Here’s All the Fashion News You Missed This Week

The Next Met Gala will be “Camp”-Themed

In 1964, Susan Sontag published her famous essay “Notes on Camp,” in which she defined the hard-to-pin-down quality as a “love of the unnatural: of artifice and exaggeration…a sensibility that, among other things, converts the serious into the frivolous.” Highly prevalent in ‘50s B-movies, drag queen acts, and John Waters’ entire oeuvre (in fact, much of queer culture rests on camp’s irresistible too much-ness), camp will be the subject matter explored by the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s spring 2019 exhibition “Camp: Notes on Fashion” as well as the theme of the upcoming Met Gala. Camp is a sensibility more than an aesthetic quality. It tends to manifest in actions rather than images; the way clothing is worn can be camp, but clothing itself isn’t camp, which means it’s not exactly a natural choice for a fashion exhibition. (In my estimation at least, but as lifelong devotee of camp my expectations are quite high.)  Vogue hinted that the glaring irony of Off-White, the impish sensibility of Moschino and the surreal absurdity of Elsa Schiaparelli are shoo-ins to be included. It’ll be interesting to see what kind of tack the Met will take on the subject. (Vogue)

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Jenna Lyons is Launching a Multimedia Venture

Former J. Crew creative director Jenna Lyons, who managed to turn the stalwart mall brand into a aspirational shopping experience by designing clothes that mimicked her own quirky personal style, will be heading up a new multimedia venture that launches this fall. According to Vogue, it will be a “weekly unscripted television series that will bring together fashion, home, and lifestyle” with an accompany e-commerce site so that viewers can purchase whatever they see on the show. It sounds a little, um, nebulous, but there’s no doubt that Lyons’ has the magic touch and her longtime fans (aka me) have been praying for her return to the fashion circuit since her departure from J. Crew in 2017. (Vogue)

Alexander Wang is Releasing a Collection for Uniqlo

Everyone’s favourite Japanest fast fashion retailer Uniqlo – who have essentially perfected the art of the basic – is launching a new collection with Alexander Wang. The collection will consist exclusively of Uniqlo’s HEATTECH pieces, beloved by just about everyone who resides in a wintry clime for their chic-yet-utilitarian capacities. The collection will consist mainly of underwear – bodysuits, bras, leggings and briefs – and is priced between $15 and $40USD. No word yet on when it’s dropping – fall, apparently – but HEATTECH is about to get a high fashion boost. (Press release)

Versace Will Host a Pre-Fall Show in New York

Less than a month after it’s purchase by Michael Kors Holdings, Versace has announced they will hold their first pre-fall show in New York. The show will be held and December 2nd and no details have been made public regarding the show’s location or theme yet. Vogue reports that that the New York show was planned long before Versace was acquired by Michael Kors Holdings, but it still feels like an apt move to welcome the European label Stateside. (Vogue)