WHILE the close of London Fashion Week rose to a crescendo by Tuesday, attention quickly turned this week to the Milan showcase, where Gucci's Alessandro Michele was ready and waiting to pick up the sartorial baton.
Michele's latest collection for Gucci (an extensive co-ed presentation which commanded a standing ovation at the new airplane-hangar location in Milan) came just hours after the brand's CEO, Marco Bizzarri, praised its boy wonder, saying: "The Beauty, skills and genius of Alessandro are that he understands what will happen, not what is happening. What is happening is already passed." Following Gucci came standout shows from the city which is strengthening its foot on the Fashion Week calendar, once again becoming a pioneering element of the bi-annual, four-city schedule.
The focus was pulled back to London momentarily, as analytical research into the five-day event - compiled by Stylight and Launchmetrics - delivered some interesting findings: Instagram engagement on the #LFW hashtag was over 16.7 million; the top users on Instagram who generated the most engagement were Topshop, MAC, Burberry, Tanya Burr and Christian Louboutin; 245 years was the combined age of Simone Rocha's four veteran models (providing the case for ageless style); and the social rising star for LFW autumn/winter 2017 was Iris Law.
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Elsewhere, the week started with an unanticipated, albeit revelatory, interview with Angelina Jolie. The Oscar-winning actress told the BBC about her hopes for her children; where she imagines herself in the next five years; and, for the first time, commented on her high-profile split from husband - and the father of her six children - Brad Pitt, which happened last September.Angelina: It's Been A Difficult Few Months
Angelina: It's Been A Difficult Few Months
"It was a very difficult time and we are a family and we will always be a family, and we will get through this time and hopefully be a stronger family for it," she told the BBC. "Many, many people find themselves in this situation and my family – we’ve all been through a difficult time."
Also this week, Céline appointed a new female CEO, Séverine Merle; Philip Green hit the headlines once more as it was revealed he is being legally pursued by Dominic Chappell, the man who he sold BHS to in 2015 for £1, reported The Telegraph; and Giorgio Armani announced that it would be amalgamating its labels Armani Collezioni and Armani Jeans into its three brands Giorgio Armani, Emporio Armani and A|X Armani Exchange. “There was too much confusion with so many collections,” the designer himself told WWD. “Times have changed and we have to evolve.”
On the celebrity front, Cheryl inspired the "stealth vs show debate" when it comes to revealing ones pregnancy; Kaia Gerber revealed the downside to being a supermodel's daughter; Kate Upton thanked the haters; Gisele Bündchen and husband, Tom Brady, took on a joint Met Gala role; and Prince William was nominated for a British LGBT award.
The week ends with arguably the most exciting event yet to come: the Oscars. Join us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and live on the site this Sunday evening as we cover the ceremony live, bringing you the red-carpet looks as they arrive, as well as the all-important news of the winners.Where To Watch The Oscars 2017