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February 2019 will see the largest UK exhibition of the house of Dior, the V&A museum’s biggest since 2015’s Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty.

The plan is to reimagine the Christian Dior: Couturier du Rêve exhibition, which recently took place in Paris, and additionally to explore the designer’s allure to British culture. Dior contributed greatly to design history in the early stages of his career with creations such as Princess Margaret’s 21st birthday dress.

The exhibition will portray images, dresses, perfumes, make-up and even Dior’s personal possessions. Tickets go on sale in Autumn 2018, so if you’re a Dior enthusiast (who isn’t), you might want to grab one early.

Chalhoub Group will be the exclusive representative for Delpozo, the Spanish prêt-à-couture house, in the Middle East from the spring-summer 2019 season.

Delpozo’s creative relaunch under Josep Font, its creative director, was the catalyst for the partnership. Under Font, the luxury brand expanded internationally, showing at New York Fashion Week and recently opening a flagship store in Dubai.

Chalhoub Group is confident that with its “intimate knowledge and extensive experience” of Middle Eastern markets and consumers, Delpozo will grow in the region.

Belgian Dries van Noten, one of Europe’s last few independent designers, recently sold a large stake in his business to Barcelona-based Puig. Noten was a leading promoter of transformation in fashion from the early 1980s and has remained an industry favourite since. Renowned for his emphasis on coloured prints and diligent tailoring, he will stay with Puig as its chief creative officer and chairman of the board.

Mark Puig, chairman and chief executive of the Spanish fashion and fragrance company which owns Paco Rabanne, Carolina Herrera and Nina Ricci among others, looks forward to “further developing the label” and welcomes Noten to the fashion family.

Kris Jenner, Kim Kardashian and North West have joined Fendi in its 10-year celebration of the Peekaboo bag. Being the trio’s first campaign together, the images portray three generations of the family flaunting Peekaboo bags, in Fendi’s second instalment of the series. They also appeared in a short film set to Kanye West’s Love Lockdown.

Family is an important concept for the Fendi brand, according to Venturini Fendi who claims: “For the second instalment, the idea was to expand the concept of family and we wanted other families of women.” Who better to front this campaign than the Jenner/ Kardashian/ West ladies?

ASOS recently pledged to ban cashmere, silk, feathers and down from its platform by early January 2019. The company is also attempting to educate designers about sustainability.

This pilot programme, in partnership with The London College of Fashion’s Centre for Sustainable Fashion (CSF), is “a vital step on [their] journey to designing products with circularity in mind… which will ensure that they are made responsibly, remain in use for as long as possible once they’re sold, and don’t cause unnecessary waste at the end of their lives”, according Vanessa Spence, ASOS design director. With a vision to inspire a generation, ASOS aims to influence change in the right direction.

Oscar-winning actress Penelope Cruz has signed as the latest face of fashion house Chanel, joining an all-star line-up that has included Kristen Stewart, Keira Knightly and Margot Robbie.

The actress will feature in the brand’s upcoming cruise campaign, shot by creative director Karl Lagerfeld. She told WWD: “He’s like the king of fashion and we had a really, really interesting photo shoot, so, to be in front of his camera is an adventure.” We’re looking forward to seeing the results of that collaboration.

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