Welcome to a new decade! The fashion industry hasn’t slowed down in 2020, with the first month of the new year seeing some unlikely collabs, a new appointment at an acclaimed luxury fashion house, and the retirement of a renowned designer.
Fortunately, we’ve got you covered on all the happenings with our Fashion News Of The Month for January.
Balenciaga Returns to Haute Couture
Spanish luxury fashion house Balenciaga is set to return to its origins in couture for the first time in 52 years. Currently known for its social commentary offering streetwear like the infamous IKEA tote bag and footwear innovations such as the Speed Sock, Balenciaga was once known for its never-before-seen silhouettes such as ballroom hems, waist manipulation, and the sack dress, which revolutionised the women’s fashion landscape during the 20th century. The Spanish fashion house hasn’t produced a couture collection since 1968, when founder Cristóbal Balenciaga closed the atelier.
“Haute couture is the very foundation of this house, so it is my creative and visionary duty to bring couture back.” explained Demna Gvasalia, artistic director at Balenciaga. “For me, couture is an unexplored mode of creative freedom and a platform for innovation.” Gvasalia’s couture debut will take place this July, during the fall 2020 season.
Maison Margiela and Reebok Join Forces
French luxury fashion house Maison Margiela and American sportswear company Reebok are collaborating on a footwear collection. The chunky sneakers fuse the two brands’ most recognisable footwear releases. Reebok’s Instapump Fury silhouette meets that of Maison Margiela’s iconic split-toe Tabi boot to form the ultimate ugly chunky sneaker. The resultant shoe comes in six colourwaves and will be available in a flat and heeled version, dropping in the Fall/Winter 2020 season.
Jean-Paul Gaultier Farewells Couture
Renowned French couturier Jean-Paul celebrated his retirement – as well as his 50th anniversary in the fashion industry – with a final couture show in Paris’ Théâtre du Châtelet. Attended by the likes of Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, Sonam Kapoor, Nicolas Ghesquière, Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren, Isabel Marant, Christian Louboutin, Mary Katrantzou, Christian Lacroix, and Dries Van Noten, the runway took on a party atmosphere. Models and performers alike took to the runway to showcase over 200 looks, with the show featuring stars like Dita von Teese, Boy George, Bella and Gigi Hadid, Karlie Kloss, and Yasmin Le Bon.
Gaultier is known for his sculptural silhouettes and his transformation of the corset from a symbol of the oppressed woman to that of one in control.
Opening Ceremony to Close its Stores
American fashion brand and retailer Opening Ceremony announced that it will cease operation as a multi-brand retailer and be shutting down its physical stores. The cult-favourite retailer currently has stores operating in Los Angeles, New York, and Japan, which will all cease to operate by the end of this year. “I’s incredibly emotional for us to announce today that we will be closing our Opening Ceremony retail locations sometime in 2020,” said Carol Lim and Humberto Leon, founders of Opening Ceremony, “we’ve made a decision to focus on growing Opening Ceremony collection and brand.” Opening Ceremony will still be operating as a label, but not as a multi-brand retailer.
Nick Knight Succeeds Karl Lagerfeld as Fendi Photographer
The Italian fashion house named Nick Knight as its new photographer for advertising campaigns. Knight will replace the late Karl Lagerfeld who passed away in February 2019. Silvia Venturini Fendi, Fendi’s creative director, described Knight as a visionary, saying he puts her in “such a different mood, more open to experiences.”
Gucci and Disney Team Up
Gucci is releasing a collection in collaboration with Disney to celebrate Chinese New Year. To honour the year of the rat, the capsule collection will feature iconic Disney character Mickey Mouse. The collection features bags, wallets, sneakers, hoodies, linen sets, t-shirts, and sneakers. “The colorful, energetic imagery has the look of holiday postcards, and the eclectic, surreal spirit of today’s Gucci is perfectly at home in the fantasy world of Disneyland,” the Italian fashion house explained in a press release.