Paris Couture Week is streaming digitally, the applications for the Woolmark International Prize have opened, and Zalando will start selling exclusively sustainable brands. Find these stories and more as we uncover the happy news stories of the week.
1. Paris Couture Week to Host Digital Show in July
The leading fashion event will now take place digitally in July. Fédération de la Haute Couture et de la Mode will share images and videos of the event for two days, featuring all 41 designers from the original lineup.
“Each house will be represented in the form of a creative video. Additional content will be included in an editorialized section of the platform. All of this will be widely shared on the main international media networks,” said the Couture’s Governing Body. The event will run from July 6th-8th.
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Paris Couture Week will host its first-ever digital showcase in July. Flipping the traditional order of its fashion calendar, the Fédération de la Haute Couture et de la Mode said it would stage an online version of Paris Couture Week from July 6 to 8. “Each house will be represented in the form of a creative film/video. Additional content will be included in an editorialized section of the platform. All of this will be widely shared on the main international media networks,” the Fédération added. Valentino’s Pierpaolo Piccioli is understood to be working on a special project for couture, though it is unclear whether it will be unveiled on the Paris calendar. While many brands have yet to disclose their projects, designer Iris Van Herpen said she plans to ramp up her use of technology. Tap the link in bio for more. Report: @jdiderich
2. CFDA and Paper Magazine Showcase 2020 Fashion School Graduates
The CFDA and Pape Magazine will partner together to showcase the graduates of the 2020 Fashion School. This special edition of the publication aims to highlight the ‘five graduates you need to know’. The five designers include Kyra Buenviaje, Max Condon, Kenneth Brody McCasland, Justin Chi, and Samantha D’iorio. Each student also had an exclusive Zoom call with a leading designer from the CFDA. “COVID might’ve taken the class of 2020’s senior showcases, but fashion WILL continue,” the Instagram post read.
3. Applications for 2021 International Woolmark Prize are Open
The applications for the 2021 International Woolmark Prize is officially open. This is one of the world’s most coveted and prestigious awards for fashion designers. To apply, designers must have an established commercial ready-to-wear or couture experience for a minimum of two years (and a maximum of eight). Entrants must also showcase their skills by working in various fabrics, textiles, and design approaches.
They must also present yearly growth in sales and innovation with their designs. Each finalist will win $70,000 to produce a collection using merino wool. The winner will go on to win an additional $200,000 – the runner up will win the Karl Lagerfeld Award for Innovation and $100,000. Each finalist will also have the opportunity to work with a renowned mentor—applications close June 19.
4. Zalando Will Sell Only Sustainable Brands
Zalando will be exclusively selling sustainable brands from 2023. As one of the biggest fashion e-commerce sites in Europe, the retailer will only sell brands that offer an environmentally sourced supply chain. The 2,000 brands that currently work with the e-commerce platform have three years to change their current strategies to become eligible.
“Yes, this is a strong position we are taking,” said Kate Heiny, the Director of Sustainability at Zalando. “But we believe this is the right thing to do, and we see a crucial link between sustainability and the continued commercial success of our business.” To comply with the new guidelines, retailers must answer a 250-question checklist, which includes the breakdown of their supply chain and a full audit of the retailers’ processes. There are currently 400 brands that align with these new guidelines.
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5. 16-Year Old Teaches STEM Teaches Kids on TikTok
A 16-year old has been dubbed the TikTok Tutor, thanks to his teaching skills on the app. Alexis Loveraz, a teenager from the Bronx in NY, has started explaining math and science topics to students across the world. He has amassed more than 650,000 followers since he began the project, where he teaches algebra, trigonometry, chemistry, and even Korean lessons. He currently has a 4.0 GPA at his high school, and he hosts three-hour live-streaming lessons on Sundays for students across the globe.
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