Fashion News Alert: Hedi Slimane’s Rift with Vogue, Kylian Mbappe’s New Gigs, and London Fashion Week’s Lineup Revealed

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Fashion tongues are wagging that Celine Creative Director Hedi Slimane has a beef with Vogue. After Vogue Runway did not cover his spring 2022 runway show, rumor has it that Slimane is cutting ties with the esteemed fashion behemoth. It appears that Slimane is also angered the ouster of long-time Vogue Paris editor-in-chief Emmanuelle Alt.

According to WWD, Vogue Runway has stated, “It was not our decision to not cover spring 2022, but we look forward to covering the brand’s next show.” That said, covering future shows may not happen.

WWD has revealed that Celine has also stopped its advertising deals at Vogue.  In addition, a fashion insider revealed on Instagram that Celine will no longer be sending samples to Condé Nast and will not be sending invitations to future shows and presentations.

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London Fashion Week lineup

Like many global fashion week, London Fashion Week’s fall 2022 season will be a hybrid fashion week, a combination of live fashion shows and digital fashion presentations. London Fashion Week will take place from February 18 to February 22.

London Fashion Week will again be sponsored by Clearpay and will have 70 live shows and presentations. Some of the more well-known fashion brands that will present at London Fashion Week include, but are not limited to, David Koma, Erdem, Fashion East, Margaret Howell, Molly Goddard, Nicholas Daley, Paul Costelloe, Preen by Thornton Bregazzi, Rejina Pyo, Richard Quinn, Roksanda, Simone Rocha, and Temperley London. Other not so well-known brands such as Asai, Charles Jeffrey Loverboy, Conner Ives, Feben, Halpern, Labrum London and Matty Bovan will present live presentation as well.

Though there will be more digital presentations than live presentations due to the rising COVID-19 (Omicron) infection rate, most of the digital presentations will be a part of the Discovery Lab platform. Fashion Brands using the Discovery Lab platform include Geo, Harris Wharf London, Jenn Lee, Jens Laugesen, Liam Hodges, Richard Malone, Tiger of Sweden and others.

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Kylian Mbappe’s new ambassadorship

Paris Saint-German soccer star Kylian Mbappe is the House of Dior is the latest brand ambassador for Dior menswear and Dior’s Sauvage fragrance. In this new ambassadorship, Dior is shifting away from using Hollywood celebrities as brand ambassadors.

“The star striker will now be lending his image to the creations of Kim Jones, Artistic Director of Dior men’s collections and to the Sauvage perfume,” Dior said in a release on Friday, as reported in “Today, the house of Dior is particularly happy to welcome Kylian Mbappé, with whom it shares the same values of exacting standards and generosity,” Dior added.

Kylian Mbappe is considered the most exciting young star in European football (soccer). In 2018 Mbappe lead the Paris Saint-German team to a victory over Russia in the 2018 World Cup. The young soccer star turns 23 on December 20, 2021.

—William S. Gooch

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