Art

Irina Ionesco passes away at 91

To our great dismay, on July 25, 2022, photographer Irina Ionesco passed away at the age of 91 in her hometown of Paris. Throughout her lifetime, Ionesco had made a name for herself with her images of seductive and sensual women, displayed in dark and theatrical settings. The artist was born the daughter of a violinist and a trapeze artist in Paris in 1930. Neglected by her parents, she moved to her grandparents in Romania when she was only four years old. It was not until 1951 that she returned to the French capital, where she first started working in the cabaret. She took up photography, when Guillaume Corneille, with whom she was in a relationship at the time, gave her a first camera. In 1974, her first exhibition was presented at the Nikon Gallery. The black-and-white photographs on display often showed single, half-naked women adorned with lace, fur, and flowers. Their faces were covered with striking makeup and their bodies were graced with jewelry and pearls. Their surroundings conveyed a surrealistic feeling, evoked by its gothic and fetishistic decor, in which the women appeared like a role in a film. Ionesco had been captured and enraptured by Orientalism from an early age. She spent her childhood with her grandmother who raised her in the Turkish quarter in Constantinople. From a young age, she experienced the city’s strong diversity in culture, counting the many mosques and Byzantine Churches, with their Saints dressed in gold and covered with gems nurtured by virgin Icons. The buildings oftentimes are not only decorated in splendor on the outside but have unique inside atmospheres, the air sated in the murmur of prayers and the scent of incense. All these experiences inspired and shaped her later body of work. Among the many subjects, she has captured you will find models such as Sylvia Kristel, but also nude Yakuza, the notorious Japanese gangsters, who bared their full-body tattoos to Ionesco, sitting stoically in public bathhouses. Through her imagery and her work, Ionesco left her mark on Western photographers working today in fashion, art and music. From the 2000s onwards, the artist devoted herself to fashion photography and created works for Givenchy and Vogue Japan, among others. In 2014, Reflex Amsterdam showed some of her photographs in an exclusive exhibition. Irina Ionesco has and will continue to be an inspiration, and through her work, she has left a mark and strong influence on many Western photographers in fashion, music, and art.

Fashion

#HUGOYourWay

In the brand’s spirit of encouraging and empowering its audience, HUGO now consolidates this message in its digital-led Fall/ Winter 2022 imagery. For this matter, HUGO formed a trio of inspiring artists, including Korean American rapper Big Matthew and Guyanese American rapper SAINt JHN as well as the American model and singer Selah Marley. The two rappers have been named brand ambassadors for the previous season and return now, keeping up the energy from the branding refresh. Each one of the ambassadors set an example of doing one’s own thing, staying true to one’s self and thus, creating their own look.
In order to connect with youthful fans and to spread their message and values even further, HUGO expanded on Tiktok, posting videos made by some of the platform’s most cherished and creative content creators. Always using the hashtag #HUGOYourWay, customers get to discover the world of HUGO on various social media apps. In its posts, HUGO is teasing its new collection for FW22, in which the brand focuses more on its denim products as well as the brand’s colors of red, white, and black. A highlight of the collection is the introduction of the new HUGO monogram, which will be spread as an all-over graphic on various styles, such as sweatshirts and footwear. 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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Alexander McQueen Sprint Runner

Regardless of one’s age, sneakers have become an intricate part of all of our wardrobes. From fast fashion retailers to luxury houses, everybody has recognized its popularity and has included a selection of sneakers in their selection. Formerly considered as footwear suitable only for casual dressing or athletic activities, the sneaker has now overcome this limitation and can be worn at ease with either casual or formal attire. Nothing might exemplify this development more than the new Alexander McQueen film, directed by award-winning director and visual artist Sophie Muller. The focal point of this film is the Sprint Runner sneakers work by singer, songwriter and renowned dancer, Mettenarrative. The Sprint Runner is a modern and streamlined variation of a classic running sneaker. First unveiled to the world at the women’s SS23 show, the shoes with their sleek design prove to be versatile and suitable for any situation. Sophie Muller’s film finds its inspiration in Mette’s fiercely beautiful physicality and is an ode to the ultimate expression of empowerment through clothing. The dresses Mettenarrative is wearing, corset dresses with oversized hook-and-eye detailing and asymmetrical dresses, which beautifully accentuate the body and its movements are matched with the Sprint Runner in classic white, the perfect shoe granting ultimate freedom of movement.

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New Version of the LV Trainer

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

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Stella McCartney and the Frayme Mylo

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

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

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FENDI Couture FW22

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

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TOMBOGO x Saucony Butterfly

Saucony belongs to those brands that have a long heritage attached to it. Despite all the tradition and history, the brand has long recognized that one can not solely rest on its laurels, but there is a constant need for novelty and innovation in order to ensure continued success. As part of this year’s Paris Men’s Week, Saucony unveiled its collaboration with TOMBOGO, combining the creative forces and impulses of both brands in order to create a brand new silhouette, the Butterfly. This shoe strikes the perfect balance of the three elements which define both brands, functionality, form and performance. The shoe was unveiled in the House of Originals, where friends of the brand were able to get a sneak peek of the collaboration between Saucony’s performance know-how and TOMBOGO’s innovative design language, expressed through the modular nature of the shoe, and interchangeable color system, allowing every wearer to make the shoe their own.

The TOMBOGO x Saucony Butterfly will become available in selected markets over the course of the year.

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Paul Smith Reinterprets Traditional Menswear Codes for SS23

For its SS23 men’s presentation in Paris, Paul Smith revisits the ’80s art scene to offer a redefined take on classic menswear silhouettes. Silhouettes throughout the collection reinterpret the norms of formal menswear and translate them into a casual spirit in multiple combinations, including a waistcoat-inspired vest, oversized shorts, belted jacket, and car coat. Traditional shirting stripes are subverted, mixed and matched, and used across sportswear and technical styles. These include an oversized pullover windbreaker, work jacket, collarless shirt, and knitted vests. Paired with these pieces, are footwear that reinforces the contrast between traditional elegance and sporty modernity, with high-shine cut-out leather loafers set atop a lightweight sole and classic crossover sandals on hiking-inspired commando soles. Prints throughout refer to ’80s artistic techniques and media. Within the collection is a “Hot Summer” floral, seen across shirting and outerwear, and the “Glow Polka” print, taking its cue from contemporary light installations and features across shirting and neon knitwear. Another key theme is the painterly finish in the “Untitled” stripe print, created using an innovative combination of hand-painting, spray-painting, and screen-printing. Also highlighted, is the interplay of texture and print. Innovative techniques are employed to showcase patterns that emphasize the contrast between formal and casual, blending traditional shirting poplin and worsted suiting materials with lightweight silks and technical nylons. Presented in Paris at a former post office, an industrial backdrop reinforces the collection’s artistic inspiration. This, in hand with an eclectic mix curated by renowned British DJ Gilles Peterson, reflects the season's vibrancy and the ’80s club scene. GH

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Dries Van Noten SS23 Menswear Collection: Unusual Elegance.

The Dries Van Noten SS23 Menswear Collection is a mix of contrasts. A sense of loucheness and sensuality is combined with the classic structure of sartorialism. Two worlds collide: on one side, refined, precious, and intimate aesthetic, while on the other, hard and robust outer layers act as armor. The collection is inspired by the Zazou subculture of Paris during WWII when the youth used to take refuge in the Pam Pam Cafe, dancing their troubles away to swing jazz. The garments presented during the Paris Fashion Week also referred to the Buffalo-style movement that mixed masculine and feminine elements with joyous revelry. On the runway, we can admire silk vests with spaghetti straps worn with pleated trousers, as well as silk smoking shirts paired with unstructured striped pajama pants, all garments that convey a new sense of intimacy emphasizing men’s lingerie. To follow, sequined embroidery on cycling shorts shows a glorious preciousness alongside technicality, while Western-style shirting, boots, and shoes give masculine cowboy vibes. Lastly, couture expressions are balanced with suiting; the huge plume on a rolled shoulder, the dramatic shape on a parka, and flowing patchwork shirt capes. 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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Giorgio Armani Men’s SS23 Fashion Show

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

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Prada Choices

Fashion can be defined as a manner, a way of dressing, or a method of presenting oneself. Based on this reflection, Miuccia Prada and Raf Simons have created a new collection titled “Prada Choices,” an invitation to rethink what style is. The Prada SS23 Menswear Collection plays on the juxtaposition of many elements. Garments are here combined in an unusual way generating a different impact and identity according to the dialogue of each piece with the others. The designers have combined the brand's sophisticated aesthetic with Raf Simons’ youthful aura. Suits, overcoats, sweaters, shirts, denim, and leather are among Prada classics. Despite their simplicity, the silhouettes of these pieces have been reinterpreted through context. Leather shorts are coupled with patterned cotton shirts, and knee-length four-button coats come in leather, gingham, and off-white. Simplicity is the reading key but what makes this collection iconic is the mix of rawness and sophistication, classicism and spontaneity. It is the choice of pairing colors, fabrics, patterns, and shapes to elevate the whole show. VB

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Missoni Women’s Main Spring’23

Missoni’s women’s spring SS23 collection speaks to the masses, with a fluid range of garments that acknowledge age as only a mindset. The collection involves an essential and extensible system of garments such as cardigans, shirts, tops, pencil skirts, trousers, and slip dresses. The colors range on a vibrant light spectrum with yellow, magenta, and cyan tones, as well as the primary colors and their endless permutations. Graphic black and white additions are added to the pieces to bring further lightness and structure to them. The wardrobe is designed to be worn every day in an effortless yet elegant way. Prints include seductive monochromes, maximizing color in a single note on a range of textures. A variety of patterns are also included, the founding motifs of Missonism: fiammato, zig-zag, patchwork, and rachel are blown up, combined, and morphed. Applied crystals and shimmers create new dimensions of height, drawing patterns and refracting glimmer. The collection overall creates the perfect blend of timely and timeless pieces that speak to all. GH

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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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Marni opens the doors of the new Milan flagship store

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

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Louis Vuitton Unveils Colorful Lineup on Monogram Macassar and Taurillon Monogram

Louis Vuitton has introduced a fresh and cool lineup on Monogram Macassar and Taurillon Monogram for Summer 2022. To pay homage to Virgil Abloh, the French Maison designed a leather goods collection featuring a distinctive seasonal color palette of orange, purple, and mint green that evokes the late Creative Director's rainbow and energizing universe. The new accessories are practical and colorful, all crafted in LV Taurillon Monogram leather. The briefcase is a sophisticated yet spacious item able to contain tech and essential documents thanks to a padded laptop sleeve and pockets. Its closure features the iconic Virgil Abloh-designed S-Lock Signature, while a top handle and a wide woven shoulder strap make it functional and comfortable. The new wearable wallet is roomy, with a vertical silhouette, and characterized by a flap with a magnetic finishing inspired by Louis Vuitton's original, unbreakable lock from 1886. Then, two other unique Louis Vuitton cult favorites have been redesigned: the Keepall 25 in a city bag size and the Christopher backpack in a smaller version. To complete the collection are the Monogram Macassar canvas bags in the same seasonal colors embellished with signature matte black metallic finishes. VB

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Louis Vuitton Unveils a Restaurant With Michelin-starred Chef Mory Sacko

In the city of Saint-Tropez, the first Louis Vuitton restaurant has opened its doors, led by Michelin-starred chef Mory Sacko. Head of the restaurant MoSuke in Paris, Mory Sacko is one of the new stars of French cuisine. For Louis Vuitton, he created a unique experience, a modern restaurant that combines the art of Travel, dear to the brand, and the savoir-faire of the French Riviera. The menu offers a mix of flavors: African and Japanese influences meet the local cuisine, taking the guests on a culinary journey to faraway places. For lunch, the chef proposes a creative take on Ekiben presented on a custom-made wooden tray adorned with flowers and foliage. For dinner, vegetarian aubergine tacos, a selection of grilled amberjack, crayfish, and prime rib, served with fennel and a mango salad, are presented in ceramic dishes. It is a plant-based cuisine that blends authenticity with simplicity. Located inside the White 1921 Hotel on the iconic Place des Lices, the Louis Vuitton restaurant is an oasis of calm. The decor features travertine, wood, rope, and rattan adorned with the Monogram flowers and specially redesigned Objets Nomades. The architecture, designed by Mory Sacko, recalls a holiday on the Mediterranean coast surrounded by tranquillity, fresh air, and light. The Louis Vuitton restaurant is the next summer destination. VB

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Fashion

ROD by Diesel Living with Lodes

The Diesel Living with Lodes line has been extended to include ROD, a portable and rechargeable table lamp. In keeping with Diesel’s industrial aesthetic, ROD’s concept stems from the form of a construction rod, typically used to hold blocks of cement together. This slender stem connects two imaginary blocks of cement, rising from the base and supporting the shade, hosting the LED light source. The lamp is portable and rechargeable via a C-type-USB port, protected by a rubber cap, making ROD a perfect choice for use within hospitality venues as well as residential settings. The lamp has an eight-hour battery life at maximum power and up to 180 hours on minimum, making ROD functional and practical without compromising on aesthetic design. Versatile for a variety of settings, the table lamp is available in Moss Gray, Soft Pink, Ivory, and Dark Asphalt, making a suitable color for each mood. ROD is the newest addition alongside a wider range of Diesel with Lodes lighting products, allowing users to complete every part of their home. GH

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Missoni Tableware: The Art of the Table

Italian fashion brand Missoni has unveiled the new Missoni Tableware Collection produced and distributed by manufacturers Arnolfo di Cambio – Compagnia Italiana del Cristallo S.r.l., the historic Italian company that has produced tableware collections since 1963. Presented during the Design Week in Milan, the new pieces embody the art of table decoration with typical Missoni-style colors and patterns. Known for its colorful knitwear designs, Missoni has launched a collection of teacups, mugs, and dinner services that perfectly reflect the house’s codes. The new products are made of high-quality materials and Made in Italy. Coffee and Mug sets, Vases, and Knick-knack containers in golden, brilliant stripes, or classic zig-zag designs, alongside stylish Dinner Services in total white, tones of light blue and cobalt blue, or vibrant orange, violet, and fuchsia, are made of Fine Bone China. An explosion of colors invites customers to mix and match the various items to create new combinations. Instead, the Mouth-blown glass gave birth to elegant glasses in Transparent, Amber, and Shaded Charcoal Grey also adorned with zig-zag patterns. Then, the Silver Stainless Steel was used to craft essential design Cutlery characterized by an opaque silver-plating and Missoni motif on the handle. The Tableware Collection will be displayed at the Arnolfo di Cambio stand at the Salone del Mobile. VB

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Louis Vuitton x NBA New Collection

Louis Vuitton and the National Basketball Association (NBA) are back with a new collaboration inspired by travel. This year’s edition continues to celebrate the values of basketball, a legendary sport that emanates uplifting energy, so much appreciated by Virgil Abloh and reflected in all the pieces he created for the Maison. Dedicated to luggage, the new Louis Vuitton x NBA Collection features The Christopher backpack, iconic Keepall 55, Dopp Kit, and Pocket Organize, together with two exceptional pieces: a case that can store eight watches and the signature Malle Courrier. Every piece presents different exclusive motifs as an oversized LV signature in the shape of a basketball that boasts the NBA logo colors, a basketball net combined with gold chains and metal details, and the iconic NBA colors. These unique items, made of Monogram-embossed electric blue Taurillon leather, represent the perfect mix of Louis Vuitton and NBA’s aesthetic codes and spirits. In addition, the French House, which invented the “Art of Travel,” has created an exceptional new Official Travel Trunk for the NBA’s Larry O’Brien Trophy, the pinnacle of basketball achievement. The new trunk is a reinterpretation of the original model that the Maison has been producing for over 160 years. This version features an exterior covered in emblematic Monogram canvas with heavyweight brass closures and fittings and an interior lined with soft microfibre and sporting the NBA’s 75th Anniversary logo. VB

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Fashion

Paul Smith Presents a Cinematic AW22 Men’s Collection

Inspired by the world of arthouse cinema, Paul Smith has presented the AW22 Menswear Collection, a combination of otherworldly photo prints, lavish textures, and a cinematic palette. The new collection is a one-of-a-kind revival of the distinctively visual techniques of film's greatest auteurs, from the 1930s monochromatic films to the 1960s and the emergence of technicolor. Padded down jackets, checked duffle coats, cropped bombers, as well as jumpers, and shirts are adorned with psychedelic Zig Zag prints, Shadow Floral prints, and other bold graphic elements in an homage to avant-garde directors such as David Lynch and Wong Kar-wai. Instead, photo prints, a long-time signature of Paul Smith, resemble vintage movie posters and old cinema interiors, while the heady Starlet print is a reference to the studio headshots of silver screen stars. In terms of fabrics, the collection offers a wide range of materials: from tweeds and wool for both tailoring and sportswear to matte satin, rich shearling, mohair, and jewel-toned leather to portray Hollywood Golden Age and a return to dressing up. Surrealism and opulence are mixed, giving life to a unique fashion show held at the spectacular Île-de-France Regional Chamber of Commerce and Industry headquarters in Paris. 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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Pomellato: Nudo Solitaire

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

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Fashion

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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Fashion

Think Positive and Green: DoDo & Tenaka Together Again

DoDo and Tenaka are back together, launching a new collaboration to support environmental protection. This year, the iconic pendant and jewelry brand, which has always been active in projects to protect the planet, has joined forces with French social enterprise Tenaka to support the Coral Reef Restoration project in Tioman, Malaysia. Their partnership began in 2020 with the restoration of a thousand square meters of the world's most resilient and biodiverse coral reef, followed by a one-of-a-kind project to save a mangrove forest in the state of Sabah in 2021, to finally get to the current collaboration to expand Malaysia's coral reef with 300 new corals planted. For this project, DoDo realized a bracelet and necklace made of silver and recycled plastic inspired by the colors of the ocean to symbolize the new commitment. It is a call to all to respect and protect the sea. VB

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Fashion

Palm Angels x Vilebrequin New Capsule Collection

Palm Angels, the brand founded by Art Director and Photographer Francesco Ragazzi, has announced the release of a new project in partnership with VILEBREQUIN. After the first collaboration launched in 2021, the new Palm Angels x Vilebrequin capsule collection represents the second drop of the coolest swimwear for Summer 2022. Both brands stand for durable tailoring and sartorial construction combined with a playful and joyful design. The new beachwear pieces, in line with their stylistic codes, introduce five new different prints: camouflage and animal prints, an art-deco inspired motif with the Palm Angels logo, a bold tropical sunset as viewed from a pristine Hawaiian coast, and, lastly, the classic teddy bear with ultra-trendy paisley motifs. The color palette ranges from bright yellows, blues, and classic black to perfectly embody the summer season. These clothes will be available starting May 31st on VILEBREQUIN and Palm Angels’ websites and select stores. VB

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Fashion

Dior: Archi Dior

Since 2014, Victoire de Castellane has paid tribute to Dior’s origins through her Archi Dior collection. This year, the Archi Dior jewelry collection is enriched with eight new pieces, three of which are inspired by the famous Bar suit. First presented in 1947 in the very first collection by the House of Dior, with a pleated skirt cut from four meters of black wool and a natural shantung jacket with soft curves and a peplum emphasizing a wasp waist, the sculptural design became emblematic of the Dior look. Its new jewelry incarnation, Bar en corolle, features a white gold ruffle and diamond belt, appearing as a luminous bracelet and necklace. Completing this, are fan-shaped earrings, set with a pear-cut diamond that may also be worn as a simple stud. Also celebrated from 1947, is the short-sleeved Aladin dress, which was decorated with bows and caused a sensation. This is celebrated with the ultra-contemporary Diorama earring. Designed specifically for either the left or right ear, the jewel is placed high on the ear and allows a glittering ribbon to unfurl, illuminating the silhouette. This year, the line also gives rise to three new Archi Dior Milieu du siècle creations in the form of a necklace, bracelet, and pair of earrings. GH

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Art

Art Rotterdam 2022: Artist From All Over The World

During Art Rotterdam, people will have the possibility to dive into the creations of hundreds of artists from all over the world. From France, UN-SPACED Gallery presents the new work of Lilah Fowler on show in the New Art Section. The British-Japanese artist is famous for her complex and layered installations that represent the geopolitical layers of our globalized virtual and analog landscapes, as well as how these parallel worlds occasionally overlap. Her woven works, photography, sculpture, and video art explore the effects and consequences of technology on contemporary society. The Belgian booth curated by Galerie Felix Frachon, instead, showcases the art pieces by Brazilian artist Mano Penalva. His works are based on everyday objects collected during his many trips to major world cities, especially at popular street markets. These items are, for him, examples of material culture and globalization. What fascinates him is the new, poetic values that these objects gain once they are taken out from their original context. Then, representing the Netherland, one of the galleries that take part at the fair is STEVENSON, presenting the new masterpiece by Viviane Sassen. Her creations are characterized by sculptural representations of bodies, often surreal and anonymous. VB

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OBJECT Rotterdam: Jubilee Edition From May 20 till May 22

OBJECT Rotterdam opens its doors to the public from May 20 till May 22, presenting the artworks of over 150 designers, of which more than 50 recently graduated. Held at the modernist HAKA building, this design fair is an incubator for creative talent: a place where to discover new trends and meet upcoming artists. Inspiration and innovation are the keywords of the event. This year’s edition will offer a mix of products, furniture, fashion, lighting, and graphic design, in addition to giving free access to all visitors to the Euromast, a pop-up platform where various designers from Rotterdam present their works. OBJECT Rotterdam is also famous for its well-balanced combination of commercial and conceptual designs that are not just on view but also sale, giving the possibility to the creators to connect with consumers, collectors, agents, gallery owners, and curators. Among the artworks and artists, people can discover the colorful textiles by Lola van Praag, new furniture by the Italian Lisa Brustolin, and poetic sculptures by German artist Cengiz Hartmann. Next to these names, also many young designers get a head start at OBJECT. These newcomers, selected by Anne van der Zwaag, owner and director of the design fair, represent the most interesting 2021 graduates from KABK, HKU, Rietveld Academie, ArtEZ, the Design Academy, MAFAD, and the Rotterdam based WDKA. VB

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Fashion

MM6 Maison Margiela SS23: “Avant-Premiere”

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

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Fashion

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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Fashion

Debut of luxury label Maeden

Luxury label Maeden has made its debut with the launching of a designer bag to be worn and enjoyed for generations to come. The brand has been launched as a homage to Dutch design, local craftsmanship, and true luxury at its essence. Founder and Creative Director Christian Heikoop launched the brand with the intention of fulfilling the potential of leather ateliers and tanneries in the Netherlands, pairing designers and craftsmanship. According to Heikoop, “by pairing the two you can reach true innovation by challenging and learning from one another”. Whilst offering a solidly made, sustainable product that goes against fast fashion, the brand labels itself in between high street and traditional luxury, being more visible to those who position themselves between the two. With its first collection of bags emerging from experts in the fields of jewelry, fashion, product design, and textiles, the pieces offer a fresh and much welcomed take on shape, material, crafts, and innovation. Possibly looking simple at first glance, the bag designs are technically complex and incredibly detailed. Summarized in one word: pure, the pieces are therewith in line with Maeden’s definition of genuine luxury. GH

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Fashion

Gucci Cosmogonie

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

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Fashion

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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Fashion

Stone Island x Supreme SS22

The seventh collaboration between Stone Island and Supreme is dropping on May 12th, with yet another expansive collection that focuses on both outerwear pieces and classic wardrobe staples. The exclusive pieces begin with water-resistant resin-coated nylon Reversible Faux Fur Parkas, as well as heat-sensitive pigment printed Reactive Ice Camo Ripstop Jacket. The Reversible Faux Fur Parka has one side that is made in Formula Steel, a nylon oxford with a PFC-free anti-drop treatment, and the other made of thick faux fur. The back of the faux fur side is woven in darker-color faux fur hair from a large Wind Rose motif. Many of the pieces were designed in a versatile way that is fitting to multiple weather conditions. For this collaboration, the two brands have gone above and beyond, creating everything from reversible faux fur coats with the Stone Island compass logo imprinted on the back, to hoodies and t-shirts with the Mona Lisa printed atop, tracksuits, and unique accessories. GH

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Fashion

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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Fashion

Premiata Presents The Second Release of John Low Sneakers

Premiata has teamed up with Sciarada, a historical manufacturing company, to create a second release of the John Low model in the name of Circular economy. Sciarada, based in the largest leather-producing district of Tuscany, is specialized in suede production. For this collaboration, the tanning company has developed a new, extremely innovative material called Evolo. It is a type of suede produced respecting the environment, able to eliminate six out of sixteen passages compared to the standard production process. Evolo saves 66% of water and 36% of chemical products while lowering CO2 emissions by 50%. It is a one-of-a-kind eco-friendly material. Furthermore, Premiata realized the new shoes using the LIMONTA upper in regenerated nylon with ECONYL® yarn produced with pre-post-consumer waste and natural and recycled fabrics for the bottom part. The new shoes will be available in shades of white for women and classic colors such as grey, navy, powder blue, and pink for men. VB

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Fashion

Louis Vuitton SS22 Eyewear Campaign

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

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Fashion

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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Chanel at The Venice Biennale 2022

The CHANEL Next Prize is the brand's latest initiative to support the arts and contemporary culture, reflecting its founder's aim to be a part of the "ce qui va arriver" – "what happens next” prize. The French house has celebrated the ten winners of the new biennial award at the pre-opening of the 59th edition of the Venice Biennale, awarding them €100,000 each. Jung Jae-il, Keiken, Lual Mayen, Marlene Monteiro Freitas, Rungano Nyoni, Marie Schleef, Botis Seva, Wang Bing, Eduardo William, and Precious Okoyomon represent 11 countries and diverse art forms, from theatre, film, dance, gaming, the visual and performing arts. As winners, they also had the opportunity to test ideas, strengthen artistic networks, and find inspiration for future projects by participating in different activities such as joining the preview of this year’s exhibition “The Milk of Dreams,” and a celebratory dinner in their honor. Jurors Tilda Swinton and Sir David Adjaye, as well as creative thought leaders and partners from the CHANEL Culture Fund, took part in the events. VB

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Fashion

Indomptables de Cartier

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

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Colmar SS22: New Optimistic World

Lightness and freedom of movement characterize Colmar’s SS22 collection, perfect for the changing of the season. Colmar is renowned for observing the present, looking to the future inspired by the surroundings: technology, art communication, style, material, and thoughts. Each innovative collection is divided into four themes according to fit and occasion, the first being fitting to spring. This makes everything perfectly adaptable to the user’s own needs in everyday life. Being eco-friendly is a focus of the collection, representing a more conscious approach to the garments, as they are made from recyclable fabrics that always respect the environmental conditions. The second theme is biodegradable, each garment is made from biodegradable nylon fibers in collaboration with Amni Soul Eco. This allows for the garments to be degraded within five years, providing they are placed in the designated disposal areas. Thirdly, the collection presents a range of garments for spring’s changeable weather. This includes woman’s and men’s jackets are made of a three-layer fabric, created by processing elastic stretch material and soft jersey. The fourth theme, daylight saving time, consists of light garments, colorful designs, graphics, and personalization for a stylish summer look. A special addition to the imagery named “Matchy Matchy” divides into two different designs, themed father and son. The first plays with reflective logotypes and rainbow effects, while the second represents the connection between Colmar, the mountain, and skiing. GH

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Fashion

HOGAN: A Story to Tell

How do you define iconic, a true classic? In some cases it’s possible that it is a story yet to unfold and to be told, which has begun but not quite ended. A narrative that creates a sense of anticipation in the way books, movies, or art pieces can. Drawing on this idea, Hogan has a long tradition of presenting its iconic shoe models as a medium for storytelling. Marking the beginning of its legacy in the late 80s, Hogan and sneakers have long been an inseparable dyad. In 1986, the label took its first steps toward a groundbreaking idea: the conceptualization of a luxury sneaker. The Hogan Traditional was the first, future- shifting luxury sneaker introduced by a lifestyle brand and now defines Hogan’s signature style. Since then, it has remained a popular staple piece. At the time, sneakers were primarily considered as a part of sportswear. By introducing the sneaker in the luxury fashion context, Hogan redefined the boundaries of activewear and paved the way for luxury athleisure – casual, and comfortable yet chic clothing designed to be suitable for everyday wear. Disregarding every existing stereotype and reversing the cliche?, Hogan set new rules with the Hogan Traditional. With the launch of the iconic model, a new category in footwear was born. Now as then, Hogan encapsulates the pioneering idea of casual luxury that suits every possible occasion featuring contemporary and dynamic, yet laid-back and elegant lifestyle pieces. Taking inspiration from this tradition, Hogan is never losing sight of any opportunities to reinvent itself and paving its way forward into the future. Developing the vision of what is considered classic, ever perfecting the balance between tradition and modernity, Hogan’s future lies in its established roots. 35 years after the introduction of its industry-changing Hogan Traditional, Hogan introduces a new classic to the market: a re-edition of the original model, with sustainability at its core. As part of the Hogan-3R project the new edition is a confluence of genderless, cutting-edge pieces inspired by the world of cricket. Subtle, yet unconventionally elegant, it is destined to become timelessly iconic. The three “R’s” in the project title stand for the concepts Hogan applies to its sustainability philosophy: recycle, reuse and reduce. Other keywords like rethink, respect, or revolutionize can also be read into the idea. Hogan aims to centralize sensible use of available resources, reducing waste and bringing unique, valuable and durable pieces to life. The footwear is an expression of sober, yet unconventional elegance, an embodiment and expression of its sustainability commitments. The sneakers are manufactured from low environmental-impact materials, which becomes visible in the ultra- lightweight outer sole of the pieces. The 3D design of the sole is made of materials including leftover, unused industrial materials, which contributes to the label’s waste-reduction and sustainability goals. The 3R edition also includes essential, yet multi-faceted pieces of clothing and accessories that draw inspiration from the dynamism and skylines of the world, the technologically innovative smart cities. Born out of a dedication to the environment and all beings inhabiting it, the project puts the earth at the center, as our home and host, highlighting its vulnerability and campaigning for its protection. Hogan-3R embodies the values that are at its core: from responsible innovation and conscious use of resources to waste reduction. As a label with Italian roots and a strong international outlook, Hogan is known to fuse tradition and design innovation with the finest quality materials, celebrating that “our future is a canvas we will paint together.” Thinking forward and in awe of heritage, Hogan continues its story, referencing the past and narrating the future by encouraging the new generation to write a new chapter. A love story – a declaration of devotion for storytelling and nature through creation.

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Fashion

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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Fashion

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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Fashion

PB 0110 x ___hagenkoetter

Rethinking the development process of a collection and upcycling century-old fabrics, PB 0110 and ___hagenkoetter teamed up to present new collaborative products. Past and present woven together. On one side, PB 0110, the label by Philipp Bree, known for fine bags of natural leather and linen, and on the other ___hagenkoetter, which works with traders who specialize in sourcing antique fabrics crafted by hand on small looms in the 19th century and kept carefully preserved. Both of them involve local manufacturers preferring traditional production methods to machine production. The collection presented features one-of-a-kind models realized with different fabrics, each of which, has its own story. The result of this collaboration is a classic tote bag in two versions: the HB 01 consisting of a soft, light divan previously used as a cover on beds or upholstered furniture, and the HB 02, a bag made of light linen fabric, almost 100 years old, utilized for tablecloths, workwear, bed covers and more. Both are complete with the PB 0110 vegetable tanned leather from the tannery in Belgium. PB 0110 x Hagenkoetter products are available exclusively at PB 0110, SSENSE, Online, and CIBONE, Japan. VB

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Fashion

Palm Angels New Iconic Bag

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

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Fashion

Quatre Novelties

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

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Chanel Launches A New Podcast

Chanel has unveiled the first two episodes of a new podcast entitled Les Rencontres. This new format follows the Rendez-vous littéraires rue Cambon that was established in 2021 by Creative Director Virginie Viard, together with CHANEL ambassador and spokesperson Charlotte Casiraghi. This podcast, which releases a new episode each month in French and English, turns the spotlight on contemporary female authors who have recently published their first novel. For the first episode of the French version, writer Pauline Gonthier discusses her novel “Les oiselles sauvages,” published by Julliard in 2021. The French author talks about the genesis of her writing, her decisive meeting with Annie Ernaux, and reveals her ambition to write books that will make people want to read more. While, American writer Lisa Taddeo, whose first novel Animal was published last year by Simon & Schuster, takes part in the English version of the podcast. The guest addresses different topics: from her aptitude for fiction and her desire to question what society expects of women to the importance of self-criticism within the creative process. The conversations are introduced by Charlotte Casiraghi and moderated by journalist Lauren Bastide in French and by writer and literary critic Erica Wagner in English. The first two episodes of Les Rencontres are available on Chanel’s website and in the CHANEL 3.55 Podcast on Apple Podcasts. VB

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Art

TEFAF Maastricht 2022

After two years of absence due to Covid-19, TEFAF The European Fine Art Foundation will return to Maastricht in June 2022, hosting the next installation of TEFAF Maastricht. Established in 1988, TEFAF Maastricht is known worldwide as the world's premier fair for fine art, antiques, and design. It exhibits modern and contemporary art, photography, jewelry, 20th-century design, and works on paper, along with the traditional categories of Old Master paintings and classical antiquities, covering over 7,000 years of art history. TEFAF Maastricht brings together 275 art dealers from more than 20 countries, checking the quality, authenticity, and condition of the works of art and following rigorous vetting standards to create an atmosphere in which exhibitors can sell and buyers can buy art pieces with confidence. This year TEFAF Maastricht will take place from 24th to 30th of June. Tickets will be available on the TEFAF website. VB

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Reflex Amsterdam: Daido Moriyama ’71 New York

Reflex Amsterdam has announced that it will premier the first exhibition featuring a large selection from Daido Moriyama’s Another Country in New York. The photographs featured are all in the artist’s signature style: rough, out of focus, and grainy. This represents the photographer’s belief that the art of photography should not be used as a sharp tool, but instead to capture reality in its essence; exciting and chaotic. The collection displays Moriyama’s first trip to New York in ’71. The miscellaneous frames, dynamic digital compositions, and flashing lights capture the overwhelming sense of the urban landscape. After being printed 20 years ago, the photographs have never been shown in completion and have been hidden in the archive, making the exhibition so much more special for lovers of vintage photography. The title of the series is based on the book by James Baldwin, Another Country. Reflected in the photograph series, the book illustrates the urban buzz within New York City. The blurriness of the works displayed are not to be mistaken as an attempt to solve the urban mystery but are simply there to capture its essence. This sense of mystery is reflected in the double prints, where two images are paired that reveal stark oppositions or overwhelming impressions of the city. Born in ’38, Daido Moriyama became an independent photographer in ‘64, publishing his first books Nippon Gekijo Shashincho in ’68 and Shashin yo Sayounara in ’72, both depicting the darker sides of urban life and the city of Tokyo. The exhibition is due to open on March 26th alongside some solo exhibitions at Reflex, Amsterdam. GH

www.reflexamsterdam.com

Fashion

Alan Roura Is The New Hublot Ambassador

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

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It Is Electrifying

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

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Missoni’s New Creative Direction

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

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Salvatore Ferragamo appoints Maximillian Davis as Creative Director

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

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Cartier x sacai for Fashion Week 2022/2023

 Trinity for Chitose Abe of sacai is first and foremost an encounter between the designer and founder of sacai, Chitose Abe, and the Maison’s creative studios. Six modular reconstructions of the Trinity ring have been made to achieve a new balance. These completely reinvent the wearer’s style without ever compromising on elegance. The collaboration consists of two rings, a bracelet, a choker, an earring, and a versatile piece that is both an earring and a ring. Truly present throughout this is the famous chromatic trilogy of white, yellow, and rose gold rings. However, the distortion of the rings changes in regards to their position on the skin and their function. The capsule was seen for the first time at the Hôtel de Ville in Paris during the sacai FW22/23 fashion show, inspired by Cartier red. This exclusive, limited-edition collection will be released initially in Japan in summer, then in Paris, London, New York, and Seoul in FW22. GH

 

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www.sacai.jp 

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Clarence Ruth Is The Winner of The New Legacy Challenge

Tommy Hilfiger has announced Clarence Ruth as the winner of the New Legacy Challenge, a design competition developed through a partnership between Tommy Hilfiger’s People’s Place Program and Harlem’s Fashion Row. Launched in 2020, the People’s Place Program draws inspiration from Tommy Hilfiger’s first store of the same name opened in 1969 in his hometown of Elmira. This program was created to amplify the company’s efforts to increase opportunities and visibility for underrepresented communities within the global fashion and apparel industries. And, it is following the brand mission that the New Legacy Challenge has been born. This event aims to support emerging Black talent on a global scale giving them the possibility to bring their unique designs to life. Held at The EDITION Times Square Hotel, the latest edition of the New Legacy Challenge, saw the three finalists Megan Smith, Johnathan Hayden, and Clarence Ruth presenting their inspirations, concepts, and collections in front of a jury. Mr. Tommy Hilfiger, Grammy-winning, Golden Globe and Emmy nominated performer Anthony Ramos and HFR executives, then awarded Clarence Ruth, the founder of the brand Cotte D’Armes which explores denim from a vantage point, with the first prize, giving him the opportunity to co-design a capsule collection alongside the Tommy Hilfiger design team. VB

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Valentino Pink PP

Creative Director for Valentino, Pierpaolo Piccioli has conceived the brand’s new collection following the experimental urge of a radical gesture. The entire collection is based around a single hue of vibrant pink, this maximizes the expressive possibilities in what would originally seem like a lack of possibilities. The distinctive shade by Piccioli is being collaborated with Pantone Color Institute to create a unique identity that is individual and unrepeatable in itself. A variety of bodies, attitudes, and physicalities are enhanced by the monochromatic palette, bringing the vision to life. The accumulation of pink elements is produced with the aim of eliminating the visual shock to bring out the unique character of the individuals. The signs that shape the figures into a silhouette, the textures give the garments consistency, and the decorations are part of the construction. Large volumes are sculpted on the body by geometric tucks that highlight the gesture of tightening, sensual s-shaped lines, very short hemlines, and cinched waists. Also featured throughout, are bows, ruffles, petals, lace, and embroideries. The shoes throughout, stand on massive platforms in the same shade of pink. The pink-out is an experimental yet deeply human gesture that enhances individuality, capturing values and feelings. GH

www.valentino.com

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Louis Vuitton for UNICEF

Aside from bringing unique designs to the world, Louis Vuitton has had a partnership with UNICEF since 2016 to help bring vulnerable children life-saving humanitarian support all over the world. This includes UNICEF’s emergency programs, responding swiftly to catastrophes worldwide. In response to the tragic situation unfolding in Ukraine, existing funds within Louis Vuitton for UNICEF’s partnership are being made available as quickly as possible, as well as an additional one million euros that will be donated immediately to UNICEF to help children and families touched by the conflict. This will contribute to providing children and families in Ukraine with humanitarian aid including access to clean water, healthcare and education supplies, child protection services and psychosocial care. In addition, Louis Vuitton invites you to support and donate to UNICEF through the link below. GH

https://help.unicef.org/ukraine-emergency/louis-vuitton

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The Kenny Bag

Givenchy has launched a new iconic bag that reflects the aesthetic of Matthew M. Williams. Known for his ability to transform a simple detail into an authentic object, the Creative Director designed a new accessory that takes the shape of a supple bourse-style handbag. Named Kenny, this unique item references the early 2000s evening bags but is anchored in the here and now thanks to Matthew M. Williams's vision and characteristic flair for hardware. Crafted in soft calf leather, the Kenny has a very intricate, rounded construction with distinctive hand-draped folds interspersed with G-Cube elements. Its graceful, feminine allure finds a masculine counterpoint in double G-Cube chain straps as well as Givenchy's now-iconic padlock. As an emblem of Paris and reference to the missing padlocks of the Pont des Arts, the Lover's Lock reflects commitment and emotion and is tied to bags like a clasp or a delicate ornament. Then, luxurious yet practical details include a shoulder piece in soft calf leather, a tonal lining, and a discrete yet secure magnetic closure that fastens with a crisp, satisfying clack. The Kenny bag is also realized in two different versions: in organza, as revealed on the Givenchy SS22 runway, and fully embroidered with mother-of-pearl, which appears in the current campaign. This new product is already available in selected Givenchy boutiques and online. VB

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Diesel FW22

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

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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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Saint Laurent Rive Droite, Robert Mapplethorpe

Creative Director of Saint Laurent, Anthony Vaccarello has paid tribute to the works of Robert Mapplethorpe through an exhibition of original works displayed in the Rive Droite stores in Paris and Los Angeles. This is in collaboration with the Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation, whose goal is to continue the artist’s legacy of promoting photography as an art form and supporting HIV/AIDS medical research. Mapplethorpe mastered the light, shadows, and shapes through compositions of still lifes, both male and female nudes and portraits. These were to challenge the standards of classical aesthetics. His widely known work contributed to a new perception of photographic art, and at the same time elevated fine art photography to the level of respect and attention given to sculpture and painting. His vast, provocative, and powerful works have established him as one of the most influential artists of the twentieth century. Saint Laurent Rive Droite Paris and Los Angeles will host an exclusive selection of original artwork by Robert Mapplethorpe. The exhibitions will include silver gelatine photographs and Polaroids of still lifes, portraits, and nudes, courtesy of Thaddaeus Ropac Gallery in Paris and Morán Morán Gallery in Los Angeles. In connection with this, Vaccarello has designed a unique lifestyle collection in collaboration with the Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation. This limited edition includes bags, leather goods, clothing, porcelain, and pillows available to purchase in both stores. GH

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Additional Assets for Fendi Women's Ready To Wear SS22

Kim Jones’ first Fendi collection was a modern take on disco-age glamor and a spotlight on the diverse and powerful femininity that underscores the Fendi name. His source of inspiration were the hand-sketched drawings by visionary fashion illustrator Antonio Lopez. His forward-thinking and inclusive designs translate figurative drawings into intarsia leathers and silk shirting. Shapes and styles from Fendi pop up in the collection with new, fresh twists. The iconic Fendi bags were canvases for his work, reworking the classic neutral tones into a rainbow pattern. In terms of color, there is something suitable for everyone, ranging from white to black and everything in between. There are features of tailored suits and exaggerated lapels paired with wide-leg trousers, as well as brighter toned satin suits with fur coats and matching bra tops. Adapted from Lopez’s illustrative motifs, lilies are transformed into enamel hair accessories; Plexiglass hoops offer an additional tropical touch. The iconic Fendi First heel is given a seventies spin with resin encrusting, shiny leathers, and daring stripes. Similarly, the Fendi First bag embodies a bold attitude, in shimmering leathers and saturated stripes. Jones describes the collection as “all we need right now”, as now is the time to let loose. The collection introduces high-octane energy and a new dimension, into Kim Jones’ continued celebration of female confidence. The versatility within the collection makes it suitable for anyone who wants to feel good about themselves. Reflecting the fun tonalities around the collection are some new and exclusive imagery, shot by Craig McDean. The images perfectly capture the striking garments in front of block-colored backdrops, embodying the versatility of the brand. 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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Thom Browne Tartan

Thom Browne is globally recognized for challenging and modernizing today’s uniform, his new portfolio of images does not disappoint. The signature tartan design displayed throughout the images has been an integral part of the brand’s heritage since first appearing in his Fall 2006 menswear collection, also presented during New York Fashion Week. The grey and navy tartan designs present us with timeless pieces, indicating a traditional yet quirky take on American prep ideology. The images introduce tartan into the realm of childrenswear. Showcasing the complete family of tartan, the collection is seen inside an 18th century American-inspired “meet the family” style frame. The staple Thom Browne Tartan is listed on the Tartan Registry of Scotland, first produced by Lochcarron of Scotland, a tartan house dating back to the 1800s. Since then, the print has been reproduced in a variety of technical fabrics, always utilized to realize the brand’s classic suits. Keeping the signature Mr. and Mrs. Thom and Hector styles in the custom grey and navy check reflects the brand’s continuing interest in working with traditional fabrications to create new timeless silhouettes and collections. GH

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Etro launches "Love Hats" for Valentines Day

Expressing love through the joy of colors and positivity, Italian house Etro celebrate Valentine’s Day with the new “Love Hats” capsule collection, featuring a selection of unisex bucket hats. The hats feature the brand’s iconic paisley pattern in two different color schemes that both include the famous pegasus logo, creating a style statement to fall in love with. The hats are a true reflection of the brand’s tendencies of transmitting features that display curiosity, art, innovation, and community. Etro has defined Italian style globally since 1968. The acclaimed paisley prints styling luxury clothing since 1981 has become the Milanese fashion house’s signature design. Starring in a digital campaign shot in the streets of Paris, the hats are decorated with rubberised details and contrasting embroidered messages that speak of love, a perfect accessory for the holiday of love. The “Love Hats” are available from January 28th online and in Etro boutiques. GH

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The Glamour of Pomellato Jewels

This year Pomellato becomes more glamourous than ever, adding new pieces to the NUDO and ICONICA collections. Synonymous with creativity and color, the Italian fine jewelry House is known for its eye-catching gems that, through innovative stone cutting and setting techniques, define the unmistakable and unique style of Pomellato. The ICONICA collection, with an unequivocally Milanese understated style, presents a new set of rings and earrings with a simple but meaningful design. Combined with bright sapphires, emeralds, rubies, and diamonds, the earrings have a double loop structure, while the rings feature two round gold spirals joined by a flat, transverse link that creates a greater whole. These shapes express the power of the union of two elements in a typical Pomellato approach. For the NUDO collection, Pomellato introduces NUDO RIVIÈRE: four flowings semi-flexible necklaces that combine the purity of the Nudo style with the sophistication of the Clessidra cut. In addition, double-row earrings and a NUDO pendant, both realized with white, blue topaz, and rose quartz, give a radiant elegance to the Pomellato line.

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Loro Piana Baseball Cap: A Modern Icon

Loro Piana presented the baseball cap, an iconic item capable of connecting the most diverse people worldwide. The baseball cap is a sports accessory that was discovered by fashion in the 60s and has since become an essential piece that not only protects the head and eyes but also serves as a decorative eye-catcher. This item, which creates a sense of mystery by hiding and revealing the face at the same time, made its first appearance in Loro Piana collection in 2005, where it was worn, quite classically, in combination with the Horsey jacket. Today, instead, Loro Piana introduces a six-piece baseball cap with an innovative style able to transcend trends and generations. The new garment, made from Maison's fine and distinctive fabrics such as Microfiber Wind, Cashmere, Vicuña, and Velvet Cashmere, all treated with the Storm System® process, shows off the brand know-how without letting the item lose its aesthetic appeal. Refined then with a wool-cashmere flannel lining, and seamless front, the baseball cap is transformed into a sporty and contemporary accessory that should be part of any wardrobe.

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Balenciaga SS22

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

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Push Your Limits

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

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The Eternity of Rome, the Spirituality of Rome, the Celestial Rome

The Fendi Haute Couture collection was an ode to the brand’s home, the city of Rome, its past, present, and imagined future. Conceived by Kim Jones, the collection is an embodiment of the eternal city, to put it in his own words, “When you walk down the street in Rome, you are constantly moving back and forth in time. Where we work feels very modern, but you pass monuments on the way there. There’s a total timelessness to the city: a historic vein which runs through it, but also a movement that is projecting forwards.” This harmony between past and present, the historic codes of the city explored through a celestial lens, set the tone for the whole collection. The pieces themselves draw upon time-honoured techniques alongside modern craftsmanship, which is also reflected in the interplay of materials. The lavish embroidery and craftsmanship are paired with sci-fi silhouettes, making the model appear like an army of empresses descending from the heavens. Fluid pieces are draped atop shimmering bodies, beading is illuminated and hand-embroidered tights act as a second skin. It’s a celebration of the celestial Rome, its past being referenced throughout, but more importantly, it’s the essence of Jones’ vision for the Roman House, celebrating the power of women.

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Hublot and the Magic of Ink

The Hublot X Sang Bleu collaboration continues with the realization of three new iterations of the Big Bang Sang Bleu II. This time, to celebrate the collaboration’s 7th anniversary, tattoo artist Maxime Plescia-Buchi chose to apply his ink to two iconic materials central to Hublot's art of fusion: Magic Gold and Ceramic. Two scratch-resistant materials that now bear the indelible signature of the famous tattoo artist in three limited editions. The new trio comes in a 45 mm diameter case made from Magic Gold or Ceramic, featuring the master’s design that overlaps the case and bezel, giving to the mechanism-disk-hands the form of a geometric tattoo that extends to the rubber strap. Maxime Plescia-Buchi employed three-dimensional geometry in order to realize the Big Bang Unico Sang Bleu II, incorporating expert use of relief and depth effects that complement the polished, and satin-finished materials. This collaboration allows Hublot to experiment and to transpose its vision and expertise, pushing its creations to new limits. While the art of Sang Bleu is pure perfection, balance, and precision; the tattoos are indelible symbols of self-expression and impart important messages. This is exactly the spirit Hublot tries to embody with its pieces, the Hublot watches as a reflection of your true essence.

www.hublot.com

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FURLA SS22

FURLA has launched its SS22 collection that embraces the cheerfulness of Italian warmth, embodying a perfect summer’s day. The campaign encourages the joy of connecting with others in order for the most intimate emotions to come into full bloom. The bags are designed to accompany women throughout the seasons, depicted as holding their hopes, dreams, and secrets. The mysterious yet joyful tone of the campaign is pictured in various scenes such as the hills of Pietrasanta, between the alps and the Mediterranean, and the magical light of Renaissance paintings. The collection is meant to trigger limitless smiles of an endless summer, conveying FURLA’s timeless message of glowing in the joys of discovery, art, and communal experience.

www.furla.com

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Dunhill FW22

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

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Dries Van Noten FW22

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

www.driesvannoten.com

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Yohji Yamamoto FW22

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

www.yohjiyamamoto.co.jp

Fashion

A BATHING APE® × Woolrich

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

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Paul Smith FW22

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

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

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

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Prada FW22: Body of Work

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

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Dolce & Gabbana Menswear FW22

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

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MSGM FW22: The Sound of Time

According to the physicist Carlo Rovelli, time speeds up and slows down, looms and pulses, oscillates and makes a sound. It doesn’t run from the past to the future, it is still and yet dynamic. Never forging a direction, always following its own rhythm. Time is confining power, yet an elusive concept that is difficult to grasp for humans. And it is this world of intriguing chaos without strict boundaries that MSGM is speaking about with a collection that mixes hints of heritage and contemporary impulses. And once again it is Milan, as always: the past and future come together in the melancholic setting of an Italian apartment, which serves as a hangout for the MSGM generation. The psychedelic voyage commences amongst the sound waves of distant music. An everlasting classic of MSGM - the magic mushroom - makes a comeback in mesmerizing prints on poplin shirts and boxer shorts, viscose suits, and large inlays on sweaters. Butterfly and acid marble prints appearing like lava join the confluence of visuals. The MSGM Men’s FW22 collection embodies a fluid, fantasy-laden approach to reality and is a play on perception. With trekking boots, techno accessories, slippers, and pool slides in association with ACUPUNCTURE, the attitude is distinctly 90s, while always looking to the future. Taking inspiration from the architect Gaetano Pesce, MSGM’s creative choices for this season seem free and wild, a kaleidoscopic dream, celebrating life and the sound of time.

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Kiton FW22: Aesthetic Evolution

Over the last two years, some of our habits have transformed. Our daily life had to adapt to certain challenges, technology evolved into an integral part of our lives, speeded up our lives, shortened distances but at the same time pushed people further apart. Mostly there weren’t any consequential changes in our habits, but their importance in relation to one another and our daily lives have been recalibrated. It’s by no surprise that this development translated onto the clothing that we are wearing. Elegance, luxury and comfort remain the watchwords, but now realigned anew, led to the coming together of two previously divided concepts of menswear, formal and leisurewear. Key men’s styles are updated in terms of silhouette, propositions and materials. The monochromatic collection presents sophisticated, yet unexpected ensembles shining in a precise color palette and featuring diverse textures of skillfully mixed materials. The Neapolitan sartorial traditions are injected with a new sense of innovation, safeguarding its principles of excellence in a new interpretation fit for a new generation of customers.

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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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G-Star: The Rhythm of Denim

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

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MARCELL VON BERLIN COFFEE LOUNGE

 MARCELL VON BERLIN opens his first COFFEE LOUNGE in West Hollywood: an innovative experience where the progressive city of Berlin meets the quiet, luxurious lifestyle of Los Angeles, all in the center of trendy West Hollywood. The lounge is connected to the flagship store and nestles on a beautifully landscaped patio as a new cultural hub and networking hotspot. The lounge offers a range of organic coffee beans roasted specifically for the brand, meeting the highest USDA-certified standards. Guests can choose from medium and dark roasts and other custom blends - including CBD and mushroom infusions. Delicious baked goods and handcrafted creations are available alongside seasonal tea and coffee blends, chosen by culinary experts. The menu is a selection inspired by the season and the local environment and therefore changes frequently. The aesthetic of the new coffee house is a homage to MARCELL VON BERLIN’s founding city: the German capital Berlin. The metropolis’ modern-minimalist and industrial elements are taken up in the interior design and are accentuated by a sophisticated color palette of black and gray contrasted by lavish velvet seating areas. Los Angeles as the location and inspiration of the COFFEE LOUNGE can be seen and felt inside and out the café. A hidden green oasis is complemented by wooden rattan chairs next to a large outdoor seating area, while the indoor lounge offers more private spaces for small groups. MARCELL VON BERLIN's COFFEE LOUNGE provides a space that is intimate and welcoming while embodying the liveliness and excitement of urban life at its core. A true hideaway spot in West Hollywood, which celebrates cityness, design and culinary excellence. 

www.marcellvonberlin.com

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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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Bottega Veneta: Bottega for Bottegas

Bottega Veneta unveils its newest project, an initiative to support and promote Italian creativity. The name Bottega Veneta translates into “Venetian Workshop” as the name indicates. Bottega Veneta was founded in 1966 by Michele Taddei and Renzo Zengiaro, who produced leather goods with a strong emphasis on precise craftsmanship. The pandemic has shattered artistic industries, forcing smaller brands, art collectives, and independent artists to deal with the threat of closure and insolvency. To counteract the repercussions of the pandemic, the luxury fashion house initiated a project that aims to help, support, and foster artisans in Italy. For the special initiative, Bottega offers Italian artisans advertising spaces, websites, newsletters, and store windows to provide a display space for the unique works of Italian artisans, which are as versatile as Bottega Veneta itself and ranging from mosaic artistry to distilleries of well-researched gin. Among the many impressive artisans is the Amatruda family, known for their passion for papermaking for almost 750 years now and which is certified by the Forest Stewardship Council, a non-profit organization, dedicated to encourage responsible management of the world’s forests. The initiative supports and perpetuates the work and establishments of artists that represent Italian creativity and excellent craftsmanship, which coincide with the values Bottega Veneta was founded on.

www.bottegaveneta.com

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Parisian Prestige for AGL

Paris, Boulevard Hausmann 64. Since 1865, the iconic French department store Printemps has been located on this prestigious street that runs through Paris parallel to the curve of the Seine. Exhibiting the latest collection of the top-tier high-end brands, Printemps Hausmann is known for not only the luxurious assortment but just as much for its impressive architecture. With high ceilings and a dome adorned in blue glass mosaics, the department store offers a backdrop that is aligned with the decadence of the brand it represents. The floors are organized in plots, some of which are reserved for temporary stores – ensuring an ever-changing and engaging layout that offers customers to explore new spheres. Throughout December until the beginning of March, the Italian shoe manufacturer AGL is represented on one of these plots. Plexiglass walls separate the different collections of AGL shoes, whereas straight and curved lines intertwine in the design of the interior. The shoes are enthroned upon industrial cement blocks, creating a minimalistic contrast to the seating furniture which is held in soft, warm colors and dusty pink tones. The effortless and contemporary design of the temporary AGL store reflects the modernity and dynamic approach of the brand - currently in the third generation and led by the three Giusti Sisters, AGL persuades with exceptional craftsmanship and timeless design – a result of traditional origins paired with an evolving vision.

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Art

Who the Bær’s Search For Identity

British artist Simon Fujiwara is announcing his second solo exhibition to be shown in Berlin at the beginning of 2022. The exhibition, titled Once Upon a Who? Revolves around the character of Who the Bær – a fictive figure Simon Fujiwara has brought to life with a series of cartoons. The bear appears as a quirky companion, wearing a pair of denim trousers with a heart made of gold – in a literal way, as it is visible on his upper body- as well as an uncontrollably long tongue that – as the observer suspects – leads him into trouble as it spills secrets and witty statements. Purposely, Who the Bær has no determined gender, race or sexuality and even his design is distinguished by a prototype-like understatement. Simon Fujiwara created a narrative for the bear that centers around a search for identity. In a seemingly endless manner, Who roams a fictional world, appropriating characters, identities and aesthetics during a selfish search of a “self”. Who's journey can be followed on a namesake Instagram account. On the occasion of the exhibition, Simon Fujiwara and Esther Schipper gallery have curated a little shop, named “Whotique”, devoted to the merchandise of Who the Bær, including apparel, homeware and posters, enabling the visitors to take home an anecdote of the “Whouniverse”. The boutique has been initiated by Highsnobiety, after collaborating for Art Basel Miami Beach. Once Upon a Who? By Simon Fujiwara is on show at Esther Schipper gallery, Berlin, from January 15th until February 26th.

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Fashion

A Monk’s Habit

G-Star replenishes their collaboration with an unusual project: together with the brothers of the brewery La Trappe, the denim brand has created a monk habit. What might seem to be a surprising collaboration at first glance, soon turns out to be a unique joining of forces – with the values of sustainability and circularity at the core of both the Dutch denim pioneer’s manifesto, as well as the ethos of the long-standing brewery, the collaboration between the two brought forward an intriguing example of how interdisciplinary companionship can introduce new ways. The design process of G-Star for the monk’s habits led back to a sketch, perpetuated in a hand sketch in an over 80-year-old book, the La Trappe monks had in their archive. The sketch turned out to be surprisingly modern – with a cut that enables minimum waste production, a solution to reduce the impact of textile production that G-Star pursues in their design process as well. The monk’s habit shows strong proportions, alluding to the Bossche Schule, a traditional movement of Dutch architecture. Entirely composed with Cradle-to-Cradle Gold Certified Denim, the habit stands for G-Star and La Trappe’s commitment to thinking further than the present. The denim material is made from 100% organic cotton and colored without any chemical dyestuff. During the production process, special attention was paid to reducing water usage to an absolute minimum – nodding to La Trappe’s mission of carefully considering the resource of water during their brewery process.

www.g-star.com

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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.

www.bottegaveneta.com

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Louis Vuitton Ventures Out Into the Alps

For the first time in its longstanding legacy, Louis Vuitton launches a capsule collection devoted to winter sports. The resulting collection features a complete wardrobe, that leaves no dressing desires unattended – from the slopes to the chalet, from the crisp mornings to the chilly evenings, offering apparel, accessories and shoes. The collection introduces a new LV emblem, namely a snowflake-shaped Flacon logo, that has been exclusively created for the occasion. Alpine landscapes are not only the backdrop where the collection is put to practice but serve as recurring motifs on the textiles themselves. Puffer jackets with feather linings come with matching leggings and pullovers, bringing a poetical, yet futuristic touch to the mountains with metallic finishes and sunset imagery. Sleeveless vests in puffer and fur versions ensure additional layers, whereas a selection of sweaters, shirts and dresses offers garments for the après-ski events. The looks are replenished by a variety of shoes – among the styles are rubber boots in different heights, as well as leather ankle boots for more sophisticated occasions. For the luxury-oriented winter athlete, Louis Vuitton further unveils a limited edition pair of skis, with an aluminium-covered wooden core, bringing the iconic LV monogram to the slopes. To ensure a head-to-toe look, the skis come with a pair of high-tech boots, developed in collaboration with Tecnica. High-performance results are stipulated with Louis Vuitton’s touch of decadency in this debut ski capsule.

The capsule collection is available as of right now in Louis Vuitton stores.

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Versace Jeans Couture’s Journey Home

“Home is a state of mind. It’s liberation, it’s acceptance, it’s freedom.” With these words in mind, London-based director Sarah Jones has created the cinematic short film The Journey Home for Versace Jeans Couture. The film narrates the return of a young woman to her home after spending a night out. During her commute, she experiences a reflective conversation with a cab driver, which leads to an epiphany about her identity and her innermost feelings. Depicted in a dream-like, surreal sequence, the clip embodies Versace’s values of youthfulness, nostalgia and unleashed emotion. The raw, documentary-style artistic direction with the surreal touch reflects the vulnerability and search of the young woman as she attempts to let go of personal and societal expectations to fully embrace herself. Sarah Jones perfectly captures the emptiness mixed with a sense of falling out of place that is attached to the search for identity. The plot takes the viewer on a journey of overcoming this void through a nightlife experience in a true Versace Jeans Couture manner. In a pensive and intense way, the protagonist of the stories reminisces upon her experiences and thoughts, as she lives through a night full of possibilities before eventually returning home. The eclectic colors and effects of the short film exemplify Versace’s specialty of meeting an avant-gardist Zeitgeist while making use of rhetorical stylistic choices and hidden layers.

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Art

Marséll Exhibition: The Edge Effect

Marséll hosts a new exhibition named The Edge Effect, curated by Chiara Bardelli Nonino, visual editor at Vogue Italia, and Jordan Anderson, editor-at-large of NSS magazine. Marséll was founded in 2001 as a shoe manufacturer, distinguishing itself from other shoe brands by using innovative techniques as well as traditional methods in a nonindustrial manner, resulting in original handcrafted shoes. Later on, the brand developed a concept to support young artists, a multidisciplinary exhibition space called Marséllaria. The performances and exhibitions at Marséllaria serve as a platform for like-minded young visionaries to meet for cultural exchanges. The Edge Effect exhibition revolves around ecotone, which describes a transitional area where two different ecosystems meet, and through mutual influence, intensify and enlarge in density and uniqueness. This phenomenon is an ideal metaphor for our contemporary society, where our identity and the concept of belonging are constantly changing. Each participating artist prepared variations on contemporary Italian identity with a biographical approach through visual dialogues or experimentation in fashion or digital art. The Edge Effect aims to articulate the Italian identity of the future with different approaches, resulting in a personal exhibition that gives exclusive insights into the family history and everyday life of the artists.

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Fashion

CHANEL Metiers d’Art: An Homage to Craft

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

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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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Fashion

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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Fashion

Audemars Piguet “Beyond the Limits”

Once again, the Swiss luxury watch manufacturer Audemars Piguet takes its experience and knowledge in precision and innovation to action. This time, not to develop an exceptional watch but to curate an exhibition under the wings of the Dubai Watch Week, named “Beyond the Limits.” The exhibition takes the visitor on a journey through the luxury watchmaker’s tireless strive for innovation in terms of design and materials. It showcases the creative process of the Royal Oak Offshore watch, which was launched in 1993. The watch broke the conventional boundaries of horological aesthetics and went down in history as the predecessor of sizeable timepieces, inspired by different lifestyles and extreme sports. The exhibition gives a unique insight into the history and research process of Audemars Piguet, from its inspirations, drawn from air- and space travel and the automobile industry, material experiments with ceramics and gold to the turnaround of technological and horological improvements in the 80s, that led to one of the world‘s most historic watch, ergonomic and exceptional timepieces. The Royal Oak Offshore, presented in the exhibition, visually reflects the core principles of mastery, innovation, and independence Audemars Piguet was founded on.

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Fashion

MCM Revived Classics

With a constant eye on innovation, MCM is reinterpreting one of the most prominent classics in the world of leather goods—the Tote bag. MCM—which stands for “Modern Creation Munich” was founded by Michael Cromer during the creative renaissance of Munich, as the name suggests, in 1975. The luxury leather goods company is best known for its leather bags and backpacks, designed with an emphasis on functional innovation and contemporary music, art, and travel. The most distinctive recognition features of the brand, which resurface on the reimagined Tote bag as well, are the caramel-brown color and the monogram bearing the initials of MCM. The Tote bag comes with an additional small pouch bag, and is defined by its versatility. It is large enough to fit in everyday essentials as well as optional extras, and through the detachable shoulder belt, the Tote can be transformed into a crossbody bag and therefore liberates the wearer to be able to move with free hands. The square-shaped bag is available in the signature caramel-brown and a fresh cognac white and is characterized by an elegant, clean and streamlined silhouette. Due to its versatility, the Tote bag is perfectly in tune with the complex needs of customers around the world.

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Fashion

“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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Armani Exchange in the Heart of Cologne

Armani Exchange, which has been launched in 1991, was initiated to address a younger audience. Rewriting urban codes for two decades, the offshoot of the Italian high-end brand is opening a new store in one of Germany’s up-and-coming cities: Cologne. On November 25th, the doors of the new Armani Exchange store will open to the public – accompanied by an outdoor media campaign around the new store and the connecting streets. The new retail location, which counts 200 square meters of space, is a point of sale for the men’s fashion and women’s fashion collections, as well as for accessory lines. Combining urban elements with an industrial backdrop, the store impeccably represents the contemporary spirit of Armani Exchange. Concrete floors serve as a base for delicate and minimalist shelving, whereas lighting elements are used to highlight special attractions. On the occasion of the launch, the two sizeable front windows are decorated with neon light installations of the typical “A” and “X” letters of the brand, leaving a lasting impression on the numerous passerby’s. Located at Cologne’s well-visited Schildergasse, the store finds itself amid one of the most vivid pedestrian shopping promenades of the German town. The Schildergasse, which is the second oldest street of Cologne, is one of the most frequented shopping streets in Germany. With the opening of the Armani Exchange store, the saunterers are offered to explore the accessible, versatile clothing of Armani Exchange, which cater to a wide audience regardless of age, gender and background, all while replacing conventions with individual expression in true Armani signature style.

The new Armani Exchange store is located at the Schildergasse 72-76, Cologne, Germany from November 25th onwards.

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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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YUSE Fall 2021: Re:Yuse: In Sync with Nature

The FW21 collection is a prime example of the refreshing, contemporary, and sustainable approach of the design of Korean brand YUSE. The brand was founded on the principles of finding a better solution for a successful interaction between human society and the environment. YUSE identifies itself with a new generation of fashion brands, defined by consciousness, intelligence and a focus on finding solutions. The brand puts an emphasis on sustainable and transparent production, which is indicated in the name of the latest collection—Re:Yuse, a pun alluding to the term “re-use”. Finding inspiration and unorthodox materials in the exceptional sides of nature, the brand designed tube tops, imprinted with its signature nature-inspired pattern and made out of PET bottles. The pattern showcases a vision of the seaside, glimmers of natural light and mystic forests. YUSE’s clothing production results in a transformation of former plastic waste that pollutes the Earth into extraordinary garments that can be worn with a clean conscience. The showcased dresses, blouses, and various knitwear pieces are created with an asymmetrical shape and are available in different earthy shades of brown as well as an azzurro blue and pomegranate red. YUSE’s design approach creates no boundaries between minimalism and boldness but rather highlights the individuality of a person through clothing.

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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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Aiguille D’Or for Bulgari’s Octo Finissimo

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

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Saint Laurent Rive Droite Exhibition Honoring the Work of Jeanloup Sieff

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

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Gucci Parade SS 2022: An Imaginative Escape

“People dress how they feel, not just for fashion but for representation of ego, and personality…it's about human beings,” Alessandro Michele´s latest declaration of love applies to all the different glamorous sides of Hollywood. The creative director of the globally renowned and admired brand Gucci is known for translating his wishes, dreams, and beliefs into bold, magnifying clothes with a poetic approach. For the Gucci Love Parade show, Michele draws inspiration from iconic personalities and moments of Hollywood that have been an imaginary escape from the grey and dreary reality since his childhood. For the Love Parade collection, Alessandro Michele lives up to his reputation of being a provocateur, designing special jewelry pieces, which upon closer inspection reveal themselves as sex toys. Star-studded nightgowns finished with furry volant details are complemented with cowboy hats, resembling the confident and eccentric charisma of a Marilyn Monroe or Veronica Lake. Lingerie-inspired dresses and skirts matched with blouses are adorned with Michele´s captivating signature patterns and dipped in bold colors. A reimagined, glittery version of Tom Ford’s legendary velvet suit is worn by unorthodox models, such as Macauley Culkin or Jared Leto. With the show, Alessandro Michele creates a wonderful world where neither the past nor future are of substance, only the power of imagination.

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PB0110- CO2 NEUTRAL LEATHER: With Small Steps Into a Climate Neutral Future

The urgency for eco-friendly alternatives and climate neutrality is ubiquitous and concerns every occupational group. PB0110 meets today’s ecological standard by working closely with a certified tannery in Germany. The family-run tannery was founded in 1899 and ever since lives up to their aspirations of continuous improvement, producing high-quality leather, that stems from by-products of the meat- and milk production. The tannery is tested by ECO2L, a German labeling system that controls the energy and emission variables during the tanning process, and certified with the gold standard of the Leather Working Group, a highly recognized brand, representing responsible leather sourcing to the industry and consumers. By investing in CO2 certificates, ECO2L also supports a wind project in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh and therefore contributes worldwide to reduce the risks of global warming. PB0110 Neutral Leather collection features shoulder bags in different sizes and shapes, ranging from sack- to square-shaped bags as well as shoppers accompanied by a long shoulder strap. The color palette ranges from bright blues and reds to earthy nuances, such as brown, black and dark green. The Neutral Leather collection represents a small step for the leather industry to reduce its CO2 emission and foster climate-neutral production as an immanent part of the fashion supply chain.

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Levi’s x The Woolmark Company: Unifying Strengths

Levi’s and the Woolmark Company are united by sustainability and performance, which are deeply anchored in the success vocabulary of the two global conglomerates. The Woolmark logo is one of the world’s most recognized and respected symbols for natural fibers, assuring the highest quality for the international textile and fashion industries. The company is a subsidiary of the Australian Wool Innovation, owned by more than 24.000 woolgrowers, who invest in the development and research of Australian Wool. The renowned brand Levi’s decided to collaborate with the company, combining forces and creating a new silhouette, the Torsten Quilted boot. The casual boot guarantees high quality from the moisture-managed sole through the upper constructed, breathable leather to the recycled lacing. The inner lining of the shoe is made out of Australian merino wool. The Woolmark certified merino Wool equates to a large extent with a renewable, biodegradable, and recyclable fiber. The utilitarian-inspired design is combined with an eco-Cordura quilted effect and is available in an autumnal color palette, ranging from mustard to black. The Torsten Quilted boot perfectly highlights the versatility of the natural fiber and sustainably conscious produced options.

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Cartier: A Unique Experience

A place where exceptional savoir-faire and remarkable creativity meet- the first Pop-Up boutique in De Bijenkorf, the Netherlands of world-renowned luxury Maison Cartier. By choosing Amsterdam as a location for its Pop-Up boutique, Cartier found the perfect location that coincides with the brand´s deeply anchored values- an unparalleled sense of adventurism and eclecticism. The elegant white interior design is adorned with gold accents and perfectly matches with the iconic gold jewelry pieces, that are showcased in the store, resulting in an ideal union of form and design. The boutique´s assortment includes the most memorable and innovative designs of the luxury conglomerate. Cartier showcases its iconic watches as well as extraordinary rings, bracelets and necklaces, that were designed and crafted at the beginning of the 20th century but due to their timelessness are still popular today. Another notable aspect and proof for Cartier´s deep-rooted originality is an area in the boutique, referred to as Touch&Try, which revolves around a thorough study of the quintessence as well as the origins of Cartier´s iconic jewelry. A visit to the debut Pop-Up boutique of Cartier in Amsterdam is an unparalleled experience, where one encounters a fusion of timeless elegance and precision in jewelry as well as interior design.

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Bottega Veneta: Salon 03 Detroit

Inspired by the golden age of intimate couture shows, Bottega Veneta presented its latest collection through Salon 03, a format called to life in October 2020, that presents the ready-to-wear collections of the house with an exclusive take. Each season, the Salon takes place in a new city, intertwining the shown looks with the urban spirit of the according town. The third edition of Salon was presented in Detroit. Inspired by the city’s appreciation of technical and creative design, Daniel Lee, creative director of Bottega Veneta, encapsulated Detroit’s pioneering role in pushing forward American retail, techno music, automotive innovations and the architectural modernism movement. Celebrating the ingenuity of the city, the collection revolves around the notions of progress and joyful futures. Interpreting sports- and workwear with a modern, high-performance daywear lens, the looks exude individualism and freedom. Referring to the industrial innovations of Detroit, the collection’s looks come with a technical glamour that does not compromise in function. Metal yarns, rubber elements and an overarching theme of manipulated, voluminous silhouettes bestow the looks with a avant-gardist nature. The collection was simultaneously presented at their newly opened Detroit Firehouse, which represents a space where local creatives come together, exhibiting diverse art works an design projects. The architecture of the old fire station, which is still true to its original composition, offers a minimal and vast backdrop for the multidisciplinary projects, including for example a pop-up record shop by Detroit’s Underground Music Academy and a library dedicated to the publishing history of Detroit, curated by Asmaa Walton. Alongside the creative outlet, the space doubles as a retail point for the commissioned projects.

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Valentino Re-Signify Part II

Valentino takes pride in its legacy by reviving significant memories and moments time and time again. As an homage to the profound identity and legacy of the house, creative director Pierpaolo Picciolo has opened the doors of SKP South’s T-10 exhibition space in Beijing, to showcase the second edition of Valentino: Re-Signify. Th exhibition, described by Valentino as a “liquid reading”, immerses the audience into a universe of interpretative takes on classic Valentino codes. 17 artists spanning different mediums and disciplines have lend their creative vision, whereas each of the artists’ works have been paired with Valentino’s designs, either separately exhibited in a complimentary way, or incorporated directly into the art works. This time, the exhibition features artists such as Cao Fei, who merged together the themes of Valentino Haute Couture and cosplay and Gioele Amaro, a digital artist who created physical artefacts that play with the limits of eye sight in synergy with six Valentino Couture dresses. Cheng Ran curated a multi-video installation that levels off somewhere between documentary and fiction, depicting four prêt-à-porter looks from Valentino’s Act Collection. As the name of the exhibition hints, Valentino Re-Signify Part II is a revived memory, a revisited archive of the house’s history, given a new signification through the synergy created by the artists. The re-contextualization of these Valentino anecdotes is exhibited in a perceptible and readable way for the viewer.

The exhibition Valentino: Re-Signify Part II is on show from October 16th to November 7th 2021 at the T-10 space of SKP South in Beijing.

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Dior Men B30 Sneaker: The Athletic Versatility of Dior´s Men B30 Sneaker

In an interview, Kim Jones once revealed that he owns more than 500 sneakers. His experience and passion for athletic footwear made him an expert in creating the new Dior B30. The Paris-based designer was appointed as the creative director of the traditional Maison Dior two years ago. Ever since he has combined elegant elements, typical for Dior with his modern streetwear affinity, resulting in refreshingly casual and perfectly balanced collections. The B30 Sneaker was shown in the SS22 collection to complementing each presented look with a tribute to the world of running and the streetwear credibility. What strikes most about the sneaker are the extraordinary materials used, such as mesh and microfiber, which enhance the flexibility and lightness of the shoe. The sneaker is adorned with the renowned CD logo on each side of the shoe in a reflective graphic element. Available in five colors, from classic black and white to a refreshing lime, the color palette delivers options for the Dior customer. The versatility of the sneaker perfectly adapts to the complex needs of a customer in today’s fast-moving world and therefore is a striking example for Kim Jones´ understanding of our zeitgeist.

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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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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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Marni SS22: Connected

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

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Marsèll x RRose 2021: Last Comes First

Marsèll x RRose 2021: Last Comes First In 2016, the Italian brand Marsèll has established Marsèll Paradise, a platform for generating a dialogue between the brand's creations and other art forms. This autumn, Marsèll Paradise initiated a collaboration with RRose, the alter ego of musician Seth Horvitz. The California-based musician, who is celebrated for his sensual techno DJ sets, repeatedly collaborates with fashion houses. Under the wings of Marsèll Paradise, RRose has created the media installation “Last Comes First” which thematizes the limits of perception: “I am fascinated with the fuzzy boundaries between things – the moments that rupture the mind’s ability to distinguish between independent entities. Illusions reveal the limits of a fixed reality.“ RRose embodies Marsèll Paradise’ vision of cherishing personalities on the pulse of time, who aren’t afraid to look beneath the surface of what is commonly accepted and perceived as the norm. By choosing RRose as a featured artist, the platform draws attention to gender perception in particular. The exhibition includes six images, which are transformed into a series of endless video loops, pursuing the idea of an intimate visual investigation. In addition to the exhibited images and videos, RRose has given Marsèll exclusive access to “Sporophyte”, one of the songs on her upcoming album.

Last Comes First is exhibited at Marsèll Paradise, Milan, from September 24th - October 3rd 2021.

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Chapter 7: C.P. Company x Barbour

The celebrations around C.P. Company’s 50th anniversary continue. For the seventh chapter, the Italian house partners up with the leading heritage and lifestyle brand Barbour. It’s a seamless collaboration between two houses, especially since one of the inspirations for C.P. Company’s iconic Mille jacket, more commonly known as the “Goggle jacket” was Barbour’s 1960s Solway jacket. So it only seemed fitting that the collaboration features the coming together of the Mille with the Solway in two new innovative iterations, a combination of the best of both styles. Apart from the jackets, all featuring the C.P. Company signature militarian and utilitarian feel and the “Goggle hood”, the collection also encompasses a black hoodie, with a print especially conceived by the Italian brand, as well as a selection of accessories such as sports and trapper hats, available in matching olive and charcoal hues. The connection between the two brands grows deeper than their focus on quality outerwear, especially since Paul Harvey, the C.P. Company designer originated from the north of England, “Working with Barbour was so simple and so, so special, both from a personal and a professional point of view. The pieces literally designed themselves, so close was the bond between early Italian Sportswear and what Barbour were doing at that time. I think both sides knew almost automatically what the pieces would look like and that original idea simply never changes. A symbiosis “perfetto”. To celebrate the launch of the jacket, C.P. Company raffled off 24 exclusives jackets, with all the proceeds going to the World Land Trust. C.P. Company x Barbour is a very special collaboration and a must-have for all fashion aficionados.

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Jil Sander SS22: New Awakenings

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

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Fashion

Armani SS22, the Soft Spot in Fashion

Emporio Armani celebrates 40 years in business with an extensive collection for men and women, that fills your warderobe for every imaginable occasion for SS22 from holiday sightseeing, going to work to elegant night outs in the city. It is an hommage to Armani’s deep rooted essence in enjoying fashion without any strict, imposed rules. The show takes us into different worlds, from an imaginary desert to a dreamy heaven of pastel colors. The runway is filled with Armani’s signature lightness and fluidity of the cuts, some genderless pieces and a softness of colors. Pastell pink, green, blue and dusky lilac mac blend together in fluid trousers, blouses and blazers, easily confused with something light as a summer shirt but also holiday ready-to-wear pieces like semi transparent jumpsuits, shorts in an emerald green and turquoise as well as flowing dresses with layers of see-through fabrics and cinched waists, to empathize a little bit of feminity. The men’s clothes are ranging between loose-fitted jackets and trousers crafted from linen, jersey, silk and wool as well as more experimental pieces like a light mullet shaped vest with a hood. The accessoires ranging from scarves to cord belts also empathize the lightness, that stands for the brand. Armani is all about showing a strong confidence without losing any harmony or softness in garments.

www.armani.com

Fashion

David LaChapelle for Moose Knuckles

With the production of the latest Moose Knuckles FW21 campaign, David LaChapelle has once again captured a surreal and phantasmagoric setting bursting with vibrant colors. Utilizing his distinctive exaggerated and expressive photography DNA, LaChapelle enacted a winter wonderland of the unusual kind. The icy location conveys a bubbly kitsch with a subtle computer-generated imagery atmosphere in which the campaign faces Emily Ratajkowski, Pete Davidson and Adwoa Aboah seem like comic figures. Artificial ice waves in life-size, iced versions of motorcycles and other surreal gadgets juxtapose the extreme and abstract with the familiar. Directly depicted in the snowy landscape and put to practice in the action-loaden shots, the looks style by Kyle Luu exemplify what Moose Knuckle’s expertise stands for: impeccable function with style. Focusing on puffer jackets and vests, Moose Knuckles FW21 collection offers bold color options such as lime colored check patterns and neon palettes. The development of the collection concentrated on minimizing weight and permeability, while increasing warmth, mobility and personality.

The FW21 collection from Moose Knuckles is available for purchase online as well as selected luxury retailers worldwide.

www.mooseknucklescanada.com

Art

Gallery Weekend *Discoveries: The Rise of Butterflies

María Magdalena Campos-Pons is one of the most renowned artists from the post-revolution era in Cuba in the 1980s. Her powerful and poetic voice is known countrywide and is now displayed in Europe within her exhibition The Rise of Butterflies at Galerie Barbara Thumm in the wake of the Gallery Weekend *Discoveries. The central pieces of her art revolve around race, religion and class, taking into account the individual and collective stories touching upon mythology, traditions and symbols of the African diaspora. Campos-Pons makes use of a multidisciplinary expression, creating from a multitude of mediums such as paintings, videos and photography, sculptures, installations as well as performances. In The Rise of Butterflies, the Cuban-based artist translates the situations of life that stem from hybrid cultural upbringing. Separation, memory and fragmentation play a major part in her work in which she also incorporates personal narratives of her youth in Cuba and the following relocation to the United States. “My work speaks to an ancestral knowledge and tradition to give a voice to the darkest narratives with grace and aesthetic elegance. Fragility, ephemerality, and a transient quality of a time and place are visible components in my vocabulary” is how Campos-Pons defines her artistic mission. The exhibition centres around the topic of metamorphosis – the bringing down of the evil, the budding and blossoming of the new beginnings and the hope that springs from this rebirth. Floral symbolism, culturally rich semiotics and colour explosions are the golden thread in her work. 

The Rise of Butterflies by María Magdalena Campos-Pons is exhibited at Galerie Barbara Thumm, Berlin, from September 18th until December 31th 2021.

www.bthumm.de
www.gallery-weekend-berlin.de

Art

Gallery Weekend Discoveries: Tobias Pils and Joey Bradley

On the occasion of the Gallery Weekend Discoveries, befriended artists Tobias Pils and Joey Bradley have come together for their first namesake exhibition at the Capitain Petzel gallery. Although the two artists express their creativity in opposing practices; Pils in grey-scale suggestively figurative scenes and Bradley in explosive and coloful abstract paintings, a closer examination of their works showcases surprising parallels. Their contrasting yet complementary ways of practice unveil an intriguing synergy that emphasizes their individuality and uniqueness while intertwining their artworks into one entity. The common ground of the artworks is the use of figuration and distinctive shapes. While Bradley relies on figurative, expansive shapes determined by their colors, Pils uses more stylized, abstract imagery. The resulting expressive sceneries seem to portray a moment in time from which an entire narrative embarks that unfolds itself with the observes imagination. “I’m not so interested in storytelling in my own work. In painting, beginning, middle and end are present on the surface and available all at once,” reflects Bradley’s view on narrating through his paintings. Similarly, Pils defines his paintings as being “about travelling – without a beginning, a middle, nor an end.”

The artwork of Tobias Pils and Joey Bradley is exhibited at Capitain Petzel, Berlin, from September 15th to October 23rd 2021.

www.capitainpetzel.de
www.tobiaspils.com
www.josephbradleystudio.com
www.gallery-weekend-berlin.de

Art

Gallery Weekend *Discoveries: Starter Kit

Cudelice Brazelton IV is a Frankfurt-based artist who channels subcultural happenings into hybrid art installations. Sculptures and paintings are his preferred vehicle of artistic expression. Through the combination of sculptures and paintings as well as sound accentuation, Brazelton creates unusual installations that induce the experience of tactile, auditory and visual stimuli. By engaging multiple senses, Brazelton creates a performative context that points towards a specific source of inspiration. Through his installations, Brazelton refers to black, punk and queer culture. For the artist, these cultures represent the driving force behind his profession, which is why he ensures to represent current events, controversies and critical discourse through his artistic outputs. DIY elements and the idea of clubs as a meeting point play a significant role in the actualization of the sculptures. Brazelton’s installations showcase a spectrum of industrial, abstract, delicate and crafty elements. Canvas, electronic supplies, chains, pipework – the materials used are diverse, yet Brazelton’s installations feature distinctive handwriting. Alongside more rustic materials, Brazelton incorporates photographs and paintings into his sculptures, often featuring a human face or body part. The hybrid nature of humanity, technology and objects that is reflected in his sculptures evokes an absurd aftertaste that poses questions of identity and belonging, which directs back to the inspirational essence from which subculture emerges.

Starter Kit by Cudelice Brazelton IV is exhibited at Barbara Weiss, Berlin, from September 4th - October 7th 2021.

www.galeriebarbaraweiss.de
www.cudelicebrazelton.com
www.gallery-weekend-berlin.de

Fashion

Armani Casa: The Home as the Horizon

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

www.armani.com

Fashion

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.

www.cartier.com

Art

Brussels Gallery Weekend: Rosa Rosa Rosae Rosae

The exhibition rosa rosa rosae rosae features the knowledge, transmission and history of language as a subject of discussion. With twenty contributing artists of multiple origins the exhibition achieves a diverse representation of how language shapes world views and creates barriers and clarification at the same time. The exhibition has taken inspiration from Jan Vercruysse’s photograph Rosa/Rota ll, in which the Belgian poet plays with the modification and purposeful interpretation of the Latin language. The photograph depicts two panels, one with the declension of the Latin word rosa (rose) and one with the Latin word rota (destiny). Getrude Stein’s infamous poetry verse “rose is a rose is a rose is a rose” reinforces contemplations around the literal meaning of words by emphasizing rhyme, rhythm and the fluidity of poetry. Derived from these references, rosa rosa rosae rosae revolves around the deceptive power of language. Since language is immanent to passing on knowledge, words inherit the ability to influence depending on personal language bias. The exhibition visualizes the reflection of a world with permeable borders where language unconsciously intermingles with discussion values, individual viewpoints and expression habits. This language bias is summarized in rosa rosa rosae rosae as a matrix that clarifies and confuses as it surrenders to interpretation.

Rosa rosa rosae rosae is exhibited at La Maison Pelgrims, Brussels, from October 10th - October 23rd 2021.

www.brusselsgalleryweekend.com

Art

Art for Days: Brussels Gallery Weekend 2021

From renowned museums to exquisite galleries, small artist’ ateliers and café exhibitions – Brussel’s cultural repertoire is of an impressive spectrum in which the traditional and old-school aligns with the urban contemporality. Since 2008, each year in September the art hubs of the city become the showplaces of the Brussels Gallery Weekend, an undertaking that highlights this diverse art scene and its spectators. A dynamic program of exhibitions, panel talks and gallery tours enables the visitors to immerse themselves into the local art scene. A special exhibition named Generation Brussels supports young talents by providing them with an opportunity to show their art. With 46 participating galleries and 14 guest venues, the weekend promises a plethora of exhibitions. Free spirits create their own routes and roam through the galleries as they please, yet for those who enjoy some guidance, seven routes of an hour and a half accompanied by an expert are offered. In addition to the exhibitions, the Brussels Gallery Weekend includes special occasions such as book launches, exclusive visits, performances and more. 

The Brussel Gallery Weekend takes place from September 9th until September 12th 2021. The opening hours are 11am to 7pm, with an exception to the opening day on which art enthusiasts can visit the galleries until 9pm.

www.brusselsgalleryweekend.com

Fashion

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.

www.loewe.com

Fashion

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.

www.kolor.jp

Fashion

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.

www.hublot.com
www.djsnake.com

Fashion

Vitra Circle Store

The Swiss design pioneer Vitra opens its first store in the Netherlands. With circularity and sustainability in mind, the name of the store – Vitra Circle Store – already gives away the idea behind the concept. The Circle Store sells used items from the numerous exhibitions, trade fairs and showrooms representing Vitra all over the world. Next to the classic pieces, the assortment range includes products designed exclusively for Vitra by contemporary designers. The pieces available for purchase offer a broad choice to the customer – whether it is sofas, chairs or interior accessories. By opening this well thought out store concept, Vitra aims to increase awareness of conscious consumption, considered production and the importance of original, timeless design. The Circle Store is located in the monumental building in the Hembrugterrein in Zaandam. To provide maximum quality, the objects sold at the Circle Store are restored and cleaned before they enter their second life cycle. The refurbished objects are sold with a two-year guarantee and persuade with fair prices, which are made on-site, depending on the condition of the design pieces.

The Vitra Circle store is open to the public on Fridays from 9am to 5pm from the 10th September 2021, and from the 1st October 2021 additionally on Saturdays from 10am to 5pm.

www.vitra.com

Travel

Cuba in the Heart of Paris

In the centre of Paris’ 5th arrondissement, the Monte Cristo is transformed to revive the Cuban spirit at Hotel Eminente. Upon entering the hotel the aroma of fresh sugarcane, the market stalls of Cuba and Eminente rum are at once noticeable. The four-star hotel will, for a limited time, feature interior design by Pauline d’Hoop and all the rooms in the hotel are touched with the authentic Cuban charm, chef and sustainable farmer Annabelle Cantarero, is making a special trip to curate the perfect tasting menu while of course boasting a modest assortment of cocktails, by Monte Cristo’s bartender Adrian Nino, that make use of the top tier Eminente Reserva and Eminente Ámbar Clara rums. Co-founded by Camille de Dominicis and César Martí, the youngest Rum-Master in history, the drink itself is of unparalleled complexity with a full body taste inspired by 19th-century Cuban sugarcane Eaux-de-vie. True to Cuba in all ways, Eminente joined with Clandestina, an independent Cuban design label, for the creation of the Resolver Bag, made from raw materials collected locally in Old Town of Havana. All profits from the limited and bespoke Resolver Bag will go directly to a conservation and circular economy project; the Cienaga de Zapata biosphere in Cuba. The Monte Cristo will remain open to its usual clientele and continue taking reservations for its bar and restaurant. Included in the “staycation” package is one night for two, breakfast, a Cuban dinner, one Eminente cocktail and one Eminente masterclass as well as use of the pool for one hour. The Hotel will be open to guests from September 30th to December 12th with a 24-hour stay or “Una Noche Cubana”.

www.eminente.com

Fashion

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.

www.hublot.com

Fashion

Saint Laurent Rive Droite: Salt and Sun

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

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

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

www.ysl.com

 

Fashion

Paco Rabanne presents Pacollection

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

www.pacorabanne.com

Fashion

Tommy Hilfiger x Romeo Hunte

This FW 2021 capsule collection newly defines the American apparel pioneer’s signature preppy style with the means of deconstructing and remixing that Romeo Hunte is known for. The collection exemplifies how a close mentorship and collaboration between two designers allows for refreshing takes on classics - Manhattan prep merges with Brooklyn street style, resulting in a collection that focuses on gender-fluid outerwear with multiple purposes. Hunte, who describes reinvention as an inherent part of his design formulas, created garments that blur the lines between edgy and sophisticated, effortlessly intertwining clashing elements. As such, the iconic Hilfiger trench coat has been transformed into a versatile version with detachable sleeves, reinterpreted color blocking and ironic slogans. The capsule collection builds upon Hilfiger’s People’s Place Program that advocates diverse representation in fashion and beyond. In this sense, challenging the status quo happens not only through the design of the collection - seven one-off upcycled polo shirts will be auctioned with the proceeds going to the Fashion Minority Alliances, a non-profit organization that aims to foster inclusivity in the fashion industry by achieving long-term equity and advancement for BIPOC and historically marginalized creative talents.

www.tommy.com
www.romeohunte.com

Fashion

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

Fashion

Hugo F/W 2021: Breaking the Box

“There is no right way to wear your clothes, only your way”, is how Bart de Backer, Senior Head of Design at Hugo Menswear, phrased the framework of Hugo’s F/W 2021 campaign, which is built on the concept of nonconformity. Since the act of eluding conventional creeds and practices is majorly motivated by very personal reasons, the campaign features close-up video portraits of four inspiring talents – painter Atusa Jafari, dancer Ahmad Kontar, model Christina Mamantzi and artist Patrick Mason. Going beyond the notion of style, each of the quartet gives insight into their motivations of going against the grain and how their unique stories have shaped them into the persons they are today. Voice overs in their native languages leading through different locations and situations, almost like vlogs, capture how their stories have one thing in common: finding their own individual ways in a society that relies on stereotypical dogmas and snap judgment. Topics like societal pressure, body image, inclusivity and acceptance weave like a red thread through the clips, eventually revealing how creativity and art serves as a pillar of strength and guidance. While the four campaign videos portray very individual journeys, they carry the same message across: to break the box is to be free.

The F/W 2021 collection is globally available from now on in Hugo stores and online. 

www.hugoboss.com

Fashion

Technical Skill & Creative Flair: Berluti’s Fly Sneaker

Berluti has replenished its FW 2021 sneaker collection with a new version of the classical Graphic sneaker. Fly unites the 70s elements of the original sneaker with the sporty details of bicolor soles and a geometric heel. The combination of leather and rubber creates a clash between modernity and retro vibes, making the sneaker stand out with a bolder style than expected from Berluti’s designs. The combination of rich leather, vibrant tones and dynamic details taken from Berluti’s DNA and reinterpreted with an effortless and lightweight approach result in a bootmaker-inspired final outcome. The Fly sneaker comes in three characteristic designs. Two of them are made from leather, featuring a version with black and white stripes that parade a red outsole detail and a white-silver version with a grey outsole detail. Both of these feature the house’s signature zig-zag stitching and perforated details. The third version is a derivation of the Venezia accessory collection crafted from calf leather with a special patina, presenting a more toned-down color palette with a saturated brown and black detailing. The Fly sneaker embodies the dedicated craftsmanship and the unique combination of technical skill and creative flair that Berluti stands for.

www.berluti.com

Fashion

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.

www.tommy.com

Fashion

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.

www.net-a-porter.com

Art

Gmunden.Photo

When you visit Gmunden today, you will find 29 shipping containers placed on the shores of the local lake. Shipping containers are the perfect metaphor for the global interconnectivity, as they are at the base of international trade, with thousands being shipped all across the globe on a daily basis. With the ongoing pandemic, we are not able to travel the world, making them the perfect reminder that we are part of a global community, which despite unfortunate circumstances and physical separation continues to exchange and grow together. In this case, the containers’ content is photographs taken by 23 different photographers, young and upcoming talents and internationally established stars alike. The containers currently house an exciting exhibition curated by the Swiss Beda Achermann, putting the Austrian photography scene into an international context. It bears witness to the role of the relatively new medium within the contemporary art scene and the constant innovation to be found within. Photography as a medium is changing; it’s becoming more and more of a hybrid, which finds itself paired with painting, sculpture and other forms of digital art, fortifying its place as a living and diverse artistic medium. The exhibition covers a large variety of different photographic styles, classics such as documentary and portrait photography, but also their new iterations by new generations of artists. It also witnesses its contemporary relevance, as we often perceive the present solely through images, whether it is the environmental destruction or the seduction of an aspirational life on the Internet. The exhibition features photographers from 8 different countries, not only showcasing their work but also displaying the power of images as a universal language to be understood and appreciated by people all across the world.

Gmunden.Photo will be open to the public until August 15th at the Seeviertel in Gmunden, Austria.

www.gmunden.photo

Credits:
Roe Ethridge – Untitles (Alexis Bittar)
Simon Lehner – Balance study with boy

Fashion

Armani Privé Haute Couture FW2021/22

As for many fashion houses, the guests were also allowed to return to Giorgio Armani’s Prive Haute Couture show yesterday, which was hosted for the second time in the Italian Embassy in Paris. For a seasoned designer like Mr. Armani himself, heading an established house like his, the pandemic might not have been as cataclysmic as for smaller and less established houses, but by no means can one say that this 16-month halt did not leave a mark nevertheless. With a certain post-pandemic awareness, Mr. Armani states that, “I do not feel more emotional about my work after the pandemic, but now I want my work to show emotions in a clearer way. I think that, during this period, we have discovered a feeling of something true, something powerful, something enriching, something energizing, and I want all this to come true, also through my work.” His newest haute couture collection definitely bears witness to this. Fittingly entitled Shine, the collection is luminous. It focuses on the brilliance of fabrics that almost seem liquid, the sheen of satin interwoven with ultra fine metallic thread paired with Armani’s signature filtrage, the layering of transparent fabrics, which created as Mr. Armani put it himself, “halos around the body”. The garments radiate light and levity, celebrating the excellence of the materials. In a nod to the timelessness of his creations, Mr. Armani, whose clothes are never made for just one season, also filtered into the collection 15 garments from the audience-less show in January, because he wished for people to see them up close.

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Tommy Hilfiger store Berlin

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

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Thom Browne SS22

Premiering as part of Mens’ SS22 Paris Fashion Week is the show by Thom Browne in the theme of “Looking Forward to Tomorrow”. The film depicts the comfortable loneliness of a marathon runner intraining. His comfort in being alone is truly inspirational. Set in the expansive flatlands of northern New Mexico, the film follows our runner as he prepares to compete against the current world record-holder. He wakes at dawn and trains until dusk, day after day. As he trains on the open roads and rests each night in his open-frame house, the runner is alone but never lonely. When event day arrives, his world becomes a new adventure. He and his fellow competitors celebrate the event day and compete as animated versions of Thom Browne’s drawings. In his signature colors, the runner moves through the city and finally into the stadium.

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Dior Men's SS22

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

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UNDERCOVER SS22

The SS22 Men’s Collection “ONCE IN A LIFETIME” by Undercover is inspired by the translation of an idiom known by the Japanese tea master “Sen no Rikyu”. For this collection, Jun Takahashi, Creative Director worked in a great environment which is a brand new studio located in a mountain where he could walk down to the beach and learned to cherish the ordinary. The collection reflects his wish to create designs that are not excessively decorative but deeply rooted in everyday life.The style of music and graphic designs created by the Japanese rock band “OGRE YOU ASSHOLE”, one of the collaborators of this season, embodies his feelings. The collection reflects visually that even on an ordinary day, any moment in life cannot be repeated. Treasure every single day of your life is the theme for this collection interpreted in monochrome looks with intricate prints and construction, yet simple in form.

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MSGM Mens SS22

MSGM’s Men’s SS22 collection named Canon Infinito - like a musical composition that unfolds in circular melodies.The title of the song by Lorenzo Senni, the project’s soundtrack, encapsulates the atmosphere of the entire collection, of a story that follows the moments of a long day, on a desert beach, composed in an intense joint effort by Massimo Giorgetti with Francesco Nazardo, the No Text Azienda and Senni. Canone infinito, like the dazzling light of the sun that hour after hour becomes gentler before giving way to night and returning in the morning, repeating its dance in a stubborn perpetual motion. Infinite like the horizon where the sea melts into thesky. Artisanal washes and the watercolour prints are reminiscent of liquid patterns of water reflected on rippling water; solarised dyes, almost a new tie dye, created surprising effects on the clothes as if they have been left to fade under the heat of the sun. Like chromatic clouds, melange items in woven cotton webbing recreate organic, rough and three-dimensional textures. Wet clothes stick to the skin, along with the scent of salt. Elements embodying an underwater imaginary world appear everywhere. www.msgm.com

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Prada Mens SS22

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

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BRIONI

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

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FENDI Men’s FW 21/22

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

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Fashion

Kaldewei x WWF

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

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Fashion

BOSS Pride

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

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Colmar's A.G.E.

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

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Fashion

RETRO ARTSY by Westwing Collection

Westwing’s latest collection, 'Retro Artsy by Westwing Collection' is made up of in-house designed collection pieces combined with timeless design and retro vibes. Cozy flair from the 1960s meets simple, elegant shapes."With our Retro Artsy collection, we want to create a home where you can easily relax and feel happy. Retro-inspired elements go hand in hand with simple abstract patterns and colorful objects to set highlights. There is a calm atmosphere - Modern art, splashes of color and a mix of materials bring joy to everyday life. " so Ale Tobler, creative director of the Westwing Collection. The collection is characterized by expressive pieces of furniture and artistically designed decorative accessories. Soft color schemes of cream-colored and natural stone gray in a mixture of terracotta tones and black meet different material optics such as trendy travertine and dark wood.

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Carhartt WIP x Clay Arlington

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

www.carhartt-wip.com

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Berluti SS21

Berluti is introducing a new line with eye-catching braided leather details, displaying a new kind of savoir-faire and craftsmanship for SS21. Inspired by the Maison’s ongoing collaboration with Brian Rochefort and by Rochefort’s trademark texture play in his sculptures, Berluti’s braided leather technique is featured on a selection of bags, small leather goods and sneakers. Using the iconic Signature canvas as a base -with its grained texture and its motif merging Berluti’s logo-, new bags from the Summer 2021 collection include a large white logo crest printed on the front side of each piece, outlined by a braided calf leather stripe. Available in a black, white and yellow or a black, white and blue colour combination, the tricolor stripe is braided following a perforation pattern on the canvas, thus obtaining an exceptional visual and textural play through an innovative, luxurious technique imbued in Berluti’s DNA. Berluti’s braided leather pieces will be available both at Berluti stores and e-shop from May 2021.

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Fashion

Fondazione Prada: Stop Painting

Fondazione Prada presents to the press the exhibition “Stop Painting” conceived by Peter Fischli, on view at the historic building of Ca’ Corner della Regina. “Stop Painting” brings together a selection of 110 works by more than 80 artists and explores a series of specific ruptures within the history of painting in the last 150 years, intertwined with the emergence of new social factors and cultural values. The artist conceived this project divided in 10 sections as a plurality of different narratives told by himself in the first person. The show begins on the ground floor of Ca’ Corner della Regina with a new site-specific artwork by Fischli that consists of a scaled-down model of the entire project, defined by the artist as “a sculpture of a painting exhibition”. The exhibition unfolds on the first floor following not a chronological order, but a personal and idiosyncratic approach. At the beginning of the process leading to the conception of his exhibition the artist identified 5 radical ruptures in art history that correspond to moments of rejection and reinvention of painting: the diffusion of photography, the invention of the readymade and the collage, “the death of the author”, the devaluation of painting as a commodity and the crisis of criticism in the late capitalist society.

Fondazione Prada presents «Stop Painting” at Ca’ Corner della Regina, Venice from May 22 - November 21 2021.

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Alain JacquetLe déjeuner sur l'herbe, 1964Serigraphy on paper mounted on canvas 175 x 100 cm
Collection Mamac, Nice, inv: 988.16.1Photo Muriel Anssens © Adagp, Paris, 2021 © Alain Jacquet, by SIAE 2021

Marcel DuchampApolinère Enameled, 1916-1917 (1964 edition)Tin plate on cardboard, 24 x 34 cmCollezione Attilio Codognato, Venezia © 2021. White Images/Scala, Firenze © Foto Scala Firenze© Association Marcel Duchamp © Marcel Duchamp, by SIAE 2021

Fashion

Bally Presents “My Craft, My Legacy”

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

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Volume and Elaborate Capacity

The Beak Bag is an integral part of the Bottega Veneta SS21 Salon 01 collection. It is a unisex belt bag, launched in various colors. The folded look of the Beak Bag creates a personal and padded effect for Salon 01. A tubular leather drawstring adapts the shape of the bag and emphasizes its volume and elaborate capacity. The design of the belt that wraps around the hips is made of a webbing strap and has a metal closure piece was inspired by the classic airplane seatbelt. This contrasts the soft, voluptuous look of the belt bag’s center piece and immediately directs the eye to the creative statement piece. The bag that comes in various leather shades from petrol to cream is also available as a full-on denim version. BOTTEGA VENETA’s creative director Daniel Lee’s Salon 01 collection gives way to the idea of domestic comfort fits combined with glamorous silhouettes of the 60s. He was inspired by the nostalgia of books, videos and records in the creative process of making the collection. This concept translates to the thick, bold, mostly knitted fabrics and is accentuated by the expressive color palette of green, yellow, black, violet and browns. The Beak Bag’s casual, effortless look and versatile color palette ties in perfectly with this philosophy. Lee himself summarizes his vision behind the new campaign saying: “I’m always interested in this idea, of how you can feel done up and elegant at the same time as feeling comfortable. That’s really my kind of mission for BOTTEGA.”

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Les Parfums Louis Vuitton : Imagination

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

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VALENTINO COLLEZIONE MILANO - PAINTER CAMPAIGN

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

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Fashion

Thonet S 5000 Retreat

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

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Fashion

On Moon Time

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

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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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Fashion

Trash to Treasure

FADE OUT LABEL is a Berlin-based brand co-founded in 2015 by Andrea Bonfini, an Italian fashion designer together with his friend Nicola. The brand focuses on creating new from old by utilizing patchwork techniques to handcraft their pieces. FADE OUT collection’s uniqueness stems from their oversized pieces, crafted from vintage denim. The label does not work with traditional seasons but rather designs garments adaptable to various occasions and different personalities. Additionally, it features permanent collections that change every so slightly each season. With sustainability in mind, each piece is upcycled, using denim bought at charity shops, deconstructed, washed, sanitized, ironed, and reassembled – making each piece unique. FADE OUT’s latest project, White Trash, is a capsule collection inspired by Berlin – the faded graffiti on the remaining Berlin Wall and Berlin’s famous clubbing scene paused at the moment by the pandemic. Each piece is unique and unisex, continuing with the brand’s aesthetic and underlying philosophy: urban wear, upcycling, patchwork, and zero waste. The items are handmade in a Berlin atelier using waste materials such as vintage white jeans, silver deadstock fabrics, antique parachutes as well as used pharmaceutical vials and metal elements.

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Art

Gallery Weekend Berlin: Susan Philipsz at Konrad Fischer Galerie

Konrad Fischer Galerie is pleased presents Susan Philipsz’ first solo exhibition in Berlin. Susan Philipsz is a Scottish artist based in Berlin who works with spaces, narrative and sounds. In 2010 she won the Turner Prize which was the first time a sound work was nominated. She uses recordings of her own singing voice and to project this sound a space. Her voice is untrained and she leaves in breaths and imperfections to create a sense of intimacy. She has reworked songs varying from traditional folk music and sixteenth century ballads to songs by Nirvana and David Bowie. The themes she explores can trigger memory and emotions. While each piece is unique, she explores familiar themes of loss, longing, hope and return.“Whenever I enter a space that I am considering working with I call into the space to measure its acoustics. By projecting my voice into a space, I measure that space; through the resonance and echo I can ascertain the volume, scale and depth of that space. The gallery has a particularly resonant acoustic with lots of echoes and reverberations. The sounds from one level are audible on the other”, so Philipsz about the origins of her works Separated Silos (2021), and Slow Fresh Fount (2021) which lends its title to the exhibition.

Susan Philipsz’ work is exhibited at Konrad Fischer Galerie, Berlin, from 1 May – 17 July 2021.

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Susan Philipsz, Slow Fresh Fount, 2021. Courtesy the artist and Konrad Fischer Galerie. Photo: Roman März

Susan Philipsz, Separated Silos, 2021. Courtesy the artist and Konrad Fischer Galerie. Photo: Roman März

Fashion

ROLEX AND THE OSCARS

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

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Fashion

DoDo x Tenaka

Environmental awareness is an important priority for the jewelry brand DoDo. With the Blue Forest campaign, DoDo is now becoming a part of another environmental project: Together with the non-profit organization Tenaka, DoDo is planting 3000 mangrove trees on two hectares of land on the coast of the Malaysian state of Sabah. With the support of twenty biologists and local organizers, residents and students of the region are also involved in the endeavor to raise awareness of the importance and preservation of this ecosystem. DoDo Blue Forest is a jewelry project with Tenaka, a social enterprise founded by Anne-Sophie Roux. DoDo and Tenaka are aware of the importance of renaturation measures, which aim to maintain the balance of nature through the reforestation and protection of mangrove forests, which are of fundamental importance to biodiversity. The symbol of the brand's environmental commitment is the Granelli bangle DoDo designed for Tenaka. It is made of plastic materials taken from the Mediterranean Sea by REVET, a company based in Pisa, Italy. The bracelet is transformed and dyed in shades of green to resemble the beauty of mangroves. The latest unique piece of jewelry is the emblem of DoDo's sustainability efforts and most recent Mangrove project.

 www.dodo.it

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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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C.P. Company Cinquenta - THE BRITISH SAILOR

Massimo Osti founded the brand Chester Perry, which would later be renamed C.P. Company in 1971 in Bologna. Famous for its screen printed t-shirts and its sportswear, the brand has continued to pioneer a connoisseurial hybrid style that combines the functionality of vintage military, work, and sportswear with intense fabric research and innovation, heightened by using garment-dyeing ever since. Forging a new path for functional menswear meeting Italian fabric innovation is its origin and the base for everything it does today. From the very beginning, Massimo Osti's idea on the creation of a brand started with the desire to create a product with a strong identity, utterly different from anything else available on the market. Convinced of the strength of his idea, he even personally designed the logo, a lifebuoy. Later on, the logo shifted to a British sailor symbol with arms crossed - smiling, dependable, and informal. The inspiration came from one of the books about military uniforms, which Massimo Osti collected for his studio's library. Since 1975 this has been the primary brand logo, and it represents the link between tradition and innovation. On the occasion of the 50th Anniversary, or Cinquanta, C.P. Company has created an exclusive porcelain sailor statue handcrafted in Italy by Tuscan artisans. Only 150 pieces of this exclusive figurine are made -, the sailor represents its great story's memorabilia and pays homage to Italian artisanal tradition. The British Mariner will be available, from April 14th, on 50.cpcompany.com and in all C.P. Company flagship stores in Milan, Amsterdam, London, Seoul, and Tokyo.

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Marina Raphael SS21

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

www.marinaraphael.com

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FENDI Limited Edition Couture Capsule

Drawing from the themes presented during Kim Jones’ SS21 Couture debut for the house, FENDI presents a Capsule Collection that translates the season’s sensibility into ready-to-wear—adopting the collection’s motifs of fluid androgyny and exquisite romance and presenting them through translations of critical silhouettes. The pieces will be available solely for two weeks in limited quantities at select boutiques across the world from mid-April. The FENDI Couture Collection explored the liberated British sensibility of the 1920s as well as historic Roman grandeur. Jones has drawn inspiration from the Bloomsbury set and Virginia Woolf’s seminal binary-blurring novel Orlando. He expressed this notion in the collection through cady and wool-silk tailoring and crisp cotton shirting, alongside elegantly draped satin dresses and gowns; the conventional codes of masculinity and femininity are united in monochromatic harmony. Included are ballerina slippers embossed with Karligraphy beaded monograms or knee-high satin boots. These are evolved from the styles presented at Couture, while a new collection of baroque pearl jewelry, frozen in resin and embossed with rhinestones. Exclusive variations of the iconic Baguette and Peekaboo bags, trimmed with pearls or covered in prints inspired by the Bloomsbury Group’s Sussex home of Charleston House. This reflects the timeless elegance introduced at Couture: a contemporary homage to British creativity and Italian glamour.

www.fendi.com

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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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Versace Home Textiles & Accessories

The new Versace Home Textiles & Accessories collection takes the brand’s most recognizable designs and reinterprets them as a range of luxury bedroom, bathroom and living room accessories. The mythical Medusa logo is feature throughout the new collection. The house’s eternal muse amplifies the Made in Italy bed sheets, comforters, and iconic terrycloth robes. As seen on the AW21 runway, the new signature Versace La Greca print is also incorporated into the interiors. The graphic Greek Key pattern adorns an array of interior pieces and home accessories. Staying at home is made more exciting with a nod to the coveted La Medusa handbag line – the references are seen on colorful coasters and realistic puzzles. Out of home, the recognizable Versace Home aesthetic is transferred onto luxury-to-go items.

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Art

Luisa Catucci : TRA COLOR CHE SONO SOSPESI

Aqua Aura and Lidó Rico present their work at the TRA COLOR CHE SONO SOSPESI (Engl. : Among those who are in suspense) exhibition at Luisa Catucci Gallery in Berlin. The exhibition's title is an homage to the unusual situation the whole world faced over the past year, which left most people to experience an unsettling feeling of suspense. The sequence of Lockdowns and isolation left us feeling fragile. For many, the difficulties or even impossibilities to work properly made us feel closer to Virgil and the other souls Dante Alighieri suspended in Limbo. In this after-death place, he left the great but not catholic minds hanging to an eternal wait. Simultaneously the suspension reawakened the attention on existential issues and pushed humanity to reargue the "Übermensch" attitude we developed as a society.

This is a theme both the Spanish artist Lidó Rico and the Italian artist Aqua Aura have investigated through different media. Additionally, 2021 is the 700th anniversary of the Italian poet Dante Alighieri's death, whose description of Limbo fits the feelings induced by the repetition of Lockdowns, so dedicating this exhibition to him seems fitting. In TRA COLOR CHE SONO SOSPESI presents a dialog between the works of the meta-photographer Aqua Aura and his dystopic views of a post-nature post-humanity future. Together with Lidó Rico's work referring to the fear of the void created by the lack of survival of the knowledge acquired in life, the exhibition fits the world's current state. TRA COLOR CHE SONO SOSPESI will be exhibited at Luisa Catucci Gallery, Berlin from the 3rd of April until the 28th of May 2021.

www.luisacatucci.com

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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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CHANEL FW21

The latest collection is inspired by the légère intimacy and simplicity of Chanel shows of the past – models would dress themselves and do their own make-up - which predecessor Karl Lagerfeld told current Creative Director Virginie Viard about. “I don’t know if this is because of the times we live in, but I wanted something warm, lively. I imagined the models doing a show for themselves, going from room to room, crossing each other in staircases, piling their coats up in the cloakroom, and going up to the next floor to get changed.” The FW21 show was filmed at Castel, a legendary club on Rue Princesse in Paris.

Walking on the streets outside Castel, in the dark and mysterious salons or down the spiral staircases, the models exhume an exquisite air of Parisian chic. Staged by the duo Inez & Vinoodh, the show has a distinct sensual touch and contrasts between volumes, materials, and spirit. A long tweed coat with a chevron motif reveals bare legs wearing voluminous boots in black curly faux fur; a trouser suit in black tweed with small checks in blue lurex is adorned with thin braces in pearls and layers of sautoir necklaces. A white coat in patent sheepskin and lined with faux fur is coupled with “down jacket” style two-tone boots, with unzippable legs giving way to a pair of silver heeled booties to go dancing in. The salopettes-ski suits in white quilting embroidered with red and blue motifs, or in fuchsia tweed, are worn with strappy sandals embellished with chains, and little black bows or pumps adorned with a camellia, while delicate blouses in chiffon or crêpe de Chine are combined with pieces inspired by winter sportswear. For FW21, Virginie Viard was inspired by Chanel’s DNA of cool Parisian chic and the ambiance of ski holidays.

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Isabel Marant FW21

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

 www.isabelmarant.com

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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.

 www.isseymiyake.com

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Valentino FW21 - ACT

For Valentino’s most recent collection, FW21 ready-to-wear, Pierpaolo Piccioli worked with the topic of punk in a more muted color palette of black and white with pops of gold. Having historically shown on the Paris show, Valentino presented their first co-ed FW21 collection at Milan Fashion Week. One year after the lockdown swept Italy, shuttering performing arts spaces and much of the cultural life in their wake, Pierpaolo Piccioli reopened Milan’s Piccolo Teatro for one night only to stage a 66-look-show by the name Valentino ACT. “The fact that we decided to have it reopened, albeit just temporarily, it was a sort of a punk act,” he said at a press conference held in the darkness of the auditorium.

“What we missed in the pandemic was above all the sense of sharing and of communality that culture gives us—not so much pasta and pizza.” A spotlight illuminated the models in the otherwise dark theater as Cosima sang live accompanied by a string quartet. Pleated A-line mini skirts, pointed collar white shirts, turtlenecks, and swingy cape coats, paired with sturdy boots covered in rubber petals and macro studs to bring the 60s back to life in modern times. A daywear assortment of beautifully cut short wool capes was the collection’s pivot, worn with bare legs and elegant stilettos “for sensuality,” as Piccioli underlined. “It’s the radical act of having the strength to be who you are; that’s what I mean by romanticism today. It’s a subjective, almost anarchic gesture, assertive of one’s own identity—exactly like punk.”, he concludes.

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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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Brunello Cucinelli Womenswear FW21

Brunello Cucinelli digitally presents his FW21 women’s collection as part of Milan Fashion Week 2021. For his video contribution to this year’s online event, the Italian designer chose a very personal location: a pavilion in a vast park in his hometown Solomeo in Umbria, where the fashion empire has its origins. Backed with elegant music he briefly presents the fashion, letting the visuals of the models displaying his clothing speak for themselves. The women dressed in his FW21 collection are positioned on the elevated garden pavilion, illuminated by the sun and blending in with the natural surrounding. Cucinelli then personally holds a speech explaining the shift in focus he has taken up in the face of the current reconceptualization of the daily rhythm of life and its effect on human needs, values and wellbeing. Furthermore, he pleads for the re-evaluation of the relationship between humans and nature. Cucinelli envisions the expansion of the concept of the social contract to all beings of the universe in pursuit of establishing a world in equilibrium and aims to contribute to it with his business approach and designs.

The FW21 women’s collection reflects Cucinelli’s vision of harmony, comprising informal and relaxed outerwear, knitwear, trousers, shirts and accessories. The designs blur the line between living in the public and the private sphere by unifying form language of timeless elegance and effortless comfort. Unique manufacturing processes, loose silhouettes and soft volumes, following a neutral, organic color scheme represent the cardinal elements of fluid and well-proportioned cozy wear.

www.brunellocucinelli.com

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Swarowski Wonderlab

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

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

www.swarowski.com

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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

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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.

www.boogalooswimwear.com

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Colmar SS21

For the Spring Summer 2021 collection, Colmar has used its most iconic pieces as a starting point for the new collection, which aligns perfectly with the typical Colmer DNA: technical, dynamic, functional, and summery. The designs are versatile and can be worn in different summer climates and on multiple occasions. The ambiguity of the collection aims to inspire the wearer to live their summer to the fullest. Clean and simple lines yet precise attention to detail is what makes the new collection stand out. At the core of the collection stand functionality and comfort. To create their multifunctional jackets, Colmar used recycled polyamide from industrial waste, which is regenerated and reprocessed. Double layered polyester is sewn with a membrane that supports a 5000 mm water column to make for the resistant material. Both the Women's and Men's collections feature from best-sellers like the 1246 Colmar, biker jackets, and field jackets to gilets. Iridescent graphics and blurred prints complete the summer mood of the Spring Summer 2021 collection.

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Salvatore Ferragamo: Chinese New Year & Valentine’s Day

Salvatore Ferragamo has collaborated with five young international creatives to develop a series of special projects during 2021, the first two chapters of which are called “Chinese New Year” and “Valentine’s Day.” For the Chinese New Year (February 12th), Ferragamo has collaborated with London-based illustrator Charlotte Mei in a digital project that celebrates the year of the Ox (pronounced “Niu” in Chinese). The digital campaign is called “What makes you Niu” and consists of a series of photographic collages and illustrations. With celebratory aesthetics of the year of the Ox, the campaign conveys the NIU! message with a series of big-impact editorial images and artwork that highlights the exclusive selection of CNY products. For Valentine’s Day (February 14th), Ferragamo has called on artists Davide Ronco, Charlotte Mei, Johanna Goodman, the Mert Keskin, and Ruth van Beek to create a series of multimedia artworks that will feature in the “Patchwork of Love” campaign. “The Patchwork of Love” campaign highlights itself with contrasting colors and the concept of creating a new whole from crashing elements. All collages, animation, illustrations, photos, videos, and sculptures are featuring Ferragamo elements such as the Gancini logo and articles from the Ferragamo selection for Valentine’s Day.

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Michel Kors: The Eye Has to Travel SS21 Campaign

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

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DIOR MEN SS21: Amoako Boafo

Kim Jones muse for the latest DIOR Men’s campaign is Ghanaian painter Amoako Boafo, whose big-scale portraits of Black subjects using a finger-painting technique have skyrocketed in popularity the past year. The collaboration marks the first African artist to develop a line with the French Maison to date. According to DIOR’s Artistic Director Kim Jones, the fashion line celebrates Boafo’s intricate and vibrant portraiture, reflecting in the collection’s powerful energy. Inspired by Boafo’s expression, which entails flat color portraits complemented by vibrant backgrounds, the campaign incorporated his portraits into the collection and added textures, prints, and colors inspired by his paintings. Through careful styling and close collaboration with the artist, the fashion house was able to bring the images back to life by incorporating DIOR essentials such as the Oblique Motif, Dior Atlas sandals, Maxi saddlebag, and the artists’ dynamic color palette ranging from pink to fluorescent yellow. The pieces are quintessentially vibrant and celebrate freedom, diversity, and the many facets of the contemporary man.

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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.

www.chanel.com

Art

Jonathan Meese x TVLG_Chamber

Tim Van Laere Gallery inaugurates an additional exhibition space featuring a series of ceramic masks by Jonathan Meese. The artist combines elements of painting and sculpture, in line with the creative, grotesque expressiveness he is known for, in his new exhibition. The dynamic, performative aesthetics of the ceramic and bronze masks illustrate the antagonistic relationship between good and evil, inspired by ancient times, history, and contemporary popular culture in form and color. Meese’s artistic language represents the experimental outlook of the new TVLG_Chamber that is set to co-exist with the main exhibition area of the renowned Antwerp gallery. The exhibition, titled ERZCERAMICS DE LARGE (ABER BITTE MIT SAHNE), will be displayed from February 4th to March 6th, 2021 at Tim Van Laere Gallery, Antwerp.

www.timvanlaeregallery.com

JONATHAN MEESE, ZARDOZ SCHREIT DICH!, 2020. Ceramic, 32,5 x 31 x 7 cm. Courtesy Tim Van Laere Gallery, Antwerp

Fashion

#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

www.louisvuitton.com

www.unicef.com

Fashion

COMME des GARCONS Parfums: 'Rouge'

The new fragrance from COMME des GARCONS Parfums, ‘Rouge’, expresses a disruptive and rapturous blend of olfactive ingredients associated with the color rouge. Crushed clusters of spicy sweet pink peppercorns countered with the intense aroma Indonesian ginger, a certain heat often visually represented by rouge. A sensual blend of aromatic cistus and the woody scent of sticky incense, Egyptian geranium and vegetal roots provide a foundation for the scent that is both transcendent and grounded.

Shot by talented photographer Jordan Hemingway, ‘Rouge’ is a portal into the surreal, an open window through which one can escape into the endless. With deliberate and particular overdoses, this orchestration of that which is Earthly and that which is other inspires an exhilarating and seductive perfume.

COMME des GARCON ‘Rouge’ is available as of October 2020

www.comme-des-garcons.com

Fashion

Jil Sander Men's FW21/22

To integrate a softer approach to menswear with the desire for formality worn in both outdoor and indoor settings, German designer Jil Sander debuts its FW21 collection with an immersive and rhythmic video by Stephen Kidd. With bejewelled long-neck collared sweaters, a reminder to love oneself, no matter the shifting of circumstances, our lives, we are all worth celebrating. With Art Direction by Heiko Keinath, under the Creative Direction of Luce and Luke Meier, with music by Frédéric Sanchez, the film by Stephen Kidd shows an extraverted yet understated form of the modern man.

The look is intimate, layered, utilitarian and the spirit is for all men unafraid of being, expressing and showing a depth of emotion. Handmade and technical elements meet seamlessly with pristine suits of dry wool, with straight elongated jackets and cropped trousers to be worn with pullovers instead of shirts. Uniform-inspired trenches in Tuscan double-faced wool or in coated, waterproof cotton adds to a cohesive collection of rich knit structures and contrasting intarsia with cashmere and silver necklaces with the hand-written word ‘Mother’ to denote the importance of kinship and preserving close ties with that which should be held closest in uncertain times.

The FW21 collection by Jil Sander, presented at Saint-Martin-Du-Tertre, France, has a lot to offer. The individuality, the idea of a man built for solitude and trying to open up, the idea that treasure is worth looking for, a multitude of lightweight coats and trousers expresses what words could never. Gold on the neck, worn on a varied background of ash grey turtleneck sweaters and knits, black and white, with soft fabric in camel colors and pastel tones.

www.jilsander.com

Fashion

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

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

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

www.cpcompany.com

Fashion

Louis Vuitton Men's FW21

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

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

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

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

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

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

www.louisvuitton.com

Art

ULAY: From Berlin to Paris

A new online exhibition curated by Hana Ostan Ožbolt for Saltoun Gallery focuses on the work of the late performance artist Ulay (1943-2020). The exhibition is titled ‘Ulay: From Berlin to Paris’ as part of the gallery’s series ‘Soultan Online’.

Two of the artist’s important works, ‘Relation in Movement’ (1977) and ‘Irritation - There is a Criminal Touch to Art’ (1976). The latter is regarded as one of the most outlandish art displayed in a public space in art history, in which the artist staged the ‘art theft’ of Carl Spitzweg’s painting ‘The Poor Poet’ from its home at the Neue Nationalgalerie and navigated its relocation to the living room of a family of immigrants.

‘Relation in Movement’ (1977), like other works in the ‘Relation’ series by Ulay and collaborator, Marina Abramovic, challenges the physical limits perceived by the mind and the body. These two iconic works of art by Ulay will be shown alongside exclusive video clips that translate how these radical actions still resonate and can be likened in a direct dialogue with current societal issues.

This exhibition by Saltoun Online is held in conjunction with Ulay’s critically acclaimed and largest-ever retrospective ‘ULAY WAS HERE’ at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam.

The exhibition can be viewed online at the gallery’s website.

www.richardsaltoun.com

Fashion

FENDI: Selleria Man GMT

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

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

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

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

www.fendi.com

This Was Hollywood

The Golden Age of Hollywood, the captivating lives of larger than life actors that graced the silver screen. From leading men and leading ladies like Carey Grant, Lana Turner or Joan Crawford, who infamously feigned illness and accepted her Academy Award for Best Actress for her role in ‘Mildred Pierce’ while confined to her bed, strange stories rise to the surface in this new book. The Golden Age of Hollywood is a time in history like no other. Writing about this history, Carla Valderrama, author of ‘This Was Fashion’, in collaboration with Turner Classic Movies has published a new book entitled ‘This Was Hollywood: Forgotten Stars and Stories’.

In the hard-cover book are former screen legends who have faded into obscurity as well as newly surfaced revelations about Hollywood’s biggest names. From Clark Gable’s secret love child to the film that almost brought Paul Newman’s whole career to an end, this one-of-a-kind history book is an enthralling mirage of yesteryear.

‘This Was Hollywood’ is Carla Valderrama's first book and is filled with a visually stunning catalogue of the lost history of Golden Age hollywood.

www.thiswashollywood.com

Fashion

Prada Men's FW21

With the first collection co-created by Miuccia Prada and Raf Simons focused in on the human body, its freedom and the increasing wish for contact, the need to feel. The collection was defined by its tactility, a veritable panoply of different surface textures and textiles. Jacquard knits and leather find themselves combined with re-nylon and wool suiting in both traditional and unanticipated colors. Apart from the rich colors and textures, the garments were defined by a reduced and minimalized structure. The collection was presented in a space created by Rem Koolhaas. The models navigated through the varying spaces of different interplaying materials and textures, mirroring the rich tactile nature of the collection itself, a space inviting and seductive, hard and soft, warm and cold, simultaneously both and neither. The garments were a feast for the senses. Color and patterns excite the eyes whereas the rich materials and surfaces entice touch. After the show, both Creative Directors answered questions from students from all around the world. This exchange once again highlight the though behind the collection, the human need to exchange and relate to others. During their exchanges, they shared how they work together, the importance and meaning of situational design, the challenges arising for fashion with the increasing digitalization and the importance of fashion and clothes as tools for self-expression.

www.prada.com

Diesel Living with Lodes

DIESEL has partnered with Italian decorative lighting company, Lodes after the signing of an exclusive global licensing agreement last year. The international lifestyle brand DIESEL, owned by the OTB group, has launched a lighting collection dubbed ‘Diesel Living with Lodes’. The collection, which includes three new exclusive designs (Flask, Vinyl, Urban Concrete) and five renovated best sellers (Cage, Fork, Gask, Glass Drop, Pipe), displaying versatility and a bold design language inspired by contrasting opposites and themes of reality and perception.

Taking cues from the bollards found in the urban landscape, ‘Urban Concrete’ are lights designed to hang at lengths of either 12, 50, 60 or 80 centimetres. Clean lines and solid surfaces are juxtaposed to create the illusion of very heavy metal domes hanging on a thread, when in reality the light fixtures are very lightweight. ‘Flask’, also playing with perception, is inspired by the unique shapes of glass bottles one might find in a scientist’s lab, featuring a matte metallic surface that reveals the lamp’s glass appearance only when lit.

Technical innovation that is capable of capturing the imagination is central to the shared goals between the minds at DIESEL and Lodes. Of the licensing agreement, which will run for five years, Massimiliano Tosetto, General Manager at Lodes says “the launch of the ‘Diesel Living with Lodes’ products an the partnership with one of the world’s most renowned lifestyle brands is a further testament of our commitment to championing design excellence and creativity.”

The collaborative effort follows the success of other well received DIESEL collaborations, such as Scavolini (kitchens and bathrooms) or Mirabello Carrara (home textiles).

The Diesel Living with Lodes line will be available in select stores worldwide as of January 2021.

www.diesel.com
www.lodes.com

LEICHT: Light-Bathed Living

A three-storey house with floor to ceiling windows, rooms bathed with natural light and an awe-inspiring view of the Austrian countryside from almost anywhere in the house. These impressive architectural results from Austrian design firm, LEICHT, speak to the company’s dedication to clear lines, shapes and of course light as fundamentals in an exceptionally livable space by LEICHT and architect Zoran Bodrožic.

‘Architecture + Kitchen IV’, the fourth edition of kitchen and living settings. The house boasts a distinguished ensemble of individualism, comfort and opulence. The presence of light in the home and as an essential part of life takes precedence in the home’s design. The transparent home in Klosterneuburg features a completely handleless kitchen in a rectilinear design connecting the kitchen to the living room, making the flow of the house accommodating and incredibly scenic. Founded in 1928 as a carpenter‘s workshop by brothers Alois and Josef Leicht, the company has evolved into a globally recognized brand that excels in kitchen and living settings.

A trifecta of concrete, wood and stone make up the ceiling, floor and walls of the lounge room; a visual feast of elements both natural and refined. In this rejoicement of light bathed living an artistically detailed room divider creates an interplay between the kitchen and the living room so that one can feel they are not sacrificing the joys of one room in favor of another. Two preparation and cooking areas sit parallel to one another, the kitchen layout is an amiable setting for entertaining, relaxing or making a delicious meal in a gorgeous panoramic country setting.

Synonymous with prestigious, open kitchens with a homely aesthetic, LEICHT offers kitchens in all price ranges offering outstanding value for money. In recent years they have turned their attention to designing the dining and living rooms with dividers to improve the relationship between both rooms within the 21st century idea of a home.

www.leicht.com

AGL SS21: 'Sallie'

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

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

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

www.agl.com

Fashion

Coco Beach de Chanel 2021

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

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

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

www.chanel.com

 

Fashion

Fjallraven SS21

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

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

 www.fjallraven.com

Art

Rome De Bellegarde x Ettinger

French luxury cognac maker, Rome De Bellegarde, and the British heritage brand, Ettinger, have partnered to create a limited run of 50 gift boxes. These opulent gift boxes include a 100ml bottle of Rome de Bellegarde’s rare limited edition X.O. cognac as well as a four ounce Ettinger hip flask augmented with a butter soft leather brandishing the logo of these two esteemed brands marking their collaboration. Rome de Bellegarde dates back to France’s King Henry III and is survived by the new generation of the Bellegarde family who resurrected their ancestor’s savoir-faire in exquisite cognac.

Ettinger, founded in 1934, is proud to jointly release a vessel to hold one of the finest cognacs in the world today. Rome De Bellgarde’s signature orange color was the inspiration for the tan of leather that wraps around the flask, making it warmer to the touch, a welcome reprieve from the cool breath of Winter. CEO of Ettinger, Robert Ettinger, has said of the collaboration, “it is always a pleasure to work with another craftsmanship brand and hope our flasks continue to be enjoyed long after the X.O. cognac is finished!” 


Of the esteemed partnership and collaboration, Rome De Bellegarde’s owner David Romuald-Bellegarde Smeralda, has doted on Ettinger with similar praise, stating “we are truly honored to share this collaboration with a great craftsmanship brand such as Ettinger, who in many ways share a similar story to the Bellegarde family and display great resilience. This limited edition box was designed with our customers in mind making sure they get the very best from us.” 


The gift boxes retail for £499 and represent the best that both houses have to offer. The flasks can be customized with the recipient’s initials for enhanced personalization and richness of character.

www.ettinger.co.uk
www.romedebellegarde.com  

Fashion

Lamborghini x Roger Dubuis

Horology is invigorated with the roar of Lamborghini’s supercars in the Excalibur Huracán STO. Designed by the legendary Roger Dubuis, this new piece is an unbelievable encapsulation of the powerhouse car brand, elegantly concealed within a stand out accessory. Rules are thrown out of the window with this watch, where a strong futuristic sentiment gives the bold blues, oranges and blacks real excitement and vigor. The watch’s clear similarities to its namesake don't end at its title, the exhilarating power of the super sports Huracán STO captured in the watch’s automatic RD630 calibre with a honeycomb motif and a 12° angled balance wheel combined with a 360° oscillating weight. Roger Dubuis ijets adrenaline and excitement into every detail of this timepiece, a car and watch lover’s delight in each respect.

www.lamborghini.com

Fashion

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

Fashion

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

Fashion

Teaser

Soon after being appointed the Maison’s Creative Director in October, Matthew M williams released his debut collection for Givenchy. Following the success of the Spring Summer 2021 collection, the fashion house has now dropped an edited selection from this line, a playful grungy expression of leather, denim, chains and classic white shirts. Statement outerwear composed of crocodile print and decadent leathers give way to relaxed silhouettes paired with horned baseball caps and distinctive hardware, a unique and urban aesthetic. Amidst denim co-ords and leather sliders, there is a wonderful sense of youthfulness and freedom, a new iteration of the beloved Antigona woven into this exciting rebellious narrative. The Teaser capsule collection premiers today, (1 December 2020) exclusively in seven Givenchy stores across Europe, Asia and the US, as well as on their online store. This collection is a testament to the magnetic power of great design and creativity.

www.givenchy.com

Fashion

Set in Paris

Longchamp returns to the city of love for its new film campaign. Set in Paris, fantasy meets reality as the infamously romantic city becomes cinematic backdrop to this eccentric yet subtle production. With the dynamism of a music video, Longchamp have selected emerging actresses to play a lively cast of Parisian women with the “joie de vivre” of the city. In this wonderful typically french take, two Longchamp bags become accidentally exchanged, and it is in this quaint storyline that Longchamp’s iconic accessory is showcased in an understated but undeniably present and engaging way. Describing her vision, the brand’s Artistic Director explained, “I wanted to depict an active, spontaneous and open-minded woman, one who grabs hold of life with elegance and independent spirit.” For a fashion house so inextricably tied to the city of Paris this film is a visually stunning tribute to such a nostalgic and meaningful location.

www.longchamp.com

Fashion

Moose Knuckles, Hamburg

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

www.mooseknucklescanada.com

Fashion

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.

www.gucci.com

Fashion

Season Greetings

FENDI gets into the holiday spirit with their new collection, unapologetic in its dedication to the most jubilant time of the year. Versatile in essence, the collection is both functional and aesthetic in its championing of chunky knits and sporty tracksuits. With their menswear featuring urban puffers and their womenswear articulating the feminine form beautifully in a new set of skirts, FENDI has everything covered. Taking the season in full fling, the collection showcases an exciting new collaboration with K-Way®, offering their customers practical wear for months of cold and wet weather. Any union with K-Way®, would not be complete without their legendary windbreakers, FENDI creating a dark blue color way for men and black and fold for women. An exclusive style is also offered, the FF logo printed on mink fur in brown. Continuing the tone of luxury brilliance, gold metallic accents sparkle in the Golden Capsule Collection, another nod to the holiday season. In this collection, silhouettes become fluid, Lurex jersey frocks, draped collars and sculptural plunging necklines transforming their wearer into the life of the party.

www.fendi.com

Fashion

Mirror Image

“A mirror image is not the same as a reflection” reasons Maite Denolf, graduate of the Design Academy Eindhoven. Rather the mirror produces a reflection with a shifted perspective, a distinction that is explored in Denolf’s graduation project, the “Reflective Compass”. Composed of rotating tubes with black vinyl forms, a transparent reflective glass which overlays these moving parts produces changing reflections coming in and out of focus. In its illusionistic sense of play, the designer/architects hopes “the Reflective Compass can cause people to stand still from time to time and take a moment to interact with themselves”.

www.maitedenolf.com

Fashion

By My Side

RIMOWA announces a brand new collection of personal cases this autumn. Crafted in the latest polycarbonates Essential collection colors, the launch is a timely celebration of the brand’s 20th anniversary of their pioneering polycarbonate suitcase in 2000. RIMOWA pushes the boundaries of travel, encompassing lifestyle in this new collection which was unveiled at Dior’s summer 2020 show, available as part of a capsule collection in collaboration with kim Jones. This latest collection made in Germany, has practicality and easy travel at its core, made in ultra-lightweight, dent-resistant grooved polycarbonate, perfect for keeping your staple travel items safe and protected. Coming in 4 glossy colorways, the monochromatic classics black and white are joined by 2 seasonal hues, Desert Rose and Cactus, in keeping with the most recent RIMOWA Essential collection rooted in the mojave desert.

www.rimowa.com

Fashion

Larger Than Life

Hublot delights with its new version of the MECA-10, an oversized version of their beloved January 2016 model. The table clock extends Hublot’s rich repertoire moving from wearable craftsmanship to innovative interior design; in the process treating its host of loyal watch enthusiasts to a domestic centrepiece. In collaboration with the Jura-based L’Epée manufacturer, the MECA-10 has been enlarged by four times, realizing its full potential, impressively retaining its original specifications, most importantly its 10-day power reserve. Reimagining the manual movement in a uniquely technical light, the manual mechanism’s seamless performance is delivered by its Meccano construction system. The world-renowned clock-making expertise of the L’Epée manufacturer, flourishes in this new venture, its 19.60 by 18.10cm case housing the meticulous system, coming in two versions. The first model showcases Meccano-inspired angles and a ring in polished satin-finished steel and transparent composite; the second version is covered with PVD consolidated by supporting brushes coated in black. Hublot makes an impact with this bold design of limited edition pieces, presenting a table watch larger than life.

www.hublot.com

Fashion

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


Fashion

The Triple Stitch

The fall winter season is welcomed with innovation and style by Ermenegildo Zegna, their presentation of the Triple Stitch, keeping at bay the winter blues. This versatile slip-on sneaker has pleasure and ease at its core, promising elevated comfort in a wonderfully light weight shoe. A luxury essential for the modern man’s wardrobe, the Triple Stitch evades dress code in its sheer versatility. Its flexible construction is realised by a sole made in an extra light rubber, matching the pace of day to day life. Clever in its allusion to Zegna’s rich and iconic history, the enduring triple elastic which allows it to be slipped on and off also recalls the three hand stitches on the brand’s suit lapels. In its crafty design, Zegna makes a trainer that can be worn across the seasons, particularly in its range across a spectrum of colors. Featuring beige, dark vicuna and red leather, a contemporary combination of grained calfskin and suede dyed grey, blue or chocolate brown is also offered. For an even sorter finish, a supple deerskin version is also available, the perfect remedy for the biting cold of crisp winter days.

www.zegna.com

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The Finer Things

NET-A-PORTER launches its first ever exclusive pop-up with iconic jewelry brand Jessica McCormack. The U.K based jewelry company has solidified its place as a household name, having been worn by everyone from Victoria Beckham to Meghan Markle. In their striking commitment to heirloom-inspired designs, Georgian-era characteristics are integrated stunningly with a fresh, contemporary aesthetic. A pioneering light in the world of wearable jewelry, Jessic McCormack has proved that its customized, layered designs are as personal and intimate as they are luxurious and classic. For the pop-up NET-A-PORTER will showcase key collections: Signature, Ball n Chain, Tattoo, Chi Chi, Gypsets, Hex and Wings of Desire, all making a welcomed appearance. In their effortless aesthetic each piece in each collection exudes contemporary cool, a perfect and fitting addition to a globally-acclaimed site renowned for its dedication to innovate and wonderful design. Speaking excitedly about this collaboration, Jessica McCormack’s CEO, Colleen Caslin said “NET-A-PORTER’s approach to client satisfaction, upheld by their exceptional team of personal shoppers, dovetails with Jessica McCormack’s – where anything is possible and service is unparalleled.’’ With craftsmanship at the essence of Jessica McCormack, high quality products, this union between itself and NET-A PORTER is an exciting prospect for both companies’ future.

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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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Wearable Art

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

www.vans.eu/moma

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Born a Star

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

www.cartier.com

Fashion

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.

www.isabelmarant.com

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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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Locked Up

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

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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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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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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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Fendi Spring Summer 2021

Through the looking glass, Silvia Venturini lovingly pieces together memories, nostalgia becoming a means to celebrate time spent with family and quiet more subtle observations gleaned during the surreal climate. We get the sense we are at once inside looking out and outside looking in, a hybrid space where reflections merge organically with real life as models meander down a white carpeted Milan runway. Within this myriad of stories, domestic life is made beautiful, the simplistic allure of linen and cotton elevated with sleek design. FENDI boldly strips itself bare in this collection, allowing minimalistic layering and soft silhouettes to speak for themselves. Formal shaping and structures are softened, tailored details becoming more relaxed through unbuttoned shirt sleeves, embroidered tulle and apron dresses, curating a sense of weightlessness. Neutral creams and whites sit amidst splashes of pale blue, reds and deep pink accents, giving way to more sombre office greys and blacks. Spring and Summer is imbued with a delicacy, a beautifully minimalist approach to the warmer seasons. Diaphanous dresses contrast excitingly with soft quilted jackets in a show that recreates the feeling of a warm summer breeze.

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AGL Presentation, Milan Fashion Week 2021

Through a distorted lens, models and a sea of entangled legs gently pulsate. Tulle silhouettes flow into heels that accentuate the feminine figure from the floor upwards. It feels as though one is coming in and out of consciousness, a rebirth somewhat, where AGL’s shoes are presented as the only true constant. Some heels snake around the foot, some appear as denim sock boots, others cream leather. Moving up the legs, thigh high shoes present something of a Herculean athlete, metallic lattice fabrics, curating bold and mythological statement pieces. More paired back styles also have a classical Greek feel, studded straps connected along the back of the calf by thin red leather straps. AGL creates real magic, a collection which speaks to the contemporary moment, shoes built to empower their wearer to stand tall.

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Stepping Back

Maison Berluti celebrates its 125 anniversary in style, with an exciting collaboration with the Monnaie de Paris. Under the guidance of Creative Director Kris Van Assche, this union becomes a part of a myriad of successful collaborations, which have flourished since his appointment to the role in 2018. Marking this iconic year for the brand, their classic Andy shoe is reimagined as a penny loafer, an ode to the legacy of Alessandro Berluti, the Italian-born shoemaker who designed the brand’s first lace-up shoe. The Andy, which was designed in 1962, for the infamous Andy Warhol, takes on the prep school aesthetic, an innovative twist on its initial form. In the early 20th century, the penny loafer’s name was coined by a college demographic who would cleverly keep a penny in the half moon cut out of the shoe’s upper leather strip for the pay phones. Paying homage to this history the Monnaie de Paris has crafted an ornamental penny, beautifully stamped with Berluti’s crest. A limited-edition model, the shoe comes in four different color ways, all wonderful quality in their hand patinated full grain, uncoated, soft Venezia leather. Maison Berluti, returns to their roots, the references used, a wonderful nod to the fascinating evolution of fashion.

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20 Years of Perfume Wonder

Frédéric Malle turns back time for their 20th anniversary, celebrating each and everyone of the 32 perfumes of Editions de Parfums Frédéric Malle. Revisiting the year of each fragrance’s creation, the brand offers a set of limited editions, reviving past scents with new vigor and the buzz of this monumental landmark in the brand’s identity. In true patriotic fashion, Frédéric Malle uses the brand’s signature color red, on the bakelite cap of their 100ml bottles. Seven of Editions de Parfums Frédéric Malle’s most popular perfumes are brought to the fore; Bigarade Concentrée, Vétiver Extraordinaire, French Lover, L’Eau d’Hiver, Musc Ravageur, Carnal Flower et Portrait of a Lady, made available for this very special occasion. Running through the packaging and bottles’ design is a frieze designed by the Creative Director of The New York Times, Patrick Yi, consecrating 20 years of exciting and pioneering talent and creativity. This same imagery also decorates two travel sets which feature a selection of three perfumes for him or her. Completing the 20 year spectacle will be a limited edition discovery coffret, gifting a fortunate perfume lover with 12 emblematic scents from the collection. Twenty years of perfume connoisseurship.

www.fredericmalle.com

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Inner City Magic

Virgil Abloh curates an eclectic whimsical Tokyo show for Louis Vuitton’s Men’s Spring Summer 2021 collection. Re-imagining the typical runway, models roam through an abandoned packing district, somewhat scattered as they meander through a dark and smoke filled landscape; sometimes in groups, sometimes as individuals. Huge inflatable balloons suspended over the show are held by men in branded Louis Vuitton boiler suits and bandannas, inflatable characters are also strapped on to models, whose outfits casually blend into large and imposing figurines. Virgil Abloh is inspired by Afrofuturism and surrealism, rethinking the black imagination, in his interweaving of black culture through flags, music (ska and two-tone), spoken word and dolls inspired by his own Ghanaian heritage. These dolls appear in various forms, wrapped around shirt collars, hanging from suited shoulders, peeking out of pockets and hand held by selected models. Abloh creates something of a quasi futuristic dream scape, models wearing asymmetric and uni-banded sunglasses in glittery balaclavas and khaki trench coats; forming a unique and captivating vision that feels as much an ode to childhood as it does the dystopian contemporary narrative. Shipping containers, onto which are projected dancers’ silhouettes and musicians, form the backdrop of the show, defiantly resisting the typically “beautiful” norms of fashion runway shows. Interspersed with the live show are aerial scenes of Tokyo, archival film, live footage of the band and cartoon sketches of Louis Vuitton’s animated characters; intertextuality is skeletal to the show and of course Abloh’s thinking adding depth to the show that only elevates his bold an eccentric garments and looks.

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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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"Take the Best that Exists and Make it Better"

Rolls Royce has long established itself as the pinnacle of car manufacturing with every vehicle being crafted to perfection. Where does a brand with the magnitude of Rolls Royce go in future? According to founder Sir Henry Royce’s philosophy the direction is clear, ‘Take the Best that Exists and Make it Better.’ This might sound like a difficult task, but the British house is determined to transform the quintessential symbol of British sophistication from the creator of the ‘Best Car in the World’ to the world’s leading House of Luxury. Having changed at a quicker rate than ever before in its storied past, the iconic double ‘R’, a timeless expression of true luxury has received a makeover to fit the new chapter of the house. The modernization of the brand to adapt to a new generation of customers has happened in collaboration with Pentagram, the revered multi-discipline design studio. Pentagram embarked upon a deep exploration of the brand to understand the essence and unique relationship the marque maintains with its clients to ensure that the new visual language remains true to the heritage. The new logo is just the tip of the fascinating journey to a modernized visual identity, which will, according to Chief Executive Torsten Müller-Ötvös, ‘echo the changes seen in our portfolio, our client demographic, their lifestyle and the luxury world that surrounds them.’

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Digital Escapism

As part of the exhibition series THE ARTIST IS ONLINE, curated by Anika Meier and Johann König, Thomas Webb launched his solo digital show EXERCISE IN HOPELESS NOSTALGIA -WORLD WIDE WEBB on 14 August 2020. In the artist’s digitally rendered world, visitors were asked to enter through their browsers or smart phones, recreating the spontaneity of a post covid time where freedom of movement was exercised to the fullest. Grappling with the internet in this multiplayer simulation, Webb offers thought provoking reflections on the hypocrisy and inconsistencies that prop up this global digital realm. Speaking on the Koenig Galerie’s instagram live, Thomas Webb will be in conversation with Johann König on Thursday, 20 August, 4pm CET to discuss this work and further thoughts on our digital age.

www.koeniggalerie.com

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THE DIOR MAISON SUMMER COLLECTIONS

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

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Tie & DIOR

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

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

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

www.stoneisland.com

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FENDI and MR. DOODLE CAPSULE COLLECTION

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

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

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

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

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

www.fendi.com

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Ermenegildo Zegna Summer 2021

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

www.zegna.com

Fashion

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

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

www.msgm.it

Art

Cindy Sherman at the Fondation Louis Vuitton

The Fondation Louis Vuitton’s long awaited reopening has been scheduled for September 23rd, with a new, unprecedented exhibition, spotlighting the legendary career of Cindy Sherman. Reaching global acclaim through her iconic self-portraits, Sherman last held a solo show in 2006, making this exhibition all the more anticipated. Spanning her career from 1975 to 2020, the show is to include over 300 images selected from some of her most infamous series, such as Untitled film stills, Rear Screen Projections, Fashion, History Portraits, Disasters, Headshots, Clowns, Society Portraits, Murals, and Flappers. Sitting alongside these renowned works will be new images, set to characterize male figures and couples, venturing away from Sherman’s iconic presentation of the lone woman. The show is both a celebration and reflection of the sheer uniqueness of Sherman’s craft and her journey to becoming a household name both in and outside the art world. Complementary to the retrospective will be an exhibition entitled Crossing Views, a specially curated body of works carefully chosen with the input of the artist. Relating to Sherman’s extensive work around the portrait, two floors will be dedicated to an array of international artists, who working across various disciplines also work with portraits to excitingly different conclusions and effects. This close collaboration between Sherman and the Fondation promises to produce one of the most thorough presentations of Cindy Sherman’s work in Europe over the last decade.

www.fondationlouisvuitton.com

Image: Untitled #584 (2018) Courtesy of the Artist and Metro Pictures, New York © 2019 Cindy Sherman

Fashion

Yohji Yamamoto Men’s Spring Summer 2021

Global warming, social movements, health emergencies and the inexorable advent of consumerism. Yohji Yamamoto has always reflected on the current world through a poetic and idiosyncratic language. Expressing feelings and thoughts with words embroidered, hand painted, patched, knitted on the garments has been a signature of the Japanese maestro through the years. For Men’s Spring Summer 2021 he collaborated with Japanese photographer Takay to create a video imbued of that melancholy and poignant feelings we have been touched with season after season. Men’s Spring Summer explores the brands’ codes, such as deconstructed and oversized lines, hand painted elements, the mix of sensual and tailored, where multiple layers of fabrics – linen, wool gabardine, denim – build a collection true to Yohji’s vision for Menswear. Uniforms for Yohji’s army fighting the current crises, in a journey accompanied by Yohji’s own voice and lyrics. As the video ends, we capture a glimpse of the maestro himself, as we would if we were present at the physical show venue. He wears his signature hat and a coat. At its back lays - embroidered in English - a word he has never been afraid to mention: “fragile”. Thank you Yohji-san for the unwavering intellectual honesty.

www.theshopyohjiyamamoto.com

Fashion

Balmain Sur Seine

With the ongoing pandemic and in times of social distancing rules, the question for most fashion houses in the world is the same: how to stage a fashion show? The shift to digital seems like the most convenient solution. Certainly this alternative brings with it its own set of drawbacks, most prominently the lack of flair of the traditional fashion show. At Balmain, having models walk down the catwalk without an audience was not an option. In contrary, the French house took the garments to the people, to the Parisian public on the banks of the Seine.
On a boat heading down the river and completed with a musical performance by French singer Yseult and a surprise dance performance, the project titled ‘Balmain sur Seine’, honoring the house’s 75th anniversary, showcased pieces from current Creative Director Olivier Rousteing alongside works of his predecessors, such as Oscar de la Renta and Pierre Balmain himself. With only a very limited number of journalists present, in order to respect social distancing rules, amongst the viewing public, this event presents itself far more democratic than the traditional show and acts as a beacon of optimism in these difficult times. As put by Olivier Rousteing himnself, ‘ After this period I wanted to bring back this optimism that this brand has been known for.’

www.balmain.com

Fashion

Pasha Community

The story of Cartier’s Pasha watch is one of fashion’s more interesting origin stories. There are many fairy tales about its origin, one such being that the Pasha of Marrakech approached Louis Cartier to create a waterproof watch that was fit for a king. Whether this story is credible or not, we know that the Pasha has been an iconic waterproof timepiece in history since its official release in 1885. Now with the release of its new Pasha watch, Cartier has brought together a community of unique and creative celebrities to celebrate the new model. Rami Malek, Troye Sivan, Willow Smith, Maisie Williams and Jackson Wang were all captured as new ambassador’s of the watch by the photographer Craig McDean.

“Since its creation in the 1980s, the Pasha watch has embodied a certain idea of success directly linked to its extroverted design, power and graphic nonconformism. It is as edgy as ever and in tune with today's new generation of creators. These new Pasha ambassadors owe their success to their differences, creativity, connection, multidisciplinary talents and generosity.”
Arnaud Carrez, Int. Marketing & Communications Director, Cartier International.

www.cartier.com

Fashion

Fendi Renaissance - Anima Mundi

This week, on June 20, a unique live streaming event took place presented by Fendi alongside the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia. The wonderful performance took place at the Palazzo della Civiltà Italiana, also the Fendi headquarters, where the orchestra of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia and star violinista Anna Tifu, dressed in three of the maison’s impressive couture looks, performed “Summer” from Antonio Vivaldi's “The Four Seasons”. In a wonderful collaboration of music and fashion, this project brought together two institutions that are deeply connected to the city of Rome.
Expressing their excellence and creativity through classical melodies that are only accentuated by the impressive garments and breathtaking surroundings.
The concept of the project stemmed from the longing to express an uplifting message of rebirth through the play and intersection of art, fashion and music after the recent months of isolation and to share this sense of joy and positivity with people all over the world. Interestingly the event coincided with the summer solstice, a happenstance that symbolized the desire for a new, positive start together as one, global community.

www.fendi.com

Fashion

The Shade of It All

Christian Louboutin is a story of someone who literally built an empire with a pair of shoes. Not just an empire, but a legacy that we’re sure will surpass most other brands on the market. Louboutin has always shown himself to be a concept-driven artist of fine calibre. Therefore when he launched the nude collection back in 2013, it was apparent that this design was not about skin color, but about a concept, an artful representation designed to elongate the leg, blurring the line between the foot and the shoe. First launched with five shades and now growing to eight, the endlessly versatile Nudes have been reinvented repeatedly and show no signs of stopping now. The collection is and always has been an ode to inclusivity, regardless of skin color and now, of gender as for the first time the collection tailors to mens and unisex. Classics like the Louis Junior sneaker and Pool Stud slide appear in a selection of nude shades, however the highlight is the inclusion of the Loubilab pouch, a crossbody bag with a built-in wireless charger for both men and women. Iconic women’s accessories such as the Elisa have been given a new nude-y revamp. The collection sees a number of fine accessories suitable for anybody, regardless of gender, skin color or identity, Louboutin has cast themselves as being a brand that sees past boundaries and in turn catapults itself into the future, ahead of the game.

eu.christianlouboutin.com

Fashion

East & West

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

www.suicoke.com

www.hay.dk

Fashion

Nostalgic About the Future

Distant memories of characters in sci-fi novels, films and TV shows are used as inspiration for Keenkee’s SS20 collection. As the season commences, Korean-born designer Kee Kim celebrates the start of the future with a mixture of fabrics and textures. The virtually-produced abstract prints run a gradient motif, adding a certain aura to the perfectly crafted paneled shirts and pleated shorts. Bright hues are softened by contrasting subdued shades, and glossy fabrics are paired with lighter materials to create a sense of balance. Loose-fitting mauve trousers are designed with a coordinating cropped blazer jacket, proposing silhouettes that stretch gender rules. Paired underneath is a violet-colored jacket, which elongates the entire outfit and contributes to the contrast of purple tones.

www.keenkee.net

Fashion

Healing

The art industry has endured a huge loss this year leaving artists, gallerists and curators scrambling to adapt to the new world changes. Thankfully the past couple of months have seen cultural industries reopening, first, in China and more recently galleries and museums have begun to reopen all across Europe. The pandemic has meant that museums have had to rely more on their online presence, showing virtual exhibitions and online gallery tours. Brussels-based collector Alain Servais has said, “Art is not made to be seen online—except, for the art that is designed to be seen online.” The work of Johan Tahon is rich with emotion, the physical space occupied by his work exudes a powerful presence, one that is difficult to even describe let alone experience through a screen, one must be able to witness the physicality of his work in order to experience it fully. Following the cancellation and postponement of several shows, Tahon has announced a slew of upcoming exhibition dates scross Europe and further east. In collaboration with Belgian consulate in Guangzhou, Tahon's upcoming solo exhibit, Mercury Orb will be presented in Y Space Gallery, Guangzhou (CHN) June 5 - July 15. Exhibiting in Amsterdam, Brussels, Solothurn and Otegem over the next year, enthusiasts will find plenty of opportunity to witness Johan Tahon’s artwork in a number of different settings.

www.johantahon.com

Fashion

The Standard Project

As fashion has come to a virtual halt, designers and brands are claiming excitement at this production reduction and cancelled-collections, happy to rethink the way the industry is. In truth, the nature of the fashion industry causes unimaginable damage to the environment, and the current method as we know now is completely unsustainable. Since 2019, the Standard Project has offered an alternative to the fast fashion system. They believe that good design has a place in everyday life. Stripping designs down to their essence and reviving them with pure looks and materials, The Standard Project identifies essentials and reinterprets them according to the idea of having a permanent collection of items. Creating basic, unisex t-shirts and beanies, their collection goes past the basics of fashion. Tailoring to everyday needs with products like a titanium pure design bike, filter coffee light roasted from Guatemala and a soft woollen blanket with monochrome black stitching. Employing the ‘slow fashion’ process, all of their products are ethically-produced with sustainability and good design at the heart of its identity.

www.standard-project.com

Fashion

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.

www.prada.com

Fashion

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.

www.dior.com

Fashion

Fendi Outdoor Collection

Summertime is the season for relaxation, for travel and for a little luxury if all things permit. With so much uncertainty in the current moment about what both our near and far future holds for us, it’s difficult to plan for the future. Stuck in this waiting state, we turn to ourselves and our homes for entertainment and luxury. Fendi casa has always provided luxury for the home presenting pieces that embody the Italian maison’s fine heritage of craft and opulence. The new Thea chair combines a romantic design with the iconic leather braiding on the backrest, with all-over FF logo pattern inlaid in the set. While the new Versilia chaise longue presents a solid Iroko wood frame. Offering a selection of seating options including the sofa, loveseat, armchair and chair that further completes the range, ideal for summer lounging and luxury from home.

www.fendi.com

Fashion

Brands Giving Back: AGL

Another brand doing their part to combat the ongoing pandemic is AGL shoes. In an effort to express gratitude to the dedicated healthcare workers, 30% of the proceeds made on agl.com for the month of April, will be donated to benefit Doctors of Marche Region - Province of Fermo, Italy - and provide them with personal protective equipment.

“We are very fortunate to be able to stay safe at home and we think It’s our responsibility to take care of our families and be grateful. Above all, It’s time to utilize our resources to help others, in particular the people who are running the risk of their own lives to protect ours”, the Giuti sisters.

www.agl.com

Fashion

PRADA Pre-Fall 2020

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

www.prada.com

Fashion

Brands Giving Back: Tristate International

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

Fashion

Woolrich Summer Jackets

As the weather starts to improve and our spirits along with it, we start to dream of places to go and people to see and above all, we dream of the outfits we will wear on such occasions. Although the weather is as unpredictable as, say, life itself, Woolrich’s SS20 collection boasts a colorful selection of durable garments ideal for mixing, matching and layering suitable for a range of climates. The sophisticated Peony Coat in Extra Light Ripstop is not only water repellent but also wind resistant – perfect for a casual commute. The use of micro and macro checks add an element of playfulness and much-needed variety to the collection. While the clever use of color-blocking boasts a vibrant personality and feminine touch. Summer models are available in many color variations such as red, green or the iconic pink check pattern, all perfectly suited for those long evening-stretches. The combination of playful color, durability and functional design employs the outerwear brands mantra: Woolrich Keeps you Warm, Dry and Protected.

www.woolrich.com

Fashion

Moose Knuckles Gives a F**k

The last few months have been heart-rendering to say the least, but these poignant times have also showcased incredible acts of solidarity. We have witnessed countless examples of generosity from businesses of all sizes in support for the fight against COVID-19. Brands are using their influence to do some good, and canadian brand Moose Knuckles is no different. Firstly the outerwear brand held a ten-day sale in support of overburdened medical professionals, then launched a collaboration to commission creatives in New York City and Paris to reimagine the brands Lead Jacket into art. The unique creations will then be available to purchase via the brands website. To alleviate the effects of the indefinite isolation of the masses, Moose Knuckles has also transformed it’s Instagram account into a source of inspiration, engagement, and entertainment. By employing teams of local businesses and freelance creatives, the initiative supports industries that are severely affected by the pandemic. “This crisis is bigger than business and profits. We can think about that later. At the moment, our main focus should be on looking after each other.” - Ayal Twik, CEO.

www.mooseknucklescanada.com

Fashion

Z Zegna presents TECHMERINOTM and TECHMERINOTM WASH&GO for SS20

Zegna: A Conscious Lifestyle Zegna has been at the forefront in developing reforestation and environment preservation for over eighty years with successful results on the outstanding Oasi Zegna in Biella, Valdilana Region. Therefore it’s no surprise that Artistic Director Alessandro Sartori utilised the concept of desertification for the SS20 collection. A theme that embraces an ethical and conscious lifestyle, the collection features a new generation of technical garments with innovative fabrics and functional construction. Loose outwear styles such as windbreakers, anoraks and bombers feature mix and matching textures that are paired with pants cut in slim, cargos and carrots. While the crease-free merino natural wool shines with tactile effects, the striking colors are reminiscent of a desert at sunset. Nocturnal indigo is refreshed with off-white and orange shades, while desert and khaki neutrals are paired with the neon boldness of lime green and pink red for added modernity.

Driving the choice of materials and techniques, the range is derived from up-cycled and recycled fibers using water-friendly treatments and washing processes, as well as fiber blends.The deconstructed silhouettes, ultra-lightness, high-performance and unquestionable style of the collection are synonymous of the esteemed Italian label.

www.zegna.com

Fashion

Bally AW20 Purity of Form

On the back of seasons of brightly colored fashion pieces and statement-makers, Bally has made the move towards a more organic aesthetic with a collection entitled ‘Purity of Form’ for Fall 2020. The reflection of the theme is not only seen throughout the minimalistic designs but also in the ethos, Bally is emphasising the quality of materials and emphasizing a deep respect for the environment with this collection. Through the use of clean lines, neutral tones and sculptural silhouettes the range highlights the Swiss brand’s heritage while giving it a modern twist. Soft shapes are understated whilst luxurious layering exudes an elegant and simplistic look. Abstract prints inspired by European modernist art marry archival Swiss textile patterns in an unexpected yet effortless mélange. Soft knit cashmere cardigans and roll necks meet the sharp tailored silhouettes of heritage-printed silk shirts and split-seam pants. A favorite of ours is the graphic chevron patchwork coat with hand-cut segments. Presenting artful accessories, such as the new signature 1851 hardware across the versatile Vestige collection of quilted leather totes, chain handle shoulder bags and subtle mini bags. Calling themselves ‘architects of leather’, Bally’s passion and talent for leatherwork is highlighted with oversized leather shirts and high-waisted leather skirts that land beautifully amongst the textured materials and fluid lines of the collection.

www.bally.eu

Fashion

Editions de Parfums Frédéric Malle - New Dawn

Mystic daybreak, a song before sunrise. As night dissipates we are blessed in those precious moments before the morning sun brings first light. Diffused yet powerful, the second perfume by Editions de Parfums Frédéric Malle is an allegory for the serenity and solitude of the day’s first moments. Inspired by travels through the Middle East, the aromatic and complex scent is luxuriant and bold, yet layered with nuance. Deceptively simple, its magnificent texture is faceted by a host of supporting characters: a refreshing opening of rose and lively pink pepper. Referencing the region’s unique culture and language of scent the laudanum and vibrant frankincense bring extra warmth as oak moss provides a dark focal point. Widely considered to be America’s greatest living perfumer, Carlos Benaïm’s extensive career and Moroccan heritage inform an esoteric take on the traditions of Middle Eastern perfumery. The rich notes of the perfume begs us to take pause and enrich moments by allowing the aroma to take hold, like a moment of prayer.

www.fredericmalle.com

Fashion

AGL Mystery Collection

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

www.agl.com

Fashion

Camper Together with Pop Trading Co.

Back in 2006 footwear brand Camper had the genius idea to develop an initiative to collaborate with leading designers and creative thinkers from the worlds of fashion, art and architecture to design and create exclusive products as well as unique stores. The concept, known as Camper Together has been hugely successful resulting in numerous fruitful collaborations with names like Kengo Kuma, Jonathan Olivares and Doshi Levien. The latest collaboration with Amsterdam-based brand Pop Trading Co aims to push the boundaries of contemporary design while staying true to the brands distinct heritage. Founded in 2013, Pop Trading Co initially began as a distribution company for the Benelux market but has since developed their own line that fuses menswear with the brands strong skateboard heritage. For S/S20 the Dutch brand presents two distinct styles, the first style taking inspiration from the Camper archives, revisiting the Camper Runner XL sneaker. While the second style has a more relaxed sensibility, updating the Chassis Chukka boot with a rubberised sole and crepe rubber foxing tape. The unisex styles are available in a choice of colors and will be available from April 3.

www.camper.com
www.poptradingcompany.com

Fashion

Max Mara Art Prize for Women

British artist Emma Talbot explores themes of human existence, environment and gender using flowing lines, decorative patterns and light materials that encapsulate the viewer into a dreamlike world of her creation. Often hand-drawn or painted onto silk her ideas come to realisation with a mixture of drawing, painting and sculpture. In her proposal to reimagine the work of Gustav Klimt for the 21st century, Talbot's work questions deeply rooted positions of power, governance, attitudes to nature as well as representations of women, through a slightly personal lens. The proposal takes its starting point from Gustav Klimt’s Three Ages of Woman (1905), a painting which features a naked elderly woman standing in apparent shame. Talbot’s reimagination involves animating the older woman as someone who overcomes a series of trials similar to The Twelve Labors of Hercules. Through her modern-day trials the artist plans to counter prevalent negative attitudes to ageing. Having been awarded the Max Mara Art Prize for Women, Talbot will hopefully spend six months in Italy on a residency planned for later this year to research and create a new body of work to be exhibited in 2021. Awarded in alternate years since 2005, the Max Mara Art Prize it is the only visual art prize of its kind in the United Kingdom. Chaired by a panel of art-world experts including gallerist Florence Ingleby, artist Chantal Joffe, collector Fatima Maleki and art critic Hettie Judah the ingenious initiative was created to support UK-based female artists who have not previously had a major solo exhibition.

www.maxmara.com

Fashion

Longchamp Mini and Nano Bags SS20

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

www.longchamp.com

Fashion

Moose Knuckles SS20 Campaign

On a voyage of discovery Captain George Vancouver met with King Kamehameha I and soon confirmed their friendship by saluting each other with a touch of their noses, as is Hawaiian custom. As a parting gift, Vancouver gave five long horned cattle to King Kamehameha who then made it kapu (off-limits) to harm or possess the cattle. Decades later the people of Hawaii discovered that these animals had to be tamed and so the hawaiian cowboy tradition was born. Canadian outerwear brand Moose Knuckles embodies this relationship and shared culture and beliefs in their new SS20 campaign titled, Surf Rodeo. Since 2013 the brand has been embodying a message of family, and community using honest materials and premium hardware that highlight the Moose Knuckles values. Designed and directed by the Hawaiian creative, Taylor Okata, the storyline of the campaign video embodies the Hawaiian way of life, portraying a group of friends on an adventure that leads them to a beautiful horse ranch and ending the day with a sunset surf session. Combining modern silhouettes with traditional western aesthetics, the collection consists of lightweight, padded jackets, parkas, fitted down jackets and high-end, country-inspired pieces - all in a color palette inspired by the grasslands of the Canadian Prairies. Featuring graphic prints, fringe silhouettes and custom python and kangaroo cowboy boots made by the Alberta Boot Company the western sensibility is celebrated throughout the collection. Shot on the North Shore of Hawaii by photographer Alana Spencer, the video combined cowboy vibes with more metropolitan influences for the Spring / Summer 2020 collection and featured siblings Evan and Alika Mock resulting in an authentic and warm sense of Ohana or ‘family feeling’.

www.mooseknucklescanada.com

Fashion

Borbonese’s Fall Collection 2020

Picture a timeline that showcases the evolution of women’s fashion over the last century, a combination of the key moments and trends that have shaped fashion today. Borbonese’s Fall collection stems from this concept, embracing iconic design details for the brand’s 110th year anniversary. Accessories such as the 110 bag and thick-framed sunglasses seal the message. Dorian Farantini and Matteo Mena have fashioned themselves a parallel dimension where time has f bundled together into one capsule collection that is reflected in solemn silhouettes, 70’s style patterns and 80s power-tailoring.

www.borbonese.com

Fashion

Milan Fashion Week Women's - Recap

SPORTMAX

Following Sportmax’s 50th anniversary year fashion director Grazia Malagoli led the brand into the future with a strangely optimistic perspective. Unlike the usual discourse surrounding our uncertain future the show titled, ‘A brighter future’ confronted the imminence of hyper-technological future. Boots that extended far beyond the knee, ultra scenographic eyewear and seductive 3D silhouettes kept with the structural mood and futuristic tone. The blend of materials and shapes brought a soft sensuality while the floral patterns and jacquard motifs brought a sense of levity to the structured collection.

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Salvatore Ferragamo

The nature of femininity in the current climate is becoming increasingly diverse and flexible. In contrast to the Jungian archetypes of women, Salvatore Ferragamo’s fall collection explores what it means to be a woman today. The moods range from soft and romantic utilising sheer and cashmere, to pragmatic and powerful with details like chain fringes and bold shearling personifying the diverse and flexible nature of female identity. A strong cultural depth along with up cycled leather accessories embody the ‘Metamodern woman’ in this futuristically fluid collection.

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BOSS

Celebrating a new age with reworks and restyles of their seminal BOSS aesthetic the brand showcased a future-focused Fall collection in a show titled ‘Generations’. Following the current trend-wave of fringe, a warm selection of glossy fabrics, utility accessories and hand-woven leathers blended the mens and women's looks seamlessly. The fresh-faced models presented the collection with elevated outerwear and fluid jersey pieces in a lilac-colored show space accompanied by an energetic live orchestra. A new interpretation of their tailored history ‘Generations’ granted a fusion of iconic aesthetics with an avant-garde twist.

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Bottega Veneta

Amongst a sea of fall colors and autumnal moods Bottega Veneta’s Daniel Lee presented a ready-to-wear collection that exuded confidence with rich waxy palettes punctuating black. The deep color pops of scarlet, kiwi and lollipop were played in controlled repetition. The show emphasised vitality and movement not only with color but with elongated silhouettes, knit dressing and jersey for both day and evening. Feeding into the current fringe ‘moment’ that reigned over Milan last week Bottega Veneta’s use of the ornament was by far the most audacious and indeed, memorable.

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Fashion

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

Discovering your roots at a adult age is always a an emotional and powerful moment. Last year the documentary “Wonder Boy” portrayed Olivier Rousteing journey in search for his biological parents in Africa. The Men’s Fall Winter 2020 show was a joyful celebration of these roots. Set at Parc de la Villette, the beautiful and complex architectonic wonder designed by French architect Bernard Tschumi, the show unveiled a very new Balmain for Men’s: relaxed silhouettes declined in camel tones, wrapped tunics, mantels, silk slouchy suits, safari outwear. A wardrobe of a man traveling to Africa to discover a new world. Reminiscent of Bertolucci’s “The Sheltering Sky”, its melancholic desert breeze, the orison vastitude.

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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 - Dior Homme Fall/Winter

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

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Fashion

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 - Fendi Men's Fall/Winter

With her new FW 2020 Menswear collection, Silvia Venturini Fendi lays out her personal vision of the modern man. Inspired by the classic notion of the gentleman, Fendi presents a collection that features classic men’s garments enhanced with modern twists, proving that even tradition is not always what it appears to be at first sight. To achieve this, FENDI teams up with Japanese designer ANREALAGE, combining Italian craftsmanship with the famed futuristic spirit of Japan’s fashion scene. The collection itself combines the retro with the futuristic resulting in an exciting wardrobe for the modern gentleman. Blazer as well as coats are turned inside out with visible contours of lining and inside pockets, which themselves were adapted to the modern times, with the cigar pocket being replaced by a compartment for credit cards or AirPods. Another highlight of the collection was the utilitarian nature of several of the garments. Through strategically placed zippers, the garments receive a shape-shifting ability, allowing the wearer to adapt the garments to his needs, whether as overcoat, jacket or bolero. The collection was rounded out with accessories in the typical FENDI yellow, with the oversized shopper reminiscent of the FENDI packaging being the stand-out piece amongst various new takes on the classics.

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Celine opens Haute Parfumerie Boutique in Paris

In the heart of Paris, at 390 rue Saint-Honoré, now arises the home of Celine’s new Haute Parfumerie Boutique. Following the unique Hedi Slimane’s architectural design concept for the maison’s stores launched in February 2019, the Haute Parfumerie Boutique juxtaposes natural materials and a strong sculptural connotation where Noir Grand Antique marble – a black marble quarried in France is at its centre, reconnecting with Celine’s French heritage while recalling a 21st century Brutalism. The multitude of mirrors together with an infinite amount of perfume bottles displayed as a floating large organ - a virtual modern cathedral designed by Hedi Slimane himself - confer a further mise-en-scène for the artworks (acquired or specifically commissioned for the store) of relevant contemporary artist such as Luisa Gardini, Rochelle Goldberg, Camilla Rayman, Søren Sejr. A stratification of materials, surfaces, images hosting all the maison’s perfume creations and the new Celine’s spirit.

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Art

NJG Studios: ‘Desire’

In the new book designed by NJG Studio the early lives and art of Patti Smith & Robert Mapplethorpe are explored through the lucidly expressive and of-the-moment photography of Lloyd Ziff. ‘Desire’, depicts an era of impassioned cultural defiance in New York during 1968 and ’69. As the author Hunter S. Thompson put it, the end of the 60’s was the reluctant quelling of a bittersweet revolution, he mused that “you can go up on a steep hill in Las Vegas and look West, and with the right kind of eyes you can almost see the high-water mark—that place where the wave finally broke and rolled back”. Now, with the release of ‘Desire’ this movement can be seen through the eyes of some of the icons of the time.

With over 65 unpublished works and many New York street photos over 128 pages in a hardback cover, ‘Desire’ comes fittingly housed in a hand-sewn paper bag. There will only be 600 copies of ‘Desire’ published with 100 of them being marked ‘Strictly Limited Edition’. Robert Mapplethorpe counts amongst the most critically acclaimed artists of the late twentieth century. Most notably, Mapplethorpe is known for his black-and-white portrait photography and his documentation of New York’s S&M scene in the late 70s. Artistic freedoms were alive in Smith and Mapplethorpe during the end of the 60’s, Ziff captures their knack for never quite fitting in or complying with authority and capitalism. Their natural disposition was to being outstanding, Ziff captures these dying embers as they burned their brightest.

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Armani Art Exchange: #st_ART

In the fifth issue of #st_ART, dedicated to combining contemporary and street-art, Armani has released a capsule collection with young, international artists at its heart. Artists involved in the Art Exchange this year include Max Reed, Harry Hambley, Bunny Michael, Freddy Carrasco and Jacob Rochester. All distinctive and endearing in their own right as they sit on the precipice of wider acclaim in the art world, they have created designs just for Armani. Where street art meets contemporary art is a hard place to define, mostly because contemporary art often overlooks street artists who are quite literally creating art in the most contemporary sense. Whether in print, on a gallery wall, on social media or sprayed on a brick wall in a car park, art and artists live everywhere. Armani has acknowledged and commended this, giving six artists the opportunity to design for their latest capsule collection.

Whether it’s the humble beginnings of a senior high school student’s drawings or the quest for the point where home and heritage meets; these artists are ascending rapidly. Freddy Carrasco, born in the Dominican Republic and raised in Toronto journeyed to Rural Japan in order to find his inner creator, spreading murals around Japan while cultivating cabbage and cucumber as a form of creation in its own right. Harry Hambley was finishing up high school when he penned the character ‘Ketnipz’ to embody his own confusion and sense of misdirection. That character took off on Instagram and consequently led to Hambley working on designs with Snapchat and Instagram. Jacob Rochester, designer and illustrator based in Los Angeles will bring his blend of ephemeral style and obscure art references to #st_ART. Each one of these artists has a voice that cannot and will not be quieted; now amplified by Armani’s latest capsule collection.

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Fashion

COMME des GARÇONS SS20

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Isabel Marant SS20

The streets of Rio’s Copacabana through the work of iconic landscape architect Roberto Burle Marx, a key figure of Brazilian modern art and design. His lifetime call for the preservation of Brazilian endangered forests, and his aesthetic influenced by peculiar attention to nature but also cubism, and abstract themes.

Isabel Marant Spring Summer 2020 celebrates this very special figure together with another two key South American artists: Colombian sculptor, painter and graphic artist Omar Rayo and Salvadorian painter Gennaro De Carvalho

The collection is imbued with geometrical motives next floral prints. Big ponchos worn over relaxed denim, cropped crochet tops, shorts matched with fluid shirts, jumpsuits. The collection is playful and sensual reminiscent of Marant’s love for both travel and the daring 70s allure.

Jewels are adorned with ropes and feather, charm-like accents adding that playful motion signature of the brand.

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Hermès SS20

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

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

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

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

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Fashion

Alex Thomson’s new Yacht by BOSS

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

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

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Max Mara SS20

Natasha Walter, writer of spy-thriller ‘A Quiet Life’ has observed a turning tide, “Fiction needs more female spies” for the simple reason that it would make sense. Women can be inconspicuous, manipulative, powerful and discreet; all highly regarded qualities in secret agents. Charlize Theron’s character in the film Atomic Blonde was one of the more recent female spy heroines yet it is only a beginning and a long awaited one at that. Adding to this the new Bond film will have its screenplay looked over by BBC America’s “Killing Eve” screenwriter, Phoebe Waller-Bridge. Creative Designer, Ian Griffiths poses the question, how would these spies dress?

She wears shorts that graze the knee and multi-pocketed shirts in eau-de-nil, shell pink and powder blue. The look is sleek, ever graceful and infallibly professional in sweeping trench coats, sharp shouldered trouser-suits in ‘Sharkskin’ and ‘Prince-de-Galles’ colors. Tasteful discretion and precise tailoring provide a cunning visual feast in Max Mara’s SS20 collection. At the core of this design was the notion that spy thrillers and spy novellas are missing intuitive and highly trained female characters and by doing so, letting down an entire demographic. Max Mara have brought this idea to life, the jet-setting woman with her ear to the ground in any city, effortless style to match, is passionately evoked on the runway of Milan Fashion Week.

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NYFW: Michael Kors Spring 2020

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

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

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NYFW: Longchamp SS20

Only a handful of days ago creative director of Longchamp, Sophie Delafontaine, envisioned and presented a sunburst of retro elegance with her SS20 Runway during New York Fashion Week. An artist adored by Los Angeles, Judy Chicago, is the easel this art rests on. The colors brought out in this collection encourage the same freedoms that entice on late Summer afternoons when the sun has not yet fallen on a hot day. Sky blues and dreamy yellows that reminds you of the first small flower to push through the grass, the truest colors of Summer can be found in Delafontaine’s collection. New York was privelleged to host some fine Paris tailoring and Longchamp delivered.

The classic Roseau bag returns in new contortions, the Le Pliage bag, originally designed by Philippe Cassegrain in ’93, is dramatically downsized, appearing in ‘mini’ and ‘nano’ variations. Putting the right foot forward, Longchamp takes on footwear from contemporary boots to classic laced designs. Lots of rosey faces were in attendance including Kate Moss, Victoria Swarovski, Flaviana Matata, Kendall Jenner and Julianne Moore. All looks appear unquestionably complete as they burned up the runway. Along with nylon crop tops with transparent skirts, floral appliqués and high-cut shorts, this show was for the women that make the very most of Summer. A plateau of different colors and fabrics flowed as the models walked for New York, each step seemingly bringing Summer closer and closer until you could practically hear crickets singing from their warm blanket of Earth beneath the runway.

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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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Music

TOOL: 'Fear Inoculum'

After fourteen long years, after legal battles and motorcycle crashes and cracked ribs, TOOL is back to remind us no one can do what they do. The LA rock group that formed in 1990, mythicized in Rock & Roll history with band members that happened to live above one another before being introduced by legendary guitarist Tom Morello, and over time even making a fan out of King Crimson’s guitarist, Robert Fripp, today delivers their fifth studio album under the title “Fear Inoculum”.

Fourteen years ago when they received awards and accolades for “10,000 Days” they were keen to write more music, even announcing that they’d begin writing for their fifth album “right away” on MTV. “10,000 Days” went platinum with songs like “The Pot” and “Vicarious”. They recorded instrumentation without Keenan, who planned to lay the vocals over their recordings once they were finished, as was their working method. In 2012 their website read that they were half way done with recording the album before vocals.

Then the worst happened, their drummer Danny Carey had broken multiple ribs in a motorcycle accident. Being that rhythm and varying time signatures were at the core of TOOL’s style, they had no choice but to give Carey as much time as he needed to recover fully. Adding to this unexpected hiatus in writing and recording they were mired in court battles since 2007 after an old acquaintance of the band that claimed he’d created the artwork for “10,000 Days”.

The distinctive rolling thunder of Justin Chancellor’s bass and twisted, theatrical machismo of Maynard Keenan’s vocals are not easily forgotten. Their fans never ever left. Not to mention their three-time Grammy winning guitarist Adam Jones. Their sound is rooted in technical perfectionism, being totally in sync within a totally insane song; some might refer to this as organized chaos. The writing process was everything to TOOL, after more than five thousand days they have delivered “Fear Inoculum”. After what feels like one of the longest waits in music history, TOOL reconnects with their fan base through this riveting seven-track project, hoping that their following will hear it with perked ears and little hairs standing upright on the back of their necks.

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Fashion

Frédéric Malle presents 'Rose & Cuir'

Frédéric Malle has called upon close collaborator and highly skilled perfumer, Jean-Claude Ellena, to concoct the latest fragrance in Malle’s “Editions de Parfumes” collection. They have named the fragrance, for the first time personably appearing under the name of the perfumer himself, Jean-Claude Ellena, ‘Rose & Cuir’.

A teasing of rose leads us to that smell of power withheld in fine leather, this is followed by custom extractions of timut pepper and geranium bourbon scents. Ellena maintains his signature minimalism, attained as a disciple of legendary perfumer Edmond Roudnitska , while brandishing less common and intricately selective aromas.

Notes of vetiver and cedar elevate an already present maturity in ‘Rose & Cuir’. The initial pleasantry of rose is almost an introductory formality; in order to cleanse your palette for Jean Claude’s more prized scents. ‘Rose & Cuir’ was inspired by the storied Mistral winds that grow faster and faster as they sweep through the south of France and up toward the Gulf of Lion.

In Grasse, France, the exact ingredients that Jean-Claude requested were then created by Frederique Remy, the owner of Floral Concept, the most advanced natural extraction laboratory in the world. The meeting of these minds and their shared intentions have brought to life a seductive, rich and curiously controlled crescendo that needs no musk or additives to finish. Ellena ensures that there is no singularly overbearing scent, in his own words “perfume is a soft caress, nothing must shock, nothing must shout”.

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Art

Lovingly Renovated: The Cranford Collection

The Cranford Collection is the most prized collection of art in Europe; nearly 700 works of fine art live in a residential building in Regent’s Park, London. The collection rotates every 18 months under the expert curatorship of Anne Pontégnie, who has been the guiding force behind the collection since 2011. The Cranford Collection exemplifies how art might be seen with fresh eyes in an intimate setting undistracted by any impinging tones set by the impossibly high glass ceilings and large slabs of bedrock found in most other museums. Architecture has a profound effect on the way art is viewed; The Cranford Collection explores the notion that all artworks are at the mercy of the placid walls they adorn.

The Cranford Collection is home to masterpieces by Bruce Nauman, Louis Bourgeois, Alice Neel and many others. The residential location at Gloucester Gate is fresh off the heels of its recent renovation by London based architect, David Chipperfield. The original building was designed by John Nash, one of Great Britain’s foremost architects responsible for the lasting neo-classical elements of England’s Regency and Georgian eras. The essential style of the building has been retained while the space itself has expanded to suit the needs of artists in pursuit of bettering their work. MFA students can now attend talks and discussions, school groups can tour by appointment and the esteemed residential gallery will host film screenings. The Cranford Collection’s collaboration with the Camden Arts Centre ensures artists can apply for residency or publishing of art books. The private gallery has been lovingly expanded to make up and coming artists feel right at home.

The museum will reopen its doors November 2019.

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Fashion

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

Art

The World's True Protagonist

Cartier, world-renowned jeweler, is starting a dialogue with environmentally conscious speakers, artists, philosophers and academics in an exhibition dubbed "TREES". This exhibition offers a long awaited chance for the humanity of such an issue to be unfettered by political inaction. Artistic contributions from Latin America, Iran, the United States and European nations reinforce a shared goal and the global unity necessary to progress. Vital and intimately connected to the issue, "TREES" provides a platform for Indigenous representatives like the Nivaclé and Guarani of Gran Chaco (Paraguay) as well as the Yanomami Indians who live in the heart of the Amazonian forest. It is through Foundation Cartier's platform these voices can urge and advocate for the conservation and protection of the Amazon rainforest. Trees, the gentle giants so unassuming yet crucial to life on Earth, provide sanctity to humans and deserve sanctity from industrialism. The relationship between humans and trees will be thoroughly explored in a film by Raymond Depardon.

"TREES" will be curated by Hervé Chandès, Isabelle Gaudefroy and anthropologist, Bruce Albert, a long time companion of the foundation since Cartier's exhibition "Yanomami, Spirit of the Forest" (2003). Three narrative threads tie this exhibition together. Firstly, trees as we know them, then the aesthetic observation of trees and lastly, the devastation of trees as visualized through documentary film and pictorial testimony. The Brazilian artist, Luiz Zerbini, explores the blunt force with which urbanism defiles the world's natural environment. Stefano Mancuso will speak on the intelligence and awareness of plant life as it communicates and interacts with its surroundings. This exhibition of purposeful unity will remind change makers that trees are they are the lungs of our suffocating world and they are at risk of never breathing at full capacity again.

The event will run from July 12th to November 10th at 261, Boulevard Raspail, Paris, The Cartier Foundation for Contemporary Art.

www.foundationcartier.com

Fashion

She's Never Alone With her Longchamp: FW19

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

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

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

www.longchamp.com

Fashion

Berluti's Marble

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

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

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

www.berluti.com

Fashion

Bally: Peak Outlook Initiative

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

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

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

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

www.bally.com

Fashion

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.

www.boggi.com

Travel

Celebrating 60 years of MINI and the MINI Electric

A very famous proverb tell us: ‘Do not change a winning formula.’ British car manufacturer MINI has taken this to heart, leaving the design of their signature car largely unchanged for decades. Instantly recognizable, the shape has been engrained deeply in our minds and has become synonymous with the brand MINI. Nevertheless, progress has not passed the British manufacturer by.

Recognizing the growing ecological awareness of a new generation of consumers, Mini unveils its first electronic MINI model. With the new Mini Electric, the British brand is making a huge step towards a new mode of urban mobility, combining the revolutionary design of the classic MINI with a clean electric engine.

In celebration of their 60th anniversary, MINI proves that progress does not have to come at the expense of tradition, by adjusting everything that distinguishes a MINI to modern needs.

The new MINI Electric will become available in 2020, but can be pre-ordered via the online reservation tool.

www.mini.com

Fashion

SCHUELLER DE WAAL Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2019

Dutch Design studio SCHUELLER DE WAAL continues to unfold their story of ‘Fashion Therapy’ and opts once again for a different kind of presentation during Paris Haute Couture 2019/2020. In collaboration with Pik Pik Environnement, they present the first Collaborative Cleaning Initiative named ‘Litter’.

Rather than changing a location to be able to accommodate a fashion show, SDW Studio created an initiative that has a positive effect on the location itself. Dressed in an eclectic range of cleaning uniforms, a group of 50 models, cool kids and volunteers started picking up trash in the public square in front of the town-hall in an upbeat cleansing fashion performance.

The workwear inspired overalls pick up on the concept of re-purposing. They are made from patchworks of leftover fabrics and past collection pieces in an effort to avoid the unnecessary waste of resources. The collection is a clashing combination of couture and workwear, recontextualizing past pieces whilst supplementing the insufficient samples and leftovers of luxurious fabrics with re-creations made from office-and household materials.

Most of the cleaning uniforms were finished off by safety shoes by the Dutch brand EMMA Safety Footwear, chosen for its Corporate Social Responsibility mission.

www.schuellerdewaal.com

Fashion

Jil Sander Men's Spring Summer 2020

Upon the sand, upon the bay/"There is a quick and easy way" you say/Before you illustrate/I'd rather state:/"I'm not the man you think I am”. The sound of The Smiths permeated the whole room. There was a translucent wall as a backdrop. Just behind you could see the shadow of dozens of flowers, along its whole perimeter.

Are they the same flowers that will blossom when planting the few seeds received as show invite? I haven’t asked Lucie and Luke Meier, but I am pretty sure they are.

Season after season the couple has been building a strong coherent identity for Jil Sander. A modern minimalism with delicate features. Just think of Mario Sorrenti’s Spring Summer ‘19 campaign for the house: the poetry of the soft breeze walking on a summer day in Japan.

For Spring Summer 2020 Lucie and Luke Meier confirmed that fluid tailoring and relaxed silhouettes: linen shirt-jackets, Japanese cotton V-neck shirts, organic banana fibre trench coat, a sleeveless canvas knee-length overcoat. Particularly beautiful the cotton sweaters with long hand-crocheted fringing kissing the floor, paired with sharp oversized pants or precise tailoring. Botanical prints and floral jacquards make their entrance in the monochromatic palette dear to the brand – burgundy, off white, black, sand – with new colours like Klein blue.

The contrast between the beautifully fragile and the modern effortless rendered perfectly the vision of the Meier couple’s for Jil Sander.

www.jilsander.com

Fashion

Juun.J Spring Summer 2020

Juun.J returns to show at the beautiful Ècole de Medicine. It was a celebration of all the pieces and silhouettes we have loved this brand for.

Born more than 10 years ago, Juun.J has build a aesthetic imbued with beautiful modern tailoring: blazers with sharp oversized shoulders matched with leather shorts or leather overalls (black leather was definitely one of the key element), and suits with fluid palazzo pants declined in a beautiful grey English check, both for men and women. But also the brand’s signature oversized windbreakers styled as always by being placed on the head pushing further ¬- as the models storm in - that fluidity Juun.J is fond of.

Fluidity and breeziness we found as well in dresses played around transparency and asymmetrical layering, in beautiful lemon yellow or the signature metallic.

Juun.J’s love to reinterpret military clothing codes was also a focus: boxy pants, sleeveless jackets and overalls with multiple pockets at times generously oversized in green or with camouflage print.

www.juunj.com

Fashion

Hermès Men's Spring Summer 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

www.hermes.com

Fashion

Miu Miu Jockey Club

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

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

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

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

www.miumiu.com

Art

In Conversation with... David LaChapelle

Reflex Gallery in Amsterdam created the series In Conversation With… in order to offer the showcased artists’ another platform to share their personal vision and background information on their work. In the fourth installment, the focus is on photographer David LaChapelle, who is currently exhibiting Act Of Nature at the gallery.

David LaChapelle rose to fame due to his unique vision and distinct aesthetic. Especially thanks to his celebrity portraits, David LaChapelle is considered one of the most important photographers of the century. His third exhibition at Reflex includes highlights from the past ten years alongside a selection of previously unseen work, on show for the first time in Amsterdam.

Throughout the interview, David LaChapelle offers an insight into his approach to photography and discusses how the challenges of a natural setting have influenced his way of working. In his work, LaChapelle tries to capture and share his imagination of paradise and the deep connection between humans and nature that sparked this idea. Alongside the exhibition, a publication of Act of Nature, containing an essay by author and art writer Katya Tylevich, will be available in Reflex Amsterdam.

Act of Nature is on view at Reflex Amsterdam until August 31st.

www.reflexamsterdam.com

Fashion

Tambour Slim Rainbow

Virgil Abloh is a disruptor in the fashion industry and nobody embodies the rise of streetwear quite as he does. As the streetwear trend was slowly taking off, it was designers such as Virgil Abloh that elevated it to the next level, bridging the gap between the established high-end fashion and the newly emerging luxury streetwear.

Streetwear arrived at Louis Vuitton with Abloh’s appointment as new Artistic Director in 2018. As expected, he immediately made his presence felt and injected the French heritage brand with an urban vibe through his different approach to design and references to street art. F

or the new Tambour Slim Rainbow, Abloh references back to leather accessories of the Fall/Winter 2019 collection, translating its aesthetic to the watch. With a fluorescent rainbow X, the dial’s motif perfectly captures the spirit of the leather goods and accessories, also defined by the contrast of bright and fluorescent colors on a black background.

The simple exterior might be deceptive, but this watch is yet another proof of Louis Vuitton’s expert craftsmanship and watchmaking expertise. In meticulous steps, the 42 layers forming the bright X-motif are hand-transferred color by color, a process so time-consuming that it requires the same number of hours than the rest of production.

www.louisvuitton.com

Fashion

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.

www.armani.com

Fashion

Giorgio Armani Spring/Summer 2020

Amongst all the seasons, summer has a special place, after all, it is the most liberating of all the seasons. Giorgio Armani tries to capture this summer spirit with his eponymous SS20 collection. For this occasion, the first time in nearly 20 years, Armani’s mainline menswear show returns to the decade long headquarter at Via Borgonuovo in Brera.

The SS20 collection was built around tailoring, through which Armani has achieved his legendary status. In line with the lightheartedness associated with the hottest season, we see a more relaxed and lighter interpretation of the tailored suits, balancing and harmonizing the world of formal attire with the more sporty one. Nonetheless, the label maintains its sartorial essence, limiting the more elaborate escapades into athleticism to the Emporio line.

The collection is defined by looser silhouettes, fitted around the shoulder but loose around the body. Armani seeks to replace the rigidity of the suit with freedom of movement and comfort, implementing light materials and looser fits. The chosen color scheme is unusually intense for the label, implementing a variety of bright hues in combination with the brand’s staples Armani blue, white and black.

www.armani.com

Fashion

FENDI Resort 2020

In a way, the new Resort 2020 collection represented a turn of the page for the Roman house. After a tenure of almost half a decade, this was the first presentation of FENDI that was not designed under the guidance of Karl Lagerfeld.

Nevertheless FENDI is moving forward, staying true to the DNA that Lagerfeld has established for the house. Silvia Venturini Fendi, who has worked alongside Lagerfeld all her career, seamlessly continues the brand’s celebration of strong femininity. Inspired by the ‘80s thriller movie Gloria, Silvia Venturini Fendi presents beautifully constructed clothes, defined by softening shapes that radiate a hint of Seventies bourgeois refinement, alongside a hyper femininity highlighted through mannish details of tailoring.

As expected from a house like FENDI, throughout the collection, only exclusive materials are used alongside fine furs, in subtle combination with the houses signatures; the Pequin logo-no-logo stripes, Karligraphy and the traditional FF monogram. To round off their retro-elegant look, FENDI unveils new interpretations of the iconic Peekaboo and Baguette, alongside an archive-inspired tote design and structured chained bag.

www.fendi.com

Fashion

A Ferragamo Homecoming

For his first men’s collection, Salvatore Ferragamo’s Creative Director Paul Andrew puts Florence center stage. The city, so synonymous with the house itself, sets the new aesthetic direction, the style code for a new era. Andrew’s vision for Ferragamo is inspired by Florence, at once gloriously ancient with rich traditions and at the same time stunningly modern and forward-looking.

In his new collection, traditional sartorial menswear codes are infused with more modern stylistic elements in order to articulate Andrew’s envisioned multigenerational concept. With a high-craft and high-tech approach, innovation and quality craftsmanship remain the beating heart of the house, in combination with unconventional and inventive ways of mixing materials and manufacturing.

With a mixture of skins, natural and synthetic fibers, the collection’s broad palette of earth tones and natural shades is contrasted with saturated incursions of candy pink, luminous mint green and deep night. Through his collection, Paul Andrew presents his personal vision of the modern Ferragamo man, who distances himself from inflexible gender norms and takes the freedom to redefine the classics for a new era.

www.ferragamo.com

Fashion

Gem Dior

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

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

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

www.dior.com

Fashion

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.

www.coach.com

Fashion

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

Fashion

Jet-A-Porter

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

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

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

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

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

Fashion

Furla Flagship Munich

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

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

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

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

www.furla.com

Art

About Future: Architecture, Cities, Environment. Models and Visions

With the creation of Armani/Silos, Giorgio Armani has continuously supported young creatives to realise their visions and ideas. After initiatives in the fields of fashion, cinema and photography, the focus has shifted towards architecture, deemed to be a crucial discipline in our reflections tackling pressing questions of sustainability and social equality in a rapidly changing world. In the run-up to Milano Arch Week 2019, the ‘About Future’ project is launched in collaboration with the School of Architecture, Urban Planning and Construction Engineering of the Polytechnic University of Milan. This exhibition features the work, in form of drawings and models, of around 50 of its brightest students, working on new ways and innovative visions to redefine the balance between the artificial and natural. The presented projects are a mixture of proposed modifications or extensions of existing features or the creation of

Art

The cure

Entitled THE CURE (HEAVENLY PIE(A)CES), the new Richard Yasmine collection is an assortment of unconventional, serene yet hypnotizing white on white blended set up. For Yasmine, the concept is always the focus. Conceived as an experimental installation, THE CURE reads as an interpretation of our inner spiritual substance with a deep therapeutic message associated with the notion of time and the philosophy of karma with its idea of renaissance after each failure moment creating an influential emotional charge reflecting forgiveness and self-reconciliation. Yasmine’s collection is made of white powder coated aluminum structures combined with other materials such as brass, neo-cement, suede, Carrara marble and couture handmade embroidery with beads pearls and silk. It includes an armchair, a pendulum clock and a wall mounted lighting fixture. Each piece has a special significance related to the theme, Yasmine explains: “The armchair’s back is in a Headstone silhouette with a message of destiny and regeneration. The pendulum clock corresponds to time and how to catch the moment before it’s too late, yet it shows there is always brightness and hope at the end of the darkness. Third element is a wall-mounted light represented by a halo or an aureole with rays of light in a circular shape symbolizing the majesty or prominence of the soul.”

www.richardyasmine.com

Fashion

Carhartt Urban Book Release

When thinking about the expressions of urban youth cultures, cities standing at the forefront of seismic cultural shift, such as New York or London, pop in most people’s heads. Amsterdam is often overlooked, despite being at the forefront of one of the street’s most visible artistic embodiments, graffiti culture. Before the influences from across the Atlantic reached and popularised this visual urban language across Europe, Amsterdam had its own home-grown graffiti culture. Punks, hooligans and other rebellious movements alike, spread their message on the city’s walls. Their styles were as varied as their messages, creating graffiti unlike any others.

In collaboration with Carhartt WIP, FRESHCOTTON releases Amsterdam On Tour by grafiti artist Again, to investigate the early roots of this phenomenon. They focus on the city’s original scene starting from the 70s, lasting until 1985. 30 different artists offer a glimpse into this insane scene, dominated by the fully tagged tunnels, benches and trams, in an unique collection of words and images.

In addition to this publication, Carhartt x FRESHCOTTON also releases a limited edition capsule collection, perfectly capturing the spirit of the scene, available only at selected Carhartt stores and freshcotton.com

Fashion

Travel Transformation

A transformation for one night into an adventures experience.

Montblanc introduced its new travel line. This time in Berlin, the energetic, electric and engaging city, which also happens to be a common destination for travelers. Due to this, it made the perfect fit for the launch of Montblanc’s new travel campaign.

The campaign is all about reconnecting. Reconnecting with the world to set the mark of the brand due to experience by giving guests the opportunity of visiting a cultural spot, which has been shut down for years. The guests were journeyed through a travel tunnel to arrive in the heart of the Metropol, surrounded by projections of a variety of urban destinations. Among the entire travel destination discoveries showed, a central wall sculpture of trolleys  was created by Marc Jung that reflected artworks on the Berlin wall, marking the 30 years since its fall.

Montblanc created a new generation of entrepreneurs, trailblazers and urban explorers travelling the world with new Montblanc Nightlight Silver Trolley and the reimagined Extreme 2.0 collection. Created as lifetime companion’s crafted through the skills and quality of the Maison.

To read more about the event and Montblanc's travel collection, go to www.montblanc.com

Fashion

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

Fashion

A New Intimate Approach in Femininity

Miu Miu’s Fall / Winter 2019 collection comprehends an interesting dialogue about the power of images produced through all sorts of new media. The show represents the dynamic creative work of New Zealand born artist, photographer and filmmaker Sharna Osborne. Her work is praised for the beautiful details that are often highlighted. Osborne created a physical space full of imagination and wonderment for this show. She used a personal selection of her work to create an innovative intimate approach to the contemporary standard of femininity.

The intriguing monumental hypostyle hall is filled with a jumbled array of giant prints, short video clips, old TV’s and LED-screens that produce a non linear visual overload of contrasting images and stories. Special and unique is that the installation is intrinsically connected with the collection itself. Both form a storytelling interaction by consisting an arrangement of frames, supports and structures that shape a chaotic and absorbing ensemble of divergent narratives.

The model path unfolds playfully through the hall and brings the installation with the models to life. The catwalk is a confrontational embodiment of images, opinion and language about fashion as an intimate extension to femininity.

www.miumiu.com

Fashion

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

Fashion

Rick Owen's Women's Fall 2019/20

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 www.rickowens.eu

Fashion

Illuminated Forms

“It was the night /A giant saved me / Changed me into a love machine / I can’t take this hell, i a not your prisoner / i was a love machine /soft and hard” SebastiAN’s original track created for Anthony Vaccarello’s Saint Laurent Fall 2019 channels the spirit of the collection: the 80s nightlife, the enchanting Betty Catroux, Bianca Jagger (monsieur Yves Saint Laurent’s own muses), the time when the clubs were the place where designers, artists, socialites and most of the creative crowd would meet.

Anthony Vaccarello presented a strong vision for Saint Laurent gradually evolved season after season into an enchanting identity celebrating the Maison’s historical codes and imbued of Vaccarello’s own signature. The first looks already set the mood: long wool coats, dazzling tuxedo blazer with boxy sculptural shoulders, beautifully tailored. Anthony Vaccarello calls it the “couture blazer”. And it channels that famous masculine look Monsieur Yves himself merged in the Woman’s wardrobe.

But the collection also featured the vertiginously short minidresses Vaccarello is known for in the last looks that stormed in the catwalk as a totally different happening hinting the most deepest night ahead: fluorescents with matching shoes. Looking at their silhouette you can see a reinterpretation of some lines from the iconic 1971 collection by Yves Saint Laurent, clearly addressed by Vaccarello who has been constantly researching the archives. The light installation inside the venue between Matrix and the Tour Eiffel light spectacle – the latter usually accompanying the show during summer time – was a magnificent set for a magnificent collection.

 www.ysl.com

Fashion

A Darker Side of Prada

This time at the grand hall of the Deposito, Prada unveiled to us its darker side. The Fall / Winter 2019 collection seems to take inspiration from the fantastical. Boxier forms and heavy tops feature, a look that combined with the plaited hair cannot help but remind us of the precocious Wednesday Addams. Crimson red makes its expected appearance throughout both in accessories and in the garments themselves.

Prada does however stay true to its roots with some staple pieces, the women's décolletage flattered in a wonderfully tasteful and feminine fashion, the dresses sensually slimming down the form, creating silhouettes that are ultra feminine. The former looks however, are a stark polar opposite - much preppier and defiant.


 www.prada.com

Fashion

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

Fashion

Movement and Color

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

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

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

 www.coach.com

Fashion

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

Fashion

The Saddlebag is back

True house icon, and ultimate symbol of Dior’s unique and long-established mastery in crafts. Creative director Kim Jones reinterpreted Dior its iconic saddlebag into a fantastic new modern version for the summer 2019 collection. The design came up for the first time almost 20 years ago in 2000 in the Women’s Spring-Summer 2000 ready-to-wear show. Its saddle-shaped form can be promptly recognised. Jones added a Jacquard strap featuring the inscription “Christian Dior”. The bag is finished with a raw industrial- inspired buckle specially developed for this occasion by designer Matthew Williams. This typical adornment is created in Florence, Italy and reflects the finesse of the house’s leather goods.

www.dior.com

Cinema

Soggettiva 4 - Expressway Milano

Fondazione Prada’s Cinema presents the fourth chapter of the series “Soggettiva” with the title Expressway Milano made by Danish director Nicolas Winding. This chapter is a “cinematic journey into the rare and unknown” screening 13 forgotten American 1960’s/1970’s films from the online archive by Nicolas Winding Refn.

The oeuvre contains several genres from drive-in movies to lost avant-garde cinema, horror and gothic fantasy films to musicals, "nudie cutie" movies to religious and propaganda cinema. All are divided into 4 volumes: Volume 1 “Regional Renegades” constitutes: The Nest of The Cuckoo Birds (1965) by Bert Williams, Hot Thrills and Warm Chills (1967) by Dale Berry and Shanty Tramp (1967) by Joseph P. Mawra.

Volume 2 “Missing Links” covers: Night Tide (1961) by Curtis Harrington, If Footmen Tire You, What Will Horses Do? (1972) by Ron Ormond, The Burning Hell (1974) by Ron Ormond and Spring Night, Summer Night (1967) by Joseph L. Anderson.

Volume 3 called "Hillbillies, Hustlers, and Fallen Idols" composes: Cottonpickin' Chickenpickers (1967) by Larry E. Jackson, Wild Guitar (1962) by Ray Dennis Steckler and House on Bare Mountain (1962) by Lee Frost.

And lastly Volume 4 “Smell of Female” span Chained Girls (1965) by Joseph P. Mawra, Satan in High Heels (1962) by Jerald Intrator and Maidens of Fetish Street (1966) by Saul Resnick.

On Friday 22 February 2019 the Fondazione Prada’s Cinema stages “Soggetiva Nicolas Winding Refn” and holds a special conversation between Nicolas Winding, Jimmy McDonough (Managing editor), David Frost (director of BUREAU) and film critic Manlio Gomarasca about Nicolas Winding Refn’s new adventure known as ’NWR’. This revolutionary online archive in form of a platform was presented in 2018 and developed in collaboration with London-based agency BUREAU.

"What we've created is not a film, TV, fashion, photography, lifestyle or political site. It's an installation, an online museum inclusive of everything. There's a movie presented each month, but that film is merely the jumping off point. It's the seed to inspire creativity, provoke a state of mind. The result isn't easy to explain in a soundbite, you have to experience it. byNWR comes with a mystery attached".

All the public screenings of "Soggettiva Nicolas Winding Refn," are taking place at Fondazione Prada’s Cinema on Fridays from 1 March to 24 May 2019, and will be free, but are only accessible on reservation.

www.fondazioneprada.org

Fashion

The Sophisticated Unconformist

Unconformist, powerful and assertive, this Spring/Summer 2019 capsule from COS is catered for the sharp, sophisticated working professional seeking to build upon a staple wardrobe, channelling creativity and unapologetically making a statement in the process.

The sculptor’s hand is palpably discernible, the garments clearly envisioned with the wearer’s form in mind, regarding the body as the crucial central canvas to be built around. Conceived of in three dimensions, the pieces caressingly float and fit the shape of the wearer. We see this thematic pattern replicated in the absence of busy, fussy decorations, rendering the collection a stark, simplistic, modest and unostentatious slate, nonetheless creative and unconformist in attitude.

An understated, unaffected, minimal palette of clean whites, strong blacks and varying blues is realised to its fullest potential, a direct result of Anna’s propensity to resist high frequency turnover trends and to reject external logos, prints or patterns. Peter Saville contributes the only patterned item; a limited edition silk scarf incorporating graphic prints. In this manner, the collection is fit for studio work, formal meetings, after parties and can be maintained for a lifetime.

 www.cosstores.com

Fashion

Sacai Fall 2019 Menswear / Pre-Sacai Fall 2019 Menswear

When the morning of the yellow vest protests we all tried to arrive on time for Sacai held at the Grand Palais, Paris seemed a ghost city, lost in space and time. With the Grand Palais in the middle of the restricted area and dozens of police’s special forces at every single corner surrounding the area it was surreal. In 2 hours the people fighting for their future would march those streets.

Feeling blessed to have succeeded to arrive on time at the show after several attempt to enter the area, as we saw this beautiful collection full of all Sacai’s signature traits playing with the construction of silhouettes and juxtaposition of materials: the deconstructed pleated asymmetrical skirts, performance fabrics hybridizing formal garments, coats where the liner becomes a pumped up outer layer, a sweater traditionally worn under a jacket instead becomes its outer shell.

Chitose Abe mentioned a “cultural melting pot”, in her show notes and the importance of feeling “the freedom to be different, to be an individual”. Symbolized by the iconic London’s Bar Italia collaboration for t-shits and hoodies, where Abe spent time as student.

www.sacai.jp

Fashion

Thom Browne Fall 2019 Mens

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

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

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

www.thombrowne.com

Fashion

Louis Vuitton Fall 2019 Mens

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

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

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

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

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

www.louisvuitton.com

Fashion

Dior Homme Fall 2019

Inside the monolithic black temporary structure built at Plateau Joffre stands a 76 meter long moving walkway where models stood still. Kim Jones is sure to have a particular sense of spectacle: he created a wow-effect by a simple gesture where his new collection was carried monumentally, stripping back the stage and downsizing it compared to his previous Tokyo show.

The heritage of Dior together with the contemporary and experimental Jones’ attitude produced an elegant and smart collection with tailoring declined in couture techniques and materials.

A Mona Lisa reinterpretation and other pen work by American artists Raymond Pettibon infused across the collection giving a strong graphic spirit. Pettibon was always a strong influence since Kim Jones’s teenage years.

What strikes is the silk stole applied around a pinstripe suit or along a cashmere coat extending till the floor. It is so subtle but so showstopper.

Kim Jones created a new masculine attitude at Dior Homme taking also elements dear to Monsieur Dior like his 1947 panther print, reinvented in this collection alongside other animalier gestures that extend to scarves, jackets and sweaters. Kim Jones stays true to his own language: jackets have removable leather sleeves , hybrid garments, nylon mirroring silk and accessories composing a whole with the entire collection. The saddle bag is reinvented once again and worn cross body on the tailleur oblique. The high craftsmanship and elegance of Dior fuse with the techno fascinations of Kim Jones vision.

www.dior.com

Fashion

"To The Moon"

Keeping with this theme, interdisciplinary fashion icon Esther Perbandt presented an installation of her new collection “To The Moon” during Berlin Fashion Week and introduced her limited partnership with Feminista - the first political perfume. The showcase also serves as a celebration of Perbandt's 15 years in the industry. With “To The Moon”, a tale as old as time re-imagined anew, she complements the almost stern and deconstructed collection with beautiful organic, harmonious shapes, made from manipulated and molded leather. Futuristic technology, such as 3D printing and CNC milling, meets traditional leather craft processes, resulting in shapes that are inspired by the feeling that one could indeed fly to the moon.

www.estherperbandt.com

Fashion

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

Fashion

Fendi’s Fall/Winter Collection Captures Classic Italian Style with a Contemporary Twist

In Fendi’s Fall/Winter 2019 Menswear line, Karl Lagerfeld and Silvia Venturini pay homage to the classicism of Italian street style, drawing influences from more modish urbanwear and employing traditional tailoring in a contemporary fashion. The collection is a full demonstration of Lagerfeld’s hand and encyclopedic knowledge of menswear, seeping with clean and timeless style.

Fendi achieves the fine balance between venerating the distinctive staples of the brand whilst subverting the notion that tailoring is characterised by clean cut, stark symmetry. Beautifully fabricated sleek a-line jackets with sharp shoulder cuts, flared trousers softly secured around the waist, leathers and furs feature are all expected features however the bags and accessories are perhaps the most notable feature in the collection, creatively devised and expertly crafted.

The dynamism of featuring asymmetrical half-half jackets and overlayers reminds us that this formula is available for adaption. The integration of bold, intrepid urban staples such as oversized anoraks and quilted puffer jackets stitched with colourful inner linings excite the collection with a freshness that never oversteps into the core essence of Fendi.

The collection loyally adheres to palettes of sharp blacks, metallic sheens and classic neutrals focussing on rich chocolates, nutty browns and creamy whites. The occasional dash of bold reds, yellows and oranges seen in the sleek footwear trimmings is a clever, understated touch that adds a subtle flair of zest and contemporary edge to the collection.

www.fendi.com

Art

Posthumous Exhibition in London and Paris Celebrating the Life and Work of Franz West

Franz West is widely known and revered for his 40-year career that features notable highlights such as his series of Adaptives in the 1970s, his Lemur-Heads scattered around Vienna as well as his use of unconventional materials in building furniture and his famously colourful work with paper mache.

Franz’s work requires us to take his hand and accept his invitation to actively engage with the art. For Franz, the meaning is not some ungraspable, floating figment in the ether. Rather the meaning is what we decide to grant to it and is the various experiences that are evoked upon our direct, personal interaction with the given piece. It is precisely this mirroring of the external that makes Franz’s work so inclusionary and what absolves him from any dangerous accusations of elitism or pretention. We are the essential, necessary final piece of the puzzle. Our realisations, our relationship and our connection with the pieces are paramount and take priority focus – how we respond, what we evoke, what we discover.

Franz is renowned for his light-hearted, open, playful and at times humorous quality paired with an underlying deeply introspective and subtly philosophical approach, driven largely by an understanding and respect of the free man to enjoy leisure and not always be so as Franz himself put it ‘deadly earnest.’

Vivacious, vibrant and interactive, this exhibition invites us to celebrate the extraordinary life and lively work of Franz West – to touch, to wear, to handle and to open yourself up to a rare and inclusionary experience of art as you have never had before.

The multi-faceted Austrian artist Franz West’s life and work (1947-2012) is posthumously celebrated as part of a major exhibition taking place at The Tate Modern, London and the Centre Pompidou, Paris from the 20th February to the 2nd June 2019.

www.tate.org.uk

Fashion

Giorgio Armani x SANG WOO KIM

Artist first, model second, Sang Woo Kim has collaborated with Giorgio Armani on a special digital project — to creatively interpret FW18 from behind the scenes.

Born in Seoul, raised in London, Kim studied in and dropped out of London’s finest schools. Fine art is his first love, where his instinct began to drive his inspiration. Sang Woo translates literally to: each other, helping. While discovering his own identity through art Kim’s confidence sky-rocketed as his peers began to dress and shoot him for their personal projects — as a result of helping others, he found himself.

Through this collaboration, I wanted to capture and transmit with my photos this shared feeling of romance, masculine sensitivity, and elegance, and in a completely uncontrived way; thus staying true to the vision of Mr. Armani.

With the decadent, stark and supreme Armani/Teatro space as his stage, Kim gently opens the curtain on the wonderful world beyond. Marvelous boots, stunning mitts, and cheekbones galore Kim’s contemporary flair fills the pages with a human vulnerability so vivid and honest — successfully curating the theatre of Giorgio Armani with his artistry and vision.

www.armani.com

Fashion

Rick Owens Spring Summer 2019

A humongous burning pyre in the shape as a conic towers standing in the middle of miroir de l’eau of Palais de Tokyo. Rick Owens Spring Summer 2019 felt beautifully unsettling. It was inspired by the biblical Babel Tower and the architectural Tallin’s tower as mentioned in the show notes. Architectural as the clothes envisioned by the designer with intricate layered structures that at times seemed as out of Russian constructivism illustration.

Draped, twisted, tore. This is Rick Owens in its purest form. The intrinsically constructed cut-out leather dresses and capes together with more fluid signature’s pieces carefully composed the images of a procession in name of – as Owens addressed himself – a better world in spite of the dark times. Some of the models carried torches: high priestess, but also soldiers with a menacing armoire and fragile new adepts. It is the ceremony-like ritual that bonds together societies according his words during FW2017 show. Also this season it all felt into place. Owens’ dark vision nevertheless felt beautifully auspicious amongst the sea of current uninspiring fashion gestures.

www.rickowens.eu

Fashion

Y/Project Spring 2019

It is rare to see designers who have the guts to challenge their comfort zone as much as Glenn Martens has constantly been doing. For Y/Project Spring 2019 the Belgian designer went one step further.

Deconstructed and juxtaposed pieces gave space to new sophisticated silhouettes: the pants merged with long skirts at its back, mimicking the motion of a fluid skirt in a frontal wind blowing motion when the fabric adheres to the legs. The imaginative power of Glenn Martens is superb and definitely this is one of his most ambitious collection showing us a deep knowledge not only in staying true to his poetic but also in cut and costume history.

Cable knit skirt with a deep V waist line, oversized sweatshirts with an incorporated bra, tulle overlaying garments like skirts, dresses and coats. But it’s in the surprising glamour of the finale that the audience was literally taken into awe: a fluid silk satin dress, a suit with its blazer cut on the shoulder line all adorned with contrasting feathers in tulle reminiscent of a dramatic '30s Marlene Dietrich boa.

www.yproject.fr

Travel

Introducing BMW's iNext


Touch entry, touch seating, touch steering, lights on lights, touch on touch, screens on screens. This is the automobile of the future. Your favorite place on wheels - BMW’s Vision iNext - is a dramatic, awe-inspiring SAV (Sports activity vehicle), synonymous with pioneering spirit built to deconstruct dogmas. The iNext is a divisive innovation that reaches further than expectations can begin to fathom.

To cast an eye upon BMW’s latest creation will only begin to scratch the surface. However, this is the best place to start. The meticulous exterior harmonizes precision design. Every single line is conscious and purposeful. The wheels look as though they have escaped from Area 51 at their own free will, while the interlinked double-kidney grille evokes authority through clearly sculpted form and surfaces. Even the paintwork traveled back in time, the Liquid Greyrose Copper exterior changes in shade and humidity injecting the vehicle with a charismatic flair.

A gentle swipe, where one would imagine a handle to exist, triggers a crisp opening. The world beyond beckons. Every object is designed as if it were a single piece of furniture, reminiscent of your living room. For BMW’s vision, the question was, how to gain time to live. The result is an utterly human car, released from everything. The evocative nude tones marry seamlessly with warm green turquoise micro-fiber, lined with purple jacquard, a traditional method that finds itself a place in the new world.

The grace and splendor of the iNext alone are astounding, yet there is more. Shy technology. Shy tech abolishes physical controls from the entire cabin and replaces them with a gesture control system that is both intuitive and natural. The simple task of outlining a music symbol on the fabric of the rear seat allows passengers to take control of the vehicles audio, yet another step toward an autonomous future.

The iNext will not be an entirely autonomous automobile and will instead promise two driving modes, Boost and Ease. Boost is the human interaction and Ease being the control of the vehicle itself. For now, the real-world driving experience is thin on the ground. Clearly, the truth that we can’t predict the future will not stop us from trying.

www.bmw.com

Fashion

Diesel x Mustafa Capsule Collection

Diesel have their tongue firmly lodged in their cheek for their new collaboration. A campaign that sees the Italian Denim Brand propose that the coolest brands are found in the coolest places. A proposition that has landed them in the diverse metropolis of Berlin to collaborate with “the only true artist in berlin”, Mustafa.

Mustafa’s Gemuse Kebap to be exact. Known quite simply as the best kebap in the world. With a minimum wait of 20 minutes Mustafa’s kebap has a collosal reputation one that quite literally busts the block. Diesel is not without their own reputation of course. Collaborating with a kebap stand despite its iconic stature in pop culture defies normality. This is the game.

Graphics combining the logo of both esteemed brands adorn the T-shirts, sweatshirts and caps that complete the 14-piece capsule collection availavle in Europe, China and the USA.

www.diesel.com

Fashion

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

Fashion

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

Fashion

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

Fashion

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

Fashion

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

Fashion

A double soul – Fendi Summer 2019

The performing collection presented by Fendi for Summer 2019 is nothing but a provoking anagram. FENDI/FIEND.ROMA/AMOR.

Love and tiny demons reign over raincoats, blousons, anorak, tailored pants, shirts, sport shorts and knitted polo-shirts. Dualism is the tempting theme, better enhanced by graphics and contrasting chromatic codes.

Pequin taping on waterproof gear, FF-forked snakes, clawed frogs, horned demons cards and dice that multiply over the surfaces, interpreted by italian artist Nico Vascellari.

For the accessories, the iconic Peekaboo X-Lite bag, as well as bucket hats, crossbody puches and hi-tech running sandals follow and fluidly communicate a strong functionalism and confidence with Rome’s inner spirit.

www.fendi.com

Fashion

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

Fashion

Giorgio Armani to celebrate the opening of the new Giorgio Armani and Armani/Casa boutique in London with a private "Giorgio's" pop-up club at Tramp

A private Giorgio Armani trunk show hold at Giorgio Armani boutique in London inaugurates the opening of Giorgio Armani and Armani Casa boutiques in prestigious Sloane Street, London.

The renovated space of 1000 square meters that hosts the two adjacent boutiques features 5 display windows that introduce to a totally new concept, which was curated by Giorgio Armani and his team of architects.

Mirroring the refined sense of distinctive, minimal elegance characteristic of the Maison, the boutiques focus on the extensive use of space. As well, a light and clean distribution of lights and linear shapes meticulously highlights the balance between rigour and refined luxury.

To best celebrate the event, the trunk show has been followed by “Giorgio’s” pop-up club at Tramp Nightclub, which for the first time bring the private members night out of the Armani/Privet nightclub in Milan, including De La Soul’s live performances and DJ Harvey DJ set.

Music

The Smashing Pumpkins announce their "Shiny And Oh So Bright" Tour

Formed in Chicago 1988, The Smashing Pumpkins have marked a chapter for the history of alternative rock.

They released their debut album Gish in 1991, reaching mainstream success later on in 1993 and 1995 with respectively 4x multi-platinum Siamese Dream and 10x multi-platinum Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness.

Overtime, they gained worldwide attention as well as influenced several groups for a very distinctive sound, exploring the more diverse genres and music styles, such as heavy metal, progressive rock, psychedelic rock and more recently electronica.

After several changes in their line up and 30 years later, the band has announced their “Shiny And Oh So Bright Tour”, which will be the first in nearly 20 years to feature founding members Billy Corgan, Jimmy Chamberlin and James Iha, including also guitarist Jeff Schroeder.

Produced by Live Nation, the tour will feature material from their debut trough 2000 and kick off in Glendale, AZ on July 12, 2018 and North American arenas throughout the season.

At ZOO we wished it was already “Tonight, Tonight “, yet we’ll make a count down because we can’t wait for seeing them live this summer!

Fashion

Shine on: Christian Louboutin launches their new sparkling Lip Glosses

There is no need to say that Christian Louboutin knows exactly what glamorous women want: to shine as stars do.

For this summer and as a gift to fashion lovers, the iconic designer introduces a very sparkling collection of high-shine lip glosses.

Loubimirior is a glassy vinyl presenting a very slick finish. Enriched with Vitamin E and shea butter to improve idratation and reducing fine lines on lips, this glossy lacquer intensifies lips’ fullness and natural beauty, as well as it can be layered over any Lip Colour for a bold effect.

With its irresistible color-changing effect, the Loubilaque Lip Gloss is available in four different shades featuring a metallic finish on lips, which is highlighted by irridescent glitters and pigment pearls.

Yet Louboutin takes the gloss formulas to the highest level thanks to an attentive focus on the teardrop applicator’s precision and functionality for both the versions, which are additionally enriched with a delicate feminine scent.

As if they were jewels reminiscent of Art Deco movement, the lipstick cases’ design represents one-of-a-kind treasure to wear as a pendant. Indeed, the vial is carved with a marmaid tail pattern and enclosed with a turret-like crown, which is in turn threaded with a delicate silk ribbon.

Loubimirior and Lubilaque lip glosses set up the make-up rules for the upcoming season, irradiating summer days with their brightly feminine and super seducing features.

Fashion

Highlights from Paris Fashion Week

Berlin 80s underground scene is the leading mood for Clare Weight Keller at Givenchy, whose collection takes inspiration from cult movies such as The Hunger and the documentary B Movie: Lost and Sound in West-Berlin, 1979-1989. Several faux furs, leather jackets and psychedelic prints dominate the collection, which unveils asymmetrical cuts and laboured fabrics elaborating an effectively sophisticated youth couture.

In Alexander McQueen’s show, models of various ages tell a new narrative for Sarah Burton. As when caterpillar become butterflies, similarly this collection speaks of a powerful metamorphosis. The designer’s tailoring heritage reaches the next level, presenting precious details such as insect and wing decorations on transparent dresses. Structured shoulders and bustiers are in balance with more rounded, almost romantic ruffles, as well as subtle silk fringing on a opulent evening dress enhance the idea of a fluid movement and distinctive femininity.

Literally overwhelmed by natural world, Karl Lagerfeld unveils a collection in-between Eighties moods and forest references. On the one hand multicolor or black and white leaves prints, oxidised gold leather details, iconic tweed looks and vintage outlines would suggest a classy yet totally wearable proposal. On the other hand there is an interesting presence of flowing billow-sleeves over ultra lean coats or on elegant evening dresses in lace, which adding romantic feel to the overall collection.

Regardless of the Sixties references of the collection, Miu Miu establish a “kind of alphabetical system, a language for expressing and defining oneself”. With Elle Flanning opening and closing the show, Miuccia Prada presents several versions of vintage oversized jackets and coats, mohair sweaters, mini-skirts, tweeds and iconic bobby socks, which recall the girlish brand’s youthful signature alternating flaming and playful pastel colors.

Women and their right are more and more at the centre of social debate. Therefore interpreting femininity is the main theme at Louis Vuitton for Fall 2018. With a collection that somehow renovate classic elements of 19th century military uniforms and turn them into skirt-suits, shearling jackets and peplum tops, Nicolas Ghesquiere’s contemporary approach to fashion unveils a very sophisticated notion of elegance.

Fashion

The future starts now - Moncler Genius

Creativity is our energy, multiplicity is our strength. Truthfulness is our credo. Change is what drives us forward. Moncler is continuing to explore the surrounding spirit of its uniqueness. The future starts now.”

On the 20th of February and with a powerful manifesto, new forms of expression for iconic duvet brand have been announced. Conceived by Remo Ruffini, Moncler Genius is the result of a consistent work of research culminating in different languages that narrate only one identity.

Using the jacket as a starting point, fragmentation becomes the main concept and guideline. Eight projects turn the product in an object and communication mean, strongly oriented to functionality and newness.

The new Moncler building hosts several areas identified by a number, each of them dedicated to a single project (which will be realised monthly) interrelating with others and interpreting the singularity of Moncler consumers.

Starting from 1 Moncler Pierpaolo Piccioli that focuses on purity of forms, Moncler 1952 instead pays tribute to the brand’s year of birth, adopting a curatorial approach.

The journey into the exhibtion-like space continues with Monocle Grenoble focusing on prints and fabrics, Moncler Simone Rocha on deconstruction, Moncler Craig Green on the dialogue between clothing and the body, Noir Kei Nimomiya on wereable geometries, Fragment Hiroshi Fujiwara on reinforcing the duvet cult-status and eventually Palm Angels working on logos and slogans.

With Moncler Genius, a new and really clever direction for the company has been set up, extraordinarily combining those diverse medium that celebrate imagination and uniqueness.

Fashion

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

Fashion

Peter Hujar's first full- scale retrospective exhibition at the Morgan Library & Museum

Vulnerable figures, dramatically portrayed in black and white over diagonal compositions, form the language of Peter Hujar, whose artistic production was recognised for the spontaneous yet touching immediacy of his ‘difficult subjects’.

Over a span of 30 years, since the beginning of the mid-fifties, Hujar’s production has faced and been influenced by shaking moments of cultural history, including the public unfolding of gay life between the Stonewall and the AIDS crisis, the emergence of punk performances in art and music and downtown subcultures during the Reagan Era, as well as the meeting with influential personalities, such as Susan Sontang (who contributed to Hujar’s 1976 monograph).

The interest for subcultural forms of expression and drag performance, led him to meet with Warhol Superstar Candy Darling, who asked Hujar to make her a portrait as “a farewell to the fans”. Set in a hospital room where Candy was admitted for lymphoma, what should have been resulted in an unpleasant image of death was actually transformed in an elegant atmosphere highly suggesting a calm serendipity.

On the one hand, the artistic authority that Hujar's work has achieved overtime collects an immersive and wide contemplation of human bodies and their shapes, investigating on the transient fugacity of life, highlighting both their corporeal presence and interiority. On the other hand, additional works (such as the shots taken at the Palermo catacombs in 1963) featuring still-life, landscapes and animals unveil his sophisticated and melancholic sensibility for existence as a whole.

Peter Hujar died of AIDS in 1987 and more than thirty years after his death, his photographies are gaining worldwide traction more than ever.

For the first time and at The Morgan Library & Museum until the 20th of May 2018, a full-scale retrospective presents 140 photographs of this great artist, displaying the prints how Hujar wanted his work to be exhibited: flirting with disorder to let the viewer dive in the deep storytelling of each single image.

Fashion

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.

Fashion

KENZO Fall/Winter 2018

A young woman stands up in front of her best friend’s family gathering. That same day he shocked everyone when arriving with dyed blond hair. At the end of the evening she is having a letter in her hands, a handwritten note to herself.

With a soft and emotional voice she reads: “I know I felt like this before, But now I'm feeling it even more, because it came from you. Then I open up and see the person falling here is me, a different way to be. I want more, impossible to ignore. Impossible to ignore”

As the girl ends reading, they both walk under a shower of confetti, a metaphor of the shower of dreams we all somehow experienced in our youth. A girl and a boy. They have been friends forever. They are Carol and Humberto, or better known as Carol Lim and Humberto Leon.

In the past seasons Kenzo’s creative directors have been looking at the roots of the brand and his founder Kenzo Takada. See the Spring Summer 2018 with its references to musician Ryuichi Sakamoto and iconic model Sayoko Yamaguchi, both muses of Takada back in the days.

This season, Lim and Leon looked at their own story.

Arriving at the show’s venue we found a cinematographic set at the centre of the runway. Seconds before the lights went on too little we all knew that a live-shot movie was about to start, telling a story inspired by that time when Humberto Leon truly bleached his hair at his sister’s wedding in ‘98.

As the real-time shooting was ongoing the lineup of models stormed in.

The 90s subtly permeated through the entire collection. But also that atmosphere we find in the oeuvre of one of the most acclaimed Hong Kong director: Wong Kar Wai. Knitted vests, boxy silhouettes, and a clash of prints with checks and florals. But also high waist pants paired with lengthened bomber jackets: the menswear collection hinted at a myriad of classic references. The use of technical nylon with an iridescent finish together with leopard print faux fur coats delivered still a youthful approach.

For Womens there was a sense of romantic nostalgia, with floral velvet and silk satin cherry blossom dresses, the latter styled with knit twin set. Bustier dresses in heavy denim were matched with t-shirts where accessories reminiscent of a vintage dimension with clasp bags were declined in satin, leather or with crystals beading.

As those final words from actress Ayumi Roux impersonating young Carol were no other than the lyric of Cramberries’s Dream, also chosen as closing soundtrack of the show, we join in remembrance of the recent and unexpected passing away of its lead singer Dolores O’Rien.

www.kenzo.com

Fashion

Yohji Yamamoto Menswear Fall 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

www.yohjiyamamoto.co.jp

Fashion

Alexander McQueen Menswear Fall 2018

An updated sleek suiting with an hourglass waist, prominent shoulders and cropped flare trousers.

Sarah Burton knows exactly what is one of the main strength at McQueen and never fail to update new elements season after season.

Fall Winter 2018 presented pinstripe and English check suits with overcoats in black cashmere and paisley embroidered camel. Floating kite-like trench coats were styled tightened around the waist. A dialogue between a modern take on traditional tailoring and a more street-like and utilitarian story.

It’s Alexander McQueen heritage to explore contrasting elements.

The collection continued with parkas and bombers in leather with what looked like a double inlay but at a closer glance revealed to be an embellishment on its zipped closure. The play of double progresses when a cashmere lined leather horse blanket as cape with shearling collar is paired with leather pants.

Austere precision is faced with opulent and romantic elements: beautiful hand painted English roses adorn silk suits and jet beading seen in the previous season embellish silk dressing gowns and evening blazers with matching track pants. All paired with white trainers with moulded soles.

Black, burgundy, silver, khaki and a splash of what the show notes called London fire engine red. Like the red lights at the show location, with all its English underground connotation set the mood for an increasingly powerful menswear identity at Alexander McQueen.

www.alexandermcqueen.com

Fashion

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

Fashion

Dior Denim by Kris van Assche

Perfectly in line with Kris Van Assche’s minimalistic aesthetic, Dior Denim Spring Summer 2018 collection gives space to the reinterpretation of the men suit.

The Dior’s proposal defines the outlines of a urban man, without compromising its timeless and smooth elegance.

Crisp shirts and silk neckties strengthen the Double Denim’s concept, which is firmly enhanced by bold graphics and sheepskin collars, as well as precise cuts and a silver-embossed logo tab. Despite the opulent of details, such as the season’s club kid slogans or the roses embroideries, the look stays balanced. Parts of the collections are also the straight leg 5-pocket jeans, denim shirts and jackets in an array of pale tones, varying from raw indigo to vintage black.

Moreover, exclusive pieces customised with London, Paris, New York, Los Angeles, Hong Kong, and Tokyo initials will be released with the collection and sold in 6 pop up stores around around the globe.

www.dior.com

Fashion

Moncler's Florence Boutique Opening

With three windows creating access to Via degli Strozzi and Piazza della Repubblica, Moncler has inaugurated the opening of its new boutique at the very heart of Florence's main shopping area.

The space, which dedicates 160 out of 328 square metres to the sales, stands out for the presence of decorative elements that contribute to highlight a pleasant and sophisticated atmospere. Grigio Carnico marble at the entrance welcomes you to the store, whilst chêne fume wood paneling and a herringbone white Calacatta marble floor creating a balanced contrast with the display areas, whereas metal, glass and mirror details are presented.

Hosting all the Moncler collections including Moncler Grenoble, Gamme Rouge and Gamme Blue lines, the boutique will work as a strategic point for the brand’s retail development plan, which confirms its strong presence as a milestone of the Italian fashion market.

www.moncler.com

Fashion

dunhill introduces the London ICON Racing Fragrance

The thrill of the open road and the picture of a man driving through the British landscape in an open-top sports car in racing green were the inspiration for the latest frangrance by dunhill. The racing green was the team color of the English racing drivers at the dawn of motor racing, which is associated with glorious victories and the cutting-edge machinery of Britain’s golden age of engineering. The dunhill London ICON Racing fragrance stands for speed, masculinity and freedom.

As dunhill has always been connected with the history of motoring, an engine turn finish was chosen to decorate the bottle, sporting the automotive engineering technique knurling, which creates a textured geometric pattern and was first used on dunhill metal lighters in 1924. Considered being effortlessly impeccable in manners and appearance, the ICON Racing man is stylish not fashionable.

This energy and masculine sophistication is distiled in every bottle of ICON Racing featuring Guaiac wood, vetiver and musk as warm base notes. Italian bergamot, grapefruit and cardamom note enhance the scent of black pepper and lavender making it the ideal aroma for men on the move.

www.dunhill.com

Fashion

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

Fashion

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

Art

Ballenesque — A Retrospective by Roger Ballen

With its probing, challenging images between painting, drawing, photography and installation, the work of American art photographer Roger Ballen is one of a kind. He was born in New York in 1950 but has lived and worked in South Africa for over 30 years and is often named as one of the world’s greatest art photographers. The term Ballenesque, which is already a firm part of the lexicon, is synonymous with his rich monochrome vision, psychological insights and constant reinvention.

His work is being displayed in the permanent collections of some of the best art institutions such as MoMa in New York, Tate Britain in London, Stedelijk Museum and Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. Reflex Gallery in Amsterdam is hosting a double-sided exhibition of Ballen’s art, comprising a mini retrospective of 30 works and a selection of 150 Polaroid images. These constitute the first display of color images by the artist during his entire career and offer the opportunity to own an original Roger Ballen image in the form of a Polaroid. The exhibition will be open from the 23rd November until the 30th December 2017.

www.reflexamsterdam.com

Fashion

Fendi Partners Up With Rimowa

The Italian fashion house Fendi has joined forces with the iconic luggage brand Rimowa from Germany and created a one-of-a-kind piece. Rimowa stands for design, durability and craftmanship and is popular amongst fashionable people and those working in the industry. The trolley combines Fendi’s savoir-faire and daring creativity with the modern design and high-tech attributes of Rimowa and successfully intertwines the DNA of both brands. The suitcase is made of aluminium and equipped with a Multiwheel system for smooth and effortless traveling. 

Featured in the Cuoio Romano leather, the key values and signature design of Rimowa are perfectly coupled with high-quality, unique details and craftmanship such as the sophisticated, emblematic double F logo with a brushed effect on the aluminium, which changes its perception depending on the light. The black leather handles, along with the web belt, that runs across the case in tones of yellow and a touch of black with the logo, gives the case a characteristic Fendi touch. This ultimate traveler’s piece comes with fun stickers and a name tag where you can add your personal details. Available in selected Fendi and Rimowa boutiques and on fendi.com as of December 2017, just in time for Christmas and all those who will be traveling around the world during the festive season.

www.fendi.com

Fashion

“Hermès à tire-d’aile. Le monde de Leïla Menchari” exhibition opens at Grand Palais

Imagine a Hermès bag completely covered in coral, placed at the centre of a theatric scene, surrounded by a universe in soft pink, pale orange, mother-pearl and a constellation of rose coloured marine flora. It’s just one of the enchanting worlds created for Hermès by Leïla Menchari, who for over 55 years has been delivering magical representations of the vision around Hermès, the heritage, the craftsmanship, all in a window. First in ’61 as assistant to Annie Beaumel – director of window displays at the Faubourg Saint-Honoré store, and then in ‘78 when she took over the position together with being appointed director of the silk colours committee for the Maison. Leïla Menchari, a beautiful enchanting woman born in Tunisia, who studied at the Écoles des Beaux-Arts in Paris, captured the imagination of Robert Dumas and his son Jean-Louis. A liaison built on respect and trust. Leila, with her fantasy, with her travels, and exotic vision. Hermès, with its craftsmanship, the know-how and discipline. If a Kelly bag would take generally 15 hours to be crafted, it would turn to 50 hours for the ones produced ad hoc for Leïla Menchari’s spectacular window displays.

“The workshops have never said no to me, always “we’ll see, Leïla, we’ll give it a go.” But it wasn’t easy to get them to fully understand my madness: you can’t explain a dream!” Leila Menchari explains how she was given total freedom both in creation and budget. A so-called carte blanche. For Leïla Menchari a window display is a like a small pièce de théâtre, but without the possibility of dialogues, movements or actors to explains the image. During the opening evening of the exhibition at Grand Palais she explained her vision and nature: “I am touched by grace, by the passion for nature and the “extraordinary” in life. Everything becomes extraordinary. This vision gave me a different way of looking at things, with a high degree of surrealism”. When asked if the exhibition was maybe driven by a dose of nostalgia, she gracefully answered: “Nostalgia is fundamental for memory” This is Leïla Menchari, the globetrotter, the dreamer, the collector, and – as nicknamed by her great friend, the French author Michel Tournier – the “reine mage”. The exhibition will be held till the 3rd of December 2017.

www.hermes.com

Fashion

The Lady Dior Art Bag

The iconic Lady Dior bag was born in Dior’s workshops in 1995 and made famous in 1996 when Princess Diana was showing her admiration for it on a visit to Paris. This instantly recognizable bag carries the house’s inimitable style but is also open to interpretation and artistic reinvention. Last year, the maison invited a handful of British and American artists to reimagine the accessory with a limited edition. After the big success of this project on the runway, Dior decided to make it even more diverse and creative by inviting ten artists from around the world, of different ages and backgrounds. The fashion house gave “carte blanche” to the artists to transfer their creativity into Dior’s leatherworking language. Everything, from the bag’s fabric, to its charms, size, color, jewellry, handles and stitching were all adjusted to the artist’s specifications. The outcome is a great collection of exceptional bags, which makes it hard to choose only one Lady Dior Art Bag.

www.dior.com

Art

Prada collaborates with Francesco Vezzoli for “Opera Pompidou”

The Italian artist Francesco Vezzoli is internationally well-known for mirroring the glamour of Hollywood in his unsaleable paintings. Now he partnered up with the fashion house Prada to produce the twelve costumes for the “Opera Pompidou” live performance, which was presented in the Centre Pompidou on the 19th October. The reason for this unique project was the celebration of the 40th anniversary of the museum for arts and culture in the heart of Paris. The Italian artist’s visionary world of elaborate references intertwines with the collection of the museumto create a series of special live art performances staged by Vezzoli. Each artist was wearing a costume made by Prada which references to the art work and brings it to life. In this totally emotional reinterpretation of the modern and contemporary collections of Centre Pompidou, the visitor finds himself in a new immersive experience.

www.prada.com

Fashion

Sacai Spring/Summer 2018

Chitose Abe returns to her DNA with transformable-layered silhouettes in a trompe l’oeil language. Tops and outwear were worn on the bust line with the sleeves tied as to create a seamless corset with a floating volume, held together by big sporty straps. The second look to storm in the catwalk already anticipated Abe’s vision for the season: a wind jacket in tech nylon tied over a silk light blue short dress. It’s a language Abe has been using since the start. Deconstructed skirts in denim or cotton lace patchwork-frayed paired with knits delivered a youthful look that felt confident and effortless.

Fluid floral tops with matching jackets knotted over them and long dresses in several tartan patterns patched with transparent chiffon, created a fresh ethereal and appealing atmosphere full of that cool but feminine attitude Abe’s vision is always set on. It is the intricate match of textiles and codes: camouflage cotton, trench textile, lightweight fabrics, all just in one singular dress in a play of hybrids where what seems to be a belt is in fact a soft blazer.

The colour palette was vivid: magenta, bright blue, green, yellow, all the colours that slowly became the signature of the brand. Chitose Abe, the famous protégé of Rei Kawakubo first and Junya Watanabe later, has been always mixing versatility and layered silhouettes. But this season felt extremely genuine and intuitive.

www.sacai.jp

Fashion

HUGO BOSS and VITRA mark the exhibition “An Eames Celebration”

On October 5th Hugo Boss and the Vitra Design Museum introduced the exhibition “An Eames Celebration” with a cocktail event held in Berlin. One part of the program was the presentation of the limited BOSS accessories collection, which was especially created for the exhibition project. It’s a limited unisex collection of 125 pieces including a tote bag, a portfolio bag, a clutch and a card case. The event took place at the historic pump station of the art collector Christian Boros at Hallesches Ufer. The guests in attendance included international and national film stars as well as socialites from Berlin’s culture and fashion scene. Hugo Boss is the lead sponsor of the retrospective Charles and Ray Eames’ oeuvre running at the Vitra Design Museum in Weil am Rhein from Septmeber the 30th to February the 25th 2018.

www.hugoboss.com

Fashion

Saint Laurent Spring/Summer 2018

What is more French than the Tour Eiffel? Anthony Vaccarello orchestrated a grand show in celebration of the French Maison and its historical patron Pierre Bergé who sadly passed away just three weeks ago.

He paid homage to Bergé, to Yves Saint Laurent, to their visceral love and to the revolutionary years in fashion that they both represented.

Bergé’s words to Vaccarello at the eve of his debut have already become legendary - ” You are not Yves Saint Laurent, don’t try to be Yves Saint Laurent” - the young designer could not be more Yves Saint Laurent in spirit than anyone else.

His style, irreverent, individualistic, and extremely sexy in a way that you literally wish to wear anything he designs regardless of your own style is without doubt so “Monsieur Saint Laurent”. The Monsieur Saint Laurent who managed to move – sometimes with unfavourable opinions - entire fashion crowds in the late 70s, in the 80s, and who was not afraid of fashion critique and consequently pushed boundaries.

We can find traces of Monsieur Saint Laurent’s DNA in Anthony Vaccarello’s Spring Summer 2018 collection: that gypsy shirt from the 70s, the 80s mono-shoulder dress, the feathers – but the collection remains very much about Vaccarello’s powerful identity.

As we were welcomed at the impressive location at the Fontaine de Trocadero, facing the Eiffel tower, the atmosphere culminated into an epic moment when the light spectacle of the tower served as backdrop halfway through the show.

"The Saint Laurent woman is a traveller who reaffirms her complex personality, full of a subtle tension. She is a dark angel with a sensual allure and drapes herself in black-sequined dresses, shining like the asphalt after the rain".

Vaccarello’s words are emblematic of the several elements that constellated the collection. As the designer’s summer travels took him from the Cote d’Azur to Capri, to LA we reencountered everything that fascinated him: the white Italian lace, the French flamboyant look, the West Coast leather looks.

A series of final sculptural dresses, with a scarlet red declination worn by the muse and face of the house Anja Rubik, left the audience speechless.

www.saintlaurent.com

Fashion

Welcome to G-Star Mat

In the presence of esteemed guests from the realms of fashion, music and cinema, Pharrell Williams toasted the launch of the G-Star Elwood X25 at G-Star Mat, a space that embodies creativity and self-expression.

The classic G-Star Elwood was reimagined in 25 bright and beautiful prints that meld motifs from the natural world – from poison dart frogs and butterfly fish to leopards and whale sharks – with renderings that pay homage to cultural diversity and include ornate Indian paisley prints and Japanese kimono embroidery.

Like the prints, the space itself was also designed to champion creativity by way of transforming an otherwise ordinary space into a surprising, aesthetically pleasing environment. Sleek Laundromat machines, each containing different print iterations whirred with activity, allowing guests to see the inspiration behind each print and encouraging them to interact with the space itself and one another as if on a movie set.

www.g-star.com

Fashion

Zegna’s ‘Defining Moments’

For the second iteration of its ‘Defining Moments’ campaign, Ermenegildo Zegna has brought on Hollywood legend Robert De Niro and Benjamin Millepied, the French choreographer responsible for Natalie Portman’s dramatic dancing in Black Swan. The global advertising campaign will run starting August 22nd on a multitude of platforms. The ‘Defining Moments’ omni channel initiative was first introduced for the Spring/Summer 2017 season, and reflects the emotion and people-centered voice that Ermenegildo Zegna supports in its brand statement.

Both De Niro and Millepied come from different eras, countries and fields. But surprisingly, they have a lot in common: both share a love for New York, sophistication, elegance, and culture. Together with Alessandro Sartori, the Artistic Director for Ermenegildo Zegna, and film-maker Francesco Carrozzini, a dialogue is formed between De Niro and Millepied. Together they discuss their passions, values, and defining moments in their careers: an insightful and intimate conversation which covers their artistic expressions, and how it has framed their life choices.

www.zegna.com

Fashion

FENDI: F IS FOR…

Fearless.


This season, Fendi have partnered with Los Angeles Lakers point guard Jordan Clarkson. In the campaign video, the young 25-year-old basketball prodigy, who was named to the NBA All-Rookie First Team, challenges his skills by shooting hoops at the top of the Palazzo Della Civilta? Italiana in Rome. “It’s important to be fearless on and off the court,” he says. “When you look good, play good, it gives you that sense of confidence. In basketball, it’s all about confidence. Show them who you are, before you get in the arena and express yourself. That’s what it all comes down to.”

The campaign was created and curated by Leonetta Luciano Fendi, the daughter of Silvia Venturini Fendi and the fourth generation of the famous fashion family, poised to take over the helm and bring the brand deep into the new millennium. Together with Ciristiana Monfardini, Leonetta Fendi is shaping fresh content which celebrates young talent, creativity, optimism and fearless confidence: values solidly ingrained in the core of FENDI.

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Fashion

UGG x Jeremy Scott

Jeremy Scott has made a name for himself thanks to his fun-filled approach to fashion, which shuns minimalism and opts instead for boisterous, eye-catching and attention-grabbing designs. You may love them or you may hate them but one thing is for sure: they are excellent conversation starters and some may even be your guilty pleasures.

This September, the outspoken American designer and creative director of Moschino partners up with Californian brand UGG®, putting his own spin on iconic styles. Inspired by and paying homage to cool Californian spirit and vibrant Los Angeles pop culture throughout the ages, the capsule collection is comprised of eight silhouettes featuring bold flame designs, jewelled hardware and Swarovski® crystals on the sheepskin footwear that is now recognised the world over. The limited edition collection includes UGG® footwear for men, women, kids and babies.

And if the designs themselves didn’t turn heads enough, the collab’s ad campaign is sure to do so: musician Lil Yachty and model Jasmine Sanders star in the campaign shot by Marcus Mam outside Los Angeles and are seen rocking not only Scott's designs for the footwear brand but also custom pieces created exclusively to complement featured styles.

www.ugg.com

Fashion

Alexander McQueen Spring/Summer 2018 Menswear

“Come, gentle Spring, ethereal Mildness, come, And from the bosom of you dropping cloud, While music wakes around, veiled in a shower of shadowing roses, on our plains descend”.

James Thomson poem Spring from his The Seasons printed on the show’s invitation resonated in the enchanting space of the Orangerie du Sénat as the models walked in.

Sarah Burton’s Alexander McQueen Men’s 2018 started slowly to unveil itself, telling a story gracefully balanced, like the gradual passing time of melting snow and moving clouds as the mild warmth of Spring approaches overcoming the cold Winter.

If the first looks presented sleek tailoring, leather outwear in black, off-white or crimson red - three colours running throughout is the whole collection – and a spectacular leather perfecto with matching pants adorned by a constellation of zip, buckles and studs, they are the last looks to steal the scene.

As a white leather cape embroidered with Rudyard Kipling’s “The Explorer” excerpt walks in, we feel the storm, the storm that precede any changing of the season, the sea storm of discovering journeys.

Sarah Burton continues the delicate island folktale for Alexander McQueen from her Women’s Fall collection.

Loose threads in red and blue wool adorns coats and suits in off-white, black and denim recalling the wishing tree. Maps scribbles and ancient poems are embroidered over the collection throughout. The closing looks, with a tree of life embroidered in crystals on a black suit and coat deliver the final emotional blow to this moving and ethereal collection.

“While softer gales succeed, at whose kind touch, dissolving snows in livid torrents lost, The mountains lift their green heads to the sky”.

www.alexandermcqueen.com

Fashion

Yohji Yamamoto Spring/Summer 2018 Menswear

“Too old to die”, “Don’t be body shaming”, “Give me one more chance”

It's rare to see an icon like Yohji Yamamoto reinventing himself with such a savoir faire season after season. For Men's SS18 Yohji Yamamoto channelled his vision in a poetic exercise aiming to discover the younger generations in his team, keeping that signature we have loved long since. Spectacular ethereal velvet, leather bomber jackets in pop colours and notes scribbled all over this touching collection.

Yohji Yamamoto reflects on the afterlife, on the future of the brand once he will depart this world. It is a collection with the signature’s black palette and those powerful and visceral scribbles we have seen often in Yohji Yamamoto’s oeuvre, with Japanese calligraphy and its English counterpart next to it. Messages to the future. Sentences echoing in space look after look. As the models enter the catwalk in the Headquarters of the brand we have felt all these emotional connotations. The future of Yohji Yamamoto’s legacy, the integrity of his signature in the time soon to come. There were beautiful coloured leather jackets painted in collaboration with artist Saitoh Yusuke with portraits of Japanese actress Eiko KOIKE who will be the new face for the upcoming Yohji Yamamoto’s catalogues.But also the self portraits of artist Suzume Uchida, depicting herself as ghost.

It’s the circle of life, as seen in Buddhist philosophy, repeating itself: death, rebirth, and the continuation of life in loop.

www.yohjiyamamoto.co.jp

Fashion

Hermès Spring/Summer 2018 Menswear

A specific red hue named "H", a deep, intense red spacing between burgundy and brick colour. Splashed on Hermes Spring Summer 2018, together with taupe, navy, royal blue. It's a collection full of playful graphics, sporty and smart.

Veronique Nichanian’s normcore for Hermes Menswear has been balanced on relaxed silhouettes, cotton suits, leather sandals, paper-thin knitwear in caramel on top of emerald green chinos, a white shirt with a cardigan, a spectacular crocodile bomber in black.

Nichanian’s Hermes is that power dressing far from being loud, that discreet approach with a French attitude. Wear a pair of casual trousers, a beautiful fresh pullover, a sporty anorak on top and you are ready to be off duty in a breezy summer night. And yes, with sneakers. It is the quintessential vision of Hermes, its discreet approach and the meticulous leather work.

As the versatile big tote bag and the lambskin bomber jackets with contrasting stitching hint to baseball references it gives a different angle to this historical Maison and its equestrian heritage.

www.hermes.com

Art

Michaël Borremans Dances at Zeno X

Michael Borremans has launched his sixth solo exhibition at Zeno X, a Mecca of contemporary painting in the heart of Antwerp, Belgium. Sixteen Dances, the title of the show, is primarily a reference to the changing and multi-faceted nature of painting, and how the medium has the ability to forever adapt to the contemporary zeitgeist.


The paintings are structured into three series: this is a typical way of working for Borremans, who has a necessity to always dig deeper and discover new meaning through multiple variations of the same theme. The paintings function almost as vignettes, which give the exhibition a cinematic feel: a clear continuum is interrupted by random stills which confuse any possible narrative structure. This gives an ambiguous and dark atmosphere, encapsulating the morbid and grotesque scenes present in the paintings, such as babies dancing covered in blood and figures in straight jackets. Borremans undoubtedly takes references from Bosch, Bruegel and Goya in this series of works, which questions the morality of human nature and exploits its subconscious savagery and cannibalism. While absorbing these haunted tableaux, viewers are left feeling dread and disorientation: a feeling that permeates in our current age and society.


The exhibition will run until October 14th 2017.

Fashion

Wood Wood Spring/Summer 2018

Wood Wood takes a trip to the Italian province of Campania for its Spring Summer 2018 collection. The Italian coastlines have provided many a designer with tons of inspiration in the past and continue to do so regularly: steep mountains rise from the Tyrrhenian Sea and rugged sceneries intermingle with country landscapes giving birth to this season’s colour palette.

While journeying through the picturesque island of Capri the designers were greeted by the incomparable carefree and comfortable way of local life. It wasn’t long before they were infatuated; could it have been the food, the wine or the late night dinners? It could have well been all of the above, elements that compose that general feeling of Mondanità that we so lack nowadays.

Vintage signs and powerful quotes from noted Italians such as Federico Fellini and Ettore Sottsass, manifest themselves in the print stories and graphics of the Spring Sumer 2018 collection that harken back to Anthony Minghella’s “The Talented Mr. Ripley”.

For Wood Wood’s Mondano collection, Italian stlye and bright colours intermingle, creating a fresh and optimistic offering that stays loyal to the brand’s attitude. Streetwear is mixed with contemporary detailing and performance styling. Formal suiting is blended with contemporary sports and streetwear codes in a bright and optimistic colour palette dominated by bright reds, yellos, deep green, orange and grounded by the addition of beige and brown.

www.woodwood.com

Fashion

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

Fashion

Philipp Plein Spring/Summer 2018

True to form, Philipp Plein delivered yet another runway extravaganza for his latest men’s and women’s collection showcased at Milan Fashion Week. Revved-up engines, super cars, boy racers and tough girls comprised the mood of the tire-screeching spectacle accompanied by the sounds of Greased Lightning.

Frayed denim, studded leather jackets and sleeveless t-shirts for the rebels of a modern West Side Story were paired with chequered flag patches, flaming eight balls and ‘Glorious Bastards’ insignia while applique red flames adorn their jeans.

The ladies present a fresh twist on Grease’s queen bee persona, the inimitable Rizzo, as they hold their own in the leather bomber jackets and crop tops, leggings and bejewelled killer heels. Men and women stand their ground as equals, all members of a speed-obsessed squad that transcends gender stereotypes.

Hooded crocodile and leather biker jackets are decorated with airbrushed painting of Deat Proof hot rods, skulls and lightning bolts mirroring the designs emblazoned across the hoods of the pimped-out car zooming past.

Here, it’s the details that do the talking as every element counts in fine-tuning a look. Adrenaline-fuelled fashion for life in the fast lane where noise, power and speed conflate to give birth to something akin to a religion with ‘no guts, no glory’ as its mantra.

www.philipp-plein.com

Fashion

Fendi Spring/Summer 2018 Menswear

That Friday feeling… it manifests itself mere moments before you leave the office, ready for the weekend adventures of your choice. Almost tangible, it is infused with an air of optimism, relaxation and regrouping no matter the season. Come the summer months, however, and that fleeting moment of utter freedom is accentuated further by longer, sunnier, brighter days and a generally elevated mood.

If that sounds all too familiar, then you’re totally grasping the inspirational context behind Fendi’s Spring Summer 2018 Men’s collection that walked the runway on Monday as part of Milan’s Fashion Week Schedule. This is executive realness on the verge of the weekend. Corporate aplomb walking hand-in-hand with sunny holiday daydreams. In a naturally subdued palette of beiges, sand, greens and flutters of that all-important pink, Fendi’s latest offering focuses around formalwear so versatile that stands its ground from boardroom to pool bar: suits and big blousons are worn with sleeveless shirts while shorts and tracksuits find their perfect matches in silk shirts. Slingback loafers are paired with running socks and neckties complete even the most laid-back looks.

This season sees the advent of what the brand has coined ‘The Skype look’: a playful mismatch of sartorial options that somehow work together while concealed behind the office desk: tops and bottoms clash beautifully and interestingly enough, so do the fronts and backs of many pieces. All notions that adhere to that mood-flipping feeling that rolls around when you’re about to clock out.

This is corporate escapism, the Fendi way! 

www.fendi.com

Fashion

COS RE-OPENS ITS KURFÜRSTENDAMM STORE

COS is going back to where it all started by re-opening its Kurfürstendamm store in Berlin. Back in 2007, the Kurfürstendamm store was the first COS store to open on the German market and has since then evolved into eighteen stores.

This time, the Kurfürstendamm store is set over two stories and 625sqm, offering the full collection across COS womenswear, menswear and children's wear. COS wanted to create a dynamic yet timeless space and has therefore preserved the building’s original architectural features while mixing it up with modern updates. The stores interior goes in line with the brand aesthetic by combining functionality and design, creating a contrast interior of blonde wood against concrete and marble.

www.cosstores.com

Fashion

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

Fashion

Chanel Fall/Winter 2017

The magic sets of Chanel Ready-to-Wear shows are always expected with anticipation and this season Karl Lagerfeld confirmed once again to be a visionary. A giant 35-meters-high rocket ship was waiting for us at the centre of the Grand Palais, envisioning the recent NASA news of potentially earth-size and consequentially habitable-zone planets.

It does not surprise that the humongous double C rocket was designed to lift off for more than 10 meters in the finale, leaving us completely stunned in smoke and pyrotechnic lights with Elton John’s Rocket Man in the background, Lagerfeld playfully used a whole vocabulary of space references: metallic matelassé stoles in silver and pink as space blankets, knitted headbands lifting the hair into a voluminous round cloud hinting to the space suit helmet, heavenly beaded black evening dresses to match the stardust castellated sky.

The classic Chanel skirt suits is also reinvented with matching shorts and completed with sequined tights and half gloves. It’s a fantasy as out of the best interstellar tale, and we hypnotically want to be part of it. Sparkling signature tweed in metallic silver, white electric blue and Karl’s favourite powder pink, together with the most glittery lunar boots would provide the perfect mise for our final space mission to escape this tired Mother Earth.

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Fashion

Hermès Fall/Winter 2017

“How enduring, how we need durability / The sky before sunrise is soaked with light / Rosy colour tints buildings, bridges, and the Seine” Nadège Vanhee-Cybulski chose Nobel Prize Czes?aw Mi?osz as backdrop for her collection. More than an homage to her ancestors, it’s the sense of surprise and anticipation every non-Parisian feels when experiencing this city that Vanhee-Cybulski aimed to hint. It’s that wandering around as in a sort of situationist walk, not sure what will resurface from its powerful heritage. The expectation and the excitement.

Hermés Fall/Winter 2017 is all that. Vanhee-Cybulski’s wish to build Hermés identity as timeless but playful, a dialogue between the contemporary fresh attitude with that effortless spirit expressed since her first collection at the French house, was clear from the start. The collection felt polyhedric and at a closer look it revealed all its beautiful craftsmanship.

A beautifully timeless wool long cape in midnight blue lined in a rosy dusty brick tone and paired with a sporty ribbed sweater and tights. A sweeping floor leather coat in pale powder pink. Classic cut pants and laced-up thigh-high boots as borrowed from man’s wardrobe. Relaxed turtleneck knits matched with statement patchwork leather outwear with shearling trim. But also 70s vibes with scarf dresses in mousseline. Vanhee-Cybulski is revising the codes of haute modern dressing for this equestrian-routed French maison.

www.hermes.com 

Fashion

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

Fashion

Dries van Noten Fall/Winter 2017 Ready-to-Wear

Imagine a tribe of legendary models from the 90s, with their ageless beauty, power walk and barely-there makeup. Imagine them now walking for the most loved and respected fashion designer of our time for his 100th show.

Dries van Noten surprised everyone when the show started: all the models who walked for him, from the very beginning, were all present: Amber Valletta, Caroline de Maigret, Malgosia Bela, Kirsten Owen, Trish Goff, Kim Noorda, Guinevere Van Seenus and legendary Kristina de Coninck opening the show. Together with the more recent favourites. It was an overwhelming flow of emotions for whomever has followed and worked with this acclaimed Belgian designer since 1993.

The collection was a parade of all the prints, the cuts, the colours from past collections, the story of Dries van Noten in toto. It was an incredible archive research, as some of the print designs didn’t exist anymore. The strong sentiment of timeless style and ageless beauty was pervasive, look after look. The oversized coat, the relaxed long dresses, the denim, velvet, and beautiful fur stoles. The mix-matched colours with a lemon yellow splashing the entire collection. It was a celebration of joy, of positivity, of the essence of femininity itself.

The sound of a crowded street, the cars, the people, a dog barking accompanied the vastitude of a collection of music and movies extracts played: from Jun Miyake’s Lilies of The Valley - the musician who closely worked together with Pina Bausch, one of Dries Van Noten's dearest muses – to the late David Bowie singing Heroes in the a cappella finale. “…you, you can be mean. And I , I’ll drink all the time. Because we are lovers. That is a fact”

www.driesvannoten.com

Fashion

Gucci Fall/Winter 2017-18 The Alchemist's Garden

An air of magical curiosity filled the air as Alessandro Michele's Fall/Winter 2017 Gucci collection was presented at Milan Fashion Week. Complete with streetwear elements, fused with historical costumes and oversized floppy hat featured alongside vest tops with anarchic messaging, the collection was vibrant, exciting and oh-so Gucci.

There's a garden of plants and animals. Inhabited by signs, symbols and archetypes invoking and recalling remote worlds, blending the conscious with the unconscious as imagination forces the inertia of reality. This alchemist's garden is an anti-modern laboratory that refutes rigidity and determinism, aiming instead to recover the complexity of existence with the contradictions that permeate it.

This ubiquitous cycle is perfectly embodied in the Ouroboros, an ancient Egyptian symbol of a snake eating up its own tail. It destroys and conceives in a never ending cycle of self renewal and reflects Alessandro Michele's fascination with the role of fashion in modern society.

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Art

Iris Schomaker – Come to the Edge

Berlin based artist Iris Schomaker, will display her first Benelux exhibition “Come to the Edge” at the Reflex Gallery in Amsterdam showing off her expressive large-scale watercolor and oil-works on paper featuring figures in various states of repose.

The show will consist purely of new works representing an arresting close-up of a single figure, lying reading, resting, sitting curled up, unaware of the viewer’s gaze because “it’s more like a sudden glimpse-something unexpected. These figures do not offer contact. Their faces are blank, vanishing.” As the artist herself said.

Is exactly this blankness that took Iris to project on to the image looking at the very anonymity of those faces as an invitation to the viewers to bring something of their own being surrounded by powerfully immersive and contemplative figures. Moreover the figures in the newer works from the German artist are often accompanied by a symbolic animal that is more idea, atmosphere, and energy, more a sprit guide that brings a strange, irritating and inspiring energy rather than a flesh and bones companion.

In muted shades of black and grey, with only the thinnest veil of oil wash in faded aquamarine or yellow, the overall impression of the palette is decidedly monochrome. The figures are resolutely not portraits; the final creation is given by a work of research through images of unknown people like photos, sketches, ripped pages of magazines, combined with her drawing and creativity, in order to give birth to an incredible mix between classic paintings and current graphic novels.

The exhibition will run until April 26th 2017

www.irisschomaker.de

Fashion

Ermenegildo Zegna's Defining Moments

Every story worth being recounted begins with a defining moment. Ermenegildo Zegna's latest campaign focuses on just that: precious interactions, settings and conversations that trigger potentially life-changing reactions for its participants.

Robert De Niro, an actor known and revered the world over requires no introduction but it is safe to say he is no fashion ad regular. Alongside him, American Honey break-out star McCaul Lombardi whose performance generated Hollywood buzz at the end of last year. Actors of different generations, with wildly different experience levels but with an affinity that transcends age.

The campaign, shot by film-maker Francesco Carrozzi sees the actors interacting both with each other and the Zegna garments they have chose to wear and recalling their Defining Moments. De Niro's mentors, his philosophy of risk-taking and what draws him to a role are all put to the table. Lombardi appears genuinely awe-struck and profoundly respectful of his older, more experienced counterpart as he shares his experiences.

A free, real and passionate exchange that bridges a generational gap and lies at the heart of Ermenegildo Zegna's philosophy. A merging of the intensely artisanal and industrial elements that form the brand's DNA and expresses its values.

www.zegna.com

Fashion

Loewe Fall/Winter 2017

A small trumpet as an earring, a shopper completely covered in off-white cable knit wool, a thin leather belt with an ominous brass nose on its centre. The collection of objets trouvés that populated Loewe Menswear Fall/Winter 2017 is not a new element for the quirky mind of creative director Jonathan Anderson.

The mix of fun, classic, and urban elements is something we have seen season after season where individuality has been the key. Beautiful leatherwork as rooted in the brand's Spanish heritage, but also Anderson’s favourite hints to fishermen and sailors’ daily-life. Presented in the Parisian showroom the collection is the image of a further complexity and playful daring attitude from the English designer now in his fourth year at the helm of Loewe.

It was certainly the beautiful shearling one of the spotlight of the collection. In deep cobalt blue with black leather details, in denim, or in a striped rainbow coloured version, to pump up our gloomy mood in rainy, cold Paris.

Mixed and matched tartans and handbags with imaginary propaganda newspaper titles gave a further energising accent to a splendid collection full of craftsmanship and a romantic post-industrial atmosphere.

www.loewe.com

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Christian Dada Fall/Winter 2017

 “It was boundless blue, almost transparent. I stood up, and as I walked toward my own apartment, I thought, I want to become like this glass. And then I want to reflect this smooth white curving myself. I want to show other people these splendid curves reflected in me” The melancholic closing words of Ryu Murakami’s Almost transparent blue - one of the most striking Japanese contemporary novelists exploring the themes of youth and drug abuse - echoed in Masanori Morikawa’s new Fall Winter 2017 collection for Christian Dada.

Puffer jackets in aluminium silver as reminiscent of drug wrappers, Coca Cola-red sweatshirts with Heroin written in the same typography as the iconic American drink, sweaters in psychedelic orange and blue tones serving as glimpse of post-drug hallucinations.

Morikawa’s collection is imbued with duality - certainly the epitome of youth itself – and that uncertainty and struggle of reaffirmation of young individuals. We see relaxed men’s cut shirts that reveal an incredible heavy textile at the touch, deconstructed jackets that show the lining on the outside, lurex raw materials, all surprisingly soft to the touch.

The T-shirt and leather sweatshirts in collaboration with former English fashion designer and illustrator Charles Anastase, all point in the same direction.

Yet Morikawa presented a collection with a composite of Japanese nostalgia. Like the summer nights spent wearing Jinbei – but here transposed in leather and denim – or those high school times – with the tartan motifs from school uniforms juxtaposed here with urban silhouettes. Christian Dada is beautifully grown up and we are looking forward to seeing the evolution of the brand.

www.christiandada.jp

Fashion

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

Fashion

Plein Sport Fall/Winter 2017

Sport and fitness are the latest addiction of modern society and that's a fact. It's not all about keeping fit anymore, it's a lifestyle. Designers have also caught the athleisure bug and among them is Phillip Plein who delivered a Fall/Winter 2017 collection dedicated to sportswear during this year's Milan Fashion Week.

On a runway made over to resemble a racetrack, models, boxers and workout fanatics presented the first ever Plein Sport line. The collection features sweatshirts, puffer gilets and bombers, among many other fitness apparel favourites, fusing cutting-edge technology with luxurious materials.

Innovation is Philipp Plein's mantra and a key word for his collection that also offered sleeve pockets for iPhones and pioneered lightweight footwear and anti-sweat fabrics.

www.philipp-plein.com

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Take a walk on the wild side with Christian Dada’s “Blue” collection

In the name of “Blue”, Christian Dada's latest collection is a hymn to Japanese color traditions. Blue evokes feelings of rebellion, frustration, incomprehension that surround troubled youth.

Reaching out to our inner adolescent, the collection revolves around the concept of deconstruction that is obtained with sophisticated methods of shaping and layering. Mixing Eastern and Dadaist aesthetics, designer Masanori Morikawa plays with classic tailored jackets worn like kimonos wrapped around T-shirts and striped pajamas. Trench coats morph into tunics and army bombers and denim jackets are ripped into and skinned to expose their bone structure.

Tartan motifs and schoolboy sheepskin jackets collectively pay homage to College fashion. With slogans like “I Don't Like Drugs but Drugs Like Me” or “Too Fast to Live Too Young to Die” making appearances throughout the line, Morikawa's collection echoes messages from modern society.

Playing with double entendres is a trademark of the Dadaist mood board that definitely urges one to take a walk on the wild side.

www.christiandada.jp

Fashion

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

Art

Bottega Veneta and SCoP: when fashion supports art

Tomas Maier, Bottega Veneta’s creative director, has never hid his passion for art, making it a proper flagship of the Venetian brand’s attitude. Bottega Veneta showed for the first time its strong commitment to art and culture in 2001, when Maier introduced the “Art of Collaboration”: an ongoing project which invites photographers and visual artists in order to reflect brand’s aesthetic inside its campaigns.

This year the brand confirms its ever-lasting addiction to art, partnering with the Shanghai Centre of Photography in order to support four key international exhibitions hold at the most prestigious photography institute in China. SCoP is indeed considered worldwide the city’s very first place entirely dedicated to photography showcasing its best and diverse genres.

“Made in Germany: German photography from the 19th century to today” will be the first exhibition supported by Bottega Veneta. The projects will comprises an unparalleled selection of iconic masterpieces that together with contemporary examples will give an up-to-date and fresh touch to the entire exhibition.

The exhibition will run until April 2nd 2017
www.bottegaveneta.com

Fashion

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

Fashion

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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Acne Studios Resort 2017 collection’s film is now out, and it’s all about Hype Fever

Highlighted shades, slow motion pictures and pop vibes merge together to give birth to the new Resort 2017 collections film by Acne Studios.

Inspired by musical counter culture, free and fluid silhouettes mixed and matched with generous draping, patterned knitwear and elongated evening wear. Sneak peeks from the runway are given together with backstage scenes to present a collection that is nothing but common.

Resort 2017 is all about shapes and prints that are achieved through a variety of dyeing techniques from tie-dyeing to oil-dyeing, in order to create a look that is both soft and romantic without ever forgetting a taste of sane hippie-rock attitude.

www.acnestudios.com

Fashion

Levi’s and JUGEND GEGEN AIDS: T-shirts with a good cause

On world’s AIDS day Levi’s decided not to stay in the corner, taking part together with the JUGEND GEGEN AIDS association to a special night that merged fashion, music and sexual education.

In order to make a difference and let young people feel close to the cause, the denim brand organized the “Night of Life” in association with DJs and starred chefs in order to turn a pool party at the Hamburg East Hotel into something unforgettable.

The ‘STOP AIDS’ sign was shown on black and white limited edition Levi’s T-shirts during the party, whose proceeds will go to the benefit association JGA that since years fight to create awareness around AIDS.

“Do what you want. Do it with love, respect and condoms”

www.levi.com

Fashion

Santoni FW22

The Santoni FW22 Men’s Collection offers new horizons in the form of contemporary scenarios. With the craftsmanship and sense of color that have always characterized the Maison at heart, Santoni creates the image of a man with a vivid sense of style. An individual who loves to express himself in an unrestricted way. The collection is an effortless mix of everything formal and sporty and modern and vintage elements, brought into being through athletic high-tech elements. The look is created to transmit a sense of exaggeration that makes a bold statement: eye-catching rubber soles light-up booties, lace-ups, and double buckles. The vibrant pops of color create unexpected combinations that embody the effortless, yet innovative chic of the modern man. Imagining a walk in the high mountains, the pieces have a remarkable outdoor wear spirit, which is inspired by a sense of contact with nature and a feeling of freedom.

www.santonishoes.com

Fashion

The Tommy Factory

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

www.tommy.com

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Jewelry by Louis Vuitton - Empreinte Collection

The 2004 Empreinte collection shines in new splendor as Francesca Amfitheatrof, Artistic Director of Jewelry and Watches for Louis Vuitton, presents its unmistakable designs in a refreshing and bold way.

The collection includes 18-karat yellow, white and pink gold pieces adorned by the distinctive LV initials and Monogram Flowers. The Monogram flower appears in particular on a medallion which resembles a modern talisman as well as on the cords of bracelets. While Empreinte portrays strength and adventure, the interlaced bracelets give a warm feeling by symbolizing loving relationships. They also refer to an iconic piece of the company’s history as they are inspired by the leather strap that fastens the Louis Vuitton luggage. A long necklace that can be worn stacked or as a bracelet gives the collection an individual touch. Hoop earrings and diamond-studded ear cuffs complete the clear and contemporary ensemble.
With Empreinte Louis Vuitton and Francesca Amfitheatrof represent the “Art of Travel” in the tradition of the company. While remaining true to Louis Vuitton’s values, history, and quality standards the designer did not miss to meet modern requirements concerning the design and also the production of the collection. The company attaches great value to producing its goods in an ethical way and is therefore certified by the Responsible Jewelry Council since 2012. JW

www.louisvuitton.com

Fashion

Comme des Garçons x Air Max Sunder

Comme des Garçons has undoubtedly become a household name within the luxury fashion industry. The Japanese brand, under the creative lead of Rei Kawakubo, has continuously evolved, establishing a visual identity which is unrecognizably Comme des Garçons. Throughout the year, the Japanese brand has also worked together with Nike to create a series of collaborative sneakers. Now, they are pleased to announce the newest collaboration, the Comme des Garçons x Air Max Sunder, which first debuted in Tokyo during the Comme des Garçons Homme Plus SS22 show. The original model was first introduced in the late 90s and has remained unchanged ever since. Comme des Garçons is the first to update the design since its inception. The exterior shroud is customized by featuring premium neoprene and nubuck. Available in three colourways, the new and modern redesign is simplified, yet maintains the original fit of the sneaker with its unique combination of zipper and lace-up.

The Comme des Garçons x Air Max Sunder will be available at all the CDG and Dover Street Market stores globally, as well as the DSM E-Shops.

www.comme-des-garcons.com
www.nike.com

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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.

www.diesel.com

Fashion

CD Diamond Glasses

Sunglasses are not only for the sunny seasons. They have become an intricate part of most people’s wardrobes and an absolute essential that one should always have on hand. Like many other luxury houses, DIOR has long recognized the appeal and popularity of sunglasses, but now the French Maison takes this a step further by applying their exquisite savoir-faire. The CD DiamondGlasses are a combination of advanced technology and highly refined DIOR craftsmanship and ultimate expertise. Assembled by hand, these virtuoso creations exalt the house’s fundamentals. This special accessory is defined by the infinite precision and attention to detail throughout every stage of the production. This is instantly recognizable in the lenses which have the Christian Dior Signature laser engraved or the diamond motif and iconic CD Diamond Logo applied with the most meticulous care. This Diamond pattern was first unveiled in 1974 and this original emblem and hypnotic design are now celebrated by Kim Jones.

www.dior.com

Fashion

LOIS Jeans SS23: Porto di Como

In the context of its 60th Anniversary, Spanish jeans brand Lois Jeans unveiled its new SS23 collection ‘Porto di Como’ with its first-ever fashion show in Italy. Taking place at the historical location of Acqua di Bianchi in the picturesque village of Taceno, close to Lago di Como, the collection and show were a homage to Italy, its music and its heritage. The unexpected scenery is a direct reference to the inspiration behind the 16th collection, the enchanting ambience of the natural oasis captured through the striking designs and exceptional elegance of the collection. The natural surroundings of Lago di Como expressed through a harmonious color scheme of clean whites, deep blues, soft yellow tones adorned with orange details, floral artworks and elegant shapes is contrasted with Lois Jeans’ iconic characteristics which have catapulted the brand to global prominence. Iconic jeans sets, elevated 60s styles and low-waisted 90s fits are reinvented as visual highlights throughout the collection and bear witness to the essence of the brand’s heritage. Naturally, ABBA, who Lois is known for sponsoring shortly before their Eurovision Song Contest success in 1974, was present through their iconic song ‘Take A Chance on Me’, which was the musical backdrop of the show’s finale. Among the models of the shows were the Lois muses of the past years, such as Dutch icons Rianne ten Haken and Ton Heukels, as well as Lois campaign stars Nour Lwasi, Jena Goldsack and Robin Hölzken. The incredible evening was finished off by an authentic Italian dinner in the serene setting natural setting of Taceno, a perfect setting to celebrate the 60th Anniversary and the 16th Lois collection.

www.loisjeanstore.com

Art

Wir Überleben das Licht

Johan Tahon was captured by sculpture at the early age of 15 and this fascination has not stopped since. Since his beginnings and most importantly independently from all various trends and streams which at one point dominated the art world, Johan Tahon has continued to uphold craftsmanship, personal expression and spirituality as guiding principles in his works. In 1996, Jan Hoet discovered the Belgian artist and started to promote Tahon’s monumental sculptures. Under his sponsorship, Johan Tahon developed into an artist of international stature, heralded as a part of a group of artists who heralded the comeback of figuration and craft in the arts. Tahon’s deeply rooted topics of human psychology and spirituality also caught the attention of writers, most notably Till Lindemann, frontman of the German band Rammstein, who collaborated, under the initiative of ZOO Magazine, with the Belgian artist by writing a number of poems inspired by his sculptures. The resulting exhibition, Wir Überleben das Licht, conceived in collaboration with ZOO Magazine is now on display at the Cultuurcentrum de Steiger in Menen, Tahon’s hometown of which he is also an honorary citizen. The display encompasses the sculptures of Johan Tahon, the poetry of Till Lindemann and the photography of Sandor Lubbe. Aside from Wir Überleben das Licht, the Cultuurcentrum also opened up the DEPOT TAHON, a permanent display of countless sculptures by Johan Tahon, allowing visitors to dive deep into Tahon’s artistic world.

The exhibition Wir Überleben das Licht will be on display at the Cultuurcentrum de Steiger Menen until August 31st.

www.johantahon.com
www.ccdesteiger.be

Fashion

Louis Vuitton announces newest House Ambassador: Cate Blanchett

Louis Vuitton already has an impressive roster of brand ambassadors from all over the world, covering all different fields, ranging from the worlds of sports to cinema and entertainment. Now, yet another big name is announced as the French Maison’s newest house ambassador, iconic actress Cate Blanchette. For this reason, the Australian actress is captured by Sølve Sundsbø, featuring Louis Vuitton’s latest High Jewellery collection, Spirit, in an expressive and enchanting series of portraits. Cate Blanchette, synonymous with elegance and charm, is not only a perfect match for Francesca Amfitheatrof’s creations, as she is an effortless embodiment of the collection’s themes of liberty, fantasy, grace, radiance and destiny, but she is also a personification of the timeless and modern Louis Vuitton woman. As Blanchett puts it herself, “I am extremely excited to have this opportunity to collaborate with Louis Vuitton - a truly iconic House with an enormous cultural reach. To wear the magnificent pieces created by Francesca Amfitheatrof is a bedazzling pleasure, and Nicolas Ghesquiere, as ever, amazes and inspires me.”

www.louisvuitton.com

Fashion

DIOR Men Summer 23

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

www.dior.com

Art

“Torso Reloaded” - Homage to Andy Warhol

On October 1st 2022, the solo exhibition “Torso Reloaded” by Nadine Dinter will open at Haze Gallery in Berlin. 10 years ago, Dinter developed the concept while working alongside a long-term companion of Warhol, Christopher Makos. Here, the artists traveled with former erotic model and tattoo artist Benjamin Godfre, who is a passionate Warhol fan. Using this, Dinter and Godfre spontaneously decided to photographically recreate Warhol’s legendary Torso series from 1977. Now, Nadine Dinter has recreated the series using the different body types of the current generations of men, with Warhol’s spirit as the continued inspiration. Alongside Benjamin Godfre, six representative men are presented: from a model, influencer, wrestler, computer scientist, and photographer. Shifting away from Warhol’s initial project of capturing the front and back of the models in a tight, close up shot, Dinter’s wider framing gives them more space, adding impact to individual characteristics such as tattoos, scars, and musculature. As a result, the bodies seem close enough to touch without being overtly sexualized. The exhibition also addresses the female gaze on the male body, while documenting the exploration of the body cult in contemporary society. These contemplative body shots were taken using only natural lighting between January and April this year. Each image captures its own story, transforming the bare image into a unique photographic profile. GH

Image: Nadine Dinter; Traegi, Cologne 2022 © Nadine Dinter courtesy HAZEGALLERY

www.haze.gallery

Fashion

La Martina SS23 Collection

Held at Garden Senato, a classy, unconventional, and unique location, the La Martina SS23 show stands for creativity, multiculturalism, and integration. The brand has unveiled a new collection inspired by a journey that follows the polo players from Argentina to London to attend tournaments and social events. But like everyone, also La Martina’s polo players deserve a holiday. The SS23 Collection is structured around 4 four macro themes: Argentina, England, Holiday, and Essential. From sporty to casual, from streetwear to a more elegant cut, the new garments are made for any adventure, especially during summer vacations. Then, as a fil rouge to connect the many looks are, as always, colors and materials such as nylon, linen, and jersey. La Martina fashion show was presented during the Milan Fashion Week in the shape of a big live event followed by an exclusive party with a DJ set by Graziano della Nebbia, a well-known name on the Milanese music scene. To attend the event were prominent personalities such as Italian and international journalists, K.O.L., VIPs, ambassadors, and friends of the brand. VB

www.lamartina.com

Fashion

Born in Oasi Zegna

Innovation is paramount for Zegna and starts from the Oasi. Created by Ermenegildo Zegna, Oasi Zegna is an ecosystem born long before this word was even known. It is not only a unique model of societal and environmental consciousness but also a set of principles that foster consistency and promote harmony. From here starts the journey made by Artistic Director Alessandro Sartori while designing the SS23 Menswear Collection. Going back to the roots and keeping in mind two of Zegna’s hallmarks - craftsmanship and tailoring - the brand has presented a new series of garments that feature new shapes and textures, giving life to a new language. The idea was to keep the finesse, the attention to detail, and the respect for materials while experimenting with lighter silhouettes and fabrics, as well as finishes with different technicalities, to create a new style for men. The result is a collection that brings the lightness and the freedom of the Oasi Zegna as an environment into the city: kimono-cut jackets, impalpable coats, shirts, and tops, are characterized by loose and unstructured shapes, Bermuda shorts further free movement, while tailored blazers are freed from the necessity of having a collar. Also, materials and colors evoke this feeling of extreme lightness. Throughout the collection, engineered knitwear, technical silk, meshes, rubberized nylons, wools, terry, rubberized leather, and lacquered nappa were combined with a color palette that ranges from earthy tones, powder white, and dusty rose to charcoal, sulfur, and black. VB

www.zegna.com

Fashion

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

www.armani.com

Fashion

Karl Lagerfeld x Alled-Martinez

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

www.karl.com

Art

Carl Hansen & Son Presents the VLA26 Vega Chair by Vilhelm Lauritzen

Carl Hansen & Son has introduced the iconic VLA26 Vega Chair by internationally renowned architect Vilhelm Lauritzen to its collection of design classics. Pioneer of Danish functionalism, Vilhelm Lauritzen is known for his creations, from buildings to furniture to doorknobs, thoroughly down to the smallest detail. In 1956, he worked on the construction of Vega, a building conceived as a universal meeting place for the labor movement that 40 years later has been turned into a concert venue to promote the cultural life of Copenhagen. For this building, the architect also designed chairs, tables, wood panels, friezes, and chandeliers, and it is indeed among these works that the VLA26 Vega Chair can be found. The VLA26 Vega Chair is a one-of-a-kind piece of furniture made combining steel, wood, textile, or leather, all materials that give it a slender and refined look. Instead, the dynamic curve of the back of the chair confers a distinctive character to the object, while the legs elegantly finished with wooden feet bring out exceptional craftsman-like detail. Today, the VLA26 Vega Chair becomes part of the Carl Hansen & Son Collection, and it will be produced in collaboration with Vilhelm Lauritzen Architects, who celebrate their 100th anniversary in 2022. VB

www.carlhansen.com

Fashion

Louis Vuitton releases Pégase in collaboration with Marc Newson

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

www.louisvuitton.com

Fashion

LOEWE Celebrates The Paula’s Ibiza Collection

Last weekend, the Spanish brand LOEWE flew to Ibiza to host a special event to celebrate the launch of Paula’s Ibiza collection. Born from the hedonistic vision of Creative Director Jonathan Anderson, the SS22 Collection features sequins, bright colors, and creative cutouts perfect for the thrilling nightlife of the Spanish island. Ibiza is a world-class party destination whose energy and vibrancy reflect LOEWE’s ethos and spirit of freedom. There, the brand organized an exclusive weekend festival that started with a personalized Mercadillo and party at Las Dalias, followed by lunch at beachfront restaurant Cala Bonita the next day, and ended with an evening cocktail dinner at the newly opened Beach Caves at Six Senses. It was an ode to escapism. Among the guest who attended the event were: Stéphane Bak, Amina Muaddi, Jahleel Weaver, Jeanne Cadieu, Blanca Miró, and Ziwe. VB

www.loewe.com

Fashion

Paul Smith x Mini – Recharged

Paul Smith and Mini have once again joined forces to convert a classic Mini from the 1998 MINI Paul Smith Edition and install an electric engine in a project that marries heritage and tradition with innovation and modernity. The vibrant blue body was first exhibited at Salone Del Mobile, Milan’s premier design festival, the blue reflects a swatch taken from one of Paul’s favorite shirts. The lime green accents and battery box reflect the 1990s color sensibilities. The car has been restored and redesigned, branded as MINI RECHARGED, and engineered by a specialist team at “Recharge Heritage Limited”, who are responsible for implementing the MINI RECHARGED project. When discussing the recharge, Paul Smith has said: “Three things describe this car perfectly: quality, sustainability, and functionality […] we have made a 1990s car totally relevant for today”. The project follows the success of last year’s MINI STRIP, a radically reduced sustainable concept car that “stripped away” extraneous design details and pushed the limits of automotive design. Both models will be exhibited at Paul Smith’s showroom, which has been redesigned to mirror the aesthetic of MINI RECHARGED as part of Salone Del Mobile. GH

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Fashion

Christian Louboutin Introduces GREEKABA, A Modern-Day Odyssey

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

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Art

Loro Piana Interiors Presents New Furniture by Raphael Navot

A new installation by Loro Piana Interiors can be discovered at Cortile della Seta, in Via della Moscova 33. During Milan Design Week, the Italian brand has unveiled exclusive furniture designed by Raphael Navot in the name of craftsmanship, softness, intimacy, and togetherness. The non-industrial designer, who had already worked in partnership with Loro Piana, has set up an exhibition where the objects are hidden and revealed simultaneously through a landscape of soft, undulating dunes. In 2021, Raphael Navot launched The Palm Duet Chaise Longue in Cashfur fabric by Loro Piana Interiors. It was an ode to intimacy and pleasure. Today, distinctive elements of The Palm Duet recur in the new objects characterized by the same soft lines and contemporary aesthetic. A sofa, méridienne, armchair, stools, a side, a coffee table, and an ottoman have been created with a futuristic approach, but without indulging in the cold hyper-technological vision of the future. The new furniture, made of the noblest fibers, can be either used alone, with their elegant personality or grouped in joyful interactions dedicated to conviviality; thus the name “Palm” as in the palm of a hand with fingers slightly closed to welcome, protect, repair. It is all a game of interactions. The Loro Piana Interiors installation will be open to visitors from June 9th, 2022. VB

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Fashion

Alexander McQueen AW22 Women’s Pre-Collection

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

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The Miss Dior Chair by Philippe Starck

The Medaillon chair, an object so dear to Christian Dior and an inexhaustible source of inspiration for the Maison, makes its comeback thanks to the French industrial architect Philippe Starck during the Salone del Mobile 2022. The one between the designer and Dior Maison is an unprecedented collaboration that reinterprets an iconic piece of furniture, a quintessential symbol of French Art de Vivre and Louis XVI style. Philippe Starck has created timelessly elegant pieces with clean lines and marked by modernity exalted by the lightness of aluminum. Named “Miss Dior,” the new chairs are true works of art that can be discovered at Palazzo Citterio, a sumptuous 18th-century building located in the heart of Milan. The installation is a one-of-a-kind experience. The design items are presented in a monochrome decor of a deep, matte black that gives the exhibit a theatrical allure and highlights the materials used to make the chairs. In addition, an interplay of light, punctuated by a musical composition created for Dior by Soundwalk Collective, originates a scenographic choreography. The Miss Dior Chair imagined by Philippe Starck will be on view from June 7 to 12, 2022. VB

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

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

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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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Fashion

Tommy Hilfiger x NBA: The Essence of Basketball

Tommy Hilfiger, one of the world’s most recognized premium lifestyle brands, has unveiled a new project in collaboration with the NBA. Symbol of the American style, since the 1990s, Tommy Hilfiger has been associated with basketball and street culture, capturing the attention of A-list celebrities and influencers, many of whom had ties to the NBA and sports community. Since then, the sport has always remained a key component of Hilfiger’s brand vision. Today, to celebrate its roots and streetwear fashion, the American brand has launched the new TOMMY JEANS capsule collection by partnering with the National Basketball Association. Inspired by the energy at the heart of basketball, a sport that helped to shape local street culture and diverse communities, the new collection features hoodies, sweatpants, t-shirts, denim pants, and shorts combined with NBA team logos. These garments represent streetwear fashion at its finest. The TOMMY JEANS and NBA capsule collection is available on Tommy Hilfiger’s website and at TOMMY JEANS stores across Europe, North America, Latin America, and select stores in Asia. VB

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Fashion

"Victory travels in Louis Vuitton"

For the second time, the unprecedented Trophy Travel Case for the Formula 1 Grand Prix de Monaco is being presented by Louis Vuitton and the Automobile Club de Monaco. The bespoke case in the colors of the Principality is a celebration of both exceptional French savoir-faire and passion for a legendary sporting event. The Trophy Travel Case epitomizes the Maison’s and Automobile Club’s shared values of tradition, transmission, and excellence. Hand-crafted in Louis Vuitton’s historic Asnières workshop, the trunk showcases the brand’s savoir-faire with its one-of-a-kind red Monogram pattern on a tarmac-black background, drawing inspiration from the heritage of the Formula 1 Grand Prix de Monaco. The Monogram canvas is adorned with the red shade of the Monaco flag, while the red lines, tracing “V” for “Victory”, are rimmed with a white strip, reminiscent of the unique urban route of the track, and the colors of the Monaco flag. Inside its Louis Vuitton case, the trophy is the perfect replica of the 3,337 km circuit with its famous 19 bends, where overtaking is close to impossible. GH

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Christian Louboutin presents L’Exhibition Chapter II

Christian Louboutin, L’Exhibition[niste] is returning in a new form this summer and will be presented by the Grimaldi Forum Monaco from July 9th to August 28th 2022. Chapter II will be devoted to the work and imagination of Christian Louboutin, the shoe designer and key figure in the world of fashion who has drawn much inspiration from the Principality. Redesigned by Oliver Gabet, and showcased across a spectacular 2000 square meter set, the exhibition will unveil previously unsees pieces related to the designer’s Monegasque inspirations, as well as new collaborations. The “Musée Imaginaire” will be in a 300 square meter room, where objects from Christian Louboutin’s personal collection will be displayed in conjunction with heritage and artistic works from public and private collections of Monaco’s museums. It will explore themes in the designer’s work such as his love of dance and the legacy of the Ballets Russes, his passion for African art and Asia, the pop influence of Warhol, and his fascination with oceanography. Far from a traditional retrospective, the exhibition has been designed as a joyful odyssey across three decades of overflowing creativity. Indeed, it is imbued with a curiosity for all arts and cultures. GH

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Fashion

Bolia: Neutra Modular Storage System

Neutra is a flexible, minimalist shelving solution named after Richard Neutra’s functional architecture. Designed in robust, modular combinations, Neutra allows the user to create a piece of furniture that precisely meets its wishes and needs while fitting perfectly into the interior. The storage system blends into a private or professional setting with elegance, letting the displayed items take center stage. The storage system does not take light away from beautiful vases, books, and works of art that can be displayed, and fades away thanks to its minimalist lines of great finesse. Neutra is available in a wide variety of modules, sizes, and materials to bring a personalized touch to any space. Its boards are made of white pigmented oak, or gray lacquered MDF. Its support is available in black or gray lacquered steel. The lightness and sensuality refer to Scandinavian nature and its spring season is synonymous with blossoming. Neutra creates a calm and optimistic atmosphere with its durable and environmentally friendly materials and soft colors that reflect the changing seasons. GH

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Fashion

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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Fashion

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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Art

Three Outstanding Artists at Art Rotterdam 2022

For the 23rd edition of Art Rotterdam, the iconic Van Nelle factory is hosting the booths of over a hundred leading galleries from the Netherlands and abroad. But among the artist presented, three of them stand out for their excellent works. The first one is Otobong Nkanga, with his art piece titled “Tied to the Other Side,” a gigantic tapestry realized in the innovative textile lab of the Textile Museum in Tilburg. In her practice, she uses raw materials such as mica, nickel, malachite, and copper, addressing one major issue: the exploitation of African countries to obtain these substances. Then another name to keep an eye on is that of South African artist Buhlebezwe Siwani. In her video “Eziko,” She speaks out against the legacy of centuries of colonization by the Dutch and the British. In the end, represented by EENWERK is American artist Sheila Hicks. Known for her innovative, woven sculptures, for which she has always pushed the boundaries of what is possible with fibers and yarns, she exhibits her latest masterpiece “Beacon". VB

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Fashion

New Hermès window display on PC Hooftstraat

The summer window display at the Hermès store on PC Hooftstraat in Amsterdam has been designed by Dutch studio WM. Unveiled on May 17th, the installation named “Vivid Shadows” by Wendy Legro and Maarten Collignon celebrates Hermès’ 2022 theme of “Lighthearted” and takes us deeper into the world of the brand, one in which shadows play with light. Their concept uses projection to showcase two different scarves through a beam in a deep indigo blue, like a blueprint. In Minuit au Faubourg by Dimitri Rybaltchenko, a masked horse wearing a cape flies out of the print alongside a man swinging on a Hermès Twilly from an apartment window as he tries to grab a pot of gold. On the floor above, a Hermès bracelet overlooks a sleeping city. Here, a horse leaps forward, radiating the spirit of the theme with bright and vivid colors. Whirling around this figure is a belt, a bag, and a pair of leather sandals. Created exclusively from layers of paper, the installation is hand-painted and carefully carved to build volume and perspective, showcasing the fragile yet enchanting nature of paper. This window display overall creates a strong connection between the urban landscape and interior space. GH

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Art Rotterdam 2022: Outdoor Artworks

From 19-22 May, Art Rotterdam comes back to Van Nelle Fabriek, the building icon of 20th-century industrial architecture and a Unesco World Heritage Site. This fair is the ultimate opportunity to discover new galleries as well as new artists. As the most renowned contemporary art fair in the Netherlands, Art Rotterdam offers a unique perspective and a platform for the latest developments in the visual arts. The 23rd edition will display, through the 10,000m2 space, the creations of emerging and established artists, alongside a record number of seventeen large-scale installations in the outdoor area. Since spring has finally come in the Dutch city, the art fair has set a series of socially engaged outdoor presentations that refers to the world around us, addressing important issues such as climate, pandemics, and populism. The first artist to welcome the public is Onno Poiesz with his work “De blauwen,” an allusion to the war and pandemic that dominated the beginning of 2022. Then, Tim Wes unveils his installation “Trauma Triggers Triumph” about the concept of the uomo universale. And in the end, among many other projects, stands that of Thierry Oussou. His “Equilibrium Wind” flag is a reference to the cotton plantations located in the district of Panouignan in Benin and the significant impact they have on the country's economic growth. Placed on top of Van Nelle Fabriek, this flag is a symbolic representation of all those people working in the shadows. The outdoor artworks at Art Rotterdam 2022 are ready to be discovered. VB

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Art, inside and out, Rotterdam 2022

Rotterdam Art is the most renowned fair for contemporary art in the Netherlands. Each year, Art Rotterdam offers a stage for the latest developments in the visual arts. With a sharp focus on young talent, varying different topics, and the connection with the city of Rotterdam make Art Rotterdam a unique experience. This year, a special spring edition of Art Rotterdam will take place in Van Nelle Fabriek, which has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here, there will be works and installations both outside and inside. Outside, there will be a record number of seventeen large-scale works and installations in the outdoor area, many of which are specifically designed for the occasion. Indoors, there is a floor area of 10,000 m2, where more than a hundred leading national and international galleries will show the work of upcoming and established talent. Two new valuable innovations will be introduced in this 23rd exhibition: firstly, the projections video section will be given a completely new format; also, a major expansion is being planned for Prospects, the Mondriaan Fund’s exhibition. Each year Art Rotterdam becomes more of an attractive alternative for art lovers within the international field of fairs. The special spring edition will take place from May 19th-22nd 2022. GH

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Fashion

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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Fashion

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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Fashion

Zoë Kravitz partners with OMEGA

Actress, director, and model Zoë Kravitz is the latest to have joined OMEGA’s impressive line-up of women proud to wear the Swiss brand. A standout performer in the world of entertainment, Zoë Kravitz captivates audiences in a diverse group of acclaimed major motion picture films and notable independent releases. Her individualistic youthful, confident style is the perfect fit for Omega’s willingness to take risks with its designs. Kravitz has consistently stood out in blockbuster big-screen franchises, with roles in The Batman, Mad Max, and Fantastic Beasts, and later this year will make her directorial debut in the original motion picture film, Pussy Island. Omega President and CEO Raynald Aeschlimann has expressed the brand’s excitement about making Kravitz the latest member of the Omega family, describing her as “an extremely talented young woman with an admirable drive and determination to succeed on her own terms” and the new partnership as “the next exciting move in our commitment to reach an emerging generation who are reinventing the idea of luxury”. GH

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So-Hee Han Joins OMEGA

So-Hee Han has joined the OMEGA universe of female talent, which already includes Cindy Crawford, Nicole Kidman, and Kaia Gerber, amongst many other celebrities. The South Korean actress, born in 1994, began her career as a supporting character in several TV series, “Money Flower” (2017) and “100 Days My Prince” (2018), to name a few. Then, she quickly took up leading roles in the JTBC series “The World of the Married” (2020), where she played a villainous yet charming character, and in the Netflix-produced feature “My Name” (2021). In the future, she will also appear in the drama “Gyeongseong Creature.” Today, So-Hee Han, with her charisma and captivating presence, has become a member of OMEGA’s ambassador family, stepping out in front of the camera wearing the most elegant watches. She is a rising star in the world of entertainment, and her talent and acting skills are inspiring, the reason why the Swiss watch manufacturer has chosen her to be the new face of the brand. So-Hee Han embodies many of the qualities and values that OMEGA stands for. VB

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The Armani Group Opens The First A|X Armani Exchange Store in Berlin

Following the openings in Milan and Amsterdam, and to strengthen its presence in Europe, A|X Armani Exchange lands in Berlin at Kurfürstendamm 29, one of the most visited streets in the German capital. The new store is set inside a historical building from the 19th century. Here, past and present are merged in a unique architecture characterized by a wide, double-height central window displaying the large, illuminated letters A and X, the brand trademark. Extending over two floors, the A|X Armani Exchange store has been built according to the already existing design of the stores opened in the other European cities. Customers can visit the men's clothing, accessories, eyewear, and watches area on the ground floor, while the women's collection is on the first floor. The interiors are developed by Giorgio Armani in collaboration with his team of architects, in the name of sustainability. The materials involved are removable, reusable, and recyclable, the lighting system uses the latest generation LED technology to minimize waste, and the walls are made in natural oak slats to provide support systems and a minimal style that contrasts with the original structure that has been preserved. In addition, the shopping experience is even more unique thanks to videowalls, Smart Checkout, and POS mobility for smoother payment. VB

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Fashion

Prada Linea Rossa SS22 Collection

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

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Fashion

Furla Futura: Love for Nature

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

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Fashion

TAG Heuer F1 Edition

Tag Heuer has unleashed its newest timepiece inspired by the dominant style of race legend Ayrton Senna, an admired and adored legend for motor racing, as well as Formula 1 fans all over the world. The collaboration between TAG Heuer and Ayrton Senna has been ongoing since 1988, Senna was redefining the word “drive” by breaking many records. Continuing to pay tribute to the driver’s legacy, TAG Heuer continues its quest to create the perfect Formula 1 watch, the one the legendary driver would have loved to wear on his wrist. The bold design and original red color nod to Ayrton’s original watch. The TAG Heuer Senna Special Edition is a very elegant mix of red, anthracite, and black, in line with the design codes of the brand. SENNA’s iconic S. The timepiece also features an ultra-resistant black ceramic bezel, with the number 400 engraved as a reference to the symbolic 400km/h that has never been reached in Formula 1. The famous S/EL bracelet is inspired by the first TAG Heuer chronograph watch worn by Ayrton Senna. Highly shock-resistant, it has a folding clasp with a driver extension to fit over the sleeve of a racing suit. The timepiece is equipped with the automatic Calibre 16, protected by a stainless-steel screw-down case back engraved with the Brazilian driver’s iconic helmet on the back, alongside a special engraving of “SENNA SPECIAL EDITION”. GH

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Audemars Piguet Celebrates the Royal Oak’s 50th Anniversary

To celebrate the Royal Oak’s 50th anniversary, Audemars Piguet will host a series of events in key cities around the world. From Dubai to Shanghai, passing through Zurich and New York, the Swiss Haute Horlogerie manufacturer will offer immersive sensory experiences with the setup of in-situ installations and edutainment platforms that will guide people into the Royal Oak’s multifaceted world. The Royal Oak, designed by Gérald Genta for Audemars Piguet, was officially launched on April 15, 1972, at the Basel Fair. This timepiece combines sportiness with ancestral craftsmanship and technological advances, setting new standards for watchmaking. Since then, over 500 Royal Oak models have been created, featuring different sizes, materials, styles, and movements. Today, the brand has decided to pay homage to this iconic watch and its 5-decade history, creating surprising and immersive edutainment content that will dive deep into the Royal Oak’s cultural universe. Starting in Dubai, from 15 – 24 April 2022, these installations will lead visitors on a journey to discover the multiple characteristics of this remarkable timepiece. In addition, visitors will be able to test their knowledge of the Royal Oak and the brand as a whole through a digital challenge. The public will be able to join in these immersive experiences in Zurich from May 6 to 12, New York City from May 19 to 25, and Shanghai in July. VB

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Art

Louis Vuitton: “Coming of Age”

In loving memory and honor of Virgil Abloh, “Coming of Age” was unveiled at the Foundation Louis Vuitton in Paris, France, on April 8th. This is an extension of the group exhibition curated by Virgil Abloh in 2019 in Los Angeles, titled “Coming of Age”. Traveling to Paris, Beijing, Milan, New York, Munich, Tokyo, and Seoul, the exhibition centered around the concept, diversities, and complexities of male youth and boyhood. Central themes in this are traversing class, race, social economics, subcultures, isolation, and camaraderie. As a physical embodiment and homage to Virgil Abloh’s world, “Coming of Age” in Paris regroups, reimagines, and expands this original exhibition and its narrative story. It encourages activities and transforms visitors into participants, alongside artists, photographers, musicians, directors, and animators. This serves as an illustration of Virgil Abloh’s mission and achievement to democratize the dream, rendering it a domain open to the aspirations of all ages, genders, and races, from all walks of life. The extension of the global exhibition will play out over two weeks from April 13th, at the Frank Gehry-designed space. GH

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Bottega Veneta & NTS announce Bottega Radio

Global music platform and radio station NTS has joined forces with Bottega Veneta for a new cultural partnership and monthly radio series, celebrating the craft behind music by collaborating with emerging and established musicians. The radio will be ongoing throughout this year, opening new conversations between NTS residents and guest stars through a series of collaboratively produced musical soundscapes, airing under the new title of Bottega Radio. For an insight into what is to come, the first episode features autotune enthusiast Tim Zha, otherwise known as Organ Tapes, working together with L.A’s Jazmin, an expert in Latin music and resident host for NTS show Como La Flor. Launched on April 7th the series took off with a party at Stone Nest in London’s West End, featuring DJ sets and live performances from PLZ Make It Ruins boss and Frank Ocean collaborator Vegyn, experimental hip-hop auteur Slauson Malone, producer-rapper John Glacier, collaborative duo Sky and Mika Oki and the ever-elusive Dean Blunt. The first episode of Bottega Radio aired on NTS 2 at 09:00 am on April 8th and can be listened back via the Bottega Veneta App. GH

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Fashion

The Game of Opposites: Ferragamo Cage Bag SS22

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

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Calvin Klein x Palace: Anything But Ordinary

Calvin Klein teamed with Palace to celebrate individuality and inclusion from New York and London to the world. The new collection CK1 PALACE unites Calvin Klein's iconic minimalism with Palace’s irreverent and modern style, presenting signature garments of the American brand layered with a playful, graphic aesthetic by Palace. Underwear, shirts, and hoodies in classic colors like black, grey, white, and wheat feature custom logos that combine Palace's signature Tri-Ferg with Calvin Klein's regular trademark. Basketball jerseys and baggy shorts push the boundaries of conventional sportswear, and the denim collection presents loose-fitting shorts and full-length pants in a faded wash to give a modern twist to the looks. In addition, since the heritage of both Palace and Calvin has roots in skate culture, the brand addressed Vans to create a limited run of “Calvans.” Dropping via a star-studded campaign, directed by long-time Palace photographer Alasdair McLellan and styled by Max Pearmain, the two brands have gone all out, even remixing the classic CK One fragrance into a unisex, playful scent. CK1 PALACE will be available on April 8th at Palace stores in London, New York, Los Angeles, and Tokyo, as well as on the website of both brands. VB

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Prada Linea Rossa SS22

Prada sub-label Prada Linea Rossa fits right in wherever there’s a sport, founded with the remit of exploring progressive styles, evolving materials, and moving to the future. For SS22, the brand is worn by models playing a futuristic form of table tennis, demonstrating the inherent versatility of Prada Linea Rossa’s garments. Photographed by Johnny Dufort, the clothes are captured in fast-paced, dynamic, ceaseless action. The trim, lightweight SS22 garments allow for entirely unhindered mobility, enhancing the capabilities of the everyday seasonal uniform. The base layers are cut from a bio-ceramic polyester piquet that balances the body’s internal temperature irrespective of the environment. Also introduced is new nylon woven from threads made of castor plant seeds. The result of this is simultaneously lightweight, wear-resistant, and antibacterial, requiring none of the care demanded of its organic peers. The iconic Prada America’s Cup sneaker is exhibiting a relaunch with a new dimension offered: customization. Through this, the user can personalize their own taste to the styles, choosing from leather to laces, with a spread of colors and even the possibility of embossed initials. The collection truly embodies the brand’s tendency of producing metropolitan clothing, engineered for tomorrow. GH

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Out of Time Watches & Wonders Cartier

Cartier reinvents Maison’s stylistic codes, launching new iconic watches during the Watches & Wonders tradeshow. Thanks to the extraordinary expertise of Cartier’s watchmakers, the Cartier watches are precious objects that constantly renew and explore our way of understanding time and how to make the most of it! Each singular creation establishes its own identity while maintaining its link with Cartier heritage. These horological creations are evolving and establish themselves across different periods, perpetually relevant due to is purity of design and outstanding craftsmanship. This year the brand has presented different models that combine extravagant style and illusory shapes with more classic designs. The famous Louis Cartier watch reveals a playful aesthetic combining monochrome colors such as red, the Maison’s signature shade, and anthracite gray. The Pasha de Cartier watch, overlaid with a geometric grille, displays a vibrant elegance, while the Crash Metiers d’Art revolutionizes the aesthetic codes of watchmaking with its asymmetrical dial. Following the same playful style, the Masse Mystérieuse turns out to be a spectacular watch, an innovative movement, created by the Fine Watchmaking Manufacture. Looking back on over a century of heritage, the Cartier pieces are made to delight through a freedom of possibility, of taste of identity. VB

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Armani Hotels and DGDA Announce Plans for New Armani Hotel in Diriyah

Armani Hotels & Resorts has announced the realization of a new signature hotel in the city of Diriyah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. This plan is made in collaboration with Diriyah Gate Development Authority, a program that aims to preserve Diriyah’s history, celebrate its community, and develop the historic UNESCO site. This 300-year-old city, located just 15 minutes from Riyadh, and the capital of the First Saudi State, is part of a pedestrian-centric project designed to preserve the rich history and culture of Saudi Arabia. Diriyah will soon become an extraordinary international cultural and lifestyle destination, and the Armani Hotel will be one of the new hotel units in the city. That is the third Armani property globally and represents a new interpretation of Armani hospitality and lifestyle. The hotel, realized by Mr. Giorgio Armani and his in-house interior design team and architects, embraces Saudi Arabia’s culture and heritage. The structure, including 70 luxuriously designed rooms, two restaurants, and a high-end spa, is characterized by essential lines that enhance the precious materials utilized. Here, volumes, light, and shadow are blended with the unique architecture and landscape of the site, giving life to a building that fits organically into the rich urban and cultural fabric of Saudi Arabia. VB

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Acqua di Parma Presents COLLAB - The Colonia Laboratory

In collaboration with IED - Instituto Europeo di Design, one of Italy's most significant fashion, design, and communication schools, Acqua di Parma has launched a new initiative. COLLAB is an open laboratory that connects customers and emerging artists through art and scent in an interactive co-creation process. The Italian brand collaborated with six emerging Italian talents that have translated their creative vision in a collection of 300 unique 180ml pieces from the Colonia Collection. Departing from their personal style, each artist developed a design inspired by the Italian culture, from the horoscope tradition and card games to the reinterpretation of the gladiator imagery from ancient Rome. Different techniques, visions, and colors blended in dynamic visual communication. In addition, since the COLLAB project is a co-creation laboratory, the clients can customize their very own personal fragrance bottle based on what the artists have previously crafted. A Roman number or a horoscope symbol, among other themes, can be added to the final product giving life to a true collector's item. To take part in this experience, people can book their one-on-one appointment on the Acqua di Parma website to meet the artists at the Maison's Boutique in Milan, starting their creative path together. Then, to offer the same service to those clients across Italy and Europe, the brand provides online appointments through a customized platform. COLLAB reflects Acqua di Parma values in preserving culture, art, and design while supporting future generations. VB

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Gucci Osteria da Massimo Bottura Opens in Seoul

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

www.gucciosteria.com

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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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BYBORRE explores the power of simplicity for the introduction of its 10th Edition

Edition10 by textile design company BYBORRE showcases its advanced knitted textiles and garments in collaboration with the illustrations of Dutch icon Dick Bruna, best known for creating Miffy. By taking Bruna’s simplistic yet iconic designs, the textiles play around with the scale of the artwork and apply a limited palette of colors, giving their spin on the illustrator’s classic line work. The range of textiles celebrates Bruna’s recognizable line work while highlighting how BYBORRE’s techniques enable the power of artwork to be transformed into a textile. Staying true to Bruna’s signature illustrations, there was a strong focus on precision and simplicity in the process of designing and developing the featured garments. Featured in the imagery are key pieces from previous Editions such as the Open Back Vest, Layer Shirt, and A-Type Jacket. There is a continuation to the evolution of staples such as the Suit Jacket, Pants, and Button Tee. These features are all executed in the latest iterations of BYBORRE Textiles. Additional focus has been put into the development of accessories, resulting in the introduction of a versatile everyday bag. The collection truly captivates the simplicity of Bruna’s while going perfectly in hand with BYBORRE’S signature knitted textiles. GH

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Emmanuel Gintzburger Is The New CEO of Versace

Capri Holdings Limited, the global fashion luxury group, has announced Emmanuel Gintzburger as the new Chief Executive Officer of Versace. Mr. Gintzburger joined Versace after six years spent as CEO of Alexander McQueen. Prior he was Worldwide Retail and Wholesale Director for Saint Laurent from 2011 to 2016, having joined the Parisian fashion house in 2009 as the Europe Retail Director. From 2007 to 2009, he served as International Retail Director at Lanvin, and before that, he held regional retail and marketing leadership roles at Sephora. Emmanuel Gintzburger also spent six years at Louis Vuitton in Hong Kong. Both John D. Idol, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Capri Holdings, and Donatella Versace were enthusiasts to welcome Emmanuel as the new CEO of the Italian brand. They agreed that Mr. Gintzburger, thanks to his background in luxury, is the perfect partner to take Versace to even greater heights. Emmanuel’s leadership and vision will help the brand further accelerate its growth and strengthen its strategic initiatives. “I am thrilled to be joining Versace as Chief Executive Officer. I have long admired the unparalleled style and fearless narrative of the house. I look forward to having the opportunity to partner with Donatella and the talented Versace management team to accelerate growth and strengthen the position of Versace as a leading fashion luxury house.” - Emmanuel Gintzburger. VB

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Icons Unite: Mercedes-Benz x AWGE

Mercedes-Benz has launched a collaboration with multi-hyphenated artist A$AP Rocky. The well-known luxury car company has presented an exclusive capsule collection including a range of fashion and lifestyle merchandise characterized by iconic trademarks of Mercedes-Benz AG. Mercedes-Benz x AWGE is not the first creative partnership made by the two, but it follows the 2017 “Glow-Up” campaign fronted by the American rapper highlighting the Mercedes-Benz compact-car family focussing on people caught between the coolness of adolescence and the squareness of adulthood. This year the brand and AWGE tight up to realize a line of clothes spanning from t-shirts, pullovers, hoodies, and jackets, to trousers, baseball caps, and bags. Inspired by the 90s pop culture, “Icons Unite” is the new co-operation that sits at the intersection of cars, music, and streetwear, bringing together A$AP Rocky’s distinctive aesthetic and Mercedes-Benz iconic design in a unique offering of merchandise. Mercedes-Benz x AWGE capsule collection is available for purchase via select third-party channels, including the online shop of A$AP Rocky’s agency AWGE and PacSun’s website. VB

www.mercedes-benz.com

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Moose Knuckles SS22 Campaign: Summer Solstice

Spring is a time of transition when the sun seems to stand still in the sky, and in the natural and beautiful scenic state of this season, Moose Knuckles Canada revealed the SS22 Campaign. Moose Knuckles has always crafted resilient garments for the most unforgiving conditions, from the tundra to the city. The brand has become globally known for its relentless commitment to product design and technical expertise alongside its irreverent spirit and energy. This season the Canadian brand has transported the SS22 Collection to the beach. Shot by renowned risktaker Kenneth Cappello, the images portray Moneybagg Yo and Justine Mae Biticon in a picturesque Malibu shoreside sunset, capturing the feeling of mellow tones of a summer solstice through their warm and undeniable chemistry. These photos highlight Moose Knuckles’ SS22 Collection which, with a reinvention of classic styles, offers a range of premium sportswear and outerwear crafted with water and wind repellent nylon, and windproof tech fabrications, to be suitable to face the unpredictable transitional Spring season. The collection is available in Moose Knuckles stores, luxury outer and sportswear retailers worldwide, as well as on the brand’s website. VB

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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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VEJA X MARNI

VEJA and MARNI have introduced a new collaboration that offers an original interpretation to contemporary footwear, revisiting a slightly nostalgic design with a colorful, DIY-inspired look. Marni, the luxury brand recognized for its unorthodox take on fashion, has joined VEJA to launch a new pair of shoes that combine its playful approach with VEJA’s environmental and social commitment. VEJA is a footwear brand that creates long-lasting sneakers focusing on design and social responsibility, for them, sneakers are, for them, a symbol of our generation and era, but also a product that crystallizes the issue of globalization. VEJA’s V-10 and the newly introduced high-top V-15 welcome MARNI’s free-spirited aesthetic expressed through a colorful scribbled motif covering the upper shoe. Each pair has been assembled by hand, with the right foot different from the left to underline the originality and creative vein of the Italian brand. While, in line with VEJA’s philosophy, all the materials involved in the production are sustainable. The shoes’ laces are made of 100% recycled polyester, the leather is sourced in Uruguayan farms and tanned in Brazil, at a Gold-certified tannery by the Leather Working Group, and the soles are composed of 31% Amazonian rubber, 22% rice waste, and 12% recycled rubber. Made in Brazil, the first release presents two colorways: the V-15 in Black and the V-10 in Marsala. VEJA X MARNI collaboration is already available in selected retailers worldwide, as well as in VEJA and Marni flagship stores. VB

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Bas Koster at De Grote Kunstshow

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

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Hermès FW22

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

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Saint Laurent Women’s Winter ‘22

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

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Intelligent Informal

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

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Modernist Magic

This season Max Mara paid homage to creative polymath Sophie Taeuber-Arp. Architect, dancer, textile designer, painter, and sculptor, she was a modernist who invested even the most everyday object with a sense of magic and mystery. Sophie Taeuber-Arp was the artist, with Wassily Kandinsky, Giorgio de Chirico, Max Ernst, and many others to give rise to the Dada aesthetic. But what inspired Max Mara FW22 Collection were Taeuber-Arp’s hastily improvised costumes and marionettes designed for her work “King Stag”. Full of joy, energy, and theatrical panache, they were formed fairytale characters that the Italian brand reinterpreted with strong and surprising silhouettes. The collection explored playful contrasts of mini and maxi, micro and macro, skinny and outsize, presenting a wide range of garments: from Max Mara’s crepe-soled knitted cuissardes, part boot, and part leggings to bell-shaped and full-length skirts and voluminous trousers. And a pale matte gold zipper was the new talisman of the season. As well as Sophie Taeuber-Arp used to elevate prosaic hardware to poetic heights, Max Mara clothes and accessories assumed a Dada dimension. To complete the collection, Teddy Bear coats and oversized puffas, layered one on top of the other, became dream items. Max Mara presented a sleek, modern dressing, with a dash of Cabaret Voltaire’s whirlwind creativity and a sprinkle of magic dust. VB

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ZONA MACO 18th Edition

To celebrate its 18th edition, ZONA MACO featured, in a singular event, international exhibitors from more than 25 countries bringing together its four fairs simultaneously. Held at Centro Citibanamex in Mexico City, ZONA MACO MÉXICO ARTE CONTEMPORÁNEO, which combines leading and emerging national and international art galleries in four specialized sections, presented the most representative contemporary artists in the global scene. ZONA MACO DISEÑO, curated by Cecilia León de la Barra, promoted furniture, jewelry, textiles, and decorative objects, as well as limited editions and historical pieces. ZONA MACO SALÓN showcases exclusive antiques welcomed for this special occasion, the new curator Alfonso Miranda. As well as Sara Hermann, who curated ZONA MACO FOTO: a fair focused on galleries and artists working in the photographic and video fields. ZONA MACO, as every year, also announced its Conversations Program, which featured national and international guests to discuss current issues affecting the art world, and the extensive Parallel Activities Program. In addition, ZONA MACO Libros presented publishing projects specialized in art and photography. The 2022 edition has been a unique event that marks the return of the art fair platform to its traditional format, adding to an already tested formula something new and revolutionary. 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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MiuMiu Workout

MiuMiu has introduced a capsule collection of sports accessories to facilitate a search for inner balance and outer strength. Born from the independent and unconventional spirit of Miuccia Prada, MiuMiu illustrates the most rebellious and seductive core of contemporary femininity. It is a youthful and playful brand that, this year, decided to embrace women’s sporting spirit launching a line of yoga mats and bricks, drawstring gym pouches, boxing gloves, and water bottles. Each item is adorned with the instantly recognizable MiuMiu logo and made functional thanks to adjustable webbed straps for cross-body or over-the-shoulder carrying. While the color palette of soft pink and classic black combined with white stripe detailing revokes MiuMiu’s naïf energy and iridescent subversion. The capsule collection is an emblem of empowered femininity and belonging to a community of like-minded, free-spirited souls. MiuMiu Workout is already available at selected Miu Miu stores worldwide and on the brand’s website. VB

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LOEWE Valentine's Day: Love is in the Air

LOEWE truly embrace the over the top essence of Valentine’s Day with its new Valentine’s collection. Within the collection are the ultimate tokens of affection - a special edition collection of bags, accessories, and small leather goods featuring the brand’s signature Anagram jacquard canvas in bold, heart stopping red. The 22 piece collection inspired by love, pairs the vibrant red Anagram Jacquard print with classic calf leather trims. The bags come in nano and 28cm sizes, as well as the iconic Flamenco, Balloon, Cubi and Gate. For the first time, the timeless Goya is available in Anagram Jacquard, adding a warm tactility to its clean lines. Joining the bags in this love affair, is a selection of small leather goods, including wallets, cardholders, and pouches, all with the same print. A bucket hat, sunglasses, and a logo strop complete the line in co-ordinating Valentine’s hues. The campaign for the capsule collection is a declaration of excess where too much is never enough. Pairing pieces from the collection with a tongue-in-cheek flurry of hearts, bows, and teddy bears pay homage to the most romantic time of the year. 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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Art

Rinus Van de Velde: Inner Travel

BOZAR will exhibit the start of the second part of the “Europalia Trains & Tracks festival” with the flagship exhibition, Rinus Van de Velde: Inner Travels. The exhibition entails a diverse media ranging from drawings to sculptures, installations, and films, Van de Vedle creates a mirror universe where elements from reality and imagination coalesce into a unique kind of visual storytelling. Europalia trains and tracks celebrates the forms of travel that are depicted by the train as an everyday journey of the commuter to mythical and imaginary journeys. The work presented is born out of the inner journeys that the artist undertakes each day, that take place in the strict privacy of his studio. During these journeys. Van de Velde meets multiple other artists through which trigger episodes of his fictional autobiography, forming a common running thread through his work. The exhibition is further enriched by a series of talks and performance programme in which Dolares and Charlotte Bouckaert, Monster Chetwynd, Rita Hoofwijk, Gaëtan Rusquet and Damien Petitot being a wider outlook to the theme of travel and encounters. The exhibition is being shown at BOZAR from February 18th until the May 15th 2022.

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Fashion

Versace Men’s 2.0

On the second day of the second month in 2022, Versace presented the FW22 Collection, introducing Versace Men’s 2.0. The collection, which does not focus on the singular but on multiplicity, progression, and diversity looks at the Versace Man, showing garments designed to proudly reach out to a diverse range of men in celebration of who they are. Clean forms, fluid lines, and adaptable designs define a contemporary approach that shows a refreshed masculinity inspired by the new generation. In this collection, Versace synthetized its brand codes presenting unstructured finishes which allow freedom of movement and create a smooth silhouette. While, the brand's heritage ornate prints are polished, portrayed as stenciled bicolors like the new Barocco Silhouette, and bright, optimistic hues like cerise, pink, and orange are worn as solid blocks of color. La Greca motif remains as the brand monogram, interplayed through cable knit sweaters and vivid lurex cardigans. In addition, Versace crafted new accessories and shoe designs like wide totes and belt bags in soft-grained leather and the Odissea sneaker that acts as a confident exclamation point at the foot of an outfit.

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Fashion

Giuseppe Zanotti's Sustainable Make-Over

For the SS22 season, Italian luxury footwear brand Giuseppe Zanotti launched a new eco-friendly version of its signature Blabber sneaker. Taking a step towards sustainability, the designer presented the Ecoblabber, which realized with eco-conscious materials, keeps the iconic design untouched and clearly alludes to its inspiration, the first original skater styles. This particular pair of sneakers are crafted with a polyurethane and polyester blend obtained from recycled plastic bottles, utilizing a production process that reduces CO2 emissions. Each of them is then assembled with water-based glues to avoid any component that might be dangerous to the environment, and refined with bio-based soles and organic cotton laces. The Ecolabber, realized in a restrained color palette of black and white, with gold and silver nuances, turns out to be a truly green product certified by leading company CIMAC, the Italian top partner of those footwear firms seeking to achieve the highest levels of sustainability.

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LV VOLT

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

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Fashion

Viktor&Rolf Haute Couture SS22

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

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Jude Law and Raff Law Are The New Ambassadors of Brioni SS22 Campaign

Brioni, the Italian luxury menswear house, has announced Jude Law and Raff Law as new brand ambassadors, with the SS22 campaign marking their official debut. Jude Law is one of the most enigmatically compelling actors working today, having held roles in highly acclaimed movies and TV Series. One perfect example is “The Young Pope”, thanks to which he also formed a special connection with the city of Rome where the brand is also based. He is an actor of unparalleled versatility, a great master of his art, and his son, following in his steps, is considered a rising talent in the same universe. Both have a strong personal style and natural complicity, to put it in the words of Raff Law, even though they have different tastes and perspectives, they share the same love for Brioni, its craftsmanship, and quality, both key features of the brand. The Laws naturally embody elegance and class, making them the perfect pairing to reflect Brioni’s modern vision of menswear, in which distinctions of age are blurred by a shared passion for genuine craftmanship.

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CHANEL Haute Couture SS22

For the Chanel SS22 Haute Couture Show, Creative Director Virginie Viard has invited French contemporary artist Xavier Veilhan to realize the set design of the show. It is the first time that Chanel entrusted a contemporary artist to imagine the staging of the show. Part landscape, part garden, and part open theatre stage, the project combines key topics close to both parties: from the equestrian paths to the principle of lightness and constructivist motifs. The show was opened by Chanel Ambassador Charlotte Casiraghi on horseback, dressed in a black tweed jacket with jeweled buttons, setting the tone for a collection in between the realms of fantasy and reality. The Chanel SS22 Collection expresses an ethereal lightness made of bright and joyful silhouettes set in sharp contrast to the geometric decor. Ethereal dresses float as if suspended while embroidered patterns such as constructivist camellias in black, white, and coral beads pay homage to Gabrielle Chanel in a conversation that crosses time. In addition, Chanel also released a series of short films that feature two personalities close to the French House: musician Sébastien Tellier, who can be seen in one of the graphic compositions, and Charlotte Casiraghi.

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Hermès FW22

Hermès FW22 Collection exudes an air of optimism and lightness, focusing on the vitality of a world regained. A new form of elegance is presented, sophisticated and elaborate, a combination of different techniques and materials with dandyish flair. Chevron patterns, a golden-brown gloss, and a touch of velvet feature bright colors such as pop orange, lettuce green blended with earth tones, and darker hues. This formula gives the looks fluidity and restored energy, that spread within the walls of Réserve Perret of the Mobilier National. The location has been chosen by the Creative Director Véronique Nichanian and Director Cyril Teste, and has been injected with new life. The tapestries conserved in that space have been transformed and placed on moving screens where they rhythmically change as forward-moving models, becoming part of the landscape in which the collection’s energy unfurls. The Hermès FW22 Collection merges with the decor and gives life to a lively fresco made of heritage but also avant-garde.

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Maluma is the New Face of Versace SS22 Men’s Campaign

Versace has announced the new face of the SS22 Men’s collection, the global superstar Maluma. Already part of the Versace Family, having previously created memorable moments such as Maluma wearing custom-made garments for his performances and red carpet looks, the Colombian singer has now been appointed by Donatella Versace herself as the new icon of the latest collection. The long-lasting relationship between the two has been love at first sight. Maluma has always been a fashion enthusiast and in the brand, he found the right features for an exceptional collaboration. Donatella Versace herself has always been intrigued by Maluma’s energy and engaging personality; to put it in her own words “He’s the kind of man that makes a difference and makes the world a better place”. The images, released globally on January 19th and shot by photographic duo Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott, portray the singer wearing a varsity jacket finished with a range of brand motif patches and “Donatella” embroidered across the heart. In addition, for the first time, Maluma is not pictured alone but with his dog Buda. With these enticing images, the Italian fashion house and the Colombian megastar are creating new memories together as a fashion family.

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Dior Men's FW22

Artistic Director Kim Jones says about the inspiration behind the Dior FW22 menswear collection: “I wanted to look at the archive, at the purity of the beginnings of the house, at its original impulse. We looked at the initial collections and focused on the architecture, taking these elements and transforming them almost instinctively in a masculine way for today, always keeping the joie de vivre at the heart of Christian Dior’s clothing.” Presented in Paris on the Pont Alexandre III, the silhouettes emerge in motion reflecting the colors of the sky and the passage of time during the show for Paris Fashion Week. The looks reflect the movement of time and the continuum of designers who unify the past, present, and future of the House’s legacy. This season is an homage to heritage, a living history paving the way for the future. Fluctuating between masculinity and femininity, the garments blend gender-boundaries in a contemporary manner. During the show, the scent of lily of the valley fills the air, symbolically fusing nature and culture, a connection dear to Dior. For the 75th anniversary of the House, Kim Jones engages in the ultimate conversation and association with Christian Dior himself. Two men’s paths collide, forming a new legacy for Dior.

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Miu Miu Tigers T-shirt Collection

In honor of the Year of the Tiger in the Chinese zodiac, Miu Miu launches an exclusive collection of t-shirts featuring the tiger motif from different animation productions. Ranging from playful to heroic and majestic, the spirit of the collection is ubiquitous and unexpected. Tiger Mask originally appeared in a manga comic book written by Ikki Kajiwara and illustrated by Naoki Tsuji, later adapted into an animation series by Toei Animatio. The character is a powerful wrestler and loyal companion to orphans, whose true identity always remains obscured. Created by Tiger Key, the Tiger Girl character featured in the t-shirt collection is a crime-fighting tiger battling evil. The last iconic animated tiger figures are Disney’s Tillie Tiger - dating back to 1936 when she first appeared on screen – and the anthropomorphic Tigger from the tales of Winnie the Pooh. The Miu Miu’s Tigers t-shirt collection evokes nostalgic images of iconic stories of animation history, in celebration of Chinese zodiac tradition. The Tigers collection of t-shirts is available starting from mid January 2022 at selected Miu Miu stores and online.

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New Bally Creative Director Rhuigi Villaseñor

Swiss luxury brand Bally, owned by JAB Holding Company, appoints Rhuigi Villaseñor as its new Creative Director. In this position, Villaseñor will be responsible for the artistic direction across the brand. His first collection debut for Bally will launch for SS23. The Manila-born allrounder is Founder, CEO, and Creative Director of the brand Rhude since 2015. As his mother was a tailor and his father an architect, Villaseñor grew up with a passion for design and an understanding of garment construction. As a Filipino and American national, raised in several continents before emigrating to the U.S., he started his career in Los Angeles. His work takes inspiration from American iconography with nostalgic reflections recalling his childhood observations of U.S. culture through a foreign lens. In his form language, the visionary designer combines luxury techniques with streetwear elements, offering a new narrative of the modern wardrobe. Nicolas Girotto, CEO of Bally, said: “Having acutely followed Rhuigi’s ascent I am excited by how his natural creativity and energetic spirit have made him one of the industry’s greatest idea generators and community builders. Rhuigi’s deep understanding of Bally’s history coupled with a distinct appreciation of the Swiss lifestyle will be instrumental in ushering the brand into the future.”

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Fendi FW22

Milan, 15th January 2022 – Designed and directed by the Italian artist Nico Vascellari, the FENDI Men’s FW22/23 runway show took place on a brushed steel elevated runway ramp in a mirrored FF configuration at the FENDI headquarter in Milan. An exclusive live soundtrack made by Alessandro Cortini became the captivating sound of this season’s show. The Men’s FW22/23 collection designed by Silvia Venturini Fendi emerges as a treasure of the future. Old-world elegance meets the New Roaring Twenties in the reimagined gentlemen’s wardrobe, presenting a neo-dandy take on archetypal classics. Experimenting with the traditional FENDI figurative language, formality is disrupted by playful gestures that break boundaries. Shades of black and cream, burgundy, raspberry, mocha, taupe and white form a rich, understated palette and create a tonal variety that highlights the texture and bold graphic statements. Traditional fabrics and weaves like Vichy check tweeds and hound’s tooth suiting, satin tuxedo trims, and striped silk jacquards are scaled up and down in dialogue with ribbed sleeves, cable knit ensembles, and the O’Lock chain motif as a new monogram. The strict lining embedded in FENDI tailoring is reinvented in a new softness by adding suiting, knitwear, and leather. As the ultimate expression of FENDI’s Roman elegance, extravagant evening wear silhouettes celebrate the art in the act of dressing up.

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1017 ALYX 9SM FW22

Models walking fiercely to a slow, powerful rhythm by F1lthy, who created a sound based on images of a majestic church venue on the edge of Milan named Saint Victor and the Forty Martyrs – forces collided at the Alyx FW22 show at Milan Fashion Week. The decadently adorned building served as a vast, yet astonishingly intimate space for the first show by Matthew William’s brand 1017 Alyx 9SM in Italy. The appearance at Milan Fashion Week was like a homecoming for the label founded in 2015 by Williams in Ferrara with a design studio located in Milan. The collection intrigues by showcasing contrasts between masculine and feminine shapes. The menswear looks are characterized by heavy multi-layered and voluminous silhouettes, while the womenswear counterpart features hip-skimming, full-length and fitted looks. Expressing his passion and sense for garments Williams describes his approach to creation: “So maybe it sounds selfish or narcissistic, but I’m just making things that I like, and hopefully other people will like them too. That’s just how I move.”

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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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Heart to Heart

Miu Miu reveals its latest campaign in honor of the Lunar New Year starring ambassadors Lexie Liu and Qiu Tian in an edit of contemporary classics. The campaign cinematically tells a story of two minds colliding. Two personalities with different life paths meet on the eve of a new year. Conveying a sense of déjà vu and familiarity. They stop to wonder, each delving into their memories before separating again. The two protagonists form a connection through sound and space by reciting their lines and humming tunes. Miu Miu colors illuminate the scene: the pastel pop of Miu Wander bag, the retro tone of a varsity cardigan, gold hair clips that oscillate with light. The short clip is a celebration of the joy of unplanned interpersonal connection. Miu Miu salutes the intangible nature of the order of things.

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Art

The Genius Immersive Experience

The Genius Immersive Experience guides the visitor through a creative, multi-sensory journey. The show presents an interactive experience through the eyes of Leonardo Da Vinci and pushes the boundaries of visual storytelling. Its multi-media concept brings the exhibition and show to an astonishing new level. Just as the Italian painter, craftsman, sculptor, architect, and engineer was ahead of his time in creating works, which embody true Renaissance humanist ideals, the show innovatively merges past, present and future. What's it like inside one of the brightest minds that ever existed? How can you touch, play, hear and live iconic works of art? The Genius Immersive Experience provides a space to not only receive but experience the answers to these questions and more. Science, art and intuition were at the core of Da Vinci’s approach to creation and exploration of the world. The master himself famously said: "All our knowledge has its origins in our perceptions". Perceptions that are brought to life by The Genius Immersive Experience creators through revisiting Leonardo’s inventions and ideas within a modern framework using cutting-edge audiovisual technology. Almost 80 million real pixels, 50km of cabling and more than 350,000 projected lumens come together to create a sensory explosion. In the revision of Leonardo’s work, the Genius Immersive Experience explores what his vision might have been making use of the resources that are available in the realm of art today. Providing a new lens on ecology, nature, science, space exploration and modern art the show investigates the present through the past, exemplifying methods and possibilities of the future.

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Pooch Knuckles

 Moose Knuckles introduces its latest collection for pets - Pooch Knuckles. The mini-me style jackets for dogs launched in December 2021during the holiday season. The collection features two dog-wear styles inspired by Moose Knuckles' iconic Stirling Parka. Pooch Knuckles’ functionality is designed to help pet owners to dress their dogs for outdoor activities in the cold winter months. Featuring an opening on the back for the leash, adjustable Velcro closures and J-seams with pockets for dog bags, the parka meets the needs of both the owner and the pet. The collection includes the Pooch Parka and Pooch Parka Gold Series coats, which showcase fur trim and Moose Knuckles' signature metal logo and studs and have a durable, water-resistant and windproof exterior. Available in three size options the Pooch Knuckles pieces are available for four-legged friends of various body shapes and heights. Offering the same high-quality weather-proof combination of style and materiality, Moose Knuckles translates its core design ideals into the world of dog wear. The collection is available at Mooseknucklescanada.com, as well as Moose Knuckles stores in SoHo (New York), Boston, London and Montreal.

 www.mooseknucklescanada.com

Fashion

Brunello Cucinelli Menswear SS23

For the men’s SS23 collection, Brunello Cucinelli finds the perfect refined yet relaxed balance between sophistication and verve. Feeding on the knowledge of tradition, this skillful nonchalance offers a new interpretation of style: fresh, innovative, and capable of conveying harmony and versatility for any occasion. The prestige behind the origins of the brand is transferred to a more relaxed, effortless style. The modern suit is a feature of the collection, which can be used for daily, leisure, and summer dressing alongside business elegance. A blazer and trousers can be worn separately to adapt to the evolving needs throughout the day. Also included are an array of knitwear, t-shirts, and shirts that boost the sense of ease and comfort of contemporary suits and casual styles alike. The colors highlight the essence of summer in a rich variety of tones. Patterns are captivated by the variety of textures, where structures and color-enriching effects confer three-dimensionally and unique characteristics to elements across the collection. A generous collection of accessories has been made as the perfect embellishments to the looks. A variety of footwear has also been designed to fit styles of any occasion, varying from formal to more lightweight designs. These are characterized by the utmost attention to lightness, comfort, and flexibility. GH

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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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Dior Welcomes Kylian Mbappé

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

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Giorgio Armani's New Beginnings at Königsallee

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

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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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Dior Men SS22: Paying Homage to Those Who Shaped Our World

For the SS22 Menswear collection, Dior pays homage to one of the most revolutionary writers of the last century—Jack Kerouac. Christian Dior reimagined the pre-war silhouettes with a refreshing approach, influenced by his journeys, where the couturier acquired knowledge and new sources of inspiration in numerous countries and cultures. The influence and importance of author and poet Jack Kerouac are synonymous with Dior. Kerouac shaped his generation with an avant-garde approach to literature art and gained worldwide recognition with his novel On the Road, published in 1957. Kerouac is considered to be part of the Beat generation, which was a rebellious literary movement, emerged out of the desire to break down the established structures and traditional writing conventions in the 60s. Also known as the Beat poets, they influenced culture and politics with their celebration of experimentation and spontaneous creativity. The SS22 collection celebrates the power of imagination and fuses Dior’s heritage, characterized by intricate embroideries or the soft pastel color palette with futuristic technological qualities in materials, such as technical silks and recycled nylon. Fair Isle knits embroidered with sequins are worn with bias-cut soft collegiate jackets and complemented with an original silk Foulard from the 60s. Dior perpetuated Kerouac's legacy by hand-painting and printing extracts of his novel onto leather and silk. “But you can go on thinking and imagining forever further and stop at no decisions to pick up a bag for the thinkings. Turn your thinking into your work, your thoughts into a book, in sieges,’’ as perfectly encapsulated by Jack Keruoac himself, Dior aims to encourage confidence in imagination with its SS22 Menswear collection.

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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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Emporio Armani x C.P. Company: A Celebration

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

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Made To Order, Created to Last

Carnations London – which recently celebrated its first birthday after being founded in 2021 – has made it its mission to produce beautiful and cheerful designs with high quality. Determined to disrupt the shortcomings of the fashion industry, Carnations London has committed to the made-to-order business model – one of the most promising solutions for grappling with wasteful overproduction and a powerful tool to counteract the mindless consumption propelled by fast fashion and throw-away cultures. Each item is made by hand in a small studio – a direct reflection of founder Sarah Bartlett’s vision, in which fashion revolves not only around aesthetics but more so about social responsibility. As such, Carnation London’s design exude the brand values with their visual language: tie-dye patterns in pastel colors and embroidered scribbles make for a charming character, that reminds the wearer to return to the simple and joy sparking items that are uncomplicated and comfortable to wear. Combining the creative forces of various artists is an endeavor the British label pursues with great integrity - after collaborating with artist Joy Yamusangie, who created a lively illustration for a bucket hat, Carnations has partnered up with Stockholm-based print designer KJP, resulting in multifunctional checker-board bandanna and shirt in a vibrant blue color – which has yet to be revealed to Carnation’s followers. Now, during the festive month of December, Carnations returns to the item that marked their debut over a year ago: the classic cotton T-Shirt. With its muted sunset colors, melting together in the iconic tie-dye design (needless to say, achieved with non-toxic dyestuff), the shirt ensures to lift the spirits – and evokes the satisfying conscience of a responsibly sourced product. Besides the B-Day t-shirt, Carnations has included a selection of their best-selling items into the temporary “Festive Shop” collection, offering gift ideas with reasonable origins that make valuable stocking fillers. 

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Mara Hoffmann in the Midst of New York

Just towards the end of the year of 2022, Mara Hoffmann has opened the very first eponymous store in Soho, New York City. Mara Hoffmann herself, who founded her namesake label in 2000 after graduating from Parsons School of Design, has made a conscious decision in 2015 to incorporate more sustainable and responsible practices into their creations and their production. Known for her colorful collection that is inspired by the celebration of womanhood. Mara Hoffmann makes a point in fostering mindful consumption and constantly reevaluates the relationship society has with fashion. As such, the space in Soho represents much more than a point of sale. Translating the brands’ practices and serving as a platform for creatives and makers. This vision has already been put to practice during the design of the store itself – in collaboration with Kari Elwell of Mingo, landscape designer at Mingo design, the store has been built around the notions of plants and natural textures. With ceramics, woods, leather and woven carpets, the store exudes a warm and inviting ambiance, in which Mara Hoffmann’s collection seamlessly fit in. Further, in collaboration with Studio Archive Project, the space exhibits rotating art of numerous forms – beginning with New York-based sculptor Elisa Soliven. In the future, the space aims to be lend to not only the works of artists but the artists themselves, propelling social gatherings where social matters are discussed.

www.marahoffmann.com

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Piaget: Celebrating the Bond of Love

The luxury jeweler Piaget is a master in creating diamond-shaped visual symbols of love and is now releasing a series of new engagement rings to celebrate the epitome of love—the particular bond every relationship is aiming for, namely marriage. Georges Edouard Piaget founded the luxury manufacturer in 1874 and ever since the jeweler is synonymous with precision and sophistication, fusing the art of fine jewelry making with its profound watchmaking skills. In the late 50s, Piaget released its ultra-thin Altiplano collection that would later become one of the most distinctive recognition features of the luxury manufacturer. For this special collection, Piaget joined forces with creators, gemmologists, gem setters, and jewelers to combine their strengths and the savoir-faire of 150 years of crafting experience to create an exceptional range of engagement rings. Each ring of the collection is set with diamonds meeting the highest standards of fine jewelry in the world in terms of color, clarity, cut, and carats. As such, the Piaget Possession platinum ring is a playful answer to the traditional engagement ring. Circles set with small diamonds are placed around a big brilliant-cut diamond in the middle. The spinning elements of the ring are meant to be visually reminiscent of ‘‘how love makes your head spin,’’ as is stated by Piaget.

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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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AGL Virna Red Pump: Finding Power in Cohesion

AGL was founded by Piero Giusti in 1958. Now, three generations later, the Italian brand is still a family-run company, owned by the sisters Sara, Vera, and Marianna Giusti. Ever since taking over the brand, the trio works closely together on every project and are known for their artistic sensitivity and sophisticated designs “from women for women”. Their latest shoe creation, the VIRNA pump, conveys an important message, as it supports the international day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and spreads. AGL introduces the VIRNA as a pump in a bright red color with a thin elegant heel, made for fierce and confident women. Every shoe visually embodies the brand's deeply anchored identity, the sister's emphasis on craftsmanship, high-quality materials, and exceptional designs. Only this time, the shoe serves a greater purpose than ususal. The proceeds from the purchases of the pump will be donated to CISDA, the international committee in support of Afghan women. The Italian association CISDA was founded on the principles of sharing human values of each person, regardless of their religion, origin, culture, or nationality, and has been promoting solidary initiatives for Afghan women since 1999. The Giusti sisters aim to empower women and advocate for the importance of supporting each other and showing solidarity amongst women, which is visually translated through their collections and in particular the new VIRNA.

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Unwrapping the Holiday Season with BOSS

BOSS introduces a new festive campaign together with Chris Hemsworth. Under the name “Unwrapping the Holiday Season”, the campaign celebrates the joy of giving and the special moments inherited by the act of sharing gifts. The campaign shows the American actor unwrapping, unboxing and untying various presents – small ones, big ones, classics as well as unexpected ones. BOSS has translated the suspension and joy of opening presents into their Holiday collection, which looks sport logo-embossed, ribbon-like details. All-over logo patterns and sporty trims feature across many of the items, which are presented in sleek black and festive gold color palettes. The collection ranges from perfectly cut tuxedo and sequin dresses to tracksuits and sweaters, providing a broad variety of items and styles, suitable for the formal as well as the relaxed days of the Holiday season. The collection is further complemented with footwear and fragrances, as well as bodywear and accessories, such as bags and backpacks. The capsule invites the BOSS advocates to experience the Holiday collection through the virtue of giving and sharing joy.

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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.

www.saboteurworld.com

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Missoni x Supreme: A Gathering of Innovators

For the Fall21 collection, Missoni, a house rich in tradition, united its strengths with streetwear company Supreme. The history of Missoni begins as the founders, Ottavio Missoni and Rosita Jelmini meet. Ottavio Missoni gained his first experience in design by creating athletes’ tracksuits for the 1948 Olympics in London, and Jelmini specialized in shawls and embroidery. Combining their prior garment experience and knowledge with the proficiency of knitwear construction and machinery of Rosita Jelmini’s family, the couple founded a small knitwear studio in the north of Milan and started producing innovative lightweight knits that would become an unmistakable recognition value for Missoni. The jackets and sweaters of the collaboration are imprinted with an undoubtedly Missoni-esque-inspired pattern. Ottavio Missoni drew inspiration mainly from Guatemalan, Aztec and Incan textiles and was especially known and admired for his bold approach to color, creating a chromatic harmony by adding a third color to two clashing ones. The Missoni patterns are elevated in this collection, developed by implementing them on a new range of clothes. Supreme supplements the strong Missoni identity with its signature casual and sporty streetwear shapes and designs for the garments, such as hooded sweatshirts, crusher, and polo shirts, perfectly in tune with our zeitgeist.

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Cartier: Love is All: About Compassion and Love

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

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Cartier Fondation pour l’art contemporain

The Fondation Cartier unveils a particular film by Artavazd Pelechian at the 34th international documentary festival in Amsterdam. The foundation was established in 1984 by the luxury jewelry conglomerate on the concept of supporting artists and artistic creation through temporary exhibitions, live performances, and lectures. For the festival, Cartier decided to showcase the film Nature by Armenian film director Artavazd Pelechian. Nature marks a milestone for the director—it is Pelechian´s first published film after 30 years. The 64-minute film offers an exceptional cinematic experience, displaying found footage of natural disasters and Pelechian´s signature theme— humanity’s relationship with nature. The director also created a new and sensual visual language through slowing, reframing, and inverting the archive footage used in the film. “I am convinced that cinema can convey certain things that no language in the world can translate. For me, it goes back to the Tower of Babel, to before the division into different languages,” The exceptional film is the result of 15 years of hard work, thorough editing and relentless pursuit for perfection. The French luxury Maison proves once again its unparalleled intuition for unique potential, not only in jewelry designs but just as well in artistic productions.

www.fondationcartier.com

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Furla Cruise collection SS22: Sharing Joy in Italian

For the cruise collection SS22, the Italian leather goods company Furla celebrates its roots and embraces the cheerful spirit associated with Italy. Aldo Furlanetto founded the unique brand in 1927 while traveling across Europe as a trader in accessories and spreading the spirit. Henceforth, Furla reinterprets the Italian spirit with its leather goods, shoes, and accessories in a contemporary context of fashion. The use of high-quality materials and eclectic elegance are deeply-anchored in the success vocabulary of Furla. The cruise collection SS22 has a distinctive theme: “Joy is a group effort, Fun is for everyone, Sharing is everything” and a clear intention of sharing the uplifting atmosphere with the public. Furla presents the iconic Hobo bag, rounded with its gold monogram, padded handbags in silver, shiny nuances, made out of Nappa leather, and bright, neon-colored crossbody bags that guarantee to turn heads. The selection also showcases a range of small accessories, such as keyrings and card cases which upon closer inspection reveal themselves as depictions of bears and hedgehogs. The cruise collection SS22 is accompanied by the release of a campaign video that captures and diffuses the cheerful and careless spirit of the clothes. The recordings showcase a group of cheerful women dancing in broad daylight, surrounded by beautiful Italian scenery, which perfectly displays the core values Furla has been founded on.

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MCM Cubic: Reinterpreting History

Monogram— the artistically interwoven initials have been adorning garments for decades now and have become a distinctive and firmly established part of pop culture. Many high-end brands, among them MCM understand the crucial role eye-catching logos play in times where consumers are continuously confronted with pictures and impressions, not least due to the void of accessible information online. MCM— which stands for Modern Creation Munich is best known and admired for its luxury luggage and finding enthusiasts in world stars like Diana Ross or underground artists such as Peggy Gou, ever since being founded in 1976. The 45th anniversary of the iconic brand prompted MCM to revive and reimagine its most prominent recognition value— the monogram. For the first time in the history of MCM, the brand presents three exclusive interpretations of the unique Visetos monogram. Previously this year, the Vintage Jacquard monogram was released. Through a highly-specialized weaving technique inspired by methods used in the world-renowned textile school of Bauhaus, the original logo receives a refreshing new design. The second interpretation is called CUBRIC monogram and stands apart from previous logos with a clean, straight-line pattern. The minimalistic approach resonates with the Bauhaus spirit, which is an integral part of German modernism. The compelling reinterpretations are incorporated in a range of signature styles, such as a casual tracksuit and complemented with a bucket hat.

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Saucony Highlights Fall/Winter 2021: Reimagines the Shadow 6000

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

www.saucony.com

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Bulgari Celebrated B.Zero1 Rock Chain in Berlin

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

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Valentino: A Tribute to Creativity

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

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Dries Van Noten SS22: A Firework For The Senses

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

www.driesvannoten.com

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Salvatore Ferragamo: Joyous Anticipation of the Holiday Season

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

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Louis Vuitton Ski Mask: Innovation Meets Style

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

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Adidas x C.P. Company: Cinquanta

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

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PB 0110: Versatile Favorites

PB 0110’s signature styles are the protagonists of the FW21 collection this year. The brand revived and reinterpreted their exceptional range of unique and elegant signature bags for this season. PB 0110 was founded by Philipp Bree with an emphasis on high craftsmanship, devoting enough time for the production of unique bags and accessories in a few selected reputable European manufacturers. He is an advocate of cherishing the longevity of an accessory. With his designs, he aims to nurture the idea of an essential accessory becoming a crucial companion, instead of a replaceable item. The designer initiated a collaboration with the designer and artist Ayzit Bostan, to pursue the idea of a revived version of the traditional Japanese “Sacoche’' bag. The so called AB112 is only 145 gr light, made out of a vegetable-tanned leather and accentuated with a silver zipper. In addition the shoulder strap can be adjusted individually by a knot on each side of the bag. The production factory is a Belgian tannery that first opened its doors 170 years ago and has been awarded with the Bronze Standard Certification - a factory that coincides with PB0110's high quality standards. The revived Sacoche bag is an elegant solution to the complexity of daily life - subtle enough to remain discrete, yet sturdy and sizable enough to fit the essentials.

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Matthew Williams x Ewan Macfarlane: Sculptural Poetry

Collaborations have not only proven to be the best way for a brand to connect with a new audience but just as well to develop the brand´s DNA. Accompanying the arrival of Givenchy´s FW21 collection in a few selected stores, Matthew Williams initiated a ravishing collaboration with multimedia artist Ewan Macfarlane. The artist is best known for his impressive and poetic work dedicated to self-discovery. For a few selected retail stores, Macfarlane created captivating human-like sculptures, which are crouching, climbing, reaching or leaning or include disassociated limbs, all dressed in Givenchy. ´´What someone wears should always portray who they are inside. I feel like the beauty of Ewan´s work helps me convey that in a powerful& poetic way´´ explains Williams. The creative director is renowned and admired for perfectly combining the contrast of utility and luxury in his creations for Givenchy. By displaying these impressive mannequins, Macfarlane and Williams open a conversation on self-expression, meaning and evolution as well as craft, opulence and celebrating life. Refreshingly grotesque yet sculptural poetry. Macfarlane´s work perfectly emphasizes Williams quintessence thought for Givenchy, which is to take a look beneath the beautiful and luxurious clothes because, searching for the insides that really count.

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A Story of Success: Louis Vuitton’s Essentials

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

www.louisvuitton.com

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Saint Laurent SS22

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

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Sportmax SS22 Shows How Harmonic Contrasts Can Be

“Every something is an echo of nothing.”
For this season’s show the artist John Cage serves as main source of inspiration for the brand. The avant-garde composer is known best for his unorthodox ideas and especially the song 4’33’’, presented in a complete absence of any sound and which profoundly changed the perception of music.The contrast between noise and silence, John Cage became famous for, is being transformed by the brand in a fashion context. Light backgrounds stand in contrast to dark as well as vibrant colors used in Sportmax’ creations. The models wearing intricately, heavily draped amounts of fabric appear out of nowhere between clean walls that can not be distinguished from the white floor on the runway, like an echo caused by the reflection of a sound coming out of nothing. Sportmax’ SS22 looks include jumpsuits with big, puff details on the sleeves as well as boxy cut blazers and second skin bodysuits, in a color palette covering natural shades in contrast with bold colors like lilac and fuchsia. The brand also presented charming contrasts between corsetry details and long flowing dresses in soft earthy tones. The journey through the different kind of contrasts inside and outside of the clothing, Sportmax invites us to this season is a perfect addition to Cages silent music studies.

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Prada SS22: Seduction Explained

The duality of the Prada SS22 show, staged simultaneously in Milan and Shanghai-connected via live stream, is a perfect portrayal of the two featured influences, the unconventional beauty chic founder Miuccia Prada and elegant streetwear representative Raf Simons working together. Creating the clothes for the SS22 collection, Prada and Simons have reached the bare structural essentials of the clothing, the ultimate climax of a path of seduction, like the curves of a brassiere, framework of a corset or opened buttons at the back of an elegant silk dress. It featured also draped nude dresses, resembling a bone like structure and silk mini skirts in combination with slightly used-looking leather jackets in different silhouettes, a formal and casual blend, a sophisticated contrast which also mimics Prada and Simons´ partnership. The process of stripping down aims for much more than showing of skin- instead the clothes emphasize the sensual game between bare skin and the soft layers of fabric. Prada and Simons created a new form of sensual sexuality, a more hidden one, giving our mind enough space to create own fantasies.

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Salvatore Ferragamo SS22: An Hommage

Real, authentic Italian craftsmanship is Salvatore Ferragamo’s core identity and the reason for an unmistakable brand identity. For this season's show the Ferragamo team decided to honour the brands founder, by drawing inspiration from the depths of the Ferragamo Archives. For this season’s prints, the brand dug out Julien Colombier’s floral foulard motif from the 70s, that was embroidered, utilizing an ancient Italian needlework tradition. The looks include 60s flared, wide as well as body hugging silhouettes inspired from Luis Buñuel’s 1977 movie “That Obscure Object of Desire’’. The brand even takes the signature tiger print and recontextualizes it on a range of different garments. Always following the motto “sensually soignée literation’’ the fabrics are made out of cotton, wool, silk, linen as well as hemp and reflect a soft and casual coziness. The iconic accessories such as the “Vara’’ and the “Varina’' are brought back to life in new colors and materials. Especially noticeable and matching the 70s inspiration is the red thread that runs through all the looks: a black silk scarf worn in different combinations, as a headband or lightly curved around the shoulder. The show is a perfect reimagined and revived portrayal of Salvatore Ferragamo’s core identity.

www.ferragamo.com

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MCM: Urban Luxury Commute

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

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

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

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Doucal FW21/22: Urban Outdoors

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

www.doucal.com

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BOSS x Russell Athletic Pre-Spring 22: Game Day Energy

BOSS x Russell Athletic Pre-Spring 22: Game Day Energy On the occasion of their second collaboration, Boss and Russell Athletics presented their looks in a classic American manner on the lively baseball field of the Kennedy Sports Center in Milan. The show was opened by Gigi Hadid, sporting an emblematic blouson jacket, uniting the tailoring experience from BOSS with the casual designs of Russell Athletic. Gigi’s opening set the bar for a plethora of celebrities featured in the show, such as Irina Shayk and Joan Smalls, who presented the 60 looks of the collection. In an encompassing way, the show reproduced compelling game-day energy with a marching band, cheerleading teams and a jubilant crowd, including personalities like Chiara Ferragni and Tik-Tok star Younes Zarou. The SS22 collection champions team spirit and companionship with matching looks, featuring classical sportswear elements such as varsity jackets, crewnecks, hoodies and jerseys. Tapping into the design potential of team merchandise elements with pithy logos and slogans, dynamic stripes and oversized silhouettes, the collaboration extrudes the legacy of casual streetwear. The neutral color palette ranging from camel, black, white and navy as the basis of the collection delivered the perfect playground for color coding with orange, red and teal accentuations, resulting in visual unity yet immediate affiliation to imaginary sports teams - creating a replica of the fashion seen in stadium stands.

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www.russellatheletic.com

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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.

www.fredericmalle.com

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Gallery Weekend *Discoveries: Offset

Coinciding with the Gallery Weekend *Discoveries, LA-based artist Kate Mosher Hall is showcasing her first solo exhibition at Tanya Leighton. Kate Mosher’s artworks are individuated by her unique style. The painting displayed in Offset revolve around a play of black, white and grey-scale; capturing walls, facades, windows and doors hid beneath shadows, partially illuminated by faint light beams. By depicting close up details of larger imaginary architecture and blurring the surroundings into silhouettes and hushed projections, Kate Mosher Hall draws in the attention towards a specific segment. The paintings exude simmering darkness, letting the mind of the observer pause with an uncertain premonition, following the pathway of the light beams. The imagery carries a melancholic heaviness, enforced by the low-resolution style of painting. The grainy overlay amplifies a feeling of secrecy and indeterminacy. While looking at the surfaces the pictures seem to question realities, portraying an intimate yet secluded emotion that trailblazes a feeling of foreshadowings. The mind begins to wander, curious to see through the glass of the windows, through the blinds and curtains, through the keyholes of a door – only to reveal nothing but what the observer's inner eye fathoms to imagine. The light beams search with a faint luminosity, seemingly escaping the two dimensions of the paintings, just a moment in time away from unveiling what lies behind the blurred surfaces.

Offset by Kate Mosher Hall is exhibited at Tanya Leighton, Berlin, from September 17th to October 23rd 2021.

www.tanyaleighton.com
www.gallery-weekend-berlin.de

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Gallery Weekend *Discoveries: Senorita Latifa Sharifah

Sculptural collages made from peculiar objects are the centerpieces of Jasmin Werner’s first solo exhibition at Guido W. Baudach Gallery. The exhibition consists of two of Jasmin Werner’s latest series, Wholly Family and Schloss der Republik Burj Khalifa OFW. The common ground of the two series that together make the exhibition Senorita Latifa Sharifah is the display of peculiar and arbitrary objects, puzzled together into assemblage-like sculptures which exude cryptical and allusive allegories. As such, the exhibition features sculptures in which combine construction mesh prints with light installations. Many of the assemblages feature quirky objects such as children toys like chopping cart that are turned into extension cords that power the light work or miniature ladders, inducing a change of perspective and size distortions. The Cologne-based German-Filipino artists used mostly recycled materials from former works at Städtische Galerie Bärenzwinger in Berlin. Through the new interpretation, in which she dissects the former scaffolding sculptures and images of buildings, she connects the locations of the Palast der Republik, the Berlin Stadtschloss and the skyscraper Burj Khalifa in Dubai.

Senorita Latifa Sharifah by Jasmin Werner is exhibited at Guido W. Baudach Gallery, Berlin, from September 11th to October 16th 2021.

www.guidowbaudach.com
www.jasmin-werner.de
www.gallery-weekend-berlin.de

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Gallery Weekend *Discoveries in Berlin

Extending the annual event of Berlin Gallery Weekend, the melting pot capital is hosting a special offshoot of the art event that focuses in particular on up and coming talents of the art scene. For three days, the city turns into a hub of artistry, showcasing the work of young creatives in all their manifoldness. Named Gallery Weekend *Discoveries the event invites to explore the plethora of artworks, ranging from paintings to sculptures, to installations. The exhibitions feature a variety of topics revolving around current matters, personal views and the latest developments. Prior to the opening for the public four authors have visited the sites and derived and put to paper four tours that provide support for visitors who do not know their way around Berlin. The tours are divided into Berlin’s districts, from Mitte & Wedding, Kreuzberg, Charlottenburg to Schöneberg. The routes are accessible in written form on the Berlin Gallery Weekend website, where visitors can get a first glimpse on what awaits them during their time without giving away the details that can be discovered on the tours. Besides the individual and duo exhibitions, the Gallery Weekend *Discoveries have curated the group exhibition K60 with a combination of eight renowned galleries set up in the industrial location of the Wilhelm-Hallen.

The Gallery Weekend *Discoveries are open to public from September 16th to September 18th 2021.

www.galleryweekendberlin.de

Fashion

Longchamp FW21: Seasonal Reinterpretations

For the FW 21 collection, Longchamp explored a seasonal reinterpretation of two of their star pieces – the Brioche bag, named after the delectable French pastry and the Roseau bag with its signature bamboo toggle. Inspired by the evergreen charm of the Parisienne, the French Maison revisited the two iconic bags with the suave wink French women are known for, expressed in the campaigns through a humorous take on ordinary situations of daily life. The Brioche is presented in a sleek, compact design with a versatile metal chain and it's signature neat flap that allows for a surprisingly spacious interior. A leather-covered, metal-rimmed clasp nods to the leather expertise Longchamp is known for. This season, the Brioche’s color palette is replenished with a pastel powder pink and a neutral dove grey. To counteract the soft nuances, a shiny snakeskin-effect leather version as well as indigo denim style one cater for a more outspoken look. Another new version of the Brioche features a sporty 60s vibe with graphic stripe elements. Lastly, the reinterpretation spawned an ivory-colored Brioche with a shearling-effect canvas and a natural calfskin clasp. The Roseau bag has been revisited with a smooth leather body in natural ecru and red color, accessorized with a chunky toggle and chain giving a vintage look, as well as more contrasting material choices such as crocodile-print leather and velvety suedes.

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Brussels Gallery Weekend: Four Months, Four Million Light Years

On February 8th, 2021 the Dutch government has officially put an end to transnational adoptions, hoping to prevent the systematic trafficking and fraud that these processes often inherit. Korean/ Dutch artist Sara Sejin Chang set herself to raise awareness of these past malpractices by dedicating an exhibition to the matter. With Four months, four million light years she captures the colonial past of interracial adoptions. Named after a decree of the Korean government, which stipulated four months as the minimum time frame for children to stay in one orphanage before adoption, the exhibition calls out the transnational and transracial adoption industry. The adoption industry leaves a trail of individual fates confronted with deracination and an ever-lasting question of cultural belonging. The artifacts and anecdotes displayed are an homage to these persons who have been separated from their families, ancestors and inevitably cultural heritage. A composition of textiles, paper text banners and drawings accompany a video projection of a colonial print that marks the entry point of the exhibition. The print serves as a memorial for the beginning of a long history of racialized and infantilizing descriptions of Asian cultures and the violent eradiation of shamanistic cultures by Western missionaries. Drawing from her own experience and those of other adoptees, Sara travels through time in her works, from early colonial descriptions to contemporary adoption society. Sara honors the healing power of the shamanic figures and ancient traditions throughout the exhibition, emphasizing how a reconnection to cultural roots and spirituality is a sacrosanct pillar for adopted persons.

Four months, four million light years is exhibited at Argos, Brussels, from October 9th - December 12th 2021.

www.argosarts.org
www.sarasejinchang.com

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Brussels Gallery Weekend: Soap Opera

For the third time, Takahiro Kudo exhibits his most recent works at the Archiraar gallery. Kudo’s creativity often revolves around the idea of restriction, he defines the physical presence of humans as a state of being trapped. Since the body is the vessel for human’s mental activity, Kudo pursues the idea that restriction itself is the matrix of human purpose. Given the development of the past month and the succession of a global pandemic, Kudo investigated the term of restriction in a new light. In times where turning inwards, metaphorically and literally, was not a choice but a given, the notion of restriction has changed. Various practices and concepts of social life have been put on hold. Resulting from the forced collective social sabbatical, society has newly defined what it means to be connected or secluded. In his most recent works, Kudo channeled his own development during social distancing in recent times. Reflecting on his personal experiences with separation and connection, he discovered a new meaning of the term that applies to the fluctuating intimacies of private lives. Aligned with the close to real-life concept of his work, Kudo experimented with soap and acrylic glass, both materials that symbolize self-care and separation. By depicting private yet common narratives, the exhibition of Kudo’s work illustrates the dynamics behind distancing oneself in social engagement, the commodification of happiness and its consumption.

Soap Opera is exhibited at Archiraar Gallery, Brussels, from September 9th - November 6th 2021.

www.archiraar.com
www.takahirokudo.com

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Brussels Gallery Weekend: Around the Figure

The exhibition Around the Figure touches upon the reconfiguration of the human body since the post-war years. After a time of austerity, the following years marked a liberating shift concerning the vision of the body. This shift in perception brought along artistic practices which explore the transformative states of human physicality. The exhibition addresses the question of whether the corporeal body truly belongs to the human. A compound of sculptures, photography and paintings from various artist shine a light on bodily perception in abstract and figurative ways. The works center around the predicament between the human desire to reveal the true self and the impulse to remain inscrutable to the outside world. This constant dynamic between exposing and concealing, propelled by second-wave feminism and the sexual liberation movement, exemplifies how the body is harnessed and liberated simultaneously. Control versus powerlessness plays a significant role in many of the exhibited artworks. As such, Cindy Sherman’s self-portraits delineate the male gaze on the female body, proving how the self-control over the own body is limited. Gerhard Richter challenges the mind’s eye in a portrait that depicts the temporary, unreliable character of distant memories, indicating how they are replenished by vague remembrances. Blurring the lines between the individual artists' visions, the exhibition opens a discourse on the individual and inevitably societal perception of the human figure, painting a holistic notion of the mutability of the body of the past seventy years.

Around the Figure is exhibited at Vedovi Gallery, Brussels, from September 10th - November 13th 2021.

www.vedovigallery.com

Fashion

Swarovski Wonderlab Collection II

A world where magic and science meet, a world full of wonder – from muses of the Bohemian movement to design aesthetics taken from the Swarovski’s Austrian heritage, the second collection of Wonderlab enrichens the timeline of the jewelry brand by a modern twist. Each crystal item of the collection represents a microcosm of an individual world in which the magic of Swarovski jewelry unfolds in manifold ways. The collection exhibits an interplay of colors, textures and cuts that symbolize self-expression in all its various ways – classic, punk, sweet, striking and every nuance in between. Aligned with this expressive nature, the collection is launched with a campaign that represents the opposite of archetypes in all their authenticity. The Wonderlab Collection II cherishes the success of the preceding Collection I; paying tribute to the families of the original collection with evolved takes such as unisex approaches, new forms and colors. Besides, the Wonderlab Collection II presents a quartet of new design families: Abunda embodies technical marvel, exploring architectural elements, focusing on the prowess of craftsmanship. Dextera exemplifies geometric embellishment, parading crystals precisely composed around metal frames that radiate a “mathemagical” fusion. Imber replenishes the Wonderlab themes by a softly sensory experience, with crystals that create a cascading illusion, inspired by the classic Swarovski chains. Lastly, Stella features dark and dreamy star-shaped pieces that play with proportion and lets starlets and stargazers dream of alternate realms.

The Wonderlab Collection II is available from September 7th in-stores as well as online.

www.swarovski.com

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Galop d’Hermès: Equestrian Anecdotes

The Galop d'Hermès watch, created in 2019, exemplifies a thoughtful creative process. The watch revisits the Maison’s equestrian codes with its watchcases that is inspired by the shape of stirrups. The Galop d'Hermès was born from the detailed observation of Californian designer Ini Archibong, who immersed himself into the archives of Hermès creations. Bridoons, stirrups, bridles, harnesses - with his streamlined and balanced style, Archibong merges avant-garde interpretations of these design anecdotes with the beknown functional simplicity of Hermès objects. Now, Hermès relaunches the classic piece in a smaller format. Closely linked to the House's watchmaking repertoire, the Galop d'Hermès is a piece that combines the practicality of a watch with the delicacy of jewelry. The new “Petits Modèles” are available in rose gold, plain steel and in a steel bedazzled with no less than 134 diamonds. The case’s soft angles close around a wide-open dial, punctuated by Arabic numerals of different sizes. Enlarged on the lower part of the display, they convey movement and a shift in perspective. The progressive typography, finely highlighted in anthracite, stands out against a sandblasted background, while the hands hover over a smooth opalescent surface. A final nod to the world of horses, the number 8 forms an inverted stirrup. A calfskin or alligator strap, made in the Hermès Horloger workshops, extends the aerodynamic and futuristic lines of this creation.

www.hermès.com

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Amsterdam Fashion Week: Wandler FW21

Without light, there is no color. With this mantra in mind, the FW21 collection of the Amsterdam-based accessories label presents itself in a bright, apple green color palette. Being the vanguard of the Amsterdam Fashion Week 21, Wandler orchestrated an art show that put the collection’s items in the limelight– in a literal way, creating a homage to colorful expression and celebrating the significant role of colors in Wandler’s creativity and collections. Introduced by a light installation and narrated prose that touches upon the empowerment of color, Wandler showcased the collection at an abandoned gas station in Amsterdam Noord. The graphic elements of the light installation represented the striking shapes and unexpected nature that Wandler’s designs are known for. Following the installation, the items were presented in a lab-like manner, drenched in green neon lights, radiating a sophisticated and confident atmosphere. The choice of apple green reflects on past times and simultaneously embodies hope, growth, joy and happiness, pointing towards a bright future – in general, as well as for the Amsterdam label itself. The collection features the classic Wandler pieces such as the Rosa boots and loafers, as well as the Penelope and Louis bags. For the FW21 collection, the brand’s most iconic piece, the Hortensia bag, parades its rounded, trapeze shape in the fresh emerald color, too.

www.wandler.com

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Cartier The Clash [Un]Limited with Lily Collins

Free-spirited, energetic and authentic are the attributes that make for Lily Collin’s alluring charm. With a unique and committed attitude, Lily belongs to the generation of artists who embrace and celebrate their different sides, the classic and the elegant, the creative and the extravagant ones. She embodies a woman, who does not limit nor label herself. Lily has been a muse and friend of Cartier for a long time, her individualist and multifaceted nature makes her the perfect fit for Cartier’s The Clash [Un]Limited jewelry collection and the Double C Cartier Bag. „For me, being part of the Cartier family means joining a community of unique nonconformists who show great strength of character. Cartier is Paris, it's this certain idea of elegance and French refinement, which the Clash [Un]limited jewelry and the Double C bag embody with classic extravagance,“ is how Lily describes her campaign collaboration with the renowned French Maison. Lily is internationally known for her diverse range of acting, including movies like OKJA, The Last Tycoon and more recently, the immensely popular Emily in Paris series, for which Lily was nominated for a second Golden Globe. Aside from an astonishing career sparked with one-of-a-kind movies, the actress shows commitment to charitable projects, being involved with several nonprofit organizations, collecting funds for vulnerable, deprived children.

www.cartier.com

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HUBLOT x NOVAK DJOKOVIC

Joining the ranks of top-tier athletes like Pelé, Usain Bolt, Dustin Johnson and Kylian Mbappé; Hublot has selected their latest ambassador, Serbian tennis superstar Novak Djokovic. In anticipation of the US Open, the world’s number one tennis player has aligned his pursuit of greatness with luxury watch-maker Hublot, in becoming an ambassador and part of the Hublot family.

Djokovic’s mastery of the sport is evidenced in his life’s work, having 85 singles titles on the ATP circuit, 20 Grand Slams, 5 Masters games and 36 Masters 1000 games and an Olympic medal. In addition to his many accolades Djokovic is the only player in the Open era to have won at least two Grand Slam tournaments. Ricardo Guadalupe, Founder of Hublot, the opulent Swiss Watch company which created the Big Bang in 2005, spoke fondly of the star tennis player, saying “we are particularly honored to have the great Novak Djokovic join our beautiful Hublot family. He is a player who makes tennis history by being unique, first and different, which is exactly our motto. It’s a great day for Hublot!”

To excel beyond that which is widely seen as expected or attainable, to reach further than your imagination can comprehend; to truly be the best at your craft is a conquest that is shared by Hublot and Novak Djokovic.

www.hublot.com

 

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Remastered Archives at C.P Company

In 1971 C.P Company, then still called Chester Perry, was called to live by Massimo Osti. Osti, who had a background in graphic design, was soon earned the reputation of a “godfather of urban sportswear”. Ever since, C.P. Company has been known for its hybrid style that combines elements of vintage military and sportswear. For their 50th anniversary, the revolutionary streetwear brand has launched a series of celebratory chapters, of which the latest, chapter six, is the collection Remastered Archives. With Remastered Archives, the Italian brand cherishes the past of its legacy by reinterpreting pivotal designs of their creative history. The most emblematic item of the brand, the classical t-shirt, has been used as a canvas to portray the retakes on these nostalgic designs. The design of the shirts relies on the graphic design roots of the brand, featuring a variety of type fonts that bestow a bold yet simple message. Iconic moments of the brand, such as the British Sailor motif, the Flatiron Building – which represents the site of the very first C.P Company store –, the Rainforest Foundation moment and the original MilleMiglia race mark celebrate the half-century anniversary with all its landmarks. The appearance and feel of the t-shirts are also a nod to both historical designs and current aesthetics, using heavyweight cotton, a relaxed fit, and a higher neckline.

The Remastered Archive collection is available at all C.P Company flagship stores in Milan, Amsterdam London and Riccione, as well as online.

www.cpcompany.com

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Responsible Living: DIESEL Library

The next chapter in eco-friendly denim production from high quality denim brand, Diesel. ‘Diesel Library’, which will be presented for the brand’s Spring / Summer 2022 collection, incorporates a genderless design aesthetic and extends the brand’s commitment to innovation and production technologies that consistently make durable and desirable denim garments. The removal of the 5-pocket demarcation between women and men offers a new perspective on the most democratic material, denim, and to usher in a new era of essential pieces at Diesel.

All fabrics consist of resource-saving materials, including B. organic and recycled fibers The techniques implemented in making the Diesel Library significantly reduce the use of water and chemicals. 50% of the Diesel Library will be “made-to-stay,” meaning that they will have a permanent home on the shelves in the future of the brand. Leather patches are tanned free of chrome, the metal buttons found in the Diesel Library are treated without zinc, even the labels found on each piece are made from recycled materials. Tags and patches are also made from FSC certified materials. This reinforces the brand’s dedication to sustainability, a “total look” will anchor the wide range of eco-friendly garments in the evergreens collection; intended to outlast trends and withstand the test of time.

A first look of the Diesel Library collection premiered at a show hosted by Creative Director, Glenn Martens in June of this year. The garments will be available from November 2021 online and in select Diesel stores globally.

www.diesel.com

 

Fashion

FW 21 Suicoke x Daniel Arsham

For their FW 21 collection, Japanese label Suicoke collaborated with Daniel Arsham. The New York based artist contributed to Suicoke with a textile design applied to one of their most iconic shoe styles, the Zavo. Inviting comfort and items that create a certain atmosphere are central attributes that determine the design process of Suicoke. The Zavo style embodies these characteristics with a a closed toe cap and a flat sole with a raised foot bed – resembling a pantofle. Arsham overhauled a Porsche 911 from 1986 in late 2020. For the shoe collaboration, he lent the canvas design of this automotive work to Suicoke. Thus, the FW 21 Zavo version features a sturdy, heavyweight stonewash textile material. The cap is finished of with a horizontal strap showcasing the Arsham Studio logo, along with a branding emblem on the inside sole. Fur ultimate comfort, the Zavo variant is lined with mouton fur, which increases heat retention and premium comfort and is available in navy and beige.

The Suicoke x Daniel Arsham collaboration footwear will be available online and at selected global retailers from August 20th 2021.

www.suicoke.com

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CHANEL Watchmaking: Monsieur. Superleggera Edition

“With its powerful engine, dream coachwork and unique finishing, the Monsieur. Superleggera Edition watch opens new roads that lie ahead” is how CHANEL presents the launch of a unique watch that compromises the most distinctive elements of two renowned chronograph lines – the Superleggera and the Monsieur. Resulting from this rendez-vous, a unique blend of high-tech and elegance emerges. The Superleggera line, consisting of unisex chronographs that appeal to both women and men, features an athletic, masculine look manufactured from high-tech aluminum. The J12 Superleggera proclaims a passion for performance and a love of sports. On the contrary, the Monsieur, characterized by old-school classic elements, is a timeless, scaled-back watch that charms with elegance and grace. With its understated leather bracelet and detail-oriented clock face, the Monsieur watches do justice to their name. The Monsieur. Superleggera Edition stands for a contemporary interpretation of fine watchmaking for men at CHANEL. The new interpretation is inspired by racecar speedometers and has been designed to stand out from the crowd. With a matte black ceramic 42mm-diameter case and a matte black dial with a small detail of red calfskin the Monsieur. Superleggera Edition persuades with a discrete force.

www.chanel.com

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Karl Lagerfeld x Aubade

Aubade Paris has been manufacturing premium lingerie for over 60 years. Over the decades, the French brand has acquired incomparable expertise in corsetry that delivers the perfect fit and cut to their loyal customers. Bringing confidence through empowerment to women is the philosophy behind Aubade. Relying on experience and craftsmanship, Aubade modifies its undergarment collections to current trends and styles. The quality values and aspiration to go with the Zeitgeist show in their latest collaboration for an F/W 2021 capsule with Karl Lagerfeld. The collection consists of four underwear sets, available in an elegant black version and as well a bolder variant of bright red. Karl Lagerfeld’s signature rock-chic design and tuxedo inspirations shine through in selected details and are completed by a clip-on collar and waist corset. From simple to daring, the capsule offers a range of styles that celebrates the body in true classical French fashion. The pieces are crafted from premium quality fabrics and haberdashery, including satin-covered buttons, guipure embroidery and mesh embellishments. The development of the collection centered around the mutual Parisian heritage of the two brands, merging together Karl Lagerfeld’s design creativity and Aubade’s proficiency in manufacturing.

www.karl.com
www.aubade.eu

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Alpine Capsule: Skiing with Dior

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

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

www.dior.com

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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.

www.versace.com

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aeyde Pre-Fall 21

The pace of our everyday lives is becoming faster and faster. News and images circle the globe almost instantly and we are at all times connected to almost everything that is happening in the world, bombarded with a constant flux of outside stimulus. Then, Covid-19 happened and the world for once stood completely still. People were confined to their homes, events were cancelled, streets were empty, and suddenly we found ourselves alone with our thoughts almost without any distractions. This wasn’t just the case for individuals. Also, companies suddenly found themselves in a period of intense introspection, as the minds behind aeyde put it, during which the immensity within was allowed to swell to the surface. All the changes and challenges of the past five years were finally able to sink, sparking the creation of a renewed inner space to contemplate the journey which has brought aeyde to where the brand is now. This is also reflected in the new Pre-Fall collection, which was launched this July. The ongoing reflection is presented throughout the styles, old as well as new, revealing the brand’s past, its identity, but also what’s to come. In line with its typical signature aesthetic, the two highlights of the collection are the new razor-sharp pointy-toe shoes in monochrome and the sleek square-toe styles in classic colors and luxe snake prints.

The aeyde Pre-Fall collection is available in select stores and online now.

www.aeyde.com

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Valentino Des Ateliers

Valentino’s Creative Director Pierpaolo Piccioli makes it clear that fashion is not art. Art has no purpose outside itself, art for art, whereas fashion due to its very nature features functionality, a practical scope directly linked to our body. Nevertheless, these two creative differences aren’t opposed. On the contrary, when taking the time to learn about these differences they offer a great source of inspiration and opportunity to broaden our horizons. All that's required is to be curious and to take the time to listen. This is the foundation for the Valentino Des Atelier project, meaningful dialogue between the disciplines. Driven by the urge to build a community of makers around Maison Valentino, convinced that painting is to contemporary art what Haute Couture is to fashion, Piccioli brings together a group of painters of different ages, backgrounds and aesthetic inclinations, translating the two-dimensionality of their works into three-dimensional garments, a truly metamorphic process that transforms the paintings which are contemplated as something still into an animated and draped garments moving with the body. Color layering, signs, backgrounds, the full and empty portions are translated by Piccioli into lines, cuts, compositional gestures, involving each artist in a conversation on the dress itself. Each dress is the result of the confrontation of two creatives, the coming together of two distinct languages into a single dress. Valentino Des Ateliers is not just about creating a dialogue, but about listening to each other before pronouncing yourself.

www.valentino.com

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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.”

www.montblanc.com

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