Although we are only nine months into 2018, so much has already happened in the world of fashion. Pretty much everyday, a piece of news comes in that leaves that industry in shock. From genre bending moves to earth shattering rumours, we’ve compiled a list of the six biggest fashion moments that will undoubtedly make their way into the history books.
Virgil Abloh’s move to Louis Vuitton
Back in March, Louis Vuitton announced that Virgil Abloh would be succeeding Kim Jones as the Parisian label’s Menswear Designer. This is a huge step for diversity in fashion, as it makes Abloh one of the very few black designers to lead a French heritage house, followed by Balmain’s Olivier Rousteing and Givenchy’s Ozwald Boateng. Additionally, the move is a sign that streetwear has officially broken through to the establishment and is concrete proof of a new dawn within luxury fashion.
Hedi Slimane’s appointment as Director of CÉLINE
After official confirmation that Phoebe Philo was leaving legendary French fashion house, CÉLINE, the LVMH owned brand announced in January that Hedi Slimane would be taking over as Artistic, Creative, and Image Director. Slimane’s career has seen him in luxury houses such as Dior Homme and most recently Saint Laurent Paris, where he garnered great attention in how he revolutionised the images of these labels.
Anna Wintour stepping down from Vogue
Although this was just a rumour, it shocked the fashion world greatly. Last month, reports stated that Anna Wintour, Editor-In-Chief of Vogue, would be stepping down from her position this summer. According to the New York Post, “stunned sources” believed that Wintour would be stepping down after finishing Vogue‘s September issue. The reports also stated that Edward Enninful, who was only announced as British Vogue‘s Editor-In-Chief in April of last year, would be replacing Wintour.
Kim Jones’s move to Dior Homme
After seven years in Louis Vuitton, Kim Jones succeeded Kris Van Assche as Dior Homme’s Artistic Director. This acted as the first major reshuffle since Dior Chairman and Chief Executive Pietro Beccari himself was announced as Dior Chairman and Chief Executive late last year, and it’s a move that will surely change the landscape of fashion for many seasons to come.
Stella McCartney taking back control of her brand
Since co-founding her company through the Kering seventeen years ago, Stella McCartney has maintained 50% ownership of her eponymous label. Now, McCartney is planning to buy back stake. The designer’s contract granted her until March 31st to re-purchase Kering’s shares, and she’s taking the “once in a lifetime opportunity.” As we’re writing this, McCartney is conducting talks with other potential investors despite claims that she isn’t yet seeking a new business partner.
Riccardo Tisci’s appointment as Chief Creative Officer of Burberry
At the beginning of March, Burberry announced that Riccardo Tisci would be taking on the mantle of Chief Creative Officer, replacing Christopher Bailey, who was with the British luxury fashion house since 2001. Formerly the Creative Director for Givenchy from 2005 to 2007, Tisci stated: “I am honoured and delighted to be joining Burberry as its new Chief Creative Officer… I have an enormous respect for Burberry’s British heritage and global appeal and I am excited about the potential of this exceptional brand.”