Hood By Air Returns, Paris Fashion Week Kicks Off and more of the news you missed

Hood By Air Returns with Naomi Campbell
Hood by Air is back. On hiatus since 2017, the much-hyped label has re-emerged with a vengeance, releasing a campaign starring none other than the Mother of Models herself, Naomi Campbell. Shot by Luis Alberto Rodriguez, with heavy chiaroscuro, black and white images—which reference the early 00s work of Inez & Vinoodh—Naomi wears leather and nylon pieces from the brand’s upcoming Prologue collection. [Vogue]

Paris Fashion Week Is Underway
Paris Fashion Week is here and it’s been a ride so far. Just ask Coperni who had a drive-thru runway experience that brought to the roadway Adut Akech, Mica Argañaraz, Klara Kristin and even stylist Helena Tejedor joined the line-up. Courrèges also started a new era with newly-appointed artistic director Nicolas Di Felice first show. The casting had a lot of debuts including opener Xulia Dorado, Vic Ishimwe, Elsie Ventura, May Tager and a few more names we have to get acquainted with. Gabriela Hearst made her debut at Chloé too, presenting a girly, dress-heavy collection filled with hybrids on the backs of Ariel Nicholson, Ash Foo, Assa Baradji and He Cong. Back in Venice, Rick Owens continues to show near his headquarters as one of the few, wisely restructuring due to the pandemic. If models in masks and no audience didn’t make you nod in approval, Owens took zero carbon footprint one step further as the show was across the street from his house. The space invaders came wrapped in Owens’ cocoon coats and sequined bodysuits with power shoulders dialed up to linebacker.

Nicola Glass, Creative Director of Kate Spade, Departs From The Brand
Tapestry, Inc parent company of Kate Spade, Coach, and Stuart Weitzman announced the departure of creative director Nicola Glass at Kate Spade. Glass joined the brand almost four years ago, and before this was the senior vice president of accessories design at Micheal Kors. Like many other brands, sales have declined for Kate Spade due to Covid-19 restrictions, which led the company to produce new roles to revamp the brand. Senior vice president of brand concept and strategy now filled by executive Kristen Naiman and the company is yet to announce head of product design. [WWD]

Diet Prada Reveal D&G Defamation Defence
The Dolce & Gabbana vs Diet Prada debacle rages on. Back in 2019, the luxury Italian brand filed a defamation lawsuit in the wake of Diet Prada’s coverage of their controversial #DGLovesChina campaign. D&G alleges that “media bullying” implemented by Diet Prada cost the company celebrity partnerships with the likes of Katy Perry, Kim Kardashian, and Cardi B. This week Tony Liu and Lindsey Schuyler, the team behind Diet Prada, finally filed their defense claim, “what was stated by the counterpart only confirms that many celebrities once sympathizers with the Dolce & Gabbana brand have considered it morally correct to distance themselves from positions that they believed they did not share and with which they did not want to be associated — in this specific case statements by the fashion house perceived as racist that were only denied with statements that appeared to many to be a mere facade.” [Fashionista]

This Week On MDC
At Prada this season the West African nation of Senegal inadvertently made fashion history. We found out more about Tina Diedhiou and Fatou Samb, the models who opened and closed the luxury brand’s F/W 2021 show. Nate Hinton, rising fashion PR powerhouse, talked to us about Pyer Moss, elitism, and Sean John. Our Model of the Week is Eléonore Ghiuritan, a Parisian overachiever with a super cute Instagram account and impressive runway resumé.

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