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Aesop’s 20-Year Icon

Seamlessly blending nature’s properties with know-how, Aesop products offer a sensational skin care experience. The lines provide gentle and efficient solutions, ensuring a skin care experience free from redness or irritation. Synonymous with attention to detail, the formulas cater to various skin needs.
An essential part of many skincare routines for 20 years now, the B Triple C Facial Balancing Gel is a loyal companion. As the jubilee of this iconic product approaches, one can’t help but reaffirm its place as an icon.
With its honey-like texture, the B Triple C Facial Balancing Gel ensures a one-of-a-kind experience. Its nutritious formula, containing Vitamins B and C, lightly moisturizes and balances the skin.
Standing as a synthesis of ultimate benefits, consolidating a powerful skin treatment into a single product, the B Triple C Facial Balancing Gel softens and evens the skin’s appearance, as well as hydrates and balances it. The cherry on top: the skin embraces its matte finish.
Aesop continues to set the standard in skincare excellence, offering products that merge science and nature for truly remarkable results. As the B Triple C Facial Balancing Gel prepares to celebrate its 20th anniversary, Aesop remains dedicated to innovation and quality in skincare.
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Louis Vuitton - Resort 2025

Sculptural cuts and thoughtful drapery were the motto of the Louis Vuitton Resort 2025 show, imagined by Nicolas Ghesquière.
The collection featured elegant, tailored outfits with equestrian touches and 1980s influences, transitioning to flowing silk pieces inspired by Spanish masters. Innovative elements, like boiled silk and wool dresses, were once again proof of the creativity and craftsmanship of Louis Vuitton’s ateliers artisans.
For the past decade, Louis Vuitton has showcased Nicolas Ghesquière’s collections in stunning architectural marvels. This year, the designer selected the Hypostyle Room in Antoni Gaudi’s Park Güell, a hall renowned for its mosaic ceilings—a hallmark of Gaudi’s style. The show was then beautifully enhanced by its set-up, internationally renowned for the genius of its architect.
Along the same spirit, the designer said to have been inspired by the Spanish greatest artists, from Velazquez to Goya and Zurburan, as well as by the work of the talented filmmakers Luis Bunuel and Rodrigo Sorogoyen.

The collection and the show were then thought of as an homage, paying tribute to those who have contributed to the renown of Spanish art. The garments were adorned with interesting, modern cuts, questioning Louis Vuitton's identity by bringing a touch of fun elegance to more classic colors. Grays, blacks, and beiges followed one another, sometimes brightened up with a polka-dot motif, a nod to flamenco fashion. Then more diversified patterns appear, with mixtures of textures and colors providing the offbeat touch that we were waiting for. Finally, strict cuts are loosened, giving way to puffy, almost dramatic skirts and dresses, bringing an eye-catching finale to this architectural and well-exectuted Resort 2025 collection.
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Hamburg-Style

Hublot, the Swiss luxury watchmaker, opened its first boutique in Hamburg. Already present in Berlin, Munich, and Frankfort, this is the brand's fourth location in Germany.
Located on Nueur Wall, Hamburg's famous shopping street, the boutique offers a sophisticated experience, showcasing its innovations and iconic watch models.

The interior architecture of the Hamburg boutique reflects the brand's philosophy “The Art of Fusion”. Like Hublot's watches, in the boutique, high-quality materials blend into a unique whole, guaranteeing an exceptional presentation.
The coastal port city of Hamburg and Hublot share maritime roots, dear to the brand's core. The design of the brand's first iconic watch, in 1980, was inspired by a porthole, a concept that is still the cornerstone of Hublot today, thus reflected in the new Hamburg boutique.
www.hublot.com

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Pushing the Limits

For Dior Fall Collection 2024, Kim Jones defies the laws of gravity, reinventing the iconic monogram in an exceptional material; innovative and elegant. Available in two versions: one for small leather goods and the other, in a maxi version, for bags, the codes of the oblique motif are redefined.
What makes this material so unique is the embossing technique used to inscribe the emblematic monogram on the leather. This technique delicately marks the leather to preserve it, thanks to the action of gravity. This line of extraordinary craftsmanship is presented under the name Dior Gravity, in honor of the technique that brought it to life.

The models come in beige, black, and khaki, with the same grained texture and supple leather effect.
The Messager bags and the Weekender model are likewise adorned with this new creation, featuring original graphics. The Petite Maroquinerie range is not to be outdone, as essential cardholders, belts, and even the B33 and B27 sneakers are clad in the revisited monogram.
Dior Gravity is an audacious and unique line, designed for all adventurers of the urban jungle.
www.dior.com

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A Denim Oasis in the Desert

For the third consecutive year, GUESS Jeans was in Coachella, organizing a festive weekend in a fabulous oasis.
Imagined by Nicolai Marciano, the Compound Oasis opened its doors during the festival’s opening weekend. For the occasion, GUESS Jeans transformed a gated community into a talent hub, bringing together talents from the worlds of music, fashion, art, and influence.
The guest list was full of stars, from J Balvin to Billie Eilish, Doja Cat, and Hailey and Justin Bieber, enjoying a break at the GUESS oasis in the arid air of Coachella.
The place transformed from a wellness area during the day to a crazy festive dancefloor at night-time, welcoming electrifying performances by acclaimed DJs and musicians like Anderson Paak and Kaytranada. The festivities culminated in a star-studded post-festival gathering featuring Nav and a surprise set by Metro Boomin.

The unveiling of GUESS Jeans at Pitti Uomo signaled its forthcoming global launch, marking a significant addition to the brand's portfolio. Then at Coachella, the brand confirmed its appeal for festivities and lifestyle.
www.guess.eu

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Louis Vuitton Women's Prefall 2024 Collection - Voyager Show

Louis Vuitton Women's Prefall 2024 Collection - Voyager Show Nicolas Ghesquière, Artistic Director of Louis Vuitton, pursued an exploration that caps ten years of creativity at Louis Vuitton in the Prefall 2024 collection in Shanghai, under the name of Voyager Show. Especially, teaming up with the young contemporary artist Sun Yitian, the show was full of playful overtones with a daring texture and embroidery details while an array of striking colorful pieces epitomized the voyagers' outfits. Altogether, this fascinating collection reinterpreted signature style codes with a zestful attitude and an assemblage of artistic flourishes.

With an upbeat and optimistic mood, there was an exuberance of color and joyfulness that saluted the tremendous stylistic vitality of China's youth. With the synergy power with the artist Sun Yitian, her touch added charming, figurative bestiary that contrasted silhouettes. Emphasizing the contrast of the short and the long, at times, they united and conjoined refinement and audacity. Notably, oppositional prints made for happy marriages while classicism went tangential, giving outfits a charming zeal. In keeping with the seductive narrative, the accessories completed the charming ensemble in the fast-paced collection, including the Petite Malle, the Twist, the OnTheGo, the Diane, the Loop, the Side Trunk, the Atlantis, the Noé, the Cannes, and the Camera Box — as well as the Capucines and the Dauphine — open fresh chapters and return in flexible versions. The standout piece is the Slim Trunk, which joined the illustrious ranks of Maison’s bags, timeless witnesses of a long history that continues to unfold.
www.louisvuitton.com

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Acne Studios par Frédéric Malle

Acne Studios par Frédéric Malle Acne Studios comes with an exceptional collaboration in the era of perfumery and art, introducing the new fragrance, named Acne Studios par Frédéric Malle, with Editions de Parfums Frederic Malle, known for its Avant-Garde of perfume. In the intersection of fashion, perfumery, and art, the new creation is a symbol that represents the new chapter of both houses, Acne Studios par Frédéric Malle showcased their shared ambition to create a radically new aesthetic with their essence from photography, architecture, culture, and design.

Drawing on the abundant aesthetic of Acne Studios, Frédéric Malle, the founder of the brand hoped to capture its spirit and reveal its olfactory mirror. In keeping with the spirit, the creator has imagined a neoclassical perfume, both vibrant and comforting, magnetic and radical. Frédéric Malle asked the olfactory prodigy Suzy Le Helley to compose this powerful manifesto: a perfume that would be at the crossroads of the great classics of yesterday and tomorrow. Like a garment cut from a rough material and transformed into a work of art thanks to its technical treatment and design, Frédéric Malle and Suzy Le Helley, faithful to the daring irreverence of Acne Studios, have combined functional and rich materials to achieve the exceptional. To make this unique collaboration happen, Frédéric Malle and Jonny Johansson, founder and creative director of Acne Studios, have always chosen to explore alternative paths, with a multidisciplinary vision of their art, and a steadfast commitment to the principle of absolute creative freedom.
www.acnestudios.com

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"Born in Oasi": An ode to nature's beauty

On the occasion of Milan Desing Week, Zegna reveals what had never been told before in an insight into the brand’s original seed.
"Born in Oasi Zegna: The Book" unveils an untold legend, captivating readers of all ages and backgrounds. It transcends time and space, offering immediate connection and entertainment through the timeless medium of a book. This hefty tome indulges the senses with its tactile pages and vibrant visuals, serving as a conduit for legacy and inspiration.
At its core, "Born in Oasi Zegna" embodies the essence of Zegna's ethos, rooted in community, environment, and wellbeing. It traces back to Ermenegildo Zegna's visionary reforestation efforts in the Biella Alps, which birthed Oasi Zegna—a testament to social and environmental stewardship. Indeed, Zegna is involved in a reforestation program imagined to create cohesion and harmony between humans, industry, and nature.
Oasi is a model of social and environmental awareness, dear to the brand that continues the heritage of Ermenegildo Zegna. Thus, Oasi Zegna's influence extends globally, starting with donating green spaces in Milan. This initiative underscores the importance of urban nature in fostering biodiversity and social responsibility.

As the book comes to life during Milan Design Week, it invites exploration and reflection, echoing the cyclical nature of Oasi Zegna itself. Available worldwide, it is a tangible and beautiful embodiment of Zegna's commitment to authenticity and sustainability.
www.zegna.com

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And Here I Go

Here it comes again! Dior's iconic cannage pattern takes center stage with an one-of-a-kind entrance. Once more, the House's signature graphic lines are the protagonist, adorning a series of men's creations envisioned by Kim Jones. Remaining true to the ethos of constant reinvention while celebrating the House's heritage, these new pieces epitomize Dior style by bringing back old motifs in a contemporary fashion!

Drawing inspiration from the earliest Christian Dior shows and the light-hued cane adorning the Napoleon III chairs of haute couture salons, the emblematic cannage pattern proves itself to be timeless. This season witnesses the return of cannage in the capsule collection, which seamlessly blends formality with informality, aesthetics with practicality.

Meticulously crafted knit overshirts, silk bermudas, canvas jackets and denim pieces showcase the House's technical savoir-faire. Mastering the art of tailoring, the functional sleeveless vests are sublimated by a strap, evoking a buttoning placket. Blue, white, and gray - the founding couturier's favorite colors - stand as the main hues of this series. Finished with a unique reinterpretation of the D.I.O.R charms, these modern looks are an ode to the house's rich heritage.

Synonymous with elegance, the new cannage capsule collection will be available from April 11, 2024, in Dior boutiques.

www.dior.com

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Coastal Season

Louis Vuitton's latest Nautical Capsule, available from March 22, 2024, is a fusion of travel-inspired elegance and effortless style. Featuring women's ready-to-wear, leather goods, accessories, and fashion jewelry, the collection exudes a relaxed yet refined vibe. Classic sailor motifs are given a youthful twist, with a timeless focus on white and navy hues and stripes adorning T-shirt dresses, shirts, and knits.
The collection includes standout pieces like the Coussin BB and Noé BB bags in vibrant red leather, as well as the GO-14 bag featuring intricate mignons embroidery. Novelty items such as the Capucines Mini covered in striped sequins and a miniature lighthouse-shaped bag add playful charm.

Nautical-themed silks, like the LV Cordage design, incorporate the Monogram pattern, while the Sailor Bandana features vibrant hues like vermillion and sky blue. Fashion jewelry, inspired by sailing ropes, complements the collection with delicate Monogram flower earrings and navy cuffs adorned with the LV signature.
Designed for a coastal summer, the Louis Vuitton Nautical Capsule offers a sophisticated take on feminine sportswear, perfect for both city and coastal dressing, with versatile pieces that can be mixed and matched for endless marine-inspired looks.
www.louisvuitton.com

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The Duality within the Singularity

In a captivating dance of contrasts, the Dior Fall 2024 collection emerges, seamlessly blending light and shadow, black and white, and the interplay between feminine and masculine elements. Drawing inspiration from the timeless glamor of actress Marlene Dietrich's iconic style, Creative Director Maria Grazia Chiuri envisioned a daring array of designs that boldly challenge the boundaries of convention. Delving into the depths of these contrasting concepts, like the plurality within the nature of femininity, the collection embodies a fusion of sophistication and naturalness.

From the enduring elegance of the 1950s to the contemporary flair of today, each ensemble within the collection is intricately weaved from such dual motifs, creating a harmonious symphony of contrasts. Below-the-knee pencil skirts and lace-encrusted petticoat dresses are given a subtle sensuality, revealing glimpses of lingerie that add an unexpected charm while maintaining an air of elegance. Miniature editions of Dior bags, including the emblematic Lady Dior, allow for freedom and movement, ensuring a comfortable look without giving up style.

Through a convergence of refined silhouettes and fluid movements, the Dior Fall 2024 collection narrates a story of delicate balance amidst forces, achieving a singular unity of excellence through the duality of motifs.

www.dior.com

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MILAN 2024/FW - LORO PIANA

The Loro Piana Fall/Winter 2024-2025 Womenswear and Menswear Collections encapsulate the essence of the House's 100-year history, celebrating its heritage through a captivating exploration of fibers, fabrics, and silhouettes. With a focus on exquisite tactility and graceful design, the collection is a tribute to the founding values of Sergio and Pier Luigi Loro Piana.
At the collection's heart lies the symbolic "fiori di cardo" thistle flower, representing Loro Piana's unique craftsmanship and elegance. This motif, historically significant in the Maison's coat of arms, guides the journey across iconic materials woven into garments with sophistication and refinement.

The collection seamlessly blends masculine and feminine elements, incorporating outdoorsy yet elegant touches alongside delicate silk and satin pieces. From Pecora Nera® Spagna jackets to flowing silk dresses, each garment reflects a harmonious fusion of tradition and modernity with a color palette of creamy neutrals, deep burgundy, and classic black and white. Eveningwear features elongated silhouettes and refined details such as embroidered lapels and all-over sequin dresses. The Menswear collection assembles soft tailoring with unconstructed blazers and versatile outerwear.
In addition to apparel, the collection introduces new leather goods and jewelry inspired by the Maison's heritage. Pieces like the Ghiera shopper and the Loom bag in cashmere and zibeline leather embody Loro Piana's commitment to quality and craftsmanship.
Throughout the collections, the House's commitment to excellence and innovation shines through, reaffirming Loro Piana's status as a beacon of timeless elegance and quality.
www.loropiana.com

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PARIS 2024/FW – SAINT LAURENT MENSWEAR

Anthony Vacarello created the event by presenting his Menswear show to close the Womenswear PFW, a week after revealing his Women collection.
A few brands had men on the catwalk during this FW, from Miu Miu to Marine Serre, but presenting a Menswear-only show was a real gamble, and Anthony Vacarello pulled it off brilliantly, revealing a successful, timeless collection.

With suit ensembles consisting of double-breasted suits and extra light pants, the silhouettes could have been very classic, but the trouser falls, loose fit, and square shoulders gave them a modern, timelessly chic look. The tailoring was as flou as Yves Saint Laurent knew how to do it, revealing the impressive all-time craftsmanship of the Saint Laurent ateliers.
Anthony Vacarello dresses the man of today while respecting the codes of yesterday, a discreet but genuine tribute to the signature style of the House's founder. The major silhouette of the collection was a thoughtful recreation of Yves Saint Laurent's iconic silhouette, dark suit and black glasses.
Vacarello refuses to let Menswear get sidelined and proves it with this unique Fall-Winter 2024/25 collection, timelessly elegant.
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PARIS 2024/FW – CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN

Christian Louboutin presented his Fall-Winter collection during “The Loubi Show”, an artistic and glamour event. Among the friends of the house present were Barbara Sprouse, Tayce, Kristin Scott Thomas, and Samuel Arnold.

After unveiling the Fall-Winter 2024/25 collection, Christian Louboutin presented the new Our Angels capsule, leather-heeled Santiags boots inspired by the aesthetics of the Far West. Available in three colors, they are the result of a sophisticated patchwork of top-quality leather. They feature the company's unique savoir-faire in an exclusive design. The Our Angels collection is scheduled for release in September 2024.
Louboutin also unveiled a collection of accessories such as the Loubi54 bag among leather belts and corsets.

Christian Louboutin is expanding its offering for men this year with a series of new launches starting in May, and extending throughout the summer. As well as revisions to some established styles, the new line includes an innovative sneaker due in July and a selection of shoes, boots, and accessories inspired by the American Wild West, such as the Rocknrun sneaker line, featuring the iconic red sole. From MJ Moc loafers and Our Pabelito derbies to Cheliviss Chelsea boots, the Menswear collection suits every style and occasion. Accessories such as the Rocknride trucker cap complete a collection both iconic and modern.
The Menswear and Womenswear Fall-Winter 2024/25 collections will be available in all Christian Louboutin stores and online from May 2024.
www.christianlouboutin.com

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PARIS 2024/FW – SAINT LAURENT

Anthony Vaccarello presented an unexpected and stunning Fall-Winter 2024/25 Ready-to-Wear collection for Saint Laurent. The tones were warm and oriental, ranging from caramel and olive to brown, ochre, and black, like a reference to the House's heritage and the inspiration that Marrakech represented for Yves Saint Laurent.

Blouses with wise collars, pencil skirts, and fabrics that fall below the knees; it might have seemed like an ultra-classic collection if the outfits hadn't been almost all sheer and the model’s breast, exposed. The collection also featured several monochrome suit silhouettes with exaggerated shoulders and a sumptuous black leather coat.
Earrings and bracelets were oversized as if to compensate for the minimal amount of fabric in the silhouettes, and headbands made of the same transparent material covered the heads.
Furs completed some looks but were often neglectfully worn on the models' arms as an accessory. An amused wink at the thinness of the fabrics used in a collection supposedly designed for the cold season.

Almost entirely built on transparent silhouettes, made from pantyhose-like fabric, this collection is as technical as it is sublime, both in the way it looks and in the message it conveys.
An ephemeral collection, almost impossible to market due to the fragility of the material used. Nevertheless, it's worth noting the technical prowess achieved by Saint Laurent artisans to create this collection. According to the designer, his job “isn’t always to do something that’s real or realistic.”
Then ready-to-wear that’s not wearable? That's the whole point. It was a risky gamble, but in the end, a successful one.
www.ysl.com

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MILAN 2024/FW – VERSACE

Versace has presented its Fall-Winter 2024/25 collection, once again designed by Donatella Versace.
With spiked hair and heavy eyeliner, the makeover was calling for a punk collection but the looks were not thought of in this way, creating a really interesting contrast. The collection covered Womenswear and Menswear, harmoniously articulated around warm colors and black hues. Pairing dark, exaggerated make-up with wise tweed and drapery, the collection then evolves into darker-toned silhouettes, reaching a deep black.

White collars and tweeds - wise, almost classic - contrasted with fitted silhouettes and sheer fabrics. Mixed with more discreet elements, we noted the brand's emblematic codes: a dress with a slit reaching almost to the waist, bare shoulders, or a décolleté encrusted with crystals, the Versace silhouette is consistently sexy and highly polished. The men's looks feature long coats in brown tones, luxurious leather, and transparency. Silhouettes are fitted and accessorized with short gloves. The use of transparency and drapery is as technical as it is sexy, sublimating all genders in a way that only Versace knows how to do it.
Anne Hathaway, present in the audience, wore a magnificent red leather dress, corseted and sublimely tailored. This hourglass silhouette was one of the catwalk's stars, interpreted through dresses, skirts, and corsets: infinitely Versace.
www.versace.com

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MILAN 2024/FW - PRADA

The Prada Autumn/Winter 2024 collection by Miuccia Prada and Raf Simons is a fashion embarkation with fragments of history. Exploring beauty in a contemporary but shaped by the past, world.
As often with Prada, romance is in the air but this time, explored through time's eye. Here, history defines the collection, borrowing materials and silhouettes from another time to make them contemporary and modern. Contemporary garments such as biker jackets, knitwear, and bomber jackets are deconstructed and mixed with other, more timeless, close-fitting pieces. An ode to fashion that transcends the ages.

Materials seemingly intended for men's fashion are reworked to become intrinsically feminine. Knots, frills, and ruffles, associated with feminine fashions of other times, are redefined and modernized. As other accessories inherent to the image of womanhood, make-up, and sunglasses are combined, and handbags are suspended. Skirts are made of delicate silk, asserted by straight cuts, while hats and shoes feature exaggerated, almost theatrical shapes, reinterpreting the very notion of femininity in an Instinctive Romance.
www.prada.com

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MILAN 2024/FW - DIESEL

Diesel has just revealed its Fall-Winter 2024 collection, showing both a splendid show and the backgrounds, a part of the story often hushed up by fashion brands. As Glenn Martens, creative director, said: “Diesel is a fashion democracy, it is natural for us to reveal what is usually hidden”.
An interesting idea that was a big hit, indeed by giving access to behind-the-scenes parts of the show 72 hours before it, Diesel gave the public a glimpse of the brand’s secrets.
But the idea reached new heights at the show, indeed the set was a live video call with a thousand people from around the world. A daring concept that shakes up fashion for the better by turning the people behind their screens from spectators into spectacle. But Glenn Martens pushes the vice even further, going as far as to show a model wearing a screen-dress with dozens of faces of strangers printed on it: a fashion statement that's both committed and wildly fashionable.

The Diesel Fall-Winter 2024 Collection features innovative garments and accessories, with burn effects, trompe-l'oeil prints, and overlays.
This collection was impregnated with Diesel heritage, from double-breasted coats and quilted faux-fur jackets to feline-patterned bags. Accessories such as vintage-inspired sunglasses, the new D-sruptor watch, and women's and men's shoes with metallic details completed the collection.
And because a Diesel show wouldn't have the same flavor without it, denim is everywhere, worn on black or leather-like coats and cracked pants.
With Diesel's Fall-Winter 2024 collection, Glenn Martens presented a runway show that was at once conceptual, original, and consistent with the brand's emblematic codes.
www.diesel.com

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Jackie Notte: The go-to bag for Night Owls

Sabato De Sarno introduces the Jackie Notte, his very first bag creation for Gucci.
With a new silhouette and subtle details, this bag embodies the line’s identity while giving it a special twist, as a reflection of the designer’s style.

Sabato De Sarno reinvents here the vintage sophistication of the Jackie 1961 with a contemporary allure, elevating any look with a statement piece. To design this special bag, the designer found inspiration in Italy so dear to his heart, interpreting it through bold colors and a sophisticated allure.
This model reflects the codes of the iconic collection while giving it a new silhouette and joyful nuances. Made to bring joy and glamour into everyday life, the Jackie Notte elevates any look.

Timeless and glamorous, the Jackie Notte is the perfect addition to any night-out look from a slip-back dress to tailored pants.
Now available worldwide, in Gucci stores network.
www.gucci.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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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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Hèrmes Men's Winter 2024 Collection

Hèrmes presents a Men’s Winter 2024 Collection centered all around versatility. The classic equestrian roots of the brand see an evolution to an all-new contemporary elegance for the modern man. As an elegant take on dandy-chic, the collection features tweeds and wool mixed together, almost echoing English country-chique, as well as reworked classics such as the trench coat or raincoats with subtle accents, mostly through leather additions. Both classy and edgy, the looks on the runway combine cool leather jackets, belted trenchcoats or bombers with argyle patterns. Sweaters and cardigans of this collection are adorned with picturesque prints on fuzzy wools. As seen in various other shows of this season, the suit silhouettes feature slim, form-fitting tailoring. The color palette remains reserved and elegant with dusty greys, classic brown and black, which are accentuated by earthy greens and pale purples. As a highlight, leather belts and boots shine in a daring crocodile leather. Accessories, such as cashmere beanies and canvas bucket hats reiterate the focus on versatility in style, while iconic Haut à courroies bags reemphasize it practically, truly emblematic of Hèrmes enduring savior-faire in fashion, as well as in craftsmanship of leather goods.
www.hermes.com

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Paul&Shark: CLUB RIVIERA

During Milan Fashion Week, Paul & Shark unveiled the FW 2024 Club Riviera collection, which transformed Casa Cipriani's elite private members club into its own Club Riviera. A one-of-a-kind site that dates back to the 1930s with the inauguration of Harry's Bar in Venice and exudes Italian elegance to its full potential. The collection transitions from summer to fall, with a color range of beiges and foliage tones paired with traditional white and iconic Paul & Shark blue. Silk coats, hefty linen shirts, and polished cotton T-shirts take the spotlight. The brand's tale revolves around an elite club with fall sea feels, an emotional journey, and a sweater at sunset, all of which evoke memorable memories. The occasion was meticulously planned to provide the international press with access to the FW24 looks worn by models, who are highly recognized club members. Then, the evening proceeded with a cocktail party and DJ set that welcomed worldwide talents and influencers. The result is a private club-like relaxing environment, where, among the timeless board games, guests may stop and observe the autumn sun setting through the window as winter gently knocks on the door. www.paulandshark.com

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GUESS JEANS new AIRWASH technology

With a presentation at this year's Pitti Immagine Uomo, GUESS JEANS is unveiling their brand-new denim wash technology, “GUESS AIRWASH”, which will pave the way for a more sustainable future of denim. Following in the footsteps of his father, GUESS co-founder Paul Marciano, who popularized denim stone-washing in 1981, the brand’s current Creative Director Nicolai Marciano, is paying tribute to the brand’s legacy of pioneering denim styles and washing processes through a lens of contemporary values. The all-new AIRWASH technique swaps the water used in stone washing for air and bubbles. Through this technique the use of pumice stones becomes obsolete, resulting in a significant decrease in water and energy consumption. The AIRWASH technology was developed by GUESS’ long-time partner Jeanologia and is manifested on eight airwashes across denim shirts, denim jackets, and denim trousers that appear in three fits for women, ranging from skinny to mom to midrise straight, and four for men, ranging from skinny, slim, straight, to relaxed. All pieces are fabricated from organic and recycled materials, putting an sustainability at the forefront of GUESS’ philosophy. But not just the dedication to (re-)inventing denim culture stands as a tribute to the brand's DNA, but also the designs of the new collection draw inspiration from GUESS archive pieces spanning from the 80s to 90s, presenting us with a reinterpretation of innovation and iconic denim styles at the same time. GUESS JEANS, as a new brand, opens the doors for the rollout of a number of new denim-focused boutiques. The GUESS JEANS collection will be available in June 2024, at selected wholesale stores and retailers worldwide and online.
www.guess.com

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Saint Laurent New Store In Champs-Élysées

Paris, the fashion capital of the world, welcomes a new Saint Laurent flagship store on the illustrious Avenue des Champs-Élysées. Inspired by the visionary Yves Saint Laurent himself, Creative Director Anthony Vaccarello brings to life a long-cherished dream of seeing the iconic brand's name illuminated in fiery letters along this legendary boulevard. Housed in a meticulously restored Haussmannian building, the boutique is a harmonious blend of historical charm and avant-garde design. Vaccarello's novel concept invites patrons to embark on a journey of discovery, exploring the carefully curated spaces that seamlessly intertwine rough textures with precise details. Marble displays elevate the brand's collection to the status of precious artefacts, enticing clients to immerse themselves in the world of Saint Laurent. The double-height foyer, adorned with a mesmerizing neon light sculpture by renowned artist Cerith Wyn Evans, captures the essence of modern luxury. Sensuous surfaces, curving staircases in black-lacquered wood, and a tranquil private garden add layers to the shopping experience. Saint Laurent's complete repertoire, spanning men's and women's ready-to-wear, handbags, shoes, accessories, and fine jewellery, awaits discerning clients at this opulent destination. The boutique, located at 123 Avenue des Champs-Élysées, officially opens its doors on December 9th.
www.saintlaurent.com 

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ZEGNA Now in Saint Moritz

In a grand stride towards alpine elegance, ZEGNA, the trailblazing luxury menswear brand, has opened a new store in the Swiss haven of Saint Moritz. Nestled on Via Serlas, this 75m2 boutique stands as a testament to the brand's reinvention under the artistic helm of Alessandro Sartori. Channelling a 'mountain resort' ambience, the store introduces patrons to ZEGNA's meticulously curated Luxury Leisurewear and Luxury Outdoor collections. Embracing the open-air ethos of Saint Moritz, these wardrobes showcase the perfect fusion of style and functionality. The spotlight, however, falls on the Triple Stitch Vetta—the crown jewel of ZEGNA's iconic Triple Stitch lineage. Named after the Italian word for 'peak,' these shoes encapsulate the spirit of the Alpine landscape that connects Saint Moritz with Oasi Zegna in northern Italy. Crafted from deerskin and suede, and boasting an innovative Vibram Arctic Grip Sole, the Triple Stitch Vetta is a stylish companion for both mountain terrains and urban landscapes. A nod to sustainability comes through the Oasi Cashmere featured in the Luxury Outdoor collection, with ZEGNA's commitment to certifying the fibres as 100% traceable by 2024. The colour palette mirrors the earthy tones of the natural world, creating a collection that is both stylish and environmentally conscious. The Saint Moritz store encapsulates the brand's dynamic strategy, offering patrons a glimpse into the future of ZEGNA's Luxury Leisurewear and Luxury Outdoor collections.
www.zegna.com

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Levi’s and New Balance Footwear Collaboration

San Francisco, December 1, 2023 – Levi’s® and New Balance pay homage to the birthplace of mountain biking with their latest collaboration, channelling the spirit of 1970s Marin County, California. Originating from the unforgiving trails of Marin's mountains, Levi’s denim became the uniform of choice for pioneering mountain bikers due to its durability, protection, and timeless style. The new footwear collection merges Levi’s durable fabrics with the iconic New Balance MT580 silhouette, reissued with a modern twist. The MT580 features a RollBar-equipped trail design, combining a slimmed-down toe, reduced collar height, and faithful recreation of original materials. The midsole incorporates C-CAP and PU for durable support and flexibility, enhanced by a RollBar stability post system. In celebration of the 150th anniversary of Levi’s 501 jeans, each shoe integrates Levi’s signature Shrink-To-Fit™ denim. The collaboration offers two distinct colourways—a Grey Blue version with nubuck uppers and overdyed denim, and a Beige Black version with hairy suede uppers and washed black denim. Launching on December 6th, 2023, the collection tells the story of mountain biking's birth through special packaging. Each shoe, adorned with a classic Levi’s Red Tab, comes with three sets of laces.
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Mary Komasa Wears Chanel FW23/24

On the eventful night of November 15th, in Berlin, Polish singer Mary Komasa graced the stage of her ‘SISTER’ release performance wearing nothing but Chanel. Capturing the spotlight not only for her musical talents but also for her impeccable sense of style. The singer adorned herself in a breathtaking creation from Chanel's FW23/24 ready-to-wear collection, showcasing the perfect blend of sophistication and glamour. The black iridescent fantasy silk crepe dress, featuring chiffon flounces, delicate camellias in organza and tulle, and intricate beadwork, stood out as a true masterpiece. The ensemble, marked as Look 59 from Chanel's latest collection, epitomized the brand's commitment to timeless elegance and innovation. Adding a touch of luxury to her ensemble, Mary Komasa complemented her attire with 18k white gold Coco Crush fine jewelry, adorned with diamonds, accentuating her radiant presence on stage. Chanel, truly emblematic for female elegance and empowerment, ties perfectly into the story told in Mary's new album SISTER as it explores the theme of sisterhood - both as a commitment to be made consciously and as a social construct, ought to be challenged. The performance's beautiful soundscape was augmented visually, not just by her choice of dress, but also by the simulation of a journey between sunset and sunrise, ending the show and releasing the audience in the warm embrace of a sunset's glow. Mary Komasa's choice to don Chanel at the SISTER release performance not only showcased her affinity for high fashion but also celebrated the harmonious marriage of music and style.
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Gucci & Billie Eilish Collaboration

In a groundbreaking collaboration between fashion powerhouse Gucci and iconic singer Billie Eilish, the luxury brand unveils a revolutionary iteration of its heritage Horsebit 1955 bag. The bag, known for its timeless design, takes on a futuristic and asymmetrical aesthetic, representing a bold step towards ethical and sustainable fashion. The key innovation lies in the material—Demetra—an animal-free alternative that seamlessly blends quality, softness, and durability. This marks a significant shift in Gucci's traditional craftsmanship, showcasing the brand's commitment to a more ethical fashion future. Notably, the Horsebit 1955 in Demetra is the first Gucci bag ever to be crafted in this innovative material. Demetra is a result of two years of meticulous research and development by Gucci's technicians and artisans. Comprising 75% plant-derived raw materials, the material is a testament to Gucci's dedication to reducing its environmental impact. Produced in Italy since 2021 at a Gucci factory, Demetra aligns with the brand's ongoing efforts to create a sustainable and responsible supply chain. Billie Eilish, renowned for her bold advocacy and authentic voice, becomes the face of this collaboration. Set to her song "What Was I Made For?" the videos showcase the bag in various cinematic scenes, celebrating the harmonious blend of music, fashion, and ethical innovation. The Horsebit 1955 in Demetra is not just a bag; it's a symbol of a forward-looking approach to fashion that values ethics, creativity, and the planet.
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Montblanc StarWalker SpaceBlue Collection

Embark on a cosmic journey with Montblanc's latest masterpiece, the StarWalker SpaceBlue Collection, where the allure of the universe converges with the art of fine writing. This collection pays homage to the marvels of space, drawing inspiration from the mesmerizing beauty of galaxies and the enigmatic Widmanstätten structure found in iron meteorites. The central design element of the SpaceBlue Collection, the Widmanstätten structure, is a testament to Montblanc's commitment to innovation. Whether recreated through an injection moulding technique in precious resin or etched in metal, the structure's tactile feel and midnight blue hue echo the mysteries of the night sky. Comprising three distinct editions, including one in matte blue textured precious resin with dark ruthenium-coated fittings, a Doué edition blending textured resin with a metal cap, and a metal-only edition, each instrument in the collection promises a unique and immersive writing experience. To complement the writing instruments, Montblanc introduces a lined notebook in blue leather with the special Widmanstätten pattern, alongside matching dark blue ink. The collection is perfected with steel and lacquer cufflinks featuring the characteristic translucent StarWalker dome design. It is available at Montblanc boutiques worldwide and online, inviting enthusiasts to discover the celestial allure of fine writing. As galaxies remain uncharted territories, this collection invites you to explore the mysteries of the cosmos and pen captivating stories with its modern aesthetics and innovative technology.
www.montblanc.com

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Dior Men Launches the B57 Sneakers

In their mission to elegantly dress every man combining style with practicality and performance, Dior launches the B57 Sneakers. This new piece of footwear represents the most important push in Dior’s sneakers history, as it presents something innovative and high-end at the same time. The sneakers are a natural addition to the Spring 2024 collection, perfectly pairing with and complementing every outfit with their bold lines. The retro allure that distinguishes these shoes makes them an object of desire that seamlessly combines elegance with sportswear, blending materials that offer both flexibility and comfort. The sneakers are embellished by the Maison’s iconic logo: the “CD” initials are revealed in Dior Oblique Jacquard, emphasizing once again Dior’s commitment to details and high quality, unique pieces. The sneakers are available in several color variations in bewitching tones such as blue, red, beige, and cream. The Dior B57 sneakers bring an air of both elegance and casualness to every look, effortlessly matching different styles. Innovation and artisanship are brought together in this sneaker model. The sneakers will be available from October 19th, 2023 in boutiques and on the Dior website.
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FENDI Presents its Golf Capsule Collection

FENDI presents its Golf Capsule 2023, strengthening the brand’s ties with the world of sports and golf. FENDI incorporates its unparalleled attention to functionality and high-quality materials and pairs them with its distinctive elegant style, resulting in a ready-to-wear capsule collection that highlights the comfort and sophistication of the pieces. The color palette is refined, pairing beige with navy blue in classic golf garments. The Maison's iconic FF logo is displayed on various elements, such as on the collar of a short-sleeved polo shirt and on the front of a knitted gilet, while the FENDI Roma logo is shown in different color variants such as yellow and white. This collection, specifically designed keeping the game of golf in mind, also features a golf bag in black Cuoio Roma leather or in classic tobacco-coloured FF logo fabric. To coronate this capsule collection, a set of FENDI-branded golf balls matches a set of golf club covers available in three different sizes to match the needs of each golfer. In classic FENDI style, some fun elements are added to the collection thanks to an FF cashmere golf club cover in the shape of a teddy bear. The capsule collection was pre-launched on September 28th, 2023 at the FENDI Roma Palazzo boutique, celebrating the Ryder Cup international competition which took place in Rome over the course of the days following the collection’s pre-launch.
www.fendi.com

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Paris Fashion Week - Dior

Maria Grazia Chiuri, the creative force behind Christian Dior, delves into the intricacies of time and feminism in her SS24 collection, seamlessly weaving together past, present, and future. In a collaboration typical of Dior's visionary approach, Chiuri joins forces with artist Elena Bellantoni in designing the show’s space. ‘NOT HER’, the video installation covering the walls in an electric mix of pink and yellow, is unmissable. The 7-meter-high LED screens respond to sexist advertisements with counterpoint phrases challenging the dominant stereotype. From the neon pink and yellow hues to the dark, Parisian neo-grunge vibes on the runway, Chiuri's vision is a powerful statement against the conventional norms of fashion. The collection draws inspiration from iconic women rebels like Ingrid Bergman and Maria Callas, bringing a sense of empowerment to the designs. Opening with a statement of black lace gowns, metallic knitwear and bewitching accessories, all elements converge to create a spellbinding visual journey. Witches as custodians become emblematic figures in this narrative—symbols of feminine strength and independence. The Middle Ages provide a historical backdrop, interpreted in an abstract and contemporary manner. Prints and embroideries draw inspiration from the celestial, featuring phases of the moon, suns heralding seasons, medicinal herbs, and fantastical animals. A modern twist acknowledging Dior's historical Bar jacket and '50s haute couture, the iconic jacket is transformed with eased waists and frayed hems, and the pleated New Look circle skirt is disrupted with leg-flashing slits and bold prints. Chiuri rejects the notion that collections must adhere to a single reference: beyond being a showcase of fashion, they hold the duty to empower women. SS24 reflects the need for fashion to be relatable, the exploration of feminism through time and the rebellious spirit of witches, offering a wardrobe that allows the personalization of style.
www.dior.com

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H&M Studio’s New Paris Pop-up Store

H&M Studio reaches new heights and looks at the future with the opening of a new pop-up store in the Marais district for the Paris Fashion Week. The pop-up store was also the location for the launch of H&M Studio’s AW23 collection. The opening of the pop-up space was celebrated on September 25th with an exclusive party during Paris Fashion Week. The event was hosted by Ann-Sophie Johannson, Head of Design Womenswear and H&M’s creative advisor, and by Linda Wikell, H&M Studio’s concept designer. The space was developed with the renowned design agency Crosby Studio and will remain open from September 26th to September 30th at Galerie du Temple, while the H&M Studio Collection AW23 will launch worldwide on September 28th. The pop-up store was designed keeping in mind the concept of a “living exhibition”, presenting the brand’s new collection alongside a unique red art installation, consisting of an archive room with pull-out boxes displaying and illustrating 10 years of H&M Studio collections, also including a café. In celebration of the first night of PFW, H&M hosted an intimate rooftop dinner inviting creatives to style the garments and accessories of the latest studio collection. Under the stars and against the backdrop of the Parisian skyline, the collection represents a perfect and timeless balance between the chic and the party girl with statement pieces that offer endless possibilities. The capsule features a classic black and white colour palette, with room to play through exaggerated shoulder and collar tailoring, lace-trim details, a bold tear-drop print, plenty of velvet and faux leather textures, and the dazzle of diamante-studded denim. Altogether, the collection marks 10 years of H&M studios while ushering in a brand new era of limited-edition designs.
www.hm.com

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Hermès Reopens its Vienna Store

On September 22nd, 2023, Hermès announced the reopening of its newly expanded Vienna store, where the House’s sixteen métiers are represented by historical elements of the city subtly blended with modernity. The store, located at 22 Graben, is the symbol of the brand’s commitment to the Austrian capital, contributing to the country’s dynamism. It has been renovated by Parisian architects RDAI, and it has been expanded in depth and with the inclusion of one additional floor, thus doubling its original surface. The Hermès experience now extends over three floors, dedicated to accessories, beauty, women and menswear, and jewelry. On the last floor, a VIP area has been built to offer an exclusive shopping experience. Each space affirms its own identity, all the while remaining faithful to the brand’s elegant aesthetics. The space features a sculptural staircase in natural oak which seamlessly unites the three floors. The architecture of the building is inspired by the Vienna Secession art movement, featuring a subtle combination of colors, materials, and patterns. The store’s lighting emphasizes the precious mosaic floor, which also displays the House’s ex-libris. This store marks the beginning of a new chapter for Hermès in Vienna. It perfectly showcases the brand’s history and commitment to innovation through a beautiful display of architectural and decorative elements.
www.hermes.com

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Milan Fashion Week - Loro Piana

For its SS24 collection, Loro Piana celebrates its affinity with Japan with a clothing line that profoundly reflects the brand’s founding values. The affinity with Japanese culture is celebrated as a powerful force in its richness of high-quality craftsmanship and closeness to Loro Piana’s values. The collection reflects a balance with nature and an idea of harmony with the world we inhabit. The non-ostentatious and powerful humbleness that distinguish the brand become the main forces driving this season’s collection. The vibrant simplicity and flowing harmony of Japanese clothing pervade the collection, and it is evident in the cashmere or silk coats with petite stand-up collars, in the kimono-style jackets, and in the rounded pants. The tailoring is elongated, reflecting the slender lines and simple garments typical of Japanese traditional clothing. The knitwear defines the silhouette, while delicate shirts privilege the use of light and airy materials. The collection’s journey moves from the muted hues of bamboo to the beauty of handwork and the new texture of outerwear reinterpreted in shades of earthy tones. The colors move along with the textures, in this collection that is an ode to delicacy and elegance, and yet manages to be striking in its simplicity.
www.loropiana.com

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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.
www.diesel.com

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Valentino Black Tie Campaign

The Italian maison Valentino presents its new Black Tie advertising campaign. The brand’s concept is centered around the description and the codification of a style, not simply a dress code. The face of the campaign is American actress and top model Kaia Gerber, who with her effortless beauty and impeccable style perfectly embodies the character and personality of Valentino’s Black Tie campaign, which represents the universal language of fashion. The campaign was shot by Steven Meisel at Oheka Castle in New York, a place that symbolizes the Maison’s attention towards timeless fashion and style that is perennially elegant. Through Valentino’s creative director Pierpaolo Piccioli, the black tie is reclaimed as a symbol of self-expression, which, from its traditional association with formal menswear, becomes a versatile and outspoken piece. In Valentino’s campaign, the black tie stands for individual representation and the breaking of solidified boundaries that are reclaimed, and thus hold a different, stronger power. The reinterpretation of the black tie as an element and as a symbol represents a shift towards inclusivity and diversity, imbuing this classic symbol with new meanings. The campaign perfectly represents the shift between past and future, maintaining elegance while at the same time gracefully embracing what is to come.
www.valentino.com

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C.P. Company’s FW23 Campaign

C.P. Company once again develops the project started for its 50th anniversary in 2021 featuring a history of Italian sportswear. For its FW23 campaign, the brand renowned for its outerwear features four people photographed by Neil Bedford. C.P. Company’s campaign features Hee Choi, vice president of GF Fashion in Seul, Milo Cuki, a London-based model, Cheb Moha, an artist from Dubai, and finally a special guest, Sergio Pizzorno, a London-based young musician and leader of the British band Kasabian who shot for the campaign alongside his father. The people featured in the campaign come from different cultural backgrounds and have had different experiences throughout their lives; they are from different ages, genders, and interests. At the same time, they are brought together by wearing, buying, and selling C.P. Company, and for having intersected it with experiences of cultural interest. The four talents interpret C.P. Company's seasonal looks through the lens of their style, representing the brand’s unique ability to use the materiality of clothing as a form of expression, intertwining their personal story with the company’s vision. With this campaign, C.P. Company unveils the versatility of its materials and the possibility of self-expression that it offers, perfectly representing the brand’s commitment to uniqueness and innovation.
www.cpcompany.com

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Oris X Bracenet

Oris, the Swiss watchmaker, has revealed an exciting collaboration with Bracenet. It is a social enterprise through upcycled creation, transforming discarded ghost fishing nets into accessories. This innovative venture led to the creation of stunning watch dials, a special-edition version of the Aquis Date diver’s watch. Their revolutionary partnership commenced with a recognition of the ecological concerns stemming from abandoned ghost nets in the oceans. The outcome, according to ocean experts, unveiled an annual influx of approximately one million tons of fishing nets into the seas. Therefore, the ghost nets continue to trap and endanger marine life as they linger in the water. As a result, their ongoing efforts led to the stunning collaboration to create a new Oribis watch that features a spectacular dial made of recycled ghosts and end-of-life nets. Crafted in these vibrant kaleidoscopic dials, it has a remarkable color accent where the pure green gently blends with blue and white as they fuse into the raw material. Moreover, every dial has a unique look due to its unique production process. Alongside its sophisticated look, the material is entirely devoid of additives, fillers, or adhesives. All in all, every delicate detail collectively represents a cool, unique appearance, making a perfect statement. Available in two stainless steel versions, there is one with a 43.50 mm case and the other with a 36.50 mm case. Both models have automatic mechanical movements and uni-directional rotating bezels and are water-resistant to 30 bar (300 meters).www.oris.ch bracenet.net

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The Future’s not Ours - Jodee Knowles’ Newest Exhibition

The internationally celebrated Australian artist from Perth is returning to her hometown with an exhibition titled The Future’s not Ours, which marks the artist’s first solo exhibition at Kamile Gallery. The showing features 15 pieces, each offering a different take on the human experience. The exhibition, true to the artist’s signature thought-provoking style that focuses on the human condition and emotions, explores profound themes connected to spirituality, identity, and life experience. Societal norms and perceptions are continuously challenged throughout the works in the exhibition, which delve into the otherworldly realm. Through Knowles’ unique perspective on deep societal topics, viewers are invited to question their perception of themselves and others in search of acceptance in the multidimensional reality brought to life by the artist’s works. Our lifelong quest for identity in today’s world is at the core of the artworks, explored through different dimensions that lead the viewer to contemplate their own life journey. One element brought up throughout the exhibition is the concept of masks, both visual and metaphorical, that we wear every day to appear in society. The Future’s not Ours represents another achievement in Jodee Knowles’ artistic and philosophical journey. Jodee’s exhibition will be inaugurated at 6PM on August 25th at Kamile Gallery in Perth.
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New PHANTOM Perfume by Rabanne

Following the creation in 2021 of PHANTOM Eau de Toilette, Rabanne now releases a more intense version: PHANTOM Eau de Perfume. The original PHANTOM represented a new era in the history of men’s luxury perfumes, characterized by its masculinity and encouraging men to be the boldest version of themselves. The PHANTOM perfume represents a new chapter in this narrative, aiming to inspire the new generation. It is a dark fragrance, meant to reveal all mysterious aspects of masculinity and exalt them, and this is exactly what makes it such a seductive scent. This fragrance is inspired by a night out in the captivating city of Paris, by its dark scenery and exhilarating scene. The PHANTOM man follows his instincts and lets himself be guided by his emotions, leading to a seductive mysteriousness. Actor and musician Charlie Heaton is the embodiment of PHANTOM’s spirit through his compelling personality and mysterious and attractive aura. Charlie Heaton has thus become Rabanne’s global ambassador for PHANTOM’s campaign, perfectly representing the essence of the perfume. The fragrance is crafted from prestigious and ethically sourced ingredients, created by the world-renowned perfumers Juliette Karagueuzoglou, Anne Flipo, and Dominique Ropion. To its core, Rabanne’s PHANTOM Eau de Perfume is an ode to modern masculinity and its mysteriousness, boosting an irresistible aura around whoever wears it.
www.rabanne.com

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FENDI’s 2023 Chinese Valentine’s Day Capsule Collection

FENDI celebrates love with a romantic color palette with pastel hues in its 2023 Chinese Valentine’s Day Capsule Collection. The limited edition collection comprises joyful, fun, and romantic attire with ready-to-wear pieces such as bags, shoes, and accessories. The women’s collection conveys a playful attitude through a reinterpretation of the multicolor iconic FF logo, which made its first appearance on a baguette bag in the SS09 collection. In this women’s collection, the logo appears in different formats on multiple items, such as a doodle version of the FENDI mirror logo printed on a cropped shirt and a matching asymmetrical skirt. The juxtaposition of different tones also contributes to the fun and playful feeling of the collection. Since the brand owes its iconicity to its bags, this collection features a multicolor pattern on a selection of bags in embroidered canvas or printed leather, as well as on matching accessories such as foulards and headbands. For menswear, the pattern is reinterpreted in tones such as lilac, pink, orange, yellow, and navy blue. Geometric patterns can be found on the iconic Astuccio bag and on T-shirts, which also feature graphic designs. Overall, both the men’s and the women’s collection has a playful yet sophisticated energy that perfectly captures FENDI’s elegant feeling through colorful tones.
www.fendi.com

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Berlin Fashion Week - Sia Arnika

Sia Arnika employs traditional and modern textiles in her SS24 collection presented at Berlin Fashion Week 2023. The collection is conceptualized as a reflection on the designer’s Nordic roots and explores the meaning of memory and heritage. Time is at the heart of Sia Arnika’s collections. When asked about where she draws inspiration from, her answer is simple: “From the past, the present, and the future.” The artist works with the concept of nostalgia: the inspiration for her garments is a woman “who was born in the past but lives in the future.” Recalling her Nordic heritage, her clothing tells a saga, born in the Danish countryside and developed in the streets of Berlin. The designer views Berlin as the city that has shaped her style the most by observing its people and fantasizing about their lifestyle and stories. Indeed, some of these stories make it to the catwalk into her collections. Sia Arnika was drawn to Berlin because she longed for an escape, having grown up on a remote island in Denmark. Maybe, that is one of the reasons why she finds Berlin so attractive, with its buzzing atmosphere and air of freedom. In Berlin, she studied and worked and subsequently she founded her label. Creativity and a longing for connection are what inspire her the most.
www.siaarnika.com

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Berlin Fashion Week - Richert Beil

The concept of gender is challenged in Richert Beil’s new collection, presented at the Berlin Fashion Week 2023. The setting of the fashion show was an old supermarket, where designers were allowed to set up their scenery. Beil’s new collection, titled “Vater, Unser,” defies the traditional societal norm that sees men as the preferred gender. This collection indeed aims to deconstruct men’s wardrobes, thus challenging classical notions of beauty and elegance. Through their collections, the two designers and founders of the brand, Jale Richert and Michele Beil, aim to challenge gender stereotypes and aesthetics. Richert Beil draws inspiration from multiple sources, such as the craft itself or the materials used in their collection. Its primary source of inspiration, though, comes from traditional German textiles, sewings, and finishing techniques, thus paying homage to the heritage of the two designers. Another influence on the brand comes from the interviews that the designers regularly conduct with people from their diverse community to get a better grasp on what is generally expected from today’s fashion and to integrate different emotions and aspirations into their creations. Finally, with its diversity of backgrounds, the city of Berlin constitutes the perfect hub for Richert Beil’s brand to grow and develop. The designers are mainly interested in the city's history of activism, its thriving cultural and artistic scene, and the openness and acceptance that characterizes it.
www.richertbeil.com

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Table du Sud’s New Capsule Collection in Collaboration with Clairz Interior Design

Table du Sud’s new capsule collection, launched in collaboration with Clairz Interior Design, consists of six pieces of furniture featuring natural materials, clean lines, and round shapes. Table du Sud is a Dutch design company that handcrafts its products in Tweede, Netherlands. Started from scratch by two young brothers, the company has grown to be known for its custom tables while also offering an expanding range of home furniture. The pillars of the brand are user-friendliness and sustainability. Clairz’s trendy designs and Table du Sud’s quality are merged in this collection, which mixes the latest trends in terms of interior design with classical shapes and sustainable materials. The coffee and dining tables are all designed with a C-shape and are made of oak. The tables are customizable to fit anybody’s preferences and necessities: it is possible for the client to choose the type of oak, the color, and the edge finish. The tables come in three different sizes and twelve colors the customer can choose from. Dining tables are priced starting from €3,250, while the coffee tables start from €1,360. The collection is available online and in Table du Sud showrooms from June 29, 2023.
www.tabledusud.nl

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EBEL Launches the Sport Classic Luscious Red

The functional retro design of the Ebel Sport Classic is now made into two new editions in luscious red. The new models have launched in April 2023, of which one is a limited edition. The Ebel Sport Classic is a versatile model that can be worn both elegantly and sportily and perfectly embodies the brand’s passion for innovation and excellence in watch design. With these new models, the brand reiterates its connection with tennis, which first took place in the 1980s through a collaboration with great tennis players of the time. The new classic editions feature a luscious red dial in EBEL’s iconic hexagonal shape with rhodium-plated Roman numerals. Attention to detail is a defining feature of the brand, and it is noticeable in the Sport Classic model in the retro touches added to its design, such as the brushed and polished stainless steel detailing. The limited edition also displays a net motif on the dial and is only available in 50 pieces. The bracelet is comfortable, with the brand’s signature curved wave links and folding clasp. EBEL’s Sport Classic Lady Tennis models are the perfect balance between elegance and comfort, targeted toward women leading active lives. EBEL is also an official partner of the Ladies Open Lausanne, the Bad Homburg Open, the ELLE Spirit Open Montreux, and the Hamburg European Open 2023.
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“Get Ready for Cozy Season” with OCCHIO’s New Lighting

At the heart of OCCHIO’s brand is the “joy of use” of its innovative products and a desire to instill a new culture of light. The company, born in 1999 thanks to Axel Meise, aims to design living spaces through lighting, making it possible to adapt rooms to every situation. The German brand has been a leader in the luxury lifestyle sector for more than 20 years, and it has now come out with a collection of lighting products tailored for the colder season. With the weather getting colder, it is natural to want to feel more comfortable in one’s home. OCCHIO’s lighting aims to deliver that cozy feeling and feel-good atmosphere through lights that can be adjusted to different moods and situations. The collection creates cozy light zones for reading, eating, or relaxing during the colder months. The Gioia lighting series, which has received this year's IF Design Award, is versatile and adaptable to every situation. It can be combined with the Gioia Lettura for a comfortable and enhanced reading experience, with the possibility of adjusting the direction and light intensity. The unique flexibility of the Gioia allows it to turn 360°. OCCHIO’s classic reading lighting, the Sento Lettura, allows for coziness and concentration while reading through an adaptable arm available in two lengths.
www.occhio.com

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The Gentlemen’s Crystals are Blood Red

Fashion, at its core, is a waltz choreographed by the different essences established by Maison’s different aesthetic codes and principles. This waltz, with a diverse range of silhouettes, energies, and colors characterizes the DNA of the Haute Couture House Dior. The Creative Director of Dior Men’s, Kim Jones, draws inspiration and pays homage to beloved iconographic elements in the grand world of Haute Couture, from the silhouettes of Yves Saint Laurent to the embroideries of Gianfranco Ferré; the cabochons of Monsieur Dior to the textures of Marc Bohan.

Garments are imbued with playful femininity, slim-fitting suits adorned with ephemeral crystals resembling a transitory rainbow, patterns that accentuate the personality of the individual wearing the garments, and accessories that deconstructed preconceived notions of the divine masculine.

Kim Jones orchestrates a flirtatious pairing between the expected practicality of male tailoring and pop excess; producing an infusion of a sense of crisp, playful modernity, practicality, and ease. A key look that stands out includes a silhouette constructed by the combination of an embellished baby pink button-down and an egg-white jacket paired with dynamic Bermuda shorts that imbues the look with luxurious androgyny. The neon yellow handbag that accompanies the look contrasts the atmosphere curated– the artistic vision of Jones oozes from the holes of the garments, the pores of the models, and the fingers of the artists who have threaded the art on display into a whole.

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Men’s Milan Fashion Week - Ralph Lauren

During Milan Fashion Week, Ralph Lauren presented its SS24 Purple Label collection. The event held at The Bar Ralph Lauren, and made in collaboration with Esquire, was an intimate dinner for close friends of the brand, such as Chris Pine and Damson Idris. The collection presented has as its central focus the Purple Label’s European craftsmanship mixed with American design. But this time, the clothes are inspired by the Mediterranean summer and the romance that comes with it. Indeed, Purple Label’s collections are titled Ralph’s Dolce Vita to recall the timeless elegance and glamour of old villas. The clothes honor Maison’s iconic high artisanship while at the same time presenting fresh colors and fabrics. The lightweight fabrics such as linen are combined with lush textures to ensure comfort and wearability; the eveningwear is characterized by sleek silhouettes, which, once again, are reminiscent of the brand’s enduring items and classic style. The color palette is quite varied, from classic linen shirts to colorful swimwear that presents a tropical pattern. The SS24 collection is a continuation of the Purple Label’s classic American style while being inspired by the Mediterranean summer.
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Welcome Back to The Savoy

For Gucci, the luggage has always represented more than just a carrier of personal belongings. The luggage is the creative spark that started it all. Back at the turn of the century, the fine leather suitcases accompanying the international jet set were the inspiration for Guccio Gucci, at the time a porter at The Savoy Hotel in London. He had but a simple vision to connect the suitcases he encountered there with the incomparable leather craftsmanship from his home in Florence. Over 100 years later, Gucci luggage is constantly being reimagined from design and structure to color and material treatments. Today the Gucci Valigeria, the House’s iconic, extensive travel collection, includes an array of trolleys, hard and soft suitcases, duffle bags, trunks, hat boxes, and beauty cases.

In the Summer of 2023, the Gucci Valigeria campaign grants us the opportunity to time travel back to where it all began. The second chapter of the campaign stars Gucci’s Global Brand Ambassador, Jungjae Lee, with emblematic designs in hand, venturing through the historic hotel from the House’s origin story. The imagery features backdrops in The Savoy’s marquee and their flagship Royal Suite by Gucci, decorated especially with pieces from the Gucci Décor collection, and showcases the heritage-infused Savoy line and the new Gucci Porter selection in collaboration with FPM Milano. The campaign presents the consistent narrative between Gucci’s innovative and forward-thinking present and its groundbreaking, unforgettable past.

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Men’s Milan Fashion Week – Ten c

The Italian brand Ten c focuses its attention on technical fabrics. Its unique and iconic fabric, the OJJ – Original Japanese Jersey is for the first time created in lighter tones such as light blue and pink in the Men’s SS24 collection.The inspiration for the shades of the year-round sweatshirts and jerseys is taken from the reflection of the light over the Berici Hills of Vicenza, where the photoshoot of the collection was filmed.

The Laminated RIP-Stop and the ultralight sanded nylon with a cotton hand are among SS24’s novelty in Ten c’s menswear collection. The pieces take inspiration from the British navy and army, and have been designed with the purpose of creating a total look. The OJJ is mixed in the clothing of the new collection with the new material, thus maintaining it as the iconic material of Ten c; at the same time, it becomes a visual symbol of the brand through external hot-stamping applications. The OJJ remains the focal point of the collection, with sweatshirts dyed in the light hues that characterize the collection and a new Japanese model reminiscent of American varsity sweatshirts. In the men’s SS24 collection, Ten c maintains its technical style proposing it in different, lighter tones.  

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Men’s Milan Fashion Week– Prada

Prada’s SS24 menswear show during Milan Fashion Week unveiled Miuccia Prada and Raf Simons’ new collection, Fluid Form. At the very core of the collection is an exploration of fluid architecture and the human body: a realization of bodily liberation and awareness through the silhouette and materiality of garments. Simplicity and fluidity permeate throughout. The structure and details of a shirt are borrowed to transform and reconstruct staple menswear pieces; leather bags take on a striking softness; headbands and eyewear are crafted to appear as if capturing fragments of motion. Purpose and function are reimagined as well, transitioning from expansion to elaboration. Utilitarian pockets leave behind their conventional use to become decorative devices, while the floral print is animated through applications of corsages and fringe. Silhouettes are intended to surprise us: while borrowing their lines from masculine suiting, their structure carries an intrinsic flexibility. The showspace, the Deposito of the Fondazione Prada, adds another layer to the concept of fluidity with abstract walls that form an ever-shifting enfilade. Prada’s SS24 menswear collection speaks to humanity’s underlying qualities of life, to its natural state. A state characterized by its inherent dynamic movement and constant transformation: fluidity.

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Keepall and Keep Dancing

J-Hope is much more than a triple threat, he is the South Korean rapper-singer-songwriter and music producer as well as the lead dancer of the world-renowned K-Pop band BTS. In February of 2023, Louis Vuitton was pleased to announce this 21-st century icon as a House Ambassador.

J-Hope now becomes the face of the latest Louis Vuitton campaign, a series of stills featuring the iconic Louis Vuitton Keepall, an extremely coveted item from their leather goods range since the 1930s. J-Hopes charm and suaveness radiate in the images, where he is caught mid-action in dynamic, dance-like movements that reference his strengths in choreography that are adored worldwide. He is dressed in monochrome, tailored looks, with the Keepall in hand like an extension of his body.

The Keepall is a versatile, elegant travel bag; the perfect cabin-size companion for carrying all travel essentials for anywhere from romantic weekend getaways to far-flung adventures. Its hard, roomy, rounded shape is crafted with Louis Vuitton excellence and built to last. It has received a wide array of material and color treatments, including several exclusive artistic collaborations through the years from Yayoi Kusama, and Takashi Murakami to Supreme and Stephen Sprouse. The Keepall is woven into the Louis Vuitton DNA and delivers endless future possibilities of both style and adventure. The Keepall campaign featuring J-Hope will run on Louis Vuitton digital and social channels from the 14th of June.

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Unparalleled Comfort with a Stylish Touch

As one of the world’s leading producers of luxury outerwear, sportswear, and accessories, it should come as no surprise that Moose Knuckles not only presented new Bunny styles and the new Air Down category for its SS23 collection, but also launched new sportswear styles and accessories.

For this season, the brand’s signature sportswear is intended to become a must-have for the absolute summer wardrobe, owing to its design which favors a high performance and style blend. Among the ready-to-wear offer, the matching sets available for both men and women are the go-to garments to face rising temperatures without losing that stylish touch. Whether chosen with shorts or jogger, including neoprene parts for women, these effortless looks embody the possibilities of combining freshness and comfort for all occasions: be it for a daily walking routine in the city, summer-break travels, or simply looking to wear practical and cozy clothing. Among the new accessories, we find logo-adorned belts, socks, pool slides, and bucket hats. Not to mention the Utility bag – a belt bag that can be worn crossbody or at the hip – or the Rope Sack bag for your busy, on the move, days. Introduced in a brand-new bandana print and in metallic silver, the versatile unisex pullover – crafted with cotton French terry and the iconic Moose Knuckles logo on the chest – becomes a staple piece that ought not to escape our attention. After all, who would want to miss out on unparalleled comfort without compromising their look?

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The Perfect Companions for your Adventures

Inspired by a fearless creature, the Canadian luxury outerwear brand Moose Knuckles manifests an irreverent spirit and energy, alongside an unabating commitment to product design and technical expertise. Within the brand lies the story of its Canadians founders, whose family heritage traces back 100 years in the tailored and parka manufacturing business. For its SS23 collection, Moose Knuckles introduces new Bunny styles and the Air Down category: new pieces that are destined to become our essential companions during the transitional weather periods. Moose Knuckles’ bestseller hoodie, as well as the combination of a water-resistant jacket and a silky-soft faux fur hoodie guarantee coziness and protection with style. The new Bunny styles are some of the most versatile products ever created by the Canadian luxury brand, apparent in the fully reversible styles and the eye-catching color palette made of bold metallics and natural hues. The brand keeps up with its goal to craft resilient garments for the most unforgiving conditions with the new Air Down products, engineered to feel weightless for ultimate comfort. Crafted with the latest technology in lightweight layering, a recycled shell that repeals wind and moisture, and a RDS-certified 800 fill power for warmth and comfort. Tested to express their highest potential during every outdoor adventure, the new Bunny and Air Down garments are available in new colorways and with the brand’s signature monogram pattern for women, men, and kids.

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For the Young Ones

C.P. Company and Atlanta Group have come together to collaborate and create a high-fashion collection exclusive to youth under 16. The C.P. Company Undersixteen line reimagines what fashion means to a younger generation, and allows for young individuals to express themselves as freely as their older counterparts in the world around them. The product will be the result of Altana Group's experience in managing kids and baby lines, combined with the know-how of the original Italian sportswear brand which since 1971 has perfectly combined tradition, innovation, and performance. The garments are imbued with a youthful energy that is observed through the funky detailing such as the zip-ups with a full zipper connecting the body and the hood to create a playful silhouette and the accompanying built-in goggles, integrating a futuristic essence to the swag of the young ones.

Lorenzo Osti, President of C.P. Company relays appreciation and satisfaction in the press release announcing the collection: “It is a real honor and privilege to start this journey with the Altana Group, of which I was able to admire the exceptional product quality, production capacity, and ethical and responsible corporate footprint. I'm sure they will be excellent partners for spreading the brand to our younger customers".

Pioneering the role of youth in the dynamic world of fashion, this collaboration subjects a generally forgotten demographic and does it with exquisite care, style, and eternal funk.

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Finché c’è Fiato, c’è Vita

The soft wind blew heads of hair to the rhythm of the flowing water of Lake Maggiore. The island of Isola Bella has harbored the legends of the Borromeo family for centuries– a story adorned with the gift of time and life. The Louis Vuitton 2024 Cruise Collection visits and reimagines the scenery of the island adorned with a glamorous palace covered by mysterious gardens imbued with omnipresent infinity.

Resembling an artistic botanical Cruise, the garments allude to several different elements present in their surroundings. Interpretations of tight tops made from wetsuit material paired with flowy capes with adornments that resemble the fins of an extraterrestrial fish. Elegance and glamour are threaded into the collection with a celebrated notion of play. Uncommon garment pairings and surprising silhouettes come together as a grand eclectic botanical garden.

The end of the Cruise is marked by the key looks of the collection. Dresses that transform their wearer into a mermaid, a swan– the contrast between the light and heavy materials used to construct the dresses provide the juxtaposed balance of facticity and transcendence that marks life but specifically the natural life. A sage green dress, resembling the motion and attitude of algae moves as though it speaks its own language with the world around it. The details embellishing the thin and elegant silhouette transform it from the ordinary to the extraordinary. Air flows and moves within the garment, whispering along to the rhythmic lullabies of the Isola Bella.

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The Feminine Wears the Pants

Maria Grazia Chiuri, the Creative Director of Dior, found inspiration in the beautiful landscape and culture of Mexico whilst designing the Dior Cruise 2024 collection. This “Place of the soul”, will forever be haunted by the iconic energy and essence of Frida Kahlo, the legendary and figuratively forever immortal Mexican artist. Now remembered, Kahlo is a woman who transcended her form and physicality through her clothes, which became representation, proclamation, protest, and affirmation.

The garments showcased in the collection reflect the androgynous energy of Kahlo and pay homage to her clothing choices, all imbued with deep meaning regarding to the place of women in the patriarchal societal power regime. Suits thus pay tribute to her style while, in counterpoint, echoing the Tehuana custom, full skirts are worn with a traditional tunic: the huipil. A pink dress reminiscent of the one worn by Frida Kahlo in one of her self-portraits is featured. However, through heavy use of the binary colors black and white, the details of the garments shine, and the looks become a personality that the models embody and pay their respects to. The craftsmanship pays respect to the local artisans, their expertise shines with original embroideries, and co-creations crafted with their ateliers, notably adorning dresses, and shirts.

Chiuri completely immersed herself and her mind in the culture and beauty of Mexico and dedicated her talents to creating a collection that purely reflects a vital feminine experience in history closely intertwined with the oscillations of nature.

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Electronic Fantasia

H&M and Mugler’s event is set to introduce and immerse the star-studded guest list in the two brands’ collaborative iconic world. H&M’s collections with designer brands are coveted in the elusive fashion world– and this year’s capsule collection in collaboration with Mugler – available from the 11th of May, 2023 – has been globally anticipated since its announcement. The event celebrates a collection that explores Mugler’s core values of transformation, body positivity, gender fluidity, and breaking fashion rules. This exploration opens the doors of the Mugler fantasy, welcoming a grandiose audience into a magical and invigorating realm of design.

The soundtrack to this momentous night is curated with the same meticulous care that goes into designing the garments. The transformative, genre-bending, and rule-breaking line-up for the night is as follows: Tommy Cash, VTSS, Zebra Katz, Chippy Nonstop, and Toccororo. The signature sounds of these acclaimed DJs all share a desire to explore the corners of electronic music and transform it to make it their own with grace. The glamorous night, turned into an early morning of ethereal electronic music ought to imbue the already mysterious and captivating upcoming H&M and Mugler capsule collection with a mystic essence of exploration and transcendence.

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The Third Edition of the BVLGARI AVRORA AWARDS

With a mission to celebrate inspirational and talented contemporary women, the third edition of the BVLGARI AVRORA AWARDS ceremony was held on April 26th. The start studded award show dates back to Bulgari’s initiative on March 8th, 2016, named after the Roman goddess of dawn, a symbol of intelligence and creativity. The first edition of the award ceremony was held in China in 2019 to pay homage to contemporary Chinese women’s creativity and transformative power. Full circle, in collaboration with the official media partner of the luxury brand Marie Claire, the BVLGARI AVRORA AWARDS ceremony is back in China to celebrate and highlight the achievements of Chinese women.

The third edition of the awards ceremony hosted many iconic and talented names among them were, Mr. Vincenzo Pujia, Bulgari Retail & Customer Experience VP and Greater China Managing Director, Mr. Emanuele di Lorenzo Badia, The Charge' d'Affaires ad interim of the Embassy of Italy to the P.R.C., Bulgari brand ambassador Liya Tong, Wen Qi, Fan Chengcheng, Bulgari PR ambassador Kai Xu, Famous actress Kara Wai, Zhuo Tan, as well as celebrity friends of Bulgari - Nazha, Li Zhang, Duling Chen, Lingzi Liu, Keni Zeng, Yunrui Li, Keran Lu. Moreover, the ceremony was also blessed by the appearance of this year’s nominators and the winners of this and past years’ BVLGARI AVRORA AWARDS.

Dedicated to honoring the creative and transformative power of modern Chinese women, and constructing discourse about their journeys of growth and innovation – the BVLGARI AVRORA AWARDS ceremony celebrated a total of seven nominators and nine winners from fields such as film, art, and dance. These winners include the versatile actress Jingyi Zhang, the coveted young director Dongmei Li, swan-like dancer Jiejing Zhu, and more powerful and awe-inducing women.

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New Dimensions in The Spirit of Big Bang Sang Bleu

In his third collaboration with Hublot, Maxime Plescia-Buchi inks the art of tattooing into watchmaking. Just as his tattoos have the power to unleash a new identity, he reimagines the strokes and architectural design of The Spirit of Big Bang. He infuses Hublot’s DNA, the enhanced three-dimensional and ergonomically enhanced design of an iconic timepiece, with the geometry and symmetry of Sang Bleu. The Salone del Mobile of 2023 in Milan saw the unveiling of The Spirit of Big Bang Sang Bleu.

The Spirit of Big Bang takes on the Big Bang’s original features in a 42mm diameter barrel-shaped case. Maxime retains its distinctive quality with three limited editions with a perfectly proportioned design that becomes one with the case. The Sang Bleu signature is instantly recognizable in each model: 200 units in titanium, 200 in All Black ceramic and 100 in King Gold. In addition, two models are set with 180 diamonds weighing approximately 2.4 carats, in titanium and King Gold. Each indelible line is chiseled, beveled, polished and satin finished, while hexagons, diamonds and triangles overlap to create a new mysteriously magnetic interpretation of volume. A sapphire dial disc displays the HUB4700 automatic skeleton chronograph movement. The back of the case has been arched to ensure the watch fits flush across all wrist sizes, for both men and women.

In a quest for perfection, Maxime has revisited each component of Hublot’s The Spirit of Big Bang, ultimately creating a tattooed chronograph that embodies the Hublot philosophy ‘Be First, Unique and Different.’

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Valentino Vintage 2023: Archival Fashion as a Tool for Future Creativity

Valentino Vintage, the Maison’s unique second-hand initiative first launched in 2021, returns once again with its alternative shopping experience, placing value onto a more circular fashion model as it expands its universe through many historical layers of the past. The project indulges the global community to bring to selected vintage stores their preloved Valentino garments and exchange the items with the option to buy new Valentino designs.

Starting on April 18th, 2023, the seven vintage stores (Milan, Paris, London, Los Angeles, New York, Seoul, and Tokyo) will experience a shared temporality with a Valentino take over. Each boutique – carefully chosen for its distinctive identity and curated collection, representative of the respective city’s local culture – fully takes on the Maison’s DNA with a unique Valentino Vintage display. Madame Pauline in Milan evokes the feeling of sitting in a mid-20th C apartment, while the timeless and tasteful Janemarch Maison in Seoul is curated by Creative Director Jung Jae Ok as a French-style boutique. This year, Valentino also established an international creative partnership with 1 Granary, a London-based education and incubator platform that invited their student community and seven fashion, design and art schools to join the initiative in all selected cities. This one-of-a-kind project invites the next generation of creative talent into Valentino Vintage’s multidimensional world by fostering engagement initiatives and connections with professionals, and offering resources to empower their talent and creative vision. Marking a new direction, the initiative grants the preservation and transmission of Valentino heritage, know-how, extraordinary handmade workmanship and mastery.

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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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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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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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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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The New Horsebit Story

Gucci’s new The Horsebit 1955 campaign, shot by Mert&Marcus, features Halle Bailey, Hanni, and Julia Garner – three exceptional women who expertly create meaningful spaces within the realms of their respective crafts.

The campaign, characterized by a dashing use of primary colors and simple angles, is formed around the essence of the three powerful women featured. The artists, singer-songwriter actress Halle Bailey, NewJeans member and Global Brand Ambassador Hanni, and critically-acclaimed award-winning actress Julia Garner, exude a powerful adjacent to the one The Horsebit 1955 is imbued with. The Horsebit 1955 shines next to the strong and distinctive silhouettes of the artists who make the bag their own. Through smooth clips and meticulous attention to detail, the campaign masterfully highlights the archival-inspired bag.

Gucci’s Horsebit 1955 Bag pays homage to an archival design- recreating the lines and forms introduced over six decades ago. The accessory is adorned with iconic details reconceived with a modern perspective and especially highlights a part of Gucci’s genetic code: the Horsebit. The double ring and bar design- borrowed from the elusive equestrian world is considered to be one of the most distinctive elements among the House symbols. The classic silhouette of the flap shoulder bag is elevated by the ephemeral feeling of textured black leather and the support of a fashionably adjustable shoulder strap. The Horsebit 1955 gives each person the agency to exude the House’s unique spirit in any way they desire.

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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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Bulgari’s Latest Gem

Bulgari has announced the newest precious gem added to their family, Yifei Liu joins the Roman jewelry Maison as a Global Brand Ambassador.

Bulgari’s Chief Executive Officer Jean-Christophe Babin has put into words the excitement on the side of the Maison. They have found a talented and strong personality, who represents the values at Bulgari’s core. Yifei Liu’s extraordinary performances in film and TV drama have been well-acclaimed since the beginning of her career and have gained international recognition of the years. Notably, her numerous nominations for Best Actress in Disney's live-action film "Mulan” and for the Chinese TV series “Dream of Splendor” in recent years, the latter of which she won. She continuously exerts her talents in new domains and innovative professional challenges, refusing to stop at the astounding achievements she has made thus far.

Her glamorous style and strong, magnetic personality are perfectly in line with Bulgari’s audacious spirit, making this collaboration a brilliant fit. This was exemplified during the celebrations of the 75th anniversary of Bulgari Serpenti, where she adorned jewelry from the Serpenti collection. In the campaign, she radiates with the same allure of the ancient sinuous serpent motif that wraps around her neck, and the power of the bright sapphire that centers her necklace, ring, and earrings. She has expressed her fondness of Bulgari’s design language, and its capability to express and empower the multi-faceted and audacious spirit of women. She looks forward to being a part of Bulgari’s future and their constant pursuit of excellence.

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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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Exclusive Chocolate Creations, Dior You Can’t Wear

As Easter approaches, the House of Dior reveals a delectable approach to honoring their history and founder, Christian Dior. The art de vivre and gastronomy were cherished by Christian Dior, who was proud to describe himself as a “gourmand”. The House cultivates and shares this passion, with a series of exclusive chocolate creations.

Delicate and delicious; they are works of art that can be held in your palm and melt in your mouth. The distinct and exquisite sculptural forms take the shape of three iconic Dior silhouettes. The sculptures are exceptional recreations of some of Dior’s most emblematic creations. The magnificent petal skirt of the Junon dress, the swirling movement of the Tourbillon dress, and the timeless Bar jacket exemplify a convergence of mastered skill, from couture to the culinary arts. The chocolate dresses are presented at La Pâtisserie Dior, located at the 30 Montaigne boutique. The heart of Dior, 30 Montaigne and its neighboring buildings are a fully immersive world that take you back to the beginnings of the couture house.

The elegant experience of the chocolate dresses can be carried home in a poetic box, kept and savored for over a year. They can also be enjoyed on the spot at La Pâtisserie Dior as a truly unique and cherishable memory.

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Porsche x BOSS

Porsche and BOSS’s collaborative SS23 collection features an intimate pairing of innovative designs and a distinctive L.A. essence. The brands’ collaboration celebrates the notable friendship between the luxury fashion brand and the renowned German automobile manufacturer specializing in high-performance luxury sports cars, SUVs, and sedans. Putting forth a collection perfect for a multitude of activities on a warm day, Porsche and BOSS once again showcased their potential as a duo.

In January, the beloved Colombian singer Maluma was announced as one of the faces of the global campaign. The world-renowned singer is also featured as the lead in the Porsche x BOSS collection.

The SS23 collection features a series of transcendental athleisure garments and premium casual wear pieces imbued with the charisma of seasonal colors such as bright white and warm royal blue. The silhouettes feature several jersey and nylon styles, such as polos, hoodies, and more, which are embellished with color-gradient detailing that imbues the garments with notions of speed and adrenaline. Lightweight essentials: jackets, sweatpants, hoodies, and sneakers are adorned with white stripes and piping inspired by elements of the active warm-weather lifestyle. The allure and excitement of the collection are sewn into the essence of smart casual wear paired with the elevated L.A. vibe.

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The Chosen Four

Succeeding C.P. Company’s 50th Anniversary project, the SS023 ADV campaign follows the stories of four individuals. Stemming from diverse cultural backgrounds while also differing in age, gender and interests, the chosen four interpret seasonal looks with their own personal style. They represent the brand as an engine for social change and innovation by virtue of their experiences.

The ADV campaign is attended by five-year-old Leo and his father Diego, who frequently skates at Milano Centrale, a source of aesthetic inspiration. The brand’s attention to detail prompted an immediate attraction during his search for practical jackets, essential for wintertime skating. Representing his story, Diego wears a workwear-inspired Ba-Tic Light jacket together with his own camouflage cargo pants. The brand’s affinity to pursue utility and functionality is shared by Louison Bahurel. The brand’s garments, he explains, are fashioned as tools, “helping you preform actions more easily thanks to their ergonomics and adaptability.” Wearing a 50 Fili Tr-P jacket with a concealable hood is Gabriel Moses, a successful photographer and video maker from South London. This versatile jacket with a military inspired fabric and a polyurethane coating secures an ideal hard-wearing outwear piece. Sofia Pace, a New Yorker, found herself a one-of-a-kind piece for her closet. Representing the brand’s wide array of experimental fabrics, she wears the reflective Kan-D jacket with a detachable hood, crafted using a flattened monofilament nylon yarn.

This entrancing partnership epitomizes C.P. Company’s pioneering urban sportswear and its hybridization of functional menswear and Italian fabric innovation – characteristic of all pieces.

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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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Longchamp’s New Ambassador

Longchamp has revealed its newly appointed ambassador: South Korean singer and actress Kim Se-jeong. “We are delighted to welcome Kim Se-jeong to the Longchamp family,” comments Creative Director Sophie Delafontaine. “Not only is she an exceptionally talented performer, but her joy and energy make her great to be around.” In addition to making a name for herself in her native country, the talented actress shot to international stardom with her award-winning role in the SBS romantic comedy series Business Proposal – one of the most popular non-English shows on Netflix in 2022. Her lively and relatable personality is the key source of her burgeoning fan base. Her Instagram account, where she tells us to keep an eye out for her future work with the brand, has over nine million followers. “It is an honor to collaborate with Longchamp, which to me epitomizes the style of the Parisienne,” Se-jeong explains. “I feel we can maximize the relationship by playing to our strengths and similarities”. With her natural warmth and sparkle, Se-jeong was the ideal choice to embody the energy and authenticity of Longchamp as well as to front its SS23 campaign. The visuals shot in Seoul display Se-jeong modeling key looks from the SS23 collection, characterized by a synergy of bold colors, prints and materials, in combination with Longchamp’s star bags, such as the new Box-Trot in natural canvas and leather or eye-popping candy-pink. The Longchamp SS23 campaign with Kim Se-jeong is available for purchase on the brand’s website.

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MFW - Bottega Veneta FW23 - Unfolding Endless Possibilities

Taking over as Creative Director, Matthieu Blazy has brought his ‘Italia’ trilogy of shows to an end with Bottega Veneta FW23. Showcasing his future ambitions for the house, Blazy continues to honor Italy’s history with craft in motion. An artistic vision expressed in the show’s theme: a parade. “The alchemy of the street is in the difference”, Blazy explains, “it is the surprise of the encounter that has importance”. Looking “at what makes people gather together in a place without hierarchy, where everyone is invited”, he debuts a versatile and relatable yet also elevated collection.

Past techniques, motifs, characters and creatures voyage through space and time to materialize in the present and future. Roman bronze runners and a Boccioni statue decorate the runway. The mythology of antiquity and Futuristic influences heavily inform the designs. Blazy’s parade is a place of joy, entertainment and endless possibilities – a place of priests and playboys, sleepwalkers and streetwalkers. Craft is reconfigured as innovation: cuts, fabrics and proportions take center stage. Shaved leather appears weightless, intricate silk hand embroideries are recreated and rearranged, cascading scales and ostrich-feathers decorate leather pieces and a fringed coat was woven in one piece rather than embroidered. Tailoring divides the figure: wide shoulders and pinched waists become a trend, while cuffs and collar create dimension. Transformed through cut, fantastic and chimerical creatures emerge as skirts allude to a mermaid’s fishtail. Representing a sheer variety of occasions across the 81 looks, Bottega Veneta’s all-inclusive collection has something for everyone.

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PFW - CHANEL FW23/24

CHANEL’s camellias brought love and adoration to Paris Fashion Week. Virginie Viard - Karl Lagerfeld’s former first assistant and successor - stayed true to the femininity and decorativeness at the core of CHANEL’s aesthetic whilst adding her creative charm to the garments. The camellia is historically significant for the luxury brand. In 1923, Coco Chanel pinned one of the winter flowers to a dress for the first time. As desired by Viard, the collection is tastefully elegant and dynamic. The camellia motif is the central thread that ties in this creative dance between the traditional elegance of CHANEL and Viard’s eccentric touches. The brand’s FW23/24 collection highlights the artist in women and breaks convention whilst doing so. Floral coats, peak lapels, and jackets traditionally tailored for men - the CHANEL artist is a woman who does not conform. The brand’s rebellion against conventions of traditional tailoring is embedded into the collection. CHANEL’s subtle rebellion is accompanied by authentic materials, comfortable silhouettes, and an indisputable English essence. The showcase, constructed around two grandiose camellia sculptures, is as dynamic as the winter flower. With slight touches from the ‘60s and ‘70s - asymmetrical cuts, light materials, and open backs pervade the collection with an essence of movement observed in nature. Motifs of the winter flower are seen in almost every garment- prints, sculptural elements, and accessories. The repeated display of the motif fabricates an elegant cohesivity that only strengthens the impact of individual garments.

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PFW - Paul Smith FW23 - Abstract Prints, Tactile Fabrics and Elegant Silhouettes

Presenting its FW23 women’s collection in Paris, Paul Smith is once again recognized for its creativity, curiosity and playful touch. Inspired by modernist architecture and design, an interplay between prints and fabrics as well as a reinvention of traditional tailoring and eveningwear become the blueprint for this collection. Black, gray and white serve as a base on which glimpses of cobalt blue and powder pink along with warmer burgundy and mauve tones can stand out. The center of attention, however, is on abstract prints, textile fabrics and an elegant silhouette. Antique interior and upholstery textiles guide the composition of the design’s prints. The ‘Big Flower’ is superimposed on traditional overcoats and suiting, whereas a floor-length dress carries the ‘Botanical Collage’. Denim, satin, shearling and suede – among others – showcase the use of new and richer fabrics. Other unexpected elements, button detailing and an extra-long scarf, and a revision of gender dressing standards also enter the stage. Traditional menswear codes, as for instance shirting stripes and classic tailoring, are subverted and juxtaposed with a feminine sensibility and silhouette. The tuxedo, a garment commonly associated with masculinity, is taken apart into a cropped tuxedo jacket and skirt. Nipped waists, high-waisted asymmetric trousers and a new hourglass-shaped jacket with strong shoulders embrace the female form. The FW23 Mulberry x Paul Smith bag collection is also included. Mulberry’s classic messenger bag, the Anthony, is reworked using Paul Smith’s Signature Stripe webbing straps. This collection clearly follows Paul Smith’s guiding principle: “you can find inspiration in everything”.

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Giorgio Armani’s 10 Corso Como Collection

A deep exploration of one element synthesized by established details- Giorgio Armani’s 10 Corso Como Collection renovates the essence of the old west through slim and androgynous silhouettes. This second collaboration with 10 Corso Como showcases the “new Giorgio Armani” - pushing the limits of the possibility that coherence provides.

The entire collection is made of denim - the elusive intimacy that the intense blue of the unwashed denim tailored into thin, elongated forms and coupled with cognac-colored elements transforms the garments into an avante-garde expression of passion and persistence. The brand’s dedication to coherence is admirable - an established loyalty to the coarseness of denim opens the door for elegant details such as subtly formidable boots or belts to shine. A relationship between traditionally masculine and feminine tailoring allows the brand to play with harsh lines, denim ties, and structured garments to accentuate the feminine confidence and sexuality of the models.

The experience that Giorgio Armani curated includes Flavio Favelli’s Mobilia Essay- a 20-square-meter installation that entails luminous hangers and grand armchairs upholstered in rubber. Differing armchairs will be exhibited in Giorgio Armani’s boutique stores around the world. The 10 Corso Como Collection is an avante-garde praise of denim as a lucrative medium of creative expression.

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MFW - Dolce & Gabbana’s Sensuale - FW23

Sensuality, a concept far removed from sex appeal- is intimately connected to a woman’s ephemeral nature and feminine charisma. Dolce & Gabbana’s FW23 collection titled Sensuale explores the depths of feminine sensuality and aims to aesthetically display a new dimension of it. The collection highlights the ever-changing and dynamic nature of women through the extensive use of tulle, lace, and chiffon. From garments that are tailored and cut to display lace, garments that are entirely made of tulle, to garments that entirely hide the model’s physique- Dolce & Gabbana marries Italian glamor and meticulous craftsmanship to highlight the natural, inherent feminine charisma. The cohesive and bold color schema grants attention to the tailoring of garments, and accessories. The contrasts between the use of fluid and structured material, and form-fitting and oversized silhouettes signify the diversity of the sensuality. Dolce & Gabbana’s FW23 Sensuale collection explores the corners of feminine sensuality to tell the world that “beauty is not enough to be sensual, but charisma is essential”.

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MFW - FW23 - Rethinking History

Ian Griffiths employed his creative protocol of highlighting a female figure from a historical period to explore his artistic thesis. Max Mara’s FW23 collection expands on the ingenuity of the French mathematician and philosopher Émilie du Châtelet to re-envision the eighteenth century. Châtelet- an immensely intelligent and astute thinker who set the tone for rational thinking during the period of Enlightenment wrote that “to be happy, one must rid oneself of prejudice”. Her doctrine is visible in her attempts to dissect the sociopolitical role of women, the afterlife, and human happiness. Châtelet and her lover, Voltaire spent 10 years together- saturating their life with scientific experimentation and intellectual debate. The fashion of the Age of Reason was nebulously tinted with the sediments of a darker time. Châtelet was not concerned about necromancy - her empirical gaze is the foundation for Max Mara’s indulgence in reimagining a play between the empirical and the occult of the 18th century to create a collection for the now. Garments display the androgyny that the thinker sought to enter predominantly male spaces: oversized silhouettes underlined with form-fitting tops of varying fabrics that highlight feminine energy. An adaptation of 18th-century menswear and womenswear is seen in the extensive layering of garments and the imposing teddy and trench coats that play into the narrative of the femme fatale. The dark empirical feminine is highlighted in evening garments utilizing sheer fabrics and elements of practicality and utility accessorized with corset belts. In its FW23 collection, Max Mara intertwines creativity with historical exploration to capture the essence of the 18th century whilst empowering Max Mara women.

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Insight into the Future

When historic Florentine house Ferragamo tapped Maximilian Davis as its new Creative Director and successor of Paul Andrews in March 2022, the house’s CEO Marco Gobetti said, “[Davis] will write a new, exciting chapter for this house built on a heritage of creativity, craftsmanship, sophistication, and outstanding human values.” Despite his young age, Davis is by no means unknown having risen to fame as part of the renowned fashion incubator Fashion East. It became evident that one could expect a new Ferragamo with the most exciting, new talents taking over the creative reigns. Having made his highly-anticipated debut with the SS23 collection, Ferragamo has now released its first campaign under Davis shot by Rafael Pavarotti. It is a boldly sensual reflection of Davis’ vision featuring a diverse cast of personalities, each with its own distinct confidence. In their diversity, they become the perfect reflection of the Ferragamo attitude and independence. Against a dramatic backdrop in the vibrant signature Ferragamo red, the collection with all its details stands in sharp focus. Its elegant and contemporary character is perfectly mirrored in the imagery visually standing out against the monochrome background. The imagery is a crystallization of the new dawn for the house, rooted in its rich Italian history, yet with a direct vision for the future.

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Pharrell Williams appointed as the new Louis Vuitton Men’s Creative Director

In late November 2021, news about the passing of Louis Vuitton Men’s Artistic Director Virigil Abloh, after having been battling cancer privately for several years, shocked the world. Undoubtedly one of the most influential figures in fashion, he was largely credited as one of the pioneers who bridged the gap between streetwear and luxury fashion, bringing a new flair to the historic house of Louis Vuitton. Having set a very high standard for any successor, the French Maison found itself without a permanent creative or artistic director for the entirety of 2022 with the presented collections having been designed by the remaining menswear design team and guest creative directors such as Kid Super founder Colm Dillane for the FW23 collection. On February 14, 2023, Louis Vuitton announced that, effective immediately, Pharrell Williams will be taking over the creative reigns as new Men’s Creative Director. Over the past two decades, Williams has established himself as a cultural and global icon with his creative universe encompassing music, art and fashion. His courage to break the boundaries of the various worlds he explores, aligns him perfectly with Louis Vuitton’s status as a Cultural Maison, reinforcing its values of innovation, pioneer spirit and entrepreneurship. Building upon a long legacy of working with luxury companies, Williams does not only look back on creative collaborations, but has always been known as a taste-maker whilst also being deeply engaged in social causes. Pietro Beccari, Louis Vuitton’s Chairman and CEO, declared, “I am glad to welcome Pharrell back home, after our collaborations in 2004 and 2008 for Louis Vuitton, as our new Men’s Creative Director. His creative vision beyond fashion will undoubtedly lead Louis Vuitton towards a new and very exciting chapter.”

Pharrell Williams’ first collection for Louis Vuitton will be revealed in June 2023 during the Men’s Fashion Week in Paris.

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Rebirth of an Icon: The Lady 95.22

Building upon an immensely rich history, there is a special aura surrounding a Maison like Dior. Not only did the ateliers perfect their craft throughout the decades, but some of the leading creative minds of their respective eras were able to leave their imprint on the Maison, resulting in an archive which becomes a perpetual source of inspiration and an embodiment of the Maison’s DNA shaped over time. To honor this DNA, this unique heritage, Dior has now revisited one of its iconic bags, the Lady Dior, giving it a modern makeover and hence bridging the past and present. First introduced in 1995 and revived in 2022, both moments in time are reflected in the bag’s new name, The Lady 95.22. First introduced at the DIOR FW22/23 ready-to-wear show, the new icon is defined by its ultra-contemporary silhouette, with its architectural shape being enhanced by the emblematic macrocannage in combination with the new graphic maxicannage pattern. After this first unveiling on the runway, Chinese actress and Dior ambassador Dilraba Dilmurat is now shot with the iconic black leather bag. The resulting imagery isn't solely a prefect metamorphosis between the wearer and her bag, but an expression of the pure essence of Dior style, audacious yet elegant, an eternal source of inspiration and self-affirmation.

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COS x YEBOAH

COS was founded with the concept of offering its customers a more minimalist, uncomplicated wardrobe, less trend-oriented, modern pieces taking inspiration from the effortless and nonchalant Nordic lifestyle and aesthetic sensibilities. With the launch of its newest global collaboration entitled Metamorphosis, COS signals first hints towards a new direction. For this newest 40-piece collection, COS partners up with London-based brand Yeboah, founded by Reece Yeboah and presents a blend of elevated wardrobe staples and street-luxe garments with an interchanging color palette of dark tones accentuated with eye-catching yellow. It is a coming together of two brand’s creative languages, a masterful blend of functionality and style enriching COS with new creative impulses. Unveiled in an experiential presentation in a unique London venue. There the guests were immersed in a striking light presentation, kaleidoscopic patterns taking guests on a journey of metamorphosis inspired by butterflies. Additionally, it was James Messiah who created a bespoke soundscape for the presentation whilst also performing a live spoken word pieces reflective of the overall narrative for the evening.

The new COS x YEBOAH collection will be available from February, 1st, 2023.

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Hublot BIG BANG ZERMATT

A shared sense of “Swissness” is something that has united the watchmaker Hublot with the Alpine resort Zermatt since their first collaboration in 2017. Located just at the foot of the Matterhorn, a behemoth of nature, the village of Zermatt has drawn in visitors since the mid 19th century, for its proximity to the iconic Swiss site, as well as its uniquely Alpine charm – winding alleys and old-fashioned brown chalets.

A Swiss brand at heart, Hublot has long cherished its connection to the region and its unique ability to draw ties with the culture and landscape. Setting up one of its most traditional boutiques at the center of the resort, Hublot took care to design its flagship such that it complemented the surrounding traditional architecture of the town.

The new BIG BANG ZERMATT is another ode to the bond between the brand and the resort town, combining integral elements of Swiss tradition with modern watchmaking. The timepiece also derives inspiration from the Matterhorn itself, playing with materials and light in order to mimic the changing faces of the vast mountain. The watch comes in two editions: the men’s model and the women’s model, both supplied in a steel case and with unique detailing. Both are powered by a self-winding chronograph. The colors, slate gray and snow white, imitate the surrounding environment of the namesake village of Zermatt. HZ

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Josephine Baker Lives On

Since her emergence on the stages of Paris in the early 1920s, Josephine Baker has been a cultural icon – a symbol concurrently of the glitz and glam, as well as the struggles that defined her time. Born in 1906 in St. Louis, Missouri, Baker eventually renounced her American citizenship after reaching instant success in a France that did not have the same degree of racial segregation as her home country at the time.

Baker was a showgirl, a siren; lauded for her sexuality, style and magnetism (one needs only see a photo of her in the iconic banana skirt to find this claim justified). At the same time and more importantly however, Baker was also an activist, a proud African-American woman and member of the NAACP, and even a part of the French Resistance during WWII, helping to smuggle information on the locations of Nazi soldiers via her music sheets.

For all her courage and style, and her fascinating story, it is no wonder that Maria Grazia Chiuri took Josephine Baker as the muse for her latest collection for the Dior Maison. Conflating fashion and politics is a feat the Creative Director has received much attention and praise for in her decade-long tenure at the Maison.

Paris is an apt location to premiere a collection devoted to the woman who lived and breathed Paris in the Jazz Age. The line designed by Chiuri is filled with references to the great Josephine Baker and the historic times in which she lived – Art Deco inspired headbands, flapper dresses, velvet dressing gown coats. The artwork featured prominently as the set of the show tells the story of other important African-American female figures of the 20th century, celebrating their accomplishments in their respective fields and their trailblazing contributions to society. HZ

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Celestial Bodies

Long, thin, elegant shadows swept anti-clockwise around the circular room in the grand finale to the Saint Laurent Men’s FW23 show. Accompanied by a tense musical score emanating from a grand piano, the entire experience created an air of intrigue and mystery, not least owing to the inordinately elegant looks being presented, but also to the room itself. On the eve of Tuesday, the 17th of January 2023, Saint Laurent laid claim to the rotunda room of the Bourse de Commerce – Pinault Collection. Reimagined by the Japanese architect Tadao Ando in a project spanning three years, the architectural elements he introduced to the centuries-old building were envisioned to act as a dialogue between the old and the new. Such was especially the vision behind the rotunda room, whose modern-concrete-cylinder lower half meets together with a magnificent fresco cupola.

Somewhere between the past and the present, Saint Laurent joined this dialogue with a statement of timelessness of its own. The collection, elegant to a fault, represented Saint Laurent’s progressive vision of genderless clothing. “I really want them to be almost one person,” said Creative Director Anthony Vaccarello. “So women could be the men, and the men could be the women. No difference. I want more and more to put them at the same level. No distinction.” In this spirit, the FW23 “menswear” collection seemed to cater much more to entities than genders, through uniformly long and svelte silhouettes. As they cascaded along the runway, the models of Saint Laurent seemed to be floating more so than walking; blending in rather more with the angelic figures on the celestial ceiling above them than the mere mortals watching from below. HZ

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FENDI FOR THE FALL

FENDI unveiled its newest, and perhaps coolest, collection to date. The surrounding setting complemented the free-spirited ethos of the collection, the interior taking on the form of a giant roller disco pinball machine. Elements of nostalgia permeated the collection and show, with a distinct nod to archetypal 1970s disco styles. Especially the one-shouldered neckline was a motif that ran throughout, apparently inspired by Silvia Venturini Fendi’s enthusiasm for one-shoulder styles while partying at Studio 54 in the 1980s. The detailing served as a touch of thrill in a collection that otherwise emphasized comfort and luxury. Shades of dove grey, oatmeal, burnt umber, mocha, mauve, lavender, deep navy and black create a feeling of understated elegance. Swaddled in cashmere, engineered leathers or jacquard silks, the models of FENDI exuded sophistication above all. Accessories added to this effect, infusing the rest of the more sober-colored collection with a touch of playful glamor. Bags stood out as a particular highlight amongst the accessories collection – the Peekaboo, the Baguette and the new hobo satchel were particular stand-outs. Suave, sexy, cool. The new FENDI Men’s FW23 Collection designed by Silvia Venturini Fendi is a testament to the simultaneity of elegance and opulence that emanates from each new FENDI collection. HZ

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PRADA FW23 Menswear Collection

The Deposito of the Fondazione Prada is a sobering space, once the site of a gin distillery within a former industrial complex on the southern edge of Milan. Here, set against a cold stone scenery and towering columns, was where Miuccia Prada and Raf Simons presented their newest collection. The location is usually a site for art exhibitions, however doubled as a runway space in Prada’s most recent show for its Men’s FW23 collection. The barren background of the scene fit well to the concept of the new line: a crosscut between modernism – reductionist and sparing in its design – and comfort, bringing baggy and exaggerated silhouettes to an otherwise subtle and minimalist design style.
The “LET’S TALK ABOUT CLOTHES” collection is a testament to both designers’ personal tastes – Miuccia Prada’s penchant for subtle luxury meeting Raf Simons’ darker flair. Their past collaborations have similarly been marked by elements of futurism and modernism. The skeleton of this collection was a look to archetypal masculine silhouettes, rethought with notes of reductionism and comfort. Muted tones and colors added to this effect. The collection continuously reflected a sound awareness of contemporary styles and trends, with items such as the bomber jacket and the tote bag revisited and reformed in the codes of the Maison. HZ

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Golden Sunshine

“My wine overbrims a whole summer;
My bowl is the sky,
And I drink at my eye,
Till I feel in the brain
A Delphian pain -
Then follow, my Caius! then follow:
On the green of the hill
We will drink our fill
Of golden sunshine,
Till our brains intertwine
With the glory and grace of Apollo!”
                       - John Keats (1818)

Written shortly before his death, Keats wrote this poem as an appeal to Apollo, the Sun God. Drinking up the golden sunshine – the glory of Apollo – with his eyes, he remains, until the pain becomes un-withstandable.

If only Keats had had the adaptable pantoscopic lenses, anti-fog technology and sleek metal accents, all offered within the LV 4MOTION sunglasses! A Maison-favorite, the model equips its wearer to drink in the sunshine while looking chic and sporty. With their universal fit, the shades are expected to be an essential statement accessory on the runway for the Spring/Summer 2023 "Rainbow Playground" men's wear collection. The LV 4MOTION sunglasses will be available in store starting February 2023. HZ

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Memories of Beauty

Prada’s “Memories of Beauty” campaign for the Lunar New Year 2023 features some of the most familiar faces of Chinese youth pop culture today. Singer, songwriter and rapper Cai Xukun (better known as KUN) graces the campaign, alongside actress Li Chunxia, actor Bai Yufan and model and actress Du Juan. The campaign is shot by Nick Yang, the Shanghai-native emerging photographer with a special eye for intimate images. His work is often characterized as sensitive, perceptive; a poetic take on the fashion industry. His images, playing on deep shadows and tight framing, take on a cinematic quality that echo the sensual and surreal aspects of everyday life.

The campaign looks not only to the stars themselves, but also to the everyday objects that bear witness to specific moments from their respective pasts. These tangible items – a vinyl player, a telephone, a flower pot, a camera – pay tribute to the individual’s story. The collection of images thus takes care to balance past, present and future, looking to tokens of the past while preparing for the year ahead. The campaign is extended onto a social media project that invites WeChat users to create their own personal time capsule. The new ready-to-wear collection is available from January 2023 online and in selected Prada stores. HZ

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radio.cubo 50°

Brionvega is a name that is synonymous with quality engineering and elegant design. Masters of such cult-design objects as the radiocubo or the radiofonografo, the Italian design house has recently shifted its focus toward revisiting and reinventing these timeless bestsellers. In time for Milan Design Week, the brand is unveiling the remake of the legendary radio.cubo TS502 designed by Richard Sapper and Marko Zanuso in the early 1960s.

The two designers, the German Sapper and the Italian Zanuso, were two true pioneers in the world of industrial and technological design. A masterpiece of the ‘Made in Italy’ label, the radio.cubo stands out as “the radio that changed the radio.” In its time, the radio.cubo was a fresh and fun take on a heretofore rather dull piece of technology. Since the 1960s it has become an icon of this design period, being exhibited in major museums such as various branches of the MoMa.

Like a cube sliced through the middle, the radio unfolds into two shells. Light, portable and playful, the radio.cubo was a rebel to the old-fashioned static radios that prioritized function over style. Now, Brionvega revisits the design icon of the 1960s with the radio.cubo 50°, with the latest generation Bluetooth technologies, in high definition, allowing you to stream your playlists directly. It is available in Orange and Yellow Sun, White Snow, Black Night and Red. As part of the rebirth of the radio.cubo, Brionvega also unveils a collaboration with Supreme, emblazoning the famous cube with Supreme’s iconic logo and red and white colors. HZ

www.brionvega.it

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Welcome to The Party

“People were not invited – they went there… Sometimes they came and went without having met Gatsby at all, came for the party with a simplicity of heart that was its own ticket of admission.”

With the onset of the holiday season, Valentino introduces its new “The Party Collection 2022”. The collection of ready-to-wear garments and Valentino Garavani accessories are an explosion of light and color. Vibrant emeralds, purples and yellows lay the foundation of the collection, with bold gold, rhinestone and sequins acting as splashy details on an all-around splashy selection.

The campaign emulates the kind of house party most can only dream of attending at some point in their life. Glamorous, Gatsby-esque figures draped in beautiful sparkling attire indulge in the joy of the moment and the company of friends. The collection, dedicated entirely to the art of merrymaking, comes at a historical time at which people all over the world have real cause to celebrate: the first holiday season after nearly two years inside.

A series of six short films shows a group of friends gearing up for the big festivities; blowing up balloons, unveiling the cake, singing karaoke and so on. A sense of joy, extravagance and coming together is what defines this collection – an invitation to party like Gatsby, swathed in the latest and greatest of Valentino.

The Party Collection 2022 will be available in Valentino’s boutiques, as well as on Valentino.com, until the close of the holiday season. HZ

www.valentino.com

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ETRO Christmas Capsule Collection

ETRO – Milanese fashion house, family business, and connoisseur of textiles – celebrates the oncoming festival season with Marco De Vincenzo’s latest SS23 Collection, “Step into the Holidays.” De Vincenzo, a veteran of the Milan fashion scene, was named Creative Director of ETRO, the over 50-year-old brand, a mere few months ago.

Presented in Milan during Fashion Week this last September, the ready-to-wear selection includes bags, shoes, accessories and jewelry, and features two of the brand’s most characteristic visual codes: the arnica motif and the colored stripes. ETRO’s visual brand identity is strongly associated with the paisley design, popularized in the early 1970s, but representing an ancient decorative symbol born in Mesopotamia.

The campaign images look like the scene from a retro-futuristic dream, shimmering and surrealistic against the night sky. Appealing to the imagination, the campaign reintroduces us to some of ETRO’s more iconic designs, as well as introducing us to some newer and more eclectic designs, including the new Love Trotter shopping bag with 3D Pegasus embroidery, a gold metal apple jewel bag and Aladdin’s clogs.

The Step into the Holidays preview will be available exclusively from November 28th on NET-A- PORTER, etro.com and in a selection of Etro boutiques worldwide. HZ

www.etro.com

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Canadian Winter Meets New York Street Style

“Not for you – for everyone” is a philosophy that lies at the heart of TELFAR, the New York based unisex fashion brand. Telfar Clements is the mastermind behind the brand, a queer Liberian-American designer, who became a success story during a pandemic that wreaked havoc on large swathes of the fashion industry. In the world of high fashion, Telfar has made a lasting impression with his emphasis on inclusivity and diversity. The relative accessibility of prices distinguishes the brand from large segments of the fashion industry, which explains in part its far-reaching popularity. Its cult-favorite, the TELFAR shopping bag, became somewhat of an “It bag”, coveted for its sleek design and rather egalitarian accessibility. Telfar applies himself to the subversion of traditional fashion expectations, from classism to gender binaries and beyond.

Moose Knuckles, Canadian luxury outerwear brand, has made a name for itself as an industry leader in producing high-quality, resilient garments. A 24-piece ready-to-wear collection marks the second collaboration between the two brands, “where Canadian technical innovation merges with unapologetic New York style designed for all.” The collection includes the classic weather-resistant Bomber jacket with a matching pair of pants, both trimmed in either fox fur or lamb shearling. Additional pieces all feature TELFAR quilted monogram and embroidery. Building upon the mania surrounding the TELFAR shopping bag, the collaboration also unveils a new shopping bag range. Moose Knuckles will also be engineering and manufacturing the debut TELFAR outerwear collection dropping this fall. HZ

www.mooseknucklescanada.com

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Breitling x Deus Ex Machina unveil new Top Time in Limited Edition

Dating back to 1884, the Swiss brand Breitling SA has long championed the art of watchmaking. A favorite of anyone from Jerry Seinfeld (who wore either a Breitling Navitimer or Chronomat in nearly every episode of Seinfeld) to Sean Connery as James Bond (who is given a Breitling Top Time with a geiger counter in Thunderball to track down two stolen nuclear warheads), the Breitling watch is a timeless favorite.

The Breitling “Top Time” watch was first developed in 1965, designed to offer a more dynamic and contemporary feel to the chronographs that had been at the center of the brand’s watchmaking. In a second collaboration with the Australian motorbike and surf apparel brand, the Top Time is reinvented as a watch designed for the modern adventurer. “Deus Ex Machina” derives from Latin, meaning literally “god from the machine,” and is used to denote persons or things that bring order out of chaos. Casual, robust, and stylish, like its wearer, the Top Time does just that, bringing order into the open-road adventure it was designed for. The color scheme is new, yet the underlying details are the same. Limited to only 2000 pieces, each Top Time Deus is delivered together with a travel bag produced out of fine linen. The Breitling x Deus collaboration extends on to an entire clothing and accessories line, to be found in six of Breitling’s flagship stores worldwide. HZ

www.breitling.com

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Dior at KaDeWe

Situated in Berlin’s famous Ku’Damm district, a historical center for shopping and indulgence, sits the Kaufhaus des Westens, or KaDeWe for short. The KaDeWe is more than just a momentous building that looks like it's been plucked from a Wes Anderson set, but by now also a historical heritage site. Erected in 1907 and witness to two World Wars, the KaDeWe became a symbol of West Germany’s Wirtschaftswunder – the economic prosperity in the postwar era. Since then, it has retained its status as a symbol of glamor and affluence, on par with Galerie Lafayette in Paris or Harrod’s in London.

For the 2023/4 winter season, the House of Dior is setting up shop in the KaDeWe and lending a peek at its intricate scenographies to the outside world through the window displays of the KaDeWe. Placing the Dior cruise 2023 collection at center stage in both the window displays and the Dior pop-up shop inside, the House invites the visitors of KaDeWe to ponder over Maria Grazia Chiuri’s most recent designs and inspirations. Conceptualized as a “voyage of discovery, imagination and reflection, a combination of heritage and inventiveness,” the Cruise collection drew inspiration heavily from Spanish and especially Andalusian influences, from the art of the flamenco dance to the equestrian traditions. The looks from the Dior Cruise Collection 2023 will be presented in KaDeWe windows until January 7th, 2023. The pop-up will remain until January 28th, 2023. HZ

www.dior.com

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Dior's Winter Wonderland

Enter into a dream at the Dior Exhibition at Harrods this winter. A display of childlike wonder awaits visitors. The miniature dollhouses are not only tiny reproductions of iconic Dior sites, such as via 30 Montaigne or the Château de La Colle Noire, but are also made entirely from gingerbread and biscuit. An incredible eye for detail accompanies the entire exhibition, with golden lights and arabesques carved into the surface of the confectionery walls, adding to the fairytale scenography.

Walking through the exhibition takes you on a dreamlike sequence through the history of Dior. Tiny silhouettes of iconic Dior designs peek out within and alongside gingerbread replicas of Dior’s most loved houses, and gingerbread men feature as tiny employees hard at work in the Dior ateliers. White lights made to look like falling snowflakes dance on the surface of the little houses. A gingerbread Christian Dior sits at his desk smiling over his designs. Faces on flowers, as if in a scene from the Nutcracker, skate around in the gardens of La Colle Noire.

The Fabulous World of Dior is a fairytale escapade from beginning to end that calls out to the inner child, whilst taking one on a journey through the heritage and inspirations of the House of Dior. HZ

www.thefabulousworldofdior.com

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Goodbyes at Gucci

Alessandro Michele is bidding “Arrivederci” to the House of Gucci. In announcing Michele’s departure, François-Henri Pinault, Chairman and CEO of Kering, stated, “I am grateful to Alessandro for bringing so much of himself in this adventure. His passion, his imagination, his ingenuity and his culture put Gucci center stage, where its place is.” Alessandro Michele has certainly left his mark on the House during his tenure. Gucci’s vast successes in recent years have often been attributed to Michele’s visionary character, whose fresh and unorthodox ideas breathed new life into the company. His experimentation with such things as gender-fluid styles, digital exploration, and environmental conservation brought Gucci back into the focus of younger audiences. Creative collaborations with the likes of Harry Styles, Måneskin, and Jared Leto furthered this cause. His inauguration as Creative Director back in 2015 followed on from predecessor Frida Giannini’s reign, one which painted a rather rigid image of Gucci: exclusive, sophisticated, jet-setter lifestyle – a few words often used in association with Giannini’s Gucci. Michele’s Gucci, by contrast, favored a looser, romantic, more contemporary approach. His inventiveness spelled reinvention for the House. Gucci has yet to announce the new creative lead, as it bids goodbye to the era of Michele. HZ

www.kering.com

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A Lesson in Victory

A single photograph, a chessboard, and the two reigning football champions of our generation. A photograph taken by legend Annie Leibovitz has rocked the world in the new Louis Vuitton brand campaign featuring none other than Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. The campaign, entitled “Victory is a State of Mind” shows the two football legends consumed in a game of chess improvised out of and played on top of a Louis Vuitton Damier attaché case. It follows on from an earlier campaign, shot also by Annie Leibovitz for Louis Vuitton that similarly featured the football hall of fame greats Pele, Maradona and Zinedine Zidane, poring over a game of foosball in a dusty bar in Madrid, LV baggage sitting idly by in a corner or draped over a chair. “Three exceptional journeys. One historic game.” – the name of the former campaign.

Louis Vuitton once again shows an exceptional feat of marketing, capturing the hearts and minds of football fans across the world with its image of these two icons enthralled in a game that is, like football, as old as time. The game in fact mimics an iconic match between Chess Grandmasters Magnus Charlsen and Hikaru Nakamura, played at Norway Chess in 2017. Ahead of the FIFA World Cup 2022, it is certain that the eyes of the world will be locked upon these two stars, as they enter into what it is to become both of their final World Cups. An historic moment for the world of sports and popular culture, for which Louis Vuitton has secured itself a place amongst these two victors. HZ

www.louisvuitton.com 

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Cool in the Cold

The FW collection 22/23 represents a second collaboration between Canadian luxury outwear brand Moose Knuckles and American fashion label ECKHAUS LATTA. The collection brings Moose Knuckles’ specialization in innovating and engineering to create high-quality outerwear together with Eckhaus Latta’s cutting-edge design. “Fearless yet functional fashion” is the purpose behind this collaboration, according to Moose Knuckles’ Chief Marketing Officer Ayal Twik. As one of the world’s leading producers of luxury outerwear, Moose Knuckles has garnered over 100 years of experience in the business of creating “resilient garments for the most unforgiving conditions”. The brand specializes in product design and technical expertise, invoking special knowledge of fabrics and fashion engineering in order to produce the highest quality outerwear.

ECKHAUS LATTA is an American fashion label established in 2011; the brainchild of Mike Eckhaus and Zoe Latta, who met during their studies at the Rhode Island School of Design. At the time, the two founders were studying Sculpture and Textile Design respectively. This intersection between art, design, and fashion remains a core tenet of the brand even today, which regularly participates in art installations and exhibitions with projects, videos, and collections – exhibiting for example at the Whitney Museum of American Art in 2018. The designs, at times grunge and edgy, sometimes colorful, are unfailingly inventive. A partnership of “artistic and technical exploration” has resulted in a revisiting of some of Moose Knuckles’ core styles, reinterpreted by ECKHAUS LATTA to offer a more contemporary look using oversized, exaggerated proportions. Moose Knuckles’ technological mastery is most evident in the puffers – filled with RDS-certified down but designed in hyper-light form for better mobility. The accompanying campaign was shot by Mary Manning and styled by Matt Holmes, under the artistic direction of Eric Wrenn. HZ

www.mooseknucklescanada.com 

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Belvedere: New Global Campaign

Belvedere, the world’s first super premium vodka, is a Polish rye vodka, which receives its name from the Belweder, the Polish presidential palace in Warsaw. Representing 600 years of Polish vodka-making tradition, the production processes adhere to the traditional regulations, using only Polska rye, purified water, and a distillation process by fire, without any additional additives. For its newest campaign brings together a stellar community of creatives inspired by pure emotion captured by a moment of feeling gloriously free. In this spirit, Award-winning filmmaker Taika Waititi, photographer Juergen Teller and choreographer JaQuel Knight create exciting visuals, a perfect mise-en-scene for the campaign’s face, Daniel Craig. Through Waititi’s unique lens, we get to follow Daniel Craig in picturesque Paris, making his way through the luxurious Cheval Blanc Paris arriving at a spectacular suite, and dancing his way to the Belvedere bar, where he takes an ice-cold sip before we hear the director yelling cut and giving instructions to take it from the top. It’s a unique take that brings together the choreographed mise-en-scene as well as snapshots of how life might look like when the cameras are not rolling. This coming together of an inventive and gifted group of provocateurs, each with a taste for the unconventional results in the captivating yet unique campaign, a nod to Belvedere’s longstanding beliefs of self-expression, authenticity, and style.

www.belvederevodka.com

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The Concerto Bag

The French fashion brand Lanvin is presenting the Concerto bag, paying tribute to the daughter of its founder Jeanne Lanvin. Marie-Blanche de Polignac was the only child of the renowned fashion designer and later pursued a career in the music industry.
The Concerto bag is defined by a minimalistic aesthetic and provides true luxury à la française. The exceptional accessory can be worn during the day or in the evening as it is designed for women with an equally active and elegant lifestyle. Its versatility consists of the slip-on strap which can be changed in three different ways, that is over the shoulder, across the chess, and carried. Furthermore, it is reflected in the variety of materials incorporated in the leather goods, including metallic leather, pony-effect calfskin, and matt calfskin. The sophisticated details adorning the crisp design are reminiscent of the Concerto dress designed by Jeanne Lanvin in 1934. This can be seen in the bag’s precious clasp with a diamond texture which translates the collar decoration from the beautiful dress. Hence, the bag carries on the legacy of the Maison while at the same time adding a new timeless yet modern piece to the Lanvin world. JW

www.lanvin.com

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A-COLD-WALL* x Eastpak

A-COLD-WALL* and Eastpak teamed up for the first time to create a new collaborative collection. United by their vision of freedom of movement, they are releasing three pieces in iconic Eastpak shapes reimagined with A-COLD-WALL*’s signature look. They thus combine complex materials with an unmistakably crafted feel. Beyond that, bold colors and experimental techniques define the designs. Reflected elements embellish the unique pieces, which thus fit perfectly to the urban adventurer.
Part of the collection is the ACW Padded, distinguished by the shape of the iconic Padded Pak’r. Clashing materials, colors, and prints, it is composed of dual front zippered panels, contrasting trims, and co-branded logos.
Another piece included in the collection is the ACW Orbit, shaped as the classic compact daypack. The look is reminiscent of A-COLD-WALL*’s unique take on British streetwear as it juxtaposes the organic shape with asymmetrical forms, extra-long coated zipper pullers, and functional jacquard webbing. Furthermore, the collection features the ACW One, a mini shoulder bag that incorporates the same contrasting jacquard webbing, elongated zipper pullers, and reflective components as the above-mentioned model. Zippered front stash pockets round off the design, which is available in black and gray.
Designed to get you through the challenges of city life, these items connect style with functionality. JW

www.eastpak.com
www.a-cold-wall.com

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Alexander McQueen presents SS23

During an exceptional fashion show amid the Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich, Alexander McQueen introduced its Spring Summer collection 2023. Within the collection, Alexander McQueen’s creative director Sarah Burton explored the search for humanity as well as human connection. “The eye is a symbol of that humanity, a register of emotion, an expression of uniqueness.”, she says. The clothing items in the collection are designated to have an empowering effect on their wearers, which is why the designs focus on cut, drape, and bold silhouettes. In order to create the magnificent pieces, Sarah Burton gathered inspiration from the Dutch Painter Hieronymus Bosch, whose works are attached to the late Gothic as well as the Renaissance. The creative director was deeply fascinated by the dark yet beautiful paintings, from which she took on some elements for the collection.
High-profile models such as Naomi Campbell walked the circular runway, presenting black leather pieces, white mesh bodysuits, trenchcoats, cropped tailored jackets, and many more extraordinary garments in a rich color palette. In front of internationally renowned celebrities, including Janet Jackson, Sheila Atim, and Christopher Kane, they put together a magical show, perfectly staging the elegant clothing items. JW

www.alexandermcqueen.com

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HUGO launches NFT collection

HUGO is taking a big step toward the future by launching its first-ever NFT collection in collaboration with the renowned Web 3.0 company, Imaginary Ones. The exclusive collection consists of 1001 3D animations, entitled Embrace Your Emotions (EYE). In this respect, the collection revolves around emotional freedom as it encourages everyone to stand by their feelings in order to take care of one’s mental health. Six characters of the 1001 NFTs will stand out by containing special attributes. Five of them represent one of our everyday emotions, including joy, sadness, fear, anger, and love, which are all brought together in the sixth character. This special character will be auctioned and the proceeds will be fully donated to the evidence-based mental health program Youth Aware of Mental Health. Thus, it continues to educate young people on mental health and invites them to explore this brought and complex topic. An allowlist of 1000 spots will provide access to the collection, and enable purchase to those who purchase the exclusive phygital T-shirt, who hold the Imaginary Ones’ genesis NFT collection, or who take part in its social media activities. The holders of the NFTs will then receive a 10% discount in the HUGO online store and access to Imaginary Ones’ staking ecosystem. The collection “(...) enables us not only to further explore this virtual world, but also to share a message of self-acceptance and being true to yourself (...)” affirms Miah Sullivan, Senior Vice President of Global Marketing & Brand Communications at HUGO BOSS. JW

www.hugo.com

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My INNER HEALTH Club launches revolutionary streaming service

As humankind becomes more and more health aware while at the same time everyday life becomes more hectic and fast these days, engaging with comprehensive and profound information surrounding the broad topic of mental and physical well-being is more significant than ever. With the aim of reviving and introducing traditional knowledge into daily life, the Berlin-based startup My INNER HEALTH Club was founded.
The young company launched as Europe’s first streaming service in the health sector and offers new original content every week revolving around the diverse and broad aspects of health. The personalized information gathered from world-leading experts can be accessed based on monthly or yearly subscriptions, depicting a revolutionary step in shaping our relationship with health. On the platform, customers can visit multimedia online classes which provide holistic solutions to issues of our modern life, including among other things stress, digestive disorders, or low energy. Taking into consideration that information about health can be abstract and inaccessible, My INNER HEALTH Club unravels complex issues and presents simple and individual approaches to preserving health. Beyond that, the startup introduced the My INNER HEALTH Club Traditional Health Practice Report 2022 in Western Europe as part of the launch. JW

www.myinnerhealthclub.com

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Stone Island launches exclusive pieces for its 40th anniversary

This year marks a special anniversary for the Italian fashion brand Stone Island. 40 years ago, the international and avant-gardistic label was founded, presenting streetwear, fashion, and luxury in a unique mix from the beginning. First worn and acclaimed by the Milanese paninari, a subculture of the 80s, Stone Island soon found its way to fashion lovers all around the world. To celebrate this significant anniversary, the brand launched a series of garments within the Autumn Winter 2022 2023 collection. For the core of this special collection, the brand chose to revamp the iconic 982 Tela Stella Cape. Distinguished by a new choice of fabric, it is composed of two materials. The outer one references a fabric from the Stone Island archives and is called MICROFELT WITH RIPSTOP COVER. Protecting the outside due to a translucent polyurethane cover with a ripstop motif, it consists of a very light non-woven fabric made out of compact nylon fibers, creating a paper-like effect. The fabric that lies underneath is crafted in woolen cloth. An additional anorak is fabricated in the same materials as it further incorporates the PrimaLoft Silver padding, which is an exclusive 100% recycled blend. The exceptional materials used for these garments mirror Stone Island’s demand for itself to provide high-quality, which it consistently followed for the past 40 years. JW

www.stoneisland.com

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Dior launches J’adore Parfum d’eau at an exclusive event

Dior recently released J’adore Parfum d’eau as the latest variation of the Maison’s beloved J’adore fragrance. While the elegance and femininity remain, the new version only consists of highly concentrated perfume water, which is not based on alcohol, thus reinforcing the flowery aroma. To celebrate this new experience, Dior organized an exclusive launch party in Berlin. Extravagant as the French Maison itself, the dress code was “A Hint of White and Gold”, which even applied to the Gin drinks, which were topped off with golden flakes.
Among the guests were the offspring of German celebrities, all united by the enthusiasm for the J’adore Parfum d’eau. Leni Klum for instance always carries the exceptional fragrance with her in her purse. Alongside the upcoming model and daughter of Heidi Klum, Talia Graf also attended the event. Resuming her model career after the corona pandemic, the niece of tennis icon Steffi Graf just recently moved to Milan. Another lover of the new Dior perfume is Lilly Krug, the daughter of German actress Veronica Ferres. She is currently working on her acting career in the glamorous city of Los Angeles, determined to make it on her own. Thus, the event gathered a range of young, elegant, and up-and-coming talents, for whom J’adore Parfum d’eau stands. JW

www.dior.com

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Louis Vuitton unveils the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 capsule collection

In the event of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, Louis Vuitton designed an exclusive capsule collection capturing the excitement of football. Distinguished by sophisticated shapes, sporty treatments, and subtle elegant details, this collection is part of the 12-year-long collaboration between the FIFA World Cup and the French Maison: Since 2010, Louis Vuitton has provided the travel trunk for the legendary FIFA World Cup Trophy.
Five collectible items, fabricated in black Taurillon leather, compose the capsule collection. Regarding the design, Louis Vuitton is bringing back one of its most emblematic signatures, the Damier motif, which in its pattern is reminiscent of the movement of the net as a goal is scored. Embossed on Louis Vuitton icons, such as the Keepall 50 bag, the City Keepall bag, and the Discovery backpack, these pieces are the perfect travel companions. Referencing the sporting event once more, the leather tag is shaped like a soccer league badge and protective bottom studs on the Keepall 50 recall football cleats. The collection also includes small leather goods, such as a dopp kit with contrasting piping as well as a handy pocket organizer with five inner pockets. JW

www.louisvuitton.com

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The Furla METROPOLIS REMIX dives into music

In the course of the Milan Fashion Week 2022, Furla launched the new METROPOLIS REMIX. This special bag is representing the newly established connection between the Italian brand and the world of music. It thereby also takes the position against the gender gap in music and fosters a more equitable opportunity for women in the music scene. To gain more attention for this current and relevant topic, Furla partnered up with She Is The Music, a non-profit organization founded by Alicia Keys in 2018, which pursues the goal to increase the number of women working in music, thus developing the next generation of women in music. For the organization to continue its educational programs, Furla has come up with a special donation campaign. During the Milan Fashion Week, customers directly supported She Is The Music by purchasing the METROPOLIS REMIX, as Furla has decided to donate the proceeds to the non-profit. Furthermore, the bag and the project was presented in a short fashion film, called Music of the Metropolis, featuring Kim Turnbull who talked about her career as a female DJ.
The design of the crossbody clutch made in Italy is defined by the soft calf leather and a bow shape, reminiscent of the Furla Metropolis. JW

www.furla.com

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BOSS reveals its FW 2022 collection

Hugo Boss presented its new Fall/Winter 2022 collection during Milan Fashion Week, exploring the deeper meaning of the brand’s Be Your Own BOSS motto. The inspiration came from BOSS’s own rich sporting heritage as the brand reinvented iconic pieces from its archives. Revamped for a younger and more global generation, BOSS unveiled the collection at Milans’ Velodromo Vigorelli in front of more than 1000 guests.
The world of the power sport of motorcycling influenced the show concept heavily. As the backdrop of the fashion show, bikers dressed in BOSS outfits gave a gravity-defying and astonishing performance. The cast of models was star-studded: Among others, Naomi Campbell, Future, Khaby Lame, Alica Schmidt, and Ashley Graham walked the runway. Regarding the designs, the collection’s underlying concept was the power suit as it offers various interpretations of its original, ranging from the slouchy to the more sculptural. Built around soft shades of charcoal, cream, brown, and the BOSS colors of black, white, and camel, the collection furthermore shows a reinvented BOSS logo.
Thus, BOSS investigates the different facets of power and showcases that it can also arise from softness. JW

www.boss.com

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CHANEL introduces tweed for the eyes

Since its founding, CHANEL has been known for using tweed. Now, the material so significant to the French Maison gets to be the main inspiration for their new four-color eyeshadow palettes. Not only is the surface of each shade embossed with a tweed pattern, but they also resemble the intertwined fibers as they can be beautifully blended, varying in their intensity. Both distinguished by an elegant effortlessness, the special eyeshadow collection pairs the compacts with tweed pouches. The latter are made by Maison Lesage, part of CHANEL’s Métiers d’art since 2002.
Available in four different harmonies, the palettes stand out due to their versatility which can create simple as well as sophisticated looks. The first one is titled Tweed Fauve and includes radiant warm colors, ranging from an intense aubergine to an amber gold. Tweed Cuivré is distinguished by a gold shimmer, that evokes richness and brilliance in the precious metals dear to Coco Chanel. The third, Tweed Pourpre links softness with audacity as it combines pinks and mauves with a satin and iridescent finish. Natural brown and beige shades are finally offered in Tweed Brun et Rose.
To round off the collection, CHANEL also introduces two new shades of STYLO YEUX WATERPROOF, the illuminating Cuivre Doré and the intense Bois Noir. JW

www.chanel.com

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Longchamp introduces Le Pliage Munich

The French Maison Longchamp launches a new design for its beloved Le Pliage, which has been the brand’s staple piece for three decades. The Le Pliage Munich is dedicated to the Bavarian capital as it depicts something very close and dear to the culture of the south of Germany. An image of a delicious German Pretzel covers the front of the bright blue bag, whose color is reminiscent of the Bavarian emblem. Timeless and chic, this bag invites its wearers to take a walk through the lovely city of Munich, passing the green oasis of the Englischer Garten, the vivid Marienplatz, and the Theater Schauburg. The lighthearted design makes the bag an ultimate eye-catcher, while it remains practical in its sporty elegance. Made of nylon fabric, significant to this Longchamp model, it appears casual and chic at the same time. Thus, Le Pliage Munich is a companion not only for calm strolls through the city but also for weekend trips or busy work days. In its uniqueness, the bag evokes a longing for a trip to Munich and of course for tasty Bavarian Pretzel. JW

www.longchamp.com

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Uncut Gem

Raw sex appeal and lingering subtlety. The cologne which Frédéric Malle created in collaboration with the perfume legend Maurice Roucel exudes a unique and warm charm. Uncut Gem is the name of the beautiful and irresistible scent, which reinvents the idea of a masculine perfume. It took Frédéric Malle five years to persuade Maurice Roucel to work with him on this chic scent, which revolves around the renowned perfumer himself. Echoing his uncompromising, bold character as well as his technical brilliance, Uncut Gem depicts a very personal, even autobiographical cologne. “He seems rough around the edges at first glance,” says Malle, “but it’s a deliberate choice! He’s a force: incredibly refined intellectually and filled with humor and love of people. I’m not the only one who thought that he smelled good, but I am the only one he’d work with to evolve the scent from a rough sketch into something refined” As one of his first collaborations, Frédéric Malle offered total creative freedom to Roucel while remaining an overarching sensibility.
Notes of ginger, bergamot, mandarin, angelica root, and nutmeg top off the core of the perfume, which is composed of a leathery accord, vetiver, frankincense as well as amber, resulting in a straightforward and enigmatic perfume. JW

www.fredericmalle.com

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TELFAR and Eastpak launch their second collaboration

TELFAR and Eastpak collaborate once again after their successful debut in Spring. Together the two iconic brands created a four-piece lineup, both fashionable and technical. For this collaboration, the high quality packs and luggage brand Eastpak reworked signature models of TELFAR, putting emphasis on utility. Defined by their bold yellow color, significant to TELFAR, the pieces are crafted in special molded and embossed fabrics. Each style is equipped with its own drawstring wrapper bag, as the lineup combines new designs with TELFAR’s bestsellers. Available in three sizes, the TELFAR Shopper depicts a bold and compact statement piece. The Large and the Medium can also be worn as a backpack, a first for TELFAR. Distinguished by ergonomic shoulder straps, a laptop sleeve and inner and outer mesh pockets as well as a bottle holder, the functional piece is the perfect fit for weekend getaways. The Small stands out due to its water-resistant shell, zippered main compartments and the detachable shoulder strap. With its dual outer stach pouches, the small version is a wonderful and extraordinary companion for any party. Completing the collection, the TELFAR Circle reveals an exclusive new design. It’s unique form bears an embroidered Eastpak logo alongside the embossed T of TELFAR. JW

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Louis Vuitton celebrates its watchmaking - anniversary

20 years ago, Louis Vuitton released its first-ever watch, the Tambour, which embodied the French Maison’s new passion for watchmaking. Two decades have passed since then, during which the Tambour has become an integral part of the luxury brand’s watch collection. While taking on different versions, it always remained in Louis Vuitton’s spirit as it combines the Art of Travel with bold creativity in the fields of technology and craftsmanship. 2009 marked an innovative year in the Maison’s history of watchmaking, as the then-launched Tambour Spin Time replaced clock hands and indexes with rotating cubes. This innovation was followed by the strong and masculine Tambour Evolution in 2014 and the sleek Tambour Slim in 2016. After the launch of further variations of the elegant watch model, the Tambour Carpe Diem was honored by receiving the Audacity Prize at the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève in 2021, while the Tambour Street won the Diver’s Watch Prize. Now, in 2022, Louis Vuitton has revealed the third generation of its Tambour Horizon Light Up model, testifying to the Maison’s dedication to technological innovation. The French Maison now celebrates its two decades of watchmaking with the Tambour Twenty, available in a limited edition of 200 pieces. Honoring the original Tambour, this model is defined by its deep, flared shape and a brown sun-brushed dial as well as the chronograph’s long yellow hand glides. JW

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MARTAN recycles Hotel textiles

The sustainable brand MARTAN opened Amsterdam Fashion Week in the Grand Hotel Amrâth Amsterdam. The hotel not only served as a location for the event but also as a major inspiration and as the fabric supplier for the collection. MARTAN is known for using luxury hotel textiles, which it transforms into colorful garments.
Built 107 years ago and known as “Het Scheepvaarthuis”, the hotel’s architecture and history are referenced in the collection. For instance, the iconic railing of the hotel inspired a print and the tiling of the floor influenced the design of the earrings. Another pattern is distinguished by the motif of wavy lines which can also be found in the silhouettes of the clothing items, imitating the flow of the oceans. The trenchcoats are a highlight of the collection, defined by their shiny coating. Ranging from soft shades of pink, blue, and camel to bold colors of Green and Fuchsia, the color palette provides an exciting and refreshing contrast. It is almost impossible to tell that these garments are fabricated in old hotel linen. For Fashion Week director Char Li Chung created a story of people traveling to different destinations. Worn by models and actors such as Susan Visser and Joes Brauers, the collection and the fashion show represents the history of the Amrâth, the event's core. JW

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Estethica x Berlin Fashion Week

This season Estethica is finally relaunching its program at Berlin Fashion Week after eight years of absence. The highly acclaimed showcase presents ten designers in the group exhibition What Lies Ahead at 202030 - The Berlin Fashion Summit, featuring talks and discussions. Participating in Estethica’s mentoring and business program, these designers focus on a sustainable approach to fashion, revolving around circularity and innovation. Estethica also offers a live upcycling lab with the Berliner Stadtmission and Haus der Materialisierung, reflecting the ethos of the new generations of designers which is defined by craft and commitment.
It was furthermore an important concern to the organizers to promote and support Ukrainian talents, continuing to show solidarity with Ukraine which is still suffering from war against Russia. Therefore four Ukrainian designers have been chosen to participate in the program In Solidarity, receiving financial and business support. The brands which have been selected are Gunia project, Hempful, Ksenia Schnaider and Xomehko.
One of the founders of Estethica, fashion designer Orsola de Castro, reports enthusiastically: “I couldn’t be more excited to relaunch the mythical Estethica in Berlin in the context of Berlin Fashion Week. Estethica has my whole heart, always has, and Berlin contains what I believe can be the future of the sustainable fashion industry. Combining the two will be a purposeful riot of substance and style, the birth of a program dedicated to vision and kindness.” JW

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WILLIAM FAN launches SS 23 during Berlin Fashion Week

WILLIAM FAN launched its new collection ETERNITY, which the brand presented during Berlin Fashion Week. For the Spring/ Summer 2023 season, the fashion designer was inspired by the nightlife as it gives you the feeling of letting go together. It creates a moment of weightlessness, in which posed evening encounters become unfiltered. The clothing items of the collection are defined by sharp tailoring and astute patterns which are combined with fresh, asymmetrical silhouettes and experimental draping. The crafting of the garments reinforces the effect of their movement as a hand pleated fusion of skirt and trousers is reminiscent of a skirt slipping down the hip while dancing. For ETERNITY, the fashion designer revamped the “Wyona” jacket by embellishing it with a metallic zipper as an athletic element, which is characteristic to the collection. To further add a special touch to the clothing items, various pleats and open cut edges were incorporated. The color palette of the collection is defined by shades of black, gray and brown as well as hints of gold and silver, while shimmering sequins in green and blue accentuate coats. For the first time WILLIAM FAN included his chinese sign in some of the garments. Echoing the energy of going out, the styling of the collection re-explores the familiar, trying out new things. JW

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Alexander McQUEEN AW 22 collection

Alexander McQUEEN presents its fascinating new imagery for the Autumn/ Winter 2022 collection, featuring Awar, Lucia, Florence, Celina, and Achenrin. Shot by Paolo Roversi, the series is defined by a striking, yet classical visual language, characteristic to the Italian photographer.
The collection includes garments, handbags, and shoes that are mostly held in black with a hint of red, green and yellow. Furthermore, it features various pieces of silver jewelry. A range of beautifully crafted dresses depict the highlight of the collection. One of them is the exploded pleated bustier dress in black. It is composed of a wrap skirt and a bustier top with slashed detailing and a back zip fastening. Fabricated in black beetled poly faille, a recycled polyester yarn, the strapless dress constitutes a modern and edgy look. Extraordinary in terms of design is a black, single-breasted jacket, distinguished by the once again exploded neckline, which forms an impressive silhouette. The jacket is made of certified wool and mohair, ensuring high quality of the production process and the material. Leather garments are also part of the collection, such as the leather twisted biker jacket in black. Deviating from a classic biker jacket, this design is defined by an open neckline as well as a buckled waist belt, accentuating the figure.
These unique pieces are imposingly staged in the brand’s campaign, which enhances their cool character and the elaborate crafting. JW

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Borbonese opens boutique in Porto Cervo

After having a pop-up tour in Germany, the Italian bag and accessory brand Borbonese now opens up a new boutique in Porto Cervo for the summer months. In the enchanting town of the Italian island of Sardinia, where the high society of Europe likes to enjoy its vacation, the brand unfolds a new concept, which will later be adopted for further openings. The concept consists of combining elements of a boutique with elements of an art gallery, thus creating a unique retail experience and content conveyor. For this matter, the brand has furnished the selling room with sustainable furniture, which can later be changed in position and composition to display the bags in different ways. As LED videos and neon elements round off the appearance of the store, a real and at the same time virtual experience emerges.
The boutique will present new models from the Fall Winter 2022 collection, including the Epoque and 011, as well as the Strapcycle line of last season, made of a special and completely recycled polyester canvas by using Italian techniques of fishing and weaving. Alessandro Pescara, CEO of Borbonese explains that the brand chose Porto Cervo as the location, as it represents the brand’s most important values, “creativity, digital innovation, sustainability without neglecting the historical heritage of the brand.” JW

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UNDERCOVER meets Eastpak

For its latest collection, US bag brand Eastpak collaborated with Japanese designer and founder of UNDERCOVER Jun Takahashi. To capture the unique spirit, heritage, and outlook of both brands, the Tokyo-based designer created packs that combine military utility with urban subculture in three highly functional styles. Made from recycled materials in various, bold monochromes and emblazoned with the words “Chaos/ Balance”, the collection gives a unique overall picture.
The UC Padded Doubl’r stands out not only for its striking colors but also due to its high functionality as it is equipped with a padded laptop sleeve, inner and outer zippered pockets, and other smart details. For this piece, Takahashi chose to also create a version in UC Black Denim that deviates from the usual monochromes, used for this collection. The UC Crossbody, which can also be worn around the waist, is characterized by its zippered main compartment, inside stash pocket, and detachable shoulder/ waist strap. Finally, the UC Stand+ makes a great travel companion. It is fabricated from recycled lining, binding, and webbing and comes with a padded laptop sleeve and removable shoulder strap, thus joining the whole collection in its functionality and cool effortlessness. JW

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www.undercoverism.com

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The new Dior Saddle Bag combines Dior’s past and present

In 2000, the Dior Saddle Bag was launched for the first time under the direction of John Galliano. 18 years later, it came back into the spotlight of the fashion world. Since then, Dior’s great classic appeared in a wide range of variations.
This season, British designer Kim Jones reinterprets the iconic accessory by referencing the Christian Dior 1947 Capsule. Made out of grained leather the bag is defined by the color Dior-Gray. It was the favorite shade of the Maison’s founder Christian Dior as it was reminiscent of the skies of Granville, the town, where he spent his childhood and which he forever cherished. The model is adorned with the carefully embroidered signature of Christian Dior and the year 1947, which is when the first Dior fashion show took place. A magnetic envelope flap with a concealed zipper pocket completes the high-quality bag.
This reinterpretation of the Dior Saddle Bag testifies to the fact that the founder and his legacy are still honored today. The tradition and history of the House of Dior remain upheld while Kim Jones also explores contemporary and innovative designs. The result is a dialogue between the present and the past, leading to exceptional and unique creations. JW

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The Dior Grand Bal de Printemps

Opulent, festive, and enchanting: Christian Dior himself had been fascinated by the sparkling world of convivial dance balls. As an homage to the founder and namesake of the renowned luxury goods manufacturer, this inspiration is now also implemented in a series of watches: The Dior Grand Bal de Printemps recreates the swirling movement of a pleated gown, adorned by a hundred precious and colorful stones. As a technical prerequisite, the “Dior Inversé”-caliber enables the dynamics of the gown by moving the watch’s flywheel. The models vary in the design of their dials. While some of them have a velvet finish, others are embellished with guilloche, a pattern defined by its arrangement of interlacing lines, creating intriguing light and depth effects. Set in a diamond-studded frame, the watches emulate the glamor of the ballroom festivities. Their color scheme embraces Monsieur Dior’s favorite soft, pastel shades of spring. Especially the back of the watch honors him as it has one of its sketches of a ballgown, including his signature, engraved.
The Dior Grand Bal de Printemps is an expression of the technical and aesthetical know-how of Dior. The watches combine magnificent couture with the high art of watchmaking, recalling the talent and elegance of Christian Dior himself. JW

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PRADA EXTENDS TOKYO

Prada Extends is a series of live events focused on and designed for creatives in different hubs around the world. This concept with the aim of creating a connection between like-minded figures, encapsulating the identity of each locale and its creative community. First launched in London in November 2021, Prada Extends now travelled to Tokyo for its newest edition. For the first time, the underlying idea was extended resulting in a duo of events: a conversation and a celebration. For this edition, a part of the “The Sound of Prada” experience, the emphasis was on music as a means of bringing people together. Plastikman aka Richie Hawtin came on board to create this special concept. The first part, an intimate discussion between Richie Hawtin and Naohiro Ukawa, took place at the Prada Miyashita Park store, followed by an event at Terrada, a center for art and music, featuring music and visual performances curated by Hawtin, including his own performance. It was a celebration of Japanese culture, to which Hawtin shares a deep bond, music and its creative communities which were connected to the whole world.

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DIESEL opens new Stores at two Prestigious Locations

When Glenn Martens was announced as the new Diesel Creative Director, it was clear that a lot of new and exciting things were to follow. With his first collections, the young Belgian designer has already started to leave his mark on the innovative Italian lifestyle brand and will continue to do so in the years to come. His influence is by no means just limited to the garments, but he has also designed the brand’s new retail concept. Now, Diesel opens new stores in Forte dei Marmi, Italy, and Puerto Baùs, Spain, two prime holiday destinations in Europe. They mark the start of a new chapter under the creative lead of Glenn Martens, whose new retail concepts are defined by both curated shopping elements and experiential immersions. Throughout the store, one can see functional and innovative design details which exhibit the concept's key characteristics of renewal, disruption and transformation. The interior of the store is additionally also reflecting the Diesel DNA, for example through the bone-white and signature red walls, recalling the iconic Diesel logo. Additionally, sculptural elements are interspersed throughout the space, providing a certain depth, textures and timeless appeal to the space. These two will not be the only new stores opening under this new retail concept. Other 2022 rollouts will include new flagship stores in Tokyo Ginza, Shanghai Grand Gateway and Paris Saint Honoré.

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Cartier announced new Amsterdam Boutique

Cartier is synonymous with luxury with each of its pieces symbolizing the convergence between exceptional craftsmanship and timeless signature. Open-minded and ever curious, its creations reveal beauty wherever it may be found. This philosophy has been realized by the supreme craftsmen and artisans who translate each design into immaculate examples of jewelry, high jewelry or watchmaking. For 45 years, these resulting pieces have charmed residents and visitors of Amsterdam with its first boutique in the famous P.C. Hoofstraat opening in 1994. This winter, Cartier is opening its new boutique at P.C. Hoofstraat 129, an open window to a world of style and timeless design. The design of the boutique is not solely inspired by Cartier’s heritage, but also by the unique atmosphere of the Dutch capital. About this special occasion, Valérie Ahner Boudier, Managing Director Cartier Benelux & Nordics, states, “When the iconic red box arrived in the Netherlands, it created a ripple effect between the people and the unique savoir-faire of the Maison that still echoes through the city today. Cartier’s designs connect people in an unforgettable manner. The new boutique will be an open window to timeless design, celebrating creativity and craftsmanship. A perfect reflection of Cartier’s distinctive blend of traditions and innovation.”

The new Cartier boutique will open this winter at P.C. Hoofstraat 129 in Amsterdam. Until the opening of the new store, the current Cartier boutique will remain open.

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Stone Island Prototype Research_Series 06_Dévoré with Kevlar Core

Stone Island has long been amongst the most innovative and forward-thinking brands when it comes to textile research. From its beginnings, the brand has positioned itself as a symbol of extreme research of fibres and textiles utilized in innovative designs, gaining a loyal following throughout the decades. With the Prototype Research Series, Stone Island now offers the opportunity to acquire pieces that feature fabrics or treatments born from research and experimentation processes that have not yet been industrialized. Only available in very limited numbers, this series represents and embodies the cutting-edge research for which Stone Island has gained prominence. For the sixth edition of the Prototype Research Series, the brand now offers its Short Fishtail Parka in Dévoré With Kevlar Core, a fabric resulting from the close collaboration between R&D and the Stone Island research and experimentation department. For this piece, a fine Kevlar yarn is covered in cotton, which is, in turn, disintegrated through the dévoré printing technique, revealing an all-over pattern in a Kevlar characteristic yellow color, resembling a technical lace. These are then treated with resin to add texture and strengthen the fibres.

The Series 06_Dévoré with Kevlar Core will be exclusively available on their website starting June 12th, 2022.

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DIOR Haute Couture FW2022-2023

Haute Couture in its definition is the perfect vehicle for bringing together the world of art and craft, as an artistic vision is being brought to life by the skilful hands of the craftspeople working in the ateliers. For the FW2022-2023 haute couture collection, Maria Grazia Chiuri builds upon the expressive powers of couture, conveying her imagination through the virtuoso savoir-faire of the DIOR ateliers. The inspiration behind the collection is the tree of life, a symbol of the connection between cultures, mythologies and all creation permeating various different cultures all across the world. This emblem of universal reach was reinterpreted by Ukrainian artist Olesia Trofymenko as a mesmerizing backdrop for the collection, underlining once more the power of couture to start a dialogue between arts and crafts. The collection itself is composed of a series of pieces which resonate with the imagination of different customs inspiring all cultures in an open dialogue. The pieces are adorned by sumptuous embroideries and patchworks of braids composed of bronze, black lace and guipure on the cotton fabrics, wool crepe, silk and cashmere, showcasing the craft excellence of the French Maison. The colour scheme for the collection mirrors the image of the tree of life, as various beige nuances are only sometimes punctured by touches of black and blue. Overall, the collection is a reflection of what it means to be human today, a series of gestures passed on, learned over time, yet permeated by the social realities of the world today. The tree of life itself becomes a call, a warning, to make traditions and gestures shine through, allowing us to recover a balance, if only momentarily.

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LOEWE Men SS23

Loewe SS23 Men’s Runway For its SS23 runway, Loewe has merged nature with technology to form a bright, mind-expanding environment. The collection fuses the organic and the fabricated with modern color blocked looks, creating a tone that is essentially Loewe. In a space that is glaringly white, various shapes are reduced, standardized, inflated, or perhaps shrunken. Staples include the bomber, hoodie, sweatshirt, polo, shirt, trackpants, waxed jacket, and parka. Each piece is made with padded nappa, or ozone-treated cotton that makes them look as though they’ve been buried underground. In collaboration with designer Paula Ulargui Escalona, chia plants and cat’s wort, living greenery, were made to sprout from trainers, track pants, and various other pieces. Pieces were embellished with iterations of Loewe Puzzle bags, utilitarian cross-body and basket totes, dangling on logo ribbons. These features highlight the desirability of the pieces for the house. Jonathan Anderson cleverly manipulated tech and his set to make the physical show appear a non-real, computer generated entry when viewed via his livestreamed video and look book. The use of plants and technology overall convey the importance of circularity.

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A Childlike Fantasy

Louis Vuitton continues to carry on Virgil Abloh’s legacy by bringing on stage the SS23 Menswear Collection, an imaginary trip combining creatorship, craftsmanship, and showmanship. Designed in synergy with the creative minds working at Louis Vuitton, the same ones who welcomed Virgil Abloh to the Maison in 2018 and followed his artistic direction for the eighth season to come, the new collection is the result of a cathartic process. It is a proposal created in the spirit of all the human minds that shape Louis Vuitton. Held at the Carré du Louvre, the Louis Vuitton Studio Prêt-à-Porter Homme fashion show has been conceived as a magnified playground. For the French Maison, toys are tools for the imagination helping kids to shape their dreams and aspirations. The same toys that inspired Louis Vuitton to present a collection that elevates these symbols of childhood through its signature savoir-faire. Silhouettes feature swoopy lines that play with shrunken and oversized dimensions founded on the idea of a wardrobe grown-into or outgrown, combined with the 1990s dress code of the skater community. Then, childlike elements such as origami paper planes, cartoon prints, and sandbox tools embellish the garments evoking a fantasy land. VB

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Palm Angels Set Up House in Milan

Palm Angels has opened its first European store in Milan, in the heart of the city’s “Quadrilatero della moda.” The brand founded by Francesco Ragazzi has a new place to call home. The space presents a unique concept that combines the brutalist aesthetic typical of buildings in Los Angeles and the more classical and traditional Italian style. Designed by the Francesco Ragazzi and the renowned Parisian firm Gilles&Boissier, the store plays on the harmony of contrasts. The ground floor’s decor features geometric lines, shiny surfaces, and a color palette of cool tones, camouflaging itself with the clothes on display. Then, a staircase leads to the lower floor, where customers can immerse themselves in an atmosphere reminiscent of a Californian landscape. Connecting the two levels is a large glass window with a fuschia frame that disrupts the minimalism of the interiors with a blast of contemporary pop attitude. Instead, reflecting Palm Angels’ chaotic and creative style is the eclectic structure. The Milanese flagship store also displays the first drop from the home collection designed by Francesco Ragazzi: cushions, bedspreads, notebooks, candles, and other objects that lend a touch of Palm’s “art de vivre” to the home. VB

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Alessandro Michele and Harry Styles Presents GUCCI HA HA HA

A friendship and contamination of collective ideas are the elements that have given life to Gucci HA HA HA, a collection designed by Creative Director Alessandro Michele together with British singer-songwriter and actor Harry Styles. HA HA HA is a title made up of the first letters of their names that also reflects the onomatopeic sound of the written essence of an emoji, the "laughing face," representing their complicity. Met a few years ago when Alessandro Michele made his debut at Gucci and Styles released his first album; they immediately started a mutual exchange of creative thoughts. It is a friendship based on a sincere revelation and dedication of oneself towards the other, without duplicity and displays of power. From this dialog between the two, a playful collection was designed, crafted with liberating codes that eliminate the ritual complexities of fashion collections. Jackets, coats, pants, shirts, and accessories evoke a new masculine elegance focused on the materials, forms, and volumes. Gucci HA HA HA also merges many elements that characterize the creative paths and peculiarities of both artists, for example, English tailoring garments that come reinterpreted with romantic accents through the eccentric use of Prince of Wales checks to create double-breasted coats. In addition, to complete the collection are sartorial suits, treated denim jackets, and velvet suits in irregular hues, paired with unexpected printed pajamas and bowling shirts. VB

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A Basketful of Summer

The Emporio Armani Men's SS23 Collection evokes the summer season with a distinct feeling of lightness. Clothes and accessories have been designed to bring the holiday spirit, characteristic of this period, to the city and give any holiday the appropriate fresh and composed sensation. The brand, created by Giorgio Armani, is an original container of possibility that, on this occasion, has presented a collection in which shirts take center stage combined with soft trousers cut from the same fabric. Jackets and tunics complete the look. New deconstructed blazers in jacquards reaffirm a cornerstone of the Armani style. Everything has been thought of in detail: slits, vertical openings, and cuts reveal the skin giving the clothes a vibrant sensuality, while the new silhouettes are soft and graceful. The garments barely touch the body, allowing it to breathe vital energy. Lastly, the color palette includes different shades of blue, natural tones, as well as the black of the night. Emporio Armani has created a show that fully recalls the magic of summer, its beauty, joy, and serenity. VB

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Alexander McQueen FW22 Pre-Collection: The Bow Bag

For the FW22 Pre-Collection, Alexander McQueen has presented a new iconic accessory, the Bow Bag. Inspired by the bows seen in Alexander McQueen's ready-to-wear collections, which have become a symbol of femininity and decoration for the brand, this item is an emblem of empowering femininity, as well as a functional object. The instantly recognizable silhouette is given by the precious leather, sliced and folded to create a bow shape that confers to the handbag a bold and straightforward look. Then, the splicing of materials such as leather, raffia, and denim echoes the unlikely fabric juxtapositions and patchworking that are an Alexander McQueen signature. The new Bow Bag comes in classic colors and bright and muted seasonal variations and can be carried in hand, leaning on the shoulder, or across the body thanks to a longer strap. VB

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Herno Resort FW22/23 Collection

Precious details and soft, warm fabrics are the key features that give life to Herno Resort Collection. Thought for leisure time, the collection is designed for the wearer, who can enjoy the refinement of materials, the fluidity of the shapes, and relaxing colors in a perfect Herno style. Knitwear and outerwear are merged thanks to the recent creation of an in-house department in the headquarters on Lake Maggiore, offering a wide range of garments divided into two categories. Travel & Leisure features casual wear dedicated to all travelers who need clothes ready to go. Wool sweaters with zipping, hood, or round necks and sweatshirts are e embellished with sophisticated decorations and pastel colors. Jackets in unlined boiled wool, with knitted cuffs and adjustable drawstrings, give a romantic touch with their hues that range from lilac and teal to blue and butter. It is the perfect starter pack for every adventurer. Luxury Dream, instead, represents the destination of this journey. It is a mix of elegance and luxury. Herno women's collection includes a cape in pure soft wool, a sweatshirt made of 3 materials - cotton for the body, nylon for the hood, knit for the sleeves and edges - and an over sweater and cardigan that combine nylon and knit. For men, the great protagonist of the new collection is the iconic bomber jacket, translated into a college-style model. VB

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Looking For Lightness

Hermès launched a new collection of objects for the home during Milan Design Week 2022. In a quest for lightness, the French Maison built a colorful set inspired by brutalist water towers, whose forms were replicated with voluminous wooden structures covered in translucent paper. Each construction was conceived as a cocoon concealing the latest furniture and accessories. The focus of this year's exhibition is home textiles. The objects are made in cashmere, a delicate natural fiber that combines a taut hand with bright colors, reworked with different manufacturing techniques. Plaids are manufactured with strips of cashmere crafted in a patchwork motif or geometric shapes using a relinking method that evokes stained-glass windows. A bed cover features remarkable hexagons gained mixing patchwork and the precision of quilting, crafts well-known by American artist Carson Converse. Then other objects, such as porcelain tableware recalling the color of the sun and a delicate canework seat in the shape of a chair, complete the collection. The final result is a magnificent play of lights that brings out the delicacy and poetic allure of every single piece. VB

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Dior presents the CD Diamond Accessories

The CD Diamond is the epitome of modernity and a classic symbol of Dior spirit. Originally designed by Marc Bohan, the iconic motif has been seen across Dior designs since the Miss Dior ready-to-wear collection of 1974. Today, Kim Jones has reinterpreted the design that was originally featured on blouses, scarves, and skirts, as a canvas for his Dior SS22 men’s collection. Revisited in the manner of a refined diamond, this new approach to the “CD”, with its unique relief, enlivens the season’s creations in Dior Gray, evoking the Granville sky as an ode to the founding couturier. The canvas is also featured in black, ono the B23 sneakers, for a casual and sportswear style. The design has also been extended to the Lingot line of bags, in a slim pouch, messenger, and briefcase version. These mesmerizing designs are the perfect continuation of the exemplary print that is maintaining its way of being an emblematic fundamental. GH

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Cartier Introduces New Ambassadors

Cartier has unveiled the new ambassadors of the Maison: Paul Mescal, JISOO, and Austin Butler. First is BAFTA TV Award winner and Emmy nominated actor Paul Mescal, who made a red carpet debut at the 75th Annual Cannes Film Festival wearing the Pasha de Cartier Grille watch. Known for playing the lead role of Connell in the adaptation of the Sally Rooney novel "Normal People" directed by Lenny Abrahamson, the actor showed up at the Palais des Festivals et des Congrès with two upcoming films in competition, "God’s Creatures" and "Aftersun." Then, the Korean artist and singer of the BLACKPINK JISOO is the newest member of the Panthère community. With her elegance and innate charm, she has been able to captivate an entire generation becoming the perfect embodiment of the magnetic aura of the panther. Last but not least, Austin Butler, the actor who played Elvis Presley in the much-anticipated Baz Luhrmann-directed movie, Elvis. Austin, recognizable for his chic and classic approach to fashion, also attended the Cannes Film Festival wearing Cartier creations. VB

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Bulgari unveils Eden the Garden of Wonders

“Eden the Garden of Wonders” was recently presented in Paris, unveiling a collection of 140 breathtaking jewelry pieces, each representing the wonders of the Garden of Eden. For the first time in the brand’s history, more than 30 creations are included dedicated to the magnificent emerald. The Flower of Eden necklace displays blossoms of flowers made of mother of pearl inlay and buff top emeralds, perfectly capturing the richness of the collection. An oval Colombian emerald surrounded by exquisite emeralds and diamonds evokes the slender silhouette of the iconic Eiffel Tower. The Mediterranean Reverie Necklace is one of the most precious creations ever created by the Roman jewelry house. Boasting a timeless elegance, the sophisticated chain combines platinum, baguette-cut sapphires, and a host of other diamonds in various cuts. The collection became available on June 6th and will be on display for the coming days at Bulgari’s boutique in Place Vendome. Also on display in this showroom will be the brand’s first NFT jewel, “Beyond Wonder”. GH

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Louis Vuitton’s FW22 Spin-Off Show in Bangkok

Louis Vuitton’s FW22 Spin-Off Show has landed in Bangkok, Thailand, unveiling nine unseen looks from the original collection. In honor of Virgil Abloh’s legacy, the decision to showcase the collection in a second location is based on Abloh’s focus on circularity, a central theme in his practice, alongside other key topics such as the coming-of-age premise, the global perspective, and the cycle of creativity. Just like the first presentation in January, the Creative Director framed the show in childlike whimsy, a Louis Dreamhouse, displaying the wonder that exists within boyhood. Opening the show was a cinematic prelude by director Sivaroj Kongsakul portraying the Boyhood Ideology® key to the philosophy of Virgil Abloh. Based on the filmmaker’s childhood memories, the story follows the early experience of an 11-year-old boy in rural Thailand, illustrating Abloh’s belief in a global youth. “We might go to India or Kansas or Cuba, but wherever we go the focus is youth: the stage in your life before you’ve been taught or programmed to do, think, or wear certain things. And in that study, you realize that teenagers on opposite sides of the world are dealing with the same things. It reflects the fact that, fundamentally, we are all one.” VB

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Gucci Town: The House’s New Gathering Place On Roblox

Carrying on its journey in the metaverse, Gucci has unveiled Gucci town, a virtual piazza in the landscape of Roblox. Following the launch of Gucci Vault, this new project aims to build meaningful experiences, giving the community members the possibility to interact with the codes of the House, discover the kaleidoscopic vision of Alessandro Michele, express their individuality, and connect with worldwide, like-minded individuals. The digital space is divided into different areas characterized by dedicated activities. Walking from the central piazza to Mini Game Heights, visitors will come across a portal that will take them to an arena of Gucci-inspired competitions. Then, moving on to the Creative Corner, they will be able to create art pieces experimenting with patterns, colors, and shapes and will later be joined by visiting artists showcasing their works. At the virtual Vault Plaza, the users can explore the exhibition space, while, not far from there, they can find the Gucci Shop, where to purchase digital Gucci items to collect or outfit Roblox avatars. Finally, community members can take a break and connect with others at the Power-up Place, a virtual café. To complete the experience are GG Gems, the in-experience currency, that will be given to the visitors as a reward. Gucci Town has been developed hand-in-hand with independent content creators from the Roblox community, such as Rook Vanguard, Bunnexh, and Lirn, to create an immersive space that translates Alessandro Michele’s vision. VB

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CHANEL 1932

Ninety years ago, Gabrielle Chanel created "Bijoux de Diamants," the first High Jewelry collection, with only one purpose: giving women's bodies freedom and adorning them at the same time. Today, the French House, taking inspiration from the legendary original collection, has created a modern version that retains the same theme of the heavenly bodies, the purity of the lines, and the freedom of the body. The "1932" High Jewelry Collection, designed by Patrice Leguéreau, Director of the CHANEL Fine Jewelry Creation Studio, is a journey out of time. The new jewels are ethereal as if belonging to a dreamy dimension, suspended in a timeless space between planets and stars. The Comet line, with twisting spirals and shooting stars, is like a charm that watches over the destiny of the woman who wears it. The Moon, made of 18 pieces, pays homage to the most mysterious heavenly body in the solar system, the only one that does not emit light but reflects it. To end the collection is The Sun, a series of 24 exceptional pieces crafted in white and yellow gold and white and yellow diamonds to resemble the brilliance of the Solar System's central star. In addition, in line with Chanel’s philosophy about the freedom of the body, the "1932" High Jewelry Collection includes 13 transformable creations able to wrap around the human figure and follow its movements. VB

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Prada Linea Rossa: “Water on the Moon”

Prada Linea Rossa and Red Bull have an ongoing partnership that aims to promote events and special initiatives focused on sport and innovation, by working alongside athletes and supporting their talents, improving their skills, and helping them achieve the ambitious goals that they set themselves. Watersports rider Nikolas Plytas is the newest member to be supported by this collaboration. Since he was a teenager, Plytas has been a huge talent on the Greek waterski scene, positioning himself to smash records, push his limits, and take on the best in the world. Within the collaboration, the goal and vision of the Greek champion was to create a video that would portray his strong connection with the sea. For this, having the perfect technical gear was important, making the custom board from Prada Linea Rossa and the Luna Rossa Team valuable. The board was a mix of wakeboard and waterski, fast, with sharp edges, and directional for great stability at high speeds. Prada Linea Rossa items, focused on technical detailing and made of pioneering textiles, provided Nikolas with the perfect match for comfort, high-performance, and style-consciousness for his challenge. GH

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Dioriviera Capsule Collection

Celebrating luxurious summer living, Dior has launched a brand-new capsule collection including ready-to-wear fundamentals and beach day living essentials. The Dioriviera summer capsule collection is an invitation for us to get away and holiday. Continually reinvented, the collection plays with the house’s fundamentals; ready-to-wear, leather goods and shoes are illuminated with florescent shades of blue, orange, and pink – a palette inspired by the Fall ’22 collection. The toile de Jouy is a timeless symbol for those in the know. Instantly recognizable, the motif is identified by its ink-like vignettes of the French pastoral scape. Throughout this capsule, this emblematic symbol is revisited and featured on skirts, dresses, shorts, swimwear, and the house’s iconic accessories. Also adorned with this classic pattern, are the Lady D-Lite, Dior Book Tote, and Diorcamp bags, as well as the Dior Travel clutch. Complementing this sunny wardrobe, the Dior Maison essential Is envisioned for summertime are also being unveiled, including a surfboard emblazoned with the “Christian Dior” signature, a skateboard, a pool mattress, a parasol, beach games, and fans. A series of decorative objects, stationary cushions, and placemats prolong this celebration of art de vivre. GH

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The Navitimer Cosmonaute: The Original “First Wristwatch in Space”

60 years after its journey to space, the mythic Navitimer Cosmonaute is once again set to lift off in a new release that pays tribute to the historic mission. Marking the occasion, Breitling is offering the first-ever public viewing of the original Cosmonaute, revealing the watch’s incredible story. 362 pieces of the tribute piece are available, recognizing both the spacecraft’s circumnavigations of the Earth, and the year the mission made history, marking a crucial step in crewed spaceflight. At first glance, the new Cosmonaute is very similar in appearance to the original, made timeless with an all-black dial and black alligator strap or seven-row stainless-steel bracelet. This time, the elegantly proportioned 41mm watch is packed with new features, including a platinum bezel that makes the edition even more of a collector’s piece. Whilst honoring the aesthetics of the original Cosmonaute, subtle updates work almost imperceptibly to give it its modern retro appeal. As a final tribute, the case back is engraved with the date of Carpenter’s mission, “ONE OF 362”, and the phrase “First Swiss wristwatch in space”. GH

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Gucci Blondie

First debuted within the Love Parade fashion show in Los Angeles, The Gucci Blondie is the new bag designed by Alessandro Michele and inspired by the brand’s archive. This accessory represents an ever-evolving narrative and the ability of the Creative Director to effortlessly bridge eras through his creations. It is a stylistic progression of the original model but with a contemporary twist and striking details. The Gucci Blondie is a versatile and timeless piece offering span sizes and silhouettes. The messenger model, thanks to the Web or leather straps, can be worn on the shoulder or across the body, the smaller day-to-night style with chain straps can be transformed into a clutch, while the miniature version with interchangeable and adjustable straps completes the selection. Each model is available in leather, suede, and GG canvas, with a varied color palette. The Gucci Blondie is presented through a new campaign, conceived as a love letter to New York. The images, shot in a reportage style, evoke a time gone, dynamically converging past, present, and future, just like the new line of handbags does. VB

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G-Star RAW Calls Out To Wear Denim Longer

G-Star has worked rigorously to improve this past year, from social and environmental points of view to transparency and circularity innovations. The Dutch brand has launched a new global campaign to encourage consumers to invest in quality, as well as eight new responsible initiatives as part of their RAW Responsibility strategy. The “Wear your denim till the End” Campaign shows the beauty of the aging process in both people and denim. For G-Star, raw denim is the beating core of the company; jeans are meant to last a lifetime, and they believe denim gets more distinctive and unique at each stage of life. The film's message is simple: take care of your clothes so you may wear them longer. Simultaneously with the campaign, the brand has also launched a raw denim capsule collection with a warranty. Then, in addition to these new initiatives, G-Star has revealed an eight-point sustainable program. To begin with, they provide free repairs to extend the life of jeans, as well as a program that converts worn jeans into brand-new pairs of shorts and a recycling project called "Return Your Denim." Furthermore, G-Star launched a new art platform where international design talents are challenged to work with denim waste and deadstock. VB

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Dior Men Spring ‘23: “California Couture”

“California Couture” not only refers to Christian Dior’s time spent on the West Coast, and the influence America had on the growth of his business but also to the region’s rise in importance in today’s fashion landscape. This resort collection was presented on an ocean-blue runway with two cresting waves for set pieces. Here, a merging of art and life took place, of art and fashion’s role in the artistic direction of the not-so-everyday silhouettes emerge. Cleverly, the collection captured perfection and subversion, tempered with a sincere appreciation of everything. Guest designer Eli Russell Linnetz, described the collection as “a coming together of chaos and perfectionism”, seen through the everyday sensibility that belies the precision of tailoring and mastery of fabric in the atelier. There is inside-out tailoring in Christian Dior’s classic gray, which is also a nod to Kim Jones’ first collection for the house. Kim Jones discussed that when designing this, “it was both familiar and revelatory; reaffirming why we both dreamed about working in fashion in the first place”. The collection pays homage to both designer's biographies, as well as infusing the Maison’s classic motifs writ larger than life. Repeated throughout is a quilting made from satin and leather on skate sneakers and the unraveling of crystal-encrusted trousers. The Dior Saddle bag is rendered in tinsel as well as molded gold metal with a skater-boy chain handle, and the sunglasses are named after Linnetz’s dog Lucky. GH

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Omega teams up with Athletic Legend Allyson Felix

Omega has been the official timekeeper of the Olympic Games since 1932, therefore, it seems fitting that legend of athletics Allyson Felix joins the Swiss brand. One year after gaining her first professional contract at the age of 18, Felix earned her first Olympic Games medal, winning silver in the 200m event at Athens 2004. Since then, she has won an overall 11 Olympic Games medals, 7 of which are gold, along with 18 World Championship titles and 5 Diamond League titles. When discussing joining the Omega family, Allyson Felix has said “It’s been an honor to rely on their precision for some of my fastest ever moments and I’m thrilled to wear their watches as a symbol of the brand’s quality”. The brand has a fast-growing family of sporting ambassadors, including other Olympic Games stars such as Michael Phelps, Shaun White, Noah Lyles, Armand “Mondo” Duplantis, Dalilah Muhammed, Yulimar Rojas, and Ma Long. Each with the values of precision, accuracy, consistency, and strength – all key assets to a watchmaking brand that prides itself on excellence. GH

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Louis Vuitton & Nike "Air Force 1" by Viril Abloh

Louis Vuitton is an iconic Maison, which looks back on immense heritage and history. Virgil Abloh was an iconic creative, who has shifted the fashion industry as a whole. The Nike “Air Force 1” is arguably one of the most iconic sneakers having been sold millions of times all across the world. This May, all three will come together, as Louis Vuitton is launching 9 editions of the iconic sneaker reimagined by Virgil Abloh. First presented to the world as part of the SS22 Men’s collection, the new creations are set to launch with various cultural happenings surrounding it, such as the exhibition Louis Vuitton and Nike “Air Force 1” by Virgil Abloh, which will take place at the Greenpoint Terminal Warehouse in New York City. This special showing brings together all the 47 editions of the Air Force 1 which Virgil Abloh has created through his inimitable lens. Each is an embodiment of Abloh’s deeper design philosophy aiming to erase the borders between “high and low”, celebrating the historical influence of Black subcultures on mainstream fashion, a true expression of humanity and unity. The exhibition offers its guests the opportunity to immerse themselves into Abloh’s mindset, perfectly captured by the intricate setup, with each piece bearing witness to Abloh’s philosophy. Additionally, the exhibition will extend itself through the whole city of New York with five installations, graphic globe sculptures, being placed throughout the city. FM

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Louis Vuitton Cruise 2023 Women’s Fashion Show Collection

This season, Louis Vuitton is exploring the nomadic aesthetic in the Salk Institute for Biological Studies, by architect Louis Kahn in San Diego. This is a brutalist building from 1965 designed as a serene concrete monastery for enlightened souls. Here, during times when the sun is blazing, it is perfectly framed by the building within the precise axis of the central foundation. The combination of sun rays and shimmering water creates prisms across the silhouettes, while a myriad of natural materials gives the illusion of a metallic palette. This introduces the show’s perfect guest of honor for the Cruise 2023 collection, the sun. This plays an active part in the evolution of this wardrobe where temperature changes set a stylistic tempo. The collection consists of linen, jacquard, silk, leather, and tweed, with metallic embellishments that reflected the setting sun. Other pieces lifted design details from water sports; the airbrushed colors of half tops and boxy short skirts that came from jet skis. Designed by Nicolas Ghesquière, the show encapsulated superheroine goddesses, with the opening dresses cut from robust jacquards, which were inspired by molten lava. A trio of jackets with enormous, sculpted collars as shiny as armor perched above tinsel sleeves finished off the show, the perfect ending to capture the otherworldly imagination of Ghesquière. GH

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The Big Bang Unico UEFA

The meeting of the biggest clubs and players at the UEFA Champions League is measured in Hublot time. This partnership is a shared passion for bringing people together and consequently giving them lasting memories. According to Richard Guadalupe, CEO of Hublot, “Hublot measures the moments that people remember long after the game”, a true depiction of the brand’s importance to the UEFA Champion’s League, the decisive factor in the competition. To celebrate seven years of collaboration and great football, Hublot is now presenting an exclusive edition, the Big Bang Unico. Limited to 100 copies, the piece is made of glass bead blasted ceramic crafted and clad in iconic UEFA Champions League blue. The crucial moments on the Speifeld are measured with the Hublot manufacture chronograph movement Unico 2, a highly complex and advanced movement that ensures impeccable reliability. Today, the UEFA Champions League is the most-watched annual sporting competition in the world, and the most popular among players, clubs, and fans. Hublot’s dedication to football makes this the perfect partnership, capturing the moments that make history. GH

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Michael Kors x ellesse: An Iconic Pairing of Two Powerhouse Brands

Celebrating the athletic styles of the 1970s, Michael Kors and ellesse teamed up to launch an exclusive collection that rethinks the world of sportswear. The new line offers a luxurious and modern take on retro athleisure featuring a bold visual aesthetic and a vintage look. The Michael Kors x ellesse capsule, composed of 24-pieces, includes vivid track jackets and pants, vintage-style swimsuits, chunky sneakers, and Kors’ must-have Hudson backpack and Bradshaw shoulder bag. Each item is characterized by one-of-a-kind insignia that fuses Michael Kors' iconic logo with ellesse's tennis-and-ski-inspired one, as well as the Italian brand's unique color palette of fiery oranges and reds juxtaposed with classic shades of navy blue and crisp white. The collaboration, launching in May, has been captured by the lens of renowned fashion photographer Lachlan Bailey and styled by Mel Ottenberg, editor-in-chief of cult pop magazine Interview. The images portray model Emily Ratajkowski, Brooklyn-based rap musician Jay Critch, and many other talents in a sun-soaked Miami. The campaign is a tribute to the Michael Kors and ellesse brands' stylish, confident, cheerful, and dynamic DNAs. In addition, a series of pop-up installations and activations will be held across the world to promote the Michael Kors x ellesse capsule collection. #DOUBLES #MKxELLESSE VB

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Miu Wander: A New Perspective

The new Miu Wander handbag is a re-discovery and re-exploration of Miu Miu's identity from a fresh perspective. Designed by Miuccia Prada, this one-of-a-kind accessory is made of Matelassé leather, a playful yet sophisticated fabric that has become a Miu Miu signature. The bag is soft and feminine with its curved lines and pillowy surface, while the handle makes it a functional item, merging pragmatism with decoration. The Miu Wander appears, also in a campaign that reflects the same spirit and aesthetic of its design. Photographed by Tyrone Lebon, the images portray the actress Sydney Sweeney, the star of the acclaimed TV Series Euphoria, in a sublime atmosphere that recalls classic film stills, encouraging the viewer’s mind to wander. She perfectly embodies the Miu Miu ethos: a youthful energy and rebellious attitude. VB

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Suicoke Launches The MOK Injection Sandal

Suicoke has presented the new MOK injection sandal, the latest addition to its ever-growing injection sandal family. The MOK is a more versatile, lightweight, and eco-friendly model that pushes the brand's visual identity even further with its avant-garde design. Suicoke aims to craft a unique product that shows its attitude towards premium quality design. Light as air, comfortable like clouds, the sandal is produced using recycled waste materials. It is the result of a complex process of experimentation and trials with poor shape, inconsistency of colors, and even explosions. The MOK injection sandal, a new milestone in footwear production, is part of a long journey through creativity and innovative technology undertaken by the Japanese brand. Made in Italy and with a slip-on construction, as well as holes for breathability and a Suicoke-branded strap, the new item is available on the Suicoke website and in selected retailers worldwide. VB

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C.P. Company SS22 Mille Jacket

For the SS22 Collection, C.P. Company has reimagined one of its iconic designs: the Mille Jacket. A true challenge for the brand that has chosen to make the new product out of the KAN-D, a C.P. Company proprietary technology fabric similar to the original cellophane candy wrappers. It is an extreme, transparent material that requires meticulous construction and sewing techniques since every seam is visible. Also, the KAN-D, which stands for “Klear Achronic Nylon Dyed,” can only be utilized in the imbalance shrinkage dyeing process and garment dying form. In addition, C.P Company has also presented a contemporary version of the Cinquecento Jacket, a timeless outerwear piece designed by Alessandro Pungetti in the early 2000s and inspired by the Mille Jacket. This season’s edition features the same pockets’ structure as the original look but designed with a regular fit, and made in LCM and Gore-Tex Infinium, two waterproof and breathable textiles. VB

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The Bubblegram Collection

Louis Vuitton has presented a new joyful and bright collection of bags, the Bubblegram, designed for a generation on the move. In a burst of colors, the new bag is available in four models featuring round, bubble-like curves and the iconic LV Monogram that gives it an original quilted look. The Over The Moon, Papillon, Alma, and Wallet on Strap styles, born of exceptional savoir-faire, showcase the skills of Louis Vuitton artisans who hand-finished each model and ensured maximum precision in seam positioning using new design techniques. The Bubblegram bags, made of shining calfskin leather, also feature distinctive new details such as a nylon shoulder strap with unique typography and a woven lining with a matching Monogram Nano pattern. Thanks to their colorways, suppleness, and volume effects, these new items give customers the possibility to play and have fun with them. The Bubblegram collection, already available for purchase, will also be expanded to include new inviting colors. VB

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Saul Nash Wins International Woolmark Prize 2022

The expert jury of the International Woolmark Prize 2022, including Ben Gorham, Carine Roitfeld, Edward Enninful OBE, Ibrahim Kamara, Naomi Campbell, Pieter Mulier, and many others, has announced Saul Nash as the winner of this year's edition. MMUSOMAXWELL received the Karl Lagerfeld Award for Innovation. The 2022 event, in partnership with the Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Garden Museum, celebrated the art of play: the immersive final exhibition in London was inspired by Isamu Noguchi's sculptural playscapes, offering the possibility to physically and socially interact. The seven finalists, each of which presented a collection that explored textiles, design, and responsible business practices to drive change and innovation for a cleaner, brighter future, had the chance to showcase their creations surrounded by colorful and architectural displays. The winner, London-based designer Saul Nash, crafted a collection using deadstock, recycled membranes, and zero-waste technology to push the boundaries of sustainable design. The whole features a modern use of Merino wool, building a link between active solutions and more formal requirements. VB

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Louis Vuitton Idylle Blossom

From the range of voluptuous and full curves to the more tapered and slender, the Idylle Blossom flowers are true embodiments of Louis Vuitton’s heritage and savoir-faire, as delicate blossoms meet brilliant stars. The Monogram Flower has been the Maison’s iconic signature since 1896. Therefore, for the tenth anniversary of the emblematic collection, the Idylle Blossom, both original designs and new interpretations are adorned with diamonds, yielding a contemporary yet refined elegance. Celebrating the beauty of imagination, the new everyday essentials can be stylistically repeated and layered or worn alone. This versatility makes them suited to be worn for any mood or occasion. One or more necklaces draped from the neck could enhance the skin with dazzling radiance. Coupled with a pair of hoop earrings, adorned with Monogram Flowers, could perfectly frame the face. These can also be embellished with ear cuffs, rings, or reversible studs that display the Maison’s motifs with Louis Vuitton’s initials on one side and the Monogram Flower on the other. Each of the Monogram Flowers complements a shade of rose, yellow or white gold, accentuating brilliant-cut diamonds, and rendering these creations undeniably feminine and sensual. The versatility of each piece hides multiple styles within each design, allowing the wearer to change their look without changing jewelry. The signature of the collection is the Idylle Blossom ring, taking on a refined aesthetic of the season, this truly embodies the contemporary, dazzling, and free style within the collection. GH

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FENDI: Peekaboo ISeeU Petite and Micro

The Peekaboo ISeeU bag has continued its tradition of expressing the true essence of what it means to be Fendi, expanding the family by welcoming the Peekaboo ISeeU Petite and Peekaboo ISeeU Micro. Clean and minimal, geometric and curvilinear all at once, the Peekaboo is a bag conceived with both beauty and playful functionality at its core. The architectural silhouette features a soft, supple interior revealed by the bag’s expertly designed twist-lock construction. The new models are created with distinctive, smaller proportions yet maintain all the signature details of Fendi’s iconic bag. Contemporary attitude, young flair compact shape, the Peekaboo ISeeU Petite is the new must-have of the season. The cute proportions and perfect capacity give the bag an irresistible appeal for an array of occasions. Doubling the fun, the Peekaboo ISeeU Petite is available in a rainbow of 12 bright roses of nappa leather, such as baby blue, Violetta lilac, dark honey, and mimosa yellow. Made to be worn crossbody, the Peekaboo ISeeU Petite will never go unnoticed. The precious designs in exotic leathers such as natural python, croco, and lizard add exclusive variations to the family. Just as impactful, the Peekaboo ISeeU Micro is available in 10 vibrant declinations in the softest and smoothest leather, making it the perfect touch of color. The piece features a detachable metal handle for bag charm use, together with an adjustable and removable shoulder strap, and a cardholder on the inside. GH

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Gucci Bamboo 1947

Creative Director Alessandro Michele has presented the Gucci Bamboo 1947, a reinterpretation through a contemporary lens of the design of the iconic Bamboo bag. Part of the signature Gucci Beloved lines, the new Gucci Bamboo 1947 act as a bridge between past, present, and future. This iconic item was designed for the first time by Guccio Gucci during Italy’s post-war era. This period, in which traditional raw materials were difficult to find, gave him the possibility to experiment with new goods, giving rise to a unique bag with a handle crafted with lightweight and durable bamboo. The Bamboo bag became an instant emblem worn by Hollywood’s leading ladies and the international jet set. Today, the Gucci Bamboo 1947 comes with interchangeable leather and Web straps that are detachable and adjustable, making the bag a highly versatile accessory suitable for different occasions. With a vibrant color palette and a sophisticated silhouette, the bag features exceptional levels of craftsmanship, featuring pieces of bamboo that are hand-picked according to the Gucci design specifications. The Gucci Bamboo 1947 is a worldwide icon that the Creative Director also decided to celebrate by involving in the launch of the new line 9 international creators that produced various digital projects, each of which presented a personal take on the revisited bag. VB

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Audemars Piguet Unveils The New Royal OAK RD#3

To pay a fine tribute to the Royal Oak’s 50th anniversary, Swiss Haute Horlogerie manufacturer Audemars Piguet has unveiled the new Royal Oak Selfwinding Flying Tourbillon Extra-Thin. This unique timepiece remains true to the aesthetic codes of the iconic “Jumbo” models but features the Manufacture’s new self-winding ultra-thin flying tourbillon movement, Calibre 296. It is a mechanism that was developed over five years by Audemars Piguet’s engineers and watchmakers to accommodate the extra-thin nature of the OAK RD#3. With a diameter of 39mm and a thickness of 8.1 mm, the watch reveals a new movement architecture that, for the first time, combines the tourbillon cage in titanium with a peripheral drive, making the distribution of energy to the tourbillon more fluid while lightening the regulating organ. A huge accomplishment that needed to be recognized and, most all, displayed. Audemars Piguet, in fact, redesigned the model’s geometry by placing the flying tourbillon at the dial level for a greater visual experience, making the watch’s beating heart even more perceptible. In addition, the sapphire case-back reveals the hand decoration of the movement components that merge the dynamism and classicism of V-angles with the modernity of traits tirés. The new OAK RD#3, crafted in stainless steel and graced with a Bleu Nuit, Nuage 50 Petite Tapisserie dial, which pays tribute to the original model, continues to evolve, showcasing Audemars Piguet’s expertise and techniques. VB

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Hublot: Art of Fusion

For the first time, Hublot is being represented at the Watches and Wonder fair in Geneva. Proudly presented, are the four novelties that underline the house’s masterful “Art of Fusion”:
The Hublot Big Bang Integral Ceramic is displayed in its integral element. Made integral by the monobloc architecture, with a bracelet integrated into the case, monomaterial made from ceramic, and four new monochrome colorways: blue indigo, sky blue, sand beige, and jungle green. Each model is available with a limited edition of 250 pieces. The piece is equipped with a slimmer design, new architecture, easier assembly, and enhanced legibility and functionality.
The Big Bang Tourbillon Automatic Purple Sapphire is a new frontier for the art of sapphire. This new, powerful, expressive, and precise shade of purple shows the subtle alchemy that has gone into extensive research and development. The complex design made from the disruptive sapphire material reaffirms the brand’s Motto: to be first, unique, and different. What truly separates this watch from the rest is that when wearings its Tourbillon next to the skin, there is a sensation of a completely translucent case that reveals every detail.
Five years of collaboration between Hublot and Orlinski has led to now, where they have unveiled the missing link of the shared collection: a series of watches adorned with a new metallic bracelet using the facets of the French artist’s famous sculptures. Suited to all wrists and all genders, four versions of the watch are cleverly made by fitting the Classic Fusion Orlinski Bracelet with a new integrated metallic bracelet. Like a jeweled piece of art, the architecture is beveled and faceted in titanium and composed of 83 parts.
Inspired by the brand’s iconic Big Bang, Hublot is introducing its own interpretation of the square watch, new geometry for the watchmaker. This adds a new pillar, “The Shaped Collection” to sit alongside the Spirit of the Big Bang. Unlike other brands, Hublot has taken the approach of hiding non of its movement. The chronograph has a column wheel visible at 6 o’clock, while its bicompax display dispenses with a dial, to reveal its secret inner workings. A collector’s edition of this model is also available in all black, limited to a minuscule 250 copies. This is a rare design for those who prefer to take the path less traveled. GH

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Alanui x Suicoke SS22

Tropical vibes through the vibrant colors of the Alanui island make us yearn for the summer season. This call has been answered, with the third chapter of the collaboration of Alanui with Japanese footwear brand Suicoke, an embodiment of what we need this season. The perfect blend of Alanui’s signature bandana graphics with the unisex Suicoke Moto Fringed slippers presents us with cool and eye-catching styles, perfect for the sun. The footwear is characterized by the iconic bandana pattern and embellished with multicolor fringes that feature recycled plastic beads. These come in a wide range of exciting colors: ocean turquoise, bright orange, yellow lime, and military green, fitting to the theme. The newest addition to the collaboration is a brand new laced-up sandal. This is an Alanui twist to the Suicoke GUT Sandal, presented in black, military green, and sugar brown. Timeless and emblematic, the silhouette features a chunky rubber sole and tassels, embellished with multicolor recycled plastic beads, seashells, and the iconic Saint Cristopher medal. The collection is available now online at Alanui, right on time for the alluring summer. GH

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Miu Miu Women's Tales #23: House Comes with a Bird

Miu Miu has presented "House Comes With A Bird,” the 23rd installment of the short film series Women’s Tales. The program, launched in 2011, aims to bring together today’s most profound and original female directors to investigate vanity and femininity in the 21st century. This year Miu Miu teamed up with American film director, producer, and screenwriter Janicza Bravo to realize a new movie that features singer and cellist Kelsey Lu and actress Natasha Lyonne. Known for her films Zola, Lemon, and Gregory Go Boom, Bravo has expressed her love for short films and described her latest work, House Comes With A Bird, as a marriage of text and beautiful clothing. The short movie portrays a series of clipped social encounters, each of which denotes dynamics of power in gender, race, and class. The whole surrounded by an airy, languid mood that is the quintessence of the late afternoon Californian sun. Janicza Bravo’s new episode for Women’s Tales made its debut in Los Angeles, and now it is available on Miu Miu digital channels and MUBI globally. VB

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Summer Feeling

Summer is around the corner, bringing with it the anticipation of sunbathing and lunching on the patio. To celebrate this season, Maison Sarah Lavoine has crafted a selection of outdoor and tableware pieces in cheerful colors. Since 2012, Maison Sarah Lavoine has always conveyed its values and bold design through its architectural projects and creations. Its furniture, decoration, and ready-to-wear collections are elegant and relaxed: timeless but original, simple but with constant attention to detail, always colorful, and with a resolutely ethical manufacturing process. This season the Maison has presented a collection with Saffron and Pistachio shades that perfectly match with the geometric design of the new Soleil plates. The linen and cotton napkins are embroidered with a shell motif for a summer twist, while the Slave, Diane, and Castiglione candleholders make the good times last longer. The Esquisse collection is an invitation to color and sunshine, enjoying a picnic at the beach or on the grass happily seated down on the bright loungers and stools. VB

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Hogan Enters The Metaverse

Hogan has teamed up with Exclusible and Boson Protocol for the first Metaverse Fashion Week in Decentraland. Exclusible, the fast-growing marketplace for luxury NFTs and Italian luxury House Hogan will debut the brand’s first NFT drop at a special “Hogan-X” afterparty on March 26th. The event will present the first-ever dance competition in the virtual world, with prizes consisting of POAPs, pre-sale NFT spots, and exclusive NFTs, and will be hosted by acclaimed Dj superstar Bob Sinclair. The “Hogan Untraditional NFT Collection” lets Hogan takes a stand from traditional to untraditional, from Web 2.0 to Web 3.0. It is an edgy and immersive collection that celebrates the re-edition of the brand’s first-ever sneaker. This item, conceived as a white canvas, is reinterpreted, without any creative limitations, by several artists such as Silvio Rondelli, Yoann De Geetere, Linear, Vincent Ghiotti, and Finn Berenbroek. It is an innovative approach that sets the standard in how the ethos of the Web 3.0 community should be celebrated, cherished, and communicated. After the “Hogan-X” afterparty premiere, the NFTs artists series will be available for sale to the public on April 3rd, 2022, on Exclusible’s website. In addition, a virtual pop-up store in partnership with Boson Protocol, a metaverse marketplace for buying luxury and exclusive physical products as NFTs, will be located in Decentraland. VB

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Hublot Campaign with Kylian Mbappé

Footballer Kylian Mbappé is the new face of Hublot’s latest campaign. He is the perfect fit for the brand based on his shared values with Creative Director Ezra Petronio of having long-standing respect for creativity, work, integrity, and the quest for perfection. Kylian Mbappé is considered one of the world’s best footballers, his sporting intelligence, spirit, and dedication are perfectly captured in the watch collection. He has stated that “I love simplicity and the beauty of lasting things that have a soul”. The brand has discussed that the intensity of his direct gaze and his openness that the internationally-acclaimed photographer chose to focus for the new campaign. Ezra Petronio has said, “what fascinates me about Kylian - apart from his creativity and the perfection of his art - is his passion, his intelligence, and the inner strength that drives him”. This aesthetic is captured well in the campaign images as well as Hublot’s tendencies of consistently being ahead of the curve with a highly visionary future. GH

 

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Versace Jeans Couture SS22 Campaign

The Versace Jeans Couture SS22 Campaign reinterprets the coming-of-age story reflecting the new season collection’s mood of youthful experimentation and possibility. Versace Jeans Couture presented for the SS22 season a Women’s collection made of romantic and sensual silhouettes with a contemporary twist: printed jackets paired with matching skorts and skirts, twin sets and slip dresses reimagined with ruffled flounces; and chunky footwear to add a contrasting street edge to soft, pastel, and floral ensembles. While, for men, the Italian brand presented a range of clothing with a sportier attitude influenced by the American culture. The collections convey a young and carefree outlook that has been reinterpreted in a series of images by Finnish photographer Osma Harvilahti for the new Versace Jeans Couture campaign. Through his playful and colorful style, Harvilahti tells an optimistic story of youth, portraying the models full of joy and spontaneity as they fool around and reclaim their suburban environment. The images focus on the intensity, purity, and uncontrolled emotion of young adulthood echoing through the collection’s eruption of clashing prints and color, with looks that feel haphazardly put together reflecting the young cast’s embrace of life in its myriad forms. VB

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Tommy Hilfiger: “Make Your Move” Brand Campaign

“For me, fashion has always been about celebrating individuality and self-expression”, says Tommy Hilfiger when describing the brand’s new “Make Your Move” campaign. This features Grammy-winning, Golden Globe and Emmy nominated performer Antony Ramos. The campaign is a vibrant clash of modern prep styles from the Spring 2022 Tommy Hilfiger collection with Anthony’s world of music and pop culture, resulting in a fresh take on iconic pieces. The campaign has been launched online and in select Tommy Hilfiger flagship stores. Storefronts will feature a QR code that activates augmented reality mannequins on Instagram. These will showcase dance moves and encourage fans to take photos with them to share on social channels. Elevating this campaign to a different dimension, a #MoveWithTommy TikTok activation will take place in April. Here, users can give their interpretation of Modern Prep to the “Stand Up” soundtrack by Grammy-nominated American rapper Ludacris. This song will be featured on all video assets with sound throughout the Spring campaign, as well as on dedicated social activations and across the brand’s digital advertising platforms. Hilfiger has described this as the brand “embracing the best of modern technology to bring this message to our fans around the world, and I’m excited to invite them to Make Your Move”. Anthony Ramos showcases modern prep styles in new silhouettes, including the double pleated chino as well as fresh patterns as seen in the mixed striped icon sweater, all with an understated collegiate code. The campaign further features a diverse cast of talents and a select mix of dancers. The Spring 2022 Tommy Hilfiger collection celebrates stylistic self-expression with key pieces in both the men’s and women’s collections. Building on the brand’s mission to waste nothing and welcome all, the collection is made using more sustainable methods and materials, and is now available online and in Tommy Hilfiger stores worldwide. GH

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A Souvenir Snow Globe

In a not-so-distant future, what was once considered ubiquitous is now rarefied, often only experienceable via simulation. In line with this concept, Balenciaga presented its FW22 Collection on an infinite white field, encapsulated with a protective glass screen. The weather became digitally rendered and the term “winter” took on a new meaning. The show was a real-life 3-D live stream with a 360° view showing the idea of a season as we once knew it. Just as a souvenir snow globe. The collection, surrounded by this atmosphere, featured classic looks pared down and redrawn, letting bold silhouettes stand out. Hybrid stretch dresses and bodysuits fitted and fell in new ways by combining gloves, shoes, pants, trains, or leggings. Staples, such as turtlenecks, pants, and jersey hoodies, were partially destroyed or oversized. Then, through graphic prints, Balenciaga introduced XXXL fits or messages like “Be Different,” while logos were blocked out with black tape. The accessories were exaggerated, emphasizing reuse and alternative materials like the Trash Pouch, inspired by a garbage bag, and purses made from pairs of Cagole or Rodeo boots. For Creative Director Demna Gvasalia, research and innovation are key during the predictably unpredictable time ahead. In addition, following recent events in Ukraine, Demna Gvasalia decided to dedicate the Balenciaga fashion show to fearlessness, resistance, and the victory of love and peace. VB

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Exclusives by G-Star RAW: Innovative designs meet elevated constructions

Exclusives by G-Star RAW encapsulates the limitless creativity of the brand. Inspired by the Dakar Rally, the designs are expressed without restraint whilst employing the G-Star DNA in its purest, most extrovert form. Rising Berlin-based talent, Langston Uibel is featured in the recent campaign shoot for the brand. Features within the garments mimic those of the hard-wearing “Enduro” equipment, developed solely for the demanding racing environment. Bold and complex, the garments each include surprising elements such as reversible features and unusual silhouettes, coinciding with an ease of wearability. The palette is inspired by desert tones, ready for the Spring season. Another inspiration from the collection is drawn from Japanese workwear, which originates from the Japanese military uniform. The design team experimented with denim-focused garments to create elevated and refined styles with a considered, conceptual twist. Aspects taken from these uncompromising and unique garments include a wider leg with an abruptly narrower fit at the calf. Superior construction techniques, premium fabrics, and hybrid design features aim to encapsulate the stories behind each piece in the collection. Each piece with slight inspiration from the G-star RAW archive, the collection consists of a high fashion trench coat, a 72H lifesuit, washed leather jacket, lifevest shirt, bomber jacket, and cropped jeans. The Exclusives by G-Star RAW became available in selected stores and online from February 17th, 2022. GH

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Dior reopens 30 Montaigne

Maison Dior has announced the reopening of 30 Montaigne – the original address of the brand’s first-ever boutique. The renovation has been ongoing for more than two years in collaboration with architect Peter Marino. It has been said that the legendary space will house the women’s and menswear collections, a haute couture salon, haute couture atelier, fine jewelry atelier, the Dior Café, as well as a restaurant helmed by Jean Imbert – the winner of the 2012 French edition of Top Chef. The legendary venue has seen the house’s collections come to life for 75 years, becoming the emblem of Parisian elegance and French haute couture. The flagship will also include a gallery that highlights Christian Dior’s creations as well as the work of his successors: Yves Saint Laurent, Marc Bohan, Gianfranco Ferré, John Galliano, Raf Simons, and the house’s current creative director Maria Grazia Chiuri. The unique space like no other is due to reopen on March 6th, 2022. GH

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The next chapter about sustainable denim at DIESEL

For SS22, Diesel has taken a genderless design approach in its next chapter of prioritizing a sustainability initiative. Diesel library will offer a wide range of evergreen and longer-lasting denim items that include trousers, jackets, tops, skirts, and more. Half of the overall denim collection has a permanent shelf life, sustaining the purpose of the items being “classics”. The intention behind the library is to refresh the base of every category at diesel. Diesel library reinforces its commitment to innovation and the exploration of new production techniques to create desirable, durable, and quality denim items. The essential pieces are made using fibers, washes, and treatments that have been selected based on efficient and responsible resource uses. Each garment is also equipped with a digital passport that guarantees customers access to a dedicated web page where they can learn more about all the responsible attributes of each specific item. This next chapter for the brand is a great shift towards establishing its new personality and branding attributes. GH

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Quiet Power

The Bottega Veneta FW22 Collection, presented during Milan Fashion Week, marked a return to a fundamental brand questioning: a building on the past to realize the present and evoke the future. The Italian brand specialized in leather goods has always based its core on the idea of craft in motion. For Bottega Veneta and its Creative Director Matthieu Blazy, everything is about movement, going somewhere, and this is its quiet power. For this season, Bottega Veneta presented a story of clothing and characters, exploring the relation between maker and wearer, an exchange that involves a sense of motion and emotion. It is a collection that escapes from pure spectacle but that, in line with the brand philosophy of “quiet power”, gets closer to a more private pleasure: something felt rather than seen. Here extravagance and utility are combined, and iconic pieces, such as the Kalimero bag, the intreccio thigh-high boots, and photo-real denim, were realized through the traditional craft of the artisans in the Italian ateliers. Then men and women in supposedly stripped down suiting, revealing a more radical and recurring silhouette inspired by Umberto Boccioni’s 1913 sculpture, “Unique Forms of Continuity in Space”, showed how the aesthetic of the Italian Futurist movement translated through volumes realized in pattern cutting. In addition, wool flannels, color flecked herringbones, thrice printed textural pieces built around the body, new interpretations of Leavers lace, synthetic jersey, and idiosyncratic knitwear completed this collection made of garments that acquire meaning when someone wears them. For Bottega Veneta, the individual decides how to move and live in this clothing, telling its own story. Bottega Veneta truly stands for an emotional investment in objects for life. VB

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Marni's Objects of Affection

For the FW22 Season, Marni presented a collection about courage, time, and feelings condensed into objects of affection that are kept, cherished, and mended. These objects are like an identity card for the show protagonists: talismans to which their courage is attached. Marni, the Italian luxury fashion house with a history of humanist values combined with an experimental approach to materials and colors, is a state of mind, a playful spirit more than a brand. It is an expression of quirky elegance with an avant-garde attitude that holds a constant dialogue with the world of art. With the FW22 collection, Marni wanted to tell a story where objects were part of the plot. Objects inspired by tradition, mended objects, objects that seemed stolen from a museum, all jumbled together. While models shared the same wardrobe, each one of them was wearing clothes in their way and mixing them with their items of affection. They walked down the runway in big coats, shredded dresses and trousers, shrunken jackets, and outsized jumpers with sleeves dangling to the floor. To complete the collection, sartorial suits completely handmade by Attolini captured the emotion of tradition in the touch of the hand, defying mechanical reproduction. Old things become new, assembled with courage and affection. VB

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MSGM And The Magic of The Stars

For this season MSGM addressed the stars. The FW22 Collection took inspiration from these celestial bodies, and in detail, from the feeling known as Astrophilia: the love for the stars. The stars, constant features in everyone’s lives, visible by all corners of the globe, are travel companions and a compass not to lose the way. They are the light in the dark or the twinkle in the night, they are bright and beautiful, and it is from these characteristics that Creative Director Massimo Giorgetti developed the Astrophilia® Collection. He presented night-time atmospheres expressed by a dark palette broken up by shimmering tones and shiny, precious materials while introducing, paving new and unexpected territory, minimal clothing in black and silver and embellished with outline embroidery, beads, and sequins. Then the stars appeared everywhere and multiplied on the garments in infinite graphic variations: on lycra turtleneck tops, wide jacquard dresses, and oversize poplin shirts worn with embroidered bras. Mini dresses and long skirts are crafted with reflective plexiglass stars, denim is finished with inlaid stars, and necklaces and accessories take the shapes of glittery stars. It is a physical and metaphorical trip to the infinity of Space. Because, in a period of challenges, tensions, and new conflicts, Space seems to be a horizon of escape and hope, a suspended horizon, a page yet to be written that opens up a thousand possible ways of living yet to be experienced. VB

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Erdem FW22 Show

Erdem’s FW22 show in London Fashion Week showcased an exquisite assortment that captivates the feeling of entering a European club in the ‘30s. The collection imagined the nightlife of a group of iconic women who pioneered Berlin’s progressive cultural spirit in the ‘30s, a particular vein of avant-garde expression. These artists explored the notions of gender, sexuality, identity, and expression long before terms such as “fluid” and “non-binary” had been added to our vocabularies. The collection explores and juxtaposes the intertwining of daywear and eveningwear, womenswear and menswear, and formal and casual clothing. Each look is characterized by its distinctive sense of degenerated glamour; mixed and matched together are jacquard and ivory dresses, lavish black beading, and tailored grey-skirt suits. There are embellishments of lace, pearls, studs, and black sequins, perfectly encapsulating the heady spirit of freedom. There is a feeling of isolation from the outside world, a bittersweet edge as the club created is a place of safe space and expression, unlike the world beyond the club. The brand depicts the collection to have created electricity in the air, febrile energy of abandon that comes in the calm before the storm. GH

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Prada Mode, Los Angeles

From February 16th-18th, Prada presented the seventh iteration of Prada Mode at Genghis Cohen, featuring an immersive installation by L.A based artist Martine Syms, coinciding with Frieze Los Angeles. Prada Mode is a traveling social club that focuses on contemporary culture, featuring fashion, art, music, conversation, and food, offering its guests a unique experience across diverse locations worldwide. Prada Mode in Los Angeles took place in the iconic restaurant and music venue Genghis Cohen, located on the historic Fairfax Avenue. Martine Syms’ interactive installation title “HelLA World”, transformed the location into one of her signature works that feature a perfect mix of conceptual grit, humor, and social commentary. The work shown was a text and video installation, equal parts live performance, narrative exposition, and casual conversation with a stranger. The installation consisted of monitors that make exchanges contributed by the guests public, revealing the possibility of the collective unconscious writ large. With the possibility of being scripted or spontaneous, the backdrop of texts suggested the banality and frisson of texting with a stranger. Members could join the experience at any time over the course of the two-day event to view the site-specific installation, attend talks, performances, and culinary revelations. GH

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The Savoir-Faire of the Dior Tribales Earrings

The Dior Tribales are a timeless design that is modern yet iconic. The style is composed of two asymmetrical resin pearls that are emblematic of the line. The small resin pearl sits on the front while the larger resin pearl appears at the back of the lobe. This season, Dior has reinvented the pieces in see-through shades of blue, orange, yellow, or pink. These are the perfect additions to already available models in fun matte colors, set stones, and pearlized finishes. The fruit of unique craftsmanship, these creations are fashioned from a transparent resin made in Florence, Italy. The bold yet elegant accessories are punctuated with the initials “CD”, in the form of a delicate extruded signature, or as a precious pendant. The pieces can be mixed and matched, worn alone, or in pairs, adding the perfect elevation to any look while creating whole new customizable combinations. GH

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Dior SS22

Maison Dior have launched their SS22 campaign, inspired by the colorful questioning of the role of play in our lives, it is the perfect shift towards spring that we need. The technicolor versatility within the collection is an ode to the work of Anna Paparatti, designed by the house’s creative director Maria Grazia Chiuri. Set against a monochromatic zebra crossing-esque background, playfully infiltrated with bursts of color, the campaign’s color-block aesthetic is able to capture the eye with ease. Photographer Brigitte Niedermair brings the campaign to life in the same hyperkinetic chromatic spirit. In the collection, models are draped in cubic silhouettes and 3D embroidered cuts similar to the ready-to-wear collection shown in Paris in 2021. The campaign also revisits some of the brand’s celebrated accessories, including the miniature Lady Dior Bag and the classic MissDior sunglasses that complete these magnetic silhouettes with their 50s allure. The energising campaign video is illuminated by a flash of lazers in the same block color palette of the garments. The joyous undertones of the campaign makes Dior stand out yet again, continue to revolutionize the women’s fashion industry. GH

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Gentle Monster x Coperni "5G" Collection

Gentle Monster and Coperni are two modern brands with an innovative and digital DNA. They used these similarities to create a range of sunglasses named “5G”, with the promise of taking us on a futuristic voyage. Inspired by the connection and speed produced by 5G, the sunglasses display five pure and radical lines on the temple that reflect a similar movement. The collaboration consists of six different version of two models: the “5G BOLD” and the “5G”. Echoed by their names, the “5G BOLD” is inspired by the 90s aesthetics of “RoboCop” or “Back to the Future”, whereas the “5G” model displays a more minimal variation of this. The campaign for the collection is shot in an urban, avant-garde landscape by Parisian film director Alexandre Silberstein. The campaign is inspired by the infamous movie “The Matrix”. Transporting us into the two brands technological universes, the campaign features a newly inspired trinity composed of singer Le Diouck, and models Louise Roberts and Jeanne Zheng. The collaboration collection was launched on February 11th, but has already been seen during Paris Fashion Week last September, and worn by celebrities like Zendaya. GH

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Paul Smith + PORTER Released a Bold New Bag Collection

For the SS22 season, the British company Paul Smith has teamed up with top Japanese luggage brand PORTER to offer a new line of bags and accessories. The main qualities of both brands are highlighted in this collaboration, which combines Porter's iconic shapes with Paul Smith's signature code of color and stripe. The collection includes traditional Porter pieces like the helmet bag, duffel shoulder bag, and wallets, all of which are made of the brand distinctive nylon twill, a lightweight and durable fabric. These items are then reimagined via Paul Smith's unique perspective. The designer incorporated his graphic stripe montage, which combines a variety of lines of different sizes and hues in an eye-catching style. In addition, the collection celebrates the great outdoors and a return to nature thanks to a color palette with organic tones blended with white and red that recall hues seen in the sky at sunrise. The Paul Smith + PORTER collection will be on sale online and in selected Paul Smith and Porter’s shops from February 16th.

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Riders Republic® X Prada: a virtual sports world

Prada launched a one-of-a-kind project in partnership with Ubisoft, a leader in the gaming sector, to integrate Prada Linea Rossa into the outdoor sports playground of Riders Republic®. In a continuous exploration of new and evolving cultural languages, the Italian brand decided to approach the virtual world creating outfits for Riders Republic® players. The videogame, which invites users to enjoy a variety of exciting activities like bicycling, skiing, and snowboarding, provided a new platform for Prada Linea Rossa, where the world of technical sportswear has been combined with streamlined silhouettes to redefine the concept of modern luxury. Through this playground, each player can customize their character by choosing Prada Linea Rossa outfits that feature iconic prints revisited with a street attitude, and graphics for a strong visual impact. The Flame print, brightly colored, recalls a sporty atmosphere, the Wild Stripes take back the animalier realm, while the Camouflage Rock, made of geometric shapes, gives dynamism to the look. In addition, players can immerse themselves in a new experience thanks to some areas, created on the Riders Republic®'s social hub, bedecked with Prada Linea Rossa colors. As well as having the possibility to obtain some exclusive outfits by competing in the Shackdaddy Bandits weekly challenges or taking part in the “Prada Beyond The Line” permanent event.

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44 Label Group Presents the FW22 Collection Screwed UP

"Screwed up", the FW22 Collection by 44 Label Group, has been presented during Milan Fashion Week, marking the brand's debut on the calendar. The brand founded by German techno artist and producer Max Kobosil is the result of his hard journey. The DJ, who was born and raised in Neukölln, has amassed a loyal worldwide following among nightlife people and the underground; people who identify with his music. And it is this sense of belonging that distinguishes his brand 44 Label Group. Started as a merchandise line with t-shirts at its core, today it includes a wide range of products. The “Screwed up” collection introduces a new level of cutting-edge fashion that embodies the uniform of Kobosil’s neighborhood. Puffer jackets, pants, and denim, with the collection’s screw print, evoke 90s gym wear, while other looks reference German festivals in rainy summers. This collection represents Kobosil’s background and vision, from his failure to his successes to prove that talent leaps over formal education at times.

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Marsèll’s Uniform

Marsèll SS22 Collection renovates an iconic shoe design with a new ultra-light sole, while also launching a partnership with GRASSI 10000, a workwear brand that explores the concept of modern uniforms. For this season, Marsèll, an artisan business devoted to the study and exploration of forms, has chosen to transform the iconic style and trademark of the brand, the Gommello, into a shoe of extraordinary lightness thanks to new research on the rubber soles. Entitled Gommellone, this modern take comes in Chelsea and Derby styles and over ten different colors. The Gommellone then became the protagonist of the collaboration between Marsèll and Grassi 10000. The company restyled it with a made-in-Italy uniform consisting of a jacket, pants, coat, and Bermuda made of peached cotton in blue or green. The garments, shot by photographer Jonathan Frantini, are an extension of the workwear concept: essential lines and high-quality materials that give rise to a new formal urban style that fits into any daily environment.

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Gregoris Pyrpylis is the Creative Director for Hermès Beauty

Greek make-up artist Gregoris Pyrpylis has been appointed as the new creative director for Hermès Beauty. He is described by Agnès de Villers, President of Hermès Parfum & Beauté, as “an expert in colors, textures, and gestures that express and elevate beauty”. The make-up artist has embraced the aims of Hermès that “seek to provide its community with an experience, a journey, during which each personality can be expressed, each form of beauty revealed”. The Hermès Beauty métier launched in March 2020, starting with Rouge Hermès lipsticks, and has since been expanded with Rose Hermès blush line and Les Maines Hermès nail varnishes. Pyrpylis will be the driving force for the development of these collections. Pyrpylis has announced “it is a great joy to be able to create, spread, and share this common vision of beauty as creative director for Hermès Beauty”.

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Valentino Anatomy of Couture

The Haute Couture SS22 Collection by Creative Director Pierpaolo Piccioli has been imaged as a quest for beauty that welcomes all of its manifestations, ending in a performance that transcends age, background, and shape. Haute Couture has always been a chase for perfection expressed through the body of the house model, on which everything is conceived and built. As the body of women and their beauty canons are changing over time, Pierpaolo Piccioli felt the urgency to adapt, to rethink the rituals and processes behind couture. The Valentino Anatomy of Couture collection has therefore not been imagined on an idealized body, but on a variety of women of different physiques and ages, a true reflection of the richness and diversity of the contemporary world promoting an idea of beauty that is not absolute, but embraces a more democratic spirit . The collection was built as a composite harmony of physical types and clothes that dress them. Studied through a long process, both scientific and poetic in a dialogue between who thinks the clothes, who makes them, and who wears them. The silhouettes follow the body or detach from it, while nudity glimmers from extremely short hems, peeping from deep necklines that reveal the torso.

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NATAN Couture SS22

The NATAN SS22 couture collection revolves around sensuality and lightness, fitting across generations and occasions. Vibrant tones on noble materials that contrast with the delicate white background, prompt the longing for summer parties. Soft flowing meshes in dynamic hues give a youthful energy boost to the long and elegant garments, while the short styles draws us to dance. The retro and naive 3D patterns, giant butterflies and daises on oversized smock capes depict the fun and stylish spectrum in the collection, characterizing a newer take on luxury. Pixelated lights in neon yellows and purples photographed onto satin-trimmed materials, adding touches of transparency, play and converge to create new and sophisticated contours. The lights are reflected on a variety of attires, from extra wide balloon sleeves, tops with padded shoulders, cultivating asymmetrical effects to create a balanced wardrobe. The changing horizons depicted by the pixelated lights are also reflected on cocktail dresses, created from large taffeta bows. These looks can all be sublimated with daytime or evening accessories, resembling the endless versatility of the collection. The pixels, asymmetric panoramic patterns and flowing materials are a depiction if the overall enjoyable movement within the NATAN collection, ideal for discovering the world and pleasure of shared movements with changing horizons.

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DIOR Haute Couture SS22

Ateliers are a space of experimentation, where magical creations come to life, constantly renewing the incredible and scientific language that is haute couture. The Dior SS22 Haute Couture Collection revolves around this concept: the atelier as a synonym of excellence, and embroidery as sophisticated and skillful procedure. Maria Grazia Chiuri, the Creative Director of the Maison, decided to honor and utilize the skill of craftsmen and artisans all throughout the collection, not just as a decorative detail but to give structure to the garments. The result is an elegant and refined collection with simple lines but adorned with jewels, stones, and embellishment. These embroidered patterns are applied all over a variety of garments, from ecru skirts to sheer silk organza shirts and thighs that become a signature piece of the collection. Presented surrounded by unique artworks made by Indian artists Madhvi and Manu Parekh in collaboration with the Chanakya Atelier and the Chanakya School of Craft, the decor exalts virtuoso skills and a stylistic exercise, showcasing the language of embroidery being expressed through the hands of skilled artisans. The Dior SS22 Haute Couture Collection is an inspiring creative dialogue between the French Atelier and different artists, with embroidery being transformed into a collaborative mode of expression, at the crossroads of art and craft.

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LOEWE FW22: What Is Real Today?

For the FW22 Men's Collection, Jonathan Anderson, Creative Director of LOEWE, defined an altered world, challenging the concept of reality and the current canons of perfection. Anderson decided not to employ a singular seasonal style anecdote but to incorporate a fusion of style notes. In this collection nothing is as it seems, it is a series of playful tricks, where archetypes of men’s dressing are presented in a new light with a twist. Coats, denim jackets, mohair pullovers: everything is elevated to another and seemingly illogical dimension where the body is the main subject. It is the point of arrival and departure, around which the entire collection is built. Faces and body features are presented printed on garments in trompe l'oeil style, while hoops and wires become artificial extensions of arms and bust. Combined then with flashes and LEDs, these clothes glow and the body that fills them seems projected outward. In addition, a highlight of the collection is the selection of outerwear pieces and accessories that include translucent overcoats in electric colors, styled with the famous Flamenco clutch embellished with shells and reimagined as a soft pair of boots.

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The ABCDior Collection

The new ABC Dior line uncovered by Dior Maison is based on the emblematic Mitzah scarf collection. Originally designed by Grazia Chiuri onto a series of plates and valet trays, as well as candles and stationery, the imagery of the collection makes a new appearance. In honor of the iconic toile de Jouy – the signature emblem used to decorate Monsieur Dior’s first boutique ever called “Colifichets”, opened in 1947 – each piece features an enchanting message in the form of an alphabet book that poetically pays homage to heritage, passion, desire, and dreams. Dior invites to celebrate the art of giving to the other and oneself and the beauty of invention and exploration while remembering the Maison’s dear founding couturier.

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LOUIS VUITTON FW22 MEN’S COLLECTION BY VIRGIL ABLOH

Virgil Abloh was known to use fashion as a tool for definition and redefinition and to understand the world. For FW22, Louis Vuitton presents Collection 8: In the Grand Scheme of Things by Virgil Abloh. Supported by his seasonal vocabulary – “a liberal definition of terms and explanation of ideas” – the visionary’s eighth collection is rooted in the desire to challenge conventional ways of seeing. The collection’s premise lies in using fashion to decode the biases inherent in human appearance. Abloh’s goal was to change the way we look at each other and treat each other. Virgil Abloh’s creations are deeply rooted in imagination – the everlasting driver of his life's work. It’s what brought him to Louis Vuitton and what leads his legacy at the Maison. The recently deceased Men’s Artistic Director of Louis Vuitton embedded his view of fashion as a social, political and cultural signifier and mediator of change for FW22 like never before. Driven by this conviction, the Louis Dreamhouse™ created by Virgil Abloh serves to convey the themes and messages of the arc he created at Louis Vuitton. It’s an octology that plays out in the tradition of the hero’s journey: the age-old story of the underdog, who is tried and tested and becomes a sensation in the eyes of his spectators.

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Rick Owens FW22

Rick Owens presents a glamourous extravaganza for FW22. Drella coats can be belted around the hips or, with the unbuttoning of a back slit, overthrown as a poncho or cape. A versatility that continues with this season’s parkas featuring goat hair trim in various colors. Coats and jackets continue Rick Owens signature exaggerated shoulder, which he started incorporating as a parody of masculinity, but ended up becoming a design classic. With the environment, traceability and social responsibility in mind, the patchworked shearlings come from a family-owned, second-generation tannery in Tuscany. Inspired by Egyptian temples and tombs, artisanal craftsmanship and his own archives, Rick Owens joins the conversation the fashion world is having about responsibility. Believing in creative expression as the rawest and sincere state, Rick Owens cherished the power of fashion this season.

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DoDo celebrates the Chinese New Year

Introducing a new tiger pendant design, DoDo celebrates the Chinese New Year 2022. The jewellery piece is a precious miniature tiger that represents the fourth pendant of the Chinese zodiac. DoDo joins the celebrations of the festival with a fine jewellery addition, dedicating the design to another year under the sun in honor of the strong sign of the tiger. The wild cat embodies a powerful, courageous and unpredictable spirit. It loves challenges and adventures, lives to the fullest and evokes strong emotional connotations. Made of 18K gold, the DoDo tiger pendant has a fur to stroke with red lacquer-enamel stripes. The leitmotif of the special collection stands for luck, wealth and love. The artisans of DoDo have created the cat of prey delicately and added a charm that becomes a stylish touch to the emblematic look.

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CHANEL x 2022 César Revelations

For the fifth consecutive year, CHANEL is the Official Partner of the Académie des Arts et Techniques du Cinéma for the César Revelations project. This partnership is an opportunity for the House to support the young talents of today and tomorrow, while reaffirming its commitment to creation. It features thirty-two young actors designated by the Revelations, who are set to assist the members of the Academy in the voting process of the categories of Best Emerging Actress and Best Emerging Actor at the next César ceremony, which will take place on Friday 25 February 2022. This year, the César Revelations are brought together in a short film directed by the duo Thierry Demaizière and Alban Teurlai, whose film “LOURDES” was nominated in 2020 for the César Award for Best Documentary Film. Parigot and Zbeida Belhajamor as well as actresses Ludivine Sagnier, Irène Jacob and Mélanie Thierry who are featured in the film were dressed and styled by CHANEL.

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Etro FW22

The Etro FW22/23 show at Milan Fashion Week presented a journey through this season’s menswear collection: sidereal and Nordic, crystalline and vibrant, undertaken by a platoon of young men in the making, who face the adventure of life with a book in their pocket. The adventure of life and the pursuit of knowledge are at the core of Etro’s creations. A new mental order can be felt, as crisp as the new beginnings arising in the January light. The journey, whether it is knowledge or adventure, requires a map and a map requires direction, which is not about being strictly bound to it, but about being lucid. It is about being curious. The collection is clear in the overlapping and accumulation of different signs: north stars and anchors, winter sea and mountains, wolves and roses. A small library of symbols that signify the will and vision of its creator, Kean Etro. Geometric dimension meets clarity in the rhythm of shapes colors and themes. The soft silhouettes of the season appear in a variety of full colors arranges in monochrome compositions. Materials are dense and tactile, presented through the typically Etro lens: coats, gardening overcoats, pullovers meant as outerwear, caftans, duvets, jackets, printed shirts, and sweaters. Overall, a collection that embodies a face-off of youth and adulthood. The journey of knowledge and the adventure of life has just begun.

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J.W. Anderson Menswear FW22

Fascinated by the endless possibilities of experiencing masculinity, the J.W. Anderson FW22 menswear show at Milan Fashion Week impresses through its enthusiasm for exploration. Anderson is deeply inspired by the transformative nature of garments and the discovery of their meaning in current times. Playing with the role that sounds play in the hyper-stimulating online media environment, Anderson created menswear tunics with rubber bands and sweaters featuring tube-shaped extensions along the hem, designed to generate a sound through movement. The designer intended to make a reference to the current ASMR and TikTok culture, in which sounds are at the core of expression. Anderson: “A lot of the materials have these odd sounds qualities that are kind of almost sexual… there’s a kind of tension.” A tension that paves the way for creative opportunity filtered through the label’s sense of luxury and beauty.

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Brioni FW22: The Allegory of Air

Ever in pursuit of its core purpose, the creation of clothing defined by its timeless beauty and comfort, the Italian house of Brioni has understood that the customer and their demands are changing and realized a need to reflect on the wider world around. A comfortable piece of clothing needs to adapt to a variety of different situations while offering the wearer a maximum amount of comfort, two previously strictly divided menswear universes come together - the formal and the casual. Norbert Strumpf, Brioni Design Director, explores this common ground applying progressive design to artisanal know-how, creating pieces of unmatched lightness conveying unparalleled ease and pleasure for a modern, dynamic wearer. To create substance, despite the minimal weight, textures become paramount. The vision, articulated through unmatched materials and fabrics such as Prince of Wales cashmere and ultrafine 180 wool, stresses the clothes luxurious feel and Brioni’s material expertise. Tailoring is hybridized, suiting is deconstructed, resulting in the workwear suit, an ultralight herringbone field jacket paired with matching trousers and the jogging suit, pairing a half-button rugby shirt and trousers. Our notion of sophistication is changing and our clothing needs to adapt. With this in mind, Brioni seeks to create menswear that empowers its wearer with timeless urban elegance while enjoying ease and comfort. For the first time in its history, the Italian house is expanding its vision to the realm of womenswear, presenting a capsule collection of six looks of pieces developed from the menswear and cut for the female form.

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Zegna FW22: Looking at the world through the Zegna lens

Zegna and their Artistic Director Alessandro Sartori have spent the last few seasons searching for the modern man by asking the very important question “What makes a man?” The modern man is complex, influenced by a myriad of factors and if one thing has become clear, he has outgrown the classic suit, an evolution that has become more and more apparent since 2008. With the FW22 collection, Alessandro Sartori updates the classic suit for a modern man, with this collection representing a bold and fresh new start without the categorical imperatives which have dictated menswear for so long. The collection itself is a perfect example of a new way of tailoring, its traditional codes updated and combined with elements of sportswear, utilitarian and streetwear, as well as new construction techniques utilizing new materials. Highlights of the collection were the deformalized jackets achieving a sharp silhouette without the need for padding, as well as a gabardine jacket featuring one of the most interesting and unusual notch lapel construction whilst also relinquishing the buttons at the split cuff. Overall, the collection was a perfect representation of this modern man, uncategorizable in regards to outdated standards, but an organic coming together of many influences all coming together as one.

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La Rose Dior

Victoire de Castellane was inspired by the different facets of the rose - Monsieur Dior's favorite flower - in La Rose Dior jewellery collection which launched in January 2022. The new Rose Dior Couture collection follows other emblematic collections such as Bois de Rose, Rose Dior Bagatelle or Rose Dior Pré Catalan, completing the universe dedicated to the unique flower. An expression of elegance, which lives on and never fails to impress. “Fortunately, there are flowers,” Monsieur Dior confided in his memoirs, which implies his deep belief in the sensual power and aesthetic of flowers. His fascination for the rose is foregrounded in the new La Rose Dior collection and reiterates his passion for the eternal source of inspiration. Artistic Director of Dior Joaillerie once again adds to the precious garden of collections he has cultivated in the name of the rose and creates a pluralistic story reflecting multi-faceted femininity.

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Hermès Rouge - SS22 Limited Edition

The new SS22 edition of Rouge Hermès comes across like a bouquet of light. Three shades inspired by an artist’s garden celebrate the harmony between the sky, sun the shimmer of reflecting water on an early spring morning. The trio of color vibrations depict a fresh, magical vibrancy, and a graphic fantasy modelled by light and inspired by vivid flowers. The colors of the tubes, designed by Pierre Hardy, creator of Hermès Beauty objects and creative director of Hermès shoes and jewellery, conclude the lipsticks and make them intriguing objects of desire. A palette that is vibrant, yet harmonic combines the neon radiance of orange, bright green, and red with the more subtle shades of an azure sky, a mirror of water, and a passing mist. The bright bands seem to be reflected in the softer colors, bringing the sense of rediscovered joy and playfulness to an elevated level. The sensory experience is advanced with a signature scent by Christine Nagel, director of creation and olfactory heritage at Hermès, who created a blend of arnica, sandalwood, and candied angelica.

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Eternal Summer - Ferragamo SS22

 Through a short film produced by artist and director Amalia Ulman and a portfolio of images shot by Hugo Comte, Salvatore Ferragamo's Spring-Summer 2022 campaign portrays a journey through a Mediterranean universe. Expressing a fascination for the visual sensuality of clothing, the campaign showcases the new accessories and ready-to-wear collection of the house from different perspectives. A sense of effortless freedom flows throughout the campaign's storyline featuring a renowned cast, including Amalia Ulman herself and American Emmy-winning actor and musician Jharrel Jerome accompanied by models Greta Hofer, Nyaueth Riam and Xu Meen. It is an expression of the bliss of a summer adventure in the setting of an idyllic resort. The Ferragamo SS22 garments and accessories are the co-stars of this campaign: the iconic Vara and Varina designs, the Gancini buckle clogs, the woven upper mules and the Tramezza moccasin for men are the main pieces of the ready-to-wear looks. Vibrant colors accentuate the garments in knitwear and jersey that give a sense of esprit to every individual look characterized by three-dimensional, textured processing combining cotton and silk, wool and linen and hemp yarn. The timeless narrative presented by Ulman’s cinematographic techniques ties in with a the SS22 collection’s inspiration: the emotional intensity and liveliness of a summer to remember.

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Schiesser Revival

Schiesser was founded in 1875 and has since become a staple in many people’s wardrobes all across the world. For the FW21 season, 70 years after its initial release, the German house, rich in tradition, re-launching the original double-rip, an absolute cult classic. This revival revamps this legend with the zeitgeist of today. It is also an expression of the house’s growing sense of responsibility and commitment when it comes to sustainability, the classic double-rip now being crafted from 100% organic cotton. This commitment is not solely restricted to Schiesser’s double-rip, other bestsellers like the Karl-Heinz now also appearing in a new more sustainable fashion. The pieces of the collection shine in a myriad of colors, deep purple, red, rust, brown, olive and blue, complemented with rich textures, floral prints and subtle details. With the established retro athletic look being updated for a new generation of customers, each piece’s design bears witness to Schiesser’s home town, as well as the house’s longstanding commitment to premium quality.

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Versace Pre-Fall 22: Reimagining History

The Italian luxury house Versace unveils its Pre-Fall 2022 collection, which encapsulates the quintessence of creativity. Versace was established by Gianni Versace in 1978 in Milan, emerged into a leading international fashion house during the 80s, and is now creatively led by his sister Donatella Versace. One of the most distinctive recognition features of the luxury fashion brand is the Baroque print. Donatella Versace states the leading mantra of the Pre-Fall 22 collection as “[…] I see creativity as an opportunity and a way of looking at things you have known all of your life in a different way, from another perspective and transform them into something new that, like a scent reminds you of emotions past, but are now connected to something completely rooted in the present moment.” For the Pre-Fall 22 collection, the infamous Baroque print is reimagined in a black and white version on garments, ranging from fitted suits to loose silhouettes. The collection features dresses, sensually hugging the silhouette of the models and silk wide-leg pajama pants with matching shirts as well as bold colored and heavily printed garments, deeply anchored in the Versace vocabulary. The Pre-Fall 22 collection embraces the so-called Versace woman, a strong independent woman who is confident in continuously reinventing herself through clothes.

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Valentine’s Charm

The high jeweler A.E. Koechert has been founded in 1814 by Emmanuel Pioté and Jacob Heinrich Köchert. Ever since then, the family-owned business has been creating unique jewelry creations in their Viennese parent location – at times for the Austrian emperor himself. Nowadays, the jeweler pursues to treat all his clients as if they were emperors themselves – bringing the felicity of considerate gifts to the customer. Taking the literal translation of the notion “joaillier” into account, which means “the bringer of joy”, A.E. Koechert wholeheartedly stands for creating joy with their designs. Creativity and individuality are an inherent part of their visual language, emphasizing the unconventional, the personal, the valuable and not least the eccentric. Thinking ahead, the jewelers of A.E. Koechert have created a line dedicated to Valentine’s Day – composed of three rings, a necklace and a pair of earrings, the collection exudes a playful charm, toying with the shape of hearts, different tones of pink and the incomparable glistening of gemstones. Made from white gold and with a prominent ruby heart and an infinity-style adornment of diamonds, one of the rings caters to the customer who seeks symbolisms, whereas the other two rings, crafted from gold and with a design that features two opposite facing hearts, offers a more subtle approach to Valentine’s Day’s semiotic interpretations. The necklace and the earrings show a complex style, in which fluid and solid parts of a diamond-studded gold chain intertwine, drawing attention to the circular-shaped rose-colored opals, bright pink rhodolite and vibrant pink sapphires it carries. 

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Louis Vuitton Pre-Fall 2022

To Virgil Abloh, pre-collections had a special element to them. As passionate as he was about the sensation of the regular runway shows, he found contentment in immersing himself into the as he defined “normalcy” of the pre-collections that celebrates the idea of commercialism behind fashion, rather than looking upon it. Catering to the terms “trendless” and “lifewear”, his pre-collection frequently delivered looks that stood for contemporality while remaining timeless. His first pre-collection introduced the now widely recognized idea of ‘boyhood ideology’, a perspective with which Virgil Abloh nodded to the influence of upbringing, education and evolvement in the early years of life. The pre-fall 2022 collection seized on this initiation, effortlessly fusing the ideas of formalwear, workwear and streetwear into one fluid wardrobe devoid of conventional dress codes. The collection touches upon the traditional idea of suiting yet adjusts the classical three-piece with a wrap skirt replacing the waistcoat. The seriousness of tapered trousers is replaced with flares and blazers traded for utility jackets. A small selection of looks focuses on elevating sportswear elements with tracksuits appearing in tailoring fabrics. Bringing graphics into formal dressing, the designer played with the Louis Vuitton Damier pattern, reintroducing grid patterns with embroidery work and incorporating landscape motifs into denim pieces. The show exemplified Virgil’s persuasion of questioning definitions and labels, taking visual elements out of context and reviving them by exploring opposites. The shows indicate, in an all-encompassing way, how Virgil Abloh’s designs have shaped the idea of modern menswear and how he continued to pursue the unusual and unexpected while keeping wearability and commerciality in mind.

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Bottega Veneta: Opens New Store in SoHo

To celebrate Bottega Veneta’s new store at 101 Greene Street in SoHo, New York, the luxury brand invited notable guests, such as rapper ASAP Ferg and Lil Kim, as well as actresses Tommy Dorfmann and Tracee Ellis Ross and initiated an intimate dinner at Saint Theo’s. Bottega Veneta was founded in 1966 in Vicenza, Italy, and has been transformed and regenerated by Daniel Lee in 2018 - into one of the most important global players in the fashion industry, perfectly in tune with the zeitgeist. Lee expanded Bottega Veneta’s assortment, introducing ready-to-wear, leather goods, shoes, accessories, and jewelry to the range. The most distinctive recognition feature of the Italian luxury brand is a particular weaving technique called “intrecciato”. This technique allows the designer to weave thin leather into thicker, more durable products and resulted in Bottega Veneta being synonymous with fine craftsmanship. The new SoHo store features furniture, crafted from folded aluminum and designed by Vanderbke Andreu, specially made resin and stone floors and marks the second permanent Bottega Veneta store in Manhattan. The new store concept perfectly matches the contemporary and experimental aesthetic of Bottega Veneta’s displayed ready-to-wear clothes and continues to prove an unparalleled sense for highly recognizable and elevated aesthetics, now under the wings of the newly appointed creative director Matthieu Blazy.

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2022 -The Year Of the Tiger at Piaget

It has been ten years since Piaget launched their first wristwatch dedicated to Chinese traditions. Ever since then, the French horology brand unveils each new anew a watch that pays tribute to the animal of the according year of the Chinese calendar. Beginning in February 2022, the tiger becomes the signum of the Chinese zodiac. Imprinted onto the dial of an Altiplano timepiece, the Tiger edition is limited to 38 pieces, which are meticulously handcrafted by master-enameller Anita Porchet. The tiger finds itself on, a mother-of-pearl colored enamel background that enhances the subtle details and colors of the tiger itself. Using a technique known as cloisonné, that is over 4000 years old, Porchet turned towards the craft of decorative art. The design is carefully transferred onto the surface of the dial, with golden ribbons that create the silhouette of the tiger. The resulting shapes – also called cloisons in French – are then enhanced with enamel pigments that breathe life and depth into the 2d design. The delicacy and strong colors express the majesty and agility of this extraordinary animal. The watchcase is crafted from 18 karat white-gold, set with 78 brilliant cut diamonds and is powered by an ultra-thin, manual-winding clockwork. The dial is complemented by minimalist horology details and reduced to the necessary – two pointers indicating the time – as to leave the limelight to the tiger. The Piaget logo appears to the right, aligned with the adjusting wheel.

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Kaldewei’s Classic Duo Oval at the Villa della Quercia

With its sustainable products made of recyclable steel enamel, Kaldewei has been setting high standards concerning materiality and design – not least in the hotellerie business. The latest project of Milan-based design and architecture specialists Reveria Studio has made use of the one-of-a-kind characteristics of Kaldewei’s design, as they chose the German pioneer’s bathtubs to be the center pieces of the bathrooms of the Villa della Quercia, one of the luxurious buildings of Mandarin Oriental hotel, located directly at Lake Como. Opting for a free-standing bathtub from the Meisterstück Classic Duo Oval series, Reveria Studio has accredited the bathtub with the features needed for combining aesthetic design with practicality and longevity. With the selection, the architectural firm aimed to transfer the magic of nature of the scenic Lake Como into the interior of the hotel, combining a refined Italian style with the purity of clean shapes. The classic design of the Meisterstück Classic Duo Oval and the freestanding corpus fuse timeless elegance with contemporary design. Further, the steel enamel of Kaldewei is extremely suitable for the hotel industry, as the astonishing material is not only pleasant to the eyes and to touch but just as well durable and easy to maintain clean and hygienic. Kaldewei’s designs offer the possibility of a special easy-care surface coating that meets the demands of hotel standards.

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Prada’s SS22 Show Exhibits Subtle Seduction

Simultaneously presented at the Fondazione Prada in Milan, as well as the Shanghai Bund One Art Museum, Miuccia Prada and Raf Simons have unveiled the first runway creation of their partnership with the SS22 collection. The looks featured Prada’s signature sharp lines and defined shapes, amplified by cutouts and tailored detailing. Despite the classical shapes, the collection presented itself with a wink, centering around the idea of “Seduction, Stripped Down”, as the collection has been named by Miuccia Prada and Raf Simons. The center pieces of the SS22 collection are 60’s Mini skirts alluding to the 2000s low waist cuts and provokingly short hemlines. Complemented with visible biker shorts underneath, the skirts illustrated the idea of showing body parts that are usually concealed. The 39 looks – which solely consisted of skirts and dresses – were defined by this meaning-laden piece of clothing that marked the turn of the Women’s rights movement in the second half of the 20th century, as it served as a symbol for women of taking power over the own body. The prominent focus on oversized tops of the last seasons expressed itself in the form of generously cut blazers, nodding to the power-dressing fashions of the 80’s – another crucial point in time of emancipation. Pointed shoes reinforced the confident spirit of the collection, appearing in flat as well as heeled versions. The color palette featured strong and bold shades, including electric purple and bright red, next to seductive black and was accentuated with vibrant green, orange and yellow shades. The luxurious shimmer of Satin weaves appeared throughout the entire collection and delivered an intriguing mix of materials in combination with roughened leather and smooth canvas bindings.

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Dior Cruise 2022: Dior Vibe Sneaker

Back in July 2021, when Maria Grazia Chiuri unveiled the Dior Cruise 2022 Cruise show, the collection featured a new shoe creation - the Dior Vibe Sneaker. The athletic shoe resembles the shape of a running shoe, exuding truly sportive aesthetics while remaining true to the elegance that the French Maison is known for. With a distinctive play of transparent materials and fabric inserts, the sneaker exhibits an intriguing mix of textures. The flexible rubber sole delivers functional performance, while the delicate details balance the dynamic character of the shoe. Dior’s iconic star emblem, the magical code dear to the founding couturier, decorates the sneaker. Finished with a “Christian Dior” signature, the Vibe sneaker combines the world of sportswear and true Dior styles. The sneaker is available in a crisp white with warm golden details, as well as a snow-white version with cooler silver elements. The Vibe sneaker bestowed the collection with a sportive touch, building a contrast to the refined and graceful looks and served as a breach of style bringing a casual and laid-back touch with urban flair.

The Vibe sneaker is available from now on in Dior boutiques, as well as online.

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Saint Laurent Rive Droite: The Ride

Collaborations have proven to be a successful way to introduce a brand into a new, unfamiliar universe and Anthony Vaccarello pursues doing so with Saint Laurent, joining forces with numerous prominent companies for his latest project, named The Ride. Anthony Vaccarello took upon the task to continue Hedi Slimane’s success as creative director at Saint Laurent in 2016. Ever since Vacarello has successfully teased his artistic vision for the luxury Maison— in which his idea of an accessible and experimental space, where art, music, and fashion meet and mind-broadening conversations and discussions are opened unfolds. For the Ride, Vaccarello designed a motorcycle in collaboration with SUPER73-S2, resulting in a perfect fusion between impeccable design and innovative function. SUPER73-S2 was founded in 2016 in Southern California on the concept of continuous striving to inspire and create a community around adventures, which corresponds to Vaccarello‘s vision. The release of the motorcycle is accompanied by a unisex edition of the K-Way bomber jacket with a tiger print, designed with the help of K-Way, a French staple outerwear brand. In addition to that, Vaccarello joined forces with the luxury motorcycle helmet company Hedon to create an elegant and bold helmet in total black.

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DIOR: Elegant & Icy

DIOR creates a unique interpretation of the Christmas holidays in its own words, defined by an enormous amount of style and elegance. The French luxury house is known for its elegant couture garments and, in particular, for its founder Christian Dior, who introduced new shapes and silhouettes into the fashion industry. In 2018, designer Kim Jones took over the creative direction of the men’s collections and refreshed the image of the house with a sportif, contemporary and youthful approach to the clothes and accessories. For the Christmas collection, Jones thoroughly selected a range of different leather goods, shoes, and jewelry to be parts of it, such as the iconic SADDLE bag alongside its backpack version and the Dior LINGOT line of bags. The B23 and B27 sneakers of the selection have become a signature feature of the men’s collections and reflect Kim Jones’ design vocabulary and influence on the house. Each item bears a sign of distinctive recognition value for Dior, either in form of the Dior oblique motif or the CD initials. The official launch of the pieces is staged by an equally compelling video as the items themselves are, and acknowledges the beautiful and magical aspect of the cold and festive season. The short video sequence showcases a playful transformation of the snow-covered, icy pieces, revealing the actual selection in full splendor as the video moves on.

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MB&F x BVLGARI: Reading the Future

Initially showing mutual admiration and professional respect from afar, BVLGARI and MB&F decided to join forces to create FLYING T ALLEGRA, an exceptional timepiece that fuses both luxury brands’ signature skills. Maximilian Büsser founded MB&F in 2005 in Geneva, Switzerland on the concept of revolutionizing the conceptual norm within the world of luxury watches with an unconventional creative approach. For the special collaboration, BVLGARI combines its exquisite feminine graphic aesthetic with the Swiss luxury watchmaker’s complex mechanical know-how, resulting in a series of wearable pieces of art. The timepieces are characterized through their three-dimensional vertical architecture and luxurious case, ranging between white and rose gold and adorned with a high domed sapphire crystal on top. The heart of the watch is the diamond-set flying tourbillon— a technical organ that goes beyond the borders of a traditional dial-plate, anchored only at its base, and set in a 50-degree angle, precisely aligned towards the wearer of the timepiece. BVLGARI replenishes MB&F´s cold and massive construction by a softly sensory experience, with perfectly cut and colored gems. With the FLYING T ALLEGRA series, BVLGARI and MB&F have created historic timepieces with complex micromechanical construction and induced with a futuristic and feminine twist.

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“The Art of Performance”—A Spectacular Additon to Swarovski‘s Kristallwelten

Swarovski proudly introduces a new chamber to its museum “Kristallwelten” under the leitmotif “The Art of Performance.” Kristallwelten was established to celebrate Swarovski‘s centennial anniversary in 1998. The exhibition takes the visitor on a visual journey through the history of Swarovski, the glamorous designs for red carpet events, and the most flamboyant film and stage outfits made out of the precious Swarovski crystals. The museum-like display embraces and emphasizes Swarovski‘s versatility, uniqueness, and elegance. The exhibition is curated by fashion designer Michael Schmidt and the setting is thoughtfully prepared by set designer Derek McLane. It includes Katy Perry‘s iconic chandelier dress, made by Moschino, and the seductive “Happy Birthday” dress seen on Marilyn Monroe as she enchants a whole nation, including the American president at Madison Square Garden in New York as well as outfits worn by Marlene Dietrich, Lady Gaga, Cher, or Beyonce. Swarovski is defined by its founder’s mastery in crystal cutting and a strong sense of innovative and contemporary designs. Daniel Swarovski pioneered the world of jewelry, creating what is now referred to as conscious luxury, affordable yet high-quality glass gemstones and crystals. “The Art of Performance” offers a unique insight into the brand‘s most valuable creations and helps to understand the important role of Swarovski crystals in a worldwide context.

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Diesel: Reshaping the Fashion World

The Italian clothing brand Diesel launches its new PROTOTYPE sneaker through a digital campaign. Renzo Rosso chose the name “Diesel” for the brand in 1978, which is meant to be an expression for “alternative energy,” a node to Rosso’s enduring passion for an original and innovative approach to fashion. The release of the sneaker is accompanied by an original NFT created by the digital fashion house The Fabricant, a company that strives and prospers in developing 3D narratives and digital couture. By doing so, The Fabricant creates an intersection of fashion and technology. By collaborating with this progressive fashion brand, Diesel is significantly involved in paving the way towards a new, digitalized, and in particular less harmful fashion world. Creative Director Glenn Martens designed the new PROTOTYPE sneaker with an innovative approach in terms of aesthetic footwear design. The unisex sneaker is available in a bold and distinctive blue, red, and white colorway. It is adorned with recurring rubber straps and asymmetric lacing and features an industrial outsole tread pattern. With the PROTOTYPE sneaker, Diesel creates a visual reflection of a new digitalized era and introduces a new form of sneaker releases, resulting in digital pieces of art.

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Sabotaging Conventions of Jewelry Design

Free from confines; tethered to self. Unbound. Unchained. This is how the newly launched jewelry label Saboteur defines the essence of its brand identity. Founded by Thomas Sabo, Saboteur relies on the 35 years of design experience of the jewelry titan, while catering for a new generation of customers who seek unconventionality and individuality. Santiago Sabo, son of Thomas Sabo, herein represents the young generations to whom cultural inclusion, open-mindedness and unapologetic expression of the self are values reflected in their consumption choices. Saboteur is designed to break through the sophisticated worlds of jewelry by making use of mystical and metaphorical elements – portraying a spiritual cosmos while being balanced through geometry. The first two collections, called Elemental and Sacral, exhibited under the mantra “Unchain My World”, show elements of industrial engineering that create charms representing solar systems and mysterious relics of extraterrestrial realms. Skulls and hieroglyphic symbols recur on the rings, bracelets, necklaces and watches of the Elemental collection, while the Sacral pieces present visual anecdotes to the North Star, compass silhouettes and studded spikes. Many of the pieces feature an interplay of axles, turning the charms into tiny wondrous objects that can be turned and tilted to the liking of its wearer. Combing the signature 925 Sterling silver of Sabo’s design vocabulary with 18k golden elements, the jewelry line exhausts the possibilities of mixed metals, creating an allegory to their conventionality-defying vision.

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Tiffany & Co.: Seasonal Display at KaDeWe

On November 16th American jeweler Tiffany & Co. brought their renowned holiday window display from their Fifth Avenue flagship store (NYC) to Germany and celebrated the unveiling of the Christmas window installation at the iconic department store KaDeWe in Berlin and at Oberpollinger in Munich. All ten façade windows of KaDeWe in Berlin are decorated in this year's Tiffany & Co. Christmas campaign. Inspired by the creations of Tiffany designer Jean Schlumberger, this year’s festive windows enchant with dreamy opulence and modern lightness. Schlumberger’s legendary "Bird on a Rock" design from 1956 comes to life as the main protagonist of this year’s theme and embarks on a fantastic journey from New York City across the Atlantic Ocean to Berlin, landing at the Brandenburg Gate. This is brilliantly featured in the window scenery. Architectural icons and design codes from both cities merge in this magical world and storytelling. Visitors are transported into a dreamlike fantasy world, evoking associations of a theatrical "Nutcracker" suite. In addition to the "Bird on a Rock,” the windows feature Schlumberger’s iconic "fish" brooch design and many of his other animal motifs which decorate each portal and are painted by hand. Colorful gemstones adorning the “Bird on a Rock”, from yellow diamonds to deep blue tanzanites to pink kunzites, result in a festive backdrop for Tiffany’s High Jewelry creations. Iconic collections including Tiffany T and Tiffany City HardWear are showcased in these magical window vignettes set off with glittering chandeliers and brought to life with the help of digital animation. The occasion also marked the reopening of the brand’s store within the luxury boulevard of KaDeWe. Numerous artists and creatives from the film, fashion, and music industries heeded the call and were treated to a private concert by international artist Alice Merton following the unveiling.

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Dior x Sacai Capsule Collection: Fusing Tradition with Innovation

For this season, Dior’s creative director Kim Jones and Sacai founder Chitose Abe decided to join forces on a capsule collection. Sacai was established by former Rei Kawakubo protégé Chitose Abe over 20 years ago. Ever since the label has built up a reputation as a modern fashion staple, masterfully managing the dichotomy between formal and streetwear fashion. The brand previously collaborated with namesake brands, such as Nike on numerous occasions, refining the iconic sneakers with the signature elevated hybrid optic of Sacai. The capsule collection mirrors the deeply-anchored brand DNA of Sacai in the color palette of the clothes, varying mainly between a devouring black and pearly white. A new, reimagined Dior lettering serves as a visual sign for the creative dialogue that has been started between the two brands. The collection combines Dior’s traditional and unparalleled tailoring with Sacai’s technological innovation, infused with a streetwear aesthetic. Workwear cut denim jackets and trousers are supplemented with functional details and rounded off with a couture finish. The infamous beret, a signature symbol for Dior is presented in a new, reimagined way alongside the clothes. The capsule collection is an ideal fusion of the DNA between two global players of the industry, aligning traditional with contemporary elements, which results in a unique collection of clothes.

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Chanel Resort 2022: Irreverence and Refinement

The Resort collection of Chanel took place in May at the Carrières de Lumiéres in the midst of the French Provence. The according campaign has been captured in front of a backdrop of long stretches of sand, complete with murmuring waves, the collection imagines a trip to the beach in the Mediterranean part of France. Chanel defines the spirit of the collection with “In the art of contrast, irreverence meets refinement” – the collection combines expressive black and white looks with a strong aura with delicate organza flowers, silk crêpe fabrics and macramé elements. Mixing velvet, suede, satin and patent leather with the emblematic use of Chanel tweed, the collection exudes the effortless French style that Chanel has been known for since its founding. The collection exhibits a new free-spiritedness and sense for experimentation, incorporating elements such as chokers and Mary-Jane shoes. The playful side of the collections is balanced out with punk rock influences, coming to terms with alterations of band t-shirts and little black dresses, feather timed and adorned with silver chains. The Resort collection also showcases embellishment as a recurring detail, expressing the finesse and attention to detail that Virginie Viard has continuously carries forward in all the Chanel shows.

The Chanel Cruise collection is available in boutiques from November 9th 2021.

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AGL SS22: Adele and Camille

Made by women for women – this is the leitmotif that inspires the three AGL sisters who are currently writing the design history of the Italian shoe brand. Together, the trio generates each season afresh collections with unmatched quality and unique styles. In their creative process, each of the women has a specific role, bringing to the table their individual point of view which propel the legacy of AGL. AGL’s collections present a golden thread of femineity and sophistication, incorporating the attributes of grace, strength and contemporality into their creations. The SS22 collection exhibits a joyous and outspoken spirit, with the recurring element of platform soles and chunky heels. The two centerpieces of the collections are two pairs of boots, named Adele and Camille, which have been inspired by the notion of a rose thorn. The designs of the Adele and Camille toy with a see-through effect by using a combination of mesh material and smooth leather. Mixing materials is one of the sisters’ favorites games and results in unusual and unique creations. Always relying on elegance and high-quality materials, bring timeless refinement to even gritty models like the Adele biker boot and the Camille cuissard sandal. Borrowing from the allegory of the rose thorn, the two styles express the opposing ideas of feminine and masculine and delicacy and strengths. The balance evoked by the interplay of delicate mesh and sturdy leather embodies the fascination with contrasts the AGL sisters stipulate in their designs.

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Luxury House Bottega Veneta and Daniel Lee End their Collaboration

After three years of successfully bringing new energy to the luxury fashion house, Creative Director Daniel Lee and Bottega Veneta owner Kering made a joint decision to end the partnership. Bottega Veneta was founded in 1966 in Italy, selling leather goods, defined by a distinctive new leather weaving design, called Intrecciato. Daniel Lee refreshed and revived Bottega Veneta’s heritage, giving it a contemporary veneer and perpetuating its current momentum for the future. The creative director created the most prominent signature pieces of Bottega, such as the padded leather bags, thoughtfully woven with the Intrecciato method or sleek rubber trimmed boots in a bright, neon green, which goes down in history as the Bottega Green. Daniel Lee previously worked for great names of the industry, such as Maison Margiela, Balenciaga or helped develop Celine under the creative direction of Phoebe Philo, before accepting the challenge at Bottega Veneta. As for the new creative leadership of the luxury brand, Kering left only a few hints, leaving us curious to observe what the future holds for Bottega Veneta as well as Daniel Lee.

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WoTo: Experiencing Textile in Amsterdam

A place that serves as a platform for conversations, sharing experiences, and activating change—Windows of Textile Opportunities opens its first store in Amsterdam. WoTO is part of the collective brand ByBorre and is devoted to democratized innovations, supply chain accessibility as well as material transparency. With its core values the brand is enthusiastically aiming at generating real change in the industry towards responsibility and innovation. WoTO is a versatile store experience, exhibiting the work from ByBorre’s partners, such as the Woolmark Company and Parley for the Oceans but also offering a platform and a space for like-minded people to meet and exchange ideas. The brand organizes events, such as masterclasses, allowing attendees to explore the intriguing world of materials and access to tools, enabling them to design textiles from the yarn up. Furthermore, WoTO hosts symposia for a free interchange of ideas between creative minds on reducing impacts and the latest developments on climate-friendly solutions. WoTO has formed partnerships with great universities all around the world and encouraged them to participate in the program, resulting in another success indicator. With the WoTO project, ByBorre and its partners have started a responsibility movement and continuously challenge the industry to follow in their footsteps.

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Versace Holiday Season: A Glamorous Take on Winter Sports

To celebrate the official start of the cold season for winter sports, Versace launches a special holiday collection. Versace lives up to its reputation, showcasing bold-colored, leather two-pieces and elegant evening dresses with a Barocco partywear feel to it. Together with a team of innovative designers, Donatella Versace reimagined the traditional La Greca print as well as the iconic Medusa bag, ranging in a color palette from fiery reds to electrical blues. The special collection is launched with a campaign film, which celebrates winter sport and Italian excellence. The storyline begins in a location and atmosphere that resembles the exciting and chaotic minutes backstage before a runway show. But as the story goes on and the curtains part, the viewer witnesses an unusual presentation of the collection. Professional ice skater Rebeca Ghilardi is put into the limelight as the protagonist of the campaign film, presenting extraordinary, energetic spins and pirouettes while wearing Versace´s festive holiday attire. Ghilardi shares the spotlight with her fellow Versace teammates Stella Maxwell and Malika Louback. With this year's holiday campaign, Versace brings together two seemingly opposite things- the glamorous fashion with the strenuous winter sport of ice skating.

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Saint Laurent Rive Droite Halloween Special: A Playful Homage to the Spooky Season

To celebrate the world’s spookiest season, Anthony Vaccarello, the visionary creative director of Saint Laurent, decided to create a special Halloween capsule, available at the infamous Rive Droite retail location. The exceptional boutique Rive Droite is a nod to Rive Gauche, which opened in 1966 as the first ready-to-wear store in a Couturier’s own name. Saint Laurent Rive Droite distinguishes itself from other retail stores, not only because of its remarkable history but the airy interior, defined by the opposites of concrete and glass as well as black and white marble, creating a more accessible and eclectic atmosphere. Vacarello continues to live up to the reputation of the boutique, designing festive jewelry pieces with a playful and youthful approach to the dark side, the hallmark of Halloween. The special collection includes bracelets and necklaces, inspired by the shapes of skulls and crossbones as well as decorative figurines, created in collaboration with the toy company Nanoblock. To round the spooky Halloween experience, a spider projection in 3D by German artist Friedrich Van Schoor will be displayed in the Rive Droite boutique in Paris, as well as in the store in Los Angeles.

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Dior East-West Bags: Going in Different Directions

It has been 26 years since Dior´s iconic Chouchou bag made its first red-carpet appearance on the arm of Lady Diana. Originally called ``Chouchou´´ , which means ´´the favorite´´ in French, the bag lived up to its name and quickly became an indispensable gem for many women. The bag was soon renamed Lady Di as an homage to the sophisticated style and taste of the Princess of Wales. For the Cruise collection, SS22 cruise collection, Maria Grazia Chiuri reimagined the Lady Di as well as the Bobby bag by stretching its length further towards East and West and therefore giving new life through new proportions. The new version of the Lady Di appears in exceptionally beautiful and contemporary colors and styles, with beige raffia, macro-tanning, or pearl-embroidery. The Lady Di re-visit comes along with the Cannage pattern, which mirrors the pattern of the original couture show chairs of the Maison and is revived in refreshing colors, such as black, latte and rose. The retake on the Dior essentials exhibits a modern and effortless character, that stays true to the unmistakable elegance of Lady Diana and Christian Dior at once.

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Hublot Design Prize 2021: Illustrations of Representation

No less than 7 years ago, Hublot debuted the Hublot Design price. In 2021, almost a decade later, the prize has become a noteworthy token in the creative industries, opening the gates for the nominated artists to reach another level of recognition. The prize is a catalyst that enables the artists to showcase their work to a broader audience, entailing opportunities to network and connect. The Hublot Design Prize considers any kind of artists working with innovative design methods, whether experimental or pathbreaking, making use of new techniques and materials, incorporating technology or advocating ecological and social endeavors. Alongside the eight nominees, Ben Ganz, Christoph John, Eva Feldkamp, Frederica Fragapane, Thebe Magugu, Theresa Bastek and Archibald Godts and Irakli Sabeka, this year’s winner is Mohammed Iman Fayaz. The Brooklyn-based illustrator cherishes independence and cultural diversity in his work, focusing on the depiction of people of color, advocating a realistic representation of the social challenge they face in particular. The New-York born artist channels his creative energy and cultural vision into vivid illustrations, computer-animated graphics and short films that resemble cartoons. In his illustrations, Fayaz thematizes contrasting topics like joy, pain, intimacy and longing, hitting the zeitgeist of younger generations and those who see life through an open mind and a keen eye. By staying close to real-life situations and depicting them through realistic personas, Fayaz touches upon current matters and the course of societal change. After exhibiting in the Brooklyn Museum in New York, and the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, his art has recently been incorporated into the MoMa collection.

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Bally Hike by Robert Rabensteiner: An Homage to Alpine Roots

The name of Bally Is immediately associated with snow covered peaks and the unspoiled scenery of Zurich or Geneva. The origins of the brand date back to 1851, when it was founded by Carl Franz Bally in Switzerland. The brand is best known for its brilliant fusion between traditional high craftsmanship and a contemporary aesthetic. For the unisex capsule collection, Bally decided to pay tribute to its alpine roots and hence to collaborate with stylist and editor Robert Rabensteiner, whose origins lie in mountain sceneries as well-the dolomites. Robert Rabensteiner is currently editor-at-large at Vogue L`Uomo Italy and is best-known and admired for his brilliant consulting for various fashion houses such as Moncler or Roberto Cavalli. The collection features an exceptional range of versatile footwear as well as high qualitative sweatwear. The hiking shoes are traditionally handmade by Bally and available in a brightly colored design, inspired by technical elements. Bally fuses its experience as an expert in shoemaking with Robert Rabensteiner´s unique and modern aesthetic to create the perfect attire for the urban explorer. The pieces are an ideal compromise between fashion and function and can be worn in the city as well as in the beautiful mountains in Switzerland.

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Dunhill Rethinks Longevity with the Compendium Parka

In time for the colder season, Dunhill is replenishing its outerwear assortment with the Compendium Parka. The concept around the new parka revolves around timeless design that endures several seasons. The Compendium Parka is inspired by a men’s compact found in the Dunhill’s archives – consisting of utilitarian tools such as a cigarette case, a pocket knife, a lighter and a watch. Drawing inspiration from the multifunctional, timeless spirit this compact exuded, Dunhill centered the Compendium Parka around the notions of versatility and adaptability, which is why the parkas can be worn adjusted to the wearer’s desire. The overcoat can be detached to transform the parka into a jacket, and the lining can be worn together with the parka or on its own. The compromise between the four components offers maximum comfort for the wearer no matter the season’s conditions and is made from fine material supposed to last a lifetime, including eco-conscious, regenerated nylon and a shearling-polyester base. With the creation of the Compendium Parka, Dunhill strives to actively contribute to longevity instead of disposability. Making use of luxurious, yet durable materials, Dunhill unites utility, function and elegance and embodies these notions in one, everlasting, yet constantly changing item.

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Messika by Kate Moss: A Sensual Homage to Femininity

Following a previous collaboration, Messika created another series of jewelry, working together with the one and only supermodel legend Kate Moss. The jewelry designer Valérie Messika is known and admired for her beautiful jewelry pieces, enhancing female beauty and a blend of the timeless with a modern twist. This collaboration marks a milestone for Messika’s and Moss’ partnership because for the first time it is presented as a real, ravishing runway show, staged in an equally glamorous environment as the jewelry collection itself, the Hotel Ritz. The guests included Cardi B, Toni Garrn and Tina Kunakey. The collection features an exceptional range of extravagant necklaces, unique earrings in precious colored gold, refined with colorful gems, malachites, turquoises as well as diamonds. The pieces can be worn traditionally around the neck and on the ears as well as on the forehead as a modern version of a crown. “The emotion appears when the imaginary becomes real’’ is a mantra of the brand Messika, perfectly capturing the creative process behind their collaboration. Kate Moss drew inspiration from elements of bohemian chic that sensually enhance femininity. This idea was transformed in versatile jewellery pieces, which represent perfect elevating additions to an everyday look.

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Royal Folklore at Etro

Few historic remnants carry as much symbolic value as a crown. Signifying responsibility, majesty and decisiveness, the crown embodies an epitome of fortitude. While royal sovereignty as a form of government and the idea of sole reigns are passé, the figurative symbolism around royalty still marks a significant tool of empowerment. Etro found inspiration in this empowerment for the Crown Me line and interpreted majesty in a modern manner for their customers. Etro launches the collection as a metaphor and shared invitation to love and appreciate, representing the idea of a more powerful, daring and valiant every day feel for its wearers. The Crown Me line consists of a collection of bags, small leather items and accessories like belts, jewels and headbands, featuring classic styles including a hobo-bag, a bucket bag and a tote. The key element of the collection is are rustic embellishments of square studs that achieve a three-dimensional touch. The crown-like assemblage of the studs is featured in two color options, an antique tinted silver galvanic with turquoise cabochon and brass galvanic with black cabochon. The combination of the stud decorations, Etro’s signature paisley print fabric and high quality leather marks the meeting between heritage and contemporary creativity and evokes a folklore feel.

Crown Me is available in Etro Boutiques, online and at selected international retailers from now on.

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Arthur Arbesser FW 21: Fashionable Art

In the FW21 presentation the Milan-based designer Arthur Arbesser, best known for his personal and design language, proves that one can draw inspiration from everything, even a painter’s palette and a harlequin doll found on a flea market. Something that sets Arthur Arbesser’s FW21 collection apart from others are the prints, which act as a mirror of the designer’s personality and give us a very private glimpse of his soul. Striking prints with symbolic, geometric motifs resemble the works of British artist Joe Tilson, heavily appreciated by Arbesser. Tilson is famous for his designs referencing ancient cultures, reinterpreted in a pop-art aesthetic. Another noteworthy aspect surrounding the prints, presented in this collection is sustainability. The brush-stroked printing from the SS19 collection is revived, previously used fake-fur is dyed and made into impressive hats and silk as well as cotton are rematched in new garments. Further pieces of the FW21 collection also include silk pyjama sets, mohair jacquard skirts, sweaters and pleated skirts in a beautifully composed styling. Bold colored and radiant yet soft and easy to wear. The collection is photographed in an artistic environment- a painter’s studio with lots of canvases stacked in the background, which perfectly resonates the clothes. It seems that the art on the canvases is come to life by the captivating and colorful prints on the clothes. The collection does not only feature beautifully put together garments, but with every piece of clothing, a bit of the designer Arthur Arbesser himself.

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VERSACE SS22: Celebrating Comebacks

This season is all about revisiting iconic archival Versace trends, while having the first live fashion show since the pandemic has started. Donatella makes strong use of the typical Versace vocabulary, the vibrant colors, sleek latex dresses and what comes first to mind when thinking about Versace, the brands multifunctional signature piece: the foulard. Aside from the fact that the runway location is wrapped with the silk scarf, it appears on a range of different garments such as flowing dresses, pajama sets, Bikini tops and for the men’s collection in form of the infamous silk shirt. The SS22 collection is youthful and playful, strongly oriented to the needs of the Generation Z for ´90s revival trends. It includes the short, bold colored party dresses as well as the iconic safety pins, which serve two purposes, decorative embellishment and functional fastening of the pieces. The collection also features the iconic pinned black pencil dress, worn by Elizabeth Hurley in 1994. The colorful mix of colors and ornamentation details is intriguing to look at and at the same time acts as a teaching lesson for anyone who wonders how the mind of the Gen Z generation processes impression rich social media such as Tik Tok.

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MM6 Margiela SS22 to Bring Back the Fun in Fashion

The brand is rediscovering the playful side of fashion, in a literal way with a lot of chess patterns on a range of different garments. True to the brands core identity, you can find a lot of playful contradictions in this collection. The most expressive pieces on this runway are faux fur wheeled luggage items in collaboration with Eastpak, silk evening dresses and long chess patterned skirts paired with rubber gloves, one would usually associate with cleaning dishes. Sleeves and gloves are the main focus this season, taken out of context and displaced on ecru colored blazers or wrapped around bold colored leather jackets. Another interesting detail is the fabric manipulation in form of boiled cotton, that gives off the impression of leather. This process could be compared to Trompe l’oeil, a technique popular among surrealists, as it gives an optical illusion of something, that isn’t there. All these rebellious aspects give us a hint on the main inspiration behind the new collection, the female surreal artists, among them Claude Cahun, Leonora Carrington and Dorothea Tanning, whose influence is especially noticeable in accessoires like the broken pearl earring. A perfect balance between casual and avant-garde pieces, the MM6 SS22 collection is an ideal example of the free-spirited play with clothing, ignoring any rules, that is deep-rooted in Margiela’s DNA.

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Boucheron: Animaux de Collection Wladimir

Boucheron’s history of incorporating animals into their collections dates back to the 1860s. With their collection Bestiary Tale, Boucheron brought to life a series of minuscule animal figurines, perpetuated in the finest jewelry. The French brand has revived its inspiration from the animal kingdom with its Animaux de Collections in the past years. Through this collection, each animal - among others a leopard, a hedgehog and a parrot - Boucheron has created personal talismans that represent the unique character of their wearer. The fauna of the planet earth has always been deeply connected with us humans. Domesticating animals, pet ownership and the anthropomorphising of animal characters show the incomparable bond between humans and animals. Now, the collection is replenished by a new character – Wladimir, the cat with vivid gemstone eyes and diamond-studded fur. The inspiration for Wladimir comes from Boucheron’s urban mythos tale of a cat watching over the Boucheron boutique in Paris. Available in two different ring forms, a simple pendant necklace as well a sturdy collar necklace, Wladimir represents a feline lucky charm, making for a perfect gift that is enriched by the wearers personal association. The according campaign features Alexa Chung, whose carefree and playful elegance embodies the blueprint identity of Boucheron’s customer – and Wladimir’s human guardian.

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Stone Island x New Balance

Collaborations have proven to be very effective ways for a brand to not only connect with a new audience but also offers a possibility to reflect on the essence of the brand itself. Faced with a different brand’s heritage, its different approach and aesthetic, one is forced to reflect on one’s essence and how it can be combined to create a new and innovative product truly representing the best of what both partners have to offer. This becomes especially true if the partnership isn’t just for one season, or one specific drop, but rather over a longer period of time. The Italian house of Stone Island and the footwear company New Balance are about to embark on such a journey. The first chapter of this long-term partnership is a reinterpretation of the RC elite racing and training shoe. The resulting shoe is the combination of New Balance’s expertise as shoemakers, whereas Stone Island brings a new stylistic direction, as well as all their accumulated material knowledge. Perfectly adjusted to the needs of runners, it features the updated FuelCell technology and the upper is produced in a 3D knit, lightweight, thin and breathable. The most visible reminder of this partnership is the strategically placed logos, the New Balance graphics on the right foot and the iconic Stone Island Compass on the left.

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Furla’s Re-Candy Bag

In the wake of Milan Fashion Week 2021, Furla celebrates the 10-year anniversary of the signature Candy tote handbag by re-inventing with a forward-thinking, conscious vision while remaining true to the brand’s authentic traditions. The Candy bag, distinguishable by its reduced and contemporary design, has been elevated into a sustainable version. To ensure maximum expertise, Furla has turned to the professional knowledge of Italian companies who are trailblazers of sustainable solutions, such as Nativa, a regenerative design business. Circularity has been a centerpoint in Furla’s undertaking towards an ecological Candy, which is why the Re-Candy is made from recycled plastic and produced in a factory powered exclusively by electrical energy from renewable sources. In an endeavor to encompassing sustainability, the Re-Candy name and logo have been embossed onto the bag instead of using dyes. Although the Re-Candy has been designed to last a lifetime, the bag is fully recyclable once it is disposed of. The Re-Candy comes in vibrant colors, from vibrant pink, saturated purple, bright orange to lime green and embodies a lifestyle balancing urban dynamic with the serenity of being at ease with the environment. The Re-Candy was presented in the midst of multicolored inflatable flowers, with the event serving as a propeller of conversation and change.

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Fendi SS22: High Octane Female Confidence

For his Ready To Wear debut at Fendi, Kim Jones merged the cheerful irreverence of the Italian house with his own empowered, eased view on the future. By exploring a contemporary take on disco glamour, Jones re-interpreted the powerful, fierce and diverse femininity that Fendi is known for. Searching for inspiration for the SS22 collection, Jones turned towards Fendi’s archives, seeking out details of the design legacy that reflect upon former designer Karl Lagerfeld personal relations with the brand’s collaborators, in particular with fashion illustrator Antonio Lopez. Drawing inspiration from a hand-sketched logo of the liberal artist and close friend of Karl, the idea of bringing past times to life again erupted. Lopez work has been revived in the SS22 collection, displaying his illustrations in elegant abstract versions on kaftans and silk shirts, imprinting his figurative drawings into leather items and weaving them into lace and jacquard pieces. Rainbow elements, plexiglass hoop earrings and enamel hair accessories make for a tropical decadence paired with disco chic. The silhouettes of the coats, trousers, blazers and tailored shirts of the SS22 nod to the power dressing movement of the 80s, while the modernist take on the artworks serves a certain friskiness, summing up Jone’s view of the Fendi and Lopez woman: “She is empowered; she’s someone of her own making.”

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Editions de Parfums Frédéric Malle: Synthetic Jungle

Anne Flipo, who has been appointed as “Master of Parfum” by the IFF New York in 2019, has created an opulent and unique fragrance for Editions de Parfums Frédéric Malle. Her olfactory style is defined as modern, precise and powerful and is perfectly represented in her recent creation Synthetic Jungle for Frédéric Malle. The resulting fragrance is a tribute to its very own name – richly evocative, green, vegetal and flowery. The perfume is an olfactory embodiment of a jungle, relocating the wearer into the setting of abundant greenery, exotic plants and floral freshness. Since the millennial turn, Editions de Parfums Frédéric Malle has given master perfumers from all over the world complete freedom, guiding them to the pinnacle of theirs art and providing them with exceptional material. Without time, budget or marketing constraints, Frédéric Malle champions the artistry behind the world of perfumes. Anne Flipo herself describes the development of Synthetic Jungle as “the joy of composing with no time constraints” and as a creative outlet “where everything is possible.” The approach cultivates an eclectic range of perfumes representing the unique diverse personalities and art of their creators. As such, synthetic jungle is an ode to Anne Flipo’s preference for floral and green palettes.

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Kaldewei: Supersalone 2021

After a forced break of over a year, the world of interiors was able to gather again in early September for the first time in Milan for a special edition of the Salone del Mobile, the Supersalone. At last, brands, journalists and design enthusiasts were able to meet in person, experience real encounters, direct contact and exciting conversations without the need of a screen. Kaldewei was of course not to miss Milan. During the Supersalone, the German brand presented its SUPERPLAN ZERO, a new shower surface made from recycled steel enamel and conceived by Werner Aisslinger. In a perfect mise-en-scène, the campaign images shot by Bryan Adams were seamlessly combined with the products, the Kaldewei novelty attracted specialists and regular visitors alike, whose visits at the stand were characterized by strong interest, curious looks and overwhelmingly positive feedback. As Yvonne Piu, Global Marketing Director at Kaldewei has put it, “the Supersalone, which Stefano Boeri and his team have curated in an outstanding way, is a Perfect match setting for us. In addition, we have the unique opportunity to present Bryan Adams’ photographic interpretations of the SUPERPLAN ZERO to an international specialist audience shortly before the launch of the global campaign.”

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Cartier's Santos Collection

For their latest eyewear launch, Cartier once again took inspiration from their design legacy. This time the origins of the new eyewear line date back to 1904 – which is when Cartier crafted one of the first wristwatches for famous Brazilian aviator Alberto Santos Dumont. The wristwatch’s design was aligned with the typical aviator hints, such as exposed screws and geometric shapes. With its gender-neutral popularity, the watch rapidly ranked as a classic defying the hands of time. Cartier has extended the aviator watch into the Santos collection, a series of eyewear items that pay tribute to Santos and the design cues of his profession. The frames of the Santos collection is characterized by confident metal shapes, luxuriously finished with signature screw details and geometrical temple tips taken, directly adapted from the original Santos watch. The men’s collection features a contemporary take on the idea of aviator leather jackets with soft leather blinders. For the first time, the Santos launches a women’s collection too, showing lightweight profiles with delicate frames with beautifully nuanced lenses with gradient glasses, taking on a modern interpretation of highly recognizable and sophisticated design through delicacy and subtleness.

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Loewe FW21: Aligned with Nature

The earth is the home of humanity. In times of uncertainty and dismay, it becomes more important than ever to cherish this home not only as the base of our existence but just as much as an organism that lives, breathes and feels. An organism to be respected by humanity, where the relationship between inhabitants and surroundings is not fuelled by exploitation but by respect. It is this mind game that lead LOEWE to introduce their FW21 collection called Eye/LOEWE/Nature. The essence and backdrop of this special collection is the outdoors, the realm where the elements of nature and the instinct of the human meet on a par with each other. The core Eye/LOEWE/Nature FW21 reflects a vibrant playfulness that brings ideas of patchwork and upcycling to the extreme, exploring ways to create surfaces as well as entire garments. Outdoor, vintage and military details are hybridised into garments that make for progressive dressing. Following the overall tendency to loose-cut clothing, the collection features generous shapes, unexpected volume and items that are versatile in their purpose. Tailored tweed jackets are fused with sportswear details, tents are turned into long coats and flannel and knit sweaters are combined with fleece styles. The sartorial range of the collection is replenished by accessories such as coloful hiking boots, technical bags, protecting gear such as hats and small upcycled items including charms and belts.

The Eye/LOEWE/Nature collection is available online and in LOEWE shops.

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Kolor SS22: New Minimalism

For the SS22 season, Japanese brand Kolor pursues a new take on minimalism. The majority of the presented looks remain in a simple aesthetic, whereas profound design ideas and detailing is limited to just a fraction of the collection’s pieces. By this approach, Kolor’s SS22 collection carries the uniqueness and complexity the brand is known for, and presents itself with a patchwork-like, mixed and matched aesthetic in which the minimalist singular pieces are elevated through the whole of the look. As seen in previous collections, Kolor incorporated the element of “broken-then-fixed”, yet introduces a twist by using transparent, clear fabrics to emphasizes the seemingly “repaired” parts. The see through fabrics reveal the structures of the garment, bearing the tapes, staples and seams which are usually hidden. By intentionally showing these messy and raw parts of the garments, Kolor puts them into the limelight as the aesthetic essence, creating lightness and an analogue feeling. The color palette of the SS22 collections is composed of cool tones, such as blues and greens, paired with conservative beiges, grey and brown tones. To create accentuation in this otherwise muted scheme, Kolor worked with hints of with bright purples, red and oranges. The collection conveys the loose and light feeling of 60s and 70s wear, with inanimate and avant garde touches through rubber coatings and silvery, reflective fabrics.

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Hublot x Big Bang DJ Snake

DJ Snake’s career is of dazzling and multifaceted character. With over a billion streams on Spotify and numerous awards including Billboard and MTV ones, the French musician is a kind of its own. Celebrated by fans for his creations since 2013 with hits like “Lean on” with Major Lazer and “Let me love you” with Justin Bieber, DJ Snake is a factor to be reckoned with when it comes to electronic music all over the globe. Since 2018, the DJ is an ambassador for the Swiss horology pioneer Hublot. For their latest project, the DJ’s creative design ideas and Hublot’s technical know-how have joined forces. Resulting from the collaboration, the Big Band DJ Sake has been created, a watch that boldly expresses the musician's character while demonstrating how traditional craftsmanship can be turned into modern, avant-garde and outspoken watch-making. The DJ sums up the thought process behind the design: “ To be able to wear – and also offer my fans – a watch which reflects my personality is something that has been very important to me since the start of my partnership with Hublot. I am delighted to have been able to combine my inspiration with the expertise of the fantastic watchmakers and technicians at this Swiss brand.” The Big Bang DJ Snake watch features an iridescent shine emerging from countless light hues of electric blue and pulsing purple colors. Made possible by a special manufacturing process, the color accents change depending on light and angles. A distinctive detail of the Big Bang DJ Snake is the prominent notches on the side of the watchcase. Limited to 100 pieces, this special creation comes with a color coordinated as well as a black strap that offers an individual choice to its wearer.

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Dior Talks with Felicity Jones

Dior invites the curious listener to experience the contemporary mind of the French Maison. At Dior Talks, persons who directly shape the creative direction of Dior meet with those whose artistic, cultural or intellectual views inspire the narrative of it. Hosted by journalist Justine Picardie, the sixth season of this podcast series revolves around feminism and features strong female characters from different professional backgrounds. Following talks with poet and author Robin Morgan, international ballet start Eleonora Abbagnato and artist Eva Jospin; the latest episode features actress Felicity Jones. Jones, who has been a part of the movie industry for over 25 years, touches upon acting, gender roles and her opinion towards all-male environments, specifically in regards to the recent shifts and developments in the acting world, which have been unfolding since the #MeToo happenings in October 2017. Picardie and Jones get to the bottom of the shortcomings and pitfalls of the male-dominated film industry and discuss the importance of women-led projects – in front of and behind the camera. Jones has admired Maria Grazia Chiuri designs at Dior for their ability to empower women, and for the Maison’s modus operandi of tying together unapologetic femineity, freedom and feminism all in one.

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Guess F21: Originals and Kit Program

Just in time with the beginning of a new academic year, GUESS launches their F21 collection. The collection entails an Originals capsule and an Originals Kit Program. For the Originals capsule, GUESS took inspiration from the back-to-school season and created looks taking cues from classic campus attire. Authentic vintage pieces from the 90’s have been developed into revamped pieces featuring athletic silhouettes like cardigans, varsity jackets and jerseys. The campus sports elements are enhanced by classic collegiate graphics, such as regimental stripes, plaids and chenille/ varsity patches. The capsule parades modern prep vibes that take the wearer back to the 90s school spirits. The Originals Kit Program focuses on seasonal color ways, presenting refreshing takes on every-day pieces. As such, the program introduces light twill and woven pants and denim pieces next to chambray shirts and pocket tees. The women’s collection presents ribbed tanks, bodysuits and biker shorts, referring back to the athletic appearance of the Originals capsule.

The GUESS Originals capsule and the GUESS Originals Kit Program is available from now on in selected GUESS retail stores, as well as online.

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Hublot’s Rainbow Watch

With a passion for pop art and bright tones, Hublot’s latest creation is abundant of color. A vibrant gradient adorns the Big Bang Tourbillion Rainbow - no Pantone color is unattainable - not even the rainbow color palette. Since 2017, Hublot has incorporated all the rainbow colors in different ways in the watches, but until the Big Bang Tourbillion, the seven colors of the rainbow have not been set together in one watch. This August, the watchmaker presents these two exceptional high jewelry pieces, which radiate cheerful decadence from the bezel to the watch case to the bracelet. The Big Bang Tourbillon model is available in two versions, one in king gold and one in white gold, which reveal the fascinating movement of the automatic winding under sapphire glass. Nearly 36 carats, 484 invisibly set baguette-cut stones, and seven different types of stones reflect the seven visible colors of the rainbow spectrum: bright red rubies, fuchsia sapphires, ultraviolet amethysts, Yves Klein blue topaz, lush green tsavorites, lemon yellow sapphires, and bright orange sapphires. The smooth transition between the seven types of stone emphasizes the artistic character of the timepiece. 1,200 hours of work were required to select the stones themselves and their color nuances, to cut and set them according to the color gradient plan, and ultimately to imitate the perfection of nature. Once again, Hublot combines innovation and know-how, high horology and high jewelry in a superlative watch.

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Carhartt WIP x Civilist

For the SS 21 collection, Carhartt has collaborated with the iconic Berlin skate brand Civilist. The capsule collection consists of nine pieces. From cotton jersey hoodies to short-sleeved shirts, as well as skating decks and a neck pouch, the collaboration represents a holistic strategy to street style credibility. The approach of Civilist brings a playful side to the renowned streetwear and skateboard brand, by emblazoning the Carhartt styles with graphic smiley faces, whose facial features are derivations of the Carhartt logo and the Civilist logotype. The smiley reappears as a warped 3D iteration on a kaleidoscopic background throughout the nine pieces. Civilist, which was founded in 2009 in Berlin-Mitte evolved from a skate shop to an apparel retailer. Despite the gentrification of the area, the Civilist shop remains a cultural hub and meeting point for the city’s skaters, not least because of their steadfastly and reassuring authenticity. Civilist has collaborated with renowned brands in the past, including Nike, Vans, Converse and Stussy.

Carhartt WIP x Civilist is available from now in selected Carhartt WIP stores, selected skate shops and online.

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Rotate SS22 x Marsèll

The pandemic, which has held a grip over this world for over a year and a half, is not yet over, but there is light at the end of the tunnel. We have largely worked from home, going to bars, restaurants and clubs was impossible and our wardrobes started to reflect this as we gladly exchanged jeans for sweatpants. Now that the world might be reopening, it is time to bring the focus back on statement dresses, to revive the everyday glamour. For this reason, ROTATE’s Creative Directors Thora Valdimarsdottir and Jeanette Madsen drew inspiration from the 90s sitcom style icon Frane Fine for SS22, a collection that makes us fall in love with the glam of the 90s, infused with a touch of 70s disco. The collection was presented during Copenhagen Fashion Week in a fast-paced show during which the models emerged from vintage sports cars parked on the runway. The delicately feminine garments were contrasted with the raw masculine energy of the cars, an embodiment of the brand’s signature high-octane cool. Short hemlines and sequins fused with masculine elements such as denim and sharp tailoring defined the collection with the looks being finished with Marsèll’s most iconic footwear creations. Whether it was the Micarro ankle boots the Carretta beatles or the Zuccone, the styles selected embodied the essence of the Italian footwear brands with their gender-neutral aesthetic, utilitarian edge and their penchant for oversized soles.

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Stone Island FW2021: Shadow Project

Research, experimentation, function and use are the four matrices that define Stone Island’s brand identity. The Italian brand revolutionizes contemporary menswear by focusing on design and practicality at once, without compromising in terms of style. For the F/W 21 collection, Stone Island curated Shadow Project, a product line that focuses on serving the wearer. Utilizing attentive research into the behavioural pattern of wearers, Stone Island manufactured the individual pieces in a way where true functionality shows in the daily usage. Herein, the process of wearing the garment plays a significant role, the pieces of Shadow Project By reducing typical functional details, relying on internal storage solutions and tailoring with a generous fit, the garments provide freedom and comfort to the wearer. The collection is split up into two chapters and engineered to meet the alternating weather conditions of two seasons and their transition time. Shadow Project is a response to futuristic and current world scenarios, in which contemporary menswear evolves to a fusion of performing aspects, material innovation and style.

www.stoneisland.com

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Net-A-Porter expands Net Sustain Platform

Net Sustain, the British online shop’s segment focused on consciously crafted fashion, presents itself with an updated user experience. In the wake of the expansion, a series of new fashion brands have been adopted. With the values of consciousness and circularity in mind, the labels were carefully chosen by taking into account human, animal and environmental welfare within the label’s production and distribution chains. Each label has to excel in at least one of nine product attributes, namely considered materials, ingredients and overall process, waste reduction, local production craftsmanship and community, animal welfare, vegan and design for circularity. The latter is a newly added category that aims to actively contribute to a shift in throwaway culture and waste caused by textile disposal. Next to the increased number of labels, Net Sustain newest edit features an enhanced customer journey. This journey comes to terms in a dynamic shopping experience that offers post-purchase solutions. A personalized digital ID enables customers to track the life cycle of selected garments. Transparency is a key element of turning over the relation between fashion, industry, retail and customer experience which is why Net Sustain’s digital ID provides information on Care & Repair partners, promoting longevity and appreciation for purchased garments.

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Freedom Now x Versace Jeans Couture

Freedom is a volatile notion, it takes on different forms for each individual identity and is both universal and personal at the same time. In a quest to find an answer to the contemporary meaning of freedom, Versace Jeans Couture has brought the collaboration Freedom Now to being. This series of content is curated by three artists: Savana Ogburn, Vincent Catel and Naguel Rivero. Resulting from their individual artistic interpretation of freedom, three unique concepts arose. “Freedom means being able to inhabit a variety of selves throughout our lives” is the idea behind Ogburn’s concept that touches upon the versatile facets of femineity. With a campy, colorful and textural lens, Ogburn opted for a series of kitsch and pop collages portraying the model as a spirited garden gnome, a pastel alien and a vampiress. Catel chose the medium of videography to capture a story of freedom. In Catel’s short film, two motorcyclists fall in love while exploring a dream-like landscape. Cliché imagery orchestrates a shy playfulness with a touch of irony that sets the archetypal characters free. Rivero focused on freedom in a post-pandemic world by taking portraits of determined young people who resonate with tolerance, empathy and acceptance.

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TommyXIndya

Over the last years, it has become clear that our world finds itself once again at an important crossroads. On the one hand, the messages of tolerance and equality, as well as the support for minority groups, have seemingly never resonated with more people, but at the same time, we are facing a wave of right-wing populism and racism sweeping the globe. Tommy Hilfiger takes a conscious stance in support of equal representation through its People’s Place Program. It is a three-pillared platform with the mission of advancing representation and furthering inclusivity in all areas of fashion and beyond. As Tommy Hilfiger has put it himself, “Great style knows no boundaries, and this has always driven my dream to create fashion for all.” For this reason, the brand has partnered up with actor and activist Indya Moore with the resulting capsule collection TommyXIndya being a celebration of the beauty and diversity of the global community. It features a range of size-inclusive and non-gendered pieces, which seek to empower those who want to express themselves without any limitations. Every piece is a re-interpretation of a classic Tommy Hilfiger staple, adapted to fit and respect multiple gender expressions. The pieces are adaptable, aiming to fit everybody whilst encouraging continuous self-expression, fluidity and exploration. As Indya Morre has put it herself, “ It breaks a cycle and sets a new standard across the industry. Too many people are made to feel that something is wrong with them just for being themselves. It means everything to me to know that with our capsule, no one is made to feel wrong or different or broken. Everyone works perfectly for this collection, no matter who they are.” Tommy’s commitment to the cause goes beyond the collection itself but also seeks to promote creative talent from underrepresented BIPOC communities in front and behind the cameras. Myles Loftin lensed the campaign in Moore’s hometown and beside themselves, it features four groundbreaking activists, who all have stood up for LGBTQIA+ rights as well as equal representation for people of color.

The TommyXIndya capsule collection will be available online and in select Tommy Hilfiger retail locations across Europe, North America and Mexico from July 20th, 2021.

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Dressing for the Summer

When the summer is coming around and the temperatures are rising, we abandon our coats and jackets and opt for clothing that is light and gives our bodies the chance to breathe and to be touched by the sunrays. What emerges from under the many layers of fabrics are real jewels, literally. Now that the clothing has been reduced to a minimum to stay cool, jewelry takes center stage and becomes a very prominent part of the perfect summer look. For this reason, NET-A-PORTER presents its yearly High Summer Fine Jewelry, the perfect selection to capture the essence of summer and the free-spirited aesthetic of the season. As Charlie Boyd, NET-A-PORTER’s Fine Jewelry and Watches Editor explains, the standout trend this season is layering, whether it be a striking stack of bracelets made to be mixed and matched or necklaces with unique pendants or earrings defined by their shapes and colorful gems. Their selection is extensive, featuring not only universally beloved staples but also newly launched brands like gigi CLOZEAU or Marie Lichtenberg. The NET-A-PORTER High Summer Fine Jewelry selection offers each of us a myriad of possibilities and the perfect pieces to give every summer look your personal touch.

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Montblanc: The Pink Dial Project

The world of luxury watches indeed operates on its own terms. It’s a very unique industry, which different to other luxury sectors, such as luxury fashion, has upheld its time-honored traditions and modus operandi and moves comparatively at a much slower pace. But when the world is changing, the watch sector will follow. Across all different market segments, customers and their mindsets have changed and the luxury watch clientele is by no means different. The notion of luxury is changing, it isn’t merely about showcasing wealth, but it now includes a new awareness regarding ethics, sustainability and humanitarianism. Luxury watch manufacturers have recognized their corporate responsibility and have incorporated this into who they are. For this reason, Wei Koh, founder of the Rake Magazine, has initiated the Pink Dial Project. The color pink might already indicate to most what this project is about. It’s a charity project supporting the fight against breast cancer. Montblanc is proud to partake in this initiative by donating the 1858 Geosphere Pink Dial Unique Piece, an addition to Montblanc’s eponymous key line. The watches’ stunning fuchsia pink dial is contrasted with a deep black titanium case. The dial is lacquered with a sunray finish making the timepiece stand out even more. It is powered by the renowned Manufacture Worldtime complication and movement which features two turning domed hemisphere globes that make a full rotation in 24 hours. They are surrounded by a scale with 24 time zones, along with a day/night indication for both the Northern and Southern hemispheres. To give it the necessary female touch, it is noteworthy that Montblanc’s female watchmakers have assembled this unique piece. This very special watch will be up for auction in October 2021, the worldwide Break Cancer Awareness Month, with all the proceeds going to selected breast cancer charities all across the world. To put it in Wei Koh’s words, “Together we can rock 2021 from a horological but also ethical perspective.”

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CHANEL Haute Couture FW2021/22

“There are dresses embroidered with water lilies, a jacket in a black tweed crafted from feathers with red and pink flowers. I was also thinking about English gardens. I like to mix a touch of England with a very French style. It’s like blending the masculine and the feminine, which is what I’ve done with this collection too. That twist is very much part of who I am.” This was what Chanel’s Creative Director Virginie Viard had to say about her latest Haute Couture FW2021/22 collection. The natural inspiration is reflected throughout the collection with is countless colorful hues, radiating a warmth perfect to brighten up the cold and grey winter days. Nevertheless, the collection reflects the house’s roots, more precisely its larger than life founder Gabrielle Chanel, which Viard had seen in old photographs dressed in throwback 19th century bustles and crinolines for some society balls in the 1930s. But the collections doesn’t just pick up on the natural and on Chanel herself, most prominently, the collection merges the worlds of fashion and art, acclaimed Impressionist Berthe Morisot and Cubist Marie Laurencin, whose influences can be felt throughout the collection. They are reflected in the lightness of touch and the masterful work of the great embroidery houses of Paris, the likes of Lesage, Cécile Henri, Atelier Emmanuelle Vernoux and Lemaire. The results are nothing short of magnificent, yet weightless, a dream made from embroidered tulle and chiffon. To bring it full circle, the show’s location the Palais Galliera fashion museum is currently hosting a remarkable exhibition Gabrielle Chanel: Fashion Manifesto, creating a direct dialogue between Chanel’s originals and Viard’s new reinterpretations of the house’s codes.

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Dunhill SS22

‘Identities’, the new Dunhill SS22 collection for Paris Fashion Week is s collision of style and identity, utility and extravagance feature throughout. Archetypal characters and clothing, cross-fertilised and collaged, show a sense of ease with elegant imperfection, all realised in precious-made-practical fabrics.“In this collection i wanted to look at certain identities. These are clothing archetypes, but also identities of britishness, of masculinity, of uniforms, as well as those of dunhill past and the new era archetypes that we have sought to establish here. It’s really about how character and clothing work together; the idiosyncratic combinations of personal style and identity in britain and dunhill, as well as a redefinition of them for the house.”, so Mark Weston, Creative Director of the house. From deco dandies to hi-vis handy men, encompassing traditional male archetypes in conventional uniforms to the purposely provocative effeminacy of ‘80s casuals along the way, British masculine identities are playfully reworked, as are elements of dunhill history, past and present. The abstract work of photographic artist Ellen Carey features as a print collaboration this season. Most frequently appearing on double bonded duchesse satin, this most haute couture of fabrics takes the place of a technical shell in canoe tops, jackets and hats. Carey’s prints also feature on leather goods, such as the new era Lock bag in a variety of forms this season.

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Jil Sander SS22

For Jil Sander’s SS22 collection the attitude is freedom, the keywords autonomy, lightness and clarity. This is a sharp urban collection about the right, and duty, to individuality and imagination. About multicultural cities that lead us to appreciate and absorb diversity; to combine different things, different facets of ourselves, in ways that are unprecedented and effortless at the same time. We turn labor into play, blend day and night - and the other way around; we wear suits for leisure and utility garments to shine. Lucie and Luke Meier always find new forms to balance opposites. The relationships between materials, colours, shapes and volumes are flawless. Lines, movement, and touch are equalized. Every look is unique. Japanese wool jackets, shirt-jackets and coats are straight and voluminous. Overdyed cotton and linen flight suits, with removable sleeves, and comfortable utility trousers are worn under one-and-a-half breasted tailored overcoats.Strong colours, large pockets, contrasting copper zippers, a cheetah print on a brushed wool pullover, scarves in fleecy pure silk, and jewels - silver necklaces, brooches, ear cuffs, and earrings - give all looks - and us - extra personality and an edge.

www.jilsander.com

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Dries van Noten SS22

The Dries van Noten SS22 collection is an emotionally charged and intimate homage to a life of carefree fun and freedom in the city. An insistence on a return to revelry, lazy summer vibes, decadence, and freedom. A visceral outburst of energy, an expression of and response to the frustration and limitations of being stuck in Antwerp. A future life grasped and brought into the present, a life that can be sensual and carefree. The collection is chill yet intense, bold yet intimate and personal, audacious yet discreet. A main focus is The key of a Man’s wardrobe, from the Parka to the traditional trench to suiting is reinterpreted in softer forms with a twist. Extra elongated sleeves and trouser legs underpin nonchalance. Garments in camouflage are laser cut. Aprons are superimposed on classic and 3/4 leg pants as Cargo pant aprons. The backs of some garments are high to give a scooped out look.

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Giorgio Armani Mens SS22

For Giorgio Armani’s SS22 collection, the brand goes back to where it all began, in Via Borgonuovo. The motion that clothing can free oneself instead of constricting, of carefree thoughts instead of carelessness, of classic as proof of progress. For this season, Giorgio Armani is allowing for the motion of moving away from formality and decisively embracing the informality of sportswear to take over. However, Giorgio Armani never gives up his sense of pertinence, which is an idea of dignity, of disdain for any excess — even when he reaches the height of nonchalance, even in the liberating gesture of legs uncovered by Bermuda shorts. The suit is revamped in its shapes, proposing the idea of coordinated top and bottom: an evening shirt with a stand-up collar or a denim jacket-like cut combined with trousers with darts made in the same pinstripe wool, or a gilet-jacket with Bermuda shorts.

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FENDI Mens SS22

Ponderings on “watching the world from above” have inspired the FENDI Men’s SS22 collection, which forms a rich interplay of lightness and ease with a sharp focus on the future of luxury. A soft yet juxtaposed palette echoes spring flora and the transient skies of lemon and lime, ice blue, lavender, pistachio, and peony against mineral shades of travertine, chalk, graphite, and slate. The show was held in a location vital to FENDI’s history, inside the Palazzo della Civiltà Italiana, at the FENDI headquarters. The view illuminates a 360° vista towards the seven hills of Rome, the Apennine mountains, and glimpses of the Mediterranean Sea. Taken from the FENDI archives, an illustrated map of Rome becomes FENDI Land, a cartographic drawing of the city where the Palazzo Fendi springs up at its center, and the Tiber river flows through a labyrinth of buildings and streets adorned here and there with freehand FF logos. Distortion of scale plays a significant role in the collection, creating new tailoring volumes in the form of a summer suit, which is cropped at the torso, split with nylon organza, and peak lapel linen blazers are fitted with pen pockets and earpods compartments. The accessory collections additionally embody a playful escape from reality by reinterpreting everyday objects with high-end craftsmanship. From swimming goggles and caps in collaboration with ARENA, ping-pong racket bags to the Baguette bag, shrunk as a jewelry pouch on a fine waist chain, this collection sets a new precedent for the future luxury. An electronic composition by Alessandro Cortini accompanies the show.

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Zegna SS22: The (New) Set

Artistic Director Alessandro Sartori explores the possibilities of both thoughtful tailoring and innovative fabric-making in the latest Zegna show. Filmed in both Milan and Turin, the fashion show invited the viewer to transcend into the unknown and magical realms of warm tones architecture, a labyrinth into the water of a stream which hosts a group of people who cheers to new beginnings. Zegna has been actively aiming to reset categorial designing in their collections, cleaning the slate for a restart that now takes the form of a New Set. Its fluid code enters the world by keeping the connotations of tailoring in both methodology and construction while redefining silhouette in new fabrications, adjusted to the needs of today. Fluid volumes and streamlined shapes allow for a new dialogue between clothing, body, and gestures. The precision of tailoring is used in a gently non-formal look that features unpredictable use of colors and textures. The collection is presented in the form of a film that plays off an energizing juxtaposition of freedom and restraint. The New Set silhouette includes collarless kimono shapes, utilitarian chore coats, long dusters, oversized overshirts, and a new generation of knitwear. This is the New Set. A tailored possibility for the modern world.

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“NOT IN PARIS” LONGCHAMP x HIGHSNOBIETY

Digital media and cultural platform Highsnobiety is collaborating with Longchamp for the third edition of their “Not In Paris” exhibition series, coinciding with Paris Men’s Fashion Week. Highsnobiety first unveiled “Not In Paris” in June 2020 with the aim of distilling the experience of Fashion Week into a multimedia hub of online content showcasing art, fashion, music and design, and making it accessible to a culturally curious global community. The Longchamp-Highsnobiety collaboration features the iconic Le Pliage® travel bag in 100% recycled polyester canvas, which is principally made from recovered plastic bottles. “Paris” is emblazoned with a sublimation printing process in green college-style lettering on the white canvas, with “Not In” embroidered in black italic script on it. A fluorescent green zip pull and black Russian leather on the flap, handles and shoulder strap complete the exclusive design. The “Not In Paris” exhibition and collaborative products – exclusively available at Highsnobiety Shop - launch on 16 June 2021 on www.highsnobiety.com. For the first time, “Not In Paris” will also actually be present in the French capital via a pop-up souvenir shop at 198 rue de Rivoli, adjacent to the Louvre and Tuileries gardens. Open to the public from 19 to 26 June, it will present the full array of collaborative products along with a special programme of events. www.longchamp.com www.highsnobiety.com

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Marsèll x Suicoke

The Japanese cult brand Suicoke and Marsèll, the distinctive Italian brand specialising in the production of handmade leather accessories, have collaborated for the first time; releasing a a limited collection of 1,000 pieces that will be available from the 15th of June. The model will be genderless and it will be available in five different colourways. Founded in 2006, Suicoke had incongruous beginnings, producing small accessories and hand-painted Russian dolls prior to their transition into footwear. Marsèll was founded in 2001 as the expression of a new craft culture. Shoes are the focus of a line of research devoted to pushing the boundaries of tradition, within the counterculture deconstruction movement. Now the first Suicoke Made in Italy created by Marsèll rose to the challenge of developing its own version of the iconic sandal by Japanese brand Suicoke. The idea behind the project was to create a shoe that reflects the fusion between Japanese culture and Italian craftsmanship. The key concepts underpinning the creative process are respect, reuse, transform and enhance. The result is an entirely leather sandal mounted onto a serrated rubber sole with a square toe. The sole is made from recycled material. Marsèll and Suicoke are united in their drive to create everyday footwear for creative environments, with a focus on the style that has redefined the boundaries of the contemporary aesthetic statement in the last decade.


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Louis Vuitton: Capucines bag

As a timeless feminine icon, the Capucines symbolises the quintessence of Louis Vuitton, its quest for excellence, creativity and craftsmanship. Named after Louis Vuitton’s very first store, which opened in 1854 on rue Neuve-des-Capucines in Paris, the Capucines has established itself as one of the Maison’s most iconic models. The Capucines is both versatile and an everyday companion. This summer, it will be available in three sizes, Mini, BB and MM, embracing the various styles, desires and moments of the day.The black and arizona Capucines with its textile strap featuring embroidered Monogram flowers is a casual chic bag, perfect for every day. It portrays an authentic allure in natural raffia and caramel calf leather, or a more mysterious character in playing with textures featuring intertwined embroidery and silkscreen-printed patterns that echo the 1854 Jacquard canvas.

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Cartier Women’s Initiative 2021: 8 laureates

For its 2021 edition, the Cartier Women’s Initiative program aims to explore how to create and sustain the ripple effect ignited by these women changemakers, thus paving the way for a better world for future generations. The names of the eight laureates of the Cartier Women’s Initiative were announced during a digital ceremony, which concluded three days of virtual gathering. Hosted by Cyrille Vigneron, Cartier President and CEO, the virtual gathering brought together a diverse group of global thinkers and doers ranging from prominent leaders such as entrepreneur and author Jacqueline Novogratz, award-winning journalist, author, and founder of Shriver Media and The Women’s Alzheimer’s Movement Maria Shriver or scholar Nassim Nicholas Talebto friends of Cartier such as actor, producer and change agent Yara Shahidi, to collectively discuss the challenges of our time and to shine a light on the opportunities they provide to foster anti fragility, build new alliances and uplift women impact entrepreneurs. The winners of the 2021 edition all share an unwavering commitment to generating positive change in the world by answering to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals of promoting good health & well-being, reducing inequalities and encouraging climate actions as well as responsible consumption and production.

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LOEWE Foundation – Craft Prize 2021

The LOEWE Foundation presents their 2021 Craft Prize in a new manner – in the form of a digital exhibition. In this fully immersive presentation, the viewer is able to virtually walk around 3D model of the Great Hall of the Musée des Arts Décoratifs and see the finalists’ works. TThe winner of this year’s Craft Prize is Fanglu Lin, selected for its breathtaking skill and monumental scale. Special mentions are awarded to sculptor David Corvalán of Chile and ceramist Takayuki Sakiyama of Japan.

The LOEWE FOUNDATION Craft Prize exhibition will be online from 24 May - 30 September 2021.

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Tommy Hilfiger: Moving Forward Together

Tommy Hilfiger certainly belongs to one of those brands whose influence spans across the whole globe, with its countless stores and retail venues. In the German capital, along one of the city’s most famous and prestigious shopping avenues, Tommy Hilfiger now reopens a new and improved flagship store and a cafe called Tommy’s coffee. For this special occasion, the brand created the local “Moving Forward Together” campaign, especially created for Germany, featuring local Berlin talents from the world of film and music. The campaign was captured by photographer Alex de Brabant and videographer Viktor Sloth. In two iconic cultural Berlin locations, the Kino International and Columbia Halle, they capture the likeness of actor Kida Khodr Ramadan and Berlin-based DJ duo Lucia Luciano and Gizem Adiyaman, all three of them being deeply interconnected with the local communities and perfect embodiments of the campaign’s overarching message of inclusivity and togetherness. Luciano and Adiyaman are behind the community space Hoe_mies centred around women, non-binary and trans people. From May to June, Tommy Hilfiger offers its Club members the possibility to enter a raffle in order to win whether a movie night hosted by Ramadan or a private workshop around music production with Hoe_mies. Both events will be hosted once COVID-19 regulations permit. The new flagship store is set to open its doors to the public on July 1, 2021.

#MovingForwardTogether

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SAINT LAURENT: RIVE DROITE

Anthony Vaccarello has chosen to collaborate with the Italian design and architecture group Memphis as part of the Saint Laurent Rive Droite project. Enchanted by the timeless creations which have became object of his inspiration – Anthony Vaccarello will celebrate the collection hosting an exhibition of pieces part of the success of Memphis and its designers, such as the RING bed designed by Masanori Umeda, the CARLTON room divider by Ettore Sottsass, and RIVIERA chairs designed by MicheleDe Lucchi in 1981. Inspired by the magic of the ultra-graphic and very identifiable, playful and colored universe of its furnitures – Anthony Vaccarello has created for Saint Laurent an exclusive capsule of two multicolored checkerboard hoodies, two dresses, one shirt and two pairs of sneakers. These unique pieces combine classic models from Saint Laurent with the electric spirit of Memphis. A selection of rare books representing the history and works of Memphis will also be present in stores. The exhibition will take place from 19 May to 23 June, in both Saint Laurent Rive Droite stores in Paris and Los Angeles.

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Louis Vuitton Eyewear Campaign

Louis Vuitton invited three international, independent, and contemporary talents to portray its new sunglasses collection and embody the many facets of the woman. Belgian-Congolese singer-songwriter Lous & the Yakuza wears both a square design with precise, strong angles, as well as a more classic offering, American actor Chloë Grace Moretz embraces a timeless chic model, while South Korean singer-songwriter Somi sports couture sunglasses with their finely crafted jewellery-style temples. Bright days are ahead with the new sunglasses collection from Louis Vuitton, blending design and savoir-faire, innovation and tradition. Boasting exceptional quality and contemporary lines to accent any look, the collection adorns any face, setting it off to perfection.

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Anna Bella Geiger at S.M.A.K.

The first retrospective dedicated to the work of Anna Bella Geiger (b. 1933, Rio de Janeiro) opens in S.M.A.K. at the end of May. The exhibition includes over 170 works and spans a period of more than fifty years. Key series from the artist’s oeuvre will be shown alongside historical installations and Geiger’s works for the Venice and São Paolo Biennales (1980 and 1981, respectively). Anna Bella Geiger belongs to the first generation of conceptual artists in South America and is one of the most important contemporary artists in Brazil. Her unique visual language, which has been evolving since the 1950s, combines a critical examination of Brazilian history and identity with the development of experimental techniques. A pioneer of Brazilian video art, the artist has developed a radical art pedagogy and created innovative printing processes. Geiger’s quest for artistic autonomy is strongly related to the political and social reality of Brazil. During the repressive dictatorship (1964-1985), she used alienating body parts and world maps to comment on the shifting power relations in a poetic way. Through these visual tropes, she investigated the complex relationship between body, territory, image and power, without making an explicit political statement. As initial explorations of anthropomorphic and geographical space, they also constitute her approach to cartography as an ideological tool; a representation of reality that informs but also controls. The artist subverts the inherent claim to truth of these representations through the fluidity of language, printing and editing techniques and materials such as wax and yarn. In her discussions of this cartographic visual language, Geiger also includes reflections on the political and cultural hegemony of the West and the ensuing exclusions and stereotypes. She has also devoted series to the Brazilian art scene and the enduring dominance of modern art. Sporadically, she also makes self-portraits and incorporates more personal information into her work. In the process, we catch a glimpse of her own ‘peripheral’ position as an artist, as a member of a migrant family, bound to the domestic sphere, on the fringes of Western modernity.

Anna Bella Geiger’s work «Native Brasil / Alien Brasil» will be exhibited at at S.M.A.K. in Gent, from 29 May - 7 November 2021.

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Gallery Weekend Berlin: Anna Uddenberg at Kraupa-Tuskany Zeidler

In Big Baby, Anna Uddenberg takes the cartoon hyper masculine images drawn by gay manga artist Jiraiya and Czech nouveau baroque furniture designer Bo?ek Šípek as points of departure to create a new body of work. In the illustrations, Uddenberg views the butch bearish men as big, cute babies making masculinity equally submitted to dependency fed by consumer-culture as per her previous hyper gendered female figures. Formally, and removed of the human subject’s presence, the works, with their rustic wicker details could “pass” as Šípek’s postmodern furniture, or evoke the childhood comfort of the Swedish imaginary of “mys.” The gendered performativity of social use value in the tech aesthetics are sardonically questioned by the artist. It is worth remembering that, as per Victorian repression, puritanical tech companies today filter out sex, censoring nudity on social platforms, perhaps as part of a continuing project to keep the subject in a constant state of infantilization. In the 1973 Ted Post film The Baby, an adult male is held captive by a family who keep him in a state of infantilization. Baby is never permitted to speak, walk, or do things for himself and is forced to both wear and use diapers. He receives negative reinforcement in the form of beatings, restraints or shocks with a cattle prod whenever he attempts to try to break out of the baby role. Baby is forced to remain in his state of perpetual dependency and infantilism since his actual infancy. A female social worker tries to rescue him from his “prison” and is herself hunted.

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Courtesy of Anna Uddenberg; Kraupa-Tuskany Zeidler, Berlin

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Where the Water Flows

The latest Jil Sander SS21 campaign is an expression of pure haze. The idea of flowing, natural water is almost tangible in its visuals. It gives every image a sense of endless place and a dreamy dimension. Set in Biarritz, France on the Atlantic coast by the ocean and in the ocean, the SS21 collection is presented in a natural, comfortable and calm atmosphere. The tactile lighting aesthetically blurs the imagery and merges the bodies, the water and the background. The imagery provides a contrast to dense city life and leaves the viewer appreciating the vastness and emptiness of the landscape captured from dawn to sunset. The photographs were taken by Tim Elkaïm, in aw of days and nights spent ruminating and relaxing by the sea. The JIL SANDER SS21 collection including swimsuits, a windbreaker, shorts, hoodies, knitwear and blankets is artfully accentuated by the storytelling of the campaign. A pure illustration of ease. Jil Sander+ seasonally adds to the world of Jil Sander a series of garments made for life in nature, for both men and women; often unisex. The Jil Sander creative direction duo Lucie and Luke Meier skillfully blends the sense of comfort and design of their Jil Sander with honest, authentic items.

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Levis x MIU MIU

Miu Miu is continuing it’s “Upcycled by Miu Miu” project with a collaboration with Levi’s. Using vintage iconic 501 trousers/short and trucker jacket, Miu Miu is going to exclusively customize 1000 pieces for a worldwide distribution, by adding special embroideries and patches. Putting an iconic twist on the classic jeans brand’s identity, Miu Miu creates a new visual language while adding their part to a sustainable future.

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Art-à-Porter

The Denim Culture capsule collection by Sportmax is a project entirely dedicated to jeanswear. The unique project is based on cooperation with various artists from the worlds of music, fashion and, art. In its fifth edition, Denim Culture by Sportmax reiterates its collaborative nature by working with the renowned Italian photographer Franco Fontana. The virtuous photographer transforms eight of his most impactful works into wearable photographs for the Denim Culture project. The images were reproduced and printed onto various denim garments and a series of t-shirts, creating the experience of observing a piece of art expertly positioned on clothing. The wearer thus has the pleasure of not only wearing this work of art but also becoming a living and moving canvas of art-à-porter, in the true spirit of Fontana, who said: “Creativity does not illustrate, it actually interprets life.” The SS21 Sportmax lineup was inspired by Fontana’s creative outlook and includes oversized, voluminous trousers, figure-embracing dresses, as well as tops and bustiers with necklines that enhance the simplicity of nude skin. Fontana’s images animate the collection, in an all-over print that adorns various Sportmax pieces. Shirts are also fashioned in a similar way roomy proportions and collars, decorated photographic prints. The color palette merges light blue tones and makes reference to the hues of Fontana’s signature works - famous for their swathes of red, sage, emerald green, turquoise and, yellow.

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Limited Edition

Iris von Arnim presents the RE EDITION collection, made exclusively from waste fabrics and yarns. During the production process of the RE EDITION collection, the brand makes sure no thread is thrown away, with all leftovers being kept and recycled in order to ensure no new waste is created. Sustainability is at the very core of the 40-year-old company’s values and has been integrated thoroughly, with guaranteed fair production and short transport routes. Since 2019, the entire company has been actively practicing CO2-neutrality. RE EDITION is the logical continuation of the sustainable practice and marks the brand’s most environmentally friendly line to date. Iris van Armin’s bestsellers have been reissued with RE EDITION, made from leftover yarn in limited quantities and colors. The name RE EDITION is derived from the main elements of this line “Reuse, Reduce and Recycle,” and thus reflects the environmentally friendly production cycle. A limited number of pieces are available in every color, and style combination. The first launch consists of six models “Re-Nicolas,” “Re-Cayo,” “Re-Gemma,” “Re-Sara,” “Re-Sardinia,” and “Re-Surani,” which are available in neutral and timeless colors such as black, mud, pearl, and flannel, and bright colors such as pink, nile, and amber.

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Versace Greca Sneaker

Versace launches the Greca Sneaker for their SS21 Collection. The new signature item is inspired by the iconic and geometric Greca pattern and comes in a high top and low top version. The silhouette is clean and classic yet elevated by the outer sole, which features a continuous debossed Greca detail while having a hidden Medusa feature and tonal logo. High-top styles feature an appliquéd Medusa badge at the ankle, while the low tops version has a small logo accent at the heel counter and tongue. The upper is made from smooth leather or canvas and features color ranges from classic black and white to vibrant blue, red, purple, and pink. Versace’s iconic Barocco print is also an option. Seasonal styles include the sea-themed 'Trésor de la Mer' print and a Versace.com exclusive style in a colorful Medusa Amplified pattern.

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FENDI Peekaboo Campaign

Presented for the FENDI Fall/Winter 2020-21 Collection last February, the new Peekaboo features a new accordion-frame shape, to open in a deep ‘smile’ featuring inside pockets which can be interchangeable in smooth leather or precious skins. Since it’s first arrival in S/S 09, Silvia Venturini Fendi has enmeshed the Maison’s savoir faire and original creativity with the research for high-quality materials and details, giving life to infinite versions of the Peekaboo that – each one with its standout and distinctive features – all flawlessly embody the versatile and timeless aspect of this bag that has been and will continue to be elevated, reinterpreted and declined season after season, collection after collection.

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24 Bottles

The sustainable design brand born in 2013, the leading Italian brand of the fashion hydration industry, 24Bottles shares its Mother’s Day Gift Guide to help people thanking their with a stylish option while being respectful to our Mother Earth. 24Bottles can be personalized – from color to pattern and can be even engraved to help create a unique Mother’s day gift that values sustainability. The 24Bottles are special for its original shape, quality and design as well as function. 24Bottles are designed with functionality in mind; the bottles are insulated, extra lightweight and some models can hold even coffee and tea. It was born from the search for the most comfortable and functional solution to satisfy the need to hydrate in a healthy, elegant and ecological way. Choosing 24Bottles means taking care of yourself, your well-being and that of the planet. The company is B Corp® certified and has also embarked on an ambitious program to achieve Carbon Neutrality. The aim is to completely offset its carbon footprint by supporting international reforestation projects,rural communities and green projects.

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Cartier Women’s Initiative 2021

Cartier announces the 24 fellows for the 2021 edition of the Cartier Women’s Initiative. With the announcement of the 2021 Cartier Women’s Initiative fellows, Cartier is reaffirming its commitments to women impact entrepreneurs leveraging business as a force for good. Starting in 2006, the Cartier Women’s Initiative has supported endless women to reach their full potential by highlighting their achievements and providing them with financial, human, and social capital to support and grow their businesses. Since 06, the campaign has helped over 260 female entrepreneurs from 59 countries and has awarded over 4 million US dollars to support their businesses. This year, to further increase its impact and relevance, the program has launched the Science & Technology Pioneer Award. In addition to the seven existing Regional Awards, three more women impact entrepreneurs at the forefront of scientific and technological innovation will be recognized. Open to women entrepreneurs from any country and sector; this award will highlight disruptive solutions built around unique, protected, or hard-to-reproduce technological or scientific advances. Twenty-four fellows are selected amongst 876 applicants hailing from 142 countries. For the first time, the Cartier Women’s Initiative has recognized women impact entrepreneurs from Mali, Iraq, and Myanmar. These fellows represent the top 3 businesses for each of the 7 Regional Awards and for the Science & Technology Pioneer Award. In these unprecedented times, Cartier considers it its duty to protect its teams, partners, and program participants; this is why the eight laureates will be announced on May 26th, 2021, during a virtual ceremony, which will close a digital awards week on the theme of the Ripple Effect.


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Michael Kors 40th Anniversary FW21

For the 40th anniversary FW21 collection Michael Kors’ digital fashion show immersed the guests in this season’s inspiration: stepping out once the world opens up again. Opening night was the theme of the stream set in the heart of Broadway and at a musical performance of the singer, songwriter and composer Rufus Wainwright. Beginning with a greeting from designer Michael Kors in New York’s Times Square, the collection debuted through a multi-faceted, digital experience, accessible on the brand’s digital channels. The brand’s short film was created by actor, director and producer Erich Bergen and features well-known celebrities and Broadway A-listers including Billy Porter, Bette Midler and more. The broadcast’s highlight: a full runway show, designed and produced by Bureau Betak, that was previously recorded on location throughout the theater district. Musically accompanied by Wainwright’s “City Lights”, “New York State of Mind” and “There’s No Business like Show Business” the runway film set an optimistic, festive tone. The collection is an expression of timeless glamour and urban luxury featuring neutrals of black, ivory, charcoal and smoky tones with splashes of metallic silver, bold scarlet and shimmering gunmetal. Impressive head-to-toe monochromatic dressing paired with tailored coats, as well as oversized coats paired with graphic animal prints make up the signature looks of the FW21 anniversary collection.

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Giuseppe Zanotti FW21

Giuseppe Zanotti, an Italian luxury footwear and fashion designer, brought a certain sense of boldness to its FW21 footwear collection for both men and women. The women’s collection radiates confidence while including a pair of hot pink leather loafers, thigh-high glossy boots with chunky, futuristic soles, and strappy sandal in electric blue with a statement platform. The men’s collection pieces were updeated through new color and new material, such as the classic Chealsea boot in gold and a set of slide sandals in tan fur. Additionally, Guiseppe Zanotti debuted a futuristic unisex sneaker style, which includes a pair of oil slick material and a black style suede with thick white soles and gold detailing.

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Rosa rosae rosae

by Manuela Martorelli

“There is an analogy of material between powder and silk. They offer the same delicacy, the same softness, the same radiance. This inspiration is further reflected on the surface of the powder, which is textured like the fine rib of silk twill.” Jérôme Touron, Creative Director of Hermès Beauty describes the intrinsic analogies between silk and the new addition to the Maison’s Beauty collection: a compact powder blush composed of key scent created by Hermès nose Christine Nagel in the same vein as Rouge Hermès that reveals notes of arnica and sandalwood and subtle hints of green tea. Rose Hermès Silky Blush unfolds in a swathe of light. From dawn dew chromatic hues to tones of warm sand: pink zephyr, a pink halo, the rose of freshly heart warmed cheeks, so candid and oh so French. Its velvety texture and formula with vitamin E providing antioxidant properties, and combining a perfect finish with buildable coverage, from the most natural to the most sophisticated. A beauty ritual, enhanced by the exceptional case designed by Pierre Hardy, Creative Director of Hermès shoes and jewelry: a disc of white and gold light in satin-finish perm brass, marked with the concave ex-libris created by Émile Hermès in 1923. Following Rouge Hermès, it’s a sustainable object, refilled by simply removing and replacing the powder pan in one gesture. “Design is where necessity meets fantasy. Objects must come to life through a creative approach that pushes them further, transcending their utility”, Pierre Hardy, explains how the very essence of Hermès, the air that it breathes, the Maison’s lifeblood is naturally embodied by Hermès Beauty, with a simple gesture, never loud but nevertheless full of personality.

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BP Signature by Brioni

Brioni presents BP Signature, an exclusive capsule collection created in collaboration with House ambassador Brad Pitt. The Hollywood actor’s way of wearing clothes, whether formal, casual or black tie reflects his personality, rather than distracting from it. He embodies the relaxed elegance of a modern man with intrinsic ease and graceful confidence. The same idea guides BP signature. The collection expresses a simplicity that finds strength in sophisticated materials. In choosing Brioni to outfit him since 2019, Pitt selected muted colors for an understated wardrobe and soft fabrics that add texture to his looks. When it comes to formal wear, his preferred cut is a relaxed, laid-back one. Pitt’s personal style, combined with Brioni’s unmatched craftmanship drove the creation of BP Signature, forming a well-rounded wardrobe and an interesting interplay of textures. Referencing Brad Pitt’s impactful career, the evening pieces are modeled after the outfit he wore during the 92nd Academy Awards ceremony when he won an Academy Award for acting in Quentin Tarantino’s much-lauded film, Once Upon a Time in... Hollywood.

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MARNI presents FUSSBETT SABOT

For the women’s and men’s SS21 collection Marni gave the iconic Fussbett sandals a makeover, presenting a bolder version of the versatile version under MARNI FUSSBETT SABOT. Founded in Milan in 1994 by Swiss designer Consuelo Castiglioni, Marni has become internationally renowned for its experimental collections characterized by innovative prints and colors. Mixing practicality and sophistication, the SABOTS offer comfort and a dash of effortless glamour while working from home. They maintain the same approach in the streets, standing out for their contemporary, casual style, which creatively matches each outfit. The SABOTS are unisex and available in two textures: in grainy calf leather—in black and white tones—and bold, entirely covered in calf hair leather—in black and fuchsia colors. The calfskin version is enriched by the MARNI logo, which discreetly appears on the side. They will be available for spring 2021 on marni.com, in Marni boutiques, and selected multi-brand stores worldwide.

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Prada Timecapsule

Prada unveils the fourth drop of the Timecapsule New Series, dedicated to knitwear. Prada Timecapsule is an exclusive product drop of 50 items, occurring once a month, each first Thursday. The newest drop presents a modernist sweater, combining jacquard patterns from the Prada Archive with a sportswear-inspired maxi triangle inlay. The Prada logo is reinterpreted on the front of the item. The triangle that stands out on the back includes the drop date. 

The Prada Timecapsule drop will be available from April 1st, 2021 at 3pm CET for 24 hours only, exclusively on prada.com.

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Stone Island x New Balance

Global athletic leader New Balance and Stone Island co are joining forces to kick off a long-term relationship. The brands will unveil collaborative product releases later this year. Both brands share similar research and functionality values in their respective areas of expertise and take an analytical approach to innovative data-driven design. Now they realize their shared vision of developing a footwear collaboration that will roll out in several different waves over the next few years.

By transcending current trends, New Balance and Stone Island will bring their shared values to life in new and creative ways. “Our collaboration with Stone Island is not only rooted in performance innovation but elevating our mutual values of premium craftsmanship and superior product quality,” said Chris Davis, Chief Marketing Officer at New Balance. “Both New Balance and Stone Island are independently minded brands with solid aptitudes for calculated risk-taking. Each brand has strong family roots and a robust heritage and will open its respective doors to more profound research and experimentation to collaborate on exciting product innovations. “There are only a limited number of brands that can be referred to as iconic,“ said Carlo Rivetti, President and Creative Director at Stone Island. “They are so because of the consistency throughout their history, their strong vision and endless passion put into product making, always intending to serve the end-users. While this collaboration highlights how New Balance and Stone Island innovate, it exemplifies a more significant story from the brands that continue to tap creative partners with a unique approach.

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Jil Sander FW 21

The Jil Sander FW21 collection is an ode to individuality, freedom and change. It is a mirror of the sense of self-reflection and intimacy we are enjoying, even if it forced upon us, and the desire we have for the company of others. In this collection ornamentation, prints, patterns and colours are present and strong. The color palette is natural and exceptionally light for winter: butter, cream, powder, mauve, lilac, raspberry, cardamon, burnt sienna, black, different shades of yellow and blue. With the pieces, Lucie and Luke Meier – the husband and wife duo behind Jil Sander - remind us that playing with clothes, recombining them, is uplifting. Playfullness can be light-hearted and meaningful at the same time. To them the touch is vital, and they achieve it through craftsmanship and the meticulous choice of materials and techniques. The feeling aspect is noticeable in the enlarged hand-enamelled chain necklaces; the rouching of fine leather gloves; the knitted shaping found from shoe to dress to lingerie. Footwear is powerfully included, with the presence of an over the knee boot, in black, white, cream, vegetable tanned nappa, grey, and metallic finishes, silver and copper. Some are ornamented with large carved crystals, encased in metal, attached by hand. Heels are bold and sculptural. Sandal uppers are thin straps, or round and inflated, perched upon a bulbous plexi shaped heel in candy colors.

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Versace SS21 Campaign: Summer Daze

For its SS21 campaign, Versace Jeans Couture embraces the memories of a simple outing with a group of friends on a fun summer night for a collection that celebrates escapism and fantasy and is directly inspired by the irreverent style and attitude of the 18th century French Court. The collection’s theatrical and exuberant designs are displayed in a contemporary take on French aristocracy in the form of street edge and youthful style. The fantasy mood is set with a pastel palette, Rococo-infused prints, and tongue-in-cheek graphics that add a pop of color to the dull everyday. For the Women’s collection, the brand has taken inspiration from its iconic archive and youth subcultures - skirts with sumptuous, voluminous silhouettes are paired with jean shirts and jackets - and channels romanticism. The Men’s collection, on the other hand, declassifies a sober military aesthetic by pairing classic camo patterns with bold and colorful logo accents. Tailoring winks to streetwear are found in cropped trousers or loose shorts worn with boxy, structured blazers. The campaign’s concept is based on a group of young friends who searches for thrills during a night out in an empty city during a hot summer night. Due to travel restrictions, they can view their city Milan in a new light by exploring secret gems such as the famous Villa Necchi, the Teatro Manzoni, to the Piscina Cozzi. With a touch of voyeurism, the stills were shot through a fisheye lens in a highly stylized way.

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Hermès FW 21 – A presentation in three acts

Image by Hua Dong

The visual presentation of the Hermès women's FW21 collection introduced during Paris Fashion Week transcends all conceptions of both the conventional live-audience catwalk fashion show and online-streaming shows that represent the new norm. The women’s FW21 collection is brought to life through a film by director and screenwriter Sébastien Lifshitz. Drawing on the collaborative art form of theatre, the film entitled Triptych consists of three sequences set in New York, Paris and Shanghai. The film not only merges various art forms being a living performance of both dance and catwalk, but also unites cultural lenses through the choice of locations and choreographers. Hermès and Sébastien Lifshitz cooperate with the American choreographer Madeline Hollander, who created the choreography for the prologue set in New York, and the Chinese artist Gu Jiani, who choreographed the piece taking place in Shanghai in Act III. Both choreographies, as well as the catwalk presentation in Paris in Act II were filmed and broadcast live. Triptych is a radical, expressive study of movement and space, that brings the clothing to life by capturing the energy of the three different locations through dance and art. It ubiquitously creates a sentiment of connection in current times of disconnection, while reappropriating and reinventing the narrative of self-determined, contemporary female sensuality. Three acts, the common thread of which is the symbolic Hermès orange box, tell the story of how a collection comes into being and is turned into performance through the dialogue of different cultures and forms of art.

Image by Sasha Arutyunova

“I wanted this three-act performance to be our way of keeping a record of these extraordinary times where the situation demands more of us than a simple runway show. I wanted a film directed by an artist with a feel for the crossover of genres and disciplines. Not a film about fashion, nor about dance, but a film about us all and all the ways we can and must continue to reinvent ourselves.”
- Nadège Vanhée-Cybulski, Artistic Director of women’s ready-to-wear

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ISSEY MIYAKE FW21/22

‘As the Way It Comes to Be’ is the title of ISSEY MIYAKE’s FW21/22 collection that premiered online as a collection video in the context of Paris Fashion Week. The collection examines the essential colors and shapes found in nature in its range of forward-thinking designs, that embody organic beauty and strength. Subtly set in both natural environments and built infrastructure the video directed by Mikiya Takimoto foregrounds the simplicity of the designs and the delicacy of the textures. The quiet mood that dominates Takimoto’s piece underlines the sense of untouched, untamed beauty of nature that is taken up in this season’s ISSEY MIYAKE designs. The collection features seven thematic series that are based on different garment techniques, textural treatments and color schemes. The STONE series for instance is inspired by stones that are made by craftspeople in Kyoto using a traditional technique named suminagashi. The ethereal, marble-like patterns are created by dropping dyes on the water surface to allow them to expand freely against each other, which are then soaked up by a clean fabric. The finalized five different styles of the STONE series consist of patterned shirts and dresses, that loosely drape over the body and emphasize the craftsmanship of the fabrics and patterns. The additional series of the collection follow a similar concept and form language, by drawing pleated, silky, three-dimensional and geometrical fabric variations. All series included in the ISSEY MIYAKE FW21/22 collection unify in the goal of artistically reflecting nature through fashion design, using elaborate, qualitative garment manufacturing methods.

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Emporio Armani FW21

In the mood for pop – Emporio Armani’s eclectic outlook is vividly expressed in the visuals shown in the online presentation and looks of the FW21/22 fashion show. The collection makes reference to Armani’s vocabulary of the 80s, while subtly updating the aesthetics of the iconic decade. Harmonic shapes and relaxed elegance are interpreted in a snappy, metropolitan way and highlighted with bright, vibrant colors. Armani invites to step into Armani/Teatro to watch the Emporio Armani FW21/22 men’s and women’s fashion show, that immerses the viewer in a mystical, energetic light show.

The collection creates a mirroring dialogue between male and female silhouettes. The feminine designs exhibit elongated, slender shapes with a high waist. Embedded in the Athletic-wear attitude are touches of graphic prints and surface embroiders, that lead to a military-like pragmatism in a glamorous light. Unexpected patchwork prints on velvet materials, alternating with knit wear provide movement and sophistication to the color palette in which bright notes of purple and pink stand out against a black base. For men, the interpretation of softness is translated into new shapes and functions. Following a flowing, deconstructed silhouette, the jackets are wide with drop shoulders and accentuated with hairy linings, in order to replace coats. The coats themselves are crafted from knitted or woven fabrics, adding stable, heavy pieces to the collection. The men’s counterpart of the collection also draws on athletic styles and military looks, making the mens and womenswear a harmonic whole.

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MÜNN FW21

The MÜNN FW21 Co-ed Collection focuses on the concept “CUT OUT”, which was intended to play and contrate on cutting off cutting out and cutting down unfamiliar parts of garments while concentrating on traditional sewing techniques. The show is set in a hall featuring a seemingly floating marble stage with spotlight features that the models walk around. The collection’s juxtaposed casual yet clean-cut and chic shapes are emphasized using keys and dog tags as jewelry, fascinator hats combined with pink hairstreaks. Jacquard fabrics are combined with leather jackets, and the colors used range from traditional black and white to more playful colors such as lavender and beige.

The collection is mainly based on using and exposing entire selvages in the designs, cutting out the neckline of a ‘classic’ blazer in the form of a crew neck line or giving the look of a clear raw-cut frontline. Fort hat the fashion house, used mainly Harris Tweed Wool and recycled Polyester. Inspired by vintage jacquard carpets, MÜNN created customized woven Floral Jacquard fabrics for the FW21 collection to bring the designs to life.

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Giorgio Armani FW21

Giorgio Armani’s FW21 collection portrays an analysis of the psychology of dressing. It displays and explores the natural nuances and passages of dress in an organic and simple, yet complex way. Engaging with the idea of complexity in simplicity, Armani presents a structured wardrobe, that simultaneously evokes images of leger everyday wear and glamorous evening wear, bounded together by an overall sophisticated form language. The collection is an assembly of clothing that can be individually combined and mixed and matched. It is made to inspire the wearer and augment uninhibited self-expression. A hint of eclecticism is conveyed through new volumes and applications: Jackets are soft and flowing like shirts, coats are versatile and enveloping, sweaters adhere to the body and are accentuated by geometric patterns. Deep blues and blacks and natural hues alongside flashes of leather, brightened by velvet make up the key colors of the garments. The geometric patchworks of velvet and wool enmeshed on the designs alternate with brightly colored floral patterns and make each piece unique. Armani once again expresses the aesthetic ease the house’s designs are known for, in a nonchalant, nocturnal and precise manner, drawing on a sense of linearity and focusing on enhancing the wearer’s personality.

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FENDI FW21-22

With the FW21 collection, Kim Jones ushers in a new chapter at FENDI, presented through a homage to the key codes and women who have shaped the house into what it is today. The collection is a celebration of the extraordinary Italian elegance, which has long associated with the house. Nobody embodies the spirit of the house more than the five Fendi sisters, whose wardrobes become the underlying inspiration for the collection. As put so fittingly by Kim Jones himself, ‘The Fendi family are women of intellect who work hard – and that's what I wanted to celebrate, a powerful dynasty. I’m taking the amazing, strong women who I both know and work with, and listening to their needs. There’s a usefulness to the collection, explored in a chic, timeless way.’ No piece of the collection represents this more than a utilitarian shirt jacket which is directly inspired by Silvia Venturini Fendi’s own uniform, reinterpreted and elevated luxuriously as shearling iteration with a boned mink interior. Another legacy which cannot be ignored when looking at the Roman house Fendi is Karl Lagerfeld. His legacy is omnipresent, whether it be the Karligraphy monogram or the FENDI First shoe’s architectural heel, but updated for a new era.

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Moose Knuckles SS21

Moose Knuckles, a Canadian luxury sportswear brand, presents their ARISE collection for Spring Summer 2021. The collection is inspired by the difficult year the world has lived through and seeing the light at the end of it. The Spring-Summer season represents taking a hiatus from tragedies, the last moment to relax before the world starts to revolve in full swing again. It’s the return of good weather, social distant social events, and a good mood.

The campaign images were shot by Hugo Comte, who was able to capture individuality without undermining the group. Every photograph reminds us of the balance between the collective human experience and the variety of humankind. The collection features a variety of comfortable sports and transition wear, made to resists the natural elements. Additionally featured in this season is ‘Pack Your Moose,’ a collection of rainwear designed to adapt to the unpredictable spring weather. Non-lined, recycled nylon shells promise the characteristic moose knuckles protection; all coats are easily packable and rain protected.

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MIU MIU presents: SHANGRI-LA by Isabel Sandoval

SHANGRI-LA, directed, written and edited by Isabel Sandoval, is the 21st commission from Miu Miu Women’s Tales. The acclaimed short-film series invites today’s most profound and original female directors to investigate vanity and femininity in the 21st century. Isabel Sandoval (she/her) is a Philippino director, writer, editor, producer, and actress who works from and lives in New York City. In 2019 she made history by being the first trans woman of color director to screen at the Venice International Film Festival’s Giornate Degli Autori’ section. The film called ‘Lingua Franca’ additionally has been nominated for the 2021 Film Independent Spirit John Cassavetes Award. Isabel Sandoval’s directorial debut was the film Señorita, which earned her the Emerging Director Award at the Asian American International Film Festival. For Miu Miu Women’s Tales, the director herself plays the protagonist in SHANGRI-LA and is co-starred by Matthew Fifer (he/him), an actor-director whose film ‘Cicada’ premiered at the BFI London Film Festival in September 2020.

SHANGRI-LA is set in California during the Great Depression. The story follows a woman who confides her most intimate thoughts in a church confessional, who listens silently. The confession turns out to be no ordinary religious ritual seeking salvation as the protagonist, a second-generation Filipino farmhand, is coming clean about her love for a white American man during a historical period in which such interracial relationships were prohibited by law. Her confession box transforms into a time machine, with which she travels into several alternate futures in which she no longer lives in fear of the state but can love freely. SHANGRI-LA, inspired by the fictional place described in the 1933 novel ‘Lost Horizon’ by British author James Hilton, is the idea of earthly paradise, isolated from the world. During the 19th and early 20th centuries, many immigrants who came to America imagined it to be a paradise of freedom and possibility found it quite the opposite. Isabel Sandoval explores the heavenly possibility of utopia and liberation, the America that could have been, through her unique perspective as a trans woman of color.

SHANGRI-LA digitally premieres on miumiu.com and Miu Miu social channels on February 23rd, 2021.

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Photo Credit: Brigitte Lacombe

Fashion

Montblanc appoints new Creative Director

Nicolas Baretzki, CEO of Montblanc appoints Marco Tomasetta as the new Creative Director of the house. Tomasetta, who will officially take office on March 1st 2021, is a graduate of the Instituto Europeo di Design in Milan and has elaborate expertise within the leather goods and accessories department. With experience in renowned fashion houses such as Prada, Chloé and Louis Vuitton the former Creative Design Director of women’s and men’s leather goods at Givenchy now takes on a new leadership position, bringing perspectives for innovation and modern refinement to the German manufacturing company of jewelry, watches and writing implements, among a range of other luxury goods. In anticipation of this new challenge Tomasetta himself states: ‘As a designer, writing and drawing are the starting points of any design process, which is why I was immediately drawn to Montblanc - fusing tradition with pioneering design’.

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Boogaloo Oman Collection

Boogaloo swimwear presents new styles inspired by the beauty of Oman. Boogaloo is a swimwear brand that encourages self-expression by using travel photography from all around the world to create prints. Oman is a country that not only boasts warm hospitality, rich culture, and awe-inspiring scenery but is where Boogaloo’s creator, Melina Giolva, re-discovered the power of owning her own journey. The new collection features seventeen pieces in five new shapes, which feature Melina’s own photography from her trip to Oman. The photography prints of natural landscapes are of vibrant color like royal blue, vibrant pinks, turquoise, sunny yellow, vivid mint, and searing reds reflect the warmth of the place they were captured. The collection celebrates the Omani landscapes such as palm trees, desert, mountains, the sea, and ancient architecture by reintegrating them into wearable art. Boogaloo pieces are manufactured ethically by a family-operated business in Athens, Greece.

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Louis Vuitton SS21 Campaign

Louis Vuitton presents its Spring Summer 2021 campaign creatively directed and shot by Nicolas Ghesquière. Ghesquièr, the House’s Artistic Director, embraces his role as a photographer once again to showcase the latest Louis Vuitton collection on the brands’ ambassadors and friends. For this endeavor, the Artistic Director handpicked athletes, models, actors, and musicians for their personality and uniqueness to represent the new generation of Louis Vuitton. The talent includes Grammy Award-nominated singing duo Halle and Chloé Bailey, Oscar-winning actresses Jennifer Connelly and Emma Stone, tennis champion Naomi Osaka, and Sophie Turner, Cody Fern, Laura Harrier, Carolyn Murphy, and Jaden Smith, to name a few. Stars of the campaign are leather bags “the Coussin” and “the Rendez-vous”, to which the idols pay tribute. Both bags can be worn in various ways and challenge both the bounds of style and gender. Icons of the Louis Vuitton’s leather world, the Capucines, and the Twist are also featured by actress Liu Yifei and the model Carolyn Murphy.

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The Piaget Polo goes Skeleton

Piaget launches a fully skeletonized version of its celebrated Piaget Polo, the groundbreaking luxury sports watch created by Piaget in 1979. The newest interpretation of the historical Piaget Polo merges the ultra-thinness and transparency of the Polo Skeleton with the elegance of its iconic Piaget Polo look. The Piaget Polo Skeleton models are made of stainless steel and 30% thinner than Piaget’s conventional models, which leads to the unique, slim lightness of the watch. The movement of the model, available as Piaget Blue and Titanium Grey, is completely visible and integrated into the design. In combination with the brushed surface, this creates a visual play with light that emphasizes the thin, dynamic aesthetics of the watch. With the Polo Skeleton Piaget adds on to its tradition of innovation, creating an everyday bracelet watch in the service of exclusivity and luxury while upholding the sport-chic spirit.

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FENDI: Moonlight Bag

FENDI is extending their FENDI Sunshine family with the cross-body Moonlight bag, launched as part of the Spring/Summer collection. As the name suggests, the satchel bag receives its name after its half-moon shape.

Following the iconic Sunshine Shopper bag's footsteps, the Moonlight bag features its distinctive details, such as the signature tortoiseshell effect acrylic glass as featured on the sunshine bag's handles. It also features a golden guilloche metal buckle with the iconic FF motif, which adds a luxurious feel. As one opens its flap, the hot-pressed FENDI Roma scripture reveals itself.

The carefully handmade tone-in-tone Selleria stitch, traditional to the fashion house, gives the bag a high-quality finishing. Made from 100% calf leather and exclusively produced in Italy, the Moonlight bag is available in black, brown, grey, green, yellow, and orange. It is a versatile bag that the owner can adjust to function as a shoulder or cross-body, which goes day to night seamlessly.

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Prada Symbol Pop-Ups for SS21

Prada presents Prada Symbols, a series of pop up stores dedicated to the women’s Spring/Summer 2021 collection. The pop-up concept entails glass structures decorated with the iconic Prada triangle logo and adorned with white and gold checkered flooring. Transparent displays and mannequins are in line with the collection’s overall look, which also heavily featured the super-sized Prada Symbol triangle. This collection marks the first time Miuccia Prada and Raf Simons working together, which the industry welcomed with delight. It includes the Prada Cleo bag and prints by artist Peter De Potter. The new Prada collection entails long, narrow ’90s trousers styled tone in tone with long sleeveless shorts that feature the fashion houses’ iconic symbol, kitten heels in vibrant colors, and long skirts.

The Prada Symbol pop up stores are located at Macau Four Season, from January 22nd – March 31st Paris Galeries Lafayette, from January 26th – February 23rd Hong Kong IFC, from January 28th – March 14th Busan Shinsegae Centum, from January 29th – February 21st Beijing SKP, from February 3rd - February 23rd Tokyo Isetan Woman, from February 10th – February 23rd Tokyo Isetan Man, from February 17th – March 2nd

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CHANEL – The Haute Couture Salons

In collaboration with the Parisian interior designer Jacques Grange CHANEL open its new Haute Couture Salons at an emblematic address in Paris, the birth city of CHANEL Haute Couture. 31 Rue Chambon is home to the CHANEL boutique, the Haute Couture Salons, Gabrielle Chanel's private apartment, the Creation studio as well as various atelier spaces, and represents CHANEL’s prestigious legacy as the oldest Parisian Haute Couture House.

The new interior design of The Haute Couture Salons is inspired by the photographic archives entrusted to the decorator by the House and created in dedication to Karl Lagerfeld and Virginie Viard. Unifying the past and the present, Grange incorporates characteristic elements of the space from Gabrielle Chanel’s times, like the play on reflection through the installment of mirrors and glass elements. Centered around the House’s iconic Art Deco staircase, the rooms have been restored in a very feminine and Parisian spirit. The color scheme based on shades of black, grey and white with touches of gold is selected carefully in accordance with the signature artistic vocabulary of the House. Overall, Grange brought a sophisticated and personal interpretation into being, enriching the aesthetic codes of CHANEL with his own conception of the décor.

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#MAKEAPROMISE

Louis Vuitton has partnered up with UNICEF through the #MAKEAPROMISE campaign in order to support the world’s most vulnerable children in the world, proving that the values of the luxury market have shifted compared to just a few years ago. Luxury is no longer just about exclusive and masterfully crafted objects, but it is also defined by its broader impact in the world, whether it be a social or environmental. As part of the effort, Louis Vuitton presents four new Silver Lockit bracelets, inspired by the tumbler lock invented by Georges Vuitton in 1890 to guarantee the protection of his client’s most prized possessions. Available in pastel blue, pink, celadon green and black, the bracelets were crafted incorporating recycled silver and organic cotton for the first tine. Aside from Silver Lockit bracelet, Louis Vuitton presents the Doudou Louis, a teddy bear in a Monogram printed textile. By purchasing either item, clients will support UNICEF’s continuous work on providing access to water, sanitation, nutrition, education, health and protection services to the most vulnerable children on the planet as well as the Covid-19 emergency response efforts to reimagine a world fit for every child.

Since the launch of the partnership, nearly 13 millions dollars have been raised for UNICEF. The Silver Lockit bracelets and the Doudou Louis will be available from January 19th online and in selected Louis Vuitton stores worldwide.

#MAKEAPROMISE

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GmbH Men’s Fall 21: ‘Welt am Draht’

In the precarious reality of the modern age that many people find themselves in, the idea of all life as a simulation is an all too appropriate analogy for the Fall 21 collection by GmbH. The film, directed by Matt Lambert alongside director of photography Chris Aoun, with the Creative Directors Benjamin A. Huseby and Serhat Isik, displays a wide range of shapes and silhouettes for contemporary menswear.

As part of Reference Festival, Berlin Fashion Week and Paris Fashion Week, German brand GmbH has premiered its film for its Fall 21 collection on each respective online platform simultaneously. The collection’s name is owed to the Rainer Werner Fassbinder sci-fi epic, ‘Welt am Draht’ or ‘World on a Wire’ created originally as a German television series in 1973.

Of the collection, Benjamin A. Huseby remarks “we started by building a men’s collection with silhouettes and techniques that refer to mid-century couture. We wanted to create clothes of dreams, rather than the mundane pragmatism of our everyday lives. An escape from the banality of our realities.”

Supported by Reference Festival, Senate Berlin, Paris Fashion Week and recent GmbH collaborator, ASICS, the brand is informed by prophetic moments in history that boldly gazed into the future as its present-day looking glass for the GmbH Fall 21 collection.

www.gmbhgmbh.eu

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CHANEL Haute Couture SS21

Photographed by Dutch photographer and filmmaker, Anton Corbijn, at the Salons at 31 Rue Cambon in Paris, CHANEL debuted its Haute Couture SS21 collection. The covid-safe event closed to the public, hosted by Creative Director, Virginie Viard, the collection was wedding-themed with an abundance of white petals and flowers, fairy lights and a bride atop a white horse.

The collection is reminiscent of a wedding one might see in a small town where people remain close and dress with a more relaxed and personable sensibility. With silver embroidery and lace details, ivory satin along with a big veil. The Grand Palais was dressed with rustic arches adorned with flowers, to take the form of a modest chapel setting created by renowned decorator Jacques Grange.

Sincere and fond memories of the late Karl Lagerfeld were shared by ambassadors, models and celebrity guests including Penélope Cruz, Marion Cotillard, Lily-Rose Depp with her mother, Vanessa Paradis, Joana Preiss, Izia Higelin and Alma Jodorowsky. All guests were seated at a safe distance as well as being tested for the virus prior to entering. Documented by a drone and varied camera set-ups, Corbijn also put together a lovingly made photo-book as a keepsake.

During a time when an embrace or a gathering is a contentious and divisive issue, the SS21 Haute Couture theme echoed the better nature in mankind which many hope to return to. Gathering to celebrate that which is just and caring and good, like the union of two souls. A love that is felt deeply expressed through fashion, an alignment with CHANEL at its core with nods to Karl Lagerfeld, distinctive and life-affirming in Virginie Viard’s joyful creations.

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LVMH Watch Week 2021: Hublot

“Today, more than ever, we need to adapt to stay connected to each other, in a new, different and especially digital way. Innovation is key and the launch of our Big Bang Tourbillon Automatic Orange Sapphire is the perfect example: new material, new caliber, a perfect expression of Hublot's fusion art.” ”Ricardo Guadalupe, CEO of Hublot LVMH Watch Week, renowned as a week during which to exhibit a variety of novelties within the heritage and core values of brands. Opulence in horology and watchmaking. Following the success of the inaugural LVMH Watch Weekin Dubai last year, Bvlgari, Hublot and Zenity, all subsidiaries of LVMH share their latest creative developments with clientele globally with a message of positivity to ring in the new year, 2021. Combining creative digital meetings using state-of-the-art tools that can show dependence in a world so fragile and chaotic, LVMH has partnered with Hublot, Bvlgari and Zenith. The watches unveiled during LVMH Watch Week truly reflect the creativity and array of expertise of each brand. Hublot has been manufacturing and processing sapphire glass for watch cases since 2015, their perseverance and philosophy of “always leading the way and being unique and different” still rings true.

For the 2021 edition of LVMH Watch Week, each of these Maisons have combined to provide a one-to-one physical presentation across 15 countries. Onlookers are promised a seamless and immersive experience to further discover the latest releases from each of the four luxury watch-makers. Hublot has launched a ‘Big Bang Integral Ceramic’. A monobloc architectural design, the watch itself fully self-winding, boasts technical and aesthetic qualities with a new tourbillon movement. Limited to just 50 pieces, the ‘Big Bang Tourbillion Automatic Orange Sapphire’ features a visible micro-rotor and three sapphire bridges in a new color for the range. The ‘Big Bang Integral’ is also being revamped in white, navy blue and grey. LVMH Watch Week 2021 will be taking place from January 25th to 29th digitally from the various manufactures.

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Yohji Yamamoto POUR HOMME FW21/22

On January 21st, Yohji Yamamoto unveiled his Menswear FW21 collection. For this, Yohji Yamamoto has teamed up a second time with Japanese photographer TAKAY to create a video collaboration that captures the dark and punk atmosphere of Yohji’s vision of the world today. The collection itself follows Yamamoto’s DNA and design language prominently featuring deconstructed and oversized shapes and different layers from several fabrics, such as cotton, silk, linen, wool gabardine and synthetic fabrics, a nod reminiscent of the Yamamoto’s 90s design.

A keen observer of what is happening in the world, Yohji-san processes all in this collection, whether it be global warming that will unquestionably change how we dress or the ongoing regulations caused by a global pandemic. The masks were a definite indicator of the latter. Included in the collection, they are a representation of Yamamoto’s reflection on how people are wearing masks nowadays, some people do, others don’t and some wear them in a very personal way. This is not to cast judgment, rather an observation of what is happening in the streets. To underline his statement about today’s world, the garments wear messages, personal feelings and anger expressed in a poetic way and once more eluding to the different themes that gave inspiration, human rights, social movements, sanitary emergencies and animal protection.

www.yohjiyamamoto.co.jp

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TAAKK FW21

Japanese Menswear brand, TAAKK, founded in 2013 by award winning designer Takuya Morikawa, has released a short film for Paris Fashion Week to debut its FW21 collection. The film is an ode to the idle and intangible nature of reminiscing. To venture forth requires a glance into the past, lingering on a thought like a daydream.

The protagonist muses on what it’s like to exist in the present moment when so often people are called back to the past; whether via a reminder, an invitation or a familiar voice. Mirokawa has continued to reshape the perception of menswear design since TAAKK’s founding, combining extensive material research and imaginative fabric treatments into each creation with the help from expert technicians to make each idea possible.

This season a herringbone wool jacket transitions seamlessly into tuckable cotton shirting, a jacket tailored in wool fades into a nylon MA-1 bomber, and polyester twill dissolves into sheer organdy to reveal layers beneath. To blur the line between dreams and reality, the short film produced by Nagisa Kodama for the TAAKK FW21 collection captures the yearning and boundless possibilities of being in a dream, suspended in time between departure and arrival.

The TAAKK FW21 collection will debut virtually February 2021 and will be available in select stores worldwide starting July 2021.

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Church's Men's FW21

‘The Auction’, a short film that conveys the elegance and style of the new Church’s Men’s FW21 collection. The luxury English footwear company sets its new film in a British auction house decorated with antiques and fine art. Colors of rich mahogany and the craftsmanship commonly found in objet d’art that find their way to auction is mirrored by the level of care and quality that goes into the new FW21 collection from Church’s. The new ‘Gillingham’ shoe takes note of a growing trend of square toes while shoes like the iconic ‘Chelsea’ boot and the ‘Amberly’ shoe feature a rounder toe.

The British fondness for fine brushed leather and reliable, quality materials resonates with this collection. Church’s is famous for its British heritage, the same heritage present in the new military-inspired ‘Gray’ boot and the brand’s acclaimed ‘Ryder’ desert boot, which arrives this season in a polished binder leather. Classic styles are complimented with new sneakers, a more casual fit in lace-up and high-top shapes which feature chunky rubber soles and the Church’s logo screen-printed onto the counter of the sneaker.

The Church’s FW21 Men’s collection will be available in stores and online from July 2021.

www.church-footwear.com

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Iceberg FW21/22

With his new FW21/22 collection for Iceberg, Creative Director James Long channels a carefree eccentricity reminiscent of 90s Brit Pop, underground rap and acid rock scenes to create a new identity for both men and women alike. The collection re-interprets luxury sportswear and elevates it through details such as 3D quilting and jacquard as well as ironically placed zips. The more sporty aesthetic pays homage to the 90s raver silhouettes. Traditional codes of the ever-evolving athletic leisure wear is not rejected, but enhanced through more soft and feminine touches and the introduction of luxury knit. This is also reflected in the color palette of the collection. For the women’s collection, muted tones of primrose, egg-shell and grey are juxtaposed with acid pink, energizing the selection, whereas the men’s collection is amped up through utilitarian details and the contrast between tech and knit textures. In typical fashion, Iceberg once more showcases its affinity for incorporating pop icons, with Peanut cartoon characters Snoopy and Woodstock portrayed on some of the sweaters. The FW21/22 collection is the coming together of luxury sportswear and the innovative Italian knitwear, which Iceberg is so famous and celebrated for.

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Ermenegildo Zegna XXX FW21

As expressed by Zegna’s Creative Director Alessandro Sartori himself, ‘We are all experiencing a new reality concerned with new needs, which lead us to previously unseen lifestyles and attitudes.’ Our world is constantly evolving and has changed even more drastically throughout the last year. Since taking the reigns at the Italian house, Sartori’s has moved Zegna away from the utter formality, redefining the style. For this season, Zegna has decided to (Re)set, to (Re)interpret their roots and to (Re)tailor the modern man. Its fluid shapes and the comfortable and adaptable nature of the garments define the collection. Comfort and formality, indoors and outdoors are blended; archetypal items get new functions in a switch of forms, weights and materials. The idea of formality is injected with notions of coziness and comfort, whether it be the easy of track pants or of the robe de chambre. Most notably we see the classic suit reimagined, not as a uniform, but as a garment that allows its wearer to be himself.

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Burro Studio x Moose Knuckles Gives a Fu*k

Moose Knuckles, the international luxury outwear brand founded in Canada by Noah Stern in 2009, has released a capsule collection with Milan-based Burro Studio. Known for innovative practices in Graphic Design, Burro Studio has also developed a reputation for being a champion of inclusion and diversity to foster ideals of community with their designs for some time now. Having worked with Miu Miu, Nike and Leica, Burro Studio has a contemporary vision and streetwear sensibility.

‘Burro Studio x Moose Knuckles Gives a Fu*k’ intends to reach and care for at-risk communities. For every item sold Moose Knuckles will donate one jacket to charity organization Diakonie Hamburg, supporting its local community. The capsule collection features a range of unisex hoodies, long sleeves and T-shirts each made from high-grade organic and ethically sourced cotton produced with as little impact to the environment as possible. Burro Studio have laced each garment with graphics executed using screen printing and CAD-CUT ® Premium Plus heat transfer for a lightweight feel, the look taking cues from graffiti culture.

The capsule collection, ‘Burro Studio x Moose Knuckles Gives a Fu*k’, is the next stage in an ongoing charity effort from Moose Knuckles which began in May of last year. To offer vulnerable people access to quality clothing. The capsule’s appearance takes cues from cities all across the European continent, including Amsterdam, Stockholm, London, Dusseldorf and Hamburg. This appreciation for global cities continues Moose Knuckles’ ‘Milano Addosso’ capsule, which was dedicated to the city of Milan, inspired by the architectural sophistication of Barona, Paolo Sarpo, Porta Venezia and Soupra districts.

The capsule collection is currently available exclusively at braun-hamburg.com and at a Moose Knuckles Pop-up store in Hamburg arriving in the city this month.

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DIOR: The Caro Bag

As part of its Cruise 2021 collection, DIOR will release a newly designed bag.The Caro bag takes its name after Christian Dior’s remarkable younger sister, Catherine Dior, who was fondly referred to by family and those that knew her well as ‘Caro’.

Passion, grace and unyielding courage in the face of atrocities, violence and cruelty; Catherine Dior lived a life of great service to France. As a highly decorated member of the French Resistance during World War II, Catherine endured a great deal of pain in her lifetime; she was made a political prisoner of war, she was deported, she was tortured for information that she never relinquished, surviving the Nazi gulag and the most horrific of circumstances.

Designed by Maria Grazia Chiuri, the Dior Caro bag is available in sky blue, black, mint green and blue as well as smaller versions in raw denim, Tie & Dior and shearling. The bag is made with a precious chain that brandishes links detailed with the “CD” signature to echo the clasp. In addition to its chain, the precious soft leather bag proudly displays the house’s emblematic cannage motif.

The Caro bag is not simply an accessory to the Cruise 2021 collection, it is an example of the luxury French maison honoring its family heritage, a reminder to hold fast to your courage, hold fast to the belief of what is good in others, a reminder that against a tide of hate; love will overcome.

The Caro bag, a heartfelt expression of heritage Dior style, is now available online and in stores.

www.dior.com

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CDG3 x Better Gift Shop

In the third edition of the collaborative partnership between CDG3 and Better Gift Shop, Amanda Mescudi and Taj Williams roam the dusk-lit streets of Los Angeles with a lackadaisical and adventurous aura about them. The Gregory Shimanda collaboration features an exclusive hoodie and T-shirt, relaxed and youthful style with distinctive qualities of both Comme Des Garçon and Toronto-based retailer, Better Gift Shop. In previous years visual artist Gregory Shimanda has had joint exhibitions in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Oakland California and has been a rising creative of the San Francisco Bay Area. The collection, styled by Monica Rojas, features the artist Panda Sex and is photographed by Chandler Kennedy.

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YSL Women's SS21

Through hard times it can seem as though the more a search for meaning is carried out, the more elusive and distant answers become. Wandering and languishing in hopes of a sign appearing before us, even if that sign is a mirage. People stray far from their home, yearning for purpose and understanding in an enigmatic life so harsh and chaotic like the beating sun on rolling desert sands. In an ode to humanity’s shared search, Anthony Vaccarello has transported the Saint Laurent SS21 runway into the scorching heat of the desert. Runway looks that would usually be the jewel of Paris streets are wandering, as we all are, a difficult and trying year for finding any consolation or explanation after so many losses and so many questions. Small comforts are now our greatest treasures, taking comfort only in the clothes on our back. 

A collection dedicated to the freedom of movement, silk blouses, a vareuse with spacious pockets, a long jacket with neat shoulders like an extension of Le Smoking. The inside life is made all the more leisurely and comfortable with a fluid jumpsuit, a floral explosion of chiffon with fluffy marabout fringes; a sheer Liseuse emulates a purgatory between dreams and reality where the delicate fabrics contrast the coarse realities faced by many. Speaking on the Saint Laurent Women’s SS21 collection, Creative Director Anthony Vaccarello claims “the desert, to me, symbolizes that yearn for serenity, open space, a slower rhythm. The clothes are also softer, the spirit of the collection is more gentle, stripped back.” The collection features jewelry by Claude Lalanne that are luminescent against the muted colors of the garments. 


The YSL SS21 Women’s collection has a distinct laissez-faire: while the desert is a serene backdrop visually, it is known for being severely hot under the sun and terribly cold under the moon. The desert demands an endurance of spirit and true fortitude of the human soul, the gentle spirit of this collection reveals a shared vulnerability ever present in mankind.

 www.ysl.com 

 

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DIOR Men Fall 2021

“I never considered myself a graffiti artist, although I do use spray paint and spray all over New York City. I grew up here in Southern California. When I moved to New York I learned about all the street culture. That to me was what was exciting. I understood the language, I understood the visuals of the airbrush. I wanted to be apart of it. I am always interpreting the world around me, be it the nature, be it the news. Whatever it is I’m taking it in and I am using that in my process”. American artist Kenny Scharf creates cartoon-inspired images, stories, works nodding to a near future, taken from any experience, from real world news to historical facts, to moments of dream, where clashing colors - blue, yellow, purple, transform opposites and tension into a captivating universe. Dior Homme’s Creative Director Kim Jones engaged Scharf’s oeuvre through Dior’s history, fusing tradition and digital innovation. Tailoring underscore a heightened mood of dressing up where the “tailleur oblique”, tailored coats and slender single-breasted jackets are eased around the body, relaxed, and belted at the waist in homage to the iconic bar jacket. Mirroring the evolution of a couture house, Dior’s ateliers translated Kenny Scharf’s works into prints and embroideries, with archival pieces appearing alongside a series of new commissions created specifically for Fall 2021: drawings recalling the Chinese Zodiac’s animal character. China, one of Monsieur Dior main inspirations over the years, merges into the collection through traditional Chinese techniques and materials translated into the idiom of a French couture house where Yoon Ahn’s modern jewelry adorns looks with jade and lapis, and the Maison Lemarié reinvents chrysanthemum blooms as boutonnieres. A dreamlike set recalling the luminous stellar explosion of a supernova - the transient event during the last stages of a massive star triggered by a nuclear fusion - where a crab nebula, hundreds of light-years in diameter, shows its full beauty.

www.dior.com

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Eternal Beauty

Lois creates a distinctly intimate exhibition in their Amsterdam Galeria, celebrating the pioneering supermodels who changed the industry with their iconic and eternal beauty. Featuring Helena Christensen and Elle Macpherson and photographed by Kat Irlin this wonderful shoot is a celebration too of Lois, a brand that has long been committed to the eternal beauty of diverse models. Christensen was shot in her home in New York and Macpherson at the Faena hotel in Miami. These photographs are a small and delightfully unassuming insight into the world of these two legendary models.

www.loisjeanstore.com

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Step Up

Church’s excites with their new Urban Crossover Collection, a wonderful array of styles and looks, designed for the colder months. Both men’s and women’s are complete with innovative design, contemporary uppers with hyper-light weight vulcanized rubber soles lending themselves to easy practical wear. Church’s also appeals to a sense of classicism and nostalgia, their classic lace-ups, loafers and boot uppers retaining a place of prominence, uniquely married with a specially defined lightweight St. Morritz sole. In applying these details, Church’s delivers on brand footwear that has a distinctly contemporary edge. This is seen in the women’s collection where an updated iteration of the iconic 1970’s Shannon is rearticulated with vigor and intention. The new Shannon T is bold, its thick yet lightweight tread sole contrasting beautifully against its smooth rois calfskin upper. Urban Cross Over is a delightful and intrepid step into the unknown, whilst still championing the identity of some of Church’s most beloved shoes.

www.church-footwear.com

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Star Service

Orveda announces Orveda concierge, an amazing new service, allowing clients to get tailor-made advice for their skin. Investing in the right skin care requires both industry knowledge as well as an acute understanding of one’s own personal makeup. This 5 day a week, 5 star concierge amalgamates the two, providing a bespoke “Chat with our Healer” live service. With a detailed plan of the right products and Orveda regimen for your skin, customers are treated to a truly personal service that centers the client and equips them with the knowledge they need to make their skin the very best. At a time when self care has never been more important, Orveda delivers, entrusting their clients in the hands of their team of expert advisors, ready to tackle the ominous landscape of skincare.

www.orveda.com

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Night Mode

Louis Vuitton presents perhaps its most daring watch to date, the new Tambour Damier Graphite Race, fusing energy and creativity together in an exciting bold design. This time piece combines sporty-chic with a sleek sophisticated aesthetic, creating a wearable and versatile accessory. The accents of fluorescent green against the dark gray of the graphite PVD coated steel case exudes a real sense of daring and adventure whilst also fitting into an urban aesthetic. Subtly incorporates the V for Vuitton into the design, the Maison erects an architectural dial in the shape of this significant letter, a truly patriotic detail. Despite its modern feel, age old craftsmanship forms the very essence of the Tambour Damier Graphite Race, its smoked-grey sapphire glass caseback cleverly revealing a traditional mechanism. Available in two versions, customers can choose from the 41.5mm diameter automatic model and the extreme 46 mm diameter chronograph. Both designs have the capacity to have an interchangeable strap, black or fluorescent green depending on the wearer’s mood, outfit or preference. Louis Vuitton crafts utter magic with this watch, a striking graphic design that makes a statement.

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Shaded Dreams

Emboldened by a kitsch retro glamor, Gucci’s Matelassé eyewear collection is a perfect embodiment of a House dedicated to striking and iconic design. Chunky frames, adorned by the House’s recognizable logo of the interlinked G’s are a fun and playful statement piece able to dress up any look. Covered in leather, the sunglasses exude a decadent charm, recalling Gucci’s beloved Marmont bag pattern, with the matelassé decoration that runs over the entire frame and temples. These wonderful accessories coming in burgundy red, black, white and snakeskin are beautifully textured, a surprising but welcomed detail to this timeless accessory. Perfect for bright crisp winter days these sunglasses beg to be worn with a thick knitted jumper, and winter coat, or for a warm weather retreat by a poolside. Gucci delivers yet another stunning collection of sunglasses, beautifully authentic in their use of leather.

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The Joys of Gifting

Gifting is imbued with real love and consideration in Cartier’s new collection of objects, that bring moments of joy to everyday life. With everything from music boxes to writing papers, Cartier continues its long established tradition of adding sparkle and intrigue to the most mundane aspects of day to day life. Since 1880 the Maison has been invested in small objects, such as powder compacts, inkwells and other quaint pieces of stationery, and this long fascination is injected with real contemporary flair. Curating 4 collections of objects, all connected to one another by their emblematic codes: the panther, Double C and the menagerie, Cartier show the small unsuspecting power of gifting. From stationery to small silver cups, each object is a show of affection and thought, Cartier preparing for a holiday season like no other.

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10SOUL

The Seoul Design Foundation set up the 10Soul Project in order to champion Korean design on an international platform. Selecting these designers at Seoul Fashion week, 10 emerging talents were chosen to take part in a pop-up installation at Berlin’s iconic Voo Store. Amongst this creative group was Yoon Seok-Woon with his brand SEOKWOONYOON. Seok-Woon takes many of his references from modern art, and is particularly drawn to Trompe l'oeil, creating sculptural illusory elements on his garments. Moving from ready-to-wear to more conceptual looks, Seok-Woon is definitely one to watch. Another 2 members of the Soul project, Lee Moo-Yeol and Kim Min-Hee with their brand YOUSER, have since had their looks shown at Milan’s 2020 runway. Clever sartorial design meets sports luxe, meets uniform in YOUSER, where unique layering gives way to exciting and surprising garments and looks. Voo store proudly showcases these designs amongst many others in an installation that fuses art and fashion.

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Story Time

Rooting their Holiday 2020 campaign in the literary imagination of best-selling author Candice Carty-Williams, Prada’s accessories, jewelry and leather goods tell a mysterious and captivating tale. With Steven Meisel as photographer, Williams’ story is given visceral depth, the aesthetic of a film noir providing a cinematic edge to the author’s words. Multiple perspectives, angles and cuts revolve around 5 characters, familiar faces in the Prada’s universe - Freja Beha Maty Fall, Mai Xiaoxing, Rudolfs Valbergs and Merlijne Schorren. Situated in the Villa Gnutti, an isolated residence in rural Italy well known through its association to Helmut Newton’s 1981 shoot, Meisel’s black and white photography recalls vintage cinema, the idyllic mediterranean backdrop creating a beautiful mise en scene. The photograph stills taken from the campaign act as portals into a glamorous world, framing with acute attention the new Prada Cleo Handbag, which debuted in the Multiple Views spring summer 2021 show. The Cleo is a wonderful hybrid, a synthesis of Prada’s archives with futuristic ambition. Alongside the Cleo, the Prada triangle is reinterpreted, the iconic emblem appearing as an array of necklaces, lariats and chandelier earrings. Luxury and decadence run throughout the holiday 2020 campaign, where emotion, intrigue and desire run rife.

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Vessels of Light

Aesop channels other worldly wonderment, in its new set of Aromatique Candles created with seasoned collaborator, Barnabé Fillion. Each of the three candles in the collection are named after an ancient astronomer: Aganice, Callippus and Ptolemy, referencing the early pioneers of discovery. The night sky framed as an infinite source of inspiration. Detailing the concept behind the collection, Dr Kate Forbes, Aesop’s Director of Innovation simply put the new collection as “candles as stars”, a warming indictment of the brand’s notion of vision. With exquisitely subtle, nuanced scents, the candles are a welcomed addition to any cosy interior setting, designed to ease the stresses of everyday life through calming fragrances. The Aganise Aromatique Candle is rich with Cardamom, Clove, Mimosa and slight notes of Tobacco, the Callippus Aromatique Candle offers Frankincense, Guaiacwood and shiso and the Ptolemy Aromatique Candle is light with a smokiness of cedar, Cypress and notes of Vetiver. Fillion delights in this collaboration, where candles centre the home as a place of serenity and sanctuary, basking its inhabitants in the soft glow of a beautifully scented candle.

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Michaël Borremans

Michaël Borremans appears in an exciting new solo exhibition, entitled ‘Coloured Cones,’ at the Zeno X Gallery in Antwerp, Belgium. Borremans presents a new series of paintings, a wonderfully colorful addition to his illustrious oeuvre. Cone-shaped objects covered in satin become the artist’s focus, appearing in various different constellations in the foreground of his canvases. These objects become succinctly figurative in Borremans’ human-like compositions, lending themselves to an anthropomorphic reading. The artist’s painterly gestures revitalize the canvas, adding surprising dynamism to his inanimate subjects, his sincere approach engaging with the cones as one would a group of figures. Zeno X Gallery curates a beautiful show, spotlighting the art of their national Belgian talent.

www.zeno-x.com


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Echoes of The Unseen

Gerhard Hofland announces its international group exhibition, “Echoes of the Unseen”. Moving beyond the realms of tangible and visual experience, through a narrative of figurative and abstracted forms, artists: Johan Tahon (Belgium, 1965), Janine Van Oene (The Netherlands, 1998), Damien Cadio (France, 1975) and Robert Seidel (Germany 1983) come together to showcase meaningful reflections on these uncharted spaces. Gestures and marks are enlivened by the discovery of a space neglected by the subconscious, landscapes shaped by subjective others. With a distinctly haunting offering, Johan Tahon curates an emotional display, his timeless works guided by a quiet wisdom. Rooted in the artworks of ancient mythology, Tahon’s works are composed of a series of thoughtful and meticulous interventions, all alluding to a higher truth. In Janine Van Oene’s presentation, she challenges the very possibilities of abstraction, her vocabulary spirited by an affinity with color-mixing and and calligraphic strokes, Motionless forms are given a new lease of life, channeling the nostalgic paradox of plastic flowers and vernacular curtain patterns. Damien Cadio, re-articulates the canvas in his contribution, gathering exciting momentum from the parameters of his pieces. In curating disorienting encounters with his subjects, Cadio produces works that toes the line between the physical and historical, a tension, unnerving in its capacity to affect the viewer. With this state of flux in Mind, German artist Robert Seidel is an artist whose practice is underpinned by the notion of perpetual reconstruction. Magnetized by the present, the past is a skin that is continually shed, the infinite role of transformation, tantalizing in the constant promise of unpredictable change. Immersing us in this cycle, Seidel’s thorough interrogation of architecture and scenery, uses observation as a means to engage the viewer in their own locality, their own sense of being.

image credits:Johan Tahon, Glacier Monk, 2019, 185 x 38 x 65 cm, Stoneware

www.gerhardhofland.com

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Natural Union

Bryan Adams joins forces with KALDEWEI for a collaboration that could not be more pertinent in our current time. KALDEWEI which is a German-run Steel Enamel business, showcases washbasins in its latest campaign, emphasizing the importance of washing hands in beautifully artistic visuals by the renowned Bryan Adams. Themes ‘Natural Union’, hands come together in a Sistine Chapel like motif over colourful basins. Through these photographs the notion of connectivity and hygiene are brought to the fore with striking intimacy and tenderness. Commenting on the collection Adams said “we are all naturally connected and have a responsibility to look after each other and the environment - everyday actions like washing your hands have never been more important”. With this in mind, KALDEWEI’s collection becomes a hybrid of social responsibility and art, the running water adding an element of sensuality amidst the sculptural forms of the basins and the hands.

www.kaldewei.nl

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Hermès Spring Summer 2021

The sun, or is it the moon? A super moon perhaps, hovering on the horizon, above the sea. It’s the sea we look at just after winter, still in motion, not completely calm but not rough either. It’s Frédéric Sanchez’s visual artwork, always interwoven with his music. Then the wind raises, it tousles the hair of a woman, she is standing still, thinking. Or was she daydreaming? In fact she is made of terracotta. She is one of Camille Vivier’s women, always between sensuality and strangeness. Few pages before the vibrant strokes of German Artist Carsten Fock. They form landscapes of colors, of energy. To accompany Hermès Spring Summer 2021 collection Nadège Vanhee-Cybulski put together a limited edition scrapbook, collecting a number of artists who inspired Hermès over the years, and recalling the scrapbook she used to create during her years at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp. Amongst these artists also Claudia Wieser whose artwork as well informed the vast scenography built inside the Tennis Club de Paris. Here a series of the Wieser’s signature images interpreting ancient artifacts excavated from the ruins of a Roman temple build in third century AD, are installed as wallpaper on vertical elements, columns, volumes, emerging as a forest of ancient ruins, of visual moments, and interlacing with the collection. “A dialogue between fashion and art, a free interpretation of patterns, incarnations and digressions around the themes of the new collection’s silhouettes … with just one spirit: a found freedom.” Nadège Vanhee-Cybulski created a collection where apparent sobriety reveals daring cut outs, and a rush of freedom. A graceful, confident silhouette, a sensitive second skin that expresses strength and fragility. Reconnecting with the outside and rediscovering sensuality. The hip-skimming, sleeveless, backless bodysuits celebrates the body. It also frees the body. Matched with the leather skirt as magnificently simple as the leather aprons of stable hands, but with a female allure. As always at Hermès the details are a reference to their iconic bags like the key-shaped clasps of this skirt, also a subtle nod to Crébillon’s La nuit et le moment. Nadège Vanhee-Cybulski combined every day armour with fantasy where Masculine/Feminine, genders fluid, each one nurtures the other. Hermès Spring Summer 2021 also features Les Roues de phaéton print, a digitally reworked black and white homage to mid-nineteenth century carriages: “The obsession with this print, this carriage, this moment, recurs in this modern summer outfit. Passing through a crossroads of times, influences and currents, without coming to a standstill”. Amongst the most architectural looks a mesh dress, in horn and fine chestnut brown lambskin, layered over a micro dress, in Poros white stretch silk knit: “Leather and horn mesh over silk knit, Chestnut over Poros white. Free to layer outfits the way the avant-gardists structured their colors”. Art once again informs the collection: inspired by Lucio Fontana, a supple coat’s neckline, in kilim brown glossy lambskin, plunges to reveal bare skin. The closing look, A backless bodysuit, in stretch silk knit, in terracotta brown underlines Hermès’ statement on simplicity: “Knowledge has never been so turbulent. It plays itself out in details”.

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Louis Vuitton Spring Summer 2021

“Take over, Drive, Kick, Climb, Swap, Switch, Relay, Dream, Doubt, Splash, Reach, Stand, Sky Dive, Extend, Vote…” Words as mottos, slogans for actions, emblazoned on t-shirts and dresses and heard intone across the soundtrack for the show. Nicolas Ghesquière’s new Womenswear collections for Louis Vuitton explored the meaning of gender fluidity in fashion and it’s correlation to our time. “Vote”, “Dream”, “Kick”. These are words that call for a strong stand against inequality, against boundaries “Stepping into a territory that is still stylistically vague. A sensitive zone that erases gender and promises exponential creative possibilities. What does an in-between garment look like? What kind of cut can dissolve masculine and feminine? What wardrobe might s/he look good in?” This is Nicolas Ghesquière’s wish to begin an open reflection on a theme as crucial as sensitive. The in-between, the ground where shapes and silhouettes meet without constraints. Relaxed masculine classic trousers paired with t-shirts, at times worn as dresses under overcoats, sequins mixed with classic tailoring. There was a subtle reference to Ghesquière’s signature 80s reference through the bold lettering on prints. The French designer has always been fascinated by the 80s, its idiosyncrasies, and cultural experimentations. One of the most iconic artwork of that decade was actively present at the show live stream: 1987 Wim Wenders’ Wings of Desire. His angels, their “voyeurism”, with the late Bruno Ganz looking at the world from above, looking at the people’s pain, the desire, the struggle. Through the green screen technique, the digital guests were able to see the movie fragments overlaid on floors and walls of the magnificent Art Deco architecture and Art Nouveau frescoes of the Samaritaine. Under the glass of La Rotonde, on the top floor of this historical monument - whose renovation has been 15 years in the making and is set to open in 2021 - the runway was intersected with large swaths of color green serving as chroma key. That same green used on accessories throughout the entire collection. The building situated just across Ghesquière’s office seemed the perfect choice when the increasing risk of the pandemic in France required a careful evaluation towards efficiency and sustainability: the crew was able to just walk to the location and the clothes didn’t have to be shipped. The great size of this empty building also gave Ghesquière the space to bring a step further the virtual experience of the show: all the guests affected by travel restrictions were given a personal link to a virtual seat: dozen of personal webcams were situated along the runway, with the possibility to be manipulated in 360 degrees. It translated to a never-seen-before experience, comforting all the guests who could not attend in person. It give a sense of reassurance and great consideration. One more reference to Ghesquière’s journey set to abolishing boundaries.

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Isabel Marant Spring Summer 2021

Dance, Dance, Dance. One of the most fun moments during Womenswear season in Paris has been always the after party following Isabel Marant show. It was a moment to connect with colleagues you hardly have time to talk with, but also a time for spontaneity, for pure freedom, for self expression. We all wonder when we will be able to freely enjoy again those moments, that seem now very far on the horizon. For Spring Summer 2021 collection Isabel Marant revived that quest of vitality and exaltation. Held at the extended premises of the brand’s signature show location, the Jardin of Palais Royal, a bacchanal of bodies stormed around the models, in waves, dancing. The (LA)HORDE collective’s original performance expressed a powerful transformation of energies, triggering movement, heat and light. Isabel Marant also collaborated with Los Angeles-based artist Amber Goldhammer. She designed a print for the collection: a profusion of multicolored graffiti hearts, blossoming out of a short-sleeved jumpsuit. This burning desire to go out and escape is reflected in the entire collection through Isabel Marant’s signature silhouettes and fabrics: short skirts and mini shorts, lamé dazzling pieces, strapless dresses and asymmetrical designs. Everything calls for festivity, day or night. This is a woman who loves Debbie Harry, Donna Summer and the beat of 80s music.

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Dries Van Noten Spring Summer 2021

Pure sheer joy, psychedelic colors, dance. For Spring Summer 2021 Dries Van Noten draws a direct inspiration from pioneer artist Len Lye and his films created between the late 20s and 40s. Like 1938 ‘A Colour Box’. The film constructed without the use of any camera, moves in mysterious ways. It’s a continuous stream of fabulously kinetic energy, where a series of abstract artworks directly painted on the film strips celluloid sways before your eyes. Len Lye was one of the most exhilarating artists from the 20th century, known for his kinetic sculptures and experimental direct animations. Born in New Zeeland in 1901 he moved first to Australia and then to a remote Samoan island before taking the place of a deserting sailor in a ship to London in 1926. He successfully established himself as artist associated with the Seven and Five Society, but eventually moved to New York in 1944 Over the years Len Lye remarkably shifted from one medium to another, reinventing new forms of visual art, fascinated with sculpture, painting, motion, writing. Some critics regard his 1958 ‘Free radicals’ as one of his greatest film. He reduced the film medium to its most basic elements by scratching on black film using a variety of tools: dental tools, ancient Native American arrow-head. Growing up in the South Pacific region gave Lye a peculiar set of interests, very different from Western modern artists. In the early years of his career he studied Maori and Aboriginal art including the Pacific tapa design. It’s this mysterious and intriguing use of colors, forms, references that has always fascinated Dries Van Noten’ vision. Over the years his inspirations looked at art, exceptional characters, cinema. Always infusing craftsmanship and history. This season the narratives of folklore are evoked with traditional embroidery techniques and a series of printed motifs derived from Len Lye’s painting work on films in collaboration with Len Lye’s Foundation Archives Presented through a video directed by Vivian Sassen, the collection is a new take on print and embroidery, a graphic play with light and shadow where Dries Van Noten’s signature silhouettes and textiles merges with the psychedelic color sunbursts and the crisp comforting simplicity of Dries Van Noten vivid elegance.

www.driesvannoten.com

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Fear of God

Ermenegildo Zegna celebrates the official global launch of its new collection Fear of God with a series of simultaneous events worldwide. Hosted across continents, Chengdu, Milan and Los were all privy to specially curated events, each revolving around the exclusive collection. In Chengdu, China, Zegna opened its very own pop-up store, welcoming major celebrities and KOLs such as Dylan Wang, Sunnee, the beloved influencers Fil and Sam and DJ Maddox. The installation in Chengdu will be open until 7 October 2020. In Milan and Los Angeles events featured a live conversation in collaboration with Highsnobiety, with a futuristic twist as Zegna’s Artistic Director Alessandro Sartori guided guests digitally through the collection. Zegna’s Boutiques in Milan and Los Angeles also housed an exhibition, showcasing the collaboration until October 31 2020. Special guests included Michael B. Jordan, Dwayne Wade, Gabrielle Union, Usher and Quincy Jones, with a live performance by DJ Samantha Ronson.

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Giorgio Armani Spring Summer 2021

1980, a young, almost unknown, Richard Gere acts as Julian, a high-priced male escort in American Gigolo, directed by Paul Schrader after gaining recognition as screenwriter for many celebrated movies including Martin Scorsese’s Taxi Driver. Schrader at his second feature film as director asked the young Giorgio Armani – who started his fashion adventure in Menswear only 5 years before - to create the entire wardrobe for Gere. In one of the most iconic scenes, Gere gets ready in the morning, choosing what to wear: he lays down a number of suits on top of his bed, with matching shirts, ties, carefully handpicking each one. The blazers are fluid, with only a soft silk lining, almost impalpable. They move and feel like a shirt. It was a revolutionary image, suits were now as sensual as light. Since the very beginning Giorgio Armani wanted to create fashion to dress real people. For Giorgio Armani clothes have been always an extension of the persona and never the opposite. Backstage before his Fall Winter 1984 show speaking to the models he said: “We need to create a show that is nothing like a show, rather than models you need to feel like ordinary guys, taking a stroll, walking down the street with your girlfriend, stopping by to watch a move. Nothing has to feel forced. I would like you to be as natural as possible “ Like narrated in the documentary “Timeless Thoughts” – broadcasted in the occasion of Giorgio Armani Men’s and Women’s Spring/Summer 2021 show – Armani spoke to all the men who no longer identified themselves in the classic suit striving for individuality, and to the women who longed to step outside and start their own career freely. Giorgio Armani Spring Summer 2021 collection highlighted all these essential traits of Armani’s soft revolution over the decades, not only through the stripped down/reinvented suits for men, but also through the versatile silhouettes for women contaminated by that freedom borrowed from man’s wardrobe, still as feminine as each woman wished for. Soft oversized long blazers, short jackets paired with fluid pants, long suit jackets in neutral colors. Beige, pastel green, white and declinations of Armani quintessential color: that very specific grey hue, synonymous of rigor and sensuality. The show ended with a series sumptuous evening looks as dazzling as ethereal. Intricate beading works, geometrical graphic elements and the signature oriental fascinations reiterated the calm elegance Giorgio Armani has been gifting women for more than four decades.

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Aesop Gift Kits

Aesop presents a beautiful monochromatic animation, following a seagull at sea in the dead of night. Using interactive technology we are invited to step into this virtual world and discover the inspiration behind Aesop’s new fiction inspired campaign, gifts to inspire imaginary flights. Noting the importance of escapism in our current time, Aesop’s 2020 gift offerings are imbued with the power of storytelling, transporting us to other worlds through beautifully crafted product boxes accompanied by a free audio and e-book of a selected work of literature. This literature comprises works by an international cast of talented writers and authors: Modernist master Katherine Mansfield, writer Lafcadio Hearn, author Rabindranath Tagore, author Isabelle Eberhardt and Machado de Assis. With the packaging for these inspired gift kits made out of 100% recycled and biodegradable materials, the brand stays committed to ethical and sustainable production whilst providing tantalizing treats for loved ones at an incredibly deserving time.

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Emporio Armani Spring Summer 2021

Giorgio Armani’s interpretation of architectural and urban themes has been a constant in his career. Culminated in 2015 opening of Armani/Silos, the building housing various exhibitions but also Armani’s very own philosophy: “setting up Armani/Silos, deciding what to exhibit and how, focusing on the themes that best represent a way of thinking and a style – all this helped me look back on my 40-year career in a passionate but balanced way. Because fashion, which seems to want to live in an eternal present, needs to reflect on itself and its own roots in order to face the future. Through this process of reflection, we see how fashion accompanies and often anticipates important social changes. Remembering what we were like in the past can help us understand what we might be in the future “. Giorgio Armani words could not be more pertinent to our time. The future we long will be built from a reflection on our past. Emporio Armani Spring Summer 2021 was presented through a video where the urban dynamism of Armani/Silos dissolved into a contemporary lightness: here a cluster of people walk, dance, live, as frenetically as orderly. They strive to achieve immateriality and turn into light. The regular geometric shapes of this monumental building are the resonates Armani’s aesthetic seeking simplicity. The cinematographic motion set colors, graphic images, roads, suspended bridges, fragments of a city becoming animated by movement. In this fictional world the idea of ethereal, unpredictable elegance merge with feather-light materials, almost impalpable. The interplay of textured and tactile surfaces enhances the barely-there colors through materials: a neutral palette ranges from beige, grey and almond finding their purest expression in shades of white and light blue, and ultimately illuminating black hues. For menswear the suits and overcoats are fluid, textured with laser-work and architectural dévoré effects, iridescent at night. The soundtrack and original visuals by Frédéric Sanchez, the respected French music artist and producer - mark the rhythm, capturing the atmosphere of a world yet to come. His work always starts from images, visual representations of a moment, a feeling.

www.armani.com

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Max Mara Spring Summer 2021

This year marks the 15th anniversary of Max Mara Art Prize for Women, a biannual prize awarding female artists engaged in different visual and performative art forms, the time and resources to research in Italy and create a final artwork. Winner of the 2013-2015 edition, Corin Sworn investigated the theme of Commedia Dell’Arte, the seminal theatre form emerged in the 15th century Italy, and widely considered the very birth of modern theatre. Sworn visited Naples, Roma, Venice, three cities deeply steeped in the commedia dell’arte. A live oral art form performed with a set of archetype of figures engaging with everyday life. The early commedia dell’arte is placed in a historical moment, the Renaissance period, when the question of how people were socially read arises, when – in Sworn’s words - “the fixity of people’s lives under feudal system was opening up and shifting”. These are stories revolving around the meaning of “identity” itself. For Spring Summer 2021 Max Mara addresses this same crucial question during this complex historical time. The question of identity, of heroic rebirth, of renewal. Channeling elements of the Renaissance silhouettes and aesthetic, Max Mara creates volumes and gathered necklines scooped or straight across from shoulder to shoulder, like a 15th century portrait. Sleeves are slashed right through, suits are sharply tailored with palazzo trousers, parkas are constructed with utilitarian pockets, snap fasteners and drawstrings. The color palette blends earth tones, black and a dash of pasted blue and green hues. The signature’s Max Mara luxurious power dressing for modern women facing everyday life.

www.maxmara.com

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Herno Spring Summer 2021: Fifties Fun

Herno dives into its archives for its Milan Fashion Week 2020 Presentation, bringing the carefree spirit of the ‘50s strikingly into the contemporary moment. Returning to its roots, stock footage is spliced with visuals of their SS21 collection, showing the brand’s integrity and history to be an essential part of their creative DNA. Beginning with the Iconic Herno Monogram collection, the wonderfully recognizable canvas with the emblematic H pattern, is reworked as an essential accessory. To be worn in the hair, tied as a top and cynching in the waist of their cotton raincoats. The laughter, fun and freedom of a girls trip is recreated, as they drive down italian vistas, culminating in a trip to the factory, where we are reminded once more of Herno’s prestigious craftsmanship. In this italian extravaganza, silk scarves blow in the breeze, inducing each outfit with a joyous sense of drama and excitement. The H pattern adorns the timeless outerwear, cotton raincoats and down jackets made of ultralight nylon. In taking a trip down memory lane, Herno remembers its history with pride, its SS21 collection made even more special, elevated by this charming sentiment of nostalgia.

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Bauhaus Brilliance

Hanacha Studio is an international womenswear label headquartered in Korea. Hana Cha’s brand shot to new levels since graduating from London College of Fashion with an MA in Fashion, the same year she won “Collection of the Year 2012” at the V&A Museum. Celebrating the evolution of the brand, Hanacha Studio released their Archive Collection, highlighting the identity of the brand through a self-led exploration of the studio's unique theoretical background in art. Hanacha has developed a vast vocabulary, where research, art history and contemporary culture intermix to avant garde and eclectic effect. Bridging contrasts, oppositions and polarities, Hanacha unites “simplicity” and “complexity”, producing silhouettes and looks that are undefinable in their exchange of style, shape and color. The studio’s latest collection forms an academic and theoretical approach, an extension of Hana Cha’s dissertation “Simplification process in Bauhaus”, inspired also by “Assemblage”, a three-dimensional collage from Picasso’s sculptures. The Archive Collection pulls shape and color together, curating contemporary Bauhaus appeal, beautifully within a collection of clothes.

www.hanacha-studio.com

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Three Stripes

Sportswear meets luxury-wear as Prada and adidas Originals come together to produce their second drop of the Prada Superstar. The iconic Superstar which has been heralded as a timeless classic, since its creation in 1969, is reimagined with the utmost respect in this collaboration. Prada retains a sense of true classicism, offering 3 minimalist color ways: monochrome black, white with black and chrome silver with white. This collaboration not only recognizes Prada’s affinity with sports but also its admiration of heritage, a key aspect of its own brand. The unisex design is translated into full-grain leather, a perfect blending of luxury high quality with sporting excellence. Paying homage to its origins, “Made in Italy” is heat stamped into the trainer’s side, accompanying the dual logos of Prada and Adidas Originals; all three markers of high quality design and craftsmanship. The fundamental character of the Superstar is kept intact, Prada’s influence bringing a new twist on the loved classic. The campaign is an ode to the craftsmanship that went into creating the trainer, reimagining the factory line through a distorted scale to create a futuristic and illusory aesthetic.

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Time to Change

Cartier launches its new Pasha watch, backed by a fresh cast of extraordinary and creative ambassadors. Since its beginnings in the 1980s, the Pasha watch has always embraced success and innovation. Setting its sights on a new generation, Cartier has crafted a watch for its growing clientele that are in search of the best the brand has to offer. Channeling the exceptional talent of the likes of Jackson Wang, Willow Smith, Maisie Williams, Rami Malek, Troye Sivan Cartier announces its most ingenious design yet. Catering to a young and contemporary audience who are constantly on the go, the new Pasha watch has an interchangeable strap, coming in steel, gold and leather. The strap can be changed multiple times in the space of a day allowing for a versatile accessory perfect for any occasion. It is these details that have made the House a pioneering force in the industry, their ability to evolve and adapt with the times an important key to their success. It’s varied and striking team of ambassadors bring their own cult following, introducing a dynamic aspect to Pasha’s legacy.

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An Italian Affair

With her fresh and timeless aesthetic, Greta Ferro effortlessly fills the role of protagonist in Furla’s Autumn Winter campaign. Formed around the concept of a love story, the campaign’s idyllic tale of a young woman in the midst of a postcard exchange with her lover, adds a gripping narrative to the House’s set of advertising stills. Shot by photographer Giampaolo Sgura under the creative direction of Magnus Berger, Furla encapsulates the simple pleasure of a good cup of coffee at one’s favourite spot. The city bar at which Ferro appears so naturally, is buzzing with life, laughter, flirtatious exchanges and light music, almost audible through Sgura’s lens. The collection features some of Furla's most iconic creations, made excitingly unfamiliar against new and revised looks. Clean lines married with high craftsmanship and the value of tradition all propulate this picture perfect Italian scene, Ferro’s ease and elegance blending seamlessly with the House’s identity.

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Gold for the Win

As part of the FW20 collection, BOSS unveils an exclusive capsule collection in partnership with British heavyweight boxer Anthony Joshua. Presenting 10 easy-wear pieces, t-shirts, sweatshirts, jersey pants, knits and a hooded jacket, BOSS develops a sleek capsule in midnight navy with highlights of gold. The bold BOSS logo is captured in gold in each garment, a nod to the pedigree of Anthony Joshua and his winning mentality. Known for his motivational words and mottos, each piece includes quotes from the boxer: “Never let success get to your head, or failure to your heart”. These quotes also feature in the campaign film, where Joshuah is filmed uttering these sentences in a London location earlier this year. Sports royalty and fashion lux unite for this very special and personal collaboration, where strength and courage translate boldly to an easy wear collection.

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Peekaboo I See You

Fendi honors its iconic bag, the Peekaboo, in its first ever global video and image campaign. Starring Zoey Deutch, the actress and producer is shot embracing her Peekaboo in an intimate gesture communicative of the beloved status of the bag, as well as granting us a rare insight into the celebrity’s authentic innerself. Deutch’s personality is revealed, as she struts confidently across a street, performs in front of paparazzi and twirls around uninhibited in her own dreamscape to the soundtrack I See You by The Horrors. As seen in February in the FENDI Fall Winter 2020-21 Collection, the new Peekaboo has an accordion-frame shape, featuring inside pockets which can be made out of smooth leather or precious skins and even personalized with the wearer’s initials. The Peekaboo is a constantly evolving motif of the Maison, subjected to limitless change through the House’s creative depth and flair.

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Inspiring Italy

Staying true to its founder’s vision of “giving back”, Zegna now more than ever understands the importance of its scholarship program. In a world that has been blighted by economic uncertainty Zegna provides a beacon of light. For the 7th edition of Ermenegildo Zegna Founder’s scholarship program, 42 students from 15 Italian universities will be awarded scholarships, supporting emergent talent to engage in education and experience that will help enrich Italy’s future. Committing to €25 million over 25 years, this donation aims to provide financial support to Italian students and researchers looking to learn and seek connections abroad. In keeping with past years, this year’s awardees have selected leading academic institutions across Europe and North America, including Oxford, Cambridge, University College London, Columbia, Harvard and NYU. The Digital Get-Together format used to bring awardees together this year speaks to the resilience of a community able to overcome anything.

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Chanel Fall Couture

Chanel’s Creative Director Virginie Viard describes her thought process for her Fall Couture Collection, “I was thinking about a punk princess coming out of ‘Le Palace’ at dawn,” which somehow managed to translate perfectly. Presented yesterday online, adding to the slew of virtual fashion shows and product drops happening this week, Chanel released an edited collection of 30 looks that embody a sense of muted opulence. In a new, byzantine and eighties inspired selection, this year’s couture is a swift turn from the rigor of the Spring couture that was inspired by Gabrielle Chanel’s schoolgirl uniforms at the Aubazine convent, “I like working like this, going in the opposite direction of what I did last time. I wanted complexity, sophistication.” says Viaird. The collection, shot by Mikael Janson is filled with 80s extravagance, dropped waistlines, prom-inspired gowns and of course, where would Chanel be without tweed? Viard returns to the maison’s favored material and reimagines it in a new, compelling makeover. Short frothy taffeta dresses and faille ball skirts are accentuated with punk mohawk bangs and lace-up court shoes. Taking inspiration from her late predecessor, Virginie reflects, “This collection is more inspired by Karl Lagerfeld than Gabrielle Chanel. Karl would go to ‘Le Palace’, he would accompany these very sophisticated and very dressed up women, who were very eccentric too.”

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dunhill Fall Winter 2020, The New Wave

The multiplicity of the modern man is celebrated in Dunhill’s Fall Winter 2020 Campaign, through its nostalgic revival of the prolific Blitz Club and the colourful characters who frequented it. Stating his complete fascination with the scene, Mark Weston, Dunhill’s Creative director, references Homer Syke’s photography of the unique space, where young people partied against a bleak political landscape of economic turmoil. Amongst this youthful audaciousness ‘The New Wave’ announces the House’s continued evolution, interrogating cultural niches and moments that have been formative to our understanding of contemporary masculinity. Embracing both the old guard and the avant-garde, luxurious leather outerwear gives way to rigorous and sensuous tailoring, pegged trousers providing yet another historical reference, this time to the New Romantic Scene. Dominating the campaign are the House’s newest additions to footwear and leather goods, the Axis Runner and the Lock Bag, both symbolic of the House’s impeccable balance of heritage and contemporary elegance. ‘The New Wave’ champions the man who is. “a cross between … the establishment and the anti-establishment”.

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Louis Vuitton Fall Winter 2020

There's a fluidity and harmony to the Autumn-Winter 2020 campaign, demonstrative of one man’s vision from conception to finish. A freedom and honesty guide Nicholas Ghesquière, Artistic Director of Women’s Collections, achieving a distinctive sense of individuality which reminds us of the sheer joy in getting dressed up and expressing oneself through fashion.
We feel as though we too have been invited along to Ghesquière’s photography studio on the Quai Voltaire, alongside his host of impressive friends and kindred spirits, composed of models, artists and athletes alike.
There is an intimacy to the shoot that heightens our familiarity and adoration of Louis Vuitton’s iconic pieces, the Capucines, the Twist, the Pont 9 and the Dauphine all appearing as old friends next to a hoard of celebrities, who in their current successes we feel just as, if not more connected to.
Ghesquière himself notes his desire to “follow through to the end of the creative process and give the collection its final punctuation” and it is this personal flair that is so tangible in the collection, giving it a contemporary freshness that feels such an intrinsic part of the director and photographer’s vocabulary. Incorporated into the campaign is the new line, SINCE 1854, another opportunity to marvel at the talent possessed by Ghesquière, who was also the mastermind behind the new jacquard celebrating the house’s establishment in 1854.

The campaign will be unveiled in September 2020 publications worldwide.

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BIG BANG UNICO SKY BLUE

Formed between sea and sky, Big Bang Unico Sky Blue celebrates where two blues converge. Its own aquatic watch face an ethereal point of departure, instantly delving into a vocabulary of sun bleached hair, white sands and poolside drinks.

With its unmissable 45-mm diameter case, Big Bang Unico Sky Blue is a bold, sun-kissed statement, evocative of the tranquil blues of a Mykonos beach or a bay in St Tropez. Cut out of ceramic, Hublot maintains its trademark, its long affinity with the material consolidating its brand identity as strong and enduring. Ceramic also forms the deployant buckle clasp, tying the watch together adding welcome detail to its sporting velcro strap.

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Versace’s Flash Collection

As most of Europe’s fashion houses are diving into technology to solve the riddle of how to stage a fashion show during the time of a global pandemic and social distancing, Versace reveals that the ideal format is to be found not in the future, but in the past, a music video as seen on MTV in the late 90s and early 2000s. In collaboration with British musician AJ Tracey, the resulting format was a celebration of music, recalling the long-standing relationship between Versace and young musical talents and the inspiration they provide to house’s creative mind Donatella Versace. It was not about huge production or fuss, the artist and models and, of course the garments, were center-stage. The collection itself evoked nostalgia for the times of MTV, but the thought behind it hinted at the fashion industry’s future. Donatella Versace comes up with answers to central problems of the industry today, overproduction and waste and the disadvantages of the disharmony between the seasons and the fashion cycle. A flash collection, compared to their predecessors, allow the house to present more frequently and by reducing production times, they can be delivered to stores faster and closer to their actual intended season. Excesses like in the 2000s might belong to the past, but Versace’s glamour surely is not going anywhere.

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Moose Knuckles Gives a F*ck One of a Kind Jackets

Moose Knuckles has emerged as a humanitarian power house during the current pandemic. From donating online profits to producing PPE for hospital staff, they have been a shining example of what social responsibility looks like for an international fashion brand.

As part of this effort Moose Knuckles has come up with a new fundraising initiative, “Moose Knuckles Gives a F*ck One of a Kind Jackets”, to generate profits for a selection of international hospitals. Renowned for its high quality outerwear, fittingly, the brand has centred its new project around its Lead Rider jacket. Treating its seasonally designed raincoat as a blank canvas, Moose Knuckles is collaborating with creatives across the world, granting each artist full creative reign to customise the piece of clothing as they see fit. Their only guideline, to inspire “positivity in the face of the pandemic.”

Beginning with NYC, Moose Knuckles have sold out of their first collection of one-of-a-kind pieces and are now endeavouring to do the same with a carefully selected group of artists from Paris and Milan. Using The YARD Agency for their Paris outreach and Acapulco for Milan, they have sourced the best local talent and will be replicating this process in California and Canada imminently.

“Knuckles is a family, a community, a tribe” and never has their motto been more visible than in their recent drive to help support the global community that has elevated them to the internationally respected brand they are today.

www.mooseknucklescanada.com

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Berluti Spring Summer 2021

During his two years at helm of Berluti, Kris Van Assche has been building his own aesthetic, expanding the Maison’s codes through an experimental and progressive approach. For Spring Summer 2021 Van Assche collaborated with ceramic artist Brian Rochefort embracing the desire for a dialogue on visual art and color research. As avid ceramic collector, Van Assche explored Rochefort’s vocabulary and oeuvre, where a natural set of shared values arose: Berluti’s color research and artisanal know-how on patina finds a common thread with Rochefort’s investigation on ceramic glazing. Inspired by volcanoes and exotic plants, the artist’s exuberant signature blends intuitively with the augmented natural texture and language exercised at the Maison established in Paris in 1895 and built by four generations of shoemakers. True to its conception a digital conversation between the designer’s home in Paris and Brian Rochefort’s studio in Los Angeles unveiling the behind-the-scenes of the collaboration served as a preview of the synergy between the two artists. Presenting the gestures of both Brian Rochefort’s modus operandi and Berluti’s artisans at work. The garments and accessories will be fully unveiled and launched in stores in January 2021

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Le Mythe Dior

Fashion houses this week are preparing to show the fruits of their labour, yet as the pandemic refuses to die down this ultimately begs the question, what does fashions future look like in a socially-distanced landscape? The past few months have seen houses moving to technological solutions, seen last month with the online debut of Chanel’s cruise collection. Today, in a more extravagant display, Dior presented an enchanting video in lieu of the usual fashion show extravaganza. The video titled ‘Le Mythe Dior’ was created especially for Dior by the Italian filmmaker Matteo Garrone. The brief video was a clear effort to create atmosphere and infuse a sense of wonder without all the glamour of a fashion show. Viewers were transported into a fairytale forest complete with water nymphs, tree dwellers and even a handsome minotaur. With the creation of the 37 silhouettes, Grazia wanted to honor the work of five inspiring figures of surrealism, Lee Miller, Dora Maar, Dorothea Tanning, Leonora Carrington and Jacqueline Lamba. Shown in the extravagant details, the larger than life collection is dreamlike, existing between realities and timelines, to be appreciated like a fine artwork. “Surrealist images manage to make visible what is in itself invisible. I’m interested in mystery and magic, which are also a way of exorcising uncertainty about the future,” says Maria Grazia Chiuri.

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Wander and Dream

When Virgil Abloh presented his FW20 menswear collection back in January, guests were surprised first by the heavenly, cloud-covered decor and theme, and second by the designer's drastic shift from streetwear to a more classical and refined aesthetic. The latent star of the show for many were the dreamy accessories, a prime favorite being the Backpack Trunk, an ideal addition to the celestial aesthetic. Available in Monogram cloud or mirror, the trunk is the latest addition to Louis Vuitton’s travel collection. Wooden slats adorn the trunks’ lids, while original leather trimmings in blue or white calfskin enclose the exteriors. The interior of the trunk reveals discrete compartments and iconic cotton straps complete with an “LV” cloud for the Monogram Mirror variation. Combining innovation and tradition, these luggage containers are crafted in Asnières, Louis Vuitton’s first workshop in France. In homage to the maison’s passion for travel, the monogram mirror backpack trunk includes a complimentary two-person tent in the iconic monogram print. Pushing the boundary of a travel trunk’s utility and portability, Virgil Abloh presents a refined yet modern take on men’s accessories.

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The Power of Writing

In a rather unconventional zoom conference this week, ZOO caught up with Montblanc and their panel of speakers for a discussion on “The Power of Writing”, followed by a brief calligraphy lesson by calligrapher Seb Lester. As we followed along, each of us experienced the subtle pleasure in gliding a above-par classic fountain pen across a smooth page. The discussion turned to the therapeutic qualities of handwriting, as well as how important it is to life today, even with all the technology at our fingertips. Creative Director of Montblanc Zaim Kamal spoke about his process, “I am what you call an old fashioned designer, when I think of an idea I have to just let it flow right onto the page rather than on a machine where the flow can be interrupted.” Furthermore, “There's nothing more satisfying than when you've gone through an idea and see the way you've gone from A-B.” Dylon Jones, Chief Editor GQ UK spoke about the visceral connection one feels when a handwritten note is exchanged and how in these past few months we’ve all spent time in isolation, longing for human contact in these strange times, and now more than ever a handwritten note can go an awful long way.

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Intimate Ornaments

Each luxury brand has a trademark bag synonymous with the label itself, Louis Vuitton, Fendi and Hermes are all easily identified by their most popular bags that set them apart from the rest. When dealing with accessories in the luxury price range, it transcends beyond simple accessorizing and becomes something as covetable as a sculpture or painting, it becomes living art. Miu Miu's iconic coffer bag first arrived on shelves nearly fifteen years ago and was regarded as one of the maison’s most iconic handbags. The original design hit all the right notes: a braided top handle, a matelassé leather body, two snap button pockets finished with precise hardware detailing. Released with the pre-fall collection, a new, long-awaited version with some modern variations. From the flash of the 00’s to the more understated style of the 20’s, the new form is refined, sculpted yet equally iconic. Combining sophisticated craftsmanship with innovation to create the highly distinctive leather that represents the marriage of form and function, personality and practicality. The unique artisanal finish of the Matelassé leather is rivalled only by the malleability of the skin that stretches. Nestling close to the body, the plump surface is as comfortable as it is aesthetically pleasing.

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Berluti Fall 2020

Fashion is a handy tool used to further illustrate the image we wish to show the world on a given day. Berluti Creative Director Kris Van Assche has created a pre-collection for Fall 2020 that has this diverse nature in mind, mixing and matching styles for different moods. Using a range of materials, designs and production techniques the pre-fall collection presents a versatile wardrobe that plays on the contrast of formal and casual wear. As comfortable in classic heritage pieces as he is in trendy, innovative ones, the Berluti man proves modern timelessness is inseparable from true chic. Casual ready-to-wear pieces creatively embody the Italian houses identity. Asleek Alessandro suit takes on a vibrant cherry, while a new half-canvas construction travel jacket in naturally wrinkle-free virgin wool can be paired with jogging-inspired tapered trousers or trendy knee-length cargo trousers. The collection, rich in texture and utility elements is accompanied by a slew of accessories suitable for any occasion. A selection of formal shoes are released with statement makers, such as the new rock and roll inspired “Camden” creepers, worn alongside the “Odyssée”, a functional travel sailor bag with Venezia leather details. Featuring several bags this season, Berluti is unveiling its new signature canvas, a coated cotton material printed with a Scritto-inspired motif and a crest, from the “Explorer” backpack to a versatile tote, the accessories are perfect for business and casual moments.

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Moment of Hesitation

 Like electrodes deep in the synapses of our brain, this is the site where stories are told and thoughts connect; like frozen memories that somehow never thaw out. The harmony and disharmony of events that playout on Earth serve as inspiration for Graff’s Threads collection. Designed and manufactured in the label’s London atelier, the collection includes a wristwatch embellished with diamonds, designed with the expertise of Graff’s Swiss watchmakers. The family-operated company houses the largest rough diamond discovered since 1905, and Lesedi La Rona is its exquisite uncut gem, allowing it to get away with its more extravagant pieces and playful petit jewelry, designed as sweet gestures of affection. An eclectic range of accessories includes pendants, rings, and a tiara, crafted of great comfort and quality, all brandishing a clear visual connection; poetic, like fates intersecting. “Connections are almost instantaneous. Our design perspective was to explore the meaning of all those crossing points, each of which is meaningful in our lives,” says Anne-Eva Geffroy, Design Director at Graff. In handling the highest quality of diamonds, discovering the inimitable beauty in each individual stone is of vital importance. Each millimeter of every stone has been cut with high precision, its layers of relief offering another dimension to the very medium of jewelry.

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Clean Statements

Today, everyday life feels confrontational, with can’t-look-away culture wars kicking off in our pockets and clicktivism calling us all (usually rightly) to account. Copenhagen Fashion Week was littered with bold statements, dramatic silhouettes, and commanding textures in every color. Designers and attendees alike uttered two words with remarkable frequency: fashion and sustainability. The event itself announced a three-year action plan to address sustainability, and plans to demand brands meet certain targets in order to showcase their collections at Fashion Week. The idea that less is more was eminent. Less fabric means fewer chemicals, ergo less damage. Oslo-based brand Holzweiler has taken things one step further with the release of its SS20 collection. The family business presented a line-up that was as fresh as the faces of the models it dressed. With a delightful selection of gender-neutral offerings, the palette was muted, spanning mustard yellow through to mushroom and bark, complimented by hues of shamrock green and authoritative indigo. Clean lines commanded with Scandinavian style, as sun-kissed models flounced to abstract electronica – a compelling contrast to the lightness of clothing on show. Orbs sculpted from recycled plastic counterbalanced weightless textures. Executive Director, Susanne Holzweiler, explained the ethos behind their formation, “The material used in the sculptures is plastic we, ourselves, cleaned up at Akerselva in Oslo, just recently. We wanted to showcase the many possibilities of recycling, this time in [an] art format, through sculptures.” Embodying the simplicity that comes with summer, the line was filled with clean tailoring: windy-day-at-the-beach chic. The contrast of chunky hand-knitted crochets and relaxed tailoring showcased ensembles that could work for any age, gender, or size. The brand’s fourth runway show was, once again, a “no phone show” to encourage people to experience the beauty of being present. It may have not worked 100 percent of the time – it’s a tricky habit to break – but the message cut through clear as day, just like the clever philosophy of the clothing at play.

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LV PONT 9

Louis Vuitton has been synonymous with the city of Paris since its establishment on Rue Neuve des Capucines in 1854. Since its inception all those years ago the maison has been successful in selling an image of luxury and always succeeding in superlative quality and craftsmanship. The fashionable essence of the brand is one of timeless chic boasting a sense of parisian mystique. Now with the release of the LV Pont 9 shoulder bag the maison embodies a new, updated symbol of its longstanding commitment to exquisite craftsmanship. Channeling its heritage and home, the house’s new LV Pont 9 leather line takes its name from Paris’ Pont Neuf bridge, an old and celebrated bridge that sits opposite the Louis Vuitton headquarters in Paris. The bag’s refined, rounded design is brought to life in smooth, lightly padded calfskin and finishes with the 1930s archive logo reinterpreted by Nicolas Ghesquière, the House’s Artistic Director of Women’s Collections. The interior, in sleek and colourful leather, features a smart design with two compartments and two practical pockets. The new addition is available in a diverse range of striking colours such as an elegant noir and delicate crème, deep summer gold, feminine and rose dahlia and is available online now.

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Prada Timecapsule no. 5

Last week we saw the fifth edition of Prada’s Timecapsule, an initiative that drops a new item on the first Thursday of every month as an online exclusive for just 24 hours. A unique logo created by OMA together with a serial number and sophisticated dedicated packaging makes each drop unique. For this release, Prada presented a crisp white cotton poplin shirt in a limited edition, decorated with an all-over print clearly inspired by auto-racing. The "May" print of the month on the back is a unique touch for this shirt that is also accented with mother-of-pearl buttons suitable. Launched for the first time on December 5, 2019 in Europe, and for the first time in Japan, the exclusive product drop will potentially reach other markets over the course of 2020. Stay tuned.

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The Dior Maison Collection - New Lily of The Valley

Throughout his extensive career Christian Dior redefined dressage, taking inspiration from floral forms and creating beautiful gowns and garments worthy of a place in the finest museums. Floral aspects have since been synonymous with the maison as we look back to the Muguet Dress, made in the late 1950’s, entirely embroidered with bell-shaped blooms. Or we are reminded of the Diorissimo perfume, a delicious scent that skillfully evoked this springtime bouquet. Now, the lily of the valley adorns this season’s new Dior Maison collection by Cordelia de Castellane, a symbol of purity and joy that announces the arrival of warmer days. Porcelain plates, decorative baubles, glasses and decanters are covered or playfully sprinkled with its precious sprigs, capturing art de vivre through a sweet celebration of nature’s beauty.

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Inside Chanel

In light of the sudden surge in traffic amongst the online sphere, people are searching for new content to keep us entertained in this strange time. Chanel has launched its new series to remedy such want, Inside Chanel. The microsite aims to educate viewers about the maison’s exciting history and heritage through a series of short film and media content. The latest chapter of the series delves into fashion and film, exploring the French designer’s impact on screen, in a time when fashion and film were both finding their footing in the 20th century. As newcomers to the artistic sphere of the 20th century, the paths of cinema and Gabrielle Chanel's extraordinary career crossed in a continuous creative dialogue and is reflected in this condensed picture. The short films have so far reflected on the brand’s history and its founder’s legacy, with testimonies and quotes from icons such as the late Karl Lagerfeld.

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Bottega Veneta: Charitable Aspects

Since the spread of COVID-19, there has been a deluge of donations being piped into health services and scientific research as people bound together in an effort to ease the ongoing pandemic. Among those is Italian brand Bottega Venta, who have announced their support for scientific research in Italy following the spread of Coronavirus. Funding for two-year scholarships across Veneto, Lazio and Campania they will contribute to research and the support of Italian medical staff, from the current pandemic and beyond. “We recognise that supporting the medical professionals who are saving the lives of others must be our priority during this time, which includes those working tirelessly to tackle the devastating impact of Covid-19 and its enduring effects, through scientific research.” Daniel Lee, Bottega Veneta.

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Brands Giving Back: Louis Vuitton

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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Bottega Veneta Pre-Fall 2020

The Pouch bag, iconically associated with Bottega Veneta, is a perfect example of Italian craftsmanship and excellently formulated leather. For Pre Fall 2020 the recognized clutch is further evolved and presented alongside a slew of bold accessories. Elevated with a flat square silhouette and cascading leather fringe, the handbag can be folded over itself or worn over the shoulder with an adjustable strap. With Nappa being a major player in the new pre-fall selection, the Italian label presents the BV bold shoe, the Chain Cassette and the Chain Tote to match all in soft, full grain leather. “Straight-forward. Bold and confident. Subtlety elevated. Pre Fall 2020 celebrates Bottega’s heritage made relevant for today”, Daniel Lee.

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Louis Vuitton Travel Books

It is not in our nature to be grounded in one space for so long, looking at the same scene every day can leave much to be desired as we feel unnaturally caged, like animals in a zoo. Yet we can escape, we can go wherever we want from our own homes with a good book, an exhilarating film or a beautiful painting. We are blessed to know that no matter where we are, we can still go anywhere. Louis Vuitton’s travel book series is an invitation to real and virtual voyages, enriched by intellectual stimulation and poignant moments. Launching in May 2020, the LV Travel Books embody a contemporary vision of travel and explore the cities and travel destinations through the eyes of artists who are less familiar with them. Featuring both renowned and up-and-coming artists covering some of most beautiful cities the world has to offer. French painter Marc Desgrandchamps shows us Barcelona while American artist Kelly Beeman portrays Saint Petersburg, “I drew inspiration from Hokusai’s prints and Warhol’s first pen-and-ink illustrations.” The books tell the stories through a range of modes including drawing, painting, collage, illustration, cartoons or manga.
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Fendi Timeless Bags

Synonymous with taste and even fashion itself, Fendi is renowned for creating iconic style moments whether it be in the form of a bag(uette) or a simple pair of sunglasses. Now, the Roman brand has gathered together two of its most iconic products that have supplemented the brand 's prestigious reputation, the Peekaboo and Baguette. Under the creative direction of Silvia Venturini Fendi, the Roman maison shines a light on these iconic pieces in a contemporary manner alongside the Colibrì shoes and FF Boots. Now a timeless creation, the Baguette is a simple style and comfortable handbag to wear close to the body while the Peekaboo has been interpreted as a refined accessory which can be worn in different ways depending on the occasion. The two bags, symbol of FENDI, have been reinterpreted over the years in countless materials, sizes, colours and have been the protagonists of special projects such as #BaguetteFriendsForever and #MeAndMyPeekaboo. More than cult objects or mere accessories, these iconic attaché’s stand out as timeless symbols of creative sophistication and expression of the labels craftsmanship.

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BOSS ALIVE Capsule Collection

With the release of the BOSS Alive eau de parfum, a complex scent that invites you to live life to the fullest, BOSS Womenswear introduces an eight-piece capsule collection to match. Through contrasting notes of vanilla, citrusy apple, rich plum and jasmine scents that burst with positive energy. A play on this juxtaposition, the Alive capsule mirrors both masculine and feminine ideals throughout with both sharp tailoring and softer silhouettes, in a palette of white, black, and shades of pink.

A relaxed, double-breasted suit in white stretch cotton is a focal point of the capsule, paired with the “Feel ALIVE” slogan-print T-shirt. The collection also includes a number of joy-bringing numbers such as a soft merino wool sweater in blush pink, an essential addition to every woman’s wardrobe. With options that allow one to adapt to whatever the day might bring such as a flowing silk dress with a short-sleeved blouse in sheer black silk taking the collection from day into evening. Tailoring to a diverse range of women, the BOSS Alive capsule collection has options for everyone with versatile, timeless designs.

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Ermenegildo Zegna Luxury Leisurewear

As the days are finally getting longer and we witness once again those wonderful sun-stretched evenings we breathe in a thankful breath - summer has finally arrived. A casual summer ahead for most of us no doubt, as we plan for a summer full of lounging and relaxation. We now look towards the brands offering casual yet stylish clothing, and above all, comfort is key.

It seems Zegna’s Luxury Leisurewear collection has arrived at precisely the right time. The collection consists of a versatile and casual wardrobe for a stylish contemporary man. Catering for both a cosy and exclusive look, the collection features a selection of semi-casual leisurewear that exude a luxurious sensibility. Featuring a brown micro-structured linen overshirt with flap pockets on the chest as well as stylish patches on the sleeves as well as a favorite being knitwear hoodies made from cotton, wool and cashmere for maximum comfort, functionality and style. The range is quite basic offering wardrobe staples like linen blazers and silk-blend polos, but is well rounded in the fact that it offers a contemporary and summery take on the usual ‘loungewear’.

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Longchamp Roseau Bag

Back in September, Longchamp’s Sophie Delafontaine had guests refreshed and excited as she presented a line for SS20 that stepped away from the brands preceding rock chick aesthetic and cruised in a new direction. A sporty, feminine revamp. Athleisure has become a part of fashion as brands shift and adapt to the needs of the modern woman. Longchamp is no different. The line featured a selection of bags that caught eyes as well as the house’s long-time favorite Roseau bag, but with a new look. In keeping with the sportswear trend, Longchamp has also created a new version of the Roseau in luxuriously soft lambskin leather. The bag itself stays true to the ever-so-loved design with a bamboo-shaped closure that in this version slides onto a leather cord. Bamboo inspired toggle and handles are enlarged, while a more graphic look is gifted from the clean-cut leather edges. This chic minimalist line is available in four sizes and three timeless colors.

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Hermès ‘C’est la fête’

Founded in 1837, Hermès began as a bridle and harness company before making the switch to luxury handbags, a decision which led the company to become one of the most successful and iconic brands in the world. Apart from the Birkin bag, Hermès silk scarves have become the most coveted item in the maison’s repertoire, having been quickly adopted by the likes of Grace Kelly and Audrey Hepburn. Now, the famed accessory takes off on a new adventure, that of double-sided printing. Designed by the illustrator Daisuke Nomura, the scarf features two versions of the same design, one on each side. Titled ‘C’est la fête’, the scarf offers two finishes, one classic and the other in outline. Soft and supple, the carré has been specially developed for contemporary menswear. Ideal for the contemporary man, ‘C’est la fête features a two-in-one design to match alternate moods and styles. One of the most meticulously-crafted accessories in the world, the double-sided carré denotes classical influences and modern techniques.

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H for Herno

Despite fashion being one of the most competitive and fast-moving industries in the world where trends come and go in the blink of an eye, monograms always seem to withstand the test of time. One thinks of Louis Vuitton, Guess or Burberry and their iconic lettering that have transcended time to become symbols of fashion excellence. Now, as the ‘F’ for Fendi or the ‘G’ for Guess, Herno has ‘H’, tagging onto the never-ending trend with their S/S20 collection. Inspired by the fashion and styling of the 1950’s, Herno brings the monogram to the here and now with a modern twist. Classic and oversize trenches, raincoats, bombers and parkas are either entirely monogrammed or feature simple details placed on discrete areas. A stylish note that aims to lead a narrative that tells a story of Italian know-how and excellence. Monogrammed areas include the back of the collar, on the belt, on tabs or on the inner thermo tapings. Rooted firmly in the past, Herno believes that a brand's success is kept by remembering their origins yet one must always search for new reimaginings and repurposings in spite of the future.

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FF Earrings

From handbags to phone covers to sunglasses, the Fendi ‘F’ has become a distinctive emblem of elegance, craftsmanship, innovation and style synonymous with the Roman brand. Though the garments themselves usually scream feminine grandeur and dignity, Fendi accessories have branched out to become statement makers that complete the image: A Fendi woman exudes a unique confidence and exudes a luxe sensibility. We have witnessed the Fendi symbol worked into jewelry but now the Maison has taken it a step further presenting the FF Earrings, straight from the Women’s Spring/Summer 2020 catwalk. Paying homage to the Maison’s signature FF logo, these contemporary and feminine pieces combine Fendi’s sophisticated design with a new futuristic flair. Available online and in FENDI boutiques worldwide, The FF Earrings are realized in plexi with gold-finish metal ware and come in two sizes and four color combinations. The design allows the pair to be worn on both ears with a single F or on the same ear recreating the FF logo with hues of brown with a tortoiseshell-effect, as well as yellow, green and transparent plexi.

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The New Chanel 19 Handbag

A new era for Chanel has begun and as strange and unfamiliar as it seems, the fashion house is finally finding its footing in the post-Lagerfeld era. In homage to the 2.55 bag designed by Coco Chanel herself in 1955, Chanel’s Artistic Director Virginie Viard has brought us the 19 bag, a wonderful nod to the brand’s memorable past. The campaign, imagined by Sofia Coppola in collaboration with Virginie Viard features a trio of muses with actors Margaret Qualley, Taylor Russel and Marine Vacth each as distinct as the last. The playful campaign leans on the women’s individual personalities representing the diverse nature of the bag. “I wanted to show how Chanel is so classic it can work with many personalities, and is great to show on different women,” says Coppola. Embodying the spirit of the brand the 19 bag is swathed in large diamond quilting and embellished with an oversized CC clasp. Available in a number of variations the accessory allows each individual to express themselves in their own way, with the Chanel mark exuding a sensual and timeless sense of beauty.

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FÉST Opens Flagship Store

Nowadays people look to invest in pieces that they will love today, tomorrow and for years to come. Buying a piece of furniture say, a sofa for example, is a decision that should not be taken lightly, and often the shopping experience proves to be more stressful than pleasurable. Whether it’s for a home, co-working area or commercial space, the purpose and function of the piece is just as important as the aesthetic. Dutch brand FEST have been rapidly expanding since its foundation in 2013 and have recently opened a flagship store in Amsterdam West. Built on the idea that well designed furniture can be affordable, the brand has been making waves worldwide with their collection sold in over 20 countries. Furthering the brand success, the Financial Times named it as one of Europe’s fastest growing businesses last year. On the back of this success the new store in Amsterdam West aims to revolutionise the interior shopping experience with their new ‘mini cinema’. Designed by SPACE Projects, customers have the option to book the cinema in advance and experience the furniture as they would at home. Pepin Smit SPACE projects spoke about designing the space with a focus on choices and interconnectedness, "This I try to translate into an interior where everything is interconnected - like the words in a poem. For me, the store kind spatial poem: ``Poetry of Space".

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Milan Fashion Week Women's - Recap

MONCLER

Not one for staying in one lane Moncler presented its third edition of the spectacle that is Moncler Genius in Milan last week. Inside a warehouse it displayed 12 installations each with their own vision with the newest addition being JW Anderson who presented an “inflatable archive” of his signature looks reimagined in down material. Going even further past the boundaries of fashion the event also showcased two surprising new members of collective, luggage brand RIMOWA and electric vehicle brand MATE.BIKE furthermore pushing Moncler to new heights for creative innovation.

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FURLA

Full of glamour, fantasy and palpable sense of excitement a night at the theatre is always one to remember. Furla launched their Fall/Winter 2020 it-bag with this theme in mind as they invited guests to Milan’s Teatro Gerolamo where they were met with mirrors, neon lights, holograms and a kaleidoscope of colors. Guests strolled through the rooms discovering the rest of the color variations and materials for the bag. The psychedelic setup was in celebration of the Italian brands foundation and presented the Furla 1927.

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HERNO

Italy has been the epicentre of design excellence and manufacturing since the industrial revolution known for their unrivalled innovation and attention to detail. Today that innovative mindset is pushed further as sustainability becomes the main topic of conversation. Presented in Milan, Herno introduced their six projects for their AW 2020 ‘Green focus’ collection under the name Herno Globe. From biodegradable bombers to recycled parkas, the ethical label has redefined functionality in clothing. Not only does it have to look good but it also must in a way do some good.

www.herno.it

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Liu Jo's New Spring/Summer Campaign for it's 25th Birthday

Back when Madonna and Whitney were topping the charts, social media was a distant dream and the DVD was only just announced, Italian brand Liu Jo made their debut to the fashion world. Known for offering contemporary styles that exude sensual power and gentleness the label has featured a slew of famous faces for their campaigns from Karlie Kloss to the iconic Kate Moss.

In celebration of their 25th anniversary Liu Jo has teamed up with Kendall Jenner as the face of their 2020 campaign with the hashtag #Bornin1995. The hashtag reflects the milestone that is this birthday (which Jenner shares with the brand) but also looks toward the future with a new beginning. Chosen for her global influence, Jenner’s face and personality will be at the heart of the project which plans to go beyond the usual campaign strategies, creating a new communication system that retains a message preaching empowerment and femininity. Kendall will act as the brands symbol and voice who’s language will resonate with the newer generations.

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Paris Fashion Week 2020 - Dunhill Men's Fall/Winter

Mark Weston spoke about a new view of deconstruction: “dismantling it and putting it together in a different way. It is also about how to build and engineer clothing. It is a mindset that is not lofty, but it is exciting in its technicality. His aesthetic for Dunhill has been building up an incredible new identity imbued with craftsmanship, English tailoring savoir-faire, elegance, classic staples. But also and foremost a sensual fluidity, a modern approach on colors and textures. The patent leather trousers declined in pitch black and lipstick red, blue, and paired with loafers, capes or tailored outwear. Silk satin for blazers and shirt conferred that flamboyant allure we have loved since the start in Weston’s Dunhill, but also his romanticism. Just listen to the poem by James Massiah performed for the show with music by Moses Boys: ”So here they are, present self’s, past self’s, we are in the passenger seats of your car Where you are gonna go, how far? How you are gonna pass the time?” www.dunhill.com

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Paris Fashion Week 2020 - Louis Vuitton Men's Fall/Winter

René Magritte loved to represents everydaylife objects, placing them in context to sparkle a different perspective on the world. Hidden messages allowing the viewer to reflect on the meaning of “reality” itself, and on the meaning of items, elements, outside of preconceived settings. Magritte loved to imagine and depict the mind mechanisms. For his fifth show at Louis Vuitton Virgil Abloh choose a Magritte sky to merge his models. Walking down the space built ad oc inside the Tuileries gardens, they moved around objects of everydaylife with exacerbated proportions. One among all a tailor’s scissor. What is the meaning of its job at Vuitton? And as designer in toto? These are the questions Virgil Abloh answers today. Abloh’s new perspective already turned toward a more tailored dress code since a while, but exploring the meaning of boyhood, of that childlike pure perspective on the world. The suit is now declined into a myriad of variations, engaging into that Magritte-like color palette with figurative freedom, distancing itself from the normcore of streetwear. With the superlative Louis Vuitton atelier’s craftsmanship Abloh delivers a collection through his updated vocabulary. “De-appropriation”, “Corporate”, “Cloudification”, among the others. And above all “Flouncification: a method which imbues the lifeless with life by way of flounces. The twisting of the familiar into something new”.

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Paris Fashion Week 2020 - Valentino Men’s Fall/Winter

Pierpaolo Piccioli never chase to delight with his Italian nonchalant savoir-faire on the classic dress codes for Menswear. Tailored and at the same time relaxed silhouettes for coats, blazers, technical outwear. These are classic staples you will want to find back in your wardrobe each time. Sartorial pieces that are a mirror of Piccioli flawless personal style. Romantic and definitely timeless. For this season Piccioli collaborated with photographers duo Inez and Vinoodh on flowers images patched throughout the whole collection. Delicate flowers that at a closer look disclose a powerful gesture: the carnation, the peony, the lily, the anemone, all symbols of strength, love, fragility. French artist Melanie Matranga work through words also castellated the collection: “NEED”, “BAD LOVER”. The mesmerizing voice of FKA Twigs dressed in a breathtaking white couture dress from the Beijing collection set the stage for the show by singing three pieces from her latest album. Sensitivity, delicacy in a spontaneous spirit.

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A Piece of Italy Abroad

In fashion, there are three cities in this world which stand head and shoulders above the rest, Paris, London and Milan. For a brand like Versace, it seems crucial to be present at all three locations. By opening two flagship stores, the Italian house sets the tracks for the future, without losing sight of its heritage and instantly recognizable design aesthetic. Located in the cities’ prime locations, Rue Saint Honoré and New Bond Street respectively, both stores will offer a full collection of men’s and women’s wear as well as accessories. Realized by renowned architect Gwenael Nicolas, both locations mirror the brand’s strong vision and offer tailored concepts for an immaculate display of the Versace products. As LEED Gold certified spaces, both were created with the highest sustainability standards, which do not just apply to the resources used. Both stores will open their doors to the public in Fall 2020.

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Milan Fashion Week 2020 - Salvatore Ferragamo Men's Fall/Winter

Ferragamo starts out the new decade with a bang. Returning to the Milan Men's Fashion Week, Creative Director Paul Andrew takes us on a journey to explore the notion of masculinity at the dawn of a new decade. Through six archetypes of men and their uniforms, the businessman, biker, racing driver, soldier, surfer and sailor, Andrew showcases the increasingly fluid and non-conformist masculine attitudes, parting ways with the once-rigid assumptions they enforced. Clothes and especially uniforms can define us, but at the same time they give us the power to transform, to change the perception of us whenever we so choose. As Andrew has put it himself, 'A man today is not obliged to assume a single, set role: he can be a multitude, and he can change his worn identity any time he wishes. That's the freedom we want to explore in 2020.'

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Northwave: The reissue of iconic Espresso

In 1991 Northwave, previously known as the Italian company Calzaturificio Piva founded in 1972, created a new sneaker: Espresso. Combining a classic sneaker silhouette with the typical fat boy snowboard boot sole. A unique design bringing the feeling of the snowboard look to a wider audience. A celebration that Japanese brand's identity acquired in 1989 by the then Calzzaturificio Piva and that in the 80s took the snowboard industry by storm becoming #1 in the sector. After a relaunch in Japan in 2014 now Espresso will get again a reissue in two different materials – suede and leather, and 4 colour ways: black, off-white, red and royal blue.

www.northwavesnow.com

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Moose Knuckles: Seven Deadly Sins

This past August, for their Fall/Winter collection, Moose Knuckles released a cinematic campaign entitled ‘Sacred Glacier’ starring Dennis Rodman. Now diving deeper into the themes introduced in ‘Sacred Glacier’, Moose Knuckles explores ‘Seven Deadly Sins’ through photographer Vijat M and multi-disciplinary entrepreneur Kristen Noel Crawley. For those that might not know, the seven deadly sins include pride, wrath, envy, indolence, gourmand, greed and lust. A variety of colors will evoke the cardinal vices or sins on modern designs, with the help of Crawley Moose Knuckles continues to reimagine an ancient list of evil temptations.

Their ‘Wrath’ collection draws inspiration from the wisdom of mystics, tarot cards are printed on tees and sweatshirts as well as on the lining of purple parkas and puffers. Exclusive events at Verso, Antwerp and Shoreditch, London will celebrate the collection’s release, the theme of course being ‘Seven Deadly Sins’. For each of these sins there is a corresponding garment, the capsule collections will be launched at select retailers over a period of four weeks from the 14th of October onwards. To be sheltered from the cold is a blessing, The first chapter in their collection being ‘Pride and Wrath’, with ‘Envy and Indolence’ and ‘Gourmand, Greed and Lust’ to follow.

With exceptional tailoring and a legacy of providing warmth, comfort and protection from the harshest elements the creative minds at work thrust us into a new and exciting chapter of Moose Knuckles.

www.mooseknucklescanada.com

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CHANEL SS20

The breeze you feel on a Sunday morning drinking your coffee on your balcony looking at the Parisian roofs, the freedom you savour when breathing that crisp fresh air. Virginie Viard was inspired by the Nouvelle Vague’s actors Gabrielle Chanel used to dress, like Jean Seberg, famous for her iconic performance in Jean-Luc Godard’s Breathless.

Chanel Spring Summer 2020 delved in a youthful atmosphere, nonchalant, playing between schoolgirl innocence and powerful masculine dressing codes: straight-cut tweed jacket is revisited, transformed into playsuits, jumpsuits or a little dress with a flared skirt, balloon skirts paired with ruffled tops and pleated blouses with balloon sleeves adorned with raffia and organza petals. Long coats come in tweed or wool crêpe while a striped top and a carelessly knotted shirt again play with the dual accent of masculine/feminine. It is about a timeless balance resonated with a modern no-nonsense. The looks are rendered through a minimal styling where the most precious Chanel element is at the centre: the tweed. Vibrant hues are merging the collection in a energetic mood: red, orange, pink, conferring a luminosity in balance with the heritage black and white of the maison.

Several looks feature a graphic version of Chanel letters interlaced with Parisian facades in a chromatic palette where dark and light blue play with the most soft pink creating a geometric-like motion. Easy going and flat heeled. The Chanel girl gang knows how to balance simplicity and romanticism.

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Woolrich x N.Hoolywood

In collaboration with N.Hoolywood, Woolrich has allied with a contemporary counterpart. With salvaged vintage apparel being one of Obana’s career staples, N.Hoolywood’s creative director utilizes camouflage patterns to mix a sleek urbanity with Woolrich’s tried and true materials. With Woolrich transitioning from the more traditional side of clothing to a more contemporary aesthetic it is safe to say this collaboration has been mutually beneficial. Both brands went into this project with the same intention, to create garments that retained their style and comfort over a substantial period of time.

Their collection comprizes of four unique styles that juxtapose Woolrich’s signature check pattern with camouflage print, resulting in an all-over motif in shades of forrest green and steel grey. An oversized bomber jacket is a sure highlight from their fruitful collaboration, with deep pockets and neon mesh detail the look is as bold as its functionality. Classic Woolrich style is also readily apparent in a wool shirt reminiscent of their famous ‘Chief Petty Officer’ shirt worn by the US Navy, straying from conservatism for a new generation this iteration arrives in a multi-color palette. Complete with water-repellent down-vest, parka and nylon track pants; there is little left to be desired in weather-ready street-style.

Of the collection, released today, Obana was pleased with the outcome, saying “it was an experiment to see what happens if you combine the strength of weak points, the result was a beautiful pattern that I had never seen before.”

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Celine SS20

A constellation of lights. The humongous installation designed by Hedi Slimane himself moved slowly with his monstrous arms covered in millions of lights.

Slimane continued his poetic staying true to his vision for Celine Spring Summer 2020. Denim trousers, skirts and a-line culottes, paired with silk shirts, fedoras hats and cropped jackets.

This season Slimane explored the powerful allure of the early 70s. These girls love to wear floating silk dresses with an attitude. Printed with floral or with geometric motives, pleated at the skirt and at times richly embroidered, worn with suede high-knee boots and cropped sleeveless shearling jacket – almost as gilet. The color hues stayed naturals exploring earthy tomes: cream, hazel, taupe, grey, caramel.

The accessories as always played a big role: new variations of the Triomphe and Triomphe chain bags. The latter beautifully declined in wicker, python and in suede with fringes. The original soundtrack “Calling it” by Automatic permeated in the space at Place Vauban creating a positive energy . The band’s guitar-less experimentations and minimal sound provided a perfect setting for the collection, where model literally stormed in.

Arriving backstage to congratulate Hedi Slimane, we felt a air of ease and joy. This iconic French maison is treating the designer with outmost respect and we cannot wait to see the future of this collaboration.

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10 Years of Kaviar Gauche

In celebration of ten years since launching their bridal line, and fifteen years in the industry, Kaviar Gauche proved beyond doubt that modern German glamour is alive and well. When Kaviar Gauche first stepped on the scene in 2004 they were hosting a guerrilla fashion show on the doorstep of high-end Parisian department store, Colette. In those days the German design duo were finishing up their studies at Esmond University for Art and Fashion in Berlin. Since then Alexandra Roehler and Johanna Kühl, have caused a stir and paved the way for dreamy bridal wear and graceful ready to wear dresses.

Since its inception Kaviar Gauche has designed with great care and attention to detail. Icon, Heidi Klum turned heads in Kaviar Gauche as she walked the isle of her own wedding earlier this year. Their Paris Fashion Week Runway ’10 Years of Bridal Couture’ displays their effervescent signature, a downplayed glamour with tasteful hints of German design intuition and couture influence. With 24 looks, the show was a spectacle of German design prowess keeping their affinity for fine materials with delicate and uplifting tailoring in full focus. With metallic floral embroidery, silk organza and crystal fabrics every look spoke to the Gauche history and foreshadowed a bright future.

www.kaviargauche.com

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Dries Van Noten & Christian Lacroix: SS20 Women's

Dries Van Noten wanted clothes to excite, inspire joy, from this initial thought he says “I quickly realized that all roads seemed to lead to the work and world – of Mr. Christian Lacroix”.

In conversation with Susannah Frankel, Dries Van Noten and Monsieur Christian Lacroix met on the Champs Elysées, a middle ground between Antwerp and Arles in Paris, the home of haute couture. It was here, in March, they discussed their work on a women’s SS20 collection. Expression that dares, clothes that derive life and feeling are at the heart of Dries Van Noten’s design ethic. Van Noten’s counter-part is the French couturier, Christian Lacroix. It is only natural that they meet and discuss their joys and aspirations, their sensibilities and their voice in the world of fashion. In the collection, jeans with an appliquéd feather or feather print on one leg embody their shared passion for expressive fashion that is street-ready. The SS20 women’s collection also features jacquards inspired by Kubrick’s 1975 film ‘Barry Lyndon’. The dreamy Lyon jacquards were woven on looms, true to the era in which ‘Barry Lyndon’ was set. Every detail has a story, every item in the collection is a shout and not a meek whisper, these two minds have brought their joy to the masses in a striking ready-to-wear women’s collection for SS20.

Dries speaks of Lacroix with excitement, noting how uninhibited their process was. “Knowing that Christian was there, the fact that we could have the help of Christian to make this collection was so inspiring for us, it gave us the creative freedom to think: okay let’s have big shapes, let’s have big colors, big prints, a little bigger, a little brighter? Why not? Why not?”. Lacroix was feeling a little alien upon arrival at the Dries Van Noten studio. This feeling quickly dissolved as their working relationship blossomed, Lacroix spoke openly saying “I don’t know Belgium very well but there is an elegance that is restrained but discreetly generous. He has that.” Van Noten goes on to say, “The idea is to bring fun ideas, nothing too serious, things that I think perhaps we have lost a little in fashion. We have lost maybe the joy of dressing up, of playing with fashion, combining many different things.”

www.driesvannoten.com

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Olivier Theyskens Pop-Up in Verso Antwerp

Verso, a restored 16th century mansion in Antwerp is where Olivier Theyskens (CFDA 2016 winner, formerly designer at Rochas, Nina Ricci and Theory) has chosen to open a pop-up for his FW19 collection. A dark cloud filled with rolling thunder, a rogue that strays far from the conventional herd, Theyskens’ women’s collection is as decadent as it is bold. Haute Couture is plunged into a future full of cascading butterfly lace dresses and ice pink satin offset by gothic jewellery and moiré linen. Theyskens’ own lambskin leather jackets and pleated trousers are soft to the touch yet visceral to the eye.

It comes as no surprise Theyskens has a fondness for Antwerp after the fashion museum, MoMu, unveiled a comprehensive retrospective of his career in 2017. Later, in early 2018 a monograph spanning Theyskens’ 20 year career was penned by MoMu’s head conservator Wim Mertens in collaboration with a range of experts including the New York Times’ chief fashion critic, Vanessa Friedman and two curators from Antwerp’s ModeMuseum. The book, published through Rizzoli was titled ‘Olivier Theyskens: She Walks in Beauty’. There is a home for world-class style, and as the old adage goes, home is where the heart is. Theyskens’ heart rests not in Paris, not in Milan but in the fashion mecca of Belgium, Verso.

The Pop Up embraces Antwerp just as it has embraced him, the FW19 release party will be held on Wednesday the 18th of September.

www.oliviertheyskens.com

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2 Moncler 1952 + Valextra: NYFW in SOHO

To celebrate their 2 Moncler 1952 + Valextra collection being made available in all their boutiques around the world, the doors of their Soho, NY boutique swung open to greet fans of fashion week. Moncler hosted a cocktail party for the ages. In their collaboration Valextra provides Moncler with a healthy amount of traditionalism as the foundation on which Moncler can test the inventiveness of designers Veronica Leoni, in charge of the women’s collection and Sergio Zambon for the men’s. Their strong Milanese heritage and innovative craftsmanship met with Moncler’s restless search for the new results in the best of both worlds. The Moncler boutique in Soho provided the perfect venue for the 2 Moncler 1952 + Valextra festivities.

Like a dream that’s so real you could get lost in it, bouclé wools, fishnets and macro ginko prints add to padded tailoring and detachable linings for more customizable fits. One of Sergio Zambon's trademarks in his work with 2 Moncler 1952 is the collaboration between graphic artists and fine artists. For this collection he joined forces with Romon Yang aka ROSTARR, an abstract artist, calligraphist and director who lives and works in Brooklyn. Oversize, cross bodies and all the extraverted down shapes produced by Moncler are still very present and pronounced in this collection. To surround oneself with nature and the divine outdoors while also maintining a life in the heart of your city, this is the ethos of 2 Moncler 1952 + Valextra. With their collaboration now available world-wide, they could not have chosen a more electric city than New York to celebrate in. It was here they poured up a range of colorful drinks and showed their guests around to explore their vivid creations.

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CAMPER FW19: 'RALLY'

Romain Kremer, Camper’s first ever creative director, has been inspired by the the discipline and agility of motorsport. “Rally” will mark Kremer’s final campaign for Camper, with this the intention is clear, to excite and motivate the wearer in their pursuit of performative excellence. Everyone has their own race, and with it an itching desire to navigate their race without hesitation, fault or failure. The shapely contours and eight different variations from Kremer’s collection challenge the wearer to find the shoe that helps drive their race. Camper allows a flash-flood of colors and future-centric design to throttle us into the rest of their Fall/Winter 2019 collection, available from today.

A driver’s rally car is built around the driver themselves, how do they move? How do they react under pressure? This collection answers these same questions, making it clear in no uncertain terms that the wearer is used to standing out, entirely self-assured and exist as a breakthrough force to be reckoned with. The spray of champagne once the race is won can hardly be felt through a rush of pins and needles coursing through the driver’s body, a restless and machine-like perfectionism about them. On track or off-track this feeling remains, so too this feeling lives in Camper’s new collection, aptly dubbed “Rally”.

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Moose Knuckles Canada FW19: 'Sacred Glacier'

Since its inception ten years ago the brand, Moose Knuckles Canada, offshoot of Moose Knuckles, has become a top of the line, weather-ready force to be reckoned with. Made of fine tailored, ethically sourced materials, their FW19 collection ensures that first step you take into the cold winter’s air will be one of confidence and excitement. Their new collection is accompanied by a clear message that life is not to be neglected and the time sensitive realities of our life-giving planet, not to be dismissed. They have also issued a vehement anti-fur statement explaining that they exclusively use faux fur.

With insulating fabrics and a growing legacy in outwear and exploratory gear, Moose Knuckles encourages wearers to throw themselves into life regardless of how great the challenge or how severe the weather. In a scenic and compelling video, made with Toronto’s acclaimed production house ‘Kid. Studio’, Dennis Rodman plays an Inuit with mystical powers. In the short fashion film he calls upon the human embodiments of seven deadly sins to enter his small fishing hut atop a slowly moving iceberg known as ‘the sacred glacier’ in the Nanavut territory. It is here the mystic Inuit performs a ritual that cleanses them of sin and sanctifies in them the true meaning of human existence.

The FW19 collection is a vehicle for Moose Knuckles Canada to remind viewers of the natural beauty in Earth’s eco-systems, and its vulnerability in today’s world. As the Amazon burns and giant glaciers in the artic melt, cooling our oceans, changing our weather patterns and making weather events more extreme and unpredictable, Moose Knuckles Canada urges us to involve ourselves more deeply in a reality freed from the mirth of apathetic tendencies technology can trap us in.

www.mooseknucklescanada.com

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Missoni: Casual Finesse

If there is one trend that stands out and has dominated fashion over the last few seasons, it has to be streetwear. Streetwear staples, such as hoodies and sneakers, have become absolute must-have items and they have been elevated, at one point or the other, into the realm of luxury ready-to-wear at every fashion houses. The trend pendulum keeps swinging ceaselessly, so even last seasons’ streetwear aesthetic will be replaced eventually. Maybe sooner than we think.

Missoni’s new Menswear FW19 collection might be the first precursor, as it perfectly illustrates a new sense of formality this season. Reminiscent of ‘70s glamour, the Italian brand dives into the realm of evening wear, reconstructing classic pieces with the signature Missoni finesse. The collection is defined by the narrow and elongated silhouette of smartly tailored pieces: high-waisted, tapered trousers are paired with blazers or caban coats – belted double-breasted or reversible, which softly envelop the body.

In signature Missoni fashion, the collection demonstrates the house’s long-established expertise and heritage in knit and weaving. Using a variety of finely knitted materials for their garment construction, some of the standouts are definitely the tuxedos in woven or lamé flecked loom-knit fabrics, alongside the house’s luxuriously soft basic knitwear staples in cashmere, mohair and fleecy wool.

The color palette of the FW19 collection features soft and refined gradients of earthy tones and radiant hues, inspired by the tonal dégradés of the Swedish-Chilean artist Anton Alvarez’s work. Textural, abstract and boldly colored, Alvarez’s work has resonated with Angela Missoni and inspired this season’s collaboration. The resulting pieces, two distinctive cable knits, play on different patterns and textures, perfectly merging the artist’s eclecticism with Missoni heritage.

This season’s style for the Missoni man is more soigné, proving that informality does not have to come at the expense of elegance.

www.missoni.com

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Tabitha Simmons and Stuart Ververs: Coach in Full Bloom

Coach, a brand praised for its synchronicity with New York style, and Tabitha Simmons, acclaimed designer, running her own forward thinking shoe brand since 2009, is a dream pairing. Simmons, once style editor for American Vogue and CFDA winner for her work with accessories, was met with open arms at Coach. Coach Director, Stuart Ververs, recalled bumping into her at a Greenwich hotel, “she happened to be wearing a floral print dress from the Spring 2016 collection. We knew it had to be the starting point for our collaboration".

The collection features Simmons’ very first handbag design, inspired by the shape and colors of Coach bags from the 1950’s. The Coach Floral print from 2016 appears in different imaginings, floral-printed velvet dramatically appears on the collection’s urban hiker books, complimentary of Simmons’ unwavering devotion to the confident, doubtless modern woman and Ververs’ tireless perfectionism for designing fine leather goods.

Simmons mused on their collaboration, "It has been incredible working with him to bring our collaboration to life in a way that honors both of our brand's aesthetics. I love the contrast between whimsical, feminine florals and a little bit of a punk and edginess, there is something for every woman in this collection”. With Tabitha’s new cross-body bag reimagined from Coach’s 1973 Suspender Pouch, Simmons and Ververs are quite simply in full bloom.

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To See The World Anew

From the early 80’s right up to the present day, Cartier has reaffirmed its place in the world of eyewear time and time again. This began with the breakout success of Lunettes CARTIER in 1983, one of fashion’s “must have’s” of the day, it symbolised the first true pair of luxury sunglasses. By 1989 they were producing bespoke reading glasses, a new version of Lunettes CARTIER for women, as well as a supplementary release of Lunettes Panthère to add to their highly popular range of Panthère products. The Lunettes lenses, awash with pale blue tints had an elegance rarely seen before in the larger world of eyewear.

Now, in their latest collection, Cartier approaches familiar motifs with new flare and a variety of Fall colors. Panthère de Cartier, a symbol of the fearless, elegant and everlasting returns with vigour to join the House’s Fall/Winter eyewear collection. The panther head is front-facing and embedded into the corner of each lens, it will simply not go unnoticed. Panthère’s masculine counterpart, Santos de Cartier has a purposeful and renewed look. Thick, dark shades screwed into a strong titanium frame, every bit as uncompromising and assertive as Santos de Cartier is known for being.

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Doodling FENDI ROMA

The city has become a canvas with every wall offering a world of possibilities to leave a lasting mark. The times that art was meant for the canvas are long over and due to famous artists like Banksy, people start to recognize that street art is not to be dismissed.

F is for FENDI, but in this case, as Mr. Doodle says, F is for Fun. The 25-year old artist from London teams up with the luxury Italian house for ‘Doodling FENDI ROMA’, to inject the remarkable FENDI DNA with his iconic street art in a flawless act of creativity. With his signature doodles, his unique style of drawing, Sam Cox aka Mr. Doodle does not only cover the FENDI rooftop as initially planned, but the whole Palazzo Della Civilità Italiana. This collaboration reaffirms the Italian house’s bond to contemporary culture and graffiti art, as the Englishman is the fourth artist or collective to team up with FENDI.

Nonetheless, Mr. Doodle is the first artist to have the opportunity to take his pen to FENDI’s Peekaboo bag. Acting as his white canvas, the bag is covered in his signature doodles to create a fresh new look for a legendary bag.

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Boggi Milano: Italian Elegance

The suit is to men what the little black dress is to women. Highly versatile, whether in the classic three-piece ensemble or in a more casual combination, it can be adapted to almost any social setting and situation. With the life of modern men becoming more diverse and cosmopolitan, the suit had to adapt to a new set of challenges.

Milan is a global fashion city with a long and rich tradition in men’s wear. Considered as the capital of men’s fashion, it is the perfect setting for Boggi Milano to showcase its Fall/Winter 2019 collection. By allowing the city’s cultural, social and architectural fabric to shine through, Boggi pays homage to its birthplace and the notion of Italian elegance. In cinematographic pictures, which relate to the men’s daily emotions as fathers, husbands or boyfriends, Boggi presents a new image of the man, capable, cultivated and self-confident.

The collection itself is defined by precise tech-tailoring, layering and the use of premium fabrics. Apart from exquisitely tailored suits, the more relaxed wardrobe of versatile pieces, embracing masculine elegance and innovation, offers the modern man the perfect attire for both formal occasions as well as leisure time.

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Valentino Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2019

Pierpaolo Piccioli’s presentation of the Valentino Couture collection was undoubtedly one of the highlights of Paris Couture Week. A fact confirmed by the power trio of Gwyneth Paltrow, Naomi Campbell and Celine Dion takes place front row.

Piccioli recognized, that even in couture, the seduction through an abundance of elegance and craftsmanship is no longer sufficient. Instead, modern women are looking for a deeper message and buy into brands whose position is in line with their personal beliefs. In a period of increasing political isolationism, Piccioli sends out a message of individuality and inclusivity. It is only by embracing different women’s identities and cultures that couture can stay alive and well. A message reinforced by the diverse cast of models presenting his creations of irresistible beauty on the runway. To bring this idea into full expressiveness, Lauren Hutton, Cecilia Chancellor, Georgina Grenville and Hannelore Knuts, ranging in age between the early-40s and mid-70s, joined the lineup.

The collection was defined by its exceptionally buoyant colors, often in surprising combinations. But the dazzling display of colors is hardly the only characteristic that makes the collection stand out. The beautifully constructed dresses, adorned with elaborate embroidery and ornamentation, bear witness to the totality of expertise found inside Valentino. Painstakingly rendered by hand, the long dress with floral appliqués or the sleeveless gown made of rose squares attached one-by-one required hundreds of hours to be completed.

Pierpaolo rounded off his looks with a series of highly-elaborate ornamental heads and komondor wool fringes and set an example of a collection with a conscience.

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Dior Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2019

Black is a complex color that resonates with us. Even Christian Dior once wrote, ‘I could write a book about black’. For the Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2019-2020, Maria Grazia Chiuri presents a collection exclusively in black, only rarely punctured by color. Black demands perfection and it is this conscious choice that lets her true inspiration shine through. By erasing the color as a consideration, construction and silhouette, texture and detail come into focus. The monochrome color palette reveals the garments’ bone structure that holds them together and defines them.

Inspired by writer Bernard Rudolfksy, Maria Grazia Chirui engages in deep thoughts about the nature of clothes. She raised questions about the relation of modernity and sartorial customs, modernizing old techniques and outdated conventions, without losing Dior’s beautiful essence established by Christian Dior. Chiuri breaks with the belief that comfort always has to come at the expense of beauty and allure and adapts the essence of couture for a modern lifestyle.

The designer made her most daring statement by presenting her version of a Dior staple, the ball gown. The breathtaking garments, in all their grandeur and opulence, were defined by their lightness and a flair of modern ease, achieved through the use of lavish yet delicate materials. The lacquered organza, dégradé gauze jacquard and lace were adorned, here, with velvet scrolls, there, with thistles and wildflowers.

This collection was Maria Grazia Chirui’s most confident and exquisite couture collection. To answer the question raised at the start: ‘Are clothes modern?’ Yes, if beauty is considered modern, then so are these garments.

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Yohji Yamamoto Men's Spring Summer 2020

Yohji Yamamoto has the power to fill us all with emotions no matter what. The languid sound of voice and guitar accompanying the slow pace walk of the models. I actually dreamed of an even slower motion walk, just to capture better the passionate handwritten notes, verses, all over the collection. At times I could reach one - if lucky few - words. They felt like notes of protest, a reminder to take action. Visceral and poetic.

Sometimes I would spot ghostly figures by artist Suzume Uchida. With whom Yamamoto collaborated already for Men’s Spring Summer 2018.

Powerful brush stokes by Yohji himself all over, hand painted faces at the back of coats and jackets. And images of what it looked like a sunset. Or was it a hellish landscape?

The artwork is by Yuuka Asakura who has collaborated with Yohji Yamamoto since 2016.

Don’t ask Yohji the reason why he used these elements, he might answer: “just because”. He doesn’t like the overly explained commentaries of what he creates, the fashion journalism that is obsessed to ask “why” without feeling his clothes. He might let you believe it was just an aesthetic gesture on a whim.

The truth is that Yohji Yamamoto has been reflecting on the meaning of our existence and on the future of our planet since a while. Breaking the boundaries of gender already since decades. He is one of the greatest poets of our time. Although he will tell you he is just a dressmaker.

www.yohjiyamamoto.co.jp

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Dior Homme Spring Summer 2020

The notion of time, stretched and relative, where past and future are intertwined. It’s the idea of imagining our present in thousand of years, “the past of the future”.

Approaching the show venue of Dior Homme for Spring Summer 2020 we saw a clock eroded by time, almost crumbling as we speak, few steps further a desk, two chairs, some books as touched by decades, perhaps centuries. All in white, reminiscent of 1971 George Lucas’ “THX1138”: the same eerie white, looking at our far future where human might have almost completely disappeared.

For Dior Spring Summer 2020 Kim Jones worked together with artist Daniel Arsham to create the set and atmosphere surrounding the show. The American artist has been working around the concept of “fictional archaeology”, taking iconic objects of Dior heritage, including objects from Monsieur Christian Dior’s life as gallerist, his interest in art and his office being a central place, and imagining how they will be in 10000 years, replicating a geological transformation. Like the huge letters forming the word DIOR on the catwalk: they look like they are falling apart but if you look closer there are crystals growing in their fractures, perhaps leading to a new completion of the letters.

It’s an interesting coincidence how exactly around this period of the year, precisely the 30th of June, almost 115 years ago, Albert Einstein formulated his special relativity theory, reshaping the concept of time.

Kim Jones has always been fascinated by the concept of time channelling his imagination of future, technology and of travel he has created a strong impact on his poetic.

For Dior Homme 2020 Kim Jones explored transparency, feather-like garments but also combined with sculptural elements where the leather pieces are cut and sliced like it would be if they were cut by a frieze machine. Starting by printing from the inner side of the garment and then constructing the whole piece with layering the singular elements on the outside. It is like a modern way of sculpting and almost like contemporary embroidery.

Another wonderful couture technique is the different panels hand pleated silk crepe put together and applied on jackets and tops. Hand tacked into the organza base, pinned together to create different directions of curved surfaces, almost like geomagnetic field. The plissé panels were dyed by hand and then each applied on the singular garment to control each the sense of movement, almost feeling like a liquid surface.

Beautiful shades of grey, bubblegum pink, royal blue, neon orange, white: the entire colour palette felt modern and alluring. Alluring as the first collaboration with Rimowa presenting a capsule collection, including a champagne case, a backpack, a clutch and a cabin suitcase.

Kim Jones also continued the idea of draped volant sashes in jackets from Fall Winter 2019, now declined in beautiful floor swiping length marking the pink sand floor of the set.

www.dior.com

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Louis Vuitton Men’s Spring Summer 2020

Imagine a mild summer day in Paris, walking on one of its characteristic little streets populated with cafés terraces, street musicians playing a classical piece, patrons sipping a glass of wine at the shadows of big parasols and the urban greenery that adorns most of the French capital’s urban spaces. Just across the street you can find benches where to read a book or enjoy the soft breeze, a mobile creperie vendor, maybe an artist painting your portrait.

Virgil Abloh’s third collection for Louis Vuitton channelled all the artistic influences of the American designer: a playful ode to boyhood, to the notion of free-minded spirit, crossing over gender boundaries.

Since the very first looks big flowers adorned the bodies and accessories together with straw hats reminiscent of a Provencal atmosphere. In the seasonal Virgil’s “Dictionary” – a collection of key words updated each time – you will see several new entries addressing this feelings: “flower”, “kite”, “lightness”, among the others, where the concept of flower is removed from the status “often relegated to the trivial or mundane” becoming instead a “naturally occurring metaphor for diversity, as beautiful on a micro level as they are on a macro level, a living creature that blooms from a simple seed, crosses borders”. 

The collection had a multidimensional and hybridised connotation: strings holding together the garment’s singular elements with a peek-a-boo effect, cut outs to create different volumes, but also caging, wrapping, gridding or netting, disrupting the conventional architecture of clothes.

Floating ponchos and raincoats in technical nylon taffeta, asymmetrical pleated skirts over wide-leg trousers, the last few looks presented sculptured attached on the shoulders and at time in forma of a kite.

Liliac, mauve, faded blue, sage, mist green, yellow, concrete grey, peony pink, fuchsia, neon orange, and the super white, or better called “blanc des blancs”, together with beautiful flower scarf patchwork. The colour palette enhanced this splendid Virgil Abloh’s ode to Nature and the ephemeral we all dreamed of.

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Fifty Years Proud

Most of the world’s heritage fashion houses share a special bond to the city they are located in. Having remained within its confines for generations, their stories began to intertwine and the brands have become an intricate part of the fabric that set is apart. They become a visual embodiment of the city’s spirit, taking its aesthetic and lifestyle into the world.

Coach shares a special bond with the city of New York. For almost 80 years, they have witnessed some crucial social movements that started in the city and later changed the whole world. With Fifty Years Proud, Coach celebrates the LGBTQ+ community; its history, culture and determined pursuit of recognition and acceptance.

In honor of WorldPrideNYC and the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising, Coach releases a film project dedicated to the five decades of the struggle endured by the LGBTQ+ community. Through a combination of dance, archival footage of past Pride celebrations and interviews with key figures from each decade of the movement, Coach promotes inclusion and freedom of self-expression, two of New York’s trademark features. To create the film, Coach collaborated with a diverse team of internationally recognized artists, including the director Kevin Calero, choreographer Tanisha Scott, stylist Chris Campbell, makeup artists Jace Bowman and Tiffany The Artist and hairstylist Yusef Williams.

The struggle against sexual discrimination has come a long way but is far from being done. With Fifty Years Proud, Coach expresses its continued active support for the LGBTQ+ community and fortifies its multi-year commitment in support of the Hetrick-Martin Institute.

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Emporio Armani Spring/Summer 2020

Armani’s influence on men’s style and suiting is as undeniable as it is legendary. After leading tailoring into a more relaxed direction in the 1980s, Mr. Armani once again proves his connection to the contemporary. With his Emporio SS20, Armani infuses traditional tailoring with the recent fluid attitude to dressing and a modern component of athleticism.

The result is a collection defined by the lightness of materials and a fluid, almost feminine silhouette. The almost weightless combination of crinkly materials and brightly colored, cellophane shiny materials is reminiscent of ‘90s athletic attire and underlines the internal dialogue between formal classic patterns and the world of sports.

The athletic spirit of the shows extends itself to the accessories that round of the presentation. Modern cross-body bags, backpacks and belt-wallet hybrids in punchy shades, as well as sneakers, are elevated as fitting finishes for the refined athletic looks envisioned by Armani. The finale of the show was Italian Olympic and Paralympic athletes celebrating Armani’s close relationship with Italian sports, as the official supplier of Team Italy for all Olympic competitions.

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In-Store Presentation: Prada Spring/Summer 2020

For the first time, Italian house Prada decided to stage their SS20 Menswear runway show outside of Italy. Earlier this year, the collection was unveiled on Shanghai’s catwalk. As it is impossible for an Italian house of Prada’s magnitude to just skip Italy’s Fashion Week, they invited for an in-store presentation of the collection in Milan.

The collection itself once again proved Miuccia Prada’s exceptional creativity. Exploring the aesthetics of youth whilst remodelling it in a modern spirirt. Prada explores the meaning of clothing whilst intentionally distancing herself from the notions of garments as classics. Classical items were adorned with pockets and pouches, challenging familiar forms, whilst manipulated proportions and clever layering evoke a hint of rebellion against the norm. The remixed Prada logo, prints of casette tapes and video cameras and the characteristically vibrant color palette finish the retro-futuristic aesthetic and prove the ever-changing nature of the house.

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NET SUSTAIN: An Edit of Considered Fashion

The mentality of the modern consumer has undeniably changed over the last few years. Whereas a few years ago the main incentive was to blindly satisfy the desire for luxury and consumption, the focus has shifted towards a more informed way of shopping. Important notions of environmental protection and sustainability never before had such a strong impact on our ways of consumption.

By launching NET SUSTAIN, NET-A-PORTER creates a platform dedicated to brands and designers that meet the business’ criteria for sustainability. Hailed as an important milestone in the business’ sustainability journey, this new section will allow the customers to make informed choices while at the same time highlighting brands that are truly making positive changes.

Initially launching with 26 brands, the 500 qualified products all meet one or more of the five key attributes set by NET-A-PORTER. Each attribute takes a different aspect into consideration, covering everything from waste reduction to human, animal and environmental welfare, whilst also aligning with internationally recognized best practices in the fashion and beauty industries. Over time, they hope to include more and more brands, including the addition of beauty within the next year.

NET-A-PORTER sets out on a mission to inspire positive change by showcasing that sustainability and designer fashion can go hand-in-hand. The changes also extend onto the conglomerate itself, which implements a reduction of travel and a strict no-plastics policy into its shoot programming.

NET SUSTAIN will launch on June 18th.

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Stone Island FW 19/20 Icon Imagery

After the opening of its new flagship store in Milan just last month, Stone Island and its Creative Director Carlo Rivetti are shifting the focus back on their garments by presenting the Fall/Winter 2019 Icon Imagery collection. Reminiscent of its predecessors, the assortment is all about color.

Many of the garments of the upcoming seasonal range are made in a variety of colors: from bright orange to neon green, from blue to grey and from black to white. A visual novelty and highlight is the use of a new special camo-styled fabric in Fall-friendly hues, rounding off the vast selection of outerwear garments of the Italian company. Behind the eye-catching vibrant aesthetic, Stone Island keeps up with signature detail of all its collections, the refinement and care in the materials.

Alongside the mainline and reflective pieces, such as new takes on the classic nylon metal jackets and a multi-colored parka, Stone Island allows us a sneak peek at the new monochromatic Ghost range, including a uniquely paneled bomber with an asymmetrical opening.

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Anatomy of Romance

It is not unusual for a collection to take a year from being unveiled on the catwalk until being available to the customers in store. As the focus is already shifting towards next year’s seasons, brands capture our attention by reviving and readapting the spectacle of their catwalk shows in elaborate advertising campaigns.

Italian brand Prada captures the spirit of the Fall/Winter 2019 men’s and women’s collections by exploring the ideas and ideals of romance as human emotion and an artistic movement. Photographed by Willy Vanderperre, the campaign’s tender imagery, under the title Anatomy of Romance, evokes a romantic atmosphere through the surroundings and the figures within.

In a modern romantic metaphor, Prada investigates the complex co-existence of men and women as well as the wild natural and the urban industrial. The panoramas display different figures of the diverse and multifaceted cast, including new faces and established talents, in intriguing moments of intimacy, allowing endless interpretations of their entwined destinies. Anatomy of Romance is an extension of the designer’s aesthetic vision, created for a modern romance, for modern romantics.

www.prada.com

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COACH Pre-Spring 2020

No other city in the world has had the same cultural impact than New York City. Constantly evolving, the city has left a mark not only in its eight million inhabitants but every single person around the world. We have all seen countless movies and TV shows taking place in New York and share a certain familiarity with the city.

Creative director Stuart Vevers takes inspiration in cinema’s constructed representation of New York, which interweaves reality with fiction. Especially Whit Stillman’s 1990 Metropolitan has influenced the designer’s approach to design. His Coach Resort 2020 collection is refreshingly urban with a hint of toughness, combining preppy origins with a certain downtown attitude.

Vevers unveils his reimagined version of the Coach heritage. Reminiscent of the Nineties, with a Seventies-inspired earthy color palette, the collection shows his personal take on what a vintage piece of Coach might look like. The revisionist picture is merging modern tendencies with their archives, whilst reenergizing the horse-and-carriage emblem. The iconic logo evolves into a pattern, repeating itself throughout the whole collection. The created pattern feels fresh imbued with a distinct old-school feel, playing on notions of heritage and the contemporary craze for brands and logos.

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Nothing But Pride In #MYCALVINS

We have come a long way concerning LGBTQ+ rights. Despite massive strides over the past decade, discrimination based on sexuality still prevails. CALVIN KLEIN, long a supporter of the LGBTQ+ movement even, reconfirms his beliefs with the CALVIN KLEIN Pride Capsule collection.

In celebration of Pride, the new limited edition capsule collection sees apparel, accessories and underwear shine in the symbolic ultra vivid rainbow colors associated with the LGBTQ+ movement. Various CALVIN KLEIN staples, such as the iconic underwear or the classic trucker jacket are reimagined adorned with rainbow color palette.

Despite recent backlash about a campaign this year, CALVIN KLEIN, still one of the most LGBTQ+ friendly brands, does not falter in his support of the LGBTQ+ community and pledges a donation to the Human Rights Campaign Foundation.

The collection is available in CALVIN KLEIN stores and online.

www.calvinklein.com

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Royal Ballet Flanders x Ermenegildo Zegna XXX

After a successful world premier at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, French choreographer Benjamin Millepied brings the Bach Studies (Part 2) to Antwerpen. In his Belgium debut, Millepied collaborates with the famous Royal Ballet of Flanders and Ermenegildo Zegna XXX.

As long-time friends, Alessandro Satori finds inspiration for this special collection in Millepied’s bold yet delicate choreography. Both discover a similar characteristic in their respective work, the fusing of traditional craft and knowledge with modernity. Designed with an intention to capture the energy of the beautifully moving body, the ecclesiastic silk and jersey dresses, in a combination of tonal or combined black and off-white, complete the silhouettes like a fourth dimension, making the performers seemingly fly on stage.

The performance is open until the 26th of May in the Opera Antwerp.

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Dunhill Aquarium Limited Edition Capsule Collection

London-based house Dunhill looks back into its past and rediscovers a series of hand-painted illustrations first introduced with the Aquarium lighters in 1949. They received their name, due the material's optical reflection of the light, giving them the appearance of a large fish tank. These intricate nature-inspired motifs of fish and birds, were re-contexualised and reimagined as prints for a series of modern pieces, such as bombers, swim short or sneakers.

As expressed by Mark Weston, the whole collection expresses a certain tension in parts due to the old reinterpreted in new forms, the ageing motifs with a newfound relevance, so as the Art deco inspired motifs on hand-painted lighters become fabric prints for items such as belt bag.

Despite the new polished format of these prints, Dunhill keeps in touch with their origins. Aside the summery capsule collections of modern clothes, they also feature an exclusive revamp of the original lighter, using the same traditional methods and a exquisite palladium or gold plated finish. This very limited edition only consists of 15 lighters per colorway, each individually engraved and numbered.

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Double Birthday

To celebrate the ten year anniversary of its signature Peekaboo bag, the Italian luxury house FENDI continues its #MeAndMyPeekaboo campaign. With a series of videos in an intimate setting, featuring famous families, the Peekaboo bag is celebrated as if it had become an invaluable family member itself.

Following the likes of the Kardashians, the McGregor sisters or the pink-haired twins Ami and Aya, is the Italian businesswoman, entrepreneur and influencer Chiara Ferragni. It is for the occasion of her birthday, that FENDI has thrown the Italian an absolute dream of an luxury surprise party in its own Palazzo FENDI in Rome. The invited guests only counted the most inner circle of her family, the husband, rapper Fedez, her mother Marina di Guardo and the two sisters, Francesca and Valentina.

FENDI spares no cost, presenting her an imposing birthday cake, matching the breathtaking setting, which had been additionally decorated with a variety the brands exquisite leather bags.

With its campaign, FENDI celebrates family values. Just as you become part of the FENDI family, the Peekaboo bag will become a part of yours.

www.fendi.com

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Summer Scents from Louis Vuitton

The maison of Louis Vuitton launches three new scents on April 4th 2019, just in the nick of time for the first burst of summer weather. With a triptych of pop colors and the scent of summer optimism, these eaux de parfums announce and prolong that spirit of summer that is so often tragically fleeting. Conjuring up sizzling patios scattered with cacti, beaches etched in foam and the one-of-a-kind California landscape, it unleashes a sense of freedom and passion notorious of the West Coast. Master Perfumer Jacques Cavallier Belletrud has concocted a formula bodied with airness that lingers on the skin, ensuring that permanence so yearned for on endless summer nights.

The inherent natural properties are brought to the fore, the perfumes consisting of the rarest and rawest of materials. Sun Song’s prominent note is Citron, sealing the following scents together. An olfactive melody of orange blossom, citron and musk evokes rays of sunlight reflected off of the sea surface. Cactus Garden is a frisson of emotion introducing more bitter notes of Calabrian bergamot combined with the traditional mate and lemongrass. This powerful aroma injects a certain energy associated with lounging on the patio, recovering sheltered from the heat. The final scent is Afternoon Swim, an explosion of juice. Rejuvenating and magnetic; the profound mandarin note emits a distinct freshness. The sprinkle of ginger allows it to set sail, then is pulled back again for savoring through the creamy ambergris and orange.

Los Angeles native artist Alex Israel designed the packaging for the respective scents, pairing emblematic artwork with the spirit of the fragrance to appropriately capture each scent.

www.louisvuitton.com

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Karl's Winter Wonderland

Snow capped peaks and cosy chalets welcome the CHANEL Fall-Winter Ready-to-Wear collection at the Grand Palais in Paris. This metamorphosis envisioned by the late Karl Lagerfeld with Virginie Viard makes for an romantic, emotional event, fondly and fittingly exhibiting everything about the brand that Karl so loved and fought for.

Radiating elegance and class, the collection is quintessentially CHANEL, silhouettes are accentuated with both the masculine and feminine cuts in a palette of clean winter whites, beige, navy blue and black, the perfect foundational coat for the flashes of emerald, purple, brick reds and fuchsia.

Tweed fedoras are dusted with snowflakes, paired with tartan, houndstooth and big check motifs. Tweed is certainly a core fabric this collection, both top stitched and quilted, asserting its masculinity with high-waisted wide-cut trousers and layered with great enveloping mini capes and overcoats that warmly wrap the silhouette in a blanket like fashion. All motifs and small touches evoke the theme and setting. Soft knit pullovers and sweaters are detailed with crystals and maxi pockets that create a trompe-l’oeil effect.

Although confident and crisp, there is a distinct softness to the collection. White pearl earrings and knitted scarves in embroidered chiffon are just some of the details that emanate an air of sophistication. The feminine of course is unavoidable with floaty maxi volumes in Claudine collars and delicate shirts. Snowball skirts and chiffon feathers bring in a sense of modernity and youth.

 www.chanel.com

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Restrained Classicism

In Paris this week, Hermes proves time again that conservative fashion rules this season, presenting garments that are subtly constructed to last for generations. Proving less is more, the collection is classically chic and brimming with Parisian style, restrained yet by no means dull. Classicism here is interpreted rather as a modern way of viewing life, resisting wastefulness, rejecting whims and crafting garments with longevity.

Bourgeois looks are stapled with simplicity and this is key to the entire collection. Leather skirts are textured, nipping in long sleeved printed silks at the waistline. Leather is utilised to the absolute maximum; a textile in its own singular right.

Outerwear is of course taken account for, calfskin dressings exhibit meticulous seamings that contour the silhouette in a breathtaking and striking manner. Camel-hair cocoon coats are adorned with polyhedron shaped buttons, this and exterior leathers concealing soft goose feather interiors that offer style and utility. Layers play an important role, contributing a sense of comfort and effortless attitude spearheaded by the wearer. Hermes at their best  champion well-made pieces and unyieldingly showcase their timeless values.

 www.hermes.com

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A Retrospective of Icons

KENZO La Collection Memento N ° 4 presents a selection from it’s stunning emblematic archive by putting the most creative printed prints on the map again. Both the fun and whimsical side of Kenzo Takada is clearly presented. His striking attitude towards fashion, his partiality for food and above all entertainment form a broad palette of inspiration.

Historical icons such as the tiger (coming from the men's collection spring-summer 1991), appears this season again in new expressions and embellishments. The tiger is KENZO's eternal dedication, a symbol of strength, something that must always be there to move on. Photorealistic airbrush tigers are made in two colors on T-shirts, sweaters or shirts of cotton poplin. The "running tiger motif" and the "spring tiger" (from the women's autumn-winter collection 1983) are extravagantly released in gold, burgundy and leopard prints, depicted on the "Jungle" bomber jackets, dresses and knitted tops and skirts.

Secondly, do you remember besides the tiger, the other iconic symbol? It is the hyper real painted tomato in either red or yellow. The tomatoes became big in KENZO’s Spring Summer men’s collection in 1992. The tomatoes are pictured on comfy cotton pieces, short sleeve archival smock dresses and mesh shirts.

Lastly this new edition of prints also introduces great line of bags – bumbags, backpacks, totes and the reversible “Knot” bag – also printed on caps and slip on trainers.

This innovative and exciting collection embodies KENZO's valuable design heritage, which can continuously adapt to the latest trends.

www.kenzo.com

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Apocalyptic fantasy

“When control is released, chaos is created that will lead to innovation and a new imaginative realism.”

With this thought, Christa Bösch and Cosima Gadient designed the new futuristic collection for Ottolinger. The old wooden theater of the Lycee Jacques Decour turned into a perception-disturbing environment, where lights flashed and overwhelming metallic sounds filled the room. Chaos was clearly the key to a new sort of innovation in this collection.

The aesthetic codes are emphatically based on the unusual; for example psychedelic check knits are incorporated in denim and sportswear. Asymetric tops and trousers are executed in torn fabrics, body-outfits made of flannel. The creative duo focused on completely technical textile looks. Ski outfits shaped as spatial uniforms enhanced the female silhouette. They are tailor-made copies, easy to carry, creative but very elegant.

Ottolinger tells the story of a civilization that is led by unpredictable movements - another planetary system. The elaboration is based on speculative dreams that leave much to the imagination.

www.ottolinger.com

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A Final Inheritance of Karl Lagerfeld

The Fendi Women's Fall / Winter 2019-2020 collection contains Karl Lagerfeld's last creations. Karl started his career as a design consultant for Fendi in 1965. He developed a special bond with the brand, which is characterized through unprecedented perseverance. Karl gave everything to his collections, whether it was Balmain, Valentino, Chloe, Stella McCartney, Chanel, Fendi or his own brand Karl Lagerfeld. For Lagerfeld, fashion was an endless thought about the expression of wealth and beauty, thoughts that will always live with Fendi, according to creative director Silvia Venturini Fendi.

The collection embodies the extremely creative, romantic track that Karl was always on. His work was a form of personal expression. In his career, Karl was always deeply engaged with the simplicity of the silhouette. Trompe l'oeil - a lasting signature – one he defined in this collection with dreamy and luxuriant scenes in contrast with the sharp geometric forms that were irresistibly illuminated. A beautiful game is played with neutral tones that are highlighted by counterparts such as light ivory tulle, warm cognac patent and terracotta calfskin, alternated with sublime shades such as sea green, mandarin and azure.

Cloque, organza and satin are leading. To compensate for these soft textures, large buttons, double zippers and extra large floating snare straps are added. Karl's own signature is also subtly processed; the collar of the pointy shirt is high and combined with fully pleated trousers, jacket pockets and asymmetrical revers. The geometry contains playful shifting lines that refer to sharp diamond shapes.

A nice detail is Karl's curling 'Karligraphy' FF logo monogram, which Karl designed in 1981 and is depicted on the cabochon buttons. The accompanying accessory collection is a wonderful addition. The classic baguette is available in pillow patent, topstitched vegetal leather with a multi-strap utility harness. There is also a spacious metal frame tote executed in shiny calf. Shoes include flat heels or pointed heels with high heels and contrast soles in shiny neoprene.

A collection that is almost a true blueprint of Karl's artistic heritage.

www.fendi.com

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The Exploration of Masculinity and Femininity

Contrasts between two feelings, embodiments and extremes: masculinity and femininity is what this collection expresses. Lucie and Luke Meier explore the relational meeting of two extremes in order to arrive at harmony in the Jil Sander Fall / Winter Women's 2019 collection.

The feminine silhouette is expressed in softy formed knits with crocheted corsets, bustier dresses, and light silk and satin jackets. The male contrast is added by pure, sharp sculptural 3D shapes and geometric dresses and coats of generous volumes that seem to float lightly. The constructions in this collection are the main part of the aesthetic and contain wavy, dimensional structures. The finishes are sensitive and contain splits and stratifications.

Coarse fabrics symbolize masculinity but give a feminine reaction through the subtle treatment. Traditional couture techniques turn into Japanese fitting finishes to emphasize fragile body shapes. Cotton voiles, paper-like leather and silk crepe emphasize raw elegance.

Prints are characterized by birds, herons and swallows printed on the front or back of woven shirts or suede jackets. There is a clear balance between slimness and volume. The comfort can be found in soft pathways. The search for the harmony between masculinity and femininity is interspersed with a color palette of black, white and soft natural colors against bright colors.

Accessories are smooth and emphasize the relational contrasts. Shapes are broken, stretched and folded into indefinable corners. Shoes are delicate and executed in soft and hard silhouettes. Special are the leather socks and thin soles that give the feeling of primitiveness.

 www.jilsander.com

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High Octane Chic

Michael Kors, NY Fashion week Fall/Winter 2019

Cipriani Wall Street transformed for a moment into an old-school ballroom complete with herringbone floors, velvet curtains, disco balls and chandeliers and to finish the ambiance, traditional Studio 54 capsule designs were added. This collection was a real-time romantic dream that celebrated glamorous individual style. With Barry Manilow singing live ‘Copacabana’, better called the successor to Frank Sinatra, the show was a real flashback to one of the most sophisticated era’s of all time.

“The city was edgy and gritty but underneath it all there was energy, imagination and a sense of total freedom. It’s when the rules disappeared and a new kind of glamour emerged.”

Michael Kors reflected back on his first arrival in New York in 1977. It was a time of unprecedented possibilities that he wanted to seize again in this collection. If you do that, there is only one option; collaborate with the most famous nightclub of the 70’s and 80’s: Studio 54! The logo, the glitters and the distinctive characters of that time have been translated by Kors into surprising contemporary items. Here, Kors experienced the mix of style, energy and glamour on an entirely different level, which influenced him forever.

His collection is an ode to this magical time. That is why the collection does not contain any fashion rules or dress codes. The collection is about expressing your inner own extraordinary personality. Iconic supermodel and old muse Patti Hansen closed the show and is the ultimate embodiment of this approach.

www.michaelkors.com

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An Intriguing Her-interpretation

Prada unveils its 2019 Spring/Summer collection in a very special manner; the campaigns give the impression of scenes coming from early film posters. The collection will be presented into two films conducted by directors Willy Vanderperre and Benoît Debie.

The settings are classical, re-contextualized, enigmatic film scenes, which have been an endless source of inspiration and fascination for these collections. Each short film is an attractive puzzle piece, part of a larger whole that refers to the classic Hollywood genre. The unique sound pieces arranged by composer Frédéric Sanchez emphasize deeply this esoteric atmosphere even more.

The film-inspired stills do not show what you would expect; these do not conform to what already exists. The films are little portraits each containing an intriguing underlying message. A duality between what is already there and what reality could have been. Every protagonist including Daan Duez, Freja Beha Erichsen and Liu Wen discovers their different personal characters through the versatile facets of this Spring/Summer collection. The short films are an artistic stylized biographical documentary in which the viewer is exposed to the many possibilities that our reality may contain.

These short films will be revealed gradually on Prada's social media channels.

www.prada.com

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Anne Imhof's New Work Exhibited at The Tate Modern for Ten Days

Frankfurt-based dynamic choreographer and visual performance artist Anne Imhof is revered for her utilisation of hyper physicality and incorporation of sound into her performances, often using unsettling rhythmic repetitions and sinister choral chants pumping out over a bass of static dissonance. She is known for her works Faust, Angst and a fascinating piece exploring human nature and control through the joining together of music and boxing in the Frankfurt Red Light District.

Common features of her work juxtapose the use of technology with stripped back Kafkaesque animalistic physicality. The dramatic 2016 piece Angst consisted of a segement with a drone stalking possessed, lifeless looking subjects dressed in non-specific attire who appear almost under the spell of the drone, miming along to loud vocal sounds in a pagan-like manner. Her provocative pieces blur the line between the performance activating audiences and actual active participation initiated from the audience whereby the performers’ traditional spatial limitations are violated and encroached upon. In the way that a painting is able to use perspective, Anne invites this component to her physical performance work, effectively weaving in various levels, angles and perspectives for the audience to observe the work from. Anne cites the abstractive stationary work of artists like Francis Bacon as central influences inspiring the subsequent physical development of her performance pieces. This was most utilised in Faust in Venice for which she was bestowed the prestigious Golden Lion award.

The direct impact of Anne’s work on the perceiver inevitably lulls them into an intense, dreamlike space removed from familiar reality, forcing us outside of our comfort zones and thrusting us into an atmospheric trance-like state, both simultaneously unsettling and invigorating.

Anne Imhof will be occupying the full suites of The Tate Modern’s Tanks with her single project combining music, paintings and sculptures over the course of ten days. This new piece will explore themes of technology, anxiety, proximity and identity and will take place in London from 22 March - 31 March 2019.

www.thetate.org.uk

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Alyx Fall 2019 Mens / Pre-fall 2019 Womens

Since the very beginning Matthew Willams’s Alyx stood for experimenting new silhouettes and technologies, developing new processes and building a new aesthetic made of small details into a whole.

For his second show during Paris Fashion Week official schedule Williams created a collection with all the elements that have been the brand’s signature ever since: the asymmetric cut, the coulisse used in dresses and pants to create new volumes and of course the very well known buckle (that was also designed for Kim Jones’s Dior Homme). This season renewed in a new moulded nylon version, with high density but lightweight, expanding applications and functional variations: around the neck as jewel and almost everywhere else in the collection.

The collection also featured a beautiful camouflage print tie-dyed on the roll and with sponges, as well polar fleece bonded with a 3-layer taped Japanese mesh produced in collaboration with the Italian manufacturer specialist Majocchi.

Matthew Willams refined his vision into the future with sustainability in mind: fabric welding using high-frequency molecular friction allowing low energy consumption and no solvents.

www.alyxstudio.com

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Escaping Routine

In the AW 19/20 show, William Fan dived into the eclectic karaoke nightlife of Hong Kong. An environment in which everyday culture diminishes as soon as it becomes night, and the alter ego emerges. Fan, is fascinated by the diverse palette of personalities that this city and its karaoke bars by night posses: from formal suit wearers to colorfull adolescents. As soon as they show up under the neonlights, old memories emerge and they all come closer to their icons and idols.

This euphoric change is an immense inspiration for Fan. His collection forms a tribute to various personalities, individual songs and memories from back in the day. By using animal prints, variations of loud colors and textures, a playful effect arises in the light of the mirror pole that characterizes the mystique of the karaoke nightlife.

www.williamfan.com

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Off-White Fall 2019 Mens / Pre-fall 2019 Womens

Spontaneous vegetation growing in hostile conditions, around abandoned industrial landscapes, resurfacing lacerated concrete, fading away from one place to blossom in another corner meters further. It’s the interstitial landscape in Gilles Clément’s “Manifeste du Tiers-Paysage” where plants serve as aid to observe the space with all its social, political, urban connotations.

Virgil Abloh’s setting for Off White is imbued with this rich fragmentary landscape, suspended, in constant evolution and change. Like Abloh’s creative ambition and know-how.

Moving into this residual landscape - constructed as a huge green-screen noddig to the 80’s and 90s “Pubblic Television” - Off-White new collection for Fall 2019 stormed in , with all its codes where the formal clothing and the attention to tailoring surfaced amongst Off-White’s repertoire confirmed Virgil Abloh’s voice and personal baggage starting his adventure at Louis Vuitton.

www.off---white.com

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Colmar to Protect Against the Elements

Colmar shows off their carefully cultivated experience and expertise that have been trialed and tested over the course of almost a century, catering clothing for the most challenging of open air sports. The Spring/Summer 2019 collection showcases exceedingly technical pieces, conscious of the multifarious challenges and restrictions that are thrust upon the active sport enthusiast facing disparate and at times harsh climates and conditions. The pieces are fit for function and ensure reliable elemental protection and safety, proving the garments up to the task presented by even the most demanding of sports.

Colmar consistently demonstrates its close connection to and understanding of the needs facing athletes and enthusiasts through regular, self-reflective frugal research and development. No more is this evident in this collection than in the slim, compressible jackets occupying only minimal space, ideal for seamless slipping into your backpack. All stretch pieces are created using anti-bacterial and anti-odour fabrics allowing for uninhibited and carefree movement. Other additional details include hoods, breathing inserts and glowing, reflective prints heightening visibility in the darkness. Polartec Alpha technology allows for thermo-regulation in one piece, managing the body heat produced alongside the circulation of air it comes into contact with. Wadding-filled sleeve and sleeveless outerwear have high absorption capacities combating wind, water and cold. All these essential functions are paired with a look that is simultaneously bright, bold and vibrant; so you can look, feel and be the part. The women’s jacket line is decorated with punctilious woven shoulder strap details and prints and the collection is cleanly rounded off with a wide selection of men’s swimwear.

Colmar’s Spring/Summer collection is skilfully crafted and harmoniously structured offering colour combinations that can be playfully layered together. The balance of the functional properties demonstrates Colmar’s sheer commitment to change in the pursuit of high quality, accommodating for both the athlete and the part-time sport enthusiast.

www.colmar.it

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90's Nostalgia

Marina Hoermanseder is another designer who sparks joy with her creations and brings a sense of humor to her work. Here FW19 show took us back to the days of glorious sitcoms like ‘Married with Children’ and ‘The Nanny’ as well as iconic Tonya Harding costumes with just a hint of ‘The Dukes of Hazard’.

The designer lays the 90s elements on thick as evidenced by the collection's first look already: purple cycling shorts, a modification of her strap skirt and a neon-colored, short sweatshirt. Strong country influences counteract the over-the-top nostalgia: Western buckles can be found on the typical strap skirt, sheriff stars are there as emblems and cowboy boots and hats finish the look. All this is an empowering spectacle and nod to strong, at times grossly underestimated, female characters that have shaped todays Gen Z, Hoermanseder's loyal followers.

www.marinahoermanseder.com

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90’s Maverick Individualism

The Parisian brand Givenchy chose this season to present a new vision characterized by contrasts and eclectic tones. This look finds its roots in 90's maverick; an attitude that is represented by personal color-blocked suits with special embellished pieces in embroidered leather.

Artistic director Clare Waight Keller introduced a new way of creating in this collection by playing with different volumes, and mixing lean lines with loose and oversized pieces. The mix of bright colors interspersed with formal shades gives a dynamic, surprising feeling to the classical Givenchy textures. Casual pieces have been given a luxurious couture finish with edgy materials such as pallets, down and móire, which will give the traditional Givenchy man a new spirit to his elegant appearance. Experimental forms such as three-headed monk shoes are alternated with mid-calf shoes. Also thick platform shoes from the Givenchy pre-fall collection, together with the higher biker boots, the talisman charms and the seal rings are still Givenchy's leading niche.

Style codes dualate on each other's borders but still express the elegant Parisian spirit. Givenchy chose to display the collection in the Palais Brongniart, The Paris Bourse Stock Market built on request by Napoleon. The allegorical statues and majestic peristyle give a playful edgy perspective against the maverick attitude of Givenchy’s collection.

www.givenchy.com

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Roman Nonchalance

Brioni showed in Milan its Fall/Winter 2019 collection presenting a masculine wardrobe repertoire with a tailoring formality. On the other hand they simultaneously exhibit a sense of informality making the collection one open to personal interpretation. Brioni’s authentic tailoring and precision is shaped again in a niche way, in an item called the primo suit. This slim-fit silhouette expresses a confident and exceptional, social spirited character.

An identity that embodies the idea of Roman nonchalance; an attitude that is characterized by pieces that move smoothly and lightly over the body made out of precious, refined materials with interesting details. This philosophy is central due to the representation of a man who instinctively follows his whims. An elegant gent with a well considered wardrobe, which obeys a special repertoire of style codes.

The collection indicates a mix of traditional and trending items: From trench coats to blousons, from morning suits to tailored or military pants. The items are released in materials such as cashmere, camel, wool, silk, leather, crocodile leather, velvet and knits with a fused color palette of neutral tones, whites, greys with touches of light blue and accents of rusted notes.

www.brioni.com

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BREAKING: PRADA TEST SUBJECTS ESCAPE

Seven subjects have escaped Prada’s imaginary futuristic laboratory. An innocent journey of discovery has morphed into a riotous episode of harmless magic. Disco, Socks, Fiddle, Otto, Toto, Scuba, and Spot came into being as a team of researchers set out to study the extraordinary DNA of Italian fashion brand, PRADA. Their research became fantastical and a series of experiments involving the heart of Prada produced astonishing results.

Our seven protagonists (raised in solitary confinement) have mechanical triangular Prada hearts and checkerboard pattern brains. Born from the heart of the label each character exhibits central Prada themes: metal studs, polished wood, iconic prints, voluptuous lips, and classic Saffiano leather.

Having escaped Prada’s, top secret, non-existent test facility, New York design studio 2x4 (serial Prada collaborators) provided the innocent creations with refuge. 2x4 studied the creatures and designed each member of the family their own color-coded pouch, case and character booklet complete with personal biography and insight into their unique abilities, anatomy, and behavior.

With the fugitives contained, Disco, Socks, Fiddle, Otto, Toto, Scuba, and Spot can be found in Prada stores and online at Pradamalia.com in the form of keychain tricks, earring sets, and necklace charms.

www.prada.com

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Fendi Mania

Fendi-Mania - an extreme enthusiasm or desire; an obsession for Fendi. Every collection is a celebration for Fendi; pandemonium is in the air again with the Fendi-Mania capsule collection.

Fendi has the city of Rome coursing through its veins and deep into its DNA. There is an air of the city in Fendi and the city is awash with Fendi. But Fendi is bigger. Fendi is a universe filled with inspiration that has evolved into a glowing exchange of positive energy.

Enter center stage, Fendi-Mania. A capsule collection inspired by the streets, the millennials and the ironic soul of the brand. The FENDI/FILA logo popularised by Instagram creator @hey_reilly sets the tone for the collection drenched in sporty, musical references, dripping in some of the loudest colors on the spectrum in patterns that astonish as they dazzle.

Shot entirely on iPhone, with entirely millennial models Fendi-Mania feels free and fearless. Ready to wear, encompasses, men, women, and kids with accessories aplenty, available from October the 16th.

www.fendi.com

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Stone Island launches Iridescent Tela Collection

Stone Island is a brand that lives to explore — their military logo symbolizes love for the sea and constant search, discovery is in their blood. This penchant for discovery has led Stone Island on a quest for innovation.

During the embryonic phase, before their inception into the fashion world, the company worked with a new fabric: ‘Tela Stella’ — a cloth with different colors on each side that was to be used to make tarpaulins for trucks. This heavy-duty material later took life as seven utilitarian coats, and became a benchmark for Stone Island’s creativity.

Now, the desire for continual experimentation has given life to the Iridescent Coating Tela collection. Iridescent nylon bonded to a golden pink polyurethane film fuses with Reflex Mat: a reflective nylon canvas with a matte coating made with thousands of glass microspheres to create six intergalactic garments. The collection is availble now.

Check out the preview here or on the brand’s website.

www.stoneisland.com

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Highlights from Milan Fashion Week

Max Mara Spring 2019

Measured elegance has fared so well under Ian Griffiths roll as Creative Director for Max Mara. Taking us back to those classical fits that the brand is known for.  But this time the fits definitely got a modern tornado running over them. Added with leather elements and tights skirts mixed with padded - shoulder coats 
and draping dresses.

www.maxmara.com

Emporio Armani Spring 2019

This year Armani returned to its home again, Milan. And with that return they took over 170 looks with them to the airport where the show took place. It was a great mixture of textiles running from wide jeans to classic suits, and basically everything that comes in between. One thing is sure: Armani proves us his great variety of fabrics and styles for upcoming season.

www.armani.com

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Highlights from London Fashion Week

Victoria Beckham Spring 2019

Spring 2019 is a collection of growth to mark an iconic decade for Victoria Beckham. A decade in which Victoria has blossomed into an empowering stalwart of the fashion industy.

“What we did was celebrate being different. We showed it was okay to be who you are,”- Beckham said. “And that’s what this is about—empowering women through fashion. All women are different, and there’s something for everybody.”

www.victoriabeckham.com

JW Anderson Spring 2019

JW Andersons’ Spring 2019 collection blazed a trail of bohemian femininity displaying infinite craft. Anderson composed a fluid collection that recognizes the elaborate as refined.

“I wanted something a bit more bohemian. A celebration of fashion. Everything with fluidity to it, and patch-worked, somehow,”- explained Jonathan Anderson.

www.j-w-anderson.com

Simone Rocha Spring 2019

Simone Rocha exhibited a cultured and sophisticated collection featuring tang dynasty prints and hand drawn faces. A romantic tribute to religious rituals surrounding births, weddings and funerals which bring extended family together.

www.simonerocha.com

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Highlights from New York Fashion Week

Escada Spring 2019

The quiet presence of Escade erupted at the Park Avenue Armory. To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the German women’s-wear brand, new creative director Niall Sloan looked to ignite the new corporate power women with loud jockey inspired color blocking.

www.escada.com

Tom Ford Spring 2019

Tom Ford used New York Fashion week to return to his classical past, a class that oozes sex appeal, sensuality and luxury. The Tom Ford Spring 2019 collection maintains a strict palette of black, white, gray and nudes drawing from the sensual warmth of humanity we so often crave.

www.tomford.com

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REFLECTIONS: dunhill FW18 Campaign

Life is made of details, those little gestures that day by day build up our personality. For dunhill, accessories function exactly to define a precise sense of uniqueness, which in turns comes out from a variety of multifaceted aspects that literally mirrors the brand's DNA. This is the philosophy unveiling the British tailoring label's Autumn Winter 2018 campaign —  the second season under new creative director Mark Weston —  centering around the visual metaphor of "reflections".

Elegantly shot by photographer Jack Webb in the streets and through the glass fronted buildings of Mayfair in London, the pictures present the firm beauty of model Clement Chabernaud. Layered outerwear pieces and traditional cashmere coats nonchalantly speak for British masculine elegance, while leather goods underline the always contemporary yet timeless language of the brand.

www.dunhill.com

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FAMILY PORTRAIT: Kim Kardashian with her mother and daughter in FENDI campaign

In the year of the 10th anniversary of the launch of the iconic Peekaboo bag, Italian fashion house FENDI invited American reality-star Kim Kardashian, her mother Chris Jenner and 5 years old North West to take part in new campaing. Shooting took place in sunny Los Angeles. The main theme of campaign — family values and women with a bright personality.

Following the first chapter, a video and image campaign featuring Silvia Venturini Fendi, FENDI Creative Director for Accessories, Menswear and Kidswear and her daughters Delfina Delettrez Fendi and Leonetta Luciano Fendi, this one now focuses on five international couples of women. This time Italian famous brand decided to show the family portrait of the Kardashian clan.

www.fendi.com

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Louis Vuitton x FIFA World Cup 2018 Collection

French multinational luxury brand Louis Vuitton announced about holding an auction on July 12 at charity gala dinner.

The event has been organized by Russian famous supermodel Natalia Vodianova and music producer Yana Rudkovskaya. It is a part of the Year of Culture Qatar-Russia 2018. It will be supported by Qatar Tourism Authority and Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy 2022, in aid of Naked Heart Foundation, helping children with special needs.

Each of the 13 match balls inside this remarkable Louis Vuitton trunk, redited by adidas, will be singned by former FIFA World Cup winners of 1970 to 2018 editions.

www.louisvuitton.com

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FENDI x RIMOWA

LVMH iconic brands Fendi and Rimowa renovate their partnership, introducing two new versions in blue and red for their one-of-a-kind cabin trolley.

Honouring the companies pioneering heritage as well as celebrating the completely new Rimowa visual identity, the very modern suitcase stands out for a sophisticated design and materials.

On the one hand the aluminum equipped with an innovative Multi-wheel system and the individually adjustable Flex-Divider system confirm the modern language of Rimowa, On the other hand, the use of Cuoio Romano leather and the elegant neoprene lining with a black-on-black embossed “FF” logo thoroughly glorify the timelessness of Fendi.

The cabin trolley is available in selected FENDI and RIMOWA stores, on fendi.com and rimowa.com as of June 18, 2018.

www.fendi.com

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Giorgio Armani Spring/Summer 2019

Free and mindful, loose and genteel. Giorgio Armani proposals for Summer 2019 effectively have the power of sewing a traditional, masculine elegance with a contemporary sense of ease.

Soft figures in light shades of chalk white, hemp grey and delicate flashes of blue and turquoise celebrate the spontaneous classicism of formal yet sporty jackets and blousons.

The double-breasted jacket confirms this idea playing with different fabrics and patterns, while the modern waistcoat enhances a fresh feel of versatility.

As well, a sandy filter underlines the naturalness of the collection that introduces refined variations on the definition of what Giorgio Armani means for a very sophisticated style.

www.giorgioarmani.com

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CamperLab's New Store in London

Established in the Shoreditch district of London’s East End, CamperLab has opened a brand new store. A true minimalistic, modern store with an urban vibe. Different from the traditional Camper stores worldwide, the store has a more contemporary, advanced and futuristic feel.

Collaborating with different designers such as Eckhaus Latta and Kiko Kostadinov, the shoes are taking bold steps forward in their urban designs, looking glamorous and raw at the same time, while staying true to its underground aesthetic.

The new store is located at 13a Boundary Street E27JE, London.

www.camper.com

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No matters where: Woolrich SS18 Footwear Collection

Calibrating the balance between urban outlines and high-performance features, the Spring 2018 footwear collection by Woolrich keeps strengthening the statement of contemporary functionality.

The shoes’ construction presents a solid sole made by Vibram, suitable for both journeys outdoor and urban walks thanks to a contemporary design.

Part of the menswear collection, the Trail Boot is available in high and low top versions, featuring minimalist outlines in contrast with fluorescent details. With a focus on confortability, the Air Mash model is characterised by a lined sole, while the overall collection of light snearkers, sleepers and slip-ons are enriched with colorful bands to best embrace the bright spirit of summer.

For the women, mountain boots with performance laces, trainers in nubuck and slip-ons unveiling a suede trim explore the coasts of the New World, balancing their technical structure with the use of natural materials.

Available in Woolrich flagship stores and distributed to the best multibrand stores in Europe, USA and Asia, the footwear collection can be purchased also trough their website.

 www.woolrich.eu

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The B-Way: Berluti launches their new range of accessories

For Fall 2018, Berluti introduces their new series for bags and shoes.

Paying tribute to manuscripts and the calligraphy established by Olga Berluti, the B-way range features seven proposals, this time exposing the nylon traditionally used for the Venezia trolleys.

Featuring a water repellent finish, as well as the patinated Venezia leather and the iconic Scritto motif, Complice cross-body bag, Evasion sporty bag and Volume MM backpack stand out for their urban design and sporty characteritics.

With a great focus on versatility, some products feature a double function. For instance, Duo is an extra-large bag in technical fabric, nylon and calf leather, which can be worn as a tote or on the shoulders, while Esprit is a compact ouch thought to be used both as a clutch and bag organizer.

To complete the accessories range, the Croquis toiletry case includes a comfortable internal pocket, while the Fast Track shoes combine the sporty soul of a sneaker with the mountain style of Brunico and Greta Garbo boots.

Practical yet extremely devoted to a very classical and clean design, the new collection will be available in Berluti stores from April 2018.

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Cartier: The Exhibition

On the 30th March at National Gallery of Australia, Cranberra, historic jewelry brand Cartier will inhaugurate an exclusive exhibition, featuring more than 300 hundreds masterpieces samples from Cartier Collection, private owners and institutions.

Designed by renowned scenographer Nathalie Criniere, the exhibition has been co-curated by Margaret Young-Sanchez, Denver Art Museum and NGA and will dispaly a selection of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s personal jewels, including the Queen’s Halo tiara.

As well, several items belonged to European monarchs such as the 10.48-carat diamond engangement ring of Her Sirene Highness Princess Grace of Monaco will be showcased alongside famous clients’ private belongings, including the Duchess of Windsor, Mexican film star Maria Felix and Elizabeth Taylor among many others. In addition to that, a variety of the brand’s iconic watches will be showcased for the occasion.

As Gerard Vaughan, NGA Director stated: ‘Jewels of spectacular calibre and size, amongst the most important in the world, magnificently set by Cartier’s renowned craftsmen will be exhibited only in Canberra. It is a collection of immeasurable quality and value, the likes of which have never been seen in this country before, and may never be again. Years of research and gentle persuasion will deliver an unforgettable experience.’

Dedicating this project to Australian people and of course, Cartier lovers, the event that will last from the 30th March until the 22nd July 2018 represents a unique occasion to explore and be overwhelmed by the incredible production of an extraordinary company leading the way of diamonds design for over a century.

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Highlights from Paris Fashion Week

It’s now turn for Paris to showcase the most cutting-edge designers and their proposals for Fall 2018. In less than a day, the vibrant appointment with fashion has already turned into an inspiring cultural hub.

With a mood inspired by Morocco, Jacquemus unveils a very original interpretation of this warm land. The collection is an exploration sandy tones and primary full colors that highlights the depth of necklines. Sensual and extremely sophisticated, light knits dresses are worn like a second skin. In addition, cuts and layers alternate with flowing fabrics that uncover the body, yet inform a strong sense of modern elegance.

Mini-dresses and hyper-structured shoulders define the stylish attitude for the vertical silhouettes that Anthony Vaccarello selects for Saint Laurent. The imaginary brings back to the rock scene of the Eighties, as well as the richness of embroideries and transparencies underlines a youth spirit taking over the rebellious cuts. Although a dark palette drives the mood of the collection, materials and details such as velvet, studs and trimmings enrich jackets with a sophisticated touch of glamour.

When the attitude is revolutionary, then a reference to youth movements in 1968 is mandatory. With her collection, Maria Grazia Chiuri opens Dior show with a sweater featuring “C’est non non non! permeates the atmosphere with lot of vintage fashion magazine covers on the runway floor, unveiling a wearable chic students-wear that combines sporty tailored jackets, printed T-shirts and transparent shirts, long dresses and and skirts.

 Earthy colors, leaves prints and a giant tree setting the stage. This is how Lacoste presents their collection in Paris, and everything seems a gentle ode to the essentiality of nature. Both men and women take their walk in a relaxed allure, which combines street-style elements with a more sober elegance.

Casual sweaters enriched by natural drawings are paired with wide trousers, while maxi turtleneck ponchos comfortably flow over the body. For the women, dresses feature asymmetrical cuts and flaring sleeves. The menswear works on layers, unveiling casual combinations of hoodie sweaters under classic suits and interesting proposals for the outerwear.

Precise cuts, oval collars, tone-on-tones long asymmetrical duchess dresses in satin revealing plunging necklines are embellished by adjustable belt and precious details. Sober and linear, Lanvin collection is highlighted by luminous shades of orange, fucsia or emerald green. Leather midi pencil skirts in different shades are paired with tight turtleneck sweaters creating a modern look, while a fluid peachy shirt-dress achieves romantic elegance with a cascade of little treasures on the front. This is Olivier Lapidus' language and vision, which the digital couturier brings at the historical Maison.

Set in the marvellous Hotel de Ville, Dries van Noten presents an incredibly rich collection. Light blue, deep purple, warm orange and several green hues, from watery tones to distinctive neon shades set the base for something like a magnetic elegance. All the jackets are oversized embodying masculine cuts, while floral prints and the abundance of embroideries take over long, fluid dresses. Classic pencil or pleated skirts are infused with metallic panels and paired with soft sweaters and luminous wide blouses, which glorify the feel of powerful femininity and grace.

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Una Giacca – Armani/Silos

For the first edition of Armani/Laboratorio, a competition launched on the 31st August 2017, a short movie entitled Una Giacca (A Jacket) has been released by film students that took part of the project held in Milan from 27th November to 6th December last year.

Guided by several professionals including screenwriter and writer Francesca Marciano, Michele Placido, director of photography Luca Bigazzi, film editor Patrizio Marone, costume designers Gabriella Pescucci and Alessandro Lai, set designer Paki Meduri, make-up artist Maurizio Silvi and hair-stylist Aldo Signoretti, the students focused on the storytelling of Armani’s signature.

The short movie is a narration set in-between past and present. In a black and white square scenario, a job interview takes place and a girl is asked to describe a jacket. Afterwards, the examiner goes with the flow of colorful memories back on the day of her very first interview, centring on those little stereotypes and pure, innocent feel of uncertainty that marked the beginning of her professional life.

The jacket, which is a key element in Armani aesthetics, is here turned in a real challenge for the students and an occasion to support the next generation of young talents.

“I’m really proud of this project and of it’s outcome, and I hope it will be the first of a long series of works, because cinema has always been my passion” as Giorgio Armani stated, making a step forward in the progressive bond between fashion and cinema industry.

www.armanisilos.com

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Berlin goes Kiez

From the 15th of February to the 23rd on the occasion of the renowned Film Festival, Berlinale Goes Kiez is bringing the event to independent cinema's across the city.

With a selection of films and events, the programme is aimed to create a dialogue between the audience and the filmmakers, who will answer the public’s questions immediately after the screenings and Anne Lakeberg, head of City Kino Wedding, will moderate the discussions on the behalf of Berlinale.

This initiative is also honouring the work of art-house theatres that kept cinema culture active and vital overtime as well as it is consolidating a charismatic engagement with the annual appointment.

www.berlinale.de

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OFF-WHITE™ C/O Jimmy Choo pop-up at KaDeWe

On the 21st of February, the prestigious KaDaWe store in Berlin will inaugurate the launch of the OFF-WHITE ™ collaboration with Jimmy Choo collection, which will be showcased in an exclusive pop-up store for over two weeks.

For the first time, the luxurious brand Jimmy Choo collaborates with a ready-to-wear designer, unveiling a commercial collection that combines Virgil Abloh’s youthful exuberance in design with their high-end heritage.

Imbuing the princess heels with an intriguing, conceptual use of plastic tulles and hothouse florals, generate a fresh and appealing identity to the special collection.

The collection will be available from the 21st of February until Tuesday the 6th of March.

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The Buffalo-era: Astrid Andersen pays tribute to the iconic youth culture for her FW18

There have been so many youth cultures inspiring worldwide designers. Especially in the eighties, the Buffalo movement was about one of those radicalization of clothing daring society with cross-generational, cross-gender and cross-cultural aesthetics.

For the launch of her Fall Winter 2018, Astrid Andersen takes inspiration from this pioneering language that has greatly anticipated the contemporary scenario and celebrates diversity with an innovative tribute to their energetic and authentic London street-style. Far from rules, she set up an unlimited space for creativity. She designer plays with tweeds, tartans and glitter organza, as well as silk jacquards, technical puffers and custom-printed silks. The rich color palette floats between sparkling golden yellow and full primary colors, cross-exploring wide ranges of possibilities.

The eighties' imaginary spreads out trough the collection's spirit, from Georgia Hworth (daughter of Jeny Howorth) walking in the show to original shots by photographer Mark Lebon portraying Jeny Howorth styled by Caroline Baker, which take over sporty-chic hooden dresses.

The looks have been incorporated into the menswear show (and wholesales in Paris) as an underlined, positive declaration of genderless fashion, while the full womenswear range has been presented during Copenhagen Fashion Week on the 1st of February.

astridandersen.com

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Hermès Menswear Fall 2018

The power of senses. The power of what a particular scent can evoke. The smell of winter, of nature, of an alluring simple life.

As we walked in the Hotel de l’Artillerie, a beautiful monastery built at the end of the 17th century in the 7th arrondissement, the magical vision of eight tall narrow bonfires sat at the centre of the cloister. The smell of wood and the dramatically increasing height of the flame, triggered by the sudden wind arose in the evening, gave a extraordinary romantic feeling of warmth and cosiness increased by the woollen blankets waiting at each seat.

We only later discovered that the models were to walk in between those flames and the then dangerously sparkling wood.

It is a fact that the set design by Villa Eugenie gave the perfect background to the collection.

Véronique Nichanian created once again a timeless collection for Hermes Menswear imbued with classic staples pieces. Beautiful sweaters at times slightly slouchy, leathers outwear with a delicate youthful charm like the glossy leather matelassé jackets.

At Hermès the leatherwork Hermes is always outstanding. The butter-soft intarsia leather sweatshirts are only one of the several pieces that caught our eyes. If the evening pieces played around slim silhouettes with lustre finish, oversized and cloudy woollen coats balanced the final look. Nichanian delivered a new spirit in this iconic maison. We are excited to see the developing traits of these sparks.

www.hermes.com

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Junya Watanabe Menswear Fall 2018

Junya Watanabe has always been researching on workwear for his Menswear collection.

It’s a fuss-free, genuine utilitarian take on clothes that are impressed on our everydaylife, from heavy duty to white-collars. This season was the turn of the fireman, the waste collector, the delivery boy, the office worker, the college student, the hiking guide.

Some carrying totes and backpacks that transformed into a jacket, ready for any weather sudden changes. A reflective band run through the entire collection, also adorning the more tailored jackets, sweaters and coats. A hint to our modern times where office hours often extends into late night.

As the colour palette was imbued with black, dark blue, grey, orange, red, the materials spaced from technical materials to heavy wool and relaxed knit pieces.

Watanabe has been a pioneer in brands collaborations before it became the new cool in the industry.

Also this season Junya Watanabe collaborations featured Carhartt, North Face, Levi’s, Canada Goose, New Balance conferring that high-tech know-how and durability to staple pieces which will undoubtedly never go out of fashion.

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Peuterey x Vespa @KaDeWe

In January 2018, Italian brands Peuterey and Vespa will partner with KaDeWe to present a new, innovative capsule collection. Playing with two different styles, the proposals for the outerwear, a windbreaker and a field jacket, come with goggles and a helmet. The jackets are made in lightweight and waterproof fabrics and released in diverse colours, smartly combining dynamic functionality with contemporary elegance.

Following the mood of a trans-seasonal adaptability, the pieces focus on versatile characteristics, such as the foldable hood and a detachable lining.

By contrast, both the helmet and the goggles feature a linear and clean design presenting beige stripes details over black tones and definitely point out the two iconic brands’ aesthetics.

From January 29th until the 18th of February, the collection will be exhibited on a special display. Two pop-up stores on the first and second floor will simultaneously showcase the men and women’s collection.

With Yvan Rovic taking over Peuterey's and KaDeWe's official Instagram accounts, customers will also have the opportunity to follow the trend-spotter in the discovery of Berlin as well as find out interesting details about the collaboration.

Last but not least, KaDeWe will invite two famous celebrities, whose names are still kept secret, and ask them to experience the collection. This interactive event will take place during a cocktail party inside the store and invites customers to engage with the duo adding a unique contribution to the project.

www.peuterey.com/bs/peuterey-vespa

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Damir Doma Fall/Winter 2018

Back to 1980s, German Männer Vogue style and energetically loaded by Dj’s duo Barker & Baumecker techno-beats echoing the vaulted rooms of Halle Am Berghain, Damir Doma returns back to Berlin to present the Fall/Winter 2018 collection.

Men’s and womenswear silhouettes spread the positive energy of the club scene, unveiling a radical juxtaposition of tailoring and drape. A ‘Super 110’s” wool selvedge outlines blazers and shift dresses. Asymmetric lines and bohemian allure reveal vented coats cut in wool felt, seersucker corduroy and grid-cotton, sculpted leather blousons and wool satin tunics.

By contrast, the modern landscape is enhanced by airbrushed rib jersey and ombre sweatshirts. Sprayed brogues, stretch cuissards and belt pouches are realised in collaboration with Officine Creative and highlights Berghain's spirit to keep late hours.

The collection continues exploring fabrics and patterns, such as vintage florals, silk paisley and carpet knit that drop a hint about the designer travel history across the major fashion capitals in Europe.

www.damirdoma.com

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Celebrating Diversity

“Everyone has a different story… and everyone wears Emporio Armani”. For the launch of its Spring/Summer 2018 campaign, Emporio Armani decided to feature men and women of different ages and coming from all over the world, all selected trough street casting.

Shot in Milan by Photographers Ben Weller, Mark Peckmezian and Pawel Pysz, the campaign comes with a serie of pictures portraying the lucky ones, who bring a personal and original interpretation to Emporio Armani’s exclusive style, as the merging outcome of individual attitude and group’s identity.

With their charismatic attitude and ironic descriptions, the shots intensify the spontaneous freshness of the brand’s spirit and put emphasis on the authentic diversity that makes people unique.

www.armani.com

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Woolrich Teton Capsule Collection For The Brave Souls

Alaska is a land of extremes and ever-changing weather conditions, always challenging the people living in this mysterious and wild area of the United States. Woolrich is the oldest manufacturer of outdoor wear in the USA, drawing its inspiration from this magical no man’s land and its untamed nature in order to create the Teton Capsule Collection. Since 1967, Teton is Woolrich’s high performance label, inspired by the eponymous mountain range near the Yellowstone National Park in North America with peaks reaching 4,000 meters and a high popularity amongst top climbers. The creation of a high-performance collection as a support for brave souls was a forseeable outcome. The Teton Capsule Collection features high-end comfort, resistance and lightness to fight extreme conditions in every setting, while impressing with an emblematic and fashionable style.

The garments of the collection are transitional pieces, which can be worn both in the great outdoors and in the city, perfect to go for a hike in the mountains as well as a laid-back winter stroll. The Teton Capsule Collection features a complete family of products, including high-functional ones like the Rudder Jacket, warming and down-filled garments such as the Expedition Bomber and the Explorer Parka. Both are using the waterproof, windproof and breathable advantages of GORE-TEX®. A field jacket and a parka out of Teton Stretch are lightweight, breathable and suitable for every season, while a line of knitwear pieces completes the collection.

www.woolrich.com

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Available Now: Roberto Cavalli’s Capsule Collection for Spring/Summer 2018

Since December 6th, the Roberto Cavalli SS18 Capsule Collection is available in the online store as well as at the flagship stores in Milan, Paris, London, New York, Los Angeles, Miami, Dubai, Hong Kong and Beijing.

Curated by Creative Director Paul Surridge, the collection encapsulates the new codes of the brand’s identity. The collection has strong, bold and dynamic features, which perfectly give every garment a character of its own and so it does for the women who are destined to wear them.

The clear design language exudes Italian spirit, quality and femininity in a straight-forward and sensible way. The traditional Cavalli codes are being transformed highlighting a more urban and cosmopolitan identity of the maison. Concluding that, this collection represents a new concept of contemporary glamour, focusing on advanced interpretations of daywear.

www.robertocavalli.com

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Saint Laurent Collaborates With Colette and Nobuyoshi Araki

The Parisian concept store colette is offering a unique collaboration with Saint Laurent featuring collectors pieces signed by Anthony Vaccarello. Amongst all the desirable items, you will find a hoodie with Patti Smith print, skateboard decks, a Leica camera, a Polaroid SX-70, speakers and headset by Bang & Olufsen, a red Baccarat crystal heart and Helmets by Ruby in a crystallized and fully black version.

In addition to that, the store presents a unique collaboration between world-renowned artist Nobuyoshi Araki, Saint Laurent and its designer Anthony Vaccarello. The unique series of 16 photographs capture model Anja Rubik and integrates photography and painting techniques.

The series is named “Saint Laurent Shiki-in”, which means “lust for color” in Japanese, and intertwines elements of the world of Saint Laurent with the traditional themes of Araki’s work. All of the pieces can be pre-ordered at colette through the Taka Ishii Gallery and then be sent from Tokyo along with Araki’s signature and certificate of authenticity.

The exhibition will be located on Colette’s Mezzanine, while the range of co-signed collector’s pieces will be displayed on the first floor until the 20th December.

www.ysl.com 
www.colette.fr

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Moncler Celebrates Opening Of Hong Kong Flagship Store With Art-Installation

On November 16th the brand Moncler celebrated the opening of the renovated flagship store at Hong Kong’s Harbour City in Canton Road with a flash art-performance installation called Destination Hong Kong. This is the last chapter in Moncler’s history of collaborations that intertwine the language, imagination and inspration of creatives with the brand’s signature style and vision. The vital melting pot Hong Kong and its futuristic skyline make it the ideal setting for the artistic performance. 

A multitude of more than 10,000 Mr. Moncler 19-inch statues – the brand’s symbolic ambassador in, a humurous product of pop culture – has been positioned in several key locations in the city. With this project Moncler pays tribute to the residents of Hong Kong and celebrate the multicultural and universal message of art. The renowned street artist Craig Costello customized a limited number of 350 unique Mr. Moncler figures, that became an instant collectible gift for the people who were luckily present at the selected locations.

www.moncler.com

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Diesel Says No To Uncool Wool

The innovative denim and lifestyle brand Diesel has set up a new campaign this winter, fighting uncool Christmas sweaters with the help of a sheep in a creative and unconventional video starring creative director Nicola Formichetti. Leaning on their campaign “Go with the Flaw”, Diesel invites the audience to part with their Christmas sweaters, which have already lost their irony a long time ago. This Christmas season, a real professional will help out in the fight against bad taste knits: a sheep. Because, who else knows more about wool than this cosy animal. Framed by this campaign, Diesel has created a Christmas product-guide on the brand’s website.

www.diesel.com

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Camper x Eckhaus Latta

In the name of their Camper Together model, the shoe brand collaborates with leading international designers from the worlds of art, fashion and architecture. The aim is to create singular products and fuse their signature style with Camper’s unique DNA. Now, Camper partners up with fashion label Eckhaus Latta for a third collaboration. The couple and design duo behind the American brand is known for its avant-garde aesthetic, which they combine succesfully with Camper’s offbeat approach to footwear. Eckhaus Latta designed their own version of the Thelma model, which is a vintage-inspired heeled shoe, playing with flared volumes and refined heights. While the deconstructed design features uppers that combine rich leather with inverted jacquard fabric, the outside is inspired by the cloth upholstery typical of public transportation. All these attributes give the shoe an edgy tongue-in-cheek, anti-fashion vibe. The new Thelma will be available as both a slip-on moccasin and a zip ankle boot from the 31st October at CamperLab stores in New York, London and Paris, selected Camper stores and online.

www.camper.com

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The Handmade Derby by Sandro Homme

The french brand Sandro combines a focus on the future with the exploration of its past heritage. For the Sandro Homme shoes winter collection 2017, Ilan Cherite has revisited the iconic laced derby and added some character and class. These quirky shoes are a product of traditional savoir-faire, entirely hand made in England. To make it durable, they are constructed with Goodyear stitching. The first seam binds the upper, the inner sole and the welt. A second seam binds the welt to the outer sole, which makes it easily to replace. The inner sole out of natural cork fits to the shape of the foot and provides comfort like a tailor-made model. The timeless derby comes in box-calf black leather, which enhances the classic. This classy english shoe style is convincing with its versatility and can be worn with a city suit or less formal attire. In each pair Sandro expresses its aspirations and values, which are elegance, quality, discreet luxury and refinement. These high-end shoes are also intentionally affordable, which makes it easier to achieve that desireable dandy look.

www.sandro-paris.com

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Yohji Yamamoto Spring/Summer 2018

The sound of Yohji Yamamoto’s guitar and his slow chant of a few verses in French that sounded like a melancholic ode to the passing of time served as the backdrop of his show in the harsh concrete space of Cité de Mode et du Design along the river Seine. Walking at a slow, almost meditative pace, forty looks slowly approached the audience. It’s not the first time that Yohji Yamamoto staged a show far from the usual fashion speed where models storm in walking at a frantic tempo. It’s his own way of refusing the routine of the fashion system, the unbearable seasonal timing and the glossy world in toto.

For Spring Summer 2018, the Japanese master worked on one of his favourite elements: the button. Appearing in white, black and red it served as the focal element in order to form impressive deconstructed silhouettes in the designer’s signature black, with splashes of white, grey and red. Intricate forms were the absolute protagonists. Knotted, layered, attached, draped in outwear, jackets and dresses.

It felt like a return to the radical Yohji Yamamoto from the early years, the Yohji Yamamoto who, just last season, reflected on the passing of time, on death, on the future of his brand. Few dresses with organic transparencies and the floating scarves in skirts in other looks suggested the soft fragility of the feminine identity, its fluctuant form in constant motion. The final dresses with an unexpected open back on a pristine and composed front like that of a shirt and high collar dress, once again played with the idea of duality, of contradiction. Themes dear to this master whose vision is still as strong as ever.

www.yohjiyamamoto.co.jp

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Claudia Schiffer presenting book and new products in Paris

Claudia Schiffer has become a modern icon and her face is one of the most photographed of our times. On September 28th she arrived in Paris and headed straight to the exclusive signing of her book at the legendary boutique Colette, wearing Balmain Resort 2018. At the event she also unveiled her new limited edition make-up collection with ARTDECO. "Throughout my career, make-up has played a starring role,” Claudia Schiffer tells. The collection features the products she considers essential: starting with a natural mascara-only look, right through to a glamorous red carpet style. The collection was introduced together with a new invention: The Beauty Bot. The mechanical creation - inspired and co-created by Claudia - plays a robotic beautician in the movie “Kingsman: The Golden Circle”. Two beauty products, the Poppy Land red lipstick and the Kingsman red nail polish, are even inspired by the movie’s villain Poppy, acted by Julianne Moore. “Every woman needs a bold red lipstick and a glossy red nail polish in her make-up bag - and what could be sexier than one inspired by the Kingsman’s vibrant villain played by Julianne Moore?” said Schiffer. Following the launch at Colette, Claudia was sitting front-row at the Balmain SS18 show before hosting a cocktail party celebrating the launch of the Claudia Schiffer x Aquazzura collection at Hotel D'Evreux.

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Dries Van Noten Spring/Summer 2018

A little white silk scarf as the invitation. The dual meaning of its simplicity and its connotation as a blank canvas upon which to create anything possible.

The canvas of what Dries Van Noten declared to be one of his main inspiration for this season? Picasso’s Femmes à Leur Toilette, the artwork created in 1938 by using the technique of collage comprised mostly of found wallpapers scraps.

Within that same spirit Dries Van Noten’s Spring Summer 2018 is a collage of different prints, silhouettes, textiles, and decades, carefully and exceptionally matched together as only Dries Van Noten is able to create, with a splash of pink hues over the entire collection.

A joyful and positive message against the dark times we are facing daily, as the Belgian designer declared backstage

There were slip dresses in monochrome powder pink, followed by checked suits with 90s shoulders and a tulle veiling over it, beautiful scarf-dresses reminiscent of the 70s, and of course the kimonos, the sparkling jacquard , the bomber jacket, the oversized sweaters over silk scarf-skirts .

All the Dries Van Noten elements in a vortex of mismatched prints and colours. It is almost contradictory how the collection comprised of all these motifs resulted in an extreme elegance, whispered, confident. Dries Van Noten is one of the few designers who can work with such a broad palette of codes and emotions while staying true to his rhetoric.

As the collection was presented in the dazzling space of the Hotel de Ville - dazzling as the make up created by Peter Philips with crystals laid along the lower lip and around the eyes – it gave a sense of romantic nostalgia when the a cappella version of “Be my Baby” resonated as the first look walked in. And we can’t help but humming that tune.

www.driesvannoten.com

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Woolrich Present the New Footwear Line

Woolrich expands its already vast offering to include footwear with a project that echoes the brand’s values and focuses around iconic garments like the Arctic Parka.

The contemporary, urban and bustling landscapes of Berlin and London act as the backdrop for the latest collection styled and shot by Highsnobiety.

Here, the typical traits of hi-tech outdoor shoes meet contemporary design making for a succesfful crossover between sophistication and outdoor elements, hi-tech features and city styles.

The line features two soles created exclusively for Woolrich by Vibram, renowned for their mountaineering-friendly footwear. These guarantee maximum quality come rain or shine and for the most rugged of terrains, providing comfort and lightness. The first model is based on the legendary ‘carrarmato’ mountain sole while the other features a brand new sole incorporating the brand’s iconic check as a technical element.

High quality materials and construction techniques are paired with Italian design in the collection that is divided into two model categories. The classic Running Shoes available in different versions and the traditional mountain Boot are both revitalized classics, rejuvenated through the use of the most modern manufacturing techniques.

The collection’s stand-out piece, however, is the Hiker Boot: a fusion between a genuine walking boot and a sole that stands its ground in the city thanks to the special Vibram compound.

www.woolrich.eu

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Calvin Klein Spring/Summer 2018

“American horror, American dreams” was the underlying theme in this year for Raf Simons’ vision for Calvin Klein. It was a combination of suburbia’s bouncy cheerleaders and Hollywood’s flashiest gore. Hitchcock inspired blonde beauties were decked out in rubber lab coats and latex surgeon's gloves, and pixie-haired damzels strode down in flimsy nightgowns à la Mia Farrow in Rosemary’s Baby.

Once again, Simons has collaborated with artist Sterling Ruby, this time for the runway design: metal buckets, axes, and falling pompoms hung from the ceiling. Reminiscent of old blockbuster horror flicks, the show seemingly could have taken a sinister tone. Instead, it felt lighthearted and embracing of over-the-top carnage and theatrics; perhaps a playful hint of how the world perceives America as a whole?

www.calvinklein.com

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Moose Knuckles Fall/Winter 2017 Campaign

Moose Knuckles, founded in 2007, was established based on the goal of creating the leanest, toughest and most luxurious sportswear. And no one would be more adept at making indestructible outerwear than the Canadians: the Moose Knuckles’ design family is based in Montreal, its furs are sourced in Toronto and traditional factories are located in Winnipeg. Their first two iconic styles, the Stirling Parka and the Ballistic Bomber, became instant success stories, and have kept many Canadians, and snow bunnies worldwide, warm since then. Moose Knuckles have continuously delivered resistant and stylish waterproof coats, lightweight jackets, knitwear, shirting and accessories.

For their new campaign, Moose Knuckles took us many years into the post-apocalyptic, barren future of the year 6969. Capable of surviving even in that climate, thanks to their toasty outerwear, a group of four fearless women and men travel perpetually in search of food, supplies and, most importantly, joy. The pack venture into the great northern wilderness of Canada, braving harsh winds and snowstorms, and come upon a civilisation build on the love of music, company and celebration. A perfect companion in our dark times, Moose Knuckles snug apparel will most definitely get you wherever you want to go in the harshest of climates.

www.mooseknucklescanada.com

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Kenzo Spring/Summer 2018

Asian models, only. Humberto Leon and Carol Lim celebrated two icons of Japan where Kenzo as brand finds its deep roots back to founder Kenzo Takada.

The collection explores the personalities of master musician Ryuichi Sakamoto and topmodel Sayoko Yamaguchi for Spring Summer 2018 menswear and Womenswear respectively. A beautiful look at their world, their time, their influences to Kenzo.

It’s as we were allowed to jump back into the past where Ryuichi Sakamoto was playing with its pioneer electronic group “Yellow Magic Orchestra” in the late 70s, and during the solo years composing the spectacular soundtracks for Bernardo Bertolucci’s “The Last Emperor” in the late 80s first and “The little Buddha” in the early 90s.

His individualism hinting to classic English tailoring mixed with Japanese 50s baseball culture is the main inspiration for Leon and Lim. It is a beautiful collection, eclectic in its preppy style and avant-garde attitude.

The extremely high-waisted trousers are matched with graphic tees printed with original images by Sakamoto himself. It’s the late 70s, the 80s, but more than a specific decade it’s the unique creative persona of Sakamoto.

For the Womenswear collection Leon and Lim channelled Sayoko Yamaguchi personality in the clashing of stripes, prints, coloured and bold sequined look: a love letter to the iconic top model and Kenzo Takada’s muse. Frills, feminine pieces next to more graphic ones.

The accessories are a striking element. Reminiscent of traditional Japanese accessories, they are reworked with pop colour, neon materials or stripes. The bags recall the beautiful satin pouches carried by Japanese women dressed up in kimonos during summer festivals with all that vintage allure.

All framed in a spectacular live performance by singer Lafawndah and aerial dancers on the façade’s courtyard of the show venue. An inspiring ending of this fashion week.

www.kenzo.com

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Juun.J Spring/Summer 2018

Continuing from last season Juun.J showed Men’s and Women’s collection together once again underlining the genderless aspect of his vision.

Declinations of crisp shirts, white, light blue, or with pin-stripes. Layered and gently floating. Juun.J delivered a beautiful collection in an informal setting where the models circled around a standing audience.

It's a collection that channels a sophisticated summer look where oversized long shirts are wrapped around the body together with the signature's bomber jackets and hoodies.

For her a blue pinstriped over the knee skirt would embrace the body layered over the swiping floor shirts. For him, oversized outwear or deconstructed hoodies would do the game. Sometimes it would be just as beautiful as hard to distinguish the male models amongst the female ones.

White, blue, black, military green interlacing with one beautiful red pleated maxi dress at the end

A series of pin-striped declinations of oversized suits for him an her were certainly the eye-catcher of this season. Long double breasted blazers matched fluid pants, a long split skirt or slim trousers.

Sometime emblematic sentences would resurface from shirts or t-shirts. Almost as an ode to the work of all the young designers who have been building painstakingly an identity like this Korean designer over the last 10 years.

“Life opportunities contracts or expands according to one’s courage” . We can’t but agree.

www.juunj.com

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Lanvin Spring/Summer 2018 Menswear

Workwear versus tailoring. Literally. Lucas Ossendrijver's virtuoso for Lanvin Men's Spring Summer 2018 exploded in a spectacular intricate composition where a dualism of silhouettes and materials merged as the model stormed in a situationist walk.

The factory worker jumpsuits, the tailored pants, the tech sporty anorak but in a checked classic English fabric, beautiful asymmetric knitwear and a strong vision that has graced Lanvin Menswear for more than 10 years.

The multitude of elements in this collection it’s as overwhelming as carefully balanced.

Reworked coats graced with graphic motives or with contrasting neon lining sometimes made into a reversible look. Trousers constructed with double sides where checked classic fabric at the front is mixed with a tech sporty finish at his back beautifully seamed together with a visible stitch. The check again – as in last Fall Winter collection – is one of the protagonists.

It’s a fascination for the classic menswear codes and its challenge to enrich it and enhance it with new elements and unexpected mix matching.

That play of the unexpected that Lucas Ossendrijver's delivers also in the accessory collection for Lanvin for Spring Summer 2018. A retro vintage camera leather pocket case, a massive squared bag as out of a messenger bike utility case with an engraved “L”, a necklace made out of an hand-hammered sculpture in metal covered with leather representing an incredibly detailed hand almost as out of an anatomical specimen collection.

It is an incredible collection of several influences, ideas, many genres, whispering one message: be yourself no matter what.

www.lanvin.com

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Valentino Spring/Summer 2018 Menswear

Pierpaolo Piccioli looks at the strength of sportswear language and the fascinating realm of competition, of the authentic research of the self expression. Fresh, modern, looking at the street in a creative exercise to conquer the nowness and youthful audience.

Valentino Menswear for Spring Summer 2018 is a powerful collection channelling that empowering energy of sport exploring undiscovered territories, far away grounds in search of new moments. Anorak, track jackets, chinos, relaxed shirts, volumes and a wonderful urban appeal. This new journey of Pierpaolo Piccioli at the reign of the brand bonds this new fresh appeal to the craftsmanship, to the Atelier, and that Valentino etherealness.

A geometric graphical approach and a broad colour palette like khaki, a mint, pink, red, brown, next to black and electric blue.

VLTN, a new lettering reworking Valentino logo in black capital letters emblazoned in shirts and outwear gave new dynamics to the menswear approach of the brand It’s a relaxed collection with a strong identity.

The sporty volumes of jackets and the impressive collection of sneakers– the protagonists of the collection - with the cross stitching, embroideries, beaded details and handwork embellishments recalling a distant tribal folklore bring the Menswear ground of Valentino one step further to a new fresh sophisticated DNA.

www.valentino.com

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Etro Spring/Summer 2018

Etro’s Spring Summer 2018 Menswear collection pays homage to the spiritual wanderers of the psychedelic generation who inspire Kean Etro’s vividly colourful journey. Hints of Indian mysticism and talismans manifest themselves along with sacred cows, elephants, tantric couples and Tarot figures within quintessentially Etro paisley patterns.

Fabrics were inspired by Kean Etro’s grandfather as he worked tirelessly to recreate their unique DNA in his Italian atelier. Colours are worked into dyes that preserve the essence of the collection’s spirit with coral, tangerine, turquoise and fuchsia working both together and in contrast with earthy browns, military greens and bronze.

Linen is a permanent fixture for Etro’s Spring/Summer 2018 offering, affording the collection a casual yet tailored feel that’s so at home during the summer months. Lightweight, multi-coloured blazers with paisley prints and coloured Madras checks are all the rage while raw wool combinations ensure that the pieces remain light enough for the warmer months.

Ornamentation also plays an important role in the collection. Painted by hand in swirls of Etro’s favoured palette for the season or embroidered mandalas and floral motifs elevate the look of cargo jackets. This season’s trousers play with volume – ranging from slim cut tuxedo-style evening-wear version to linen Madras slacks for a more casual mood and ornately embroidered denim.

www.etro.com

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Missoni Spring/Summer 2018

Even though it wasn’t made explicitly clear, all elements point to a collection dedicated to an urban gardener, quite possibly Angela Missoni’s father whom her mother fondly referred to as ‘her gardener’. With a long-standing love for gardening that spans across generations of Missoni offsprings, this appears to be a well-founded claim.

Missoni’s style has always been characterised by an ease and effortlessness that many brands have tried to emulate throughout the years. Tried being the operative word here as this is exactly the element that should be missing from such an equation.

Lavender, periwinkle, indigo, cherry, blossom, apricot, shadow blue, mint, bamboo and red birch fabrics were dyed, blended and then washed to achieve that faded, almost blurred effect that screams Missoni from miles away.

The silhouettes were relaxed in a way that oozes stylish comfort, accentuated by fabrics that enhance that same aesthetic: slouchy utility pants with a lived-in feel in linen, for example or lightweight wools and cotton crepes. Denim was also given its time to shine in Missoni’s Spring/Summer 2018 Menswear collection – it was washed an appeared to have accompanied the man wearing it on many a relaxed adventures.

A bright and summery mood without trends or frills, bells or whistles, a calm joyfulness that exudes happiness much like a well-tended garden under the summer sun.

www.missoni.com

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Plein Sport Spring/Summer 2018

This season the vision for Plein Sport was a futuristic gladiatorial combat, in a world where survival of the fittest becomes a way of life. As pole dancers perform on stage, fighting cages are lowered into the arena and twenty pro wrestlers and boxers set the tone for what’s sure to be a fashion show that has Plein written all over it. Both literally and metaphorically.

As Plein Sport warriors take to the runway, one thing becomes apparent, functionality is of the utmost importance: sweatshirts, hoodies, leggings and vests are produced with technical, intelligent fabrics for a line that strives to be perceived as an innovative performance kit rather than a series of fashion statements in leisure wear.

Pieces are designed to move with the body, accompanying its every step with stretch materials and netting that stand the test of intense exercise and high temperatures whether you’re on the streets, the ski slopes of the treadmill of your gym. Motivational mantras complete the garments, emblazoned across sear pants while metallic fabrics pay tribute to the silver masks of El Santo, Mexico’s iconic wrestling hero.

Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger… Plein Sport shows no signs of slowing down just like a determined, disciplined athlete hungry for the win.

www.philipp-plein.com

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Versace Spring/Sumer 2018 Menswear

Passion for the craft of fashion is something that runs deeps at Versace. Hate it or love it, it’s a fact that the roots of the Maison’s values run deep and are intrinsically connected to family. As this year marks the 20th anniversary of Gianni Versace’s tragic death, it may come as no surprise that this collection was partly a homage to Gianni himself, a fresher take on the codes that cemented him as a household name in fashion.

Pinstripes are refreshed and remixed with stong-shouldered tailoring or shirts where pinstripes are made to contrast and clash with one another. Powerful prints were added to the mix this season: the utility of a tech blouson is contrasted with the romantic “Balletto” print while the “Angelo” print that appears on a sharp quilted bomber. Elsewhere, a classic Versace logo looks totally new, embroidered in white stitches on a baby blue or pale pink T-shirt, worn with matching straight leg jeans.

The menswear offering was accompanied by a special womenswear capsule collection designed and presented entirely to complement the men’s. Chock-full of pinstripes, cut-and-clashed prints and rich embroideries the models strutted down the catwalk with black headbands reminiscent of Gianni’s last couture show.

"This collection is like a homecoming. It's about the passions that define Versace, the complexity of men, the energy of today," said Donatella Versace.

www.versace.com

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Finding Eden

A brand’s advertising campaign has a very specific aim in mind –as a carefully crafted fusion of the brand’s core values and signature visual codes, this collection of references is meant to encapsulate and appeal to its archetypal customer.

As the age-old moniker attests, less is (usually) more. Adhering to long-standing traditions and stripping down to a the bare essentials may just be the key ingredients for a campaign in which the ideal customer is present at both ends of the process; they are simultaneously an inspiration and the receiver of the end product. In an age where endless attempts of innovation and out-of-the-box thinking are swarming our daily lives, a back to basics approach comes as a breath of fresh mountain air.

Enter Woolrich’s latest campaign – UTAH: a campaign that focuses and is built around characters residing in Eden, Utah. Located north of Salt Lake City and nestled in a lush valley between Snowbasin and Powder Mountain, Eden seems to exert an irresistible force that pulls lovers of the great outdoors towards it effortlessly, inviting them to partake in the vast array of activities it offers.

The campaign aims to embody the effortless equilibrium that characterises the daily lives of Eden’s residents who are all infatuated with the great outdoors in ways totally personal to each and every one of them. The importance of people and space, the balance between work and home life, the melding of style and exploration all became focal points. For Woolrich, this is about much more than stopping and smelling the roses, it’s about pausing on a long walk to hear stream, feeling the wind on your skin, watching the trees grow and basking in vibrant sunsets. Simply put, this is a celebration of nature’s simultaneously calm and invigorating energy and the endless possibilities it opens up to anyone eager to listen.

Woolrich has been at the forefront of outdoor lifestyle innovation for more than 180 years but its roots can be traced back to tradition and the oldest, continuously operating woollen mill in the US. The Woolrich Mill provided wool blankets to civil war soldiers and continues to produce them to this day. Since then, the brand has been consistent in delivering outdoors-oriented products since the 70s when people began to engage with nature in new and exciting ways. Men and women took their free time to explore natures splendour in a more recreational setting with backpacking, camping, mountaineering and cycling being just a few of their preferred activities.

From simple wool socks to its famous cold-busting parkas, the brand’s products embrace and highlight the authenticity of the outdoor lifestyle. Functionality, comfort and durability are key characteristics of Woolrich’s offerings for both men and women that are further elevated by quality materials such as wool, cotton and down. Completely in-tune with the needs of its customers, the outdoor brand now incorporates technical performance fibres like nylon and polyester in all its garments.

For Woolrich, there’s a simple constant: as long as there are people keen to venture into the wild, it will help them do so in comfort and style.

www.woolrich.eu

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Dior Fall/Winter 2017

Taking the reins of a legendary fashion house is always a challenge. Maria Grazia Chiuri is not new to the job. She, together with Pier Paolo Piccioli, took the helm of Valentino one year after Sir Garavani’s retirement, keeping high the stakes of the house, bringing it back to international acclaim.

At her second collection for Dior, Chiuri’s wish to bring a revolution and play with the house’s codes is even more clear. She is a woman, and as every Italian woman, she is naturally engaged in elevating women’s power and society’s perception of the female stance. If you were expecting a Valentino’s modus operandi you were mistaken.

Maria Grazia Chiuri is not easily affected by predictions. She has a vision and she is certainly not playing the safe card. Dior Fall Winter 2017 was entirely declined in shades of blue, a blue that Chiuri found in the archives of Dior – particularly on a taffeta silk dress designed in ’54 - and quickly got fascinated by. It’s the blue of uniforms, of elegant evening dresses and certainly of denim. It’s a young contemporary collection. Chiuri wishes to picture the contemporary woman emerging the tense political climate of our time.

Last season’s motto “We should be all feminists” left the place to a more consistent and strong statement where the clothes speak by themselves. The basques created by Stephen Jones give a further accent in this sense. It almost as we see a troupe of suffragettes, marching one after the other advocating women’s freedom to dress however they find fit.

www.dior.com

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Loewe Fall/Winter 2017

Loewe’s creative director J.W. Anderson is transforming this luxury Spanish leather brand into an impressive fashion house where cultural references, design, architecture, and the beautiful leather craftsmanship coexist.

Like for his eponymous label, Anderson is able to create a dialogue between the arts, where fashion is at its centre, without any stretch. The romantic and enchanting feeling reminiscent of Gone with the Wind’s Rossella O’Hara ball gowns together with a playful splash of Commedia Dell’Arte’s Pierrot and Harlequin, where the polka dots and the western hat felt perfectly parts of the same image. But also the signature handkerchief hem dresses and a parade of countless accessories declined in new colours like the polka dot iconic puzzle bag.

As in every season we see experimentations with butter lamb leather in exceptional peplum waist-cinching tops, dresses, suits, outwear in a variety of colours: lipstick red, moss green, and the forever favourite almond and black. There are so many fascinations Anderson took into account for Loewe Fall Winter 2017 and it just feel fresh and captivating.

www.loewe.com

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Yohji Yamamoto Fall/Winter 2017

Declinations of deconstructed silhouettes in shades of black. Pleated, wrapped, twisted. Yohji Yamamoto Fall/Winter 2017 celebrates the roots of the acclaimed Japanese master himself in all the aspects that have been constantly accompanying his vision.

Forty-four looks of pure architectural shapes, and virtuosic silhouettes in a crescendo of emotions. As Yamamoto once again recorded his own guitar playing for the show music, it’s almost as if we could see him, in his home, sitting down and casually strumming his acoustic guitar, in search for fragments of time, emotions, images. Singing about a woman, the archetype of the woman itself.

And it’s the search for the perfect balance of draping around the female body the protagonist of the collection. The gracious volumes protruding along the figure with bias cut, deconstructed, rigorously in black with hand-painted splash of purple and blue. Painting has always been a beautiful obsession for the Japanese designer and we know he would never refrain from expressing the refuse to use print patterns.

The collection synthesizes magnetically these feelings of attachments to identity and the exciting search for the new. Yohji Yamamoto showed once again the unconditional pure beauty of staying true to oneself.

www.yohjiyamamoto.co.jp

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Saint Laurent Fall/Winter 2017 Ready-to-Wear

We have come to a point in fashion when history has been elevated without precedent. There is a lot of the 80s Monsieur Yves we know in the new Saint Laurent by Anthony Vaccarello. For Saint Laurent Fall Winter 2017 there is again a respectful reference to the history but also a lot of the Vaccarello DNA that we have seen in his eponymous label for many years.

That sexiness, that daring and fierce attitude the Italo-Belgian designer infused in his own shows season after season before becoming the new creative director of the historical Maison. And then there is the show vibe. Anthony Vaccarello presented his second collection for Saint Laurent in a surreal, and provoking atmosphere inside the under-construction site of the new brand’s head quarters in rue Bellechasse at the Left Bank of the Seine. The rain pouring down, the scaffolding as backdrop, the loud pulsing music as in any squat party, was the perfect set as to declare a new beginning, the shaping of the new identity of Saint Laurent in fieri.

Bold short dresses in velvet, caramel and black leather matched with long up-to-the-neck gloves as to create a tromp l’oeil effect for maxi shoulders. Thigh-high boots in patent leather and rhinestones with ruches - sure to become the obsession of next season. But also strong day looks with an invasive sense of masculinity: denim with mohair sweaters, shearling jackets, or a simple tee. It’s that subversive soul that Yves Saint Laurent himself was known for. It’s that unexpected atmosphere that everyone is waiting with anticipation at this fashion house. As his predecessor, Vaccarello will make everyone want to wear his clothes. With no exceptions.

www.ysl.com

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UGG is REAL

A new global marketing Spring/Summer 2017 campaign has been launched by UGG to break down stereotypes.

Aptly titled “REAL” and bearer of a strong message, the campaign features a collective of authentic Californian artists, musicians, surfers, creatives and eccentrics that in their provocative, progressive and free spirited attitudes mirror the core values of the Californian fashion apparel.

Inspired by the beaches, mountains and iconic architecture of California, the stories of Tasya, the songs of Warm Brew, the trips of Colleen and many others will mix together to give birth to a whole contemporary romance where diversity is the main splendid character.

www.ugg.com

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Pal Zileri Spring/Summer 2017

British actor Matthew Goode fronts the new Pal Zileri Spring/Summer 2017 ad campaign perfectly embodying the mix of elegance and contemporary tradition that defines the brand's aesthetic.

Shot by German photographer Dylan Don outdoors in the ground-breaking Muralla Roja compound is Calpe, Spain, designed by Spanish architect Ricardo Bofil, Goode displays a unique and controlled attitude against the sun-soaked hues of the buildings.

Color, light and the graphic lines of both the location and the clothes play a key role in expressing the essence of the collection and its distinctive mismatch of 3D textures, volumes and shiny/matte effects, all awash in terracotta red, turquoise, plum, sky blue and burnt orange. The striking architecture of the Muralla Roja building, characterized by interlocking strairs, platforms and bridges, exalts a lifestyle appeal that Goode elevates with his effortless and dynamic sprit, melding time-honored savoir-faire with a fashion-forward twist.

www.palzileri.com

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Mode Suisse Edition 11

February 8th 2017 marked the showcase of Mode Suisse Edition 11 at the Migros Museum fur Gegenwartskunst in Zurich. Once again, a wealth of design talent was represented. Among them high-flying label Julia Seeman, Garnison's post-dandy menswear, LYN Lingerie's luxury handmande collection, Julian Zigerli's second appearance of womenswear and gender-fluid menswear that have made him a household name as well as Berlin-based experimentalist womenswear label studiowinkler. Additionally WUETHRICHFUERST made their much-anticipated debut.

The evening's highlights included the showcase of Masters' students Jeremy Gaillard, Flore Girard de Langlade and Vanessa Schindler, who is the winner of the Prix d'Excellene Hans Wildorf. Additonally Zurich favourites enSoie had the audience craving for its nonchalant style while Vivienne Rohner strutted the catwalk laid with previously unseen carpets by Schonstaub. Special guest designerDorothee Vogel's desirable duvet coats and floaty dresses ended the show.

Edition 12 of Mode Suisse will take place in Zurich in September 2017.

www.modesuisse.com

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OFF WHITE Fall/Winter 2017

“The show is real” Virgil Abloh told us backstage after the show. Real and now, much like the urge to touch the everyday life of many in various forms. For OFF-WHITE Menswear Fall/Winter 2017 collection Abloh stood up for a new chapter of the brand. Oversized outwear gives way to tailored silhouettes. The extreme youthful approach is now moving into a more grownup vision.

The spectacular set design featuring real fading leaves and shedding trees inside the harsh concrete brutalist UNESCO building, wraps the collection in a surreal atmosphere. As we walk inside the venue we feel overwhelmed by this recreated landscape. It almost urges you to just take a stroll and roll in what looks like a wintery park’s forgotten route.

Checked coats with embroidered foliage, denim printed with flying doves and adorned with golden leaves by London based jeweller Duffy. Exquisite knitwear permeates the whole collection, both for men and women, featuring the brand’s signature bar logo. In all its wearability Seeing Things – as named by Abloh - is a romantic and ambitious collection yet staying true to OFF-WHITE’s identity rooted in the streets.

A new way of seeing, as resonating in the words of British writer John Berger’s Ways of Seeing, was chosen as the opening narration for the show: “The images has come to you, you don’t go to them. The days of pilgrimage are over. It is the image of the painting which travels now”.

www.off---white.com

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G-STAR RAW presents RAW RESEARCH II by Aitor Throup

Exploring the unlimited possibilities of denim has become Dutch brand G-STAR RAW's latest challenge. The brand presented its latest project, RAW RESEARCH II, in Paris' Palais De Tokyo.

Curiosity and experimentations brought this project to life creating a capsule collection, its pieces a prototype of the latest in denim innovation. The collection features a brand new 3D denim concept: the “ Motac” series. An ergonomic study of the human body in motion gave birth to Motac, created to make garments with perfect fit and versatility thanks to a combination of rigid denim and flexible fabric panels.

To pay homage to G-STAR RAW's homeland, its new creative director Aitor Throup used the iconic Dutch tulip as a conceptual backdrop. Tradition and innovation were brilliantly fused together.

www.g-star.com

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Esther Perbandt's androgynous Fall/Winter 2017 collection

Perbandt's anti-cyclical collection for the colder seasons featured visionary garments that play with the slightest of contrast between black and white and gender. The designer is famous for touching upon human limitations delicately, forgetting about diversity and giving birth to a brand that strikes the perfect balance between androgyny and independence.

Esther Perbandt has been internationally recognised for her trademark stage productions. The Fall/Winter 2017 show only reinforced her status with a veritably unconventional yet sophisticated event that attracted celebrities from around the globe as well as personalities from the world of design, art and fashion; collectively they paid homage to a powerful production.

www.estherperbandt.com

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Kenzo Fall/Winter Menswear 2017

Imagine the backstage of a show brought on stage, in the spotlight, able to witness it at 360°, as in Walter Gropius’s Total Theatre: from the make-up to the models line-up, from the food banquet to the backstage photographers roaming around, from the seamstress fixing the last detail seconds before the start to the laughs between models.

Humberto Leon and Carol Lim created this unexpected backdrop for Kenzo Menswear and Womenswear Fall/Winter 2017 collection in the name of the environment, making clothes the real stars of the runway and leaving the backdrop in its neutrality in order to give funds to environment organizations instead of making a wonderful yet costly set.

A vision that was reflected all over this Arctic inspired collection. The triggering Arctic changes and the – unknown to many – Arctic surfing were, indeed, the paths followed by Leon and Lim who presented a multitude of over-layered looks in an impressive colour palette. It was overwhelming and, as Kenzo’s signature, fun and youthful.

The dip-dyed long knits in rainbow colours with matching ski masks worn under solid coloured puffa jackets and graphic digitally printed technical ski suits.

The Womenswear collection followed up in a more gentle and feminine declination. We saw easy urban long cable knit dresses, A –line coats, teddy handbags and delicate dresses with transversal side cuts, revealing floating strings, as a sort of intellectual reference to the increasingly undergoing destruction of our Mother Earth.

www.kenzo.com

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Out Of The Blue comes Peuterey

Peuterey wraps its timeless designs into the most diverse shades of blue for its Spring/Summer 2017 collection.

In Out of the Blue, a name that perfectly encapsulates the collection's essence, Italian elegance meets functionality, conceiving a wide range of models that suit our everyday life perfectly, just like their key-color does.

Whether it's trench coats, leatherjackets or blazers – creative director Federico Curradi, has definitely set a new trend for this Spring/ Summer season.

www.peuterey.com

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A sporty-chic Z ZEGNA at PITTI 2017

The latest Z Zegna collection takes you on a vintage ski trip for Pitti Uomo 2017, a sporty-chic mood that nobody expected but many welcomed.

It is no secret that the Florence fashion fair was created to bring innovation and prêt à porter all around the world and Zegna knows that well. For the first time the Italian brand presented a line that combines tailoring and performance evolution. For the slopes and the streets, the proposal is a Techmerino total look that takes a quintessential role in this season where layering is key. A foundation of matte black, optical woolen, asphalt grey mélange, light camel and pine leaf green in combination with sportswear graphics take us back to the late 70’s ski seasons in Sankt Moritz where sport never strays too far from fashion and elegance.

The brand decided to converge comfort and excellence in a savvy colour palette that pays tribute to the textile innovation Z Zegna is known for.

www.zegna.com

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Louis Vuitton’s “Series 6”: between French theatricality and aesthetics

Paris with its romantic promenades sur la Seine it’s the star of “Series 6”, the new Spring/Summer 2017 advertising campaign by Louis Vuitton.

Like a flâneur, Bruce Weber, captured the allure of Nicolas Ghesquiere’s favourite heroines bringing back to life the atmosphere of artistic enthusiasm that typify the city of lights. Michelle Williams, Jennifer Connelly, Adèle Exarchpoulos and Sasha Lane become the modern inspirations for a reimagined Paris. The result portrays powerful silhouettes that comprise a collection of strongly cultural referred Parisian moments. The season’s handbags, the long jersey dresses and the tailored suit become characters in their own right, the perfect companions for these pictorial personalities.

“It is to this cultivated, intellectual, original and free-spirited Parisienne that I wanted to pay tribute” said Nicolas Ghesquière, the creative epicenter of nowadays French elegance.

www.louisvuitton.com

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VERSACE Spring/Summer 2017: enjoy the ride

Savagery and freedom have always been messages carried by Versace that since its birth thanks to its innovative ways of conceiving fashion has endlessly imposed its creative dynamism among the highest fashion brands.

From attitudes to backgrounds, the Spring/Summer 2017 campaign shot by Bruce Weber is the proper representation of what Versace has always meant in the haute couture. Conceived by artistic director Donatella Versace, the freedom and dynamism of summer and the active mood are perfectly encapsulated in these shoots. Models Edie Campbell, Anna Ewers, Mitchell Slaggert and Jake Lahrman, found themselves in the Kentucky countryside surrounded by horses, perfect symbols of this “freedom” collection.

Freedom of choice, freedom of expression and freedom of speech, These are the messages carried by this collection and Versace in general, because as Bruce Weber said: “it’s always interesting that fashion can carry messages in a subtle way and make people think about their own lives and how they can make it better.”

www.versace.com

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K•Swiss Turns Camo for its 50th anniversary

K•Swiss opted for a stylish celebration for its anniversary. The sportswear brand teamed up with Japanese street fashion label AAPE BY A BATHING APE to launch a limited edition collection.

For the occasion, the American tennis brand turns its classic '66 model into a fashionable camouflage sneaker featuring, its now famous, ape-inspired pattern. This makes for a fresh, new take on the brand's most iconic silhouette.

K•Swiss’ signature five stripes, classic D-rings and the unique three-piece toe design along with an all-covering printed pattern fuse together to creates a blend that reflects the DNA of both K•Swiss and AAPE.

www.kswiss.com

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KENZO X EASTPAK…and CHARITY

Once again the iconic Padded Pak’r® backpack by Eastpak will serve as the “carte blanche” given to a selection of the world’s most influential designers to create a unique work of art.

When it comes to creativity and eccentricity, Kenzo, one of the brands participating in Eastpak’s Artist Studio competition along with Giambattista Valli and Vêtements, never disappoints giving birth to a “never-seen-before” piece. Humberto Leon and Carol Lim’s prints trimmed with a tiger claw key holder and a graphic Kenzo towel and hat, were assembled in a collage that not only twins Eastpak and Kenzo, but fashion and charity too.

The collection, comprised of one-off creations from each designer will drop on the 1st of December, World AIDS day. And for a good cause too: all proceeds go to the Designers Against AIDS organization to raise awareness, even among fashion victims, for HIV/AIDS.

www.kenzo.com

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Lino Caro

Zegna, the iconic luxury menswear label, launches its Spring-Summer 2024 collection, incarnated by actor and brand ambassador Mads Mikkelsen.
The campaign, called “Zegna in Summer”, focuses on linen, the central element of the summer collection, Oasi Lino.
Unveiled in Milan and designed by Alessandro Sartori, the collection reveals relaxed silhouettes in natural colors, the perfect uniform for the season of cicadas.

Oasi Lino fabrics, made from the finest Normandy linen fibers, are then processed in Italy. Zegna is committed to certifying the traceability of these fibers, reinforcing its “Road to Traceability”, an initiative in line with the environmental values promoted by Oasi Zegna, natural reserve located in the Italian Alps.
Mads Mikkelsen pursue his collaboration with Zegna, a brand renowned for its quality and commitment to sustainability; embodying this season a collection thought of as an ode to nature and elegance.
www.zegna.com

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Walk Of Fame

Dior takes a new step in sneakers with the introduction of its Chrono Sneaker. With its sporty lines and refined details, this new pair is the fashion statement of the busiest days.

The silhouette is Y2K, and on the side are the initials CD, as a wink to the origins of the House and its founder, Christian Dior.
With a clear 2000s influence, the Chrono sneakers are the cool girls' pair. They feature star inserts, meaningful in the brand's imagery and a nod to Christian Dior, who was particularly attached to them.
Metallic colors and precise lines offer a pair that's as fashionable as it is comfortable, designed for the busy and the hurried, those who need sneakers that go with everything, anywhere, all the time, always with style.
www.dior.com

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The Grand Meisterstück Hotel

In honor of the Centenary of its fountain pen Meisterstück [Masterpiece], Montblanc unveiled a special campaign, called "Through the Eyes of Wes Anderson", for which the fabulous American filmmaker created and starred in a small commercial film. Wes Anderson also designed his own Montblanc pen, a limited-edition called the Schreiberling [The Scribbler], that will be released in 2025.

The brand celebrated this unique anniversary campaign with a grand event at the Paramour Estate in Los Angeles. Guests such as John Legend, Emma Roberts, and Emilia Schüle attended the evening, celebrating the Meisterstück's legacy amid the glamour of Hollywood's golden age.
Wes Anderson short’s film was unveiled, revealing to be set against the backdrop of the fictional Montblanc Headquarters atop Mont Blanc, the campaign features an ensemble cast including Rupert Friend, Jason Schwartzman, and Wes Anderson himself.
The guests were then able to explore a special exhibition showcasing the evolution of the Meisterstück design over the past century.

Opening the festivities to all cinema and writing lovers, Montblanc Chalet Pop Up in Beverly Hills is to be discovered until July 31st, offering an immersive experience to experts and the curious while celebrating the heritage of Montblanc's Meisterstück pen, and the unmatched cinematic vision of Wes Anderson.
www.montblanc.com

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Ten c X AWAKE NY - Limited Edition Capsule

The luxury and Italian DNA of Ten c meets the streetwear culture of Awake NY, made a unique collaboration on 26 April 2024 in Milan. As a limited collection, the partnership has encapsulated the best of both brands’ DNA.

AWAKE NY boasts a strong street aesthetic, featuring iconic patterns and graphics. The label’s cool aesthetic enabled the collaboration to be perfectly mixed with all Italian elegance and craftmanship with the vibrant spirit of streetwear. Each brand is seemingly distant, however, the collaborated collection summed up the best of the brand. It’s both eclectic and dynamic, resulting in bold, urban-inspired lines, characterized by tailoring details with the highest quality fabrics.

Consisting of three iconic Ten c pieces, they come in two different colors - acid green and military green. The jacket and trousers feature a unique print that reproduces the rocky substrate map of Manhattan's neighborhoods, creating an original and truly unique camouflage print. Moreover, the materials used are nylon crinkle combined with OJJ, Original Japanese Jersey, the signature material of Ten c. In particular, the outwear features both logos of the brands. On the inside, the classic OJJ label bears both the Ten c and Awake NY logos. On the outside, on the other hand, the puller and hood feature only the Awake NY logo, which respects the codes of both brands: Ten c has always been no logo and Awake NY has made its brand an important communication tool.

This limited edition was launched on 26 April and is available in online stores and some selected stores.
www.tenc.com
www.awakenyclothing.com

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A Puffy Silhouette for Cold Seasons

GG Milano is the new Gucci it-bag! Designed by Sabato de Sarno for the Italian House and unveiled during Fall-Winter 2024 Milan Fashion Week, the handle bag presents a puffy silhouette and is declined in stunning colours.
The GG Milano is an evolution and a reinterpretation of the GG Marmont silhouette and the emblematic codes of the House. Enhanced by the iconic Double G hardware, it takes the Fall-Winter silhouette to a new level and is the perfect fit for a cozy winter day or a crazy night out!
Sabato de Sarno said it to be a personal reflection on his arrival in Milan as well as a tribute to the vibrant city; infused with art, fashion, design, and a never-ending creative energy.
The GG Milano will be available worldwide, from September 2024, just in time for the fall glow.
www.gucci.com

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Rokh H&M Collection Event in London

In the heart of London, at Haymarket, H&M and Rokh celebrated their first-ever collaboration, “rokh H&M collection” with the fashion crowd. Numerous celebrities and influencers turned up to celebrate the festivities in the immersive setting designed by the visionary set designer, Jabez Bartlett while accompanying the classic melodies by members of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, inspired by Hwang’s love of cinematic scores. The blessed guests, later, also enjoyed the exclusive DJ set by the experimental musician Arca, dressing the complete look of the collection, blending her genre-defying sense of style.

The one-of-a-kind collection, rokh H&M explored the complexities and possibilities in garments which tapped into both impeccable and delicate tailoring, showcasing exquisite silhouettes and attention to detail. The designer Hwang also added extra layers to his garment, merging and cutting the items, as well as transferring elements from one style to another, which is clear in the trench dress. The collection pieces are highly customizable in multiple ways. They can be either layered or adjusted or even worn backward. They also feature removable, adjustable elements, such as hems with hook-and-eye details and button-up seams. Focusing on multi-functional design, it allows the wearers to experiment and create the styles on their own, resulting in a one-of-a-kind style.

The rokh H&M collection will be available in the selected stores and online from April 18, 2024.
www.hm.com
www.rokh.net

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Dior and the City That Never Sleeps

The Dior Fall Ready-to-Wear 2024 collection, unveiled on April 15, 2024, in New York, pays tribute to New York and its influence on the life and work of Christian Dior.
From Christian Dior's beginnings in Paris in 1947 to this day, New York has always held an irresistible fascination for the designer. The House's history with the American fashion capital began with the creation of the New York ensemble by Christian Dior, with its sleek, infinitely modern style.
In Christian Dior's autobiography, the chapter dedicated to his Paris-New York trip opens a dialogue between the fashion capitals, highlighted by Maria Grazia Chiuri through two key prints: the Statue of Liberty and the Eiffel Tower.
The show took place at the Brooklyn Museum, which had previously hosted the "Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams" exhibition in 2021, and here perpetuates its history with the house.

For this collection, Maria Grazia Chiuri chose German-American actress Marlene Dietrich as her muse, a Dior icon both in life and on screen. The Dior Fall 2024 silhouette is inspired by the actress and her phantasmagorical charisma.
Printed dresses, straight but light silhouettes, and loose bar suits are all elements of Dior's Fall 2024 wardrobe, celebrating Christian Dior's love of the two emblematic fashion cities.
www.dior.com

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Monogrammed Lifestyle

For Milan Design Week, Louis Vuitton introduces its latest Tableware collection, now in a chic beige hue, blending classic and contemporary styles. Crafted from exquisite Limoges porcelain, the Monogram Flower set exudes timeless elegance, featuring delicate watercolour motifs of the iconic Monogram flowers on a pristine white backdrop. From graceful plates to generous bowls and teapots, the collection sets a dreamy tone for every dining experience.
Complementing the Tableware collection are the exquisite Twist Glasses and Flower Carafes, available in a range of captivating hues, hand-blown by artisans in Murano glass. Each piece reflects Louis Vuitton's commitment to exceptional craftsmanship and individuality. The collection is now available online and in a selection of stores.

In another tribute to its legacy, Louis Vuitton presents the Bed-Trunk, a fusion of tradition and innovation. Inspired by the 1865 original, this updated version boasts the iconic Monogram Canvas exterior and a modern, aluminum, and beechwood interior. Designed for the discerning traveler, it seamlessly transforms into a comfortable bedframe, complete with a memory foam mattress and adjustable headrest. Available for pre-order starting April 16th, it's a testament to Louis Vuitton's enduring dedication to luxury and functionality.
www.louisvuitton.com

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Cynematic Wrist

Gucci High Watchmaking achieves unprecedented excellence through its latest innovations, seamlessly blending groundbreaking technology with its distinctive aesthetic. The House introduces the exclusive Gucci-signed minute repeater, a testament to its commitment to pushing horological boundaries. This remarkable timepiece celebrates the beauty of sound, employing cymatics for the first time in watchmaking while also paying homage to the harmony between nature's geometry and human artistry.

Additionally, the collection welcomes masterpieces showcasing cutting-edge innovation and precision. Among these groundbreaking releases is the GUCCI 25H Minute Repeater, marking a pinnacle in Gucci's watchmaking journey. Featuring a unique carillon minute repeater movement, it delivers a rich and complex sound akin to a musical instrument, activated innovatively by a rotating bezel.
The collection also includes the GUCCI 25H Skeleton Tourbillon line, boasting transparent sapphire glass and avant-garde design elements. The introduction of Gucci Interlocking introduces a fusion of flying tourbillon and jumping hours complications, housed in a striking cushion-shaped case.
To complete this line, the G-Timeless Planetarium dazzles with its rotating precious stones surrounding a central tourbillon, offering a mesmerizing display of color and light.
Each piece reflects Gucci's commitment to craftsmanship and innovation, ensuring a truly exceptional horological experience.
www.gucci.com

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On the Road

Amidst the winding roads, casting a glance at the path already traveled and the one awaiting footsteps, a new adventure begins. Maison Montblanc embarks on an exciting journey, unveiling its Spring/Summer 2024 leather collection. With a seamless harmony of style and functionality, the designs pave the way for innovation. As a nod to the Maison's traditions, heritage motifs are reimagined, taking on fresh formats and colors that resonate with the evolving tastes of a new generation of Montblanc customers.

Combining functionality with a sleek contemporary style, the Montblanc Extreme 3.0 collection ensures durability and performance. Completed by small accessories like wallets and card holders, the assortment serves as a reliable companion for a fast-paced lifestyle. Available in warm yellow and ink blue hues, the Montblanc Extreme 3.0 brings structure to unexpected daily adventures.

As an ode to the art of handwriting, the Sartorial collection emerges. From ink bottle shapes to envelope-like construction of the bags, this signature business collection is an aesthetically appealing masterpiece. As the protagonist hue of the new Sartorial assortment stands mastic, an elegant neutral brown tone that adorns bags and small accessories. A warm clay tone also plays its part, enriching the selection of small and medium-sized bags. Adding a playful touch, shades of steel, dusty blue and coral decorate wallets, card holders and pen pouches.

With a texture reminiscent of tree bark, evoking the origins of paper, the Montblanc 4810 collection offers a sensorial experience. Elegance intertwines with smart organization solutions, rendering it a perfect fit for the business world. Featuring a pale tone of green, pewter, as well as a light tone of gray, steel, the collection introduces new medium-sized shapes: the Montblanc 142 Bag and the Mini Messenger.

Tailored for business travelers, the #MY4810 lightweight trolley is ideal for those on the move, whether for overnight work trips, weekend escapes or far-away journeys. This collection presents three trolley sizes in new colors, clay and pewter, ensuring both style and practicality on the road.

www.montblanc.com

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MILAN 2024/FW – Ferragamo

MILAN 2024/FW – Ferragamo Since taking on the role of Creative Director at Ferragamo in early 2022, Maximilian Davis has been at the forefront of leading the brand, infusing each collection with anticipation and fresh energy, through his youthful vision that revitalizes the luxury house.

For the Fall/Winter 2024 collection, Davis returned with a captivating show delving into the 1920s theme, emerging as a liberating era that symbolizes self-expression and freedom, bridging a century-old gap with modern flair. From his interpretation, the 1920s represent a celebration of freedom, and his focused exploration of this theme has led him to reimagine Ferragamo's heritage and icons. Revisiting the visual code of the era, he reworked raised hems, fluid fabrics, dropped waists, and relaxed cuts, and transformed the elements into the latest Ferragamo runway that reflects the self-expression of the twenties – on both sides of the century.

Embracing the spirit of androgyny, he has crafted a new wardrobe for women who boldly embrace masculine silhouettes. This reflection is seen in broad shoulders, heavy wool, and supple leathers that add depth to the collection. Sharp, sculptural lapels connote a surrealist spirit, while the distorted proportions further enhance the artistic narrative.

Drawing inspiration from the period of uniforms and utilitarian workwear, such as fishermen's gear like thigh-high waders and leather outerwear, he creates a counterpoint to fluid drapery, softening their forms through fabrications like wool mixed with cashmere for luxurious ease and unlined leathers for a relaxed finesse, ultimately imbuing the collection with fetishistic desirability.
www.ferragamo.com

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H&M Studio S/S 2024 in Berlin

H&M Studio S/S 2024 H&M has brought forward the latest H&M Studio collection with a captivating exhibition in Berlin, running until March 14th. The launch of the H&M Studio S/S 2024 collection was held at the H&M Mitte Garten store where the brand transformed the space into an immersive environment, reimagining a chic Parisian apartment for Berlin. Tilted "La Maison," this exhibition seamlessly merges a showroom with an archival display, all within an innovative setting at the store. Commencing with an exclusive event on March 11th, Norwegian saxophonist Bendik Giske graced the occasion with a mesmerizing performance, welcoming esteemed guests such as Caro Schäffler, Sabrina Lan, Noah Levi, Sissi Pohle, and Pat Scherzer in Berlin. The immersive exhibition was sophisticatedly crafted with visually captivating settings, emphasizing H&M Studio's avant-garde aesthetic. Infused with H&M's iconic red hue, the venue fostered an electrifying atmosphere across themed rooms decorated with artistic installations that represent both past and current H&M Studio collections. These intense and sensuous installations encouraged visitors to delve deep into the brand's daring narrative. Collaborating with the creative agency Ray Atelier, H&M partnered to conceptualize the exhibition, with the implementation by Reference Studios in Berlin.
The H&M Studio exhibition, La Maison, welcomes the public from March 12th to March 14th at Neue Schönhauser Straße 13, 10178 Berlin. Furthermore, the H&M Studio S/S 2024 collection will be available from March 12th in select stores and online stores.
www.hm.com

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PARIS 2024/FW – MIU MIU

For her Fall-Winter 2024/25 collection, Miuccia Prada aimed to make elements from childhood and adulthood coexist. Men and women, models from different ages walked the runway symbolizing the essence of her inspiration for this collection.

The shrunken proportions, pajamas, cropped sleeves, and puffed skirts referred to childhood. Exit transparent tights, Miu Miu calls for woolly and colorful legs to stay warm with style, in a playful nod to childhood strolls. While the gloves, brooches, little black dress, and tailoring marked a step into adulthood and responsibilities. Merging those two periods of life, Miuccia Prada unveiled a collection interesting by its colors and cuts, stamped with the brand’s codes but telling a new story about life, fashion, and how they interact. The collection combines elements from the designer's past collections - pearls, vintage-looking double-breasted coats - with the Italian fashion so dear to the designer and her brand, represented by vibrant colors and timelessly chic faux furs. With pearls, satin, furs, and under-the-knee dresses, the collection somehow also gave royal vibes. Some of the looks recalled for Princess Diana’s style, offering a chic and stylish off-duty royal aesthetic.

This collection is addressed to all ages and made to dress every step of life. A line that’s both wearable and fashionable, playful and elegant.
With her Fall-Winter 2024/25, Miuccia Prada aimed to create classics, a wardrobe addressed to all ages, allowing everyone to be whether playful or serious, “a child or a lady”, revealing a bright collection that everyone can identify with.
www.miumiu.com

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PARIS 2024/FW – ALEXANDER MCQUEEN

Seàn McGirr has presented his first collection for Alexander McQueen in a cinematographic and gloomy décor, setting the tone of his influences.

The first silhouette, a woman camisoled under a shiny black jersey dress, was inspired by the Spring 1995 collection of Lee McQueen, named “The Birds”. McGirr decided that this constrained shape would be the anchor of the entire collection, exploring oppression with different fabrics and accessories, covering mouths and eyes in an atmosphere as cinematic as it is oppressive.
Newly arrived at Alexander McQueen, McGirr said that he did not have time to explore the archives of the brand, which might be the reason why the collection lacked some expected codes from McQueen.
The looks were less performative than what we're used to from McQueen, but at the same time, more street-wise, which is ultimately the essence of ready-to-wear and what could distinguish McGirr's work for the brand in the future.

However, the brand's dissonant, punk heritage was very much in evidence: models disappearing beneath huge knit or fur collars, oversized and plastic dresses, and the silhouettes were cleverly designed. Sean McGirr said that he is forever inspired by marginal individuals, those who don't fit into the mold and are labeled in an attempt to understand them. This is something that the designer has aimed to represent, also, he aimed to create a merely brutal collection, using the emblematic embroidery work of the House differently, notably by smashing crystals to give them a broken, wounded look, reinterpreting McQueen’s codes in a personal way.
The Alexander McQueen Fall-Winter collection speaks of our time, its flaws, and incoherence with the touch of extravagance -assagie but present- for which the brand is renowned.
www.alexandermcqueen.com

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MILAN 2024/FW – GUCCI

With the Gucci Fall/Winter 2024-25 Collection, Sabato de Sarno honored legs in a collection of skirts, dresses, and coats. Not a pair of pants in sight, it was time for over-the-knee boots, in an aesthetic inspired by the world of equestrianism, so dear to Gucci. Miniskirts, heels, and short coats, the line features modern cuts, reinventing the color shades emblematic of Gucci's heritage.

Olive greens and deep blues mingle with sensual blacks, while Gucci's iconic Ancora red was also in evidence, sublimating short, slim-fitting coats and elevating silhouettes with high-platform heels. Lingerie is silkily apparent, sublimated by dresses so seamless they could merge with the models' skin. Prints and embroidered details in shiny plastics added a touch of fantasy and modernity to the collection, as did the collars of the shirts, forming an open tie over the décolleté, captivatingly feminine.
Both sensual and vintage-inspired, the Gucci Fall/Winter 2024-25 collection celebrates femininity with timeless cuts enhanced by fresh details.
www.gucci.com

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MILAN 2024/FW - TOD’S

Matteo Tamburini has presented his first collection Tod’s since taking the creative direction of the brand last December. The show took place at Milan’s largest tram depot, an urban and unusual decor that sets the tone for the collection’s inspirations.
The creative director has taken over Tod’s Italian luxury heritage with vintage accessories inspired by Alfa Romeo as well as driving shoes made from gommino soles and inherent to the brand’s codes.
This collection, both stylish and comfortable to suit all lifestyles, featured yokes and bangs crafted in Italian leather to sublimate shoes and scarves, while more conventional garments were reinterpreted. Thus, bags were worn large and tote, pants were hyper-breasted, while double-collared shirts drew attention for looks that were both fun and qualitative. By creating twinsets in layered wool and silk, coats with distinctive cuts and original materials, notably embodied by an uncommon overcoat in patched goatskin, Matteo Tamburini brought a touch of extravagance to his first collection for Tod's.

Tod’s new credo calls for a fashion that can be worn both at the top offices and on public transportation, showing that fashion can be addressed to a wider audience without neglecting quality and style. For Tod’s Fall-Winter 2024/25, Matteo Tamburini has affirmed its style and position with a collection that brilliantly reinterprets the brand's emblematic codes with flair and a personal touch.
www.tods.com

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H&M Studio exhibition - “La Maison”

H&M Studio presented its Spring/Summer collection through a temporary exhibition hosted during PFW. Untitled “La Maison”, the space was a showroom and archive display, revealed during a Parisian party on February 26. Were present invited brand friends including Iris Law, Alexa Chung, Hari Nef, Caro Daur, Tina Kunakey, and Jill Kortleve. Singer Ama Lou and DJ Honey Dijon performed during the event.

Open from February 27 to February 29, “La Maison” space in Paris is open to the public, offering an immersive experience through the brand’s collections. The exhibition features key pieces of archives and current collections enhanced by a theatrical red décor and a surreal giant book display. Visitors can immerse themselves in archived H&M Studio collections showcased through printed imagery, complemented by whimsical installations showcasing the iconic pillow bag.
For the occasion, an exclusive limited-edition powder-blue version of the pillow bag will be available for purchase solely at the exhibition.
Developed alongside creative agency Ray Atelier, The H&M Studio exhibition La Maison is located at 51 Boulevard Haussmann, 75009 Paris, and is open to the public from February 27 to February 29.
The H&M Studio Spring/Summer 2024 collection will be available globally from 12 March in select stores and online.
www.hm.com

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“Etro Act”: an ode to adventure and skin couture

Etro presents "Etro Act" its first co-created fashion show, under the artistic direction of Marco De Vincenzo. Presenting menswear and womenswear FW24/25 collections simultaneously, the show was set among a backdrop of oversized masks, like an invitation to travel and adventure.

Inspired by ancient theater and Homer's Odyssey, the show featured a collection that favored the use of antique fabrics and playful jewelry, conceived by Marco De Vincenzo in a quest for diversity and renewal.
Fluid, wave-like silhouettes contrasted with straight, confident coats. Many models were adorned with colorful prints such as the emblematic Persian-inspired paisley motif, magnifying fabrics such as felt and leather.
The show also featured pieces resulting from Etro's collaboration with Wolford, a union between Etro's heritage and Wolford's skin couture expertise. The collaboration is incarnated in three unique pattern designs exclusively created by Etro, featuring Paisley motifs on Wolford's iconic fabrics in a collection of bas jacquards, bodysuits, dresses, and more.

The capsule collection, debuting during the Etro Fall/Winter 2024 Fashion Show, will be available in Etro and Wolford boutiques, online, and at selected retailers worldwide from September 2024.
www.etro.com

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Louis Vuitton launches YouTube series retracing Nicolas Ghesquière’s career within the House

Louis Vuitton is launching a YouTube series in which Nicolas Ghesquière, Artistic Director of Women’s Collections, will retrace the story of his career while inviting a host of friends and collaborators.

Named “Nicolas Ghesquière: Shaping Fashion”, this exclusive YouTube series is an in-depth format, bringing together Nicolas Ghesquièreand some of the figures who have influenced his career to discover what goes on behind the scenes of his creative journey.
Tracing the designer's decade and counting at Louis Vuitton, this series of videos will give an insight into Nicolas Ghesquière’s life and career within the House. Through meaningful conversations about cinema, music, and fashion, the designer will give us an insight into his inspirations and projects, with a touch of personal anecdotes.
Among the guests who will interact with the designer, the first invitees to take part are none other than the House Ambassadors Emma Stone and Jennifer Connelly. Counting 10 minutes per episode, the series will be animated by journalists Lynn Hirschberg and Sylvia Jorif to capture the essence of the Artistic Director’s work.

The first episode featuring Nicolas Ghesquière and Emma Stone is already available on Louis Vuitton digital channels.
www.louisvuitton.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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Take a Seat at the Desk

Montblanc invited guests to a luxurious breakfast at La Galerie Bourbon on a frosty morning of Paris Fashion Week Men’s. Greeted first by a coffee cart and grand installation celebrating 100 years of Meisterstück in the courtyard, guests were then welcomed into the historical gallery where Montblanc’s latest leather creations were showcased. The event introduced and centred around Montblanc’s inspiration for the year ahead, “The Desk”. The theme infuses the Maison’s rich heritage and Artistic Director Marco Tomasetta’s remarkable, bold designs with delightful intimacy. As the place where pen first touches paper and thoughts are brought to life, the theme reminds us where creative magic and self-expression begin. www.montblanc.com

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Dior Men's Winter 2024 Collection

The House of Dior has unveiled a Men’s Winter 2024-2025 collection inspired by the beauty of ballet. Named after Nureyev, after one of the greatest male ballet dancers of all time, it is his persona who shall be the leitmotif. Highlighting the contrasts of his multifaceted self in public and private, ready-to-wear garments embody rigour, excellence and ease, while haute couture reflects the extravagance of his stage presence, flamboyance, insolence and elegance. Drawing on inspiration from the Dior archive, the house’s exquisite tailoring is translated onto menswear, birthing beautiful silhouettes with pleats, volume and characteristic necklines. Monsieur Dior’s bar finds a new masculine reiteration that merges with Kim Jones’ very own oblique. The straightforward attitude of Nureyev’s greatest years, the 60s and 70s is manifested in single-breasted simplicity with gently flared trousers in suiting realized in off-rich wool melange, as zipped wool jumpsuits and shorts, second-skin ribbed knits and duffle-inflected outerwear with sumptuous leathers mirror the style of a practicing dancer. The couture collection, as the first men’s couture collection this season, do not just echo stage extravagance, but also pay tribute to Nureyev’s passion for collecting antique textiles. Emblematic of this are kimonos that feature ancient weaving techniques realized by master craftsmen in Japan. Accessories merge the two, as seen in a dancing slipper made from rigorous San Crispino leather against the silk-polyester Mary-Jane sneaker. Amplifying house codes, oversized grained Macrocannage camera and bum bags and lavish velvet turban hats round the collection off perfectly. The two collections as poles of Nureyev’s life find unification practically and poetically in a show directed by Baillie Walsh with music by composer Max Richter.
www.dior.com

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Marsèll's first flagship store in Milan

Marsèll, the esteemed Italian footwear and accessory brand has inaugurated its first flagship store in the fashion district of Milan with an event during Pitti. 400-square-meters stretch out over the two-level space, that now showcases Marsèll’s genderless and limited-edition leather goods. Dedicated to the study and exploration of form in every sense of the word, the boutique is a result of an eight month collaboration with Berlin design studio Lotto Studio, embodying a modular environments inspired by Marcel Breuer’s architecture and calming atmospheres conceived by Carlo Scarpa. Apart from housing the brand’s iconic garments, the novel flagship also opens the doors to art projects in a gallery. The design incorporates carefully chosen materials, such as travertine for the women's area, walnut wood for the men's area, stainless steel, glass, leather, and Marsèll's signature colors. The innovative use of materials and the flexibility of the space reflect Marsèll's commitment to design and craftsmanship, creating a timeless and unclassifiable environment that encapsulates the brand's philosophy over its two-decade history. Creative Director and Founder of Marsèll, Marco Cima, emphasizes the importance of this moment as the brand engages in direct dialogue with its audience.
www.marsell.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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Loro Piana Pop-Up Store in Zermatt

In a celebration of winter living and alpine sophistication, Loro Piana opens its first Pop-Up store in the heart of Zermatt, a destination embracing the epitome of the Maison's vision for outdoor living during the winter season. Running from December 15, 2023, to March 15, 2024, this temporary haven is a blend of contemporary and traditional design. Drawing inspiration from the nomadic Gher dwellings of Mongolia, the Pop-Up store embodies Loro Piana's commitment to sourcing the finest cashmere globally. Nestled in the town centre, the space exudes a minimalist yet lively atmosphere, resonating with the serene surroundings of Zermatt. The interiors, bathed in natural light and adorned with Loro Piana Interiors' outdoor textiles, showcase a palette of whites and beiges, mirroring the tranquillity of the alpine landscape. At the heart of the installation is the Gher, a vibrant tribute to nomadic culture featuring a flower tapestry bloom print—a nod to the Holiday 2023 Collection. This collection features versatile and contemporary garments crafted from iconic yarns like Cashmere Coarsehair®, Shearling, Cashfur, and Baby Cashmere, adorned with handcrafted embroideries. The Ski Capsule Collection, designed for the discerning skier, adds a touch of luxury to winter sports. Beyond the immersive shopping experience, the journey extends to the open-air lounge, where visitors can envelop themselves in warmth with Loro Piana blankets. This Zermatt Pop-Up store is not just a retail space; it's an invitation to share moments of peace and serenity during the festive season.
www.loropiana.com

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Ten C and Diemme Collaborate on Urban Hiking Boot

Italian brands Ten c and Diemme have joined forces to create a truly unique urban hiking boot, introducing the Antermoia to the world. The fusion of Ten C's innovative Original Japanese Jersey (OJJ) fabric and Diemme's iconic Roccia Vet model results in a limited series of 350 pairs, available from Saturday, October 7. The Antermoia, named after one of the highest lakes in the Dolomites, pays homage to the brand's Italian heritage. The collaboration seamlessly blends the strengths of both companies, emphasizing quality, craftsmanship, and attention to detail. For the first time, Ten C's OJJ fabric, known for its use in the brand's outerwear, is applied to personalize Diemme's Roccia Vet hiking boot. The result is a harmonious marriage of materials and colourways, featuring a tone-on-tone palette ranging from chalk and black to military green. The water-repellent boots are designed to conquer both city sidewalks and mountain terrain, making them a versatile and stylish addition to any wardrobe. The Antermoia stands as a testament to the passion for quality and innovation shared by Ten c and Diemme, offering consumers a rare opportunity to own a piece of this exclusive collaboration.
www.tenc.com

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GANT's SS24 – Ivy League-Vibes

GANT, the renowned American sportswear brand, is set to captivate fashion enthusiasts with its SS24 collection, seamlessly blending the nostalgic vibes of 90s Ivy League with a chic Mediterranean flair. Drawing inspiration from New York's Mulberry Street, the collection reinvents timeless fashion with a contemporary silhouette. In the early season, a balanced colour palette merges classic blues and navy tones with beige, grey, cream, and white, accentuated by pops of reds, yellows, and indigo blue. Maritime patterns, Ivy League stripes, and Madras prints pay homage to college fashion, while women's pieces feature monograms and floral motifs for added elegance. As the season progresses, GANT takes a Mediterranean detour, introducing figure-hugging yet casual pieces like linen tops, pleated skirts, and chino shorts. The colour palette shifts to earthy tones, with playful accents in sunflower yellow, papaya orange, and pastel shades, embodying the spirit of summer. In Drop 1, titled "Spring & Mulberry Street," GANT brings a vintage touch with soft, worn-in designs where sneakers share the spotlight with loafers and ballerinas. Drop 2, titled "The Grand Tour," takes a Mediterranean turn, introducing elegant sandals, espadrilles, and updated textile shoes for a summer look with an elegant lifestyle. GANT's SS24 captures the essence of Ivy League charm and Mediterranean sophistication.
www.gant.com

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Stüssy & Levi’s Infused Capsule

In a nostalgic nod to their Californian roots, Stüssy and Levi’s have collaborated once again, blending Stüssy's distinctive design ethos with Levi’s classic garments. The result? A captivating capsule collection featuring trucker jackets and jeans in three striking colourways: black, brown, and pink. Crafted from jacquard fabric and adorned with two-tone garment dyes, each piece exudes a one-of-a-kind charm, reminiscent of washed vintage aesthetics. The Stüssy & Levi’s collection drops on Friday, November 10th available for purchase on both stores and websites. Levi’s has been an emblem of timeless American style and continues to evolve with a relentless commitment to innovation. Stüssy, born from the Southern California surf scene in the late '80s, reshaped casual wear with a unique ideology. As Stüssy resonated with an international network of creatives—musicians, skaters, DJs, and artists—the brand's ethos spread globally. These brands merge seamlessly resulting in an innovative collection with trendy pieces.
www.levis.com 

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Diesel Opens in Antwerp

In a move that exemplifies its commitment to pushing boundaries, Diesel has announced the grand opening of a stunning new store in Antwerp, Belgium. Situated on the historic street, Schuttershofstratt 5, is this latest addition to Diesel's global retail portfolio as a testament to the brand's relentless pursuit of bold identity, individualism, freedom, and irreverence. Under the visionary Creative Direction of Glenn Martens, a Belgian native and graduate of Antwerp's Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Diesel's Antwerp store is more than just a fashion destination—it's a visual feast. The store's design concept, recently launched across Europe, features iconic Diesel red accents and industrial metal billboards. A standout piece is the distressed freestanding billboard, reminiscent of the ones lining the legendary Route 66. The interior is an artistic blend of industrial edge and refined craftsmanship. Walls and floors adorned with artisanal, handmade resin posters provide a unique backdrop to Diesel's collections. The Red Room, a monochromatic chamber dedicated to the denim collection, pays homage to the brand's roots while incorporating modern design elements. Notably, the store introduces an exclusive capsule collection crafted in distressed denim with a silver foil coating. From denim jackets and jeans to long-sleeve T-shirts and metallic denim cuissard boots, Diesel's Antwerp store offers a head-to-toe denim experience. Diesel, founded by Renzo Rosso in 1978, continues to evolve beyond denim mastery, positioning itself as a leader in premium fashion. The Antwerp store marks another milestone in Diesel's journey.
www.diesel.com

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The New Montblanc Only Watch 2023

On the occasion of its fourth participation in the Only Watch Auction, Montblanc has created the Montblanc Only Watch 2023, a unique 1858 Geosphere 0 Oxygen model. What makes this watch stand out is the unique way in which it was created, as it features for the first time an innovative middle housing material with captured CO2. Great technological details and environmental care are put into this element, whose CO2 comes from biogas production and mineral waste, and is then combined with ultra-light and durable mixed carbon fibers. Ice is at the center of the watch’s aesthetic concept, exalted by the oxygen-free capsule made of breakable safety glass in which the watch is enclosed, which is reminiscent of a block of ice and needs to be first broken with an ice pick in order to remove the watch. This also allows the owner not to break the safety glass, thus preserving the watch as if in a time capsule, emphasizing once again the great attention and detail that Montblanc puts into its customer journey. The case features a reproduction of Mount Everest, which can be admired by the wearer and changes according to different types of light. The Montblanc Only Watch 2023 is the latest addition to the brand’s Zero Oxygen line, and is a perfect example of technology and beauty.
www.montblanc.com

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Casio and G-SHOCK Launch the New MR-G

Casio releases in Tokyo the MR-G, a new watch whose design is inspired by the iconic Kabuto Helmet, specially crafted for G-SHOCK 40th anniversary. The G-SHOCK limited edition of the watch is available with only 700 pieces worldwide, and is a new addition to Casio’s MR-G series. The design of the watch is a tribute to the traditional Japanese combat band Ito Odoshi, exactly because of the white band, while the bezel is engraved with a tiger design, which evokes the strong determination of samurai warriors that stay true to their own convictions. The concept and idea behind the watch, is to deliver the ultimate technology and art in toughness-driven watches: indeed, the new MR-G elevates itself as the pinnacle of the G-SHOCK brand, crafted down to the smallest detail and incorporating the newest technologies in terms of watch resistance and metalworking techniques. In addition, Casio superimposed the kabuto helmet in the design of the watch, symbolizing both strength and functional beauty, while the shock-resistant construction of the watch embodies bold determination thanks to the white band featuring a bezel engraved by a master metalsmith, also showcasing a tiger design. Overall, Casio’s new MR-G watch in collaboration with G-SHOCK symbolizes passion and success, resulting in a beautiful commemorative timepiece.
www.casio.com
www.gshock.com

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H&M x Rabanne Collaboration

On October 2nd, H&M and Rabanne celebrated their upcoming collaboration with a prominent guest list at the legendary Parisian nightclub Silencio. For nearly a decade as Creative Director, Julien Dossena effortlessly channels the brand’s iconic spirit always paying his respects to Paco Rabanne's legacy. The event served as a sneak peek into the Rabanne H&M collection, spanning Womenswear, Menswear, Accessories, and Home Accessories. Set to hit selected stores and HM e-commerce on November 9, 2023, the collection promises a fusion of Rabanne's timeless allure and H&M's accessible style. The evening kicked off with an intimate performance by Swedish pop sensation Robyn, setting the stage for a night of extravagance. Renowned South Korean DJ and producer Peggy Gou kept the energy alive, while the glamorous presence of American singer and actress Cher added star power to the celebration. The ongoing start guest list, including Elle Fanning, Irina Shayk, Ashley Graham, and Jared Leto, showcased the Rabanne H&M collection in all its glory. Julien Dossena's goal is to make people feel liberated in their clothing and as Ann-Sofie Johansson (Head of Design Womenswear and Creative Advisor at H&M) stated “Where better … than in an iconic nightclub?” The Rabanne H&M collaboration promises to bring the hedonistic spirit of the brands, ensuring unforgettable moments and a liberated sense of style.
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Paris Fashion Week - Hermès

In the world of luxury fashion, Hermès has always been known for its leather elegance and unparalleled craftsmanship. Nadège Vanhee, the maison’s creative director, showcased the essence of "quiet luxury" in the Spring Collection, where every detail whispered sophistication and exclusivity. The monochrome color palette of burgundy transitioning through putty, black, red, and brown, revealed a subtle secret— in fact, these hues were inspired by the iconic leather goods of Hermès. Each shade, such as Rouge H and Étoupe grey, carry a distinct link to the brand, adding a layer of exclusivity to the collection. The runway was set amidst wild flowers and sand dunes, setting the scene of a fresh meadow turning spring into summer, reflecting the theme of connection between women and their clothes. Vanhee's trademark precision in design was evident in the tailored coats achieving mobility through fluid, saddle-shaped pattern cutting. The initially apparent simple clothes contain excellent product workmanship making it possible for the leather designs to adapt to movement like a second skin. Even the seemingly delicate zig-zag lace-like details on cotton summery dresses were revealed to be leather. The contemporary silhouettes slip through tall grasses, revealing transparencies, backs and décolletés, the knitwear featuring asymmetric cropped tops, bras and pencil skirts that accentuate the contours of the body. The show's highlight was not only the dialogue between fabric and shades, but the signature attention to accessories. Half-moon bags, oversized buckets, greek-style sandals crafted in ribbon and woven calfskin, and even the soles had Hermès treads showcasing their commitment to detail and brand identity. In essence, the collection aimed to present a wardrobe for a play with perceptions between bodies and clothes with a testament to Hermès' enduring legacy and its consistent pursuit of timeless style.
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Milan Fashion Week - Gucci

At Milan Fashion Week, Gucci presented its SS24 collection titled Ancora, which also marked the debut of the Maison’s new creative director Sabato De Sarno. To celebrate the collection, the brand created and placed installations in major cities all around the world. In Milan, the Ancora collection can be seen on billboards, posters, and even on trams around the Italian city. As the name Ancora, meaning again, suggests, this collection marks Gucci’s return to its origins; the brand, its character, and its history have come full circle, and this collection celebrates Gucci’s origins and its commitment to the future, always maintaining its visionary and distinctive spirit. As a whole, the show, the garments, and the concept behind the collection were an ode to the city of Milan as a place of beauty and carnality. As Creative Director Sabato De Sarno has said, the colors in the collection represent the passion that has always driven the brand, but more than that, they represent the history and the people who have contributed to making Gucci what it is today. It is a history of inclusivity, freedom, euphoria, and fascination with beauty. Gucci’s Ancora collection embodies all these characteristics, and it pays homage to the brand’s past and to its future.
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Milan Fashion Week - Armani

Armani’s SS24 Women’s collection pays homage to summer as a condition of the spirit. The lightness of thought and echoes of an otherworldly essence imbue the garments and the outfits of the collection. The spirit behind Armani’s clothing for SS24 is playful, feminine, and ethereal. It is a thought picked up along the journey and caught in the air, which materializes in items made with light and breezy materials. A radiance and an all-pervasive breeze are what make this collection unique, through weightless fabrics that are discreetly illuminated by touches of iridescent elements, lightly embroidered and interwoven to create an impalpable sensation. The body and its shapes take center stage, thanks to flowing jackets modeled to the bust, and shirts and crop tops that reveal hints of skin. The trousers flow with the silhouette, and the skirts are long and ample, meant to emphasize each step. These outfits are accompanied by flat shoes and breezy foulards; the bags are in stark contrast with the clothing, minimal yet capacious. The color palette reflects the etherealness of the whole collection with warm beiges, deep blacks, and cool hues that match together perfectly to create a collection that is an ode to feminine etherealness.
www.armani.com

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Milan Fashion Week - Prada

Behind the inspiration for Prada’s SS24 collection presented on September 21st at Milan Fashion Week is a reinterpretation of a handbag design originally conceived by Mario Prada, Miuccia Prada’s grandfather and co-founder of the brand. The whole collection exudes the spirit of Mario Prada, a traveler at heart with a deep intellectual curiosity. Indeed, the brand was developed based on inspiration that he collected while traveling around the world and learning about different cultures; Prada’s garments and accessories are precious items meant to enrich everyday life. In Milan, Mario Prada worked with skilled artisans and craftsmen to develop the products and the designs that would make the Maison famous for years to come. For the September 2023 fashion show, Mario Prada’s handbag design is reinterpreted and reimagined in a collection that reflects the contemporary enthusiasm for Eastern artistic aesthetics. The bag to which the collection owes its inspiration is an evening bag featuring a hand-carved fastening depicting a mythological figure. In the SS24 collection, this style is replicated in nappa leather and re-nylon. Overall, the collection embodies and reflects Prada’s 110-year long history, and is a testament to the Maison’s commitment to high-quality craftsmanship and design.
www.prada.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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G-Star RAW x Sven Marquardt Opens Berlin Art Week

The Dutch denim brand G-Star RAW opens the Berlin Art Week by partnering with photographer and Berlin nightlife icon Sven Marquardt. The exhibition, named “11+1” is composed of 12 portraits representative of Berlin’s iconic nightlife scene. They represent the city’s vibrant club culture, which is perfectly captured thanks to G-Star RAW’s denim, specially leveraged for this project to capture the essence of Berlin’s character. Sven Marquardt’s unique view of Berlin’s zeitgeist is evident in every portrait of the exhibition. The photographer has carefully selected 12 talents that embody the essence of the city through different personalities and fashion styles, really capturing one of the characteristics that make Berlin unique: its endless possibilities for self-expression. To make this project come to life, G-Star RAW has taken inspiration from the individual outfits of each personality that participated in the shooting. Each piece in the collection, which comprises 26 different styles, embodies the brand’s expertise in working with denim and showcases the skills of the G-Star team in crafting denim pieces. The looks in the photo collection have different styles, from avant-garde leather looks to casual ensembles. Overall, Sven Marquardt’s partnership in creating a photo collection with G-Star RAW perfectly captures the unicity of the city of Berlin, establishing itself as an iconic collaboration.
www.g-star.com

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Zegna x The Elder Statesman Collection

After an exclusive event held in February in Paris, Zegna unveils their new collection in collaboration with the LA-founded luxury lifestyle brand The Elder Statesman, with Spanish-German actor Daniel Brühl as the face of the collection. The launch of the collection was celebrated on September 6th at Maxfield in Los Angeles. The partnership between the two high-end brands is centered around Zegna’s Oasi Cashmere, inaugurating a platform to encounter progressive and responsible cultures and visions, which reiterates Zegna’s commitment to sustainably sourcing Oasi Cashmere fibers, certifying them as 100% traceable by 2024. The two brands share a devotion to craft and material excellence, resulting in a collection that aims to expand horizons to take a new stylistic path forward. Zegna's designs are reimagined in the vibrant colors and patterns that characterize The Elder Statesman. The campaign featuring Daniel Brühl has been filmed at Zegna’s historic Wool Mill, located at the heart of the Oasi Zegna natural territory in the Italian Alps, which fully embodies the brand’s values and commitment to impeccable craftsmanship. This unique partnership enhances the essence of Zegna’s Oasi Cashmere, catering to a new audience and representing an evolution of the Maison’s founding philosophies, centered around sophisticated craftsmanship and uncompromising luxury. The collection is available September 2023 in key Zegna stores globally, in The Elder Statesman’s retail channels, and in selected wholesale partners.
www.zegna.com
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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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Hublot Sponsors the Polo Gold Cup in Gstaad.

Gstaad hosts the Polo Gold Cup from the 17th to the 20th of August, 2023. Hublot has been collaborating with the city of Gstaad to organize this event since 2006, making this partnership fruitful and everlasting. This partnership emphasizes Hublot’s friendship with Pierre Genecand, the director of Gstaad Polo and the Gold Cup. Hublot’s history of precision and synchronicity pairs perfectly with the values of polo and those of the city of Gstaad. For four days, the Saanen Airfield, featuring a breathtaking panorama, was transformed into a polo field for the most important tournament of the summer. The Hublot Team, composed of highly skilled players, has also participated in the competition. The beautiful location of Gstaad is distinctive because of its panoramic views and mountain scenery, making it the perfect spot to represent the unique character of Hublot. The collaboration between Hublot and the Gstaad Polo Cup was made possible by partnerships and ambassadors representing the brand’s commitment to bringing watchmaking to the highest possible quality. Hublot was the official timekeeper of the Gstaad Polo Gold Cup, an iconic collaboration between the watchmaking brand and the prestigious sporting event.
www.hublot.com

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100 Years of Colmar

Colmar, the Italian outerwear brand from Monza, celebrates its 100th anniversary with the FW23/24 Colmar Originals collection. Colmar, which has kept true to its brand identity throughout its history, for this collection, showcases an evolution in fabrics and colors, experimenting with new textures and palettes. The brand has always been a pioneer in the employment of high-tech materials and, since 1950, has been collaborating with professional athletes to enhance its research. The new fabrics offer the possibility to meet the functional needs of every customer, always ensuring the best quality of the garment. Because the concept of seasonality plays such an essential role within Colmar, the FW23/24 collection is structured into three main themes: Entry Season, Cold Season and Frozen Season. The color chart is modern and adapted to the current fashion with brighter hues like red and yellow without disregarding the more classic, basic shades such as cream, white and beige. The color palette has an important place in this collection, as each seasonal concept is expressed in a specific color that distinguishes it from the others, thus adding an extra layer of meaning to the collection. The brand has evolved with the times, and sustainability has come to play a central role in Colmar’s ethics. The brand crafts its garments with sustainable materials that are recycled and biodegradable, thus reducing the impact on the environment.
www.colmar.com

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Skincare brand MUTI celebrates National Simplicity Day

Embracing the beauty of simplicity, the German minimalistic skincare brand MUTI celebrates the day of simplicity with great joy, which falls on July 12. National Simplicity Day serves as a gentle reminder to take a step back from the muddled world of contemporary life and adopt a minimalistic attitude. As the brand says, the day is also MUTI’s birthday because it reflects its core philosophy, skincare minimalism, suggesting minimal beauty essential for those who love simplicity. MUTI was founded in 2014 in Munich based on its simplicity philosophy. Modern. Unique. True. Intelligent. Those are what MUTI stands for and aims to achieve. The brand focuses its products on the essentials, simplifying the day-to-day skincare routine without making any compromises. The brand pursues the skincare minimalism that differentiates itself through its products, ingredients, application, and design. The brand provides a few essential products that are so well thought out, and perfectly complementary to each other. Its beauty essentials are available regardless of gender, skin type, and skin need. Its Ingredients are few yet effective and high-quality, while its design is sophisticatedly timeless. All these elements are designed to simplify your skincare routine that reflects its philosophy "True Beauty. Made Simple." In particular, MUTI’s products are clean, vegan, and fragrance-free and do not contain harmful ingredients such as silicones, mineral oils, parabens, paraffin, PEGs, microplastics, essential oils, and drying alcohols. The minimalist product range includes the CLEAN, FACE, and ADD lines, with a range of highly effective serums as well as a Line of sun protection products, SUN.
www.muti.de

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A New Diesel Store Opens its Doors in Paris

Rue Saint-Honoré in Paris, one of the most famous shopping destinations in the world, is the location of the new Diesel store, which opened its doors at number 223 on July 13th, 2023. The store has been conceptually designed to fit into the context of the French fashion capital, integrating it with the ethos that distinguishes Diesel as a brand based on boldness, individualism, and freedom. The space was designed under the audacious supervision of Glenn Martens, Diesel’s Creative Director. Red and industrial metal billboards aesthetically define the store, representing a powerful interpretation of Diesel’s recently launched retail design concept. The billboards placed all around the store recall the brand’s vintage advertisements through an aesthetic that reminds of the iconic Route 66. The road concept is also present in the walls covered in riveted raw steel panels. The store offers the visitor an immersive experience by dedicating an entire room to the exposition of the 1DR bags and capsules, where peel-off billboards create an atmosphere of nostalgia. Diesel’s Denim Collection, the signature feature of the brand, also has a room dedicated to it, with red-lacquered walls and a staircase that leads to a second floor with an exposed ceiling designed to evoke the atmosphere of a studio exposing men and women ready-to-wear collections. The new Diesel Paris store is the ultimate frontier in the brand’s conceptual design, made to capture the visitor through powerful visual language.
www.diesel.com

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Louis Vuitton Resort Store x Kampen

Louis Vuitton Resort Store x Kampen Maison Louis Vuitton opens a resort pop-up on the North Sea island of Sylt, Kampen in Germany. Launched on July 1st, the pop-up store showcases the Maison Louis Vuitton women’s Summer Capsule collection, “LV By The Pool”, which consists of ready-to-wear, accessories, bags, and shoes, inspired by the beauty of the island known for long beaches, the old Frisian architecture with its thatched roof houses in Sylt. Enhanced with North German serenity, this collection offers summer vacation essentials that are both casual and luxurious, featuring a wide range of accessories such as silk scarves, sunglasses, and jewelry as well as summer dresses, beachwear, and swimwear. The color palette mainly adopts ocean blue, white, and beige which invites you to dive into the summer vibe and travel to the peaceful island of Kampen. Visitors not only can experience a unique ambiance at the store but also see the exclusive Neverfull handbag specially designed for the collection, featuring the signature Monogram of the brand in various colors as well as the imprint of Sylt in the center of the bag. In addition to the ready-to-wear, the collection provides towels and cushions that feature multiple patterns and graphic designs that embody the brand's aesthetics. The new Louis Vuitton Resort Store on Sylt will be available until September 2, 2023.
www.louisvuitton.com

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Dior Launches its SPA at Grand Hotel Timeo in Taormina

The partnership between Dior and Belmond Hotels culminates in the opening of the “Le Jardin des Rêves Dior” Spa at the Grand Hotel Timeo in Taormina, Sicily, to celebrate the 150 anniversary of the property. The hotel has hosted countless literary and artistic figures over the years in this splendid location with views of Mount Etna. The collaboration between Dior and the luxury hospitality brand unveils a new wellness experience thanks to the two Dior treehouse treatment cabins offering guests exclusive skincare treatments. The garden of Timeo, designed by an English gardener and wildlife conservator Florence Trevelyan at the end of the XIX century, is the perfect majestic location for fostering a spirit of inspiration and relaxation. The entrance to the treehouse cabins is adorned with curtains with the Maison's iconic Toile de Jouy; the same pattern is replicated on the wallpaper inside the cabins. The interior design is intimate and refined, blending seamlessly with the surrounding gardens. The cabins have been designed by Thirtyone Design + Management to offer the guests privacy and serenity during their treatments. The signature treatments are created drawing from the expertise of Dior skincare, targeted towards the blossoming of senses during the summer. Beauty-enhancing treatments using the Dior Prestige product line are also available, targeted at regenerating aging skin. The pop-up spa will remain open between June and October 2023.
www.dior.com

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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.
www.kaldewei.com

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The New Maserati Tridente Membership Programme

On June 28, 2023, in its hometown of Modena, Maserati presents Tridente, its new exclusive membership program, which takes inspiration from the brand’s signature style based on Italian luxury. The program will be launched first in Italy and the rest of the world in the second half of 2023. Tridente is the first membership program by Maserati, and it aims to provide all brand fans with a tailored experience focused on exclusive content; indeed, the only condition to access the program is to be a loyal fan of the sportscar brand. The Tridente app is at the core of the membership program, combining five main elements: editorial storytelling, Maserati exclusives, cultural encounters, curated driving experiences, and international events. There are three tiers to the program. Blue, Platinum, and Diamond. The Blu tier is for all fans of the brand and grants access to previews of new collections. The Platinum tier is for those owning a Maserati car, and it comes with perks such as exclusive cultural experiences and personalized gadgets. Finally, the exclusive Diamond tier is accessible only to those possessing the Supercar Project24 or a GT2 race car; Diamond members gain access to an array of luxury experiences, for instance, a private consultation to customize their sportscar. Maserati’s aim through Tridente is to continue its legacy of luxury and exclusivity, as well as offer its customers an immersive experience in the history and personality of the brand.
www.maserati.com

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Chase The Thrill

The mysterious creative Pharrell Williams’s first campaign for the luxury fashion house Louis Vuitton elegantly debuted with a collaboration with the beloved singer and actress Rihanna. Williams combines his contemporary vision for the future of the Maison with the new Speedy: an adaptation of the emblematic Speedy bag. The campaign represents the union of two everyday icons: a luxury bag founded in codes of reality, embodied by an artist of universal human appeal.

The Speedy Bag, the first bag Williams owned, is met with the cosmopolitan nucleus that inspired Pharrell Williams’ early education in luxury: New York City and everything that saturates every borough of the lively city with a particular essence and aura that permeates the luxury fashion world. the new Speedy conjures through the inimitable savoir-faire of the Maison a visual language evocative of the codes and stylistic attitude of Canal Street. It is an everyday icon conceived for every walk of life.

Williams’s construction of the campaign, including the imagery that accompanies it was planned to the tiniest details. Shining the spotlight on a pregnant Rihanna, the campaign comments on the passing of time, creation, and re-imagination. The temporal cycle of birth, life, and death finds solid footing in the transformed silhouette of the new Speedy– imbued with the singular energy of the old Speedy that drew Williams in the first place.

Created by Gaston-Louis Vuitton in 1930, the classic Speedy leather travel bag – originally known as the Express – was borne out of the era’s infatuation with speed and cars. The design catapulted it into icon status. For nearly a century, the Speedy has been the subject of numerous artistic interpretations and remains an emblem of Louis Vuitton, now with a baby sister that is even more ambitious.

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New Jewelry by Louis Vuitton

Louis Vuitton presents its newest and most extensive high jewelry collection, Deep Time, which intends to celebrate our planet’s natural features and the fragility of life. The Maison’s classical jewelry themes and designs revolve around playing with the logo, and in this collection, this takes a step further. The timelessness of gemstones inspires the title and the feel of the collection, and each piece captures the interconnectedness between past and present. Deep Time has been designed by Francesca Amfitheatrof, Louis Vuitton’s artistic director for Watches and Jewelry. The pieces are grouped into 16 themes spanning two acts: Geology and Life. In Geology, the jewelry captures our planet’s evolution through Maison's signature style and logo, and the items aim to embody a natural feature through the evocative colors of the gemstones and the design of the piece. Geology features precious gemstones such as the Colombian emerald, which represents the Earth’s formation. Life focuses on the life force driving creation. The jewelry belonging to this act captures the history of evolution, with themes ranging from Fossils to Flowers. The themes of Life all bring forward a juxtaposition of different textures, making each piece unique. Life’s pieces are incredibly versatile and are meant to be worn in multiple ways; this aspect is at the core of Amfitheatrof’s creative directory, which strives toward transformability.
www.louisvuitton.com

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CHANEL at the Biarritz International Film Festival

The House of CHANEL has strong ties with the city of Biarritz, to which it has even dedicated a fragrance. This year, the brand is supporting the first edition of the Biarritz International Film Festival, Nouvelles Vagues, by hosting a dinner at the Hôtel du Palais on the opening day of the festival. The festival will last five days, from the 28th of June to the 2nd of July. The leitmotiv of the festival is youth, to which the screenings, concerts, and exhibitions are dedicated. The films participating in the festival explore the place of young people in our society or recount stories of youth. Among the jury, composed of young multidisciplinary artists under 35 and film students, is actress and CHANEL ambassador Lyna Khoudri. The trophy of the festival also emphasizes the partnership with CHANEL. Students from the École Boulle designed it for the Paurier Desrues, the first House to join the Fashion Métiers d'Art in 1985. Established by CHANEL, the Fashion Métiers d'Art is a prominent organization that recognizes the skillful work of Maison's partner artisans. The festival will be an unprecedented cultural event, an occasion to bring together guests from a wide arrange of cinematic backgrounds in the beautiful backdrop of the city of Biarritz.
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Collaboration launch between Marsèll and Diomene by Damir Doma

The Italian brand Marsèll has footwear as the focal point in its pursuit of defying the boundaries of tradition while simultaneously using traditional high-quality Italian manufacturers for their production. Operating with a similar framework, the younger clothing brand by Damir Doma has as its core eliminating the superfluous, producing timeless pieces of clothing with their signature element of floral embroidery. This powerful detail works well in distinguishing the brand.

Through a deconstructive process, the item that emerges from this collaboration is a malleable piece in the hands of the user, which is placed at the heart of the creative process. By marrying Marsèll's focus on materials and innovative techniques and the simplicity of Diomene's clothing, the result is a timeless collection adaptable to human emotions, the element at the collection's core. Two of Marsèll's shoe models are coupled with Diomene's signature floral embroidery. The footwear resulting from this collaboration now accessorizes Damir Doma's third collection, once again reiterating the connection between Marséll's timeless footwear and Diomene's simple clothing items, putting the individual user's experience of the footwear and clothing at the heart of the experience.

www.marsell.com

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Men’s Milan Fashion Week – Gucci

On the occasion of its SS24 men’s collection during Milan Fashion Week, Gucci took the opportunity to celebrate 70 years of the iconic Gucci Horsebit loafer with a multi-faceted, expansive showcase at Spazio Maiocchi. First conceived by Aldo Gucci in 1953, the Horsebit – a miniature of the metal clamp of a horse’s bridle – has become a signifier of the community embodied by Gucci. The casual but elegant Horsebit loafer came to signalize a transitional period on the way to a more liberal mentality toward conventional dress codes, as the loafer was adopted by a great variety of individuals over time.

Titled Gucci Horsebeat Society, the celebratory exhibition was shaped by Spazio Maiocchi’s Creative Director and curator Alessio Ascari into a multi-disciplinary experience: enabling a full immersion into the iconography of the Horsebit Loafer through transformative reinterpretations that featured ten international artists, designers, and creatives. Inspired by the equestrian roots of the Horsebit, the Gucci Horsebeat Society re-imagines the tradition of the country club in a contemporary space fused with the spirit of artistic counterculture – a concept which materializes in a multi-dimensional ‘house’.

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L'Art de la Table

Mealtime is about more than just the food. It is complete with memories with friends and family around the table, an appreciation for the love and time devoted during preparation, and time to relax and reenergize from the day’s activities. All of this centered around the table setting. This is the focus of Loro Piana’s latest décor collection. The “L'Art de la Table” collection celebrates the every day, quintessentially Italian table. In the perfect balance between elegance and functionality, tradition and creativity, the collection achieves simultaneous tastefulness and timelessness.

Cups, plates, and bowls of varying sizes are handmade in Italy in the prized bone porcelain – each piece takes three days to make. The finest and sturdiest materials, like cotton, linen, and polypropylene make the fabric accessories such as placemats, napkins, and runners suitable for outdoor locations. All the products creatively complement each other, sharing the distinctive Loro Piana multicolored stripe in caraway and blue on a white or beige background inspired by Maison’s “The Suitcase Stripe” from the 1970s to 1990s.

The vases and glasses for water, wine, and cocktails are an exemplary display of handcraftsmanship guaranteed by six generations of artisanal know-how. Crafted from hand-blown and beveled Murano glass, their simple, impossibly fine parallel lines and opaline reflections have the appearance and feel of velvety needlecord fabric.

With a touch of Loro Piana’s refined style and savoir-faire and the Italian traditions of exquisite artistry and craftsmanship, L’Art de la Table complements the art of conviviality. The exclusive tableware collection is available in select Loro Piana boutiques, pop-ups, and the Loro Piana e-commerce website.

www.loropiana.com

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Sailing into Summer

Inspired by the wide and endless world of seafaring, Etro’s Vela Bag is an elegant and refined handbag. The first bag designed by Etro’s new Creative Director Marco De Vincenzo, it is crafted from luxurious and smooth calfskin leather. Taking the sharp silhouette of a sail its dynamic contours mould into a strong, rounded body as if by the winds of the sea themselves. The bag now sees a line extension with the Mini Vela Bag. The new, smaller version launched on the 7th of June, just in time for the turn of the season.

The Mini Vela’s bold, minimalist design follows the success of the original Vela. The innovative flexible V-shaped closure is finished with the iconic intricate chain detail and a medallion engraved with the Etro logo and Pegaso. The new bag is launched with a maximalist twist, released in an array of candy pop colors such as playful shades of pink, orange, sky blue, and lime green for an energizing, the 90s, and Kidcore culture-inspired addition sure to brighten up the summer wardrobe. An adaptable strap makes the bag perfect to be worn as a shoulder or crossbody bag.

The Mini Vela Bag is available on the Etro website, in Etro stores, and selected retailers worldwide.

www.etro.com

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How much D can you handle?

There is something magnetic about Diesel’s “D.” The power with which it seals style into a uniform of self-expression and sartorial irony. The way it rebels against the established luxury market with a call for individualism. The way it plays on the cult of fashion, weaving values of freedom, individualism, and fun to create an anti-conformist code. In the end, everyone deserves a really good D.

This is the vision of Diesel’s Prefall 2023 campaign, Dieseltopia. Creative Director Glenn Martens, Art Director Chris Simmonds, and photographer Marili Andre fashion a safe, communal space for the Diesel tribe to express themselves through an irreverent take on logomania. The campaign stars Estonian rapper and singer TOMM¥ €A$H as a guru who exalts the House’s values of freedom of expression, humor, and rebellion.

Diesel’s Oval D insignia is an invitation to part of their family. The D logo, surrounded by an oval, is a seal of allegiance, making its way from the best-selling 1DR bag and array of accessories to a full collection of ready-to-wear, underwear, beachwear, and more. The collection expands the treatments and applications of the Oval D logo, blowing it up, miniaturizing it, and rendering it in hardware or contrast colors. Oval D hoodies, Oval D caps, Oval D belts, Oval D underwear, Oval D bikinis, and of course the 1DR bag - Dieseltopia doesn’t make it hard to worship the D.

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Cartier’s Journey Begins Anew

“A journey back to the heart of Cartier creation, an uninterrupted story being told over time”, those are the words of Jacqueline Karachi, the Director of High Jewelry creation at Cartier, for the launch of the Maison’s High Jewelry collection: Le Voyage Recommencé. Cartier craftsmen and designers approach creation with a perpetual momentum, allowing them to journey into the heart of Cartier style trough a new, unexpected prism. Including over 90 never-before-seen pieces, the collection expands the possibilities of lines and the abstract, reinvents the palette of chromatic harmonies, and celebrates life as well as the world’s horizons.

For Cartier, light matters. Focusing on the purity of lines, the balance of shapes and volumes, and the final harmony, Cartier creates pieces that play with structures of light – such as the Ondule ring. Part of the Maison’s characteristic style, geometry and contrast remain predominant elements, as seen in the transformable Claustra necklace. Reflected in the Girih necklace is Cartier’s passion for the world and its cultures – a taste for curiosity which makes up the legacy of a long lineage that is more contemporary than ever. In addition to the unique pieces, a collection consisting of two sets of jewelry – the Unda and Voltea set – has been created from this Voyage Recommencé. In Karachi’s words: “This collection is a great opportunity to delve into the essential themes of the Cartier style. To explore them in greater depth, take a fresh look at them, nurtured by the spirit of time."

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Paul&Shark’s Whisper in the Waters of Italy

A key idea in the philosophy of Paul&Shark is that Italy, and the planet for that matter, needs to be safeguarded and taken care of. Although summer style can be chic, lighthearted, and fun, there is an increasing importance for it to be conscious and constructive. This is the “message in a bottle” that Paul&Shark aims to spread in their latest experiential partnership. Along the crystal-clear waters of the Gulf of Tigullio is Tigu Beach, an elegant beach club that will be dressed by the brand for the approaching summer of 2023.

The concept of Tigu Beach began with Edoardo Santanna and Mattia Ferrari, bringing together the driving forces of entrepreneurship and creativity. Fully designed by Paul&Shark, the Beach Club takes on a 1940s French apartment-style atmosphere, complete with seats and tables evoking Parisian bistros and tea and forest shades of flooring and furniture that recall historic patisseries. The welcoming stripes of 54 standard sunbeds and 10 VIP beds await under vintage umbrellas, offering picturesque views of the Mediterranean Sea that needs our protection.

The area was chosen by Paul&Shark for its rich jewel sites of biodiversity, which guests are invited to explore through the brand’s program of activities throughout the season accompanied by marine biology researchers who protect the gulf’s priceless nature and Sealife. The finishing touch of Tigu Beach’s offerings is the fantastic variety of food to tickle the tastebuds: from a Mediterranean restaurant that experiments with local cuisine, to a Japanese style restaurant curated by expert sushi chefs.

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Cut Throat Waves

Creating with the future in mind, for the second year in a row Kim Jones, the Artistic Director of Dior Men, has collaborated with Parley for the Oceans, an environmentally conscious organization that works to combat threats to the ocean. Parley for the Oceans, started in 2012 has been protecting marine life through a strategy called Parley AIR: Avoid, Intercept, Redesign. Together, Dior and Parley have created a Men’s beachwear capsule collection that reflects the deep connection Dior has with nature whilst making sure to protect the said nature through conscious designs and meticulous attention to detail.

Christian Dior is well known for his passion for flowers and gardens, however, this collection was deeply inspired and formed around his love for water and the ocean, first blooming when he was lulled by the song of the waves in Granville. Kim Jones, sharing Christian Dior’s passion, created a collection made from 96% recycled materials to ensure the presence of beaches in the future of our world to wear these garments at. The garments relay a confident relaxation– bold colors catch the eye and a joyful declaration of living is embedded into each fold and thread of the garments. From mules to bags to wetsuits, this capsule collection has integrated every aspect of the beach. The wetsuit accompanied by a dazzling surfboard, sports a graphic water overlay under the iconic Dior logo, embracing the natural elements and playing into the function of the garment. The surfboard, also embellished with a graphic overlay of splashing water is sure to increase your speed as you cut through vicious waves.

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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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Longchamp in Hamburg

RISE– the new concept of the newly renovated Longchamp Hamburg boutique. The reopening of the brand’s second store in Neuer Wall 18, following the Munich store, was celebrated yesterday evening with genuine happiness and pleasure with esteemed customers and friends of the house.

The new Longchamp store envelops whoever walks in with the warmth, elegance, and aesthetics of a Parisian apartment. The new concept explored through the renovation of the Hamburg store expertly reflects the company's heritage and savoir-faire, energy, and optimism. Paying homage to the birth of Longchamp in 1948 Paris– the store’s decor is imbued with the Parisian creative curiosity and cosmopolitan attitude that distinguishes Longchamp and its clients from others. Traditional dark green asserts the value of tradition and authenticity while a contrasting rich light green presents energy and modernity.

On the 27th of April, 2023, the opening of the Hamburg Longchamp store was honored with the creation of a relaxed atmosphere that the respected guests and clients of Longchamp would appreciate. The ambiance was perfected with eclectic drinks, delicious food, and a brilliant set by DJane. The guests in attendance roamed calmly through the store, a glint of curiosity present in their eyes, exploring and soaking in the final production of the store. The highlight and entertainment of the glamorous and exciting evening was the raffle for a box-trot bag towards the end of the opening.

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C.P. Company SEED

Intense fabric research and innovation are not new to C.P. Company, which has pioneered garment dyeing techniques and the hybridization of functionality with connoisseur textile production. In SS23, the Italian brand takes this one step further with SEED, an ongoing program with a focus on reducing the environmental impact of garment making. A laboratory of trials focuses on how new clothes can be produced and designed with the goal of shortening the production chain, eliminating waste and circular manufacturing. The project's goals are embodied in its crossed man symbol, a reminder that progress can only be achieved through trial and error.

C.P. Company is proud to introduce the two SEED capsule collections, offering a selection of iconic designs such as the Eco-Chrome Goggle Jacket and the Tela Ortica Overshirt reimagined and crafted out of their latest experimentations.

SEED 1 explores the use of local natural fibers coming from plants that grow almost uncontrollably, making them a renewable and reliable resource. Nettle, hemp, and other ancient natural fibers are spun into yarn and woven into a strong and stiff fabric reminiscent of linen. The yarns blend smoothly with other fibers such as premium cotton, softening and increasing longevity as desired.

SEED 2 gives a new life to wasteful and polluting materials. In experimentation with Eco-Chrome, an improved version of the fabric that uses Econyl regenerated nylon, C.P. Company offers a capsule created by upcycling fishing nets and mixing recycled fleece with organic cotton.

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Prada Frames 2023: Materials in Flux

Following the success of On Forest for Prada Frames 2022, this year’s multidisciplinary symposium returns to Milan with a new theme, Materials in Flux. The event took place at Teatro Filodrammatici, one of Milan’s oldest theaters. The set-up was complemented by a selection of furnishings and lamps by the Italian brand Azucena – designed by architect Luigi Caccia Dominioni starting from the late 1940s. Prada seeks to stimulate a reflection that has nourished the brand’s practice for some time now: how the use of innovative recycled materials bestows opportunities for low-impact production and original creativity. Curated by Formafantasma, Materials in Flux explores the concept of waste, and analyzes as well as breaks down the intricate relationship between materials and ecosystems. The symposium departs from British anthropologist Tim Ingold’s research, who initiated the first session of the event, transpiring on April 17th from 11am to 12:30pm. Ingold introduces the notion of waste as matter in constant transformation: he views materials as interconnected, as having a relational process through which they become engaged with a perpetually changing web of life. His introduction is followed up by speakers Anna Anguissola, Hans Ulrich Obrist, and Eduardo Kohn. On the same day, from 15:00pm to 16:30pm, speakers Justin McGuirk, Patrick O’Hare, Josh Lepawsky, Elizabeth Povinelli, and Elvira Dyangani Ose investigate the dynamics that regulate waste infrastructure and their value systems during the second session. Together, they create a new, multidisciplinary reality. On April 18th, 2023, the complete recordings of both sessions will be available on Prada’s website.

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Seventh Edition of the Loro Piana Knit Design Award

The seventh Edition of the Loro Piana Knit Design Award, an international competition between talented students dedicated to a creative interpretation of iconic yarns that represent the excellence of the Maison, has recently come to a happy ending. Since 2016, the first Edition of the Loro Piana Knit Design Award, students from the most prestigious international design schools have participated in the exciting competition. The theme for 2023 was “Regenerate” and the students from the six participating schools– the Fashion Institute of Technology of New York, Heriot-Watt University of Edinburgh, Donghua University Shanghai, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Università IUAV di Venezia, and Institut Français de la Mode– were requested to develop a creative idea with a focus on sustainability and recycling, which will in enhance the value of Maison’s exclusive yarns in the long term.

After the initial brief, the competing students were given a chance to fly to Italy to see first-hand Maison’s extraordinary heritage and a general outline of the production process explained meticulously by the Research and Development team through guided tours of the wool mill. The finalists, presented on the 6th of April, were judged by international experts and internal representatives including but not limited to CEO Damien Bertrand. The winning pair were students Sumin An and Blake Dewitt of the Fashion Institute and Technology of New York. An and Dewitt were graciously celebrated for their win, leaving Italy with a prestigious Loro Piana Knit Design Award 2023 handmade silver trophy, along with a scholarship and an employment contract with the company. Loro Piana’s efforts to merge teaching and professional experience allow for the company to shorten the distance between education and the job market– providing youthful creatives with an opportunity to showcase their talents to the world with no time to spare.

An and Dewitt’s finished pieces, supported by expert artisans, will be exhibited in Pitti Filati, to be held in Florence from the 28th-30th of June.

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Louis Vuitton’s Fashion Eye: Seoul and Texas

At the heart and soul of Louis Vuitton is a passion for travel, exemplified in the Maison’s series of photography books titled “Fashion Eye”. Each book represents an exploration of a country, region, city, or place through the unique lens of an emerging or a legendary fashion photographer. This spring, Louis Vuitton sets off on a new adventure, exploring Seoul and Texas in two new titles added to the series.

Dutch photographer Sarah van Rij captures the intimacy and mystery in even the most mundane scenes of everyday life in Seoul. The delicacies of every moment, from reflections to shadows, faces, silhouettes, and gestures, are all transformed by her sensitive gaze. Her visual language accentuates depth and perspective, with a signature poetic use of chiaroscuro and saturated hues that capture the vitality of life in the city.

Sean Thomas, an American Photographer, brings together the iconic, the legendary, and the less familiar scenes of life in Texas. His pages are filled with vibrant scenes and stories from across the state. With his glimpse into the way of life on the American frontier, you can almost hear the country music and the march of cowboy boots.

“Fashion Eye” is a tailor-made series, with the editorial process behind each book uniquely suited to the work of the photographer so the images are shared in their optimal form. The large format photographs are paired with written works that are personal to the photographer, such as biographical information, an interview, or a critical essay.

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Palm Angels Sets Foot in Seoul

The Italian brand Palm Angels accelerates its global expansion with the opening of the brand’s first boutique in Seoul, opened in partnership with Forward Global Fashion Co., Ltd. a leading company in the fashion industry.

The classic taste of Milan touches down on the lively streets of Seoul adorned with the brutalist aesthetic of various buildings in Los Angeles, where the soul of Palm Angels resides. The new store, located at 18-2, Dosan-daero 45-gil, Gangnam-gu, a well-known luxury shopping destination of the Korean capital, celebrates Palm Angel’s essence– characterized by a bold and youthful desire to express and surprise. A full-height window playfully displays the store’s pink concrete walls, light-whitened cedar wood central counter, and grid ceiling beams– an outside glance, quick and sly, is enough to be entranced by the aesthetic dance between the industrial and the chic.

The boutique design is characterized by geometric lines set in a warm atmosphere where the displays are outlined to highlight the brand collections. The minimal and powerful essence of the shop, narrated by the quiet harmonies of metal and marble, is disrupted by the animated liveliness of baby pink color. Francesco Ragazzi, the brand Founder and Creative Director, affirms that the “store tells the whole Palm Angels story as it perfectly embodies the emotions, inspirations, and values of the brand”. Developed by the Palm Angels internal architects’ team in close collaboration with Ragazzi, the new Palm Angels store is a penultimate representation of the high-fashion streetwear brand.

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W&W Rolex: Icons in the Making

A perfect combination of style and functionality, and a perpetual pursuit of excellence set apart Rolex’s new watches unveiled during this year’s Watches & Wonders. From questioning and perfecting every detail, method and component to its capacity to reinvent while preserving a sense of continuity and tradition, Rolex’s creative vision is one of meticulous attention to detail.

Celebrating its 60th anniversary, the Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytone is an icon defying time. Rolex’s new adjustments, such as a new balance for the dial graphics and the renewed caliber 4131, ensure the continuation of this legendary watch. A true epitome of Rolex’s commitment to excellence, the Perpetual 1908 is elegant, classic and contemporary with a harmonious interplay between scintillation and reflection. Ideal for the sportsperson is the light and robust Oyster Perpetual Yacht-Master 42, whose case and bracelet are crafted using RLX titanium. With its two time zones and its annual Saros calendar, the Oyster Perpetual Sky-Dweller is one for the travelers seeking comfort. The Oyster Perpetual GMT-Master II is now available in two new versions and an entirely new color combination, while the Oyster Perpetual Explorer 40 is expanded on with the introduction of a new, 40 mm model. The Oyster Perpetual’s new lacquered dial in 31 mm, 36 mm and 41 mm is an explosion of color and liveliness. A variety of Oyster Perpetual Day-Date 36 watches now come with dials decorated with stones in shimmering tones that evoke the atmosphere of the Mediterranean coast. Truly, Rolex’s novelties are bound to become icons.

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Tommy Hilfiger x Shawn Mendes

Tommy Hilfiger and Grammy nominated multi-platinum singer songwriter Shawn Mendes launched a joint Spring 2023 collection of menswear and womenswear. Tommy x Shawn Mendes Classics Reborn prioritizes comfort, inclusivity, and sustainable materials while breathing a fresh, contemporary life into Tommy’s timeless and iconic take on American prep.

Uniting in their shared vision to create a more responsible future for fashion, Hilfiger and Mendes pillared the collection on four innovative principles. Color Reborn utilizes the Recycrom™ technique, reprocessing factory fiber scraps into vivid dyes. Materials Reborn ensures a more circular life cycle for the fibers that are used in the collection, with recycled and regenerated industry-certified materials used throughout. Self Reborn reflects a modern approach to fashion highlighting diversity in ideas, passions, and perspectives. Community Reborn emphasizes the importance of surrounding yourself with people who support and inspire you to be your best self. The collection therefore marks the brand’s development towards “fashion that wastes nothing and welcomes all,” as said by Tommy Hilfiger.

Creative directed by Team Laird and shot by Cass Bird, the designs were revealed in a campaign featuring the pop-stars friends and family, from his sister to other multidisciplinary talents. The launch was celebrated with a tour of presentations at key Tommy Hilfiger stores in Amsterdam, London, Berlin, and Milan with new channels for engagement such as AR mirrors to digitally try on the collection and embroidery workshops to inspire upcycling practices. Parties welcoming Hilfiger, Mendes, and many other VIP and press guests ensued.

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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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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 de