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My Twin Collection by Messika
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My Twin Collection by Messika

Jewelry Kate Moss, Sylvia Hoeks, Joan Smalls... For her next campaign,Valérie Messika has chosen to cast three contemporary icons that break the codes of Parisian jewelry.   “I wanted to create a trio of girls, a gang that would represent women in their diversity and each of whom, whatever their age, would embody a type of beauty“, says Valérie Messika.     “Kate Moss has always been my muse, she is a Legend of fashion and a rock n’ roll icon. Kate is above all a free woman. As for Dutch actress Sylvia Hoeks, she seduced me with her personality and her character. Finally, I chose Joan Smalls for her spectacular physique. She gives off a very contemporary glamour.     Beyond jewelry, this trio has an attitude. They are strong women who breathe their own style into jewelry. They in uence diamonds and not the other way around. This is, in fact, the main characteristic of Messika’s jewelry.” Created by Mert & Marcus, this campaign infuses crazy energy into the Messika collections : the energy of diamonds. This new chapter is dedicated to My Twin collection - a perfect alliance of the elegant emerald cut and the curved pear cut.     With Kate Moss and Sylvia Hoeks, Messika celebrates the perfect union between the pear, emerald and oval cuts of the My Twin collection. As our muses, they add a nishing touch to these iconic pieces for a striking yet delicate result. Messika’s renown My Twin collection, suggests a new way of sealing one’s love, via the unexpected union of different cut diamonds. The different stones sit in contrast and harmony with each other. The pear cut diamond, which is both sensual and dazzling, marries with the emerald cut, which is more stylised and hypnotic, or even the oval cut, which is sweet and gentle. In the paired version, My Twin reinterprets the classic Toi & Moi iIn an architectural way where the emerald and pear stones are drawn to each other. In the trio style, Valerie Messika combines three cuts of diamonds and pays tribute to her favourite number. She takes it a step further by imagining an union where the juxtaposed diamonds celebrate endless love. My Twin proposes modern and elegant jewelleries that are engaged in a dance of light.   Explore the collection on Messika.com Kate Moss, Sylvia Hoeks, Joan Smalls... For her next campaign,Valérie Messika has chosen to cast three contemporary icons that break the codes of Parisian jewelry.   “I wanted to create a trio of girls, a gang that would represent women in their diversity and each of whom, whatever their age, would embody a type of beauty“, says Valérie Messika.     “Kate Moss has always been my muse, she is a Legend of fashion and a rock n’ roll icon. Kate is above all a free woman. As for Dutch actress Sylvia Hoeks, she seduced me with her personality and her character. Finally, I chose Joan Smalls for her spectacular physique. She gives off a very contemporary glamour.     Beyond jewelry, this trio has an attitude. They are strong women who breathe their own style into jewelry. They in uence diamonds and not the other way around. This is, in fact, the main characteristic of Messika’s jewelry.” Created by Mert & Marcus, this campaign infuses crazy energy into the Messika collections : the energy of diamonds. This new chapter is dedicated to My Twin collection - a perfect alliance of the elegant emerald cut and the curved pear cut.     With Kate Moss and Sylvia Hoeks, Messika celebrates the perfect union between the pear, emerald and oval cuts of the My Twin collection. As our muses, they add a nishing touch to these iconic pieces for a striking yet delicate result. Messika’s renown My Twin collection, suggests a new way of sealing one’s love, via the unexpected union of different cut diamonds. The different stones sit in contrast and harmony with each other. The pear cut diamond, which is both sensual and dazzling, marries with the emerald cut, which is more stylised and hypnotic, or even the oval cut, which is sweet and gentle. In the paired version, My Twin reinterprets the classic Toi & Moi iIn an architectural way where the emerald and pear stones are drawn to each other. In the trio style, Valerie Messika combines three cuts of diamonds and pays tribute to her favourite number. She takes it a step further by imagining an union where the juxtaposed diamonds celebrate endless love. My Twin proposes modern and elegant jewelleries that are engaged in a dance of light.   Explore the collection on Messika.com

Montblanc Patron of Art Homage to Moctezuma I: A Tribute to the Cultural Legacy of the Great Aztec Ruler
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Montblanc Patron of Art Homage to Moctezuma I: A Tribute to the Cultural Legacy of the Great Aztec Ruler

Accessories Limited Edition collection honours the remarkable artistic and architectural achievements of Aztec culture, and the influence of one of its great leaders.   With its origins in the culture of writing, Montblanc is actively engaged in the promotion of arts and culture. Part of this engagement has been to recognize the exceptional contributions of modern-day patrons of the arts around the world for the past 28 years with an annual award. Every year, to coincide with the Montblanc de la Culture Arts Patronage Award, Montblanc introduces a Limited Edition writing instrument that pays tribute to the cultural legacy and patronage of a historical patron of the arts. Created in the Montblanc Artisan Atelier from precious materials and shaped by highly skilled master craftsmen with great care and dedication, the new Montblanc Patron of Art Edition celebrates the life and influence of Moctezuma I (c. 1398-1469). In partnership with the Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia in Mexico, the four limited editions tell the story of the cultural achievements of Moctezuma Ilhuicamina who was elected ruler of the great Aztec Empire in 1440 and reigned for nearly 30 years during its golden age. In addition to expanding the borders of his empire all the way to the Gulf of Mexico, he is credited for shaping the image of the Aztec state that has endured to this day, one rich in culture and mythology. The capital city Tenochtitlán, today’s Mexico City, blossomed under his rule with the construction of new buildings, sculptures and lush botanical gardens. Among his many building projects, he paid particular attention to the renewal of the Templo Mayor, which he reconstructed magnificently.     Montblanc Patron of Art Homage to Moctezuma I Limited Edition 4810 In honour of Moctezuma’s credentials as a great warrior, the shape of the edition is inspired by the atlatl, an Aztec spear-throwing weapon used to propel spears or darts over long distances. The cap features a gold-coated design reminiscent of the atlatl’s thread-wrapped handles. The lacquer colours of the cap and barrel – petrol and carmine red – evoke the colours of Aztec culture and the royal cloak in particular. The pattern on Moctezuma I’s cloak, a symbol of his high rank, is represented on the cap underneath translucent lacquer. The cap is embellished with two Aztec glyphs taken from the Mendoza Codex that indicate the years in which the reign of the great Aztec king began and ended. The decoration on the cap top ring and upper part of the clip is inspired by Aztec jewellery. The spear-shaped clip is refined with an engraving of a Central American quetzal’s feather at the top and crowned by a red triangular-cut stone. The shape of the cone, refined with a hammer finish, is based on a traditional Aztec sacrificial knife with an obsidian blade. The Montblanc emblem in precious resin on the cap top is embedded in the engraving of an Aztec sun disk honours the ruler’s diverse architectural constructions and ornamentation in the cities of the Aztec empire. The handcrafted Au 750 solid gold nib is adorned with a fine engraving inspired by the Aztec glyph for the city of Tenochtitlán: a three-armed cactus with a royal diadem and two scrolls.     Montblanc Patron of Art Limited Edition 888 The colours of this edition – turquoise and carmine red – were favoured in Aztec culture and used in royal garments. The engravings on the Ag 925 sterling silver cap represent Moctezuma’s weapons, skulls and traditional Aztec’s ornaments. The lacquered turquoise barrel is engraved with a pattern reminiscent of his cloak, a symbol of the high rank of Moctezuma I, and features four lines of Au 750 solid champagne-tone gold, evoking the cardinal directions that radiated out from the Templo Mayor. The spear-shaped clip is refined with an engraving of a Central American quetzal’s feather and set with a triangular-cut green jade. The forepart of the writing instrument and the cone with its distinctive hammering optic are crafted from Ag 925 sterling silver, contrasting with the precious 750 champagne-tone gold fittings and the handcrafted solid gold nib adorned with the Aztec glyph for the city of Tenochtitlán: a three-armed cactus with a royal diadem and two scrolls. The Montblanc emblem made of mother-of-pearl on the cap top is embedded in the engraving of an Aztec sun disk honours the ruler’s diverse architectural constructions and ornamentation in the cities of the Aztec empire.     Montblanc Patron of Art Limited Edition 87 Limited to just 87 pieces in homage to 1987, the year when the Templo Major was added to the UNESCO World Heritage list, the Montblanc Patron of Art Limited Edition 87 is richly decorated with turquoise, a stone favoured in Aztec decorative craftsmanship. The turquoise mosaic in Aztec style on the cap is handcrafted with meticulous attention to detail and an artistic sensibility that makes every one of the 87 pieces in the edition slightly different. The mosaic is refined with Au 750 solid champagne-tone gold inlays set with jade cabochons and a central Aztec motif symbolising the ‘five suns’ creation myth. The gold on this edition is specially treated to create a vintage look similar to the distressed appearance often found in ancient artefacts. The barrel is crafted from precious Central American cocobolo wood, a reference to both the material used to make the traditional atlatl and to the famous El Sargento tree in Mexico City, planted during the reign of Moctezuma I. The barrel is embellished with the four stepped solid gold bands as a special reference to the Templo Mayor. The mother-of-pearl Montblanc emblem on the cap top is embedded in an engraving of an Aztec sun disc. The handcrafted Au 750 solid gold nib is adorned with a fine engraving inspired by the Aztec glyph for the heart, a symbol for sacrifice. A further glyph engraved on the forepart represents the second name of Moctezuma I: Ilhuicamina (meaning ‘he who shoots an arrow into the sky’).     Montblanc Patron of Art Limited Edition 8 The limitation number of just 8 pieces is inspired by the ‘stone of Moctezuma I’, the only remaining piece of the great Templo Mayor excavated in 1988 and featuring eight rays. Moctezuma I ascended the throne as the fifth king of Tenochtitlán in exceptional splendour, guided in great state to the high temple where he was given the turquoise-coloured, red-bordered royal cloak, the xiuhtilmatli, and a diadem of gold. This magnificence is captured in the design of this rare edition with a cap made of Au 750 solid champagne-tone gold and an elongated shape set with diamonds, garnets, green tsavorites and multi-coloured sapphires. This writing masterpiece is decorated with an artistic hand engraving of the winged Huitzilopochtli, patron god of the Aztecs. Three-dimensional engravings of the symbolic eagle and cactus represent the foundation myth of the Aztec capital, Tenochtitlán, while the two double-headed snakes that frame the artwork are Aztec symbols of renewal, fertility and luck. A reference to the highly mythologised sacrificial rituals of the Aztecs, the barrel of the writing instrument is made of dark red precious jasper and enriched with Au 750 solid champagne-tone gold inlays. The spear-shaped clip is embellished with a triangular-cut green jade. The cap top is crowned with a Montblanc Diamond embedded in an engraving inspired by an eight-rayed Aztec sun disc. To coincide with the release of the four Patron of Art Homage to Moctezuma I Limited Editions, Montblanc is introducing a fine stationary notebook in red calfskin Saffiano leather embossed with traditional Aztec motifs, as well as a Homage to Moctezuma I ink in a bright turquoise inspired by the traditional jewels and cloths of Aztec emperors. Statesman, ruler and patron of art, Moctezuma brought Aztec culture to its pinnacle. With every intricate design detail and through the beauty of fine craftsmanship, Montblanc tells the fascinating story of this great figure who made a lasting cultural impact on human civilization.   Montblanc Patron of Art Homage to Moctezuma I Limited Edition is available from April 2020 at Montblanc boutiques worldwide and online. For more information visit www.montblanc.com Limited Edition collection honours the remarkable artistic and architectural achievements of Aztec culture, and the influence of one of its great leaders.   With its origins in the culture of writing, Montblanc is actively engaged in the promotion of arts and culture. Part of this engagement has been to recognize the exceptional contributions of modern-day patrons of the arts around the world for the past 28 years with an annual award. Every year, to coincide with the Montblanc de la Culture Arts Patronage Award, Montblanc introduces a Limited Edition writing instrument that pays tribute to the cultural legacy and patronage of a historical patron of the arts. Created in the Montblanc Artisan Atelier from precious materials and shaped by highly skilled master craftsmen with great care and dedication, the new Montblanc Patron of Art Edition celebrates the life and influence of Moctezuma I (c. 1398-1469). In partnership with the Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia in Mexico, the four limited editions tell the story of the cultural achievements of Moctezuma Ilhuicamina who was elected ruler of the great Aztec Empire in 1440 and reigned for nearly 30 years during its golden age. In addition to expanding the borders of his empire all the way to the Gulf of Mexico, he is credited for shaping the image of the Aztec state that has endured to this day, one rich in culture and mythology. The capital city Tenochtitlán, today’s Mexico City, blossomed under his rule with the construction of new buildings, sculptures and lush botanical gardens. Among his many building projects, he paid particular attention to the renewal of the Templo Mayor, which he reconstructed magnificently.     Montblanc Patron of Art Homage to Moctezuma I Limited Edition 4810 In honour of Moctezuma’s credentials as a great warrior, the shape of the edition is inspired by the atlatl, an Aztec spear-throwing weapon used to propel spears or darts over long distances. The cap features a gold-coated design reminiscent of the atlatl’s thread-wrapped handles. The lacquer colours of the cap and barrel – petrol and carmine red – evoke the colours of Aztec culture and the royal cloak in particular. The pattern on Moctezuma I’s cloak, a symbol of his high rank, is represented on the cap underneath translucent lacquer. The cap is embellished with two Aztec glyphs taken from the Mendoza Codex that indicate the years in which the reign of the great Aztec king began and ended. The decoration on the cap top ring and upper part of the clip is inspired by Aztec jewellery. The spear-shaped clip is refined with an engraving of a Central American quetzal’s feather at the top and crowned by a red triangular-cut stone. The shape of the cone, refined with a hammer finish, is based on a traditional Aztec sacrificial knife with an obsidian blade. The Montblanc emblem in precious resin on the cap top is embedded in the engraving of an Aztec sun disk honours the ruler’s diverse architectural constructions and ornamentation in the cities of the Aztec empire. The handcrafted Au 750 solid gold nib is adorned with a fine engraving inspired by the Aztec glyph for the city of Tenochtitlán: a three-armed cactus with a royal diadem and two scrolls.     Montblanc Patron of Art Limited Edition 888 The colours of this edition – turquoise and carmine red – were favoured in Aztec culture and used in royal garments. The engravings on the Ag 925 sterling silver cap represent Moctezuma’s weapons, skulls and traditional Aztec’s ornaments. The lacquered turquoise barrel is engraved with a pattern reminiscent of his cloak, a symbol of the high rank of Moctezuma I, and features four lines of Au 750 solid champagne-tone gold, evoking the cardinal directions that radiated out from the Templo Mayor. The spear-shaped clip is refined with an engraving of a Central American quetzal’s feather and set with a triangular-cut green jade. The forepart of the writing instrument and the cone with its distinctive hammering optic are crafted from Ag 925 sterling silver, contrasting with the precious 750 champagne-tone gold fittings and the handcrafted solid gold nib adorned with the Aztec glyph for the city of Tenochtitlán: a three-armed cactus with a royal diadem and two scrolls. The Montblanc emblem made of mother-of-pearl on the cap top is embedded in the engraving of an Aztec sun disk honours the ruler’s diverse architectural constructions and ornamentation in the cities of the Aztec empire.     Montblanc Patron of Art Limited Edition 87 Limited to just 87 pieces in homage to 1987, the year when the Templo Major was added to the UNESCO World Heritage list, the Montblanc Patron of Art Limited Edition 87 is richly decorated with turquoise, a stone favoured in Aztec decorative craftsmanship. The turquoise mosaic in Aztec style on the cap is handcrafted with meticulous attention to detail and an artistic sensibility that makes every one of the 87 pieces in the edition slightly different. The mosaic is refined with Au 750 solid champagne-tone gold inlays set with jade cabochons and a central Aztec motif symbolising the ‘five suns’ creation myth. The gold on this edition is specially treated to create a vintage look similar to the distressed appearance often found in ancient artefacts. The barrel is crafted from precious Central American cocobolo wood, a reference to both the material used to make the traditional atlatl and to the famous El Sargento tree in Mexico City, planted during the reign of Moctezuma I. The barrel is embellished with the four stepped solid gold bands as a special reference to the Templo Mayor. The mother-of-pearl Montblanc emblem on the cap top is embedded in an engraving of an Aztec sun disc. The handcrafted Au 750 solid gold nib is adorned with a fine engraving inspired by the Aztec glyph for the heart, a symbol for sacrifice. A further glyph engraved on the forepart represents the second name of Moctezuma I: Ilhuicamina (meaning ‘he who shoots an arrow into the sky’).     Montblanc Patron of Art Limited Edition 8 The limitation number of just 8 pieces is inspired by the ‘stone of Moctezuma I’, the only remaining piece of the great Templo Mayor excavated in 1988 and featuring eight rays. Moctezuma I ascended the throne as the fifth king of Tenochtitlán in exceptional splendour, guided in great state to the high temple where he was given the turquoise-coloured, red-bordered royal cloak, the xiuhtilmatli, and a diadem of gold. This magnificence is captured in the design of this rare edition with a cap made of Au 750 solid champagne-tone gold and an elongated shape set with diamonds, garnets, green tsavorites and multi-coloured sapphires. This writing masterpiece is decorated with an artistic hand engraving of the winged Huitzilopochtli, patron god of the Aztecs. Three-dimensional engravings of the symbolic eagle and cactus represent the foundation myth of the Aztec capital, Tenochtitlán, while the two double-headed snakes that frame the artwork are Aztec symbols of renewal, fertility and luck. A reference to the highly mythologised sacrificial rituals of the Aztecs, the barrel of the writing instrument is made of dark red precious jasper and enriched with Au 750 solid champagne-tone gold inlays. The spear-shaped clip is embellished with a triangular-cut green jade. The cap top is crowned with a Montblanc Diamond embedded in an engraving inspired by an eight-rayed Aztec sun disc. To coincide with the release of the four Patron of Art Homage to Moctezuma I Limited Editions, Montblanc is introducing a fine stationary notebook in red calfskin Saffiano leather embossed with traditional Aztec motifs, as well as a Homage to Moctezuma I ink in a bright turquoise inspired by the traditional jewels and cloths of Aztec emperors. Statesman, ruler and patron of art, Moctezuma brought Aztec culture to its pinnacle. With every intricate design detail and through the beauty of fine craftsmanship, Montblanc tells the fascinating story of this great figure who made a lasting cultural impact on human civilization.   Montblanc Patron of Art Homage to Moctezuma I Limited Edition is available from April 2020 at Montblanc boutiques worldwide and online. For more information visit www.montblanc.com

Louis Vuitton re-purposes its French workshops to make non-surgical face masks
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Louis Vuitton re-purposes its French workshops to make non-surgical face masks

Design Louis Vuitton has launched the production of hundreds of thousands of non-surgical protective masks, re-purposing its French workshops in Marsaz and Saint-Donat (Drôme), Saint-Pourçain (Allier), Ducey (Manche) and Sainte-Florence (Vendée), where three hundred artisans are mobilised in response to the French government’s plea for the increased production of alternative non-surgical masks to aid in the battle against Covid-19.     Michael Burke, Louis Vuitton Chairman and CEO, formalised the start of production by visiting the Sainte-Florence workshop, where twenty-two artisans are voluntarily stationed and already making masks that will be provided to protect frontline healthcare workers.     Mrs. Correira, Director of the Marpa nursing-home in Sainte-Florence and Mr. Gaborieau, Director of the Saint-Vincent de Paul care home in Essarts, Bocage, both being among those receiving the newly created masks, joined Michael Burke in greeting the volunteers. These non-surgical masks have been approved by the di erent governing bodies and are created in collaboration with Mode Grand Ouest, a regional network of the textile industry who are supplying one of the main materials.     In appreciation of the volunteers’ exceptional contribution, upon visiting the Sainte- Florence workshop, Michael Burke, thanked them, declaring: “As an important French House, Louis Vuitton wishes to commit at its level to producing many thousands of masks that will be distributed within the region, at no charge, to protect those who are most exposed. This production is the fruit of a wonderful collaboration with the regional sector of the textile industry.” Louis Vuitton has launched the production of hundreds of thousands of non-surgical protective masks, re-purposing its French workshops in Marsaz and Saint-Donat (Drôme), Saint-Pourçain (Allier), Ducey (Manche) and Sainte-Florence (Vendée), where three hundred artisans are mobilised in response to the French government’s plea for the increased production of alternative non-surgical masks to aid in the battle against Covid-19.     Michael Burke, Louis Vuitton Chairman and CEO, formalised the start of production by visiting the Sainte-Florence workshop, where twenty-two artisans are voluntarily stationed and already making masks that will be provided to protect frontline healthcare workers.     Mrs. Correira, Director of the Marpa nursing-home in Sainte-Florence and Mr. Gaborieau, Director of the Saint-Vincent de Paul care home in Essarts, Bocage, both being among those receiving the newly created masks, joined Michael Burke in greeting the volunteers. These non-surgical masks have been approved by the di erent governing bodies and are created in collaboration with Mode Grand Ouest, a regional network of the textile industry who are supplying one of the main materials.     In appreciation of the volunteers’ exceptional contribution, upon visiting the Sainte- Florence workshop, Michael Burke, thanked them, declaring: “As an important French House, Louis Vuitton wishes to commit at its level to producing many thousands of masks that will be distributed within the region, at no charge, to protect those who are most exposed. This production is the fruit of a wonderful collaboration with the regional sector of the textile industry.”

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BOSS to expand Responsible Tailoring collections
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BOSS to expand Responsible Tailoring collections

Fashion This Spring/Summer 2020 season, BOSS underlines its commitment to a more sustainable approach to fashion, with a focus on premium tailoring. The brand is building on the success of its Traceable Wool designs by adding womenswear pieces to the range, and launching a fully vegan suit, free of all animal-based materials, as part of its menswear collection.   The women’s designs in traceable merino wool offer vivid spring blues and traffic- stopping red alongside timeless navy. A perfectly cut single-button jacket showcases the impeccable tailored aesthetic of BOSS Womenswear, and can be paired with a choice of wide-leg, cropped, or tapered pants in the same fabric. Pinstriped navy tailoring – two jackets, a skirt, pants, and a dress, all designed to be mixed and matched – completes the capsule.   Highlights of the men’s collection for Spring/Summer 2020 include a pinstriped wool jersey suit with drawstring pants, a summary lightweight slim-fit suit, athleisure- inspired tapered pants with cuffed hems, and an elevated polo design. This season, BOSS Menswear offers more responsibly tailored styles than ever before.   The newly introduced vegan suit is a modern slim-fit design with a lightweight construction. Available in three colors – light beige, dark blue, and black – it is crafted in Germany from pure certified organic European grown linen. All components which, in a traditional premium suit, would contain materials such as wool or horsehair, have been omitted or replaced with vegan alternatives. This ensures that the entire item is free from animal-based materials.   This Spring/Summer 2020 season, BOSS underlines its commitment to a more sustainable approach to fashion, with a focus on premium tailoring. The brand is building on the success of its Traceable Wool designs by adding womenswear pieces to the range, and launching a fully vegan suit, free of all animal-based materials, as part of its menswear collection.   The women’s designs in traceable merino wool offer vivid spring blues and traffic- stopping red alongside timeless navy. A perfectly cut single-button jacket showcases the impeccable tailored aesthetic of BOSS Womenswear, and can be paired with a choice of wide-leg, cropped, or tapered pants in the same fabric. Pinstriped navy tailoring – two jackets, a skirt, pants, and a dress, all designed to be mixed and matched – completes the capsule.   Highlights of the men’s collection for Spring/Summer 2020 include a pinstriped wool jersey suit with drawstring pants, a summary lightweight slim-fit suit, athleisure- inspired tapered pants with cuffed hems, and an elevated polo design. This season, BOSS Menswear offers more responsibly tailored styles than ever before.   The newly introduced vegan suit is a modern slim-fit design with a lightweight construction. Available in three colors – light beige, dark blue, and black – it is crafted in Germany from pure certified organic European grown linen. All components which, in a traditional premium suit, would contain materials such as wool or horsehair, have been omitted or replaced with vegan alternatives. This ensures that the entire item is free from animal-based materials.  

McQueen's Creative Community
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McQueen's Creative Community

Fashion Building on the idea of our creative community which underpins so many Alexander McQueen collections, today the house announces a new project encouraging creativity.   McQueen Creators is conceived to inspire and initiate creative conversation. Starting from today, their followers will be invited to engage artistically with their favourite pieces from a selection of images shared on our social channels. A selection of this work will then be republished across our social media networks. Each week a new creative concept will be released. These will connect their followers with their own McQueen teams and collaborators, from their design studio to universities and students, through a series of digital tutorials. The first week’s inspiration is taken from the Roses installation at Alexander McQueen’s New Bond Street open studio. Together we will be sketching the finale Rose dress from Autumn/Winter 2019. Future projects for the community will include 3-D creation and embroidery from home, amongst other initiatives to be announced via their social channels (bellow).   #McQueenCreators @AlexanderMcQueen Building on the idea of our creative community which underpins so many Alexander McQueen collections, today the house announces a new project encouraging creativity.   McQueen Creators is conceived to inspire and initiate creative conversation. Starting from today, their followers will be invited to engage artistically with their favourite pieces from a selection of images shared on our social channels. A selection of this work will then be republished across our social media networks. Each week a new creative concept will be released. These will connect their followers with their own McQueen teams and collaborators, from their design studio to universities and students, through a series of digital tutorials. The first week’s inspiration is taken from the Roses installation at Alexander McQueen’s New Bond Street open studio. Together we will be sketching the finale Rose dress from Autumn/Winter 2019. Future projects for the community will include 3-D creation and embroidery from home, amongst other initiatives to be announced via their social channels (bellow).   #McQueenCreators @AlexanderMcQueen

Filling Pieces travels to Dakar, Senegal to explore it's new collection
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Filling Pieces travels to Dakar, Senegal to explore it's new collection

Fashion Amidst one of the most challenging times across the globe Filling Pieces drops their Spring Summer collection themed ‘Family’. Within this collection family is defined as a bond between human beings that is based on spirit and mutual beliefs, rather than blood. Right now that connection is more important than ever. The collection is designed around a set of fictional family members that challenges the status quo and stereotypes. As a matriarchal structure, the ‘CEO Mom’ is head of the family to the Worker Father, Rebel Cousin and Preppy Brother. Each with their own definitive style.   Within this editorial, Shot by photographer Miftha Bahardeen, Ready To Wear designer Dieylane Cisse, travels back home to Dakar Senegal, to shoot his first collection designed for the brand. He explores the story of BOYHOOD, where he has casted all the models and is translating the different ages and generations throughout the designed apparel pieces.   For the first time, the Dutch fashion brand unveils its first ever dress shoes alongside this season's ready-to-wear release in their continued mission to bridge the gap between streetwear and hi-fashion. The ‘Waspy Dress Up’ - assigned to the Preppy Brother, is amongst the first of these styles to be released for SS20. The formal, surprisingly lightweight silhouette boasts features including distinctive, stainless steel snap buckle-fastener and sole plate, complete with FP branding.   Filling Pieces SS20 drop one is available online now, with the second drop to follow later this month. Amidst one of the most challenging times across the globe Filling Pieces drops their Spring Summer collection themed ‘Family’. Within this collection family is defined as a bond between human beings that is based on spirit and mutual beliefs, rather than blood. Right now that connection is more important than ever. The collection is designed around a set of fictional family members that challenges the status quo and stereotypes. As a matriarchal structure, the ‘CEO Mom’ is head of the family to the Worker Father, Rebel Cousin and Preppy Brother. Each with their own definitive style.   Within this editorial, Shot by photographer Miftha Bahardeen, Ready To Wear designer Dieylane Cisse, travels back home to Dakar Senegal, to shoot his first collection designed for the brand. He explores the story of BOYHOOD, where he has casted all the models and is translating the different ages and generations throughout the designed apparel pieces.   For the first time, the Dutch fashion brand unveils its first ever dress shoes alongside this season's ready-to-wear release in their continued mission to bridge the gap between streetwear and hi-fashion. The ‘Waspy Dress Up’ - assigned to the Preppy Brother, is amongst the first of these styles to be released for SS20. The formal, surprisingly lightweight silhouette boasts features including distinctive, stainless steel snap buckle-fastener and sole plate, complete with FP branding.   Filling Pieces SS20 drop one is available online now, with the second drop to follow later this month.

Marni takes us backstage
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Marni takes us backstage

Fashion Week Marni backstage images from the men's show for Fall & Winter 2020-2021.   Marni backstage images from the men's show for Fall & Winter 2020-2021.  

Louis Vuitton releases the new Capucines bags
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Louis Vuitton releases the new Capucines bags

Accessories A supple feel, geometric architecture and distinctive signature: the Capucines bag created in 2013 and named after Louis Vuitton’s very rst store which opened in 1854 on rue Neuve-des-Capucines – has quickly established itself as one of the House’s most iconic designs. The epitome of the trunk-maker’s know-how, it embodies Louis Vuitton’s values and DNA, reinventing itself each season in an ongoing dialogue with the times.   For Spring-Summer 2020, monochrome colours – including snow, eau de rose, dragon fruit and banane – lend a vibrant, fresh and pop touch to the Capucines bag, which comes in PM (small), BB and the new permanent Mini size. Other innovations, such as a plexiglass handle, ayers skin nish or enlarged shoulder straps for crossbody wear, will allow it to embrace an endless variety of styles at di erent times of day. A wicker reinterpretation of the iconic bag, the summer- perfect Musette, will be presented this season in a caramel leather shade.   more information on LouisVuitton.com A supple feel, geometric architecture and distinctive signature: the Capucines bag created in 2013 and named after Louis Vuitton’s very rst store which opened in 1854 on rue Neuve-des-Capucines – has quickly established itself as one of the House’s most iconic designs. The epitome of the trunk-maker’s know-how, it embodies Louis Vuitton’s values and DNA, reinventing itself each season in an ongoing dialogue with the times.   For Spring-Summer 2020, monochrome colours – including snow, eau de rose, dragon fruit and banane – lend a vibrant, fresh and pop touch to the Capucines bag, which comes in PM (small), BB and the new permanent Mini size. Other innovations, such as a plexiglass handle, ayers skin nish or enlarged shoulder straps for crossbody wear, will allow it to embrace an endless variety of styles at di erent times of day. A wicker reinterpretation of the iconic bag, the summer- perfect Musette, will be presented this season in a caramel leather shade.   more information on LouisVuitton.com

The Breitling  launches Top Time Limited Edition
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The Breitling launches Top Time Limited Edition

Watches When the original Breitling Top Time was launched in the 1960's, it was a watch with a clear mission. Willy Breitling announced that his brand’s new watches were “particularly suited to the needs of the young and active professionals. We are designing a superb range of ultramodern chronographs, led by a completely new model, the Top Time.” The sports watch appealed to that demographic but also attracted young women, who were drawn to its bold new lines and its undeniable elegance. And now, Breitling is reintroducing the Top Time, a collectors’ favorite with one of the most recognizable dials in all of watchmaking.   More than half a century after introducing its Top Time watch, Breitling is launching an updated and upgraded model. Like the 1960's model that inspired it, the new Breitling Top Time has an unconventional design that makes a bold style statement. A first glance at the dial, which has long been known to collectors as the Zorro dial, makes it clear that this is a watch that doesn’t take itself too seriously. But that playful face doesn’t disguise the superb chronograph performance, which is pure Breitling.   Breitling CEO Georges Kern commented: “ When it was released more than 50 years ago, it was a watch that appealed to a younger audience committed to enjoying the freedom and the spirit of the 1960's, and, amazingly, after all this time, it continues to stand out. The Top Time is an important but often overlooked part of our heritage, and we know it’s going to resonate with men and women who love this blend of history, design, and great performance.”   Inside the Top Time’s 41-millimeter stainless-steel case is a Breitling Caliber 23 chronograph movement with a power reserve of approximately 48 hours. Its accuracy is confirmed by its status as a COSC-certi ed chronometer. The red hour and minute hands as well as the dot markers for each hour are coated with Super-LumiNova, a luminescent material that ensures legibility in all lighting conditions. Along with the central hour, minute, and chronograph second hands, the dial also features a decimal scale and two subdials – a small second counter at the 9 o’clock position and a 30-minute counter with unique red accents at 3 o’clock. The new Breitling Top Time’s modern retro look is perfectly complemented by its brown nubuck leather strap. This striking watch is limited to 2000 pieces, and its caseback is engraved with “ONE OF 2000.” One of the few features this new chronograph doesn’t have is a Geiger counter, unlike the Top Time handed to James Bond by Q in 1965’s Thunderball. The world’s favorite spy used the watch to avert a nuclear catastrophe by locating stolen missiles that had been hidden underwater. With 007, of course, style is always essen- tial, and owners of the new Breitling Top Time will have it in abundance. The Breitling Top Time Limited Edition will be the brand’s first watch offered with a blockchain-based digital passport, which confirms the authenticity and ownership of the watch with a single click. Owners can access the watch’s digital passport at any time and transfer ownership – if they choose to do so with a simple blockchain transaction. Offered in cooperation with Arianee, the digital passport will also complement Breitling’s innovative digital warranty program by offering the absolute security that can only be provided by a blockchain system. This cutting-edge technology, which makes it possible for customers to engage with the brand anonymously, allows Breitling to add new online services ranging from advanced clienteling to a revolutionary care program. The Breitling Top Time is scheduled for launch on Breitling’s e-commerce channel in March 2020 and will be available upon request from the brand’s global retail network at a later date.   Adding to the excitement surrounding the release of the new Top Time, a highly regarded London based street artist is designing a mural featuring the familiar Zorro dial. It can be seen on the corner of Redchurch Street and Ebor Street in the trendy Shoreditch area of East London from March 25 until May 20, 2020. The new Breitling Top Time: it’s hard to imagine a better way to express your personal style than with a truly great chronograph that will never be confused with any other watch! When the original Breitling Top Time was launched in the 1960's, it was a watch with a clear mission. Willy Breitling announced that his brand’s new watches were “particularly suited to the needs of the young and active professionals. We are designing a superb range of ultramodern chronographs, led by a completely new model, the Top Time.” The sports watch appealed to that demographic but also attracted young women, who were drawn to its bold new lines and its undeniable elegance. And now, Breitling is reintroducing the Top Time, a collectors’ favorite with one of the most recognizable dials in all of watchmaking.   More than half a century after introducing its Top Time watch, Breitling is launching an updated and upgraded model. Like the 1960's model that inspired it, the new Breitling Top Time has an unconventional design that makes a bold style statement. A first glance at the dial, which has long been known to collectors as the Zorro dial, makes it clear that this is a watch that doesn’t take itself too seriously. But that playful face doesn’t disguise the superb chronograph performance, which is pure Breitling.   Breitling CEO Georges Kern commented: “ When it was released more than 50 years ago, it was a watch that appealed to a younger audience committed to enjoying the freedom and the spirit of the 1960's, and, amazingly, after all this time, it continues to stand out. The Top Time is an important but often overlooked part of our heritage, and we know it’s going to resonate with men and women who love this blend of history, design, and great performance.”   Inside the Top Time’s 41-millimeter stainless-steel case is a Breitling Caliber 23 chronograph movement with a power reserve of approximately 48 hours. Its accuracy is confirmed by its status as a COSC-certi ed chronometer. The red hour and minute hands as well as the dot markers for each hour are coated with Super-LumiNova, a luminescent material that ensures legibility in all lighting conditions. Along with the central hour, minute, and chronograph second hands, the dial also features a decimal scale and two subdials – a small second counter at the 9 o’clock position and a 30-minute counter with unique red accents at 3 o’clock. The new Breitling Top Time’s modern retro look is perfectly complemented by its brown nubuck leather strap. This striking watch is limited to 2000 pieces, and its caseback is engraved with “ONE OF 2000.” One of the few features this new chronograph doesn’t have is a Geiger counter, unlike the Top Time handed to James Bond by Q in 1965’s Thunderball. The world’s favorite spy used the watch to avert a nuclear catastrophe by locating stolen missiles that had been hidden underwater. With 007, of course, style is always essen- tial, and owners of the new Breitling Top Time will have it in abundance. The Breitling Top Time Limited Edition will be the brand’s first watch offered with a blockchain-based digital passport, which confirms the authenticity and ownership of the watch with a single click. Owners can access the watch’s digital passport at any time and transfer ownership – if they choose to do so with a simple blockchain transaction. Offered in cooperation with Arianee, the digital passport will also complement Breitling’s innovative digital warranty program by offering the absolute security that can only be provided by a blockchain system. This cutting-edge technology, which makes it possible for customers to engage with the brand anonymously, allows Breitling to add new online services ranging from advanced clienteling to a revolutionary care program. The Breitling Top Time is scheduled for launch on Breitling’s e-commerce channel in March 2020 and will be available upon request from the brand’s global retail network at a later date.   Adding to the excitement surrounding the release of the new Top Time, a highly regarded London based street artist is designing a mural featuring the familiar Zorro dial. It can be seen on the corner of Redchurch Street and Ebor Street in the trendy Shoreditch area of East London from March 25 until May 20, 2020. The new Breitling Top Time: it’s hard to imagine a better way to express your personal style than with a truly great chronograph that will never be confused with any other watch!

Nodaleto in collaboration with Anissa Kermiche
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Nodaleto in collaboration with Anissa Kermiche

Design On its first anniversary and to celebrate the arrival of Spring, Nodaleto teams up with jewellery and objects designer Anissa Kermiche for an exclusive design. The classic Bulla Corta boots becomes a ceramic vase, designed in four colours specific to the Nodaleto universe.   Julia Toledano, Nodaleto designer and co-founder says : “We recreated the Corta boots which was the first shoe I designed. Interior design being one of my main sources of inspiration and proposing an object seemed perfectly natural and obvious. It is also an opportunity for us to construct something other than a fashion piece. This is the first step for Nodaleto towards other future projects.”   Olivier Leone, artistic director and co-founder added: “Julia and Anissa have a common desire to talk to real women through their designs: Anissa through her vases, subjugating the beauty of forms and Julia in designs in which women feel both feminine, sensual and free. Passionate about flowers, the opportunity was perfect to bring a collaboration with the support of Debeaulieu for the arrival of Spring.”   Anissa Kermiche says: “During a friendly conversation two years ago, Olivier introduced me to the Nodaleto project. I was immediately struck by Julia’s designs, and their architectural aspect. The first idea was to integrate a jewellery piece into the shoe, but it developed naturally into a ceramic project, just as my vases were gaining momentum. The vase is inspired by their signature boots, heels and deep-seated shape. It is available in four colours that echo the Fall-Winter 2019-2020 collection of the brand.”   The vases will be available on Nodaleto.com at 220 euros from April 3rd.     On its first anniversary and to celebrate the arrival of Spring, Nodaleto teams up with jewellery and objects designer Anissa Kermiche for an exclusive design. The classic Bulla Corta boots becomes a ceramic vase, designed in four colours specific to the Nodaleto universe.   Julia Toledano, Nodaleto designer and co-founder says : “We recreated the Corta boots which was the first shoe I designed. Interior design being one of my main sources of inspiration and proposing an object seemed perfectly natural and obvious. It is also an opportunity for us to construct something other than a fashion piece. This is the first step for Nodaleto towards other future projects.”   Olivier Leone, artistic director and co-founder added: “Julia and Anissa have a common desire to talk to real women through their designs: Anissa through her vases, subjugating the beauty of forms and Julia in designs in which women feel both feminine, sensual and free. Passionate about flowers, the opportunity was perfect to bring a collaboration with the support of Debeaulieu for the arrival of Spring.”   Anissa Kermiche says: “During a friendly conversation two years ago, Olivier introduced me to the Nodaleto project. I was immediately struck by Julia’s designs, and their architectural aspect. The first idea was to integrate a jewellery piece into the shoe, but it developed naturally into a ceramic project, just as my vases were gaining momentum. The vase is inspired by their signature boots, heels and deep-seated shape. It is available in four colours that echo the Fall-Winter 2019-2020 collection of the brand.”   The vases will be available on Nodaleto.com at 220 euros from April 3rd.    

Fondation Louis Vuitton presents Digital Events
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Fondation Louis Vuitton presents Digital Events

Exhibition As per the French government’s directive, the Fondation Louis Vuitton is closed, and all its events and activities cancelled until further notice. During these exceptional circumstances the Fondation continues to share content with its public and community allowing them to relive or discover certain exhibitions, concerts, masterclasses and events that it has offered since its 2014 opening. Each week the Fondation sets 3 digital events: - Wednesday at 6 p.m. a visit of an exhibition with commentary by the curators - Friday at 8:30 p.m. a concert held at the Auditorium - Sunday at 5:30 p.m. a concert by the graduates of the Classe d’Excellence de Violoncelle led by Gautier Capuçon  Program #FLVfromhome for the week of March 23:     Wednesday March 25 – 6 p.m. "In Tune with the World", exhibition presented from 11 April 2018 to 27 August 2018 (2018, 18 min., French version with English subtitles) Ever since the first exhibition of emblematic works from its collection, during the 2014 inauguration of the building designed by Frank Gehry, the Fondation Louis Vuitton has regularly exhibited different collection displays. Some followed the four main categories that inform the making of the Collection (Contemplative, Expressionist, Pop, Music & Sound), and others were dedicated to contemporary art from specific regions of the world such as dedicated to China (2016) and Africa (2017).   Throughout the galleries, "In Tune with the World" (11th April - 27th August 2018) unveiled a new selection of artists from the collection, using several different media, bringing together modern and contemporary works.   Head curator: Suzanne Pagé Curators: Angéline Scherf, Ludovic Delalande and Claire Staebler The exhibition film "In Tune with the World" is available Wednesday at 6 p.m.:https://youtu.be/x48D3ZVes_0     Friday March 27 – 8:30 p.m. Concert by Lang Lang (recorded on the 28 October 2014, 62 min.)   After starting his career with a dazzling debut in Carnegie Hall in 2001, the prodigy has earned his place among the world's greatest talents, with an aura that now extends far beyond the confines of the classical repertoire. Lang Lang has become the piano phenomenon of the 21st-century.  His worldwide concerts have been met with great acclaim, especially his versions of Liszt, who ranks as one of his favourite composers.   Program: Mozart, Chopin, Liszt, Tchaïkovski The concert by Lang Lang is available Friday at 8:30 p.m.: https://youtu.be/7j36IbYG2NE     Sunday March 29– 5:30 p.m. “Violoncelles, vibrez !” - documentary on the Classe d’Excellence de Violoncelle (2014, 54 min., French version) The documentary looks at the work of Gautier Capuçon with his 6 graduates from the promotion 1 of the Classe d’Excellence de Violoncelle. The 6 students of season 1 were selected by audition by Gautier Capuçon who then accompanied them from December 2014 to June 2015. A musical immersion in the heart of Frank Gehry’s building.  The documentary “Violoncelles, vibrez !” is available Sunday at 5:30 p.m.: https://youtu.be/9oSaP_ueN_0   As per the French government’s directive, the Fondation Louis Vuitton is closed, and all its events and activities cancelled until further notice. During these exceptional circumstances the Fondation continues to share content with its public and community allowing them to relive or discover certain exhibitions, concerts, masterclasses and events that it has offered since its 2014 opening. Each week the Fondation sets 3 digital events: - Wednesday at 6 p.m. a visit of an exhibition with commentary by the curators - Friday at 8:30 p.m. a concert held at the Auditorium - Sunday at 5:30 p.m. a concert by the graduates of the Classe d’Excellence de Violoncelle led by Gautier Capuçon  Program #FLVfromhome for the week of March 23:     Wednesday March 25 – 6 p.m. "In Tune with the World", exhibition presented from 11 April 2018 to 27 August 2018 (2018, 18 min., French version with English subtitles) Ever since the first exhibition of emblematic works from its collection, during the 2014 inauguration of the building designed by Frank Gehry, the Fondation Louis Vuitton has regularly exhibited different collection displays. Some followed the four main categories that inform the making of the Collection (Contemplative, Expressionist, Pop, Music & Sound), and others were dedicated to contemporary art from specific regions of the world such as dedicated to China (2016) and Africa (2017).   Throughout the galleries, "In Tune with the World" (11th April - 27th August 2018) unveiled a new selection of artists from the collection, using several different media, bringing together modern and contemporary works.   Head curator: Suzanne Pagé Curators: Angéline Scherf, Ludovic Delalande and Claire Staebler The exhibition film "In Tune with the World" is available Wednesday at 6 p.m.:https://youtu.be/x48D3ZVes_0     Friday March 27 – 8:30 p.m. Concert by Lang Lang (recorded on the 28 October 2014, 62 min.)   After starting his career with a dazzling debut in Carnegie Hall in 2001, the prodigy has earned his place among the world's greatest talents, with an aura that now extends far beyond the confines of the classical repertoire. Lang Lang has become the piano phenomenon of the 21st-century.  His worldwide concerts have been met with great acclaim, especially his versions of Liszt, who ranks as one of his favourite composers.   Program: Mozart, Chopin, Liszt, Tchaïkovski The concert by Lang Lang is available Friday at 8:30 p.m.: https://youtu.be/7j36IbYG2NE     Sunday March 29– 5:30 p.m. “Violoncelles, vibrez !” - documentary on the Classe d’Excellence de Violoncelle (2014, 54 min., French version) The documentary looks at the work of Gautier Capuçon with his 6 graduates from the promotion 1 of the Classe d’Excellence de Violoncelle. The 6 students of season 1 were selected by audition by Gautier Capuçon who then accompanied them from December 2014 to June 2015. A musical immersion in the heart of Frank Gehry’s building.  The documentary “Violoncelles, vibrez !” is available Sunday at 5:30 p.m.: https://youtu.be/9oSaP_ueN_0  

Daily Paper joins forces with David Alabo on a capsule collection
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Daily Paper joins forces with David Alabo on a capsule collection

Fashion As part of the Spring Summer 2020 collection, Daily Paper commissioned Ghanian visual artist David Alabo on a limited-edition capsule collection. The collaborative project features the creatives' visual design on a range of t-shirts, each highlighting an Afro-Surrealistic tarot card providing insight and guidance through symbolism and spiritual wisdom.      Just like Daily Paper, Alabo creates futuristic worlds that highlight Africa and its diaspora. Using 3-dimensional abstract works, photography and mixed media pieces as primary mediums, the young artist is committed to gaining an understanding of how best to showcase and critique African society through the lens of the strange & fantastical.   "Daily Paper is dedicated to promoting African culture by honoring the past and its influence on their vision of the future. They push the boundaries and challenge the perception of Africa in the fashion world which is what I aim to achieve in the art world too. It just makes sense that we work together and inspire each other" - David Alabo As part of the Spring Summer 2020 collection, Daily Paper commissioned Ghanian visual artist David Alabo on a limited-edition capsule collection. The collaborative project features the creatives' visual design on a range of t-shirts, each highlighting an Afro-Surrealistic tarot card providing insight and guidance through symbolism and spiritual wisdom.      Just like Daily Paper, Alabo creates futuristic worlds that highlight Africa and its diaspora. Using 3-dimensional abstract works, photography and mixed media pieces as primary mediums, the young artist is committed to gaining an understanding of how best to showcase and critique African society through the lens of the strange & fantastical.   "Daily Paper is dedicated to promoting African culture by honoring the past and its influence on their vision of the future. They push the boundaries and challenge the perception of Africa in the fashion world which is what I aim to achieve in the art world too. It just makes sense that we work together and inspire each other" - David Alabo

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