Recognitions and losses, this week, the fashion industry went through all. While some continued to add feathers to their hats, some left back a legacy worth remembering. Check out this week’s news updates:
VIRGIL WAS HERE
In order to honour Virgil Abloh’s memory and legacy, Louis Vuitton showcased its late Men’s Artistic Director’s final S/S22 collection in Miami, on November 30. As expected, the runway witnessed Abloh’s masterpieces glide down the runway in the form of eccentric jackets, overcoats, baggy bottoms and tulle skirts. Celebrities such as Rihanna, A$AP Rocky, Farrell Williams, Kim Kardashian and Kanye West occupied the front row to honor the friend and see his latest collection. However, what caught the eye and touched our hearts was Virgil’s giant statute put up by LV, covered in an orange-yellow-blue gradient design. Virgil was seen wearing an LV sweater teamed with a pair of loose-fitted pants along with an LV belt and sneakers. His signature chunky glasses and an LV notebook completed the work of art. Quite lifelike!
RIHANNA DECLARED AS A NATIONAL HERO BY BARBADOS
Singer Rihanna was honoured by Prime Minister Mia Mottley at an event that marked Barbados's new status as a republic, which was attended by Prince Charles. Addressing the pop star by her real name, the PM said, "Robyn Rihanna Fenty tomorrow morning shall have conferred upon her the order of national hero of Barbados." Rihanna was then summoned from her seat to accept the honour, with the Prime Minister managing to rouse a laugh from the singer when she referenced her 2012 hit 'Diamonds', reported femalefirst.co.uk. "On behalf of a grateful nation, but an even prouder people, we, therefore, present to you, the designee, for the national hero of Barbados. And to accept on behalf of a grateful nation, you can come my dear, ambassador Robyn Rihanna Fenty, may you continue to shine like a diamond and bring honour to your nation," she continued.
Rihanna, who was born in the St Michael parish of Barbados, found fame in 2005 after being spotted by a record producer and has since gone on to become one of the most successful female artists of all time with sales of over 250 million and recently reached billionaire status through her Fenty beauty brand.
The Prime Minister continued in her speech, "Commanding the imagination of the world through the pursuit of excellence, her creativity, her discipline, and above all else, her extraordinary commitment to the land of her birth. Having satisfied that, Ambassador Robyn Rihanna Fenty has given service to Barbados which has been exemplified by visionary and pioneering leadership, extraordinary achievement and the attaining of the highest excellence to the Government of Barbados."
KIM KARDASHIAN BAGS FASHION ICON AWARD AT PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARDS 2021
Adding a new feather to her multi-faceted hat, style icon and entrepreneur Kim Kardashian to soon become a recipient of Fashion Icon Award at the People’s Choice Awards 2021. The beauty wiz is being conferred with the title thanks to her, “keen fashion sense, unprecedented entrepreneurial success and single-handedly transforming the fashion industry through her innovative designs and trend-setting style over the past decade,” according to a statement from NBCUniversal.
“For nearly two decades, Kim Kardashian West’s style evolution has disrupted and influenced trends on a global level and cemented herself as a force to be reckoned with within the fashion industry,” said Jen Neal, executive vice president of entertainment live events, specials and E! News at NBCUniversal. “For being a cultural inspiration, trailblazer and so much more, we can’t wait to honor Kim with this year’s ‘People’s Fashion Icon’ award,” she concluded.
Kim is the fourth recipient of People’s Fashion Icon award after Tracee Ellis Ross, Gwen Stefani and Victoria Beckham. The beauty moghul will be bestowed with an award at a pre-recorded award event on December 7, 2021.