Phoebe Philo to exit Céline

After 10 years as Creative Director of the Parisian luxury brand Céline, designer Phoebe Philo is to step down.  The British designers final show will be the SS18 show set to take place in Paris in March.  In a statement from the brand Philo said “Working with Céline has been an exceptional experience for me these last 10 years. I am grateful to have worked with an incredibly talented and committed team and I would like to thank everyone along the way who has been part of the collaborations and conversations. It’s been amazing.”  Philo joined Céline in 2008, after a tenure at Chloé, and over the 10 years has redefined how women dress, from revitalising the Stan Smith trainer she wore at the end of her catwalk shows, to turning out leather ‘it’ bags with ease as well as her famously edgy campaigns in collaboration with Juergen Teller.   Rumours of her next role include a possible move to Burberry.

 

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Phoebe Philo – Designer

 

Gucci x Ignasi Monreal SS18 campaign

For Gucci’s SS18 campaign Alessandro Michele has left behind the famed photographs of long time collaborator Glen Luchford, and has produced a set of surrealist images by the Spanish artist & illustrator Ignasi Monreal.   The latest collaboration comes after Monreal led the Gucci Giving campaign and his work also being used in the last Gucci Cruise collection.  The Spanish-born fashion illustrator exploded onto the fashion scene in his early twenties with his colourful graphic illustrations.   A perfect pairing for Gucci’s whimsical palate.  The dream like images contain both fairy-tale and mythological references as well as dinosaurs and UFO’s, sitting perfectly with Alessandro’s ongoing reinvention of the Gucci brand.
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Ignasi Monreal – Digital Artist

 

Nicola Formichetti departs from Diesel

Nicola Formichetti is to step down as Artistic Director of Italian retail company Diesel.  Arriving in 2013 as the companies first Artistic Director, Formichetti has helped moved the brand forward by collaborating on campaigns with photographers such as Nick Knight.  He told WWD “I’ve had a good time, but we both decided to end it here. I travel a lot to New York and Tokyo. I want to concentrate on my projects, but there will always be a bond between us. It’s not the end with Diesel, but I have my own brand Nicopanda. There will be more styling, going deeper with musicians and actors. My dream is to work on a movie.”  Formichetti’s own brand, Nicopanda, has recently collaborated with Urban Outfitters & Champion and it is thought an announcement will come soon of another high street retailer collaboration, with an expansion into its own retail in 2018.
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Nicola Formichetti – Designer

 

Travis Scott x Saint Laurent leather vinyl ‘mixtape’ release

Travis Scott is set to release a limited edition exclusive ‘mixtape’ on vinyl only in collaboration with Yves Saint Laurent.  The leather bound pouch cover was overseen by creative director Anthony Vaccarello and the album produced by 12on12 by flaunt magazine.  The album features artists that have inspired Scott including Kanye West, Bon Ivor  & Frank Ocean.  It will be available as a limited 500 numbered and is the final collaboration to be available exclusively at Colette before the Parisian store closes its doors for the final time.  Travis Scott will be appearing in the store on the day of release to sign copies.  
Saint Laurent x Travis Scott launch  18th Dec  Colette 213 rue Saint-Honore 75001 Paris 

 

Rick Owens ‘Subhuman Inhuman Superhuman’ retrospective Milan

A Rick Owens retrospective has opened in the Triennale Design Museum , Milan, showcasing the last 20 years of the designers fashion & furniture design work as well as some of his many collaborations.  Owens, originally from California but now Paris based, has described the exhibit as a personal narrative and is the first time he has held a full retrospective across all the design elements he chooses to work with.  Owens has curated a selection of garments, accessories, furniture, graphics and publications that chart the ebbs and flows — both intimate and professional — of his prolific career. “I wanted to take what a dismissive world might mock,” Owens describes of his desire to mount this show, “and create something fine, empathetic, kind and inclusive.”  Launching in 1994, Owens quickly became known for his skate / gothic glamorous style operating from Hollywood Boulevard and moved to Paris to set up an atelier in 2003.  
Subhuman Inhuman Superhuman Triennale di Milano  Dec 15 – March 25 
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Rick Owens – Designer

Jonathan Saunders to step down as Creative Director of DVF

After just 19 months and a relocation to New York, Jonathan Saunders has announced he is stepping down as Chief Creative Officer of Diane Von Furstenberg.  The Scottish designer’s last collection for pre-autumn/winter 2018 was unveiled last month.  Diane Von Furstenberg had personally appointed Saunders for the role and thanked him for his “beautiful work and the effort and dedication he has put into DVF in the last 18 months. He will leave an important and lasting heritage to the brand”.  Saunders was responsible for all product categories, store design, website design, a new corporate brand identity and marketing including advertising campaigns for the iconic brand, established in the 1970’s.
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Diane Von Furstenberg – Fashion Designer

 

Balenciaga’s ‘awkward family photos’ 2018 campaign

Balenciaga has just released its SS18 campaign which features real families, in a take on the awkward family photograph.  Following on from the previous Paris Fashion Week presentation of using real families for models, the latest off beat images are a collaboration between photographer Robbie Augspurger and stylist & frequent Vetements collaborator Lotta Volkova.  The images are simple portrait style settings harking back to a 70’s ‘norm-core’ style.  Vestments have also announced they will be returning to the catwalk for the Paris men’s fashion week this January with a coed show.
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Lotta Volkova – Stylist