The Fashion News You Missed This Week

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This is what had people talking.

Italian brand Redemption is hosting a fashion show in Toronto 

Luxury Italian fashion brand Redemption is hosting a fashion show in Toronto on Monday, November 4, to benefit The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation, in partnership with George C Toronto. It is the first time the brand will have shown its pieces in the Canadian city, however it is not the first time the label has lent its hand to a philanthropic cause. In fact, the brand gives 50 per cent of its profits to charity each year, already having donated two million euros (roughly CAD$3 million). The brand will show its S/S20 collection on the night, as well as archival pieces. We’re thrilled to report that the event is already sold out, however you can still donate to the worthy cause here. Be sure to stay tuned to our Instagram Stories on Monday night for a behind-the-scenes look at the show.

Zac Posen is shutting his eponymous line

Zac Posen, a man who has dressed everybody from Rihanna to Clare Danes and Katie Holmes, announced last night that he is shuttering his namesake brand. In a statement the designer noted “the increasingly challenging fashion and retail landscape” as a catalyst, adding that he and his team “are disappointed that these efforts have not been successful.” In an Instagram post that followed the official announcement, the designer wrote, “I want to express my appreciation to our extraordinary team and for all those who have stood by me and the brand. I owe a great deal of gratitude for their unwavering support for and dedication to the company. I am grateful to the team who lent their incomparable talent and commitment along the way. I remain incredibly proud of what we created and hopeful for the future.”

Barneys was officially sold and plans to close its remaining stores were announced

In more sad fashion news, the sale of Barneys was confirmed on Friday. According to court documents, Authentic Brands Group purchased the business (which filed for bankruptcy back in August) for $271 million. Shortly after the news was confirmed, it was revealed that it is likely that all of the department store’s remaining shopfronts will close, and instead the brand will operate in a “pop-up shop” format in Saks Fifth Avenue. Stay tuned.

John Galliano renewed his contract at Margiela

It’s official: John Galliano is sticking around at Maison Margiela for a little while longer, with news that the French designer has extended his contract confirmed this week. Galliano has helmed the house since 2014, and WWD reports that its revenue has doubled since then. Renzo Russo, the man who owns the brand’s parent company OTB, said in a statement, “I believed John was the only person who could take this house five years ago, and I am even more convinced of this today. John’s undisputed talent is only matched by his understanding of today’s generations, their way of thinking, their struggles, their dreams. And he is doing exactly what this maison always did at its best – disrupt, innovate and inspire.”

Kanye West sort of, kind of hinted that he’s turning Yeezy into a sustainable brand

Kanye West is on a press tour at the moment for his newest album Jesus Is King, which means there’s no shortage of sound bites floating around from the rapper-turned-designer. However the one that caught our ear this week was West’s comments in relation to his fashion brand Yeezy and sustainability. Speaking with Apple Music, West said, “We’re building farms [in Wyoming], because of the climate and because of the soil, that have hydroponic cotton, wheat, hemp. We’re developing our own fabrics and we’re going to go from ‘seed to sew’, from farm to table so we can see the entire process. We gotta sustain, right?” He also added that the switch-up is already in progress. “The reason why I didn’t want to say 20 years from now but 6 months from now is really not about talking, it’s about doing. So we are doing, we are in the process right now.” Watch this space.

PETA announced the winners of its annual Fashion Awards

Each year, animal rights advocacy group PETA highlights brands and fashion figures that are working towards an animal-free industry. And this year, there were plenty of recognizable names on the list. Chanel and Victoria Beckham received the Best Luxury Fashion Moment award for their banning of exotic skins, H&M was awarded the Progress Award for its Conscious Collection and Miley Cyrus won the Vegan Style Icon award. Other notable highlights include Amsterdam Fashion Week’s banning of fur (this won the Best International Fashion Moment) and Stella McCartney and ECOPEL’s team-up to create KOBA, a recyclable faux-fur material, which won the Collaboration Award. Footwear brand Hunter won Best Vegan Outerwear, too, whilst Topshop took home the Best Vegan Footwear award.