From Vogue Italia’s polarising new March cover to Gucci hosting a digital music event, these are the very best global fashion news stories of the week.
Vogue Italia’s New Editor-In-Chief Receives Polarising Responses To His Debut Cover
When you are appointed as the newest editor-in-chief of an international fashion magazine, it’s safe to say that the world pays attention. This week, following global expectancy, the new head of Vogue Italia, Emanuele Farneti, has launched his first cover for the magazine’s March edition. Shot by Steven Meisel, the innovative cover blatantly and paradoxically draws attention to the intertwined worlds of fashion and e-commerce. It features an American model wearing three distinct Armani outfits, in a design that playfully mirrors an internet shopping site with names such as “Add to Cart” and “Free Shipping”.
Farneti’s appointment to the position was revealed in January 2017 from Condé Nast International’s chairman and chief executive officer, Jonathon Newhouse. Praising Farneti he hailed him as “among the very expert, honored, and talented editors-in-chief we’ve got in Italy,” announcing that he has been able to “deliver novelties, fresh layouts and high quality to each name he has directed.” After its release, the March e-commerce cover obtained polarising responses on social networking. For some, this “cutting-edge” cover supports Newhouse’s statements concerning Farneti’s talent. For others, it’s “the worst pay in the history of magazine’s”. Farneti’s cover, however, isn’t the first time the magazine has challenged the conventional notions of making a high-fashion cover. In January 2012, Vogue Italia’s cover satirised TV shopping channel QVC, and in January 2005 it mimicked the kitsch layout of a supermarket style tabloid.
As it may be mentioned, an editor’s work is not done. If this opinion-dividing cover marks the beginning of Farneti’s livelihood with Vogue Italia, then we can’t wait to see what April’s edition has in store for us.
Givenchy Shows First Female Creative Director: Clare Waight Keller
Following Ricardo Tisci’s death from a twelve-year predominate as Givenchy’s creative manager, fans of the fashion house speculated who would be coronated with his enviable place. 1 month after, the answer was shown, together with Givenchy naming Clare Waight Keller as the new creative director. Though she is the first feminine designer to maintain the position, Clare is no stranger to the challenges of directing a new at the forefront of style. In January of this year, Clare, who’s designed for Gucci, Ralph Lauren, and Calvin Klein, stepped down from her six-year function as creative director at Chloé.
In Chloé, Clare became famous for her intimate and elegant silhouettes and is supposed to present a stunning change from Tisci’s fiery, bold job at Givenchy which featured heavy embellishment, graphic designs, and sportswear-inspired pieces. Chairman and CEO of LVMH, Bernard Arnault, has stated that Clare’s “widespread expertise will allow Givenchy to enter another phase of its unique route”. With a knack for creating modern, elegant layouts, Clare is forecast to draw inspiration from the house’s decadent 75-year tradition, which in its previous years was favoured by girls of charm that is tasteful, including Audrey Hepburn, Wallis Simpson, along with Jackie Kennedy.
Givenchy’s very first collection under its queen will grace the catwalk in Paris this October with its Spring/Summer 2018 collection.
2017. CLARE WAIGHT KELLER. NEW ARTISTIC DIRECTOR. SHOT BY STEVEN MEISEL.
Coachella Festival Sues Urban Outfitters
The word ‘Coachella’ evokes images of flower crowns, crocheted harvest tops, and all over bohemian vibes. This word is not normally connected to courtrooms, judges, and suits. According to firm statements made from the California-based festival, this world class music event and its title are categorically not correlated with Urban Outfitters. On Tuesday of this week, Coachella Music Festival told the Federal Court that Urban Outfitters, through its affiliate Free Folks, happen to be infringing upon the festival’s most famous and long-registered trademarks to sell their merchandise. Alleged to be “trading on the goodwill and fame” of this festival’s name, Urban was using ‘Coachella’ named apparel as a keyword trigger in online marketing. Garments under attack comprise Free People’s ‘Coachella Boot, ” ‘Coachella Mini Dress,’ and ‘Coachella Valley Tunic.’
The festival, who has teamed up with H&M to make a licensed group called ‘H&M Loves Coachella’ is seeking compensation from Urban Outfitters, in addition to demanding they remove all of items and change product labels so that the Coachella name is not “tarnished” from misbranding. Refusing to allow this conflict deter in the preparation of their iconic festival, Coachella returns this year in the 2nd and 3rd weeks of April, together with crowd-pulling acts such as Lady Gaga, Kendrick Lamar, Radiohead, and Lorde. Urban Outfitters are likely to be needing some critical R&R to recover from this legal battle.
Catch, before enjoying the festival. Launching March 23rd.