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

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

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Louis Vuitton Cruise 2023 Women’s Fashion Show Collection

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

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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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Château Ducru-Beaucaillou by Maison Sarah Lavoine

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

www.maisonsarahlavoine.com

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Miu Wander: A New Perspective

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

www.miumiu.com

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Suicoke Launches The MOK Injection Sandal

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

www.suicoke.com

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Furla Futura: Love for Nature

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

www.furla.com

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Kaldewei x Vogue Germany presents #mustsee “Bathscape” by Cristina Celestino

At the Fuorisalone from June 7th till the 12th, the German premium bathroom manufacturer will collaborate with the legendary fashion magazine in presenting the installation “Bathscape” – designed by the Milanese star designer Cristina Celestino. Cristina Celestino founded her studio in Milan in 2013. Since then, she has worked on multiple projects ranging from the areas of living and hotel industry to creative direction and product design. Kaldewei is a German family company that has been creating bathroom solutions combining modern luxury with sustainable thinking, management, and action for over 100 years, now in its fourth generation. The collaboration is already highlighted in the upcoming Milan Furniture Fair #mustsee, taking visitors on a spectacular and highly aesthetic journey through bathroom culture. For Celestino, the project is sculptural research into all aspects of creating and using bathroom furnishings. This investigates what qualities of the modern bathroom transform it into the oasis that we use to recharge our batteries and relax, as well as the importance of ecological and social aspects. This creates a highly topical dialogue as well as showing exciting approaches to a contemporary, luxurious bathroom design. The installation will take place in the vibrant Brera District throughout the duration of the Milan Furniture Fair. GH  

www.kaldewei.com

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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

www.audemarspiguet.com

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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

www.foundationlouisvuitton.fr

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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

www.bottegaveneta.com

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LOUIS VUITTON for UNICEF: The New Silver Lockit Bracelets by Virgil Abloh

Louis Vuitton has launched a new collection of Silver Lockit bracelets designed by Virgil Abloh, carrying forward solid cooperation with UNICEF. This year the Creative Director of the French Maison, who passed away last November, created a collection including bracelets and pendants that recall his first Silver Lockit collaboration but with new colors and materials. The LOUIS VUITTON for UNICEF partnership started six years ago to help bring vulnerable children life-saving support in humanitarian situations, assisting the international organization in responding quickly to emergencies or disasters worldwide. Since 2016, to support this initiative, Louis Vuitton has annually presented new versions of the Silver Lockit bracelet to raise money to donate to UNICEF. Given the success of these sales, the brand let Virgil Abloh reinterpret these items with his stylistic signature bringing a breath of fresh air to the collection. The Men’s Artistic Director added a bold chain linked to a thicker cord, a silver padlock, and a Louis Vuitton charm that in the current collection come in natural and black titanium and are combined with neon yellow, rainbow, or black cord bracelets. VB

www.louisvuitton.com

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Gucci Bamboo 1947

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

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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

www.armani.com

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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

www.acquadiparma.com

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Tim Van Laere Gallery Presents Self Portraits and Nudes (Gesamtkunstwerk) by Jonathan Meese

Tim Van Laere Gallery presents SELF PORTRAITS AND NUDES (GESAMTKUNSTWERK), the fifth solo exhibition by Jonathan Meese at the gallery. Known for his multifaceted work, which includes paintings, installations, performances, and a body of sculpture in numerous mediums, Jonathan Meese is a German artist that plays with a sense of humor, a combination of both the grotesque and a powerful, original creative will. His paintings allow us to enter an alternative universe. Especially in this exhibition, Meese showcases a new series of works that captures the interplay of inner and outer worlds, merging imagination and reality. "SELF PORTRAITS AND NUDES," as the title predicts, deals with self-portraits and nudes. According to the artist, all self-portraits are nude, and all nudes are self-portraits. In addition, the art pieces want to celebrate the birth of the Gesamtkunstwerk, paying homage to evolution, nature, love, power, collage, abstraction, animalism, and art itself. SELF PORTRAITS AND NUDES (GESAMTKUNSTWERK) by Jonathan Meese will be on display at Tim Van Laere Gallery from April 7th to May 14th, 2022. VB

www.timvanlaeregallery.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

www.maisonsarahlavoine.com

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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

www.byborre.com

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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

www.mooseknucklescanada.com

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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

www.balenciaga.com

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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

www.marni.com
www.veja.com

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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

www.kunstshow.nl
www.baskosters.com

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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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Trussardi FW22: A New Narrative

Trussardi, one of the oldest fashion houses to show during Milan Fashion Week, presented its FW22 Collection designed by Creative Directors Benjamin A. Huseby and Serhat Isik. Held at the ground floor of Palazzo Trussardi, the setting reflected the idea of excavation of the house and a return to origins. Benjamin A. Huseby and Serhat Isik wanted to give life to a new Trussardi narrative using their methodology of uncovering the layers to get to the foundation. They looked at the past to reshape the present and think about the future. From a sleeping beauty, Trussardi is awakened, showing a collection that combined fantasy and reality, the historical and the present. It is a mixture of fantastical fairy tales and the genuine codes of how people dress on the streets of Milan. The two Creative Directors studied the Milanese and noticed how almost everyone was wearing 100-gram Piumino jackets, the typical and essential lightweight down jacket, and created a more beautiful and improved version of the item. Benjamin A. Huseby and Serhat Isik's idea of fashion lies in the magic of clothes that gives visibility to who is wearing them, like a magic cloak. For the FW22 show, they aimed to give this power to everyone, inviting people back into the building because the Trussardi spirit has always been to look at fashion democratically. In addition, they redesigned the house motif, an ouroboros depicting the iconic Italian greyhound eating its tail. For Benjamin A. Huseby and Serhat Isik, time is not linear but a loop, and there is no hierarchy in dressing for a world that exists as much in the past as it does in the present. VB

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Ferrari FW22: The Beauty of Speed

“We affirm that the world’s magnificence has been enriched by a new beauty: the beauty of speed.” - Manifesto of Futurism. Ferrari, the luxury automotive company, presented its FW22 Collection with a co-ed Women and Men runway as part of the Milan Fashion Week calendar. As well as Futurism exalted the dynamism and speed of the modern world, the Italian brand launched a collection inspired by these elements, enhancing the brand codes of innovation and speed. In a fast-evolving society, Creative Director Rocco Iannone crafted a range of garments and accessories that turned the personalities and passions of leading women and men in today's changing aesthetics and culture into everyday attitudes of daywear and evening wear. Ferrari presented slim yet not minimal silhouettes, tailored and natural materials made with the latest technology, and designs that transcend the boundaries of masculine and feminine. Coats and jackets had contoured shoulders defined by stitching and flat-felled seams, skirts had pencil shapes, often with adjustable metal-zippered slits, and the little black dress came in new materials, such as leather treated with finishes that affect shapes and some volumes that increase towards the hem. Also, new graphics have been added to the Ferrari archive: a camo print obtained by breaking down the silhouette of the Prancing Horse, an abstract motif produced from a hologram of the logo with an enlarged photo of technical filaments, and other patterns derived from thermal scanner grids. In addition, a color palette of blacks, yellow, red, shades of green, and hints of beige and grey combined with sustainable materials such as organic cotton, GRS-certified recycled nylon, as well as Eco down padding completed the Ferrari FW22 Collection. 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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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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Fratelli Rossetti in Fiumara d'Arte

Fratelli Rossetti has shot her SS22 campaign in Sicily, among the monumental works of Fiumara d’Arte, one of the largest open-air sculpture museums in Europe, designed by patron Antonio Presti. The colossal works create an evocative and poetic setting for a collection whose every detail evokes the art of craftsmanship. Presti describes the imagery as “a combination of art and fashion that reflects current environmental, social, and cultural concerns. It helps raise the profile of the extraordinary area of Sicily and its ancient villages”. The forms are captured by skilled fashion photographer Federico Sorrentino, who pays great attention to contours, geometry, and perspective. Human subjects merge with their environment and create a sense of harmony between the shapes and colors. The collection maintains Fratelli Rossetti's signature elegance while being extensively innovative and bright. The brand continues to bring about small and big revolutions in the fashion world as it has done over the past 70 years, remaining as an international ambassador for “Made in Italy” and Italian style. GH

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The Savoir-Faire of the Dior Tribales Earrings

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

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Dior SS22

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

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Gentle Monster x Coperni "5G" Collection

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

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Paul Smith + PORTER Released a Bold New Bag Collection

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

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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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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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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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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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Stray Rats & Carhartt WIP SS22

Carhartt WIP has partnered with Stray Rats for their SS22 collection. Stray Rats is a brand that spans from punk and hardcore nostalgia to strands of underground American counterculture, which paired with Carhartt’s authentic adaptations of American workwear has instigated a strong collaboration. The collaboration features nine products, including reworked iterations of the original Active Jacket, Western Jacket, and Smith Pant. The items are all in either canvas or denim, and have an “aged” effect while also bearing a hand-drawn allover print. Each of these garments is accented with classic brass detailing and trims and is in either duck blue or tobacco brown. As a staple to the Stray Rats collection, there are also some cotton jersey items, including a sweatshirt and sweatpants with graphic prints similar to the hand-drawn prints on the canvas and denim items.

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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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DIOR Haute Couture SS22

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

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AMI FW22: The Essence of Paris

AMI is back in the spotlight presenting the FW22 Collection at Palais Brongniart. It is a collection that embodies the quintessential essence of the Parisian style. Paris is, once again, a steady source of inspiration for Alexandre Mattiussi, founder and Creative Director of the Maison. For this collection, his focus shifted from the streets to metro stations, a public space where everyone comes together, mixes and blends, without any discrimination. Influenced by the people who inhabit those places, he decided to reflect this reality on the catwalk by recreating metro tunnels in a mythical monument. The FW22 has been a statement collection that celebrates AMI’s DNA, presenting a free-spirited color palette, prints and motifs next to rich textures and eccentric fabrics. In addition, the collection encompasses a variety of silhouettes, strong unisex pieces, alongside tailored masculine shapes and more delicate feminine forms. These garments are then combined with unique accessories created in collaboration with jeweler Alan Crocetti and with a new it-bag named “Le Voulez-Vous”. In terms of his casting for the show, Alexandre Mattiussi has gone beyond the common standards presenting one of the most inclusive casts ever. On the runway, iconic models such as Mariacarla Boscono, Kirsten Owen and Paloma Elsesser walked, side by side, with street-casted models and new faces. A true representation of the French capital, Ami’s collection embodies the city’s chic flair, fun and diversity.

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LOEWE FW22: What Is Real Today?

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

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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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Isabel Marant Homme FW22

A grungy spirit comes to life in the Isabel Marant Homme FW22 collection. Crafted from unexpected blends of prints, color, and fabrics, the silhouettes of the garments exude a casual chic. Looking back to the 90s as an ode to the legacy of Kurt Cobain, cuts are baggy, check shirts are tied around the waist and washed denim meets versatile stripes. Convinced that layering is key, pieces and shapes are overlapping for an urban look. For an eye-catching streetwear look, the Isabel Marant man wears a pair of Bumkeeh, the reinvented men’s version of the iconic wedge sneaker Balskee – one of the house’s most known pieces. With adventure at heart, a love for the great outdoors becomes evident in boxy parkas, patchworks of shearling, and oversized windbreakers combined with warm knitwear pieces. Perfect for cold winter weather, the steppe-colored pieces are contrasted by the introduction of color block activewear pieces where royal blue, bright yellow, mint green, and fiery red clash.

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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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Spyder FW22

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

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C.P. Company CINQUANTA

C.P. Company CINQUANTA For Milan Fashion Week, C.P. Company presents a throwback on 50 years of sportswear design with "CINQUANTA: A retrospective on 50 years of sportswear innovation by C.P. Company”. At the end of their anniversary celebrations, which lasted all throughout the past year, an exhibition, freely accessible to the public, is open from January 15th to January 17th, 2022 in Milan. Created in collaboration with Random Studio, a creative agency from Amsterdam, “CINQUANTA” is a series dedicated to five decades of Italian sports and casual wear. It includes more than 70 pieces from the C.P. Company archives, alongside original sketches and special projects that have marked and shaped the brand legacy. The retrospective also includes a special area dedicated to the 50th anniversary presenting the collaborations next to various objects and memorabilia. As Lorenzo Osti, President of C.P. Company put it himself, "This exhibition is designed to facilitate the understanding of the essence of the brand through its most iconic items: the ability of C.P. Company to model and create objects that resonate with contemporary society. This way, through our garments, you will find the evocations of cities, landscapes and adventures that have most involved and fascinated us in the last 50 years."

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Fashion

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.

 www.geniusdavinci.com

Fashion

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

Travel

The Incantation

The vision of lush green landscapes, vintage American cars and cheerful people with good spirits, immediately resonates with the image of Cuba. César Martí, Maestro Ronero at Eminente, is an embodiment of the country’s values, its culture and history. Cuban energy and culture are ubiquitous in Martí’s world. Each one of his projects is unique but they all carry the same recognizable signature – a feeling of the joyous and welcoming Cuban atmosphere. Besides preserving the national identity of rum, César Martí’s passion lies in renewing the complexity of the spiritous beverage that is deeply-rooted in the cultural heritage of Cuba. Surrounded by sugar cane fields and influenced by his grandfather, who worked his whole life in the sugar cane industry, his upbringing already predicted his passion for aromas. He fell in love with the art of rum-making resulting in him becoming the youngest Maestro Ronero in the history of Cuba. César Martí can be uncompromisingly identified with a unique talent for masterfully managing to enhance the historical taste of ancient Cuban rum with modern techniques of mixing the complex aguardientes, often referred to as the “soul of Cuba”. His experience and passion made him an expert in creating the latest extraordinary version of rum, called Eminente. In his conversation with ZOO, César Martí talks about his life’s passion, Eminente, and how he wants to revive the image of Cuba beyond its borders.

Jesse Rintoul: Claiming to capture the best of all Cuban regions is a bold statement. Would the other nine Maestros Roneros agree with this or claim their own rums to be superior? Have you received any praise from your competitors at home?
César Martí: When I designed Eminente, I was inspired by the Cuban aguardientes of the late 19th century and took the specific cities that distinguish Cuban rum today in the different regions of the island, Occidental, Central and Oriental as a reference, combining these three styles in a style of its own. Central style conceives a different, intense, complex and full-bodied product with very specific characteristics, exhibiting in its two products a level of complexity and depth, superior for its type and showing in turn the delicacy and aesthetics of the traditional light rum. We, the Cuban rum masters, defend the Cuban rum culture above all else throughout the length and breadth of the island, of which Eminente is a faithful representative. Every design made by any Maestro seeks to satisfy the demands of a market and we all recognize the quality that distinguishes them for the purpose for which they are created. I have received many compliments from the rest of the Cuban rum masters, who recognize that Eminente is a faithful representative of our Cuban rum culture.

JR: The excellence related to being a Maestro Ronero is largely built on experiences and tradition. How did you experience the path to becoming a Maestro Ronero?
CM: Because of my background of chemist studies, my approach to rum is different. I categorize the liquid like an oenologist. And thanks to having grown up in a family that worked with sugar cane, I know the journey from the soil to the bottle like the back of my hand. Simultaneously, I have always liked the idea of being inspired by the Cuban rums of the 19th century, recreating their characteristics by using the modern yet modest methods of our distillery. My path to becoming a Maestro Ronero was different, because both my family background as well as my academics are critical components of my journey.

JR: Made with 70% aged aguardientes, which is the highest amount in all of the Cuban rums, even when the Cuban regulations only require 20%. What made you decide to put so much emphasis on the aguardientes?
CM: With Eminente Reserva 7 years old, new standards are set by being made with 70% of different types of aged aguardientes. With this design I wanted to bring a renewed complexity to Cuban rum, combining the art of natural ageing, the selection of barrels for ageing at each stage and finally, the exquisite selection and multiple blends of aged aguardientes that form part of the final recipe.

Read the full interview in the current ZOO December Issue 73!

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Art

Prada Mode Moscow: Turning into a Pharmacy For The Sixth Iteration

This year’s destination of the Prada Mode event is the Levenson Mansion in Moscow, featuring a special metamorphosis of the location by Damien Hirst into an iconic pharmacy experience. Prada Mode is a traveling social club event, lasting several days and including art installations, musical acts, dinners, and providing a space for like-minded people to meet and connect. The inaugural iteration of the concept was initiated by the luxury fashion house Prada in 2018 as a part of the art fair Art Basel in Miami. The Prada Mode Moscow is set in the Levenson Mansion, the charming private residence designed for the official purveyor of his majesty Emperor Nicholas and which has been bestowed with the clinical atmosphere of a pharmacy by Damien Hirst. Among the series of memorable works of his, is the recreation of a pharmacy, shown for the first time in the 90s in a London restaurant. Longtime friend Miuccia Prada designed the original uniforms for the restaurant, resulting in an ideal match for joining forces on Prada Mode Moscow. The installation features typical pharmacy elements, such as floor-to-ceiling medicine cabinets, embedded pills into floors and banquettes as well as wallpaper, imprinted with a design that has been taken out of a catalog for prescription medicines. The interactive art installation at Prada Mode Moscow is a captivating experience without any side effects, summarized by Damien Hirst as “I’ve always thought great restaurants can be art, and Pharmacy is a living breathing artwork, best filled with people and art as one.’’

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Fashion

Valentine’s Charm

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

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Fashion

Strength through Unity: Dior Fall 2022

Maria Grazia Churri has revealed the looks of the Dior Fall 2022 collection in which she drew inspiration from the women of the Dior Maison, calling to life a collection that tributes empowerment. Overall, the collection expressed the idea of strength through unity, set into the context of fashion by a collection that appears as highly individual interpretations of the same uniform. Many of the looks featured layering, creating depth and personal style. Dungaree dresses layered over white shirts, black ties combined with quilted, fringed ponchos, and tulle skirts balanced with heavy boots reoccurred throughout the collection, making for an aesthetic that merged school attires with mature elements. The color palette exhibited black and white looks, complemented with dark neutral colors as well as recurring shades of yellow. Maria Grazia Churri experimented with pattern mixing, in particular with different kinds of plaids and diamond checks. Knee-length skirts and mid-length sleeves introduced new shapes into the current silhouettes. On a more feminine side, the looks were subtly enhanced with see-through blouses and lingerie tops, featuring sheer materials as a contrast to the strong lines and sharp tailoring. With great attention to detail, the looks show unexpected elements such as open hemlines and asymmetries. Accessory-wise, the collection showed leather woven belts, at times connected to the black ties, creating a harness-like shape, as well as black socks complementing the sturdy boots, given a twist with lacing detail at the top.

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Fashion

Heatwave Incoming

Appearing like a kaleidoscope of form and color, the AGR SS22 collection brings the post-lockdown spirit to life, giving it a vibrant look. The typical technicolor offering of the brand is a response to the collective yearning for freedom, adventure, and pure enjoyment. “London on heat” is how AGR founder Alicia Robinson describes the narrative of this season, which is an assemblage of different sources of inspiration. Drawing on British photographer Martin Parr’s hyper-saturated images of everyday life, the collection channels the spirit and style of the 90s rave culture, showcasing knitwear in imaginative forms and tailor-made psychedelic pieces. Further exploring the realm of bright pop color, the season’s intensive color palette takes inspiration from abstract painter Mark Rothko’s seminal color field paintings. AGR’s signature lime green is accompanied by neons, which are juxtaposed with natural, neutral tones and the use of space-dyed yarns. For textile and form, AGR created new jacquards in collaboration with the Netherlands-based knitwear manufacturer Knitwear Lab, which emulates the appearance of American spray-gun painter Roy Colmer’s spray- and stripe-work. Lastly, referencing Parr’s photography the AGR look book of the season portrays a summery scene, telling a tale of positivity, enthusiasm, and a taste for a bustling future.

www.agrknit.co.u

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Art

Louis Vuitton Exhibtion:200 Trunks, 200 Visionaires

Louis Vuitton unveils its 200 Trunks, 200 Visionaries exhibition at the Louis Vuitton family house in Asnieres. Louis Vuitton pioneered the “Art of Luggage’’ by introducing flat-topped trunks in 1854, transforming suitcases into a new, practical format with revoluzionizing features such as airtightness and minimum weight with maximum sturdiness. Ever since, the French Maison continues to be faithful to the principles it was founded on, with a strong commitment to high craftsmanship and fine-quality of materials. To celebrate Louis Vuitton’s bicentennial birthday, the luxury Maison asked 200 visionaries to interpret the iconic Trunk in their own terms and to reimagine it with a personal approach, infusing the iconic suitcases with the artists dreams and desires. The exhibition will be displayed in numerous cities around the globe, beginning its journey in the Vuitton House in Asnières-sur-Seine and having its finale in London, with an auction by Sotheby’s in December 2022. All proceeds will be directly invested in a scholarship program developed by Louis Vuitton. The Maison masterfully manages to counterbalance the intersection between physical and digital formats within the exhibition, presenting screen-paneled Magic Boxes alongside the original art pieces. 200 Trunks, 200 Visionaries celebrates the greatness and innovation of the original Louis Vuitton trunk, as well as Louis Vuitton himself while allowing the participating artists to be a part of the present Louis Vuitton legacy.

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Fashion

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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Art

Hublot Loves Art Marking its 10th Anniversary

To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the cultural project Hublot loves Art, Hublot invites us to a unique exhibition in Miami. Hublot was founded by Italian entrepreneur Carlo Crocco, a son of a family of watchmakers, who is best-known and admired for his revolutionary approach to horological elegance by combining elements that were previously deemed unsuitable and complementing the gold timepieces with a natural rubber strap. The luxury watch manufacturer proves not only a strong commitment to its high standards in craftsmanship but also to art and design by supporting and collaborating with various artists. This year marks the 10th anniversary of Hublot's continuous homage to art. The festivities include a party at Faena Forum Miami Beach and a large unique exhibition, congregating important artists in the fields of art and design. Hublot presents a light and sound show featuring collaborative works, such as the timepieces designed with American artist Shephard Fairey, tattoo artist Maxime Plescia-Büchi or visual artist Richard Orlinski to display the art of fusion of different master disciplines. The guestlist included brand ambassadors such as fashion designer and founder of A-Cold-Wall* Samuel Ross, who perfectly captured the influence and importance of Hublot, stating: “[…]Together with Hublot, we fuse materials that have a history with ones that will become the future. I love when my creativity crosses all disciplines and that is exactly what we are building here with Hublot. I’m happy to be a part of the Hublot Art Family.’’

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Fashion

Prada’s SS22 Show Exhibits Subtle Seduction

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

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Fendi at Design Miami 2021

On the occasion of the art fair Design Week in Miami 2021, Fendi decided to collaborate with the African-rooted furniture brand Mabeo. Peter Mabeo founded the brand in 1997 and expanded to the international market in 2006, following numerous local commercial projects in his home country Botswana, Africa. Mabeo set his goals high and made it his mission to embrace and raise awareness about African artisans, characterized through a minimalistic approach with emphasis on purity and conscious use of natural materials. For the special project, named Kompa, Silvia Venturini Fendi, Delfina-Delettrez as well as creative director Kim Jones worked closely together with Peter Mabeo to ensure the highest quality and a highly recognizable aesthetic. Kompa can be translated into something complete, which resurfaces in works like the Gabinyana Table Lamp, based on the silhouette of the Gabi-Gabi sculpture, the biggest piece of the collection. Woodworkers and experienced artisans in ancient methods of pottery-making join forces to create one of the most prominent furniture pieces of the collection—the Lana Stool. The furniture piece is a multi-functional work that aesthetically revolves around the letter F and that can be used either as storage containers, stools, or assembled as a side table. The exceptional furniture pieces are the result of individual artists fusing their crafts to create a perfect symbiosis between structure, functionality, and natural materials.

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Fashion

PB0110: Coming Back, Carrying an Important Message

For the upcoming weekend, PB0110 announces a special action to improve the brand’s ecological footprint, setting an example for the rest of the fashion industry and in particular the harmful impulse buying tradition of the Black Friday Week. PB0110 was founded by Philipp Bree in 2012 on the concept of producing leather goods in Europe with a great emphasis on sustainability, transparency, and high craftsmanship. PB0110’s differently shaped and sized bags and backpacks are made out of naturally tanned leather or signature linen and brass. Now, Bree has made it his goal to take a step further towards a sustainable planet with his brand by presenting a new plan of action. PB0110 offers CO2 neutral shipping from now on and is planning to plant four trees with every purchase placed during the Black Friday weekend, in an undertaking of counteraction the environmental impact the sales period has. In addition to that, each customer receives a complimentary CM39 along with their pick-up. The CM39 is a small coin case with a unique opening design, in which overlapping leather parts keep the coins securely inside instead of making a traditional zipper. Besides cherishing the importance of longevity for his leather goods, Bree significantly contributes to a more sustainable and less harmful fashion industry, by ecological relief.

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Fashion

BALR. X ISHU: Every Story has Two Sides

BALR.‘s joined forces with London-based fashion start-up ISHU to create a collaboration under the theme “Every Story has Two Sides.’’ The Amsterdam-based brand BALR. was founded in 2013 by professional football players with a focus on high-end lifestyle products and fashion. “We all have dreams of becoming a great and successful person. Greatness is not something that happens as a result of a careful selection process. It happens by taking action!’’ is their leading mantra. Demy de Zeeuw, Juul Manders, and Ralph de Geus, the founders of BALR. aim to inspire the youth to pursue their dreams and work tirelessly to turn them into reality. The latest collection is the brand’s answer to the downside of being a well-known public figure and constantly being observed and analyzed. The clothes are equipped with the ability to block out unwanted flashes of paparazzi cameras. The collection ranges from hoodies, capes, and down jackets with an emphasis on versatility and functionality, and worn with sneakers and complemented with differently shaped bags. BALR. used an innovative sunlight technology to distract and distort, and almost every item is imprinted with an eye-catching geometric print in black and white, which is a signature symbol of the fashion start-up ISHU.

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Fashion

Maserati: Producing History

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

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Fashion

Jennifer Meyer x Moose Knuckles

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

www.mooseknucklescanada.com

Fashion

PB0110: A Helping Hand

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

www.pb0110.de

Fashion

Bulgari x Save The Children

Save the Children is the biggest independent children’s rights organization in the world. It has been established in 1919, with the mission to foster safe environments for children to grow up – in manifold ways. Ten years ago, Bulgari has joined a partnership with the changemaker, and ever since dedicates a collection to their good cause. The Save the Children jewelry collection consists of four pieces, two necklaces, one bracelet as well as a ring. Each of the pieces features the Save the Children signature logo with a black Onyx Stone and a red ruby detail that imitates the logo of Save the Children. The proceeds of the collection are primarily used to create quality educational opportunities for children in need, as well as youth empowerment, emergency responses and poverty prevention – so far, the collection has raised more than $100mio. On the occasion of World Children’s Day on November 20th, Bulgari has launched the campaign #MyWishForYou, which puts its support of Save the Children into the limelight. The campaign, which is presented as a communication initiative is published over Bulgari’s digital and social media channels, serving as a call to action to raise awareness with the namesake hashtag #MyWishForYou. At the center of the digital wave-making is a video that virtually connects children from all over the globe through universal wishes that diverse individuals and Bulgari brand ambassadors have proclaimed for them. Love, hope, support, education, adventure, experiences, strength and ambition are only a few of the wishes to name. With this campaign, Bulgari makes an example of how to combine a legacy as rich as theirs with good deeds and charitable undertakings.

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Art

Fondazione Prada, Venice: “Aura I Sul Toccare Le Cose”

“Aura I Sul Toccare Le Cose” which translates into “Aura I On Touching Things” is the title of Virgilio Sieni‘s choreographic project, conceived for Fondazione Prada and realized with Fondazione Archivio Luigi. Located in a former gin distillery dating from 1910 on the southern edge of Milan, the Fondazione Prada was founded to teach and educate about culture through exhibitions, film initiatives, and contemporary philosophy conferences. The “Aura I Sul Toccare Le Cose” project consists of eight choreographic performances, filled with the repetition of gestures, inspired by objects or works of art and executed by professional as well as non-professional dancers. Sieni transformed 13 objects of affection into new and different ways of touching. The performances visually describe the encounter and development of the relationship between cities, places, or villages as well as body and art, all united by the idea of raising awareness on care, observation, and connection. The experience is intensified by the accompanying music composed by Luigi Nono and Claudio Monteverdi. Sieni‘s intention behind the project was to establish a visible dialogue about the manipulative power of sensual and seductive body expressions and gestures. Fondazione Prada acknowledges the undeniable importance of culture and successfully manages to expand knowledge and enrich the process of learning.

www.fondazioneprada.com

Fashion

Molteni&C: Amabilia: Experiencing Milan

“Those who love and know how to appreciate overall beauty leave these dwellings with nostalgia and a desire to come back. Beauty is not absolute unless it creates an emotion,” is how Chiara Mordante, owner of the Palazzo Caminati, refers to the lifestyle project Amabilia, a one-of-a-kind stay experience in the heart of Milan. Molteni&C is an internationally acknowledged furnishing company, which is defined by a unique history, their collaborations with important designers, and the continuous emendation in technology and quality. Four suites have been created and equipped with a luxurious yet comfortable atmosphere for the Amabilia project and are named Montenapoleone, Triennale, Scala, and Aperitivo. Through the project, Molteni&C pays tribute and esteems fashion, design, culture, and the Milanese style. The furniture compositions are an embodiment of Milan, reflecting the traditional elegance of the city harmonizing with charming comfort. The suites give space for the iconic Molteni&C furniture collections, such as the D.153.1 and D.151.4 armchairs, designed by Gio Ponti, and small tables Panna Cotta by Ron Gilad as well as interior design concepts of one of the most important names in Italian design— Federico Peri. The luxurious suites are located on the last floor of the Palazzo Caminati, a magnifying building of the 19th century in the city’s heart. The contemporary lifestyle project Amabilia is a love letter to the capital of Lombardy— Milan, equated with sophisticated elegance and Italian craftsmanship excellence.

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Fashion

ETRO & Harris: Redefining Luxury Fashion

For the FW21 collection, classical ETRO and Harris Reed decided to join forces to create a unique capsule collection of genderless blouses. Designer Harris Reed is known for opening conversation about the power of clothes with his thought-provoking gender-fluid designs. The young designer places an emphasis on sustainability, using deadstock fabrics to reimagine the traditional blouse. ETRO perfectly matches the core identity of Harris Reed, offering a great selection of archival fabrics The capsule collection revolves around the theme of giving archival fabrics a second life. Reed designs his signature blouses, with a voluminous shape, long ties, a bow on the front and in the back, and small details on the sleeves with a Rockstar feel to them. The colorful fabrics used are imprinted with a paisley or floral print. The art of upcycling breaks down the established structures of the luxury industry and ensures a more thoughtful and less harmful way of producing clothes for our planet. Harris Reed and ETRO masterfully manage to fuse their brand DNA, complementing and supplementing each other, resulting in unique creations with a sustainable heart.

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AGL SS22: Adele and Camille

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

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O’Neill: With Technical Innovation Against the Cold

Perfectly in time for the seasonal change into cold weather, O’Neill releases a collection of technically innovated winter jackets. O’Neill’s brand logo symbolizes a breaking wave, which represents the origins of the brand in Californian surf wear. The brand was founded in 1952 by Jack O’Neill with the invention of the first wet suit. Ever since, the brand is deemed a pioneer, producing the world’s most high-tech and functional wetsuits up to date. O’Neill continues to push technical boundaries in sportswear with its expanded assortment of winter garments, that aim at minimizing the impact on the planet and improving hyper-functionality. O’Neill’s latest collection features the LM Supersuit Jacket, which embraces the brand’s heritage. The jacket is inspired by the original wetsuit made by Jack O’Neill, refined with a unique function to control the level of air-fill for insulation. Furthermore, the XTRM Mountain Jacket that unites a multitude of unique functions, such as water repellence, detachable snow gaiter, ergonomic paneling system, and recycled REPREVE insulation is introduced in the collection. With the innovative FW 2021 collection of jackets, O’Neill masterfully manages to fuse their heritage with new technical improvements, which allows the wearer to face outdoor environment outbreaks better and longer.

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Zenith: DEFY Extreme Desert

Inspired by the raw and wild beauty of the desert, the Swiss luxury watchmaker launches a special edition of its most triumphant design to date- the DEFY Extreme. For the special project, Zenith and acclaimed nature photographer Kourosh Keynejad join forces to create the release of the unique watch. Accompanying the release of the reimagined DEFY Extreme, the photographer showcases previously unpublished work inspired by the exceptional watch. Keyenjad is best known and admired for his breath-taking pictures, photographed during his travels across the globe and various extreme destinations. The original watch is a unification of precision and high-quality materials. The series of DEFY Extreme models, which are derived from the initial design are all inspired by extreme environments. The DEFY Extreme Desert marks one of the milestones of the DEFY series, as it is the debut watch of the variant models. The luxury brand picks up the theme of the desert in the protection components of the watch crafted from a blue-grey opaque macrocrystalline quartz gemstone, called the falcon’s eye. The falcon lives in the desert and embodies determination and endurance, perfectly matching the luxury watchmaker’s core identity. The main construct of the watch is complemented by a range of different watch straps, such as a sandy beige rubber strap and a titanium bracelet that can be changed easily. Zenith lives up to its high reputation of well-thought-out and excellent designs, resulting in a wearable piece of art.

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Gem Z: The Farthest from Earth We’ve Ever Been

What would an extraterrestrial species think about planet earth and its human population? Together with different innovative artists, Gem Z opens up a theoretical dialogue between humankind and the unknown in space in their current exhibition, called The farthest from earth we’ve ever been. Gem Z is a talent development program, founded by Current Obsession, a magazine and platform to encourage relationships between young artists and support them in terms of creativity and business development. The exhibition is inspired by the two spacecrafts that were sent into space in 1977, each with a copy of the Golden Record on board. The exhibition is inspired by the two spacecrafts, containing a copy of the Golden Record and sent into space in 1977. The Golden Record, an audio-visual disc carried various images and sounds of Earth, such as samples of human speech, musical tracks, and illustrations of the DNA structure. The specific samples were selected to portray the diversity of life and culture on earth. Four decades later the team around Gem Z has tried to develop an imaginery answer to the Golden Record in an installation, fusing design, digital art, and adornment. The mixed-media exhibition is an interesting portrayal of an imagined alien treasure trove crashing on earth and answering to our human kind.

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The exhibition is presented at Het Nieuwe Instituut, Rotterdam, from October 30th until November 30th 2021.

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Hand In Hand: Fendi’s Ode to Artisans

Honoring the longstanding appreciation of artisan crafts at FENDI, the Italian brand has launched an exhibition that celebrated their Hand in Hand initiative. Called to life in 2020 and showcasing constant evolution since the project highlights the local craftsmanship behind the iconic Baguette bag. First designed in 1977, the bag has been reinterpreted in many shapes and sizes by FENDI creatives. The Hand in Hand initiative has invited a diverse group of ateliers and artisans to apply their local and familial craft heritage to the classic piece, turning the bag into an art object that exhibits the spirits of Italian craftsmanship at its finest. Hand in Hand established a strong network of human relationships, on personal and professional levels, and marks a crucial step in preserving and transmitting rare crafts, creativity in theoretical and practical for and – in particular – the savoir-faire of the local artisans. The opulent and diverse outcome of this encompassing project is now exhibited in Rome in a namesake exhibition that pays tribute to the interpretations of the Baguette bag. Ranging from extravagant and precious metals and stones to the intricacy of mosaic, the purity of cotton embroidery and the beauty of perfectly moulded leather, the exhibited Baguettes represent no less than 21 regions and their signature resources and artisan styles. In contrast to the hand-made, traditional making-off of the bags, the exhibition wows with a digital approach, that highlights the bags in a laboratory atmosphere, spotlighting the art pieces in LED lights. Next to the Baguettes themselves, the exhibition shines a light on the entire process behind the finished project – sketches, prob materials, techniques and tools support the visitor's journey through the ancestral art process.

Hand In Hand by Fendi is on show at the Palazzo de la Civiltà Italiana, Rome from October 30th to November 28th 2021.

www.fendi.com

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Tommy x Timberland: Fusing Their Exceptional DNA

For a long time, the pieces of Tommy Hilfiger, a pioneer of the classic American collegiate style, have been combined with innovative outdoor specialist Timberland. Now the two brands finally decided to launch their first collaboration, which opens up a creative dialogue. The special collaboration embraces their heritage, drawing parallels between the two major brands in their distinctive role in forming the Zeitgeist of the 90s and discusses the future by fusing their individual brand DNA. Perfectly in time for the upcoming cold season, the collection showcases an original range of winter essentials from apparel, footwear to accessories, such as unisex sporty college jackets, detachable workwear-inspired trousers, and a reimagined version of the iconic Timberland construction boot. The color palette ranges from Hilfiger´s signature bright red and navy blue as well as Timberland´s earthy nuances. The clothes are adorned with a fused logo of the signature Tommy Hilfiger white and red flag as well as the unmistakable Timberland tree. The collection embodies the perfect dialogue between two industry staples, resulting in an exceptional range of deeply anchored Hilfiger classics, induced with a workwear twist by Timberland.

www.tommyhilfiger.com

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Heron Preston for Calvin Klein: Heron Preston´s Twist on Calvin Kleines Classics

Following a debut collaboration with Heron Preston as a creative consultant, Calvin Klein continues their work with the streetwear pioneer for a follow-up collection. The name of Heron Preston is immediately associated with a clever fusion between fashion and function. The designer has already collaborated with legends such as Kanye West or Virgil Abloh and has become a youth culture icon. The collaboration includes Calvin Klein´s signature pieces, such as long-sleeved crop tops, leggings, and bralettes, which gained a distinctive recognition value for the brand with the captivating and hypersexual Ad campaigns, featuring famous personalities like Kate Moss or Mark Wahlberg in the 90s and revolutionized men’s as well as women’s underwear. Preston brings an over-elaborate simplicity and his signature orange detailing into the collection, enriching Calvin Klein’s timeless classics with a modern twist. The collaboration provides the perfect essentials for the upcoming cold season. As such, the collection includes cozy crewneck sweaters, puffer jackets as well as a few denim pieces. Most notable about the range of clothes are the exquisite and innovative materials used by Preston, such as organic cotton, recycled polyester, and nylon as well as a waffle thermal fabric. The collection perfectly emphasizes the ability of Calvin Klein´s timeless designs to adapt to cultural changes and new forms of expression, resulting in an exceptional range of purposeful pieces induced with a modern twist by Heron Preston.

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Audemars Piguet’s Royal Oak Automatic: Diamonds in Soft Tones

Audemars Piguet’s legendary 15452 series has been extended with a white and a rose gold version, both coming along with a captivating interplay of diamonds and colored gemstones. The latest versions of the Royal Oak Automatic, with a diameter of 37mm, come with a subtle satin-finished calfskin strap that completes the watch’s elegant and original aesthetic. The guilloché dial comes in a soft beige and neutral gray. Each bezel is adorned with no less than 40 brilliant-cut stones which have been carefully selected by Audemars Piguet’s specialist to ensure a smooth and harmonious gradation. The stones exhibit exclusive luxury – individually cut and polished to achieve Audemars Piguet’s quality standard of the clearest and sharpest angles, the stones have been set on the bezel by hand. Perfectly aligned, they reflect the light that shines on them, creating visual effects that range from flirtatious red and orange hues for the rose gold version and mellow rose tones for the white gold one. The white and rose gold versions are both crafted from 18karat gold and showcase an impressive amount of 124 diamonds in total, covering the watchcase entirely. The dials exhibit a Grande Tapisserie pattern, which resembles the surface of a checkerboard with a subtle three-dimensional effect, reinforcing the glistening effect of the bedazzled watchcases. The watch hands and numbers on the dial are kept in clear lines and minimalistic design. With its discrete yet playful colors and sparkling stones, the new Royal Oak Automatic exudes femineity and gracefulness with a charming touch.

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Dior: An Homage to Alber Elbaz

“I like dresses for the night. I like the after-party more than the party. I like the mystery. I like the dream, like fantasy dresses. I think, also, that you make women dream.” That was exactly what Alber Elbaz did. The exceptional designer translated dreams into reality. Elbaz’s clothes will always be a living embodiment and a carrier of the message, to feel good and beautiful about ourselves. As a highlight of this year’s fashion month, the tribute show to honor Alber Elbaz was staged with an exceptional range of designers contributing, from Demna Gvasalia to Maria Grazia Chiuri. The show celebrates Elbaz’s unparalleled sense of innovation and design. The creative director of Dior, Maria Grazia Chiuri presented an exclusively made, hand-embroidered evening gown, which references the deeply anchored vocabulary of the impressive designer. The dress was hand-painted with colorful and intriguing motifs, resembling the ones Elbaz was so known for. Throughout his career, Elbaz was appointed creative director of many great fashion houses such as Rive Gauche at Yves Saint Laurent and he was also in charge of the revival as well as the modernization of Lanvin. For the tribute show, people from all over the world came together to celebrate love, beauty, and hope, as Alber Elbaz would have wanted since, to quote the designer himself, “The nature of fashion is family”.

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Arte Gia “The Divine Feminine”: A Love Letter

ArteGia is an Amsterdam-based brand who identifies uncompromisingly with feminine energy and inclusion. The family-run brand is founded by Gianita Brinkman, her daughter Kimberly Tarifa and her son Baqua Jody. ArteGia’s core identity, the idea it was founded on is the power of the woman. The family's Indonesian heritage is the greatest source of inspiration for their latest collection “Mamuli”. ArteGia’s idea was to create a love letter, an homage to the Grandmother Marianne, which is transformed into an exceptional range of hand-made jewelry pieces. The collection includes remarkable pieces, earrings and necklaces, made out of sterling silver with an 18-carat gold layer. The pieces of the collection showcase the Mamuli symbol, which unites all the virtues Arte Gia stands for - inclusivity and compassion for every human being no matter their identity, gender or social situation. The symbol has its roots on the Indonesian island of Sumba and represents fertility, creation, healing as well as growth. The most important value of ArteGia is their authentic belief system, which is not only reflected in their jewelry but also in their dedication and support in Bali. The family has made it their mission to especially help the creative and LGBTQ+ communities, by providing basic needs such as rice and food packages. Through their Indonesian heritage, the ravishing Mamuli collection is to be seen as more than just beautiful pieces of jewelry but spiritual reminders of compassion, love and devotion.

www.arte-gia.com

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Kaldewei’s “Superplan Zero’’ Shot by Bryan Adams

Kaldewei and Bryan Adams have collaborated to create a series of images for the brand´s latest product, fusing their values of aesthetic originality and detail-oriented perfection. Consciousness and high quality products are the core identity of the German-based company Kaldewei. The brand’s “Superplan Zero’’ is a shower surface, which resonates this. To pursue the idea of luxurious sustainability, Kaldewei’s “Superplan Zero’’ combines an impressive glass design developed by outstanding Berlin-based product designer Werner Aisslinger and 100% circularity achieved by using eco-friendly enamel steel. The versatile shower surface is available in a range of different colors and dimensions. The product campaign features six images of the famous choreographer Eric Gauthier as well as dancers Arielle Martin, Tatiana Martinez and Federico Spallitta and is photographed by Bryan Adams. The Canadian rock musician has long established himself as a brilliant photographer and has previously collaborated with Kaldewei for the Ming and Miena washbasin bowls. He perfectly captures the quintessence of “Superplan Zero’’ by staging ballet dancers, who are renowned and admired for their effortless perfection. The dancer’s defined legs are displayed in a highly aesthetic way in front of a devouring deep black background, while droplets of water create depth and dimension. Each picture alludes to the sensual side of a shower moment. Bryan Adams combines his creative and unique ideas with Kaldewei’s design expertise, turning the exquisite shower surface into an even greater object of desire.

www.kaldewei.com

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Watches and Wonders: A Look Behind the Scenes of Horology

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

www.watchesandwonders.com

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Dior SS22

“I have always thought that it’s pointless for artists to speak about their own work. It’s the artwork itself that must speak to people. Certainly, it’s the work that has spoken indeed. (…) It was a natural talent of mine, but it all remained primarily in the background. I always say I have painted a great deal, I exhibited very little and sold nothing [Laugh]” Anna Paparatti is of the most iconic and vivid figures of the 60s in Rome. She was at the centre of that atmosphere of freedom against any preconceived codes and dogmas surrounding the art world, using the theme of “game” and playfulness beyond reality, where art becomes life and vice versa. Conceived through her "absurdist" spirit reflecting the philosophy of her work, Paparatti designed the show space starting from bits of her paintings. here as a gigantic Game of Goose, models move at beat of Italian band “il Quadro di Troisi” live performance. On January 27th, 1961, L'Aurore wrote about Marc Bohan’s tenure as Creative Director of the House and his Slim Look: "It completely changes fashion, just as the New Look did in 1947." Maria Grazia Chiuri pays homage to the visionary spirit of Marc Bohan’s Slim Look collection and the richness of the 1960s. The silhouettes reveal cuts and graphic effects with color blocking, evoking the painting by Paparatti. The materials and various motifs recall the legendary Roman nightclub, the Piper Club, a unique place for expression at the crossroads of art and design. Sequins, vivid prints, transparencies: Maria Grazia Chiuri dives into women’s freedom once again, and into what means to be a woman today, where several facets of personal expression comes together through the intrinsic desire to be real.

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MM6 Margiela SS22 to Bring Back the Fun in Fashion

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

www.maisonmargiela.com

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VERSACE SS22: Celebrating Comebacks

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

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Giorgio Armani SS22: Back to the Roots

The Armani SS22 collection is a trip down memory lane to the beginnings of one of the most iconic global fashion brands. For this season’s women’s collection, the designer chose a special venue-the birth house of the brand, a place where some of the most memorable shows were staged: the Via Borgonuovo 21. The SS22 collection is an invitation for all of those, who were old enough to catch the beginnings of Armani to relive it as well as for younger generations, to get a glimpse of the brands roots. The designer makes playful yet unmistakable use of the deeply anchored Armani vocabulary, with classical light summer suits and elegant, cinched waist dresses that serve as perfect attire for a weekend in the Hamptons. The collection also includes a range of pastel colored, flowing blouses, trousers, widely cut and resembling the shape of skirts as well as prominent, colourful jewelry. The collection gives us also a deeper into Giorgio Armani’s heritage, which isn’t Italian, as widely believed. His parents originally came from Armenia and fled to Italy during the genocide in 1915. Pieces like wooden bead tops and caps as well as crocheted shoulder bags leave us deeply wanting to join Giorgio Armani as he explores his roots. The sensual, soft materials and colors in combination with the azzurro blue background give the viewer a glimpse of the luxurious present world of Giorgio Armani.

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Furla’s Re-Candy Bag

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

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Fendi x Versace: Freedom, Fun and Virtuosity

Versace by Fendi and Fendi by Versace – this is how Donatella Versace and Kim Jones baptized the collections born from their creative dialogue and true friendship. The project celebrates the coming together of the two iconic Italian houses and in particular, Donatella and Kim Jones who stand for the houses as their designers. Celebrating Italian fashion and a rebellious disruption of what fashion is supposed to be, the “Fendace” brainchild expresses the interpretative visions of Donatella and Kim Jones of the opposite houses, loosened from the codes of their respective family houses. Opening the archive doors fully to each other, the two immersed themselves into the design legacy of the opponent – resulting in a unique hybrid design language composed of distinctive elements reinterpreted in an unapologetic way. Versace by Fendi channels a 90s theme, melting together the Fendi Monogram with the Versace Greek Key motif. Reversible garments achieved through the tailoring craftsmanship of Fendi, accredit the Versace look a second, hidden layer. Fendi by Versace introduces punk and rock details to Fendi’s look, emphasizing the daring outlook of Versace by showering Fendi signs and symbols with crystals and branded safety pins. Through the means of respect and trust, Donatella’s and Kim Jone’s “Fendace” sets an example of sincerity instead of strategy in fashion.

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Max Mara SS22 : Hedonist Summer Daydreams

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

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Tommy Hilfiger FW 21 Pass the Mic

Voices speak volumes and every voice has the power to affect and change the world. It is this positive affirmation that laid the ground stones of Tommy Hilfiger’s current FW 21 campaign called Pass the Mic. The campaign features international voices of the entertainment industry from the United States, Korea and Nigeria. Together with these ambassadors, Tommy Hilfiger aims to create a global interface of discussion, where consumers can express their visions and inspirations to create change. Yara Shahidi, Anthony Ramos, Jack Harlow, Wizkid, Kim Soo-Hyun and DJ Cassidy call their followers to action in five portrait videos, revolving around their personal mantras. Empowering phrases such as “I am the I in light. I am the reason the future is so bright”, “How many tried? And you still rise.” and “Pass the mic and share your light. Every person, every voice can change the world. So what do you have to say?” invoke the audience to engage and answer to the campaign videos on social media. This call to action accompanies the FW 21 collection, which propels Tommy Hilfiger’s mission towards diversity and sustainability. Collecting answers to questions on what inspires one to make a difference, what would one say if the world was listening and what drives one towards the future, the Pass the Mic aims to give the audience a platform where engaging conversation erupts.

www.tommyhilfiger.com

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Gallery Weekend *Discoveries: K60

In line with the Gallery Weekend *Discoveries purpose to represent a platform for upcoming artists, the event aims to foster connections between the participating galleries, curators and subsequently artists as well. This year, the second edition of the K60 exhibition brings together eight Berlin galleries – Alexander Ievy, ChertLüdde, HUA International Klemm’s, KOW, Kraua-Tuskany Zeidler, Plan B and PSM. The eight galleries present a plethora of artworks from various artists, including conventional mediums like sculptures and paintings, as well as more contemporary takes on art through videos, installations and photography. The exhibition stretches over two floors in the industrial setting of the Wilhelm Hallen, whose architectural characteristics make for an excellent exhibition space. The artworks are placed alongside the raw concrete walls, hung from the iron frameworks of the high ceilings and integrated into the pillars and braces of the former iron foundry. The vast space allows the individual art works to unfold on their own, honoring the research and creativity of each individual, while contributing to a unique undertaking that emphasizes the art scene as an entity and delivers a diverse and manifold art experience to the audience. The joined exhibition and the vast location invite to articulate a dialogue, not only between the artworks themselves but also between the visitors – highlighting the common threads that link the artworks and their audience together.

The K60 exhibition is open to public at Wilhelm Hallen, Berlin, until September 18th 2021. 

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Gallery Weekend *Discoveries: Compliance

The pursuit of self-optimization has gained tangible significance over the past decades. Self-fulfilling aspirations such as academic success, professional advancement, character development and altering one’s appearance occupy the human mind. The physique of the body stands in the limelight of this optimization fever. The desire to look one’s best is majorly impacted by the constant state of comparison that the individual is confronted with, whether in mirrors, social media or the real world. While optimizing oneself and striving for the best version is an immanent human trait driving forward evolution, the idea of constantly evolving into a better, stronger and faster version of oneself, cultures a toxic mindset. In this mindset, thoughts turn into a torrent that allures with positively labeled attributes like discipline, routine and dedication. Somewhere along the lines of gym sessions, workout videos and fitness gear, determination turns into compulsion. Megan Marrin, known for installations with medieval and torture elements, expresses this mind game in her exhibition Compliance. A series of paintings show athletic devices – ballet barrés and gym machines, in a minimalistic manner, exposing them in all their cold, neutral object-ness. With elements of modernist architecture, Marrin’s work sketches how purposeful spaces turn humans into objects that fall victim to hyper-optimization. The exhibition captures the turning point between free will and societal constraint. Marrin unifies the notions of aesthetics and function not only in the artworks but in the exhibition location itself, where the space functions as a medium to display the art – similar to how athletic activities showcase the fit body. Marrin's exhibition evokes both the discomfort and the desire for the visibility of bodies and, in an abstract form, the social pressure to conform to ideals postmarked on individuals by a collective effort to preserve the body in its finest state.

Compliance is exhibited at Efredemis, Berlin, from September 4th - October 7th 2021.

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www.gallery-weekend-berlin.de

Fashion

Montblanc UltraBlack: Style Meets Statement

It is the first time that Montblanc is launching a collection that extends across all the house’s selections, from pens and notebooks to watches and bags. As one can already conclude from the name, Montblanc UltraBlack, the collection is an ode to the ultimate colour. The colour black is not only the favourite of many designers, but it is also one of the only colours to never go out of style. All the pieces offered as part of this special collection are defined by their simplicity and the timeless elegance of their design, a perfect match for the subtle yet powerful nature of the colour black. To celebrate this special launch, the luxury Maison invited special guests and friends of the brand, amongst whom actor Kingsley Ben-Adir and DJ Peggy Gou, to the Feuerle Collection in Berlin. The minimalist gallery, located in an imposing concrete structure, opened its doors exclusively for the special mise-en-scene of the new collection. The VIP guests were first welcomed by Montblanc’s CEO Nicolas Baretzki, followed by a formal dinner during which they were able to enjoy a performance of Alessandro Ristori and the Portofinos. Expertly crafted and consciously curated, the UltraBlack collection fits the daily needs and mentality of all those, who are dedicated to setting an example that we all have our own individual paths to success.

The Montblanc UltraBlack collection will be available in the Montblanc boutiques as well as online from September 2021 onwards.

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Audemars Piguet Contemporary: Aleksandra Domanovic

Following collaborations with Cao Fei and Ryoji Ikeda, Audemars Piguet Contemporary has brought to life a collaboration with Aleksandra Domanovic. The Berlin-based artist translates the history and latest innovation of technology into her ambiguous body of work while incorporating social and political commentary stemming from her upbringing in Yugoslavia. Re-evaluating and unravelling the role of women in science and specifically in technology, she touches upon current questions and shifts of society and the influence of technological advancement at large. The core of her work revolves around a unique understanding of the ever-present digitization happening in current times. Precisely this thematization of current and future-oriented matters is what Denis Pernet, Art Curator of Audemars Piguet Contemporary, mentions as their motivation to work with Aleksandra: “We are delighted to support her in the development of this new body of work that will contribute to the wider contemporary art discourse and raise questions about our future.” Aleksandra’s new body of work Becoming Another (2021) is a site-specific installation presented at the former print house of Der Tagesspiegel in Berlin. The installation exhausts the impressive dimensions of the site, portraying the tension between sight and perception through the intertwining of dynamic LED fan displays and the visuals they project onto the corporeal space.

Aleksandra Domanovic’s Becoming Another (2021) commissioned by Audemars Piguet Contemporary, will be presented during the Gallery Weekend *Discoveries in Berlin at the former print house of Der Tagesspiegel at Potsdamer Straße and will be on display for the public from September 17th 2021 until October 10th 2021.

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Brussels Gallery Weekend: You Left Me My Lips, and They Shape Words, Even in Silence

How can one make visible what lies in the interstices of the dominant language? Brussel-based artist Hamza Halloubi cherishes the concept of silent discourse in his exhibition You left me my lips and they shape words, even in silence. This body of work showcases a trio of videos touching upon identities and stories of the Maghreb region. Halloubi, who himself was born in Morocco, hereby utilizes the Western gaze, portraying the protagonists and sceneries in a raw and authentic manner. The vivid camera work is a reference to the phenomenon of looking and being looked at in public spaces, whereas the absence of sound and dialogue amplifies the discourse that silence may create. The three videos adopt different interpretations of the power dynamics between the West and the Middle East. Writing Back, one of the videos on show introduces a Moroccan woman through the distorted, exotified lens that the Western world postmarks upon her. The video addresses shadow and silence as a deflection mechanism of the Orientalist gaze. Halloubi incorporates the element of cultural loss and the relation between meaning and origin in Messing Encounters, in which he establishes a wordless dialogue between an African immigrant and a Congolese statue expatriated to a Western museum. Lastly, Begaiements toys with the parallels of creative investment and revolt against oppression by intercutting images of Jason Pollock's paintings and the Arab spring. The videography is presented alongside abstract paintings that feature writings and video stills.

You left me my lips, and they shape words, even in silence is exhibited at Argos, Brussels, from October 9th - December 12th 2021.

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www.hamzahalloubi.com

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Brusssels Gallery Weekend: Metamorphosis

The duo exhibition Metamorphosis features sculptures of Benoît Huot and works on paper of Indian artist Rithika Merchant. The core of the show builds upon myth and magic in the animal kingdom. Animism, the belief that innumerable spiritual beings interfere with human affairs, plays a role in both of their works. While Huot expresses a darker side of this phenomenon with bedazzled animal heads and torsos, Merchant creates a light-hearted, enchanted version of mysticism in her drawings. Huot’s sculptures resemble bewitched creatures that remind of baroque trophies or voodoo dolls. To achieve this mysterious impression, the French artist adorns stuffed animals and furniture with textiles, gemstones, mirrors and embroidery. The association with voodoo dolls is not far and is further reinforced by the saturated color choices – flaming red, vivid orange as well as pulsing green and black reoccur on the animal corpora. In contrast to the bewitched attributes of Huot’s sculptures, Merchant’s drawings revolve around the serenity of nature. Organic shapes and earthy colors compliment the magical stories. With her work, merchant explores how myths, and legends shape cultures and religions. With watercolor and cut paperwork as her main medium, she leads the attention away from the drawings themselves and sends the observer off into a world determined by individual symbolism. Influenced by botanical prints and folk art from the 17th century, Merchant aims to convey the cultural legacy of storytelling and create a body of work that visually connects the observer to their collective pasts.

Metamorphosis is exhibited at Galerie DYS, Brussels from September 9th - October 10th 2021.

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www.benoithuot.fr
www.rithikamerchant.com

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Brussels Gallery Weekend: Post-Truth and Meditative Textures

Nino Mier Gallery is making its debut at the Brussel Gallery Weekend with the LA-based artist Dashiell Manley. Manley’s works are characterized by a unique sculpting technique that creates a textured surface in which oil paint fans out in shell-like patterns, distantly reminding of psychedelic visions. The alternating surface of his paintings and the use of vibrant color palettes lend his works an unexpectedly soothing, harmonious character. The creation of these meditative works stems from the personal development of the artist. Prior to finding emotionality and tranquility in his works, Manley was known for the subtle language of satire. In his early years, he converted political print media, such as newspaper front pages or cartoons into abstract, distorted versions on canvas. Depicting the news as a blurry mess conveyed the decay of media outlets in times of careless and unquestioned news consumption. Commenting on the role of the media in a post-truth era through his art, were the leading steps of artistic transition for Manley. After the process of visualizing post-truth matters, in which emotion and personal beliefs rule over reliable sources and facts, Manley sought for an equilibrium that would combat the frustration and critique he had visualized for years. Hence, as an artistic reprieve, the artist switched to a more meditative practise, ruled by open gestures and movements. Despite the complete reversal of the motivation behind Manley’s pieces, they show a distinct visual language making use of pastel colors and large-scale patterns.

Dashiell Manley’s art is exhibited at Nino Mier Gallery, Brussels, from September 9th - October 9th 2021.

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Berlin Fashion Week: Der Berliner Salon 2021

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

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Hermès Hippomobile Tea Service

During the Milan Design Week, Hermès has presented their latest home collection creation Hippomobile– a joyful and playful tea service inspired by the iconic equestrian notes the French brand is known for. The tea service is composed of a teapot, various plates varying in size, several types of cups and saucers, a creamer, a sugar bowl, as well as a cake and a tart platter. The colorful designs of the items allow for mixing and combining on the whim - no matter the occasion, the porcelain adds a cheerful touch to breakfast, morning coffee, afternoon tea or any other time of the day that could use a touch of playfulness. Gianpaolo Pagni, the artist behind the distinctive designs, drew his inspiration from jockey silks. Pagni’s inspiration unfolded in an unexpected way as he interpreted his vision with round, contrasting shapes taken from the cartoon world. “I envisioned a horse with an elongated back that could hold several riders. A kind of limousine horse”, is how the Italian artist explains the idea behind the horse motif that stretches over the items and gives an illusion of the items belonging together while being interchangeable at the same time. The horses are covered in graphic friezes that abstractly remind of jockey outfits. Together with the vivid, almost 3D like backdrops painted onto the items, the design catches the eye of the observer and induces a geniality that lets imagination run free. For the graphic elements on the horses, Pagni crafted stamps that would imprint the motifs onto the porcelain – a technique that is known for creating a slight quiver in the pigment distribution and thus creates a unique look for each piece.

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Montblanc Meisterstück x Pirelli Limited Edition

When two pioneers of traditional European craftsmanship unite their uncompromising skill and aspiration of quality, the result is guaranteed to be a masterpiece. For their latest writing instrument, Montblanc has paired up with Pirelli, bringing together the art of writing with the art of making tyres. Whereas the collaboration seems unexpected at first glance, these two brands share a strong bond that reaches back to their very beginnings, namely the material that defined their origins: rubber. Back in the day, Pirelli manufactured rubber products of various kinds, while Montblanc crafted their first writing instrument from ebonite, a special kind of rubber received from vulcanizing natural rubber. With a subtle anecdote to Montblanc’s signature Rouge et Noir fountain pen and Pirelli’s choice of red as a brand color, this Meisterstück edition presents itself in a classic color combination with unconventional graphic design. Inspired by these origins, the deep, saturated black of the ebonite rubber and the accentuating bright red, the Meisterstück Great Masters Pirelli Limited Edition 1872 reflects the legacy of Montblanc and Pirelli at once. The special edition features an engraved pattern on the cap and on the barrel that pays tribute to the historic graphic pattern of the Pirelli logo from 1966 and resembles the surface of tyres. A stylised running tyre with the Montblanc emblem at its centre further expresses the proud collaboration of the incumbent manufacturers, that both carry the virtue of craftsmanship, precision and quality at their core.

The Meisterstück Great Masters Pirelli Limited Edition 1872 is available from September 2021 at Montblanc boutiques worldwide.

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Zegna FW21 Collection #WHATMAKESAMAN

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

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Guess F21: Originals and Kit Program

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

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

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Moose Knuckles: Pre-Fall 2021

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

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

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Carhartt WIP x Civilist

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

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

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www.civilistberlin.com

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Rotate SS22 x Marsèll

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

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Longchamp launches The Pliage Green

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

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Net-A-Porter expands Net Sustain Platform

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

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Fendi x Rimowa

The collaboration between Italian house Fendi and German luxury luggage brand RIMOWA is back once more. For a third time, both houses join forces to combine the best of their respective know-how and flair. Crafted in RIMOWA’s signature aluminium, the new Classic Cabin comes equipped with a new and innovative multi-wheel system, which promises smooth and effortless travel even with a full suitcase. It’s a perfect blend of German industrial know-how and luxurious Italian craftsmanship. The aluminium body features a brushed effect that depending on the light reveals the Italian house’s emblematic FF logo, whilst being completed with Fendi details, such as Cuoio Romano leather handles on the top and side. Additionally, you have the opportunity to hot stamp your initials on a Cuoio Romano leather nametag, as is customary with all Fendi bags.

Available in selected Fendi stores and online from September 2021, the RIMOWA x FENDI suitcases will be pre-launched in August 2021.

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www.rimowa.com

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Beneath the Coat: Moose Knuckles Sportswear Collection

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

www.mooseknucklescanada.com

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Salvatore Ferragamo & Wim Wenders present: A Future Together

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

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The Heart of Fendi Revitalised anew

It was announced in September 2020, that designer Kim Jones would be joining Fendi. The British designer would be in charge of the Roman house’s couture and womenswear lines and therefore complete Fendi’s trifecta of Artistic Directors next to Silvia Venturini Fendi, who is responsible for accessories and menswear and Delfina Delettrez Fendi overseeing the jewelry. His debut collection was then unveiled to the world in February 2021. The starting point as expressed by Jones himself was to create “clothes that women want to buy” and he sees this as the key aspect of his work. With his collection, Jones delved deep into some of the stories most meaningful to the Roman house, paying homage to the many people who have previously shaped it, while at the same time starting the process of leaving his own mark on the narrative. It’s the historic and extraordinary Italian elegance from a fresh and new perspective. It’s the turning of a page at Fendi, the emergence of a new visual language, which looks toward the future without forgetting about its deeply rooted traditions. It’s the heart of Fendi revitalised anew. The campaign for the collection was photographed by Craig McDean against the backdrop of Fendi’s historic headquarter, the Palazzo della Civilita Italiana, and it visually mirrors the merging of classicism and modernity of the clothing conceived through Jones’ new vision.

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Les Extraits

Louis Vuitton’s newest Les Extraits Collections is the coming together of two geniuses in their respective fields, Maître Parfumeur Jacques Cavallier Belletrud and architect Frank Gehry. It is the first time that Gehry conceived a perfume bottle. His design is defined by the harmony between line and curve, the tension that gives form to beauty. Each flacon comes topped with a 3-D, sculptural work in silver, which is reminiscent of the wind moving and swirling through silver fabric. The fragrances themselves, entitled Dancing Blossom, Cosmic Cloud, Rhapsody, Symphony and Stellar Times, reflect the spirit of travel that Louis Vuitton has celebrated since its foundation. Through this collection we are taken further, to new horizons, a garden of waves, a golden temple floating beyond time enveloped in a halo of olfactory sensations. The five compositions center on materiality and the perpetual metamorphosis of nature. These scents are liberated, embracing the breath of life by being condensed into an Extrait, allowing them to blossom freely, without any constraint. As Cavallier Belletrud puts it himself, “I wanted to venture where no one goes anymore. To reinvent the notion of an Extrait in a contemporary way. To bring in light, expand matter, and lighten things up. I wanted to deconstruct the very architecture of perfume. That’s how Les Extraits Collection was born: five perfumes with no top, heart or base notes, in order to reveal the quintessence of each olfactory family.”

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Dior Haute Couture FW2021/22

The world is re-awakening from a 16-month slumber. After months of ever-changing rules and regulations, the world finally seems to be reopening and for the first time in three seasons ,people were allowed to see the Dior Haute Couture collection in person. People stand at the heart of haute couture, not solely the people who came to be astonished by the garments, but all the skilled craftsmen and seamstresses, the whole unseen chain of people without whom the practice of haute couture could not exist. In this collection, Maria Grazia Chiuri focuses of daywear, top-to-toe silhouettes of grey tweeds, camel cashmere recalling long nature walks, which we have all become so familiar within the last year and a half, but the real meaning is woven into the garments themselves. Chiuri celebrates hand-loomed tweeds, the stitch-work carried out by embroiderers and silk manufacturers. Everybody is interconnected and Chiuri sees it as part of her responsibility to weave together the threats of social responsibility and to support all the hard-hit manufacturers and craftsmen who have become indispensable for haute couture. The collection’s backdrop was French artist Éva Jospin’s impressive Chambre de Soie, a continuous conceptual landscape mural, with every one of the minute stitches made by the Indian embroidery school that Chiuri encouraged Dior to support over the last few years. It is the responsibility of every single one of us to reveal what one does not see; especially now in a world that, re-emerging from a forced stop, will find itself undergoing profound change.

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Hermès Mens SS22

The Hermès Men’s SS22 collection is about a sense of lightness, relaxation and freedom. It is a response to our need for wider perspectives, for the great outdoors. It is an invention and reinvention of a wardrobe in which different fabrics are interwoven, and where technical innovation finds inspiration in craftwork legacy. Depth and fantasy: a duality of spirit shaking up appearances. Paper becomes fabric, Toilbright and a cotton cover fuse together, leather is enlivened with bursts of colour and stitching graphics. Forms in trompe-l’œil: overshirts, double jacket-cardigans, coats and parkas in two materials.This hybrid approach ushers in a renewed elegance synonymous with energized and flexible shapes: the seemingly casual style belies a structured sophistication to the night as it fades in from the day. Innovation and precision, a dialogue with legacy patterns devoured, blurred, perforated and otherwise transformed by modern techniques.A harmonious play on contrasts accentuate the colours. Celadon-green, algae, chocolate, and carbon hues blend with the softness of faded rose, stone-grey and raw-silk. A bright, soft sweater, a daisy pattern and large Bermuda shorts embody this liberated relaxation.Suffused with optimism and energy, this creative collection is bursting with the vitality of a world reclaimed.

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Rick Owens SS22

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

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Yohji Yamamoto Mens SS22

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

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DIESEL SS22

Creative Director Glenn Martens presents DIESEL’s SS22 collection, and the season marks a milestone for the company: Martens’ first collection for the brand. The SS22 collection was presented as a short film. The short film is a collaboration with artist and director Frank Lebon, with a soundtrack by British musician Leon Vynehall and takes a close look at four areas of DIESEL’s evolving brave new world, seen through the creative prism of Glenn Martens. We follow the protagonist through a familiar yet slightly offbeat environment. It starts in the living room at a party. Confused and dazed, she wants to leave the room and walks toward the elevator, where the DIESEL heritage and Martens’ aesthetic are tailor-made. The short trip ends in a strange room, bathed in deep red light. Martens made sure to reinterpret the brand’s history on blazers, shirts, and jeans: Laser prints depict layers of fabric and seams as a trompe l’oeil effect. Throughout the story, Martens’ focal points - denim, womenswear, menswear, and experimentalism - are showcased. Together they result in something new: electrifying, extraordinary, and individual. The Martens concept is a contemporary interpretation of DIESEL’s bold and ironic perspective. Defining themes include a cross-gender approach, a heritage component, and the newly introduced DIESEL LIBRARY.

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Tod's Mens SS22

Tod’s Men’s SS22 collection is presented in the video “Tod’s Under The Italian Sun”, which was shot at Cantina Petra, Suvereto, a building designed by Architect Mario Botta. The collection embodies nonchalance and modern craftsmanship. Te items are inspired by a combination of the adventurous imagery of Peter Beard with the idea of the urban safari, imagining a wardrobe focused on leisure. The volumes are soft, even in tailoring harmonize well with sandy Mediterranean colors. This wardrobe is made of classics reinterpreted in material, detail, and proportion, such as the Jack Biker jacket made of canvas. The windbreaker is a combination of different materials, and the hoodie is made of suede. The idea of uniform recurs and matching top and trousers, whether they are knitted or lightweight safari jackets. The trousers are practical in parachute canvas, with drawstrings details at the ankle. The knitwear is chunky yet lightweight.

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Dior Cruise 22

A series of photographs of one of Monsieur Dior’s haute couture lines, taken near the iconic Parthenon in 1951, inspired Maria Grazia Chiuri to create the Dior Cruise 2022 collection. The show, set in the Stadium Panathinaiko in Athens, also drew inspiration from Giorgio De Chirico, a pioneer of surrealism who drew on poignant memories of Greece to paint magical places suspended in the silent contrast of light and shadow.  The looks, clearly reminiscent of marble and ancient statues, the tunic plays a central role in the collection. Combing ethereal looks with comfortable footwear such as sneakers or plateau boots, Chiuri seems to have reinvented the antique with the modern. The designer also paid homage to Marlene Dietrich’s white suit and Björk’s iconic swan dress. Ongoing travel difficulties meant that her show was primarily attended by local press and clients - treated to a heavenly performance by the Greek-American singer Ioanna Gika.

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ERMENEGILDO ZEGNA: ROME AND FORTE DEI MARMI STORES

Ermenegildo Zegna enhances its retail network in Italy with the opening of a new flagship store in Rome and a seasonal resort boutique in Forte dei Marmi. Zegna’s evolution from Tailoring to Luxury Leisurewear represents a leap forward for the brand and a new era in store design, too. The new flagship store in Rome, relocated within the historical Palazzo Maruscelli Lepri, launches a new retail design course, to reflect the brand zeitgeist. The new design features a sophisticated atmosphere, customised around the classical architectural references of the venue, framed by natural woods and serpentine marble inserts: a bold check pattern running along the entire ground floor. The coffered ceiling of the Made to Measure room, on the first floor, maintains the original decoration to provide a unique atmosphere where customers can personalise their wardrobe entirely. A modern library in rose gold finishing and an iconic sofa complete the furniture setting to conveying a luxurious home feeling with a bar area to welcome visitors as well as two video screens to convey the brand seasonal highlights. Transformed into a luxury retail space that occupies over 250 square meters and two floors, the new flagship store naturally blends history with modernity.

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Dior x Sacai

Dior collaborates with Sacai on a men’s capsule in which Kim Jones, Artistic Director of the house’s men’s lines, engages in a dialogue with Chitose Abe, founder of the Japanese label. The reinterpretation of the emblematic “Dior” signature embodies this creative exchange: the name Sacai figures within the ‘i’ in the Dior signature. The DNA of Sacai is hybrid: an idea that permeates a collection punctuated by a color palette primarily in black and white. Looks combine Dior tailoring and savoir-faire with the Japanese brand’s sportswear style and technicality. Denim enhances pieces fusing workwear cuts with functional details, finished with a refined couture touch. Dior symbols, such as supple berets designed by Stephen Jones, are revisited while iconic bags from the saddle universe are reinvented in vibrant shades of olive and orange, echoing Sacai’s essential bomber jacket. This capsule, called Dior and Sacai, illustrates a vision in motion, a captivating meeting of two artists. This new perspective on the two houses, framed by Dior heritage, may be discovered from November 2021.

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MIU MIU Spirit bag

Unveiled as part of the Miu Maritime collection, the Miu Spirit bag adapts to myriad locations, seasons and, of course, individual personal styles. Fun, feminine, light and light-hearted, the Miu Spirit bag perfectly balances fashion and function, classicism and innovation, innocence and experience - all apparently contradictory qualities central to the Miu Miu name. A soft construction, made predominantly in fabric trimmed with leather, this versatile design features bold stripes, Vichy checks and polka dots dancing across faille. In quilted ciré in ultra-bright hues, the Miu Spirit is more sporty; in soft French terry cloth in icecream shades it becomes the ultimate summer carry all. It is – as its name suggests – as freespirited as the woman it was created for.

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Cartier Women’s Initiative 2021: 8 laureates

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

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LOEWE Foundation – Craft Prize 2021

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

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

www.craftprize.loewe.com

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Shared Passion - Dockers New Brand Ambassadors

Since its foundation, one of Docker’s fundamental pillars was sustainability. A part of its DNA, which has certainly played a role in its California Cool image. Within this strategy, there is a special importance put on the subject of water. The garment industry especially has been heavily criticized for countless production processes which not only exhaust massive amounts of water, but also contribute to the industry being one of the most polluting industries worldwide. At Dockers, they have reduced their water consumption for dyeing and production processes by 73% on their whole range. Additionally, since 2020, they partnered up with surfer and activist Jon Rose in order to help fight the global water crisis. The first brand ambassador, Dockers is now proud to present four new faces, ambassadors who share this environmental engagement, the passion and lifestyle. The first is Kepa Acero, a Basque surfer and world traveller, who is dedicated to exploring the oceans and looking for ways to protect the environment and the local communities which are so dependent on it. Together with Dockers, they have started #DockersW4W, a social media challenge through which the brand has pledged to donate water filters to provide access to clean water to communities all over the planet. The second new ambassador to join the Dockers family is Deniz Roprak, a surfer and entrepreneur. In 2018, he started Mellow Sri Lanka, an environmentally-friendly co-living, which has the goal to make people aware about the resources we receive from nature and the importance of protecting it in order to enjoy all its many gifts. Joan Duru is the third new ambassador. Having started surfing at the age of 7 and now considered one of the greatest surfers of his generation, he has seen with his own eyes in many places all over the world, how the pollution is damaging our oceans and the absolute need for action right now. Last but not least to join the Dockers family is Maud Le Car. Born on Saint Martin, she has always been in close proximity to the sea. In order to protect the oceans, she has founded Save La Mermaid, an organisation with the goal of finding viable alternatives to plastic, whilst organizing clean-ups and educating the public on the issue of plastic pollution in order to continue to be able to enjoy the beauty of the oceans.

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CHANEL in Saint Tropez

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

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Louis Vuitton Eyewear Campaign

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

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

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

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

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Gallery Weekend Berlin: Anna Uddenberg at Kraupa-Tuskany Zeidler

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

www.gallery-weekend-berlin.de

Courtesy of Anna Uddenberg; Kraupa-Tuskany Zeidler, Berlin

Fashion

All Things Loose

For the SS21 collection, Levi’s® puts a spin on the brand’s emblematic Levi’s® Red classics from the 90s – the last great era of the loose fit. Following the motto of ‘all things loose’, the collection draws on the exaggerated fits, wide hems and drop shoulders of the Levi’s® Red collections, first launched in the late 90s. The contemporary interpretation of the Levi’s® Red collection re-imagines the denim pieces following a sustainable and innovative approach. Men’s jeans include a looser fit version of the 502™ Taper, and a new 505™ Utility, both of which have irregular bartack stitching and a bigger and exaggerated double-stitch on the back pockets. For women, the Low Loose Workpant with a loose balloon leg and a super low rise is the centerpiece of the new collection. The loose silhouette-focus is re-emphasized in the line of denim jackets. Wide drop shoulder fits with mid-length hems and bold pocket and lining designs are their signature features. For fabrics, – in addition to the organic cotton in men’s pants – cottonized hemp is frequently used in select styles of the Levi’s® Red designs. The innovative fabric drives the brand's commitment to sustainability. It resembles cotton in look and feel, and is made with hemp which has been manufactured in a process, which requires less water and fewer chemicals than growing cotton does. The Levi’s® Red collection therefore simultaneously embodies a daring outlook into the future, as well as a nostalgic throwback with a range of unique pieces based on sustainable fabrics, modern shapes and the retro, signature Levi’s® style.

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Levis x MIU MIU

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

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Art-à-Porter

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

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Limited Edition

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

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Versace Greca Sneaker

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

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Gallery Weekend Berlin: Dries van Noten at Andreas Murkudis

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

www.gallery-weekend-berlin.de

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Gallery Weekend Berlin: Ashley Hans Scheirl at Crone Berlin

Installation view, Ashley Hans Scheirl, Currencies of De*Capital Delirium, Galerien Crone Berlin, 2021

As part of this year’s Gallery Weekend, Crone Berlin is presenting a solo exhibition by the artist Ashley Hans Scheirl, who, together with her/his partner Jakob Lena Knebl, will be exhibiting in the Austrian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale 2022. Paintings, sculptures, and drawings merge in the gallery spaces to form a room-filling installation. They lead the visitor into an exuberant, seemingly insane dream world. Consumption and the search for meaning, restriction and freedom, greed and renunciation, excess and isolation, rebellion and resignation, identity and transformation, gender and hierarchy, individual lifestyles and the global economy of rejection collide here and culminate in a digital-anarchist-neutralized big bang, or at least in a new world currency that gives the exhibition its title: Currencies of De*Capital Delirium. Angela, Angela Scheirl, Angela Hans, Angel Hans, Zeze Hans, Ah, A A A A, Hans Scheirl, Hans, Hansi, Hansda, Hans von S/hit, Scheirl, Ashley Hans Scheirl was born in Salzburg (Austria), in 1956. She/He lives in Vienna. The work she did in the 1990s as part of London’s underground dyke scene contributed to the development of a conceptual practice that was constantly exchanging with the Viennese scene via the techniques of experimental cinema, painting, object art, actions in public space, performance and music, with all genres treated as equal. Indeed, in this artist’s practice, these “disciplinary techniques” are brought together to function on the model of a lesbian, queer sexuality. This transitioning of one fine arts category toward another was accompanied during these years when the artist was moving between London, Vienna, and New York by a metamorphosis of her/his own body, helped by the injection of testosterone. Her/his mutating name reflects this constant becoming which is never really static. Her/his recent self-expression in the use of painting, after multiple experiments with Super 8 and video cameras, encouraged Angela— now Hans—to transform her/his masculine look by a new phase of emancipation and to become Ashley, a painter who carefully cultivates her/his androgynous appearance.

www.gallery-weekend-berlin.de

Jakob Lena Knebl & Ashley Hans Scheirl Seasonal Greetings. Kunsthaus Bregenz, Oesterreich, 2020/2021, Installation view, Ashley Hans Scheirl Das Labor, Operationssaal, 2020. Photo: Markus Tretter, Lindau

Fashion

Givenchy: 4G Bag

Givenchy introduces the «4G» bag. The latest design of the Maison was created by Matthew M Williams and is a sleek and graphic update on a classic shape. The rectangular 4G bag design comes to life in two versions: a flap bag and a chain bag. The two formats are conceived to adapt to multiple styles of wear. The 4G flap bag features a removable strap with Givenchy metal brackets that adjusts for over-the-shoulder or crossbody wear. The 4G chain bag version features the House’s new signature G-link chain in silver- or gold-finished metal, slips through metallic hoops to adapt to shoulder or crossbody wear. Both shapes are available in full-grain box-calf leather and feature various colors from neutral black to ivory, cappuccino beige, to seasonal shades of avocado green. More vibrant variations include baby pink, red and dark khaki. Special finishes showcase an all-over 4G monogram. This is achieved through high-frequency debossing on the calf leather for a three-dimensional effect and comes in ivory, pink or black. Additionally, patent leather versions in black or sky blue have a crinkled finish. www.givenchy.com

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Maserati Special Edition F Tributo

With motorsport in its genes and inspired by countless successes, Maserati celebrates its racing past with the new Special Edition F Tributo. Exactly 95 years ago, on April 25, 1926, the brand made its racing debut: on that day, the Maserati Tipo26, the first car to have the trident on its hood, won the 1,500 cc class of the legendary Targa Florio in Sicily. Driving was Alfieri Maserati himself. 28 years later, on January 17, 1954, the Maserati 250F made its racing debut - a car that wrote motorsport history. This time it was driven by Juan Manuel Fangio, who won the Formula 1 five times, making him world champion. His last title came in 1957 on the same 250F. Maserati is now taking this motorsport era as an opportunity to present the special F Tributo edition. The F stands for Fangio, who shaped this phase of international racing like no other driver and was closely associated with Maserati. Red is the color of Italian motorsport. In contrast, the bright and lively Azzurro Tributo is a reminder that blue (along with yellow) is the color of the city of Modena, the historic home of the brand. Other references to Fangio's 250F are the yellow brake calipers and wheels with yellow rims. This is because the racing car of yesteryear also had decorative elements in yellow. To complete the exterior, the Levante F Tributo is fitted with 21-inch Anteo wheels in black and the Ghibli F Tributo with 21-inch Titano wheels in gloss black. The front fender also features an edition ensemble in gloss black, while the trident logo on the C-pillar is deliberately in body color. The exterior accents are also reflected in the interior: the black full-grain leather from Pieno Fiore features decorative stitching in red or yellow.

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Fashion

Kaldewei receives iF Design Award 2021

The MING washbasin bowl made of Kaldewei steel-emaille material impresses with its slender silhouette and a flawlessly glazed surface. Kaldewei has now been awarded the prestigious iF Design Award 2021 for the MING basin’s trend-setting and high-quality design. The premium manufacturer was able to convince the jury of the design award with a distinctive product profile, which uniquely combines tradition and modernity with absolute material quality. Kaldewei's exquisite MING bowl captivates with elegant lines, extensive depth and a delicate rim. Its traditional contours are inspired by Chinese Ming vases and made of steel-emaille. This material is hundred percent recyclable and therefore particularly sustainable. Whether for a classically simple bathroom or experimental locations, the elegance of MING with its convex curved silhouette leaves room for visions that turn any space into a sensual retreat. Displaying an easy-to-clean finish, the Kaldewei Perl effect, is standard on all MING bowls.

 www.kaldewei.de

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RIMOWA x Masumi Ishiuda

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

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Rosa rosae rosae

by Manuela Martorelli

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

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Friedemann Vogel appointed Ambassador of International Dance Day

The International Theatre Institute (ITI) annually proclaims International Dance Day on April 29th. First established on the occasion of the great dance reformer Jean-George Noverre’s birthday by the ITI’s Dance Committee in 1982, the International Dance Day is a celebration of dance as a universal language of human expression in all its forms. Every year, an important personality from the dance world is chosen to compose a message for the occasion. This year, the renowned international ballet star, Principal Dancer and, “Kammertänzer” of the Stuttgarter Ballett Friedemann Vogel has been selected as Ambassador and Message Authore for International Dance Day. The Stuttgarter Ballet is proud to have a dance from its own ranks filling in this honorable position. In the face of the ongoing lockdown and closure of cultural institutions, it is especially important for artists to able to express themselves and uphold their passion for the arts. The International Dance Day provides a special platform for this. Thomas Detrich, Artistic Director of the Stuttgarter Ballett says in this regard: “I cannot imagine a better Message Author for International Dance Day than Friedemann Vogel. An exceptional dancer and artist who always wants to explore and expand his own boundaries, as well as those of his art form and is open to dance in all its facets.”

 www.stuttgarter-ballett.de

Fashion

Giuseppe Zanotti AMIRA

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

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Fashion

TOMMY x PATTA

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

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

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

www.pattaxtommy.com

Fashion

Diesel x Diesel: FAKE SMILES

Diesel x Diesel is a concept created by the founder of the brand Renzo Rosso’s desire to reintroduce Diesel’s past icons in a modern context. The capsule collection has a distinctly North American aesthetic with a look back at old archives of the many trips Renzo and his multicultural design team did back in the late 80s. The collection is mainly inspired by college apparel, Route 66, and the essential Diesel identifier of workwear. This results in pieces such as varsity jackets that have been reimagined in extra-distressed leather with a new Diesel typeface in patches across the shoulder blades. Further in terms of outerwear, the collection also includes reimagination of a mixed-material coat of shearling, cotton, leather, and jacquard wool which was initially inspired by a late 1980’s research trip to the South of the U.S. A treated leather vest from the tail end of the 1980s has patches that recall an American road trip. For each piece, the underlying idea is the bridging of separated entities, whether governmentally (land borders) or temporally (the then-and-now). With their slouchy shape and the oddness of the pseudo-trompe-l’oeil chaps, there’s something casually appropriate about them for 2021. There are four other denim trousers models, each from the 1980s, on which contrasting waistbands have been added for differentiation. Rounding out Diesel x Diesel, there are reissued hoodies, mini-skirts, and shirts.

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Fashion

On The Beach - Louis Vuitton

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

 www.louisvuitton.com

Fashion

Ninamounah FW21 – Seduce Me

Ninamounah presents her first Paris Fashion Week participation, an audiovisual piece in runway show format called "Seduce Me." The Amsterdam-based brand - named after its Creative Director Ninamounah Langstraat – received the inspiration for the show from the natural world, taking biology as the starting point for the conception of the ideas that help shape the pieces in the collection. "Seduce Me" explores hypnotizing mating rituals, stimulating the viewers' animalistic side and translating the aesthetics of these complex animal behaviors into garments with a various and rich range of silhouettes, textures, and movements. Even the models move slightly feral as they were filmed walking backward and reversing the content, leaving the viewer hypnotized and at unease at first sight. The collection feature exaggerated cuts and oversized tailoring, which takes inspiration from the sexual mimicry of the animal kingdom.

Contrasting the suppleness of velvet and the discomfort of vinyl tells the story of seduction: both romantic and aggressive. The velvety antlers of male deers are the perfect paradigm seen in nature. The deception of sensuality and violence in nature, as seen in snake trails (a sign of either mating or conflict), translates into the hypnotic, undulating seams in the recurring garments. The urgency of red punctuates the neutral palette as a semiotic conversation between the aggressiveness and seduction it represents in both nature and the human-made world. The neutral palette is a reflection of the unarmed state and the innocence of living beings before they are ruthlessly hunted down. For the collection, Ninamounah collaborates with artist Stef Van Looveren, with whom the brand has developed a revisited line of accessories starring their already signature bags depicting human male and female gonads in a wide range of colors, from bubblegum pink to metallic gold.

www.ninamounah.com

Fashion

Thom Browne FW21

For the FW 21 collection, Thom Browne continues his collaboration with director Carissa Gallo. In the short film, Lindsey Vonn - an American former World Cup alpine ski racer on the US Ski Team- introduces Thom Browne’s collection by walking through a snowy wonderland filled with an audience of animated stick figures watching her pass by - in the only colorful piece of the collection, a button back off-shoulder lapel dress with an oversized drape in gold lame over an oversized tailcoat gown with drawstrings and backpack straps in gold lame. The visual story unveils as Lindsey Vonn sees the stick figures off and boards a helicopter. From there, she skis along the models wearing the intricate design pieces, wearing lace-covered fencing masks. For FW 21, Thom Browne is crossing boundaries, creating menswear for women and womenswear for men. The silhouette is a juxtaposed mix between formal and sportswear. He continued to challenge and modernize today’s connotation of the suit.

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Fashion

Hermès FW 21 – A presentation in three acts

Image by Hua Dong

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

Image by Sasha Arutyunova

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

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Fashion

Dries van Noten FW21

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

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

www.driesvannoten.com

Fashion

MSGM FW21 - MANIFESTO

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

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

www.msgm.com

Fashion

Alessandro Dell’Acqua FW21 x Elena MirÒ

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

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

www.alessandrodellacqua.com

Fashion

Missoni FW21

Missoni’s FW21 collection is Angela Missoni’s ode to today’s women, dynamic and with effortless attitude, bringing a breath of freshness into the Missoni world. The more relaxed attitude to dressing that has become so much more important over the last year is blended with sport accents creating a collection that leaves its wearer total freedom to express themselves. A versatile collection allowing the wearer to mix and match according to the different needs of the modern, urban lifestyle. Despite the more relaxed nature, the collection strikes the perfect balance between elegance, sophisticated style without any constrictions. Knitted coats and trenches embellished with jewel-like resin embellishments reveal the silhouettes, sweatshirts and ponchos juxtaposed with culottes or slightly flared pants. The versatility of the collection is also epitomized in the choice of materials with wool or cashmere caftans combining languid elegance and practicality. The color palette of the collection is dedicated to solid tones, enriched with textures and details. It ranges from soft tones of warm shades of terracotta, cognac and beige to cold hues of gray and teal juxtaposed with bright pops of pink, yellow, orange and turquoise, as well as elegant black and white combinations.

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Fashion

Salvatore Ferragamo F-Heel

The story of the F-shape heel is a very personal one for Salvatore Ferragamo. The idea for this counter-intuitive design stems from observing the curved stern of the ocean liner on which the founder steamed home to Italy from his days as shoemaker to Hollywood’s greatest stars in the US. The F-heel defies the eye’s perception of gravity, which leaves the foot seemingly suspended in space. Its uniqueness makes it one of Salvatore Ferragamo’s greatest inventions.

The 2021 F-heel is the modern sequel to Ferragamo’s timeless classic that adds new layers of sustainability and technical innovation to his original. The 2021 F-heel shoe shares the original’s curved heel shape that ingeniously appears to leave the wearer’s foot walking on air. It is crafted from leather, which takes its name after its origin, Napa California, in three vibrant colorways: Hedren green, Technicolor yellow, and black ornated with iridescent beads. Named after the classic ‘F’ in Ferragamo’s cursive signature, this 2021 update is also keeping up with Salvatore’s commitment to innovation. Each fabrication is entirely monotone, which is a first for the model; the upper, lining, and sole edge and the sole and rubber heel lift are presented in seamless nappa Technicolor hues or black.

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Fashion

Prada: Linea Rossa Eyewear

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

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

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Fashion

Marcell von Berlin FW21/22 at NYFW

Marcell von Berlin’s NYFW debut show presenting the FW21/22 collection aesthetically visualizes a play on the imagined liminal sphere between abstraction and reality, between the existing world and anticipated future. The German brand’s designer Marcell Pustull collaborates with Celebrity Stylist and Creative Directive Director Nicola Formichetti for his new FW21/22 collection. The collection expresses optimism for the ‘new normal’, embracing the unforeseeable instability of the current times and bringing across the persisting value of fashion and design. Marcell Pustull’s objective is to convey the message of hope and enthusiasm, while simultaneously expressing the current stagnating, insecure reality society is facing in the state of lockdown and recovery. This is also reflected in the different styles that meet in the collection: Rock and Roll Chic, Color Blocking and a touch of Disco. Power silhouettes in leather & denim, glamorous sequin and feather dresses and tailored suits in loud, bright colors, spell out the inner voice longing for change and euphoria for the new prevails. The choice of the Eric Lloyd Wright Residence in Malibu as the set-location for the NYFW show further embodies the symbolic value of the show, visualizing the Zeitgeist and message of Marcell von Berlin’s FW21/22 collection. The ruined building on the rugged cliffs of Malibu evokes standstill, while also capturing the wide view over the local landscape, reiterating the metaphor of hope and freedom.

 www.marcellvonberlin.com

Art

Brussels Gallery Weekend presents ‘Candle Up!’

In collaboration with Quintessence Lab the Brussels Gallery Weekend presents the candle collection ‘Candle Up!’. All benefits go entirely to the non-profit organization Feed The Culture. The cultural initiative Feed The Culture gathers a group of volunteers that weekly get together to hand out free food parcels to people working in the cultural sector. Facing the Covid Crisis several actors, dancers and other creatives established Feed The Culture during the first lockdown with the objective to support their colleagues from the art world that had found themselves in precarious situations, due to the cultural sector being shut down entirely. The Brussels Gallery Weekend as a cultural organization that was still partially able to operate and plan events digitally corporates with Quintessence Lab to contribute to initiatives within the creative industry that, like Feed The Culture are in need. Together with artists Lionel Esteve, Sanam Khatibi and Pieter Vermeersch Quintessence Lab produced a collection of candles that are launched via Brussels Art Weekend. ‘Candle Up!’ is a sophisticated, creative line of candles with a story, designed from the creative professionals for professionals.

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Fashion

Dior Spring SS21 Campaign

Dior presents its Spring-Summer 2021 read-to-wear looks by Maria Grazia Chiuri, which are revealed in a series of striking photographs. The campaign celebrates creation in all its forms, from Virginia Woolf’s feminist essays to militant collages by Lucia Marcucci that enhanced the show’s staging. The collection is captured in a campaign reflecting the unique power of a painting. The photo series highlights silhouettes with an almost sacred aura of mystery as if they were subjects of paintings punctuated with shimmering shades of blue, red, and gold.

Eline Kechicheva captured the series, and the images reinvent the Dior visual language by combining precious embroideries with paisley motifs and floral designs that blossom on dresses and trousers, as well as the essential Dior BookTote. Light, fluid pieces take on the deep blue of denim. Simultaneously, the revisited men’s shirt is combined with the Dior Palto jacket, freeing movement with grace and elegance alongside the irresistible Dior Caro bag. The campaign reveals virtuoso compositions, an homage to the savior-faire of couture.

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Art

Beuys Bleibt / Beuys - A Close Up

Joseph Beuys (1921–1986), widely regarded as one of the most influential artists of the second half of the 20th century, would have celebrated his 100th birthday on May 12th, 2021. In honor of his centenary German photographer Michael Ruetz has published the book “Beuys bleibt / Beuys – A Close Up” in January of 2021, which sheds new light on the many myths surrounding the late artist. Michale Ruetz started photographing Beuys in the late 70s after getting to know him through mutual friends.

Not initially intended for publication, the photographer’s detailed observation is more intimate and spontaneous. His goal was to “explore the actual person behind the all too familiar figure of Beuys.” Since Beuys has been photographed extensively in his time, the spontaneity of Ruetz has is a more detailed photographic tribute than ever existed before. Most prevalent in this tribute is the insight behind the artist’s professional façade and exploration of the fascinating inner life of Joseph Beuys.

“In Dialogue with Joseph Beuys” is on show at Galerie van der Grinten, Cologne, from January 23rd - March 23rd, 2021. “Beuys bleibt / Beuys – A Close Up” is out now and will be presented at Akademie der Künste, Berlin, on May 12th 2021.

Michael Ruetz Joseph Beuys Düsseldorf, Frühjahr 1971 © Michael Ruetz courtesy Michael Ruetz / Akademie der Künste, Berlin / Agentur FOCUS

Fashion

The Piaget Polo goes Skeleton

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

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Music

Kaldewei: SOUND WAVE

Kaldewei is confronting plastic pollution, starting in the most intimate room of all, the bathroom. According to the Heinze Bathroom Panel, 12,000 tons of plastic are installed in German bathrooms in acrylic bathtubs and shower trays. That's why Kaldewei uses superior steel enamel that is fully recyclable. Now Kaldewei is revolutionizing the at-home spa experience with their sustainably produced SOUND WAVE audio system, which turns Kaldewei bathtubs into a resonating body.

SOUND WAVE is the acoustic innovation for every bathroom and compatible with all Kaldewei bathtub models. Six acoustic panels and two body sound transducers are attached to the tub's inside and remain invisible to create an exceptional sound experience. SOUND WAVE plays back any audio file via Bluetooth from a smartphone, laptop, tablet, or PC. Not only spa lovers are convinced of the SOUND WAVE, which revolutionizes the bath experience, even music professionals such as sound engineer Bryan Gallant from The Warehouse Studio in Vancouver, Canada, has already installed the SOUND WAVE in the studio so musicians can experience a new way of listening to their own music after a session. The Warehouse Studio has hosted many of Rock's greatest such as REM, Nickelback, Billy Joel, Muse, Metallica, AC/DC, and Bryan Adams.

www.kaldewei.de

Fashion

Roger Dubois x Pirelli: Excalibur Iconic Collection

Excess and extravagance are what Roger Dubois embodies. The luxurious watchmaker brand has collaborated with Pirelli, the expert on tires for the daring Excalibur Iconic collection, a limited-edition collection of just 88 watches each for the black or white Excalibur Spider models; and 28 for the Excalibur Spider Pirelli. Engineers and watchmakers of the highest expertise have collaborated to create unique timepieces featuring rubber inlays from certified Pirelli winning tires.

Manufactured in the heart of Geneva, the new collection fuses traditional watchmaking with state-of-the-art-technology. Color schemes range from rose gold with white accents to titanium total black to sporty red and black. All watches can be worn with interchangeable straps of either winning motorsport tire rubber or calf leather. The straps all entail the profile of a Pirelli Cinturato intermediate tire on the inside. Roger Dubois promises adrenaline and thrill by reinventing the Hyper Horology game to the exclusive tribe who look for off-the-radar experiences with the Excalibur Iconic collection. The exclusivity of the collection will allow only a lucky few to come in contact with the collaboration of a lifetime.

www.rogerdubuis.com

Fashion

Carolina Herrera: 'Very Good Girl Eau de Parfum'

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

www.carolinaherrera.com

Fashion

DIESEL x Chinese New Year

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

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

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Art

Foscarini: 'Bump'

Exploring the relationship between light and its interaction with various surfaces, Italian lighting design company, previewed its new suspension lamp during Milano Design Week last September. Designed by Ludovica and Roberto Palomba, who have been longtime collaborators with Foscarini, the suspension lamp began with blown glass before expanding into other materials, surfaces and finishes during the research stage and eventually became the irregular and captivating visual presence of the suspension lamp known simply as ‘Bump’.

The informal personality of ‘Bump’ plays with light, its character changing in relation to the chosen color. The range of colors include gold and petroleum hues as well as a ‘frost’ model with a transparent dome and a satin finish, each with the distinctive shape which resembles a dented surface.

An atmospheric effect is created by the ‘frost’ version of ‘Bump’ due to the translucent dome, whereas the gold and petroleum iterations feature a white interior color to focus light primarily downwards for use in settings such as a study, parlour or bar.

www.foscarini.com

Fashion

DIOR Haute Couture SS21

With the presentation of the Dior SS21 Haute Couture Collection, the onlooker finds themselves transported into a magical realm to which Tarot cards are the key. Maria Grazia Chiuri immediately felt a connection with the imaginary worlds that they contain and their power to entice us to explore the unknown while fearlessly looking deep inside ourselves. Grazia Chiuri uses the cards’ visual language, the rich symbolic lexicon as well as the complex and fascinating characters and translates it into a series of extraordinary evening gowns, a testimony to Dior’s excellence in craftsmanship and garment construction. Matteo Garrone, one of Italy’s most high-profile directors, is responsible for the presentation of the haute couture creations. He also draws inspiration from Tarot cards, more precisely drawing on the visual force of the Visconti-Sforza tarot, a collection commissioned by the Duke of Milan in the 15th century. This deck is defined by its splendid and luxuriously decorated cards and their impressive yet enigmatic presence.

www.dior.com

Fashion

LVMH Watch Week 2021: Hublot

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

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

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Fashion

Isabel Marant Men's FW21

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

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

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

www.isabelmarant.com

 

Fashion

Yohji Yamamoto POUR HOMME FW21/22

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

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

www.yohjiyamamoto.co.jp

Fashion

TAAKK FW21

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

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

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

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

www.taakk.jp

Fashion

Tod's Men's FW21/22

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

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

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

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

www.tods.com

LES HOMMES FW21: 'FEMME'

Designers Tom Notte and Bart Vandebosch have created a FW21 collection for Les Hommes that reflects the brand’s core DNA. The collection consists of unique pieces built with a fusion of classic tailoring methods and sportswear sensibilities. The unification of opposites is the key to this collection, hybrid pieces bring together two seemingly opposite worlds. Signature leather, knitwear and nylon inserts fused with classic tailoring and sportswear makes for an elegant yet powerful silhouette. Hand-knitted knitwear is a key feature of the Les Hommes world. As such there is a big emphasis on creative and unique knitwear. The new essentials for the Les Hommes man are filled with energy and a bold sense of creativity.

Contemporary elegance, the lifeblood of Les Hommes, plays a vital role in the FW21 collection. The Les Hommes ‘Femme’ collection is just that; a fusion of considered, impeccable tailoring and ultra femenine party wear. The unique collision of these two worlds makes for a collection with glamour, femininity and a touch of masculine influence. Strength and confidence are the voices that speak to Les Hommes ‘Femme’. The color pallet is exclusively black, with the exception of cobalt and camel details. The variety rests in the collection’s materials, which bring a subtle yet noticeable depth to the clothing. The indulgent use of velvet, sequins, leather and patent leather unify to create an architectural silhouette. The shape of strong shoulders, couture inspired sleeves and more masculine elements contrast with ultra feminine shapes and champagne colored hardware to create the Les Hommes ‘Femme’ silhouette.

www.leshommes.com

Fashion

Ermenegildo Zegna XXX FW21

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

www.zegna.com

Fashion

Brunello Cucinelli: FW21/22

After years of research and development, Brunello Cucinelli has launched a collection of menswear for Fall Winter 21/22. The collection is the synthesis of yesterday and tomorrow. Finding a balance between the past and a prominent vision of tomorrow’s look, the collection keeps ideals of moderation and simplicity with neutral colors making the foundation on which to build. Mid and dark colors are diffused in the knitwear hydrangea violets, bonfire reds, bordeaux, blueberry and variants of green like sage and mint. Aside from classic coats, this FW21/22 by Brunello Cucinelli is made up of down jackets and outerwear in different lengths and weights to remain true to modern menswear in the colder months.

Knitwear rests at the forefront of comfort, items of reassuring clothing we all reach for in winter’s cold embrace; knitwear features prominently in this collection adding something unexpected and special to down jackets. Time honored textures of stockinette stitch and English rib are enriched by chiné and vanisé techniques, a proud pairing of workmanship and nuance.

Supple leathers and shearling complimented by discrete patterns displayed on the men’s outwear provide something beyond reproach during the rainy seasons. In addition to lightweight, handcrafted leather accessories, formal footwear displays the attention to detail and dedication to craftsmanship at Brunello Cucinelli. This same craftsmanship is applied to a range of sneakers made from lightweight and natural materials that add versatility to each look.

Somewhere between the sartorial approach and taking cues from new stimuli of modern fabrics elegance is given a presence in the everyday. Brunello Cucinelli designs for the present moment, newer than yesterday, classic enough for every tomorrow.

www.brunellocucinelli.com

Marcel Dzama: 'The Moon is Following Me'

Tim Van Laere Gallery, Antwerp, will host Canadian born and New York-based artist Marcel Dzama’s first solo show; a celebration of the post-Trump era. Expressive and bursting with color, the show is titled ‘The Moon is Following Me’ drawing from folk-tales, art-history and displays contemporary flourishes. Dzama’s artworks honor childhood fantasies and the strength and resolve of the imagination.

With ballet costumes by Francis Picabia or Oskar Schlemmer to invite viewers into this dream-like world as well as more direct nods to the work of Francisco Goya, Joseph Beuys and Marcel Duchamp. Of his art, Dzama says “I usually either do political drawing or I go for this kind of vacation feeling. Almost idyllic. A lot of them are based on photographs taken of my son and wife on vacation.”

The artist is known for responding to current events through his art. Dzama has painted the late United States Supreme Court Justice, Ruth Bader Ginsberg, over a watercolor impression of Donald Trump swinging a golf club. The canvas used for this work was simply a front page of the New York Times, in keeping with the contemporary and newsworthy nature of his subjects. In addition to this Marcel Dzama’s drawing of a tiny owl found inside the Rockefeller Centre Christmas Tree will be included in his solo exhibition at Tim Van Laere Gallery.

Stating that “because the Trump years were so traumatizing” that the series of artworks had to have more hopeful themes, in an effort to rekindle a collective sense of whimsy.

‘The Moon is Following Me’ will run from January 21st to March 6th at Tim Van Laere Gallery, Antwerp.

Quotes taken from an interview with Marcel Dzama by Manuela Martorelli, published in ZOO Magazine Issue #69.

www.timvanlaeregallery.com

DIOR: The Caro Bag

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

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

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

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

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

www.dior.com

Fashion

CDG3 x Better Gift Shop

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

www.cdgcdgcdg.com

www.bettergiftshop.com

Fashion

Upcycled MiuMiu

Nearly thirty years and many great strides in fashion since Miu Miu was founded by Miuccia Prada, the iconic brand is debuting its ‘Upcycled by Miu Miu’ collection. A special collection of vintage dresses has been given new life, once loved and soon to be loved again as Miu Miu garments. Each piece is unique and entirely one-of-one, adorned with signature Miu Miu embroideries and embellishments. The limited run of 80 upcycled dresses will be available in nine cities at Miu Miu boutiques worldwide. These cities that the ‘Upcycled by Miu Miu’ line can be found in are Milan, Paris, London, Tokyo, Moscow, Hong Kong, Shanghai and St. Moritz. Each item has been carefully reworked and renewed by the designers at Miu Miu, a dress from the ‘Upcycled by Miu Miu’ collection that is found in one city will never be found in another city. For example, item 26/80 is a 1970s silver and gold knitted cocktail dress customised with all-over diamanté embellishment, a crystal neckline and rose peach silk gazar bow detail; available at Miu Miu Paris, while item 14/80 is a 1960s short belted dress in white silk crepe with one-sided pleats on the front, customised with white and emerald green crystal embroidery and all-over diamanté embellishment; available only at Miu Miu Tokyo. Each dress is lovingly restored by hand and re-imagined through the Miu Miu lens to ensure they are loved once more and maintain continuity with the brand’s oeuvre.

www.miumiu.com

Art

Thonet Barstool Collection

Thonet has built its name to be synonymous with a longstanding history of designing furniture that displays one foot in tradition and another striding boldly into the future; a design journey that was conceived at the hands of master carpenter, Michael Thonet, out of a small workshop in Boppard on the River Rhine in 1819; with Chair No. 14 or, as we know it today, the Vienna coffee house chair. The furniture maker continues its legacy with two new iterations of the barstool; the S 32 VH Barstool and the S 32 VHT low barstool. The S 32 tubular-steel cantilever chair made by Marcel Breuer in the ‘20s during the Bauhaus era offers an insight into the design cues for these comfortable and  new barstools. The distinctive Viennese canework and Thonet bentwood elements exist in stylistic contrast to the sleek tubular steel lines and lightweight nature of the furniture. The furnishings are visually very reduced and made to be subtle so as to suit a broader range of environments from reception areas to kitchen breakfast bars in the home or trendy metropolitain bars and restaurants. Easily adjustable and transported, the S 32 VH Barstool is designed in response to the growing trend of standing tables and counters both in workplaces and the home. The new barstools versatility and timeless style follows on from Thonet’s earlier adaptation of Marcel Breuer’s S 64 tubular steel cantilever chair, in which Thonet designed a height-adjustable swivel chair set on a pedestal base and castors that they dubbed the S 64 VDR swivel chair.


www.thonet.com

Fashion

DIOR Men Fall 2021

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

www.dior.com

Fashion

Optical Precision. German Engineering.

Both Leica and Mykita belong to a group of industry leaders in their respective fields dedicated to the holding up of the high standards associates with the label ‘Made in Germany’. For this collaboration, both houses bring together their areas of expertise, pairing Mykita’s innovative product engineering with Leica’s unique design language and expertize in lenses and optics. The results of this partnership are a range of glasses, defined by their reduced and functional design and precision engineering. The debut collection of sunglasses features two design series, the first being a concept of stainless steel whereas the second combines the steel with MYLON, a material innovation made using 3D printing technology. Apart from the design, the lens technology is another standout of this partnership, having been manufactured using all of Leica’s expertize in this field and undergoing the rigorous quality control that all Leica optics are subjected to. The Leica optical collection features clean and timeless design, mirroring the established shapes of the sunglass line. The purposeful sleek design gives the glasses a timeless flair recalling the iconic design of the Leica cameras.

www.mykita.com
www.leica.com

Fashion

Stone Island Miami

Stone Island certainly one of these brands, which have become deeply interwoven with European cultural history, whether it be Milanese paninari, British football fan or anything in-between. A household name in Europe, the house has recently found increasing success in the United States, partially due to celebrities such as Drake of Travis Scott being seen in Stone Island. To expand its presence in North America, Stone Island is opening its fourth store in Miami after New York, Los Angeles and Toronto. Situated in Miami’s Design District, the store covers an area of over 3000 squared feet on two levels, hosting the Stone Island and Shadow Project collections. In typical fashion, the interior design follows the concept created by Marc Buhre, a German industrial designer and founder of the Zeichenweg TM architectural firm. Following the recent opening in Beijing and now Miami, Stone Island now counts 28 flagship stores worldwide exporting the brand’s philosophy of experimentation and innovative design into the world.

The Stone Island Miami Store is located at 123 NE 41st Street, #107/207, Miami Design District, 33137 Miami.

www.stoneisland.com

Fashion

Freedom of Travel meets Craftsmanship

The freedom of travel meets the craftsmanship of watchmaking in Louis Vuitton’s new Trunk Table Clock. Elevating the classic accessory to a monumental timepiece, the Maison reproduces the Tambour Moon Dual Time concave dial in a new fresh design and concept. It also features a double time-zone, suited to the urban globetrotter and a vibrant dial of multicolored flags. The 80mm diameter hemispheric steel case suspended in its trunk is a wonderful historic reference to 18th century navy chronometers, these devices were used for long-distance navigators for them to calculate longitude. The trunk is an iconic aspect of Louis Vuitton, in bringing this element into the watch design, the brand cleverly interweaves its own heritage and identity into its new timepiece. With this in mind, Louis Vuitton pays homage to the extraordinary pioneers of early travel, conceptualizing it in a contemporary design that is distinctly connected to the Maison.

www.louisvuitton.com

Fashion

Hublot 40 Years

Hublot and its CEO Ricardo Guadalupe invite friends and ambassadors of the brand to take part in the digital celebration of the Swiss watch manufacturer’s 40th anniversary. In a 30-minute presentation, Guadalupe presented all the milestones that have shaped Hublot into what it is today. Despite its relatively short history, there surely is no shortage of memorable moments to look back on, from the diverse novelties and innovations to the groundbreaking partnerships with Fifa and Ferrari. And how would you retell Hublot’s history without mentioning two key figures, the company’s founder Carlo Crocco and Jean-Claude Biver, who emphasized the art of fusion between tradition and future. Throughout the presentation some of Hublot’s most well-know brand ambassadors were connected live. They were truly representative of the wide-ranging and diverse Hublot family, from footballers Kylian Mbappé and Ada Hegerberg, Olympic sprinter Usain Bolt, three-star chef Andreas Caminada to world-renowned pianist Lang Lang. To mark the occasion, Hublot has also introduced its ‘Classic Original 1980’ a watch which has been reinterpreted to reflect the Hublot of today and as put by Guadalupe himself presents ‘a brand-new contemporary version that celebrates Hublot’s innovative approach of the last 40 years.’

www.hublot.com

Travel

Into the Woods

Founded by Italian architects Massimo Gnocchi and Paolo Danesi, The Mountain Refuge was set up to realise the equilibrium of sustainability and design, to find a way of living in harmony with the world around us. Encouraging this greater understanding and appreciation of the outdoors a floor to ceiling glazed window allows for a true and uninterrupted view of nature. With their goal to deliver shelter and sanctuary globally, Gnocchi and Danesi conceptualized their own minimalist cabin, versatile and low maintenance, their design does not require foundations but can be adapted for locations that do with the use of a thin slab of concrete. Returning to the primal connection we as humans have with nature, the cabins recall the traditional mountain shelters of the Alps, wooden and cosy, but the Italian team have transformed these typically dark interiors through large windows. This prefabricated micro home, with its angled roofs is more than a design spectacle, but an alternative way of life, one which many are avidly seeking as the clamour of everyday life grows too much.

www.themountainrefuge.com

Fashion

Take-out Gala

Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens is set to organize an extravagant take-out gala in collaboration with internationally regarded artist Rikrit Tiravanija. The Belgian modern art museum has gotten creative in the absence of its annual garden party, designing a free group exhibition, selling a range of different art works, now through the expo site as a result of new measures. In light of these restrictions, the museum is organizing an exclusive take-put gala to gather funds for the museum’s upcoming year. Tiravanija and acclaimed chef Antto Melasniemi have created 3 original dim sum to be presented in a reusable take out box, designed especially with a monogram by the artist. With only 500 of these boxes available, each order grants access to an online gala, an ingenious idea that spotlights the thriving creativity at a time of such stasis and devastation.

www.museumdd.be

Fashion

Home Time

Latvian designer, Santa Kupca, presents her 3 part graduation project, the perfect antidote to the pandemic’s omnipresent sense of loneliness and isolation. Entitled “Hesistant to RSVP”, “Dolce far niente” and “Public Library”, the graduate of the Design Academy Eidenhoven, references beautifully these current anxieties through a conscious set of garments. Graduating from the Identity department, Kupca responds to the entrapment of the home and the pressure of online communication, with garments that comfort and swaddle, replicating the feeling of a tender embrace. Each of the three pieces engages with certain aspects of the home, curating a quiet sense of intimacy, made irresistible by their duvet-like quality. To be worn over underwear or simply nothing at all, Kupca caters to the human form at a time where connection and intimacy are under strict regulation and monitoring.

www.santakupca.com

Fashion

Surreal Times

Salvatore Ferragamo responds to this surreal time in their Pre-Spring 2021 collection, a tangible sense of pride and consciousness shaping each look down to every meticulous detail. Featuring upcycled leathers, cashmere, recycled nylons and organic cottons, the brand deftly navigates luxury design with ethical and sustainable choices, creating a collection that is both mindful and stylish in its embrace of a positive momentum in the fashion industry. Mens wear and womens wear both display an exciting sense of flux, moving between clean minimal lines and soft tailoring to wild animated animal prints. The hybrid of giraffe and leopard print takes center stage in the collection, inspired by their Creative Director, Paul Andrew’s extensive interrogation of the archive, dating back to the 1970s. Other innovative highlights include in a new almond-toed driving shoe, fitted with a never before seen double Gancini hardware. Reflecting on the collection Andrew commented “this collection was made in exceptional times, under exceptional conditions, through which we were all obliged to adapt and innovate… The result is a collection of which we are proud. We worked to turn the limitations of the period into positives by considering what is most essential”.

www.ferragamo.com

Fashion

Creating an Icon

For Miu Miu’s Icons Holiday 2020 Advertising Campaign, the brand examines what it means to be an icon. Mapping the transition from icons dictated by religious representations into a secular age, Miu Miu goes on a hunt to demystify and encapsulate the aura of a contemporary icon in their new campaign. Selecting their own cast of women, the luxury brand curates their own community of multifaceted icons, drawing from the realms of cinema, fashion and music. Recognizable in the campaign are the likes of Kim Basinger, Chloë Sevigny, Du Juan and Raffey Cassidy amongst newcomers: actress Emma Corrin, the musician and actor Jordan Kristine Seamón and Storm Reid, an actor who also opened the Fall/Winter 2020 Miu Miu show. In showcasing this intergenerational talent Miu Miu is expansive in their definition of an icon, an empowering expression of modern femininity.

www.miumiu.com

Fashion

Game Up

Pikachu animates Longchamp’s iconic Le Pliage® for their new collection Longchamp x Pokémon. The adored Japanese character features across a range of bags as well as a scarf, inspiring a rare blend of French classicism and Japanese kawaii. The collection will be made available from October 13, 2020 in stores and online, but will be released exclusively in Japan from October 9, 2020 - paying homage to Pokémon’s roots. For Kenji Okubo, President of The Pokémon Company, the collaboration “upholds Longchamp’s tradition for quality and luxury but adds a fun and playful twist”. Pikachu appears in two exciting designs, the first evocative of a retro video game, his familiar yellow figure prominent against a bold black and white print which spells out Long champ in a distinctly maze-like design, the second more subtly showcasing his silhouette embossed onto red, cream and black bags. Longchamp shows the potential of collaboration in this collection, producing new and unexpected possibilities, Pokémon bringing a vibrant and iconic motif to the House’s colorful and diverse oeuvre.

www.longchamp.com

Fashion

"Claudia Andujar, The Yanonami Struggle"

Over the next eight years, Triennale Milano and Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain will join forces to create a cultural partnership unprecedented in Europe. They share a common vision of what contemporary artistic creation should be, dedicated to contribute to the development of a truly multidisciplinary and international program which creates bridges between all different facets of creativity, whether it be art, architecture, design, fashion, cinema, science or philosophy. Cultural exchange between the many European institutions to provide artists the necessary stage and support system in order to bring their meaningful perspectives of the modern world to life. The partnership will be inaugurated with the exhibition “Claudia Andujar, The Yanomami Struggle” followed by “Les Citoyens, Guillermo Kuitca” the coming year. Claudia Andujar’s exhibition offers an insight into the struggle for recognition of the Yanomami, the largest isolated tribe in the Amazon forest. Curated by Thyago Nogueira, the exhibition showcases over three hundred photographs of the Yanonami, an in-depth photographic essay on their daily lives, which Andujar has been working on since the 70s. It showcases all of her prowess as a photographer and activist, whilst showcasing the Yanomami as complex and rich culture with its own intricate myths and rituals.

“Claudia Andujar, The Yanomami Struggle” will be open to the public from October 17 to February 7, 2021 at Triennale Milano.

www.fondationcartier.com
www.triennale.org

Fashion

Blue planet

Montblanc delves into the deep blue, telling the story of our blue planet in its new collection of pens, Montblanc Star Walker. Echoing NASA’s motto “follow the water”, this collection revolves around the marine hues of the ocean, paying homage to the huge expanse of seas and oceans that connect our planet. The pen itself is composed of blue precious resin, a wonderful ode to water, and this connection to our Earth is enhanced further by the transparent dome at the top of the pen. The spherical dome represents the rising Earth above the lunar horizon, as viewed from space, the platinum-plated cap a nod to NASA once again, in its abstraction of an astronaut and the angled clip, a shooting rocket. Montblanc delivers a captivating tale for this collection, channelling our focus to the water that makes up over 80% of the world’s oceans, not all of which have been mapped and explored. In wetting our appetite with a sense of purpose and adventure, we are compelled to write, bringing our own sense of discovery to the written page.

www.montblanc.com

Music

The Monster Inside

An Interview with Woodkid
by Lauren Gee

We spoke to Woodkid ahead of his album release S16. Speaking openly on the nuances and challenges that come with contemporary masculinity, vulnerability collides with cinematic brilliance in an album that is a bold announcement of Woodkid’s multiple creative talents. Conjuring up the sublime through his strong and unwavering voice, S16 is an insomniac tale of distress and redemption, the tangible catharsis of this body of work, undeniably magnetic.

Lauren Gee: What was the inspiration behind this album?

Woodkid: First of all I wanted to make an album that was somehow industrial, I’m not really sure what that meant at the time but I knew that it was triggering some visual and sonic ideas for me, and at the same time I needed to make an album that was a reflection of my mood at the time. That was centred around the idea of deconstruction, learning new things and doubt. Something that is a thread throughout the entire record, is this idea of doubting and asking for help at the same time. It is an album that talks a lot about the beauty that there is in resilience and in the act of asking for help. I actually started the record right after the Paris attacks in 2015. So very early 2016 I started working on the record and wrote the first songs.

LG:There is something very cinematic about this album, each song feels very climatic and emotional, I can imagine it as a soundtrack to a very intense film, is this a reference you were aware of?

WK: First of all I worked with an orchestra, I think it definitely gives no matter what you do a cinematic quality. And it's also in my DNA, it’s my job, I am a film director, I always have images in my head and I want music to serve these images somehow. So I think it is out of my control really, whatever I do I get moved by music that triggers images.

LG: You have such a strong connection with the moving image through the visuals you create, what role does cinema and the moving image have in the music you create?

WK: Alot! I always have big images in my head from the films I love, I always have feelings, textures and emotional textures from films in the back of my head. Actually I have more film references than I do music references, for example Jonathan Blazer, Akira Kurosawa, there’s always some images that are just floating around, even some 2001 A Space Odyssey and Close Encounters of The Third Kind somewhere. There are always these big visions of other cinematographers in my head.

LG: This album for me really conjures up a sense of the sublime, the scale of the world against the individual human, how did you manage to construct this sense of vastness in your music? 

WK: I think by temporal contrast, which means the construction of moments of silence and massiveness, progression and breaks and always trying to write things as a very deconstructed and fragmented piece, which I think is very evocative of the collisions and the fragmentations of the world and the pressure of these massive forces that are around us. I think also singing love songs, because they are very intimate love songs, but always adding a layer visually but also sonically, almost like the world and the force of the world speak to the individual trajectories of humans. There is always a thread and a connection between the very intimate and the massive, that there is probably connections between doubt and fear of the future, and the blues of the world that we all have inside. There's also probably a connection between the environmental challenge and the massive crisis that we are facing, because I think there is a fractal resonance between us and the world and I think that's what I have really tried to do, you will see it in the next video too: I always talk about the intimate but put a narrative layer of infinity on top of it. 

LG: Your voice really feels like its guiding the listener in this album, were you conscious of taking on this role when you began writing 

WK: I definitely think I find more legitimacy in my voice being a leader vocally in my songs. With time I found more colors too and my palette has been widened since I toured and practiced more. Now I feel I have more tools to really tell a story, to use the right colors in my voice at the right time and try to be less systematic in the way I think. That allowed me to shut down the orchestra sometimes and turn the music down and just have the piano and vocals where my voice takes the lead and I just tell the story. 

Fashion

CHANEL Spring Summer 2021

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

www.chanel.com

Fashion

Louis Vuitton Spring Summer 2021

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

www.louisvuitton.com

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Issey Miyake Spring Summer 2021

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

www.isseymiyake.com

Fashion

Marine Serre Spring Summer 2021

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

www.marineserre.com

Fashion

Born of A dream: A Man of the Future

Since the success of IWC’s “Born of a Dream: A Boy from San Mateo”, a short film starring the brand’s ambassador Tom Brady, the Swiss luxury manufacturer has embarked on yet another cinematic adventure. With its first film recounting Brady’s journey to becoming a champion quarterback, ICW embraces a story far closer to home, the story of its founder, Florentine Ariosto Jones. Born in Boston, Jones’ dream was to apply America’s advanced industrial technology to the established Swiss tradition of craftsmanship in the emblematic form of a pocket watch. American entrepreneurship meets Swiss heritage, a fusion that to this day sets ICW apart from its competitors. Titled “Born of a Dream: A Man of the Future'', the film sees actor James Marsden establish his pioneering watch company in Switzerland in 1868. Speaking on his role in the film Marsden stated, “I am thrilled to be part of this project and be up on the screen with Tom to recount how he – and F.A. Jones – achieved what they did. It’s about setting your goals high, overcoming adversity and the importance of determination and hard work. Even though their stories take place over a century apart, it’s a timeless journey”. IWC’s affinity with cinema and storytelling is a core essence of a brand with a strong and affirming heritage and history. This personal installment of its “Born of a Dream” promises to be its most exciting yet.

www.iwc.com

Fashion

MM6 Spring Summer 2021

For MM6 the Spring Summer 2021 collection is all about perspective. In a new reality in which we communicate mainly over the screen, the MM6 design team reinterprets the notion ‘business on top, party on the bottom’ with subversive ensembles optimized for the new 9-5. The collection is mix and match up and down, showing menswear with lingerie following the motto opposites attract. MM6 archetypes receive surprising twists through scale, surface and silhouette, chopped garments and contemporary formality. As we all, the MM6 design team focuses on the domestic, the familiar, we all had time to reacquaint ourselves with over the last months.The collective behind the collection revisits some of the house’s founder Martin Margiela’s best work while infusing it with the energy and feminine touch of current creative director John Galliano. The short film offered insights into the process of image creation with studio perspectives. We are able to observe staff and models closely interact with the garments in a smart, engaging, wry and super on-brand mise-en-scene.

www.maisonmargiela.com

Fashion

Versace Spring Summer 2021

The mise-en-scene of Versace’s SS21 runway, is taken from the depths of the sea. Depicting the sunken ruins of a baroque city, Corinthian pillars jut out of the floor, Versace’s iconic motif presented as a head stone, amidst broken statues of Greek gods and goddesses. Illuminated by theatrical lighting and beneath these watery reflections, models appear, transforming the sea floor into a unique runway. Glittery starfish appear as brooches on garments, a nod to the marine scenery, a fun and vibrant detail from a house renowned for its use of color and sparkle. Crop tops on men and women as well as bralets, appear in neoprene a further consolidation of this underwater dwelling, allowing the theme to run cohesively through the collection in their investment in materials. Colors appear bold and kitsch, garish patterns, also featuring the motif of the starfish, are paired with blacks and navy. A carnivalesque spirit grips the show as greens, orange, pinks, reds and blues build up a real sense of celebration to the background of fast paced techno. Versace curates a party underwater, skirts and dresses featuring exquisitely dramatic ruffles, adding a sense of autonomy and motion to each of the looks. After strutting down the runway, models join the statues in the background, consecrating each look in the graveyard of classical Greek ruins. Color and sparkle joins the shadows once more for an ending of a show that captivated and enthralled, presenting an alternative vision to a summer that has been undeniably dampened by the current crisis.

www.versace.com

Fashion

Sportsmax Spring Summer 2021

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


www.sportmax.com

Fashion

FENDIFRENSIA PINK: The Sound of Fragrance

It is now almost a year since the Roman house Fendi and Maison Francis Kurkdjian have launched the FENDIFRENSIA Yellow Scented Baguette line. This project, which was born out of an artistic conversation between Silvia Venturini Fendi, Creative Director of Fendi, and Francis Kurkdjian, composer and co-founder of the eponymous perfume house. Natural materials, most noteworthy the Selleria Cuoio Romano leather, represent the tangible intersection of the world of perfumery and accessories. At this year’s Milan Fashion Week, Fendi presents the second edition of this ongoing collaboration with Maison Francis Kurkdjian. After the initial yellow, FENDIFRENSIA returns in pink, with the bags in rose hues being mirrored by the matching floral scent. Fendi classics, such as the Baguette bag or the Nano Baguette shine in the pink, whilst this special occasion also marks the launch of five Yellow Men’s Regular Baguette bags, with each bag coming with a 5ml bottle of the respective fragrance.

FENDIFRENSIA Yellow and Pink Scented Collection will be available online as well as in FENDI boutiques worldwide starting from September 25th.

www.fendi.com

Fashion

Big Bang Camo Yohji Yamamoto

The timeless essence of Yohji Yamamoto has been captured boldly in Hublot’s new watch, Big Bang Camo Yohji Yamamoto. For 50 years the Japanese fashion designer has offered transcendent design and creative ingenuity, Hublot’s response is a tribute to the designer and a strong extension of their own connoisseurship. Responding to Yamamoto’s iconic use of textiles, the Big Bang Camo Yohji Yamamoto comes in camouflage, a seminal pattern, fitting of Hublot’s new limited edition. Releasing 200 pieces, each watch is imbued with irresistible exclusivity adding to the aura surrounding the watches. The watches’ 45 mm case is cut from matte black ceramic, indicative of true sophistication and elegance A Sapphire dial features add exquisite detail to the watch, biomorphic patches a nod to Yamamoto’s camouflage motif, his signature also subtly featuring at 6 o’clock. Hublot once again proves itself as a pioneering force in its industry, using brand new technology to create its new watch. Its constituent shapes fused together using the vulcanisation process, its straps exhibiting beautifully the beauty of this newly discovered process. Hublot’s Big Bang Camo Yohji Yamamoto is a powerful ode to its namesake, an object of creative defiance.

www.hublot.com

Fashion

Brunello Cucinelli Spring Summer 2021

Brunello Cucinelli seeks inspiration from the humble pleasures of life for their SS21 Men’s collection. The simple unadulterated joys of our day to day, the renewed sense of happiness that comes with the most delicate of moments is captured deftly by the brand. With this in mind, unique and distinctive elements construct the new collection, minimalism allowing for thoughtful reflections on casual elegance. This sense of effortlessness translates to the lightness of the fabrics too, where fine blends of natural fibers find new ways to articulate and shape shirts, t-shirts, polos and trousers. Beiges, greys and blues present a muted summer palette warm in its attention to summer hues, this sentiment translates across to the women’s collection. Here sage and moss greens denote a calming serenity against tones of pink, light blue and sun bleached limes tones, monochrome looks also feature blacks and charcoals. Similar to the sense of return felt in the men’s collection, the womenswear collection returns to nature and wellbeing. Calm, gracefulness and flow run through the looks, creating a fluid path that looks beyond the presentation to the world at large inspiring a welcomed sense of peace.

www.brunellocucinelli.com



Fashion

Three Stripes

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

www,prada.com
www.adidas.com

Fashion

Seen in Venice

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

www.etro.com
www.gianvitorossi.com

Art

The Tigress

Marina Abramovic realizes her lifelong study of Maria Callas, as a profound and stimulating world premiere, together with influential composer Marko Nikodijevic. Maria Callas also known as “The Tigress” was an American soprano of Greek heritage, born in the ‘20s in Manhattan. The singer captivated Abramovic’s imagination, inspiring her to create an opera project with Callas at its centre. 7 Deaths of Maria Callas, references some of Callas’ most famous scenes, Carmen, Tosca, Otello, Lucia di Lammermoor, Norma, Madame Butterfly and La traviata, reimagined with striking intensity by Abramovic. The tragic fates of Callas in the aforementioned performances are integrated fascinatingly with the singer’s real life character, moments from her personal life and also from her space in the limelight. Abramovic’s role is all encompassing, directing, stage designer and also appearing on stage in the second part of the evening’s performance, showcasing the multifaceted talent of an artist who is perhaps one of the most influential creatives of her time. The opera scenes are sung by a range of singers, namely Selene Zanetti, Adela Zaharia and Hera Hyesang Park, revitalized by Marko Nikodijevi?’s compositions. Abramovic’s obsession with the singer is longstanding, “for twenty five years, I have wanted to make a work dedicated to the life and art of Maria Callas”. Abramovic delivers a visual spectacle on stage, her passion for the life and career of Callas at its epicentre.

www.staatsoper.de

Fashion

The Seventh Art

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

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


Fashion

Let's Dance

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

www.fendi.com

Fashion

No Place Like Home

Lois journeys home in its new retail concept CASA LOIS, a true embodiment of the tranquility of rural Spain. Started in Valencia, Lois’ dream of going international was realized when it established itself in Amsterdam. However despite this duality becoming a critical part of a contemporary Lois, its Spanish roots and Mediterranean aesthetic still remain formative to the brand’s identity. At a time where the home has never been more important or gratefully acknowledged, Lois channels domestic comfort in its new approach to the retail experience. Customers are redefined as guests and Lois becomes host of its idyllic Finca, a traditional Spanish house in the countryside. Natural materials, organic shapes and earthy tones curate a charmingly authentic setting, treating retail as an immersive and cultural experience. Lois Galería boasts a wonderful interior, entirely custom-made, where built in seats and a strong sense of Spanish heritage transports their customer into sunny Spain. Lois Galería is at Gerard Doustraat 74, Amsterdam.

www.loisjeanstore.com

Art

Sensitive Euro Man, Friedrich Kunath

Returning to Germany after eight years, Friedrich Kunath’s solo show, ‘Sensitive Euro Man’ will be featured at KÖNIG GALERIE in the NAVE of St. Agnes. Opening on 15 August 2020, Kunath will be showing a collection of previously unseen works; spanning painting and sculpture with a notably large sculptural work to centre the exhibition.
Kunath aptly references German romanticism in this collection, in an abstracted ode to his homeland, but not as one might expect. A sense of the sublime and the awe-inspiring presence of nature, though tangible is undone by Kunath, reimagined through a Californian rear-view mirror. Interweaving his life in LA with this prolific genre, sarcasm, bar humour and beloved lyrics intersperse his works, subverting a genre well known for its earnest sincerity. This exhibition showcases Kunath’s unmatched sensitivity as an artist, where balance and timing come together perfectly to produce works that feel organic, if not refreshing in their charismatic lightness. Kunath teases the viewer in this set of works enticing them in with colour to be met with a sharp tongue. This is Kunath at his best.

www.koeniggalerie.com


Fashion

Chanel Fall Couture

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

www.chanel.com

Fashion

dunhill Fall Winter 2020, The New Wave

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

www.dunhill.com

Fashion

Louis Vuitton Fall Winter 2020

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

The campaign will be unveiled in September 2020 publications worldwide.

www.louisvuitton.com

Fashion

BIG BANG UNICO SKY BLUE

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

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

www.hublot.com

Fashion

Versace’s Flash Collection

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

www.versace.com

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

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

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

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

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

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Louis Vuitton Men’s Spring Summer 2021

Louis Vuitton Men’s Creative director Virgil Abloh dove into boyhood since his very first collection, while exploring the Maison’s signature theme: travel. For Men’s Spring Summer 2021 Abloh created a short film with the use of animation, to serve as the first chapter of a story unfolding in the following months to gradually unveil the collection. Starting from Vuitton ancestral home in Asnières, it follow the adventures of a group of friends – going by the name of “Zoooom with friends” – hiding in Vuitton’s shipping containers, traveling along the river Seine. As they cross Paris leaving for Shanghai, they resurface to enjoy the city of lights one last time, playing music and dancing. On 6 August 2020, after crossing the oceans, the shipment will arrive in Shanghai and the runway show will fully unfold. No longer animated, ‘Zoooom with friends’ will come to life. Throughout its voyage the collection will transform in an evolving exchange across cultures and nations, unveiling its up-cycling nature: new looks made from recycled material, looks repeated from the Fall-Winter 2020 collection, looks freely created by the studio during the lockdown using recycled material, and new looks created from existing ideas. Transcending the traditional rules of fashion and seasonality.


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Furla Metropolis

In keeping with their distinct Italian heritage, Furla proves itself to be a brand that while staying true to its essence, still knows how to redefine and build on a classic. The label’s iconic Metropolis bag is back in a new guise yet still manages to respect and pay homage to its heritage style that has always been its greatest attribute. This renewed and updated line welcomes new volumes, re-designed silhouettes all available in a selection of bright colors like electric blue, energetic ruby or vibrant orange.
The designs are also available in more understated, neutral tones of black and white to match any ensemble. This cross-body bag is now reimagined as a new cute phonecase or small, rounded clutch handbag is now on its way to becoming the emblem of the iconic brand, founded over 90 years ago in Bologna.
Standing for quality, colorful creativity, joyfulness and of course a contemporary Italian lifestyle, Furla continues honoring its own righteous code of conduct in the world of fashion and accessories.

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Wander and Dream

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

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Woolly eyes

It is no surprise to us that Chanel’s Fall eyewear collection is inspired by the brand’s emblematic fabric — tweed. Now reinterpreted as a metallic weave or engraved on titanium, the collection is signed with the tweed motif displaying a play between feminine and masculine lines, between strength and fragility. For the iconic fabric to be so well translated onto eyewear is a mystery, but no surprise for the iconic maison. Just as it works for a Chanel suit, tweed also works just as well in accessories, working for every innovation. For the first time the metal structure that holds each temple melts into a weave of metallic threads, positioned between two acetate plaques, breathing a spirit of sophistication into the design. Tweed metal inserts highlight the angles of the cat eye styles in black, brown, green or tortoiseshell acetate. To round off the collection, a design inspired by the Fall-Winter 2020/21 Ready-to-Wear runway show shows volumes exaggerated in relief, with a lightweight nylon frame, these butterfly glasses adopt a sporty chic allure ideal for any season.

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Cartier Women's Initiative

When Cartier launched the Cartier Women’s Initiative in 2006, they made a commitment to helping women in reaching their full potential. Open to women-run and women-owned businesses that aim to have a strong and sustainable social and environmental impact. The names of the 7 laureates of the Cartier Women’s Initiative were announced virtually this week after being selected by an international jury committee. This year’s laureates include Adriana Luna Diaz, Stephanie Benedetto, Anna-Sophie Hartvigsen, Temie Giwa-Tubosun, Nadia Gamal El Din, Chunguang (Charlotte) Wang and Joanne Howarth. They will each receive $100,000 in grant, while runner-ups will receive $30,000. The 7 laureates and 14 finalists will all receive support on strategic financial thinking, one-on-one strategy mentoring, media visibility and international networking opportunities, as well as the opportunity to join an education programme on scaling social impact. Now, with the addition of a new award, the programme is expanding. starting from the 2021 edition. Three more women impact entrepreneurs will be recognized thanks to the Science & Technology Pioneer Award, to support women impact entrepreneurs at the forefront of scientific and technological innovation. Applications for the 2021 edition of the Cartier Women’s Initiative are now open until July 31.

www.cartierwomensinitiative.com

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Berluti Buggy

In an elegant and fun filled tribute to the beachy culture of 1960’s California, Berluti has launched a brand new design object for this summer, the Buggy. Inspired by the recent Globe-Trotter luggage collaboration and the brand’s signature printed canvas designed by Kris Van Assche, Berluti’s new beach buggy reflects many of the brand's signature design elements including the leather interior alongside the emblematic Berluti logo, a canvas top in signature print and the B logo on the bonnet. The original Buggy was developed by Bruce F. Meyers in Newport Beach in 1964 for the purpose of roaming the dune landscape in search of a perfect surf spot. A rollover protection structure doubles as a surfboard stand, making it ideal for those looking to take it off-road in search of the best waves. Just like back then, today's buggy is based on a VW Beetle frame and engine and is available by special order. The stately body does not distract from the clear homage to the laid-back lifestyle of 1960’s California.

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Celebrating Power

A woman who has leaped far further than ever expected, Rihanna started the 2000s as a fledgling popstar, and now walks into the new decade as a highly successful creative entrepreneur, having integrated inclusion and freedom into the world of luxury fashion. The lady herself has become more than just a brand, but a persona – an ethos. To some, Rihanna is a complete belief system – a way of life – and that way of life is Fenty. The brand’s first Ready-to-Wear release of the decade, 2-20, is all about bringing opulence and attitude to the everyday. Rihanna has become a symbol for diversity, with her countless renegade interactions with the media, preaching body positivity, and a general devil-may-care attitude. The new line is pleasing to the eye, and will indeed appeal to the masses. But as with everything the artist does, it is also rich with emblems of empowerment, managing to represent far more than good looks. Fenty’s trench-inspired parka plays on symbols of power, appealing to aspects of utility to put a fresh spin on a vintage design. The collection exudes femininity, freedom, and sexuality, each element playfully balanced and contrasted.
The utilitarian corset dress brings a new meaning to female power by blending the notorious shapewear garment with the desires of the modern woman: sensuality collides with comfort and elegance. The fusion of these aspects with function, together with the flavor of streetwear, plays out through a palette of lemon yellow and burnt paprika hues. The mix of materials and styles pencils an effortless image, commensurate with the complexities of being a woman. Every aspect of the brand celebrates the female spirit and its negotiation of contradictions, from the structure of silhouette itself to the representation of models, casting with an authentic appreciation of inclusion. With Fenty, we find freedom through comfort and utility – this latest drop a deeper dive into what it means to be a woman today: rich with self-awareness, dimensional and knowing.

www.fenty.com

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From Milan with Love

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

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Monochrome Royalty

Japanese designer Yohji Yamamoto is renowned worldwide for his dark, punk and japanese inspired clothing that has been victorious in the fashion world since his 1981 debut at Paris Fashion Week. The general vibe of Yamamoto’s work is one of deconstruction, whether in form or in idea, his clothing presents an antithesis of traditional Western dressmaking using harsh and impactful silhouettes with a monochromatic color scheme.
This crowned king of moncohrome represents his design values across any medium, and it seems only logical that his design for swiss watch brand Hublot is entitled ‘Big Bang GMT All Black Yohji Yamamoto’, made to celebrate the grand opening of its new flagship Boutique on Chuo-dori Street in Ginza, Tokyo. When Hublot launched a pioneering concept: "Invisible visibility", in 2006, the all-black design of this new limited edition expressed a philosophy symbolising the very essence of the brand which now seems to compliment Yohji Yamamoto’s own design character. The timepiece displays two different time zones, local time is read easily via the conventional main hand while the time at home is indicated using a second arrow-shaped hour hand. True to the All Black concept, tone on tone, the signature of Yohji Yamamoto can be discovered at six o'clock.
“This watch can easily display the time zones of the two cities where I'm based, Tokyo and Paris. Moreover, the hours are invisible. As a person who isn’t always forthcoming, I find that highly amusing.” reflects Yohji Yamamoto.  

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Comfortable Classics

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

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Nine Colors, Nine Eyes and Nine Hearts

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

www.louisvuitton.com

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#MiuMe

Among the many social media campaigns that have been announced in recent weeks is Miu Miu’s #MiuMe campaign. The initiative invites a diverse cross-section of people from around the world to use their mobile phones to film themselves going through their wardrobes, wearing pieces by Miu Miu. Notable figures from the realms of sport, art, dance and fashion, as well as Miu Miu fans are free to present themselves in any manner, elevating the selfie to a statement about identity. From the participants' homes around the world, these FaceTime moving-image self portraits will be collated and curated for the first stage of the brand’s ongoing project that stands to produce bundles of noteworthy content.

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Bottega Veneta: Charitable Aspects

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

www.bottegaveneta.com

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Gute Luft

Through this collective experience, we have come to a point that has caused us to stop, and reevaluate our lives and the way we live them. The lack of unnecessary movement and human activity has resulted in lowering of emissions and even some signs of nature ‘healing’ itself. In the wake of this, people are reexamining their values and rethinking our consumerist nature and asking what the future will be like post-pandemic?

‘Gute Luft’ is a campaign to playfully draw attention to these thoughts and raise awareness for how negligent society has treated nature, resources, animals and people. Through this, THINK INC. hopes to steer people towards a new, more ethical future. It encourages people to share their Gute Luft moment along with the text, ‘What we have learned now, we should not forget in good times. Show your attitude and take responsibility. Your ethical actions count - during and after corona’, in a hope to spread a hopeful message.

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Bottega Veneta Pre-Fall 2020

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

www.bottegaveneta.com

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Brands Giving Back: Prada

On top of donating funds and manufacturing masks and hospital gowns, Prada has announced its support for a new research project, Proteggimi. Financially supporting research with San Raffaele Hospital in Milan, the project will seek to explain the disparity in the impact of COVID-19 on men and women and to assemble data, broken down by sex.

Prof. Salonia, director of the San Raffaele Urological Research Institute and a lecturer at Vita-Salute San Raffaele University, explained, “if we are to understand whether testosterone levels are linked to the severity of the illness, and to assess any long-term impacts on the overall health of men who have recovered from the virus. We hope this research will produce its first results in the next few weeks.”

www.pradagroup.com

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Cartier Watchmaking Encounters

With the closure and cancellation of events and conferences companies are doing their best to dream up new ways to host in the online sphere. In the absence of a major watchmaking fair this year, Cartier is launching an international website dedicated to this year’s watchmaking novelties. “In the current context, we believe it is important to preserve our interactions with all our clients around the world through various touch points, and thus be able to offer them an experience entirely dedicated to our Maison’s watchmaking creations. ”, says Arnaud Carrez, Marketing and Communication Director at Cartier International. Visitors will be able to first discover Pasha, the brands cult watch featured in a whole new interpretation. A design highlight of Cartier, Pasha will be this year’s watchmaking statement for the Maison, starting with a launch in China this summer, followed by a worldwide activation early September. The platform will be live starting April 25, and will be available in French, English and Chinese.

www.cartierwatchmakingencounters.com
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Prada Possible Conversations

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

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

www.prada.com

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BOSS ALIVE Capsule Collection

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

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

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#PomellatoForWomen

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

#YOUARENOTALONE

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Hermès ‘C’est la fête’

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

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GUESS x J Balvin Colores

Iconic fashion brand teams up with international superstar to create an exclusive ‘GUESS x J Balvin Colores’ capsule collection. For their second collaboration Guess and Balvin have developed a collection inspired by the Colombian artists new album Colores. The campaign, directed by Nicolai Marciano showcases the vibrant clothing throughout the kaleidoscopic streets of Medellín, the city Balvin hails from. Incorporating red, yellow, green, blue and purple tones in each piece the robust collection for men, women and kids successfully blends J Balvin’s musical stylings with a colorful ready-to-wear collection. Styled by model and DJ Sita Abellan and shot by fashion photographer Tatiana Gerusova, the campaign shows Balvin accompanied by fans of all ages showcasing the beauty of Colombia as well as “the surging artistic vibes throughout the city and country.” www.guess.eu Following their first successful collaboration The Vibras collection, Colores has allowed the artist to further expand his role in the creative and design process. “It provided wonderful creative inspiration to envision a new album and corresponding new fashion collection together from the beginning – both connected to how I’ve been exploring new music through a lens of individual colors.”

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Acqua di Parma Home Collection

Through our senses we can be transported through time and space to a moment of the past. A pleasant memory or a moment of happiness brought to the fore with the taste, touch or smell of something reminiscent. There are certain sensations so powerful that for a moment, we can feel as though we are somewhere else. Indeed staying home is the best thing for us right now, but transporting oneself does not have to be physical. Acqua di Parma’s new home collection is designed for life’s every moment, to allow you to create the ideal space from the comfort of your own home. A collection of candles and diffusers full of stimulating compositions based on typical moments of Italian living. With Spring finally stepping in, transport yourself with the fine fragrances of the Italian brands candles and diffusers. Luce di Colonia, Buongiorno, La Casa sul Lago, Caffè in Piazza, Oh, L’amore, and now two new Acqua di Parma creations: Aperitivo in Terrazza and Profumi dell’Orto. Create a sensuous ambiance as refined aromas such as tomato leaves, verbena and a lively spicy scent of pepper spread through your home.

www.acquadiparma.com

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Service à Café en Marbre

Our morning routine becomes leaps and bounds more luxurious when we use a vessel that not only enhances the aesthetic but is forged by a brand name that by its very essence screams opulence. Back in October 2019, YSL’s Anthony Vaccarello launched his reimagined retail concept, the new Saint Laurent Rive Droite. A creative space with a selection of highly curated objects. Now with products available online, the creative retail space is designed with a youthful and revolutionary vision synonymous with the French Maison since the original Saint Laurent Rive Gauche boutique, opened in 1966. Featuring an abundance of items from sportsgear to decorative homewares to aesthetically pleasing paper-clips the store has grown to be a collection of stylish gadgets that appeal to all ages. Hand-cut from fine marble, this decorative coffee service consists of two saucers and two cups with an elegant, heart-shape that exudes a luxurious sensibility. Available in black and white the marble coffee service acts both as a decorative piece to be seen and not touched or it could become our new, albeit decadent morning ritual.

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Paris Fashion Week Women's - Recap

CHANEL

Karl Lagerfeld and Anna Piaggi met in 1974. For a decade Karl Lagerfeld constantly drew her for years to record her aesthetic, her ability to mix vintage, costume, daily finds. Karl described her as “a great performer”, but also as “ the writer of the play”. There are many photographs, mostly in black and white, portraying the power duo. One in particular caught the eye of Virginie Viard: in the old photo Piaggi is wearing a skirt suit, the skirt at floor length paired with a jacket with pronounced shoulders and cinched waist. Lagerfeld’s instead sported a striped jacket and matching gilet together with jodhpurs pants and riding boots with contrasting flaps. Lagerfeld loved the reinterpretations of classic codes of costume history: the military uniform, the riding clothing vocabulary, with humor and a witty attitude. Virginie Viard celebrated this image in her latest collection for Chanel, one year after the passing away of her mentor. The reinterpretation of jodhpurs pants, with open sides at its bottom through a series of CC press-stud buttons. At times the split would be along the whole leg, transforming it into a flared trouser with jackets of Edwardian allure. There were variation to the theme: long tweed coat paired with bustiers and shorts, skirts with a deep split, cropped lace tops, dresses with balloon sleeves and jackets with ruffled collars reminiscent of the prevalent trend of Romanticism from the 1820s through the mid-1840s Viard is trying to achieve her own vision on womanhood, on what means today power dressing, with simple elements and great courage to bring in Chanel her very own point of view. “One is happy as a result of one's own efforts once one knows the necessary ingredients of happiness: simple tastes, a certain degree of courage, self denial to a point, love of work, and above all, a clear conscience.” (George Sand, Letter to Charles Poney, 1866)

www.chanel.com

MIU MIU

Miuccia Prada knows how to nod at the 40s (one of her favorite decade) and create a collection modern, playful and jovial true to the spirit of the house. Miu Miu is the fun and experimental side of Prada Group. It tells a story of a woman far from traditional aesthetic values, subversive, emancipated and a true feminist. Rebellious and seductive. Set at Palais d’Iena designed by legendary architect Auguste Perret breaking the rules of the space and setting a new aesthetic, AMO, the counterpart of the iconic architectural office OMA directed by Rem Koolhaas and long time collaborator of Mrs. Prada, worked in antithesis to the nature of the building: metallic structures with LED lights around each concrete column, a velvet element at the base, cinema chairs together with wooden ones. Irreverent and playful, juxtaposed to the solemnity of the modernist Palais d’Iena are the set where Miuccia Prada created her Miu Miu Fall Winter 2020. Long crushed silk satin dresses in vibrant colors, yellow, blue, pink, paired with wool coats. Transparencies, paired with big furs, cinched at the waist creating a wasp like silhouette and beaded hairpieces. It’s the contradiction of that special decade, the wartime, the glamorous Hollywood - Joan Crawford to Bette Davis, Ava Gardner to Rita Hayworth - but also Italian Neorealism - Sofia Loren, Anna Magnani, Ingrid Bergman for Roberto Rossellini’s Stromboli - stars of the time, despite the imposing hardships post WWII. There is a certain austerity but also liberation, and positivity. Resonating today’s current dramatic world climate. There is no much difference between the fear of a war and the fear of an strong enemy without face. Miuccia Prada has always been a visionary in this sense: her wish for hope, for joy, fierce in these obscure times.

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HERMÉS

“She walk through a forest of vertical bars/ and she dashes / she needs to jump to move forward/ moving forward to play” The show notes welcoming us at our arrival at la Garde Républicaine, a museum dedicated to the traditions of the Garde Républicaine, the ceremonial unit of the French National Gendarmerie located in the 4th arrondissement created to presents its traditions from 1802 to the present day, including its infantry, cavalry, and military bands. What better venue for Hermès to breath its equestrian inspiration? A myriad of bars recalling jumping obstacles in equestrian competitions with their primary colored stripes and placed vertically to form a forest. Walking through to loose yourself. Yellow, red, green, blue, brilliant tones Nadège Vanhee-Cybulski brought to the classic palette of Hermès. Inspired by Jean-Charles de Castelbajac, one of her modernist heroes, present at the show, Vanhee-Cybulski designed a collection of warm elegant timeless staple true to her signature for the Maison. With exquisite craftsmanship and a peculiar attention to details: the silk carrè and Kelly buckles placed at the neck line of pulls-bodes, horse-blanket coat with leather pockets, pleated skirts knitted and doubled with silk, leather pinafores with quilting. Nadège Vanhee-Cybulski ‘s vision, distant from seasonal trends, also introduced a strong feminine silhouette reminiscent of equestrian riding jackets. A “manifest of purity,” as she called it, with a strong graphic allure and minimal white cotton paired with boots and derbies. “What is useful must me beautiful/ A style is created to changes us/small gestures don’t exist/ At the end of this research/there will be equilibrium”.

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Paris Fashion Week Women's - Recap

SAINT LAURENT

Cy Twombly, one of the most relevant contemporary artists of our time, who created mostly large-scale paintings with aggressively big gestures and his signature scrawling scribbles, he was anguished by the flood of people and his only desire was to paint. Yves Saint Laurent was not far from that. He repeatedly admitted additionally his benign shy. Nevertheless his work, like Twombly’s broke the rules of what was considered the norm. He developed a multitude of highly original approaches, including changing the way modern women dress, putting them into pants with his 1966 Le Smoking” collection, or into safari jackets. Both famously worn by Betty Catroux, his close friend, muse and almost “his double” for her uncanny resemblance as mentioned in one of the video accompanying the ongoing exhibition “ Betty Catroux, Yves Saint Laurent: Feminine Singular”, at Musée Yves Saint Laurent Paris. Curated by Anthony Vaccarello it celebrates the the pair’s lifelong friendship and the donation of 180 items of clothing from Catroux to the foundation. “I am just giving back what was given to me“ Catroux remembers in the conversation with Vaccarello recorded for the exhibition. Her icy and androgynous look was perfect for Monsieur Saint Laurent’s creations and loved to gift her couture looks and often unproduced prototypes. He loved to see her wearing his clothes. But Yves Saint Laurent was ahead of time. His animalier prints collection in 1982, or constant inspiration from art: Picasso, Matisse, Mondrian. He often declared how he abhorred bourgeoisie, and its pedantic colorless lifestyle. He was a master of the unconventional and contradictions. He matched sheer dresses (a scandal at the time) with exquisite embroideries, or the bon-ton silk bow shirt with pants. Since his very beginning at the maison, Anthony Vaccarello expressed a strong respect for the legendary designer. His first collection was a strong homage to his work but also an interpretation through his own eyes. Now at his 4th year as Creative Director of Saint Laurent , Vaccarello embodies the desire of strong powerful sensuality for women. For Fall Winter 2020 Vaccarello revisits Monsieur Yves apparent strident contrasts. Everything is a matter of tension between discipline and pleasure. “I wanted to find the balance between control and abandonment, the tension between discipline and pleasure that defines the modernity of Saint Laurent”. For Fall Winter 2020 Vaccarello explored latex declined in pants, dresses, skirts. Combined with wool blazers – mostly in Monsieur Saint Laurent’s signature vibrant colors emerald, purple, blue - and bow shirts between nocturnal life and well-mannered girls. “For Saint Laurent, elegance is mandatory but it also goes with perversity; one without the other would only be plain bourgeoisie or vulgarity […] I was really stimulated by that tension this season, it made me want to break the codes that are too conventional. Saint Laurent is about danger”.

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COMME DES GARÇONS

20 different looks. 20 different soundtracks: each created out of vinyls mixed live by sound artist Calx Vive. Calx Vive’s first collaboration with Rei Kawakubo dates back to 2014 when he was asked to create a sound installation for the freshly opened Dover Street Market retail space in New York featuring all CDG lines and the brands under its umbrella like Junya Watanabe , but also brands like Rick Owens, Saint Laurent, Thom Browne, among the rest, who have created site-specific work for the store. In 2014 Kawakubo declared how she lost interest in creating what looked like real clothes. When 2017 the Japanese designer was asked by the Met to be the protagonist of a new exhibition, Kawakubo designed it closely with curator Andrew Bolton, to mirror her poetic to the core. Divided into distinctly Comme themes rather than chronologically: Absence/Presence, High/Low, Fashion/Antifashion and Object/Subject. Comme des Garçons Fall Winter 2020 is non other than a beautiful vocabulary of Kawakubo own obsession to these themes. Her own dictionary rendered into 20 looks, revisiting her most iconic collections: 1997’s ‘Body Meets Dress-Dress Meets Body’, 2005’s ‘Broken Bride’ , 2012’s “White Drama”, 2015’s “Blood & Roses”, 2017’s “The Future of Silhouette,” and more. The bride veil suspended by a transparent structure , the lumps and bumps (the nickname of her 1997 collection), voluminous gown that combined clouds of foam with restrictive protuberances, and geodesic-like structures. On the show notes she questioned: “Is it not impossible to make something completely and utterly new, since we are all living in this world? “ She described her work as “a perpetual futurist”, working from “within the Comme des Garçons world.”. Visceral, and unforgiving.

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DIOR

Every Italian guest present at Maria Grazia Chiuri’s Fall Winter 2020 RTW show for Dior undoubtedly felt that nostalgia, that languid feeling when listening to Roisin Murphy’s cover of legendary Lucio Battisti’s “Ancora tu” written in 1976. The show continues the ode to feminism and to women’s world with a collection inspired by the seventies, when Maria Grazia Chiuri was a child blossoming into a teenager. These crucial coming of age years are the starting point of the collection: her mother’s haute couture atelier, the rebelling women in Italy using fashion, literature, science to assert themselves. Crucial figures like Carla Lonzi and her book “Autoritratto” published in 1969, a collection of conversation with relevant figures of the art world of the time in Rome. On the 23 of March a relevant retrospective celebrating Italian women artists and based on Lonzi’s manifesto and vision - will be held at Rome’s National Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art supported by Dior. Lonzi’s work as feminist but also as art critic first serves as inspiration to the manifesto –like sentences build in the set design of Maria Grazia Chiuri show in the form of illuminated sign suspended from the ceiling. In collaboration with Claire Fontaine collective the setting highlights crucial moment of women’s emancipation but also underscore the contradictions in our society. Claire Fontaine collective uses the language and slogans of non-reformist feminism : “I say I”, Women raise the Upraising”, Women are the Moon that Moves the Tides”. While on the floor models walk on a new version of Fontaine’s work “Le Monde Pixèlisè” where pages of Le Monde are all glued together. Inspired by a photo portraying Henri Matisse By Robert Capa taken in 1949 is again a source of dialogue, of necessity to shed light on to questioning our world. It’s a succession of the frees spirit of women against their unrecognized role in the 70s: the small bandana on the head, the handcrafted silk fringes, long pliseé dresses and skirts paired with chuncky checked wool jacket , mantels, but also Chiuri’s signature sheer long dresses worn with flat combat boots, mary-janes and slippers. In the collection Chiuri pays homage to Monsieur Dior’s love for check but also to Marc Bohan who was at the helm of the maison in the 70s.

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YOHJI YAMAMOTO

The soundtrack played and sung by Yohji Yamamoto haunted us all. Its beautiful melancholy, gentleness, heartrending notes. Yohji-san has been reflecting on the passing of time, on the meaning of life itself for quite a while. The passing away of legends Azzedine Alaïa, Karl Lagerfeld – who both deeply respected Yamamoto - and the recent decision of Jean Paul Gautier to stop designing, had a huge impact on him. Losing his antagonists, his rivals, like he phrased. For Yohji Yamamoto history has always been an interesting point of investigation, a common ground with Alaïa. The two also shared a great friendship for decades. In 2005 an exhibition, ”Juste des Vetements” – and what a better title as Yamamoto has been describing himself as “just a dressmaker” - at the Musée Des Arts Décoratifs celebrated hiss inspiration and respect towards the iconic French Couturiers: Cristobal Balenciaga, Christian Dior, Mademoiselle Coco Chanel, just to mention few. Rigorously innate to Yohji-san, that spirit of research and rebellion to the fashion establishment, to the homogenisation of the industry, has been constantly present in his work. Journalists have tried to phrase the delicacy, strength and purity of his deconstructed poetry where imperfection, laceration, distortion have always been a source of beauty rather than glamour. In Yamamoto’s eyes fashion shows resemble Noh, the Japanese musical theatre performed since the 14th century (and the oldest form of theatre in the world) where the actors walk to the centre of the stage slowly, without talking, and almost without acting. Since years now Yamamoto shows have been characterized by slow peace walking models. They wear each outfit solemnly and you cannot but feel the layers of work and emotions through each garment. In the latest show the Japanese designer experimented a complex succession of deconstructed garments with a look at the 19th century including the late 19th century riding-dress-inspired ensembles with their military simplicity. The declinations of references are immense as well as the new vocabulary created by Yamamoto for the collection: strings recalling the figure-framing style of severe corsetry, the crinoline here knitted or pleated, the low waistlines, woven sculptural dresses revealing graciously the skin and merging with a jacket, veiled overskirts, hand painted brush strokes on long coat created with a manipulation of fabric and drapery. The poignant feeling inside any Yohji Yamamoto’s show defies definition. The legendary designer, almost at his 50th anniversary in the industry, never ceases to evoke deep emotions through his work. The invite anticipated all: a soft wool fabric sample. To accomplish understanding you must feel.

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Milan Fashion Week Women's - Recap

PRADA

Raised up and voyeuristic yet strangely detached we viewed Prada’s Fall/Winter womenswear collection that portrayed a surreal sense of glamour. The selection of pieces compared ideas of femininity against stereotypically masculine components. A boxy belted jacket is paired with a fringed skirt that seems to exude a sense of confidence, a sporty aesthetic is enriched with elongated basketball jerseys and sneaker-boot hybrids. The extreme colors, utility accessories and lingerie components further the collections nod to Miuccia Prada’s world where fashion equates power.

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MISSONI

Any designer worth their salt carefully conceptualises a collection and even better if they can back it up with some literature or text. The 1886 novella Flatland - A Romance of dimensions was the inspiration behind Missoni’s Fall collection ‘20 that was a visual love poem to geometry. A story of feminine strength, empowerment and self awareness presented beautifully with horizontal, diagonal and vertical stripes littering the runway with earthy burnt tones brightened by dashes of red and turquoise. Each aspect from colors to patterns to silhouettes shape the collection in the freewheeling Missoni spirit.

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FENDI

The current approach in fashion seems to be attempts of redefining and challenging gender norms employing new meanings onto femininity and masculinity. Yet Fendi’s Fall collection seemed to embrace the double standards that accompany the male gaze whilst simultaneously exuding a sense of self gratification - dressing for oneself rather than for the world. A balanced selection of structure, softness, rigor and sensuality is reflected with accentuated waists, strict silhouettes and expansive shapes with corset detailing. The offbeat contrasts end elegant monochrome furthered the sense of soft power that embodies the whole collection.

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BALLY

Exploring nature and realising our impact as humans seems to be a pertinent thought across designs for the coming seasons. Swedish luxury brand Bally presented their AW20 collection through a sensory art installation that showcased their understated ready-to-wear garments using subtle choreography, film and sound. Guests traversed the runway as a crowd moved in the opposite direction with models clad in earthy tones and luxurious layering. Titled ‘Purity of form’ the collection encompassed organic materials, soft shapes and sculpted silhouettes reflecting the brands passion for design innovation.

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

Arriving at the majestic location of Opera Garnier we were welcomed by magnificent flowers, adorning the staircase, the rich, inebriating perfume merged the atmosphere into a symphony of colors true to Kris Van Assche’s Berluti. Blue, crimson red, purple, fuchsia, but also Prince of Wales checks rendered in green or yellow. Tailored silhouettes together with relaxed suits paired with sneakers. Kris Van Assche’s Berluti plays between past and future, classic and modern. An extreme savoir-faire especially shown in the full patina leather suits becoming the iconic element of the maison. Recent Berluti’s beautiful collaboration with Parisian based art gallery Laffanour, resulting in 17 vintage chair designed by Pierre Jeanneret - the legendary cousin of star architect Le Corbusier - added with the Berluti patina in jewel-tones, echoed in some of the looks for Fall/Winter 2020/21. Van Assche ability to plays with classic codes through a rebel soul.

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Spirit of Departure

With the current state of affairs, one might get a bleak idea of the new decade ahead. Not for notorious Canadian outerwear brand Moose Knuckles. Borrowing from science and science-fiction, he translates his personal and optimistic vision of the future. Classic staples collide with futuristic influences resulting in new yet familiar silhouettes reflecting the past as well as the future.This nod to the future can not only be found on the surface, but is literally ingrained in the collection’s fabric. Cloud is a groundbreaking innovation reducing the overall weight of the Core parkas. This novelty material gets its chance to shine in one of the collection’s newest additions, the Cloud Trinity jacket, a ultra-lightweight parka, delivering intense warmth in a weightless package. As part part of the FW20 collection, the Canadian brand also unveils its Eco Soft-Shell Collection, an eco-conscious line fabricated from recycled and reused materials, showcasing Moose Knuckles continuous efforts to combat fashion’s adverse effects of over-consumption and pollution. 

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

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

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Sportmax Book Launch

The unwavering energy of SPORTMAX celebrated in a eponymous volume marking its 50 years anniversary and Italian savoir faire. Born from Achille Maramotti’s intuition in 1969 fascinated by the fresh dynamism found in the new age investing Europe at the end of the Sixties, and particularly in London with its youth-driven cultural revolution. Published by Assouline as part of its Legends collection and edited by historian and curator Olivier Saillard, the volume documents the history of the Italian brand from the Seventies till today with dedicated chapters for each decade. Peter Lindbergh, Sarah Moon, Albert Watson, David Sims to name a few of the many iconic international photographers who have interpreted SPORTMAX’s style. The book also includes previously unpublished material including backstage photos, drawings and a series of images lensed by Grègoire Alexandre. Capturing the brand’s DNA, from its iconic knitwear to the total look graphic colors, two SPORTMAX very own themes since its origin till today. And the uncompromising continuous research on excellence.

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American Dream

Michael Kors belongs to one of the most visible brands originating in the United States, and has developed into a household name all around the globe. As the expressed by Michael Kors himself, ‘my spring collection is a celebration of the best American style, a mix of ease and glamour that is inherently American.’ Photographed by the Dutch duo Inez van Lamsveerde and Vinoodh Matadin, the new campaign showcases the Kors’s take on timeless American style with all its layers of sophistication and romance shot in Beverly Hills, a location itself synonymous with luxury and the successful American Dream. Crisp tailoring is juxtaposed with soft and romantic dresses whilst small indicators, like stripes and stars provide a visual reminder of the brand’s American origins. The global ad campaign will launch in January and the images will appear not only in traditional print but also in numerous digital outlets.

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Revealing the Hidden

 Due to the quick progression of technology, there is a tangible disconnect between ourselves the items that surround us on a daily basis. Despite everybody being able to use the newest technology in our daily lives, only a very few actually grasp how they work. This creates a certain lack of trust, a feeling of discomfort. At the Swiss manufacturer, they are driven by their belief that people are once again longing for the time when they could understand how things work and they decided to look deeper into the essence of this idea. Their mechanical watches radiate a sense of honesty, which we can relate with in the most natural sense, as we can create a tangible connection to their inner workings. Inspired by the natural sincerity of the Waldenburg Valley, which has surrounded the village of Holstein, where Ortis has been bases since its foundation in 1904, the traditional Swiss house introduces the Big Crown ProPilot X Calibre 115. Without unnecessary decoration, no superfluous complication or flashy colors, this masterpiece is laying bare its inner workings. Nothing remains hidden, visually reconnecting the wearer to the aesthetic inner worlds otherwise hidden behind the dial. The watch itself follows a modern approach to luxury, no longer showy or indulgent, the focus is simply on the appreciation for excellent craftsmanship and quality. The Oris Big Crown ProPilot X Calibre 115 is presented to the public on November 18th at the Oris Watch Night hosted by the Swiss manufacturer in Munich.

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Woolrich x Aimé Leon Dore

Two brands born and made in America, one with a rich history rising to the challenge of dressing the U.S. naval officers in hardy garments, and the other serving a young and modern public. Aimé Leon Dore, founded just a handful of years ago, has had very fruitful collaborations in the past, they are gifted at seeking out contemporary classics and putting their own twist on them. Woolrich, a very well trusted brand in weather-proof materials, strong heritage and consistently proving it has a grasp on street-casual style. Far from the realm of novelty accessories or couture fashion, both brands have an overriding respect for creating timeless articles of clothing.

Their FW19 campaign takes place in a cozy New York diner, two friends munching away at their breakfast; neither of them willing to remove their coats and flannels. There is an element of comfort that people can sense, the sort of wear that never gets old each time you put it on. Woolrich has opened its archive for Aimé Leon Dore and reaped the rewards of a fresh perspective; the same vestige of quality down puffers and coats are resurrected for the street. Whether by fate or by entering one another’s periphery until they became impossible to ignore, the teachers have learned from disciples of a new generation and given city dwellers a collection too comfortable and unabashedly urban to be denied.

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Acqua di Parma: Signatures of the Sun

For more than a century Acqua di Parma has been capturing a sense of lively and inspiring fragrances, bottling them in small yet artful glass bottles and distributing them far and wide. Now, with the help of Italian instant-visual artist Maurizio Galimberti, to evoke an adventurous collection of ten perfumes. ‘Signatures of the Sun’ favors more delicate olfactory elements like the sparkling citric notes of mandarin, flowering notes of neroli or osmanthus, a special flower that blooms commonly in the sunlight of south-east asia.

Their perfume, ‘Sakura’, is a flower of rebirth that comes from Japanese cherry blossoms. The floweing of the sakura is celebrated every year all over Japan, it is a symbol of new energy. With a long-lasting spice and a counterpart of sambac jasmine rest on a sophistocated musk base note. Each of these fragrances embodies the retainance of newfound energy, like dawn’s first light opens one’s eyes the sensations evoked in Acqua di Parma’s latest collection are just as subtle and sweet. Galimberti’s kaleidescopic works bring to mind the many ways in which sunlight is reflected and enhanced, each fragrance’s glasswork also captures this joyous and ephemeral beauty.

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Miu Miu SS20

The freedom of dressing, of moving in your own personality, “Something raw, simple, naive, not a big deal: I am suggesting a way of dressing to people where they are free to do their own thing” Miuccia Prada told to the group of journalist who gathered around her to warmly congratulate after the show. The collection was intelligent and naturally appealing, simple and playful, as only Miuccia Prada is capable of. When a fellow journalist asked why of the relevant difference with Prada Spring Summer 2020 collection, the nonchalant Mrs Prada underlined how when designing Miu Miu there is “more spirit, more lightness and lot of enthusiasm”. And there it was, the lightness: canvasses created from artist’s toile freely painted or adorned with knotted gestures.

In contrast silk duchesse pleated pinafores paired with mohair boiled-wool-like cropped cardigans worn underneath. With the generously long crimped hair it reminisced of Romy Schneider’s look portraying Empress Elisabeth in Sissi trilogy and later in the ambitious and beautiful Luchino Visconti’s “Ludwig”. The structured and austere elements coupled with the light-hearted and youthful: ruffled fabric just directly collaged on the garments. Flowers and oversized buttons as if in a DIY gesture, to underline that simplicity and spontaneous attitude Mrs Prada mentioned backstage: “reflected in the wood, the set, like theatres where people used to improvise.”

AMO’s set design played with the austerity of the magnificent Auguste Perret’s reinforced concrete Palais d’Iena and its monumental Salle Hypostyle. AMO’s space-inside-the-space in OCB wood resulted in a strong juxtaposition with Perret’s original design: its mono-materiality and bas relief created almost a fictional space as out of a computer drawing, a pure simplicity, a “un-palace”.

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Valentino SS20

Crisp white cotton declined in evening gowns, shirt dress to be worn with shorts and lace bomber jackets. Pierpaolo Piccioli worked on the beauty of this color, undisputed symbol of Summer and that light hearted elegance the maison Valentino has been representing since the last years.

Piccioli knows how to conquer the crowd with his romanticism in a strong modern key: a tulle purple majestic gown, a sequined one, so light at touch you could hardly believe it is sequins, and the acid green, permeating the entire collection and bringing that fun and joy we have been savouring season after season at this iconic Italian maison. At a closer look , during our re-see; we saw all that Valentino atelier savoir faire in terms of craftsmanship.

Pierpaolo Piccioli has been working always on the evolution of the gown, on its lightness, on the absence of body constrictions. He has been always putting women at the centre: the women who wear his creations, the seamstress, the women who have been part of the Valentino family for so long. And the models who walk the show: Adut, Awuol, Tiziana, Tomiwa, Evie, Mathilde, all eighty carefully mentioned one by one.

As we enjoy looking at the details of each look at Valentino’s headquarters in Paris, Piccioli appears in front of us on his way to the office. We could not but warmly congratulate him in person. Grazie Pierpaolo for delivering once again a beautiful vision on womanhood.

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Celine SS20

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

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

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

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

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

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BOSS SS20: 'BOSS Individuals'

Presenting their men’s and women’s collections for SS20, BOSS has held individualism in high regard. The sophistication and sleek presentation so synonymous with BOSS is renewed for the arriving decade. Dressing is an intensely personal ritual and relies heavily on the individual traits of the wearer. Realizing this, they travelled from their atelier in New York to the restless fashion mecca of Milan, where it held a runway show for its highly personable collection. Guests in attendance included G-Eazy, Chloe Bennet and Jason Lewis. The focus was on accented style and understated comforts, this collection remains true to the essential nature of BOSS while evoking an openness to Spring frivolities and calm Summer nights.

‘BOSS Individual’ suits are tailored into more relaxed shapes while their sportswear is precisely tailored and dressed up. The women’s SS20 line is filled with jackets nipped at the waist and wide-leg pants prioritizing comfort without sacrificing the signature BOSS styling. With fluid silk wrap skirts or maxi dresses there is a living sense of freedom as this collection breezes down the runway. With a flash-flood of seasonal colors interplayed with detailed craftsmanship and neatly tailored suits formal wear is elevated for the next decade and beyond. Whether it is the lightweight technical cloth on pants made for sport or the silk and cotton yarn open-knit sweaters, the SS20 collection delivers enough variety to truly encourage individualism on even the hottest days of Summer.

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Musings on Fashion & Style: Kate Moss @ Saint Laurent Rive Droite

The Museo De La Moda has published a book of ‘Musings on Fashion & Style’. In the book, published by Rizzoli, documents pivotal moments in fashion history. As the book’s guest editor Moss introduces readers to a personally curated selection of her favorite couture and costume pieces from the museum. With a storied legacy in fashion and iconic looks from runways in all major cities, the mind of Kate Moss is a treasure trove of fashion knowledge. The book, a collaboration between Chile’s Museo De La Moda, Rizzoli and herself, features dresses owned by fashion greats like Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor. The museum also boasts the largest privately owned collection of Marilyn Monroe dresses.

The museum houses dresses and garments that span all the way back to the baroque period. Museo De La Moda is dedicated to the restoration and conservation of fashion history. Home to more than 17,000 dresses, the museum also has collected sketches, accessories and decorative arts. As an institution it is focussed on offering an introduction to the history of costumes and the evolution of fashion. With the large collection left to him by his parents Jorge Yarur Banna and Raquel Bascuñán Cugnoni, Jorge Bascuñán has maintained the Museo De La Moda’s status as a home for historic moments in fashion. It was fitting that Saint Laurent Rive Droite, home to a plentiful intersection of art and fashion, should host a book signing. Kate Moss arrived at Saint Laurent Rive Droite where she graciously signed copies of ‘Musings on Fashion & Style’ for fans of herself and fans of fashion culture alike.

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Montblanc de la Culture Patronage Award 2019

The Montblanc Cultural Foundation has been honoring patrons of art around the world since 1992. The Montblanc de la Culture Patronage Award is given to patrons of the art world that contribute greatly to an enlightened public. This year in Germany the award was bestowed to Dr. Michael Haerdter, founder of Künstlerhaus Bethanien and director until the turn of the century. His award was graciously accepted on his behalf by Christoph Tannert, one half of the Künstlerhaus Bethanien’s managing directors. Tannert cheerfully remarked “the fact that we have won the Montblanc de la Culture Patronage Award 2019 is a great honor for us and a very special tribute to our work.”

Dr. Haerdter has underlined the importance of artists communicating through a higher medium than just verbal discussion, he has forged a generous amount of space in which rising artists can express their unique world view.“We are really delighted to celebrate this year’s Montblanc de la Culture Patronage Awards at Ku?nstlerhaus Bethanien, such as extraordinary and international center of art,” says Elvir Johic, managing director of Montblanc Germany and Northern Europe.

After introductions and speeches from Elvir Johic, Sam Bardaouil and Till Fellrath the win was celebrated greatly in Berlin where Montblanc hosted a party for people to celebrate and dance long into the night in recognition of Dr. Haerdter’s pivotal cultural contribution. Montblanc’s theme for the party echoed the Bethanien’s current exhibition, "Milchstraßenverkehrsordnung", “Space is the Place”. More than 150 members of the German arts and culture scene were in attendance for the ceremony and festivities. Thanks to the Montblanc Cultural Foundation this particular exhibition was supported with accompanying prize money of €15,000.

Kreuzberg’s Künstlerhaus Bethanien hosts a diverse group of artists through its ‘Artist-in-Residence’ program with 25 studios in which artists can refine their craft and truly flourish. The facilities also include an enormous basement for exhibition facilities. The contemporary visual arts venue and workspaces pioneered by Dr. Haerdter are an exceptional home for art.

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2 Moncler 1952 + Valextra: NYFW in SOHO

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

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

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Net-A-Porter: THE VANGUARD 2019

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

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

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

www.net-a-porter.com

Travel

ALTES HAFENAMT: Hotel 25Hours

In contrast to the modern appearance of the surrounding Hafencity stands the Hotel 25Hours Altes Hafenamt, located in the oldest surviving building of the area. Inspired by the cozy style of a captain’s home, the hotel has a much more rustic and old-fashion flair. The Augsburg design team DREIMETA is responsible for the its new appearance, creating a harmonizing interplay of the old with the new. Historical details of the original building and nostalgic collectors pieces are used alongside new objects and exciting materials, allowing the building’s rich tradition to shine through in the most subtle manner.

The hotel Altes Hafenamt stands out amongst its hyper-modern surroundings. As the oldest and only remaining original building, it is a historical witness proudly showing its historic brick facade in dramatic contrast and exciting interplay of dimensions to the modern architecture of the 57-meter-high Cinnamon Tower, designed by Bolles & Willson.

The hotel’s offerings are completes with its restaurant NENI and the Boilerman Bar. Run by Haya Molcho, NENI is defined by its cosmopolitan soul food, drawing on the culinary traditions of the Arab world and Europe. NENI brings together tradition and the unexpected, marrying notions of heimant and wanderlust in a culinary experience, perfectly representative of Hamburg’s seafaring tradition and meeting point of different cultures. The Boilerman Bar is an unusual place with a defined casual character. Mainly focussing on rum, traditionally perceived as a typical seafarers’ drink, they offer fuss-free drinks of the highest quality, with Highballs being the house’s signature.

The 25Hours Hotel Altes Hafenamt offers an authentic and nostalgic experience of Hamburg, combining the contemporary needs of the urban nomad with a traditionally rustic character.

www.25hours-hotel.com

Art

Miron Zownir: 'City Landscapes'

In his upcoming solo exhibition ‘City landscapes’ Miron Zwonir, celebrated international documentary photographer, will put his usual focus into the background. Social outcasts, by choice or through disadvantage, are now only incidental subjects in the frying pan of a harsh metropolis bursting at the seams. The dark prince of noir photography will bring a cross section of over forty years of photography to Galerie Bene Taschen. The German-Ukrainian photographer lives in a world of contrast where repression and destruction guide the eye in a re-education of cities as a background for all change that people encounter within themselves. The strange creatures and tall shadows cast by streetlamps are products of their city, but ultimately never defined by them. Resilient and fervid throughout Zownir’s body of work are the fringe cultures set adrift in maddening urbanity.

Cities like Los Angeles, New York, Berlin or ones in Eastern Europe all beg similar questions. How does one exist in any of these environments and retain a strong sense of self? Zownir’s metropolises are on a merry-go-round of destruction, creation and somewhere in the chaos, transformation. Miron Zownir has been displayed in group and solo exhibitions at Bene Taschen before but never as cohesively as this. The gallery will display his most impactful photography including excerpts from his book ‘RIP NYC’ and scenes from his series ’Berlin Noir’. The very definition of normality and what it means to be you will be in question, leaving visitors with contrasting feelings on society at large as they depart. You can see more of this radical international photographer’s work in Cologne from September 7th until October 12th at Galerie Bene Taschen with an early reception on the 6th.

www.benetaschen.com

 www.mironzownir.com

Art

Rinus van de Velde Special Edition Stamp

It might have been a while since you last put a stamp on an actual letter before posting it. It is true that traditional mail has found itself largely replaced by e-mails and other means of electronic communication, making letters and stamps artifacts of the past.

Despite having lost most of their daily use, stamps remain a desired collector’s item, a prized artifact defined by its beauty and historical significance. Their illustrations are gateways to a different time, a snapshot of the period’s social and political realities, depicting an important event, institution or person that have become recognizable symbols of the issuing nation’s traditional heritage.

The Belgian Post pays homage to Rinus van de Velde, dedicating a special stamp to the Belgian artist. The stamp depicting a charcoal self-portrait is a recognition of his invaluable input to the Belgian art scene and his contributions to elevating it onto the global stage. It might seem insignificant at first, but these stamps will be a lasting witness of the national importance of van de Velde’s artistic endeavors, cherished by a nation and a global audience alike.

www.timvanlaeregallery.com

Art

William Blake Reborn in New Tate Britain Exhibition

The largest exhibition of the artist William Blake, known foremost for his writing and then for his prophetic, dazzling and even terrifying works of art that were sorely overlooked during his lifetime, will now consume Tate Britain. The life of William Blake is one of fraught political angst, he offered the antithesis to the harsh rule of the church of England, paving a way forward for philosophers, artists, anyone that sought to explain in their own terms what it meant to be alive outside of religious definition. His vision was larger than his time allowed. 

This artist, poet and author, will claim his day in the sun in a manner never before seen in Great Britain. Some of his best-known paintings including ‘Newton’ (1795 - c. 1805) and ‘The Ancient of Days’ (1827) which later became a frontispiece for an edition of ‘Europe: A Prophecy”, the artists final painting. The quaint domestic room above his family’s hosiery shop, in which his art saw its only real exhibition in the year 1809, will be reconstructed in great detail to offer guests an authentic sense of how his art was displayed in his time. The exhibition hopes to provide a biographical framework with which to better understand Blake, even highlighting the vital influence of his wife Catherine, who offered practical assistance and even coloration for his illuminated books.

With over 300 original works including prints, watercolours and paintings, this is the largest showing of Blake’s work in the last two decades. Two of his works ‘The Spiritual Form of Nelson Guiding Leviathan’ (c. 1805-9) and ‘The Spiritual Form of Pitt Guiding Behemoth c. 1805) will be projected onto an enormous wall in the grand sense that Blake had imagined. Tate intends to reintroduce Blake to the public using modern techniques. From the 11th of September until February next year this wide range of the artist’s work will live at Tate Britain.

Tate.org.uk

Fashion

Bang & Olufsen x Saint Laurent

Where design meets functionality, Bang & Olufsen have never lacked or compromised. The audio giant, holding their design instincts close to their chest has landed a dream collaborator in Saint Laurent. The all black collection has subtle, luxurious twists that serve to remind Bang & Olufsen’s customers that they have sought out and found the most optimal quality.

The 3rd generation Beoplay A9 home speaker has room-filling sound and was originally designed to compliment tidy furnishings and simplistic décor. Without rocking the boat, Saint Laurent respects the under stated nature of the A9 home speaker while reminding the customer that they have invested in the very best. The legs that the larger home speaker, A9, stands on are transformed from wooden to aluminium with a finish in gold or in jet black anodized mirror.

Bang & Olufsen’s A1 Bluetooth speaker was designed to project sound on all sides for upmost ambiance. 360 degrees of sound emanate from its aluminium grill, the high gloss Saint Laurent logo printed in black. The A1 model says two things about the wearer; they have respect for timeless design and they have a love for music that demands the best sound quality wherever they go.

The only downside is how limited supplies are. The collection is only available at two physical locations. The speakers have been entrusted to Saint Laurent’s Paris store at Rive Droite and in Los Angeles, California at their Rodeo Drive store. This is an overdue example of Bang & Olufsen knowing and owning their true value with respect to both design and quality. While stocks last these rare speakers can also be ordered online.

www.ysl.com

Fashion

Prada Play Matchmaker

Whether you fell in love with Prada’s banana bowling shirt or their action packed short sleeve button up’s make your head one thing remains true, we will be seeing a lot more Prada pairings. Their ‘Double Match’ personalization service opens in Germany next month offering customers the freedom to mix and match a variety of iconic Prada prints.

Playful and Prada is by no means synonymous, however, when you button up a shirt that has two very different styles on either side and it’s Prada, it is a completely undeniable statement of fun and fashion. Worn well by Jeff Goldblum and Pusha T, Prada asks their customers, what is life without a heavy splash of color? Is the sky not blue? Is the grass not green? For those among us who stick to wearing black, Prada encourages even more personality and customization. Don’t just buy off the rack, mix and match your Prada.

The Double Match personalization service will be available soon in select German stores.

www.prada.com

Fashion

To See The World Anew

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

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

www.cartier.com

Fashion

Doodling FENDI ROMA

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

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

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

www.fendi.com

Art

Mike Meiré: North-West

Mike Meiré found the inspiration for his newest solo exhibition NORTH-WEST in today’s North America. Always perceived as a place of freedom and endless opportunity, the continent today has become a place of contradictions caught between reality and idealism, departure and exclusion, progress and fatality. With his work, the German artist, designer and art director addresses the romanticised ideas surrounding the American Dream whilst at the same time confirming their very failure, making NORTH-WEST a metaphorical search for updated notions of freedom and identity.

Alongside ceramics, the show will present paintings from Meiré’s ongoing series CAR TIRE PAINTINGS. Central to this series is its performative component, the tyre hoovers over the canvas before it is slammed down by the artist and the few seconds between control and loss of control which define the unique outcome of each work. The conscious choice of the standardized tyre signals towards the achievements of modern life and the purposeful and functional design of the globalised consumer world.

NORTH-WEST will be open to the public by appointment only from July 28, 2019 until September 6, 2019 at Von Bartha in S-chanf.

www.vonbartha.com

Fashion

Stone Island x Nike Golf

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

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

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

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

www.nike.com
www.stoneisland.com

Fashion

Dior Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2019

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

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

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

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

www.dior.com

Fashion

HUGO x Liam Payne

The highly anticipated HUGO x Liam Payne capsule collection was finally launched at Berlin Fashion Week. Over 1.000 people, including Winnie Harlow, Stella Maxwell and Lena Gercke, attended the party that included a live performance by the man himself to get a first close-up look at the garments co-designed by Liam Payne.

The ten streetwear-inspired pieces reference the artist’s unique personal style and blur the lines between formalwear and athleisure. The capsule collection is defined by easy-to-wear silhouettes, fused with reflective tape trims and statement logo graphics for the desired urban-inspired vibe.

Apart from Liam Payne’s live performance, the guests enjoyed an exclusive preview of the HUGO Spring Summer 2020 collection which was inspired by Berlin itself. The evening concluded with DJ sets from object blue and Sebo K that took the party into the early morning hours.

The HUGO x Liam Payne capsule collection will be available on hugo.com and in selected stores around the globe from July 5th.

www.hugoboss.com

Fashion

Thom Browne Spring/Summer 2020

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

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

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

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

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

www.thombrowne.com

Art

John M Armleder CA.CA.

John M Armleder has never accepted the traditional boundaries of the different artistic disciplines. Regarded as one of the most influential concept, performance and object artists of the modern era, Armleder’s playful approach to artistic expression draws inspiration from a wide variety of sources, influential art movements, such as Modernism, Constructivism and Op-Art, as well as design, painting and pop culture.

Time after time, Armleder combines familiar tropes from art history with modern day items, commenting on our reality and the state of art itself. This juxtaposition of opposites runs like a red thread throughout his work, planning is faced by coincidence, profundity is shown alongside frivolity, exploring what art could and should be in an ever-changing cultural setting.

Both inside and outside the Schirn Kunsthalle, Armleder shows a number of specially created installations alongside some of his previous works. The freely accessible Rotunda is transformed into a life-sized installation by mounting twenty disco balls in different heights, capturing their reflections in the windows covered in mirror film.

John Armleder presents his seductive approach to Conceptual Art and stimulates the critical mind as well as the senses.

The exhibition will be open to the public until September 1st at the Schirn Kunsthalle in Frankfurt.

www.schirn.de

Fashion

Louis Vuitton Men’s Spring Summer 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

www.louisvuitton.com

Fashion

Max Mara Art Prize for Women: Helen Cammock

The Max Mara Art Prize for Women was established in 2005 in collaboration with the Whitechapel Gallery. The only visual art prize for women in the UK, its mission is to nurture and promote female artists with the gift of time and space in the form of a six-month Italian residency. During this time, the chosen artist to realize a new and ambitious project, which is then presented in the Whitechapel Gallery in London and the Collezione Maramotti in Reggio Emilia.

The seventh winner of the Max Mara Art Prize for Women is Helen Cammock with her exhibition ‘Che si può fare’, translating into ‘What can be done’. In this exhibition, Helen Cammock explores the idea of lament in women’s lives across histories and geographies. Throughout her six-month Italian residency, the artist excavates the expression of lament of unheard, buried and hidden female voices in the archives opened by historians, musicians, artists and singer across all of Italy.

Cammock’s multimedia approach embraces text, photography, video, song, performance and printmaking in order to present a new body of work, challenging mainstream historical narratives around womanhood, poverty and vulnerability.

The exhibition will be open to the public from the 25th of June until the 1st of September in the Whitechapel Gallery in London and from the 13th of October 2019 until February 2020 at the Collezione Maramotti in Reggio Emilia.

www.maxmara.com
www.whitechapelgallery.org
www.collezionemaramotti.org

Fashion

Fifty Years Proud

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

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

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

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

www.coach.com

Fashion

#UseTheExisting: Ermenegildo Zegna Spring/Summer 2020

Creative Director Alessandro Sartori realizes that his profession is not all about making beautiful garments. Yes, it is still a crucial part, but what is the price to pay? Fashion has found itself among the top three polluting industries in the world, trying to satisfy the insatiable desire for consumption without considering the environmental impact.

Sustainability is at the center of the Ermenegildo Zegna SS20 collection. With the project #UseTheExisting, Sartori proves that environmental protection and high fashion can go hand-in-hand. The incorporation of upcycled wools and technical fabrics form the house’s own textile division showcases that an alternative and sustainable way to produce refined materials out of discarded ones is indeed possible.

In his collection, Alessandro Sartori takes a new approach to tailoring, using traditional techniques in a new concept, such as the leather jacket that becomes a short-sleeved shirt. Overall the collection features wider silhouettes, making the fit just as pleasant as the good feeling one gets when putting on this sustainable and ecological garment.

www.zegna.com

Fashion

ETRO x Star Wars Capsule Collection & Spring/Summer 2020

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

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

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

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

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

www.etro.com

Fashion

Achilles Ion Gabriel joins CamperLab

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

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

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

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

www.camper.com

Fashion

Cartier Magnitude

Not many brands have become as synonymous with elegance and luxury as Cartier. With its new high jewelry collection, the French manufacturer does not only celebrate its long tradition of excellent craftsmanship but also showcases a boldness for a new stylistic adventure and novelty in its designs.

Magnitude is an unexpected and bold encounter of materials that were never meant to meet. Side-by-side precious stones confront ornamental hard stones, complementing and highlighting each other in a display between opacity and transparency and pure colors and shimmering nuances.

To celebrate Magnitude, Cartier held an exclusive event in London. The iconic London building, 180 The Strand, was chosen to present the Maison’s newest collection, followed by an evening gala dinner hosted by Cyrille Vigneron, CEO & president of Cartier International. Alongside a performance by Beth Ditto, among the selected guests were notable friends of the house, as Claire Foy, Lily Collins, Bianco Brandolini as well as Ella Balinska, Iris Law and Diana Silvers.

The collection will be on show to the public at 180 The Strand London between June 27th and June 30th.

www.cartier.com

Fashion

CELINE: New Paris Boutique

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

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

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

www.celine.com

Fashion

Givenchy Pre-Spring 2020

With her Spring 2020 Pre-Collection, Givenchy’s Artistic Director Clare Waight Keller explores the notions of moving through the urban environment and today’s on-the-go, city-hopping lifestyle. Just like herself, constantly on the move between Paris, London and other various destinations, the modern person is always moving forward, whether along routes they have traveled countless times or across borders and time zones.

With the urban-chic collection, Clare Waight Keller takes couture to the streets, drawing inspiration from Paris and her own spring couture collection and London’s increasingly flamboyant and colorful streetwear scene. She merges traditional and technical, reviving classic pieces in saturated color and modern materials in order to achieve the practicality, formality and glamour she desires. The result is hybrid pieces that, according to the wearer’s needs, are easily dressed up or down.

In addition to this, Givenchy introduces its new line of women’s leather accessories. The four newly unveiled bags are intended to cover every facet of life for the modern woman on the go.

The Givenchy Spring 2020 Pre-Collection will arrive in store in July.

www.givenchy.com

Fashion

F IS FOR..

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

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

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

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

www.fendi.com

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Art

Dirty Socks

The creative mind works differently sometimes. It manages to find extraordinary beauty in the most mundane objects and settings and transform them into artistic expression. Nordic duo Michael Elmgreen and Ingar Dragset, collaborating since 1995, have time after time investigated this sculptural dimension of the most quotidian objects.

In their latest exploit, titled Dirty Socks, they prove that even our dirty socks, detached of their utility and radically recontextualized, can evolve into an artistic sculpture. Showcased on only a gilded lower body, crossing its legs, the white socks become the visual focal point.

Dirty Socks will be on show with the König Galerie at Art Basel from June 13th to June 16th.

www.artbasel.com

Fashion

Cartier Santos-Dumont

French manufacurer Cartier pays homage to the rich history of its iconic Santos-Dumont model. First created in 1904, Louis Cartier designed a modern wristwatch, exclusively suited to the needs of Brazilian aviation pioneer Alberto Santos-Dumont.

Ever since being unveiled to the public, the design, exuding simplicity, innovation and elegance, has always remained true to the original. The square-shape, reminiscent of the geometry popular in Paris at the time, is paired with an unadorned alligator leather strap. Practicality remains central to this classic. To achieve this, Cartier enchanced its performance with a high-efficiency quartz movement featuring an autonimity twice as long as traditional movements. The Santos-Dumont model is available in two different sizes and three shades in hues of rose gold and steel.

www.cartier.com

Art

Sumo and the three boys from Pasadena

The Helmut Newton Foundation unveils its new exhibition, combining the photographic work ''SUMO'' of Helmut Newton, his private collection, developed with his wife June Newtown and Three Boys From Pasadena by his three apprentices Mark Arbeit, George Holz and Just Loomis.

Newton’s masterpiece SUMO was created 20 years ago and first exhibited a decade later. Consisting of 400 iconic images, from the genres fashion, portraiture and nudes in black and white and colour, they include, to only mention a few, his famous portraits of artists like Salvadór Dalí and Andy Warhol as well as his work for various magazines, like Vogue or Vanity Fair.

His three apprentices augment their Three Boys From Pasadena, created ten years ago, with new works. The additions are a combination of life-sized photograms of models by Mark Areit, Hollywood portraits of legends by George Holz and intimate ‘Backstage’ works, showcasing the hidden, less glamorous facets of fashion, by Just Loomis.

Furthermore, we are offered an insight into the couple’s exquisite photo collection, featuring 50 valuable vintage prints in original frame of the 20th century’s most influential and important photographers.

The exhibition opens on the 6th of June at the Helmut Newton Foundation in Berlin.

Fashion

Louis Vuitton Cruise Collection 2020

Nicolas Ghesquière once more stunned with his 2020 Louis Vuitton Cruise Collection. Quite suitable to a house, which started as a trunk manufacturer, this year’s theme was the joy of discovery. This does not only include the physical departure to new places, but also the comprised spark of personal growth. TWA Flight Centre at John F. Kennedy International airport offered the perfect scenery for this collection, with is architecture reminiscent of the Jet Age, a time where the world started to become as never before, and the invited guests resembling the waiting crowds at an airport’s terminal.

No other city in the world quite captures this spirit than the chosen destination, New York. This cultural melting pot is ever-changing, due the thousands of people arriving and leaving the city everyday. Everybody enriches the canvas that is New York City, leaves a part of oneself behind, but in return receives much back.

The collection captures the spirit of the city, the legendary buildings transposed as sophisticated prints, the bright colour accents in homage of the city’s bright lights and the suave brocade and embroideries, reminiscent of the city’s glam.

Just like the city of New York, Louis Vuitton blends cultures, the French tradition and the American spirit, to form a sartorial expression, enriched by one another.

www.louisvuittion.com

Fashion

Berluti x Thélios

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

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

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

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

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

www.berluti.com

Art

Aneta Bartos: Family Portrait 2014-2018

With her first solo exhibition Family Portrait 2014-2018 at Tommy Simoens Gallery in Antwerpen, Polish-born photographer Aneta Bartos offered a first cohesive overview of her ongoing project, which has been four years in the making.

Daughter of a lifelong bodybuilder, the photographer offers an insight into her psyche formed by an unusually liberal upbringing, surrounded by nudeness in an otherwise stern Catholic environment. Each photograph features her own ageing father, caught in his obsession with the perfect physique, as well as herself, the daughter, now as a grown woman intensely aware of her own sexuality.

The exhibition highlights the complex dynamics of this very personal relationship, displaying a fa-ther and a daughter sometimes close, but also so far apart that they are seemingly invisible to each other.

The personal feel is not limited to the photographic work but is supported by the installation itself, which features bodybuilding equipment transported from the father’s gym in Poland.

The exhibition is extended until 18th of May at Tommy Simoens Gallery in Antwerpen.

www.tommysimoens.com

Art

Spotlight

Sawaru is the new project from Flos that does away with excess and focusses on simple, compact devices that provide a clean aesthetic and simple functionality. A LED light source cylinder 43cm in length and 13 cm in diameter, Sawaru is constructed from aluminum and is available in finishes from black and white to bright gold and blue gray.

Two independent cylinders restfully lean up against one another for support, intercepting at a perpendicular angle; one acting as the supportive base and the other as a light source shooting out a beaming spotlight. The angle can be modified to the individual’s taste in three different stages – 25, 40 and 60, simply by inserting a pin attached to the base. Once again, Flos proves its commitment to designs that are user intuitive and simple; minimal in appearance and minimal in hassle.

The dimmer pedal regulates the intensity of the light and the color temperature, warm and cold, and one’s ideal combinations can be set by keeping the pedal pressed down. The LED indicators on the pedal supply information about the status of the light source.

flos.com

Fashion

What Was I?

By Goshka Macuga and Fondazione Prada

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

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

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

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

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

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

www.fondazioneprada.org

Fashion

Seriously Studious

In Paris this week, as a celebration of the tailored sensibilities in menswear, Thom Browne presents its studious, sturdy looks catered for women. Serious, scholarly looking models appear bespectacled, donning attire displaying rigorous couture craftsmanship.

A decade since Manhattan based Thom Browne first launched his vision in Europe, the seed of an idea that has ignited an ever-evolving and expanding brand, is resown and replicated for this Fall / Winter collection. Full wardrobes are strictly tailored, aptly reinvented for a modern climate where women adopt the roles traditionally dominated by men; socks, briefcases and brogues. Here the fashion follows, yet retains a strictness and playfulness full of charisma and character.

The clear base of the looks leaves ample room for experimental invention and creation and it is here that Thom Browne’s brand signature is full realised and used as a canvas for playful exploration with plenty of embellishments, grosgrain tape and duck motifs. All the outfits, from chesterfield coats and checked tweeds and wools, create a trompe l’oeil effect showing off details born from a real technical prowess.

www.thombrowne.com

Fashion

Restrained Classicism

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

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

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

 www.hermes.com

Fashion

Boggi ’s Conscientious Collection for the Casual and Sophisticated

Boggi’s SS19 collection firmly repudiates a common misconception that elegance is a necessary sacrifice in favour of practicality. The collection asserts that sophistication can be achieved in one’s leisure time, featuring lightweight pieces with crease-proof properties. Promoting versatility, breathability and comfort, two strong marks of the brand’s identity – simplicity and class – are neatly woven throughout the collection with vintage designs in wool, linen, soft knitwear and silk.

An exciting aspect of the collection demanding mention is the eco-sustainable fabrics. Garment dyed jackets and flowing long-sleeved shirts are exceptionally made from biodegradable fibers extracted from eucalyptus trees targeting the environmentally conscious Boggi Milano man and offering a newfangled language and approach to fashion.

In the formal-casual line, the completely unlined pinstripe suit is made from bouclé fabric, interweaving red and navy blue yarn. Other suits come in sienna red earth and ice grey. The highly popular bestseller polo-shirt is available in an updated range of colours and fibers. Another highlight is the reversible raincoat: one side, high-tech water-repellent and windproof fabric and the other wool. This use of hybrid elements is replicated in the exceptionally lightweight Aria jacket-shirt. Textured printed jerseys atop jackets add a third dimension to the piece, and monochromatic, warm, earthy colours are split up with detailed, decorative patterns.

Designed with a sense of practicality and understated class, the collection is ideal for Spring weekends of outdoor exploration and urban travel.

www.boggi.com

Fashion

Apocalyptic fantasy

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

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

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

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

www.ottolinger.com

Fashion

It's All About Glamour

MaxMara makes crystal clear in their Fall / Winter line that women need not suppress their glamorous side in order to be taken seriously. The old age debate has been settled. Not only does glamour empower women but it is all about the clothes and how they make you feel that allows you to shine and ultimately triumph.

Defying all conventions of dress, the collection exhibits strong silhouettes at the shoulder that expand wider, boxier and leggier down the form. Artfully bound in leather, plush alpaca, camel and cashmere, all the fabrics sink into one another and are fabulously topped off with statement thigh high boots.

Skirts appear cut from men’s pants, hanging softly both above the knee and grazing the ankles and svelte polo sweaters put the power in power dressing.

For the working women, beautifully tailored utility vests, jackets and cargo shorts are adorned with multiple zips and pockets. Technicolour total looks bring a refreshing lightness and positivity to the line. MaxMara at their very best, designing and making clothes that put you in the mood to take on the workplace, the party, the world, even when you do not at first in the right state to do so. The collection presents the best and boldest of women's ability and potential in universally flattering tones and movable, soft fabrics.

www.maxmarafashiongroup.com

Fashion

Zegna Brings Italy To Manhattan

Down Manhattan’s 4 West 57th Street in the historic Crown Building, Zegna launches their three-story high global store. A world leader in luxury menswear, Zegna have enlisted renowned architect Peter Marino for this bold chapter in Zegna’s history.

Within this expansive retail space of 600 square maters, customers can begin their virtual journey through the Zegna world, following the ever-changing ephemeral installation all year round. Façade metallic strings overlay two stories of glass, illuminated by LED lights when the sun goes down. The effect is an emotional fil rouge shadowing the visitor right from the external window display to the very heart of the store.

The ground floor presents leather goods and shoes, all uplifted by neutral tones of cerused ashwood, mahogany and vals stone. An unusual wooden box structure envelops the entire space, creating an aesthetic thread that runs seamlessly between the three levels.

The third floor showcases Sartoria, Luxury Leisurewear, Couture and a specially designed personalised room: the open space hosted by a master tailor to assist meet all needs. A glance around reveals a fusion of modernist and vintage elements with matte teak and laquered wood. Extra details include a welcoming Italian bar, a Gardella lounge chair on a geometric patterned carpet and historical photos that surround the space.

An intimate environment showcasing bespoke clothing speaks right to the brand’s heritage; the very notebook Ermenegildo Zegna carried on his founding trip to NY in 1938 inspiring the collection. Now, a new generation of American men can uncover modern luxury rooted in quintessential Italian style.


www.zegna.us

Fashion

A Transatlantic Aura

Longchamp, NY Fashion week Fall/Winter 2019

Creative director Sophie Delafontaine led us through a beautiful independent journey of self-discovery that embodied the free-spirited aura of traveling women. Longchamp its Fall / Winter collection is characterized by an intrinsic rock 'n' roll attitude with influences derived from places located between Paris and New York. In order to emphasize the spirit of travel, the models parade across a carpet that is inspired by a traditional landing strip designed by Andrée Putman.

The 70-year-old Longchamp brand founded by Jean Cassegrain and still owned by the Cassegrain family, is the ultimate symbol of effortless Parisian femininity. Over the years, the brand continuously translated this characteristic into a contemporary version. The nomadic character is realized in silk dresses and pleated skirts made out of embroidered tulle or delicate woolen mesh. This dreamy bohemian look is interspersed with fresh, cool contrasting pieces that consist of black leather tops and architectural coats with graphic or Apaloosa prints that indirectly represent New York as vibrant, world metropolitan city. Details like grosgrian ribbons and hard silver studs give the elegance a sturdy rock edge. Delafontaine lets contrasts blend together by mixing textures, silhouettes and patterns and matching them with dynamic extremes. Several Bauhaus artists whom are central worldwide this season indirectly inspire this approach.

The sense of division and coolness is a prevailing feeling today in metropolitans. This feeling is clearly present, especially in Longchamp’s new handbag collection, La Voyageuse. A vivid compact silhouette executed in many colors and fabrics available in two sizes for both travelling short and long distances and is therefore a preferred travel companion.

This collection represents the idea of ultimate wanderlust and freedom. The attitude is owned by strong, independent women who effortlessly combine style and influences without any fear.

www.longchamp.com

Fashion

An Intriguing Her-interpretation

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

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

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

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

www.prada.com

Art

Hate Speech

Aggression and Intimacy

Hate Speech is a collaborated art project with artists: Thomas Baumann, Candice Breitz, Elena Aya Bundurakis, Tony Cokes, Petra Cortright, Folkert de Jong, Verena Dengler, Ryan Gander, Yuri Pattison, Signe Pierce, Jim Shaw, Gunther Skreiner, Markus Sworcik, Amalia Ulman, Martha Wilson, Joseph Zehrer. Presented until 18 April 2019 in the Künstlerhaus, Halle für Kunst & Medien (KM-) in Graz, Austria. The exhibition addresses the function of the institution as a place for societal, free debate and democratic discussion.

Free speech and freedom of public expression are an ever returning and essential element in human life. In order to live alongside each other, it is always necessary to keep searching for a way to live next to each other. Interacting means developing. By “picking” interactions as a human being, you choose to connect, which means blending yourself with the public and private.

This artwork was developed in response to current relationships between politics and multi-media. Communication contains so many layers today, layers within which humanity needs to wonder whether there is still real freedom of speech within the use and especially abuse of media.

The individual partakes in the interaction process, subconsciously searching for individual meaning and with that, the possible connotations of their own personal intimacy. Interaction arises from people responding to the social and political happenings around them, becoming more sensitive and their psyche becoming more aware.

The way people are connected to online social channels today and how they interact to one another is a tendency that determines a whole new order in communication. Users develop an extraordinary urge for connection, which often seems to be in conflict with their personal boundaries. Questions about identity arise and create an inner intimate crisis. The media has been a dominant middleman for a long time, and has become even more powerful due to the rise of social media platforms. These channels do not only report and interpret the news. Interaction is unfiltered and not viewed in light of context. This creates a solid breeding ground for fake-news and the manipulation of public opinion resulting in an overly sensitive personal psyche.

Online communication results in a contrasting combat between dedication and discarding, visibility and anonymity. The collective reaction to this has resulted in people challenging each other in a hostile manner. Users dare not express their real desires in this uncertain, undetermined environment where only roles are adopted, instead of real personalities. “Intimacy” is central in this collection; it conveys a need for demarcation from outside space and ‘The Other’, for retreat and silence, so as to be able to recognize and describe one’s own personal self.

www.km-k.at

Fashion

TECHMERINO™ Wash&Go by Z Zegna starring Alexander Zverev

Today Z Zegna introduces the new TECHMERINO™ Wash&Go collection tested and presented by the youngest tennis winner of the ATP Finals and face of Z Zegna, Alexander Zverev. During playing, Zverev can fully count on high quality performance-capable material, encompassing lightweight comfort and sustained flexibility.

Zegna has an unprecedented passion for tennis and designed the TECHMERINO™ Wash&Go wardrobe with this obsession in mind. This assemblage includes suits, jackets, bombers, t-shirts, and pants, all with a fast-drying wool fabric for optimal comfort and performance. This collection contains best of both worlds; elegance and ultimate convenience. This can be seen in the variety of fabrics: maxi meshes playing with transparency executed in an inspiring spring color palette. This apparel shows how the limits of active wear can be re-interpreted with innovative techniques that lead into a sophisticated look.

TECHMERINO™ Wash&Go breathes well by offering a continuing thermo regulation that keeps the body on a constant temperature in both heat and cold. All the pieces are made out of the natural fabric; pure Merino wool treated with special finishing techniques so that it will be easy to wash and maintains its rich quality.

www.zegna.com

Fashion

Escaping Routine

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

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

www.williamfan.com

Fashion

Jil Sander Fall 2019 Mens

Jil Sander’s creative directors Lucie and Luke Meier are building their own aesthetic for Jil Sander, gradually adding elements to their aesthetical structure every season.

Take for instance the new campaign by Mario Sorrenti for Spring/Summer 2019, that emotional and authentic aesthetic rendered through a slice of life, a moment, a collection of memories of a road trip to the Japanese coast. Delicate instants, small gestures.

Held at the Hôtel Salomon de Rothschild, with its wonderful Salon D’Honeur’s ceiling décor from the XIV century featuring a heavenly sky with cherubim, Jil Sander Menswear for Fall 2019 add another element to the brand: the modern and minimal aesthetic made of boxy silhouettes, a classic color palette - featuring ice grey, off-white, camel, beautiful cream tones, navy, burgundy - and razor sharp cuts.

The collection emanated bits of the codes dear to the iconic identity of Mrs Jil Sander herself in the 90s: a cool elegance far from stiff formalwear. Functional, free-spirit.

A particular attention was given to outwear often paired with color matching trousers: the opening navy mackintosh, the calfskin pieces cut and treated like oversized shirts. But also to a certain dualism of materials and textures like the patchwork sweater worn over fluid silk shirt.

It was a smart and appealing collection we are definitely looking forward to see in store.

www.jilsander.com

Art

New Flagship store Molteni&C | Dada in London

This month the Molteni group opened its third global brand showcase in contemporary number one design city; London. This high-end artistic design venue is applicably situated against the famous V&A design museum in the heart of Chelsea. Creative director Vincent Van Duysen has succeeded in creating a unique quiet moment in such a vibrant city. This new store represents a romantic life full of Italian flair, propagated in an "ordinary" looking house with two levels divided into many different zones.

To start with an impressive entrance, built on an inner door opens onto two floor-to-ceiling glass. Then you arrive at an iconic spiral staircase made out of walnut wooden and marble steps. Van Duysen made some sensational stylistic choices like the winter gardens brimming with all sorts of luxurious plants. This place is characterized by the theme of alternating perceptions that emerge in the surprising color and texture palette travertine marble and Korean walnut executed in various shades of gold and warm and bone greys.

This space is gracious, welcoming, dimensional and fluid thanks to the innovative distinctive details that will display the collections of designers such as Vincent van Duysen, Rodolfo Dordoni, Ron Gilad, Foster + Partners, Jean Nouvel and Patricia Urquiola and many others each in their own unique way.

To celebrate the opening, the new London Flagship Store will display a series of works by contemporary artists that develop The Collector’s House project, a concept presented at the 2018 Salone del Mobile and, subsequently, in the New York Flagship inaugurated last May. The Collector’s House, curated by art curator Caroline Corbetta, is an ideal collection that contributes to creating an ecosystem in which design and art enhance each other. Some designers that contribute are: Giuseppe Buzzotta (1983); Alessandro Dandini de Sylva (1981), Cleo Fariselli (1982), Emiliano Maggi (1977) Matteo Nasini (1976) and Vincenzo Schillaci (1984) are the six young Italian artists, represented by Rome’s Galleria Operativa.

www.molteni.it

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The Process of Existence

Art duo Vera Lehndorff and Holger Trülzsch have opposite backgrounds, but when they coalesce, an interesting socially critical manifesto emerges. Lehndorff, better known as “Veruschka” was a fashion model and developed through her career a critical view on the human body as a whole. Trülzsch started to look for social limits at the student movement in Munich during the sixties, where he mainly questioned art, music and politics.

Both were fascinated by the idea of "transformation", a concept that caused a lot of commotion in the 70s and 80s. Through bodypainting and photography, the duo challenged the media to mix traditional roles and question them instead of merely embodying and emphasizing them. Veruschka redefined the expectations of her as a regular model, she didn’t portray just one common version she transformed and hid herself beneath many.

Their work created a counter-reaction against the norms of capitalist society, especially the strict standards of beauty and presentation. The duo converted existing art methods into new symbolic expressional forms, with which they presented the complex stages of the human existence process in a new and less conventional way.

The sixties, seventies and eighties were times of change, and the work of Vera and Holger contributed with great success. They were criticized and rejected, but today their ideals are used as inspiration, that is why the SR Contemporary Art gallery in Berlin now officially display these leading controversial artworks.

www.srcontemporaryart.de

Fashion

Colmar to Protect Against the Elements

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

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

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

www.colmar.it

Fashion

Mr Porter Collaborates with Off-White

In a partnership with Off-White and under the direction of founder Mr Virgil Abloh, Mr Porter premieres an exclusively available 44-piece capsule collection ‘Modern Office.’ As indicated by the title, the collection revises traditional sportswear dress codes, synthesises them with the game-changing luxury Italian streetwear of Off-White, all the while underpinned by a refreshing exploration of modernity inspired by an upcoming generation of workers and their environments.

Bold and intrepid yet comfortable and minimalist. The skate sub-culture is retained through the individualistic, personalized style items and that sense of independent-minded, carefree disregard subsequently permeates the collection. Flux is revealed through the utilisation of a synergy of wool, felt, heavy canvas and cotton highlighted by muted, tonal colors and graphic visuals.

Mr Porter will debut the collection ‘Modern Office’ on 21st January 2019 as part of a thrilling collaboration available only at Mr Porter.

www.mrporter.com

www.off---white.com

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Pop-Up Store In Berlin

Another Berlin-based label, Nobi Talai, took the opportunity to launch it's pop-up store at KadeWe during Berlin Fashion Week. The store will be open to the public until February 16th. Designer Nobieh Talaei - inspired by the aesthetics of the Danish designer Finn Juhl - found inspiration in his famous designs such as the Circle Rug or the Pelican Chair for her S/S 19 collection that is being sold at the pop-up. As with all her designs she is forging a link between tradition and modernity, creating a collection for the urban explorers of today.

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Walks of Life by Ermenegildo Zegna

For the Fall/Winter 2019 show of Milan fashion week, the hall of Milano Central turned into a metropolitan catwalk for Ermenegildo Zegna. The brand wanted to make a statement to the many borders throughout the world that are still narrowed. This metropolitan orientated collection expresses the awareness of the pursuit for an open and multicultural world.

Sections are mixed and hybridized: like shirts and jackets merged into functional one-pieces. The silhouette is central, personal, and must be easily wearable but formal. Outerwear is voluminous and expressive, while coats are longer and look more slender and geometric shaped. An interesting mix of patterns and fabrics portray the coalescence with weaves of cashmere, paper, and leather lead to interesting bold visual abstractions. The chosen color palette is characterized by white, Felt, Commissar and Warsaw grays, Beluga black, Notte blue, khaki, Syberian green, lit up by touches of Absinthe and Citrine quartz and amalgamated. These are all made out of exclusive modular solutions with the use of fusion and manipulation. More information can be found under the slogan #UseTheExisting.

All the looks can be completely customized and personalized all over the world with the iconic My Cesare.

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The Zegna Way to Play: Holiday Gifts, Iconic Leather

Italian luxury fashion house Zegra celebrates the magic of this holiday season. Ermenegildo Zegna created three new characters: Romeo, Enzo and Luigi. All of them are made from iconic fabrics, whose playfulness and sense of humor reflect the joy of the festive season.

For the stylish, the sporty, or the man about town, Zegna presents an exclusive gifts collection which is made from lightweight and versatile leather - pelletessuta. A story in fabric, this woven leather is made from placing extremely thin strips of nappa leather on special looms, thereby replicating the traditional way of weaving cloth. Holiday Gifts available in major Ermenegildo Zegna stores and also online.

www.zegna.com

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Parisian Femininity

Femininity defies definition, every woman has her own femininity, and it comes from the charisma she exudes. In years past, lingerie was simply the ladies undergarment. Now it means far more – lingerie has become the language for women to appropriate their own femininity through shape and form.

Parisian Lingerie experts Aubade helped to free the women form allowing ladies to celebrate their independence. With this freedom lingerie’s requirements began to evolve. Physical support no longer dictated - glamour, sensuality, and seduction took the helm.

To honor sixty years of vigorous devotion Aubade has dedicated the year 2018 to love and creativity. Their autumn-winter collection encapsulates the range of emotions that flutter through the soul as romance ensues, from the frivolity of flirtation to the seduction, sensuality, and passion that follows.

Over the past sixty years, the Parisian brand tirelessly drew inspiration from the ladies of the day interpreting their desires in the world of emotion. Aubade champions the craft refining their skills throughout their evolution, now, luxurious embroidery, refined silks, and decadent lace epitomize the collection.

Autumn-Winter is a delightful collection for those who wear it and those who are lucky enough to see.

www.aubade.fr

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Saint Laurent Spring 2019

Fluorescent-like huge palm threes designed by artist Vincent Lamouroux looking at a glittering Tour Eiffel at dawn, where a stunning pink red light pervaded the whole Trocadero. And models walking on water. Anthony Vaccarello’s postcard from Saint Laurent Spring Summer 2019 never felt so charming. It evoked our desire of Summer, of far-away places like Yves beloved Morocco.

Vaccarello showed a collection true to his aesthetic, shorts in all declinations, mini dresses and several version of tailored tuxedo ensembles. But also Western America style looks and a series of sheer fluid dresses. The hats, the bow shirts, the knee boots: the 60s, the 70s and the 80s where all part of Vaccarello reference palette, inspired by Monsieur Yves’ archive, delivering a collection where the feeling of the “night” was a big protagonist.

As the last looks glided on the water with long fluid animal print chiffon dresses the reference built up strong. We felt the references to the iconic 1971 couture Spring Summer collection inspired by Yves’ longtime friend Paloma Picasso but also the overall references to Saint Laurent woman. Running late to her own wedding in a black fitted leather jacket and incorrigibly spraying her favourite fragrance in front of an astonished marriage officiant interrupted as he reads the vows, the 80s Rive Gauche perfume advertising could not be more on point: pas pour le femmes effacées. Definitely not for the modest woman.

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Highlights from Milan Fashion Week

Prada Spring 2019

Defiant as ever  —  for Spring 2019 —  Prada continued the battle against tradition. An aura of a 60’s girls swept the Prada Fondazione space in Milan, an ode to the daywear of that time and captured the aggression of the era with a typical Prada ease.

At first glance, te collection seems otherworldly, almost alien. Soon after, the oxymoron reveals itself. Spring 2019 is a collection of conservatism, personality, and sheer beauty. The result is a highly wearable collection of plunging bodysuits with straps below the breasts, very typical Prada A-line silhouettes in the shape of coats, jackets, and dresses along with juxtaposing experimental tie-dye skirts and dress that are equally mesmerizing.

This was a very out-spoken Prada collection. During Prada’s pre-show press conference she mused about the fact that —  “Fashion shouldn’t follow excessive simplification, because the more you simplify, the more slogan you use, the less content there is”.

www.prada.com

Sportmax Spring 2019

The Sportmax runway approach is uniquely, unique. This is an essential collection, a sporty parade that has been revved to the max.

Surf references were rife throughout the Spring 2019 collection. Men’s tailoring may have accented the start of the show, but what was to follow was utter femininity. Bikini tops were casually paired with multifaceted jackets that boasted layers of intricacy. Barefoot outfits demonstrated the ease of the brand while dresses stole the show with their splendour; each garment took the show to a new level evolving the concept radically one step at a time. The sheer range of Sportmax’s Spring 2019 collection is quite astounding.

www.sportmax.com

Roberto Cavalli Spring 2019

Notorious for his exploits in the men’s business Paul Surridge demonstrated his precision tailoring for Roberto Cavalli’s Spring 2019 collection. Here, Surridge demonstrated the flexibility of the bike short, while showing off its sex appeal. Taking many forms the traditional formal wear paired with; plain blazers, printed blazers, loose shirts, blouses and dresses. Spring 2019 exhibited an authentic abundance, particularly in the choice of prints. This abundance carried through to the unique variety of dresses. Intentional or not, Surridge has inched the gap between male and female fashion even closer.

www.robertocavalli.com

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Highlights from New York Fashion Week

CALVIN KLEIN 205W39NYC Spring 2019

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

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BOSS Spring 2019

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

www.hugoboss.com

Longchamp Spring 2019

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

www.longchamp.com

Proenza Schouler Spring 2019

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

www.proenzaschouler.com

Camper FW18 Campaign

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

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

www.camper.com

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Jessica and Krystal Jung celebrate anniversary of iconic Fendi Peekaboo Bag

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

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

www.fendi.com

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Back to the 80's

In the new Fall/Winter 2018 Advertising Campaign Italian fashion House Miu Miu presented a series of pictures with British fashion model Adwoa Aboah, Georgia May Jagger, Kesewa Aboah, Ariel Nicholson, Zoe Thaets — all of them shot by British photographer Alasdair McLellan.

The starlets company was joined by Hollywood’s renegade spirit Raffey Cassidy, Rowan Blanchard and Elle Fanning. All of them posing in iconic clothes from the season: denim total-look, drape coats, polka dot dresses and shoes with socks.

The reference comes from the 80’s and hairstyles of famous singer Cindy Lauper and Bonnie Tyler. In the movie "Steel Magnolia" Dolly Parton explains: ‘The higher the hair, the closer to God’. But what if she was wrong? There is something devilish about the exploration of the contemporary beehive. What if bad girls want to wear high hair too?

www.miumiu.com

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Versace Menswear Spring Summer 2019

“Versace, Versace, Versace, Versace, Versace…” the campaign video featuring a noticeable selection of supermodel reciting the brand’s name infinitely in a sort of spell-like chant for the Spring Summer 2018 marked a new air in the house in celebration of this iconic Italian maison’s 40th anniversary.

For Men’s Spring Summer 2019 the powerful link between past and present, that attitude on life “so Versace”, defines once again the new collection.

In the show notes Donatella Versace mentioned how this collection takes into account the free spirit of Versace’s men. “These are men who do not care about the rules and that is exactly what it love: they have an opinion and make their own style choices”, hinting also to the various range of garments, inspired by many different kinds of masculinity.

Printed piton ensembles, powers suits in neon colours, relaxed knits, but also track suits with newspaper print where the season’s motto “It’s Versace not Versachee!” delivered a playful collection with contrasting elements through a contemporary take.

Also this season a Womenswear capsule collection joined the show at the stunning family palazzo in via Gesù, where a cascade of wisteria adorned the inner courtyard ceiling in a mesmerising backdrop.

www.versace.com

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Giorgio Armani Spring/Summer 2019

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

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

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

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

www.giorgioarmani.com

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Diesel's Red Tag Project by Glenn Martens

On the 16th June 2018, Diesel presented its second instalment of the Red Tag Project by designer Glenn Martens of the label Y/Project.

This platform aims to host international designers that will create exclusive capsule collections, then distributed by selected retailers. According to Renzo Rosso, founder of Diesel: “Glenn comes from Belgian training, so he has this practical-yet-surreal, Margiela-like sense.

But then he’s young and modern, and knows how to appeal to a global, educated consumer, while simultaneously being able to experiment with denim”. Showcased on a stairway at Milan’s Fabbrica del Vapore, the Red Tag Project collection will be distributed and curated by Tomorrow Ltd.

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An eclectic journey

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

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

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No matters where: Woolrich SS18 Footwear Collection

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

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

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

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

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

 www.woolrich.eu

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FEIT for TOOGOOD // TOOGOOD for FEIT Collection 02

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

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

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

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

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

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Peuterey Icon

With two new proposals Peuterey continues working on their innovative Icon Project, which this season introduces two pieces for the outerwear. Bail for men and Corduroy for women are down jackets made of cotton poplin, featuring a water repellent surface and thermo-taped internal seams. A detachable hood with drawstring, wind protection and reflective details underline the urban design and feel for technology. On the other way around, Carve and Shaka are regular fitting parkas introducing a bond technology that allows for a reduced thickness. Light and versatile, Peuterey products are future-oriented, yet perfectly communicating that balance between contemporary style and the highest functionality.

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Highlights from Paris Fashion Week

When French painter Henri Rousseau realised renowned artwork “The Dream”, he recreated a jungle scenario only observing tropical plants and flowers at Paris Museum of Natural History. For Fall 2018, designers Carol Lim and Humberto Leon bring the surreal painting into a dreamlike collection, melting the brand language with inspirational references taken from the past. Therefore, soft knit sweaters, parkas and skirts function as a canvas and accurately reproduce lotus flowers, jungle animals and natural landscape. By contrast, bright colors over striped knitwear pieces recall Kenzo graphic identity, remarking brand prowess in combining art and contemporary fashion.

Atavistic yet extraordinarily conceptual, Rick Owens is a master in transcending fashion discussion to the highest level. Hence, ancient myth of Sisyphus is reinterpreted with approach recalling the radical language of Arte Povera. Femininity turns abstracts and is deconstructed and layered trough a brown color palette unveiling pilled fabrics and padded swaddling. Mythology is recalled by bulky and extravagant panniers, yet balanced by a sporty feel that runs over the entire collection.

Oversized coats and over-the-knee cowboy boots introduces us to Isabel Marant’s imagery, which this time takes inspiration from old American westerns. Paisley motifs, fringed decorations, lace details over delicate blouses and a warm color palette alternate with pieces that recall 80s glamorous femininity trough ruffled mini-dresses and wide shoulders. For both men and women, the collection evokes a strong sense of sophisticated comfort, assuring a distinctive take on this modern reinterpretation of America.

Set in the Unesco building, Loewe show under creative director Jonathan Anderson unveils an intriguing collection, which seems to support the need for a comfortable wear. Although, the relaxed outlines face with a more contemporary approach to fashion aesthetics, as well as they reveal a strong focus on classic tailoring and enhancement of volumes. Flowing dresses and shirts are adorned with ruffled sleeves, leather collars external pockets and eventually silk bra attached in the front, offering women a very variegated range.

With his collection, Haider Ackermann deliberately points out the fragility of our times. Models are perceptibly androgynous, yet their silhouettes remark the presence of a sober, linear elegance. The bitter shines trough the color palette, including light olive green, pink, caramel and sky blue tones emphasizes the richness of fabrics, which in turn reveal interesting embroideries and ruffles over suits in jacquard and velvet dresses.

At Hermes Vanhee-Cybulski presents a women collection that is nothing but an attentive work on details and hourglass silhouettes. This is a collection that cover up the body to let the clothes speak for a classic elegance. The abundance of dark leather (alongside different proposals in light olive green, red and caramel) that would be conventionally associated with a subversive seductiveness, here is sophisticatedly transformed in a sober yet luxurious take on classic pencil midi-skirts and jackets in what seems to recall the compelling fascination of noir movies.

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Highlights from Milan Fashion Week

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Inner Landscape by Prada Journal

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

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

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

www.prada.com/pradajournal

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

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

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

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

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Highlights from NYCFW

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

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

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

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

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

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Lanvin Fall Menswear 2018

A landscape of lights. A cityscape and its never-sleeping crowd.

Lanvin Fall 2018 collection epitomises Lucas Ossendrijver’s extraordinary know-how in constructing a garment and inventing totally new codes.

We have seen the seminal elements in his Summer Spring 2018 presented last June: combined fabrics, double inlays that revealed a duality.

This season we see the apotheosis of this idea: deconstructed and layered garments play together where everything is masterfully balanced blurring the borders of the garment’s identity itself.

It’s that strong sense of the unexpected invading the entire collection. Sports pieces in fabrics borrowed from the tailoring world: see the puffer gilet delivered in grey pinstriped wool worn over a classic coat.

It was mesmerizing trying to capture all the annexed elements, the attached from the layered, the inserts pieces where the subversion of the traditional idea of a suit is the main theme.

“I focused on the most classic, almost passé item, drawn directly from the legacy and origin of the Lanvin man: the suit. What is a suit? Two pieces, a jacket and trousers, cut from the same fabric. I wanted to deconstruct this idea, using layering”. Ossendrijver’s approach on tailoring delivers a modernity merged with sartorial tradition.

The use of sleeveless parkas is striking: layered on tailored pieces or part of a articulated garment: a part-technical, part-suit parka jacket – in an updated Price of Wales check – sported an asymmetric zip around the collar to reveal a shirt and another suit jacket beneath.

“For me, these combinations make a modern suit. I wanted to create a smokescreen”.

www.lanvin.com

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Hermès Menswear Fall 2018

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

As we walked in the Hotel de l’Artillerie, a beautiful monastery built at the end of the 17th century in the 7th arrondissement, the magical vision of eight tall narrow bonfires sat at the centre of the cloister. The smell of wood and the dramatically increasing height of the flame, triggered by the sudden wind arose in the evening, gave a extraordinary romantic feeling of warmth and cosiness increased by the woollen blankets waiting at each seat.

We only later discovered that the models were to walk in between those flames and the then dangerously sparkling wood.

It is a fact that the set design by Villa Eugenie gave the perfect background to the collection.

Véronique Nichanian created once again a timeless collection for Hermes Menswear imbued with classic staples pieces. Beautiful sweaters at times slightly slouchy, leathers outwear with a delicate youthful charm like the glossy leather matelassé jackets.

At Hermès the leatherwork Hermes is always outstanding. The butter-soft intarsia leather sweatshirts are only one of the several pieces that caught our eyes. If the evening pieces played around slim silhouettes with lustre finish, oversized and cloudy woollen coats balanced the final look. Nichanian delivered a new spirit in this iconic maison. We are excited to see the developing traits of these sparks.

www.hermes.com

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Peuterey x Vespa @KaDeWe

In January 2018, Italian brands Peuterey and Vespa will partner with KaDeWe to present a new, innovative capsule collection. Playing with two different styles, the proposals for the outerwear, a windbreaker and a field jacket, come with goggles and a helmet. The jackets are made in lightweight and waterproof fabrics and released in diverse colours, smartly combining dynamic functionality with contemporary elegance.

Following the mood of a trans-seasonal adaptability, the pieces focus on versatile characteristics, such as the foldable hood and a detachable lining.

By contrast, both the helmet and the goggles feature a linear and clean design presenting beige stripes details over black tones and definitely point out the two iconic brands’ aesthetics.

From January 29th until the 18th of February, the collection will be exhibited on a special display. Two pop-up stores on the first and second floor will simultaneously showcase the men and women’s collection.

With Yvan Rovic taking over Peuterey's and KaDeWe's official Instagram accounts, customers will also have the opportunity to follow the trend-spotter in the discovery of Berlin as well as find out interesting details about the collaboration.

Last but not least, KaDeWe will invite two famous celebrities, whose names are still kept secret, and ask them to experience the collection. This interactive event will take place during a cocktail party inside the store and invites customers to engage with the duo adding a unique contribution to the project.

www.peuterey.com/bs/peuterey-vespa

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lala Berlin X König Souvenir

lala Berlin teams up with König Souvenir for the release of a collection of 10 limited edition pajama sets, featuring digitally printed silk made by artist Corinne Wasmuht.

The collaboration splices the experimental vision of the urban firm with the 2017 König Souvenir project, which aims to give artists the opportunity to transfer their work into other medium. The 3D artistic approach that characterizes Wasmuht’s work is therefore communicated by the prints and cut of pajamas, which intensify the multidimensionality of the perceived image.

Presented trough a dance performance by 13-year-old Hip-Hop Dancer Leonie Ozeana, the collection comes alive, creating a transition between reality and dreams, art and fashion. The limited edition collection will be available from the 20th of January at König Gallery.

www.lalaberlin.com
www.souvenir-editions.com

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Lana Mueller Launches Fall/Winter 2018-19 Collection

On the exclusive 1st floor of Restaurant Borchart, Lana Mueller unveils the traits of her woman: extremely feminine and pleasantly delicate.

A sober elegance is suggested by the color palette, which prefers pale blue, full green or light sorbet shades and even more highlighted by sophisticated fabrics, such as a classy lace combined with hand-painted velvet and light chiffon that celebrate the beauty of organic forms.

www.lanamueller.com

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Fendi Spring/Summer 2018 Menswear Collection

This is an incredible era of change. The extraordinary enhancements that tecnology is introducing in the job industry are simplifying the way we approach daily chanllenges and creating new exciting opportunities for a new generation of creative minds.

Being aware of this overwhelming revolution, Fendi Men's SS18 ad campaign establishes the features of the businessmen of today, who are costantly floating between high professionalism and flawless humour.

Shot in Rome’s brand headquarter and on the beach of Gaeta, a treasure of Lazio Region, the campaign stars a young Dylan Fender wearing a neutral palette made of casual yet classic outfits. The collection introduces us to the new vocabulary of menswear and combines refined tailoring with sportswear and streetwear.

The vibe of creative freshness and entrepeuneurial spirit is perfectly commmunicated by the new Mini Peekaboo Fit briefcase, vivaciously erniched by illustrations by guest artist Sue Tilley. “Be open minded and use creativity”. In Silvia Venturini Fendi’s statement lies the whole essence of the collection, and we ebrace her captivating enthusiasm towards 2018.

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Karl Lagerfeld Jewelry Spring/Summer 2018 Collection

The icon Karl Lagerfeld is widely known for his cutting-edge approach to fashion. The KARL LAGERFELD fashion house, which is creative directed by the designer himself, has its roots in a DNA that stands for accessible luxury and coolness. For the SS18 jewelry collection, the brand combines elegant elements with a rock-chic style and playful embellishments. A palette of multi-colored pastel Swarovski crystals gives the pieces a timeless feel.

Divided into three groups, the collection covers every kind of style. Klassik Karl is inspired by the personality of Karl Lagerfeld himself. His world famous cat Choupette and his handwritten signature appear in pavé Swarovski crystal finishes. A collection of necklaces, bracelets and earrings is featuring the letter “K” as a pendant, embellished with Lagerfeld’s silhouette.

The Ikonik-part of the collection is rooted in the brand’s cool creative aesthetic and characterized by celestial stars and hearts paired with sketchbooks and safety pins. The pieces are made out of rhodium, gunmetal, gold and rose gold plating with Swarovski crystals. Further, the range offers an interchangeable charm program allowing the wearer a customized look.

Exuding an elegant and sophisticated aesthetic, the third part of the jewelry collection, called Essentials, makes the day-to-night look an effortless transition. Centered around faceted pyramids and Swarovski crystals, these pieces provide dramatic looks that are modern, rocky and cool at the same time.

The necklaces, pendants, ear jackets, hoop earrings, bracelets and rings all come in a mix of geometric pyramid shapes. The KARL LAGERFELD Spring/Summer 2018 jewelry collection will be available from the end of January in stores and online.

www.karl.com

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Moon Boot x Moncler

Two brands that are somehow synonymous with winter in fashion, just announced a collaboration with each other. The French outerwear brand Moncler, that connects the extreme demands of nature with those of city life, breathes life into a collection with Moon Boot, the iconic brand for aprés ski shoes. A capsule collection that fuses the stylistic elements of both brands, creating minimal to opulent boot models.

They are playing with colors, but a brillant black, that blends the classical with the traditional, is always prevalent. The collection is featuring boots in complete black, characterised by the typical Moon Boot tone-on-tone graphics, in sand, kaki, with shearling wool or a greige canvas effect. Various typical designs have been revisited concernig content, proportions and height.

The softness and exclusivity of silvery fox fur transforms the pieces in something even more desirable and timeless. With this collaboration a simple winter and sports shoe has become an iconic object and must-have of modern times offering cosy wintertime chic.

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Moncler Collaborates With Lifestyle Brand Kith and Asics

It seems like the luxury outerwear brand Moncler can’t stop to make common cause with other great brands. After a collaboration with Junya watanabe, Balenciaga, Katrantzou, Sacai, Ami, Virgil Abloh and Craig Green, the brand now presents two more. For FW17/18 the brand has collaborated with New York-based lifestyle brand Kith.

The main collection includes a range of T-shirts, sweatshirts, graphic outerwear made from iconic lacquered nylon, trousers with thick-weave biker padding jackets and waistcoats of clean geometric lines. This is topped by accessories like gloves, backpacks and balaclavas, and, not to be missed when collaborating with Kith, footwear. The footwear comes in a variety of boots made of nubuk or calf leather with shearling lining.

The color palette represents the colors of the French flag, deployed in linear and geometric form for maximum style and renewed appeal. The collection is a match of names and symbols of both Moncler and Kith.

The second drop of the collection is the collaboration with Asics featuring exclusive sheepskin-lined suede trainers, named KITH x MONCLER x ASICS, blends different manufacturing techniques in unique pieces. Ranging in calf and suede leather, the shoes are available in navy red and off-white colors.

The launch of the main collection will take place on December the 2nd in Moncler and Kith stores as well as online. From December the 8th the second part of the collaboration with Asics will be available.

www.moncler.com

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Kenzo: To Keep And To Hold

Kenzo Takada’s impact on the fashion landscape is one that can still be felt far and wide. The designer’s ground-breaking success paved the way for many other foreign designers to venture towards the French capital, often times with nothing more than dreams in their suitcases and insatiable ambition fuelling their drive. Current creative directors Carol Lim and Humberto Leon have always strived to keep that feeling of openness alive since joining the brand in 2011.

By honing in on the boundless energy and creativity that characterised the maison’s founding father, the pair’s creations honour the house’s legacy, including its original spirit and visual language. La Collection Memento No 1 – rooted in pieces that were created during Takada’s journey – is a new series that echoes the now-established brand’s history, celebrating its rich archives with pieces that are Kenzo through and through. What’s more, this isn’t a one-off – it is merely the first chapter of a story that is bound to keep us coming back for more. It was Takada’s collaboration with image maker Hans Feurer on a ground-breaking advertising campaign that inspired the first instalment of this retrospective. Shot in Lanzarote and featuring modelling icons Sayoko and Iman, the campaign challenged the boundaries of fashion advertising and artistic imagery, ushering in a fresh take for Kenzo’s collections.

The floral prints of that very collection serve as the foundation for Lim and Leon’s modern interpretation, spurring them on to delve even deeper into the archives – a veritable treasure trove of references for any self-respecting fashion enthusiast. Knitwear and dresses from Fall 1981, and a wool beret from ten years before, inspired the tailoring evident in the women’s collection. High collars on ruffled smock dresses and floral prints are combined with iconic Kenzo detailing, like lion, elephant and wild animal prints paired with platform sandals and socks. For menswear, warm winter down coats are shown alongside cotton poplin printed pyjamas. Reversible coach jackets with eagle jacquard and varsity jackets walk alongside each other, and denim backpacks from the darkest corners of the archives are transformed with the addition of Kenzo’s floral prints from Fall 1983. In advance of the in-store arrival of La Collection Memento No.1, the American duo also announced the launch of their new unisex sneaker, the Kenzo Move. With the versatility of sneakers for everyday life, including their ability to stand their ground for all occasions, the Kenzo Move follows the same trajectory as the collection itself. An archival tiger motif adorns the sneakers whose simple, clean lines are the perfect pairing for the accompanying bright colourways. Bright red and flashy pink, cool mint, blue and black – these will be pounding pavement near you before you know it!

www.kenzo.com

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Fondazione Prada Presents “Slight Agitation 3/4: Gelitin”

“Slight Agitation” is a four part-project of newly commisioned, site-specific works hosted within the Cisterna of the Milan venue of Fondazione Prada. The third chapter of this exhibition project is an instalment by the Austrian collective Gelitin and called “Slight Agitation 3/4: Gelitin”. The project, titled POKALYPSEA-APOKALYPSE-OKALYPSEAP, features three large sculptures, which explicitly address classical architectural archetypes: the triumphal arch, the obelisk and the amphitheater. These rhetoric and monumental components are symbols as much as structures conceived for everyday inhabitation. The sculptures draw an arc from the insular and individual to the open-ended and collective, from the overtly erotic to the sublimated joy of togetherness. The central space of the Cisterna is occupied by Arc de Triomphe (2003/2017), which is a reproduction of an elephant-high male figure, bending over backwards, made of plasticine. 

The presence of a fully functioning water fountain transforms the exhibition space into a collective one, manifesting Gelitin’s liberating artistic approach. In the left side of the space, another gigantic sculpture, made up of polystyrene blocks, resembles a typical Inuit construction or a cigarette on top of a big table. The third sculpture, a wooden upward spiral, is reminiscent of an antique amphitheater. Visitors can enter the sculpture and are even invited to smoke a cigarette in the center of the installation. This banal act makes them instant protagonists of a short, ephemeral act that positions itself, according to Gelitin, somewhere between Samuel Beckett’s Theater of the Absurd and a karaoke performance. The exhibition will be open until the 26th of February 2018.

www.fondazioneprada.org

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The Piazza by Bottega Veneta

The ideal bag is often described as versatile, elegant and convertible. The newest bag Bottega Veneta created for their Cruise 2018 collection is combining all these attributes. It is a fresh take on the classical top-handle style. With The Piazza the Italian fashion house has transformed the traditional silhouette for today. Sleek, timeless lines and graceful design make the bag, crafted out of calf skin, an epitome of modern elegance. A soft construction, an internal compartment and a cross-body-strap, for some styles with an intruiging intrecciato detail, combine design and function successfully. A wide color palette of neutral tones as well as reds, greens and blues makes sure there is a The Piazza for every taste.

www.bottegaveneta.com

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The Plunge

At the poolside on a summer’s day, Bono and Jack Nicholson are having a casual conversation. Captured in black and white, it’s a spontaneous snap of a private moment, caught on camera by Jean Pigozzi. He brought them together at the villa, which was built for his father in Cap d’Antibes in 1953. There is a saying: Great minds think alike. Apparently, they also vacation alike. Pigozzi’s small format exhibition Pool Party brings genius musicians such as Mick Jagger and iconic models like Naomi Campbell together in portraiture, enjoying sunny days at his private pool parties in the south of France in the early 90s. It is currently being shown at the Museum of Photography and Helmut Newton Foundation in Berlin, in June’s room. Helmut and June Newton frequented his summer parties as well – a secret getaway. While Pigozzi’s images let the viewer take a plunge into a summery setting to explore the life of the rich and the famous, this is only one aspect of the tripartite mix of exhibitions. Another friend and colleague of Newton shares the space, in the form of Mario Testino’s site-specific installation called Undressed. 

It’s a combination of a number of previously unpublished fashion and nude portraits, which analyses the physical notion of undressing. It blurs the boundaries between fashion and eroticism, between anatomy and art. The presentation of the images is especially a sight to behold. 50 larger-than-life images are affixed to the walls of three exhibition halls, reaching into the corners of the room and touching the ceiling, thereby creating a landscape of human bodies. Nudity becomes nature. Unseen rounds off the complementary selection of exhibitions with original prints of Newton’s own images, mainly focusing on photographs combining nudity and fashion in a subtle way. There are many never-before-seen images from the archives mixed with famous portraits of Jeremy Irons at the Ritz Hotel in London, or Michael Gross at a swimming pool in Dortmund, reuniting the returning themes of all exhibitions. The arrangement of images goes full circle. The exhibitions “Mario Testino. Undressed / Helmut Newton. Unseen / Jean Pigozzi. Pool Party” are on display until November 19, 2017. The Museum of Photography / Helmut Newton Foundation is located at Jebensstraße 2, 10623 Berlin, Germany.

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Hermès Women’s Ready to Wear Spring/Summer 2018: A Playful Colour Story

For the Hermès Women’s Ready to Wear Collection SS18 Nadège Vanhee-Cybulski was inspired by the classic bourgeoisie codes of the French maison and the 1990s. Playful deconstruction and reconstruction were the leading motives for the designs. Well-known Hermès silk-prints reappear on blouses, pants and coats shaped into feminine and modern silhouettes. An equestrian touch is added by a saddle blanket, reinvented as a cape, and colourful tartan prints. Neutrals and earth tones add a modern feel to the collection. Elegant dresses are wrapped around the models in a special way and indicate femininity. The modern and artful pieces are honoring the savoir-faire of Hermès and the cheerful colours make us wait for the warmer season with anticipation.

www.hermes.com

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Chanel Spring/Summer 2018

This season we all encountered a surprise upon our arrival at the Grand Palais: an humongous waterfall along a three story high rock wall, with tropical plants and a wooden bridge that appeared to be taken out of a 90s adventure blockbuster movie.

This time, Karl Lagerfeld decided not to disclose the theme in the invitation card, adding to the build and usual anticipation that we all feel each season.

Water gently falling from the rocks of Etienne Russo’s Villa Eugenie, built in the last two weeks, welcomed the guests entering the venue. The models stormed in the water dramatically increasing its course, stridently taking over the scene.

Drops of water dancing in the space played with the shining textures and transparencies of this season’s offering. The collection was particularly fresh and fluid with PVC raincoats, hats, capes, and boots intrinsically matched and layered over fringed tweed often embellished with lurex threads.

Karl Lagerfeld delivered an extraordinarily varied collection where cropped tops, oversized jackets, miniskirts, over-the-knees boots and half gloves created a vortex of colours and textures. There were long floating dresses in printed chiffon in several shades of blue mimicking the water’s fluid course, striped denim skirts with PVC fringed underskirts, culottes pants made of patent leather shorts elongated in tweed. Just like in every Chanel show, the atmosphere was mesmerizing but this season the sun shining inside the Grand Palais over the water felt like a fairytale, one to be remembered.

www.chanel.com

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Claudia Schiffer presenting book and new products in Paris

Claudia Schiffer has become a modern icon and her face is one of the most photographed of our times. On September 28th she arrived in Paris and headed straight to the exclusive signing of her book at the legendary boutique Colette, wearing Balmain Resort 2018. At the event she also unveiled her new limited edition make-up collection with ARTDECO. "Throughout my career, make-up has played a starring role,” Claudia Schiffer tells. The collection features the products she considers essential: starting with a natural mascara-only look, right through to a glamorous red carpet style. The collection was introduced together with a new invention: The Beauty Bot. The mechanical creation - inspired and co-created by Claudia - plays a robotic beautician in the movie “Kingsman: The Golden Circle”. Two beauty products, the Poppy Land red lipstick and the Kingsman red nail polish, are even inspired by the movie’s villain Poppy, acted by Julianne Moore. “Every woman needs a bold red lipstick and a glossy red nail polish in her make-up bag - and what could be sexier than one inspired by the Kingsman’s vibrant villain played by Julianne Moore?” said Schiffer. Following the launch at Colette, Claudia was sitting front-row at the Balmain SS18 show before hosting a cocktail party celebrating the launch of the Claudia Schiffer x Aquazzura collection at Hotel D'Evreux.

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Dior Spring/Summer 2018

“The question: Why have there been no great women artists? – is simply the top tenth o fan iceberg of misinterpretation and misconception: beneath lies a vast and its situational concomitants, about the nature of human abilities in general and of human excellence in particular, and the role that the social order plays in all of this”.

Linda Nochlin’s essay in 1971 is such a contemporary discourse now more than ever.

Maria Grazia Chiuri, at the reign of Dior for already one year takes the words of Nochlin as a source of inspiration continuing her feminism reference since the start. We found Nochlin’s essay in form of a small booklet on every seat at the show almost as a urge to reflect in such a fragile political moment. As we entered the spectacular venue of Musee Rodin, a humongous facade in shape of a milestone welcomed us.

Engraved with the enchanting words of Niki de Saint Phalle: ”If life is a game of cards. We are born without knowing the rules. Yet we must play our hand, throughout the ages people have liked playing tarot cards. Poets, philosophers, alchemists, artists, have devoted themselves to discovering their meaning”.

The female artist Niki de Saint Phalle - at the time friend of Marc Bohan – is one of Chiuri’s muse for the Spring Summer collection. Her androgynous style, but also her work with the colourful sculptures – the “Nanas”.

Chiuri dives into her world and into Dior’s archive, celebrating the work of Bohan with his mini dresses, the polka dots, the slim look and the pants, a wink to the first Dior Homme line created by Bohan himself in 1970.

The collection is an ode to the 70s but also the 60s with that irreverent sexiness emblematic of the changing of time. Short little dresses, worn with high laced boots. But also a series of soft bustier dresses - quickly become the signature of Chiuri’s at Dior - this season adorned with sequins in electric colours, reminiscent of the disco subculture of these years.

www.dior.com

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Amsterdam is Everywhere

Scotch & Soda take a trip to the world’s remotest Amsterdams for its latest campaign, paying tribute to its stubbornly curious spirit. The Dutch fashion brand journeyed by air, rail and sea to get to an Amsterdam untouched by Google Street View, the one in the Arctic, that is.

Amsterdam Island, located in the northwestern corner of Norway’s Svalbard archipelago, is just one of twelve other places across the globe that share their name with the brand’s home city. And if you’re left wondering why the brand opted for the remotest Amsterdam there is, the answer is simple: that’s exactly what Amsterdam is really about; resisting simplicity and discarding practicality if it means realizing a seemingly impossible dream.

With frozen fjords and monochrome peaks as its backdrop, the explorer-themed short film and its enchanting voiceover speaks to the mind and soul of Amsterdammers the world over. Highlighting the city’s free-thinking spirit and its inclusivity, the film celebrates the Dutch capital’s allure, because Amsterdam is wherever you want it to be.

www.scotchandsoda.com

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Jeremy Scott Spring/Summer 2018

Jeremy Scott is celebrating his birthday. Not the birthday of Jeremy Scott, the 42-year-old designer from Kansas City; rather Jeremy Scott, the distinctive namesake brand. But really, what is the difference? Scott is a designer who's personality is so transparent in his designs - his collections time and again let us peek into the mind of the fun-loving, eclectic American who 20 years ago staged his first show off-schedule in Paris.

For the anniversary show, Scott strived to refresh his distinct style while remaining true to what attracts his loyal following (basically, streetwear on acid). "It was a challenging process," Scott admitted. Not to undermine his word, but the show felt as challenging to process as a favorite guilty pleasure chick-flick. And why should fashion be any more complicated than that, anyway?

Neon phantom trousers overlaid bedazzled fishnet bodysuits, comic book printed body-con dresses were styled with over-the-knee python boots, fun bathing suits worn with chunky leather jackets: as per usual, Scott is hailing every contrast, clash and fashion faux-pas in the book. Perhaps the biggest contrast of all was Ms. Jourdan Dunn, one of the most commercially successful models, strutted down in a one-piece which read "VIVA AVANT GARDE." Oxymoronic, indeed.

www.jeremyscott.com

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Go With the Flaw!

Always eager to challenge conformity and outdated notions of flawlessness exacerbated by social media and endless filtering as a means to perfection, Diesel strikes again with a new campaign bursting at the seams with positivity.

It’s time to Go With the Flaw! You got that right, forget the flow, embrace the flaws and find the bravery to wear them with pride as an intrinsic part of your true self.

The campaign is focused around a film by François Rousselet, the French director behind collaborations with the likes of Snoop Dogg, Madonna and The Rolling Stones while print and billboard imagery was shot by photographer Tom Sloan.

Edith Piaf provocative and unapologetic ‘Je ne regrette rien’ provides the perfect soundtrack as the cast embrace the uncomfortable imperfections of everyday life and rise above it with smiles on their faces.

A carefully curated cast of people with interesting features front the brand’s latest campaign. Each and every one of them selected by Diesel’s Artistic Director Nicola Formichetti for one simple reason: “Being unique is much more beautiful than being perfect”.

The official launch of the 2017 Fall Winter campaign will take place in Beijing on Wednesday, September 6th and will be accompanied by a limited edition capsule collection with Chinese music idol, Chris Lee, that advocates a candid approach towards one’s ego and celebrating imperfection.

www.diesel.com

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SKEPTA x NIKE

Skepta’s collaboration with Nike is launching on September 2nd. The British grime artist worked with the sportswear giant on a fresh look for their classic Air Max 97 model, sourcing inspiration from his London council estate upbringing, his Nigerian heritage and from a recent trip to Marrakesh.

Talking about the Moroccan city, Skepta gushed over its pastel colors, geometric architecture, lively taxis, and the magical worlds hidden deep in the souqs. Local street style merged with traditional clothing was a huge influence in his design decisions as well: “The style reminded me of Nigeria — the way people wear such casual and practical clothing,” he said. “I wanted to introduce embroidery to the streets, a place where people don't feel entitled to certain things; I wanted to make us feel good, really.” He is referring to the braided embroidery detail on the tongue and on the back that, along with the playful print on the insole, harken back to these North African roots.

The dark burgundy and olive shiny finish is a throwback to another ‘90s Nike classic – the Air Tuned Max – which Skepta owned as a child. He recalls: “That was the first shoe I ever saved up money to buy, so I wanted to bring its magic to the 97 – the magic that made me first love Air Max when I saw it as a child.” A deeply personal and culturally rich project, Skepta’s Nike Air Max 97’s are likely to go down as one of the brand’s most successful collaborations.

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Loewe Spring/Summer 2018 Menswear

A sea of Mimosa flowers. This tiny yellow common Mediterranean flower welcomed us in the HQ of Loewe in Paris.

Stripes – multicoloured or bitonal – fresh cotton, canvas with the signature’s leather details. Loewe Menswear Spring Summer 2018 it has all that summery allure of Spanish Riviera.

Sometimes you would see “Loewe Beach Club” or “Summer Love Loewe” on tees, maxi totes with nautical references in cord or raffia.

Jonathan Anderson choose Salvador Dalì’s hose in Catalonia as place for the seasonal lookbook shooting, the surrealist and playful atmosphere.

It's a fresh and youthful collection with a relaxed feeling compared to the previous season but keeping Anderson's signature: the little objets trouvé as key chain and charms, tapestry details, the anchor motif and spectacular details.

As Loewe Menswear collection is evolving season after season finding its audience, its market and vision, we keep seeing that exquisite naiveté and a nostalgic sense of memoire retrieving that Anderson has been working on for a while now.

www.loewe.com

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Juun.J Spring/Summer 2018

Continuing from last season Juun.J showed Men’s and Women’s collection together once again underlining the genderless aspect of his vision.

Declinations of crisp shirts, white, light blue, or with pin-stripes. Layered and gently floating. Juun.J delivered a beautiful collection in an informal setting where the models circled around a standing audience.

It's a collection that channels a sophisticated summer look where oversized long shirts are wrapped around the body together with the signature's bomber jackets and hoodies.

For her a blue pinstriped over the knee skirt would embrace the body layered over the swiping floor shirts. For him, oversized outwear or deconstructed hoodies would do the game. Sometimes it would be just as beautiful as hard to distinguish the male models amongst the female ones.

White, blue, black, military green interlacing with one beautiful red pleated maxi dress at the end

A series of pin-striped declinations of oversized suits for him an her were certainly the eye-catcher of this season. Long double breasted blazers matched fluid pants, a long split skirt or slim trousers.

Sometime emblematic sentences would resurface from shirts or t-shirts. Almost as an ode to the work of all the young designers who have been building painstakingly an identity like this Korean designer over the last 10 years.

“Life opportunities contracts or expands according to one’s courage” . We can’t but agree.

www.juunj.com

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Dior Homme Spring/Summer 2018

Late summer nights. Kris van Assche's new Dior Homme storms in the Grand Palais with a collection imbued with that irreverent and smart spirit we have seen since last Summer show one year ago.

The new wave, the 90s rock, the punk, the party kids, the rave. It's all here, this time declined in beautiful reinvented tailoring with the mesmerizing sound of the pulsing show soundtrack composed by sound artist Frederic Sanchez as backdrop.

A black sleeveless t-shits with a printed “Christian Dior Atelier”, paired with tailored fluid pants with a sort of half blazer attached on top at the waistline. A trompe l’oeil recalling the sleeveless suits walking immediately before.

It is again a sophisticate tale of details, of research, new silhouettes for suiting. Kris van Assche channels again his memories, his early years fascinations in music, art, youth subcultures.

The colour palette is mirroring that dark attitude Dior Homme has been channelling lately: black, red, grey, and classic checks on the same tones, with a splash of mauve and blue.

It’s the rave boy, it’s the cool kid on the block but it is also the duality of dressing up in the night. Leather bomber jackets, shorts, preppy knitted waistcoats, with tie-like scarf casually wrapped around the neck.

It’s this “new cool” on suiting.

The set design made possible an extremely close look on the pieces as they walked in. The signature’s detailing, the stitching, the perfection of the cut. And that atmosphere just out of a late night summer music festival.

www.dior.com

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Valentino Spring/Summer 2018 Menswear

Pierpaolo Piccioli looks at the strength of sportswear language and the fascinating realm of competition, of the authentic research of the self expression. Fresh, modern, looking at the street in a creative exercise to conquer the nowness and youthful audience.

Valentino Menswear for Spring Summer 2018 is a powerful collection channelling that empowering energy of sport exploring undiscovered territories, far away grounds in search of new moments. Anorak, track jackets, chinos, relaxed shirts, volumes and a wonderful urban appeal. This new journey of Pierpaolo Piccioli at the reign of the brand bonds this new fresh appeal to the craftsmanship, to the Atelier, and that Valentino etherealness.

A geometric graphical approach and a broad colour palette like khaki, a mint, pink, red, brown, next to black and electric blue.

VLTN, a new lettering reworking Valentino logo in black capital letters emblazoned in shirts and outwear gave new dynamics to the menswear approach of the brand It’s a relaxed collection with a strong identity.

The sporty volumes of jackets and the impressive collection of sneakers– the protagonists of the collection - with the cross stitching, embroideries, beaded details and handwork embellishments recalling a distant tribal folklore bring the Menswear ground of Valentino one step further to a new fresh sophisticated DNA.

www.valentino.com

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Salvatore Ferragamo Spring/Summer 2018 Menswear

Ferragamo’s Spring/Summer 2018 menswear collection was a sun-drenched collection of Riviera inspired pieces designed by Guillaume Meilland that exuded a leisurely lifestyle and the understated elegance synonymous with the iconic Italian maison.

If that’s hard to picture just think of Alain Delon and Marcello Mastroianni summering seaside in all their laid-back, effortless glamour. Bringing this aesthetic and grounding it in today’s reality, Ferragamo banks on the feeling of escapism supported by a breezy colour palette dominated by earthy hues, ivory, subdued pinks and light blues with a dash of hazy blues and deep mahogany.

Formal and casual styles focus on light silhouettes for a deconstructed feel that’s very in keeping with this season’s ‘from desk chair to beach lounger’ aesthetic without neglecting, of course, the addition of details intrinsically linked to Ferragamo’s leather savoir-faire.

Terrycloth, corduroy and velour are given a beachy makeover, revisited with a softer hand and decorated with subtle marine patterns featuring wreathes, corals and seahorses for Bermuda shorts, coats and jackets.

Contrasting this, classic British checks and fabrics are rendered pared-down and minimal, fluid and light while they manage to retain a casual disposition that wouldn’t stick out even in formal settings.

Legacy and immediacy, both core values for Ferragamo, manifest themselves through the offering of leather pieces that were bound to take centre stage for yet another season. Shapes may be roomy or slim but they are unlined and void of superfluous elements yet meticulously crafted with a strong focus on details. Why change a winning recipe?

www.ferragamo.com

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Prada Spring/Summer 2018 Menswear

Remaining faithful to her eclectic style that has the ability to transform everything, from the most mundane to the most regal, into high fashion, Miuccia Prada turned her gaze to comic books for her Spring/Summer 2018 Menswear collection. You may be thinking of oversized capes a la Superman billowing in the wind but there was none of that!

“On one side there’s virtual reality and on the other the reality of the human part” said Miuccia Prada backstage justifying this season’s inspirations and how these shaped the sporty and streamlined collection presented in a space lined with oversize comic book graphics complete with a light beam-shooting Prada spaceship and speedy steam trains.

Even though comic books may deal at times with the realm of the fantastical, the sci-fi and the bizarre, for Miuccia Prada, it was a different quality they possess that propelled her to utilise them as the central theme of both her collection and runway décor. “They are hand-drawn, human, simple and real”, she said. Need we say more? Shirts with ample shoulders in red or black nylon and sleeves rolled up high, fanny packs and popped collars once reserved to the frat-boy look get the Prada seal of approval this season. Silhouettes were super cinched-in at the waist, a pattern visible throughout many ensembles.

Elsewhere, high technical knit socks were paired with short shorts in bright red or cool, steely grey as if harking back to something that wouldn’t have looked out of place on a 1970s baseball court. Steering away from such a literal interpretation, however, Prada paired the micro shorts with pointed oxfords – there was no Chuck Taylor All Star in sight. For those less keen on showing off their pins, enter the jumpsuit proposed by the iconic fashion house in navy or black, a clear continuation of the utilitarian dressing trend.

www.prada.com

Fashion

Palm Angels Spring/Summer 2018

The starting point for any creation, whether this refers to fashion, art or any other medium of expression, is a clear and defined point of view. The rest will inevitably follow suit. Palm Angels’ artistic director Francesco Ragazzi brought that to the table in abundance for the brand’s Spring/Summer 2018 collection.

LA's skater culture is reinterpreted through Ragazzi’s Italian frame of mind, highlighting its laissez faire attitude and the idea of a life lived according to ones individual rulebook. Palm Angels stems from that same appreciation for American cultures and subcultures as it merges an appreciation for sartorial codes and a penchant for clothes being utilised as identity tropes and zeitgeist signifiers.

The Spring/Summer 2018 collection is entitled Black Sun and it pays homage to yet another enduring American subculture: surfing. Bold silhouettes and pragmatic forms are visible in the offering of parkas, duster coats, field jackets and boxy shirts that walked the runway in Milan Fashion Week. Boarding shorts, miniskirts and scuba suits were not neglected either.

Presented with the addition of functional details such as drawstrings and dangling straps, the collection also featured hints of formality in the shape of a tailored blazer that veered off the beaten path to the office and ended up beachside.

In a palette of red, black, orange, sand and grey with sun-faded effects that afford it a disobedient tone, Palm Angels’ sporty physicality acts as the link between the men’s and women’s collection.

www.store.palmangels.com

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Versace Spring/Sumer 2018 Menswear

Passion for the craft of fashion is something that runs deeps at Versace. Hate it or love it, it’s a fact that the roots of the Maison’s values run deep and are intrinsically connected to family. As this year marks the 20th anniversary of Gianni Versace’s tragic death, it may come as no surprise that this collection was partly a homage to Gianni himself, a fresher take on the codes that cemented him as a household name in fashion.

Pinstripes are refreshed and remixed with stong-shouldered tailoring or shirts where pinstripes are made to contrast and clash with one another. Powerful prints were added to the mix this season: the utility of a tech blouson is contrasted with the romantic “Balletto” print while the “Angelo” print that appears on a sharp quilted bomber. Elsewhere, a classic Versace logo looks totally new, embroidered in white stitches on a baby blue or pale pink T-shirt, worn with matching straight leg jeans.

The menswear offering was accompanied by a special womenswear capsule collection designed and presented entirely to complement the men’s. Chock-full of pinstripes, cut-and-clashed prints and rich embroideries the models strutted down the catwalk with black headbands reminiscent of Gianni’s last couture show.

"This collection is like a homecoming. It's about the passions that define Versace, the complexity of men, the energy of today," said Donatella Versace.

www.versace.com

Art

Fendi pays homage to Rome with Giuseppe Penone's Foglie di Pietra

Following Giuseppe Penone’s Matrice exhibition hosted at Fendi’s headquarters in Rome’s Palazzo della Civiltà Italiana, Fendi installs a new site specific artwork by the artist entitled Foglie di Pietra in Largo Goldoni. Thus, FENDI renews and highlights its undying bond with Rome by gifting the city and its people important artwork from one of the most celebrated contemporary sculptors.

Foglie di Petra (Leaves of Stone, 2016) is one of Penone’s most complex artworks: two tall bronze trees standing at 18 and 9 metres respectively, interlace their branches five metres above an 11-tonne sculpted marble rock. Archaeology and ruins, history and biology are intertwined with one another bringing attention to the permanent bond between nature and culture. A celebration of a deep synthesis between the flowing of natural and human time through a longing and romantic nostalgia for lost civilisations.

Through virtuous use of precious materials such as bronze and marble, Penone’s Foglie di Petra recalls the illusionism and marvel of Roman Baroque, while the fragments and the ruins inserted in the sculpture’s branches harken back to the Classic and Medieval era. What’s more, the artwork is the first oeuvre of a contemporary artist to be permanently installed in Rome’s public spaces and is bound to become a symbol of the identity of an ever-changing city that remains steadfastly linked to its historical roots.

www.fendi.com

Fashion

Ermenegildo Zegna launches Bespoke Atelier

March 15th 2017, marks a pivotal stage for Ermenegildo Zegna, as it announces the opening of the first Bespoke Atelier. The space is dedicated to the label’s bespoke service and is locate at the top floor of the Zegna building in Milan’s renowned via Montenapoleone.

The stand-alone project revolves around the idea of intimate elegance with a distinctly Milanese feel and treats its bespoke services with a precise ritual. The experience begins right at the entrance where clients are welcomed by a valet and ushered in the Atelier which is conceived to comply with aesthetics and functionality of traditional tailoring ateliers: an apartment cum workshop with the public and working areas connected yet separable.

The large space is furnished with both vintage and new pieces as well as pieces that hark back to Zegna’s very own history. Warmth and charm intermingle with a domestic feel making this a truly unique tailoring experience that strengthens the dialogue between the Milanese brand and its customer base of men of discerning taste who aim to have their wardrobe made according tot heir own desires, demands and lifestyles.

www.zegna.com

Fashion

Alexander McQueen Fall/Winter 2017

Describing Alexander McQueen Fall Winter 2017 as romantic and ethereal would certainly be an understatement.

Inspired by the fascinating tales of Celtic traditions like the Cloutie wells and the medieval tales of King Arthur, the collection recalls the beauty of the shores in Cornwall, its magic ancient rituals and enchanting stories.

Knit and washed leather dresses are pierced with trailing of coloured lacing in silk, resembling the tradition of fastening a strip of cloth on a tree as votive offering, the wishing tree.

This long and feminine silhouettes underlining the female body recall the English mediaeval soft dressing as found in 16th and 17th century art depicting the beautiful tragic stories of Lady of Shallot and Queen Guinevere.

Sarah Burton gives us a full vocabulary of spectacular fabrics, embroideries, finishes, enabling us to dream about the rich landscape of myths and cultures of Cornwall. It’s as we could see the wind blowing on its coast, the ribbons and the hypnotic vision of million of threads floating in name of life.

A tweed interlaced with bright coloured twisted yarns and chiffon stripes of fuchsia, crimson and green. The medieval-inspired needlework cross-stitching embroidered on the fluent dresses and finished with silk trailing threads, floating around as the body moves: wildlife, witches rituals, letters, and even the date of birth of Lee McQueen.

It is a touching collection, youthful and powerful. The last sequence of evening dresses in silk tulles with an overwhelming embroidery work, glass beads, stones, fringes, loose thread and the house favourite feathers, give the final emotional blow for this magic collection

www.alexandermcqueen.com

Fashion

Mugler Fall/Winter 2017

Natasha Poli storming the catwalk in a blue patent leather blazer with arched shoulders and slim pantsuit. The atmosphere was fierce and as the models powerfully marched in one after the other, the message that creative director David Koma surely had in mind was clear: effortless and daring, Mugler’s woman will not be unnoticed.

Don’t be mistaken: this is a powerful and confident woman who will embrace her body, in all the declinations, with no fear.

David Koma created a collection constellated mainly with evening looks. Vertiginous minidresses with cut-out star details at the bottom hemline or embroidered on the bodice, hourglass silhouettes with pleated lamé in acid green and electric blue, a long white gown with pleated contrast silver lamé. But also power suits with sharp sculptural shoulders in contrasting colours, pants-blazer combo in white, silver, black.

The last look, a dress deconstructing the idea of a smoking suit into an evening gown, said it all: Koma is in search of reinventing the house codes, keeping the identity of this iconic brand strong.

www.mugler.com 

Fashion

UNDERCOVER Fall/Winter 2017

The Faun, the nomads, the young rebels. But also the aristocracy and new gracious creatures. Jun Takahashi’s imaginary world for Undercover Fall Winter 2017 had the feeling of a long distant fairy tale fostering castles and princesses with gargantuan costumes and an ethereal atmosphere.

Like voices from afar, whispering a secret message, the sound of wind chimes as hung to push the spirits away, turning at the very end in a mesmerizing voice, singing on an incredible piano melody. Radiohead Thom Yorke’s fantasy, created ad oc for the show, was the perfect stage for Takahashi’s Utopia.

It was not just a spectacle. It was a beautiful collection where the clothes stood strong, masterly styled, layered and carefully balanced. Knitwear in long dresses, tunics and sculptural coats as out from Coppola’s brash “Marie Antoinette”. Fur trimmed puffa jackets and long velvet skirts. Sweatshirts with metal studs, embroidered with unicorns and insects. A beautiful crimson red, moss green, shades of cerulean blue and a bold yellow, painted this beautiful story. A story of humanity itself. The platform shoes and boots, reminiscent of the faun’s goat legs pushed this narrative image even further, in an enchanting atmosphere.

The Undercover show was a breeze of fresh air during a fashion week heavily politicised.

www.undercoverism.com

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Louis Vuitton Fall/Winter 2017: Forging Frontiers

Nicolas Ghesquière had one goal in mind for his Fall/Winter 2017 collection as head of Louis Vuitton – pushing boundaries like the legendary French fashion house has been doing since its 1854 beginnings. Frontiers are meant to be broken down and Louis Vuitton has been at the forefront of innovation, know-how, design and travel, all elements that set it apart from its counterparts are continue to characterise its offerings every season.

Ghesquière wanted to re-create that very sense of boundarylessness that doubled as more of a directional seasonal messages rather that an array of options for city living. This was an evocation of the nomadic, where the city blends with distant landscapes, the masculine blurs with the feminine and Louis Vuitton heritage meets a thirst for the future. A new play of stylistic lines emerges: great American sportswear classics and Slavic accents, inspirations from fashions of the past translated into the world of today, urban classics fused with the magnetic pull of folklore.

This may come as no surprise but beautifully-treated leather was central to this collection: super polished or crackled giving the impression of age and wear. What was perhaps more noteworthy is the attention that designer paid to fur this season. Short-sleeved, patch-worked jackets were paired with relaxed, cropped flares but could up the ante when thrown over an evening dress.

Ghesquière's evening wear offering moved away from last season's dramatic naked dresses. He opted instead for knee-length slip dresses with elaborate pleats, lace insets, sheer details and fabrics with clashing prints in an attempt to infuse the collection with an easy-going, laid-back attitude.

www.louisvuitton.com

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UGG is REAL

A new global marketing Spring/Summer 2017 campaign has been launched by UGG to break down stereotypes.

Aptly titled “REAL” and bearer of a strong message, the campaign features a collective of authentic Californian artists, musicians, surfers, creatives and eccentrics that in their provocative, progressive and free spirited attitudes mirror the core values of the Californian fashion apparel.

Inspired by the beaches, mountains and iconic architecture of California, the stories of Tasya, the songs of Warm Brew, the trips of Colleen and many others will mix together to give birth to a whole contemporary romance where diversity is the main splendid character.

www.ugg.com

Fashion

Philipp Plein Autumn/Winter 2017

Brooklyn-born rap and hip hop artist Nas, opened Phillip Plein's Autumn/Winter 2017 fashion show in the iconic New York Public Library. The show was a personal love letter to the city's neighbourhoods and the diversity that characterises them, highlighting their ability to shape and define an identity. From the Bronx and Chelsea to Queens and the Upper East side, every area has something to offer.

“Neighbourhood Kings” was emblazoned across the collections' garments – it does not matter where you come from, for Philipp Plein, you are the king of your own hood. A diverse cast of personalities and models – including rappers Desiigner and Fetty Wap - strutted down the runway as The Kills performed an electrifying live set.

Music, style, gender and race all had their say in this collection that did not distinguish between men's and womenswear: the girls wear boy's T-shirts and oversized hoodies while the boy's were styles in women's jackets and dresses. Streetwear and couture are also fused together: an embroidered evening dress was paired with a bomber jacket, there was an intarsia mink coat worn with a hoodie and thigh-high sneakers marched alongside heeled boots. Catering to self-expression and their own personal sense of style, the collection's strength lies in its bid to highlight individuality.

But Plein's ode to the Big Apple did end there: the prints also tell a tale of New York. Symbols from dollar pill comprise the print of a hooded fur coat, the Statue of Liberty and FBI (“Fashion Beyond Imagination” patches decorate sweaters and bombers. Floor-length puffer coats and snakeskin jackets are transformed into urban armour thanks to metallic details and the addition of studs.

www.philipp-plein.com

Fashion

Woolrich Re-imagines Men's Outerwear

Woolrich continues its long-standing tradition in conceiving and manufacturing technical outerwear of exceptional quality, a tradition born in the late 70s that has continued to be well-received by avid mountaineers.

The brand is relaunching its Mountain Jacket, one of the first examples of technical outerwear that ushered in the expansion of men's outdoor clothing in order to cater to the requirements of outdoor activities such as backpacking, camping and cycling. Designed with functional elements that suit the requirements of such activities, Woolrich's latest edition of the Mountain Jacket strikes the perfect balance between style and function thus also catering to the more aesthetically driven consumer.

A more contemporary style is brought to the fore ensuring maximum freedom of movement, comfort and warmth with its form-fitting cut, adjustable cuffs and ergonomic style. Gore-tex®'s lightest fabric, the Paclite, guarantees the best performance. Despite the air of innovation that characterises the latest jackets, the brand loyally adheres to the design elements of the late 70s that proved so successful in the past.

With a perfectly breathable waterproof Gore-tex® layer beneath the traditional durable and water repellent outer layer, the Mountain Jacket has proved itself to be a perfect companion for adventures in nature.

www.woolrich.eu

Fashion

JUUN.J Fall/Winter 2017

As the models stormed inside Universite Rene Decartes’s suggestive neoclassic space, and the fluid body of Juun J’s work floated around, we caught the power of history. The history of this brand evolved within the last ten years into an acclaimed fashion forward entity. for this celebratory collection Juun J - in name of a decade spent imagining the future of his eponymous label - choose the emblematic subtitle: “Archive”.

Oversized long sweaters, heavy, massive, almost suffocating in all their fierce presence. The architectural outwear, the brand's signature trench coat and the MA1 bomber jacket. All the iconic pieces of Juun J’s past collections, in a splendid parade, as an ode to this Korean designer who has influenced the wardrobe of boys and girls in recent years. The girl who has been wearing Juun J forever and who got a special place in the future course: the new Juun J will have from now on feature a Womenswear collection.

And so the oversized cargo pants transformed into high waist long skirts with maxi pockets on the hips and slits on both sides which will be a hot piece for next season. Khaki, military green, black, white and pin-striped blue: the palette focused on the brand’s favoured colours. The large parachute hooded outwear with a myriad of swinging straps were certainly the protagonists, underlined in the closing act when all the possible declinations marched in, as if to suggest the impetuous movement and space of Juun J in the upcoming decade.

www.juunj.com

Fashion

Paul Smith Menswear Fall/Winter 2017

Paul Smith is one of the few brands that gives you the feeling of security, of home and the certainty of effortless style.

With its timeless tailoring, the classic yet fun twistS in textiles and cuts, for his Fall/Winter 2017 Sir Paul Smith presented Menswear and Womenswear together. It was a storm of several declinations of what it could be Paul Smith now, and how any person, especially young, could sport it. Lush checked classic English fabrics, for men and women, silk dresses both in solid colours and printed with hundreds of feathers as taken from a XIX century treatise on naturalia.

Paul Smith with his masterly style showed us how we can wear a shearling short jacket over a suit. Or how a woman can sport a deep blue velvet suit and look so sexy. Coral, blue, green, khaki, grey: a colourful palette true to the brand’s signature identity. We particularly loved the relaxed blazer suits – womens’ were long, below the hips - and the coats over them, for him and her, a full dive into that Smith heritage of effortless elegance.

www.paulsmith.co.uk

Fashion

Esther Perbandt's androgynous Fall/Winter 2017 collection

Perbandt's anti-cyclical collection for the colder seasons featured visionary garments that play with the slightest of contrast between black and white and gender. The designer is famous for touching upon human limitations delicately, forgetting about diversity and giving birth to a brand that strikes the perfect balance between androgyny and independence.

Esther Perbandt has been internationally recognised for her trademark stage productions. The Fall/Winter 2017 show only reinforced her status with a veritably unconventional yet sophisticated event that attracted celebrities from around the globe as well as personalities from the world of design, art and fashion; collectively they paid homage to a powerful production.

www.estherperbandt.com

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GmbH Fall/Winter 2017: When a thought becomes you

In a Society of Limitations where people are together yet alone, GmbH addresses the situation with an inclusive Fall/Winter 2017 collection dedicated to different shapes, gestures and manners.

The collection paired fashion with sustainability featuring bi-colour cropped GmbH biker jackets reworked from recycled, reversible Helly Hansen puffer coats, cropped jersey hoodies and fine knit athletic bodies of partially recycled fibres. A shot of glamour is given by tight lycra and velvet long-sleeved jumpers in a color palette inspired by artist Alexandra Bircken. Moreover traditional carpenter’s guild trousers and gold embroideries enrich the outfits for an even more personal touch.

As GmbH declared: “These are directives for care and wear, eine wahre Geschichte, eine Warengeschichte, a true story a history of wares.”

www.gmbhofficial.com

Fashion

Dior Homme Fall/Winter 2017

Thousands of little flags suspended from the Grand Palais ceiling, as one of those summer festivals when the night breeze brush them gently. The coloured lights illuminating the room mimicking the stage reflectors of any hard rock concert we have attended in our teens.

When the Depeche Mode lyrics started to play and the lights went up revealing the cardboard boxes and “HARDIOR” packing tape paving the regal space, it all came together.

Kris Van Assche channelled his childhood memories in 90s Antwerp clubs, the music, the parties, creating an electrifying collection that explored not only the new course of Dior Homme after 10 years at its reigns but also the possible declination of modern tailoring.

Van Assche designed the suit for the young man, a dialogue between the cool boy party animal and formal clothing. Close fit blazer revealing baste stitching matched with relaxed loose high waist trousers worn with trainers and white socks. Winking to street-wear.

A sweater with the clustered image of monsieur Christian Dior himself - whose birthday was surprisingly the day of the show - and the sentence written right below “They should just let us rave” turned quickly the attention to a more rebellious side of Van Assche: the gothic sweeping floor length capes and teddy bear chain trousers, the hand painted short fur bomber jackets, the aquamarine jumpers and the orange pony double breasted trench coat.

The Belgian designer picked the candy boys, the gabba, the new wave and the mosch pits at raves as his references. The latter, illustrated by the hand of American artist Dan Witz and printed in few closing looks - like the intricate reverse sequins suit - gave a poignant accent to the whole collection.

Dior Homme is beautifully evolving into a strong luxury fashion brand and as the light goes down we can’t help but be excited, like the post feeling of any great concert.

www.dior.com

Fashion

PORTS 1961 LOVERS ARMY

PORTS 1961 Fall/Winter 2017 collection is all about love and its universal meaning. A collection that is minimalist and gives off a younger appeal than past seasons, will definitely warm your wardrobe and your heart.

The Ports 1961 man is ready to face whatever the day has in store. From protective sports clothing inspired by urban workwear to construction suits. Materials are primarily sober, solid and thick, giving a touch of virility to a pretty chic sportswear collection. In the contrasting palette of black, grey, red and orange, reversible bombers, slit sleeves’ coats, studded blousons and piped trousers are just a bite of this collection that sees heart and love all over it.

Details are what bring this collection its tempo – camouflage prints adored by Milan Vukmirovic are reworked and the quintessential white shirt is embellished with a blood red embroidered heart.

www.ports1961.com

Fashion

FENDI Spring/Summer 2017: it it girls in a pink pink world

Sisters Bella and Gigi Hadid are undoubtedly a winning model duo in this day and age. For Fendi's Spring/Summer 2017 campaign the Hadid siblings join forces with Italian model Vittoria Ceretti to bring the brand's latest collection to life.

Set in a Parisian apartment, Karl Lagerfeld created a pastel-coloured world with floral wallpapers, infusing a fresh, young campaign with a delicate touch. Bella, Gigi and Vittoria reflect the brand's proposed shabby chic aesthetic while paying homage to Fendi's DNA in an ultra feminine way.

Fendi's Peeakaboo, Dotcom and Strap You bags are given candy-coloured makeovers, further enhancing their status as must-have accessories for the summer season. Fun fur details transform these into the perfect companions for these contemporary Marie Antoinettes.

The intimate, romantic and magical atmosphere created is made current with the addition of an edgy, sporty twist. Classic, yet current and so very Fendi.

www.fendi.com

Fashion

Invictus and Olympéa Intense: Paco Rabanne’s divine fragrances

Radical, free, avant-garde. These codes are at the core of Paco Rabanne both in fashion and scents. Invictus and Olympéa Intense are the ultimate unconventional and open to fantasy scents representing two exceptional figures that together create an explosive encounter.

Invictus is man in all his force, robustly pure and athletic. It plays on the shock between blazing amber woods and a marine “salty skin” accord, in a woody-fresh wake. Green-aromatic laurel leaf and orange blossom electrified by notes of black pepper are added to give an intensified, sensual effect. The bottle, dark and sculptural, represents what the Invictus man is all about: an infallible hero who never gives in, a God on earth.

Olympéa empowers women by taking sensuality up a notch. Salty vanilla wrapped up in cashmere wood is at the base of the scent enriched by a duel in which opposites attract. On one side a floral pulse given by white pepper, orange flower and grapefruit blossom. On the other, the warmth of white amber and cedar wood. A glass circular bottle in metal colors represents the perfect construction between geometrical strength and curves, embodying the sacred female of Olympéa, the divine queen.

www.pacorabanne.com



Fashion

Nike Air Max 97: the Silver side of Italians

As the homeland of prêt-à-porter, Italy has always introduced new ways of fashion appreciation that we've all emulated at some point or another. Nike's 'La Silver' sneaker has been, and remains to this day, a strong example of this very concept.

When this sneaker made its first appearance in the fashion market in 1997, it failed to capture the hearts of fashion-forward Italians. It was snubbed, regarded as ugly, weird, otherworldly even. For others, those were La Silver's winning characteristics, making this model the star of 20th century footwear trends in Italy.

For a decade, its ostentatious shine and sleek lines made it a staple in many young Italians' Christmas wish lists. As a symbol of Italian gabber dancing culture and futurism, this sneaker was offered in colour variations that never went unnoticed. It wasn't long before La Silver had snuck its way into the hearts and wardrobes of both fashion addicts and proponents of a more 'chav chic' aesthetic.

Straight out of its homeland, “La Silver” by Nike is back on the market after 20 years. This makes us wonder: is this a new icon for this generation or a mere throwback for those who were there from the start?

www.nike.com

Fashion

DIESEL creates ALRITE: the timeless watch that takes art to the street

To do good and in an innovative way has always been considered one of Diesel's mottos. This winter and in collaboration with Fossil, the Italian brand has undoubtedly hit its target with its latest project: the Diesel ALRITE timepieces.

Cut out from 150 square meters of original artwork by Rostarr, who collaborated in the design of this accessory, ALRITE is literally a work of art that endures the passage of time while paying homage to both art and Diesel’s DNA.

The 555 pieces that make up this Limited edition collection are completely unique and each different from one another, making for one-of-a-kind watches. This feeling of exclusivity is exactly what this hand-wrapped genuine leathers watch brings to the wearer by intertwining the aspects of time and timelessness.

Moreover Diesel ALRITE teams up with Sotheby’s to reinforce the message of not only bringing art back, but also doing so for a good cause. Three pieces from this unique collection will be auctioned via e-bay for charity. Funds will be donated to the Only The Brave Foundation that has been working with Diesel for many years to fight against social inequality and working on sustainable development across the world.

“Create products that draw the line between pragmatic and fashion forward” this mission has been definitely brought to life.

www.diesel.com

Fashion

KENZO X EASTPAK…and CHARITY

Once again the iconic Padded Pak’r® backpack by Eastpak will serve as the “carte blanche” given to a selection of the world’s most influential designers to create a unique work of art.

When it comes to creativity and eccentricity, Kenzo, one of the brands participating in Eastpak’s Artist Studio competition along with Giambattista Valli and Vêtements, never disappoints giving birth to a “never-seen-before” piece. Humberto Leon and Carol Lim’s prints trimmed with a tiger claw key holder and a graphic Kenzo towel and hat, were assembled in a collage that not only twins Eastpak and Kenzo, but fashion and charity too.

The collection, comprised of one-off creations from each designer will drop on the 1st of December, World AIDS day. And for a good cause too: all proceeds go to the Designers Against AIDS organization to raise awareness, even among fashion victims, for HIV/AIDS.

www.kenzo.com

Fashion

Versace by Fendi, Fendi by Versace

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

www.versace.com
www.fendi.com

Fashion

BE YOUR CHANGE

Brunello Cucinelli started the #BeYourChange project in order to use its voice to touch on important issues such as hope, courage and the future. By joining forces with various personalities, the house’s message of trust and reflection for the new generations on how change always starts with people, is echoed. For the fifth series of the project, Brunello Cucinelli teams up with Ramla Ali, the first female boxer representing Somalia at the Tokyo Olympics. Her path to success was not predestined, on the contrary Ali had to overcome multiple obstacles, such as fleeing the ongoing civil conflict in her home country. In this edition, Ali talks about her personal story and how boxing has helped her to find a voice, to grow as a person and to stand up to prejudice, fear and insecurity. A successful athlete and activist, Ali now shares the empowering lessons she took from boxing with other women. In 2018, she founded the Ramla Ali Sisters Club, a weekly, free boxing session for women in London aiming to provide a safe space without discrimination. Through the #BeYourChange project, Ramla Ali uses her voice inviting everybody who wants to listen to pursue your dreams with courage. FM

www.brunellocucinelli.com

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

www.hublot.com

Fashion

La Grande Dame 2012 x Yayoi Kusama

Today, the destinies of Veuve Clicquot and Yayoi Kusama have converged in an unparalleled collaboration. The Champagne house based in Reims has unveiled the new La Grande Dame 2012 Edition, an artistically decorated magnum bottle supplemented by an exceptional object reminiscent of a flower created by the Japanese artist. Entitled "My Heart that Blooms in the Darkness of the Night," this unique and colorful work of art is a symbol of love and optimism. Yayoi Kusama is one of the most successful contemporary artists, becoming famous for her signature polka dots. A signature pattern that she reworked for this special occasion to symbolize the perlage of the champagne. This collaboration is not the first time they have met. It all started in 2006 when the artist created a portrait of Madame Clicquot covered in red polka dots for a charity auction in Tokyo. But this time, their partnership reaches a new sparkling, daring, and optimistic climax. L'Objet d'Art that wraps La Grande Dame 2012 Magnum, with happiness and vibrancy, celebrates the joie de vivre. In addition, Yayoi Kusama designed La Grande Dame 2012 Limited Edition (0.75l) which will be available from June. While the "My Heart that Blooms in the Darkness of the Night" artwork is available exclusively on request through Moët Hennessy Private Sales. VB

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Fashion

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

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

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Fashion

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

Luxury Essential

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

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Fashion

A Watch For Champions

Hublot, in partnership with UEFA Champions League has created a new, exclusive edition of the Big Bang Unico: a watch made to capture the greatest soccer moments. The Swiss watchmaker started its collaboration with the world's greatest club competition on the occasion of the UEFA EURO in 2008, and since then, it has been part of unforgettable moments. In 2015, the brand was appointed as the official timekeeper and watch brand of the UEFA Champions League and Europa League, as well as the official supplier of referees' timepieces. Then, in 2018 Hublot became a partner of the UEFA Europa Conference League, and in 2019 joined the UEFA Women's Champions League. In football competitions, dynamism and time are key factors, and Hublot is the ideal partner for measuring time with extreme precision. This year, to celebrate seven years of collaboration, the Swiss brand has decided to present a new 100-piece limited edition Big Bang Unico made of glass-bead blasted ceramic, wrapped in the iconic UEFA Champions League blue. The new timepiece also features the Hublot Manufacture Unico 2 chronograph movement, a highly complicated, innovative movement that will measure the decisive moments on the pitch. VB

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Fashion

Dior Fall 2022 in Seoul

Dior and Ewha Womans University in Seoul have joined hands to celebrate youth, education, and hope. Here, the Maison presented its FW22 collection that represented visual poetry, a dialogue between the history of Dior and the ever-changing constellation that is the contemporary world. The transmission of savoir-faire, education, and sisterhood have always been fundamental values at the heart of Dior culture. Thus, these shared values with Ewha Womans University make it the perfect setting for launching the collection surrounding the symbol of a new sisterhood, with the motto L’union fait la force (strength through unity). To add more celebration in Korea, Dior will also be hosting a one-of-a-kind concept store in Seongsu-dong, a former industrial zone that is now one of the trendiest and most innovative neighborhoods in Seoul. Maria Grazia Chiuri became interested in school outfits and, above all, in the way students dust off, revamp, and update the tropes of these garments, personalizing with distinctive details, verging on punk overtones, before venturing through urban landscapes in search of spaces of freedom. The collection is composed of pleated skirts, black and white, kilts; jackets that borrow from men’s wardrobe, rethinking the iconic Bar jacket; men’s long coats and ultra-short skirts; biker shorts matched with white blouses and black ties. Elsewhere, 3D embroidery reveals itself through knitwear, while a fantastic, pixelated zodiac is rendered in the style of a video game. By continuing to uphold its social responsibilities, Dior is also offering a supportive and comprehensive CSR program at Ewha Womans University, providing students with a scholarship, a Women@Dior Internship Program, Retail Management Training Program, and masterclasses from the Maison’s leaders, giving students a platform to express their personality and opinions openly and creatively. This reflects the show's presentation of looks that overall evoke the concepts of involvement, communication, and sharing. GH

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Fashion

Saul Nash Wins International Woolmark Prize 2022

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

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Art

düsseldorf photo+ Biennale for Visual and Sonic Media

Over 50 exhibitions and events, participating institutions, galleries, and satellite venues of the Düsseldorf art scene will partake in the second exhibition of düsseldorf photo+ Biennale for Visual and Sonic Media. Taking place on May 13th, the exhibitions will shed light on current themes and challenges in the field of photography and time-based media. Within the exhibitions, not only are there works and installations by numerous national and international artists, but düsseldorf photo+ also invigorates the city’s own established art and photography scene. The main exhibition titled “Think We Must”, curated by Pola Sieverding and Asya Yaghumurian, forms the thematic focal point of the Biennale and will open on May 12th at the Akademie-Galerie. This group exhibition explores how thinking with photographic images can constitute and alter reality, history, and social discourse. Also featured, in the K21 Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, will be the exhibition titled “Shifting Dialogues. Photography from the Walther Collection” with images from Africa and the African diaspora. Angelo Novi will present the symbiotic relationship between film and photography, viewed alongside Astrid Busch at Rupert Pfab. An extensive supporting program consisting of panels, lectures, talks, and workshops and a twelve-part podcast series for its entire duration. The exhibitions will be available from May 13th-June 19th across selected Düsseldorf galleries, fringe spaces, museums, and foundations. GH

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Fashion

Paul Smith and Ahluwalia unite for a capsule collection

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

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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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Fashion

Virgil Abloh and Mercedes-Maybach Create The Ultimate Legacy Car

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

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Art

TEFAF Maastricht Announces the Exhibitors of the 35th Edition

TEFAF Maastricht, the renowned international exhibit, has announced its return in June 2022. Every year, the premier fair for fine art, antiques, and design brings together 242 of the best dealers and galleries from around the world, displaying works of unrivaled quality and historical significance to a global audience of private collectors, museum curators, and art market professionals. For the 35th edition, TEFAF Maastricht, that for the first time will open its doors from the 25th to 30th of June instead of taking place in March, will make Europe a summer destination of choice for global collectors and lovers of art. The 2022 lineup comprises 242 dealers from 20 countries, with 218 returning dealers and 18 newcomers. In addition, TEFAF Showcase will introduce six new galleries to the TEFAF community, Bartha Contemporary in the UK, and the Galerie Nicolas Bourriaud, Imperial Art, Galerie Mendes, Galerie Pauline Pavec, Royal Provenance in France. Chairman Hidde van Seggelen speaking about TEFAF Maastricht, said - I speak for our whole dealer community when I express how thrilling it is to be returning for the 35th edition of TEFAF Maastricht. The wealth of history and expertise presented by our exhibitors has always been extraordinary and this year will be no exception. VB

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Fashion

Alanui x Suicoke SS22

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

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Fashion

Hublot: Art of Fusion

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

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Fashion

Gucci Osteria da Massimo Bottura Opens in Seoul

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

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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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Fashion

Dior Maison Presents The Midi Collection By Pierre Yovanovitch

Dior Maison has presented the MIDI Collection designed by Paris-based interior architect Pierre Yovanovitch: a set of fifteen objects that evokes the meeting point of two stories rooted in the south of France. On the one hand, the story of the Château de la Colle Noire, a property that Christian Dior acquired in the 50s in the village of Montauroux, and on the other hand, the Château de Fabrègues. Like Christian Dior, who often stayed in the Callian plain, Pierre Yovanovitch is a child of the south, born in Nice and attached to its territory. A deep bond that the designer has shown through the collection. Named MIDI, a term for the south of France, the collection is “simple, solid and noble,” in tune with the words of Christian Dior defining his residence at the Colle Noire. Pure and functional, MIDI highlights traditional woodwork techniques, assemblages of local and sustainable materials selected for their beauty and timelessness, and hand-blown glass. This project realized with Pierre Yovanovitch is part of a long tradition of collaborations between Dior Maison and the greatest names in contemporary design. VB

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Fashion

Hogan Enters The Metaverse

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

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Fashion

Hublot Campaign with Kylian Mbappé

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

 

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Fashion

Versace Jeans Couture SS22 Campaign

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

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Fashion

Tommy Hilfiger: “Make Your Move” Brand Campaign

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

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Fashion

The Next Era

The Dior FW22 Collection is suspended between present and future, beating to the rhythm of simultaneity and synchronicity, in tune with the times. Surrounded by a gallery of paintings created by Italian artist Mariella Bettineschi, the show has brought on stage Maria Grazia Chiuri’s concept of (re)constructing a performative relationship between the body and the garment in a succession of operations associating forms, savoir-faire, materials, and futuristic technologies. Titled “The Next Era,” this art installation is composed of large-scale portraits of women from the history of painting from the 16th to the 19th Century, that with their cut-up, stacked eyes question the judgment that has conditioned women past and present. Dior’s Creative Director has presented a hybrid collection that opens up unsuspected creativity through the use of embroidery, which adorns technical knitwear, waterproof materials, nylon, and cashmere. In addition, Maria Grazia Chiuri revisited heritage to conceive the lines of tomorrow, reinterpreting the iconic Bar jacket. The original structure has turned into a system that manages the body humidity and warms it up using novel techniques created in the D-Air lab laboratories, while a bodysuit keeps the temperature constant. VB

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Fashion

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

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

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Fashion

LOEWE x On

LOEWE has announced a collaboration with performance brand On with a limited-edition capsule collection of shoes and apparel designed for modern adventure. The designs reimagine long-established craft skills, combining a focus on sustainability with an emphasis on applying the handmade to technical pieces. In the collection are LOEWE editions of On’s iconic Cloudventure and Cloudrock performance shoes for both men and women. This outdoor footwear is available in five colorways with six ready to wear pieces for women, and seven for men, each built with a unique blend of performance properties and key On features - weather adaptable Running Pants, a moisture-wicking Waterproof Anorak, temperature regulating Performance-T t-shirts, and a unisex customizable insulation three-layer Parka. Each of the ready-to-wear pieces is available in two colorways for each gender: an organic palette of khaki, blue, and orange that takes inspiration from nature, applied, applied in gradient effects that suggest prolonged exposure to the elements en plein air. Alongside the Japanese sashiko-inspired needlework print that resembles a starry night, these effects are the result of a meticulous technical process to craft the perfect color and pattern. The finishing process is carried out by hand, ensuring that the printed gradients match across all components of each item. Similarly, the marble effect soles are processed individually and manually, making each shoe unique. There is extensive use of recycled polyester for production to be responsible. The collection launched on March 9th online and in selected LOEWE stores on March 10th. GH

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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

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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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Marni's Objects of Affection

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

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Walk of Fame

Missoni, the brand that stands for zigzags, presented its FW22 Collection during Milan Fashion Week: a unique show that portrayed an array of celebrities walking down the runway. Founded in 1953, the Italian brand is a synonym of impeccable knitwear, refined tones, and meticulous details that, for this season, are reinvented through clothes with imperfections and cuts, adding a patina of fondness as if telling a long story. The FW22 Collection pays homage to the inner strength that pushes someone out of their comfort zone. It features feminine and masculine shapes combined, while light, bright, opaque, soft, metallic, and shiny materials complete the whole. An unexpected lifestyle enters the wardrobe given by a unique mash-up. This new lifestyle is, then, interpreted by different women and bodies. Missoni wanted to represent a strong and sweet woman, assertive and private, alternating between melodic and rock in the rhythm of a heartbeat. Celebrities such as model and actress Elisa Sednaoui, wearing a zebra motif maxi cape and a cream utility leather jumpsuit, appeared on the catwalk. But also Italian actress Greta Ferro, with a black and white geometric pattern knit with ultra baggy alpaca work pants, American actress and producer Marsai Martin, and French surfer Victoria Vergara took part at the fashion show. Not to mention top model Eva Herzigova, who wore a multicolor skin-tight knitted dress with a metallic coating. In addition, leading names of the Italian and international scene appeared on Missoni’s guest list. Mia Regan, Maria Sole Pollio, Veronica Yoko, and Lorenzo Viotti, among many others, attended the FW22 Show. VB

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Blooms With Furla

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

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Gucci "Love Parade" 2022

In its “Love Parade”, Gucci took over Los Angeles’ iconic Hollywood Boulevard for an exhibition that epitomized Old Hollywood glamour. Inspired by tales of glamour and glory, the exhibition celebrates color and life. Garments included tailored, double-breasted blazers paired with ruffled blouses and low-cut waistcoats, houndstooth tailoring, satin suits in multiple colors, velvet suits, stoking gowns, tropical-inspired matching sets, and so much more. The collection is an ode to the colorful personalities throughout Hollywood. The over 100 look-collection also featured a broad celebrity presence, including Jared Leto, Steve Lacy, Jeremy Pope, St. Vincent, Jodie Turner-Smith, Miranda July, and Macauly Culkin. Creative Director Alessandro Michele described the collection to have stemmed from the brand’s roots in cinema, as opposed to other brands that have “roots in aristocracy and bourgeoisie”. This is an appropriate reflection of Michele’s tendencies of having a maximalist approach that enables people to communicate their true essence that can continually change with the seasons as time goes on. Michele credits his mother, an assistant in a production company, for encouraging his love for Hollywood. Equally, the collection is about contemporary Los Angeles. GH

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Lacoste SS22

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

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Armani Exchange SS22 Collection

Armani Exchange has launched their SS22 collection entitled “Everything from A to X”. Taking inspiration from a 1992 advertising campaign, the project redevelops and emphasizes the same idea through a sustainable lens. The collection is characterized by sustainable materials, as well as displaying versatility through making essential items easy to use, mix, and personalize. The concise selection of simplistic black and white pieces can be combined from head to toe for any occasion that might present itself in modern city life. Pieces in the collection include organic cotton T-shirts and sweatshirts, windbreakers, parkas, chinos, shorts and wool blazers as well as white box sneakers and a nylon backpack. This system of elements can be freely mixed and matched without the need to add anything else. The collection is upholding the brand’s reputation of being accessible to most. The simplicity of the elements makes the items so authentic as anyone who wears them can mix and match freely, expressing their personality whilst also showcasing their individual taste. GH

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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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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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Jimmy Choo x Mugler Creative Collaboration

Jimmy Choo and Mugler announced a creative partnership that fuses the heritage of both brands. The two Maisons that set their roots in the 1990s, and are synonyms of power, sensuality, and glamour, decided to team up to create a capsule collection of shoes and boots co-designed by the houses’ respective Creative Director’s Sandra Choi and Casey Cadwallader. Reflecting the parallel ideologies of both Jimmy Choo and Mugler, the collaboration takes as its leitmotif the ideas of the extreme and of empowerment. The collection, which transgresses boundaries and challenges conventions merging techniques and materials of footwear, jewelry, and clothing, is dedicated to strong and confident women that are at the heart of both brands. The result is a product with a timeless silhouette with a 100mm heel, carved, architectural design, and a striking, sharply squared base. Windows are also open onto the skin, framing the body with seams, chains, leather straps, and panels of mesh, while the color palette is focused on black and nude with hints of gold, silver, and neon yellow. The final piece is a celebration of powerful femininity in all its forms.

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Riders Republic® X Prada: a virtual sports world

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

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44 Label Group Presents the FW22 Collection Screwed UP

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

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Marsèll’s Uniform

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

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Gregoris Pyrpylis is the Creative Director for Hermès Beauty

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

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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.

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HUGO BOSS: New Start

HUGO BOSS launched two simultaneous star-studded global campaigns for its brands BOSS and HUGO. This release is the first visual representation of a true 360-degree rebrand. Both BOSS and HUGO now with a new, modern brand identity are focussing on a younger and global audience and a more playful and casual aesthetic. With the branding refresh, HUGO BOSS aims to become a top 100 worldwide brand without losing its original codes of dressing excellence. The new era of HUGO BOSS starts with the release of the BOSS #BEYOUROWNBOSS campaign, their first social campaign, shot by acclaimed fashion photographer Mikael Jannson. The campaign features an all-star cast, from Kendall Jenner and Hailey Bieber to international TikToker Khaby Lame with whom the brand established a strategic partnership. The launch will be then followed by an impressive digital activation of 200 talents that will post their personal BOSS stories on different social media channels as a concrete means to connect with a new audience. While BOSS is launching #BEYOUROWNBOSS, HUGO is launching the #HOWDOYOUHUGO campaign, activated across different channels. The campaign is covering various artistic fields and features an international cast of celebrities, most notably top model Adut Akech, rapper Big Matthew, SAINt JHN and American dancer Maddie Ziegler, who are act as the faces of the campaign.

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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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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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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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DoDo celebrates the Chinese New Year

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

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CHANEL x 2022 César Revelations

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

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Etro FW22

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

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J.W. Anderson Menswear FW22

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

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Brioni FW22: The Allegory of Air

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

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Zegna FW22: Looking at the world through the Zegna lens

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

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La Rose Dior

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

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Hermès Rouge - SS22 Limited Edition

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

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In the Mood for Prada

The Prada womenswear SS22 campaign is an exploration of desire and sensuality. It showcases the SS22 collection and explores the relationship between a woman and her clothing. Reflecting the feeling of Prada, the creation by Miuccia Prada and Raf Simons merges reality and fantasy through its storytelling. The cast is led by the actor Hunter Schafer and includes models Selena Forrest, Julia Nobis and Lina Zhang, who are captured in the acts of dressing and undressing. Striking details express a sense of closeness and intimacy, which undeniably draw the viewer in. Photographer David Sims creates an authentic, intriguing moment through his photographs which showcase the innate personal relationship people have to their garments – the women’s relationship to Prada wear. The imagery captures and celebrates everyday gestures and the multiply moods of life. A vivid embodiment of the SS22 collection emerges as the campaign evolves through a series of videos and photographic contributions devised by a series of emerging image-makers, each invited on set to interpret the collection, the campaign, and the mood of Prada.

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Lay Zhang appointed Hublot Brand Ambassador

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

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Fashion

Saint Laurent Spring 22: Provocateur at Heart

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

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Fashion

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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Fashion

Saint Laurent’s Arcade

Saint Laurent’s Rive Droite space, a destination for all sorts of creative and cultural undertakings, is once again shape-shifting under Anthony Vaccarello’s vision. For the holiday season, both locations in Paris and Los Angeles are re-imagined with arcade-themed installations – with machines that have been specially created for the occasion, Anthony Vaccarello relocates the visitors of the retail space into a second reality, projecting them into a fair where they can try their chances at soda tossing, solving Rubix cubes and operating robots with which they can gamble for goodies including lighters, USB sticks, masks, jewelry items and more. Exclusively limited to one machine, the new Saint Laurent Jamie pouches can be won through tactics– and a little bit of luck -. In addition, for the first time, the store location debuts collections for children with the brands Baghera & Eo, resulting in the design of a miniature Baghera car as well as a down-sized design chair, both presented in bright pink with a zebra and a tiger print. Previous successful collaborations with New Era, Baccara, JL Coquet and Cotodama will be prolonged throughout the holiday season. All of the items are exclusively available at the Saint Laurent Rive Droite stores in Paris and Los Angeles.

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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.

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Art

Ce Qui Va Arriver - CHANEL'S Next Prize

With the inauguration of the Next PriZe, Chanel has established an award that catalyzes innovation across the interfacing areas of art and culture. Yana Peel, Global Head of Arts and Culture at Chanel explains: “Through the creation of the Next Prize, we extend Chanel’s deep history of cultural commitment – empowering big ideas and creating opportunities for an emerging generation of artists to imagine the next.” The name of the price alludes to the French proverb “ce qui va arriver” – a literal tribute to “what happens next”, and points back to Gabrielle Chanel’s support of avant-garde artists of her time and her desire to shape the future with her creations. The price has been specially developed to provide financial support to emerging creatives, who are taking risks and venturing out into the unknown with their practices. In this sense, the prize enables unconventional artists to actualize visionary ideas, testing new forms of creative expression and calling to life enriching collaborations across disciplines. In addition to the impressive prize sum of 100.000€ each, the ten winners are bestowed with close mentorships and networking opportunities through the French Maison. The ten winners of 2021’s Next Price are Jung-Jae il, Keiken, Lual Mayen, Marlene Monteiro, Rungano Nyoni, Precious Okoyomon, Marie Schleef, Botis Seva, Wang Bing and Eduardo Williams. Their art ranges from design and film to performing and visual arts, showing diversity not only in terms of their creative mediums but just as much with their origins: Seoul, London, Aswa in South Sudan, Cape Verde, Zambia, Buenos Aires, as well as Goettingen in Germany and Xi’an in China represent their homes. The jury of the 2021 price united Tilda Swinton, Cao Fei and Sir David Adjaye. The Next Prize will be awarded bi-annually, in which the recipients are chosen by an advisory board of 25 international arts and cultural leaders.

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Fashion

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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Fashion

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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Fashion

Gucci x The North Face: Opening a Second Chapter of Fashion History

Following the first collaboration in 2021, Gucci teams up once again with The North Face for a ready-to-wear collection. The North Face was founded in 1966 as an answer to the strong demand for proper outdoor clothes for athletes to defy any weather conditions. Today, The North Face belongs to one of the leading outerwear brands with a strong emphasis on function and minimalist key styles. The collaborative collection features variations on insulated bomber jackets and vests, complemented with multi-pocketed backpacks or baseball and bucket hats and worn with hiking boots. In addition to that, The North Face dived into its archives to revive some of the brand’s most iconic 90s designs, including the Nuptse Jacket. The selection takes up signature elements of Gucci, such as the GG monogram with a beige and green base and the colorful 70s inspired Gucci patterns while celebrating the spirit of experimentations through new shapes and pieces influenced by The North Face. As a leading mantra, Gucci and the North face decided on self-discovery and self-expression as the vision of the collection. This mantra resurfaces with various essentials, significantly reminiscent of hiking clothing, equipping the wearer with the perfect attire to set off for a trip to the deep ends of the soul.

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Fashion

Louis Vuitton Spell on You: The Quintessence of Affection

Louis Vuitton presents its new women’s fragrance Spell on You in a sensual campaign film, starring brand ambassador Lea Seydoux. Louis Vuitton revolutionized the art of traveling in 1854 with his innovative luggage designs, equally elegant and practical. Ever since the luxury Maison continues to embrace its heritage with a strong commitment to high craftsmanship while constantly developing and expanding Louis Vuitton’s assortment and influence. The campaign film puts brand ambassador Lea Seydoux into the limelight and is directed by Jean-Baptiste Mondino. The French fashion photographer and video director enjoys a distinctive recognition value through his revolutionary photographs and videos that transformed the rock, pop, and fashion industry. The short film showcases an amorous interaction between two people, perfectly portraying the intensity of affection and the sensual play with attraction through different camera angles, set in a romantic garden in soft broad daylight, which emphasizes the built-up impression of a dream. Mondino captures the feeling of an imaginary voyage and escape from reality, which reflects on the history of Louis Vuitton. The sensual and sophisticated feeling created through Lea Seydoux and Mondino perfectly embodies the spirit of Maison’s new fragrance. Louis Vuitton sought out a strong note of honeyed notes from the acacia flower, jasmine sambac, white musk, and peach and is rounded with enduring hints of rose, which profoundly enhances the hypnotic allure surrounding the fragrance.

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Fashion

Gucci Aria Campaign KAI: A Fairytale Trip Down Memory Lane

Gucci unveils its special campaign, starring the global brand ambassador KAI and the exceptional looks of the Aria collection. The Aria collection presents the most spectacular highlight of the brand’s centennial anniversary. The collection featured the most recognizable and well-known looks of the luxury fashion brand since its founding in 1921. It includes the iconic red velvet suit, designed by former creative director Tom Ford and the red and green stripe logo design, which reflects Gucci’s equestrian heritage. The history of Gucci begins in 1921 with Guccio Gucci, who founded a leather goods shop, which eventually became one of the most recognized and sought-after luxury brands. The campaign is set in a surreal and frosted winter landscape, which transports the viewer in a fairytale-like environment. KAI the brand ambassador and protagonist of the campaign is a South Korean singer and dancer who became world-known as a part of the boy group EXO-K. The singer wears the signature looks of the Aria collection, including a velvet, tailored suit, cozy knitwear, and monogram-adorned trousers, worn with equestrian helmets and boots. Director Woogie Kim captures KAI, gracefully dancing and sensually moving, while music composed by Nicolas Fleury is playing in the background.

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Fashion

Hublot: Big Bang Unico Arturo Fuente Ceramic

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

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Fashion

Hublot is Welcoming a New Family Member

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

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Fashion

Herno: Christmas in Their Own Words

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

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Fashion

Breitling: Sky is The Limit

To honor and celebrate the history of aviation, in which Breitling was significantly involved as a pioneer for flight instruments, the horology pioneer released a new series of precise and handcrafted watches named Super AVI. The Swiss luxury watchmaker was founded in Grenchen, Switzerland in 1884 and designed the world’s first high-end Swiss luxury watches and quickly became very popular amongst aviation pilots. Breitling equipped the British Royal Air Force during the Second World War with innovative precision cockpit clocks and Astronaut Scott Carpenter wore a Breitling Navitimer Timepiece during his orbital flight in 1962. In the 50s, the luxury watchmaker elevated and developed their flight instrument design into a smaller, wearable version, the Co-Pilot Ref. 765 AVI. Known for its emphasis on precision, reliability, and durability, the luxury watchmaker has become a pioneer and a trusted choice amongst pilots by equipping its watches with chronometer-certified movements. The Super Avi collection is inspired by the bespoke watch, Co-Pilot» Ref. 765 AVI and by four legendary air crafts, such as combat-, naval aircrafts, the so-called “Wooden Wonder”, the fastest plane between 1940 and 1950 as well as the Curtiss P-40 Warhawk, a master of agility. The distinctive and robust aesthetic of the watches and the calfskin bracelet with decorative stitching are visually reminiscent of leather aviator gear of the cited era. With the Super AVI collection, Breitling embraces its rich heritage in aviation and visualizes it in form of a new, exceptional aesthetic and highly crafted clockwork.

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Fashion

Max Mara 101801 Light: Sartorial Timelessness

For the SS22 Resort collection, Max Mara decided to dive deep into its archives and created a special garment based on the iconic 101801 coat, narrating a rich history that dates back to the early 80s. Max Mara is a visual archetype of the luxurious and sophisticated spirit of Italian fashion. Max Mara was brought to life by Achille Maramotti in 1951 and has continuously developed classical shapes and designs, reinventing them in a contemporary context context ever since. The emblematic 101801 coat has been revived, reimagined, and conformed to the fashions of every new decade for almost 40 years but is still defined and recognized by the same quality attributes. The coat is characterized by an oversized fit, soft deconstructed sleeves, a distinctive notched lapel, and a double-breasted closure. The successor of the coat, the 101801 Light is made out of a techno-luxe jersey and available in soft dreamy pastels, ranging from a fresh minty green over cotton candy blue to a warm lemon yellow. The 101801 Light is largely defined by its versatility. The coat is light enough for layering, while the material distinguishes itself through the ample protection that defies any weather condition.

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Fashion

Dior Heralds Christmas

Slowly but surely the Christmas season is unfolding in Paris’ shopwindows. As such, Dior has revealed their annual window decorations – this year, the prestigious vitrines of the Avenue Montaigne flagship store are brought to life with scenes of Greek mythology. Paying ode to the eternal beauty of Greece, Dior’s windows recall the bright, flowing and crisp draperies that determined the ambiance of the Dior Cruise Show 2022, which was held at the heart of the Panathenaic Stadium in Athens. The white and ecru theme of the collections was highlighted with glistening golden accentuations – an iconic code of the French Maison. In front of the celestial backdrop of the window, a selection of Dior items is exhibited, providing the passerbys with gift inspirations for their loved ones. Herein, Dior’s most iconic bags make an appearance in the windows and according campaign, including the Book Tote, the Caro and the Vibe, in sparkling and festive shades. The star symbol, a recurring talisman in Dior’s designs, enhances many of the items and heralds the approach of the Christmas season. With jewelry being an indispensable item under the tree each year, Dior incorporated a selection of poetical pieces. Scarves adorned with Pietro Ruffo’s sketches, such as the Tarot Arcana and the infamous Around the World motif replenish the selection further. The vitrine and its selection represent a contemporary odyssey that cherishes the pastimes of Dior while making the viewer dream of the celebratory month of December.

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Fashion

Bold Choices from Tylko

Digital-first furniture company Tylko specializes in producing premium, bespoke modern storage, with the aim of encouraging harmony in people’s homes. Now they are adding a new, contemporary color palette to their most experimental line of shelving, the Type02. Launched in 2019, the line stands out for a bold and playful approach to storage furniture, available in a fresh range of colors with sleek, wrapped edges. When designing the Type02, Tylko’s goal was to encourage self-expression, by offering the necessary online tools and a well-curated range of style variations. Using the brand’s easy online configurator, customers are free to personalize the size and style of their furniture, resulting in an original piece that perfectly matches their character and needs. Playing up the experimental appeal, the brand is introducing three new contemporary colors that will bring interesting, original energy to the current palette. The new hues are Burgundy Red, Sky Blue, and Cotton Beige — an eclectic combination that conveys confidence and ease. Tylko invites their audience to see their home as a blank canvas, where they can truly explore their creativity through interior design. And they have fostered creativity from day one: The brand sought to support unique, artistic talent by connecting with creatives who share their passion for bold, forward-thinking ideas and a love for great design. Past collaborations include renowned 3D artists like Andres Reisinger, Chris Labrooy, and Alexis Christodoulou, illustrators such as Martina Paukova, Maria-Ines Gul, Ana Popescu, as well as creative director Charlotte Taylor.

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Fashion

Fendi Denim Capsule: Setting a New Tone for Sartorial Clothing

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

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Fashion

Dior x Sacai Capsule Collection: Fusing Tradition with Innovation

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

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First Eau de Parfum by Retterspitz: Pure Juniper Completion

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

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Fashion

Bally SS22 – The Art of Utility

The art of utility. Bally’s namesake SS22 collection is dedicated to the post-pandemic future. Inspired by sportswear and workwear elements, the collection celebrates elegant looks with a utilitarian touch. Comfort, lightness and versatility represent the main attributes of the looks and are translated into voluminous proportions, layered styling and a combination of high-quality knit and leather materials. For the SS22 collection, the Swiss house continues its heritage of craftsmanship, which is reflected in refined techniques and intricate details. Leather-woven patterns, hand-trimmed studs and lavish topstitching recur in the looks of the collection, paying tribute to the literal art of utility. The footwear collection presents a cut-out lace-up boot with a clog-like sole, as well as a unisex sneaker with the signature Bally wing emblem. The newly introduced B-monogram and alpine floral motifs are reminiscent of Bally’s pillars of art, nature and design. In recent years, sustainability has become a significant part of Bally’s design approach and resulted in the implementation of environmentally friendlier solutions over the past seasons. For the SS22 collection, deadstock fabrics, as well as recycled cotton material and regenerated leather.

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Fashion

Luxury House Bottega Veneta and Daniel Lee End their Collaboration

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

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Fashion

WoTo: Experiencing Textile in Amsterdam

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

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Fashion

Versace Holiday Season: A Glamorous Take on Winter Sports

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

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Fashion

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

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

www.saintlaurent.com

Fashion

Dior East-West Bags: Going in Different Directions

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

www.dior.com

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Hublot Design Prize 2021: Illustrations of Representation

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

www.hublot.com

Fashion

Bally Hike by Robert Rabensteiner: An Homage to Alpine Roots

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

www.bally.com

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Martin Eder x London Heni Gallery: “The spirit is weak, but the flesh is willing”

German artist Martin Eder is best known and admired for taking realistic motifs out of context and immersing them into a surrealistic environment, creating a captivating atmosphere for the viewer. For the “The spirit is weak, but the flesh is willing” exhibition, Eder examines the borders between the beautiful and the ugly in his artworks. The artist also draws inspiration from Dante’s Inferno. With his new series of paintings, Eder takes the viewer on a journey through the deeper levels of human subconsciousness as well as a dreamy hell. Martin Eder challenges the viewer with a selection of motifs in his paintings, that range from wide-eyed puppies to still life compositions of the remains of a wild party night. His work also features confident nudes and unreal accountings such as goats in front of rushing waves. Perfectly in tune with our zeitgeist, defined by ironic messages and so-called memes, Eder’s paintings are a refreshingly grotesque questioning of the principles of life. With every look, one discovers a new hidden message, meaning, or story in Eder’s impressive and overloaded artworks. The contemporary figurative paintings are melancholic yet ironically amusing. The “The spirit is weak, but the flesh is willing” exhibition is a prime example of the creative genius to be found in Martin Eder’s devouring paintings.

“The spirit is weak, but the flesh is willing” is exhibited at Heni Gallery, London, from October 6th-November 11th

www.newportstreetgallery.com

Fashion

Dior x Technogym: Where Engineering meets Design

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

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Marcell von Berlin FW21: Fashion Remains

No matter where in time we find ourselves, the past, the present or the future: fashion is always a representation of the Zeitgeist that collectively expresses the ideas and thoughts of indivduals. The Berlin and Los Angeles-based brand Marcell von Berlin creates charming clothes, worn by celebrities like Lady Gaga, Madonna and Jennifer Lopez, aiming to encourage this individual self-expression that eventually turns into a sign of the times. The FW21 women’s collection features rock n´ roll inspired clothing, reinvented in a modern version and bold colors that give every wearer the necessary optimism for the future. Eye-catching neon pink, flared trousers with matching blazers, red sequin dresses and gigantic hats represent a spirit that is never out of style, no matter the decade's fashions : joy. In the FW21 collection, particular attention is given to Marcell von Berlin's siganture handbag; the MM. In order to pursue the idea of timeless, adaptable fashion, a bag needs to function as an allrounder, suitable for every occasion whether day or night. The new MM Bags are unique handbags, available in captivating colors such as neon-pink, yellow or green and in a range of different sizes. The theme of joy was also picked up for the men’s collection with shark motifs on shorts and shirts as well as bright colored suits. Marcell von Berlin and their brilliant designs as well as exceptional craftsmanship are perfectly in tune with the current times, in which authenticity is the most desirable thing to wear for men just as well as for women.

www.marcellvonberlin.com

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Bottega Veneta’s Issued 03: Boycotting Primitiveness

Issued 03 is the third edition of Bottega Veneta’s groundbreaking digital zine. Issued 03 is presented as an audiovisual zine, intermixing and blurring lines between the mediums of fashion photography, animated video and music. With a neon color palette, flashing lights and distorted elements, the reader is being tested and tricked by the web interface which’s trippy aesthetics imitate casino gaming machines, compelling semiotic elements and an overdose of flashing that keeps the observer's eye busy. In a way, the digital magazine challenges typical UX design, positioning itself far from the known algorithms, pushing the observer to explore and figure out the pages himself. In the past, Daniel Lee, creative director at Bottega Veneta, has uttered his despair about the omnipresent oversimplification propelled by social media. “Social media represents the homogenization of culture, everyone sees the same content,” is what the 35-year old creative told The Guardian back in March on the occasion of zine's launch. After taking a hiatus from social media altogether at the beginning of the year, Bottega Veneta made waves in the fashion spheres when they published the first issue of their digital quarterly – relying on the almost ‘old-school’ medium of a web interface. By now, the Milanese brand has successfully launched the third issue, continuing to collaborate with numerous renowned avant-garde artists. For 03, top tier talents have been integrated into the making. To name a few, Joshua Gordon photographed portraits of young queer persons dressed in the latest Bottega Veneta season; composer Midori Takada was captured by Japanese photographer Takashi Homma; and artist Erika Vogt created sculptures parading Bottega Veneta footwear. With the digital zine, Lee has set the bar for a post-social media world, in which the observer is asked to engage with the materials instead of consuming pre-fabricated content.

www.issuedbybottegaveneta.com
www.bottegaveneta.com

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Borbonese SS22: Urban Flanerie

For the SS22 collection, Dorian Tarantin and Matteo Mena, art directors of Borbonese, aimed to create looks and items that reflect a multiplicity of uses, destinations and audiences. Herein, the collection is centred around acknowledging the pulsing complexity and fast lifestyles of today’s world. The garments are not only tailored towards an aesthetic but also towards practicality. The presented looks, which were presented in plein air, reveal the light spirit, nodding towards the wardrobe aspirations of a metropolitan summer followed by a Mediterranean cruise. The most prominent element of the collection is a sturdy, pleated weave made from logo-embossed straps. Taken from the archive of Borbonese, the use of these straps celebrates the regenerative power of creativity and is applied onto trench coats, double-breasted blazers, long shirt dresses and capri pants. The weaved strap recurs throughout the various bag shape of the collection, from shoppers to more delicate, rounded shapes. Next to ready-to-wear pieces, the collection includes accessories that elevate urban flanerie, such as a metal bottle that comes with a pleated bag and a shoulder strap. The bottle has been created together with 24Bottles, a sustainable brand from Bologna entirely focused on stipulating functionality with design. The design path of Borbonese’s SS22 considered women who evolve in their styles, adapting their choices to their personalities and surroundings.

www.borbonese.com

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Bally SS22: Easing into Life after the Pandemic

For the SS22 collection, Bally has embraced naturalness as a theme. While the looks are mainly focusing on casual comfort, each garment is elaborately processed. The signature pieces of this collection are focusing on traditional craftmanship, put into practice on intricately quilted coats with whipstitching and double-studded details. The layered garments range from large knits, red leather coats to very wide trousers. which are multifunctional, comfortable and practical as well as suitable for formal wear. The collection is a manual on how to dress while slowly getting back to work and normal everyday life. Therefore, the collection showcases a lot of garments, inspired from workwear such as utilitarian jackets and the ‘‘outline runners’’, a multifunctional, typical outdoor work shoe. The traditional leather artistry of the brands core identity becomes visible in a variety of different bags, from sizable, pleated ones to smaller cross body bags. For the men’s collection the theme of naturalness is taken up by using deadstock fabrics, recycled cotton and plastic bottles. The brand is perfectly on tune with our Zeitgeist, proving that fashion can be sustainable, by finding new ways to dye garments, such as using botanical dyes extracted from wood. The Swedish tradtitional house is a prime example for excellent craftmanship and high quality production as well as final garments.

www.bally.com

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ENG Concept Store: #StopAsianHate

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

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

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

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Stone Island x New Balance

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

www.stoneisland.com
www.newbalance.com

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Tod’s SS22: Freedom of Craftsmanship

Tod’s SS22 collection revolves around the notion of freedom. Paying tribute to the brand’s closeness to crafts and material quality, Tod’s has worked with and sponsored artists who make use of the same medium in the past. For the SS22 collection, Tod’s collaborated with Spanish artist Carlota Guerrero, who combines photography, film-making and art directions in her work. Guerrero produced a campaign shoot and video, in which seven women come together in an atelier-like setting where they encounter material sculptures. Through this work, Guerrero tells her own journey with craftsmanship and nods to Tod’s expertise in this field. The looks of SS22 refer to urban use, encapsulating relaxation and good taste simultaneously. Short trench coats, windbreakers and parkas refer to the experience of open-air events, while knit items and tailored elements evoke the sophisticated touch of Tod’s. The collection achieves an equilibrated balance between utilitarian, masculine looks with lavish, dedicated detailing and high-quality materials. Herein, the collection takes up the iconic indispensable color palette of Tod’s of muted tones such as ecru, beige, brown and black – making the craftsmanship of the items stand out from their neutral canvas. Tod’s “T Timeless” project, an undertaking that pursues the recognition of the brand even in future years, shows in the accessories of the collection; showcasing prominent memorability through classical footwear and handbags.

www.tods.com

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Fendi SS22: High Octane Female Confidence

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

www.fendi.com

Art

ULAY Foundation Project Space: The Metamorphosis of the Body

The Ulay Foundation has opened its doors to a new exhibition launched under the name Body Ecstatic Body Eclectic Body Eccentric. The exhibition investigates the notion of the body through a variety of media such as moving images, photography as well as performance. The exhibitions features artistic positions concerning the body from the 1970s to recent days, which makes for an intriguing insight into the influence of the digital and post-digital realms that have shaped our perception of bodies immensely. Touching upon current topics with political value, Body Ecstatic Body Eclectic Body Eccentric thematizes traditional conceptions of gender and sexuality, self-presentation and the female narrative of the fight for social justice. In this sense, the exhibition proposes insight into what the body desires these days, how they metamorphose and adapt to societal pressure and consequently how the body can break free from the limitations that are postmarked upon them by certain standards. Particularly focusing on the woman’s body in these scenarios and considering the recent developments of the pandemic too, the exhibition unveils how economic, political and reproductive rights are under attack worldwide.

Body Ecstatic Body Eclectic Body Eccentric, curated by Hana Ostan Ozbolt, is on show at the ULAY Foundation Project Space in Ljubljana until October 29th 2021.

www.ulayfoundation.org

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Replay x Breuninger: United to Inspire

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

www.breuninger.com

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Gallery Weekend *Discoveries: Bait

Emerging artist Daniel Hölzl explores cycles of transience through his work. With his site-specific, performative installations, he captures how moments in time and states of being are underlying a constant, ever-lasting process of change. This cyclical clockwork is represented through technological or natural processes executed through programmed technological influences and unpredictable elements such as air and water. Focusing on contrasting and recycled materials such as carbon fiber, flowing fabrics, plastic materials and industrial packaging, the installations induce critical questions towards system structure and the relations between the individual elements of this structure. For the Gallery Weekend *Discoveries, the Austrian artist created an installation displayed on the façade and entrance of the Dittrich & Schlechtriem gallery. Exhibited under the title Bait, the installation touches upon the dynamics between the art object, the exhibition spaces and the interaction of the visitors. The installations consist of parachute silk constructs that mirror architectural elements of the building and carbon fiber frameworks distorting the surface of the façade. The installations of Bait feature Hözl's signature use of constant movement, as the constructs are moved by arbitrary airstreams from the outside and technology, portraying a meditative, autonomous spectacle that exemplifies how the single elements contribute to the entity of the art work. 

Bait by Daniel Hölzl is exhibited at Dittrich & Schlechtriem, Berlin, from September 15th - September 19th 2021.

www.dittrich-schlechtriem.com
www.hoelzldaniel.com
www.gallery-weekend-berlin.de

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Gallery Weekend *Discoveries: Fictions

A canvas covered in dense paint strokes, winding curves, blurred layers of emerald green and greyish billows of smoke. The painting reminds of a deep forest, dense undergrowth blends into shadow shapes. A portrait of a girl, hiding beneath a surface of paint. Diverging saturations of color tease the eye of the observer, the dimensions between the girl and the surface are impossible to gauge. Artworks like these, where mystical sceneries and fantastical creatures become alive in the observer's eye are the signature pieces of Brook Hsu. Hsu, who is known for interweaving autobiographical and imaginative elements, includes a combination of painting, textiles, sculptures and texts into her body of work. Her paintings titillate the imagination of the observer, inviting into mythological realms embedded in art historical narratives. Hsu creates depth by playing with shapes, contours and layers. Nuances of black and varying shades of green are an integral component of her work. Not least the color choice contributes to the narrow ridge between a menacing and calming message that her paintings convey. The piercing, at times feverish imagery addresses the psyche of the viewer, reflecting matters that revolve around fear, sadness, uncertainty and curiosity. Pre-Christian myths, historical occurrences, modern literature, films and personal stories are Hsu’s sources of inspiration. Derived from these sources, her paintings convey a realm where the ethereal and factual, the fantastical and real and the historical and personal meet. The psychedelic yet tranquil character of the paintings opens the gate for a mind game in which the observer loses touch with reality while being firmly grounded by autobiographical interpretations.

Fictions by Brook Hsu is exhibited at Kraupa Tuskany Zeidler, Berlin, from September 15th - September 19th 2021.

www.k-t-z.com
www.gallery-weekend-berlin.de

Fashion

DIESEL SS22 AVANT-PREMIERE

Last June, a new era started at Diesel, under the creative direction of Belgian designer Glenn Martens. He brings with him all the experimentalism, conceptualisation and high-concept approach, which we came to love at Y/Project, and applies it to the Diesel DNA, combining it with the brand’s strengths, its indisputable protagonist denim. Designed for the SS22 season, the collection is now featured in an exclusive avant-premiere available in selected stores worldwide and on their website. This selection comprises six looks of the collection, representing all of the collection’s pillars, whether it be the usage of novelty techniques such as laser printing, trompe l’oeil effects, artisanal crafts or various iconic styles from the archives which have been reinterpreted and revitalised. Standout pieces of this avant-premier are without a doubt the 5pockets denim pants with incorporated boots for women as well as the grey washed denim trench coat.

The Diesel SS22 avant-premiere will launch on September 15th in selected stores worldwide as well as in the Diesel online store.

www.diesel.com

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Kaldewei: Supersalone 2021

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

www.kaldewei.de

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Brussels Gallery Weekend: Thinking Two Heads

Thinking: Two Heads is a collaboration between artist Ana Mazzei and Fabian Peake. The exhibition at Galeria Jacqueline Martins unites their visions, despite their diverging backgrounds and generation. Mazzei (1980) displays floor installations of human and non-human shapes and abstract objects made from wood and metal. These studies of space are replenished by vivid paintings and sculptures by Fabian Peake (1942). Hoping to encourage an experimental development process for the exhibition, Mazzei and Peake cultivated an extensive letter correspondence in advance of the show. In these writings, they expounded common ideas, symmetries and equivalences that manifest in both of their artworks. This exchange of ideas and views, which largely contributed to the dynamic between the singular art pieces, is part of the exhibition. The pivot point of their artworks is the concept of staging individual elements into a composition. Peake’s distinctive shapes and color contrasts seem to be positioned independently while being inextricably intertwined into the motif as a totality. Convergent with the staged paintings and sculptures, Mazzei’s installations are constructed in a calculated manner. With the fragments of the pieces wide apart or narrowly arranged, the composition of the installations makes them appear as an inherent part of the room. The placement of the installations guides the visitors through the gallery space, leaving in the open where art ends and open space begins. Although the duo exhibition displays two diverging aesthetics from artists relying on opposing mediums, the exhibition exemplifies that next to visual harmony, the intention, execution and interpretation of art determines a holistic collaboration.

Thinking: Two Heads is exhibited at Galeria Jacqueline Martins, Brussels from September 9th - 30th October 2021.

www.galeriajaquelinemartins.com
www.anamazzei.com
www.fabianpeake.co.uk

Fashion

202030 – The Berlin Fashion Summit

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

www.202030summit.com

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Stone Island: The Prototype Research Series

In the wake of Milan Design Week, Stone Island has given insight into what happens behind the scenes of the Italian fashion brand. Within “The Prototype Research Series”, Stone Island unveils the unfiltered story behind one of their research projects. Originally curated for the Milan Design Week in 2020, Stone Island experimented with copper nanotechnologies. By applying a nanometric copper layer to non-woven fabric, the process of natural oxidation can be observed. The purpose behind this project was to investigate the transformation that happens during oxidation and how environmental conditions, such as humidity and carbon dioxide concentration in the air influence this process. With the cancellation of the Milan Design Week in 2020, the project took an unforeseeable turn – and delivered an unforeseeable outcome. “When the garments were returned to us in spring 2021, their oxidized appearance was magnificent but the adhesive between the non-woven fabric and the cotton satin was unpredictably 'gone', 'eaten' by oxidation. The result did not reach the target of resistance and solidity we aimed for. I often tell of the 'mistakes' that come up when daring to go beyond the known, the tested, the conventional. This is the unfiltered story of an unfinished research process, an enrichment of the company's experience and culture. Each step has taught us important things which will be important for the future, regardless of the goal achieved," is how Carlo Rivetti, Creative Director, summed up the decision to show the research nonetheless.

www.stoneisland.com

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Gina Stiebitz for DoDo Charming Jewelery

Gina Stiebitz, a German actress known for the internationally successful Netflix series Dark is the new face of DoDo’s latest campaigns. The young actress has made a name for herself within the German film industry especially, with an expressive charm and memorable confidence. With the new campaigns, newly opened boutiques and new jewelry collections, DoDo pursues its values of sustainability and inclusiveness by spreading heartfelt messages of love, friendship and freedom through its famous charm items. The collaboration between Gina and the Italian jewelry brand is a match made in heaven – as for both the values of inclusivity, empathy, unity and empowerment are of indispensable significance in all of their undertakings. The young spirit of DoDo, which launched in 1994 aligns with Gina’s age and together they aspire to convey the open-mindedness their generation is known for. In 2021, DoDo has planned and launched three collections – Bollicine, Stellina and Holiday – each of which features a campaign with Gina. Bollicine concentrates on versatility and daily wearability with a focus on layering, stacking and the currently on-trend mixing and matching of minimalistic pieces. Stellina presents itself in a true DoDo manner, in which star shapes shine away with precious gemstones and diamonds, making for a modern, evolved style for young women especially. Lastly, Holiday is a special collection for the festive season, presenting the iconic DoDo charms such as the heart, moon, clover and stars with a sparkly and celebratory twist.

www.dodo.it

Fashion

Dior’s Medallion Chair Reinterpreted

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

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Fashion

Dior Talks with Felicity Jones

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

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Fashion

Max Mara: FW21

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

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

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

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Byredo x Our Legacy: Byproduct 27

The revival of a cool and familiar style, creative up-cycled fabrics and a tasteful homage to 90s style and youth culture is the latest collaboration from Byredo.

Swedish luxury brand, Byredo, founded by Ben Gorham in Stockholm in 2006 with the mission of translating and evoking emotions and memories, unveils its collaboration with Our Legacy. The latter was also founded in Stockholm just one year prior to the inception of Byredo. Jockum Hallin, Christopher Nying and Richardos Klarén, co-founders of Our Legacy, continuing their ethos of merging the familiar and the irregular have found a dream collaboration in Byredo.

Byproduct is the intuitive and creative arm of Byredo which extends beyond beauty with the finest quality materials to facilitate life’s spontaneous, wild and beautiful expeditions. The Byproduct logo is embroidered on caps which arrive in three shades of blue, the words “Work Shop” appear on the caps beside the Yin Yang logo and quote.

Classic blues are overdyed and adorned with bold prints, blue wash denim jeans for men are wide cut and straight fit. A light blue wash women’s denim skirt is fitted with a 5-pocket design, an A-line silhouette that sits comfortably above the waist-line and sports a Work Shop x Byproduct Yin Yang logo which has been screen printed by hand to complete the look. In addition to the denim items, the Byredo x Our Legacy collaboration features a boxy fit hoodie with brass eyelets, raglan sleeves and an overdyed finish that appears washed out and youthful.

The Byproduct 27 collection will be available exclusively online at the Byredo website and the Our Legacy website as well as select Our Legacy Flagship boutiques from August 26th, 2021.

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www.ourlegacyworkshop.se

 

Fashion

Louis Vuitton: Vivienne Travellers

Continuing their ethos of freedom and travel, maker of the finest leather goods and historic fashion house, Louis Vuitton, unveils its new jewelry collection centred around the beloved contemporary mascot: Vivienne. The Vivienne design arrived at Louis Vuitton in 2018 and the family of jewelry has now been expanded into a collection of 11 unprecedented creations.

Vivienne Celebration features both white and yellow gold and is embellished with no fewer than 36 diamonds colored stones and 124 diamonds to evoke the true nature of festivity and joy. This same evocative presence is displayed in the Vivienne Rainbow, true to its name it radiates hope and a fervent emotion thanks to its exquisite pavé gradation of 154 multicolored gemstones. In a poetic homage to Paris’ Place Vendôme, the worldwide mecca of jewelry and home to one of the most decadent Louis Vuitton stores, the Vivienne Royal wears a crown of yellow gold and diamonds, draped in a blue lacquer robe punctuated with fleur-de-lys.

Mischievous and fun, Vivienne arrives in many different forms and is hiding a secret, the pendant can be converted to a brooch. The design shows a respect for cultures that are dear to the globe-trotting maison, proving to be adaptable and versatile in any context, environment or occasion. Bursting with life and color; these fetish figures are housed in a specially designed treasure chest with mirrors, stages and individual compartments for each of the 11 pieces; exhibiting a mastery of The Art of Travel by Louis Vuitton.

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Fashion

Electric Horology at CHANEL

For their latest take on watchmaking, CHANEL seeks inspiration from the mantras of electro subcultures. Referring back to the roots of a music genre that cherished being different and original, the capsule collection CHANEL Electro borrows the graphic codes of vibrant night scenes and the rebellious atmospheres, going against the grain of classics and traditions. Given the all-encompassing, sensory, auditory and visual experience of electronic music, the electro era marked a turning point for performance which gave rise to an authentic culture with distinctive aesthetics. As an honor to this fully-fledged artistic genre, CHANEL immersed into the visual effects of electronic music to find impulses for color combinations. “White is illuminated by color, color is intensified by the depths of black” is the essence of the flickering that accompanies the clubbing scene. Arnaud Chastaingt, the director of the CHANEL watchmaking studio, applied these visual performance programs onto four classic watches, the J12, the Première, the Code Coco and the Boyfriend. Using elements of black ceramic and black steel in combination with vibrant color accentuations CHANEL steps out of the conventional way of design. The Code Coco and Boyfriend styles feature bright diamonds and neon pink leather straps, while the J12 exhibits accents of bold colors in its numerals. The Première comes with a chain bracelet that has an interwoven multicolored leather detailing. The campaign is accompanied by the exclusive launch of seven electro-music pieces, all true to style on a vinyl record, as well as Spotify, specially composed for CHANEL by French DJ Pedro “Busy P” Winter.

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Fashion

Salvatore Ferragamo: Holiday Collection

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

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Dior FW2021: Silk Scarves & Craftsmanship

Dior’s FW 2021 collection parades a dozen of silk scarves that radiate Dior’s elegance paired with a dash of nonchalance. For these special items, Dior collaborated with Italian artist Petro Ruffo, who created designs specifically for this collection. The majority of scarves are graced with landscape motifs and exotic animals. An ecru-berry colored version parades a palm tree and a selection of three scarves are imprinted with the Dior Oblique pattern. During the design process, Ruffo applied his sketches onto the silk fabric by pen engraving, a method carried out by hand. Later on in the process, the methods of silkscreen and inkjet printing are used to transfer the dreamy motifs onto the scarves. After hand cutting the design into their scarf shapes, the seams are frayed or rolled depending on the design. With the extensive amount of detail orientation and needlework, the scarves exemplify the virtue of craftsmanship. An augmented reality filter offers a virtual try-on experience. Whether worn as a headband, a neck scarf or a turban, the styling options featured on the filter nudge towards creativity to explore the endless potential of the silky squares.

The collection of scarves is available in Dior online stores from now on.

www.dior.com

Art

Louis Vuitton Travel Book Series: An Extraterrestrial Journey to Mars

Illustrated by François Schuiten and written by Sylvain Tesson, the latest volume of Louis Vuitton’s travel book series presents itself in a true Sci-Fi manner. Two protagonists, referred to as contemporary versions of Adam and Eve, embark on a journey to Mars to fathom the red planet’s suitability for the preservation of the human species. The panoramic format of the book enables the observer to experience a 180°-imagination of what life on Mars looks like. To grasp an accurate idea of the landscapes, Schuiten meticulously studied satellite imagery and photos taken by spaces probes. In his endeavor to accurately bring the structures and surfaces onto paper, he focused on geographical and geological nuances of canyons, mineral spikes, ice clouds and eddies of dust. To emphasize how settling on other planets lies in a not so distant future, Schuiten focused on making the illustrations as real as possible. Sfumato, a way of layering oil paint that creates blurry, soft lines is one of the techniques he relied on to create a serene yet eerie feel. During the process, Schuiten kept asking himself how the pristineness of Mars could be preserved “when the colonization of Mars had become the challenge of the century for space explorers”. Tesson, who transformed the illustrations into a readable story, captured this balancing act between utopia and dystopia that Schuiten had visualized in his drawings.

www.louisvuitton.com

Travel

Curious Encounters

Alpacadroom is an environmentally friendly alpaca farm founded by Greet and Wilko, located in the Dutch province Gelderland. Inspired by their trips to Bolivia and Peru where they first encountered these special animals, they embarked on a project of creating a guesthouse combined with an alpaca farm surrounded by nature. With the Spleuderbos, the oldest forest of the Netherlands and the heaths of Houtdorperveld, a vast width of nature awaits the guests. Since 2019, Greet and Wilko transformed the barns and stables into a welcoming home with rustic elements and the comfort of a modern interior. The shared living room invites the guests to chat and enjoy each other’s company, all while relishing the view of the pasturing alpacas in front of the adjacent forest. Preparing extensive meals in the spacious kitchen contributes to the familial atmospheres too – alpacas peeking through the windows included. Bodil and Gaia, the first alpacas on the farm have extended their family to a herd of 13 of the calm yet curious spirits. Greet and Wilko have created an idyll of a guesthouse that enables transients to connect not only with themselves but just as much with nature and the animals.

www.alpacadroom.nl

Fashion

24Bottles x DIOR

One of the biggest causes of global pollution is the amount of single-use plastics we use daily. Especially plastic packaging, like plastic bottles, contributes hugely to the massive plastic pollution of our oceans. For this reason, Giovanni Randazzo and Matteo Melotti came up with the concept behind 24bottles. The concept behind the brand is to offer a functional, convenient and elegant way to cover one of humanity’s fundamental needs, hydration. As they describe it themselves, “We think that good aesthetics can be a lever to convince people adopting healthy behaviors and lifestyles.” This summer, the Italian brand partners up with the DIOR to create a special design of their Clima Bottle for the Dior Beachwear Capsule collection. The functional and reusable bottle is made from stainless steel and insulated its content for 12-24 hours. Its functional nature is paired with Dior’s designs resulting in a bottle that is created by laser-engraving the French Maison’s monogrammed patterns. For the extra touch, this special edition bottle features a sleek, high-gloss, palladium-like mirror finish and comes with a matching Dior bottle holder. This allows the user to wear it crossbody just as easily as in a bag, making it a timeless and useful accessory for both men and women.

www.24bottles.com
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New Fendi Store New York City

Even before Covid-19 hyper-accelerated the ongoing digitalization, the retail sector was already undergoing fundamental changes as more and more people opted to do their shopping online rather than visiting a physical store. In the luxury fashion segment, for houses like Fendi, boutiques or flagship stores were never just mere points of sale, they are a direct extension of the brand’s vision. An environment that allows the visitors to truly immerse themselves in the Fendi universe. The new New York flagship store is located on the corner of 57th Street in Manhattan’s Fuller Building. The space was transformed by a one-of-a-kind concept, which brings the luxurious Fendi touch to New York City. The interior reflects the Roman house’s traditions and codes with references to its rich history being found all across the new interior as for example the images of its historic headquarters, the Palazzo della Civilità Italiana, spanning vertically over six see-through led curtains on three levels. The store itself represents the essence of Italian luxury and picks up on Fendi’s codes and tradition of dualism, especially in the choice of materials. Industrial cement columns are juxtaposed with high-end materials such as marble, hues of gold and exquisite Italian designed pieces of furniture. The visual highlight of the store is undoubtedly the glass sphere suspended at the center of a double-height void emphasized with a modular ceiling combination of round lamps. It’s a unique experience for the clients, accessible through a floating mirrored walkway on the store’s second floor which displays a Fendi First bag sculpture made entirely in marble and uniquely signed by the two creative minds behind the brand, Silvia Venturini Fendi and Kim Jones.

The new Fendi flagship store is located on the corner of 57th Street in Manhattan’s Fuller Building and is now open to the public.
In addition to this, the new interior can be experienced as a 360 virtual store on Fendi’s website launching on July 21, 2021.

www.fendi.com

Fashion

C.P. Company x Sebago

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

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

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Louis Vuitton FW21 Seoul Spin-Off

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

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Art

In Full Bloom - Cherry Blossoms by Damien Hirst

The Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain is proud to unveil Cherry Blossoms, a remarkable new series of painting by British artist Damien Hirst, also marking the artist’s first museum exhibition in France. The series comprises of 107 paintings, a reinterpretation of the traditional landscape painting with a touch of playful irony. Cherry Blossoms have an universal appeal. Whenever they come into bloom, whether in Europe or Asia, it marks the beginning of a new season, the rebirth of nature. Quite a fitting metaphor that Damien Hirst’s Cherry Blossoms are unveiled now, as the world is starting to be recover from an almost 16 month break due to Covid-19. Hirst’s canvases are monumental in appearance, entirely covered in dense bright colors enveloping the viewer into a vast floral landscape. It took the British artist three years to complete the series. As Hirst puts it himself, “The Cherry Blossoms are about the beauty and life and death. They’re extreme – there’s something almost tacky about them. Like Jackson Pollock twisted by love. They’re decorative but taken from nature. They’re about desire and how we process the things around us and what we turn them into, but also about the insane visual transience of beauty – a tree in full crazy blossom against a clear sky. It’s been so good to make them, to be completely lost in color and in paint in my studio.” To commemorate this special opening, the Fondation Cartier has also produced a documentary film in which the artist reveals how he conceived of and create the paintings. The film will be available on the foundations website starting July 6th.

Cherry Blossoms by Damien Hirst will be open to the public from July 6th until January 2nd, 2022 at Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain in Paris.

www.fondationcartier.com

Images:
Damien Hirst in his studio, 2020 © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2021. Photographed by Prudence Cuming Associates.

View from Damien Hirst’s studio © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2021. Photographed by Prudence Cuming Associates.

Fashion

Y/PROJECT x FILA

Following its footwear team-up with Melissa last season, Glenn Martens has returned with a fresh collaboration with FILA for Y/PROJECT SS22 menswear show. To celebrate the occasion of FILA’s 110th anniversary, the innovative brand created an unexpected collaboration with Y/PROJECT. Since the appointment of Glenn Martens as Creative Director in 2013, the Paris based label Y/PROJECT has been carving a niche of its own, combining a conceptual drive with intricate constructions and inventive, playful detailing. Martens’ silhouettes are as thought provoking as they are grounded in real life, with quite an emphasis on individuality and independence. Having won the renowned ANDAM Grand Prize twice in 2017 and 2020, Y/PROJECT keeps growing as one of the most original voices in contemporary fashion, focusing on an unmistakable identity in which unisex styles share space with the hyper masculine and the hyper feminine, and insouciant historical references. The collaboration with FILA is the marriage of two identities, resulting in a unique collection that fuses the design aesthetic of both brands. Glenn Martens gave a warped Y/PROJECT twist to FILA staples such as the t-shirt, the hoodie, the polo neck dress, and the windbreaker, as well as caps, sneakers, weekend, and tennis bags.

www.yproject.fr

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Loewe Men's SS22

For the SS22 Men’s collection, Loewe’s Creative Director draws inspiration from the works of New York-based German artist Florian Krewer, one of the most exciting, upcoming voices in contemporary painting. Krewer’s works are populated with the conflicts and desires consumed in public spaces of cities with all its free and chaotic characters. His paintings, characterized by their color palette of night-dark blacks, artificially-sweetened pinks, unclean whites and purples and blues, always have their starting point in a photograph, which is either found of personally taken by the artist. The collection radiates a certain sexual energy and is charged with the electrifying promise of intimacy and the feel of human touch. Glimpses of the body are revealed through clever draping and strategically place cutouts. Tripping out translates into an idea of distortion, with coats spouting metal plaques on the back or tops dematerializing into multiple transparent layers. The collection’s swinging and energetic tone is determined by the juxtaposition of the pragmatic and the plain bonkers. It’s an explosion of colors and saturated hues, which bright accessories, which add another feisty, touch. Overall the collection expresses one thing: joy and freedom coming to the fore.

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Dries van Noten SS22

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

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Giorgio Armani Mens SS22

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

www.giorgioarmani.com

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Etro Mens SS22

The ETRO Men's SS22 collection “Travelling in a Joyful State of Grace” wants to be a tribute to Franco Battiato, a man, a musician, an artist and a thinker that deeply influenced the vision and the life of Kean Etro. For SS22, ETRO mens creative director Kean Etro explores one of the most iconic signatures of the brand, its nomadic spirit. Travelling also becomes a state of the mind and of the heart. Meditation brings to unexplored territories. In a joyful state of grace. In the footsteps of Bruce Chatwin and of Dame Agatha Christie, ETRO’s nomadic journey tinges with reminiscences of archeological explorations in sun-drenched lands, where reality and dream merge. To the tone of Franco Battiato’s masterpiece ‘L’Era del Cinghiale Bianco’, ETRO’s soul travelers take the catwalk, - set in the surreal, suspended atmosphere of the Scalo Farini area in Milan, where nature unexpectedly makes its way through the concrete, - wearing languid, slightly sensual styles, designed to feel good.

www.etro.com

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Zegna SS22: The (New) Set

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

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Louis Vuitton Women’s Cruise 2022 Show

This season’s cruise collection, filmed on the Axe Majeur, a architectural masterpiece near Paris, transforms a promenade into fantastical reveries. The sculpture reminds of a beautiful utopia, created by the late artist Dani Karavan, whose compassionate, peaceful works are scattered around around the world. It is an architecture of reconciliation, where water, light, wind, sand, concrete, stone, and steel create a felicitous relationship between nature, space, and time. The collection convinces the viewer with bold reds and blacks as well as mixed prints combined with vibrant boots. Puffy shapes and thick material add unknown dimensions to this collection. The Cruise collection proves once again, one needs nothing more than the most beautiful of passports: creation. As ever, it is unlimited and free.

www.louisvuitton.com

Fashion

HUGO Louder

“HUGO Louder,” a new and exclusive music platform by HUGO that gives a voice to inspiring artists around the world, does more than share great music. Its mission is to amplify the voices of inspiring artists and young talents who want to change the world. HUGO’s brand ethos is closely linked to popular culture – especially music. In 2012, the brand launched “HUGO Tracks,” which showcased bands and acts from the electronic music scene. In more recent years, it has developed a strong partnership with singer-songwriter Liam Payne. Sparked by her enthusiasm, this edition runs under the slogan “Be your authentic Self". Launching on Friday, 4th June, Amelie will release a brand new track on HUGO Louder. Additionally, Amelie will play a live set at 6pm CET via IG live.


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Dior Vespa

the Vespa 946 Christian Dior, an ode to freedom and elegance, is presented in images captured by Pamela Hanson in Mexico City. This new model, redesigned by Maria Grazia Chiuri, is distinguished by its steel monocoque architecture and subtle, graphic lines that pay homage to the heritage of both Houses. In the spirit of escape, this series is an invitation to dreams and savor the dolce vita. As an ultimate getaway new experience, a new lens available on Snapchat, Facebook and Instagram offer an opportunity to discover this exclusive scooter in three dimensions or to virtually try on the Dior Oblique-embellished helmet.

www.dior.com

Fashion

SLIM D’HERMÈS - La Source de Pégase

A Pegasus with glowing wings emerges from the Slim d’Hermès watch, highlighted by the arts of miniature painting, straw marquetry and engraving. Created in 2015, the Slim d’Hermès watch is all about essentials: a simplicity mingling rigorous discipline with aesthetic balanced. The distinctive yet understated lines of its round case with angular lugs frame a transfigured dial. Graced with a combination of several miniature techniques, the Slim d’Hermès La Source de Pégase watch features a winged horse in brilliant colours, born of the virtuoso skills of the enamelling and engraving artists. This mythologically inspired symbol, reinterpreted through the use of artistic crafts, is drawn from the La Source de Pégase silk scarf designed by French artist Pierre Marie. The illustrator depicts the winged horse striking a rock with its hoof to create the Hippocrene spring on Mount Helicon. His narrative and decorative style composes a radiant Pegasus in a joyful fantasy universe. Transposed onto the slim dial of the Slim d’Hermès watch, the legendary creature expresses a new creative dimension.

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aeyde SS21 Campaign

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

www.aeyde.com

Fashion

MIU MIU MARITIME

Miuccia Prada toys with characteristics of a nautical atmosphere -colours, insignias, attitudes - to create a Miu Miu Maritime collection, refracting these archetypal and classic sartorial gestures into unexpected new forms. Silhouetted against twin expanses of blue like the sky and the sea - the Miu Miu crew of feminine sailors are captured by Johnny Dufort, poised on the concrete ramparts of the Plage de Bon-Secours at Saint Malo, a bathing pool jutting into the sea. As ever, these Miu Miu women are part of a collective, a group - here, they are a fleet, an admiralty, their clothing unifying them, signifying their bond.The clothes are fresh, spirited, evocative of mariner attireyet exaggerated by the lens of fashion. Traditionally masculine gestures - the flap collar, wide shoulders, an air of utility - are abstracted to be fused with the inherently feminine, with softly rounded sleeves, lace detailing, ruffles, bows. The coastline is not the end of the land, but rather marks the start of something new.

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Creative direction by M/M (Paris), featuring Shin Hyeon Yi, Shade, Nina Pronk, Elisa Löhr and Topsy. Photographed by Johnny Dufort. Styling by Lotta Volkova.

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SAINT LAURENT: RIVE DROITE

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

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Versace La Vacanza

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

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Fashion

CHANEL Eyewear FW21

The CHANEL Fall 2021 Eyewear collection tells three stories that combine modernity and refinement, technicality and savoir-faire, casual elegance and a couture spirit. For this new collection, CHANEL presents three minimalist pairs of sunglasses with a masculine/feminine spirit: a cat eye, an aviator and a round frame in gold, silver, ruthenium or matt black metal. The purity of these designs is enhanced by metal inserts integrated into the glass, emphasising the curve of the cat eye and aviator frames and drawing two double Cs on the round design. A technical innovation, imperceptible to the touch, which subtly enhances the brown, light grey and anthracite tinted lenses. Introduced with the Spring-Summer 2021 collection, CHANEL continues its sequin theme this fall on three sunglasses and two opticals. A very feminine, large hexagonal frame in black or tortoiseshell acetate with a double C is embellished with micro-sequins. This sophisticated, textured material, shimmering or matt depending on the version, is also used on the top and the temples of sunglasses with a round or an oversized square frame, both in metal. The sparkle of the sequins reflects in the grey, green, brown or amber lenses. Two optical designs complete this line. In harmony with the colours of the frames, micro-sequins adorn the temples of a hexagonal shape in gold, matt black or ruthenium metal, and a graphic square in black, grey tortoiseshell or brown acetate. Certain versions of these opticals come with UV and blue light blocking lenses. The CHANEL Fall 2021 Eyewear collection will be available in boutiques from June 2021.

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Fashion

Sensory Manipulation

Ben Storms is a Belgian designer and craftsman whose work challenges sensory manipulation in terms of materials. By using state-of-the-art techniques, he transforms his sculptures into captivating shapes that defy the viewers’ expectations. His talent comprises working with many different elements as he is equally a stonemason, sculptor, and woodworker. His practice connects traditional techniques with high-tech processes to create unique pieces of furniture with a sculptural character, noting that, “In my practice as a designer, I push materials to their boundaries, often questioning common notions. Does marble always have to look heavy? Can steel look soft? By creating shapes that verge on the impossible, I confuse the viewers, make them lose their balance briefly, and stimulate them to look at familiar materials with a fresh eye.” The result is pieces like the Ex Hale, a marble table that mimics the shape of a monumental cushion. Its counterpart, In Hale is an enormous coffee table consisting of a massive marble piece that floats on a metal cushion. The artist developed the idea for the table while looking at a piece of marble that was considered leftover. By inflating sheet metal, he creates a three-dimensional cushion for the precious marble, which feels like it defies gravity. The marble used for his designs is carefully selected in quarries all over Europe. The marble is mainly left alone to show its natural beauty, only polished in certain places but overall left rough and unpolished on the lower side of the piece. The In Hale Wallpiece, two metal sheets, blown up in a cushion shape and scanned in 3D, after which a CNC machine mills the same form from a block of marble, demonstrates the multilateral talent of Storms. Through his vision, hard becomes soft, and sturdy becomes delicate.

www.benstorms.be

Fashion

Studio Yen

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

www.studio-yen.com

Fashion

Acqua di Parma x FILA

Two classic brands with Italian heritage join forces - ACQUA DI PARMA and FILA come together to celebrates FILA's 110th anniversary with a numbered limited edition set. With a heritage almost as long-standing as FILA, ACQUA DI PARMA has been a symbol of Italian excellence, craftsmanship and style since 1916 when Carlo Magnani created Colonia, a personal fragrance destined for timeless success. Synonymous with the most sophisticated Italian style, ACQUA DI PARMA today is a leading player in the international luxury landscape, a Maison that draws on tradition to reinterpret it, while innovating and evolving, exactly like FILA. FILA and ACQUA DI PARMA, meet under the Mediterranean sun to celebrate over a century of vibrant life.Available in 1.100 pieces, the kit includes the «Arancia di Capri» fragrance part of the well-known Blue Mediterraneo collection and a Fila terry-lined Tyvek windbreaker, a replica of the brand’s 1976 Aqua style.

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Independent Femininity

Following her guiding principles of holistic sustainability and respect for people, the environment and nature, Julia Leifert creates sustainable luxury wear for women. Her casually elegant, timeless designs stand for modern, independent and individual femininity in urban diversity and are made to empower. As an official member of UN Women Germany, part of the United Nations entity that works on gender equality and the empowerment of women, Julia Leifert’s message is strongly dedicated to social justice. The production process is focused on environmental sustainability, waste reduction and the idea of circularity. All materials used are organic and natural, as well as carefully sourced within Europe and made as durable and recyclable as possible. In line with the objective to reduce air pollution caused by transportation, the production takes place within a radius of 150 km in and around the city of Berlin under fair and transparent conditions. Julia Leifert sets a high value on closely monitoring the entirety of the manufacturing process to ensure the maintenance of the company’s standards of just working conditions and environmental compatibility. To avoid overproduction and waste of resources, there are no short-lived seasonal products, but products available as limited editions and can be pre-ordered and customized.

www.julialeifert.com

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Holographic Quest

For SS21 the German fashion house, MCM, continues its way into a virtual future by presenting their latest collection entitled Techno House. Inspired by the merging between natural and digital realms, the newest collection celebrates the brand’s visual inspirations and its unique design codes through a stylized nature-couture lens. MCM becomes the complete embodiment of utopian safaris in which reality and fantasy coexist, from lush arcadian landscapes to cyber-infused tundras. The collection presents a conceptual expedition through MCM’s DNA by reimagining its iconic design through solid geometric patterns and abstract motifs. The color palette is inspired by African landscapes, from sand dunes and quarries to tropical rainforests and seafront oases, the earthy tones juxtaposed with firefly red and holographic blues. The collection features clean-cut tailoring, deconstructed sportswear and function-driven silhouettes; each design tells a story of MCM’s heritage in a craft where form follows function and culture follows creativity. The latest collection introduces new silhouettes which explore gender-normative tensions in design through an epicene approach. The Tech Flower line is rejuvenating, a new rite of Spring, created by with holographic tendrils of intermingling florals and classic Visteos motifs, resulting in a wonderful contradiction of serenity and discord.

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Gallery Weekend Berlin: Adrian Ghenie at Juerg Judin Gallery

Adrian Ghenie, Rest During the Flight Into Egypt, 2016, (Detail).Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), Los Angeles. Generously gifted by the Abrishamchi Family Collection, M.2017.76

With his newest exhibition of paintings, Adrian Ghenie and the Juerg Judin Gallery conclude 15 years of collaboration, which began in 2006 with the group exhibition “The Cluj Connection”, which was followed by a solo exhibiton within a year. This marked Ghenie’s first appearance on the international scene. Since, he has established himself as one of the most successful painters of his generation – the internet generation. Ghenie’s response to this unprecedented flood of information, images and the technical “anything goes” was (and remains), his focus on the traditional, almost reactionary medium of painting. He can distinguish himself from other figurative painters by his profound understanding and utilization of art history, that he never exhausts of citation and an increasing virtuoso pay with different stages of recognizability. Now, in the ten paintings of the exhibition We Had Everything Before Us, all completed in the spring of 2021, Ghenie for the first time turns to his friends, neighbors and the buoyant pre-pandemic scenes of his home, Berlin. As the exhibition title suggests, the focus lies on the coming of age and the ensuing “lack of history”. It is about the moment when life is thought of exclusively in the present and future tense and the past tense seems a long way off.

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Adrian Ghenie, The Three Graces, 2021. © The artist. Courtesy Galerie Judin, Berlin

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Blurring Boundaries

The Korean artist and designer Lee Sanghyeok’s creative vision is rooted in his interest in the manifestation of rational ideas of immateriality. His interior design projects reflect and analyze objects in space and open up a dialogue about the conventional meaning of material space through this re-contextualization approach. Harmonious, conventional forms are redefined and endowed with new meaning and room for interpretation. Lee emphasizes a new way of understanding the technology in production by making it part of the creative process and visual aesthetic. Most of the Berlin-based designer’s pieces are inspired by architecture, built environment and urban space, which serve as reoccurring metaphors in his work. Creating a dynamic dialogue between objects and their environment, Lee artistically blurs the lines between the exterior and the interior space, between the public and the private sphere. The project titles Domestic Architecture brings this multifaceted approach to spatiality into practice. Including items that appear to be every day - like chairs mirrors, tables and shelves – a new interpretive layer is added to their conventionality. Lee Sanghyeok envisions his project Domestic Architecture as a reflection of the processes that constitute our living spaces. It focuses on and studies human behaviors and attitudes toward objects and creates an intriguing dialogue between intangible body and rational practice. Marble, as a fundamental substance in architecture, is the central material used, which expresses Lee’s validation of workmanship, minimalist design and harmony between forms and function that comes to light in Domestic Architecture.

www.leesanghyeok.com

Fashion

24 Bottles

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

www.24bottles.com

Art

Gallery Weekend Berlin

Every year during springtime, around 50 galleries open their exhibitions by young and established artists and welcome numerous visitors from all over the world to Berlin. Gallery Weekend Berlin was founded in 2005 as a private initiative by Berlin galleries and soon became one of the highlights of the international art calendar. The weekend celebrates galleries and artists within this unique format providing high-caliber exhibitions and an unparalleled experience of Berlin. Gallery Weekend Live Tours guide you via Zoom through all participating galleries on May 1 and 2. Pre-registration is not required. The live Tours will be held mainly in German. Additionally, the participating galleries of Gallery Weekend will open their exhibitions next week on May 1st and 2nd. Currently, in-person gallery visits are possible via appointment booking and with a same-day Corona test. Visitors are required to wear a FFP2 mask when visiting the galleries. You can take advantage of our digital offerings. Films of all exhibitions will be viewable on Instagram from 1 May.

Opening Hours Gallery Weekend 2021
Saturday, 1 May | 12 noon – 7 pm
Sunday, 2 May | 12 noon – 7 pm

www.gallery-weekend-berlin.de

Fashion

Saint Laurent FW21 – Where the silver wind blows

Against the backdrop of hostile yet beautiful natural grounds, the FW21 collection by Anthony Vaccarello shakes up Saint Laurent’s bourgeois codes. Walking on black cliffs, black beaches, and endless fields of green. The collection is demonstrated in an ethereal way, swaying between fantasy and reality. Colors clash against the black scene - unshapely metal bodies come together with sixties tweed suits and fur hems, claiming their effortless nature. Nineties cult-musician Peaches inspired the glitzy imperfections taken from her wardrobe – embodied by the blur between cheesy and luxurious. Sharp metallic jersey bodysuits echo the gleaming cascades of fantasy jewelry, disguised as precious. The unnecessary is a featured performer, becoming necessary to revive the past. As designer Antony Vaccarello puts it, “Serious matters push you to take other things less seriously; finding the balance while staying on edge is a sophisticated aptitude.”

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Michael Kors 40th Anniversary FW21

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

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HUBLOT x Sang Bleu

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

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CELINE 10 - PARADE

In cooperation with Creative Director Hedi Slimane, CELINE created a visual fairytale fantasy to present the FW21 womenswear collection. The virtual catwalk shown in CELINE’s newest short film titled PARADE is set in the André le Nôtre Gardens at the Chateau de Vaux-Le-Vicomte. Slimane takes the viewer on what he defines as a utopian journey expressing a melancholic daydream of interrupted, yet eternal youth. The collection ties in with the narrative of medieval fairytale by drawing on contemporary elegance and Parisian chic, but also contrasts it through its modern streetstyle nonchalance. Hence, this season Celine presents a truly ready-to-wear runway collection, in celebration of vibrant youth and effortlessness. Utilitarian everyday wear is merged with high fashion luxury through a variety of unconventional combinations. Looks that layer metallic skirts and trousers with black hoodies, denim jacket or oversized plaid coats bring the spirit of Celine’s FW21 collection to life. Youthful elements like sequins and baseball caps are paired with more formal elements like tweed and structured hoop skirts that embody elegance with slight extravagance.

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BP Signature by Brioni

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

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BOTTEGA VENETA presents ISSUE

image by Elaine Constantine

Bottega Veneta swapped social media for a quarterly digital journal called Issue, of which it just released its Issue 001. The reveal of their journal explains why the Italian brand mysteriously vanished from all social platforms earlier this year. While other brands were launching Clubhouse accounts and joining platforms as TikTok, Bottega Veneta, one of the most popular labels of 2020, was making itself impossible to find. Daniel Lee, Bottega Veneta’s Creative Director, chose to get off the platform because it oversimplifies the creative process and believes it’s a homogenization of culture.

The content that lives on the digital journal is a mixture of creative campaigns and features a newly commissioned music video for Missy Elliott’s 1999 classic Hot Boyz. Content like that is supposed to make the audience sit with it as you would watch a movie. For the journal’s first Issue, Missy Elliott created a new record and posed for photographs by Tyrone Lebon; Biba’s Barbara Hulanicki made sketches; Rottingdean Bazaar styled a photoshoot. The journal also contains more capricious hues such as balloon art, jello handbags, and shoe hedges. The mix of serious and playful content proves that Bottega Veneta is the perfect mixture of sophisticated and whimsical.

www.issuedbybottega.com

image by Bindi Steel

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Prada Timecapsule

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

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

 www.prada.com

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Stone Island x New Balance

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

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

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Louis Vuitton FW21

For this year’s Louis Vuitton FW21 collection, traveling is essential, not in space but in time. To feel the perks of traveling, it’s enough to reach back to the Golden Age, an era that forged the essence of our civilization. Everything is expressed so purely in Greco-Roman antiquity, the acme of an aesthetic whose primacy is uncontested. More than a journey, Louis Vuitton embarks on an odyssey with a FW21 collection that incorporates fabulous drawings by Fornasetti, the delicate, fanciful engravings of an enduring era. His imaginative strokes explore, illustrate and impart style. The story of humankind is also a story of the conquest of the body, heart, and mind. In the center stands humanity, with all its functional elegance, intellectual dominance, and earthly seduction. The astonishment of age-old principles endures and continues to guide us. One of them is contrapposto, which first appeared in the 6th century BC and lent statues a dynamic allure. Countless couture poses have been reprised since and still denote a certain stylistic tension in fashion.

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Rick Owens FW21

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

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

www.rickowens.com

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DIOR FW21

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

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LOEWE FW21 - A Show In The News

LOEWE presents the FW21 women’s runway collection as a walkthrough with creative director Jonathan Anderson on its digital platforms as part of Paris Fashion Week. Embracing the reality of the physical show being canceled, due to the current Lockdown regulations, Anderson has created a printed newspaper to showcase the collection. Thus, he transcends the currently popular medium of digital presentation. LOEWE and Jonathan Anderson publish a newspaper supplement with attached articles and images of the collection, released globally in a selection of