July 2016: Top 10 fashion news highlights
By WGSN Insider

From the industry’s major talking points to this month’s new fashion/retail launches. Here’s your round-up of the key stories you might have missed.

Jul 25, 2016

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July fashion news round up

It’s been a busy month for fashion and retail, with huge announcements causing major upheaval in the normally quiet summer months that lead up to the month-long women’s catwalk season. The unusually lively summer has seen Alexa Chung announce plans to launch her own fashion label, rumours circulate about Nicolas Ghesquière leaving as Creative Director for Louis Vuitton and LVMH confirming plans to sell off iconic New York fashion brand Donna Karan.

If you missed any of the month’s key talking points, we’ve got your definitive fashion news round-up right here.

Christopher Bailey got a new job title at Burberry

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Burberry’s share price jumped on the news announced this month that Christopher Bailey is relinquishing his position as CEO, to become president and chief creative officer of the luxury brand.


Creative director Maria Grazia Chiuri said goodbye to Valentino and hello to Dior

Valentino's Maria Grazia Chiuri departs the label

Fresh from the Haute Couture shows in Paris, creative director Maria Grazia Chiuri confirmed she’s leaving Valentino and headed to Dior, leaving Piccioli to stay on as solo creative boss.

New York Men’s Fashion week happened and new style rules emerged

Catwalk style staples from New York Fashion Week Mens shows

The third season of New York Fashion Week Mens shows just wrapped up, showing the last of next season’s menswear collections. While the European shows left us with some new ideas on ways men can get dressed, we found some more inspiration on the New York catwalks, including five key style takeaways that you can put into practice right now.

London’s Oxford street to be pedestrianised

 London's Oxford street is set to be pedestrianised

It’s one of the busiest shopping destinations in London, a huge drew for tourists and local businesses alike, and now London’s Oxford Street to be pedestrianised by 2020.

Alexa Chung launches her own label

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The fashion star, model and presenter will debut her eponymous read-to-wear fashion brand in May 2017

Pokemon Go takes the world by storm


Ok, this one is not technically fashion, but we can’t deny the power of this new tech launch. The digital GPS led Pokémon GO game has become a global success, adding $7.5 billion to Nintendo’s market value & might soon surpass Twitter in daily active users.


The Brexit fallout: What it means for fashion

Central Saint Martin's graduate designer Philip Ellis explores Brexit

For consumers buying into British brands, there is a perception of creativity, innovation, quality, history and luxury; will that still stand post Brexit?

Donna Karan’s namesake label is sold


LVMH-owned Donna Karan International is to be sold to Klein and Hilfiger licensee G-III, with Public School designer’s Maxwell Osborne and Dao-Yi Chow, as well as chief executive Caroline Brown remaining with the brand through the transition

Haute Couture dazzled us all, once again


This season, from fireworks in Naples to fountains in Rome, the Haute Couture catwalk backdrops were just as dazzling as the clothes.

Peter Copping exits Oscar de la Renta, Louis Vuitton denies Ghesquière departure


The luxury fashion houses announced one abrupt exit and denied another departure regarding their creative directors.

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