In the last year, the luxury industry’s digitalisation process has accelerated at all levels, radically transforming the labels’ relationship with the public, as shown recently by Bottega Veneta, Versace and Balmain.
The clothes are still snug and cosy, but fashion designers are now dreaming of outings and parties, judging from the womenswear collections for next winter presented virtually in New York, London, Milan and Paris.
Milan Fashion Week, almost wholly digital, will run until March 1. Italy’s top labels will all take part, except Versace, alongside many debut names like Del Core, a new entry premiering with a real show.
Valentino was sued on Friday for $207.1 million by the landlord of its former American flagship on Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue, which said Valentino had no right to break its lease and leave the store in disrepair.
Free Lance, a footwear brand owned by the Rautureau Apple Shoes group that is undergoing a substantial make-over, has appointed the Italian designer, formerly with Burberry and Jimmy Choo, as its creative director.