Tom Ford Ends Six-Year Break From The Womenswear World. Tom Ford took a six-year break from womenswear, but he’s announced his return. After showing his new womenswear collection in New York during fashion week in September, he said he will reveal the entire collection to the public. The spring 2011 collection was shown to several fashion editors and journalists in an intimate hotel. Ford managed to convince several of his high profile muses – Beyoncé Knowles, Lauren Hutton, Liya Kebede, Rinko Kikuchi, Stella Tennant, Amber Valletta, Natalia Vodianova, Karen Elson, Karlie Kloss, Abbey Lee Kershaw and Julianne Moore, amongst others – to model his new designs. The collection reportedly reminded several of the 100 editors and journalists of Ford’s best collections for Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent. “There’s a continuity from what I was doing at YSL at the end; that’s the customer,” Ford told Vogue. “It’s about individuality. Real clothes, real women. For a fashionable woman aged 25 to 75. That’s why I literally put many of my own muses in the show. I hear them say, ‘God, I can’t find that anywhere!’” Photos from the spring 2011 collection on his famous models can be seen on the Internet, which is something Ford doesn’t necessarily agree with. “I do not understand everyone’s need to see everything online the day after a show,” he said. “I don’t think it ultimately serves the customer, which is the whole point of my business—not to serve journalists or the fashion system.” In addition to the collection’s coverage in Vogue magazine, Ford will also guest edit and appear on the cover of French Vogue’s holiday issue in December.
London Rounds Out Its Fashion Week; Milan Fashion Week Begins. London is wrapping up their fashion week, and the fashionable crowds are moving on to Milan. London finished up their last collections for menswear on September 22. Menswear Day, traditionally the last day of London Fashion Week, featured Ozwald Boateng, who is the Savile Row celebrity tailor, Topman BFA nominee E.Tautz and J.W. Anderson. Anderson’s latest collection was just bought by Liberty. This was the second season Topman showed separately from the MAN umbrella, which it sponsors. Now in its 11th season, the MAN event showcases three up-and-coming designers each year during London fashion week. Yesterday’s most successful show was Felipe Rojas Llanos, who showed men’s sculptural silhouettes, shiny fabrics and voluminous coats. September 22 was also the start of Milan’s fashion week, and the first collections shown were from Gucci and Alberta Ferretti, while Fendi, D&G and Prada are scheduled for September 23. Other highlights include Versace, Bottega Veneta, Dolce & Gabbana and Missoni. Roberto Cavalli, Giorgio Armani and Versus will bring the proceedings to a close on Monday.
Gucci Goes Green; Announces New Eco-Friendly Initiative. Gucci is going green. The Italian luxury brand has announced that it is going to make a few green changes, including redesigning their packing to be eco-friendly, using 100 percent recyclable FSC Certified paper. The Italian label will now forgo the usual plastic laminate surfaces found in their tissue paper, bags and boxes. The ribbon and garment bags have been switched to cotton from the original polyester material. They will be packing their shoes in one flannel instead of two. They will also give out gift boxes only when requested. Also, Gucci is replacing all of its mannequins with a new version, designed by Frida Giannini, which is made with shockproof polystyrene and finished with water-based paints. Creative director Frida Giannini was quoted by vogue.co.uk as saying, “This project proves hat you sacrifice nothing creatively when working with environmentally friendly materials.” “The new packaging is very beautiful and evokes perfectly the combination of Gucci’s values and the traditions for which is has become renowned since Guccio Gucci founded the company in Florence nearly 90 years ago.” “I believe we have a collective responsibility towards future generations to minimize our impact on the environment.” The initiative will be introduced in all of its 284 stores starting this month.
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