NEW RECRUIT: Virginie Viard, creative director at Chanel, has added notable talent to her design team, WWD has learned.
Alexandre Morgado, a nine-year veteran of Givenchy, has joined the French house to work with Viard on special projects, including VIP dressing.
A Chanel spokeswoman confirmed the appointment to WWD, but did not provide any additional details.
Certainly, Chanel very actively dresses its clutch of celebrity brand ambassadors — including Kristen Stewart, Penélope Cruz, Charlotte Casiraghi and Blackpink’s Jenny — as well as other celebrities for red carpet events, like Giveon at the 2022 Grammys.
According to Morgado’s LinkedIn account, he was most recently head of design for haute couture, celebrities and special projects at Givenchy. He had joined the LVMH-owned fashion brand Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton in 2013 as chief designer of haute couture and VIP in 2013.
It is understood that he worked for Italian label Borbonese earlier in his career.
Many major European fashion houses have dedicated design staff to dress VIPs, which continues to attract consumer attention and engagement, especially on social media.
Givenchy reorganized its teams following Morgado’s departure and hired Suzanna Venegas, who worked in haute couture and ready-to-wear with John Galliano at Maison Margiela and Dior. She now works under Givenchy’s creative director, Matthew Williams, on women’s categories and oversees all couture and VIP requests, according to a spokeswoman for the house. —Miles Socha
CRYSTAL MUSHROOMS: Katy Perry has a thing for mushrooms.
The singer, whose Las Vegas residency show ‘Play’ finds her surrounded by dancing mushrooms in a vignette, has now teamed up with Judith Leiber Couture on a limited-edition mushroom minaudière – or handbag adorned with jewels for those who did not learn French in high school.
The wearable artwork was designed in collaboration with Dee Ocleppo Hilfiger, co-owner of the brand, with Authentic Brands Group and Jana Matheson, creative director of Judith Leiber.
The minaudière is created from over 10,000 crystals combined in shades of bright red siam mixed with scarlet and burgundy. The upper is shaded in a gradient array of light gold crystals with opal accents. The cap features flatback beads in multiple sizes designed to create texture and dimension. The interior is lined with metallic leather.
Each piece is hand painted with a polished brass frame and removable shoulder chain that includes the Katy Perry Play medallion.
The Judith Leiber Couture x Katy Perry minaudière will cost $6,195 and will be sold on the brand’s website and in its boutique at Resorts World Las Vegas, which hosts its fashion show. It will also be available in select luxury specialty stores starting in the fall.
“I’m thrilled to unveil this collaboration with Judith Leiber Couture for my show, ‘Play,'” Perry said. “I had an affinity for these dazzling minaudières as soon as I could afford one. This exclusive piece is the ultimate “Play” memorabilia.
Perry, who is known for her playful fashion choices, has worn Judith Leiber in the past, including a hamburger clutch that complemented the giant hamburger dress she donned at the Met Gala in 2019, and a crystal-encrusted football clutch which she wore at the NFL Honors last year.
“Similar to Judith Leiber, Katy is known for creating wearable art with her iconic looks,” said Ocleppo Hilfiger. “His unique personality and creative vision were key to designing this special piece. We’re thrilled to introduce this new minaudière, which is as unique and vibrant as Katy.
“This adorable mushroom was inspired directly by Katy’s ‘Play’ residence,” Matheson added. “Her confidence and impeccable sense of style make her the perfect collaborator for the Judith Leiber brand. She is the supreme representation of fun and fearless collectors who love the Judith Leiber Couture brand.
Judith Leiber is available in 105 points of sale in North America, Europe, the Middle East and Southeast Asia.
Perry has sold over 57 million albums and racked up 65 billion streams. She is one of five artists to have surpassed 100 million certified units with their digital singles. Her residency in Vegas began in late 2021 and will run through October this year. — Jean E. Palmieri
NEW INNOVATIONS: The Bangladeshi fashion showcase “Made in Bangladesh Week” returns in November.
Clothing reigns as the dominant economic force in the country, accounting for around 80% of exports. Its main event is organized in partnership with the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers & Exporters Association, or BGMEA, and Bangladesh Apparel Exchange, or BAE, to highlight the importance of garment exports and sustainability in the sector.
Organizers are building excitement for the event on the official website MadeinBangladeshWeek.com, which has just been launched.
The week-long event, which runs from November 13-18, includes designer showcases, spotlights on denim and other sustainability-focused themes. Among the coinciding showcases are a Fashion Innovation show touting responsible manufacturers, Denim Expo – which in previous sessions has had over 50,000 attendees – and the Dhaka Apparel Summit highlighting advances in safety and the thought leadership of the sector.
As the keynote speaker and opener of the event, the Prime Minister of Bangladesh, Sheikh Hasina, will also be present, along with a number of hallmark attendees.
For the eco-enthusiasts, events like the Green Factory Tour (a day-long tour of several factory sites that use energy-efficient and environmentally friendly practices), or one of the many awards ceremonies , are sure to impress, according to the organizers of the event. Meanwhile, the Sustainable Design and Innovation Awards and Sustainability Leadership Awards on November 16-17 will further mark emerging and established leaders of “Social Excellence”, “Environmental Excellence” and “Business Excellence”. ‘innovation”.
Closing out the week of November 18, on the last day, a technical workshop on sustainability and innovation at BGMEA Fashion & Technology University and the global launch of the BGMEA Innovation Center. Billed as a hub for advancing sustainability and technological ideation in fashion, the center houses a library, research lab, training center and museum exhibit space. —Kaley Roshitsh