The international runway season ended this week after four weeks of shows in four fashion capitals. This season, we pick the 12 most important from live catwalk shows in Europe, with New York closed to foreign editors.
Turns out the Paris season’s biggest debut was on a crisp Monday when Yang Li presented his first collection for Chinese luxury marque Shang Xia, a brainy and beguiling high-color hybrid blend of east and west.
The understated Chinese luxury label, bought by the Exor holding company at the end of 2020, has taken a more directional turn by naming young designer Yang Li as creative director, and will show in Paris on October 4.
September’s Paris Fashion Week will feature a total of 92 houses, as Paul Smith and Raf Simons return, and scores of brands plan physical shows on the calendar of the Federation de la Haute Couture et de la Mode.
Covid has forced the Italian luxury industry to step up the pace of its transformation and search for investors, as shown by Zegna announcing a forthcoming stock market listing, and L Catterton’s acquisition of Etro.
There seems to be no stopping Exor, which is often mentioned by the Italian media as potentially engaged in creating a major luxury conglomerate in Italy. It has now joined forces with Wwicl on an investment company.
Speculation over the future of Italian fashion group Armani came to the fore on Wednesday after the Milanese brand said it had no interest in a tie-up with car maker Ferrari, as proposed in a plan by investment banks.
Zegna has partnered with automotive giant Stellantis in an ambitious plan to transform its entire fleet into green cars by 2025. Stellantis brands include Fiat, Alfa Romeo, Peugeot, Citroën and Maserati.