I will accept that spring is indefinitely over, but I refuse to accept that summer is cancelled. They will have to pry the hope of beach getaways from my over-sanitized hands. I am staying home for the health of my country and the promise of outdoor drinking. If summer 2020 does not arrive as promised, this is not the kind of world I want. Virtual dentist appointments and Zoom dating is not living. Do not ruin this for me, Brady Sluder.
Here’s the bright side: If there is any indication that we will be returning to our regularly scheduled programing of calling in sick on 80 degree days, it’s Louis Vuitton’s Escale Collection. Inspired by seaside holidays and traditional Japanese shibori textiles, it is everything we deserve after this meek existence of quarantined simulation. Because this collection exists,
Featuring baggy Bermuda shorts worthy of Blue Crush, bikinis and bucket hats emblazoned with the LV monogram, a set of bulky hair claw clips you’d wear in middle school, and pink-tinted aviators straight from the early naughts, the Esacle Collection has “do you even surf?” written all over it. Seriously. There’s a $1,970 skim board on the website right now. Ready-to-wear and footwear comes in the form of slouchy pajamas and Breton stripes. If it’s a new bag that you crave, four of Louis Vuitton’s iconic silhouettes—the Neverfull tote, Keepall, Speedy, and Néo Noé—are cut from the same tie-dye cloth, dipped in wavy ocean blues, sweet pastels, and beetroot magentas.
As frivolous as fashion might feel in the middle of a global pandemic, you can’t deny the wholesome joy this collection brings. It’s sartorial escapism at its finest. We’re supposed to be spending right now and this collection is my civic duty. Take my money!
While the coronavirus has upended the entire world, the fashion industry is feeling the effects hard. Over the past few weeks, the novel coronavirus outbreak has caused brands to shut down stores indefinitely, including Nike, Reformation, Everlane, Net-a-porter, and more, and post-poned the annual star-studded Met Gala event, which usually takes place in May.
But as the world grapples with a new reality, a slew of fashion powerhouse brands are pivoting from producing clothes to manufacturing protective masks, gowns, and other supplies to help combat the spread of the virus. To keep track of all the latest happenings, we’ve compiled a list of how fashion heavyweights are responding to the pandemic. Check back here for updates.
After shutting down its website, Net-a-porter announced on Tuesday, March 31, it will be utilizing the vehicles that usually deliver its fashion to deliver food and supplies to seven charities in London. The vans will read, “Fashion that delivers” and will also deliver to the elderly people throughout London.
“Now, more than ever, the primary focus of our colleagues and customers is the well-being of relatives, friends and communities. Reflecting our core sustainability priorities, the group hopes that the redistribution of these resources will help to make a difference in London,” the company said, per WWD.
On Tuesday, March 31, Revolve announced on its Instagram that it will donate 10,000 N95 FDA-approved face masks to two Los Angeles hospitals. The brand also procured 20,000 additional masks to put aside for other healthcare workers, and called upon its influencers and followers to spread the word to frontline workers in need of protective gear.
“Our doctors and nurses are on the front lines risking their lives to save ours, and are often doing so without adequate protective equipment,” the brand said in a statement. “Revolve’s mission for this initiative is to do anything we can to support our sisters and brothers, and hope to be able to make donations in the future.
Nordstrom is teaming up with one of its partners, Kaas Tailored, to have members of its Nordstrom Alterations teams in Washington, Oregon, Texas, and California produce 100,000 masks to be donated to Providence Health & Services in Washington. Nordstrom will also offer additional support to Seattle Foundation, YouthCare, and Hetrick Martin Institute (HMI).
If you buy a gift card, Nordstrom will donate one percent of the sale to “annual community cash grants and support organizations that provide basic necessities for kids and families which includes things like access to health care, housing, food and education,” the brand said in a press release.
Sandro will provide support to hospital staff in France and around Europe and will make 10,000 cloth masks using excess fabric from past collections. Starting on March 30, Sandro will deliver 1,000 masks to the Aulnay-sous-Bois French hospital with an additional 2,000 masks to be delivered in the coming days. Sandro will deliver the remaining masks to other hospitals throughout Europe and 3,000 masks to NYU hospital in the U.S.
Calzedonia Group is converting it plants to produce medical masks and gowns using special machinery the brand purchased. The brand predicts it will be able to produce up to 10,000 masks per day, with that number increasing in the coming weeks.
Vera Bradley announced it will use its own fabric, which is used to create handbags and accessories, to produce masks for essential workers, and work alongside its supplier to procure protective gear such as masks and scrubs.
“Our Company and Associates are honored to be able to contribute to the cause during this difficult and challenging time,” Rob Wallstrom, CEO of Vera Bradley, said in statement. “Our hearts go out to all affected by COVID-19 and to the courageous people serving on the front lines in our communities. We’re proud to be able to pivot our operations, lend a helping hand, and create a product with so much purpose.”
Burberry announced on its website that it would be dedicating significant time, money, and resources to helping with the COVID-19 global pandemic. The company said in a statement on its site that it is going to “retool” its Yorkshire-based trench coat factory to make non-surgical gowns and masks and is facilitating the delivery of more than 100,000 surgical masks to U.K. National Health Service (NHS) staff. The company also said it is donating to charities across the country and funding University of Oxford research for a single-dose vaccine.
“In challenging times, we must pull together,” Burberry’s CEO, Marco Gobbetti, said, in part. “The whole team at Burberry is very proud to be able to support those who are working tirelessly to combat COVID-19, whether by treating patients, working to find a vaccine solution or helping provide food supplies to those in need at this time. COVID-19 has fundamentally changed our everyday lives, but we hope that the support we provide will go some way towards saving more lives, bringing the virus under control and helping our world recover from this devastating pandemic. Together, we will get through this.”
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On March 28, Kate Spade announced on its Instagram that the brands at Tapestry, through the Coach Foundation, would be donating $2 million to New York City’s small business continuity fund. The post added that the money was “for all the small businesses in NYC that make our hometown so incredibly special, and right now need some extra love and support. we appreciate each one of you, we’re here for you and we can’t wait to see you again soon.”
Bvlgari announced that it will manufacture thousands of hand sanitizers to be distributed to medical facilities throughout Italy. The hand gels will be created in 75ml recyclable bottles with plans to produce more in the upcoming months.
“I believe as a major economic actor and symbol of Italy, Bvlgari has a responsibility to contribute to the national effort to help prevent, fight and eradicate Covid-19. Thanks to our fragrances expertise we have been able to develop together with ICR a ‘hand cleansing gel with sanitizer’ which will be manufactured in our Lodi Factory already making our high-end perfumes and hotel amenities,” Jean-Christophe Babin, Bvlgari CEO, said in a statement. “Aware of the difficult situation we are experiencing, we believe it is our duty to contribute with our know-how and production facilities.”
Kim Kardashian West is using her upcoming Skims Solutionwear restock to support corona relief. Skims pledged to donated $1 million to those affected by the virus.
“To support mothers and children in need during this time, SKIMS is committed to donating $1M to families affected by COVID-19,” KKW said in a press release. “On Monday, we’re restocking the collection we first launched with, and in doing so, are able to help bring relief to those affected by this pandemic. I am so grateful to all of you who have supported SKIMS since we first started 6 months ago. It’s been a dream of mine for so long, and has only been possible because of your love for what we do. Our six-month anniversary has fallen in the middle of a Global crisis so more than ever, it’s our responsibility to give back and do what we can to help others.”
Uniqlo has partnered with its manufacturing companies in China to procure 10 million masks to donate to high-priority hospitals around the world. One million masks will be donated to Italy and another million will be donated to Japan. In addition to the masks, Uniqlo is also providing healthcare workers with their signature Heattech and Airism clothing. “The company will continue to give assistance where needed, and as the situation evolves,” the brand said in a statement.
H&M will use its facilities to produce personal protective equipment (PPE) to be donated to hospitals and health care workers working on the frontline.
“The Coronavirus is dramatically affecting each and every one of us, and H&M Group is, like many other organizations, trying our best to help in this extraordinary situation,” Anna Gedda, head of sustainability at H&M Group, said in a press release. “We see this is as a first step in our efforts to support in any way we can. We are all in this together, and have to approach this as collectively as possible.”
The first few days of self-quarantine, I’ll admit that shopping was the last thing on my mind. I barely even shrugged off my robe or ran a brush through my hair. I just felt tired and sad. But it’s time to look up, stay positive, and encourage others to do the same, while practicing safe mental and physical health, of course. Throw on a feel-good WFH shirt — you might even make it onto the @wfhfits account if you really put your effort into styling a look. And if this puts you in the mood to shop, then please do it responsibly.
Instead of making a big, unnecessary splurge, think about supporting small brands that are giving back to communities around the world. We vow to do the same and promise to continue updating this page with news we hear about. Right now, labels like Aritzia, Loup, The Frankie Shop, and Heartloom are donating anywhere from 15 to 20 percent of proceeds to organizations like No Kid Hungry and Food Bank For New York City. This is a time to reassess our daily activities and be good to ourselves. If you’re shopping, do your research and make sure it’s for a good purpose. Scroll through for some of our recommendations, and let us know if there are any fashion companies missing from our list. We’re all ears!
Jennifer Lopez was meant to be in her hometown of New York City today, where she was going to launch her new (and very good) footwear collection with DSW. Instead, like many of us, the hottest woman in the world is working from home. In her case, that means calling me from her house in LA, where the sounds of her laughing twins (Emme and Max, 12) echo in the background.
“If I sound out of breath, it’s not because I’m sick,” she vows. “It’s because I’m working out!” (Weight training, FYI.) “My [DSW] sneakers have quite a lift in them, actually,” she says. “You know the sneakers with the really sick bottoms, like Balenciaga? That’s the kind I like. I mean, I’ll always take an extra half an inch if I can get it. Absolutely.”
We think of J.Lo as a stiletto icon—the bedazzled platforms in Hustlers, the nude pumps in TheWedding Planner, the 5-inch sandals she throws into the ocean singing, “Love Don’t Cost a Thing.” But the high school track star insists “I was a tomboy growing up. And even when I was a dancer in my late teens and early 20s, it was all about Doc Martens, Timberlands, and combat boots. And I’m from the Bronx, so I’m kind of a born sneakerhead—where I come from, your sneakers say a lot about you. It’s a big deal, what kind you’re wearing, how you style them. So sneakers are a big part of the new line. Believe it or not, I do wear them a lot.”
I ask about the first time she danced in heels. “Probably when I was about 16? I went to my junior prom,” she laughs, “And back then, you dyed your heels to match your dress. You got these satiny shoes and you sent them out to get dyed so they’d be the same color as your gown, and that was so grown up. That was the way to do it when you were from the Bronx and going to prom back then, and I was like, ‘I am not taking these off, they’re amazing.’ So I made it through the whole dance with my heels on, but in the limo afterwards, I think I took them off. You’re with your girls, and you make your date hold them.”
Ginger Rogers famously said, “I can do everything [Fred Astaire] does, but I do it backwards and in heels.” Lopez has a similar reaction, and describes her first professional dance gigs (including—fun fact—an early ’90s gig dancing for New Kids on the Block) as “being thrown to the sharks and learning how to swim” because of the teetering heels involved. “But the more practice you put in, the better you get,” she says, “Which is true for everything—if you want to do something, you’ve got to practice. And this is the time to do it. You have time, go practice what’s important to you, or something you’ve been meaning to learn. Even if it’s walking better in your heels!”
Ah yes, we do have time—even the famously busy J. Lo. “We’re all stuck at home right now,” she confirms. “I am! Everybody’s quarantined and the world is upside-down and crazy. So we’ve gotta make lemonade out of lemons right now, don’t we? We have to find ways to focus and work from home, but also finding things to keep our spirits high. I don’t know anything that makes me happier than shopping for a pair of shoes. To be honest with you? I think there’s a lot of online shopping going on right now. And that’s not to make light of this very serious situation, and the people working very hard to stop it. But we have to stay human and we have to keep our sense of humor in hard times, as well.”
Okay, so even J. Lo is self-isolating. But what exactly does ‘work from home’ mean when you’re a global icon? “There’s so much to do, right?” She laughs. “This situation, if we’re lucky enough to be healthy—and if you are, be grateful—but if you’re healthy and home, it’s a real reset button for so many of us. To be honest, for me, working from home is reading scripts, developing new projects, even working out and learning new dance routines. Because now, you can use the time to prepare. At some point, hopefully soon, we’re going to bounce back. We always bounce back. And so we need to use this time to get ready to come back even better… Nobody wanted this to happen, but if it has to be this way, you can take advantage of the time and work to get better. But do that work from home,” she says firmly. “This is such a difficult time for everybody. There are so many people who are sick. We just want to contain it and work from home. Even my kids are working from home and they’re 12! They’ve got virtual school now, and we’re all home together, which I’m really happy about. To me, there’s no greater luxury than getting to spend real time with my kids.”
And PS, the kids are why she went viral on TikTok. “They love it, so they’re always encouraging me to use it. They love when I do! But for me, I swear, TikTok isn’t a social media app, it’s a dance app. You click around, you find a new move you want to learn, and you do it. You can do it with your kids, you can do it with your parents or your friends. If you’re stuck at home right now, you can go on TikTok and practice dancing, which is always something that makes your mood better. I’m all about it.”
As we’re talking, a Wall Street Journal story pops up on Twitter. It’s not about COVID-19 or the Democratic Primaries, but about J. Lo herself. The headline blares, “Can Women Really Look Like J.Lo At 50?” and I don’t know, so I ask her.
“The Wall Street Journal?!” she exclaims. “I mean, that’s amazing… I’ll tell you what I wish I’d known about being 50 when I was younger: It’s not over. When I was in my 20s, I don’t know what I thought about being 50 except that it was basically just the end. I didn’t think I’d be in the best shape of my life. I didn’t think I’d be able to say that in a way, my career is taking off, even though I’ve been going for a long time, you know? I have so much experience now. I have the knowledge that, if I use it, is a huge advantage. The narrative women are told is that you’re kind of put out to pasture at a certain age. And what I’ve found is that it’s the total opposite. If you keep working hard and pushing yourself, you can be better as a person physically, mentally, emotionally. Stop asking, ‘Will I look like that?’ and just ask, ‘What do I want to do next?’ Because you can make it happen, you know? And nobody ever told me that.”
But first: stay home and practice walking in heels.
This London Fashion Week, a hail storm hit so hard, they actually gave it a name: Dennis, like the menace or the basketball player who hangs in North Korea. There were deep puddles outside Buckingham Palace, and deep crowds in front of tiny doors to fashion shows. We wore kitten heels and floral skirts and carefully casual layers because of optics, which basically means because of Tyler Joe.
I shivered a lot and hoped the right people would look at me. They did and I was still cold, but the shiver turned to a jolt of excitement. Maybe I belonged to more than just my doubts. Maybe the way I looked finally matched the way I felt, but not really, because all I felt was freezing.
Victoria Beckham’s been there, and now she’s someone so famous, she adds to the canon of her own iconography whenever she leaves the house. Her latest outfits will let her do it with a little more cocooning, thanks to oversize tops and leather boots so tall, they’re pretty much pants. Grab them, strap in, snuggle down, and brave a world that says it wants peace and love, but really just wants to know why you’re still allowed to be part of a loving family, despite being both powerful and female. (It’s the boots, obviously. Hello.) This is armor you can wear in the rain, even with paparazzi camped outside or your ex boyfriend stalking your Instagram. Frankly, in these deceptively serene looks, he doesn’t stand a chance.
Preen happened in a circular church, with models stomping underneath a dome carved with words like GLORY and BEAUTY. These two looks had both, though only Nebraska native Lindsey Wixson was prepared for the weekend monsoon in a lipstick-red trench that threatened anyone in its way with a damn good time.
There was magic at Emilia Wickstead but I wasn’t sure how to wield it. These are the kind of grown-up clothes best explained by sorcery and childhood memory morsels, instead of the painstaking attention to detail and commitment to craft that creates this kind of exquisite exhibit. It’s almost too good to wear in real life—what code of conduct could line up to the structure of these seams? Like a job promotion or a 7-minute mile, these are clothes that make you work hard for them.
When I was 24, I went to Paris for my first Fashion Week, and this architect tried to hit on me. “You work in fashion?” he said when it was clear I wasn’t interested (and knew if he knew me, he wouldn’t be either). “I dated a girl in design school. Roksanda. I believe she was the love of my life… and I was not the love of hers. That still kills me.” I feel the same way about color-blocked outfits.
Even if your soul’s cold, there’s real warmth to be had in MM6’s new collaboration with The North Face. The outerwear has puff padding made from recycled down insulation, and a sharing-is-caring zipper that lets you attach the various garments together. Mix, match, build a really expensive blanket fort, and remember a simpler time when Sean Combs and your preppy crush from lacrosse camp wore exactly the same winter coat.
There’s nothing more Brit Style than Naomi Campbell opening a fashion show in London and nothing more American than Minnesota native and U.S. immigrant Halima Aden storming a Tommy Hilfiger catwalk in a stars-and-stripes hijab. We got to cheer for both at Sunday’s TOMMY NOW show, which also included rock royals like Georgia May Jagger and Parris Goebel, the choreographer for Rihanna and Justin Bieber who just signed her own modeling contract with IMG. A multi-hustle maven? That’s the true American way.
Fashion Week is stressful, so J.W. Anderson gave us some ASMR. As models like Kaia Gerber and Mona Tougaard wore shaggy shimmer pieces, you could hear the static-y whoosh of the clothes, which came to live every time the girls moved or even breathed. Were these plastic auras surrounding our synthetic lives or poison sea anemones waiting to graze your skin? I couldn’t tell; I was too busy wishing I had a warmer sweater. (J.W. makes good ones for UNIQLO, in case you’re looking.)
Lady Clara Paget is an aristocrat, but in this picture it looks like she wants to make a Kidz Bop music video for the all-female Ghostbusters, and—to quote our dear R. Eric Thomas—I am here for it.
It’s pretty badass how these women are wearing the pants across three generations. They have shit to do and they don’t really care if you’re paying attention, but they know you are, because they’re, like, really pretty. I’ll never be able to emulate this kind of chiseled bone structure or its inherent supreme confidence, but I’ll totally settle for a wide leg trouser instead.
Finally, between shows I ducked into a cafe-slash-thrift-store. I went inside because of the hail storm, and lingered for 45 minutes because of the scene: teens and university kids digging through boxes and bins, picking up vintage Moschino jackets and random varsity sweaters, soft college radio flannel and stiff embroidered denim. It wasn’t a runway story being told through clothes, or a tribe being sewn together through a rare but shared experience—just kids buying into who they want to be, based on what they could find in a giant room of stuff someone else used to wear.
As for me, I wanted to stop being cold and wet, so I bought a giant sweater… and pretended it was J.W. Anderson, at least when I swished out the door.
While fashion month is currently buzzing through Europe predicting everything we’ll be wearing next winter, we’re way more curious to see which trends are going to stick around for the entire year. With that in mind, we reached out to three fashion authorities from Nordstrom, Net-A-Porter, and Bloomingdales for a full forecast of the year ahead, giving us the lowdown on the biggest hits of 2020. Read on for their insight for the styles to stock up on, plus the two trends they’re leaving behind the last decade, here.
We saw colored leather take over the Spring 2020 runways, from the deep violets and blues of Sies Marjan to Khaite’s luxurious forest green pieces. According to Erica Russo, vice president and fashion director of accessories and beauty at Bloomingdales, this trend is showing no signs of slowing down in 2020.
Russo points out that a rainbow array of styles, both real and faux, are set to be one of the year’s biggest ready-to-wear trends. “Colors vary from pastels for spring and jewel tones in fall, and are available in everything from dresses and jumpsuits to pants.”
As more designers opt for animal-free versions, specifically ones with an ethical and sustainable lens (take Nanushka, for example), this trend is a no-brainer.
If you had any doubts that the puff sleeve was on its way out, think again. “The puff sleeve is here to stay,” says Russo. While runway iterations tend to “go big or go home”—just take anything from buzzy Copenhagen-based designer Cecilie Bahnsen—there are plenty of less intimidating styles fit for the puff sleeve newcomer.
“From red carpet looks to your not-so-basic white tee, the puffy sleeve can modernize a classic silhouette,” says Russo. It’s also is a flattering style for all body types. “Adding drama and volume to your shoulder draws the eye up and gives the illusion of a smaller waist,” she adds.
If Birkenstock’s 246-year history tells us anything, it’s that when a product is really good, it can outlast any trend. Slap a designer label on the cork-soled sandals beloved by cool moms, tech guys, and matcha latte-toting Brooklyn hipsters alike, and it’s undefeatable. From its goth fling with Rick Owens to seeing red with Italian fashion house Valentino to getting the glitter treatment at Opening Ceremony, there isn’t a designer itch Birkenstock isn’t willing to scratch. Next up on the list? Proenza Schouler.
You’ll always remember the shoes you wore on your favorite vacation or first concert. For Proenza Schouler’s Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez, it was Birkenstocks. The classic shoe evokes their easy, carefree teenage years where Hernandez wore the casual slip-on sandal on vacation with friends and the slip-on provided comfort while McCollough chased his then-favorite band Grateful Dead around the US.
Available now exclusively on Net-a-Porter, the six-piece collaboration takes cues from Proenza Schouler’s youthful, downtown cool aesthetic, which emphasizes rich textures and tones, and revamps Birkenstocks iconic Milano and Arizona styles. What sticks out the most are the four new glossy colors in black, silver, white, and ochre as well as the top-stitch detailing and velcro taking the place of Birkenstocks’ signature buckle. “We wanted to keep its spirit, its hardcore functionality, but reduce the whole thing down to its pure essence,”Hernandez toldW Magazine of the “off-duty” shoe.McCollough added that Birkenstocks come in handy backstage at fashion shows and in other stressful environments.
Eight nascent brands that are paving a new frontier of fashion will advance to the final for the 2020 LVMH Prize for Young Fashion Designers. This diverse class of contenders, narrowed down from 20 brands during the February semifinal, hail from Tokyo, Cape Town, London, and New York. LVMH also announced that Rihanna, Virgil Abloh, and Stella McCartney will join the jury in deciding the winners of both the LVMH Prize and the Karl Lagerfeld Prize on June 5 at Paris’s Fondation Louis Vuitton.
“This year, once more, the semi-finalists impressed us with their creativity and their commitment to creating clothes that are respectful of the environment,” said Delphine Arnault, director and executive vice president of Louis Vuitton, in a statement. “I would like to congratulate all of them!”
The nominees are Ahluwalia by Priya Ahluwalia, Casablanca by Charaf Tajer, Chopova Lowena by Emma Chopova and Laura Lowena, Nicholas Daley by Nicholas Daley, Peter Do by Peter Do, Sindiso Khumalo by Sindiso Khumalo, Supriya Lele by Supriya Lele, and Tomo Koizumi by Tomotoka Koizumi.
Luxury fashion retailers 24S and MatchesFashion will also include the eight finalists on their platforms to increase international exposure.
Other fashion moguls who will also be present on the panel of judges include Nicolas Ghesquière, Maria Grazia Chiuri, Marc Jacobs, Clare Waight Keller, Sidney Toledano, Kris Van Assche, Jonathan Anderson, Delphine Arnault, and Jean-Paul Claverie.