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Check out the new ASICS X Vivienne Westwood collaboration
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Check out the new ASICS X Vivienne Westwood collaboration

Accessories For the final drop of the 2021 ASICS X Vivienne Westwood collaboration, the renowned sports brand and iconic British brand saved the best until last with the launch of the exclusive ASICS x VIVIENNE WESTWOOD GEL-KAYANO™ 27 DE sneakers.     The ASICS X Vivienne Westwood GEL-KAYANO™ 27 DE have been designed with the seminal Westwood DIY aesthetic- playing with deconstruction – and decoding the sneakers raw construction. Each element of the sneaker reveals the next, purposefully contrasted in monochrome or earth tones with vibrant underlays.    Inspired by the technical form of the sneaker, Westwood’s Creative Director, Andreas Kronthaler, wanted the design to showcase the specialised framework of the upper-shoe, celebrating the craftwork behind the design. The GEL-KAYANO™ 27 DE’s upper fabric consists of ripstop fabric, traditionally used by the military for its incredible strength and durability – the utilitarian fabric gives a raw textural quality to the structural design of the sneaker.     Although not a running shoe, the midsole and outsole of the GEL-KAYANO™ 27 DE keeps the same technologies found in the GEL-KAYANO™ 27, with advanced materials and construction such as GEL™ technology cushioning and DYNAMIC DUOMAX™ technology, which all function together as part of ASICS’ I.G.S™ (Impact Guidance System) .  This comprehensive design philosophy of ASICS proprietary technologies meets the biomechanical needs of various sports and provides a fluid ride and efficient and natural performance.     Time-honoured and distinctive, both ASICS and Vivienne Westwood are brands that draw strength from long- lasting quality of design and materials, using advanced technology and innovation within their work. It’s the sharing of these design philosophies which formed the inspiration for this on-going design collaboration.     The limited model ASICS X VIVIENNE WESTWOOD GEL-KAYANO™ 27 DE are available in 2 colour ways – lichen green/ ox brown and white/ lichen rock and will be available from limited global ASICS & Vivienne Westwood stores and online from 1st May 2021 priced at $240/ RMB1690/ £220/ €240. For the final drop of the 2021 ASICS X Vivienne Westwood collaboration, the renowned sports brand and iconic British brand saved the best until last with the launch of the exclusive ASICS x VIVIENNE WESTWOOD GEL-KAYANO™ 27 DE sneakers.     The ASICS X Vivienne Westwood GEL-KAYANO™ 27 DE have been designed with the seminal Westwood DIY aesthetic- playing with deconstruction – and decoding the sneakers raw construction. Each element of the sneaker reveals the next, purposefully contrasted in monochrome or earth tones with vibrant underlays.    Inspired by the technical form of the sneaker, Westwood’s Creative Director, Andreas Kronthaler, wanted the design to showcase the specialised framework of the upper-shoe, celebrating the craftwork behind the design. The GEL-KAYANO™ 27 DE’s upper fabric consists of ripstop fabric, traditionally used by the military for its incredible strength and durability – the utilitarian fabric gives a raw textural quality to the structural design of the sneaker.     Although not a running shoe, the midsole and outsole of the GEL-KAYANO™ 27 DE keeps the same technologies found in the GEL-KAYANO™ 27, with advanced materials and construction such as GEL™ technology cushioning and DYNAMIC DUOMAX™ technology, which all function together as part of ASICS’ I.G.S™ (Impact Guidance System) .  This comprehensive design philosophy of ASICS proprietary technologies meets the biomechanical needs of various sports and provides a fluid ride and efficient and natural performance.     Time-honoured and distinctive, both ASICS and Vivienne Westwood are brands that draw strength from long- lasting quality of design and materials, using advanced technology and innovation within their work. It’s the sharing of these design philosophies which formed the inspiration for this on-going design collaboration.     The limited model ASICS X VIVIENNE WESTWOOD GEL-KAYANO™ 27 DE are available in 2 colour ways – lichen green/ ox brown and white/ lichen rock and will be available from limited global ASICS & Vivienne Westwood stores and online from 1st May 2021 priced at $240/ RMB1690/ £220/ €240.

DIOR PRESENTS THE NEW CAMPAIGN FOR FALL 2021
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DIOR PRESENTS THE NEW CAMPAIGN FOR FALL 2021

Fashion Brimming with Pop energy, the Fall 2021 collection by Maria Grazia Chiuri is revealed in ultra-colorful images by photographer Brigitte Niedermair.     Reflecting new self-affirmation, the campaign features pieces in acid brights that combine plays of transparency and silvery effects. A reinterpretation of an emblematic House code, the Mizza leopard print punctuates numerous looks as well as the iconic Lady D-Lite and Dior Book Tote bags, while the Dior Caro now appears in a leather version with an intense black finish. These irresistible creations contrast with vivid hues – in yellow, green or pink – that illuminate the shots, symbolizing reinvented vitality. Images are imbued with radiant optimism – an ode to joy.   Brimming with Pop energy, the Fall 2021 collection by Maria Grazia Chiuri is revealed in ultra-colorful images by photographer Brigitte Niedermair.     Reflecting new self-affirmation, the campaign features pieces in acid brights that combine plays of transparency and silvery effects. A reinterpretation of an emblematic House code, the Mizza leopard print punctuates numerous looks as well as the iconic Lady D-Lite and Dior Book Tote bags, while the Dior Caro now appears in a leather version with an intense black finish. These irresistible creations contrast with vivid hues – in yellow, green or pink – that illuminate the shots, symbolizing reinvented vitality. Images are imbued with radiant optimism – an ode to joy.  

GIVENCHY PRESENTS THE NEW SIGNATURE 4G BAG
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GIVENCHY PRESENTS THE NEW SIGNATURE 4G BAG

Accessories Givenchy presents its new essential handbag by Creative Director Matthew M. Williams: the 4G.     With its architectural lines and a distinctive attitude, the 4G immediately caught attention when it debuted in the Pre-Fall 2021 collection. A fresh take on an already-iconic emblem, it preserves the perfect symmetry prized by Hubert de Givenchy while reflecting the cosmopolitan air and clean, crisp aesthetics Matthew M. Williams has established for the House. It is both modern and timeless, the ideal signature for any silhouette, by day or by night.     At first glance, the 4G stands out for its pure leatherworking savoir-faire. To achieve a sleek, graphic update on the classic rectangular handbag, Matthew M. Williams worked closely with Givenchy’sexpert craftsmen to select the finest, full-grain box calfskins. Reflecting his love of industrial hardware, clasps are meticulously worked using a highly technical process and a precise alchemy of noble metals: even the crisp sound of its magnetic fastening sets the 4G apart, while nodding to the utilitarian yet luxurious 4G padlocks in the Creative Director’s debut Spring-Summer 2021 collection for Givenchy.     Both 4G styles - a flap bag and a chain bag - blend uncompromising luxury with perfect versatility, moving seamlessly from clutch to shoulder or crossbody styles of wear. The 4G flap bag comes with an elegant, removable strap that may be adjusted thanks to discreet metal brackets. The 4G chain bag features the House’s new, custom-made G-link chain in glamorous silver- or gold-finished metal, which glides through metal hoops to adapt as desired.     The interior of each 4G bag is as beautiful as it is functional. The small 4G flap bag features a main compartment for the essentials, with a flat pocket for storing important cards. Inside the medium 4G flap bag are two flat pockets and one card pocket for ease of use.   The 4G chain bags open to reveal a compartment with six card slots and one flat pocket for the small version, or a roomy interior with a single flat pocket for the medium version. A stylish and practical shoulder piece in leather keeps it anchored in place.   The 4G is available in an array of colors, from neutral black, ivory, or cappuccino beige to seasonal shades of avocado green, baby pink, red and dark khaki. Special finishes include an all-over 4G monogram achieved through high-frequency debossing on leather for a three-dimensional effect (in ivory, pink or black). Patent leather versions, in black or sky blue, have a crinkled finish. A 4G in snake- printed lambskin creates a highly realistic impression of exotic leather; a version in dark emerald green python with gold hardware is also available.     The Givenchy 4G handbag by Matthew M. Williams will debut in-store on May 1st, 2021.     Prices: 4G flap crossbody from 1,290€ (small) to 1,490€ (medium); 4G chain bag from 1,390€ (small) to 1,690€ (medium); exotic 4G in python, 3,190€.   https://www.givenchy.com/nl/en/homepage     Givenchy presents its new essential handbag by Creative Director Matthew M. Williams: the 4G.     With its architectural lines and a distinctive attitude, the 4G immediately caught attention when it debuted in the Pre-Fall 2021 collection. A fresh take on an already-iconic emblem, it preserves the perfect symmetry prized by Hubert de Givenchy while reflecting the cosmopolitan air and clean, crisp aesthetics Matthew M. Williams has established for the House. It is both modern and timeless, the ideal signature for any silhouette, by day or by night.     At first glance, the 4G stands out for its pure leatherworking savoir-faire. To achieve a sleek, graphic update on the classic rectangular handbag, Matthew M. Williams worked closely with Givenchy’sexpert craftsmen to select the finest, full-grain box calfskins. Reflecting his love of industrial hardware, clasps are meticulously worked using a highly technical process and a precise alchemy of noble metals: even the crisp sound of its magnetic fastening sets the 4G apart, while nodding to the utilitarian yet luxurious 4G padlocks in the Creative Director’s debut Spring-Summer 2021 collection for Givenchy.     Both 4G styles - a flap bag and a chain bag - blend uncompromising luxury with perfect versatility, moving seamlessly from clutch to shoulder or crossbody styles of wear. The 4G flap bag comes with an elegant, removable strap that may be adjusted thanks to discreet metal brackets. The 4G chain bag features the House’s new, custom-made G-link chain in glamorous silver- or gold-finished metal, which glides through metal hoops to adapt as desired.     The interior of each 4G bag is as beautiful as it is functional. The small 4G flap bag features a main compartment for the essentials, with a flat pocket for storing important cards. Inside the medium 4G flap bag are two flat pockets and one card pocket for ease of use.   The 4G chain bags open to reveal a compartment with six card slots and one flat pocket for the small version, or a roomy interior with a single flat pocket for the medium version. A stylish and practical shoulder piece in leather keeps it anchored in place.   The 4G is available in an array of colors, from neutral black, ivory, or cappuccino beige to seasonal shades of avocado green, baby pink, red and dark khaki. Special finishes include an all-over 4G monogram achieved through high-frequency debossing on leather for a three-dimensional effect (in ivory, pink or black). Patent leather versions, in black or sky blue, have a crinkled finish. A 4G in snake- printed lambskin creates a highly realistic impression of exotic leather; a version in dark emerald green python with gold hardware is also available.     The Givenchy 4G handbag by Matthew M. Williams will debut in-store on May 1st, 2021.     Prices: 4G flap crossbody from 1,290€ (small) to 1,490€ (medium); 4G chain bag from 1,390€ (small) to 1,690€ (medium); exotic 4G in python, 3,190€.   https://www.givenchy.com/nl/en/homepage    

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Saint Laurent opens its first flagship store in Seoul
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Saint Laurent opens its first flagship store in Seoul

Fashion Located in the heart of the city’s shopping area, Gangnam-Gu, Cheongdam District, the new store offers a complete vision of the brand and an original shopping experience that reflects Saint Laurent’s heritage and identity. The store is comprised of two floors and features an exterior façade on the main and luxurious street of the city.     The space embodies the Saint Laurent store concept with floors and walls in white statuario marble, structures in nickel- plated brass and extra clear glass, clear glass and concrete display counters and suspended hanging rails which reflect the minimalist and timeless sophistication of the Art Deco style. A selection of vintage furniture will also complete the space.     The Seoul Flagship boutique offers a wide selection of products from all categories including ready-to-wear, leather goods, shoes, sunglasses and jewelry for women and men collections.     For this occasion, Saint Laurent and Creative Director Anthony Vaccarello invited the South Korean artist Jung Lee, best known for her photographs of text-based light installations, to collaborate. A light installation with the message from the Women’s Summer 21 collection ‘I wish you were here’ will be exhibited in store.     The store is located at 436 Apgujeong-Ro Gangnam-Gu, Seoul Located in the heart of the city’s shopping area, Gangnam-Gu, Cheongdam District, the new store offers a complete vision of the brand and an original shopping experience that reflects Saint Laurent’s heritage and identity. The store is comprised of two floors and features an exterior façade on the main and luxurious street of the city.     The space embodies the Saint Laurent store concept with floors and walls in white statuario marble, structures in nickel- plated brass and extra clear glass, clear glass and concrete display counters and suspended hanging rails which reflect the minimalist and timeless sophistication of the Art Deco style. A selection of vintage furniture will also complete the space.     The Seoul Flagship boutique offers a wide selection of products from all categories including ready-to-wear, leather goods, shoes, sunglasses and jewelry for women and men collections.     For this occasion, Saint Laurent and Creative Director Anthony Vaccarello invited the South Korean artist Jung Lee, best known for her photographs of text-based light installations, to collaborate. A light installation with the message from the Women’s Summer 21 collection ‘I wish you were here’ will be exhibited in store.     The store is located at 436 Apgujeong-Ro Gangnam-Gu, Seoul

Vault by Vans and Wacko Maria Are Back with Apparel for Part Two of Spring Collaboration
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Vault by Vans and Wacko Maria Are Back with Apparel for Part Two of Spring Collaboration

Accessories Vault by Vans is proud to announce part two of the spring collaboration with Wacko Maria, a Japanese brand known for its high-quality materials and artistic drive established in 2005 by Atsuhiko Mori.     Founded in Tokyo with the philosophy “music is the trigger of imaginations”, Wacko Maria draws additional inspiration from film and art. Their collections are known for originality with a focus on craft and detail. Mori’s first business venture was a bar called Rock Steady and his love for music remains at the core of the Wacko Maria brand today.     This spring, Vault by Vans and Wacko Maria partnered to introduce two special product drops, one in March and the second in May. As we celebrate the second drop, the brand brings its unique aesthetic to Vans’ iconic footwear silhouette the Classic Slip-On, as well as apparel. The camp collar rayon shirt has served as a canvas for some of Wacko Maria’s most storied creations throughout the years. Staying true to both brands attention to detail and craftmanship, the second drop features a woven short sleeve shirt made in Japan, available in three colors, paying tribute to vinyl culture. In addition, the OG Slip-On LX will be available in corresponding white, brown and purple colorways featuring a vinyl graphic in black and white. Wacko Maria expresses itself through patterns and traditional Japanese- inspired graphics, while encompassing vinyl culture, film and art.     Accompanying part two of the collaboration, is a film that captures the energy and essence of Wacko Maria. Directed by Margt, and starring Kunichi Nomura, the film follows Kunichi through the daily activities of the Guilty Party lifestyle.     The second drop of the Vault by Vans x Wacko Maria collection will be available globally at select Vault by Vans retailers beginning May 15, 2021. For more information, please visit: Vans.eu/WackoMaria. Vault by Vans is proud to announce part two of the spring collaboration with Wacko Maria, a Japanese brand known for its high-quality materials and artistic drive established in 2005 by Atsuhiko Mori.     Founded in Tokyo with the philosophy “music is the trigger of imaginations”, Wacko Maria draws additional inspiration from film and art. Their collections are known for originality with a focus on craft and detail. Mori’s first business venture was a bar called Rock Steady and his love for music remains at the core of the Wacko Maria brand today.     This spring, Vault by Vans and Wacko Maria partnered to introduce two special product drops, one in March and the second in May. As we celebrate the second drop, the brand brings its unique aesthetic to Vans’ iconic footwear silhouette the Classic Slip-On, as well as apparel. The camp collar rayon shirt has served as a canvas for some of Wacko Maria’s most storied creations throughout the years. Staying true to both brands attention to detail and craftmanship, the second drop features a woven short sleeve shirt made in Japan, available in three colors, paying tribute to vinyl culture. In addition, the OG Slip-On LX will be available in corresponding white, brown and purple colorways featuring a vinyl graphic in black and white. Wacko Maria expresses itself through patterns and traditional Japanese- inspired graphics, while encompassing vinyl culture, film and art.     Accompanying part two of the collaboration, is a film that captures the energy and essence of Wacko Maria. Directed by Margt, and starring Kunichi Nomura, the film follows Kunichi through the daily activities of the Guilty Party lifestyle.     The second drop of the Vault by Vans x Wacko Maria collection will be available globally at select Vault by Vans retailers beginning May 15, 2021. For more information, please visit: Vans.eu/WackoMaria.

SAINT LAURENT PRESENTS THE WINTER 2021 COLLECTION
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SAINT LAURENT PRESENTS THE WINTER 2021 COLLECTION

Fashion Standing against the hostile nature ground, Anthony Vaccarello’s Winter 21 collection shakes up Saint Laurent’s bourgeois codes. Hanging in the balance between right and wrong, the ephemeral takes over. Colors clash against the black scene, exactly where the clothes were imagined. Unshapely metal bodies come together with sixties tweed suits and fur hems, claiming their effortless nature. Glitzy imperfections taken from the classic wardrobe of nineties cult-musician Peaches, blur the line between cheesy and luxurious.     Sharp metallic jersey bodysuits echo the gleaming cascades of fantasy jewelry, disguised as precious. The irrepressible lightness of the collection mocks its serious ambitions, reversing preconceptions. The unnecessary is a featured performer, becoming necessary to revive the past.     “Serious matters push you to take other things less seriously, finding the balance while staying on the edge is a sophisticated aptitude.” Anthony Vaccarello     Credits : Video @ncanguilhem Soundtrack @sebastian_edbgr “ Sarajevo”(Richter) © Beepop Music represented by Concord Music Publishing France Taken from the Max Richter album “Memoryhouse” (P) 2002 BBC #YSL #SaintLaurent #YvesSaintLaurent #NathalieCanguilhem @anthonyvaccarello Standing against the hostile nature ground, Anthony Vaccarello’s Winter 21 collection shakes up Saint Laurent’s bourgeois codes. Hanging in the balance between right and wrong, the ephemeral takes over. Colors clash against the black scene, exactly where the clothes were imagined. Unshapely metal bodies come together with sixties tweed suits and fur hems, claiming their effortless nature. Glitzy imperfections taken from the classic wardrobe of nineties cult-musician Peaches, blur the line between cheesy and luxurious.     Sharp metallic jersey bodysuits echo the gleaming cascades of fantasy jewelry, disguised as precious. The irrepressible lightness of the collection mocks its serious ambitions, reversing preconceptions. The unnecessary is a featured performer, becoming necessary to revive the past.     “Serious matters push you to take other things less seriously, finding the balance while staying on the edge is a sophisticated aptitude.” Anthony Vaccarello     Credits : Video @ncanguilhem Soundtrack @sebastian_edbgr “ Sarajevo”(Richter) © Beepop Music represented by Concord Music Publishing France Taken from the Max Richter album “Memoryhouse” (P) 2002 BBC #YSL #SaintLaurent #YvesSaintLaurent #NathalieCanguilhem @anthonyvaccarello

Exclusive editorial by Petros
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Exclusive editorial by Petros

Fashion Exclusive editorial captured by Petros Studio.     team credits: photo: PETROS STUDIO stylist: ANNIE HERTIKOVA model: JIAHE ZHANG BY STORM MODELS casting: TIDE CASTING hair: TOMMY TAYLOR AT STELLA CREATIVE ARTISTS make-up: AMY CONLEY AT STELLA CREATIVE ARTISTS Exclusive editorial captured by Petros Studio.     team credits: photo: PETROS STUDIO stylist: ANNIE HERTIKOVA model: JIAHE ZHANG BY STORM MODELS casting: TIDE CASTING hair: TOMMY TAYLOR AT STELLA CREATIVE ARTISTS make-up: AMY CONLEY AT STELLA CREATIVE ARTISTS

Givenchy unveils GIV 1 sneakers by Matthew W. Williams
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Givenchy unveils GIV 1 sneakers by Matthew W. Williams

Accessories Givenchy is pleased to reveal the first sneaker style by Creative Director Matthew M. Williams.     In honing the Givenchy aesthetic for an exciting new era, Matthew M. Williams wished to focus on a refined sneaker style that fused performance and luxury in equal measure.     The result is the sleek, unisex GIV 1 line, featuring a trio of aerodynamic styles crafted in a mix of technical fabric, mesh, and embroidered and injected TPU details on the upper, layered together with high-quality calf leather. Streamlined yet visually dynamic, GIV 1 sneakers are crafted in Italy from black, off-white or crocodile-embossed leather. The 360° fully transparent, lightweight soles feature a green- gold sheen or glossy black finish and are discreetly accentuated underneath by 108 injection spots reprising in relief the House’s signature 4G emblem, which also appears on the sneaker’s side. Laces are either tone-on-tone or contrast with detailing on the tongue, giving these sophisticated urban essentials an extra shot of energy.     The GIV 1 unisex high-performance sneaker now available in stores and online: https://www.givenchy.com/nl/en/homepage Givenchy is pleased to reveal the first sneaker style by Creative Director Matthew M. Williams.     In honing the Givenchy aesthetic for an exciting new era, Matthew M. Williams wished to focus on a refined sneaker style that fused performance and luxury in equal measure.     The result is the sleek, unisex GIV 1 line, featuring a trio of aerodynamic styles crafted in a mix of technical fabric, mesh, and embroidered and injected TPU details on the upper, layered together with high-quality calf leather. Streamlined yet visually dynamic, GIV 1 sneakers are crafted in Italy from black, off-white or crocodile-embossed leather. The 360° fully transparent, lightweight soles feature a green- gold sheen or glossy black finish and are discreetly accentuated underneath by 108 injection spots reprising in relief the House’s signature 4G emblem, which also appears on the sneaker’s side. Laces are either tone-on-tone or contrast with detailing on the tongue, giving these sophisticated urban essentials an extra shot of energy.     The GIV 1 unisex high-performance sneaker now available in stores and online: https://www.givenchy.com/nl/en/homepage

DIOR PRESENTS THE EXCEPTIONAL NEW DIOR SIGNATURE EYEWEAR
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DIOR PRESENTS THE EXCEPTIONAL NEW DIOR SIGNATURE EYEWEAR

Accessories Designed by Maria Grazia Chiuri for her Fall 2021 collection, the new Dior Signature eyewear line is available in four new styles, giving every look a touch of audacity. Graphic curves play with volumes in tortoiseshell or black acetate and come in square, butterfly, round or aviator shapes. Inspired by House codes, their temples are subtly punctuated with the “Christian Dior” signature – a distinctive symbol adorning several of the season’s accessories, such as the must-have Dior Book Tote, for a resolutely modern look. A new Dior essential, to discover in April 2021 or via an new Lens on Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat and 8th Wall. Designed by Maria Grazia Chiuri for her Fall 2021 collection, the new Dior Signature eyewear line is available in four new styles, giving every look a touch of audacity. Graphic curves play with volumes in tortoiseshell or black acetate and come in square, butterfly, round or aviator shapes. Inspired by House codes, their temples are subtly punctuated with the “Christian Dior” signature – a distinctive symbol adorning several of the season’s accessories, such as the must-have Dior Book Tote, for a resolutely modern look. A new Dior essential, to discover in April 2021 or via an new Lens on Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat and 8th Wall.

Gucci Presents the Gucci Beloved Talk Show
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Gucci Presents the Gucci Beloved Talk Show

Fashion For Gucci Beloved Lines, Creative Director Alessandro Michele has conjured up a version of the late-night “Hollywood” talk show that surprises, and playfully subverts the format. Appropriating this televisual convention as the setting, Gucci has once again partnered with cult artist, photographer, director Harmony Korine to create a new distinctive campaign.     The late-night TV talk show has become a pop culture staple – beaming the lives of the famous into our homes, a touch of glamour delivered with a sprinkling of good-humoured banter. Now for Gucci, a string of well-known stars, includingactor Awkwafina, actor and filmmaker Dakota Johnson, actor Diane Keaton, musician & actor Harry Styles, professional athlete & businesswoman Serena Williams and actor Sienna Miller, join actor and host James Corden on the set of the Beloved show, to talk about their latest exploits and – of course - their beloved handbag.     “We decided to show the concept of ‘beloved’ in an ironic way in the campaign, being inspired by the fact that bags are the protagonists in my life and in the lives of many other people,” explains Alessandro Michele. “We went back in time to the original TV talk shows, where the protagonist is the bag itself, the big star. Very often these creations are named after influential women who conditioned the habits and customs of many. It is precisely because they have great personalities that in the industry we gave them these powerful names; and now we have them in a show and twisted with the idea that there were two stars: the bag and the actual talent. A game of cross-references between the two great protagonists.”     The pieces featured are part of the four Gucci Beloved Lines, a reference to the House's past and the way it defines its now, and each is designed by Alessandro Michele with a contemporary approach to archival elements. These motifs and styles, so inherent and distinctly Gucci, become renewed in pieces that are created to be worn again and again, transcending seasons and trends. “I truly love and adore my handbags,” says Alessandro Michele. “Perhaps they will always be my greatest love, my favourite accessory. It was therefore natural for me to call some of the ones I created ‘Beloved’. The name comes from my own personal experience and my love for them.”     At the heart of the Gucci Beloved Lines is the Dionysus bag, which features two tiger heads shaped in the form of a spur, an ode to the Greek god who in myth is said to have crossed the river Tigris on a tiger sent to him by Zeus. Then there is the Gucci Horsebit 1955, distinguished by a double ring and bar, a motif that encapsulates the House’s rich equestrian heritage – a handbag connecting archival elements with contemporary details in an effortless way. Meanwhile, the GG Marmont is defined by the Double G, an archive-inspired styling of the initials of the House. And finally there is the Jackie 1961, known for its curved half-moon shape and emblematic piston closure. This is a bag that tells a story that spans eras, remaining timeless but always possessing a contemporary edge.     For an immersive experience to discover the lines, dedicated Gucci Pins – the series of ephemeral stores of the House – will launch internationally, with a distinctive design that puts under the spotlight the product offering. Keeping up with the digital-first approach of the House, tailored virtual contents will also be available on the Gucci App. A new game will debut on its ever-growing Arcade section, engaging gamers with products and props of the campaign – once again combining the past with the present to tell stories that speak of the future.     #GucciBeloved       CREDITS: Creative Director: Alessandro Michele Art Director: Christopher Simmonds Photographer & Director: Harmony Korine Make-up: Thomas De Kluyver Hair: Paul Hanlon For Gucci Beloved Lines, Creative Director Alessandro Michele has conjured up a version of the late-night “Hollywood” talk show that surprises, and playfully subverts the format. Appropriating this televisual convention as the setting, Gucci has once again partnered with cult artist, photographer, director Harmony Korine to create a new distinctive campaign.     The late-night TV talk show has become a pop culture staple – beaming the lives of the famous into our homes, a touch of glamour delivered with a sprinkling of good-humoured banter. Now for Gucci, a string of well-known stars, includingactor Awkwafina, actor and filmmaker Dakota Johnson, actor Diane Keaton, musician & actor Harry Styles, professional athlete & businesswoman Serena Williams and actor Sienna Miller, join actor and host James Corden on the set of the Beloved show, to talk about their latest exploits and – of course - their beloved handbag.     “We decided to show the concept of ‘beloved’ in an ironic way in the campaign, being inspired by the fact that bags are the protagonists in my life and in the lives of many other people,” explains Alessandro Michele. “We went back in time to the original TV talk shows, where the protagonist is the bag itself, the big star. Very often these creations are named after influential women who conditioned the habits and customs of many. It is precisely because they have great personalities that in the industry we gave them these powerful names; and now we have them in a show and twisted with the idea that there were two stars: the bag and the actual talent. A game of cross-references between the two great protagonists.”     The pieces featured are part of the four Gucci Beloved Lines, a reference to the House's past and the way it defines its now, and each is designed by Alessandro Michele with a contemporary approach to archival elements. These motifs and styles, so inherent and distinctly Gucci, become renewed in pieces that are created to be worn again and again, transcending seasons and trends. “I truly love and adore my handbags,” says Alessandro Michele. “Perhaps they will always be my greatest love, my favourite accessory. It was therefore natural for me to call some of the ones I created ‘Beloved’. The name comes from my own personal experience and my love for them.”     At the heart of the Gucci Beloved Lines is the Dionysus bag, which features two tiger heads shaped in the form of a spur, an ode to the Greek god who in myth is said to have crossed the river Tigris on a tiger sent to him by Zeus. Then there is the Gucci Horsebit 1955, distinguished by a double ring and bar, a motif that encapsulates the House’s rich equestrian heritage – a handbag connecting archival elements with contemporary details in an effortless way. Meanwhile, the GG Marmont is defined by the Double G, an archive-inspired styling of the initials of the House. And finally there is the Jackie 1961, known for its curved half-moon shape and emblematic piston closure. This is a bag that tells a story that spans eras, remaining timeless but always possessing a contemporary edge.     For an immersive experience to discover the lines, dedicated Gucci Pins – the series of ephemeral stores of the House – will launch internationally, with a distinctive design that puts under the spotlight the product offering. Keeping up with the digital-first approach of the House, tailored virtual contents will also be available on the Gucci App. A new game will debut on its ever-growing Arcade section, engaging gamers with products and props of the campaign – once again combining the past with the present to tell stories that speak of the future.     #GucciBeloved       CREDITS: Creative Director: Alessandro Michele Art Director: Christopher Simmonds Photographer & Director: Harmony Korine Make-up: Thomas De Kluyver Hair: Paul Hanlon

In conversation with Pauline Cousseau
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In conversation with Pauline Cousseau

Sustainability We had a pleasure speaking with  Pauline Cousseau founder and CEO of polette eyewear.     Tell our readers who you are in your own words. I believe I am a very passionate, determined, caring & committed person. I always wanted to explore the world and challenge myself so founding my company and creating a brand was a given from a very young age. Few mistakes were made along the way of course but I learnt a lot from the people I work with & grew with the company. Bouncing back is a passion of mine apparently!        What is your first memory of fashion and design? My grandma dressed up in what we would call 'vintage' fashion, and I loved it. I was wearing her big acetate white glasses with brown lenses - not at all adjusted to my eyesight but just for fun! She had the best taste. Beautiful glasses, attached to the gorgeous golden chains...I adored it! Actually, I still have those frames at home. And now, here I am, surrounded by many more...     Among all the glasses you have designed, which one embodies your personality the most? The Pauline in red because it was inspired by my life in China. This frame was actually worn by Miss China in 2014. The red, of course, is the colour of China but the shape represents to me the mix of two cultures: European & Chinese. Straight bridge for any nose, round and big to make a statement.   What inspired you to start your eyewear brand back in 2011? The lack of transparency and the lie around the traditional optical market!   Out of a factory, a frame costs around 7€ and we always paid huge prices in Europe. I wanted to understand why and to bring revolution to this market! Let me bring you back to 2011: no Instagram, beginning of Facebook & the first steps of e-commerce. To revolutionise and stop this unfairness of the optical industry, we created polette.    We designed, produced, displayed online our collections & sent our products directly to the final customer. No intermediaries! No extra costs! Just quality, fashion & fairness!   Who is the one voice that has inspired you the most in your personal life and your career?   Ouch, that is a difficult question! I do not have one specifically but so many. My business partners for sure, Pierre and Aladin, they support and challenge me every day. The most important are the people I love. I value their opinion & their insights on life.    All of them, very different but always combative and positive people.  My family and friends give me the honest mirror effect I need!   What is the most daring thing you did during the lockdown times?   The most daring thing I did during the lockdown? Would I dare say it? I would say traveling. I have always been traveling since I am 19 and to me these travel regulations were very hard to accept. So, at first, I stayed put but after a while I went (respecting all safety measures, of course) wherever I could.     What is your personal motto? Honestly? Carpe Diem!  You have one life, make the most of it.     What are your upcoming projects for this year? What are the new launches and collections you have coming out?   Sustainability!! I want to scream about it from the rooftops!     We are the FIRST optical company doing it, and after two years of research by our technical and product teams - we made it! I am very proud of it and want to continue building this journey more and more! We have two collections: one made from Eco-Acetate - which are plant seeds-based materials that have no chemicals; the other one - is Recycled Acetate, which is made of all the off-cuts of glasses that have been already produced. The off-cuts are mixed together and then we use it to create a new magnificent frame. Also, in the very near future, we will be opening more connected showrooms across Europe!   With work you have travelled a lot. What are some of the favourite places you have seen and been to so far and why?   It's a tough question, depending on what you are looking for. China is amazing! I love the culture and the people. I recommend a trip to anyone in need of understanding what is happening there.    Of course, it is not all magical, but you will find amazing people, landscapes and architecture. I love Africa as well: I went to Tanzania, Kenya & South Africa. All countries are very different but always a marvellous experience!  I am pretty sure I will be spending more time there in the future.       What is your biggest outtake from last year? It was a hard year for everyone, and it made me even more grateful and passionate about the company that we built. Our digital-first business model and values proved to be the future, withstanding a crisis that no one expected to reach this magnitude. Our website welcomed new customers looking to make their days at home brighter and our connected showrooms were able to stay open to perform free eye-tests by our professional opticians. It helped us to keep the focus on our next and most important goal - sustainability. My biggest outtake from this year is that now I am even more certain that with our amazing quality products, values and team - nothing is impossible. We will get where we want to go.    As the theme of our new issue is ELEMENTS and it is about sustainability, nature. Tell us about your perspective on sustainability and environment.   My grandfather, who I loved & respected a lot, was a very skilled gardener and a nature lover. He could give you the names of all the birds and grow any plants, veggies or fruits.  I grew up "helping" him. His love for nature transpired on me for sure.  Since then, I have always been careful and respectful. Surely, not perfect but trying to get better every day.  I really love nature & find our Earth fascinating!  That is also why in our company, we do our best to act in a sustainable manner: we have no stocks in the showrooms or factories, and from the first sustainable collection, we now are one by one launching all our products made only from sustainable materials.   Tell us more about your fully sustainable collection. At polette, we’re committed to sustainability as it is our top priority. We have always worked to minimise our environmental impact. Thanks to our customised on-demand products and the no stock policy in all our showrooms and the lab. Now our eco-acetate and recycled acetate collection take that commitment one step further! Our sustainable collection is yet another step for polette to make our brand 100% circular and environmentally friendly. All of the 34 models of this collection are made from the eco-acetate that uses plant seeds, making the products bio-based. The frames are biodegradable at 60% after 150 days.    Can you describe to our readers how a purchase of your glasses works at one of your stores? Also, do you have any new store openings coming up? We don’t have stores but revolutionary showrooms where our customers can try our latest designs and get a free eye test with amazing professional opticians! Everything is done online, the connected showrooms are completely digital. We don’t have a cashier desk and as sustainability is our main concern, we don’t have any stocks. Every frame has a QR code which customers can scan, add their prescription (which also has a QR code!) and get their frames delivered straight to their home!  For now, we have eight showrooms located in France, Belgium, the Netherlands and the UK. When it comes to the new openings, we launched our Spanish online store last year, while German and Italian ones will be live in the coming months. The opening of the showrooms in those countries will follow as soon as the current situation stabilizes, and we have plans to host many more opening parties in the next couple of years!     We had a pleasure speaking with  Pauline Cousseau founder and CEO of polette eyewear.     Tell our readers who you are in your own words. I believe I am a very passionate, determined, caring & committed person. I always wanted to explore the world and challenge myself so founding my company and creating a brand was a given from a very young age. Few mistakes were made along the way of course but I learnt a lot from the people I work with & grew with the company. Bouncing back is a passion of mine apparently!        What is your first memory of fashion and design? My grandma dressed up in what we would call 'vintage' fashion, and I loved it. I was wearing her big acetate white glasses with brown lenses - not at all adjusted to my eyesight but just for fun! She had the best taste. Beautiful glasses, attached to the gorgeous golden chains...I adored it! Actually, I still have those frames at home. And now, here I am, surrounded by many more...     Among all the glasses you have designed, which one embodies your personality the most? The Pauline in red because it was inspired by my life in China. This frame was actually worn by Miss China in 2014. The red, of course, is the colour of China but the shape represents to me the mix of two cultures: European & Chinese. Straight bridge for any nose, round and big to make a statement.   What inspired you to start your eyewear brand back in 2011? The lack of transparency and the lie around the traditional optical market!   Out of a factory, a frame costs around 7€ and we always paid huge prices in Europe. I wanted to understand why and to bring revolution to this market! Let me bring you back to 2011: no Instagram, beginning of Facebook & the first steps of e-commerce. To revolutionise and stop this unfairness of the optical industry, we created polette.    We designed, produced, displayed online our collections & sent our products directly to the final customer. No intermediaries! No extra costs! Just quality, fashion & fairness!   Who is the one voice that has inspired you the most in your personal life and your career?   Ouch, that is a difficult question! I do not have one specifically but so many. My business partners for sure, Pierre and Aladin, they support and challenge me every day. The most important are the people I love. I value their opinion & their insights on life.    All of them, very different but always combative and positive people.  My family and friends give me the honest mirror effect I need!   What is the most daring thing you did during the lockdown times?   The most daring thing I did during the lockdown? Would I dare say it? I would say traveling. I have always been traveling since I am 19 and to me these travel regulations were very hard to accept. So, at first, I stayed put but after a while I went (respecting all safety measures, of course) wherever I could.     What is your personal motto? Honestly? Carpe Diem!  You have one life, make the most of it.     What are your upcoming projects for this year? What are the new launches and collections you have coming out?   Sustainability!! I want to scream about it from the rooftops!     We are the FIRST optical company doing it, and after two years of research by our technical and product teams - we made it! I am very proud of it and want to continue building this journey more and more! We have two collections: one made from Eco-Acetate - which are plant seeds-based materials that have no chemicals; the other one - is Recycled Acetate, which is made of all the off-cuts of glasses that have been already produced. The off-cuts are mixed together and then we use it to create a new magnificent frame. Also, in the very near future, we will be opening more connected showrooms across Europe!   With work you have travelled a lot. What are some of the favourite places you have seen and been to so far and why?   It's a tough question, depending on what you are looking for. China is amazing! I love the culture and the people. I recommend a trip to anyone in need of understanding what is happening there.    Of course, it is not all magical, but you will find amazing people, landscapes and architecture. I love Africa as well: I went to Tanzania, Kenya & South Africa. All countries are very different but always a marvellous experience!  I am pretty sure I will be spending more time there in the future.       What is your biggest outtake from last year? It was a hard year for everyone, and it made me even more grateful and passionate about the company that we built. Our digital-first business model and values proved to be the future, withstanding a crisis that no one expected to reach this magnitude. Our website welcomed new customers looking to make their days at home brighter and our connected showrooms were able to stay open to perform free eye-tests by our professional opticians. It helped us to keep the focus on our next and most important goal - sustainability. My biggest outtake from this year is that now I am even more certain that with our amazing quality products, values and team - nothing is impossible. We will get where we want to go.    As the theme of our new issue is ELEMENTS and it is about sustainability, nature. Tell us about your perspective on sustainability and environment.   My grandfather, who I loved & respected a lot, was a very skilled gardener and a nature lover. He could give you the names of all the birds and grow any plants, veggies or fruits.  I grew up "helping" him. His love for nature transpired on me for sure.  Since then, I have always been careful and respectful. Surely, not perfect but trying to get better every day.  I really love nature & find our Earth fascinating!  That is also why in our company, we do our best to act in a sustainable manner: we have no stocks in the showrooms or factories, and from the first sustainable collection, we now are one by one launching all our products made only from sustainable materials.   Tell us more about your fully sustainable collection. At polette, we’re committed to sustainability as it is our top priority. We have always worked to minimise our environmental impact. Thanks to our customised on-demand products and the no stock policy in all our showrooms and the lab. Now our eco-acetate and recycled acetate collection take that commitment one step further! Our sustainable collection is yet another step for polette to make our brand 100% circular and environmentally friendly. All of the 34 models of this collection are made from the eco-acetate that uses plant seeds, making the products bio-based. The frames are biodegradable at 60% after 150 days.    Can you describe to our readers how a purchase of your glasses works at one of your stores? Also, do you have any new store openings coming up? We don’t have stores but revolutionary showrooms where our customers can try our latest designs and get a free eye test with amazing professional opticians! Everything is done online, the connected showrooms are completely digital. We don’t have a cashier desk and as sustainability is our main concern, we don’t have any stocks. Every frame has a QR code which customers can scan, add their prescription (which also has a QR code!) and get their frames delivered straight to their home!  For now, we have eight showrooms located in France, Belgium, the Netherlands and the UK. When it comes to the new openings, we launched our Spanish online store last year, while German and Italian ones will be live in the coming months. The opening of the showrooms in those countries will follow as soon as the current situation stabilizes, and we have plans to host many more opening parties in the next couple of years!    

Alexander McQueen presents the Curve Bag
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Alexander McQueen presents the Curve Bag

Accessories New for the Spring/Summer 2021 season is The Curve bag, a strong and contemporary design nished with a reference to the harness silhouette which has been central to the Alexander McQueen handwriting from the very early days of the house.     The Curve has a moulded silhouette, re ecting the stripped back approach and focus on silhouette that characterises the latest women’s ready-to-wear collection. A double- ap closure folds over, creating a pure and elliptical form. The body of the bag is hugged by the aforementioned harness - exaggerated and with all edges nished by hand.     The Curve is carried via an adjustable strap allowing the bag to be worn cross body or over the shoulder. An Alexander McQueen signature appears embossed on the front of the bag and a debossed seal features on the back.     A window display dedicated to The Curve bag will be installed at the Alexander McQueen London agship on Old Bond Street mid-April. Recalling the Spring/Summer 2021 lm, First Light, the bags move in waves, referencing the ebb and ow of the River Thames. This installation will later be rolled out to select McQueen flagships worldwide.     #McQueenCurve New for the Spring/Summer 2021 season is The Curve bag, a strong and contemporary design nished with a reference to the harness silhouette which has been central to the Alexander McQueen handwriting from the very early days of the house.     The Curve has a moulded silhouette, re ecting the stripped back approach and focus on silhouette that characterises the latest women’s ready-to-wear collection. A double- ap closure folds over, creating a pure and elliptical form. The body of the bag is hugged by the aforementioned harness - exaggerated and with all edges nished by hand.     The Curve is carried via an adjustable strap allowing the bag to be worn cross body or over the shoulder. An Alexander McQueen signature appears embossed on the front of the bag and a debossed seal features on the back.     A window display dedicated to The Curve bag will be installed at the Alexander McQueen London agship on Old Bond Street mid-April. Recalling the Spring/Summer 2021 lm, First Light, the bags move in waves, referencing the ebb and ow of the River Thames. This installation will later be rolled out to select McQueen flagships worldwide.     #McQueenCurve

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