OLE: Dior hired photographer Laura Sciacovelli to showcase their 2023 cruise collection in a print campaign that kicks off Saturday. Through a hazy light, models pose in front of the columns and intricately tiled interiors of a Sevillian palace, underscoring the Andalusian theme chosen by Maria Grazia Chiuri for the collection.
“The looks embody the passionate dialogue between the excellence of the Dior ateliers and the richness of Andalusian craftsmanship,” the brand explained.
Looks with layers of taffeta and lace are mixed with sportswear and equestrian references reminiscent of dancer Carmen Amaya, who revolutionized flamenco in the 1950s by performing in men’s clothing. Amaya, known as La Capitana, was a key inspiration for Chiuri’s collection, which was unveiled in Seville in June.
The campaign images feature Dior classics such as the Lady Dior bag and Bar jacket, seen in intricately embroidered versions, while the saddlebag features a traditional Andalusian leatherworking technique used in saddlery. Other Spanish symbols include shawls, mantilla veils and gloves, and lace fans bearing the brand’s signature.
Under the artistic direction of the campaign by Fabien Baron, the models Maryel Uchida, Chai Maximus, Yunseo Cho, Freja Rothmann, Greta Bultmann, Miriam Sanchez, Eden Joi and Raynara Negrine were styled by Elin Svahn, with make-up by Peter Philips and hair by Guido. — ALEX WYNNE
ZEGNA CHANGES: Edoardo Zegna, chief marketing, digital and sustainability officer at the Ermenegildo Zegna Group, said Thursday that Domenico Galluccio, the group’s PR and communications director, is leaving the company to pursue a new opportunity. His last day with Zegna will be Friday.
Zegna thanked Galluccio, who helped develop the group’s communications strategy through a pivotal moment of change that included a rebrand and public listing in New York in December.
Galluccio joined Zegna in June 2019 from Moncler, where he was previously director of global PR and media. During his 11-year tenure, he saw Moncler get listed on the Italian Stock Exchange in 2013 and launch the Moncler Genius project in 2018.
At Zegna, Galluccio’s previous responsibilities will be transferred to Francesca Di Pasquantonio, Director of Investor Relations, who will be in charge of Group and Corporate Communications, and Valentina Abbà. She will join on October 10th and take over as PR and Communications Director of the Zegna brand, working directly with Edoardo Zegna.
This marks a return to Zegna for Abbà, who joined the menswear brand in 2013 before joining Ferragamo last year as global PR director. — LUISA ZARGANI
HAUTE COIFFURE: It’s bittersweet for artist Charlie Le Mindu that 21 of his hair creations will go under the hammer on October 5th at Artcurial in Paris.
“In general, I have very mixed feelings about parting with things I love,” Le Mindu said at the private view of the exhibition of his work, held at the Right Bank auction house on Wednesday night. “But you know, like I said, it’s good because I need new things, and I have 200+ archives in my Brooklyn apartment. I need to be away from them now.”
Le Mindu had people from Artcurial choose which works will be included in the auction, which will take place both in person and online from 17:00 CET. But of course he helped with the selection, so that everything fits together.
Among the key pieces Le Mindu loves up for auction are two full-body hair sculptures called “Lion’s Manes,” inspired by a mushroom found in the northern hemisphere. They are estimated for 180,000 to 200,000 euros.
“It’s my favorite because they’re in so many things and I love wearing them myself. It’s the only thing I’ve made that I can wear,” Le Mindu laughed.
Another favorite is the fluorescent, jellyfish-like creation entitled “Fluorescent Species” worn over the head. The estimated price is between 11,000 and 12,000 euros.
In the exhibition catalogue, curator Benoît Coffin calls Le Mindu, the artist behind the concept of haute coiffure, a “visionary”.
“Charlie’s work is in constant flux and can only be understood through the idea of a trajectory that began its journey in the early 2000s,” wrote Coffin. “From ‘Blonde Lips’ and Lady Gaga’s costumes to the famous ‘Lion’s Manes’, every track in this event sale is a masterpiece of virtuosity and creativity.”
Indeed, Le Mindu never stops. Aside from preparing for the auction, he is currently working on a ballet in Monaco and the upcoming Vivienne Westwood and Kayne West shows during the ongoing Paris Fashion Week. A little further down the street is a ballet in Berlin and a cabaret in Miami, Florida. — JENNIFER WEIL
IT’S ROKSANDA’S TURN: Art is always at the heart of every collection that Roksanda Ilinčić produces.
The brand is planning its Spring 2023 collection during Frieze week on October 11 at the Serpentine Gallery in Kensington Gardens, Hyde Park – the same day as the Alexander McQueen show in London, which inside sources say will be held in Greenwich, South East London with two shows, one at 1pm local time and the other at 5pm
This is Ilinčić’s first appearance outside of the official London Fashion Week schedule. She canceled her September 19 show in London due to the death of Queen Elizabeth II.
“Art has always been an important part of my design process, it is the inspiration that would start and end all of my collections. This natural affinity has resulted in many wonderful and very special collaborations with artists such as Eva Rothschild, Rana Begum, Studio Troika to name a few,” Ilinčić told WWD.
Belgian fashion designer Raf Simons will also be showing his spring 2023 collection at Frieze after canceling his debut at a fashion show in London.
“I also believe strongly in creating a platform for young female artists and my art narratives next to my Mount Street store [are] dedicated to this cause. Showcasing my collection during Frieze Art Fair, although not initially planned, was a very exciting opportunity and I am very honored to be able to share the calendar,” she said.
Ilinčić calls the serpentine a second home for them.
“It’s a community where I’ve discovered so many artists, architects and creators, but most of all where I’ve had the pleasure of meeting many of my now good friends,” she said. – HIKMAT MOHAMMED
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