Alastair McKimm back at i-D, Max Azria passed away, and more of the news you missed

Alastair McKimm Has a New Title
Announced this week, i-D Magazine named the stylist and was-fashion director their Global Editor-In-Chief following Holly Shackleton’s departure in February. McKimm has a long history with the publication, starting as assistant to Edward Enninful in 2001 and then to full-fledged editor in 2013. Of his installment, McKimm is quoted by i-D, “…Now to be part of the big picture and future vision is beyond my wildest dreams. i-D has always been a platform for the most inspiring new voices and continuing that legacy is what I’m most excited about.” [i-D]

Louis Vuitton Cruise 2020 Gave a Glimpse of the New TWA Flight Center
As promised, Nicolas Ghesquière took to JFK Airport’s TWA Flight Center (long closed, soon to be reopened) for Louis Vuitton’s Cruise 2020 show. It had all the decade-jumping Ghesquière flair one imagines when thinking of the designer, this collection ultimately influenced by the city he chose to show in. You can see our streetstyle coverage by Melodie Jeng from the show.

A Shorter NYFW To-Come Says Tom Ford
“It starts Friday night and ends Wednesday — dramatically cut down,” Tom Ford, newly chairman of the CDFA, told WWD. Ford is speaking of the plan to shorten NYFW starting Spring 2020 or September 6th until September 11th, to be exact. The move condenses seven days into just five, and Steven Kolb, chief executive officer, says that the tightened schedule will put a focus on major shows as well as hosting international brands. Ford also told WWD, “There’s a choice,” then continuing, “All of New York Fashion Week moving toward irrelevance or changing the schedule, trying to reinvigorate it and trying to be as accommodating as possible.” [WWD]

Max Azria Passes at 70
Founder of BCBG and Hervé Léger Max Azria passed away this week at 70 after a battle with lung cancer. The Tunisian born, LA-based designer created BCBG in 1989 which stands for “bon chic, bon genre,” meaning “good style, good attitude”. WWD reports his wife Lubov, a Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising graduate, joined the company in 1991 and at the height of their popularity, they managed their international empire that consisted of more than 595 stores in 47 countries and $2 billion in retail sales.

Balenciaga Wins and Gives Back
Demna Gvasalia, creative director of Balenciaga, was awarded this week by the Pratt Institute the Creative Spirit Award at their annual Celebration of the Creative Spirit gala. In turn, the branch announced plans to establish a full four-year scholarship to two students of African-American or Latinx descent in support of the Black Alumni of Pratt group. The brand joins a leading number of luxury counterparts, like Gucci and Prada, that aim to rectify the staggering lack of diversity in fashion behind the scenes.

The annual Met Ball was a Campy affair
Nothing like the Met Ball to gawk at the rich and famous getting all dolled up en masse and this year’s theme guaranteed eye candy from the true risk-takers. Gaga, Jared, Cardi, Lupita, Billy, Katy, Kim, Kendall, and Kylie – too many wacky standouts to mention in one post but be sure to check out our exclusive preview of the actual Camp: Notes on Fashion exhibit, here.

Maison Fenty is a Go
After a long tease, LVMH and Rihanna announced today ambitious plans to unveil the multi-hyphenate much anticipated luxury line, Fenty. The new house marks only the second time since Christian Lacroix that LVMH has created a brand from scratch since it set up the couture house in 1987. The line of ready-to-wear, shoes, and accessories will be based in Paris and swiftly debut this month on the 22nd.

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