A few weeks ago, The State of Fashion surmised that LVMH, European luxury good conglomerate helmed by one of the world's richest men, Bernard Arnault, is betting on hip hop stars to secure the bag. 4 days ago, the urban culture take over at LVMH continued with Nigo, designer, producer, and founder of the pioneering streetwear brand A Bathing Ape, being elected as Artistic Director of LVMH brand Kenzo.
Nigo wrote on Instagram , “I was born in the year that Takada Kenzo san opened his first store in Paris today. We both graduated from the same fashion school in Tokyo. In 1993, the year that KENZO joined the LVMH Group, I started my career in fashion.” Nigo, who founded brands like Billionaire Boys Club and Icecream with the Pharrell will undoubtedly bring his urban streetwear spin to Kenzo, a brand that has seemingly floundered over the years. While Opening Ceremony Co-founders Humberto Leon and Carol Lim did give the brand a jolt with its viral tiger printed and logo laden sweaters, it's been years since the brand had a 'hit.'
Given Hugo's penchants for streetwear and his successful collaborations with not just Pharrell, but also industry golden boy Virgil Abloh for Louis Vuittton, Hugo's election is exciting indeed. We can't wait to see what he does in his new position.
In other fashion news, legendary streetwear couturier Dapper Dan is being honored with CFDA's lifetime Geoffrey Beene Award for his contributions to the fashion industry.
According to Rolling Stone, "The honor marks the first time the award has been given to a Black designer, as well as a designer without a formal runway show (though Dan would likely disagree that he’s never had a runway show). Previous recipients include Bob Mackie, Narcisco Rodriguez, Rick Owens, Norma Kamali, Betsey Johnson, Tom Ford, and Vera Wang." Dapper Dan was the man who supplied the luxury look to rappers and hustlers of the 80's and 90's, before his brand was shut down due to copyright issues. He experienced a resurgence when Gucci referenced his work in their runway show, and Dan later collaborated with Gucci, and now Pepsi on capsule collections. His recognition marks a turn in the fashion industry towards inclusion of designers who use the street as their runway. The CFDA award show will take place on November 10th at New York City’s The Pool Room.
Lastly, following epic red carpet moments at the MTV Awards and the Met Gala, the Emmy's bowed tonight with alluring looks. Though most awards shows tend to adhere to a theme, tonight's carpet seemed to simply stick to sold, bold colors. Top looks according to FBD readers included Nailed it Star and Comedian Nicole Byer in Christian Siriano, Issa Rae in custom Aliette, and Sarah Paulson in Carolina Herrera, three looks that show that body and cultural diversity all have places on primetime.
We're always here for industry shake ups, and moments that show that hip hop, streetwear, and diversity should carve out their spaces in Fashion.
What say you?