Every now and then, the fashion landscape sees a flurry of happenings—be it huge overhauls in terms of the creative direction for the key maisons or groundbreaking collaborations that attract enthusiasts from every corner of culture. Some of these, undoubtedly causing a palpable shift in the sartorial world. After all, changes at the executive level for the various fashion houses might not only bring about the end of an era with certain iconic designers, but also set in motion a season of change as to who might be next to take up the mantle. One only needs to recall the legacy of Tom Ford’s Gucci or the vision which Karl Lagerfeld had left behind for Chanel; both departures despite being inevitable, were undeniable rupture points for the fashion world.
And at other times, the industry welcomed moments of genius; creative collaborations that cross into the realms of art, film and music turn into the talk of the town, such as Louis Vuitton’s memorable collections with Japanese artists Takashi Murakami and Yayoi Kusama or the many joint moves with widely popular artist KAWS.
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 bi-weekly round-up, you can consider yourself all caught up. This week, a highly-awaited executive announcement has finally been made—as Helmut Lang announces Peter Do as its newest creative director. On the celebrity-fashion front, Alia Bhatt is making waves for being Gucci’s first global ambassador from India whilst pop star Dua Lipa has linked arms with Donatella Versace for a collaborative high summer collection. With the cruise 2024 season in tow, Dior has officially announced its choice of locale for its destination runway show: Mexico.
Catch up on all the fashion news to know, below.
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Alia Bhatt is Gucci's first global ambassador from India
Alia Bhatt has officially been announced as Gucci’s first global house ambassador from India. After her scintillating debut on the Met Gala red carpet, the actor-producer can be expected to make her public debut in the role by way of her front row attendance at the maison’s cruise 2024 show in Seoul later this month. On her appointment, the actor expresses her excitement: “I’m honored to represent the house of Gucci not only in India but at a global stage. Gucci’s legacy has always inspired and intrigued me and I’m looking forward to the many sartorial milestones we create together”.
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Dior will hold their cruise 2024 show in Mexico
Amidst the cruise 2024 season, a number of fashion houses have been bringing their runway shows to picturesque destinations—for an unveiling of their latest collections. Just over a month ago, Dior held their pre-fall 2023 show in Mumbai, India, and now, the maison is heading to Mexico City on 20 May for the reveal of its cruise 2024 offerings—in a bid to continue the house’s efforts to collaborate and put the spotlight on various artisans from all over the world. “A country I love deeply and a culture that never ceases to inspire me, I was so happy to return over the years for different projects and to meet different artists,” offered Maria Grazia Chiuri, alongside the announcement.
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Peter Do officially takes the helm at Helmut Lang
In what seems to be a natural fit for the house, Peter Do has officially been announced as the new creative director at Helmut Lang. Come 15 May, the appointment will be made official—and the designer’s debut collection for the spring/summer 2024 season will be made at New York Fashion Week in September this year. The designer will be expected to oversee both the men’s and women’s collections at the fashion house. On his new role, Do says: “I am thrilled to learn from the foundations this house stands on and to continue creating new, energetic clothes that inspire people to challenge their understanding of what is possible when it comes to expressing their individuality.”
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H&M and Mugler drop their highly-awaited collab
The highly-anticipated H&M x Mugler collection is finally here. Since its announcement, the collaborative move has been punctuated by both a star-studded music video featuring the likes of Arca and Shygirl and an explosive fashion show that saw Irina Shayk, Paloma Elsesser and Mariacarla Boscono all walk the runway in its effervescent range of subversive separates. “This collection is a watershed moment for the house of Mugler—a chance for us to celebrate our history and the pieces that we are beloved for today. The collaboration includes many of our signatures, from catsuits and bodycon dresses to tailoring, denim and beautiful, bold jewellery and accessories,” offers Casey Cadwallader on the creative joint project. Available to shop online and in specific stores, one can now discover a gender-fluid collection that carries the house’s youthful, vivacious energy through its strong shapes and bold details.
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Bottega Veneta releases 'Craft in Motion' short film
Bottega Veneta is the epitome of today’s lauded ‘quiet luxury’. Quality is continuously prioritised, as the maison continues to ensure that every item on its catalogue is a thoughtful addition for the house. Above all, it operates sans overt marketing—the clearest indicator being its lack of social media presence. Whatever it does produce then, comes ripe with purpose; case in point, its recently released short film Craft in Motion. With three minutes on its screen time, the artistic documentary details a prominent focal point for the brand: the intricacies of its intrecciato weave—used in a trove of its bags and other accessories. In an apt summary: “The Intrecciato is an extraordinary form of art. It almost becomes a blank canvas for the various processes and for playing around with colours.”
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Donatella Versace and Dua Lipa join hands for a high summer collection
Dua Lipa’s next big move? Co-designing a Versace high summer collection with Donatella Versace. Created with the magical mood of summer in mind, the pop star expresses her gratitude to the visionary designer for the opportunity: “For her to give me the honour of co-designing this collection and letting all my summer inspirations go wild has been a dream.” The pop star has long been muse to the designer, often appearing in a multitude of custom looks from the house for both her red carpet appearances and world tour looks. Titled ‘La Vacanza’, the pieces will debut via an intimate fashion show in Cannes, France later this May. The designer who’s always “been inspired by a collaborative process” similarly talks wonders of her experience working with the singer. “Working with Dua on this collection has been very exciting and I love the dynamic between us. Dua is strong, fearless and free and her creative vision is exceptional.”