There’s a common misconception that fashion season starts on the first day of New York Fashion Week, but we’d argue that the frenzy actually begins during the Golden Globes. The annual awards ceremony is the biggest stage for designers to set the trends for the coming year. Following the glorious red carpet is Pitti Uomo, the annual trade show in Florence where men go to peacock their tailored suits and leather brogues.

Immediately following that is the men’s fashion shows taking place in Milan and Paris. Only after all that will NYFW commence, and February will be when the mayhem begins for editors, influencers, models, designers, hairstylists, street style photographers… you get the picture. Rounding up the festivities are the Oscar’s, another one of fashion’s biggest nights with all the various couture and made-to-measure suits gracing the red carpet.

In the leadup to fashion month, here is all the fashion news you need to catch up on.

Dior debuts a new website in lieu with their Spring Summer 2019 campaign

New year, new Dior. At least, a new The French luxury house has launched a facelift of their website that aims to streamline the Dior experience online. The new Dior site also combines both the fashion and beauty factions of the house under one roof. It makes sense in this era where online shopping is so dominant, and fans of the brand would be grateful for this added convenience for their shopaholism (which is not necessarily a bad thing!).

In lieu of the launch of the website, they have also launched the campaign for Maria Grazia Chiuri’s Spring Summer 19 collection that was inspired by the grace of dance and ballet. The models, photographed by Harley Weir, are captured in an array of elegant poses that look as though they’re floating on air.

Kim Jones’ first collection for Dior Men’s, the Spring 19 menswear collection, would also be finally reaching our stores this week on Friday, 11 January. You can expect to get your hands on the highly-coveted Saddle bag and all the clothes that serve as a tribute to Monsieur Christian Dior himself.

Lady Gaga channels old Hollywood glamour in Ralph Lauren

Mother Monster is having one very, very good week. Aside from having her gal pals Celine Dion and Katy Perry rock it out at her residency in Las Vegas, the singer/songwriter/actress just snagged a Golden Globe for her song “Shallow” from the movie A Star is Born. For that evening, she accepted her award in a billowing periwinkle Valentino gown whose true colour was guessed wrong by many, until creative director Pierpaolo Piccioli put it to rest in an Instagram story.

Lady Gaga continued her award-winning streak a few days later at the National Board of Review Awards Gala, snagging the Best Actress title. But what really cemented her status as one of fashion’s best-dressed women (of all time, we’d contend) was her tuxedo-inspired halter gown, a custom Ralph Lauren Collection creation. She jazzed it up with a platinum hairdo and accessorised the look with some Gianvito Rossi pumps and Messika Jewellery diamonds. But in all honesty, it might be that glorious black-and-gold feather bag that tied the glamour package together in one neat little bow.

The Fiji Water Girl was the true winner of the Golden Globes

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At this year’s 76th Golden Globes, there were many histories created (Sandra Oh being the first Asian woman to host the prestigious show) and upsets (Glenn Close beating out Lady Gaga). But the highlight of the night was the Fiji Water Girl, who generated more buzz for the fancy water sponsor. In fact, she alone helped Fiji Water gain impressions worth at least US$12 million in advertising dollars.

Identified soon after the events as a 30-something model Kelleth Cuthbert, the Internet was filled with many a meme of the smizing photobomber. “If Bradley Cooper doesn’t bring the Fiji girl out on stage to perform “Shallow” with him I’m turning this show off,” tweeted author Sam Lansky. She’s basically an influencer now, with her Instagram follower count shooting up to over 200,000 (at press time), which was more than four times what she had before the Golden Globes.

In a time when everyone’s taking things a bit too seriously, it’s refreshing (pun intended) to have a light-hearted situation where everyone’s a winner. Fiji Water gets its publicity, Cuthbert became a household name, and we get all the fun. Now the question is: where did she get her dress from?

A-COLD-WALL launches a luggage series inspired by iconic Italian architects

One can never have too many pieces of luggage, as we all saw last year with the various collaborations by the biggest suitcase manufacturers. The winner of the Fashion Awards’ British Emerging Talent Menswear, Samuel Ross of A-COLD-WALL, recently teased us on Instagram for 2019’s must-have luggage. At first we were a little puzzled by the design, but as we read more into his moodboard, the pieces started to fall into place.

The luggage series from Ross takes its cue from a highly-minimalist tiling situation by way of his main inspiration: Italian architects Adolfo Natalini and Cristiano Toraldo di Francia. The duo founded the architecture firm Superstudio, best known for their work with monochromatic superstructures that are patterned with a seemingly-infinite number of grids. Their utopian vision lives on in Ross’s collection that debuted just this past week at London Fashion Week Men’s for his Fall Winter 2019 presentation. During the show, a trunk from the luggage series was paired with a coat that bore the same gridlike pattern.

Josiah Neo
Josiah Neo is a tech writer who contributes occasionally to the fashion, travel, and culture beats. When he’s not busy keeping up with the keynotes, he’s probably stuffing his face with the best Melbournian donuts (at Shortstop, BTW) or watching his favourite esports team, the Los Angeles Valiant, pummel their opponents into oblivion.