TOP INTERNATIONAL FASHION NEWS OF THE WEEK
Chloé names Gabriela Hearst as the new Creative Director, and Pantone reveals the two colors for 2021. Stay up to date with the hottest stories in the top international fashion news of the week.
Chloé Names Gabriela Hearst as Creative Director
Gabriela Hearst is the new Creative Director for Chloé. The Uruguayan designer has a core focus on elegant and sustainable fashion and is best known for her eponymous label, which she began in 2015. “I am grateful for an opportunity at such a beloved brand as Chloé. I am thankful to Natacha Ramsay-Levi and all the other extraordinary designers that have come before her and helped build on the purposeful vision of Gaby Aghion,” Hearst shared on Instagram.
Hearst’s label generated between $15 and $20 million in sales, three years after its launch. “I am excited for the opportunity to work under the leadership of Riccardo Bellini and support him in his commitment to create a business that is socially conscious and in balance with our environment. I am also humbled to be able to work with the Chloé team to help execute this beautiful vision in creative and accountable ways,” Hearst shared.
Balmain Presents Pre-Fall Collection in Paris Window
Balmain is presenting its new collection from the windows of its Parisian store. The pre-fall campaign, which features monochromatic and graphic pieces, adorned the boutique in Rue Saint-Honoré. Models, photographers, and stylists flooded the store, allowing everyday people walking by to see a fashion shoot as it happens. “I miss life outside,” shared Olivier Rousteing. “I miss the beauty of Paris. And here in the store, this is where it all starts. You understand the Balmain universe – it’s bigger than a home page.”
Pantone Reveals Colors for 2021
Pantone has revealed its colors for the new year. The two shades that are set to dominate the industry next year include Ultimate Gray and Illuminating – a bold yellow. Illuminating is a ‘bright, and cheerful’ yellow is ‘sparkling with vivacity’ – Ultimate Gray is ’emblematic of solid and dependable elements which are everlasting and provide a firm foundation.’ These shades aim to work independently and create ‘deeper feelings of thoughtfulness with the optimistic promise of a sunshine-filled day.’
“No one color could get across the meaning of the moment, explained Laurie Pressman, the VP of Pantone Color Institute. “We all realized we cannot do this alone. We all have a deeper understanding of how we need each other and emotional support and hope.”
Dolly Parton to Launch a Fragrance
Dolly Parton is releasing a beauty line in conjunction with Edge Beauty. The brand has previously worked with Cher and will be debuting a ‘luxury product’ with the 9 to 5 star, which is most likely to be a fragrance.
“Fragrance has always played a major role in my life—I wear my own combination of scents every day,” Parton said. “Developing my own brand and scent with Edge Beauty has been an amazing experience, and I am looking forward to becoming a big part of the fragrance community.” The scent will debut in Spring 2021 and will be available for purchase in-store and via TV shopping.
CFDA Finalists Create Sustainable Zara Collection
Four finalists of the 2019 CFDA Awards are collectively dropping a sustainable collection for Zara. The formalwear was designed by Barragán, Private Policy, Alejandra Alonso Rojas, and Abasi Rosborough. The garments feature constructions of eucalyptus-sourced linen blends, ecologically-grown cotton, and other eco-friendly materials. Pieces include a two-toned trench coat, pink pantsuit, maxi dresses with spaghetti straps, and a bold red suit with an ornate design on the back. The items are available exclusively on the Zara website.