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Milan Fashion Week opens with celebrity stardust, industry growth

Gucci, Dolce & Gabbana, Fendi and Missoni are among Italy’s top labels showing at Milan Fashion Week starting Wednesday (Feb 22), with the industry buoyed by bumper sales results despite war-fuelled economic uncertainty.

American megastar Kim Kardashian is expected to bring some celebrity stardust at an event hosted by Dolce & Gabbana to celebrate her Ciao Kim line, which had its debut in the northern Italian city in September.

Renowned brands such as Etro, Giorgio Armani, Prada, Bottega Veneta and Moschino are also among showing their Autumn/Winter 2023 collections, with 59 runway shows on the official schedule between now and Feb 27.

Fendi kicked off proceedings with a collection that played with punk, with slashed knitwear and shrunken wools, and comprising boilersuits and masculine tailoring twisted into feminine forms.

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“It’s deconstructed, but luxurious. There’s a little nod to punk, and my admiration for DIY, but moved on towards something chic,” explained artistic director Kim Jones.

Also on the sidelines will be exhibitions by US video artist Bill Viola, and the late French fashion photographer Guy Bourdin, whose show is curated by Giorgio Armani.

Meanwhile, the first Black Carpet Awards will take place on Friday (Feb 24), a gala evening organised by the Afro Fashion Association to celebrate diversity – the lack of which has long been an issue in Milan.

Despite the energy crisis and global uncertainty caused by the war in Ukraine, which erupted almost exactly one year ago, the major luxury brands are flourishing.

French giant LVMH, whose Italian brands include Fendi, Bulgari and Loro Piana, reported a 23 percent increase in sales and 17 percent rise in net profit in 2022 – both new records for the group.

‘Exceptional’ year

Meanwhile, rival Kering

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Dolce & Gabbana To Support Creator Matty Bovan During Milan Fashion Week

High fashion connoisseurs Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana invite the eccentric British designer Matty Bovan in a creative engagement for this year’s MFW.

High fashion connoisseurs Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana invite the eccentric British designer Matty Bovan in a creative engagement for this year’s MFW.

In lieu of their commitment to promoting young talents, Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana are pleased to support Yorkshire-based maverick creator Matty Bovan whose design aesthetic resonates with the creative universe of Dolce & Gabbana. Through Bovan’s engagement with the designer duo, he will work apace with the fashion house’s style office on his new collection, set to debut amidst September’s 2022 Milan Fashion Week.

“The colors, proportions, and energy of Matty Bovan’s work reveal the tremendous research and creative process behind each piece. We immediately had a special understanding with him; we are happy to be able to support Matty and the poetry of his vision.” – Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana.

Known for blueprinting the traditional masculine suit and transcending it into a symbol of feminine power, fashion conglomerates Dolce & Gabbana will assemble the project possible in its entirety, from the supply of fabrics and materials to the creation of the collection, to the debut on the Milanese catwalks of the young designer.

“I am so excited to announce that I will be showing my next collection in Milan supported by Dolce&Gabbana. Craft and handiwork are at the heart of my work, something that myself and this iconic Maison have great affinity with; the synergy upon meeting Domenico and Stefano recently was palpable. I’m still processing the idea that I am going to be exploring their archives and mixing their historic work with my new output for next spring. I’m already feeling the turbo charge of this alliance!” – Matty Bovan.

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Everything You Need To Know About SS23

London Fashion Week will be back in September for the Spring/Summer shows, running from September 16 to 20. More than 100 designers have been confirmed on the provisional hybrid digital-physical schedule, released by the British Fashion Council.

The upcoming instalment marks Burberry’s return to the LFW calendar, after a digital-only hiatus, and Raf Simons, who has previously shown his collections in Paris and New York, will make his LFW debut too.

As for the BFC NewGen show space, it will return to The Old Selfridges Hotel – the same location that hosted the biggest real-life shows at last year’s spring offering. Back then, more than half of collections were presented digitally due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

In addition to physical shows being more prevalent this time around, the return of the BFC’s city-wide celebration – a curated programme of events focused on ‘inclusivity and consciousness’ – is just one of the reasons LFW will be extra special this year (there’s more on this below).

Here’s everything you need to know about London Fashion Week Spring/Summer 23:

Which designers will be showing collections at the London Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2023 shows?

The provisional schedule for LFW SS23 has revealed that brands such as Emilia Wickstead, Erdem, JW Anderson, Huishan Zhang, Molly Goddard and Simone Rocha will be debuting their collections for the season.

They will be joined by the likes of Burberry, Raf Simons, Molly Goddard, Rejina Pyo and Roksanda.

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Fashion Fund winner Richard Quinn is set to return to the LFW calendar, as well as Fashion Trust recipients Completedworks, Richard Malone, Supriya Lele and Tove.

Raf Simons will present his collection physically, and shows including Molly Goddard, Burberry, JW Anderson, Simone Rocha, Erdem and Roksanda will also be held in real life.

A final LFW

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Women’s fashion week SS23: what to expect

Women’s fashion week S/S 2023: what to expect

From New York to Paris, everything we know about the upcoming S/S 2023 womenswear season so far

Designer debuts, city swaps, runway returns – this September, women’s fashion month is back in what’s already primed to be a standout season of shows. As ever, from New York to Paris, expect an eclectic mix of the world’s best-known houses and a rising creative vanguard, together defining the S/S 2023 season ahead. Here, in an ongoing report, discover everything Wallpaper* knows about the womenswear schedule so far. 

Women’s fashion week S/S 2023: all you need to know

New York Fashion Week
9 – 14 September 2022

While recent seasons have seen New York Fashion Week run with a largely depleted schedule, this September sees something of a revival for fashion month’s American stopover – halting any talk of its demise. Notably, the week has attracted two blockbuster international guests, Francesco Risso’s Marni – showing in the city as part of a ‘world tour’ for the Italian label – and Fendi, who will hold a celebration of its seminal ‘Baguette’ handbag (the house, currently helmed by womenswear creative director Kim Jones, will also continue to show its S/S 2023 collection in Milan). Elsewhere, a new vanguard of home-grown American talent brings fresh creative energy to the city, among them Peter Do (nominated for both the Woolmark and ANDAM Prize this year), Area, Puppets & Puppets, Judy Turner and Luar, while New York City stalwarts Tom Ford, Michael Kors, Coach, Gabriela Hearst, Tory Burch and Proenza Schouler will all make their return to the runway, the latter opening the week on the first Friday. 

London Fashion Week
16 – 20 September 2022

London Fashion Week also looks set to return with new energy; in a surprise

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