FWOTN: Honouring Emerging Talent and Fashion Legends Gone Too Soon

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by SAYO OLUKOGA May 5, 2022

Luxury Law becomes contributing editor for British Vogue.

He’s best known for his work with Zendaya & has been named the most powerful stylist of the year two years in a row. Now Law Roach is taking on a new role.

Last week, the stylist was announced as British Vogue’s contributing West Coast editor, expanding the magazine on all things LA and fashion.

Law joins Naomi Campbell and Steve McQueen, who were named as contributing editors to the magazine when Edward Enninful was appointed editor-in-chief in 2017. 

Speaking of his excitement to “make more fashion magic”, Law announced the news on his Instagram, and if his editing is anything like his styling, then we’re ready for all the fashion magic!

Saul Nash wins The 2022 Woolmark Prize. 

Dedicated to designers who work with Australian Merino wool in their pieces, the Woolmark Prize has been around since 1953, celebrating designers like Karl Lagerfeld and Yves Saint Laurent.

This year, the advisory panel, including Ib Kamara and Riccardo Tisci, voted on the winner of the award, after narrowing it down from hundreds of applicants. The prize–a sum of £114,500, went to Saul Nash, designer and choreographer from North East London.

His work focuses on storytelling through movement and performance, inspired by his time studying at the Royal College of Art and his experience as a Black man in traditionally white spaces.

When accepting his award, Nash said, “This has changed the trajectory of my life”. We can’t wait to see what he does next.

SWIM by SKIMS 

Spring is finally here, which means summer is around the corner, and SKIMS is getting us ready for the sun.

Their newest SWIM collection, which features bikinis, skirts, shorts and more, is now available to shop, specially designed for in and out of the water.

Designed with all body shapes in mind, the collection ranges from £26-86 in their signature nude tones, and offers a bright blue shade of each product, because what’s summer without some colour?

Introducing 1/OFF Vintage Scarves

Gone are the days where scarves are just accessories–they’ve become the main event, and this 1/OFF drop is giving inspiration on how to style them.

Hand-sourced by the team, the scarves, crafted from designer vintage, have been upcycled and turned into halter neck tops and silk dresses, perfect for summer nights.

Ib Kamara was named Off-White’s new Art & Image Director.

Virgil Abloh’s career in the fashion industry was a gamechanger for emerging Black talent, and even six months after his passing, the effects are still being felt.

Announcing the news on their Instagram, Off-White wrote: “Ibrahim’s relationship with Virgil and Off-White, born and nurtured through DM messages on Instagram, blossomed both personally and professionally… in the new role, he will further develop influence and insight on the brand’s collections, image and content”.

Kamara, who took the role of Dazed editor-in-chief last year, will oversee the brand’s artistic and creative output in his new role.

Writing his own tribute to Virgil, he said: “Virgil will forever be with us. With me. I am honoured to further link my ties to Off-White and be a part of the team that will tell the rest of the story Virgil started writing for us all.”

Remembering André Leon Talley

Another fashion giant gone too soon, André Leon Talley was the forerunner for Black talent in the industry. The first to get his foot in the door, he paved the way for so many, and this past week, the fashion world came together to remember the indelible mark he left.

Hosted in Harlem, at the church he attended for decades; the memorial was in honour of both him and his legacy. Designers like Kerby Jean-Raymond and Anfia Mvuemba attended, and the impact of ALT’s barrier-breaking work couldn’t be more evident.

Tearful tributes poured in from Anna Wintour, Naomi Campbell, and Michelle, who summed up his 73 years of life in a few words: “through his kindness, charm, and electricity, Andre changed the world”.

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