Kris Van Assche Exits Berluti, ALT Awarded Chevalier and more of the news you missed

Kris Van Assche Exits Berluti
After three years as Artistic Director, Kris Van Assche is leaving Berluti. The Belgian designer’s last collection for the LVMH owned brand was the recently debuted F/W 21 “Living Apart Together” show but Assche is still set to release upcoming projects in the coming weeks ahead. CEO Antoine Arnault said, “In order to maintain our commitment to both savoir-faire and innovation we have decided to let Berluti lead its own rhythm and give freedom to its presentation schedule. I would personally like to thank Kris, who throughout his journey within the LVMH Group has shown remarkable talent in the world of menswear.” [Vogue]

ALT Awarded by France
André Leon Talley has been awarded the Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, France’s highest honor in recognition of artists. The Order of Arts and Letters is the French government’s acknowledgment of artists, writers, and those who have significantly contributed to the country in the form of the arts. On the honor Talley took to Instagram to say, “This was the best day in my life, to be in the august and impeccable body of Chevaliers.” Talley is in good company—other recipients of the award include James Baldwin, Meryl Streep, Tina Turner, and Lee Radziwill. [WWD]

Wek’s Collection for Weekend
Icon Alek Wek has collaborated with Weekend Max Mara on a capsule collection that will be in stores at the end of summer. Wek, who studied at the London College of Fashion prior to becoming a model, designed the range in partnership with Max Mara’s creative team. The collection, which she has described as “African culture with a London calling vibe and a touch of Boho” features silk scarves and dresses printed with Wek’s artwork, as well as knits in a color palette inspired by the South Sudanese flag. [WWD]

Kukua Williams Pens Letter Describing Racial Profiling
Hotlister Kukua Williams penned a moving letter on Vogue this week about an incident this past fashion week where she was detained at Milanese Airport for 24 hours. Milan has been long-feared as a notorious market for black models in the past, and Williams claims the March 7th incident was racial profiling as several non-Black models from the UK had made the journey “days before without any problem.” A passage from the letter reads, “throughout my 24-hour detention, I was told no one was allowed to enter Italy from the UK unless they were an Italian citizen. The authorities refused to read the letter I was carrying from my agency, which was the same as all the other models had, and told me castings weren’t a good enough reason for entry. They restricted me from using my phone and I had my passport confiscated. The following day, I was driven to a plane that would take me back to England in a police car, as though I were a criminal. The experience left me traumatised.”

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