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The Week in Fabric

From beading to brocade, capsule collections to collaborative debuts, ‘The Week In Fabric’ gives back the must-know textiles and fashion information for the week just gone. It’s your official guide to womenswear, menswear, sportswear and interiors news.

Pitti Uomo is planning a denser Summer 2016 schedule, which will include its first genderless segment. Held from June 16-19, Pitti Uomo is expecting 1,150 brands to show, up from 1,100 last year, including 460 foreign labels. Dubbed “That’s Pitticolor! “, the 88th edition has planned an “Open” space including accessories and clothing designed to be worn by either him or her. There will be no Pitti W, the mini show dedicated to women’s pre-collections, this year – and the classic contemporary section Futuro Maschile has double to show some 80 brands this edition. Pitti Immagine announced its “The Sartorial Italian Style” collaboration with Saks Fifth Avenue, which will see Italian newcomer collections feature across the American stores 40 for three weeks from June 21. [WWW]

Tunis Fashion Week will run for its seventh year – May 28-30th – in the city of Sidi Bou Said. In a bid to promote cultural liberties in the nation, a fundraising exhibition at the Bardo Museum – which was attacked in March – will take place alongside the shows. Big name brands Agnès.b, BCBG Max Azria, Chantal Thomass, Longchamp, On Aura Tout Vu, Pierre Cardin, Saint Laurent and Sonia Rykiel are expected to attend the event. [FASHION MAG]


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Norwegian fur farmers have slammed a government proposal to cut financial support to their sector. The government wants cut $2.35M from agricultural subsidies to the farmers, which makes up more than half of the total state aid given to the fox and mink fur industries. The farmers warned it could lead to farm closures in some rural areas. Animal rights groups critical of the conditions of animals in fur farms welcomed the proposal, which is up for negotiation with Norway’s agricultural trade groups. [AFP]

The British Fashion Council revealed the latest recipients of its Emerging Design Talent awards. As part of the annual Graduate Preview Day, held May 11, 28 colleges from around the UK showcased the works of their graduating students before a judging panel of industry experts. The ‘Fashion Monitor Colleges Portfolio Award’ was won by The Royal College of Arts, while the ‘WGSN Digital Portfolio Award’ was given to the University of Salford. The ‘BFC Fashion Illustration Award’ was received by the University of Westminster. [WWW]

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Owner of some 180,000 pieces, vintage clothing collector A.N.G.E.L.O. will sell its wares from designer outlet Swindon McArthurGlen, as part of a vintage fashion festival in the UK. Taking place from April 30 to May 17, the range features pieces from Yves Saint Laurent, Versace, Chanel and Givenchy. A ‘Timeless Style’ exhibition will also show pieces worn by celebrities, Jane Fonda and Marilyn Monroe. [FASHION MAG]

E. Tautz has won the second British Fashion Council (BFC) and GQ Menswear Fund. The Fund is the UK’s biggest menswear prize and was established in September 2013. It provides one designer with £150,000 grant to provide necessary infrastructure to take them to the next stage of their business and significant value in kind services as part of a bespoke, high level mentoring support programme over a twelve month period. Founded in 1867, E. Tautz was re-branded in 2009 under the creative direction of Patrick Grant. [WWW]

The new Fondazione Prada.

Filmmaker Wes Anderson has designed a new bar in Milan. Located within Prada’s new art and cultural institution, ‘Bar Luce’ was inspired by the Fifties and Sixties cafe circa in Milan. Formica tables, veneered wood wall panels, pink and mint green seats, pinball machines and a jukebox all feature offering an eclectic film-set like ambience certainly Anderson-worthy. [AFP]

IMG revealed it has canceled this year’s SwimWeek in July. The swimwear trade shows will continue, July 18-20, and Funkshion Fashion Week Swim will take place July 15-20. The company plans to redesign the event for 2016.[WWD]


Dior, Chanel and Louis Vuitton headed off to Cannes, Seoul and Palm Spring, respectively – launching their Cruise 2016 collections in front of A-lister clients and editors. The preseason collections – between Summer and Winter – have garnered increased attention in past few seasons, known for their extravagant off-site locations and the millions of dollars spent of show production. Karl Lagerfeld, Raf Simons and Nicolas Ghesquiere displayed gallant creative one-upmanship as creative directors for each French maison, with luxury fabrics, digital prints and exquisite textures floating across silks, leather, lace and cotton.


—By Benjamin Fitzgerald


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