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? Peter Do taking the helm at Helmut Lang and Sabato De Sarno’s appointment at Gucci, both of whom showed their debut collections during last year’s spring/summer 2024 season.
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. 2023 saw a multitude of celebrity-led collabs such as Dua Lipa x Versace for the La Vacanza collection, and the Skims x Swarovski joint move, where Kim Kardashian demonstrated her fashion prowess.
Amidst the buzz of affairs as of late, 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 roundup, you can consider yourself all caught up. On the ambassadorship front, Louis Vuitton leads the pack this week, with not one, but two appointments. Acclaimed actor Saoirse Ronan and GOT7’s BamBam have both been announced as the latest faces for the house. By way of destination shows to look out for, we can anticipate Chanel’s cruise 2024/2025 show—set to unfold in Marseille, in the south of France, come May. Balenciaga’s Closet campaign was also a recent buzzy piece of news—fronted by longtime friend of the house and latest ambassador, Kim Kardashian.
Catch up on all the fashion news to know, below.
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The Le City Bag returns in Balenciaga’s Closet campaign
And so the Balenciaga Le City bag makes its return, since its launch in 2000. Lensed by photography duo Inez & Vinoodh, the campaign sees a series of images featuring a number of celebrities and personalities with the iconic bag on their arms. Amid the lot, South Korean actress Roh Yeon-seo, Nicola Peltz, Paloma Elsesser, Devon Lee Carlson and costume designer and stylist Patricia Field join newly-announced ambassador Kim Kardashian—each of them captured in spaces meant to emulate a closet-like archive of their personal objects. Doubtlessly, Kim’s campaign image was shot in her own personal wardrobe.
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Louis Vuitton announces Saoirse Ronan and BamBam as its house ambassadors
Both the four-time Oscar nominated actor and Thai K-pop idol were announced as Louis Vuitton’s ambassadors within the same week. It’s a grand time for Saoirse Ronan to join the maison’s ambassador family, as the red carpet season means that we will be seeing a lot more of the Irish actor dressed in Louis Vuitton. Case in point: at the premiere of her latest film The Outrun at the Sundance Film Festival. Meanwhile, the Thai singer and rapper known for being a member of GOT7, is joining his fellow band member Jackson Wang, in the ambassadorship journey. He was most recently seen at the Louis Vuitton men’s fall/winter 2024 show in Paris.
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Blue Pongtiwat is the first male Friend of Swarovski from Thailand
Thai actor ‘Blue’ Pongtiwat Tangwancharoen—most known for his role in hit drama Krong Karm—is officially the first male Friend of Swarovski from Thailand. As an increasingly familiar name within the region’s entertainment industry, the luxury jewellers have selected him as their representative for the region, and Pongtiwat has since gone on to attend the opening of the brand’s largest flagship store in New York City. On the appointment, the actor expresses his excitement: “I am very pleased to have the opportunity to work with Swarovski in many major brand moments and celebrations. Being chosen as the Friend of Swarovski for Thailand is an honour and a privilege. I want everyone to wait and see what we have in store for all of you. It is sure to be another exciting and sparkling year for both Swarovski and me.”
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Chanel will present its cruise 2024/2025 collection in Marseille
As far as destination shows go, Chanel does not disappoint. For its cruise 2024/2025 show, the house will be bringing friends of the house and its esteemed attendees to the glittering waters of the Mediterranean coast: Marseille, in the south of France. The show’s date has also been confirmed for 2 May.
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Adrian Appiolaza is Moschino’s new creative director
Adrian Appiolaza has been named creative director at Moschino, after the sudden death of Davide Renne, who passed shortly after starting in the role. Appiolaza’s arrival at the house comes after a decade’s worth of experience as Loewe’s design director for womenswear at Loewe alongside JW Anderson. Prior to his tenure at Loewe, he has also worked under some of the big greats, from Phoebe Philo and Alexander McQueen to Miuccia Prada. On his appointment, Massimo Ferretti, the Chairman of Aeffe S.p.A., expresses: “I was immediately struck by the explosive creativity of Adrian, a personality full of energy and enthusiasm, elements that have always distinguished the history of the Moschino brand.” His debut collection for the house will be seen during the upcoming fall/winter 2024 season, set to show on 22 February.