Blumarine Taps Walter Chiapponi, The BFC Announces Designer of The Year Nominees, And more news you missed

Blumarine Taps Walter Chiapponi As Creative Director
Following the departure of Nicola Brognano at Blumarine, the brand has revealed Walter Chiapponi as the new creative director. His debut Blumarine collection is scheduled in February during Milan Fashion Week. Chiapponi, previously the creative director at Tod’s, departed from the position in September following the brand’s womenswear Spring 2024 show. Marco Marchi, director of Eccellenze Italiane, the holding company that owns Blumarine said, “I am confident that Walter Chiapponi, with his internationally recognized talent and his fine stylistic sensibility, will bring new energy to Blumarine while honoring the brand’s extraordinary heritage. I am proud to write a new and important chapter with Walter.” Chiapponi said, “I am delighted to have been appointed creative director of an iconic Italian brand that has outlined over time an idea of femininity that is defined by lightness and creativity.” This transition could potentially signal the conclusion of Blumarine’s Y2K aesthetic, considering Chiapponi’s focus on monochromatic colors and silhouettes in his designs at Tod’s. [WWD]

The British Fashion Council Announces Designer of The Year Nominees
The Designer of the Year nominees, including Jonathan Anderson, Miuccia Prada, Raf Simons, Daniel Lee, Matthieu Blazy, and Sarah Burton, were announced by the British Fashion Council. The highly anticipated event is scheduled for December 4th at London’s Royal Albert Hall. This annual fashion fundraiser, in partnership with the Copenhagen-based jeweler Pandora, aims to honor outstanding industry figures. Notably, Valentino Garavani will receive the Outstanding Achievement award, while Charlotte Tilbury is set to be honored with the Special Recognition Award. The late Joe Casely-Hayford will also be remembered with a new scholarship and a posthumous special recognition award. The British Fashion Council also introduced its newest cohort of “New Wave: Creatives,” the annual compilation that highlights 50 of the most innovative and inspiring young talents in the fashion industry. The roster features talents like makeup artist Alice Dodds, nail artist Cam Tran, stylist Laëtitia Gimenez Adam, and many others. For the complete list, visit: New Wave Creatives List. [WWD]

Help Monyjok Deng
South Sudanese model Monyjok Deng was unexpectedly diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia and is presently undergoing chemotherapy in a hospital. Monyjok, a refugee who was rescued by the Red Cross after fleeing the war in South Sudan during childhood, arrived in Europe from the Kakuma refugee camp in Kenya. His mother, sister, nieces, and nephews continue to reside in the camp. Although he has been living and working in London, he currently faces this disease without the presence of his family. Linden Staub described Monyjok as a “wonderful, humble young man.” If you are inclined to offer support, here is his GoFundMe. This fund is intended to assist him with covering rent and other expenses while he is unable to work and undergoing treatment at the hospital.

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