LONDON — The Zegna Foundation has teamed with London College of Fashion on a tailored clothing project aimed at supporting young, recovering addicts in Italy and female prisoners in the U.K., WWD has learned. An announcement is expected today.Conscious Contemporary Tailoring unites the work of students at LCF with weavers at Italy’s well-known San Patrignano Community, and women at Making for Change. The latter is a social enterprise set up by LCF and Britain’s Ministry of Justice that provides skills and employment for serving and recently released offenders to help them reintegrate into society.The idea was the brainchild of Italy’s Zegna Foundation, which works on environmental projects, and seeks to foster social well-being and cultural development in local communities.In February, Tom Adams, course leader for BA (Hons) Fashion Design Technology: Menswear at LCF, and Bethany Williams, a men’s wear designer and recent graduate of the college, visited San Patrignano and worked with young women to create fabrics using the traditional technique of handloom. Samples were produced, made by interlacing industrial waste materials, textile fibers, paper and plastic wires.The weaving center at San Patrignano is more than three decades old and is meant to give the young women in rehab a chance to learn how to create textiles with their hands. They mainly produce accessories in fine yarns, with various finishes and hand-made details.Antonella Boari, San Patrignano’s textile manager, said the women were excited about participating in the project, and added that the “expressive language of fashion is capable of breaking social and linguistic boundaries.” She said the project was also proof that the handloom, "ancient and precious, can be state-of-the-art and show the application of an old handcraft to a contemporary taste.”The fabrics created at San Patrignano formed the basis and inspiration for a design competition involving 70 London College of Fashion men's wear students.Earlier this week in London, the college chose six winning designs that will be made by women at Making for Change’s fashion training and manufacturing unit, which is based in a women’s prison in the U.K. The final part of the project will be in the fall, when a small collection of clothing and accessories will be ready to be presented to the public.Anna Zegna, one of the three family members running the Ermenegildo Zegna Group, is particularly attached to this project "because it recalls the attention to social issues that was so dear to my grandfather [the company’s founder Ermenegildo Zegna], and that remains intact through the spirit and commitment” of the foundation.Professor Frances Corner, head of London College of Fashion, said the project comes under the college’s work of Better Lives, "a term we use at LCF to describe how fashion can be used as a discipline to drive change, build a sustainable future, and improve the way we live.”She added that education is a key factor in the rehabilitation process and in keeping people out of prison. “Social enterprises such as Making for Change and San Patrignano are vital in ensuring access to the creative industries for all; they give individuals the chance to become independent and contribute to society in a more positive way,” she said.
EXCLUSIVE: Two and half months after John Targon, cofounder and codesigner of Baja East, was hired as creative director of the contemporary division at Marc Jacobs, he has left the company, WWD has learned. Marc Jacobs International, which is owned by LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, confirmed Targon’s departure in a statement: “John Targon is a talented designer and we appreciate the work he has done here. Ultimately working together did not make sense for the brand and we wish him the best.” Read the story by @jessiredale, link in bio. #wwdnews
@theluxurycollection is officially launching a collection, tapping Sofia Sanchez de Betak for the capsule. Over 30 styles will be featured in the Chufy x The Luxury Collection, debuting next month at Bergdorf Goodman, The Webster, FiveStory and more. De Betak, known as “@chufy,” drew inspiration for the collection from her trips to Japan in the past year #wwdfashion
@lhd, founder and CEO of @thewebster, has teamed up with @lebonmarcherivegauche for the European launch of her ready-to-wear line, LHD. The launch will come with an exclusive pop-up opening today that’s set to run through May 20. Located on the second floor, it carries her debut Miami-themed resort collection, launched in November as see-now-buy-now. #wwdfashion
@longchamp, which marks its 70th anniversary this year, just opened its biggest U.S. store on Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue. On the lower level there’s a floor-to-ceiling display of the brand’s iconic Le Pliage bag – in all of its different colors, shapes and sizes. Customers can also have their product personalized in-store by imprinting names, initials or emblems. #wwdfashion (📷: @ericmtownsend)
“Whenever I’m in that place of sound and music, I don’t have fear or nervousness…This album has a lot of themes of courage and boldness and I want to be the soundtrack for people’s lives. I’ll be so happy if [my songs] evoke strength in people, which I know music has done for me,” says @kimbramusic of her newest album “Primal Heart.” The New Zealand-born singer sat down with WWD to talk about her music, newest tour and connecting with hear fans — read more on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
Luxury handbag resale company @rebagofficial is planning to sell a rare collectible for $70,000: the @hermes White Crocodile Himalayan Birkin. The exclusive Birkin sold for about $100,000 in 2008, when @davidbeckham bought one for his wife @victoriabeckham to add to her collection. Read more about the rare Birkin on WWD.com #wwdaccessories
With her costume pearl necklace and what-you-see-is-what-you-get style, Barbara Bush, who died Tuesday at age 92, was a straight-shooter from start to finish.
Born Barbara Pierce in New York City, Bush served as the 37th first lady, as well as the country’s second lady from 1981 to 1989. In addition to being part of the longest presidential marriage — 73 years — Bush also had the unlikely distinction of having one son, George W., become the 43rd president and another son, Jeb, run unsuccessfully in 2016. Having served as second lady during the Reagan administration’s two terms and lived all over the world during her own husband’s ascending political career, Barbara Bush made it clear that literacy — not fashion — was her priority. Read more from Rosemary Feitelberg’s obituary on the late First Lady in WWD.com, link in bio. #barbarabush #wwdnews
Western and ’90s trends have influenced denim for fall 2018. Think raw, dark and coated jeans mixed with bold prints and tough leather. #trendtuesdays #wwdfashion (Styled by @thealexbadia;📷: @ryanplett)