New Era Taps Dao-Yi Chow as Creative Director, Paris Provisional Calendars Are Out, and more news you missed

New Era Selects Dao-Yi Chow as Creative Director
Cap brand New Era has announced Dao-Yi Chow as its new creative director and vice president, marking a significant milestone in the company’s evolution. With over two decades of experience in the industry, Chow brings a wealth of expertise, having previously held pivotal roles as co-founder of Public School, artistic director at DKNY, and a decade-long stint as creative director at Sean John. Chow’s appointment highlights New Era’s strategic pivot into apparel with the unveiling of “Brand New Era,” a clothing line set to debut later this year. New Era has been a trailblazer in sports and streetwear culture, specifically known for its “59FIFTY” cap, a staple worn by NBA, MLB, and NFL teams, including the iconic New York Yankees. In addition to overseeing design, Chow will spearhead international marketing and merchandising efforts for the apparel line. Jim Grundtisch, New Era’s president of global brand said, “Dao-Yi’s unparalleled creativity and passion for sportswear makes him the perfect fit to lead our brand to the next level of product evolution.” [BoF]

Paris Provisional Calendars for Menswear and Couture Are Out
The upcoming fashion week marathon is on the horizon, with men’s fashion week starting on June 18th to June 23rd, followed by couture season from June 24th to 27th. Dries Van Noten‘s final collection as creative director for his eponymous brand will be a highlight on June 22nd at 8:30 pm. Notable brands like Louis Vuitton, Dior Men, Junya Watanabe, and Comme des Garçons will present their collections, while Valentino, Givenchy, GmbH, and Paul Smith are absent this Paris session. Paul Smith will showcase at Pitti Uomo in Florence on June 11th as an invited guest designer. Beginning menswear week are the BA students of the Institut Français de la Mode on June 18th at 3:30 pm. The following day, London’s Bianca Saunders returns to the Paris schedule with her show at 10 am, while Jun Takahashi’s Undercover label replaces its usual presentation for a 1 pm runway slot on the same day, alongside Kenzo’s debut at 8 pm. After their January Paris debut, newcomer to the menswear schedule Berlin-based brand 032C will showcase their collection June 20th, 7pm, followed by Rick Owens at 12:30 pm. Balmain is scheduled for 8 pm on June 21st, followed by Loewe and KidSuper presenting their collections at 12 pm and 6 pm, respectively. The Japanese brand Taak will close out the men’s spring 2025 season with a show at 5:30 pm on June 23rd. Transitioning to couture week, Schiaparelli will kick off the week at 10 am on June 24th, followed by Iris van Herpen at 11:30 am, Dior at 2:30 pm, and Thom Browne returning for his second couture show at 5:30 pm. Chanel will start the day on June 25th with a pair of shows at 10 am and 12 pm, with Charles de Vilmorin scheduled for 3:30 pm. Balenciaga will take the stage on June 26th at 12 pm, followed by Viktor & Rolf at 4 pm, and Nicolas Di Felice debuting his one-off collection for Jean Paul Gaultier at 6:30 pm. Fendi will showcase at 2:30 pm on the last day, followed by Robert Wun at 4 pm, and ArdAzAei will close the couture schedule at 6 pm. For provisional calendars for both men’s and couture week you can find it here. [WWD]

The ANDAM Prize Jury Members
This year’s ANDAM prize jury boasts an impressive lineup, featuring Blackpink’s Rosé Park, model and singer Carla Bruni, and actress and musician Charlotte Gainsbourg, among the 13 guest members handpicked by Saint Laurent‘s creative director Anthony Vaccarello. Vaccarello, the recipient of the award in 2011, will mentor the winner of the fashion prize for its 35th anniversary edition. The jury also includes Anja Rubik, Alek Wek, Béatrice Dalle, Rossy De Palma, director Gaspar Noé, actor Niels Schneider, actress Virginie Efira, writer Virginie Despentes, and stylist Emmanuelle Alt. Completing the committee is journalist Augustin Trapenard, who hosts Saint Laurent’s Talks podcast. ANDAM founder and managing director Nathalie Dufour said, “Like Mr. [Yves] Saint Laurent who, throughout his life, surrounded himself with the women who were essential to his inspiration, Anthony has gathered around him his muses and friends.” This year, the design competition will award grants of 700,000 euros to the talents. The grand prize winner will receive 300,000 euros, while the runner-up will be awarded 100,000 euros. Vaccarello will mentor each of them for one year, providing guidance on both the creative and strategic aspects of their businesses. Finalists are expected to be announced at the end of May, with the prize ceremony scheduled for June 27th. Notable past winners include Viktor & Rolf, Christophe Lemaire, Jeremy Scott, and Marine Serre. French designer Louis Gabriel Nouchi claimed the 2023 prize, while Ester Manas and Duran Lantink were both recipients of the runner-up Special Prize. [WWD]

System Magazine Taps Susanna Lau
London-based fashion influencer-turned-editor Susie Bubble has been appointed as the digital editorial director of System Magazine. This strategic move comes as System owner Mike Obenson aims to reposition the media publication as a global brand with a more comprehensive offering. Obenson’s initiative began with the launch of System Beauty in late 2022 and was followed by the soft launch of System Stories, a video-driven platform set to officially debut later this year. Earlier, System welcomed Fiona Hartley, formerly head of video content at i-D Magazine, into the role of digital director. Lau, widely recognized by her digital alias Susie Bubble, rose to prominence with the launch of her “Style Bubble” blog in 2006 and subsequently served as the editor of Dazed Digital from 2008 to 2010. Reflecting on her new role, Lau said, “after a decade of floating free, I’m very excited to join a publication that has held the fashion industry up to its creative mirror by asking the most potent of questions to its best protagonists.” [BoF]

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