Couture Wraps and Jean Paul Gaultier takes a final bow
Couture was a beauteous whirlwind, bringing all the excitement and over-the-top glamour that most can barely afford to get near. The biggest takeaways? Valentino‘s ceaseless dominance in the realm of color and volume. Iris van Herpen building on her technological mastery, inspired by the central nervous system and what lies deep in the seas. John Galliano‘s mastery of upcycling and reimagination of heritage codes at Maison Margiela. And of course, Jean Paul Gaultier’s moving, well-deserved farewell.
Balenciaga Makes its Couture Comeback
After more than 50 years, Balenciaga announced its return to couture, reported Vogue. The house, now under the creative helm of Demna Gvasalia, hasn’t produced a couture collection since closing its atelier in 1969. “Haute couture is the very foundation of this house so it is my creative and visionary duty to bring couture back,” Gvasalia said of the decision in a statement. Balenciaga will be devoting a team to couture at its 10 Avenue George V address. [Vogue]
Siren PR Shutters
Just ahead of the start of Fall/Winter 2020 Fashion Weeks, Siren PR announced it will suddenly close its doors after operating for 20 years. A surprising company-wide email told the staff that due to changes in the industry Siren is “no longer financially able to operate.” [Fashion Week Daily]
Dries Van Noten Hires New President
Spanish group Puig owner of brands like Carolina Herrera, Jean Paul Gaultier, Nina Ricci, Paco Rabanne, and Dries Van Noten announced this week that it was adding a president to oversee the Belgian brand. WWD reports, Matteo De Rosa’s appointment represents the first big business development for Dries Van Noten since it was acquired by Puig in June 2018. With the bankruptcy and closure of Barneys New York, a longterm wholesale partner in the U.S. market for Van Noten, De Rosa will be in charge of forward expansion in global markets.
Hilary Rhoda and Sean Avery Are Having a Baby
Congratulations are in order for Icon Hilary Rhoda who announced that she’s having a baby boy with husband and former hockey player Sean Avery. The couple has been married since 2015.