Gaultier Returns, Live At NYFW and more of the news you missed

Michael Kors Returns to NYFW
September’s New York Fashion Week is set to be stacked after two seasons of minimalist misery, with Michael Kors announcing his return to the NYFW runway for the Spring 2022 season. With the shows held from September 8th-12th, WWD reports he’ll be joining several U.S. designers returning to New York including CFDA chairman, Tom Ford along with Tory Burch, Telfar, Prabal Gurung, Thom Browne, Kerby Jean-Raymond of Pyer Moss, Proenza Schouler, Gabriela Hearst, Markarian and Jonathan Simkhai and Milanese powerhouse, Moschino, for the first time.

Vogue Scandinavia Ushers in New Team
Launching in August, Vogue’s 28th international outpost in the Scandi region has set up shop. Led by editor-in-chief Martina Bonnier, the print and digital publication centered around Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Iceland, and Finland announced sustainability will be a key focus. Its new masthead includes a list of industry insiders and influencers including Sandra Hagelstam, Celine Aagaard, and Somali-Norwegian model Rawdah Mohamed who will be on board as Fashion Editor. Mohamed, whose protest against a proposed ban on the hijab in France went viral, will become the first hijab-wearing editor of color at a fashion magazine in the west. [VOGUEBusiness]

Jean Paul Gaultier Relaunches Ready-to-Wear
After his aptly-timed farewell show at the top of 2020, the house of Jean Paul Gaultier has announced its return to the ready-to-wear market after a six-year hiatus, sans its synonymous designer. With a digital-focused strategy, the Parisian label has recruited the talents of Ottolinger, Palomo Spain, Nicola Lecourt Mansion, Alan Crocetti, and Marvin M’Toumo to reinterpret traditional JPG cues like the sailor motif, all which debut today on the brand’s new e-store and on Ssense.com. The collaborative collection comes before Sacai designer Chitose Abe’s long-awaited couture collection for the brand which will be unveiled in July. [WWD]

Christian Siriano Returns to Bridal
Christian Siriano returns from a hiatus from bridalwear with a new collection just in time for the summer brides. The collection includes a twist of staple silhouettes from his previous designs, ranging from $2,000 to $10,000 with inclusive sizes starting from 0 to 28. Siriano described the collection as “a little bit classic and timeless but a little bit cool, a little bit something that feels in the moment and right now.” [WWD]

Gucci Launches First NFT Starting At $20,000
Luxury Italian house Gucci joins the NFT craze with a film inspired by the recent collection, Aria. The NFT will be sold through Christie’s online auction with the title PROOF OF SOVEREIGNTY: A Curated NFT Sale by Lady PheOnix that started on May 25th and will run through June 3rd. All the proceeds from the Gucci Aria auction will be donated to UNICEF USA in support of the organization’s efforts to provide COVID-19 vaccines globally. [WWD]

Yeezy Gap is Almost Here
The collaboration between Yeezy and Gap was announced last June, but few details about the collection launch date were publicized. A Business of Fashion report stated that the line is on its way to be released by the end of June 2021 and is expected to make a whopping $150 million in its first year. Gap has very high stakes for the line, especially seeing as the retailer closed 225 stores in August of 2020, resulting in an 18% decline in sales due to the global pandemic. [HypeBeast]

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