Davide Renne Giorgadze Passes at 46
Davide Renne, who was recently appointed as creative director at Moschino on November 1st, has tragically passed away in Milan due to undisclosed causes. Massimo Ferretti, executive chairman of Moschino’s parent company Aeffe, expressed, “There are no words to describe the pain we are experiencing at this dramatic time. Davide joined us only a few days ago, when a sudden illness took him from us too soon. We still can’t believe what happened.” The Turkish-born designer had an impressive 20-year tenure at Gucci, working under Alessandro Michele and Frida Giannini. He was set to succeed Jeremy Scott at Moschino, who exited the brand last March after a 10-year tenure. Renne was poised to debut his collection during Milan Fashion Week in February for the Fall/Winter 2024 season. Karen Elson, Harris Reed, Suzanne Koller, Davit Giorgadze, and many others have shared their grievances on the late designer’s and his partner, Richard Delassus, respective Instagram profiles. [WWD]
“Sleeping Beauties: Reawakening Fashion” Is The MET’s Next Exhibition in Spring 2024
Next year’s Costume Institute at The Metropolitan Museum of Art is poised to push the boundaries of technology and innovative curation. Titled “Sleeping Beauties: Reawakening Fashion,” the exhibition will feature around 250 items drawn from the Costume Institute’s permanent collection, including approximately 50 historically noteworthy pieces—some too delicate for future wear and rarely seen in public, thus termed “Sleeping Beauties.” Designers such as Elsa Schiaparelli, Yves Saint Laurent, Christian Dior, Givenchy, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Stella McCartney, and Conner Ives will be represented, spanning 400 years of fashion history. Max Hollein, The Met’s Marina Kellen French Director and CEO, expressed, “This innovative show will push the boundaries of our imagination and invite us to experience many facets of a work, to learn more about its history, and, ultimately, to gain a deeper appreciation of its beauty.” Noteworthy among the fragile collection is an Elizabethan bodice and a silk satin ball gown from 1877 by American couturier Charles Frederick Worth, serving as the original inspiration for the exhibit. The “Sleeping Beauties” collection will utilize illusion mechanisms like Pepper’s ghost, employing large angled glass to create ghostly effects. The Met will also integrate video animation, light projection, soundscaping, artificial intelligence, and CGI to “weave a contextual fabric of understanding around each piece.” Andrew Bolton, Wendy Yu Curator in Charge of The Costume Institute, emphasized the exhibition’s ode to nature and the emotional poetics of fashion, organized around three zones: land, sea, and sky, with a focus on sustainability and regenerative forms of production. Scheduled from May 10th to September 2nd, 2024, the exhibition will open to the public after the Met Gala on May 6th, sponsored by TikTok and Loewe. [Vogue]
The LVMH Prize Announces New Award
The 2024 edition of the LVMH Prize for Young Designers has opened its applications this week, with a submission deadline of January 7th on the annual prize’s website. In a continued dedication to craftsmanship, the luxury conglomerate has introduced a new award this time, the Savoir-Faire Prize, designed to promote craftsmanship. This prize will spotlight a young brand selected from the award finalists, offering a grant of 200,000 euros and a one-year mentorship program from the LVMH Group. Delphine Arnault, LVMH c-suite executive, stated, “The prize is launching its 11th edition, and this year I am delighted to honor our attachment to a core value of creation, savoir-faire. The LVMH Savoir-Faire Prize celebrates excellence in craftsmanship, innovation in design and production, and a more sustainable approach to fashion.” This announcement follows LVMH’s commitment to a dedicated space for craftsmanship in Paris, set to open in 2025. The Maison des Métiers d’Excellence will allow visitors to experience the breadth of 280 skilled trades showcased across its 75 brands. With the addition of the Savoir-Faire Prize, the competition now comprises three prizes, including the overall grand prize of 400,000 euros, mentorship by LVMH teams, and financial management support for the winning brand. The Karl Lagerfeld Prize offers a 200,000-euro endowment and a one-year mentorship. The semifinal of the 2024 edition is scheduled for February 29th and March 1st, with the general public invited once again to discover the designers and vote for their favorite collection online. Additional details about the prize can be found here. [WWD]
Fashion Industry Leaders Rally to Denounce Antisemitism
The fashion industry, led by London-based designer Deborah Lyons, is taking the necessary steps to combat antisemitism by raising awareness and advocating for accountability among fashion companies to prevent abusive behavior based on culture or religion. This initiative, gaining traction swiftly, has garnered support from notable figures like Donna Karan, Nicky Hilton Rothschild, Carine Roitfeld, Suzy Menkes, Rachel Zoe, Rebecca Minkoff, Nicole Farhi, and Fern Mallis. Through this endeavor, the signees seek to promote inclusivity, celebrating diverse cultures. Furthermore, the proposed letter recommends mandatory diversity and sensitivity training for all fashion company employees, from designers to executives, “ensuring a deeper understanding of different cultures and religions, including Judaism.” You can read the letter and find out more information here. [WWD]
The Latin American Fashion Awards
Over the past weekend, influential creatives and talents convened in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, for the inaugural Latin American Fashion Awards. The awards spotlighted regional disruptors across 13 categories, with participation from over 25 countries. The event’s objective is to recognize and celebrate the region’s heritage, diversity, and inclusivity while supporting the future of outstanding Latin American talents.Founded by Latin American fashion industry luminaries Constanza Etro and Silvia Argüello, the event was hosted by Dominican actress and singer Leslie Grace, alongside Argentine-Spanish model Iván de Pineda. The star-studded ceremony unfolded in the Amphitheater of Altos de Chavón in Casa de Campo and featured a jury presided over by Haider Ackermann, including Nina Garcia, Anna Dello Russo, Carlos Nazario, Indya Moore, Sara Sozzani Maino, Carmen Busquets, Steven Kolb, Margherita Maccapani Missoni, and Karla Martinez De Salas. Among the winners was Photographer of the Year Camila Falquez, Dominican Republic Local Star Lineisy Montero, Brand of the Year Luar, Accessories Brand of the Year Daniela Villegas, and Fashion Artist of the Year Marcelo Gutierrez. Notably, Designer of the Year Catherine Holstein, who recently secured the CFDA Menswear Designer of the Year award, was also honored. [ELLE]
For Stylist Stella Greenspan, It’s More Important To Play
Models.com spoke to Stella Greenspan on how important personal style is to her, the enjoyment of collaboration, and how she emerged as a stylistic maven in her own right. Find the interview here.
With Anthesis, Photographer Nadine Ijewere Unveils Her Life’s Work
Shot by Kloss Films, Models.com spoke to Nadine Ijewere about her new exhibition, focusing on the technicality of her profession and redefining the visual language of fashion and identity. Find the interview here.