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Fashion Files: Karl Lagerfeld’s Successor and Saint Laurent’s Post-Fashion Show Debut

Kim Jones’ arrival as artistic director for Fendi marks a new era for the Italian house, while Saint Laurent flips the lid

Words by JAKE HEDDAEUS

 

 

A mood image featuring the SAINT LAURENT Spring/Summer 2021 collection. Photo by Quentin De Briey.

Saint Laurent Reveals Its Men’s Spring/Summer Collection
The future is now for Saint Laurent. In April, the brand announced that it was cancelling its fashion shows, and the men’s Spring/Summer 2021 took the alternative form of a campaign video, No Matter How Long the Night Is. The six-minute film, a collaboration between artistic director Anthony Vaccarello and director Nathalie Canguilhem, takes the viewer from dawn to dusk and around the world, from the rooftops of Sacré-Cœur in Paris to the Great Wall of China. Combining videos, music and street art in the form of posters, flags and murals, it is an elaborate vision for the inspiration behind the season’s latest wares.

As for the clothes, the collection (out next year) will continue to outfit the casual-cool counterpart to the glamorous Saint Laurent woman. “I don’t like the idea of doing a revolutionary wardrobe every season.” Vaccarello explained to Vogue. “For me, you can mix this collection with the one I did in Malibu last year or the one I showed overlooking Manhattan in 2018.” Timeless and irreverent, pieces range from botanical-printed shirts and suiting to a terry cloth, robe-inspired jacket rendered in a leopard and palm leaf print.

 

 

FENDI’s newly appointed artistic director, KIM JONES. Photo by Brett Lloyd.

Kim Jones Takes the Helm at Fendi Women’s
On Sept. 8, Fendi announced the appointment of Kim Jones as the artistic director of the Italian brands’ haute couture, ready-to-wear and fur collections — a surprising choice, since he made his name in menswear with a stellar record at Louis Vuitton Men’s and Dunhill before removing to Dior Homme in 2018.

With his new appointment, the designer will succeed the late Karl Lagerfeld at Fendi while also maintaining his role at Dior. Silvia Venturini Fendi, a third-generation member of the Fendi family, will continue to oversee the Roman fashion houses’ accessories and menswear collections. His first presentation for Fendi will be ready-to-wear for Fall/Winter 2021/22 during Milan Fashion Week in February. If his Supreme collaboration at Louis Vuitton and his work with Shawn Stussy and Daniel Arsham at Dior are anything to go by, the next few seasons at Fendi could present a paradigm shift for the fur house.

 

 

EVAN MOCK models a pair of JC X TIMBERLAND/F boots in black, $596. Photo by Cole Sprouse.

Jimmy Choo’s Shiny Take on a Timberland Classic
The Timberland boot has gotten a glamorous update as the brand teams up with Jimmy Choo on a capsule collection. Originally introduced in 1973, the nubuck work boot has long transcended its functional origins and has become an instantly recognizable style made popular in part to its fanbase within the hip-hop community.

Built to withstand life’s most rugged elements, the four fresh unisex options feature added pizzazz by way of Swarovski crystals and glitter. Maximum shine is achieved in the limited-edition, crystal-embellished boot, while the black and wheat nubuck options offer a more subtle glitter finish. The unlikely collaboration juxtaposes two contrasting viewpoints: one of luxury and glamour with pragmatic utility, but for Jimmy Choo’s creative director, Sandra Choi, that dynamic is what makes for an interesting partnership.

“To collaborate with a brand like Timberland allows Jimmy Choo to explore a new avenue and take part in a different conversation,” Choi explains. “Timberland’s outdoor work heritage combined with our high-fashion sensibility creates something really exciting and unique in the market.”

To launch the collaboration, the brand tapped actor and photographer Cole Sprouse to lens skateboarder and model Evan Mock alongside beauty entrepreneur Kristen Noel Crawley in the California desert. The collection is now available at Jimmy Choo boutiques and jimmychoo.com. 240 N. Rodeo Dr., Beverly Hills, 310-860-9045.

 

 

HEND SABRY models the medium ETRO Pegaso bag, $1,570, and GIANVITO ROSSI FOR ETRO pumps, price upon request. Photo by Matthias Vriens.

Etro Teases a New Shoe Collaboration for Fall 
Etro has unveiled a preview of its first collaboration with fellow Italian designer Gianvito Rossi. The shoe capsule includes two styles of pumps, a flat and an over-the-knee boot, each rendered with the paisley prints synonymous with the Etro brand. The Gianvito Rossi for Etro capsule will also be available in Gianvito Rossi boutiques and on gianvitorossi.com this fall.

In conjunction with the shoe collaboration, Etro has revealed its new Pegasus Club campaign, in which an eclectic mix of talent — including models Elsa Hosk and Alton Mason, Tunisian actress Hend Sabry and Italian singer Myss Keta — seductively pose for photographer Matthias Vriens. The collection of small and medium-sized patent Pegaso bags, which feature a graphic buckle depicting the brand’s winged horse logo, are available now at Etro boutiques and on etro.com. Two Rodeo, 9501 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310-248-2855.

 

 

A selection of knitwear at COTTON CITIZEN’s FRED SEGAL shop-in-shop.

Cotton Citizen Lands at Fred Segal for a Pop-Up
Los Angeles-based retailer Fred Segal has debuted its latest shop-in-shop featuring the elevated essentials brand Cotton Citizen. Also based in L.A., the brand’s founders explain that they “have always recognized the importance of Fred Segal in southern California as a leader in curated fashion and retail experiences.”

To celebrate the launch, the storied shop will be the first in-store retailer to stock the brand’s Pre-Fall 2020 collection, which features a range of luxurious basics featuring washed-out hues and earthy textures. As many continue to work from home, and in turn, are prioritizing comfort, the collection’s offering is timely, offering up a range of stylish yet leisurely pieces like T-shirts, sweatpants, sweaters and hoodies. The collection is available at Fred Segal’s Malibu and Sunset locations. 3822 Cross Creek Rd., Ste. 3822, Malibu, 424-235-1500. 8500 Sunset Blvd., L.A., 310-432-0560.

 

Sept. 10, 2020

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