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Fendi Couture Spring & Summer 2021
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Fendi Couture Spring & Summer 2021

Fashion Week “Vain trifles as they seem, clothes have, they say, more important offices than to merely keep us warm. They change our view of the world and the world’s view of us.” Virginia Woolf, Orlando   Bloomsbury to Borghese     Reflecting on transcendent romance and timeless creativity, for his debut Fendi collection Kim Jones draws on the renegade British sen­sibility of the Bloomsbury Group while paying homage to the storied history of the Roman maison. For Fendi Couture Spring / Summer 2021, seemingly diverse inspirations find common ground and are interwoven: the enduring allure of Virginia Woolf and Vanessa Bell’s liberated creativity explored alongside the eternal language of Italian sculpture and Fendi’s foundational codes. As Virginia Woolf wrote in Orlando: “Memory is the seamstress, and a capricious one at that.”     Adopting the time-travelling, binary-blurring novel as a central motif, temporalities are warped while exquisite femininity and mas­culine androgyny appear as fluid choices rather than innate realities. A love letter written by Virginia Woolf to Vita Sackville-West in 1928 – only three years after Fendi was founded – Orlando’s literary conceits are directly interspersed throughout the collection: some­times in the form of metal-bound book clutches, sometimes lines from the text inscribed into Mother of Pearl minaudières or leather boots. Extracts from letters written between Virginia and Vita dur­ing their decades-long courtship are read aloud by friends and family of Fendi throughout the Max Richter composition that scores the show.     Motifs discovered at Charleston farmhouse – the Sussex home of the Bloomsbury set, located only a short distance from where Jones spent much of his childhood – are revived and recontextualised through ornately beaded boots and hand-painted heels; the Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant frescoes which decorate its walls adapted in-to embroidered embellishments on gowns. “I like how this family of people – and particularly these two pioneering sisters – moved things forward,” notes Jones. “I admire the way that they lived their lives, the freedom that they created for themselves and the art that they left behind for the world.”     The hand-printed, marble-bound books published by Virginia and Leonard Woolf for Hogarth Press – displayed at the show’s accom-panying literary exhibition – offer a seamless segue into classical Italian aesthetics. Mirroring the marble palette of Rome’s Galleria Borghese, whose Bernini sculptures inform the dramatic deshabillé drapery found in the collection, they showcase the harmony between the two movements (so fascinated was Vanessa Bell by Italian Classicism that she would paint in the Borghese gardens, or reprise Old Masters to hang on the walls of Charleston). Visible in woven jacquards and on silken gowns; through intarsia furs and hand-beaded tailoring, mar­bles become a key component in the collection’s visual language.     Fendi’s own history also appears as a primary source, refracted through Jones’ contemporary perspective: the biographies of those who model the cast used to excavate the archives for formative sketch­es and decoration. The velvet ribbons of a vintage bag are transposed onto a new design; Karligraphy monograms taken from Lagerfeld’s final collection beaded onto boots.      The importance of family – both real and chosen – is celebrated through the cast who model the collection, who each inhabit glass vitrines transformed into rooms of their own. “Fendi represents arti­sanal quality of the highest order, and it is all about family,” Jones reflects. “It is in its third generation with a Fendi at its helm, and I am guest starring while bringing in the fourth. Here, I am surrounded by strong, powerful women who I love and respect, and want to bring their energy into what I do.”     #FendiCouture www.fendi.com “Vain trifles as they seem, clothes have, they say, more important offices than to merely keep us warm. They change our view of the world and the world’s view of us.” Virginia Woolf, Orlando   Bloomsbury to Borghese     Reflecting on transcendent romance and timeless creativity, for his debut Fendi collection Kim Jones draws on the renegade British sen­sibility of the Bloomsbury Group while paying homage to the storied history of the Roman maison. For Fendi Couture Spring / Summer 2021, seemingly diverse inspirations find common ground and are interwoven: the enduring allure of Virginia Woolf and Vanessa Bell’s liberated creativity explored alongside the eternal language of Italian sculpture and Fendi’s foundational codes. As Virginia Woolf wrote in Orlando: “Memory is the seamstress, and a capricious one at that.”     Adopting the time-travelling, binary-blurring novel as a central motif, temporalities are warped while exquisite femininity and mas­culine androgyny appear as fluid choices rather than innate realities. A love letter written by Virginia Woolf to Vita Sackville-West in 1928 – only three years after Fendi was founded – Orlando’s literary conceits are directly interspersed throughout the collection: some­times in the form of metal-bound book clutches, sometimes lines from the text inscribed into Mother of Pearl minaudières or leather boots. Extracts from letters written between Virginia and Vita dur­ing their decades-long courtship are read aloud by friends and family of Fendi throughout the Max Richter composition that scores the show.     Motifs discovered at Charleston farmhouse – the Sussex home of the Bloomsbury set, located only a short distance from where Jones spent much of his childhood – are revived and recontextualised through ornately beaded boots and hand-painted heels; the Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant frescoes which decorate its walls adapted in-to embroidered embellishments on gowns. “I like how this family of people – and particularly these two pioneering sisters – moved things forward,” notes Jones. “I admire the way that they lived their lives, the freedom that they created for themselves and the art that they left behind for the world.”     The hand-printed, marble-bound books published by Virginia and Leonard Woolf for Hogarth Press – displayed at the show’s accom-panying literary exhibition – offer a seamless segue into classical Italian aesthetics. Mirroring the marble palette of Rome’s Galleria Borghese, whose Bernini sculptures inform the dramatic deshabillé drapery found in the collection, they showcase the harmony between the two movements (so fascinated was Vanessa Bell by Italian Classicism that she would paint in the Borghese gardens, or reprise Old Masters to hang on the walls of Charleston). Visible in woven jacquards and on silken gowns; through intarsia furs and hand-beaded tailoring, mar­bles become a key component in the collection’s visual language.     Fendi’s own history also appears as a primary source, refracted through Jones’ contemporary perspective: the biographies of those who model the cast used to excavate the archives for formative sketch­es and decoration. The velvet ribbons of a vintage bag are transposed onto a new design; Karligraphy monograms taken from Lagerfeld’s final collection beaded onto boots.      The importance of family – both real and chosen – is celebrated through the cast who model the collection, who each inhabit glass vitrines transformed into rooms of their own. “Fendi represents arti­sanal quality of the highest order, and it is all about family,” Jones reflects. “It is in its third generation with a Fendi at its helm, and I am guest starring while bringing in the fourth. Here, I am surrounded by strong, powerful women who I love and respect, and want to bring their energy into what I do.”     #FendiCouture www.fendi.com

VALENTINO PRESENTS THE HAUTE COUTURE SPRING/SUMMER 2021 COLLECTION
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VALENTINO PRESENTS THE HAUTE COUTURE SPRING/SUMMER 2021 COLLECTION

Fashion Week The rituals, the process, and the values of Couture are timeless. They celebrate the human: the mind that conceives and the hand that creates and gives value. Through a work process that sits above time, they produce timeless objects molded on the individual.     Time as a code and a value, to reset and reprogrammed in a Couture of today that updates classic rituals and processes through garments designed to express oneself, as anyone desires. Women, men: naturally, smoothly. A wardrobe that draws and opens up possibilities.     Verticality as a tension in which what is complex is resolved into vibrant simplicity. Fabric as a material elevated by handwork, as a texture that incites discovery and surprise. Raised on the highest heels, the long and lean silhouettes are accumulations of elements, stripped of every evident artifice, of prints and decorations, which up close appear different from how they look from afar. The pullover is in fact woven fabric; a solid surface swarms with petals, or dematerializes into folds of ribbons. Line, the texture of the fabric, the warm and cold neutrals and the acrylic glares, do all the talking. The apparent preciousness becomes silent, intimate, just as the interchangeable and protective simplicity of the pieces is intimate. Sudden, flashes of daring.     The temporal code of this recoded Couture becomes a digital tale in the collaboration with Robert Del Naja: a self-standing, complete document of the long process of the Atelier. The information on the making of, of the collection, the faces of the artisans, the time lapsed photo shoots of thework in progress on the tailoring dummy, become algorithmic sequences elaborated and set to music by the machine; trained by creative partner Mario Klingemann. The human feeds the mechanic, the manual activates a neural and digital process, in the quest for a new humanism.Through the synthetic lter of arti cial intelligence, the emotional aspect of Couture emerges,with the celebration and enhancement of human quality: a code that regenerates itself endlessly while remaining timeless.     #ValentinoHauteCouture #CodeTemporal The rituals, the process, and the values of Couture are timeless. They celebrate the human: the mind that conceives and the hand that creates and gives value. Through a work process that sits above time, they produce timeless objects molded on the individual.     Time as a code and a value, to reset and reprogrammed in a Couture of today that updates classic rituals and processes through garments designed to express oneself, as anyone desires. Women, men: naturally, smoothly. A wardrobe that draws and opens up possibilities.     Verticality as a tension in which what is complex is resolved into vibrant simplicity. Fabric as a material elevated by handwork, as a texture that incites discovery and surprise. Raised on the highest heels, the long and lean silhouettes are accumulations of elements, stripped of every evident artifice, of prints and decorations, which up close appear different from how they look from afar. The pullover is in fact woven fabric; a solid surface swarms with petals, or dematerializes into folds of ribbons. Line, the texture of the fabric, the warm and cold neutrals and the acrylic glares, do all the talking. The apparent preciousness becomes silent, intimate, just as the interchangeable and protective simplicity of the pieces is intimate. Sudden, flashes of daring.     The temporal code of this recoded Couture becomes a digital tale in the collaboration with Robert Del Naja: a self-standing, complete document of the long process of the Atelier. The information on the making of, of the collection, the faces of the artisans, the time lapsed photo shoots of thework in progress on the tailoring dummy, become algorithmic sequences elaborated and set to music by the machine; trained by creative partner Mario Klingemann. The human feeds the mechanic, the manual activates a neural and digital process, in the quest for a new humanism.Through the synthetic lter of arti cial intelligence, the emotional aspect of Couture emerges,with the celebration and enhancement of human quality: a code that regenerates itself endlessly while remaining timeless.     #ValentinoHauteCouture #CodeTemporal

GIORGIO ARMANI PRIVÉ PRESENTS THE NEW COLLECTION
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GIORGIO ARMANI PRIVÉ PRESENTS THE NEW COLLECTION

Fashion Week IT IS THE COLLECTIONS THAT TELL THE STORY OF GIORGIO ARMANI’S JOURNEY, HIS SENSE OF FREEDOM, HIS INDEPENDENCE FROM FLEETING TRENDS. AND IN THIS PRIVÉ COLLECTION, PRESENTED FOR THE FIRST TIME AT PALAZZO ORSINI, THE HEART OF HIS MILANESE ATELIER WHERE CLOTHES ARE CONCEIVED AND TAKE SHAPE, ONE CAN DETECT A DESIRE FOR PERFECTION AND A PLEASURE TAKEN IN LIGHT AND COLOUR; THE RESULT CONVEYS THE PROFOUND AESTHETICS OF HAUTE COUTURE TO THE YOUNGER GENERATION.     MAKING A BALANCED USE OF FLUIDITY AND PROPORTIONS, OPPOSITES ALTERNATE AND MERGE. JACKETS ARE DESIGNED TO SKIM THE BODY, AND DELICATE EMBROIDERED SLIP DRESSES FEATURE ALONGSIDE SENSUAL FLOWING SATIN TUNICS AND VOLUMINOUS DRESSES COVERED WITH CRYSTALS. PINSTRIPE FABRICS WITH A MASCULINE TEXTURE AND LAMÉ WITH GREY-GOLD HIGHLIGHTS, SATIN AND ORGANZA, TULLE AND WASHED SILK, DEFINED BY FLOUNCES AND TOUCHES OF MIDNIGHT BLUE VELVET: AN UNEXPECTED AUTUMNAL GLOW ON SUMMER LIGHTNESS.     THE COLOUR PALETTE RANGES FROM MAGENTA RED AND AQUA GREEN, PRUSSIAN BLUE AND COBALT BLUE, TO GREY AND GREIGE. THE UNEXPECTED GLOW OF MICRO-CRYSTALS AND SEQUINS SHINES OVER EVERYTHING, EMBLEMATIC OF THE EXPERT CRAFTSMANSHIP AND CAREFUL EXECUTION OF THESE GARMENTS. FLORAL EMBROIDERY ON TULLE DELICATELY BLURS THE COLOURS. A GEOMETRIC STUDY OF NECKLINES CLEVERLY DEFINES THE DRESSES. EVERYTHING IS LIGHTNESS. EVERYTHING IS COLOUR, AND A NEW JOYFULNESS.     CONTRARY TO EXPECTATIONS, DUE TO THE ONGOING HEALTH EMERGENCY, THE SHOW TOOK PLACE BEHIND CLOSED DOORS AND WITHOUT AN AUDIENCE, AND WAS STREAMED AS PART OF THE PARIS HAUTE COUTURE CALENDAR. THE SHOW WAS ALSO BROADCAST THROUGH THE BRAND’S SOCIAL MEDIA CHANNELS. GIORGIO ARMANI THUS CONTINUES HIS RELATIONSHIP WITH THE GENERAL PUBLIC, WHO WERE ABLE TO EXPERIENCE THE MAGIC OF FASHION AND ITS HIGHEST EXPRESSION, AS THEY DID IN 2007, WHEN, FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER, THEY WERE ABLE TO ATTEND THE ARMANI PRIVÉ FASHION SHOW, WHICH WAS BROADCASTED AS A LIVE STREAM FROM PARIS.     GIORGIO ARMANI SAID: ‘COUTURE IS ROOTED IN FASHION HISTORY. IT REPRESENTS THE PINNACLE OF CREATIVITY AND SARTORIAL SKILL, BUT IS A WORLD AVAILABLE ONLY TO VERY FEW. TODAY, THROUGH THE DEMOCRACY OF THE INTERNET, WE ARE ABLE TO OFFER A FRONT ROW SEAT TO EVERYONE.’ IT IS THE COLLECTIONS THAT TELL THE STORY OF GIORGIO ARMANI’S JOURNEY, HIS SENSE OF FREEDOM, HIS INDEPENDENCE FROM FLEETING TRENDS. AND IN THIS PRIVÉ COLLECTION, PRESENTED FOR THE FIRST TIME AT PALAZZO ORSINI, THE HEART OF HIS MILANESE ATELIER WHERE CLOTHES ARE CONCEIVED AND TAKE SHAPE, ONE CAN DETECT A DESIRE FOR PERFECTION AND A PLEASURE TAKEN IN LIGHT AND COLOUR; THE RESULT CONVEYS THE PROFOUND AESTHETICS OF HAUTE COUTURE TO THE YOUNGER GENERATION.     MAKING A BALANCED USE OF FLUIDITY AND PROPORTIONS, OPPOSITES ALTERNATE AND MERGE. JACKETS ARE DESIGNED TO SKIM THE BODY, AND DELICATE EMBROIDERED SLIP DRESSES FEATURE ALONGSIDE SENSUAL FLOWING SATIN TUNICS AND VOLUMINOUS DRESSES COVERED WITH CRYSTALS. PINSTRIPE FABRICS WITH A MASCULINE TEXTURE AND LAMÉ WITH GREY-GOLD HIGHLIGHTS, SATIN AND ORGANZA, TULLE AND WASHED SILK, DEFINED BY FLOUNCES AND TOUCHES OF MIDNIGHT BLUE VELVET: AN UNEXPECTED AUTUMNAL GLOW ON SUMMER LIGHTNESS.     THE COLOUR PALETTE RANGES FROM MAGENTA RED AND AQUA GREEN, PRUSSIAN BLUE AND COBALT BLUE, TO GREY AND GREIGE. THE UNEXPECTED GLOW OF MICRO-CRYSTALS AND SEQUINS SHINES OVER EVERYTHING, EMBLEMATIC OF THE EXPERT CRAFTSMANSHIP AND CAREFUL EXECUTION OF THESE GARMENTS. FLORAL EMBROIDERY ON TULLE DELICATELY BLURS THE COLOURS. A GEOMETRIC STUDY OF NECKLINES CLEVERLY DEFINES THE DRESSES. EVERYTHING IS LIGHTNESS. EVERYTHING IS COLOUR, AND A NEW JOYFULNESS.     CONTRARY TO EXPECTATIONS, DUE TO THE ONGOING HEALTH EMERGENCY, THE SHOW TOOK PLACE BEHIND CLOSED DOORS AND WITHOUT AN AUDIENCE, AND WAS STREAMED AS PART OF THE PARIS HAUTE COUTURE CALENDAR. THE SHOW WAS ALSO BROADCAST THROUGH THE BRAND’S SOCIAL MEDIA CHANNELS. GIORGIO ARMANI THUS CONTINUES HIS RELATIONSHIP WITH THE GENERAL PUBLIC, WHO WERE ABLE TO EXPERIENCE THE MAGIC OF FASHION AND ITS HIGHEST EXPRESSION, AS THEY DID IN 2007, WHEN, FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER, THEY WERE ABLE TO ATTEND THE ARMANI PRIVÉ FASHION SHOW, WHICH WAS BROADCASTED AS A LIVE STREAM FROM PARIS.     GIORGIO ARMANI SAID: ‘COUTURE IS ROOTED IN FASHION HISTORY. IT REPRESENTS THE PINNACLE OF CREATIVITY AND SARTORIAL SKILL, BUT IS A WORLD AVAILABLE ONLY TO VERY FEW. TODAY, THROUGH THE DEMOCRACY OF THE INTERNET, WE ARE ABLE TO OFFER A FRONT ROW SEAT TO EVERYONE.’

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MAIUM PRESENTS THE NEW COLLECTION FOR SPRING & SUMMER
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MAIUM PRESENTS THE NEW COLLECTION FOR SPRING & SUMMER

Fashion Designed for movement and utilising recycled PET bottles throughout their entire product range, Amsterdam’s MAIUM (my-umm) upholds their sustainable and functional credentials with the first drop of their unisex SS21 collection. Drop 1 of the collection sees the self-proclaimed "bad weather experts" debut two brand new styles; the Mac and Trench.     2020 was a year we all stood still. Emerging into a new yearly cycle, MAIUM comes equipped with renewed optimism. The SS21 collection showcases vintage silhouettes with a modern twist, reimagining the classic Mac and Trench coat inspired by a time when our world was designed for movement. Both styles stay true to MAIUM's ethos of functional, sustainable and elevated design, being fully waterproof and made from a blend of organic cotton and recycled PET.     With at least 130 days of rain every year and more than one-third of the country being below sea level, the Dutch have a reputation for creating innovative ways to keep themselves dry. MAIUM apply their signature zippers on the side of each garment to transform their raincoats and newly-launched Mac and Trench styles into ponchos, keeping your bike shielded from the rain. Designed for movement and utilising recycled PET bottles throughout their entire product range, Amsterdam’s MAIUM (my-umm) upholds their sustainable and functional credentials with the first drop of their unisex SS21 collection. Drop 1 of the collection sees the self-proclaimed "bad weather experts" debut two brand new styles; the Mac and Trench.     2020 was a year we all stood still. Emerging into a new yearly cycle, MAIUM comes equipped with renewed optimism. The SS21 collection showcases vintage silhouettes with a modern twist, reimagining the classic Mac and Trench coat inspired by a time when our world was designed for movement. Both styles stay true to MAIUM's ethos of functional, sustainable and elevated design, being fully waterproof and made from a blend of organic cotton and recycled PET.     With at least 130 days of rain every year and more than one-third of the country being below sea level, the Dutch have a reputation for creating innovative ways to keep themselves dry. MAIUM apply their signature zippers on the side of each garment to transform their raincoats and newly-launched Mac and Trench styles into ponchos, keeping your bike shielded from the rain.

THE STATEMENT PUMPS HEDDA Vagabond Shoemakers
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THE STATEMENT PUMPS HEDDA Vagabond Shoemakers

Accessories Let the chunky pumps enter with new style Hedda. This season Vagabond Shoemakers give the classic pumps a revised look and new life with contemporary details. With its refined sculptural design, flared block heels and squared-off toes, the statement-making Hedda pumps offer lots of style with no effort. They are made from smooth leather with a 70mm block heel, available in black, off-white, and golden green.       Hedda is priced at €120,00 and available at Vagabond.com, in-store, and through selected retailers. Let the chunky pumps enter with new style Hedda. This season Vagabond Shoemakers give the classic pumps a revised look and new life with contemporary details. With its refined sculptural design, flared block heels and squared-off toes, the statement-making Hedda pumps offer lots of style with no effort. They are made from smooth leather with a 70mm block heel, available in black, off-white, and golden green.       Hedda is priced at €120,00 and available at Vagabond.com, in-store, and through selected retailers.

CHANEL presents the Spring/Summer 2021 Haute Couture collection
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CHANEL presents the Spring/Summer 2021 Haute Couture collection

Fashion Week For the CHANEL Spring-Summer 2021 Haute Couture show, Virginie Viard called upon photographer, filmmaker and graphic designer Anton Corbijn to stage the silhouettes of the collection in a series of "family portraits", brought together in an album with a camellia on the cover, also painted by the Dutch artist.     In these photographs, the models from the show pose in the heart of the new Haute Couture Salons at 31 rue Cambon in Paris, redecorated in the spirit of Gabrielle Chanel by the Parisian interior designerJacques Grange, and inaugurated this month.     The CHANEL ambassadors Marion Cotillard, Penélope Cruz, Vanessa Paradis, Lily-Rose Depp and Alma Jodorowsky as well as the friends of the House Joana Preiss and Izïa Higelin were also photographed in this exceptional setting, dressed in creations from previous CHANEL collections.       #CHANELHauteCouture For the CHANEL Spring-Summer 2021 Haute Couture show, Virginie Viard called upon photographer, filmmaker and graphic designer Anton Corbijn to stage the silhouettes of the collection in a series of "family portraits", brought together in an album with a camellia on the cover, also painted by the Dutch artist.     In these photographs, the models from the show pose in the heart of the new Haute Couture Salons at 31 rue Cambon in Paris, redecorated in the spirit of Gabrielle Chanel by the Parisian interior designerJacques Grange, and inaugurated this month.     The CHANEL ambassadors Marion Cotillard, Penélope Cruz, Vanessa Paradis, Lily-Rose Depp and Alma Jodorowsky as well as the friends of the House Joana Preiss and Izïa Higelin were also photographed in this exceptional setting, dressed in creations from previous CHANEL collections.       #CHANELHauteCouture

Christian Dior presents the Haute Couture Spring-Summer 2021 Collection
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Christian Dior presents the Haute Couture Spring-Summer 2021 Collection

Fashion Week Christian Dior was passionate about the divinatory arts and signs of destiny. His autobiography is punctuated with often fateful encounters with visionary personalities: “It will be extraordinary. Your house will revolutionize fashion!” he recalled of a prophecy come true.     Tarot cards are among the keys to accessing the magical realm, to explore the unknown while fearlessly looking deep inside oneself. Maria Grazia Chiuri immediately felt a connection with these imaginary worlds and this visual language whose symbolic lexicon is rich in complex and fascinating characters. In uncertain times marked by a palpable desire to reconnect with the world’s soul, Maria Grazia Chiuri wished to explore, through the spring-summer 2021 haute couture collection, the mysterious and pluralistic beauty of the tarot in a series of dresses featuring virtuoso constructions; manifest proof that couture remains the ultimate territory of experimentation and possibility.     A series of extraordinary evening gowns features abstract constructions, some with veritable bas-relief openwork bodices punctuated with illustrations by Pietro Ruffo. In this spirit, the Roman artist created a singular deck of cards in which characters disclose the graphic energy of the symbols. Dior gray appears in tweed, cashmere and organza on shirts, skirts, pants and capes. Meanwhile, the Bar jacket is revisited in black velvet, its curves reinterpreted to express a new attitude.     In his staging of these haute couture creations, Matteo Garrone, one of Italy’s most high-profile directors, builds on the narrative iconography by drawing on the visual force of the Visconti-Sforza tarot. Decorated by the illuminator Bonifacio Bembo for the Duke of Milan in the 15th century, this tarot deck illustrates the marvelous tale of this collection. Splendid cards embellished in gold, enamel, and vegetal and geometric interlacing have a solemn and enigmatic presence, revealing an inner journey, like an adventure of self- discovery. A voyage to the heart of a castle populated by characters embodying the major arcana who question and disorient, inviting the viewer to look at the world from a new perspective. In the director’s interpretation, this quest surpasses gender boundaries, presenting a synthesis of masculine and feminine in a new heraldic mythology evoking the enchanted worlds Matteo Garrone loves.     A clairvoyant asks to draw a card in a deck designed as a catalogue of possibilities, a cryptic dictionary of the world. The High Priestess, the Empress, Justice, and the Fool are notably sublimated through excellence of savoir-faire celebrating the art of weaving: lace is inlaid with hand-painted embellishments, golden velvet is enlivened with the signs of the zodiac and precious jacquards are sprinkled with stars, while a cape in multicolored feathers showcases 3D volumes.     In this story, the insider always needs the feminine complement and vice versa, because only such a fusion makes it possible to approach a formative path leading to self-awareness. As Italo Calvino points out in The Castle of Crossed Destinies: “The world has to be read upside-down”.     Christian Dior was passionate about the divinatory arts and signs of destiny. His autobiography is punctuated with often fateful encounters with visionary personalities: “It will be extraordinary. Your house will revolutionize fashion!” he recalled of a prophecy come true.     Tarot cards are among the keys to accessing the magical realm, to explore the unknown while fearlessly looking deep inside oneself. Maria Grazia Chiuri immediately felt a connection with these imaginary worlds and this visual language whose symbolic lexicon is rich in complex and fascinating characters. In uncertain times marked by a palpable desire to reconnect with the world’s soul, Maria Grazia Chiuri wished to explore, through the spring-summer 2021 haute couture collection, the mysterious and pluralistic beauty of the tarot in a series of dresses featuring virtuoso constructions; manifest proof that couture remains the ultimate territory of experimentation and possibility.     A series of extraordinary evening gowns features abstract constructions, some with veritable bas-relief openwork bodices punctuated with illustrations by Pietro Ruffo. In this spirit, the Roman artist created a singular deck of cards in which characters disclose the graphic energy of the symbols. Dior gray appears in tweed, cashmere and organza on shirts, skirts, pants and capes. Meanwhile, the Bar jacket is revisited in black velvet, its curves reinterpreted to express a new attitude.     In his staging of these haute couture creations, Matteo Garrone, one of Italy’s most high-profile directors, builds on the narrative iconography by drawing on the visual force of the Visconti-Sforza tarot. Decorated by the illuminator Bonifacio Bembo for the Duke of Milan in the 15th century, this tarot deck illustrates the marvelous tale of this collection. Splendid cards embellished in gold, enamel, and vegetal and geometric interlacing have a solemn and enigmatic presence, revealing an inner journey, like an adventure of self- discovery. A voyage to the heart of a castle populated by characters embodying the major arcana who question and disorient, inviting the viewer to look at the world from a new perspective. In the director’s interpretation, this quest surpasses gender boundaries, presenting a synthesis of masculine and feminine in a new heraldic mythology evoking the enchanted worlds Matteo Garrone loves.     A clairvoyant asks to draw a card in a deck designed as a catalogue of possibilities, a cryptic dictionary of the world. The High Priestess, the Empress, Justice, and the Fool are notably sublimated through excellence of savoir-faire celebrating the art of weaving: lace is inlaid with hand-painted embellishments, golden velvet is enlivened with the signs of the zodiac and precious jacquards are sprinkled with stars, while a cape in multicolored feathers showcases 3D volumes.     In this story, the insider always needs the feminine complement and vice versa, because only such a fusion makes it possible to approach a formative path leading to self-awareness. As Italo Calvino points out in The Castle of Crossed Destinies: “The world has to be read upside-down”.    

Exclusive editorial by Urša Premik
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Exclusive editorial by Urša Premik

Fashion Seniors wear their whole life story in their pores, scars and wrinkles and I have admired them my whole life. this project has been a crazy rollercoaster from the start. Me and my team took them on a road trip, because I wanted them to have the most amazing experience and creating this story was my way of saying thank you.       Urša Premik  is a portrait, fashion and commerical photographer, living in Ljubljana, Slovenia. While her photographs were exhibited on many group and solo exhibitions, her work is also published in various publications and magazines. The author has found her passion for photography at an early age and has been following it intensely ever since. Her work is mostly focused on people because they are her main source of artistic inspiration. When photographing them, her aim is to extract each of their individual energies, which can be seen through out her artistic opus. Her main goal isn’t to only capture their beauty, but to also bring out who their really are as a person.     ____________________________________ Photographer : Ursa Premik // www.ursapremik.com // @ursapremik Stylist : Barbara Podlogar & Lovro Ivancic // www.bpodlogar.com // @barbpod // @donshanell // Makeup : Neza Knific // @nesha.knific Assistant of photographer : Anze Vrabl // @anze_vrabl Hair : Simon Volcic // @simonvolcic Casting : Alenka Krc // @alena_spazmova Models : Jule, Franjo, Natalija and Sonja Special Thanks : Rok Rainer, Matic Fendre Seniors wear their whole life story in their pores, scars and wrinkles and I have admired them my whole life. this project has been a crazy rollercoaster from the start. Me and my team took them on a road trip, because I wanted them to have the most amazing experience and creating this story was my way of saying thank you.       Urša Premik  is a portrait, fashion and commerical photographer, living in Ljubljana, Slovenia. While her photographs were exhibited on many group and solo exhibitions, her work is also published in various publications and magazines. The author has found her passion for photography at an early age and has been following it intensely ever since. Her work is mostly focused on people because they are her main source of artistic inspiration. When photographing them, her aim is to extract each of their individual energies, which can be seen through out her artistic opus. Her main goal isn’t to only capture their beauty, but to also bring out who their really are as a person.     ____________________________________ Photographer : Ursa Premik // www.ursapremik.com // @ursapremik Stylist : Barbara Podlogar & Lovro Ivancic // www.bpodlogar.com // @barbpod // @donshanell // Makeup : Neza Knific // @nesha.knific Assistant of photographer : Anze Vrabl // @anze_vrabl Hair : Simon Volcic // @simonvolcic Casting : Alenka Krc // @alena_spazmova Models : Jule, Franjo, Natalija and Sonja Special Thanks : Rok Rainer, Matic Fendre

LOEWE presents the new collection for Fall & Winter 2021
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LOEWE presents the new collection for Fall & Winter 2021

Fashion Week All cut up: the LOEWE Fall Winter 2021 men's runway collection presents a collage of dream-like fictional characters—cutting and rearranging becomes an act of editing and inventing.     Creative director Jonathan Anderson keeps the expression dry and the spirit light, with clean silhouettes and precise cuts. Tribute is paid to the work of artist Joe Brainard through prints and jacquards that run over garments and accessories, but it is also celebrated as a method and mindset: collage. T-shirts and jumpers are multiplied into triplets; sheets with artworks are printed bluntly onto the front and lapels of a blazer.     A detour amongst the tropes, the clichés even, of iconic subcultures unfolds. Different elements are sliced, dissected, distorted, dried up and then assembled again in subversive disorder: the stripy jumpers of grunge, the humongous trousers and wallabees of rave, the bondage stovepipes and mohair knits of punk, the shaggy shearling of hippies, the black of beatniks and the duffel coats of mods. The classicism of the trenchcoat and plain utilitarianism of the peacoat are also subverted. The angularity and bright colors of new wave polish everything off with a bang.     Ajour jumpers. Coats that ow and move. Cardigans with matching culottes. Triple tops. Leather bondage trousers. Collage prints. Extra baggy trousers. A sense of thoughtful accumulation: each garment is a collage, therefore the look becomes a collage of collages.     Key footwear styles include Chelsea boots, suede boots and wallabees. Highlight bags featuring Joe Brainard’s work include a round bumbag and roll top backpack in printed nylon, and the multifaceted Puzzle bag and bumbag in classic calf with leather marquetry—each emblazoned with the artist’s iconic Pansies. Double handle totes appear in Anagram jacquard and calf, as well as classic calf and canvas combinations. All cut up: the LOEWE Fall Winter 2021 men's runway collection presents a collage of dream-like fictional characters—cutting and rearranging becomes an act of editing and inventing.     Creative director Jonathan Anderson keeps the expression dry and the spirit light, with clean silhouettes and precise cuts. Tribute is paid to the work of artist Joe Brainard through prints and jacquards that run over garments and accessories, but it is also celebrated as a method and mindset: collage. T-shirts and jumpers are multiplied into triplets; sheets with artworks are printed bluntly onto the front and lapels of a blazer.     A detour amongst the tropes, the clichés even, of iconic subcultures unfolds. Different elements are sliced, dissected, distorted, dried up and then assembled again in subversive disorder: the stripy jumpers of grunge, the humongous trousers and wallabees of rave, the bondage stovepipes and mohair knits of punk, the shaggy shearling of hippies, the black of beatniks and the duffel coats of mods. The classicism of the trenchcoat and plain utilitarianism of the peacoat are also subverted. The angularity and bright colors of new wave polish everything off with a bang.     Ajour jumpers. Coats that ow and move. Cardigans with matching culottes. Triple tops. Leather bondage trousers. Collage prints. Extra baggy trousers. A sense of thoughtful accumulation: each garment is a collage, therefore the look becomes a collage of collages.     Key footwear styles include Chelsea boots, suede boots and wallabees. Highlight bags featuring Joe Brainard’s work include a round bumbag and roll top backpack in printed nylon, and the multifaceted Puzzle bag and bumbag in classic calf with leather marquetry—each emblazoned with the artist’s iconic Pansies. Double handle totes appear in Anagram jacquard and calf, as well as classic calf and canvas combinations.

Alled-Martinez presents the new collection for Fall & Winter 2021
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Alled-Martinez presents the new collection for Fall & Winter 2021

Fashion Week Alled-Martinez ́s Fall-Winter 2021 Collection explores the aesthetics of real experiences close to designer Archie Alled-Martinez revisiting the foundations of the brand and recalling the key terms that shape its spirit: daringness, comfort and a rather cheeky elegance.     This short film shot at designer ́s hometown stars a young cast of local collaborators of the brand fully styled in Alled-Martinez that, powered by the boldness often offered to us by night, take us to Archie ́s personal imaginarium and help us contextualising the inspirations behind his FW21.     Insisting in the importance the brand places in the cut, the textiles and a perfect fitting, Alled- Martinez rediscovers its appeal reinforcing the comfort and wearability of its garments.     To the slinky-yet-sleek tailoring, signature styles of the brand, Alled-Martinez introduces new elements that emphasize his devotion for the technical aspects of his work. Velour, devoré/see- through effect garments or the illusion moiré pieces are some of the most remarkable features this season, all of them helping defy our preconceived ideas of where the limits of knitwear can be. Alled-Martinez ́s Fall-Winter 2021 Collection explores the aesthetics of real experiences close to designer Archie Alled-Martinez revisiting the foundations of the brand and recalling the key terms that shape its spirit: daringness, comfort and a rather cheeky elegance.     This short film shot at designer ́s hometown stars a young cast of local collaborators of the brand fully styled in Alled-Martinez that, powered by the boldness often offered to us by night, take us to Archie ́s personal imaginarium and help us contextualising the inspirations behind his FW21.     Insisting in the importance the brand places in the cut, the textiles and a perfect fitting, Alled- Martinez rediscovers its appeal reinforcing the comfort and wearability of its garments.     To the slinky-yet-sleek tailoring, signature styles of the brand, Alled-Martinez introduces new elements that emphasize his devotion for the technical aspects of his work. Velour, devoré/see- through effect garments or the illusion moiré pieces are some of the most remarkable features this season, all of them helping defy our preconceived ideas of where the limits of knitwear can be.

Iris van Herpen presents 'Roots of Rebirth'
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Iris van Herpen presents 'Roots of Rebirth'

Fashion Week Iris van Herpen shows her latest collection 'Roots of Rebirth' during Paris Haute Couture Week on January 25th 2021. During such rarefied times, the designer explores a symbiosis of high technology and the artisanal craftsmanship of couture, through a collection that references the intricacy of fungi and the entanglement of life that breathes beneath our feet. Through 'Roots of Rebirth', Van Herpen notions towards the miraculous lacery of interconnectedness from the natural 'wood wide web,' weaving a dialogue between the terrestrial and the underworld.     The work of Iris van Herpen is often described as ethereal and transcendental; a chimeric exposition, radiating shapes that reference the relationship between the human body and the natural world. This season, the Dutch designer explores the rich, yet deeply fragile interconnectedness of an unfamiliar world, the enigmatic fungi empire and the life-bearing fine threads of mycelium. The collection details the extraordinary existence of this winding 'fabric of life,' the marveling world of undergrowth tapestry. In reference to the book penned by scientist Merlin Sheldrake, 'Entangled Life' notes that 'fungi is the ecological connective tissue, the living seam by which much of the world is stitched into relation.'     "Thinking about fungi makes the world look different. These astonishing organisms challenge our animal imaginations and make questions of many of our well-worn concepts, from individuality to intelligence." - Merlin Sheldrake Iris van Herpen shows her latest collection 'Roots of Rebirth' during Paris Haute Couture Week on January 25th 2021. During such rarefied times, the designer explores a symbiosis of high technology and the artisanal craftsmanship of couture, through a collection that references the intricacy of fungi and the entanglement of life that breathes beneath our feet. Through 'Roots of Rebirth', Van Herpen notions towards the miraculous lacery of interconnectedness from the natural 'wood wide web,' weaving a dialogue between the terrestrial and the underworld.     The work of Iris van Herpen is often described as ethereal and transcendental; a chimeric exposition, radiating shapes that reference the relationship between the human body and the natural world. This season, the Dutch designer explores the rich, yet deeply fragile interconnectedness of an unfamiliar world, the enigmatic fungi empire and the life-bearing fine threads of mycelium. The collection details the extraordinary existence of this winding 'fabric of life,' the marveling world of undergrowth tapestry. In reference to the book penned by scientist Merlin Sheldrake, 'Entangled Life' notes that 'fungi is the ecological connective tissue, the living seam by which much of the world is stitched into relation.'     "Thinking about fungi makes the world look different. These astonishing organisms challenge our animal imaginations and make questions of many of our well-worn concepts, from individuality to intelligence." - Merlin Sheldrake

VERSACE POUR FEMME: DYLAN TURQUOISE
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VERSACE POUR FEMME: DYLAN TURQUOISE

Beauty   “Dream away to a distant tropical island where the blue sky flows into the crystal clear water. The sea breeze awakens your senses, giving your soul a boost of new energy. A scent that reminds you of warm and summer days. Versace pour femme Dylan Turquoise is an ode to the sensuality of the Versace woman ” - Donatella Versace.     THE PERFUME: Lively and playful, traditional and innovative, Dylan Turquoise perfectly complements the Versace family of women's and men's fragrances. Primofiori lemon creates a playful opening. The heart of the fragrance is filled with creativity with Guava for an exotic undertone. The woody base in combination with the white musk provides a sensual finish.     “Dream away to a distant tropical island where the blue sky flows into the crystal clear water. The sea breeze awakens your senses, giving your soul a boost of new energy. A scent that reminds you of warm and summer days. Versace pour femme Dylan Turquoise is an ode to the sensuality of the Versace woman ” - Donatella Versace.     THE PERFUME: Lively and playful, traditional and innovative, Dylan Turquoise perfectly complements the Versace family of women's and men's fragrances. Primofiori lemon creates a playful opening. The heart of the fragrance is filled with creativity with Guava for an exotic undertone. The woody base in combination with the white musk provides a sensual finish.  

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