Issey Miyake died at 84 and Tommy Hilfiger launched a resale program. Find these stories and more as we cover the top international fashion news of the week.
Issey Miyake died at
Influential and innovative Japanese designer, Issey Miyake, has died aged 84. Revered for his technology-driven designs, he is considered one of the industry’s leading innovators. Miyake was born in Hiroshima in 1938 – at age seven he suffered the atomic bomb which injured his leg and left his mother sick from radiation. He studied graphic design at the Tama Art University in Tokyo, from which he graduated in 1968. He then worked as an assistant to Guy Laroche in Paris and then worked with Hubert de Givenchy.
While he expressed that he never really cared about fashion, he preferred to focus on design. His pieces are inspired by Japanese style and art, celebrating elements of a non-European aesthetic. Additionally, he wanted to design “things that can be created, not destroyed, and that bring beauty and joy.” He often worked with bamboo and rattan, which would merge the concept of sculpture and fashion. His most iconic concepts include Pleats Please, which features fine pleats that move with the body. This then inspired Homme Plisse and other plisse pieces today. His other notable works include the Bao Bao bag, the A Piece of Cloth concept and his L’EAU D’ISSEY perfume.
Jason Wu launches the home collection
Fashion designer Jason Wu collaborates with AllModern for an exclusive in-house collection. The limited-edition collection includes rugs, pillows and throws inspired by the creations of mid-century designers Josef Albers and Mark Rothko. “Over the last ten years of my career, I’ve wanted to think bigger, think about how I could let more people be part of Jason Wu’s world, and I’m thrilled to partner with AllModern to bring my designs in more homes,” Wu said in a statement. Prices range from $50 to $1,300 and are available online and at Massachusetts’ AllModern store.
Son Heung-min named Calvin Klein ambassador
Son Heung-min is the new Calvin Klein ambassador in South Korea. The soccer player is featured in the brand’s latest campaign, which features sustainable products and recycled materials. “As a longtime fan of the brand, I’m thrilled to represent Calvin Klein Underwear in my home country,” he said. “Calvin Klein products have had a special place in my wardrobe for years, so our partnership is a natural fit. Like so many around the world, I am constantly inspired by the brand’s iconic campaigns, so being the face of one of them is both exciting and surreal.
Olivia Newton-John dies at 73
Dame Olivia Newton-John (ONJ) has died aged 73. The British-Australian icon died at her home in California, surrounded by loved ones, according to a statement. The actress and singer had her first major role in 1978, playing Sandy in the musical Fat. She then starred as Kira in the musical fantasy film Xanadu. She was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1992, which returned twice after her first remission. While battling cancer, ONJ dedicated her time to raising funds for cancer research and opening the Olivia Newton-John Cancer and Wellness Center in Melbourne in 2008.
Tommy Hilfiger launches resale program with ThredUp
Tommy Hilfiger launches resale program with ThredUp. US shoppers will have access to prepaid shipping labels and can send women’s, men’s and children’s apparel to ThredUp. For each sale made, the user will earn shopping credits at Tommy Hilfiger. Women’s and children’s clothing can be from any brand, but men’s clothing must be from Tommy Hilfiger. “This partnership is our final step on our journey to becoming a fully circular brand,” said Esther Verburg, executive vice president for sustainable business and innovation at Tommy Hilfiger Global. “The US market is brimming with circular potential, and together with thredUP, we hope to make a lasting difference.”
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