Balmain’s CEO steps down
Balmain surprisingly announced this week that effective immediately its CEO, Massimo Piombini, is leaving the Parisian brand for personal reasons. Piombini joined the French brand after leaving his position at Valentino in April 2017 and no word on the specifics of his departure. A new CEO will be appointed to the company in February 2020.
Bottega Veneta and Adut Akech Win Big
British Fashion Council had much to celebrate for The Fashion Awards this year as 4,000 guests, veterans and devotees alike, descended to Royal Albert Hall this past Monday. The biggest winners? Daniel Lee of Bottega Veneta swept the ceremony winning British Designer of the Year in Womenswear, Accessories Designer of the Year, Brand of the Year and Designer of the Year. Adut Akech also won Model of the Year while Kim Jones won British Designer of the Year in Menswear for Dior Men, accepted by Donatella Versace no less.
Dior Does Miami
Speaking of Mr. Jones, he had to miss the festive British affair to unveil his Pre-Fall 2020 rollout in Miami. Kim had the bees buzzing for Dior Men with a list of collaborations; firstly, his Dior x Air Jordan 1 sneaker, which retails for a smooth $1000 and is already reselling for the price of a car; also, he brought Shawn Stussy, founder of the surf brand Stüssy, out of retirement for the collection for the seasonally redesigned logo; And of course, the myriad of covetable accessories from Stephen Jones, Yoon Ahn, and Matthew Williams.
Pirelli Calendar Drops its Paolo Roversi-Photographed 2020 Images
Pirelli revealed the images for its iconic and hard to get calendar. Its Shakespeare-themed latest features 9 actresses photographed by Paolo Roversi who make up the pages of the 2020 calendar. Roversi had each actress embody Juliet. They are: Chris Lee, Claire Foy, Emma Watson, Indya Moore, Kristen Stewart, Mia Goth, Rosalía , Yara Shahidi, as well as Roversi’s own daughter, Stella. The previous edition of the calendar was photographed by Albert Watson and starred the likes of Gigi Hadid and Misty Copeland. [Vogue]
Condé Nast Italy Cuts a Longstanding Glossy
Goodbye Glamour Italia. The 27-year-old Italian glossy is the latest to get the Condé cleaver as the company prepares for a more digital future, WWD reported. Condé Nast Italy CEO Fedele Usai, reasoned in a statement, saying, “Condé Nast’s main goal is to innovate and think ahead. My main concern now is to create products able to accompany our public in the future.” [WWD]