Fashion month’s nearly over for another season and the days in Paris are dwindling away (the days that is, not the collections, have you seen the pictures from Dior? That set!).
Accompanying the shows, this week’s seen big announcements from a number parties, namely J.W. Anderson (the Irishman who’s rarely out of the news), GQ and Topshop, the latter announced just hours ago.
Following reports a few weeks ago that LVMH was to acquire a stake in J.W. Anderson, this week the rumours were put to bed with confirmation from LVMH.
The powerhouse has acquired a minority stake in the label, while designer Jonathan Anderson will also take on the role of Creative Director at Spanish label Loewe, another of the company’s brands.
Stuart Vevers was formerly in charge at the label, but left earlier this year to join the team at Coach.
On Tuesday, men’s magazine GQ announced a new fashion fund to follow that already set up by its sister publication, Vogue.
Working in partnership with the British Fashion Council and led by the title’s editor, Dylan Jones, the new initiative will award one menswear designer a prize totalling £200,000 that will include mentoring from key industry figures, access to sponsor Vertu’s business leaders, and cash for their business.
The model has already seen Vogue help designers such as Christopher Kane and Jonathan Saunders forward their business, and looks set to do the same for British menswear.
A shortlist of labels will become known soon.
And earlier today Topshop named Antipodium’s Geoffrey. J Finch as their new Creative Design Consultant.
Set up in 2006 by Finch and Ashe Peacock, Antipodium has been showing on schedule at London Fashion Week since 2010, with Finch as Creative Director.
His new role at Topshop began earlier this week; it will see him work part time with Kate Phelan, Topshop’s Creative Director and the brand’s Head of Design, Emma Farrow. Meanwhile he will maintain his duties at Antipodium.
J.W. Anderson image via Facebook.
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