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Travel Exclusive images of Japan, photographed by Ashley Soong. Exclusive images of Japan, photographed by Ashley Soong.

Givenchy presents "ID93" handbag
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Givenchy presents "ID93" handbag

Accessories The House of Givenchy presents the “ID93” handbag, a style Artistic Director Clare Waight Keller presented on the spring-summer 2020 runway to complement the soft attitude and oversized volumes of her silhouettes. Named for the era defined by minimalism and flowing shapes, the ID93 draws on the essence of the Spring collection. Bandana details borrowed from runway looks blend with sensual, tactile shapes, giving this handbag distinctive character and texture. The ID93 features a supple construction with knot details, cousu retourné straps that are twisted, braided and stitched by hand, and a 2G signature enveloped in ultra-soft calf leather, complemented on some styles by theseason’s key natural material, hand-woven raffia. A subtle losange composition and a Givenchy chain motif rendered in precise perforations on leather, or as diagonal embroidery on raffia, further underscore its refinement. Consummate style and multiple functionalities mingle on three variations of the ID93, each with a roomy, zipped main compartment. The streamlined Crossbody comes with an adjustable strap, while the Medium and Large styles feature a zipped main compartment flanked on either side by open side pockets, plus two interchangeable shoulder straps — one hand-twisted and the other flat. Lastly, an elongated leather pull gives the ID93 extra practicality and an air of easy nonchalance. Retail prices for the ID93 range from 1,490 euros for the Crossbody style to 1,790 euros (Medium) and 2,450 euros (Large). The Givenchy ID93 bag will be launched in selected stores in February 2020.  More on givenchy.com The House of Givenchy presents the “ID93” handbag, a style Artistic Director Clare Waight Keller presented on the spring-summer 2020 runway to complement the soft attitude and oversized volumes of her silhouettes. Named for the era defined by minimalism and flowing shapes, the ID93 draws on the essence of the Spring collection. Bandana details borrowed from runway looks blend with sensual, tactile shapes, giving this handbag distinctive character and texture. The ID93 features a supple construction with knot details, cousu retourné straps that are twisted, braided and stitched by hand, and a 2G signature enveloped in ultra-soft calf leather, complemented on some styles by theseason’s key natural material, hand-woven raffia. A subtle losange composition and a Givenchy chain motif rendered in precise perforations on leather, or as diagonal embroidery on raffia, further underscore its refinement. Consummate style and multiple functionalities mingle on three variations of the ID93, each with a roomy, zipped main compartment. The streamlined Crossbody comes with an adjustable strap, while the Medium and Large styles feature a zipped main compartment flanked on either side by open side pockets, plus two interchangeable shoulder straps — one hand-twisted and the other flat. Lastly, an elongated leather pull gives the ID93 extra practicality and an air of easy nonchalance. Retail prices for the ID93 range from 1,490 euros for the Crossbody style to 1,790 euros (Medium) and 2,450 euros (Large). The Givenchy ID93 bag will be launched in selected stores in February 2020.  More on givenchy.com

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The Stedelijk presents The Future is Now by Nam June Paik
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The Stedelijk presents The Future is Now by Nam June Paik

Art The Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam presents The Future is Now, a major exhibition of the work of artist Nam June Paik, which opens on 14 March. Paik’s multidisciplinary, radical, innovative and playful work continues to inspire a new generation of artists. He was one of the pioneers of contemporary video art and predicted the power of mass media to shape our lives. Fanning out over 16 rooms, the survey is the biggest and most ambitious retrospective in years.   Born in South Korea, Nam June Paik (1932-2006) grew up in Japan, studied music in Germany and collaborated in Fluxus, an international network of avant-garde artists. Paik introduced the term ‘electronic superhighway’ to foretell the future of communication in an internet age. The artist erased the boundaries between art and technology, between East and West, and investigated technology’s impact on globalization and everyday life.   The Stedelijk’s relationship with Nam June Paik dates back to 1977 when the museum mounted his first major show in the Netherlands. In 1984 Paik also took part in The Luminous Image, an ambitious survey of contemporary video art. The Stedelijk not only championed the new discipline by giving it a platform, but also purchased video art, including that of Paik, for its collection—one of the first museums to do so. An iconic installation from the Stedelijk collection is TV-Buddha (1974), in which an 18th-century wooden Buddha appears to ‘watch’ itself on a modern television, and typifies the influence of (Zen) Buddhist philosophies on Paik’s approach to art and technology. Curator Leontine Coelewij: The work of Nam June Paik stimulates the viewer’s senses through a multisensory sound and image experience. Paik was one of the first video artists. He began testing the boundaries of television as a medium as early as the 1970s and explored its role as a transcendent mode of communication able to connect the world's population at the touch of a button. With social media and online video platforms we’re living in the world that Paik foretold, which makes this exhibition more topical than ever. The Future is Now takes a definitive look at the artist’s interdisciplinary oeuvre: video, sculpture, music, dance and performance. And features two spectacular room-filling installations: TV Garden of 1974-77, where television sets seem to flourish among abundant foliage, and Sistine Chapel of 1993, the iconic culmination of the exhibition in the IMC Hall of Honour, a mesmerising riot of images from 34 projectors, for which Paik received the prestigious Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale in 1993. The exhibition also highlights his collaborations with other artists such as composer John Cage, choreographer Merce Cunningham, cellist Charlotte Moorman and artist Joseph Beuys. Additionally, Paik strongly emphasised the interactive qualities of art, and the exhibition also includes art works in which visitors can participate by physically interacting with the work. The exhibition will tour to five international venues; Tate Modern, London, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and National Gallery Singapore. The Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam presents The Future is Now, a major exhibition of the work of artist Nam June Paik, which opens on 14 March. Paik’s multidisciplinary, radical, innovative and playful work continues to inspire a new generation of artists. He was one of the pioneers of contemporary video art and predicted the power of mass media to shape our lives. Fanning out over 16 rooms, the survey is the biggest and most ambitious retrospective in years.   Born in South Korea, Nam June Paik (1932-2006) grew up in Japan, studied music in Germany and collaborated in Fluxus, an international network of avant-garde artists. Paik introduced the term ‘electronic superhighway’ to foretell the future of communication in an internet age. The artist erased the boundaries between art and technology, between East and West, and investigated technology’s impact on globalization and everyday life.   The Stedelijk’s relationship with Nam June Paik dates back to 1977 when the museum mounted his first major show in the Netherlands. In 1984 Paik also took part in The Luminous Image, an ambitious survey of contemporary video art. The Stedelijk not only championed the new discipline by giving it a platform, but also purchased video art, including that of Paik, for its collection—one of the first museums to do so. An iconic installation from the Stedelijk collection is TV-Buddha (1974), in which an 18th-century wooden Buddha appears to ‘watch’ itself on a modern television, and typifies the influence of (Zen) Buddhist philosophies on Paik’s approach to art and technology. Curator Leontine Coelewij: The work of Nam June Paik stimulates the viewer’s senses through a multisensory sound and image experience. Paik was one of the first video artists. He began testing the boundaries of television as a medium as early as the 1970s and explored its role as a transcendent mode of communication able to connect the world's population at the touch of a button. With social media and online video platforms we’re living in the world that Paik foretold, which makes this exhibition more topical than ever. The Future is Now takes a definitive look at the artist’s interdisciplinary oeuvre: video, sculpture, music, dance and performance. And features two spectacular room-filling installations: TV Garden of 1974-77, where television sets seem to flourish among abundant foliage, and Sistine Chapel of 1993, the iconic culmination of the exhibition in the IMC Hall of Honour, a mesmerising riot of images from 34 projectors, for which Paik received the prestigious Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale in 1993. The exhibition also highlights his collaborations with other artists such as composer John Cage, choreographer Merce Cunningham, cellist Charlotte Moorman and artist Joseph Beuys. Additionally, Paik strongly emphasised the interactive qualities of art, and the exhibition also includes art works in which visitors can participate by physically interacting with the work. The exhibition will tour to five international venues; Tate Modern, London, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and National Gallery Singapore.

FEST opens flagship store with a cinema in Amsterdam
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FEST opens flagship store with a cinema in Amsterdam

Lifestyle  The new FEST flagship store takes away all doubts about the purchase of your new piece of furniture. By giving free personal interior advice and the possibility to try out a sofa in a mini cinema, the interior brand from Amsterdam wants to help their consumers make the best choices. Femke Furnée (founder of FEST): “A sofa is a big purchase. You do research, you try things out… We understand that it’s a difficult decision, and that’s why we want to advise our customers in a new way, so they are sure they are making the best possible choice.” The newest FEST store, located at De Clercqstraat in Amsterdam-West, is now open.   FEST is the new kid on the block in the traditional furniture industry and is well on its way to becoming a worldwide player. Femke: “We have our own collection of high-end design furniture and home décor without the high-end price tag: affordable luxury. We are a young company, our team is in the middle of our own target group, which allows us to understand the needs of our customers. The purchase of a piece of furniture is a big and important choice, so we want to make this as easy and exciting as possible. An example of this is the mini cinema in our newest flagship store, where you can try out a sofa before buying it.”    Mini Cinema The flagship store is officially open from January 8th. You are welcome to visit the store for free interior advice by appointment or to watch a movie in the FEST cinema, where you get the chance to test any FEST sofa - upholstered in cinema-red velvet. The sofas are upholstered in cinema-red velvet for the occasion. “When you try out a sofa in a store, you are sitting stiffly and straight, while at home, most of us are hanging on the sofa and watching a movie. In our mini cinema, you can experience the real comfort of the sofa before it’s in your house.”, Femke explains.   From €3000 to a multi-million euro company The store in Amsterdam-West is the third brand store owned by the rapidly growing interior brand. Femke Furnée: “I started my company when I was 27. I had no experience, economical background nor start capital. I started with €3000 of savings and throughout the last seven years, I expanded FEST into a multi-billion company. We have our own design collection that’s being sold in over twenty countries, including the MoMa design store in New York and the Centre Pompidou’s museum store in Paris. We also supply the contract market, for instance, our furniture can be found in co-working space The Wing in New York, Los Angeles and London and soon also in Netflix' headquarters in Amsterdam. But I only realised that what we’re doing is really unique last year, when The Financial Times listed us as one of the fastest-growing companies in Europe. Poetry of Space The FEST flagship store is designed by S-P-A-C-E Projects, a company that also did the interior of stores like Ace & Tate and Fabienne Chapot. Femke: “We designed our first two stores ourselves with limited budgets. Until last year, we’ve grown organically, but we now have an investor on board. Because of that, we now have the tools to invest in growth, including a next-level store experience.“ So far, FEST has grown by working really hard, but also by trusting in my intuition. This intuition is one of the most important sources of inspiration for the designer of the newest store. You can see it translated into organic shapes that dominate our shop.” Pepijn Smit from S-P-A-C-E projects: “At FEST,  I strongly believe in the story of intuition. Not only why choices are made, but also how these choices are being made. I’ve tried to translate this to an interior in which everything is connected - like the words of a poem. For me, the store is like a spacious poem: Poetry of Space.  The new FEST flagship store takes away all doubts about the purchase of your new piece of furniture. By giving free personal interior advice and the possibility to try out a sofa in a mini cinema, the interior brand from Amsterdam wants to help their consumers make the best choices. Femke Furnée (founder of FEST): “A sofa is a big purchase. You do research, you try things out… We understand that it’s a difficult decision, and that’s why we want to advise our customers in a new way, so they are sure they are making the best possible choice.” The newest FEST store, located at De Clercqstraat in Amsterdam-West, is now open.   FEST is the new kid on the block in the traditional furniture industry and is well on its way to becoming a worldwide player. Femke: “We have our own collection of high-end design furniture and home décor without the high-end price tag: affordable luxury. We are a young company, our team is in the middle of our own target group, which allows us to understand the needs of our customers. The purchase of a piece of furniture is a big and important choice, so we want to make this as easy and exciting as possible. An example of this is the mini cinema in our newest flagship store, where you can try out a sofa before buying it.”    Mini Cinema The flagship store is officially open from January 8th. You are welcome to visit the store for free interior advice by appointment or to watch a movie in the FEST cinema, where you get the chance to test any FEST sofa - upholstered in cinema-red velvet. The sofas are upholstered in cinema-red velvet for the occasion. “When you try out a sofa in a store, you are sitting stiffly and straight, while at home, most of us are hanging on the sofa and watching a movie. In our mini cinema, you can experience the real comfort of the sofa before it’s in your house.”, Femke explains.   From €3000 to a multi-million euro company The store in Amsterdam-West is the third brand store owned by the rapidly growing interior brand. Femke Furnée: “I started my company when I was 27. I had no experience, economical background nor start capital. I started with €3000 of savings and throughout the last seven years, I expanded FEST into a multi-billion company. We have our own design collection that’s being sold in over twenty countries, including the MoMa design store in New York and the Centre Pompidou’s museum store in Paris. We also supply the contract market, for instance, our furniture can be found in co-working space The Wing in New York, Los Angeles and London and soon also in Netflix' headquarters in Amsterdam. But I only realised that what we’re doing is really unique last year, when The Financial Times listed us as one of the fastest-growing companies in Europe. Poetry of Space The FEST flagship store is designed by S-P-A-C-E Projects, a company that also did the interior of stores like Ace & Tate and Fabienne Chapot. Femke: “We designed our first two stores ourselves with limited budgets. Until last year, we’ve grown organically, but we now have an investor on board. Because of that, we now have the tools to invest in growth, including a next-level store experience.“ So far, FEST has grown by working really hard, but also by trusting in my intuition. This intuition is one of the most important sources of inspiration for the designer of the newest store. You can see it translated into organic shapes that dominate our shop.” Pepijn Smit from S-P-A-C-E projects: “At FEST,  I strongly believe in the story of intuition. Not only why choices are made, but also how these choices are being made. I’ve tried to translate this to an interior in which everything is connected - like the words of a poem. For me, the store is like a spacious poem: Poetry of Space.

Givenchy launches the "Bond" shopper for men
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Givenchy launches the "Bond" shopper for men

Accessories For Summer 2020, the House of Givenchy expands on its oversized women’s shopper, the Bond, with a line designed specially to fit the lifestyles of men on the move. Named for both its stud buttons as well as for the contents it holds together, the Bond was directly inspired by Clare Waight Keller’s own travel-intensive lifestyle. Now revisited with a masculine flair — with fresh pops of colored “Givenchy” lettering and trim, and with strings or chain details on selected styles — the Bond melds seamlessly with a Summer men’s collection designed for ease of movement and an urban sensibility. In addition to a fresh version of the original shopper, a selection of shapes — from a practical belt bag to crossbody styles, backpacks and a duffle version — makes it easy to find the perfect Bond for every setting. The expanded Givenchy Bond collection will launch in selected stores worldwide on February 15th, 2020. Prices: from 990 euros for the Bond belt bag to 2190 euros for the Bond duffle. More on givenchy.com For Summer 2020, the House of Givenchy expands on its oversized women’s shopper, the Bond, with a line designed specially to fit the lifestyles of men on the move. Named for both its stud buttons as well as for the contents it holds together, the Bond was directly inspired by Clare Waight Keller’s own travel-intensive lifestyle. Now revisited with a masculine flair — with fresh pops of colored “Givenchy” lettering and trim, and with strings or chain details on selected styles — the Bond melds seamlessly with a Summer men’s collection designed for ease of movement and an urban sensibility. In addition to a fresh version of the original shopper, a selection of shapes — from a practical belt bag to crossbody styles, backpacks and a duffle version — makes it easy to find the perfect Bond for every setting. The expanded Givenchy Bond collection will launch in selected stores worldwide on February 15th, 2020. Prices: from 990 euros for the Bond belt bag to 2190 euros for the Bond duffle. More on givenchy.com

Diesel upcycling for 55DSL
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Diesel upcycling for 55DSL

Fashion Week DIESEL is proud to announce DIESEL UPCYCLING FOR, a new series of collections that address the need for more environmentally respectful practices in the fashion industry.   DIESEL UPCYCLING FOR is the first major initiative aligned with DIESEL’s For Responsible Livingstrategy, which focuses on a commitment to a more sustainable future, including the regular use of upcycling in production and adapting to a changing world. The strategy is based on four key pillars: Be The Alternative, Stand For The Planet, Celebrate Individuality andPromote Integrity.   Upcycling and creative reuse is the process of ‘transforming existing products, waste material and deadstock into new products’. It reduces the consumption of raw materials, as well as decreasing energy use, air and water pollution, and greenhouse gas emissions - essentially, it is the creation of something new, by using what we have already.    The brand will appoint different designers and creative minds for every new DIESEL UPCYCLING FOR collection. The aim is to showcase how upcycling can be interpreted through the creativity of the different designers and explore the endless possibilities of upcycling.    The first collection in the DIESEL UPCYCLING FOR series kicks off with a throwback partner: 55DSL. In a past forwardreinterpretation, inspiration was drawn from DIESEL’s iconic heritage denim to create a colorful, sporty aesthetic. Deadstock, archive pieces and prototypes were reworked to create a completely reimagined limited-edition product run.    DIESEL UPCYCLING FOR 55DSL takes bold dashes of color, tie-dye treatments, usage of mineral dyes, mixed materials and overlapping logos to create a fresh and bright summer lineup of only 5055 pieces, with a strong denim focus on account of DIESEL’s heritage.    Transparency is key for this collection. That’s why each piece of the DIESEL UPCYCLING FOR 55DSL has a QR code that can be scanned, directing the purchaser to a landing page that will detail the making of the garment, with a photographic timelineof all the processes used.    The capsule collection  was presented on February 22, 2020, during Milan Fashion Week. In a made now, buy nowformat, the collection will be shown in a classroom-esque live performance, with seamstresses making live pieces of the collection in front of the audience. Music will be a strong component of the experience, during which the mechanical sounds of upcycling will be played by artists, creating music through the reuse of objects.    DIESEL UPCYCLING FOR 55DSL is available from today on diesel.com, in select DIESEL flagship stores and in a network of select retailers worldwide. DIESEL is proud to announce DIESEL UPCYCLING FOR, a new series of collections that address the need for more environmentally respectful practices in the fashion industry.   DIESEL UPCYCLING FOR is the first major initiative aligned with DIESEL’s For Responsible Livingstrategy, which focuses on a commitment to a more sustainable future, including the regular use of upcycling in production and adapting to a changing world. The strategy is based on four key pillars: Be The Alternative, Stand For The Planet, Celebrate Individuality andPromote Integrity.   Upcycling and creative reuse is the process of ‘transforming existing products, waste material and deadstock into new products’. It reduces the consumption of raw materials, as well as decreasing energy use, air and water pollution, and greenhouse gas emissions - essentially, it is the creation of something new, by using what we have already.    The brand will appoint different designers and creative minds for every new DIESEL UPCYCLING FOR collection. The aim is to showcase how upcycling can be interpreted through the creativity of the different designers and explore the endless possibilities of upcycling.    The first collection in the DIESEL UPCYCLING FOR series kicks off with a throwback partner: 55DSL. In a past forwardreinterpretation, inspiration was drawn from DIESEL’s iconic heritage denim to create a colorful, sporty aesthetic. Deadstock, archive pieces and prototypes were reworked to create a completely reimagined limited-edition product run.    DIESEL UPCYCLING FOR 55DSL takes bold dashes of color, tie-dye treatments, usage of mineral dyes, mixed materials and overlapping logos to create a fresh and bright summer lineup of only 5055 pieces, with a strong denim focus on account of DIESEL’s heritage.    Transparency is key for this collection. That’s why each piece of the DIESEL UPCYCLING FOR 55DSL has a QR code that can be scanned, directing the purchaser to a landing page that will detail the making of the garment, with a photographic timelineof all the processes used.    The capsule collection  was presented on February 22, 2020, during Milan Fashion Week. In a made now, buy nowformat, the collection will be shown in a classroom-esque live performance, with seamstresses making live pieces of the collection in front of the audience. Music will be a strong component of the experience, during which the mechanical sounds of upcycling will be played by artists, creating music through the reuse of objects.    DIESEL UPCYCLING FOR 55DSL is available from today on diesel.com, in select DIESEL flagship stores and in a network of select retailers worldwide.

New Flower by Kenzo
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New Flower by Kenzo

Beauty FLOWER BY KENZO reinvents itself in a new fragrance. The vibrant red poppy melds with the intensity of a bright pink and comes in a generous, oversized bouquet. FLOWER BY KENZO POPPY BOUQUET, a new oral Eau de Parfum that celebrates a contagious energy and the power to make the world more beautiful. A bouquet with a ery heart. A new fragrance composed four-handedly. Twenty years after the creation of FLOWER BY KENZO, Master Perfumer Alberto Morillas dreamed of a new orality in keeping with the iconic fragrance. He combined his knowhow with the passion of young perfumer Dora Baghriche. Together, they reinterpreted the bold factory signature of FLOWER BY KENZO and imagined FLOWER BY KENZO POPPY BOUQUET. In tribute to KENZO’s Japanese roots, the fresh and juicy Nashi Pear introduces a truly pop oral explosion, made of voluptuous Bulgarian Rose, luminous Jasmine and sensual Gardenia. At the base, creamy accents of Almond Wood reveal a new intensity. A captivating trail. An extraordinary persistence. An upright bottle with new freedom of expression. A new color-block poppy in a vibrant chromatic palette of red and pink. The perfect mix and match, a tribute to KENZO Fashion. One of the first couture houses to dare this duo of colors with style. One, two, three bottles of different sizes gathered side by side, and it is a graceful and generous bouquet, a joyful blossoming, a oral invasion.... FLOWER BY KENZO reinvents itself in a new fragrance. The vibrant red poppy melds with the intensity of a bright pink and comes in a generous, oversized bouquet. FLOWER BY KENZO POPPY BOUQUET, a new oral Eau de Parfum that celebrates a contagious energy and the power to make the world more beautiful. A bouquet with a ery heart. A new fragrance composed four-handedly. Twenty years after the creation of FLOWER BY KENZO, Master Perfumer Alberto Morillas dreamed of a new orality in keeping with the iconic fragrance. He combined his knowhow with the passion of young perfumer Dora Baghriche. Together, they reinterpreted the bold factory signature of FLOWER BY KENZO and imagined FLOWER BY KENZO POPPY BOUQUET. In tribute to KENZO’s Japanese roots, the fresh and juicy Nashi Pear introduces a truly pop oral explosion, made of voluptuous Bulgarian Rose, luminous Jasmine and sensual Gardenia. At the base, creamy accents of Almond Wood reveal a new intensity. A captivating trail. An extraordinary persistence. An upright bottle with new freedom of expression. A new color-block poppy in a vibrant chromatic palette of red and pink. The perfect mix and match, a tribute to KENZO Fashion. One of the first couture houses to dare this duo of colors with style. One, two, three bottles of different sizes gathered side by side, and it is a graceful and generous bouquet, a joyful blossoming, a oral invasion....

FENDI Fall and Winter 2020-2021
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FENDI Fall and Winter 2020-2021

Fashion Week Sometimes it’s beneath the prettiest façades that the deepest truths lie. Through the FENDI Women’s Fall/Winter 2020-2021 Collection, creative director Silvia Venturini Fendi delves into the dual personalities of la donna FENDI, charting the idiosyncrasies of her potent femininity. The subversive concept of ‘soft power’ emerges – from the boudoir to the boardroom, an expression of all things ladylike charged with emotion and ritual. Polarities of colour and texture prescribe smooth concrete greys and warm neutrals against a flush of pastels and a sunny FENDI yellow. Structure and softness dominate, asserting an illicit balance between strict austerity and sensuous abandon.    Emerging through offbeat contrasts and elegant monochromy, a heady mix of cashmere, fur, leather and lace become the pillars of this season’s FENDI wardrobe. Tailoring and outerwear is built around a nipped waist; flared officer’s coats, burnished perfectos and high-octane blazers are boned through the bodice with shoulders that plane to a flat point or drop into a Juliet sleeve. Voluptuous shapes unfurl into cozy loopback sweaters, a bonded leather accordion skirt and bibbed organdie blouses – countering the strict line of a nurse’s collar, men’s shirt stripes or corset detailing in quilted satin and felt. Revisiting animalia, a paisley of leopard spots appears in brushed wool tailoring and intarsia fur, whilst ornamentation arrives in a swathe of fringed beads or the neon shock of apricot Chantilly lace. Provocative yet restrained, a daring education from FENDI’s femme fatale is the order of the day.    The FENDI Fall/Winter 2020-2021 Accessories Collection exemplifies this season’s boudoir themes, as padded lambskin ‘brace’ booties and satin ‘suspender’ pumps elicit vampish airs.  In three sizes, a new accordion-frame Peekaboo bag opens in a deep ‘smile’ to reveal interchangeable inside pockets in smooth leather and precious skins. It appears also dipped in gold leather fringes or traced with appliqué lacework and beaded tassels. The iconic Baguette bag in handknit wool is joined leather shopper bags and charms inspired by vintage FENDI packaging, returning from the last Men’s Collection.   In collaboration with the London-based accessories brand Chaos designed by Charlotte Stockdale and Katie Lyall, a series of ‘tech jewellery’ pieces and small accessories offer a luxurious alternative to everyday storage. No device is left uncovered, from woven gold mesh smart phone pouches to a perforated ‘FF’ minaudière, smart earphones and smart watch keychains. Leather straps, zipper lanyards and chain-link bracelets sport an assortment of alphabet charms, gilded lighters and a discreet shot glass set. A scribble pen earring functions on paper and tablets alike.   The FENDI Women’s Fall/Winter 2020-2021 runway show features a live soundtrack by SONOIO, an electronic music project by Italian musician Alessandro Cortini, touring keyboardist of the internationally acclaimed industrial rock group Nine Inch Nails. more on Fendi.com Sometimes it’s beneath the prettiest façades that the deepest truths lie. Through the FENDI Women’s Fall/Winter 2020-2021 Collection, creative director Silvia Venturini Fendi delves into the dual personalities of la donna FENDI, charting the idiosyncrasies of her potent femininity. The subversive concept of ‘soft power’ emerges – from the boudoir to the boardroom, an expression of all things ladylike charged with emotion and ritual. Polarities of colour and texture prescribe smooth concrete greys and warm neutrals against a flush of pastels and a sunny FENDI yellow. Structure and softness dominate, asserting an illicit balance between strict austerity and sensuous abandon.    Emerging through offbeat contrasts and elegant monochromy, a heady mix of cashmere, fur, leather and lace become the pillars of this season’s FENDI wardrobe. Tailoring and outerwear is built around a nipped waist; flared officer’s coats, burnished perfectos and high-octane blazers are boned through the bodice with shoulders that plane to a flat point or drop into a Juliet sleeve. Voluptuous shapes unfurl into cozy loopback sweaters, a bonded leather accordion skirt and bibbed organdie blouses – countering the strict line of a nurse’s collar, men’s shirt stripes or corset detailing in quilted satin and felt. Revisiting animalia, a paisley of leopard spots appears in brushed wool tailoring and intarsia fur, whilst ornamentation arrives in a swathe of fringed beads or the neon shock of apricot Chantilly lace. Provocative yet restrained, a daring education from FENDI’s femme fatale is the order of the day.    The FENDI Fall/Winter 2020-2021 Accessories Collection exemplifies this season’s boudoir themes, as padded lambskin ‘brace’ booties and satin ‘suspender’ pumps elicit vampish airs.  In three sizes, a new accordion-frame Peekaboo bag opens in a deep ‘smile’ to reveal interchangeable inside pockets in smooth leather and precious skins. It appears also dipped in gold leather fringes or traced with appliqué lacework and beaded tassels. The iconic Baguette bag in handknit wool is joined leather shopper bags and charms inspired by vintage FENDI packaging, returning from the last Men’s Collection.   In collaboration with the London-based accessories brand Chaos designed by Charlotte Stockdale and Katie Lyall, a series of ‘tech jewellery’ pieces and small accessories offer a luxurious alternative to everyday storage. No device is left uncovered, from woven gold mesh smart phone pouches to a perforated ‘FF’ minaudière, smart earphones and smart watch keychains. Leather straps, zipper lanyards and chain-link bracelets sport an assortment of alphabet charms, gilded lighters and a discreet shot glass set. A scribble pen earring functions on paper and tablets alike.   The FENDI Women’s Fall/Winter 2020-2021 runway show features a live soundtrack by SONOIO, an electronic music project by Italian musician Alessandro Cortini, touring keyboardist of the internationally acclaimed industrial rock group Nine Inch Nails. more on Fendi.com

BOSS Fall & Winter 2020 backstage
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BOSS Fall & Winter 2020 backstage

Fashion Week This season, BOSS celebrates a new generation. In a future-focused show at Milan Fashion Week today, models stepped onto the runway to showcase designs for men and women that seamlessly merge the established codes of the house with a spirit of continual innovation. Ultra-modern tailoring, elevated outerwear, and fluid jersey pieces come together in acollection named “Generations”, which reworks and restyles BOSS icons to reveal anew contemporary aesthetic. Bringing together decades of tailoring expertise with a bold, agenda-setting approach, the designs are created for BOSS men and women of every age, background and walk of life. In a lilac-colored show space at Social Music City, models including Mona Tougaard, Rebekka Longendyke, Jakob Zimny, Kiki Willems, Alvar Schulten, Fran Summers, Serigne Lam, Adut Akech, Toyosi Diya, Olli Heinimaki. Doutzen Kroes, Maartje Verhoef, Jun, Sarah Dahl, Serge Sergeev, Ruiqui Jiang, Jonas Glöer, Bingbing Liu, Rachel Marx, Ning Jinyi, Ilja Sizov, Abby Champion, Jeranimo van Russel, Juliane Gruner, Julian Felix, Sebastien Bednarek, Felice Noordhoff, Khadim Sock, Irina Shayk, Meng Yu Qi, Efraim, He Cong, Sol Goss, Jacob Lepp, Hannah Motler, Erik Rasmusson, Valerie Scherzinger, Lulu Tenney, Mateusz Chmielewski, Dee Glover, Cynthia Arrebola, Leon Dame, Denise Ascuet, Kohei Takabatake, Sacha Quenby, Maike Inga, Delta van Mele, Lara Mullen, Tang He, Tae Min Park, Aivita Muze, Jiri Fejtek, Clea Beuret, Cyrielle Lalande, Alec Pollentier, Hiandra Martinez, Cara Taylor, Alpha Dia, Freek Iven, Ajok Madel, Cherif Douamba, Peter Dupont, Josefine Lynderup, Ba Ruijie, Achenrin Madit, Sora Choi, Jay Taylor, Bella Hadid, Malick   Bodian, Vittoria Ceretti and Braien Vaiksaar walked an oval catwalk to the sounds of a live orchestra. The musicians performed a piece entitled “Down to Earth”, composedby Henri Scars Struck, at a show attended by over 600 guests, including Orlando Bloom, Cara Delevingne, Ashley Benson, Madelaine Petsch, Miguel Bernardeau, Aitana Ocaña, Toni Garrn, Alex Pettyfer, Amber Valletta, Cameron Dallas, Tommy Dorfman, Todd Gurley, Amy Jackson, Keith Powers, Cindy Bruna, S. Pri Noir in BOSS, Caro Daur, Xenia Adonts, Leonie Hanne, Gala Gonzalez, Johannes Huebl, Carlo Sestini, Marc Forne, Diletta Bonaiuti, Linda Tol, Yoyo Chao, Kit Butler, Andrea Faccio, Erica Boldrin, Kim Cam Jones, Venice Min, Yuwei Zhangzou, Ricky Kwok, Tamara Kalinic, Lisa Hahnbück, Aylin Freund, Mandy Bork, Ann-Kathrin Götze, Guido Milani, Sophia Roe, Emili Sindlev and Mads Emil. The collection illustrates how the brand’s suiting heritage is more relevant than everbefore, with sharp silhouettes in new fabrications and colors paving the way forward for tailoring in the 2020s. A striking organic pattern features in multiple forms across coats, tailoring, leather, dresses, and accessories. The embroidered pieces are expertly crafted in Germany, a reflection of the longstanding BOSS dedication to hand workmanship. Outerwear is relaxed and oversized, while impeccably cut jersey dresses, skirts, and tops skim over the body. Hand-woven leather, flowing fringes, and glossy, bonded fabrics with digital prints all add depth and detail. Vivid red and coral accent a fall-inspired palette of browns, creams, grays, and black, while a fresh shade of lilac offers the perfect counterpart to these warm hues. A new approach to color blocking brings three and four colors together in many looks, evolving the monochrome aesthetic of previous seasons. This season’s new bags and shoes are offered in luxurious materials and finishes, with square-toe stretch fabric boots for her, and utility-inspired cross-body bags for him as highlights. Completing the picture, eyewear and jewelry in the show colors offer the perfect finish to this inspirational and forward-looking collection. This season, BOSS celebrates a new generation. In a future-focused show at Milan Fashion Week today, models stepped onto the runway to showcase designs for men and women that seamlessly merge the established codes of the house with a spirit of continual innovation. Ultra-modern tailoring, elevated outerwear, and fluid jersey pieces come together in acollection named “Generations”, which reworks and restyles BOSS icons to reveal anew contemporary aesthetic. Bringing together decades of tailoring expertise with a bold, agenda-setting approach, the designs are created for BOSS men and women of every age, background and walk of life. In a lilac-colored show space at Social Music City, models including Mona Tougaard, Rebekka Longendyke, Jakob Zimny, Kiki Willems, Alvar Schulten, Fran Summers, Serigne Lam, Adut Akech, Toyosi Diya, Olli Heinimaki. Doutzen Kroes, Maartje Verhoef, Jun, Sarah Dahl, Serge Sergeev, Ruiqui Jiang, Jonas Glöer, Bingbing Liu, Rachel Marx, Ning Jinyi, Ilja Sizov, Abby Champion, Jeranimo van Russel, Juliane Gruner, Julian Felix, Sebastien Bednarek, Felice Noordhoff, Khadim Sock, Irina Shayk, Meng Yu Qi, Efraim, He Cong, Sol Goss, Jacob Lepp, Hannah Motler, Erik Rasmusson, Valerie Scherzinger, Lulu Tenney, Mateusz Chmielewski, Dee Glover, Cynthia Arrebola, Leon Dame, Denise Ascuet, Kohei Takabatake, Sacha Quenby, Maike Inga, Delta van Mele, Lara Mullen, Tang He, Tae Min Park, Aivita Muze, Jiri Fejtek, Clea Beuret, Cyrielle Lalande, Alec Pollentier, Hiandra Martinez, Cara Taylor, Alpha Dia, Freek Iven, Ajok Madel, Cherif Douamba, Peter Dupont, Josefine Lynderup, Ba Ruijie, Achenrin Madit, Sora Choi, Jay Taylor, Bella Hadid, Malick   Bodian, Vittoria Ceretti and Braien Vaiksaar walked an oval catwalk to the sounds of a live orchestra. The musicians performed a piece entitled “Down to Earth”, composedby Henri Scars Struck, at a show attended by over 600 guests, including Orlando Bloom, Cara Delevingne, Ashley Benson, Madelaine Petsch, Miguel Bernardeau, Aitana Ocaña, Toni Garrn, Alex Pettyfer, Amber Valletta, Cameron Dallas, Tommy Dorfman, Todd Gurley, Amy Jackson, Keith Powers, Cindy Bruna, S. Pri Noir in BOSS, Caro Daur, Xenia Adonts, Leonie Hanne, Gala Gonzalez, Johannes Huebl, Carlo Sestini, Marc Forne, Diletta Bonaiuti, Linda Tol, Yoyo Chao, Kit Butler, Andrea Faccio, Erica Boldrin, Kim Cam Jones, Venice Min, Yuwei Zhangzou, Ricky Kwok, Tamara Kalinic, Lisa Hahnbück, Aylin Freund, Mandy Bork, Ann-Kathrin Götze, Guido Milani, Sophia Roe, Emili Sindlev and Mads Emil. The collection illustrates how the brand’s suiting heritage is more relevant than everbefore, with sharp silhouettes in new fabrications and colors paving the way forward for tailoring in the 2020s. A striking organic pattern features in multiple forms across coats, tailoring, leather, dresses, and accessories. The embroidered pieces are expertly crafted in Germany, a reflection of the longstanding BOSS dedication to hand workmanship. Outerwear is relaxed and oversized, while impeccably cut jersey dresses, skirts, and tops skim over the body. Hand-woven leather, flowing fringes, and glossy, bonded fabrics with digital prints all add depth and detail. Vivid red and coral accent a fall-inspired palette of browns, creams, grays, and black, while a fresh shade of lilac offers the perfect counterpart to these warm hues. A new approach to color blocking brings three and four colors together in many looks, evolving the monochrome aesthetic of previous seasons. This season’s new bags and shoes are offered in luxurious materials and finishes, with square-toe stretch fabric boots for her, and utility-inspired cross-body bags for him as highlights. Completing the picture, eyewear and jewelry in the show colors offer the perfect finish to this inspirational and forward-looking collection.

First edition of Natan Collective
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First edition of Natan Collective

Exhibition At the start of 2020, NATAN is launching a Dutch edition of their successful NATAN Collective for the first time containing the work of six emerging Dutch photographers. They were instructed to give their own interpretation to a couture look of the Belgian fashion house. The works will be exhibited from February 6, 2020 in X BANK in Amsterdam.    Just like in previous editions, NATAN embraces talents from different art disciplines with the Collective. NATAN - in collaboration with agency Initials L.A. - has selected six emerging photographers from the Netherlands for this edition. They were given complete artistic freedom when recording the couture look. This has resulted in six special stand-alone photos, which will be exhibited in February during a six-week exhibition at X BANK in Amsterdam. This is a unique opportunity for photographers to show a selection of their work and to get in touch with the NATAN network. The following photographers are part of the Natan Collective: Lisette Appeldorn Debbie Trouerbach Myrthe Giesbers Alexander Sporre Chloe Leenheer Tarona Edouard Vermeulen on the first Dutch Collective: "Every time I visit the Netherlands, I am overwhelmed by the wide range of young artists and creatives. I am therefore delighted to be able to organize a Natan Collective here, and thus also do our bit at the start or further development of their careers. " A jury will eventually select a photographer as the winner, which receives a cash prize so that he or she can continue to develop his / her talent. Visitors can visit the pop exhibition at X BANK on the ground floor at Spuistraat 172 in Amsterdam. The exhibition runs from 7 February and will be on display for six weeks.    As with the Belgian editions, NATAN Collective has worked with agency Initials L.A.  Supporting young talent in their development and transferring know-how and passion for art is an initiative that has been close to the heart of the house since its foundation.   About NATAN The Belgian fashion house has been under the creative direction of Edouard Vermeulen since 1983. NATAN stands for elegant, timeless and minimalistic Belgian couture and pret-a-porter, where the use of fabrics of the highest quality is characteristic. In recent years, the brand has grown into a fixed value within the Belgian fashion landscape with an international orientation.  About X BANK X BANK is a unique concept store with exhibition space for art in the historic building of the W Hotel Amsterdam, located between the Singel Canal and the Royal Palace. The 700 square meter store displays more than 180 Dutch art, fashion and design labels and offers unique programming throughout the year, with the ultimate goal of celebrating and bringing Dutch creativity together. At the start of 2020, NATAN is launching a Dutch edition of their successful NATAN Collective for the first time containing the work of six emerging Dutch photographers. They were instructed to give their own interpretation to a couture look of the Belgian fashion house. The works will be exhibited from February 6, 2020 in X BANK in Amsterdam.    Just like in previous editions, NATAN embraces talents from different art disciplines with the Collective. NATAN - in collaboration with agency Initials L.A. - has selected six emerging photographers from the Netherlands for this edition. They were given complete artistic freedom when recording the couture look. This has resulted in six special stand-alone photos, which will be exhibited in February during a six-week exhibition at X BANK in Amsterdam. This is a unique opportunity for photographers to show a selection of their work and to get in touch with the NATAN network. The following photographers are part of the Natan Collective: Lisette Appeldorn Debbie Trouerbach Myrthe Giesbers Alexander Sporre Chloe Leenheer Tarona Edouard Vermeulen on the first Dutch Collective: "Every time I visit the Netherlands, I am overwhelmed by the wide range of young artists and creatives. I am therefore delighted to be able to organize a Natan Collective here, and thus also do our bit at the start or further development of their careers. " A jury will eventually select a photographer as the winner, which receives a cash prize so that he or she can continue to develop his / her talent. Visitors can visit the pop exhibition at X BANK on the ground floor at Spuistraat 172 in Amsterdam. The exhibition runs from 7 February and will be on display for six weeks.    As with the Belgian editions, NATAN Collective has worked with agency Initials L.A.  Supporting young talent in their development and transferring know-how and passion for art is an initiative that has been close to the heart of the house since its foundation.   About NATAN The Belgian fashion house has been under the creative direction of Edouard Vermeulen since 1983. NATAN stands for elegant, timeless and minimalistic Belgian couture and pret-a-porter, where the use of fabrics of the highest quality is characteristic. In recent years, the brand has grown into a fixed value within the Belgian fashion landscape with an international orientation.  About X BANK X BANK is a unique concept store with exhibition space for art in the historic building of the W Hotel Amsterdam, located between the Singel Canal and the Royal Palace. The 700 square meter store displays more than 180 Dutch art, fashion and design labels and offers unique programming throughout the year, with the ultimate goal of celebrating and bringing Dutch creativity together.

1/OFF new upcycled brand
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1/OFF new upcycled brand

Fashion 1/OFF is a fashion label rooted in the upcycle movement. Celebrating the legacy of grand designers, the brand transforms high-end vintage into contemporary, disruptive designs. Each creation is a one of a kind, sourced and curated from around the world and handcrafted in the brand’s studio in Paris.  Supervised by couturier Xuan Thu Nguyen, invited member of La Fédération de la Haute Couture, the 1/OFF design team reimagines vintage garments from the likes of Burberry’s, Yves Saint Laurent, Chanel, Celine, Valentino, Ralph Lauren, yet also entertains reworking items from renowned jeans and sports brands. Beyond Collections Instead of thinking collections, 1/OFF rather drops conceptual designs as they are released from the Paris studio. Besides the main conceptual designs like the inside out trench, the cropped blazer and double collar shirt, the brand also features a series of experimental concepts, based on rare fashion trouvailles: fairy tales. Strictly for (fe)males Encouraging fun and creative self-expression, 1/Off thinks it’s “rather strange to restrict fashion to any gender” – that’s why it's creations are inclusive to all. “After all, everybody is a 1/Off,” says co-founder Renée van Wijngaarden. Founders Dutch co-founders Xuan-Thu Nguyen, head of design, and Renée van Wijngaarden, head of communications and marketing, both had seen first-hand the amount of waste produced by the fashion industry. Nguyen’s family once owned large-scale clothing factories in the Netherlands and van Wijngaarden was formerly head of brand partnerships at luxury marketplace Vestiaire Collective. Thus they decided to create a brand by using existing resources as a new standard but want to move on by creating fun and disruptive designs.   More about this cool brand on 1offparis.com 1/OFF is a fashion label rooted in the upcycle movement. Celebrating the legacy of grand designers, the brand transforms high-end vintage into contemporary, disruptive designs. Each creation is a one of a kind, sourced and curated from around the world and handcrafted in the brand’s studio in Paris.  Supervised by couturier Xuan Thu Nguyen, invited member of La Fédération de la Haute Couture, the 1/OFF design team reimagines vintage garments from the likes of Burberry’s, Yves Saint Laurent, Chanel, Celine, Valentino, Ralph Lauren, yet also entertains reworking items from renowned jeans and sports brands. Beyond Collections Instead of thinking collections, 1/OFF rather drops conceptual designs as they are released from the Paris studio. Besides the main conceptual designs like the inside out trench, the cropped blazer and double collar shirt, the brand also features a series of experimental concepts, based on rare fashion trouvailles: fairy tales. Strictly for (fe)males Encouraging fun and creative self-expression, 1/Off thinks it’s “rather strange to restrict fashion to any gender” – that’s why it's creations are inclusive to all. “After all, everybody is a 1/Off,” says co-founder Renée van Wijngaarden. Founders Dutch co-founders Xuan-Thu Nguyen, head of design, and Renée van Wijngaarden, head of communications and marketing, both had seen first-hand the amount of waste produced by the fashion industry. Nguyen’s family once owned large-scale clothing factories in the Netherlands and van Wijngaarden was formerly head of brand partnerships at luxury marketplace Vestiaire Collective. Thus they decided to create a brand by using existing resources as a new standard but want to move on by creating fun and disruptive designs.   More about this cool brand on 1offparis.com

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