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GIVENCHY INTRODUCES THE NEW MARSHMALLOW SLIDES
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GIVENCHY INTRODUCES THE NEW MARSHMALLOW SLIDES

Accessories Givenchy is pleased to present the revolutionary new Marshmallow sandal styles for women and men.     First revealed with the designer’s teaser capsule for Spring-Summer 2021, two instantly recognizable Marshmallowdesigns revisit the proportions of a silhouette with sculptural flair, representing a touchstone in the new era Matthew M. Williams is defining at the Parisian heritage house.     Building on the Creative Director’s love for exceptional, distinctive footwear, the Marshmallow fuses innovation with extreme lightness and comfort. Molded in an ultra- modern //EVA// thermoplastic resin, these monochrome slides push classic design into futuristic territory with two newshapes — a women’s wedge and a universal flat — that also star in Givenchy’s spring advertising campaign.     The assertive yet minimalist women’s wedge combines a flattering, elongated silhouette with a cushioned sole discreetly embossed with the House’s 4G emblem for a sporty urban attitude.     With its equally architectural lines and chunky, ergonomicsole, the universal Marshmallow flat slide marks the House’s first gender-inclusive footwear design and brings a playful, carefree attitude to relaxed and formal looks alike.     The Marshmallow wedge and slides are available in-store. Givenchy is pleased to present the revolutionary new Marshmallow sandal styles for women and men.     First revealed with the designer’s teaser capsule for Spring-Summer 2021, two instantly recognizable Marshmallowdesigns revisit the proportions of a silhouette with sculptural flair, representing a touchstone in the new era Matthew M. Williams is defining at the Parisian heritage house.     Building on the Creative Director’s love for exceptional, distinctive footwear, the Marshmallow fuses innovation with extreme lightness and comfort. Molded in an ultra- modern //EVA// thermoplastic resin, these monochrome slides push classic design into futuristic territory with two newshapes — a women’s wedge and a universal flat — that also star in Givenchy’s spring advertising campaign.     The assertive yet minimalist women’s wedge combines a flattering, elongated silhouette with a cushioned sole discreetly embossed with the House’s 4G emblem for a sporty urban attitude.     With its equally architectural lines and chunky, ergonomicsole, the universal Marshmallow flat slide marks the House’s first gender-inclusive footwear design and brings a playful, carefree attitude to relaxed and formal looks alike.     The Marshmallow wedge and slides are available in-store.

KOMONO launches Metamorphosis campaign
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KOMONO launches Metamorphosis campaign

Accessories This season is all about creative transformation. In a brand-new campaign by Pierre Debusschere, we are propelling us towards the future and breaking free of convention. The collection introduces a range of forward-looking styles such as the thin metal Zane and Dede and adds jewel-like tones as Emerald en Onyx.   Explore more on: https://www.komono.com This season is all about creative transformation. In a brand-new campaign by Pierre Debusschere, we are propelling us towards the future and breaking free of convention. The collection introduces a range of forward-looking styles such as the thin metal Zane and Dede and adds jewel-like tones as Emerald en Onyx.   Explore more on: https://www.komono.com

Studio HENK launches first outdoor furniture collection: Elements outdoor
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Studio HENK launches first outdoor furniture collection: Elements outdoor

Design Studio HENK presents Elements: the first outdoor collection of the Dutch interior brand. Studio HENK also brings its characteristic minimalist designs outside through a series of stylish wooden outdoor furniture.   The new Elements collection for outdoors consists of a dining table, dining bench and coffee table. The furniture is made from the best-known renewable, biobased raw material: wood. There is a choice of a light version, made from Accoya wood, and a version with a darker color, made from Iroko. Both types of wood are FSC certified, which ensures that forests are protected for current and future generations. Accoya is an acetylated wood type; this very environmentally friendly treatment ensures a slow aging and a lifespan of about 50 years (the highest durability class 1). Accoya is fully recyclable and has Cradle-to-cradle Gold certification. Iroko is also aging, and also has a long lifespan of about 25 years (durability class 1-2).     Design follows demand for sustainability:   Characteristic of the collection are the slats that together form a "slatted" surface, which gives the furniture a minimalist, timeless and stylish appearance. “The starting point for the design of the outdoor furniture was mainly sustainability, the wish that our outdoor furniture, like all Studio HENK products, can last a long time,” says creative director Xander Albers. “The design question was: 'How can we use what is necessary - the slats, or the' slatted 'elements - as an aesthetically powerful and image-defining element? breathe and it stays beautiful longer. ”   A special detail is that the dining table and the sofa can be put together by the customer. The dining table and dining bench are available in different sizes and finishes. The dining table is available in lengths from 160 to 300 cm. The sofa is also available in different lengths, from 140 to 260cm. The table and bench are also available with three steel outdoor frames; the timeless Butterfly, New Classic and Slim X-Type. Comfort has also been thought of - with a matching seat cushion with a durable character; Sunbrella Heritage upholstery, made with 50% recycled Sunbrella Acrylic.     Elements coffee table - also for indoors:   As part of the Elements collection, Studio HENK is launching, in addition to the outdoor coffee table, the Elements coffee table for indoor use, which is available in FSC certified oak wood in various finishes. The Elements collection will be available from 8 May 2021 in Studio HENK's flagship stores in Amsterdam and Antwerp, and will soon also be available online and through the Studio HENK sales points. Studio HENK presents Elements: the first outdoor collection of the Dutch interior brand. Studio HENK also brings its characteristic minimalist designs outside through a series of stylish wooden outdoor furniture.   The new Elements collection for outdoors consists of a dining table, dining bench and coffee table. The furniture is made from the best-known renewable, biobased raw material: wood. There is a choice of a light version, made from Accoya wood, and a version with a darker color, made from Iroko. Both types of wood are FSC certified, which ensures that forests are protected for current and future generations. Accoya is an acetylated wood type; this very environmentally friendly treatment ensures a slow aging and a lifespan of about 50 years (the highest durability class 1). Accoya is fully recyclable and has Cradle-to-cradle Gold certification. Iroko is also aging, and also has a long lifespan of about 25 years (durability class 1-2).     Design follows demand for sustainability:   Characteristic of the collection are the slats that together form a "slatted" surface, which gives the furniture a minimalist, timeless and stylish appearance. “The starting point for the design of the outdoor furniture was mainly sustainability, the wish that our outdoor furniture, like all Studio HENK products, can last a long time,” says creative director Xander Albers. “The design question was: 'How can we use what is necessary - the slats, or the' slatted 'elements - as an aesthetically powerful and image-defining element? breathe and it stays beautiful longer. ”   A special detail is that the dining table and the sofa can be put together by the customer. The dining table and dining bench are available in different sizes and finishes. The dining table is available in lengths from 160 to 300 cm. The sofa is also available in different lengths, from 140 to 260cm. The table and bench are also available with three steel outdoor frames; the timeless Butterfly, New Classic and Slim X-Type. Comfort has also been thought of - with a matching seat cushion with a durable character; Sunbrella Heritage upholstery, made with 50% recycled Sunbrella Acrylic.     Elements coffee table - also for indoors:   As part of the Elements collection, Studio HENK is launching, in addition to the outdoor coffee table, the Elements coffee table for indoor use, which is available in FSC certified oak wood in various finishes. The Elements collection will be available from 8 May 2021 in Studio HENK's flagship stores in Amsterdam and Antwerp, and will soon also be available online and through the Studio HENK sales points.

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Exclusive still life editorial
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Exclusive still life editorial

Accessories Exclusive new digital editorial, captured by AM+PM STUDIO.   Photographers AM+PM Studio Fashion Editor Victor Vergara Set Design Pierre Vaillant Assistant Set Design Mélina Bourboulou Editor Timotej Letonja Exclusive new digital editorial, captured by AM+PM STUDIO.   Photographers AM+PM Studio Fashion Editor Victor Vergara Set Design Pierre Vaillant Assistant Set Design Mélina Bourboulou Editor Timotej Letonja

A CAREFULLY CHOSEN GIFT FOR FATHER'S DAY BY BREGUET
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A CAREFULLY CHOSEN GIFT FOR FATHER'S DAY BY BREGUET

Watches On the occasion of Father's Day, Breguet invites you to discover a selection of luxury watches from the current collection. A unique gift for dads who love beautiful watches. From classic to contemporary, each model has its own particularity and character. Different styles for a successful gift. The Marine 5517BR129ZU watch is a combination of modernity and dynamism. The Marine 5517, a symbol of the new generation, displays the date at 3 o'clock in an hour display with Roman numerals. In rose gold, the watch gives a dressy look from afar and a more sporty look from up close. Diameter: 40mm. The Classique 7337BBY59VU watch, with its timeless elegance, exemplifies the Breguet style in its purest form. The watch is available in white gold with a gold dial in "Breguet blue". Engraved clouds are high in the painted sky of the moon phase, which, with its sparkling sequins, makes you dream of the Milky Way. Diameter: 39mm. The Tradition 7597BRG19WU watch is directly inspired by the caliber of the “Montrede souscription” that Breguet released at the end of the 18th century. This modern model shows the architectural shapes of the gait from a bird's eye view and, in addition to hour and minute indication, also provides a retrograde date indication. Diameter: 40mm. The Type XXI - 3817STX23ZU watch is inspired by aviation, a different field from watchmaking in which the Breguet family has made a name for itself. The chronograph with its vintage look evokes the history and origins of the Type XX line, while its technical features place it fully into the 21st century. Diameter: 42mm.     Breguet.com On the occasion of Father's Day, Breguet invites you to discover a selection of luxury watches from the current collection. A unique gift for dads who love beautiful watches. From classic to contemporary, each model has its own particularity and character. Different styles for a successful gift. The Marine 5517BR129ZU watch is a combination of modernity and dynamism. The Marine 5517, a symbol of the new generation, displays the date at 3 o'clock in an hour display with Roman numerals. In rose gold, the watch gives a dressy look from afar and a more sporty look from up close. Diameter: 40mm. The Classique 7337BBY59VU watch, with its timeless elegance, exemplifies the Breguet style in its purest form. The watch is available in white gold with a gold dial in "Breguet blue". Engraved clouds are high in the painted sky of the moon phase, which, with its sparkling sequins, makes you dream of the Milky Way. Diameter: 39mm. The Tradition 7597BRG19WU watch is directly inspired by the caliber of the “Montrede souscription” that Breguet released at the end of the 18th century. This modern model shows the architectural shapes of the gait from a bird's eye view and, in addition to hour and minute indication, also provides a retrograde date indication. Diameter: 40mm. The Type XXI - 3817STX23ZU watch is inspired by aviation, a different field from watchmaking in which the Breguet family has made a name for itself. The chronograph with its vintage look evokes the history and origins of the Type XX line, while its technical features place it fully into the 21st century. Diameter: 42mm.     Breguet.com

C.P. COMPANY & PATTA COLLABORATION
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C.P. COMPANY & PATTA COLLABORATION

Fashion The third chapter of C.P. Company Anniversary is dedicated to one of the most succesful moments of its contemporary story: the collaboration with the Dutch streetwear brand Patta.   In 2019, the two brands created a practical and visually enticing capsule collection which combined C.P. Company expertise on garment dyeing and technical fabrics with Patta’s continuous exploration of culture and streetwear, the collaboration resulting in a full-look collection where form follows function.   The collaboration has been a near perfect design process characterized by total respect on both sides – a true collaboration between two equal partners, if not kindred spirits. Throughout the process, Patta & C.P. Company were searching for something new that enriched both entities and elevated existing garments and accessories.   It was perfect for both brands to collaborate as C.P. Company “street culture is so tied into sportswear”. This is why, the alliance has come together again to celebrate 50 years of C.P. Company forward thinking design ethos that has cemented their places as “the father of all sportswear”.   Patta’s iconic tracksuit has taken on the iconic pocket from CP Company’s Signature Mille Goggle Jacket to create a brand-new capsule which marries the timeless Patta silhouette with the features that made C.P. Company an industry staple with sportswear.     Available via: 50.cpcompany.com and patta.nl The third chapter of C.P. Company Anniversary is dedicated to one of the most succesful moments of its contemporary story: the collaboration with the Dutch streetwear brand Patta.   In 2019, the two brands created a practical and visually enticing capsule collection which combined C.P. Company expertise on garment dyeing and technical fabrics with Patta’s continuous exploration of culture and streetwear, the collaboration resulting in a full-look collection where form follows function.   The collaboration has been a near perfect design process characterized by total respect on both sides – a true collaboration between two equal partners, if not kindred spirits. Throughout the process, Patta & C.P. Company were searching for something new that enriched both entities and elevated existing garments and accessories.   It was perfect for both brands to collaborate as C.P. Company “street culture is so tied into sportswear”. This is why, the alliance has come together again to celebrate 50 years of C.P. Company forward thinking design ethos that has cemented their places as “the father of all sportswear”.   Patta’s iconic tracksuit has taken on the iconic pocket from CP Company’s Signature Mille Goggle Jacket to create a brand-new capsule which marries the timeless Patta silhouette with the features that made C.P. Company an industry staple with sportswear.     Available via: 50.cpcompany.com and patta.nl

Introducing RUKSAG
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Introducing RUKSAG

Accessories Marko Cerketa, designer and founder of this brand, is constantly researching new forms and materials, and the fact that he has premiered all collections at the Paris Fashion Week @ Lakic showroom for the last five years speaks for itself.    Ruksag label, which has been researching in the field of high-quality leather accessories for years, returns in 2021 with a new collection called Ruksag Edition 21.   The signature of the brand, which is recognizable by its interesting forms and very impressive visual approach, brings something completely new this time as well. The collaboration with Filip Koludrović, a prominent young photographer, already with a rich international experience, really justifies that on the visual identity this year.   The Ruksag Edition 21 collection is made in black and white, mostly from abrasivato leather, which is characterized very dark elegant look. The collection is dominated by accessories intended for a faster lifestyle, practical small bags, of different shapes, for different occasions. Each piece has carefully designed details, which complete the philosophy of Ruksag.     Explore their new collection here: https://ruksag.com Marko Cerketa, designer and founder of this brand, is constantly researching new forms and materials, and the fact that he has premiered all collections at the Paris Fashion Week @ Lakic showroom for the last five years speaks for itself.    Ruksag label, which has been researching in the field of high-quality leather accessories for years, returns in 2021 with a new collection called Ruksag Edition 21.   The signature of the brand, which is recognizable by its interesting forms and very impressive visual approach, brings something completely new this time as well. The collaboration with Filip Koludrović, a prominent young photographer, already with a rich international experience, really justifies that on the visual identity this year.   The Ruksag Edition 21 collection is made in black and white, mostly from abrasivato leather, which is characterized very dark elegant look. The collection is dominated by accessories intended for a faster lifestyle, practical small bags, of different shapes, for different occasions. Each piece has carefully designed details, which complete the philosophy of Ruksag.     Explore their new collection here: https://ruksag.com

The beautiful Hôtel CASAROSE
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The beautiful Hôtel CASAROSE

Travel You may think that you have seen everything on the French Riviera. After all, it is one of the most popular destinations for tourists from all over the world and quite rightly the stu of legend. With palaces, charming inns, family-owned bed and breakfasts, with or without stars. CASAROSE, which is simply brimming with charm, innovations and positive energy, was conceived in line with the new trend for feel-good hotels, and combines the best of a seaside resort, a design boutique hotel and a place to live (and work)—where guests can unwind, where companies can hold their meetings, and with a trendy bar/lounge and restaurant. It also showcases local art and craftsmanship that re ects current tastes. Jean-Christophe Larose, CEO of Groupe Cardinal, wanted to create something a bit di erent, where families can unwind and play sports but also where business owners can meet with their clients. Here it’s all about the level of service, goodwill and friendliness.   There is something joyful about the CASAROSE, which loosely draws on the casual elegance of the iconic Beverly Hills Hotel on LA’s Sunset Boulevard for inspiration. Or North Palm Canyon Drive in Palm Springs in the 1960s perhaps, where guests lounged around the blue lagoon pool after a game of golf or tennis. Come evening, drinks would be served with music playing in the background. Over half a century later, this heady casual chic vibe still works—albeit that the vintage dream has been slightly updated.   The idea behind the CASAROSE is to blend this vintage California style with the current norms of the French hotel industry, taking inspiration from the French Riviera. Luxury? Everything has been thought of in this 21st-century four-star hotel. Here you’ll only nd unpretentious, chic and cool luxury, both inside and out. CASAROSE has all the intimacy of a boutique hotel, with just 56 rooms and suites, all with private terraces. The hotel has 32 rooms (24 m2) and 8 family rooms with an extra bed as well as 6 junior suites (33 m2) and 10 suites (36 m2). With its bar/lounge and restaurant, putting local products in the spotlight, the hotel aims to become a go-to place in the region.   Hôtel CASAROSE is located in Mandelieu-la-Napoule, which is famous for its leisure activities and natural attractions. Located on the premises of the old Golf Park Hotel, the hotel is set in a lovely landscape garden, next to the famous Golf Old Course of Cannes-Mandelieu—the region's most picturesque golf course. Just 25 minutes from Nice-Côte-d’Azur Airport, the hotel is also located on the banks of the Siagne, a wide, navigable river that ows past the garden and into the Mediterranean. The jetty will be completed in 2022. The beaches of Cannes and Mandelieu-La Napoule are just 400 metres up the road. But best of all, the region enjoys sunshine 300 days a year!   The CASAROSE team supports the local economy, sourcing directly from the region's shermen, vegetable growers, orists, and olive oil and wine producers. The hotel also intends to showcase regional talent, making the most of the thriving art scene. We will be happy to point guests in the direction of all the best sights and attractions: from Théoule and its mythical red rock inlets to the stunning golf courses, art galleries and many other experiences that are just waiting to be discovered. Guests can also rent bicycles and electric cars to get around more easily.   Explore more about the amazing hotel here: www.hotelcasarose.fr You may think that you have seen everything on the French Riviera. After all, it is one of the most popular destinations for tourists from all over the world and quite rightly the stu of legend. With palaces, charming inns, family-owned bed and breakfasts, with or without stars. CASAROSE, which is simply brimming with charm, innovations and positive energy, was conceived in line with the new trend for feel-good hotels, and combines the best of a seaside resort, a design boutique hotel and a place to live (and work)—where guests can unwind, where companies can hold their meetings, and with a trendy bar/lounge and restaurant. It also showcases local art and craftsmanship that re ects current tastes. Jean-Christophe Larose, CEO of Groupe Cardinal, wanted to create something a bit di erent, where families can unwind and play sports but also where business owners can meet with their clients. Here it’s all about the level of service, goodwill and friendliness.   There is something joyful about the CASAROSE, which loosely draws on the casual elegance of the iconic Beverly Hills Hotel on LA’s Sunset Boulevard for inspiration. Or North Palm Canyon Drive in Palm Springs in the 1960s perhaps, where guests lounged around the blue lagoon pool after a game of golf or tennis. Come evening, drinks would be served with music playing in the background. Over half a century later, this heady casual chic vibe still works—albeit that the vintage dream has been slightly updated.   The idea behind the CASAROSE is to blend this vintage California style with the current norms of the French hotel industry, taking inspiration from the French Riviera. Luxury? Everything has been thought of in this 21st-century four-star hotel. Here you’ll only nd unpretentious, chic and cool luxury, both inside and out. CASAROSE has all the intimacy of a boutique hotel, with just 56 rooms and suites, all with private terraces. The hotel has 32 rooms (24 m2) and 8 family rooms with an extra bed as well as 6 junior suites (33 m2) and 10 suites (36 m2). With its bar/lounge and restaurant, putting local products in the spotlight, the hotel aims to become a go-to place in the region.   Hôtel CASAROSE is located in Mandelieu-la-Napoule, which is famous for its leisure activities and natural attractions. Located on the premises of the old Golf Park Hotel, the hotel is set in a lovely landscape garden, next to the famous Golf Old Course of Cannes-Mandelieu—the region's most picturesque golf course. Just 25 minutes from Nice-Côte-d’Azur Airport, the hotel is also located on the banks of the Siagne, a wide, navigable river that ows past the garden and into the Mediterranean. The jetty will be completed in 2022. The beaches of Cannes and Mandelieu-La Napoule are just 400 metres up the road. But best of all, the region enjoys sunshine 300 days a year!   The CASAROSE team supports the local economy, sourcing directly from the region's shermen, vegetable growers, orists, and olive oil and wine producers. The hotel also intends to showcase regional talent, making the most of the thriving art scene. We will be happy to point guests in the direction of all the best sights and attractions: from Théoule and its mythical red rock inlets to the stunning golf courses, art galleries and many other experiences that are just waiting to be discovered. Guests can also rent bicycles and electric cars to get around more easily.   Explore more about the amazing hotel here: www.hotelcasarose.fr

GUCCI GARDEN ARCHETYPES + GUCCI GARDEN LIMITED EDITION FRAGRANCE THE ALCHEMISTS GARDEN
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GUCCI GARDEN ARCHETYPES + GUCCI GARDEN LIMITED EDITION FRAGRANCE THE ALCHEMISTS GARDEN

Exhibition On the 100th anniversary of the founding of Gucci, comes to Florence Gucci Garden Archetypes, an immersive multimedia experience that explores and celebrates the House’s creative vision.     An archetype is the original form from which all copies are made, never able to be recreated in itself, and every Gucci campaign speaks of a unique and unrepeatable moment – expressing the spirit of each collection, while reflecting the inclusive philosophy, liberated and audacious of Creative Director Alessandro Michele.     From Tokyo to Los Angeles, and from Northern Soul to May 68, the exhibition features mythical ark-builders, intergalactic explorers, horses, dancers, angels, and aliens all making appearances in this expansive exploration of Alessandro Michele's kaleidoscopic vision. Gucci Garden Archetypes delves into the multifarious inspirations from the music, art, travel and pop culture spheres that resonate through Gucci’s campaigns.     "I thought it was interesting to accompany people in these first six years of adventure, inviting them to cross the imaginary, the narrative, the unexpected, the glitter. So, I created a playground of emotions that are the same as in the campaigns, because they are the most explicit journey into my imagery, " says Alessandro Michele, curator of the exhibition.     Cutting-edge technology, elaborate hand-crafting and innovative interior design create a sequence of distinct, immersive worlds, designed by Archivio Personale, the design studio that has transformed Alessandro Michele's vision into narrative spaces reflecting and enhancing the uniqueness of his aesthetics. Accessed via what appears to be a behind-the-scenes operations center, visitors first get a split-screen live view of the exhibition they are about to enter. Inside, a network of themed spaces and corridors bring the intricate world-building of 15 Gucci campaigns to life.   Gucci Beauty’s lipstick campaign for the ‘bold, bright and beautiful’ is transformed into a multi-screen extravaganza, in which we are dazzled from multiple angles by the now-famous smile belonging to punk singer Dani Miller that has overthrown  beauty conventions in the cosmetic industry.   Viewers also enter the scented floral paradise of Gucci Bloom, a hidden imaginary garden becomes a place of freedom for the three stars of the campaign – actress Dakota Johnson, feminist artist and photographer Petra Collins, and actress, model and trans woman Hari Nef. Charismatic and unconventional, this trio collectively ushered in Alessandro Michele's new, inclusive vision of modern femininity.   In one room, a circular projection creates the immersive sensation of being out ‘on the floor’ with the exuberant dancers of Pre-Fall 2017, with its pioneering casting of an all-black ensemble, in what Michele described as a ‘homage to the elegance of black culture’,  by putting it in the foreground. , this  campaign responded to the need for a better representation of the Black community in the fashion industry.    Pre-Fall 2018’s homage to the Parisian youth of ‘May 68’ on the 50th anniversary is evoked by a graffitied stairway that connects the two floors of the space. For Spring Summer 2018, interdisciplinary artist Ignasi Monreal created in almost 900 hours of painstaking work, a giant hand-painted mural that covers the walls and ceiling. Elsewhere, 150,000 shimmering sequins blanket the walls in a dazzling reimagining of Fall Winter 2016 campaign, a trip through Tokyo, while a museum-style diorama provides a guide to the creatures, aliens and explorers of the Fall Winter 2017 campaign’s trip to outer space.   The obsessive collections of Fall Winter 2018 campaign fill one space from floor to ceiling, as visitors are surrounded with shelves stacked with thousands of cased butterflies, as well as hundreds of cuckoo clocks, colorful wigs and sneakers. Guests can also find themselves in the 80s nightclub bathroom of the Berlin-set Spring Summer 2016 campaign, and behind the scenes in the sprawling modernist villa that hosted the Cruise 2020 campaign ‘party of the century’.   Visitors can even enter a mirrored labyrinth to go inside a stately home like the one at the heart of the Cruise 2016 campaign, take a trip through the breathtakingly world of Cruise 2019’s epic community of ark-builders, and ride on an LA subway carriage like the one that made an appearance back in the Fall Winter 2015 campaign, the first by Alessandro Michele.   The Gucci Garden Archetypes catalog will be the continuation of this journey into the imagination of Alessandro Michele – a true inventory of the creativity on display and a collection of images and surprises, complemented by original texts by personalities of the cultural scene including art critic Achille Bonito Oliva, philosopher Emanuele Coccia, artist and researcher Anna Franceschini, curator Antwaun Sargent, and sustainability and culture advisor Shaway Yeh.   Coherently with Gucci’s explorations of the digital realms, a virtual tour will also be available online, giving the possibility to visit the exhibition. Stepping further down this path, envisioning dialogues melding physical and virtual environments, the House has once again partnered with the global online platform Roblox – bringing in their metaverse a captivating Gucci Garden shared experience that will open its doors on May 17, for two weeks only.  As visitors explore this virtual gallery freely inspired by the Gucci campaigns exhibited, the digital avatars transform into mannequins absorbing elements of the exhibition, turning themselves into unique digital artworks.   On the 100th anniversary of the founding of Gucci, comes to Florence Gucci Garden Archetypes, an immersive multimedia experience that explores and celebrates the House’s creative vision.     An archetype is the original form from which all copies are made, never able to be recreated in itself, and every Gucci campaign speaks of a unique and unrepeatable moment – expressing the spirit of each collection, while reflecting the inclusive philosophy, liberated and audacious of Creative Director Alessandro Michele.     From Tokyo to Los Angeles, and from Northern Soul to May 68, the exhibition features mythical ark-builders, intergalactic explorers, horses, dancers, angels, and aliens all making appearances in this expansive exploration of Alessandro Michele's kaleidoscopic vision. Gucci Garden Archetypes delves into the multifarious inspirations from the music, art, travel and pop culture spheres that resonate through Gucci’s campaigns.     "I thought it was interesting to accompany people in these first six years of adventure, inviting them to cross the imaginary, the narrative, the unexpected, the glitter. So, I created a playground of emotions that are the same as in the campaigns, because they are the most explicit journey into my imagery, " says Alessandro Michele, curator of the exhibition.     Cutting-edge technology, elaborate hand-crafting and innovative interior design create a sequence of distinct, immersive worlds, designed by Archivio Personale, the design studio that has transformed Alessandro Michele's vision into narrative spaces reflecting and enhancing the uniqueness of his aesthetics. Accessed via what appears to be a behind-the-scenes operations center, visitors first get a split-screen live view of the exhibition they are about to enter. Inside, a network of themed spaces and corridors bring the intricate world-building of 15 Gucci campaigns to life.   Gucci Beauty’s lipstick campaign for the ‘bold, bright and beautiful’ is transformed into a multi-screen extravaganza, in which we are dazzled from multiple angles by the now-famous smile belonging to punk singer Dani Miller that has overthrown  beauty conventions in the cosmetic industry.   Viewers also enter the scented floral paradise of Gucci Bloom, a hidden imaginary garden becomes a place of freedom for the three stars of the campaign – actress Dakota Johnson, feminist artist and photographer Petra Collins, and actress, model and trans woman Hari Nef. Charismatic and unconventional, this trio collectively ushered in Alessandro Michele's new, inclusive vision of modern femininity.   In one room, a circular projection creates the immersive sensation of being out ‘on the floor’ with the exuberant dancers of Pre-Fall 2017, with its pioneering casting of an all-black ensemble, in what Michele described as a ‘homage to the elegance of black culture’,  by putting it in the foreground. , this  campaign responded to the need for a better representation of the Black community in the fashion industry.    Pre-Fall 2018’s homage to the Parisian youth of ‘May 68’ on the 50th anniversary is evoked by a graffitied stairway that connects the two floors of the space. For Spring Summer 2018, interdisciplinary artist Ignasi Monreal created in almost 900 hours of painstaking work, a giant hand-painted mural that covers the walls and ceiling. Elsewhere, 150,000 shimmering sequins blanket the walls in a dazzling reimagining of Fall Winter 2016 campaign, a trip through Tokyo, while a museum-style diorama provides a guide to the creatures, aliens and explorers of the Fall Winter 2017 campaign’s trip to outer space.   The obsessive collections of Fall Winter 2018 campaign fill one space from floor to ceiling, as visitors are surrounded with shelves stacked with thousands of cased butterflies, as well as hundreds of cuckoo clocks, colorful wigs and sneakers. Guests can also find themselves in the 80s nightclub bathroom of the Berlin-set Spring Summer 2016 campaign, and behind the scenes in the sprawling modernist villa that hosted the Cruise 2020 campaign ‘party of the century’.   Visitors can even enter a mirrored labyrinth to go inside a stately home like the one at the heart of the Cruise 2016 campaign, take a trip through the breathtakingly world of Cruise 2019’s epic community of ark-builders, and ride on an LA subway carriage like the one that made an appearance back in the Fall Winter 2015 campaign, the first by Alessandro Michele.   The Gucci Garden Archetypes catalog will be the continuation of this journey into the imagination of Alessandro Michele – a true inventory of the creativity on display and a collection of images and surprises, complemented by original texts by personalities of the cultural scene including art critic Achille Bonito Oliva, philosopher Emanuele Coccia, artist and researcher Anna Franceschini, curator Antwaun Sargent, and sustainability and culture advisor Shaway Yeh.   Coherently with Gucci’s explorations of the digital realms, a virtual tour will also be available online, giving the possibility to visit the exhibition. Stepping further down this path, envisioning dialogues melding physical and virtual environments, the House has once again partnered with the global online platform Roblox – bringing in their metaverse a captivating Gucci Garden shared experience that will open its doors on May 17, for two weeks only.  As visitors explore this virtual gallery freely inspired by the Gucci campaigns exhibited, the digital avatars transform into mannequins absorbing elements of the exhibition, turning themselves into unique digital artworks.  

Vans Celebrates Free and Creative Expression this Pride Month by Amplifying the Stories and Mission of the LGBTQ+ Community
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Vans Celebrates Free and Creative Expression this Pride Month by Amplifying the Stories and Mission of the LGBTQ+ Community

Design Vans is donating a total of $200,000 USD to GLSEN, Casa 1, Where Love is Illegal and Tokyo Rainbow Pride Organizations.   Since 1966, Vans’ brand purpose has been to enable creative expression for fans around the world, regardless of where you come from, the color of your skin or who you love. Vans recognizes the Pride movement as an inspiring global moment of authentic self-expression, and proudly celebrates the empowering spirit and identities of the LGBTQ+ community.   To celebrate Pride 2021, Vans will be donating a total of $200,000 USD to four organizations from around the world including GLSEN, Casa 1, Where Love is Illegal and Tokyo Rainbow Pride to support and uplift their personal stories and mission.   Pride is celebrated worldwide as a cultural moment for all to stand united in celebration of the tremendous impact for the LGBTQ+ community has brought to society. Vans is committed to advocating for support of the LGBTQ+ community year-round as a driving philosophy towards equality and progression.   With a global approach in mind, Vans selected four organizations who continue to champion equality, safety and education amongst the LGBTQ+ community worldwide.   Vans Americas will donate to GLSEN, an organization that works to cultivate a safe and supportive school environment for all students regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or expression. Vans will highlight the stories and narratives of their local ambassadors including Get Lit poet, Tyris Winter, painter, designer and printmaker, Mich Miller, skateboarder, photographer and creative director, Samuel McGuire, singer and songwriter, Serena Isioma, and more to highlight the relationship between creativity, identity and community.   Vans Americas will also give back to Casa 1, an organization that seeks to promote structural changes by providing safe shelter and access to culture, education and health resources for the LGBTQ+ community.   Vans Europe will partner with Where Love is Illegal, a project by Witness Change, that shares personal testimonials of survival from the LGBTQ+ community to help connect people, transform opinions and support real change. Vans and Where Love is Illegal will partner with local artists from the LGBTQ+ community to design 45 windows across Europe inspired by the testimonials from the organization. Vans Family members in Europe will also be able to connect with Where Love is Illegal, through an in-app donation initiative, For every 100 points donated, Vans will convert it into a €10 donation which will go straight to the partner.   Vans Asia-Pacific region will partner with Tokyo Rainbow Pride as part of their 2021 “Raise Your Voice. Change The World” digital activation that aims to build awareness and policy change so that all genders, races and beliefs can be equal. Vans Pride storytelling and activations around the world will kick off throughout May and June.        Inspired by the LGBTQ+ community and the spirit of creative self-expression, Vans will release a footwear and apparel collection that is designed to support a more equal and inclusive society this May. Vans Classic silhouettes including the Classic Slip-On, Era, Sk8-Mid and UltraRange, will reinterpret the iconic rainbow checkerboard pattern through repeat print executions, all-over patterns and mixed material patchwork applications. The Pride assortment includes accompanying apparel and accessories. “When I was younger, I was so scared to merge my queer life and my skate life, and to see the two crashing into each other in such a beautiful and organic way is cool,” said skateboarder and campaign photographer, Samuel McGuire who grew up skating in Vans. “To work with a brand that is involved in the queer community and that was so influential in my life is a dream come true.”     The Vans Pride collection is on-sale now at select Vans stores and online at Vans.com. Learn more about our charity partners at Vans.com/pride. Vans is donating a total of $200,000 USD to GLSEN, Casa 1, Where Love is Illegal and Tokyo Rainbow Pride Organizations.   Since 1966, Vans’ brand purpose has been to enable creative expression for fans around the world, regardless of where you come from, the color of your skin or who you love. Vans recognizes the Pride movement as an inspiring global moment of authentic self-expression, and proudly celebrates the empowering spirit and identities of the LGBTQ+ community.   To celebrate Pride 2021, Vans will be donating a total of $200,000 USD to four organizations from around the world including GLSEN, Casa 1, Where Love is Illegal and Tokyo Rainbow Pride to support and uplift their personal stories and mission.   Pride is celebrated worldwide as a cultural moment for all to stand united in celebration of the tremendous impact for the LGBTQ+ community has brought to society. Vans is committed to advocating for support of the LGBTQ+ community year-round as a driving philosophy towards equality and progression.   With a global approach in mind, Vans selected four organizations who continue to champion equality, safety and education amongst the LGBTQ+ community worldwide.   Vans Americas will donate to GLSEN, an organization that works to cultivate a safe and supportive school environment for all students regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or expression. Vans will highlight the stories and narratives of their local ambassadors including Get Lit poet, Tyris Winter, painter, designer and printmaker, Mich Miller, skateboarder, photographer and creative director, Samuel McGuire, singer and songwriter, Serena Isioma, and more to highlight the relationship between creativity, identity and community.   Vans Americas will also give back to Casa 1, an organization that seeks to promote structural changes by providing safe shelter and access to culture, education and health resources for the LGBTQ+ community.   Vans Europe will partner with Where Love is Illegal, a project by Witness Change, that shares personal testimonials of survival from the LGBTQ+ community to help connect people, transform opinions and support real change. Vans and Where Love is Illegal will partner with local artists from the LGBTQ+ community to design 45 windows across Europe inspired by the testimonials from the organization. Vans Family members in Europe will also be able to connect with Where Love is Illegal, through an in-app donation initiative, For every 100 points donated, Vans will convert it into a €10 donation which will go straight to the partner.   Vans Asia-Pacific region will partner with Tokyo Rainbow Pride as part of their 2021 “Raise Your Voice. Change The World” digital activation that aims to build awareness and policy change so that all genders, races and beliefs can be equal. Vans Pride storytelling and activations around the world will kick off throughout May and June.        Inspired by the LGBTQ+ community and the spirit of creative self-expression, Vans will release a footwear and apparel collection that is designed to support a more equal and inclusive society this May. Vans Classic silhouettes including the Classic Slip-On, Era, Sk8-Mid and UltraRange, will reinterpret the iconic rainbow checkerboard pattern through repeat print executions, all-over patterns and mixed material patchwork applications. The Pride assortment includes accompanying apparel and accessories. “When I was younger, I was so scared to merge my queer life and my skate life, and to see the two crashing into each other in such a beautiful and organic way is cool,” said skateboarder and campaign photographer, Samuel McGuire who grew up skating in Vans. “To work with a brand that is involved in the queer community and that was so influential in my life is a dream come true.”     The Vans Pride collection is on-sale now at select Vans stores and online at Vans.com. Learn more about our charity partners at Vans.com/pride.

illycaffè launches the new illy Art Collection by Ai Weiwei
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illycaffè launches the new illy Art Collection by Ai Weiwei

Design illycaffè presents the new illy Art Collection by Ai Weiwei, a personal interpretation of the renowned series of art cups bythe Chinese artist who is one of the 21st centuries most influential people.    This illy Art Collection has been inspired by Ai Weiwei’s famous Coloured Vases which hecreated in 2006, taking ancient Neolithic vases and dunking them into industrial paint tins to reshape their look and function. Using a process of appropriation and destruction, Ai Weiwei takes ordinary objects away from their daily context and transforms them into works of art.    “To express yourself needs a reason, but expressing yourself is the reason” the perfect summary of the life and the art of Ai Weiwei, which are closely entwined and have seen him become a conceptual artist, sculptor, painter, performer, photographer, architect and urban designer, collector, film director, actor, musician, writer and editor, blogger and selfie professional, investigative journalist, human rights activist and dissident.... a kaleidoscope of experiences and perspectives. In his illy Art Collection, Ai Weiwei echoes all of this in a familiar object and, with one of his typical unsettling acts, he invites us to explore our “position” and the perspective from which we look at the world at a given point in space and time, even just for the time it takes to enjoy a coffee.    “I am very happy to be a part of illy Art Collection. I think it is very important to give power to art and design while drinking good coffee, because it affects everybody’s life. We should enjoy it.” - Ai Weiwei   “The project with Ai Weiwei is an exceptional event -said Massimiliano Pogliani, illycaffè CEO - and we have celebrated it with a particularly valuable and refined illy Art Collection. From a great personality, that has had a huge impact on culture in recent years, speaking out about the complexity of contemporary society, often ironically, we get an optical illusion, a hidden beauty which becomes manifest if we learn to see without the misconception of using one single perspective only. To us, this is what the illy Art Collection project is: art providing an insight through beauty, and Ai Weiwei’s artwork is new and brilliant evidence of this.”   The collection by Ai Weiwei is available from May in the following formats:    4 espresso cups (decorated in gold, black, orange and green) €88,00 4 cappuccino cups (decorated in gold, black, orange and green) €108,00 2 espresso cups (decorated in gold and black) €48,00 2 cappuccino cups (decorated in gold and black) €58,00 illycaffè presents the new illy Art Collection by Ai Weiwei, a personal interpretation of the renowned series of art cups bythe Chinese artist who is one of the 21st centuries most influential people.    This illy Art Collection has been inspired by Ai Weiwei’s famous Coloured Vases which hecreated in 2006, taking ancient Neolithic vases and dunking them into industrial paint tins to reshape their look and function. Using a process of appropriation and destruction, Ai Weiwei takes ordinary objects away from their daily context and transforms them into works of art.    “To express yourself needs a reason, but expressing yourself is the reason” the perfect summary of the life and the art of Ai Weiwei, which are closely entwined and have seen him become a conceptual artist, sculptor, painter, performer, photographer, architect and urban designer, collector, film director, actor, musician, writer and editor, blogger and selfie professional, investigative journalist, human rights activist and dissident.... a kaleidoscope of experiences and perspectives. In his illy Art Collection, Ai Weiwei echoes all of this in a familiar object and, with one of his typical unsettling acts, he invites us to explore our “position” and the perspective from which we look at the world at a given point in space and time, even just for the time it takes to enjoy a coffee.    “I am very happy to be a part of illy Art Collection. I think it is very important to give power to art and design while drinking good coffee, because it affects everybody’s life. We should enjoy it.” - Ai Weiwei   “The project with Ai Weiwei is an exceptional event -said Massimiliano Pogliani, illycaffè CEO - and we have celebrated it with a particularly valuable and refined illy Art Collection. From a great personality, that has had a huge impact on culture in recent years, speaking out about the complexity of contemporary society, often ironically, we get an optical illusion, a hidden beauty which becomes manifest if we learn to see without the misconception of using one single perspective only. To us, this is what the illy Art Collection project is: art providing an insight through beauty, and Ai Weiwei’s artwork is new and brilliant evidence of this.”   The collection by Ai Weiwei is available from May in the following formats:    4 espresso cups (decorated in gold, black, orange and green) €88,00 4 cappuccino cups (decorated in gold, black, orange and green) €108,00 2 espresso cups (decorated in gold and black) €48,00 2 cappuccino cups (decorated in gold and black) €58,00

Alexander McQueen presents the incredible Womenswear  Pre Fall 2021 collection
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Alexander McQueen presents the incredible Womenswear Pre Fall 2021 collection

Fashion Inspiration behind the collection:   A continued focus on silhouette. Saturated colour, papercut prints and hybrids. A study of clothing and of character: portraits.     About the bags from the collection: The Curve bag in black, ivory and chrome green and red and pink leather and in black, ivory and chrome green leather. The Bundle drawstring bag in chrome green, ultramarine and black polyfaille trimmed with leather. The Short Story in khaki with black leather detailing and in ivory. The Jewelled Satchel in black, red and ultramarine leather, powder blue croc stamped leather, studded black leather and ivory leather embossed with a love bird motif. The Sculptural Jewelled Satchel in red, ultramarine and navy leather. The Four-Ring Clutch in chrome green Perspex.   About the shoes from the collection: Wander Chelsea boots in black leather with elasticated sides and ared rubber soles. The Wander loafer in black leather with ared rubber soles. Knee-high Tread Slick boots in black leather with elasticated sides and combat soles. Tread sandals in black and chrome green with web straps.     About the jewellery from the collection: Jewellery including multi-hoop ear hooks, rings and stacked bracelets engraved with oral and seasonal motifs including hearts, doves and the sun in antique silver metal. Asymmetrical drop earrings in antique silver metal with glass stones in jet, red and ultramarine. Stone emblem necklaces in antique silver metal with oversized pendants featuring doves and hearts and coloured glass stones.   alexandermcqueen.com Inspiration behind the collection:   A continued focus on silhouette. Saturated colour, papercut prints and hybrids. A study of clothing and of character: portraits.     About the bags from the collection: The Curve bag in black, ivory and chrome green and red and pink leather and in black, ivory and chrome green leather. The Bundle drawstring bag in chrome green, ultramarine and black polyfaille trimmed with leather. The Short Story in khaki with black leather detailing and in ivory. The Jewelled Satchel in black, red and ultramarine leather, powder blue croc stamped leather, studded black leather and ivory leather embossed with a love bird motif. The Sculptural Jewelled Satchel in red, ultramarine and navy leather. The Four-Ring Clutch in chrome green Perspex.   About the shoes from the collection: Wander Chelsea boots in black leather with elasticated sides and ared rubber soles. The Wander loafer in black leather with ared rubber soles. Knee-high Tread Slick boots in black leather with elasticated sides and combat soles. Tread sandals in black and chrome green with web straps.     About the jewellery from the collection: Jewellery including multi-hoop ear hooks, rings and stacked bracelets engraved with oral and seasonal motifs including hearts, doves and the sun in antique silver metal. Asymmetrical drop earrings in antique silver metal with glass stones in jet, red and ultramarine. Stone emblem necklaces in antique silver metal with oversized pendants featuring doves and hearts and coloured glass stones.   alexandermcqueen.com

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