Quarantine didn't become an obstacle for Vogue to launch its new worldwide initiative called "#VogueHope." As one of its projects, Vogue UK interviewed established Haute Couture celebrities to find out their opinion on the next generation of fashion talents.
Virgil Abloh, CEO of Off-White, Creative Director of Louis Vuitton menswear
"Ib Kamara has been an incredibly influential talent of this new generation — he's most recently styled my Off-White Resort 2021 Collection look books. When young talents are given a seat at the table, these new voices bring new ideas, allowing them to flourish. Their brains are already tuned into social media and current events, it's in their DNA and they're learning from each other and cross-referencing things," Abloh shared his thoughts on stylist Ib Kamara. He also highlighted the most standing-out qualities of the new generation, among which are "eagerness, creativity, and presence in the now."
Victoria Beckham, founder of Victoria Beckham and Victoria Beckham Beauty brands
The former Spice Girls singer and now the patron of London Graduate Fashion Week confessed that it's not the easiest thing for her to choose one figure from the many fashion talents. However, Victoria Beckham has been "particularly impressed with Daniel W Fletcher, who presented his collection this summer at Digital London Fashion Week." The star also added that "he's actually a VB alumni, and used to work in my store on Dover Street in London." Daniel W Fletcher conquered the heart of Beckham with his "the most beautiful genderless collections, which [Beckham] think is such a refreshing, future-thinking approach to fashion."
Tom Ford, founder of Tom Ford
"LaQuan Smith is a young designer that I think is great. He has tremendous passion for what he does. He has everything it takes to be a star in the fashion industry: talent, a vision, ambition, charm," Tom Ford presented in such an optimistic way another young creative genius. As an influential designer, Ford sees great potential in Smith and wants the world to know his great story of success.
Michael Kors, founder of Michael Kors
Michael Kors specifically praised the talent of the women he worked with. "Supporting talented female creators and entrepreneurs fills me with great hope for the future," the designer admitted. One of his most recent collaborations has been with Folake Kuye Huntoon, "a Nigerian designer and the owner of her own company, FKSP, which produces all of its pieces in its own factory in the heart of the LA fashion district."
Olivier Rousteing, Creative Director of Balmain
Rousteing seems to be impressed by the manner Marine Serre "defines the future of the world in her own way with a universe that is hers — breaking the rules and daring to be out of the conventional fashion system." He strongly believes that the future of fashion is in "delivering a strong message that is yours, no matter what the trend is and above all, a universal message". That was what Serre did in her pre-pandemic show, re-defining the essence of the couture world.