Top Fashion Stories of the Week: September 23

This week, the fashion world had a lot to say. Milan Fashion Week is in full swing, with high-profile Maisons such as Gucci, Fendi and Prada present their spring/summer 2023 offers across the Italian city; Kim Jones announced that Dior will unveil its next pre-fall collection for men with a large showcase in Egypt, and Moncler planted the seeds for its 70th anniversary Piazza del Duomo takeover this weekend. Elsewhere, Brad Pitt unexpectedly launched a genderless skincare line; Harris Reed took on creative director Nina Ricci and, of course, Ye made several headlines for his ongoing feud with adidas and DIFFERENCE.

Below, Hypebeast has rounded up the best fashion stories of the week so you can stay up to date on industry trends.

Dior has revealed plans to present its next pre-fall collection for men at the Giza pyramids in Egypt

Designer Kim Jones has announced that he will present his next Dior Pre-Fall collection for men in Egypt on December 3. The runway will claim the foreground of the Giza pyramids near the nation’s capital, Cairo, marking the French Maison’s final destination parade. According to a statement obtained by WWD“the celestial collection celebrates a lifelong passion for travel.”

Jones spent her childhood in Botswana, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Kenya and Ghana, so the show will naturally honor her longstanding connection to the continent. The senior visionary has a penchant for staging men’s pre-fall collections overseas; after his appointment as Creative Director of Dior Homme in 2018, Jones carried on the House’s tradition with shows in Miami and Tokyo. Last year he revived the pre-COVID custom with a show in London.

Gucci, Fendi, Prada and more showcased their SS23 collections on the catwalks at Milan Fashion Week

Milan is home to some of fashion’s biggest players, and so far this fashion week proves the Italian city’s unmistakable influence on the industry as a whole. Among the stars of Spring/Summer 2023, Gucci presented a “Twinsburg” collection on a legion of identical twins; MM6 Maison Margiela unveils a Salomon collaboration; Raf Simons and Miuccia Prada came up with a strange line of women’s clothing for Prada; Diesel masterfully reinvented denim and Kim Jones dressed Fendi in green. But above all, each track has put Italian know-how at the forefront.

Milan Fashion Week runs until Monday, September 26. For a comprehensive look at the latest Italian catwalks, browse Hypebeast’s catwalk coverage from the current showcase.

Off-White™ prepares Virgil Abloh’s collaborative capsule with professional skater Sal Barbier

Before his tragic death, Off-White™ visionary Virgil Abloh worked alongside pro skateboarder Sal Barbier on a pipe-ready capsule collection. The range, launched earlier this week, includes a host of youthful garments, fusing distinctive Barbier designs with signature Off-White™ emblems.

Courtesy of Barbier, the brand’s classic arrow motif appears intertwined with a wicked-looking rattlesnake illustration in an all-grey colourway, across the collection. Dark blue hoodies, sweaters and tees feature the slip symbol, and striking color stripes adorn denim ensembles with an unexpected dose of color. Additionally, the collection includes a pair of black and white sneakers, as well as a dark blue baseball cap.

The Off-White™ c/o Sal Barbier collection is now available for sale on the brand’s website. Read the full collab here.

The plot thickens in Ye’s battle against adidas and GAP

The saga continues.

Although Ye revealed that he ended his partnership with DIFFERENCE As of last week, YEEZY is still locked under strict limitations from the company, according to a document shared on Ye’s Instagram, titled “Summary of Restrictions on YEEZY’s Autonomous Activities.”

The restriction notice, released on Monday, applies to YEEZY’s licensing and endorsement agreement with adidas and its strategic agreement with GAP. It reads: “Neither YEEZY nor Ye may use, carry, sponsor, promote, market, advertise, endorse, design, manufacture, license, sell, or provide consulting services regarding any of following products under YEEZY trademarks or likeness of Ye or any other identifiable attribute, characteristic or indicia of Ye.” Next, the document lists the entire YEEZY catalog, including shoes, streetwear and accessories.

On Thursday, Ye shared a slew of screenshots of his conversations with adidas representatives before publicly presenting an offer to the company. On his Instagram story, the CEO presented adidas with a non-exclusive manufacturing and distribution partnership agreement, under which the sports label would receive a 20% royalty on net profits from sales generated.

Ye’s feud with adidas and GAP is still ongoing. Stay tuned for further updates.

Neymar Jr. released a new collection with PUMA

Football superstar Neymar Jr. has teamed up with PUMA for another apparel and footwear collection, this time taking inspiration from Brazil, the athlete’s home country. Among the range, the duo welcomes a myriad of high-end basics, including a bomber jacket, a mock neck, a jacquard tee, a relaxed tee, track pants and jacquard shorts. Footwear arrives with new versions of the PUMA Slipstream and PUMA Leadcat, while accessories include a backpack, shoulder bag, and two headwear offerings. Notably, the collection unites under a design referencing three bird tattoos on the left side of Neymar Jr.’s neck.

“Since joining PUMA, they’ve brought a lot of my personality to the collections,” Neymaer Jr. said of the partnership. “These are authentic pieces, with cheerful colors and references to my daily life, such as tattoos. This tropical collection was also created to remind me a bit of the atmosphere of Brazil and who I am as a person.

The collection is now available to buy through PUMA and select retailers, with prices ranging from US$28 to US$150. Check out the full collab here.

Moncler announced a 70th anniversary fashion show in Milan’s Piazza del Duomo

Tuesday, Moncler unveiled plans to take over Milan’s historic Piazza del Duomo with an honorary art show celebrating its 70th anniversary. The show, directed by French avant-garde choreographer Sadeck Berrabah, will take place at 9 p.m. on Saturday September 24, kicking off a 70-day program of special events and branded experiences around the world. .

Presented under the slogan “Extraordinary Forever”, the brand’s big 70th anniversary celebration has much more to offer. Among commemorative activations, the imprint is preparing to feature seven reinterpretations of its revered Maya jacket by some of fashion’s top talent, including Thom Browne, Hiroshi Fujiwara, Rick Owens, Pierpaolo Piccioli, Francesco Ragazzi, Giambattista Valli and Pharrell Williams. Each new silhouette will arrive in drops one by one starting October 15th.

Brad Pitt unveiled his own skincare line

Brad Pitt has announced his own genderless skincare line, dubbed Le Domaine, revealing a list of products made with an unexpected ingredient – grapes – from his Château Miraval winery.

In an interview with vogue, the 58-year-old multihyphen promised that the brand would deliver a new “science-nature range of genderless skincare essentials.” Developed in partnership with the Perrin family, the innovative line prides itself on using grape-based antioxidants – specifically GSM10 – to differentiate its Cleansing Emulsion, Serum, Cream and Fluid Cream products. Apparently, the exclusive molecule helps with aging and acts as a powerful antidote to oxidative stress.

Harris Reed has been named creative director of Nina Ricci

On Wednesday, Nina Ricci named Harris Reed as the new creative director. The 26-year-old visionary, trailblazer, best known for shaping Harry Styles, Iman and Lil Nas X, will join the House as its youngest lead designer. Notably, Reed will present his first collection for the label in early 2023.

“I am honored to join the home of Nina Ricci, with her treasure chest full of glamour, history and power ready to be explored. I am truly thrilled to challenge the landscape of what femininity means through fashion. and beauty in such an iconic home,” Reed said in a statement.

The announcement follows the departure of previous creative directors Nina Ricci, Lisi Herrebrugh and Rushemy Botter, in January.

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