Keeping up with the movers and shakers of the fashion world can be a full-time job. To save you some time, we’ve rounded up the week’s most important fashion news, industry shake-ups and stylish occurrences.
Nicolas Ghesquière Takes the Reins at Marc Jacobs
Designer Nicolas Ghesquière succeeded Marc Jacobs as artistic director of Louis Vuitton. Considering that Ghesquière brought an experimental spirit to his former fashion house, Balenciaga, he is one of the few designers who could preserve and build on Jacobs’ legacy. Ghesquière’s appointment is indeed a coup for Vuitton, though, those watching on might catch a wink of irony: Balenciaga initially courted Marc Jacobs as Ghesquière’s replacement before ultimately landing Alexander Wang. (via WWD)
Nicola Formichetti Premieres #DIESELTRIBUTE
Another well-suited pairing, designer Nicola Formichetti and the denim juggernaut, Diesel, just revealed their first campaign under Formichetti’s creative direction. Titled #DIESELTRIBUTE, the campaign clip, shot entirely on an iPhone, is another chapter in the ongoing democratization of fashion. It’s also worth noting that the entire collection is unisex and crafted in denim, a truly universal fabric. (via SLAMXHYPE)
Meadham Kirchoff’s Collab Brings Glam Rock to Topshop
Over the past few years, November has become the fashion’s preferred release month for brand collaborations—just in time for holiday shopping. Now, add to that growing list of capsule collections the UK freaky fashion duo Meadham Kirchhoff for Topshop. T Magazine has an exclusive preview of the Marilyn Manson- and glam rock-inspired collection. The line hits Topshop stores on November 21st.
Maison Martin Margiela Talks Working with Kanye
Maison Martin Margiela, the fashion house responsible for the much-talked about masks from the Yeezus tour, opened up about working with Kanye: “While the Maison was able to visualize the garments and the overall construction, Kanye brought a stage expertise, knowing how to adapt pieces in a stage context, so that they would be seen from afar and retain all original functions from the first date, till the very last.” Which is to say, this collaboration went a lot smoother than his capsule collection for A.P.C. (via Elle)
Rihanna’s Unveils Final River Island Collection
On the other end of the artist-brand collaboration spectrum, Rihanna’s affordable final collection for River Island is just as grabbing as the first. There’s still a hint of RiRi’s signature high-street style that she and her stylist Adam Selman nailed on their first run, but more dressed up this for the coming holidays. “We had to put a little sophistication on it,” Rihanna says in a behind-the-scenes video. The collection is also easier to wear, with noticeably less crop tops and more seasonally appropriate styles and prints like turtlenecks in tartan plaid and velvety gothic florals. The collection is up for preorder now and officially goes on sale tomorrow, November 7th.
Dueling Yves Saint Laurent Biopics
Hedi Slimane has stirred up so much interest in his newly rebranded Saint Laurent label that come next year there will be two biopics on the fashion house founder. The trailer for the first movie, Yves Saint Laurent directed by Jalil Lespert, which wrangled the support of Saint Laurent’s long-time lover and business partner Pierre Bergé, has just arrived. It’s in French and doesn’t have subtitles but is nonetheless intriguing. (via Fashionista)