Top fashion stories of the week: September 23

This week, the fashion world had a lot to say. Milan Fashion Week has come to an end, with leading Houses such as Gucci, Fendi and Prada showcasing their Spring/Summer 2023 offerings across the Italian city; Kim Jones announced Dior will unveil its next Men’s Pre-Fall collection with a major showcase in Egypt, and Moncler planted the seeds for the 70th anniversary takeover of Piazza del Duomo this weekend. Elsewhere, Brad Pitt unexpectedly launched a gender-neutral skincare line. Harris Reid took over as creative director at Nina Ricci and, of course, Ye made headlines for his ongoing feud with adidas and GAP.

Below, Hypebeast has rounded up the week’s top fashion stories so you can stay up-to-date on industry trends.

Dior has revealed plans to present its next pre-fall menswear collection at Egypt’s Giza pyramids

Designer Kim Jones has announced that he will present his upcoming Dior Men’s Pre-Fall Collection in Egypt on December 3rd. The catwalk will feature the Pyramids of Giza near the country’s capital, Cairo, marking the French House’s latest destination show. According to a statement received WWD“the celestial collection celebrates a lifelong passion for travel.”

Jones spent his childhood in Botswana, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Kenya and Ghana, so the show will naturally honor his long-standing connection to the continent. The leading visionary has a penchant for creating men’s Pre-Fall collections overseas. Following his appointment as creative director of Dior Homme in 2018, Jones carried the House’s tradition with runway shows in Miami and Tokyo. Last year, he revived the pre-COVID custom with a show in London.

Gucci, Fendi, Prada and more show SS23 collections on Milan Fashion Week runways

Milan is home to some of fashion’s biggest players and so far, this fashion week proves the Italian city’s undeniable influence on the industry at large. Among the Spring/Summer 2023 standouts, Gucci presented a ‘Twinsburg’ collection featuring a legion of identical twins. MM6 Maison Margiela has unveiled a Salomon collaboration. Raf Simons and Miuccia Prada delivered an eerie line of womenswear for Prada. Diesel masterfully reinvented denim and Kim Jones wore Fendi in green. Above all, though, each runway let Italian craftsmanship shine through.

Milan Fashion Week runs until Monday, September 26. For a full look at the latest Italian runway shows, read Hypebeast’s coverage of the ongoing showcase.

Off-White™ Virgil Abloh’s collaborative capsule with Pro Skater Sal Barbier is ready

Before he tragically passed away, Off-White™ visionary Virgil Abloh collaborated with pro skater Sal Barbier on a pipe-ready capsule collection. Launched earlier this week, the range includes a range of youth clothing, combining Barbier’s distinctive designs with distinctive Off-White™ emblems.

Courtesy of Barbier, the brand’s classic arrow motif appears intertwined with an evil rattlesnake image in all gray throughout the collection. Dark blue hoodies, sweaters and t-shirts wear the sliding symbol and striking color stripes decorate the denim ensembles with an unexpected dose of color. Additionally, the collection includes a pair of black and white sneakers, as well as a dark blue baseball cap.

The Off-White™ c/o Sal Barbier collection is now available for purchase on the brand’s website. Read the full collaboration here.

The Plot Thickened in Ye’s Battle Against adidas and GAP

The saga continues.

Although Ye revealed that he ended his partnership with GAP Last week, YEEZY is still locked under strict restrictions by the company, according to a document shared on Ye’s Instagram, titled “Summary of Restrictions on YEEZY’s Standalone Activities.”

The restriction notice, released on Monday, applies to YEEZY’s licensing and endorsement agreement with adidas and its strategic agreement with GAP. Neither YEEZY nor Ye may use, wear, sponsor, promote, market, advertise, endorse, design, manufacture, license, sell, or provide consulting services in connection with any of the following products under the YEEZY trademarks or Ye’s likeness any other recognizable characteristic, feature or indication of Ye.” The document then lists the entire YEEZY catalog, including footwear, apparel and accessories.

On Thursday, Ye shared a series of screenshots from his conversations with adidas representatives before publicly outlining an offer to the company. In his Instagram Story, the CEO presented adidas with a non-exclusive manufacturing and distribution partnership agreement, under which the sports label would receive 20% royalties on net profits from sales generated.

Ye’s feud with adidas and GAP continues. Stay tuned for further updates.

Neymar Jr. released a new collection of PUMA

Soccer superstar Neymar Jr. has joined forces with PUMA on another collection of apparel and footwear — this time, drawing inspiration from the athlete’s home country of Brazil. Amongst the range, the duo welcome a myriad of premium basics including a bomber jacket, mock neck crew, jacquard tee, relaxed tee, sweatpants and jacquard shorts. Footwear comes with new versions of the PUMA Slipstream and PUMA Leadcat, while accessories include a backpack, crossbody bag and two headwear offerings. In particular, the collection is united under a motif that refers to three bird tattoos on the left side of Neymar Jr.’s neck.

“Since I joined PUMA, they have brought a lot of my personality to the collections,” said Neymaer Jr. for cooperation. “They are authentic pieces, with happy colors and references from my everyday life, such as tattoos. This tropical collection was also created to remind me a bit of the Brazilian vibe and who I am as a person.”

The collection is now available for purchase through PUMA and select retailers, with prices ranging from $28 USD to $150 USD. Explore the full collaboration here.

Moncler has announced a 70th anniversary exhibition in Milan’s Piazza del Duomo

On Tuesday, Moncler has revealed plans to take over Milan’s historic Piazza del Duomo with an honorary art spectacle to celebrate its 70th anniversary. The show, directed by avant-garde Frech choreographer Sadeck Berrabah, will take place at 21:00 on Saturday 24 September, kicking off a 70-day program of special events and brand experiences around the world.

Tagged as “Extraordinary Forever”, the brand’s biggest 70th anniversary celebration has a lot more to offer. Among the commemorative activations, the imprint is set to present seven reinterpretations of the revered Mayan jacket by some of fashion’s finest talents, including Thom Browne, Hiroshi Fujiwara, Rick Owens, Pierpaolo Piccioli, Francesco Ragazzi, Giambattista Valli and Pharre. Each new silhouette will drop one by one starting October 15th.

Brad Pitt has unveiled his own skin care line

Brad Pitt has announced his own gender-neutral skincare line, dubbed Le Domaine, unveiling a slate of products made with an unexpected ingredient – grapes – from his Château Miraval vineyard property.

In an interview with Fashion, the 58-year-old multihyphenate promised that the brand is offering a new line of “science-meets-nature genderless skincare essentials.” Developed in collaboration with the Perrin family, the innovative range boasts the use of grape-based antioxidants – specifically, GSM10 – to differentiate its cleansing emulsion, serum, cream and liquid cream products. The exclusive molecule is claimed to help with aging and act as a powerful antidote to oxidative stress.

Harris Reid appointed Creative Director of Nina Ricci

On Wednesday, Nina Ricci appointed Harris Reed as its new creative director. The 26-year-old trailblazing visionary, best known for fashioning the likes of Harry Styles, Iman and Lil Nas X, will join the House as its newest head designer. Specifically, Reed will release his first collection for the label in early 2023.

“It is an honor to enter the house of Nina Ricci, with its treasure chest full of glamour, history and power ready to be explored. I am truly excited to challenge the landscape of what femininity means across fashion and beauty at such an iconic house,” Reed said in a statement.

The announcement follows the departure of Nina Ricci’s previous creative directors, Lisi Herrebrugh and Rushemy Botter, in January.

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