbaz has been dismissed entirely from the fashion house’s board of directors, despite continuing to hold shares in the company. This follows after controversy with a majority shareholder, Shaw-Lan Wang, and his subsequent replacement with Bouchra Jarrar, who will debut her first collection later in the year at Paris Fashion Week.

>> Prince Dies at 57
Last month we tragically saw the death of the iconic singer-songwriter, Prince, aged just 57. He will be remembered for his hugely successful pop career as well as his unique androgynous style, which will remain influential for years to come.

>> Costa Leaves Calvin Klein
It was announced last month that Francisco Costa would be departing Calvin Klein as women’s creative director of Calvin Klein Collection, marking what CEO Steve Shiffman calls the “beginning of another significant chapter” for the brand. This reignites rumours that Raf Simons will succeed him in the role, following his Dior departure.

>> Antony Vaccarello Appointed YSL Creative Director
It has been announced that Antony Vaccarello will succeed Hedi Slimane as creative director of Yves Saint Laurent, leaving Versus Versace in order to do so. Vaccarello released a statement saying: “I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to contribute to the history of this extraordinary house” and will present his first SS17 collection for the brand in October.

>> Balenciaga Launches Menswear Line
Balenciaga is set to delve into the world of menswear with a little help from new artistic director, Denma Gvsalia, who has previously designed menswear for his co-owned line, Vetements. Gvsalia, who replaced Wang as creative director in October, will debut the SS17 line at Paris Men’s Fashion Week next month.

>> River Island Releases ‘RI Active’
River Island are launching their first activewear line, RI Active, this month ; while their website does include a ‘sportswear’ category, this is the first time they have a specifically designed collection dedicated to activewear. With other sportswear collections currently thriving on the high street with the increasing popularity of ‘athleisurewear’, we have high hopes for the collection, which will be available for purchase in-store and online later in the month.

>> Jason Wu Announces New Diffusion Line
Jason Wu made a surprise announcement early last month via Instagram: a diffusion line called GREY Jason Wu, that will sit under his eponymous brand as a less expensive (but equally as stylish) sister label. Through a new Instagram account, he gave a sneak peek of some sketches from the collection, which will be available in selected retailers later next month.

>> Valentino to Buy Balmain?
Les Echos have reported that Valentino have offered €500 million to buy Balmain, currently directed by Olivier Rousteing – although it is rumoured that two other offers have also been made for the luxury French brand. It’s no wonder Balmain is so sought-after; the brand has a huge following, and was the first fashion house to hold over 1,000,000 Instagram followers, and only went from strength to strength following the hugely popular H&M collaboration in 2015. But what does the future hold for Balmain? Watch this space.

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Written by Sophie Prescott,
featuring an image of  Bo Gilbert [see the second news headline].

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