This week sees us bombarded with brand collaborations spanning the likes of Alexander Wang and Lane Crawford to Mulberry and Acne Studios. Beyond the potential for new buys, the fashion realm also mourns the passing of Patrick-Louis Vuitton as it casts its eyes to the potential of a new Gucci biopic.
To keep in step with the fashion sphere, read on for more news.
Patrick-Louis Vuitton passes away
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It is with profound sadness that we share the news of the passing of Patrick-Louis Vuitton. All our thoughts go to his family, in particular his sons Pierre-Louis and Benoît-Louis who work beside us, as well as his grand-children. Patrick-Louis followed the family tradition by joining the workshop in 1973 as carpenter craftsman. His expertise and passion of trunk-making constantly renewed the legacy of the Art of Travel. “Savoir-faire can only exist if it is transmitted…” was one of his favorite expressions.
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A fifth-generation member of Louis Vuitton and its head of special orders, Patrick-Louis Vuitton, has passed away. Patrick-Louis first joined the company in 1973 as a carpenter, albeit reluctantly, as he was more keen to pursue being a veterinarian. After his grandfather, Gaston-Louis Vuitton’s demise in 1970, he began to oversee the special orders sent to the house every year, continuing the family legacy until his end.
Lady Gaga is cast in Gucci’s latest film
In the wake of Lady Gaga’s Oscar-nominated appearance in A Star Is Born, the singer-actress has landed her second big-screen role a murder mystery movie centred around the Gucci family. Directed by Ridley Scott, the film revolves around the chronicles of the murder Maurizio Gucci, the Italian businessman and the grandson of the founder of the Gucci brand we all know and love. Lady Gaga will play Patricia Reggiani, the wife of the murdered Gucci heir.
Prada breaks ground with a new sustainability loan
In a pledge to pursue sustainability, Prada has signed a five-year-long sustainability-linked loan with the Crédit Agricole Group costing up to €50 million (S$75.1 million), making Prada the first luxury fashion house to do so. Mario Ortelli, the managing partner of a luxury advisory firm, predicts that other brands will start to do the same, following Prada’s footsteps.
“Now that [luxury] consumer and company awareness of sustainability has noticeably increased, a lot of other companies are to be expected to take on sustainability-linked loans,” he said.
Alexander Wang and Lane Crawford release an exclusive capsule collection
Lane Crawford, a major luxury retail giant in Hong Kong and China, has announced that it will be the exclusive carrier for a new Alexander Wang capsule collection, designed in light of the holiday season. Expect wardrobe basics spanning shoes to clothes, even accessories, all stamped with Alexander Wang’s signature logo. Apart from apparel, the collaboration comprises gifts, like designer shot glasses and a metallic lighter case. If you have an Alexander Wang devotee in your life, you know what to get them come Christmas.
The Alexander Wang X Lane Crawford collection is available at Lane Crawford and launches on 7 November 2019.
Acne Studios joins forces with Mulberry for a bag collection
Minimalism and quintessential British style merge with the collaborative capsule collection between Acne Studios and Mulberry. Centring around bags and small leather goods, the 17-piece line features fusions between both brands’ signature styles, like Acne Studios’ Musubi bag and the Mulberry Scotchgrain bag, to intriguing ends.
Acne Studios x Mulberry is now available at selected Acne Studio stores and Mulberry stores worldwide.