The Fashion News You Missed This Week
Here's what had people talking.
Ralph Lauren is the latest designer to cancel fashion show amid coronavirus fears
Ralph Lauren announced that the brand has cancelled its April fashion show, which was planned to take place in New York. This show was the brand’s alternative to showing at New York Fashion Week Fall 2020, in an attempt to develop unique experiential shows and maintain freshness. The brand told WWD that this decision has been made as a “precautionary measure, and out of respect for [its] teams, partners and consumers.”
But Ralph Lauren isn’t the only member of the fashion community to cancel a show. As resort season nears and the coronavirus impact worsens, several other fashion houses have decided to put their calendar on pause. Gucci’s cruise 2021 fashion show was set to take place in San Francisco on May 18, but has been cancelled. “A decision on the new timing and location of the show will be announced at a later date, once the situation becomes clearer. At this time, our thoughts are with all of those affected around the world,” the Italian luxury brand said. Prada’s cruise show, originally scheduled for May 21 in Tokyo has been postponed as well. The brand said that its “decision was made as a precautionary measure as well as an act of responsibility and respect for all the people working on and planning to attend our resort 2021 show,” and it “extends its sincere sympathies and concern to all the people and territories affected by this situation.” Several other brands have done the same, such as Giorgio Armani, which was set to show its cruise collection in Dubai on April 19 and 20, and Versace, which was planned for a U.S. location on May 16.
Levi’s and New Balance collaborate on a sneaker
Denim brand Levi’s and activewear label New Balance have teamed up on a limited-supply sneaker, called the Levi’s x New Balance 1300 sneaker. The shoe is the perfect mix of dad style and mid ’80’s retro and arrives in a tan collector’s box. It marries the two brands’ styles through pairing the silhouette of New Balance’s traditional NB 1300 shoe (which is celebrating its 35th anniversary) with Levi’s patch-coloured suede and white deadstock oak denim. Though this shoe is available in a limited quantity, the partnership will be ongoing. “We are excited to bring two iconic American brands together that share the same quality and craftmanship values,” said Joe Grondin, New Balance’s collaboration manager. “We are the first footwear brand to utilize Levi’s ‘orange tab’ label, bringing brand fans a fashion forward silhouette that is brought to life through a unique product story.” The shoe is made in the USA and will be available on newbalance.ca and partner websites from April 24.
H&M to launch its full Johanna Ortiz collection
After a pre-drop of four floral dresses in December, the H&M x Johanna Ortiz collection is soon to be available in full, the high street giant announced this week. The entire 19-piece collection includes dramatic silhouettes across dresses, tops, skirts and swimwear, in exotic colours and tropical florals. “The imprint of Colombia – the rhythm of the Salsa dance, the beauty of the elegant orchids and the effortless palm trees dancing in a balmy pink sunset – can be felt in every Johanna Ortiz design. I’m thrilled to be able to infuse this H&M collection with effortless glamour and introduce some Latin American festivity to the H&M customer’s wardrobe. I hope customers wear the pieces barefoot and with a beautiful flower in their hair,” says Johanna Ortiz. The collection will be available in select H&M stores and online starting March 12.