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45 Designers Come Together To Close Paris Fashion Week With A Touching Tribute To Alber Elbaz

The news that the fashion designer Alber Elbaz had died, aged 59, of Covid-19 hit the fashion industry like the proverbial tonne of bricks. A singularly brilliant design talent and man of unparalleled personal charm, to say Elbaz was ‘beloved’ by the industry is to drastically undersell his influence. And so it was fitting that—as the industry gathered together for the first time since the pandemic broke out—Elbaz’s life and work was celebrated with the highest honor the French fashion industry can bestow. AZ Factory, Elbaz’s newly-launched namesake label, was given the final slot of the Paris Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2022 schedule, closing out a fashion month like no other in history with poignancy and optimism.

And what a fitting tribute it was. The crème de la crème of the modelling world—Anja Rubik, Mariacarla Boscono, Karen Elson, Adut Akech, Amber Valletta—modelled the 73 looks, a combination of pieces designed

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Paris Fashion Week channels humor, animated film for spring

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A model wears a creation for the Hermes Spring-Summer 2022 ready-to-wear fashion show presented Saturday, Oct. 2, 2021, in Paris. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

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As weary fashionistas made it to the end of Paris Fashion Week’s 96 physical and digital spring-summer shows, Saturday’s runways provided the spark to keep the energy going despite the rain and gray skies. Some of the world’s top designers channeled humor, bright colors, innovative design techniques and even animated films for ever-imaginative displays.

Here are some highlights of ready-to-wear collection for Spring-Summer 2022:

VIVIENNE WESTWOOD DEFIES DESCRIPTION

Andreas Kronthaler for Vivienne Westwood was in typically eccentric form.

Mixing Glam Rock references from Westwood’s 80s heyday with historic musing and a tongue firmly in cheek, Kronthaler created 66 pieces of fashion mayhem and put on one of the most fun shows this Paris fashion season.

To a plasma screen that projected blown-up images

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Nigeria-born designer Joy Meribe opens Milan Fashion Week

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A model wears a creation of Joy Meribe’s Spring Summer 2022 collection, unveiled during the Milan Fashion Week, in Milan, Italy, Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2021. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

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Nigeria-born designer Joy Meribe opened Milan Fashion Week on Wednesday with her debut runway collection, a concrete success for a movement to promote diversity in Italian fashion just a year after launching.

The Italian National Fashion Chamber tapped Meribe to open six days of womenswear previews for Spring-Summer 2022 after her inaugural collection for the “We are Made in Italy” initiative last year found commercial success.

“Beyond whatever video, proclamation or manifesto that we make, the real test is whether clients buy your products. Joy passed that exam,’’ said Italian-Haitian designer Stella Jean, who helped launch the initiative in the summer of 2020, asking the question, “Do Black Lives Matter in Italian Fashion?” inspired by the U.S. movement

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Revolve Makes New York Fashion Week Debut

NEW YORK Revolve has arrived at New York Fashion Week.

The fashion e-tailer known for its casual festival attire and Instagram-friendly backdrops in warm-weather locales arrived in the Big Apple amid the first formal in-person New York Fashion Week since pre-pandemic times.

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“This is kind of like the first step forward,” Revolve cofounder and co-chief executive officer Michael Mente told WWD during Thursday evening’s Revolve Gallery presentation in Manhattan. “Being here for fashion week, yesterday with a big show at Bryant Park, and also with this art installation, presentation, it’s a big push. This is an expansion of the brand in an incremental way.

“I think a lot of people think about us as just Coachella, maybe like summer vacation, you know, that aspect,” he continued. “But to be here in New York at the beginning of fall, at the beginning of cold weather

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