Here’s All the Fashion News You Missed This Week

Hedi Slimane responds to his critics
The former Saint Laurent creative director debuted his first collection for Celine at Paris Fashion Week this season and fashion critics were, er, not enthused. It’s not commonplace for designers to respond to negative reviews but Slimane did just that, saying in an exclusive e-mail statement to the French television programme 5 Minutes de Mode by Loïc Prigent: “You’re dealing with politics, conflicts of interest, cliques, a predictable attitude, but also staggering exaggerations of conservatism and puritanism.” He went on to write, in response to the reviews highlighting the drastic change in tone of the label as it switched creative hands from a woman to a man, “For some in America, I also have the poor taste of being a man who is succeeding a woman. You could read into that a subtext of latent homophobia that is quite surprising. Is a man drawing women’s collections an issue?” No, but razing to the ground an aesthetic that once liberated women’s fashion from stereotypical notions of sexuality and femininity and resurrecting in its place an homage to those very same tropes is. [WWD]

Lacoste appoints its first female creative director
After nine years at the helm of contemporary ready-to-wear British label Joseph, Louise Trotter is all set to make her mark on French sportswear brand Lacoste as its first female creative director. Trotter will present her first collection for the brand during the Fall 2019 season of Paris Fashion Week. “I am delighted to join this French brand with such a unique heritage. For 85 years, the modernity of the Lacoste style lies in this singular fusion of sport and fashion. I am proud to contribute to the writing of a new chapter in its history,” said Trotter in a brand statement. [Press release]

Simons launches new online ‘community’ for Canadian artisans
La Maison Simons, the 178-year-old department store chain from Quebec City, has launched a new online platform spotlighting Canadian designers and artisanal brands. Called Fabrique1840, the site showcases furniture, art, stationery and fashion accessories by 50 artists based in Quebec, Ontario and British Columbia. According to the website, “Each product corresponds to our fundamental values which reflect quality, uniqueness, sustainability and Canadian know-how.” Some of the brands featured on the site include Toronto-based rug makers Watson Soule, Montreal lighting studio Lambert et Fils, and Woodlot, a Vancouver company specializing in all-natural home and body products like candles, soaps and face oils. “Fabrique1840 is not a market plan. It’s not a platform. It’s a community built around the idea of artisans thriving and not being encumbered or indentured by certain aspects of today’s new economy,” Simons’ co-owner and president, Peter Simons, told WWD. [WWD]

Mary Katrantzou designs a capsule collection for Victoria’s Secret
Next month at the annual Victoria’s Secret fashion show, British designer Mary Katrantzou will unveil her capsule collection for the lingerie brand. Not much is known about the collab just yet, but we can expect to see plenty of her signature prints and vibrant colours. “I wanted the collection to be colourful and uplifting, bold, and strong,” Katrantzou tells Vogue. “It’s designed to empower women to have fun with their undergarments and feel free to explore pattern and colour as a second skin.” This is the second high-profile designer collaboration for Victoria’s Secret, following its team-up with Balmain last year. [Vogue]

DVF announces it’s going fur-free
The fashion industry is clearly going through an awakening. Following in the footsteps of Burberry, Versace, Gucci and Michael Kors, New York-based brand Diane von Furstenberg has now announced it will no longer use fur in its collections. “It’s time for us to make this change and accept responsibility to ensure that we don’t promote killing animals for the sake of fashion,” DVF’s CEO Sandra Campos wrote in a press release. “We are committed to supporting the shift to a more ethical and sustainable fashion industry by providing the consumer with innovative and sophisticated alternatives.” [Elle]