Top fashion stories of the week: September 23

Top fashion stories of the week: September 23

This week the fashion world had quite a lot to say. Milan Fashion Week went full throttle, with leading houses including Gucci, Fendi and Prada presenting their Spring/Summer 2023 offer across the Italian city; Kim Jones announced it Dior will unveil its next Men’s Pre-Fall collection with a grand showcase in Egypt, and Moncler planted the seeds for the 70th anniversary Piazza del Duomo takeover this weekend. Elsewhere, Brad Pitt unexpectedly launched a gender-neutral skincare line; Harris Reed took over as creative director at Nina Ricci, and Ye naturally made more headlines for his ongoing feud with adidas and SPACE.

Below, Hypebeast has rounded up the week’s best fashion stories so you can stay up-to-date on trends in the industry.

Dior revealed plans to show its next pre-fall men’s collection at Egypt’s Giza Pyramids

Designer Kim Jones announced that he will present his upcoming Dior Men’s Pre-Fall Gathering in Egypt on December 3rd. The runway will foreground the Giza Pyramids near the nation’s capital, Cairo, marking the French house’s latest destination show. According to a statement obtained by WWD“the heavenly collection celebrates a lifelong passion for travel.”

Jones spent his childhood years in Botswana, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Kenya and Ghana, so the show will naturally honor his long-standing connection to the continent. The leading visionary has a penchant for staging men’s Pre-Fall collections abroad; following his appointment as creative director of Dior Homme in 2018, Jones carried on the House tradition with runways in Miami and Tokyo. Last year, he revived the pre-COVID custom with a show in London.

Gucci, Fendi, Prada and more presented SS23 collections on the Milan Fashion Week runways

Milan is home to some of fashion’s biggest players, and so far this fashion week proves the Italian city’s unequivocal influence on the industry at large. Among the Spring/Summer 2023 standouts, Gucci presented a “Twinsburg” collection on a legion of identical twins; MM6 Maison Margiela revealed a Salomon collaboration; Raf Simons and Miuccia Prada offered a sinister womenswear line for Prada; Diesel masterfully reinvented denim, and Kim Jones fitted Fendi in green. But above all, each runway allowed Italian craftsmanship to bubble to the fore.

Milan Fashion Week runs until Monday 26 September. For a full look at the latest Italian runway shows, read Hypebeast’s show coverage from the ongoing showcase.

Off-White™ ready Virgil Abloh’s collaboration capsule with Pro Skater Sal Barbier

Before his tragic passing, Off-White™ visionary Virgil Abloh collaborated with professional skater Sal Barbier on a pipe-ready capsule collection. Released earlier this week, the range includes a range of youthful apparel, combining Barbier’s signature designs with signature Off-White™ emblems.

Courtesy of Barbier, the brand’s classic arrow motif entwined with a mean-looking rattlesnake illustration in an all-grey hue appears throughout the collection. Navy hoodies, jumpers and T-shirts bear the gliding symbol, and striking chromatic stripes decorate denim ensembles with an unexpected dose of colour. In addition, the collection includes a pair of black and white sneakers, as well as a dark blue baseball cap.

The Off-White™ c/o Sal Barbier collection is now available for purchase on the brand’s website. See the entire collaboration here.

The plot thickened in Ye’s Battle Against adidas and GAP

The saga continues.

Although Ye revealed that he terminated his cooperation with SPACE last week, YEEZY remains locked under strict restrictions from the company, according to a document shared on Ye’s Instagram, titled “Summary of Restrictions on YEEZY Standalone Activities.”

The restriction notice, released on Monday, applies to YEEZY’s license and endorsement agreement with adidas and its strategic agreement with GAP. It reads: “Neither YEEZY nor Ye may use, carry, sponsor, promote, promote, advertise, endorse, design, manufacture, license, sell or provide consulting services with respect to any of the following products under the YEEZY trademarks or Ye’s likeness or any other identifiable attribute, trait, or indication of Ye.” The following document lists the entire YEEZY catalog, including footwear, streetwear and accessories.

On Thursday, Ye shared a series of screenshots from his conversations with adidas representatives before publicly outlining an offer to the company. On his Instagram Story, CEO adidas presented a non-exclusive manufacturing and distribution partnership agreement, where the athletic brand will receive a 20% royalty on net profits from sales generated.

Yes’ feud with adidas and GAP continues. Stay tuned for further updates.

Neymar Jr. dropped a new collection with PUMA

Soccer superstar Neymar Jr. teamed up with PUMA for another clothing and footwear collection – this time drawing inspiration from the athlete’s native Brazil. Among the selection, the duo welcomes countless premium basics including a bomber jacket, mock-neck crew, jacquard tee, relaxed tee, sweatpants and jacquard shorts. Footwear comes with new variations of the PUMA Slipstream and PUMA Leadcat, while accessories include a backpack, crossbody bag and two headwear offerings. In particular, the collection is united under a motif that refers to three bird tattoos on the left side of Neymar Jr.’s neck.

“Since they started with PUMA, they have brought a lot of my personality into the collections,” said Neymaer Jr. about the partnership. “They are authentic pieces, with cheerful colors and references from my everyday life, such as tattoos. This tropical collection was also created to remind me a little of the atmosphere of Brazil and who I am as a person.”

The collection is now available for purchase via PUMA and select retailers, with prices ranging from $28 USD to $150 USD. Explore the entire collaboration here.

Moncler announced a 70th anniversary show in Milan’s Piazza del Duomo

On Tuesday, Moncler revealed plans to take over Milan’s historic Piazza del Duomo with an artistic tribute show celebrating its 70th anniversary. The show, directed by avant-garde Frech choreographer Sadeck Berrabah, takes place at 9pm on Saturday 24 September, kicking off a 70-day program of special events and brand experiences around the world.

The brand’s larger 70th anniversary, billed under the slogan “Extraordinary Forever”, has a lot more to offer. Among the commemorative activations, the imprint is preparing to introduce seven reinterpretations of the revered Maya jacket from some of fashion’s top talents, including Thom Browne, Hiroshi Fujiwara, Rick Owens, Pierpaolo Piccioli, Francesco Ragazzi, Giambattista Valli and Pharrell Williams. Each new silhouette will arrive in one-by-one drops starting October 15th.

Brad Pitt unveiled his own skincare line

Brad Pitt announced his own genderless skincare line, called Le Domaine, revealing a range of products made with an unexpected ingredient – ​​grapes – from his vineyard estate Château Miraval.

In an interview with Vogue, the 58-year-old multihyphenate promised that the brand offers a new “science-meets-nature line of genderless skin care items.” Developed in collaboration with the Perrin family, the innovative range prides itself on using grape-based antioxidants – specifically GSM10 – to differentiate cleansing emulsion, serum, cream and liquid cream products. The exclusive molecule is said to help with aging and act as a powerful antidote to oxidative stress.

Harris Reed was appointed creative director of Nina Ricci

On Wednesday, Nina Ricci named Harris Reed as its new creative director. The trailblazing 26-year-old visionary, known notably for creating the likes of Harry Styles, Iman and Lil Nas X, will join the house as its youngest-ever head designer. In particular, Reed will show his first collection for the label in early 2023.

“I am honored to join the house of Nina Ricci, with its treasure trove of glamour, history and power ready to be explored. I’m really excited to challenge the landscape of what femininity means across fashion and beauty in such an iconic house,” Reed said in a statement.

The announcement follows the departure of Nina Ricci’s former creative directors, Lisi Herrebrugh and Rushemy Botter, in January.

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