This week has been one of the busiest – and biggest – for the fashion industry. First and foremost, Pharrell makes his long-awaited debut as a lead
Off the runway, Future has been tapped to become Lanvin Lab’s first creative director, and Nana Aganovic and Brooke Taylor have been named co-leaders of Copenhagen brand WOOD WOOD. Meanwhile, Shane Oliver has resigned as design director at Hood by Air and VF Corporation has appointed a new CEO.
Below, Hypebeast has rounded up the best fashion stories of the week so you can stay up-to-date on trends in the industry.
Pharrell made his debut at Louis Vuitton
After much anticipation, Pharrell made his debut at the helm of Louis Vuitton, presenting a star-studded and high fashion show for the brand’s next season for Spring/Summer 2024. The show took place on the Pont Neuf bridge in Paris. Each look is transfixed to ethereal choruses.
At this point, Farrell said, “At times like this, when you’re chosen to do something, the sun shines on you. A crucial question that I always ask myself and ask the people I love is, ‘Hey, if the sun shone on you, what would you do with the light?’ When the sun shines on me for an opportunity like this, it changes my life across the board. If I am going to get this appointment, I will use it to do two things: One, to share all my lessons as an eternal student. And two, to share my love and appreciation. I’m choosing to shine a light on this city, these people, all my friends here, have kept me up all this time.
Check out Hypebeast’s full Louis Vuitton SS24 show coverage.
Paris Fashion Week Men’s is in full swing.
Paris Fashion Week men’s competition is in full swing. And over the past week, we’ve seen several brands unveil forward-thinking collections for the coming seasons.
Among them, Luis Gabriel Nucci’s SS24 collection tells its story. A single person; Bianca Saunders hits Farrah inspired by Jamaican artist Lee “Scratch” Perry, and Wells Bonner showcases her Adidas collaboration with sartorial flair. Additionally, Hed Mayner delivered a unique take on “Boring Clothes,” while Rick Owens showed off his range.
See all of Hypebeast’s Spring/Summer 2024 cover.
The future Lanvin Lab foundation collection will be a direct innovation.
The latest celebrity to join the ranks of fashion has been hired as the first creative director of Lanvin Lab, a Paris-based fashion house that wants Lanvin to be “a place to dream and play.”
The experimental brand extension holds a number of creative partnerships with established and growing talent around the world. In his leadership role, Lanvin says he will emphasize music, and Future will curate the brand’s first collection. “Daughter of Jeanne Lanvin and muse, Marguerite was an accomplished musician and music inspired the legend of the house,” explains the line’s inspirations.
The inaugural collection, which includes ready-to-wear and accessories for both men and women, is slated to arrive later this year.
Christopher Kane is closing his label.
London designer Christopher Kane is officially shutting down his namesake label. WWD. The company confirmed the news on Wednesday that the board of Christopher Kane Limited has notified the appointment of FTS Recovery licensed insolvency practitioners to oversee the company’s operations.
“This is a tough decision to give the company enough time to implement a rescue plan,” company officials said. WWD.
“Key stakeholders have been notified,” the principals added. “There will follow a period of accelerated transaction activity with the intent of finding interested parties to refinance the company’s debt or find a buyer for the business and assets.”
Shane Oliver has stepped down as Design Director at Hood by Air
Shane Oliver has announced that he will no longer design for his New York fashion label Hood by Air. Fashion business. In the year The 35-year-old designer, who founded streetwear imprint Ashara in 2006, has turned his attention to other projects and remains a shareholder in the company.
Oliver quietly left Hood’s role as Air Design Director last summer. He moved to Berlin in October, where he plans to work on several projects under the Shane Oliver Group banner, which now consists of 10 team members based in Berlin, Paris and Miami. The company has several sub-labels, including Oliver’s creative studio Anonymous Club, its basic line as seen by Shane Oliver (ASSO), and high-end ready-to-wear imprint Shane Oliver, which will launch in 2024.
Nana Aganovic and Brooke Taylor appointed WOOD WOOD Creative Directors
Copenhagen fashion brand WOOD WOOD named two new creative directors earlier this week. Founded 21 years ago by Brian SS Jensen and Carl-Oscar Olsen, the label now operates under the creative direction of Nana Aganovich and Brooke Taylor.
The two designers will collaborate on bringing the brand to a global audience through both its mainline collections and its sub-label DOUBLE A by Wood Wood.
VF Corporation, parent company to North Face and Super, named a new CEO
VF Corporation, the parent company for brands including Supreme and The North Face, has named a new CEO following the departure of former executive Steve Rendell late last year.
Bracken Darrell will take over the top seat at the company on July 17. The executive has extensive experience in the sector, having previously served as CEO of Logitech for 10 years and at consumer packaged goods imprint, P&G.
Richard Carucci, chairman of VF, said: “We conducted an extensive search and decided that Bracken is ideally suited for this role. He is a transformative and visionary business leader with a strong track record of performance across multiple industries. Throughout his career, he has demonstrated an ability to enhance design capabilities, delight consumers, and drive revenue growth and profitability.
Slam Jam and Umbro sealed long-term partnership plans
Slam Jam and Umbro continue to celebrate the United Kingdom and Italy internationally, with the newly announced long-term partnership.
In the year Founded in 1924, Umbro has long championed British sporting culture through collaborations with brands including Aries, Palace and Patata. With Slam Jam, however, the label is emphasizing reaching a worldwide audience.
For Spring/Summer 2024, the duo will release an international collection that explores Umbro’s UK identity through a historical lens. More collections will follow in the next several years.
The pair’s first collection has yet to be revealed so stay tuned for more information coming soon.