The Fashion Awards To Honor Edward Enninful
As Edward Enninful prepares to shift from his role as the European Editorial Director of Vogue to global creative and cultural adviser next year, the British Fashion Council announced this week that they will honor him with the Trailblazer Award at this year’s Fashion Awards on December 4th — just as he was also announced as the recipient of the Gay Times Honour for Fashion Icon. Sponsored by Pandora, the British Council Fashion Awards will be held at the Royal Albert Hall in London. Enninful, the groundbreaking first black Editor-in-Chief of British Vogue, will receive the Trailblazer Award in recognition of his six-year tenure challenging traditional beauty standards, advocating for diversity, and transforming the global fashion media landscape. Caroline Rush, Chief Executive Officer of the BFC and organizer of the Fashion Awards and London Fashion Week, described Enninful as “a highly influential figure, with his groundbreaking work and collaborations transcending fashion and profoundly impacting wider culture. A fierce campaigner for diversity and inclusion in everything he does, Enninful has shaped a new vision for fashion media through his tenure as editor in chief at British Vogue, not only in the U.K. but globally.” Established in 2018, the Trailblazer Award acknowledges innovators and creatives whose recent contributions have significantly influenced the fashion industry. Past recipients include last year’s winner Kim Jones, Alessandro Michele, and Sarah Burton. The trophy, designed by stylist, art director, and 2022 New Wave creative Julie Liu in collaboration with the glass production company World of Glass, will be presented to Enninful and other winners/recipients at the ceremony.[WWD]
Karlie Kloss Acquires i-D Magazine
Supermodel and entrepreneur Karlie Kloss has officially acquired i-D Magazine from Vice Media, which has been grappling with bankruptcy. This marks Kloss’ second foray into the magazine industry, following her leadership in a consortium of investors that acquired W Magazine back in 2020. The sale of i-D was executed through Kloss’ newly formed company, Bedford Media, where she serves as chairwoman. The specific details of the transaction were not disclosed. Alastair McKimm, who has been at the helm of i-D since 2019, received a promotion to the position of Chief Creative Officer and Global Editor-in-Chief. Vice Media, which had purchased i-D in 2012, recently underwent Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings. In June, it was successfully acquired for $350 million by its creditors, Fortress Investment Group. In addition to her ventures in the media industry, Kloss is the founder of Kode with Klossy, a nonprofit organization that organizes free summer coding camps for girls. She has established partnerships with prominent brands such as Adidas, Roblox, and Carolina Herrera, engaging in various tech ventures. Kloss has also invested in multiple digital startups, including one involved in incorporating digital authentication IDs into garments. [WWD]
Apple TV’s ‘The New Look’ Showcases the Life of Christian Dior
A new fashion series, ‘The New Look,’ is set to debut on Apple TV+, chronicling the ascent of Christian Dior as an iconic fashion designer and the establishment of his eponymous fashion house. Featuring Ben Mendelsohn in the lead role as the legendary couturier, the 10-episode series explores Dior’s early career in Nazi-occupied Paris and his pivotal role, alongside other French designers, in revitalizing the city. After leaving the army in 1942, Dior collaborated with Balmain and served as a primary designer for Lucien Lelong. Five years later, he launched his own brand, introducing the revolutionary ‘New Look.’ This iconic design, characterized by its hourglass silhouette, accentuated the waistline and featured a full, calf-length skirt. A transformative departure from the military and utilitarian uniforms of World War II. The star-studded cast includes Juliette Binoche as Coco Chanel, Maisie Williams as Catherine Dior, and John Malkovich as Lucien Lelong. Jack Antonoff is curating the contemporary soundtrack, featuring a diverse range of artists such as Lana Del Rey, Bleachers, Florence Welch, Matty Healy from The 1975, Beabadoobee, and Nick Cave with contributions that include covers of songs from the early to mid-20th century. ‘The New Look’ premieres on Valentine’s Day, February 14th, with the first three episodes, followed by a weekly release of one episode every Wednesday through April 3rd. Produced by Apple Studios and DB-AK Productions, the show is written, executive-produced, and directed by Todd A. Kessler. Executive producers also include Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Mark Baker. [Apple TV]
Louis Vuitton Renews Nicolas Ghesquière’s Contract
Amidst a wave of designer and creative director shake-ups, Louis Vuitton is charting a different course. On Tuesday, the luxury house announced the renewal of Nicolas Ghesquière’s contract for another five years. Ghesquière, who assumed the role of artistic director for women’s collections in 2013 said, “It is a true honor to continue writing the story of Louis Vuitton. We began the first chapter 10 years ago, defining a new identity based on extraordinary heritage and a constant focus on innovation. In particular, I have had the privilege to harness the talent and expertise of the Maison and its teams to develop new codes. I am forever grateful for the trust and support of [LVMH chairman and CEO] Bernard Arnault and [Louis Vuitton chairman and CEO] Pietro Beccari on this incredible journey.” Ghesquière, whose career commenced as a design assistant to Jean Paul Gaultier in 1991, later ascended to the role of creative director at Balenciaga, where he pioneered trends like extreme platform shoes. His tenure at Louis Vuitton has been marked by groundbreaking set designs and a seamless fusion of fashion and architecture. [Vogue Business]
Peru by Mariano Vivanco Is Out
Photographer Mariano Vivanco has released his new book Peru focused on his love of imagery, history, and fashion alike. Vivanco takes readers through a personal journey showcasing the history and folklore of his beloved country, Peru. According to Amazon, Vivanco tells the story chronologically, starting from the first pre-Columbian Inca civilization, Caral to the Moche, Nazca, where he photographed geo-glyphs from an airplane, to the Chimu civilization leading up to the Inca Empire. The Peruvian jungle served as the inspiration through its mythologies: El Bufeo Colorado, El Chullachaqui, and the Devil of the Red Flora, to name a few. Vivanco also explored religious saints, Santa Rosa and San Martin De Porres, as well as rebellion leader Tupac Amaru II and his wife Micaela Bastidas. You can buy the book here.
How Singer Yseult Stepped Into Her Fashion Spotlight
Models.com spoke to French singer-songwriter Yseult about running her independent music career, her journey into modeling as a global ambassador for L’Oréal Paris, and walking for Alexander McQueen, Balenciaga, and Marine Serre. Find the interview here.
Dream Cazzaniga Gazes on Her Mother’s Legacy for Donyale Luna: Supermodel
Models.com contributor Nia Shumake spoke to 60s supermodel Donyale Luna’s daughter, Dream Cazzaniga about working as one of the film’s executive producers for MAX documentary, “Donyale Luna: Supermodel”, and connecting to her mother’s story. Find the interview here.
Model of the Week: British Rookie Ayla Murray Had Her Runway Debut With Valentino
Models.com spoke to new face Ayla Murray about getting scouted, her passions for music as she DJs and plays the drum and bass, and dreams of living in a forest with her cats. Find the interview here.