Here’s All the Fashion News You Missed This Week
Carolina Herrera thinks women today "dress like clowns"
Tom Ford is Vegan Now
In accordance with the as-of-yet unnamed universal law that all vegans will find a way to bring up their veganism into conversation, Tom Ford has announced his dietary shift in an interview with W magazine. Ford’s plant-based diet has made him question his own commitment to using fur as shorthand for opulence in his collections. He will, however, continue to use leather and shearling because they’re byproducts of the meat industry. “Whether I’m consuming meat or not, other people are, so these are things that are collected,” the former Gucci designer says. (W magazine)
The Commonwealth Fashion Exchange will highlight Canadian fashion at Buckingham Palace
Designer Lucian Matis will debut a new gown as part of the Commonwealth Fashion Exchange taking part at London Fashion Week on February 19th. The exhibition will showcase designs from both designers and artisans from across the 52 Commonwealth countries. “I believe Canada’s involvement in the Commonwealth Fashion Council will generate a new conversation and positively enlighten our homeland fashion identity, providing direct insight into how other countries endorse and identify their fashion sectors,” says board member and Toronto fashion stalwart Robin Kay.
Christian Louboutin’s Signature Red Soles May Not Be Applicable for Trademark
The red soles on Christian Louboutin’s vertiginous heels are iconic, but they might not be for much longer. Louboutin currently has a trademark registered in Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg for “the color red (Pantone 18 1663TP) applied to the sole of a shoe.” But Maciej Szpunar, an advocate general for the court, is arguing that the red soles are part of the shape of the shoe, and therefore cannot be protected under trademark law. According to the New York Times, “Judges in national courts typically, though not always, follow advice from the European Court of Justice’s advocates general,” so time might be running up for Louboutin’s patent on red soles. (New York Times)
Carolina Herrera is…Not Retiring, Thinks Women Dress Like Clowns
Carolina Herrera’s show at NYFW this upcoming Monday will be her last as creative designer before Wes Gordon steps into the role, but she refuses to label the move a retirement. “I am not retiring! I am moving forward,” the 79-year-old designer told the New York Times. Herrera also shared her distaste for the current fashion moment: “What they like now is ugliness. Women dress in a very strange way. Like clowns.” We’re quaking in our mom jeans. (New York Times)