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H&M's Conscious Exclusive collection returns for Spring & Summer
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H&M's Conscious Exclusive collection returns for Spring & Summer

Fashion H&M’s Conscious Exclusive collection returns for SS20 infused with the glamour of the Golden Age of train travel while taking circularity as its philosophy. Alongside a host of sustainable processes and innovative fabrications, the collection is inspired by Le Train Bleu, the elegant sleeper train that ran from Calais to the Côte d’Azur in the 1920s.Bringing together flamboyant evening gowns and gauzy day dresses, the collection features new sustainably sourced materials such as CIRCULOSE ®, a natural material produced from recycled textiles and RENUTM, a high-quality recycled polyester, as well as leftover stock fabrics from previous collections. The SS20 Conscious Exclusive collection will be on sale in selected stores and online at Hm.com from March 26. “The stimulus for SS20 was the idea of glamorous train travel, which the design team felt was wonderfully symbolic of H&M’s journey as a company towards circularity. We were inspired by Le Train Bleu, and the decadent creativessuch as Jean Cocteau and Pablo Picasso hanging out at Villa Santo Sospir in Cap Ferrat. We wanted to propose a collection that played to that decadent, carefree time but also contained enduring designs our customers will lovewearing daily,” says Ella Soccorsi, designer at H&M. Key pieces include a floor-length recycled polyester ball gown; a recycled taffeta mini dress with pleated sleeves; a CIRCULOSE ®, a ruffled day dress; a recycled taffeta blouse with embellished sleeves; and a denim which is made of 100 % undyed organic cotton. Key accessories include flat cocktail slippers with recycled glass bead embellishment (leftover from a previous collection) and a bag made from VEGEATM, an innovative vegan leather alternative made from discarded grape skins and stalks. “For SS20, the Conscious Exclusive design team considered the emotional durability and afterlife of the garments they were designing more carefully than ever before. The team has doubled down on fabric composition, alongside utilizing dyeing methods that comes with less environmental impacts – we actually used a natural dye made fromcoffee grounds collected from H&M’s own production offices. We are committed to a truly holistic approach to sustainability, as well as to creating special pieces that will last a lifetime,” says Ann-Sofie Johansson, creative advisor at H&M. About H&M Conscious Exclusive: Conscious Exclusive is H&M’s premium womenswear collection of elevated pieces and timeless classics that are made from sustainably sourced materials and using sustainable methods. It was launched in 2012 with a focus on development and innovation. The Conscious Exclusive collections have historically comprised a test bed for new, innovative materials and ways of sustainable thinking that are subsequently incorporated across the H&M business. This contributes to the ambitious goal to only use recycled or sustainably sourced materials by 2030. H&M’s Conscious Exclusive collection returns for SS20 infused with the glamour of the Golden Age of train travel while taking circularity as its philosophy. Alongside a host of sustainable processes and innovative fabrications, the collection is inspired by Le Train Bleu, the elegant sleeper train that ran from Calais to the Côte d’Azur in the 1920s.Bringing together flamboyant evening gowns and gauzy day dresses, the collection features new sustainably sourced materials such as CIRCULOSE ®, a natural material produced from recycled textiles and RENUTM, a high-quality recycled polyester, as well as leftover stock fabrics from previous collections. The SS20 Conscious Exclusive collection will be on sale in selected stores and online at Hm.com from March 26. “The stimulus for SS20 was the idea of glamorous train travel, which the design team felt was wonderfully symbolic of H&M’s journey as a company towards circularity. We were inspired by Le Train Bleu, and the decadent creativessuch as Jean Cocteau and Pablo Picasso hanging out at Villa Santo Sospir in Cap Ferrat. We wanted to propose a collection that played to that decadent, carefree time but also contained enduring designs our customers will lovewearing daily,” says Ella Soccorsi, designer at H&M. Key pieces include a floor-length recycled polyester ball gown; a recycled taffeta mini dress with pleated sleeves; a CIRCULOSE ®, a ruffled day dress; a recycled taffeta blouse with embellished sleeves; and a denim which is made of 100 % undyed organic cotton. Key accessories include flat cocktail slippers with recycled glass bead embellishment (leftover from a previous collection) and a bag made from VEGEATM, an innovative vegan leather alternative made from discarded grape skins and stalks. “For SS20, the Conscious Exclusive design team considered the emotional durability and afterlife of the garments they were designing more carefully than ever before. The team has doubled down on fabric composition, alongside utilizing dyeing methods that comes with less environmental impacts – we actually used a natural dye made fromcoffee grounds collected from H&M’s own production offices. We are committed to a truly holistic approach to sustainability, as well as to creating special pieces that will last a lifetime,” says Ann-Sofie Johansson, creative advisor at H&M. About H&M Conscious Exclusive: Conscious Exclusive is H&M’s premium womenswear collection of elevated pieces and timeless classics that are made from sustainably sourced materials and using sustainable methods. It was launched in 2012 with a focus on development and innovation. The Conscious Exclusive collections have historically comprised a test bed for new, innovative materials and ways of sustainable thinking that are subsequently incorporated across the H&M business. This contributes to the ambitious goal to only use recycled or sustainably sourced materials by 2030.

G-Star RAW guerrilla show
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G-Star RAW guerrilla show

Fashion Week On Saturday evening, March 7, Felice Noordhoff opened the G-Star RAW guerrilla show, which literally took travelers and guests through 30 years of denim innovation in the Metro from North to South. The show - a collaboration between G-Star, Amsterdam Fashion Week and the GVB - turned out to be a surprising combination of three Amsterdam brands. Influencers, press and friends of the brand gathered at Metro Station North of the North / South Line. The surprise was great when everyone was asked to board the metro, together with unsuspecting travelers in possession of a valid GVB ticket. During the ride from North to South, models displayed a combination of G-Star RAW icons, such as the 5620 G-Star Elwood, artwork from shows from New York Fashion Week and new Hardcore Denim styles, among others - without interrupting normal service. The unprecedented manifesto of G-Star was evident during the show: dedicated to denim's fabric, craft, culture and history. Gwenda van Vliet, CMO of G-Star RAW: 'We have been innovating in the field of denim for 30 years. We wanted to show this in a unique way. A guerrilla show in a subway tunnel - that's G-Star RAW. ' On Saturday evening, March 7, Felice Noordhoff opened the G-Star RAW guerrilla show, which literally took travelers and guests through 30 years of denim innovation in the Metro from North to South. The show - a collaboration between G-Star, Amsterdam Fashion Week and the GVB - turned out to be a surprising combination of three Amsterdam brands. Influencers, press and friends of the brand gathered at Metro Station North of the North / South Line. The surprise was great when everyone was asked to board the metro, together with unsuspecting travelers in possession of a valid GVB ticket. During the ride from North to South, models displayed a combination of G-Star RAW icons, such as the 5620 G-Star Elwood, artwork from shows from New York Fashion Week and new Hardcore Denim styles, among others - without interrupting normal service. The unprecedented manifesto of G-Star was evident during the show: dedicated to denim's fabric, craft, culture and history. Gwenda van Vliet, CMO of G-Star RAW: 'We have been innovating in the field of denim for 30 years. We wanted to show this in a unique way. A guerrilla show in a subway tunnel - that's G-Star RAW. '

Louis Vuitton releases new collection TAÏGARAMA
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Louis Vuitton releases new collection TAÏGARAMA

Fashion Louis Vuitton has taken its Taïgarama leather goods collection to the next level with the launch of new shades.   A sense of travel and a new energy emerge from this colourful array of accessories. Under the direction of Virgil Abloh, Louis Vuitton’s artistic director of menswear, the collection has been injected with a few welcome pops of colour for a modern masculine look: Lagoon blue and Volcano orange invigorate this season’s collection for men, along with Bahia yellow, Amazon green, Paci c blue, Antarctica white and Eclipse black.   Launched in 2019, the collection now features a chic and practical North South tote, a new casual and functional backpack and a small sophisticated Messenger bag to complement the House’s iconic styles, such as the Keepall, the Discovery backpack and the Horizon luggage.   Louis Vuitton’s signature Taïga leather contrasts with the classic Monogram canvas across the entire range, showcasing the House’s savoir-faire. Belts, key rings and wallets take their cue from this season’s trainers to celebrate summer in all its colours. This collection promises exciting adventures all over the world, from the city to distant shores. Louis Vuitton has taken its Taïgarama leather goods collection to the next level with the launch of new shades.   A sense of travel and a new energy emerge from this colourful array of accessories. Under the direction of Virgil Abloh, Louis Vuitton’s artistic director of menswear, the collection has been injected with a few welcome pops of colour for a modern masculine look: Lagoon blue and Volcano orange invigorate this season’s collection for men, along with Bahia yellow, Amazon green, Paci c blue, Antarctica white and Eclipse black.   Launched in 2019, the collection now features a chic and practical North South tote, a new casual and functional backpack and a small sophisticated Messenger bag to complement the House’s iconic styles, such as the Keepall, the Discovery backpack and the Horizon luggage.   Louis Vuitton’s signature Taïga leather contrasts with the classic Monogram canvas across the entire range, showcasing the House’s savoir-faire. Belts, key rings and wallets take their cue from this season’s trainers to celebrate summer in all its colours. This collection promises exciting adventures all over the world, from the city to distant shores.

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LADY D-LITE
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LADY D-LITE

Accessories Embodying the quintessence of the House’s spirit, the Lady Dior stands out for its architectural lines, symbolic of the excellence in savoir-faire of the Dior Ateliers. The iconic bag is reinvented for the spring-summer 2020 ready-to-wear collection in a fully embroidered version, reflecting Dior’s exclusive know-how, called Lady D-Lite. Its creation is the result of a unique ritual: the realization of 3-D tone-on-tone embroideries based on the Cannage motif, followed by the meticulous assembly work on a wooden form, ending with a special finish that makes the bag more hard-wearing for everyday use. The metallic parts – including clasps, eyelets and reinterpreted charms in tribute to the lucky tokens Monsieur Dior always had on him – further enhance this emblem of elegance. Each intricately thought- out detail contributes to its beauty, including the “Christian Dior” signature that punctuates its timeless, graphic style. Delivered with a matching strap, this new object of desire is available in gray, black, beige, pink and white in order to adapt to every look. Requiring infinite precision, the bag’s fabrication involves a combination of passion and patience. This creation can also be personalized at exclusive Dior events. more on dior.com Embodying the quintessence of the House’s spirit, the Lady Dior stands out for its architectural lines, symbolic of the excellence in savoir-faire of the Dior Ateliers. The iconic bag is reinvented for the spring-summer 2020 ready-to-wear collection in a fully embroidered version, reflecting Dior’s exclusive know-how, called Lady D-Lite. Its creation is the result of a unique ritual: the realization of 3-D tone-on-tone embroideries based on the Cannage motif, followed by the meticulous assembly work on a wooden form, ending with a special finish that makes the bag more hard-wearing for everyday use. The metallic parts – including clasps, eyelets and reinterpreted charms in tribute to the lucky tokens Monsieur Dior always had on him – further enhance this emblem of elegance. Each intricately thought- out detail contributes to its beauty, including the “Christian Dior” signature that punctuates its timeless, graphic style. Delivered with a matching strap, this new object of desire is available in gray, black, beige, pink and white in order to adapt to every look. Requiring infinite precision, the bag’s fabrication involves a combination of passion and patience. This creation can also be personalized at exclusive Dior events. more on dior.com

DIOR for Fall & Winter 2020-2021
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DIOR for Fall & Winter 2020-2021

Fashion Week “It doesn’t matter where we start from1...” Carla Lonzi, Autoritratto, 1969. Autobiography, self-portrait, story. Associating places, images, words. Freely, with fresh eyes. For this fall-winter 2020- 2021 ready-to-wear collection, Maria Grazia Chiuri maps out an atlas of emotions through the prism of her teenage diary. Two photos of her mother transport her back to this time in her life, a laboratory brimming with possibilities of what the future may hold. Images reappear, including photos of actresses who served as inspiration for clients of her mother’s couture atelier, as well as for the Creative Director herself, who used fashion as a way of asserting herself, of rebelling, and communicating to others how she wanted to be perceived. Next came other photos from the past that she revisits with her vision today: Germana Marucelli’s studio in Milan, designed by artist Paolo Scheggi; that of Mila Schön by Ugo Mulas and, lastly, portraits of Carla Accardi. This arborescent diagram inspired Maria Grazia Chiuri’s very own The Little Dictionary of Fashion2, with jeans, as well as the checks that Monsieur Dior was so fond of. “I love checks. They can be fancy and simple; elegant and easy; young and always right3.” Checks resurface on an ensemble designed by Marc Bohan: it’s this outfit, with the motif placed on the bias, that inspired the structure of the collection’s skirts. There’s also the pea coat and pleated skirts. Little collars with ties. Black and white. All this is at the heart of a perfectly balanced collection. A polka dot scarf found in the Dior archives serves as the starting point for a series of dresses in various lengths that explore the print’s infinite possibilities. As Christian Dior writes in his The Little Dictionary of Fashion: “I would say the same about dots as about checks. They are lovely, elegant, easy and always in fashion.3” Not to mention fringes, which provide mobile ornamentation on long skirts. Knitwear spans all the wardrobe essentials: sweaters, jackets, skirts, and pants. The show venue was designed in collaboration with the Claire Fontaine collective, which has exhibited at the National Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art in Rome. The museum is also home to the archives of Carla Lonzi, a charismatic figure who was an art critic before committing to the feminist cause. “Io Dico Io – I Say I4”, the title of an upcoming exhibition dedicated to Italian women artists, supported by Dior, becomes the starting point for a series of manifesto-like phrases. Evoking these words in English – “I Say I” – right at the show’s entrance brings to life a story of powerful self-assertion. They are the symbol of a joyful singularity, as well as a creative and collective way of approaching the multiple aspects of feminine subjectivity — and the infinite project that femininity represents.   “It doesn’t matter where we start from1...” Carla Lonzi, Autoritratto, 1969. Autobiography, self-portrait, story. Associating places, images, words. Freely, with fresh eyes. For this fall-winter 2020- 2021 ready-to-wear collection, Maria Grazia Chiuri maps out an atlas of emotions through the prism of her teenage diary. Two photos of her mother transport her back to this time in her life, a laboratory brimming with possibilities of what the future may hold. Images reappear, including photos of actresses who served as inspiration for clients of her mother’s couture atelier, as well as for the Creative Director herself, who used fashion as a way of asserting herself, of rebelling, and communicating to others how she wanted to be perceived. Next came other photos from the past that she revisits with her vision today: Germana Marucelli’s studio in Milan, designed by artist Paolo Scheggi; that of Mila Schön by Ugo Mulas and, lastly, portraits of Carla Accardi. This arborescent diagram inspired Maria Grazia Chiuri’s very own The Little Dictionary of Fashion2, with jeans, as well as the checks that Monsieur Dior was so fond of. “I love checks. They can be fancy and simple; elegant and easy; young and always right3.” Checks resurface on an ensemble designed by Marc Bohan: it’s this outfit, with the motif placed on the bias, that inspired the structure of the collection’s skirts. There’s also the pea coat and pleated skirts. Little collars with ties. Black and white. All this is at the heart of a perfectly balanced collection. A polka dot scarf found in the Dior archives serves as the starting point for a series of dresses in various lengths that explore the print’s infinite possibilities. As Christian Dior writes in his The Little Dictionary of Fashion: “I would say the same about dots as about checks. They are lovely, elegant, easy and always in fashion.3” Not to mention fringes, which provide mobile ornamentation on long skirts. Knitwear spans all the wardrobe essentials: sweaters, jackets, skirts, and pants. The show venue was designed in collaboration with the Claire Fontaine collective, which has exhibited at the National Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art in Rome. The museum is also home to the archives of Carla Lonzi, a charismatic figure who was an art critic before committing to the feminist cause. “Io Dico Io – I Say I4”, the title of an upcoming exhibition dedicated to Italian women artists, supported by Dior, becomes the starting point for a series of manifesto-like phrases. Evoking these words in English – “I Say I” – right at the show’s entrance brings to life a story of powerful self-assertion. They are the symbol of a joyful singularity, as well as a creative and collective way of approaching the multiple aspects of feminine subjectivity — and the infinite project that femininity represents.  

BOSS Pre-Fall collection
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BOSS Pre-Fall collection

Fashion BOSS releases the new pre-Fall 2020 collection for men and women.     BOSS releases the new pre-Fall 2020 collection for men and women.    

Barbiere hair and styling is now complete with 6 new formulas.
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Barbiere hair and styling is now complete with 6 new formulas.

Beauty The BARBIERE universe is expanding with six new formulas specially developed for men's hair. Acqua di Parma chose the best ingredients and therefore created a number of synergetic compositions. Like the other products from the BARBIERE collection, the hair care and styling products create a sensual experience. The fresh, vibrant scent of Colonia is combined - depending on the purpose of the formula - with a light, rich, smooth or almost imperceptible texture.  For a fresh, clean feeling, there are three BARBIERE shampoos that effectively protect against pollution and keep hair shiny, thick and luxurious: Mild Shampoo, Thickening Shampoo and Illuminating Shampoo. Acqua di Parma has developed the Defining Cream, Modelling Clay and Fixing Wax to look flawless all day long in just a few simple steps and with easy-to-use formulas: three different ways to style hair. The modern interpretation of a long tradition, BARBIERE is the quintessence of the Italian shaving ritual. Its innovative formulas are designed speci cally for the different stages of personal grooming: shaving, after shaving, beard care, facial treatment and now the new haircare and styling line. Hair care is fundamental for de ning facial appearance, harmonising perfectly with shaving or beard trimming and skin care. And so the BARBIERE universe has been enriched with six different formulas especially for men’s hair. Acqua di Parma selects the best ingredients and creates a line of synergistic compositions. Just like the other products in the BARBIERE collection, hair care and styling also offer a satisfying sensorial experience. A fresh, radiant fragrance of Colonia and textures that are light, rich, consistent or impalpable according to the purpose for which the formula is intended.   MILD SHAMPOO A shampoo expressly designed for everyday use. Its mild formula gently and thoroughly removes impurities, respecting the balance of skin and hair. With its light, transparent texture, it undoes environmental damage, protecting hair from smog and pollutants. Thanks to its conditioning agents, it nourishes skin and hair leaving it soft, lustrous and easy to comb. It should be massaged into the scalp and then rinsed with warm or hot water and, for those who like to take extra care, it can be applied with a comb and left in for a minute. Recommended for all hair types and skin types, including sensitive skin.   THICKENING SHAMPOO Taking care of your hair means making it stronger and healthier. With a formula that has a volumising effect, rich in active ingredients aimed at strengthening hair and ideal for everyday use too, the Thickening Shampoo works on the structure of e hair to revitalise and add body. Designed to ensure a delicate yet deep clean, delightful to the touch with its soft, creamy consistency, it respects the balance of sensitive skin too, effectively undoing any environmental damage. Recommended for all hair types, thanks to the conditioning agents in the formula, no conditioner is required. It should be applied to damp or wet skin and distributed and massaged evenly over skin and hair. For those who like to take extra care, it can be applied with a comb and left in for a minute.   ILLUMINATING SHAMPOO FOR GREY AND WHITE HAIR A shampoo with a pleasantly smooth consistency, speci cally for white and grey hair. The blue and violet pigments neutralise any yellow tones, making the colour bright and de ned. The formula acts on the scales of the hair, closing and compacting them, revitalising hair and giving it a shinier appearance. Suitable for all skin types including sensitive skin, it gently removes impurities and protects hair from pollution. For optimum performance, the Illuminating Shampoo should be distributed over the entire length of the hair, massaged and combed to facilitate the even action of the formula. Once applied, it should be left in for a minute before rinsing. It is recommended that the Illuminating Shampoo is used once or twice a week at most, alternating it with another BARBIERE shampoo, for complete hair care.   DEFINING CREAM The texture is light and creamy. A few simple strokes through the hair with a small amount of product are enough to obtain a natural style. The formula is designed to condition hair without drying or weighing it down and to eliminate static electricity. A Cream that is perfect for always feeling good and styling that can be easily shaped several times a day. Ideal for both long and short hair.   MODELLING CLAY Use this Clay for styling with a semi-structured, opaque effect that leaves hair soft and natural without drying. Its residue-free formula gives hair a medium hold that can be remodelled multiple times a day. Suitable for long and short hair, it should be applied with your ngers for a free, informal look or with a comb for a more de ned appearance.   FIXING WAX The ideal formula for de ned and elevated styling, giving hair a subtle shine and a hold that lasts throughout the day. Designed for all hair lengths, it does not dry or leave residue on the hair. It is recommended that the Wax is applied using a comb for the best style de nition. Apply the product directly to small locks of hair to achieve an even more structured look.   more on acquadiparma.com The BARBIERE universe is expanding with six new formulas specially developed for men's hair. Acqua di Parma chose the best ingredients and therefore created a number of synergetic compositions. Like the other products from the BARBIERE collection, the hair care and styling products create a sensual experience. The fresh, vibrant scent of Colonia is combined - depending on the purpose of the formula - with a light, rich, smooth or almost imperceptible texture.  For a fresh, clean feeling, there are three BARBIERE shampoos that effectively protect against pollution and keep hair shiny, thick and luxurious: Mild Shampoo, Thickening Shampoo and Illuminating Shampoo. Acqua di Parma has developed the Defining Cream, Modelling Clay and Fixing Wax to look flawless all day long in just a few simple steps and with easy-to-use formulas: three different ways to style hair. The modern interpretation of a long tradition, BARBIERE is the quintessence of the Italian shaving ritual. Its innovative formulas are designed speci cally for the different stages of personal grooming: shaving, after shaving, beard care, facial treatment and now the new haircare and styling line. Hair care is fundamental for de ning facial appearance, harmonising perfectly with shaving or beard trimming and skin care. And so the BARBIERE universe has been enriched with six different formulas especially for men’s hair. Acqua di Parma selects the best ingredients and creates a line of synergistic compositions. Just like the other products in the BARBIERE collection, hair care and styling also offer a satisfying sensorial experience. A fresh, radiant fragrance of Colonia and textures that are light, rich, consistent or impalpable according to the purpose for which the formula is intended.   MILD SHAMPOO A shampoo expressly designed for everyday use. Its mild formula gently and thoroughly removes impurities, respecting the balance of skin and hair. With its light, transparent texture, it undoes environmental damage, protecting hair from smog and pollutants. Thanks to its conditioning agents, it nourishes skin and hair leaving it soft, lustrous and easy to comb. It should be massaged into the scalp and then rinsed with warm or hot water and, for those who like to take extra care, it can be applied with a comb and left in for a minute. Recommended for all hair types and skin types, including sensitive skin.   THICKENING SHAMPOO Taking care of your hair means making it stronger and healthier. With a formula that has a volumising effect, rich in active ingredients aimed at strengthening hair and ideal for everyday use too, the Thickening Shampoo works on the structure of e hair to revitalise and add body. Designed to ensure a delicate yet deep clean, delightful to the touch with its soft, creamy consistency, it respects the balance of sensitive skin too, effectively undoing any environmental damage. Recommended for all hair types, thanks to the conditioning agents in the formula, no conditioner is required. It should be applied to damp or wet skin and distributed and massaged evenly over skin and hair. For those who like to take extra care, it can be applied with a comb and left in for a minute.   ILLUMINATING SHAMPOO FOR GREY AND WHITE HAIR A shampoo with a pleasantly smooth consistency, speci cally for white and grey hair. The blue and violet pigments neutralise any yellow tones, making the colour bright and de ned. The formula acts on the scales of the hair, closing and compacting them, revitalising hair and giving it a shinier appearance. Suitable for all skin types including sensitive skin, it gently removes impurities and protects hair from pollution. For optimum performance, the Illuminating Shampoo should be distributed over the entire length of the hair, massaged and combed to facilitate the even action of the formula. Once applied, it should be left in for a minute before rinsing. It is recommended that the Illuminating Shampoo is used once or twice a week at most, alternating it with another BARBIERE shampoo, for complete hair care.   DEFINING CREAM The texture is light and creamy. A few simple strokes through the hair with a small amount of product are enough to obtain a natural style. The formula is designed to condition hair without drying or weighing it down and to eliminate static electricity. A Cream that is perfect for always feeling good and styling that can be easily shaped several times a day. Ideal for both long and short hair.   MODELLING CLAY Use this Clay for styling with a semi-structured, opaque effect that leaves hair soft and natural without drying. Its residue-free formula gives hair a medium hold that can be remodelled multiple times a day. Suitable for long and short hair, it should be applied with your ngers for a free, informal look or with a comb for a more de ned appearance.   FIXING WAX The ideal formula for de ned and elevated styling, giving hair a subtle shine and a hold that lasts throughout the day. Designed for all hair lengths, it does not dry or leave residue on the hair. It is recommended that the Wax is applied using a comb for the best style de nition. Apply the product directly to small locks of hair to achieve an even more structured look.   more on acquadiparma.com

Ninamounah's Collection 005
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Ninamounah's Collection 005

Fashion Week Ninamounah is an Amsterdam-based label headed by creative director and designer Ninamounah Langestraat and brand director Robin Burggraaf, using biological methods to dissect the deeper layers of the cultural mantle found in fashion design. Emphasizing instinctive and experimental strengths that transcend bodily and mental conventions and constructs. Ninamounah is making the unusual usual—transgressing comfort zones in fashion and exploring humans animalistic side.   The second act of Ninamounah's fifth collection continues to transfigure the concept of Metamorphosis following previous conceptual explorations of the intersection between biology and fashion design. Bypassing evolution by synthesizing traits of our animal ancestors and our techno-future. Instinct lead the way, forced by a collective memory between all species.   Meta·​mor·​pho·​sis: a morphological mutation, a time of dramatic change in form and appearance, affecting the core of one's being. After the completed metamorphosis the transformation becomes visible. From larva to cocoon, the organism finally enters its final stage. A time of sexual maturity.   Shapes and proportions carry both robust stillness and fluid movement, like metamorphosing lobster. Adapting to its surroundings, our muse represents an infinite of possibilities. Motor references are visible in office wear, a shirt transforms into a high cut bodysuit. Draped looks are liquified into momentous designs.   Traditional shirting and tailoring comes with an exoskeleton of boning, creating dominant silhouettes and strong shoulders. A layered suit and a sleeveless puffer coat reference a protective shell still in the process of growth. Capturing a freedom of spirit, stereotypical staples are reinterpreted with a luxurious punk attitude. A matching shirt and tie combo paired with a hybrid of a pleated skirt and tailored trousers.   A disfigurement of the artisanal tradition. Pinstripe blues and blacks, herringbone browns and green and grey checks come in pure virgin wool and luxurious silks. Reinterpretations of the label's key pieces, the garments are a natural extension of their archival counterparts. Ninamounah does not aim to reinvent itself drastically every new season, but chooses to slowly grow with time, opting to perfect and reinterpret its own core pieces.   A hybrid of past and future.   PRODUCTION Made in Amsterdam, Ninamounah is committed to have a positive impact on its production chain. Working closely with local ateliers, they are perfectly equipped to ensure the integrity of both the garments and the teams producing them.    Deadstock garments are heavily reworked and re-tailored into sensual and subversive shapes. By embracing the method of recycling and using materials with a specific user's history for our designs, Ninamounah synthesizes traces of a forlorn past with future realities while pushing fashion into aa sustainable practice.    Tailoring grows the body strong, motor garments keep the spirit restless   ARTIST COLLABORATION STEF VAN LOOVEREN Stef Van Looveren (1992) is an Antwerp based multidisciplinary genderfluid artist. They studied Fine Arts at Central Saint Martins, London and Sint Lucas, Antwerp.   Stef Van Looveren's practice translates itself into video installation, photo, sculpture and performance. Van Looveren uses the installations as an attempt to reflect and dismantle the performativity of our human behaviour, primarily within the notion of gender. Playfully mimicking our social conducts along with visual culture, their work moves towards a surreal gesture.   His DPA Bags are modelled on genitalia and are moulded on a diverse range of body types in order to be as inclusive as possible. The bags support their vision that 'sex' should be seen as an interchangeable, wearable accessory, something that the wearer can play around with. Celebrating the distinction between 'sex' and 'gender'. Ninamounah is an Amsterdam-based label headed by creative director and designer Ninamounah Langestraat and brand director Robin Burggraaf, using biological methods to dissect the deeper layers of the cultural mantle found in fashion design. Emphasizing instinctive and experimental strengths that transcend bodily and mental conventions and constructs. Ninamounah is making the unusual usual—transgressing comfort zones in fashion and exploring humans animalistic side.   The second act of Ninamounah's fifth collection continues to transfigure the concept of Metamorphosis following previous conceptual explorations of the intersection between biology and fashion design. Bypassing evolution by synthesizing traits of our animal ancestors and our techno-future. Instinct lead the way, forced by a collective memory between all species.   Meta·​mor·​pho·​sis: a morphological mutation, a time of dramatic change in form and appearance, affecting the core of one's being. After the completed metamorphosis the transformation becomes visible. From larva to cocoon, the organism finally enters its final stage. A time of sexual maturity.   Shapes and proportions carry both robust stillness and fluid movement, like metamorphosing lobster. Adapting to its surroundings, our muse represents an infinite of possibilities. Motor references are visible in office wear, a shirt transforms into a high cut bodysuit. Draped looks are liquified into momentous designs.   Traditional shirting and tailoring comes with an exoskeleton of boning, creating dominant silhouettes and strong shoulders. A layered suit and a sleeveless puffer coat reference a protective shell still in the process of growth. Capturing a freedom of spirit, stereotypical staples are reinterpreted with a luxurious punk attitude. A matching shirt and tie combo paired with a hybrid of a pleated skirt and tailored trousers.   A disfigurement of the artisanal tradition. Pinstripe blues and blacks, herringbone browns and green and grey checks come in pure virgin wool and luxurious silks. Reinterpretations of the label's key pieces, the garments are a natural extension of their archival counterparts. Ninamounah does not aim to reinvent itself drastically every new season, but chooses to slowly grow with time, opting to perfect and reinterpret its own core pieces.   A hybrid of past and future.   PRODUCTION Made in Amsterdam, Ninamounah is committed to have a positive impact on its production chain. Working closely with local ateliers, they are perfectly equipped to ensure the integrity of both the garments and the teams producing them.    Deadstock garments are heavily reworked and re-tailored into sensual and subversive shapes. By embracing the method of recycling and using materials with a specific user's history for our designs, Ninamounah synthesizes traces of a forlorn past with future realities while pushing fashion into aa sustainable practice.    Tailoring grows the body strong, motor garments keep the spirit restless   ARTIST COLLABORATION STEF VAN LOOVEREN Stef Van Looveren (1992) is an Antwerp based multidisciplinary genderfluid artist. They studied Fine Arts at Central Saint Martins, London and Sint Lucas, Antwerp.   Stef Van Looveren's practice translates itself into video installation, photo, sculpture and performance. Van Looveren uses the installations as an attempt to reflect and dismantle the performativity of our human behaviour, primarily within the notion of gender. Playfully mimicking our social conducts along with visual culture, their work moves towards a surreal gesture.   His DPA Bags are modelled on genitalia and are moulded on a diverse range of body types in order to be as inclusive as possible. The bags support their vision that 'sex' should be seen as an interchangeable, wearable accessory, something that the wearer can play around with. Celebrating the distinction between 'sex' and 'gender'.

CHANEL Fall & Winter 2020-2021
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CHANEL Fall & Winter 2020-2021

Fashion Week “A very simple, very pure momentum. Romanticism but without any flourishes. Emotions but without any frills,” explains Virginie Viard. “Movement, air... For the runway show, no frame. I don’t like framing.” Freedom, energy, desire for the absolute. Gabrielle Chanel - always - whose racehorse was called ‘Romantica’, the film Les Biches by Chabrol for his Parisiennes who are as feminine as they are amazones, and a photo of Karl Lagerfeld wearing a striped suit with riding boots.   For this CHANEL Fall-Winter 2020/21 Ready-to-Wear collection, “almost no dresses, just casaques (jockey silks). Jodhpurs that open over seven-league boots, a nod to those belonging to Karl. For the first time there are press studs on the suits for a more lively gesture,” continues Virginie Viard. Lots of black and white. Just a few touches of pale green and the emblematic pink of the House. A softness. An outline, punctured with imposing jewellery.   “I love CHANEL so much, this collection could only be a new ode.”   #CHANELFallWinter “A very simple, very pure momentum. Romanticism but without any flourishes. Emotions but without any frills,” explains Virginie Viard. “Movement, air... For the runway show, no frame. I don’t like framing.” Freedom, energy, desire for the absolute. Gabrielle Chanel - always - whose racehorse was called ‘Romantica’, the film Les Biches by Chabrol for his Parisiennes who are as feminine as they are amazones, and a photo of Karl Lagerfeld wearing a striped suit with riding boots.   For this CHANEL Fall-Winter 2020/21 Ready-to-Wear collection, “almost no dresses, just casaques (jockey silks). Jodhpurs that open over seven-league boots, a nod to those belonging to Karl. For the first time there are press studs on the suits for a more lively gesture,” continues Virginie Viard. Lots of black and white. Just a few touches of pale green and the emblematic pink of the House. A softness. An outline, punctured with imposing jewellery.   “I love CHANEL so much, this collection could only be a new ode.”   #CHANELFallWinter

Hotel Ottilia, Copenhagen
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Hotel Ottilia, Copenhagen

Travel Denmark's leading boutique hotel chain Brøchner Hotels has opened in  2019  a new 4-star+ luxury boutique hotel in the former Carlsberg brewery buildings. Hotel Ottilia invites guests to stay in a true Danish icon and get an extraordinary hotel experience, as the history of the former brewery buildings is brought to life in the new design and story of a boutique hotel.   You probably think about beer when reading ‘Carlsberg’, and for a good reason. The Carlsberg City district is where the world-famous Carlsberg beer was brewed from 1847-2008 in iconic and now listed buildings, which in the beginning of 2019 will reopen as the 4-star+ luxury boutique hotel Hotel Ottilia. The design of Hotel Ottilia reinterprets the industrial and iconic architecture in innovative ways, as the original and unpolished architectural details of the industrial brewery buildings are preserved throughout, providing an intriguing contrast to luxurious furnishing and contemporary design.     64 stunning gold-shields with a diameter of no less than 2,2 meter, stands out on the façade of Hotel Ottilia. Behind each gold-shield hides a unique room with 3,4-meter-high ceilings, complementing the original architecture. Decorating the opposite façade are 64 enormous round windows, with the same size as the gold-shields. These round panoramic windows are big enough to serve not only as a window, but as a curved halfmoon couch covered with soft leather cushions.    In the original round tower, guests can stay in exclusive suites, with classic and at the same time cool design, large multi-sided turret-windows, stucco and refined details true to the original architecture. The rooms and suites truly combine extravagant features with the raw industrial and original elements. To enhance the guest experience, Hotel Ottilia offers a digital hotel stay via the guests’ private mobile device. With this, hotel guests can skip the key card and use their private mobile to check in and out, unlock the door to their room and wayfinding. Also, content viewed on any mobile device, can easily be streamed to the screen in the room.   More than just a hotel for guests and locals: Hotel Ottilia is the first hotel in the Carlsberg City District with 155 rooms, conference facilities and venue space for up to 200 persons, bars, a new spa & bath concept, a rooftop terrace overlooking Copenhagen with both in- and outside seating in the new Italian restaurant. The district is going through an urban renewal where new architecture is mixed with historic buildings and gardens, all of which are part of Copenhagen's history. In addition, Hotel Ottilia is located next to Copenhagen Zoo, the Meat Packing District and Vesterbro, known for its vivid cultural, bar and restaurant scene.   more on www.brochner-hotels.dk Denmark's leading boutique hotel chain Brøchner Hotels has opened in  2019  a new 4-star+ luxury boutique hotel in the former Carlsberg brewery buildings. Hotel Ottilia invites guests to stay in a true Danish icon and get an extraordinary hotel experience, as the history of the former brewery buildings is brought to life in the new design and story of a boutique hotel.   You probably think about beer when reading ‘Carlsberg’, and for a good reason. The Carlsberg City district is where the world-famous Carlsberg beer was brewed from 1847-2008 in iconic and now listed buildings, which in the beginning of 2019 will reopen as the 4-star+ luxury boutique hotel Hotel Ottilia. The design of Hotel Ottilia reinterprets the industrial and iconic architecture in innovative ways, as the original and unpolished architectural details of the industrial brewery buildings are preserved throughout, providing an intriguing contrast to luxurious furnishing and contemporary design.     64 stunning gold-shields with a diameter of no less than 2,2 meter, stands out on the façade of Hotel Ottilia. Behind each gold-shield hides a unique room with 3,4-meter-high ceilings, complementing the original architecture. Decorating the opposite façade are 64 enormous round windows, with the same size as the gold-shields. These round panoramic windows are big enough to serve not only as a window, but as a curved halfmoon couch covered with soft leather cushions.    In the original round tower, guests can stay in exclusive suites, with classic and at the same time cool design, large multi-sided turret-windows, stucco and refined details true to the original architecture. The rooms and suites truly combine extravagant features with the raw industrial and original elements. To enhance the guest experience, Hotel Ottilia offers a digital hotel stay via the guests’ private mobile device. With this, hotel guests can skip the key card and use their private mobile to check in and out, unlock the door to their room and wayfinding. Also, content viewed on any mobile device, can easily be streamed to the screen in the room.   More than just a hotel for guests and locals: Hotel Ottilia is the first hotel in the Carlsberg City District with 155 rooms, conference facilities and venue space for up to 200 persons, bars, a new spa & bath concept, a rooftop terrace overlooking Copenhagen with both in- and outside seating in the new Italian restaurant. The district is going through an urban renewal where new architecture is mixed with historic buildings and gardens, all of which are part of Copenhagen's history. In addition, Hotel Ottilia is located next to Copenhagen Zoo, the Meat Packing District and Vesterbro, known for its vivid cultural, bar and restaurant scene.   more on www.brochner-hotels.dk

Heures d'Absence by Louis Vuitton
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Heures d'Absence by Louis Vuitton

Beauty In 1927, at the height of the Roaring Twenties in all their creative effervescence, the Maison Louis Vuitton launched its first perfume, Heures d'Absence, named after the country home the Vuitton family acquired in the Seine-et-Marne region in the 1920s.   The fragrance captured the spirit of the day and its design celebrated the new modes of transport that were then emerging: a triumphant airplane was engraved on the bottle, whose box was shaped like a kilometer marker. Behind this singular, memorable name, one divines a resolutely optimistic message, an invitation to travel that’s at once introspective and emotional. The chance to break free and let go, shake off the blues and seize the day. Heures d'Absence evokes great escapes, suspended moments of grace in which one plunges into daydreams and the body surrenders to a frisson of eternity. The name could hardly fall into oblivion: it was destined to be reborn, nearly a century later, to take on new life and prolong the dream. On the other hand, no one knows what the original perfume smelled like – the formula has long since been lost. This presented the Maison Louis Vuitton’s Master Perfumer with an ideal occasion to reinvent it according to a very personal vision, with complete freedom.   The soul of flowers: Inspired by its dream-like name, Jacques Cavallier Belletrud wished to interpret the perfume with a profusion of fresh flowers, an ode to the blossoms from Grasse that he so loves – allegorical figures of joy, love and getaways. With this eleventh women’s fragrance for Parfums Louis Vuitton, he reinvents the composition of a grand, sophisticated bouquet in a resolutely contemporary way. It is like a figurative musical score, in which each element of nature seems identifiable and palpable, culminating in a high degree of abstraction. Instantly, flowers seem to spring forth and take shape in an exhilarating whirlwind. Jasmine from Grasse reveals itself majestically, thanks to CO2 extraction – a Maison Louis Vuitton exclusive – that gives it incomparable purity and delicacy. Underscoring this opalescent whiteness are a few touches of Sambac Jasmine from China, a variety that joyfully evokes the scent of the Pittosporum that flowers along the French Riviera in springtime. And the jasmine embraces its constant companion, the May Rose. Extracted using CO2, they achieve their full expression – fresh and radiant, down to their most carnal instincts. The gesture is precise and meticulous, always generous, to better etch out the petals’ delicate contours and coax an idyllic landscape from the bottle. As if to further elevate this alliance of eternal flowers and in order to accentuate their contrasts, Jacques Cavallier Belletrud added the green, powdery facets of Mimosa from the Tanneron, a marvel that illuminates the hills of Provence with a radiant yellow at winter’s end. Here and there, a staccato of raspberry makes it possible to accentuate its downy, cheerful character. "Everything is done in service of the flowers, there’s no element to rein them in or disturb their message," the Master Perfumer explains. As proof, warm vanilla notes of Peruvian balm amplify the sophistication of the fragrance. A floral apotheosis with, as a finishing touch, a hint of Sri Lankan sandalwood and musk to prolong the flowers’ powdery nuances while enveloping them in sensuality. With a colorful burst of laughter, all these elements compose a melody that feels never-ending. Like the hands of a timepiece set against an infinite dial, the fragrance carries a promise of eternal renewal. Available as of February 27, 2020 at select Louis Vuitton stores and at louisvuitton.com #LVParfums #louisvuitton In 1927, at the height of the Roaring Twenties in all their creative effervescence, the Maison Louis Vuitton launched its first perfume, Heures d'Absence, named after the country home the Vuitton family acquired in the Seine-et-Marne region in the 1920s.   The fragrance captured the spirit of the day and its design celebrated the new modes of transport that were then emerging: a triumphant airplane was engraved on the bottle, whose box was shaped like a kilometer marker. Behind this singular, memorable name, one divines a resolutely optimistic message, an invitation to travel that’s at once introspective and emotional. The chance to break free and let go, shake off the blues and seize the day. Heures d'Absence evokes great escapes, suspended moments of grace in which one plunges into daydreams and the body surrenders to a frisson of eternity. The name could hardly fall into oblivion: it was destined to be reborn, nearly a century later, to take on new life and prolong the dream. On the other hand, no one knows what the original perfume smelled like – the formula has long since been lost. This presented the Maison Louis Vuitton’s Master Perfumer with an ideal occasion to reinvent it according to a very personal vision, with complete freedom.   The soul of flowers: Inspired by its dream-like name, Jacques Cavallier Belletrud wished to interpret the perfume with a profusion of fresh flowers, an ode to the blossoms from Grasse that he so loves – allegorical figures of joy, love and getaways. With this eleventh women’s fragrance for Parfums Louis Vuitton, he reinvents the composition of a grand, sophisticated bouquet in a resolutely contemporary way. It is like a figurative musical score, in which each element of nature seems identifiable and palpable, culminating in a high degree of abstraction. Instantly, flowers seem to spring forth and take shape in an exhilarating whirlwind. Jasmine from Grasse reveals itself majestically, thanks to CO2 extraction – a Maison Louis Vuitton exclusive – that gives it incomparable purity and delicacy. Underscoring this opalescent whiteness are a few touches of Sambac Jasmine from China, a variety that joyfully evokes the scent of the Pittosporum that flowers along the French Riviera in springtime. And the jasmine embraces its constant companion, the May Rose. Extracted using CO2, they achieve their full expression – fresh and radiant, down to their most carnal instincts. The gesture is precise and meticulous, always generous, to better etch out the petals’ delicate contours and coax an idyllic landscape from the bottle. As if to further elevate this alliance of eternal flowers and in order to accentuate their contrasts, Jacques Cavallier Belletrud added the green, powdery facets of Mimosa from the Tanneron, a marvel that illuminates the hills of Provence with a radiant yellow at winter’s end. Here and there, a staccato of raspberry makes it possible to accentuate its downy, cheerful character. "Everything is done in service of the flowers, there’s no element to rein them in or disturb their message," the Master Perfumer explains. As proof, warm vanilla notes of Peruvian balm amplify the sophistication of the fragrance. A floral apotheosis with, as a finishing touch, a hint of Sri Lankan sandalwood and musk to prolong the flowers’ powdery nuances while enveloping them in sensuality. With a colorful burst of laughter, all these elements compose a melody that feels never-ending. Like the hands of a timepiece set against an infinite dial, the fragrance carries a promise of eternal renewal. Available as of February 27, 2020 at select Louis Vuitton stores and at louisvuitton.com #LVParfums #louisvuitton

Louis Vuitton Fall & Winter 2020-2021
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Louis Vuitton Fall & Winter 2020-2021

Fashion Week Collisions of time. What if all of the innumerable eras that nourish fashion could come together in the here and now? And what if, in the present moment, we could confront history with contemporary freedoms, staged for the pure pleasure of fashion? A clash of styles, unexpected pairings, subverted functions... Dressing without protocol. Going from old to new and from unprecedented to patrimonial. Anachronism becomes an attitude. Testing one’s agility with respect to a wardrobe. This collection is like a sartorial tune-up in which personality takes precedence: everyone can pen their own history. The 200 characters in the historic grandstand are the work of Milena Canonero, Stanley Kubrick’s Designer of Costumes, who worked on “A Clockwork Orange”, “Barry Lyndon” and “The Shining”. Some 200 characters range from the 15th century to 1950. The music was composed by Woodkid and Bryce Dessner. The piece’s title, “Three Hundred and Twenty”, refers to the number of years between the various movements referenced in a baroque composition injected with minimalistic, repetitive musical verses. It resurrects Nicolas de Grigny, a contemporary of Bach who never won the recognition of his peers, and never played at the Louvre. In fitting with this clashing of times, today – centuries later – we are listening to Nicolas de Grigny at the Louvre. Collisions of time. What if all of the innumerable eras that nourish fashion could come together in the here and now? And what if, in the present moment, we could confront history with contemporary freedoms, staged for the pure pleasure of fashion? A clash of styles, unexpected pairings, subverted functions... Dressing without protocol. Going from old to new and from unprecedented to patrimonial. Anachronism becomes an attitude. Testing one’s agility with respect to a wardrobe. This collection is like a sartorial tune-up in which personality takes precedence: everyone can pen their own history. The 200 characters in the historic grandstand are the work of Milena Canonero, Stanley Kubrick’s Designer of Costumes, who worked on “A Clockwork Orange”, “Barry Lyndon” and “The Shining”. Some 200 characters range from the 15th century to 1950. The music was composed by Woodkid and Bryce Dessner. The piece’s title, “Three Hundred and Twenty”, refers to the number of years between the various movements referenced in a baroque composition injected with minimalistic, repetitive musical verses. It resurrects Nicolas de Grigny, a contemporary of Bach who never won the recognition of his peers, and never played at the Louvre. In fitting with this clashing of times, today – centuries later – we are listening to Nicolas de Grigny at the Louvre.

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