Fashion News Alert: Christian Siriano to Debut First Solo Exhibition, A$AP Rocky’s New Gig, and the Karl Lagerfeld-Kenneth Ize Collaboration Launches

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Rapper A$AP Rocky has a new job. California-based, youth brand PacSun has hired A$AP Rocky as the brand’s first-ever creative director. A$AP Rocky will hold this position for 18 months.

A$AP Rocky’s duties will include overseeing designer collaborations, brand campaigns, and in-store activations that will support product launches at the PacSun locations in Downtown LA and Soho, New York. A$AP Rocky will also manage “several limited-edition collections that are both nostalgic and forward at the same time.”

 “Our community of customers is looking for something unexpected, that elevates their daily experience and lets them express their personal style. Nobody bridges the gap between high fashion and streetwear like A$AP Rocky,” said PacSun co-CEO Alfred Chang, as reported in “We are proud to welcome him to the PacSun family and energized about making his ideas a reality that can be shared (and worn) by millions and lead a global style conversation,” added Chang.

PacSun collaborated with A$AP Rocky for the first time in 2015 on a tee shirt collaboration which a tee shirt with an American flag turned upside down. PacSun believes that A$AP Rocky will continue to keep PacSun on their upward climb in sales. In 2020 PacSun came to more to $700 million in revenue.

“It has been an inspiring creative process for our team to work alongside A$AP Rocky for the past 18 months,” commented PacSun president Brieane (Brie) Olson. “The design process working with Rocky has really allowed the PacSun brand, which has always been built on youth culture, to connect design innovation with what is happening from a cultural perspective and translate that into coveted unique product offerings and design collaborations for our consumer.”

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Karl Lagerfeld-Kenneth Ize capsule collaboration

On Wednesday, the Karl Lagerfeld-Kenneth Ize capsule collaboration launched with curation by Karine Roitfeld. This gender-neutral capsule collaboration draws inspiration from Nigerian and European styles with “eye-catching prints with smart silhouettes.”

Kenneth Ize is based in Nigeria and many pieces in the capsule collection use traditional Nigerian aso oke cloth with all the fabrics for the accessories in this collection sourced from Nigeria. The color palette of this capsule collection is Chanel’s signature color palette of black and white with pops of bold color.

The collection includes a range of tailored separates, knitted tops and pants, “flowing silhouettes and sharp, casual pieces that can easily be worn with more sophisticated looks,” as reported in Price points range from £85/€99 and rising to £600/€695, with the collection available in the Paris Saint Germain and Regent Street, London Karl Lagerfeld physical stores, as well as via the Lagerfeld webstore, plus Farfetch and the Browns online store.

Kenneth Ize explained that working on the collection “allowed [him] to play with the brand’s existing style codes and expand my own approach to design.” And Carine Roitfeld detailed that “there’s a freshness to Kenneth’s designs that is so very different, and it creates a nice contrast to the brand’s DNA. I’m certain that Karl would have loved the collection and its exploration of [color] and culture.”

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Siriano’s Debut Exhibition

In September Christian Siriano will debut his first solo exhibition in Savannah, Georgia at the SCAD Museum of Art. The exhibition will be open to the public from September 24 through January 30, 2022. Entitled ‘People Are People,” this debut exhibit will be a part of SCAD’s 10th anniversary celebration.

“It is such an unbelievable honor to follow in the footsteps of so many great designers who have exhibited their work at SCAD,” Siriano said, as reported in “As a young designer it was always been my dream to create and inspire others especially a young generation and I truly hope this exhibit does that. This exhibition is a celebration of people and all their beauty.”

“It is an honor to dedicate an exhibition at SCAD MoA to Christian Siriano’s incredible body of work and highlight the undeniable impact he has had on the fashion industry,” said Rafael Gomes, director of fashion exhibitions at SCAD and curator for People Are People.  “His stunning creations are vibrant, whimsical, and combine beautiful craftsmanship with a unique point of view and upbeat positivity. We are proud to recognize Christian during this momentous year for SCAD’s museum.”

—William S. Gooch

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