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#FashionOGnews: Celine doesn't suck, futuristic shoes & LVMH hotel?

#FashionOGnews: Celine doesn't suck, futuristic shoes & LVMH hotel?

Photo: The Nike Hyper Adapt 1.0 — one of their earlier versions of the self-lacing shoe.


Hello! As you may have noticed, this week’s blog is a little different from the usually #motivationmonday or #mondaymentors. Because you guys LOVE when I covers news stories on Instagram, I’ve decided that blogging about them weekly -- to keep you all up-to-date on our crazy industry -- would be a great way for us to have more awesome conversations. Besides, it’s an easy way to start the week informed on what’s cool and on the up -- even if a new episode of Fashion Originators isn’t out yet. So, without further adieu, here are the 5 news stories from last week that you need to know about. I present, the #fashionognews!

  1. Hedi Slimane’s Fall 2019 collection for Celine doesn’t actually suck

Over the weekend, everyone was freaking out because Hedi’s fall collection wasn’t actually a cheap rehasing of his days at Saint Laurent. Instead, this Celine managed to skillfully integrate aspects of the Celine archives with Hedi’s sharp aesthetic. My favourite look? This furry jacket and jeans -- obviously. Thankfully, it appears Hedi has finally moved on from his beef with Saint Laurent.

Drool over the full collection HERE.

2. Nike’s ‘smart’ basketball shoe debuts

Retailing for $350, Nike’s self-cinching Back to the Future inspired shoe debuted last week. On the resale market, it’s (unsuprisingly) going for much more than $350, and even sold out two days before it’s actual launch. Using a new ‘fit adapt’ technology, the shoe connects with an iOS app that adjusts the shoe’s settings. As futuristic as this is, I really question why we need apps to do absolutely everything for us. What if the app crashes and my shoes are too tight? LOL.

3. LVMH is building a luxury London hotel

Given the millennial hunger for experiences, LVMH has decided to tap in and build a new luxury hotel / spa. Debuting on Grafton street in Mayfair, it will also (allegedly) play host to a Celine flagship store -- but that still remains just a rumour. While this hotel is a new endeavour, LVMH already own the Bulgari chain of hotels (which are STUNNING). Personally, however, I love the idea of brands (rather than conglomerates) having hotels. Imagine -- a Celine hotel in Aspen or a Chanel hotel in Paris? That would be EPIC.

4. Germany’s Zalando wants to be the ‘Amazon’ of fashion

The German e-tailer wants to give people Amazon Prime style benefits -- but for fashion ecommerce. Aiming to be the ‘one fashion destination where a consumer can fill all of their fashion needs’ Zalando is one of the few platforms that provides a wide range of price-points all on one site. That being said, I am a skeptic (about most things). I can buy a lot of things that Zalando retails on Amazon Prime, so they will need to really step up their luxury brand offering to get me excited.

5. The LVMH Prize sem-finals happened
Gigi and Bella posed and preened in matching Off-White. Virgil Abloh and Heron Preston ran around. What’s far more interesting than this, however, is the news designers on the ballot (winners will be announced in June). While London favourites such as Richard Malone made the cut, this Dazed article highlights a few (other) names worth taking a look at.

Thank you guys so much for reading, and for suggesting I do #fashionOGnews? I’m curious — what’s your favourite newsstory from last week? Anything vital I missed? Let’s continue the conversation on Instagram here. And in the meantime, be sure to check out my latest podcast interview with diversity advocate and fashion journalist Lottie Jackson:

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#FashionOGnews: Baby Phat is back, Vogue Hong Kong controversy and Rent the Runway homeware?

#40: What 'diversity' in fashion really means with fashion journalist and activist Lottie Jackson

#40: What 'diversity' in fashion really means with fashion journalist and activist Lottie Jackson