British Fashion Award Nominees, Gucci Cruise and more of the news you missed

The British Fashion Council’s Fashion Award Nominees
The annual British Fashion Award nominees were announced this week and the December 2nd ceremony will have last year’s winner Kaia Gerber going up against Adut Akech, Adesuwa Aighewi, 2017 winner Adwoa Aboah, and Winnie Harlow. Both Naomi Cmapbell and Giorgio Armani will be honored on the special night as designers, brands and business leaders vie to win in their respected categoriies. See the full list of contenders on Vogue.

Thakoon is Back
After a hiatus since 2017, Thakoon Panichgul has made a welcomed return to designing with a new direct-to-consumer contemporary line and store in Greenwich Village. Refocusing on wardrobe staples at affordable prices, Thakoon has unveiled on a trim 15 styles, all under $250. Happy holiday shopping!

Alber Elbaz too!
Since abruptly departing from Lanvin back in 2015, designer Alber Elbaz has done a special project here and there but now it seems he’s ready to come back full-time. WWD reports that Elbaz has partnered up with Richemont on a joint venture called AZ Fashion, “which will focus on developing solutions for women of our times.” Will it be a full ready-to-wear collection? Direct-to-consumer? Luxury couture or sportswear? Time will tell but at least he’s back!

Nicolas Ghesquiere Says Never Trump
After President Trump’s visit last week with LVMH CEO Bernard Arnault to the new Louis Vuitton factory in Texas, artistic director Nicolas Ghesquière released a statement on Instagram disowning the publicity stunt. The Washington Post reports Ghesquière’s criticism won the support of stylists Karla Welch and designers Giambattista Valli and Julien Dossena before comments were turned off. The new factory will employ about 150 people producing handbags that will carry “Made in the USA” label and plans to continue expanding the plant to have 1,000 employees in the next few years.

Gucci Cruise is Coming to America––Somewhere
Another resort destination announcement, Gucci Cruise 2021 says America will be its location for the show in May, exactly where yet to be revealed. Alessandro Michele has kept the label in Europe for the previous 4 years of its cruise collections since New York City’s Dia Art Foundation in 2015. The Italian label’s most previous shows were on Rome’s Capitoline Hill and before that Roman necropolis of Alyscamps in Arles. []

Telfar Clemens is Pitti Uomo Guest Designer
Florence’s biannual menswear event, Pitti Uomo, has selected Telfar Clemens as its guest designer come January. The timing aligns with the expanding buzz circling his label eponymous label Telfar as well as the popularity of its signature “T” embossed bags. The announcement follows Clemens’ SS20 show in Paris. “For fifteen years, he has been promoting with tenacity an idea of inclusive and accessible fashion and business. We are happy to offer him the opportunity to present himself to the Pitti Uomo community,” said the event’s director of communications, Lapo Cianchi. [Dazed]

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