The fashion industry has been firing announcements left right and centre this week, announcing a generation favourite Jack O’Connell to play Lee McQueen in the upcoming Alexander McQueen biopic and Sex In The City heroine Sarah Jessica Parker has collaborated with fine jewellery designer Kat Florence to produce four chapters in ‘The Flawless Diamond Collection’ (Launching November 5).
This week the Fashion Awards 2016 Nominations were announced, and Jonathan Anderson and Gucci have dominated the board with several nominations each. The categories are: British Emerging Talent, where Molly Goddard among four others holds a nomination, British Menswear Desinger, where among the nominees are Grace Wales Bonner and Tom Ford Jonathan Anderson picks up one of his nominations for JW Anderson alongside a nomination for British Womenswear Designer also for JW Anderson. Other categories include: British Brand, International Business Leader, International Urban Luxury Brand, International Model, International Accessories Designer and International Ready-to-Wear Designer where Alessandro Michele picks up a nomination for Gucci.
Following the sad passing away of designer Sonia Rykiel, the brand have announced the closure of their diffusion line Sonia by Sonia Rykiel. Consequently, the house will bid farewell to almost a quarter of it’s staff as 79 out of 330 staff members will lose their jobs due to the closure of the four standalone stores and cuts in the design studio and distribution. Eric Langon (CEO) told WWD that it is “essential for the house to rethink and revitalise itself” and aims to raise the brand’s profitability by 2019.
In the ongoing game of designer musical chairs, Isabelle Guchiot has given her top seat at Balenciaga to Cedric Charbit, who was executive vice president of product and marketing at YSL, until now. It is said that Guchiot will have a new role within Kering that will be announced shortly, and Charbit will begin to “support the development of the house and further accelerate it’s international growth”.
In addition to that, two chairs are lost at Carven, where designers Alexis Martial and Adrien Caillaudaud are stepping down from their roles at the brand. Designing for Carven for only 19 months, they are leaving “by mutual agreement”, a statement from the French fashion house reads. The brand are working on finding their replacement but are unsure of the time frame or any possible contenders.