Pitti Immagine postponed exhibitions until February
The board of directors of Pitti Immagine, which planned to host the next menswear show in the Florentine fortress of Fortezza da Basso on January 12-14, is forced to postpone it until February 21-23. Together with Pitti Immagine, there will be Pitti Filati, an exhibition highlighting the latest achievements in the textile industry, and a Pitti Bimbo exhibition, dedicated to children's fashion.
The decision to postpone is due to the "uncertain situation" that has developed due to the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic (in particular, by the decree of the Italian Prime Minister to suspend the work of trade fairs until December 3), as well as a request from participants to give more time to prepare collections. At the same time, the digital platform Pitti Connect, launched with the aim of establishing contacts between designers and buyers in the conditions of self-isolation, will begin work in advance.
“We took three criteria into account to set new dates and plan a meeting that would help us cope with the situation,” explains Pitti Immagine President Claudio Marenzi. - Firstly, fairs should be held during a period that is beneficial for trading companies. Second, the identity of each event must be preserved. And thirdly, they should give a powerful systemic signal regarding both the production and commercial chain, which is of particular value for Italian fashion, and the national calendar of fashion presentations (Milan Fashion Week will be held from 19 to 24 February. -)) ".
Alber Elbaz named the launch date of his own brand
Former creative director of Lanvin Alber Elbaz, who a year ago announced the launch of his own brand AZ Factory with the support of Richemont, revealed the approximate date of the show of the debut collection. The designer's return is scheduled for January, around the same time as Paris Haute Couture Week.
“We create beautiful fashion items based on universal solutions. This is a reset of the settings, "- said in the official statement of Elbaz.
Earlier, the designer, in a conversation with The New York Times, explained that he would not do "pre-collections, collections and post-collections": "Everything will be built in a project format about things that I consider to be relevant today." In addition, Elbaz commented on the name of the brand, which in 2019 sounded like AZ Fashion: “I would not want to call him by my name, because this is not about me. It will be about us - from A to Z. And also about luxury, because today luxury is not only a price."
Calvin Klein appoints new design head
The brand revealed who will lead the global design strategy and provide creative direction across all areas of the company's business. Raf Simons, who left Calvin Klein's creative director at the end of 2018, will be replaced by Jessica Lomax on December 9. She is a former Nike art director who has worked on brand collaborations and sustainability projects. Lomax's position at Calvin Klein will sound like "Executive Vice President and International Head of Design."
“Jessica excels at creating a clear vision for the product. This intersects with our brand's unique DNA and what our consumer is striving for today. Under her leadership in design and her innovative approach, we are confident that our product will continue to be more customer-centric, green and inclusive,”comments Cheryl Abel-Hodges, CEO of Calvin Klein, Inc.
adidas ranked as the best human rights company
The brand tops the list of the World Benchmarking Alliance (WBA), an international organization dedicated to human rights among the fashion industry. The drafting focused on three areas: company governance and policy commitments, human rights due diligence, and remedies and grievance mechanisms.
adidas scored 23 out of 26 possible points. Tesco retail chain, Marks & Spencer brand and Fast Retailing company, which owns Uniqlo, also showed strong results. Among the representatives of the luxury segment, the top lines of the rating were taken by the fashion house Burberry and the Kering conglomerate, which includes Gucci, Saint Laurent, Alexander McQueen, Bottega Veneta and Brioni.
Valentino invited Russian architect Garry Nureyev to cooperate
The founder of the architectural bureau Crosby Studios Harry Nuriev took part in a joint project of the Valentino brand and the Spazio Maiocchi gallery, timed to coincide with the release of UNIqueFORM boots. The photo shoot, taken in Moscow, was published in the Kaleidoscope magazine: photographer Sasha Chaika captured Garry Nureyev walking in UNIqueFORM boots through the places that once inspired him. Among them are monuments of Soviet architecture and samples of what is commonly called "bad taste." The shooting became the starting point for the architect's conversation with the Russian project curator Anastasia Fedorova, which took place in a three-dimensional space created by Nuriev specifically for the project.