LVMH to Distribute Free Hand Sanitizer to French Health Authorities

PARIS — LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton said Sunday it will manufacture and distribute hand sanitizer to French health authorities for free in order to fight the spread of coronavirus, or COVID-19.
“Given the risk of shortage of hydroalcoholic gel in France, Bernard Arnault has instructed the LVMH Perfumes and Cosmetics business to prepare its production sites to manufacture substantial quantities of hydroalcoholic gel to be provided to public authorities,” the company said.
Starting Monday, all the production facilities of the group’s perfumes and cosmetics brands, including Parfums Christian Dior, Guerlain and Parfums Givenchy, will produce and distribute bottles of hand sanitizer to be delivered free of charge in France, prioritizing Parisian hospitals.
Since the first cases of COVID-19 were detected in the country, French consumers have cleared out stocks of hand sanitizers in pharmacies and grocery stores. In Paris, most pharmacies have had to put up signs informing people that they are fully out of both protective masks and hand sanitizers, two of the main tools used to limit contamination.
French pharmacies are excluded from the government’s forced closure of “nonessential” public spaces to limit the propagation of the virus, which was announced on Saturday.

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Next LVMH Prize Winner Is Probably Famous Already on Instagram

PARIS — When the semifinalists for the LVMH Prize for Young Designers gather at the luxury conglomerate’s headquarters later this month to show their collections to a panel of industry experts, many of them will have Instagram to thank for the career-making opportunity.
The list of 20 semifinalists unveiled today includes many brands that owe their burgeoning notoriety to social media and influencers, always on the search for hot new labels. Among them, Tomo Koizumi, Rave Review, Helmstedt, Chopova Lowena and Peter Do have all leveraged the Internet in different ways.
Koizumi is perhaps the most famous example: after Vogue talent scout Sara Maino posted one of his colorful, oversize ruffled designs on Instagram in October 2018, things quickly snowballed. Giles Deacon and Gwendoline Christie flagged it to stylist Katie Grand, who brought him to New York to make his debut.
“She DMed me less than a month before my first show,” Koizumi said of the display, held at the Marc Jacobs store on Madison Avenue last February with models including Karen Elson, Bella Hadid, Emily Ratajkowski, Rowan Blanchard and Christie. The images promptly went viral.
Koizumi, who makes only custom dresses, has since seen his designs worn by the likes of Miley Cyrus

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Gigi Hadid to Join Experts on LVMH Prize Panel

PARIS — Gigi Hadid is joining the committee of experts for the seventh edition of the LVMH Prize for Young Fashion Designers, and will act as ambassador for its showroom in March, where the semifinalists will show their collections to the panel made up of major industry figures.
The model, who has 51.4 million followers on Instagram, follows in the footsteps of Chiara Ferragni, who last year became the first official ambassador of the initiative as part of organizers’ efforts to ramp up the prize’s digital presence.
Hadid joins influencers Caroline Daur and Leaf Greener, alongside six other newcomers, drawn from the worlds of media, e-commerce and activism, on the prize panel.
They include Irish writer, academic and advocate Sinéad Burke; art director Ronnie Cooke Newhouse, the owner of fashion advertising agency House + Holme; Natalie Kingham, fashion and buying director at Matchesfashion.com, and Lauren Santo Domingo, cofounder and chief brand officer of Moda Operandi.
Also new are Jo Ellison, editor of How to Spend It, and Ibrahim Kamara, senior fashion editor at large for i-D. Delphine Arnault, second-in-command at Louis Vuitton and a member of LVMH’s executive committee, welcomed the newcomers.
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LVMH Opens Applications for Seventh Edition of LVMH Prize

GETTING READY: LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton has opened applications for the seventh edition of its LVMH Prize for Young Fashion Designers.
Fashion designers from all around the world have until Feb. 2 to submit their applications on the dedicated web site lvmhprize.com, the French luxury conglomerate said on Monday.
The prize is open to designers under 40 years old who have presented and sold at least two collections of women’s, men’s or unisex ready-to-wear. Over 1,700 applications were received for the 2019 edition of the prize, a record number since the creation of the competition.
The winner, decided by a jury including LVMH’s top designers, will be awarded a cash prize of 300,000 euros plus a year of coaching from experts at LVMH. The 20 semifinalists will be revealed on Feb. 27 and 28 during Paris Fashion Week.
Launched in 2013 and spearheaded by Delphine Arnault, second-in-command at Louis Vuitton and a key talent scout at the luxury group her family controls, the prize has previously been awarded to Thebe Magugu — who won the 2019 edition — Doublet, Marine Serre, Grace Wales Bonner, Marques’Almeida and Thomas Tait.
It has also boosted the careers of its runner-up special-prize winners, which include Rokh, Jacquemus and

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EXCLUSIVE: LVMH to Establish Karl Lagerfeld Fashion Prize

His legendary fashion career was ignited by an award. In his twilight years, he acted as a judge for the LVMH Prize for Young Fashion Designers, leaving most contenders starstruck.
And now he will be immortalized with a fashion prize in his name. LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton confirmed exclusively to WWD that its Special Prize will henceforth 
be named the Karl Lagerfeld Prize.
The first one is to be presented during the sixth edition of the contest on Sept. 4 at the Fondation Louis Vuitton.
“Karl Lagerfeld, creative director of the house of Fendi since 1965, 
was involved in the prize since its launch,” said Delphine Arnault, the force behind the high-profile design competition. “He was fully committed to it since Day One, 
transporting us with his enthusiasm and his energy, sharing with everyone, whether other jury members or candidates, his culture and his passion for fashion. We shall always cherish those precious moments.”
A key talent scout at the French luxury conglomerate and the number-two executive at its flagship Louis Vuitton brand, Arnault added that the Karl Lagerfeld Prize “naturally perpetuates the closeness we developed 
over the years and is a tribute to the man’s unique creative genius, to his ability to

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LVMH Postpones Designer Prize Final Until September

WAITING TO EXHALE: The eight finalists for the LVMH Prize for Young Designers will have to hold their breath for a few months longer: the finals of the competition, traditionally held in June, has been postponed until Sept. 4, the group said Wednesday.
LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, the luxury conglomerate which holds the annual prize, did not provide a reason for the delay, but a source familiar with the situation cited calendar conflicts among some of the senior executives and designers expected to attend the prize-giving ceremony.
Last year’s event took place on June 6 in the presence of Emma Stone and Jaden Smith, both Louis Vuitton brand ambassadors. Japanese designer Masayuki Ino won the main prize with his streetwear label Doublet, while the runner-up special prize went to South Korean designer Rok Hwang’s London-based women’s wear label Rokh.

Jaden Smith, Masayuki Ino and Emma Stone. 

Among those competing for this year’s grand prize of 300,000 euros, plus a year of coaching from experts at family-controlled LVMH — the parent of brands including Louis Vuitton, Dior and Fendi — are four labels making gender-neutral clothes, two women’s wear designers and two men’s wear designers.
The finalists are Anrealage, designed by Kunihiko Morinaga; Bethany Williams;

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How Rihanna’s LVMH Deal Could Change the Future of Celebrity and Fashion Branding

RiRi is poised to be the next LV of lust-worthy monograms.
Friday’s announcement that LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton will launch a new Paris-based Fenty maison “centered on Rihanna, developed by her, and taking shape with her vision in terms of ready-to-wear, shoes and accessories, including commerciality and communication of the brand” marks the first time the luxury conglomerate has launched a fashion brand from scratch since it set a couture house for Christian Lacroix in 1987. Only this time, it’s with a celebrity — who will also be the first black woman to head an LVMH brand — and the development could change the future of Hollywood dealmaking in the fashion space.
“Instead of having celebrity faces like Natalie Portman or Nicole Kidman at Chanel, it’s now about how a celebrity can own a brand,” said Stacy Jones, chief executive officer of entertainment marketing firm Hollywood Branded Inc., who credits the groundbreaking LVMH deal on Rihanna’s demonstrated success as a singer, actress and marketer who is able to move Fenty beauty products with an Instagram post. She also touted the legacy of the Kardashians and celebrity-businessmen including George Clooney, whose tequila company Casamigos sold for $ 1 billion last year (which in

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LVMH Prize Finalists Include Two African Designers

PARIS — LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton has unveiled the names of the eight finalists for the LVMH Prize for Young Designers, and for the first time, designers from Nigeria, South Africa and Israel have made the final round of the competition.
“We are very proud of the international dimension of the prize. It’s really what sets it apart,” Delphine Arnault, the force behind the initiative, told WWD. “The LVMH Prize is global. It reflects the fact that fashion is now a global market, with a capacity to reach and to touch more and more people, namely thanks to the Internet.”
Among those competing for a grand prize of 300,000 euros, plus a year of coaching from experts at family-controlled LVMH — the parent of brands including Louis Vuitton, Dior and Fendi — are four labels making gender-neutral clothes, two women’s wear designers and two men’s wear designers.
“Gender issues, and the question of women’s place in society are key concerns for young people today, I believe. It’s normal therefore for designers to seize on those topics, which inform their designs,” said Arnault, who is a key talent scout at the French luxury conglomerate.
The finalists, selected by a committee of 63 fashion industry

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EXCLUSIVE: 24 Sèvres to Launch Capsule With LVMH Prize Finalists

PARIS — Online retailer 24 Sèvres is celebrating this year’s edition of the LVMH Prize for Young Designers by distributing a capsule collection of outfits designed by the eight finalists in June, to be followed by a selection of pieces from the winner’s collection in the fall.
The global luxury web site owned by LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton has been expanding the scope of its collaborations as online retailers seek to stand out in a crowded landscape by offering exclusive products.
The LVMH Prize finalists will be selected by a committee of experts during a showroom event at the luxury giant’s headquarters on March 1 and 2 during Paris Fashion Week.
The capsule is scheduled to go on sale online in early June, to coincide with the prize-giving ceremony where a jury — made up of designers including Nicolas Ghesquière, Maria Grazia Chiuri and Marc Jacobs — will designate the winner.
Eric Goguey, chief executive officer of 24 Sèvres, said the initiative was in line with the site’s ambition to provide a highly curated offering with a Parisian perspective. “As a digital site, we are very much in tune with the fast pace of young designers, who are themselves often very connected,” he

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Chiara Ferragni to Join Experts on LVMH Prize Panel

PARIS — The LVMH Prize for Young Fashion Designers is ramping up its digital presence.
LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton has asked Chiara Ferragni, one of the world’s top influencers with 15.9 million followers on Instagram, to join the expert committee for the sixth edition of the award. Ferragni has close ties to LVMH-owned Dior, whose women’s wear designer Maria Grazia Chiuri made her wedding dress.
Ferragni joins Naomi Campbell and 14 other newcomers, drawn from the worlds of media and e-commerce, on the prize panel.
They include Rami Atallah, cofounder and chief executive officer of Ssense.com; Aizel Trudel, founder of Russian e-commerce site Aizel.ru; Aimee Song of fashion blog Song of Style; Kevin Ma, founder and ceo of Hypebeast; stylist Marie Chaix; documentary maker Loïc Prigent, and fashion journalist Angelo Flaccavento.
Also new are Edward Enninful, editor in chief of Vogue U.K.; Ezra Petronio, editor in chief of Self Service; Joerg Koch, founder and editor in chief of 032c; Ashley Heath, editorial director of Pop and Arena Homme +; Suzanne Koller, fashion director of M Le Monde, and System cofounders Elizabeth von Guttman and Alexia Niedzielski.
“We are thrilled to welcome this year both prominent personalities from traditional fashion media and professionals who have succeeded

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EXCLUSIVE: Rihanna Said Readying Luxury House With LVMH

PARIS — Rihanna is getting ready for her next act in fashion, and with the world’s largest luxury group as her partner, WWD has learned.
According to multiple sources, LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton and the music sensation have been in secret discussions to launch a luxury house under her name. That would make it the first fashion brand industry titan Bernard Arnault has launched from scratch since Christian Lacroix in 1987.
LVMH has already handpicked a clutch of employees from within, including some from Louis Vuitton and Celine, to work on the project in tandem with Rihanna and some of her key associates, sources said.
Details about the launch and its timing could not immediately be learned. LVMH officials declined comment Wednesday.
On Tuesday, the Internet lit up with speculation about the origins of the bold, gold shades Rihanna wore while stepping out in Manhattan — her Fenty brand name spelled out across the temples. Sources said the music star was simply test-driving a prototype, while dropping a colossal tease about her next major foray beyond music.

Rihanna has demonstrated a serious interest in, and influence on, fashion — along with formidable design chops and acute instincts — with her recent tenure as the

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LVMH Opens Applications for Sixth Edition of LVMH Prize

STARTING BLOCKS: LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton has opened applications for the sixth edition of its LVMH Prize for Young Fashion Designers.
Candidates have until Feb. 4 to submit their applications on the web site lvmhprize.com, the French luxury conglomerate said on Monday. The winner, decided by a jury including LVMH’s top designers, will walk away with a cash prize of 300,000 euros plus a year of coaching from experts at LVMH.
Launched in 2013 and spearheaded by Delphine Arnault, second-in-command at Louis Vuitton and a key talent scout at the luxury group her family controls, the prize is open to designers under age 40 who have presented and sold at least two collections of women’s, men’s or unisex ready-to-wear.

The past five winners of the main prize are Doublet, Marine Serre, Grace Wales Bonner, Marques’Almeida and Thomas Tait, and the award has also boosted the careers of its runner-up special-prize winners: Rokh, Kozaburo Akasaka, Vejas, Jacquemus, Hood by Air and Miuniku.

LVMH also rewards three graduates from fashion schools. They will each receive 10,000 euros and will join one of the group’s houses for one year.
Last year’s edition drew 1,300 applications from 90 countries, with 20 semi-finalists invited to show their work during Paris Fashion Week in

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LVMH Draws Crowds With Fourth Edition of Open-Doors Event

PARIS — The long queues in front of leading luxury stores in Paris this weekend might suggest they were holding the high-end equivalent of a Black Friday sale.
But the crowds gathered outside Dior headquarters on Avenue Montaigne, the Guerlain flagship on Avenue des Champs-Elysées or the Chaumet salons on Place Vendôme weren’t looking to part with any cash — just to catch a glimpse behind the scenes of some of the 70 brands that form LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton.
From Oct. 12 to 14, the world’s biggest luxury group held the fourth edition of its Journées Particulières open-doors event, which gives members of the public worldwide a rare opportunity to meet the craftspeople who make everything from Louis Vuitton handbags to Tag Heuer watches and Berluti shoes.
The event is the brainchild of Antoine Arnault, head of communication and image of LVMH, who launched the biennial initiative in 2011 to counter a perception that the group was only interested in making money. It has steadily grown in size, with this year’s edition drawing a record 180,000 visitors, up from 145,000 in 2016.
Arnault kicked off proceedings with a cocktail party on Thursday at the group’s headquarters, where he posed with his father,

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EXCLUSIVE: LVMH Taps Designer to Revive Jean Patou

PARIS — LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton is applying its formidable finances and management might to revive the dormant Jean Patou fashion house, WWD has learned.
Sidney Toledano, chairman and chief executive officer of LVMH Fashion Group, is spearheading the project and has already selected and signed on a designer to lead it: Guillaume Henry.
Last March, Henry exited Nina Ricci and he is said to be passionate about the legacy of Patou, a French designer who brought modernity and buzz to fashion in the Twenties — and innovated in business with fragrances, logos and sport clothes.
LVMH is now in the throes of building teams around Henry with a view to launching the first collection of ready-to-wear and accessories in the second half of 2019.
It is understood the group views Patou as something of a niche, rarified name — and not its next megabrand. Consequently, LVMH will likely start with a single boutique, most likely in Paris, along with e-commerce and select wholesale partners.
The relaunch suggests the world’s largest luxury group is anticipating an easing of the streetwear craze, and a swing of the fashion pendulum back to sophisticated chic.

Afternoon Dress in Crepe De Chine by Jean Patou, 1926. 
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LVMH Opens Applications for Fifth Edition of LVMH Prize

OPEN CALL: LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton has opened applications for the fifth edition of its LVMH Prize for young fashion designers.
Candidates have until Feb. 4 to submit their applications on the web site lvmhprize.com, the French luxury conglomerate said on Friday. The winner, decided by a jury including LVMH’s top designers, will walk away with a cash prize of 300,000 euros plus a year of coaching from experts at LVMH.
Launched in 2013 and spearheaded by Delphine Arnault, second-in-command at Louis Vuitton and a key talent scout at the luxury group her family controls, the prize is open to designers under age 40 who have presented and sold at least two collections of men’s or women’s ready-to-wear.
The past four winners of the main prize are Marine Serre, Grace Wales Bonner, Marques’Almeida and Thomas Tait, and the award has also boosted the careers of its runner-up special-prize winners: Kozaburo Akasaka, Vejas, Jacquemus, Hood by Air and Miuniku.
LVMH also rewards three graduates from fashion schools. They will each receive 10,000 euros and will join one of the group’s houses for one year.
Last year’s edition drew 1,250 applications from 90 countries, with 21 semi-finalists invited to show their work during Paris Fashion Week

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Christophe Girard to Exit LVMH

POLITICAL MANEUVERS: Christophe Girard, who has straddled politics and luxury goods for years, is to exit LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton over the summer, according to market sources. He joined LVMH from Yves Saint Laurent in 1999 and held the title director of strategy in its fashion and leather goods division. Girard could not be reached for comment.

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Marques’ Almeida’s Marta Marques and Paulo Almeida Win LVMH Prize

PARIS — Marques’ Almeida’s Marta Marques and Paulo Almeida won the second annual LVMH Prize, an international contest for young designers selected by some of the industry’s biggest creative figures.
The Portuguese designers receive a grant of 300,000 euros, or $ 333,300 at current exchange rates, plus a year of coaching from executives at LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, the world’s largest luxury group and sponsor of the prize.
Actress Natalie Portman, the face of Miss Dior perfume, handed the statuette to Marques and Almeida during a ceremony at the Louis Vuitton Foundation, the new Frank Gehry-designed art museum on the leafy fringes of Paris currently showcasing a mother lode of Modern Art masterpieces.
Marques and Almeida beat out seven other finalists. They were: Arthur Arbesser, an Austrian women’s wear designer based in Milan; Craig Green, a British men’s wear specialist based in London; Faustine Steinmetz, a French women’s wear designer based in London; Simon Porte Jacquemus, a Frenchman based in Paris, where he presents his Jacquemus women’s collection; Virgil Abloh, an American designer based in Milan, where he does men’s and women’s fashions under the Off-White label; and Demna Gvasalia, a German designer who presents his Vetements women’s line in Paris.
A special jury prize went to Jacquemus. It comes

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This Just In: Meet the LVMH Prize Finalists

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It’s never been easy to be a young fashion designer, but it’s sure not getting any easier. Which is why institutions like the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund and the LVMH Prize for Young Fashion Designers—who offer both monetary grants and mentorship—are so entirely invaluable: Their time and attention can bring a promising young label on the cusp to full flourish. (Or at least help soothe the awkward, often prohibitively expensive, and occasionally harrowing growth process.) But it’s not all brotherly love: The competition has never been fiercer. Fresh off of the heels of their 26-designer-heavy event during Paris Fashion Week (whittled down from more than 1,000 applicants), LVMH—and a jury made up of the nine creative directors of their fashion houses Jonathan Anderson, Karl Lagerfeld, Marc Jacobs, Nicolas Ghesquière, Raf Simons, Phoebe Philo, Riccardo Tisci, Humberto Leon, and Carol Lim—have just announced the eight young fashion companies on the shortlist.

Here’s what you need to know about the designers (listed alphabetically, below) who made the cut: Consider it your cheat sheet to sussing out the next big thing.

 

Arthur Arbesser

 



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An Austrian Central Saint Martins graduate and Armani alum, Arbesser’s womenswear line is based in Milan, and his designs—uniform-inspired tailoring, graphic, geometric knitwear, quirky frocks, diaphanous separates, and other similarly uncomplicated but entirely clever (and ultimately entirely fetching) clothes—have quickly made him the poster child for the city’s new, buzzy young industry energy.

 

Coperni Femme

 



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Arnaud Vaillant and Sebastien Meyer founded their boutique ready-to-wear line—pragmatic, streamlined, minimalist-minded, with an obsession for artfully executed detail, futuristic construction, and a celestial mascot in Copernicus (yes, he of the heliocentric philosophies)—in Paris in 2013; they scooped up ANDAM’s First Collections Prize soon after.

 

Craig Green

 



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A London-based menswear designer whose collections play with texture, volume, negative space, and silhouette. His spring 2015 collection drew comparisons to both Vivienne Westwood and Rei Kawakubo (and reportedly brought its audience to tears), while his fall 2015 showing drew on the idea of the uniform, and of masculinity, power, and vulnerability.

 

Faustine Steinmetz

 



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The London-based Steinmetz may have cut her teeth studying pattern-cutting at Paris’s prestigious Atelier Chardon Savard and was among one of the last classes to study under legendary professor Louise Wilson at Central Saint Martins, but her namesake line—revamped iconic wardrobe classics like Levi’s 501s and tracksuit jackets, pullover sweatshirts, and denim skirts—is mind-bending in its construction: Recent collections name-checked the ancient craft of shibori, or used brushed and pulled wool in place of denim. (All textiles are handwoven on a traditional hand loom.) This is the type of imagination that makes a brand iconic.

 

Jacquemus

 



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Simon Porte Jacquemus may be in his mid-twenties, but he shot to the forefront of the fashion industry’s collective consciousness for his ability to purvey a certain childlike joy and nostalgia with his designs: His spring collection played with bathing suit coverups and schoolgirl motifs; his fall showing with Sebastian Bieniek–inspired face paint and giant, hand-shaped cutouts.

 

Marques ‘ Almeida

 



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Chances are that London-based Marta Marques and Paulo Almeida are responsible for the fraying hems of the denim-obsessive nearest you. (Their Topshop collection sold out—fast.) But don’t let the undone nature of their trademark trim fool you: There’s far more than just good jeans afoot. The duo’s band of loyal followers is expanding almost as quickly as their oeuvre—recent collections have applied the pair’s eye for an insouciant attitude to any number of textiles.

 

Off-White c/o Virgil Abloh

 



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The only American designer in the group, Abloh’s résumé conveys a certain entrepreneurial energy stereotypical to these shores: founding RSVP Gallery in Chicago, designing a line of streetwear (the hotly consumed and oft-blogged Pyrex Vision, which created something of a street style frenzy), and working as creative director at Kanye Wests DONDA, among other visual art-based inclinations. Off-White encompasses both Abloh’s men’s and women’s range: The silhouette is long, layered, and achingly cool regardless of gender, and his graphic sensibility—those Charlie Hebdo–inspired “War Is Not Over!” tees and freshly-painted-looking toppers from his fall 2015 women’s collection may not be “streetwear” as such, but that’s where they’ll find the most traction—is still his strong suit.

 

Vetements

 



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Head designer Demna Gvasalia may be able to count previous experience at Antwerp’s Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Louis Vuitton, and Maison Martin Margiela on his résumé, but it’s where he and his merry band of Paris-based designers are going—fall included everything from diced-and-spliced denim and swollen, distended motorcycle jackets to Paris, Texas–inspired pink angora sweaterdresses and football scarves—that has the fashion industry rapt with attention.

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