February 4, 2023

This week, fashion featured a slew of exciting collaborations and a number of management changes. At the top, Miuccia Prada and Patrizio Bertelli stepped down as co-CEOs of the Prada Group, and Steve Rendle officially stepped down as CEO of VF Corporation, the parent company of Vans, Supreme and The North Face. In another area, Gucci offered something to look forward to, revealing that it will hold its Cruise 2024 show in South Korea in May next year. And on the collab front, Dickies collaborated with Gucci Vault, and Denim Tears sparked talks with two joint collections, one with Stüssy and another with Dior.

Below, Hypebeast has collected the top fashion stories of the week so you can stay on top of industry trends.

Miuccia Prada has stepped down as CEO of the Prada Group

Miuccia Prada and Patrizio Bertelli stepped down as co-CEOs of the Prada Group on Thursday.

Business of fashion reported that luxury fashion house group is nominating Andrea Guerra, former CEO of Luxottica and LVMH hospitality executive, for the top spot. Guerra’s nomination will reportedly be confirmed in January 2023 at a board meeting. The Prada Group is also seeking a new CEO for its flagship Prada imprint, with signs pointing to US CEO of LVMH’s Christian Dior Couture division, Gianfranco d’Attis.

Don’t worry – Ms. Prada remains Miu Miu’s Creative Director and Prada’s Co-Creative Director alongside Raf Simons.

Gucci has revealed that the Cruise 2024 show will take place in South Korea

Gucci revealed it will be bringing its Cruise 2024 show to South Korea.

The exact venue has yet to be announced, but the show itself will celebrate the brand’s 25th anniversary in South Korea. Gucci first landed in the country in 1998, when the brand opened its flagship store in Seoul.

Last month, Gucci planned to host its repeat show in Seoul, but due to the tragic crowd that took place on Halloween, the label canceled the presentation and instead pledged a three-year donation to restore and preserve the Gyeongbokgung Palace.

The runway of Gucci’s Cruise 2024 will take off on May 15.

Steve Rendle stepped down as CEO of VF Corporation, the parent company of The North Face and Supreme

Steve Rendle has officially stepped down as CEO of VF Corporation, the parent company of Vans, Supreme, Timberland and The North Face.

According to a press release, VF Corporation will initiate a CEO transition as Rendle retires as chairman, president and CEO. Benno Dorer has been named interim president and CEO effective immediately. Meanwhile, Richard Carucci, who has served as a director on the board since 2009, will become the interim chairman of the board.

In a statement, Dorer said: “The board thanks Steve for his many contributions and leadership during his nearly six years as CEO and nearly 25 years with VF. Steve’s dedication to the business, passion for building strong brands and focus on culture have helped VF develop our portfolio of strong active lifestyle brands and establish VF as a purpose-driven company. We wish Steve the best of luck in his future endeavors.”

VF Corporation is actively seeking a CEO to replace Rendle.

Shein was named the most popular brand in the world

As fast fashion continues to drive trends with cheap clothes, controversial Chinese brand Shein has been named the world’s most popular brand of 2022.

Founded in 2008, the label was also named the most Googled clothing brand in 133 countries around the world. For context, the brand made $10 billion USD in 2020, while competitors ASOS and Boohoo earned $4.4 billion USD and $2.4 billion USD respectively that same year. Today, Shein is valued at $100 billion USD, making it the largest digital fashion company in the world, according to Euro monitor.

Shein is known for his series of controversies. On several occasions, the label has blatantly stolen design concepts from independent designers. As if that weren’t bad enough, the brand also enforces inappropriate working conditions in China, forcing employees to work 75-hour shifts with very little time off, and has reportedly failed to properly compensate its workers.

Jerry Lorenzo carved out a new direction for Fear of God x adidas

Fear of God founder and designer Jerry Lorenzo provided an update on his label’s adidas partnership.

Following the unveiling of the Adidas Basketball “Remember the Why” campaign last week, the Fear of God Instagram account shared a statement noting that the impending drop is unrelated to the aforementioned collaboration. The statement confirms that the partnership will have a broader focus on the Fear of God Atheltics line.

Jerry Lorenzo and Fear of God are not involved or connected to the Adidas Basketball “Remember The Why” campaign and collection launching this holiday season. The partnership between adidas and Jerry Lorenzo has evolved over the past two years into a concentrated focus on the creation and development of Fear of God Athletics.

Intent on maximizing the opportunity with Fear of God Athletics, this unfettered focal point will provide Fear of God and adidas with the necessary capacity to perform against an uncompromising and unparalleled vision of performance that will transcend both sport and fashion.

Both houses look forward to sharing more in the first half of 2023 and remain excited about the vision for our collective partnership.

Denim Tears reconnected with Stüssy for another clothing collection

After collaborating with OUR LEGACY, including clothing collaborations in 2021 and earlier this year, Denim Tears and Stüssy have reunited for an additional clothing collection.

Stadnouts has a matching denim jacket and trousers, which come in light and dark washes with all-over Stüssy branding and the Denim Tears floral motifs. There are also comfortable knitwear, one of which features the African American flag on the left sleeve, and a quarter-zip sweater with “Jamaica Queens” written across the front.

The collection is available at select Dover Street Market locations and Stüssy’s online store.

Dickies got a luxurious studded makeover from Gucci Vault

Dickies teamed up with Gucci Vault to create a high-end capsule collection of reworked staples.

Within the collection, Gucci has updated the Eisenhower jacket and 874 trousers with luxurious studs. Signature cotton-poly twill forms the basis of the construction of both silhouettes, but the studs elevate the ensembles with a zigzag pattern in a variety of sizes. In addition, the collection includes Bermuda shorts and a work shirt for the more casual dressers.

The collection extends well beyond Dickes’ typical price point, ranging from $985 USD to $7,410 USD. The range is now available exclusively through Gucci Vault.

Dior launched a ‘Dior Tears’ campaign in autumn 2023 with Denim Tears

Dior has unveiled the full lookbook for its collaboration range with Tremaine Emory’s Denim Tears. The project came about through multiple Kim Jones-led collaborations, including those with Eli Russell Linnetz, Shawn Stussy, sacai, KAWS, and Daniel Arsham.

Dubbed “Dior Tears”, the range pays tribute to black artists and creatives, including James Baldwin and jazz trumpeter Miles Davis. Among the designs, the line includes varsity jackets and shirts with fuzzy iconography, vests that reference basketball jerseys, and mohair sweaters.

“I want to share that moment in time, that beautiful moment in time when black writers and musicians and artists came from America, ran away from America, and found some degree of acceptance in certain European cities and were able to promote their art. get respected and who they are respected,” Emory said. “It wasn’t perfect, but it was just a moment, a beautiful moment for blacks to have the privilege and the chance to escape the terror, the horrors of America, a segregated Jim Crow America. Artists like Miles Davis and writers like James Baldwin found refuge in Paris.”

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