Good news seems to be scarce these days, and this week was no exception. Music fans yesterday mourned the loss of 25 year old rapper, Chynna; meanwhile, Bernie hopefuls were heartbroken following the announcement that the senator is dropping out after a promising campaign. With all the hustle and bustle in the news, here are five things you may have missed in fashion this week, courtesy of INDIE.

Fashion paid tribute to Sergio Rossi


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Last week, it was sadly revealed that famed Italian footwear designer Sergio Rossi contracted coronavirus; and unfortunately lost the battle last Thursday, aged 84. The fashion industry mourned the loss of one of the Italian footwear industry’s pioneering designers, with models, magazines, and designers all remembering the life and work of Rossi. The New York Times reflected upon his contribution to the industry, especially in Italy, writing that he was “part of the generation of Italian artisans who emerged after World War II determined to take the country’s expertise in leatherwork and accessories from local family businesses to the world.” The sombre news comes just one month after Rossi donated €100,000 to fight the pandemic, as well as donating 100% of his eponymous label’s proceeds to the cause for one week in March. Vale Sergio Rossi.

Vogue Italia went all white


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A couple of weeks ago, INDIE reported on print publishing’s response to coronavirus, and how they will be able to execute their upcoming spring issues in light of COVID-19. With many magazines already signed off to print, many publishers and editors found the pre-pandemic content to be tone deaf in the current crisis. Vanity Fair already released two issues with covers dedicated to Italy’s fight with the virus; and Vogue Italia is the next magazine to pay respect to this harrowing era by releasing a blank, white cover for its April 2020 issue. In an Instagram post to Vogue Italia’s page, editor-in-chief Emanuele Farneti explained choice, “The decision to print a completely white cover for the first time in our history is not because there was any lack of images – quite the opposite. We chose it because white signifies many things at the same time.” The caption went on to quote respect, rebirth, purity and hope as one of the many concepts that white represents. “Above all: white is not surrender, but a blank sheet waiting to be written, the title page of a new story that is about to begin,” Farneti concluded.

Alexander McQueen opened the sound archives


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Following the launch of a global collaborative project, Alexander McQueen launched #McQueenMusic on Spotify, featuring music from the eponymous label’s iconic runway shows. The announcement comes as part of its #McQueenCreators series, which calls on fans and artists around the world to “be part of our creative community, working together from home on a series of projects; sometimes with some additional inspiration from the McQueen team and collaborators in the form of digital tutorials.” The playlist was selected by long-time McQueen collaborator, John Gosling, who curated the music for the label’s shows for over 20 years. From runway to doomsday, you can model your WFH outfit McQueen-style by following the label on Spotify.

Naomi became the latest quaran-tuber


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As part of her YouTube project ‘Being Naomi’, Campbell has begun a series which she has dubbed ‘No Filter With Naomi’. After already proving herself to be Queen Hygiene, the supermodel encourages viewers to stay home and save lives, and what better way to achieve this than watching Naomi Campbell hang out (at a great distance, obvs) with her high fashion mates for almost an hour—the first episode featured one of her fellow ‘Big Six’ supermodels, Cindy Crawford. The pair spoke about everything from their experience in the fashion industry to how they are coping in isolation. Marc Jacobs joined Campbell for the second episode of the season earlier this week, Nicole Richie a couple of days ago and Ashley Graham just yesterday. The series streams live, daily at 3pm EST.

The Met Gala became the interMet Gala

The eventual fate of the OG Met Gala is yet to be revealed, following news that it was postponed due to restrictions on large gatherings in New York. A community of high fashion enthusiasts have come together on Twitter as @HFMetGala to create a virtual version of the famous annual May event. The account stated that “given the anxiety and stress that the COVID-19 outbreak is causing, we believe that continuing to move ahead with the HFTwit Met Gala is the right choice. Hopefully, this event will serve as a little spot of joy and unity for this amazing community.” The community invites fashion fans to create their own Met Gala looks, broken up into categories such as ‘photoset creation’, ‘brand challenge’, ‘wardrobe styling’, and ‘illustration expression’. Participants can then share their interpretations with the rest of the community. The best part? You don’t have to cop an exclusive invite from Anna that will cost you your firstborn child.

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