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How to pretend you’re up-to-date with what’s going on in womenswear

The SS19 shows begin tomorrow

With the SS19 womenswear shows here – as things kick off with New York Fashion Week tomorrow – you’re probably thinking: ‘I should really brush up on what’s been going on in the industry since the AW18 shows in February’. If you’re in need of a reminder as to which designer has taken over your fave brand (in the never-ending musical chairs of creative directorship), or which labels have upped and moved cities – look no further. We’ve got you covered.

Here’s a brief round-up of what’s been going on, so you’ll at least seem like you know what you’re talking about.

RICCARDO TISCI IS MAKING HIS DEBUT AT BURBERRY

Back in March, it was announced that former Givenchy creative director Riccardo Tisci was replacing Christopher Bailey at Burberry as chief creative officer. Since taking the reins at the British brand, Tisci has unveiled its new logo and monogram – both reinterpreted by legendary graphic designer Peter Saville and has announced an upcoming collaboration with Vivienne Westwood. All of this before his upcoming debut show at LFW on September 17 – keep an eye out for more. 

HEDI SLIMANE WILL PRESENT HIS FIRST CELINE COLLECTION

After taking two years out to focus on his photography, Saint Laurent’s former creative director Hedi Slimane was appointed artistic, creative, and image director of Celine – replacing Phoebe Philo. He’s set to make his debut for the brand on September 28, but has already given us a sneak peak at what might be to come via a handbag toted by Lady Gaga. Elsewhere, Slimane has redesigned the house’s logo (RIP É) and plastered New York with his teaser campaign. The upcoming SS19 will be co-ed, featuring the first Celine menswear looks ever

SAVAGE X FENTY IS MAKING ITS NYFW DEBUT

Like everything Rihanna does/says/wears, her new inclusive underwear and lingerie line, Savage x Fenty, was an instant hit when it launched in May. Now, the singer is bringing the AW18 line to NYFW on September 12 as part of what is being described as an “immersive experience”. And who wouldn’t want to be immersed in the world of RiRi? What’s more, the range will be available immediately online after the show and at a New York pop-up store. Much like the first collection, we’re sure it will sell out immediately – so may luck be with you if you're hoping to score any of it.

PROENZA SCHOULER & RODARTE ARE BOTH RETURNING TO NYFW

After leaving NYC following its AW17 show, Proenza Schouler – helmed by designers Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez – presented two collections in Paris. Now, the design duo are heading back home for SS19. 

Similarly, sisters Kate and Laura Mulleavy of Rodarte moved to Paris for their SS18 show. After taking a break for AW18 – when, instead of a show, they presented a lookbook featuring Grimes, Rowan Blanchard, and Kim Gordon – the pair are also heading back to New York. The Kings and Queens of NYC back on home turf.

VICTORIA BECKHAM IS SHOWING AT LFW FOR THE FIRST TIME

To celebrate the tenth anniversary of her eponymous label, Victoria Beckham will be presenting her SS19 collection at LFW on September 16. In the decade Beckham has been showing collections, she has only ever presented in New York – but she’s making an exception to celebrate reaching the milestone. Our only wish for the show? We hope VB is manning the door in full leopard print – just like in the short film we made for her AW18 collection.

MARQUES’ALMEIDA IS LEAVING LONDON FOR PARIS

Marques’Almeida has been a London mainstay since the first M'A girls sashayed down the LFW runway in 2013. After presenting its AW18 in a graffitied tunnel in East London, the label is heading to Paris for SS19. Known for enlisting an army of street-cast faces, we can’t wait to see what the upcoming show will hold. 

VFILES IS LAUNCHING A NEW LABEL

That’s right. In addition to its regular show which spotlights upcoming designers – this season sees Windowsen, Elena Velez, Marrknull and Shuting Qiu on the line-up – VFiles is launching a new label designed by former Hood By Air designer Paul Cupo. The new VFiles Yellow Label will be presented alongside live performances and the featured designers' runway show to a group of industry experts including Dapper Dan and former VFiles designer Rio Uribe of Gypsy Sport.

GUCCI WILL SHOW IN PARIS

Over the course of the last year, Alessandro Michele’s love of France has been pretty evident in the location and creative choices he’s made for Gucci. The label’s Pre-Fall 2018 campaign – photographed by Glen Luchford – took inspiration from the city’s 1968 student riots, while its Cruise show took over an ancient Roman acropolis in Arles. It’s no surprise then, that Michele is taking the house to Paris to present his SS19 collection at PFW for the first time ever. Keep your eyes peeled on the Théâtre Le Palace on September 24.