FASHIONBOSS ENCORE: SUNDAY FASHION RECAP
FASHION & STYLE: Adventures in Velvet (And Sportswear)
Prepare for a Velvety Fall | Perhaps it’s fitting that the birthplace of Victorian aesthetics has been the showcase for so much of the era’s favorite fabric on the runway. It’s official: designers at London Fashion Week are bringing velvet back for fall. Christopher Kane took an artistic approach to the material, re-imagining its heavy, decadent associations in sophisticated mod jumpers applied with female-bust cutouts. The designer showed the fabric’s impressive versatility in a couple looks featuring bold crocodile prints and sleek pantsuits with lapels that appeared to unravel across the blazer. The Edwardian silhouettes at Simone Rocha, however, referenced the opulent drawing rooms in which velvet had its heyday. Leg of mutton sleeves and regal cloaks stuck to a mostly mourning palette — a.k.a. black. Black seemed almost forbidden at Toga, where velvet was offered in a rainbow of chic. Of particular note was a hot-pink overcoat that will set the street style sidewalks ablaze come October.
Sacai Revamps Nike | Nike is not new to collaborating with innovative Japanese designers. In the past, the shoe developer and active wear connoisseur teamed up with Junya Watanabe to create Nike x Undercover: Gyakusou and Loopwheeler to create Nike Air Vortex “Fuwa Max.” Now the premier shoe brand joins with Chitose Abe to release a Nike x Sacai line consisting of eight women’s active wear pieces that brings her patented whimsical style to surface.
BUSINESS OF FASHION: New Blood at Bally
Claudia Cividino Arrives at Bally | Bally has brought in veteran executive Claudia Cividino to navigate the Swiss luxury house through an uncertain fashion landscape. While brands like Brunello Cucinelli and Roger Vivier thrive, iconic labels like Ralph Lauren and Hugo Boss struggle to meet revenue expectations, making strong leadership in the US market a major priority.