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Ferrari Fall-Winter Collection 2024/25

With his Womenswear and Menswear Fall-Winter 24/25 collection, Rocco Iannone explores the essence of the human body. Focusing on the human anatomy, its curves, and forms, Ferrari's artistic director delivers a collection that alternates light and dark, focusing on the contrasts that make up human nature.

As always in Ferrari's collections, the color red is present, but this time not as a theme, but rather as a reminder of Ferrari's penchant for pushing back the limits. This time, it's black that takes the spotlight. Initially shown in its raw state, it then evolves towards white and silver hues, creating a play of light and shade.
Light silhouettes in satin or flannel are cut in a futuristic manner, giving this collection almost otherworldly accents. The models are structured but softened by noble materials such as organza or velvet. The collection's accessories confirm this duality, with classic leather shoes mingling with slender, almost ballerina-like shoes.
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Finally, Ferrari's style is reaffirmed by accessories inspired by the racing world, both technical and fashionable, such as couture gloves, titanium eyewear, and jewelry with organic and monolithic shapes.

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Montblanc Leather Collections for a functional and elegant Spring/Summer 2024

Montblanc presents its new leather collections, through a new story inspired by the harmony of nature.
Luxury Maison's journey in leather goods takes a new turn as it unveils chic new designs infused with soft pastel hues, capturing the essence of nature with four new leather collections.

Montblanc's Extreme 3.0 Collection is dedicated to adventurous lifestyles, combining durability with sleek style. With new design codes, Montblanc unveils a highly functional and tailored to modern lifestyles line.
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line celebrates handwriting’s beauty with warm tones and dusty blue accents, starring the Double Bag in black and mastic, and the Small Double Bag, this collection offers versatility and sophistication.
With new shapes like the Montblanc 142 Bag and Mini Messenger, the 4810 Collection brilliantly combines elegance and functionality by providing smart organization solutions and hues like pale green and pewter. Finally, by unveiling the #MY4810 Trolley, Montblanc delivers practical features such as 360° wheels, an adjustable handlebar, and organized interiors, making it an essential companion for any journey.

Offering modern and innovative designs, the Spring-Summer 2024 collections brilliantly combine boldness with functionality. Made from high-quality leather, Montblanc products are made to last and to enjoy everyday use, whether in the city or on the roads.
Montblanc Spring/Summer 2024 Leather Collections are now available in Montblanc boutiques worldwide and online.
www.montblanc.com

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The grand inauguration of TOD’S boutique on Madison Avenue

TOD’S celebrated on Tuesday, February 13th, 2024, the opening of its new boutique on Madison Avenue.

Hosted by Diego Della Valle, President and CEO, and Andrea Della Valle, Vice President, alongside actress Uma Thurman, the reception gathered guests from the worlds of fashion, music, film, philanthropy, art, and business.

The event started with a cocktail reception in the new open-concept store, showcasing TOD’S latest spring collections in ready-to-wear, handbags, shoes, and leather accessories. The guests were then able to join in a demonstration of the brand’s Italian craftsmanship, spotlighting the Di bag and the Gommino loafer, two of TOD'S iconic models, before enjoying an intimate dinner at the renowned “The Mark Restaurant”.

The Tod's Madison Avenue boutique displays the men's and women's collections, including iconic pieces, as well as the new T Timeless collection. The boutique also features an exclusive personalization service, My Di Bag and My Gommino, which allows customers to customize their items with special colors, sizes, and inscriptions, illustrating Tod's commitment to the hand-crafted experience and creativity.
www.tods.com

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Colmar Spring-Summer 2024 Collection

Where cutting-edge outerwear technology marries timeless style, that is where lies the world of Italian icon Colmar. Known ubiquitously for continuously setting the standard for high-performance outerwear, the brand proceeds to do so with its newest Spring-Summer 2024 Collection. Classic styles, as do fashion-forward allures, converge with functionality in bold golden prints on green checks, or in pink on beige checks. Similarly, an asymmetrically zipped jacket presents a stylish, yet weather-resistant companion for any occasion, from a day of shopping to a business lunch or a long walk, it all seems like the perfect fit - figuratively and literally. Naturally, we also recognize Colmar’s characteristic quilt, this time also added onto by elegant collars and lapels, which appear on non-quilted garments as well. Usual attention is paid to comfort and high quality, evident in every stitch. The collection also brings forward a brand-new selection of warming vests, hugging the body, they keep their wearer snug and stand the test of every temperature’s turmoil. Coming in a diverse color palette, Colmar offers an option fit for various styles and personalities. Last, but not least, the collection also brings forward a new selection of polo shirts for Men, sporty, yet classy. Naturally for Colmar, each piece tells a story of Italian craftsmanship, innovation, and a passion for the great outdoors.
www.colmar.com

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From the Levi’s Archive

Levi’s invited their Paris Fashion Week Men’s guests to celebrate their freshly released limited-edition collaboration with the Japanese label BEAMS. The capsule collection takes inspiration from the archival SUPER WIDE style while achieving a bold, modern conception through exclusively developed Orange Tick selvage denim. Guests were able to add personal touches to the jackets and jeans at an embroidery station during the event. Showcased on the walls were several iconic Levi’s garments pulled from their archive dating back as early as 1980. From the Levi’s of a farmer to those of Steve Jobs, the presentation served as the perfect reminder of the vital role Levi’s plays in contemporary life and that we should all be excited for what’s to come from the brand in 2024. www.levis.com

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Louis Vuitton's FW24 Collection

Louis Vuitton’s Pharrell Williams is bringing American cowboy cool to French luxury in the latest FW24 Collection. With travel at the heart of Louis Vuitton’s genetics, the theme LVERS, as a bridge between Virginia and Paris, stands as the leitmotif of this iconic collection. Elegant suit silhouettes, symbolic of Louis Vuitton’s enduring legacy of fashion-forwardness, encounter country and western motifs, such as cacti and horseshoes, which exude the bold spirits of the Wild West. Emblematic of this marriage, a heavy wool coat finds its bottom edges adorned with a fringe, making cowboy aesthetics runway-ready. The brand’s exquisite craftsmanship is applied to embroidery techniques for key iconography of American Western wardrobe: the iconic country-cool ornamentation and beading manifests on workwear and suit silhouettes alike. Typical for cowboy aesthetics, we see a lot of leathers, whether it is on an edgy fringed biker jacket or on cowboy boots, a piece which could not have been left out in a collection of this kind, Louis Vuitton’s dedication to excellent craftsmanship shines once again. Staying true and authentic to the theme of American Western theme, Williams has also teamed up with artists from indigenous Dakota and Lakota nations across accessories and even for the show’s staging and soundtrack. In collaboration with Creative Director Dee Jay Two Bears, native to the Rock Sioux Tribe, Williams dreamed up an avant-garde Speedy bag, messenger bag and travel tote, all embroidered with Dakota Flower symbolism. Merging true authentic Americana of the Wild West with French savoir-faire, William’s has created a collection that stands as a true marker in the history of fashion.
www.louisvuitton.com

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Prada's Menswear FW24 Collection

On January 14th, Prada presented its newest menswear collection, which revolves all around examining man's adaptation to contrasting environments. The code, conceived by Miuccia Prada and Raf Simons, is conformist officewear meets functional outerwear. The show took place inside Depositio at Fondazione Prada transformed into a landscape showcasing the opposing forces of contrasting environments: Foresty lawns hide under glass tiles, shielding the audience from nature into a human-made synthetic space. This dichotomy sets the plot for the story told about Prada’s Man of Fall Winter 2024: On one side, by wearing suits and ties, he conforms to the classic conservative chique dress code of an office environment. On the other side, he is shielded from nature's forces through protective garments such as nubbed swimming caps. The former, sartorial side of him is manifested in form-hugging shirts with white contrast collars and cuffs under boxy suits from tweed that reminds of the previous season. Accessories include large nylon totes and leather bags that are roomy enough to carry any businessman's laptop, as well as white belts and bag chains made up of chains of triangular shapes. Other looks include corduroy police-style hats with peaks in black PVC. Belts buckled on the side, as well as asymmetrically buttoned jackets, add a playful touch to the conformist allure. While some of the footwear features formal patent leather oxfords, the more playful persona of Prada’s estranged businessman also wears Romanesque sandals, that almost exude a sense of longing for being grounded on grass. Both alienated from nature by conforming to office codes, yet prepared and willing to take on its forces, Prada's menswear line defines a novel approach to timeless contemporary elegance.
www.prada.com

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Bulgari X Save The Children: With Me, with You.

The Italian jewelry maison Bulgari is celebrating its successful 15 year partnership with the launch of a new necklace and their “With Me, With You” campaign. In line with this philosophy Bulgari is partnering up with me, with you and with everyone who wants to support humanitarian aid through their collaboration with the organization Save The Children. By donating a portion of the sale profits of their refined jewelry pieces, Bulgari has been able to donate a total of 105 Million dollars to Save The Children, a sum that has already enabled 2 Million children in 37 countries in accessing high quality education, youth support, emergency help and which has supported the fight against poverty globally. Step by step, these donations have allowed the development of multiple enduring aid projects. Nevertheless, in the face of hundreds of million children, that still suffer from living in conflict zones acute hunger or the lack of education, Bulgari and Save The Children are aware of their social responsibility and enduringly committed to help those in need, which is why the new campaign puts forward a brand new ring and two more iconic pendant necklaces as symbols for change. With the purchase of each piece, 95 Euros will be donated directly to Save The Children. The new pieces are available online since January 2 and will be available in selected Bulgari stores from January 14.
www.bulgari.com / wwww.savethechildren.com

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FENDI x FRGMT x POKÉMON

FENDI joins forces with the iconic Hiroshi Fujiwara's Fragment, introducing a special collection that transcends boundaries and celebrates the Year of the Dragon with Pokémon. Kim Jones, FENDI's Artistic Director of Couture and Womenswear, expresses admiration for Fujiwara, describing him as an influential figure in Japan's club, youth fashion, and streetwear scenes. The 'Friends of FENDI' initiative, curated by Kim Jones and Silvia Venturini Fendi, brings together diverse projects, emphasizing sincerity and friendship over strategy. Hiroshi Fujiwara, renowned as the 'godfather of streetwear,' seamlessly blends fashion, music, art, and design, shaping global fashion with his multi-modal creativity. The FENDI x FRGMT collaboration unveils the 'FF Fragment,' applying Hiroshi's signature on the iconic FF jacquard logo. The disrupted design graces women's Peekaboo and Baguette bags, while men's staples incorporate the FRGMT disruption with yellow contrast zips. Taking a playful turn, the FENDI x FRGMT x POKÉMON collection merges FENDI's iconic bags with the beloved Dragon-type Pokémon to commemorate the Year of the Dragon. From inlays and prints to 3D marquetry, the collaboration showcases the Maison's mastery of leather goods. The lineup extends to jewellery, clothing, and even a rare collector's item—a meticulously crafted Dragonite available in a limited series. This collection will be available worldwide in selected FENDI boutiques and online from January 4th, 2024, marking a new era in the fusion of high fashion, streetwear, and pop culture.
www.fendi.com

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Dior Cruise Pop-Up Kitzbühel

In a fusion of fashion and nature, Dior unveiled its Cruise 2024 collection in an enchanting pop-up store nestled in the heart of Kitzbühel, surrounded by the breathtaking beauty of the Alps. The store, open until the end of February 2024, transports visitors into a realm of sophistication and charm. The design of the pop-up store mirrors the naturalness of wood and the purity of white, paying homage to the Alpine landscape. Golden butterflies, symbolizing the art of metamorphosis, dance gracefully across the walls and floor, creating a poetic atmosphere that perfectly complements the exquisite Dior Cruise 2024 collection. The collection itself is a celebration of dreams, featuring long skirts, refined knitwear, silk blouses, and elegant carrés. The unique Dior Book Tote and the new Miss Dior bags add an element of magic to the fashion experience, inviting patrons to immerse themselves in the allure of high-end design. Dior Pop-Up in Kitzbühel, located at Hinterstadt 15, welcomes visitors from Monday to Saturday, 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. This limited-time experience signifies a significant focus for Dior, emphasizing the brand's commitment to creating memorable and immersive encounters with its iconic collections.
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NARS Cosmetics Holiday 2023 Collection

'Tis the season to dazzle, and what better way to make a statement than with the NARS Cosmetics limited edition Holiday 2023 Collection. This collection is a curated blend of bestsellers and rising stars, featuring exclusive, radiant sets. The 'Endless Nights Eyeshadow Palette' promises an unforgettable night with its nine highly pigmented, seductive eyeshadows. From shimmering neutrals to vibrant pinks and violets. Embrace the festive spirit with captivating colours like "Let Loose," a shimmering peach-champagne, and "Starlet," a glittering bronze gold. 'All That Glitters Light Reflecting™ Cheek Palette' is a limited-edition palette featuring six vibrant Light Reflecting™ blush shades, adorned with glitter for that extra touch of glamour. From the metallic cool pink of "Silver Screen" to the satin terracotta-red of "Sabrina," each shade is carefully curated to enhance your natural glow. In other news, NARS proudly marks the 10th anniversary of the essential Radiant Creamy Concealer, with a commitment to inclusivity, the Concealer boasts an extensive range of 30 shades, catering to all skin tones. What sets this concealer apart is its infusion of Multi-Active Botanical Blend Technology, tightening the skin, reducing redness, and fortifying the skin barrier. Its availability in a mini size makes it the perfect on-the-go companion. Discover the timeless Radiant Creamy Concealer and the Holiday 2023 Collection as a celebration of all things glitter, glamour, and boldness.
www.narscosmetics.com

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Marciano By Guess Holiday Campaign

Get ready to glam up this holiday season with MARCIANO by GUESS's stunning new Holiday campaign. Shot against the breathtaking backdrop of Lake Como in Bellagio by the talented Alina Troyan, under the creative direction of GUESS. Featuring the Ukrainian beauties Iryna Dzhagarova and Diana Zotova, alongside Sicilian model Simone Bonaccorsi, the campaign showcases an array of glamorous dresses and apparel that embody the essence of MARCIANO by GUESS. From silky sateen dresses in monotone or bold festive patterns to elegant mini dresses adorned with shiny appliques and sequins, the collection exudes sophistication and glamour. Draped in flawless pleats, ruches, and revealing slits, the garments elegantly follow the body's contours. The holiday lineup also includes exclusive pieces like a corset top and cropped sleeved dress, featuring an all-over gold embroidered motif, as well as long skirts with satiny ruffles. Complete your holiday ensemble with the winter collection of accessories all infused with MARCIANO's iconic retro-glam style. Whether you opt for flamboyant feather necklines or intricate embroidery, the 2023 MARCIANO by GUESS Holiday collection promises to turn heads and make a statement on every festive occasion.
www.guess.eu

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Breitling’s Avenger Collection

For more than two decades, Breitling's Avenger has soared through the skies as a symbol of precision, durability, and unparalleled design. The new Avenger collection, recently announced in a press release by CEO Georges Kern, is set to redefine aviation watches with its elegant detailing, wear-resistant materials, and the formidable Breitling Manufacture Caliber 01 in the chronograph models. The watch pays homage to the brand's pioneering HUIT Aviation Department, which crafted precision instruments for aviation and pilot chronographs. The collection, available in three versions - 44mm Chronograph, Automatic GMT 44mm, and Automatic 42mm - promises not just style but substance. The Avenger B01 Chronograph 44 and Night Mission, powered by the Breitling Manufacture Caliber 01, boast a 70-hour power reserve, a five-year warranty, and COSC certification. The bold design choices, including coloured dials and a stainless steel rotating bezel, make a statement both in and out of the cockpit. The Avenger Automatic GMT 44, tailored for pilots and frequent travellers, features a red GMT hand for easy Zulu time reading. With a steel case and a choice of dials, it's a compact companion for globetrotters. The Avenger Automatic 42, a well-balanced timepiece in a 42mm diameter, offers robustness in a compact form. Its COSC-certified mechanical automatic movement ensures precision, while design options cater to varied tastes. The Avenger can withstand the toughest conditions in the cockpit and never backs down. The redesigned collection is not just a watch; it's a statement, ready for action-packed adventures in the sky.
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David Chipperfield Cave & Ten c FW23/24

Luxury outerwear brand Ten c goes on a quest to unearth the hidden gems of the Italian landscape, under the FGF Industry group, and presents its FW23/24 campaign against the stunning backdrop of Cava Arcari in Vicenza. This exceptional location, a masterpiece by the Pritzker Prize-winning architect David Chipperfield, mirrors the brand's dedication to discovering and showcasing the beauty that lies off the beaten path. The FW23/24 collection, inspired by the rich hues of semi-precious stones, seamlessly integrates with the enchanting surroundings of the Arcari Quarries. The architectural inspiration drawn from ancient Roman theatres brings forth three distinct colour tones—ivory representing Vicenza stone, military green mirroring moss and algae deposits, and black encapsulating the mysterious labyrinths within the quarries. Each colour tone unfolds a chromatic chapter in the campaign's short story, captured through striking shots and a mood video. The ethereal and contemplative ambience of the quarry mirrors the collection's essence, creating a harmonious interplay of light and shadow within the environment. Ten c's FW23/24 campaign is more than a showcase of luxurious outerwear; it is a testament to the brand's commitment to revealing the unseen and promoting the marriage of art and nature. With the promise of constant innovation in technologies and fabrics, Ten c continues to lead the way in creating contemporary and groundbreaking fashion.
www.tenc.com

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Hublot’s New Classic Fusion High Jewellery

Hublot’s iconic design and highest-quality craftsmanship combine in the Classic Fusion High Jewellery, a unique stunning piece. The Swiss manufacturer is proud to launch its latest creation, embezzled with diamonds on its case, bezel, dial and clasp. The dazzling watch, made of 431 baguette-cut diamonds, is the latest attrition to Hublot’s High Jewellery collection of watches. The watch features a 42mm dial in white gold, and offers a power reserve of more than 50 hours. This new addition to the Hublot family, effortlessly joins all the other watches of the High Jewellery collection, and takes its own place alongside other precious models such as the Big Bang, the Spirit of Big Bang and the Square Bang Unico. What distinguishes and renders unique the Classic Fusion High Jewellery are its embellishments: sleek lines og white gold that make this new piece a true Hublot icon. The Classic Fusion High Jewellry stands as proof that sophistication lies in simplicity, in the high quality of the craftsmanship, and in the refined details that highlight the beauty of this watch, which is created taking as inspiration the original 1980s shape. The final result represents the highest expression of fine jewelry, and accentuates the elegant, timeless purity of the classic Hublot Fusion model.
www.hublot.com

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Paul&Shark – A Father and Son Tale FW23

In a captivating blend of Italian elegance and familial warmth, Paul&Shark unveils its FW23 AD Campaign, "A Father and Son Tale," featuring the dynamic duo of actor Pierce Brosnan and his son, Paris. Set against the picturesque backdrop of the Tuscan hills and a charming village, this campaign is more than a showcase of high-end fashion; it's a celebration of the profound bond between father and son. The narrative unfolds in a series of moments—strolls through narrow streets, card games on a picnic blanket, and shared embraces—capturing the essence of genuine connection. Pierce Brosnan, the epitome of timeless style, was a natural choice for Paul&Shark. As a world-renowned actor and fashion icon, he effortlessly embodies the sophistication of the FW23 collection, featuring water-resistant cashmere outerwear, fine wool knitwear, and soft cotton shirts. The creative vision of Giampaolo Sgura and styling by Anna Dello Russo elevate this campaign to an artistic expression of familial ties. Paris Brosnan brings a casual, urban flair to the collection, with wide rib-knit oversized shirts and the iconic wool beanie hat seamlessly blending with his father's refined aesthetic. The duo effortlessly showcases the versatility of Paul&Shark's garments, emphasizing a style that transcends generations. Scheduled for a global release on September 12, 2023, this campaign marks a pivotal moment. It not only unveils the latest collection but also tells a story of style, connection, and the timeless elegance that Paul&Shark represents.
www.paulandshark.com

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Paris Fashion Week - Chanel

Villa Noailles unfolds as the enchanting muse behind Chanel’s SS24 Ready-to-Wear collection. Bathed in the sun's glow near the French Sea, nestled in the hills of Hyères, this architectural gem designed by Robert Mallet-Stevens in 1923 exudes an art de vivre complete with terraced gardens, tiled floors, and serene structures. The essence of Villa Noailles' checkerboard hedges, sunken flower beds, vibrant colours, and geometric patterns gracefully interwine the collection, offering an idyllic sense of freedom. Inspired by the surroundings, these details elegantly make their mark in the clothing through checkerboard embroidery and coral pink and blue tones. Echoing the vibrancy of light and colour, the interplay of contrasting asymmetries, patchworks, and stripes injects a rhythmic energy into the collection, defining its unique concept of elegance and insouciance. Creative Director Virginie Viard paints a picture of an easy-living French vacation—a summer stroll through a Chanel wardrobe that seamlessly blends sophistication with informality, whose expression unfolds in multicoloured tweed dressing gowns, striped terrycloth jackets, neoprene suits, lace-adorned dresses, and trousers enriched with floral motifs. From the start, the collection exudes a relaxed look with loose-fitting co-ords, bathing suits paired with caped beach-blanket cover-ups, and an unexpected twist—flip flops. Layered accessories complement the looks, including sunglasses, strands of pearls worn as necklaces or belts, and gold chains. Balancing freedom and femininity with worldly sophistication, the collection presents a dynamic range of pieces showcasing prints and textures effortlessly mixed and matched. In a nod to the season's tendencies, small yet impactful sheer black elements feature long organza skirts and dresses, inviting endless layering. Chanel's SS24 collection is more than just garments; it is a sun-kissed journey through the gardens of freedom, where elegance meets insouciance in the freshest way possible.
www.chanel.com

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Paris Fashion Week - Saint Laurent

Saint Laurent presented its SS24 collection at Paris Fashion Week on September 26th, 2023. The collection, designed under the creative direction of Anthony Vaccarello, was showcased in a gigantic architectural construct built for the occasion, with a magnificent view of the Eiffel Tower. For this season, the unexpected move of Vaccarello was to strip everything back. He declared that his goal was to bring everything back to its simplistic form, without overcomplicated pieces or exaggerated silhouettes. Indeed, this clean canvas marks a new chapter in the history of Saint Laurent. Cotton as a material dominated the Maison’s runway in every way possible, from shirts to evening dresses. The main inspiration behind the collection is the “Saharien” jacket, a concept that Yves Saint Laurent brought back from his North African upbringing and with which he revolutionized Parisian fashion in 1967. Despite its simplicity, the collection is definitely not humble: every piece radiates the fierce, put-together Parisian glamour which in the years has come to represent the brand. Every outfit was completed by 80s-inspired maquillage, voluminous hair, and gold jewelry. The whole collection brings back the idea of a simple, stripped-back elegance that exalts the wearer and captivates.
www.ysl.com

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Milan Fashion Week - Herno

With its SS24 collection, Herno suggests living the summer season moment by moment, savoring each one and effortlessly moving between the essential and the superfluous. The weight of every fabric is a reminder of the everchanging spirit of fashion, which, like the wind, flows and mutates. The Italian brand’s 75-year-long history is honored in this collection, which is nonetheless enhanced by the current times, embracing new fashion trends while maintaining the elegant and classic style that distinguishes Herno. Outerwear keeps being the focus of the brand, along with skirts, pants, and dresses. The style of the garments is declined in feminine and contemporary silhouettes through fabrics that enhance sartorial cuts. The different nylons that make up the collection go from ultralight to super mat, while cotton is employed in its most classic version, dedicated to pieces meant for rainy weather as well as more “girlish” versions. The collection’s most prestigious garments are made of linen, silk, wool, and double cashmere, exalting the high quality of Herno’s craftsmanship. The protagonists of the color palette are pastel tones, such as yellow, light blue, and aquamarine, while neutral, feminine colors such as neutral hues remain staples in this refined, yet modern collection.
www.herno.com

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Gucci Inaugurates a New Boutique in Munich

Gucci expands its presence in Germany by inaugurating a new boutique in Munich’s Maximilianstrasse 11-15. The space covers over 590 square meters and is built on two floors. The store carries a large selection of men's and women's ready-to-wear collections, including handbags, luggage, shoes, jewelry, beauty and watches. The facade of the store maintains its original heritage looks, while the interior of the store is kept simple and refined. The use of clean linens and a color palette that reflects both the iconic colors of the brand and fits in with the existing environment enhances a subtle charm. The wooden floors in antique oak feature decorative details with a motif that references details from Gucci collections, while the lighter wood boiserie inserts offer a delicate accent to the walls. The store is designed to make customers feel at home, framed with built-in displays reminiscent of a walk-in closet; velvet armchairs and sofas adorn the store, ensuring a comfortable customer experience. Newly designed racks enriched by classic designs accommodate diverse product categories, rendering the store conceptually unique and able to cater to the diverse needs of multiple customers. Overall, Gucci’s new Munich boutique perfectly adapts to the surrounding city, while maintaining the brand’s iconic style.
www.gucci.com

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SKIMS Launches at KaDeWe

On September 18 2023 SKIMS announced its first ever multi-brand shopping experience at KaDeWe in Berlin. The partnership with the iconic luxury store is another stepping stone for the American brand, which is now expanding worldwide in international markets. The opening follows the SKIMS Swim pop-up experience at Selfridges in London in June and the openings of shop-in-shop at multi-brand retailers across the world. To celebrate the launch, KaDeWe unveils a SKIMS takeover on its iconic window front, featuring SKIMS’ iconic logo and an artful campaign with models wearing the brand’s famous shapewear. Throughout the opening weekend, SKIMS invites customers to a special shopping experience serving sweet treats. KaDeWe will host the SKIMS shopping experience on the third floor of the store, which will allow customers to pick among the brand’s best-selling collections and products, such as the Seamless Sculpt line and the Soft Lounge Long Slip Dress. SKIMS fits perfectly in KaDeWe’s multi-brand shopping experience, bringing the brand’s conceptual design of retail spaces to life thanks to SKIMS signature shapewear wall, rounded edge surfaces, and custom fixtures, designed in partnership with Willo Perron, SKIMS long time collaborator. KaDeWe’s fame for bringing artful, conceptual shopping experiences to its customers is once again confirmed by the SKIMS collaboration, which merges two brands whose visions and values are aligned.
www.skims.com
www.kadewe.com

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Ralph Lauren Spring 2024 Women Collection

On September 8th, 2023, Ralph Lauren showcased its new Women’s Collection in New York with an immersive fashion experience transporting guests to the core of the brand’s values and personality. The event was a romantic and artistic celebration of Ralph Lauren’s classic American style. The collection dresses a cool and sophisticated woman, giving her the freedom to craft her style. Faded denims and painterly florals contrast black and gold shapes, giving life to an eclectic mix of colors and patterns that is elegant and sophisticated. For the event, a utilitarian warehouse in the heart of New York’s Brooklyn Navy Yard was transformed into a world of romance and rusticity with a modern feel. The location is an ode to artists' retreats, and it is a reminder of the Spring 2024 runway backdrop, with glimmering chandeliers, artfully draped canvases, and wood textures. The collection features a classic spring palette that is innovative in its mixtures of white and blue hues, eclectically combined with denims and embroidered patterns. The black and gold juxtaposition brings vibrancy to the pieces, emphasizing self-expression and originality. Ralph Lauren’s Women Collection for Spring 2024 celebrates female self-expression, emphasizing the importance that personal style and individuality have for the modern woman.
www.ralphlauren.com

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Woolrich FW Campaign

Woolrich, the Original American Outdoor Brand is pleased to reveal the latest Fall/Winter 2023 advertising campaign featuring multiple young talents. The campaign, titled ORIGIN STORIES, embodies Woolrich’s significant bond with American culture and honors the original stories. The campaign captured American Dreams experienced from different perspectives, viewed through the lens of the new Americana, while the stylish footage was artfully blended with Woolrich's iconic clothing, establishing itself as an essential part of the country's cultural heritage. In particular, the campaign pays tribute to two fundamental pillars of American culture—the timeless Game of Checkers and the iconic American Diner. Game of Checker has been at the center of American culture, fostering companionship and treasured experiences for people of all ages. On the other hand, American diners symbolize not only culinary landmarks but also a representation of genuine American culture. Hence, the American Diner resonated with the nostalgic charm reminiscent of classic train carriages, and diners that portray the real picture of American scenes, encapsulating Woolrich's enduring legacy of significance. Elsewhere, shot by Los Angeles-based director and photographer Hunter Lyon, their intimate perspective adeptly portrayed the brand’s essence and history. Also, Stylist Julie Ragolia curated the looks and created mesmerizing visuals where stylish ensembles perfectly complement the brand's representation.
www.woolrich.com

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Audemars Piguet’s New Pieces in Collaboration with Matthew Williams

The renowned Swiss horlogerie brand Audemars Piguet announces a collaboration with the American designer Matthew Williams, founder of the fashion label 1017 ALYX 9SM. The partnership results in four new editions of Audemars Piguet’s iconic Royal Oak and Royal Oak Offshore models, plus one unique piece of the Royal Oak made of stainless steel and 18k yellow gold. What makes the watch unique is the duo-chrome bracelet and the signature touch of both brands, which is distinguishable on the dial. The one-of-a-kind Royal Oak was auctioned off in Tokyo on the night of the collaboration’s launch, raising $1 million to benefit underprivileged children. The new pieces combine the unmistakable design features of the manufacturer and the sophisticated signature style of Matthew Williams. This cooperation gives life to a modern collection that aims to be enjoyed by fans of urban fashion. The timepieces allow for the expression of individuality, effortlessly combining modern fashion with the classic practice of wearing a watch. A shared avant-garde worldview, great attention to detail, and the advocacy for a holistic and sustainable approach unite Audemars Piguet and Matthew Williams. Their collaboration on the design of their Royal Oak Watches showcases elegance and attention to detail.
www.audemarspiguet.com

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H&M Studio Collection AW23

Dark glamour and sculptural silhouettes are what characterize H&M’s AW23 Studio Collection. H&M Studio is the most progressive and trend-setting collection of the brand, designed to represent the fashion and the personality of our times. The theme of this year’s collection, “back to black”, conveys a simple, feminine, and elegant attitude. The collection is inspired by the somber elegance of the heroines of noir and horror films, featuring angular cuts, precisely formed silhouettes and linear accessories. The AW23 H&M Studio Collection pieces are both pragmatic and poetic, allowing the owner to wear them in the years to come because of their high-quality design and materials. Sleek tailoring on every item makes each garment extremely versatile and striking at the same time: each piece is a statement designed to be noticed thanks to its simple details and design. Some of the most iconic pieces in the collection are a floor-length black coat and a black A-line mini dress with a white collar. The accessories are also a vital part of the collection, thanks to the glamour feeling of pieces such as Nappa leather boots and eye-catching jewelry. The materials are sustainable, thanks to the high-quality fabrics employed in making the garments. The collection will be available starting from September 28th, 2023.
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Bottega Veneta Supports Biennale Danza for the Third Year

In lieu of its ongoing collaboration with Biennale Danza, Bottega Veneta is supporting the event for the third year in a row. Biennale Danza is the International Festival of Contemporary Dance, which, this year, marks its 17th edition. The festival is famous for its international, diverse program and for representing a platform for new and emerging artists on the international dance scene. The new Biennale College Danza’s project is titled “When I Am Facing U” and developed under the supervision of notable Chinese dancer Xie Xin. Bottega Veneta is not only supporting the event for the third time but is ever present in the show. In fact, the costumes worn by the dancers of Biennale College Danza during their performances have been designed by Matthieu Blazy for Bottega Veneta. The costumes feature denim silhouettes replicated on viscose silk, thus creating an interesting contrast between the rigidity of the pictured denim and the fluidity of the silk. The lightness and malleability of the shapes and the feel of the clothing reflect the sensuality imbued in the choreographies performed. Through radical minimalism and departure from form and context, the show leaves a lot of space for improvisation and freedom of interpretation. The choreographies are explorative and experimental, perfectly enhanced by Bottega Veneta’s costumes.
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Berlin Fashion Week - ODEEH

During Berlin Fashion Week, the duo designers Otto Drögsler and Jörg Ehrlich unveiled ODEEH SS24, titled ‘The Next Chapter' exploring Surrealism and unique androgynous style for women. The designers played with elegantly soft layering with men’s shirts and various bold tropical prints that reflect Surrealism and the DADA movement. Inspired by the silhouette of Hawaiian shirts, the men’s shirt appears in a wide range of variations in color and patterns. The brand reinterprets that with exaggerated new proportions as well as offers unique insights into androgynous style, paired with calf-length sequin skirts and bold-colored midi dresses. The looks are mainly focusing on sophisticated, glamorous styling with the oversized silhouette while exuding femineity with an accented strap on the waist. Also, the unexpected fabric combinations create a polished, refined look throughout the collection such as running thread, fringe details, sequins, and mesh fabrics, adding fun and playful elements of styling to emphasize the joyful atmosphere. The collection begins with an array of all-white looks defined by clean and easy silhouettes. As it adds more vibrant and diverse colors, the color palette includes different shades of blue, sandy beiges, faded smoky pastels, and various tropical hues. Moreover, various colored prints add a touch of surrealism to the collection ranging from graphic smoky tapestry to blurred flower patterns to surreal, Dadaistic prints. In addition, raw and open cut, and precise shoulder paddings contrast the easiness and softness of the general look. 
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Berlin Fashion Week – LITKOVSKA

LITKOVSKA, the Ukrainian label captured an avant-grade chic during Berlin Fashion Week. Titled On Air, the collection highlights its raw and touching form that defines contemporary silhouettes. Also, daring cutouts of the outfits create dynamic looks enhanced by neutral tones and distinctive color contrast. The designer focuses on volume and detail in the garments. The delicately layered and draped garments are both chic and modern, designed to be timeless pieces. Overall, the collection features effortless versatile pieces which can be everyday luxury wear such as oversized high-neck dresses, structured shirts, and trousers with draped details. Also, there are a series of gorgeous matching sets in various materials like denim two-pieces, oversized suits as well as sweatshirts, and matching pants. Its color palettes include ivory, pastel pink, and red, as well as brown, white, and black, setting an elegant tone for the overall look. Sophisticated prints appear on both the oversized dress and blouse in red, giving a contemporary contrast, while intricate striped patterns feature an array of pieces such as shirts, trousers, and blazers, which make the looks classy, chic, and flattering. In addition to the garments, the collection features unique accessories and jewelry in horse shape, reminding of shepherds of the Carpathian Mountains while nodding to Ukrainian tradition and history which crafts little horses out of cheese for children as a special gift as well as talisman. While symbolizing their community, craftsmanship, and protection through the collection, the brand intends to share such blessings with the audience, wearers, and the fashion industry.
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Mixing of Dress Codes in Louis Vuitton’s Men Prêt-à-Porter Fall 2024 Collection

For its Fall 2024 Menswear collection, Louis Vuitton adopts a dual wardrobe approach based on the elevation of everyday clothing that can adapt to an array of situations. Professional and casual dressing is hybridized according to Maison's practice of code-switching, resulting in a transitional wardrobe. The Louis Vuitton Studio Prêt-à-Porter Homme designed the collection as a standalone proposal. Every look is styled by mixing different dress codes and with accessories that diverge from standard archetypes. The visual elements that distinguish the Maison also take on a different character, as is showcased in how the emblematic Epi is brought to life using various materials, creating optical effects. An element that characterizes this menswear collection is the use of accessories, specifically their role in morphing with the clothes. The LV Pacific slip-on shoe exemplifies the blending of formal and casual styles, combining a sneaker sole and a suede upper. In the jewelry, corduroy and Maison’s classic Epi are fused in embossed metals with an aged gold finish, to be found on bracelets, necklaces, and band rings. A different interpretation of the Epi leather is translated on the red Maxi Epi texture on the Alma bowling bag. At the same time, the classic Louis Vuitton monogram emerges in two new colorways (olive-green canvas with orange lining and blue canvas with brown lining) on various bag models. This menswear collection fully captures an innovative light on Louis Vuitton’s iconic style.
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Aquatic Architecture and Bionic Innovations in Iris van Herpen’s FW23/24 Collection

“ARCHITECTONICS,” the new collection by Iris van Herpen presented on July 3rd at Paris Haute Couture, draws inspiration from futuristic architecture featuring floating elements and bionic designs. In the future portrayed through this collection, the land becomes one with water, creating an environment where humans harmoniously coexist with the ocean. Inspiring van Herpen in this collection is the aquatic urbanism movement, specifically the work of the French architect and oceanographer Jaques Rougerie and Bjarke Ingels’ “Oceanix,” a floating city currently being built in South Korea, which also has a strong focus on recycling and sustainability. The designer has successfully merged fashion and floating architecture through clothing created using high-tech techniques such as “Sensorama,” which creates different layers. The harmonious silhouettes of the clothing are interspersed with geometric cutouts, which imbue the pieces with a sense of movement. The color palette contrasts whites and blacks with gold, silver, and metal detailing. The looks are finished with the “Bionic” boots, digitally designed and 3D-printed, once again highlighting the high-tech aspect of this collection. ARCHITECTONICS imagines humanity’s next frontier, harmonizing waterborne urbanism and aquatic ecosystems. The collection raises awareness about growing environmental issues and draws attention to Oceanix, the world’s first floating city.
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Maserati’s Short Film by Ferzan Ozpetek, “Companions on a Journey”

Maserati has just released the teaser for its short film directed by the famous movie director Ferzan Ozpetek. “Companions on a Journey” is a short feature that deals with the themes of family ties and passion for automobiles. The scene is set in the beautiful landscape of Italy, where three siblings set off on a journey across the country to reunite with their father, an acclaimed orchestra conductor. The narrative, recounting the emotional journey of the family, develops through the physical journey through Italy. The cars accompanying the family members on their journey are the MC20 Cielo, the Gran Turismo, and the SUV Grecale. Each car reflects the personality of a family member and guides them through their adventure. Ozpetek’s movie celebrates the unique connection between the family's relatives through the elements that connect them: automobiles, art, and love for each other. Ultimately, the short motion picture captures the importance that the Maserati brand places on family ties, beauty, art, and travel. At the same time, “Companions on a Journey” celebrates Maserati’s Italian heritage and the luxury and technology of their cars. The short movie will soon be released to the public.
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Saint Laurent’s SS24 Men’s Collection

‘Each man kills the thing he loves’ is the expressive title for Saint Laurent’s SS24 men’s collection, dreamed up by Creative Director Anthony Vaccarello. In line with Saint Laurent’s world tour, the SS24 show revealed the designer’s deep appreciation for Berlin – a landscape that speaks to his own past. The impressive Neue Nationalgalerie, designed by architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and representative of classical modernism, set a certain novel-inspired mood to begin immersing the guests into the collection’s atmosphere. As a continuation of the womenswear line, the word evolution comes to mind when thinking about Vaccarello’s future aspirations. A desire to transcend gender codes is also apparent, opening up space to leave behind limitations. Sharp tailoring remains central: shedding special attention to structure and volume. Boxy suit jackets with broad shoulders are purposefully combined with delicate silhouettes, appearing weightless. Mousseline de Soie, as well as the timeless leopard print and polka dots provide elegance while retaining a certain sensual touch – seen in trench coats, tank tops with décolletés, and blouses. Trousers rise high and are narrow at the waist, while also cut at the ankles to accentuate heeled boots. After the show, guests were led to the Kraftwerk Berlin club for some dining and dancing. It was only fitting to finish off with a nod to Berlin’s intense party scenery.

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Virginia is for LVERS

In his much anticipated first show as Men’s Creative Director of Louis Vuitton, Pharell Williams looks to the sun as the ultimate source of inspiration. The sun is a guiding light, a source of life, and a vital source of empowerment across cultures and creeds that are laced into the fabrics, the graphics, the palette, and the decorations of this collection.

The collection presents this vision through fresh twists and new approaches to familiar, foundational elements of Louis Vuitton. The heritage Damier pattern morphs with a camouflage print, birthing "Damoflage" across accessories, workwear, denim, knitwear, fur, and more. Imagination runs wild as Damier is also expressed in primary color treatments featuring the revived Louis Vuitton Marquee Déposée logo, new digitized patterns by American pixel artist ET and hand embroidery with pearl decorations on denim sets. The collection is rich with new takes on prized Louis Vuitton bags, from Monogram Copper materializations that transform in the gleam of the sun to embroideries and pixelated images of artists Henry Tailor and ET respectively.

Embodying a connection between Paris and Virginia, the home state of Pharell Williams, the SS24 collection was presented on Pont Neuf, the oldest bridge in Paris with a backdrop view of the Louis Vuitton studios. This relationship is epitomized through design choices that amplify classic American styles such as the varsity jacket. Through the re-contextualization of Maison’s Parisian ateliers, the sporty staple is adorned with intricate pearl embroideries or monograms signifying the new wave of LVERS while nodding to the slogan of Pharell Williams' home state: “Virginia is for lovers”.

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Drawing a New Circle

A circle of sustainable solutions, a circle of imagination, a circle of cross-cultural influences, and a circle for an inclusive, ongoing dialogue of creative minds in the contemporary style scene. Corneliani’s Circle project sees an expansion this SS24 season as it opens up from a style-focused space to a creative platform for collaborations that bring together the domains of the Arts.

In its first act, the narrative features Paris-based design and architecture duo Gaëlle Gabillet and Stéphane Villard, who conceived a circular pavilion to be donated to the city of Milan after the end of the sales campaign to welcome a wider community. In the days before its presentation at Milan Fashion Week, the duo hand-built a majestic mosaic dome from giant tiles of marbled paper produced in Italy by Riccardo Cavaciocchi and tinted individually by French painter Matthieu Lemariè.

The circular arena became the immersive stage for the SS24 Corneliani looks, displayed both in and out of its perimeter. For the SS24 collection, Corneliani highlights their commitment to sustainability through organic and certified materials in a natural, minimalistic yet elegant color palette evoked also by the dome. Timeless, refined menswear archetypes, and relaxed and lightweight silhouettes are conceptualized through a language of elegance and savoir-faire. Sleek, luxurious finishes add depth and distinction to each piece, from co-ords to layering staples. Bold twists of green and red, and textures such as Prince of Wales plaid, elaborate stitching, and seams with painstaking details add an invigorating twist conferring depth and distinction without complication.

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Men’s Milan Fashion Week – Brioni

For its Spring 2024 menswear collection during Milan Fashion Week, Brioni transforms a quality embedded in its spirit into a creative perspective. Lightness becomes this season’s guiding principle, providing ease and freedom to enrich possibilities of self-expression. Instead of being overpowering, the new garments dissolve into the everyday: a practical tool to fit the wearer’s daily needs and occasions. Intrinsic to life, clothing becomes your best companion in exploring new ways to look at the world and live in it accordingly. This season, the embodiment of this newly embraced perspective is what Brioni is about.

At the top floor of a stern-looking, hard-edged building, guests are immersed in Brioni’s world of light as the aerial view of the city unfolds in front of their eyes, setting the ambiance for the collection’s presentation. Nodding to the history and spirit of Brioni, the collection is suffused with painterly Roman hues. Formalwear remains impeccable in craft, but attains a certain softness with a relaxed fit and construction achieved through fuller volumes and hollowed shoulders. Similar levity is found in the treatment of nubuck leather and suede, while at night, lightness takes on a mantle of muted shine.

The circularity of intents defines a fluidity of new perspectives.

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Tod’s SS24 Men’s Collection

Giardino Italiano, Tod’s SS24 men’s collection, zeros in on the passion of handmade that affords Italy its unique position in the world. Not surprising then, Italian craftsmanship and excellent quality form the very essence of this season’s collection. For its all-round Italian homage, the historic Milanese location linked to the Tod’s brand, Villa Necchi, sets the scenery for the presentation with a traditional Italian garden. To go with Tod’s Italian lifestyle, casual tailoring is even more relaxed, made from high quality materials in warm tones of brown and ecru. A triangular leather pattern becomes a recognizable symbol on the jackets, which ensure a simultaneously timeless, refined, and relaxed style. Key garments of the Italian wardrobe are indispensable, such as the short and light cabans which never compromise a man’s elegance and taste for quality. Further undisputed protagonists are the Bubble Gommino and the iconic Gommino, combining the classic tradition of the driving shoe with a modern twist. Typical of Italian craftsmanship, the leather handmade construction process is clearly visible in the moccasin. Tod’s Riviera Slip-on with tassels marks another symbol of the Italian lifestyle, while bags and belts become the foundation of the contemporary man’s looks. Italian know-how meets continuous experimentation with Tod’s.

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Men’s Milan Fashion Week – Brunello Cucinelli

A quest for elegance is placed at the heart of Brunello Cucinelli’s SS24 menswear collection. An expressive instrument for the distinctive characteristics of the modern man, the collection’s scope and harmony allow the male personality to shine through with intensity. Inspired by the French Riviera, soothing combinations of colors, shapes, materials, and patterns culminate in a versatile spectrum of sophistication – all at the service of the individual. Fresh and summery colors are enhanced with natural textures, and paired with timeless neutrals to create a freshly intense balance of harmony. Soft volumes enter the collection to ensure contemporary appeal, providing relaxed yet polished looks not only in the domain of trousers but also in the T-shirt and knitwear realms. The comfort of the summer knitwear is further elevated by the careful mixture of prestigious natural fibers such as cotton, linen, and silk. To accentuate every nuance and silhouette, lightness and comfort are also in mind while searching for fabrics and leather, while patterns take central stage on shirts, T-shirts, blazers, and suits. For the accessory line, quality of materials and craftsmanship are this season’s vocabulary. Even with the simplest of combinations, the man and his choices are the essential point of reference for Brunello Cucinelli.

www.brunellocucinelli.com

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Gucci's Green Doors Reopen

Gucci is reopening its newly renovated boutique in Saint-Tropez, between the port and the Place des Lices. The store is situated in a classic Saint-Tropez house at 72, rue François Sibilli characterized by green shutters that typify the surrounding landscape. Guests are invited to immerse themselves in a world that blends Gucci’s spellbinding summer charm with the immaculate beauty of the French Rivera.

Through pastel hues, local materials, and classic design elements, the interiors of the boutique are perfectly complementary to the pristine beauty of the French Rivera. Liberty-style mosaics on the floors, natural oak on the walls with woven rattan finishes, and newly designed brass racks come together in harmony to immerse guests in a unique Gucci experience. In the private garden which crowns the boutique, guests can relax around a preserved well and enjoy the greenery, sunshine, and fresh air.

Within the space, which spans over 200 square meters over two floors, visitors can explore pieces for both men and women, from ready-to-wear, footwear, and accessories to the house's signature handbag lines and a selection of precious jewelry. The boutique additionally showcases the Gucci Valigera collection, designed for the dream holiday.

Gucci also imprints its unique aesthetic in collaboration with the renowned Loulou Ramatuelle Beach Club. After a captivating transformation, the beach club will host a temporary Gucci pop-up. An exclusive Saint-Tropez capsule collection will be available alongside the Summer Stories collection and a special selection of cocktails and menus by Giardino 25 from June 1st until the end of September.

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Smells of Well-ness

The dramatic landscape and extravagant beauty of America’s Pacific Coast form the inspiration for the ethereal scents of Louis Vuitton’s Cologne Perfumes. Master Perfumer Jacques Cavallier Belletrud has captured the magnetic energy of Los Angeles, creating an olfactory adventure within each bottle. Each member of the Cologne Perfume collection has a personal story about the light in the city, from the gentle glow of the dawn to the sparkles that light up the streets at dusk. The newest addition is “Pacific Chill,” inspired by the detoxifying fresh breath of morning light on the skin.

California’s cool and purifying vibe is not only attributed to the regenerative vigor of its ocean views and energizing force of its green rolling hills but also its renowned health and wellness culture. Pacific Chill was crafted in line with this sense of balance and well-being, an exhilarating scent that caresses the skin with an uplifting spirit. Belletrud drew further inspiration from characteristics and experiences unique to the LA lifestyle – beloved detox smoothies and energizing morning hikes before the heat settles. The scent palette opens with blackcurrant, held aloft with cedrat and lemon, amplified with coriander and ambrette seeds, basil, peppermint, and orange essence – an impeccable attention to detail. Iridescence is brought out of an essence extracted from carrot seeds with apricot, date, and fig. A hint of May Rose is the final seal offering a floral sweetness.

Los Angeles-based contemporary artist Alex Israel has collaborated with the Maison on their previous Cologne Perfumes and once again paints an exclusive image to accompany Louis Vuitton’s latest scent upon a Fragrance Trunk and Travel Case.

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One Stop Shop All Summer Season

Mr. Porter, a destination for discovery for men around the world seeking inspiration for all styles, has an unparalleled product offering. Through a seamless online shopping experience and express worldwide shipping, Mr. Porter offers something for everyone: from the most sought-after menswear and lifestyle brands to exclusive capsule collections. Their latest campaign and their biggest to date, Summer Stories, is a celebration of the sun-kissed festivities from June to August. The standout collection features 125 brands and 49 exclusive ranges that embrace the warm weather for every occasion.

The campaign began on May 29th, with 5 multi-faceted chapters encompassing ready-to-wear, swimwear, shoes, accessories, luxury watches, jewelry, and lifestyle that will be unveiled throughout the next three months, solidifying Mr. Porter as a one-stop destination all season long. The capsule began with “For Sun, Sea And Sky,” with the foundations of a vacation wardrobe and poolside essentials that promise unforgettable memories to come. “Al Fresco” will be released on June 19th, consisting of the unmatched Italian brands and craftsmanship that are loved worldwide. On July 10th, “Bohemian Spirit” will be released, a selection of designer and contemporary brands catered to the adventurous hearts and souls unleashed through warm-weather activities. With a focus on new watches and exclusive jewelry, the offerings of “At The Bazaar'' will gleam under the summer sun from July 24th. And last but not least, “Pacific Dream” will round off the season with laid-back ready-to-wear for long, lazy evenings after days full of adventure.

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A Higher Standard of Luxury for Golf

Loro Piana, the Maison known for its distinctive understated elegance and celebration of Italian excellence, has announced that they will once again collaborate with Team Europe for the Ryder Cup, Golf’s greatest team contest. The greatest team contest in Golf will be held at the “Marco Simone Golf & Country Club” in Rome from September 25th to October 1st. Loro Piana will dress the athletes and their entourages for all the official events, inspiring players through the highest standard of clothing and the savoir-faire that has been the Maison’s hallmark for six generations. Through meticulous design and craftsmanship, the garments will be functional and comfortable, without cutting short on style and elegance. Loro Piana used 3D technology to stimulate the clothing’s reaction to the fine movements of golf, guaranteeing ease of movement for each and every swing. Six looks especially designed by the Maison will include a short-sleeved polo, a high-neck shirt with a zipper, a waterproof vest, and classic tailored trousers. The technical materials of each have been chosen for maximum softness and stretch, as well as for special features that enhance ergonomic performance to guarantee unparalleled wearability. In addition, a selection of the Team Europe uniforms, collectors’ items, complete with the Team Europe and the players logos, will be available in the Maison’s boutique in Rome exclusively during the competition for golf lovers to experience the wardrobe for themselves.

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A Higher Standard of Luxury for Golf

Loro Piana, the Maison known for its distinctive understated elegance and celebration of Italian excellence, has announced that they will once again collaborate with Team Europe for the Ryder Cup, Golf’s greatest team contest. The greatest team contest in Golf will be held at the “Marco Simone Golf & Country Club” in Rome from September 25th to October 1st.

Loro Piana will dress the athletes and their entourages for all the official events, inspiring players through the highest standard of clothing and the savoir-faire that has been the Maison’s hallmark for six generations. Through meticulous design and craftsmanship, the garments will be functional and comfortable, without cutting short on style and elegance. Loro Piana used 3D technology to stimulate the clothing’s reaction to the fine movements of golf, guaranteeing ease of movement for each and every swing.

Six looks especially designed by the Maison will include a short-sleeved polo, a high-neck shirt with a zipper, a waterproof vest, and classic tailored trousers. The technical materials of each have been chosen for maximum softness and stretch, as well as for special features that enhance ergonomic performance to guarantee unparalleled wearability. In addition, a selection of the Team Europe uniforms, collectors’ items, complete with the Team Europe and the players logos, will be available in the Maison’s boutique in Rome exclusively during the competition for golf lovers to experience the wardrobe for themselves.

www.loropiana.com

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Longchamp’s Fantastical Cultivation

The legendary French leather goods brand, Longchamp, has reopened the doors of its Cologne boutique, Domkloster 2. Joining the rest of the brand’s stores around Germany, the Cologne boutique highlights the genius of the RISE concept. The interior of the boutique is as meticulously thought out as everything else the brand creates. Every room spanning the two floors of the boutique is embellished uniquely to cultivate a special ambiance. As you step in, your eyes are immediately pulled toward the standing desk situated in the reception area – modeled after the authentic workshop table – and the most important pieces that are showcased on the bookshelf. The latest pieces are paired with their transcendent aesthetic companions such as books, pictures, and decorative items. Every detail is thought out and the entire layout is pulled smoothly by the aesthetic values of the house, present in every small corner of the boutique.

The reopening of this stylish and elegant boutique was celebrated on the 10th of May by customers and friends of the house. As the doors of the store opened to allow guests to experience the RISE concept in close proximity, the Parisian atmosphere transported the guests into the heart of Longchamp set in limbo between the present and the future. Good food and DJane were the puzzle pieces that perfected the night of celebration. The highlight of the evening was the raffle for a box-trot bag towards the end of the event.

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Louis Vuitton Channels Squid-Games in South Korea

Submerged in the watery illusions of blue and orange light, Louis Vuitton took over the Jamsugyo Bridge in Maison’s first Prefall show in South Korea. The living monument atop the Hangang river is the perfect allegory for Louis Vuitton’s Creative Director Nicolas Ghesquière’s vision of the Prefall 23 collection. The Director of “Squid Game” Hwang Dong-hyuk helped build the scenography for the show, based on the symbolism and cultural significance of the bridge.

The Prefall 23 collection is a tale of to and fro, communicating the never-ending evolution of Louis Vuitton: from Gangnam to Gangbuk, from the West to the East, from K Maison’s origins to its modern philosophies. Louis Vuitton essentials take on new features in a diplomatic journey as they are transformed from one shore of imagination to the other.

As the audience huddled together in the stormy weather, the models walked through the night's rain unbothered with windswept hair. HoYeon Jung, the “Squid Game” star and Louis Vuitton brand ambassador was first on the catwalk in a bright blue windbreaker and studded leather A-line skirt. The looks, highlighting the brand's most recognizable silhouettes and elements from recent collections, celebrated French style with a sci-fi twist. Windbreakers and halter neck jumpsuits in bright primary colors reminiscent of the K-thriller were paired with chunky boots, oversized outerwear and belts with supersized buckles. The final looks took a Bohemian turn with maxi skirts and floor length dresses featuring stripes and floral prints.

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The Ultimate Denim Experience with Wrangler & Lee

Lee® and Wrangler® Jeans joined forces to launch their new, dual-branded denim store in Amsterdam, offering consumers the ultimate denim experience. “Europe continues to be a key market for expansion for the Lee and Wrangler brands. The new Lee and Wrangler dual-branded stores will create a powerful platform for our iconic denim brands to excite and engage our growing European consumer base,” said Chris Waldeck – Lee’s EVP, Co-Chief Operating Officer, and Global Brand President. The underlying concept is an immersive experience: not only with both brands’ products showcased in the curated retail environment, highlighting the brands’ unique characteristics and iconic heritages, but also with the brands’ commitment to creating an unmatched denim destination. On April 20th, 2023, Wrangler and Lee kicked off the Amsterdam store opening with a house party. At the store, the consumer’s journey begins in the space’s main area – where jeans from both brands are merchandized by gender and fit categories – and continues towards a specialized denim room – with a wide variety of denim on a seven-shelf stack. To underline the brands’ distinct personalities, heritage materials and imagery are displayed throughout the store: featuring a capsule area for the premium Lee 101 range, as well as red and indigo blues in the visuals to evoke the spirit of Wrangler. “In the coming months,” Waldeck remarks, “you can expect to see additional Lee and Wrangler stores in top retail destinations across Europe as we continue to introduce our brands’ iconic designs and unrivaled denim heritage to new audiences.”

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Summer Months with Moncler

At the heart of Moncler is the dedication to sharing warmth through combined style and constant technological research. For the brand's SS23 collection, the brand's unique yet timeless DNA is effortlessly reimagined for warmer days. Their global summer campaign celebrates the brand's exceptional craftsmanship of year-round protection and performance.

Thierry Le Goués shot the latest campaign, taking an unexpected aesthetic direction that casts a refined yet dramatic statement true to the essence of the brand. His stylized shots feature the SS23 collection with stark angles in a mostly monochrome chiaroscuro. He captures the dynamic actuality of the summer, exemplifying Moncler’s exceptional performance even in the unexpected twists of weather.

Not every summer is easy breezy, but Moncler’s lightweight puffers and transitional layers are the antidote to even the most extreme demands of nature and city life alike. The designs offer a play between silken and matt textures, in jackets and tactile knitwear alongside warm-weather must-haves like swimwear and accessories. Offering an elegant solution for every day, the collection spans a selection of sleek black jackets as well as styles in brighter and lighter colors to welcome the sunnier days. Moncler’s latest collection is available in select boutiques and on the brand’s website.

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Horizons Truly Never End with Louis Vuitton & Lionel Messi

As a football legend and recent world champion, it is rather inevitable that Lionel Messi is frequently on the move. Entirely fitting, then, is the fact that Messi stars in Louis Vuitton’s new travel campaign, Horizons Never End. Captured by fashion photographer and filmmaker Glen Luchford while seated in an airport terminal with his legs stretched out on his Horizon rolling cabin bag or seated upon the iconic Louis Vuitton trunk amidst the planes of the airport apron, Messi appears ready to take on countless adventures with his Horizon luggage by his side.

With this Horizon luggage collection dreamed up by Marc Newson, the Maison remains devoted to its founder’s art of travel, while also reshaping it with Newson’s numerous contributions. Newson developed “the ultimate contemporary backpack” for his debut collaboration with the Maison, as well as designed and engineered many Louis Vuitton travel essentials. His new-iconic Horizon collection marked a true accomplishment for the Maison’s luggage family in terms of design, durability and functionality when it was first launched in 2016. Packaging space, a crucial necessity for an itinerant, is optimized through a generous, flat-bottomed interior, whereas a highly maneuverable exterior trolley system with silent, miniature wheels grants 360° directionality. The Maison’s trunkmaking legacy peeks through with the ultra-lightweight cases in molded mesh composite, covered in specially developed Monogram or Damier canvas and trimmed with natural cowhide.

Starting April 14th, 2023, the first chapter of the Horizon collection will debut internationally in print and on Louis Vuitton social channels.

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Louis Vuitton Voyager Skeleton: A Journey Beyond Time

Described as a journey beyond time, the Louis Vuitton Voyager Skeleton is not simply a watch but a powerful storytelling tool. Encased in the watch is a tale about Louis Vuitton itself: a house with a profound commitment to craftsmanship, the finest quality, and a smooth mixture of style and innovation – all culminating in unique designs.

We begin by entering the miniature world of the mechanical watch movement. The self-winding mechanical skeleton manufacture movement is meant to showcase the watch’s design and mechanics. Louis Vuitton moves away from mere functional mechanics and, instead, moves towards structural components that embody the house’s essence by transforming stationary elements into engineered forms of dynamic beauty. The LV60 caliber, designed and developed by La Fabrique du Temps Louis Vuitton, is the horological equivalent of contemporary architecture. The caliber is equipped with a tungsten micro-rotor, positioned off-center to maximize visibility and decorated with a white gold rhodium plated plate. The barrel ratchet wheel has been open-worked to spell “Louis Vuitton”. The watch’s case, with satin-finished sides and a polished top, sapphire glass, is crafted from platinum, a rare, dense and valuable alloy. It is therefore most remarkable that the case’s front combines sweeping curves and contrasting surface finishes, a challenge for those working with platinum. The watch also comes with two strap options, a navy blue, alligator leather strap or a taurillon leather strap. The Voyager Skeleton is available in an exclusive edition, limited to 150 pieces that carry on Louis Vuitton’s technical expertise and attention to detail.

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Louis Vuitton’s Unveilings at Milan Design Week

This Milan Design Week, from 19 to 23 April 2023, Louis Vuitton’s latest Objets Nomades, the Cabinet of Curiosities by Marc Newson, and the Marc Fornes pavilion will all be showcased at Palazzo Serbelloni.

The Louis Vuitton Objets Nomades collection grows with the unveiling of 11 new innovative furnishings and objects created by a renowned selection of international designers. Creations from Atelier Oï, Raw Edges, Atelier Biagetti, Marcel Wanders, Zanellato/Bortotto, Studio Louis Vuitton, and Campana are exhibited in a space especially curated in the historic Palazzo Serbelloni. Amongst the new additions are designs inspired by Louis Vuitton’s iconic monogram, such as Atelier Biagetti’s Flower Tower lamp, with 15 glass bubbles that appear to float when lit and Studio Louis Vuitton’s Flower Carafe and Twist Glass, handmade by Venetian artists.

Louis Vuitton will also premiere the fascinating Cabinet of Curiosities by Marc Newson. A hard-sided travel trunk transformed into a presentation case with 8 doors and secret compartments by the Australian industrial designer. The trunk houses 19 leather-covered metal cubes in 3 sizes and 3 colorways. The cubes can be arranged in over 1,000 configurations to display books, art, souvenirs, or anything the heart desires.

Finally, the Maison presents its annual exhibition of nomadic architecture in the palazzo’s courtyard. Architect Marc Fornes designed the structure from 1600 uniquely shaped anodized aluminum sheets. The structure resembles a coral-like, living entity, and will host a series of events throughout Milan Design Week.

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Plan C SS23: A New Italian Luxury Wardrobe

Plan C Creative Director Carolina Castiglioni, the daughter of Marni’s founder Consuelo Castiglioni, brings in her passion for design and her own personal tastes for the Italian label’s SS23 collection. Inspired by mid-century design’s contrast of refined functionality and saturated color, Carolina’s ready-to-wear-line offers the perfect balance between feminine and masculine elements, as well as fresh styles ideal for the start of the hotter seasons. Experimentation, combination and playfulness seem to be Plan C’s vocabulary for this season as pieces intrigue us with striking colors, diverse materials such as organza and twill, and bold, abstract prints and patterns – all while staying true to the brand’s indubitable quality. For a more feminine touch, midi skirts, a classic spring choice, and flowy long dresses come in a variety of different colors, prints and textures to keep every woman’s wardrobe unpredictable. Unconventional pairings with a touch of sophisticated utility lie at the heart of Carolina’s creative vision: sporty style details and subtle color blocking make up the perfect everyday bag, whereas inventive outerwear pieces such as parkas and trench coats are curiously paired with turtlenecks or a sequined pencil skirt. The classic loafer is reinvented in a contemporary form with a heavy-duty lugged sole and an unusual colorway. To transition from day to night with minimal effort, a sequin dress is layered over a crisp poplin shirt. Plan C crafts a new Italian luxury wardrobe, full of garments designed to become the uniforms of real, powerful and determined women.

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W&W: An Immersion into Gucci's Universe

For its special event at Watches and Wonders 2023 in Geneva, Gucci presented its newest releases at the Gucci Greenhouse. The new innovative updates to core collections pay tribute to Gucci’s iconic codes and High Watchmaking expertise as the house takes on a new endeavor: a dreamlike, horological spaceflight into the Gucci universe.

Four new designs enter the G-Timeless Planetarium collection. 12 Ethiopian opals, and a pastel melange of topaz, peridot, amethyst and Ethiopian opals embellish two new lunar themed creations. Another design, inspired by an otherworldly sunset, is characterized by contrasting reds, while the brightest addition is an all-around, star-themed creation. Additions to the G-Timeless Dancing Bees collection continue to celebrate the bee motif on another tourbillion. In honor of Mother Earth’s singular beauty, two new designs feature exceptional stone dials: a turquoise dial resembles the oceans, and a vibrant pistachio green opal dial captures lush, verdant lands. Technological precision describes the new, made-to-order G-Timeless Moonlight creations, which uniquely incorporate a client’s specific place, time and date of birth into the watch. Inspired by the forms of contemporary architecture, the Gucci 25H collection welcomes a wide array of new additions. Made for extreme comfort, the new Gucci 25H with the perpetual calendar complication comes in three models with gold and steel finishes, and is powered by the GG7S7.25.PC caliber. For a more sustainable approach, the Gucci Dive collection features bio-based materials and an automatic movement with 300m water resistance. The novelties showcase Gucci’s exceptional heritage alongside its contemporary savoir-faire.

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Prada Frames: Materials in Flux

The Prada Frames symposium, presented by Prada, aims to spark reflection and innovation to define a new reality with an environmentally conscious approach. International scholars and professionals from a full disciplinary range are brought together to explore the complex interactions between design and the environment. Fusing a transdisciplinary approach with an ecological lens, Prada Frames explores how these dynamics can be improved to ensure a brighter future. The event is curated by Formafantasma, a research and design studio based in Milan and Rotterdam that investigates the ecological, historical, political, and social forces that shape the discipline of design with the goal to use design to initiate vital transformative interventions.

In 2023, the second edition of Prada Frames is held in Hong Kong and Milan, with the theme ‘Materials in Flux’. Inspired by the work of British anthropologist Tim Ingold, one of the many contributors to the event, the concept is focused on how materials and matter are interconnected, with an endless life cycle.

In Hong Kong, the symposium began on March 21 and 22 at the M+, Asia’s first global museum of contemporary visual culture, inaugurated by its architect Jacques Herzog.

On April 17, 18 and 19, during the Salone del Mobile, the symposium will continue to unfold in Milan’s Teatro Filodrammatici, one of the oldest theaters in the city. The program includes sessions and talks titled ‘Conceptualizing’, ‘Contextualizing’, ‘Designing’ and ‘Valuating’, ‘Governing’ and ‘Re-inhabiting’, unpacking every step and process that makes up global waste infrastructures, and delving deep into the relationships between matter and ecosystems.

Admission to Prada Frames in Milan is free, but there is a limited availability. From April 6th it is possible to register for attendance on the Prada website.

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Dior Pre-Fall 2023: A Celebration of Indian Savoir-Faire

For the first time, Dior presented its Pre-Fall 23 collection in India, more accurately at the Gateway of India in Mumbai. The house has long held Indian culture in high esteem. In fact, this dialogue between France and India began with Marc Bohan, who in April 1962 traveled with Dior models to Mumbai and Delhi for shows. The resulting pictures from these travels served as an inspiration for Dior’s Creative Director, Maria Grazia Chiuri. Beyond this, Chiuri’s work relations and friendships have also connected her to India for many years now. Most remarkable, however, is her relationship with Karishma Swali, the director of the Chanakya School of Craft – a place that explores different types of savoir-faire and where incorporating women into the fashion industry is a central goal.

Through the collection, Chiuri continues to pay tribute to her and Dior’s long-lasting engagement with India. She incorporates materials and color palettes that speak to her shared key influences with Swali. Timeless clothing shapes that have remained largely unchanged throughout time afford Chiuri the capacity to redesign her favorite models. Embroidery carries a special meaning as it represents the multiple landscapes of India as well as honors diverse techniques, which become a woman’s instruments of empowerment and inventiveness. As a homage to Marc Bohan, silks in shades of green, yellow, pink and purple set apart sari-inspired straight skirts, while traditional Indian cuts characterize trousers, boleros, jackets and tops. Dior’s celebration of Indian craft and creation produced a wardrobe of endless possibilities.

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Big Dreams, From New York City to the Whole World

Alicia Keys dares us to dream with her new collaborative collection with Moncler. The collaboration fulfills her childhood dreams in a way she never imagined. She takes us back to the New York winters of her youth, where Moncler spotted the streets, a vision of excellence that always seemed out of reach. And now, her collection transports us to the place where her dreams were made, to her vision of New York City, the intersection of hard work and aspiration.

The Alicia Keys x Moncler collection brings the energy and hopeful optimism of New York to the world. Baggy ‘90s silhouettes shape an effortlessly gender-neutral collection reminiscent of the unforgettable pre-millennial aesthetic. From oversized tracksuits to cropped and shrunken tops, the collection radiates youthful confidence. Ebullient greens, reds, and Alicia’s signature purple piece together with silver metallics and crystals in designs that epitomize swagger and street style.

The accompanying campaign imagery tells the story of the collection in two perspectives. The first, shot by Ibrahem Hasan, stars Keys with a cast of New York’s up-and-coming talents swinging above a backdrop of the city’s skyline – a visual metaphor for striving, reaching, and then surpassing your dreams. The second is a series of candid portraits reflecting the character and personality of Keys, shot by Laura Jane Coulson.

The collection was unveiled during London Fashion Week of 2023 at Moncler’s The Art of Genius event, first worn on stage in a live performance by Little Simz and Cleo Sol. It launched online and in Moncler boutiques in late March 2023.

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Carlos Nazario to Carve A New Direction for Moose Knuckles

Effective immediately, Carlos Nazario has been announced as the new Global Artistic Director for Moose Knuckles, the Canadian sports- and outerwear brand. Moose Knuckles is devoted to creating luxurious clothing with ethically sourced materials and impeccable tailoring that can keep one warm from the city to the wildest voyages in the tundra.

A native to Queens, New York, Nazario is hailed as a key shaper of the modern fashion industry. He has left his mark, a provocative and creative force, on numerous magazine covers and luxury brands and has broken boundaries in his work with various world-famous talents. He is currently the Global Fashion Director at i-D.

From March 21st, 2023, Nazario joins the Moose Knuckles community, taking over the collection design, image content, brick and mortar presentation, and marketing/communication expressions across all channels. He has served as a stylist and guest creative consultant in their recent campaigns and is excited to reinvigorate the strong foundation of the brand. He has a clear vision, to introduce a new chapter that broadens and widens the scope of Moose Knuckles with innovations in product design and communication. Moose Knuckles and Nazario are ready to carve out new directions for the evolution of the brand, while staying true to its uncompromising craftsmanship, its highest quality creations, and its unequivocally irreverent nature.

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A New Step in Fur

Devohome is an Ukranian-based company that produces healthy and natural hemp textiles without the use of pesticides. Hemp fur – the brand’s plant-based fur that can be substituted for animal and synthetic fur is now being celebrated worldwide.

The brand’s Hemp Fur Coat won the Green Product Award 2023 in the Category of Fashion. Since 2013, the international Green Product Award has been celebrating products displaying a future-oriented design, innovation, and sustainability. The Hemp Fur Coat is evidence of the unnecessary nature of animal farming for textiles.

Devehome’s hemp fur was created in 2018 and was patented in 2021, a pioneer in sustainable design in high fashion. The appearance is as charming as animal or synthetic fur, and the ethical advantages imbue the fur with a charm that cannot be imitated. The Hemp Fur Coat, large and welcoming is lined with the brand’s Hemp Fur, ensuring warmth and comfort, and additionally, the external black fabric of the coat traps more heat and adds a chic touch to any outfit worn to bear the cold weather.

The biodegradable hemp fur is 100% natural and biodegradable, vegan, antibacterial, and antifungal, warms up to 30 degrees, and absorbs moisture. These incredible qualities intensely enhance the masterful design and craftsmanship of Devohome. The industrial production of hemp fur is growing, and Devohome is persistently integrating its sustainable substitute into the textile industry to help make permanent changes and start a new wave of garment production that protects our environment.

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Woolrich Takes the Next Step for Environmentally Conscious Outwear with Brewed Protein™ Fiber

Woolrich is the oldest American outdoor clothing company, committed to creating products for any weather that last a lifetime, since its founding in 1830. In FW23, they take this oath to global environmental conservation to the next level with the latest innovations in material creation and technology. Woolrich has announced the new Woolrich Arctic Parka in collaboration with Japanese sport apparel manufacturer GOLDWIN will be made with Brewed Protein™ fibers.

Brewed Protein™ fiber is a structural protein material with an inspiring potential for alternative fabrics that are free from petroleum and animal products. The material gets its name from the way it is produced, a microbial fermentation that uses plant-derived sugars that is similar to the brewing of alcohol. Spiber Inc., the Japanese biotechnology venture company that jointly-developed Brewed Protein™ fibers with GOLDWIN thus provide a solution to reduce the microplastic pollution and greenhouse gas emissions associated with the fashion industry.

In line with their shared goals of reducing the environmental burden of fashion and developing a more sustainable society, Woolrich and GOLDWIN offer the new Woolrich Arctic Parka. The garment has become an iconic staple winter jacket around the world since it was first created to serve the Alaskan Pipeline workers in 1972. In FW23, it will be available in physical and online stores in the US, EU, and Japan.

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A Reinterpretation of Dior's Iconic CD Diamond Pattern

The archival Dior pattern – the CD Diamond toile – flourishes anew as it is reinterpreted for Dior’s SS23 men’s collection, dreamed up by Kim Jones in an attempt to pay tribute to the brand’s heritage through innovation. Originally designed by Marc Bohan in 1974, the CD Diamond toile is an iconic signature of the house. The pattern is revisited as a diamond with pared-down lines. Like the outline of a clean-cut diamond, the CD initials compose a hypnotic motif – a mesmerizing design that honors the legacy of house Dior. Jones’ selection of designs for the collection, adorned by the iconic pattern, combine the elegance of tailoring with the functionality of outdoor wear to make up bold silhouettes. The CD Diamond short-sleeved shirt, made from silk twill in a seductive shade of gray, is put on display with the matching CD Diamond Bermuda shorts. The emblematic Saddle Bag is deliberately paired with the Gardener’s jacket, crafted in pink thick cotton canvas with a CD motif sleeve lining, to enhance the silhouette. Other accessories, such as the Dior Hit The Road mini bag, the B27 High-Top sneaker and the Safari bag with strap, are also embellished by the delicate graphics. The bold reinterpretation of the iconic pattern is not only an ode to the house’s legacy and history but also a reframing process – striking a balance of heritage and innovation with a modern and adventurous approach.

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Experiencing Louis Vuitton in Vienna

Louis Vuitton opened the doors to its latest store on Graben in Vienna on March 10th, 2023. The beautiful historic building, dated 1898-99, grants four floors in the heart of the city center. The latest realization of Peter Marino’s design concept is among the largest in Europe.

Upon entry, one walks atop pale and marbled reddish stone distinctive to the Austro-Hungarian empire and the Vienna Secession respectively. An exceptional stone spiral staircase complements curving walls and open sightlines, allowing one to float through the fantastic world of Louis Vuitton. A statement wall contrasts this airy effect, with eight vibrant, graphic paintings by Austrian artist Erwin Wurm.

The displays of women’s leather goods, watches and jewelry, perfume, and travel accessories are immediately enthralling on the ground floor, amidst one-of-a-kind modern furniture and striking artworks. The women’s ready-to-wear, shoes, and high-end leather goods are housed in the warmth of the mezzanine, finished with classic parquet, textured walls, and accents of soft color. On the first floor, the White Box offers an exhibition space, an extension to private VIC salons overlooking Graben, and the exciting potential of future projects. The lower level is a man’s world, complete with a barrel-vaulted ceiling, curving cabinetry and bold visuals.

Louis Vuitton’s new location in Vienna transcends the definition of a store. From hand-painted trunks as if by the Austrian painters of the Vienna Secession themselves, to contemporary daybeds, modular sofas and whimsical light pieces, the space takes shape as a unique and inspiring experience.

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Bulgari’s Serpent Morphs through the Kaleidoscope of FW2023

Bulgari’s FW23 Leather Goods and Accessories collection is an invitation into an entrancing world of color and light. Layers of richness and shining reflections are ready to be uncovered in KALEIDOSCOPIA. Iconic designs and exciting details epitomize the Maison’s eclectic spirit and joyful creativity.

Adorned with the exalting force of Bulgari’s vibrant gemstones, Serpenti is unleashed with three deliveries of Leather Goods. "Joyful Spring" comes in March of 2023, with the optimism and power of bright colors and new material treatments. The legendary icon features proudly in the new Serpenti Forever Bay and the 75th Anniversary edition of the Serpenti Forever Top Handle bag. A wider array of Bulgari’s snake family is awakened in May 2023 with "Vibrant Summer". From the Serpentine Vertical Tote to the Serpentine Pouch and the Serpentine Forever East-West, shimmering silver reflects an illuminating modern gleam on the Roman Jeweler’s DNA. Coiled Torchon and Patch Denim come into play, elevating causal textures to an effortless and joyful elegance. In August 2023, the second delivery will be available. "Eclectic Fall" unleashes the snake in ultraluxe Python and Karung Skins and a crystal cascade.

The “little jewels” of the collection are Bulgari’s textiles, uniting gem-colors and a modern aesthetic to the integral themes of the Maison’s philosophy. Bulgari’s eclectic and future-oriented spirit is seen in the new styles of FW23 Eyewear. Details inspired by the aesthetic codes of jewelry bring a captivating and contemporary charm to the shapes of familiar and brand-new frames.

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PFW - FW23 - Balenciaga's Return to the Runway

After its campaign controversies in 2022, Balenciaga has returned to the runway with its FW23 collection. Following the scandal, Balenciaga issued several official apologies and, soon after, the brand stated its plans to reinvent the house with an internal reform and a three-year partnership with the National Children’s Alliance. For this collection, fashion as entertainment – Balenciaga’s characteristic performative element – is left behind. Instead, Creative Director Demna stripped back to the fundamentals of design by mixing Cristóbal Balenciaga’s legacy with his own. This time, tourists and show-goers rather than big-time celebrities attended the show, which took place in a whitewashed box room inside the Carrousel du Louvre – an underground shopping center in Paris. The oversized structured tailoring looks that opened the show convey Demna’s intention to redirect focus to shapes, silhouettes and tailoring. The suits are crafted using reverse-tailored trousers, as well as other garments – coats and jackets – with pant-loops, pockets and inverted waists placed at the hems. Trousers are doubled to appear as if walking on four legs, creating fluid motion. Typical Balenciaga motifs are also present. Long floral archival dresses, bicker jackets, high-neck nightgowns embellished with crystal sequins, and alien sportswear paired with wide eye sunglasses walk down the runway. Garments and accessories no longer rely on the Balenciaga logo, rather, they showcase Demna’s “ode to the artistic quality of creation”. While many argue that the show was a step in the right direction, others are still uncertain about its success. So, the question remains: will Balenciaga be able to redeem itself?

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Inspiring Future Generations of Women

A reflexive perspective, an attention to history, a rebellious femininity and powerful icons – all this can be found in Maria Grazia Chiuri’s reinterpretation of the 1950s for Dior’s FW 23/24 ready-to-wear-line. This Creative Director treats each and every collection as a site of opportunity and further reflection – the meaning and possibilities of clothing, in its relationship to fashion and the body, are not assumed.

An intricate awareness of the brand’s history and a homage to three extraordinary women directs the creation of deeply emotional pieces. The three icons in question – Catherine Dior, Edith Piaf and Juliette Gréco – contradicted the dominant mindset during the post-war. They shared an unconventional spirit to resist feminine stereotypes – a spirit that heavily influenced their choices and lifestyle. Following the path of these nonconforming figures, this Dior collection is the very signature of noncomplying femininity. Primary colors, such as ruby, emerald, topaz yellow and blue, are in the spotlight. Detailing the pieces is a touch of light introduced through embroidery. The floral motifs chosen by Monsieur Dior have been re-examined: an abstract effect is obtained as mottled fabric is interwoven with a metallic thread – the fabric seems to come to life, contours disappear. Delicately nuanced tartan fabrics set apart coats, jackets and straight skirts. Poplin also shimmers with metallic thread. This collection is not only an inspiration for future generations of women but also an embodiment of ways of being, living, and approaching this world. A symbol of change and growth. A combination of past, present and future.

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“Freedom, Pleasure, Experimentation, Play”: Diesel FW23

The post-apocalyptic and sex-positive FW23 collection showcases the brand’s core values moving forward. “Freedom, pleasure, experimentation, play”, these four concepts imbue the collection with a youth-like acceptance and embrace of the erotic. The Italian fashion house successfully explores new creative territories whilst initiating valuable discourse, embellished with a preview of its forthcoming capsule collection with Durex, which drops in April 2023.

The importance of individual freedom and the value of safe sex is sewn into the commentary of the showcase as well as the garments such as jersey T-shirts featuring the Durex logo with the D of Diesel. “We have to remind everyone that safe sex is still important, we cannot forget,” says Glenn Martens, the Creative Director of Diesel.

The models strut on the dynamic runway built around the grandiose sculpture of 200,000 Durex condom boxes completed with captivating electronic music with a pornographic audio break. Aside from the valuable social commentary, this collection once again highlights the brand’s mastery over denim. The garments allude to the movement of the past, and future. Heavy distressing and intentional fragility can be seen on almost every garment - leather jackets made to look cracked, jeans that appear to be falling apart, and dresses and gowns only supported by metal detailing featuring the emblematic D logo. However, it’s important to note that the fragility that lines the garments is expertly coupled with practical and utilitarian elements. This dichotomy between the use of materials does not diminish the urge to display the body. All garments possess a specific temporality - whether they conceal, display, or protect the body: the dynamic use of fabric and material saturates the collection with the feeling that the garments are meant to be taken off.

The Diesel FW23 collection commits to exploring a territory too often deemed taboo in high art and does it with intense artistry and creativity.

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A Journey of Colors and Textures

Seldom before have colors, textures and fibers transported us through time and space as with Loro Piana’s FW23 collection. Clothes become allies in an extraordinary life, convenient for mentally active personalities with an appreciation for stylish playfulness.

We begin an imaginary journey in Peru, advancing towards New Zealand and Australia to arrive at our final destination, Mongolia – all homelands to the key fibers that lie at the heart of Loro Piana’s expertise. Muted yet deep tones denote Peru, where linens are mixed with cashmere and CashDenim, and light dresses flow smoothly over the body. Natural tones and dimensional outwear in rich wools and leather indicate our arrival in New Zealand. A practical yet nonchalant attitude and oversized jerseys teamed up with tartans are found in Australia – in contrast to shearlings and chunky knits in natural fleece tones which mark the stark winter feel of the Mongolian steppe. The journey’s characteristic spirits and moods are mirrored in the collection, guiding the flow of silhouettes and colors as fluid, feminine shapes mingle with sharp, masculine lines. We may transition from elegant to rugged, ultralight to cocooned, city to weekend. Horse-riding nods illustrate Loro Piana’s artisanal mastery with superlative fibers, the new trousers’ shape has a fuller volume that becomes dramatically narrow at the bottom. The soft and versatile Bale is offered in L and Micro size for different uses. This house of sensations cultivates experiences for all, empowering one to move with excellence and ease through a magnitude of landscapes.

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MFW - PRADA FW23 - The Beauty of the Forgotten Everyday

Debuting during Milan Fashion Week, Miuccia Prada and Raf Simons presented their ready-to-wear-line, Taking Care, for Prada’s women’s FW23 collection. This season, the Italian luxury house celebrates the ceaseless yet remarkable everyday life. The collection is a reflection on fashion’s role within a broader cultural sense – an elicitation to rediscover and reconceptualize reality and the ideas of beauty within it. Considering the state of affairs over the past few years, including the devastating war in Ukraine and the coronavirus pandemic, the chosen theme points to the world’s necessity for care and kindness. Individuals who exercise care on a daily basis are at the heart of the collection. Garments with representational power become symbols of that care: nurse-inspired uniforms honor the hard work and determination needed for healing practices. An emphasis on protection materializes on different levels. Skirts with down padding protect and keep the body warm, and leather is transformed into protective armor. An interplay between the ordinary and extraordinary showcases Prada’s mastery to design pieces for any and every occasion. Wedding dresses, strong romantic symbols, become the new quotidian dress as they are taken apart into skirts and sweaters. The notion of transformation further expands into the space of the Deposito of the Fondazione Prada. The moving ceiling amplifies the room – as darkness gradually disappears, it unveils pillars decorated with aromatic flowers. It is rather exceptional how care is simultaneously the underlying ingredient of the pieces’ composition as well as what they inspire to give rise to.

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MFW - FENDI FW23 - A Timeless Wardrobe for a Contemporary Woman

Over the years, Tod’s has established itself as an icon of Italian design. At its very core is the realization of a lifestyle – one that, according to the brand, merges “elegance, creativity and savoir-faire with supreme artisanal quality”. A way of life that is once again put into the limelight in Tod’s women’s FW23 collection, designed by Creative Director Walter Chiapponi and presented at Pirelli HangarBicocca – home to a non-profit organization in Milan. The collection resonates with the demands of the modern-day woman. The central idea? A refined and contemporary elegance combined with a strong sense of identity. This winter wardrobe reveals classic and timeless pieces featuring clean lines and a monochromatic color palette – a combination of soft caramels, browns and creams with black and white pinstripes. Natural fabrics and precious leather add a dash of softness and sensuality. Knit dresses hug the body while polos star in countless looks. Masculine features transform into sophisticated femininity. A slight playfulness with proportions, and iconic details together with functional elements make up elegant silhouettes with a hint of practicality. Shoulders stick out while the waist is accentuated. Hourglass leather dresses walk down the runway, skirts come in all types of lengths and pockets become a refreshing feature. Not failing to carry on the Tod’s legacy of traditional Italian craftsmanship are the collection’s accessories. The iconic Di Bag can be taken apart while the T Case is soft to the touch. In Tod’s world: functionality, structure, style and elegance are not mutually exclusive.

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An Ode to Connectedness

On February 22nd of 2023, Tiffany & Co. hosted an exclusive dinner party in Berlin with the newly appointed ambassadors of the house, Ruby O. Fee and Matthias Schweighöfer, to celebrate the LOCK collection. Staying true to the brand’s desire to prioritize diversity and inclusion as well as positively impact the communities with which it works, this unisex collection follows the motto: “No rules. All are welcome.” The iconic jewelry pieces point to the power and importance of personal connections in our close environment, as they constitute who we are as individuals. LOCK resonates with Berlin, a diverse and busy city characterized by sharp contrasts, and a united metropolis where creativity and art flourish in ever new forms. Who better than one of Germany’s power couples to represent this collection? The event transpired during the 73rd Berlin International Film Festival, where many friends of the house and beloved couple – including figures from the film, music and art industries – walked the carpet wearing Tiffany & Co.’s designs. Matthias combined a dark blue velvet suit with the Tiffany Lock Pendant in rose and white gold with diamonds and displayed various Tiffany Lock Bangle styles along with his girlfriend Ruby. The event commenced with an exclusive dinner at the iconic Schinkel Pavillon. Soon after, Anna Liset of Women of Style entertained the attendees – among which we find Yusra Mardini, Lea van Acken, Riccardo Simonetti and Jerry Hoffmann – with a DJ performance. Honoring the collection, the event embodied the celebration of friendship and of Tiffany’s innovative designs.

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NEW YORK - Michael Kors Collection FW23

Fashion has the ability to capture the current zeitgeist, maybe better than any other creative discipline. Despite being able to spark desires in the here and now, the fashion industry has never failed to pay homage to those who came before. And each decade has its own icons, whether it is certain places, ground-breaking designers, or tastemakers, whose impact still reverberates decades after. With the new FW23 collection presented in New York’s Greenwich Village, Michael Kors celebrates these forever icons, whom he calls his influencers, who have left a lasting impression on his work, highlighting timeless glamor whilst at the same time paying homage to the rule-breaking spirit which has defined Greenwich Village for decades. To put it in Michael Kors’ own words, “I was really thinking about the things that influenced me when I was coming of age in the 70s, the women who influenced me, the neighborhood that influenced me, and the combination of big city glamor and bohemia that I found in Greenwich Village at the time.” Throughout the collection, we can see Kors play with proportions, interlacing sweeping coats and dramatic capes with leggy dresses, skirts and shorts whilst also using clever slashes and slits to frame the body. With this collection, Michael Kors plays to its own strengths with the designs, defined by clean lines, having a familiar feel whilst keeping us on edge with modernizations in terms of detailing and materials.

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A Dash of Parisian Nonchalance

Paris is one of fashion’s epicentres with some of the most influential fashion houses in the world calling the French capital their home. And the city’s residents themselves also have a reputation for being especially fashionable with the notion of Parisian Chic being world-renowned. But as the world is changing, our understanding of Parisian Chic does as well. Living up to this notion, Givenchy is presenting its newest bag, the Voyou. To put it in Givenchy Creative Director Matthew Williams’ own words, “I wanted to revisit fashion archetypes with a kind of new language and playful attitude. With the Voyou, you know at a glance that it’s Parisian, but it’s at home wherever it goes, and it makes an everyday style statement that has true staying power.” Named for the slang term that means “bad boy” in French, the Voyou is blending the language of a lady’s handbag with an easy-going demeanour, resulting in this elegant, yet casual bag. Crafted in tumbled, subtly grained calfskin, the bag features zippered compartments for everyday essentials and luxurious turned edges fusing the Givenchy polish with the convenience and lightness of a hobo. Yet it receives a jewel-like allure through its distinctive hardware embellishments. Combined the visual features of the bag provide every look with a dash of Parisian nonchalance, by day or by night.

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The Art of Genius

Every industry has its own calendar, its own rhythms which determine the course of the year. Fashion is by no means an exception and functions by its two-season model with luxury houses presenting their new collections twice a year. But more and more are moving away from this traditional modus operandi. In this spirit, Moncler launched Moncler Genius in 2018 as a continuous flow of newness. Another core principle behind Moncler Genius was the power of collaboration. Over the past five years, Moncler has relentlessly amplified the concept, engaging in collaboration with some of the world’s greatest creative minds in the industry providing innovative ways of curating, communicating and sharing creativity with the world, tapping into the cultural zeitgeist and continuous evolution embedded in its DNA. This platform is now taking the next step forward, going beyond fashion and exploring the boundaries of creation at the intersections of art, design, entertainment, music, sport and culture. To introduce this year’s roster of co-creators, Moncler presents The Art of Genius. This event, a live show on a grand scale, features some of the world’s premier creators from various industries who present their creative visions bridging different formats and disciplines.

The Art of Genius will take place on February 20th and will allow visitors to immerse themselves in a world of creativity with all its beauty and emotional power.

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CHANEL's Circus

One watching the CHANEL SS23 Couture Show might be forgiven for thinking that they had accidentally stumbled upon a high-fashion live edition of The Greatest Showman. Striking a rather playful tone amid the oft more serious, thought-provoking shows that make up Paris Couture Fashion Week, CHANEL creative director Virginie Viard took things in a different direction. A set comprising a wooden menagerie of zoo animals formed the backdrop to the debut of Viard’s latest work for the House, a parade of youthful and refreshing looks.

Like any good ringmaster, the models of CHANEL came out in top hats and bow ties (many of them, at least), as well as white leather gloves or white cross-laced boots bearing CHANEL’s signature black-tip toes. The circus imagery did not just stop at sets and accessories, however, finding its way even into the dove-detail embroidery in the final look, or the tiny embossed animals down the front of the second look.

Much of the collection was classic CHANEL – think tweeds, day suits and coat dresses. Some silhouettes drew inspiration directly from the theme, such as the majorette-style miniskirts. Viard is a self–proclaimed ‘modern wardrobe for real women’ kind of designer, so despite creating a couture line with a circus-fantasy theme, Viard has succeeded in a line that is simultaneously original, yet also undeniably wearable. HZ

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Space for Art, Space for Fashion

Reductionism lies at the heart of the FW23 Men’s Collection by LOEWE. The collection strips everything down to its core; embellishments, colors, even the models themselves, are stripped down to give central focus to the silhouette of the clothing.

Shape is everything in this collection. The way it is molded, blended, frozen, tailored. The way a line is drawn, the contours of the clothing. The expression brought about through precise geometry; the power held within the measuring tape of the tailor.

In the context of mass media, mass consumerism and gargantuan productions, one can often feel caught within a whirlwind of (over)stimulation. LOEWE’s collection and show provide a quiet sanctuary in this storm (especially the storm that is Paris Fashion Week – a veritable monsoon of colossal productions and media campaigns), where one can stop and take a breath, and appreciate just what is really at the heart of all this madness… the clothes themselves. Fashion and art are given space and spotlight again.

This unostentatious, minimalist mentality is similarly reflected in the show space, a single white square-shaped room, with the showgoers watching from the perimeters. The only enhancement to the space, the giant original artworks by Julien Nguyen, depicting the House’s model and muse Nikos in Nguyen’s characteristically surrealist style. HZ

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Tod's Chinese New Year Limited Edition

Tod's, the esteemed Italian luxury brand, welcomes the Chinese New Year 2024 with an exclusive limited-edition collection, drawing inspiration from the Chinese zodiac element of the dragon. The assortment celebrates the spirit of the annual festivities, offering unique accessories that seamlessly blend tradition with modern style. At the core of this collection are three distinct shoe styles: the iconic Gommino Bubble, the latest sneaker, and rubber sole loafers. Each pair is adorned with a captivating double dragon pattern and Tod's logo on the inner soles, showcasing meticulous attention to detail and design. The limited edition collection extends beyond footwear to accessories like a leather and fabric shopping bag, where the double dragon motif continues to make a statement on an internal leather pouch. Tod's limited-edition collection beautifully captures the essence of the Chinese New Year, fusing traditional symbolism with contemporary Italian elegance. This release is an exquisite celebration of the dragon, providing a stylish pathway into the promise of renewal and rejuvenation that accompanies the advent of the changing seasons.
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The Unity of Nature

Human-to-human and human-to-nature are among the most important aspects of our existence on Earth. Dries Van Noten pays tribute to both of these themes in its latest FW23 men’s collection. An overlapping of nature motifs, together with a more unexpected inspiration in raver culture, forms the basis of the line. Both themes, nature and raver, simultaneously advocate a sense of freedom and self-expression, a constant theme throughout the range of designs.

The nature symbolism in the collection is largely inspired by the groundbreaking work of German naturalist and geographer Alexander von Humboldt. Informed by his decades of exploration and travel and an insatiable curiosity of the natural world, Humboldt’s “unity of nature” theory advanced the idea of the interconnectedness of all living things on Earth. It seems that the concept of the “harmoniously ordered whole” likewise percolated into the artistic headquarters of Dries Van Noten, where individuals were inspired by drawings housed in the Meise Botanic Garden to create the vivid renderings of tiger lilies, snakes and eagles present throughout the collection.

Other elements work to create a strong sense of the outside world – earthy, muted tones; the rawness of fabrics such as jute and alpaca, next to materials and fabrications that have been weathered by the elements. To complete this picture of interconnectedness and the energy of the elements, design choices are informed by classic raver styles. HZ

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GUCCI REBELS

The debut of the Gucci FW23 Men’s Collection at the Men’s Fashion Week in Milan, two weeks into the start of the calendar year, marked yet another historic moment in the company’s history – its first collection since the departure of Alessando Michele, former Creative Director of the House. To the tense musical accompaniment of Marc Ribot’s Ceramic Dog, the Gucci models strutted their stuff on the circular runway, many of them donning beanies and oversized silhouettes. Apparently inspired by acts of improvisation, the collection riffed on a core premise of oversized everything in the beginning and elements of indie sleaze especially in the latter part of the collection. Leg warmers featured prominently, as did variations on conventional male designs such as the blazer and chinos. Touches of glitter and pastel also emanated throughout, giving a colorful spin to the looks. As the models moved as if in a gravitational orbit around the energetic trio in the middle of the circular stage, the mood was undeniably… sexy. And moody. The collection reflected something of a rebellious take on traditional and less-traditional styles – fitting to the grunge-y chords and drum beats emanating from the core of the show. The finale, with the models revolving in single file around the periphery of the stage, had to be the highlight; as the models left the stage, Marc Ribot let out one final cry and the band played an epic drum-filled outro – an explosive and electrifying moment to mark the end of the show. As the first composition of Gucci’s post-Michele era, the show and collection sets an exciting new course for the House and its loyal followers. HZ

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Lady 95.22

The Dior Lady 95.22 is revisiting the iconic Lady bag, first released by the Maison of Dior in 1995; its name a reflection of its decade-long history. As the new replaces the old, the Lady 95.22 reinvents the original Lady with new lines and silhouettes. Its rounded silhouette and bold black design makes it a statement piece that nonetheless blends seamlessly into any outfit. Like its predecessor, the Lady 95.22 retains its signature pattern and textures in the form of the maxicannage pattern, an instant identifier. The two handles are dressed in leather and metal and embellished with Dior lucky charms. Leading the charge of the new Dior staple are three industry-leading women. World-renowned author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is by now widely regarded as one of the most influential novelists and public speakers of this generation. For her work she has been distinguished with a MacArthur Fellowship, a National Book Critics Circle Award, and perhaps most importantly, the faithful following of a generation of young readers. Appearing next to Adichie in the current campaign are Anya-Taylor Joy, the award-winning young actress who found international recognition especially through her role as a chess grandmaster in the hit show ‘The Queen’s Gambit’, and Beatrice Borromeo, long-time Dior ambassador and political journalist. With such an impressive roster of representatives, the new Lady 95.22 embodies a pluralistic vision of femininity, painting a picture of grace, empowerment and style. HZ

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LV & Ski

Ski, slopes and sun. What better way is there to spend a winter season? For those lucky enough to make it to the mountains this year, Louis Vuitton’s new LV Ski Collection comes like a belated Christmas present. Sporting everything from snowsuits to furry hats to ski boots, the collection has an item for every occasion, whether that be racing down the slopes or having the odd drink or two at the après ski. Puffer jackets made of genuine goose down padding and recycled nylon fabric will keep you warm in the cooler climates; technical nylon and waterproof stretch gabardine will allow for optimal movement while bracing you against the cold. Louis Vuitton also commemorates the winter season with a remixed version of the famous LV logo, giving rise to a reworked version of the Snowflake motif alongside the LV Flocon logo.

In a nod to traditional nomadic architecture, Louis Vuitton has also opened a new pop-up in the famous Alpine town of St. Moritz in the shape of a yurt. The structure is emblazoned on the outside walls and throughout the interior with the familiar LV logos and patterns, and houses a cozy yet sophisticated vibe, complete with plush sofas and a fireplace in the middle.

The Louis Vuitton Yurt Pop-Up is open from December 16th until April 10th on Via Maistra in St. Moritz. HZ

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Premiata New Style: CROSS

Offering comfort, luxury and style, Premiata’s shoes are a prime example of how the sneaker has revolutionized the footwear industry. The brand was founded in Italy in 1885, and has had nearly 150 years experience in handcrafting the highest quality Italian shoes. Graziano Mazza, heir to the family business, took over and registered the brand in the early 1990s. With his creative vision, he turned the company on its head, turning the focus on sneakers at a time in which these were reserved for gym floors and after-school sports. Following Graziano’s character, the brand focuses on innovation, both in style and functionality. It has succeeded in striking a careful balance between respecting the traditions of the shoemaking craft, while using each new collection as a bold experiment. The new CROSS sneaker collection is no exception to this rule. The sneaker comes in an astonishingly versatile range of designs, colors and fabrics. Animal prints, fur trimming, bold colors adorn the entire collection. For the more minimalistically minded, there is also the option of the mono-colored sneakers. Taking on a modern silhouette, it centers around a blend of fine materials as well as the characteristic details exclusive to the Premiata brand.

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Re-Enchanting Villa Medici

In its latest collaboration, FENDI has worked together with the French Academy in Rome and the Mobilier National by refurbishing and redesigning six Salons in the Villa Medici, a 16th-century villa in the heart of Rome which has been the French institution’s base since 1803. Under the creative direction of Kim Jones, FENDI’s Artistic Director of Couture and Womenswear, and Silvia Venturini Fendi, Artistic Director of Accessories and Menswear, the villa finds itself transformed, becoming a place that perpetuates exceptional know-how, a union between contemporary design and history, actively shaping the heritage of tomorrow. Following in the footsteps of the many creative minds, such as Balthus and Richard Peduzzi, who have created the villa’s unique architectural and decorative identity, color became the central element for the entire project. For the new interpretations of the new Salons, the creative duo supported by the FENDI Architecture department, combines interior fittings and conversation-restoration, with the tones of the different room’s original wall paintings becoming the starting point for choosing the new color palettes reflected in particular in three custom-designed, hand-knotted carpets with graduated shading and entirely crafted from recycled French wool. But the fil rouge of this project was the spirit of collaboration, of creating a dialogue between existing heritage and contemporary design aspects and designers. Whether it is the furniture pieces by contemporary designers such as Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec or Chiara Andreatti or the artworks of artists such as Sheila Hicks or Patrick Corillon, one can experience a remarkable introduction of contemporary design into the historic Salons of the Villa Medici, where the new enters a dialogue with the historical. Through this project, FENDI endorses its commitment towards the preservation of the artistic patrimony, fuelling its ever-lasting connection to its hometown, the Eternal City of Rome.

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C.P. Company x Palace Skateboards

Palace Skateboards was born in 2009 out of London’s South Bank, an area known for its vibrant skate and art culture. By now a seasoned collaborator, the brand has often been applauded for breathing fresh wind into the oftentimes stiff and serious world of high fashion. With its wit and youthful energy, it reflects the zeitgeist of modern skate culture and the South Bank that it hails from.

C.P. Company, “the Original Italian Sportswear Brand,” has, since 1971, been an industry leader in the creation of functional menswear. Like Palace, C.P. Company’s founder, Massimo Osti, took subtly non-conformist approaches to the business of fashion. Among the first to develop the technique of garment dyeing, C.P. Company is a pioneer in fabric innovation.

For the first time, C.P. Company and Palace have joined forces to create an exclusive collaboration, remixing the former’s technical expertise and sportswear legacy with the latter’s youthful, tongue-in-cheek attitude. The result is a collection that brings together staples of both brands, such as the C.P. company’s revered duffle coat and Palace’s bomber jackets and sweatpants, saturated in colorful palettes and playful overtones.

The collection will be available online on C.P. Company and Palace official websites and official flagship stores worldwide from December 16th, 2022. HZ

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Armani in the Alps

St. Moritz – luxury ski resort town and host to not one, but two, historic Winter Olympics – played host yesterday to another major event, the Giorgio Armani Neve Autumn/Winter 2022/23 show. Held against the backdrop of the Olympia Stadium one one side, and a 360 degree panorama of the glorious Swiss Alps, the Giorgio Armani Neve event drew a throng of over 300 gracious guests.

“Neve”, Italian for snow, is the name of Armani’s elusive skiwear collection, launched only a few years ago, in response to a growing demand for high-fashion skiwear. Armani is certainly not alone in answering to this call – by now, droves of fashion brands are ambling into the style-meets-ski arena – however “what makes Neve different is the balance of performance and style, and the span of the offer, which is dedicated both to skiing and après ski,” according to the namesake founder/designer Giorgio Armani himself.

Armani is leading by example as a major fashion label. Together with the Swiss Tourist Board, the Armani Group worked to organize a show with minimal environmental impact throughout the entire affair, avoiding single-use plastic and food waste, as well as ensuring the reuse and recycling of materials. The brand is also committed to offset all event-related emissions through nature-based solutions, including making a sizable donation to “MortAlive,” a Swiss organization working to protect glaciers all over the world. HZ

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CHANEL IN DAKAR

Dakar, the Senegalese capital and westernmost city on the African mainland, was host this season to the CHANEL 2022/23 Métiers D’Art Show. It represented a significant moment in fashion, as the first fashion show by a European luxury brand in sub-Saharan Africa. The show took place a week after Dakar had hosted the 20th edition of Dakar Fashion Week, Africa’s longest-running fashion event. Preceded by “real dialogues, nourished over the long term,” the show was intended as a celebration of the vibrant local culture. The collection and show come as the results of multiple creative encounters with artists, choreographers, directors, musicians and writers from the local scene. This collaboration was evident in the show itself, featuring performances by special guests such as local singer Obree Daman and dancers from the local École des Sables dance school.

During the creative process, CHANEL Creative Director Virginie Viard drew heavy inspiration from the 1970s – a time of freedom, revolution and enormous energy – with heavy tweeds, warm color palettes, flared trousers and platform shoes forming integral elements of the collection. The collection also emulates this iconic chapter in fashion history with precise details, such as plant motifs, sequins, sparkling pendants and geometric motifs.

A four-part short-film series published on the Chanel website and directed by the students of the Kourtrajmé film schools, tracks the story behind the 2022/23 Métiers d’art CHANEL – DAKAR collection and show. HZ

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Cartier opens new Amsterdam Boutique

For almost 45 years, Cartier has been charming all the residents and visitors of Amsterdam connecting to the city through its incredible designs and savoir-faire in an unforgettable manner. Since 1994, the Maison’s main boutique has been located in the Dutch capital's most prestigious shopping street, the P.C. Hooftstraat. After all these years, Cartier was proud to announce the opening of their new boutique, remaining on the same street just a few doors down at P.C. Hooftstraat 129. As Valérie Ahner-Boudier, Managing Director of Cartier Benelux & Nordics, puts it, “The new boutique will be an open window to timeless design, celebrating creativity and craftsmanship. A perfect reflection of Cartier’s distinctive blend of tradition and innovation.” It marks a new chapter for Cartier in Amsterdam. The design of the new store was headed by Studio Parisien and inspired and supported by local Dutch talents. Throughout the store, one can find hints reminiscent of the rich Dutch heritage, its world-renowned painters the Dutch Masters, the innovative design language such as De Stijl and the various local characteristics that define the city. A perfect embodiment of this is the playful and welcoming ceramic façade designed by Amsterdam-based artist Eva Crebolder who took inspiration from the imperfections of Amsterdam’s canal houses. In addition to this, all the ceramic pieces were created in the world’s oldest operating tile factory, the Koninklijke Tichelaar Makkum. Stretching over multiple floors, the new boutique offers clients a complete offering of the Maison in an environment that isn’t solely aesthetic but also meets the highest ecological standards as directed by the globally recognized Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification.

The new Cartier Boutique is located at P.C. Hooftstraat 129 in Amsterdam.

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Walking through a dream

Beginning December 12th, 2022, Louis Vuitton invites guests to LV DREAM, an expansive exhibition within the building of the former La Belle Jardinière department store. The exhibition is a look back at the Maison’s partnerships and creative exchanges throughout the years. Historic and contemporary pieces offer an immersive journey through the brand’s creative past, a temporal display of artistic undertakings. The exhibition is interactive as much as it is visual: a room dedicated to Rei Kawakubo, artistic director of Comme des Garçons, plays with scales and encourages visitors to step into the bag, like an Alice-in-Wonderland-type alternate reality.

Nine rooms make up the LV DREAM-scape. Diverse takes by various artists in the room Louis Vuitton: As Seen By offers multiple unique artistic perspectives on the brand. Chinese painter Yan Pei Ming, American tattoo artist Mister Cartoon, American artist Alex Katz and Turkish-American new media artist Refik Anadol, are just a few impressive names on LV DREAM’s roster of credits. The artistic collaboration continues in the Origins room, which features Kenta Cobayashi’s characteristically vivid photography as a backdrop to iconic Louis Vuitton designs. The Leather Goods in Fashion part of the installation dedicates itself to the work of two important artists in Louis Vuitton’s history – Takashi Murakami and Yayoi Kusama – who were responsible for remixing the brand’s identity with youthful Pop Art playfulness. The room Art Meets Fashion throws the spotlight on collaborations throughout the years between artists and Artistic Directors at Louis Vuitton, such as Daniel Buren and Marc Jacobs, Christopher Nemeth and Kim Jones or Atelier Fornasetti and Nicholas Ghesquiere.

As the cherry on top, Louis Vuitton hosts Chef Pâtissier Maxime Frédéric in its dedicated café and chocolate shop (la chocolaterie). A mutual love of craftsmanship and the finer things especially forms the heart of this partnership. HZ

The LV DREAM exhibition is open from December 12th, 2022 at 2 rue du Pont Neuf in Paris, Monday to Sunday from 11am to 8pm.

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Furla Cruise 2023 Collection

Founded in 1927 by Aldo Furlanetto in Bologna, the brand Furla has long been hailed as an industry leader in its craft. Drawing on its long-standing expertise, the Italian brand strives to create pieces made from a sense of beauty and quality, reaching at the same time for new heights in design innovation and creativity. With its atelier based in Tuscany, the brand stays true to its DNA of producing goods of traditional Italian craftsmanship. Furla stands for optimism, bringing a sense of colorful and cheerful creativity into each creation.

True to form, colors and youthful playfulness make up Furla’s Cruise collection 2023. Furla paints the picture of a woman – “curious, enthusiastic, creative: a woman who is not afraid to experiment.” Its newest collection of handbags is designed to equip this modern woman. Available in both bold and vibrant as well as neutral and classic colors, the Furla handbags are readily wearable for any occasion. Soft and geometric shapes can be found throughout, creating a visually versatile range of purses and bags.

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Prada's Crypto Christmas

Prada’s newest announcement of its seventh Timecapsule Collection drop marks the latest development in the House’s digital saga. The Timecapsule collection is a futuristic take from an over 100-year-old business. The House of Prada, along with some of its other peers in the industry, has taken a bold step toward expanding its area of function and creative presence into Web3. The Timecampsule NFT collection embodies this progression into the digital realm, as each new monthly drop is linked to both a gender-neutral physical product as well as a gifted NFT. The drop takes place in the form of an online event: on the first Thursday of every month, a limited quantity of the Timecapsule Collection products are made available for 24 hours. Limited-edition Timecapsule items are linked to a unique serial number, and buyers are granted Prada NFTs in the second stage. NFT owners are also offered exclusive benefits and experiences, including invitations to Prada Extends or Prada Mode. The latest installment celebrates the festive season with the revisit to a familiar favorite – the holiday sweater. Made of Merino wool and using a special Norwegian jacquard knitting technique, the sweater forms one half of the Prada package, weaving in knitted traditional festive glory with Aura blockchain technology. HZ

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A timeless timepiece

A collaboration between MR PORTER and IWC Schaffhausen has resulted in the Big Pilot’s Watch 32 MR PORTER EDITION 1. This special edition watch features a reduced 43mm bronze case, titanium case back, and black dial with gold-plated hands. The idea of the Big Pilot Watch 43 model is to mimic the style of an easily readable cock-pit instrument. It was specially chosen as the limited-edition timepiece for its simplistic yet sophisticated dial design, which creates “an amazing presence on the wrist with excellent wearing comfort.” The limited edition model – with only 500 pieces globally – is made further unique by the bronze case and crown. Through the process of oxidization, each individual piece develops its own patina over time – a green or brown film that arises on the surface of bronze materials. This bronze material also contains aluminum and iron, thus making the alloy used for the watch about 50% harder than standard bronze. The watch furthermore features IWC-manufactured 82100 caliber to automate the movement of the hands, a highly efficient self-winding system developed in the 1950s by IWC’s then technical director Albert Pellaton. “A unique take on an iconic collection,” the Big Pilot’s Watch 43 MR PORTER EDITION 1 is available from now until February 2023 exclusively on the MR PORTER website. Afterward, it will also be available for purchase in IWC Schaffhausen boutiques.

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A partnership of perfectionism

A new partnership between Italian fashion house Herno and Catalan sports behemoth FC Barcelona marks the beginning of a new era for both companies. For the first time in its history, the women’s and men’s football and basketball teams of FC Barcelona will all be attired by the same design house. Despite coming from very different industries, the two houses have one key commonality - the aspiration to excellence in their respective fields.
Founded on the banks of the Lago Maggiore over seventy years ago, the brand Herno has distinguished itself as a fashion house par excellence in creating high-quality, innovative designs while staying true to its long-standing Italian sartorial traditions. In the context of this new collaboration, Herno has commented that it looks forward to the challenge of “dressing players of very different physicalities,” in pursuit of making everyone “feel comfortable and well dressed” in their off-field appearances. Aided by its investments in research and design innovation, the Italian heritage label seeks to pioneer the industry in unifying style, functionality and technology. In this sense, the brand represents a good fit to one of the most beloved sports clubs in the world. Boasting over 140,000 members and hundreds of millions of fans worldwide, the club known as “more than a club” holds the eyes of the world. Coming January and through the next three seasons of 2024/25, so too will FC Barcelona’s official partner Herno. HZ

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DIOR Maison Cruise 2023

Vibrant greens, reds and yellows in intricate ornamental patterns adorn the new Andalusian-inspired dinnerware collection by Dior Maison, designed by Maria Grazia Chiuri, Dior’s first ever female creative director. Much like the women’s fashion line of the same name, the earthenware collection brings to mind the vitality of the southern Spanish peninsula. The attention to ceramic craftsmanship, bold colors and ornate motifs all closely mirror their significance in the Andalusian culture of pottery and ceramics. The Dior Cruise 2023 show, presented in Seville, heavily drew inspiration from flamenco and was especially an ode to Carmen Amaya, or ‘La Capitana’, the revered Spanish flamenco dancer. Aside from the design choices that serves as direct nods to cuts and fashions from the region, the venue, production and line itself also featured heavy elements of the rich and diverse blend of different cultures characteristic of the region, where Muslim, Gypsy, Christian and Jewish cultures met. This blended heritage is beautifully reflected in both collections. The strikingly rich colors of the ornaments evoke the intensity and passion of flamenco, while the intricacy and detailing of the patterns recall Arabic influences, as seen on the vaulted ceilings of the Alhambra or in the palaces of Seville. A “festive ode” (in Dior’s own words) to the art of entertaining, the Cruise 2023 line brings more than just dinnerware, but also the energy and spirit of Andalusia, to the table. HZ

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ARTYCAPUCINES CHAPTER 4

It has long been established that fashion and the fine arts are intrinsically linked and connected. Fine arts are not only an inexhaustible source of inspiration for the various luxury houses’ designers, but through collaboration, fashion’s creations can also become a blank canvas for artists to bring their visions to life within a three-dimensional object. In this spirit, the French Maison Louis Vuitton has started Artycapucines, bringing together the stunning creativity of chosen artists with the unparalleled savoir-faire of its masterful artisans. The starting point is Louis Vuitton’s timeless and feminine classic, the Capucines bag, named after the Rue Neuves-des-Capucines, where the Maison’s founder Louis Vuitton opened his first store in 1854. For the fourth chapter of this special collaboration, Louis Vuitton partnered up with six global artists, Daniel Buren, Kennedy Yanko, Park Seo-Bo, Amélie Bertrand, Peter Marino and Ugo Rondinone, who have all brought their unique visions to the bag. Daniel Buren’s Capucines features a trompe-l’oeil design with his trademark stripes in white and black; Kennedy Yanko’s interpretation of the bag is constructed of 3D-printed leather defined by its hand-applied metallic patina and Park Seo-Bo recreates one of his signature Écritures paintings on the textured and embellished calfskin. Amélie Bertrand in turn hand-sprayed her vision resulting in a bag in shifting colors and phosphorescence, whereas Peter Marino’s variation is a powerful all-black and studded creation featuring an exclusive clasp. The last of the six artists, Udo Rondinone created a harlequin-style bag, delightfully playful and colorful due to its over 14,000 hand-stitched beads. The resulting bags are creating veritable contemporary artworks, as diverse as the artists themselves. Highly limited to 200 per artist, the bags will be presented in their own specially designed gift boxes. Artycapucines bears witness to Louis Vuitton’s desire to put its innovative spirit and artisanal expertise to the service of artists and their creativity.

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The Palace Gucci Collection

Italian luxury and London streetwear melt together as Gucci's creative director Alessandro Michele invites Palace Skateboards to an astonishing collaboration. Although the two brands appear to be opposites at first glance, the Palace Gucci Collection discovers their common ground of approaches, obsessions, and meanings. The designs focus on modern street culture as they unite the creative universes of both Palace and Gucci, captured in surreal imagery accompanying the collection. The film by Max Siedentopf connects the two different realities, thus encouraging viewers to discover their own anomalous affinities.
The collection includes accessories and clothing for all genders, that is Palace presents for the first time women’s ready-to-wear designs. Alongside Gucci icons, such as the Horsebit loafer, Palace’s staples are represented as well, meaning soccer tees, denims, and tracksuits. Within the collection, Gucci’s heritage gets revamped, as for instance, the legendary monogram canvas incorporates a Palace ‘P’ while duffles appear reshaped in a pyramidal form. The fusion of the diverse aesthetics culminates in the logo, which merges Gucci’s double-G with Palace’s Tri-Ferg.
The result is an inspiring collection of high-end streetwear, which bears the signature of two modern and acclaimed brands that have discovered new sides of themselves together. JW

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Colmar presents pink skiwear

Colmar heralds the ski season with an astonishing Fall Winter 2022/ 2023 collection, revolving around the motto Pretty in Pink. Skiwear has a long tradition within the renowned fashion and lifestyle brand, which provides Winter athletes with wonderful skiwear since the 1930s.
This season Colmar introduces an outstanding ski suit in a light pink color. The quilted jacket is made out of ripstop fabric and is distinguished by its water-resistant materials. Thus, it can withstand any weather conditions and brings you dryly to the end of the ski slopes even in snow and rain. A special touch is given by the logo details on the jacket’s sleeves, significant to Colmar. The beautifully crafted jacket can be worn combined with matching pants, which mirrors its soft color and water resistance. Together, the light-colored set brings joy to the mountains and defies any winter weather, no matter how gray.
Both of the products, the jackets as well as the pants, are part of the Colmar Green Path Projects, which focuses on sustainable production for an environmentally conscious future. Thus, the brand takes an important step, while offering an elegant, unique and functional ski suit. JW

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Sander Lak publishes coffee table book about his former label Sies Marjan

In 2016 the Dutch fashion designer Sander Lak founded his highly influential and now cult fashion label Sies Marjan. Despite closing down in 2020, the garments stood out due to the evocative use of colors, proportion as well as subversive fabrication, leaving a lasting mark on the world of fashion. Offering an impressive retrospective on the work of the beloved creative director, Sander Lak launches an excellent coffee table book, titled The Colors of Sies Marjan. The pages of the decorative book introduce the readers to the luxuriously constructed pieces, distinguished by shining, jewel-toned hues and a uniquely cool appeal. It brings them to the buzzing streets of New York City, where the brand was based during its four-year-long existence and where its beautiful pastel coats can still be seen regularly walking down the avenues. Tracing the label’s history path, the richly illustrated volume is organized by color. It includes various expressive images, ranging from unpublished drawings to ad campaigns and found objects of inspiration. Alongside the pictures, a number of interviews and reactions from, among others, Donna Tartt, Isabella Rossellini, and Hanya Yanagihara give an insight into Sies Marjan’s glorious journey. JW

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Zegna officially partners up with Real Madrid

The Italian luxury brand Zegna and the famed football club Real Madrid have officially teamed up as Zegna becomes Real Madrid’s Official Luxury Travelwear Partner. Together, they form a partnership of superlatives, built on shared values and shaped by a relentless desire to make a positive difference on Earth. First seen during the inaugural Champions League game of the 2022/2023 season, the items of the exclusive collaboration will increase in variation over the upcoming seasons. Its core consists of the signature overshirt, the chore jacket, and matching jogger bottoms or narrow trousers as well as crewneck underpinnings and signature triple stitch shoes. The jackets carry Zegna’s new brand sign, amplified through Real Madrid around the world. Characterized by a double-stripe graphic, it honors the 232 Road that crosses through Oasi Zegna, which was created as a result of the founder’s early commitment to sustainability.
“I am outstandingly thrilled about our newly announced partnership with the Real Madrid, one of the most recognizable brands in the world with a loyal and enthusiastic fanbase. The importance of values is what attracted Zegna and Real Madrid. We are both convinced that what is visible, either an item of clothing or winning a football match, only matters if there is an ethical stance behind it”, affirms Gildo Zegna, Chairman and CEO of Ermenegildo Zegna Group. JW

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www.realmadrid.com

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Dries Van Noten SS23 goes from Darkness into light

During Paris Fashion Week Dries Van Noten showed the women’s spring/summer 23 collection, which revolved around the theme of Darkness into light. Thus the collection was divided into three parts: the purity of black, the suggestion of color faded pastels, and novel flower prints. Investigating the contrast between these elements, the development from dark shades to cheerful patterns celebrates and embraces optimism.
The first part of the collection, distinguished by its black color, is inspired by the radicality of Kazimir Malevich’s Black Square. As it consists of structured pieces, this part includes jackets with oversized shoulders and dresses with sculptural waists. Continuing with the pastels, which can be found on crushed pleats, the fringing of cargo pants, and a layered dress, the soft shades embody the lingering memory of color. For the flower prints, significant to Dries Van Noten, earlier designs got revamped. Varying between oversized and micro-prints, the patterns and textures collide in powerful silhouettes. As the collection plays with the contrast between transparency, lightness, and precision, masculine jackets are combined with mousseline skirts.
The accessories, including glass jewelry and heeled shoes, are fragile and robust at the same time, paying homage to intimate moments within the whole collection. JW

www.driesvannoten.com

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Dior SS23 revisits history

The French Maison Dior unveiled its new spring-summer 2023 ready-to-wear collection, designed by the creative director of Dior women’s lines Maria Grazia Chiuri, at Paris Fashion Week. To gather inspiration for the garments, the Italian fashion designer turned to the Dior archives, from which she took an image of a map of Paris featured on a scarf from the 1950s.
The designer was also influenced by Catherine de Medici, an Italian noblewoman who came to France in 1533. As she portrays the early relationship between women and power, Maria Garzia Chiuri was mesmerized by her political intelligence. Pioneering innovations in fashion such as heeled shoes and the corset, Catherine de Medici influenced the designs and silhouettes of Dior skirts. Beyond that, the collection also incorporates raffia coats, characterized by nature motifs. Set in a scenography designed by the artist Eva Jospin that reinvents Baroque grottos, the dancing and choreographic duo Irme and Marne van Opstal offered an astonishing performance. Striking a stunning balance between the beautiful and the disconcerting, they complemented the Dior fashion show and enhanced the presentation of the elegant garments of the spring-summer 2023 ready-to-wear collection. JW

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Prada’s SS23 shifts between realities

Miuccia Prada and Raf Simons showcased a sequence of realities for the Prada Spring/Summer 2023 womenswear collection, titled Touch Of Crude, and presented during Milan Fashion Week. The collection investigates the contrast between delicacy and roughness, shifting between different visions and alternate realities. Some of the garments mirror the show space, a black panopticon, as they are made of a paper-based fabric, torn against the body. Intentional rifts, twists, creases, and folds define and shape many of the collection’s pieces as they depict traces of human life and memories of beauty. It is this rawness that evokes fragility, reflecting humanity as reality.
Day and evening clothes alternate and blur the lines between distinct realities, fusing opera coats with leather jackets and intimate loungewear with outwear. Continuing with accessories, Prada presents reinterpretations of classic Prada handbag silhouettes in an antique nappa and with patinated, pressed, and wrinkled surfaces.
For the fashion show Film director, Nicolas Winding Refn presented fragments of his short films through raw apertures punched through the décor, giving the audience the opportunity to look into a different reality, remaining in the context of the Touch of Crude collection. JW

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Bulgari presents the SS23 Leather Goods & Accessories collection at MFW

Bulgari presented its new Spring Summer 2023 Leather Goods & Accessories collection during Milan Fashion Week. In its Milanese home, the enchanting Bulgari Hotel the renowned jeweler set up a showroom and furthermore hosted an evening event there. Under the title “Shades of Wonder”, Bulgari showcased a world of vibrant nuances, testifying to the brand’s captivating creativity and unrivaled mastery. More than 400 members of the international press joined the showroom to explore the new Spring Summer 2023 collection which is defined by intense colors inspired by the most precious gems.
These colors and gems were mirrored by the garden of the Bulgari Hotel at sunset, which lit up thanks to the light installation “PRECIOUS SHADES” by Studio Mandalaki. The special optical bodies of the Halo Edition lights appeared just like the rare stones incorporated in Bulgari’s fine jewelry, creating a unique and magical atmosphere in the midst of the buzzing city of Milan. It thus evoked a both visual and sensory experience which is liked to the concepts of the new collection. JW

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Diesel SS 23 showcases democratic fashion

For its fashion show during Milan Fashion Week Diesel broke a world record. In front of 5000 spectators, the Italian brand presented the world’s largest ever inflatable sculpture, creating a unique and energetic atmosphere for the runway. Glenn Martens, creative director of Diesel explains: “I wanted to open Diesel up to the public, for people who may never have been to a fashion show before. They deserve a spectacle so we’ve broken the record (...).” For this reason, the new collection revolves around democratic fashion as it is titled the Diesel Democracy, characterized by denim, utility, pop, and play.
In the spirit of the brand, Martens experimented a lot with denim. To create denim devoré he weaved denim onto a transparent base, which then was fabricated into the devoré corset. Some of the denim incorporated into the garments has been bonded with a layer of cotton and then acid washed, revealing the denim once more. The collection also includes bonded leather jackets that are cut with raw edges. Alongside many other designs, Diesel also presents a new Eyewear collection in collaboration with Essilor Luxottica. Defined by color edging and metallic temples finishing on a perfect D, the styles complete the collection with a special accent. JW

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Dior presents La D de Dior Black Ultramatte

According to Christian Dior’s Little Dictionary of Fashion, published in 1954, the color black can be worn at any time, at any age, and on any occasion. Correspondingly, Victoire de Castellane, the Artistic Director of Dior Joaillerie, now launches La D de Dior watch in an all-black ensemble. Referring to Christian Dior’s dedication to the color, which is deeply rooted in the French Maison’s history, the watch is mysterious and familiar at the same time. It is simple as well, as there are no numbers on the dial, only the Dior lettering and three small dark stones divide it into four sections. However, this does not detract from its luxurious and high-quality appearance but seems to rather emphasize it. As such La D de Dior Black Ultramatte offers the possibility to reflect one’s personality, adapting to its wearer. The stainless steel Milanese mesh bracelet is characterized by a “Satine” pattern and rounds off the design as a whole.
The unique and chic watch model is also available with a black diamond-set bezel, which creates an astonishing light-dark radiance, thus evoking a sense of elegance and preciousness. JW

www.dior.com

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The new JEANY icon bag by LIEBESKIND BERLIN

Continuing the exclusive “THE EDIT” collection, LIEBESKIND BERLIN introduces its new “JEANY” icon bag. Manufactured in a Tuscan factory and made of the finest Italian leather, the bag stands for high quality and craftsmanship. As the limited edition comes out twice a year, the brand decided to reinterpret one of its classics, which echoes the progression of the brand over the last 19 years, as Gina Condé, Creative Director of LIEBESKIND BERLIN explains.
The bag is available in two sizes, ranging from small to large, which come in different leathers. They are either fabricated in fine nubuck, modern crinkled patent leather, or natural Nappa leather. With great attention to detail, special touches have been added to the handmade bag, including the bonded leather lining in contrasting colors inside the bags, alternating between classic and bold colors. Furthermore, the different versions of the JEANY are embellished with a hand-turned leather handle and brass accessories, which define the overall look of the leather goods as it gives them a modern note. Combining Italian artisanry and the Berlin atmosphere in the brand’s spirit, the bag is a unique piece, distinguished by its luxurious and timeless design. JW

www.liebeskind-berlin.com

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Louis Vuitton opens Men’s pop-up in Amsterdam de Bijenkorf

For the first time, the French Maison Louis Vuitton welcomes customers to a unique pop-up in Amsterdam, dedicated to the new Fall in Love collection. Located in the center of de Bijenkorf’s ground floor, it can not be missed thanks to its impressive architectural structure in an eye-catching orange. The open space is decorated with modular furniture and has patterned walls in Damier, a signature motif of Louis Vuitton. In combination with the displayed musical instruments and the Louis Vuitton on Air neon lights, the pop-up resembles a recording studio. The construction follows the New York and ’70s vibe of the clothing of the Maison’s collection, which is distinguished by its special color palette and graphic designs. Since the garments are casual and sophisticated at the same time, they reflect the style of a modern man. Enhancing classic pieces by adding a modern twist is the basic concept of the clothing line. As the collection is composed of ready-to-wear and leather goods pieces, it combines Louis Vuitton’s savoir-faire with exciting contrasts. Highlights are the Taurillon Denim and the Record Monogram leather goods line, as they reinforce the retro touch of Fall in Love. JW

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Diesel releases Larger-Than-Life imagery

Diesel started the month of September by releasing the new imagery for the brand’s Fall Winter collection 2022, titled Larger-Than-Life. Set in a metropolitan area, the images reveal a world of giants fully dressed in Diesel’s latest collection. Depicted as billboard cutouts, the models and garments merge with the background of an urban skyline. Shot by Johnny Dufort and directed by Chris Simmonds and Glenn Martens, the image series puts the models in proportion to the jutting skyscrapers, exemplifying the international lifestyle company’s core attitude of optimism, rebellion, sexy, and playful irreverence with confidence.
Based on the principles of experimentation, rebellion, and play, Creative Director Glenn Martin created a collection of unique and modern garments, portraying his version of the Diesel World. Composed of responsibly sourced wool knits and reversible puffers adorned with Diesel’s signage as well as metallic dresses and cut-out tops, the collection has a modern and metropolitan feeling to it. Diesel’s huge passion for denim fabrics is translated into a fluid Trompe l’ oeil denim print in skirts, bags, trousers, and shirts. Some of the collection’s pieces combine denim with upcycled jersey, creating a “peel-off”-effect, representing the creative DNA of the iconic brand. JW

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Saucony’s take on Saucony

Fusing innovation, style, and culture, the performance running brand Saucony is releasing an addition to the Saucony x Saucony collection. Using premium materials and treatments, which are usually exclusive to collaborations, the line depicts Saucony’s take on Saucony. For the design of the collection’s latest Sneaker, the Shadow 6000, Saucony drew huge inspiration from the Japanese art form and ancient tradition Kintsugi. It involves fixing broken pottery by filling the cracks with liquid gold, leaving strings of gold on the reassembled object. Translating this technique onto the sneaker, the Shadow 600 is characterized by metallic gold embroidery stitching together the individual parts of the shoes, creating little imperfections as an exciting element. It refers to the core idea of Kintsugi which revolves around embracing one’s flaws and imperfections in order to heal and grow stronger than before.
Testifying to Saucony’s expertise in shoemaking, the sneaker is distinguished by a perforated nubuck base, specked midsole, and an embossed tongue. The overlays are crafted in premium suede, as the design focuses on a weathered and worn-looking leather, unique in its raw-edge contrasts. The Saucony x Saucony collection joins the brand’s previous creations in the tradition of only using the highest quality material, ensuring comfortable and durable sneakers. JW

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202030 - The Berlin Fashion Summit talks sustainability

202030 - The Berlin Fashion Summit returned this season during Berlin Fashion Week for its 4th edition. Located at the Colosseum Theater in Berlin’s Prenzlauer Berg, the sustainability conference dealt with the overall topic “Fashion for positive Impact: Regenerative Transformation”. The summit welcomed more than 50 speakers of various fields to discuss the urgent topics of the industry and possible solutions in 34 sessions in the course of three days. Directed to thought leaders and progressive minds, various exhibitions and side events accompanied the sustainability conference in the fashion forward German capital. With the goal of creating a positive impact in mind, the participants explored our dependance on the planet as well as the possibilities of building connections to the biosphere, technosphere and metasphere. The event was divided into six thematic blocks. During the first day, the participants focused on the protection of the environment while the second day was all about new and innovative technologies. Finally, the speakers discussed the world of virtual fashion, including NFT’s and digital designs on the third and last day of the conference. In doing so, 202030 - The Berlin Fashion Summit created a new perspective on how to sustainably approach fashion, rewriting the current definition of sustainability. JW
Photo credit: Roland Justynowicz

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Kilian Kerner and LIEBESKIND BERLIN collaborate for Berlin Fashion Week

For the first time, German bag brand LIEBESKIND BERLIN joins forces with the Berlin fashion designer Kilian Kerner for his show at Berlin Fashion Week. In the course of Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Berlin, Kerner presented his new collection which carries the name IKONEN, German for icons. The title references the inspiration which defined the designs as Kilian Kerner was heavily influenced by his own personal icons of various fields. In the building of the old Berlin telegraph office, which spreads a unique atmosphere, the event welcomed high-profile guests, like actress Jella Haase, Model Franziska Knuppe and influencer Klaudia Giez.
Kilian Kerner’s garments were perfectly complemented by the clean yet idiosyncratic design of the high quality bags of LIEBESKIND BERLIN, such as the Paper Bag or the Chelsea. The collection of clothing is as well defined by clean cuts and striking designs. Furthermore the two labels are interconnected as they both are soaked with the extraordinary spirit of Berlin and draw huge inspiration from the German capital. Having similar perceptions of charm and creativity, both brands create timeless and remarkable pieces, which they combined at Berlin Fashion Week. JW

www.liebeskind-berlin.com
www.kilian-kerner.de

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Bottega Veneta shows craft in motion

Exchange and teamwork are at the core of the imagery for Bottega Veneta’s Winter 22 collection. Gaining new perspectives on the brand and the collection from one another, creative director Matthieu Blazy brought together a cross-generational cast, composed of different fields, such as photography, cinematography, and modeling. In doing so, the creation of the imagery reflects the tradition and history of the luxury brand, as Blazy puts it himself: “Bottega Veneta was created by a collective of artisans. This is the history and this is how we approached (the project) (...), with many different ways of seeing.” The series consists of 41 still and moving images mainly shot on film. Since the imagery was produced over several weeks, the participating talents were able to form deeper connections, leading to an exciting exchange which then again enriched the outcome of the project. Some of them have never worked in fashion before, others have a long history in it, hence the images link fresh and more experienced approaches to presenting the collection. Exploring the intimate, yet carefully constructed space between the creation and the capture of a moment, the images are distinguished by Blazy’s notion of craft. They portray the true character of the brand, composed of movement and pragmatism as well as high quality and luxury. JW

www.bottegaveneta.com

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Exquisite by Gucci

Inspired by the wondrous world of cinematography, Gucci presents its new imagery Exquisite, set in motion by the brand’s creative director Alessandro Michele. The Italian fashion designer has long been fascinated by the cinema’s visionary power to tell stories. For this reason, he always imagined his “collections as films able to convey a cinematography of the present”. Exquisite honors the work of Stanley Kubrick, a philosophic filmmaker and a great master in his field. Admiring his experimental approach to creating films that do not belong to a specific genre but blur their boundaries with exceeding significance, Michele draws great inspiration from him. Taking his liberty of decomposing, altering, and reassembling, the designer produced a film and images which depict various of Gucci’s creations from the last decades in captivating sceneries. The Adidas gown is presented as a Victorian costume, followed by a dress designed by Laura Whitcomb, popularized by Madonna in the 90s, and a dreamy evening dress, fabricated in tulle. Furthermore, a philosophical approach is incorporated in Exquisite, as it arises questions about meaning in life.
In the film and the pictures, the “clothes get closer to bare life”, telling the story of the human, shattering and enchanting at the same time, explains Alessandro Michele. JW

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Moose Knuckles presents cozy outerwear

Tough but cozy. For its Fall Winter 2022 collection, the Canadian outerwear and ready-to-wear brand Moose Knuckles creates new versions of its bestselling “Bunny” hoodie and new sherpa jackets in fresh silhouettes and colors.
The imagery for the collection is shot by renowned photographer Luis Alberto Rodriguez and styled by Carlos Nazario, Artistic Director of i-D Magazine. In the course of Moose Knuckles’ “Heatmakers” initiative, it draws attention to rising talents, such as R & B singer Kaash Paige, skateboarder Lil Dre, and model Jaychelle, who are shown in a ‘90s-inspired fantasy of what cozy means for creatives on the street. The unisex “State XL Bunny” is one of the highlights of the collection, as it creates a generously oversized silhouette and can be worn over everything. It is the first piece that is entirely fabricated in the brand’s sumptuous faux fur on the exterior rather than on the inside of the garment. As the hoodie version of the “Debbie Bomber”, the “Bergen Bunny Bomber”, made for the city woman stands out from the collection as it features the shearling hood ruff, pom poms, and J-seam detailing. Revamped with a monochrome, dark sapphire look, and faux fur, the “Classic Bunny 3” stands out for men, suitable for layering in the unpredictable autumn time.
The oversized and plushy garments allow a free range of movement in a highly comfortable way, breaking the rules of “tough exterior”. JW

www.mooseknucklescanada.com

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The Dior Jardin Capsule Collection for Men

Recently Dior launched its new Dior Jardin Capsule Collection for Men. In remembrances of the Maison’s founder Christian Dior, the designs of Kim Jones allude to the Monsieur’s love of nature, by incorporating a studded rose, the “Queen of Flowers”, in various pieces. Throughout the collection, it can be found in each of the Dior emblems, which it artfully entwines.
The magnificent blooming single rose is emblazoned especially large on the back of the polo shirts and hoodies, striking in its pink color on white cotton piqué or in green shades on black fabric. In another variation, which adorns among others an overshirt and slim-fit jeans, it is shown in an all-over tonal jacquard pattern, that highlights the individual rose petals and places them together in a dense structure. In an ensemble, including comfortable fitted Bermuda shorts and a short-sleeved shirt, made of silk twill, the rose represents itself in a pattern of multiple single roses. These models are also available in the two color combinations of white-pink and black-green. Furthermore, the collection features a variety of accessories, such as a tie, socks, bandanas, a backpack, and bags as well as sneakers and derby shoes.
Honoring Christian Dior, British fashion designer Kim Jones created a collection that radiates joie de vivre. The motif of the rose adds a touch of romance and a refreshing splash of color to the elegant everyday wear. JW

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The Tommy Factory

For its Fall 2022 imagery, Tommy Hilfiger introduces the “Tommy Factory”, a creative space inspired by Andy Warhol’s celebrated New York Studio. Portraying an epicenter of self-expression and artistic freedom, it deeply fascinated fashion Designer Tommy Hilfiger. As did the Pop-Art artist himself, whose approach and nose for relevant topics led Hilfiger to the concept of his own creative playground, though it is not a physical place but a “state of mind”.
Linking the classic and the new, the experimental factory unites a diverse cast of cross-generational Future makers, including mother-daughter duo Kate and Lila Moss, drummer Travis Barker, actor Anthony Ramos, musician Jon Batiste, street pop artist Mr. Brainwash, drag queen Lady Bunny and last but not least tattoo artist Steve Wiebe. Shot by Craig McDean in the Bronx and styled by Katie Grand, the images convey the spirit of the city and its cutting-edge communities. At Hilfiger’s fashion show in September during New York Fashion Week, the “Tommy Factory” will continue to unfold in a unique experience. To highlight and reinforce the power of the individual, the show will be accompanied by installations, again inspired by Warhol and his “15 minutes of fame spirit”. Reimagining and evoking the famed Factory by Andy Warhol, Tommy Hilfiger presents its fashion, honoring the iconic artist. JW

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The New Gucci Décor Collection

Over the past years, the world has become aware of the importance of the home, as a space of peace, which should radiate a sense of peace. Not just a place to rest, but a place of comfort in line with one's own taste. In this sense, the new Gucci Décor Collection is providing an eclectic selection of decorative homeware which will offer customers the opportunity to dress their living space with the compelling visual narrative of Gucci’s contemporary romanticism. By introducing new forms of archival floral print and animal totems, this new collection brings the physical and spiritual beauty of nature to the home. Romantic and whimsical, each piece is a unique objet d’art perfect to accentuate one’s living space according to one’s individual taste, keeping in line with the House’s spirit of self-expression. It is a surprising and joyous juxtaposition of hues, patterns and designs, which forge new connections between previous opposites. The campaign envisioned by Alessandro Michele and realized with photographer Max Siedentopf perfectly encapsulates the Gucci Décor items' natural iconography through a mise-en-scène in the pristine setting of a topiary garden. The lighthearted landscape with its lush greens provides the ideal poetic setting from which the natural curiosities seen throughout the collection can faithfully emerge.

The Gucci Décor Collection will be released gradually in select Gucci boutiques across the globe and online.

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DoDo opens in Berlin

After renovating its existing space in Düsseldorf, and incorporating prominent testimonials, the Italian jewellery brand DoDo is now opening its second location in Germany. This marks an important step for DoDo as Germany is becoming an increasingly important market. The new store will open its doors at Rosenthaler Straße 32. This location has not been chosen at random. Located at Hackescher Markt, a cosy neighbourhood with a strong identity in Berlin Mitte, already famous for its nightlife and cool shopping stores. Surrounded by a variety of historical buildings and landmarks, Art Nouveau courtyards, contemporary art galleries and indie clubs, the new boutique is immersed in this distinct atmosphere that only the German capital has to offer. The face of the brand in Germany is currently Ann-Kathrin Götze, following actress Gina Stiebitz, as she embodies all the values, inclusivity, sharing, equality and empowerment, important to DoDo. With the new boutique, the Italian brand now brings these values reflected in their jewellery collections to the German capital.

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New Version of the LV Trainer

Louis Vuitton is presenting a new version of its iconic LV trainer that pushes the concept of sustainability even further, without compromising on the French Maison’s superb standards of quality or creativity. The shoe is a perfect blend of creativity, sustainability and eco-design, a perfect embodiment of Louis Vuitton’s innovative spirit. This new icon is breaking new records, with the utterly graphic silhouette being produced from 90% recycled and bio-sourced materials. Boasting the Maison’s signature Sustainable Development logo, designed by Virgil Abloh, it is a visual example of Louis Vuitton’s upcycling philosophy. The conscious sourcing of the materials is not limited to the shoe itself, also the box is made entirely out of recycled and recyclable cardboard and due to an ingenious handle, turns into a bag - a strategy saving as much as 70% of materials to ensure the lowest environmental impact in terms of transportation and storage. This new sneaker with all its sustainable innovation is part of Louis Vuitton’s sustainable development plan in line with the LIFE360 program. Through this program, Louis Vuitton and LVMH take six lines of action in order to preserve natural resources and impact society in a positive way.

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Stella McCartney and the Frayme Mylo

Stella McCartney has long been known to push sustainable practices and was a pioneer in proving that sourcing responsibly and consciously does not oppose the concept of luxury. On the contrary, sustainability has since become one of the key topics in luxury fashion. Despite most brands now steering toward a more sustainable future, Stella McCartney remains a pioneer for conscious luxury continuously pushing the boundaries. It should therefore come as nobody’s surprise that the British brand is the first to introduce the first-ever luxury bag crafted from Mycelium to be sold at a commercial level. This launch marks a milestone in the implementation of vegan leather, counteracting the leather industry and its huge environmental impact as one of the most polluting industries in the world. The Frayme Mylo showcases the capabilities of Mycelium, the next-generation materials produced from the root-like structure of fungi. The bag itself is handcrafted in Italy by craftspeople especially trained to work with this new alternative to leather. The Frayme is a new Stella McCartney icon, re-energizing classic brand codes and showcasing the versatility of the new material.

The Frayme Mylo will become available exclusively in Stella McCartney Boutiques.

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FENDI Couture FW22

Fendi was founded in Rome in 1925 and ever since that moment the luxury house has proven its continued commitment and dedication to its hometown, the Eternal City. Rome is in Fendi’s DNA and vice-versa, yet Kim Jones, Artistic Director of Couture and Womenswear recognized the need to, as he puts it himself, ‘place Rome in a global context. In this collection, we are looking at fragments of different cities, Kyoto, Paris and Rome. The fragmentary nature of things is echoed throughout the collection, like snatches of memory or the impression of things past, present and future.’ The starting point for the collection is the cultural capital of Japan, Kyoto and its sartorial history, the historic kimono traditions and the intricate crafts behind it, notably Kata Yuzen, a century-old, painstaking hand printing and painting technique, which is utilized in the Fendi creations. The collection itself highlights various contrast, East and West, masculine and feminine, the natural and the man-made, traditional and the modern, yet it creates a sense that contrasts do not equal opposites, in the case of the Fendi FW Couture collection, they are equally important parts of a greater whole. In this sense, the Kata Yuzen dresses are echoed with their continental counterparts, sinuous and glittering dresses, reflecting the spirit of Paris in their construction and fabrication or with nods to masculine codes of tailoring with a more Italian take on the tailleur. The collection bears witness to the supreme skills of the Fendi atelier, a fundamental pillar of safeguarding couture traditions.

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Christian Louboutin Men SS23 in collaboration with Highsnobiety

Within the Parisian cultural hub for contemporary art, the iconic Le Centre Georges Pompidou, Christian Louboutin, and Highsnobiety will host a presentation at Georges. At the top of the building, the two brands will celebrate the launch of the Men’s SS23 collection, previewing the newest line titled “Dune”. Highlighting the creative universes, the runway featured a futuristic outdoor corridor compromised of red plinths in different heights inspired by the graphic red and black notches soles of the Dune line. Here, a selection of dazzling evening shoes, new styles from the inclusive capsule Our Angels, and leather goods from Techno CL perforated leather pattern are displayed. Inside the space is a central scenography made of four aluminum panels arranged in a circular shape to form a futuristic cocoon that showcases the new hero shoe: the Dune lug sole. With inspiration taken from the Maison’s signature niche displays, the Christian Louboutin and Highsnobiety design panels serve to highlight eight variations of the newest addition to the collection. Once it becomes dark, that afterparty took place with an array of musical performances.

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www.highsnobiety.com

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DIOR Men Summer 23

Kim Jones created a gardener’s dream in Dior men’s SS23 show. The pieces pay tribute to Christian Dior’s passion for nature by reimagining the designer’s childhood home in Granville, Normandy. Placed in front of a bright blue backdrop with grass-like features, the models wear pieces dominated by pastel colors that seamlessly blend into their natural surroundings. There is a clear nod towards practicality, with an array of outdoor clothing such as reflective gilets and practical backpacks. Also featured are gardener’s hats designed by Stephen Jones Millinery, some of which are made using a 3D printer. Some elements of Bloomsbury set painter, Duncan Grant’s work was placed on fleece sweaters and embroidered on sheer tops for playful effects. The post-impressionist vibrant colors stood out well against the vivid backdrop. In a practical yet rebellious tone, the pieces evoke an effortless contemporary existence. Reclaimed cashmere, double-breasted tailored coats were teamed with tailored shorts in thirties fabrications. Semi-transparent silk organza revealed the strict, traditional masculine construction of the garments underneath.

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Gianni Versace at the Groninger Museum

Gianni Versace is one of the most influential designers of the 20th century, with his prominence very much being carried on through today. Versace brought together classical and pop art imagery and found inspiration in figures from ancient Greece as well as subjects like bondage and SM. The designer worked with artists like Andy Warhol, Jim Dine, and Julian Schnabel, raising the profile of the marriage between the old and new like never before. As a pioneer in the fashion world, Versace regularly challenged traditional images of masculinity and femininity, designing clothing for both sexes and referencing sexuality and power in his collections. The colorful, daring, and emotional Gianni Versace Retrospective exhibition will take visitors through the journey inside the eccentric fashion designer’s world of extravagant clothing and lavish catwalk shows in which clothing, pop music, and design come spectacularly together. The exhibition displays men’s and women’s clothing, accessories, fabrics, drawings, interior designs, and footage of legendary shows derived from the Italian designer’s glory days between 1989 and 1997. Gianni Versace brought the arts together like no one ever before, leading the way in the transformation of fashion shows and advertising campaigns into works of art. Each item presented is an original piece, all of which are sourced from international private collections. GH

The Gianni Versace Retrospective will take place at the Groninger Museum from December 2 2022 to May 7 2023

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Brioni SS23

The Brioni SS23 collection reflects the aura of the nonchalance of Rome, captured in uncontrived shapes, in the softness of tailoring that suggests a relaxed way with formality. The soft and light materials are perfect for summer, in painterly colors. With a suit, trench coat, small-collared blouson, and field jacket, each piece is sartorially made, with an effortless finish. Garments are made to fit an array of occasions, from spontaneous to leisure, always with an urban, dignified feel, embellished with round-toe loafers and leather sandals. A seersucker is worn with a matching shirt and no necktie. The materials consist of washed silk, seersucker, extremely light wools, and linen, light knit for the underpinnings, and textured knitwear meant as outerwear. The colors depict the image of Rome, with rich and muted tones, dense and bright, inspired by the city’s artistic and natural heritage. There is an array of cognac brown, earth, yellow, blue, grey, black, and white along with accents of pink, orange, and baby blue in the suits defined throughout the collection. Eveningwear in the collection is inspired by the Brioni archives, with creativity expressed through couture fabrics and unexpected colors. Overall, each garment is made to accompany life, in the long run, seeking eternal beauty. GH

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Giorgio Armani Men’s SS23 Fashion Show

Lightweight fabrics, easy silhouettes, and a carefree mood define Armani SS23 Menswear Collection. An ode to summer timeless elegance. Held at the intimate Via Borgonuovo basement space under his HQ and alongside his own house, Giorgio Armani revealed a fashion show that brought us on a journey through the desert dunes. Images of sand ridged by the wind, projected on the background, have accompanied the models who walked down the runway in pajama-like suits and shirts with extra long tails. The pale colors, white, sand, and dabs of black, as well as subtle textures, were outstanding. Then, watery blues and navy followed in the collection, exalted in seersucker, linen, and washed and necktie silks. In the end, derby sandals with cut-out uppers, velcro-fastened espadrilles, and loafers completed the looks, replacing the classical sneakers with a renowned touch of lightness and boldness. VB

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Polo Ralph Lauren Unveils New Uniforms for Wimbledon 2022

Polo Ralph Lauren has unveiled the new 2022 uniforms for all Wimbledon on-court officials, including chair umpires, line umpires, ball boys, and girls. Celebrating the 100th anniversary of Centre Court in its current location on Church Road, Wimbledon, the brand designed a collection that combines the heritage of Polo Ralph Lauren with modern fabrications and silhouettes, focusing on the use of more sustainable materials. Inspired by the elevated sense of style that spectators bring to The Championships, Polo Ralph Lauren designed a belted back sportscoat lined with a commemorative Ralph Lauren-designed signature Wimbledon print and paired with a wide Bengal stripe shirt, trouser, or white skirt with pearl button closure, specifically for umpires. Line umpire uniforms, instead, are refreshed with navy cardigans featuring a white and Wimbledon green striped cuff. Then, for ball boys and girls, the brand presented the iconic Ralph Lauren Polo Shirt reinterpreted in a navy blue and white wide stripe in recycled material. The result is exclusive garments that emphasize comfort, breathability, moisture management, and ever-present craftsmanship, alongside contributing to have to positive social and environmental impact. VB

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Karl Lagerfeld x Alled-Martinez

“This collection is a tribute to Karl Lagerfeld himself, to fashion, and to iconic fashion moments from the early ‘00s that left a mark on me while growing up”, says Archie M. Alled-Martinez when discussing the Karl Lagerfeld x Alled-Martinez capsule collection. The genderless styles reinterpret Karl Lagerfeld’s vision through a queer lens, with details that celebrate fearlessness and self-expression. The capsule features ready-to-wear and accessories that embrace Karl Lagerfeld’s original vision of effortless sophistication combined with Alled-Martinez’s signature aesthetic of being playful, camp-chic, and unapologetic. The ready-to-wear essentials include tailored knitted suits, a lurex-jersey suit with a unique finish that resembles denim, and sparkling sequin pieces. Key accessories range from statement rings to bowling bags, tote bags, and driving gloves that evoke Karl Lagerfeld’s own iconic look. When describing the merging of the two brand’s identities, Archie M. Alled-Martinez said “I brought some daringness to Karl’s rigor and style. At its core is the belief that fashion needs to be real. There’s no right or wrong – it’s about knowing and celebrating who you are". The collection is available globally from June 16th 2022. GH

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The Power of Love: Pomellato Speaks up for Pride Month

Pomellato has extended its support to the LGBTQIA+ community, with the inspiring “I Am Here” video. The black and white video features key celebrity members of the community and allies talking to the camera as they explore profound questions surrounding the nature of love, freedom, tolerance, the meaning of pride, and the need for change. In 2017, the Italian jeweler launched the Pomellato for Women program, advocating for gender equality, diversity, and inclusivity. Now extending its support to the wider community, Pomellato once again recognizes the importance of leveraging its visibility to bring meaningful conversations to the table. The lineup of individuals showing their support includes Italian actor Alessandro Gassmann, activists Lea T and Sibel K, and Kasia Smutniak, alongside many more members and allies. Pomellato’s CEO Sabina Belli and Creative Director Vincenzo Castaldo also appear on camera, adding their voices to this message joined by celebrities and activists that have opened their hearts. GH

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Louis Vuitton releases Pégase in collaboration with Marc Newson

Louis Vuitton the Rolling Series is a collection made up of elevated statements through designs that are built to last. Recently, Pégase has been introduced as an advancement to the series, newly reimagined by Marc Newson. This is Newson’s third collaboration with the brand, having previously released Horizon followed by the Horizon Soft duffle in 2016. The objective for all three of these collections was to “have a consistent vocabulary between them and to share the same innovations”, according to the designer. For Pégase, Newson applied his expertise in materials and engineering to produce an unparalleled slimness to the luggage. Topped with an ergonomic handle, this trolley system excels in strength and maneuverability. True to the visual language of the house, the Pégase is offered in timeless Monogram, Monogram Eclipse, Damier Graphite, and Taiga Leather. Underneath, the shell ensures that Pégase is lightweight and ultra-resistant. In this way, travelers will appreciate that Newson has given equal consideration to the exterior and interior of the piece. Pégase is truly the ideal addition to the Rolling Luggage series, combining emblematic Louis Vuitton features with super functionality. GH

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Marni opens the doors of the new Milan flagship store

At the very heart of Milan’s shopping district, via Montenapoleone 26, Marni has opened its new store during Salone del Mobile. The vibrant and modern atmosphere of the new boutique engages visitors in a sensorial path that allows for discovery, pleasure, and culture. The store is the perfect merge of fashion design, interior design, and creativity, due to the collaboration between Creative Director Francesco Risso and the in-house architecture team. The all-over, blue-toned carpeted floors are juxtaposed with reflective walls clad in beveled silver mirror ceramic tiles, creating a contrast between solidity and refraction, and between the imposing presence of color and the elusive immateriality of a mirror. The mirrored effect creates an engaging system of visual multiplications that emphasize the interplay of clarity and boldness. The modular layout is truly a vessel for creativity. Accessible from the second of three floors, this incubator-like structure appears from the outside like a mobile home and will periodically be offered to different talents as a creative studio. This reaffirms Marni’s tendency of being a creative playground that holds a constant dialogue with art. GH

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Christian Louboutin Introduces GREEKABA, A Modern-Day Odyssey

Christian Louboutin takes us on another adventure around the world. This year’s destination is the Mediterranean, in particular Greece, a land that boasts ancient history, myths, and legends. The new GREEKABA capsule collection, presented by the French Maison, represents this journey from Athens to the Cyclades, a modern-day Odyssey inspired by the countryside and the sea. Made in collaboration with multimedia artist Konstantin Kakanias, the pieces feature his illustrated alter ego, the stylish Miss Tependris, in the role of Christian Louboutin’s personal tour guide of the Greek islands. The new collaboration between the two combines their mutual love of travel with the rich cultural heritage and craftsmanship of Kakanias’ native Greece, along with the duo’s playful sense of humor, which the artist regards as an important means of expression. Each item is unique, depicting different scenes that tell a story: Christian offering his host, Miss Tependris pair of custom Christian Louboutin shoes, or they raising their glasses to toast Christian’s arrival. The sketches are designed on a smooth leather base with motifs that evoke the friezes of Antiquity in warm earthy tones. The GREEKABA bags, inspired by the land, are finished to the finest detail, from the lining inside the bag crafted with a new and vivid LOUBIEYE print which reimagines the traditional “blue eye,” to the handles made of satin and metal pearls that bring a sophisticated touch. Then, Maison’s signature Caraspikes in a matte white makeover, recalling the columns of Ancient Greek temples, embellish the final look. To complete the land theme, are the cabas also available in a smaller bucket style, a CARASKY version, and a new LOUBIPHORE silhouette. At this point, leaving the mainland towards the islands, the sea becomes the new protagonist. The color palette assumes blue and white tones typical of Greece, while the detailed embroideries on each panel take their inspiration from traditional Greek folk art. The sea GREEKABA bags also feature the one-of-a-kind LOUBI ODISSEY print, which depicts our two heroes, Christian and his friend Miss Tependris sailing through the Mediterranean Sea to discover its wonders. In addition, Christian Louboutin launched a capsule collection of men’s and women’s shoes and accessories to match the GREEKABA offer. As with all the previous cabas percentage of the proceeds will be donated. This year’s contribution will go to Together For Children, a Greek non-profit providing help and support to children and young adults with disabilities and their families in need. VB

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Alexander McQueen AW22 Women’s Pre-Collection

British fashion label Alexander McQueen has unveiled a new creative project that involves a group of twelve artists to highlight the brand’s AW22 women’s pre-collection. Titled “Process,” this special art collaboration illustrates the fact that creativity emerges from countless perspectives. Sarah Burton, Creative Director of the brand, expressed her willingness to give these artists the freedom to reinterpret the garments she created for this season. Each of them had the possibility to choose a look from the collection and work on that through their preferred medium, engaging in a creative dialogue with the house. Among the collaborators can be found the names of Ann Cathrin November Høibo, Beverly Semmes, Bingyi, Cristina de Middel, Guinevere van Seenus, Hope Gangloff, and many others who realized exclusive artworks according to their points of view. The artists’ projects have been displayed alongside the McQueen pieces they relate to in a temporary installation. In addition, Alexander McQueen has created a detailed zine to tell each artist’s personal story and journey about how they engaged with Sarah’s work. VB

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LOEWE Presents WEAVE, RESTORE, RENEW At Salone del Mobile In Milan

LOEWE has finally announced a new unique project made for this year's edition of Salone del Mobile in Milan. After two years of full stop, the Spanish brand makes its comeback at the annual furniture fair, celebrating the regenerative power of handwork and collaborating with artisans of unique flair, inventiveness, and technical ability. Titled “WEAVE, RESTORE, RENEW,” the installation aims to give new life to things that could be forgotten or discarded and turn them into exclusive pieces by repairing and reviving them through artisanal interventions. The project shows LOEWE’s commitment to the environment and crafts. Turning ages-old techniques into something unexpected, LOEWE WEAVE, RESTORE, RENEW explores leather weaving, the Galician straw-weaving tradition known as Coroza, and the Korean paper weaving technique known as Jiseung. Different artisans such as Idoia Cuesta, Belén Martìnez, Santiago Basteiro, and Juan Manuel Marcilla worked on the restoration of 240 existing baskets using leather strings to create a new playful, and surprising version of those. Then, LOEWE designed sculptural bags and basket bags by using the ancient technique of the Coroza. In addition, together with Young Soon Lee, the brand created a series of jars made out of paper, as well as sturdy totes. VB

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La Vacanza 2022 Campaign

Summer means freedom, sea, sun, and vacations, exactly what Versace portrays in the new La Vacanza 2022 Campaign. Starring model and actress Iris Law, the images depict a group beach holiday with unapologetic flair and energetic fun in the Very Versace style. Barocco print bikinis, silk shirts, and swimming trunks, together with silk scarves tied around the La Medusa basket bag, are bold, seductive, and joyful items that will make your summer days exciting and vibrant. Wide canvas tote bags featuring the Versace logo and Medusa plaque are the perfect styles for the beach, as well as the new colorful sandals made both for men and women. In addition, new leather footwear with light rubber soles and golden Medusa Biggie medallion hardware, along with the innovative Medusa Dimension sliders crafted from molded super-lightweight rubber with swirling Baroque flourishes, are added to Versace's repertoire. Captured by photographer Camille Summers-Valli, the campaign results in a series of searingly bright and fiery images celebrating the most anticipated season of the year. VB

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Pomellato: Nudo Solitaire

Since 2001, the Nudo ring has been a pioneer in the jewelry industry. This simple yet game-changing silhouette of the Nudo was Pomellatto’s unique take on the omnipresent diamond engagement ring. Made to be stacked, women quickly fell in love with the Nudo, starting a twenty-year journey of continued success and a rainbow of color gemstone options. Now, twenty-one years on, the Nudo Solitaire has been born, unmistakably Nudo, but in a new sparkling white guise. This is Pomellato’s singular vision of the diamond ring. This piece could be an unconventional engagement ring or could be fitting as a glamorous right-hand ring. The ring features a 0.5-carat central diamond, surrounded by more than 60 diamonds for a dazzling effect maintaining the iconic shape of the Nudo gemstone cut. Seamlessly giving way to a glittering pavé, the diamonds are perfectly set into a smooth halo around the central diamond. The opulence of this new Nudo design is further highlighted by the shank being set with a row of diamonds that taper down the side of the ring. The ring is made in Fairmined white gold, a certified source of gold direct from artisanal mines in South America, and the diamonds are sourced from certified suppliers. The Nudo Solitaire overall confirms the enduring success of the original concept that continues to be Pomellato’s signature design. GH

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Fendi announces the opening of its new Mykonos Boutique

As the peak of summer is fast approaching, Fendi has announced its opening of a new boutique on the sunny Greek island of Mykonos. Located inside the Nammos Village, the unit is the brand’s first store in Greece, making this upscale shopping destination the perfect location. Inspired by Mediterranean culture and local architecture, the 90 square meter store is installed in a two-level white building, with sunlight filtering inside through elongated windows. The boutique welcomes the entire FENDI universe, with all categories from the womenswear and menswear lines. The look and feel across the spaces are chic and elegant, combining natural elements such as oak wood flooring with light blue resin inserts. Raffia wallpaper and elements nodding to a marine theme define the fitting rooms, while the furniture includes bespoke pieces in travertine mixed with wood, rattan, and bamboo pieces. Two terraces are designed to give continuity to the indoor feel. A special rendition of the Fendi Peekaboo ISeeU medium bag will be offered as an exclusive for Europe in the Mykonos boutique. Available in white croco, with white leather lining featuring a shiny finishing together with a Pequin motif wooden handle and palladium accessories. GH

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Stone Island and C2C Festival Celebrate Indipendent Contemporary Music

As part of Stone Island Sound, a curatorial project that supports independent artistic production, the Italian clothing brand partnered with the C2C Festival to celebrate contemporary music. The project aims to create a global sound map of avant-garde and new pop. This year, STONE ISLAND PRESENTS event took place in Berlin at Wilhelm Hallen, the former Winkelhof iron foundry, now transformed into a vast post-industrial space famous among the local creative community. On May 19th, 2022, a lineup of artists performed on the stage: Bill Kouligas, the founder and artistic director of PAN, Beatrice Dillon, who was declared “the most thrilling new voice in British electronic music” by The Guardian, and the Canadian group, Pelada. Then, the duo composed of Chris Vargas and Tobias Rochman made its appearance, followed by the unique performance by Warp Records Italian experimental musician and visual artist Lorenzo Senni. To close the event were Skee Mask AKA Bryan Müller and Kenyan artist KMRU. The result was multicolored chaos of genres to promote cultural independence and quality productions. VB

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Frédéric Malle: “Vetiver Extraordinaire”

Creative freedom has consistently been an integral factor in Frédéric Malle’s products, with “Vetiver Extraordinaire” being no exception. The brand has regularly collaborated with admirable artists and some of the greatest perfumers in the world. The scent of Vetiver Extraordinaire began in the mid-1980s, with its woody base originally intended for women’s perfume. Frédéric would wear and road test its base layer; a bouquet of cedar, sandalwood, and a synthetic molecule called cashmeran, all woods and no top notes. 15 years later, Dominique Ropion was sent a vial of a molecular distillation of Haitian vetiver, and the pair found themselves returning to the unforgettable formula. This new vetiver was the perfect missing element to the enigmatic woody base. As the very first men’s perfume to be published by Editions de Parfums Frédéric Malle, Vetiver Extraordinaire is born from the desire to create the ultimate perfume for a man. The fragrance line is complemented by an ideal skincare ritual: Body Wash, Shaving Cream, and After Shave Balm. This grooming base is the perfect combination of the two worlds of an exceptional base composed in a Swiss laboratory, scented with the iconic and universal Vetiver Extraordinaire perfume. GH

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Etro Announces Marco De Vincenzo As New Creative Director

Etro, the Italian luxury fashion house founded by Gerolamo Etro, has appointed Marco De Vincenzo as the new Creative Director of the women’s, men’s, and home collections. Starting June 1st, he will take the lead of the brand, debuting with his first collection next September during Milan Fashion Week. Graduated from the European Institute of Design in Rome, he started his career in 2000, carrying on a long collaboration with Fendi before launching his eponymous brand, thanks to which he won the first prize in the new talents competition “Who is on Next?.” Marco de Vincenzo is considered one of the most innovative designers of the new generation. Also, Fabrizio Cardinali, Etro’s Chief Executive Officer, expressed his enthusiasm about the new entry into the Etro family - “As part of the brand’s new course, we welcome with enthusiasm the arrival of Marco De Vincenzo. Through his sensitivity for colors, prints, and fabrics, we are sure that Marco will be able to translate at best Etro’s extraordinary heritage into new interpretations for the different brand’s collections and also giving a new drive to the world of accessories”. VB

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Miu Miu Day/Night

The Miu Miu Day/Night collection portrays a group of rebellious youth in elegantly subversive clothing. This is a clear continuation of Miuccia Prada rediscovering the Miu Miu identity, drawing on the past to build a future on familiar, new, and personal yet universal codes. The imagery recreates the evening wardrobe, merging those of daywear, particularly uniform, in many facades. Each figure reinvents a look to fit themselves, both time and place are indistinguishable. Typical to the brand, skirts are pleated, and shirts and jackets are radically cropped. The quintessentially bourgeois tailleur is embellished with oversized crystals and merged with a sportswear silhouette. Sinuous satin tea dresses are sensual and finished with naïve puff sleeves. These timeless pieces make the collection fitting for anyone for any occasion. Made with the intention of keeping a sense of individuality, the items are an extension of the self, which is expressive of a free spirit. Miu Miu Day/Night celebrates a community of like-minded beings who identify with each other through a celebration of individuality and style. GH

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MM6 Maison Margiela SS23: “Avant-Premiere”

MM6 Maison Margiela celebrates the arrival of summer’s freedom and long, balmy nights in its “Avant-Premiere” SS23 lookbook. Shot in the queue outside La Java, one of the most loved nightclubs in Paris, it portrays an eclectic group of revellers who are drawn together by the common purpose of relishing nightlife. The imagery depicts the unexpected beauty discovered in the process of their making. A forest green wool blazer features appliquéd circular elbow patches, being a playful geometric adjustment of the traditional oval shape as well as a nod to the status that the circle has acquired as an MM6 Maison Margiela “non-logo”. Tapered tailored trousers are given a five-pocket treatment typical of workwear pants, and easy-wearing ribbed tanks and striped cotton jersey t-shirts are vertically spliced with stepped crew necks; in some experimental iterations, they are reimagined as sarong-like trails with multiple armholes that drape around the body, offering the wearer a sense of creative autonomy. Curious experimentation is also presented in knit abound, with lightweight argyle vests in scarlet and black reversed, making an unexpected spectacle of the typically concealed side of the fabric. The eccentricity exhibited does not stop there, with broderie anglaise-trimmed pillowcases fashioned into cropped tops, circular-flat pattern viscose dresses printed with imagery shot in the reflection of this season’s polished spherical jewelry, sandals that give the impression that the foot is sinking in the shoe’s bright molten sole, and an innovative collar system found across cotton shirt dresses, denim jackets, and zip-up cardigans. Depictions of the house’s Parisian headquarters feature across the knit sweaters and shorts, and a printed version of the Japanese bag features scans of MM6 Maison Margiela’s most emblematic pieces. GH

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Versace by Fendi, Fendi by Versace

Not just a collaboration, but described by Kim Jones as “a swap, […] done out of friendship”, the output of Donatella Versace, Silvia Venturini Fendi, and Kim Jones is arguably a pinnacle of fashion collaborations. Named Fendace, the collaboration pays homage to the return to the nightclub. This reimagines classic silhouettes from both houses. Featuring the Versace chain mail and a Medusa motif on a nano Fendi baguette bag, as well as slick Fendi dresses that are stitched together with Versace safety pins. The collection takes on a more is more approach, where print and color is loud and emotive, and fun logoism is embraced. Further enhancing the garments are embellishments that gleam across gem-studded accessories and jewelry that combine the two houses' iconic brand codes. A unique moment in fashion, where the Fendi FF logo meets Versace’s Medusa, the collaboration is a clear statement of the collection’s intent to create authentic designs with respect for each fashion house at its core. This collection launched on May 12th through a series of global pop-ups at events that encapsulate the decadence of the Fendace experience. GH

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Gucci Cosmogonie

Against the backdrop of the historic Castel del Monte in Andria, Italy, Alessandro Michele debuted his latest collection for the House. A series of constellations illuminated the runway, progressing a narrative that traverses centuries, geographies, and languages. Taking inspiration from the stars, Gucci’s Creative Director created a proper narrative that retrieved the story of the suicidal philosopher Walter Benjamin and Hanna Arendt. The two shared a destiny of exile. They were Jews fleeing from Germany when they met in Paris, for the first time, in the 1930s, and since then, they carried out an intense intellectual exchange now woven in their biographies. But unfortunately, their epilogue is well known: Anna reached New York, while Walter Benjamin took his life at the Franco-Spanish border. As a collector of quotations, trapped by the Gestapo, he lost the power to build his thoughts, realizing that it was better to disappear forever. Benjamin was a paradigmatic figure thinking in constellations. For him, the constellation is what comes out of the capacity to draw conjunction between fragments of worlds that would otherwise be dispersed: a feverish dust of quotations that burns in the possibility of a contact. From this philosophy, Gucci Cosmogonie was born. The SS23 pre-collection was a surreal carousel in which visions of fantastical creatures appeared. VB

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La Dolce Vita by Loro Piana

Loro Piana has enhanced its wardrobe with elements for people who want to treat themselves to carefree moments this summer, enjoying la Dolce Vita. The collection evokes the brand's essence with the nautical theme, and the colors are an ode to nature, which dons its brightest tones in summer. Inspired by the Sicilian archipelago is the new Eolian Basket, destined to be a must for the season. Like the silhouette of the classic ‘70s straw bucket bag, the item is a perfect synthesis of Italian craftsmanship, innovation, and sustainability. The piece is handwoven using the ancient technique of braid stitching originally used in the production of straw hats. This delicate movement of weaving the braids one by one in a circular pattern makes every model unique and distinctive. Available in two sizes, worn as a shoulder bag or handbag, the Eolian Basket expresses all its charm and versatility. Another debut is the women’s swimwear collection, made with the finest exclusive yarns to guarantee comfort, resilience, and long wear. Marine is designed for those who love to practice water sports, while the aquatic jersey is the basis for bikinis and a one-piece swimsuit with a retro silhouette that’s comfortable enough to wear beyond the beach. These pieces are embellished with the brand’s distinctive touch of the nautical-themed charms that lend allure not only to the swimwear but also to new versions of the iconic White Sole shoes. With new color combinations, exclusive yarns in original blends, and new, soft, relaxed silhouettes, Loro Piana explores the world of summer in a new light, evoking an iconic Mediterranean atmosphere brimming with charm and style. GH

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adidas x Gucci Collection

Gucci has unveiled the new lookbook of the adidas x Gucci collaboration that will launch on June 7th, 2022, across select Gucci stores, dedicated Pop-Ups, the website, and on the adidas CONFIRMED app. The adidas x Gucci Collection, built on the sartorial streetwear creations that debuted in the Exquisite Gucci fashion show, is expanded with a spectrum of sport-inspired pieces, distinguished by the same kaleidoscopic aesthetics. Designed by Creative Director Alessandro Michele, the garments are the perfect combination of the signature codes of both brands. They feature adidas’ iconic trio of lines, athletic silhouette, and the GG monogram in synergy with the adidas Trefoil. Formal pieces like leather heels, suede loafers, and silk scarves have been reinvented in a more relaxed style, while Gucci’s retro aesthetics has become intrinsically contemporary. In addition, the collection comprises several items produced using future-conscious material fabrications such as polyester, cotton, and viscose, reflecting their shared commitment to innovation, progress, and sustainability goals. Adidas x Gucci is presented through a series of images shot by photographer Carlijn Jacobs and inspired by archival catalogs, in which a cast of characters strike dynamic poses against brightly colored backdrops alongside sporty props. VB

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Château Ducru-Beaucaillou by Maison Sarah Lavoine

Interior Architecture Studio Maison Sarah Lavoine has unveiled a new project: the renovation of the prestigious Château Ducru-Beaucaillou, an estate located on the eponymous winery. A historic place that features tapestry and architectural details of the 18th century, with an area of 400m2 and 105 hectares of vineyards. Maison Sarah Lavoine, who since 2012 has offered an Art of Living, a lifestyle, which combines sophistication and a modern touch, has used its core values to face this challenge. The designer’s idea was to take into account the history of the site, magnify it, and respect the wishes of the owner Bruno-Eugène Borie, a great art collector. She wanted to sublimate the classic soul of an exceptional estate. Therefore, the Architecture Studio, working on reviving the private areas and reception rooms, has opted for a mixture of periods and styles, combining classical details with contemporary lines. In the entrance, Laurel walls and Charcoal colored woodwork echo a pre-existing graphic marble floor, in the living room, the walls and ceilings are painted in a warm Midnight blue, a signature color of the Maison, and in the dining room, an old tapestry has been discovered, redesigned, and highlighted with a deep China Tea color. This hue also takes up residence in the kitchen, with brass grill panels, Bordeaux stone, and walnut. This harmonious quartet creates a cozy atmosphere. Lastly, the bedroom, painted in Sarah Blue, follows the principle of Feng Shui. VB

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Prada Linea Rossa SS22 Collection

Prada Linea Rossa explores progressive styles and materials to create metropolitan clothing engineered for tomorrow. For the SS22 Collection, the brand deeply analyzes the relationship between garments and the body, focusing on pioneering fabrics such as bio-ceramic polyester piquet, which allow the individual to maintain a constant temperature, and bio-based nylon that helps control the production of bacteria. Multi-function is key. The garments are resistant and lightweight, engineered to adapt to the environment and activity. These clothes are portrayed in a series of dynamic images set in a futuristic land. The SS22 Campaign, shot by Johnny Dufort, is inspired by the energy and motion of sports. In his imagery and the short film directed by Albert Moya, four figures are caught in the middle of a visionary table tennis match, where physical experience and digital effect, humanity and technology, are merged. In addition, this season, the brand relaunched the legendary Prada America's Cup sneaker. For 2022, a new dimension is offered: customization. VB

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Luxury Essential

Moose Knuckles Canada has unveiled its new Luxury Essential styles from the SS22 Collection. The Canadian brand, known worldwide for crafting resilient garments for the most unforgiving conditions, from the tundra to the city, has designed new pieces exclusively for the summer season, addressing everyone's need to stay and look cool. The Luxury Essentials line presents familiar outerwear and sportswear morphed into more relaxed silhouettes to maximize airflow and minimize restriction to movements. In this way, Moose Knuckles offers a luxurious yet casual attire consisting of coordinated sets and matchable pieces made of french terry 360 sustainable cotton blend. For women, the brand created four different looks that include the Dunes Trucker Jacket, Bayside Hoodie, Malibu Pants, and Sonoma Shorts, while for men, it realized a range of products such as the Wabasso Pullover, Wabasso Jogger, Siesta Key Hoodie, Greyfield Pullover and many others, that express the same irreverent spirit and energy typical of the Canadian brand. VB

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Louis Vuitton SS22 Eyewear Campaign

Louis Vuitton has unveiled the SS22 Eyewear campaign featuring British 18-year-old, Emmy-nominated, SAG Award-winning actress and UNICEF Ambassador, Millie Bobby Brown. The new house ambassador is portrayed wearing Louis Vuitton sunglasses in a series of images shot by the photographer Steven Meisel in her first-ever campaign for luxury fashion accessories. "I met Nicolas Ghesquière 6 years ago and have been a fan of his work with Louis Vuitton ever since. Today, I am proud and honored to be joining the Louis Vuitton family. Truly a pinch me, full-circle moment!" says Millie Bobby Brown. Together with her, model and entrepreneur Karlie Kloss and the Congolese-Belgian singer and model Lous and the Yakuza appear in the photos, with styling by Joe McKenna, hair by Jimmy Paul, and makeup by Pat McGrath. They are framed against gradient backgrounds of blue, dusty rose, and terracotta that suggest the enthralling way the sunlight changes from dawn to nightfall. VB

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Furla Futura: Love for Nature

With the intention of reinforcing its constant innovation, Furla has launched a new iconic bag shape that links the concepts of sustainability to art, launching with a creative yet experimental touch. The Furla Linea Futura features materials created through new eco-friendly processes, such as the upcycling of leftover leathers and the use of metal-free suede. The metal-free is a tanning process that does not resort to heavy metals, thus preventing the pollution of wastewaters. The Design of Furla Linea Futura is a futuristic interpretation of the shape of a bird’s nest. This style is bold and eye-catching and can be worn crossbody in a way that blends against the body in perfect harmony. Two sizes are offered which are available in 11 bright shades like a rainbow, staying true to the brand’s artistic DNA. What truly separates this bag from others is the focus on upcycling: precious recycled leathers are reworked with Global Recycled Standard certification and are reintroduced in this new, original form. GH

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Indomptables de Cartier

For their newest jewellery and watchmaking collection, Cartier is presenting unexpected encounters between animals, capturing the wild and untamed spirit through the image of the tiger, giraffe, crocodile and zebra. With this collection, Cartier dares to create jewellery hybrids characterized by the strong, graphic pieces featuring powerful volumes. The design of the pieces is clean and precise with an emphasis to every detail, resulting in the ultra-realistic designs. While the animal’s heads stay true to their natural image, the bodies are transformed; the scales of the crocodile adorn the zebra, while its stripes are passed on to the panther. Each animal of the collection are characteristic of Cartier’s menagerie, which is ruled over by the Maison’s ultimate emblem the panther. As Pierre Rainero, Director of Image, Style and Heritage puts it so eloquently, ‘With their shapes, colors, forms and effects of volume and stylization, the tête-à-tête bracelets of the collection reveal an unprecedented dimension of Cartier’s menagerie and its symbolic power. Animal jewellery has the ability to reflect the personality of its wearer, as well as their mood, attitudes and character traits. It’s an opportunity to deliver a message.’

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Paul Smith and Ahluwalia unite for a capsule collection

Supported by the Paul Smith Foundation, &PaulSmith has launched its inaugural collaboration and mentorship program, with an innovative capsule collection in partnership with the celebrated London-based menswear brand Ahluwalia, founded by Priya Ahluwalia. &PaulSmith tends to offer a fresh and authentic approach when creating partnerships to mentor and nurture the next generation of emerging and untapped talented designers. The 11-piece limited-edition Ahluwalia &PaulSmith collection is spurred by the designer’s shared passion for creativity, innovation, and sustainability. Paul Smith has said that “While our styles may appear different at first glance, we're coming at it from the same place: a real conviction that clothes should be a source of joy”. Distinctive codes and signatures from each designer are combined here, from Paul Smith’s check fabrics and Ahluwalia’s seaming and paneling techniques, creating a rich collage-like effect. Inspiration is drawn from a variety of instances, such as Priya’s personal archive of photographs taken in Nigeria and India, and Paul’s collection of cycling records. With the shared interest of sustainability in mind, the collection utilizes surplus Paul Smith fabrics found in the brand’s archives, as well as sustainable alternatives where new cloths were developed. Premium fabrics and finishes elevate the traditionally relaxed silhouettes and a purposeful meshing together of graphic influences, merging branding from both houses to one incorporated logo dedicated to the project, This collection is available on both brands’ websites, in selected Paul Smith shops, and exclusively at SSENSE. GH

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The Game of Opposites: Ferragamo Cage Bag SS22

Colorful and versatile is what characterizes the unique expression of Ferragamo savoir-faire, producing the newest icon set to steal the limelight for SS22, the Ferragamo Cage Bag. The house is no stranger to innovation, and this piece is no exception. By merging the forces of a sleek woven leather bucket bag structure with an interchangeable pouch, a special two bags in one is created. The inside drawstring bag can be taken right out and, interchangeable, it comes in leather, in the same or a contrasting variety of color choices, in natural fabric, or silk with a scarf print from the archives, reworked for the summer season. Crafted to be lightweight with a convenient crossbody style option, the bag emphasizes the brand’s exceptional leatherwork, while evolving for today’s less-is-more philosophy. A digital campaign for the bag has been created with the game of opposites in mind, determining the very essence of contemporary luxury. Mariacarla Boscono’s explosive personality is the muse that embodies the contemporary vision of the House through its Cage Bag. The film has a theatrical deal to it that keeps the focus firmly on the product and the double soul of the bag, becoming a physical extension of the woman carrying it. The Ferragamo Cage Bag campaign is an intimate portrait of the ability to embrace multiple souls in one. GH

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Virgil Abloh and Mercedes-Maybach Create The Ultimate Legacy Car

Mercedes–Maybach and Virgil Abloh have presented the ultimate legacy car. The project MAYBACH, born from the creative cooperation between the luxury car manufacturer and the late polymath artist, architect, creative director, and fashion designer Virgil Abloh, has come to an end, unveiling its last chapter. The new vehicle, which was finalized before Abloh's untimely passing in November, represents the symbiosis between innovative design and ultimate craftsmanship, setting the new boundaries of luxury experiences. The Maybach by Virgil Abloh is a fully equipped Mercedes-Maybach S-Class S680, a one-of-a-kind model from exterior to interior, designed in collaboration with Mercedes-Benz Group AG Chief Design Officer Gorden Wagener. The vehicle exterior, presented in a two-tone color scheme developed for Project MAYBACH, features the upper half of the car lacquered in a glossy obsidian black and the lower section, side flanks, and custom forged rims painted in a sand hue. While not to be outdone, is the vehicle's interior crafted with an identical two-tone color scheme and a special Mercedes-Maybach and Virgil Abloh logo inscribed on the center console panel. In addition, the limited-edition S-Class features ultimate cutting-edge technologies such as a bespoke user interface. The result is a car that creates a truly exceptional customer experience, ensuring maximum comfort and safety. The launch of the limited-edition bespoke S-Class coincides with the release of a capsule collection designed by Virgil Abloh and in collaboration with Off-White, which includes sand-colored t-shirts, hoodies, baseball caps, and racing gloves refined with a black spray effect. VB

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PRADA TROPICO at KaDeWe in Berlin

Extremely pop, Prada has set up an exclusive in-store installation and shop windows at KaDeWe in Berlin, presenting multiple combinations of colored stripes and light effects, giving rise to a hypnotic space. The brand’s spot inside the department store features backlit surfaces in bright and contrasting hues paired with a neon sign that provides a fresh, iconic interpretation of the Prada triangle logo, mixing urban references with elements from a transfigured natural setting. The windows create graphic effects that evoke the building’s facade thanks to geometric patterns and the juxtaposition of vertical and horizontal lines in green, white, black, blue, red, yellow, and orange. Then, in the background, a video animated with a stylized tropical forest shows hundreds of Prada hats in an immersive experience in wild scenery. The whole is made even more mesmerizing looking at the Prada collection displayed. Colored stripes garments and accessories, such as mini, calf-length and full skirts, silk blouses, raffia and nylon hats, and the iconic Prada Triangle bag, give a burst of energy to the entire setting. VB

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Palm Angels New Iconic Bag

Expression of uniqueness, strong personality, and free mindset, Palm Angels has presented the new Palm Beach bag, designed to become the brand's new iconic bag. Francesco Ragazzi, the founder of the brand, has created an object of desire reminiscent of the feminine spirit of the House. Made for Palm Angels girls, the new bag is an accessory that allows our imagination to travel, even in metaphorical places. It is a unique combination of non-conformism, passion, and research for details. The Palm Beach bag, crafted with calfskin leather, is offered in the small version as a crossbody bag, while it features an adjustable shoulder strap in the medium and large versions. But the true protagonist of the bag is the palm tree, a closure in shiny gold and faceted 3D metal. This element, which revokes both the freedom of beach life and a metropolitan attitude, is the symbol of the relaxed and unconstructed lifestyle that the brand wants to convey. Then, to create an even more dreamy atmosphere, the new bag has been realized in a color palette that reminds of the shades of a sunset by the sea: bright yellow, faded pink, and light blue combined with more classic colors such as black and brown. VB

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Quatre Novelties

Boucheron has unveiled the new SS22 jewelry in a reinterpretation of the Quatre Collection. The new pieces feature four bands, the Grosgrain, the line of diamonds, the Clou de Paris, and the Double Godron, that reflect the signature codes of the Maison. Each band, in its singularity, gives the jewelry a timeless spirit so that everyone can wear them in any combination. The collection presents a variety of products, from pendants and bracelets to necklaces and earrings crafted in yellow or rose gold, silver, and with the addition of magnificent diamonds. The collection created is a celebration, a pure delight, poised to embrace Spring with style. The season of renewal, expression of optimism and excitement, is enhanced by Boucheron in its Spring Colors campaign. Featuring ambassadors Alexa Chung, Nour Arida, Hannah Quinlivan, and Youn-Jung Go, the images are an invitation to enjoy the pleasure of the moment. Here, the women have fun playing with the XXL pieces of the Quatre Collection, while other photos portray them on a monochrome background that reflects their true essence. VB

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Gucci Osteria da Massimo Bottura Opens in Seoul

The contemporary Italian restaurant Gucci Osteria da Massimo Bottura has landed in Seoul. The third venue outside Italy, after Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, and Gucci Namiki in Ginza is located on the top floor of the Gucci Goak flagship store in the district of Itaewon and has already opened bookings on its website. Mixing creativity, elegance, playfulness, and sensuality with traditional Italian cuisine, Gucci Osteria Seoul offers a unique dining experience that incorporates the diversity and identity of its location. The menu, developed by internationally acclaimed chef Massimo Bottura, Karime Lopez, Davide Cardellini, and Seoul Executive Chef Hyungkyu Jun, is a fusion of Italian and Korean cultures, juxtaposing signature dishes such as Tortellini with Parmigiano Reggiano Cream with new seasonal Korean-inspired creations. The restaurant is ready to welcome its guests and serve lunch, dinner, and Italian aperitivo. The experience is made even more exclusive thanks to the interior design inspired by the original Florence outpost, with references to the Italian Renaissance and the eclectic mix of aesthetics embraced by Gucci. The Gucci Osteria Seoul da Massimo Bottura evokes the atmosphere of a winter garden with a color palette composed of vibrant greens spread from the bar patio doors to the velvet chairs. VB

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Bulgari unveils the Octo Finissimo Ultra

On March 21st, 2022, in Rome, Bulgari unveiled the world’s thinnest mechanical watch, the Octo Finissimo Ultra, a spectacular eighth world record for the collection. The revolutionary piece is a minuscule 1.80 millimeters, made using an approach devoid of any prior knowledge or preconceptions, combined with the quintessence of Italian design. Cleverly, Creative Director Fabrizio Buonamassa Stigliani transformed a classic 3D design of a watch into a two-dimensional object. The design challenges the laws of physics, therefore Bulgari teams truly started from scratch, reinventing everything to find innovative solutions. This piece plays on the perception of the visible and invisible. The front reveals volumes and invites immersion in the depth of the mechanism. The record-holding watch symbolizes a mindset, an ability to innovate and push limits. The date of the unveiling is also particularly historical, as it not only honored the beauty of the Pantheon and the city of Rome but also marked the 10th anniversary of the brand’s Octo collection. The slimness of the watch is barely thicker than a piece of paper, making the record unlikely to ever be beaten, and triggering a peerless physical and emotional sensation when worn. GH

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Alan Roura Is The New Hublot Ambassador

With less than 1000 days to go before the start of the 10th edition of the Vendée Globe, Swiss watch manufacture Hublot has appointed skipper Alan Roura as the new brand ambassador. The Genevan skipper, who has spent 27 of his 29 years on water, can count on this long-term collaboration and top-tier partner to reach his ambitious goal: to win the 2024 edition of the "Everest of the seas" – the world's most challenging sailing race. Since the brand's inception in 1980, Hublot has had historical links to sailing. Nearly 25 years later, the watchmaker has chosen Alan Roura as the figurehead for its return to racing. Following its "First, Unique, Different" philosophy and its commitment to promoting 100% Swiss Made products, Hublot will support him in this unique human adventure and magnificent sporting challenge. Alan Roura will skipper the IMOCA 60 HUBLOT in every race on the calendar for the next three seasons before embarking on another round the world voyage in 2024. The IMOCA 60 HUBLOT is a 60-foot monohull used for the Vendée Globe. These yachts, made from composite materials, are designed to be both lightweight and fast while retaining the necessary strength to withstand conditions on the high seas. They are unique prototypes and a fusion of state-of-the-art technology. Especially, this new ultra-high-performance craft in black, yellow, and white livery will propel Alan Roura into a whole new dimension, offering him the opportunity to reset his sporting ambitions. “Now I have the resources I need to succeed, three years to prepare, and a real rocket to take me there. It's down to myself and to my partners to push it to its absolute limits. When you want something, you have to be relentless. Which is fortunate, because neither Hublot nor myself are the relenting types!" - Alan Roura. VB

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It Is Electrifying

Maserati is the first Italian luxury automotive manufacturer to produce fully electric vehicles, announcing the launch of the Folgore model. Through the evolution of its designs, Maserati has always led the way in automotive fashion, with unique cars, elegant yet sporty, always with highly personal, distinctive lines. In 2021, the Italian brand experienced a robust year-on-year sales growth of 41%, with 24,269 vehicles sold to customers worldwide. So, strengthened by these outstanding results, Maserati has decided to introduce on the market a new all-electric, two-door sports car. The new GranTurismo is the first vehicle in Maserati's history to use 100% electric solutions combined with cutting-edge technology from Formula E, outstanding performance, comfort, and elegance. Manufactured at the Mirafiori production center, the car will launch in 2023. In addition, next year brand new SUV Grecale will also be available in an electric version, and by 2025, all Maserati models will be available in a fully electric version: the MC20 supercar, the new Quattroporte sports sedan, and the future Levante luxury SUV will complete the Maserati Folgore range. Maserati's plans are part of Stellantis' "Dare Forward 2030" strategy. The new Maserati models will be 100% designed, engineered, and produced in Italy, using electric powertrains to deliver innovation and high performance, typical of Maserati's DNA. VB

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Missoni’s New Creative Direction

Missoni takes on a new creative direction. The Italian brand appointed Filippo Grazioli, a young designer with 18 years of solid experience in prestigious fashion companies, to head up the Men and Women’s Collections. The new Creative Director has joined Missoni’s team to improve the brand’s image in the luxury market and further strengthen the modernization process already initiated. Filippo has immediately made public his excitement for the new position at Missoni, a brand that he considers to be a leader in the history of Italian style and design with its remarkable integrity over almost seven decades. He is ready to bring his vision but maintaining the joyfulness, freshness, sense of color and positivity that are the core qualities of Missoni. Filippo Grazioli took over his role from Alberto Caliri, a long-serving member of the company, right-hand man of Angela Missoni, and successful designer of the last two collections, that from now on will develop Missoni Home Collection and Missoni Sport. Alberto Caliri will have the possibility to continue to fully express his passion for architecture, art, and design, as well as having the opportunity to work closely with Rosita Missoni. Thanks to these two new appointments, the company aims to strengthen its foundations for the future, pursuing its goal to enhance the “total Living” concept of the brand. VB

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Salvatore Ferragamo appoints Maximillian Davis as Creative Director

Manchester-born Maximillian Davis has been appointed as Creative Director for Salvatore Ferragamo, effective from March 16th, 2022. Chief Executive Officer for the brand, Marco Gobbetti, has expressed his thrill with this change, proclaiming that “through his [Davis’] lens of contemporary sensibility, he will write a new, exciting chapter for this house built on a heritage of creativity, craftsmanship, sophistication, and outstanding human values”. Maximillian Davis graduated from London College of Fashion, and founded his eponymous brand in 2020 at Fashion East with his first collection in SS21, immediately attracting international recognition. His Trinidadian-Jamaican origins are essential to his identity and a strong inspiration for his work. The designer’s confidence, sharp elegance, innate sophistication, sense of color, and culturally hybrid point of view have been translated into garments seen on Rihanna, ASAP Rocky, and Dua Lipa. Davis has announced, “I am deeply honored to be joining Ferragamo and grateful for the opportunity to build on the rich and profound heritage of the house”. GH

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Chanel FW22: A Tribute To Tweed

Devoting the FW22 collection to tweed, Creative Director Virginie Viard paid homage to Gabrielle Chanel. Recalling her walks along the River Tweed in the Scottish countryside, the clothes presented were a tribute to the psychedelic shades of autumn. Chanel FW22 show, held at Grand Palais Éphémère, opened the final day of Paris Fashion Week with an explosion of tweed. The iconic fabric was everywhere and worn by everyone: from the collection to the setup of the location and celebrities like Lisa Vicari and Emily Atef, who attended the show. The FW22 collection featured jackets in bold colors with a masculine or slightly oversize silhouette, trousers in black panne velvet, pointed pumps with a mini stiletto heel in patent leather, as well as boots and thigh-high boots in black or beige rubber. It was a total celebration of tweed, an eternal code for the French Maison that allows for infinite combinations of colors and materials. “I love working with it so much, I couldn't live without it at CHANEL”. - Virginie Viard. In addition, Chanel released teasers shot by the duo Inez & Vinoodh that portrayed a succession of panoramic views of the river and the Scottish moors, like so many images known by Gabrielle Chanel. VB

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Bas Koster at De Grote Kunstshow

Artist and Fashion designer Bas Kosters’ work will be displayed in The Great Show from March 11th until May 1st, 2022. The show will be presented by Lucas De Man presents the special show with light, music, monologues, interviews, and lots of fashion. De Man will involve the audience in the show and stimulate them with his unexpected thoughts. Embedded in the show are Koster’s fascinations with gender identity, ideals of beauty, overconsumption, vulnerability, and eroticism will be ideal ingredients for an exciting Great Art Show next spring, in which his multidisciplinary work will come to life theatrically. After the presentation by Lucas De Man, the public will have the opportunity to take a closer look at the presented fashion and art objects on stage. Kosters considers fashion to be one of his ‘languages’, alongside illustrations, paintings, dolls, wall hangings, and other graphic work. De Grote Kunstshow has been displaying visual art and design in the spotlight in a theatrical way since 2013. Initially intended as a one-off event, it grew into a popular and successful format. Koster is The Netherland’s most outspoken fashion designer, therefore deserving of his own edition in the show. GH

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Hermès FW22

“It’s really about how do you translate classicism and sophistication and chic into the idea of a woman really assuming her femininity? The fact that sex is ok-it’s not something to be ashamed of”, said Hermes Creative Director Nadège Vanhee-Cybulski when describing the message behind the brand’s FW22 ready-to-wear collection. Showcased during Paris Fashion week, the imagery presents us with the female-gaze point of view on the subject of skin exposure that is emerging from a rising generation of female designers across the United States, Europe, and China. An example of the presentation is body-mapped shorts, in abbreviated, engineered shapes of knitted onesies and form-hugging leather. Another is the manipulation of opaque-sheer techniques in narrow stripe formation, this shadow-play geometry is seen on sweaters and flared skirts with its vertical stripes of leather interlinked with semitransparent lacy panels. Despite exploring the body-con trend and other features of modernity in a wonderful way, the collection sticks to the brand’s well-known features that maintain the label’s attraction. This attraction is in its signature coats, whether they be formal, country, or to be worn in the city. The minimal, easy-to-style coats in a variety of black, white, and brown shades maintain the signature of Hermès outerwear being built to carry on its super-luxe heritage. GH

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Saint Laurent Women’s Winter ‘22

Saint Laurent’s FW22 womenswear show paid tribute to the art deco style that was deeply appreciated by Yves Saint Laurent himself. Possibly the most memorable show of Anthony Vaccarello’s career, it was presented under the Eiffel Tower at Paris fashion week. Writer and political activist Nancy Cunard served as a template for the collection, with designs showcased across models from different age groups. Known for her wild elegance, Cunard dressed audaciously ahead of her time, wearing African bangles during a period that would deem it barbaric. Multiple looks such as minimalist gowns worn with heavy bangles, evoke her bold attitude. The looks take us back to the ‘90s, with long, narrow, and languid silhouettes with covered arms and subtle use of color, but the range does not stop there. Also featured are fake fur coats and bombers; overcoats with big shoulders; narrow leather coats; elegantly nonchalant cocoon-back profiles. The flute-like dresses brought the perfect balance of masculine and feminine energy. Looks throughout were embellished with chunky accessories, contributing to the essence of the brand. The show made the audience feel like times are truly changing within fashion, all in the right direction. GH

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Intelligent Informal

Titled “Intelligent Informal,” the FW22 Collection presented by Salvatore Ferragamo has shown how casual clothing can be made, selected, and worn with the same care, craftsmanship and detail as an evening dress or coat. The 20s of this millennium increased a global shift toward the concept of casualization, and together with recent events and the values of new generations, habits have changed and fueled the decline of sartorial style and formal eveningwear in favor of a more informal attitude. The FW22 Collection highlighted this change featuring deconstructed and revisited clothes through a more fluid approach. Knit, leather, shearling, and sustainable nylon were combined to give origin to maxi-rouches garments, dresses, jumpsuits worn under mini skirts, and trench coats with shawls for multiple uses. In addition, maxi cuts out, and juxtaposition replaced a formal style with irony and informal intelligence. The result is a final look that gives off a contemporary personality. Salvatore Ferragamo with FW22 Collection exhibited in the neoclassical Sale delle Cariatidi of Palazzo Reale, in Piazza Duomo, in an immersive atmosphere, has demonstrated how casualwear became the new glamour. VB

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Diesel FW22

Diesel presented the FW22 Collection, a disruptive, sexy, fluid yet fun catwalk show realized by Creative Director Glenn Martens. For his debut, Glenn Martens unveiled clothing celebrating Diesel world: experimentation, rebellion, play, and the inevitable denim are the star for this season. The FW22 Collection, divided into four chapters, is a constant research that combines denim, utility, pop, and artisanal. Design themes run throughout, like the raw attitude of utilitarian belts, the sexuality of hook-and-eye, the play of trompe l’oeil, the energy of asymmetry, and the denim cuts from Diesel Library, the brand’s core range of more responsible denim. Materials clash and contrast, textures are pumped up, and every look has freedom and control. In addition, the collection includes the first-ever pieces created from fully recycled denim, cotton, elastane, and indigo-dyed without water. It is an important step forward for Diesel that gives life to an innovative, positive new line: Diesel Rehab Denim, in partnership with fabric sustainability specialists Tejidos Royo. VB

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Blooms With Furla

During Milan Fashion Week, Furla launched the Bloom Bag, a new item that marks an important step towards a greener future. With a long craftsmanship tradition linked to a stylish design, Furla is a one-of-a-kind brand that has always preserved its traditional roots while keeping up with the times. In fact, for this season, the Italian House, according to current trends and to do a step towards the environment, decided to embrace new sustainable materials and technologies. Furla presented The Bloom Bag 1927 crafted with a unique paper whose main component is FSC® certified wood pulp. The result is a product made of organic substances, biodegradable under controlled composting conditions, and free of petroleum-derived elements. The Bloom Bag is a revolutionary accessory that recalls the ancient Japanese art of folding paper. It is flexible, supple, and light, just like an origami flower, and it expresses the beauty of craftsmanship and Italian style. Complex in its simplicity, beautiful and functional, the handbag becomes a precious product celebrating change, joy, and blooms. VB

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Lacoste SS22

Lacoste continues to be a pillar of French sportswear, with its SS22 campaign celebrating a modern shift towards the perception of classic sports references. The collection features new variations of the brand’s signature patchwork tennis shirt in their classic shades of green, dark blue, taupe, black, and optically white. This is reworked on knitwear, where close-fitting, striped rib dresses and matching ensembles are a new variation. The classic Lacoste polo is reimagined on a printed mesh. On top of this, there is a new color selection that emphasizes warm, bright tones such as scarlet, emerald, burgundy orange, and neon yellow. Breathable and ventilating clothing features logo mesh decals and ventilating inserts in cycling jerseys, track shorts, and basketball jerseys, while ergonomic perforations have been manually laser cut in neoprene baseball jackets. Soft parachute fabrics and glossy finishes accentuate the playful transparency along with the outerwear featuring rubber-embossed brand logos zip-and-drawstring anoraks that evoke the feeling of being indispensable and lusting after speed. Trendy accessories perfectly embellish the look, ranging from molded leaf slippers and Jacquard weaved knee socks to tinted sunglasses with neoprene cords, bottle holders, and cross-body messenger bags with buckles. The collection is a true reflection of Louise Trotter’s fascinations within the codes and culture surrounding sports, merging sportswear and everyday outfits closer together, these blur the lines between sports clichés and streetwear. GH

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Summer Feelings

This season, Loro Piana focuses on naturally triggered mindset perceptions created by multi-sensory experiences showing how thanks to craftsmanship, color, and texture may be felt and heard in an act of transduction. Lens by Mario Sorrenti, this mentality is transformed into emotional images that tickle all the senses, revealing the handcrafted and tactile treasures of the Loro Piana world. The photos, portraying models Rianne Van Rompaey, Anok Yai, and Leon Dame, with the Spanish sea as a backdrop, have a summery flavor. They evolve over a day, changing landscapes, colors, and lights, revealing the joy of spirit, the life on the move, and a lighthearted flow that drives multiple experiences. The images, where different textures are combined into one under natural light, represent the summer season according to Loro Piana's vision. The SS22 images evoke a synergy of senses that culminate in a feeling of peace in the summer breeze, and Loro Piana's sense of casual elegance is infused with a light-filled spontaneity. VB

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Valentino Is The Sponsor of The Italian Pavilion at the 59th Biennale di Venezia

Creative Director of Valentino, Pierpaolo Piccioli, and Chief Executive Officer Jacopo Venturini will support the curator Eugenio Viola and artist Gian Maria Tosatti for the Italian Pavilion at the 59th International Art Exhibition of Biennale di Venezia. The luxury Italian house continues its commitment to promoting and sustaining culture with projects that aim to a cultural comeback and reciprocity. For the first time, the international exhibition will feature one sole artist’s work to represent Italy, titled “History of Night and Destiny of Comets”. This is a large environmental installation, with an optimistic perspective that offers a striking vision of the current state of society and its prospects. The 59th Biennale, “The Milk of Dreams”, will be curated by Cecilia Alemani. Le Gaggiandre of the Arsenale, where the Italian Pavillion will be hosted, is also the location where Pierpaolo Piccioli presented his Couture show in July 2021, “Valentino Des Ateliers”. Once again, the Creative Director wants to pay a homage to the city of Venice and to its cultural panorama, Piccioli views it as the natural perceptive scenario for a conversation between art and fashion, where a creative mind can envision its creations. Work featured by Gian Maria Tosatti is constructed as an intermediate that merges a plurality of languages, from literary references to visual arts, theater, music, and performance with the intent of creating new awareness, poised between dreams and errors. The 59th International Art Exhibition will be open to the public from April 23rd until November 27th, 2022. GH

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CHANEL partners with François Ozon

CHANEL has partnered with internationally renowned filmmaker François Ozon in presenting his adaptation of Rainer Werner Fassinber’s play and film, ‘The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant’ (1972) in Berlin. Costume designer Pascaline Chavanne declared that “the character of Sidonie, played by Isabelle Adjani, to be sophisticated, elegant, and original. That’s why we naturally thought of CHANEL”. Adjani is dressed in a black and gold embroiled silk jumpsuit, with the addition of a cape inspired by the 19/20 Métiers d’art collection. The ideal finishing highlight is the brooch in white gold, cultural pearls, and diamonds by CHANEL Jewelry. Chavanne described the jumpsuit as “extremely modern, daring and above all sparkling like the star she is and embodies”. The reinterpretation of the film explores the themes of passion, love, and loneliness of the artist by questioning the domination and fascination that underlie the relationship between muse and Pygmalion. It overall aims to generate conversation that crosses the years and spectators by revisiting the work of a master of the new German cinema movement of the 60s/70s to whom it pays an immediate and aesthetic tribute. GH

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Back To The 80s

This season MARCELL VON BERLIN decided to go bold and colorful, presenting a collection inspired by the 80s: a decade that gave us Madonna, Sade, Tina Turner, Cher, and that has marked the fashion world with eclectic designs. The MARCELL VON BERLIN SS22 Collection captures the 80s loud expressiveness with oversized silhouettes, emphasis on the shoulders, and cloud-like sleeves, giving birth to a new age of unprecedented optimism. The designer Marcell Pustul, already known for his unconventional and progressive looks, featured in the collection a wide range of products from sequin skirts and power suits to punk-pop references like leather jackets, trench coats, and high-waisted denim pieces. These garments with bright colors and zany prints reflect the post-pandemic desire for fashion to be fun, carefree, and full of energy, in addition, to being a contemporary revival of power dresses that used style as a vehicle of empowerment and self-expression.

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A Lock To Celebrate Love

DoDo celebrates San Valentine’s Day 2022 by launching a new bracelet and necklace embellished with a lock, a universal symbol representing any kind of attachment and bond. Known to offer high-end jewelry to a broader unisex audience combining playful aesthetics and expressing a personal message, DoDo, for this special occasion, decided to celebrate love in all its forms creating a new charm in the shape of a lock. It is a commonly used object that throughout its history has always been loaded with meanings that have transformed it into a powerful motif without labels. The new DoDo Lock, available in rose silver or silver, has been redesigned with soft volumes and rounded shapes by skilled master craftsmen. The result is a unique jewel with an enameled keyhole on the front, vertical engravings, and a screw-shaped decoration on the base, an appropriate gift for every type of relationship.

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Balenciaga SS22

The second installment of Balenciaga’s ongoing campaign was captured by photographer Stef Mitchell. Several phases of the campaign are being released throughout the season, capturing friends of the brand either in their homes or their place of work. These friends include the likes of Kim Kardashian, Isabelle Huppert, and Tommy Blue shot in their homes, as well as Justin Bieber and Marie-Agnès Diene in their respective studios. The models are all dressed in Balenciaga’s signature silhouettes and pieces, including the iconic Hourglass bag styles, sportswear-inflicted outerwear, and figure hugging bodysuits. As well as having a strong focus on products that continue from season to season, new classics are also introduced such as newer versions of the Tote bags; stretch knee pants; and sunglasses. The imagery of the campaign celebrates and perfectly captures the brand’s unique vision of futuristic streetwear that is becoming timeless. The collection is featured at large scale on famous façades worldwide, beginning at the Théâtre de la Ville in Paris.

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Push Your Limits

For 2022 The North Face presented the latest generation of the NSE collection. With iconic graphics, eye-catching colors, and wearable pieces, the brand created timeless garments designed to push the limits in any environment. The NSE line celebrates individuality with a fresh and culturally influenced design, combining the mountain roots of the brand with an urban style that stands out in both women's and men's collections. Realized in bold colors, both of them feature iconic pieces such as the Safety Green Phlego DryVent Jacket, the Polar Fleece, and the Graphic Tee for the male wardrobe, and The Phlego Synth Jacket in Brilliant Coral for women. This piece is the highlight of the NSE collection. A line that stays true to The North Face’s DNA, inspiring individuals to strive for something more, to wonder why, to be themselves, and to go their own way. The NSE collection will be available from February 8th, 2022 on the brand website and in selected The North Face stores.

www.thenorthface.nl

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LV VOLT

The LV Volt collection designed by Francesca Amfitheatrof, Louis Vuitton’s Artistic Director for Jewellery and Watches, opens a new chapter. A Reinvigoration of the iconic aesthetic, the L and V initials, so representative of the French House, come to life radiating vibrant energy. Simple, yet cheerful, the pieces showcase a contemporary design language, whilst reflecting all of Louis Vuitton’s expert savor-faire in a rich variety of textures and patterns, a perfect blend of subtlety and sophistication. Symbols of casual elegance, the pieces, such as the new bracelets, feature an interchangeable band, available in different hues, perfectly complementing the two iconic letters in yellow gold. Suited to a modern customer, each piece represents a graphic representation of joy and the architectural metaphor of an electrifying pulse.

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Viktor&Rolf Haute Couture SS22

For their first runway show in over two years, Viktor&Rolf launched an iconic collection that plays on fear, inspired by the figure of the vampire itself. Constructed on corsets worn under each look, the designers achieved an effect similar to the allure of Dracula in old Hollywood movies, creating a “surreal shoulder”. It is not unlike Viktor&Rolf’s iconic Hyeres collection from 1993 that featured exaggerated, high shoulder lines that created distorted, elegant silhouettes. A source of inspiration paired with the overpowering sensation of fear created their haute couture collection. The garments appear as if the human figure is stretched to a maximum, glorifying the head and face while protecting the neck. This play with proportions is typical for Viktor&Rolf’s stylistic vocabulary. Using the symbolism behind Dracula, the fear of societal change, as a theme for the collection is genius as a reflection of today’s uncertainties. The notion of fear is amplified in the show with additions of horror music and ghoulish makeup. Most of the outfits are stark and monochromatic, with a “gothic” feel similar to that of Dracula’s tuxedo with its cape. Furthermore, a wide variety of dresses is shown, ranging from billowy sheaths to sculptural ballgowns, as well as trench coats, tuxedo jackets, and shirts. Fabrics are either crisp or gauzy, yet always compact to support the architectural shapes. The colors play on the contrasts between dark and light, all muted, with some delicate pastels, chalk white, and the occasional pop of cerise red. The collection is complemented with the third season of Melissa / Viktor&Rolf vegan shoes.

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Miu Wander: a Step Towards Sustainability

Miu Wander is the new bag presented by Miu Miu for the SS22 season. A shoulder bag with a classic hobo design characterized by the iconic matelassé motif associated with Miu Miu’s best-loved leather goods. Embellished with a tonal metal lettering logo, the accessory comes with a removable mini pouch. The Miu Wander bag is crafted in lightweight Econyl, regenerated nylon produced from recycled and purified plastic materials collected in the ocean, fishing nets, and textile waste fibers. This material shows the brand’s increased commitment to sustainability. The Italian brand is no stranger to such initiatives, as evidenced by the upcycled collections it has produced in recent years. Miu Miu tries to reduce the usage of land, energy, and waste by switching to eco-packages and implementing sustainable and reusable nylon projects, such as this one. The Miu Wander is built on a juxtaposition of opposites following the Miu Miu codes, where the utilitarian nature of the nylon meets the intricacy of the process involved to achieve the depth and plumpness of the matelassé surface.

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Dunhill FW22

When discussing his FW22 collection, creative director of Dunhill, Mark Weston describes the exploration and focus on “tailoring, sophistication and rigour”. The roots of British tailoring traditions are reflected on the strict format paired with a gentle subversion of stereotypes that is displayed across 31 looks that convey the power of finely tailored menswear. Weston depicts the collection as an adaptation of the “conventional uniform that makes it so unconventional”. The collection aims to show how rebellious it can appear for younger men to embrace the power of the strict suit, shirt and tie. The meanings and silhouettes behind these signature styles transform stereotypes and specificities of masculine dressing through a new kind of conservatism. Amongst the styles are the classic wrapped jacket and split hem trousers that are pressed with military precision, embracing a more rigorous tone with high breaks and strong shoulders. A less conventional version of the traditional camel overcoat is shown in wool-cashmere that is bonded with neoprene. An oversized raincoat made with coated paper cotton is created to be layered over a leather suit jacket. The depicted undertones of the transformation “from city boy to soldier” is established through different codes intertwining the trends, such as lively buttons and regimental ties, and dark, neutral tones. Each garment expresses the tradition of draping and yet coddling the frame. The collection is an embodiment of Dunhill’s signature way that pulls us in two directions, of fixed tradition merged with superbly modern looks.

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Dries Van Noten FW22

The Dries Van Noten FW22 Collection hits the screen bringing along a dreamy atmosphere, diving into the past, evoking a life that we lost. It is all about having fun again, touching and kissing people, living carefree. Shot by Casper Sejersen, an interplay of decadence and rebel glam, reminiscent of artists like Bowie and Kurt Cobain, the collection has seemingly no boundaries. Ease and freedom are the keywords of this spectacular show. Pajamas, sportswear and suiting are mixed without adherence to the traditional rules of menswear. Both feminine and masculine shapes are evoked through wide, sharp, cigarette shoulders and soft padded tailoring, alongside skirts and slip dresses. Realized with a variety of materials such as nylon, velvet, recycled cashmere, raw denim and satin, the collection is the result of a combination of glamourous and technical pieces. The presented garments have vivid tones that contrast the base of black and white and are adorned with an abundance of prints and embellishments that challenge traditional themes: flower prints, sequins and jewels. The Dries Van Noten FW22 collection also features various accessories and footwear that span from traditional shoe styles to wedge boots resulting in very interesting contrasts on the runway. The collection is a tribute to life and light-heartedness.

www.driesvannoten.com

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Yohji Yamamoto FW22

Going back to the roots, Yohji Yamamoto’s FW22 fashion show took place in his Aoyoma flagship store in Tokyo rather than Paris due to COVID. Five well-known Japanese actors were included in the cast, which emphasized the local character of the show. The collection draws inspiration from Japanese calligraphy and artworks of the Polish painter Zdzislaw Beksinski, known for his distinct version of dystopian surrealism. Much of the collection was inspired by 19th-century menswear. Exposed seams with hanging threads meet tied ascots and waistcoats, resembling the work clothing of a chimney sweep. Yamamoto’s continued fascination for the cult of punk becomes visible in patches of leopards prints on black suits and coats. Romanticizing the image of Edward Scissorhands, the model’s powdered hair signified both ashes and age. Yamamoto’s FW22 collection brings innovation and consistency together. Setting an example of strength and integrity he provides a body of work that draws on wisdom, creativity and rebellion.

www.yohjiyamamoto.co.jp

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A BATHING APE® × Woolrich

The new year has brought with it a new and unique collaboration between BAPE® and Woolrich, a representation of American heritage design with a streetwear feel. Woolrich, America's oldest outdoor brand with a history of over 190 years, is pairing up with A BATHING APE®, one of Japan's leading streetwear brands. Together, they are launching a collaborative collection consisting of three main pieces embodying the essence of both brands: Woolrich's Arctic Parka, the Blankets, and Ape Head Cushions. They are all presented in a light, with a modern twist, while maintaining their high degree of functionality. The three items integrate BAPE®'s distinctive graphics into Woolrich's traditional red and black buffalo check pattern. While the Blanket has a maxi collaboration logo in jacquard, and the collaboration label embroidered on the front, the Arctic Parka is presented with a double-sided collar with Woolrich and BAPE® logo badges. The BAPE® × Woolrich Collection, the first collaboration between both brands, will be presented on Saturday, January 22, 2022. The pieces will become available in all A BATHING APE® authorized stores, Woolrich Flagship Stores, as well as on their websites.

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Paul Smith FW22

Paul Smith delves into the rich world of arthouse cinema for the Men's FW22 collection, highlighting the unique aesthetic techniques of the greatest filmmakers. With intricate textures, a cinematic color palette and otherworldly photographic prints, the collection culminates in a confident new look for the season. Inspirations for the color palettes from sepia and monochromatic films of the 1930s to the 1960s, to the rise of technicolour and the emergence of striking new cinematic techniques. Including icy neutrals, vibrant greens, blues and reds, the collection features a multi-faceted color adventure. Photo prints, a longtime Paul Smith signature, are intriguingly vibrant with an otherworldly quality reminiscent of vintage movie posters and old cinema interiors. The intoxicating Starlet print, inspired by studio headshots of screen stars during Hollywood's golden age, is rendered in three distinct tones meant to reflect the evolution of cinematic styles.

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Y/PROJECT FW22: Pourquoi ne pas s’amuser?

Glenn Martens, Creative Director of Y/PROJECT, presented his FW22 collection: a continuation of his play with contemporary silhouettes but with a fun twist. In fact, rather than imposing a uniform, he proposes a set of “cartes blanches”; which incorporate some of the highlights of the Y/Project wardrobe alongside suits, shirts, dresses and more that show Gaultier’s signature style. This as a result of a collaboration between Y/Project and the ready-to-wear line of the French designer. Glenn Martens has specially tapped into the designer's spirit of mockery: nude bodies printed on denim pants and jackets, sweaters, adorned with the likeness of female breasts, with a masculine shape. And following this creative process he introduced also a new form of pants with a rounded cut called the “Banana”. With this collection the Belgian designer could have fun both in shapes and colors, using brilliant hues and deconstructive techniques resulting in "Peel Off" pieces with layers that can be removed and silhouettes that can be transformed. So the collaboration between Y/PROJECT and Jean Paul Gaultier turned out to be a logical and well done union. This relationship between the two designers began when Glenn Martens started his career under the direction of Gaultier and is carried forward with Gaultier welcoming Martens as Creative Director for a single season.

www.yproject.fr

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Prada FW22: Body of Work

The Prada FW22 Menswear Show at Milan Fashion Week examined the concept of work as a state of reality and an essential component of life in the twenty-first century. Reality disrupts the idyllic fantasy of the aesthetic of the show by utilizing theater and cinema as mirrors of truth. For this season’s breathtaking show by Miuccia Prada and Raf Simons, the Deposito of the Fondazione Prada is reimagined by AMO as a stage for action, a representation of a heightened actuality. The cast of actors includes ten renowned actors: Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Asa Butterfield, Jeff Goldblum, Damson Idris, Kyle MacLachlan, Tom Mercier, Jaden Michael, Louis Partridge, Ashton Sanders, and Filippo Scotti. Recognized personas, which add a sense of reality. The show is an artistic attempt to valorize daily life by weaving elegance and sophistication into its patterns. An interplay that gives the uniform – conventionally associated with work-life – a new meaning, emphasizing the societal value and multi-faceted nature of work. Pragmatic clothing receives a reinvented dignity, creating uniforms of reality, rematerialized in precious leather and silk tech as a mark of respect and value. Pragmatism and elegance collide in the language of sartorial tailoring, a formality that conveys importance.

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Dolce & Gabbana Menswear FW22

In the spirit of the Dolce and Gabbana FW22 menswear show at Milan Fashion Week, Gabbana says: “We’re challenging ourselves. We’re questioning everything we’ve been used to. Things are changing, and we welcome that change; we want to experience the new, which makes us evolve and move forward”. To express this gusto for innovation, Dolce and Gabbana reiterates its excitement for high-style pyrotechnics and spectacular entertainment. Deeply inspired by the lightweight freedom radiated by the young generation, the FW22 menswear collection embraces the idea of deviating from all conventions. Based on the conviction the concept of a coherent, monotonous wardrobe is outdated Dolce and Gabbana showcases a diverse selection of garments. This season, the house proves that opposites indeed attract. The show’s dynamic rhythm and ecstatic visual storytelling is an ode to the fierce style created by Gen Z’s hunger for individuality and self-representation. A movement that is fearless, striving to make an echoing statement. Accentuated by a performance by Machine Gun Kelly, the rhythm of the show was undeniably captivating. The extremism of the season is brought to the next level through the exaggerated proportions of the garments, creating a majestic, almost galactic look.

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Spyder FW22

For this season, Spyder Korea portrays its understanding of New Normality. The label perceives our present times as a state in which different forces and inspirations coexist, creating a new order. The collection is an expression of the quest to find balance in a world ruled by uncertainty while sending out a message of hope and positivity. Spyder Korea imagines the wardrobe of a dynamic, eclectic individual tackling the challenges of daily life with a sense of effortless style. Titled “Coexistance”, the garment collection is an ode to diversity and a multifaced fashion proposal. Reimagining the emblematic codes of its sportswear, Spyder investigates the intersection between athletic wear and leisurewear. The most advanced technologies are combined with an elaborate sense of contemporary style. For the presentation of the FW22 collection, Spyder Korea unveils on the catwalk a joyful, young, and fresh lineup, celebrating the sense of freedom rooted in an active, energetic lifestyle. “Coexistance” puts into practice how athletic clothing can have it all – quotidian and extraordinary, casual and chic.

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Eleventy FW22

For Milan Fashion Week, Eleventy presents its FW22/23 menswear collection, honoring the sartorial heritage of the brand’s legacy. While saluting tradition, the collection embodies the pursuit of innovation and creativity. A fusion of past and future emerges, featuring a mix of materials, styles and colors which meet in a winter collection with a strong contemporary flair. This season’s outdoor wear made with wool or cashmere includes versatile, reversible features. Having undergone an extensive manufacturing process the pieces are soft and unique garments characterized by an “extra fine” look and feel. Jackets and suits rigorously undergo hand-made processes and are the rendering of a new formal elegance. The carefully made knitwear is contemporary and refined, thanks to elaborate finishing techniques and special treatments. Knits are inflated by reeling, then softened with special washings and smoothened with double or triple raising steps. Enveloping light and modern yet war, Eleventy’s FW22/23 menswear collection is a range of timeless additions to everyone’s wardrobe.

www.eleventymilano.it

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TOMMY JEANS x AAPE BY *A BATHING APE® Capsule

Introducing a collection of outerwear, cold-weather accessories and collectible skateboards, AAPE adds a streetwear tone to TOMMY JEANS’ iconic street prep. For an eye-catching prep-pop look, APPE’s classic camo print is reinvented in red, white and blue – the classic TOMMY JEANS colors. The TOMMY JEANS plaid makes an appearance in deep green for an unexpected twist in the color palette. Key styles include the camp flag puffer jacket, the 2-in-1 plaids sherpa fleece windbreaker, the classic TOMMY JEANS flag denim jacket and the reversible camo vest jacket. Merging the established high-quality tailoring of TOMMY JEANS and the boundary-breaking street-inspired style of AAPE BY *A BATHING APE® the new collaborative capsule is an expression of fashion-forwardness. The documentary-style campaign to the collection follows four NYC skaters through the city’s most iconic landmarks, including the Lower East Side of Manhattan and Brighton Beach in Brooklyn.

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G-Star: The Rhythm of Denim

Tap dance emerged in the early 19th century, quickly developing into a dance style that was seen as a form of communication. With a powerful part to play in the Roaring Twenties, the dynamic art form grew so popular, it was frequently featured in Broadway shows in New York. Fast forward to 2022 and tap is making a modern revival across the globe in a new street dance variation of classic tap. The new G-Star denim campaign tells a story narrated through an immersive dance performance. Titled The Rhythm of Denim, the new campaign is inspired by the urban tap movement that is taking over the world by storm. Showcasing the motto “tapping into the new year”, the denim collection in combination with the dance campaign expresses this season’s longing for novelty and reimagination. An artistic encounter between two world-class tap dancers - World Tap Champion, Kamira Samuel and successful Broadway performer, Lee Howard – is captured in The Rhythm of Denim. The two extraordinary dancers communicate and express themselves solely using the language of dance. G-Star gives a stage to what becomes a spectacular dance performance using the mode of interacting through body movement only. Dance becomes a dialogue and the denim pieces their uniform. With The Rhythm of Denim, G-Star emphasizes and explores its artistic side to present the collection. Creating a bold, immersive experience for the viewer, the campaign is a strong celebration of different modes of human expression, foregrounding the beauty of dance and the abilities of the body. Choreographer Jack Evans describes the production saying: “The simple premise of two characters in separate locations communicating transcendently through rhythm gives a contemporary lens for us to view tap dance in its rawest, most authentic form.”

 www.g-star.com

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The Year of the Tiger

 Celebrating the lunar year of the tiger, Versace presents an exquisite capsule collection comprising a compilation of new styles and reinvented signature looks. The tiger motif adorns a selection of ready-to-wear pieces in the form of prints on jersey sweats and t-shirts, as well as elegant embroidery details on sportswear-inspired jackets alongside a button-up knit sweater. The tiger as the spirit animal of the collection is represented by a vibrant new year red color that runs throughout the designs. The classic La Greca print is featured in the same shade and plays out across a selection of women’s and men’s styles. Golden Medusa buttons reiterate Versace’s eternal muse and are applied to selected pieces. They become an additional red thread to the emblematic capsule collection. Limited-edition accessories are typically playful and luxurious, with exclusive variations of La Medusa bag and phone case in red with gold-tone metal hardware for women, and a men’s coated canvas backpack and multi-functional pouch, both finished in La Greca print accentuated by tiger stripes. A glamorous campaign presents the capsule collection, with an acrobatic performance telling the story of retro and expressive Versace new year celebration.

 www.versace.com

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Lay Zhang appointed Hublot Brand Ambassador

 With the objective to fuse style and art, Hublot is proud to present Chinese pop star Lay Zhang as part of the Hublot family. Bringing his unique approach to the world of music and performance the new Hublot Brand Ambassador is an individual whose strong ambition is a constant pursuit of excellence. Often called a non-stoppable allrounder, Lay Zhang is an award-winning Chinese singer and songwriter, dancer, music producer and actor with a successful career in music, as well as acting. As an artist with a distinct vision he pushes the boundaries of performance and creates a novel style that is unique and groundbreaking. He expresses various facets of his multicultural identity as a performer, dancer, singer, and actor, while also showcasing the Chinese culture of music and performance. The result is a revolutionary fusion of seemingly different modes of artistry: Chinese traditional culture and Streetdance Building on his extraordinary musical talent, Lay Zhang combines classical elements of Chinese music with modern music styles and carries Chinese music to the world. Within a time frame of only a few years Zhang has become one of the most important persons in the Asian music scene. Lay has been a collector of Hublot watches for years. His personal attitude - be “First, Unique and Different” - has now led him to join the ranks of the Hublot family.

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Saint Laurent Spring 22: Provocateur at Heart

Saint Laurent unveils a new campaign photo series for the luxury Maison´s Spring 22 collection. The name of founder Yves Saint Laurent is immediately associated with one of the most important design developments, as he was responsible for a confident and provocative approach to clothes and modernity in fashion. The couturier established the brand in 1961 and revolutionized the fashion industry by introducing le smoking—a tuxedo for women. The SS22 campaign shoot is photographed by David Sims and creatively directed by Anthony Vaccarello. The photo series features an elegant black and white aesthetic infused with a rock n roll edge. Masculine attributes such as short hair and impressive silver buckle belts are counterbalanced by feminine embroidered blouses with puffed sleeves. Black blazers with emphasized shoulders are worn loosely with a flattering column effect and sensually reveal the décolleté of the model, resulting in a blurred vision of distinctive gender roles and thus embracing the legacy of Yves Saint Laurent. The rock ´n roll core aesthetic perfectly coincides with Saint Laurent’s revolutionary and provocative take on fashion and especially obscures the distinct differences made between garments for men and women.

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Dior Welcomes Kylian Mbappé

Dior has announced Kylian Mbappé as an official ambassador of the French Maison the soccer prodigy will prospectively lend his image to the design creations of Kim Jones, Artistic Director for Dior’s men’s collections, as well as the iconic Sauvage perfume. The globally recognized soccer player is part of the Parisian Saint-Germain club and further one of the major players of the French National Football team with whom he won the world championship in 2018. In the same year, Kylian Mbappé was awarded the title of the Best Young Player by FIFA in the same year as well as the Kopa trophy celebrating the best player aged under 21. Propelling his professional career with a steady advancement, he has also been the player to break the record of scoring a quartet of goals, which had last been achieved in 1958, during a match that qualified the French National Team for the 2022 Worldcup. Kylian Mbappé makes a point in supporting charities, in particular the Premiers de Cordée association, which organizes sports initiatives for hospitalized children. Through this collaboration, the young soccer star aims to be an active part in using athletic aspirations to create purpose and perspectives. Pushing his charitable endeavors further, Kylian Mbappé has launched his own association, named Inspired by KM. With the mutual values of generosity and breaking standards, Dior and Kylian Mbappé are a match that promises exciting collaborations.

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Giorgio Armani's New Beginnings at Königsallee

After a thorough renovation, the Giorgio Armani boutique on the Düsseldorfer Königsallee has reopened its doors to its customers just in time before Christmas. Located in the prominent luxury shopping district of the city, the Giorgio Armani store exhibits Italian tailoring on three sizeable floors. The façade of the building already prepares the customer for the ambiance inside – with green granite surfaces and platinum-colored finishing, the impressive windows allow a glance into the luxurious retail space. Going with the times, the retail experience has been enhanced by an interactive digital wall on the ground floor, showcasing the women’s accessories collections and Armani beauty. The first floor is reserved for women’s evening wear and the Giorgio Armani fine jewelry collection, whereas the second floor presents the men’s collections and Made to Measure services. Just as the sartorial lines, the space consists of substantial, sophisticated elements: satin-finish furniture with metal detailing, silken wall panels that reflect the marble effect of the floors and armchairs from the current Armani Casa collections. Special dedication has been devoted to the lighting arrangement, making the most of the natural light that pours into the space through the windows, softened and re-directed by delicate gold-mesh metal screens. The Giorgio Armani boutique appears refined and fluid, exuding elegance and warmth in a classical Armani manner.

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Marni’s Glassware Collection: Nature’s Shapes and Colors

For the holiday season of 2021, Marni has unveiled a new collection of glassware. The collection includes a range of bottles, glasses and carafes, as well as candle holders and vases. The Italian brand belonging to the OTB Group has introduced its continuous glassware line in 2019 during the annual Salone del Mobile in Milan. With the latest collection, Marni revisits the aesthetics of the 70s, exploring turquoise and greenish shades, combined with light camel colors and contrasting dark browns. The colors of the collection are further a nod to nature, imitating the color codes that can be found in the surroundings aside from urban settings. The inspiration from natural wonders reappears in the forms of the items, exhibiting a combination of globular and conical shapes, whereas each individual item features the signature imperfect detailing of handcrafted material that makes for the charming, understated character of glassware. All of the included creations are one-of-a-kind unica, crafted by the skillful artisans of Colombian communities that Marni has been closely working with for years. With the idea of responsibility in mind, Marni’s glassware collections consist of recycled glass, offering another parallel to the inspiration of nature, whose endless cycle repurposes its resources in fascinating ways. The glassware collection is exclusively available in Marni boutiques worldwide, starting in December 2021.

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New Chapters at Premiata

Originally known for their expertise in shoe-making, the Italian label Premiata is now introducing their first apparel line with a FW22 Menswear collection. Induced by the fifth generation of the family-led business, the siblings Vincenzo and Carlotta, the line presents itself with a genderless soul and the typical ‘made in Italy’ that is the essence of Premiata. Vincenzo summarizes the key points of the collection as follow: “I thought about the wardrobe of a person who I would call a metropolitan warrior, who needs multifunctional, structured and versatile garments, for an all-day-long use. All the outerwear, from the jacket to the parka, are garments conceived in a genderless key.” The FW22 collection persuades with a combination of technical approaches, such as water repellent materials and finishes, while considering the factor of comfort with soft-touch fabrics and the use of elastics. Timeless, athletic puffer jackets with an urban style, stonewashed parkas and lightweight rain overcoats deliver a selection of outerwear. In addition, the apparel is complemented by accessories such as bags and backpacks, which further reinforce the idea of metropolitan practicality paired with Italian design vocabulary. The entire collection is designed and produced in Italy, in partnership with the renowned manufacturer La Rocca, who is widely recognized in the premium and luxury textile segment. The collection is to be presented with a pop-up during the upcoming Pitti Filati in February.

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Emporio Armani x C.P. Company: A Celebration

Emporio Armani and C.P. Company fuse their exceptional brand DNA to celebrate their 40th and 50th anniversary respectively. C.P. Company was founded by Massimo Osti in 1971 and today his son Lorenzo Osti continues to embrace the principles the brand was founded on, the experimental approach, practical design, and innovation in terms of materials and dyes. Both brands are synonymous with innovation and a unique instinct for the complex needs of customers in contemporary society. The collaborative anniversary collection transports the common vision of innovation and fuses the distinctive elements of the brands, such as C.P. Company’s iconic goggle parkas, blousons, and anoraks, often inspired by military shapes and Emporio Armani’s signature bomber, raincoat, and stand-up collar jacket in a straight-lined, simple aesthetic. The color palette ranges from deep blues to a pale white, and the garments are made out of WOOL GUM waterproof wool, A.A.C. laser-cut microfiber, and DYSHELL bi-elastic nylon knit, which alludes to both brands’ strive for innovative materials. The clothes presented by Emporio Armani and C.P. Company are visual embodiments of both brands’ DNA and in combination offer a new vision for the future of fashion. The collection will be available from Saturday, 4th of December at the C.P. Company and Armani stores in Milan and from the 10th of December as well online.

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CHANEL Metiers d’Art: An Homage to Craft

CHANEL presents the Metier d’Art collection and pays homage to all the ateliers d’art that have enriched the Parisian Maison with their high craftsmanship and knowledge. The French luxury house was established by Gabrielle Chanel in 1910 and is today creatively led by Virginie Viard, who is known for her youthful approach with an emphasis on soft femineity with a rock n’ roll edge. For the SS22 collection, CHANEL chose a special venue, imagined and designed by the Maison itself together with architect Rudy Ricotto - Le19M. The digit 19 stands for one of the emblematic numbers of Gabrielle Chanel and represents the 19th arrondissement of Paris where all the arts and crafts ateliers, such as the embroiders Lesage, the goldsmith Goossens, the hatter Maison Michel and the shoemaker Massaro, the feather worker Lemarie and the pleater Lognon congregate. Le19M is a large, open architectural space with a façade enhanced in white concrete and with large galleries, which open up the possibility to hold exhibitions and invite like-minded people for cultural exchanges. The collection features signature styles that are deeply anchored in the CHANEL vocabulary, induced with a contemporary twist, such as tweed jackets with sweatshirt sleeves, sequin embellished CHANEL logos on cardigans as well as beige and black Mary-Janes with heels adorned with pearls. The looks of the collection take up the structure and elegance of the building itself and are, as Virginie Viard herself stated: “very metropolitan yet sophisticated.’’

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Hublot: Big Bang Unico Arturo Fuente Ceramic

Hublot and the cigar brand Arturo Fuente y Compania, both household names of rich tradition, fuse their exceptional DNA to pay homage to one of the greatest pioneers of the cigar industry— Carlos A. Fuente. Cigars determined Fuente’s life from a very early stage, making 50 cigars before homework as part of the household duties at the Casa Fuente and later on continuing to help his father with his small cigar business. In the late 50s, Carlos A. Fuente took over his family’s legacy, following numerous fires in his factories and misfortunes yet Fuente held tight to his beliefs, which eventually led to one of the most sought-after cigar brands. The Fuente family’s designer Manny Iriarte joined the Hublot team to help create and infuse the unique Big Bang timepiece with the core values of the Dominican cigar company. The timepiece is characterized by Hublot’s strong technical qualities, such as the 72hour batteries, its highly crafted 44mm diameter case, made out of black engraved ceramic, and adorned with a pattern visually reminiscent of a tobacco leaf. The Big Bang timepiece is finished with engraved writing on the back that reads: “Our Father, Our Friend, Our Hero” and sets a prime example for Hublot’s and Fuente’s strive to continuously reinvent the limits of perfection.

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Hublot is Welcoming a New Family Member

The luxury watchmaker Hublot introduces three-star chef Anne Sophie Pic as the new brand ambassador. The art of fine dining is in Anne Sophie Pic’s blood, a distinctive part of her identity since her great-grandmother opened her restaurant in 1889, which led to a tradition for three generations of restaurant pioneers. The family’s distinctive cuisine style of cooking is characterized by original flavor combinations. Anne Sophie Pic masterfully manages to embrace her heritage in fine food and intuitively brings out flavors and aromas, resulting in an explosion for the senses. The exceptional cook is honored with three Michelin stars, which is more than any other female chef has acquired in Europe. Pic’s tireless search for potential in every ingredient, followed by infinite experiments and combinations to explore the full range of possibilities and strive for perfection, coincides perfectly with the philosophy of luxury watchmaker Hublot. Visible and invisible qualities or flavors are revealed, transformed, or enhanced through precise and unique watches from Hublot or, in the culinary counterpart of Anne Sophie Pic’s craft. The culinary talent is guided through an enduring passion for innovation, sensitivity, and finding perfection in small details of flavors and aromas, which makes her the ideal candidate to convey the core message of Hublot.

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Herno: Christmas in Their Own Words

For the FW21 collection, the classic Italian brand Herno translates the quintessence of Christmas holidays with all its traditions, games of lights, mirrors, and a sense of elation as well as happiness into clothes. Established by Guiseppe Marenzi and his wife Alessandra in 1948, the brand was the answer to the demand for raincoats in its birth town Lake Maggiore, Italy. Later on, they expanded the assortment towards the demand for coats of customers worldwide, including their infamous detachable and reversible down jackets. Ever since its founding Herno has been a family-run company and synonymous with continuous evolution and innovation. Herno puts an emphasis on one of the most important Christmas values—tradition, which coincides with the brand's core principles. The FW21collection is composed of Herno’s signature capes with varying sleeve length options, accentuated by the iconic gold zip fastening and made out of a shiny lurex velvet. A new cocoon jacket is introduced in this collection, made out of sophisticated cashmere and silk and adorned with knitted details on the collar and hood edge. For men, the brand created timeless and Herno typically streamlined blazers in soft cashmere and silk with a detachable bib that transforms the light garment into a real winter jacket, padded with goose down.

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Maserati: Producing History

To memorialize the official introduction of Maserati’s latest car model, the Grecale, the Italian luxury automotive manufacturer Maserati gathered 80 prototypes of the new car outside the historic Maserati plant on Viale Ciro Menotti in Modena for a historic recording. The photo series showcases the cars forming the signature trident, resembling Maserati’s logo. Maserati is an automobile manufacturer with a rich tradition, founded in 1914 by the brothers Alferi, Ettore, and Ernesto Maserati. After the Second World War Maserati expanded its product line to include sports cars as well as gran touring cars, which eventually became a distinctive signature staple of the luxury carmaker. The Grecale, which translates into ‘‘lightning’’ is a unique compact SUV developed with the specific tuning of the suspension, steering, brakes, and control electronics. In keeping with Maserati tradition, the name is derived from a Mediterranean wind. Maserati cars can be equated with an excellent taste and continuous strive for perfection, from their style to the approach to innovative technology, which is reflected in the new Grecale. Over two hundred prototypes of the car model are currently undergoing a period of intensive road, circuit, and off-road tests in the Arab Emirates, USA, Japan, China, Finland, and Italy. The Grecale is a perfect addition to its electric predecessors, the Levante and Ghibli, which give us a glimpse of future car experiences.

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Jennifer Meyer x Moose Knuckles

Once again, the Canadian outerwear brand Moose Knuckles has launched a collaboration. This time, Los-Angeles based fine jewelry designer Jennifer Meyer has lends her expertise in jewelry design to an exclusive Moose Knuckles collection. Instead of fusing the jewelry elements with the jackets and coats of Moose Knuckles, her designs were turned into print motifs, turning jewelry into one-dimensional textile patterns. In addition, the hardware details of the looks are inspired by Jennifer Meyer’s jewelry designs. The resulting collection consists of 18 pieces and marks the first ready-to-wear line Jennifer Meyer has worked with. Taking an upbeat approach, the effortlessly edgy collection features ready-to-wear pieces fusing Meyer’s belief that jewelry can be more than an accessory with Moose Knuckles’ luxury heritage style. The capsule focuses on light pieces that can be layered and exhibit Moose Knuckle’s typical shapes: a cropped puffer and sporty sweater, a shearling trucker jacket and a velour tracksuit. A portion of the proceeds from the collection will be donated to the nonprofit organization Baby2Baby, which provides counteracts child poverty by providing support in various ways. “It’s been incredible working with Jennifer! We’re both family-run operations and the moment we met our synergies aligned perfectly. We set out to inspire authentic self-expression creating unique pieces for our West Coast friends to fall in love with. We’re excited for our community to see this collaboration come to life and to be working alongside Baby2Baby - an organization that is close to Jennifer’s heart,” is how Dominique Lagleva, Vice President for Global Marketing at Moose Knuckles comments.

www.mooseknucklescanada.com

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PB0110: A Helping Hand

“We believe in the relevance of beloved objects. In things which develop an individuality through daily use and become essential companions over time,” is how Philipp Bree, founder of PB0110, introduces the new collection of his brand. Titled A Helping Hand, the collection presents manifold variations of small items, which are of indispensable convenience in the daily mill of life. A Helping Hand is composed of little items and gadgets which hold space for the daily utilities of life – keys, phones, cards and all the other things we carry with us. As such, the collection presents key chains and coin purses, mobile cases with integrated cardholders but just as much as etuis and shoppers. Each of these items has been carefully though-out, to make the life of those easier whose plans change frequently, yet are only made possible by the tiny daily constants that make the plans run smoothly. As always, PB0110 withdraws from the idea of transient design and substitutable trends, by pursuing timeless accessory-making, centering around the notions of practicality and quality. The A Helping Hand collection is not only a new take on pragmatism and convenience, it serves also as a guiding inspiration for choosing gifts that have value and even more so a purpose. Next to the joy that the quality and aesthetic each of the pieces bring, the quotidian usage of them ensures the presentee’s appreciation for the item each day a new.

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Fendi Denim Capsule: Setting a New Tone for Sartorial Clothing

Kim Jones, Creative Director of Fendi, decided to focus on Denim with a new capsule collection, that is part of the Winter 2021 collection. With this capsule collection, the Italian house reinvents traditional, sartorial conventions by using the unorthodox material of Denim. Ever since its founding in Rome in 1925 by Adele and Edoardo Fendi, the brand has emerged as a global player in the fashion industry, a symbol of high craftsmanship, innovative designs, and a particularly keen eye for future trends. With the new and innovative take on sartorial garments, Fendi ushers in a new era of style after a past decade, which was dominated and defined by casual streetwear. The Denim looks are presented in the common shapes of formal tailoring. As such, a single-breasted coat, and a blazer are given a new look and feel through dark blue denim with a subtle green touch. The collection also includes a denim bomber jacket adorned with two front flap pockets. Combined with a sporty cap, the look exhibits the utilitarian origin of Denim fabric. Both garments are enhanced with the distinctive Fendi Roma signature jacquard patch. The upper garments of the collection are complemented with a multitude of differently shaped denim trousers, including cropped and tapered fits with a special turn-up at the hem as well as standard trousers with a relaxed shape and a slightly lower waist.

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Cartier: Love is All: About Compassion and Love

To celebrate and honor the feeling that unites humanity the most, the haute jewelry Maison Cartier decided to capture the spirit of love in a two-minute-long campaign video. The luxury conglomerate is known and admired for its highly crafted and thoughtfully designed jewelry pieces that are meant to elevate the individuality of the wearer rather than forcing an identity on them. The campaign is directed by British photographer Charlotte Wales, known for her light-hearted and thorough approach to filmmaking and therefore is the perfect choice to translate Cartier’s core values into a film. The extraordinary campaign film puts unique and world-renowned personalities, such as Monica Belluci, Lilly Collins, Willow Smith, or Troye Sivan into the limelight. The artists, each masters of their own creative profession are visual carriers of the message that cultural and artistic diversity is essential for personal development. The storyline is accompanied by the particular pop song “Love is All”, composed in the 70s by Roger Glover and Ronnie James Dio, which emphasizes the film as an ode to love. Cartier’s Love is All is a perfectly and sensually composed love letter to compassion, coming together with family, friends, and loved ones which is the most important message behind the upcoming joyful holiday season.

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First Eau de Parfum by Retterspitz: Pure Juniper Completion

Heal, care and well-being are the core identity of the tradition-rich manufacturer of natural remedies Retterspitz. The origins of the company lie in the keen eye of Margarete Riegel, who saw potential and variety of application possibilities in medicinal water, passed on to her by Riegel´s first husband. Out of this formula, following generations of the Riegel family managed masterfully to build a small empire around it. During the 1960s, the family expanded its business activities to include the new area of cosmetics and now the German company convinced the unparalleled perfumer Geza Schön to translate these core values into its first scent— Juniper. The juniper scent is derived from the eponymous fragrance line ‘‘1902’’ which included scented candles and a room scent. Retterspitz sought out a strong note of tree resin, musk, jasmine, rounded with juniper and basil and providing an invigorating yet calming effect. Freesia is also introduced, a scent that not only complements the fragrance but is equated with the restoration of balance and strength. Conjuring up a profound sense of the 120-year-old tradition, the scent is meant to evoke a healing effect.

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Aiguille D’Or for Bulgari’s Octo Finissimo

2021s Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève has awarded Bulgair with the “Aiguille d’Or” price. The “Aiguille d'Or” is the most prestigious category of watch-honoring awards and has been dedicated to the Octo Finissimo Perpetual Calendar, one of the four watches which Bulgari has entered into the contest. The Octo Finissimo Perpetual Calendar consists of no less than 408 components each aligned and coordinated into one entity that masters the art of time with extreme finesse. The sleek, thin watch case marks the thinnest in the world, setting a world record for the seventh time in a row. Created in 2014 in the wake of a complete overhaul of fine watch-making by Bulgari, the Octo Finissimo has redefined the limits of contemporary horlogerie. Concentrating on thinness, the Finissimo line radically renewed the genre of valuable watches, leading several Haute Horlogerie brands to follow suit. To acquire the flat watch case, the engineers of Bulgari had to explore new solutions, sounding out the ideal ways of using each minuscule space between the components while considering the dimensions the mechanical clockwork requires. Jean-Christophe Babin, CEO of the Bulgari Group, comments: “This prestigious award rewards the in-depth work initiated by Bulgari to redefine the fundamentals of Haute Horlogerie in terms of Art of Miniaturization. It rewards finally Bulgari’s spirit: boldness, disruptive and innovative.”

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Saint Laurent Rive Droite Exhibition Honoring the Work of Jeanloup Sieff

To celebrate Paris Photo 2021, Anthony Vaccarello, the creative director of Saint Laurent, decided to host a unique exhibition, including the work of artist Jeanloup Sieff at the luxury brand’s Rive Droite store. Jeanlouf Sieff was a French photographer, best known and still admired for his unique talent of capturing well-known personalities and politicians as well as iconic black and white landscape images. Sieff thoroughly studied the body in dance, resulting in a very erotic signature appearance on his photographs. The photographer is deeply connected with the brand since he shot the most legendary picture of the couturier and founder of the brand, Yves Saint Laurent— a nude portrait. Sieff's poetic approach on nudes, women, and the infinite interpretations of space and nature, grasping a relationship between fashion and storytelling is alluring. It perfectly matches the quintessence of the concept on which Rive Droite was established— an accessible, playful, and ironic equivalent to Rive Gauche. The cultural nod to Rive Gauche is not only a store with a versatile assortment but a platform for like-minded people to meet at performances, exhibitions, and events for cultural exchanges. The exhibition will be displayed at Saint Laurent Rive Droite, Paris, from November 4th until December 7th 2021.

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Saucony Highlights Fall/Winter 2021: Reimagines the Shadow 6000

This year marks a milestone for Saucony- the 30th anniversary of the iconic Shadow 6000. To celebrate the duration of the sneaker, Saucony decided to reimagine the shoe with five different themes- Destination, Food Fight, Pearl, Shadow 6000 OG, Sweet Street. Saucony was founded near a river in Pennsylvania in 1898. The brand name refers back to the city name “Saucon”, which is the native inhabitant’s meaning for fast-flowing river. The name of Saucony immediately resonates with a commitment to design and innovation. The Shadow 6000 was developed in 1991 with a new innovative sole, which achieves the perfect balance between heel steadiness, flexibility, and forefoot cushioning and results in the perfect essential for every professional runner. On the occasion of the anniversary re-interpretations, each limited edition of the Saucony classic takes the wearer on a different journey, through a land of sweets with delicious colorways or inspired by the act of marriage implemented in an elegant white design. The Shadow 6000 OG is a historic and significant version since it equals the original design from 1991 with blue, grey, and navy blue accents. Saucony’s anniversary collection perfectly highlights the timelessness of the company’s designs and passion for creative innovation.

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Bulgari Celebrated B.Zero1 Rock Chain in Berlin

On the occasion of the new B.Zero1 Rock Chain collection, Bulgari celebrated its iconic jewelry line with an extraordinary cocktail party in Berlin. In addition to the two brand ambassadors Princess Lilly zu Sayn Wittgenstein-Berleburg and Stephan Luca, VIP guests such as Palina Rojinski, Viktoria von Faber-Castell, Veronika Heilbrunner, Gizem Emre, Sonja Gerhardt, Stephanie Giesinger and Langston Uibel celebrated the launch of the fierce collection. Inspired by the rigorous architecture of Rome’s iconic Colosseum, the collection presents itself with an unconventional approach to jewelry design that celebrated the inspiring power of Bulgari’s bold visions. B.zero1 Rock Chain stands for the uncompromising breaking of rules, a liberating expression of independence and strength, and a pioneering spirit - all of which are closely linked to the DNA of the Roman jewelry house. Thus, the new collection makes all lovers of exceptional jewelry pieces that underline their personality shine. In the spirit of the new collection, the Alhambra location on Kurfürstendamm was bathed in a sea of lights of white, yellow and rose gold, perfectly reflecting the Bulgari brand through a combination of precious materials and timeless design elements. The rapper UFO361 performed an extravagant live show under an oversized Bulgari B.Zero1 ring. The exuberant mood was reinforced by DJ Alexander “Ali” Schwarzer from Tiefschwarz, whose music set the tone for the unforgettable evening that celebrated the sparkling confidence of the B.Zero1 Rock Chain collection.

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Valentino: A Tribute to Creativity

The Maison Valentino releases a sequel of the extraordinary first art book VLogo, curated by Pierpaolo Piccioli. For the second edition of the artbook, the creative director draws inspiration from 1968’s spirit, a time defined by the desire for radical individualism and liberation from traditional values. Piccioli picks up the theme by visualizing the bold statement of this generation-“Power to the imagination.” Paying tribute to unlimited creativity, Piccioli called upon the industry’s most important players, such as 032c, AnOther Magazine, or Nylon China, just as well as the Valentino style offices to contribute to the project. The edition is filled with unique and different interpretations of the renowned Valentino Logo, created by various independent international publications. Furthermore, the book includes extraordinary images, texts as well as photographs, and drawings of specific moments in the recent past. The contributors reimagined the aesthetic core identity of the Maison, resulting in a broad, interesting spectrum of VLogo interpretations. The intention was to create this book as a canvas of possibilities rather than just a precious coffee table book. Piccioli’s work perfectly visualizes and embraces the idea of creative freedom and contributes to a more diverse world.

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Dries Van Noten SS22: A Firework For The Senses

For the SS22 collection, the design team around Dries Van Noten draws inspiration from the Holi festival in India, renowned for its visible celebration of love and colors through colored powder clouds. The clothes embody the explosion of bold colors and euphoric emotions. Dries Van Noten is one of the most successful members of the Antwerp Six and is best known and admired for his creative integrity for his design process as well as the extraordinary aesthetic of his clothes. The collection showcases sculptural silhouettes, that perfectly mimic the festival explosions with heavily draped amounts of fabric on blouses as well as dresses. The garments also include shapes, that emphasize the body, such as caftans, matching suits, and jackets, cinched in the waist and finished with a flounce. Van Noten is picking up the theme of the Holi festival with the print and embellishments on his clothes. Replicate stains on garments give the impression of being doused with pigment and blurred photo prints of flowers and explosive fireworks on silk resemble a festival experiment. The color palette ranges from strongly saturated shades, such as orange, green, and pink as well as soft blues, purple, and mint to stripes in black. The special collection has been launched with a campaign video, directed by Albert Moya. The director perfectly captures the quintessence of Dries Van Noten´s latest collection- a celebration of love and joy, communicated through beautifully constructed clothes.

www.driesvannoten.com

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Salvatore Ferragamo: Joyous Anticipation of the Holiday Season

Salvatore Ferragamo´s festive holiday 2021 collection shows exquisite clothes that create a feeling of anticipation giving the viewer a glimpse of the upcoming days full of joy, nostalgia, and generosity. The collection consists of classical garments, effectuated with Ferragamo´s high aspirations of bespoke tailoring. A shiny black tux version, wool sweaters, and neatly cut skirts are accompanied and enriched by beautifully extravagant accessories. As such the collection include mules and boots, adorned with the letter F for Ferragamo and covered in glitter, a revived and extended version of the Viva Bow bag through new shapes as well as a soft penny loafer with a new Gancini detail. The special collections been launched with a campaign video, coming along as a short-film like story, putting the new house ambassadors Jelly Lin and SEULGI into the limelight as protagonists of a real-life Christmas carol. The storyline shows the two actors embracing the Christmas spirit, letting the festive ambiance into their hearts and leaving the daily life behind in a very literal way. The scenes accompany their shift from work attire into their festive outfits. The holiday 2021 campaign perfectly captures the brand´s deepest values and translates them into a joyous and cozy portrayal of Christmas, a holiday that celebrates friendship, family, and kindness- values that coincide with Salvatore Ferragamo´s vision.

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Louis Vuitton Ski Mask: Innovation Meets Style

Right on time for the ski season-opening, Louis Vuitton launches a new Ski mask, that fusions fashion and function once again. Ever since its founding, the brand which has been initially known for its high quality and exquisite luggage pieces, expanded their assortment steadily, incorporating ready-to-wear, fragrances and an elaborate range of accessories- among others face and ski masks. This year, the winter vacation essential comes along with additional functions and aesthetic details, ensuring a golden mean between performance and style. The mask has a UV coating to protect the eye from harmful ultraviolet radiation and had to undergo a special post-production treatment, which results in an anti-fog effect as well as scratch resistance. The lenses are adorned with the famous LV monogram and available in exquisite colors such as black, blue, and orange. Louis Vuitton´s products are innovative and perfectly tailored to the needs of a customer, who plans on traveling into the mountains to ski. To ensure maximum visibility, the ski mask with darker lenses included a lighter version as well, meant to be worn on days when visibility is poor. The orange, pink and blue tinted lenses enable to notices and condition changes on the slopes in time.

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Adidas x C.P. Company: Cinquanta

Functionality and intense fabric research, as well as innovation, are deeply anchored in the success vocabulary of the Italian sportswear brand. This year marks a milestone for C.P. Company, the 50th anniversary in business. For a long time, football and fashion lovers combined pieces of the iconic Italian brand with their German equivalent Adidas. In honor to celebrate C.P. Company’s anniversary, the two pioneers finally decided to officially fuse their DNA in an exceptional range of garments. Chester Perry, later renamed as C.P.Company, was founded in 1971 by Massimo Osti, a man who would later go down in history as the “godfather of urban sportswear”. Sports played a significant role in the implementation of C.P. Company´s experimental streetwear pieces into the mainstream. Both brands are closely connected to football. The limited collection, launched under the name Cinquanta, features signature styles and pieces of Adidas such as the Haslingden jacket, infused with C.P. Company’s core identity. The Adidas icon is revived in a 1970s Italian camouflage print and made out of C.P. Company’s signature fabric 50 Fili. Aside from that, a special team was assigned to the task of revisiting the archives of both brands, resulting in the Adidas Italia SPZL, a white full-grain leather sneaker, adorned with green and red details. Another noteworthy aspect is that the collaborative sneaker comes with an additional pair of outsoles, to provide an extended lifetime of the Adidas Italia SPZL. C.P Company and Adidas are a striking example of a successful collaboration between pioneers, blending their strong identities harmoniously together.

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Dior x Technogym: Where Engineering meets Design

After launching the Dior Vibe line for the 2022 Cruise collection, which unites sportswear with Dior’s impeccable elegance, the French Maison has partnered up with Technogym. Technogym is a global trailblazer for at-home gym equipment, focusing on innovative engineering and high-quality production. Technogym has made a name for themselves as ‘The Wellness Company’, bringing fitness and self-care to their customers through their products. Collaborating with Dior marks the first fashion partnership for the Italian brand. The collaboration cherishes the energy of the Dior Vibe line, aiming for an all-around brand experience by not only providing the customer with sportswear but the necessary equipment simultaneously. The unusual dialogue between the two brands has yielded high-end, luxurious sports equipment, including a treadmill, a multifunctional weight bench including matching dumbbells and a gym ball to support flexibility and balance for the future Dior at-home athlete. The equipment comes with crisp white frames and neutral black fittings, adorned by the Dior star motif and the name of the Maison between five horizontal stripes – the emblematic signature of Dior. The collection will be available from January 2022 onwards.

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A Story of Success: Louis Vuitton’s Essentials

Elegant leather goods are deeply anchored in the success vocabulary of the traditional fashion house. Since the invention of the Trunk 1854, Louis Vuitton and his successors have been reinventing the Trunks constantly. From a medical kit for Damien Hirst, a helpful essential for Ernest Hemingway to Virgil Abloh’s Mini Soft Trunk with a modern twist and - the trunk is a shapeshifter adaptable to any desired purpose. For the FW21 collection, the French brand re-interprets their everlasting Christopher and Soft Trunk designs. Louis Vuitton first unveiled the Christopher in the FW 2004 collection as a backpack and ever since revived it season for season in a wide range of different versions, always drawing inspiration from the iconic original. This season, the leather goods are available in in the recognizable Monogram pattern Taurillon Gommato and the chess pattern Damier, in black or white with shoulder straps and large opening to ensure easy access to the inside. The reinvented FW21 versions of the bags are centred around the acknowledgement of the need for a bag to serve a multiplicity of uses, for casual or formal occasions. The Christopher and the Soft Trunk are symbols of the traditional French Maison and carry an unmistakable recognition value. No matter which updated version of the trunk or backpack you prefer, it elevates every look and makes it unique as well as prepared for every possible change of plans and venues.

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Watches and Wonders: A Look Behind the Scenes of Horology

Watches and Wonders, a collaboration between Mr Porter and Net-A-Porter celebrates the intersection between luxury watches, style and fashion. Launched in spring 2020, the digital platform represents a one-of-a-kind character: tailored directly towards industry instead of retail, the web destination has become a dynamic hub for leading retailers, journalists and VIP guests. With their new Watches and Wonders campaign, the two renowned online retail spaces Net-A-Porter and their men’s fashion counterpart Mr Porter, once again pay a special tribute to fine watchmaking. Globally orientated and coming along with a series of physical events and its own digital platform, the campaign is a hallmark of showcasing the art behind fine watchmaking, offering professional insiders as well as the public eye a glimpse behind the scenes. Currently, the platform features insight on the Salon 2022, which unites more than 40 horology houses in an extensive exhibition in Geneva. As one of the first digital destinations to provide unparalleled access to the newest novelties and iconic pieces of the watch industry, the new campaign showcases no less than 30 timepieces, including the top-tier watchmaking names Cartier, Hermès, H.Mose & Cie, IWC Schaffhausen as well as Piaget. Watches and Wonders fosters inspiration, education and marvels at the countless wonders behind the craft of horology.

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Saint Laurent SS22

Here we are, ascending the white stairs at Place Varsovie, surrounded by the atmosphere of the French capital striving for normality. Here, at this specific place, stands tall one of its iconic symbols, the Tour Eiffel, shining enchantingly with its usual timed light show. As we arrive at the designated seating we see what at first glance looked like a mirrored floor only later to be discovered as the effect of water on the pavement. Little we knew what was going to unfold before us minutes later. As the sun starts to go slowly down the first look make its appearance. It’s a long, sharp yet fluid dress with oversized shoulders, and bold jewels. Austere, yet revealing. Suits transform in overalls, and accessories transform into statement elements. It’s the statement of a woman beyond genres and norms. The woman Yves Saint Laurent found as one of his dearest muses, the charismatic Paloma Picasso, whom the couturier met in the 60s and became a great inspiration for the so-called “collection scandale” presented in January 1971 “For a long time, I wanted to transpose this meeting between Paloma Picasso and Yves Saint Laurent, whose importance few realize in the designer’s creative journey. It is a moment to which I am sensitive as a designer because for me it is the defining moment when Saint Laurent’s fashion creativity became a style.” Anthony Vaccarello speaks about the crucial moment when the couturier Yves met the socialite Paloma. Not many have been aware of its intrinsic importance. A moment that opened up free new artistic paths for Yves Saint Laurent, abolishing the solemn borders of haute couture and preconceived codes. Anthony Vaccarello likes to call it the “couture jacket”. The superbly constructed tailored jacket, declined through radical cuts, dissolving genres and the definition itself of sensuality. As the last looks walk, a cascade of water starts to pour down the catwalk, the models, we the guests. We feel like baptized. Reborn, after these tragic times that took away many who will be always remembered. As will this fantastic show.

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Marni SS22: Connected

For the Marni SS22 collection, it was Francesco Risso’s mission to show us this season that we are all one team, sometimes disconnected but always reconnecting. To pursue this idea of connection, he invited all of the guests who were going to attend the fashion show for a personal fitting. The event fostered a collective trying on, asking for advice and selecting a look to wear to the show. Resulting from this collective fitting, the spectators blended in perfectly with the performers on the runway. The collection features sliced-up asymmetrical dresses in black and blue, oversized sweaters, bandeau tops and bell bottom trousers. Especially noticeable are the stripes, vertical, horizontal or diagonal, stretching over almost every garment and the flower applications, Daisies to be exact, cut out and reassembled into skirts, oversized tops and cotton, flowing pyjama sets made from crisp cotton. During the show a performer appeared on stage reading a poem, called ´´Wear we are´´ touching upon whether covered in layers of fabric or revealed in short skirts, each individual is ready to connect. Risso has once again shown in his own visionary way how fashion serves as a means of expression and communication.

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ENG Concept Store: #StopAsianHate

Being one of the leading fashion retailers with a customer group of Gen-Z luxury consumers, the Shanghai concept store ENG bridges the gap between retail and entertainment. Through an experience-driven, highly conceptual shopping experience, the famous store attracts the fashion-forward crowd of the metropole. For their latest project, the label has made it their aim to raise awareness about the increase of hate crimes against Asians. Showing severe percentages already before the pandemics, hate crimes against Asians have almost doubled. The project is tailored towards the global #StopAsianHate campaign and came to life with international and Chinese brands creating t-shirts, whose full retail proceeds are donated to the Stop East and South-East Asian Hate Campaign. The campaign’s mission is to condemn hate by creating lasting social change, whereas the fund is used to support organizations uplifting and empowering Asian communities. ENG’s campaign is brought to the public eye with an extensive campaign, including a multitude of praised fashion industry personas, such as Leslie Zhang, one of China’s most prolific fashion photographers and several others, who all gave their passion, experience and time freely in order to support this urgent cause. The campaign is replenished by a trilogy of podcasts with Susie Lau and Asian creatives, in which matters of prejudice and bias are reflected upon. In particular, the episodes touch upon the barriers in the Western educational system, that young Asian creatives are confronted with.

The designed t-shirts as well as the podcast are accessible online at ENG. Donations for the GoFundMe campaign can be made through the link below.

www.engconcept.com
www.gofundme.com/f/support-esea-community

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MCM: Urban Luxury Commute

MCM’s current collaboration with Urwahn elevates ordinary city commutes to a luxurious cruise. Taking inspiration from the metropolitan dynamic of Munich in the 1970s, the two brands have created an E-bike that unites their expertise and design language in a future-oriented way. "We wanted to develop a collaboration that celebrates the essence of moving from the past into the future. URWAHN is a thoroughly German company known for its high-quality engineering, making it the perfect partner with which to celebrate our 45th anniversary," is how Dirk Schönberger, chief creative officer, describes MCM's initial vision behind the collaboration. Whereas this collaboration marked a step into unknown waters for MCM, the outcome sets a high for successfully combining urban mobility with a luxurious lifestyle. A 3D-printed frame, entirely coated in copper and adorned with the iconic Visetos Monogram - that is unmistakably associated with MCM - exudes an opulent aesthetic. Logo-embossed brass framings and reflective MCM emblems plastered over the rims make for an impressive, lasting brand impression. The E-bikes are hand-built in the German town Magdeburg at one of Urwahn’s factories and are the result of detail-oriented design and professional execution. The attention to detail goes beyond the bike itself. MCM also took the riders’ needs into consideration and conceived a special-edition Urban Bottle with 24Bottles. Only available with the MCM x URWAHN E-Bike, this lightweight water bottle sports the brand’s iconic logo and color and with its glamorous Chrome Finish reflecting the light, it isn’t just a great alternative to plastic bottles, but also adds a gorgeous touch.

From September 22nd onwards, 10 of the bikes will be presented in selected MCM stores worldwide.
The e-bike, limited to 40 pieces, will be available online from October 1st.

www.mcmworldwide.com
www.urwahnbikes.com
www.24bottles.com

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Jil Sander SS22: New Awakenings

“Far from perfect, we can always look forward, with as little filter as possible. We are plural, nocturnal, and luminous; feminine, masculine, vulnerable and strong; and we shouldn’t take ourselves too seriously. We are in motion.” This is the mantra from which Lucie and Luke Meier derived their creativity for the SS22 collection for Jil Sander. In the spirit of new awakenings, the collection invites to reopen one’s eyes to oneself and one’s surroundings. The collection’s looks excel at balancing sensitivity with power and are a paragon for looks that look strong yet feel light. The prominent silhouette of the SS22 collection is wide and flowy, yet structured; achieved by tailored garments made from delicate fabric. Oversized blazers are combined with clean palazzo trousers, voluminous straight-cut coats layered over slit skirts and long figure-flattering dresses balanced with loose overshirts. Designed with fabric combinations such as cotton, chenille, shimmery silks and matte wool, the looks offer an intriguing mix of material while remaining neutral and wearable through their muted color palette of discrete cream shades, classic earth tones, and pastels such as pale peach, light green and sky blue. The subtle color accentuations lend a soft-spoken touch to the rectilinear, sharp lines of the looks, expressing how subtlety and authority co-exist in Jil Sander’s designs.

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Doucal FW21/22: Urban Outdoors

With the recent eruption of outdoor interests, the world of womenswear has been opened to new spheres. With true Italian craftsmanship, Doucal has taken inspiration from this development, presenting their FW21/22 collection with ghillie lacing, fine textiles and material inserts on functional footwear shapes. Timeless styles and considerate details are prompts that attract the educated, selective customer of these days. Doucal translates these variables into their design, in particular with three of their shoe models. For the FW collection, Doucal has put a spin on their classic Chelsea boot from the previous collection by focusing on an aerodynamic shape, giving the well-established boot a more athletic touch. Shiny leather combined with a rubber sole creates a trans-seasonal mood that delivers durability. Similarly, the loafers of the Italian brand combine tradition with comfort through a rubber sole. Doucal’s sneaker models have been elevated with fabric elements, such as wool and feature neutral color blocking that makes them suitable for city looks. Additionally, the collection premieres an ankle boot with a flared heel that picks up the material mix of the collection. The men’s collection ventures out into a more athletic approach; presenting ultra-light soles, technical details and rubberized inserts. Previous models, such as the Kobe and Andrew, are reborn with new color palettes, nylon waterproof patches and wax treatments while offering a range from walking shoes, boots to monk shoes and loafers.

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Max Mara SS22 : Hedonist Summer Daydreams

The inspiration behind Max Mara’s SS22 collection is rich in storytelling and emphasizes romanticized daydreams coming to life through literature. The muse behind the collection is Françoise Quoirez, better known under her nom de plume Françoise Sagan, a keen French writer born in 1935. Derived from her international literature masterpiece Bonjour Tristesse, the collection pays tribute to a story romance, intrigue, moral conundrum and elegant ennui all in the scenery of discrete villas, secluded beaches, old school cars, classical yachts and the nightlife sophistication of expensive restaurants and exquisite casinos. Bonjour Tristesse is a novel born from longing and imagination -forced to stay at home to retake final exams for school, Sagan went on a splendid summer holiday all in her head. In an autobiographical manner, the protagonist of the story, Céclie, lives through a hedonistic summer full of glamour, carefreeness and dolce vita. For the SS22 collection, Max Mara has imagined the wardrobe of Cécile, dressing her in refined prêt-à-porter made from crisp gabardines and poplins, top-stitched denim and elevated workwear classics. The collection features tank tops and boyish sandals paired with chiffons and knits with breezy, flowing shapes and clean silhouettes, all exuding an existentialist aura. The color palette reflects Max Mara’s signature shades – ecru and camel, sand and tan, black and navy accentuated by orange and yellow tones.

www.maxmara.com

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Replay x Breuninger: United to Inspire

Stuttgart’s most prestigious department store Breuninger and denim brand Replay have celebrated their long-lasting partnership with an event that explicitly cherished inspiration and revolved around the power of dance as an artform. Organized on the occasion of the Berlin Art Week, the event featured numerous guests from diverse creative fields who came together to celebrate the fountains of creativity. The evening was kicked off by an art performance by Eike von Stuckenbrock, Yoann Bourgeois and Frieder Weiss, staging an impressive light show with projections, sound effects and music that set the mood for the following evening. Besides paying tribute to creativity, dance and inspiration as such, the event marked the presentation of the recent Replay x Breuninger campaign, called “Dance for What Matters”. Next to its dedication to performance in general, the collection focuses on circular economy and pushed forward Replay’s endeavors towards a more sustainable future of fashion. The collection was presented by five self-shot videos of cross-cultural and international dance talents, each parading a re-used pair of jeans, unfolding their creativity in their unique ways while putting the garment into focus. The re-used jeans of the campaign were sourced entirely emission-free and mark a milestone in the denim brand label’s undertaking of producing ecologically friendly.

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Armani Casa: The Home as the Horizon

With the recent happenings that implied a turn towards the own four walls as the site of daily life, the meaning and significance of the notion “home” has shifted. Our living space turned into an ever-changing cosmos, representing our dispositions, feelings and situations – or as Armani puts it the home has become the horizon of everyday life. Giorgio Armani himself has attempted to find answers during this shift of perspective, contemplating the blurred lines between day-to-day activities and the home as a safe haven for relaxation. Eventually, bowing to a strong wish to reconnect with the sparks of the outdoors instead of the indoors, Giorgio found his inspiration in nature: “We live on this planet, and we need to be in touch with the earth. Natural elements give us calm and serenity and provide the background against which we can express ourselves.” Lightness and light play a major role in the design outcomes, with a focus on function, quality and elegance. Decorative details support the definition of visual continuity between the different areas of the home, creating compartments that define yet merge the areas of the home. The collection features items including slender desks, bar cabinets, sitting accommodations. Many of the pieces simultaneously serve as room dividing furniture.

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202030 – The Berlin Fashion Summit

Berlin Fashion Week is in full swing and with the ever-present significance of sustainable solutions, a new term belonging to the eco 101 has reached its peak: circularity. The second edition of 202030 The Berlin Fashion Summit revolves around this all-encompassing approach of responsible design and production and continues the successful launch of the project during the Berlin Fashion Week back in January. Interdisciplinary experts are participating in digital discussions about the current shortcomings of the industry and the releasing potential ecosystems and circularity portray in these scenarios. The 202030 Summit is divided into three main topics, each of which is dedicated an entire day. Firstly, the event invites to a conversation on circular systems in general, questioning how to think and design for a positive cause. Secondly, the summit dives deeper into the actualization of circularity – how can positive impacts be organized and fostered? Lastly, the project touches upon valuation systems, exploring options of defining the notion of “quality” and how to measure it. The 202030 Summit aims to close the gap between sustainability innovation and the industry’s need for pragmatic guidelines. Represented labels and experts include Orsola de Castro, founder of the international Fashion Revolution campaign and circularity-precursor label ArmedAngels.

www.202030summit.com

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Berlin Fashion Week: Der Berliner Salon 2021

On September 6th, Der Berliner Salon took place at the Kraftwerk in Berlin. The exhibition featured design creations of 35 German labels; stretching over the categories of fashion, jewelry and accessories. Under the premise of “Committed to Responsibility”, the event put brands into the spotlight that focus on holistic, responsible production and make choices with the future in mind. Initiated by Christiane Arp, former editor in chief at Vogue Germany, and Marcus Kunz, CEO of the sustainably orientated Menswear label Nowadays, the Berliner Salon event is supported by the Berlin senate for economy, energy and business. Increasingly urgent topics such as circularity and consumer transparency were the overarching focus of this season's renowned group exhibition. With the integration of manufactories and artisan métiers, the 2021 edition of the Berlin Salon marked a significant step towards the acknowledgement of transparent production processes in the creation of collections and products. The exhibition, which is part of the Berlin Fashion Week, also curated a series of panel talks that discuss experiences, inspirations and thoughts of fashion experts and business representatives. The Berlin Salon event aims to pave a way for a more supportive, circular design industry as a whole and featured renowned German labels such as Lala Berlin, PB0110 and Kaviar Gauche.

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Dior’s Medallion Chair Reinterpreted

The legacy of the Dior Medallion Chair reaches far back – all the way to the founding of the French Maison in 1946. Whereas the debut of the chair was of rather practical nature – Christian Dior designed it for the purpose of seating guest’s at fashion shows in a “sober, simple and above all classic and Parisian” way – the Louis XVI style of the chaise médaillon soon became a major code of Dior, then located in Avenue Montaigne, the beating heart of Dior. In the wake of the most recent interpretation, Dior Maison has invited a selection of artists to reimagine the iconic piece. The Medallion Chair has been reconceived with boundless creativity by the manifold international artists, from Japan to Italy, Korea, Lebanon and France. The resulting interpretations of the chair are as diverse and nuanced as their creators – as such, Joy de Rohan Chabot created a delicate version of the chair in which a clean and reduced frame is adorned with dainty golden leaves, twining across the surface where one would expect upholstery. Linda Freya Tangelder took a contrasting approach, reinventing the chair as a taboret version in grey steel, replacing the backrest with a sturdy handle. Nacho Caarbonel made use of rustic materials such as wood and metal to bring a medieval version of the classic chair to life. With this unprecedented and pluralistic collaboration, Dior reflects the Maison’s timeless modernity that continuously revives the Dior dream in a contemporary way.

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Zegna FW21 Collection #WHATMAKESAMAN

In the recent years, the conventional term of masculinity has undergone a transformation. Masculinity slowly but surely breaks free from its iron cast. At Zegna, the notion of masculinity, and the derived question of what it means to be a man is at the heart of the design process. For the FW21 collection, Artistic Director Alessandro Sartori retailors the modern man: “The way that modern men dress, their needs and habits have been changing considerably over the past year. Customers are looking for a different style as they turn to more fluid silhouettes and multifunctional yet comfortable outfits. This is the perfect time to rethink what is possible, to reconsider what really matters and to rebalance style while we are called to answer to changing times. A new aesthetic is needed: fluid, ageless, adaptable, where comfort matches perfectly with style.” Thus, the collection presents The New Jacket, an alternative version to Zegna’s iconic overshirt, which can be worn as a blazer or a jacket – indoors, outdoors, casual and formal all in one. The #WHATMAKESAMAN campaign features diverse modern voices, including two models, a dancer, a fashion buyer and a photographer. Although all individual and in their own way, they collectively stand for the reconsideration of the limits of modern masculinity and the reaffirmation of values instead of internalised dogmas.

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Max Mara: FW21

Italian Heritage brand, Max Mara, unveils its FW21 ‘Camesole’ - highly technical fabrics depicted on two strong incredible women, in a series of shorts directed by Tracy Doyle. With cinematography by Cecile Zhang, themes of hope are explored, the idea of the impossible or improbable dissipating with the presence of hope. In these videos which were produced, directed and starring women, ‘Portraits of Women’ focuses on two subjects from two different parts of the world. The camel hair is finely interwoven with recycled polyester made in Italy, the result is a resilient padding to protect against the harshest elements. The FW21 collection is made up of 10 pieces which include five styles of coats, one jacket, two hoodies and a short and long vest.

The Senior Director of Talent for Vogue and Condé Nast, Helena Suric, is filmed by Dagmar Weaver-Madsen starting her day at eight in the morning. The ritual of dressing is the focal point, a brief moment of vulnerability displayed as one studies themselves in the mirror before taking off into a cold world or inner city night. The video’s nighttime subject is CEO of Nova Universal, Jasmine Xie, shot in Chengdu, China at eight in the evening, filmed with the help of cinematographer Cecile Zhang. Both subjects, armed with CameLuxe from the Cube, embraces all possibilities and opportunities offered up by both night and day this fall season.

The application of camel hair on its coats is a process at the heart of Max Mara, cameluxe, an ultra-fine material. The Cube, Max Mara’s modular outerwear collection arrives in colors of caramel, rock salt, black, coal, dark and dark blue. All materials used are certified by the Textile Exchange to meet the Global Recycling Standard.

www.maxmara.com

 

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Moose Knuckles: Pre-Fall 2021

Celebrated luxury outerwear brand based out of Montreal, Moose Knuckles, has unleashed an expansion of its SS21 collection; with a focus on mobility, the “all-weather” Pre-Fall collection is versatile and made from technical fabrics to withstand even the harshest conditions. The coalescence of form and function are evidenced in the Active Flex line, with premium down fill and stretchy shell fabrics which accumulate and retain heat. The Softshell line in the Moose Knuckles Pre-Fall collection is made from a recycled, lightweight, high density nylon shell and fill which includes the Sheep Creek Vest, Outbank Jacket and the Kleskun Jacket.

The women’s rainwear is engineered for fashion and utilitarian purposes; the West River Parka and Toney Jacket feature heat sealed seams for a cozy and continuously dry fit. In addition to rainwear and the softshell line, the Moose Knuckles Pre-Fall collection also features sportswear. The sportswear line offers up a colorful and varied assortment which includes the Stereogram Zip-Up, Baril Lake Pants, Alice Creek Hoodie; and a whole range of men’s and women’s tracksuits, hoodies and tees. Whatever your plans are, Moose Knuckles ushers in this collection as a reassurance that the weather will never impede or impose on those plans.

www.mooseknucklescanada.com

 

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Saint Laurent Rive Droite: Salt and Sun

Saint Laurent Rive Droite, the creative retail concept and cultural destination of curated specialty items from Anthony Vaccarello, embraces the spirit of the summer with its ‘Salt and Sun’ collection of beach-ready apparel and accessories.

Rive Droite ‘Salt and Sun’ features a special collaboration with K-Way, founded in Paris in 1965 and the maker of superior waterproof jackets, to produce a limited edition jacket embellished with a mystic all-over sunset print. Leopard Fatboy pillows, Saint Laurent surfboards and extra lifestyle items in the collection will be added to the boutique stores in Paris and Los Angeles. Rive Droite continues to expand on the core DNA of Saint Laurent with amusing and chic items; its exclusive assortment of limited editions, vintage items, music, photography and art are now joined by the ‘Salt and Sun’ collection.

Salt and Sun items will be available exclusively in-store at Saint Laurent Rive Droite 213, rue saint Honoré 75001, Paris, and 469 Rodeo Drive, Los Angeles.

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Paco Rabanne presents Pacollection

Pacollection describes the encounter of diverging characters, all united by the idea of personality. The nine scents named Strong Me, Genius Me, Erotic Me, Fabulous Me, Crazy Me, Dangerous Me, Major Me, Blossom Me and Dandy Me carry across the message of the most revolutionary projects of Paco Rabanne, inter alia by picking up on olfactory anecdotes that exemplify the outspoken, extravagant and innovative heritage of the label. The range of fragrances varies from sweet, seductive notes to refreshing and herby, featuring noteworthy aromas like incense, wasabi, leather and black current. Under the notion of moral engagement, Julien Dossena, designer of Paco Rabanne, has created this special collection of perfumes under the premise of portraying a spectrum of identities and expressions, all with a fluid gender approach. Each perfume received a personality, confident and unique on its own, but empowered by the discourse and exchange that emerges from the differences and similarities of each individual. The flacon is made from a metallic emulsion with a surprising trait – a soft, flexible surface that creates an unusual sensory experience unexpected from a perfume bottle. Each flacon is designed with a specific color that expresses the personality that is carried by the scent. The fragrances come in chrome-coloured cartridges that deliver a save solution to store the special bottles.

www.pacorabanne.com

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Salvatore Ferragamo: Holiday Collection

In the 2021 Holiday collection Salvatore Ferragamo serves up an unexpected array of festive garments. Sidelining the typical santa reds, pine greens and gold tones, the Italian brand presents a new take on holiday colors. Turning upside down the conventional Holiday dress code, Salvatore Ferragamo includes a range of items that offer choices aside from the obvious – all while revering the most iconic elements of the brand. The women’s items are categorized into four themes: pretty in pink, sparkle is the girl’s best friend, mini is the new black and mint is a state of mind. The F heel, the Gancini symbol and the Viva bow are represented in metallic-glitter versions, bubblegum pinks and minty pastels and even with integrated mirrors. The men’s collection is significantly less unusual, opting for classic footwear pieces including a pair of loafers, a classic lace-up low shoe and a pair of sneakers. Travel goods cater the driving-home-for-Christmas look and persuade with various size options. Despite the scaled down character of the men’s collection, the attention to detail that shows in the women’s items, steals the spotlight of the gentlemen too. The Gancini buckle adorns the belt options in gold and silver versions, with geometric cuts and relief work. And for the last minutes Christmas gifts, Salvatore Ferragamo included a gift box with a duo of interchangeable buckles inside.

www.ferragamo.com

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Longchamp launches The Pliage Green

Longchamp introduces a recycled version of The Pliage and exemplifies the French brand’s commitment to sustainability. The iconic bag appeals to the loyalty of wearers with its longevity and sturdiness, which is why Longchamp pursued durability and quality as fundamental considerations in the development process of The Pliage Green. Offering the characteristics of the bag – waterproof, washable, foldable – and an almost identical look and feel has been the pivot point of the endeavor to go green. The signature nylon body remains as a fabric choice, with the distinctive difference that The Pliage Green’s material is made from recycled nylon gathered from various sources including fishing nets, nylon stockings and offcuts from the textile production process. The canvas woven from these materials meets the Global Recycled Standard certification. A PVC coating supports the canvas from the inside, to provide maximum duration. The leather detailing is made from by-product leather to ensure a minimal environmental impact. The Pliage Green is distinguishable from the classic version by subtle details, such as color-coordinated leather closures and green-tinted leather ears on the side of the zipper. The signature emblem of the house, a racehorse, is embroidered on the front of The Pliage Green. The eco-version of Longchamp’s most iconic bag is manufactured in four colors inspired by nature and available in an array of silhouettes.

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Alpine Capsule: Skiing with Dior

As an ode to the Alps’ winter wonderlands, Maria Grazia Chiuri designed a capsule collection that fusions Dior’s elegance with sporty skiing attires. Concentrating on looks that combine style and high-tech functionality, the designs are not only suited for going down the slopes but for après ski occasions as well. The capsules’ color palette consists mostly of white and black alpine looks accentuated with red and navy details. Voluminous puffers, trousers and the classic book tote are available in leopard print for an extra dash of glamour that creates an unusual contrast to the snowy landscapes of the mountains. Knitted sweaters with patterns that distantly remind of traditional alpine garbs complement the aim of the collection to meet athletic as well as leisure purposes. The brand’s signature logo pattern - the Dior Oblique, as well as the infamous camouflage and the Dior lucky star motive, are featured throughout the designs as well. For the maximum coordinated look, accessories like an ultra-matte ski mask and logo-emblazoned sunglasses are part of the Dior Alps collection too.

The Dior Alps capsule collection will be available in-store starting mid-September. 

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Beneath the Coat: Moose Knuckles Sportswear Collection

Canada is a country that is famous for its cold and harsh winters from which its citizens need adequate protection. It should therefore not come to anybody’s surprise that Canadian brand Moose Knuckles is most famous for its outerwear and has, according to Retail Insider Magazine, “been ranked as the top parka brand in terms of having the highest thermal insulation value.” That said, everybody knows that fortunately, the cold seasons don’t last all year and that we also need other garments besides warm jackets and coats. Moose Knuckles is happy to provide. Considering themselves as a luxury sportswear brand, their selection also naturally includes a sportswear collection consisting of hoodies, shirts, pants and shorts, more suitable for the warmer seasons. Made entirely of 100% Cotton French Terry, a low maintenance fibre, the garments have a light and comfortable feel, ideal for athleisure wear. The collection offers the wearer a myriad of possibilities to combine not only the colours, Surplus Green, White Yellow Brit Blue, Charcoal Melange and Black, but also the pieces and their different fits to their heart’s content. The pieces get their final touch with the iconic Moose Knuckles metal logo. The clothes are made to flatter the shape of the body, but for everybody who likes the oversized look, there is always the possibility to size up.

www.mooseknucklescanada.com

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Salvatore Ferragamo & Wim Wenders present: A Future Together

For the FW21 collection, the Italian house Salvatore Ferragamo is partnering up with legendary filmmaker and three-time Academy Award-nominated Wim Wenders to create the fashion film “A Future Together”. It’s a post-modern, multidimensional and layered reflection upon the exciting potential futures – a myriad of positive possibilities – that await us all. The short film was shot in Milan and the storyline follows a stylish young film director, brought to life by Gaia Girace, who is working on a sci-fi adventure with a powerful cast and costumes, the Ferragamo FW21 collection, which itself offers a fresh perspective through its technologically advanced and futuristic concept. Onset, she meets a handsome sound engineer, played by Felix Sandman, marking the beginning of a personal story full of adventure. Through their story, Wenders created an optimistic and exhilarating campaign, which is light yet deeply profound, compellingly optimistic and perfectly highlights the luxurious and proactive nature of the collection produced by Ferragamo’s expert artisans. Wenders himself had the following to say: “Developing a positively energetic story inside the framework of a futuristic setting is a challenge at a time when the future is generally regarded as bleak and dystopian. But sometimes, when the cards are stacked up against you and you have to fight many obstacles, the result can achieve an extra aura of beauty. This was definitely the case at our Ferragamo shoot. Not only did the sun break through the grey sky of Milan, so that the futuristic sites could show their best potential, but also our two young stars were luminous and enchanted. Most of all the collection, when it was finally revealed and worn by the actors, turned out more radiant and spectacular than in our wildest dreams. All we had to do as a film team was to capture that sudden explosion of glorious beauty in front of us.” The collection looks towards the future, trying to appeal to all of those who are determined to shape the new and positive fashion, whilst also embodying Ferragamo’s progressive heritage, the combination of technological and aesthetic innovation which is reflected in designs capturing the now whilst revealing their timelessness in the future.

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C.P. Company x Sebago

What makes a look or an item iconic? It’s not only the visionary design, but it also requires a visionary customer who is able to embrace it. For a short, but intense period in the 1980s, C.P. Company and Sebago made their claim to this special status, as the young Italian fashion cognoscenti picked up these brands and started the first streetwear movement in Italian history, rendering these brands into future icons. C.P. Company is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year through a number of collaborations happening all throughout the year. So it should come to nobody’s surprise that C.P. Company also paired up with Sebago for this special occasion. The capsule collection pays homage to those aesthetic references of this very important moment and the subculture that marked it. They dove into their archives and the new M.t.T.N windbreaker jacket, available in three colors, is an updated replica of an 1980s original, which coincidentally started C.P. Company’s experimentation in dyeing a garment in nylon and cotton. To complete the homage, Sebago’s most iconic model, the Docksides, which since its release in 1970 has been a universal symbol for sun, saltwater and adventure, appears in a limited edition. This edition finds itself manually overdyed in the same hues as the windbreakers.

The C.P. Company x Sebago capsule collection will be available from July 15h, 2021.

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Louis Vuitton FW21 Seoul Spin-Off

In 2020, Virgil Abloh, Louis Vuitton Men’s Artistic Director, initiated ‘The Voyage’ format, wherein his collections and shows travel to different destinations to meet the global Louis Vuitton community closer to their homes. This does not only create a closer bond with the community, but also offers the opportunity to engage with different cultures and national identities, whilst also counteracting the industry’s old-fashioned and seasonal modus operandi. This time the chosen destination was Seoul, the Korean capital and coincidentally the epicentre of the worldwide K-Pop phenomenon that’s currently gripping the world. The Fall-Winter spin-off collection presented there included 34 new looks completed with 7 looks from the originally presented collection in January. It’s no mere coincidence that exactly 7 looks from the original collection round out the presentation in Seoul, a number equal to the members of BTS, without a doubt South Korea’s biggest pop-cultural export of recent years and also recently appointed Louis Vuitton brand ambassadors. The film was directed by Korean director Jeon Go-Woon, who created a conversation between space, movement and global connectivity whilst exploring the city of Seoul through the lens of diversity. The collection is a visual continuation of the collection in January. The theme of voyage, so fitting for a house that started a luggage manufacturer, manifests itself in various details, whether it be the buttons of a blazer in the shape of aeroplanes, leather bags with patches stating ‘Tourist’ or more subtly a look heavily reminiscent of Korea’s traditional dress Hanbok, creating a direct link between the collection and the destination.

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Tommy Hilfiger store Berlin

Tommy Hilfiger opened the doors to its new Berlin flagship store, located in one of the German capital’s most prestigious streets, the Kurfürstendamm. The store itself has been expanded and redesigned in order to reflect the contemporary Tommy Hilfiger and to create the necessary space to showcase all the Tommy Hilfiger collections, menswear, womenswear and accessories. It is a fusion of the brand’s DNA and heritage with clean lines, modern finishes and a bright airy aesthetic. the concept takes inspiration from the nautical lifestyle, one of Tommy Hilfiger’s long-time sources of inspiration. In addition to this, the location now includes Tommy’s Coffee, a 40-seat movie theater space and café area. Not all the changes in the store will be visible at first sight. In line with the brand’s efforts to reduce energy consumption and have all its locations being powered by 100% renewable electricity by 2025, the store utilizes LED lighting both in its shop front wall and in-store paneling. The new Tommy Hilfiger Berlin flagship store, located at Kurfürstendamm 217, will be open to the public from July 1st, 2021. The opening happens in accordance with local Covid-19 guidelines, strict precautionary measures and services will be implemented throughout the store to protect the health and safety of staff and consumers.

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Rick Owens SS22

The Rick Owens show SS22 will be the fourth and last to happen at Venezia’s Lido Beach, where Owens himself lives half the year and where his team could join me from our factory a short drive away. He describes these live shows in front of the beach as a “retreat, not a defeat” as an intimate alternative to the usual shows. This year’s collection embraces hedonism in a soft, grateful way - reflecting this new period of contradictively trying to mix glam with responsibility and thoughtfulness. The shapes and fabrics he calls “white-magic-houses-of-the-holy-stairway-to-heaven” worn by hippies wear baggy, dragging flares over platforms, with eco-cotton disco bodysuit, under transparent shirts, or transparently tailored monster-shouldered blazers and coats. This time around, Owens aimed to expose the clothing technology and his pieces’ interior processes and structures since he is so comfortable with his expertise in tailoring crew. Therefore, he sliced into the coats and jackets, ripping off sleeves, deepening armholes, cutting away fronts and backs, and rendering everything in undyed cotton organdies and undyed silk chiffons that expose the complexity of the structural interlinings beneath. The brutalist chokers combined with the extravagant looks are from an ongoing jewelry collection produced by Goossens, the Maison that once created jewelry for Coco Chanel, Cristobal Balenciaga, and Madame Grès in the 50s. The original Rick Owens feel and look takes on a lighter shade for the summer collection.

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Dior Men's SS22

Even in 1947, Christian Dior understood that one had to look beyond the confines of then war-torn Europe. He understood that across the Atlantic Ocean lays a land that does not only represent a potential market for his garments, but is also full of inspiration. When he travel to America to celebrate his debut collection, the country and especially the state of Texas left a lasting impression, with, to quote his words, “the zest for life and self-confidence” which radiate from the American spirit and ethos, marking the beginning of a special connection between the couturier and Texas. For the SS22 Men’s collection, current Creative Director Kim Jones draws inspiration from this link and pairs up with Texas-born rapper, songwriter and record producer Travis Scott to create Cactus Jack Dior, drawing its name from Scott’s record label. The collection itself is a conversation between two friend and two cultures, exploring at once the identities of a heritage Parisian couture house and a modern musician. This dynamic is represented in the show’s set, a recreation of Christian Dior’s rose garden which evolves into a cactus garden representative of Scott’s native Houston. In typical fashion, the collection’s pieces bear witness to the incredible savoir-faire of the French house giving a modern take of Dior’s 1956 Arrow line finished with through hand-painting and embroideries and a reimagined logotype by Travis Scott. This also marks the first time that Kim Jones collaborates with Dior Joaillerie Artistic Director Victoire de Castellane on a high-jewelry piece, a cactus necklace, blooming with precious gems. The color palette of the collection is inspired by Texas’ natural landscape, the grand canyons and dusty deserts, featuring sun-bleached tones of mauve, café, pistachio and pale blues. As with previous collections, Kim Jones once again works with a celebrated artist, this time George Condo. These works created especially for the show will be auctioned off with the proceeds being used to support future generations of creative talent through scholarships.

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Yohji Yamamoto Mens SS22

This season Yohji Yamamoto presents his SS22 collection in collaboration with Japanese photographer TAKAY, who poetically shows models, a documentary of Yohji’s vision. The 18 minutes video is a journey of 28 looks accompanied by Yohji’s voice and songs. The SS22 collection follows Yohji Yamamoto’s DNA by using deconstructed and oversized shapes, very light fabrics as linen, silk, and light cotton. Included in the collection are revisited trench coats, which suggest light and airy clothes, easy to wear for warm summer. He also looked back into his archives of the SS86 collection to create black and beige hybrid looks. Heavy sneakers, flower prints, and eye drawings are embellishing the collection. Through his collection Yohji Yamamoto wants to represent all human beings, mixing all social categories. The final costume silhouettes, printed with real newspapers from the latest months, are a testimony of the current world. Yohji Yamamoto’sYamamoto’s collection is an expression of his feelings and anger in a poetic way and shares his vision of people in the streets. It’s a statement about today’s world.

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Prada Mens SS22

The Prada Men's SS22 show should feel, in co-creative director Miuccia Prada's own words, like "A sense of the utopian, the ideal, of hope, positivity. To expose yourself to nature, to go to the beach—it's freedom. It is utopian. That is a primary need—an intellectual need, too." This concept translated beautifully in a collection of skin-heavy pieces, reminding of a moment of rebirth for the brand after the pandemic. The show started inside a long, blood-red tunnel, which the models had to escape to emerge into the world ahead. Short romper suits with nautical motifs such as octopi, mermaids, anchors, and fish reminded of 1960s tattoos and were styled with functional bucket hats with slits at the front to allow sunglasses to be slipped in them. In the setting of the beach in Sardinia, the presentation changed from classic runway to something freer, "The primary feeling is one of joy. It's almost like that memory of a child, the joy of a child going to the beach. The simplest and most honest of pleasures. In all its simpleness, it's also something very meaningful and timeless.", so Raf Simmons. The collection included terry hoodies, skorts with matching tank-tops, bucket bags, and even a biker jacket in bright yellow or red and double-waisted pants.

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BRIONI

Brioni introduces the F/W21 advertising campaign featuring House ambassador Brad Pitt. Shot by photographer Mikael Jansson on the terrace of Suite 64 at the Chateau Marmont in Hollywood, the images show Pitt’s relaxed confidence and style. The campaign features garments which reflect the House’s sartorial heritage combined with a contemporary twist. Looks in tonal colors, including eveningwear crafted from RWS sustainable wool and ultra soft knitwear, are inspired by Brioni’s traditional tailoring but also embrace new and more relaxed styles.The Roman nonchalance, integral to the ethos of House, is inherent in the fabric and construction of the garments.

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FENDI Men’s FW 21/22

The FENDI Men’s FW 21 advertising campaign is directed by the Italian artist Nico Vascellari. The video is a cinematically surprising slideshow that portrays the collection designed by the Artistic Director of FENDI Accessories and Menswear Silvia Venturini Fendi as an optimistic adventure framed within a game of illusions. The color palette stays vibrant and includes saffron, orange, fuchsia, cobalt and periwinkle color-blocked against black, camel and charcoal, as linings, inlays and slashed seams flash with contrasting textures and shades. The campaign was filmed in a metaphysical set, and plays with the signature looks of the collection, a broad spectrum of menswear classics twisted with FENDI playfulness; resulting in a vivid celebration of color and light, emerging from darkness into full Technicolor. Throughout the collection, multifunctionality and form unite in reversible workwear and relaxed outerwear silhouettes. Diagonal quilting inflates all manner of silk jacquard separates from a shawl collar lounge coat to pullovers, shirt jackets and bermuda shorts in a luxuriant expression of cocooning comfort. The season’s cosmic spirit is further emphasized by a series of psychedelic and multicolour artworks realized in collaboration with the multidisciplinary artist and performer Noel Fielding, including an abstract version of the FENDI logo in his signature stream-of-consciousness scribble art.

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Kaldewei x WWF

In honor of World Oceans Day 2021 on June 8th Kaldewei fights with WWF against plastic in our oceans. The brand is not only ensuring that the use of sustainable, 100% recyclable steel enamel for minimizing plastic in a minimization of plastic in sustainable bathrooms. The Ahlen-based family-owned company has also been a partner of the WWF since 2017. This is because one of the focal points of the cooperation is the support of the WWF's Marine Conservation Program, which focuses on the fight against plastic waste in the world's the world's oceans. Ocean's Day is an initiative of the United Nations. The "World Day of the Oceans" has its origins in the 1992 Earth Summit and has been celebrated since 2009. The aim of the day is to raise global awareness of current challenges related to the oceans. in connection with the oceans. Kaldewei would like to use its underline the importance of the oceans for global food security and the environment. global food security and the climate. As a sponsor of the WWF marine conservation program, Kaldewei is supporting a model project in the Mekong Delta (Vietnam) to combat the causes of plastic waste in the world's oceans. The aim of the project is to reduce the entry of plastic waste management system to significantly reduce the amount of plastic waste entering the sea. With the help of Kaldewei sponsorship, it was possible, among other things, to carry out a feasibility study on separate recyclable and waste fractions was carried out. Based on this, a system for the collection and separation of waste at the household level has been established. By improving waste management in the Mekong delta, the recycling rate of recyclable materials is significantly increased and less plastic enters the sea, which also protects vital ecosystems.

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BOSS Pride

Pride Month starts at BOSS with a capsule collection in support of ILGA World and a new campaign. BOSS is celebrating the LGBTQIA+ community, underlining the message that love is for all and that everyone should have the freedom to be themselves. To mark this, BOSS has created a capsule collection, created in support of ILGA World – a worldwide federation of more than 1,700 organizations from over 160 countries and territories campaigning for equal rights for LGBTQIA+ people. The new capsule features Pride flag colors and slogans, such as “Love for all” on unisex style essentials, from classic T-shirts to hoodies to bodywear. The dedicated Pride campaign features actor, writer, director, photographer, and activist, Tommy Dorfman, and Peter Zurkuhlen, who is Chief of Staff of Get Help and programming board member of the Los Angeles Chapter of StartOut which champions LGBTQIA+ entrepreneurs. Wearing the new capsule collection, Tommy and Peter are captured together to share their stories and speak about pride, freedom, and hope.

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Colmar's A.G.E.

The italian outerwear brand Colmar presents its third collection of Colmar Advanced Garment Exploration (A.G.E.), a hyper modern fashion label focused on experiementation and product innovation. Created three years ago, Colmar A.G.E. has hosted international artists such as Shayne Oliver and White Mountaineering to reinterpret the brand archives. For the project’s third collection, Colmar appoints Iranian designer Morteza Vaseghi as the Creative Director. The internationally acclaimed designer is most known for his publishing porjects Recens Paper and Wallet that he co-founded with cultural entrepreneur Elise By Olsen. Translating his fascination with conceptual thinking from paper of the printed pages Vaseghi applies a laboratory approach to his fashion practices. Under Vaseghi’s creative direction, Colmar A.G.E. introduces futuristic organic forms that could translate an advanced vision of the holistic coexistence between humankind and nature.

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aeyde SS21 Campaign

The SS21 collection reinterprets into last season’s most popular styles, unveiling new shapes and color palettes to keep things cool as temperatures continue to rise. With peak summer upon us, WILMA and RENEE are the simple and sophisticated square-toe sandals to make the most of longer days and the warmth of the sun on your skin. DELIA and KELLY are reinterpretations of our bestselling ballerinas KIRSTEN. Designed with a rounded toe, the new flat slide and low-heel leather pump with an almond neckline are perfect for all of your warm weather occasions. Just in time to level up your summer looks, our top-selling styles also get a reboot with our brand new muted palette of snake-print tones and stone nappa leather.

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Carhartt WIP x Clay Arlington

Carhartt WIP has worked with artist and designer Clay Arlington for ist SS21 campaign, creating a series of images that reference the artist’s past body of work, as well as the brand’s own cultural rooting. Fire extinguishers, floral motifs, and basketballs – in this case, one created by Spalding for Carhartt WIP S/S21 collection – all draw from Arlington’s signature aesthetic, and are combined with text- based works that offer a knowing interpretation of the brand’s DNA. One image features artist and model Ivy Johnson, her back turned to the camera while wearing a white hoodie, with the words “it’s just work” scrawled on tape across the bottom. These works, created by Arlington, have appeared on billboards in cities such as London, New York and Los Angeles. On the 13th of May, Carhartt WIP will release two t-shirts featuring them, combined with other text-based components. Each t-shirt will also come with a limited edition posterzine.

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CHANEL in Saint Tropez

CHANEL is back at its seasonal boutique in Saint-Tropez in time for the summer. In the heart of the village, La Mistralée, has been given a new décor inspired by the House and the latest collections designed by Virginie Viard. All the elegance of a private property in the South of France is displayed from the hallway through to the veranda, from the salons out to the garden via the pool house. In each room of the boutique, reorganised to resemble a villa, the beige and white terrazzo floor is enhanced by a black marble frieze. The white walls are decorated with frames. Console tables and a bookcase furnish the hallway and present the sunglasses, as well as a selection of perfumes and beauty products. Clients will discover other silhouettes from the collection out in the veranda. In the middle of the space, a "bag bar" presents the season's newest creations, while showcases display a range of CHANEL Jewelry with the COCO CRUSH collection, and watch designs including the J12, BOY·FRIEND, CODE COCO and PREMIÈRE. The outside of the boutique offers an invitation to relax in the sun on loungers and armchairs by the swimming pool or on the terrace by the pool house. In a graphic décor, the latter will be home to the shoes of the season and the CHANEL COCO BEACH 2021 collection, a Ready-to-Wear line dedicated to the beach that focuses this year on floral motifs intertwined with camellias and the double C.

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Versace La Vacanza

Allow Versace to transport you to the crystal-clear watersand blue skies of Liguria with the brand’s latest mini campaign. “With this shoot I wanted to create something fun that captures the spirit of a vacation. We all miss travel. We miss the excitement of being somewhere different, of meeting with friends and sharing experiences. These images are about enjoying life and feeling free, they encapsulate that summertime feeling of endless possibilities.” So Donatella Versace. A sequence of imagery and filmcapture candid moments of a very Versace vacation. Think sun-kissed models, glamourous seaside locations and iconic summer fashion. The brand’s Greca motif is ever-present throughout the series, ensuring the Versace DNA appears front and center. Shot by Camille Summers-Valli, the images highlight an offering of beach essentials, from swimsuits and silk shirts to travel bags and pool towels. A tongue-in-cheek video diary sees the models recalling how they spent their summer, but flashbacks reveal they’re notquite telling the truth. Playful and optimistic, the series hopes to spread a little Versace glamour this vacation season.

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Bally Presents “My Craft, My Legacy”

Swiss luxury brand Bally honors its 170 - year shoemaking history as architects of leather with a new digital campaign, “My Craft, My Legacy,” featuring the company’s expert artisans. Based in the company’s state -of-the-art Shoe Factory in Caslano, Bally’s artisans undergo three years of rigorous training before utilizing a dedicated and proprietary approach to handcrafting iconic styles “Made in Switzerland,” including the men’s Scribe formal shoe, which was first designed in 1951 on the occasion of Bally’s centennial, and requires 240 artisanal techniques to complete. “My Craft, My Legacy” pays tribute to Bally’s team of 100 artisans whose passion and skill have continued the company’s heritage of craftsmanship and design for generations. They are celebrated through a series of intimate photographs by photographer Jackson Frederik, who captured their personal portraits alongside the instruments of their craft. These remarkable individuals champion the spirit of Bally and its founding, representing the ingenuity of the brand as well as its future, as standard bearers of quality and excellence since 1851. A spirit of community has always been an integral part of Bally, dating back to the company’s founding by Carl Franz Bally, who pioneered an employee benefit system such as an onsite canteen, children’s daycare and community park. This tradition lives on, demonstrated by the longstanding tenure of Bally’s craftspeople, many of whom have over 30 years of service to the brand. Today, Bally artisans craft between 150,000 - 200,000 pairs of shoes each year at the Caslano Shoe Factory, mastering a diverse range of roles including polisher, leather cutter, stitcher, finisher and shoemaker.

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Studio Yen

Studio Yen is an independent design studio with a unique variety of handmade and vintage interior pieces. The treasures included in Studio Yen’s selection range from vases, sculptures and lamps to rugs, stools and side-tables, which are sourced from and produced all over the world. Driven by a true passion for special interior pieces, the design studio’s team carefully selects and collects the objects by travelling and visiting antique markets and auctions and working together with artists in various international locations. While most collaborators are based in European cities like Copenhagen, Amsterdam or Barcelona, certain pieces are partially produced in and imported from South American countries. Studio Yen’s aesthetics and stylistic outlook is informed by this South American influence, which becomes visible in pieces like the Maninkari Rug. The rug, which is made of 100% hand-spun sheep wool was designed in Belgium and then spun, dyed and and handwoven by Mayan weavers in Guatemala. A mortar made in Nepal, wooden stones from the Philippines, hand stools from Burkina Faso, as well as a patchwork carpet handmade in Iceland were part of Studio Yen’s recent selection. Natural, organic forms and shades combined with pure materials and textures are characteristic for Studio Yen’s pieces. Maintaining a sustainable, environmentally friendly approach Studio Yen only offers a limited amount of products, most of which are unique hand-made or made on request.

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Les Parfums Louis Vuitton : Imagination

Les Parfums Louis Vuitton opens a new chapter in its history of perfumery with the launch of a seventh fragrance dedicated to men. Imagination, an exceptional composition by the House’s Master Perfumer, Jacques Cavallier Belletrud, created in the heart of his atelier at Les Fontaines Parfumées, in Grasse. Inscribed within the heart of Louis Vuitton’s DNA, imagination and creativity have always guided Jacques Cavallier Belletrud in his work, prompting him to constantly push the limits of his art. “For five years, I’d been dreaming of revealing the beauty of ambergris and expressing the quintessence of its amber note in a way that’s of-the-moment and devoid of nostalgia,” explains the Master Perfumer. To give it contemporary resonance, he chose to use Ambrox, a veritable white gold of perfumery, a molecule present in its natural state in ambergris. Imagination takes flight across one’s skin in an extraordinary encounter that ignites senses and spirit to give rise to an irrepressible, universal attraction. Available from June 3rd.

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VALENTINO COLLEZIONE MILANO - PAINTER CAMPAIGN

The art world enters the Maison Valentino universe for the newest chapter of its Advertising Campaign. For this reason Maison Valentino has worked with five international painters, giving them complete freedom to create a work of their choosing, which includes a Valentino Garavani accessory from the collection. Each of the painters is an emerging talent in their area and on the global art scene and each work a testament to the freedom, voice and creativity of each artist. Louise Giovanelli, from the UK, created a hyper realistic painting of the Valentino Garavani Roman Stud Top Handle, while Alexis Ralaivao, from France, painted a cropped-in portrait of the same bag in a striking pink hue. Chinese painter Zhang Zihao opted to paint two subjects wearing the Valentino Garavani Crochet sneakers, while Korean artist Nahum Kim envisioned a surreal and otherworldly work featuring the Valentino Garavani Roman Stud Top Handle. Finally, Iori Nagashima, from Japan, created a work using the Valentino Garavani Roman Stud Crochet bag on a subject under rainfall. In all, each work is a testament to the freedom, voice and creativity of each artist.

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Thonet S 5000 Retreat

From the 1930s to New Work: Thonet and Studio Irvine introduce a contemporary update to conventional work interior design. Office and work environments constantly develop and are an immediate response to societal conceptions of work life and everyday routine. The question how human’s will behave in the work sphere in present and future is therefore omnipresent and requires constant evaluation. In the middle of the development phase of the new Thonet S 5000 Retreat program, the Covid 19 pandemic hit and significantly accelerated and changed the adaptation of working environments. Responding to social distancing and separation guidelines, the S 5000’s design is a flexible, space providing solution for the office space. The basic module of the S 5000 is a day-bed like cushion available as one, two or three seater on a tubular steel base without back and side parts. When English designer James Irvine reinterpreted the sofa type of the daybed with the S 5000 almost 15 years ago, he did so for the present, with a futuristic outlook in mind. Daybeds with tubular steel frames were already an integral part of the Thonet program in the 1930s, but Irvine developed a flexible sofa system from them. Now Studio Irvine under the direction of the architect and wife of the late designer, Marialaura Rosiello-Irvine, has taken the idea of the changeable minimalist S 5000 program with its base of curved, bent tubular steel. The result is a modular system of sofas and seating elements with partitions. Variably complementary elements such as tables, cushions or sockets allow a particularly versatile use in the new-work context, as well as in the private home-office sphere. For example, the new S 5000 Retreat variant provides noise and privacy protection and and allows - in an aesthetically convincing way - working at a distance.

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On Moon Time

OMEGA is releasing its latest edition of the Speedmaster Moonwatch collection, an updated version of the much-loved timepiece, which includes a powerful Master Chronometer certified anti-magnetic movement. The Swiss watchmaker has taken inspiration from the 4th generation Moonwatch style, commonly referenced as the ST 105.012, and worn by Apollo 11 astronauts on the moon in 1969. The new Moonwatch includes tributes to the space-era such as the classical asymmetrical case, the step dial, the double bevel case back, the famous dot over 90 (DON), and a dot diagonal to 70 on the anodized aluminum bezel ring. These small details beautifully tell the origin story of the Speedmaster. The most critical update comes with the Co-Axial Master Chronometer Calibre 3861, which ensures that the Moonwatch will be unaffected by even the most extreme magnetic fields reaching 15,000 gauss. Also, it ensures that the entire watch is certified as a Master Chronometer – the highest standard of precision, performance, and magnetic-resistance in the Swiss watch industry. Even the dial with the Calibre 3861’s frequency shows updated attention-to-detail, as the the minute track is now split by three divisions instead of the five divisions on previous models. The Moonwatch comes in eight special editions, including versions in stainless steel, 18K Sedna™ gold, or 18K Canopus gold™. All come with OMEGA’s full 5-year warranty.

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CHANEL Cruise Collection 21/22

It was under the sign of Jean Cocteau that Creative Director Virginie Viard began to imagine the look of the CHANEL Cruise 2021/22 collection, she explains "Because Gabrielle Chanel was close to Cocteau, and I love the film Testament of Orpheus. In particular this magnificent scene: a man with a black horse's head descends into the Carrières de Lumières, his silhouette cut out against the very white walls". Destination: the Carrières de Lumières, in Les Baux-de-Provence, for a highly graphic show, "because the simplicity, the precision and the poetry of Cocteau's film made me want to create a very clean collection, with a very distinct two-tone, made up of bright white and deep black". Both influences for this show, Cocteau and Chanel, are embodies in the cruise collection by the strong yet faded contrast from radiant white and deep black. The combination of those colors manifest in pieces such as long white shirt-dresses, black macramé capes, and a white tweed jacket embroidered with lucky charms to a black dress in velvet and leather. "Echoing the extreme modernity of Cocteau's film, I wanted something quite rock. Lots of fringes, in leather, beads and sequins, t-shirts bearing the face of the model Lola Nicon like a rock star, worn with tweed suits trimmed with wide braids, and pointed silver Mary-Janes. A look that recalls as much the modernity of the sixties as that of punk...". so Virginie Viard.

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Gallery Weekend Berlin: Dries van Noten at Andreas Murkudis

“A PERFECT MOMENT, Captured” is the name of the collaboration of Andreas Murkudis and Dries Van Noten for Berlin Gallery Weekend 2021. This collaboration comprises a photographic installation using the full height of the store’s 10-meter-high windows and a specially dedicated temporary space within the store that houses Dries Van Noten’s designs. The photographic installation faces out onto the courtyard, just off Potsdamer Strasse, to engage with visitors who may not enter the shop due to the current covid restrictions. ANDREAS MURKUDIS is pleased to invite you to experience the Dries Van Noten collection for Spring/ Summer 2021 at our ephemeral Store 81. An exceptional installation was created as a framework to portray all of the layers the collection holds this season. The 10-meter-high windows of the store’s old printing hall display large-scale photographs by Viviane Sassen for Dries Van Noten. These images capture garments of the collection shot within projections of the visionary films of New Zealand artist Len Lye – a pioneer who played an important role in harnessing motion in art. Filmed in the 1920s to 1940s, with colour painted and motives scratched onto the celluloid, the films were precursors of the psychedelia that would follow only forty years later. Motifs from his work are carried through to the prints for the designer’s SS21 collections for women and men. A temporary interior exhibition area is dedicated to the collaboration and provides an extraordinary aesthetic framework of assembled and layered images and fabrics. BOCCI, a bouquet of light created to react to and reflect the colors and reflections of this space, unfolds to mark the room.

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ROLEX AND THE OSCARS

The history of Rolex and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences are united in their pursuit of excellence and mission to promote and honor the creation of something extraordinary - a masterpiece. Like a great filmmaker, a watchmaker cares about creating a unique work of art that never loses its relevance and lasts over time. The many directors, actors, technicians and engineers honored here set new standards in a discipline that seamlessly blends art and science, just like a precision Rolex watch. Each plays a crucial role in a complex mechanism to bring a visionary idea to life. Through the symbolic power of its revolutionary products, the brand is inextricably linked to the world of cinema: When Marlon Brando played the role of Colonel Kurtz in Apocalypse Now, he wore a Rolex. A Rolex was also on Paul Newman's wrist when he reprised his role as pool player "Fast" Eddie Felson in The Color of Money. And Bill Paxton, as treasure hunter Brock Lovett was equipped with a Rolex in Titanic when he explored the famous wreck in a submersible. Every Rolex tells a story, and cinematic stories are a particular concern for the watch brand, which has a great story to tell, full of innovations dating back over a hundred years. In 1926, Rolex introduced the Oyster, the world's first water-resistant wristwatch, an undisputed masterpiece that changed history. For the first time, a wristwatch was robust, accurate and reliable, and could be worn in sterile environments such as high mountains. Rolex's almost unbelievable capacity for innovation, as evidenced by its more than 500 patents, owes much to its pursuit of continued excellence. This pursuit is part of Rolex's self-image, which goes back to Hans Wilsdorf, the founder of the manufacture. It is the driving force behind all the brand's activities - from the production of delicate chronometers to promoting excellence in sports and the arts, including film, television, and television.

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Tommy Hilfiger - One Planet

The Tommy Hilfiger One Planet capsule collection was created in honor of and to celebrate Earth Day. It is an embodiment of Tommy Hilfiger’s sustainability objectives, featuring a range of relaxed and effortless pieces made of organic and recycled materials. The planet-positive message of the capsule is emphasized with the goal to inspire more sustainable decision making on this Earth Day and beyond. The range of soft everyday loungewear embraces laidback comfort and displays three unique Earth Day graphics. The recycled-material sweatsuits showcase the planet surrounded by a united community and the message, ‘The Future is Bright, Together We Succeed’. For the One Planet capsule collections, Hilfiger reimagines its red, white and blue ‘Spreading Love’ logo in pastel colorways, creating a harmonious visual impression.

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RIMOWA x Masumi Ishiuda

On the occasion of the cherry blossom season, RIMOWA publishes wonderful mood images by photographer Masumi Ishiuda. The used RIMOWA products, the Personal Poly, the Hybrid Cabin or the small backpack visually fit with the colors of the spring season. RIMOWA is a global leader in premium luggage. Since 1898, it has placed quality and innovation at its core to create functional tools for a lifetime of movement. In 1937, RIMOWA introduced aviation-inspired aluminium into the manufacture of its suitcases, an idea that revolutionised the industry and resulted in their iconic grooved aluminium design. In 2000, it pioneered again with the debut of the world's first polycarbonate suitcase. In 2017, RIMOWA joined LVMH; three years later, it launched Never Still, a collection of bags for daily use that heralded its evolution into a cult mobility brand. Designed and engineered in Germany, RIMOWA combines a legacy of craftsmanship with the rigours of modern technology.

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HUBLOT x Sang Bleu

Hublot and London-based tattoo studio Sang Bleu reveal their collaboration consisting of three limited-edition Big Bang watches that explore new territories of color. Hublot and Sang Bleu are engaging again to produce a colorful new trio. The new Big Bang Sang Bleu II Ceramic watch will now be available in blue, grey, and white. Adding to their technical achievement of successfully creating perfectly and evenly colored ceramic, Hublot unveils a watch architecture that continues to defy tradition. With its sharp angles, its sculptural case, its multiple facets as if cut in diamond, the Big Bang Sang Bleu II designed by Maxime Plescia-Buchi and Hublot can amaze and astound. The designs combine the creativity of the tattoo artist with the technical expertise of the Nyon-based manufacture. The piece displays a radical, complex design that demands a closer look to appreciate its multidimensional appearance fully. The case, bezel, case middle, strap, and dial have been constructed with their own geometry, and, at the same time, they come together with seamless fluidity. The clue ceramic version is an embodiment of the name of the tattoo studio Sang Bleu (Engl. Blue blood), a term used in historical literature to describe the high status of a family. Each version of Big Bang Sang Bleu II will be available as a limited edition of 200 pieces.

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Marina Raphael SS21

For the warm time of the year, Marina Raphael, founder of the luxury handbag brand - inspired by the modern-day traveler who lives for the thrill of adventure - sets off to create a collection that celebrates the raw beauty found in the uncharted. The SS21 collection exhumes escapism and emphasizes collecting unique accessories that serve as mementos of precious memories and experiences. The “Chasing The Sun” collection works with rich napa leather, with which she aspires to evoke the transitional essence of this season through her visual language. Flawless prints, geometrically structured weaved raffia, striped canvas, and crystal panels embody the collection’s playful tone of voice. Impeccable craftsmanship in working with denim finishes the visual story the designer wants to tell by speaking a more urban language. The color for summer is warm, neutral tones, such as caramel and cream with a hint of natural green. Denim fabric brings in blue hues, which mirror Greek waters and set the mood. Swarowski crystals and the slight use of tortoiseshell plexiglass round off the details of the collection. Marina Raphael reinvents classic shapes and introduces new ones in a harmonious symbiosis of modernity and sophistication. Forms range from the signature Riviera and Porter shapes to novel cylindrical concepts and envelope statement pieces.

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TOMMY x PATTA

Tommy Hilfiger comes together with Amsterdam-based streetwear brand Patta to release a PATTAxTOMMY capsule collection that captures the strength and influence of the African diaspora movement with the message “unity is strength, division is weakness.” The two brands share the value of openness and their commitment to fostering inclusivity, collaboration, and community. Collaborating for the first time, Patta and Tommy Hilfiger centered the PATTAxTOMMY capsule around the Pan-African Flag, Black unity, and community, channeling a sense of interconnected histories, present times, and the future that lies ahead. To celebrate this, the iconic white, red and blue TOMMY colors have been replaced by the traditional Pan-African colors of deep red, black, green, and yellow, putting African culture and community self-actualization front and center in this capsule. The video campaign was captured in Lagos, Nigeria, by Nigerian filmmaker Dafe Oboro through his short film, “Two Become One,” with campaign photography by Moroccan visual artist Hassan Hajjaj. To further underline the collection’s message, Patta has produced “Katibo Yeye,” a documentary directed by award-winning Dutch film director Frank Zichem.

The film follows Clarence Breeveld, a Suriname-born man living in the Netherlands, as he attempts to trace the shipping route from Ghana to Suriname traveled by his enslaved ancestors, visiting locations where slave trading took place. As part of this partnership, Tommy Hilfiger and Patta will donate to The Black Archives from Amsterdam, Sistah Space from London, and The Good Neighborhood Collective from Milan –each chosen for their dedication to celebrating Afro-descendants and uplifting their voices.

The PATTAxTOMMY range will be available via the Patta retail network globally beginning Friday, April 9, 2021, at 1 PM CEST, and via selected wholesale partners starting April 16, 2021.

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Giuseppe Zanotti AMIRA

Giuseppe Zanotti, an Italian luxury footwear and fashion designer known for his sculptural, jeweled heels and fashion forward sneakers, presents AMIRA, a reinterpretation of the first iconic version first presented in 2005. The striking metallic sandal features an array of intricate chains composed of ornamental jewels, crystals and beadwork. Every tiny ornament of the Amira is applied by hand, rendering each pair one-of-a-kind. Amira once again proves that iconic style transcends time and place. To celebrate the launch of the Amira, the fashion House is collaborating with activist Laetitia Ky, who is known for her intricate hair sculptures. The artist will create a new piece around the jeweled sandal. The AMIRA sandals will be available beginning March 30 in Giuseppe Zanotti boutiques, on giuseppezanotti.com and in select luxury stores globally. A third Icons drop is slated for June 2021.

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BOSS x Russel Athletics

BOSS teams up with Russel Athletic to create a new capsule collection, uniting expert tailoring with the American icon's sportswear know-how. The new collaboration presents bold, off-court classics that combine relaxed fits, sporty details, and a retro-inspired colour palette for the next generation of men and women. To encapture the meeting place of two legendary sportswear and tailoring brands, the new campaign was filmed by renowned photographer Joshua Kissi and created in partnership with agency and publisher Highsnobiety. The campaign, which was digitally launched on all social media channels of BOSS celebrates team spirit, individual talent, and the power in lifting each other up. Part of the campaign is an all-star cast including Bella Hadid, Ashley Graham, Keith Powers, Lucky B Smith, and Taylor Hill bringing their winning energy to the bold, new capsule collection. Capturing this meeting place of sportswear and tailoring, the new campaign was lensed by renowned photographer Joshua Kissi and created in partnership with agency and publisher Highsnobiety. Russell Athletic is a legedary sportswear brand, its invention of the sweatshirt being a breakthrough moment for them all the way back in 1926. Fast forward to today, and this collaboration reimagines the American icon’s styles through the ages, with a BOSS lens. Think new elevated materials, inventive mixes of athletic wear and tailoring, or the BOSS suit, taken in a sportier direction than ever before.

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On The Beach - Louis Vuitton

Maison Louis Vuitton continues its emotional journey with the launch of the latest Cologne - a special symbiosis of the lightness of citrus notes and the magical richness of flowers. The new perfume On The Beach by Louis Vuitton interprets the infamous journey along the US West Coast in a summery scent dedicated to the warm and sunny season. It tells the story of the freshness and ease of the coast and the desire for freedom. On The Beach - the latest creation by Jacques Cavallier Belletrud, Maître Parfumeur of Louis Vuitton - is an olfactory surprise consisting of emotions reminiscent of a day at the beach. It evokes memories of the warming rays of the sun, the sound of breaking waves and the feeling of sand on the skin. The elaborate composition is a mix of fresh lemon from Japan, orange blossom filled with sun, thyme, rosemary and pink pepper. The lively scent brings the ambience of the West Coast – a territory that is passionate and wildly creative – to life, while combining the spontaneity of the colognes with the sophistication of perfumes.

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DIOR FW21

Fashion should be a form of escapism, a distraction from our everyday life where the time-space dimension is erased. For this reason, Maria Grazia Chiuri is taking the onlooker of the FW21 collection into the realm of fairytales with its intricate network of symbolism. A fairytale is never just a beautiful story, it is a direct social commentary, it serves to challenge and revisit stereotypes and archetypes, a narrative, which projects itself into the future. References to this fantastical world are to be found all throughout the collection. The toy soldier’s uniform is transformed into a series of blue cashmere coats embellished with touches of red and white, as if through magic, rich fabrics using gold and silver threads appear weightless as if they were floating and evening gowns in layered tulles seemingly evaporating in a froth of marvelous colors would be fit for any princess. Maria Grazia Chiuri herself is extremely fond of the original tale of Beauty and the Beast. An archival rose motif, based on an original drawing by Andrée Brossin de Méré, to whom the collection also pays tribute, permeates tartans evoking Grazia Chiuri’s favorite. The collection opens a subtle path towards new awareness, with a feminine sensibility that is able to merge memories of the past and maturity, as if by magic.

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Rick Owens FW21

Rick Owens presents its FW21 show in a very personal space, in front of his home on Venice’s lido. To the brand, the garden where the show is held signifies the Gethsemane, the garden Jesus prayed in the night before the crucifixion. It was a place of uneasy repose and disquiet before a final reckoning, a biblical drama relatable to the intensity and uncertainty of the past years. Just a 2-hour drive from his factory in Concordia, this year’s show offers a pared-down, no audience, home-based mood that feels suitable for the present moment. During the show, which showed the behind-the-scenes and different angles overlooking the show, smoke vails the models and mystifies the scene.

Holding the show with no audience and close to home turned it from a big spectacle into a private ceremony, which allowed the brand to reconnect to its roots after 15 years of Paris Fashion Shows. Skin-tight leather bodysuits underpin most looks, some with the top pulled down to hang off the hips, some are solidly sequined. Rick Owens has featured bodysuits for many seasons, initially to impose stiff volumes but gradually reducing to their current incarnation; self-contained and sealed body coverings. The bodysuits are topped by power shoulder capes that turn the body into architectural bulldozers or power shoulder bombers mocking male aggression and conservatism careening. These shoulders are a response to fear and anxiety, defiance in the face of threat. The masks shown with the shows during the pandemic were not because of protection but because they are a vote for responsibility and consideration and an acknowledgment of humanity’s immediate collective experience. Tailored jackets are made from recycled plastic waste and cropped with the sleeves ripped off and replaced with jumbo duvet snap-on sleeves. In the bible, the rending of one’s garments is an act of grief or rage — to violently tear the clothes one is wearing apart. This is the significance of the slashed black denim pieces in the collection, mirrored in the slashed graphics rendered in by-product shearlings and cowhides patchworked into coats and jackets.

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Isabel Marant FW21

The Isabel Marant FW21 collection is inspired by visions of the past, as well as projections into the future and translates this liminality into the silhouettes, colors and prints of the designs. The folk and libertarian spirit of the 60s, as expressed by Jimmy Hendrix or Janis Joplin, clashes with the techno impulse of the Gabber scene, a subculture that was arised in the 90s. Psychedelic multicolor floral patterns are combined with an electric blue iridescent vinyl fabric, while Texan boots are worn with oversized sportswear-inspired pieces. The collection tells the story of a journey across genres and eras that evokes memories and nostalgia through pieces like guipure tops and dresses, shearling boleros and embellished belts. The contrasting effect of the raw materials and precious details give the designs a versatile character - from day to night, masculine and feminine together at the same time. In the context of Paris Fashion week, a video shot in the outskirts of Paris along the bold volutes of an open-air building serves as an introduction to the Isabel Marant FW21 collection. The chosen soundtrack by Gabber Eleganza is an exploratory fusion of folk tones and techno rhythms, which sets the vibrant dynamic for the video. In symbiosis with the impressive concrete walls of the setting, the music is an ode to long-lost parties.

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Dries van Noten FW21

Dries van Noten’s FW21 collection is a call to passion. A troupe of 47 performers from the world-renowned contemporary dance companies Rosas and Ultima Vez, and a few from the Opéra National de Paris, presented the latest collection by dancing between purity and passion, masculine and feminine, genders fused and embraced. Most participants are women, dancers with a few models, though a few men dancers complete the group. Dancers became models,’ and models became dancers. Dressing a dancer’s human form required the designer to rethink styling choices, whose gestures range from meek to vaudevillian. The tailoring has gravitas yet is juxtaposed with the exuberance and glamour of the fluffy, shiny, and whimsical. Easy, elongated long shirt dresses, which are belted, wrapped, structured, and lose fit tailoring stand out in the collection.

The pieces vary in cut from couture to sportswear and are accessorized with roses as bags. Red lips and roses, pearls, sequins, and marabou are iconic representations of glamour. Embellished with Swarovski crystals and fancy trim in contrasted vivid tule and georgette redefine the outline of garments. The collection marks the return to essence and Dries Van Noten’s design roots by updating his take on a long white shirt dress for his first collection in 1981 as a fashion student. Caspar Sejersen shot the photography and film at ‘The Red Room’ of the Single Theatre in Antwerp. The models dance to the song “Angel” by the English trip-hop group Massive Attack.

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MSGM FW21 - MANIFESTO

Massimo Giorgetti presents MANIFESTO for MSGM, an ode to the nightlife scene in the city of Milano. It is a new manifesto on the hypnotic rhythm of a song written and interpreted by GeaPoliti, publisher of Flash Art, in collaboration with Club Domani, and is based on Sergio Tavelli's record idea and Andrea Ratti, of which the song "Manifesto" is part. The film was directed by Francesco Coppola, one of the most interesting young directors of the Italian scene. The film is shot in the historic Teatro Manzoni, which has re-opened as a place of cultural production in the heart of Milan. Fifteen performers, including dancers, actresses, and models, all very different from each other, have something in common: all have chosen to live in Milan.

The silhouettes of the collection are sharp with a nocturnal attitude. Belted trenches and suits in caramel brown or teal blue crinkled eco-leather are styled with python-printed satin shirts or net-embroidered tops. The fabrics are shiny: glossy latex and patent leather for outerwear, for short dresses worn with a platform boot, pants with statement MSGM ruffles. The color palette is strong: touches of cyclamen, "screen green," dark amethyst, deep red, broken up with deep black and soft white. Milan's two ambiguous characters are shown: on one side, classic and bourgeois, and on the other side, young and underground. The message transmitted through the collection is clear; Milan is the city of the culture, the city of the future, and we will do everything to rekindle its every light.

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Alessandro Dell’Acqua FW21 x Elena MirÒ

Beyond clichés and against stereotypes. To compose an imagery in the name of this sentiment, Alessandro Dell’Acqua collaborates with Elena Mirò to narrate natural physicality in awe of femininity for his FW21/22 collection. The Capsule Collection proposes a fashion that renews its own language, to tell the story of women as they are and not as an expression of preconceptions. Dell’Acqua and Mirò refrain from defining static sizes and dimensions or conditioning the form: The silhouettes and proportions draw a figure that traces and follows the free and naturally curvilinear shape of the female body, from the waistline to the décolleté. In its deliberate versatility, the Alessandro Dell'Acqua X Elena Mirò Capsule Collection aligns variable solutions: dresses and skirts composed with ‘boiserie’ technique featuring lace and organza panels in shades of black and beige, that create an architectural effect.

Tweed – that is typical in men’s tailoring – reoccurs in the women’s jackets, skirts. Knitted slip dresses and a range of maxi and small cardigans are combined with accentuating pencil skirts. The nude sheath dress covered in black guipure lace is the key look of the collection and embodies the strong essence of female elegance underlying the aesthetics of the designs. Sudden shades of red and pink blending in with the base colors grey, black and crème and ergonomic shapes detailed with belts tightened and sinched at the waist add vibrancy and motion to the form language of the collection. The complimentary campaign featuring Dutch model and actress Lara Stone further interprets the physicality and personality of the woman who imagines the Alessandro Dell’Acquq x Elena Mirò Capsule Collection. The campaign reflects the attitudes and behaviors of the contemporary woman, who freely encompasses and radiates self-awareness and authentic personality.

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Furla FW 21: #Furlaillusions

Furla releases its third chapter of #Furlaillusions, an interactive digital platform for the Milan Fashion Week. The interactive platform unveils a selection of the most impressive pieces of Furla’s FW21 collection. This unique online experience allows the viewer to dive into the elegant and dreamlike Furla universe in a virtual space. Furla presents their new pieces in an endless and sky-like virtual room surrounded by soft floating clouds.

The brand’s creativity unfolds encircled by natural elements within the limitless space and glittering waters accentuated by colorful butterflies. The event #Furlaillusions spreads a romantic atmosphere and embodies the same mood of freedom and joyous elegance as #Funfurla, the recently launched institutional manifesto of Furla. Viewers are invited to join in on this experience on the platform through an animated video presenting this new creative space and highlighting Furla’s Fall-Winter 2021 hero bag – the Furla Portagioia.

In a See-Now-Buy-Now activation, the bags will be available in limited edition as a preview, and exclusively at Milan’s recently re-designed Duomo flagship store, as well as globally on e-commerce. The Furla Villa and Furla Vertigine lines are also featured on the website. Additional to the playful discovery of the new collection via the platform, the story of FW21 is told via surrealistic and poetic social media filters.

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Swarowski Wonderlab

The world’s largest crystal manufacturer, Swarowski, is revealing its new brand identity. The first-ever global creative director, Giovanna Engelbert, also reimagined the iconic Swarowski Swan symbol for the “bold vision that celebrates crystal in all its form.” The revamped Swarovski will also introduce 28 new brick-and-mortar concept stores to bring to life the Swarovski Wonderlab. 28 ‘Instant Wonder’ stores are to be unveiled around the globe.

According to Engelbert: “The Wonderlab is where science and magic meet, where extra and elegance collide, it is a feeling of wonder that everyone should experience as we invite them into our new world at Swarovski.” The Swarovski symbol, the swan, has been turned to face the customer, signifying its new direction. It’s “head on, poised to take flight”. The swan has been given a streamlined form, with an elongated neck and placed in an octagon to symbolize, ”a faceted crystal, evoking the unrivaled craftsmanship of Swarovski’s master cutters”. Swarowski is opening “Instant Wonder” stores in key global markets around the world that will be a “feast for the senses”. The first redesign opened February 23 in Milan, followed by a further 27 across North America, Europe, and APAC, including new Paris and New York locations.

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Prada: Linea Rossa Eyewear

Prada presents the second chapter of the Prada Linea Rossa Eyewear campaign in collaboration with the Prada Cup winner, the sailors of the Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli team. In the campaign images, the sailors’ subject viewpoint leads the spectator to the most ambitious goal, the conquest of the America’s Cup. Blending a contemporary aesthetic with technological excellence, the new glasses from the Linea Rossa Impavid collection take inspiration from the world of sailing.

They are engineered to offer functionality and high performance in any weather conditions. The Prada collection includes two new sunglasses (SPS03X, SPS02X) and an optical frame (VPS04N). The sunglasses set themselves apart with their dynamic wraparound design, which features the signature red detail on the front bar and the rubber inserted inside the temples on the frame. This feature guarantees adherence to the face in a comfortable manner. The optical frame speaks of modernity and technical innovation with its clean design featuring sharp profiles and rubber details, combined with perforated temples.

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Ferragamo reinvents the Gancini-monogram

Salvatore Ferragamo presents Gancini Iconic, the newest version of its characteristic Ferragamo Gancini-monogram. The pattern is featured in the design of shoes, bags, leather goods, silk and ready-made clothing of Ferragamo’s pre-spring 2021 season as a continuation of the legacy of the signature monogram. Salvatore Ferragamo was first inspired by the gancini, which resembles hooks used on doors, walls or equestrian saddles, back in the 70s, discovering them on the ironwork of gates of his headquarter at the Palazzo Spini Feroni in Florence. Since then, the brand’s Creative Direction has made efforts to constantly reinvent and reemphasize the house monogram. Ferragamo reinterprets its classic brand identity with the introduction of the Gancini Iconic, highlighting the brand’s core values: quality, heritage, strength and togetherness.

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Jimmy Choo x Marine Serre SS21

Jimmy Choo and Marine Serre have collaborated to create a capsule collection fusing their values of comfort and iconic designs. The capsule collection helps delineate the narrative of Marine Serre’s Spring Summer 2021 collection and accompanying film, created in collaboration with directors Sacha Barbin and Ryan Doubiago. The six key styles of the collection each allude to a different character- a distinct identity, a new facet of a wearer, underscoring each total look they are designed to be an integral part. Inspired by the pivotal moment in 2019 when Jimmy Choo’s Creative Director Sandra Cho first met Marine Serre and the latter was wearing vintage Jimmy Choo’s, the designers searched deep in Jimmy Choo’s archives from Autumn/Winter 2000.

The ease of sportswear was also a significant influence on the collection. Marine Serre reinvented the traditional Kung- Fu shoe into the MOON BOXING KATO SNEAKER. Functionality meets vintage in the capsule collection, which is most clearly visible in the reinterpretation of the classic Mary Jane shoe into the SWIRL RUBBER MOON KITTEN HEEL PUMP. The collection combines the iconic prints of Marine Serre, as well as the contour cut of Jimmy Choo. All styles feature Marine Serre’s leitmotif crescent logo on recycled jersey. Inherently feminine, the styles are also dynamic, designed to be practical for today’s fast paced modern life.

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 Images Courtesy of Jimmy Choo shot by Quentin Jones

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KARA: 'YOU BE YOU' Campaign

KARA, a designer handbag and leather purse brand founded by Sarah Law, has collaborated with stylist Monica Kim for a glamour shoot. The brand, whose name is inspired by the word Karaoke (meaning empty orchestra in Japanese), strives to express personality and creativity. The shoot features untraditional individualistic people from Korea such as a female LGBQT+ advocate. For the content collaboration, KARA shines a light on non-traditional families, relationships, and identities in Korean communities. The partnership celebrates individuality and features various artists tattoo Artist, a stylist, a fashion merchandiser, a model, and a metal and leatherwork artisan, cofounders of the brand Teeth and a cat. The photo series includes futuristic disco elements that capture the modernistic designs of KARA, often including thick chains, neon colors, and crystal mesh. www.karastore.com

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The new Breitling Chronomat for Women

Inspired by female confidence, determination and style the new Breitling Chronomat 36 und 32 series for women embodies versatility and attractiveness. The effortless, modern watch has a retro-touch, making reference to the rich Breitling design tradition and signature models. High quality manufacturing and functionality meets everyday casualness and luxurious elegance in the creation of the new Chronomat models for women. The watch is available in different sizes and materials, from cool stainless steel and double-toned all-rounders to luxurious 18-carat red gold. Breitling underlines the collections dedication to confident, ambitious females in the #SQUADONAMISSION campaign, featuring dance Misty Copeland, actresses Charlize Theron and TV actress Yao Chen. As the CEO of Breitling, Georges Kern, describes the women: ‘Three trend-setting stars who are known for their passion and who are setting new standards.’

The images showcasing the new Breitling Chronomat Collection were taken in corporation with the German model, actress and socialite Cleo zu Oettingen-Spielberg in Oettingen Castle, her home located in the Munich region.

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Michel Kors: The Eye Has to Travel SS21 Campaign

Michael Kors announces its latest campaign, "The Eye Has To Travel," starring Bella Hadid, Mayowa Nicholas, Heejung Parkand and Salomon Diazin; a short film by famed music video director Matty Peacock. The stills were shot by New York photographer Jason Kim. Borrowing the words from the legendary Diana Vreeland, the video-based campaign for MICHAEL Michael Kors and Michael Kors Mens focuses on the aspects experienced usually through travel like adventure, exploration, and perspective. During the campaign, the viewer rediscovers New Yorks's most well-known sights through the daydreams of jet setter Bella Hadid. The campaign aims to discover how we can experience travel perks without the travel aspect and imagine new possibilities to decompress. The eye has to travel means redirecting the perspective one has on their home base and find new inspiration in the known. The MICHAEL Michael Kors Spring 2021 looks are a blend of on-the-go cool with city polish. The Signature MK logo is featured, as well as fresh colorways of the iconic SOHO chain bag. The Michael Kors Men's collection offers the city-sleek polish look with sporty separates, striped Signature logo accessories, and luxe sunglasses.

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AGL:SOIREE Couture Sandal

AGL’s latest Spring Summer ‘21 collection features 26 unique designs of plateau sandals, heels, flats, open-toed summer shoes, and leather bags. From summer sandals to cocktail heels to festival boots, this collection offers everything for what the summer of 2021 allows.

The Giusti Sisters, owners, and the brand’s managers always create their collections together: Sara and Vera through research and conceptual ideas, Marianna through her drawings and technical knowledge. Together they represent the third generation after Piero Giusti, who founded AGL in 1958, to lead the family business from Marche in Italy, the shoemaking capital. Steeped in the 60 yearlong expertise of shoe craftsmanship, tradition, and creativity, the sisters’ newest collection promises to deliver trendy summer shoes of the highest quality.

The SOIREE sandal represents the sartorial crown jewel of the collection. Its invisible leather structures and volumes of pleated tulle play with the viewer’s visual lightness while optimizing the wearing experience. The couture sandal is available in both black and white. White is contextually used to represent purity. The black version represents feminine sensuality because of the tulle’s “now-you-see-it-now-you-don’t” effect. The SOIREE is truly an emblem of the artisanal savoir-faire of the sister trio.

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Carolina Herrera: 'Very Good Girl Eau de Parfum'

Carolina Herrera’s Very Good Girl Eau de Parfum is inspired by modern femininity, creating a luscious, surprising scent, that adds onto the existing Good Girl line. In awe of the multifaceted nature of the contemporary female, which eradicates binary oppositions of identity in pursuit of true self-expression, the new fragrance creates an olfactory adventure. The fruity, floral Eau de Parfum develops the Good Girl line’s fragrance composition a step further and conquers new territory based on the strength and unique scent of the rose. Aromas of exotic lychee and tangy currant invigorate the reinterpretation of the classic rose scent. As a final component is a veil of vetiver, pure and refined, with a woody scent that harmonically contrasts the floral base scent, highlights the Very Good Girl perfume’s surprising character. The result is a multifaceted fragrance, that embraces the natural beauty of its ingredients and represents the unapologetic women it is made for.

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DIESEL x Chinese New Year

The Chinese New Year celebration falls on February 12th 2021, inaugurating the Year of The Ox. In honor of the transition into the Year of the Ox, DIESEL launches a genderless and athletic-inspired capsule collection. DIESEL’s collection includes a series of varsity jackets, hoodies, tees, and sweat dresses as well as various accessories including backpacks, baseball caps and jewelry inspired by and depicting the Ox Zodiac symbol.

Boldly printed, vibrantly colored pieces informed by basketball style and techno music graphically illustrate the oxen applications on the designs. The Zodiac print icon appears in the form of chalked outlines, patch-applications, abstract chrome cyberpunk graphics or bold dynamic letterings expressing the phrase ‘BRAVE CNY 2021’. With denim at the heart, DIESEL also reiterates its signature fabric throughout the capsule collection with an emphasis on the brand’s sustainable denim treatment technologies that reduce the use of chemicals and the overall environmental impact of the production process.

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Furla SS21

In the spirit of joy and optimism, Furla is welcoming all to enjoy the moment with its SS21 collection. Diving deeper into its roots as an Italian family-owned brand, the core DNA is expressed in the film by Lorenzo Gironi with the Creative Direction of Macsiotti. The motto of freedom, a joy in elegance and close friendships fuels this collection. A dreamy Mediterranean meeting of sky and sea reflects the simple pleasures evident in nature, simple pleasures people can share, evoke the core values of Furla for its SS21 collection. With a soundtrack by Cyril Giroux, photos by Dario Catellani and styling by Vittoria Cerciello, the seasons of joy conjure up feelings of long Summer days that in turn become warm, carefree and unforgettable Summer nights.

Italy’s coastline was the chosen setting, a panoramic and incredibly beautiful way of telling the next chapter of the Furla brand story. A soft palette of products, shown with chromatic ton-sur-ton effects contrasts against one another, carefree, wild. A balancing of volumes both in color and in shape are tailored with signature Furla details, an institutional manifesto of sorts, marking a new chapter.

#FUNFURLA

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VETEMENTS FW21/22

VETEMENTS, French design collective, has premiered its FW21/22 Men’s and Women’s collection in a runway that combines both during Paris Fashion Week. An anti-conformism collection that hits many contemporary talking points with sophistication and its signature tongue-in-cheek sense of humour. A trench-coat brandishes bold labels like ‘Race: Human’. ‘Birthplace: Earth’, ‘Politics: Freedom’ and ‘Religion: Love’. The collection, both Men’s and Women’s, ignites a thought-provoking dialogue on authoritarianism, power and how much freedom and control people have in the 21st century.

The campaign shot by Gio Staiano displays the wide range of elegant dresses in dark colors, the focussed tailoring evidenced in the Men’s collection of the VETEMENTS FW21/22. In addition to Men’s and Women’s clothing there are unisex T-shirts with graphic slogans printed on them, including quips such as “I love long walks and sex before marriage.” There is also an over-the-knee boot decorated with flags from many nations across the world, possibly a comment on the intersection of globalization, fashion and consumerism.

While the pentagram and more gothic visuals combine with the humorous wordplay to pair a nihilistic worldview, complete with balaclavas in lieu of pandemic-style face masks, the imaginative shapes and forms which are tailored into both Men’s and Women’s FW21/22 collections shine through.

While the pentagram and more gothic visuals combine with the humorous wordplay to pair a nihilistic worldview, complete with balaclavas in lieu of pandemic-style face masks, the imaginative shapes and forms which are tailored into both Men’s and Women’s FW21/22 collections shine through.

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C.P. Company: ‘Cinquanta’ 50 Year Anniversary

C.P. Company, the acclaimed Italian fashion brand founded in 1971, celebrates 50 years of fashion innovation and design with an ode to the origins of sportswear. With a program of authentic collaborations, activities created to involve the community and tasteful homages to five decades of human advancement. The C.P. Company ‘Cinquanta’ will run throughout 2021 with the release of a special item every month. Each of these items represent a fraction of the brand’s core DNA and a stage in the development of Italian sportswear over the years, the pioneering of a genre of clothing that led to founder, Massimo Osti, being recognized as the godfather of urban sportswear.

Iconic fabrics and an intimately furnished wardrobe employs the use of memories, mementos, toys, books and posters to structure the narrative of C.P. Company’s 50th anniversary: Cinquanata. To symbolize this celebration, the brand has designed a flag made from a mix of fabrics and garments dyed as a unique piece of cloth. The flag represents the pillars of C.P. Company, expertise in the technical research of fabrics and the development of dyeing techniques for which the brand first pioneered in the mid-seventies.

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Isabel Marant Men's FW21

In the cloakroom of Isabel Marant, a rebellious and dynamic mob of larrikins debut vintage sportswear inspired pieces from the beloved French designer’s FW21 collection. With a video directed by Laure Atanasyan presents a mix of formal staples reinterpreted to prioritize comfort and ease of wear as an adaptation to the zeitgeist.

With a range of fabrics and technique, the striped knitted polo shirts, the polar fleece hoodie and a technical windbreaker jacket are examples of classic fall winter clothing. To further bridge the divide between inside and out, a wool suit jacket worn with sweatpants, conveying a message of comfort as its own form of luxury.

The colors, almost grunge in appearance, are made soft on the eye with the use of neutral fabrics. Shearling takes the form of a teddy with an initial lettering and a hooded jacket. The Isabel Marant Men’s FW21collection is an idea for the modern man; dynamic, comfortable and essential wardrobe items paired for today’s world, sporty and formal in appearance.

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Louis Vuitton Men's FW21

Presenting their FW21 collection, debuting a performance art piece starring musical guest Yasiin Bey and Saul Williams and Kai Isaiah Jamal, posing insightful questions at a time when innovative thought is pivotal to humanity's future, reigniting a dialogue on the importance of upcycling while referencing art and literature in an extensive menswear collection; with set design by Playlab and Styling by Ibrahim Kamara along with films by Wu Tsang, Louis Vuitton has made its mark at Paris Fashion Week.

Men’s Artistic Director, Virgil Abloh, poses the question faced by every child on the cusp of defining who they are, “what do you want to be when you grow up”? A question that holds the promise of freedom to shape our own identity. As he sees it, people’s dreams and aspirations are widely personified by archetypes; the Artist, the Salesman, the Architect, the Drifter. Defined by their uniforms, the dress codes of so many are intrinsic to the professions, lifestyles and knowledge amassed in a lifetime. Abloh looks deeply into his own heritage and who he became in relation to his childhood. He cites his father, Nee Abloh, who grew up in the city of Tema, Ghana and worked unloading shipping containers in the docks at Accra, before migrating to Rockford, Illinois in 1971, who taught him the importance of keeping his head down while working hard and remaining persistent.

The collection explores the idea of unconscious biases instilled in the collective psyche of mankind, the biases that impede and inhibit our understanding of one another. People are so often reduced to archetypes and fall into a culture of dressing in order to conjure up an identity that is easily understood and familiar to others upon first glance. Virgil Abloh wields fashion to rock those preconceptions, keeping the codes while changing the values. As Abloh puts it “It is what makes us unconsciously trust the silhouette of a suit and distrust the contour of a hooded sweatshirt. But these are man-made inventions: systemic illusions.” The collection is thoughtfully conceived of, citing Neitzche’s Ubermensch theory, Oscar Wilde’s ‘The Soul of Man Under Socialism’ among other references throughout literature on the ideas of individualism and the trappings of conformity.

Whether it is a black and red wool-pinstripe padded vest with an iris flower appliqué or a rust-orange monogram-embossed work jacket worn with double-front jeans and a sky blue sheer roll-neck jumper: preconceived notions are discarded, today’s man is anything but expected.

Informed by James Baldwin’s essay ‘Stranger in the Village’ from 1953, which weighs the author’s experiences as an African-American man in a Swiss village to his experiences in America. The show is set between locations in Switzerland and Paris, playfully reinterpreting the notion of an art heist and studying the ideas around art ownership. With the help of Conceptual Artist, Lawrence Weiner, a series of aphorisms-as-patterns is tied to the premises “You Can Tell a Book by its Cover”, “The Same Place at the Same Time” and “Somewhere Somehow.”

“Within my practice, I contribute to a Black canon of culture and art and its preservation. This is why, to preserve my own output, I record it at length.” - Virgil Abloh, A manifesto according to Virgil Abloh, 2020.

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FENDI: Selleria Man GMT

Luxury Italian fashion house, Fendi, presents a new timepiece. Horology is not new to Fendi, with all the brand’s watches thoughtfully designed by the minds at Fendi and executed by highly skilled craftsmen in Switzerland since 1988. The art of watchmaking and distinctive Italian style find common ground in the new ‘Selleria Man GMT’. This new watch, designed specially for men, features emblematic codes of the Selleria line while, in a first for the Selleria watch, is designed with its own bracelet and GMT function embellished with signature Fendi aesthetics.

The functionality of any decent watch is an essential feature, in a celebration of the brand’s DNA, the new watch is accented with touches of the iconic Fendi yellow on its dial, providing enhanced readability to track a second time zone. The ‘Selleria Man GMT’ also has a 24-hour scale on the outer ring of the dial while its GMT hand is decorated with an airplane indicator. In a three-dimensional visual effect the watch displays a date aperture and a map of the world. Made in black coated stainless steel with a see-through sapphire crystal case back, the Selleria Man displays its inner workings, its folding buckle engraved with the Fendi signature.

With a simple rotation of the case back one can easily substitute the watch’s bracelet with a strap, thanks to an interchangeable strap system.

The new Selleria Man GMT is a fusion of ideas, understated yet elegant, offering an original perspective on time yet with an unwavering functionality.

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Tod's Men's FW21/22

Villa Ronchi, Vigevano, designed by Giuseppe De Finetti in 1936, is the setting for the new film ‘#sevenT’ from Italian luxury shoe designer, Tod’s. The title of the film denotes seven days in the week, and ‘T’ for Tod’s and time. The story that takes place at VIlla Ronchi, is the story of Tod’s place in nature, the story of relaxed tailoring and a reinterpretation of classics to define the sort of lifestyle synonymous with the brand.

Wools and sturdy cottons in colors that camouflage with the nature found in the Italian countryside take classic wardrobe garments and contradict formal details with more unexpected combinations. The trench coat, the shirt-jacket, the hunting jacket and the field jacket; pillars of a man’s wardrobe. Creative Director, Walter Chiapponi, defines the artisanal nature of each product to conjure up a portrait of the Italian gentleman, cosmopolitan and free-roaming.

The Tod’s FW21/22 Men’s collection also finds strength in its accessories, robust lace-ups with Norwegian stitching, ankle boots with a texan heel, sneakers with a multitude of materials and desert boots with enlarged gommini. The recurring ‘T’ made of metal appears on buckles and loafers, covered in leather on spacious and supple bags which were painstakingly made with as few cuts as possible on geometric briefcases with two straps intended for umbrellas or bottles.

‘#sevenT’ for Tod’s FW21/22 is an exploration into classic menswear and a rediscovery of comfortable formalwear.

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FENDI Men's FW21

During the ongoing pandemic, society has shifted, most notably in the way we dress. Having been confined to our homes, we seek comfort in the clothes we wear, blurring the boundaries between inside and outside clothing. With the latest FENDI Men’s collection, Silvia Venturini Fendi takes us on an optimistic and comfortable adventure in a world full of illusions, a glimpse of how comfort is done at FENDI. A maze of neon doorways was suspended in a mirrored tunnel, infinitely multiplying the models whilst in reality entirely alone. Throughout the collection, we experienced the menswear classics in a new light having been injected with the FENDI playfulness. This did not just express itself through the bright colors, emerald, vermillion, orange and fuchsia just to name a few but also through contrasting textures and materials. Outerwear was defined by more relaxed silhouettes and reversible work wear inspired pieces unite multi-functionality and form. Another visual highlight of the show was the collaboration with British artist and performer Noel Fielding, another addition to Fendi’s playful selection of artistic collaborators. His signature style, multicolored, stream-of-consciousness scribble art, fits right in with the show’s backdrop and underlines once more Fendi’s optimistic and less formal view of the new reality.

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Acqua di Parma: Barbiere

Embracing every morning, the routine and the time that we take in the early hours of each day is important. Keeping the skin hydrated and healthy all year round is something that many men struggle with, Acqua di Parma has released two new formulas specially for men’s skin. A delicate sensory texture and vivacious fragrance of Colonia establish the character of these new products in the Barbiere universe. For shaving, after-shave, beard trimming, hair care, styling and facial care, the multi-action face cream hydrates and smooths; replenishing the skin and protecting against harmful blue light which can age the skin prematurely.

Strange and harsh weather conditions coupled with pollution and toxicities in the air demand the implementation of the new Acqua di Parma Revitalizing Face Cream. When met with water the face cream transforms into a foam and continues to cleanse and remove toxins from the pores of skin without drying it out. Tailored to a modern man’s needs, a luxurious Italian-style ritual that Acqua di Parma is so known for presents a morning of pleasantries and a level of care that gives the skin a renewed buoyancy against the elements.

In alignment with Acqua di Parma Futura, the company’s sustainability manifesto, all packaging is environmentally friendly.

The Multi-Action Face Cream and Revitalizing Face Cream will be available from February 15.

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AGL SS21: 'Sallie'

The over the knee boot has been around since the 60s, origins dating back to the 17th century, adopted by Balenciaga with the release of their knee high boot for their Fall 1962 collection and Yves Saint Laurent with the release of Roger Viver’s thigh high alligator skin boots; the design has been a favorite at many houses. The family owned and operated Italian shoemaker, AGL, has released their answer to this boot with ‘Sallie: The Art-Couture creation’. AGL, short for Attilio Giusti Leombruni, has made many fine shoes of shapes and varieties since being founded in 1958. In this adventure into art-couture, ‘Sallie’ features a laser-cut pattern of geometric shapes and laces to be tied at the back of the boots. The boots are visually dramatic, while also lucid and intentional, to be worn with confidence and swagger.

The imaginative designs arrive in three kinds of leather, made entirely in Italy, each boot has its own individual finish; lizard skin, snakeskin and a muted pink calfskin. Sara, Vera and Marianna, granddaughters of AGL founder, Piero Giusti, as the third generation in the family brand the sisters pave their own path boldly to pursue a wild reinvention of a classic with their ‘Sallie’ boot. Their conceptual and technical knowledge supplemented with an evident sensitivity for Womenswear allows this boot to act as a bridge between old and new, amplified and joyfully contemporary.

AGL will be releasing the ‘Sallie’ boot as a highlight of their SS21 collection.

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Coco Beach de Chanel 2021

Sun-kissed bodies lazing on a beach or frolicking in the ocean, waiting for the perfect wave; an ideal of freedom. The daydreams of a carefree and perfect day at the beach, what might this daydream look like? Coco Beach De Chanel 2021 collection will arrive midway through this year to answer this question. Asymmetric swimsuits and bikinis embellished with a bow on the shoulder or breast, timeless color pairings of purple and black, black and white and ivory prints feature on a casual range of luxury swimwear and beach accessories.

In the collection are a plethora of styles and materials. The looks include Loose fitting blouses made of Oxford cotton, bermuda shorts, a bag and beach towel in purple and black cotton, a lightweight white tunic in poplin styled over a black swimsuit in stretch jersey; a fusion of traditional and contemporary. With the signature double C motif seamlessly appearing in each pattern. In the past Chanel has released cruise collections, resort collections, even a swimwear line debuted in 1995.

Much has changed in the world and at Chanel since, with this collection the fact remains that style created for joy remains resilient muse at Chanel. The Coco Beach De Chanel 2021 collection will be available in Chanel boutiques from April.

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Fjallraven SS21

The Swedish brand, Fjallraven, founded by Åke Nordin in 1960 and known for their passion for the great outdoors, are releasing their new High Coast Hydratic series for SS21. Featuring a waterproof and breathable 2.5 layer construction, their 100% recycled polyamide hydratic jacket has a specially designed printed lining by Swedish artist, Erik Olovsson. The jacket is similar to its more technical predecessor, the Keb Eco-Shell jacket, in that it is made without fluorocarbons which can damage the environment and the Earth’s ozone by warming the lower atmosphere. These fluorocarbons are also common in refrigerators and air-conditioning units. 

Versatility sets the High Coast Hydratic Jacket apart. It is breathable, packable, features an adjustable hood and has hi-vis elements for busy urban landscapes such as the journey to and from work. The jacket also has unique ventilation zips in its sides in order to let out any excess heat that builds up in the jacket from wear. For the mountains, the Summer hiking trails or the fierce high seas; the High Coast Hydratic Jacket by Fjallraven is an adventurer’s companion and an asset against all elements. Continuing its belief that no weather is ‘bad weather’, this eco-friendly SS21 jacket is as integral to the outdoors as the elements themselves.

 www.fjallraven.com

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Bottega Veneta Salon 01 London

In a year that has forced many to reconsider personal space, showmanship comes with its own set of burdens. Bottega Veneta have carried out their Salon 01 show at Sadler’s Wells theatre in London with a select local audience who were privy to an intimate runway on the ninth of October, conceived by Daniel Lee. A film of Salon 01 was produced and as of right now the tasteful and calming visuals are streaming on the Bottega Veneta website. The focus of Lee’s intimate London showcase is an assorted collection of objects, namely three books and a vinyl that artfully detail the influences and process of the collection. Lee’s book of influences is followed by German conceptual artist, Rosemarie Trockel’s book, Vol. 2. This volume presents collages, short stories and photographs that study the creative process of creating the collection as well as this creativity’s relationship to the clothing. The third and final book in the collection of objects is filled with the photography of Tyron Lebone, who some might know for his work on the video for Frank Ocean’s song ‘Nikes’. In the realm of sonic artistry, the singer Neneh Cherry voices dulcet spoken words; Neneh Cherry is also to thank for the soundtrack of the show. The film created of the show can now be seen in full on the Bottega Veneta website.

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Adidas x Prada

Adidas and Prada come together for yet another explosive collaboration, this time launching the A+P LUNA ROSSA 21 silhouette for the Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli team. Prada and adidas have long been inspired by athletic and performance wear and for this collaboration they move seamlessly to the sport of sailing, grappling with the innovation and technology required for such challenging and demanding sportswear. The designs are all based upon the new AC75 Luna Rossa boat, creating a wonderful unity between athletes and their mode of transportation and competition. With both brands defiant in their commitment to the environment, their new shoe has sustainability at ite fore, the shoe’s upper composed of PRIMEGREEN, a compilation of high performance recycled materials. Comfortability and practicality are also incredibly important, a hydrophobic E-TPU outer shell ensuring flexible and breathable support, Complimented by a futuristic campaign, the A+P LUNA ROSSA 21 silhouette shows beautifully the luminosity and weightlessness of such a meticulously designed new shoe.

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CHANEL Métiers d'Art

Chanel’s Métiers d’Art collection was first introduced in 2002. Presented annually in December, it is a showcase of the many Maisons d’art, which are, throughout the year, in dialogue with Creative Director Virginie Viard enhancing the creations of Chanel. From feathermakers Lemarié and embroiderers Lesage to goldsmiths Goossens and millners Maison Michel, there are 38 specialized workshops in total. Following the regulations of staying home, Chanel followed suit, revealing the collection from the Château de Chenonceau. Located in the Loire Valley, this Renaissance castle might have more in common with Chanel than one might think. What links the castle and Chanel is the figure of Catherine de Medici. Coco Chanel had nothing but admiration and sympathy for the French queen, having experienced similar obstacles in her early life resulting in both women embodying the same boundary-breaking spirit. This connection has also left its mark on the house, most notable in the interlocked double C, Gabrielle Chanel’s beloved symbol, which bears a striking resemblance to the Queen’s monogram to be found all over the castle. The collection itself centered around the work of the métiers d’art. Pearl-encrusted latticework was used on fitted velvet frocks and leather jackets. The silhouette of the château finds itself replicated in embroidery on tea skirts and mullet dresses and the accessories are playing with velvets and pearls. The garments themselves also picked up on the Renaissance, sumptuous velvet gowns, ornate neck ruffles, often in black and white, only this time reimagined by Viard with a Chanel twist.

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Lift Off

Launching Trigreca, Versace embraces the iconic brand codes that make the Italian brand so recognizable and loved, the Greca pattern, first seen in their Fall Winter 1988 collection. Applying these historical references to footwear, Versace takes a geometric pattern and motif long associated with ancient Greek temples and transforms it into a trainer design so wonderfully futuristic and contemporary in its appeal. In fusing new and old, Versace creates a trainer that is utterly timeless. The Greca pattern is featured on three parts of the trainer, the sole, the midsole and the decorative upper toe stripe. Moving beyond simply aesthetic, the trainer’s cork “Greca Cushioning System” also provides support and comfort as well as height and elevation for those looking for a little boost. The trainer comes in black, white, green, blue and red versions all providing an injection of vibrancy and color into any look, a great statement shoe.

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For Champions

Dynamic, Modern, new, these are the words that have fuelled Prada’s, Linea Rossa Fall Winter 2020 campaign, that aptly features sporting legend, Gus Kenworthy amongst a pioneering cast of global talent. With the champion British-American freestyle skier at the fore, it is only right that this collection focuses on functionality and engineering, its garments achieving a streamlined high-tech aesthetic, long associated with Linea Rossa. This urban uniform, an exciting fusion between skiwear and mountainwear, presents sleek silhouettes built for extreme weather and wear, performance gear with undeniable sophistication. Defined by a black and Linea Ross red color palette, garments are bold and graphic in their appeal, a sporting combination of stretch jersey, nylon and tech-knit adding to their striking impact. With items designed to make their wearer excel, this new campaign channels the adversity and strength of their sporting muse Kenworthy, creating clothes that beg to be worn by winners.

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Moose Knuckles, Hamburg

Following the success of their opening in Düsseldorf, Moose Knuckles is set to move to its next German location: Hamburg, with an exciting new pop up store. Located at the center of this thriving cultural city, the new pop-up store will occupy one of the most famous department stores in Germany, Braun Hamburg. Reflecting on this strategy for the Canadian outerwear brand, GM and Executive VP Marco D’Avanzo said “we recognized the change in shopping behavior and launched this experience-based concept to meet our community in their local area. The foundation of our brand is built on local, authentic and emotional ties with our customers worldwide”. Developing the store concept, experts from the Parisian design office Bureau Betak have crafted a unique experience which centres the customers, and of course the pioneering jackets and coats Moose Knuckles are internationally renowned for.

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Architectural Knits

Iris von Arnim approaches each season with an assured sense of simplicity, creating looks that are beautifully refined in their return to staple silhouettes and effortless dressing. An earthy palette composed of rich terracotta and lighter tones of alabaster becomes an unsuspecting portal to the 1970s, where flower power and other like-minded trends and movements sought a return to the earth as a means of freedom and self-expression. Iris von Arnim does just this in her UOMO FW2020 collection, her signature stitch, the patent rib, forming sumptuous knits that beg to be worn in the brisk outdoors. Channeling the brand’s strong knitwear heritage, alpaca-wool sits alongside soft cashmeres and hand-knitting techniques, consolidating true craftsmanship and luxury quality as key aspects of her DNA. There is a real depth to the knitted pieces in the collection, something excitingly architectural about the sleek masculine silhouette of each jumper. The cable knit is a nod to a more traditional aesthetic that in the brand’s focus on minimalism, becomes surprisingly modern if not timeless. Iris von Arnim caters to the modern man, in a balanced collection that uses simplicity as a way to elevate subtly beautiful garments.

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Touch of Nature

“After millions of years of evolution, the nature that surrounds us holds the best designs”, with this in mind, Mathias Malm has tried to emulate the infinite creativity of nature with a new chair informed by his very own algorithm. The Norwegian born designer, graduate of the Design Academy Eindhoven, cleverly utilizes computer generated technology in order to reflect the unpredictable status of natural forms, bridging the gap between the man-made and the natural world. Recalling the skeletal structure of coral, through its digital genome, his chair the “Specie” references the threat of extinction of the world’s complex and critical marine ecosystem, whilst accommodating functionally to the human anatomy.

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Small Truths

Masterminded as “a creation in reverse” Hermès creates new life with petit h, a project that seeks to make new objects out of waste materials. In using what is left over, objects take on a gloriously unpredictable dimension, their starting points always new in their reinvention of scraps, as pieces of unsuspecting value. Using materials handed down by Hermès, each new item retains something of the house’s charm and identity, repurposed to create new and interesting narratives. Requiring intuitive and flexible design and vision, the house pushes its creatives to think outside the box, to imagine the potential that sits innate within their beautiful offcuts as springboards for entirely new creations. Accessories appear alongside small and at times nostalgic objects and jewelry, all encouraging in their support of a sustainable and pioneering future for Hermès.

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Photo by Jonathan Frantini

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Small Pleasures

Envisioned by Armenian born Kris Ter-Ghazaryan, OUVERTURE, is a dazzling accumulation of the designer’s passion for fashion and design. Noting the absence of attainable, high quality, fine jewelry Ter-Ghazaryan set out to create her own brand, one which filled this much-desired niche. Through her consumer-based outlook, OUVERTURE delivers a thoughtful brand and concept, with a tasteful collection of desirable items. Though the jewelry brand is based in Berlin, where the design process itself begins, the products are in fact handcrafted in a small workshop in Armenia. Building upon the country’s 2000 year history of jewelry making, the brand is an ode to the designer’s roots, embracing the rich traditions of her birthplace. Exclusively using 14K (585) gold and precious stones, each piece is a small encapsulation of utter luxury. Ethically made, the brand promises its consumers a transparent and organic making process, one which leads the way as a sustainable and viable company model. All collections are permanent, designs offered in 14K (585) yellow, white and rose gold.

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mages: Frank Hülsbömer / OUVERTURE

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Armani Casa

Armani/Casa turns 20, two whole decades having passed since its launch in 2000. Reflecting on these formative years, Girogio Armani said “I began to structure the project of a total lifestyle, extending my vision and aesthetics to interior decorating”. With this aim in mind, it is clear that Armani has achieved his goal, this branch of his world renowned brand, a now “established design force”. From its Logo Lamp of the 1980s, Armani/Casa continues to seek out new and innovative stories to tell, crafting pioneering and enviable lifestyles out of humble objects in the domestic realm. 1930’s-1940’s aesthetics are moulded in a wonderfully contemporary vision, nostalgia presented with a strikingly modern and fresh touch. In interplaying past and present references, Armani/Casa evades any sense of normality or familiarity in their design, curating unique furniture and home accessories, through an unmatched understanding of history and the archive. Italian craftsmanship sings for their 20th anniversary, from delicate Murano glass to straw Marquetry, no detail is left unattended.

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To Be Free

Centred around the notion of freedom, Kate Moss joins Valérie Messika to head up a new high jewelry collection, lending their spirited sense of self to a beautiful set of pieces. The union between the fashion icon and the diamond jewelry designer is a triumph of spontaneous refinement, one which “had to happen”, according to Valérie Messika. Both women draw from an instinctive pool of creativity, and this assured sense of style is translated seamlessly on to each product. Inspired by Kate Moss’ own jewelry box, there is an international, art deco feel, that is startling new to Messika jewelry but also one that makes complete sense. Stones are imbued with a real sense of fluidity, sleek lines and supple design forming a shared vocabulary of daring luxury items, wondrously tantalising in their showcasing of a variety of diamond cuts and eclectic aesthetic. Asymmetric designs meet innovative earring shapes that encircle the ear along with delicate anklets and cascading rings. Responding to the body in an organic yet wholly dramatic and feminine way, Moss and Messika come together to show the mind-blowing possibilities of a collaboration of this pedigree.

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LOEWE Spring Summer 2021

Loewe Spring Summer 2021 “Show-on-the-Wall derived from this idea that this entire collection was done remotely. I was looking back I think like a lot of people were doing in this moment of kind of rethinking of models of fashion and how we approach things”. For Loewe Spring Summer 2021 Jonathan Anderson created Show-on -the-Wall exploring the possibilities of a paper show at a 1:1 scale, fully embracing the idea of actively involving the viewer in an experience that is radically different from the traditional fashion show. Coming in the form of an oversized artist’s portfolio, it holds sixteen bus-stand size folded posters, each one depicting a different character wearing a look from the collection, and one poster featuring a still life arrangement of accessories silkscreen printed with fluorescent, phosphorescent and metallic inks. The portfolio is accompanied by a number of tools including a roll of wallpaper borders depicting all the looks from the collection, wallpaper glue, a brush, scissors, a ceramic disc infused with Beetroot scent and a catalogue raisonné, and a unique roll of wallpaper designed by Anthea Hamilton, “When we worked with the artist Anthea Hmilton for the Duveens at the Tate Britain, for me it was a very seminal work. Just before the Summer I was thinking how we can contextualize fashion in this moment and I thought it was nice to work with her again on the wallpaper” . Jonathan Anderson speaks about the wish to create a place where the viewers are put into the position they are forced to be creative, to interact. The images feature a vast cross section of ages, gender and body types: Adam Bainbridge, Alice, , Elise, Hilary Lloyd, Holly, Jadé Fadojutimi, Jewel, Kristina de Coninck, Laurence Kleinknecht, Louis, Mona, Rinke, Rosie, Sunny Suits, Vittoria and the artist Anthea Hamilton herself, “When we were working on how we were going to put this collection together I liked this idea that we would really delve into exploring the art of fashion. This collection glorifies the hand embroidered, hand woven, hand made”. Spiraling flaps. Balloon sleeves, balloon skirts. Crinolines. Neckerchief hems. Hoops. Tulle as an encasing outer layer. Giant knots made of sequins on knitted fabrics catching and releasing the movement. Curves, folds, flaps. Ballerina hints. Festoons. Jonathan Anderson embraces escapism in his own way, using historical research as an experimental tool: how boning can be taken out of context and can be used to create an unexpected structured fluidity. The collection plays between fantasy and reality, taking the wearer to another place, to a different dimension, where to escape in these difficult times.

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CHANEL Spring Summer 2021

On the occasion of the Chanel Spring-Summer 2021 Ready-to-Wear photographers duo Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin shot a series of videos and images for the ritual press kit accompanying the show – previously shot by the late Karl Lagerfeld himself. Four recurring cinematic situations, four settings, four different worlds. They speak about the special relationship this iconic French house nurtured with actresses over the years. Here Rianne Van Rompaey, Mica Argañaraz and Louise de Chevigny play different declinations of the quintessential Chanel‘s woman, her cool seductive elegance, each in their own dimension. As Inez & Vinoodh described – “together [they] represent what we feel is Chanel’s way of fitting into the lives of every woman with a cool and easy allure." Launched just before the show, Inez & Vinoodh also created a captivating video teaser where extracts from films by legendary French cineastes – Jean-Luc Godard, Jacques Deray, Louis Malle – revived celebrated scenes: Romy Schneider’s swim in ‘La Piscine’ (1969), Anna Karina’s scissors close up in ‘Pierrot le Fou’ (1965) , Jeanne Moreau’s walk in the streets of Paris in ‘Ascenseur pour l'échafaud’ (1958) . Woven with archival footage of a young Jean-Luc Godard behind the camera, a bird view of the Hollywood hills where “CHANEL” has replaced the iconic letters. A magic cinematic world where everything is possible Imagined by Virginie Viard, the Chanel Spring-Summer 2021 Ready-to-Wear collection is a tribute to these muses, the great actresses that are part of its historical heritage, but also all the ones that have been dressed since the beginning by the Maison. Gabrielle Chanel, beckoned to Hollywood in 1931 by Sam Goldwyn, dressing Gloria Swanson in ‘Tonight or Never’, and Joan Blondell in ‘The Greeks Had a Word for Them’ a year after. Greta Garbo, Katharine Hepburn, Marlene Dietrich, were among the other Hollywood stars who became admirers or Mademoiselle Chanel. A legacy continued throughout Karl Lagerfeld’s tenure, both on screen and on the red-carpet. “I was thinking about actresses at the photocall, on the red carpet, that moment when they’re being called to by the photographers: their faces a little distracted, their attitude a little out of sync with the outfits they’re wearing. And then there are the fans waiting for them behind the barriers, this very lively side to cinema that happens beyond cinema, that’s what I like”. Virginie Viard merged the Maison’s signature black and white palette with a splash of vibrant hues: jeans in fluorescent colors, fluid dresses and t-shirts printed with the letters of CHANEL like neon-lights, pale pink capri pants, embroidered looks with sequins, vibrant three pieces bermuda suits. A declination of micro-bags in several colors, worn as belt, charms, jewelry confer the collection an fresh joyful allure, far from any vintage citation.

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Wearable Art

Vans and MoMA collaborate in an artistic explosion that produces special edition footwear and apparel, consecrating the museum’s most iconic works and renowned artists. As a longstanding advocate for creative expression, Vans is a perfect candidate for one of the world’s most pioneering cultural institutions. Featuring the art of Salvador Dalí, Vasily Kandinsky, Claude Monet, Edvard Munch, Jackson Pollock, Lybov Popova and Faith Ringgold, this collaboration is a testament to the diversity of Moma’s leading collection. In translating motifs and images from these artists onto a series of footwear and apparel, Vans and MoMA create wearable art, their iconic shoe models transformed by bid use of color and shape. Drawstring bags, jumpers and hats are also enlivened by this unique collaboration, which extends also to a children’s and toddlers range. Surrealism flows into abstraction, in a collection that is every art lover’s dream.

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Born a Star

French-Georgian pianist, Khatia Buniatishvili is the latest ambassador to join Cartier’s impressive and eclectic group of inspiring personalities. Making her debut as pianist, unbelievably at the of 3, Khatia has shown herself to be an extraordinary talent, her virtuosity, open-mindedness and striking intellect recently lending itself to a range of humanitarian commitments. Reflecting on their new addition to the board of ambassadors, Cyrille Vigneron, President and CEO of Cartier International said, “Khatia expresses the essence of who we are. Pure simplicity and expressive romanticism. Delicate exuberance. Unique and universal. Plural singularity. Body and soul, with measure and unbridled energy Khatia embarks us into the dizzying exploration of human emotions and passion”. Khatia has performed internationally at some of the world’s largest stages: London, Vienna, Amsterdam, Paris, Milan and Shanghai to mention just a few. Social causes now supported by the acclaimed pianist include refugee aid, climate just and child development. In her passion and dedication to all that she does Khatia is a welcomed addition to Cartier’s esteemed collective of ambassadors.

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Issey Miyake Spring Summer 2021

“When things are rolled up neatly / when things are stacked on top of each other / Or when things in pieces are put together / It is a simple moment like this that we find pleasing / When things transform, our perspective changes too. / And with this change we feel the beginning of something new”. Satoshi Kondo – who debuted as Issey Miyake’s new Head designer last year after working for the brand for more than a decade – delivered a collection exploring creative and integrative ways to make garments extremely compact: tying, rolling, folding, stacking, and layering. In preparation for Fall Winter 2020 Kondo looked at the number of boxes ready to be shipped to Paris, and realized the sheer volume of clothes being transported. What if the clothes were instead easily foldable? What if the next collection would be as compact as possible? Beautiful complex garments, so compact that the entire collection could fit into just one box. Issey Miyake Spring Summer 2021 answered these questions inspired by the idea of delivering garments in compact forms to people all around the world Form Body, Out A Piece, To Go, Spongy, Temporary Room, five main themes, five different researches on textiles, materials, shapes, constructions: a new take on the relationship between body and clothing; garment that can be zipped together into a three-dimensional silhouette; the idea of integrating clothing and a bag where the wearer goes through the cycle of wearing, folding, and carrying away the garment; knitwear as stretchable as a sponge; the idea of wearing a artwork integrated into clothing as a whole. The digital presentation UNPACK THE COMPACT, filmed inside a warehouse in Paris, featured animated garments on display that moved and breathed. Upon entering the space, the models walked through this exhibition overlapping the runway show with the stop motion animation revealing the ingenious construction of each garment.

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Marine Serre Spring Summer 2021

Set in a dystopian future, in the aftermath of the disaster we all have brought upon our fragile Earth, long enough humans have evolved into new species striving for survival. Here this new humanity, now gender fluid, lives between new dynamics and emotions. Marine Serre Spring Summer 2021 collection presented through the format of a short film is a poignant visual landscape evoking the current heath and environmental emergency, and calling to actively embrace life’s pleasures and adversities. Marine Serre has always given a revolutionary take to our post-apocalyptic future rather than despair. Realized in collaboration with directors duo Sacha Barbin and Ryan Doubiago, with music by composer Pierre Rousseau, Amor Fati is a window to our desires, to our fears, our not-so-far fate, when humanity will live on am extremely warm Planet, partly submerged. and where the last living scientists will resort to new preservative measures. Marine Serre is a visionary. During the pandemic outbreak in March we all dreamed to own the protective anti-pollution masks created by Marine in collaboration with French specialized brand R-Pur in February 2019. Once again Marine Serre created new additions to the series of futuristic pieces: shield visors, and the survival harness crinoline consciously delimiting the body space. The collection dives further into the urgent need for change embracing the challenge where clothes are an armoire but also a personal narrative. Serre’s signature sharp tailoring and research on fabrics are the file rouge through the entire collection: recycled moiré, regenerated carpets in terracotta hues, Serre’s classic regenerated denim updated with a laser engraving of the ‘moonfish skin’ pattern, biodegradable nylon. But also knitwear in kaleidoscopic sapphire and cobalt hues, and footwear designed in collaboration with Jimmy Choo. Sensual and intricate. Serre never ceases to create a powerful universe.

www.marineserre.com

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Locked Up

Matthew M Williams, Givenchy’s new Creative Director, channels the beauty of his new life in Paris, in his first advertising campaign for the house. Collaborating with longtime friend and photographer Nick Knight, Williams pushes a fresh, modern attitude for Givenchy. Returning to a picture he took of the iconic “love locks” that adorn the bridges of Paris, Williams elevates this emblem with a distinctly urban aesthetic. The hardware symbols are to be a part of both the women’s and men's collection, classic chains formed of flat and angular links, stylized into a “g” shape, a subtle tribute to the house. These unisex accessories sit against ombre pastel backgrounds, a striking contrast between washed out hues and metallic tones. Gold-finish “Givenchy” locks recall the U-lock design or come with a spare, narrow body and elongated shackle that closes with a textured screw. Williams also showcases a padlock in the collection, embossed with an exotic skin motif with two asymmetrical piercings at its base so that its sibling locks have the opportunity to hook up or not. The campaign is also present on digital platforms, where a video features vocals by Willaims’ close friend, rapper and songwriter Playboi Carti.

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Marni Spring Summer 2021

In keeping with this surreal time, Marni’s SS21 collection rejects the runway entirely, its collection of models formed by everyday city dwellers inhabiting day to day life. In a climate where normality has slipped between our fingers, Marni embraces the vernacular habits and intricacies of our lives, the trip to the shops, the comings and goings of traffic, playing with pets and other mundane yet entirely profound highlights, anchoring its collection in the remnants of familiar life. Marni creates a video archive, documenting beautifully the simple pleasures of life that for many were inaccessible for the last few months, chronicling the clothes and their wearers as they move through the city, the home, singing, dancing, cycling. In the spontaneity that animates each shot, the clothes are brought to life by each person, seamlessly fitting into specific contexts, matching and playing off the personalities of its eclectic subjects. Togetherness is depicted conversely through isolated lenses, a true and honest depiction of a time, where the screen has been perhaps one of our only opportunities for human connection. Cropped coats, graphic stripes and tank top hybrids, make a nod to Basquiat in their eccentric urban character. Cotton, leather, gauze and flowers add wonderful textures and layers to the looks, reflective of the bricolage that is city life. Marni defies all expectations with this offering, showing incredible versatility in the face of such a spectacular unknown.

www.marni.com

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Sportsmax Spring Summer 2021

Sportmax’s offering for Milan Fashion Week is a masterclass in simplicity done well. Sumptuous maxi dresses in beige and black grace the runway, contrasting brilliantly against oversized blazers that are as much outwear as dresses themselves. Whilst some silhouettes hug the body, others form pleats and ruffles, adding accent and intrigue to flowing garments. To the background of a soothing strings ensemble, pops of vibrant orange bounce off more neutral creams, a rendering of spring summer which is as refined as it is quietly joyous. Boisterous boots are paired with dresses in a defiant gesture that resists traditional expectations of a summer shoe. Heels also surprise, the soles of the shoes exaggerated, adding a statement to sleek and sophisticated dresses. The music seems to gather in intensity, trance-like, as more voluminous silhouettes are added, lime greens and vibrant blues amidst more serious shades of grey. In dipping in and out of a neutral palette Sportmax creates a dynamic show, which feels meticulously balanced, an ode to a summer which has been anything but predictable.


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Re-writing the Space

Putting on an optimistic front, Furla commits itself to enhancing its retail experience, announcing significant investment into this area of the brand. Targeting its key stores worldwide, the Italian accessories brand has united with renowned firm David Chipperfield Architects Milan, to introduce a new concept to its most popular locations, transforming their customers’ experience in the process. Making its debut in Milan’s flagship store, located on Piazza Duomo, this revamp will be fittingly taking place during Milan Fashion Week, the two storey space enlivened through fluid and artistic design. A sculptural staircase will now connect the two floors, a new adjacent space added to accommodate special events and pop-up displays. Classic arched doorways frame the space sumptuously, always bringing the focus back to the core elements of the space, the accessories. A natural palette and tactile textures also guide the customer’s gaze back to the products, a subtle and effective backdrop to Furla’s iconic accessories. Speaking about the collaboration David Chipperfield reflects fondly and proudly, “together we have sought to interpret its heritage while developing a story around the core product – the bag –within a new built space.”

www.furla.com

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Prada Spring Summer 2021

The most awaited fashion moment just took place: Miuccia Prada and Raf Simons first collection as Prada’s co-creative directors. Presented through a digital event followed by a conversation where the two venerated designers answered questions submitted by Prada-devotees. What is the meaning of “New”, of “Prada-ness”, of “Uniform”? A dialogue, emblematic of the modus operandi of two of the most intelligent fashion designers. “I have been always interested in the metaphor of “uniform”. The show was very much about that. Muccia’s uniforms, how Miuccia dresses, her own uniforms were an instant and important inspiration for the collection”, Raf Simons spoke about his take on uniforms and how it radically inspired the show “It is interesting if you know you can find clothing that you feel good in, and you know you can express what you want to express through them, without being too much about a very specific fashion item. A uniform needs to express something timeless rather than a specific seasonal piece. It’s almost a base”. Prada Spring Summer 2021 touches on a multitude of interpretations around this notion of uniform, - a visual representation of identity, of shared and embraced values, a way of thinking. Garments are pared-back, refined, focused: shell tops, straight pants, overcoats in industrial re-nylon, constructed using couture techniques, suits executed in fleece. “New is the nightmare of every single designer. But I think that “New” for the sake of the “new” probably it is not relevant anymore - Miuccia Prada has always stressed how in her vision fashion is a deep understanding of reality, of people’s lives at an exact historical moment. “For us is very important reacting to reality, to what is happening now. I always thought that fashion is part of creating people ‘s change, it is part of what is happening in the world. A fashion designer is not an abstract job. The people with my clothes need to feel better, clothes need help define your personality, they are an instrument for people’s life” The collection is both reflection of and reaction to our current time, where the mediation between technology and humanity has become vital and the inevitable restrictions we are all facing. Miuccia Prada’s very own longstanding research on the question of technology, and its now indispensable presence in our daily life has led to a fundamental examination in the collection. Artworks created by Raf Simons’ long-term collaborator and friend Peter de Potter, are used to interrupt and disrupt the surfaces - as graphic tools of contrast, sometimes laid over archival Prada print, emblematic of worlds and aesthetic discourses coming together, exploring ideas of thoughts, processes, dialogues, exchanging ideas. Different fabrications are presented throughout the entire collection: t-shirt jersey, fleece, re-nylon, embroidered duchesse satin, taffeta, connected to simple gestures - garments are drawn around the body and held steadily by the hand - quintessential of both designers’ signature, a shared language. Miuccia Prada has always worked with the juxtapositions of historical references, of elements, approaches, at times in apparent dichotomy, but paradoxically harmonious. Lastly what is the essence of Prada, the Prada-ness? In Raf Simons words: “For many years I have always seen it as a community that has a very specific attitude and aesthetic. You cannot really define it but it clearly IS. For me this is very important. And that “-ness “ is exactly what a brand needs to have for me to love it”.

www.prada.com

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Missoni Spring Summer 2021: Viva l’Italia

Marking the beginning of Milan Fashion Week, Missoni presents breathtaking new visuals in the form of a short video. Presenting not only the clothes, but also the House’s broader project and mission. Shot by Oliver Hadlee Pearch under the creative direction of Angela Missoni, this video guides the viewer, explaining the vision behind the new campaign, told endearingly by the familiar voice of Angela Missoni herself. There is something incredibly familiar and personal about Angela Missoni's presence in the work, identifying the significant shift the brand has had to make in regard to its calendar presentations. In not presenting SS21 (which is in fact currently being sold to customers), but communicating a vision of FW21, Missoni’s evolution consolidates itself as a brand in keeping with the times, adaptable with a smart approach. Missoni speaks directly to its loyal buyer with a transparency that is as inviting as it is bold. This sense of intimacy is matched by the backdrop of the video, where Angela’s favorite locations are rendered in their full Italian glory: Varese and il Sacro Monte, imbuing each scene with a visceral sense of history and culture. An exchange between Angela and her beloved Italy, recalls the nostalgia of love letters, postcard visuals layered atop of location shots and marble statues. This campaign is an exciting glimpse of what will be a greater series, committed to redesigning the Grand Tour à la Missoni way. Italian patriotism runs through the campaign, the models starring in the film, Vittori Ceretti and Edoardo Sebastianelli themselves proud Italians; a portrait of a young hopeful generation. With the Italian saying, Viva l’Italia “straight from the heart” in mind, Missoni inspires a wonderfully emotional connection with their global audience- family is at the core of everything they do.

www.missoni.com

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Musc Ravageur

Maurice Roucel’s perfume Musc Ravageur has attracted global acclaim, after receiving the prestigious Fragrance of the Year Hall of Fame Award. Released in 2000, Musc Ravageur sent waves through the perfumer industry celebrated as a pinnacle of the Amber Oriental tradition. Heralded as an unapologetically sensuous perfume, the scent enhances natural musk, with amber, vanilla, patchouli and sandalwood. Reflecting on the award, Frédéric Malle “could not have dreamed of anything better to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Editions de Parfums”. Roucel, who started his career as a chemist in 1973 then transitioned into becoming a self-taught perfumer, characterized most commonly by his creation of opulent and distinctly sexy scents. Musc Ravageur’s wide reaching appeal shows Roucel to have monopoly over the perfume industry in his ability to curate timeless scents that transcend trends.

www.fredericmalle.com

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Seen in Venice

Choosing the glitz and glamor of Venice’s International Film Festival as the venue for its big reveal, Etro used the seasoned cultural event to announce its GIANVITO ROSSI for ETRO capsule collection. American supermodel Taylor Hill premiered the Gianvito pumps on the red carpet, a huge statement for the brand. Using a distinctly ETRO lens to reinterpret GIANVITO ROSSI’s most beloved shoes, ballerina flats, pumps and boots comprise a modest yet bold collection- the pumps coming in either 8.5cm or 10 cm heels. All 4 models are characterized by red and blue paisley prints also used for ETRO’s Fall Winter 2021 trench coats. The GIANVITO ROSS for ETRO COLLECTION will be available for purchase at both ETRO and GIANVITO ROSSI boutiques, as well as on their respective e-stores and in selected international retailers.

www.etro.com
www.gianvitorossi.com

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Roll the Dice

20 years since its launch the J12 returns as the J12 Paradoxe, uniting its previous black and white models in a sleek and bold design. Originally heralded as the first watch icon of the 21st century, CHANEL sustains its prominence, creating a completely new and fresh aesthetic. Appealing to both day and night, the J12 Paradoxe feels one of CHANEL’s most versatile watches to date. Crafted from scratch-resistant ceramic and manufactured in Switzerland, the watch is a masterclass in elegance and detail, fusing the two colours together to showcase creative and rebellious spirit. Two-tone elements also detail the dial and the bezel, ensuring this opposition created by the combination of black and white runs cohesively throughout the watch creating unrivalled harmony. J12 Paradoxe is a dynamic accessory, building upon the success of both the black and white J12s that came before it. www.chanel.com

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The Seventh Art

CHANEL will be partnering with the Deauville American Film Festival for its second time. This year the Festival will be celebrating its 46th event, running from September 4 to September 13, 2020. Presenting a vast range, the festival will be showing films from the Cannes and Annecy film festival as well as from its own selection. The president of the jury this year will be artist Vanessa Paradis and of the Revelation jury, Rebecca Zlotowski. What makes this partnership so special is Deauville’s unique place in CHANEL’S history, a formative location for one of Gabrielle Chanel’s greatest discoveries. It was here that Gabrielle Chanel opened a hat shop in 1912 during which she appropriated the “poor” jersey fabric worn by fishermen as a stretchy alternative for her modern feminine silhouettes. A century later Karl Lagerfeld consecrated this time in Gabrielle Chanel’s career, making a short film entitled “Once upon a time” in which Keira Knightley played the young couturière and in 2018 CHANEL produced the fragrance Paris-Deauville for the LES EAUX DE CHANEL collection a further ode to the Normandy region. In addition to CHANEL’s long relationship with Deauville, they also have a sustained and rich history with cinema and film, existing under Gabriel Chanel, Karl Lagerfeld and Virginie Viard’s leadership. Gabrielle Chanel herself was invited to Hollywood by esteemed American producer Samuel Goldwyn and Karl Lagerfeld was a true film enthusiast. In partnering with the Deauville American Film Festival CHANEL continues its sustained affinity with cinema and of course Deauville.

http://www.festival-deauville.com/


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Let's Dance

Let’s Dance “THE FENDI POWER” campaign is enlivened by the unadulterated freedom of self-expression, featuring model Alton Mason and his iconic Peekaboo bag. An alternative to past FENDI rooftop performances, the film is shot on the Museum Garage’s rooftop in Miami, the unbounded energy of Mason converting the space into a stage. Alton’s passion for dance produces a dynamic and energetic display which complements that of Chinese creative talent, Mia Kong also featured. The FENDI Pre-fall 2020 collection is an effortless blend between formalwear and laidback leisurewear, extending FENDI’S rich Italian heritage out to the world, embracing everything from graffiti to music in its high energy campaign.

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It's up to you

BOSS is reborn in its Fall/Winter 2020 campaign, its international cast of up-and-coming models, hailing the new generation as leading lights in this chaotic, upturned world. With Fabien Baron as director, optimism is narrated surprisingly through a monochromatic lens, investing our sense of hope in these young men and women. Yet despite this intensity there is a weightlessness to the models, who in the accompanying short film directed by Baron, stride deliberately across the word BOSS, first as individuals and then as a group. The campaign cleverly reflects the gradual building back up of our world, as communities come together and people leave their houses into an unknown future. The BOSS aesthetic is seamlessly integrated into this fresh and effortless attitude and confidence. Tailoring becomes infused with a sense of purposes and outerwear designs reflect a contemporary cool. As the world finds its new normal and sense of balance, BOSS is defiant that this decade will become something, fuelled by the new generation.

www.hugoboss.com

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THE DIOR MAISON SUMMER COLLECTIONS

THE DIOR MAISON SUMMER COLLECTIONS distills the essence of summer into a new exquisite line of objects, thoughtfully designed by Cordelia de Castellane. The pineapple becomes muse in this new collection, its texture and colour sensitively curated in Italian blown glass, showing off the extraordinary craftsmanship of the House and its infinite creative talent. Subtle reliefs add another dimension to the transparent objects, giving them an added sense of intrigue, in their ability to create moments of dynamism in such fragile and delicate forms. Carafes, vases and decorative bubbles are an ode to a tropical summer uniquely told in glass. Christian Dior would seat guests on elegant Napoleon III-style chairs with seats decorated in canework, a graphic code that has become an iconic House emblem. As with the pineapple, the canework pattern has become imaginatively reinterpreted by Cordelia de Castellane, portrayed in new and expressive dimensions and proportions. Entertaining guests is imbued with a sense of real celebration, with DIOR taking centre stage. 

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Tie & DIOR

The art of tie dye finds itself seamlessly transposed onto rings, earrings, necklaces and more for the new Tie & Dior fine jewelry collection. Designed by Victoire de Castellane, over one hundred pieces of jewellery expand upon the beloved Gem Dior and Dior et Moi lines, using the flow and blend of tie dye to inspire a delicately chromatic set of jewelry. Just as the subtle flow from one colour to another illuminates textiles, colour takes on a dynamic sense of movement in this collection as round, oval, pear and marquise cuts achieve a distinctly ombre like brilliance. There is a tangible sense of freedom in this collection, a light hearted curation of texture, colour and jewels, where true harmony is achieved by the playful approach of Dior’s Jewellery Ateliers.

www.dior.com

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STONE ISLAND/PORTER® CO-LAB REFLECTIVE WEAVE RIPSTOP-TC

The collaboration between Stone Island and Porter continues with a trio of new bags. Pouch bag, backpack and tote bag, equip the urban explorer with an accessory for every adventure. Porter, renowned as a heritage Japanese bags and accessories brand, brings their expertise to this partnership, the fabric used across all three bags prioritizing wearability, endurance and individuality. Using a REFLECTIVE WEAVE RIPSTOP-TC, a twisted cotton nylon ripstop woven with a thin highly reflective tape, the bags are carefully dyed in order to retain their reflective surface. Coming in blue and black, each model is donned with the Stone Island Compass logo and Porter patch logo, celebrating both of the revered brands in their own right. This collection is available now from Stone Island online and in stores

www.stoneisland.com

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FENDI and MR. DOODLE CAPSULE COLLECTION

Building upon their hugely successful collaboration in 2019, FENDI and Sam Cox, aka Mr. Doodle, a talented London artist and illustrator, will be launching a special Capsule collection this summer. Renowned for his Keith Haring-esque like doodles, Cox brought an energizing aesthetic to the brand last year when he took over FENDI’s headquarter rooftop at Palazzo della Civiltà Italiana. Covering the space with his infectious black and white squiggles, their relationship was fortified when Cox cleverly incorporated FENDI yellow into the design, demonstrating the electrifying union between brand and artist.

‘Doodling across categories and genders’, Cox’s canvas will comprise Women’s and Men’s leather goods, Ready to Wear as well as shoes, for the upcoming Capsule Collection. Set to be available in Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Hangzhou, Guangzhou, Chengdu, Nanjing, Shenyang, Hong Kong and Taipei together with Singapore, Sydney, Bangkok, Costa Mesa and Vancouver, its pre-release date at the end of July will preempt its official launch on August 25th. The final date, coinciding with Chinese Valentine's day on the 7th day of the 7th Chinese lunar month.

Mr Doodle’s bold use of line will embrace typography in this new collection, interweaving the FENDI and FF logos within his labyrinth of intricate line work. As worked previously, FENDI’s accent yellow will appear, this time accompanied by vibrant red hearts, adding splashes of colour amidst the wider design.

The capsule is as much an ode to the traditional as it is to the new, Mr Doodle’s prints breathing new life into iconic brand favourites. Nothing is off limits, Fendi’s new capsule collection is liberated by the hand of the artist.

A pre-launch of the Capsule Collection will be available from the 24th July 2020 on fendi.cn and followingly it will be available from end July in the FENDI boutiques mentioned above.

www.fendi.com

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Ermenegildo Zegna Summer 2021

2020 marks the 110th anniversary for Italian house Ermenegildo Zegna. Having started as a textile mill, the brand later encompassed clothing manufacturing laying the groundwork for the modern house we know and cherish today. On a big anniversary like Ermenegildo Zegna’s, it is not uncommon to look back, to reassess and to refocus on the core values. For Zegna, this means its connection since its foundation with nature, not just as source of raw materials, but as diverse and precious commodity overflowing with inspiration. The sense of fluidity paired with an immense precision that pervades the collection hints at the underlying inspiration: nature, the immense precision of modern machinery and what links both of them, humans. Throughout the collection, Alessandro Sartori continues his investigation into new sartorial hybrids, which define his vision for the Italian house. Pieces, like outerwear are produced in unusual fabrics, freeing the wearer and the pieces themselves from old conventions. With a sense of ease and nonchalant, this collection allows an unprecedented freedom of combination and interpretation alike. As the Artistic Director puts it himself, ‘Without man, everything would be soulless. This project reflects this union of sensibilities, which is also a balance of past and future, of inside and outside, in a cohesive yet multifaceted opus.’

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MSGM Men’s Spring Summer 2021 and Women’s Resort 2021

Massimo Giorgetti, Creative Director of MSGM, joined forces with film director Luca Finotti to inspire positivity, solidarity and rebirth, through a delicate, emotional and poignant short film featuring a group of passionate and free-spirited young people, their enthusiasm, their longing. Against hardship, and a latent suffering. It’s the suffering of the current young generation, their quest to diversity, to freedom of expression. Celebrating life, their love stories, their friendship with overwhelming intensity and an early summer in Milan as their backdrop. “After lockdown I found myself reimagining the collection, and reconsidering who we were aiming at, how we were doing it and what kind of message we were giving. I tried to go for what is essential, with a strong and compact collection, I have questioned myself on the meaning of simplicity, what it means to me and to MSGM. It’s not about clean colors, prints or patterns, which instead remain vivid, kaleidoscopic and explosive, true to the optimist message I felt was my duty to leave now. Simplicity is rather total immediacy. The immediacy of fresh, desirable clothes, easy to wear. Clothes that bring joy”- explain Giorgetti - “I wanted the collection to convey, both visually and aesthetically, the idea of a joyous rebirth, the yearning for a renewal that I myself was experiencing after the challenging period during the first months of the year” Romantic ruffles, silk satin pajamas, boxer shorts, technical, fabrics, tie-die prints, paisley, Monstera leaves with a tropical flavor.. The colors are either muted or brilliant, but always playful. It’s a powerful and very genuine approach, true to the Italian brand and the aesthetic of the Italian new wave of cinema blossomed in the last years. Giorgetti successfully brought a message of respect and hope we were all longing for. “May a hundred flowers bloom”

www.msgm.it

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Hermès Men’s Spring Summer 2021

The house of Hermès, with its savoir-faire and distinctive history, has always explored boundaries beyond fashion, actively cultivating authenticity and diversity through Fondation d’entreprise Hermès. Paying particularly close attention to works on stage at the crossroads of performing and visual art, the New Settings program was created in 2011 and has supported since a great number of artists experimenting the boundaries of dance, performance, theatre. The Fondation’s long-term commitment to artists supported through the years reflects Hermès’s integrity. The singular work of director Cyril Teste has found voice at Fondation d’entreprise Hermès since the very beginning. Hermès’ Menswear Creative director Véronique Nichanian’ collaboration with Teste for the Spring Summer 2021 collection takes the shape of a live performance. A dialogue between moving bodies and the process of creation, where multiple character – film crew, stylist, assistants, models – and real-life motion explore the boundaries of perceptions. Off-camera becomes the center of attention, spontaneity and improvisation play with the definition of performing arts language. Far from a “making of”. As Véronique Nichanian’ pointed out: “I feel like the current situation is one from which we can all extract new wisdom, and a new momentum”. The collection dives into form, material, and color in Nichanian’s signature carefree expression and simplicity. Striped shirts gain linings, panels and double closure and transform into the lines of a blouson. Mediterranean blue, storm blue, almond green and fluorescent yellow are among the colors inhabiting the collection where leather – deerskin, metis goatskin and technical calfskin – reveal all their sensuality and timeless casualness.

www.hermes.com

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Celebrating Twenty Years of Editions de Parfums

Frédéric Malle was always destined to enter the world of perfume, grandson to the renowned founder of Parfums Christian Dior, Malle’s affinity and connoisseurship feels intuitive of a descendent to perfume royalty. Establishing Editions de Parfums in 2000, Malle was fuelled by a desire to transform the way perfume was seen. Malle gives his perfume intellectual status, tantamount to a classic novel or a vintage bottle of wine, all whilst paying homage to the essence of its craft: its creators, its ingredients and above all the creative process.

Using his platform as one of the greatest perfumers in the world, Malle has created something of an open brief, entrusting an unparalleled amount of freedom to his chosen perfumers. Bereft of any marketing brief, specified products and perhaps most remarkably time schedule, Malle is the epitome of blue sky thinking.

In an ode to the Parisian culture that has been so formative to Malle’s identity as a perfumer, the finished perfumes will be encased in a neutral bottle, its packaging referencing the iconic book covers of the admired French publishing House, Gallimard. Each scent sold in his boutiques are ‘published’, emphasizing the quality and standard at which he works. Embellishing upon his literary semantics, each perfume will be accompanied by elaborate titles, continuing the theatre of Malle’s unique creative process. ‘Portrait of a Lady bath Foam’, is one of Malle’s newest examples of this theme. A luxuriously scented bath foam whose decadence is matched in name alone.

There is an intimacy to Malle’s brand that feels counterintuitive to its position as a world renowned perfume house. Despite its loyal and vast customer base, personalization and authenticity still remain at the heart of the business, and are undoubtedly what has claimed its success over the last two decades. Each store places the customer at the centre of the experience, staffing each boutique with a team of Perfume Experts ready to perform Malle’s personalized consultations committed to finding the perfect scent for each and every one of his customers. It is these encounters that birthed the hybrid concept behind each boutique, a seamless blend of laboratory and Parisian interior.

2020 is a prolific year for the house, marking twenty years of audacious and rule-breaking creativity. To mark this anniversary Malle will be embarking on a series of international events to commemorate and share his passion for perfumer worldwide.

www.fredericmalle.com

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LOEWE Munich Flagship

Under the guidance of Creative Director Jonathan Anderson, LOEWE has reinvented themselves as a house focused on craft and culture, shown clearly in their intellectual yet playful approach to fashion and lifestyle. Taking after Casa Loewe HQ in Madrid, the Spanish brand has just opened a new flagship store in Munich that harmonizes all aspects of the brand’s repertoire.
Inside the two-storey standalone store on Munich’s Maximilianstraße, Anderson has re-orientated the retail space into a dynamic space that showcases the highlight talents in art and design, core constituents of the maison’s craft-centered identity. LOEWE products are interspersed with art and design objects curated by Anderson himself. Furthering their relationship with the arts, LOEWE features work from artists linked to the brand. This includes Japanese ceramist Takuro Kuwata whose work is shown alongside an impressive basket by Irish weaver Joe Hogan. The space is also inhabited by contemporary furniture including recliners by Gerrit Thomas Rietveld and a stone table by Axel Vervoordt. The classical interior is left intact, but elevated with quality materials such as Campaspero limestone and smooth concrete which can be seen on the walls, floors and structural furniture of the store.


www.loewe.com

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Boden FW20

Unlike many of their counterparts, British retailer Boden welcomes Fall with a refreshing collection that steps away from the typical muted, autumnal colors that have populated FW selections this year. Rather than neutral colors often associated with the season, Boden has issued a Fall collection that revels in bright contrasts, eccentric patterns and color blocking. The usual tan, walnut, or hickory coats and cardigans are all replaced with spirited fuschia trousers, coral pullovers and olympic blue trench coats. The preview features wildflower printed dresses and pumps, contrasted with the vibrant 60’s inspired patterns that litter blouses and skirts. Although the collection isn’t only pop-colors and quirky patterns, true to Boden’s nature the brand supplies options for the everyday, including a wide range of neutrals, essential for any wardrobe. Making up for a Summer spent indoors, Boden’s FW20 collection is optimistic for the upcoming season.

www.boden.eu

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An Extended Summer

As many countries are easing out of lockdown and restrictions seem to be relaxed with every day that passes, some of us may be finding it difficult to grapple with the realities of the new normal. The anxiety of re-joining society after a challenging few months can be hard to deal with, and many of us are already planning a much-needed vacation. The new Herno Resort collection for FW20 is designed with this sensibility in mind, an inter-season selection inspired by the dream of travel, designed for those with summer and leisure still fresh in their minds. The collection is dedicated to free time, proclaiming it as the true luxury left in this world. Both men and women are featured in the range, with core silhouettes of a man’s wardrobe reinterpreted with a leisurely accent. Peacoats, blazers and duffels are matched with a selection of parkas, bombers and sweatshirt styles. While women’s silhouettes are enveloping, intended for those not ready to leave the lightness of summer behind, yet the designs are still full of comfort and warmth. The collection is enhanced with a sense of lightness and is completed with Herno’s usual attention to detail and high-quality materials. Wool highlights in the menswear includes a sophisticated herringbone pattern as well as the lingering cashmere, luxurious corded cotton velvet is edged in a bi-colour knit, whilst suede treated with water-resistant tools rounds off the selection of luxury styles. Fabrics in the womenswear suggest a sense of relaxed softness, seeing ultralight nylon with a silky effect matched with tone-on-tone velvet and combined with soft knitwear in a mix of wool, alpaca and viscose to further extend the soft and delicate sense of the diverse selection.

www.herno.it

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So Long, Daddy

Last year, Zoo reporter Catherine Somzé caught up with the former squatter turned star-artist last year to discuss his work, love, and his interest in contradictions and impurity. Richter’s work is characterized by his fantastical landscapes and his prescient depictions of socio-political events as well as the Greek and latin influences that are seen throughout his most recent large-scale paintings. “I’m not so much into style, I’m much more into method. At one point, certain formal decisions will lead you to abandon your old style because they no longer fit with what you wanted to express.” The former Zoo coverstar Daniel Richter’s new solo exhibition ‘So Long, Daddy’ is currently on view at Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac in their Salzburg Villa Kast gallery until July 18 both online and in the gallery space.

www.ropac.net

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East & West

When two very different brands come together to collaborate creatively, it can be difficult to achieve an ideal fusion and balance between the two. Yet when two like-minded bodies with similar values and goals come together to create something while honouring their differences the resulting synthesis can be quite sublime, a dash of color to a previously monochromatic aesthetic. A perfect example of this is Danish design firm Hay and cult Japanese footwear company Suicoke’s latest collaboration, combining both eastern and western design influences the two design houses have teamed up to create a limited reiteration of Suicoke’s Depa sandals. Lending its Scandinavian aesthetic, Hay takes a quick side-step from its usual home goods creations to take its design identity to the realm of fashionable footwear. With a passion for contemporary forms and an ethos rooted in functionality, Hay leans towards partners with the same attitude, as Mette Hay, HAY Co-founder and Creative Director of HAY Accessories confirms, ‘In all of our collaborations, we strive to partner with brands whose values and aesthetics are in sync with our own, and Suicoke is the go-to brand for this type of sandal.” Shrouded in mystery on the eastern side of the world, Japanese footwear company Suicoke has earned international praise in recent years for its clever collaborations, it’s laid-back functionality and its ever-evolving style profile. As sandals bask in their long-overdue moment in western society, Suicoke collaborates with brands that match their values of utility, comfort and of course, impeccable design. Their fresh, geometrically-inspired sandals project a sense of creative freedom that manages to dodge the usual fashion constraints. Each version features an adjustable-Velcro front strap in a distinctive hue, a flexible, foam-rubber sole, and an open toe for added comfort. Balancing their cultural influences, these two labels one in furniture and one in footwear, have become inextricably linked through their passion for three things — design, functionality and unparalleled quality.

www.suicoke.com

www.hay.dk

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From Milan with Love

The new FW20 collection of the independent Milan-based design concept Jing Yu proposes new silhouettes with a contemporary classicism. Redefining traditional clothing as current and refreshing creations, Jing Yu’s latest collection is influenced by the photography of British surrealist painter Paul Nash’s Informal Beauty. Nash’s quiet intensity prospered an experimental vision that translates to Jing Yu’s contemporary interpretation. Clean-cut with attention to detail and made from the finest materials, Jing Yu plays with formality, deconstructs it, and steers it into a new direction. Wawa, Co-Founder of Jing Yu, explains the vision: “Our original idea [was] to explore our understanding of life in a new form and perspective with dialectic analysis to the philosophical eclecticism in [the] design and art field. In a way, it is more like an art project rather than a fashion label, and a dialogue and philosophical discussion between us and audience.”

www.jingyu.eu

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Selling Sunset

After spending months in isolation, for many of us lucky people, this time has been spent dreaming of where we would go once things got back to what we know as ‘normal’. The desire to travel is embedded in many of us, and even more so in our instagram-saturated world that lets us peek into the furthest corners of the world from our own home. This glimpse of different places is enough to spark the drive to explore in the physical world. Louis Vuittons Jacques Cavallier Belletrud has embodied such desire and created a scent that captures a place, triggering memories or creating desire or even triggering an emotion to whomever has the pleasure of breathing it in. Part of an enchanting tryptic, California Dream portrays the enchantment of a sunset, a moment that prolongs the happiness of a summer’s day. The new Cologne Perfume is light and citrusy, cloaking the skin with all the emotion of a beautiful sunset. “My starting point was to create warmth that envelops coolness,” explains Jacques Cavallier Belletrud as he does so using notes of citrus, mandarin, musk and floral aspects the master perfumer creates a blend that embodies the warmth, earthy and fresh sense that comes with a sunset.

www.louisvuitton.com

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Comfortable Classics

Known for its classic and reliable products, Calvin Klein Jeans almost always hits the mark when it comes to giving the customers what they want. After months of isolation and quarantine, people, as is to be expected, are soothing their invisible wounds with a nice salve of retail therapy. As we prepare for a summer like no other, we are rethinking our habits and adjusting ourselves accordingly. The current situation has, if anything, given us a new lease of life, and a refreshed outlook on our impact on the collective world. Now it seems that sustainability and minimalism are again on-trend and Calvin Klein Jeans reflects that with a new collection of basic summer-wear with innovations on denim and sustainable style. Hoping to leave a message of positivity, the aspiration of this selection is to inspire positive change. Known for their unique details, design and material innovation, excellent fit and function this range of comfortable clothing ticks all the boxes. Vintage washes and cropped denim are reminiscent of 90s style, reminding us of a simpler time. Seasonal prints and minimal accessories further the ranges spirit of youth and style.

www.calvinkleinjeans.com

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Nine Colors, Nine Eyes and Nine Hearts

In these times of uncertainty, isolation and worry we search for something to take our mind from the harsh realities and transport us to another place, even if only for a moment. Is it not the job of the artist to bring our attention to something else, to make us think in a new way? Louis Vuitton commissioned artist LuckyLeftHand to decorate the façade of its Paris headquarters during the current lockdown. The fresco covers 280m2 and is made up of 14 colourful, sleek and playful paintings in the artist's minimalist, condensed style. Taking inspiration from 1960s and 70s aesthetics the artist aims to transport passerby-ers to the landscapes of Hossegor. “I wanted to create this wall painting to offer Parisians a colourful stroll past the 14 windows, evoking a summer holiday while still representing the temporary period we are going through. The hands placed a metre and a half apart is a nod to what we’re currently experiencing. I hope this wall painting’s bright, saturated colours and rainbows made of big, curved lines will bring the positive energy we all need right now,” said the artist in a statement.

www.louisvuitton.com

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Big Bang One Click Marc Ferrero

The work of French artist Marc Ferrero has been a source of inspiration for many, being one of the most distinguished representatives of Storytelling Art. Swiss watch brand Hublot has once again been inspired by Ferrero’s emblematic work, ‘Lipstick’ for their second collaboration that pays homage to 21st-century women. This time, the artist known for his typically colourful palette tells a story in black and white, in the form of two limited-edition numbered models in a run of 100 pieces. “I love the power of black and white. Shade and light. Yin and Yang. One is profound, unclassifiable, eternal. The other is subtle, ethereal, timeless. They symbolise antitheses and complementarity. Choosing black and white means getting straight to the point without an excess of tonalities. The black and white make ‘Lipstick’ even more graphic and its red lipstick—more magnetic” - Marc Ferrero

www.hublot.com

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Brands Giving Back: BOSS

Fashion sales, like much of the world, is right now at a standstill. As we wait for things to return to normality, private sector companies are stepping into the fight in whatever way they can through manufacturing life-saving masks and gowns, funding or raising awareness. Boss is among those helping out as shortages in equipment increase. Manufacturing 180,000 masks, converting its clothing production site in Metzingen and repurposing conference rooms into workshops, the brand also began making protective clothing and hand sanitizers. All items produced will be donated to public facilities where it’s needed most.

www.hugoboss.com

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Galleries Return as Restrictions Ease

March 2020 saw the rapid closure of galleries and museums across the world as the spread of COVID-19 continued to accelerate, leaving such institutions battling for space in the online sphere in an effort to keep the art world afloat in these trying times. Now, as lockdown restrictions begin to ease, we are seeing rays of hope as galleries and cultural institutions plan to re-open. Italy, the hardest-hit country in Europe, is hoping to welcome museum visitors again on May 18, but will require social distancing in the galleries. While the Antwerp museum will open on May 19, as will the Old Masters Museum. Berlin has planned to reopen its museums on May 4, with precautions such as plexiglass dividers at ticket booths, self-scanning tickets, reduced visitor capacity, and more frequent cleanings. If these precautions are successful, other countries around the world will likely follow suit as soon as it is deemed safe to do so.

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PRADA Pre-Fall 2020

At a moment where our experience of society and culture is defined by the picture plane, as we spend our days focusing more on virtual interactions rather than physical Prada’s new pre-fall campaign takes inspiration from the nature of human interaction as well as the imperfection of handcraft. Photographed in London by David Sims and painted in New York, and engineered to react to a changed world, Prada color recalibrates classic garments to give outfits a new even surreal actuality. The silhouettes of the clothes become ‘paint by numbers’ frames for explorations of color – with shades of Celeste blue, pink, yellow, orange, and green. Vibrant colors are pushed center stage, highlighting their disarming simplicity and reflecting a fusion of the human hand and eye with technology. Blurring lines between the photographic and the painterly, between technology and humanity, it is a subconscious echo of the current moment. The joy of color with the joy of technology - both a means of communicating an immediate message. Ultimately, that message is of positivity - a fantasy, painted in Prada colors.

www.prada.com

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Brands Giving Back: Tristate International

Among those in the private sector re-working their business to aid the front-line is parent firm to Italian sportswear brand, C.P Company. Tristate International SA lends a hand during the crisis by donating sanitary equipment to the much-affected Lombardy state in Italy, providing over 19,000 sanitary masks. As well as working with Italian companies and universities to develop reusable masks that could help in lowering the environmental impact of the coronavirus. With plans to do more as the situation continues, Tristate and C.P Company have joined the front-line in aiding those who need it most.

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Rimowa #NewHorizons Project

These are exceptional times, the hustle and bustle of 21st-century life has been paused and for now we are grounded, waiting for the future to unfold before us. “Right now, as we stand in solidarity with everyone from the confines of our homes, we can't help but imagine all the places we've once explored and the new horizons we long to discover. With our movement so unnaturally restricted, many of us have entered a suspended state of longing, hoping, and dreaming.” says Emilie de Vitis CMO Rimowa. For now, we’re reflecting on where we’ve been, dreaming of where we’ll someday go, and who we’ll share it with when we get there. Rimowa’s #NewHorizons series joins forces with talented photographers from across the globe, reflecting the destinations of past travels and those closer to home that have inspired and captured our imaginations. We dream of sunny holidays and live vicariously through Austin Leis dreamlike imagery in sun-drenched Spain whilst Marie Dehe takes us on a tour of southern England in her pastel- filled images. Each week Rimowa will unveil a selection of intimate travel diaries to remind us of the world beyond our everyday. Evocative and immersive, the visually rich series aims to transform our present moment in the way that exceptional art always has.

www.rimowa.com

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Prada Possible Conversations

Now, in the digital age people have never been more connected. Thanks to the internet we have a constant resource for communication and entertainment. Yet during this time of isolation we are reminded that we are a global community, one that is economically, socially, and politically interdependent. As we stay in isolation we note the benefits of the internet and how lucky we are to be able to stay connected even when we must stay apart. Prada now debuts Prada Possible Conversations, a series of live dialogues between thinkers, cultural arbiters and fashion figures from across the globe in an effort to bring people together during this surreal time.

The talks will start off on 14 April at 6pm CET with author and curator Pamela Golbin and Alexander Fury, features director and critic. The two will discuss the topic ‘Fashion in Times of Crises’, and their dialogue will be broadcasted via Prada’s instagram, allowing the audience to pose questions to the speakers. For each conversation Prada will donate to UNESCO, whose work during the COVID-19 pandemic focuses on the importance of culture, creativity, and education for over 1.5 billion students affected by the crisis.

www.prada.com

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The passing of Leïla Menchari

We were devastated to hear of the passing of Leïla Menchari, longtime Hermes window-dresser, christened ‘The Queen of Enchantment’ by Michel Tournier. Born in 1927, Menchari was the first woman admitted to the Beaux arts school of fine arts in Tunisia, where she grew up. After studying at the Beaux-Arts school in Paris, she began her career in Hermès in 1961 as part of Anne Beaumel’s decoration team. Soon promoted to director of window displays Leïla also designed gloves, bags and clothing. An outstanding dreamer and storyteller, Menchari is well regarded for her work transforming the windows of the Hermès store to become glimpses into another, more luxurious and wonderful world. Passers-by would be gifted with a peek into a scene that even in a moment would always arouse curiosity, surprise and amazement. Her windows became so well-known that in 2017 they held an exhibition devoted to Menchari’s work in the Grand Palais in Paris, “Hermès Takes Flight: The Worlds of Leïla Menchari.”

We remember her as being the person who took window dressing and turned it into an art form, collaborating with artists and creating an always imaginative concept whilst bringing her own personal touch to everything she did. “Thanks to Leïla, exoticism found a home, happily and permanently, in Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré” says Axel Dumas, chief executive officer of Hermès.

www.hermes.com

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#PomellatoForWomen

Although most of us may be struggling with the new reality with work and events cancelled and in reality, life seems to be on hold. In reality, we are blessed that we get to stay safe indoors, doing our part by flattening the curve. Not everyone has the luxury of feeling safe in their own home, for victims of domestic violence, most commonly women, their reality has been warped far worse than most. Suddenly victims are isolating with their abuser, with very little options to seek help. In a measure to battle against this crisis, brands are scrambling to help in whatever way they can, Italian jewelry brand Pometallo is no different. Founded in Milan during a revolutionary time for women’s emancipation, Pomellato jewelry was created with independent women in mind and in 2017 they launched the #PomellatoForWomen campaign for Pometallo’s 50th anniversary. Building on this, Pomellato along with sister brand Dodo have now launched an awareness campaign and crowdfunding initiative to support women victims of domestic violence. Sabina Belli, Pomellato Group CEO has said, “We were alarmed to learn of the resurgence of domestic and sexual abuse against women, directly related to the restraints and pressures of confinement. Pomellato will always act decisively to support womenkind, and we want women victims to know they are not alone.”

#YOUARENOTALONE

www.pomellato.com

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Premiata SS20 Sizey Collection

With credit to the internet and to social media we are now living in the age of nostalgia. Looking back has always been part of fashion evolution, as new generations take snippets from the past and remake past-trends into modern fashion moments. From parent-style shoes to super-sporty high tops to soaring spice girl platforms, the 90s spawned a style evolution that only got bigger as the years went on. Now taking inspiration from 90s basketball sneakers, Italian footwear brand Premiata presents the Sizey collection, with international best selling sneakers Sharky and Drake. The styles are named after dragons and sharks, creatures that exist beyond the real or predate the world ultimately generating urban symbols of power. Constructed from fine Italian leathers and fabrics, Premiata shoes take sublimate features of the 90s basketball sneakers to devote a daring composition of the upper and a complex joints bottom on the mythical air system. Using sophisticated production techniques, premium fabrics, eclectic symbols and interesting color contrasts the styles take a trend and build on it to create something ultimately modern, contemporary and unique.

www.premiata.it

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AGL Mystery Collection

Nothing says femininity more than a high heel. The unwelded power that some extra height can give is unmatched. Confidence and sensuality go hand in hand with a little lift. As we know, fashion and comfort don’t always coexist, though they have begun to shake hands with the outbreak and rise of athleisure, streetwear and non-gendered clothing. The person who wears heels today is different than those of the past, they do it with agency, not because society says they can or cannot. Now the high heel has become a tool for liberation and like all fashion and footwear, an expression of personality. The new MYSTERY series by Italian brand AGL employs sensual details and high quality craftsmanship to create lace-up ankle boots and décolleté characterized by a play of transparencies using micro mesh, combined with a patent leather finish that offers a touch of glamor. Reminiscent of victorian-style boots the series is available in two color options of nude and black diversifying the range for the most casual outfit to one for grand soirées.

www.agl.com

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Prada Linea Rossa SS20

Back in 1997 Miuccia Prada struck gold in 1995 where, alongside Neil Barrett they debuted Prads’s first menswear collection solidifying the minimalist yet high-tech aesthetic that became the backbone of Prada Linea Rossa when it launched two years later in 1997. The sports-infused aesthetic was so influential that it had become an emblem that diversified the image of the brand itself. After relaunching the familiar red rubber strip in 2018, Prada now presents a new digital campaign coinciding with the reintroduction of Linea Rossa. Taking inspiration from morse code, the Italian maison translates the hyper technical code into an entirely new alphabet for the everyday. The collection itself draws inspiration from uniforms, yet avoids uniformity and presents timeless designs that are genderless, created with innovative fabrics. The classic sahariana jacket is reimagined with new finishes and modern proportions The sporty line takes inspiration from sports such as skiing and dashes of urban streetwear as well as the abstract notion of exploration. Ingrained into the language of fashion, the word athleisure is long-favoured for its gender-neutral and easy-going approach to dressing which is becoming increasingly relevant in today’s society.

www.prada.com

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Miu Miu SS20 Campaign 'Casa Corberó'

The late artist Xavier Corberó has been considered by many to be the most significant Catalan artist since Gaudí and is best known for his monumental public sculptures that can right now be seen in galleries all over the world. Back in 1967 Corberó acquired a plot of land on the outskirts of Barcelona where he began devoting his time into developing the estate until his death in 2017. The property now stands as a labyrinthine cabinet of curiosities concealed by a heavy medieval stone fence. The surrealist style of Corberó’s friend, Salvador Dali is seen throughout the nine buildings largely devoted to hosting artists-in-residence and exhibition spaces that hold a number of Corbeó’s own sculptures. Now, the estate takes a new identity as it becomes the scene of the Spring-Summer 2020 Miu Miu campaign as ‘Casa Sublim’ part stage set, part installation, part gallery, part home. The campaign envisions an all-female artist colony where creative freedom and expression – at times spattered and hand-painted, with mismatched buttons and ‘collaged’ ruffles is contrasted with the discipline of form, silhouette and utility found in workwear and uniform. Utilising multiple, contrasting viewpoints and styles, still and moving imagery, black and white and vivid colour the campaign ultimately contrasts female and male gazes as well as challenging notions of subject and object as well as the real and surreal.

www.miumiu.com

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Longchamp Mini and Nano Bags SS20

Making waves since Jacquemus revived the trend in 2017 the nano-bag has caused designers to scramble to show their take on the mini model. However the tiny bag is nothing we haven’t seen before with the trend tracing back as early as 1900. Wealthy women once carried small purses or ‘reticules’ that doubled both as an accessory and status symbol. Founded in 1948 the French luxury brand Longchamp has stood the test of time by utilising its mid-way position between accessible and traditional luxury. Artistic director Sophie Delafontaine’s third collection at New York Fashion Week last September focused on the work of Judy Chicago, employing looks that follow a woman as she traverses the day, fit for any occasion. On top of a sun-bleached palette perfect for the season that’s in it, Spring / Summer 2020 Longchamp also presented their own take on the trend: a selection of pretty little mini bags. Taking inspiration from the brand’s iconic bags they presented a miniature version of the iconic Le Pliage bag. Inspired by origami the light, foldaway bag has established itself as a cult object worldwide. Now they give us the lines Roseau, Cavalcade delight, La Voyageuse and Le Cuir Pliage, miniature versions of the popular Longchamp favorites. The selection includes a drawstring bucket, an open tote, and a top-handle day bag and is available in a number of finishes or materials including nylon, patent leather, calfskin and printed snake.

www.longchamp.com

Aesop Sublime Replenishing Night Masque

The beauty industry has been developing its craft for centuries even the egyptians used creams and cosmetics to improve and protect their skin from the elements. However it is only in recent years that such effective technology and research methods are being utilised. The science of skin is ever-evolving with new, exciting developments constantly coming to the fore. Not only is the research increasingly accurate but there but the average person is more aware of their individual skincare needs. Aesop boasts a fiercely independent approach to product research and development as well as tailoring products to the needs expressed by their pool of customers. The new Sublime Replenishing Night Masque is Aesop’s first product developed explicitly for the night. Offering immediate and sustained hydration to balance skin and brighten its appearance. The light gel-cream has a warm, woody aroma that is rich in vitamins B,C,E and F. As we know, some of the best healing is done after dark. 'Night, When words fade and things come alive.' Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

www.aesop.com

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Calvin Klein's New Campaign 2020

The introduction of all-inclusive campaigns has meant that brands have to think twice about their advertising, in particular underwear and lingerie brands are under fire for their marketing methods. Embracing our diverse society is top priority as people want inclusion, they want openness and they want a brand message that they believe in. Clothing that not only looks good but makes them feel good. Riding the wave of the hyper-successful #mycalvins campaign Calvin Klein has announced their latest global operation that preaches self love while exuding confidence. The collection itself features Calvin Klein Jeans body stretch denim and Calvin Klein Underwear breathable and invisible range. The all-star cast were chosen for their willingness to bare themselves to the world. Iconic models such as Kendall Jenner and Hunter Schafer are featured alongside award-winning musicians SZA, Maluma, Lil Nas X, Lay Zhang and Justin Bieber. The campaign, shot by Mario Sorrenti is portrayed as an ode to self expression mixing raw emotion and fantasy with glistening images that say, I am who I am, Deal with it.

www.calvinklein.nl

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Together for Change

Cartier joins forces with The Lion’s Share Fund, an award-winning initiative that tackles the climate crisis through a fresh new approach. Uniting brands, conservationists and consumers, The Lion’s Fund cites change as a shared effort, breaking down the usual boundaries that exist between these three groups, in a plight to create shared and achievable goals. With the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and a coalition of Businesses and UN Partners as leaders, the fund has its sights set on $100 million per year within the next five years in oder to halt biodiversity loss and ensure habitats are protected. As part of this target brand are asked to contribute 0.5% of their media spend every time an animal is featured in their advertisements. Speaking on this important new move for Cartier, the luxury Maision’s president and Chief Executive Officer Cyrille Vigneron said “The beauty of the natural world has always been a source of inspiration and creativity for Cartier’s timeless pieces” in bringing about real and tangible change from this unique symbiosis, Cartier commits itself to a more positive and hopeful future.

www.cartier.com
www.thelionssharefund.com


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News from the Top

It was last spring that the Swiss house Bally set a clear sign to its continued commitment to environmental protection, more precisely the protection of the mountains, so intertwined with its Swiss origins and mountaineering heritage. After a more than successful first-ever Mount Everest cleaning expedition, Bally now proactively establishes long-term commitment, in the form of the Bally Peak Outlook Foundation, to the protection of these extreme environments, threatened by increasing numbers of tourists and the garbage they leave behind. With the help of the local communities, Bally’s future efforts will by no means focus solely on Mount Everest. The Himalaya features a multitude of peaks towering far over 8000m, which all will become subjects of the Bally cleaning expeditions. Besides a second Mount Everest expedition this year, Bally has confirmed efforts on four further peaks in 2020 as well as more plans for the upcoming year 2021. As put by Nicolas Girotto, Bally CEO, ‘This is a long-term mission and it is only the beginning.’

www.bally.com

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Paris Fashion Week 2020 - Dior Homme Fall/Winter

When approaching the white humongous squared temporary structure built on Place de la Concorde for Dior Homme latest show we felt a sense of thrilling vibe. Inside the space high up to the ceiling transparent boxes occupied almost fully the catwalk where smoke arranged in different colors, from orange to blue, floated intermittently at the rhythm of music as the show started. Kim Jones’s new collection for Dior is all this: the explosion of his favorite silhouettes, of his love for British culture, the ability to dive into archives of a French Maison like Dior, while paying homage to his dear friend, the late Judy Blame, the brilliant stylist and designer, punk icon in the 80s, who passed away just 2 years ago. Blame’s love for gloves, for paisley prints, for jewelry - designed as always by uber-talent Yoon Ahn for Dior Homme - and reminiscent of Blame’s DIY punk signature aesthetic with metal chains adorned with charm-like crystals, roses, tags. But also the British tailored savoir faire of layering blazers and overcoats. An exquisite long silk shirt at knees length with paisley print worn under a blazer and the closing look – a coat embroidered with sequins into a feather motif inspired by a couture dress by Marc Bohan from 1969 - were undoubtedly breathtaking. The latter requiring 1000 hours of work left speechless at closer look during the re-see. Kim Jones found his dimension at Dior and we are thrilled to see what’s next.

www.dior.com

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Milan Fashion Week 2020 - Ermenegildo Zegna Men's Fall/Winter

Against the backdrop of shivering ribbons of fabrics, all sourced from the surplus of the 6 previous collections, Alessandro Sartori presents his newest collection at Ermenegildo Zegna. Conceived by American Ann Patterson, it visualizes the huge waste of materials at a house like Zegna and sets a signal of the house’s pledge to improve the efficacy of their ways of production. Entitled ‘Art for Earth’, the intentions behind the collection become clear in an instant, reminding us that in Sartori’s own word, ‘art should always respect the earth. That’s our mission, as humans and fashion-makers.’ Once again, Sartori proves to be the ideal person to showcase all of Zegna’s craftsmanship and mastery of tailoring. Breaking down boundaries, he takes Italian tradition into new hybrid directions in a constant morphing of evolving shapes, such as blazer-parka hybrids, voluminous coats with deep black pleats and shirts that double as short-sleeved blousons. In collaboration with German camera manufacturer Leica, the collection features a series of camera bags, straps and holders, as part of a broader dialogue between the two brands.

www.zegna.com

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Whitney

In 2015, the Whitney Museum of Modern Art found a new home in the futuristic Renzo Piano designed building in New York. For the special occasion of this reopening, Max Mara teamed up with the Renzo Piano Building Workshop to create the now iconic Whitney bag, with its design being inspired by the architecture of the new museum building itself. For the fifth anniversary of its original unveiling, Max Mara revives the bag in a special edition, dedicated to American painter Florine Stettheimer, whose avant-garde paintings represent a major part of the Whitney Museum's collection. Her acclaimed work 'Sun', dating back to 1931, becomes the main inspiration for the bag's five new colorways and the floral design of the inside lining. Indeed a anniversary issue, or better yet five, each variation of the Whitney bag is to be desired and collected like a piece art.

www.maxmara.com

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Art of Gardening

There are some months passing between a collection being first revealed on the catwalk and it actually becoming available in store. During this time, the world of fashion does not stop, but continues to move forward with new projects or capsule collections being presented one after another. For this reason, it becomes even more important to follow up the strong first impressions from the initial shows with advertising campaigns that revive the spirit of the collection. Shot en plein air in a natural and classic Italian scenery, the FENDI campaign reflects the gardening and bucolic aspects of the collection with the locations flawlessly merging with the earthy and muted color palette of beige, green and brown. The collection, from sartorial workwear pieces, including overalls, to shirts and suits, is completed with matching accessories in a further nod to the art of gardening, with the house's classic pieces appearing in new variations with carefully selected and combined materials. As with the collection, Silvia Venturini Fendi invited Italian movie director Luca Guadagnino to help her realize her vision of the relationship between man and nature. The resulting visuals will break in worldwide magazines in January 2020.

www.fendi.com

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SUICOKE: a unique approach to innovation

We have been looking at SUICOKE's bold creative approach for a while: challenging creative development and utilizing only the highest quality materials. Founded in 2006 Suicoke introduced its original Sandal equipped with SUICOKE ORIGINAL EVA Footbed in 2012, adding and unique comfort to footwear. These are shoes made for walking. In 2014 SUICOKE went a step further when they found great unification with the likeminded Vibram® - known for being the best sole producer in the world - working together a sandal equipped with an original Vibram® sole. The two brands went on to create one of the greatest products on the market – the Vibram® Morflex. An industry first, its function and high quality of design gained quickly global recognition. SUICOKE is continuously in motion developing footwear that showcases the brand's relevance within the fashion world.

www.suicoke.com

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RRD Opens Showroom in Milan

Tuscan design company, Roberto Ricci Designs, have opened their first showroom in Via Tortona 31, at the heart of Milan’s fashion and design district. Of the new showroom, Ricci has said “it is a further step in the consolidation of the brand in Italy and its internationalisation”. The location speaks to the core values and soul of the designer, freedom of movement. The RRD project seeks “to offer clothing that is a hymn to the extreme freedom of movement of the body. The dynamic that follows the coordinates of daily life and is able to express energy.”

The Milan showroom will also be a meeting ground for international customers, buyers and journalists to better understand the philosophy of Roberto Ricci Design and explore their malleable Lycra creations. Ricci goes on to explain “it integrates all the elements of our inspiration, from the wave images of Australian photographer Ray Collins to the giant images of moving bodies in our Lycra. “We are in search of the true essence of things and have therefore sought the right synergies, combining driftwood with industrial metals, transparent and opaque glass”, RRD has found a home in Milan for its motifs of liberated movement and liberating design to be expressed and discovered.

www.robertoriccidesigns.com

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COMME des GARÇONS SS20

The meaning of gender identity, of transformations, of blossoming love, the sexual allure of crossing gender, but also a fantasy world, a otherworldly atmosphere.

Virgina Woolf’s “Orlando” is about all these themes: her peculiar mind has been one of the most prolific and admired as one of the most brilliant writers of the 20th century. But it’s her relationship with her friend Victoria that also deeply inspired her: the wish to love freely, to be far from social constrains. The hardship of living as woman in a timeframe when restrictions were of natural routine for women is indeed a recurring theme in Virginia Woolf’s Orlando.

It goes without saying that when, about 4 years ago, it was announced that acclaimed Austrian composer Olga Neuwirth and Rei Kawakubo were about to collaborate in a opera adaptation of Woolf’s Orlando, we all felt a gasp of excitement. Fascinated by the several facets of life, from politics to art, psychology, and diversity, Olga Neuwirth has been always working on complex Opera working with Nobel Prize Winner Eilfriede Jelinek and writer Barry Gifford.

“Transformation and liberation through time”, Rei Kawakubo’s work around the narratives in Woolf’s Orlando has been rendered in three acts: the first presented in June for Comme des Garçons Homme Plus and the second for Spring Summer 2020. The third will be on stage during the world premiere of Neuwirt’s Opera at the Wiener Staatsoper in December.

If the first act was channelled through the questioning around male wardrobe expressed from ungendered garments to ruffled petticoats matched with frock coats, Comme des Garçons Spring Summer 2020 was a pure blossoming. Flowers, abundance of colors in vibrant hues: red, pink, green, light blue, purple, yellow, white. A grandeur of embroideries, jacquards, knotted structures and cocoon-like silhouettes. Kawakubo’s power of imagination for Spring Summer 2020 travels through different period, from Elizabethan era to 19th century, till futuristic injections.

It was a collection celebrating the female gaze – see the gigantic skirt as dress/cocoon in one of the look or the flower-like bulb in full blossom in another. We are looking forward to seeing the final act in Vienna

www.comme-des-garcons.com

Fashion

Rick Owens SS20

It has been several seasons: Rick Owens has turned towards a positive and joyful position on fashion. This season he continued his beautiful homage to iconic American Designer Larry LeGaspi, one of the most underrated fashion designers who dressed the likes of band Kiss, Labelle, Grace Jones, George Clinton, with its neo-futuristic and visionary style. For anyone who still doesn’t know about LeGaspi the recent Owens’monograph “LeGaspi by Rick Owens” published by Rizzoli is a perfect reference.

We fund all that subversive sensibility and the crafts for volume at Rick Owens’ Spring Summer 2020 collection. Presented at Palais de Tokyo in a Myazaki-like setting with performers creating a sea of bubbles floating in the air as the models walked in. A fantasy embodying the imaginative power of Owens. Big volumes, swiping floor satin-like robes, peplums, sculptural shoulders, layers binding together embracing the body in Owens’ signature silhouettes. Reminiscent of that 80s LeGaspi glamour but also a very personal inspiration: Connie, his 87 years old Mexican immigrant mother

Pleated elements, geometric motives in sequins, inspired by fleeting memories like the china poblana patterns on a skirt his mother would wear on Sundays, or head pieces between Aztec influences, legendary Fritz Lang’s Metropolis futurist investigations, and Sphinx-like shapes, as Owens explained.

There was plenty of colour: gold-mustard, vivid red, pink, green, next to the signature’s black. An homage to Mexican pride: architect Luis Barragàn. The beautiful soundtrack was exclusively crafted by tecno Dj Gage featuring Maria Felix vocals in one of her iconic movies spelling : “Corazon tu diras los que hacemos” A beautiful collection from a designer who didn’t cease to research and surprise.

www.rickowens.com

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Hermès SS20

We have been struck by the delicacy Nadège Vanhee-Cybulski infuses every season in her vision for Hermès. For Spring Summer 2020 she talks about powerful femininity ready for our times. For Nadège Vanhee-Cybulski a woman need to walk, move freely and go to work, without renouncing to beauty. But what is beauty? It was questioned in the show notes. Nadège Vanhee-Cybulski answers with a clear vision: beauty is not equal to perfection, but to the multitudes of all beauties out there.

A fresh minimalism is declined with several inspirations. One above all the apron - worn at the Hermès leather workshop in Pantin - here deconstructed and revisited on tops and jumpers creating sculptural elements and open back.

The safari atmosphere is visible in multiple pockets jackets - the classic saharienne - in Heritage calfskin, a cargo playsuit in washed cotton gabardine and cargo trousers. Vanhee-Cybulski’s and Hermès continuous research on leather is seen on buttersoft leather dresses together with patchwork details rendered in lambskin doubled with silk organza. A research found in the beautiful equestrian inspired looks like the harness-inspired trench coat in fine stripe cotton or the equestrian-inspired openwork coat, in double-face cashmere jacquard adorned with chestnut patches.

Hermès Spring Summer 2020 is a whispered elegance, delicate and nonchalant.

www.hermès.com

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Alex Thomson’s new Yacht by BOSS

British sailor, Alex Thomson, is the face of modern greatness in sailing. Thomson is the youngest sailor in history to claim first place in circumnavigation. In doing so Thomson shattered three world recor¬¬ds and reinforced his reputation by placing second in the 2016/17 Vendée Globe. For next year’s Vendée Globe Thomson will race in a yacht built by BOSS. BOSS, along with friends, international guests and acclaimed celebrities baptised their new yacht on London’s historic Thames river. The ship was in development for two years, worked on tirelessly by Karim Rashid, known for his use of bright colors, painted the boat a neon pink. The yacht will be the first boat of its kind to feature neon pink accents, approved by the IMOCA or ‘International Monohull Open Class Association’. The yacht will be entered into the Vendé Globe in November 2020, helmed by Alex Thomson for his team ‘Alex Thomson Racing’. Poppy Delvingne would be the lucky one to break a champagne bottle on the ship’s bow, thus christening the racing yacht.

The race is both physically and mentally exhaustive and requires the upmost endurance. It is a test of courage and technical prowess in boating, the Vendée Globe is a single-handed non-stop yacht race around the world without any assistance. Thomson’s ‘BOSS’ yacht features solar panels that charge the ship’s battery, as well as its communication and navigation tools. With savvy engineering the panels will also remain functional in the Southern Ocean where direct sunlight is scarce. The ‘BOSS’ logo plays a structurally important role on the yacht’s light carbon fiber body, the foils on the yacht are also redesigned in a first for single-handed off-shore sailing. The wings on the exterior of the yacht’s bilge create the effect of flying or gliding over the ocean for maximum speed. With an immolating desire to reach his absolute potential and the right yacht to claim his victory with there isn’t much in this world that can stop Alex Thomson now.

www.hugoboss.com

Fashion

Hermès: The Arceau Astrologie Nouvelle

There is a distinct difference between destruction and deconstruction, one ruins and the other presents an opportunity to rebuild, reorder and reinvigorate. With their new Arceau Astrologie Nouvelle, complete with matte black alligator strap, Hermés has deconstructed their original Arceau watch. In 1978 the historically favored prestige watch-maker, Hermès, released The Arceau watch. Designed by Henri d’Origny, the watch was designed in the image of a horse stirrup. This year, after a handful of variations on The Arceau, including the Écuyère, the watch is reborn. Woodwork is not often associated with horology and yet Hermès has taken precious wood from a tree native to North America, the Yellow Tulip tree. This wood is then framed it in white gold and sapphire crystal glass with an anti-glare polish, in order to properly observe both artistry and the fluid continuity of time. Other varieties depict their horse head motif as well as a wolf howling at the moon to make the line between fashion and craft all the more indistinguishable.

The wood was chosen for its fine grain and similar shade to the original Arceau, the Astrologie Nouvelle model is self-winding and retains energy for up to fifty hours. Sometimes an artwork’s frame is every bit as gorgeous as the painting it houses, this watch’s creative technicality paired with the classicism of the original model achieves just that. Minuscule details attract curious eyes, the result of three weeks patience and dexterity in the Hermès atelier. Wooden intersections detailed with the Astrologie Nouvelle pattern allign like pieces find their unique place a jigsaw puzzle. The new timepiece proudly displays considerate and remarkable expertise at work. The Arceau Astrologie Nouvelle watch fragments and transposes the Hermès Astrologie Nouvelle scarf into a playful monotone dial. The watch is available in a limited edition release, only eight variations on the classic ’78 model will be released.

www.hermès.com

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NYFW: Michael Kors Spring 2020

At 10am on September the 11th spirits were high at Brooklyn’s sun drenched Duggal Greenhouse. All-American optimism was the theme that Michael Kors sought to evoke with his Spring 2020 collection. Is there anything more reassuring of a bright future than the voices of children singing? With performances from the Young People’s Chorus of New York City, which aims to bring music into children’s lives no matter their circumstances, the theme of a typically unified New York could not have been stronger. Of the show Kors said “I am a native New Yorker and I wanted this show to highlight the strength and optimism and can-do attitude of our city – it is a celebration of the diversity of American style and beauty”. Guests were able to have their photo taken at a highly decorative showpiece picnic set before catching the show.

Collisions like preppy versus punk, luxury meeting relaxed nonchalance, all with precise tailoring so that nothing looks out of place. A midnight blue cotton pinstripe blazer effortlessly conveys a sense of formality while the white pick-stitches indicate fashion conscious craftsmanship to diffuse the stiffness of the conventional suit for a more relaxed demeanour. The women’s Spring 2020 collection shined, in particular a crimson crepe sablé dress glistened with silver star sequin embroidery, a taut waist seam and straight shoulder line postured the dress to be as elegant as it is commanding. An elusive and ineffable sense of hope for the future found a place to grow in that Brooklyn greenhouse

www.michaelkors.com

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Net-A-Porter: THE VANGUARD 2019

Introducing the Net-A-Porter VANGUARD class of 2019. In its second year and third season, four designers have been chosen to receive mentorship within THE VANGUARD program. For the first time the chosen brands were discovered through Instagram. Net-A-Porter, with its talent incubator for up and comers, seeks to provide a comprehensive education on every aspect of the business. For emerging designers, this means having privileged access for developing the practical business skills.

Who else could be so discerning in the quest for wave makers in such a vast industry? With their prestige and omniscient coordination over 170 countries, Net-A-Porter paves the way forward. THE VANGUARD ensures that Net-A-Porter can muster the very best from their newest recruits, four very talented designers. ‘BITE Studios’, ‘Le 17 Septembre’, ‘Natura Sacra’ and ‘The Sant’ are Net-A-Porter’s chosen few; we can expect great things from each of them in their own unique way. From elegant and eco-friendly to unique shapes and artistic craftsmanship, there is little to dispute among the talent at hand.

This year the challenge designers were faced with a quandary that every brand is faced with, lessening their environmental footprint. Four designers were selected for their innovative tailoring methods, eco-friendly design practices and not least for their aesthetic qualities. The mentorship program provides winners with a path on which to better forge their career. THE VANGUARD will be supported with a visual campaign highlighting the four new brands for Fall/Winter ‘19, alongside previous winners from Net-A-Porter’s last season. Previous alumnus that went took up the mantle of THE VANGUARD include Anne Manns, Peter Do and Ratio et Motus. The program is followed by an ‘accelerator scheme’ through which The Vanguards will meet with a team of Net-A-Porter’s best and brightest, a treasure trove of refined industry knowledge.

www.net-a-porter.com

Fashion

MARNI FW19: ‘Banana’ Sneakers

In a nod to Warhol’s pop art banana, Marni has crafted summer sneakers without complicating the design process, allowing playful and contemporary shape to guide them. Marni’s Fall/Winter 2019 riffs on the chunky sole shoe, adding a lightweight upper in polyester making the fit less restrictive. The Italian brand founded in ’94, showing no sign of slowing down, has opened up flagship stores this year in Tokyo and Munich to further align themselves with the styles of both cities.

Marni has contributed to emergent trends in a light-hearted way sure to catch passing eyes amid Fall/Winter festivities. The ‘Banana’ sneaker has plenty to like, putting a fresh twist on a familiar favourite with its thick rubber sole, pull-tab and minimalist features. Classic contrast and sparse amounts of color allow for this shoe to be worn with shorts, trousers, jeans or suit pants effortlessly. Marni continues its love affair with the world of the avant-garde while standing its ground in the realm of luxury.

The words quirky and elegant rarely find themselves next to one another, as odd as it sounds “quirky” and “elegant” fit the description of their ‘Banana’ shoe. Under the creative direction of Francesco Risso, Marni has not let its imagination outweigh its sensibilities. Their ‘Banana’ shoe makes for a valiant attempt to capture the essence of the unattainable, that which surprises at a glance time and time again. This shoe treads the line between standing out and fitting in to suit demand for smart-casual sneakers.

www.marni.com

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Messika: Precious Wanderlust

A campfire under the starry night sky surrounded by nothing but the vastness of the desert plains. A red carpet event with thousands of photographers and fans screaming for your attention. The Wild West and fine jewelry really are worlds apart. Nonetheless, Valérie Messika finds inspiration in North America’s endless desert landscapes and injects her newfound desire for escape and a sense of wanderlust into the Haute Joaillerie collection.

Named after the famous 1969 song “Born to Be Wild,” the collection is a tribute to the iconic Route 66 and the love of adventure as celebrated in the film Easy Rider. Carefree American attitude meets French glamour and sophistication in a dazzling display of diamonds and Maison Messika’s excellent craftsmanship.

Suited for queens of the desert, Messika second opus of Born to Be Wild presents its vision of modern jewelry: ultra-feminine and elegant, yet organic and natural in shape, drawing inspiration from Wild West motifs such as cactus flowers, lassos or shooting stars.

Even in Haute Joaillerie, taste never stands still as new generations of customers demand novelty objects and new creations. For the first time, Valérie Messika introduces more unconventional pieces into her collection, such as the mask entirely set in diamonds, each stone in the Maison’s signature feather setting, or the two-in-one nose- and single earring.

Born to Be Wild represents the perfect synergy of French luxury and vast American wilderness, celebrating and combining the glamour of Haute Joaillerie with the Wild West’s longing for freedom and adventure.

www.messika.com

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Louis Vuitton's Art of Travel

The House of Louis Vuitton and the art of travel are deeply interconnected. Highly conscious about their heritage, the French Maison has not forgotten about its early origins as luggage manufacturer. After all, it was the lightweight, flat-topped trunks out of the Parisian house that would make travel as comfortable as never before.

With the addition of four new titles to its Fashion Eye series of photography books, the French house stirs up a restlessness, a wanderlust, which invites us to set off to discover new horizons. We receive the unique opportunity to immerse ourselves in the worlds of four very distinct photographers visiting and documenting some of the planet’s most exciting places. Whether it is Baron Adolphe de Meyer’s travel across the mysterious Japan of the early 1900s, Slim Aaron’s carefree take on the fantastic glamour of the 1970s French Riviera, Osma Harvilathi’s documentation of everyday life in the legendary Mediterranean port Saint Tropez or Sarah Moon’s beautiful journey on the fabled Orient Express, each title has been created with the utmost attention to detail, from the selection of images, which capture an authentic feel, to the type of paper and methods of printing and binding used during the production process.

Through the diverse photography in each title, Louis Vuitton sets out to capture the true soul of travel. It is an homage to the inherent expressive nature of images and their inherent significance as archival treasures, invaluable references to past times and distant regions, as much in terms of their approach as their aesthetics.

www.louisvuitton.com

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She's Never Alone With her Longchamp: FW19

Longchamp’s creative director, Sophie Delafontaine, has envisioned a new travel companion with the vanity travel cases of previous eras at heart. The 'La Voyageuse' bag comes in three variations and a handful of adjustable styles for the modern woman that makes travel look like a breeze. 'La Voyageuse', French for ‘the traveller’, encourages you to take pride in the freedom of constant mobility, curiosity and forward motion.

'La Voyageuse' is paradoxically faced with the issue of the occasional lonesome and quiet nature of solo travel. For nights out in foreign cities there are two additional styles. A small cross-body bag with a detachable strap that doubles as a clutch and a second style that draws inspiration from vintage newspaper bags, minimalist and uncluttered, with removable handles for those into customization. Whether it’s the miniature ‘La Voyageuse’ or the ‘La Voyageuse’ LGP Jacquard intricately designed with wool canvas and black calf detail, whether it is for spontaneous weekend flights or longer, more adventurous trips, travellers will be very taken by the 2019 Fall / Winter collection.

The highlight of Longchamp’s Fall/Winter season ‘La Voyageuse’ will be in stores from 27th August.

www.longchamp.com

Fashion

Berluti's Marble

There are certain parallels between the house Berluti and the iconic Italian marble, deeply rooted in Italian tradition, timeless and sophisticated, yet with a certain edge. With his FW19 collection, Berluti’s Creative Director visualizes this obvious connection.

Hidden in the Berluti manifattura in Ferrara, you will find old marble tables. For decades, these have been used by the craftsmen to hand-dye the patina of Berluti’s iconic shoes, a process that has left its marks on the creamy deep whiteness of the marble surface. The circles, stains and botches, left in all different hues and colors by year’s of applied polishes, merge with the stone’s natural marbling contrasting the noble and the rough.

Photographed and unedited, this dye-splattered marble becomes the fundament for Kris Van Assche’s collection. Interpreted as one of the collection’s signature prints, it finds use across the collection. The shirts, overcoats and range of accessories in this fresh print offer visual accents, whilst creating a subtle connection to the house’s rich heritage as shoe manufacturer.

www.berluti.com

Fashion

Bally: Peak Outlook Initiative

Reaching the top of Mount Everest literally means arriving at the top of the world. Trekking this iconic peak, measuring 8,848m, remains a remarkable feat, which only a relatively small number of people have achieved. With the rise of outdoor activities and extreme sports, the number of adventurers attempting this endeavor has sharply risen over the last decades, over 1200 in 2019 alone, leaving behind a devastating footprint of trash and debris in the high altitude territories.

Bally’s relation to Mount Everest dates back to the earliest expeditions trying to conquer its peak. In 1947, the luxury brand provided the Swiss expedition with rubber-soled footwear, with the world-famous Bally reindeer boots being worn during the first-ever successful summit in 1953.

With this enduring bond to the mountains, deriving from the house’s deeply-rooted Swiss heritage, it should come to nobody’s surprise that Bally launched the Peak Outlook Initiative, a long term commitment, to preserve the mountain environment and the lifestyle of the communities that call it their home. With the first edition of the Bally-sponsored clean-up mission, the group of experienced climbers removed over 1 ton of waste from areas only reachable by humans. A second undertaking has already been initiated for the end of the season to discard the debris left by the numerous expedition teams.

To celebrate the launch of Bally Peak Outlook, the Swiss house introduces an exclusive capsule collection, pledging its net profits to benefit future expeditions. The first unveiled item is a t-shirt, adorned with the slogan ‘No Mountain High Enough’. Produced from GOTS-certified cotton, it underscores the house’s larger commitment to environmental protection and sustainability, not solely limited to the world’s most extreme mountain regions.

www.bally.com

Fashion

Stone Island x Nike Golf

Professional sports have become much more than the mere pursuit of athletic excellence. Athletic competitions have become grand spectacles, with the athletes being celebrated like celebrities by millions of people all over the globe. Constantly in the public eye, it is no longer just about winning, but winning in style with an increasing number of athletes, like Serena Williams and LeBron James, being equipped in personalized special collaborations or even bespoke athletic attire.

Italian brand Stone Island makes its first steps into the realm of athletic wear and teams up with Nike Golf. With the Nike x Stone Island golf collaboration, both brands combine Nike’s fundamental expertise in understanding the golfers’ needs and Stone Island’s expertise in fabric innovation to unveil true technical and performing pieces, able withstand even the most difficult weather conditions on the course. Adaptive fibres increase the garments’ breathability to maintain the athlete’s optimal temperature throughout play, whereas the water-resistant membrane provides adequate protection from the rain.

The two garments, a jacket and a crewneck available in multiple colorways, will debut during golf’s fourth and final major at Royal Portrush.

The Nike x Stone Island Golf collection will become available on July 25th.

www.nike.com
www.stoneisland.com

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CHANEL Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2019

Certain houses are defined by a single person; a person so impactful that their presence can still be felt long after their passing. In the case of CHANEL, it is not just one but two individuals whose legacies still loom over the house. Coco Chanel founded the eponymous house and it was Karl Lagerfeld, who remained at its helm for over 30 years. A hard act to follow.

When Virginie Viard was announced as Lagerfeld’s successor, her name burst into the main spotlight of the fashion industry. Despite this being her first CHANEL Couture show as Artistic Director, Viard’s relation with the house of CHANEL started over three decades ago, first as a member of the design studio and since 1997 overseeing the haute couture. A fact that became obvious in the created atmosphere of quiet savoir-faire.

With her first collection, Viard honors the exquisite craftsmanship found in the CHANEL Haute Couture studios and utilizes it to realize her own vision of the classic CHANEL woman, defined by a sense of nonchalant elegance. Nevertheless, one can feel the influences of Coco and Karl throughout the show. The mostly tall and narrow silhouettes, paired with 30’s inspired wide-styled trousers hinted at the house’s founder whereas the feathered ruffs, high white collars and sequined embroidery were reminiscent of Lagerfeld.

Viard’s first haute couture collection and the imposing transformation of the Grand Palais into a grand circular library prove that the designers might change, but CHANEL remains a giant of French culture and a blockbuster event of any Paris Fashion Week.

www.chanel.com

Fashion

Dunhill Spring Summer 2020

Mark Weston has been bringing fresh air in Dunhill’s heritage by maintaining the roots of this historical luxury English tailoring maison. This season saw a fluid sensuality barging in.

Together with the evolution and subversion in Dunhill’s tailoring Mark Weston continued his references to Japan, in particularly Japanese design from the 80s. Relaxed, wrapped tailoring with split helms reminiscent of Kimono-like cuts.

“I wanted elegance and austerity disrupted by sensuality and provocation, with a feeling of fluidity and ease running through it all. At the same time, rigour is all important; in tailoring particularly, nothing should just be for the sake of it.”. Mark Weston explained how Japanese elements were already crossing boundaries with Casual clothing culture in ‘80s Britain and how this collection is am ode to British tailoring on a broad sense.

Silky fluid pants with cropped jackets in dark blue, beautiful oversized ponchos in khaki, butter-soft leather tailored jackets, shiny silk acetate parkas, overwhelmingly beautiful and luscious white wool-silk fluid suit worn with flat leather hotel slippers. Weston built a collection between utility and elegance, rigour and distortion.

For Spring Summer 2020 Weston collaborated with Tokyo-based digital artist Kenta Cobayashi: “I had really been taken by Kenta’s work a couple of years ago and I was just waiting for the right time to ask him to work with me. In a sense, the whole digital field has become much more appealing – I love the idea of digital crafting.”

Weston handpicked four archive images of Cobayashi’s “Smudge” series – where he experiment with graphic distortion – to be reworked with Dunhill logo. Weston explained how the collaboration channelled classic campaign imagery from the ‘60s and ‘70s.

Applied on outwear, bags and tailored pieces, Cobayashi’s glitched graphics channel the playful and sensual spirit for the new Dunhill.

www.dunhill.com

Fashion

Thom Browne Spring/Summer 2020

Thom Browne is a master in creating a dream-like surreal mise en scène. For Spring/Summer 2020 he imagined a garden as out of Marie Antoinette’s summer residence. At our arrival at the spectacular Ècole des Beaux-Arts we saw what looked like full-scale statues standing on small podiums, at its center a adorable cherub fountain jetting seersucker gush instead of water. The statues, wearing 2D visualization of garments — that we will later discover — we’re no other than part of the collection looks soon to be unveiled. Coming to a closer look to discern the intricacy of the composition, we all realized they were actually real models. Part of the fantasy — one of the principal of the American Ballet Theater — is James Whiteside, dancing magnificently as the models walked in.

The signature Thom Browne fabric, seersucker, is declined in pastel colors: light blue, aqua, pink, yellow, but also in navy and red. At times flower embroideries blossomed, recalling the summer garden we were merged in.

The silhouettes at time reinventing the XVIII century gowns: dilated hips, achieved by panniers, the corseted waist well below the natural waistline, the deep décolletage, the drapery-parted opening of the skirt to reveal underskirts, petticoats, or a dress. Elements that Oriole Cullen - Furniture, Textiles and Fashion Department, Victoria and Albert Muse address as a measure of eighteenth-century theatricality and sensuality.

In Thom Browne Spring/Summer 2020 all these elements are transformed and reinvented: the décolletage is turned in a graphic representation of blazers lapels, the underskirt in exaggerated culottes, the petticoat is rendered only by its naked structure. In classic Thom Browne fashion, he has always loved to merge couture elements in his work.

A whimsical collection as a refreshing dive into a dream-like world, like the breathtaking James Whiteside’s grand jeté.

www.thombrowne.com

Fashion

Hermès Men's Spring Summer 2020

The internal court of the iconic Mobilier National by legendary architect Auguste Perret. Several different chairs of different styles and times arranged at its sides. Hermès presented his Men’s Spring Summer 2020 in this suggestive location where all the monumental modern energy of the place served as the perfect stage.

Since the very first look it was already clear that Véronique Nichanian choose to play with a wonderful research on colours and layers: a large shirt with high collar in cotton poplin with mint and white stripes layered over a simple white shirt, matched with large khaki trousers and a fluid parka in waterproof technical celadon green toile.

The colour palette continued with soft bubblegum pink, lagoon, aqua, plum, desert, sand, tobacco, rust, beautifully woven together.

Already at her 31 year at the helm of Hermès Menswear, Véronique Nichanian knows how to channel the delicate savoir faire of the iconic French maison where every little detail, every stitch or cut is a mirror to that artisanal know-how and set of values we have known since almost two centuries: not laud, almost whispered aesthetic. But also strong ethic and love for every artisan involved as one big family.

This is Hermès and every step of this maison is imbued of this core values regardless is one of the art projects supported by Fondation Hermès, a fashion show or a store opening.

For Spring Summer 2020 Nichanian choose an easy elegance, a wearability with a touch of joy at times or minimal formalwear at others. This season’s code verged towards the idea of a youthful spirit where versatility and reversible garments are key words.

The choice for the collection of accessories added a strong touch: beautiful sandals with a thick sole and fanny packs also declined in aqua colour. T

he last looks with blouses in heritage silk scarf patchwork at times overdyed channelled further a lively and playful energy.

It felt very fluid, relaxed, nonchalant. And the soft summer breeze at the Mobilier served as the perfect amplifier.

www.hermes.com

Fashion

Miu Miu Jockey Club

Each year, Europe’s luxury houses travel in style to a chosen destination for the presentation of their Resort collection. Whereas Prada invited its guests to New York earlier this year, the selection for the sister label Miu Miu fell on the picturesque Hippodrome d’Auteuil race track on the outskirt of Paris.

Fitting to the chosen venue, Miuccia Prada unveils an upbeat collection reminiscent of a day at the races. Aware of the current political situation, Prada confronts conservatism in her designs and presents her personal and playful take of ‘conservative’ occasion wear.

Throughout the collection, fairly straight shapes are shown alongside Forties and Seventies references in form of recurring Chelsea collars, crystal-embroidered pouf-sleeves and high-waisted shorts. Despite many conservative staples, the retro-looking collection gets a distinctly youthful and sporty flair through its accessories. The silhouettes are finished off with clunky platform sneakers and a variety of layered hats, combining classic styles, such as cloches and wide-brimmed sunhats with modern baseball caps.

Fitting for the venue and to underline racing’s tradition as a social occasion, the runway show was completed with a horse race and an exclusive party.

www.miumiu.com

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Karl For Ever

On June 20th, the houses of Chanel, Fendi and Karl Lagerfeld came together to pay homage to an extraordinary career and the man behind it. As much as Karl Lagerfeld lived in the moment and refused to look back into the past, nobody could possibly begrudge the industry for taking a moment to dwell on the lasting memory Lagerfeld left behind.

In the Grand Palais in Paris, over 2500 guests came together to witness a spectacle staged by Robert Carsen in Lagerfeld’s honor. Countless celebrities from film, fashion and music alike took the time out of their busy schedules to take part in this event.

Through testimonials and compelling videos, shot throughout his life, and portraits, from some of the most famous photographers, we get a last impression of this multi-faceted man, who refused to be defined by anyone. Alongside performances by world-renowned Chinese pianist Lang Lang and American artist Pharrell Williams, the actresses and close personal friends Tilda Swinton, Fanny Ardant, Cara Delavingne and Helen Miren recited and read excerpts from his favorite authors, Virginia Woolf, Stéphane Mallarmé and Edith Sitwell.

In an exceptional moment, the industry says its last farewell to a man of incredible talent, who has undeniably left a lasting mark in an inherently fast-paced and ephemeral industry.

Fashion

ETRO x Star Wars Capsule Collection & Spring/Summer 2020

Italian brand ETRO does not only showcase one, but two collections at their Spring 2020 Menswear presentation. Throughout the show, the SS20 collection was complemented by ETRO’s upcoming capsule collection based on the hugely successful movie franchise Star Wars.

As long term fan of the movies, it was Kean Etro’s wish to produce this unisex collection, including a range of urban staples, such as hoodies, sweatshirts and T-shirts, all carrying a variety of Star Wars prints. The images of all the famous characters are sourced from the original movies, released in the late ‘70s and ‘80s.

Human decorative traditions are in the focus of the main SS20 collection. Kean Etro celebrates the brand’s adventurous and traveling spirit, by presenting an eclectic collection, imbued with references to artisanal craft from cultures all over the globe.

Italian sartorial tradition is revisited and freshly interpreted, resulting in a line-up, defined by light construction and relaxed, sometimes even generous silhouettes. Combined with tribal motifs and quintessential nomadic staples, such as the poncho, they create a nomadic vibe reinterpreted in a modern urban context.

The ETRO x Star Wars capsule collection will be available online and in ETRO international stores from July 1st.

www.etro.com

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Brunello Cucinelli Spring/Summer 2020

With the Spring/Summer 2020 collection, Brunello Cucinelli sets a modern standard for dressing well. With the increased pace of modern life, style and comfort have to be perfectly balanced, posing a challenge to the often stiff formality of tailoring.

Brunello Cucinelli makes a conscious effort to move away from this stiffness, proving that dressing comfortably does not always equal dressing down. With softer fits, Cucinelli achieves a sophisticated yet casual feel, combining good taste with the sensation of comfort. The unstructured garments are defined by a refined contemporary zeitgeist, making them versatile companions for any occasion. The essence of the collection remains in tailoring, which alongside the knitwear in bright and fresh summer hues combines to the perfect look to face summer.

Regardless of the renewed aesthetic, Brunello Cucinelli keeps up the tradition of using the finest materials and excellent craftsmanship. As the overall trend is shifting towards casual dress and leisure, one can only consider Cucinelli’s creations fit for ennobled leisure.

www.brunellocucinelli.com

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Achilles Ion Gabriel joins CamperLab

From June 18th onwards, Achilles Ion Gabriel will become the new creative mind behind CamperLab. The Finnish designer will be in charge of the design team and define the brand’s creative strategy. By appointing the promising footwear designer, Camper hopes to implement his unique vision in a new era of further growth and development.

Before joining Camper, Achilles Ion Gabriel, currently based in Paris, was able to gather valuable experience industry with the likes of Marni and Courrèges, but also with his own brand ION.

Both designer and brand have found their ideal counterpart. Whereas Camper has expressed admiration for his previous work and will most definitetly benefit from the Finns’ talent, the designer gains insides of Camper’s unrivalled shoemaking heritage and an unparalleled opportunity for creative freedom and realization.

Achilles Ion Gabriel’s first collection at Camper will be presented in January as part of the Fall/Winter 2020 collection.

www.camper.com

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CELINE: New Paris Boutique

When Hedi Slimane took over Parisian brand CELINE, he succeeded the likes of Phoebe Philo, whose tenure at the house lasted for the whole previous decade. This change at the top of the house brought in a fresh breeze. This new direction would unquestionably trickle down to affect CELINE in its entirety. After announcing a makeover of the house’s logo in September 2018, Hedi Slimane continues to leave his mark by re-envisioning the brand’s retail space.

The new Paris CELINE store opens its doors in the First District of Paris. The creative director’s architectural vision offers the perfect mise-en-scène to present CELINE’s Men’s and Women’s collections. The new boutique’s concept is rounded out with the help of five perfectly integrated artworks by renowned, international artists Deyson Gilbert, Rochelle Goldberg, Katinka Bock, Hu Xiao and Georgia Dickie.

The new CELINE store is located at 4, rue Duphot in the First District of Paris.

www.celine.com

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Gem Dior

Since its creation twenty years ago, Victoire de Castellane has continuously been the creative spirit behind Dior Joallerie. The new Dior High Jewellery Collection is therefore not only a celebration of the department's anniversary but also of de Castellane’s successful tenure at its helm.

The collection “Gem Dior”, a play on words between gem in English and j’aime meaning ‘I love…’ in French, is a declaration of love to stones and their infinite variety in hues and colors. These precious colored stones have long nourished de Castellane’s imagination and have been central to Dior’s poetic jewelry-making and whimsical story-telling.

The collection is a celebration of the gemstone as well as the exceptional know-how of its stone-cutters and polishers. Her compositions, harmonic in its color combinations and rhythmic in its shapes and mountings, express Victoire de Castellane’s entire narrative universe, with the realization that in the end what’s left is material and color.

www.dior.com

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F IS FOR..

With a faster-changing pace of the industry, certain brands have encountered issues relating to the new, digitally-active customer base. With the emergence of the internet and social media, the traditional brand-to-customer dynamic has drastically changed, leaving some alienated from this new generation of customers.

Rome-based brand FENDI has long recognized these concerns and proactively counteracted. F IS FOR is a campaign with youth culture at its core, aiming to translate the FENDI DNA for a younger customer. Similarly, FENDI also makes use of the online vernacular in form of the hashtag for its #MeandMyPeekaboo campaign.

For the first time, exclusively unveiled at ZOO Magazine, both campaigns merge to create the first-ever special #MeandMyPeekaboo episode featuring the Lin family. In familiar fashion, FENDI puts family intimacy at the center of the video, showcasing authentic interactions between identical twins John and James with their twins Elise and Pierre, older son Jude and Julia Lin. In and around their home in Miami, the iconic FENDI logo is ever present, with the Peekaboo Fit for Men and the Peekaboo XS never leaving their side.

F is for family, the FENDI family as well as John Lin’s own.

www.fendi.com

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Jet-A-Porter

Summer starts early this year, as Italian retail group Net-A-Porter invites its guests for a getaway in the Greek sun. For three days, designers, models, influencers and friends of the brand alike come together at the Amanzone Resort Villas to celebrate the warmest season in all its facets.

Over three days, Net-A-Porter, in partnership with Zimmerman, Chopard and Sisley-Paris, offered their invitees extraordinary entertainment, tailored exclusively to highlight the spectacular Grecian landscape. In this breathtakingly beautiful setting, it was the guests that stole the show, bringing to life all the aspects of high summer fashion, from essentials for pool or beachside to cocktail attire and partywear.

To complete the looks, Chopard made available a selection of limited-edition jewels, which were worn by some of the guests throughout the week. In addition to this, the guests were invited to the Jet-A-Porter Vacation Shop villa. Here, an exclusive curated collection of high summer essentials, featuring brands such as Zimmerman, Aquazarra and Wandler awaited the guests. This summer,

Net-A-Porter unveils the Jet-A-Porter vacation shop, revealing a complete curated summer selection ideal for a summer city break or beach vacation.

In the meantime you can shop the pieces at www.net-a-porter.com

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Furla Flagship Munich

Family-owned Italian accessory label Furla opens a brand-new flagship store in the centre of Munich. With their new boutique in Theaterlinienstraße 33, designed in a modern and elegant fashion, Furla brings a piece of the comemporary Italian lifestyle into the centre of Munich.

This newly minimal and elegant interior, dominated by clear lines, offers the ideal background setting for the brand’s men’s and women’s lines. Some of their more colourful bags become a visual focal point in the otherwise creme and champagne-coloured interior.

Furla embraces the opportunity to offer its customers an improved shopping experience as upscale as its expertly crafted leather goods and accessories. The remodelled store radiates an ambience fit for a 92-year old house, looking back on a tradition of expert craftsmanship, quality and innovative design.

The two-storey store opened on Theaterstraße 33 in Munich.

www.furla.com

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Berluti x Thélios

When Kris Van Assche was appointed new Creative Director at Berluti, the legendary Italian brand famous for its custom made shoes, there was a lot of excitement and anticipation for the new breeze this visionary designer would be able to bring.

Kris Van Assche knows how to take the elements of a brand’s heritage and bring them into his own aesthetic. For his Berluti first show, he worked on emotional elements dear to the brand: the white marble table used by Berluti’s artisans since 1895 in Ferrara to polish the renowned shoes, photographed and used in the entire FW19 collection. You can see every mark left by the colored shoe polish over the years – the spirit of the time.

But also the appeal of manipulated leather with the legendary patina finish (a technique known for the iconic shoes of the Maison) used since the fists look from garments to accessories.

Introducing the very first Berluti and Thélios collaboration, the collection of sunglasses for FW19 presents several variations on Kris Van Assche’s main points of fascination at Berluti, in green, red, yellow and blue hues giving a new light to the maison’s heritage.

From aviator to acetate round shapes, Kris Van Assche designs merge timeless shapes with understated luxury details like the “B” logo discreetly placed over the hinges or nose pads. The sunglasses feature lenses crafted with a mirror treatment in blue and red. Available in stores from 1 July 2019.

www.berluti.com

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#MYCALVINS

Calvin Klein launches their new #MYTRUTH campaign, creating an additional stage for some of the most influential voices to tell their story in their own words while inviting the world to do the same. A campaign that fits the brands’ provoke history and celebrates freedom and self-expression. The campaign is a call to action to speak your mind, creating a movement with artists like A$AP Rocky, Bella Hadid, Billie Eilish, Kendell Jenner, Shawn Mendes, Troye Sivan and many others. The campaign will be released worldwide in installments beginning on May 9th #MYTRUTH #MYCALVINS

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What Was I?

By Goshka Macuga and Fondazione Prada

Who am I, who do I want to become? Questions that we ask ourselves all the time. We always want to go forward and therefore we hardly ask ourselves whom we were. Through the years, our society changed by shifting into a fully technological civilization.

Polish installation artist Goshka Macuga created in collaboration with Fondazione Prada an intriguing exhibition that will be presented in the Prada Rong Zhai residence (1918) in Shanghai from 23 March to 2 June 2019.

Macuga created an imagination of a post-Anthropocene epoch that gives a sense of the world after the collapse of humankind due to the affects of technological overdevelopment. An android designed by Macuga and produced in Japan by A Lab (presented already in 2016 by Fondazione Prada in Milan) is taking you on an unexpected journey. The android proclaims in its repeating monologue that he is the depot of all human knowledge. This futuristic imaginative scenario no longer has a human perspective and reflects therefore on the dramatic question: “What was I?” The voice of this creature is the one of Frankenstein the protagonist from the gothic novel “Frankenstein” written by Mary Shelley in 1818, to add an extra post-apocalyptic sphere.

In this story, the Android occupies all the rooms of the Rong Zhai residence wherein he is revealing his very own art collection: 26 pieces from the Prada Collection including several Italian art masterpieces, from 1958 to 1993, as well as 3 recent paper collages by the artist, part of the series ‘Discrete Model.’

Many influences pass by; a selection of artists from the German Zero-group and the Italian and French Programmed and Kinetic Art movement with names as Jan Schoonhoven, Luis Tomasello, Grazia Varisco, and Nanda Vigo who all explore the complexity of computer-animated, geometric shapes that have their own autonomous alphabet of forms. The Android is enclosed by a constellation of artworks produced by Italian artists, Enrico Castellani and Piero Manzoni who composed a language without images. Lastly we see Alberto Burri, Lucio Fontana, Francesco Lo Savio, Salvatore Scarpitta, Turi Simeti and Giuseppe Uncini, presenting new experiments in order to overcome physical and symbolic boundaries in an unconventional way by integrating art more deeply into reality.

The artists and their work each contribute in their own way to a new sense of human consciousness about an intimate habitat that may start its own existence at any moment.

www.fondazioneprada.org

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Silhouettes Reimagined

In Balanciaga’s Winter 2019 collection, cuts, volume and fabrics reflect the inventiveness and attitude of the typical city dweller. Shapes are suspended and allow for unexpected movement with shoulders being shifted upwards and sleeves to be raised above shoulders. Hooded coats and incognito collars feature, as do lengthly trench-coats and robes which conceal a form and creates a concealed sense of mystery and anonymity. In classic Parisian style, outer-layers can be opted for wrapping and allow silhouettes to flow freely.

The brand enlists a more modern, mode take on the cocoon shape made from fake shearling and soft outer-layers. Kick skirts follow this theme, constructed from embroidered tweed and fake leather. Almost horned at the shoulders, biker sleeves are reworked to create volume, as are the extended and cropped pants.

Angularity and fluidity mingle with one another in this Winter 2019 collection. Building atop of the existing Balanciaga vocabulary that defies convention, new logotypes interplay with old ones, creating a harmonious balance between practicality and tension.

www.balenciaga.com

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Rick Owen's Women's Fall 2019/20

It has been exactly 2 years, when backstage after his Fall 2017 show Rick Owens mentioned how he was tired of being a downer, wanting to be more optimistic celebrating humanity and life.

Rick Owens is certainly the real living high priest of fashion who true to his words continues to surprise us. For next Fall Owens led us to an incredible dose of sexiness and glam we have never seen before: alluring bodysuits and short dresses twisted and knotted with long floor-swiping trails nodding to Hollywood gala. Some featuring the famous Fortuny prints.

Matched with tailored blazers and coats with sculptural shoulders once again recalling – following Menswear 2019 – his hero, American designer Larry LeGaspi, who dressed the likes of Grace Jones, and the likes of legendary rock bands Kiss, Labelle, Divine in the 70s. Adolescent Rick Owens was deeply fascinated by the avant-garde gender-blurring LeGaspi’s work and later this year we will see a monograph about the designer authored by Owens.

But there is another source of inspiration in the collection, another legendary American designer who later that evening after the show was celebrated at Joyce Gallery at the Jardin du Palais Royal with a small exhibition and the launch of a book with preface of Rick Owens himself: Charles James.

James lived in the legendary Chelsea Hotel and was a master in building a sculptural shape for evening dresses but also was interested in developing new shapes. In one of the archive pictures shown at the gallery we see a young Pat Cleeveland wearing a pair of shorts he creates in 38 and decades later developed into leather.

A series of reversed blazers with silver cowhide or nylon puffer are certainly playing references between James and LeGaspi.

Owens staged a spectacular collection. And the alien-like make up by prodigy Instagram talent Salvia - an ode to body modification - was the perfect element to further take ours breath away.

 www.rickowens.eu

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LEE Jeans Campaign by Legend Jamel Shabazz

Steeped in 130 years of denim excellence, the Lee Jeans aesthetic is imbued with authentic hip hop stylings, its legacy sustained by the likes of LL Cool J, RUN DMC and Grandmaster Flash who all reference the heritage brand in their music, making Lee Jeans one of the most coveted pair of pants on the street and stapling its legacy and presence as a proud cultural icon.

Grounding the collection in its own rich history, Lee Jeans have sifted through their archives reimaging the old school attitude and iconic hip-hop aesthetic of the 1980s for their Spring/Summer 2019 line.

The generation-defining and legendary streetstyle photographer Jamel Shabazz who is responsible for having captured some of the most enduring imagery of the era has been enlisted for Lee’s Spring/Summer 2019 campaign. To mark the occasion, this collaboration between Shabazz and Lee Jeans will culminate in a limited-edition tribute book titled ‘Back in the Days’; a throw back to his original book of the same name containing the very best photographs from the SS19 campaign shoot in the original streets and neighbourhoods.

Straight-legged Lee Jeans double layered with Lee Rider Jackets are completed with tan, suede Wallabees and Adidas superstars in traditional urban street style finished with Kangol Bucket Hats and Cazal Sunglasses, savouring the spirit of the era for a new generation.

www.lee.com

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Balmain opened at Rue Saint-Honoré, Paris

The Rue Saint-Honoré located in the first arrondissement of Paris, near the Jardin des Tuileries has a long history with many different names and associations.

The Saint-Honoré has undergone an incredible transformation in these last years; the authentic historic buildings have been beautifully renovated and are now inhabited by the most luxurious brands. Balmain is one of them. The Parisian brand Balmain headed by artistic director Olivier Rousteng in collaboration with the architects of Studio AMV created a true residence for the brand.

This classic historical building breathes Balmain’s modern identity and will serve as a true style guide to the future residences with which the brand will eventually conquer the world. The 'house' of Balmain is a very idiosyncratic expression rooted within classical Parisian residential architecture. It contains ten specific living spaces; a garden, a living room, a boudoir etc. Each is decorated according to Balmain’s classical signature style.

This boutique reflects the idea of 'classics, with a modern outlook.' Rousteng further elaborates on the Balmain heritage by translating it into defiant contemporary expressions. The designs are classic, elegant silhouettes derived from the most luxurious contemporary materials and prints: a signature originated in Paris. The boutique on Rue Saint-Honoré is a homecoming, says Rousteng, it is the perfect complement to Balmain's historic address: 44 François Premier, where founder Pierre Balmain first opened the Balmain atelier almost 75 years ago.

www.balmain.com

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A Chorus of Voices

One house hosting a conglomerate of different voices. A creative hub of concentrated genius channels multiple energies and pushes visions that speak to all generations of customers. Moncler has thrown out the rulebook, promoting access as the very highest form of inclusivity for contemporary customers in this digital era.

Unveiled on 20th February in Italy’s fashion capital, Milan, the Genius collections consists of works from the likes of Pierpaolo Piccioli, Simone Rocha, Craig Green and Hiroshi Fujiwara.

Moncler will open the Moncle Genius building to the general public on 24th February. Different rooms harbour different visions, each one operating singularly and isolated from one another, the sum of which manifesting as the Genius Moncler identity.

The classic human form is utterly redefined through the use of artful language and unique lenses from the designers. Swirling silhouettes swarm the space in the couture lines, the extravagance confirming the freedom philosophy of the brand, unshackled by conformity. International heritages from vintage to urban to military to tech are made full use of, showcasing an open roof of ambition and relishing in demolishing boundaries.

Manipulating fabrication with a keen awareness for space, Moncler joins the body with materials and with the space they inhabit in a incomparable, thrilling way: a multiplicity of identities melting into one.

 www.moncler.com

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Movement and Color

What was once familiar is now unrecognisable. Coach’s house signature has been playfully dismantled and reassembled, rendering the familiar now unfamiliar, all courtesy of Coach’s creative director Stuart Vevers who premiered his Fall 2019 Men and Women’s collection at the American Stock Exchange in New York City.

A joyful collection, handmade from artisanal fabrics and quilts that are juxtaposed with bold and enhanced outerwear, offers a heightened sense of color, nature and emotion. Painting with both light and dark colours and all psychedelic prints in between, a mash-up between freedom and defiance unravels.

Movement and distortion are also key, kaleidoscopic print dresses cascade down the form gently trailing behind. Kaffe Fassett’s floral work stamps the collection, as do oceanic shades that instills a vibe of prismatic optimism.

 www.coach.com

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Travel Essentials

A front leader in efficient and ergonomic clothing design, Roberto Ricci Design have synthesised clean, essential cuts with unexpected nuances for their Spring / Summer 2019 collection. The outerwear emanates warm tones of yellow that transcend into almost neon flourescence along with intense oranges, optical whites and classic blue denims. Silver and gold metal fibres also make an appearance.

The garments are simply ideal for the traveller in virtue of being extremely light and foldable, able to be fitted into travel luggage and smaller cases. The urban section features lightweight lycras that are highly breathable and suited for warm Spring temperatures. Classicism also infiltrates the entire collection with simple cut shirts and trousers from sartorial models. Soft to the touch fleeces are enriched with Oxford fabrics.

Fuss and excess are deliberately stripped away in the search for pure essentiality and necessity in designs. Technical glamour blends with colours, shapes and fabrics in perfect Italian style.

www.robertoriccidesigns.com

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Tambour Horizon

Louis Vuitton introduces the Tambour Horizon watch; this fully connected piece embodies the spirit of travel and authentic craftsmanship. In contrast to the previous designs, this model allows you to personalise the dial with your own chosen watch face. Very extraordinary is the watch face; the design aesthetic refers to a classical Louis Vuitton runway show.

Louis Vuitton as a brand has symbolized “the art of traveling” for a very long time already. This watch is subversive, since it is able to synchronize all your travel information together in one place together with your agenda. Because the world has become increasingly polluted, Louis Vuitton has integrated a "Pollution" function that continuously displays the current air quality index on the dial.

The Tambour Horizon has a unisex case with a unique shape and is available in polished white ceramics, polished steel, matte black and brown Pvd and white with gem-set horns. The Tambour Horizon is the ultimate combination of smart and refined craftsmanship and technical excellence. The brown Pvd is especially symbolic; this color has been an integral part of Louis Vuitton’s aesthetic since 1854, used most prominently in the emblematic Monogram design.

www.louisvuitton.com

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Dunhill Fall 2019

The British luxury brand Dunhill has become one of the best-known global luxury brands with a presence in all the world’s greatest retail cities. 

Since 2017 with a renewed team where Andrew Maag and Mark Weston are respectively CEO and Creative Director both previously at Burberry, a new wave has been building up into the brand.

Dunhill started as a motoring accessories brand, and in the late ‘60s moved to the tobacco business, standing for a strong masculinity.

For Fall 2019 Weston continued working on those elements started already since his first season at Dunhill: leather, beautifully declined in the outwear. A brown marbled print was declined in shirt and bags creating a vibrant variation.

Pants were wide and fluid, slashing a relaxed and modern style with slits at their long swiping floor hems: it is a nice continuation from the previous Summer season providing a new code for the brand.

Dunhill for Fall 2019 was convincing and appealing. We are looking forward to seeing the growth of the brand’s new course. 

www.dunhill.com
 

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Thom Browne Fall 2019 Mens

Thom Browne is a master in staging a theatrical spectacle with several acts and characters playing. Last Womenswear show was a tale of sea creatures. For Fall 2019 Menswear it is the Bubble Wrap Odyssey.

With a set composed by 36 bubble wrap stands along the runway the first 8 looks were completely composed by bubble wrap gloves and dresses. Thom Browne’ playful overture anticipated the main acts: a Menswear collection designed by researching the essence od Womenswear codes: corsets, jackets draped and juxtaposed to create trompe l’oeil dresses. Looks were declined in two perfectly identical version, pant and skirt matching different tartan coats, all wearing Mary Jane.

It was a beautiful show imbued with Thom Browne’s signature poetic and definitely a collection we would love to own, regardless of gender.

www.thombrowne.com

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Yohji Yamamoto Fall 2019 Mens

When not long ago Yohji Yamamoto himself held a live concert in Tokyo playing his beloved guitar we couldn’t help but be extremely excited. The reserved - at times almost introvert – Japanese maestro performing his music on a real stage!

For us who love his poetic and admire him unconditionally it was a natural gesture. We all wanted to be there. And when the sound of his soft voice pervaded the show venue for his Fall 2019 Menswear a soft melancholy, recalling that iconic moment surfaced embracing the whole collection.

The same soft melancholy of the silk thread on blazers and coats, the layered volumes signature of Yamamoto’s poetic: fluid large pants tucked in laced boots, coats on jackets approaching and slowly – in the Yamamoto’s signature models pace – as out of a majestic army.

It is not a stretch to feel the pathos recalling the uniform of the late Hijikata Toshiz? in Shinsengumi’s final battle in 1868.

Backstage Yamamoto playfully stated to some journalists the reason of the floating treads was due to having forgotten to cut them away, but we know his extreme humble nature drives miles away from the fashion circus where every gesture needs to be overly hyped.

Once again Yohji Yamamoto stays true to his integrity.

www.yohjiyamamoto.com

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Louis Vuitton Fall 2019 Mens

When the day before the show we all found a white sparkly sequined glove as show invitation it was clear Virgil Abloh’s Louis Vuitton second collection was going to recall his hero and inspiration through childhood: the iconic character who become a worldwide legend and still is after his sudden death 10 years ago, Michael Jackson.

When entering the show venue in the Tuileries gardens we saw a complete set as out from “Billie Jean” video: a New York sidewalk imbued with the atmosphere from those years when the King of Pop was at the peak of its growing fame. As the show started an original soundtrack, “You Know What’s Good” composed by Devonté Hynes aka BLOOD ORANGE was performed life along with his musicians. It was an intimate moment more than a loud one. It collected all Virgil’s sentiments: the unity for humanity he advocate, the extraordinary Michael Jackson coming of age sentiments, and all that Abloh’s own childhood inspirations as young boy.

Amidst this slice of life moment when the models walked artist Futura performed a live graffiti. Some of the guests were seated as if they were part of the stage, just on a sidewalk as if it was an ordinary evening.

And there it came, the Abloh of new modern clothing codes (carefully explained in his “Vocabulary” as show notes): suits layered in stone and pearl heather grey wool gradation with fluid wide trousers, the puffa over them, the camel outfits with padded details, the declination of flags in the last looks, the very gender neutral elements like the floor swiping plissé wrap skirt. But also of course more direct references to Jackson’ wardrobe: the sequined tour bomber, the gloves, the silk pyjama that model Alton Mason worn and turned into a performing costume for his continuous back-flips on the catwalk.

There are so many layers around Abloh aesthetic that we can’t wait to discover as part of the new Vuitton’s heritage for the years to come.

www.louisvuitton.com

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Multi-Influenced Antony Morato Collection Arrives

As the Spring/Summer 2019 season creeps up on us, Antony Morato introduces us to his new collection inspired by a myriad of vibrant themes, culminating in a maximalist style that reflects this array of artistic influences.

The first inspiration submerges us in the nautical world of deep blues and denims, sands and melange greys. This simplicity is embellished with cute, charming anchor stripes and rope prints.

British culture also seeps into this lively collection - a bold Rock&Go theme reminiscient of the UK hardcore punk scene with ever distinct red-black tartans and playful prints such as bulldogs, flowers, comic-style lips.

Organic, raw fabrics transport us to the animal kingdom with natural cotton and prints featuring leaves, flowers and animals, more apparent in the hybrid jacket with bomber sleeves and two colour yellow/khaki jacket.

A dusty darker palette of burgundys, mustards and muddy browns are accompanied by excessive print, patterns and embroidery characteristic of gipsy folk culture.

www.morato.it

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Imaginative, Quirky Couture

Odély Teboul has moved on from her days as part of the design duo Augustin Teboul. During the FW19 showcases at Berlin Fashion Week she presented the designs of her own label, Lou de Bètoly. Following stints at Vogue Salon this was her first major showcase on her own. The label had already gained traction this past year with pop star SZA or it-girl Delilah Belle Hamlin wearing Odély Teboul's designs last year. Each one of her designs is handmade using couture techniques and features strange details that con only be produced by wild imagination. In a city that never really conforms or grows up, these quirky looks work.

This ethno-dada draws from her childhood in the 90s and seems deliberately narrated from a child's point of view paired with a bit naïvety. And everything is blurred. We see a shirt with balloons and crocheted cords that could've been stolen from her father's closet. Or a denim jacket, which is covered all over with small hand puppets. And those alluring 1920s that Odeeh found inspiration in, also played into the Lou de Bètoly A/W 19-20 collection with the understanding of the "decadence and nonchalance" of the decade. One great example of this are the extra-long gloves made of neon hair ties.

www.loudebetoly.com

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Brunello Cucinelli’s Fall Line Tailored for the Debonair Gentleman

The Brunello Cucinelli Fall 2019 menswear collection personifies the wardrobe of the dapper modern gentleman. Fusing together a look that marries plush comfort with simplistic elegance, a distinctive retro flavour can be detected with some statement items and most notably in the liberal use of corduroy, velvet and moleskin fabrics.

No more is the stress on comfort epitomised that in the loose fitting pants and jumpers, quintessentially evocative of cutting, crisp winter evenings. Hearty, earthy understated tones of camel, burgundy and smalt blue with splashes of grey, concoct a palette that suffuses class. The range features all the conventional pieces you would expect from Brunello Cucinelli, from cashmere turtlenecks to poplin shirts, from tweed jackets to padded gilets. However it is the strong, stiff suits accented with muted silk pocket squares and the uninhibited use of atypical materials that really sets this collection apart.

A sheer sense of balance and attention to finer details allows for a cool, crisp finish appealing to the suave, dignified debonair gentleman exuding elegance and sophistication.

www.brunellocucinelli.com

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Grand Hall Bulbs Light Up For Prada

The grand hall of the Deposito hosted the Prada Fall/Winter 2019 show this past weekend displaying the very latest in Men and Women’s wear. The setting, a cold industrial floor dimly lit by sparsed out singular lightbulbs. This performative landscape injected a sense of theatre and spectacle whilst cultivating an atmosphere of mystery and discovery, evoking the Tesla-Edison experiments of a bygone error and tropes of science fiction.

In the spotlight, layers of clean, simplistic lines in deep, warm hues are set against decorated accessories and dizzying, colorful, almost psychedelic patterns  echoing the futuristic motif of the show. As always, and in characteristic Prada style, the collection does not shy away from colour and embellishment, oozing looks that ring fresh whilst still retaining the sense of class and classicism so staple to the brand.

www.prada.com

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FENDI: ART & CULTURE

“My work is dealing with volumes shaped by lights and shadows, highlighting the forms with light, creating visual relations between projection and the use of lights and stroboscopes. The light is something smooth, untouchable, soft”.

Laslzo Bordos, the internationally renowned Hungarian artist, considered a pioneer of digital arts and architectural mapping, created “Lux Formae”, a visual installation supported by FENDI and produced by Solid Light Festival within Videocittà series of Events in the city of Rome. Using Palazzo della Civiltà Italiana - home of the roman maison FENDI- as its canvas he created a spectacular 3d projection on the building triggering new perceptions and symbolism of this iconic Italian architecture: “The building is a massive, heavy construction. I would like to create the illusion of the lights "holding" the building, bringing a contradictory situation where the lights become solid and the concrete becomes a floating element, supported by lights”- Bordos explained.

Having its deep roots already in the work of legendary artists like Laszlo Moholy-Nagy or George Kepes, Light Art had incredibly developed in the last decades, taking shape into the new forms of Light Projection on building using 3D mapping, where the urban and architectural environment is completely reproduced virtually in 3D to create an extremely precise and three-dimensional installation. When the projection is performed in situ on the building, its visual power derails the viewers customary schemes of perception and observation, creating a new reality, where the boundary of what is real and what is seen become blurry.
With the support of Fendi and its cutting edge approach to art, the video mapping projection by Laslzo Bordos took shape and brought a new meaning to Palazzo della Civiltà Italiana, one of the most fascinating contemporary architectures in Roma.

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Dries van Noten Spring Summer 2018

Dries Van Noten has been synonymous of effortless since the beginning, more than 25 years ago. We have tasted surely during his 100th show where pieces of all past collection where carefully selected and carefully re-arranged together. The Spring Summer 2019, the first Womenswear show after the news of the recent majority acquisition by Spanish conglomerate Puig, was set at Palais the Tokyo and its clean environment. Many saw it as a symbol of a new start, a new beginning.  

But the collection proved that Dries van Noten aesthetic is as strong as ever.

That relaxed attitude, that playful side to mix prints and certainly the ability to wear masculine oversized cotton suits in white or black with anything borrowed from eveningwear like sheer knits and maxi sequins in aqua green, yellow and Yves Klein’s blue, one of Dries favorite references. The blue splashed a great part of the collection also adorning a couple of models’ head in form of feathers swim caps.

As the collection developed into evening dresses we all felt the mastery of Dries’ cut and ability to create couture-like dresses without feeling too Haute.

The workwear jumpsuit with the upper part pulled down at the waist and work as a decorative bow belt felt the quintessential Dries van Noten: infinitively savoir-faire.

www.driesvannoten.com

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Moose Knuckles AW18 Collection features a Horror movie

In slang, Moose Knuckles defines the splitting of one’s bean bag as a result of pants that are hiked too high. In the realm of outerwear, Moose Knuckles sounds alarms as the benchmark of style for those who live in the cold.

To mark the release of their Fall Winter 2018 campaign, the moose tribe created a short, campy horror movie – Shady Maple Motel. Toronto’s own four-time MTV video award nominee, Kid. Studio directed the short, taking inspiration from the hyper-real sexually charged photography of Steven Klein. With previous high-profile clients Big Sean and the Weekend to his name Kid, employed the cream of Toronto’s crop for the stylish, sarcastic and gory short.

The leanest, toughest and most luxurious outerwear brand consciously pounds the path less travelled. Playing it safe has never been in Moose Knuckles DNA, and never will be. The contemporary Canadian counter-culture prefers to be known for its grit, dexterity and heritage. Creative Director Steph Hoff prides the brand on an instinctive, organic ethos.

‘If I wasn’t making a campy horror trailer with my friends for Moose Knuckles, I would probably be making campy horror movies with my friends for fun. Like everything we do at Moose Knuckles, it was completely natural to create a campaign around my lifelong love of cheesy drive-in movies, in my home town.’

Fall Winter 2018 includes an array of shearling jackets, transitional coats; combat pieces and over-the-top colorful fur-trimmed parkas, sweatshirts, oversized knits and draped football scarves. To really put the knife in, the collection increases the seminal core of Moose Knuckles with new Army Green, Redwood and Driftwood colorways. Canada to its core Moose Knuckles lives to innovate - to lead.

www.mooseknucklescanada.com

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Sonos and Faberyayo partner up to celebrate Fall as the Comfy season

Is he serious? Is he joking? Is he highlighting faults in society or is he laughing for the fun of laughing? Pizza love songs, puppet shows and short novels about dwarfs, Dutch Rapper Faberyayo’s aesthetic is one of neon-normality. Faberyayo has carved a lane through the centre of Dutch hip-hop with his pioneering work ethic and an innate sense of originality. This Fall ‘Yayo has reinvented himself again as his own barmy galaxy collides with the luminous effervescent planet of Abel.

This weekend Faberyayo and Abel take over the Sonos Home in Amsterdam to celebrate the release of their album. The duo has fused their unique minds to produce a brainchild like no other, Comfy. Now that the light is faded, summer has decided it is time for fall, the leaves begin to glide to the ground, this is the season for Comfy.

''Comfy Season means the summer is finally over and everyone gets back inside. It’s the season of dressing in Comfy style, the season of takeaway latte macchiato’s, the season of online shopping and enjoying a bit of romance at home. Fall is more than a season, it’s a vibe! Dear Fans and Fanettes, come and get Comfy with me, it’s the season!’' — Faberyayo.

Sonos transformed their Amsterdam home completely to shoot the music video of the first track of the album called “Online Shoppen”. The result is everything you might expect when you let Faberyayo and Abel take over your home. An exciting experience bringing the world of Faberyayo and Abel to life visually and sonically. Fans will be the first to step in the world that’s called Comfy season and enjoy the experience and get an exclusive screening of the video in Sonos Home Amsterdam before it goes live.

Join ZOO at the Sonos Home Amsterdam on the 22nd and 23rd of September. Visit the experience in the Sonos Home Amsterdam and be the first to see and listen to the new music video, book a free time slot, receive your personal invite, bring a friend and immerse yourself in the world of Comfy Season. You can register here.

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Highlights from New York Fashion Week

CALVIN KLEIN 205W39NYC Spring 2019

Creative Director RAF Simons’ cinematic eye has transformed the landscape for Calvin Klein 205W39NYC since his arrival. On this occasion the often-polarizing original Hollywood blockbuster Jaws and the eerie yet sublime Dustin Hoffman classic The Graduate set the tone. Jaws Merch-tee’s will undoubtedly sweep the upper echelons of fashion while Mortarboards felt more necessary as mood setting props. Rubber Scuba gear that paid homage to both cinematic triumphs will be the talk of the town for months to come.

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BOSS Spring 2019

Few expected a fine-knit dress and nylon trench to open Boss’ Spring 2019 at New York fashion week. Ingo Wilts delivered a light collection combining the men and women’s effort with relative ease. Perhaps Hugo Boss are better without their bread and butter.

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Longchamp Spring 2019

To celebrate their 70th anniversary Longchamp continued their soiree into the world of ready-to-wear. Fall 2018 piled heavy emphasis on outerwear with seductive layering, delicate fringes and fabulous braids all set to inspire the spirit of playfulness often associated with the French leather brand.

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Proenza Schouler Spring 2019

Denim. Proenza Shouler pair Lazro Hernandez and Jack McCollough rejuvenated the eternally loved work wear textile in an attempt to reinstate reality. We want the clothes to be fashion, but also to be more real,” Hernandez said. “That’s what feels right in the world today. It’s kind of a cliché, but it’s gotta be real.”

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Camper FW18 Campaign

Spanish footwear brand Camper has released its Fall/Winter 2018 collection with a new campaign. This time, creative director Romain Kremer stretches the imagination and blurs the line between the abstract and the absolute. Photographed by Daniel Sannwald, the brand demonstrates a real-life take on the virtual experience and questions the future of digital interaction — inviting spectators alongside otherworldly avatars raining from fantastical to post-apocalyptic.

Debuting with this collection, the popular footwear company presents nine new styles of advanced unisex shoes including newcomers Rolling and Pix, Helix and Brutus and chunky-heeled Thelma for woman.

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Jessica and Krystal Jung celebrate anniversary of iconic Fendi Peekaboo Bag

Jessica Jung — an American singer, songwriter, actress, model, fashion designer, and businesswoman who was born and raised in California with Korean roots together with her little sister Krystal. In 2007 Jung debuted as a member of the South Korean girl group Girls' Generation.

Her sister Krystal Jung is a singer and actress in South Korea. In 2002, Krystal began appearing in television commercials. In 2017, she starred in the comedy drama “Wise Prison Life” and received good reviews for her performance. She was also named 'Woman of the Year’ by GQ Korea in the same year. Jessica and Krystal are the most popular sisters in Korea. Together they’re staring in the new Fendi Peekaboo Bag campaign celebrating the 10th anniversary.

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Roberto Cavalli opens first German store

Located in Berlin’s elegant shopping heart Charlottenburg, Roberto Cavalli is opening its first German store, welcoming customers to shop the brand’s modern and dynamic collection covered by their authentic Italian experience.

Balancing between space, sofas, gold lamps and armchairs the store represents a wide collection for men and women, offering ready-to-wear clothing, shoes, bags, watches, jewellery, eyewear, fragrances, home accessories and tableware.

The store embodies Roberto Cavalli’s international and cosmopolitan spirit inspired by Tuscany’s sophisticated color combinations. Precious marble floors and elegant vaulted ceilings mixed with freestanding furniture pieces and brushed brass tracks define the new direction and straightforward vision of the luxury brand.

www.robertocavalli.com

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It is so good to be bad

Sensuality and femininity strongly force together with hopeless romance and fearless independence for the new fragrance GOOD GIRL by Caroline Herrera.

The mid-night blue stiletto bottle with golden heel epitomises New York’s style, defining elegance and sophistication, reflecting the Herrera women who are confident and powerful by nature.

To capture the perfect scent for the sophisticated and complex woman of today, Caroline turned to a true master when it comes to perfumery: Louise Turner, creating The House’s new fragrance that captures and celebrates Caroline's high-spirited duality.

www.carolinaherrera.com

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Weightlessness - Ermenegildo Zegna SS19

Fusing performance and speed of sports, Alessandro Sartori’s Spring Summer 2019 collection for Zegna elaborates a clean and sophisticate sense of lightness and linear functionalism.

The airy silhouettes unveil hybrid forms, playing with experimental collars and double sleeves. Mantaining a sobrious yet contemporary language, a very pale color palette reinforces the outlines of Sartori’s metropolitan aesthetics. The collection includes bombers, parkas and anoraks, which are combined with tailored high-waisted double pleat trousers. Perforations, degrade checks and souvenir prints enhance the feel of immateriality.

"Creation for me always stems from a technical challenge. I am presenting shapes that are bold and voluminous, yet very light, in layers of meshes, wools, silks.” says Zegna artistic director Alessandro Sartori “I found the same challenge in the architecture of this space. It is the perfect place to unleash the Zegna crew of individuals who recognize themselves in the XXX logo, which runs from the clothes to the set-up, unifying the message: a symbol of couture craft that is also the most personal and unexpected expression of Zegna”.

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Prada's Cartesian Space

A psychedelic, futuristic atmosphere unveils the unreal set that Prada has chosen for the Spring Summer 2019 Fashion Show.

The normally rough architecture of the venue in Via Fogazzaro in Milan, is transformed into a a grid, reinforcing the idea of a serial design. Numbers and symbols allude to geographic coordinates of remote locations.

Like in a cyber punk movie, cold lights projected on the inflatable stools by Verner Panton, produced by Verpan for Prada, intensify the surreal sense of lightness and transparency, questioning the recent practice that sees show sets as explanatory efforts to contextualize collections.

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An eclectic journey

FENDI is always looking for exciting initiatives to present their Eyewear collection. This time the brand collaborated with model, actor and bandleader of Counterfeit, Jamie Campbell Bower, showing the in-depth voyage of his soul-searching journey, embodying the FENDI Man values.

Off-duty dressing rooms and phone calls while chilling out were captured by a privet camera as well as his creative on-stage rock performance, remaining true to his inner child, hidden behind FENDI’s SS18 sunglasses.

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FEIT for TOOGOOD // TOOGOOD for FEIT Collection 02

FEIT founder Tull Price and British design duo Faye and Erica Toogood team up for the second time to launch the unisex Suede Artist Shoe and Suede Artist Boot, as a pure tribute to craftmanship.

The two versions readapt the design from an original desert boot and are made by hand from one-piece upper, which is consequently sewn by hand to the midsole.

With their innovative approach to sustainable solutions, the two models feature a biodegradable and non-irritant vegetable-tanned suede, which allows them to get better with age. As well, the water-based glue used to cement the midsole and the outsole and the shoes can be resoled thanks to the Goodyear construction process.

When looking at the clean design and solid structure of these two clever proposals, it is clear that this project is not only a challenge to the industrial way of thinking, rather it is a consistent demonstration of how the future of fashion is already present.

The Suede Artist Shoe and Suede Artist Boot will be available online and at FEIT New York and Toogood London stores from 21st March 2018.

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LIFEWEAR: Uniqlo + Tomas Maier

Japanese brand Uniqlo has announced the launch of their very first resort collection, released in collaboration of iconic Tomas Maier. Thought as a versatile escape from everyday life, the new series for both men and women will combine the two houses’ aesthetics, with a key focus on confort and wide use of innovative and high quality materials, such as AIRism fabric, extra-fine cotton and 100% cashmere for the knitwear. The womenswear includes tops, dresses, a polo-shirt and a stylish swimwear piece that can be used as loungewear too. The mens’ proposals focus on jackets, t-shirts, polo shirts and shorts that function as swimming trunks, unveiling a color range of navy blue, black and khaki hues. Starting from Thursday the 17th of May the LifeWear series will be available online and in 19 stores worldwide, celebrating the flexible, relaxed freedom of modern elegance.

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Givenchy launches their new platform to main European markets

Now closer to their customers than ever before, on the 5th March 2018 historical Fashion House Givenchy has launched their new omni-channel platform to its five main European markets: the UK, Italy, Netherlands, Germany and Spain. The new platform, which has been designed in collaboration with the London-based agency R/GA and curated by artistic director Clare Waight Keller, is characterized by a very fluid layout and clean structure blending real-time access to fashion shows, in-depth features and a mix of news.

Coinciding with product availability in-store, the platform will satisfy consumers desire to purchase several pieces from the designer Spring Summer 2018 collection, including front-of line access to monthly-product drops and online-only capsule pieces. Presenting all products in high resolution, Givenchy’s new strategy (covering also online media, e-mail and social media) celebrates a future-oriented approach to shopping and unique ability to combine very distinctivr web design aesthetics with the increasing improvement of user experiences.

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Highlights from Milan Fashion Week

On the wave of intelligent feminism, Max Mara centres on how modern women perceive their freedom. If in the 80s structural elements from the male wardrobe would have symbolised the status of achieved empowerment, nowadays the feeling is different. Collaborating with French artist François Berthoud for sweaters and T-shirts, the range includes skinny pants and pencil skirts, while for the outerwear a teddy bear coat featuring a Western Fringe, leopard printed coats and the iconic camel coat featuring a classic cut that design the outlines of a spontaneous, comfortable self-expression.

On the other way around, Sportmax is a layered conjunction of technical materials and urban outlines, determined by bright colored puffers and and down vests. The skirts are embellished with zippers, while the dresses’ flowing shapes enhance the sporty feel the athletic silhouettes.

Inspired by the intriguing Sharon Stone in Basic Instinct (1992), for Paul Surridge fashion is a matter of sensuality. Without abandoning Roberto Cavalli historical trademarks, the collection combines together womenswear and menswear, highlighting opulent looks featuring multicolor animalier prints, leather shirts, aviator jackets, flowing maxi dresses best enhanced by ochre, turquoise and amethyst colors.

Strong, loud, confident. The charming women of Versace bring back all the energetic enthusiasm of glamorous eighties. With a powerful visual impact and honouring the brand tradition as well as the mixing of different cultures and subcultures, the proposals feature total looks and bold logos, which are in turn underlined by architectural shoulders, multi-layered kilts in contrasting full yellow and blue, corsets and mini-skirts.

With Paul Andrew taking the reins of the women’s brand, Ferragamo presents nothing but a very a sophisticated collection focusing on classicism. Symmetrical cuts are in total harmony with fluid fabrics in monochromatic hues that softly intensify the feel of a sober elegance over foulard and long dresses. Moreover, suede trenches come in full green or red hues highlights the brand’s leather heritage in balance with the immediateness of contemporary fashion.

Working on the coexistence of different cultures, Giorgio Armani proposals are quite a number. Total looks in black velvet take central stages, mostly embellished with crystals, watercolor florals that do not compromise the brand’s smooth elegance, yet transform the precious fabrics in garments wearable any time of the day.

With a similar approach, Emporio Armani creates a strong alliance between the richness of their bright fabrics and the urban and sporty language of the label. Hereafter, everything seems a contemporarily wise update, which focuses on forms and proportions. Several shades of green and watery colors set the mood of the collection, revealing long dark coats, fur and structured tailored jackets.

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Inner Landscape by Prada Journal

In cooperation with Italian leading publishig house Giangiacomo Feltrinelli Editore and Eyewear brand Luxottica, Prada Journal unveils the winners name for the a competition which has seen 5 tesimonials, 75 contributors and 267 selected Prada Journalists sharing their own Inner Landscape.

The projects explores the theme of relationship between the personal sphere and the outside world, asking the participants to use texts and images (photographs, video or illustrations) to best suit the creation of a compelling digital content that translates what can be a personal perspective into a collective, sharable overview. The three winners Giorgia Ascolani (video), Isabella Giambitto (image) and Nadya Zakharova (gallery) have been selected by Davide Monteleone, Mimi Xu and Margaret Zhang, testimonials of the project.

In addition to the context, Prada Journal in collaboration with Luxottica have realised an elegant yet essential Eyewear collection, featuring metal frames, double bridges and acetate inserts, which enhance both brands affinity with high craftmanship and offer an exclusive tool with which observing the inner world and the outside reality.

www.prada.com/pradajournal

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L’Eau delà-Émoi – Longchamp's new store opening in New York

In anticipation of Spring 2018, the new Longchamp flagship store on Fifth Avenue in New York inaugurates the building façade with an illustration from Paris-born artist Guillame Alby, also known as Remed.

The visual work, which has been named ‘L’Eau delà-Émoi’ (Water from there, Emotion), is part of the technique series and echoes an “ode to the present trough the worship of the line, for the love of a gesture that most resembles the essence of intention, or the state of awareness” as Remed declared. The result is a mathematical conjunction of lines and letters that hypnotically captures the viewers’ eyes trough simple curves and vivid primary colors, yet dramatically enhance their personification due to a creative process that involves the use of permanent tools, namely not allowing for anything to be erased.

Before, artists Ryan McGinnes and Franz Ackerman curated the first and second installations. Remed is the third one being commissioned by Longchamp trough their Artwalk Movement, successfully transforming retail sites into large-scale artworks available for the wide public.

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Highlights from NYCFW

A look back at the structured shapes of the eighties enhanced by black leather head-band accessories, Tom Ford delivered a roaring, eccentric spirit that highlights shimmering animalier prints over constructed suits and tight mini-dresses, reinforcing the idea of eccentric glamour.

With his extreme love for excess, Philipp Plein presented a space-odyssey runway, catapulting us in an ultra-artificial world dominated by robots, fake snow and floating spaceships. Skin-tight catsuits, sported by Irina Shayk, and bodysuits in latex or adorned with crystals strongly underlining the silhouettes, while logo straps appear on oversized puffers. The collection features metallic crop tops and plastic coats true to Plein's subversive spirit.

Victoria Beckham’s work has always been an aesthetic devoted to femininity. For ten years now, the vision is still the same, adding a modernist, utilitarian feel to the collection presented last Sunday at James Burden Maison in Manhattan. Dresses in felted wool with sculptural silhouettes feature full-length back zips. The collection includes also khaki trousers and structured coats that add a touch of rigorous military mood. By contrast, long skirts in earthy tones are enriched with silk pleats paired with oversized bags enhancing the feel of a relaxed high-end allure.

Inspired by Berlin's beats of Barghain and fascinated by the cult book-turned-movie Christiane F. – Wir Kinder vom Banhof Zoo, Raf Simons unveils a youthful and underground collection. With graphic prints on T-shirts featuring actors Thomas Haustein and Natja Brunkhorst (main characters of the movie), sleeveless hoodies controversially embellished with “DRUGS” caption (which actually refer to Cookie Mueller and Glenn O’Brian) and eventually latex gloves, Simons cleverly portrays the club scene, offering an exclusive high-end rave-wear.

Italian house Bottega Veneta unveils their opulent collection by German designer Tomas Maier, with a tender homage to New York City. Silk pyjamas, multi-chromatic dresses and geometric design tell us something about the architectural landscape of the City and its multicultural, immersive aesthetics.

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New Dior Boutique Opening in Berlin

Last 27th January, Dior has inaugurated a new boutique located in Kurfürstendamm 56, one of the most well known avenues in Berlin.

The store, which hosts both menswear and womenswear collections, jewelry and perfumes, has been decorated by designer Stefan Leo with furniture in recycled-metal that create a tromp-l’oeil effect. The LB bubble artwork by abstract artist Jan Kalab adds a contemporary tone to the gentle atmosphere, softly in balance with the Versailles Parquet floor, that instead recalls Christian Dior passion for 18th century aesthetics.

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Yohji Yamamoto Menswear Fall 2018

There are many tales surrounding the legend of Shuten Doji, one of strongest demons in ancient Japan folklore, who kidnapped young noble women to devour them at night. It is narrated that at the end of the X century the legendary samurai Minamoto no Yorimitsu and his warriors successfully killed the demon on the Mount Ooe in Kyoto prefecture.

It is not by chance that the painting by Utagawa Yoshitsuya representing these events was imprinted on Yohji Yamamoto’s invite envelope where on its inside sat a small thin sheet of paper. In black colour.

The collection seemed a deep thought on our times, on the recurring human cruelty, on the lack of compassion and values.

There are always many interpretations to Yohji Yamamoto’s poetic and at times ironic view on themes. Even the tight seating felt a key element to read the collection. The urge to be on our toes, to feel the tension, while the models slowly walked in the space of Rue Saint Martin – headquarters of the brand – on the sound of Jiro Animoto’s voice and guitar.

Skirts, tunics, blazers and coats layered to create splendid slouchy ensembles recalling a samurai robe, tightened on the waist by leather belts. In few looks the overcoat was worn on one sleeve underling the flawless fluid tailoring of Yamamoto.

The collection continued with knitwear revealing stitching as a gesture of keeping together lacerated flesh during a battle. Again the poetic of the imperfect, of the ruined.

Shades of blue, grey and deep red looks for deconstructed coats. A photo of Yohji Yamamoto himself was featured on one of them with small glittery blue tear embroidered along one of his eyes. In the final series of monastic black silhouettes John Lennon ‘s “Imagine” pinned a crescendo of emotions in a collection beautifully true to the poetic of this unwavering Japanese master.

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Alexander McQueen Menswear Fall 2018

An updated sleek suiting with an hourglass waist, prominent shoulders and cropped flare trousers.

Sarah Burton knows exactly what is one of the main strength at McQueen and never fail to update new elements season after season.

Fall Winter 2018 presented pinstripe and English check suits with overcoats in black cashmere and paisley embroidered camel. Floating kite-like trench coats were styled tightened around the waist. A dialogue between a modern take on traditional tailoring and a more street-like and utilitarian story.

It’s Alexander McQueen heritage to explore contrasting elements.

The collection continued with parkas and bombers in leather with what looked like a double inlay but at a closer glance revealed to be an embellishment on its zipped closure. The play of double progresses when a cashmere lined leather horse blanket as cape with shearling collar is paired with leather pants.

Austere precision is faced with opulent and romantic elements: beautiful hand painted English roses adorn silk suits and jet beading seen in the previous season embellish silk dressing gowns and evening blazers with matching track pants. All paired with white trainers with moulded soles.

Black, burgundy, silver, khaki and a splash of what the show notes called London fire engine red. Like the red lights at the show location, with all its English underground connotation set the mood for an increasingly powerful menswear identity at Alexander McQueen.

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Marni Market

For five months, at 231 Rue Saint Honore, Marni Market settles in Paris. The firm’s playful universe is revealed through an exhibition where visitors can explore and interact within Marni's colorful world and purchase special items during three different periods.

In January 2018, Marni Visitor Market keeps the traditional Christmas charitable donation —addressing the profits to Piccolo Principe Association for helping children in difficulty within the province of Milan — with the sale of funny marionettes, half toy and half sculpture, made of painted wood and resin.

From the 1st of February until the 12th of April, Marni Playful Market will turn in an interactive space, where visitors can play freely within the elements showcased in the area.

The last period, from the 13th of April until the 18th of May, Marni House Market will be dedicated the exposition of Colombia hand-made items, celebrating creativity and workmanship.

www.marni.com

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Lana Mueller Launches Fall/Winter 2018-19 Collection

On the exclusive 1st floor of Restaurant Borchart, Lana Mueller unveils the traits of her woman: extremely feminine and pleasantly delicate.

A sober elegance is suggested by the color palette, which prefers pale blue, full green or light sorbet shades and even more highlighted by sophisticated fabrics, such as a classy lace combined with hand-painted velvet and light chiffon that celebrate the beauty of organic forms.

www.lanamueller.com

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The Paris Polo

In line with its precise identity and redefining the modern codes of urban elegance, Lacoste launches their R-T-W brand new polo shirt.

Characterised by a slim concealed button placket and a collar band, the shirt is proposed with shorter length and a straight fit that highlight the silhouette. The use of light materials like the stretch cotton mini piqué allows a comfortable and practical wear, while a tone-on-tone embroidered logo remarks the clean essentiality of the label, aiming to create a timeless look easy to combine with different styles.

Available in 15 shades, the Paris Polo will be available online and in all Lacoste stores from February 2018.

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dunhill introduces the London ICON Racing Fragrance

The thrill of the open road and the picture of a man driving through the British landscape in an open-top sports car in racing green were the inspiration for the latest frangrance by dunhill. The racing green was the team color of the English racing drivers at the dawn of motor racing, which is associated with glorious victories and the cutting-edge machinery of Britain’s golden age of engineering. The dunhill London ICON Racing fragrance stands for speed, masculinity and freedom.

As dunhill has always been connected with the history of motoring, an engine turn finish was chosen to decorate the bottle, sporting the automotive engineering technique knurling, which creates a textured geometric pattern and was first used on dunhill metal lighters in 1924. Considered being effortlessly impeccable in manners and appearance, the ICON Racing man is stylish not fashionable.

This energy and masculine sophistication is distiled in every bottle of ICON Racing featuring Guaiac wood, vetiver and musk as warm base notes. Italian bergamot, grapefruit and cardamom note enhance the scent of black pepper and lavender making it the ideal aroma for men on the move.

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G-Star RAW Research III BY Aitor Throup

In the G-Star RAW innovation lab, which is led by the British designer, artist and creative director Aitor Throup, denim is being deconstructed to its purest form. The third collection of the RAW Research for men and very first for women, presents new denim constructions, silhouettes and shapes.

The collection features ten pieces in undyed and unwashed calico denim and challenges the conventional perception of the popular fabric. The same collection goes through a process of hand dyeing, where the indigo is added to the raw garments, resulting in an organically irregular visual effect. The G-Star innovation lab separates, analyzes and utilizes the core elements of denim in experimental ways.

RAW Research is known for launching a new 3D denim construction each season. This time, it is the Spiraq jean. Crafted from a single piece of denim, that is wrapped around the leg, the model is carefully molded to provide the perfect fit.

The third RAW Research collection also represents Throup’s first ever work of womenswear. Reflecting the overall design pilosophy of RAW Research III, the pieces are blending minimalism and functionality without compromising femininity. For both the men’s and women’s collection the in-house laboratory of G-Star follows the same untreated approach, while pushing the boundaries of product design through an explorative process.

The G-Star RAW Research III collection wil be available in selected concept stores from the 15th of December.

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Wim Wenders Shot Jil Sander’s Spring/Summer 18 Campaign

The German luxury brand Jil Sander has chosen the director Wim Wenders to shoot their SS 18 campaign starring the first collection by the new creative directors Lucie and Luke Meier.

The German director filmed a short movie of five episodes, which is called “Paused By” and setted in Berlin, marking his first collaboration with Jil Sander. The foregoing trailer already indicates the sense of expectation that spreads throughout the films as they are paused at intense moments, leaving the viewer captivated and curious to know what comes next.

Not missing the expressive style of Wim Wenders, the five different scenarios consist of mysterious shots which are, like the soulful collection itself, an ode to pure emotion and a delicate balance between innocence and sophistication.

The episodes will be released by the beginning of December 2017 and the frames of the movie will serve as the advertising campaign images.

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Fendi Partners Up With Rimowa

The Italian fashion house Fendi has joined forces with the iconic luggage brand Rimowa from Germany and created a one-of-a-kind piece. Rimowa stands for design, durability and craftmanship and is popular amongst fashionable people and those working in the industry. The trolley combines Fendi’s savoir-faire and daring creativity with the modern design and high-tech attributes of Rimowa and successfully intertwines the DNA of both brands. The suitcase is made of aluminium and equipped with a Multiwheel system for smooth and effortless traveling. 

Featured in the Cuoio Romano leather, the key values and signature design of Rimowa are perfectly coupled with high-quality, unique details and craftmanship such as the sophisticated, emblematic double F logo with a brushed effect on the aluminium, which changes its perception depending on the light. The black leather handles, along with the web belt, that runs across the case in tones of yellow and a touch of black with the logo, gives the case a characteristic Fendi touch. This ultimate traveler’s piece comes with fun stickers and a name tag where you can add your personal details. Available in selected Fendi and Rimowa boutiques and on fendi.com as of December 2017, just in time for Christmas and all those who will be traveling around the world during the festive season.

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Hogan Christmas Special Edition: Glam It Up!

To accompany the upcoming festive and joyous mood before and after Christmas with style and grace, Italian shoe brand Hogan releases a special collection. The 2017 Christmas Edition can’t be beaten in glamour and festiveness. The brand’s maxiplatform H222 signature sneakers have been revisited and are proposed in two bright versions. The first one is a black patent leather edition with allover golden motifs and a laminated sole and the second comes in black suede with silver decorations and a metallic platform. A bright-touch clutch bag completes the Hogan XMAS Capsule Collection making it a perfect match for the shoes. These pieces are a secure entry on this year’s wish list!

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The Plunge

At the poolside on a summer’s day, Bono and Jack Nicholson are having a casual conversation. Captured in black and white, it’s a spontaneous snap of a private moment, caught on camera by Jean Pigozzi. He brought them together at the villa, which was built for his father in Cap d’Antibes in 1953. There is a saying: Great minds think alike. Apparently, they also vacation alike. Pigozzi’s small format exhibition Pool Party brings genius musicians such as Mick Jagger and iconic models like Naomi Campbell together in portraiture, enjoying sunny days at his private pool parties in the south of France in the early 90s. It is currently being shown at the Museum of Photography and Helmut Newton Foundation in Berlin, in June’s room. Helmut and June Newton frequented his summer parties as well – a secret getaway. While Pigozzi’s images let the viewer take a plunge into a summery setting to explore the life of the rich and the famous, this is only one aspect of the tripartite mix of exhibitions. Another friend and colleague of Newton shares the space, in the form of Mario Testino’s site-specific installation called Undressed. 

It’s a combination of a number of previously unpublished fashion and nude portraits, which analyses the physical notion of undressing. It blurs the boundaries between fashion and eroticism, between anatomy and art. The presentation of the images is especially a sight to behold. 50 larger-than-life images are affixed to the walls of three exhibition halls, reaching into the corners of the room and touching the ceiling, thereby creating a landscape of human bodies. Nudity becomes nature. Unseen rounds off the complementary selection of exhibitions with original prints of Newton’s own images, mainly focusing on photographs combining nudity and fashion in a subtle way. There are many never-before-seen images from the archives mixed with famous portraits of Jeremy Irons at the Ritz Hotel in London, or Michael Gross at a swimming pool in Dortmund, reuniting the returning themes of all exhibitions. The arrangement of images goes full circle. The exhibitions “Mario Testino. Undressed / Helmut Newton. Unseen / Jean Pigozzi. Pool Party” are on display until November 19, 2017. The Museum of Photography / Helmut Newton Foundation is located at Jebensstraße 2, 10623 Berlin, Germany.

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Rick Owens Spring/Summer 2018

A laugh, a constant chuffed female loud laugh. It’s Michele Lamy’s voice in her latest album, accompanying Rick Owens Spring Summer 2018 show staged at the ornamental pond on Palais de Tokyo’s esplanade.

Rick Owens’ parade of draped, layered, adjunct looks felt - more than the recent Menswear Spring Summer’18 - like a continuation of the previous Womenswear Fall Winter ’17, with its spectacular volumes and emblematic head pieces of what looked like a sacred procession. At the time Owens declared how it was a propitious gesture in name of humanity and a positive new beginning as opposite to his historical cult of darkness.

On the same wavelength, this Spring Summer ‘18 collection is a rejection of any dark climate our time is undoubtedly imbued with. The show started with off-white silhouettes carefully draped with oversized bags placed at the waste, to create volumes recalling wombs.

The collection was rich in variations: sequined looks with knitted threads over them in brown, grey, and black; embellishment details in forms of slim linear beads placed in the shape of striped architectural structures over tops and dresses, occasionally recalling a moebius form.

But it were the final looks that undoubtedly stole the scene. A series of cocoon-like forms made of carefully shaped transparent jersey revealing intricate origami forms beneath, covering models heads’ and elongating them as to create a new being, a new existence. Rick Owens’ ode to joy, light and what’s still to come was staged in a water spectacle where beamers vertically sprayed water ten meters high. As the models walked in an impetuous fresh mist invaded the entire space. The PR’s urging us to wear the plastic rain ponchos placed on every seat pre-show, finally made sense. With Rick Owens signature’s logo written on its back we all looked as part of a congregation, reunited for some propitious ritual in the name or rebirth. A cleansing from this tired society.

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Lover’s tryst at Givenchy Spring/Summer 2018

Former Chloé Creative director Claire Waight Keller opts for a cool Parisian allure and reinvents Givenchy for her debut at the Palais de Justice. The collection builds on the power of duality and romance. His becomes hers – it’s a transformation of seduction happening right under the eyes and ears of Hubert de Givenchy. The collection is influenced by his colour palette of black, white and navy touched up with vermillion red and mint. The garments fall in sharp line with bold shoulder cuts. Graphic clover prints inspired by the 1960s, animal motifs and velvet are combined with sportive breton knits. Polka dots and soft point d’esprit tulle add a touch of femininity, while satin bows and a caped back pay a modern homage. Vichy checks, brocade and moiré on skin indicate a luxurious club atmosphere. This collection certainly makes Claire Waight Keller a duly successor to Ricardo Tisci and one to watch for her upcoming seasons at the head of the iconic French brand.

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Dior Spring/Summer 2018

“The question: Why have there been no great women artists? – is simply the top tenth o fan iceberg of misinterpretation and misconception: beneath lies a vast and its situational concomitants, about the nature of human abilities in general and of human excellence in particular, and the role that the social order plays in all of this”.

Linda Nochlin’s essay in 1971 is such a contemporary discourse now more than ever.

Maria Grazia Chiuri, at the reign of Dior for already one year takes the words of Nochlin as a source of inspiration continuing her feminism reference since the start. We found Nochlin’s essay in form of a small booklet on every seat at the show almost as a urge to reflect in such a fragile political moment. As we entered the spectacular venue of Musee Rodin, a humongous facade in shape of a milestone welcomed us.

Engraved with the enchanting words of Niki de Saint Phalle: ”If life is a game of cards. We are born without knowing the rules. Yet we must play our hand, throughout the ages people have liked playing tarot cards. Poets, philosophers, alchemists, artists, have devoted themselves to discovering their meaning”.

The female artist Niki de Saint Phalle - at the time friend of Marc Bohan – is one of Chiuri’s muse for the Spring Summer collection. Her androgynous style, but also her work with the colourful sculptures – the “Nanas”.

Chiuri dives into her world and into Dior’s archive, celebrating the work of Bohan with his mini dresses, the polka dots, the slim look and the pants, a wink to the first Dior Homme line created by Bohan himself in 1970.

The collection is an ode to the 70s but also the 60s with that irreverent sexiness emblematic of the changing of time. Short little dresses, worn with high laced boots. But also a series of soft bustier dresses - quickly become the signature of Chiuri’s at Dior - this season adorned with sequins in electric colours, reminiscent of the disco subculture of these years.

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Welcome to G-Star Mat

In the presence of esteemed guests from the realms of fashion, music and cinema, Pharrell Williams toasted the launch of the G-Star Elwood X25 at G-Star Mat, a space that embodies creativity and self-expression.

The classic G-Star Elwood was reimagined in 25 bright and beautiful prints that meld motifs from the natural world – from poison dart frogs and butterfly fish to leopards and whale sharks – with renderings that pay homage to cultural diversity and include ornate Indian paisley prints and Japanese kimono embroidery.

Like the prints, the space itself was also designed to champion creativity by way of transforming an otherwise ordinary space into a surprising, aesthetically pleasing environment. Sleek Laundromat machines, each containing different print iterations whirred with activity, allowing guests to see the inspiration behind each print and encouraging them to interact with the space itself and one another as if on a movie set.

www.g-star.com

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Zegna’s ‘Defining Moments’

For the second iteration of its ‘Defining Moments’ campaign, Ermenegildo Zegna has brought on Hollywood legend Robert De Niro and Benjamin Millepied, the French choreographer responsible for Natalie Portman’s dramatic dancing in Black Swan. The global advertising campaign will run starting August 22nd on a multitude of platforms. The ‘Defining Moments’ omni channel initiative was first introduced for the Spring/Summer 2017 season, and reflects the emotion and people-centered voice that Ermenegildo Zegna supports in its brand statement.

Both De Niro and Millepied come from different eras, countries and fields. But surprisingly, they have a lot in common: both share a love for New York, sophistication, elegance, and culture. Together with Alessandro Sartori, the Artistic Director for Ermenegildo Zegna, and film-maker Francesco Carrozzini, a dialogue is formed between De Niro and Millepied. Together they discuss their passions, values, and defining moments in their careers: an insightful and intimate conversation which covers their artistic expressions, and how it has framed their life choices.

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FENDI: F IS FOR…

Fearless.


This season, Fendi have partnered with Los Angeles Lakers point guard Jordan Clarkson. In the campaign video, the young 25-year-old basketball prodigy, who was named to the NBA All-Rookie First Team, challenges his skills by shooting hoops at the top of the Palazzo Della Civilta? Italiana in Rome. “It’s important to be fearless on and off the court,” he says. “When you look good, play good, it gives you that sense of confidence. In basketball, it’s all about confidence. Show them who you are, before you get in the arena and express yourself. That’s what it all comes down to.”

The campaign was created and curated by Leonetta Luciano Fendi, the daughter of Silvia Venturini Fendi and the fourth generation of the famous fashion family, poised to take over the helm and bring the brand deep into the new millennium. Together with Ciristiana Monfardini, Leonetta Fendi is shaping fresh content which celebrates young talent, creativity, optimism and fearless confidence: values solidly ingrained in the core of FENDI.

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SKEPTA x NIKE

Skepta’s collaboration with Nike is launching on September 2nd. The British grime artist worked with the sportswear giant on a fresh look for their classic Air Max 97 model, sourcing inspiration from his London council estate upbringing, his Nigerian heritage and from a recent trip to Marrakesh.

Talking about the Moroccan city, Skepta gushed over its pastel colors, geometric architecture, lively taxis, and the magical worlds hidden deep in the souqs. Local street style merged with traditional clothing was a huge influence in his design decisions as well: “The style reminded me of Nigeria — the way people wear such casual and practical clothing,” he said. “I wanted to introduce embroidery to the streets, a place where people don't feel entitled to certain things; I wanted to make us feel good, really.” He is referring to the braided embroidery detail on the tongue and on the back that, along with the playful print on the insole, harken back to these North African roots.

The dark burgundy and olive shiny finish is a throwback to another ‘90s Nike classic – the Air Tuned Max – which Skepta owned as a child. He recalls: “That was the first shoe I ever saved up money to buy, so I wanted to bring its magic to the 97 – the magic that made me first love Air Max when I saw it as a child.” A deeply personal and culturally rich project, Skepta’s Nike Air Max 97’s are likely to go down as one of the brand’s most successful collaborations.

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Yohji Yamamoto Spring/Summer 2018 Menswear

“Too old to die”, “Don’t be body shaming”, “Give me one more chance”

It's rare to see an icon like Yohji Yamamoto reinventing himself with such a savoir faire season after season. For Men's SS18 Yohji Yamamoto channelled his vision in a poetic exercise aiming to discover the younger generations in his team, keeping that signature we have loved long since. Spectacular ethereal velvet, leather bomber jackets in pop colours and notes scribbled all over this touching collection.

Yohji Yamamoto reflects on the afterlife, on the future of the brand once he will depart this world. It is a collection with the signature’s black palette and those powerful and visceral scribbles we have seen often in Yohji Yamamoto’s oeuvre, with Japanese calligraphy and its English counterpart next to it. Messages to the future. Sentences echoing in space look after look. As the models enter the catwalk in the Headquarters of the brand we have felt all these emotional connotations. The future of Yohji Yamamoto’s legacy, the integrity of his signature in the time soon to come. There were beautiful coloured leather jackets painted in collaboration with artist Saitoh Yusuke with portraits of Japanese actress Eiko KOIKE who will be the new face for the upcoming Yohji Yamamoto’s catalogues.But also the self portraits of artist Suzume Uchida, depicting herself as ghost.

It’s the circle of life, as seen in Buddhist philosophy, repeating itself: death, rebirth, and the continuation of life in loop.

www.yohjiyamamoto.co.jp

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Dior Homme Spring/Summer 2018

Late summer nights. Kris van Assche's new Dior Homme storms in the Grand Palais with a collection imbued with that irreverent and smart spirit we have seen since last Summer show one year ago.

The new wave, the 90s rock, the punk, the party kids, the rave. It's all here, this time declined in beautiful reinvented tailoring with the mesmerizing sound of the pulsing show soundtrack composed by sound artist Frederic Sanchez as backdrop.

A black sleeveless t-shits with a printed “Christian Dior Atelier”, paired with tailored fluid pants with a sort of half blazer attached on top at the waistline. A trompe l’oeil recalling the sleeveless suits walking immediately before.

It is again a sophisticate tale of details, of research, new silhouettes for suiting. Kris van Assche channels again his memories, his early years fascinations in music, art, youth subcultures.

The colour palette is mirroring that dark attitude Dior Homme has been channelling lately: black, red, grey, and classic checks on the same tones, with a splash of mauve and blue.

It’s the rave boy, it’s the cool kid on the block but it is also the duality of dressing up in the night. Leather bomber jackets, shorts, preppy knitted waistcoats, with tie-like scarf casually wrapped around the neck.

It’s this “new cool” on suiting.

The set design made possible an extremely close look on the pieces as they walked in. The signature’s detailing, the stitching, the perfection of the cut. And that atmosphere just out of a late night summer music festival.

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Fendi's Fall/Winter 2017 Menswear campaign is here!

Fendi’s new advertising campaign for its Fall Winter 2017 Men’s collection is the perfect embodiment of the positive, energetic spirit of the brand’s latest menswear collection designed by Silvia Venturini Fendi. 

The Fendi Vocabulary serves as the collection’s main inspiration and is echoed in the array of simple, modern and desirable pieces that comprise a truly multifaceted collection rife with street style and formal elements; diametrically contrary but complementary nonetheless. From ready-to-wear and fur to bags, shoes and accessories, the entire range is permeated with an uplifting optimistic mood that is echoed on the garments themselves through the word of the Fendi Vocabulary.

When times are tough, optimism remains a shiny beacon of hope. Fundamental values of the past that have been instilled in us like trust, friendship, “LOVE” and “HOPE” carry an unmistakeable energy that urges us to face fears and challenges head-on.

Silvia Venturini Fendi was inspired by the immortal message of these little words and journeyed into a vademecum of Ernest Hemingway, picking up universal, key words like “LOVE”, “TRY”, “HOPE”, “LISTEN”; in their simplicity these short utterances convey an immortal message of positivity and optimism that can help us in difficult moments.

The campaign’s video, shot in the Canary Island of Lanzarote, highlights the bond between nature and city, humanity and nature, effortlessly bridging notions that may seem disconnected at first glance. C

Chosen for his contagious energy and positivity, model Nicolas Ripoll is seen running and jumping as if in a tribal dance of sorts through the incredible and awe-inspiring volcanic landscapes of the island promoting the brand’s idea of clear-headed optimism and joy in the sight of the future – no matter how rocky it may become.

Check out the preview video here 
https://youtu.be/jyJ3FB4LbIc  and head to www.fendi.com to discover more from July 14th! 

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Salvatore Ferragamo Spring/Summer 2018 Menswear

Ferragamo’s Spring/Summer 2018 menswear collection was a sun-drenched collection of Riviera inspired pieces designed by Guillaume Meilland that exuded a leisurely lifestyle and the understated elegance synonymous with the iconic Italian maison.

If that’s hard to picture just think of Alain Delon and Marcello Mastroianni summering seaside in all their laid-back, effortless glamour. Bringing this aesthetic and grounding it in today’s reality, Ferragamo banks on the feeling of escapism supported by a breezy colour palette dominated by earthy hues, ivory, subdued pinks and light blues with a dash of hazy blues and deep mahogany.

Formal and casual styles focus on light silhouettes for a deconstructed feel that’s very in keeping with this season’s ‘from desk chair to beach lounger’ aesthetic without neglecting, of course, the addition of details intrinsically linked to Ferragamo’s leather savoir-faire.

Terrycloth, corduroy and velour are given a beachy makeover, revisited with a softer hand and decorated with subtle marine patterns featuring wreathes, corals and seahorses for Bermuda shorts, coats and jackets.

Contrasting this, classic British checks and fabrics are rendered pared-down and minimal, fluid and light while they manage to retain a casual disposition that wouldn’t stick out even in formal settings.

Legacy and immediacy, both core values for Ferragamo, manifest themselves through the offering of leather pieces that were bound to take centre stage for yet another season. Shapes may be roomy or slim but they are unlined and void of superfluous elements yet meticulously crafted with a strong focus on details. Why change a winning recipe?

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Emporio Armani Spring/Summer 2018 Menswear

Japanese style is synonymous with clean lines and simple silhouettes, tailoring does the talking and superfluous intricacies are omitted for the sake of refinement. This clearly hit a nerve with Mr. Armani who, for his Emporio Armani Spring/Summer 2018 menswear collection, looks to establish a dialogue between East and West that shuns the cliché of Japanesque folklore-based collections.

Elegant tuxedos and martial arts-inspired Kimonos walked the runway alongside urban and sleek suits that were Armani through and through, upholding years of tradition.

The Far East may have served as Mr. Armani’s main inspiration this season but it was incorporated in the pieces in a way that was far from ostentatious. Elements of Japanese iconography were discreetly present on sporty boxy jackets and parkas that were in turn layered on ankle-length culottes or breezy silk cargo pants.

Armani’s trademark colour, dark blue, helped tie the collection together, grounding it in modernity and rendering it classically elegant and simultaneously modern and inspired. To contrast the darkness flashes of lacquer red were added to the mix while silk, the collection’s main fabric appeared in floral jacquard, printed with cherry blossoms or graffiti and abstract calligraphic prints.

Familiar and Armani, yes. Ordinary, not so much.

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Palm Angels Spring/Summer 2018

The starting point for any creation, whether this refers to fashion, art or any other medium of expression, is a clear and defined point of view. The rest will inevitably follow suit. Palm Angels’ artistic director Francesco Ragazzi brought that to the table in abundance for the brand’s Spring/Summer 2018 collection.

LA's skater culture is reinterpreted through Ragazzi’s Italian frame of mind, highlighting its laissez faire attitude and the idea of a life lived according to ones individual rulebook. Palm Angels stems from that same appreciation for American cultures and subcultures as it merges an appreciation for sartorial codes and a penchant for clothes being utilised as identity tropes and zeitgeist signifiers.

The Spring/Summer 2018 collection is entitled Black Sun and it pays homage to yet another enduring American subculture: surfing. Bold silhouettes and pragmatic forms are visible in the offering of parkas, duster coats, field jackets and boxy shirts that walked the runway in Milan Fashion Week. Boarding shorts, miniskirts and scuba suits were not neglected either.

Presented with the addition of functional details such as drawstrings and dangling straps, the collection also featured hints of formality in the shape of a tailored blazer that veered off the beaten path to the office and ended up beachside.

In a palette of red, black, orange, sand and grey with sun-faded effects that afford it a disobedient tone, Palm Angels’ sporty physicality acts as the link between the men’s and women’s collection.

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Fendi Spring/Summer 2018 Menswear

That Friday feeling… it manifests itself mere moments before you leave the office, ready for the weekend adventures of your choice. Almost tangible, it is infused with an air of optimism, relaxation and regrouping no matter the season. Come the summer months, however, and that fleeting moment of utter freedom is accentuated further by longer, sunnier, brighter days and a generally elevated mood.

If that sounds all too familiar, then you’re totally grasping the inspirational context behind Fendi’s Spring Summer 2018 Men’s collection that walked the runway on Monday as part of Milan’s Fashion Week Schedule. This is executive realness on the verge of the weekend. Corporate aplomb walking hand-in-hand with sunny holiday daydreams. In a naturally subdued palette of beiges, sand, greens and flutters of that all-important pink, Fendi’s latest offering focuses around formalwear so versatile that stands its ground from boardroom to pool bar: suits and big blousons are worn with sleeveless shirts while shorts and tracksuits find their perfect matches in silk shirts. Slingback loafers are paired with running socks and neckties complete even the most laid-back looks.

This season sees the advent of what the brand has coined ‘The Skype look’: a playful mismatch of sartorial options that somehow work together while concealed behind the office desk: tops and bottoms clash beautifully and interestingly enough, so do the fronts and backs of many pieces. All notions that adhere to that mood-flipping feeling that rolls around when you’re about to clock out.

This is corporate escapism, the Fendi way! 

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HUGO Spring/Summer 2018 Fashion Show

Presenting its mens- and womenswear Spring/Summer 2018 collection, HUGO transformed a factory in Florence into a candle-lit fashion show.

As a tribute to the spirit of the artist, the collection and the space itself illustrated all kinds of sketches and paint strokes that symbolises art and expression. An artist's unconventional perspective upon things, living according to his own rules with an sensitive yet careless attitude, just like the brand characteristics of HUGO, served as inspiration for the collection.

Many of the styles are in collaboration with the Designer Charles Jeffrey, with cut and shape inspired from the first HUGO collection from the year 1993, alongside completely redefined tailoring. The collection also presented oversize jackets and jumpsuits to create a unisex look with a color palette inspired from the artist's studio, reaching from neutral tones to shades of blue, yellow and of course the classic HUGO red.

For HUGO, this Spring/Summer collection is also all about the accessories. From oversized men’s bags, sneakers with chunky soles, to long earrings or pearl chains, they all contributed to a playful look.

Amongst M.I.A, Anwar Hadid and many others, present at the show was also ZOO Magazine’s current cover star, Gabriel-Kane Day-Lewis, all wearing head-to-toe HUGO.

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Miu Miu Fall/Winter 2017

Fluffy fur - fake fur - in a deep shade of lilac, literally covering the sits, walls, columns and the grand stairways of the spectacular concrete architecture of Palais d’Ièna designed by pioneer Auguste Perret for the Exposition Universelle held in 1937.

Miuccia Prada is not new to strong statements during dark times like the current political atmosphere. And she does it in the most dramatic and fun way we have known her for. For Fall Winter 2017 Miu Miu’s girl is covered with fake fur of all the possible sorbet colours: lemon, papaya, green apple, vanilla, tangerine. Mix-matched with sultry embellished silk gowns in soft powder pink and multicolour sporty striped knitwear.

A powerful woman who is not afraid to show off her girly femininity. Miuccia Prada knows how to energize a tired crowd at the end of an intense fashion week calendar. It was all about that: being positive, energetic, alive. Wrapping oversized fuzzy coats, at times embellished with bejewelled belts, but also matching furry caps, and obviously the spectacular portfolio of accessories to give the final blow. It’s pure glamour, a bit 40s, a bit 70s. It’s Miu Miu on the nth degree and we cannot but love it.

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Céline Fall/Winter 2017

“The spectator is caught under a cloudy or a starry sky, surrounded by ocean waves or masses of people running towards him, while he is entranced by the dramatic actions of the central round arena. The division between acting and the audience no longer exists. Words, light and music no longer have a set place […] The director alters position and spatial forms and mercilessly subjects the audience to the dynamics of his imaginations”.

Walter Gropius’s words during 1934 Volta congress in Rome resonate strong in Phoebe Philo’s setting choice for her Celine Fall/Winter 2017 show. It’s not the first time that a fashion designer is fascinated by the visionary ideas of the Bauhaus pioneer for his Total Theater, where the audience was supposed to revolve during the performance, shifting the spectators and the stage area to alter the viewer's scale of values and forcing them to participate in the act.

We have known Phoebe Philo for her no-nonsense vision and relaxed, elegant silhouettes as the embodying of the powerful, confident working woman who has no time for superfluous fuss. The catwalk was populated by a tribe of women, with their different life, different tempo, like we would find in any busy street.

At first glance Celine Fall Winter 2017 is just all that. Exceptional tailoring and gimmick-free looks: the long trench coat, oversized tuxedo blazers, long tunics with matching fluent pants for the day and a modern version of emperor dresses for a more dress-up feel, a crisp white shirt.

But Philo’s masterly created a collection again beautifully lying in the details, revealing its stance dramatically at a closer look.

The collection featured beautiful origami-like seam lines as mimicking the movement of the body and its presence. Like when you bend your harm and a crisp fabric would inevitably crease. It’s real life that Philo delicately suggests. Real women who don’t need to scream.

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Nicholas Kirkwood Fall/Winter 2017

“The Dark Matters”, for Fall/Winter 2017 Nicholas Kirkwood created a series of monochromatic shoes with a strong 80s aesthetic.

Geometric and graphic lines adorn the heels and boots for this strong and architectural collection. The English designer - inspired by artists like Daniel Buren - used a sculptural approach and the forever-favourite feminine/masculine dichotomy references.

The austerity of black in contrast with lurex and silver mirror smooth leather uppers, plexi-heels, pearls inlaid into a metal frame sole and luxurious black suede, adorn the collection in a play of contrasts. The name of the collection also refers to a new fabric created by Kirkwood: a black glittering stretchy textile used for a new sock-boot and a slip-on mule. It’s a rich and sophisticated collection with new silhouettes and the omnipresent irreverent mood of Kirkwood’s work

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Rick Owens Fall/Winter 2017

Sweatshirts and tees wrapped around the head, mimicking early ritual ceremonies. Coats, skirts, sleeveless jackets layered and twisted over the body recalling sacred costumes.

Rick Owens for Fall Winter 2017 designed a collection channelling the need for a positive new beginning rooted in the idea of collectivity, of gathering together, of human kind in its social form. It had a sense of austerity, of deep hope for a better future. As the model walked in the dry space of Palais de Tokyo, one following the other and randomly walking around the space it felt as a vortex of shapes, volumes and lengths was wrapping up the audience.

Deconstructed silhouettes of puffa jackets, blasers together with leather dresses pulled down and worn as captured in the second of taking them off. There was a strong sense of moving on, of change and positive transformation for a designer who has been building his reign on shades of darkness. Rick Owens chose a colour palette recalling his early work: olive green, khaki, black, shades of brown. It was as if the designer was looking for the initiation moment. The rebirth, the celebration of a future soon to come.

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Marina Abramovic - The Cleaners

Marina Abramovic, one of the most recognised artists of our time, has often utilised her body and the concept of presence as her primary artistic media. Her self-exposure as a means of artistic expression has garnered her criticism and praise in equal measure. Controversial as she may be, her work has earned her a place in the spotlight, a place that she continues to uphold to this day.

Abramovic's first major retrospective in Europe, entitled The Cleaner is being housed in Stockholm's Moderna Museet. It presents several of her best-known performances, including the Relation Works with German artist as well as former collaborator and partner, Ulay. The works take the form of live performances, films, installations and photographs dating back to the 70s and taking us all the way to the present day. Early paintings, and works on paper – some of them exhibited for the very first time – are also part of the exhibition.

A tumultuous childhood and an upbringing rife with religious and revolutionary undertones, shaped the Belgrade-born artist's worldview and played a pivotal, highly influential role in her career. Her work seeks to decipher and explore complex concepts such loss, memory, being and pain. Abramovic doesn't shy away from existential questions and interprets them in ways that may both provoke and move her audiences, delving deep into both the physical and the mental pain threshold in her own unique way. In The Lovers (1988) Abramovic and Ulay undertook a 90-day walk from opposite ends of the Great Wall of China. Their halfway meeting marked the end of their love affair and more than ten-year partnership.

A selection of the artist's performance works will be re-performed in the exhibition by specially-trained performance artists who will lend their talents to works such as Cleaning the Mirror (1995) where one person carefully scrubs clean a human skeleton in a confrontation with morality, Freeing Series (1975) where voice, memory and body are set free, and Art Must Be Beatiful, Artists Must be Beautiful (1975) where the same phrase and actions are repeated obsessively, almost like an incantation.

A new work by Abramovic, in collaboration with Lynsey Peisinger will also be performed at the Moderna Museet's Eric Ericson Hall from the 27th of February to the 5th of March.

The exhibition will run from the 18th of February to the 21st of May 2017.

www.modernamuseet.se

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Philipp Plein Autumn/Winter 2017

Brooklyn-born rap and hip hop artist Nas, opened Phillip Plein's Autumn/Winter 2017 fashion show in the iconic New York Public Library. The show was a personal love letter to the city's neighbourhoods and the diversity that characterises them, highlighting their ability to shape and define an identity. From the Bronx and Chelsea to Queens and the Upper East side, every area has something to offer.

“Neighbourhood Kings” was emblazoned across the collections' garments – it does not matter where you come from, for Philipp Plein, you are the king of your own hood. A diverse cast of personalities and models – including rappers Desiigner and Fetty Wap - strutted down the runway as The Kills performed an electrifying live set.

Music, style, gender and race all had their say in this collection that did not distinguish between men's and womenswear: the girls wear boy's T-shirts and oversized hoodies while the boy's were styles in women's jackets and dresses. Streetwear and couture are also fused together: an embroidered evening dress was paired with a bomber jacket, there was an intarsia mink coat worn with a hoodie and thigh-high sneakers marched alongside heeled boots. Catering to self-expression and their own personal sense of style, the collection's strength lies in its bid to highlight individuality.

But Plein's ode to the Big Apple did end there: the prints also tell a tale of New York. Symbols from dollar pill comprise the print of a hooded fur coat, the Statue of Liberty and FBI (“Fashion Beyond Imagination” patches decorate sweaters and bombers. Floor-length puffer coats and snakeskin jackets are transformed into urban armour thanks to metallic details and the addition of studs.

www.philipp-plein.com

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Lala Berlin's Persian Punk revolution

Lala Berlin's Fall/Winter 2017 collection epitomises the metropolis of Berlin in an anarchic big-city chic way with a fresh attitude. Thus is born an ode to the unconventional yet elegant women that reinvented themselves as Persian punks.

Beautiful arts and crafts in architecture and textiles are the inspirations for a wardrobe that mixes punk and ethnic elements in such an authentic and modern way. A boheme and avant-garde style is conveyed in a variety of silhouettes from H-lines to flowy A-silhouettes and oversized asymmetric overlays. Feminine cuts, kimonos and tunic dresses give birth to the Lala’s punk-chic evening wear.

The color palette fades within dark chic colors like khaki, dark red, ink blue and black mixed with warm saffron yellow and cream interjected with vibrant and lush elements from middle eastern traditional art. Vibrant print ideas are reimagined in Berlin 80’s punk fused with Persian décor and floral elements are transformed into something new and fresh that reminds us of a mosaic print.

Frayed edges and star lace trimmings give a certain sense of poetic punk bohemia to dresses, skirts and shirting. Knits, iconic elements of Lala’s wardrobe that incorporate jacquards with frayed details are a sumptuous tapestry of textures.

The Persian punk girl gets out her Dr. Martens and leather accessories to inspire an anarchic revolution, to think about the future while redefining her style and inspiring change for the better.

www.lalaberlin.com

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The adventurous gentlemen of BOSS Fall/Winter 2017

Gentlemen who voyage across the world without ever losing their style, inspired Hugo Boss for its latest collection, dedicated to those ready to take on the world.

Adventurers and explorers’ outfits that combine performance and functionality with Boss’ key foundations: precise cuts and construction. The modern traveller wardrobe will be composed of wider 80s silhouettes mixed with slimmer, modern cuts and long and short designs. Love for details is never forgotten by the brand that for this collection added a touch of maritime influence in pea coats and duffels secured with buckled straps and chunky fastenings in the style of nautical equipment.

Fabric research is just an added value to a proposal that puts quality first. Boiled wool, bonded leather and cotton to provide protection and create incredibly à la mode oversized shapes. Fisherman-style knitwear is crafted in chunky constructions and zipped closed with ring pulls to be functional and masculine at the same time. The color palette varies from off-white to burgundy and olive green passing through navy shades.

Modern travellers can sleep soundly: their luggage will always be fashionable.

www.hugoboss.com

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Paul Smith Menswear Fall/Winter 2017

Paul Smith is one of the few brands that gives you the feeling of security, of home and the certainty of effortless style.

With its timeless tailoring, the classic yet fun twistS in textiles and cuts, for his Fall/Winter 2017 Sir Paul Smith presented Menswear and Womenswear together. It was a storm of several declinations of what it could be Paul Smith now, and how any person, especially young, could sport it. Lush checked classic English fabrics, for men and women, silk dresses both in solid colours and printed with hundreds of feathers as taken from a XIX century treatise on naturalia.

Paul Smith with his masterly style showed us how we can wear a shearling short jacket over a suit. Or how a woman can sport a deep blue velvet suit and look so sexy. Coral, blue, green, khaki, grey: a colourful palette true to the brand’s signature identity. We particularly loved the relaxed blazer suits – womens’ were long, below the hips - and the coats over them, for him and her, a full dive into that Smith heritage of effortless elegance.

www.paulsmith.co.uk

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NEW TENDENCY x Meiré und Meiré

New Tendency showed its 2017 product innovations at the Meiré und Meiré Factory.

The Bauhaus tradition has influenced the development process of everyday contemporary objects for New Tendency. Their furnishings serve to compose an ideal setting for modern working environments. With the emergence of co-working spaces, New Tendency have picked up on the need of flexible and functional configurations and strive to inspire those who are surrounded by their creations in their daily lives and their professional environments.

Showcasing their work in one of the leading creative agencies in Germany was therefore a natural progression.

Among other objects, New Tendency presented its December Edition at the Meiré und Meiré factory, a line that was the result of a fruitful collaboration with the agency, furthering their devotion to creative partnerships. The Artist's Edition of the lamp served as the inspirational springboard for the creation of New Tendency's premium line, Black Label that will soon be expanded to include more exclusive pieces with clear geometrical components.

Raw structures, industrial materials and natural elements formed the perfect hybrid framework for New Tendency's minimalist yet progressive designs. The presentation at the Meiré und Meiré factory didn't treat New Tendency's furnishings as conventional exhibits; they were instead integrated in the agency's daily goings-on serving as both a working space and a meeting point.

For New Tendency's exhibition at the Meiré und Meiré Factory, Mike Meire grouped the December edition pieces with side tables from the META line to create an island in the middle of the space. The installation was staged on raw concrete and stone slabs between dry plants, paint buckets and cardboard boxes. Fluorescent lights floated above it, different colours and textures of plastic foil sheets hanging over the top. The industrial ensemble was characterised by deliberately rudimentary fragmented elements that served as a beautiful contrast to the high-end claim of the products on display.

In the age of digitalisation, where products are becoming increasingly perfect Mike Meiré  felt the need to infuse the products with textural and tactile elements proposing 'Brutalism x Redefining Nature' and paying tribute to Le Corbusier's New Brutalism.

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Vivienne Westwood summer trip to the Mediterranean

The Mediterranean has always served as a source of inspiration for poets and artists. A symbol of eternal beauty, of endless summers. A beauty that many have attempted to explain with words but that is better left to feelings and emotions.

Andreas Kronthaler's Spring/Summer 2017 'Europa' collection for Vivienne Westwood is a case in point. The collection is an ode to the Mediterranean's laid-back summer vibes and evokes images of sandy beaches, sunsets by the sea and days spent in nothing more than a bikini. But much like everything that bear's Vivienne Westwood's signature, there's a political statement to be read between the lines: 'Europa' is a continent in crisis, struggling to come to grips with the humanitarian crisis of mass migration, an issue that stains its reputation but somehow doesn't distract from its charm.

Legendary photographer Juergen Teller shot the campaign in Greece, with the picturesque white houses and blue waters serving as the perfect backdrop. Showcasing the garments as well as the scenery beautifully, Teller also managed to highlight the Mediterranean's grotesque facade with a mixture of sophistication and grunge very synonymous with the Vivienne Westwood brand.

Former sex-symbol Pamela Anderson features in the campaign providing a contrast that also links to the power of Mother Nature. The result is simple and delicious, just like a plate of spaghetti.

www.viviennewestwood.com

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Take a walk on the wild side with Christian Dada’s “Blue” collection

In the name of “Blue”, Christian Dada's latest collection is a hymn to Japanese color traditions. Blue evokes feelings of rebellion, frustration, incomprehension that surround troubled youth.

Reaching out to our inner adolescent, the collection revolves around the concept of deconstruction that is obtained with sophisticated methods of shaping and layering. Mixing Eastern and Dadaist aesthetics, designer Masanori Morikawa plays with classic tailored jackets worn like kimonos wrapped around T-shirts and striped pajamas. Trench coats morph into tunics and army bombers and denim jackets are ripped into and skinned to expose their bone structure.

Tartan motifs and schoolboy sheepskin jackets collectively pay homage to College fashion. With slogans like “I Don't Like Drugs but Drugs Like Me” or “Too Fast to Live Too Young to Die” making appearances throughout the line, Morikawa's collection echoes messages from modern society.

Playing with double entendres is a trademark of the Dadaist mood board that definitely urges one to take a walk on the wild side.

www.christiandada.jp

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A dandy poem by Alexander McQueen

A dandy spirit that explores the deepest sides of Oscar Wilde's soul during an esoteric trip that Germans call Wanderlust. A contemporary gentleman traveling from London's Tite Street to Paris Saint Germain seeking inspiration from the world that surrounds him.

Alexander McQueen documents this journey through his latest menswear collection, paying homage to the man who has become synonymous with the term 'esthete'. British tailoring plays a central role in a collection that encapsulates and celebrates the house's trademark codes. Precise and elongated cuts in suits with peaked shoulders and legged or flare trouser silhouettes – worn cropped above the ankle and sometimes with a satin or velvet band on the sides, offer their elegance to coats and jackets alongside jacquards with peacock feathers for the most daring dandies. The collection also explores and plays with proportions, combining classic and more of-the-moment oversized fits to give birth to a new hybrid of men's shirt-dresses. A worn-in feel is brought forward by mohair knits, frayed at the edges and laddered with holes. For the evening, Alexander McQueen’s Fall/Winter 2017 features tuxedos, smoking jackets and robes with satin quilted reveres, embroidered velvet and jacquard to give an incredible taste of elegance to a collection that is worth of an old-fashioned gentleman.

McQueen's latest collection is a true ode to Oscar Wilde, done in incomparable style and honing in on elements that have granted the brand the status it holds today. No doubt it will be at the receiving end of countless praises this season.

www.alexandermcqueen.com

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FENDI Spring/Summer 2017: it it girls in a pink pink world

Sisters Bella and Gigi Hadid are undoubtedly a winning model duo in this day and age. For Fendi's Spring/Summer 2017 campaign the Hadid siblings join forces with Italian model Vittoria Ceretti to bring the brand's latest collection to life.

Set in a Parisian apartment, Karl Lagerfeld created a pastel-coloured world with floral wallpapers, infusing a fresh, young campaign with a delicate touch. Bella, Gigi and Vittoria reflect the brand's proposed shabby chic aesthetic while paying homage to Fendi's DNA in an ultra feminine way.

Fendi's Peeakaboo, Dotcom and Strap You bags are given candy-coloured makeovers, further enhancing their status as must-have accessories for the summer season. Fun fur details transform these into the perfect companions for these contemporary Marie Antoinettes.

The intimate, romantic and magical atmosphere created is made current with the addition of an edgy, sporty twist. Classic, yet current and so very Fendi.

www.fendi.com

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Invictus and Olympéa Intense: Paco Rabanne’s divine fragrances

Radical, free, avant-garde. These codes are at the core of Paco Rabanne both in fashion and scents. Invictus and Olympéa Intense are the ultimate unconventional and open to fantasy scents representing two exceptional figures that together create an explosive encounter.

Invictus is man in all his force, robustly pure and athletic. It plays on the shock between blazing amber woods and a marine “salty skin” accord, in a woody-fresh wake. Green-aromatic laurel leaf and orange blossom electrified by notes of black pepper are added to give an intensified, sensual effect. The bottle, dark and sculptural, represents what the Invictus man is all about: an infallible hero who never gives in, a God on earth.

Olympéa empowers women by taking sensuality up a notch. Salty vanilla wrapped up in cashmere wood is at the base of the scent enriched by a duel in which opposites attract. On one side a floral pulse given by white pepper, orange flower and grapefruit blossom. On the other, the warmth of white amber and cedar wood. A glass circular bottle in metal colors represents the perfect construction between geometrical strength and curves, embodying the sacred female of Olympéa, the divine queen.

www.pacorabanne.com



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Nike Air Max 97: the Silver side of Italians

As the homeland of prêt-à-porter, Italy has always introduced new ways of fashion appreciation that we've all emulated at some point or another. Nike's 'La Silver' sneaker has been, and remains to this day, a strong example of this very concept.

When this sneaker made its first appearance in the fashion market in 1997, it failed to capture the hearts of fashion-forward Italians. It was snubbed, regarded as ugly, weird, otherworldly even. For others, those were La Silver's winning characteristics, making this model the star of 20th century footwear trends in Italy.

For a decade, its ostentatious shine and sleek lines made it a staple in many young Italians' Christmas wish lists. As a symbol of Italian gabber dancing culture and futurism, this sneaker was offered in colour variations that never went unnoticed. It wasn't long before La Silver had snuck its way into the hearts and wardrobes of both fashion addicts and proponents of a more 'chav chic' aesthetic.

Straight out of its homeland, “La Silver” by Nike is back on the market after 20 years. This makes us wonder: is this a new icon for this generation or a mere throwback for those who were there from the start?

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Coach and The Webster: between ready-to-wear and Baseman’s designs

Many were the brands that presented their upcoming collections at Miami Art Basel, but it was Coach’s collaboration with The Webster and artist Gary Baseman that transformed it in a special universe of fashion pieces and design sketches.

To celebrate the arrival of the Women’s pre-spring collection and an exclusive preview of the Men’s Spring 2017, the three joined forces to create customized objects based on Baseman characters and his signature “Wildbeast” print.

American iconography is reflected all over the collections through juxtaposing unexpected images and familiar, nostalgic themes. Moreover, at the heart of the project a tougher take on masculinity takes over, celebrating those who are brave and bold enough to subvert conventions and status quo.

During the event, Baseman, gave attendees a sneak peek of the collection’s mood, hand-painting three one-of-a-kind motorcycle jackets.
Exclusive design for an exclusive experience.

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Santoni FW22

The Santoni FW22 Men’s Collection offers new horizons in the form of contemporary scenarios. With the craftsmanship and sense of color that have always characterized the Maison at heart, Santoni creates the image of a man with a vivid sense of style. An individual who loves to express himself in an unrestricted way. The collection is an effortless mix of everything formal and sporty and modern and vintage elements, brought into being through athletic high-tech elements. The look is created to transmit a sense of exaggeration that makes a bold statement: eye-catching rubber soles light-up booties, lace-ups, and double buckles. The vibrant pops of color create unexpected combinations that embody the effortless, yet innovative chic of the modern man. Imagining a walk in the high mountains, the pieces have a remarkable outdoor wear spirit, which is inspired by a sense of contact with nature and a feeling of freedom.

www.santonishoes.com

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Giorgio Armani Fall/Winter 2024/25 – Winter Flowers

Giorgio Armani has presented the show of his eponymous brand in an ode to the cycles of nature and the cycles of life.
The catwalk was opened by Gina di Bernardo, the timeless face of the brand during the 80s and the 90s, giving a powerful message about the ageless beauty of women.
The show was constructed in a way that represented the blooming of flowers during winter in an elegant and timeless collection, imbued with the designer's signature codes. Thus the collection displayed a palette of blues, blacks, and dark greens matched with brighter, joyful colors representing the blooming of the Winter Flowers in a harmonious and poetic ensemble.

Loyal to his codes, for his Fall/Winter collection, Giorgio Armani worked with shiny, delicate materials such as velvet and silk, bringing light to dark seasons. The use of sumptuous embroidery and bouclé wool finish off this collection's light, timeless look, sublimating women at every stage of their lives.
The daytime silhouette is composed of flared sleeves jackets and long coats to face the cold with elegance, while in the evening, the Giorgio Armani woman is attired in long dresses that poetically sweep over her ankles. The Giorgio Armani woman is a flower that blossoms, even in the middle of winter, regardless of the time that goes by.
www.armani.com

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Bulgari x Constantin Film, a celebration of fine jewelry and cinema

As in every year, the Berlin Film Festival took place at the start of February. This year, the director Martin Scorsese was awarded an honorary Golden Bear for his entire career.
To celebrate this festival of the 7th art, Bulgari organized a sumptuous party attended by numerous personalities from the cinema world.

Bart deBoever, CEO of Bulgari, Martin Moszkowitz, CEO of Constantin Film, Oliver Berben, co-CEO, and Thorsten Koch, CEO, invited prestigious guests to celebrate cinema and fine jewelry during a remarkable evening.
Brand ambassador Emilia Schüle was present at the event, as were many actors and actresses, to celebrate cinema and discover Bulgari’s new creations.

Lisa-Marie Koroll, Aylin Tezel, Heike Makatsch, Katja Riemann, Daniel Donskoy, Jannis Niewöhner, Emilio Sakraya, and Jannik Schümann were among the guests at this lavish party, which was also the occasion to celebrate Bulgari’s B.ZERO1 jewelry line.
Finally, to crown this prestigious event, Bulgari unveiled exclusive new models from the B.ZERO1 collection. www.bulgari.com

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CHANEL opens its first boutique on Fifth Avenue in New York, devoted exclusively to watches and fine jewelry

CHANEL made its debut on New York's famous Fifth Avenue on February 9, 2024.
In a magnificent two-storey store designed by the architect Peter Marino, this boutique devoted entirely to watches and haute jewelry is the first of its kind in the United States.

Inspired by CHANEL's heritage at 18 Place Vendôme in Paris, where the high jewelry atelier and design studios are located, the boutique on Fifth Avenue is a moving tribute to Gabrielle Chanel, representing the designer’s love for art and design through a thoughtful decoration.

Sublimated by the gilded architecture of the historic Crown Builiding, the boutique's façade, adorned with black granite and gold bronze, recalls the emblematic building of 31 rue Cambon. The interior of the boutique is also imbued with this style, with gold and black enhanced by subtle touches of rock. A collection of contemporary art objects, antiques, and custom-made furniture complete the boutique's unique atmosphere.
A spectacular staircase leads to the mezzanine, where artworks by renowned artists such as Louise Nevelson and Anna-Eva Bergman are displayed alongside pieces of high and fine jewelry.

Finally, the collections displayed in the boutique embody the essence of CHANEL, with iconic pieces such as Coco Crush and N°5 Fine Jewelry, as well as watches from the J12 collection. Exclusive creations, such as the Eternal N°5 collection, created in honor of the Fifth Avenue boutique's inauguration, and the breathtaking 55.55 necklace, will also be available to celebrate the boutique's opening.
www.chanel.com

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Chanel Spring-Summer 2024 Haute Couture Collection

Buttons and Ballet - the two defining ingredients behind Chanel’s Spring Summer 2024 Haute Couture Collection. In a mission of discovery to find new ways of telling enchanting stories, the house's Creative Director Virginie Viard recognizes dance as evocative of all emotions she considers close to her heart and as an integral part of Chanel’s DNA. In convergence with a Chanel-characteristic code as the button, old iconographies merge with new tales to sing in harmony. It was no one less than Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel herself who envisioned the button as a symbol of emancipation, allowing women to rid themselves of everything that had prevented them to move freely. The touches of ballet become evident in dazzling lace, tulle skirts or on royal ruffles on collars and sleeves, exuding an Elizabethan glamour. Merging with masculine figures on emblematic suiting silhouettes, the creations give rise to a unique affirmation of a triumphant feminine body. This celebration of feminine philosophies also manifests through sequin, coquette bow or floral patterns, reminding of beautiful bouquets. A century following Gabrielle Chanel’s initial creations for ballet, this haute couture collection, dominated by aquarelle tones of pink and white, draws its tender color accents from the influence of Ballets Russes of Léon Bakst and Sergei Diaghilev. In this couture collection touched by grace and wonderment, the worlds of fashion, theater and music come together, constructing a piece of tangible poetry.
www.chanel.com

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Loro Piana Interiors Presents The 2024 Collection

Loro Piana Interiors presents the 2024 collection at Paris Déco Off, showing an eclectic spectrum of colors, materials, weaves, and textures in a never-ending quest for new components based on a century of experience and ongoing communication with clients. This season, Pure cashmere is transformed into a warm-toned, cozy Tweed for exclusive upholstery; wool and linen blend broadcloths are ideal for curtains or upholstery; and hemp is combined with cotton and jute in a pleasantly nubbly textile. Cotton velvet in 23 shades completes the range. For the outdoors, fabrics in Trevira® are flameproof and weather-resistant, suitable for all occasions and weather while always offering a certain quality and style. But the true highlight of Loro Piana Interiors 2024 is the entire personalized service, which adds distinct elegance and creativity to every area of the home. The classic bespoke services are now complemented by additional customization options for the bedroom, table, bath, and spa zone. Starting with the table, Loro Piana presents linen tablecloths, placemats, runners, and napkins with embroidered openwork, and contrasting borders. In the bathroom, a fresh color palette and a touch of cashmere provide softness and coziness. For the bedroom, a variety of sheets, pillowcases, and duvet covers in organic cotton and linen, as well as cotton and cashmere, complement the queen-size cashmere blanket in natural tones and trimmed with cashmere chevron ribbon. The Sils rug is made of New Zealand wool and was hand-woven on looms to bespoke sizes in a variety of color combinations and three designs. In this way, Loro Piana Interiors, creates complete, inimitable interior decoration projects with a harmonious language made up of materials, colors, and elegance. www.loropiana.com

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ZEGNA Menswear FW24 Collection: Reshaping Matter, Remattering Shape

Transformation. It is the right word to describe the new Menswear FW24 Collection of Zegna. From matter to color, everything changes and evolves. Shapes unfold from existing ones, are superimposed, grow generous and practical pockets, loose sleeves or collars, gain tabs, closures, and drawstrings. The collection shows coats with enveloping volumes, sonic welded duvets, blousons, and vests. Double-collared blazers, collarless anoraks, the new “Il Conte” jacket, and generous trousers. All these elements can be layered and combined in many ways, allowing the individual attitude of the wearer to come through in the form of personal styling. In all of this, the cashmere remains the real star. It is a fiber that belongs to the winter season and that, thanks to its proclivity, can be turned into a wide array of textures and surfaces. An ever-changing material. With this collection, Zegna offers a reshaping of matter and a re-mattering of shapes, allowing for an organic evolution that grows and morphs season after season. www.zegna.com

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Saint Laurent's new boutique in Courchevel

Saint Laurent has opened the doors of a new boutique in Courchevel, France. Nestled amidst the snow-capped peaks of the alps, this exclusive store adds a touch of glamour to the ski resort. The boutique’s design mirrors the sophistication and modernity synonymous with Saint Laurent as well as the alpine atmosphere of its environments with unique vintage furniture and mountain items such as snowboards and skis, creating a unique shopping experience for fashion enthusiasts visiting this glamorous mountain resort. Stone facades encounter chalet-styles constructions, emblematic of the codes of Saint Laurent’s new design concept. The vision was architected by Saint Laurent’s creative director Anthony Vaccarello, resulting in a marriage of modern elegance and rustic charm. As a refuge from the cold weather of the Courchevel’s Winter Wonderland, the boutique is infused with comforting warmth through large curtains in the shades of beige and grey. From now the boutique invite’s alpine adventurers to immerse themselves in avant–garde women’s ready to wear and iconic accessory collection. The Saint Laurent boutique in Courchevel, envisioned by Anthony Vaccarello, emerges as a beacon of style in the heart of this exclusive winter haven, where fashion and alpine allure converge.
www.saintlaurent.com

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Dior x Otani Workshop Capsule

Dior reveals its latest exclusive capsule collection Dior & Otani Workshop. The house’s creative director Kim Jones and the Japanese sculptor Otani converged on their passion for creating unique art pieces, resulting in a truly avant-garde menswear collection. Onami, one of the leading figures in Japanese contemporary art, gave birth to a joyful green monster of the name Tanilla, who shall grace this collection's pieces with its cheeky grin. Tanilla finds a new home in the smart-casual allure of Dior’s refined pieces, whether in an oversized version on sweaters or by boldly peeking out of the breast pocket of short-sleeved t-shirts, the monster adds a young and playful spirit to Dior’s tasteful garments. The motif also appears on sporty bombers, as well as on bold denim overshirts. Emblematic of this fruitful collaboration, Tamilla is emblazoned on a stylized scribbled adaption of the “Dior” lettering, which adorns both hooded sweatshirts and pouches with functional shoulder straps. Otani’s Tanilla adds on to Dior’s characteristic signifiers, including the Dior Oblique Toile, which manifests in vibrant burgundy and pink shades. The garments feature a palette dominated by reds, a color close to couturier Dior’s heart, who coined it the “color of life” in his petit dictionnaire de la mode. Otani is widely praised for his off-kilter playful ceramic works and admirable mastery of traditional techniques, which he has fused into this one of a kind collaboration with Dior. The collection is on display in Dior boutiques since January 4th, 2024.
www.dior.com

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A Miu Miu Holiday

In a celebration of intimacy, elegance, and charm, Miu Miu unveils its Holiday Gifting Collection, a manifestation of beauty reconsidered for the multifaceted lives of today. The star-studded campaign featuring actor Emma Corrin invites us into a private space, the filmic environment, draped in soft carpet and adorned with precious antiques. It sets the stage for a wardrobe that is both layered and meaningful. Miu Miu's Holiday collection introduces fluid black cady, shearling, and tactile tweeds, evoking archetypically sophisticated dress codes with renewed significance. Glossed leathers, soft cashmere, and jersey fabrics offer freedom of movement and effortless allure. The collaboration with Marshall brings forth an iconic line of products, while the partnership with Polaroid introduces cameras complete with branded web camera straps. For the festive season, Miu Miu Holiday Gifting offers a range of ready-to-wear and accessories designed to cater to all occasions. Signature skirt suits, glossed leather pieces, and cashmere cardigans are adorned with instantly recognizable elasticated Miu Miu branding, creating a perfect blend of glamour and sportswear-inspired trims. This Holiday Collection not only celebrates the glamour and elegance of the past but also embraces a contemporary and highly individual spirit.
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Heringa/Van Kalsbeek Creates Hermès Winter Windows

In a captivating celebration of creativity and the holiday spirit, Hermès transforms its Amsterdam store on P.C. Hooftstraat into a winter wonderland with the mesmerizing installation "Dazzling On Stage" by artist duo Heringa/Van Kalsbeek. Invited by Hermès for the holiday season, the artists bring a touch of magic to the iconic luxury brand's windows. Inspired by the theme "Astonishing Hermès!" and the enchanting freedom of Hermès' creativity, Heringa/Van Kalsbeek take viewers on a journey through a painterly dreamscape. The installation unfolds across three unique windows, each telling a story of wintery scenes infused with childlike playfulness. The scenes come alive with subtle shades of tranquillity, from rain and snow flurries to vibrant greenery, birds, and trees. Two large installations feature a constellation of ice flowers and an enchanting pine forest, while a smaller window houses a delightful wren. Drawing inspiration from 19th-century paper toy theatre dioramas, the spatial layers create a multidimensional experience, transcending single dimensions. Heringa/Van Kalsbeek, known for their fascination with spatial forms of theatre, architecture, and visual languages, have seamlessly blended painting and sculpture since 1998. As a house dedicated to craftsmanship, innovation, and aesthetic functionality since 1837, Hermès continues to enchant its audience with collaborations that transcend mere products, inviting viewers to experience the artistry behind the brand.
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The DiorAlps Capsule

As winter approaches, Dior unveils a breathtaking capsule to the enchanting allure of the mountains with its latest DiorAlps line, curated by the visionary Maria Grazia Chiuri. This exceptional collection, inspired by the House's recent shows, seamlessly marries couture-style creations with high technicity, presenting a unique fusion of fashion and function for the snowy slopes. The DiorAlps line features an array of winter essentials, from puffers and jackets to après-ski boots and the iconic Dior Book Tote, all adorned with the mesmerizing Plan de Paris print. Crafted by the Creative Director herself, this print intricately maps the City of Light, creating a hypnotic interplay of shadows and perspectives. Ski goggles with a bold "Christian Dior" strap and the iconic Dior Oblique further elevate the collection's aesthetic appeal. The pants, available in creamy neutrals or classic black, include knee reinforcements for optimal comfort in all circumstances. The Diorunion capsule's signature coat of arms is embellished with the powerful motto "L’union fait la force." This capsule promises a winter wardrobe that transcends traditional boundaries, offering a daring yet refined look for those who seek style, excellence, and innovation in every winter adventure.
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Louis Vuitton Flight Mode Collection

In a captivating homage to its rich legacy of trunk-making, Louis Vuitton unveils the “Flight Mode” capsule collection -- a celebration of the Maison's enduring spirit of travel through timeless designs. Crafted to be the perfect companions for this season's adventures, the collection features a range of enveloping pieces that showcase sumptuous, cosy materials. In the hands of Creative Director Nicolas Ghesquière, Louis Vuitton's timeless designs take flight, epitomizing a stylish journey to distant destinations. The collection captures the essence of escape as refined women embrace the travel narrative, transitioning from the hustle of the city to serene winter landscapes. Cropped monogram puffer jackets, pinstriped silk shirting, and slouchy pyjama pants form the perfect travel uniform, complemented by models adorned in scarf-encrusted coats and practical reversible outerwear. The addition of two-toned Medallion blankets and handbags in beige leather with gradient logos further accentuates the collection's commitment to luxury and functionality. As Louis Vuitton once again redefines the boundaries of fashion, the "Flight Mode" capsule collection stands as a testament to the Maison's enduring legacy.
www.louisvuitton.com

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ZEGNA X Real Madrid

In a seamless fusion of Italian Luxury and sports spirit, ZEGNA, the eminent menswear house with a heritage dating back to 1910, proudly continues its exclusive partnership with Real Madrid, the iconic football club that has been dominating the pitch since 1902. With the motto “Every king needs a tailor,” the collaboration between these two reinforced their shared values and commitment to surpassing limits. As the Official Luxury Travelwear Wear Partner for the 2023-2024 season, ZEGNA will dress both the football and basketball first team of Real Madrid in exclusive outfits tailored to perfection. The first Champions League Trip of the Season unveils their new wardrobe, showcasing ZEGNA’s ALBA Overshirt, GHIACCIO Blouson in Oasi Cashmere, jogger bottoms, crewneck, and the latest version of the Triple StitchTM shoes. The made-to-measure collection, goes beyond fashion, extending into a commitment to excellence, hard work, societal responsibility, and a continuous pursuit of new frontiers, blending the heritage of both brands. It is now available in selected ZEGNA boutiques globally. ZEGNA and Real Madrid, with their respective championships in luxury menswear and on the football pitch, epitomize the idea that success is not just about the destination but also the journey.
www.zegna.com

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Paul Mescal and Xiao Zhan Star in the Gucci Horsebit 1953 Loafer Campaign

Through the campaign starring actor and Ambassador Paul Mescal and Global Brand Ambassador Xiao Zhan, Gucci proudly celebrates the 70th anniversary of the Horsebit 1953 loafer, an enduring symbol of the maison’s rich heritage and savoir-faire. The Gucci Horsebit loafer, introduced in 1953, revolutionized the world of footwear, bringing together comfort and sophistication. The loafers are especially characterized by their distinctive design, featuring a miniaturized horse bit which gives the footwear their iconic name and which quickly became one of Gucci’s distinctive marks, bridging the gap between past heritage and contemporary fashion. Throughout the decades, the Gucci loafers have evolved to become a staple piece in every man’s wardrobe thanks to their versatility and elegance, which allows the wearer to pair them effortlessly with every outfit. The Gucci Horsebit Loafers are a synthesis of high-skilled Italian craftsmanship, America outdoor lifestyle, and classic British equestrian aesthetic. The new campaign starring Paul Mescal and Xiao Zhan showcases the timeless allure of the loafers and of the Gucci style, perfectly capturing the feeling of ease, comfort, and classic elegance that the Horsebit Loafers embody. The portraits of the campaign are proof of how the loafers’ heritage and silhouette continue to inspire and captivate generation after generation.
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CLEO’S MIDNIGHT TALES

"Cleo's Midnight Tales," a collaboration between Breitling and Princess Cleopatra zu Oettingen-Spielberg, took place in Berlin for its second edition. Departing from its inaugural event at Oettingen-Spielberg Castle near Munich, this soirée hosted around 100 distinguished guests at Berlin's Telegraphenamt. The event embodied Breitling's #SquadOnAMission philosophy, uniting creative individuals committed to effecting change and aiming to inspire the brand's growing female clientele. The guest list included notable figures like actresses Janina Uhse and Gizem Emre, musician Elif, models Veronika Heilbrunner and Ronja Furrer, jewelry designer Begüm Khan, and TV presenter Stephanie Brungs. DJ Kungs provided the musical backdrop, and attendees had the opportunity to admire the Breitling "Navitimer 32" from the latest collection. The night continued in the stylish bar within the Telegraphenamt, well-regarded for its award-winning design and its proximity to Museum Island in Berlin-Mitte. DJs Alyssa Cordes and Giannina Haupt ensured the party's energetic atmosphere extended into the late hours. "Cleo's Midnight Tales" underscored Breitling's dedication to celebrating influential female figures and proved to be a resounding success. www.breitling.com

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BOSS | Samsonite Aluminium Capsule Collection

In a harmonious fusion of elegance and durability, BOSS and Samsonite have joined forces to create a capsule luggage collection, ensuring that you can always travel in style. This collaboration marries BOSS's commitment to bold, self-determined style with Samsonite's legacy of durable travel solutions, reflecting premium quality, innovation, and timeless design. Crafted from high-quality aluminum, the BOSS | Samsonite shells are embellished with an anodized signature BOSS monogram pattern in a tone-on-tone black motif, adding a sleek luxury touch. The interior features the iconic BOSS camel color, complemented by prominent branding and adjustable packing straps for convenient organization. What sets this collection apart is not just its aesthetic appeal but also its thoughtful design for fashion-forward explorers. Co-branded leather handles, paired with high-performance wheels, a secure TSA lock, and the option to add your personalized touch through initials, exude sophistication. Samsonite CEO Kyle Gendreau expressed excitement about the collaboration, emphasizing both brands' dedication to delivering high-performance products. The luggage seamlessly aligns with the new BOSS FW23 collection. Available in limited edition from October in select BOSS and Samsonite stores and online, the BOSS | Samsonite capsule collection offers four models, including a cabin, two check-in suitcases, and a trunk. For those who refuse to compromise on style, this collaboration is a passport to jet-set elegance, marking a new era in the intersection of fashion and travel. As the collection extends its availability in 2024, it promises to continue offering fashion-forward travelers the perfect blend of sophistication and functionality with ever-lighter and stronger products.
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Paris Fashion Week - Louis Vuitton

The Louis Vuitton Women’s SS24 show, which was being teased on Instagram through voice notes from house ambassadors like Sophie Turner and Jaden Smith, was finally unveiled on Monday, October 2nd. The show took place in the ethereal ambience of 103 Avenue Des Champs-Élysées, Paris, a setting that seamlessly blended nostalgia with contemporary daring. Nicolas Ghesquière, the creative force behind Louis Vuitton for over a decade, orchestrated a vibrant journey through time and style in the venue draped in vibrant orange plastic, which transported guests into a reimagined hot air balloon basking in the warm summer light. The Creative Director skillfully merged familiar silhouettes with modern details, evoking the Maison's spirit of voyage. Travel-ready bags with references to Rubik’s cubes and digital cameras paired effortlessly with versatile sunglasses embodying the collection’s thematic essence. The designer expressed his clean-cut visual language, playing with layered volumes, ethereal movements, and mismatched graphics, paying homage to French elegance by fusing classic Parisian fashion with vintage codes. Leather bomber jackets found unexpected companionship with ruffled skirts, Y2K-inspired chunky belts, and monogrammed leather. Linear patterns wove through the collection on layered bottoms and buttonless shirts while textured corsets and volumed tops found equilibrium with solid tones. The collection transitioned into double-breasted outerwear in diverse glossy textiles and ended in a reworked houndstooth with layered bedazzled necklaces. The pointy-toe shoe dominated, alongside a daring open-toe style, exposing only the thumb. This season was a fresh journey through retro flair, fluid silhouettes, and oversized proportions with structured accessories, adding a striking dimension and marking a significant chapter in the Maison’s legacy.
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Milan Fashion Week - Ferrari

Ferrari unveiled its SS24 collection at Teatro Alcione during Milan Fashion Week, focusing on the power of desire. Connecting to the strength and the passion that has always driven Ferrari, the collection focuses on the unconditional passion and the continuous dedication that traces the contour of the legendary brand. The collection is built around a sentiment that constantly strives for excellence and elegance, be it in design, performance, or innovation. Ferrari’s Creative Director Rocco Iannone leans towards a new dimension of complex simplification, focusing on feelings that guide the path to emotions, resulting in a collection that exudes Ferrari’s powerful allure through fashion. The brand’s style codes, racing, workwear, and tailoring, are filtered through the creative director’s lens putting the body and its silhouette at the center stage. The silhouettes are carved, molded, and exaggerated through volumes and sharp lines, which also contribute to the dynamic feel of the garments. Iannone goes to the core of forms and materials, de-saturating colors to emphasize the shapes. Through tightness and voluptuousness, a new language of the body is born as a symbol and the expression of the brand’s perpetual desire to create, innovate, and communicating the passion that drives it.
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Milan Fashion Week - Bottega Veneta

The Bottega Veneta Summer 24 collection presented at the Milan Fashion Week is the continuation of a journey of transformation and escape following the vision of Matthieu Blazy, Bottega Veneta’s creative director. In this collection, the travel is both literal and metaphorical, encompassing an array of influences from all over the world. The models traverse the world of the show walking across the continents and oceans that spread before them in a quest for inspiration through dislocation, at the border between reality and imagination. The trope of the journey becomes the emblem of the effortless passage between ordinary and extraordinary, encompassing both the manmade and primitive world. The clothing showcases the ethereal nature of this journey through simple silhouettes that challenge the notion of “getting changed”. Clothing from the previous season is metaphorically shed, brought in oversized, basket-woven intrecciato bags. The collection explores all kinds of journeys, from the city commute to the journey of a castaway. The notion of a “national dress” transforms into that of an “international dress”, which borrows and takes inspiration from cultures all over the world. Newspapers are morphed into foulard bags, and highly crafted leathers take on a new meaning, in this collection where everything appears to be possible.
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Milan Fashion Week - Diesel

The Diesel fashion show, held on September 20th at the Milan Fashion Week presenting the brand’s SS24 collection, was an ode to the brand’s creative spirit. The brand’s newest collection takes as its main inspiration partying and letting loose. One’s truly authentic self and the beauty of freedom are reflected in the garments of the collection and in the attention and care that went into the fashion show. The main pillars of the collection are impact, experimentation, play, and pleasure. Diesel hits the nail on all these characteristics, presenting a unique collection that showcases once again the creative spirit and ability of the brand’s creative director, Glenn Martens. The brand’s love for denim, pop, and artisanal craftsmanship is pushed to the limits with unique distressing effects on every garment, devoré denim, and floral prints. Utility pieces feature zip-up denim and cargo pockets held together by straps, adding an edgier side to the pieces. Through this collection, the House of Diesel once again confirms its ability to surprise, engage, and innovate. Every garment and outfit is a pop culture statement, staying true to the brand’s pillars and yet always innovative. The feel of the collection is that of a fading film poster, nostalgic yet always relevant and reflective of pop culture.
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Gucci’s New Jewelry Campaign

In his first campaign for the brand, Gucci’s new creative director Sabato De Sarno presents the Maison’s new jewelry campaign starring Polish-Canadian supermodel Daria Werbowy. The campaign, centered around Gucci’s Marina Chain jewelry collection and photographed by David Sims, is a celebration of Sabato’s past debut in the fashion world and its current debut as Gucci’s creative director. The Marina Chain jewelry collection is inspired by the chain of an anchor, and it was first introduced with a bracelet in the late 1960s. Throughout the decades, the Marina Chain collection has come to represent an iconic element of Gucci’s history and jewelry line. The campaign’s shots have a free, light, and elegant feeling to them. The aquatic theme perfectly embodies the Marina Chain’s source of inspiration, the sea, now reinvented with an eye that looks at the future. Daria Werbowy and David Sims showcase perfect symbiosis between model and photographer, effortlessly bringing to life the character at the core of the campaign, and perfectly representing the classic and innovative aspect of the Maison of Gucci. The campaign was shot at the Chateau Marmont in Los Angeles, perfectly capturing De Sarno’s vision of an unfolding, meaningful story.
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Louis Vuitton Presents Fantastical Jewels by Francesca Amfitheatrof

Louis Vuitton is constantly expanding its jewelry repertoire with a new collection designed by the creative director of Louis Vuitton Jewelry Francesca Amfitheatrof. Through a book offering an enthralling glimpse into four extraordinary jewelry collections, the designer brings a fresh, innovative perspective to the ancient art of jewelry design, telling about the creation of revolutionary collections for the Maison. Each of the collections, masterfully designed and conceived in the heart of Paris, is approached by Amfitheatrof through conceptual themes that ultimately tie them together. In the same way that a writer approaches the plot of a novel, Louis Vuitton Jewelry's creative director develops collections that tell a story about the history and the origins of the craft of jewelry. The pieces of the collection are made of the most ancient materials on our planet, gemstones that have been on Earth for as long as time, such as diamonds, colored stones, and gold. The book recounts the most minute and intricate details of the alchemic journey that brings to the creation of precious pieces of jewelry. It is written in a journal-like style and is embellished by exclusive sketches, collages, and personal photographs of Francesca Amfitheatrof, who, together with art director Fabien Baron, has created a personal volume that goes to the core of jewelry artistry.
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Sacai X CARHARTT WIP

Marking a creative joint offering between Sacai and Carhartt WIP, the extraordinary pieces from Sacai men’s 2023 Fall Winter Collection and Sacai 2023 Fall Collection will be launched on on September 8th. By embracing the essence of utilitarian wear, Sacai has teamed up with Carhartt WIP and crafted an array of men's and women's silhouettes that fused with the resilient, functional attributes and hardware associated with both brands, at the same time, incorporating Sacai's distinct design language. The collaborated collection displays delicately intertwined design elements of Carhart WIP's iconic duck fabric jackets and Sacai's distinctive nylon twill, which elevate the typical workwear into stylish daily ensembles. Emphasizing a deconstructive aesthetic, the unique items were unveiled in a unified manner, reimaging the traditional chore jacket with Sacai's distinctive signature. Moreover, displaying Carhartt WIP’s iconic colors, the collection presents an intricate color match ranging from khaki and light blue to warm brown and black. Meanwhile, the accompanying campaign features a cast drawn from Carhartt WIP’s skate team, including Pepe Tirelli, and Tolia Titaev, as well as Dede Lovelace and Kasper Kacia. Captured through the lens of filmmaker Joaquim Bayle, the visuals spotlight rituals, and peculiarities that define skateboarding. Elsewhere, a series of special pop-ups will exhibit the collaborated pieces at multiple locations worldwide. While Saci has been defining technical deftness and elegant style with an avant-garde touch through comprehensive and innovative silhouettes, the exclusive collaboration with Carhartt WIP, brings a unique aesthetic to the brand. Sacai x Carhartt WIP collection is available at both Sacai’s online and offline stores as well as Carhartt WIP’s online store. www.sacai.jp www.carhartt-wip.com

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A Bag for Everyday: the Louis Vuitton GO-14

Since its launch in 2014, the Louis Vuitton GO-14 Bag has been an everyday staple in many women's wardrobe. Its shape, material, and simplicity make it versatile while at the same time keeping it a trendy accessory that can be brought effortlessly from day to night. The GO-14 is now being revamped and reimagined with new textures, materials, and shades. One of its latest editions is in brown malletage lambskin leather, featuring the quilted pattern distinctive of the brand’s iconic trunks. The leather that makes up the bag is sustainably sourced and produced according to the highest environmental standards. The gleaming golden twist lock displays the Maison's logo, rendering this accessory a unique everyday staple for every woman's wardrobe. The versatile aspect of the GO-14 is accentuated by its top handle, which can be converted into a leather pad on the chain, allowing the bag to be carried comfortably across the body. The brown lambskin leather employs the same iconic material of the original GO-14 while giving the bag a classic and modern twist through the variety of brown shades and gold detailing. The inside of the bag comes with both a large pocket and a smaller patch pocket, allowing to take advantage of the bag’s space. From day to night, the new look of Louis Vuitton’s GO-14 bag makes it an essential accessory
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Elie Saab X Aubade - New Capsule Collections

Aubade announces its collaboration with haute couture brand Elie Saab on three luxury lingerie capsule collections for winter 2023. Through its lingerie, which celebrates glamour, beauty, and strength, Aubade aims to express the essence of French sensuality. It does so through high-quality materials, seductive designs, and a purpose to bring joy and comfort to whoever wears their lingerie and nightwear. Aubade’s pillars pair perfectly with the brand Elie Saab, known for its dedication to high craftsmanship and its dreamy collections. Elie Saab pays particular attention to understanding the female body and creating sophisticated compositions that pay homage to it. The two brands have created lingerie and nightwear collections that bring the feminine form to the forefront, embracing every silhouette with flattering materials and designs. The “My Desire” lingerie collection and the “Whimsical Affair” nightwear collection are designed with a playful seduction in mind which materializes in feminine forms through the workings of a chiaroscuro effect on the skin. The collections are available in two color palettes, “Naughty Black”, a deep black, and “Love Affair,” a nude rose. Elie Saab’s understanding of the female body, and Aubade’s sophisticated glamour, evoke a sensual interplay through beautiful details and careful use of materials and fabrics.
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City Rhythm: by-bar’s FW23 Collection

Remaining faithful to its mission to create clothing suitable for all seasons, by-bar, the Amsterdam-born, and based brand, has created a new stylish and versatile collection for FW23, titled City Rhythm. Drawing from its founder Barbara Brenninkmeijer’s ideology that every person has a beautiful, unique soul and personality, by-bar’s FW23 collection is inspired by how the city’s rhythm changes every season and by how people adapt their lifestyle to it. The idea behind the collection is that our wardrobe and needs adapt to the season and that every mood and weather calls for easy, chic, and casual styles. By-bar’s FW23 collection is all about vintage looks, featuring diverse patterns, wide-legged pants, and soft-knitted sweaters. Each piece is adorned with elegant and subtle accents, such as pearl buttons or puffed sleeves. The hues of the collection inspire comfort and warmth. The palette goes from rustic brown to pine forest, leaving at the same time space for some colorful accents such as poppy red and king blue. The materials are soft and perfect for layering, thus allowing for versatility in all weather and climates. Like all by-bar collections, City Rhythm also features high-quality, durable materials and handcrafted pieces in Italy, Portugal, and India.
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Berlin Fashion Week - Fassbender

“Original” is the provocative title of Fassbender’s SS24 collection presented at the Berlin Fashion Week 2023. The collection indeed plays with the meaning of the word “original,” which stands for both the real thing that already exists and something completely new. The Hamburg-based label, formed by Christina Fassbender and Matthias Louwen, combines elegant and sophisticated tailoring with comfort and functionality, resulting in a unique style that appears effortless in its complexity. The brand was founded in 2017 alongside Christina’s brother, Sebastian Steinhoff. With a strong focus on sustainability, the brand uses the most innovative techniques and findings to ensure that its garments are made sustainably throughout the process without compromising style and affordability. Fassbender believes in a solid circular economy, contributing to the well-being of nature and living beings. The garments manufactured in Europe are made to adapt to a constantly evolving wardrobe: they are versatile and wearable on multiple occasions. Fassbender’s passion for innovation is evident in their interest in using AI in fashion design, something the brand’s creatives are eager to integrate into their process. One of the brand’s goals is to draw attention to the work of craftsmanship that takes place behind the scenes of every collection. The care that goes into crafting each garment is part of the sustainability behind the brand, which poses itself in direct contraposition to the culture of fast fashion, emphasizing the timelessness of their clothing.
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Berlin Fashion Week - William Fan

At the 2023 Berlin Fashion Week, William Fan brings a collection focusing on the play with different materials, finishes, and colors. The German designer, whose homonymous label has been producing clothing, shoes, bags, jewelry, furniture, and objects since 2015, conceptualizes his designs according to the critical Euro-Asian dialogue he conducts within himself, thus honoring his Asian roots. Indeed, his designs mix European elements with Chinese influences, resulting in a proper merge between the two cultures. Indeed, according to the designer, the inspiration for his collections comes from his past and future experiences and environment. In this context, the city of Berlin represents a significant source of inspiration for the designer, as it is a melting pot of different cultures and a place where it is easy to live immersed in the art scene. The collections focus on neither gender nor age, adopting gender neutrality as one of the main principles of the brand. Instead, the clothing is directed towards expressing Fan’s purpose of telling a story through his fashion shows. William Fan has studied fashion and worked in the industry in The Netherlands, London, Hamburg, and Berlin, where he finally founded his brand in 2015. The brand has been a part of the Berlin Fashion Week since its beginning and still views the event as a major support to its growth.
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“In Conversation with a Flower” - Prada’s FW23 Campaign

The flower is the symbol at the center of Prada’s FW23 men's and women’s campaigns. Through the metaphor of the flower, symbolizing tenderness and affection, Prada explores timeless values such as humanity and emotions. Those human-sized flowers represent both everyday and extraordinary beauty, and they are vehicles through which the intangible is expressed. The size of the plants gives them the role of protagonists and active participants in the scenes. In the campaign, flowers interact with five global stars, among whom are Benedict Cumberbatch and Hunter Schafer. Those cinematic figures reflect Prada’s relationship with the world of cinema as a way to express cultural ideals and evoke strong feelings. A dialogue composed of surreal conversations that are both literal and visual develops between the flowers and these figures. The imagery for the campaign was captured by Willy Vanderperre, who masterfully captured the intangible dialogue between the flowers and the characters in conversation with them. The campaign also features a short film, which sees the cast engage in actual conversation with the improbable character of flowers, which are, in this instance, almost anthropomorphized. The script of the short film is the work of Michael Cunningham, the Pulitzer Prize author who wrote The Hours (1998). The flowers represent a dichotomy in these paradoxical conversations, juxtaposing different aspects of their nature that is both strong and fragile, eternal and yet ephemeral. Prada uses flowers as a metaphor to represent and embody the human experience in these seemingly unreal images.
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An Archaic Past is Revived in Dior’s FW23/24 Collection

Maria Grazia Chiuri presented Dior’s FW23/24 Haute Couture Collection in the afternoon of July 3rd. The collection is constructed around the idea of time, reflecting the care that is put into creating couture. The past is integrated into the present: the sketched form is immediately translated onto the dress without making use of any paper patterns. The forms are simple, morphed into archetypal sartorial elements such as the peplum, the tunic, or the cape. Maria Grazia Chiuri has worked on the collection presentation with the artist Marta Roberti, transforming the catwalk into an art gallery that evokes archaic artistic elements such as goddesses and animals. The artist assembles these elements to represent myths of a distant world where the female figure was revered above all else. The Mediterranean region is a reference point, as the ancient cultures in those areas produced the anthropomorphic and zoomorphic images present in Roberti’s art for the Dior fashion show. The models' composition recalls divinities through a vertical silhouette and flat shoes. The main colors are white, beige, silver, and pale gold, with coats evoking the shape of classical statues. The shimmery dresses are intertwined with pearls, symbolizing purity. Overall, the presentation of this collection aims to represent the strength and fragility of femininity through the cult of goddesses, enhancing sensitivity and attention to detail.
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Kaldewei wins the Best Award for the Key Piece Meisterstück Oyo Duo

The German brand’s Luxstainability® concept combines design and sustainability in bathroom architecture, resulting in innovative luxury products. Because of this concept, the brand has been awarded various international recognitions. The egg shape design of the Meisterstück Oyo Duo freestanding bathtub designed by Stefan Diez has been awarded the prestigious German Design Award of 2023 and, shortly after its launch, has become one of the brand’s best-selling products. The Oyo Duo is a double-walled bathtub that guarantees durability and displays 100 percent circularity. The bathtub has now been recognized internationally as well, winning the iF Design Award and the Red Dot Award. The iF International Forum Design, the world’s oldest independent design institution, has said about the Oyo Duo that “There is no comparable product made from this material.” The Meisterstück is inspired by Japanese porcelain manufacture and is made of fully recyclable steel enamel. The designer has combined the two main elements at the core of Kaldewei, sustainability and resource conservation, in a sculpture that integrates harmoniously with the bathroom. This piece again confirms Kaldewei’s leading position in the international design sphere. The use of recycled materials and the central place of sustainability in creating this design bathtub make the piece more impressive.
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Paris Fashion Week – Hermès Men’s SS24

A serene, calm, soft, and joyful summer is probably what everyone is wishing for and exactly what the Hermès SS24 menswear collection embodies. Inspired by architectural elements, a summer paradise is constructed through clothing. Daylight becomes weightless and fresh garments, landscapes make up the color palette, and adventures become fabric and texture choices. Silhouettes are brought to life with the pieces we live through.

Shorts, jackets, and short trench coats allow bodily movement for a man’s free-spirited lifestyle. Technical fabrics such as cashmere, silks, and cotton are found on tunics and beach blazers with parasol stripes. Rolled-up trousers, breezy knits, and suit jackets allow for a relaxed and breathable fit for the hottest of summer days. Desert hues, icy shades, sage greens, and steamy grays point to a mineral-inspired color palette: colors that reflect and react to one another, hinting at a certain playfulness with light and patterns. We find reversible leathers, layering possibilities, and contrast in fabrics. Accompanying the Hermès summer breeze looks are a variety of bags, such as the Cordage tote bag and the iconic Haut à courroies bag, and footwear, such as sole leather sandals in black, brown, and cream. Hermès conveys a certain quiet luxury feel with subtle and ready-to-wear aesthetics.

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Etro’s Allegories

While visiting his hometown in the city of Messina, Etro’s Creative Director Marco de Vincenzo wandered into an old bookstore and stumbled upon a copy of Cesare Ripa’s Iconology: a seventeenth-century repertoire filled with allegorical images depicting virtues, values, and vices. Upon a superficial glance, the allegories appear as relics of another time, yet deeper consideration reveals strong ties and communicative powers in relation to the present moment. Allegories use figuration to express concepts, messages, and stories without the bounds of one language. Aren’t our memes, GIFs, and TikTok simply a modern form of allowing images to say something else, and communicating in non-verbal ways?

The SS24 Etro collection was born from this intuitive, deliberately non-scientific idea: isn’t the act of putting together an outfit, also, an allegorical deed with the power to express and communicate through making an image? Allegoric images of Augurio Buono, Bellezza, Eternità, Lussuria, and Tenacità pop up in prints or jacquards along with playful glittery touches. Rhythmic patterns that can be mixed and matched move in a life of their own in flowing silhouettes that barely touch the body. Blazers, bermudas, jumpsuits, fuzzy jumpers, football tops, long cardigans, and thick blankets that turn into coats allow for ease of inspiration in telling a story through styling. The SS24 runway also featured the debut of Etro’s latest eyewear collection in partnership with Safilo, portraying the charm of the ancient Pegaso. Ultimately, fashion is symbolism, a metaphorical expression of our human experience through the guise of clothing, accessorizing, and styling. Fashion is ultimately, day by day, an allegory.

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Santoni Souvenir

The earth has many shades, each landscape with its own deep essence and story to be discovered. Santoni hones in on the story of the Marche region, rich in the rural countryside and expanses of wheat fields lined with limestone cliffs and sandy coves. Their SS24 collection is a journey, a story that guides sophisticated, traditional craftsmanship into a contemporary perspective where materials, shapes, and colors exist in a perfect alchemy.

The collection begins with its workmanship, creatively rooted in ancient manual traditions that grant fluid forms and unexpected details. Santoni’s formal shoe lines are predominantly guided by original classicism and technical virtuosity, with iconic special lacing, perfectly pure lines, and poetic ton-sur-ton engravings. The new Figaro model, classic loafers, and the Andrea moccasin are proposed each in a selection of material and color treatments for every occasion. Clean shapes with unique details form the timeless casual and sneakers lines. The DBS Olympic takes a slightly retro shape and flavor with contrasting colors, the Sneak-Air variants are offered in new colors, while the Double Buckle Sneaker is dressed in classic calfskin.

Shoes throughout the collection, as well as the extensive collection of accessories and leather goods, are imprinted with a deep connection to the Marche region. Cantalupo, Vela, and Centofinestre are three sophisticated graphics that capture the memories of every step of the journey through the landscape. Nature-inspired hues tie into this fil rouge, rounding off a true homage to the Satoni Souvenir of the season.

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Men’s Milan Fashion Week – Zegna

A driving force of change: clothing that moves from creation to new perspectives to the actualization of transformed worldviews. The new ways Zegna pursues begin with the materiality of fashion-making: starting with the fibers and fabrics, continuing with shapes, and climaxing with the multitude of uses such shapes entice. All this comes to live at the Oasi Zegna, which represents a quest for excellence, beauty, and responsible commitment. For Zegna’s presentation of L’Oasi di Lino, its Summer 2024 menswear collection, 192 bales of raw linen were placed at the square in the center of Milano – in line with Zegna’s commitment to certifying Oasi Lino fibres as 100% traceable by 2024. For Artistic Director Alessandro Sartori, linen becomes central to his sartorial pursuit – one apt for diversity, crossing different demographics. Throughout the collection, volumes are fluid, categories are liquid, textures add substance and surface tension, and undulating stripes draw textural motifs and jacquards. Bombers flow into shirts, round-neck tops replace jackets, shorts and jumpsuits add a pragmatic feel, and handbags are soft yet geometric. The color palette is an amalgamation of neutral hues, worked in scales of similar tones and irregular monochromes. The collection spotlights Zegna’s state of mind: one of lightness in living and behaving.

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Men's Milan Fashion Week - Giorgio Armani

The Giorgio Armani Men's SS24 leitmotif is found in threads, knots, and weaves that evoke the tranquil energy of summer. At the heart of the collection, there is a willingness to embrace lightweight fabrics and to replicate soft and elongated shapes. The elegance of the collection stems from the earthy, white, and blue tones, which, together with the lithe aspect of the fabrics, contribute to imbuing this collection with a sense of timeless charm.

The brand's focus for this season is on the fluidity of the items of clothing; the purpose of Giorgio Armani's SS24 menswear pieces is to capture the feeling and the energy of summer through geometric patterns reminding of the theme of the thread and shapes such as knots. The juxtaposition of earthy tones and blue hues also fits in with the breezy atmosphere of Giorgio Armani's SS24 summer clothing, which does not expose the body directly but aims to appear airy and fresh. Overall, through earthy colors and intertwining shapes, the collection interprets present men's fashion with a classic, elegant, and timeless taste.

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FENDI’s SS24 menswear collection

Dedicated to excellence in fine leather goods, the new FENDI Factory in Capannuccia becomes the desired destination for the artisans of the future. Designed by Silvia Venturini Fendi, FENDI’s SS24 menswear collection pays homage to this new adventure and historic return to Florence – a place entrenched in FENDI’s history. The collection and show are a metafictional reflection on process. Exploring the liminal space distinguishing man and machine, past and future, nature and innovation: the industrial and handmade are linked in perpetuity. This season’s silhouette celebrates the archetype of the ‘corporate artisan’. Patch pockets of workwear belts, the apron as halter neck collared shirts, and the zip-off suit trousers indicate that a game of proportions is afoot. The presence of the Tuscan landscape is not only visible in the factory’s space, but heavily informs the color palette: a stratum of mineral shades from burnt umber to deep indigo is diffused by a soft haze of sage, limestone, and chalk. For the SS24 accessories collection, the ‘corporate artisan’ is taken up through an exploration of tactile expressions: structured and deconstructed bag shapes complement new styles, textiles, and patterns. Punctuated by the FENDI KENGO KUMA project, the accessories form part of a new artistic dialogue between Italy and Japan.

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The Gateway from Paris to India

Dior’s Fall 2023 collection, dreamed up by Creative Director Maria Grazia Chiuri, was a poetic marriage of Dior’s fundamentally Parisian elegance with the dazzling splendors and savior-faire of India. In an unprecedented new documentary, an exclusive take on the behind-the-scenes story of the collection reveals every stage of the collection’s genesis. Through the collection and the documentary, Chiuri wished to highlight her inspiring collaboration and relationship with experts and artisans from India, and in general, the integral role that India has in the system of fashion. Over many years she has forged an unwavering friendship with Karishma Swali, the head of the Chanakya Ateliers and the Chanakya School of Craft, which champions the inclusion of women into the competitive and traditionally male domain of fashion creation. The documentary reveals an intimate perspective from Dior’s cross-cultural inspirations and history to captivating dialogues with artisanal masters of silk and embroidery, right up to the debut of the collection last March on the runway in Mumbai. The resulting pieces, including shantung silk saris and tunics and the Christian Dior “bar” jacket reimagined with a Nehru collar, were elevated to a level that could only be achieved through the collaboration and deep respect between Indian artisans and the French house. From their practical wearability down to the most intricate details in the design, the collection reflects outstanding expertise and a fascinating imagination, which can now be discovered on YouTube.

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Journey into the Unknown of LV

Louis Vuitton is embarking on a new voyage of creation with Web.3, where the physical and digital are seamlessly woven into one material for the Maison to create, dream and craft the exceptional. A material designed to unlock a new form of travel and a renewed sense of wonder for the brand and its clients.

The voyage will begin with a key, dropped several weeks after the Digital Trunk itself, unlocking digital collectibles. An ongoing series of digital keys available to owners of the trunk will follow, each with its own digital collectible that will pair with exclusive access to physical counterparts. The result is a never-before-seen shopping journey inviting the most loyal clients of the Maison to wonder and wander a step deeper into the universe of Louis Vuitton. From dissecting clues of what’s to come; to creating new connections with like-minded innovators, expanding their horizons, and sharing collectibles with their own communities, the world of VIA will renew the bounds of shopping as we know them. Louis Vuitton’s first digital trunk, the VIA Treasure Trunk, is available from the 8th of June in the United States, Canada, France, the United Kingdom, Germany, Japan, and Australia on Maison’s website.

www.louisvuitton.com

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Your New Milano and Tokio

The latest venture of the high fashion brand Dior is a brand-new Beach Capsule made in collaboration with the legendary footwear pioneer Birkenstock. Kim Jones, Artist Director of Dior Men, and Birkenstock together are a force to be reckoned with, this second collaboration revolves around the reinvention of two iconic models from the famous footwear brand.

Embodying function and quality, the German brand creates unique shoes – both in form and practicality – to support walking as nature intended, drawing from a heritage that can be traced back to 1774. The journey of the brand, however, can be traced back to Konrad Birkenstock’s orthopedically designed footwear journey in 1897.

The Milano launched in 1965, was designed as an outdoor sandal for active people and nature lovers, whereas the Tokio appeared in 1987 as a protective accessory for walking and professions requiring a lot of standing. Both of the collaboration’s suede models are dressed in the season’s hues, namely pastel shades of yellow, khaki, and green. The models combine summery elegance and practicality with ease, providing irrefutable comfort and support embellished by rubber details and industrial buckles– meant to reflect the bright rays of the sweltering summer sun. The aesthetic product is a love child between the aesthetic codes of both brands: Birkenstock’s anatomically shaped orthopedic cork footbed is lined with smooth leather, while the outsole combines the Dior Oblique pattern with the German brand’s signature Bones graphic.

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A Solid Footing

The leading brand in performance-supporting shoes, Adidas has come together with the luxury brand Prada to create their first-ever Joint Football Boot Collection. This iconic beginning of a new story recodes iconic Adidas silos through Prada’s Linea Rossa. The power of the Football for Prada collection rests on the individual mastery of both of the brands, the high-performance football technologies unique to Adidas, and the elegant aesthetic vision of Prada’s Linea Rossa.

The collection reimagines the three leading Adidas products - the Predator Accuracy, the Copa Pure, and the X Crazyfast. Creating design cohesion across the pack, all footwear has a lining and upper expertly crafted with the finest leather - using the material in fresh ways for Adidas in football - the bold red iconography of Linea Rossa, and a clean mono-color base of black, white and silver. The sleek silhouette of the boots extends the limbs of the athletes, providing immense support for maximizing performance whilst imbuing the athlete in the light of aesthetic mastery and understanding.

All of the reimagined boots share the triangle spikes that increase traction during a game and represent the Prada codes embedded into the brand’s DNA. Merging art and sport, high-performance with elegance and luxury, the Football for Prada collection will be available in limited numbers via the Adidas CONFIRMED App from the 22nd – 25th May 2023, as well as prada.com and selected Prada stores from the 25th of May, 2023.

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www.prada.com

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Old-fashioned Craftsmanship and Modern Design

C.P. Company explores new ways to incorporate handmade and old-fashioned craftsmanship techniques in its forward-thinking, cutting-edge design process. A special capsule of T-shirts, sweatshirts, and shirts made in complete antithesis to serial mass production and elevated through the use of such artisanal techniques. Not to mention that they also keep alive the know-how of Italian printers and graphic designers.

This special capsule includes both prints and designs developed with the Italian artists of the Stamperia Artigiana Marchi, as well as handmade pieces made with modern digital screen-printing techniques. The Stamperia has been running since 1633 and specializes in wood block printing. Quantities are limited and each piece is unique as the manual technique causes slight imperfections. The prints are crafted using a method employed since the shop’s foundation. The process begins with the realization of the mold, carved by hand from pear wood. The natural pigments are fashioned by the printer, who then spreads them on the mold and beats it with a wooden hammer to transfer the design on the T-shirt, which is then dipped in a special liquid and hung to dry. Also producing one-of-a-kind garments, which are numbered with the date and time of their creation, are the designs developed by screen printing the outline of the iconic British Sailor and dampening the fabric with a cloth while the ink is still wet – producing smudges, an unpredictable expansion of pigments, and stains which are then fixed into the fabric.

This special capsule is now available in stores.

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Color Me Bright

Revolutionizing leather craftsmanship since 1927– the high-fashion Italian brand Furla unveils a new multi-media advertising campaign exhibiting the elusive and highly awaited Pre-Fall 23 collection. “Furla Colors”, starring the sophisticated and elegant world-famous supermodel Irina Shayk, encapsulates the entire essence and heart of Furla. Shayk is seen situated between the transcendent shots of Koto Bolofo and Paolo Zambaldi strengthened by the liveliness of the colors compromising the collection and the minimalist and almost-surreal set decorated with blocks and plain surroundings to reflect Furla’s timeless dedication to design and architecture.

Color and its full essence are at the forefront of this collection. Iconic and widely-loved signature Furla bags have been reimagined- featuring new hues, new shapes, and new materials. Now, Furla’s Opportunity, Metropolis, and Unica are available with changes that bring a different breath of air to the classic and timeless silhouettes of the bags. Most importantly, the collection is deeply imbued with the brand’s DNA– the use of monogram canvas and precious leathers, an oscillation between squared profiles, and rounded lines. Furla, women’s most loyal companion, and confidante, continues to reinvent and reimagine the role and character of luxury leather goods in the lives of women for every and any occasion.

www.furla.com

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Florence Pugh is Valentino’s Latest DI.VA.

Florence Pugh is “known for her authenticity, vulnerability and fearless self-expression, both on-camera and off”, making her the perfect new Valentino DI.VA.

Florence is a talented actress and activist with an eclectic personality. She carries the value of authenticity into all her work, including Valentino's latest advertising campaign directed by Steven Meisel.

She is unafraid of being unapologetically herself, embracing non-conformity and revealing herself in a fierce and carefree fashion. Florence enters the Valentino world and brings their one-of-a-kind creations to life with the full range of emotions. She fully embodies the DI.fferent VA.lues code, having already worn Valentino on the red carpet numerous times.

She expresses the uniquely Florence Pugh "encyclopedia of feelings", with an exciting, and unexpected facial expression for each shot paired with the Rockstud handbag, heels and ballerinas. The campaign celebrates the creation of its latest edition, the Rockstud23, adorned with pyramid-shaped studs in vibrant pink and mirror silver.

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Cartier Libre: An Exploration of All Possibilities of Creation

With total creative freedom, the ability to push boundaries and challenge conventions, as well as question form and design, the Cartier creation studios are taking jewelry in an avant-garde direction. Bold and radical, limited edition pieces embody a spirit of powerful curiosity and a constant pursuit of innovation as they take on lines, volumes, contrasts, and mobility with a unique creative mindset.

The Tressage Jewelry collection, the latest addition to the Cartier Libre collection, embraces three aesthetics that reinterpret the work of gold, volume and the interplay of contrasts. These stylistic signatures spring from the influence of Cartier’s first female Creative Director since 1993, Jeanne Toussaint. Toussaint, aka the Panther, is not one to shy away from defying limits – a creative freedom expressed with this collection. The first aesthetic is ‘gold bead chains and precious rollers’. The challenge was to create the illusion of a continuous chain that would twist on itself to create volume, which was ultimately achieved through a multitude of strands of moving gold beads. The second aesthetic is ‘materials in tension’, which includes three Tressage rings and bracelets and centers on the jewelers’ remarkable talent to transform hard materials like gold and stone to give the illusion of supple, animated forms. ‘Twisted coral, braided diamonds and gold’, the third aesthetic, honors Toussaint’s chromatic heritage. The ring and bracelet’s band, a powerful trompe-l’oeil, required the meticulous assembly of a succession of metal elements to compose the pattern. The Tressage Jewelry collection epitomizes the endless possibilities of creation.

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An Unforgettable Afternoon with Breitling

To celebrate its newly launched models of the Top Time Classic Cars and Premier B01 collection, Breitling delivered an unforgettable afternoon with the Style & Speed Event 2023 in Berlin. Breitling CEO, Georges Kern, invited guests, friends of the brand, VIPs, media and concessionaires for a full immersion into Breitling’s impressive world. The energic afternoon kicked off with an exclusive Breitling diner, followed up by a spectacular live concert by the country rock band The BossHoss.

“We are going after that sense of freedom and fun with the 1960s-inspired Top Time Classic Cars collection, and are thrilled to once again partner with Ford to introduce the new Thunderbird model, along with updated versions of the Ford Mustang, Chevrolet Corvette, and Shelby Cobra chronographs”, says Georges Kern. The four watches feature the colors and emblems of their 1950s and 1960s sports car counterparts, and now all come with one of the most highly regarded chronograph movements in the industry, the Breitling Manufacture Caliber 01. The manufacture movement provides an approximately 70-hour power reserve, a five-year warranty, and a water resistance of 100m with the enhanced Top Time case. However, the Breitling Manufacture Caliber 01 now also features in six new Premier models, introduced with a heritage-inspired design. Willy Breitling – who designed the Premier line, a series of elegant chronographs with the best materials, finishes, and calibers – has been an incomparable inspiration within the Swiss watchmaking brand. The new Premier B01 Chronograph 42 assortment lives up to Willy Breitling’s uncompromising technical standards.

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Mullberry and Axel Arigato’s Capsule Collaboration

Axel Arigato and Mulberry have joined forces to create a limited-edition, wear-forever capsule collection. The unisex garments, bags, footwear, and accessories exemplify a harmony between the brands' respective values of Scandinavian minimalism and the timeless British aesthetic. The starting point of the collection was an exploration into the Mulberry archives, giving rise to 35 pieces that celebrate iconic moments in pop culture over the last 50 years, particularly in Britain.

Three archive Mulberry bag designs are reintroduced in a selection of colorways including Axel Arigato’s signature emerald green and azure blue, as well as a classic, elegant black. Axel Arigato’s Area Sneaker, inspired by vintage baseball references, are offered in the same green and blue colorways, adorned with Mulberry’s iconic Postman’s lock and a custom strap. In addition, a white and gum edition of the sneaker is decorated with Mulberry’s tree emblem.

A split-color spin using refined and sophisticated neutral tones is seen on trench coats, embroidered varsity jackets and baseball caps. On some items, the brands’ individual logos are seen beside each other while on others, Mulberry’s tree emblem and Axel Arigato’s insignia are married into a crest.

The collection reflects the collaborative and communal spirit between the brands, adhering to their environmentally conscious production values. All the bags are produced with environmentally accredited leather at Mulberry’s own carbon neutral factories in the UK, and the footwear is made in Portugal with polyester crafter from recycled PET bottles. Furthermore, all the cotton throughout the collection is Global Organic Textile certified.

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www.axelarigato.com

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Loewe’s Reality Glitch

Your eyes are not playing tricks on you, this is Loewe’s SS23 pixelated capsule collection. Loewe reimagined casual staples in their women’s ready to wear and accessories, making them into a real-world glitch.

First debuting on the Paris SS23 runway, the capsule includes everything in pixel form, from a technical knit hoodie and T-shirt to Duchesse silk satin trousers and denim staples. The 2-D look of the technical hoodie and T-shirt is achieved with polypropylene, cut with a sharply jagged edge around a black outline. The hoodie has a functional kangaroo pocket on its front. The other garments feature a textured block print that complements the natural shadows of the human form. The denim pieces - jeans, a jacket, and a miniskirt - round off the collection.

The Puzzle Bag, which was the first bag designed for the brand by its creative director Jonathan Anderson, joins the collection with its own pixelated makeover. The bag is usually offered in a single shade, but now its supple calfskin leather is decorated with a black, grey, blue, and white pixel design that complements its geometric shape. All the pieces will be packaged in limited designed bags and boxes that fit the theme seamlessly.

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This is You in Tiffany

The essence of Tiffany jewelry is about the way one chooses to wear it. The “This is Tiffany” campaign is a celebration of this message, an homage to individual style and the power of expressing one’s true self. In their latest campaign, Tiffany & Co. elevates the Tiffany T and the Tiffany HardWear collections by allowing their ambassadors Zoë Kravitz, Jimin, and Gal Gadot to fit the pieces to their personal styles.

Both collections are defined by the fine craftsmanship of the luxury jeweler with hand-polished finishes, sleek silhouettes, and striking pave diamonds. The Tiffany T collection is a classic and simple tribute to the strength of the Tiffany name, instantly recognizable, just like the House’s logo. The Tiffany HardWear collection is inspired by the energy and architecture of the House’s birthplace, New York City, crafted with gauge links that have allowed the collection to triumph as one of Tiffany’s signature collections. This year, a new watch design joins the collection, with a cushion shaped case and Sapphire top glass resembling a full-cut diamond.

Both collections exemplify Tiffany’s commitment to superlative quality, elegance, and sophistication. The 2023 “This is Tiffany” campaign offers a full range from subtle to subversive jewelry that provides an option fit for anyone to express their unapologetic personal style.

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BOSS Legend Series: Bruce Lee

BOSS has announced their latest capsule collection as part of the inspiring BOSS Legends series. The next instalment is a tribute to the legendary martial artist Bruce Lee. The collection celebrates and channels his pioneering and courageous spirit; a call to be your own BOSS.

Bruce Lee is a true, global icon. He created a legacy not only in martial arts, with his unique hybrid philosophy, Jeet Kune Do, but also in pop culture, where he bridged the gap between East and West. In both worlds Lee was one of the most influential figures of the 20th century and is still well-known today. He transcended the idea of having a single goal, instead seamlessly combining his passions to revolutionise martial arts and cinema. From his massive impact on centuries of fixed styles and systems in martial arts, to his trailblazing career as a movie star and director, Bruce Lee’s legacy is exemplary of the unbelievable feats that one can achieve through the power of self-belief.

The capsule collection has a laid-back, casual and gender-neutral style, but each piece packs a punch. Black, white, and blue T-shirts and hoodies are printed with snapshots of his signature, unforgettable moves. A baseball cap with 3D embroidered calligraphy rounds off the collection. His popular stage name, “Lee Little Dragon,” is spelled out in traditional Chinese characters throughout the collection. This capsule is next in the series, which has previously spotlighted Freddie Mercury, Muhammad Ali and Frida Kahlo.

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30 Years of the Royal Oak Offshore

The Royal Oak Offshore model was first launched in 1993, causing an even greater sensation than the launch of the original Royal Oak 20 years prior. The watch’s virile aesthetics, complete with oversized proportions and an enlarged rubber seal, earned it the nickname “The Beast”.

In a stand-alone collection, the Royal Oak Offshore represents the pioneering design and technical innovation of Swiss Haute Horlogerie manufacturer Audemars Piguet. Inspired by offshore racing and the unapologetic creativity of the 1980’s, the Royal Oak Offshore was designed by Emmanuel Gueit. The model was quick to be embraced by the young and adventurous, as well as various communities of extreme sports. Exuding powerful and dominant energy, thanks to its 42mm diameter and sturdy design, the chronograph became an icon of the millennium.

Marking its 30th anniversary, the Royal Oak Offshore is relaunched, master-crafted from black ceramic and punctuated with yellow details with an ultra-contemporary design and innovations in ergonomics and materials. It pays tribute to the Royal Oak Offshore “End of Days” limited-edition collaboration with Arnold Schwarzenegger in 1999, which ushered in a succession of limited-edition designs with numerous multidisciplinary celebrities. Only 500 pieces of the “End of Days” model were manufactured, and there will only be 500 pieces of the new Royal Oak Offshore Self-winding Chronograph.

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Dive into the BOSS Metaverse

BOSS took a bold step into this year’s Metaverse Fashion Week in late March offering a fully immersive, interactive experience centered around their SS23 collection.

Fans worldwide are welcomed into a virtual BOSS showroom created with artificial intelligence for a gamified digital buying experience. The visual identity of the space is a deep dive into the physical event’s liquid theme, contrasting ethereal open air and tranquil pools of water with brutalist architecture. The SS23 BOSS collection, already introduced in the BOSS Miami Fashion Show, awaits discovery, exemplifying BOSS’s aim to lead the fashion industry in the use of digital innovation.

The BOSS Metaverse features menswear and womenswear separates that epitomize the brands timeless design codes of the German company and draw in the details and colors introduced on the Miami runway. Users guide an avatar to find five looks linked to product pages on the BOSS online store. Collecting prizes throughout the space rewards them with a digital blue BOSS suit fresh from the Miami runway which can be worn in the muti-game avatar platform Ready Player Me.

BOSS immersive showroom is an exciting leap into the future of fashion made possible by Spatial. As one of the co-hosts of the 2023 Metaverse Fashion Week, it offers a platform for virtual events that bridge the gap between physical and digital fashion realities. Furthermore, the showroom is the result of a collaboration with the Web3 agency Exclusible and Polycount, its studio for Metaverse experiences.

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W&W Hublot: Taking Risks and Pushing Boundaries

One thing is certain with Hublot’s latest creations: the brand knows exactly what it is doing and who it is doing it for. Described as a continuation of Hublot’s 2022 creative vision, the new releases call attention to the fact that taking risks and pushing boundaries will never cease to be a part of the brand’s DNA. Hublot’s newest collection of masterpieces signifies a turning point in the history of MP. The MP-13, with a 4-day-long power reserve and a 44 mm case, presents, for the first time, a rare combination in a single watch: the double-axis tourbillion is paired with the double retrograde display. Showing off its expertise in using state-of-the-art technology, Hublot’s new Big Bang Integrated Tourbillon Full Carbon watch is seemingly both lightweight and robust at once. Following last year’s success of its new square design, Hublot debuted three new variations, in sapphire and ceramic, of the Square Bang Unico watch at Watches & Wonders 2023. Continuing to celebrate the unique square design, eight new models are now also available in white gold, titanium and king gold, with diamond settings in four variants. Mixing Richard Orlinski’s sculpturing and Hublot’s watchmaking skills, the Classic Fusion Chronograph Orlinski Titanium is one for the art and extreme precision lovers. In collaboration with Takashi Murakami, 12 unique watches, arranged in a perfect color gradient, can be purchased alongside their corresponding NFTs. This combination of digital art and haute horlogerie is just one more example of Hublot’s capacity to innovate.

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Etro Makes Sail

Vela is the first bag designed by Marco De Vincenzo, Etro’s new Creative Director. It takes its inspiration from the nautical world. With a sharp silhouette, like a sail by the winds of the sea, it is molded with dynamic curves and contours. It takes its name from this image, as “vela” is “sail” in Italian.

Natural and timeless, the bag is finished with innovative and captivating details, like its V-shaped closure with a flexible zipper. Vela is adaptable, with a double detachable shoulder strap that allows it to be worn on the shoulder or across the body. The zipper features a distinct chain to which a medal is attached; engraved with the same technique used to mint coins, the Etro logo shines on one side, and a Pegasus on the other. The Vela Bag is made of a luxurious calfskin, available year-round in black, ivory, and gianduja chocolate, along with a rotation of seasonal colors.

The bag was released with a series of editorial images featuring Italian top model Bianca Balti. Like a siren in the sea, she exemplifies an audacious and alluring femininity. Centered in an essential background with colors reminiscent of the open ocean, she creates a sensual connection with the Vela Bag that embodies its timeless beauty.

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Plaster Parkas and Pants

Ten C presents a collection SS23 inspired by plaster. From its opaque, dusty colors and cracking prints with a blurred pixelated effect, this range exemplifies the brand's values for well-crafted clothing that can last a lifetime.

The SS23 collection takes various shades of gray as a starting point, using a unique dyeing technique that infuses color while allowing the garments to maintain a dusty, light patina. This way, grayish-teal blends with all its lighter nuances and deep burgundy fades into chalky mauve, and dusty or peachy pinks. The fabrics are printed to imitate cracks on plaster walls, reimagined with a modern graphic twist with a blurred pixel effect. The unique color effects are broken up by details in total black.

Ten C continues its tradition of hybridization of materials, highlighting the textures of different fabrics such as its staple Original Japanese Jersey. Classic pieces meet new styles, such as the Freezer, the Marine Anorak, and the Rider Parka in a 9oz range of OJJ. The Ten C philosophy of crafting high-performance, hard-wearing clothing is taken to new heights, updating materials such as the Crinkle Rip-Stop Nylon and introducing the new remarkable shine of Silver Laminated Nylon and peach skin Cotton/Nylon in bottoms that span the range of lengths.

Within the collection is a mini capsule that teases the FW23 collection: two transformable down jackets with detachable sleeves with a selection of colors.

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W&W Bulgari: A Night to Remember

On March 27th 2023, during the Watches & Wonders 2023 week, the shores of Lake Geneva set the scene for a thrilling celebration of Bulgari’s latest collection, Octo Roma. The event transported over 150 guests, friends, celebrities and journalists into a world of watchmaking excellence: an exciting peek into Bulgari’s aspirations to enrich this world. The Italian Maison’s CEO, Jean-Christophe Babin, and the Managing Director, Antoine Pin, unveiled the new models at the heart of the location, altered to direct all focus to Bulgari’s iconic octagonal design. “First presented in 2012, the Octo symbolically opened a new decade last night, a new chapter in its history,” said the CEO. The collection’s celebration engendered a sense of marking time with style, partially on account of the presence of actors Alessandro Gassmann and Lucien Laviscount, “both proud to be among the first to wear the Octo Roma watch”. The event concluded with a performance – exclusively organized by Béjart Ballet Lausanne’s Artistic Director Gil Roman – to convey the versatility and status of the Octo Roma as a classic yet non-classic timepiece. Leaving the spectators in awe, three dancers moved with intensity during the eight-minute choreography, which included the watches themselves and showcased their eight-faceted case. Marking a radical breakthrough in the watch making community, the Octo has the ability to renew and strengthen its aesthetic signature, and includes a wide range of expressions. In a short period of time, this versatile and sophisticated status piece has become an epitome of a profoundly innovative and powerful Italian design.

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A Tease of H&M and Mugler’s Capsule Collection

After a long wait and much anticipation, H&M has announced that its next capsule collection collaboration will be with none other than the House of Mugler.

Mugler has always pioneered as a breaker of fashion’s rules. Since its founding by the late Manfred Thierry Mugler in 1973, their glamorous and daring designs have always centered around themes of body positivity, gender fluidity, transformation, and self-awareness. Casey Cadwallader and Ann-Sophie Johansson, the Creative Directors of Mugler and H&M respectively, design the next chapter in the House’s story, welcoming a greater audience into the Mugler fantasy.

Cadwallader pays tribute to the history of the house, with bodysuits and finished denims that represent their most iconic pieces. Designs with broad shoulders and narrow waists are an ode to the natural curves and shapes of the body, as Mugler’s silhouettes have always been. This ties in with his own contemporary pieces, such as his signature second skin and transparent catsuits. In addition, a special limited-edition range of recreations from Mugler’s 80’s and 90’s archives awaits within the collection, allowing the global fanbase to own pieces of the brand’s heritage.

Teasing the groundbreaking collection, H&M and Mugler have released a music video directed by Torso featuring a group of rising stars with their own rendition of Stardust's 1998 dance hit 'Music Sounds Better With You'. The full collection is yet to be revealed but be sure to save the date as it is bound to fly off the shelves. Menswear, womenswear, and accessories will be available in select stores and online from May 11, 2023.

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www.mugler.com

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Saint Laurent's New Kate Chain Bag

The Kate bag was first introduced by Saint Laurent in 2010 and has since become one of their most iconic accessories. Equally elegant and it is easy-to-wear, the bag is a practical and distinguished addition to any day or evening look. Its timeless rectangular form is finished with a flap structure that closes securely by means of a magnetic snap. One of its most distinctive elements is the jewel chain that allows for a crossbody style, a short shoulder porté, or can be tucked away to transform the bag into a glamorous clutch. Front and center, the bag is embellished with the signature YSL logo designed in 1961 by graphic designer Adolphe Mouron Cassandre’s.

Saint Laurent’s SS23 Collection welcomes a new edition of the Small Kate Chain Bag.

In its latest interpretation, the bag is given a two tone, two material treatment. A glossy spazzolato leather makes up the outer frame in a luxurious “black veau brilliant”. The center of the bag is crafted from a contrasting lambskin in “off white nappa”. The design is adorned with the Cassandre logo in a light bronze-toned metal finish that matches its chain strap. The new edition of the Small Kate Chain Bag embodies Saint Laurent’s commitment to bringing together quality and practicality with a timeless and sensual aesthetic.

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A Bold Step Forward

Inspired by climbing and the demands of nature that thread into expeditions in nature, HUGO’s new sneaker HU-GO1ST demands attention. Since the incorporation of footwear into the HUGO BOSS Group productions in 2004, HUGO has continually pushed the boundaries of modern footwear.

The HU-GO1ST, the brand’s freshest shoe silhouette to date, is designed for individuals who strive to take bold steps forward. The curved and chunky but sleek sneaker creatively embellish the feet and provide practicality and support. A lacing system inspired by hiking gear with reflective accents and triangular eyelets for easy adjustment allows for the sneaker to slip on and off of feet in a simple breath. The essence of hiking is further observed in the outsoles of the HU-GO1ST, the incorporation of a pattern of raised triangular shapes in different sizes significantly increase the grip of each step taken. Elements inspired by hiking and the breathable materials elevate the HU-GO1ST – this sneaker doesn’t only look good, it’s a dependable shoe made to be worn anytime from a morning stroll to an evening boogie.

The essence of HUGO and the brand’s continuous advocacy of self-expression pierces through the sneaker’s expert craftsmanship and design, as well as the bold and fun colorways. The launch of the HU-GO1ST will be accompanied by an online sneaker hunt, encouraging fans to integrate the sneaker into the digital sphere. A Snapchat filter will allow for people to virtually try on the shoe and feel its undeniable swag.

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Bringing Back the Unica Furla with Biodegradable Leather

Unica Furla is an icon unique in its expression, unique in its style, and now reinterpreted to be unique in its fabrication. The Unica Furla Earth Limited Edition is the first ‘Made in Italy’ bag crafted from biodegradable leather. Unveiled in February 2023 in Milan, the circular model for its production was made possible in collaboration with Cyclica. The unveiling campaign typified its contemporary elegance with the storytelling of photographer Koto Bolofo and international top model Irina Shayk.

The one-of-a-kind crossbody pays homage to the essentials. The shape of the bag holds true to Furla’s architectonic DNA. Available in a maxi and medium size, its bold structure is softened with soft curves and a stylized arch logo. Drawing inspiration from historical women in cult cinema and TV, it carries the creative, inclusive, and elegant philosophy of the brand.

Furla was able to achieve its first biodegradable bag thanks to Oleum®, Cyclica’s own leather brand. By-products of the food industry from traceable European farms are vegetable tanned. Thus, the material is metal-free and environmentally non-toxic. The bag is available in a vibrant array of colors in addition to black and white, all achieved with organic dyes from components such as corn, spirulina, logwood bark and fern. The innovations in leather manufacturing techniques are finished with natural elements such as beeswax and salts. True to its Italian style and craftsmanship, the Unica Furla Earth Limited Edition does not compromise on quality and performance.

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PFW - Transforming Perception with Miu Miu FW23

For FW23 Miu Miu collection, Miuccia Prada is “focused on the instinctive process of looking, […] and how an act of observation can, in turn, transform the object of its focus.” As models walk down the runway with messy hair, tights over tops and no trousers, it becomes clear that – to transform how we visually read looks – the structure of how we dress, what lies underneath and outer layers are redefined through fabrication, styling and perception. A casual yet elegant line with a youthful attitude is put together as familiar clothing items take on new arrangements and meanings. In the Palais d’Iéna, Mia Goth initiates the show as she walks down the lifted runway wearing Miu Miu’s iconic prim cardigan and slingback heels with a matching purse on her wrist. Transparent chiffon reveals commonly concealed elements: bright tights are exposed, lowered waistlines and layered fabrics create complexity, dresses are overlaid and the trending only-panties-look is notably embraced. A muted color palette, emphasis on comfort, and broad-shouldered silhouettes characterize the looks – as seen on a mustard corduroy jacket, hooded sweatshirts and twinsets. Conforming with the collection’s spirit is the show’s accompanying installation by artist Geumhyung Jeong, whose work examines “the relationship between her own body and clothing”. The youthful touch is not only visible throughout the collection but also in the character cast, including Amelia Grey and Emma Corrin among others, and the incorporation of male models for Miu Miu’s genderless philosophy introduced by Prada. This amusing collection has something for everyone’s next wish list.

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PFW - RICK OWNENS FW23 - Goth Goddesses

The Egyptian city of Luxor granted Rick Owens a creative stimulus for its FW23 women’s collection. This eye-catching and evocative ready-to-wear-line draws on the monumentalism, mystery and exoticism that permeates throughout the breathtaking ancient ruins, pyramids and deities of the city. Taking place at the Palais de Tokyo, the show encapsulates the spirit of goth goddesses and punk pharaohs as fog machines lead the way for models to start walking down the runway. Black stripes cover faces and black lenses cover eyes. Muted tones of lime green, art deco pink and bordeaux catch our attention in contrast to the predominant use of black. The human figure is almost unrecognizable: sleeves are prolonged down to the leg and voluminously inflated garments covered in matte black and pink sequins encircle the body. Ribbed knits made from GRS-certified recycled cashmere and indigo denim from Japan, which had been treated with mineral was and shredded by lasers produce amusing outcomes. Coats appear to be decomposing. Skirts, on one side, show the hip bone, while, on the other side, cloth trails behind them – conveying the impression of a mummy. Armor-like features are apparent in platform boots that rise over the knee and flowy capes. Sculpturesque jackets appear as if something was about to break free from their protruding shoulders. The designs sway from fantasy to reality, protection to vulnerability, to reveal an aesthetic yet realistic approach that recognizes both the beauty and harshness of the world. This is an all-around Rick Owens spectacle.

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PFW - FW23 - Alexander McQueen: Anatomy

What lies beneath - Alexander McQueen’s FW23 collection Anatomy is a divine exploration of the anatomy of the human body, clothing, and flowers. Sarah Burton, Alexander McQueen’s Creative Director delicately communicated the brand’s dramatic and romantic essence through an extensive study into tailoring and its implications. Women and men’s garments shared similar values of smooth lines, structured silhouettes, and a display of intricate sensuality, further emphasized by the displays of the flower of love, the orchid. The garments asserted a confidence associated with an intimate relationship to the proportions, lines, and composition of the human body- seemingly displaying and playing with it. Suits with dramatic shoulders, narrow waists, and trousers that go past the nipples - McQueen displays a desire to subvert classic expectations of the mysterious aesthetic. The collection grows more experimental, knitwear hugs and forms the body akin to parts of the body, the orchid takes a central role, and leather is used to create garments that imbue the idea of a wild second skin. The role of leather in the collection is best observed in the stand-out look of the beautiful dark purple belted trench coat, accessorized with monochromatic leather gloves and a black leather tie. Apart from the energy imbued into the collection through exquisite tailoring, the intentional use of the orchid print and motif reinforces the dark, sultry, and romantic aura of Anatomy. The orchid, much like Anatomy personified, is the embodiment of individuality, beauty, and power. Sarah Burton successfully continues the legacy of Lee Alexander McQueen by breaking traditional conventions of tailoring and experimenting with the vast possibilities.

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PFW - Saint Laurent FW23

A collection highlighting the dichotomy between masculine and feminine, opulence and simplicity, seduction and power- the Saint Laurent Women’s Winter 23 collection exhibits a masterful expression of play. The Italian fashion designer and the current Creative Director of the brand infused the familiar aesthetic of the tailleur-jupe with the ethos of the classic Saint Laurent style and his own codes of creative expression. The outcome is a collection that provides women with aesthetic agency.

The collection comprises garments that embed elements found traditionally in masculine tailoring juxtaposed with a traditionally feminine silhouette. The color scheme is heavily focused on neutrals such as brown and black and supplements the play between the masculine and feminine. The subdued color, harsh cuts, and exuberant shoulder pads allow the models to shine. As suggested by the seductive garments underlining the oversized garments of outerwear, the women are given agency. The collection orbits around the desires of the feminine- fostering the temporal modes and roles of women, the garments break conventional boundaries of tailoring and mix practicality with elegance and feminine power.

Playing with the relationship between opulence and simplicity, the venue pays homage to the ballroom of the Intercontinental hotel where the brand showcased its Haute Couture collections for over 25 years. With an eye for detail, Vaccarello makes it clear that the Saint Laurent woman is above the values of tradition.

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MFW - Genetics: the legacy of house Gucci - FW23

Taking on the concept of genetics, Gucci highlights its intention to foreground the house’s legacy for its women’s FW23 collection. Describing itself as an “ecosystem of designers and artisans whose shared understanding of the house has passed down and evolved from creative to creative for over a century”, Gucci evokes a dialogue between past, present and future to honor the contribution of the visionaries that propelled the house and paved its future. In line with this vision, the house of Gucci is the focal point throughout the show: from cast and sound to scene and collection. In the Gucci Hub, elevators move the collection from building to runway – mirroring the creative process that traces its starting point, the archives, all the way to its final destination, the runway. A nostalgic attitude pervades the silhouettes, drawing on Gucci’s early 1990s and 2000s erotic form language and the 2010s energetic color palette. Voluminous shoulders and dropped necklines outline oversized wool or leather suits. Evening wear, such as the drop-waist skirt of a double-duchesse bustier dress, takes on the shape of a heart – a Gucci symbol. Colored visor sunglasses, which allude to a classic Gucci flacon, convert vision through Rush-tinted glasses. In honor of an iconic archival piece, the Jackie bag is softened in its composition and adapted in two-tone colors while keeping its original shape. The veneration of the old and a devotion to the new pays tribute to the creative culture and community found at the heart of Gucci’s legacy.

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Fendi Women’s FW23

For Fendi’s womenswear FW23 collection, Kim Jones takes Delfina Delettrez Fendi as an inspirational starting point. Drawing on her instinctively chic and pervasive form of individual expression through her Fendi archive wardrobe, this Creative Director presents a collection marked by a nonchalance illusion and a lens of subtle subversion that explores classicism and elegance, and entertains with binary constructions. An admiration for DIY and a critical attention to deconstruction elevated the designs into luxurious pieces, capable of being worn in all manner of ways. Feminine sophistication is disrupted through the interpolation of gender stereotypes: masculine tailoring and fabrics are deviated from their traditional purpose to now compose feminine forms. A touch of sensual femininity is visible in intimate apparel occasionally peeking through, thigh-high lace-up boots and layered lace. A perfected and more chic punk style is apparent throughout the collection along with influences from Karl Lagerfeld’s 1981 sketches. Knitwear is cleanly slashed or carefully wrapped, ribbed knitted pieces are left unbuttoned or worn asymmetrically. Glances into the history and innate features of house Fendi are omnipresent. Jones draws on graphic motifs from the FW 1996 Fendi archives. The brand’s multipurpose sensibility is shown with Silvia Venturini Fendi’s introduction of the Fendi Origami. By design, this new handbag is two things in one – it transforms between two distinctive silhouettes. Silvia’s daughter, Delfina, shows off Fendi’s appreciation for duality with her jewelry designs – directly in line with the collection’s essence. Fendi’s ability to transform complexity into simplicity, purity and sophistication hints at the collection’s success.

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Burberry FW23

The British fashion designer Daniel Lee presented his first collection for Burberry in London. Prior to the showcase of the charismatic collection, the brand presented a redesign and introduced the 120-year-old Equestrian Knight Design motif completed with the Latin phrase “Prorsum” - translated as forwards. This redesign was disclosed as Lee’s first creative expression under the brand - efficiently establishing his position as Creative Director and stepping away from the previous direction of Lee’s predecessor Riccardo Tisci.

The collection reinforces the brand’s historical connection with outdoor exploration through garments that hide the models - but accentuates their form and aura through deep elementary colors features in monochromatic sets and experimental silhouettes.

Several elements such as the argyle and Aran patterns, Equestrian Knight Design, and the English Rose were highlighted through the garments. As seen in the 51st look - deep colors that are sewn into the narrative of the colder months such as dark purple, supplemented by its complementary partner yellow, are utilized to create a medium for the respective pattern of the garment to produce a high-fashion camouflage adjacent visuality. The use of purple continues through the silhouette - an extravagantly large lavender ushanka, plum rubber rain boots, and a violet satchel that balances the optics of the silhouette with a cross-body handle.

Burberry once again successfully blends practicality with elegant aesthetics producing an eye-catching collection schematized using color in a space designed by Lee that fosters the protective nature of the brand’s garments against the harsh elements of the cold.

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NEW YORK - TORY BURCH FW23

About her newest collection, Tory Burch had to say the following, “for the FW23, we wanted to challenge perceptions of beauty and femininity. [...] This collection is about the confidence that comes from being unapologetically yourself. Women aren’t interested in rules, and every piece is designed to be endlessly mixed, layered and individualized.” The new FW23 collection does indeed break away from the traditional wardrobe and rebuild it with a new undone attitude. It is this attitude which emphasizes the beauty of imperfections which can be found as a fil rouge throughout the collection, whether it is through the raw-cut and weather luxurious materials or broken heels. Overall, the garments are defined by their simplicity of form with a dichotomy of silhouettes and shapes varying between relaxed and cure-hugging. It’s an eclectic collection which shows that there are no rules, and no boundaries when it comes to how anything should be worn. No details of the collection might embody this philosophy more than the safety pin brooches and other interior details that are prominently shown throughout instilling the right edge and off-hand attitude to the collection. Each look is then only complete with the right selection of accessories. For this collection, Tory Burch revisited its archives and brought back some of its favorite silhouettes and details, most notably in the Jessica chain hardware, which was reinterpreted and stripped down before becoming a leading motif throughout this season’s accessory selection.

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Positive Changemaker

Over the past years, we were able to observe a big shift in consumer behavior, especially when it comes to how consumers are engaging and buying fashion products. It’s no longer just about the product, consumers are looking for more depth, they are showing an increased awareness about all the different aspects of the brand. Of course, brands have recognized this trend and have started to take responsibility in regard to their environmental and social impact, becoming positive changemakers. In this regard, Ralph Lauren has always been a pioneer, having been a leader for over two decades in the fight against cancer most notably through their Pink Pony Initiative, a global and year-long philanthropic program which was founded in 2000. A cornerstone program of the company, it is deeply rooted in Ralph Lauren’s DNA, raising awareness and generating attention whilst also aiming to reduce disparities in cancer care and prevention. Through this initiative, Ralph Lauren has partnered up with some of the leading research institutions such as the German Cancer Research Center. Within this context, Ralph Lauren is therefore launching a new special edition of its Wellington Bag. With the bag being a modern reflection of Ralph Lauren’s equestrian heritage, this special edition is completely crafted in pink suede in reference to the Pink Pony Initiative. With each sale of this new special edition pink suede Wellington Bag Ralph Lauren is donating parts of the proceeds in order to support research, screening, early diagnosis, treatment, education and patient navigation.

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HUBLOT Ambassador Novak Djokovic wins Record-Breaking 10th Australian Open

What similarities do Swiss watchmaking company Hublot and living tennis legend Novak Djokovic share? Not only is the Serbian professional a Hublot brand ambassador, but both also share many values such as their relentless pursuit of excellence and performance. Whether it is on the tennis pitch or within Hublot’s fine watchmaking ateliers, each step needs to be perfect with each movement having been refined over and over again. During the past weekend, Djokovic confirmed his status as the most successful player in men’s tennis history with a record 10th Australian open and a record-equalling 22nd Grand Slam win. To congratulate its ambassador Novak Djokovic, also known as Nole, Ricardo Guadalupe, Hublot CEO, stated, “There’s no one like Nole! First, unique, different – and the most successful tennis player in men’s tennis history. What a player! On behalf of all your friends at Hublot, I want to congratulate Djokovic on an incredible tournament, on extending your record and on your 22nd Grand Slam. Wow! You are truly a unique athlete and we admire your dedication, generosity and will to win so much. You are an inspiration, and we are proud to call you not just a Hublot ambassador, but a friend. Good luck with the rest of the season!”

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Touch of Crude

The SS23 Prada campaign accompanying the new men’s and women’s collections by Miuccia Prada and Raf Simons is a testament to the artistic virtuosity of the house. Not only does one see a true appreciation for the art of clothes and tailoring in the design and execution of the new collection; the short film and campaign reveal a true sensibility toward art as a medium for communicating stories and messages.

The film ‘Touch of Crude’, written and directed by filmmaker Nicolas Winding Refn, is a collaboration between the director and Prada – a short-format feature film is a surrealist take on fluid femininity. Vibrantly colorful, unsettling and creepy, the short feature film plays out like a dream sequence, replete with strange dialogue and nonsequiturs. A floating black box, a peephole to other realities, and three women (Sungirl, Moongirl and Superstar) all outfitted in Prada are all central elements in this short yet dense storyline (or rather, lack thereof).

The seemingly unrelated lives of the three main characters, Sungirl, Moongirl and Superstar (or “The True Fairy of Punk”, as she calls herself) respectively, are connected solely by the enigmatic black box, as well as the clothes they wear. The symbolism of the clothes represents the longstanding tradition of the House of Prada: the way clothes are passed down from generation to generation of women. As items travel along the passage of time, they represent a kind of continuity from the past; echoing realities, accompanying stories, figures and settings.

Photography figures into this campaign as well, with actors Vincent Cassel, Jaehyun Jeong, Louis Partridge, Hunter Schafer, Letitia Wright, as well as models Guinevere van Seenus and Rachel Williams starring in the campaign by David Sims. Each photograph tells its own story of Prada characters, a plurality of stories and stars in their own rights. Through this complexity, a Touch of Crude contradicts, in its inherent directness and purity. This is reflected in the style of photography; minimalist, stark, and real, putting the people of Prada in the foreground. HZ

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Paul Smith at Paris Fashion Week

Debuting in Paris, inside the American Cathedral, Paul Smith’s FW23 Collection is a true testament to the designer’s past. As ever, designer Paul Smith has stayed unfalteringly loyal to the integrity of his craft, with each new collection a reflection of a high caliber of tailoring and fabrics.

This season, Smith took a new approach to the art of tailoring. A contemporary take, including more modern items such as the puffer jacket, a crew neck vest in place of a waistcoat, or simply oversized everything, gave the collection a distinctly 2023 feel. A looser narrative structure defined Smith’s vision for this collection, leaving more space to explore different avenues. One such avenue of inspiration was the modernist movement, from which evolved many of the collection’s silhouettes, defined by sharp, geometric lines.

Paul Smith carried some of his signature motifs into this new line. His penchant for bold and saturated color, evident in the vibrant cobalt blue and bright candy pink, plays out against a backdrop of more somber autumnal colors – the whites, beiges, browns and blacks that form the basis of the collection. Smith’s vivid graphics ripple across the clothing as well, for example in the Big Floral or the Signature Stripe, a fun and youthful juxtaposition to the tweed, houndstooth and bouclés of the collection. HZ

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Growing Up

The Louis Vuitton FW23 Men’s ‘Growing Up’ collection and show tell (predictably) the story of growing up, from birth to childhood, through adolescence and into adulthood. The show was preceded by a short film, directed by the French filmmaker-sibling duo Michel and Olivier Gondry, documenting the rites of passage of a young boy’s life. The set, a vivid and very literal interpretation of the subject, comprised a series of rooms through which the models passed, like a dream sequence. Familiar scenes of childhood and adolescence played out throughout the show, taking the viewer on an emotional journey through the earlier stages of life.

The collection is a tribute to the inner child, manifested in the vividness of colors, the at times fantastical designs and a boyish sense of defiance present throughout. The late Virgil Abloh, previous Creative Director of the House, often nurtured the idea of the inner child as a symbol of hope. Following in his footsteps, the Louis Vuitton Studio Prêt-à-Porter Homme introduce a collection that is invariably imaginative – a true testament to the child within. Messages of hope and confusion are splayed across the collection (“FANTASTIC IMAGINATION?..”, “FANTASTIC FUTURE?...”, “blurry vision of a bright future”), creating a sense of the emotional turmoil, uncertainty and relentless optimism of growing up. HZ

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Missonism

Missoni, the Italian family-owned fashion brand, boasts an over 60-year history of producing apparel that has become recognizable the world over. Known partly for its colorful zigzag patterns, partly for its cheeky sheer designs, and partly for a honed craftsmanship in high-quality knits, the brand grew from a small-town shop owned and run by the married couple, Ottavio and Rosita Missoni, to an international mega-brand.

Abiding by the qualities that propelled it to its world-famous status, the latest Missoni Men’s FW23 collection is a true exercise in ‘Missonism’ (as the brand calls it), intersecting shapes, patterns, colors, and ease of wear. Above all, the collection seeks to be transversal: to be worn in multiple different contexts. This is epitomized in the cardigan – a staple in the Missoni catalog – universally wearable, a quality that extends over the entire collection, in the form of windbreakers, coats and shirt-jackets. Loose silhouettes, designed to free the body and the wearer, are emboldened in the classic Missoni manner – through colorful patterning and creative textures. Effortless, cool, fun, comfortable: this is Missoni in its truest form.

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ZEGNA’S OASI

THE OASI OF CASHMERE, ZEGNA’s new winter collection 2023, showcases a thorough dedication to the central fabric distinguishing this collection from those prior. “Matter matters” – a central tenet to the collection – encapsulates ZEGNA’s belief that innovation in clothes making begins with fibers, and the treatment thereof throughout the design and production process. From the inception, to the weaving, to the handling, ZEGNA’s sartorial codes of conduct show a great dedication to the art of textiles. Named partially after the Oasi Zegna, the historic home of the brand, the collection reflects the values that have accompanied its makers for many years. The Oasi Zegna is a nature park in the heart of the Piedmont region of Italy, which has garnered much praise for its part in preserving the nature of the area, and even won the pres