Monthly Digest: 2016 Fashion News Round-Up


2016 has been a year for fashion from ‘The game of shifting designers’ to prominent bankruptcy cases and even to the effects of political choices. To relive some of the major fashion stories this year, we’ve complied a round-up of the breaking news from the fashion world in 2016.

New York Times Fashion Photographer Bill Cunningham dies at 87

Bill Cunningham

The legendary Bill Cunningham sadly passed away earlier this year, having recently been hospitalised after having a stroke.

Renowned for chronicling the ever-changing fashion and social scene on the streets of New York, Mr. Cunningham’s career at The Times lasted almost 40 years. From the super stylish to plain simple, nothing escaped Cunningham’s 35mm trained lens.

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Nasty Gal is expected to file for bankruptcy

Sophia Amoruso

According to sources close to the situation, Nasty Gal is preparing to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, allowing it to reorganize its business.

In addition, said sources, founder Sophia Amoruso is resigning as executive chairwoman. The hip online clothing seller, aimed at fashion-forward young women for whom Amoruso had become a heroine, is telling its employees today and will be filing publicly soon. Sources added that director Danny Rimer is also expected to step down from the board.

Read more on Recode

How fashion is drawing political battle lines after the Trump election
Washington Post

From the presidential campaign to the transition of power, fashion has been a point of tension and protest — not just because of what people were wearing but for where it was made, who was selling it and what name was on the label. Hillary Clinton’s white pantsuits had some folks recalling suffragettes, and her rainbow of matchy-matchy ensembles inspired others into a flash-mob dance. The clothing and accessory business that has grown up around Donald Trump and his daughter Ivanka drew boycotts and protests in response to his derogatory statements about minorities, women and immigrants.

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Anniesa Hasibuan Becomes First Designer to Present NYFW Collection with Hijabs

Considering the high volume of designers that simultaneously show during New York Fashion Week, it’s all too easy to miss a few. One designer that definitely deserves attention, however, is Anniesa Hasibuan. The Muslim designer is not only the first Indonesian to show at one of the official NYFW venues, Moynihan Station, but is also the first to present a collection that has every look outfitted with hijabs.

In a collection inspired by her hometown, Jakarta, hijabs were worn with trousers, suits, kimonos, tunics, and gowns all in colorful silks and patterns.


Burberry and Tommy Hilfiger: Lessons in Fashion Immediacy

Following months of industry speculation on the subject, on February 5th 2016, Burberry became the first major fashion house to announce a realignment of its show calendar by combining men’s and women’s collections into twice-annual seasonless shows. That very same day, Tom Fordannounced a plan to postpone his fashion show for six months to show in September and make the collection immediately available to consumers.

Read more on Business on Fashion

American Apparel files for second bankruptcy in just over a year

American Apparel LLC filed for its second bankruptcy protection in just over a year on Monday, weighed down by intense competitive pressures facing U.S. teen retailers and a rocky relationship with its founder.

The second bankruptcy comes as the retailer struggles to overcome years of losses and rising online competition. The company became a part of popular culture for its racy advertising and mercurial founder, Dov Charney.

Read more on Reuters

First Marmite, next our clothes? How Brexit is set to affect how we shop

Rosie and James Bay

It felt like we got our first true taste of the post-Brexit era last week when confronted with the threat of life without Marmite. The panic was palpable. Twitter was flooded with people madly stockpiling, savvy eBay users started flogging their cupboard wares for vast profits and politicians waded into the furore sparked by a price row between Marmite-maker Unilever and Tesco.

But while the two corporate giants resolved their disagreement within 24 hours of the spat being reported, there are now signs the same pressures could spill over into the world of fashion – affecting high street favourites from Topshop and Next to top end designers such as Jimmy Choo.

Read more on The Telegraph

Vogue editors accused of hypocrisy after declaring war on fashion bloggers

Susie Lau

They have ruled the fashion world for generations, but the formidable gatekeepers of Vogue have been branded “jealous, catty and hypocritical” by young fashion bloggers and fans after editors criticised the new breed of social media fashionista.

Four US Vogue editors have been told to “get back to their Werther’s Originals”, after complaining about the presence of “pathetic” and “desperate” fashion bloggers at Milan fashion week, the Times reported. The senior staff members criticised bloggers for changing their outfits every hour, going as far to suggest that by “trolling up and down outside shows” they were risking traffic accidents.

Read more on The Guardian

2016’s Fashion Musical Chairs: All The Designer Firings and Hirings

Fashion designers come in and out of jobs these days almost as quickly as their designs go in and out of style. A combination of commercial pressure, increased workloads, and creative differences has led to a stunning and non-stopping carousel of designer hiring and firings in recent years, and 2016 was no different.

It was the year that Hedi Slimane exited Saint Laurent while Raf Simons slipped into Calvin Klein. Dior, meanwhile, appointed its first ever female creative director and Diane von Furstenberg handpicked her successor.

The game of shifting designers was so fast this year that three notable lines actually hired new creative directors earlier in the year only to part ways with them before 2016 was over.

Read more on W

Franca Sozzani, Editor in Chief of Italian Vogue, Dies at 66

Franca Sozzani, the Editor in Chief of Italian Vogue, has died.