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Alexander Wang is leaving New York Fashion Week

New York Fashion Week has lost longtime designer Alexander Wang. Starting this summer, he is moving his shows from the February and September schedules and place them in June and December. The move is likely to place his designs closer to pre-collection season.

According the company’s announcement, the move “is widely considered to be a transformative solution for the global industry, breaking out of the conventional fashion calendar.” The move also includes combining the pre-collection and main collections into one single collection, thus dividing the label’s products into monthly drops.

In terms of what the new change affects, the new schedule will shorten the time for purchases to four months after the show rather than the former span of six months. This also means that there will not be any ready-to-wear shows from Alexander Wang anytime soon.

The move will also shrink New York Fashion Week, which will likely affect a major portion of local industries such as hotels, restaurants, transportation and florists.

Wang will be the fifth New York designer of his generation to part ways with the official NYFW schedule.

Kim Jones leaving Louis Vuitton

Kim Jones will be leaving Louis Vuitton and vacating the role as artistic director of menswear after the Fall 2018 catwalk show on Thursday. The French label announced this, finally closing the months of speculation but bringing up more questions about where he will likely end up.

Jones is a graduate from Central Saint Martins who founded his own menswear line in London only to close it back in 2008 to become the creative director of Dunhill, then Louis Vuitton. He held the title at Louis Vuitton for seven years, and he is the fifth major designer to leave his job in the last six weeks along with Phoebe Philo from Céline and Jonathan Saunders from Diane von Furstenberg.

“These houses are under tremendous pressure to be right on the money of what certain generations want,” Michael Hainey, the executive director of editorial for Esquire magazine, said. “He showed just how you can take something that’s got a fantastic heritage and still do something very modern with it.”

Jones was widely applauded but also sometimes criticized for refreshing the Vuitton menswear line for much younger generations. He mixed house’s travel heritage with a more street-friendly style.

In a statement, Michael Burke, chairman and chief of Louis Vuitton, gave credit to Jones for some of the brand’s most successful collaborations:

“It has been a huge privilege to work with Kim. His ability to set trends is impeccable, and his talent and determination have ensured that Louis Vuitton is firmly placed as the leading brand in luxury men’s wear today. All of us who have been fortunate to work with Kim wish him continued success in his next venture.”

Burke did not announce a predecessor in the statement but said one will come in due time.

Prada makes new Velcro sneaker

2017 was a year filled with big luxury brands creating the ugliest shoes that became a hot trend. Balenciaga with the sock sneakers and huge sole shoes took over for the most part with other brands not far behind. The longtime company Prada decided to kick start 2018 in similar fashion by releasing their new Cloudbust Sneakers in a very un-Prada-like way.

Prada’s new spring 2018 menswear collection is a mix of virtual reality and actual reality, and the Cloudbust silhouette fits both perfectly. The upper part of the shoe closely resembles what running shoes look like with a touch of luxury. The shoe has leather panels, a Prada logo and a multi-piece sole that gives the shoe an astronomical feel to it. Its two tone colorway (black and a dark red) also contributes.

Prada has been able to create staple pieces for a season, in the past, and the Velcro shoes might be the newest staple yet– the shoe has already been spotted on the feet of artist A$AP Rocky. This signals a significant indication that the shoes will cause a major wave in the fashion world. The shoes are available on Prada’s website for $695.

What men wanted to wear in 2017, according to Lyst

With the start of a new year and the ending of the old one, it’s best to know what was a growing trend and what wasn’t. luckily for us, global fashion search company Lyst has gone through its data over the course of the past year to find out what exactly men were looking for in 2017.

At first, Lyst noticed that outwear brands, such as Patagonia and The North Face, received a huge spike in popularity and ranked among the top five most desired men’s labels worldwide. Top luxury fashion brands such as Balenciaga, Gucci and Vetements have all increased their number of searches as well.

Streetwear brands continued their increased involvement in the fashion world during 2017, with skate labels growing the most. Skate labels received a 304 percent increase in searches over the course of the year. Palace took one of the top three fastest growing menswear label spots, proving that streetwear brands are here to stay.

In the pants category, the United States as a whole went to a straight-leg silhouette. All over the world, consumers kept up with their sweatpants, thanks to none other than YEEZY, Champion and Supreme, all of which have also increased their growth in searches by 104 percent.

It is a good bet to say that Canadian artist Drake has brought back the trend of cargo pants and even helped increase the success of Stone Island with the help of John Mayer. Drake wore a pair of cargo pants back in March which led to Stone Island being searched 12,000 times. Both Drake and John Mayer are huge fans of the color pink, which was the color with the most movement.

The last biggest trend in 2017 consisted of the sneaker collaborations. Every two seconds, someone was searching the site for a collaborative shoe. Among the top searched was Virgil Abloh x Nike, Vans x Fear of God and Raf Simons x Adidas.

Michael Kors going cruelty free

Michael Kors has recently announced they are becoming cruelty-free. Michael Kors has recently said he plans on going cruelty-free which will kick into full effect by the end of December 2018, with plans already starting to begin now to slowly phase it out.

The American luxury brand, in the past had featured models wearing luxurious fur coats down the runway in the past, has joined the growing list of fashion companies who are looking to alternative methods in creating clothes after coming under severe pressure and criticism from animal rights activists.

“This decision marks a new chapter as our company continues to evolve its use of innovative materials,” said John D. Idol, Michael Kors’ chairman and chief executive, in a statement.

“Due to technological advances in fabrications, we now have the ability to create a luxe aesthetic using non-animal fur,” added designer Michael Kors. “We will showcase these new techniques in our upcoming runway show in February.”

Gucci has been the most recent brand, prior to Michael Kors, to please on dropping fur from its collection back in October, joining other brands such as Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger and Armani, which have all recently gone fur-free.

With big brands switching to fur-free, there still is a predominant use of fur being used in the collection, according to Fur Information Council of America spokesperson Keith Kaplan. Kaplan adds, “Nearly 70 percent of major designers included fur in their Autumn/Winter 2017 collections.”

“In the pre-Fall 2018 showings currently underway, fur continues to maintain a major presence, because innovative new techniques in fur processing and production allow designers a breadth of creative possibilities unmatched by any other textile,” said Kaplan. “Designers and consumers also recognize the value of fur as a natural and sustainable product, as well as the artisanal craft skills that make each fur piece unique, [which is] especially important as consumers become more aware of the environmental and social costs of mass-produced fast fashion.”

The announcement came soon after animal rights activists interrupted Kors’ speech back in June, where he was giving a speech in a packed theatre at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of art. Over 20 protestors ended up taking the stage and balcony, shouting and playing sounds of animals being killed for fur, which ended up shutting the event down for approximately ten minutes.

Stefano Pilati to unveil new exhibition in June

Stefano Pilati has announced he will introduce his new exhibition at the 94th edition of international menswear trade show Pitti Uomo this upcoming June.

The new collection, which is titled “Evolution — Involution — Revolution. Three decades of men’s fashion as seen by Stefano Pilat”, is set to highlight the similar links between fashion and the constantly changing world surrounding it.

The show will be open to the public until October 21 and it is said to be a representative as the third chapter to the three-year program promoted by Florentine Center of Italian fashion, Galleria degli Uffizi and Pitti Immagine. The Italian Ministry of Economic Development and Italian trade agency ICE are also said to be supporting the project with a generous financial contribution.

“For this project focused on men’s fashion, a theme which has been neglected for too long on the Italian and international cultural scenes, we chose Stefano Pilati because he is one of its main protagonists,” said Pitti Discovery Foundation general secretary Lapo Cianchi. “But most of all, we got fascinated by his personal vision of the fashion system: eccentric, dissonant, almost cynical. He has a precise point of view, which reflects the obsessions and considerations of a collector, who is also a designer and someone who deeply loves fashion.”

In the past, the Florentine Center for Italian fashion, Gelleria degli Uffizi and Pitti Immagine presented two exhibitions prio to the new Stefano Pilati show which were, “Karl Largerfeld-Vision of Fashion” and “The Ephemeral Museum of Fashion”, which came out in 2016 and 2017 respectively.

Title to replace Men’s FASHION magazine

Saint Joseph Communications, Media Group in Toronto has recently launched their new magazine, Title. Title is set to replace Men’s FASHION magazine this coming November where it’s first official issue will come out. The new Canadian based magazine is set to focus on men who are educated, affluent and creative, who also are between the ages of 28 to 50. The magazine plans to write about men’s style and fashion and is going to publish across all platforms from print to digital.

When asked about the purpose of Title, Editor in chief, Greg Hudson says, “it’s hard to define exactly what it means to be a man today. And so, reaching men can be tough. Our objective is to create a voice for Title that readers relate to. That voice is one that’s smart, funny, addictive and, uncannily similar to their own”. Title in a sense will offer readers an in-depth look at men’s fashion with engaging, relatable, and credible content.

Jacqueline Loch, vice president of Women’s Brand at Saint Joseph Communication, had released a statement about Title. she says, “We strategically designed the Title brand to feature high-quality multi-platform content that will resonate with our readers. Like our strategy with FASHION, Title will also focus on innovations in technology and editorial integrations to provide quality content that delivers for our advertising partners and engages audiences across all our platforms”.

The cover for the first ever Title magazine will showcase one of the most fashionable RnB artist, Miguel. The inaugural issue will feature interviews with the likes of Mad Men’s Matthew Weiner and writer Sean Avery. It is also said that in the Winter 2018 issue there will be a seasonal style shoot shot by, world-renowned photographer Matt Barnes.

Title is set to publish three issues each year for Fall, Winter, and Spring respectively. The first print edition of Title is planned to launch alongside with the Winter 2018 issue of FASHION. The Title webpage is currently up (http://thetitlemag.com) that displays this short excerpt, “Welcome to Title. For men who like reading magazines aimed at men. Come back for the hottest takes on style, culture, sports and all the clickable cool stuff. No offense to your dog (who is great, by the way), but we’re basically going to be your new best friend.”

The Title webpage will begin uploading digital content starting November 14, 2017. Loch says, “the launch of Title is part of our ongoing strategic plan to position our media brands as the most competitive in the market and to target the luxury consumer”. Beginning with the Winter 2018 issue, Title will be mailed to some select subscribers of FASHION, Toronto Life, across Canada. Title will also be available at certain Shopper Drug Marts bundled with FASHION. As we wait for the first issue of Title to be released you can keep up to date with news and announcements at their other social media platforms. Facebook (facebook.com/thetitlemag), Twitter (@thetitlemag), and Instagram (@thetitlemag).