Mysterious Antwerp Six designer Marina Yee to show first collection in over 10 years

One of the more forgotten of the Antwerp 6, Marina Yee is set to return 10 years after her last collection with a new collection to be shown at the concept store Laila Tokio in Tokyo.  Marina graduated at the Royal Academy, Antwerp in 1981 alongside the Dries Van Noten, Ann Demeulemeester and Dirk Van Saene and went on to show in London as part of the  Antwerp 6.  Yee then left the group in 1988, setting up her own label to great success but did not want her brand to become large and commercial and so only released small collections off the traditional catwalk schedule, showing her final collection in 2005.
Titled the M.Y. project, the collection will include clothing and textiles from flea-markets reimagined and reconstructed into 5 new designs alongside archive pieces and handpicked artwork.  Yee’s work has always centred around the reconstruction of garments found at flea markets in an effort to ‘battle the materialistic wastefulness’ associated with fashion.  Yee was at the forefront of recycled and eco-friendly fashion before the issue of eco-consciousness really hit the mainstream.  
She calls the latest collection  “the micro-collection.  It’s very small and it’s a reaction against the over-offering of so many choices today that lacks soul.”  The opportunity, said Yee, came about after the vintage shop, which previously hosted pop-ups selling Helmut Lang archive pieces and Phoebe Philo‘s first collection for Céline, purchased some of her designs at an auction.  With her latest collection she hopes to shine a light on sustainability within the industry. 
The collection can be seen at   Laila Tokio    1-5-11-2f, Shibuya, Shibuya-Ku, Tokyo   from 30 August  
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Marina Yee – Designer

 

The Memory of . . . .with John Galliano Podcast

“Coinciding with the house’s first Artisanal Men’s show, Maison Margiela launches a new first of a kind fashion podcast series: “The Memory of … With John Galliano.”
“The podcast tells a story usually only heard by select fashion insiders. It takes you on a journey to Creative Director Galliano’s Paris atelier where he personally reveals the thinking behind his first Artisanal Men’s Show. He speaks to new definitions of masculinity and femininity, his introduction of bias cut to menswear and the sensuality it brings to a tailored suit and the current regeneration of menswear with new top designers at luxury houses.”  Link Below
Maison Margiela Podcast

Hedi at Céline set to adopt the ‘Drop Style’ retail strategy in dramatic revamp

New Artistic, Creative & Image Director of Céline, Hedi Slimane, has spoken to Business of Fashion of his plans to introduce the ‘drop’ method when releasing parts of his new collection.  The retail strategy is commonly used by highly sought after streetwear labels such as Supreme and includes releasing small portions of his collection every week or so to coincide with his main collection for the brand.  The new strategy was revealed in an interview with Business of Fashion which also revealed plans for pop-up stores and small capsules to feature Slimane’s season-less staples such as jeans and casual wear.
Slimane has already announced Célene will be moving into menswear as well as producing fragrances and couture.  He is also set to remodel each and every one of the Céline retail stores and owners LVMH are also rumoured to be buying up large retail space in New Yorks upper East side.  Business of Fashion notes that although Slimane is very respectful of the brand he doesn’t feel beholden to the minimalist casual luxury vibe created—and beloved among the label’s loyal customers—by former Céline designer Phoebe Philo.  If you were into the rockstar look Slimane began at his tenure at Dior Homme and then continued at Saint Laurent, chances are you’ll be quite happy with this new version of Céline. “He is doing exactly what he was hired to do, bringing his own vision to the brand,” the BoF report reads.  It is still unknown what Phoebe Philo is set to do next but this will certainly be the end of Phoebe’s Céline and her simple aesthetic praised for being a brand that was instantly recognisable without having to shout. 

‘B Classic’ Burberry tease from Riccardo Tisci

Following his appointment at the luxury British fashion house, the anticipation for Riccardo Tisci’s debut collection for Burberry has been one of excitement to say the least.  So with him already working on his debut collection, Tisci has released a teaser of things to come on his instagram account from the pre collection called ‘B Classic’.  The collection is a celebration of Burberry through a carefully selected edit of the iconic pieces synonymous with the brand: the trench coat, the quilted jacket the poncho and the kilt.  Of the collection Tisci said “I wanted to celebrate the beauty, heritage and legacy that I discovered when I first arrived at Burberry.  ‘B Classic’ is an edit that I’ve curated to honour the icons of the House – pieces like the trench coat, the quilted jacket, the car coat, the kilt – which sits at the heart of the SS19 pre collection designed by the fantastic Burberry design team.”  Tisci took over from Christopher Bailey in March of this year with one standout line from Burberry’s announcement notes that Tisci’s “skill in blending streetwear with high fashion is highly relevant to today’s luxury, Riccardo’s creative vision will reinforce the ambitions we have for Burberry and position the brand firmly in luxury”.  Riccardo Tisci will reveal his full collection for the brand in September 2018.  
See Riccardo’s teaser on his Instagram account Here
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Riccardo Tisci – Designer