Could the future of fashion be 'phygital'?
"Phygital" is a simple neologism – the fusion of "physical" and "digital". Social distancing means traditional fashion shows won't be making a return for a while. Emerging in their place is a plethora of digital fashion content destined for social media. At Louis Vuitton, Botter and Burberry, the content is largely narrative-based, with aesthetics melding seamlessly with activism. Top of the class, however, is Jacquemus, with his short, phygital film "Amour". We take a look at it and much more.
LVMH abandons $16.2bn Tiffany takeover
LVMH - the parent company of luxury brands including Louis Vuitton, Christian Dior, and Moët & Chandon - has walked away from a deal to buy storied New York jeweller Tiffany & Co. It says the French government pressured it to delay the takeover amid a transatlantic trade spat. We take a closer look.
Paris Fashion Week: Pandemic forces haute couture to go digital
In an online message to mark the start of Paris Fashion Week, British supermodel Naomi Campbell ushered in a new age of digital fashion, while also embracing the goals of the Black Lives Matter movement. In these extraordinary times due to Covid-19, runway fashion shows are banned, with designers instead releasing videos on social media to showcase their collections, directed by an array of impressive names. We take a look at how this form of French soft power is moving with the times.
Dior showcases 'miniature' couture collection in a short film as Paris Fashion Week goes online
The first-ever online Paris fashion week clicks off with the world of runway shows thrown into an existential crisis by the coronavirus. Dior has replaced its usual runway show with a short film by Italian Director Matteo Garrone, showcasing a miniature collection.
Pragmatism and resilience: Fashion amid Covid-19
Pragmatism and resilience aren't usually words associated with high-end fashion, but that was before the Covid-19 pandemic. FRANCE 24 takes you around the world to see how designers are innovating. In Beirut, fashion house Tony Ward is turning its attention away from high-end ball gowns and towards other more immediately useful creations. In Marseille, Atelier Bartavelle is sourcing locally and prioritising artistic collaborations. Last but not least, in Taipei, we discover two labels pushing the boundaries of innovation: DYCTeam and Just In XX.
The role of artists in the race and white privilege conversation
Amid a global protest movement following the killing of George Floyd, the poet, slam artist and organizer Aja Monet, author and journalist Dimitry Elias Léger and filmmaker Damian Kudelka join Eve Jackson for a difficult conversation about the role art has in fighting racism and helping change happen.