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WILD ROSE COLLECTION, ODE TO THE BOTANICAL ROSE
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WILD ROSE COLLECTION, ODE TO THE BOTANICAL ROSE

Jewelry The Wild Rose high jewellery collection designed by artistic director Charlotte Lynggaard depicts the uncontrived luxury of nature.     Meticulously created by hand by master goldsmith, the satinised gold petals delicately render the silky texture and natural curves of a simple wild English rose. This perfect flower crafted from 18K gold, appears to have been picked directly from a delicate garden and is an understated piece of splendour.     The brooch is a celebration of modern statement jewellery, featuring a slender, diamond-paved stem adorned with 90 diamonds and delicate, hand-satinised gold petals.      The earrings convert into a true statement piece with a diamond or coloured precious stone pendant.     A breath-taking trophy piece for a very special occasion is the Wild Rose Tiara. The design features a ravishing palette of hues and textures. Blooming sprouts in light yellow amber, coral, grey and blush moonstone beautifully bring out the sparkle and fire of 136 diamonds set in pavé sprouts and pellets. An irresistible enhancer of female beauty on an unforgettable day.     www.olelynggaard.com The Wild Rose high jewellery collection designed by artistic director Charlotte Lynggaard depicts the uncontrived luxury of nature.     Meticulously created by hand by master goldsmith, the satinised gold petals delicately render the silky texture and natural curves of a simple wild English rose. This perfect flower crafted from 18K gold, appears to have been picked directly from a delicate garden and is an understated piece of splendour.     The brooch is a celebration of modern statement jewellery, featuring a slender, diamond-paved stem adorned with 90 diamonds and delicate, hand-satinised gold petals.      The earrings convert into a true statement piece with a diamond or coloured precious stone pendant.     A breath-taking trophy piece for a very special occasion is the Wild Rose Tiara. The design features a ravishing palette of hues and textures. Blooming sprouts in light yellow amber, coral, grey and blush moonstone beautifully bring out the sparkle and fire of 136 diamonds set in pavé sprouts and pellets. An irresistible enhancer of female beauty on an unforgettable day.     www.olelynggaard.com

Berluti & Brian Rochefort collaborate
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Berluti & Brian Rochefort collaborate

Men Connectivity becomes an art form in the face of separation. For the beginning of 2021, Berluti adapts to the challenges of our moment in time in a long-distance collaboration with the ceramic artist Brian Rochefort for its first creative collaboration on ready-to-wear. Recognising the values of a new era, creative Director Kris Van Assche embraces a desire for communication and concord in a collection of clothing created in partnership with the American sculptor. True to its conception – adigital effort between the designer’s home in Paris and Brian Rochefort’s studio inLos Angeles – the behind-the-scenes of the collaboration was previewed in a video between the two collaborators, screened online as part of Digital Paris Fashion Week on 9 July 2020. The film can be accessed on YouTube.com/Berluti.     The garments and accessories – to be fully unveiled and launched in stores in January 2021 – expand on the new codes established for Berluti under Kris Van Assche. A passionate ceramics collector, the creative Director’s vision is continually informed by the textures and colours related to ceramic art.This, in turn, draws natural parallels to the patina methods practised by Berluti’s own artisans in Italy. In Brian Rochefort oeuvre – an experimental and progressive force in the ceramic arena –Kris Van Assche identified a common thread with the sartorial dialogue between tradition and change embodied by Berluti. Inspired by volcanoes and exotic plants, the artist’s exuberant signature blendsintuitively with the augmented natural texture and colour language exercised at the house.     Berluti approaches the concept of collaborations from a supplementary and illuminating perspective. When, in 2019, Kris Van Assche partnered with the furniture house Pierre Jeanneret, the collaboration illustrated aspects of craft and colour shared by the two parties. For the evolving clientele of Berluti, the approach manifests in curiosity by association: a new proposal within an aesthetic to which the client already relates. In his collaboration with Brian Rochefort, Kris Van Assche builds on the character of Berluti in a gesture of connectivity and communication key to the time in which we find ourselves.     “Right now, collaboration feels like a meaningful way to create something new. As something of aceramics nerd, I have admired Brian Rochefort’s expression for a long time, and am fortunate enough to own one of his works. I couldn’t be more excited to interpret his vision through the lens of Berluti,”comments Kris Van Assche. Creative Director of Berluti. Connectivity becomes an art form in the face of separation. For the beginning of 2021, Berluti adapts to the challenges of our moment in time in a long-distance collaboration with the ceramic artist Brian Rochefort for its first creative collaboration on ready-to-wear. Recognising the values of a new era, creative Director Kris Van Assche embraces a desire for communication and concord in a collection of clothing created in partnership with the American sculptor. True to its conception – adigital effort between the designer’s home in Paris and Brian Rochefort’s studio inLos Angeles – the behind-the-scenes of the collaboration was previewed in a video between the two collaborators, screened online as part of Digital Paris Fashion Week on 9 July 2020. The film can be accessed on YouTube.com/Berluti.     The garments and accessories – to be fully unveiled and launched in stores in January 2021 – expand on the new codes established for Berluti under Kris Van Assche. A passionate ceramics collector, the creative Director’s vision is continually informed by the textures and colours related to ceramic art.This, in turn, draws natural parallels to the patina methods practised by Berluti’s own artisans in Italy. In Brian Rochefort oeuvre – an experimental and progressive force in the ceramic arena –Kris Van Assche identified a common thread with the sartorial dialogue between tradition and change embodied by Berluti. Inspired by volcanoes and exotic plants, the artist’s exuberant signature blendsintuitively with the augmented natural texture and colour language exercised at the house.     Berluti approaches the concept of collaborations from a supplementary and illuminating perspective. When, in 2019, Kris Van Assche partnered with the furniture house Pierre Jeanneret, the collaboration illustrated aspects of craft and colour shared by the two parties. For the evolving clientele of Berluti, the approach manifests in curiosity by association: a new proposal within an aesthetic to which the client already relates. In his collaboration with Brian Rochefort, Kris Van Assche builds on the character of Berluti in a gesture of connectivity and communication key to the time in which we find ourselves.     “Right now, collaboration feels like a meaningful way to create something new. As something of aceramics nerd, I have admired Brian Rochefort’s expression for a long time, and am fortunate enough to own one of his works. I couldn’t be more excited to interpret his vision through the lens of Berluti,”comments Kris Van Assche. Creative Director of Berluti.

FENTY releases 6-20 as third drop
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FENTY releases 6-20 as third drop

Fashion The peak of FENTY’s summer trip, Drop 3 brings the shapes, prints and emotion of the release together in an after-party.     Celebrating the free spirit and curious nature of youth, the psychedelic print hinted at in the previous two drops is in full flow now as a full-bleed digital print on a stretch jersey T-shirt, leggings, and long-sleeved dress with the release’s signature side-slit. Drop 1’s tie-dye pinstripe poplin shirt and pencil skirt are also reborn in the acid flower print, along with the draped white silk shirt and bascule hoodie.     There’s a late 90s/ early 00s undertone to certain silhouettes, evoking nostalgia for the youth culture of that era: a backless top in two colorways, a white bustier top that drops to the floor, and a one-strap asymmetric dress, all in chiffon. Playing to the casual styling common to every youth aesthetic, each piece can be dressed down with jeans or cropped shorts.     Drop 3 is where we introduce our new fashion jewelry offering, in keeping with the theme of casual, multifunctional styling. Psyche flower charms made from resin and strass in red, green, pink, silver and gold adorn various lengths of a brass ball chain necklace with palladium finish. Transforming to suit every mood and outfit, the chain works as a long necklace, belly chain, doubled up necklace, tripled up anklet or bracelet. A single flower earring comes with its own super dangly chain.     That completes our 6-20 release, embodying the free, fun spirit and limitless possibilities of youth. Available now on FENTY.com   The peak of FENTY’s summer trip, Drop 3 brings the shapes, prints and emotion of the release together in an after-party.     Celebrating the free spirit and curious nature of youth, the psychedelic print hinted at in the previous two drops is in full flow now as a full-bleed digital print on a stretch jersey T-shirt, leggings, and long-sleeved dress with the release’s signature side-slit. Drop 1’s tie-dye pinstripe poplin shirt and pencil skirt are also reborn in the acid flower print, along with the draped white silk shirt and bascule hoodie.     There’s a late 90s/ early 00s undertone to certain silhouettes, evoking nostalgia for the youth culture of that era: a backless top in two colorways, a white bustier top that drops to the floor, and a one-strap asymmetric dress, all in chiffon. Playing to the casual styling common to every youth aesthetic, each piece can be dressed down with jeans or cropped shorts.     Drop 3 is where we introduce our new fashion jewelry offering, in keeping with the theme of casual, multifunctional styling. Psyche flower charms made from resin and strass in red, green, pink, silver and gold adorn various lengths of a brass ball chain necklace with palladium finish. Transforming to suit every mood and outfit, the chain works as a long necklace, belly chain, doubled up necklace, tripled up anklet or bracelet. A single flower earring comes with its own super dangly chain.     That completes our 6-20 release, embodying the free, fun spirit and limitless possibilities of youth. Available now on FENTY.com  

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AGANOVICH COUTURE  2020/2021
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AGANOVICH COUTURE 2020/2021

Fashion Week "In the Autumn of 2019 Erik Madigan Heck appeared at our studio in Paris ‘ready to play’. He just wanted an uninterrupted  day on his own in our studio. A fan of stop-motion animation there was loose objective to make a film with the material.  The film never happened and very soon the world had turned upside down. When the FHCM announced we would be going digital for our our first post-Covid outing we naturally thought of our longtime  friend and collaborator and the unfinished work.  After 3 months of intense emotions and self-questioning Le Grand Cirque is both an ode to his heroes and a nod to our inspirations  while giving us a much needed kick back into the medium we love.''   "In the Autumn of 2019 Erik Madigan Heck appeared at our studio in Paris ‘ready to play’. He just wanted an uninterrupted  day on his own in our studio. A fan of stop-motion animation there was loose objective to make a film with the material.  The film never happened and very soon the world had turned upside down. When the FHCM announced we would be going digital for our our first post-Covid outing we naturally thought of our longtime  friend and collaborator and the unfinished work.  After 3 months of intense emotions and self-questioning Le Grand Cirque is both an ode to his heroes and a nod to our inspirations  while giving us a much needed kick back into the medium we love.''  

Fall-Winter 2020/21 Haute Couture collection Photographed and captured by Mikael Jansson
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Fall-Winter 2020/21 Haute Couture collection Photographed and captured by Mikael Jansson

Fashion Week “I was thinking about a punk princess coming out of ‘Le Palace’ at dawn,” reveals Virginie Viard. “With a taffeta dress, big hair, feathers and lots of jewellery. This collection is more inspired by Karl Lagerfeld than Gabrielle Chanel. Karl would go to ‘Le Palace’, he would accompany these very sophisticated and very dressed up women, who were very eccentric too.”   While the Spring-Summer 2020 Haute Couture collection was clearly influenced by the simplicity and rigour of the abbey at Aubazine, where Gabrielle Chanel had been placed as a child, the thirty looks of the Fall-Winter 2020/21 Haute Couture collection are marked by a desire for shimmering opulence and jewelry. Some are even accompanied with jewels from the CHANEL High Jewelry collections.   “I like working like this, going in the opposite direction of what I did last time. I wanted complexity, sophistication.”   All of CHANEL’s embroidery partners, including the Métiers d’art Lesage and Montex, as well as Lemarié and Goossens have contributed to the precious tweeds embellished with sequins, strass, stones and beads. A diamond-like braiding adorns the ink black trouser suits. Short dresses with cinched waists and corolla skirts rustle alongside long dresses with a very Grand Siècle allure and the noble authority of heroines escaping from 19th century tableaux.   “It’s true that I thought about paintings, but it was more German paintings,” says Virginie Viard. “I really had Karl’s world in mind…”   Black and anthracite grey tonalities are illuminated with flashes of pink. Painted laces enrich bolero jackets along with tweeds made of silver streaked ribbon; a jacket with an entirely smocked waist is worn over tapered boot-trousers in black suede, the ultimate sign of an ultra-rock romanticism. “For me, Haute Couture is romantic by its very essence. There is so much love in each one of these silhouettes.”   See more on chanel.com   #CHANELHauteCouture “I was thinking about a punk princess coming out of ‘Le Palace’ at dawn,” reveals Virginie Viard. “With a taffeta dress, big hair, feathers and lots of jewellery. This collection is more inspired by Karl Lagerfeld than Gabrielle Chanel. Karl would go to ‘Le Palace’, he would accompany these very sophisticated and very dressed up women, who were very eccentric too.”   While the Spring-Summer 2020 Haute Couture collection was clearly influenced by the simplicity and rigour of the abbey at Aubazine, where Gabrielle Chanel had been placed as a child, the thirty looks of the Fall-Winter 2020/21 Haute Couture collection are marked by a desire for shimmering opulence and jewelry. Some are even accompanied with jewels from the CHANEL High Jewelry collections.   “I like working like this, going in the opposite direction of what I did last time. I wanted complexity, sophistication.”   All of CHANEL’s embroidery partners, including the Métiers d’art Lesage and Montex, as well as Lemarié and Goossens have contributed to the precious tweeds embellished with sequins, strass, stones and beads. A diamond-like braiding adorns the ink black trouser suits. Short dresses with cinched waists and corolla skirts rustle alongside long dresses with a very Grand Siècle allure and the noble authority of heroines escaping from 19th century tableaux.   “It’s true that I thought about paintings, but it was more German paintings,” says Virginie Viard. “I really had Karl’s world in mind…”   Black and anthracite grey tonalities are illuminated with flashes of pink. Painted laces enrich bolero jackets along with tweeds made of silver streaked ribbon; a jacket with an entirely smocked waist is worn over tapered boot-trousers in black suede, the ultimate sign of an ultra-rock romanticism. “For me, Haute Couture is romantic by its very essence. There is so much love in each one of these silhouettes.”   See more on chanel.com   #CHANELHauteCouture

RALPH & RUSSO PRESENT FIRST COUTURE COLLECTION IN DIGITAL FORMAT FOR AUTUMN-WINTER 2020/2021
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RALPH & RUSSO PRESENT FIRST COUTURE COLLECTION IN DIGITAL FORMAT FOR AUTUMN-WINTER 2020/2021

Fashion Week With the global coronavirus pandemic presenting unprecedented changes to the industry and the safety of all brand supporters at heart, Ralph & Russo, in partnership with the Fédération de la Haute Couture et de la Mode, bring their Autumn-Winter 2020/2021 couture collection to the global stage in the form of a unique digital experience. Illustrating the journey behind this season, the experience showcases the way in which this collection was brought to life, through a number of digitised looks on our custom brand avatar, several pieces made in our atelier, and the balance of the offering created in sketch form.     Reflecting on the far-reaching beauty of our natural world and the digitally charged future, Creative Director Tamara Ralph presents a collection infused with wonder. Encouraging all to take refuge during this difficult time in the world of fantasy, to look beyond and to dream, this season all are invited to partake in a special experience as we unveil our Autumn-Winter 2020/2021 couture collection through the lens of technology.     Abundant with vibrant tones of yellow-gold and sky blue, hues of lavender and fuchsia pink, the collection harkens to the natural palette of our planet, citing seven of the globe’s most unique and awe-inspiring locations, and enhancing silhouettes with intricate floral details. From three-dimensional organza blooms to swathes of floral taffeta and tweed - each distorted, blurred like water colours, and digitally printed – the collection defies singularity, bridging the gap between technology and the elements.     Uniquely presented against the seven contemporary wonders of the world, this season is brought to life by an equally international individual; our very own avatar and muse, Hauli. Named in traditional Swahili after strength and power, Hauli is at once rooted in African origins and a reflection of womankind; of the beautiful and inspiring women bringing courage and positive change to all four corners of the world.     In combining two seemingly opposed dimensions, Tamara Ralph not only presents the brand’s first ever digital show experience, but continues to represent art and the world in its purest form; as truly knowing no bounds. With the global coronavirus pandemic presenting unprecedented changes to the industry and the safety of all brand supporters at heart, Ralph & Russo, in partnership with the Fédération de la Haute Couture et de la Mode, bring their Autumn-Winter 2020/2021 couture collection to the global stage in the form of a unique digital experience. Illustrating the journey behind this season, the experience showcases the way in which this collection was brought to life, through a number of digitised looks on our custom brand avatar, several pieces made in our atelier, and the balance of the offering created in sketch form.     Reflecting on the far-reaching beauty of our natural world and the digitally charged future, Creative Director Tamara Ralph presents a collection infused with wonder. Encouraging all to take refuge during this difficult time in the world of fantasy, to look beyond and to dream, this season all are invited to partake in a special experience as we unveil our Autumn-Winter 2020/2021 couture collection through the lens of technology.     Abundant with vibrant tones of yellow-gold and sky blue, hues of lavender and fuchsia pink, the collection harkens to the natural palette of our planet, citing seven of the globe’s most unique and awe-inspiring locations, and enhancing silhouettes with intricate floral details. From three-dimensional organza blooms to swathes of floral taffeta and tweed - each distorted, blurred like water colours, and digitally printed – the collection defies singularity, bridging the gap between technology and the elements.     Uniquely presented against the seven contemporary wonders of the world, this season is brought to life by an equally international individual; our very own avatar and muse, Hauli. Named in traditional Swahili after strength and power, Hauli is at once rooted in African origins and a reflection of womankind; of the beautiful and inspiring women bringing courage and positive change to all four corners of the world.     In combining two seemingly opposed dimensions, Tamara Ralph not only presents the brand’s first ever digital show experience, but continues to represent art and the world in its purest form; as truly knowing no bounds.

Moose Knuckles launches second round of 'Moose Knuckles gives a F*ck' global fundraising initiative
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Moose Knuckles launches second round of 'Moose Knuckles gives a F*ck' global fundraising initiative

Fashion International luxury outerwear brand Moose Knuckles is working with visual artists from around the world to create and sell one-of-a-kind jackets as part of a global initiative to raise funds for those suffering during the pandemic. The project is the latest in a series of global fundraising initiatives by Moose Knuckles to support the ongoing pandemic, including donating profits from online sales and creating masks for hospital workers.     With each artist using a white Moose Knuckles Lead Rider jacket as their canvas, the finished one-of-a-kind wearable artworks from round one’s NYC artists, has completely sold out. Next up are Paris and Milan.    The finished one-of-a-kind wearable artworks from the participating Paris Artists are now available to purchase through the MKGAF landing page on mooseknucklescanada.com and will retail for EU600 each, while the Milan Artists’ works will be available to purchase starting from July 7th.     The program will generate funds for the following local hospitals that have also been supported through net profit donations from the brand’s ecommerce sales during the pandemic: Mount Sinai Hospital, New York Le Centre Hospitalier de l’Université de Montréal (CHUM), Montreal Jewish General Hospital Foundation, Montreal Les Hôpitaux de Paris (Paris’ Hospitals Corporation) San Raffaele Hospital, Milan Artists are currently being chosen in California and Canada to participate in the Moose Knuckles Gives a F**ck campaign and will be announced in the coming weeks.     #MKGAF   The YARD Agency - known for its ingenuity in connecting with the urban generation through its work across music, sports, and fashion–has helped the brand to identify 10 artists from different areas of Paris and will include creators such as Seas5, Kader Diaby, and Taqwa Bintali.     Acapulco - an international communication and brand strategy agency for luxury, fashion, lifestyle, art, culture and design industry leaders based in Milan - has selected 11 of the best local artists such as Giorgia Andreazza, RiffBlast, and Yuri Sata x Solomostry.     Just like New York City, they customized the Lead Rider Jacket, a top-of-the-line raincoat perfect for maneuvering through rainy spring weather, with the only creative guideline being that they embody “positivity in the face of the pandemic.” International luxury outerwear brand Moose Knuckles is working with visual artists from around the world to create and sell one-of-a-kind jackets as part of a global initiative to raise funds for those suffering during the pandemic. The project is the latest in a series of global fundraising initiatives by Moose Knuckles to support the ongoing pandemic, including donating profits from online sales and creating masks for hospital workers.     With each artist using a white Moose Knuckles Lead Rider jacket as their canvas, the finished one-of-a-kind wearable artworks from round one’s NYC artists, has completely sold out. Next up are Paris and Milan.    The finished one-of-a-kind wearable artworks from the participating Paris Artists are now available to purchase through the MKGAF landing page on mooseknucklescanada.com and will retail for EU600 each, while the Milan Artists’ works will be available to purchase starting from July 7th.     The program will generate funds for the following local hospitals that have also been supported through net profit donations from the brand’s ecommerce sales during the pandemic: Mount Sinai Hospital, New York Le Centre Hospitalier de l’Université de Montréal (CHUM), Montreal Jewish General Hospital Foundation, Montreal Les Hôpitaux de Paris (Paris’ Hospitals Corporation) San Raffaele Hospital, Milan Artists are currently being chosen in California and Canada to participate in the Moose Knuckles Gives a F**ck campaign and will be announced in the coming weeks.     #MKGAF   The YARD Agency - known for its ingenuity in connecting with the urban generation through its work across music, sports, and fashion–has helped the brand to identify 10 artists from different areas of Paris and will include creators such as Seas5, Kader Diaby, and Taqwa Bintali.     Acapulco - an international communication and brand strategy agency for luxury, fashion, lifestyle, art, culture and design industry leaders based in Milan - has selected 11 of the best local artists such as Giorgia Andreazza, RiffBlast, and Yuri Sata x Solomostry.     Just like New York City, they customized the Lead Rider Jacket, a top-of-the-line raincoat perfect for maneuvering through rainy spring weather, with the only creative guideline being that they embody “positivity in the face of the pandemic.”

Transmotion by Iris Van Herpen
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Transmotion by Iris Van Herpen

Fashion Week Iris van Herpen presents the short film entitled 'Transmotion' in collaboration with Carice van Houten, as part of the digital Paris Haute Couture week on July 6 , 2020.   For many, the year 2020 will go down in history books to mark a poignant chapter in their lives. Amidst tension and turmoil, silence has been brewing; clearing the ground for a seed to be planted, an opportunity to incite new growth. In the right conditions, positive change can emerge to welcome first breath.     Iris van Herpen unveils the 'Transmotion' dress in the eponymous short film, featuring mesmeric muse and on-screen maven Carice van Houten. Like most, the past few months have seen Iris van Herpen operating closer to home. Paying homage to the brand's Dutch roots, the homegrown actress serves as both inspiration and collaborator, starring in the film that references the illusionary style of Dutch graphic artist Maurits Cornelis Escher. The term transmotion not only depicts the process of change from one state, form, style or place to another, it is also the visionary perceptions of the seasons and the visual scenes of motion in art and literature. In parallel to Iris van Herpen's drive to visualise the invisible, her quest to question reality and urge to explore the realms of impossibility, the project aims to narrate the process that ushers change, to materialise an unconscious state of meditation.     The 'Transmotion' dress radiates in a diaphanous bloom of white silk organza, translucent layers pleated within the confines of an undulating form, tracing the fluid outline of the creation. Contrasted against the frailty of sheer petals, black branches of duchess satin were laser-cut, hand-stitched and form the central roots of the garment. Threads of inspiration for the graphic yet organic extensions derive from the intricate art of Ruth Asawa. This geometric lattice recalls humankind's inclination to tame nature. Beneath the surface, the branching also reveals the synonymity of mycorrhizal networks (the Wood Wide Web) and the symbiotic nature within human communities. Like fronds frozen in time, crystalline filaments sprout from the heart of the dress. Portraying delicate new life, black seed-like crystals punctuate the tip of each stamen-like strand.     The concept of the creation stems from the notion of growth and regeneration. The seemingly simple seed is the embodiment of life and the potential that comes with it. A seed embedded upside down in dirt still sees the seedling growing the right way up. The dress follows symmetry in both its axis and without context, indiscernible which way is up or down. Motion and fluidity involved in the formation of tessellations highlight the capacity to shift between negatives and positives. Amidst an era when polarising ideologies are heightened, the work reflects upon the nature of perception.     Optics is the study of sight and the behaviour of light, or the properties of transmission, deflection and radiation. Optics is also defined as the way an event or course of action is perceived by the public. Refracted light illuminates the film, igniting a movement for growth. Resembling iridescent flames, pulsating lights and dappled shadows caress Carice van Houten. The facets of perception oscillate between blur and clarity.     Intertwining craftsmanship and innovation, the project is rooted in dichotomy and duality. In line with Iris van Herpen's continuous pursuit to traverse the organic and the synthetic, the film explores the relationship between structure and fluidity. Within nature and societal terms, exist a paradox in how chaos can forge harmony, how destruction can enable regeneration. The process of metamorphosis at its peak is muddled and turbulent. This pertinence extends to the interdependency of the exterior and the interior. In recent times, individuals and communities alike have taken the form of digits on weights and measures. The connection between vigour of physicality and soundness of mind have become especially apparent; mirrored in highlighting how minute actions of individuals are integral to sustain the fabric of society. With bated breath, scales tip between fragility and resilience.     A breath can fan the winds of change, spurring the dispersal of seeds. The film sheds light on the polarisation within our society and the need to sow a catalyst for change. 'Transmotion' follows the process of a germinating first seed, that through nurture, may break ground and bloom into a better world. Iris van Herpen presents the short film entitled 'Transmotion' in collaboration with Carice van Houten, as part of the digital Paris Haute Couture week on July 6 , 2020.   For many, the year 2020 will go down in history books to mark a poignant chapter in their lives. Amidst tension and turmoil, silence has been brewing; clearing the ground for a seed to be planted, an opportunity to incite new growth. In the right conditions, positive change can emerge to welcome first breath.     Iris van Herpen unveils the 'Transmotion' dress in the eponymous short film, featuring mesmeric muse and on-screen maven Carice van Houten. Like most, the past few months have seen Iris van Herpen operating closer to home. Paying homage to the brand's Dutch roots, the homegrown actress serves as both inspiration and collaborator, starring in the film that references the illusionary style of Dutch graphic artist Maurits Cornelis Escher. The term transmotion not only depicts the process of change from one state, form, style or place to another, it is also the visionary perceptions of the seasons and the visual scenes of motion in art and literature. In parallel to Iris van Herpen's drive to visualise the invisible, her quest to question reality and urge to explore the realms of impossibility, the project aims to narrate the process that ushers change, to materialise an unconscious state of meditation.     The 'Transmotion' dress radiates in a diaphanous bloom of white silk organza, translucent layers pleated within the confines of an undulating form, tracing the fluid outline of the creation. Contrasted against the frailty of sheer petals, black branches of duchess satin were laser-cut, hand-stitched and form the central roots of the garment. Threads of inspiration for the graphic yet organic extensions derive from the intricate art of Ruth Asawa. This geometric lattice recalls humankind's inclination to tame nature. Beneath the surface, the branching also reveals the synonymity of mycorrhizal networks (the Wood Wide Web) and the symbiotic nature within human communities. Like fronds frozen in time, crystalline filaments sprout from the heart of the dress. Portraying delicate new life, black seed-like crystals punctuate the tip of each stamen-like strand.     The concept of the creation stems from the notion of growth and regeneration. The seemingly simple seed is the embodiment of life and the potential that comes with it. A seed embedded upside down in dirt still sees the seedling growing the right way up. The dress follows symmetry in both its axis and without context, indiscernible which way is up or down. Motion and fluidity involved in the formation of tessellations highlight the capacity to shift between negatives and positives. Amidst an era when polarising ideologies are heightened, the work reflects upon the nature of perception.     Optics is the study of sight and the behaviour of light, or the properties of transmission, deflection and radiation. Optics is also defined as the way an event or course of action is perceived by the public. Refracted light illuminates the film, igniting a movement for growth. Resembling iridescent flames, pulsating lights and dappled shadows caress Carice van Houten. The facets of perception oscillate between blur and clarity.     Intertwining craftsmanship and innovation, the project is rooted in dichotomy and duality. In line with Iris van Herpen's continuous pursuit to traverse the organic and the synthetic, the film explores the relationship between structure and fluidity. Within nature and societal terms, exist a paradox in how chaos can forge harmony, how destruction can enable regeneration. The process of metamorphosis at its peak is muddled and turbulent. This pertinence extends to the interdependency of the exterior and the interior. In recent times, individuals and communities alike have taken the form of digits on weights and measures. The connection between vigour of physicality and soundness of mind have become especially apparent; mirrored in highlighting how minute actions of individuals are integral to sustain the fabric of society. With bated breath, scales tip between fragility and resilience.     A breath can fan the winds of change, spurring the dispersal of seeds. The film sheds light on the polarisation within our society and the need to sow a catalyst for change. 'Transmotion' follows the process of a germinating first seed, that through nurture, may break ground and bloom into a better world.

DIOR PRESENTS ITS AUTUMN-WINTER 2020-2021  HAUTE COUTURE COLLECTION
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DIOR PRESENTS ITS AUTUMN-WINTER 2020-2021 HAUTE COUTURE COLLECTION

Fashion Week The autumn-winter 2020-2021 haute couture collection by Maria Grazia Chiuri was exclusively revealed online, at the heart of a magical film entitled Le Mythe Dior, directed especially for the House by Matteo Garrone, the emblematic Italian filmmaker who recently signed Pinocchio.     The Atelier’s virtuoso miniature creations come to life as if by magic, traveling through a dreamlike, fantasy universe. Embodying a veritable alchemy of the Dior dream, mythology and the silver screen, this moment of enchantment pays homage to the Théâtre de la mode, a unique event initiated in 1945 to promote French couture around the world, and Paris, more than ever, as the unrivaled capital of haute couture. Luxury being above all about the beauty of gesture, imbued with emotion and joie de vivre, it was essential and symbolic for the Creative Director of Dior women’s collections to in turn perpetuate and reinvent, during these unprecedented times, a spirit of freedom and renewal in the name of the creative energy passed down by Monsieur Dior.      It represents a major feat for Dior’s petites mains, who gamely rose to the challenge of executing miniature tailoring, involving an infinitely rigorous and passionate dialogue with a range of precious savoir-faire skills. The spellbinding collection highlights the noble character of the artisanal poetry that sculpted, shaped, embroidered and sublimated these exceptional creations. In creating these thirty-seven captivating silhouettes, Maria Grazia Chiuri wished to celebrate the work and the journeys of five indomitable, magnificently inspiring figures of the Surrealist movement: Lee Miller, Dora Maar, Dorothea Tanning, Leonora Carrington and Jacqueline Lamba. Each one a visionary, these audacious personalities transcended their role as “muse” by affirming their vocations as artists of dazzling talent. The autumn-winter 2020-2021 haute couture collection by Maria Grazia Chiuri was exclusively revealed online, at the heart of a magical film entitled Le Mythe Dior, directed especially for the House by Matteo Garrone, the emblematic Italian filmmaker who recently signed Pinocchio.     The Atelier’s virtuoso miniature creations come to life as if by magic, traveling through a dreamlike, fantasy universe. Embodying a veritable alchemy of the Dior dream, mythology and the silver screen, this moment of enchantment pays homage to the Théâtre de la mode, a unique event initiated in 1945 to promote French couture around the world, and Paris, more than ever, as the unrivaled capital of haute couture. Luxury being above all about the beauty of gesture, imbued with emotion and joie de vivre, it was essential and symbolic for the Creative Director of Dior women’s collections to in turn perpetuate and reinvent, during these unprecedented times, a spirit of freedom and renewal in the name of the creative energy passed down by Monsieur Dior.      It represents a major feat for Dior’s petites mains, who gamely rose to the challenge of executing miniature tailoring, involving an infinitely rigorous and passionate dialogue with a range of precious savoir-faire skills. The spellbinding collection highlights the noble character of the artisanal poetry that sculpted, shaped, embroidered and sublimated these exceptional creations. In creating these thirty-seven captivating silhouettes, Maria Grazia Chiuri wished to celebrate the work and the journeys of five indomitable, magnificently inspiring figures of the Surrealist movement: Lee Miller, Dora Maar, Dorothea Tanning, Leonora Carrington and Jacqueline Lamba. Each one a visionary, these audacious personalities transcended their role as “muse” by affirming their vocations as artists of dazzling talent.

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Hermès men's Spring & Summer 2021 collection

Men Discover the Men's Spring-Summer 2021 collection created by Véronique Nichanian.      A performance designed with the artistic collaboration of Cyril Teste.     more on Hermes.com Discover the Men's Spring-Summer 2021 collection created by Véronique Nichanian.      A performance designed with the artistic collaboration of Cyril Teste.     more on Hermes.com

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Ninamounah 006

Fashion Collection 006 : The Nest. A look at our most intimate surroundings.     For SS21 we looked inwards. Melting together deadstock materials and recalibrated signature silhouettes. Born from a moment of stillness and reassessment, our new collection comes from a feeling of hope for a bright, new future.   Photo @michael_smits Art direction @ferdisibbel Hair @latoyavelberg Make up @janfuite Talent @veronikaqbaron @metropolitanmodelsgroup Collection 006 : The Nest. A look at our most intimate surroundings.     For SS21 we looked inwards. Melting together deadstock materials and recalibrated signature silhouettes. Born from a moment of stillness and reassessment, our new collection comes from a feeling of hope for a bright, new future.   Photo @michael_smits Art direction @ferdisibbel Hair @latoyavelberg Make up @janfuite Talent @veronikaqbaron @metropolitanmodelsgroup

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The new Balenciaga Neo Classic bag

Accessories In celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Balenciaga Classic bag, the Neo Classic revitalizes an iconic design with an updated look, new dimensions, and arefurbished interior. Available again in sizes City Nano to City L, the Neo Classic’sreviewed proportions, exposed edges, and bonded nappa lamb lining appeal to a contemporary sensibility.     In the early aughts, the Classic was made especially popular by tabloid stars and super models, solidifying its place in It Bag history. Officially introduced on the Winter 20 runway, the Neo Classic is at once recognizable as the original Classic and part of the current Balenciaga lexicon.     Made of leathers in a range of finishes including crocodile-embossed andspazzolato calf, the Neo Classic bags’ tasseled zip closures, and sharpened edges exhibit both the enduring shape of a modern classic and the unique codes of the House helmed by artistic director Demna Gvasalia.     The Balenciaga Neo Classic colorways each include complementary hues of galvanized metal hardware and painted edges. The bag line is completed with a full range of small leather goods, from card holders to pouches with shoulder straps.     The Balenciaga Neo Classic line will be available in selected stores starting on July 20th, 2020. In celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Balenciaga Classic bag, the Neo Classic revitalizes an iconic design with an updated look, new dimensions, and arefurbished interior. Available again in sizes City Nano to City L, the Neo Classic’sreviewed proportions, exposed edges, and bonded nappa lamb lining appeal to a contemporary sensibility.     In the early aughts, the Classic was made especially popular by tabloid stars and super models, solidifying its place in It Bag history. Officially introduced on the Winter 20 runway, the Neo Classic is at once recognizable as the original Classic and part of the current Balenciaga lexicon.     Made of leathers in a range of finishes including crocodile-embossed andspazzolato calf, the Neo Classic bags’ tasseled zip closures, and sharpened edges exhibit both the enduring shape of a modern classic and the unique codes of the House helmed by artistic director Demna Gvasalia.     The Balenciaga Neo Classic colorways each include complementary hues of galvanized metal hardware and painted edges. The bag line is completed with a full range of small leather goods, from card holders to pouches with shoulder straps.     The Balenciaga Neo Classic line will be available in selected stores starting on July 20th, 2020.

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