SHOW BUSINESS: It may be beginning to look a lot like Christmas, but fashion week organizers are hard at work preparing for the next round of shows in the New Year. French fashion’s governing body, the Chambre Syndicale, today released temporary versions of the schedules for Paris’ upcoming men’s and couture shows in January, with no major shake-ups in view.
Presenting their debut on-calendar men’s shows in the city will be Sankuanz, the rising Chinese, youth-infused streetwear label founded in 2008 by Shangguan Zhe, and — closer to home — the new-gen, Parisian tailoring label Icosae, founded in 2014 by brothers Valentin and Florentin Glemarec. Sharing a two-pronged penchant for deconstruction and traditional tailoring, the siblings cite among key inspirations urban culture and the arts. The Paris men’s shows will run from Jan. 18 to Jan. 22.
Stepping off the catwalk, meanwhile, Atelier Versace, which delivered a powerful couture runway show in July, will be joining Givenchy and Stéphane Rolland in the by-appointment presentation format, with details to be confirmed, a Chambre Syndicale spokesman said. Versace in 2012 marked its couture calendar return — after an eight-year hiatus — with a small presentation on the gold foil steps of the École des Beaux-Arts, followed by a big-bang catwalk show at the Ritz in homage to the late Gianni Versace who began staging his couture shows in the storied hotel back in 1990.
As reported, Maison Rabih Kayrouz figures among six brands elected as new guest members of the couture calendar, which will kick off on Jan. 22, ending Jan. 26. The Lebanese designer will join Antonio Grimaldi, Galia Lahav, Georges Hobeika, Hyun Mi Nielsen and Xuan on the calendar for the January shows.
The Chambre Syndicale also re-appointed Aouadi, Francesco Scognamiglio, Guo Pei, Iris Van Herpen, Julien Fournié, Ralph & Russo, Schiaparelli, Ulyana Sergeenko, Vetements, Yuima Nakazato and Zuhair Murad as guest members next season.