February Fashion News

Daniel Lee’s Burberry debut is top on the list for February Fashion News
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Daniel Lee’s debut show for Burberry

Daniel Lee dipped Burberry into colour and as such elevated it to a modern British brand. 

He stayed true to the brand’s roots with its trench coats, outerwear and chequered patterns. Further, he made reference to British country life through duck prints, feather details, tailed bags, and usage of a duck inspired yellow. Finally, he took all that heritage, dipped it into colour and made it modern. Something we are all very excited about!

The English Fashion Designer joined Burberry from Bottega Veneta where he served as Creative Director from 2018 to 2021. Lee is expected to not only refresh the Burberry brand but also catapult it into leather goods. A category in which the brand is  barely represented today. During his time at Bottega Veneta Lee designed several bags and shoes that ended up on everyone’s wish list like the Jodie, the Cassette and the Pouch. I must admit I wasn’t a big fan of the shoes in his most recent Burberry collection but he’s only just begone so let’s see what he has coming for us next.

Yellow Duck inspired look from Daniel Lee’s AW 2023 show for Burberry
AW 2023 Burberry (source: Vogue)
AW 2023 Burberry (source: Vogue)
Colourful chequered look from the AW 2023 Burberry show designed by Daniel Lee
AW 2023 Burberry ( source: Vogue)

Pharrell Williams appointed Artistic Director Louis Vuitton Men

Pharrell Williams is to succeed Virgil Abloh as Artistic Director for Louis Vuitton’s Menswear. The musician and entrepreneur is not new to the Fashion Industry nor to the brand, having done collaboration with Louis Vuitton before. On top he also owns a number of brands amongst which Human Made, a streetwear brand he co-owns with Kenzo Creative Director, Nigo. Nevertheless I’m not sure I’m super thrilled about his appointment.

The position at Louis Vuitton is a very high-profile one. For it to be filled with a celebrity rather than an up and coming designer sends an unfortunate message. If you ask me that is. Furthermore, it seems that the House was looking to continue the tone that was set by Virgil Abloh rather than ringing in a new era.

Pharrell Williams, newly appointed Artistic Director for Louis Vuitton Men
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Hermès won trademark infringement lawsuit against artist who created MetaBirkins
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Hermès wins Meta Birkin case

While most of us are still figuring out what the metaverse is, a first major meta court case has been concluded. A Manhattan jury ruled in favour of Hermès International in its trademark infringement lawsuit against the artist Mason Rothschild. In 2021, Mason Rothschild created and sold 100 MetaBirkins – colourful faux-fur Birkin bag inspired non-fungible tokens. He claims his digital tokens were a commentary on fashion’s fur-free initiative.

Hermès is a Fashion House with a longstanding history of craftsmanship and authenticity. Although it has been supporting artists for many years it felt compelled to act against the MetaBirkins. Since they not only confused Hermès consumers they also diluted the brand. Furthermore, they undermined any in-the-work plans of Hermès to enter the NFT market itself.

I must admit, I first thought the MetaBirkins were an Hermès supported projects. As such I do believe Rothschild did not make enough efforts as an artist to not infringe on any trademarks. Fashion design is an art and we need to respect it as such.


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