Highlights of 2019 | Fashion

fashion highlights 2019

Demna Gvasalia Quits Vetements

I started Vetements because I was bored of fashion, and against all odds fashion did change once and forever since Vetements appeared.” – Demna Gvasalia 

Co-Founder of Vetements the Georgian designer Demna Gvasalia announced that he will be leaving his label because he thinks he has accomplished his mission as a conceptualist and design innovator. Gvasalia started Vetements with an unorthodox approach and always pushed the limits of fashion norms such as staging his last show at a branch of McDonald’s on the Champs Elysees. With all the changes he made in the fashion industry Gvasalia believed it was time for him to depart from the company.

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Ban on Fur

In the last two decades, designers have started to publicly move away from using animal fur and fall 2019 has been a pivotal time for fashion brands to stop using fur, animal skins or any type of products in their collections. Fashion brands like Burberry, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Coach, Versace, John Galliano have joined Chanel, Gucci, Giorgio Armani, Ralph Lauren and more to take a stand against animal cruelty and ban the use of animal fur this year.

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Issey Miyake

I wanted to express joy through fashion. So I mixed different emotions—happiness, pleasure, a modern sensibility—combining different materials, Japanese tradition, and innovative techniques.” —Issey Miyake

Issey Miyake’s Paris Fashion Week presentation has changed the way fashion runways have been perceived due to its colorful choreography and designs. Lead designer Satoshi Kondo displayed his collection with a combination of choreography, jumping, skateboarding, running and skipping with colorful designs foregrounding the show. The runway was filled with dancers, acrobats, musicians, and outfits descending from ceilings onto the models. 

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Peter Lindbergh

Taschen released Dior by Peter Lindbergh, a two-volume book illustrating the extraordinary collaboration between legendary portrait photographer the late Peter Lindbergh and fashion house Dior. Serving as a tribute to Lindbergh’s partnership with Dior the book showcases Dior’s iconic garments from the past 70 years in a new light.

Lindbergh’s idea was to bring the classic looks of Dior to New York to photograph the garments at Times Square and Dior removed the selected items from the museum and shipped them to the other side of the world. The book includes never-before-seen images as well as photos from Lindbergh’s archive focusing on Dior’s 70 year-history in an innovative new way. 

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Commemorating Karl Lagerfeld

Karl Lagerfeld’s passing created a big impact on the fashion and art world. Two luxury fashion houses Fendi and Chanel joined together to organize a memorial event for Karl Lagerfeld which the biggest names in fashion and arts attended. Lagerfeld, as a designer, defined luxury in the field of fashion and is considered the most prolific designer of the 20th and 21st centuries. 

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Iris Van Herpen Sculptural Designs

The ‘hypnosis’ collection is a hypnotic visualization of nature’s tapestry, the symbiotic cycles of our biosphere that interweave the air, land, and oceans.” – Iris van Herpen 

This year in her collection titled ‘Hypnosis’ Dutch designer Iris van Herpen presented 19 unusual dresses that brought technology and art to the runway that mesmerized the audience. The models wore dresses with technologically hypnotic sculptural pieces made of layers of ancient silk. The sculptural pieces were influenced by the American artist Anthony Howe’s kinetic sculptures and were made of skeletons made of aluminum, stainless steel and bearings adorned by layered silks.

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