Fashion buzz: Naomi Watanabe is Kate Spade New York’s latest ambassador, Netflix’s new show ‘Next in Fashion’ is ready to stream, and more


By Stephanie Boey

Fashion buzz: Naomi Watanabe is Kate Spade New York’s latest ambassador, Netflix’s new show ‘Next in Fashion’ is ready to stream, and more

Funny woman Naomi Watanabe is now the face of Kate Spade New York

After being a star in SK-II‘s beauty campaign, comedienne Naomi Watanabe is ready to take on Kate Spade New York. The partnership kicks off with the Spring 2020 campaign which highlights the brand’s popular Margaux satchel and Watanabe’s quirky humour that made her into an internet star. The brand’s creative director, Nicola Glass said in the press statement, “At Kate Spade New York, 2020 is about celebrating how women express their own spirit and personal style through our brand. To us, Naomi represents all women. Her humour and love of life perfectly align with our brand values, and she makes our product shine”. That’s for certain! And we look forward to seeing more of her with Kate Spade New York.

There’s a new fashion competition in town…

After months of anticipation, Netflix‘s latest reality series, Next in Fashion is now ready to be streamed to a screen of your convenience. The show is centred around a fashion competition where designers from around the world compete for US$ 250,000 awarded by Net-a-porter and to “become the next big thing in fashion”. Similar to Project Runway‘s format, the contestants are put to the test with weekly challenges where they have to work with a “different trend or design style that had influenced the way the entire world dresses”. The show is hosted by Queer Eye’s Tan France and Alexa Chung, which will guarantee some laughs. Start streaming Next in Fashion here.


Uniqlo and JW Anderson are back with a Spring/Summer 2020 collection

Set to be released in March 2020, the latest drop is themed “British Country Style” and will tie the functionality of Uniqlo‘s well-known LifeWear line with Anderson‘s playful take on traditional British patterns. Similar to his previous collections with Uniqlo, the collaboration focuses on patchwork and the gingham check, printed on blouses, tote bags, backpacks and scarves. What’s new this season? The collab will also have something for the little ones with the arrival of the long-awaited kids line. Keep a lookout!

David Beckham the football star is now an eyewear designer

David Beckham can now add eyewear designer to his long list of achievements. The football star is introducing his own line of eyewear (called DB Eyewear) which will include sunglasses and optical frames that are inspired by his own style and global travels. The designs are retro-influenced with a timeless style, and come in a wide range of frames and lenses. “I set out to create glasses that would never go out of style. Special pieces that I would love to wear myself”, said Beckham. Not only are they timeless, but the frames are versatile enough to be worn by men and women—a major plus. Hmmm, we wonder if he got any designing tips from his fashion designer wife, Victoria.

Calvin Klein has a new design director


…for now. Belgian designer Tim Coppens has been appointed as the consultant design director for the brand’s menswear line. If the name rings a bell, it may be from him being an LVMH Prize finalist and three time CFDA nominee, and also the recipient of the CFDA/Swarovski Award for Best Emerging Menswear Designer in 2014. However, according to WWD’s report, the post is temporary and it is understood that Coppens will be on contract until the end of summer. After Raf Simons exit in late 2018, this is the first news we’re hearing about a creative head. More news to come, watch this space!


Marc Jacobs and Charlotte Rampling are the stars of Givenchy’s latest campaign

For Spring/Summer 2020, fashion designer Marc Jacobs flexes his acting chops across silver screen legend Charlotte Rampling for a fun and comedic video. Shot in black and white, a two-panel screen depicts the “iconic Givenchy couple” (clad in the brand’s newest collection of course) as Rampling critiques Jacobs on his theatrical performance. And if you click on the video above, you’ll know she’s not easy to please.

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