By now you've probably heard about Kanye West using his recent concerts and media appearances to air all his fashion-industry dirty laundry (pun intended). But do you know who he's complaining about when he makes these rants? Herein is a full explanation of everyone in the fashion industry West is mad at — and why.
As soon as it was finally confirmed that former Balenciaga creative director Nicolas Ghesquière was replacing Marc Jacobs at Louis Vuitton, our minds began reeling with the possibilities. The man behind 15 years of daring designs and often surprising accessories will certainly bring his own flavour to his post as artistic director.
While we wait to see just what that will be, we're keeping our fingers crossed that these iconic looks are a bit of an indication.
"Louis Vuitton has always incarnated for me the symbol of ultimate luxury, innovation, and exploration," Ghesquière said in a statement to WWD. "I am very honoured of the mission that I am entrusted with and proud to join the history of this great maison. We share common values and a vision."
In early October, the house denied rumours that Ghesquière would take up the reins at the house, saying that no official decision had been made. Today, however, the official word is that the 42-year-old designer will bring "a modern creative vision to the house's women's collections, building on the values of refinement, savoir faire, and extreme quality."
Legendary musician David Bowie is trying his hand at modeling. He stars in the second installment of Louis Vuitton's cinematic travel-themed campaign, called L'Invitation au Voyage, alongside model Arizona Muse.
It was almost a year ago when the first set of videos and images in this campaign were revealed, showing Muse running away from a mysterious man and walking through the Louvre before escaping in a hot air balloon. In this episode, the balloon takes Muse on a journey through time and space and lands in Venice. It's there that she encounters Bowie performing the song "I'd Rather Be High" from his forthcoming album The Next Day Extra on a harpsichord.
Louis Vuitton will release a short film that goes along with this campaign next week. For now, here's a look at all the beautiful images photographer David Sims shot for the campaign.
When Marc Jacobs sent models down the catwalk (or round the carousel, to be precise) wearing huge feather headpieces during his final show for Louis Vuitton in Paris, it was one look we imagined would remain on the runway. Those towering headpieces are hardly practical. But we hadn't reckoned on Lady Gaga, who lives for looks like this! She re-created the memorable show on the slightly less glamorous pavements of London this week, visiting the ITV studios wearing the headpiece with sequinned graffiti trousers and a beaded sheer top. We only have one question: if Gaga dresses like this on a daily basis, what does she do on Halloween?
Two of Glee's leading ladies showed off their style last night at two very different fashionable events in the US. In New York, Dianna Agron attended the Whitney Museum of American Art Gala & Studio Party. The event was supported by Louis Vuitton, so it's no surprise that Dianna chose to wear the designer, opting for a '30s-style dress with flutter sleeves in classic black. Meanwhile, her former flatmate and costar Lea Michele was in LA for the CFDA and Vogue Fashion Fund Event. She tweeted that she was "having another Calvin Klein moment" (following her Women in Hollywood appearance), choosing a strapless white jumpsuit and black strappy heels. The monochrome looks couldn't be more different, except for the fact that both ladies opted for a pop of pale blue to finish the look; Lea with a chunky necklace, Dianna with dramatic pastel eyeshadow. Whose look do you love?
It's been a particularly active year for fashion heists. In the latest one since this year's multimillion-dollar Cannes jewellery capers, WWD has reported that someone made off with one of the hats in the late Anna Piaggi's exhibit, Hat-ology.
Police are still gathering information about this robbery, but there are plenty of other fashion thefts that still haven't been completely solved. Case in point: only a portion of the legendary raid at the Harry Winston store in Paris was ever found, and it doesn't appear that all of Marc Jacobs's stolen Spring 2012 samples were found.
Herein, a look at some of the most brazen, lucrative, and strange thefts in fashion.
Although a report from Luxury Society claiming that Ghesquière had landed the job was picked up far and wide on Thursday, the house's spokespersons denied the rumour to other publications. The company told both Style.com and The Financial Times, "No official decision has been made." Ghesquière, however, is still thought to be a front-runner for the position.
Since Ghesquière left the brand, the fashion community has waited to see what his next move might be. Karl Lagerfeld said it would be a good idea for him to start his own brand, and Grace Coddington just didn't want him to leave fashion permanently.
"Hopefully Nicolas won't just give up and walk away," she said. "He's too good, too strong, too brilliant, too passionate."
When Bernard Arnault announced that Marc Jacobs would be leaving Louis Vuitton, the fashion world erupted with an outpouring of emotion about his departure, most of it coming through on social media.
But it's important to know that Jacobs isn't leaving fashion altogether — instead, he'll use his time off to focus on preparing Marc Jacobs International for an eventual initial public offering, which might happen some time in the next three years.
"This brand has an enormous potential all over the world," Arnault said in an interview with WWD. "To materialize this potential, we decided together within the next two or three years, to do an IPO. This requires a lot of investment on our side, a lot of management on our side, and a lot of personal investment for Marc and Robert to really give the input, both creatively and communication-wise on the brand, all over the world. So it will take a lot of the energy of both of them."
And while it's an exciting prospect (can you imagine what Marc Jacobs will look like when it has the capital to be a megabrand like Michael Kors?), the only thing anyone could do today was talk about how fitting his Spring 2014 show was as a departure. A look at some of the best responses to Jacobs's show here.