Best Fashion Stories of the Week: November 18th

This week, many fashion brands looked to the future. Among them, Balenciaga has officially left Twitter, reshaping its online presence following Elon Musk’s takeover of the tech giant. Estée Lauder acquired Tom Ford in a deal valued at $2.8 billion, marking the cosmetics conglomerate’s largest-ever acquisition; and Louis Vuitton has revealed plans to turn its Paris headquarters into its first luxury hotel. In the present, however, the Brooklyn Museum has opened its own Thierry Mugler: Couturissime show, Central Cee starred in Jacquemus’ Winter 2022 campaign and the highly anticipated Stüssy x Dries Van Noten collaboration has finally arrived.

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

Balenciaga has left Twitter

Balenciaga has officially left Twitter following the takeover of Elon Musk. The Demna-led label’s decision to leave the platform comes after several major companies, including General Motors and Dyson, suspended their Twitter advertising campaigns.

Fashion business reports that in recent years, fashion brands have relied less and less on Twitter to generate digital buzz around new launches and collections. Balenciaga, however, is no stranger to stirring up heated discussions about the platform; most recently, the Kering-owned label has sparked conversation for its $1,790 USD leather trash bags and $950 USD Crocs.

As of now, it remains uncertain whether other couture labels will also leave the social media platform.

Estée Lauder has acquired Tom Ford for $2.8 billion

Estée Lauder has officially acquired Tom Ford in a deal valued at approximately $2.8 billion dollars, marking the largest-ever acquisition by the cosmetics conglomerate.

Estée Lauder’s acquisition of Tom Ford Brands is expected to close in the first half of 2023, depending on the speed of regulatory approvals. Thanks to the sale, Ford earned the title of billionaire, second Forbes, which estimated the designer will get $1.1 billion in cash from the sale, after taxes. Once the deal is finalized, he will remain the brand’s “creative visionary” until 2023.

Fashion business reported that Tom Ford was looking at a possible sale from this summer. In August, Estée Lauder was said to be in talks to purchase the brand in a deal that values ​​the label at $3 billion USD. Notably, Estée Lauder outsold other major luxury parent companies, including Kering.

Louis Vuitton has revealed plans to turn its Paris headquarters into its first luxury hotel

Louis Vuitton (PARIS: MC.PA +0.20%) Chairman and CEO Michael Burke has revealed plans to transform the French fashion house’s Paris headquarters into a massive complex that will include the first Louis Vuttion hotel and the brand’s largest global showcase, according to a new interview with wwd.

The colossal transformation kicked off this week, with the launch of a new experiential installation titled ‘LV Dream’. There, a 20,000-square-foot pop-up houses an exhibition spotlighting the House’s top-notch artist collaborations, a café and chocolatier from Cheval Blanc Paris’ chief pastry chef, and a gift shop. The temporary space, which is expected to stay open for a year, will “most likely” be transformed into Louis Vuitton’s largest store, according to Burke. The hotel is expected to occupy another 400,000-square-foot section of the building within the next five years.

The Brooklyn Museum has opened his Thierry Mugler: Couturissime Exposure

First shown at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, then in Germany, the Netherlands and France, the journey Thierry Mugler: Couturissime The exhibit has officially arrived at its final destination: the Brooklyn Museum in New York City. There, exhibit curator Thierry-Maxime Loriot and the museum’s senior curator of fashion Matthew Yokobosky adapted the historical showcase unlimited for the New York fashion audience, now on display from November 18, 2022 to May 7, 2023.

Among haute couture models and unpublished archives, the exhibition hosts more than 100 looks (most of which are on display for the first time) together with accessories, videos, photographs, sketches and fragrances that define the unmistakable imprint of Manfred Thierry Mugler on fashion. In the Brooklyn Museum’s Morris A. and Meyer Schapiro Wing and Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Gallery, the exhibition champions Mugler’s industry-revolutionizing portfolio by theme, separating the designer’s interests into rooms devoted to fantasy, glamour, to science fiction, eroticism and the natural world.

“The continuous innovations, inventions and avant-garde architectural shapes in Mugler’s work marked an era,” said Loriot. “His singular style has found a place in fashion history that still has a strong influence on today’s generation of couturiers, not only for his designs but also for the strong message of inclusiveness, diversity and empowerment in his body of work. ”

Tickets to The Brooklyn Museum’s Thierry Mugler: Couturissime the exhibition can be booked on the museum’s website.

The Stüssy x Dries Van Noten collaboration has arrived

After A$AP NAST teasers and a campaign featuring Flea of ​​the Red Hot Chilli Peppers, the highly anticipated collaboration between Stüssy and Dries Van Noten has officially hit shelves.

Across the collection, the partnership generates a series of designs denoted by the So-Cal style of Stüssy and the versatile codes of Dries. Among them are tie-dye T-shirts, sweatpants, and dual-branded sweatshirts, along with collared shirts, printed baggy jeans, and rhinestone-embellished blazers and tuxedo pants. There’s also a range of weather-ready outerwear, as well as a range of bomber jackets, crewnecks, baggy trousers and gilets, all crafted in fabrics ranging from corduroy to leather.

The collection is now available on the official Stussy And Dries Van Noten websites, as well as in all Dover Street Market locations. See the full lookbook here.

Daniel Arsham turned the Tiffany & Co. motif into a $59,000 item Tiffany padlock in eroded bronze

by Daniel Arsham Future Relics they are among the most prestigious collector’s items in the field of art; so, of course, Tiffany & Co. had to accept that. Working in tandem, the two created a titled piece Tiffany padlock in eroded bronzeunder the new “Lock” collection from Tiffany.

Arsham looked into the luxury jewelry label’s archives to create a limited series of 99 sculptures, each reminiscent of the artist’s classic dilapidated work and the brand’s emblematic blue hue. Inside is a bracelet, designed in collaboration with Arsham, crafted in 18k white gold and set with diamonds and tsavorites.

About the project, Arsham said: “It’s very personal to me, but there’s also an element of history in there – a link between generations of craftsmanship, between function and design, between craftsmanship and beauty. These are the elements that make Tiffany so unique, the elements that allow it to constantly refine the “sweet spot” between tradition and modernity. I wanted to create a piece of art to celebrate that.

The collaboration will be available for a staggering $59,000 USD in select Tiffany & Co. stores on December 1.

Central Cee starred in Jacquemus’ winter 2022 campaign

24-year-old Londoner Central Cee is a rapper, songwriter and now, thanks to Jacquemus, the latest fashion muse. After attending the FW22 presentation of the French brand “LE PAPIER” in Arles, France earlier this year (and appearing publicly in many of the brand’s older models), the British artist is now the face of the Jacquemus’ Winter 2022 campaign, “Neve World.”

In the campaign, shot by Oliver Hadlee Pearch and styled by Imruh Asha, Central Cee sports the brand’s most comfortable sweaters, scarves, balaclavas, gloves, hats and headbands. Under the creative jurisdiction of Simon Porte Jacquemus, the collection operates on a kaleidoscopic color palette, including shades of blue, purple, pink, red, off-white, orange and brown.

Among the range, a fluffy long sleeved polo boasts a two button fastening collar, ribbed cuffs and contrasting hem, whilst the fuzzy cargo trousers are cut to a mid rise, with patch pockets and a similar two tone hem. The balaclava, which works with a visor, features a fitted shape and embroidered iconography on the front. Following suit, a bucket hat encapsulates the wearer in soft ombré hues with the same logo.

Treat yourself to Jacquemus’ ‘Neve World’ winter 2022 campaign, featuring Central Cee, here.

Balenciaga has opened its largest US flagship in Miami

Balenciaga officially opened its largest US flagship in Miami’s Design District on Tuesday. The two-story 786-square-metre space, which previously existed as two separate stores for the brand’s men’s and women’s collections, leans into creative director Demna’s “Raw Architecture” concept with re-evaluated luxury retail codes and interior structural designs.

Inside, the Art Deco floors, which pay homage to Miami’s distinguished design history, are chipped; and pools of overturned enamel under the benches held together with an unusual cactus material. Walls appear corroded and industrial railings are set as finishes, all in an attempt to challenge the notion of authenticity. There, Balenciaga’s best offerings – ready-to-wear, shoes, accessories and memorabilia – are arrayed in perfect juxtaposition against their backdrop.

The Balenciaga flagship in the Miami Design District is now open at the following address. The shop is open Monday to Thursday 11am to 7pm, Friday and Saturday 11am to 8pm and Sunday 12pm to 6pm.

Balenciaga Miami Design District
151 NE 41st Street
Miami, Florida 33137
United States

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