Fashion’s off-season creates a void in us that is thankfully filled by red carpet moments, capsule collections, and secret weddings. Unfortunately, sometimes there are also tragedies that befall the industry. Here’s this week’s dose of fashion news.

(Featured and hero images: Fendi)

Wanda Ferragamo, matriach of Salvatore Ferragamo, passes at 96

Late last week on October 19, Wanda Ferragamo passed away at her home in Fiesole, Italy. The 96-year-old matriarch of the Salvatore Ferragamo family had to take over the shoemaking empire after her husband passed away in 1960. At her side during that turbulent period was her daughter, the 19-year-old Fiamma Ferragamo who held together the creative ends of the company.

Since then, she has been lauded many times over by the industry, including the highest honour in Italy, the Cavaliere de Gran Croce. “Her precious lessons will be for all of us an example of rectitude and tremendous passion for life,” said her children Giovanna, Ferruccio, Leonardo, and Massimo Ferragamo in a statement.

#FendiMania takes logomania to another level of obsession

What happens when you mix the Italian glamour that is Fendi with the street cred of Fila? Fendi Mania is the probably the definitive peak of logomania. The capsule collection between the two brands sees a range of apparel and accessories all plastered with the Fendi/Fila logo that was created by artist @hey_reilly.

To celebrate the launch of the collection, nine cities (Hong Kong, Los Angeles, New York, Tokyo, London, Paris, Shanghai, Moscow, and Kuwait) saw a one-night-only party hit their shores. The events were graced by fashion insiders and A-listers who were all dressed head to toe in the collection. While it made for great Instagram fodder, not many were impressed with the collaboration, with some comparing it to “mixing caviar with cat food.”

Karlie Kloss marries longtime beau Joshua Kushner in custom Dior

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Just three months after announcing their engagement, supermodel Karlie Kloss and her beau of six years Joshua Kushner have tied the knot in an intimate ceremony. Despite their high profile lives – Kloss is the face of Swarovski and Estée Lauder among others, while Kushner is a venture capitalist and brother to Donald Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner – the duo have kept their relationship relatively under the radar.

For the ceremony, Kloss had on a custom V-necked Dior gown that showed off her toned shoulders (she was a Victoria’s Secret Angel, in case you forgot). The couple will be holding a larger celebration in the Spring for friends and loved ones.

Louis Vuitton and Grace Coddington release a feline capsule collection


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After a sneak preview at Louis Vuitton’s Cruise 2019 presentation, the French luxury house and the former Vogue editor have come together to fulfil every cat-lover’s dream. The collection stars Coddington’s two Persian cats – Pumpkin and Blanket, with a special appearance by Nicolas Ghesquiere’s dog Leon – across a variety of your favourite Louis Vuitton wares.

Yes, the Speedy, Neverfull, and Petite Malle have all been updated with the Catogram (a cat monogram, get it?) that are illustrations done by Coddington herself. There are also silk pyjamas, sneakers, boots, and rugs all adorned with the cute cat motifs. A Louis Vuitton New York pop up that’s running from October 26 to November 12 will also feature some exclusive pieces that come in black.

(Photo: Louis Vuitton)

Cate Blanchett dazzles the paparazzi in Maison Margiela Couture

Cate Blanchett in Maison Margiela Spring 2018 Haute Couture (Getty Images)

It won’t be an exaggeration to say that the world stops for a moment whenever Cate Blanchett walks onto a red carpet. The Oscar-winning actress was in Rome for a screening of her latest motion picture, The House with a Clock on its Walls, and she was dressed in a look from Maison Margiela’s Spring 2018 Haute Couture collection.

As each paparazzo’s camera flashed towards Blanchett, her iridescent gown would shapeshift and morph into something slightly different. Huge credit goes to her stylist Elizabeth Stewart, who chose the very fitting outfit for the evening. Much of the collection that was dreamed up by John Galliano was created for the sake of the smartphone camera. In fact, during the presentation, showgoers were encouraged to turn their camera flashes on, as this was how Galliano realised people were watching fashion shows these days: on their phones. “Freezing the glamour of the accidental, the magical moment,” was how he described it.

Tod’s latest project – T Factory – has its first collaborator: Alessandro Dell’Acqua

The Tod’s x Alessandro Dell’Acqua ankle boot (right) and ballerina flat (left).

Why stick with one designer when you can have many collaborators? That’s what Tod’s is doing with their Tod’s Factory project that will have a slew of creatives partner with the Italian luxury group. Inaugurating this series is Alessandro Dell’Acqua, also an Italian fashion designer.

For this first collection, Dell’Acqua took the iconic pebble soles of the Gommino moccasins and dreamt up his edition of moccasins, ballerina flats, and ankle boots. All the pieces from the collaboration will be available exclusively at Tod’s Paragon and Tod’s Marina Bay Sands from early-December 2018.

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.