“Once and Forever”
Next week on December 1, Karl Lagerfeld will be revealing the CHANEL Métiers d’art collection in Rome’s legendary film studio complex, Cinecittà. As a prelude to the showing of the Paris-Rome 2015/16 collection, Lagerfeld will present his latest short film, “Once and forever”. With the aim to portray Gabrielle Chanel “through all stages of her life and the comeback in the 1950s”, current CHANEL muse, and face of the Paris-Rome 2015/16 Métiers d’art collection’s advertising campaign, Kristen Stewart will be embodying the label’s legendary founder alongside Geraldine Chaplin. The film itself takes place behind the scenes of costume tests and script meetings to tell the story of a lively film production with the aid of Jérémie Elkaïm, François Marthouret, Amanda Harlech, Jamie Bochert, Jake Davies, Baptiste Giabiconi and Laura Brown.
FENDI Reopens Rome’s Palazzo FENDI
This December FENDI are unveiling their completely refurbished Palazzo FENDI near Rome’s Spanish Steps. The five-storey building houses FENDI’s first boutique hotel alongside the Salon Privé, which is a luxurious apartment exclusively for VIP customers, and designed by the infamous Dimore Studio. Their largest flagship store accompanies the private residences after FENDI recently established their new headquarters in Palazzo della Civiltà in Rome’s EUR district.
Dries Van Noten Designs Costumes for Dance-Chamber Opera, Hagoromo
For his second design collaboration with contemporary dance since he teamed up with Teresa De Keersmaeker for her work “Rain”, Dries Van Noten is behind the authentic costumes of David Michalek’s reinterpretation of Hagoromo. A piece of traditional Japanese Noh theatre, this multidisciplinary show reunites Wendy Whelan and Jock Soto, both former principle dancers of New York City Ballet, to retell the tale of a fateful meeting between a poor fisherman and a fallen angel. The Belgian fashion designer draws inspiration from traditional Japanese costume design as well as typical kimono colour combinations to create a beautiful feather printed look for Whelan and a fish printed costume for Soto. Van Noten allocates minimalistic outfits to the other performers in the show, complimenting the simplistic set design of Michalek’s Hagoromo.
The world premier of Hagoromo is held at the Brooklyn Academy of Music Harvey Theatre between November 3 and November 8, 2015.
Say Goodbye to Blood Diamonds
“All human beings are born free and equal in dignity”. It was December 10, 1948 when the U.N. proclaimed in Paris the “Universal Declaration of Human Rights” (UDHR). However, there are countless places in the world where basic, personal rights are not respected in any way.
Gilardy Jewels aim to tackle this head on and produce beautiful jewelry that does not come with the usual price tag of someone else’s integrity. In celebration of the UDHR, they create timeless pieces to be worn by everyone, from anywhere on any occasion, whilst supporting various organizations that fight for human rights, such as Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch. The Gilardy Human Rights collection consists of rings, charms, wristbands and bracelets, all made in a robust stainless steel. Free of nickel, this jewelry is extremely dermatologically friendly and its rings and engravings are manufactured by fairly employing disabled workers. Furthermore, for every ring or chain sold from the collection, Gilardy Jewels donate 5€ to the “Human Rights Watch" Organisation, for every bracelet they donate 3€. All in all, this unique label is giving their wearers something to be proud about, fine handcrafted jewelry that is complete with a conscious.
An enchanting exhibition, “Mademoiselle Privé” depicts the charm and creativity of the captivating Gabrielle Chanel and Karl Lagerfeld. Hosted at London’s Saatchi Gallery, the exhibition begins outdoors, in a beautiful English garden, designed by Harry and David Rich. A tribute to Mademoiselle Chanel, the contemporary garden is split into three sections: “Liberty”, “Boy Capel” and “Leo”…these symbolizing her free spirit, the love of her life and a symbol of her strength and astrological star sign.
Visitors are then invited to explore the very heart of CHANEL in an exhibition commemorating the things and places most dear to Gabrielle Chanel, with an emphasis on her and Karl Lagerfeld’s most inspired haute couture creations. Eighty three years after it was rejected by Britain’s Custom regulations, the 1932 “Bjoux de Diamants” Collection exhibits alongside CHANEL N°5.
The final chapter to this remarkable journey realizes itself as an 18th century garden, “Jardin à la Française”, inspired by the stained glass windows of the orphanage in which Gabrielle Chanel grew up and learnt the seamtress trade…This being the original home to the iconic, interlocking Cs of CHANEL.
“Madmoiselle Privé” is held at London’s Saatchi Gallery until November 1, 2015.
Rick Owens Unveils New Hollywood Boutique
With the aim to create something truly “Cecil B. Demille worthy”, a 450 square meter warehouse on La Brea, dating since the 1920s, has been renovated with the help of Owens’ long time architect-of-choice, Anna Tumaini.
Together they have created something outlandish and abstract, in a tribute to the epic biblical movies that Owens watched as a child. He claims these movies have proved huge to be huge sources of inspiration for him throughout his life with “doomed heroic purity in black and grey draped robes in huge, dusty marble temples”.
In representing this imagery, the La Brea boutique contains high ceilings, huge angular beams and the label’s signature fog glass tank, which by engulfing the room fills it with “a billowing ejaculation of fog every 5 minutes”. Not only this but there is also Owens’ own dramatic reinterpretation of a swimming pool that tantalizingly releases slow motion bubbles…The boutique is located in L.A. after all.
Miu Miu Spring/Summer 2016 Collection at PFW
Prada’s mischievous little sister has returned this season with a spring in her fabulously decorated step. Incredible zig zig patterned lace-up boots were executed in vivid hues whilst satin ballet pumps were a mish mash of hard and soft tones, adorned with harsh leather straps and delicate charms.
Solemn plaid checks and tweeds were layered under huge raccoon sashes and sheer shirts and frilled dresses. There were mismatched colors and patterns and jeweled feathered headbands carelessly slung around models necks…Miuccia Prada may have received a devastating loss in her personal life over the past few months, but the playful Miu Miu spirit was out in full force. Amazing.
Hermès Spring/Summer 2016 Collection at PFW
It’s clean lines, geometric shapes and sleek silhouettes at Hermès this season.
Nadège Vanhee-Cybulski recovered the label’s heritage in bringing back leather once again this season in various midi length skirts, coats and dresses. Trainers appearing in white, blue, ochre yellow and red will surely prove to be a hit in store, not to mention the tailored longline coats.
Oversized stone jewelry adds drama to the understated collection, whilst Vanhee-Cybulski’s beautiful palette of colors elevates this understated collection to the height of Spring/Summer elegance.
Céline Spring/Summer 2016 Collection at PFW
It was back to the Tennis Club de Paris for Céline this season. Bringing us a world of contrasts, Phoebe Philo reworks some of her favorite shapes and silhouettes in a travelling inspired collection.
Opening with the ultimate interpretation of a nineties slip, Philo walks her models through a range of looks, mixing masculine tones with feminine pleats and cinched waists amongst oversized shoulders reminiscent of the eighties.
If there is one thing Philo has taught us from this show, it is that no venture is worth doing without some sultry red lipstick and a pair of hoop earrings.
Loewe Spring/Summer 2016 Collection at PFW
Jonathan Anderson is reinventing the traditionally fine Spanish leather brand, Loewe. This is with a new, particular attention to the logo, which he cleverly brandishes across bags, dresses and coordinating suits.
Mixing the outlandish with the undoubtedly ready-to-wear, his newest collection for the label sees a diverse range of fabrics and textures, from mirror shards, to cable knits to translucent plastic. The jewelry is contemporary and eclectic, with fish shaped necklaces, tailored bags and models dripping in gold with fringed earrings and bracelets. An innovative collection, which is bursting with a fresh energy for Loewe.
Boris Bidjan Saberi Announce New Womenswear Campaign
The values of Boris Bidjan Saberi’s label explore functionality within the urban context of street wear. Primarily concerned in protecting the curvatures and geometric angles of the human body, Saberi adopts innovative techniques when experimenting with fabrics, reimagining and rearranging in a destructured style. Previously only creating menswear lines, this campaign presents the growing prominence of the women’s collection for the brand in an exclusive preview on our ZOO Magazine site.
The Spring/Summer 2016 Collections combine aspects of two fundamentally different worlds, work wear versus deep-sea diving suits. Inspired by the construction of neoprene suits, Saberi reimagines some of the label’s most signature looks using organic materials in a wholly novel light. The sheer inquisitive nature of the luxury fashion brand, along with high quality tailoring and handcrafted passion, means for an inspiring collection composed of forward-thinking creativity.
Jacquemus Spring/Summer 2016 Collection at PFW
In a surreal Parisian show, “Le Nez Rouge” came complete with ginormous balls of fabric, a barefooted child in a man’s shirt and the designer himself leading a horse down the runway.
The collection itself was outstanding. Heavily deconstructed suits resulted in asymmetric lines and contemporary shapes in the label’s signature style. Crisp shirts and tailored trousers appeared in the designer’s trusted palette of navy, white, grey and red.
Emporio Armani Spring/Summer 2016 Collection at MFW
If it was blue last season then it was orange this one at Emporio Armani. Well with a majority neutral palette throughout, he ended the show with a vibrant orange, evocative of a summer sunset.
Continuing with a casual trend to his clothes, this line sees a fluid transition from androgynous looks to decidedly feminine ones, from eighties inspired power dressing to nineties sports-inspired leisure wear. With the adoption of a number of shapes, a stand out are the ruffled suit trousers that cinch in with a belt buckle.
Blumarine Spring/Summer 2016 Collection at MFW
A jewel encrusted, court-studded, floral print explosion of sheer netting, draped fabrics and relaxed jackets is occurring at Blumarine this season. Anna Molinari has let her imagination run wild and created a collection in which two worlds collide, those of surrealism and reality.
Take billowing satins or sheer printed skirts against simplistic ribbed jumpers and oversized coats. This fusion of ornate decoration and modern minimalism creates a look of ethereal elegance finding its feet in an urban world.
Trussardi Spring/Summer 2016 Collection at MFW
Seemingly having had sourced inspiration from a documentary depicting one man’s travel through Western Australia, the undertone to Gaia Trussardi’s latest collection is of exploration and survival.
Longline jackets and shirts sail over matching linen trousers, all with distressed raw edges, appear as though they have withstood the harshest of elements of a desert. There is patchwork, layering and leather all realized in a warm, earthy palette and slouchy silhouettes.
Amidst all of this, Trussardi is having a somewhat vintage moment, with beaded dresses and waistbands and a nostalgic pendant necklace featuring in every look. The culmination of which is a collection fusing roughness with luxury, a novel interpretation of shabby-chic.
Fendi Spring/Summer 2016 Collection at MFW
Opposing retro at all costs, Karl Lagerfeld implies that there are no references in his latest Fendi collection. The puffed up sleeves, the high neck collars and the repeated latticing are puzzling... With coral, oversized leather sleeves and a pleated maroon skirt that flows to the ankles, I can’t decide if we’re in the eighties or the Renaissance, with look 16.
Lagerfeld incorporates a diverse number of silhouettes, fabrics and colors into the collection and more often than not with this one it really seems as though they shouldn’t work together… Somehow though, they definitely do.
Fay Spring/Summer 2016 Collection at MFW
It is a seventies paisley dream at Fay this season. With embroidered tunics, lace-up waistcoats and crochet galore, creative directors Tommaso Aquilano and Roberto Rimondi have gone out all out boho.
Girlish ruffles and folk-style dresses are a mish mash of prints and layered with variations of military-inspired jackets, meaning there is a lot to look at. In comparison to the simple sophistication of their Fall/Winter 2016 line, this season at FAY has taken a less serious approach and added a touch of “elegant chaos”.
Replay Footwear Launch Online 24h Shoe Design Competition
In collaboration with Desall, a digital startup boasting an international platform of 60,000 creatives, Replay Footwear have announced a shoe design contest to extend their current shoe line and design their “24th shoe”.
The urban, unisex shoe must reflect the Replay brand DNA and must be of an original, unique design, appropriate for 24/7 use, with a monetary prize at stake. Replay fans can follow the competition and vote online at Replays Facebook and Instagram pages. Prospective entrants must personally subscribe to the Desall platform to participate in the competition. The contest ends in November.
J.W. Anderson Spring/Summer 2016 Collection at LFW
“A Woman’s Odyssey” is what J.W. Anderson was apparently calling his show backstage. A jumble of periods there was oversized ruched shoulders from what could only be the Renaissance period, monochrome sixties squiggle prints, eighties bodycon dresses and some incredible nineties metallic square toe boots.
In adopting a fairly neutral palette, the creative collection was eye opening but not overly excessive – it worked. J.W. Anderson has successfully created yet another completely original line.
Proenza Schouler Spring/Summer 2016 Collection at NYFW
Open shirt-dresses peeling off model’s shoulders, undone fastenings and asymmetric hems overtly hint at the inspiration behind this season’s Proenza Schouler Collection.
Indeed, Lazaro Hernandez and Jack McCollough claimed it was “a peeling banana” that influenced the label’s luxurious ready-to-wear line. Makes sense doesn’t it? Already a clever collection, its combination of interesting shapes, textures and colors make it a beautiful one too. Mix in some ruffles, pom poms and feathers, and you are left with an ultra-feminine, contemporary line with a hint of Spanish influence.
Jeremy Scott Spring/Summer 2016 Collection at NYFW
The inspiration behind Jeremy Scott’s latest collection is blatantly obvious: 60s screen meets sci-fi. The designer fills his catwalk with a classic T.V. screen “squiggle” print on metallic fabrics amongst psychedelic monochrome patterns, alien green trapeze dresses and even a show-stopping conical bra to finish.
Indeed the ever-playful Scott has moved away from last season’s twee style and gravitated towards a cheekier look of fishnet tights, dangerously high hems and retro cartoon character prints…All made easier to digest by the collection’s simple shapes and silhouettes.
Hood By Air Spring/Summer 2016 Collection at NYFW
Another season at Hood By Air equals another season of Shayne Oliver doing whatever he wants. With deconstructed shirts, trousers, skirts, and just about everything else, Oliver consistently takes the mundane and transforms it into something extraordinary.
This school-uniform inspired collection sees the designer jump on the trend of gender blurring and showcases an equal number of male and female models wearing his interpretation of skirts and dresses on the runway. The bad boy of New York Fashion Week, Oliver revels in his Hood By Air revolution.
Thought your carbon footprint was small? FEIT’s is smaller.
FEIT was initially created as a response to the harmful global pollution caused by the careless mass production of unworthy, poorly constructed shoes. The first of its type, this “Neoluxury” brand promoting high quality, sustainability and individuality, was founded by the Australian born Price brothers, Tull and Josh. Solely hand-crafting their shoes with the highest level of skill, this pioneering duo adopts a contemporary, environmentally friendly production process when creating their footwear.
In collaboration with the artist / designer Jordana Maisie, FEIT now welcomes “Installation Two: Volume and Void”, the second branch of their innovative company in New York’s West Village. The store design has a geometrically shaped clean aesthetic, with timber opening sightlines between the store and outdoor street. Volumetric molds were used to carve out display spaces, in a similar manner to the process of molding leather to a last. The end result, quite like their shoes, is something truly special.
Acne Studios Embrace Change with Fall/Winter 2015 Campaign
Adopting fashion’s recent shift away from gender distinctive clothing toward current trends of gender blurring and androgyny, Acne Studios’ Creative Director Jonny Johansson has featured his 11-year-old son Frasse in the label’s Fall/Winter 2015 campaign. Shot by Viviane Sassen, the ad sees the preteen football fanatic tottering about in heels and a number of coats from the new womenswear collection – looking unnervingly cool whilst doing so.
In a recent statement, Jonny Johansson said “I’ve seen this new generation’s attitude to fashion where the cut, the shape and the character of the garment is the crucial thing, rather than seeking approval from society or to follow set norms.” The outdoor ad will appear in major cities New York, London, Paris and Hong Kong.
PARIS XVIE: A Short Film for Dior Homme
Yesterday saw Dior Homme unveil its latest collaboration between artistic director Kris Van Assche and photographer Willy Vanderperre. “PARIS XVIE” is a short film exploring what it means to be this season’s Dior man, with actor Boyd Holbrook guiding us through a day in Paris.
Wearing a tuxedo whilst exploring the depth of Paris’ urban landscape, Holbrook is charmingly confident. Playing a harmonica as he wanders through the streets and picking up flowers as small souvenirs, his pensive expression draws a certain curiosity about him. Toward the end of the film, as a nod to the stylized, cinematic screens of Hollywood, we see him dance around the room and walk under the lights of Paris at nightfall… A clever mix of old and new, this season’s Dior man must be witty, romantic and self-deprecating. PARIS XVIE is online now and accompanied by a still image campaign.
Tiger of Sweden Jeans Pop-Up Store in Central Copenhagen
Just this afternoon Tiger of Sweden / Jeans opened a brand new pop-up store in the heart of Copenhagen. Landing in perfect timing for Fashion Week, it stocks the Tiger Jeans A/W 2015 collection for both guys and girls. This collection exudes the brooding edge that Tiger of Sweden Jeans prides itself upon, using a combination of “minimalistic expression with a dark, dreamlike print” in creating looks.
According to Fredrik Folkesson, who is Product Manager for the brand, Tiger Jeans has evolved massively over time, since its birth in 2001. After departing from the larger fashion family, Tiger of Sweden, Tiger Jeans has used it’s cooler, more urban reputation to become one of Sweden’s’ leading jeans brands.
The store opening today in Copenhagen is the first to date that sells exclusively Tiger Jeans, and reflects its’ growth to an established Fashion line.
Hogan Celebrates The Opening of Their New Boutique in Munich
The second Hogan Boutique in Germany follows their boutique in Dusseldorf as a unique two-storey flagship store, combining modern elegance and sophisticated creativity. Hogan was founded in 1986, and is part of the TOD’s luxury goods group, and has been at the forefront of casual luxury ever since. The Hogan look is dominated by an urban effortlessness; simple, elegant and refined yet relaxed. Hand made from high quality materials, each Hogan garment is a timeless wardrobe staple. Hogan welcomes you to the new Munich boutique with their Fall/Winter 2015/16 collection. www.hogan.com
Moncler Campaign Fall/Winter 2015-2016
Drawn from the dramatic mysticism of the Nordic Sagas and traditional Russian and Slavik folklore, the Moncler advertising campaign takes a dark turn. The formidable photographer Annie Leibovitz evokes in Moncler’s fairytale a take on various literary inspirations: from Tolkien to Hans Christian Andersen. Breathing life into these reimagined characters are the siblings Lucky and Pyper Smith, of the band “The Atomics”. The stunning backdrop of the glacial Icelandic landscape frames the characters within a dream-like cinematography. Echoing the color palette of the Moncler collections, the earthy, raw tones are intertwined with nature, embodying the heartfelt relationship of the Moncler approach.
Maison Margiela Fall/Winter 2015 at Paris Fashion Week
Recalling the striking blues of Yves Klein, abstract patterns and what looked like Granny’s crochet patterns, designer John Galliano presented an otherworldly couture collection for Maison Martin Margiela. Disjuncture, contrast and curiosity seemed to be the unifying trend – the collection could swing from showing a majestic coat of beige simplicity to metallic abstraction in the way of a skirt and a paint-splattered ruched top. This fluctuation only served to highlight Galliano’s inventive spirit, and his return to what he does best.
Jean Paul Gaultier Couture Fall/Winter 2015 at Paris Fashion Week
Inspired by Bretagne, the French region known for sailing, the Breton sailor stripe and Crêpes, Gaultier goes fully French. It was more than fanciful; it was a sneak peek into the continual curiousness of Mr. Gaultier’s creative mind. Amongst his angular take on the beret, the part chefs-hat, part statuette headpiece exemplified the very present theatrical element of Gaultier’s France. Theatrics aside, the collection contained an array of beautifully constructed fabrics, the intense yellow, gold, orange and blue color scheme only highlighting the mastery of construction. Despite the whimsicality of Gaultier’s shows, it is something that has become a bit of a trademark — and in the end, his playfulness is always breath of fresh air.
Herr von Eden v MÜHLE Shaving Culture
Together with MÜHLE, Herr von Eden is launching a set of premium-grade shaving accessories for all men with an eye for quality and style. Good taste and an attention to detail are perfectly combined in this elegant shaving kit. Timelessly and traditionally crafted, the shaving set consists of a high-quality shaving brush with a handle made of resin, in combination with a low-maintenance synthetic fiber — the Silvertip Fibre ® - a MÜHLE innovation. In addition to this highly constructed kit, the aloe vera shaving soap ensures a thoroughly enjoyable shaving experience — for the cultivated gentleman.
Christian Dior Couture Fall/Winter 2015 at Paris Fashion Week
Asymmetrical coats, one arm draped in fur, the other exposed. Dior’s Couture show had a little of everything – as kaleidoscopic as the ceilings of the Dior custom made space. However, Raf Simons’ conception of Dior Haute Couture looked nonetheless coherent, originating from an inspirational point of view that played itself out on the runway. The platform shoe made itself known in this show, too, giving the models a physical elevation as much as a metaphorical elevation of the collection as a whole – it seemed to float on some other plane – perhaps made more evident by the whimsically constructed location in the gardens of Paris’ Musée Rodin. Dominated by ankle-length gowns and steel-like mesh constructions, the collection seemed made for a contemporary noblewoman of some kind. Indeed, the A-line cut of the sleeve and the billowy shape of the blouses recall a certain Tudoresque sensibility – its mesh vests and thick coats reminiscent of a vastly updated dress for the court of Henry VIII perhaps?
Louis Vuitton Series 3 – Fall/Winter 2015-2016 Campaign
Starring new muse Alicia Vikander and returning beauty Jennifer Connelly, the campaign is shot by Juergen Teller and Bruce Weber and showcases the FW 2015-2016 collections worn by the quintessential Louis Vuitton woman. The refined elegance of the garments and the women is highlighted, juxtaposed against an industrial, stark background. Creative Director Nicolas Ghesquière has had an amazing season following the stunning resort collection and continues to take the brand to new heights.
Kenzo Menswear Spring/Summer 2016 at Paris Fashion Week
Showcased in an underground, near alien setting, the Kenzo cave was populated by a congregation of outlandish models. The feel of futurism was undeniable. Reminiscent of a reality not too far off, fabrics were constructed geometrically in earthy shades of green, khaki, yellow and grey. Amidst quirky details, rounded glasses included, there were jackets with ruched sleeves and parachute-looking jumpsuits. The collection gave an impression of comfortable style, as functional as it is fashionable.
Valentino Menswear SS 16 at Paris Fashion Week
The sports infused wardrobe is here to stay. Earthy tones of browns, greens and ochre abound in this very wearable menswear collection. Denims and camouflage round off this fully-fledged men’s wardrobe. Valentino’s Pierpaolo Piccioli and Maria Grazia Chiuri constructed with a true sense of quality a collection as multifaceted as it is flexible – the looks would certainly not seem out of place on most urban streets. Perhaps the only danger here is just how much the collections can be applied – wallets beware!
Philipp Plein Spring/Summer 2016 at Milan Fashion Week
Welcome to the ‘hip-rock’ generation. Dubbed and exemplified by Philipp Plein’s SS 16 menswear collection, the young fashion house presents a virtual summary of what’s what in urban contemporary street fashion. Graffiti, ripped shirts, hoodies, biker jackets and tons of leather characterize this development of hip hop fashion – a movement headed by the pop culture Rock stars of today such as Rihanna, Jay-Z and Kanye West. Philipp Plein’s collection is an ode to the focus and celebration of hip-hop tradition and its newborn fashion child appropriately named ‘hip-rock’.
Filippa K Fall/Winter 2015
Inspired by the works of Henri Rousseau, the FW 2015 collection is steeped in the mystic ambiance of Rousseau’s naturalistic paintings. Ingrained with French 70’s references, the collection blends Filippa K’s effortless simplicity with rich structure and decorative detailing. The women’s collection is epitomized by the rich wool blazer of a distinctly masculine origin, paired with an A-line leather skirt and a mid calf leather bootee.
The menswear section of the FW 15 collection is marked by a decidedly urban approach to contemporary functionalism and modern tailoring. In this vein, the collection has taken on an air of the sport, street and military references of the revitalized Filippa K man. With voluminous outerwear and a classic color palette, the FW 15 collection is a step towards an urbanized Filippa K aesthetic.
Kenzo Resort 2016 Collection
The unifying pillar of the Kenzo Resort 2016 collection is its nod towards the modern-day woman on the go. With the universe at her feet and a yearning for functionality, Kenzo provides the sartorial relief for a woman in need of comfort paired with practicality and elegance. With subdued prints and flowing fabrics, the collection is made decidedly versatile with its soft, natural color scheme. Camouflage greens, stone greys, pale violets and beiges make sure the Kenzo Resort 2016 garments fits into any setting.
Gucci Fall Winter 2016 Campaign
“Those who are truly contemporary are those who neither perfectly coincide with their time nor adapt to its demands.”
Embracing the liminal quality of those who inhabit both past and present mentalities, the Gucci FW 2015-2016 campaign explores the disconnection of those not entirely at home in the present moment. The elegant mix of vintage elements and futuristic fabric combinations positions the collection within the elusive space between “no longer” and “not yet”.
Creative director Alessandro Michele explains that the collection is the summation of his envisioning of today’s urbanite attitude – blurring divisions of gender and time permeate every garment. In a campaign photographed by Glen Luchford, models Tessa Charlotte Bruinsma, Tobias Lundh, Lia Pavlova and Sven de Vries inhabit the bodies of the ‘Gucci contemporaries’. There is no doubt that Michele has delivered a stunning collection - be it past, present, or other.
AGL Fall/Winter 2015 Campaign starring Dakota Fanning
The Giusti sisters welcome back the ethereal Dakota Fanning back into the fold with her renewed position as face of AGL for a fourth season. The Fall/Winter 2015-16 collection is laced with androgyny, combining boyish styles with a feminine taste through its minimal shapes and bold details.
Vera, Marianna and Sara Giusti chose Dakota for her embodiment of the refined AGL spirit of femininity and playfulness, her energy captured in the monochrome images of photographer Rankin.
HUGO BOSS Fall/Winter 2015 Campaign
Industrial cuts, classical in nature yet futuristic in look is the order of the day in the recently revealed HUGO BOSS FW 15 campaign. Laced with crimsons, the pervading grays are elevated from classic to edgy, safe to bold. Artistic Director Jason Wu brings to the campaign a cemented Berlin feeling in his refined layers of anthracite felt.
Featuring Clément Chabernaud and Edie Campbell, this ode to Wu’s structural vision is reflected in the photographic work of Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin, directed by Stephen Galloway. The collection tells a story through the play between structure form and a striking palette of black, red, camel and gray.
Barny Nakhle for Haider Ackermann
Shoemaker Barny Nakhle has been appointed the new creative head of Haider Ackermann’s accessories department – more specifically its diverse footwear collection. Following work for stockists worldwide, Nakhle will contribute his own distinct craftsmanship to the Belgian shoe house. The Nahkle-conceived collection will be launched in a few weeks for the SS16 season.
With a decidedly architectural approach, playfulness and the sharpness of form come together to create an assemblage of uniform classicism with a twist of innovation. The collection is currently available via appointment only at the Boon showroom in Paris between June 24th – July 3rd.
Converse and COMME des GARÇONS announce new collaboration
The fruits of a collaborative effort between CONVERSE Inc. and COMME des GARÇONS, the brands unveil the fourth installment of their Play Special Edition Chick ’70 Sneakers.
Under the expert eye of the iconoclastic Japanese fashion house founded by designer Rei Kawakubo, the SS ’15 collection features black and milk canvas uppers, reinforced canvas heel strips and cushioned sock liners.
The red “Peeking” heart logo, created by New-York based graphic artist Filip Pagowski, embellishes the limited-edition collection. Featuring four exclusive pairs of premium All Star Chuck 70 sneakers, they come available in both high top and ox silhouettes.
The collection will be available for purchase exclusively at Dover Street Market stores in London and New York, as well as COMME des GARÇONS New York and online on May 14.
Miu Miu Fall 2015 Campaign
Unveiling another elevated lookbook, Miu Miu’s recent campaigns have reigned supreme in shaping high street trends. From the angular yet plush handbags to the heeled brogues – their 2015 fall campaign just might set off another rush towards vintage revival.
Jamie Hawkesworth’s images tell the story of Miu Miu’s ongoing affair with the power of opposites. Starring model Estella Boersma, the images reflect the items’ sophisticated and the innocent play with the sensual and confident, through a femininity that treads a multiplex path. This juxtaposition is reiterated in the incorporation of vintage upholstery-inspired fabrics in combination with contemporary masculinity in the form of tailored shorts suits.
Exploring the subtle and direct oppositions of form and silhouette, Miu Miu brings to the table a closet packed with desirables.
Slam Jam x Carhartt WIP
To celebrate the anniversary of Slam Jam, the Italian based clothing company rallied the creative force of Carhartt WIP and the British designer Andrew Bunney to develop their Boom Town Slickers jubilee project. Consisting of five looks under the themes “Putty Canvas”, “Denim”, “Reflective”, “Bandana” and “Chase Thermal”, the looks are all made of Carhartt WIP classics, and are an amalgamation of the reinterpretation of the old and the new.
Rooted in “street culture”, Slam Jam's aesthetic hails from the influences of music, sports and the visual arts. Over the past twenty-five years, the company has been bridging the world of streetwear and fashion.
The 3rd drop of its capsule collection “Boom Town Slickers” consists of special material and workwear items. The items from the 3rd drop entitled Reflective will be available from April 25th, followed by the 4th and 5th drop on May 25th and June 25th respectively. They will be available at Slam Jam and Carhartt WIP, both online and in store, as well as selected stores worldwide.
Miu Miu: De Djess
Miu Miu has been celebrating femininity with the short-film series called Miu Miu Women’s Tales. This time, Alice Rohrwacher was given the chance to write and direct a film about the power of women. The film follows the story of several dresses that arrive at the shore. The main dress, also the lead in this particular film, has a different story to tell.
For some reason, the film has a slight Wes Anderson feel to it. There is some kind of uniqueness in the way the actors move, in art direction and communication. Even though the language used in the film is made up, it communicates the message clearly. Rather than giving you all the right answers, Rohrwacher makes you want to ask more questions.
Armani’s Art of Living
For the first time, Armani Casa is showing work from the most important projects, together with scale models, samples, stylistic research and sketches. To see the process behind the interior collection of the Armani house, you can visit them during this year’s Salone del Mobile in Milan.
Since 2015 is an important year for Armani, the exhibition will represent important milestones for the brand. Many projects from all over the world will all be showcased.
Mykita at Dover Street Market
Mykita has been making perfect eyewear since 2003. By combining proper craftsmanship with modern technology, they manage to create a beautiful and high quality collection every time. Now, Mykita has collaborated with Dover Street Market New York for a pop-up installation. You can visit it until the 30th of April to discover Mykita.
Bottega Veneta opens their first Home Collection Boutique in Milan
It is just like every thing else Bottega Veneta is about: extremely sophisticated and elegant, made with the highest quality materials and crafted by hand. Bottega Veneta’s home collection includes furniture, lighting and home decoration. For the first time, the brand has opened a boutique that is completely dedicated to this collection, right in the heart of Milan.
You can visit the store at Via Borgospesso n.5 in Milan.
Saint Laurent at Paris Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2015
Whenever Hedi Slimane shows a collection, we are sure of one thing: people will talk. The opinions are never as divided as they are at a Saint Laurent show, which makes it one of the most anticipated shows during Paris Fashion Week.
The great thing about Slimane is that he does not really care, and that is exactly what he showed us with his creations for next fall. His Saint Laurent girl is back. Or maybe she has never been gone to begin with. She continues to be the coolest girl in town. Careless and feisty, a little like Slimane himself. She hangs around at rock shows and ends up modeling by accident. She is the girl that most girls (secretly) want to be, and that is why Slimane proves to be a commercial success. Over and over again.
Louis Vuitton at Paris Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2015
Ever since Nicolas Ghesquière took over the steering wheel, Louis Vuitton has been traveling into a slightly different direction. For the Fall/Winter 2015 collection, he has found a way to add some of that Parisian rock ‘n roll into Vuitton’s classic luxury.
Biker pants and jackets were combined with short dresses in flower prints, finished up with pointy heels and low, black boots. The looks felt casual and laid-back, but none of them lacked flare.
Maison Margiela at Paris Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2015
Even though it does not always seem like it, fashion is an industry that accepts and forgives. This was proven during the latest Maison Margiela show by John Galliano, when we all embraced him back into our hearts.
The collection itself contained a perfect balance between Galliano’s signature style, together with how we see Margiela. It had humor, uniqueness, craftsmanship and was it filled with small references. Everything we ever expect from a Margiela collection.
COMME des GARÇONS at Paris Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2015
Rei Kawakubo’s collections tend to get smaller, but for some reason they tend to get more powerful too. Her latest show had a certain sadness, perhaps portraying the pain of an artist.
Every piece in the collection was grand, perfectly made and telling a different story. Or maybe the story was not different, but each and every look went trough a different phase. In a way, the show was about a lack of freedom. Covered arms and almost suffocating dresses showed a broken woman; a women who couldn’t seem to escape and completely accepted her condition.
Even though we might not know the specifics, Kawakubo told us her story. We may or may not understand it, but we surely like to keep on trying.
Vetements at Paris Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2015
In between all luxury and sophistication, Vetements is a breath of fresh air. Demna Gvasalia does things a bit differently. His latest collection was presented in Le Depot, a gay club in Paris. We saw police uniform-inspired looks, oversized coats and long floral dresses combined with what seemed to be cleaning gloves.
Gvasalia mismatches subcultures and creates a new reality for city kids. Even though the collection is diverse – it contains bomber jackets to full length knitted dresses – every single piece says the same thing: “I won’t bother you if you won’t bother me.”
Lanvin at Paris Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2015
Alber Elbaz is good with colors. He is also great with fabrics. He is brilliant with silhouette and always knows exactly when to stop adding. For his latest Lanvin collection, he found inspiration in the desert and in tribal wear. What he presented was proof of how a woman can change constantly. From a modern nomad to a new minimalist, from a powerful ruler to a slightly more innocent companion.
The combination of black velvet and subtle harnesses in leather, gave us some kind of medieval feel. Short ruffles almost felt Siberian and straight lines were minimalistic.
Tod’s at Milan Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2015
Alessandra Facchinetti knows exactly what she is doing with Tod’s, which originally started as a footwear brand. For the past few seasons, she has been pushing the boundaries within Tod’s design. She showed us full looks in leather for Fall/Winter 2015, in soft pastels with a few popping brights. The collection is extremely feminine and dares to combine many different styles into one.
CoSTUME NATIONAL at Milan Fashion Fall/Winter 2015
Ennio Capasa manages to bring New York to Milan. His minimalistic, black looks in leather and other luxurious materials like silk, seem to be made for young people in creative capitals. Hoodie-like jackets and details on dresses give the collection a sporty, even more urban look. Combine that with fur and ruffles, and you’ve got yourself some New York in Milan.
Emporio Armani at Milan Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2015
Ice cold blues and deep, warm reds dominated the Emporio Armani Fall/Winter 2015 collection.
The overall mood was dark, vampy and there was a certain suspense. For some reason, it felt as if the models would smoothly fit into the set of David Lynch's Twin Peaks, which gave it something... idiosyncratic.
Armani managed to keep the Emporio woman utterly mysterious by adding goth-like elements to ensembles that were otherwise highly feminine and slightly more plain. The short, black hair, specific tailoring and use of black velvet turned the show into a Lynchian story, leaving us with goosebumps.
Gucci at Milan Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2015
Alessandro Michele’s debut for Gucci womenswear is everything we hoped for. Ultra feminine silhouettes and colors, perfect pleats and refined craftsmanship show how he was the right choice for Gucci all along.
Michele’s goddess is an unexpected one. She is the girl in your class you never paid attention to, the one who sat in the corner of the room reading. By introducing her, Michele is applying a new kind of sexiness to the Gucci style. Buttoned up shirts with bow ties, long and thick fur coats and medium length skirts and dresses are combined with see through lace tops. Her outfits are slightly mismatched, which gives her a certain charm that we haven’t seen at Gucci before. At least not like this.
Floral dresses, pleated metallic skirts and silk blouses point at a commercial collection. Almost every garment is easy to include into any existing wardrobe, but still manages to bring extra allure.
Burberry Prorsum at London Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2015
Every season, Christopher Bailey manages to give the Burberry classic a completely new life. For Fall/Winter 2015, he –like many other designers- decided to jump back fifty years to create a collection that was both lavish and engaging.
Mirrors, fringes and the use of suede referred to Woodstock-esque times. Other bohemian elements such as crochet and folklore-inspired prints also dominated the ensembles. Even though the colors and prints were bold, each and every piece seemed to be timeless.
The trench coat was portrayed in various ways, showing its power as an adaptable classic. Combined with over-the-knee boots in patchwork suede, this look is one that will not disappoint.
Calvin Klein Collection at New York Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2015
Francisco Costa is not the first designer to get inspired by the sixties for this season, but he is definitely the one who managed to mold it into the minimalistic Calvin Klein aesthetic we all adore. For next fall, we saw many of the sleek dresses that we are used to seeing, but the other classics were all in there as well. Tight, over-the-knee boots, patchwork leather, wide collars and A-line coats. Metal details and large buttons gave the collection a playful twist, and referred to 1960s pop culture.
Alexander Wang at New York Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2015
Alexander Wang’s warriors are walking a different path. Since his last collections have been inspired by sportswear, he has chosen to go into a rougher direction for next fall.
Wang’s overload of black, the combination with plaid, studded details and heavy shoes clearly link to the music scene of the nineties. In fashion, we always go back to punk, heavy metal and everything else that tries to stay as far away from fashion as possible. It seems as if we adore the things and people that dislike fashion the most. Wang embraces this idea with both arms, and creates a cult of which we all want to be a part of. His use of hardware does not only show the influence of Balenciaga on Wang as a designer, but turns the garments into something utterly sophisticated as well.
Ellen von Unwerth shoots G-Star RAW Spring/Summer 2015 Campaign
Ellen von Unwerth and G-Star make perfect bedfellows, each exalting a strength of soul in body and spirit. Affinity certainly strikes true of this pertinent pairing, coming together to produce this arresting SS15 campaign.
The erratic beauty of von Unwerth’s inimitable photographic style speaks plainly of the endlessly altering merits of denim, wonderfully wavering under G-Star’s empathetic eye for fit. Men’s and Women’s styles span a spectrum to suit all manner of tastes, from chalk-white to cobalt denim, crisp and clean to distressed, skinny to slack. The only invariable, it seems, is a flattering fit, exceptional shape arriving in the form of perfectly-placed pockets and supple, stippling seams, or an artfully adjudged waistband to sculpt the body. Each image bearing the hashtag slogan, “Wear it #tightorwide”, interaction is impossibly inspired, G-Star’s capricious campaign tailored to the individual, just like the jeans.
Diesel launches Spring/Summer 2015 Campaign with #DieselHigh
Since he took to the helm nearly two years ago, Nicola Formichetti has commanded quite a change in the tides for Diesel, leading with the radical #DieselReboot, and arriving now at #DieselHigh.
Launching with the SS15 campaign, #DieselHigh celebrates optimism, love and a soul set on living life to the full. Dependably breaking barriers, Formichetti’s gleeful vision is surprisingly subversive, as smiling faces were shot by the lens of a typically insouciant Nick Knight.
Spontaneous and spirited, models such as Winne Harlow and Charlotte Free vault out of frame, jumping and laughing in a dizzying patchwork of Diesel denim. Photographic evidence, if ever it was needed: Diesel is most certainly destined for higher things.
Maison Margiela at Paris Fashion Week: Menswear Fall/Winter 2015
It was a trippy hit of tinsely lurex, pimp coats and puddled psych prints this season at Maison Margiela – an exercise in ritzy decadence for lanky outsiders.
Waxy leathers took on redolent hues, cloaking shearling and trench coats in murky plums and teals, trimmed with delightfully dated salmon-pink teddy bear wool collars. When they weren’t garish and glossy, painted leathers were put to use as patchwork, their tattered patinas stitched to hessian toiles and engineered into blazers and flared pants.
Mauve marbled with olive green to craft slender cashmere crew-necks, tucked into swaying oxford bags and finished with a gentler interpretation of the Chelsea boot. Drainpipes took on the sheen of supple skins, paired with chunky Nordic knits for a mawkish insouciance. Meanwhile, cardigans and skin-tight sweaters were striped in frizzy lurex, unashamedly ostentatious with their sweet-wrapper sensibility.
Amsterdam Fashion Week Highlights Fall/Winter 2015
Amsterdam Fashion Week kicked off to a sterling start with the advent of the Avelon show – a masterstroke in balancing boyish bedraggled tailoring with light, unruffled romance. Felted wools curled the body in sensible tones of charcoal and claret, sculpting wrap jackets, tailored co-ords and simple flared pants. Crombie coats were decked in intrepid Aztec prints – a heavy punch of pattern to punctuate a predilection for purity.
Said Mahrouf followed suit with simplicity for an unusually fluid execution of color-blocking. Bleach white sheaths were cut on the bias, lithely traipsing from shoulder to hips – a bite of crimson or pine green breaking through, but never once breaking the flow. Asymmetric vests curtained over slim tapered pants, but excellence certainly lied in Mahrouf’s sweeping gowns, so whispy and graceful, yet holding a determined strength in their decided geometric cuts.
Liquid cuts also found their way to the center of Barbara Langendijk’s debut collection. Influenced by the flat fabric construction of traditional Japanese textiles, Langendijk draped clean, curtly-cut silk swathes over the shoulders, cloaking sheer chiffon layers in a strict spectrum of blanch and buff gold.
The wildcard arrived in the form of Azis – a plague of digitized monochrome motifs and jarring visual texture. Diamond grid-check scarves were piled high on top of jackets on top of sweaters – a suffocating coddling of wool, snatched away by a sleek plain pencil skirt. Wraparound pinstripe funnel shirts flirted with chunky strap backpacks and varsity jackets adding a touch of scholarly rebellion, while hockey socks and virgin-white sneakers spoke of a wayward sensibility. Parachute silks bust in an exhilarating electric blue to spool salient sportswear, while buttery leathers blocked broad schoolboy shorts in a studious sooty grey, before giving way to the obligatory all-over tartan.
Read about more of the shows at www.fashionweek.nl
Kaviar Gauche at Berlin Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2015
Swollen swathes of snow white tulle and all-over applique lilies drive heads to the clouds under the distinctly dreamy vision of Kaviar Gauche this season.
A fine art to master, Kaviar Gauche here managed to strike the perfect balance between verbose elaboration and artful absence in negative space; porcelain-pure gowns were encrusted with a plush, pure white bed of blossom, flowering from the bodice and giving way to soft and unsullied sheaths of a silk chiffon skirt. Against long-sleeved tee-dresses, the bouquet sprawled to the hem, petering out in its climb to the neckline. The effect was that of a balancing act – give and take at its most resplendent.
When ornamentation ceased to bud from the cloth, it inverted, almost dissolving into a frosted layer of lace. Whispering over the body, nude tulles bore just a suggestion of Belgian lace, its intricacies only discernible if they happened to catch the light – a tailored mirage. An ivory illusion, dreamed up by Kaviar Gauche.
Raf Simons at Paris Fashion Week: Menswear Fall/Winter 2015
The sentiment behind Simons’ collection was “youth on a pedestal”, which accounts much for its soul-baring, Dadaist print, raw-hemmed DIY aesthetic.
Graffiti-scrawled lab coats drew-out the length of the body, punctuated by a preppy poloneck peeping from a scholarly sweater. Knitted tank tops were mawkish in model but not in practice, as fluro freeform checks bedazzled in peachy pink and green.
Plum slim-fit pants were poised with pockets at the hips, slender to the knee before eeking out to a gentle flare, traipsing over shoes and under soles. Footwear flipped between sneakers and brogues, just the glimpse of toe cap to testify which was in post.
Cartoonish-collared coats were thatched in a russet gridded weave, paired with mustard scallop sweaters ripe from a seventies’ sofa – that is, of course, unless they were being lacquered in urgent licks of crimson and jet, rotund, waxy and warped to the knee. Simons may well have set out to put youth on a pedestal, yet they soon knocked themselves back down, self-deprecating as his teens did seem – but then again, angst is in the nature of the beast.
Ermenegildo Zegna at Milan Fashion Week: Menswear Fall/Winter 2015
A great collection requires an equally great theme, a point of departure that can be built upon, layer after layer, until the end product is as polished as it could possibly be. For FW15, Ermenegildo Zegna’s Stefano Pilati took inspiration from the most fundamental source of everything there ever has and will exist, mother earth, and delivered a perfect compilation of sophisticated old-money outerwear and sumptuous casuals.
Set in a darkened forest, Pilati’s exploration of the natural world started off with a master class in luxurious everyday fashion. Through his elaborate fabric choices (plush velvet and coated tweed), the head of design presented a swarm of freshly traditional separates: manly long-line coats with a silvery sheen, roomy trousers, pulled high on the waist, and tailored riding jackets, worn over cashmere turtle-neck sweaters or under a leather duster.
The show ended with more stripped-back looks consisting of crisp white shirts with zipper or pocket detailing and barely pressed trousers. In a sense, then, he really went back to basics.
Iceberg at Milan Fashion Week: Menswear Fall/Winter 2015
Here’s a question: who would ever think that mixing a pair of baby pink roll-up pants with a patterned burgundy full-zip sweater is a good idea? Federico Curradi, the Creative Director of Iceberg’s menswear line, for one, certainly would - and rightly so. As awkward as the pairing sounds, the surprisingly effervescent look was just one of the highlights of the Italian brand’s Milano presentation.
There was something soothingly poetic about Iceberg’s latest offering. The aforementioned pants. The shrunken beanies. The Seinfeld-esque fit. By combining undersized pieces with their ballooned-up counterparts, Curradi delivered the utmost magical ensembles, albeit perhaps a little strange-looking to the untrained eye.
There’s no denying that under Curradi’s masterful direction in the men’s division, the one-time knitwear-only specialists have grown into a fashion force to be reckoned with. And with no more than 20 looks for FW15, the public is inevitably left craving for more. Quality over quantity? At Iceberg, any time.
J.W. Anderson at London Collections: Men Fall/Winter 2015
Designers are a divided bunch; there are those who are disciples of beauty, and those who are disciples of thought. And then there’s J W Anderson – an exceptional master of both.
A single glance affords inescapable parallels to fashions past; flared legs and fluted cuffs belted by square psych pilgrim buckles and paired with spread lapels. Some might think it a perverse indulgence in all that’s ugly – a severe case of cacophilia – making a fetish of all that causes the skin to crawl. Brown leather trenchcoats bedecked, effeminate bodies – bare save the bolster of a chunky knitted choker. Giant daisy buttons dotted the chests of beige duster coats like girlish gingerbread men, but hyper-bland. Taupe conquered again, this time stretching over languid limbs as a slinky elastane number, tediously dreary and yet ripe for the disco.
Shearling suede coats were reconfigured as mod bombers, tight to torso while 90s bootcuts flared. Leather received the lurid treatment, emerging as cherry-red trousers and violet-stained jackets, replete with the delightfully repulsive silver ring zipper. Knitwear was, likewise, unashamedy plain, monotonous in mushroom bar a tubular roll of crimson to pipe a cartoonish turtleneck. The effect was that of a marvellously lacklustre Jetsons – the color turned down to a brilliant beige. As for a patchwork of fashions past, how could such a futuristic reference be nostalgic?
Miu Miu Spring/Summer 2015 Campaign by Steven Meisel
It’s hard to imagine a designer better suited to the big screen than Miuccia Prada, as Miu Miu’s latest campaign will surely testify. Under the dependable directorship of Steven Meisel, a tense and tortures story plays out, calling upon Mia Goth, Marine Vacth and Imogen Poots as valiant starlets of the campaign. Each frame affords a covert glimpse at the seductive and spirited central cast – freezeframes charged with tension and suggestion.
Wily and ashen, an impish Mia Goth reclines on an unmade and austere white bed, a doe-eyed gaze transfixed on the camera, baiting the viewer to assume the supporting role. Poots, meanwhile, exudes rebellion, the cascading sunlight splaying shadows across her sprawling silhouette as she slouches atop an antique dark wood table. The camera centers on Vacth as the narrative teeters on the edge of conclusion, dangling on the angst of her pained stare.
The fusty and threadbare scene which surrounds almost permeates through the soul of the collection – the clash and pull of antiquated icons, re-imagined as artefacts of a modern ideology. Dusky jacquard housecoats, pyjama suits and ruffled blouses slashed to the midriff, topped with a trim of fuzzy hazy-hued fur. Chunky platforms and girlish bowed peep-toe mules subvert the plot with sublime complexity, throwing a curveball to ladylike classicism with the assistance of supple leather handbags, thick leopard-print belts and glasses edged in glitter frames. A masterstroke by Miu Miu and Meisel– so brooding and cinematic is the narrative, the mere film stills warrant a full-length feature of their own.
PHILIPP PLEIN Pre-Fall 2015
PHILIPP PLEIN fashions Pre-Fall flawlessly – muted and hazy, not an inch excessively autumnal. This time around, Plein’s concoction proved a dreamy affair, a cloudy mix of smoked lavender, ice blue and leaden greys – and texture rendered the redolence all the more palpable.
Chubby fur jackets clip supple skin-tight leathers, taking the line of the body from slight and sleek to swollen and cocooned – the contrast impossibly elegant, if a little defiant. But the girlish palette pardoned all sins, peppering peekaboo dresses and flared miniskirts with a wilful blush of coquettish colour.
All that’s powdery and playful gave way to an elongated outline that was all the more urbane, draping the body in sweeping swathes of jersey, restrained monotones edited by deep plunging necklines met, almost, by the halting insolence of a thigh-high slit. Bags, meanwhile, carry the rock ‘n’ roll rhetoric, ladylike frame bags and satchels clad in crystal skulls and python skin, studded leather totes and backpacks bridging the gap between Lolita and lavish rebellion with impeccable flair.
Versace Spring/Summer 2015 Campaign
Madonna is the new face of Versace. Photographed in New York by Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott, the Queen of Pop smoulders in a series of black and white shots for the brand's Spring/Summer 2015 campaign. The timeless images are a testament to Madonna's everlasting power and undeniable cultural presence, which has only grown stronger over the years.
“Madonna is one of the true icons of Versace. I am thrilled to have my friend and the most powerful and directional artist as the face of Versace for Spring 2015,” said Donatella Versace.
La Perla Re-Opens Historic Boutique in Paris
La Perla has re-opened its historic Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré boutique in Paris. Designed by renowned architect Roberto Baciocchi, the store's interior was inspired by the Castelvecchio Museum in Verona, Italy. Soft, dusty colours pervade the 230 square metre space. Rich gold detailing accentuates the boutique's luxurious atmosphere.
The La Perla pieces are entrapped in delicate glass cases or displayed on velvet-clad trays. On the first floor, customers are welcomed into the VIP zone, where 'Made-to-Measure' collections are available. The area also leads to the boutique's most beautiful spot – the winter garden – where an array of show stopping pieces are presented on pedestals.
To commemorate the re-opening of the store, a celebratory event took place on 27 November, 2014. The launch party was attended by French actress Mélanie Laurent, dancer and choreographer Benjamin Millepied, as well as Tony Thornburg and Richard Biedul, models from the La Perla men's catwalk.
Fred Perry Gary Hume Blank Canvas Collection
Continuing to collaborate with iconic British artists, fashion brand Fred Perry have announced their Gary Hume Blank Canvas Collection.
The collection will consist of three screen printed shirts based on original Gary Hume artworks. Chosen to enhance the classic Fred Perry shirt the artworks Spike (2006), Exclamation Mark (2004) and Blue Collar (2013) have been selected for their simple yet striking aesthetic.
Describing Fred Perry as "the uniform of the smart, disgruntled youth" Gary Hume is a successful English painter and printmaker famous for his work in London during the 1990s. The shirts will be available for men in Laurel Wreath collection stores and online from August 2014.
The Neo-Neoclassic Diesel Fall/Winter 2014 Campaign
Incorporating Diesel icons, leather rock ‘n’ roll, denim and military – utility, the Fall/ Winter 2014 Diesel campaign entitled ‘The Neo – neoclassic’ comprises of an exciting amalgamation of dynamic imagery and explosive backdrops.
Modelled by actors, models, musicians and internet stars, the campaign fuses the classic with the contemporary to create something distinct and spirited whilst adhering to a ‘new vision of the brand and ‘the forming of a new kind of tribe’.
Formulated by Nicola Formichetti and Nick Knight, the images capture the sleek and distinctive Diesel collection and showcase ‘a new form of Diesel’s alternative spirit’.
Marina Hoermanseder at Berlin Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2015
Frank and provocative best describes Marina Hoermanseder's designs. Hoermanseder was one of the finalists of this year's Start Your Own Fashion Business awards and had the audience gasping at the first glimpse of her SS15 collection. This time around the 28-year-old Austrian focused on a particular way of leather treatment. Bags, corsets, dresses and skirts were made from belt-like leather elements, which Hoermanseder combined in a herringbone fashion. The resulting shapes and patterns were interesting and quirky with loads of sex appeal. But Hoermanseder does not simply make clothes, she creates stories and discourse: a high-necked nude leather poncho stiffed the model’s movement and covered chin and mouth, silencing here in a way we attribute to veiling.
At the same time the design bared most of the models lower body. Another stand out was an anatomically correct torso-corsage, which suggested the model to be a naked mannequin. This avant-garde SS15 showcase stuck to feminine natural colors, such as nude, coral, soft yellow and apricot, which added to the surreal and disturbing vibe of the collection. Hoermanseder’s mix of cheery, bright pieces and surreal details set the mood of David Lynch’s Twin Peaks universe, where nothing is quite what it seems and reality and dream are indistinguishable – social commentary included.
Vladimir Karaleev at Berlin Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2015
Photos by Mercedes-Benz Fashion
Sporty, sporty is the way to go for Vladimir Karaleev. His show for SS15 paired opaque and see-through fabric for light and fresh summer ensembles. Colors are reminiscent of a poolside session - sandy creme, rich shades of blue, sunny yellow, berry hues as yummy as a raspberry margarita, and forgiving favorite black. There is more than meets the eye to Karaleev's looks and it needs a second and often third take to fully grasp the inventive cuts, fabrics and patterns of his designs. Surreal, patchwork-esque even, best describes the SS15 collection in which he sows different color and texture fabrics together right down the middle, reuses scraps of fabric to create prints and patterns, yet manages to never turn clownish in the process. That is true craftsmanship and a unique POV.
SOPOPULAR at Berlin Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2015
Photos by Mercedes-Benz Fashion
If there is one point of critique about Daniel Blechman's SS15 collection, it'd have to be that he has not yet ventured into womenswear. SOPOPULAR has quickly become a fashion pack favorite during Berlin Fashion Week, leaving female guests extremely jealous of the urban, purist menswear looks. The current collection, called "Wasteland", sticks to black, white and gray, mixed with quiet wooden and dusty prints. Military elements could be seen here and there. Singer Ben Ivory composed a song of the same name as the collection, that set the tone during the presentation. Inspired by tribes and gangs, Blechman send bermudas, biker jackets, blousons and tunics down the runway, all the while paying close attention to his design's sustainability. And now some of those cool pieces for the ladies, please.
Perret Schaad at Berlin Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2015
Photos by Mercedes-Benz Fashion
It's already been Johanna Perret and Tutia Schaad's 10th collection at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in Berlin. For their SS15 presentation, the dynamic duo drew inspiration from the French Riviera. The contrast of down-to-earth Southern France and its exciting Mediterranean charm resulted in pieces that are perfect for a day at the Côte d’Azur. The label interpreted SS15's trend color blue in combination with light hues. Surprising details such as outside stitching and laser-cut details add to the collection's modern vibe, and thereby turn the otherwise tedious rush hour during summer time into an imaginary stroll down the Corniche.
Patrick Mohr x Reebok Classics
Photos by Mercedes-Benz Fashion
Sportswear brand Reebok teamed up with designer Patrick Mohr to create an incredible collaboration that is testament to the designer's Goth aesthetic and the sportswear giant’s core values. Renowned Reebok styles such as the Ex-O-Fit Hi and the Womens Freestyle Hi - two classic high-tops - were designed by Mohr unison with his dazing style. Luxe materials and textures from calfskin to ostrich leg and salmon skin with a little rock star attitude in the form of studs mark the, collaboration. Mohr's colors of choice here are ubiquitous black and loud purple. The collection collaboration will be available exclusively at Solebox, Berlin, and online.
Lala Berlin at Berlin Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2015
Exhibiting at the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Berlin, the Lala Berlin Spring/ Summer collection presented relaxed silhouettes, stylish patterns and creative layering. Adhering to the theme of "Illusion & Delusion", the collection fused contemporary and chic pieces with inventive sheer dresses to produce a laid back yet effortlessly cool aesthetic. Smart blazers were paired with loose fitted trousers and sleek leather jackets added a dominant edge. The showcase, presented on the 9th July at the Deutsche Oper attracted actresses Fritzi Haberlandt and Friederike Kempter as well as fashion icons including Gala Gonzalez and Camille Charriere.
Jean Paul Gaultier Haute Couture Fall 2014
Dark decadance and gothic elegance was exhibited at the Jean Paul Gaultier Fall 2014 Haute Couture show. Ghost like makeup accompanied by a color palette of red, black and white made for a darkly luxurious collection with black leather, luscious fur and soft satin being key materials. Lines were exaggerated and textures were experimented with in a dramatic amalgamation. Exuding rock and roll elegance, theatrical dresses were created with lace and face framing collars, the result was a collection exquisitely sleek.
Trussardi Fall/Winter 2014 Campaign
Photographed by postmodern photographer Roe Ethridge, the Trussardi Fall/Winter 2014 campaign deconstructs traditional fashion images and explores new and creative visuals.
Featuring the Trussardi greyhound, the images use a cutout effect to creatively combine human arms and legs with images of greyhounds. The campaign focuses on chic Trussardi accessories that comprise of fine leather and excellent detailing and puts them at the forefront of the inventive campaign shots.
PHILIPP PLEIN Fall/Winter 2014 Campaign
Entitled 'My American Dream', the PHILIPP PLEIN Fall/Winter 2014 campaign presents the dynamic creations exhibited in his Fall/Winter 2014 Milan fashion show.
A cowgirl style fused with rock and roll influences formulated the Milan show with outfits heavily embellished with gold studs, stylish all black leather pieces, extravagant fur and bold glitter.
Incorporating footage from the show including images shot live during the event as well as backstage, the campaign captures the vivacious spirit of the collection and translates the thrill of the show onto captivating still images.
Kris Van Assche at Paris Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2015
Sleek and innovative, the Kris Van Assche Spring 2015 Menswear collection presented an originative and stylish compilation. Suits were skillfully reinterpreted; trousers and shorts had slits at the knees, white shirts were worn with cut off neck ties and hoodies were worn underneath blazers. A distinctive pale blue pattern was seen on shorts, trousers and suits and metallic suits were worn with printed shirts, the result was a sharp yet fresh amalgamation.
Blumarine Fall/Winter 2014 Campaign
Described as "a woman's journey through her dreams and her deepest sensuality " the Blumarine Fall/Winter 2014 campaign incorporates timeless femininity and the wistful allure of a traveller in a sensuous mix.
Set in a modern Japanese Ryokan, model Thairine Garcia is embellished with traditional far east prints, precious silk dresses and flower decorations. The softeness of the clothing is juxtaposed by vivid atmosphere of the setting and the exotic backdrop provides a dreamy and tranquil ambience.
Dior Homme at Paris Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2015
Transcending from polished and dapper suits to 90s style loose, light blue jeans and classic white trainers, the Dior Home show provided a suitable aesthetic for the modern man. Suits were decorated in striking prints and jackets and jeans were embellished with logos. Effective layering was applied to striped vests worn under blazers and striped t - shirts worn over white shirts. Casual yet chic double denim provided a quirky alternative to the suit and shiny, patent blazers added something unique.
DENHAM store Berlin
Amsterdam store DENHAM famous for being 'the jeanmaker' will open their first stand alone store in Berlin Mitte.
As well as the seasonal ready to wear collections, the full range of premium 5 pocket denim will be available across the 117sqm store. The store launches after the success of the 14oz pop up in the Blue Yard shopping center which will serve as an anchor to the standalone DENHAM store.
The new store will also feature DENHAM's signature on site sewing repair concept with a denim wash service also being offered. Already popular in the Amsterdam and Tokyo stores, this service will give customers a personalized and unique shopping experience while adhering the the DENHAM ethos. Complying with the brands modernist and rich vintage aesthetic, the new store will feature key retail fixtures and fittings and will celebrate its opening on Tuesday 8th July.
Valentino at Paris Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2015
In an artistic amalgamation, the Valentino Spring 2015 Menswear show incorporated vintage style prints on shades of elegant brown, taupe and silvery grey. Interesting print were mismatched on silk fabrics that gilded down the runway and metallic, patterned suits were accessorized with hand held leather bags and slip on leather sandals.Relaxed sweaters and long coats were layered over silk shirts and patchwork butterfly motifs and plant embroidery was emblazoned onto jackets; the result was a vintage influence on a contemporary aesthetic.
Emporio Armani at Milan Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2015
A creative amalgamation of geometrical black and white lines was offered at the Emporio Armani Spring 2015 Menswear show. Totalling 91 looks, the impressive collection was suave yet innovative, conventional yet modern. Long black overcoats that emulated night gowns were paired with striped shirts and white leather loafers and buttoned up sweaters were worn with straight black trousers and monochrome flatforms.Carrying a futuristic essence, the collection fused sports luxe with sleek sophistication, thus producing a timeless and original combination.
Dsquared² at Milan Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2015
Bright and bold prints and patterns were accompanied with beige garments in the Dsquared² Spring 2015 show. Small, artistic images were printed onto shirts, jackets and trousers and bold badges were placed onto denim jackets and shirts. Modern and colourful designs were placed onto white t - shirts and worn with flat form sneakers and colour blocked sandals. Adding an air of sophistication, long beige overcoats were styled over buttoned up denim shirts and fitted trousers but the quirkiness was brought back through two toned bucket hats and bright stripes placed onto beige jackets and trousers.
Prada at Milan Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2015
Prada's neat and defined Menswear Spring 2015 collection incorporated womenswear in a slick amalgamation. Suits with the seams clearly outlined were paired with sharp shirts and sandals. Colours and materials were effectively clashed; dark blazers were combined with striped shirts, beige sweaters and coloured trousers with long patent leather overcoats placed over. Clashed patterns were styled with chic blazers worn over sweaters and sleek metallic suits exuded sophistication. The womenswear, showcased alongside the menswear adopted a similar aesthetic with patterned sweaters clashed with patterned pencil skirts and worn under patent leather overcoats and straight , mid length dresses emblazoned with the seams outlined.
John Varvatos at Milan Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2015
Keeping to nautical tones, the John Varvatos Spring 2015 menswear collection combined well-tailored blazers with fitted trousers and loosely wrap around scarfs. Cool silvers, whites and greys were integrated with earthy browns to create a casual and cosmopolitan style. Excellently tailored and incorporating an amalgamation of textures and detailing, the collection provided a sleek and characteristic combination.
Bally at Milan Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2015
Keeping it simple yet sophisticated was the obvious mood at the Bally Spring 2015 runway. The lines were kept clean, the tailoring was finished impeccably and the accessories were kept to a minimum; plush leather oversize bags and black sunglasses. The colour palette however, was adventurous and bold, deep turquoises and burgundies covered jackets, dark beige was used on leather jackets and rich dark blue on trousers. The fourteen piece collection exuded refinement whilst adhering to a modern style.
Vivienne Westwood at Milan Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2015
Sporting ‘Moral Outrage’ emblazoned t – shirts, Vivienne Westwood’s activist views were not left out of her Menswear Spring 2015 show. Westwood created a truly experimental and theatrical collection with distinct, unbuttoned shirts being worn under bright, deconstructed blazers, farmer-esque top hats and frayed cowboy – style denim. The show was eclectic and in keeping with the activist undertone, models wore pink pig snouts, Westwood not only exhibited a striking and skilful collection but used the runway as a platform for her environmentalist beliefs.
RAW for the Oceans wins Grand Prix
Denim brand G – Star RAW’s collaboration ‘RAW for the Oceans’ has won the Grand Prix award for Product Design at Cannes Lions Festival. As a long-term creative exploration between G-Star RAW and Bionic Yarn, ‘RAW for the Oceans’ innovates denim whilst impacting the plastic pollution in our oceans. In partnership with The Vortex Project and Parley for the Oceans, the initiative is culminated in G-Star collections and made from Bionic Yarn.
Offering solutions to the issue of ocean pollution, the project aims to tackle this problem through highlighting innovative product design. Described by President of the Cannes Lions Festival Jury, Donghoon Chang as “the Holy Grail”, G –Star RAW’s campaign underlining denim innovation presents sustainable and functional fashion that is to become part of the collection’s design.
G – Star has produced another revolution in the denim industry and Chang goes on to characterize their campaign as a stand out for “form, function, innovation, and a commitment to sustainability and social responsibility.”
G-Star and Marc Newson
Denim specialist G – Star RAW and industrial designer Marc Newson celebrated their decade long working relationship with an insightful event at the Design Museum in London.
Experimenting with art and fashion, an iconic piece from the collaboration is the Reversible Tour Jacket. A changeable bomber jacket with features including a compilation of graphic patches, grey silk sateen and a black quilted back.
Renowned for their stylish collaborations between art and fashion, the duo’s collections have expressed architectural constructions, streetwear references, and premium fabrications.
Australian born Marc Newson is a multi-disciplinary artist and has been described as the most influential designer of his generation. On speaking on his relationship with G – Star, Newson expressed “I think it is admirable that G-Star has the vision to embrace one industry’s ability to learn from another. They understand that design is a way of a company differentiating itself.”
The event took place on 11th of June and the G-Star RAW by Marc Newson Anniversary Collection for Fall/Winter 2014 is available from 1st October 2014.
G-Star Raw Seasonal Highlights
Focusing on dark, chic and stylish denim, the G–Star Raw Fall/Winter collection offers a large range of men’s and womenswear in a sharp selection of coats and finishes.
Varying in textures, materials and styles, the collection comprises of classic G–Star pieces as well as modern interpretations of the denims. Sophisticated and elegant yet contemporary and edgy, the collection can be worn layered or alone to create a sleek and polished aesthetic.
Converse x Maison Martin Margiela
The second collaboration between Converse and French fashion house Maison Martin Margiela introduces Premium Leather Silhouettes to the Collection.
The iconic sneakers are given an over paint which loosens overtime to reveal a hidden and vivid colour ranging from Amber Glow and True Navy to Azure Blue and Biking Red. Elegant and edgy, the classic sneakers are made from soft, luxurious leather and also feature the discreet Maison Martin Margiela logo on the tongue.
Speaking on the sneaker, Maison Martin Margiela describes the collaboration as “The story of two like-minded brands continues with the evolution of the sneaker collection where personal expression is at the forefront, revealing the expression of vibrant colours shining through an incognito white coat that ages with time.” The collaboration fuses the contemporary with the classic to produce intriguing take on an archetypal shoe.
CHANEL Cruise 2015 collection
It was print and pattern extraordinaire at the Chanel Cruise 2015 show with mismatched and intriguing shapes and styles and all out artistry. Big hair and exquisite makeup flawlessly complimented the heavily embellished attire, producing an extravagant yet stylish look and a chic colour palette.
Daringly experimenting with shape, pattern and texture, the collection provided lavish holiday dresses, a mixture of glitzy precious and costume jewellery and tailored pieces emulating the classic Chanel suit.
Showcased in Dubai, the collection gave a theatrical essence and emanated luxury through metallic trousers, moon headdresses and beautifully crafted sarees. Models including Lindsey Wixon and Malaika Firth emulated princesses as they wore textured harem pants and all in one patchwork pieces.
Modern and fearless yet still adhering to a classic Chanel aesthetic, Lagerfeld has fused the modern with the classic and the Arabian with the elegant.
WOLFGANG JOOP launches Eyewear Collection
In time for a stylish summer, fashion label WUNDERKIND have launched a new online store that will present Wolfgang Joop’s sleek new eyewear collection.
Coming in four unique and equally chic models, each with individual colour combinations and creative styles, the sunglasses have individual names representing their original shape. Deriving from Wolfgang Joop’s print creations of current WUNDERKIND collections, the hand made and high quality sunglasses are an ultra-mod fuse of distinctiveness and elegance.
Available at the new WUNDERKIND online store and at all WUNDERKIND boutiques as well as an exclusive selection of shops and department stores worldwide, these cool yet classic sunglasses are available to everyone and can be found at www.wunderkind.com/shop.
Dior: The Legendary Images
Held at the Christian Dior Museum in Granville Normandy, Dior: The Legendary Images showcases the extraordinary and stunning relationship between the fashion house and the photographers who helped cement their fame worldwide.
Included in the exhibition is talented American photographer Pat English who photographed Christian Dior’s first fashion show. This contributed to the international success of Dior’s highly popular and fashionable ‘New Look’. The exhibition also presents the iconic 1955 photograph displaying Dovima posing elegantly and showcasing a classic Dior aesthetic in between two elephants shot by Richard Avedon. This same trademark Dior elegance is captured in Willy Maywald’s mesmerising images shot on the streets of Paris of women in exquisite and chic evening wear and overcoats.
Also highlighting modern Dior photography, the exhibition hosts the work of Nan Goldin who captures actor Robert Pattinson effortlessly spread across the page for Dior Homme in 2013 and Natalie Portman looking ornately stunning in a series for Miss Dior shot by Paolo Roversi.
Truly legendary, these images are homage to the greats of fashion photography and a tribute to the timeless and cultivated style Of Dior. The exhibition will take place on May 3rd and continue through to September 21st 2014.
Armani/Casa 2014-2015 Collection
The creation of the Armani/Casa Exclusive Wallcoverings Collection is the collaboration between leading Italian furnishings company Jannelli&Volpi and fashion house Giorgio Armani that produces “a style of living and furnishing that expresses a sense of beauty.”
Offering a vast range of wall coverings, furnishings and decorations, the sophisticated compilation of designs add a characteristic elegance and cool refinement to a room and adheres to a minimalist yet welcoming aesthetic.
Comprising of a fresh colour palette ranging from warm beige, brown and grey to colder blue, light lime green and metallic grey, the designs provide crisp and refined household decorations that are simultaneously contemporary and traditional. With designs including shell motifs and geometric detailing, the collection is inspired by the Far East, nature and stones.
The sleek and innovative furnishings and wall coverings are available at all Armani/Casa stores worldwide as well as at authorized retailers.
PRADA Advertising Campaign April 2014
Effortlessly combining femininity and luxury, high end Italian fashion house Prada have launched their April 2014 fashion campaign. Starring sensational model Lexi Bolling, the campaign showcases the dazzling starlet nestling the classic and popular Prada Double bag as well as new styles.
Crafted in lavish yet supple leather, the bags are available in a contrasting array of colours including white, caramel, sand, yellow and red and provide a casual and stylish essential daytime accessory. Shot by Steven Meisel, the photographer depicts the bag as an extension of the model herself and a powerful “combination of skin and leather” and a lustrous “second skin on the model’s gamine silhouette”.
Displayed in natural calming day light and against an airy, cool white background, Lexi gazes alluringly into the camera’s lenses while the desirable PRADA bag sits effortlessly and elegantly on her lap to create a “simple and understated luxury”.
The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier from the Sidewalk to the Catwalk exhibition
French Fashion extraordinaire Jean Paul Gaultier will have an international exhibition dedicated to his life work that will allow us a vast insight into his remarkable fashion world. A notable name in the industry, Gaultier is known for his challenging approach to fashion and redefining the dress codes of masculinity and femininity.
The exhibition showcases the variety of world cultures which are amongst Gaultier’s most dominant inspirations and displays his most revolutionary work in an interactive and audio-visual form. From Madonna’s Blond Ambition tour costumes to the attire of the characters in Pedro Almodóvar and Luc Besson's The Fifth Element, the exhibition showcases Gaultier’s life work and wealth of collaborations in an interactive and theatrical format.
Inviting us to experience the world of Jean Paul Gaultier, the exhibition features around 140 haute couture and prêt-à-porter outfits as well as detailing the journey from sketches and inspirations to the fascinating runways, costumes and avant – garde designs that made his name inextricable with the fashion industry. The exhibition will be at the Barbican Centre from 9th April – 17th August.
Y/PROJECT Fall/Winter 2014
Grungy and gothic 90s it girl was cleaned up in Glenn Martens’ debut collection for fashion label Y/PROJECT Heavily layered, oversize and floor length pieces added an element of exaggeration to which Martens’ harmonised with clean, architectural lines and exciting, body hugging ruffles on sensual sheer dresses and tops. Modern, sleek and clean cut lines paired with ultra-fashionable all black ensembles adhered to grunge while white and grey pieces provided a sleek modernity.
The clothing epitomized versatility; oversize black bikers were thrown onto slim fitting dresses paired with black patent pumps, ruffled turtle necks combined with leather trousers and matching suits worn under uniquely cut coats. Stating that “Today a woman has to be adaptable, she has to be modern… be flexible in any situation and I think this collection tries to follow that.” Glenn Martens created a dark and sophisticated collection that complied with the desires of the contemporary woman by providing equilibrium between the laidback and the refined. He also experimented with texture, materials and cuts to add to the eccentricity of the collection while staying true to the brands urban lifestyle composition.
CHANEL at Paris Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2014
Set in a CHANEL themed supermarket with each shelf merchandised with CHANEL produce, the FW14 show presented dressed up daywear with sportswear references. Cut up body hugging trousers and crop top combinations were juxtaposed with bright mismatched geometric prints seen on large coats, long dresses and the lining of coats. There was a theme of matching pairs with an added elegance through layered white pearls. Ruffled pink princess yet chic dresses were edged up with knee length laced up trainers and shiny silver metallic leggings were worn under large tweed overcoats. This was a show of successful contrasts.
Louis Vuitton at Paris Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2014
The Louis Vuitton FW14 show paired complimentary silhouettes and applied a relaxed yet stylish aesthetic to their collection. Luxe and luscious fur was used in a toned down way, opting to apply it to an oversize biker jacket cut with a leather middle belt and ultra-modern shiny leather was seen on skinny trousers, long croc coats and strappy zip up croc leather low cut vests. This was contrasted with 70s references made through geometrics printed onto shirts and tops paired with brown and orange skirts and turtle necks, providing a strong and understated look.
Christian Dior at Paris Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2014
Christian Dior FW14 experimented with texture, colour and shapes to produce a collection of tailored coats in eye catching colours and exhibited an imaginative approach to corset lacing seen down the spines of dresses and along the sides of blazers. Interjections of neon yellow, green and pink dresses accessorized with glitter details added a distinct femininity and sensationally textured dresses gave way to a sleek yet striking aesthetic.
Christophe Lemaire at Paris Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2014
Strong utilitarianism was accompanied with soft knitted wool and a subtle elegance at the Christophe Lemaire FW14 show. The largely navy blue, cream and black colour palette combined with relaxed silhouettes to create a casual yet professional chic. The simple colours and clean cuts were mixed with the creative use of layering to produce a simple and classic collection.
Balmain at Paris Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2014
Powerful, strong utilitarianism was presented with the signature intricate Balmain patterning and experimental combinations were worn alongside stripes of leopard print at the Balmain FW ’14 show. The collection was fearless in its obvious extravagance and daring in its combining of jungle style zebra and leopard prints with bright yellow and orange furs. Hip hop style was referenced through all black leather and gold hoop earrings and an inventive rope like texture was used to create unique dresses and tops.
Dries Van Noten - Inspirations, Paris, Les Arts Décoratifs
Notable Belgium born fashion designer Dries Van Noten has assembled a collection of his fashion inspirations compiled from his 30 years as a designer in the industry. Dries Van Noten who comes from three generations of tailoring has created an exhibition entitled ‘Dries Van Noten Inspirations’ that explores how he works when it comes to creating his designs and the correlation between art and fashion. The experience provides an excursion into a fascinating creative mind and demonstrates the clash of styles that are present when it comes to drawing influence from various modes such as music, cultural citations and historical references. Stating that “fashion is more than just pretty clothes” Dries allows us to see the beauty of creating fashion through the use of over 400 pieces. The exhibition is about revealing, celebrating and sharing the creative process behind conceiving magnificent clothing and will run until 31st of August 2014 at Les Arts Decoratifs in Paris.
Day 2: Fendi, Prada and Moschino at Milan Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2014
Opened by Cara Delevingne wearing a long black overcoat with a hood flamboyantly lined with black fur and carrying a miniature Karl Lagerfeld, the FW Fendi show boasted an extraordinary range of colours, textures and excessive fur. Pairing thigh high black boots with oversized printed sweaters and large coats accessorized with luxurious fur, the show captured edgy elegance in a dazzling array of black, brown, deep blue and orange.
Asymmetrical prints and structured silhouettes personified dominance while bright reds seen on dresses and patent boots exhibited seductive femininity at the Prada FW ’14 show. Sharply tailored blazers were lined with lush fur and sheer long dresses were worn with multi coloured, patterned underwear. Sailor style was referenced through gold lined grey overcoats worn with bright red scarfs and exaggeration was incorporated through brightly colour clashed fur coats.
Fast food meets fashion made for an intriguing mix at the Moschino FW ’14 show. Models graced the catwalk in archetypal McDonald's emblems and colours of yellow and red and CHANEL detailing was incorporated to fuse quirky and classic. The collection transcended into hip hop chic where bags embellished with the words ‘Moschino’ were used as necklaces and lavish fur coats were sported alongside metallic gold jackets, gold chains and glitzy black bomber jackets. Jeremy Scott’s innovative use of SpongeBob prints and cereal box inspired dresses made for an eclectic show that referenced modern as well as youth culture.
Diesel Black Gold at NYFW Fall/Winter 2014/2015
For New York Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2014-2015 creative director Andreas Melbostad took it's spectators on a futuristic Science Fiction journey. On first sight, the collection seemed to be inspired by cosmic space suits and Smart Wear, but on closer inspection the brands typical elements were eminent: denim and leather, accented by zippers, multiple buckles and mirrored metal discs. Dominated by a rather monochromic colour palette, metallic surfaces and silvery laquered fabrics perfectly matched with neoprene, quilted leather and lightweight jersey. But also the choice of classical materials such as merino wool and 'Prince of Wales‘ highlighted this marvelous collection.
'8 Pieces' by Claes Iversen
Claes Iversen is proud to present this season's graceful collection: '8 Pieces‘: a tribute to the brand's signature of authentic couture, the luxurious use of materials and an eye for detail. The eight looks are made of high quality fabrics in bright colours and tailored in fragile, female silhouettes. Elaborately embroidery techniques of beads, crystals and sequins are combined with laser-cutted plexiglass shapes and compose floral patterns.
Chanel at Paris Fashion Week Haute Couture Spring/ Summer 2014
Under the dome of the Grand Palais in Paris on tuesday morning, Karl Lagerfeld‘s Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2014 surprised with a young and youthful défilée. Accompanied by melancholic orchestral sounds of French singer Sebastien Tellier, a rotating stage with mobile walls revealed two staircases and it seemed as if his mannequins would just enter the legendary Cambon Club.
Chanel‘s elegant looks had sporty and young elements. Whether cropped boleros and belled- skirts or transparent, sparkling dresses or the classical Chanel costume -one thing was for sure- the sneaker was the main shoe. Some outfits in girly cream pastels were even worn together with knee pads, elbow protectors and bumbags and underlined the youthful attempt. The show ended with Cara Delevingne's final appearance in a transparent T-Shirt shaped wedding dress.
Dior Homme at Paris Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2014
During the first part of the Dior Homme Fall/Winter 2014 collection, it seemed as if Kris van Assche was touching a more nostalgic and romantic part of himself. Tailored pinstriped suits were adorned with lily of the valley-embroideries and brooches representing heirlooms of the house. But gradually the modernist in Kris came to the surface as he began to play with these very classical elements. The pinstripes varied in thickness and the flower-motif was manipulated so that it almost became an camouflage-print. This fresh air of youthfulness was fortified when blue jeans were added to the looks with five-pockets, shirts and a great parka. The same was done with army-green. This collection can be considered as an evolution of the Dior house in it's entirety as Homme remains the cool and modern menswear brand, but at the same time the mens- and womenswear are gradually finding each other again. With Kris van Assche at menswear and Raf Simons at womenswear, the two Belgian head designers are both looking at the past of the house, but only to push it to horizons it has never been.
Melinda Gloss at Paris Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2014
Mathieu de Ménonville and Rémi de Laquintane of Melinda Gloss made a contemporary silhouette with loose shapes and sharp tailoring for their Fall/Winter 2014 collection. Subtle ski-references were made with headbands, elastic hems and big parka's. The color palette was dark but deep with bottle-green, grey and purple.
IVANMAN at Berlin Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2014
Classicism meets purism in designer Ivan Mandzukic’s fall/winter 2014/15 collection. The most recent designs of menswear label IVANMAN were inspired by Alejandro Jodorowsky’s 1973 classic La Montaña Sagrada – The Holy Mountain to reflect a play on gender roles. Classical shapes are accentuated femininely by the subtle use of transparency and details in the way the pieces are cut – strong overlapped shoulders and uniform shirts counter for an overall masculine look. IVANMAN’s new collection speaks a very personal and purist language while managing to cleverly update classics like trench coats, sweaters and pleated pants.
Mandzukic’s distinct sense for proportions paired with severe details like high-necked, stiff collars complete the menswear look for the upcoming fall season. A big selection of quality wool, delicate knits, cotton and heavy sweater fabric dominate the collection. The designer combines heavy hues such as Bordeaux and aubergine with soft beige and classic black and white for a seasonal color palette.
Julius at Paris Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2014
In the presence of more than a few stroboscopes, Tatsuro Horikawa of Julius outed his Fall/Winter 2014 collection and it seemed to come straight from the future. Apparently the designer isn't to optimistic about it, as he mentions "extremely deformed bodies" and "nervous pulses" in the shownotes. Even though the day after tomorrow isn't all that what we hope to be, at least we can protect ourselves (and look cool) with the built-up shoulders and wrapped necklines of Julius. Mostly black, the collection experimented on layering and volume. Later, in white, the most comforting part of the show came: a material that evoked a blanket that was used for tunnel necks and big coats.
Maison Martin Margiela at Paris Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2014
For Fall/Winter 2014, Maison Martin Margiela focused on wearable and sober clothing with subtle twists. Slightly slouchy grey suits had pants with double hems and coats were fastened with suspenders when worn over the shoulder. Big knits were teamed up with even bigger furs and there was a sense of wrapping and folding in the collection. MMM wouldn't do right to there name if they didn't include some decomposing and reassembling with diving-gear, thick tent-like canvas and leather satchels.
Louis Vuitton at Paris Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2014
Kim Jones has always been talking about the art of travel for his collections at Louis Vuitton. That is no surprise with a brand that started in luggage but this season he pushed the envelope in that domain. After referencing most continents, Jones this time looked even further. For the Fall/Winter collection the designer looked at NASA maps of the world from space and took aerial photographs of Machu Picchu, Cusco, the Atacama Desert and the Nazca Lines in Peru as an inspiration. He then went to those areas to find the finest local materials. This made for a collection that had an futuristic edge but was earthed in traditional values. Best were looks when there was a tension between formal and casual, for exemple in jumpsuit looks with matching coats or suits worn with t-shirts. Jones also added a new version of the Damier-pattern to the house's codes, called the Damier Cobalt, with a dark blue as a sign of new understated luxury.
Walter van Beirendonck at Paris Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2014
The soundtrack to Walter van Beirendock's fall/winter presentation was Gesaffelstein, a young DJ from France known for his aggressive and loud music. This could not have fit better in a collection so militant as the latest by the Belgian designer. Although the whole presentation was very colorful, most outings came with a felt soldiers helmet which at times was adorned with an enormous Native American head dress. There were some military influences on the clothing itself but they mostly centered around the idea of cut-outs. Side-panels of belted wool coats were left open to reveal colorful prints. Somewhere in the mind of Walter van Beirendonck must have been a schoolboy, which explains the vertically striped suits and emblems on sweaters.
John Varvatos at Milan Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2014
At John Varvatos, looks are fearless, confident and as usual influenced by Varvatos passion for Rock' n' Roll. So of course Kiss, in the main soundtrack accompanied his muses, when they pranced down the runway. John‘s leather looks were mainly black, often in shimmery shades, combined with white suits. Throughout the edgy spirit, elegancy is not getting lost.
Gucci at Milan Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2014
Inspired by the empathetic portraits of Canadian painter Kris Knight, the new Gucci Fall/Winter 2014 collection shows linear, graphic shapes with the precision in design. The Gucci men -during the day- wears sixties pants, nappa leather and biker jacket, and velvet blazers at night. Manifested in Gucci‘s traditional craftmansship, leather is the protagonist of most garments and occures in almost every look. Creative director Frida Giannini chose a colour pallete, that culminates from deep black into dusty pastels.
Jil Sander at Milan Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2014
For Fall/Winter 2014, Jil Sander showcased a delciate and subtle collection playing with the senses of structure, surface movement and colour. It almost begs the viewer to touch it‘s shimmery fabrics and promises a haptic experience. On the contray, purple cashmere sweaters with geometric knits create a rather flattering atmosphere. This season‘s tailoring resembles to well-known Jil Sander aesthetics: silhouettes are neat. Boxy jackets on top of slim cutted cigarettes pants dominate numerous looks.
Lou Dalton & Astrid Andersen at London Collections: Men Fall/Winter 2014
Lou Dalton Fall/Winter 2014
As designer Lou Dalton has established herself as a starlet of British Menswear, no other than her was destined to open the first day of festivities at London Collections: Men. Alongside punk-inspired streatwear elements and chic tailored suit jackets, her creations were built on the inspiration of her grandfather’s farm and it‘s workers. Lou Dalton‘s signature of contemporary classicism and refined tailoring got crossed by pieces in acid-pink denim.
Astrid Andersen Fall/Winter 2014
Only four years after Astrid Anders graduated from the prestigious Royal College of Art MA course, the successful Danish designer for Fall/Winter 2014 hit the zeitgeist with a modern, luxurious street style collection. Sticking to her use of exclusive fabrics, the line was based on shiny satin's, laces and faux furs. The 'Astrid' branding emblazoned hoodies,T-shirts and underlined the graphical demand that make all of her collections unique. Other key elements were asymmetric strapless and cropped tops. Down Jackets and silver chains gave the final finish and a slight 90ies spark.
Kaviar Gauche 'Fleur De Force'
Since in 2004 Johanna Kuhl and Alexandra Fischer-Roehler created their unique style, it's not possible to imagine the fashion universe without Kaviar Gauche's femine designs. With the delicate yet strong collection 'Fleur De Force' the Berlin-based fashion label welcomed the Spring/Summer season 2014. The two charming founders for this occasion chose the St. Agnes church in Berlin, Kreuzberg to present the collection and show it in a rather minimalistic and industrial ambience. A light installation rotating to the rhythm of 'Einstein on the beach' by Phillip Glass graced the show with artificial golden sunlight and underlined it's cool and antagonistic spirit.
The collection is influenced by floral and contrasting graphic elements dominated by warm and light-beige colours, besides silver-grey combined with the classic Kaviar Gauche shades, such as ivory and black. In addition to the mix of silk, organza and leather, the line features the modern laser cut in blossom shapes. Next to the ready-to-wear collection the designer duo showcased dresses of the Bridal Couture 2014 putting the focus on the opulent Pavot dress, made of silk laces. In the selection of suitable accessories the exclusive garments find a final conclusion.
Ermenegildo Zegna's L.A. Global Store
To celebrate the opening of it's new global boutique on Rodeo Drive, the luxury menswear brand Ermenegildo Zegna hosted an exclusive soiree at the new designed three floor Concept store. Italian fashion designer and Zegna's Creative Head, Stefano Pilati showcased an impressive preview of the Spring/Summer 2014 Couture collection, including mohair suits, wool gabardine jackets and floral jacquard knits. As always focusing on success, excellence and craftsmanship, the now available selection in the store dedicates to Italian high-quality heritage and ranges from clothing to accessories and fragrances, and from formalwear to sportswear, made of exclusive materials that have distinguished Zegna for over a century now.
The Beverly Hills boutique was designed by renowned architect Peter Marino and creates an extravagant ambiance, dominated by brownish, earthy and golden beige shades. The interior designs of the boutique echo the brand's use of quality materials, integrity and modern style and enrich the visual shoppong experience in store, accompanied by a chic VIP room in the top floor devoted to personal shopping.Invited guests, such as legendary actress Sharon Stone and musician Gavin Rossdale, enjoyed a unique dinner and cocktail night at the JF Chen design gallery, and experienced the new creative concept behind the campaign Eminences Grises, shot by the two renowned photographers Inez van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin. Under the artistic direction of Pilati the campaign images have been set up in the event space and marked another highlight of the opening.
The new global store is located on 337 North Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills, Los Angeles.
NEIGHBORHOOD for Converse Sneaker
NEIGHBORHOOD, the exclusive lifestyle denim brand from Tokyo and Converse presented their first joint project, the first String Holiday 2013 collection, through adding a slight Japanese touch to the most two well-known Converse classics. When the Japanese clothing brand was founded in 1994 by Shinsuke Takizawa, NEIGHBORHOOD immediately succeeded with their motorcycle culture inspired designs, which also gets visible in this very unique collection. Combining classic Converse DNA with the Japanese brand's own vision, the two iconic staples are processed with high quality materials: the Jack Purcell Johnny Mid, made of deep petrol blue leather with tonal stitching and the All Star Chuck '70 Ox realized in a blue suede, both with white midsoles and toe-caps.
The First String's Premium sneaker collection is available in selected Converse retailers across the globe since the 1st of November 2013. For more information visit
Azzedine Alaïa and Women
By Ria de Borja
Alaïa, an exhibit chronicling the designer’s career and influence in fashion, recently opened at Palais Galliera, musée de la mode de la ville de Paris. The exhibit goes through the designer’s history, designs, techniques, inspirations - and his penchant for women, including famous actresses. Azzedine Alaïa was born in Tunisia and attended the country’s École des Beaux-arts. “I used to spend my nights oversewing dresses for a local dressmaker in order to pay for my school equipment. I learned the different stitches by doing my sister Hafida’s sewing exercises because she wasn’t very keen on manual skills,” says Alaïa in the exhibition catalogue. Soon after, the designer finished his studies and was encouraged to move to Paris by a family friend.
“The designers who have made a lasting impression on the history of fashion are those who have concentrated on celebrating and liberating the body. Of all contemporary creators, it is Alaïa who has best embodied this spirit since the 1980s, using precise seams and darts to produce a silhouette that has become his hallmark,” says Olivier de Saillard, director of the Galliera museum and the exhibit’s curator. “He drew inspiration from the spirited style and arrogance of personalities like Arletty and Louise de Vilmorin.”
Alaïa met the French actress Arletty in Paris in 1960. “She’s the one who gave me the idea of making skin-tight dresses. She was used to adjusting the volume of her skirt with a pin. ‘It falls too well, she used to say. It has to be skewed somewhere.’” Towards 1971, he was inspired by Greta Garbo: “She came with a friend, Cécile de Rothschild, and wanted me to make a very full- bodied coat. I remember some fitting sessions and measuring sessions. The coat was never big enough for her taste.
At a time when everything was tight- fitting, the 1970s, I had to make an immense, navy-blue coat for her, with turned- up sleeves. In the 1980s and 1990s, I often presented huge coats with generous shoulders, a definite nod to Garbo, to her inimitable and avant-gardist style.” When he met Louise de Vilmorin, he was further schooled in fashion: “Meeting her I realized that Parisian chic was all about the little details. One evening when Louise de Vilmorin was supposed to go to a dinner, she asked me to help her put the finishing touches to her outfit.
She remembered that she had seen a concierge wearing a cardigan from a department store like Prisunic so we bought it. We replaced the buttons with something more elaborate in metal and put a long ordinary chain around her neck that she rolled up and plunged into a pocket. It was a demonstration in just a few seconds of her inimitable sense of style, and she got a lot of envious looks that evening.” Over the course of his career, the designer has created collections that include leather or waxed fabrics perforated with eyelets, skirts laced at the back, metal zippers running from the neckline to the hemline, tight and structured leather suits, seamed stretch jersey dresses, leather tube dress with asymmetrical folds revealing the naked skin, stretch jersey hood dresses and coats with hood collars and reversible boleros with strips of mink. “Alaïa fashioned a new body, like a sculptor working with muslin and leather. Inventing new shapes out of simple interplay between complex stitchings, Alaïa became the creator of a timeless body of work. His influence on today’s fashion is fundamental,” says Saillard.
In 1986, Alaïa presented Naomi Campbell in her first fashion show (she was 16). “Naomi Campbell, Farida Khelfa, Veronica Webb, Stephanie Seymour, Marie-Sophie Wilson, I am grateful to them all for accompanying me through all the research and the long posing, fitting and tweaking sessions. If I don’t have models before my eyes I have no ideas. I need to see their bodies near me,” says the designer. He acknowledges the profound influence women have had on him: “I have never followed fashion. Women have always dictated my behaviour. I make clothes, women make fashion.”
Onitsuka Tiger's ‘My Town My Tracks'
Sports lifestyle brand Onitsuka Tiger takes on Tokyo's diverse backstreets for Fall/Winter 2013. In ‘My Town My Tracks' three natives explore their urban lifestyles and neighborhoods. Through the power of images and film the juxtaposition of this modest and outgoing, quirky and elegant culture, which is the birthplace of Onitsuka Tiger, is related. British photographer Laurence Ellis snapped Asami, a barista and actress in the hip Shimokitazawa district, artist Que, while wandering around counterculture hub Kichijoji, and Chris - the third local - cycling around Nakameguro, a quiet residential area.
The trio showcases models from the upcoming, running-inspired street collection through 1,000 candid Instagram photos, which can be seen on Onitsuka Tiger’s official Instagram profile, @onitsukatigerhq. Throughout this personal city tour, the ULT-RACER and HARANDIA take center stage. Both shoes are inspired by the brand’s running heritage. The HARANDIA features performance technology and will go down in Onitsuka Tiger’s history as its first shoe to feature GEL technology, for extra cushioning and comfort, all the while. As a special gimmick, it’s the brand’s first shoe to have Onitsuka Tiger written on the heel tab in Japanese.
The other shoe featured - the ULT-RACER - is a modern interpretation of the ULTIMATE 81, which was one of the brand’s most famous running shoes in the 80s. Sleek nylon, a chunky sole and herringbone rubber pattern make this a great allrounder for everyday explorations. Both models come in seven combinations as well as three specifically female fits.
Miu Miu at Paris Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2014
For Spring/Summer 2014 Miu Miu adorned the runway with exclusive garments hitting the spirit of the swinging sixties. Miuccia Prada sent out retro looking coats with big buttons, fringe-beaded dresses in a range of vivid and pastel colours. Wool tights were combined with twin set tops and patent leather skirts in pastel colours.Cuts and shapes were slightly remininding of schoolgirl uniforms.Wild patterns and prints of ornaments showing birds, cats and flowers highlighted fluffy coats. Paying attention to those eye-catching details, the collection was playful, girlish yet sophisticated and feminine, what in other words defines Miu Miu as an extravagant brand.
Christian Dior at Paris Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2014
The House of Dior for Spring/Summer 2014 conquered the runway with a strong, feminine and very exoctic appearance. This collection was drawing a line of successful new interpretations and a variety of ideas. Raf Simons‘s creations were built on exclusive fabrics, such as bright silks and jacquards and stunning floral prints related to the impressive runway location, which felt like a surrealistic tropical rainforest setting.
The iconic traditional Dior Bar Jacket appeared next to translucent pleat skirts in neon coulors combined with monochromic metallic garments and very powerful multi-coloured dresses. Wrapped tops emphasized the beauty of a woman‘s waistline, relating to the sensual spirit Dior is loved for.
22/4_femmes at Paris Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2014
Stephanie Hahn, the designer of 22/4_femmes, has her roots in pattern making, which makes her a gem of know how in the middle of superficial big ideas. The way she cuts a shoulder on her new T-shirt is only one example of the way Hahn structures and controls a fabric. For Spring/Summer 2014, the designer looked at Jazz Age tennis player Suzanne Lenglen, resulting in a minimal, sportive collection without neglecting the feminine. Relaxed silhouettes with big striped trousers and shirts were vamped up with brazeers in the same fabric. As Lenglen, also known as „the Divine“, never wore an underskirt while playing, an exercise in transparency gave the collection depth and light.
Prada at Milan Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2014
For the second day of Milan Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2014, Prada sent out a collection that reflected femininity and female empowerment at it’s best. Eye-catching prints, which reminded of mural paintings and Richard Lindner dominated this artistic line. Most of the prints showed graphical images of women, which underlined what this collection is all about. Knife-pleat skirts, tube socks, shift dresses and coats with round buttons were showcased in the colour palette of mustard, lilac, turquoise and tangerine. Accompanied by hot vibes of Britney Spears new song "Work bitch!“ this show was a must-see at MFW Spring/Summer 2014.
Emporio Armani at Milan Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2014
The Emporio Armani Spring/Summer 2014 show was inspired by the spirit of nature and flaunted with modern qualities. Rippling water reflections and shadows on plants glazed on exclusive garments, in juxtaposition to floral patterns and imaginative, abstract watercolour illustrations. Shadows of tropical flowers in a colour palette of pale blues, greens, grays and dawn pinks completed the whole appearance.
Casual outfits included a range of double-pleat and widly-cutted pants and leggings that covered the skin like a tattoo. Flowing jackets in glossy and monochrome looks and elementary shapes, next to sleeveless silk dresses conjured a symbolic modernity accessorized with colour-matching clutches and handbags.
Preen by Thornton Bregazzi at London Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2014
For this SS14 Justin Thornton and Thea Bregazzi showcased a collection dominated by gaudy, graphic and geometric patchwork prints and floral patterns. Being well known for hand crafted effects and precise cuts, the designer duo draped feminine and sporty dresses, skirts and parkas with vibrant silhouettes.
A pink glaze on the runway harmonized with pastel pink and blue colour palette, as well as strong neon pinks and yellows. Remaining true to the Rave spirit Preen is known for, second phase of the show brought up numerous futuristic looking pieces made of transparent high- tech fabrics, semi- sheer plastic raincoat textures and metallic foil.
Calvin Klein at NYFW Spring/Summer 2014
Speaking the language of minimalism and innovation, Francisco Costa, who is Creative Director for Clavin Klein since 10 years now, put on the final run at NYFW Spring/ Summer 2014. Simple, oversized and unfinished looking pieces gave an industrial, experimental look.
Knee lenght skirts, on top oversized tops and wide-strap dresses were made of unique fabrics like woven snakeskin, silk and multicoloured yarn. Inspired just by a simple boys‘ T-Shirt and potato bags, Francisco experimented on taking apart, fringing and fraying his exclusive fabrics, that were dominated by white, bright sandy and black colours.
Hervé Léger by Max Azira, Mara Hoffman, Lacoste, Jill Stuart at NYFW
Third day at the New York Fashion Week brought up a number of remarkable styles. Designer Max Azira showcased his collection of pieces for Hervé Léger with geometrical printed patterns, sharp silhouettes, combined with leather pieces and added zippers. The show was accompanied by strong dynamic drum rhythms and thrilling beats.
Hervé Léger Spring/ Summer 2014
Mara Hoffman Spring/ Summer 2014
Continuing in Lacoste’s efforts to keep a certain contemporary look - Oliveria Baptista created remarkable pieces with a slight touch of sportswear. He sticks to the old image of tennis courts in strong colours such as clay browns, rosy beiges and dusty pastels.
Lacoste Spring/ Summer 2014
Last but not least speaking of Jill Stuart -who opened the show with a high waisted black skirt and a rounded shoulder top - is bringing back the seventies.
Jill Stuart Spring/ Summer 2014
New Mulberry Bayswater Shoulder Bag
It is surely a testament to design when an accessory comes to be a celebrity in itself; sacrosanct and scrutinised by an adoring public, Mulberry’s Bayswater bag is just that – a cult style staple that is at once practical and ever en vogue. Though change is in the air this Fall/Winter, as a handsome adaptation of the label’s dearest descendant is sure to cause quite a stir among disciples and decriers alike.
Effortless and unassuming, the new Bayswater Shoulder bag is very much the cooler, cultured cousin to Mulberry’s iconic original – insouciant and bare but for its enviable quantities of uncalculated chic. Exquisitely crafted leathers case its humble frame, streamlined to its classic and quintessential components. In Autumnal hues of taupe, crimson, plum and midnight blue, the superb grain of the polished skins comes to surface, from grainy calf and goat hides, to tactile lizard prints. Alongside this novel addition to the lineage, is the Bayswater Double Zip Tote; a distinguishable relation to its ancestor, but reworked, this time with an optimised layout, made possible by a zipped compartment layout. All the while, dependably present is the charming motif of the classic Bayswater – or, rather, any Mulberry handbag worth its salt – in the form of its plated postman’s lock – a Royal seal, if ever there were one. Only one element is sure to stay consistent to such a tumultuous collection: it won’t be long before the Bayswater Shoulder is seen to be a pin-up in its own right.
Available online and in stores as part of the Fall/Winter 13 Main Collection
Ralph Lauren to Restore École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts
The École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris has acquired worldwide recognition as an institution to nurse such masters of design as Valentino Garavani and Hubert de Givenchy. Artists, too, have flourished under its coaching, with Degas, Marisse and Monet all walking through its magnificent doors. It's pertinent, then, that one of the greatest designers of our time has pledged to honor its two-year restoration by funding several millions of dollars towards the project.
The campus buildings date back to the 17th century, and house a 90-foot mural by French painter, Paul Delaroche.The historic semicircular lecture theatre that forms the heart of the school will be renovated with stadium-like seating and top-of-the-range audio-visual equiptment. It's cobblestone courtyard, meanwhile, will undergo significant work as part of the plans, which, once completed, will host a gala dinner and Fall/Winter catwalk show by Lauren on October 8th, making his first European show.
Prada Marks 100th Anniversary with Galleria Restoration Project
Setting up shop in the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II in 1913, Mario Prada – father of the legendary fashion house – opened the first of many Prada boutiques under the roof of Milan's most spectacular shopping mall. A neo-classical landmark, the ornate architecture of its breathtaking façade is all part of the romance in the Prada story.
In fitting commemoration to its centenary, Prada plan to reinforce its roots with an extensive restoration of an entire quadrant of the Galleria, opening onto its historic central intersection and adjacent to its current residence. The Prada Galleria was waved in by the launch of a new dedicated menswear store.
At 400m², it occupies not even a tenth of the proposed development, saving room for more sales space, event areas, a restaurant, an exhibition hall for contemporary art under the Prada Foundation and brand headquaters. The ambitious renovation will encompass a thorough reworking of the vicinity, from interior layout to its outer structure, sculpting a complex for culture, business and lifestyle in the heart of the city, and under the magnificent roof of a monumental Milanese fixture.
Claes Iversen Spring/Summer 2014
Known not for its tropical summers, Amsterdam nonetheless delivered a ray of sunshine at this season's fashion week in the form of the Claes Iversen show, inspired by the city's showery climate.
The banana-yellow ouverture said it all: a satirical displacement of a classic's typical context. Hooded macs cropped up throughout the collection, severed and layered or thrown suggestively over bare legs. Raincoats weren't the only pieces to face the chop; hemlines teased, courting thigh and floor with their sheer promiscuity, though tailored cuts and long fitted sleeves translate sensuality into sophistication.
Chiffon singlets were cinched into banded waists, rising as maxi-skirts or breezy palazzos flaring to a splaying umbrella line. All the while lengthy fringes were raining down in washed pastels, hailing unexpected embellishments as erratically as the weather.
Iceberg Celebrate 400th Anniversary of Amsterdam's Canals
This year the city of Amsterdam celebrates the 400th anniversary of its characteristic Canal Ring. Now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the canals will play host to jubilant commemoration throughout 2013. One such reveller is the sportswear label Iceberg, whose Ice Iceberg store finds home on the city's legendary shopping street, PC Hoofstraat.
Iceberg climbled aboard the aptly named Juliana flat bottom boat, – a fitting tribute to Gilmar founder, Giuliana Marchini Gerani – before sailing down the Herengracht Canal to the Munttoren Tower, soaking up the bounty of sights on offer from the charming aspect of the water.
Boris Bidjan Saberi Spring/Summer 2014
It's not often that a designer can pull off 'sailor' without pieces looking caricatures of their influences. Though that's exactly what Boris Bidjan Saberi has accomplished with his latest Spring/Summer collection. Perhaps that's because his eye has always been close to the source; penned from his seaside workshop, maritime garments find new function in the modern man's wardrobe, pooling in the weather-beaten folds of slouched silhouettes.
Ropey knits in murky off-whites bear the industrial scuffs of hard labour, underwritten by the utilitarian buckled fastenings of cropped life jackets. Waxed cotton sweaters are somehow made unspeakably modern, layering light jerseys and oversized pants etched in grainy graphic prints.
Boat sails are reworked to breathe authenticity into hooded cloaks, their original seams still visible so as not to mask character. Yellow waders and fishermen jackets are tailored to question the possibilities of function, narrated by removable sleeved jackets, adjustable length pants and an integrated backpack vest.
Stripes, too, are redefined, their identity chanellenged as they struggle to keep in line on asymmetric cuts. In a palette of worn whites and greying navy, marine wear, here, evades the obvious by all possible costs.
Laurèl Spring/Summer 2014
Elisabeth Schwaiger creates high quality pieces from leather, silk and jersey. For Laurèl's spring/summer 2014 collection she drew inspiration from Asia's aesthetic language. As a result, the designs are modern, urban and infused with exotic impressions. The color palette for spring/summer 2014 is framed in black and white with a vibrant impressionist print in and strong one-pieces in turqoise or purple. The Asian influence adds a relaxed touch to the smart clothes, which are suitable for all occasions from the office to the beach.
Images:© Mercedes Benz Fashion
Salon Show Spring/Summer 2014 Green Showroom
Sustainability is growing ever more important in fashion and the green showroom during Berlin Fashion Week provides a platform for sustainable labels. At the salon show 20 brands showcased 54 looks from avant-garde designs to delicate silk dresses and fine blouses as well as all the way to accessories. Among the labels were renowned designers such as Lanius or Elsien Gringhuis and Swiss label Royal Blush by Jana Keller / Johanna Riplinger, who employ plant-based treatments for the leather and organic salmon they use -all made locally. Their collection is simple, reduced and puristic. For a more rock 'n' roll vibe, designer Aleks Kurkowski combines straight forward, avant-garde designs with relaxed urbanity and the essential thought of sustainability. Once again, the show proofed that fashion and awareness can create something beautiful.
Images: © Mercedes Benz Fashion
Designer for Tomorrow by Peek & Cloppenburg
For the fifth year running, Peek & Cloppenburg Düsseldorf and Fashion ID have awarded the 'Designer for Tomorrow' award during MBFWB. As a visible platform for creativity, it gives up- and coming talents the opportunity to present their designs. This year's patron Stella McCartney helped mentor the finalists and gave them advise ahead of their showcase. The five designers were Katy Clark, Jamie Wei Huang and Ioana Ciulacu Miron from the UK as well as Hannah Kuklinski and Annalena Skörl Maul from Germany. With her collection 'Paradox', Ioana Ciulacu Miron took the award. For her it is all about contrasts. Her creations are soft and flowing, appear structured and feminine while simultaneously expressing a masculine strength. A diversity of materials like wool, plastic, chiffon and even plastic foam fuse in quite extraordinary unity. The prints on the pieces kept in subdued color were all hand-drawn by the designer herself. Having won over the jury and the audience, Ioana is 2013's 'Designer for Tomorrow'.
Patrick Mohr Spring/Summer 2014
The injustice of humanity is a tricky subject to broach at the best of times. Through a fashion collection, however, the challenge grows near insurmountable. But where others see impossibility, Patrick Mohr sees an obstacle to be conquered.
The presentation of Mohr's Spring/Summer collection was unorthadox, to say the least. But then again, who could expect anything less? Succinctly entitled Human, the line takes an avant-garde take on couture, fusing with streetwear to evoke the idea that we are all equal.
Beautiful models were made repugnant by beards and monobrows, while society's most marginalised were pushed to the forefront, taking to the stage in Mohr's thought-provoking designs. Disabled, Body-building and transgender mannequins sported baggy printed vests and T-shirts – a tired pair of eyes staring as its sole motif. With unfinished seams, the look was poignantly run-down.
White dresses were magnificently pure; folded crisply and escaping all embellishment, they were a testament to artful restraint. In thick plain bolts, they skirted – even lined the floors, their fantastic immaculacy stripping down an aesthetic to a utilitarian skeleton.
Jean Paul Gaultier Couture Fall 2013
Few people do couture like Jean Paul Gaultier. His affinity with provocative excess brands him a soulmate for the season, often shamelessly themed and always a little decadent.
Flamboyance, as custom, knew no bounds – a conclusion that could be made from the very first look, through the chunky tufts of fur and layers of leopard-skin. Hair too, was skinned in spots – statuesque and towering heads brazenly with the callous confidence of a cavewoman.
Color palette made a surreptitiously subdued entrance, but fooled noone into thinking this would be a show made of strictly natural hues. After all, it is Jean Paul Gaultier. While sandy browns kept quiet, inflated shapes made a cacophonous bang – chunky quilting piped volume in lines and tapered pants grew pockets so accommodating they became closer cousins to harems.
Velvets, feathers and furs ran with the raucous sense of feminine pride bestowed by Gaultier, amplified by bejewelling tones of piercing green and electrifying fuchsia. His characteristically crafted impression of the female form, meanwhile, did not go overlooked. Puffa-like piping etched the distinguishing features of the bustier, cinching waists and rounding at the hips, deciding whether to tulip or flare. Lavish it may have been, but limitless it most definitely was.
Sissi Goetze Spring/Summer 2014
The spring/summer 2014 collection had a 1990s hip-hop feel to it. Visors are the hot weather update of Sissi Goetze’s somewhat signature accessories: the cap. Since a man in shorts is super relaxed, Sissi Goetze made loose-cut, shiny black drawstring shorts. The focus of the collection is on black and denim materials. Aside from cropped pants, Sissi Goetze has men in layered, overlapping clothes next summer. Color choices for spring/summer 2014 range from light blue to safari style camel. The designer’s unconventional approach to contemporary menswear is a nod to every man’s inner rascal.
Images: © Mercedes-Benz Fashion
MALAIKARAISS Spring/Summer 2014
Amidst the hyped New Objectivity, MALAIKARAISS spring/summer 2014 collection found itself between the purism, extravagance and wearability. Pleated collars, asymmetric features and contrasting lining added intrigue to the designs. For next summer, Malaika Raiss played with different length seems, varying textures and see through elements. Her fabrics of choice are silk, soft leather and knit which made for fun pieces such as berry colored leather shorts or an easy, see through maxi dress in light rose.
Images: © Mercedes-Benz Fashion
Fendi for Fountains
Roman by birth, the Fendi fashion house is to pay gratitude to its heritage by funding a major restoration of Rome's ancient fountains, including the Trevi Fountain and the Quattro Fontane complex. Founded in Rome in 1925, Fendi has sourced illimitable inspiration from the city, and hope to pay tribute to both its striking beauty and historical identity through the preservation project.
“Rome is eternal, therefore, there is no better place: Rome has changed and has not changed,” said Karl Lagerfeld, who has been head designer and creative director of the brand since 1965, marking the longest collaboration between a designer and fashion house. Lagerfeld, who claims to have visited Rome over 740 times, has also photographed the most iconic fountains of the city, ready to showcase in an exhibition entitled The Glory of Water.
Running from July 4th-14th in Rome's sister city of Paris, the exhibition will be displayed in five domes, symbolic of Rome's iconic cupolas. The Glory of Water is to make history as the largest ever display of daguerreotypes, as fifty prints will exploit the now nearly extinct traditional processing technique. Upheld for its mirror-like realism, daguerreotype printing is now only practiced by 6 master printers around the world, and the history of the technique will make a dedicated feature at the exhibition. The event promises a multi-sensory environment, with photographs accompanied by the music of Vivaldi, contemporary digital compositions and the sounds of the water from the fountains themselves. By the Ponte Alexandre III on the banks of the Seine, its showing will coinside with the opening of Fendi's new boutique, its Maison moving from number 22 to 51 Avenue Montaigne.
The 600m² store was designed with the vision of femininity in mind; bathed in soft bronze lighting, an abundance of rich textures - from velvet and leather to natural stone – form the curves of the space. In tune with Fendi's Roman roots, walls are covered in travertine plates, clad to enhance the height of the vertical structure. The ground floor will host an installation surrounding the iconic Baguette bag, where a wall pierced with 30, 000 bronze needles will display the different styles, representative of the craftsmanship behind their fur pieces. Here too, will be a made-to-order service space, where bags from the Selleria line and the Peekaboo bag can be customised to a unique specification of colors, leathers and finishes, while the Haute Fourrure room above will allow clients to create bespoke fur items.
Perhaps most exciting about Fendi's contribution to the project, is another kind of restoration, this time of the film Histoire d'Eau by Jacques de Bascher. Shot in 1977 and starring Suzie Dyson, Bascher's eighteen-minute piece gave way to the concept of the fashion film, intended to present Karl Lagerfeld's ready-to-wear and fur collection for Fendi. The story of a young woman who travels to Rome, she bathes in the city's fountains, stowing their water in glass vials. Her parents, meanwhile, believe her to be holidaying at a Spa in Baden-Baden. The last shot depicts the woman transformed into a mannequin, standing in the window of the Fendi boutique – the jars of water drawn from the fountains of Rome lined behind her. And so the restoration gives truth to its name: Rome really is the Eternal City.
Thom Browne Spring/Summer 2014
Thom Browne's spectacular presentations are always a highlight on the menswear calendar and his presentation for spring/summer 2014 was no exception. The collection balanced between the super masculine and the super feminine, the masculine part being the navy with their broad-shouldered and heavy-armed costumes and hats and the feminine in details like laced corset-backs, crinoline hips and lacquered fabrics. There was an air of fetishism in the way the models wore the silhouettes with high heels and red lipstick with a tough attitude. If you want to see them, there were lots of political messages in the collection; maybe gays in the army or the perception of what is feminine or masculine. But above all, these were clothes crafted with immaculate attention to detail and a lot of ideas to distill.
Givenchy Menswear Spring/Summer 2014
It has actually been a few seasons that Riccardo Tisci did the very black and gothic collections that made him famous. Lately he had been much more optimistic; the pre-spring collection was full of flower-prints, for example. This continues for Spring/Summer 2014 in a collection that was inspired by geeks and tribes. Tisci took a trip to L.A. and was obsessed by its skater culture which led him to vintage hi-tech. This goes surprisingly well with his other inspiration, Africa, in a way that some prints were confusing: photo-print of a record-player or a traditional African pattern? Very strong were the printed parkas and the times he used see-through fabrics, like the pants and a flesh-toned jacket (which was actually made of a very new knitting technique). The tribal face painting enforced the influences and the strength of the models/warriors.
Rick Owens Menswear Spring/Summer 2014
Out of the darkness, bandmembers arived on the catwalk rather than models at the Rick Owens show. Shortly after came a installation twirling the band's drummers around while performing. The clothing of the collection was in line with this exciting performance with lots of black, leather and strings dancing around the models. Last season, Rick brought his man back to the street and this season he continued this path. The most precise example of that are the sneakers he designed with Adidas, that were finally presented to the public.
Ann Demeulemeester Menswear Spring/Summer 2014
The great designer of melancholia and poetic sensibility, Ann Demeulemeester, outed a emotional collection full of greatly cut jackets and shorter pants. She started with a couple of white looks delicately embroidered with black patterns. Later on the collection took on colors like dusty pink and dark purple that gave the collection more depth, but never made it heavy. The collection had a victorian air but it was kept modern with light cottons and fluid silks. The models wore subtle black make-up around their eyes to highlight both the rocker and the poet that is the Ann Demeulemeester man.
Gucci Menswear Spring/Summer 2014
Restrained design is something of a stranger to Gucci. How come, then, Frida Giannini pulled it off with such style? Outsized T-shirts conquered shirts in the quest to vanquish the generic suit. That said, traditional shape played a part in the battle. Assuming a chinoiserie camouflage, it was ‘dressed to kill’ – all spotted sheaths of white and bright satin.
Leather, too, possessed a pleasing fluidity, in tanned swathes like honeyed skin. White danced with beige to a controlled routine – plain pea coats and anoraks leaving little room for expression, though curiosity lies elsewhere: knitwear found its way as its less than prim self. All open-weave and slouched cut, it was a refreshing tincture compared with the accustomed aesthetic. Such a bounding leap from the dark begs further questions as to where the brand is headed. One thing’s for sure: the path looks promising.
Fendi Menswear Spring/Summer 2014
Stepping onto scorching sands this Spring/Summer was the heated pace of Fendi. A duned setting helped to lay the tone, though the arid designs spoke for themselves.
Sunset yellow drove full-throttle, terracotta as deep as desert sand belted tightly in the passenger seat. In the shades afforded by the powdered dyes of the East, vibrancy permiated in blocks – though speckled paint stains told of their source.
Fabrics befitted the sweltering heat, in airy yet endurable weights. Jackets, meanwhile, puckered and glossed like roasted leather. Tailoring remained subdued; in sandy camel hues, slim-fit fought the oversized elements, with the aforementioned ultimately winning. Co-ordinated pieces jarred ever so slightly, as scratchy straw checks weren't quite in tune. Piled together, the look is undoubtedly eclectic. Standalone, however, each piece simply blazes in the summer sun.
Vivienne Westwood Menswear Spring/Summer 2014
So the spirit of the libertine made it onto the catwalk at Vivienne Westwood - what else is new? Perhaps a topical political statement will suffice. The heart of the collection’s theme, Truth, was not just worn on its sleeves, but rather fully emblazoned sandwich-board style across the chest. Printed T-shirts carried a stencilled impression of uniformed soldier Bradley Manning, an alleged source to the WikiLeaks scandal. Not worlds apart in style from the emblematic image of Che Guevara, both icon and models who bore it donned berets fit for battle. The medium may have been subtle, but the message was strong.
Westwood, by her very nature, likes to shine a light on the side-lined. All the while being radical, the line was designed to cater to the eclectic tastes of the bohemian traveller; think breathable linens and a penchant for print. Heritage checks fused with harems, but just when you thought designs were headed for tradition, pieces would throw out a host of contradictions. Silk cummerbunds were swapped for boxer-bearing jean, and neckerchiefs dressed up but deconstruction tore down: vive la revolution, vive Westwood.
Mulberry Fall/Winter 2013 Campaign
Can Mulberry help but conjure a wonderfully whimsical campaign? With Tim Walker in tow, it would be foolish to expect anything otherwise. Oxfordshire's Shotover House provided the aristocratic setting, made all the more magical by the other half of Walker's imagination: set designer Shona Heath.
Framed by a typically period setting, doll's house trimmings are the perfect partner for the porcelain features of model Cara Delevigne – a quality only further accentuated by her stoic air.
Crooked branches creep eerily into frame – a homely haunt for the wildlife of the woodland – tipped by shrinking buds and starkly bare twigs. Camel and oxblood take preppy cuts, reflected by its Oxfordshire setting. Leather and black stir a sombre concoction, whilst all-white puritan shapes radiate with a deceptively angelic snowy gleam. Played out to its sole spectators, the story is cloaked in supple merlot leather, like a faded fairytale.
Only walker could make innocence so haunting; only Mulberry could dress the tone.
Ermenegildo Zegna Spring/Summer 2014
They say absence makes the heart grow fonder. If anything could illustrate the truth of such a statement, it would be the unanimous fervor surrounding Stefano Pilati's return to the runway this menswear season. The move from YSL to Zegna could be considered something of a quantum leap, and a contrast that was not wasted on Pilati, who appeared to take advantage of the unshackled color palette.
Gone was the severity of yore, ushered out by taupes and hunter greens. Black did make a cordial appearance, though its presence was fleeting and manner unforthcoming, submitting control to the gentler details. Layers filled depths that were hollowed by minimalism, as featherweight knits grazed shirts and suit jackets in the same touch, while ditsy geometrics filled in the blanks. Proportions teased, whether it was overcoats to cocoon or abruptly tailored cut-offs. Cuffs, too, were rolled with imaginative flair, as wrists were wrapped like swadling to the three-quater point. In fluid crepe fabrics, robed trench coats in squared-off lines gave the wonderful impression of a ribbon-wrapped gift – as good a metaphor as any for Pilati's benevolent first offer for Ermenegildo Zegna.
Dolce&Gabbana Menswear Spring/Summer 2014
The catwalk shows of Dolce&Gabbana replay digital print like a looping blockbuster marathon. This screening, however, seemed somewhat more cinematic than most. Maybe it was the colour – etched out in the sepia tones, classical columned temples resonated in the eyes of the early Hollywood film fan, which played out before such scenes.
For the most part, tones remained subdued, allowing the intricacy to speak for itself. Bomber jackets made the graphic guise look easy. As for the 3 piece suit: although impossibly difficult to wear, it was a thing of beauty, nonetheless. Patterns complimented – the quiet stripe of slim-fit pants replicating the pillared architecture of ancient Italy. Blossomed silks provided a brief séjour from an otherwise crusading collection, while raw cloth rags buffed the fine edges to relic.
As for shape, there was nothing historical about the square shell-tee – unless of course, atop a muscular form, from which it assumed gladiatorial proportions. Then again, Dolce&Gabbana’s contemporary classicism has amassed quite an arena, all eyes on their heroic prints.
Damir Doma Resort 2014
Damir Doma is known not for flouncy detail, but more his rather austere sense of line. Femininity and severity are tricky things to balance, so Doma may have struck gold with his working forumula.
Welcomed as the womenswear guest of Pitti W 12, the Giardino Corsini al Prato in Florence set the backdrop for Doma's eloquent 2014 Resort show. A tone resonant in the very first look, an elongated shift dress envelopes the body with the characteristics of paper. Blocked color on crepe silk takes the theme further, in asymmetric cuts that just miss the fold line. Concealed fastenings allow the fantasy to live on, as paper bag waists and unblemished edges create the incredibly believable impression of origami construction, while cold-shoulder cutouts tear in just the right places.
A restrained colour pallette pulls focus to detail. The royal purple and jewelled fucshia tones reign over swathes of monochrome check, but the steadfast sovereign is, by far, page-white, for its impeccable execution of crisp, statched folds.
Moncler open store in Sylt
Continuing their expansion within Germany, Moncler are to open a boutique on the northern island of Sylt, stocking clothes and accessories from the Moncler and Moncler Grenoble collections. In keeping with the typical white brickwork and thatched rooves that line the city of Kampen, the new store has been designed to uphold “High Mountrain” traditions. Smoked oak pannelling clads floor and ceiling, making for a cosy interior that is typically 'Sylt' . Elegant touches of black metal and glass enhance rather than detract from the quaint setting – no doubt a design detail of architect firm Gilles & Boissier, who can claim a history of collaborations with the label.
Alexander McQueen Menswear Spring/Summer 2014
From beneath the redundant railway arches of Kings Cross came a vision in white. All lace and pallid skin bought something of the modern day beau to London yesterday. At once sharply-suited and undone, stiffly starched collars poked their wings from wrinkled silk, as knuckle-grazing cuffs second-guessed the astute dressing of the dandy. Mary Janes, meanwhile, trod the industrial cobblestones with a distrinctly feminine authority, blurring the boundaries which fashion gender with Regency resonance.
Distressed knits layered shell-structured tees, webbing ivories into a monochrome scheme. Silhouette remained true to tradition, with only subtle shake-ups to conventional tailoring; casual pieces flirted with heritage, while sleeves were sheered to bare arms in a twist to challenge formality.
Embelishment, on the other hand, was an altogether modest affair, overruled by the mixing of minimalist pieces in a playful repertoire of lengths. Nonetheless, when print was on the cards, it truly made its presence known. Jacquard flocks and candy stripes were unabashedly busy, evoking layer upon layer of peeling wallpaper – only to be understated by Sarah Burton's stripped-down interpretations of the plain black suit.
LVMH presents Les Journées Particulières
If curiosity ever proves too much to bear, Les Journées Particulières may go some way to satisfying that thirst for knowledge – just the tonic for an inquiring mind. Following its successful launch in 2011, this weekend's program of events serve an art and design initiative conducted by luxury brand group and patron, LVMH.
Through Saturday and Sunday, houses under the LVMH umbrella will leave their doors open to the public accross 42 European sites. The Ateliers of Kenzo, Dior and Louis Vuitton – to name but a few – will impart ticketholders with a rare glimpse of their creative environments, providing behind-the-scenes insight to the work of craftsmen and artisans.
From couture to cosmetics, watches to wine, Les Journées Particulières hosts an extensive array of workshops to cater to all trades. With open-houses in six countries, the celebration will surely be far-reaching, enlightening and simply unmissable.
Les Journées Particulières runs from June 15-16th at various venues.
Replay Spring/Summer 2014
More than a splash of beach style made its way onto the Replay's Spring/Summer catwalk for the 2014 season. In fact, the Urban Surf collection was awash with sun and surf pop – a perfect postcard of the Hawaiian shores.
The free-spirit of the surfer shines in the design of the Replay Blue Jeans line, whose bleached tones speak of saltwater-drenched and sun-dried carelessness. Loose fit and unfinished edges render Men's and Women's styles characteristically cool, as rolled-up cuffs reveal ankles and attitude. Laserblast denim lies at the heart of the hippie vibe. Eco-friendly and low impact, skinny, boyfit, biker and carrot cuts are a reaction to responsible youth culture. Nostalgic femininity is plucked straight from Venice Beach, when broderie anglaise confronts cold-dyed leather. Meanwhile, fringed T-shirts and are taken from day to night, when cargo jackets are swapped for stone studs and sequins. Menswear, too, is distinctly understated. Oversized T-shirts are aged by texture, as crinkled fabrics appear blushed by the sun, while biker sleeves reinterpret the nylon bomber.
Vibrant hues make waves when palm-print takes the form of macro print and batik. Neoprene mini dresses and mesh knits steal structure from scuba, applying exposed zips and stitching as a playful final point of reference.
Roberto Cavalli: Psychotic Love
Sometimes hysteria can get the better of us. For fans of Roberto Cavalli, the launch of the label's newest accessory may explain that neurosis. Psychotic Love is a short film for the brand, and a tale of one woman’s delirious obsession: her Hera bag. Sensational viewing is the least to be expected, shot by the lens of Diego Diaz Marin - whose photographic work is both wonderfully erratic and eccentric – Psychotic Love does not disappoint.
Through a spellbinding spectrum of kaleidoscopic colour, the woman’s state of torturous infatuation culminates in the moment she surrenders to her mania. Walking out out on her life, she abandons everything she owns - everything but her beloved Hera bag.
Fall madly in love with the Hera bag when it hits the shelves later this month.
Strellson to launch REFINED Edition
Swiss fashion label Strellson are to launch its premium Fall/Winter 2013 collection this August. The REFINED Edition is set to weave together classic and contemporary styles, through reinterpreted heritage fabrics and timeless design. Herringbone and broken twill are given relavance in the digital age, as stretch technology lends practicality to sartorial fashion. Expect updated takes on the typical Strellson sillhouette, with a capsule line of trousers, shirts, jackets, coats and accessories all in a palette of grey. Horn-rimmed glasses set off the look with astute attention to detail, while real horn buttons denote the modern man's taste for tradition.
The REFINED Edition will be available from Strellson shops internationally and online from August 2013.
One Night Only Roma by Giorgio Armani
Tonight Giorgio Armani will unveil a new 900 square-meter boutique in the heart of Rome's luxury shopping district, Via Condotti. Spread over three floors, the boutique is one of only two exclusive Giorgio Armani stores to offer a dedicated area where customers can order custom-made haute couture accessories.
To celebrate, the label are staging a grand opening, One Night Only Roma, at the Palazzo della Civiltà Italiana in Rome, where catwalk shows will present new versions of the Emporio Armani and Giorgio Armani fall/winter collections. The venue will also premier the Eccentrico exhibition – open to the public from June 6th - 9th – and will showcase an exquisite retrospective of Giorgio Armani designs dating back from 1985.
Full coverage of the event will be streamed online on their dedicated website from 9pm on June 5th. In the days leading up to the event, a new interactive website has paid tribute to both the brand and the city of Rome with a live countdown, previews of the opening and exclusive video interviews with Giorgio Armani himself.
G-Star flagship store Berlin
With a versatile event comprised of music, fashion and art, denim brand G-Star opened its new flagship store on Berlin's Kurfürstendamm. Actor Sönke Möhring of 'Inglorious Basterds' fame and presenter Rabea Schif activated the 'champagne crusher' to official unveil the store and open the doors to the RAW art series, a design experiment , which explores the limitless possibilities of denim. The new location houses the entire men's and women's collection as well as accessories on 350 square meters.
G-Star RAW store
J.W. Anderson for Versus Versace
When it was announced some months back that Jonathan Anderson was invited by Donatella Versace to design a capsule collection for Versace, opinions were both in doubt and in awe. In some ways, the two aesthetics could not be further apart. Jonathan's brand J.W. Anderson is known for it's rigourous and boxy cuts and unisex approach. Versace obviously likes to keep its clothing as close to the body for it's sexually agressive and confident man and woman. But on another level, the brands have a similarity that can not be denied; J.W. Anderson is heavily influenced by the nineties-era and that period was, of course, Gianni Versace's initial heyday.
That tension is clearly visible in the collection presented wednesday in New York. Andersons personal influences were the austere and graphic pieces like cropped tops and skirts with high slits on both legs. J.W. Andersons latest menswear collection was all about ruffles, short hems and knee-high boots. That unisex-feeling returned in this Versus-collection as the clothes didn't change that much for him or her. The Versus-man is as confident in a croped and sliced top as his female counterpart. When the Versace-trademarkt made their appearance in the collection, it added extra depth to the collection with signature gold buttons, lace and safety-pins. The collection, reminiscent of Helmut Lang, Jil Sander and Versace himself, celebrated the nineties. But most of all, it was the result of an balanced joining of forces, in which both parties had an equal voice.
Stella McCartney joins Designer for Tomorrow
Peek & Cloppenburg Düsseldorf is proud to announce that Stella McCartney is the new patron for their annual talent award Designer for Tomorrow. Since its initiation in 2009, the fashion award is yearly given away during the Berlin Fashion Week, giving young talent the chance to be discovered and providing them with a creative platform.
With Marc Jacobs as the patron of the project for the last two years, Peek & Cloppenburg found a worthy successor in Stella McCartney. She will be part of the whole process of finding the next winner of the fashion design competition. The first step of the process will be reviewing every application sent in from all over Europe and for McCartney to select her favourite ten designers. Along with an expert jury board, she will view the presentation of the finalists' collections in Berlin in May 2013. Ultimately then they will decide on a winner, who will present his collection at the Berlin Fashion Week and receive the fashion award's grant.
Jimmy Choo at London Collections: Men
It's a first for Jimmy Choo! In previous years the fashion brand always presented their menswear collection in Milan, but in June 2013 the men's collection will make its debut in London for the first time.
The Spring/Summer collection 2014 will surely be a great addition to the third installment of the London Collections: Men, which will take place from the 16th til the 18th of June.
To fully win over the hearts of the fashionable Londoners, Jimmy Choo will also be opening a flagship store in Dover Street in the beginning of May.
Window Displays at Lanvin Paris
Inspired by the prints of Alber Elbaz’ Lanvin Winter/Fall 2013-14 collection, the window displays at the Lanvin Paris store are currently filled with hundreds of butterflies. Swarms of fluttering creatures are suspended in mid-air surrounding the still mannequins, they seem to defy gravity.
The shapes of the butterflies give a playful notion and their elegant black colour is a contrast to the white skin of the mannequins as well as the Parisian creme stone walls found at 22 Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré. Flying through doorways, out of fireplaces and old-fashioned record-players the butterflies are attracted to Lanvin garments like bees are attracted to honey. The mannequins seem surprised by the sudden appearance of the butterflies, there’s nothing left to do but to hold on to those gorgeous Lanvin handbags and be careful not to take a tumble in those wonderful heels.
The Surf Shack by Tommy Hilfiger
When surf culture emerged in America in the 60s, it was about much more than just the sport. It created a new direction in music and fashion - in fact, a whole new lifestyle still embraced by surfers around the world today. That surf culture inspired Tommy Hilfiger to create Surf Shack, a limited-edition capsule collection to accompany his spring/summer 2013 collection.
Tommy Hilfiger normally takes a fresh and young approach to classic American apparel. Surf Shack manages to create a crossover between preppy and laid back, resulting in surf sophistication. The 12 womenswear and 16 menswear pieces are made of summery fabrics like chambray and feature bold prints and neon colors. The beach apparel, swimwear, footwear, sunglasses, watches and bags are ideal from sunrise to sunset on a hot summer's day.
Tommy Hilfiger has also collaborated with the Art Production Fund again to invite five contemporary artists to design five unique surfboards. They will be available in selected Tommy Hilfiger stores from April 15, once the in-store installations of sandy beaches are complete.
Human Made X Coca-Cola
The Japanese designer NIGO® launched his new capsule collection inspired by vintage Coca-Cola. The capsule collection is released under his newest label’s name – Human Made. The new line of menswear takes its inspiration from iconic work wear from the 20th century. A wide grey sweater with the old-fashioned Coco-Cola logo in a blazing red, a cap with stripes and simple white T-Shirts with prints of the coke bottles remind of the days, when Coca-Cola was brand new and everybody raved about that new fizzy drink.
Fun fact behind the collection: The designer owns a personal collection of Coca-Cola memorabilia including a red retro leather jacket from his high school days. He was also the Japan Coca-Cola yo-yo champion back in the 80s and awaited this collection for a long time.
The capsule collection is a collaboration with one of Japan’s fanciest boutiques, Beams. The collection is solely available at Beams surrounded by fitting decor like a neon light script of the Coca-Cola logo and a red vintage metal box filled with the classic coke glass bottles.
The new Crash by Chanel
by Rachel Marie Walsh
No, this timepiece isn’t a cut-out from Dali’s The Persistence of Memory. This is Cartier’s re-edition of the 'Crash' watch, a design originally produced for the brand’s UK boutiques in 1967. Cartier London was an independent company at the time and the melted-looking bezel is as reminiscent of Carnaby Street hipsters as it is surrealist art. In fact, the design was inspired by the broken watch of a Cartier London customer who’d been in a car accident. In the heat of the wreckage, his oval-shaped Cartier Bagnoire Alongée had stretched and warped, yet managed to remain elegant.
Company head Jean-Jacques Cartier was so intrigued by this “survivor” that he put it into production. Cartier liked the irreverence of the shape, especially contrasted against the technical perfection and precise construction of what lay beneath. Over the years, Crash watches from the 60s and 70 - all signed “London” unlike the signature "Paris" for modern watches - have increased significantly in value. One can see the appeal: something that is both luxurious yet which has endured the extreme.
This season, the Crash is available as a ladies dress watch in four models, each with bracelets comprised of drops of white or pink gold and gem-set bezels. One particularly exquisite style has a bracelet covered with brilliant-cut diamonds. In reference to the year it was created, only 267 Crash watches have been produced. An underground classic for true connoisseurs of Cartier.
G-Shock X Maison Martin Margiela
Everything is still very secretive around a certain collaboration between the luxury fashion house Maison Martin Margiela and the G-Shock watch. One thing is certain though: To celebrate the 30th birthday of the G-Shock, a new model of the GA-300 will hit the stores in the end of March 2013.
The GA-300MMM will feature a detachable leather band and it has been hinted that the 0-23 numbers of the fashion designer will feature as a pattern. The watch will be a limited edition with a number of 3,000 and only 300 stores all around the world will stock it. The exciting collaboration promises to be a successful one, but for now all one can do is wait and long for more details about the design of the covetable watch.
Lanvin Summer 2013 Accessories
Not only the good weather is a reason to look forward to summertime, but also Alber Elbaz’ new designs for the Lanvin Summer 2013 accessories collection. The key to the new classic, yet modern designs is a sense of purity and precision, defined by clear and geometrical shapes.
The new shoulder bag Partition features different kinds of leather in graphic shapes and golden metal plates as well as screws. It’s the perfect companion for any occasion. The Stiletto heel reflects traditional craftsmanship and its most innovative part is the mirrored heel. The shoe combines metal pieces with luxurious matte leather. Like the other accessories the jewellery also features a lot of gold. With its large shining surface, the Oracle reflects the beauty of the wearer and is only one piece of jewellery among a series of cuffs, rings, earrings and wide belts reminding of corsets.
Valentino Fall/Winter 2013-14
Inspired by the simplicity of beauty that was the key to the portraiture of the 17th century, the designers of Valentino created a one of a kind Fall/Winter collection for the cold days of 2013-14. Showing off long braids accessorized with simple black headbands, all models were styled the same, which brought out their individual beauty even more. Their pure porcelain skin and puppet like faces complemented the stunning range of garments.
The collection’s most essential fabric was lace. All kinds of delicate lace were used for floor length dresses, bibs, collars, applications and cuffs, adding subtle details to each design. One of the most prominent designs was a dress with long sleeves and a slightly flared skirt ending above the knee. Their either black, red or blue fabrics were the perfect contrast to the creme coloured lace bibs.
All in all the whole collection was all about skirts and dresses and rarely featured any trousers. Occasionally there were a few pleats as well as colourful dresses featuring scalloped hems and see-through fabric. Use of red and white fur, the later with black spots, reminded of royal ermine coats, while leather gave an edge to the sweet looking dresses. Capes with hoods and coats with clear cuts looked like they were from an enchanted tale. The enchanted feel of the collection was underlined by flowery patterns and glittering sequins. Yet again it was another excellent Valentino collection.
Kenzo Fall/Winter 2013-14
The Kenzo Fall/Winter 2013-14 collection goes back to the roots of the Japanese fashion brand creating an exciting mix between traditional and modern shapes. The designer duo Humberto Leon and Carol Lim stay true to the Japanese heritage of the label with shapes that resemble kimonos and traditional Japanese robes. Jumpers with wide sleeves, asymmetric cuts, tight trousers, kimono-like belted wool jackets, a variety of skirts and flowy floor-length silk dresses are the collection’s essential designs.
Various prints are also a key to the Fall/Winter collection. Either inspired by Asian patterns or featuring geometric designs, there is a whole range of different patterns. One of the most dominat ones is the a pattern that featured a print of a great number of eyes, which seemed to be staring at the watching crowds.
The first colours to appear on the runway were glamorous tones of gold, black and a bright red, then a number of light blue garments followed, the red reappeared in cornflower-blue patterns, while the collection ended with a splash of orange.
Camper Spring/Summer 2013
by Rachel Marie Walsh
Nothing was what it seemed on Bernhard Wilhelm’s Spring/Summer catwalk, what with the crazily-patterned grunge-chic and models in futuristic afros and foil masks. Then again, one of the designer’s long-term mantras is “chaos is beautiful.”
The shoes were a perfect match, in a blindingly clashing kind of way. Wilhelm's seasonal collaboration with Camper combines wild animal prints with chunky, unexpected soles and natural materials like cork. Conformity and provocation co-exist with a humorous disdain for the plain, as he pushes the boundaries of conventional footwear to create shocking shapes.
Since Wilhelm set up his brand (together with Jutta Kraus) in 1999, the Ulm, Germany-born designer has refused to be swayed by success. He continues to create an imaginative and wonderfully lunatic world playfully projected onto the Spanish brand’s footwear.
The stand-out shoes for women were zebra-print sandals with wildly outsized soles. With ankle-high upper and thong construction, these shoes are both a sandal and a boot, available as a flat or with the on-trend cylindrical heel. Both are lined with leather and rubber. The flagship sneaker for men and women is reinvented with neon camouflage or zebra and Dalmatian-print in black and white monochrome. The soles are boosted with sculpted, zigzag rubber inserts in contrasting colors. All are crazy-cool, just the way Campers should be.
Jil Sander Fall/Winter 2013-14
A unique simplicity has always been one of the essential element of Jil Sander's designs. Her new Fall/Winter 2013-14 collection stays true to her minimalist approach to fashion and clear cuts structure her garments.
Overknee length skirts of flowy light fabrics are part of this year's Fall/Winter collection as are sleeveless dresses with pleat details and deep v-necks. Other tops feature a neckline that resembles a cross between a boat neck and a v-neck. Coats with large pockets and an oversize fit, either worn open or with a belt to accentuate waist and hips, are the highlight of this collection. Their colours vary from a range of blues including navy and azure blue to a bright orange and yellow.
The collection's finale is made up of a number of simple black bandeau dresses with minimalist golden stripes and elegant coats of thick wool and fur. It is the epitome of pure and simple elegance. The signature minimalist design of Jil Sander at its best once again.
Iceberg Fall/Winter 2013-14
With their Fall/Winter 2013-14 collection Iceberg decided to take a trip to the past. The first look of the runway show included a knitted sweater that re-invented the style of the one that was designed by Jean-Charles de Castelbajac in 1983. However, the creme coloured wool and crisscrossed black leather stripes look more contemporary than ever.
The reoccuring pattern of the whole collection was that of stripes – covering sleeves of sweaters, woven into jumpers wool, spreading diagonally across knee-length pencil skirts. Some pullovers were in a patchwork style mixing various stripey patterns of different colours with leather and furry details. Returning to high quality knitwear from jumpers over fitted cardigans to slouchy knit dresses, a variety of wool was used. While the knitwear featured wide sleeves and soft shapes, the collection also included jackets and blazers with sharp tailoring. Throughout the whole collection the designs had a focus on strong shoulders.
Leather cigarette pants with a slim fit in a bold fuchsia displayed a use of bright colours. Azure blue and lemon yellow were other main colours, beside black and white. The final looks of the collection turned the neat stripes into colourful twirls adorned with numerous sequins. All in all the collection had just the right amount of seriousness, but also a playful touch.
Fire Etchings by Karl Lagerfeld
From oil painings to contemporary photography the portait is one particular form of art that artists have been fascinated with ever since. None other than Karl Lagerfeld has created one of the most recent responses to what contemporary portraiture could look like.
In his exhibition “Karl Lagerfeld: Fire Etchings“ at the Galerie Gmurzynska in St. Moritz, the fashion designer and photographer dicovers a whole new medium for portraiture by using backlit glass and etching images into its surface with fire.
The subjects of the glowing blue, yellow and white images are rapper Theophilus London as well as the models Freja Beha Erichsen and Aymeline Valade – Lagerfeld’s current muses. The exhibition is on display at the Galerie Gmurzynska until the 23rd of March and viewable seven days a week from 10-19 hrs. The gallery is located at Via Serlas 22, 7500 St. Moritz, Switzerland.
Ralph Lauren Fall/Winter 2013-14
The atmosphere of the Ralph Lauren Fall/Winter 2013-14 fashion show reminded of Russia in the beginning of the 20th century. Black caps and furry hats were worn by the models and they looked like they were part of the movie classic Doctor Zhivago.
The collection didn't really settle on one certain look and had many different facettes to it. Another theme that reappeared was that of sailor and navy wear with designs that resembled captain's jackets. The runway show started off with preppy ruffle blouses and bows, cableknit jumpers and turtlenecks, duffle capes and well-fitted coats, wide pants and flared high-waisted trousers, floor-length ruffled skirts and A-line leather ones – all in black and white.
Then came a series of colourful velvet dresses with puffy sleeves and clever details created by gathering of fabric. The velvet garments in red, purple, blue and green were accossorized with tapestry bags and paired with brown, black as well as grey cropped and longtail blazers. But the collection wouldn't be complete if it didn't end with a number of glamorous gowns. From creme tulle to deep red taffets dresses, from black gowns with leather pleats to blue velvet dresses with bejewelled necks, the variety of gowns vowed the audience and got them up their feet to end the show with standing ovations.
The Unfolder 7 by Alexandre Vauthier
This is it. The Unfolder 7. The first bag ever to be designed by Alexandre Vauthier. While the fashion brand marks its fourth year in existence, this is the first accessory by the French designer. It's the cherry on top accompanying the garments of the current collection.
The square and slim structure of the bag looks classic, yet modern. The same effect is achieved by its materials of lambskin and crocodile leather as well as the golden metal chain and details. The versatile bag can be worn as a clutch or across the shoulder, just as one pleases. So it's an ideal companion for a night out, but just as much for a relaxed day in town.
Happy Birthday, Dior!
It's a birthday to celebrate! 66 years ago on a snowy day in Paris the very first collection of Dior Haute Couture was revealed. The 12th of February 1947 became a date that marks a pivotal day in fashion history.
To the astonishment of the fashion show's audience feminine dresses and the typical defined high waist showed of the female body. No longer were those models hiding in their bodies in unflattering clothes of the war-time. Femininity made a comeback and the Parisians audience as well as women and men all around the world were admiring the Dior Haute Couture collection.
On the same day a second new thing was introduced to the world: Dior's first ever perfume. The smell of Miss Dior was everywhere in the rooms of Avenue Montaigne No. 30, where the fashion show was taking place hinting that the new look of a woman was not only about what she wore, but about her overall presence.
Guess Jeans Spring/Summer 2013 Campaign
For the new Spring/Summer Campaign of Guess the creative director Paul Marciano chose a typical summery setting: White sandy seashores, clear turquoise water, leafs of green palm trees and beach huts.
Two girls and two guys are stranded on the island of Bora Bora, discovering the picturesque shores and native culture. Light dresses in soft colours and tight skinny jeans are worn by the girls, unbuttoned denim shirts bare the fit upper bodies of the male models. The atmosphere of the campaign is supposed to be sexy and a little steamy, focussing on the relation between the female and male models. The campaign was shot by photographer Yu Tsai and the song is “Jump Off“ by Silver Bullets.
Calvin Klein Spring/Summer 2013 Campaign
Provocations is the title of Calvin Klein’s Spring 2013 ad campaign and its star is Alexander Skarsgard. The Swedish actor most known for his role as1000-year old vampire in HBO’s True Blood appears alongside the Finnish model Suvi Koponen.
The Scandinavian couple is hot and sweaty wearing tight jeans in one scene, staring coldly at each other dressed in chic suits in the next. The entire campaign contains contrasting elements: Roaring fire in contrast to still black water surfaces. Modern symmetric architecture as the complete opposite of a shabby room furnished with an old TV set. Slow motion effects are used throughout the whole 10-minute clip, making fire explosions and the shattering of glass walls even more spectacular. The tiniest turquois glass splinters seem to be floating weightlessly through the air.
Each segment of the ad campaign has a different title: Part III. is entitled Wasting Time with Koponen daydreaming and chilling on the floor in a pair of skinny jeans. End Game is the name of another part with Skarsgard wearing a white suit and slowly lighting a match while staring at Koponen across the room. The campaign promotes garments, jeans and accessories by Calvin Klein all at the same time. The director of the film is Fabien Baron.
Vivienne Westwood Spring/Summer 2013 Campaign
The Vivienne Westwood Spring/Summer 2013 campaign was recently revealed: It stars none other than Kate Moss, Westwood’s husband Andreas Kronthaler and Dame Vivienne Westwood herself with her signature fiery mane. German photographer Juergen Teller shot the campaign in the Viennese museum for historic art.
It features garments of the Gold Label as well as pieces from the menswear and accessories line. The backdrop of the ornate golden frames, religious and antique oil paintings contrasts the rebellious feel of the collection and the provocative attitude of the campaign’s protagonists.
Augustin Teboul Fall/Winter 2013-14
Golden light flooded the Galerie Thomas Schulte reminding of a setting sun when the Augustin Teboul Fall/Winter 2013-14 show took over the space during Berlin Fashion Week. The presentation of the German-French label’s new collection was more than a mere runway show, but an installation entitled Somewhen lasting for about two hours.
The title refers to the mix of ethnic influences from different cultures and times. Interesting headpieces such as turbans, broad-brimmed hats with fluffy pompoms or tight hoods with sparkly fringes catch the eye at once. The collection is all black and features diverse fabrics from black leather to delicate see-through fabric including sequin or furry details.
The models’ nude make up and stern facial expressions put all emphasis on the garments and create a mysterious vibe at the same time.
A.P.C. Berlin Store Opening
After expanding world-wide with stores in major cities such as Tokyo, New York City and Hong Kong A.P.C. is returning to Berlin to open yet another store in the German capital. It will be the second store in Berlin and the expenditure can be traced back to the designer's love of the vibrant city. Jean Touitou has even contemplated moving his studio and atelier from Paris to Berlin.
Touitou worked together with architect Laurent Deroo on the refurbishment of the shop in Fasanenstrasse 22. It will carry A.P.C.'s men and women line, jeans and accessories. The opening celebration is taking place on January 31st from 18.00 til 21.00 hrs.
Prada Fall/Winter 2013-14
A domestic setting became the scenery of Prada's menswear Fall/Winter 2013-14 collection. A furnished house with modern designs and pristine clean furniture by the designer team AMO was the setting. Cubic chairs and glass tables were decorated with lonely fruit bowls, electronic gadgets, plants and vases. The "ideal house".
Fittingly the collection seemed familiar and homely. Gingham shirts untucked under compfy, but high quality sweaters and ankle length trousers are the key pieces of the collection. Ruffled shirts are worn underneath short checked jackets and long coats with velvet collars. Shiny brown and black leather brogues with thick spiky soles add the final touch.
The boys with the fringe haircut and their big sunglasses as well as bright coloured leather jackets seem like they just time traveled in from the 70s. Casually they walk from one door frame to the next one, entering one room after another. Miuccia Prada returns to classicism and simplicity with her collection. Less is more it is.
Chanel Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2013
For the Chanel Haute Couture S/S 2013 the Parisian Grand Palais was transformed into a forest: It seemed like tall trees had grown out of the floor surrounding a beautiful amphitheatre overlooking the whole scenery. On a winding path the models made their way through the forest looking stunningly elegant – in thigh high boots out of silver leather or toeless delicate lace.
Through the whole collection an accent on the the neck and the shoulders can be seen. Necklines below the shoulders show a bare neck as a sign of pure and gracile beauty, but square applications on the shoulders and upper arms give the upper body a contrary strong look. Long sequin covered gowns, tulle and lace hems are essential parts of the collection as well. While the show started off with fabrics such as tweed and bouclé, the show finishes of with dresses made of thousands of feathers complementing the feathery hairpieces of the models and the birdsong heard among the trees.
The presentation of the wedding dress makes a clear statement about the ongoing disputes concerning the legalization of gay marriage in France. Only two weeks back hundreds of thousands of people demonstrated near the Eiffel Tower opposing gay marriage, but yesterday two models in the same wedding dress were holding each other's hands while walking down the runway. Lagerfeld's godson accompanied both of them and gave expression to the designer's thoughts on gay marriage and gay parents raising children.
Dries van Noten Fall/Winter 2013-14
It seems like a lovely idea to wake up one day and realize you're a rock god in the sixties. That was exactly the metamorphose that happened to the Dries van Noten man of fall/winter 2013-14. Like a modern Jim Morrison in Paris, he walks confident in his pyjama-shirt or ethnic robe, wearing it with studded jeans that were made to look like leather. Fuzzy and loosely fitted sweaters added a layer of warmth to a collection showing quite some neck and chest to enhance the nonchalant and louche aura. Silhouettes were sometimes slightly (and sometimes not so slightly) oversized. Some jackets' shoulders extended way beyond the ones of the models but with their striding strut and wit in layering, it only added to his coolness. Dries is a master in mixing patterns and materials, some combinations would have failed completely in the wrong hands, but the way he did it can only be described as emotional and liberating.
John Varvatos Fall/Winter 2013
John Varvatos is the go-to brand for Rock and Roll guys with sartorial wit. This fall the Varvatos-man was more of a dandy than ever with slim-cut clothes in dark hues. Subtle plaids were combined with cozy mohair sweaters and slick tailoring. Varvatos re-introduced flared trousers for men to give that seventies aura. This al ended in a finale of lucious velvet suits, ready to be worn for the 21th century dandy.
Versace opens in Berlin
In an exciting collaboration between Donatella Versace and the English architect, Jamie Fobert, Versace are opening a new concept store on Berlin’s Kurfürstendamm. Taking a piece of the label’s heritage to their new location, the 350 sqm boutique brilliantly fuses together values of traditional Italian architecture with the dynamic energy we see at Versace today. Providing the immaculate setting for the fashion brand’s prêt-à-porter collections and accessories are 9th century Byzantine church-inspired marble mosaics, dramatic brass features and modernistic perspex walls and shelves…As Donatella puts it, “In fulfilling this project Jamie Fobert has created a space in which the new Versace spirit can take flight”, whilst paying homage to the label’s past, present and future.
Céline opens Munich Boutique
With only a few stores out there, Céline is a label that prides themselves upon exclusivity. However, Munich shoppers can breathe a sigh of relief as the Parisian label has opened an accessories store in the Oberpollinger, one of Munich’s major department stores. The 54 sqm ground floor boutique boasts a range of bags, sunglasses and jewellery in an elegant interior design of onyx, ceramic and marble.
Acne Studios Open New Berlin Flagship
October 31, 2015, marked a big day for Acne Studios as they unveiled a flagship store in a city very special to the label. As chairman Mikael Schiller put it, “Berlin is a quite emotional city for us, as it was the first city outside of Scandinavia where we opened a shop more than a decade ago”.
The new 260 sqm store is located on Potsdamer Stra?e, the centre of Berlin’s art gallery district, and is consistent with the new Acne Studios Interior aesthetic. With sharp stainless steel walls and chalky pale yellow concrete walls, the clever design is reminiscent of Berlin taxis and houses the ready-to-wear collections for both men and women including the FW15 line, as well as accessories, denim and footwear. The label have also announced that New York will be the next city to welcome new Acne Studios boutiques.
Christian Dior Couture comes to London
Taking a piece of Paris to the doorstep of Londoners, Dior has opened a brand new pop-up store on Mayfair’s Mount Street. In an old Victorian building, just steps away from Hyde Park, lies Dior’s temporary address. Surrounded by its contemporary interior, customers can find Raf Simons’ FW15 collections for the label, including women’s ready-to-wear, accessories, footwear and leather goods.
The loft-like space is occupied with pieces by renowned interior designers, such as a Vladamir Kagan sofa, a Nuage table by Guy De Rougemont and Miroirs Gouttes by Hubert Le Gall. Christian Dior’s favourite color takes centre stage with a magnificent pink dressing room in the middle of the store.
Fred Perry x Stüssy 35
In commemoration of their 35th Anniversary, Stüssy are collaborating with a number of fellow lifestyle brands whose vision have inspired them along their journey. One of which, being the massively influential British heritage brand, who in the 1950s, pioneered sportswear as streetwear and thus created an entirely new youth culture. This brand is of course, Fred Perry.
This celebratory collection sees the union of two trademark giants, and with that, two iconic logos. Classic, retro sportswear looks from the Fred Perry Sports Authentic line are reimagined in rich Mahogany and French Navy, emblazoned with the Stüssy signature and Fred Perry wreath. Joining these in the collection are two, paneled pique shirts as well as three strap-back caps.
The Fred Perry x Stüssy Collection is now available to purchase online at www.fredperry.com
Casadei Spring/Summer 2016: A New Odyssey
Hitting the stores in late October and only 20 days after the press review, Casadei are breaking the rules with their upcoming New Odyssey capsule collection. Taking inspirations from the shapes and styles of the sixties, the clean lines of 2001 Space Odyssey and the desires of a modern-day Casadei woman, this season at the Italian-footwear label is a fusion of past and present. A monochrome contrast engulfing boots, Mary Janes, ankle boots and sandals, the elegant line carries just the right amount of drama with subtle hints of silvered leather incorporated in its sleek designs. This timeless collection marks the beginning of a whole new chapter for Casadei, who will release the lines Graphic Cuts, Young Jewels and Bright Colors in later months to provide a shoe for every mood of the urban woman, be it contemporary or eclectic.www.casadei.com
Moncler Gamme Rouge Spring/Summer 2016 Collection at PFW
A grassy meadow made up the runway of the heavenly romantic Moncler Gamme Rouge show. It was girlish renaissance in white lace florals, A-line skirts and cinched in waists.
Fencing sword accessories reminded of the sports undertone to the label whilst simplistic sneakers and metallic fabrics kept the collection of short silhouettes contemporary and engaging.
Giambattista Vallia has definitely kept his wits about him with this fresh, romantic look that will ultimately excite his Moncler girls.
Saint Laurent Spring/Summer 2016 Collection at PFW
Everyone loves a bad girl and since Hedi Slimane’s take over at Saint Laurent, the label’s sales have gone up and up. His daring “fur coat no knickers” approach in this collection has taken the otherwise ordinary and transformed it into the ultimate 90s grunge festival attire.
Constant reworks of this season’s favorite throwback, the slip, appears in sheer lace, silk and sequins under statement jackets with bulky wellies, whilst strappy sandals, blazers and hot pant shorts make the collection seem very Kate Moss-esque.
For his Parisian finale, Slimane shows that his Saint Laurent Bad Girl can do elegance as well – when they want to and on their terms.
Kenzo Spring/Summer 2016 Collection at PFW
Carol Lim and Humberto Leon have transported us to the heart of the Meditteranean Summer with their latest line for Kenzo.
A decidedly young collection, it is packed with crop tops, bodysuits and mini skirts, not to mention their brilliantly reimagined 90s waist bags. Accessorizing with ornate jewelry and contemporary, gladiator-style thigh high boots, Lim and Leon elaborately mix occasions in each look whilst exploring bold tribal prints in vivid colours. The end effect is busy, but a cheerful one at that.
Lanvin Spring/Summer 2016 Collection at PFW
Putting the pizzazz back in fashion, Alber Elbaz staged his latest collection for the label in front of a theatre setting. The show began with the Lanvin woman’s day wear, or some sleek reworks of tailored suits, before suddenly turning to what really matters to Elbaz; cocktail dresses and evening wear.
On came a parade of asymmetric gowns amidst a sequined snowball effect with numerous ruffles and satin bows. Next was a dramatic progression to bold Lanvin prints, lace edging, corsages and raincoats.
Overall this collection oozes the eclectic, 1930s glamour we have seen traces of in Paris Fashion week so far. What makes this one stand out is the elaborate playfulness of Elbaz, who is clearly just out for an absolutely fabulous time.
Gucci Opens New Milan Concept Store Celebrating Alessandro Michele’s First Collection
September 21st saw the luxury fashion label open a new concept store in Milan, showcasing the debut of Alessandro Michele with his Fall/Winter 2016 collection for Gucci.
The discreet look of the store welcomes customers to relax inside, perhaps upon on a plush velvet armchair beside a vintage Oriental rug, that contrasts with the harder surrounding features made of iron or marble. In keeping with the theme of their latest eclectic collections, the store draws attention to differences in combining traditional and modern, industrial and romantic.
This new, intimately ‘Gucci” look will be adapted to suit other other stores, respective to their locations.
Blugirl Spring/Summer 2016 Collection at MFW
Blugirl has grown up this season, according to designer Anna Molinari. In a collection aimed to seduce, there are open shirt-dresses with ruffles, butterfly prints and asymmetric lines across the shoulder toying with femininity and sensuality. The palette is bold and bright with stripes breaking up block colours on beautifully soft fabrics such as crepe, taffeta and plumetis.
Charged with unpredictability are the diverse silhouettes and sharply contrasting lengths, in either baring the full leg and reaching the ankles. Overall, Molinari has achieved what she set out to with this current ready-to-wear in expressing a modern, playful femininity that will surely fly out of the shops.
Tod’s Spring/Summer 2016 Collection at MFW
The inspiration behind Alessandra Facchinetti’s latest collection for Tod’s is the formation of a new girl band. Members include the likes of Langley Fox Hemingway, Elizabeth Jagger and Chelsea Tyler; all either walking the show or sat in front row.
With a rockabilly start the collection is all Gommino loafers, neck scarves and quiffs. Monochrome prints and cropped trousers with leather a key fabric in the entire collection. Slouchy jumpers and unbuttoned shirts accessorized with printed bags exude an air of cool nonchalance – key to any successful band.
Bottega Veneta Spring/Summer 2016 Collection at MFW
Tomas Maier has taken us on a grand excursion to the outdoors with his latest collection for Bottega Veneta.
Starting off with his favourite hobbies, a sailcloth has become his biggest source of inspiration for the current line, which is easily reconised in his ruffled maxi dresses, tassle rope details and A-Line coats.
A mix of camo and animal prints amongst flashes of red and neutral tones and a range of contemporary jackets make for an exciting collection with a definitively urban edge.
Missoni Spring/Summer 2016 Collection at MFW
Taking a trip down memory lane, Angela Missoni has reintroduced sportswear as the basis of this season’s collection. Using the colourful artworks of Venezuelan Carlos Cruz Diez as inspiration, the show saw a runway packed with vivid prints and colors.
Zig zags and checks accompany stripes on the pieces, accessorized with chokers and sneakers or flat sandals. Looks were simplistic, usually including a maxi length dress or open cardigan or micro shorts or swimwear, keeping silhouettes sleek and long. An overall more relaxed feeling than last season at the label.
Philipp Plein Spring/Summer 2016 Collection at MFW
As promised, Philipp Plein has delivered another rock-pop spectacle with his show at MFW. Studded boots, a robot-backed Courtney Love performance and Black Swan style tutus, it is Terminator meets eighties Rock God and conjures up memories of his SS16 menswear line.
Leather biker jackets, emblazoned with patchwork badges reading quotes like “GOD SAVE HIP ROCK”, are covered in his signature studs and teamed with slinky metallic dresses.
With technology being a key ingredient to this collection, models walking the catwalk as if on a conveyor belt… This was of course after a robot had accessorized them.
Claire Barrow Spring/Summer 16 Collection at LFW
“Broken Machines”, reflects Claire Barrow’s prophecy of our society’s doomed fate. In a world primarily dependent on technology, the NEWGEN designer’s presentation reflects a world in which this entity, imperative to our being, breaks down and leaves us out in the cold.
Worn by a selection of models Barrow has personally sought after, the gender-blurred collection is a beautiful jumble of silks, lace-up leathers, power suits and her trademark scrawling prints.
CHANEL Unveils Ephemeral Boutique in Rome
In place of its previous Via del Babuino boutique CHANEL has opened an ephemeral boutique, which is just steps away from its new boutique on the Piazza di Spagna, Rome.
The House welcomes “the masculine-feminine”, a concept treasured by Gabrielle Chanel. With a raw, minimalistic design of white floors and ceilings separated with oak, terrazzo and concrete modules, the understated boutique is appealing to both sexes.
Filling up the space will be the Ready-to-Wear line with accessories and the new, unisex, Boyfriend watch collection. There is also a fragrance and beauty section with a picturesque, Roman courtyard hidden behind the boutique.
Gareth Pugh Spring/Summer 2016 Collection at LFW
With bold prints, latex and an unflinching red, black and white palette, it was go hard or go home for Gareth Pugh’s latest collection. Diverting away from last year’s ritualistic themes this season was all about flamboyance.
Masked models with choppy wigs wore plunging V-neck cuts and asymmetric shapes. Adorning his clothes with coins, this eccentric motif reappeared throughout the show and reminded onlookers that sometimes, you just have to go all out. At his LFW debut, this show has proven to be iconic for the designer.
Calvin Klein Spring/Summer 2016 Collection at NYFW
Reminiscent of the label’s 1994 collection, which was immortalized thanks to the likes of Kate Moss on its runway, Francisco Costa has turned his head back to basics with the inspiration of a simple slip.
Adding a grunge twist, his sleek soft silk maxi dresses have split hems and loose straps, whilst lightweight, beautifully tailored long jackets with split cuffs billow over frayed-hem trousers. Mainly in a minimalistic neutral palette, Costa adds a touch of unpredictability to the label’s collection with the incorporation of floral print.
Givenchy Spring/Summer 2016 Collection at NYFW
Cranking up several more notches on the face décor scale, Riccardo Tisci returns this season with another classically “Givenchy” collection. Making his debut into New York Fashion Week, Tisci teamed up with Marina Abramovic to make a thought-provoking reference to 9/11 in the opening of his show.
The collection itself is a natural continuation from last season’s. Adopting whites and neutrals into his black palette, Tisci experiments with fabrics with an alligator skin couture dress. Perfectly tailored trousers, pointed lace-up shoes and a magnitude of lace leaves Tisci with a collection that is the perfect mix of elaborateness and class.
YSL Presents Latest Campaign “Rue de l'Université”
It has now been more than a decade since we said goodbye to the astounding couture of YSL, following the retirement of founder Yves Saint Laurent in 2002. Most would surely find the task of filling his shoes too daunting to take on… Hedi Slimane however has presented himself as a match. Since being appointed as the creative director of Yves Saint Laurent in 2012, Slimane has spent the past three years busy renovating the “Hôtel de Sénecterre”, a.k.a. the last couture house of Saint Laurent.
The majestic building located at 24, Rue de l’Université, was originally built in 1685 by architect Thomas Gobert and would have probably needed a great deal more than a lick of paint to whip back into working shape… Yet Slimane has done it. The iconic label’s latest campaign is shot in the grand house, signifying it’s long anticipated opening as the lavish new couture house of Saint Laurent.
Madame Tussauds may as well give up now, as the candle replica of Karl Lagerfeld is quite brilliant. His iconic look of dark shades, signature white collar and black top button is perfectly captured in this amusing homeware delight… Perfect if you feel you need a little Karl in your life/cupboard.
Co-designed by John-Paul Welton, the scent itself is naturally inspired by all things Karl. Delicately spiced mandarin surrounds the top notes of cinnamon, whilst it’s center includes soft jasmine and orange blossom fused with cardamom, nutmeg and tobacco. Cedar and teak wood, musk and amber finish up at the base of the luxuriously elegant scent, ultimately embodying his very character.
“Candle Karl” has found itself on shelves in limited edition at the Maison and Objet Paris and is available to preorder in store at Karl Lagerfeld.
Xavier Dolan Realizes His Fashion Dreams with Louis Vuitton
Once hailed Quebec Cinema’s Boy Wonder, Xavier Dolan now celebrates being the face of Louis Vuitton’s Fall/Winter 2015 campaign. Dolan shot to fame with his directorial debut, “J’ai tué ma mère” at the tender age of 20. His fifth feature film, “Mommy”, also gained him international recognition in winning last year’s Jury Prize at Cannes Film Festival.
Photographed by Alasdair McLellan, Louis Vuitton’s showcases Ombré, the fashion label’s latest collection of leather goods. Dolan models two iconic bags from the range, the Keepall and the Porte-Documents Voyage Bandoulière. The actor/director/Paris-front-row-sitter, who has claimed it to have always been a childhood dream of his to front a luxury fashion brand, can now safely tick one off his bucket list.
Louis Vuitton’s newest campaign featuring Xavier Dolan hits magazines this October.
Converse Celebrate a 35 Year Old Stüssy!
The all American brands Stüssy and Converse have teamed up in celebrating the former’s 35th Anniversary. Commemorating Stüssy’s iconic “Tom Tom” print of zig zags and dots, the collaboration sees an inspired version of the pattern printed on the high tops and low Ox shapes of Converse’s 70s re-crafted Chuck shoe. The graphic featuring in achromatic shades and blue hues is embroidered on these exclusive sneakers in a unique fabric.
The Converse Chuck Taylor All Star ’70 Stüssy 35 Collection will be on sale from August 28, 2015, at Stüssy Chapter stores worldwide with a general release on September 4, 2015.
Armani Exchange: New Fall/Winter 2015 Campaign
Giorgio Armani’s latest offering presents an urban city landscape as the backdrop, with models venturing around New York in a variety of relaxed shots.
The menswear looks adopt an undeniable Autumnal feeling with the likes of models Sang Woo and George Eliot in denim suits, layered sweaters and the odd splash of paisley print.
Emma Stern Nielson and Charlotte Carey are the faces of the womenswear campaign. The combination of tailored shirts, wide leg trousers and oversized jumpers give the collection a boyish edge.
See the online boutique of Armani Exchange to view more of this minimal Fall/Winter 2015/16 campaign.
Prada Journal. A Place For New Stories.
“Illuminations, shadows and mirages. Things are not always what they seem.” This year’s theme for the third edition of the Prada Feltrinelli Prize, Prada’s international literary contest dedicated to emerging writers was opened in Milan this past week. The Prada Journal collections of optical frames are the embodiment of Prada’s adventurous nature and its quest to explore the world through different lenses and perspectives – a just inspiration for the world of literary wonder. Launched in 2013, the Prada Feltrinelli Prize aims to establish and nurture an independent literary research platform open to writers from all corners of the world. The winners of the award will be awarded a cash prize and their stories published as an eBook in the Prada Journal digital anthology and in the Feltrinelli Zoom catalogue. The contest closes on August 31st. Send in your short story at… www.prada.com
Bottega Veneta opens its first boutique in Frankfurt
Located at Goetheplatz 5 in ONE Goethe Plaza, the Bottega Veneta fashion house is pleased to announce the expansion of its brand in Germany with the opening of its first Frankfurt-based boutique. The renewed urban space covers a total of 235 square meters, which includes two floors offering an extensive selection of Bottega Veneta products including ready-to-wear for men and women, handbags, accessories, perfume
Valentino Couture Fall 2015 at Paris Fashion Week
The stunning Valentino collection echoes the Roman Empire that inspired it – a vision of power and excellence, bar none. Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli have bolstered the Valentino brand with their continual celebration of the house’s Italian heritage, and the Roman goddesses that traversed through the venue this week inspired a worthy standing ovation. From the iconic eagle motif to the immaculately combined color scheme… and those capes! it was truly a spectacle of a collection. The braided hair, simple makeup and subdued gold accessories cemented the image of a modern-day Empress brought to life.
The ‘sheer dress’ trend that might now seem over-exposed drew no such thought, as the perfect execution left the room craving more. It is fantastic how something so delicate can come across as so strong. It makes you wish everyone would embrace the entrancing beauty of this collection, hoping that you might wake up the next morning to a world filled with Valentino Couture. Toss aside the non-wearable Haute Couture connotations – we want to wear every single look. Someone make a film about the Roman Empire using all of these looks… stat!
Fendi Couture Fall/Winter 2015 at Paris Fashion Week
After 20 years heading the Fendi house as its creative director, Karl Lagerfeld proves is unwavering presence as a force to be reckoned with within the fashion world. He is the only couturier with a second show at Paris Fashion Week, and as imagined, did not hold back. The show proved as controversial as expected. Its title Silver Moon, the house’s first Haute Fourrure (High Fur) collection drew astonishment both from the public and the audience, a feat the very experienced couturier has managed time and time again. The collection was impressive in its showcased technicality, with Lagerfeld expertly mixing furs, feathers and spectacular embroideries that intended to showcase the creativity and craftsmanship in fur since 1925.
Schiaparelli Fall/Winter 2015 at Paris Fashion Week
Inspired by the fantasy and extravagance of a cosmopolitan life from Parisian Chic to Roman baroque, Schiaparelli presents a collection that combines the essences of the contemporary urban woman. Fabrics were made to match the elegance and style of the Schiaparelli woman, from black and red-blooded velvets to intricately embroidered coats. Giving way for these luxurious fabrics was a silhouette of simplicity – giving the collection an aestheticism that can almost be regarded as androgynous if it weren’t for the exuberantly feminine prints.
Guess: His & Hers
Forget everything you know about denim. Guess’ slogan challenges you to ponder the age old adage of ‘no denim on denim’ with their denim capsule collection. Who doesn’t like to shake up the rules every once in a while? Well forget everything about what you’d think a denim suit would look like – Guess throws all the rules out of the window and presents the tailored denim suit… and nails it. The collection showcases the customization of the sophisticated suit, where Guess presents a complete reversal of this thought-to-be fashion faux pas. A top to toe denim suit . A sexy one. For both him and her. The tailored denim items will be available from September 2015.
Bottega Veneta Fall/Winter 2015-2016 Campaign: “The Art of Collaboration”
The latest sequel to the ongoing collaborative of Creative Director Tomas Maier and distinct artists, the FW 15/16 campaign is shot by photographer Juergen Teller. Taken in the Museum Casa Mollino in Turin, the campaign has the mark of an unfinished canvas – rough and raw around the edges. The former home of Carlo Mollino, one of the most influential Italian designers of the mid-20th century reflects the spirit of the Bottega Veneta season.
Balmain Menswear Spring/Summer 2016 at Paris Fashion Week
Olivier Rousteing’s Balmain man is definitely memorable. A reimagination of the twentieth-century adventurer, Rousteing evokes the essence of a contemporary city explorer. Though perhaps not as practical as it is aesthetically pleasing, the throwback headpieces, khaki belted jackets and pocket-heavy pants are the results of a certain military pragmatism and an appreciation for the classic cuts of the 1900s, refashioned with the modern man in mind. Indeed, as Olivier Rousteing’s first menswear collection for Balmain, the collection is decidedly statement-worthy, and iconic in the way that it neatly reflects the iconic qualities of its inspirational figures – the traversing scientists and aristocrats of old.
Louis Vuitton Menswear Spring/Summer 2016 at Paris Fashion Week
Drawing from the animal-inspired imagery of Asian origin, Kim Jones presented a silky, aloof and quirky collection at Paris Fashion Week. As seemed to be the trend with the menswear collections recently, Jones drew inspiration from the intermingling of cultures and notions. Apparent in his garments were the sporty essences of the American variety: accessories resembled bowling bags, sweaters and letterman jackets were fashioned with a Louis Vuitton high-fashion tweak. Indeed following the spectacular womens’ resort collection, Jones does not disappoint. There is something in this collection for anyone, and it is with this strong sensibility for wearable eccentricity that the 2016 Menswear collection shines.
G-Star RAW x Ellen von Unwerth: The Sequel
The iconic denim brand G-Star RAW teamed up with photographer Ellen von Unwerth for their second unique collaboration, this time in monochromatic splendor. The raw visuals of von Unwerth’s imagery highlight the denim texture’s distinct attitude. Playing with military poses, the campaign draws forth the denim’s youthful and rebellious connotations. Formative of G-Star RAW’s evolution has been the Elwood – the first ever pants constructed using 3D methods, which drew on biker pants for inspiration. The campaign showcases the wide range of G-Star RAW jeans from the Fall/Winter 2015 collection.
The FW 2015 collection is currently available online and in stores from August onwards.
Prada Menswear Spring 2016 at Milan Fashion Week
Leather shorts, black boots, tailored jackets and casually bold prints dominated the somewhat feminine take on menswear by Miuccia Prada. The collection was imprinted with the playful feeling of boyhood – oversized tops, colorful prints of rocket ships and racing cars and shirts tucked hurriedly into shorts. Boot-cut pants and zipped sweaters beneath printed shirts reflected the vintage 70s vibe that reverberated throughout the Prada showcase.
OXYDO Capsule Collection by Felix Bauer
Berlin-based artist Felix Bauer joins the premium eyewear brand in the creation of a Collectors Capsule Collection aimed at reinterpreting the brand's all-time bestsellers while introducing new models.
Incorporating Bauers’ surreal and dream-like illustrations, the eyewear takes on a fantastical and inspiring air of unconventionality. Bold black and white graphics are intrinsic to the Felix Bauer Collectors’ edition glasses, whose monochromatic essence stylizes Bauers’ illustrations of nature.
The OXYDO Capsule Collection by Felix Bauer will be available in four styles, offered as numbered limited edition pieces. The glasses come with a Bauer-designed booklet, which explores the creative process of incorporating the art with the eyewear.
J.W. Anderson Spring/Summer 2016
The Northern Irish gusto J.W. Anderson displayed for structural and practical garments came forth in full-force with raw denims, soft leathers and cottons at his London Collections show. The collection showcased Andersons’ true force within the menswear world – depicting the modern man in avant-garde cuts that were somehow made effortlessly classic.
Carrying forth this fashion-forward man was a striking throwback and definitive nod towards Louis XVI, Dorothy’s red ruby slippers and something altogether futuristic all at once. Indeed, this futuristic, mechanical and even astronautically constructed vision firmly plants Anderson in the position as one of menswears’ designated innovators.
Versace FW 2015 Campaign
Versace’s color-blocked playground stars models Karlie Kloss, Caroline Trentini and Lexi Boling as the fashion house’s campaign protagonists. Championing the strong sophistication of the Versace essence, primary colors dominate and provoke. Introducing the #GREEK motif, Donatella Versace’s artistic direction steers the iconic brand towards a remixed, modernized play on the mod-dress.
The striking campaign is the result of the photographers Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott, who enhanced Donatella’s vision of the woman unfazed and empowered by boldness through color and cut.
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SLOE presents their new collection ‘Avidness’
Founded by Antonia Siegmund and Matthias Last in the summer of 2012, the German label combines their belief in casual sensuality, urban grace and high-end materials in a sustainable form. With clean cuts and fine craftsmanship, SLOE launches their third collection ‘Avidness’.
SLOE’s collection typifies the fashion-labels’ understated elegance and stoic perseverance of the simplistic and durable aspects of contemporary style. As the capstone of ‘Avidness’, the fringed leather shoulder bag is created through careful selection of materials, designed to stand the test of time and style. Classic colors, tailored coats and sweaters underpin their timeless quality.
SLOE pieces can be purchased online and in selected stores.
VERSUS VERSACE – Fall/Winter 2015/2016
It is the first collection from Anthony Vaccarello after his permanent appointment as the creative director of Versace. Described by Vaccarello as radical and edgy yet paying homage to the traditional, the FW collection has a decidedly seamless air of timelessness to it.
Revealed during a live online happening, streamed from London, the Versus Versace collection seems the updated closet of a contemporary Scot. With structured coats, tailored suits and the ever so punkish tartan peppered amongst the dark forest greens and the jet-black, Vaccarello interweaves the feminine and masculine, converged under the cloak of the military aesthetic.
The themes are not wholly new to the more alternative-looking side to the Versace fashion house, with Versus Versace having been established in 1989 as the rebellious heart of the Versace oeuvre. Following its mission of instantaneous availability, the collection follows a show now, buy now, wear now mantra.
The collection is currently available at versusversace.com
Louis Vuitton 2016 Cruise Collection
On May 6th, the Cruise 2016 show made the landmark residence of Bob and Dolores Hope its grand stage. Created by revered Modernist architect John Lautner, the steel, concrete and glass windowed architecture seemed built for the show. Armor-like, metallic pieces were intertwined with ethereal, flowing prints, creating an aesthetic that could be described as futuristic boho-chic. Structured, practical boots were favoured over the heel, adding to the utilitarian feel.
The LV Cruise show caused quite the ruckus, not merely for its runway mastery, but its presence on social media. For the public and those not in attendance, the fashion house shared runway, backstage and after party moments with their Live Louis Vuitton Snapchat feature.
Nicholas Ghesquiere’s showcase was, however, so much more than a display of a stunning collection, it was a momentary glimpse of an alternate, Ghesquiere-curated life. The desolate yet beautiful surroundings of the Palm Springs location afforded to the showcase an outlandish, near alien atmosphere, and the clothing were equally as elevated.
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CHANEL, Pharrell & Lederhosen
The Paris-Salzburg Métiers d’Art campaign stars CHANEL veteran Cara Delevingne, tour-de-force musician Pharrell Williams and the now seasoned runway walker Hudson Kroenig. Taken by Lagerfeld himself, the campaign features the collection’s trademark knits, knee-high lace-up boots and lederhosen.
Pharrell Williams, who will be awarded the CFDA Fashion Icon Award at this year’s ceremony, looked suitably at ease in the pieces inspired by the Hamburg-raised Lagerfeld’s roots. By combining the traditions of the region with a touch of Haute Couture, the collection evokes in the viewer connotations of a contemporary von Trapp family.
The collection will be available in boutiques and on chanel.com in June.
John Varvatos - Detroit Homecoming
Detroit always comes back.
Setting his sights on his Motor-City roots, the contemporary American menswear designer John Varvatos makes a return with the opening of a Detroit-based store with his Bedrock Real Estate firm, in partnership with Dan Gilbert.
Combining the vintage aesthetic with impeccable tailoring techniques, Varvatos designs from the perspective of retrospection: “my philosophy is about reaching back to move forward”, says John. It is perhaps fitting then, that the design house is making its mark on “Motor City”, triumphantly returning to the musical melting pot where the sounds of Motown, rock & roll, blues, jazz and punk reverberated throughout its industrial streets.
Finding inspiration in great music, both classic and eclectic in taste, his musical influences remains continually and visibly present in his collections. His ad campaigns have featured a plethora of rock & roll legends such as Iggy Pop, Alice Cooper, Velvet Revolver, Chris Cornell and Dave Matthews among others.
The opening of the Detroit store was celebrated with the specialist aid of Alice Cooper, hosted by Chrysler.
The John Vervatos Detroit store is located on the ground floor of the former 1891 dated Schwankovsky Temple of Music.
Objets Nomades by Louis Vuitton
Louis Vuitton presented the latest project at Salone del Mobile in Milan this year. It completely revolves around travel, something we can always expect with this particular fashion house. Keeping in touch with Vuitton’s core, travel and innovation, they have asked several artists and designers to create objects that embrace the brand’s philosophy.
The collection exists out of perfectly crafted items that are not only useful, but extremely beautiful too. Christian Liaigre created a portable travel desk that can be folded into a suitcase. By combining leather, wood and aluminium, the desk becomes a strong and well-designed item. Atelier Oï on the other hand, chose to design a luxurious hammock, made out of leather strips.
Diesel reintroduces Jogg Jeans
Back in 2011, Diesel launched Jogg Jeans for the first time. By using a special fabric, they made it possible to create jeans that were just as soft as a pair of sweatpants, but durable as denim at the same time. This year, Diesel is reintroducing Jogg Jeans with a campaign shot by artist Doug Abraham. It captures exactly what Jogg Jeans are about, along with the identity of Diesel.
#ATribute to Armani
The past forty years, Giorgio Armani has built one of the greatest fashion houses we know today. With many different brand extensions and a distinctive style, they have proven the importance of Italian fashion.
To celebrate the anniversary of Armani’s empire, the brand has created a website that brings a tribute to the brand. Using #ATribute, the website will unveil forty different themes, for every year the Armani house has existed.
Raf Simons x Fred Perry
The one thing they have always had in common is what makes them such a perfect match. Both have been important brands when it comes to music and referencing subcultures, which has led them to collaborate for the eleventh time. This year, Raf Simons chose for graphical prints and African-inspired shapes. He turns the perfect basic into a striking piece that shows boldness and exclusivity.
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Chanel at Paris Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2015
Karl Lagerfeld admitted to his love for France during his latest Chanel show. Since he has been opening grocery stores and rebuilding stages for the past few years, it was time for Brasserie Gabrielle to get introduced to the rest of the world.
He is known to be the designer that keeps on evolving the oh so classical brand of Chanel, and he managed to do that once again. It is not only in the way he presents the collections, but it is hidden in details and materials too.
Lagerfeld is celebrating Chanel heritage; in the way he refers to French culture, and in every garment he creates.
Miu Miu at Paris Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2015
In line with the latest Prada show, Miuccia Prada presented an intriguing character during the Miu Miu show for Fall/Winter 2015. This time, she seemed as if she was a housewife from the fifties, with an interesting, secret job on the side. Ruffles, over-the-knee skirts, eye-catching jewelry and strangely shaped bags all added to her character; making her more fascination then she already is.
Naturally, Miuccia is uses bright colors and unique textures, which all fit her Miu Miu girl perfectly. She is mismatching and overdressing, but staying utterly fashionable. We are sure of one thing: there is never a dull moment with Miuccia Prada.
Yohji Yamamoto at Paris Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2015
Yamamoto’s Fall/winter 2015 show was as sober, sophisticated and uniform like we can always expect. Long dresses in draped velvet and wool gave the feeling of closed intimacy and anonymity.
Where other designers go back a few decades to find inspiration, it seems as if Yamamoto went back a few centuries. His looks felt more like they were beautiful costumes, only made to wear by people who could truly appreciate this art. The same goes for the less wearable spider-like constructions that he showed. Even though they are not made for wearing, they show Yamamoto’s genius as an artist rather then a fashion designer.
Kenzo at Paris Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2015
If we try to predict how the streets will look for next fall, we can simply start by showing you the latest collection by Kenzo. Once again, Carol Lim and Humberto Leon have created a collection that is going to be everywhere.
Perfect Kenzo prints, bright colors combined with deep, darker ones and layers of sweaters, skirts and pants. Flowing, light skirts and dressed with large, warm shearling jackets reach perfect balance. It as a highly commercial, beautiful collection, that we won’t mind seeing everywhere.
Dries Van Noten at Paris Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2015
Dries Van Noten never fails to amaze. His Fall/Winter 2015 collection has clearly been inspired by his earlier work, which was simply inevitable by this point in time. We saw oriental colors and prints, combined with powerful but effortless shapes. Strong and rich materials met stiff and oversized fabrics that made every look slightly more modest.
The Dries-woman looks like she is somewhat of a modern emperor. Golden prints and embezzlements, together with the use of satin, scream femininity and refer to old China, where she seems to be taking over.
Zadig & Voltaire at Paris Fashion Week 2015
The two Swedes behind Zadig & Voltaire, Cecilia Bönström and Paulo Melim Andersson, have managed to make the brand more French then ever. The Fall/Winter 2015 collection radiates Parisian rock and roll, which has always been the core of Zadig & Voltaire.
Embellished pinstriped suits and studded leather showed the essence of their style, but the use of fur added something slightly new. Highly luxurious, long, patchwork fur coats were key pieces in the collection.
Marni at Milan Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2015
For next fall, Consuelo Castiglioni took a different look at femininity. The collection seemed to be inspired by the costumes of a Siberian tribe, with the long, wide skirts and dresses. Felt-like wool was embroidered with black florals and showed a modern look on ancient tradition.
Versace at Milan Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2015
For Fall/Winter 2015, Donatella Versace is giving us exactly what we have expected. Fur, over the knee boots, cut-out fabric and glitter. We saw full looks in primary colors, next to eye-catching graphical prints. Short dresses were bedazzled with rhinestones and covered with the Versace name. All of this gave us the feeling that Donatella was introducing us to a Bond girl from the sixties.
Prada at Milan Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2015
Miuccia Prada presented us a quirky female villain from a cartoon, ready to take over the planet. Even though Miuccia herself has already taken over, we would like to discuss some of the things this antihero was wearing. Covered in pastels, bows and soft fur patches on her shoulders, this lady does not seem harmful at first sight. Cropped pants and groovy prints add to her innocence, while long leather gloves suggest otherwise. This girl is ready to do some dirty work.
We saw brilliant tailoring, beautiful details and fascinating combinations of textures. Brooches and buttons were quite subtly added to every look, making sure that every ensemble was screaming Prada. Not that Miuccia needs a few brooches for that, because everything we saw during this show could not be created by anyone else.
PHILIPP PLEIN at Milan Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2015
Ever since he started his brand, PHILIPP PLEIN has been focused on taking streetwear to different level. We never know quite what to expect, even though he does not necessarily give us something extremely modernistic to chew on. There is something about his personal style that is familiar yet intriguing.
Plein’s looks are anything but plain. Cut out leather and voluminous fur dominated his latest show. The combination with hardware and crystals makes every piece an eye-catching phenomenon, turning the collection into a celebration of luxury and boldness.
Next to the collection, Plein made sure he impressed us with the colossal rollercoaster he had installed. In his book, even the sky is not the limit.
Vivienne Westwood Red Label at London Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2015
There is always something particularly dramatic about Dame Vivienne Westwood. For the first look of her new collection, she started off with a quite quiet, grey oversized coat. Immediately after that, we saw her true nature come out with various asymmetric designs in bold color combinations. There was a lot of Westwood’s classic tailoring going on, combined with perfect draping that showed impeccable fluidity. By using velvet and silk, she made sure that this would only be complimented.
The show existed out of both quirky items and highly wearable, slightly discreet jackets and pants. Altogether, Westwood –once again- managed to meet our expectations.
Design Museum London x Akris
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Albert Kriemler, the creative director of Akris, has designed a capsule collection for the travelling woman. Inspired by modern businesswomen, he created eight items that are practical, comfortable and at the same time very stylish. Each garment is created in such a way that everything fits into a carry-on, and can be pulled out without ironing. It’s about travel and effortlessness, which is precisely what we need.
Porsche Design at New York Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2015
Even though the latest show by Porsche Design is a mixture of forties and eighties styles, futuristic vibes, utilitarian silhouettes and slight rockabilly influences, it still remains a coherent collection. Wool coats, stiff jackets and somewhat casual suits hint towards a young but ambitious target audience. Large belts exaggerate the waistline to create a strong, yet feminine look, while fall colors such as black, grey, dark green and beige make the garments highly wearable.
Pierre Costin, the designer behind the brand, has chosen to present a powerful and modern couple. Traditional values meet a new aesthetic, which offers us a playful interpretation of how power can look.
Z Zegna Spring/Summer 2015 Campaign
Z Zegna vamps up the velocity with its latest campaign, an ambitious multimedia affair, “Be Your Own Style 24:7”.
Interpreted within a high-octane film, the sports tailoring of Z Zegna’s Spring/Summer collection hits dizzying heights, sported by professional parkourists as they chase their next urban adrenaline fix from Milan’s exquisite architecture. Scintillating, sharp and impossibly sleek, Z Zegna’s modern man may seek out a life on the edge, but not at his sartorial expense – that’s one thing that’s kept cautious, 24:7.
Vivienne Westwood Spring/Summer 2015 Campaign
Vivienne Westwood and Juergen Teller have joined forces once again, this time together with American actress, Paz de la Huerta, star of Westwood’s artful SS15 campaign.
Against scrap-papered walls and paint-stippled floors, de la Huerta, Westwood and Andreas Kronthaler pose and play in the experimental environs of Nuremberg’s Academy of Fine Arts, where the designer teaches. Westwood and Andreas fell in love with the architecture of the school, sensing it an inspiring setting to shoot. Seemly in the surrounds, it was Teller’s suggestion to involve the students in the creation of the campaign – some even appearing in the pictures as subjects.
True to form, the images are unhinged, vivacious and unapologetically brazen, stark in the steely light of Teller’s flash, frames seditious and skewed. A chaotic curation from the Gold Label, Red Label, MAN and accessories collections, clothes proved suitably subversive – and rightly so. It is Westwood, after all…
KRISVANASSCHE at Paris Fashion Week: Menswear Fall/Winter 2015
The difficulty with skinny slim line tailoring is that is struggles to ward off the inevitable comparisons to Mod, its own merits forever eclipsed by those of its doppelganger. Kris van Assche’s, on the other hand, delivered far more than mere pastiche.
The sheen of a silver-grey suit set a simple canvas, invigorated by a peppering of a forest-green polo neck, almost futuristic in cartoonish clean-cut jersey. Fluid geometrics played out across the surface of sweaters, rounded shapes puddling in inky off-hues. Shirts, too, obeyed a strict simplicity, an unsullied ice blue dotted with a plummy silk inset, while black wool coats were accosted by a splodges of grass green satin.
Pinstripes and parkas recalled the said Mod, but were vamped up with a slick sheen, their proportions inflated; fur-lined coats were cropped and bulbous, their characteristic combat greens traded in for a cheaper and flashier pea-green model – and all the fresher for it. Cigarette pants were swapped for flares, sweeping over sturdy leather sneakers for a modern mod uniform.
Augustin Teboul at Berlin Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2015
Arcane as an all-black palette persists to be, the presentation of Augustin Teboul’s FW15 collection emerged aptly esoteric against the backdrop of the label’s photography exhibition, ‘Sounds of Black’.
Hugo Capablanca and Tanja Siren
Twenty-nine photos lined the walls of Berlin’s Kronprinzenpalais, depicting extraordinary people in rather ordinary situations. Shot by the master lens of Stefan Milev, subjects such as Iris Berben, Meret Becker, Donata Wenders and Peaches were immortalised in black and white, each wearing pieces from the collection in their own irrepressible image.
Like others before, this season demonstrated exceptional craftsmanship, perceptibly made by hand and to inspiring effect; wools were knotted and barbed, hooked over shoulders and undulating in its web. Silk chiffon blouses bulged at the sleeve, tucked into long lacquered gloves with commanding flair. Pop shapes were punched out in supple leather, stitched together as a progressive kind of patchwork. Mesh turtlenecks were erratically exaggerated, occasionally coated in an abstract crochet, other times fringed in compartmentalised bursts. Colour may comprise of just one voice, but under Augustin Teboul, it certainly makes a sound.
lala Berlin at Berlin Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2015
lala Berlin formed a flawless fairytale this FW15, sleek sweeping gowns in a sapphire spectrum, this season brought something of a Cinderella story. Chiffon sleeved dresses in ice blue slinked down the body and floated to the floor, cut out at the midriff like an inverted bodice, reimagined in negative space. You could say this was Piedayesh’s contemporary twist on the archetypal princess cut – and regal it was.
Gentle pleats plucked in the waist, wispy silken swathes left to fall like water from under elegant embroidered shell tops. Signature kaftans arrived in a pure azure hit, guilelessly graceful with its deep plunging neckline and fanning batwing sleeves, tracing the wrists to evoke the image of a butterfly. Longline jumpsuits ended the tale with a “happily ever after”, emerging as the ball gown’s cooler cousin in an insouciant sable silk, Swarovski epaulettes and all.
The presentation of the collection was a suitably imperial affair, with a gala banquet hosted at Berlin’s covetable restaurant, Crackers, in the company of some very special guests, including Heike Makatsch and Nina Hoss, alongside woman of the hour, Leyla Piedayesh – a fairy Godmother of sorts, seeing Cinderella safely through to midnight.
Valentino at Paris Fashion Week: Menswear Fall/Winter 2015
It’s easy to detect when there are two minds behind a design because their references are so cryptic – all hybrids and red-herrings. Valentino proves a case in point, as Perpaolo Piccioli and Maria Grazia Chiuri tread different paths in extracting their inspiration, and yet always seem to end up at the same point. This time, the mood found itself split between the Golden Age of the Ballets Russes in Paris, and the San Fransico Beat generation; disciples of two very different movements, but kindred in bohemian spirit.
For all the starched white shirts and sweaters and cigarette-slim cuts, with FW15, Valentino spawned a whole new movement of their own. Like Piccioli said, “Geometry is a new form of decoration”; he and Chiuri are master mathematicians, it would seem, commissioning Melbourne artist, Esther Stewart, to clad her compartmentalised color blocks over coats, knits and clutch bags – even the carpet wasn’t safe from her burnt, reedy hues. Moss greens and dusky blues struck a discordant note when hit with the shrill bite of tangerine, emblazoned across itemised silhouettes.
Pants assume the guise of denim, taking on a chambray sheen in indigo drills – paired with sheepskin, suede and puddled khaki camo, texture brought palette into line, regimented in Air Force tones. The butterflies of Spring/Summer gave way to their nocturnal cousins, embroidered across bomber jackets in moonlit midnight blue. Meanwhile, maps of the galaxy found their way into felting and charted across arms and chest, before fading to a flagrant op-art affair – a glittering comet shower stippling the surface of a pea-green silk suit. Valentino’s equation was surely a cryptic one, but one that warrants only one solution; two minds are most certainly better than one.
Gucci at Milan Fashion Week: Menswear Fall/Winter 2015
Paris. One of the most wonderful cities in the world. Perhaps unintentionally, it served as an inspiration of sorts to the post-Frida Giannini Gucci team that completely re-designed the FW15 collection, revealed during Milan’s Menswear Fashion Week, following the former Creative Director’s earlier-than-expected departure.
With only specks of information out in the open, one was left wondering, pre-show: would it be a success? Was it a success? In essence, it actually was, if only for once again reigniting everyone’s interest in the luxury fashion power house. The Parisian artiste vibe, explored through delicate, gender-bending pussy-bow blouses, slouchy trousers, charming berets and whimsical scarves, helped reveal a new, previously unseen side to the Gucci brand, once led by the king of oversexed fashion, Tom Ford. The Allen Ginsberg glasses and intelligent camel knits, wintry pom pom hats and beaded rose-pattern tops were both intriguing and exciting, an indication that what’s to come can only be better, even outstanding.
What does the future hold for Gucci? One can truly only guess. But whatever it might be, the world is holding its breath.
Dsquared2 at Milan Fashion Week: Menswear Fall/Winter 2015
For some people, two decades could seem like a lifetime. For Dean and Dan Caten, however, it’s just the beginning. In celebration of Dsquared2’s 20th anniversary, the Canadian fashion mavericks presented a roller-coaster of a show, a heart-warmingly concupiscent homage to their native land and Italian roots.
Complete with buffed-up boys-next-door and a red-hot Mary J. Blige, the jubilant FW15 presentation offered a lot more than just a mere revival of the “North American lumberjack” fantasy. Though distressed low-rise jeans, fur-trimmed parkas, shearling coats and oversized plaid shirts were at the core of the collection, the Caten twins had a few more Americana-infused tricks up their sleeves.
Galant, beautifully embroidered evening suits, for instance, were juxtaposed with fringed leather jackets and minuscule vests, tan cowboy belts and studded over-the-shoulder satchels. And if that’s not enough, add a neon pink zip-up coat to the mix. Here’s to the next 20.
Moschino at London Collections: Men Fall/Winter 2015
It’s FW15 at Moschino and what’s the vision for the season? A winter rave at the top of a snow-capped mountain. He may have been Creative Director for little less than a year, but when it comes to Jeremy Scott, you quickly learn to expect nothing short of fantastical.
His blizzard club culture coins sartorial snow wear, reconfiguring the jeans pockets of bleached 401s to live on as the unlikely insulation of the ski puffa. Thrown over bare chests, cropped shearling bombers and gold patchwork padded jackets bring cool down to sub-zero.
Faux fur is party to further fraudulence at the hands of bold animal skins, garish cow and zebra prints rendering fuzzy pelts brilliantly crass. Rough buffalo checks and Davey Crockett fox tails evoke an outdoorsy masculinity, while python print leather trousers, kilts and long johns revive the 80s club kid uniform – snow boots, goggles and full fur knapsacks, meanwhile, see them suited and booted for snow.
Ziggy and Stephan Marley Front John Varvatos Spring/Summer 2015 Campaign
Music trails John Varvatos like a shadow. So sweetly coupled are the two, twenty-one impossibly iconic seasons have seen Varvatos join forces with the likes of Iggy Pop, Willie Nelson, KISS and Ringo Starr, to name but a few – and the affinity extends to their latest collaboration, finding fitting figureheads in none other than Ziggy and Stephen Marley.
The Spring 2015 campaign was shot in Austin, Texas, by legendary rock photographer, Danny Clinch, and features the Marley brothers as the centerpiece of a striking and stoic family portrait.
Stripped down to its essence, the black and white portrait frames the siblings with a quiet yet charismatic purity, their pride and spirit speaking through against timeless sable-black tailoring; Ziggy Marley wears a black crocodile jacquard tuxedo and Richard dress shoe, while Stephen Marley is dressed in one button peak lapel Austin version, paired with a charcoal dress shirt and cap-toes.
An idea conceived under the eye of longtime Varvatos collaborator, YARD, the family portrait will be brought to life with the launch of an exclusive short documentary film directed by Clinch, in celebration of their father’s 70th birthday which falls on February 6th.
The film will debut on www.johnvarvatos.com on February 5th 2015.
Balmain Unveils Spring/Summer 2015 Campaign by Mario Sorrenti
Strength is cemented in the Balmain woman, her control so staunchly ingrained, she could charge combat – and under Olivier Rousteing’s command, the battle has been declared.
Strength is cemented in the Balmain woman, her control so staunchly ingrained, she could charge combat – and under Olivier Rousteing’s command, the battle has been declared.
The campaign, shot under the illusive gaze of Mario Sorrenti, extracts an essence of 1970s French cinema, with its warped realism and bleak urban outlook. Outfitted in a suitably subversive uniform, Balmain’s matchless cuts are none short of revolutionary under the agenda of Rousteing’s very modern warfare – everyday environments reinterpreted as pop battleground, prising fast food and eyes wide, entranced by video games, or fighting under the stark strip-lights of the subway. A covetable crusade indeed.
CHANEL Pre-Fall 2015
'Reincarnation', the short film starring Cara Delevingne and Pharrell Williams, was a prelude to the Paris-Salzburg 'Métiers d'art' show. Capturing the Austrian city's musical past (Salzburg was the birthplace of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and served as the backdrop for 'The Sound of Music'), as well as its Baroque heritage, the collection, presented in Salzburg on 2 November, was brimming with historical references.
Variations of the CHANEL jacket (single-breasted, buttonless, cape-like, bolero, embroidered – you name it) were, rather understandably, the collection's focal point. It was here, in Salzburg, where the idea for the quintessential jacket was born thanks to Gabrielle Chanel's encounter with an impressively dressed lift operator at the city's Mittersill Hotel.
Baroque references were especially evident in the rich detailing – shimmering appliqués, gilded hooks and buttons, extravagant neck pieces and ruffled collars and sleeves. Adhering to the Alpine theme, models kept warm in tube socks or wooly tights, cosy jumpers and earmuffs.
Prada Opens New Menswear Store in Frankfurt
Prada has opened a new store in Frankfurt, dedicated to the brand's men's collections. Spread over two floors, the 1000 square metre space, located on the central Goetheplatz, was designed by architect and frequent collaborator Roberto Baciocchi and houses menswear, accessories, footwear and leather goods; it also accommodates 'Made-to-Order' and 'Made-to-Measure' services.
The Frankfurt location is defined by Saint Laurent marble floorboards, blood orange walls and a marble staircase. Masculine furniture and strong design accents elevate the refined interior.
Mulberry loves Wilderness
Oxfordshire based festival Wilderness will be visited by Mulberry this year. The fashion brand will host its own 'Mulberry loves Craft' tent allowing festival goers the opportunity to engage with Mulberry craftsmen and customize their own leather bracelet.
The Mulberry craftsmen will provide the public with the chance to learn how the iconic Bayswater bag is made and participate in a series of workshops across the weekend. To celebrate the launch of the Mulberry Cara Delivingne collection set for iniment release, Mulberry will host a picnic inside the private Walled Garden with special guests. The collaborative collection will be available online and in store from September.
Zoe Waters wins ITS Diesel Award
British fashion designer Zoe Waters has won the 2014 ITS Diesel Award. Taking place in Trieste , Italy on 12th July, the award show celebrates the talents and ideas of young people by offering a €25,000 award to the winner to invest in their career.
Awarded by Diesel artistic director Nicola Formichetti, Zoe will be offered a 6 month internship with the Diesel creative team as well as the cash prize. Speaking on Zoe, Formichetti describes the young designer's work as "in line with the Diesel DNA" and that she is "willing to work in a team". The event was attended by prestigious names from international fashion and media and aims to support young design talent in line with the enthusiastic and passionate ethos of Diesel.
Sissi Goetze at Berlin Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2015
Menswear has been given more and more of a platform at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin. One of the stand-out designers in this respect is Sissi Goetze. Her SS15 showcase is marked by muted colors, structured menswear cuts and an array of prints. Hibiscus prints in rusty shades of brown brought intrigue to tailored slacks. Goetze matched those with crisp white button downs and gray shirts. Sartorial sportiness shone through in her mix of relaxed jackets and knee length shorts– the perfect outfit for the grown-up urban man.
On the upper body, Goetze sees men wear layers upon layers for SS15, adding surprising combinations to the usually bland summer uniform. Her entire collection is a continuation of seasons past, as the designer does not believe in the quick fluctuation of fashion, but rather in a stylish and sustainable wardrobe. Her pieces for SS15 are exactly those coveted items one has to have in his closet for season to come.
SCHUMACHER at Berlin Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2015
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A complete overhaul best characterizes this SS15 showcase: gone are the days of understatement and wearability and with this turn of events comes a new name as well. SCHUMACHER makes a strong statement and re-brands itself as Dorothee Schumacher, after the label's creative director. It is this daring lady, who took a look back at what fashion - in it's purest form - is actually supposed to accomplish. The answer appears to be as simple as it is genius: suggest! Who are you underneath those layers of fabric? Who ever you want to be.
Dorothee Schumacher's SS15 showcase transformed this allusion into bondage elements paired with soft fabrics, feminine silhouettes, prints and girly ruffles. Harnesses covered in pastels, flower dresses with heavy belts, mini dresses covered by transparent parkas are all somewhat reminiscent of 90s grunge. Here they are mixed with sporty elements such as zippers and nylon fabric. Daid Moriyama's photographs are said to have inspired Schumacher and her almost philosophical approach to this collection. With designs like these, it's about time she became the namesake to the eponymous brand.
FIER vitrine Spring/Summer 2015
Ten well-selected international avant-garde labels presented their new collections in a group show during Berlin Fashion Week. Every corner of Lehrter Siebzehn was dedicated to another label and set up to create a showroom submerged entirely into the respective designer’s world. Each of the stalls showcased about three to four key pieces from the collections to give a brief introduction to the emerging design talents.
From Aussie designer Alexandra Hackett’s menswear collection, for which she created every piece from silver foil, draped black and gray avant-garde designs by 40 DECIBELS from Canada, detail oriented fairytale dresses with a hint of mystery by Karin Brettmeist from Germany, Australian Laura Banfield’s pieces that were nothing short of art, Laura Galati’s heavy knits (Australia), Germany’s Maja Daphne Holzborn and her vibrant prints and patchworks, urban streetwear by Brazilian Ocksa, Austria’s Ruins of Modernity and their contemporary styles all the way to Senhor Prudencio from Portugal and their amazing shoe designs and finally intriguing head pieces by Vasso Consola from Greece. All these designers are well on their way onto the fashion pack radar, so it won’t be too long until the fight for front row seats is on.
Isabell de Hillerin at Berlin Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2015
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White, black and soft gray are the dominating shades in Isabell de Hillerin's minimalist SS15 collection. Accents of royal blue, soft pink and jade break the understated palette for a summery vibrancy. Flowing fabrics and those exciting hues come together in an elegant, understated and chic ode to femininity. Isabell de Hillerin's current collection is called “Beyond”, fitting the designs to a t. They go far beyond your regular summer garb, ensuring to feel comfortable, beautiful and at ease. Straight, clean cuts sheathe the body, in these sport smart creations, that ranged from light summer pants, see-through shirts and button downs to loose fitting blazers and coats. Once again de Hillerin put on a show to lust after until next season.
Julian Zigerli at Berlin Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2015
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Swiss design genius Julian Zigerli had the honor of opening Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Berlin. Following showcases in hip and urban spaces around the city in past seasons, this comes to show how well appreciated the quirky designs are in the midst of the usual New Objectivity that reigns among most of the city’s designers. Inspiration for his SS15 collection came from his father’s philosophy, „life is one of the hardest“, which serves as the title for the collection.
The collection intends to depict a wonderful, dark and crazy world from the POV of a stressed nine-to-fiver, who steps out of his everyday monotony into a world he can’t quite fathom. However, he still indulges in the uncertainty of things to come. Zigerli sticks to what he knows, and once again masters prints to the fullest. This time they were done by hand in an actual physical environment by using foam, rather than designing them on a computer screen. The collection’s color scheme stems from the CMYK color palette.
Zigerli’s focus remains on designing cool - at times kooky - contemporary clothing. For SS15 he sent out soft sportswear and bright two-toned suits. Vibrant tones and the experimental foam prints brought sass to the runway. Constructed cut outs, half sleeves, freely flapping loops of fabric and peek-a-boo gaps, showed off the designer's fresh and cheeky approach to fashion. Zigerli also incorporated head-to-toe patterns, such as camouflage or chevron stripes, which took center stage on swimwear, sweaters and summer suits, making for easy breezy summer styles.
IVANMAN at Berlin Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2015
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It’s an air of nostalgia for boyhood and a longing for a distant future that surrounds the IVANMAN Spring/Summer 2015 collection. Small backpacks and colourful collar details in the shape of tiny triangles remind of a schoolboy days, while smart suits signal sophistication. Buttoned up shirts with short sleeves contrast loose fitting T-shirts with v-necks. A drawstring at the back of jackets and sleeveless vests is used to tighten the fit at waist level. The dominant colours are black, deep green, cobalt blue as well as a soft creme and pale pink, only a bright magenta ensemble stands out.
Armani Privé Haute Couture Fall 2014
Sleek sophistication was combined with the classic and the cultivated at the Armani Privé Fall 2014 Haute Couture show. In a monochrome and red color palette, Armani provided an experimental interpretion of classic Couture. Inventive dresses consisted entirely of netting and magnificent gowns were draped in polka dot organza. Capes were styled over smart shorts and extravagant, oversize fur coats made up entire outfits; it exuded refined luxury.
Levi's Made & Crafted Fall/Winter 2014 Collection
Using the contrast between the city and the mountains as inspiration, the latest Levi's Made & Crafted Fall/Winter 2014 Collection presents a casual and cool aesthetic.
Contemporary with a tone of sophistication, the men's and womenswear is relaxed yet refined and smart yet stylish. Comprising of edgy leather jackets, relaxed denims and comfortable knits, the collection provides a sleek way to sport casual wear.
Exhibiting a balance between "the indoor and the outdoor" and "the old and the new", the collection exudes modern and cultivated style.
Loewe at Paris Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2015
Presenting a casual and feminine characteristic, the Loewe Spring 2015 collection provided a cool yet refined amalgamation. A demure colour palette was used on thick, striped sweaters paired with turned up, loosely fitted jeans and patent black brogues. Frayed, thick material was wrapped around models and worn as cardigans and distinctive patterns were decorated onto thick sweaters. A bohemian influence was seen on beige, worn out looking tops and chic motorcycle jackets added a stylish edge.
Marc Jacobs at Paris Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2015
Offering a clean collection with a soft colour palette, the Marc Jacobs Spring 2015 Menswear show oozed sophistication whilst remaining original and quirky. Bright and vivid prints were embellished onto shorts and shirts and matching suits came in pastel pink, pale blue and bright red. A pink flamingo motif was present throughout the collection; emblazoned onto the back of a silky black bomber jacket, printed onto a shirt and worn as a brooch.
Lanvin at Paris Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2015
A softened elegance was presented at the Lanvin Spring Menswear 2015 show. Suits were polished yet oversize and slightly baggy, the layering was laid back and kept to a minimum and long sophisticated blazers were worn with tight, edgy neck scarfs. Chains were attached to belts and worn on skinny black trousers and colour blocked shirts were accompanied by snakeskin shoes, the result was a slick, polished and contemporary aesthetic with a rock and roll edge.
Dries Van Noten at Paris Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2015
Inspired by ballet costumes, the Dries Van Noten Spring 2015 Menswear collection applied an athletic and slick aesthetic. Garments were deconstructed; outfits were accessorized with harnesses, unbuttoned shirts were paired with formal trousers and artistic embroidery was placed onto jackets.Looks were completed with stylish male ballet pumps and subtle prints were decorated onto matching blazers and trousers. Dries re interpreted men's occasion wear by producing an elegant yet edgy and impressively unique collection.
Saint Laurent by Hedi Slimane at Paris Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2015
Adhering to a glam rock theme, the Saint Laurent 2015 Menswear show presented a theatrical element through top hats, gold embellished blazers and scarfs worn as capes. The collection fused sleek rock and roll with bohemian influencers to produce the archetypal relaxed rock aesthetic; mismatched prints were worn with denim and accessorized with silver jewelry and unbuttoned shirts were paired with embroidered black skinny jeans. Fabrics included velvet and leather and prints were amongst snakeskin, glitter, paisley and florals. The womenswear was less rock and rock and more relaxed bohemian with floaty dresses exhibiting simple yet distinct patterns and worn with beaded jewelry dominating the runway.
22/4 at Paris Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2015
The 22/4 Spring 2015 collection had a sporty yet slick feel. Relaxed and baggy silhouettes were laid back yet refined and designs were kept simple yet distinct. Cool sophistication was created through exaggerated tailoring; everything was slightly oversize and stylishly loose fitting, it exuded effortless chic. Sandals and t shirts were decorated with the 22/4 logo and dusky metallics and simplistic stripes added a uniqueness.
Gucci at Milan Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2015
Presenting an array of monochrome pieces, Gucci applied a nonchalant design to their Spring 2015 Menswear collection. Jackets with sailor like button detail were combined with striped monochrome trousers and the same large buttons continued onto the top of loose fitting trousers. The mellow theme progressed onto casual trainers and luxurious loafers and bright bursts of vivid red and turquoise added eccentricity to the laid back collection.
PHILIPP PLEIN opened the second store in Milan
On Tuesday 24th June, PHILIPP PLEIN opened his second flagship store in Milan. Located on via Montenapoleone 23, the brand new flagship covers over 150 square metres and has been jointly designed by Philipp Plein and the Milanese architectural firm AquiliAlberg.
The swank and contemporary black, white and grey store consists of blocks of marble, PHILIPP PLEIN's hexagonal logo and CRYSTALLIZED™- Swarovski Elements studded onto the iconic skull. With space dedicated to both women's and childrens clothing and areas of constrasting light and shade, the flagship creates a relaxing, serene and exclusive shopping experience.
The opening which coincided with men's fashion week was greeted by a DJ set by David Vivirido and Francesco Sourigues from Hercules magazine and included a live performance from American rapper Theophilus London.
Speaking on the opening, Plein stated "I am both proud and thrilled to open on this renowned street, and I decided to create a true work of art for this special flagship, a tribute to a city that has contributed so much to my success."
Moncler Gamme Bleu at Milan Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2015
Adhering to a boxing theme, the Moncler Gamme Bleur Spring 2015 Menswear Collection presented a smart, sports luxe aesthetic. Overlayered ensembles worked excellently as they glided down the runway with high top sneakers. In keeping with the sporting theme, the colour palette which also made its way onto the models faces consisted of red, navy blue and white. The collection clashed the loosely fitted with tight fitted ensembles and deconstructed the classic suit by styling smart shirts, high waist trousers and bow tyes with casual hooded sporty jackets and sneakers. The colours transformed into a cool and chic grey mixture with grey, black and white prints clashing. Blazers and shirts were juxtaposed with padded oversize coats, sporty loose fitting shorts and knee length, lace up sneakers. The womenswear remained just as sporty but was kept more restricted and confined and less relaxed and playful.
PHILIPP PLEIN at Milan Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2015
Fusing refinement with edginess, PHILIPP PLEIN sent garments down the runway heavily emblazoned with skull and bones logos as well as rhinestone-studded jackets and sequin embellished blazers. Dipping in and out and casual and smart wear, the collection incorporated sleek blazers worn with matching trousers and loafers and laid back embroidered denim shirts, ripped jeans and causal sweatpants. Making a statement through the vividness of the garments, Plein presented an energetic and dynamic amalgamation that transcended into a coherent and wearable collection.
Calvin Klein Collection at Milan Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2015
Light beige was a persistent colour on the Calvin Klein Collection runway with vests layered onto t – shirts, smart blazers worn with shorts and oversize shirts. The collection largely consisted of all one colour ensembles with specks of bright oranges, yellows and reds being incorporated onto the light beige coordinates. Innovative bright transparent plastic jackets paired with straight black trousers added an eccentricity to the mostly demure compilation and a unique shade of deep brown embodied the contemporary and refined man.
London Collections: Men Day Three
The third and final day of London Collections: Men brought together some of the most inventive and original fashion talent to conclude the thrilling three day event.
Labelled as a ‘silent protest’, Craig Green’s first solo show evoked emotions in the audience as well as the designer himself. The extremely inventive collection saw fabrics deconstructed and uniquely layered to create a delicate yet distinct combination. The all black, all white and all blue ensembles were worn with bare feet as the fabric effortlessly flowed to the sound of soft music and comprised of one of a kind silhouettes.
Bright and bold combos were showcased on the highly anticipated Burberry Prorsum catwalk. Classic suits were modernised by being displayed in bright colour palettes and accompanied by graffiti emblazoned bags and trainers and sophisticated bucket hats. Exquisite suede jackets were placed over denim jackets and logo decorated t –shirts were worn with suit trousers and oversize scarfs to embody the contemporary and stylish man.
Held at the Opening Ceremony store in London, the brands presentation exhibited a polished, sports luxe aesthetic that incorporated summery palm tree prints, soft and relaxed lines and sharp colour blocking. The laidback collection consisted of long, light overcoats and slim fitting trousers in an array of intriguing fabrics and materials producing a quirky yet cool compilation.
The third day’s shows concluded with a striking showcase from Nasir Mazhar. The collection referenced hip hop culture through heavily logoed street style and relaxed, loose fitting materials. Smart white shirts were juxtaposed by being paired with casual basketball shorts and sweatpants, gold metallic jacquard was embellished onto matching two pieces and deep metallic blue was incorporated onto shorts and vests to create a more luxurious look. Adhering to his signature style, Mazhar produced a street wear collection with a high end undertone.
Presenting a fusion of established and new designers, the three day occasion has grown in popularity and talent, thus cementing London as one of the most exciting and innovation fashion cities in the world.
Diesel Black Gold Store-Opening London
Creative director Andreas Melbostad describes the retail location as an opportunity “initiate a dialogue with a London audience.” And that the new store will showcase “a complete range of women's and men's collections along with their complimenting accessories."
The 16th June 2014 saw the opening of Diesel Black Gold's first global concept store. Situated on Conduit Street in London, the store exclusively showcases the Diesel Black Gold women's and men's collections.
Consisting of concrete panels, parquet flooring, leather furniture and leather wall-panels, the sleek and contemporary clothing collections are flawlessly complimented by the impressive store design.
Attracting celebrities including Dominic Jones, Eloise Showering and Alexia Niedzielsk, the store opening coincided with London Collections: Men and celebrated the first standalone UK store for Diesel Black Gold.
Proenza Schouler Resort 2015
Creatively articulating shapes and patterns, the Proenza Schouler Resort 2015 flawlessly embodied laidback elegance and glamorous casual wear.
Incorporating layering and contrasts between patterns and colours, the collection presented an amalgamation of bright and bold colour sleekly put together to create a sharp yet feminine ensemble.
Oversize coats and jackets diverged from the femininity by adding a strong yet stylish edge and sheer, chiffon, relaxed knee length dresses adhered to a more serene aesthetic.
Intriguing patterning was contrasted and presented in a summery yet cool colour palette of royal blue, yellow and bright white while smart tailored blazers and dresses provided a chic alternative.
The outfits were worn with mid height white heels and unique flat monochrome pointed shoes adhering to both a classy and casual look.
Fendi Resort 2015 Collection
Chic and elegant lines were decorated with sharp, colourful and detailed designs in the Fendi Resort 2015 collection.
Prada Womenswear Fall/Winter 2014 Campaign
Featuring stunning Argentinian model Mica Arganaraz and photographed by Steven Meisel in New York, Prada’s latest campaign displays the Fall/Winter 2014 womenswear collection.
Effortlessly cool, the vivid and chic collection looks luxurious next to the sharp architecture and captures the striking silhouettes of the clothing. A video of the campaign will be unveiled soon on prada.com.
Sensual and delicate yet powerful and strong, the campaign is shot against a calm, grey backdrop of concrete and window panes which provided the perfect standout for the colourful and textured clothing.
‘A new art of living through perfume’ is the thesis behind Hermes new collection of colognes, perfumes and bath time essentials that ‘open up a world of perfumed experiences, sensations and images’.
The bath time collection includes creamy bubble bath, revitalising shampoo, hydrating balm and toning gel to make bath times a luxurious and intimately relaxing experience. Comprising of irresistible fragrances and silky soft textures, the Hermes bath time collection makes for a soothing experience.
The perfumes and colognes incorporate the spirit of travel and use raw materials to create light and satisfying scents to accompany the complete bath time ritual. Hermès Bath time provides the ultimate sensory experience engaging the sight, smell and touch and is available in a range of textures, colours and designs to suit your mood.
MYKITA Opens at BIKINI BERLIN
Berlin's most recent addition to shopaholic heaven, the first ever concept mall BIKINI BERLIN, can call sunglasses label MYKITA one of its own now. Like so many before it, MYKITA, too, has expanded from too-cool-for-its-own-good Mitte to City West, the rediscovered heart of the old chic city. The mall itself is housed in the Bikinihaus, a contemporary witness to the city's tumultuous past.
Designed by Paul Schwebes and Hans Schoszberger in 1957, the complex is made up of a dyadic architecture that has now been fully glazed. The new MYKITA store with its polished, reduced interior fits in like a charm. From regular ones to sunglasses, the store appears like an ocean of mirrors, all in the label’s trademark styles.
The MYKITA + Maison Martin Margiela collection consists of two different design approaches: Essential and Dual. The former are made of high-grade steel and reduced to the raw material without any additive pieces. The latter are two pairs made from acetate, born from one mold, then broken and reconstructed. This new eye-wear collection reflects the synergy of both houses perfectly, just like the new space MYKITA occupies now.
Tiger of Sweden Fall/Winter 2014
Inspired by timeless rock and roll icons, the Tiger of Sweden AW14 collection epitomises a sleek yet edgy style that is polished without losing the rock and roll roots.
Offering a compromise between sophistication and spirit, the collection uses layering, exciting combinations and a neutral colour palette to create a distinctive and effortlessly thrown together aesthetic.
Seeking inspiration from Robert Redford's cult figure from the movie ‘Three Days of the Condor’, the seventies influenced menswear embodies this inspiration through heavily layered suits in brown, mustard yellow and black leather and tailored suits worn with long oversize overcoats and smart brogues.
The womenswear collection comprises of a balance between “classically feminine parts and a more pronounced leaner, more masculine silhouette”. Based on black, the colour palette incorporates more feminine tones of powder pink, light grey and deep turquoise and fuses minimalism with dynamism.
Established in 1903 and redefined in 1993, the traditional brand has reinvented itself to become a modern and exciting label that offers contemporary, sleek and stylish fashion for both men and women.
Replay: Replay One Off
Italian fashion house Replay have launched a collection entitled Replay One Off for Fall/Winter 2014 that epitomises strong, edgy and playful fashion. Consisting of both men’s and womenswear, the collection is effortlessly sophisticated with a casual and laid-back edge.
The men’s collection references sportswear pairing thick, quilted duffel coats, relaxed hoodies and jersey chinos whilst still remaining cosmopolitan through clean, structured lines, fitted denim and smart brogues. Equally chic, the womenswear uses high gloss leathers, shiny metallics and luscious fur to create a powerfully sleek collection for the modern, urban women. Sharply cut black bikers combined with classy, tailored trousers exude hip sophistication while lavish fur pieces are contrasted with deconstructed denim to produce an easy-going edginess.
As a denim specialist, Replay One Off puts a particular emphasis on the jeans throughout the collection, using both classic black and blue denim as well as providing a smart element through added leather, tech fabric and brocade appliqués. Claiming to be “a collection all about innovation and experimentation”, the clothing caters to the young and stylish consumer whilst producing an individual and playful aesthetic.
Diesel Venice Collection
A year on from his appointment as Artistic Director of Diesel, and the world’s eyes are still unfalteringly fixed on every ingenious movement of Nicola Formichetti, who premiered his debut collection for the fashion house last week. More than any other director gone before, Formichetti is acutely aware of the 35-year-strong heritage he has commandeered, abiding to his rather gallant take on governance that decrees honour before egoism.
What more apt venture, then, than to revisit the soil that bedded Diesel’s roots. ‘Welcome to Venice’ was the title for Formichetti’s inaugural collection, an acknowledgement of its origins in the city of Venice, as much as it served to articulate the global vista of the brand. Built upon Diesel’s iconic trinity of denim, rock ‘n’ roll leather and military utility, each segment accompanied by the filmic vision of friend and long-time collaborator, Nick Knight, and a live performance by Diesel’s modern muse, Brooke Candy. For Formichetti, the structured progression of the show mapped out the direction of his unique creative vision, from heritage to innovation until finally, the streets – which is, ostensibly, where Diesel reigns today – the Venetian canals were but a beginning.
Pharrell Williams and adidas
Submerging himself into the fashion scene, musician Pharrell Williams who’s already set to collaborate with fashion brands including COMME des GARÇONS, Moncler and G-Star has recently announced that he will be working on a collaborative line with sportswear label adidas.
Williams has always demonstrated an interest in fashion with the launch of his own fashion label entitled Billionaire Boys Club and the creation of a collaborative fashion brand with a Japanese streetwear label titled ‘Ice Cream’. But it was his extravagant yet classy Vivienne Westwood hat first debuted at the Grammy’s that quickly propelled the singer into the mainstream fashion sphere and led him into being dubbed a “pop – culture icon” by Dirk Schoenberger, creative director at adidas. The inevitable relationship between music and fashion is at its height and with this exciting collaboration it seems to be continuing, Williams noted that “I’m really appreciative to adidas for allowing me to further develop and understand my design dreams.” With adidas currently having beaten off rivals to claim the enviable title of bestselling sportswear brand and Kanye West leaving competitors Nike to collaborate with the brand, the upcoming collection set to be released this summer and is fated to be a hit!
WUNDERKIND at Paris Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2014
Amalgamations of powerful yet stylish contrasts were provided at the WUNDERKIND FW14 show. This was demonstrated through the pairing of florals with geometric square prints, hip black oversize biker jackets with floaty dresses and heavy patterned large fur coats contrasted with soft layered dresses. Oriental influenced straight mini dresses were thrown into a clash of colours, styles and shapes to create a collage of extraordinary pieces.
Jean Charles de Castelbajac at Paris Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2014
Capturing the Parisian spirit, the Jean Charles de Castelbajac FW14 collection incorporated a largely black and white colour palette with bursts of cobalt blue and bright orange. Square patterns gave the demure cuts a funky edge and large eye covering black floppy hats gave us less is more mystery. Unique creativity was presented through whimsical face motifs applied to dresses, skirts and leather jackets and scissor, paperclip and screw sketches printed onto dress and jumpsuits. The collection excelled in demonstrating a winning combination of classic high end looks with one of a kind statement pieces.
Vivienne Westwood at Paris Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2014
Vivienne Westwood invited us into her vivid imagination and world of eclectic inspirations during her FW14 show. Referencing a capacious variety of influences, styles and cultures, the collection mismatched colours and patterns, exhibited bizarre blue face paint and clashed textures. We were given extravagance through fluffy, shapely, large overcoats and exaggerated top hats, it was spectacular! Possibly the most inventive designs came from the sheer, shoulder padded, turtle neck wedding dress and martial arts style wrap jacket paired with loose fitting trousers, boots and Red war face paint. Vivienne gathered her vast sources of influencers and compiled into a outlandish yet amazing collection.
Lanvin at Paris Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2014
Opulent elegance was apparent at the Lanvin FW14 show with just enough drama to make it spectacular. The collection hinted towards the extravagant with ruffled fabrics, heavily gathered material and head to toe fur pieces whilst still remaining wearable. Black leather long pleated and interestingly cut dresses epitomized the theatrics of the show. The 1920s were referenced through flapper girl style beaded head caps worn with refined silk knee length square dresses. This theme continued onto looks consisting of feather detailed large floppy hats worn with silk floor scraping dresses and sheer gloves. This was avant garde at its best.
Balenciaga at Paris Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2014
The Balenciaga FW14 show presented a contrast in textures and the creative use of zippers as accessories. Shapes were played with by contrasting oversize silhouettes with cross patterning. Continuing the inventive theme, bright interwoven stripes were applied to sweaters and bright neons were worn with striped knitted dresses. The show provided both outlandish options as well as more demure pieces to create something special.
Haider Ackermann at Paris Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2014
The Haider Ackermann FW14 show presented a satisfying equilibrium between masculinity and femininity. Styles were merged with sophisticated long grey suits paired with thick black sweatband style headbands to give a relaxed edge. Sophistication continued with floor length coats worn with flared suit trousers and head to toe black loose fitting pieces. Haider Ackermann watered down the sophisticated element by offering a high end chic look with short leather jackets paired with all grey outfits and sleek black ankle boots. This provided a wearable and effortlessly elegant demeanor.
Hogan Fall/Winter 2014
Italian fashion brand Hogan have partnered with British designer Simon Holloway to create an elegant yet chic FW 2014 – 15 collection entitled Neo Romantic. Inspired by 1970s romantic decadence and 1990s Corrine day photography, the collection comprises of an eclectic mix of psychedelic prints, modern and sleek suits paired with casual trainers, oversize biker jackets, fur coats and long hippy style dresses.
A minimalist dandy boy style is referenced through excellently tailored suits, lustrous goatskin biker jackets and wool flannel and moleskin coatsuits. Cashmere fur biker jackets add a modern and trendy edge to classically tailored suits and psychedelic, hip prints by Julie Verhoeven add a funky edge to boots, shoes, dresses and suits. Coming in a colour palette of monochrome, grey, deep purple, magenta and blood red, the collection represents a fuse between the modish and the refined to produce an amalgamation of exciting clothing that adheres to Hogan’s versatile urban style.
Day 4: Bottega Veneta and Jil Sander at Milan Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2014
Simple, graceful structure was partnered with creative patterns and colour mixes to create the Bottega Veneta FW ’14 collection. The styles embodied strong femininity while referencing futuristic fashion with the use of graphic black and white prints. Deep purple and burgundy softened the clean lines and extravagant snakeskin bags added a luxurious flare.
Crisp whites, greys and light pastels were showcased alongside blacks, mustard yellows and deep turquoises to create an urbane appearance at the Jil Sander FW ’14 show. Sharply cut coats and straight and metallic dresses bared signature to Sander’s clean – cut aesthetic while the experimental colour palette provided a burst of excitement. Oversize jackets were paired with straight suit trousers and platform brogues to bring a new meaning to office chic while turtle neck sweaters and high waist skirts provided girly sophistication.
HUGO BOSS at NYFW Fall/Winter 2014/2015
For Fall/Winter 2014/15 young talented creative director Jason Wu showcased a feminine, yet sophisticated debut, that -without question- was able to carry on the brand's DNA. Rich in high-quality fabrics, Jason tailored a line of solid garments out of cashmere and silk hold in black, camel and gray shades. Minimal A-line skirts,long coats with rounded shoulders, next to transparent chiffon dresses made the modern BOSS woman appear self-confident and delicate.
NIKE AIR FORCE 1 x RICCARDO TISCI
Designer and taste maker Riccardo Tisci reinterpreted the Air Force 1, a basketball sneaker well beyond a cultural statement. Many different scenes have adapted the shoe and taken it from the courts to the streets. Nike +R.T. Air Force 1 is all about respect: respect for sportsmanship, respect for an authentic aesthetic, respect for those stars of the basketball court who started the hype, and respect for street culture. Both Tisci and Nike are aware that dissonance creates intrigue produces new inspiring designs. And Riccardo Tisci, the creative director behind über-label Givenchy, is just the right designer for the job.
He created four styles with uppers ranging from low-cut to knee-high. With the Air Force 1 Lo and Air Force 1 Mid, he went a more conventional route; all the while the boot-styles Mid Calf and Knee High appear in highly unusual and dramatically new silhouettes. Multi-colored laces catch the eye and resonate with an almost tribal attitude of a global community. With a shoe as universally appealing as this one, yet very personal, Tisci really dug deep to get to the core of its allure and extract the essence of the Air Force 1 for his designs. He found that the sneaker disregards gender, cities and styles. It is much more part of a democratic community.
The different Nike Air Force 1 x Riccardo Tisci will be available by March 2014.
Dior at Paris Fashion Week Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2014
On monday, at the Dior Haute Couture, Raf Simons focused on the idea of intimacy and showcased elaborately designed garments, in which he dealt with the 'idea of woman per se'. Even the location -a white modernist cave- showed the main idea of the show: soft curves and abstract sculptural expressions.
Speaking of delicacy of handwork, Simons designs had a complex, yet light and clean architectural approach, almost surrounding the bodys like organic shapes and adjusting to their movements. Silk, chiffon and delicate lace sybolized the intimacy of the female body. Chopped-out balloon cocktail dresses or volounious airy skirts were made of semi-transparent fabrics and embellished with repetitive patterns in white, black and pastel colours.
Hermès at Paris Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2014
The dark and sober collection by Véronique Nichanian had more understated luxury than ever. Almost anonymous, the collection featured slim suits with simple tops and slouchy coats with set-ins of sleeve just balancing a little bit below the shoulder. Black leather and furry or shiny surfaces were reoccurring motifs, as was sport. Although the latter never took over the collection, touches could be found in hiking-boots, parka's and most decisive: a puffer jacket. In crocodile leather that is.
Thom Browne at Paris Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2014
Mysterious as the fables by Jean de la Fontaine, the recent collection by Thom Browne veered between the animal and human. The first half of the collection consisted of Browne's trademarks like cropped tweed jackets and pants with the famous red-white-blue ribbon. Seemingly, he put all his imagination in the head dresses, designed by milliner Stephen Jones. Different types of hats depicted all sorts of animals, from elephants to mouses. The second half of the collection brought back Browne's showmanship in clothes. Like couture, the jackets and pants had an imaginative sensibility with broad shoulders and hips while the waist was kept slim. This made for a broad, regal silhouette, highlighted with leaf-prints and -appliqués.
Patrick Mohr at Berlin Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2014
Freedom expresses a person’s ability to act upon their will. However, this statement’s boundaries hold true for the fashion world in particular. Dark-skinned models are still a rare commodity in designer’s shows. Patrick Mohr, the German fashion scenes enfant terrible, casted dark-skinned models exclusively for work hard. be mohr. – making a loud statement against arbitrary boundaries. With his show, he enticed the spectator to ponder questions of values and autonomy of decision. Front and center of Mohr’s tenth show during Mercedes Benz Fashion Week was model Papis Loveday.
His first, and only, appearance during Berlin Fashion Week along with choreographer Nikeata Thompson was a really special moment – an implosion of convention. And even though Mohr almost solely focused on the color blue, on its strength and its interaction with his designs, his fall/winter 2014/15 collection may very well be the most versatile vision of the designer to date. In all its facets, the strong cyan can be seen in blousons, coats, shirts, pants and even in ribbed leggings and socks. The coats had triangular crocodile appliqués on the back and sleeves - Mohr’s signature, which has so far accompanied ten invaluable seasons.
Henrik Vibskov at Paris Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2014
Henrik Vibskov always has an array of ideas that he can easily distill into one collection. This Fall/Winter collection reunited nomadic hats, round shoulders, florals, ethnic decorations and much more in a collection that remained consistent from beginning to end. The use of a mesh-nylon material made it easy to create volume while staying light, another technical endeavor was the fabric that looked like origami-folding on shorts and ponchos.
John Galliano at Paris Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2014
Sport was unmistakably on Bill Gaytten's mind for his latest collection for John Galliano. All looks were based around leggings and sneakers in all sorts of colors and designs. Longer tops had elastic hems to create a rounded effect and parka's had big hoods and cinched waists. Some looks were finished with more urban items like jackets and overcoats, but even they were made out of exquisite technical materials. The collection was given an upbeat touch with shiny surfaces and pop-colors.
ICEBERG at Milan Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2014
The new ICEBERG collection, introduced during Milan Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2014, clearly took inspiration in Bruce Wayne's Gotham City, transforming all it's protagonists into a heroic Batman. The innovative use of textures and prints in combination with luxurious and modern fabrics, underlined the spirit of transformation. Along with mohair knits, jacquard jackets, neoprene sweatshirts, silk and poplin shirts, Federico Curradi did not miss out on embellishing his garments with the brands signiture: 3D graphical prints.
Valentino at Paris Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2014
Valentino's head-designers Maria Grazia Chuiri and Pierpaolo Piccioli talked about their idea to bring a nonchalant and comfortable influence to their luxurious menswear. The shownotes explain: “Private becomes public and vice versa.” Which resulted in pajamas' in pinstripes or tweeds and big winter coats that feel like robes. The core of the Valentino-brand remains the tradition of Haute Couture and that even manifests itself in the menswear collections. As relaxed as some jackets and coats dance around the body, so much work goes into the inner workings of the garment, balancing it just right on the shoulder. This not only gives a feeling of craftsmanship to the wearer, but also reinforces the idea of comfort and homeliness. That also explains the rug-like materials for some coats and the luscious knits. Quirky details like an owl on the back with wings reaching over the shoulders took the collection out of the house and into the woods. And for that the Valentino-man has a decadent fishers hat.
Giorgio Armani at Milan Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2014
Giorgio Armani designs for Fall/Winter 2014 had an athletic and Bohemian approach. Three-piece suits with massive shoulders and textures from corduroy to velvet will play the keyrole next winter's mens'wear dominated by dark hues, blue, sage, brown and grays.
Philipp Plein at Milan Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2014
Philipp Plein's cowboy and Wild Western-themed collection, was born out of his childhood memories, when he dreamt of empty saloons, sheriffs on horses and hunted banditos. His looks were sometimes topless and accessorized with saddles, bolo ties, badges, reptile belts and fringes. Crystal studded blazers, biker jackets and sheriff dusters were the highlights of the show, which ended by a performance of legendary rapper Angel Haze.
KTZ at London Collections: Men Fall/Winter 2014
KTZ Fall/Winter 2014
For this year’s LC:M mens‘wear collection, KOKON TO ZAI' s spiritual-tribal interpretations have pushed the statement even further. Known for the use of meaningful symbols, the two designers Marjan Pejoski and Sasko Bezovski graced oversized bomber jackets, hoodies and tight leggins with leather lazer cuts in labyrinth-like sanskrit and cryptic typography, all kept in a monochromatic white and black colour palette.
G-STAR RAW UTILITY
After star chef Sergio Herman closed his memorable 3 Michelin star awarded restaurant Oud Sluis based in the Netherlands on the 22nd of December 2013, he now has a new life time project together with his right hand Nick Bril. Located in a chapel of a former military hospital in Antwerp, the 'The Jane' opens doors early 2014. For that occasion a specially designed workwear collection by G-Star will be launched: the G- STAR RAW Utility collection. The exclusive line adds an extra dimension to G-Star's passion for authentic functionality and consists of six designs with which the team, from chef to hostess to sommelier, can make their own combinations. 'Just like me, The Jane‘s concept is out of the box, which suits G-Star. The brand is raw, consistent and innovative, which is what I always try to be', says Sergio. He has put the finishing touches to the kitchen proof collection, including the chef's jacket with special pockets for culinary utensils.
The official launch of RAW Utility will take place in February 2014 during the opening of 'The Jane‚ in Antwerp. The innovative collection will be available online from March 2014.
REPLAY For FC Barcelona
As an official partner of the FC Barcelona, the denim brand REPLAY will design the formal outfits and casual wear of the Spanish football team for the next four years. Under the theme 'Denim, made to measure‘, the exclusive garments are tailor-made from high-quality materials, yet still strongly influenced by the brands denim heritage. For events, the players will wear two different looks in indigo-blue interpreting jeans in a new light. The first look consists of a custom-made suit of blue-gray iridescent comfort denim in combination with a shirt made of 100% cotton. Also the second look -a suit made of pure wool with dark-blue herringbone patterns- shows up the trendy slim-fit.
On top of this, the 'smart casual collection' creates a sporty, yet elegant look, inclu- ding the REPLAY Denim Zero°-Jeans -the highlight of this line- washed with REPLAY's eco-friendly process in which high-pressure ice crystals reduce water consumption by 90%, minimising its en- vironmental impact. Furthermore, overcoats and newly- invented REPLAY footwear -including the Oxford and Brogue model- will complete the football players out-standing looks.
Fans can shop the FC Barcelona Capsule Collection FW 2013/14 including the REPLAY Denim Zero°-Jeans in REPLAY stores and online.
G-SESSIONS Final - Vote Now
How to one up a year long anniversary celebration? By giving a group of young talents the chance to design their own G-SHOCK model in a contest. Renowned mentors from all G-SESSIONS destinations have selected one contestant to take under their wing and helped them create a watch design. The mentors are designer Patrick Mohr, singer and producer Ghostpoet, design-duo Tomas Overtoom and Liza Korfman, artist Kirikoo Des, action sport photographer Nikita Vilkin Yarutskiy, MTV presenter-turned DJ Johann Wald, Marcelo Burlon and County Of Milan designer Giorgio Di Salvo. A presentation entailing a song, a performance, a video clip or a piece of art supports each creation. From now on, the designs can be voted on online at www.g-sessions.de. Who will come out on top?
During the G-SESSIONS Finals on the 28th of November the winning design will be announced, and later produced and sold in a limited edition. Obviously, winning would rock. But so does voting, as all participants are in the mix to either win a limited edition of the winning design or a trip to Berlin to attend the G-SESSIONS Finals. In light of the award ceremony in Berlin, G-SHOCK will launch two new models from the Gold Series in rose gold. With analog digital displays in different gold hues and black, these sturdy models are treats for all G-SHOCK fans and a great pick-me-up in case you don‘t win a limited edition for voting.
G-Star RAW Presents Afrojack Capsule Collection
This November G-Star RAW is launching a unique six-piece capsule collection in collaboration with the Dutch DJ and music producer Afrojack. The limited collection consists of black leather and denim A-Crotch pants that G-Star designed in the brand's renowned 3D style, tailor-made for the acclaimed artist's performances earlier this year. In addition to that the collection features great T-shirts, a black hoodie and a cap, all dominated in black and white. The 'A' trademark is continued in the 'RAW' artwork and conveys a modern and technical feel with a glossy, high-density technique. Part of the collection will contribute to the MTV Music Awards.
The collection will be available from 10th of November. Watch the Making-of video on
Marc Jacobs Accessories Shop Opening
Some Marc Jacobs is great, but more Marc Jacobs is better. It doesn’t come as a surprise then that one of Berlin’s more luxe destinations – the Galeries Lafayette – have added the designer’s main line to their portfolio, which, until now, already included the younger and more affordable Marc by Marc Jacobs. The accessories shop is situated on the ground floor and offers goods from the Fall/Winter ‘13 collection, such as the super-feminine and modern “The Metropolitan" – a rather classical and sober bag in a high-velocity mix of velour and nappa leather.
Or the dearly personal “The 1984" – an elegant and feminine homage to the 80ies, Jacob’s graduation from Parsons The New School for Design, Madonna’s hit “Like a Virgin" and last but not least the designer’s encounter with Robert Duffy and the subsequent manifestation of the fashion brand under his name.
Levi's® Revel Launch
Denim is the universal everyday uniform. Skinny or high-waist, boyfriend or drop-crotch, the selection seems endless. Unfortunately, so does finding that one perfect pair. Enter Levi's®, who have been on the forefront of finding the perfect jeans throughout the company‘s history. Last night they unveiled their latest breakthrough at their Berlin store. What started with the female-only Lady Levi‘s® in 1934 and went high-tech with the Curve ID system in 2010 has gone through yet another evolution.
The Levi‘s® Revel employs liquid shaping technology, a system that infuses the denim with a liquid to control its stretch in all the important places and highlights the female form by lifting and modeling the silhouette. 'Super memory retention‘ in the four-way-stretch is an ideal partner in crime, letting the Revel snap back to its original form no matter what shenanigans they‘ve been put through.
The Revel is based on the Levi‘s® Curve ID Fit System, and available in Slight, Demi and Bold Curve. Details such as the special contouring finish, elongated seams or the positioning of pockets are supposed to optimize the silhouette. A number of finishes, washes and colors, as well as skinny or straight legs assure the right model for all shapes, sizes and tastes.
Saint Laurent at Paris Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2014
For Spring/Summer 2014 the traditional French House Saint Laurent transformed the runway into a spectaculous culisse with moving light rods in triangle shapes accompanied by synthy riffs of Liar‘s ‘Mr. your on fire Mr.‘, which created a strong ambience. Very chic feminine, yet masculine looks mainly consisted of tight leather mini skirts, chic strapless night dresses and transparent chiffon blouses combined with casty blazers. Hedi Slimane got inspired by music icons and youth culture of the 80ies which creates a nonreversible and unique spirit.
Kenzo at Paris Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2014
Kenzo for Spring/Summer 2014 staged a unique and impressive runway set with a huge waterfall installation and splashes synchronized with the music beat in a rather unusual neighbourhood for a Fashion Week Venue: the suburb Saint Denis.The collection was speaking the true vocabulary of nonchalance and effortlessness. Laid-back streetwear was combined with a strong manner of japanese aesthetics and modern fashion.
The two young designers Carol Lim and Humberto Leon managed to showcase a purist sense of permeability found in masculine cuts and sporty silhouettes. Sleeveless blazers, pleated pants and midriff blouses with fishes and waves transformed in graphic patterns were the key elements of most of the garments and illustrated Kenzo‘s affection for outstanding prints. The base colour of most of the pieces was a strong blue and lilac on a black and white base. Besides making a strong fashion statement, this show also committed to a strong political awareness regarding ocean pollution and overfishing.
Versace at Milan Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2014
The collection of iconic fashion designer Donatella Versace has been a divine highlight at this Spring/Summer 2014. Bringing up the attitude of rock energy and effortless luxury, it is all going in the direction of creating a fresh streetwear look for the day and a strong appearance at night. The coming season is going to be dominated by leather and denim. Low waisted circle skirts combined with bra‘s made of gauzy fabrics and again and again heavy silver chains and rivets are the basic substance of this collection. Followed by a range of pieces covered with floral patterns in the shades of lilac, as well as exclusive nightwear dresses made of shining fabrics, this collection is clearly a prelude to a powerful 21st century in the signature of Versace. The show got closed with the legendary summer hit „Versace“ by Mikos.
Jil Sander at Milan Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2014
Jil Sander‘s performance on fourth day of Milan Fashion Week was straightforward, linear and dominated by precise cuts. After the german fashion designer has left the brand twice and now is back, this Spring/Summer 2014 feels liberated and relaxed, perhaps because Sander now has finally arrived. According to be the “Queen of less“, the show demonstrated, that less sometimes is more. Being loyal towards her standards and principles, this collection was “Joyful Serenity“ and minimalism par excellence. Made of a combination of simple shapes and unique materials, Sander has showcased stunning garments, highlighted by her pure style elements, she is being adored for. Belly tops and midi skirts gave a shimmer of youthness, slightly wide capri pants and buttonless blazers added some elegant key notes, all in a rather restrained colour palatte.
Gucci at MFW Spring/Summer 2014
The traditional Italian house Gucci on first day of Milan Fashion Week conquered the runway with pieces that blazed abroad nonchalance, femininity and elegance. Creative Director Frida Giannini based her collection on slight athletic influences matched with glamorous intricate finesse. The repeating key elements were bra tops wrapped in straps, leather-edged kimonos and low waist dresses with V- slits made of high-quality materials and sophisticated techniques, such as silks, plissés and chiffons, based on blacks as well as multi- coloured and gold shades. Highlighted by refined ornaments and sparkling sequins, this collection was truly in the spirit of Art Nouveau.
Vivienne Westwood at London Fashion Week Spring/ Summer 2014
The must-see show on London Fashion Week’s schedule was no other than Vivienne Westwood, opening with a dramatic dance performance by Lily Cole inspired by Hans Christian Andersen.
Westwood later saying in an interview that this performance was about the consequence of global climate warming. Great craftsmanship and bizarre beauty got visible in hand tailored and draped jumpsuits and dresses dominated by olive green, earthy colours with floral photo prints. Climate as a key word printed on a top and crazy cosmetics related to the origin topic of environment change made this show outstanding and memorable.
MM6 Maison Martin Margiela at NYFW
MM6 Maison Martin Margiela for this Spring/Summer 2014 showcased a conceptual collection highlighting pure perfection and vivacity. Accompanied by synth sounds and floating riffs, Margiela sent out on the runway contemporary casual garments, oversized tops and short cuted blazers. Speaking the true spring vocabulary in a neutral colour pallet, this collection shows an innovative attitude.
L’ Aventure Pop-up Shop opens up in Paris
L’ Aventure is a pop-up store designed in collaboration with canadian journalist and magazine publisher Tyler Brûlé and his team. ‘The Louis Vuitton’s experience doesn’t stop as soon as you walk out the store with your luggage, they’re in it for life with you.’ This unpredented space highlights Louis Vuitton’s expert authority on travel, since Louis Vuitton’s monogram shows up daily on every airport worldwide. The store will offer not only objects, but also a number of unique services, such as offering a wide range of options for customising luggage.
L’ Aventure opens on 12 September 2013 on the prestigious Avenue Montaigne in Paris.
Onitsuka Tiger New X-Caliber Sneaker
Frontrunner of ‘80s sportswear, the iconic Onitsuka Tiger X-Caliber sneaker has been revived for 2013, and is fighting-fit to take on its increasingly urban 21st century surroundings. Heralded from birth for its intelligent practicality, function remains true to form – every inch the performance-boosting and injury-preventative staple that has proved faithful to athletes since 1982. Design, too, takes a step down the retro route; in its original swatches of blue, silver and off-white with red and royal accents, its distinctive vertical heel vents an aid to movement and cushioning for the foot, as its ‘quadra’ lacing inimitably zig-zags the tongue. The redesign of the new X-Caliber does not go without sharpening its cutting-edge: breathable mesh material softens the ‘80s blow, while a thick Memory EVA mid-sole considerately supports the foot of the modern day wearer. A sneaker whose founding vantage point was set leaps and bounds ahead of its time, the X-Caliber seems to slot seamlessly into the present, exploiting an edited silhouette and established heritage to compete with and overtake its more measured contemporaries.
Camper Together with Bernhard Willhelm
Ever laced up in erratic beauty, Bernhard Willhelm's lucid aesthetic rarely fails to be brand itself as provocative – maniacally eclectic at the very least. His next collection for Camper's Fall/Winter line delves into the exotic, generating innovative and sporty styles to stand anarchically alongside the coveted Himalayan sneaker of collaborations past, reinterpreted ready for its latest incarnation.
Potent monochrome pigments are the product of the Himalayan's most recent evolution; in black, white and Royal blue, they are flexibly unisex, quiet with their peachskin contrasts, yet without falling short of statement detail. Corrugated platforms inject a less obvious slant on streetwear, while cartoony hose laces bundle on the tongue, grey and white threads twined to pull together its most distinguishing attributes.
Fresh offerings, like the Everest, too deliver an unconventional classic, aligning an original monotone upper with an inflate outsole for a brazen pop statement. An exclusive womenswear piece plays on the typical cowboy boot skeleton, boldly divided in two-tone suede and slouching aloof for a cooler, more comfortable update of a renowned silhouette. They say Bernhard Willhelm sees the beauty in chaos – his collection for Camper delivers just that.
Levi's 501 Celebrates 140th Anniversary With Book Launch
A 20th century icon, it's hard to believe the immortal Levi 501 jean walked into its 140th year with the turn of the calendar. Ripened and reshaped since 1873, its silhouette has evolved and abstracted definition by the hands of its forebearers, unfurling into an icon itself throughout the course of its unfleeting lifetime.
To document its status as an artifact of modern times, Levi's have complied a catalogue of photographs for the book Levi's 501 Interpretation, the denim the esteemed subject of 501 personal styles. Its compelling personalization makes for compulsive page turning, the unique charmisma of each sitter providing constant refreshment and charm. Limited to a droll 501 special editions, the book was launched last Wednesday with a viewing at Berlin's 032c workshop, to a warm reception which counted Clemens Schick, Coco Krebitz and Hien Le as its guests.
Levi's 501 Interpretation will be available online and in selected stores worldwide from August.
International Talent Support Reveals 2013 Winners
The International Talent Support annual contest provides a spectacle of a creative platform each year, showcasing the most promising talent in fashion design from all around the globe. Convieved and developed under the EVE agency, ITS pools an authoritative judging panel from the industry's most discerning experts, including Art Director for Diesel, Nicola Formichetti.
Han Chul Lee
Finalists submitted 30 projects – 10 for each competition area – to be considered over the two day event, held for the twelfth time in the Italian seaport of Trieste. Past editions have seen a then burgeoning Astrid Andersen, Mark Fast and Michael Van Der Ham compete for the sought-after accolades, which are commended with cash grants and internships at the helm of the world's most prominent brands.
The Royal College of Art nurtured several of this year's winners; Han Chul Lee from took the crown for Fashion Collection of the Year and the Vogue Talents Award with his crocodile skins reforming classic silhouettes, while the prestigious Diesel Award went to Xiao Li for her playfully inflated pastel knits and cartoon cuts, earning her a six-month placement with the brand and a prize of €25.000. Tomohiro Sato put on an curious show, claiming the Modateca Award for his boundlessly imaginative embellishments, and Nelly Hoffman's photo-realist printed streetwear won the support of the YOOX.COM Award, with the oppurtunity to design an exclusive garment for the leading virtual store. True to its word, ITS have given us more than just one to watch this year with this year's collection of gifted winners.
Lanvin Fall/Winter 2013 Campaign
More than multifaceted, Lanvin's Fall/Winter campaign teetered on the schizophrenic: twelve frames and twelve inongruous characters. Starring Edie Campbell, Abiah Hostvedt and Miles Langford, the studio portraits and short film depict a story styled to conntradict and confuse.
With Steven Meisel behind the lens, composision is reliably exacting, with painterly lighting further sculpting the air of a masterpiece. Powerfully statuesque, there is something of the Norman Parkinson belle in Campbell's pose. A bafflingly eclectic wardrobe spans kitsch and couture, whether its a butterfly/cow skin hybrid dress and turban or flared '50s shifts, its the indiscriminate hotchpotch of styles that brings the looks together as a whole. Brooches and bags studded with the words 'love', 'help' and 'cool' disorientate with their mixed messages and garish luxury.
Menswear, meanwhile, finds ground between sartorial and sportswear, pairing a rucksack and sneakers with an artfully mismatched suit. Animals under arm, Lanvin hits on a look that is fashionably derranged.
Stone Island Flagship Store Openings
Munich's Maximillian Strasse is soon to make room for a new resident at number 27, as Stone Island are set to open their second German Flagship store in the legendary shopping district this September.
The 100m² store follows the launch of its Sylt store in March 2012, and will stock both the Stone Island and Stone Island Junior collections, as well as the capsule Stone Island Shadow Project.
July 6th also saw the unveiling of another Stone Island Flagship store, this time in Forte dei Marmi, Tuscany. Images from the Stone Island Archivio '982'-'012' 30th anniversary book were projected onto the backdrop of a 10 meter-high floating installation, constructed in honor of the event.
In keeping with their other recent openings, oiled oak and stone lay a natural finish to the interiors, contrasted by the contemporary accent of luminous fibreglass and aluminium fixtures, holding collections in sunken cages made to a bespoke specification.
PERRET SCHAAD Spring/Summer 2014
Off the beaten Fashion Week track, duo PERRET SCHAAD called to the Neue Nationalgalerie, one of the later works of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. The upper floor and exhibition space, a 2500 m² glass hall, inspired the concept for the spring/summer 2014 PERRET SCHAAD show. While the everyday museum operations commenced, guests cued up around the building and viewed the show through the glass windows. The duo makes use of both noble and tactile materials. What really makes their designs are the precise cuts and the inventive draping which result in sharp and sensual silhouettes. Lines and patterns evoke structure and fluidity, while forms and volume draw the classic and the new. Juxtaposing feminist and romantic, disciplined and free notes express the label's aesthetic. For spring/summer 2014 PERRET SCHAAD relied on fine silks, fresh linens, and soft cottons, all natural and rich materials. Their color palette ranges from light to gunmetal gray, from sky blue to deep ink, interlaced with pops such as fuchsia. Through the process of draping and pattern cutting they create fluid and sculptural forms that interact with each other in contrast and harmony. The collection reflects the flexibility and multitude of the urban environment while being committed to an accentuated simplicity.
Images: © Mercedes Benz Fashion
Issever Bahri Spring/Summer 2014
During MBFWB, Issever Bahri showcased a collection filled with contrasts. Inspiration came in the form of Turkploitation of the 70s, the low budget copying of Hollywood productions. What often resulted in one-of-a-kind pieces, funny and sometimes absurd, served as the foundation of Issever Bahri's spring/summer 2014 collection. Crocheted leather bands formed nets, which Derya Issever and Cimen Bachri molded into pants, skirts, tops and dresses, married with shiny and sheer fabric. Ornaments are a tribute to the designer's Turkish heritage and emblazoned symmetrically cut sweaters, dresses and jackets. They come in either a white-red combo or different shades of green. In using belts, the duo pulls in the waist, adding femininity to their designs. For all its sophistication, the collection, much like its inspiration is loud and out there - a fun addition for spring/summer 2014.
Images:© Mercedes Benz Fashion
Michael Michalsky Spring/Summer 2014
Michalsky's show, the StyleNite at the end of MBFWB, basks in the flashy entertainment of fashion. The venue is just a little larger, the runway a little wider and the guest list a little more notorious. Ahead of his show and in between his mens and womenswear collection, the show's vibe is held at party-level with musical acts such as NONONO and MS MR. Both super fun and energetic, amping the audience for what is to come. When it comes to the collections themselves, Michalsky has internalized one thing: never change a running system. The mere number of looks for each collection, both titled 'Sweet Freedom', is astounding and every single one is decidedly Michalsky-esque. Nothing too out there, but a showcasing of some great pieces interlaced with the major trends for spring/summer 2014, which had become evident throughout the week. With the Michalsky man it is never quite clear if he's a flamboyant cool kid, dressed in slim, sharp reddish orange or blue suits and understated khaki pieces teamed with small-scale geometrical prints or a slightly smug pretty boy, in silver metallic parkas and matching shoe – belt combos. The menswear collection certainly holds a piece for every level of bravado. For his womenswear presentation the designer put forward solid, wearable looks. His color palette here differed and he relied on shades from light goldenrod and tangerine to business-like gray and white, elegant black and a pretty cloud print. While Michalsky stuck to easily interchangeable and levelheaded designs, the overall feel was decidedly younger from his previous showcases with long summer coats over shorts or mini skirts and flowing chiffon skirts tossed together with simple shirts and biker jackets. He also tried his hand in more daring dinner jackets – short and slim with low necklines and contrasting lapels. Many of the pieces exuded that special summer feeling, fresh and cavalier.
lala Berlin Spring/Summer 2014
The spacious Opernwerkstätten provided the backdrop for the fun, colorful and sexy spring/summer 2014 show of Lala Berlin. Easy breezy pieces came down the runway, from amazing prints to heavy knits and leather and flowing silk. Tropical palm prints, light and airy dresses, tiny shorts and sun hats. Minimalist leather shirts, ingenious knit bomber jackets and patterned mini skirts are perfect transitional pieces for all aspects of summer time: from the asphalt jungle of the big city to the sandy beaches of far away islands. The collection's color palette spans from pure white to soft peach, turquoise and black. Long dresses and one-pieces contrast pants and culottes.
Images: © Mercedes Benz Fashion
Viktor & Rolf Fall Couture 2013
Having distanced themselves from the couture catwalks since their last show in the year 2000, Viktor & Rolf have broken a thirteen-year hiatus with a show that more than makes up for the silence.
Twenty outfits in total – each one an all-black experimentation of shadow and silhouette. It seems a single-color palette really is the key to ensnaring a second look, the eclipsing sobriety oppressing the eye to search for its finer details. You don't have to search long though, when faced with Viktor & Rolf's artful forms.
Collars kept things classic when hemlines ducked from conformity, taking allusive shapes and bounding volumes. Surface stitching served to set curves into neoprene-satin bodies, somehow avoiding the inescapable 'scuba' allegations that come with the use of such a material. Even with sandals, the look was made for neither beach nor water – rather with gently robing cloaks and a subtle nod to the mandarin collar, pieces took heed from the quiet elegance of traditional Japanese dress. Grassy fringing climbed arm to neck, sprouting here and there as an organic accent. Such tranquil embellishment made for a meditative show – a thought not lost on Viktor, who reflected, “Our current state of mind is mindfulness” – a pensive adage for a pensive return.
SOPOPULAR Spring/Summer 2014
On day one of MBFWB, menswear label SOPOPULAR showcased its latest – by now ninth - collection, titled ‘Black Hole Sun’. 90s music and Japanese architect Tadao served as inspiration for designer Daniel Blechman’s twelve spring/summer 2014 looks. Soundgarden’s 1994 song ‘Black Hole Sun’ - a milestone for grunge - is not just a big inspiration for the designer, but also lends its name to the collection. SOPOPULAR’s silhouette remains classic, with slim cuts and clear lines. Pieces range from slim pants to relaxed shorts, color blocked knits and designs in the ombré look. The color scheme relies on the consistent use of black, white and grey, playing into the distinctive SOPOPULAR aesthetic. One of the highlights is certainly the 3D black-and-white cube print, which can be seen on shirts, shorts and bomber jackets. For spring/summer 2014, Blechman mixes materials such as smooth leather, suede, cotton and viscose. Once again, SOPOPULAR has managed to put forward modern classics, which will outlast seasonal trends.
Images: © Mercedes-Benz Fashion
Achtland Spring/Summer 2014
Designer duo Achtland are newcomers to Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Berlin. For their first show, they delivered an extravaganza of feminine creations, a contemporary mix of 50s details, layering and color. The spectrum for spring/summer 2014 ranged from white to dove and light blue tones, from sunny yellow to deep midnight blue. Floral detailing added extra sass to the collection and contrasted cool clean and purist lines. With this extraordinary collection, Achtland has made a summery statement, adding excitement for what the duo’s upcoming collections will hold in store.
Images: © Mercedes-Benz Fashion
22/4_hommes_femmes Spring/Summer 2014
The label by designer Stephanie Hahn, 22/4_Hommes_Femmes, entered the official menswear calendar in Paris this year with a collaction that mixes classicism and sportswear. The past collections have always been excercises in lightness, balance and subtleness and Hahn pushes that attitude with her most recent outing, resulting in a refined and sophisticated wardobe full of options. A big inspiration for the designer was the artist Robert Ryman with this white-on-white paintings which made for fresh clothing and layered lines. Rather than being cool, the collection gave warmth with wrap-closings and fluid silhouettes. Hahn also took traditional menswear details and gave them new twists like a necktie sewn into a collarless button-down and “collar stays” in mother of pearl.
Saint Laurent Spring/Summer 2014
It was the second time Hedi Slimane presented a runway collection for men at Saint Laurent and, like we'd come to expect from him, it was a polarizing one. This season, he looked at the fifties and Teddy Boys, hence the ducktail hair, baseball jackets and rockabilly buckled boots. The last look, a model wearing a black tux and fire-red hair, was a clear reference to the designer's icon, David Bowie, who started it all for him. Slimane, both the designer and the photographer, is obsessed with youth culture and music and it was the rock and roll atmosphere that oozed from this collection with band members walking the runway in a dome-like setting. It may not be the Saint Laurent we think we know but it is a fact that Yves himself was also interested in youth-culture and in that way, Hedi is pushing the house forward while staying in line with it's traditions. At the end of the day, he is starting one of the most interesting discussions in fashion at the moment.
Cerruti 1881 Menswear Spring/Summer 2014
The Spring/Summer 2014 collection by Cerruti 1881 was presented in a modern tent in the courtyard of a very old Parisian townhouse. This was quite a good metaphor for the collection, which combined traditional tailoring with modern ideas. All garments were quintessentially classic; suits, shirts, overcoats and trenchcoats but most of them had a twist to them. The opening coats for instance were so light and fluid that with their length they almost looked ethnic, like a Moroccan djebella. Also new was the internal band attached at the chest in some jackets that was pulled over the other panel of the jacket to give it a completely new sillhouette.
Louis Vuitton Menswear Spring/Summer 2014
Kim Jones showed his collection for Louis Vuitton in a huge greenhouse with the models entering the stage from a wooden construction, reminiscent of an American barn. That part of the world was exactly what Jones had in mind while designing the collection. From the varsity-details to the tie-dye and bandana-prints, it was all about the freedom of the US. The designer, a fond traveler, even took the dorky prom suits but made them significantly less dorky and more chic.
Marni Menswear Spring/Summer 2014
Spring/Summer at Marni gave us a touch of the trainspotter; all anoraks and flasher macs – a look which is at once smart and scuffed. Oversized raincoats swamp the pencil-frame lent by slim cigarette pants, with skinny ties elongating yet further. Chelsea boots mark the footprint of '60s London. Come to mention it, the look would not seem altogether out of place were it sported by Jimmy Cooper in Quadrophenia.
Checkerboard shirts – more 2 tone than Mod – tuck half-heartedly into schoolboy shorts, buttoned up neatly to the collar as if in ironic jest. Tailoring is as sharp as it always was on Carnaby Street, still in tonic fabrics but color-blocking makes it current. Print is an alien force, speckled few and far between a line that is squarely minimalist. Marni may have gone back in time to deliver this collection, but pieces sit firmly in the future of Spring/Summer.
Missoni Menswear Spring/Summer 2014
Missoni held its own this season with its tawny marl knits. Skinny-cut suits in all varieties of biscuit beige swept down the runway, primary red standing as the most alarming punctuation to a taupe camouflage. Stripes recurred, as did zigzag – this time unassuming in hushed tones. Shawl-collared knits lent a touch of femininity, but brutish beards took it all away.
Like luggage stickers plastered across a battered leather valise, patchwork prints edged with trimmings left the hallmark of the nomad. Drawstring pouches, too, dangled from necks like that of a wandering shaman – Missoni’s designs the handsome remedy.
Moncler Gamme Bleu Spring/Summer 2014
As a label for whom tri-stripes and padding make up the fabric of the brand, it's a wonder Moncler Gamme Bleu hadn't met cricket whites before. With untainted purity, bulksome shapes gleam, punctured only by the invasive underscore of tri-colored edging.
Long socks meet shorts somewhere in the middle, knees bared like the inverse of padding. Protectivewear, as it happens, can be remarkably stylish. Shielding limbs with voguish concern, quilting and mesh gave depth, as well as dynamism. Vests skirt in aproned defence – paired with padded blazers, the effect is assuredly masculine. Edges rounded by patent binding steer the look from severity, jumping the fine line that divides clinical and futuristic. Nylon webbing, while sporty, can't help but seem space-age, making white lace-up ankle saddles appear all the more like moonboots. Who knew safety gear could be so directional?
Diesel Black Gold Menswear Spring/Summer 2014
The Diesel Black Gold show was decidedly black/white. One-color-clad, pieces piled-high the monochrome feel, evocative of a film negative. The theme threaded through right to the finest detail, with slicked-back hair in polarised shades, from Billy Idol blonde to the deepest of jets. And with that, the look was set: leather bombers marked the stamp of the rebel, brushing shoulders with its converse – the tailored slack pant.
So as not to look too cared-for, distressed denim played an integral part to the piece, artfully flecked with painted palms. Texture, meanwhile, was deep and rich, filling out a hollow palette with a meatier frame. Lighter weight fabrics arrived in all forms; parachute silks, grained viscose and organzas in feminine florals – all knocked down by the mighty punch of matte black leather. For only the fourth runway show by the label, its speech was considerably fluent, so it looks as though excitement will run high for its fifth.
Dsquared² Menswear Spring/Summer 2014
Beneath a canopy of tropical ferns lurks the untamed Spring/Summer collection of Dsquared² Khakis to the ready, buttoned down shirts call for knee-knocking safari shots in the earthiest of forest greens – pith helmet optional.
Utilitywear caters to your inner explorer, never wanting to be short of a breast pocket or two. Cotton drill lays the canvas for bush jackets and combats to take shape. The mood soon evolves, notably lightened by silken spots in sherbert hues.
White sweeps through like a clean gust of breeze, taking a load off heavy-weighted leather, which almost looks thirsty from the sun.
Prints guest – briefly yet brightly – parading pieces like a blaring mural. African artwork ornaments graphically, overpowering the quiet rustle of fine leaf motifs. Pattern is bought to a close by golden thatched jacquard, weaving rafia geometrics into splendidly tailored suits. King of the Jungle, indubitably.
Iceberg Menswear Spring/Summer 2014
In an unforseen twist on proceedings, the announcement of Frederico Curradi's promotion to become the first Creative Director of Menswear at Iceberg just hours before their runway show discernibly gave pace to the catwalk presentation. He will work by the side of artistic director Paolo Gerani, who said of the appointment, “never before in our history have we named someone Creative Director of our brand. There’s a remarkable creative affinity between Federico Curradi and me.”
And with a sportwear theme, he hit the ground running: practical edges meet a high-design finish, resulting in a look that is altogether modishly wearable. Curradi's love of art, meanwhile, pierces through like a javelin, evident in his masterful colour blocking and restrained application of complimentary color. Firstly priming the canvas with a wash of heavy blacks, it was the stealthy flickers of orange and blue that gave an electrifying shock of hue. Elaborate print featured just twice, in an outburst of cubist proportions. Exposed zips funciton as the only forceful detail – a wink to industrial design at that – fusing together the two dimensions of the collection's philosophy: performance duality in urbane design.
Stone Island Fall/Winter 2013 Lookbook
Stone Island unveiled their Fall/Winter lookbook this week, with fashion-conscious sportswear the front-running philosophy. Heralding a basic line of leisurewear staples, Stone Island executes the design of plain classics with contemporary flair. The coming collection punctuates the faithful bomber jacket with enticing texture and brazen colour in a slouch fit that oozes offhand cool. Cargo detailing and denim, meanwhile, add a touch of utility to an otherwise practical and casual line. Puffa jackets redefine themselves as objects to be desired in vivid jewel shades, while parkas are the ticket to play down any look with roguish nonchalance.
Paul Smith Menswear Spring/Summer 2014
“Wearable with a point of view” was how Paul Smith described his latest designs. In the novel location of Savile Row’s Hauser & Wirth Gallery, Smith revealed his collection in a most unconventional way.
In the middle of the room lay the installation work of fine artist Subodh Gupta - a salvage yard of a shipwreck, overflowing with odds and ends – fitting for Smith’s design ethos, which extracted the influence of abstract ideas, crafting “simple shapes using fabric that was based on a windowpane or a pinstripe”.
Fabric is Smith’s magician’s wand, as his Spring/Summer collection would attest. The product of a partnership with the Clissold Mill, Yorkshire, traditional weaves were re-imagined when herringbone assumed the form of the Union Jack. Canvassing giant screens which served as a backdrop for the final products, Smith’s masterful coordination of contemporary and classic styles stood as a testament to his station at the pinnacle of British menswear.
Hackett London Spring/Summer 2014
In one jaunty step it was off to the boat race, where Hackett London's riviera wardrobe will go down just swimmingly.
A taste for brazen pattern that conflicts in the most civilized of manners is the veritable mark of an eccentric Englishman, in shades both complementary and harmonizing alike. Baby hues pop to pronounce layered seperates; peach, lemon, and spearmint shades arm the delectable palette of the collection, making way for a compass of blues, ranging from duck-egg to navy, to accent pieces with prestige.
Oxford slacks are the go-to staple, whether in blushing tints or intrepid checks, worn long or rolled up to the ankle for a more contemporary twist. Accessories are similarly sartorial – as bow-ties and cravats see that the all-important trimmings of the Hackett man are never in short supply. Heritage brogues and tassel loafers cast the footstep of a shrewd dresser, while adroitly-matched pocket squares and shoulder-cloaking cardigans speak of a true English gentleman.
A Cannes Diary by Louis Vuitton
Causing quite a stir at this year’s Cannes Film Festival was Sofia Coppola’s newest release, The Bling Ring. As preparations go underway for its premiere around the world, Louis Vuitton, together with director Jordan Schiele, present a short cinematic snapshot of the festival in A Cannes Diary.
Beautifully framed in timeless black and white, the opening shots capture the quiet anticipation of locations lying in wait for a hype of activity, before washing into the full-colour vibrancy of Coppola’s premiere party. Maurice Chevalier’s You Brought a New Kind of Love to Me provides the soundtrack to the piece, whispering timbres of old Hollywood glamour to a tradition whose roots lie in deep in the 1930s, and re-emerge today as the ever-opulent celebration we know it to be.
Converse x Ace Hotel Pro Leather
Born of their third collaboration with the Ace design hotel, Converse are to release the limited edition Pro Leather sneaker.
In premium white leather, the letter A is perforated to create a subtle motif. Texture and colour speak the same language, with muted sophistication the main undertone. Soft clay tones provide its only embellishment to chisel the distinguishing features of the Converse sneaker: soft suede contrasts, a round toe cap and iconic chevron star. Customers can chose between classic white cotton or leather laces – the perfect accent to their chalky touch.
Milano Moda Uomo Creative Installation: Ermenegildo Zegna
Drawing a curtain on an eighteen-month hiatus, The Ermenegildo Zegna Group is going above and beyond to ensure the entrance of its new Creative Director, Stefano Pilati, is far from a quiet one. To mark his catwalk debut since leaving Yves Saint Laurent, his work will be unveiled amidst a specially-curated creative installation, falling upon the first day of Milan's Menswear Fashion Week.
The setting of The VI Febbraio Pavilion is steeped in Milanese history, standing as the old fairground site of the city. Recently redeveloped, through the duration of Milano Moda Uomo, it is set to become a hub of artistic activity.
Pilati has enlisted Swedish film director Johan Söderberg, musician Klas Åhlund and pianist and composer Maxence Cyrin to compliment the aesthetic of his creative direction.
The event will be open to the public, welcoming 1,000 guests from June 22nd-25th.
Diesel Reboot Campaign
When Nicola Formichetti was made artistic director at Diesel back in April, we all knew that spelled total corporate reinvention. Fresh from his previous post at the creative helm of Mugler, Formichetti wasted no time in making his mark on the brand, with the announcement of his initiative, Diesel Reboot. Though his design influence will not materialise until the release of their Fall/Winter 2014 collection, the new Initiation Campaign indicates the transformation is well underway. Drawn upon ideas that were pitched to the brand by their Tumblr audience, imagery is unexpected, to say the least,. Beside text that reads “I resurrect the destructed”, the boy called BOYCHILD stands with hands together and adorned in clerical vestments made of denim. In what is unquestionably a directonal step for the label, the promotion speaks loudly of Formichetti's plans to restore Diesel to its former glory, pulling the brand back into relevance once again.
Karl Lagerfeld Concept Store Openings
With word of a Karl Lagerfeld store expansion generating a steady buzz accross Europe, for Paris and Berlin, anticipation of the new concept stores in the two cities is reaching a crescendo. Wade through the picturesque streets of Le Marais from June 7th to stumble upon newest edition to the eclectic boutiques of Rue Vielle du Temple. The store is the second of its kind to launch in Paris this year, joining the Boulevard St Germain location, which opened in February this year. July 1st will see Berlin welcome it's first Karl Lagerfeld concept store, found on the Neue Schönhauser Straße, closely followed by another opening in Munich this September.
Developed under the creative direction of Berlin-based architects Plajer & Franz, the new Karl Lagerfeld concept stores are to follow in the same vein as it's other recently-opened destinations. Artful design and ground-breaking technology will serve to accent the brand's luxury collections, with matte-black and high-shine feeding texture into Lagerfeld's characteristic monochrome aesthetic.
In-store iPads open a window to the Lagerfeld world, with shoppers able to immerse themselves in the latest collections, photograph their favourite products and even leave a note for the designer. Innovation extends to the fitting rooms, which double as photobooths, equipped with built-in touch screens to apply Karl-inspired filters before uploading to Facebook and Twitter.The growing European presence of the brand shows little sign of waning, with a second Berlin concept store at Leipziger Platz to be unveiled early next year.
Dior's Secret Garden 2
Step into a world of secrecy and splendour. To sequel the success of their Secret Garden short film last Fall, Dior are bringing their Fall/Winter collection to life through another directed piece. Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin have been called upon to direct the Secret Garden 2- Versailles. Starring Daria Strokous as Marie Antoinette, the Château de Versailles provides the backdrop to an enchanting tale, dreamt upon the painting by Edouard Manet, Le déjeuner sur l'Herbe. Launching live online in June, prepare to explore a realm abound with poetry and colour, as flower-women bloom from its mysterious grounds. Fantasy thrives in the most unexpected of places, as luxury gives way to dark imagination - illustrious of the season's peek-a-boo cuts to established sillhouettes.
Marni Uomo book
When Marni stopped showing it's menswear collection on the runway, they started using multimedia resources to showcase their latest outings. Last season they made a short film and this time a book is released. This will not be a regular lookbook but an artproject with art director Dean Langley and photographer Clare Shilland.
Marni's Consuelo Castiglioni was inspired by the work of Dean Langley and wanted his outsider view for this presentation. She was interested in collaborating with someone who isn't involved with the design of the collection and brings a new perspective to the clothing. This resulted in a non linear portfolio of images with graphic elements and beautiful stills. Recurring theme is the color shocking fluo pink, which is also featured on the limited edition T-shirt in honour of the project.
Vivienne Westwood to redesign Virgin Atlantic's iconic Red Uniform
After over a decade Virgin Atlantic will redesign its original uniform – and who better to approach than leading British designer, Vivienne Westwood. The collaboration is a 10 year, long-term project which will see a total re-design of the uniform across all areas.
With original design, sustainability and reducing the environmental impact of business being vital factors to both Richard Branson and Vivienne Westwood, this long term design project aims to bring these ideals together in an exciting and innovative collaboration.
For the new uniforms Vivienne Westwood wanted to create a futuristic look which nevertheless referenced her enduring interest in 40’s French couture cutting techniques as well as the Savile Row tailoring heritage.
Alongside the women’s and men’s cabin crew and pilot’s uniforms, which will be unveiled later this year, all Virgin Atlantic uniforms from Clubhouse staff to the Virgin Holidays team will be re-designed by the iconic designer. Passengers will receive a sneak peak of the new uniforms on board from June 2013 ahead of the full launch in 2014
Karl Lagerfeld Store Opening Amsterdam
On the 25th of April, forward-thinking fashion brand Karl Lagerfeld opens its new Amsterdam concept store to the public. Selected press including ZOO Magazine and Dutch celebrities already got to take a sneak peek at the store's concept before everybody else.
On 150 square meters and two floors the luxury fashion is combined with the newest digital technology. The womenswear can be found on the ground floor along with matching accessories, footwear and eyewear, while the current men's collection and accessoires are available on the lower ground floor. On iPads the customers can make use of a digital guestbook, where they can view the latest collections, Karl Lagerfeld news and also take pictures of their favourite items. Fitting rooms function as photobooths, enabling customers not only to try on clothes, but also instantly share pictures of new outfits on social media platforms such as Facebook or Twitter.
Essential to the store's design is the contrast between elements – shiny and matte, black and white, old and new. The achitecture of the old 18th century house built near the canals is perfectly incorporated into the modern design of the store. Located at Hartenstraat 16 and right in the heart of Amsterdam, the store is surrounded with buzzing cafés, quirky vintage stores and high-end boutiques of the 9 Straatjes. More Karl Lagerfeld store openings are about to follow in other major European cities and the expansion into Asian markets is another goal of the brand to be achieved by the end of 2013.
From Nature to Armani/Casa
Not only famous for its high-end fashion, accessories and fragrances, the luxury fashion house Giorgio Armani also has its own home collection. The newest collection by Armani/Casa draws its inspiration from the eternal beauty and infinite power of nature. From Nature To Armani/Casa portrays how nature stays a sensitive force and source of inspiration in the business of everyday urban life.
Pure lines and simple shapes define the furniture design and eco-friendly materials are used for their production. Elegant tables with surfaces of striped banana tree wood or frames out of shiny walnut tree wood are a great addition to any living room, while the highlight might be a large wardrobe in the design of a vintage trunk. Fabrics used for Armani/Casa are exclusive wool as well as silk fabrics in earthy colours and a bright orange by Rubelli. Items like Nepalese carpets that tell the tales of distant worlds complete the collection.
Laserblast Club Collection by Replay
For Fall/Winter 2013-14 Replay created the Laserblast Club capsule collection. The denim collection has a young feel to it and its goal is to take casual denim to the clubs. Picking up on vibes and atmospheres of a night out, the collection features anything from sexy dresses to smart blazers. For both women and men this capsule collection has the essential garments for having drink at a chic bar or dancing the night away in the most hip clubs.
Plus the laserblast technology is not only cutting-edge, but also very environment friendly. In times, where people all around the world are encouraged to go green, Replay conrtibutes by reducing their water usage by 85% in their laserblast denim production.
Levi's® Vintage Clothing Exhibition Opening in Berlin
The 14 oz. in Berlin has recently had a special treat for its visitors. Beside the clothes ranges of menswear and womenswear the shoppers are now welcomed by a special exhibition supporting the Levi's® Vintage Clothing Spring/Summer 2013 collection.
The exhibition pays tribute to the early days of the Hot Rod and honours its legends such as Norm Grabowski. Especially after the second world war, the Americans broke out the tradition to tinker with their cars and to make them faster. But not only cars were 'hot-rodded' – suddenly anything from embellished clothes to custom-made guitars appeared.
35 “Kustom Monster Shirts” by Von Franco, a film by Aaron Rose as well as a unique Fender Custom Shop 1957 Stratocaster are part of the exhibition. It's like being taken back to that moment in time, when the trend emerged to make everything better and faster. The exhibition bringing the past to the present is located in the 14 oz. Haus Cumberland at the Kurfürstendamm 193-194 in Berlin.
Soulland Meets Babar
The Danish fashion brand Soulland’s new collaboration has something very unique up its sleeve. The garments are covered in prints of the infamous elephant Babar, the grey big fellow in the dapper green suit. Babar driving a car, Babar trying on suits, Babar having his shoes shined. This elephant has style.
Whether it’s a colourful allover print or a sketch-like black and white drawing, the elephant is everywhere. The collection features simple T-shirts, sweatshirts, shorts as well as button-down collar shirts with short and long sleeves. The colours of the 100% cotton fabrics are kept simple in white, grey and black.
The first time the original art work by Jean de Brunhoff became popular was back in 1931 and has been well-loved all around the world ever since. However, Soulland can prize itself in being the first menswear brand liscensed to make use of the art work. The collection named ‘Soulland Meets Babar’ will launch at Collette on the 3rd of April and will be available in selected concept stores worldwide by mid-April.
John Malkovich for Yoox
John Malkovich’s brand Technobohemian just released an exclusive men’s beachwear capsule collection for the online fashion store yoox.com. From March 2013 – and just in time to prepare for summertime – these versatile garments will join the online shop’s range and will be ready for men to order from over 100 countries all around the world.
The collection features essential pieces needed for summer. Light summer jackets, bermuda shorts, polo-shirts and swimwear make the collection what it is. Timeless and ideal to combine with seasonal pieces this year but also the ones to come, these garments will be a great addition to every men’s wardrobe. From sartorial to casual – it was Malkovich’s goal to create garments, which can be worn to every occasion.
The clothes are Made in Italy. This means a guarantee of highest quality and the use of finest fabrics. Light linen, leather, seersucker and cotton are the most used fabrics of the capsule collection. The comfortable and bright to neutral coloured collection is already available on yoox.com.
Dior at Harrods
Inspired by Christian Dior’s love for the British culture, the luxury fashion house just launched their collaboration with Harrods, one of the most renowned British department stores. The windows in Brompton Road display an exclusive collection of accessories, which bring French elegance and British charm together. The traditional Dior colours of white and grey are combined with red leather and tartan pattern for this special occasion. Apart from garments, handbags – including new designs of the ‘Lady Dior’ bag – and jewellery, the range of items also includes little snowglobes displaying the ‘New Look’ and teddy bears with the Dior logo.
The histories of Dior and Harrods are already interlinked. In 1954, Monsieur Dior not only attended a Dior fashion at Harrods, but also inaugurated the Harrods Fashion Theatre. To celebrate this occasion, every customer who visits the legendary department store until April 14th will be able to the enjoy a unique Dior experience. The fourth floor is transformed into a Dior wonderland, where the customers will be reminded of the all-time greatest designs of Dior with the essence of J’Adore wafting through the air. The Café Dior in style of Dior’s favourite 18th century decor caters for some delicious cupcakes and lobster club sandwich to enjoy during well-deserved shopping breaks.
Don’t miss out on your chance to visit the special Dior experience at Harrods! It is located at 87-135 Brompton Road, Knightsbridge, London.
Marc Stone Fall/Winter 2013-14
Stone grey is the essential colour of the Marc Stone Fall/Winter 2013-14 collection, which just showed at the Mode Suisse Edition 3 in Zürich. The bi-annual Swiss fashion event is all about presenting established and young Swiss fashion brands in a simple and elegant way.
The runway show of Marc Stone was dominated by minimalist designs and clear shapes. Classic dress shirts in dark green, checkered wool jumpers, long open cardigans and simple, yet elegant blazers were some of the designs. Quilted cotton piqué for cowl neck jumpers and soft pants explores new shapes and use of material. Fine tailoring and high quality fabrics define the garments.
Large grey and black weekend bags as well as backpacks of luxurious leather are the accessories for winter time and will protect anything inside from snow and rain. Classic, yet modern the collection shows versatility and is worthy of being part of any man’s wardrobe.
Hermès Fall/Winter 2013-14
The atmosphere of the Hermès Fall/Winter 2013-14 show resembled a romantic movie set inside place of the fashion show – the library of the Parisian Lycée Henri IV – with the models as its leading ladies. The French heritage of the Hermès fashion house and of its designer Christophe Lemaire showed in the chic and sophisticated designs of the collection.
Among them were ankle-length skirts, oversized blazers, V-neck jumpsuits, tailored trousers and a number of elegant white blouses. Leather for jackets and skirts was featured in all kinds of variations from croc leather to suede. The long and wide coats with stand-up collars were a highlight of the runway show. The trick of the styling was to casually layer coats, wearing high quality wool coats on top of large furry coats.
Many of the garments were adorned with black leather trims and various looks had black leather belts with classic golden buckles as accessories. The main colours were different tones of brown from dark brown to hazel, many shades of grey and of course black. Some accents of navy and bright red stripes brought a little more colour into the collection of clear shapes, which every woman can be looking forward to for the wintery season.
Wunderkind Fall/Winter 2013-14
Wolfgang Joop’s Wunderkind Fall/Winter 2013-14 collection pairs classic fits with playful details and from girly dresses with pockets to elegant gowns to wear on a night out, it has it all. While the collection started off with white garments making the models look like youthful ice princesses, the final dresses out of flowy fabrics had a more grown up feel to them.
A lot of pleats were seen throughout the whole collection. Whether on sleeveless shirt dresses, on jackets or blouses, it was all in the details. Among the variety of coats the highlight was without doubt the final piece – a wide furry parka in white, grey and black with a big hood, paired with a dress featuring an graphic black and white print of large tulips. The petals and stalks remind of spring time and bring back the memories of sunshine to the winter days.
Black, snow white and icy grey with a touch of a silverish shine were the neutral colours of the collection, while a warm brown as well as splashes of cornflower blue, bright pink and fiery red added more colour. Quilted leather jackets, furry collars, a button through skirt with fringes ending just above the knee as well as fringy hemlines on jackets and coats were essential to the collection.
Studio Africa by Diesel + Edun
Diesel + Edun just celebrated the launch of their collaboration entitled Studio Africa – a denim collection born in Africa. It is a 25 piece collection of womenswear and menswear, which finds its inspiration in African creativity. The denim collection is manufactured in nothern African countries with the finest CCI cotton from Uganda.
The initial idea for the collection came into being because of Diesel founder Renzo Rosso's and Edun founders Ali Hewson and Bono's passion for the African continent, while they travelled Uganda and Mali. The collection circles around a reinterpretation of the 70s four-pocket jean that was popular on the streets of South Africa. Malian textile patterns, Kenyan metalwork and embroidery reminding of traditional Zulu weaving patterns influenced the designs as well. To bring across the African spirit, the campaign of Studio Africa features nine African artists from the creative fields of fashion, film, music, literature and photography. The online presence of Diesel + Edun is curated by Okayafrica and offers a new platform to capture the continent's current cultural and political atmosphere.
The launch event in Paris included a dinner and party, where Solange performed as the advocate of Studio Africa. Among the many celebrities attending the party were Kanye West, Tilda Swinton, Adrien Brody and Ellen von Unwerth. The series of global live events in cooperation with the online music broadcaster Boiler Room celebrating the collection's launch is going to continue in Berlin. The invite-only event is taking place in Club P.O.P on the 7th of March. Other stops on the launch tour include Tokyo, London and L.A.
Marni Fall/Winter 2013-14
Images of a forest were the backdrop for the Marni Fall/Winter 2013-14 fashion show, which showed black silhouettes of bald trees and soft light that reminded of a sunrise on a crisp morning in fall. Tall trees towered around the audience's seats and displayed the romantic beauty of nature.
The garments were a symbol for romanticisim stripped down to the very bare essentials. The varied usage of fur was one of the collection's key elements. It was fur of all colours and of all kinds – shiny, fluffy, astrakhan. Furry stoles accompanied bandeau tops and wide pants, fur collars added a finishing touch to coats and even gloves as well as boots' main material was fur. Oversized coats and blazers accentuated clear cuts with diagonal zippers as details. Skirts of dresses were slashed, giving away a view on delicate underlying mesh fabrics. Leather jackets and dresses added a feel of casual coolness, while the romantic theme of nature returned in the collection's prints of trees and abstract flower patterns.
Flyknit Lunar1+ by Nike
To introduce the new Nike Flyknit Lunar1+ running shoe in Germany, the sports brand has thought of something special: The space inside Station Berlin is going to be transformed into an indoor running track, where the new trainers can be tested. The running track takes up a space of more than 10,000 square meters and while everyone interested can take the new sneakers for a test run, DJs will provide the right soundtrack. The whole happening is called The Nike Flyknit Experience.
The happening starts around noon at 12 on Saturday, the 23rd of February and continues for 12 hours until midnight. The entrance is free for all users of the Nike+ app, which can be downloaded from the Nike website or in Apple and Android app stores. The address of the Station Berlin is Luckenwalderstraße 4-6, Kreuzberg, 10963 Berlin.
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The Nike Flyknit Experience
Proenza Schouler Fall/Winter 2013-14
The designers Lazaro Hernandez and Jack McCollough of Proenza Schouler succeed in reinventing their label's indentity every season. This time they passed on using colourful fabrics, but instead focussed on a collection almost entirely in black and white, mingled only with some silverish greys and hints of peach and mint.
The collection of the two young designers is more elegant than ever before. Just as in a Haute Couture show, bouclé was used for jackets and fine lace for the final dresses. In addition high quality leather and feathery details appear throughout the collection. Essential to the collection are jackets with wide sleeves and knee-length skirts with slits in front as well as slightly shorter A-line skirts. A range of pumps with pointed toe caps, bows, laser cut details and not too high heels give the collection another classy touch as well as the slim square clutches the models carry under their arms.
Structured jackets and coats live from their asymmetric cuts that look good either way – worn open or fastened with big round buttons. The wideness and straight lines of the coats work very well together with the sleeveless dresses that accentuate the slim waists of the models. The garments look elegant, yet edgy. Sophisticated, yet subtle. Every fashion show it's a surprise what the designer duo comes up with and this collection proved again that it's always worth the wait.
Lacoste Fall/Winter 2013-14
The whole audience was literally in the dark when it came to revealing the new Lacoste collection at New York Fashion Week. Darkness filled the Lincoln Center Theatre just before the show was about to start and the light only crept back in when the wall at the back of the runway slowly started to fold itself apart piece by piece.
The square design of the impressive scenery reflected the clothes' designs. Square patterns and horizontal stripes adorned the structured garments. Almost all of the tops featured extremely wide sleeves that got tighter around the wrists. One of the key fabrics of the collection is the same as that of sweatshirts – cotton piqué. Only here it is used for tops, trousers and dresses, while quality wool makes for cozy turtlenecks and jumpers. See-through raincoats and neon silver lining give a water-repellent protection for rainy days.
The sweatshirt dresses feature knee-length skirts in the style of slightly loose pencil skirts with slits to bare a little more skin. For men classic wide coats and or deep green parkas in a military look are some of the key pieces. Apart from lots of white and grey with graphic prints, the main colours are a bright orange, a range of deep greens and a luscious blue. The finale were a couple of leather dresses with clever zipper details that proved once again the timely and modern spirit of Lacoste in the year of its 80th birthday.
ASVOFF Saint Petersburg
Flowing skirts and dresses with flower applications flying across the screen, girls running through enchanted gardens and dancing in a round on green meadows. Dita Von Teese performing one of her shows in a pair of Louboutins covered in glistening Swarovski crystals. This and much more is fashion film. It's a broad category of film making that deserves its own festival. “A Shaded View on Fashion Film” is taking the stage in St. Petersburg the 16th and 17th February. Presented by Diane Pernet and the Aurora Fashion week it revolves around moving image making in the fashion industry and offers interesting screening as well as inspiring talks.
Tim Coppens Fall/Winter 2013-14
Rebellious black bomber jackets and oversized coats are sported by young looking models with slim physiques and a whiff of coolness lingers in the air around them. Leather sleeves contrast dapper quilted fabrics. Once again Belgian designer Tim Coppens proved how excellent he is at designing versatile outerwear by presenting his Fall/Winter 2013-14 collection at the New York Fashion Week.
But that's not all there is to the collection. Smart white shirts with zipped up pockets and button-down collars or black turtlenecks of fine wool look fine on their own but are just as well combined with any other piece of clothing.
The black and white theme is continued throughout the whole collection with some grey and red accents. Black and white unite in a playful pattern that looks like someone took a spray paint can to white clothes and sprayed them with black paint at will. Tim Coppens creates garments that are true to a boyish spirit, but never stop to look grown-up as well. All in all it is definitely a collection men of all ages will be looking forward to for Fall/Winter 2013-14.
Closed Spring/Summer 2013 Campaign
The Spring/Summer 2013 Campaign by Closed has a young and fresh feel to it. The 16-year old German model Esther Heesch is accompanied by Swedish model Lingus Gustin, whose aethestics fit well together.
The couple was photographed by Benjamin Alexander Huseby against a clear blue sky and all of the photographs seem to be in soft and light colours. The garments look casual and range from thin jeans and chambray shirts to light white cotton trousers. A matching video clip by Jonas Lindström shows the young models diving into a pool, splashing water and glistening water surfaces as well as the two of them looking up into the sunlight and open sky. It is full of symbols for freedom and the love of being independent. As new as the campaign is, so is the design of the Closed website. Following through with the simple black logo on a white background it got a makeover and is now ready for summer to come. A nice feature is the display of all the different key looks with pictures of tiny models, who seem to move around their frames freely.
Lanvin Spring/Summer 2013 Campaign
When the Lanvin Spring/Summer 2013 Campaign was shot in New York City last year by Steven Meisel, the creative director Alber Elbaz was held up in Paris. But that didn’t stop him to be part of the shoot. After all he was only a Skype-call away.
The campaign video starts off like a normal ad, with the typical white Lanvin script and the music of pounding drums. Models like Karlie Kloss and Saskia de Brauw pose slowly and throw intense looks at the camera. The white-blue lighting gives the whole scenery a slightly cold atmosphere, but the garments including black suits, deep V-neck dresses and low-cut swimsuits seem all the more elegant.
Then suddenly the clip is interruped by the monotonous ringing of a Skype-call. Alber Elbaz is calling to check in. He’s immediately pleased, praises the looks of the models as “divine“ and can’t stop to express his enthusiasm. The light and humorous approach to the new Lanvin campaign will definitely make the viewer smile.
Carhartt Spring/Summer 2013 Campaign
Urban cityscapes and tall industrial buildings in the architectural style from 1960 til 1990 remind of Detroit, but are in fact from the Italian city Bari. Amongst Calabria and Naples it’s one of the three cities where the new ad campaign by Carhartt Work In Progress was shot.
The short film entitled A Golden Light Underneath My Car is by Alexander Basile, who already worked with Carhartt WIP in previous seasons. The new Spring/Summer 2013 collection is placed in the context of young people spending a laid-back afternoon in the otherwise so stressful life of urban cities. Friendship is seen as the only anchor in the fast paced environment we live in.
Leandro Cano Fall/Winter 2013-14
A shining addition to Berlin Fashion Week was the collection of newcomer and emerging designer Leandro Cano. He was the winner of the 2012 Designer for Tomorrow competition by Peek&Cloppenburg Düsseldorf, which was hosted by Marc Jacobs. The financing and presentation of Cano’s first collection was a worthy price for winning.
White and creme as well as bordeau are the main colours of the collection. Almost every garment has delicate ceramic pieces attached to them. Sometimes on the shoulders, sometimes on skirts or even on tights and leggings. Unusual for something made out of cloth fabric, the ceramic makes the collection seem fragile.
Some pieces are made out of clear plastic resembling rain capes. The designs as well structured, mostly highlighting hips and sometimes shoulders. Another essential piece is the peplum top. Patterns of flowers entwine around the models’ bodies adding a playful touch. Furry details on the back of the white garments remind of little angels’ wings. The models themselves look more like sinister mermaids with wet hair, who just broke through a surface of water, now wading through fog near the water’s edge.
Jil Sander Fall/Winter 2013-14
Sophisticated as ever Jil Sander presented her new menswear collection for Fall/Winter 2013-14. Minimalist designs make the collection what it is and show the Jil Sander man of next season.
Double breasted smart jackets and coats with lines of three round buttons are key pieces of the collection. Another great detail are the deatchable stand-up collars. They add a touch of formality wherever they are attached, from thick wool chechered coats to sleeveless black fur tops.
While most garments are kept simple in colour and pattern, the only reoccurring pattern is that of stripes – either regular stripes covering navy suits or diagonal ones accross woolen jumpers. Colours range from traditional colours used in Jil Sander’s collections such as black, grey, dark green and blue to a bright red.
Diesel Black Gold Fall/Winter 2013-14
“The Cosmic Tour” is the title of the Diesel Black Gold menswear F/W 2013-14 collection, which showed in Milan earlier this month. It is taking major inspiration from the psychedelic style of guitar legend Jimi Hendrix and anything to do with interplanetary travel. The models remind of rock gods in eccentric dress and look like they are on a music tour – through the whole universe.
Geometric hexagon prints meet organic paisley patterns and give a clear contrast between structure and softness. From chic to casual, the collection has it all: Shiny chic suits for the night, sporty jackets for the day.
Bright reds, blues and greens are the dominant colours. Unique pieces such as big furry coats and waistcoats reflect the individual looks of the models: They range from long blonde hair over tousled full brown beards to tattoo covered necks like real rock stars.
Dior Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2013
This was the second Haute Couture collection for Christian Dior by Raf Simons. The collection started with references to the New Look Dior himself created in the fifties, but only in a more spontaneous and thus more modern way. This was also a chance for Raf SIMONS to show the house's magnificent techniques by the atelier. Even if the pleats on the dresses looked rather whimsical, it was done with so much care and savoir-faire, Fresh colors were used on lucious silks as they draped fluidly over the models' bodies.
Raf SIMONS chose a garden as the scenery of the collection, a strong notion for the house, considering its love for flowers. Flower motifs and petals were used decorating a couple of dresses. Some parts were rather sensual, with figure-hugging shapes and slits on provocative places. The whole collection can be considered as a meeting of the graphic and the feminine, with sharp suits and color-blocking on the one side and airy dresses on the other.
There was more then one reference to the past in this collection. Sometimes it looked a little bit sixties, sometimes it veered into the fifties.
Rick Owens' angels of the street
Rick Owens returned to the street for his fall/winter 2013-2014 collection after some time spent in the couture-area. The balance he found this season was exceptional, starting with the way the hair of the models was styled. Long-haired boys had frizzed hair creating a romantic image as they passed with red or blond clouds flowing around them. The collection started with an A-line silhouette and big sleeves, making it at some point hard to tell they were soldiers or angels, or maybe both. Last season there was no trouser to be found, with the models only wearing floor-length skirts, but this season the skinny trouser made a comeback, tucked into big and chunky boots. Obviously, graphic forms are a staple in Owens' work, this time created by shrugs tightened around the shoulder and reveresed colars, pointing upward. Two oversized tanktops, one in stiff cotton and the other in black fur, made for exciting silhouettes, reminding of the collections back in the nineties that promised nothing but good to come for menswear.
Climbing Mount Everest with Bally
In Milan the menswear fashion week for fall/winter 2013/14 began and Bally outed a collection ready for the coldest of winters. Fur being the material pur sang for keeping warm, this collection had plenty of it. The first look, a leather parka with a fur collar worn with fur hat, mittens and boots, set the tone. The creative duo behind the brand, Graeme Fidler and Michael Herz, took inspiration from the first men who climbed to top of Mount Everest succesfully. One of them, Sherpa Tenzing, was wearing Bally boots at the time. The rugged look of the fur boots and heavy duty outerwear was mixed with heavy knits and sportswear. Colors remained natural with browns, greys, burgundy and touches of yellow.
All for a Good Cause
In support of the rainforest charity, Cool Earth, this winter sees Dame Vivienne Westwood and Andreas Kronthaler team up with British restaurant Aqua Shard to design and create a magnificent 18-foot Christmas Tree. Decorated with beautiful festive beading that has been crafted by a women’s cooperative in the Awajún community, it will be adorned also with vibrant garlands of “tuju” and “huayruro” seeds to symbolise good fortune and abundance. Emphasizing the significance of protecting the rainforest, the sustainably sourced tree will then be covered in an ethereal cocoon of lace and stand in front of a beautiful London skyline backdrop.
Accompanying this extravagant creation, Aqua Shard will be selling limited edition, uniquely wrapped chocolate made from the cacao gathered by Peru’s Asháninka communities, an extra-special chocolate desert and an exclusive Johnnie Walker Blue Label cocktail. This is all to raise money for Cool Earth, the charity whose award-winning model is so efficient, that in working with local indigenous communities they now have more rainforest under their protection than any other NGO or government.
To purchase a Vivienne Westwood x Cool Earth chocolate bar, please visit www.aquashardblog.co.uk/viviennewestwood
Public School Pre-Fall 2016
In their international debut, Public School’s Maxwell Osborne and Dao-Yi Chow have taken a break from NYC and flocked to Dubai, courtesy of iconic motor company Cadillac XT5, to show their Pre-Fall Collection. It seems quite fitting then that the designer’s inspiration for this line, which they are presenting in a desert’s built up city, are the disparate themes of technology versus nature. Osborne and Chow’s signature long silhouette of tunics for either gender take on a definite ethnic feeling in these surroundings, heightened by their accompanying kimono inspired jackets and reinterpretations of Japanese Shibori prints. Injecting the urban undertone that these designers have made their name on are layered loose knits and a lot of mesh.
Good Gils Gone Bad
With Steven Meisel behind the camera, Prada unveil their Resort 2016 advertising campaign. Informal portraits of Lexi Boling, Meghan Collison, Ina Jensen, Lineisy Montero, Julia Nobis and Greta Varlese show the muses in front of a minimal, industrial backdrop, accentuating their “bad girl” edge with their intense gazes and cool body language.
The clothes themselves echo post-pop art with decorative oversized earrings, printed multi-coloured bags and layered leather shifts, clingy printed sweaters and striped sleeves. High impact pieces are based on the simple T-shirt with soft silhouettes in an exploration of post-modesty and luxury…the Prada woman should expect the unexpected if planning to fall down this rabbit hole.
Woolrich Unveil Second Amsterdam Flagship Store
Designed by the renowned Japanese studio Wonderwall under Masamichi Katayama’s direction, a brand new Woolrich flagship comes to Amsterdam central. Located at the freshly renovated PC Hoofstraat, the boutique is at a prime location, surrounded by fellow international luxury fashion labels.
Extending over two floors, the ground includes an impressive Dutch-style skylight whilst the lower features an intimate lounge area. There are furnishings of Made in the USA Buffalo Check wool, images of the Pennsylvanian Woolrich Mills and items from their archives… In referencing the label’s history, this boutique is reflective of the Woolrich philosophy and a smooth blend of heritage and contemporary.
Y/Project Spring/Summer 2016 Womens Collection
In the fourth season of Womenswear at the label, Glenn Martens creates an energetic, urban collection.
Graphic cuts sharply contrast lengths, from the super short to the floor grazing, whilst displaying a diverse range of shapes. Spliced garments and Martens’ continued exploration into drapery elongate silhouettes and are reflective of the architectural lines of a Gothic Church. Realized in a warm palette, fabrics are rich and accessorized with chunky metallic cuffs.
With Martens’ signature style of tailoring, he cleverly mixes masculinity with sensual femininity, ultimately creating a contemporary, innovative SS16 collection, quite unlike any other.
Bernhard Willhelm Spring/Summer 2016 Collection at PFW
Undoubtedly the wackiest show of the season, Bernhard Willhelm is “celebrating randomness” with a banana themed collection. The motif is imaginatively plastered throughout the line, taking form in prints, cuts, silhouettes…Even in wired headdresses.
In a celebration of sexuality and identity the line is crafted without any regard to gender and is packed with bright tie-dye, jungle-style camouflaged prints and detailed embroidery.
Despite the initial shock factor, when you break down these looks you find they are surprisingly wearable. Deconstructed overalls, statement jackets and low crotch shorts display some clever reworking from Willhelm and prove that there is a method to his madness after all.
Akris Spring/Summer 2016 Collection at PFW
This season in Paris saw Albert Kriemler enlist Sou Fujimoto, a Japanese architect, in creating innovative fabrics for his latest collection. You’ll get no prizes for guessing which theme the collection was made in respect to: architecture.
The usually, ultra minimal effect of Kriemler’s vision was spruced up somewhat with these textured fabrics and insistent peeping window holes featured on tunic tops and dresses. Geometric lines cut across asymmetric shapes amidst a wealth of fine tailoring and chic silhouettes. Altogether, this made for a modernistic collection unusual to Kriemler’s typical approach.
Chanel Spring/Summer 2016 Collection at PFW
Karl Lagerfeld has never been one to shy away from the theatrics. His current season for Chanel was shown in a decked out Grand Palais with the theme of an airport.
Models were jetsetters wearing aviator sunglasses, gloves and mini luggage-case purses, strolling through the airport to catch their flight.
Lagerfeld, who has clearly had enough of joggers and tracksuits in his business class surroundings, created a line of luxury, which he deems more appropriate as in-flight attire. This included leather calf-length A-line skirts worn over matching wide-leg trousers, a number of denim puffed sleeves and fabulous bejeweled bodices. This is Lagerfeld at his finest.
Comme Des Garçons Spring/Summer 2016 Collection at PFW
“Ready-to-wear” is not a phrase that means much to Rei Kawakubo. The enchanting “witch” collection from the most anti-commercial label in fashion wass both baffling and exciting.
Silhouettes were magnificent, with ruffles and feathers galore. Shoes were stereotypically “witchy” pointed boots whilst deranged hair was coloured vivid red to offset the dramatic looks.
Luckily, Adrian Joffe was on hand to explain more, with the idea of witches referencing “Powerful women who are misunderstood, but do good in the world” – potentially also referring to Kawakubo herself.
Rick Owens Spring/Summer 2016 Collection at PFW
There was a powerful message behind Rick Owen’s Paris show yesterday. What many would simply brandish as another bizarre fashion moment actually had a deep sentiment behind it, regarding the empathy and strength of women. Models twisted into unforgiving contortions were strapped to the torsos of other models, who walked the entire runway bearing such a weight in an Owens reinterpretation of a backpack.
The pieces themselves were beautiful and undertook new looks for the label. Beautifully tailored sleeveless duster jackets were worn over leather and canvas dresses, whilst crinkled raincoats and aviator-style jackets were mixed into the more typical range of Owen’s asymmetrical lines. His choice of footwear, being gladiator sandals or black leather boots, underlined the toughness of femininity and the inspiration behind the collection.
Dries Van Noten Spring/Summer 2016 Collection at PFW
It is all about the sheen at Dries Van Noten this season. Embroidered platform wedge mules set off a busy display of prints, netting and colors. The eclectic collection took inspiration from the vintage 30s and 40s, and blended in beautifully tailored pieces with incredible wide-leg jeans.
A wings motif spread out over models’ chests, who, donning victory rolls in their hair and carrying clutches, sparked connotations of the glamour of Hollywood in the old days. A continuation of the designer’s vision from last season, the collection was all the more dramatic in being shown in an abandoned warehouse setting.
Calvin Klein Spring/Summer 2016 Presentation at MFW
After debuting in New York Fashion Week, the women’s ready-to-wear Calvin Klein Collection featured in a Milan presentation along with select men’s and women’s Calvin Klein Jeans, Calvin Klein Underwear and Calvin Klein Swimwear lines.
Francisco Costa presented the contemporary collections on suspended mannequins underneath a video of her women’s Spring/Summer 2016 Calvin Klein Collection on the ceiling whilst accessories were displayed over black platforms. Kevin Carrigan presented the other lines using models posing as skaters in an abandoned pool complete with graffiti in Los Angeles, California.
There was a bit of a retro moment underlining the presentation, with the largely denim ensembles of Calvin Klein Jeans accessorized with snakeskin or suede boots and platform sandals. These vintage-inspired looks showcased denim one-pieces and A-Line skirts that in some cases appeared with a fade-effect or distressed.
Etro Spring/Summer 2016 Collection at MFW
The classic romantic, Etro this season is packed with more of the label’s signature, intricate prints. Blending folk-style with Victorian-style florals in a beautiful palette, there are ruffles, lace paneling and a matching choker in any given look. Latticed boots appear amongst satin ballet pumps with embroidered paisley bags accessorizing.
With such a keen eye for the details and so much going on in any given look, Veronica Etro has created a world for us to get lost in with each, individual piece.
Costume National Spring/Summer 2016 Collection at MFW
Inspired by a film noir comes the latest collection from Ennio Capasa. As expected, it entails a largely black pallet, with the incorporation of white and red.
Deconstructed blazers, ruffled skirts and cut out shoulders explore the various shapes Capasa entertains in this collection. Geometric patterns in lace and embroidery, glitter prints and even a metallic ruched dress showcase an anomaly for the designer, and an exploration into “sensuality”.
Never one to follow a trend, you cannot help but wonder whether the business of the shows of his contemporaries this past week in Milan have pushed him to venture out of his comfort zone this season.
Prada Spring/Summer 2016 Collection at MFW
Vintage-inspired collections with an eccentric, Italian twist seems to have been a running trend this season at Milan. And who could do it better than Miuccia Prada I ask you. Her line is an army of skirt suits and coats brought to life in classic tweeds, checks or vivid striped leather and suede, alongside the occasional appearance of a translucent number.
Perhaps if another designer had done this you couldn’t help but get lost in repetition… But Prada knows how to play it. She showers each look with her signature style of peculiar accessories and whirls up excitement in her humble onlookers. This season, it’s a circle motif – think lace scarves, sequins and glitzy bauble earrings.
This exceptional collection is proving to be the highlight of the week at Milan and so for that, we salute you Prada. Oh, and for those incredible gold lips as well.
N°21 Spring/Summer 2016 Collection at MFW
With this collection, Alessandro Dell’Acqua claims inspiration from 1920s Italian photographer/actress Tina Modotti and Corinne Day, a.k.a. the photographer responsible for some of the most iconic photos of the nineties.
An eighty-year gap means that the current N°21 line sees an avid mix of glamour and grunge. Models wearing jeweled headbands and ruffled chiffon are also wearing plain vests or t-shirts. Feathered slippers are worn over pulled-up socks. Florals, lace and python leather appear amongst deconstructed garments, shirts and dungarees… Dell’Acqua has created a clever mix of old and new and masculine and feminine with the current line of N°21.
Thomas Tait Spring/Summer 2016 Collection at LFW
At a first glance, the label’s latest collection seems somewhat odd. Look again and you cannot miss the relentless repetition of a spherical cutout motif, giving the collection many facets.
At times it is tribal, at other times, with the incorporation of A-Line dresses and flares, it is reminiscent of the retro sixties and seventies. In manipulating it into a geometrical pattern on jackets, it seems inspired by industrial design.
His choice of positioning the “peephole” motif in almost every location on the clothes creates a sense of what Tait deems “awkward intimacy”. Put all of these different perspectives of influence together and you are left with one unstoppable force of contemporary design.
Vivienne Westwood Red Label Spring/Summer Collection 2016 at LFW
Florals, midi skirts and the ruched dresses we know so well, Dame Vivienne Westwood has once again taken the conservative and stamped her bold print all over it. With dramatically smudged make up and face paint, one model carries a book with her down her walk in translucent sliders. Others are in perfectly prim dresses whilst wearing a harness over the top.
With a splash of tartan and the odd carbon-footprint-awareness top, Dame Vivienne Westwood sticks to her guns and creates another classic collection for the Red Label.
MCQ Alexander McQueen Spring/Summer 2016 Collection at LFW
Rather than have a catwalk show this year at LFW, the label who pride themselves on supporting new creative talent have chosen to show a presentation of their current collection, through the eyes of three young emerging artists. Lea Colombo, Jack Davison and Sharna Osborne reimagined the line using character studies, detail shots and a sequence of short films.
The collection itself takes inspiration from a Post-Punk “No Wave” New York scene during the late seventies and early eighties. Refuting the mainstream sound at that time, this movement reflected strength and rebellion – perfect for MCQ Alexander McQueen.
The presentation was shown digitally on social channels and mcq.com and was set in Spitalfield’s Christ Church, the building that also provided the location for the legendary Alexander McQueen Fall/Winter 1996 Dante show.
Loewe's Sneak Preview of Latest Campaign
To the delight of East Londeners, last Thursday saw LOEWE reveal a preview to their upcoming campaign on a digital billboard in Shoreditch, London. Coinciding with London Fashion Week, the preview confirms an ongoing collaboration between photographer Rudi Meisel and the fashion label.
One image presents Raquel Zimmerman in a Mount-Fuji style shot. With Benjamin Bruno as stylist, the image shows her in a contemporary, transparent look. Other images involve Meisel’s original self-portrait series and the brand’s popular Puzzle bag.
Lacoste Spring/Summer 2016 Collection at NYFW
With not one croc logo in sight, Portugese designer Felipe Oliveira Baptista continues to shake things up at Lacoste.
Beginning the show with a proud French palette of red, navy and white, Baptista goes on to include Olympian colored flags and refer to flags of other nations’. The message could not be clearer – Baptista is all about spreading the love; uniting the nations.
With founder René Lacoste as a tennis champ himself, Baptiste does not forget the origins of the label… Sliders, tracksuits and polo necks, Lacoste remains today as the ultimate sports-meet-leisure wear.
Nicopanda Spring/Summer 2016 Collection at NYFW
With so many different things going on, Nicola Formichetti has created his own world with the theatrical SS16 presentation of Nicopanda.
There are glitter-faced ballerinas from a childlike fantasy, underwear clad guys holding bouquets of flowers, not to mention the sheer amount of black PVC adding more than a splash of dominatrix…
This wonderfully bizarre, sports-inspired collection sees the continued diffusion and interpretation of a harajuku influence we saw two seasons ago at Nicopanda, with contemporary, tubed sneakers and baroque style embellishments.
Canali Launch Elegant Fall/Winter 2015 Campaign
Photographed by Van Mossevelde + N, a dapper Richard Biedul casually poses on iconic 50s style furniture wearing the collection that oozes a casual sophistication. In front of neon lights the current Canali campaign continues with a Milanese theme from their previous collection, celebrating the city in its buzzing 1950s era when contemporary ideas merged with classic tradition.
The Fall/Winter 2015 line of menswear is packed with geometric prints and intricate patterns upon luxurious yet unique fabrics. With the made-in-Italy high quality textures that the label is internationally renowned for, sleek designs realized in a minimal palette are kept exciting with flashes of “Canali” yellow, petrol blue and ivory.
The campaign will be shown globally on outdoor advertising, print media and online.
What Do You Mean it’s Exclusive Calvin Klein?
To the avid horror of Beliebers everywhere, the latest Justin Bieber video sees him get pretty well aquainted with model Xenia Deli. The pair writhe around wearing exclusively Calvin Klein Jeans and Calvin Klein underwear, to the backing track of his new song, “What do you mean?”. By doing so, he keeps the collab flame alight with the luxury fashion label, after featuring in their racy Spring/Summer 2015 advertising campaign with supermodel Lara Stone.
Mulberry Enlist Actor Freddie Fox to Help Unveil New Men’s Collection
Known for their iconic English image, it is perhaps then not surprising that Mulberry have sought the help of English actor Freddie Fox in unveiling their latest concept, their new season exclusive Multi-Tasker Holdalls in Dazzle Camouflage. Reworking the classic military camo-print into a novel geometric design, the contemporary pattern appears on the classic Mulberry clipper as well as two new Multi-tasker styles in grey and blue.
Based on versatility and functionality, the Multi-tasker range offers a holdall and backpack whose handles are cleverly designed to flatten against the bag when not in use. This innovative feature is perfect for the modern-day, urban man who cycles to work everyday. Proving this is Freddie Fox, who in Mulberry’s new campaign walks us through a day in his life in London whilst using his Multi-Tasker Holdall, which is in Dazzle Camouflage. Also available in the collection are a range of accessories, including wallets and scarves.
Diesel SS/15 Campaign: #DieselHigh
Rise above. Tolerance. Inclusiveness. LOVE. This is Diesel’s new year’s resolution. With the blazing horns of equality resonating through the Diesel motto, the SS2015 campaign takes fashion to another level. Explained and conceived by creative director Nicola Formichetti, the campaign runs with the #DieselHigh slogan’s provocative and optimistic message – “It’s elevating yourself. Elevating your spirit. Whatever it takes, however you do it. Wherever you are.” The celebration of the unique individual and the spirit of diversity is deeply rooted within Diesel’s DNA. Here it is fully expressed in the SS2015 #DieselHigh formulation – a resounding nod towards the sirens of tolerance, equality and unconditional love. www.diesel.com
Gucci Unveils Surrealistic Window For Alessandro Michele’s First Collection
July 21st marked the opening of the Gucci-designed window for their new Creative Director Alessandro Michele’s FW 2015/2016 collection. His first collection and its dreamlike display will be installed in stores worldwide by the end of the month.
An admix of disco’s love for striking neon lights and Salvador Dali’s penchant for the odd and grandiose — the window features purple and turquoise LEDs, creating a distinct 3D perspective, alongside embroidered snakes and giant swallows. This nod to surrealism goes hand in hand with the eclectic collection, being both eye-catching and imaginative.
Antony Morato Fall/Winter 2015 Campaign
From the beating heart of New York City arises the urbanite “Places” campaign from Antony Morato. Following the footsteps of world-travelling Italian man, this curious adventurer has arrived in the city of a thousand lights. As any traveller would know, culture is as diverse as the winding paths of the road. And a lot of roads lead to New York. As a cradle of cultural exchange, the city continues to breathe new trends, affected by the thousands of “places” it hides. The FW campaign, shot by photographer Tony Thorimbert uncovers the unexpected metropolis, leaving behind what we assume New York to be and presenting it through its vibrancy, its architecture and its urbanism.
Spring/Summer 2016 at Berlin Fashion Week
From season to season the German capital proves there’s life in the old dog yet. Roughly 50 shows, an abundance of trade fairs, Microsoft’s IT COTOURE, MasterCard’s Priceless Berlin Launch, Zalando saving the Bread and Butter and opening its Fashion House, as well as the German Fashion Council’s first installment of the Berliner Mode Salon: while this is neither Paris nor Milan, Berlin has sustained international appeal as a fashion metropolis. Coincidentally the premier collection on day one was titled ‚The long march to victory’. Menswear label SOPOPULAR showcased a tone on tone, almost monochrome collection with mystically painted, muddy faces. Usually dark and gloomy with a hopeful flash of light colors towards the end, dangling starps and unusual cutouts, Daniel Blechmann’s vision assembles into a continuous look throughout – all the way down to the boots, which are the result of a fruitful collaboration with Palladium Boots. The Pampa Hi SOPOPULAR will be available from January 2016.
Maverick Marcel Ostertag sought inspiration in the ‚Desert’. His models were adorned in bright colored daily wears. Desert prints on flowing kaftans are standout pieces of the collection. Aside from many light and airy fabrics in shades of brown and yellow, Ostertag showcased delicate gowns crafted from tulle and embroidery in midnight blue and white.
Perfectly timed for Wimbledon, bright white and grass green opened Hien Le’s Spring/Summer 2016 show. Tennis attire of the 1960s and 70s was most obviously the inspiration for his collection and worked splendidly: sporty elegance and his ever so present carefree lightness shaped the season’s designs. Pants, shorts, slightly flared mini skirts; pleats, button-down dresses made from summer wool, Swiss Cotton and coated linen in unadorned, masterly cuts are all part of Le’s signature style. This time around prints were minimal and played right tot the collection’s theme – in the form of tiny crossed tennis rackets.
PERRET SCHAAD once again offered light silk pieces, flowing in the wind at every turn. A perfectly composed color scheme from light shades of green to grey and pinks made for a diversified yet harmonious coloring. Their Spring/Summer 2016 collection embodies the freshness and intensity of a crisp seaside vacation, set off by urban asphalt hues. The mix of natural and artificial colors in this collection juxtaposes the existential severity and lightness PERRET SCHAAD’s classical designs are renowned for. Linens, breezy silks and sheer voile cotton counter heavier fabrics and create volume and interesting lines, much as we have come to expect from the design duo. Long, flowing pants, silk dresses and coats from crinkled linen in midnight blue, black and earth tones make another appearance at Michael Sontag’s show. The designer is another one of those veterans who sticks to his unmistakable signature with his Spring/Summer 2016 offerings – and the collection is better for it.
Malaikaraiss on the other hand strayed a little from her usual styles and envisaged surfer girls with a sleek look, soft dresses, transparent blouses and round straw hats, the very coherent, grown-up look is reminiscent of summer’s fun in the sun.
Lala Berlin’s iconic prints are delicately dispersed on chiffon dresses as well as pant suits suitable for everyday life. Wide pants with pleats folded toward the middle, cut from a jacquard fabric with hobnail patterns will also work well commercially.
White dots are embroidered onto black chiffons; pecking birds on a camisole and a dress is adorned with embroidered pineapple upon the hips in Augustin Teboul’s Spring/Summer 2016 collection. Both designers almost appropriate black denim jackets and pants to street wear – almost. They threaded rows of shimmery black pearls into frayed knees and shoulders - a beautiful finale for day three of Berlin Fashion Week.
Marina Hoermanseder once again showcased her impeccable craftsmanship in molded leather - this time in globe-skirts with leather blossoms tight skirts made from leather straps and cast plastic corsages, added by a number of wearable dresses, blouses and wide-legged pants made from washable silk, suede, and white cotton with eyelet embroidery. During her quest for traditional craft producers, the designer found her Spring/Summer 2016 collection inspiration in elaborately embellished traditional costumes and garments from the Austro-Hungarian Empire and monarchy.
Dorothee Schumacher found inspiration for her Spring/Summer 2016 collection in a paradisiac jungle with florals, beige safari looks, furiously mixed prints. Like many other designers this past week, Dorothee Schumacher rediscovered the shoulder and thereby put a new twist on her ever present play with femininity.
Overall this installment of Fashion Week showcased many of the style tropes associated with the renowned New Objectivity – muted colors, flowing, understated cuts – all perfectly executed by Berlin’s MVPs. However, there are interesting newbies making their mark, promising a future for Berlin’s fashion circuit.
Viktor & Rolf Couture Fall/Winter 2015 at Paris Fashion Week
Rolf Snoeren and Viktor Horsting are no strangers to originality. This collection is no different. With construction so unique and alternative, the Viktor & Rolf catwalk was a highlight of Haute Couture’s Paris Fashion Week. The conceptual magic of the collection was clear to see – artists wrapped in their own constructions, a literal canvas draped chaotically yet beautifully around its maker. The construction of these ‘canvases’ was absolute creative genius. From canvas coats to ‘crushed painting’ dresses and the abstraction of classical Dutch still life imagery in the paintings themselves – Viktor & Rolf provided us with true marvel. Art and fashion is not incommensurable, it is symbiotic. Bravo.
CHANEL Couture Fall/Winter 2015 at Paris Fashion Week
The revived flapper girl took centre stage at CHANEL’s Haute Couture showcase. The drastically shortened bob and asymmetrical hemline were decidedly 1920’s, yet all the while contemporary. Though it wasn’t far removed from a Baz Luhrmann set, the trademark Grand Palais was decidedly CHANEL — abundant in theatrics and perhaps even more ostentatious than any Great Gatsby film set. CHANEL is after all the real deal. The Art Deco casino showcased stars gathered around casino tables, Oscar winner Julianne Moore and muse Kristen Stewart at ease in ‘Le Cercle Privé’.
However, it was Karl Lagerfeld’s bride Kendall Jenner that symbolised this seasons CHANEL Haute Couture collection – an unabashed celebration of the young it-crowd. A proper Daisy Buchanan to Karl’s Gatsby. Indeed, the showcase of the ‘high rollers’ sat in the centre of the runway was perhaps less of a subtle hint, with guests such as Lily-Rose Depp and Lily Collins bidding for a chance at a win. Alas, this is Haute Couture. And conceptualism is as much a part of the picture as the garments themselves.
However, as with his recent collections, Karl triumphs again with his garment construction. This time with the introduction of his fully 3D printed suits, pushing the classic CHANEL look into the age of fashion technology. Though the silhouettes were classic in nature, their conception were as avant-garde as his presentation.
Prada Fall/Winter 2015-2016 Womenswear Campaign
In a campaign shot by Steven Meisel, the FW Prada womenswear collection features an amalgam of new faces. Avery Blanchard, Estella Boersma, Inga Dezhina, Lineisy Montero, Ine Neefs, Greta Varlese and Maartje Verhoef make up the Prada pack. Embracing the beginning of the meta-modern age, Prada reframes notions of reality in an ode to what they have coined to be a meta-modern femininity. In this narrative, the virtual and the real seem almost indistinguishable – captured in Meisel’s statuesque and vignette-style photography series. Like the innate contrast of the real versus the virtual captured in the campaign, the materials and shapes of this collection play with opposition. Formal trousers are colored statement pink and metallic tops with opera-sleeves signal the emergence of a new ‘uniform - The Prada FW 2015 kind of uniform.
Paul Smith Spring/Summer 2016 at Paris Fashion Week
Sir Paul Smith’s SS 16 collection seemed tailor-made for the older rock star generation, retro yet perfectly cool. With hues ranging from subtle greys to eye-popping orange and yellows, the overall impression of the Paul Smith guy was of a man who knows which classics work best and when to inject that little something extra. And this is exactly what comprised the Paul Smith collection – classics, reworked in an exciting manner. From green metallic suits to turquoise and yellow unions – Smith certainly set the brief for the nonchalant rocker.
Saint Laurent Menswear Spring/Summer 2016 at Paris Fashion Week
Another nod to the essences of rock stardom, Hedi Slimane’s Saint Laurent man is one of effortless androgyny. Black skinny jeans and a fringed leather jacket, cut out jeans, flannel and printed lettermans – the SS 2016 collection seems tailor-made for the festival crowd. Considering the attention of which the stereotypical festivalgoer’s outfit is subjected to these days, it is not surprising that a fashion house as big as Saint Laurent is manifesting their own take on the rugged urbanite. Like Woodstock’s iconic fashion imprinted itself firmly in the mainstream, so it seems, does the reformulated versions of it – this time in the form of Hedi Slimane’s vision of Californian music culture.
Maison Margiela Menswear Spring 2016 at Paris Fashion Week
Studded shoes, long black overcoats, leather, silver, ankle-length vests and the occasional abstract painting splashed across the chest. Maison Margiela’s collection captures the essence of an effortless yet fashion-minded man. Suits, coats and pants are fashioned in a nonchalant manner – the tailoring spot-on for an appropriately slouchy but crisp look.
The SS 16 Margiela man falls somewhere in-between an iconic Laurence Fishbourne in the Matrix and what you would imagine a modern day Dorian Gray to be. Badass but refined. Restrained but strong - timeless and memorable.
Emporio Armani Menswear Spring 2016 at Milan Fashion Week
With a decidedly East-meets-West point of departure, the Emporio Armani 2016 show paired European silhouettes with contemporary cuts seen in the fashionable streets of the East. More of a resonance of the Eastern demand for European high fashion, Giorgio presents classic cuts, the ‘Armanified’ version of the coveted sneaker, sleek sunglasses and the occasional beret.
Gucci Menswear Spring 2016 at Milan Fashion Week
Alessandro Michele does not veer from the pristine vision of a John Lennonesque man brought to life in a reformulated sense. With tinted eyewear, flowered lace and shabby-chic hair, the Gucci man emerges as a well-stocked, well-researched vintage savant. Even with such direct references to the 70s silhouette, Alessandro seems to aim more at playing with the aspect of youth culture and the fashion choice of eccentricity, who often draw from old closets.
Moschino Menswear Collection SS 2016
Inspirational origins were decidedly unsubtle and in-your-face at the Moschino Menswear SS 2016 show. Models walked out to the backdrop of a classical French mansion wearing accessories fit for… well Louis XVI himself. Certainly fascinating and absolutely eccentric, creative mind Jeremy Scott channels motor sports, French luxury and the rebellious air of Jimi Hendrix and Prince all at once.
Scott’s take on menswear prescriptions are definitively not to be put into a pigeonhole. Indeed, the signal is that there is absolutely nothing keeping you from wearing what you want to wear but availability, and Moschino and Scott certainly delivers.
“This is not about more pocket squares, more deconstructed jackets, more athelisure, more meh. It’s Moschino, baby.”
Alexander McQueen Spring 2016 Menswear
Like the nautical reincarnation of the Victorian gentleman, Sarah Burton’s creative lead steered the McQueen collection towards graphic prints of mythical sea creatures on classic, vintage cuts. Tailored jacquard patterns were intertwined with up-scale pajama-inspired looks. To enhance the look of the nautical was the fresh-out-the-water locks.
Les Hommes Menswear Fall/Winter 2015 at Milan Fashion Week
Black leather and striking geometric prints. What else could a man want?
Les Hommes certainly caters to a wide spectrum of the population with the FW 2015/2016 collection. In every look, there are pieces that can transition into most styles and occasions. It is exactly this Les Hommes’ collection is spectacularly achieving — an innate versatility that leaves you wondering just how fast you will see some of these looks replicated on the high street. The chevron patterns reign supreme, and it is a wonderful take on the simplistic geometry one would expect to see in a contemporary menswear collection. From the patterned parka to the grey and white chevron sweaters — Les Hommes’ collection twists the print trend and reshapes it into something even cooler.
Diesel Black Gold SS 2016 Pre-Spring
Creative director Andreas Melbostad found his inspiration in Venice Beach for the upcoming Diesel Black Gold SS 2016 Pre-Spring collection. Known for its authentic Californian way of life, the beach, the bustling city and all manners of street inspired art constitute the iconic location.
With its metropolitan DNA, Diesel injects a decidedly sporty take on the edgier Californian, enhanced by a simplified palette of black and white, accentuated by electric blues and grays. Beach sports galvanized this collections’ structure, with chunky zippers, structured fabric choices and ergonomic tailoring details inspired by surfing and diving gear. The collection is diverse – from leather jackets to sports backpacks and jean styles. Minimalism is paired with an effortless and sporty-chic vibe.
Dior Cruise 2016 in Le Palais Bulles
Sitting on the cliffs of Théoule-sur-Mer, the grand habitat for Dior’s own Pierre Cardin came to be the unique setting for the Cruise showcase. A spectacle of a building and an architectural curiosity, its surroundings mimic the exuberant and vibrant quality of the equally playful garments. The terra-cotta bauble backdrop of the Antti Lovag-designed abode is intertwined with the inherent vision of the clothing.
Raf Simons, the artistic director of Christian Dior, elicits the landscape and memory of a certain Cote D’Azur mode de vie in the Dior 2016 Cruise Collection. Drawing inspiration from the natural world, the collection and evokes the ethereal quality of the serene southern coast.
Indeed, in Simons’ utopian project, tradition and technique merge in the creation of a collection that pair youthful modernism with traditional craftsmanship. Simons explains his approach to the collection as arising from the perspective of playful freedom and individuality, peppered with a light and fresh aesthetic. Fabrics are knitted and layered in a tapestry-like construction, a play on the idea of ‘homespun’ crafts, yet bolstered by bias cut gowns and lurex textiles.
CHANEL Seoul 2015/2016 Cruise Collection
Colored by Lagerfeld’s elegant crayon-inspired toolkit, the 2015/2016 Seoul cruise collection is inspired by the whimsically refined hanbok, the Korean peninsula’s traditional dress. The May 4th setting framed the angular patterns of the pieces. The Zaha Hadid designed room in the style of neoplasticism, was reminiscent of a sort of Mondrian playground. Nestled between the avant-gardist explosion of color and geometric silhouettes, CHANEL’s trademark appreciation of silks, linens, tulles and lace provided a subtle, yet firm nod towards Mademoiselle Chanel herself.
A contemporary reinterpretation of Asian sophistication, the show was as bold as it was effectual, producing images of a world injected by haute couture playfulness. Closely following the equally as fantastical Paris-Salzburg Métiers d’Art campaign, CHANEL certainly has not fallen short in inspiring reinventions of classics worldwide. The mastery with which Lagerfeld has consummately revitalized cultural classics in the past few years is resolutely underpinned by yet another formidable collection.
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Prada Pre-Fall 2015 Campaign
Fashion house Prada kick off their Pre-Fall 2015 campaign with the photographic genius of Steven Meisel. Boldly showcasing the pristine and dramatic elegance that has become a trademark for the brand, shadows play off the subdued patterned fabrics and faces. Alluding to the stoicism of marble statues, the images play with the ambiguity of gender. The fashion house has long been an advocate of exploring the complexities of gender, spurring on the frequently emulated masculine shoe trend with their platform lace-ups.
Characteristics, similar and dissimilar, are explored in the collection, whose campaign highlights the often-synchronous style of male and female. Paired together in couples, models Maartje Verhoef, Niels Trispel, Willow Hand, Artur Chruszcz, Aya Jones, Tim Schuhmacher and others present the stark stoicism of the Prada Pre-Fall campaign.
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Prouvé RAW Office Edition launches during International Design Week
The collaborators G-Star RAW, Vitra and the Prouvé family are launching the second series of the Prouvé RAW furniture collaboration: the office edition.
Meeting the demands of the modern-day office, the ten-piece series refashions the designs through the use of heavy-duty fabric materials in industrial shades of green, reflecting the re-use of factory floors and workshops for creative agencies. The Office Furniture project was initiated through a variety of custom workstations, conference tables, office chairs and other pieces of furniture made to furnish G-Star’s Amsterdam offices.
Catherine Prouvé explains the collection’s contemporary renewal: “I like the fact that this edition honors my father’s original design, while complementing it with contemporary details. This follows his understanding of design, which he regarded as a dynamic process. To him design was a never-ending evolution, constantly striving to respond to changing needs.”
Alessandro Michele’s First Gucci Campaign
Alessandro Michele does things differently. This was, of course, one of the main reasons he became the new creative director at Gucci last January. During his latest women’s wear show, he showed a new kind of sexiness that was surprising for a brand like Gucci. The glammed up fashion doll that we were used to disappeared, and it seems as if she is not coming back. Gucci’s new advertisement campaign shows Giannini’s last collection for the brand, but everything else shows Michele. Photographer Glen Luchford shot the series for the campaign, in which Michele’s fresh vision comes across perfectly.
Fendi Launches a Digital Boutique
Fendi has just launched their digital boutique. You can now have the experience of visiting a Fendi store whenever you want. Whether it’s a holiday or the middle of the night, you’re always welcome to look around and see the latest capsule collections. The brand is offering you a 360° experience, where service is of high importance. The boutique is open in Europe for now, but the US and Japan will follow later this year.
Calvin Klein Jeans #mycalvins Denim Series
Calvin Klein Jeans brings us a new denim collection inspired by urban streetwear. The collection exists out of logo-driven garments that are comfortable and iconic. For the advertising campaign, the brand has asked fashion photographer Alasdair McLellan to shoot Kendall Jenner and model Simon Nessman in a way that is fresh and typically Calvin Klein.
The line will be sold exclusively at Calvin Klein boutiques and on the brand’s website.
Stella McCartney at Paris Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2015
We can always count on Stella McCartney to bring us effortless elegance. She understands the city woman like no other, and knows exactly how to design comfort. Her latest collection for Fall/Winter 2015 was filled with chunky, knitted sweaters and pajama-like ensembles.
On the other hand, Stella proves that she is anything but lazy. All garments are well tailored, especially her dresses and high waisted pants.
Valentino at Paris Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2015
Valentino’s collection for Fall/Winter 2015 was just as perfect as any of the previous ones. The cuts are brilliant, the details magnificent and fabrics are by far the best they can get their hands on.
Since their takeover, Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli have lifted Valentino to new heights. Every show has been a spectacle in its own way, but none of them could compare to the closing looks we saw this time. Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson walked on stage in the roles of Derek Zoolander and Hansel, characters from the film Zoolander that came out in 2001. They were wearing Chiuri and Piccoili’s signature suits for Valentino, and had all eyes on them.
Commercially, Chiuri and Piccoili have been brilliant from the beginning on, but this stunt just proved their never ending creativity and their feel for what people want. Or maybe even need.
Christian Dior at Paris Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2015
Golden boy Raf Simons tags along with the others and jumps back to the sixties. Subtle but groovy prints, latex boots and garments made out of an innovative, mesh fabric gave the entire collection more sexiness then we have seen at Dior before. The looks are much more wearable then at previous collections, especially considering that these clothes will be worn in big cities.
Simons showed us that Dior can be something for everyone. For next fall, he created perfectly finished suits with cropped, wide pants. There were a few painted furs, and what we saw most were long, warm coats. If the classics weren’t good enough, you could enjoy thigh high latex boots and fluid mesh garments.
Balenciaga at Paris Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2015
Alexander Wang has understood the essence of Balenciaga from the beginning on. Seeing his development with the brand is not only satisfying, but makes us want to get out of our chairs and give him a standing ovation.
The way the clothing is constructed refers to the work of Christóbal Balenciaga; showing a new way of looking at tailoring. Wang manages to embrace the shapes of the female body and work with that, rather than simply creating clothes and putting them on.
Tweed and wool dominated the show for next season, making sure that the collection is more of a classic one. Just like Christóbal himself, Wang is making garments that will last a lifetime. Or maybe even longer.
John Galliano at Paris Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2015
While John Galliano himself was focusing on a different house, his right hand, Bill Gaytten, took care of the latest collection. The result definitely did not scream Galliano’s drama as before, but it definitely showed the core of the brand. Extremely elegant femininity could be found in every look, together with craftsmanship and detail. The collection told a beautiful story of subtlety and beauty, something that Gaytten has done well.
Made By You by Converse
Converse has been gathering personal editions of the Chuck Taylor All Star all over the world. They come together in the campaign “Made by you”, which celebrates the uniqueness of every customized pair. People have been expressing themselves on their Chuck Taylors for nearly 100 years, which means it is time to bring them together and share their stories. A fresh pair of Chucks has always been like a blank canvas, and now we can explore different creations from artist to skaters and musicians.
Akris at Paris Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2015
Albert Kriemler knows his clientele well. During his latest show for Akris, he presented a collection that consisted out of highly wearable garments, which were simple, elegant and well made. The overall collection was modest, where warm tones of white dominated most looks.
For next season, Kriemler experimented with textures on fabrics that managed to lift up the sober collection. For some of the looks, this meant that the fabrics seemed to be made out of reptile-like skin. The large use of grey and soft materials like jersey, gave the collection a feel of comfort, without being too lazy.
Trussardi at Milan Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2015
During the latest Trussardi show, Gaia Trussardi portrayed a classic Femme Fatale. She chose an ultra feminine silhouette and combined this with highly luxurious materials. By using natural colors, she made sure that every look in the collection is very wearable, pointing at what is probably going to be a commercial success.
Fendi at Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week July 2015
After having collaborated for fifty years, Fendi and Karl Lagerfeld have announced their debut together at Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week. Next July, Fendi will combine its luxurious and distinctive design with their craftsmanship to create the Haute Fourrure collection. Like always, Fendi will be experimenting with fur, and taking it to a different level again.
Fendi at Milan Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2015
The F in fur is for Fendi, so naturally the Fall/Winter collection for 2015 had lots of it. The focus within the show was on animal materials, with different kinds of fur, leather and shearling.
Lately, the brand has been in a specific late sixties mood with A-line dresses, large buttons, and graphically assembled patchwork. We saw architectural creations in perfectly matched colors. The silhouettes were fresh and intriguing, embracing Lagerfeld's look on luxury.
Details were – like always – of high importance. Cut off fur on the cuffs of blouses and on gloves were nicely and elegantly placed. Graphical prints turned looks into paintings and left us in awe.
Max Mara at Milan Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2015
The focus of Max Mara’s Fall/Winter 2015 collection wasn’t a highly unexpected choice. Coats were in the center of attention as models were protecting their bodies with the Max Mara classic: the one and only camel coat.
The rest of the collection contained smart business attire, made for the woman who juggles so many balls at once that we can’t even count them. She runs a company, has a loving family, keeps up with all her friends and continues to finish these side projects we don’t even remember she ever started. She’s a modern woman with a classic taste, one that Max Mara has figured out completely.
A new surprise was seeing the bomber-like jackets and jumpers in quilted satin at the end of the show. Combined with long pencil skirts and fine wool this contemporary look became another timeless ensemble.
Thomas Tait at London Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2015
Thomas Tait’s latest collection was the first after he received last year’s LVMH prize. This season, he showed a new kind of peacefulness with a hint of fetishism, which somehow worked out perfectly.
Oversized shirts with exaggerated collars, cuffs and pockets allowed Tait to create a distinctive silhouette that made us question femininity and the meaning of it. On the other hand, he effortlessly applied a glamorous, seventies sentiment, which made every look become sensual in a modest way. Futuristic details enhanced his slightly peculiar vision and showed that Tait is a man with a vision.
BOSS at New York Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2015
It is clear that Jason Wu is trying to steer BOSS into a different direction. Whereas we normally expect the garments to be more utilitarian and formal, Wu is introducing a new way of looking at tailoring. He combines straight lines with curves, accentuates these with bold colors and gives more attention to details.
BOSS is still offering us business attire, but now it is focused on the reinvention of the modern woman. Wu covers her body with innovative fabrics and follows the lines of her silhouette to create a professional but highly elegant look. Naturally, he did not leave out the suit from this collection and created a sixties smoking-inspired ensemble. BOSS is empowering women, while celebrating femininity at the same time. By doing this, Wu is proving us that we should not have to choose.
Telfar at New York Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2015
Telfar Clemens is a man with an opinion. As a designer, he dares to question beauty, taste and gender. His latest collection does exactly that, and brings an effortless selection of garments that fit perfectly into an urban setting.
He combines tight, knitted tees with boxy, wide leg jeans, which make the models look like construction workers that just walked out of the fifties. By cutting out fabric around the knees and on the chest, Telfar shows a good amount of skin. Some knitted pieces are assembled in such a way, that they even seem to show as much skin as they cover. Whether you agree with Telfar’s view on fashion or not, we all can agree on the fact that he has managed to bring something new to New York.
Levi’s Customized and Tapered
Levi’s iconic 501 has been a wardrobe staple for generations. Altering its distinct high waist, button-down front, red tag or peg-top leg comes amiss regarding nostalgia. What Jakob Davis and Levi Strauss started some 150 years ago was the uniform of old Hollywood bad boys such as James Dean and Marlon Brando and turned 90s girls like Shannon Doherty of “90210” fame into sexy vixens. This spring, a fresh and hip take on the so-called mom jean, with different washes, shreds and funneled legs, elevates the 501 to the zeitgeist. Astonishingly, the CT embraces all the classical features of the 501, while banishing some of the pants’ less flattering downsides. Gone are the days of super tight jeans for statuesque skinny boys and girls. Pulling the pant up to the waist retains the sexy slim-leg silhouette while a classic regular fit can be achieved by pulling down the waistband a bit. Getting one a size larger achieves the über-comfy boyfriend fit. Each pair can be altered further, either with tried and tested sanding paper and scissors, or appliques, makers and all things imaginable to truly make this must-have your own.
Dior Homme at Paris Fashion Week: Menswear Fall/Winter 2015
Dior Homme may well have fetishized the standard suit this season, but little about the collection was average. For a start, van Assche’s blending of black tie and baseball cap, each emblazoned by a flagrant floral badge corsage. Arid leather parkas were thrown on top of spotless suits, taking the starch out of pristine tailoring, while long coats were drawn-out to the ankles, teetering above vaulted virgin trainers.
Chambray denim jackets – so clean and efficient – slipped under the waistbands of rubbery leather sweatpants, slender in cut, yet long enough to buckle at the ankles. Navy chalk stripe suits bagged around slight bodies, single breasted and boxy – the apple of the eighties’ businessman’s eye – topped off by the tallying of a stubby round-edged briefcase. Palette maintained a monochrome uniform, save the electric blue flash of a thermo-finished zip cardigan, or the inverted watercolour prints playing out across felted wools in a woozy hit of lead grey and banana yellow. Tailored as it so seemed, van Assche’s excellence was all in the undoing – destructing all meaning, yet not a thread out of place.
COMME des GARÇONS at Paris Fashion Week: Menswear Fall/Winter 2015
No matter how many times Rei Kawakubo gets her hands on tailoring, you can be sure that whatever she produces will be entirely distinct from anything gone before. This season proved no different, reliably idiosyncratic, yet impossibly singular.
Snug sleeved tops and leggings were scrawled in kaleidoscopic graffiti scripts, inky colors blushed and bleeding across the body. Biro-blue suits were sucked skin-tight, cinched in at the stomach by double-breasted buttons.
Traditional pinstripes sat fittingly far from convention, the way blazer buttons seemed to curl around the body, garments appearing almost reluctant – struggling to escape. Bulky blazers hung from shoulders and swung airily above shorn broad shorts, while mandarin collars carved jackets with a cunningly clean line. Culottes kicked out thanks to kilt pleats, paired with diamond-check golfing shirt and bow tie, before giving way to gummy leather suits, bandaging the body in strips of supple skins.
Dries van Noten at Paris Fashion Week: Menswear Fall/Winter 2015
When it comes to sumptuous ornamentation, you can always trust Dries van Noten to come up trumps. FW15 may well have opened with the utilitarian, but that soon succumbed to the not-so-cheap thrill of paisley brocade and silk jacquard.
Sand combat pants puddled around the calf – their drainpipe cousins peeping beneath as a matching underlay. Navy pea coats in felted wool paraded their buttons just off-centre, necks syphoned by funnel collars and chests ruled with black grosgrain bands. Mandarin coats almost bypassed as duffels in their heavy yarns, finished off with industrial steel toggles and high-vis white stripes.
Eiderdown quilting doubled as jogging pants, cuffed curtly at the ankle and finished with an un-socked leather loafer. Kilts curtained cigarette pants – a folkish citation rendered esoteric with the addition of a button flap pocket, replete with ornate woven trim. Silk shirts bore floral prints in indigo and moss green, unbuttoned to the lower chest and left to slink off shoulders. Tees, though obeying to basic form, were beguilingly baroque, tiled in hypnotic oriental prints. Scarcely was a surface safe from a stout steeping in history – but then you could expect nothing less from a chronicler like Dries.
Louis Vuitton at Paris Fashion Week: Menswear Fall/Winter 2015
Louis Vuitton paid a poignant tribute to Christopher Nemeth this FW15, as Kim Jones channelled the signature cuts of his design hero, stamping club kid prints onto Saville row silhouettes – the immortal hallmark of Nemeth.
Bonded cashmere sweaters and buff duffle coats were emblazoned in laser-etched Nemeth insignia, while sturdy leather trunk cases bore his emblems in flock. Chubby teddy-bear furs were too branded by Nemeth’s curling motif, inscribed deep into their pelt – a brooding detail that was all the more acute for its stealth. Drainpipe turn-ups skimmed slight ankles in rough wool and chambray, meeting the clunky casualness of a leather brogue-sneaker hybrid, at once nerdy and athletic in boot-polish black and tan.
Micro monogram bags crossed over bodies, their super-skinny straps harnessing pointed collar jackets in fuzzy wool and thermo-finished leather in rich tones of buttermilk and wine. Khaki quilting padded bombers and boiler suits, while grid checks and amplified polka dots paraded tailored suits and co-ords. While his references may well be interpreted as a touching tribute, they read all the more tenderly as an effort of Jones in his own right – a reference to the past, perhaps, but with both eyes fixed doggedly on the future.
Yohji Yamamoto at Paris Fashion Week: Menswear Fall/Winter 2015
You can always trust Yamamoto’s edge to be dependably cutting – razor-sharp, in fact, as he severed silken hems and butchered buttoned-up blazers, rumpling scraggy shirts and waistcoats in his path. The emphasis on tailoring made a good effort to scrub-up smart, but it goes without saying that Yamamoto thrives in a state of dishevelment.
Unfailingly monochromatic, sable-black dominated the spectrum where tailoring was concerned, as tissue-thin silk sheaths were piled high to form blouson shirts and broad beaches – only in their eventual rough-cutting was their ply revealed. Knits were patched to weave dichotomous co-ords, charcoal grey ribbed wools stitched to bulky navy arans, unfinished, asymmetric and aptly bedraggled. Then there were those marbled velvets – plush and unctuous in their inky hues; strewn over untucked shirts and washout tees, the look was that of a drifter as opposed to debonair – and all the more alluring for it. After all, Yamamoto never could keep from wandering…
Emporio Armani at Milan Fashion Week: Menswear Fall/Winter 2015
So mysterious, so dandy. Giorgio Armani, a fashion figure like no other, delivers one quality offering after another. While his secret to everlasting greatness remains unknown, one can’t be blamed for at least trying to decode Mr. Armani’s work, be it women’s or menswear. In fact, the Emporio Armani FW15 men’s collection was all about decoding, deception and espionage, minus the blood and fantastical action scenes.
An army of smouldering spies stepped out on the catwalk decked-out in playfully thought-through ensembles that would make even Bond proud. And there was so much goodness to choose from: perfect knits, elevated by asymmetrically-placed zippers, cropped cocoon coats, ribbed ultra-luxe sweats worn with mischievous bombers or pressed leather jackets, cosy fur snoods... With that in mind, it wasn’t the impeccable craftsmanship that left a lasting impression, but instead the sometimes under-appreciated versatility that permeates all of the beloved designer’s work. All in all, it’s mission accomplished.
Maison Margiela at London Collections: Couture 2015
They let him in and they let him reign; John Galliano’s flamboyance was certainly rendered more cultured under Maison Margiela, but one thing was clear – little was going to wane that wilful grandiosity.
From the first look to the last, an artisanal feast before our eyes, tortuously elaborate – almost imperial in its sculpting of the silhouette, embroidered coats rotund at the hips like the curve of a Fabergé egg.
Evidence that all this was the product of Margiela’s surrealist atelier arrived with the threadbare tatters scuffing the knees of stockings and rough, buff, tailor-chalked toiles. But just as Margiela’s presence permeated, Galliano’s was equally palpable – gaudy faux tiger-skin tailoring and gowns emblazoned by inflated PVC portraits. Fantasy was never far from the imagination, and Galliano’s was certainly indulged. Denim hotpants at couture? Only Galliano would dare.
Alexander McQueen at London Collections: Men Fall/Winter 2015
If any one London label should honor the centenary this season, it ought to be McQueen. McQueen, so unfailingly allied with uniform – whose models emerge more like warriors than mere mannequins – paid a pertinent tribute to the poppy this FW15.
Mourning suits played out in pinstripe, bearing commands of comemmoration – “honour”, “valour” and “truth” – while macabre florals were mottled by murky camos. The all-black palette eventually subsided, giving way to olive drab and navy blue felts before the eventual poppy-red, rolling out in sumptuous velvets and silk jacquards. Pants ebbed from ankle-grazer drainpipes to broad ¾ cargos, while padded combat jackets were party to pattern, cloaked over quilted co-ord tees. Pocketed tunics went slimline, protracting the never-ending line of pencil-thin cigarette pants.
Then there were those Remembrance poppies, immortalised in silk motifs to edge tailoring, and emblazoned across the chests of chunky roll-necks. Velvet collars and crepe soles platformed a picture of the teddy-boy, but rendered romantic and sober in memoriam.
BOTTEGA VENETA x Casa BRUTUS: Preserving Japan’s Modern Relics
Craftsmanship has long laced the lifeblood of Bottega Veneta. Such devotion to artistry drives the object of their latest venture; the preservation of Japan’s Modern Architecture.
In partnership with Japan’s leading architecture and interior design magazine, Casa BRUTUS, Bottega Veneta is embarking on an initiative to raise awareness of Japan’s iconic Modern buildings – artefacts of a national heritage and whose legacy, over recent years, has come increasingly under threat.
While much of Japan’s post-war landscape has been ravaged by earthquake resistance issues or economic forces, it is in the run-up to Tokyo’s 2020 Olympic Games that poses the biggest threat to the city’s Modern relics and cultural landmarks.
The initiative was launched last month with a symposium supported by Bottega Veneta, held at the Kanazawa 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, which instigated a critical dialogue between leading architect and developers, as to Japan’s endangered architecture. The collaboration continues with the release of the Casa BRUTUS January 2015 issue and exclusive online content, which have been curated in conjunction with Bottega Veneta’s Creative Director, Tomas Maier, as a special contributor.
Dior Pre-Fall 2015
A one-of-a-kind show requires a grand name and an even grander location. For Dior’s Pre-Fall 2015, Artistic Director Raf Simons successfully ticked both boxes, and then some.
Presented in Japan’s metropolis before 1,400 industry insiders and fashion darlings (Audrey Tautou and Hailee Steinfeld were amongst the attendees), the ‘Esprit Dior Tokyo 2015’ show wasn’t just great, it was dazzling.
Tokyo vibes were injected in the futuristic styling and trademark Dior silhouettes. Prior to the show, Simons revealed that the vibrant city has always inspired him. “Particularly in terms of the liberty people take for themselves in how they dress,” he said. “There is nowhere else like it… It’s a place that is both extreme and exhilarating.”
As for the looks, shimmering high-neck tops were worn under luxurious knits, oversized raincoats or A-line dresses. Knee-length boots accompanied zip-up fur vests. Youthful minis were juxtaposed with sophisticated figure-hugging gowns.
British Fashion Awards 2014
Hosted by English comedian Jack Whitehall, the annual British Fashion Awards took place on 1 December, 2014, at the London Coliseum. The ceremony was attended by some of the fashion and entertainment industries' biggest names such as Anna Wintour, Victoria and David Beckham, Lana Del Rey, Kate Moss, Rihanna, Karlie Kloss, Mario Testino, Kendall Jenner and Tom Ford.
Voted for by more than 400 fashion world professionals, the winners included Cara Delevingne (Model of the Year), Anna Wintour (Outstanding Achievement), Erdem (Womenswear), J.W. Anderson (Menswear), Victoria Beckham (Brand), Emma Watson (British Style) and Nicolas Ghesquière (International Designer).
Diesel opens Pop Up Shop in Williamsburg, Brooklyn
photo: Nicholas Ong
Lifestyle brand Diesel have opened up their first Pop Up Shop in Williamsburg, Brooklyn named 101.
Formulated to exhibit Nicola Formichetti's first Diesel collection and showcase the brands new direction, the shop will adhere to Brooklyn's lively and exciting atmosphere. The 1000 square foot store partly designed by architect Mark Gage consists of men's and womenswear, accessories and children's wear as well as limited edition merchandise specifically designed for the Pop Up.
Displaying a slightly sinister, refractive and prismatic concept, the store fuses retail, media and art to offer a stimulating and unique shopping experience. Walls are mirrored enabling them to reflect digital image screens placed within the ceiling and projecting colorful facets of imagery and social media around the surroundings. The decor also comprises of orchid lined walls and vintage pornography.
Speaking on the Pop Up Formichetti states "The 101 Pop Up is a new type of store – personal, special, a project space. Brooklyn represents modern day culture and fits perfectly with Diesel DNA and where we are heading."The store opened on 15th August and will remain open until December 2014.
Hermès Zebra Pegasus
Exquisite and decorative, the Hermès Zebra Pegasus scarf collection is inspired by the fantastical myth of Pegasus and the beauty of the African zebra.
Incorporating delicate patterning with a bold color palette, the collection oozes artistic creativity and distinct prints while remaining elegant and feminine.
Designed by Central Saint Martins College of Art graduate Alice Shirley, the scarfs depict the reinvention of the legend of Pegasus and combine natural and historical influences with contemporary fashion to create something uniquely beautiful.
Augustin Teboul at Berlin Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2015
French-German design duo Augustin Teboul is hitting all the right notes these days. And because some recognition never hurt anybody, they were presented with the international Woolmark award recently. In the wake of this success, they stepped out with their most recent collection “SHINY VOID“ during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin. This showcase aimed at portraying the inseparability of opposites, as could be seen in the mix of rough and fragile pieces. Overall, Augustin Teboul stuck with their tried and tested formula of relaxed, strong, mysterious predominantly black looks for SS15. Clear lines, understated volume and intriguing plays with textiles, and a sliver of silver here and there make this collection.
Galactic quantum entanglement sees two spheres connected during the presentation, represented by light patterns and reflections. The models moved about this parallel universe in a transcendent state, making this elaborate showcase more art installation than fashion show. The designs adhered to the eccentric aesthetic the label is known for, and displayed leather, fish nets sequins and delicate lace in perfect harmony. Skimpy leather shorts and long dresses with thigh slits were paired with rough leather jackets, mesh shirts and lace pants, knee length leather pencil skirts and leather bustiers, as well as floor length sheer skirts and intricate embellishments showed off the attraction of opposites.
ODEUR at Berlin Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2015
For Berlin Fashion Week’s closing day, design duo Petter Hollström and Gorjan Lauseger send their SS15 collection ZENITH down the runway. The designs are quintessential Scandinavian in their minimalism, yet daring and defiant in their attitude. ODEUR’s black and white creations are uniforms for informed urbanites, ready to challenge the status quo. Bold futuristic silhouettes challenge conventional fashion motif: boxy shirts over slim pants, wide pleated shorts under bomber jackets, classic blazers or boxy jackets. The SS15 collection is purist, clean and sophisticated, with a cool and relaxed attitude. The monochrome color scheme underlines the sharpness and ambivalence of ZENITH and the cosmopolitan vigilante ODEUR wants us to become next summer.
Michalsky at Berlin Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2015
Photos by Michalsky
Always one to entertain, Michael Michalsky went all out for his SS15 show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin. Musical acts included newcomer band Ballet-School and Brit star Rita Ora, as well as Berlin-based avant-garde artist and designer Esther Perbandt, who did not only take to the mic, but got to show some of her own collection too. This closing event was not just fun and games though, as Michalsky's inspiration this time stemmed from the NSA scandal and the continuing growth of big brother. Mesh, camouflage, sheerness and innocent white are the shades to bring said inspiration to life in this collection, aptly titled "Important Secrets“. The womenswear collection is particularly intriguing with it's mix of feminine prints, metallic accents and military style headgarb. Michalsky turned his unsettling inspiration into a luxe spin on 1984, seeing us as glam versions of Julia next summer.
Michael Sontag at Berlin Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2015
Photos by Mercedes-Benz Fashion
Soft tunes by Glass Animals were the perfect backdrop for Michael Sontag’s SS15 showcase. His buoyant girl strutted down a runway designed by artist Caroline Bayer, who had a mayor influence on Sontag’s collection sportive, elegant silhouettes for SS15. Once again Sontag stuck to his fuzz free, no-nonsense styles cut from cotton and jersey, but put a little twist on the styles he’s come to be known for. Under Bayer’s influence he incorporated a notion of the urban structures of facades resulting in a fresh, contemporary straight shape.
Unfinished hems, stretch fabrics and alluring bare calves, shoulders and backs playfully toyed with the appeal of the female form and Sontag’s masterful grasp of the relationship fashion-body-space. His trademark draping and flowing fabrics only added to the light and soft sex appeal of his designs which came down the Berlin Fashion Week runway in shades of delicate lilac, powerful yellow, and sensual red as well as understated and eternal black. Even the hottest summer can be cool with this collection of beautiful, not overtly, in-your-face-sexy styles.
Aleks Kurkowski at Berlin Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2015
Photos by Mercedes-Benz Fashion
Polish-German designer Aleks Kurkowski showcased a collection inspired by architecture, geometrical shapes and adoration for the insatiable color black. The result is high-end mens and womenswear, which combines straight forward, avant-garde design and a deep-rooted belief in sustainability. For a label that has only been founded back in 2012, Aleks Kurkowski has already made a name for itself as being progressive and independent from mainstream trends. The designer's sustainable and ecologically responsible approach to the fast paced world of fashion shines through in the use of natural organic materials.
And in some ways it carries over to the label's color of choice for SS15, as black is an eternally fashionable (non-)color that will withstand the test of time. Kurkowski's edgy designs were somewhat of a throwback to 90s daredevil TV series with tough designs primarily showing leather appliqué, metal zippers and unfinished hems here and there, paired with high-fashion attention to detail. Architecture, as a focal point of her inspiration, shines through in the masculine, almost architectural designs. Staples for SS15 are ankle length pants and coats – all in all a far cry from the usual sundress and a refreshing, badass approach to staying ‘cool’ all year round.
Franziska Michael at Berlin Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2015
Oversized shoulder fits, ankle grazing coats and belly tops for women and men alike make an out-of-this-world statement combined with trainers and sport socks at the Franziska Michael Spring/Summer 2015 show. Mesh and neopren cloth are the fabrics of coice. Long elastic leggings in a shimmering white with aquatic patterns complete most looks. Two jumpers with prints of faces in childish grimmaces and added fake blonde hair trailing down the back complete the collection’s strange touch. Black, pale pink and mint are the main colours seen in glossy leotards or wide trousers covered in perforations in the shape of dots. A pinball machine turns the runway into an arcade hall, making the models with thick-rimmed glasses and hats that could be from the 90s the cool kids from back in the day.
dyn menswear at Berlin Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2015
by Nora Hiller
Spreading a summery atmosphere all around, the Dyn Menswear Spring/Summer 2015 collection is all about shirts: tucked in and all buttoned up, some of them halved into two kinds of farbics, with a seam across the chest. To reign in the warm weather there are a lot of light fabrics, such as a transparent cotton weave or flowing fabrics of cupro or silk. A flowery pattern ties the outfits together. The collarless jacket, with a slim fit and a zipper right across the front is a key style. Rather tight fitting bermuda shorts in dark blue, creme and ocher go well with the pastel colours of lavender, lemon, light blue and pale pink. Asymmetrical front-pleated trousers and suits finish off the collection, worn by the models whose attitudes reflect its feel – flirty, yet always confident.
Atelier Versace Haute Couture Fall 2014
Not shy of the Avant-garde, the Atelier Versace Fall 2014 Haute Couture show adhered to classic Versace extravagance. Exaggerated, powerful shoulders graced snazzy jackets, excessive fringing was incorporated onto jackets, dresses, trousers and gloves and leg revealing slit dresses were covered in shades of deep blue, purple,black and white. Buckle detailing was placed onto dresses, jackets, skirts and tops producing a strong aesthetic and colored fur coats and sparkling glitter made for a flashy and dramatic finale.
Christian Dior Haute Couture Fall 2014
Beginning with exquisite, wedding style dresses that adhered to Christian Dior's classic 1950s new look, the Christian Dior Fall 2014 Haute Couture show presented a modern yet elegant collection. Dresses embellished with subtle and refined jewels and floral patterns exuded grace and luxury while sleek jumpsuits emblazoned with floral patterns and accessorized with waist-clinching belts modernised the classic styles. Zips were intriguingly decorated onto the front of dresses and onto trousers and long, shapely coats were worn as dresses over trousers. Matching mini skirt and top amalgamations made for lively compilations and overall Simons applied historic influencers to a modern aesthetic.
Maison Martin Margiela at Paris Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2015
Embodying the word deconstructed, the Maison Martin Margiela Spring 2015 Menswear show presented an eclectic and inventive collection. Adhering to the theme of disassembling, Margiela provided an intriguing mix; outfits were worn without trousers, sports bomber jackets were worn over suits and tattoo inspired beaded tops were paired with colourful trousers. This motif continued with trousers composed of half jean material and half suit trouser, transparent vests and slick metallic suits.
Bottega Veneta Fall/Winter 2014 Campaign
Featuring both the men' s and women's collections, the Bottega Veneta Fall/Winter 2014 campaign is the brands latest creative collaboration, this time with British photographer David Sims.
Representing a delicate strength and confidence, the womenswear collection presents a streamlined silhouette with a pale color palette. Influenced by activewear, the men's collection includes woolen, calf suede and lamb skin materials incorporated into a relaxed silhouette.
Collaborated with the modernistic work of David Sims who has influenced a generation of contemporary image makers, the campaign features stunning shots of model Edie Campbell against a plain and understated backdrop.
The campaign will be released in the August issues of selected global magazines and a video documentary depicting the photoshoot will be available to view in July at
Thom Browne at Paris Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2015
In an experimental amalgamation, the Thom Browne Spring 2015 Menswear collection used intriguing and unique prints to create an eccentric and exploratory collection. Suits were deconstructed by using exaggerated shoulders, lines cut sharply and ankle baring trousers. Textured, action figure-esque jackets and trousers were worn with white shirts and cut out fabric flowers were emblazoned onto shirts, trousers and socks. Models sported plastic face masks and colour blocked brogues in a collection that defied rules to produce something inventive and original.
Louis Vuitton at Paris Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2015
Raf Simons at Paris Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2015
Adopting a dark and storytelling aesthetic, the Raf Simons Menswear show provided an eclectic mix of bold and sophisticated fashion. Models sported wet hair as they graced the runway in mesh, denim and vivid prints. The footwear consisted of sleek slip on sandals and vividly bright sneakers. Mood board style motifs including images of Simons friends, family, a swimmer and an astronaut decorated the back of shapely jackets and depicted Simons life and successes. Silhouettes were kept clean and sharp with exaggerated shoulders on coats adding drama. Laid back layering was contrasted with bright oversize coats and vests artistically decorated with scenes of nature.
Antonio Marras at Milan Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2015
Experimenting with prints, patterns and fabrics, the Antonio Marras Spring 2015 Menswear show combined all three of these to create a unique and exquisite collection. With a world cup and football undertone, models took to the runway sporting shirts with footballs printed onto them, shiny sports hoodies, mesh and nylon. Aside from the football, Marras incorporated a relaxed feel into his clothing; blazers were laidback and slightly oversized and trousers were cutoff to become stylish culottes. Denim was sleek and shiny and paired with leather deep blue sandals. Bold and vivid colour blocked blazers were showcased alongside geometric and bright prints to produce a loud and modern collection.
Canali at Milan Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2015
The clashing of styles was a key approach in the Canali Spring 2015 Menswear collection. Quirky bucket hats, preppy shirts and shorts and elegant suits and loafers all combined in a unique mixture. White t - shirts, dark blazers and classic white sneakers were worn with bucket hats whilst smart, thick sweaters were tucked into slim trousers and worn with colour blocked, leather loafers. The result was an eclectic collection for the modern man.
Tru Trussardi at Milan Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2015
Being the most "playfgul, creative and fashion forward" of the Trussardi Group lines, the Tru Trusssrdi Spring Summer collection fused bright colours with eye catching and bold prints. Creating a relaxed elegance, the womenswear used vintage prints and fused casual wear with sleek lines, the result exuded "David Bowie glam". Feminine and relaxed silhouettes accompanied creative colour blocking producing a distinct look whist remaining hip and cool.The Menswear was of a similar aesthetic; loud and bold prints were paired with laid back garments and slick tailoring. Inspired by sports, the designs adopted "tongue in cheek" styling and used layering to keep outfits chic and cool. The collection presented a futuristic style yet kept to being edgy and modern.
Jil Sander at Milan Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2015
Soft colours juxtaposed sharp lines and clean tailoring at the Jil Sander Menswear 2015 show. Bright white and soft yellow ensembles were clean cut and sophisticated whilst remaining relaxed and underemphasized. Loose fitting, relaxed suits were covered in deep navy blue and a simple yet intricate print and were worn with flat form sandals and black socks. Summery shorts and trousers with yellow stripe detailing were styled with cool, modern backpacks and laid back trousers were paired with smart blazers and shirts. The collection verged on a feminine aesthetic yet remained sharp and distinct.
Versace at Milan Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2015
Exploring shades of powder pink, deep purple, taupe and blue whilst adhering to a classic Versace aesthetic, the Spring 2015 Versace menswear show offered texture, vibrancy and shape all in an undeniably luxurious manner. Magnificently detailed shirts and trousers were intricately cut to create unique patterns and worn with lavish white leather brogues and artistically decorated and colourful leather jackets were paired with cut-out black trousers and elegant loafers. The collection exuded high end opulence and in true Versace fashion adorned numerous garments with gold embellishments and embroidery.
Iceberg at Milan Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2015
Casual lines and textures were worked around a black and white tree print in the Iceberg Menswear Spring 2015 collection. A sports luxe aesthetic was applied to loose fitting sweatpants, sweaters and shorts and metallic material gave a luxurious edge. Relaxed silhouettes were complimented by sleek layering whilst bucket hats and colour blocking offered something playful. The collection embodied an effortlessly thrown together yet modern and contemporary design.
Replay Laserblast L.I.F.E Campaign
Fashion brand Replay have chosen committed environmentalists in their latest campaign to advertise their new eco-friendly range.
The capsule collection entitled ‘Replay Laserblast L.I.F.E’ promotes itself as one of the most sustainable denim ranges. The collection uses eco-friendly Laserblast technology and coloured mineral pigments of natural origin to create the clothing as well as low environmental impact laser technology and a low temperature water wash to create each item.
The collection is authenticated by real life strong and world leading environmental activists starring in the campaign. Fronted by two protagonists Aleksandra Orbeck-Nilssen and Enok Groven who both share a passion for the environment and sustainable fashion, Replay have demonstrated their beliefs in environmentally friendly fashion production.
Model and actress Aleksandra Orbeck-Nilssen is the creator of Nanofasa, a wildlife conservation trust and is spokesperson for African environmental issues and Enok Groven is the founder of Fashion Against Climate Change, a newsgroup centred on environmental issues within the fashion industry.
The campaign launched on June 16th and comprises of graphic and vivid images of the protagonists clashing with authority figures and a two minute film depicting the activists fight for environmental change. The capsule collection will be available on the Replay on-line shop and in selected Replay Stores from the beginning of June.
London Collections: Men Day 2
The second day of London Collections: Men produced an exciting amalgamation of captivating street style, compelling fashion and lively parties. The relaxed yet stimulating atmosphere continued with catwalks from KTZ, Jimmy Choo, Alexander McQueen and Moschino and presentations from Kit Neale, Christopher Kane and Duchamp.
One of the first shows of the day, J.W. Anderson who is known to blend gender presented a similar aesthetic in his Spring/ Summer 2015 collection by merging male and female styles. Masculine suits were exquisitely fitted, smart brogues were given flatforms and large wrap around scarfs were worn as ties. The experimental tone of the collection was continued with suits being deconstructed and knitted crop tops styled with loose fitting suit trousers. A truly original combination, Anderson applied his signature unconventional style to a wearable and unique collection.
At the Alexander McQueen show abstract designs were displayed onto all white and all black canvases of trousers, jackets and coats. Smart yet chic patterned suits were worn with casual trainers, emulating a stylish yet easy going look. Relaxed silhouettes were seen on loose bomber jackets and culottes and patent leather was incorporated onto oversize coats and jackets. Entirely sleek without losing a unique edge, the collection was smart and creative.
Before his party hosted by i-D Magazine, Jeremey Scott’s first menswear collection for Moschino did not disappoint and embodied a fun, lively and bright vibrancy. No stranger to branding, Scott graced garments with the words ‘Moschino’ and ‘Fauxschino’. In an explosion of colour, logos and smiley faces, the Moschino collection creatively used layering and referenced hip hop through transparent netting, gold chains and dollar signs while also incorporating womenswear.
The last catwalk of the day came from Casely-Hayford who integrated the trend normcore into their smart and dapper collection. A gentlemen demeanour was reinvented with pinstripe decorated sports caps, suit blazers transforming into oversize coats with zip detailing and slogan tees worn with traditional pin stripe suit trousers. It was sharp, slick and seemingly effortless, classic menswear was skilfully revived all in a demure colour palette with shades of blue, green and gold. Day two was wrapped up nicely.
Diesel Pre Fall 2014
Fusing fashion advertising and fine art, Diesel have created a new and creative vision for their Pre Fall 2014 campaign through the use of the digital medium.
Taking inspiration from Michelangelo, Avedon and the Renaissance, Artistic Director of Diesel Nicola Formichetti has created an interesting juxtaposition between the classical and the digital with the campaign echoing historic Italian art whilst remaining modern and sleek appealing to the younger generation.
Photographed by Nick Knight, the campaign entitled ‘Neo-neoclassic’ initiates a new era for Diesel in which the old is strikingly combined with the new and the historic with the contemporary.
Thomas Tait wins LVMH Prize
photo Patrick Demarchelier
Beating talented rivals including Simone Rocha, Shayne Oliver's Hood by Air and Jacquemus by Simon Porte Jacquemus, Thomas Tait has been announced winner of the inaugural LVMH Prize for Young Fashion Designers.
Receiving a €300.000 grant and a year's worth of mentoring from a team of special LVMH advisors, Tait was judged by the height of fashion experts including Karl Lagerfeld, Raf Simons, Nicolas Ghesquière, Marc Jacobs and Delphine Arnault. Being “captivated” by his work and naming him a “great talent”, the judges were extremely impressed by the 28 year old Central Saint Martins graduate.
Tait debuted his first London Fashion Week collection during Spring Summer 2011 and has since progressed to develop clean, structured and exquisite collections.
Louis Vuitton Cruise 2015 Collection
A compilation of bright colours dominated the Louis Vuitton runway at the Cruise 2015 show. Mismatched colourful prints and patterns were illustrated onto structured silhouettes and heavily embellished pieces were worn with distinctive patterns.
Consisting of a series of well put together outfits, the collection presented bright high waist fitted trousers, slick zip up dresses and eccentric matching suits. Lace was incorporated, softening up the strong and bold lines and adding elegance, whilst shiny and structured leather coats offered a powerful yet polished aesthetic.
Immaculately put together and refreshingly original, the collection embodied vibrancy whilst remaining exquisitely stylish.
Christian Dior Resort 2015
The ‘it’ girl about town provided the motif for the Christian Dior Resort Collection 2015. With a striking amalgamation of prints, texture and colour, there wasn’t much this collection did not offer.
Bold graphic, abstract prints juxtaposed ladylike silk camis and waist pinching, knee length shapely skirts to create the perfect balance between femininity and vitality. Minidresses and tops played the part of a canvas; illustrated with dynamic brushstrokes and paired with chic black ankle boots.
The mood transported us from refined elegance to hip and modish lines with tailored, long knee length overcoats worn with nothing underneath. Raf Simons experimented with texture through scarf like silk patterned skirts and transparent deconstructed dresses with cut out patterning.
The eclectic theme was embodied through clashed floral and stipe prints and mesh cut out dresses, all in a vivid and captivating colour palette.
G-STAR RAW: MILITARY APPAREL REMIXED WITH A FUTURISTIC MOTIF
Denim specialists G – Star Raw’s latest collection inventively combines military attire with a futuristic aesthetic that of course can be worn effortlessly with all types of denim.
Camouflage patterned bomber jackets are worn with deconstructed denims and white tees that embody a hip and urban demeanor and shiny metallic bombers are worn with black angle boots that exude laid back power.
Both feminine and edgy, the womenswear provides an attractive mix of military style prints, lightweight cottons and nylons and a casual colour palette of silver, copper, and khaki. The menswear consists of khaki and camouflage bombers, pants and shorts and relaxed t –shirts and signature denim jeans.
The collection is stylish yet functional and epitomises mellow chic.
Hermès Launches Lighting Collection
Forget the phrase, “more by accident than by design” when it comes to Hermès - “more by architecture”, on the other hand, would be wholly germane. Showcasing the new Home Universe collection, at the Milan Salone del Mobile last week, Hermès joined forces with Italian architect and designer Michele De Lucchi to fashion a series of handsomely imposing structures under the similarly stately surrounds of the Palazzo Serbelloni. Hermès en Lumière presents the brand's debut lighting collection, alongside a fresh offering of luxury interior pieces.
Occupying several rooms, the installation took 10 days to build, and harmonised a plurality of aesthetics with dichotomous splendor. Light took center stage, first peppering the slatted timber panels that soared to the heights of fresco ceilings. Though they did their best, even the unctuous glow of the Palazzo's gold chandeliers couldn't quite overshadow the crisp white modernity of the Hermès LEDs. Part arboreal, part Bauhaus, branching lanterns boughed their slender sprigs over buttery taupe couches. Devised by the expert eye of French light scenographer, Yann Kersalé, contemporary craftsmanship took leverage from old sailing or carriage lamps – antiquated casts reconfigured with rechargeable batteries, granting each modular style a passport to the outdoors. Materials found their roots in nature; softly speckled twills were edged with signature supple leathers to form hardy illuminated drums of shades, suspended from a finely-craned frame.
Alongside these new additions sat renewed classics; Jean-Michel Frank's iconically poised chair, console and bench were specially recommissioned, having made their first appearance with Hermès in 1926. The limited artisan objects are restricted to around 50-100 pieces, each carefully crafted in hand-patinated bridle leather and wrought iron.
French designer Philippe Nigro also played a hand in the collection; Curiosités d’ Hermès – a discerning three-piece selection – draws upon the “cabinets of old”, revelling in indulgent daily rituals like afternoon tea or taking care of one's shoes. Such a rationale begs the use of equally exquisite materials; graphite Porosus crocodile and ebony Bosphore horsehair, or pear wood finished with ebony, renders a venerable range leaned to legacy.
Diesel Jogg Jeans Presents the A-Z of Dance
If you thought denim and dance were like oil and water – two incongruous concepts that are never to coalesce – think again, for Diesel puts an end to the notion the notion with one fell swoop: the all-wear Jogg Jeans.
A hybrid of 21st Century design, Diesel's new Jogg Jeans cherrypick the best elements of jeans and sportswear to arrive at material that sits somewhere between denim and sweat. A circular weaving technique affords 360° stretch, while the cunning exploitation of deceiving indigo dye plays the ally to the sweatpants' artful guise. Drawstring waistbands take comfort further still, all the while providing a stylistic alternative to the commonplace button. Side stitching and coin pockets, meanwhile, ensure all artifice is kept incognito. An eclectic menu of styles caters to all manner of tastes, whether skinny or slouched, ankle-skimming or bagging at the knees – bleached, black or bullet-holed. The comprehensive collection also extends to shorts, jackets and jumpsuits – ever exquisite, but made markedly more malleable.
To paint the proficiency of their most dextrous pieces yet, Diesel and i-D have taken the opportunity to teach the A-Z of Dance in the form of an exclusive video directed by Jacob Sutton. The Soul Step team of Rick Owens' notorious SS14 show, Northern Soul star Levanna McLean and Nicole 'The Pole' Williams of Rihanna's Pour It Up video are but a few of the 26 acts to feature in the film, in which an illustrious cast performs the cult dances for which they are renowned - animate and unperturbed in a wardrobe of Jogg Jeans. Thanks to Diesel, there is now no occasion for which denim is a bad fit.
Karl Lagerfeld London boutique opening
Fashion legend Karl Lagerfeld has finally got around to cementing his iconic fashion creations in a new territory. The store, which exhibits a largely black and white minimal aesthetic is a homage to the designer with his famous head motif decorated onto an array of items and apparel has opened in London’s uber cool and classy Regent Street.
With classic Lagerfeld pieces available such as black sunglasses, fingerless gloves and a stiff white collar, the new flagship epitomises Karl’s undeniable influence and power in the fashion industry and innovative approach to store design. The just opened store is his biggest outlet in Europe and will contain interactive photo booths allowing shoppers to take pictures of themselves while trying on clothes, it will also have a digital guest book and iPad mini’s displaying full collections.
It seems that the store not only offers the latest Lagerfeld creations but an opportunity to buy into the designer’s archetypal image with iPhone cases, toy dolls and pillows all with Karl’s famous face planted onto them. Upon opening, Lagerfeld arrived in London and celebrated the flagships’ launch with British fashion model and friend Cara Delevingne. We expect this fuse of mainstream fashion and high end luxury to be an instant hit.
Fred Perry Jamie Reid Blank Canvas
In celebration of the Jamie Reid Blank Canvas Collection, fashion label Fred Perry have enlisted a collection of creative concept videos and gif’s designed by Belgian artist Peter De Potter. The unique creations are inspired by the artwork of Jamie Reid and will be part of a collaborative installation at Dover Street Market.
The silent concept videos play with perception and merge stills with repeated moving imagery including the peace sign, angel statues and the naked male aesthetic. The videos combine the spirit of youth revolt with a peaceful calmness and pay homage to the work of Jamie Reid. The Belgian artist, famous for his use of Tumblr studied at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp and incorporates photography with online imagery to create art inspired by the digital age.
Artist Jamie Reid’s Blank Canvas Collection consists of three printed shirts that fuse a variety of inspirations and meanings with Jamie’s own unique individuality. Based on his own artwork from 1987, the A Short Sharp Shock shirt synthesizes Reid’s trademark ransom note cut-out letters with a bronze embroidered Laurel Wreath and a Jamie Reid signature on the hem. The second shirt is inspired by Reid’s work with the Sex Pistols and symbolizes Reid’s uprising to order and the establishment with the words ‘Peace Is Tough’ printed across the chest. Time for Magic is the title of Reid’s third shirt in the collection and details a hare symbolizing peace with the words ‘Time for Magic’ embroidered along the back of the shirt.
The highly individualistic and free thinking work of Jamie Reid works flawlessly with iconic fashion brand Fred Perry to produce an exclusive and exciting collection that has an intriguing meaning. The collection will be available from 14th – 22nd March at Dover Street Market and eventually in all Fred Perry Laurel Wreath shops and online.
Moncler Gamme Rouge at Paris Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2014
Moncler Gamme Rouge gave us an ultra-slick wardrobe to be snowed in with at their FW14 show during Paris fashion week. Woolly caps were combined with oversize coats and straight skirts worn over leggings to stylishly prepare us for the winter. It was modern, it was shiny and it was futuristic. Eye blindingly shiny silver covered oversize coats as well as sleek black croc leather and bright geometric prints to add drama to the largely polished pieces.
Valentino at Paris Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2014
60s style colour combinations and dress silhouettes transcended into sheer bohemian floral gowns at the Valentino FW14 show showcased at Paris fashion week. Colour combined metallics paired with sparkly strappy heels transformed the glamour into a wearable yet fashionable night look and exquisitely printed fur overcoats and capes represented the opulent yet hip theme of the collection.
Yohji Yamamoto at Paris Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2014
All of the drama and theatrics you could wish for were at Yohji Yamamoto’s fairy-tale esque FW14 show. Bright and flamboyant makeup was accompanied by extremely stylistic hairstyles and duvet like large black overcoats whilst bright and vibrant graphics were painted onto all black pieces. These experimental and unique graphic designs continued with large florals and heavily layered black pieces added a lavish sophistication and weighed down the exaggerated theme of the show. It exposed us to a more bizarre and outlandish winter wardrobe.
KENZO at Paris Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2014
Varying patterns and colours clashed at KENZO FW14. A creative approach to layering was seen through corsets worn over tops, wide structured skirts worn over patterned suits and straight short skirts worn over trousers. Classic geometric Kenzo prints were worn alongside inventive padded black suits and a long padded black coat. The collection was wearable whilst adding a certain energy to a wardrobe.
Ann Demeulemeester at Paris Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2014
A blanket of black and white with glimpses of luxurious gold constituted the Ann Demeulemeester FW14 show. The collection, consisting of both menswear and womenswear depicted a demure yet distinct darkness that adopted a gothic theme while still adhering to a feminine aesthetic. The womenswear was heavily deconstructed through the folding and wrapping of materials to create a fearless and fiery look whilst the menswear combined clean lines with dark punk that embodied sharpness with edge.
Viktor & Rolf at Paris Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2014
Viktor & Rolf got creative at their FW ’14 show, presenting numerous shapely cut long grey dresses, rope style cable knit patterns accessorized onto overcoats, tops and dresses and black buckled creeper style platform shoes. Shapes including faux bustiers and sheer material were inventively applied to jumpsuits and dresses. The designing duo managed to incorporate a sense of originality into a largely shades of grey colour palette and played with classic sophistication with the use of loose fitting velvet and blazers with thick cable knit sleeves, it excelled in elevating simplicity.
Day 3: Emporio Armani, Iceberg and Versace at Milan Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2014
The Emporio Armani FW ’14 show displayed at Milan Fashion Week epitomised the modern, sophisticated and effortlessly chic Flapper Girl. Wide legged black silk trousers decorated with dotted white stripes displayed alternative sleek while luscious velvet and sparkling silver embodied the fun elegance of the collection. Models sported jet- black, boyish haircuts as they showcased stylish silver, black and white suits as well as fitted turtle neck tops and 1920s inspired straight dresses.
With an emphasis on tailored coats, knitwear and uniquely printed white sweatshirts, the Iceberg FW ’14 collection used sportswear as an inspiration and contrasted bright, clear whites with even brighter neon yellows and reds. Fur and leather, buckled neck braces were worn as scarfs and leg hugging trousers were paired with metallic silver, jet black and deep purple ankle boots to create a tenacious yet feminine collection.
Shades of blue, deep red and black were present at the Versace FW ’14 show at Milan Fashion Week. Donatella stayed true to the brands lavish and ostentatious designs as models sported two – toned fitted dresses with silk detailing, rich fur coats and cut out suede knee high boots. Leather fringing and fur were combined and fitted coats were embellished with buttons, this was extravagance at its best. Unique patterning covered fur coats and strappy silk dresses embodied feminine luxe.
Day 5: Marni, John Richmond, Trussardi, Missoni and Philipp Plein at Milan Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2014
The Marni FW ’14 show presented at array of ostentatious excitement through the use of large fur pieces, layered ruffles and colour blocked, turtle neck dresses. It seemed like anything and everything provided inspiration for the collection as interestingly patterned matching two pieces were displayed alongside exaggerated zip up jackets and oversize trousers. The show contrasted large all fur colourful pieces with clean and structured lines to create a collection that catered to all.
Bringing a new level of sophistication to the classic suit, the John Richmond FW ’14 show epitomized menswear elegance with a powerful rock ‘n’ roll edge. Blazers were detailed with wording and a multitude of prints to play on the traditional suit while a pair of tight fitting bright red leopard print jeans were combined with a lavish black fur bomber jacket to provide a modern edginess. Richmond’s use of kilts, tight leather trousers, exquisite face motifs and sleek silk lined suits fused modern culture with classic refinement.
High class chic was translated onto an array of sleek black leather, shiny metallic silver and casual blue material at the Trussardi FW ’14 show. University wear was referenced through school – badge style motifs and rich, warm sweaters contrasted with seductive leather and the use of metallic. Platform shoes were worn with ankle baring trousers and above the knee skirts were accompanied by oversize sweaters to create a laid back elegance.
The Missoni FW ’14 show saw the warm fall colours of orange, yellow and brown transcend into wintery blues, greens and greys. Finished with a Bohemian edge, the collection comprised of straight, fur – collared winter coats, colour blocking and spotty leather ankle boots. Colour was clashed on structured coats and mini dresses while strong silhouettes and the playful use of texture exemplified urban chic.
Opened by famous supermodel Naomi Campbell wearing an all-black silver studded ensemble, the Philipp Plein FW ’14 show adhered to its ‘American Dream’ theme with an array of matte-black leather, soft fur and rock ‘n’ rock studs. Cowgirl culture was referenced through leather fringing, cowboy hats and high – collared buttoned up cowboy shirts while still remaining modern. The use of bright red tartan on coats and dresses and black sparkly pieces added a high end luxe without losing the rock edge.
MM6 Maison Martin Margiela at NYFW Fall/Winter 2014/2015
At MM6 Maison Martin Margiela looks were puristic, functional and straight forward. For Fall/Winter 2014-2015 the diffusion line embodied sporty apparel, urban style and absolute perfection. Accompanied by a moving live performance of Canadian singer Sean Nicholas Savage, the show graced with bonded textiles with a paper-inspired finish, laminated denim and cotton twill. Thick rubber-grip soled over-the-knee boots added a perfect finish.
Giorgio Armani Privé Paris Fashion Week Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2014
As the title 'Nomad' tells, the Armani Privé Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2014 collection on Tuesday night is devoted to the woman who moves around the world and picks ideas from the beautiful things she sees. A mélange of ethnical influences, melts together in absolute perfection and the demand of high-quality handcraft.
Opening the show with a line of sublime garments of daily clothing in deep blue shades, Giorgio Armani tops up in the second part of the show: when crystal-embroidered gowns, plissé skirts combined with slighty masculine-tailored blazers and organza crinolines with oriental elements embraced, were the essence of Giorgio Armani's glamorous Spring/Summer 2014 evening appearance.
Kenzo at Paris Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2014
In just a few seasons, the house of Kenzo has renewed it's popularity with recognizable prints, colors and a few collaborations. This season Humberto Leon and Carol Lim went to a more homely place as the collection started with earthy tones as grey and brown. A lot of focus was put on tailoring and knitwear, the latter being used for big collars on coats, slim pants and chunky sweaters. Colors like pink, lime and purple were later reinforced to brighten up the collection. Funny detail was the shaggy fur, that was actually kangaroo.
Christophe Lemaire at Paris Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2014
During his menswear Fall/Winter 2014 collection, Christophe Lemaire explained that his collection was an evolution of his work. His roomy silhouettes sometimes were slightly blue-collar, but very nonchalant and chic. Take for instance his big, double breasted coats, robust denim and big pockets. Elsewhere in the collection, the designer looked at the Far East with mao-colars, wider shapes and a luxurious pajama-ensemble. This lookbook was photographed in the circular hall of the Maison de la Radio in Paris to enhance the timelessness and urban character of the collection.
Saint Laurent Paris at Paris Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2014
Mentioning rock and roll when talking about Hedi Slimane for Saint Laurent is pretty much old news. Music, in all it's forms, is more than incorporated in the designers approach towards the fashion house. The soundtrack to his most recent outing was by the band Froth from Slimane's current whereabouts in Los Angeles. Coming fall, Saint Laurent Paris boasts Teddy Boys as the iconic men of the moment. Animal-prints were used on shirts and leather jackets and the shoe of the season was an updated creeper. Big coats in fur or tweed oozed subcultural excitement as well as traditional savoir-faire. The tailoring took note of the fifties youth-culture with three-buttoned suits, drainpipe legs, houndstooth, checks and classic trenches in gabardine or leather.
SOPOPULAR at Berlin Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2014
Berlin-based menswear label SOPOPULAR took to the runway unveiling its fall/winter 2014/15 collection, aptly entitled ’X’. For the anniversary show designer Daniel Blechmann created 18 looks as a retrospective of seasons past and showcased his personal favorites, all adhering to the modern and severe aesthetic that has defined SOPOPULAR so far. Blechmann’s opening look is a manifest to the entire collection: a head-to-toe look in all black consisting of relaxed leather pants, a tank top as well as semi-transparent raglan long sleeve
A leather harness – exclusively designed for SOPOPULAR by designer Marina Hoermanseder – topped off the outfit. At the center of the collection are jackets and coats in manifold variations. Here, a loden cape in poignant army style deserves a commendation. When it comes to pants, SOPOPULAR updated classic cuts such as slim cigarette pants or straight-legged Marlene Dietrich style pants to fit smoothly fit the collection. The all-time favorite Dr. Martens completed each raucous look.
Kris van Assche at Paris Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2014
As young as the models at Kris van Assche's Fall/Winter 2014 collection looked, they surely looked ready to take on the world. Big coats made from thick wool or nylon were worn on classics like white shirts and slim pants. Extra layers consisted of round sweaters and sleeveless vests that were sometimes worn over suits to give the idea of a bullet proof vest. Aside from the protective attitude, there was also a time and a place for some fun with pop appliqués in multiple colors and short schoolboy blazers.
Rick Owens at Paris Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2014
Rick Owens practically invented a new type of garment in his fall/winter 2014 collection. This garment can best be described as a hybrid of a romper and a dress. It was suprisingly elegant on a man's body, especially when worn with big shantung scarf wrapped around the neck and chunky high boots. The collection started with deep brown leathers, suedes and cotons and later verged into blackness, never forgetting the head dresses that gave a slight religious undertone. The silhouette was quite broad with a lot of sleeveless tops and wide shorts. This all finished with the savageness that Rick Owens is known for.
Y/PROJECT at Paris Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2014
Glenn Martens outed his first menswear collection for Y/PROJECT and proved he no longer is a young designer; he delivers like the grown ups. The Belgian designer took over the house, where he started as an assistant, after the death of founder Yohan Serfaty. The collection started with a pair of big leather trousers and a slim jacket that was impeccably structured and slightly longer, hitting the leg just around mid-thigh. This made for a new and modern silhouette, highlighted by a sober color palette of black, grays, whites and browns. A Functional streak can be found on jackets with multiple zippers, big collars and pockets attached with small hooks, marrying decoration and practicality. Some of the best looks were seemingly simple; jeans and at shirt, but revealed Martens' ingenuousness on the back with a pull-up system forming a Y-shape on the back as a modern logo. The same system was applied to rethink the starkness of leather in a bomber-jacket. Although this was an avantgardist collection, sometimes a classic air found its way with suits almost nodding to a traditional three-piece suit.
22/4_hommes at Paris Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2014
22/4 presented their fall/winter 2014 menswear line in Yoyo in Palais the Tokyo, which now is a popular nightclub but once functioned as the famous cinémathèque. The collection was an exercise in urban sleekness and rigorous brutality. Oversized coats and baggy suits were cinched by colorful elastic bands or wide cummerbund-style belts. Other sporty outings were jogging pants and cropped sweaters, worn over crisp white shirts. The brutality set in with hats, jackets and backs of vests in natural fur. The bomber-jacket, the item pur sang to survive the urban jungle, made several appearances, first draped nonchalantly over a suit but later the recognizable orange lining saw itself transformed in bags and accessories. The balance in those extremes made for an collection both aggressive and delicate.
Prada at Milan Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2014
For Fall/Winter 2014, creative director Miuccia Prada showcased a restrained, yet eclectic menswear collection. Once again, she proofed her skills for traditional high-quality craftsmansship and her well developed sense of adjusting colours. Sporting shawl collars and satin Shirts were ascesoriesed with multicoloured fey scarves. Her setting was held in a rather minimalistic ambiance, featuring a live orchestra with German music from the thirties.
Diesel Black Gold at Milan Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2014
For Diesel Black Gold Fall/Winter 2014, creative director Andreas Melbostad showcased a fearless, authentic and original tailored menswear collection. Born out of military inspiration, the line does not miss out on it‘s wild rock 'n' roll roots. Mirrored silver leather pants and bomber jackets are covered with badges and cut in a in a masculine silhouette.
J.W.Anderson at London Collections: Men Fall/Winter 2014
And again, J.W.Anderson blured the lines of gender in his straightforward Fall/Winter 2014 performance at London Collections: Men. Opening the show with a line of tabards, his mannequin's seemed like canvases for his artistic expression stomping down the runway in high-heeled platform boots. Multicolored knitwear, over wide, cuffed trousers and turtlenecks dominated the collection.
Saint Laurent at Paris Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2014
Rock and roll was given a sleek makeover at the Saint Laurent FW14 show. Grungy tartan, leather, velvet and glitter were given a high fashion edge and 60s style mini dresses were worn underneath tailored overcoats to smarten up the dazzle. The collection comprised of just enough rock references to be exciting but used clean and structured lines to comply with a very fashionable look.
Iceberg for la Rinascente Milano
Iceberg launched a sweatshirt limited edition developed exclusively for the prestigious Milan department store 'La Rinascente'. The collection includes two models: a cotton gauzed sweatshirt with neoprene details that highlights the Mickey Mouse embroidery and a 'College' inspirated sweatshirt with the Iceberg historic logo.
The sweatshirts are now available at la Rinascente Milano, Italy.
#DIESELTRIBUTE by Nicola Formichetti
Nicola Formichetti launched his first exclusive capsule collection for the Italian denim brand Diesel under the promising title 'RE-EXAMINE THE PAST, RE-IMAGINE THE FUTURE'. To underline the fearless Diesel spirit and pay tribute to the DNA of the brand, Nicola 'examined' various legacy pieces in the headquarter factory of Breganze and customized found materials from the 35 -year archive in a new design. Each and every item in the entire collection is handmade and pushing the fashion quotient further than ever before. To keep iconography alive, the newly-appointed Artistic Director used found patches, displaying e.g. moto club images such as the eagle, all cut and laid by hand. Furthermore, red, white and green buttons praise the brands Italian heritage. The men's and women's ready-to-wear includes 45 pieces and consits of two segments, a denim capsule and a leather capsule, including jackets, shirts, vests, jeans and accessories.
Under his vision of the future, Nicola Formichetti was remaining true to the unique ways of distributing Diesel and therefore teamed up with celebrated photographer Nick Knight and his creative team, the SHOW STUDIO, to shoot an revolutionary campaign. The entirely new visual concept was shot with an iPhone, and retouched by filters of photo and video apps such as Instagram, Glitchè, PickPlayPost and Megaphoto. This unique look speakes the true vocabulary of a visionary take into social media.
The denim #DIESELTRIBUTE capsule is ready to shop online and in selected Diesel stores only, the leather #DIESELTRIBUTE capsule will follow in February 2014. Explore the outstanding online campaign at
Breaking the Ice by Yi Zhou
Italian label ICEBERG teams up with Chinese artist Yi Zhou for a very special and unique capsule collection including menswear, womenswear and acces- sories. The exquisite designs took it's inspiration from wild, scenic landscapes, hybrid animals and images of the sun, all captured on stylish T-Shirts, sweaters, shirts, hoodies and skirts. This collection symbolizes the perfect wardrobe for wanderlust and nature lovers.
A little documentary was directed by Yi Zhou to make this wonderful collection and it's spirit sensually perceivable to it's audience, later on seen at window dis- plays along ICEBERG'S prestigious shops. Yi Zhou is featured as a fictional cartoon character, which gets repeated, distorted and abstracted and has morphed herself into the strings of cotton sweaters and T-Shirts.
Breaking the Ice – ICEBERG by Yi Zhou will be available at ICEBERG stores worldwide starting December 2013.
By Rebekka Ayres
A concept conceived under the umbrella of one of Europe's wettest cities, Norwegian Rain is a label for the elements, fashioned for those who like their rainwear sartorial. The Bergen-based brand threads Japanese sensibility into function-rich outerwear, unperturbed by a market saturated by PVC raincoats and flimsy anoraks. For Norwegian Rain, performance is high, meticulously designed, and aesthetically aware, making the age-old dilemma between practicality and design wholly obsolete. Working in weatherproof membrane fabrics recycled and imported from Japan, designer T Michael and creative director Alexander Helle produce collections bespoke to the style climate of each season. Born from Norway's 'dugnad‘ tradition – a neighborly philosophy by which communities volunteer their services to achieve a common goal – it was the enterprising imagination of the brand that invited collaboration between Bergen's creatives, culminating in this finely-engineered fabrication. Materials are equally ethical, sourcing organic cotton and abstaining from solvents, while reducing CO2 emissions by 80 percent in the process.
Men‘s shapes take heed from the time-honored trench, with resourceful cuts shaking off the shackles of their fusty predecessors. Whether double or single-breasted, finishes defy their expectations. By displacing fastenings and concealing cryptic details, raincoats offer a Swiss army-knife variety of options, shape-shifting in seconds to an entirely new guise. Folds serve both high neck and open lapel, converting from spread to standing collar in a matter of moments. There is even a detachable hood to shield against the transient temper of the clouds. While silhouettes transform, color remains consistent, in a muted palette of olive green and greys. Herringbone takes black to a soft and subtle charcoal with its quiet texture, lending just enough elaboration to let the balance hang in the hands of form. Women, too, have a compass of choice, as classic belted macs unbuckle readily into swing capes. The unisex Raincho, meanwhile, marks Norwegian Rain’s most ingenious legacy to date, being at once a comfort staple and a sculptural marvel. Horn buttons punctuate the purity of its outer shell, enveloping the body with the considered vigilance of exquisite origami. Embracing the frame with downy cashmere linings, Norwegian Rain‘s scrupulously-constructed pieces give good enough reason to yearn for rainy days.norwegianrain.no
M.I.A. x Versus Versace
Artist and rapper M.I.A. has designed an exclusive capsule collection in collaboration with Italian luxury label Versace, entitled ‘M.I.A. x Versus Versace‘. M.I.A‘s up-coming line is inspired by bootleg market stall fakes. “Versace designs have always been bootlegged, now it‘s Versace bootlegging the bootleg for the bootleggers to bootleg the bootleg“, says M.I.A about her idea. The line features 19-pieces for men and women and combines Versace‘s trademarks with the urban and original spirit.
Printed jeans, silk shirts and jersey dresses in bright and loud colours glaze with kaleidoscopic prints, graphical ornaments and versions of the famous Versace emblem. Mexican photographer Jaime Martinez shot the unique digital GIF campaign featuring images of M.I.A. and friends wearing the collection on East London markets.
M.I.A. x Versus Versace will be available online and in selected stores on 16 October 2013.
Marc Jacobs's last show for Louis Vuitton
First it was a rumor, now it is out: Marc Jacobs is leaving Louis Vuitton. Being one of the most important American designers of the 21st century, Jacobs has been creative director since 16 years turning the iconic luggage brand into a new era of fashion-forward design. Jacobs leaves the brand to focus more on his own label in the future. His last appearance at Louis Vuitton was a poetic retrospective and breathtaking nostalgic performeance, awarding elements of former shows. Accompanied by dark, tragic and celebratory music the show announced the end of a grand era. As anticipated the collection embodied the extravagant, rebellious and genius essence Jacobs is loved for.
Immense peacock feather headpieces arised on the runway with black dominated garments. A clock, a carousel and fountain created a melancholic atmosphere and made this show be an elaborate highlight on last day of Paris Fashion Week.
Viktor&Rolf at Paris Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2014
The background for the Viktor&Rolf Spring/Summer 2014 collection was an institutional wall (maybe from a boarding school?) with the designers names clad on it in graffiti. That rebellious attitude persisted in the collection were good girls gone pretty bad. The schoolboy-uniforms showed today were deconstructed and heavily studded. Like a gothic cheerleader, the Viktor&Rolf girl pierced her collars or painted her shirt. New was the bermuda-shape, that in it‘s largeness, moved like a stiff skirt. Optional were the the little kilts in front and in the back.
Iceberg at Milan Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2014
On the third day of Milan Fashion Week the label Iceberg showcased a collection that reflected japanese pop culture and manga aesthetics. Young, fresh and modern were the key words, that young, talented designer Alexis Martial reached out for. He highlighted his stunning pieces by hologramms, prints and embroidered colourful patches, that showed the design of an abstract Iceberg. The collections colour base throughout was dominated by bright colours, white, mint and a light blue made of materials such as neoprene, silk muslin, rhodoïd bands and ultra sheer nylon knit fabrics, that were a product of a special textile process. Martial‘s mission to bring the house of iceberg to a new great dimension succeeded.
Giorgio Armani at Milan Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2014
The Giorgio Armani Womenswear collection was a haunting highlight on last day of Milan Fashion Week. The traditional Italian house of Fashion showcased a casual, yet elegant collection mainly focusing on fluid and light designs. Draped garments achieved a spirit of fantasy and romance by playfully using volume and form. Key items of this collection were transparent dresses, tunics and coats arising the runway in a colour palette of purple, lilac and pink. Layered chiffons, jacquard silks and elasticized cottons incarnated ultimate perfection and extravagance and gave a prelude to how Spring/Summer 2014 will look like.
Burberry at London Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2014
Burberry Prorsum for Spring/ Summer 2014 season showcased a collection of warmness and fragility. Cashmere cardigans, new construed trench coats, gracile pencil skirts and tops of organza in pastel shades of lavender, rose, mint, and cornflower blue created an idea of something sexy and a little vulnerable but with something protective and safe and top. Laces with floral patterns underlined the romantic approach this collection had
Mulberry Spring/ Summer 2014
Creative director Emma Hill showcased exclusive garments for the traditional english brand Muberry. To invite guests to its London Fashion Week show, Mulberry decided to send miniature teacups and saucers created by iconic English tableware and lifestyle brand Wedgwood. The miniatures were- held inside a box embossed with a traditional stately home, the guests’ first glimpse of the catwalk theme. The ‘dolls house’ teacup and saucer were based on the Wedgwood Jasperware in traditional Jasperware colours, which also beautifully reflected the seasonal tones in the Mulberry’s Spring/ Summer 2014 collection.
Approaching a playful spirit, the designer managed to showcase a combination on traditional looks on one side and modernism on the other side. Speaking of British Heritage the collection included good quality fabrics such as luxury silk and leathers, all in creamy whites and monochromic colours. Culottes and wide overall’s, sleeveless dresses with flower patterns and leather skirts with simple tailored voluminous blouses on top played the key role in this extraordinary selection of pieces.
Diesel Black Gold at NYFW Spring/Summer 2014
For this SS14 womenswear Creative Director Andreas Melbostad, who is a former student of London’s Royal College of Art, showed off a duality of pieces in black, white and pastel colours. Diesel Black Gold’s edgy-chic look got highlighted by a range of dresses, skirts, blazers and tops with metal eyelets, zippers and buckles. Besides french braids created a girly, soft and romantic look. Appealing to a rather sophisticated and cosmopolitan clientele, Meldbostad succeed with showing numerous pieces in denim and leather, as well as assimilating silk georgettes in this collection. All in all his goal was to show “a new ease of attitude by combining opposing icons to express strength and fearlessness“.
Station to Station: A Public Art Project Made Possible by Levi's
This friday, artist Doug Aitken will commence his new project “Station to Station: A Nomadic Happening”, which will connect artists, musicians and creative pioneers of different disciplines. With help from Levi's, the brand that has been outfitting pioneers for more than 140 years, Station to Station will raise funds trough ticket sales and donations in order to support progressive projects in seven museums in the United States.
A train will go from New York to San Francisco during three weeks, making stops at ten different places along the way. While there, a series of happenings and interventions in the fields of art, music, cinema, literature and many more will take place. Doug Aitken designed the train that will act as a cultural studio and that will globally broadcast unique content and experiences from both the stops and the moving train.
Creatives participating in this project are among others: Charlotte Gainsbourg, Kenneth Anger, David Longstreth of Dirty Projectors, Olaf Breuning, Ariel Pink, Connan Mockasin, Peter Coffin, Urs Fischer, Meschac Gaba, Liz Glynn, Carsten Holler, Christian Jankowski, Dan Deacon, Savages, Dave Hickey, Barney Hoskyns, Rick Moody, Alice Waters, Leif Hedendal, Edible Schoolyard Project Aaron Koblin, Ernesto Neto, Jack Pierson, Stephen Shore, Rirkrit Tiravanija and Lawrence Weiner. For more information, visit www.stationtostation.com
Replay Design for Barça
‘Més que un club’: the slogan for the FC Barcelona says it all. Renowned for their flair in play, Barça are to team up with Italian company Fashion Box – the forbearer of Replay and its sister brands – to initiate a four year partnership as sponsor of clothing and footwear for the club’s sportsmen and women. Under the project, Replay will design an official clothing line, alongside a smart-casual line for the first team. Most celebrated for their innovative use of denim and characteristic indigo textile, the label will reinterpret the orthodox jeans philosophy in the fine lines of tailoring, resulting in a collection of unique and inimitable fashion pieces. More than a club? There’s no question.
Mykita Opens Store in New York
Debuting their directional eyeware in the USA for the first time is Berlin-based brand, MYKITA. Adding to its list of worldwide locations that includes Paris, Zurich, Vienna and Tokyo, the New York store now marks the eigth retail space opened by the brand. Set in the heart of SoHo, the new MYKITA store overhauls a space in Crosby Street's defunct art deco factory building, retaining its original character with its industrial finish.
Almost an art installation in itself, the merchandising of the boutique is unique to the eye of MYKITA, drawing upon the concept of mass-production and ready consumption to construct an ambiance that is both inordinately stocked and astonishingly minimal. The store will offer pieces from their main line alongside a covetable capsule collection exclusive to 109 Crosby Street.
Bottega Veneta Opens New Los Angeles Concept Store
Descending on the distinguished surroundings of Melrose Place, Bottega Veneta will open its doors to the most neighbourly luxury retail quater of Los Angeles with a freshly conceived concept. Its ivied façade left virtually untouched, the interior of the 2, 727 square feet store will tailor to discerning L.A tastes with sleek displays intergrated into a gallery setting, designed to strip down the artistry of each product to its bare essence. Displays will be curated to impart a selection of ready-to-wear, leather goods, jewelry, gifts and home accessories succinctly, with emphasis on a tailor-made shopping experience for its clients.
Sliding steel fixtures and mesh panels will industrialize its pristine white shell, opened up by its flooding light and clean lines. The vision of Creative Director Tomas Maier, unexplored design combinations based on clarity and space set the boutique apart from its relations. Transparent resin imbeds mesh for a futuristic feel, while white frosted glass and lacquered wood enhance the sense of slenderness – a touch taken even further with the addition of its open-air courtyard.
COS to Launch Capsule Sterling Silver Jewellery Collection
With the visionary beauty of their last capsule collection still on everybody's minds, masters of minimalism COS are to launch a sterling silver jewellery collection, hitting the shelves this October. The limited edition line is to comprise of five key pieces; a ring, bangle, necklace, a stud and a hanging earring, each purified to a simple geometric shape for a clean-cut look that is typically COS.
John Varvatos Fall/Winter 2013 Campaign
Graciously composed in timeless black and white, the John Varvatos Fall/Winter 13 campaign stars American music legend Wilie Nelson and his sons in what makes for a beautifully fashioned family portrait.
Shot in Des Moines, Iowa by photographer Danny Clinch, Willie, Lukas and Micah – each an established musician – pose nobly before the stately architecture of Salisbury House. Embodying the strength of Varvatos' collection with his compelling presence, Willie's sense of style permiates through the images, as his own boots partner the black Hampton tuxedo and wing-collared shirt.
A short film accompanying the campaign will also premier the John Varvatos website on July 9th, in which the Nelson family perform the song Still is Still Moving to Me. Conversation cuts guitar-playing in this mini-documentary, which affords an intimate insight of music and memories – three minutes just doesn't seem long enough when watching this tender portrayal of a truly treasured musical icon.
Nike Air Max Camo Collection
In tribute to the countries that have taken the Air Max trainer to the status of an international icon, Nike are to release a collection in a spectrum of country-specific camouflage prints.
First hitting the pavements in 1987 as a sports accessory, the Air Max now stands as a streetwear symbol of self-expression. Vintage camo prints from France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United Kingdom will emblazon a range of styles, from the Airmax 1 to 180.
Design isn't the only element to be reinvented. Function, too, recieves a makeover. Nike Hyperfuse technology employs heat and preassure to form a single layered material, designed for stability, breathability and durability. The result delivers a lightweight product, packed with performance and without abraisive seams.
The Nike Air Max Camo Collection is available from selected retailers from July 3rd.
Isabell de Hillerin Spring/Summer 2014
The beautiful and talented Isabell de Hillerin put forward a smart and relaxed collection for spring/summer 2014. Her label stands for elegance, structured cuts and details which remind of an old tradition. She works with fabric manufacturers from Romania and Moldova, a traditional artisan industry on the verge of extinction, which she is supporting. In her spring/summer 2014 collection, titled 'relief', embroidery either accentuates shoulders and necks or adds intrigue to clear cut shorts or shirts. The color palette spans from white, grayish beige and light lavender to a strong tangerine and royal blue with some black pieces in there. All allude to a midsummer day, when a brewing storm forecasts the imminent relief from the heat of the city. Isabell de Hillerin's designs balance this forceful color story in their almost masculine elegance: sharp Bermuda shorts meet ornamental shirts, wrap-around blouses, strong shift dresses and two pieces. Flowing skirts, deep v-necks, thigh-high slits and geometrical cut-outs add a subdued sexiness to the collection. The urban summer vibe once again showed when the models carried their pretty high heels in hand for final runway, strutting along to Bon Iver's 'Skinny Love'.
Images:© Mercedes Benz Fashion
Vladimir Karaleev Spring/Summer 2014
Off-white, beige, taupe, dark blue and black – Vladimir Karaleev's world in colors. For his spring/summer 2014 collection he cut off delicate silk and chiffon, having the hems appear unfinished. In stark contrast, he teamed these pieces with sturdy jackets and pants, achieving a soft but cool look. Karaleev stuck to his tried and tested wide and loose silhouettes throughout the collection. However, with his delicate choices and sheer panels, sex appeal does not fall short. His combinations of almost tone-in-tone pant, top and waistcoat or jacket call for a windy summer by the sea, and his blue and black styles are a perfect update of the urban summer uniform.
Images:© Mercedes Benz Fashion
Kaviar Gauche Spring/Summer 2014
Nothing says Spring like white organza, sweeping through the air like a soothing breeze. Collared up to the neck, it still whispers of the sun and freshly cut grass. Florals make an appearance – or perhaps not – only the negative space of their cut-outs can tell. Fine blossom appliqué parades sheer T-shirt dresses, while laser-cut petals perforate shell tops and fitted skirts.
Butterfly sleeves are fitting for the occasion, spreading their wings over light mini dresses and breezy silk jumpsuits. Save the intermittent flower motifs, ornamentation is scarce and color similarly subdued, allowing pleated folds and keyholed fabrics to stand up and be heard.
Dolce&Gabbana Childrenswear Fall/Winter 2014
Sometimes the best things come in small measures. No less could be said of Dolce&Gabbana’s latest childrenswear line, which proves every bit as good as its ‘parent’ ready-to-wear collections.
For girls, fun-size florals and mosaic prints flock simple sleeved shift dresses, paired with matching jewelled headbands and flower crowns to complete this season’s scaled-down runway look.
Boys and girls alike receive a wintry dose of heritage plaids, adorning statement separates in preppy cuts, satchel in hand and ready to tuck in a crisp white shirt. Checks take shape in all sizes, from gridded black woollen coats to trousers in Royal Stewart tartan.The collection offers pieces to cater for both conservative and contemporary tastes, saving room, of course, for a satiating helping of Dolce leopard print.
Valentino Fall Couture 2013
The Wunderkammer – that was the inspiration behind Valentino's Fall Couture show; a European renaissance phenomenon to keep an encyclopaedic 'cabinet of curiosities'. And what a treasure trove it was, each piece singular in its beauty.
Emerging from the cracks of scalloped lace, fine silk prints presented watercolor motifs in strokes so gentle they looked almost antique. Staghorn coral, chiseled stone and intricately embroidered birds were all part of this enchanting museum, cased by unadorned interludes in dusty camel shades. Lantern sleeves broke from tradition, still feminine against the resplendent bracelet lines for which the label has become known.
Velvets jarred with sheer speckled mesh, while tapestry coats provided a heavy cloak to the ankles. A beautious touch of chinoiserie made herringbone seem eclectic when stood in allignment, but it was the finale gown that brought it all to life: thick roulette straps tied at the shoulders to suspend the masterfully restrained blood-velvet bodice, picked tightly to the waist before falling into its arresting flare, as if spilling with the curiosa of the Wunderkammer.
Julian Zigerli Spring/Summer 2014
Swiss-born designer Julian Zigerli took the runway on day one of Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Berlin. His spring/summer 2014 collection “At the end of the world to the left” plays with mixed boundaries, layering and de-constructed elements.Through the print collaboration with the Berlin based artist Katharina Grosse, Julian developed a collection of designs that embody this abstract space. A collection for a grounded man in an unknown place, surrounded by wind-blown colors and distorted forms. Like a mirage, an oasis in the desert, Zigerli’s collection unfolds and inspires with functional details in cut and fabric. His men’s collection stands for useful, smart and technical high-class pieces with a sporty-touch. There is always a lot of love, color, humor and positivity involved in his designs.
Images: © Mercedes-Benz Fashion
Kilian Kerner Spring/Summer 2014
The first day of MBFWB drew to a close with the spring/summer 2014 show of Kilian Kerner. “HÖR NICHT AUF MIT TRÄUMEN” – don’t stop dreaming – is Kerner’s claim for next summer which he emphasized unconventional elements. Minimalist cuts were countered by vivid prints and a wild mix of materials. Graphic print combinations as well as gleaming metallic elements found their way onto shift dresses. Bare midriff tops combined with swinging skirts or laidback pants and shiny leather waistcoats on top of dresses met slim suits with bold leather details and floor length evening dresses with glitter effects. The juxtaposition of Kerner’s refined and elegant designs and the footwear of choice – the Nike Air Max 90 – made for an exciting and current overall look.
Images: © Mercedes-Benz Fashion
Damir Doma Spring/Summer 2014
Damir Doma s/s 2014 commenced with a passage in white, like he started with a clean slate. Structured jackets with broad bands in the waist were combined with wide shorts and T-shirts with sleeves that reached the elbow with high-waisted pants. After white a bright blue came around, sometimes with appliqués of photos on it. Some jackets were made from a material that can be best described as a big exotic skin, maybe a python. There was a practical side to the collection when emphasis was put on bombers, overalls and heavy cotton cocoon coats. The three closing looks were coats and jackets in a thick jacquard material in the deepest shade of purple.
Hien Le Spring/Summer 2014
Once again, designer Hien Le’s show kicked-off Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Berlin. His spring/summer 2014 collection showcased Le’s signature minimalist designs for men and women with distinct features, such as collarless styles and invisible buttons. The collection embraced the designer’s familiar pieces such as bomber jackets and impeccably tailored men’s shirts. Fabric choices ranged from airy silks to sturdy outerwear material. For spring/summer 2014, Hien Le has moved a little outside his monochrome comfort zone in experimenting with expressive prints: stylized dragonfly wing images are sprinkled throughout the collection. The color scheme for next summer ranges from off-white and beige to an almost violet light blue and bright red combined with salmon.
Images: © Mercedes-Benz Fashion
Dior Homme Spring/Summer 2014
The centre of the Dior Homme stage was a labyrinth of mirrors which the models entered after their walk on the catwalk. This divided the collection up in all sorts of fragments and worked as a collage of shoes, clothes, bags and faces. This faceted attitude was also visible on the clothing. Graphic appliqués were taped on the jackets, coats and pants like a 21th century stained-glass window. The inspiration for this came from a trip the designer, Kris van Assche, took to Miami, where Art Deco is omnipresent. The effects that produce a mirror was also used in the accessories, like in a bag that seemed elongated. All in all, the collection brought a certain strictness that can constitute to a full wardrobe, but which never becomes too formal.
Jean Paul Gaultier Menswear Spring/Summer 2014
In stead of choosing for an runway show, Jean Paul Gaultier decided to present his collection with a video in his iconic rue St-Martin townhouse. Gaultier is known for his provocative ideas and they were still there: bondage-influences, skirts and see-through fabrics but the collection was also full of fine tailoring and subtle casual-wear. Some ethnic influences made the collection light but they never took over the collection. Big stars were the sandals with elastic bands, which were both minimalistic and exotic at the same time.
Calvin Klein Collection Spring/Summer 2014
Clean and clutter-free: Calvin Klein Collection. In a plethora of blues, sportswear governed the show – a pertinent match for neoprene textures. Simply unadorned, cartooned silhouettes pop through the storyboard with rounded form, cut up by blockish line. Chunky sandals were similarly caricatured, with inch-thick soles in a powder-blue pigment saved for the dusty pages of a comic book.
Leather was likewise animated; in giant crocodile skins, exaggeration was afoot. And then there were the graphics: deafeningly serene were the seascapes and skies that splashed across sweaters in panoramic splendour. An audacious affair for Calvin Klein Collection, delivering a collection that was plump with personality and performed with artful precision.
Canali Spring/Summer 2014
If the Canali show didn't have a place in the heart of the modern gentleman, what possibly could? Impossibly suave in every which way, Canali tailored relevance into tradition.
Fabrics so quaint they could have been ripped from the pages of a novel, ticking stripes and toile crawled from back-room lining to center stage. Suits, all the while immaculately cut, went from razor-sharp to roughened by the sweep of natural cloth. Pastel shades went to override their more confident counterparts, the primary hues, making for a collection that harks back to the past, with an eye firmly on the future. 'Nostalgia' was not the word. 'Renewal', though, speaks a thousand truths.
Prada Menswear Spring/Summer 2014
Prada’s prints certainly know the art of persuasion – seemingly repulsive at first glance, just a few more looks is all it takes before they blossom into something whole-heartedly desirable. Color, too, is applied with a masterful stroke, this time in melancholic hues which contrast and bejewel with off-kilter tones. Deep blood red - the kind reserved solely for velvet - cushions nuggets of equally opulent teal, to flock mournful holiday florals.
Hawaiian prints, not used to summers in the shade, seem wilted in amongst the cool air. With trousers long and layers heavy, together the look is vaguely autumnal. That is, until, dissected to standalone pieces, whereupon Prada bridges the gap between cliché and capricious.
Costume National Menswear Spring/Summer 2014
Monochrome, it seems, was on the brain when design season came around for Milan. This time led by Costume National – and what a costume it was.
All-leather suits earned their place in a wardrobe outside of the '80s, in fringed black and with stetson in hand. Cowboy boots filled in the cracks left by their trademark stitching, re-emerging as baby-smooth ankle-highs, fit for the modern day Spaghetti Western.
Drainpipe pants purified the look in unblemished white until canvas tones wore through, making way for the pigment-bright shots of aqua and sunshine yellow suits. Such a performance can only be topped by the casting of gold lamé, which gave the show its roaring encore to a dress code that impishly specified black-tie.
Converse x Chaz Chuck Taylor All Star
Legendary graffiti artist Chaz Bojorquez and Converse have come together for a first-time collaboration. Bojorquez is of Mexican descent, but was raised in LA. Mexican-American “cholo” style graffiti from the 1940s and the harmony of Asian calligraphy are strong influences on his style. During the 1960s, he started his artistic work on the streets of the city. When he drew in East LA, the classic 1970s Chuck Taylor All Star was part of his uniform. Now, an edition of the sneaker will be a testament to his art.
The Converse x Chaz Chuck Taylor All Star features his signature skull tag, dubbed “Señor Suerte“, on the tongue and his scripts cover its inside. The insole features a black and white image of the artist at work under the cover of night. Keeping with the understated design, the shoe will be available in midnight black with suede heel caps. Other elements include nut-and-bolt style eyelets, vintage weave laces and a screen-print of Bojorquez' signature.
On Friday, June 28, the Converse x Chaz Chuck Taylor All Star will hit the Converse store in San Francisco with Chaz Bojorquez in attendance.
Philipp Plein Menswear Spring/Summer 2014
Spring/Summer for Philipp Plein was a surprisingly eloquent pick 'n' mix of subcultures past. Rolling out almost fifty looks, Plein had plenty of room for manoeuvre.
The collection started out somewhere between ted and rockabilly before doing a full 180 to the baggy sweatpants of now. Black and red leather formed the skin of the collection, in weights ripe for biking and with the customary rocker studwork, Jackets were cut to hijack the wardrobe of the teds – complete with leather shawl collar, retro was rewired to duly home Plein's autograph laughing skull motif, amongst the scrapbook of patched denim. Snatching shirts from blazered models stripped back the costume of the look to the current day, paired with distressed-to-the-point-of-write-off jeans hugging hips just enough to give a flash of branded briefs. Where others fail to handle the retro's reluctancy to move with the times, Plein has indefinitely stolen from the best and made it his own, albeit with tongue habitually-placed in cheek.
Dsquared² Fall/Winter 13 Menswear Campaign
Hipsters and hepcats, bebop and scat – Dsquared²'s Fall/Winter collection took on a somewhat '40s jazz flavour, and their new campaign, starring Brahim Zaibat, also followed suit. Unveiled yesterday, photography duo Mert Alas and Marcus Piggot shot with a signature dash of technicolour, replicating the smoky ambience of the sordid speakeasy.
Shadows clamour in the dusky frames, pierced by opulent bursts of jewell-stained velvets. Black patent brogues lace tightly to Swing, until foot-tapping grows to