This Week in Fashion July 9
1. Raf Simons makes Dior debut in Paris
Raf Simons, the new creative director of Christian Dior, made his long anticipated debut at a Paris fashion show this week. Simons is the replacement for John Galliano after he was dismissed last year. The prominent design house had been looking for a change of direction ever since, and they may have found their answer. Simon’s debut was a private showing, shown to a star-studded front row. His floral, feminine 2012-2013 Haute Couture collection was met with praise.
2. Berlin – Underground fashion goes underground
A running subway in Berlin was transformed into an underground catwalk during Berlin Fashion Week last Wednesday. About 600 people attended the affair. Riders of the train received a close-up view of models wearing fetish gear, latex wear, and “spirit hoods”. One of the highlights of the show was German reality TV star Micaela Schaefer, who performed the show as a burlesque Marilyn Monroe.
3. Katie Holmes to host her first fashion show
Fresh off her separation from husband Tom Cruise, actress Katie Holmes has put herself to work. Her clothing line Holmes & Yang, a collaboration with her long-time stylist Jeanne Yang, will be presented on the catwalk for the first time during New York Fashion Week in September. The line has been available since 2009 at Barneys New York, and features simplistic-yet-chic pieces – similar to the actress’s personal style.
4. Australian Indigenous fashion week launches in September
One great thing about fashion is that it can be a means of representing a culture. In September, Indigenous Australian fashion will be showcased in its own exclusive fashion week in Sydney, Australia. The idea was put forth by an indigenous-owned events and marketing company All The Perks, and aims to shine a spotlight on the works of Aboriginal Australian designers.
5. Lagerfeld brings Olympic line to London
One normally wouldn’t associate Karl Lagerfeld to world-class sports events, but the designer-mogul is making his mark at this year’s Summer Olympics in London. According to a Yahoo article, Lagerfeld is launching a line of Olympic fashion. The sports-themed Team Karl collection will be sold at a pop-up shop at Selfridges, where women can find a range of designs, such as one of a fully suited Lagerfeld flinging a discus.