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PASQUALE BRUNI PRESENTS THE LUCE COLLECTION
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PASQUALE BRUNI PRESENTS THE LUCE COLLECTION

Jewelry “In nature there is always a miracle of light that meets our eyes; that moment is a Namaste of wonder between us and Creation” - Eugenia Bruni     A collection filled with emotion, like the emotion of light reflected on the body, like the glow of the gold that envelops the woman with a seductive and sophisticated allure. The inspiration came one day in Camogli, Liguria. The magic of the sea bathed in sunlight, the feeling of swimming in the light of a sunrise, a sunset or the moon. Feeling this beauty on the skin. Light everywhere.     The miracle of light in nature caught meditating in an inviting trail of shimmers in the sea gave birth to this masterpiece made of rose gold, enchantment and white diamonds.     The reflection of the sun and moon on the water creates living light and the new Luce collection brings every feeling and emotion to your skin.     Recreating this effect entailed the complex challenge of crafting and maintaining a perfectly geometric, raw-cut round shape in each design. An uncompromising shape recreating the light in motion. The main feature is the hemisphere in touch with the skin. The line was designed to always be minimal and defined and not to reveal any point of contact creating a harmonious, seamless effect. The aesthetic result has been achieved thanks to a robust structure that is present, but well-concealed in the hemispheres: when one ends the other begins, with an invisible connection.     The most distinctive and innovate piece is the ‘light in me’ sautoir in which necklace and earrings are united in a continuous trail of light that cloaks the woman in mystery and charm. A trail of secrets in which multiple ways of wearing can be discovered that, as if by magic, dress the woman in a new dream. The small shiny round plates along the chain, which is strictly assembled by hand, also vary in size and are positioned at different intervals to create gradient effects that harmoniously accompany the various styles. The elements with diamonds represent the phases of the moon, from half-moon to full moon, and are revealed in the white light of diamonds mirrored in the intimate glow of rose gold. “In nature there is always a miracle of light that meets our eyes; that moment is a Namaste of wonder between us and Creation” - Eugenia Bruni     A collection filled with emotion, like the emotion of light reflected on the body, like the glow of the gold that envelops the woman with a seductive and sophisticated allure. The inspiration came one day in Camogli, Liguria. The magic of the sea bathed in sunlight, the feeling of swimming in the light of a sunrise, a sunset or the moon. Feeling this beauty on the skin. Light everywhere.     The miracle of light in nature caught meditating in an inviting trail of shimmers in the sea gave birth to this masterpiece made of rose gold, enchantment and white diamonds.     The reflection of the sun and moon on the water creates living light and the new Luce collection brings every feeling and emotion to your skin.     Recreating this effect entailed the complex challenge of crafting and maintaining a perfectly geometric, raw-cut round shape in each design. An uncompromising shape recreating the light in motion. The main feature is the hemisphere in touch with the skin. The line was designed to always be minimal and defined and not to reveal any point of contact creating a harmonious, seamless effect. The aesthetic result has been achieved thanks to a robust structure that is present, but well-concealed in the hemispheres: when one ends the other begins, with an invisible connection.     The most distinctive and innovate piece is the ‘light in me’ sautoir in which necklace and earrings are united in a continuous trail of light that cloaks the woman in mystery and charm. A trail of secrets in which multiple ways of wearing can be discovered that, as if by magic, dress the woman in a new dream. The small shiny round plates along the chain, which is strictly assembled by hand, also vary in size and are positioned at different intervals to create gradient effects that harmoniously accompany the various styles. The elements with diamonds represent the phases of the moon, from half-moon to full moon, and are revealed in the white light of diamonds mirrored in the intimate glow of rose gold.

LACOSTE X POLAROID: LET THE COLOR IN
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LACOSTE X POLAROID: LET THE COLOR IN

Fashion Lacoste is in full color for Spring 2021 with a fresh collaboration with Polaroid. The Crocodile strikes a pose in the boldest of brights from the rainbow. Get ready to let the color in with the collection dropping March 17.     Lacoste is seeing life through rose—or red, green, and yellow—tinted glasses again in 2021: un ltered, close-up, and wide-angle. It’s about changing perspective, putting your best foot forward, and living in the present. It’s a chance to make a fresh start and leave 2020 behind, to redial and rethink the landscape to get ready to make new memories. The best way to good vibes is a brand-new collaboration between the crocodile brand and the iconic Polaroid brand for a technicolor capsule collection that’s bold, colorful and fun.     Polaroid has been capturing memories on glossy instant lm for over 80 years—from major events to private occasions— all in vibrant colors and warm tones. For Spring 2021, Lacoste dug deep into this legendary, high-color, and cultural heritage. Inspired by Polaroid’s famous rainbow logo from its rst instant color lm developed in 1963, the Lacoste x Polaroid collection centers around the distinctive blue, green, yellow, orange and red rainbow from the creative brand.     The Lacoste crocodile marches across bold, block-color backgrounds on classic polos and hoodies, while polo dresses and shirts in oversized stripes make for a supercharged silhouette that stands out. Accessories also feature the full-color treatment, as white sneakers get subtle color- ash accents, tennis shoes go rainbow-striped, and caps, watches and backpacks are a concentration of high-energy sporty style. Look carefully and you’ll see the crocodile has taken center stage with the pièce de résistance – a limited-edition Polaroid 600 instant camera.     For Lacoste Live, archive Lacoste images are layered onto colorful oversized polo shirts, hoodies, T-shirts and track pants.   Because 2021 is a time for new experiences, Lacoste has stepped up to the challenge of producing the rst-ever lmed ad created solely from Polaroid photos. Immortalized by Iconoclast in Marseille, in both natural and ash lighting, dancers and skaters create a jigsaw in perpetual movement one frame at a time, image by single image. United by the characteristic Polaroid rainbow spectrum and the Lacoste pieces in the collection, each shot is a tribute to joy, boldness, and freedom.     The collaboration drops online and in-store on March 17, when the Polaroid rainbow will take the oor in a super- sized decor as the collections comes to store windows.     The Lacoste x Polaroid collection will be available online and in Lacoste stores and spaces from March 17, 2021. The Lacoste Live x Polaroid collection will be available online and in selected stores in Paris, New York, Milan, London and Shanghai from March 17, 2021. Lacoste is in full color for Spring 2021 with a fresh collaboration with Polaroid. The Crocodile strikes a pose in the boldest of brights from the rainbow. Get ready to let the color in with the collection dropping March 17.     Lacoste is seeing life through rose—or red, green, and yellow—tinted glasses again in 2021: un ltered, close-up, and wide-angle. It’s about changing perspective, putting your best foot forward, and living in the present. It’s a chance to make a fresh start and leave 2020 behind, to redial and rethink the landscape to get ready to make new memories. The best way to good vibes is a brand-new collaboration between the crocodile brand and the iconic Polaroid brand for a technicolor capsule collection that’s bold, colorful and fun.     Polaroid has been capturing memories on glossy instant lm for over 80 years—from major events to private occasions— all in vibrant colors and warm tones. For Spring 2021, Lacoste dug deep into this legendary, high-color, and cultural heritage. Inspired by Polaroid’s famous rainbow logo from its rst instant color lm developed in 1963, the Lacoste x Polaroid collection centers around the distinctive blue, green, yellow, orange and red rainbow from the creative brand.     The Lacoste crocodile marches across bold, block-color backgrounds on classic polos and hoodies, while polo dresses and shirts in oversized stripes make for a supercharged silhouette that stands out. Accessories also feature the full-color treatment, as white sneakers get subtle color- ash accents, tennis shoes go rainbow-striped, and caps, watches and backpacks are a concentration of high-energy sporty style. Look carefully and you’ll see the crocodile has taken center stage with the pièce de résistance – a limited-edition Polaroid 600 instant camera.     For Lacoste Live, archive Lacoste images are layered onto colorful oversized polo shirts, hoodies, T-shirts and track pants.   Because 2021 is a time for new experiences, Lacoste has stepped up to the challenge of producing the rst-ever lmed ad created solely from Polaroid photos. Immortalized by Iconoclast in Marseille, in both natural and ash lighting, dancers and skaters create a jigsaw in perpetual movement one frame at a time, image by single image. United by the characteristic Polaroid rainbow spectrum and the Lacoste pieces in the collection, each shot is a tribute to joy, boldness, and freedom.     The collaboration drops online and in-store on March 17, when the Polaroid rainbow will take the oor in a super- sized decor as the collections comes to store windows.     The Lacoste x Polaroid collection will be available online and in Lacoste stores and spaces from March 17, 2021. The Lacoste Live x Polaroid collection will be available online and in selected stores in Paris, New York, Milan, London and Shanghai from March 17, 2021.

Christian Wijnants presents   the new collection for Fall & Winter 2021
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Christian Wijnants presents the new collection for Fall & Winter 2021

Fashion Week If given the opportunity to explore an empty museum, how would you fill the space? This is the question that inspired Christian Wijnants’ Fall/Winter 2021 collection as he was given unique access to the Antwerp Royal Museum of Fine Arts, a place that has been so dear to him. Over the past 10 years, the Museum has been closed for renovations, only previewing its restored 19th century structure and newly constructed minimalist addition to Christian, inviting him to fill the grandiose rooms and hallways with his creations. A poetic moment for the designer who first visited the museum as a student on the brink of his career, beginning his to-become namesake’s brand connection to art. However, this time, as the museum sits empty, Christian relied on his memories and vision to fill the space and walls that once held the same Flemish Primitives and Baroque paintings that have inspired him today.     The silhouettes are exaggerated, full of volume, designed to physically fill the oversized rooms and elongated, just like the art that used to hang on the walls and doors that welcome you in. There is a down cape and complimenting puffed bags, cacoon coats designed to appear as though they are cut out of woolen blankets, and peasant shapes that draw from medieval underpinnings. Heavy wool fabric is draped into skirts and swept by fridge, like a curtain grazing the old wooden floors. The knitwear brings in a Bicolor Plissé dress and the ottoman stitch, utilized as stripes. A long-sleeve floor length dress is styled with a scarf worn as a hat, materializing the old paintings that stood out in Christian’s memory.      Floral patterns feel like an ancient tapestry, overdyed and overlarge. Stripes are inspired by the chevron wood floors throughout the museum, construed in various ways, from quite fine lines cutting vertically on down jackets and lengthening dresses to magnified stripes seen as a two-tone knit. The colors are strategically chosen to reflect the feeling of exploring the various rooms, misty yet bright and historic, but refreshed. It consists of cooler hues such as antique pink, mint, fresh lime, and pistachio, paired with warmer tones such as emerald, bronze and rust.     The hair is clumsy and reminiscent of historic times, although ambivalent of the exact decade, and make-up is tonal and blurred, imagined to be misconstrued as just the reflection of the green walls. The Fall/Winter 2021 collection comes to life in the collection film, allowing you to explore Christian’s vision, hear the echo of footsteps wandering the space and escape to a feeling of serenity that being in an empty museum provides. If given the opportunity to explore an empty museum, how would you fill the space? This is the question that inspired Christian Wijnants’ Fall/Winter 2021 collection as he was given unique access to the Antwerp Royal Museum of Fine Arts, a place that has been so dear to him. Over the past 10 years, the Museum has been closed for renovations, only previewing its restored 19th century structure and newly constructed minimalist addition to Christian, inviting him to fill the grandiose rooms and hallways with his creations. A poetic moment for the designer who first visited the museum as a student on the brink of his career, beginning his to-become namesake’s brand connection to art. However, this time, as the museum sits empty, Christian relied on his memories and vision to fill the space and walls that once held the same Flemish Primitives and Baroque paintings that have inspired him today.     The silhouettes are exaggerated, full of volume, designed to physically fill the oversized rooms and elongated, just like the art that used to hang on the walls and doors that welcome you in. There is a down cape and complimenting puffed bags, cacoon coats designed to appear as though they are cut out of woolen blankets, and peasant shapes that draw from medieval underpinnings. Heavy wool fabric is draped into skirts and swept by fridge, like a curtain grazing the old wooden floors. The knitwear brings in a Bicolor Plissé dress and the ottoman stitch, utilized as stripes. A long-sleeve floor length dress is styled with a scarf worn as a hat, materializing the old paintings that stood out in Christian’s memory.      Floral patterns feel like an ancient tapestry, overdyed and overlarge. Stripes are inspired by the chevron wood floors throughout the museum, construed in various ways, from quite fine lines cutting vertically on down jackets and lengthening dresses to magnified stripes seen as a two-tone knit. The colors are strategically chosen to reflect the feeling of exploring the various rooms, misty yet bright and historic, but refreshed. It consists of cooler hues such as antique pink, mint, fresh lime, and pistachio, paired with warmer tones such as emerald, bronze and rust.     The hair is clumsy and reminiscent of historic times, although ambivalent of the exact decade, and make-up is tonal and blurred, imagined to be misconstrued as just the reflection of the green walls. The Fall/Winter 2021 collection comes to life in the collection film, allowing you to explore Christian’s vision, hear the echo of footsteps wandering the space and escape to a feeling of serenity that being in an empty museum provides.

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Bang & Olufsen appoints Chief Design Officer
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Bang & Olufsen appoints Chief Design Officer

Design Miklu Silvanto is named Chief Design Officer for the Danish audio brand. He comes with extensive experience in design and technology from, among other, Apple.     Bang & Olufsen has appointed Miklu Silvanto as Senior Vice President and Chief Design Officer. He will become member of the company's global leadership team and report to CEO Kristian Teär.     Miklu Silvanto has extensive experience in technology and industrial design. Miklu Silvanto spent nearly a decade working in Apple's industrial design team where he helped create some of their most iconic consumer products. Most recently he has worked for Gemic and AirBnB.     At Bang & Olufsen, Miklu Silvanto will be responsible for driving the company's design team and creating the next generation of iconic Bang & Olufsen products, and CEO Kristian Teär is pleased to welcome Miklu Silvanto to the team.     "Miklu has a strong track record of leading technology and design teams that deliver outstanding experiences across products and services," said Kristian Teär. "He shares our values, commitment to innovation, and our ambition to create products that our customers fall in love with." We have a very strong portfolio today with many award-winning products, but it is a key strategic priority for us to make sure that we also have a portfolio which is fit for the future. Our design team plays a key role in ensuring that, and that is why we are also elevating the role into our global leadership team and are bringing Miklu onboard to lead the effort," said Kristian Teär.     Miklu Silvanto is Finnish and adhere to the same Scandinavia design tradition as Bang & Olufsen, and he always been fascinated with the company's products.     "Bang & Olufsen has been pioneering technology and design for almost a century and that combination is unique. I still remember my first experience with a product when I was a child, and I am both excited and humble about joining this iconic company," said Miklu Silvanto. "Together with the rest of the team, I hope to utilise my capabilities to enhance the whole customer experience and build the products and services of the future, while staying true to the brand's legacy and strong Scandinavian design tradition."     Bang & Olufsen will continue to work closely with external designers when developing new products. Miklu Silvanto will join on Monday 15 March 2021 and work out of Bang & Olufsen's offices in Copenhagen, Denmark. Miklu Silvanto is named Chief Design Officer for the Danish audio brand. He comes with extensive experience in design and technology from, among other, Apple.     Bang & Olufsen has appointed Miklu Silvanto as Senior Vice President and Chief Design Officer. He will become member of the company's global leadership team and report to CEO Kristian Teär.     Miklu Silvanto has extensive experience in technology and industrial design. Miklu Silvanto spent nearly a decade working in Apple's industrial design team where he helped create some of their most iconic consumer products. Most recently he has worked for Gemic and AirBnB.     At Bang & Olufsen, Miklu Silvanto will be responsible for driving the company's design team and creating the next generation of iconic Bang & Olufsen products, and CEO Kristian Teär is pleased to welcome Miklu Silvanto to the team.     "Miklu has a strong track record of leading technology and design teams that deliver outstanding experiences across products and services," said Kristian Teär. "He shares our values, commitment to innovation, and our ambition to create products that our customers fall in love with." We have a very strong portfolio today with many award-winning products, but it is a key strategic priority for us to make sure that we also have a portfolio which is fit for the future. Our design team plays a key role in ensuring that, and that is why we are also elevating the role into our global leadership team and are bringing Miklu onboard to lead the effort," said Kristian Teär.     Miklu Silvanto is Finnish and adhere to the same Scandinavia design tradition as Bang & Olufsen, and he always been fascinated with the company's products.     "Bang & Olufsen has been pioneering technology and design for almost a century and that combination is unique. I still remember my first experience with a product when I was a child, and I am both excited and humble about joining this iconic company," said Miklu Silvanto. "Together with the rest of the team, I hope to utilise my capabilities to enhance the whole customer experience and build the products and services of the future, while staying true to the brand's legacy and strong Scandinavian design tradition."     Bang & Olufsen will continue to work closely with external designers when developing new products. Miklu Silvanto will join on Monday 15 March 2021 and work out of Bang & Olufsen's offices in Copenhagen, Denmark.

LOEWE launches the ‘The surplus project’ with the release of a series of Woven basket bags handcrafted from surplus leather
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LOEWE launches the ‘The surplus project’ with the release of a series of Woven basket bags handcrafted from surplus leather

Sustainability ‘The surplus project’ is a display in how to re-use, re-think and re-create something beautiful from the surplus leather of previous collections, in themselves highest quality and lowest impact materials. The new project sees the two most iconic of LOEWE’s leathers —a smooth, classic calfskin, and a finely textured, softgrained calfskin—transformed into Woven basket bags and Crab charms. The design process sees surplus leather cut into narrow strips of various hues; some of their colours are bold and vibrant, others are softer and more muted, and then braided together in a lattice formation to create a mosaic of colour and texture.     The Woven basket bag rst appeared in Jonathan Anderson’s LOEWE debut, the Spring Summer 2015 collection, and quickly became a design classic for the house. The surplus leather Woven basket bag is available in a small size, and carries the original spirit of being an artisanal piece with a very human touch. Inspired by the challenge of creating something beautiful whilst preserving precious resources, a two-tone charm in the shape of a crab with claws and pincers made from intricately folded surplus leather, complements the Woven basket bag’s colourways and embodies the creativity inherent to the new initiative.     ‘The surplus project’ follows the recent Eye/LOEWE/Nature collection created using a variety of recycled, upcycled and organic textiles, and sees LOEWE take another step in its journey to becoming a more sustainable company. In practice this means constantly exploring how to combine knowledge of craft with new research and ideas to lessen impact on the planet.     #LOEWE #LOEWEcraft ‘The surplus project’ is a display in how to re-use, re-think and re-create something beautiful from the surplus leather of previous collections, in themselves highest quality and lowest impact materials. The new project sees the two most iconic of LOEWE’s leathers —a smooth, classic calfskin, and a finely textured, softgrained calfskin—transformed into Woven basket bags and Crab charms. The design process sees surplus leather cut into narrow strips of various hues; some of their colours are bold and vibrant, others are softer and more muted, and then braided together in a lattice formation to create a mosaic of colour and texture.     The Woven basket bag rst appeared in Jonathan Anderson’s LOEWE debut, the Spring Summer 2015 collection, and quickly became a design classic for the house. The surplus leather Woven basket bag is available in a small size, and carries the original spirit of being an artisanal piece with a very human touch. Inspired by the challenge of creating something beautiful whilst preserving precious resources, a two-tone charm in the shape of a crab with claws and pincers made from intricately folded surplus leather, complements the Woven basket bag’s colourways and embodies the creativity inherent to the new initiative.     ‘The surplus project’ follows the recent Eye/LOEWE/Nature collection created using a variety of recycled, upcycled and organic textiles, and sees LOEWE take another step in its journey to becoming a more sustainable company. In practice this means constantly exploring how to combine knowledge of craft with new research and ideas to lessen impact on the planet.     #LOEWE #LOEWEcraft

Simone Rocha and H&M celebrate their collaboration with an AR experience featuring Helena Bonham Carter, Kaia Gerber, Barry Keoghan, Rowan Blanchard, Paloma Elsesser, Omari Douglas, Kelsey Lu and many others
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Simone Rocha and H&M celebrate their collaboration with an AR experience featuring Helena Bonham Carter, Kaia Gerber, Barry Keoghan, Rowan Blanchard, Paloma Elsesser, Omari Douglas, Kelsey Lu and many others

Fashion Both Simone Rocha and H&M were determined to honour their collaborative collection in an imaginative, pioneering and artful manner, while also being safe and instep with social-distancing guidelines. Therefore, they selected to forgo a physical in-person global event in favour of a curated digital celebration: a pioneering pop-up book AR experience. This is a truly experimental creation, and the first of its kind – a dynamic way of bringing art, fashion and iconic figures into invited guests’ homes, through technology.        The digital experience is activated via a beautiful, limited-edition book (a nod to Rocha’s history of publishing printed matter with artists and image-makers), created in collaboration with M/M Paris and the celebrated British painter Faye Wei Wei, who also stars in the Simone Rocha x H&M campaign. Five intricate paintings by Wei Wei appear within the book and serve as pop-up backdrops for a cast of talented characters, who spring to life from the page, via QR codes, to model the Simone Rocha x H&M collection in AR.     The cast (here, each at 10.5cm tall) is diverse and majestic, and a reflection of the broad range of individuals who enjoy Rocha’s work. They are Helena Bonham Carter CBE, Barry Keoghan, Francesca Hayward, Kaia Gerber, Rowan Blanchard, Paloma Elsesser, Kelsey Lu, sisters Laila and Nadia Gohar, Omari Douglas, Djenaba, Jess Maybury, Nancy Andersen, Lily Ashley and Hugo Hamlet of Voo Le Voo, William De Val Darby, and Faye Wei Wei herself, who comes to life in miniature in front of her own paintings. Encompassing talented actors, dancers, models, and musicians, this wide array of individuals highlights the breadth of this collection; the first time Rocha has offered a full wardrobe for the family, including womenswear, menswear and childrenswear.      The book nods to Rocha’s signature skill for referencing art and painting with her work, and also the collection campaign’s broader themes of joy, optimism and congregation. This is a truly innovation celebration – a chance to mix with virtual guests and reflect on the beautiful garments and accessories within the collection, all from the safety of home.      “This year has required us all to think about things afresh and find new ways of working and congregating. I am thrilled to be able to celebrate my collaboration with H&M in such an innovative way, using the best AR technology to bring such an amazing cast of figures right into people’s homes. I always wanted this collection to conjure excitement for dressing up, and for meeting with family, friends and loved ones, and I hope this digital event speaks to that, providing a thought-provoking moment of art, beauty, celebration and happiness.”says Simone Rocha.      “This is one of the most innovative collection events we have ever created here at H&M. What a thrill to work on fashion’s first-ever pop-up book AR experience, and with such an incredible, and broad, range of talents. The collection truly comes to life with the help of AR, and it’s wonderful to see so many of Simone’s passions and inspirations – from art, to family, craft and music – come together in one incredible project. It’s a very new take on a fashion party or runway show!” says Ann-Sofie Johansson, H&M     The Simone Rocha x H&M collection launches on hm.com on 11 March. Both Simone Rocha and H&M were determined to honour their collaborative collection in an imaginative, pioneering and artful manner, while also being safe and instep with social-distancing guidelines. Therefore, they selected to forgo a physical in-person global event in favour of a curated digital celebration: a pioneering pop-up book AR experience. This is a truly experimental creation, and the first of its kind – a dynamic way of bringing art, fashion and iconic figures into invited guests’ homes, through technology.        The digital experience is activated via a beautiful, limited-edition book (a nod to Rocha’s history of publishing printed matter with artists and image-makers), created in collaboration with M/M Paris and the celebrated British painter Faye Wei Wei, who also stars in the Simone Rocha x H&M campaign. Five intricate paintings by Wei Wei appear within the book and serve as pop-up backdrops for a cast of talented characters, who spring to life from the page, via QR codes, to model the Simone Rocha x H&M collection in AR.     The cast (here, each at 10.5cm tall) is diverse and majestic, and a reflection of the broad range of individuals who enjoy Rocha’s work. They are Helena Bonham Carter CBE, Barry Keoghan, Francesca Hayward, Kaia Gerber, Rowan Blanchard, Paloma Elsesser, Kelsey Lu, sisters Laila and Nadia Gohar, Omari Douglas, Djenaba, Jess Maybury, Nancy Andersen, Lily Ashley and Hugo Hamlet of Voo Le Voo, William De Val Darby, and Faye Wei Wei herself, who comes to life in miniature in front of her own paintings. Encompassing talented actors, dancers, models, and musicians, this wide array of individuals highlights the breadth of this collection; the first time Rocha has offered a full wardrobe for the family, including womenswear, menswear and childrenswear.      The book nods to Rocha’s signature skill for referencing art and painting with her work, and also the collection campaign’s broader themes of joy, optimism and congregation. This is a truly innovation celebration – a chance to mix with virtual guests and reflect on the beautiful garments and accessories within the collection, all from the safety of home.      “This year has required us all to think about things afresh and find new ways of working and congregating. I am thrilled to be able to celebrate my collaboration with H&M in such an innovative way, using the best AR technology to bring such an amazing cast of figures right into people’s homes. I always wanted this collection to conjure excitement for dressing up, and for meeting with family, friends and loved ones, and I hope this digital event speaks to that, providing a thought-provoking moment of art, beauty, celebration and happiness.”says Simone Rocha.      “This is one of the most innovative collection events we have ever created here at H&M. What a thrill to work on fashion’s first-ever pop-up book AR experience, and with such an incredible, and broad, range of talents. The collection truly comes to life with the help of AR, and it’s wonderful to see so many of Simone’s passions and inspirations – from art, to family, craft and music – come together in one incredible project. It’s a very new take on a fashion party or runway show!” says Ann-Sofie Johansson, H&M     The Simone Rocha x H&M collection launches on hm.com on 11 March.

UNIQLO +J presents the new collection for Spring & Summer 2021
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UNIQLO +J presents the new collection for Spring & Summer 2021

Fashion International retailer UNIQLO today announced that it will launch the + J Spring / Summer 2021 collection on March 25. The collection builds on the popular return of UNIQLO's collaboration with legendary designer Jil Sander last season. The designer brings her distinctive, modern signature to this exceptional line for both men and women.     Now that we are slowly rising from the dark winter, it is time to enjoy spring. This season's + J Spring / Summer collection gives you exactly the feeling of the light spring we've all longed for. We see sharp silhouettes minimized to their purest form as the main feature of the current collection.     “The overarching idea is sophistication,” says Ms. Jil Sander. "A form of purity that reminds us of innovation and a fresh start."     Controlled sculptural customization emphasizes movement, lightness and space. Thoughtful design impregnates essential pieces with versatility and practicality for outdoor living. A selection of natural materials and comfortable blends define effortless styles with luxurious textures. Colors reflect a chromatic color palette of the northern lights while indigo and ink reflect the summer night. That gives a nice, cool contrast with ivory, caramel, gray and khaki. +J goes on to showcase an international modern uniform with purpose and meaning.     Ladies collection:   Lightweight, technical silk blends are the highlight of the women's line-up, including a graphic dress with three-quarter sleeves, flared skirt and subtle summer parka. Beautifully tailored from supple SUPIMA® cotton, there is a striking three-quarter-length shirt with dolman sleeves and a voluminous silhouette. SUPIMA® cotton gives a soft sheen to the oversized T-shirt (with half sleeve), providing a stylish look.     Men's collection:   Exceptional customization also sets the men's line-up apart. An oversized long hooded coat with a light gray texture conveys a carefully sculpted 3D volume, while a classic polo is defined by a tight fit. Authentic selvedge denim jeans for men and women are designed in a cool, straight silhouette.     International retailer UNIQLO today announced that it will launch the + J Spring / Summer 2021 collection on March 25. The collection builds on the popular return of UNIQLO's collaboration with legendary designer Jil Sander last season. The designer brings her distinctive, modern signature to this exceptional line for both men and women.     Now that we are slowly rising from the dark winter, it is time to enjoy spring. This season's + J Spring / Summer collection gives you exactly the feeling of the light spring we've all longed for. We see sharp silhouettes minimized to their purest form as the main feature of the current collection.     “The overarching idea is sophistication,” says Ms. Jil Sander. "A form of purity that reminds us of innovation and a fresh start."     Controlled sculptural customization emphasizes movement, lightness and space. Thoughtful design impregnates essential pieces with versatility and practicality for outdoor living. A selection of natural materials and comfortable blends define effortless styles with luxurious textures. Colors reflect a chromatic color palette of the northern lights while indigo and ink reflect the summer night. That gives a nice, cool contrast with ivory, caramel, gray and khaki. +J goes on to showcase an international modern uniform with purpose and meaning.     Ladies collection:   Lightweight, technical silk blends are the highlight of the women's line-up, including a graphic dress with three-quarter sleeves, flared skirt and subtle summer parka. Beautifully tailored from supple SUPIMA® cotton, there is a striking three-quarter-length shirt with dolman sleeves and a voluminous silhouette. SUPIMA® cotton gives a soft sheen to the oversized T-shirt (with half sleeve), providing a stylish look.     Men's collection:   Exceptional customization also sets the men's line-up apart. An oversized long hooded coat with a light gray texture conveys a carefully sculpted 3D volume, while a classic polo is defined by a tight fit. Authentic selvedge denim jeans for men and women are designed in a cool, straight silhouette.    

LOUIS VUITTON PRESENTS THE NEW COLLECTION FOR FALL & WINTER
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LOUIS VUITTON PRESENTS THE NEW COLLECTION FOR FALL & WINTER

Fashion Week There’s no need to venture far to create the impression of traveling. It’s enough to reach far back… to the Golden Age, or Age of Enlightenment, eras that forged the essence of our civilization. Everything is expressed so purely in Greco-Roman antiquity, the acme of an aesthetic whose primacy is uncontested. More than a journey, Louis Vuitton embarks on an odyssey with a Fall-Winter 2021 collection that incorporates fabulous drawings by Fornasetti, the delicate, fanciful engravings of an enduring era. His imaginative strokes explore, illustrate and impart style. It’s also a story of conquest — of body, heart and mind — in which humankind takes centre stage, in all its functional elegance, intellectual dominance, and earthly seduction. The astonishment of age-old principles endures and continues to guide us, such as contrapposto, a stance that first appeared in the 6th century BC and lent statues a dynamic allure, which countless couture poses have reprised since and still denotes a certain stylistic tension in fashion. There’s no need to venture far to create the impression of traveling. It’s enough to reach far back… to the Golden Age, or Age of Enlightenment, eras that forged the essence of our civilization. Everything is expressed so purely in Greco-Roman antiquity, the acme of an aesthetic whose primacy is uncontested. More than a journey, Louis Vuitton embarks on an odyssey with a Fall-Winter 2021 collection that incorporates fabulous drawings by Fornasetti, the delicate, fanciful engravings of an enduring era. His imaginative strokes explore, illustrate and impart style. It’s also a story of conquest — of body, heart and mind — in which humankind takes centre stage, in all its functional elegance, intellectual dominance, and earthly seduction. The astonishment of age-old principles endures and continues to guide us, such as contrapposto, a stance that first appeared in the 6th century BC and lent statues a dynamic allure, which countless couture poses have reprised since and still denotes a certain stylistic tension in fashion.

Ann Demeulemeester presents the new collection for Fall & Winter 2021-2022
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Ann Demeulemeester presents the new collection for Fall & Winter 2021-2022

Fashion Week “Ann Demeulemeester FW/21-22 collection is an exercise in style taken from her passion and mastery in tailoring. Black and white are used pure, with no nuances, as an embodiment of a conversation that exists between this pure palette and the materials chosen for the execution that offers a balance between coarse and refined.” “Ann Demeulemeester FW/21-22 collection is an exercise in style taken from her passion and mastery in tailoring. Black and white are used pure, with no nuances, as an embodiment of a conversation that exists between this pure palette and the materials chosen for the execution that offers a balance between coarse and refined.”

CHANEL PRESENTS THE NEW COLLECTION FOR FALL & WINTER 2021-2022
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CHANEL PRESENTS THE NEW COLLECTION FOR FALL & WINTER 2021-2022

Fashion Week “I love contrasts, so for the more voluminous winter pieces, I wanted a small space. I don’t know if this is because of the times we live in, but I wanted something warm, lively. I imagined the models doing a show for themselves, going from room to room, crossing each other in staircases, piling their coats up in the cloakroom and going up to the next floor to get changed. And I thought of the shows that Karl would tell me about, back in the day, a long time ago, when the models would dress themselves and do their own make-up,” says Virginie Viard describing the atmosphere of the CHANEL Fall-Winter 2021/22 Ready-to-Wear show.     “So, I decided to go to Castel. I like Castel so much for its many salons, the spiral staircase, its bar, the journey through this venue, its little house style, where the models can get changed, dressed and undressed, do their make-up together, and have fun like a girls night in. It’s very sensual.” A sensuality that also touches the collection teasers and press kit, staged by the duo Inez & Vinoodh who filmed this show playing with the contrasts so loved by Virginie Viard. Contrasts between volumes, materials and spirit. A long tweed coat with a chevron motif reveals bare legs wearing voluminous boots in black curly faux fur; a trouser suit in black tweed with small checks in blue lurex is adorned with thin braces in pearls and layers of sautoir necklaces. A white coat in patent sheepskin and lined with faux fur, is coupled with “down jacket” style two-tone boots, with unzippable legs giving way to a pair of silver heeled booties to go dancing in. The salopettes-ski suits in white quilting embroidered with red and blue motifs, or in fuchsia tweed, are worn with strappy sandals embellished with chains and little black bows or pumps adorned with a camellia, while delicate blouses in chiffon or crêpe de Chine are combined with pieces inspired by winter sportswear. “This collection is a mix of two influences: the ambiance of ski holidays, which I adore, and a certain idea of cool Parisian chic, from the 1970s to now.”     Sequinned ballet flats, strass-covered minaudières worn like a sautoir necklace, a man’s black shirt with a white collar and cuffs under a precious suit in navy lurex, a tweed kilt over a knitted jumpsuit embellished with iridescent threads… “Today some of these silhouettes make me think of Stella Tennant’s allure, the way she wore certain pieces, it was so Chanel.”       #CHANELFallWinter “I love contrasts, so for the more voluminous winter pieces, I wanted a small space. I don’t know if this is because of the times we live in, but I wanted something warm, lively. I imagined the models doing a show for themselves, going from room to room, crossing each other in staircases, piling their coats up in the cloakroom and going up to the next floor to get changed. And I thought of the shows that Karl would tell me about, back in the day, a long time ago, when the models would dress themselves and do their own make-up,” says Virginie Viard describing the atmosphere of the CHANEL Fall-Winter 2021/22 Ready-to-Wear show.     “So, I decided to go to Castel. I like Castel so much for its many salons, the spiral staircase, its bar, the journey through this venue, its little house style, where the models can get changed, dressed and undressed, do their make-up together, and have fun like a girls night in. It’s very sensual.” A sensuality that also touches the collection teasers and press kit, staged by the duo Inez & Vinoodh who filmed this show playing with the contrasts so loved by Virginie Viard. Contrasts between volumes, materials and spirit. A long tweed coat with a chevron motif reveals bare legs wearing voluminous boots in black curly faux fur; a trouser suit in black tweed with small checks in blue lurex is adorned with thin braces in pearls and layers of sautoir necklaces. A white coat in patent sheepskin and lined with faux fur, is coupled with “down jacket” style two-tone boots, with unzippable legs giving way to a pair of silver heeled booties to go dancing in. The salopettes-ski suits in white quilting embroidered with red and blue motifs, or in fuchsia tweed, are worn with strappy sandals embellished with chains and little black bows or pumps adorned with a camellia, while delicate blouses in chiffon or crêpe de Chine are combined with pieces inspired by winter sportswear. “This collection is a mix of two influences: the ambiance of ski holidays, which I adore, and a certain idea of cool Parisian chic, from the 1970s to now.”     Sequinned ballet flats, strass-covered minaudières worn like a sautoir necklace, a man’s black shirt with a white collar and cuffs under a precious suit in navy lurex, a tweed kilt over a knitted jumpsuit embellished with iridescent threads… “Today some of these silhouettes make me think of Stella Tennant’s allure, the way she wore certain pieces, it was so Chanel.”       #CHANELFallWinter

DIOR PRESENTS THE NEW COLLECTION FOR FALL & WINTER 2021-2022
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DIOR PRESENTS THE NEW COLLECTION FOR FALL & WINTER 2021-2022

Fashion Week For the autumn-winter 2021-2022 ready-to-wear collection, Maria Grazia Chiuri explores the world of fairy tales. A network of symbols, these fantasy worlds are in no way a means of escape; they serve to question and challenge, above and beyond stereotypes. Like an invitation to self-affirmation, the tin soldier’s uniform is transformed into a series of blue cashmere coats enhanced with red and white accents. Black takes pride of place on a range of looks, from skirts to the Bar jacket punctuated with Dior’s iconic cannage motif or fitted with a hood, which might have been worn by Angela Carter’s Little Red Riding Hood*. Reinvented, feminine magic, and a subtle path towards a new awareness.     #DiorAW21 For the autumn-winter 2021-2022 ready-to-wear collection, Maria Grazia Chiuri explores the world of fairy tales. A network of symbols, these fantasy worlds are in no way a means of escape; they serve to question and challenge, above and beyond stereotypes. Like an invitation to self-affirmation, the tin soldier’s uniform is transformed into a series of blue cashmere coats enhanced with red and white accents. Black takes pride of place on a range of looks, from skirts to the Bar jacket punctuated with Dior’s iconic cannage motif or fitted with a hood, which might have been worn by Angela Carter’s Little Red Riding Hood*. Reinvented, feminine magic, and a subtle path towards a new awareness.     #DiorAW21

In conversation with Pim Dresen
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In conversation with Pim Dresen

Accessories We had a delight speaking with Pim Dresen founder of Mercer Amsterdam is a high-end sneaker label.     Tell our readers who you are in your own words.   You can describe me as a passionate sneaker designer, a creative entrepreneur and collector of unique objects.  Tennis has been in my live ever since I took my first steps, I can say that the sport made me who I am, persistent, open minded and respectful.  I always had a passion for the American sports heritage, which you can tell, observing my designs.      What is your first memory of shoes and fashion?   By the age of ten I bought my first pair of sneakers at Mercer Street, NYC, those white orange kicks got me more than excited, I can say they were my first love. It was the moment I realized a shoe can be more than an object, for me special sneakers can be a form of art.       Among all the designs so far, which one embodies your personality the most?   I don’t care for doing safe business, I like to go for extraordinary ideas, like the shoe I designed for NASA spacecraft. The creation was born out of my Iconic W3rd design. This sneaker was firstly perceived as quite a disruptive shoe. It was one of the first bulky shoes on the market, and this design took some time to land. It was way before the trend of bulky sneakers hit in and it was just me who felt for the design. When sales of this particular W3rd design went sky high it gave me the confident to fully pursue my own vision. And then when even Nasa wanted to work with me, it literally felt like the sky was my limit.        What gives you confidence in life?    To see the brand growing over the years in an unexpected way. Some of the craziest ideas became the most loved ones.         Who is the one voice that has inspired you the most in your personal life and your career?   After years of entrepreneurships the book Shoe dog, by Phil Knight was launched. I had the feeling I was reading my own words: whatever you do, don’t quit…  Of course, doing business in fashion is not only blue skies and among the years also people passed by who shared their mis-believe. I think the words in my head telling me not to quit just gave me that little extra confidence and force to prove my vision was all I needed to create beautiful things.       What is the most daring thing you did recently and tell us something that is not on your resume?   I signed the contract for our first brand store, the moment Covid- 19 kicked in. I just felt for this place, the energy was right, nothing too fancy, just nice light due to the many windows at a unique corner spot at The Pijp in Amterdam. The feeling this was the perfect spot to inspire and be inspired took over and just once more I decided not to go for the safe sight.       What are your upcoming projects  and new collections for this year?   We just released a sneaker made from vegan wine leather, made out of Italian deadstock grapes.  This vegan material behaves exactly like conventional leather and we were honored to be the first ones to create a sneaker out of it.” Unique vegan materials are an important part of our DNA and we like to make a statement turning them into effortlessly cool designs. We will continue our ‘ It’s not all socks and sandals campaign’, to show our sneakers can be unique and cool and vegan by making a statement with our locally sourced sheep woolen sneaker.      Furthermore, to support the development of a more sustainable fashion industry as a whole, Mercer just started a new project: At our new and first brand store at de Ferdinand Bolstraat 54, de Pijp, Amsterdam, people can bring their old sneakers, not just Mercer but any kind, after which they will receive a discount for their next purchase. An 8,7 percent which symbols the 87 million shoes which end up on the landfill each year. The recycle box can be found at a prominent position in the middle of the store.    The old sneakers will be fully recycled in a small town in the Netherlands, after which new textiles will be created that we also will use for our new designs.“     Why design? What inspired you to embark on a career in this industry?   I always had a passion for unique design in general. Cars, furniture, etc. My ongoing ideas about sneakers and apparel never matched any brand and this made me even  change my career as a banker to turn my creative thoughts into something beautiful.        With work you have traveled a lot. What are some of the favorite places you have seen and been to so far and why?   I love everything about NYC, the city which never sleeps, just like me.        What is your biggest outtake from last year?   Courage…      As the theme of our Spring & Summer season is ELEMENTS and it is about sustainability, nature. Tell us about your perspective on sustainability and environment.   From my personal motivation I changed the game a few years ago from designing a beautiful product to products with a story. This resulted into designing sneakers from the most exclusive plant-based and Vegan materials.  We had the honour to be the first brand ever to work with pineapple leather and as I said this month, we pioneered with our Iconic Mercer W3RD sneaker made from Wine leather.  Considering fashion is the most polluting industry in the world I think it is very important for us a small brand to make a statement and show that it is possible to make sneakers with alternative materials and source our materials locally instead of internationally. This is why we have been named brand leader of sustainability in the industry of fashion.      What makes MERCER unique and what is the purpose of creating the shoes?   At Mercer we want to change the perception of the consumer regarding sustainable and vegan products.    First we make something cool and special, and then our hidden gem, is the unique sustainable story which lays behind. In this way we can convince people to buy environmentally friendly sneakers who were not even specifically looking for this in the first place.     Mercer started out of a sneaker filled bedroom of a young guy, who was highly excited every time he sold a pair through his web shop. “In the beginning I was so thrilled every time someone would order something, and I would always personally ship the package. That excitement is still present within me and the brand. I never want to make any compromises in creating a high-quality sneaker that is the result of genuine sustainable products and an honest story.”    We had a delight speaking with Pim Dresen founder of Mercer Amsterdam is a high-end sneaker label.     Tell our readers who you are in your own words.   You can describe me as a passionate sneaker designer, a creative entrepreneur and collector of unique objects.  Tennis has been in my live ever since I took my first steps, I can say that the sport made me who I am, persistent, open minded and respectful.  I always had a passion for the American sports heritage, which you can tell, observing my designs.      What is your first memory of shoes and fashion?   By the age of ten I bought my first pair of sneakers at Mercer Street, NYC, those white orange kicks got me more than excited, I can say they were my first love. It was the moment I realized a shoe can be more than an object, for me special sneakers can be a form of art.       Among all the designs so far, which one embodies your personality the most?   I don’t care for doing safe business, I like to go for extraordinary ideas, like the shoe I designed for NASA spacecraft. The creation was born out of my Iconic W3rd design. This sneaker was firstly perceived as quite a disruptive shoe. It was one of the first bulky shoes on the market, and this design took some time to land. It was way before the trend of bulky sneakers hit in and it was just me who felt for the design. When sales of this particular W3rd design went sky high it gave me the confident to fully pursue my own vision. And then when even Nasa wanted to work with me, it literally felt like the sky was my limit.        What gives you confidence in life?    To see the brand growing over the years in an unexpected way. Some of the craziest ideas became the most loved ones.         Who is the one voice that has inspired you the most in your personal life and your career?   After years of entrepreneurships the book Shoe dog, by Phil Knight was launched. I had the feeling I was reading my own words: whatever you do, don’t quit…  Of course, doing business in fashion is not only blue skies and among the years also people passed by who shared their mis-believe. I think the words in my head telling me not to quit just gave me that little extra confidence and force to prove my vision was all I needed to create beautiful things.       What is the most daring thing you did recently and tell us something that is not on your resume?   I signed the contract for our first brand store, the moment Covid- 19 kicked in. I just felt for this place, the energy was right, nothing too fancy, just nice light due to the many windows at a unique corner spot at The Pijp in Amterdam. The feeling this was the perfect spot to inspire and be inspired took over and just once more I decided not to go for the safe sight.       What are your upcoming projects  and new collections for this year?   We just released a sneaker made from vegan wine leather, made out of Italian deadstock grapes.  This vegan material behaves exactly like conventional leather and we were honored to be the first ones to create a sneaker out of it.” Unique vegan materials are an important part of our DNA and we like to make a statement turning them into effortlessly cool designs. We will continue our ‘ It’s not all socks and sandals campaign’, to show our sneakers can be unique and cool and vegan by making a statement with our locally sourced sheep woolen sneaker.      Furthermore, to support the development of a more sustainable fashion industry as a whole, Mercer just started a new project: At our new and first brand store at de Ferdinand Bolstraat 54, de Pijp, Amsterdam, people can bring their old sneakers, not just Mercer but any kind, after which they will receive a discount for their next purchase. An 8,7 percent which symbols the 87 million shoes which end up on the landfill each year. The recycle box can be found at a prominent position in the middle of the store.    The old sneakers will be fully recycled in a small town in the Netherlands, after which new textiles will be created that we also will use for our new designs.“     Why design? What inspired you to embark on a career in this industry?   I always had a passion for unique design in general. Cars, furniture, etc. My ongoing ideas about sneakers and apparel never matched any brand and this made me even  change my career as a banker to turn my creative thoughts into something beautiful.        With work you have traveled a lot. What are some of the favorite places you have seen and been to so far and why?   I love everything about NYC, the city which never sleeps, just like me.        What is your biggest outtake from last year?   Courage…      As the theme of our Spring & Summer season is ELEMENTS and it is about sustainability, nature. Tell us about your perspective on sustainability and environment.   From my personal motivation I changed the game a few years ago from designing a beautiful product to products with a story. This resulted into designing sneakers from the most exclusive plant-based and Vegan materials.  We had the honour to be the first brand ever to work with pineapple leather and as I said this month, we pioneered with our Iconic Mercer W3RD sneaker made from Wine leather.  Considering fashion is the most polluting industry in the world I think it is very important for us a small brand to make a statement and show that it is possible to make sneakers with alternative materials and source our materials locally instead of internationally. This is why we have been named brand leader of sustainability in the industry of fashion.      What makes MERCER unique and what is the purpose of creating the shoes?   At Mercer we want to change the perception of the consumer regarding sustainable and vegan products.    First we make something cool and special, and then our hidden gem, is the unique sustainable story which lays behind. In this way we can convince people to buy environmentally friendly sneakers who were not even specifically looking for this in the first place.     Mercer started out of a sneaker filled bedroom of a young guy, who was highly excited every time he sold a pair through his web shop. “In the beginning I was so thrilled every time someone would order something, and I would always personally ship the package. That excitement is still present within me and the brand. I never want to make any compromises in creating a high-quality sneaker that is the result of genuine sustainable products and an honest story.”   

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