With fashion month in full swing, it's easy to let important fashion news slip through the cracks. Right now we're mid-way through Paris Fashion Week SS24, where brands like Saint Laurent and Christian Dior have kicked off the week with a bang. But if you're wondering what's happening off the runway, we've got you covered. There have been some big new releases, launches and announcements this week from major fashion Houses. Dior have launched a new permanent bag into their online store collection, and Ralph Lauren is celebrating 40 years of home and lifestyle trailblazing with a new coffee table book. The Ukranian Women's Fashion Industry Alliance presented at Paris Fashion Week, while Louis Vuitton are expanding their digital presence into a new social media platform, and Bottega Veneta have opened their first new bricks-and-mortar store under the creative direction of Matthieu Blazy.
Keep reading for all the key fashion moments and news you might have missed this week.
Dior launch new permanent Miss Dior Bag online
Dior have pre-launched a key new permanent bag, the Miss Dior Bag, on their website this week, several weeks ahead of their in-boutique launch on 19 October. Inspired by Catherine Dior (founding couturier Christian Dior's sister), the bag has been affectionately nicknamed the "Miss Dior" and is embellished with the D, I, O, R hardware charms.
You can purchase the Miss Dior Bag now on Dior's website.
Ralph Lauren launches new book
American designer Ralph Lauren launched a new book this week, entitled Ralph Lauren: A Way of Living. Published by Rizzoli New York, the book commemorates the 40th anniversary of Lauren's home collections, and is a comprehensive compendium dedicated to his signature stylings across interiors and fashion. The intimately written book spans decades of Lauren's influence trailblazing innovations in the home industry and perfecting the art of hospitality.
Bottega Veneta open flagship store in Paris
Italian fashion House Bottega Veneta have opened their new Paris flagship store this week, the first to open under the Creative Direction of Matthieu Blazy. The two-storey space on Avenue Montaigne combines the House's signature craftsmanship with a contemporary sensibility; Venetian glass and Italian walnut wood finishes taking visitors on a sensory journey. Intimate VIP dressing rooms and one-of-a-kind furnishings flank an open-plan retail space, Blazy's signature 'Drop' motif interspersed on mirrors to create rippling reflections.
Louis Vuitton joins Discord
Louis Vuitton have announced their presence on video and text platform Discord, a new milestone for the Maison's digital presence. The House is inviting all fashion, innovation and digital craftsmanship enthusiasts to join their server, promising to present their followers with an immersive and interactive experience that pushes boundaries and opens up new horizons for the Maison.
You can join the Louis Vuitton Discord server here.
Ukrainian Women’s Fashion Industry Alliance (UWFIA) present at PFW
The UWFIA held a presentation in Paris this week as part of Paris Fashion Week, in support of the USAID Competitive Economy Program in Ukraine. The presentation showcased the works of UWFIA members like Nadya Dzyak, Grie, Chereshnivska, SAYYA and Tamar Keburia.
Founded by five Ukranian fashion designers, the collective emerged as a beacon of unity and empowerment, aiming to inspire women to follow their greatest ambition, attract attention to local brands, and actively contribute to the Ukrainian economy.