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31/07/2017

Top International Fashion News of the Week

Michael Kors Buys Jimmy Choo

What can you buy with 1.5 billion dollars? For one, you could buy one million, 580 thousand and 611 pairs of Jimmy Choo heels. Or, if the shoe fits, you could just buy the whole company. This week, U.S luxury brand, Michael Kors opted for the latter, paying a not so small fortune to acquire ownership of Jimmy Choo.

In 1996, the now famous brand, Jimmy Choo, launched in London. Since then, it has opened over 150 stores worldwide and established itself as one of the world’s leading designers of shoes and accessories. However, in April of this year, its majority owner, JAB, decided to focus on consumer goods and placed the iconic brand on the market. Although Michael Kors won the bidding war, loyal followers of Jimmy Choo need not fear a drastic change in the products produced. Michael Kors praised the brand, stating that it is “an iconic premier luxury brand that offers distinctive footwear, handbags, and other accessories. We admire the glamorous style and trendsetting nature of Jimmy Choo designs.” As a result, the brand will continue to operate as usual, with the existing management team staying on.

Gucci Goes Intergalactic with Trek to the Stars

In 2017, the fashion world put out the call for greater diversity in the industry. It is undeniable that Gucci’s creative director, Alessandro Michele, has approached this challenge head on. The fashion house’s Pre-Fall 2017 campaign featured an all back cast and flashed back to a time of disco. In April, the brand bent time and space to present a glimpse into the future with a strange series of casting room videos. Each of these short clips introduced, literally, otherworldly models to Gucci’s world. Now, the anticipated Fall/Winter 2017 campaign that evolved from these teaser videos has landed on Earth.

Photographed by Glen Luchford, the futuristic images are an ode to sci-fi films of the 1950’s and 60’s. Taking inspiration from Star Trek, Gucci placed their aliens, humanoids, robots, and monsters in intergalactic settings. Fortunately, the figure-hugging, colour block outfits from the film have been swapped for some high fashion couture. Eclectic and forward thinking, the collection, therefore, dazzles with crystals, embroidery, florals, and flares.

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