Top International Fashion News of the Week | 19.09.21

American independence honored at the 2021 Met Gala 1

The stars made waves at the 2021 Met Gala, Naomi Campbell earned a royal nomination and Kenzo brought in a new artistic director. Stay up to date with the best international fashion news of the week.

American independence honored at the 2021 Met Gala

This year, the Met Gala returns to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, celebrating “In America: A Fashion Lexicon”. The theme, widely performed by its celebrity guests, centered on American independence. This includes expressing the identity, style and politics of American culture. “American designers are at the forefront of conversations about diversity, inclusivity, sustainability, gender fluidity and body positivity,” shared Wendy Yu curator at the Costume Institute, Andrew Bolton. The 2021 event was co-hosted by Gen Z star poet Amanda Gorman, actor Timothée Chalamat, tennis champion Noami Osaka and singer Billie Eilish.

The event saw many famous faces, including Dan Levy, Gigi Hadid, Kendall Jenner and Rihanna. Some stars passed the brief, including Ciara in Dundas and Lupita Nyong’o in Versace. Yara Shahidi was inspired by Josephine Baker, wearing a nude-encrusted Dior dress, just like Anok Yai in Oscar de la Renta. Billie Eilish channeled Marilyn Monroe and Grace Kelly in a peach-colored tulle Oscar de la Renta ballgown. Gemma Chan wore a Prabal Gurung dress, inspired by Anna May Wong, the first Chinese-American screen icon. Kim Kardashian caused a stir in an all-black Balenciaga bodysuit and t-shirt that covered her entire body from head to toe.

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Nigo is Kenzo’s new artistic director

Kenzo calls on Nigo as its new artistic director. Japanese designer, Tomoaki Nagao, is the founder of streetwear brand A Bathing Ape (BAPE) and will take office on September 20, with his debut collection launching next year. Nigo succeeds Portuguese designer Felipe Oliveira Baptista, who stepped down in June after two years in the role. The label’s founder, Kenzo Takada, died of complications from COVID-19 in October last year. “I was born the year Kenzo Takada opened his first store in Paris. We both studied at the same fashion school in Tokyo. In 1993, the year Kenzo joined the LVMH group, I started my career in fashion,” Nigo said of the news.

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Naomi Campbell Fronts Royal Charity as Ambassador

Supermodel Naomi Campbell is the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust’s new Global Ambassador. The charity encourages young people to push for change in health care, education and the environment. The model has been involved in charity work for over 25 years, raising funds for victims of natural disasters. “This is something close to my heart, and I will continue to do everything I can to uplift the next generation, so they can create a better future for their communities,” she said in a statement. communicated.

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Chanel and Institut Français de la Mode Debut Academic Chair

Chanel and the Institut Français de la Mode are working together on the partnership, Chanel Chair and Le 19M Savoir-Faire Mode. Hosted by the IFM Foundation, the five-year union aims to “develop the traditional and living know-how of the Métiers d’art”, said Bruno Pavlovsky, president of Chanel Fashion Activities and SAS, and president of the executive committee of the IFM Foundation. . .

The Chanel Chair will emphasize the importance of craftsmanship, such as artistic embroidery, feathers and flowers, and 3D printing. “For this new academic year, we have nearly 1,000 students, 300 of whom will study different professions,” said Xavier Romatet, general manager of the IFM. “A third of their time is devoted to learning techniques. Our mission is to prepare our students to understand all the arts and crafts professions and to make them multidisciplinary.

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The 2021 CFDA nominees are here

The CFDA has named its nominees for the 2021 Fashion Awards. Peter Do and Christopher John Rogers are among the top designers nominated for the award for American Womenswear Designer of the Year. Men’s Designer Yera nominees include Thom Browne and Telfar, among many others. Miuccia Prada and Raf Simons for Prada made the list of International Womenswear Designers of the Year, joining nominees Jacquemus and Daniel Lee of Bottega Veneta.

This year’s event will take place on November 10 and will honor Dapper Dan with the Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award. “American fashion is experiencing a renewed energy, and these designers play an important role in the future trajectory of our industry,” said CFDA CEO Steven Kolb.

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