Whilst December typically signals a wind-down of business affairs in most industries, the fashion world is still in full swing. This month has seen two collaborations between luxury fashion houses and sportswear brands, a major CEO change, and a copyright scuffle between a luxury brand and a fast-fashion retailer.
Luckily, we’ve got you covered on all the happenings with our Fashion News Of The Month.
adidas and Prada Join Forces
Italian luxury fashion house Prada and German sportswear manufacturer adidas have collaborated on a limited edition collection. Released on December 4th, the unisex line features adidas’ iconic shell-toe Superstar sneaker and a bowling bag, which combines the silhouettes of the sportswear brand’s gym bag with that of a bag the luxury fashion house first released in 2000. Though the bag fuses the two brands’ creative visions, the Superstar is unaltered from the original adidas design, albeit with the Prada logo added. Prada described the shoe as “an impeccable icon…which does not require being re-designed.” Both offerings are manufactured in Prada’s Italian factory using the Prada full-grain leather.
Jean-Jacques Guével Appointed As The New CEO of Balmain
Massimo Piombini stepped down as the CEO of French luxury fashion house Balmain in early December, after two years in the role. Under his leadership, Balmain grew by 50% and continued to expand globally. The luxury fashion house has named Jean-Jacques Guével as the new CEO, with Guével commencing his role in February 2020.
Dior and Nike Team Up
French luxury goods company and American sportswear giant Nike’s Jordan Brand are collaborating on a limited run luxe Air Jordan 1 High OG. Slated to drop in 2020, the resultant sneaker fuses elements of French and American culture, and bonds haute couture with high-performance sportswear to create a hybrid look. The hi-top sneaker is crafted in white and silver toned leather, with Nike’s iconic swoosh logo reinterpreted with Dior’s signature monogram print. The ankle collar features an embossed Air Jordan Wings logo with the words ‘AIR DIOR’.
“I love mixing together different worlds, different ideas — and Jordan Brand and Maison Dior are both emblematic of absolute excellence in their fields,” said Dior’s creative director Kim Jones of the collaboration. “To bring them together in this special collaboration is to propose something exciting and truly new.”
PANTONE has Announced its Colour of the Year for 2020
Colour matching company PANTONE has named ‘Classic Blue’ as its colour of the year. The timeless shade is said to evoke images of “the sky at dusk” and was chosen for its elegance and simplicity. PANTONE selected the shade to pay homage to its first ever Colour of the Year, cerulean, chosen in 2000.
Adut Akech Takes Home 2019 Model of the Year
Australian model – and Naomi Campbell’s mentee – Adut Akech Bior won the ‘Model of the Year’ award at the British Fashion Council’s annual Fashion Awards, held on December 2nd. The 19-year-old South Sundanese-Australian model addressed the need for greater diversity in the fashion industry during her acceptance speech, saying that “it is important for all of us to remember that someone like me winning this award is a rarity…This is for the young women and men who found representation and validation in my work. I want them to never be afraid of dreaming big like I once did.”
Versace Sues Fashion Nova Over JLo Dress
Italian luxury fashion house Versace filed a lawsuit against fast-fashion retailer Fashion Nova, alleging copyright infringement of several of Versace’s prints and designs, including the iconic green ‘jungle print’ dress recently worn by Jennifer Lopez at a Versace show in Milan Fashion Week to commemorate 20 years since its first appearance. In a lawsuit filed in the central district court of California, Versace’s lawyers claimed that “Fashion Nova’s infringing apparel is plainly a deliberate effort to exploit the popularity and renown of Versace’s signature designs, and to trade on Versace’s valuable goodwill and business reputation in order to drive profits and sales to line Fashion Nova’s pockets.”