From the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show to Dior’s creative decision, these are the top international fashion news stories of the week.
Puma by Rihanna to Show at New York Fashion Week
This week it has been announced that Puma by Rihanna will be showing at New York Fashion Week as part of its Fall 2016 shows. Rihanna is just one of the many celebrities currently trying their hand at fashion design and seems to be tackling the challenge well. The singer has now held the position of creative director of Puma for about a year and looks set to continue in the role.
Rihanna announced the upcoming February 12th show in a very subdued and somewhat sneaky way. She listed VIP tickets to the show as auction items for the upcoming Paddle8 auction which was created to benefit the Clara Lionel Foundation which Rihanna founded in 2012.
The bidding for these rare tickets was tipped to start at $15,000 with the winner to also receive flights to New York, a pre-show styling package, backstage access, an invitation to the after-party and gifts!
Shoes of Prey Secures $15.5m Funding Backed by Nordstrom
Australian start-up, Shoes of Prey has raised an incredible $US15.5 million in its most recent round of funding.
Popular both in Australia and overseas, Shoes of Prey allows consumers to design their own shoes. The predominantly online business recently moved its headquarters to Los Angeles to better address its growing market. With this additional funding however, Shoes of Prey will be able to enhance its operation and further develop its retail presence in the U.S.
High-profile U.S. retailer, Nordstrom has been actively involved in this round of funding, showing support for the footwear business. This investment seems to be a natural extension of the retailer’s current involvement with Shoes of Prey. Several Shoes of Prey Design Studio shops are currently operational within Nordstrom stores making the two businesses already intertwined.
Dior’s In-House Design Team Takes the Reigns
It has been two months since Raf Simons announced that he was leaving Dior and left everyone wondering who would replace him. Although many names have been thrown around, Dior has attempted to put those rumours to rest by announcing that its next two collections will be managed by its in-house design team. The team is tasked with heading-up the Spring 2016 Haute Couture collection, to show in January, and the Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear collection, to show in March.
It’s a bold move for the luxury fashion house in this era of celebrity designers. However, by doing so the house allows room for the possibility of choosing to grow in-house designers over hiring high-profile outsiders. Of course the rumour mill still spin with the names of potential new creative directors for Dior. Top of the rumour list? Alber Elbaz who was up until recently creative director of Lanvin.
Alexander McQueen Returns to London for One Season Only
Alexander McQueen has announced its return from Paris to London for one season only. The London-based fashion house traditionally shows in the more prestigious Paris Fashion Week but will next year take its Autumn/Winter 2016 collection back home to London Fashion Week. With the schedule released this week for LFW, Alexander McQueen is set to appear in catwalk format on February 21.
The return of the luxury brand looks set to boost London Fashion Week and draw an audience as it did in its early years. In another drawcard for the event, British brand Mulberry is also scheduled to return next year.
Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show 2015 Goes Off With a Bang
It’s been a long wait but the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show for 2015 finally arrived. And what an amazing show it was! With five segments this year’s show took us through the themes of Boho Psychedelic, Portrait of an Angel, Exotic Butterflies, PINK USA, Ice Angels and Fireworks.
The gorgeous Behati Prinsloo opened the show and the ecstatic energy radiated from her. This mood continued throughout the show, through outfit changes, elaborate set changes and wonderful performances by The Weeknd, Ellie Goulding and Selena Gomez. Newcomers to the VS runway, Kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadid also beamed happiness as they made their first ever walks for the show.