The fashion landscape is no stranger to surprises. Every now and then, the scene is met with something new—from directional changes on the executive level, jaw-dropping collaboration announcements or the buzzy news of a fresh celebrity face set to represent one of the luxury maisons. With some of such news, the sartorial realm is bound to be roused, as conversation is steered towards what the change might mean for the rest of the designer world. Up top, a change in creative directorship is inevitably the most palpable—where house codes and signature silhouettes might discover reinterpretation in the hands of a new captain. The most recent of the lot? Think Daniel Lee’s debut at Burberry earlier this year or Pharrell Williams as Louis Vuitton’s latest menswear creative director.
In other cases, the fashion-forward will find themselves stirred by happenings closer to the ground—in terms of what they can admire, collect and own in their very own wardrobes. This might include the most covetable of collaborations—each one drawing in their own enthusiasts from various corners of culture. Just this year alone, we’ve seen Louis Vuitton drop their second collaboration with Yayoi Kusama, the Mugler x H&M collection and Nike drop its highly-awaited Kwondo 1 ‘Panda’ with Peaceminusone, G-dragon’s fashion label.
Amidst the buzz of affairs this month, it’s inevitable that you might have missed out on some significant drops and announcements over the past few weeks. Not to fret however, for with Vogue Singapore’s round-up, you can consider yourself all caught up. This week, more celebrity ambassadorship appointments from South Korea have come our way—including Gyuyoung Park for Gucci and Le Sserafim for Louis Vuitton. In terms of executive changes, the latest news comes in the form of Chemena Kamali’s appointment at Chloé following Gabriela Hearst’s departure. More destination shows await us—in the form of Louis Vuitton’s men’s pre-fall show which will take place in Hong Kong. And over at Lyst, Miu Miu has just been crowned the hottest brand for Q3.
Catch up on all the fashion news to know, below.
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Chemena Kamali is named Chloé's new creative director
Next on a long line of females to ascend the top position at Chloé is Chemena Kamali, who has been named the house’s new creative director. This comes after Gabriela Hearst’s departure, whose last showing for the house was for the recent spring/summer 2024 season in Paris. Kamali is leaving her post at Saint Laurent, where she had been the women’s ready-to-wear design director since 2016. Kamali’s appointment is a meaningful one, considering she is returning to the maison where she had first begun her career—under Phoebe Philo’s mentorship at that time. On her appointment: “My heart has always been Chloé’s. It has been since I stepped through its doors more than 20 years ago. I am extremely honoured to be taking on this role and to be building on the vision that Gaby Aghion and Karl Lagerfeld defined early in the Maison’s history.”
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Le Sserafim are Louis Vuitton's latest ambassadors
The latest in the world of celebrity ambassadorship appointments? Le Sserafim for Louis Vuitton. The K-pop quintet had garnered significant buzz for their afterparty performance at the maison’s pre-fall 2023 show in Seoul earlier in the year—and are recognised as a whole for their strong, dynamic choreographies on stage. Comprised of Kim Chaewon, Sakura, Huh Yunjin, Kazuha and Hong Eunchae, the group fronts the maison’s latest campaign for an exclusive capsule collection of bags. On their appointment, Nicolas Ghesquière commented: “We met for the first time at my pre-fall show in Seoul and I really loved the energy they brought to the afterparty with their performance. They each have such a unique style that together feels very cool and authentic.”
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Miu Miu tops the Hottest Brand Index at Lyst for Q3
For Q3 of 2023, Miu Miu takes first place on the Lyst Hottest Brands Index for the first time. In 2022, it was named Brand of the Year—in part due to its perfect grasp on a playful fem aesthetic that includes its hero products: ballet flats and a rising It-staple, its logo cashmere cardigan. In terms of spikes in the list this quarter, Jacquemus has climbed six positions into ninth place, making it the highest achieved for the brand. Whilst Ferragamo enters the ranking for the first time under the creative direction of Maximilan Davis.
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Louis Vuitton will host its first men's pre-fall show in Hong Kong
At the end of November, Pharrell Williams will be bringing the first men’s pre-fall show to Hong Kong. This is the first time the pre-collection will be shown physically, and comes after the men’s creative director’s buzzy show in Paris earlier this June. The choice to show in Hong Kong is a supposed nod to the maison’s history with the storied city—where the first Louis Vuitton store opened, and where major exhibitions have been hosted for the house. Whilst no set location has been announced, the show will be unfolding on 30 November.
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Naomi Campbell will soon have her own retrospective
Naomi Campbell will soon have an exhibition dedicated to her. Come June 2024, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London will be hosting a retrospective that not only showcases archival looks from the supermodel’s extensive runway career but also includes pieces from her own personal wardrobe. Titled ‘Naomi’, it will also explore Campbell’s relationship with designers who shaped the early part of her career such as Azzedine Alaïa and Gianni Versace. Curator Sonnet Stanfill has also affirmed that the museum will be working closely with the supermodel herself in the process: “I think it would be presumptuous for any person to tell another person’s story, let alone one of the most prolific figures in contemporary culture, so we very much want to foreground her perspective and her voice.”
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Gyuyoung Park is named Gucci's global ambassador
Earlier in the week, Gucci appointed Gyuyoung Park as its global house ambassador. This comes after the South Korean actor’s appearance at the Gucci Ancora show in Milan, where Sabato de Sarno showed his debut collection for the house. Park has been gaining notable recognition for her acting roles as of late—including the success hit of Celebrity on Netflix. Her upcoming roles include the highly-awaited Squid Game 2 and rom-com A Good Day to Be a Dog.