Italian group Benetton said Monday it has named veteran fashion designer Jean-Charles de Castelbajac as artistic director of its men’s and women’s collections. “We are happy to welcome Jean-Charles de Castelbajac into our big family,” United Colors of Benetton boss Luciano Benetton said in a statement, hailing his ability to “forecast tomorrow’s social and fashion trends”. Born in Casablanca, Morocco in 1949, De Castelbajac debuted in the fashion world with a collection he launched with his mother in 1968. He inspired trends including “anti-fashion” and likes to make alternative use of objects, including a “fur coat” of teddy bears worn by Madonna. “Born from a mix of punk and pop, his style is characterized by the use of strong colors and pop icons, the mix of old and new and a whimsical and irreverent touch,” Benetton said. Read more at Yahoo News.