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29/09/2017

You can now do a university course majoring in Gucci

You can now do a university course majoring in Gucci

Calling all Alessandro Michele fans, this one is for you.

Gucci has partnered with one of Italy’s most prestigious fashion schools, Polimoda, for a degree in all things sequins, bold accessories and librarian-esque runway looks. Well, almost.

The next best thing to Michele studies? (Which isn't technically available yet.) A Gucci-approved fashion retail management masters degree will be available from April 2018.

The course is designed to run for nine months, the degree is in partnership with Kering, the French parent company of Gucci, and will teach everything from finance to merchandising and marketing. Select graduates will also be offered internships or jobs throughout the Kering network, The Business of Fashion reports.

“Retail is the heart of this business,” president and chief executive of Gucci, Marco Bizzarri, told BoF. “In the last two and a half years at Gucci we have clearly demonstrated that a new, contemporary and joyful retail environment… really makes the difference.”

A degree in maximalism, maybe not, but learning how to survive in a tough market — priceless.

Interested in nine months in Italy? Interested candidates can apply via Polimoda.

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27/09/2017

Italia 90s – fashion's new favourite decade

Italia 90s – fashion's new favourite decade

It used to be that there needed to be 30 years between a decade and its revival – see the 40s reworked in the 70s or the 50s through the prism of the 80s. No longer. It is 2017 and we are already deep into a 90s revival thanks to a Tumblr generation who have pored over the finer points of Destiny’s Child’s tour wardrobe and the haircuts on Friends. Milan saw the return of the 90s in all its pomp – less grunge, more glamour – with R&B on the soundtracks and bumbags in the front row. Here are five ways the catwalk fell hard for the decade.

Supermodels

This year marks the 20th anniversary of Gianni Versace’s death. His sister Donatella, who has headed up the company since then, paid tribute to her brotherby calling in models who are known in fashion on first-name terms: Carla, Claudia, Naomi, Cindy and Helena. The five supers walked the finale with Donatella, soundtracked by George Michael’s Freedom. Fabulous and moving all at the same time.

Logomania

Fendi’s F branding was back on the catwalk this season, on shoppers and bomber jackets. It’s a familiar sight to anyone who grew up watching Carrie get to thinking about Fendi baguettes on Sex and the City. It also perhaps signals what is to come – these logos are a big part of Paris Hilton’s early-00s look. Be warned: “That’s hot” could soon be a catchphrase once again.

Leggings

Donatella Versace said that younger customers often ask her about the leggings the brand used to do in the 90s, hence their return to the catwalk this season. Dolce & Gabbana – another brand with 90s pedigree – also made them part of its collection. The printed leggings, worn with matching printed blouse, were quite Phoebe Buffay, series 1.

Skaters

Francesco Risso, the new designer at Marni, said he was inspired by a doodle he did of a skateboarding flapper. While that might sound incongruous, the image helped him create some sharp outfits of XXL polo shirts worn with equally XXL cargo pants. They kind of looked like the outfit Casper wears in Kids to steal beer from the deli. Hey, whatever works.

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25/09/2017

J.W. Anderson x Uniqlo collection is here and this is why you should get in quickly

J.W. Anderson x Uniqlo collection is here and this is why you should get in quickly

Classic British clothing might not be words that ring out immediately as synergetic with the Australian lifestyle, but it’s a design ethos we all have hanging in our wardrobes. Trench coats? Yes. Tailored separates? Essentials. Cable knits? What would a cool spring night be without one? Lucky now you can update the gamut with the launch of a collaboration that sees Jonathan Anderson of J.W. Anderson lend his design prowess to Japanese retailer Uniqlo.

“It ended up me kind of, in a weird way, designing for myself for the first time, which I never normally do,” the creative director told Vogue in London a few months ago. This means in place of Anderson’s usual unexpected pastiches for his own label, there are pragmatic and refined classics like extra fine merino wool jumpers, shirting and light weight t-shirts in versatile colour ways.

It came from a thinking that, bombarded with imagery every day in the digital age, it is refreshing to pare back. Hence primary colours sit alongside neutrals in the 33-piece collection. This along with a trademark Anderson break with convention means he envisages the divide - between the men’s and women’s collection - being bridged. “I’m hoping that people are going to go into Uniqlo and they’re going to buy womenswear and buy something else in the men’s.”

Our picks: the holiday-ready striped cotton ruffle skirt, pinstripe pants and outerwear which will be worth the investment. Duffles, herringbone coats and quilted jackets tap into British heritage pieces, something Anderson consciously looked to; wardrobe cornerstones like tailoring and Fair Isle knits touch on bedrock of British design pioneered in Savile Row and Scotland respectively.

This being Anderson though, they’re not with out a modern bent. The Uniqlo puffer gets a rework in blown up proportions and all-over tartan, trenches are reversible while work pants are a relaxed take on the utilitarian piece.

Two reasons you should be one of the first to get to Uniqlo? It’s launched overseas and we’ve already seen the ruffle skirt on the street style set in London, and bags and bags walking out the door from the label’s Oxford Street London store.

The collection is in store today. To read Vogue’s full interview with Jonathan Anderson, pick up a copy of the November issue, on sale Monday.


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