Olivier Rousteing is going viral with his JPG Couture collection, and celebrities are strutting on Balenciaga’s latest show. Stay up to date with the latest international fashion news of the week.
Tom Ford would be looking for buyers
The rumor mill is rumbling with reports that Tom Ford is selling his namesake brand. A Bloomberg report speculates that Tom Ford is talking to Goldman Sachs to discuss finding a potential buyer. Tom Ford founded the brand in 2005 after leaving as Creative Director of Gucci, a position he held from 1990 to 2004. Additionally, he was Creative Director of YSL from 1999 to 2004. The Tom Ford brand began as a menswear line but has expanded into ready-to-wear, footwear, eyewear, fragrances and cosmetics. The report is not yet confirmed – Ford could remain with the company and the label could remain independent. Watch this place.
Olivier Rousteing launches the JPG Couture collection
It was a historic moment in fashion this week, with Balmain creative director Olivier Rousteing debuting his collection for Jean Paul Gaultier (JPG) during Couture Fashion Week. This is the second iteration of JPG’s collaborative efforts, with the first created by Y/Project’s Glenn Martens. Rousteing’s collection celebrated the world of JPG, paying homage to some of the designer’s most iconic and outrageous moments.
Pieces inspired by JPG’s perfume bottles influenced shoes, skirts and shirts, with the bottle’s silhouette serving as a heel. Another major influence from the collection was a pinstripe dress with nude illusion cups on the breasts. This is a tribute to the dress Madonna wore to the amFAR AIDS fundraising gala in 1992. A range of blue striped sets, mixed prints, cone bras and corsets donned the runway, all inspired by previous collections. There was also an injection of Rousteing’s signature style, with a sculptural all-leather skirt and blazer ensemble, complete with pointed shoulders and matching beret.
Stars Walk Balenciaga Couture Show
Balenciaga went viral with its show at Couture Fashion Week, as celebrities mingled with models along the catwalk. The collection included Nicole Kidman, Dua Lipa, Christine Quinn and Kim Kardashian, who wore asymmetrical dresses with flowing fabric. Runway pieces included plenty of morph suits, a Balenciaga brand staple for a few years, offset by oversized coats and textured dresses.
Naomi Campbell and Bella Hadid also walked for the show. The latter wore a green dress heavily influenced by Balenciaga’s Amphora couture dress, designed by Christobel Balenciaga in 1959. The dress was modernized with a mini skirt in the back, black opera gloves and black heels. Naomi Campbell wore an oversized black ballgown with a huge skirt and round neckline – the dress was so large that many models struggled to cross the threshold of the runway.
The Maison Valentino Couture fashion show takes over the Spanish steps
Maison Valentino takes over the Spanish Steps in Rome for its couture show. The collection, designed by creative director Pierpaolo Piccioli, comprised 103 pieces. It spanned the entire spectrum of the rainbow, with vibrant hues taking shape with feathers, lace and beads. Other notable pieces included flowers made from fabric, layers of ruffles on shirts, skirts, dresses, and soft confections.
“This is a deeply personal collection because it’s all about Valentino’s story,” Piccioli said of the collection ahead of its presentation. In addition to the collection, the creative director invited 120 students from fashion schools in Rome to attend the show. “I still remember so well the feeling of being on the periphery of such an awesome event,” he said. “I wanted them to sit down and watch the show, and not be left out [in] the crowd.”
Models in front of Ivy Park’s latest collection
Ivy Park’s latest collection is here, and models past and present are promoting the campaign. Beyonce’s athleisure brand is releasing its latest collection with Adidas, dubbed Ivytopia. Models like Irina Shayk, Adut Akech and Joan Smalls presented the campaign, playing in the futuristic garden of Ivy Park.
The collection includes 52 gender-neutral pieces, shoes and accessories in neutral tones like khaki, cream, black and white, which aims to present “natural and organic elements with futuristic details and shapes”. The collection will be available for purchase online and in-store from July 21.
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