Dior names Jin Xing as a fragrance ambassador, and Milan Fashion Week designers are doing physical shows. Stay up to date with all of the hottest international fashion news stories of the week.
Dior Names Jin Xing as Face of J’Adior
Dior has made history by naming Jin Xing as the face of J’Adior. Notably, Xing is a transgender ballerina, author, and activist and was a former army colonel – she was the first to publically undergo gender reassignment surgery in China in 1995. Xing features in the fragrance’s campaign, explaining how she felt at the time of her transition. “When I chose to become a woman, to become a mother, a wife and face society anew, at the time 80 percent was worry, doubt, and even contempt,” she said.
Jean Paul Gaultier Reveals New Strategy and Brings Back RTW
A few days after sharing mysterious images on his Instagram account – removing the bio, avatar and uploading a post that said ‘The End’ – Jean Paul Gaultier has finally revealed what is going on. The French designer is hiring a series of designers to take turns in leading the brand. Gaultier is enlisting the tattoo artist Dr. Woo, French footwear designer Pierre Hardy, German brand Ottolinger and stylist Georgia Pendlebury.
This comes as the designer revealed he was bringing back RTW after six years. Supermodel Bella Hadid fronted the campaign, featuring many iconic Gaultier Marinière tops, corsetry, and a rendition of its 1996 ‘Cyberbaba’ (now ‘Morphing’) dress. The collection hits stores and online on 28 May.
Trussardi Names Two New Creative Directors
The Italian fashion house, Trussardi, has named the duo behind GmBH its Creative Directors. The Co-Founders, Serhat Işık and Benjamin A. Huseby will introduce their first collection in Fall 2022. The two will work together to redevelop the brand’s image to fit a younger and fresher demographic.
GmBH is referred to as a ‘Modern Day Berlin Fairytale.’ It offers menswear and womenswear with fresh interpretations of workwear with a mix of underground influences and experiments with new and sustainable textures. The air will use their “sharp and contemporary creative vision founded in [Trussardi’s] values” when entering the new roles.
Christian Siriano Is Bringing Back Bridal
Christian Siriano is bringing back his bridal collection for 2021. The new collection will reflect his underlying theme of inclusivity, with sizes going up to 28. Pieces include a mixture of traditionally masculine and feminine elements, including a tuxedo blended with ballgowns, black wedding dresses, and bold pantsuits.
“We’ve been having multiple conversations with all of these brides that are coming into our studio lately — we didn’t see brides for a year and now have brides almost every single day coming in,” said Siriano. “What my team and I tell them is, ‘Go for your ultimate, complete dream, fantasy everything, whatever that is! If it’s a slip dress, fine! If it’s a humongous, 10-foot ballgown, you have to do it because you never know what’s going to happen.’ I think everybody needs to live to the fullest that they can because we all see what can happen in our world.”
The Designers Hosting Physical Shows at MFW
Milan Fashion Week has announced its calendar for this year – several fashion houses are hosting their new collections in person. MFW will run from June 18-22, featuring live runways from Giorgio Armani, Dolce & Gabanna, and Etro. There will be a mix of both physical and digital shows throughout the event due to the pandemic.
“We are approaching this new fashion week with a positive and optimistic attitude. The fact that the government has accepted our requests placed during the MISE Textile and Fashion Table, authorizing the holding of fairs in attendance from June 15, has allowed us to confirm the dates of Milan Fashion Week, giving an important signal to restart,” explained Carlo Capasa, the President of National Chamber of Italian Fashion.
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