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PORTS 1961 presents the new collection for Fall & Winter
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PORTS 1961 presents the new collection for Fall & Winter

Fashion Week Emotion, warmth, instinct, and a will to affirm presence through what one wears: clothes suited for this moment. Determined to bring to the outside world the comfort and the ease that have become bywords of mainly dressing for indoors, yet willing to delve into design and fabrication to offer pieces that feel special and personal, Artistic Director Karl Templer devises with the Ports design team a collection that explores the tension between function and desirability.     In the year that marks Ports’ sixtieth anniversary, Templer looks ata certain kind of elegance, at the cocooning shapes, the properness and even the outsized decorative buttons of the origins and projects it all into a new era, rediscovering along the way timeless gestures such as wrapping, or the primeval caress of a shaggy texture. Everything is intensely tactile, enticing the senses, pleasing the body, freeing the movements. Knitwear captures the quest for ease in a protective embrace: a jumper in wool braided with leather; hairy tufts growing all over a welcoming coat, a ribbed skirt draped over the hips. A grammar of feminine shapes unfolds in an evolutionary tension between the softness of draping and the sharpness of tailoring, between neat profiles and twisting and folding. The act of wrapping suggests ways to construct pieces, while graphic prints highlight it. Touches of faux fur add further tactility. Leather is slick.     Every item stands as a statement. Sculptural coats that unbutton on the back; flowing trench coats; folded dresses; jumpers as thick as outerwear. Tight leather boots have butterfly heels highlighted by thin buckled straps. Streamlined jewellery and double aspect bags edged in faux fur polish the look off. A celebration of fashion as essential rather than frivolous, that feels instinctual and personal. Emotion, warmth, instinct, and a will to affirm presence through what one wears: clothes suited for this moment. Determined to bring to the outside world the comfort and the ease that have become bywords of mainly dressing for indoors, yet willing to delve into design and fabrication to offer pieces that feel special and personal, Artistic Director Karl Templer devises with the Ports design team a collection that explores the tension between function and desirability.     In the year that marks Ports’ sixtieth anniversary, Templer looks ata certain kind of elegance, at the cocooning shapes, the properness and even the outsized decorative buttons of the origins and projects it all into a new era, rediscovering along the way timeless gestures such as wrapping, or the primeval caress of a shaggy texture. Everything is intensely tactile, enticing the senses, pleasing the body, freeing the movements. Knitwear captures the quest for ease in a protective embrace: a jumper in wool braided with leather; hairy tufts growing all over a welcoming coat, a ribbed skirt draped over the hips. A grammar of feminine shapes unfolds in an evolutionary tension between the softness of draping and the sharpness of tailoring, between neat profiles and twisting and folding. The act of wrapping suggests ways to construct pieces, while graphic prints highlight it. Touches of faux fur add further tactility. Leather is slick.     Every item stands as a statement. Sculptural coats that unbutton on the back; flowing trench coats; folded dresses; jumpers as thick as outerwear. Tight leather boots have butterfly heels highlighted by thin buckled straps. Streamlined jewellery and double aspect bags edged in faux fur polish the look off. A celebration of fashion as essential rather than frivolous, that feels instinctual and personal.

Vault by Vans and Taka Hayashi Unearth Two Archival Styles: the OG Style 24 LX and OG Style 47 LX
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Vault by Vans and Taka Hayashi Unearth Two Archival Styles: the OG Style 24 LX and OG Style 47 LX

Accessories Vault by Vans and longtime celebrated designer Taka Hayashi look to the early days of Formula One racing for inspiration with the latest release of two archival styles: The OG Style 24 LX and OG Style 47 LX.      A high-top style, the OG Style 24 LX features full canvas uppers, a textured rubber toe cap, and contrast piping and lace guard. The shoe features Taka’s interpretation of the Classic Checkerboard finish line pattern printed on the uppers, while Vans detailing pulls inspiration from Formula One team jackets. The OG Style 24 LX is offered in two colorways: canvas Checkerboard/classic white/black and canvas Checkerboard/classic white/true white.     For the OG Style 47 LX, canvas uppers, a quilted vamp and contrasting heel stripes echo car racing suits of the ‘70s. Printed midsoles utilize Vans’ classic pattern, reminiscent of checkerboard racing flags. The shoe comes to life in two colorways—Baja blue/dress blues and raven/black— with contrast piping. The blue colorway features white heel stripes, while the black colorway features gold heel stripes.      Vault by Vans Taka Hayashi OG Style 24 LX will be available beginning February 26, 2021, followed by the OG Style 47 LX on March 1, 2021, at select Vault by Vans retailers. For more information, visit Vans.eu/Vault. Vault by Vans and longtime celebrated designer Taka Hayashi look to the early days of Formula One racing for inspiration with the latest release of two archival styles: The OG Style 24 LX and OG Style 47 LX.      A high-top style, the OG Style 24 LX features full canvas uppers, a textured rubber toe cap, and contrast piping and lace guard. The shoe features Taka’s interpretation of the Classic Checkerboard finish line pattern printed on the uppers, while Vans detailing pulls inspiration from Formula One team jackets. The OG Style 24 LX is offered in two colorways: canvas Checkerboard/classic white/black and canvas Checkerboard/classic white/true white.     For the OG Style 47 LX, canvas uppers, a quilted vamp and contrasting heel stripes echo car racing suits of the ‘70s. Printed midsoles utilize Vans’ classic pattern, reminiscent of checkerboard racing flags. The shoe comes to life in two colorways—Baja blue/dress blues and raven/black— with contrast piping. The blue colorway features white heel stripes, while the black colorway features gold heel stripes.      Vault by Vans Taka Hayashi OG Style 24 LX will be available beginning February 26, 2021, followed by the OG Style 47 LX on March 1, 2021, at select Vault by Vans retailers. For more information, visit Vans.eu/Vault.

ETRO PRESENTS WOMEN’S FALL WINTER 2021/22 COLLECTION
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ETRO PRESENTS WOMEN’S FALL WINTER 2021/22 COLLECTION

Fashion Week Born in 1968, ETRO features the word “Freedom” hard wired into its DNA.     What does freedom mean today? Self-expression, for sure. And who better than artists interpret this desire for self-expression? Channeling a non-conformist and independent aesthetic, Veronica Etro explores the universes of Rudolf Nureyev and Jimi Hendrix, artists sharing the same free-spirited, rebellious attitude.     Pictures showing him off-duty reveal the private intimacy of the ballet superstar, whose passion for Renzo Mongiardino’s home decors resonates in the sense of vibrant exoticism that is deeply rooted in the ETRO DNA. Nureyev’s sophistication meets Jimi Hendrix’s indie style with his languid embroidered robe coats, fringed blazers and evening vest dresses. The result is a wardrobe of special pieces but at the same time real characterized by a loose and comfortable silhouette.     Inspired by Russian ballets’ motifs and geometric intarsia, precious prints are juxtaposed to the embroideries of Nureyev’s costumes that Gimmo Etro, founder of the fashion house, has collected over 30 years. Upholstery patterns and tiger prints evoke Jimi Hendrix’s exotic world.     Patchwork coats infused with an artsy-crafty spirit find place next to urban quilted anoraks and cozy knits to wrap around the body. Mannish suits are rendered in brocades, while corduroy baggy pants show tie dye motifs. Tops with inlaid bibs exude feminine sophistication, highlighted by the mini and maxi dresses cinched at the waist by belts showing embossed metal buckles. Hoodies, washed jeans, leggings and outerwear, including bombers, parkas and puffers, add a touch of streetwear appeal to the collection. Its nomadic spirit is exalted by the use of flat boots and the canvas Pegaso camera cases featuring multiple pouches.     In this rich, diverse universe, the ETRO woman walks across an industrial space filled with light where Paisley motifs decorate like a tattoo the catwalk. The essential location is like a white canvas, where ETRO stages a rich, colourful fashion concept, introduced by songwriter Arlissa performing live from Los Angeles.     The brand’s colour sensibility and its exquisite craftsmanship meet an effortless, dynamic attitude echoing today’s independent spirit.       Music: Live Performance by ArlissaStyling: Geraldine SaglioHair: Sam McKnight, Eamonn Hughes - Agency: Premier Hair and Make-UpMake Up: Petros Petrohilos - Agency: StreetersManicure: Giovanna Demarco - Agency: Atomo ManagementCasting Director: Piergiorgio Del MoroProduction Agency: Eyesight GroupVideo Production: IDI ProductionLocation: BASE MILANO - Via Tortona, 54 MilanLocation for Arlissa’s performance: The West Hollywood EDITION Born in 1968, ETRO features the word “Freedom” hard wired into its DNA.     What does freedom mean today? Self-expression, for sure. And who better than artists interpret this desire for self-expression? Channeling a non-conformist and independent aesthetic, Veronica Etro explores the universes of Rudolf Nureyev and Jimi Hendrix, artists sharing the same free-spirited, rebellious attitude.     Pictures showing him off-duty reveal the private intimacy of the ballet superstar, whose passion for Renzo Mongiardino’s home decors resonates in the sense of vibrant exoticism that is deeply rooted in the ETRO DNA. Nureyev’s sophistication meets Jimi Hendrix’s indie style with his languid embroidered robe coats, fringed blazers and evening vest dresses. The result is a wardrobe of special pieces but at the same time real characterized by a loose and comfortable silhouette.     Inspired by Russian ballets’ motifs and geometric intarsia, precious prints are juxtaposed to the embroideries of Nureyev’s costumes that Gimmo Etro, founder of the fashion house, has collected over 30 years. Upholstery patterns and tiger prints evoke Jimi Hendrix’s exotic world.     Patchwork coats infused with an artsy-crafty spirit find place next to urban quilted anoraks and cozy knits to wrap around the body. Mannish suits are rendered in brocades, while corduroy baggy pants show tie dye motifs. Tops with inlaid bibs exude feminine sophistication, highlighted by the mini and maxi dresses cinched at the waist by belts showing embossed metal buckles. Hoodies, washed jeans, leggings and outerwear, including bombers, parkas and puffers, add a touch of streetwear appeal to the collection. Its nomadic spirit is exalted by the use of flat boots and the canvas Pegaso camera cases featuring multiple pouches.     In this rich, diverse universe, the ETRO woman walks across an industrial space filled with light where Paisley motifs decorate like a tattoo the catwalk. The essential location is like a white canvas, where ETRO stages a rich, colourful fashion concept, introduced by songwriter Arlissa performing live from Los Angeles.     The brand’s colour sensibility and its exquisite craftsmanship meet an effortless, dynamic attitude echoing today’s independent spirit.       Music: Live Performance by ArlissaStyling: Geraldine SaglioHair: Sam McKnight, Eamonn Hughes - Agency: Premier Hair and Make-UpMake Up: Petros Petrohilos - Agency: StreetersManicure: Giovanna Demarco - Agency: Atomo ManagementCasting Director: Piergiorgio Del MoroProduction Agency: Eyesight GroupVideo Production: IDI ProductionLocation: BASE MILANO - Via Tortona, 54 MilanLocation for Arlissa’s performance: The West Hollywood EDITION

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GCDS UNVEILS NEW FALL & WINTER COLLECTION
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GCDS UNVEILS NEW FALL & WINTER COLLECTION

Fashion Week For Fall/Winter 2021, GCDS—by Creative Director Giuliano Calza—takes a trip down an edible-infused rabbit hole. Starting with an idea of mind-altering candies (and, in fact, partnering with the Italian confectionery Leone), Calza’s exploration of mood, vibe, euphoric highs and come-down lows arrives through a tactile and varied lineup, along with a short film accompanying it directed by Albert Moya (known for his pure, raw sense of emotion) and with photography direction by Dani Fernández Abello (who has won numerous accolades for his work with FKA Twigs, A$AP Rocky, and more). The result is an ASMR-fueled symphony—starring Maisie Williams, opened by Rina Lipa and closed by Lara Mullen—highlighted by fabric movement, external sounds like a sandstorm and rain, and a whispering voice over.     Ultimately, Calza found himself reflecting deeply on what it means to be alive in this moment, in February of 2021. The designer has adjusted his process to capture something more personal and internalized, tapping into our shifting understandings of self, of culture, and of style under the compression of today’s challenges. We’re all feeling the pressure; we all need an escape (and even if that escape is fraught with challenges or anxiety, it matters, because we now live in a world where constant learning and adaptation is essential). Tasting the highs, in this case through hue and sparkle and dashes of optimism, is akin to that first hit of candy.     This new GCDS complex features both womenswear and menswear, with an expansive array on offer that centers around plush, rich materials and a more grown-up approach. Body-conscious dresses hold cutouts and chain details; tinsel flashes from another frock and glitter glints on blazers, like lights reflected in your eyes at moments of peak elation. A more serious, brooding element complements the ebullience; all-black pieces, including tank-tops, trousers and utility jackets, add a shadow-slick offset. In between, layers of saffron and icy pink—along with pops of Pop (like logomania earrings, our eye catching Resina Moon Bag, faux-fur clogs, faux-fur yellow boots and Looney Tunes character embroideries)—lend heady intrigue. Icon-woven knitwear is threaded throughout, signaling this GCDS excursion. The trip, in the end, takes you across and in between all of these mindsets; it is a symphony of emotion, of jolts of color and swaths of shading, of crystals and textures and dynamism found somewhere between reality and a dream.     “Right now, every trip counts,” says Calza. “Every perception, every reaction. Dark times lead to good times, and we must recognize every piece of this forward motion. We must learn from it, and we must allow our new selves to be reborn.”     Two key partnerships are included in Fall/Winter 2021: Moon Boot and Alcantara. Moon Boot’s iconic shape has been reworked in faux-shearling, with GCDS logos appearing on the bias. Alcantara is a special luxury material that is Made in Italy; its carbon-neutral composition is sustainably made and notably soft in texture, and is used across multiple industries. Calza has worked this material, which is also breathable, lightweight and low-maintenance, into tracksuits, jackets and dresses. For Fall/Winter 2021, GCDS—by Creative Director Giuliano Calza—takes a trip down an edible-infused rabbit hole. Starting with an idea of mind-altering candies (and, in fact, partnering with the Italian confectionery Leone), Calza’s exploration of mood, vibe, euphoric highs and come-down lows arrives through a tactile and varied lineup, along with a short film accompanying it directed by Albert Moya (known for his pure, raw sense of emotion) and with photography direction by Dani Fernández Abello (who has won numerous accolades for his work with FKA Twigs, A$AP Rocky, and more). The result is an ASMR-fueled symphony—starring Maisie Williams, opened by Rina Lipa and closed by Lara Mullen—highlighted by fabric movement, external sounds like a sandstorm and rain, and a whispering voice over.     Ultimately, Calza found himself reflecting deeply on what it means to be alive in this moment, in February of 2021. The designer has adjusted his process to capture something more personal and internalized, tapping into our shifting understandings of self, of culture, and of style under the compression of today’s challenges. We’re all feeling the pressure; we all need an escape (and even if that escape is fraught with challenges or anxiety, it matters, because we now live in a world where constant learning and adaptation is essential). Tasting the highs, in this case through hue and sparkle and dashes of optimism, is akin to that first hit of candy.     This new GCDS complex features both womenswear and menswear, with an expansive array on offer that centers around plush, rich materials and a more grown-up approach. Body-conscious dresses hold cutouts and chain details; tinsel flashes from another frock and glitter glints on blazers, like lights reflected in your eyes at moments of peak elation. A more serious, brooding element complements the ebullience; all-black pieces, including tank-tops, trousers and utility jackets, add a shadow-slick offset. In between, layers of saffron and icy pink—along with pops of Pop (like logomania earrings, our eye catching Resina Moon Bag, faux-fur clogs, faux-fur yellow boots and Looney Tunes character embroideries)—lend heady intrigue. Icon-woven knitwear is threaded throughout, signaling this GCDS excursion. The trip, in the end, takes you across and in between all of these mindsets; it is a symphony of emotion, of jolts of color and swaths of shading, of crystals and textures and dynamism found somewhere between reality and a dream.     “Right now, every trip counts,” says Calza. “Every perception, every reaction. Dark times lead to good times, and we must recognize every piece of this forward motion. We must learn from it, and we must allow our new selves to be reborn.”     Two key partnerships are included in Fall/Winter 2021: Moon Boot and Alcantara. Moon Boot’s iconic shape has been reworked in faux-shearling, with GCDS logos appearing on the bias. Alcantara is a special luxury material that is Made in Italy; its carbon-neutral composition is sustainably made and notably soft in texture, and is used across multiple industries. Calza has worked this material, which is also breathable, lightweight and low-maintenance, into tracksuits, jackets and dresses.

BALENCIAGA LAUNCHES SPEED 3.0
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BALENCIAGA LAUNCHES SPEED 3.0

Accessories Launching on February 25th worldwide, Balenciaga Speed 3.0 is the latest generation in the Speed family, named for its aerodynamic design and weightless sensation. A signature of the House, Balenciaga Speed defies category and expectation with its patented triple arch and form-fitting 3-D knit. Introduced with the Summer 21 collection, Speed 3.0 is the third iteration of Speed Trainer. Its lightweight, molded sole slopes up near the arch, giving the ball and heel of a wearer’s footmore bounce in action.     A Balenciaga logo and a special Speed 3.0 logo adorn the front and back of each sole, respectively. The knit is technical-ribbed and embroidered with a double-B logo on each ankle, giving the 3.0 a noticeably more sock-like appearance and feel. Launching on February 25th worldwide, Balenciaga Speed 3.0 is the latest generation in the Speed family, named for its aerodynamic design and weightless sensation. A signature of the House, Balenciaga Speed defies category and expectation with its patented triple arch and form-fitting 3-D knit. Introduced with the Summer 21 collection, Speed 3.0 is the third iteration of Speed Trainer. Its lightweight, molded sole slopes up near the arch, giving the ball and heel of a wearer’s footmore bounce in action.     A Balenciaga logo and a special Speed 3.0 logo adorn the front and back of each sole, respectively. The knit is technical-ribbed and embroidered with a double-B logo on each ankle, giving the 3.0 a noticeably more sock-like appearance and feel.

PRADA FALL/WINTER 2021 WOMENSWEAR SHOW POSSIBLE FEELINGS II: TRANSMUTE
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PRADA FALL/WINTER 2021 WOMENSWEAR SHOW POSSIBLE FEELINGS II: TRANSMUTE

Fashion Week The Prada Fall/Winter 2021 Womenswear collection by Miuccia Prada and Raf Simons is inspired by the idea of change and transformation, opening possibilities. A fusion between disparate themes and intents mirrors the nature of humanity: a belief in the fact that men and women each hold the masculine and feminine within themselves. This collection explores the space that exists between conventional polar opposites - the point between simplicity and complexity, elegance and practicality, limitation and release, transmuted.     A freedom to transgress boundaries of convention is mirrored by the freedom of the body, its energy, delineated through fitted bodysuits in stretch jacquard-knit, representations of and substitutions for exposed skin. Emphasis on the body serves to highlight action, activity, further underscored by garments with a softness and inherent ease - the attitude of movement, transposed. Pleats and gathers animate dresses. Tailored suits express a universal classicism - paradoxically, vents allow glimpses of the body, unconstrained. Physical freedom reflects an ideology.     Clothes are translated from one intent to another - ornament can become functional, the pragmatic can become decorative. There is a shift between their essential languages. The obvious is re-engineered, so evening-gowns become utilitarian jumpsuits and tailored coats are proposed in bright color or executed in paillettes, transforming and mutating between antonymous purposes. Rectilinear wraps morph, their pure architecture transmuting into the foundation for new forms of outerwear. Executed in re-nylon and jacquard, faux fur and sequins, they retain a closing gesture - another action - symbiotically symbolic of protection, and of grace.     Materiality permits contradiction. Traditionally gendered fabrics are recontextualized. Embellishment is structural, economical, and combinations and juxtapositions of surfaces evoke a tension. This is mirrored by the multitextural environment that envelops the models. They move between spaces within an interior landscape, voids of faux fur and marble by Rem Koolhaas and AMO, against an original soundscape created by Richie Hawtin aka Plastikman. The connotation of these insistent combinations is to challenge divisions between purpose and intention. They are tangible expression of differences brought together in one, to represent a freedom.       With the ambition of repurposing furnishing used for the Prada Group’s shows, the materials utilized in the set of the Fall/Winter 2021 digital shows for both men and women will be upcycled, finding a new life after the events through special product installations and pop-ups around the world. Finally, these materials will be donated to Meta, a circular economy project based in Milan, which offers sustainable solutions to waste disposal within ephemeral events by collecting and recovering materials for selling and rentals. Meta works in collaboration with La Réserve des arts, an association offering a service of collection and recovery of raw materials and decoration waste from fashion shows, making them available to professionals and students in the cultural sector. The Prada Fall/Winter 2021 Womenswear collection by Miuccia Prada and Raf Simons is inspired by the idea of change and transformation, opening possibilities. A fusion between disparate themes and intents mirrors the nature of humanity: a belief in the fact that men and women each hold the masculine and feminine within themselves. This collection explores the space that exists between conventional polar opposites - the point between simplicity and complexity, elegance and practicality, limitation and release, transmuted.     A freedom to transgress boundaries of convention is mirrored by the freedom of the body, its energy, delineated through fitted bodysuits in stretch jacquard-knit, representations of and substitutions for exposed skin. Emphasis on the body serves to highlight action, activity, further underscored by garments with a softness and inherent ease - the attitude of movement, transposed. Pleats and gathers animate dresses. Tailored suits express a universal classicism - paradoxically, vents allow glimpses of the body, unconstrained. Physical freedom reflects an ideology.     Clothes are translated from one intent to another - ornament can become functional, the pragmatic can become decorative. There is a shift between their essential languages. The obvious is re-engineered, so evening-gowns become utilitarian jumpsuits and tailored coats are proposed in bright color or executed in paillettes, transforming and mutating between antonymous purposes. Rectilinear wraps morph, their pure architecture transmuting into the foundation for new forms of outerwear. Executed in re-nylon and jacquard, faux fur and sequins, they retain a closing gesture - another action - symbiotically symbolic of protection, and of grace.     Materiality permits contradiction. Traditionally gendered fabrics are recontextualized. Embellishment is structural, economical, and combinations and juxtapositions of surfaces evoke a tension. This is mirrored by the multitextural environment that envelops the models. They move between spaces within an interior landscape, voids of faux fur and marble by Rem Koolhaas and AMO, against an original soundscape created by Richie Hawtin aka Plastikman. The connotation of these insistent combinations is to challenge divisions between purpose and intention. They are tangible expression of differences brought together in one, to represent a freedom.       With the ambition of repurposing furnishing used for the Prada Group’s shows, the materials utilized in the set of the Fall/Winter 2021 digital shows for both men and women will be upcycled, finding a new life after the events through special product installations and pop-ups around the world. Finally, these materials will be donated to Meta, a circular economy project based in Milan, which offers sustainable solutions to waste disposal within ephemeral events by collecting and recovering materials for selling and rentals. Meta works in collaboration with La Réserve des arts, an association offering a service of collection and recovery of raw materials and decoration waste from fashion shows, making them available to professionals and students in the cultural sector.

SAMSØE SAMSØE COLLABORATES WITH EASTPAK
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SAMSØE SAMSØE COLLABORATES WITH EASTPAK

Fashion The playful outlook and ingrained simplicity of Samsøe Samsøe make the internationally renowned Scandinavian-based fashion house a natural sparring partner for Eastpak. The Danish brand’s minimalist vision on utilitarian streetwear and Eastpak’s iconic shapes proved to be a potent combination. The result is an exclusive capsule collection that stands at the crossroads of functionality and simplicity.     The Samsøe Samsøe x Eastpak collection will launch exclusively online on samsoe.com and on eastpak.com as of February 25th, and in selected stores as of March 1st 2021.     Heavy-duty 420D nylon fabrics forms the solid foundation of this unique collaborative collection. Available in 2 bold colorways – Blue mirage and Black – and shaped into 6 bags and accessories, each item includes functional elements with the contemporary feel of clean lines and minimalist monochromes. All backed - of course - by Eastpak’s famous 30-year warranty. The playful outlook and ingrained simplicity of Samsøe Samsøe make the internationally renowned Scandinavian-based fashion house a natural sparring partner for Eastpak. The Danish brand’s minimalist vision on utilitarian streetwear and Eastpak’s iconic shapes proved to be a potent combination. The result is an exclusive capsule collection that stands at the crossroads of functionality and simplicity.     The Samsøe Samsøe x Eastpak collection will launch exclusively online on samsoe.com and on eastpak.com as of February 25th, and in selected stores as of March 1st 2021.     Heavy-duty 420D nylon fabrics forms the solid foundation of this unique collaborative collection. Available in 2 bold colorways – Blue mirage and Black – and shaped into 6 bags and accessories, each item includes functional elements with the contemporary feel of clean lines and minimalist monochromes. All backed - of course - by Eastpak’s famous 30-year warranty.

LOUIS VUITTON RENDEZ-VOUS
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LOUIS VUITTON RENDEZ-VOUS

Accessories For next Spring, pencil in a meeting with Rendez-Vous, Louis Vuitton’s highly distinguished new bag.     This neo-classic is reminiscent of our precious diaries, with its three compartments protected by a flap and clasp. An understated luxury but with the House’s authentic signature know-how: the finesse of the most beautiful leathers on the outside and the softness of a Monogram-embroidered jacquard on the inside. The engraved chain adds a stylish accent; it can be removed to offer an array of carry options: cross- body, over the shoulder, held in the hand or even next to your heart like a talisman, as suggested in the latest runway show. Naturally, the lock has been directly inherited from the trunk-maker. Its subtle colours – black, camel or beautiful leather red – express the discreet charm of pure refinement. Rendez-Vous is right on time for a tête-à-tête with elegance.     For next Spring, pencil in a meeting with Rendez-Vous, Louis Vuitton’s highly distinguished new bag.     This neo-classic is reminiscent of our precious diaries, with its three compartments protected by a flap and clasp. An understated luxury but with the House’s authentic signature know-how: the finesse of the most beautiful leathers on the outside and the softness of a Monogram-embroidered jacquard on the inside. The engraved chain adds a stylish accent; it can be removed to offer an array of carry options: cross- body, over the shoulder, held in the hand or even next to your heart like a talisman, as suggested in the latest runway show. Naturally, the lock has been directly inherited from the trunk-maker. Its subtle colours – black, camel or beautiful leather red – express the discreet charm of pure refinement. Rendez-Vous is right on time for a tête-à-tête with elegance.    

Max Mara presents the new collection for Fall & Winter 2021
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Max Mara presents the new collection for Fall & Winter 2021

Fashion Week The Max Mara woman is a self-made queen. Britannic style with an Italian accent. Authentic and sometimes eccentric, it’s been a recurring theme at Max Mara right from the start and it’s the backbone of this anniversary collection. New must-haves include the oversized bomber jackets and "thornproof” jackets in incredibly soft alpaca wool with utility pockets. To be worn with kilts, thick socks and sturdy shoes. And to complete the urban-county mix, there are impeccably tailored suits in tattersall checks, chic graphic tartans, oversize aran knits, velvet elbow patches and jaunty jabots in organza. The Max Mara woman is a self-made queen. Britannic style with an Italian accent. Authentic and sometimes eccentric, it’s been a recurring theme at Max Mara right from the start and it’s the backbone of this anniversary collection. New must-haves include the oversized bomber jackets and "thornproof” jackets in incredibly soft alpaca wool with utility pockets. To be worn with kilts, thick socks and sturdy shoes. And to complete the urban-county mix, there are impeccably tailored suits in tattersall checks, chic graphic tartans, oversize aran knits, velvet elbow patches and jaunty jabots in organza.

KEF Introduces Mu3 Earphones designed by Ross Lovegrove
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KEF Introduces Mu3 Earphones designed by Ross Lovegrove

Design   KEF is delighted to introduce the Mu3 Noise Cancelling True Wireless earphones. Designed by visionary designer Ross Lovegrove and engineered by KEF’s UK acoustic team to deliver pristine, high-resolution sound on the move.     KEF is a passionate pioneer of high-performance audio equipment that produces pure and natural sound. From hifi speakers to wireless speakers and headphones, they are designed to deliver magical soundscapes that enhance lives. 2021 sees KEF celebrating 60 years of an uncompromising commitment for world-leading audio technology. KEF’s 60 year obsession with producing the finest quality products that deliver their signature sound 'as the artist-intended’ is embodied in their current product range honed by six decades of passion and heartfelt ambition to turn every music lover into a music connoisseur.  The new Mu3 earphones provide music lovers the freedom to hear every note, every word, every detail whether on their commute, at the gym, or on the sofa.      KEF’s Signature Pure, Accurate Sound:   The audio performance of Mu3 earphones benefits from KEF's specially tuned Active Noise Cancellationtechnology. It enables the Mu3 to eliminate external noise without effecting the details that bring music to life.  The Mu3 delivers KEF's incomparable signature sound.  Each of the Mu3s' sculptural enclosures contain an 8.2mm full-range dynamic driver, expertly tuned by KEF’s engineering team to deliver an exceptionally dynamic and well balanced, coherent sound with rich midrange, detailed bass and crisp high tones. Every nuance and subtlety of the recording is magnificently revealed when you listen and believe.     Design by Ross Lovegrove:   To ensure the Mu3 earphones look as good as they sound, KEF has once again collaborated with Ross Lovegrove, the designer behind the MUON loudspeaker and the MUO Bluetooth speaker. Renowned for his innovative approach and flowing, sculptural forms, Ross Lovegrove brings a new dimension to sound. Through design that embraces both beauty and technological ingenuity, Lovegrove’s ongoing collaboration with KEF is an exercise in aesthetic and engineering excellence.  The Mu3 earphones may be small, but their sculptural look offers sophistication within their compact dimensions. The pure and clean aesthetic complements KEF’s design philosophy perfectly. Great design is about more than style; the Mu3 earphones boast quality and ergonomics to match.     Compact, Ergonomic Design:   The faultless ergonomic design of the new Mu3 ensures the listener has the most comfortable audio experience.   The Mu3s are perfectly balanced in the ears by smart weighting, which stops them from falling out. They are available with a choice of four subtly different sized ear tips to give the most tailored fit for your ears, while also providing the perfect seal for noise isolation and to keep them securely in place.      All Day, Any Way:   The Mu3 relieves the listener from the hassle of wires due to reassuringly stable, latency-free Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity. The audio performance is further enhanced by the introduction of simultaneous transmission, where both earphones receive a signal at the same time, rather than the more common approach where audio is sent to one earpiece and relayed to the other, therefore running the risk of latency. Mu3 delivers a seamless performance, they are simple to connect and exceptionally stable on both iOS and Android devices.  After the simple setup, automatic pairing makes listening to the Mu3 an effortless experience. The Mu3 earphones also boast ‘Ambient Mode’, where at the touch of a button Active Noise Cancellation is disengaged, and instead the audio picked up on the microphones is played through the earphones, bypassing passive noise reduction and providing you with instant clarity on what is going on around you.  The Mu3 also has high-capacity, quick-charge batteries to ensure they last for a full day’s listening even with Bluetooth and Noise Cancellation engaged. Importantly your headphones will remain safe if you get caught out in the rain thanks to their splash-proof design.     KEF is delighted to introduce the Mu3 Noise Cancelling True Wireless earphones. Designed by visionary designer Ross Lovegrove and engineered by KEF’s UK acoustic team to deliver pristine, high-resolution sound on the move.     KEF is a passionate pioneer of high-performance audio equipment that produces pure and natural sound. From hifi speakers to wireless speakers and headphones, they are designed to deliver magical soundscapes that enhance lives. 2021 sees KEF celebrating 60 years of an uncompromising commitment for world-leading audio technology. KEF’s 60 year obsession with producing the finest quality products that deliver their signature sound 'as the artist-intended’ is embodied in their current product range honed by six decades of passion and heartfelt ambition to turn every music lover into a music connoisseur.  The new Mu3 earphones provide music lovers the freedom to hear every note, every word, every detail whether on their commute, at the gym, or on the sofa.      KEF’s Signature Pure, Accurate Sound:   The audio performance of Mu3 earphones benefits from KEF's specially tuned Active Noise Cancellationtechnology. It enables the Mu3 to eliminate external noise without effecting the details that bring music to life.  The Mu3 delivers KEF's incomparable signature sound.  Each of the Mu3s' sculptural enclosures contain an 8.2mm full-range dynamic driver, expertly tuned by KEF’s engineering team to deliver an exceptionally dynamic and well balanced, coherent sound with rich midrange, detailed bass and crisp high tones. Every nuance and subtlety of the recording is magnificently revealed when you listen and believe.     Design by Ross Lovegrove:   To ensure the Mu3 earphones look as good as they sound, KEF has once again collaborated with Ross Lovegrove, the designer behind the MUON loudspeaker and the MUO Bluetooth speaker. Renowned for his innovative approach and flowing, sculptural forms, Ross Lovegrove brings a new dimension to sound. Through design that embraces both beauty and technological ingenuity, Lovegrove’s ongoing collaboration with KEF is an exercise in aesthetic and engineering excellence.  The Mu3 earphones may be small, but their sculptural look offers sophistication within their compact dimensions. The pure and clean aesthetic complements KEF’s design philosophy perfectly. Great design is about more than style; the Mu3 earphones boast quality and ergonomics to match.     Compact, Ergonomic Design:   The faultless ergonomic design of the new Mu3 ensures the listener has the most comfortable audio experience.   The Mu3s are perfectly balanced in the ears by smart weighting, which stops them from falling out. They are available with a choice of four subtly different sized ear tips to give the most tailored fit for your ears, while also providing the perfect seal for noise isolation and to keep them securely in place.      All Day, Any Way:   The Mu3 relieves the listener from the hassle of wires due to reassuringly stable, latency-free Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity. The audio performance is further enhanced by the introduction of simultaneous transmission, where both earphones receive a signal at the same time, rather than the more common approach where audio is sent to one earpiece and relayed to the other, therefore running the risk of latency. Mu3 delivers a seamless performance, they are simple to connect and exceptionally stable on both iOS and Android devices.  After the simple setup, automatic pairing makes listening to the Mu3 an effortless experience. The Mu3 earphones also boast ‘Ambient Mode’, where at the touch of a button Active Noise Cancellation is disengaged, and instead the audio picked up on the microphones is played through the earphones, bypassing passive noise reduction and providing you with instant clarity on what is going on around you.  The Mu3 also has high-capacity, quick-charge batteries to ensure they last for a full day’s listening even with Bluetooth and Noise Cancellation engaged. Importantly your headphones will remain safe if you get caught out in the rain thanks to their splash-proof design.  

MVP Wardrobe presents the new collection for Fall & Winter
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MVP Wardrobe presents the new collection for Fall & Winter

Fashion MVP Wardrobe for this “first collection” Fall Winter 2021 takes inspiration from modern princesses. Special women who have put aside the label and have had the courage to affirm themselves. The best examples are: Emmeline Pankhurst, Lady D, Jacqueline Kennedy,Amelia Earhart and Anne Londonderry Kopchovsky.     The style and charisma of these women is perfectly reflected in the collection: many blazers and coats, with more oversized volumes than usual, that seem stolen from the male wardrobe, longuette skirts, but also mini dresses, trousers and shirts with a classic cut. Denim and knitwear are now among the protagonists of the brand.... The extremely feminine details of the covered buttons and perforated cuts, now a hallmark of MVP Wardrobe items, are inevitable. Crepe, viscose, cool wool, velvet and leather are the fabrics selected for these models with a classic, chic and elegant taste, but at the same time clean and refined. The color palette varies from all the now identifying and continuing shades of the inevitable black and cream, from camel to cream, with touches of strong colours such as red, pink and burgundy. Openwork cuts, geometries, tartan prints characterise and enhance the garments and their volumes. All perfectly mixed and matched in order to obtain sensual and impeccable looks of a true Modern Princess. MVP Wardrobe for this “first collection” Fall Winter 2021 takes inspiration from modern princesses. Special women who have put aside the label and have had the courage to affirm themselves. The best examples are: Emmeline Pankhurst, Lady D, Jacqueline Kennedy,Amelia Earhart and Anne Londonderry Kopchovsky.     The style and charisma of these women is perfectly reflected in the collection: many blazers and coats, with more oversized volumes than usual, that seem stolen from the male wardrobe, longuette skirts, but also mini dresses, trousers and shirts with a classic cut. Denim and knitwear are now among the protagonists of the brand.... The extremely feminine details of the covered buttons and perforated cuts, now a hallmark of MVP Wardrobe items, are inevitable. Crepe, viscose, cool wool, velvet and leather are the fabrics selected for these models with a classic, chic and elegant taste, but at the same time clean and refined. The color palette varies from all the now identifying and continuing shades of the inevitable black and cream, from camel to cream, with touches of strong colours such as red, pink and burgundy. Openwork cuts, geometries, tartan prints characterise and enhance the garments and their volumes. All perfectly mixed and matched in order to obtain sensual and impeccable looks of a true Modern Princess.

FENDI presents the new collection for Fall & Winter
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FENDI presents the new collection for Fall & Winter

Fashion Week Kim Jones’ Ready To Wear Autumn/Winter 2021 collection for FENDI offers a new chapter for the house, presented through an homage to its key codes and the women who have enshrined its legacy. Drawing upon the femininity and savoir-faire which have long defined the FENDI name, this is a celebration of extraordinary Italian elegance as seen from a new perspective.     The wardrobes of the five Fendi sisters offer a foundational resource: from the bell sleeves of a washed mink and bonded suede coat, to the pinstripes of their office attire now rendered in silken shirting or perfectly proportioned wool tailoring. A utilitarian shirt jacket, inspired by Silvia Venturini Fendi’s daily uniform, is elevated into a newly luxurious, shearling iteration with a bonded mink interior.  “The Fendi family are women of intellect who work hard – and that’s what I wanted to celebrate,” notes Jones. “A powerful dynasty.”     Double cashmere and camel outerwear which extends into mink tricot or wool-fringed scarves appears at once profoundly practical and deeply desirable, its form elsewhere translated into draped shirts and dresses. “I’m taking the amazing, strong women who I both know and work with, and listening to their needs,” Jones continues. “There’s a usefulness to the collection, explored in a chic, timeless way.”   Details drawn from Karl Lagerfeld’s legacy – the understated omnipresence of the Karligraphy monogram, or the FENDI Firstshoe whose architectural heel has evolved from an archival sketch – are reworked for a new era, while motifs from Jones’ Couture collection are reprised through marbled silk dresses, rosette blooms or delicate organza embroideries on jacquard knits.     The remarkable craftsmanship of the FENDI ateliers remains omnipresent throughout – in a mink herringbone jacket made featherlight through its suspended construction, leather suiting inset with ajour embroidery, or Karligraphy monograms laser cut into suede. The embossed Selleria stitching applied to gabardine trenches, double cashmere coats or leather accessories is a tribute to that meticulous exceptionalism – a quality most visible to the women who will wear the clothes. “Fun isn’t always just about bright colours,” says Jones. “It can be about really luxurious self indulgence, which pleases the person wearing it more than anyone else.”     This is a collection designed with those women in mind: clothing which translates everyday femininity into hyper-luxurious terrain.     Alongside the collection appears a wealth of new accessories for a new chapter, directed by Silvia Venturini Fendi. The debut of the FENDI First, which pays homage to the off-kilter irreverence of the brand, tilts the FENDI monogram into the frame of a clutch and is presented in myriad variations: from a size roomy enough to fit a tablet to a micro pouch strung as jewellery, and is rendered in shearling, leather, and exotics.     Elsewhere, new silhouettes are presented through the FENDI Way tote and FENDI Touch shoulder bag, while classics like thePeekaboo and Sunshine Shopper are seen from a new perspective, distorted into new proportions and decorated with Selleria details.     This season, the FENDI hand in hand project – which enlists craftspeople from each of Italy’s 20 regions to reimagine the iconic Baguette – translates Campania’s artisanal excellence into a limited-edition series of objects d’art. Here the same, intricate wood inlays found in 6th century Benedictine monasteries become a veneered, structured Baguette with a baroque floral motif.   Delfina Delettrez Fendi introduces a new jewellery range for the house, FENDI O’Lock, which evolves the FENDI logo into graphic modernity through its carabineer form, and comes complete with padlocks that can only be opened by dialing FENDI. Wax seal pendants stamped with Karligraphy are strung from golden chains, and metal cuffs, covered in leather and embellished with Selleria details, directly reflect the empowered sensibility of the FENDI woman.         Show Credits:   Artistic Director of Couture and Womenswear Collections: @MrKimJones Artistic Director of Accessories and Menswear Collections: @SilviaVenturiniFendi Jewellery Creative Director: @delfinadelettrez Film Direction: @alexdebetak Design and show production: @bureaubetak Film Production: @bureaufuture Filming: @walterfilms Music: @michelgaubert Antiques: @galerie.chenel   Styling: @themelanieward Hair: @guidopalau Makeup: @peterphilipsmakeup Nails: @beautick_official Casting: @shelleydurkancasting   Special thanks to @therealswizzz Kim Jones’ Ready To Wear Autumn/Winter 2021 collection for FENDI offers a new chapter for the house, presented through an homage to its key codes and the women who have enshrined its legacy. Drawing upon the femininity and savoir-faire which have long defined the FENDI name, this is a celebration of extraordinary Italian elegance as seen from a new perspective.     The wardrobes of the five Fendi sisters offer a foundational resource: from the bell sleeves of a washed mink and bonded suede coat, to the pinstripes of their office attire now rendered in silken shirting or perfectly proportioned wool tailoring. A utilitarian shirt jacket, inspired by Silvia Venturini Fendi’s daily uniform, is elevated into a newly luxurious, shearling iteration with a bonded mink interior.  “The Fendi family are women of intellect who work hard – and that’s what I wanted to celebrate,” notes Jones. “A powerful dynasty.”     Double cashmere and camel outerwear which extends into mink tricot or wool-fringed scarves appears at once profoundly practical and deeply desirable, its form elsewhere translated into draped shirts and dresses. “I’m taking the amazing, strong women who I both know and work with, and listening to their needs,” Jones continues. “There’s a usefulness to the collection, explored in a chic, timeless way.”   Details drawn from Karl Lagerfeld’s legacy – the understated omnipresence of the Karligraphy monogram, or the FENDI Firstshoe whose architectural heel has evolved from an archival sketch – are reworked for a new era, while motifs from Jones’ Couture collection are reprised through marbled silk dresses, rosette blooms or delicate organza embroideries on jacquard knits.     The remarkable craftsmanship of the FENDI ateliers remains omnipresent throughout – in a mink herringbone jacket made featherlight through its suspended construction, leather suiting inset with ajour embroidery, or Karligraphy monograms laser cut into suede. The embossed Selleria stitching applied to gabardine trenches, double cashmere coats or leather accessories is a tribute to that meticulous exceptionalism – a quality most visible to the women who will wear the clothes. “Fun isn’t always just about bright colours,” says Jones. “It can be about really luxurious self indulgence, which pleases the person wearing it more than anyone else.”     This is a collection designed with those women in mind: clothing which translates everyday femininity into hyper-luxurious terrain.     Alongside the collection appears a wealth of new accessories for a new chapter, directed by Silvia Venturini Fendi. The debut of the FENDI First, which pays homage to the off-kilter irreverence of the brand, tilts the FENDI monogram into the frame of a clutch and is presented in myriad variations: from a size roomy enough to fit a tablet to a micro pouch strung as jewellery, and is rendered in shearling, leather, and exotics.     Elsewhere, new silhouettes are presented through the FENDI Way tote and FENDI Touch shoulder bag, while classics like thePeekaboo and Sunshine Shopper are seen from a new perspective, distorted into new proportions and decorated with Selleria details.     This season, the FENDI hand in hand project – which enlists craftspeople from each of Italy’s 20 regions to reimagine the iconic Baguette – translates Campania’s artisanal excellence into a limited-edition series of objects d’art. Here the same, intricate wood inlays found in 6th century Benedictine monasteries become a veneered, structured Baguette with a baroque floral motif.   Delfina Delettrez Fendi introduces a new jewellery range for the house, FENDI O’Lock, which evolves the FENDI logo into graphic modernity through its carabineer form, and comes complete with padlocks that can only be opened by dialing FENDI. Wax seal pendants stamped with Karligraphy are strung from golden chains, and metal cuffs, covered in leather and embellished with Selleria details, directly reflect the empowered sensibility of the FENDI woman.         Show Credits:   Artistic Director of Couture and Womenswear Collections: @MrKimJones Artistic Director of Accessories and Menswear Collections: @SilviaVenturiniFendi Jewellery Creative Director: @delfinadelettrez Film Direction: @alexdebetak Design and show production: @bureaubetak Film Production: @bureaufuture Filming: @walterfilms Music: @michelgaubert Antiques: @galerie.chenel   Styling: @themelanieward Hair: @guidopalau Makeup: @peterphilipsmakeup Nails: @beautick_official Casting: @shelleydurkancasting   Special thanks to @therealswizzz

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