ICYMI: Givenchy appoints a new creative director, Sies Marjan shuts down, and more


Givenchy appoints Matthew Williams as its new creative director.

You might recognise him as the designer behind cult streetwear label 1017 ALYX 9SM. The 34-year-old British designer succeeds Claire Waight Keller — who stepped down in April — and will be the Parisian house’s new creative director for both men’s and womenswear. Sidney Toledano, the CEO of Givenchy’s parent company, LVMH, broke the news via a press release. “I believe his singular vision of modernity will be a great opportunity for Givenchy to write its new chapter with strength and success,” he said.


Sies Marjan ceases operations.

The American luxury label founded by Sander Lak has been hit hard by the pandemic. “As a young independent company, we were significantly impacted by COVID-19. With a heavy heart, we have made the very difficult decision to close our business,” Lak declared. He later made a statement to Women’s Wear Daily, thanking everyone who has given their time and talent to the label in the past five years.


250 Black fashion professionals have launched an initiative requesting for industry transparency, inclusivity, and accountability.

Titled The Kelly Initiative in honour of the first Black designer admitted into the Chambre Syndicale du Prêt-à-Porter, the proposal calls for the Council Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) to implement a plan that specifically pushes for the “active inclusion of Black talent across wide-ranging strata and sectors of fashion.” Signatures are still being collected here — non-Black allies are welcome to sign.


Diane von Furstenberg is going digital-only.

According to Business of Fashion, the New York-based label has let go more than 75% of its 400-people staff. 18 out of their 19 retail outlets will also be shuttering. Henceforth, they will be going digital-only and adopting a China-focused model.


Laverne Cox is auctioning off her clutch in celebration of the landmark Supreme Court ruling that protects LGBT rights.

15 June is a historic day. The U.S. Supreme Court has officially instated a federal civil-rights law that protects gay and transgender workers from workplace discrimination. Laverne Cox, an openly transgender actress and LGBTQI+ advocate, is celebrating this by auctioning off her Pride-themed purse she used at the Emmy Awards. 100% of the proceeds will be given to the I’ll Be There Project, a movement that encourages spreading acts of kindness.


Tove & Libra launches a collection to help women to sustainably streamline their closets.

Enter: the Multi-Way Capsule. The full line-up comprises special pieces that can be worn and styled in multiple ways. Think hidden pockets; shirtdresses that double as outerwear; and pants with snap details that allow for instantaneous length altering. This is done in an effort to get consumers to invest in stylish staples that last rather than contributing to the fast fashion model. Snap ’em up when it hits shelves 22 June. Speaking of capsules of note…

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J.W. Anderson designs a gender-neutral collection for Yoox.

The online exclusive, gender-fluid range pays tribute to the Yoox’s commitment to “timeless and trendless fashion, and, above all, freedom of expression.” This translates to practical hoodies, trenches, and pleated skirts that can be layered and styled in multiple ways.


Onitsuka Tiger chooses Willow Smith to be their new face.

Smith is front and centre in their Autumn/Winter 2020 campaign, which aims to create awareness surrounding the environment and world we currently inhabit. And that’s not all — a part of the proceeds from this campaign will be donated to the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund to support its efforts in the Black Lives Matter movement.

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