Style Notes: Valentino Defends "Primitive" African Collection; Lanvin Employees Protest Alber Elbaz's Departure

Valentino SS 16 - H 2015
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For their spring 2016 collection, Valentino creative directors Pierpaolo Piccioli and Maria Grazia Chiuri took inspiration from what they called "wild" and "primitive" Africa, and their word choice rubbed some front row attendees, including the Washington Post's Robin Givhan, the wrong way. However while speaking at WWD's Retail Summit, the designers explain that the collection was intended to celebrate the culture. "It’s not about Africa," said Chiuri. "It’s about tolerance, and integration, and opening minds to other cultures and inviting other people to know.” [Yahoo]

Alber Elbaz's abrupt departure from Lanvin, the brand he helmed for 14 years and for which he cultivated a massive celebrity following in the process, has caused some unrest within the fashion house. According to sources at WWD, employees are upset with the brand's owner, Shaw-Lan Wang, and are demanding that the she not only answer questions and assuage their fears and doubts, but also consider bringing Elbaz back. [WWD]

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Caitlyn Jenner has been named by Glamour magazine as one of its 2015 Women of the Year. Other winners include Reese Witherspoon, Misty Copeland and the U.S. women's soccer team. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has also deemed Nov. 9 Women of the Year Day, and will light the Empire State Building pink for the occasion. [E! News]