@
BVLGARI SERPENTI THROUGH THE EYES OF MARY KATRANTZOU
1268

BVLGARI SERPENTI THROUGH THE EYES OF MARY KATRANTZOU

Jewelry Fashion designer Mary Katrantzou gives her own take to Bvlgari’s icon of spellbinding metamorphosis for an exclusive capsule collection.     The unstoppable transformative power of Bvlgari’s Serpenti and the unlimited imagination of London-based Greek fashion designer Mary Katrantzou collide in a new chapter of the famed “Serpenti Through the Eyes of” saga.     As the latest designer enlisted by the Roman Jeweller to freely reinterpret its icon Serpenti Forever, Mary Katrantzou, recognized as the “queen of prints” for her exuberant and maximalist creations, infuses her poetic and jubilant style into the mesmerizing sign, rebirthing the serpent with newfound vitality and optimism.     Crafting joy through Haute Couture craftsmanship, vibrant nuances and playful jewellery-inspired touches, the fashion designer introduces three new styles – the Serpenti Metamorphosis bag, the Serpenti Metamorphosis Handle bag and the Serpenti Metamorphosis minaudière - completed by a selection of textiles.     Connecting the snake’s transformative nature with the fascinating metamorphosis of butterflies, Mary Katrantzou brings to life an optimistic message of rebirth, evolution and change. Taking the Serpenti Top Handle shape in Nappa as her canvas, the Greek designer realizes a true Haute Couture masterwork with a spectacular three-dimensional embroidery, visually depicting the transformation of a coiled serpent into a riot of flying butterflies. At the core of this whimsical design, triumphs fiercely the snakehead closure revamped by Mary Katrantzou.     A calibre of craft, each Serpenti Metamorphosis bag takes more than 40 hours of work of a skilled artisan and comes in White Agate, Crystal Rose and Emerald Green for the smaller size, and Black in the larger size, all in very limited quantities.     Drawing on Bvlgari’s audacious jewellery DNA, the Serpenti Metamorphosis Handle bag blends an ultra-soft, incredibly smooth quilted Nappa body with an unprecedent metal top handle, reimagining with dare and distinction an iconic Serpenti heritage design. Epitomizing the concept of metamorphosis down to the last detail, the versatile bag can morph into a vibrant cross-body, by removing the handle and attaching an exquisite golden chain strap. A perfect marriage of jewellery-inspiration and leather goods artistry, the statement piece also flaunts Mary Katrantzou’s very own interpretation of the snakehead closure, topped by pear-shaped gemstone eyes and shining on a range of gem-inspired nuances, from Ivory Opal and Crystal Rose to Aegean Topaz and Carmine Jasper, through Black.     A jewel in its own right, the Serpenti Metamorphosis minaudière focuses on the hypnotic beauty of the iconic snake head, exalting the sensuality of its hexagonal scales and transfixing drop-shaped eyes. Inspired by the iconic Bulgari Serpenti watch, its a Bulgari first to be translated into a minaudière. This object of desire comes in two different styles: a small size in scintillating light gold or gold with long or short double chain strap, to be worn cross body or on the wrist, and a vibrant medium size for hand carry wearability, available with black and white, multicolour or crystal rose enamelled scales.     All bags of the capsule collection are completed with an internal metal tag featuring the“Mary Katrantzou x Bvlgari” signature.     Reiterating the wonders of nature’s metamorphosis, the Mary Katrantzou shows her mastery with show stopping patterns and colour combinations in a selection of textiles, playing on the collision between the butterfly and the snake motif, and ranging from light cashmere and silk foulards to ultra-versatile silk shelleys.   The collection is unveiled through the Campaign lensed by French fashion photographer Hugo Comte and modelled by Russian philanthropist and beauty icon Natalia Vodianova, wearing Haute Couture jumpsuits specially created by Mary Katrantzou for the occasion.   The capsule collection will be available in selected Bvlgari boutiques worldwide and on Bulgari.com from April 15. Online pre-orders will start from March 21st.     THE OMNIA CAPSULE EDITION BY MARY KATRANTZOU   The exciting dialogue between Bvlgari’s and Mary Katrantzou’s bold creative visions also embraces the world of perfumery. Reimagining the Bvlgari Omnia universe as an optimistic and colourful dreamworld, the Greek designer collaborates with Master Perfumer Alberto Morillas on the creation of a new exclusive fragrance and brings joy to the entire Omnia Collection with a dedicated packaging animation. A collaboration exuding with the joyful spirit and vibrant allure of Omnia, the unbridled exuberance of the Roman Maison and Mary Katrantzou’s uplifting and daring creative approach. Fashion designer Mary Katrantzou gives her own take to Bvlgari’s icon of spellbinding metamorphosis for an exclusive capsule collection.     The unstoppable transformative power of Bvlgari’s Serpenti and the unlimited imagination of London-based Greek fashion designer Mary Katrantzou collide in a new chapter of the famed “Serpenti Through the Eyes of” saga.     As the latest designer enlisted by the Roman Jeweller to freely reinterpret its icon Serpenti Forever, Mary Katrantzou, recognized as the “queen of prints” for her exuberant and maximalist creations, infuses her poetic and jubilant style into the mesmerizing sign, rebirthing the serpent with newfound vitality and optimism.     Crafting joy through Haute Couture craftsmanship, vibrant nuances and playful jewellery-inspired touches, the fashion designer introduces three new styles – the Serpenti Metamorphosis bag, the Serpenti Metamorphosis Handle bag and the Serpenti Metamorphosis minaudière - completed by a selection of textiles.     Connecting the snake’s transformative nature with the fascinating metamorphosis of butterflies, Mary Katrantzou brings to life an optimistic message of rebirth, evolution and change. Taking the Serpenti Top Handle shape in Nappa as her canvas, the Greek designer realizes a true Haute Couture masterwork with a spectacular three-dimensional embroidery, visually depicting the transformation of a coiled serpent into a riot of flying butterflies. At the core of this whimsical design, triumphs fiercely the snakehead closure revamped by Mary Katrantzou.     A calibre of craft, each Serpenti Metamorphosis bag takes more than 40 hours of work of a skilled artisan and comes in White Agate, Crystal Rose and Emerald Green for the smaller size, and Black in the larger size, all in very limited quantities.     Drawing on Bvlgari’s audacious jewellery DNA, the Serpenti Metamorphosis Handle bag blends an ultra-soft, incredibly smooth quilted Nappa body with an unprecedent metal top handle, reimagining with dare and distinction an iconic Serpenti heritage design. Epitomizing the concept of metamorphosis down to the last detail, the versatile bag can morph into a vibrant cross-body, by removing the handle and attaching an exquisite golden chain strap. A perfect marriage of jewellery-inspiration and leather goods artistry, the statement piece also flaunts Mary Katrantzou’s very own interpretation of the snakehead closure, topped by pear-shaped gemstone eyes and shining on a range of gem-inspired nuances, from Ivory Opal and Crystal Rose to Aegean Topaz and Carmine Jasper, through Black.     A jewel in its own right, the Serpenti Metamorphosis minaudière focuses on the hypnotic beauty of the iconic snake head, exalting the sensuality of its hexagonal scales and transfixing drop-shaped eyes. Inspired by the iconic Bulgari Serpenti watch, its a Bulgari first to be translated into a minaudière. This object of desire comes in two different styles: a small size in scintillating light gold or gold with long or short double chain strap, to be worn cross body or on the wrist, and a vibrant medium size for hand carry wearability, available with black and white, multicolour or crystal rose enamelled scales.     All bags of the capsule collection are completed with an internal metal tag featuring the“Mary Katrantzou x Bvlgari” signature.     Reiterating the wonders of nature’s metamorphosis, the Mary Katrantzou shows her mastery with show stopping patterns and colour combinations in a selection of textiles, playing on the collision between the butterfly and the snake motif, and ranging from light cashmere and silk foulards to ultra-versatile silk shelleys.   The collection is unveiled through the Campaign lensed by French fashion photographer Hugo Comte and modelled by Russian philanthropist and beauty icon Natalia Vodianova, wearing Haute Couture jumpsuits specially created by Mary Katrantzou for the occasion.   The capsule collection will be available in selected Bvlgari boutiques worldwide and on Bulgari.com from April 15. Online pre-orders will start from March 21st.     THE OMNIA CAPSULE EDITION BY MARY KATRANTZOU   The exciting dialogue between Bvlgari’s and Mary Katrantzou’s bold creative visions also embraces the world of perfumery. Reimagining the Bvlgari Omnia universe as an optimistic and colourful dreamworld, the Greek designer collaborates with Master Perfumer Alberto Morillas on the creation of a new exclusive fragrance and brings joy to the entire Omnia Collection with a dedicated packaging animation. A collaboration exuding with the joyful spirit and vibrant allure of Omnia, the unbridled exuberance of the Roman Maison and Mary Katrantzou’s uplifting and daring creative approach.

 Louis Vuitton presents Zanellato/Bortotto Lanterns
1266

Louis Vuitton presents Zanellato/Bortotto Lanterns

Accessories “A journey East, a summer dinner with friends, a walk on the beach. We imagined this project as a collection of memories woven into a lantern. An intimate and personal object to keep with you to gently illuminate precious moments.“Zanellato/Bortotto.     Lanterns, Zanellato/Bortotto’s latest Objet Nomade, continues the design duo’s experiments with leather weaving that originally began with their Mandala Screen. Each Lantern, complete with its blown glass light dome, diffuses the geometric yet poetic pattern inspired by beehives, creating a warm, romantic touch when light.     Enclosed within the Lantern’s honeycomb-patterned cage of interwoven strips of Louis Vuitton leather, a rechargeable LED light and frosted glass bulb cast delicate shadow patterns, softly illuminating all spaces. The portable light also features details inspired by Louis Vuitton handbags, including the carrying strap and the three brass “feet” that protect the base’s leather covering from scratches. Inspired by long summer nights spent dancing under garland lights, the Lanterns, in delicate tones of pistachio and red berries, make for desirable and joyful evening allies.     Veritable nomadic companions, the Lanterns are available in two sizes and are designed for use both inside and outside. “A journey East, a summer dinner with friends, a walk on the beach. We imagined this project as a collection of memories woven into a lantern. An intimate and personal object to keep with you to gently illuminate precious moments.“Zanellato/Bortotto.     Lanterns, Zanellato/Bortotto’s latest Objet Nomade, continues the design duo’s experiments with leather weaving that originally began with their Mandala Screen. Each Lantern, complete with its blown glass light dome, diffuses the geometric yet poetic pattern inspired by beehives, creating a warm, romantic touch when light.     Enclosed within the Lantern’s honeycomb-patterned cage of interwoven strips of Louis Vuitton leather, a rechargeable LED light and frosted glass bulb cast delicate shadow patterns, softly illuminating all spaces. The portable light also features details inspired by Louis Vuitton handbags, including the carrying strap and the three brass “feet” that protect the base’s leather covering from scratches. Inspired by long summer nights spent dancing under garland lights, the Lanterns, in delicate tones of pistachio and red berries, make for desirable and joyful evening allies.     Veritable nomadic companions, the Lanterns are available in two sizes and are designed for use both inside and outside.

Parajumpers presents the new collection for Spring & Summer
1268

Parajumpers presents the new collection for Spring & Summer

Fashion The new Parajumpers Spring - Summer 2021 collection features both new families and the iconic ones that have made it famous. This year's collection focuses on the new EVO category, which stands for Evolution. These new models take all the key elements of classic pieces and make them innovative and modern through special treatments, new and innovative fabrics and modern silhouettes.     The EVO men's collection includes two incredible families: PARARESCUE and RELOADED. The first one is made of a durable nylon canvas with polyurethane coating and garment dyeing. The series is inspired by the vintage uniforms of North American rescue squad and is presented in vibrant colors, such as the iconic Carrot.     The Reloaded series takes the classic designs from the Masterpiece collection and gives them a twist, new and different. The micro ottoman nylon undergoes a double dye bath process, one pigment-based and the other is an over-dye in the nylon. This makes the colors more intense and highlights the structure of the jacket. The new Parajumpers Spring - Summer 2021 collection features both new families and the iconic ones that have made it famous. This year's collection focuses on the new EVO category, which stands for Evolution. These new models take all the key elements of classic pieces and make them innovative and modern through special treatments, new and innovative fabrics and modern silhouettes.     The EVO men's collection includes two incredible families: PARARESCUE and RELOADED. The first one is made of a durable nylon canvas with polyurethane coating and garment dyeing. The series is inspired by the vintage uniforms of North American rescue squad and is presented in vibrant colors, such as the iconic Carrot.     The Reloaded series takes the classic designs from the Masterpiece collection and gives them a twist, new and different. The micro ottoman nylon undergoes a double dye bath process, one pigment-based and the other is an over-dye in the nylon. This makes the colors more intense and highlights the structure of the jacket.

Advertising
Advertising
LOEWE LAUNCHES ELEPHANT BAG IN SHUKA FABRIC WITH ‘KNOT ON MY PLANET’
1263

LOEWE LAUNCHES ELEPHANT BAG IN SHUKA FABRIC WITH ‘KNOT ON MY PLANET’

Design In support of the Elephant Crisis Fund, LOEWE’s annual collaboration with Knot On My Planet presents the Elephant bag crafted in traditional Shuka fabricwith a tasselled strap hand-woven by women from Kenya’s Samburu Trust.     LOEWE’s collaboration with wildlife campaign Knot On My Planet is now in its third year, and brings the Elephant bag entirely crafted in Shuka; a vibrant checkered fabric traditionally used by the Kenyan Maasai tribes people to create shawls.     The LOEWE and Knot On My Planet Elephant bag features a tasselled strap hand-woven by an artisan collective of women from the Samburu Trust in Northern Kenya. Also crafted in the same vibrant colours found in the Shuka shawl, this textile speaks of the Samburu people’s affinity with the natural world that sustains their way of life: blue for the sky, red for the blood of their cattle and white for their cows’ milk. Limited to 300 editions, the Elephant bag launches on March 25, 2021 as an online exclusive, on loewe.com and MyTheresa.com.     Named after the age-old tradition of tying knots to remember—as elephants never forget —Knot On My Planet was founded by Trish Goff and David Bonnouvrier, focusing on a simple mission: to highlight the plight of the African Elephant. The continuing demand for and trade in ivory has encouraged the ongoing poaching of these majestic creatures in their natural habitats, dramatically shrinking their numbers. 100 per cent of the bags’ sales proceeds will be donated to the Elephant Crisis Fund—a joint initiative of Save the Elephants and the Wildlife Conservation Network, that funds the best ideas and most urgent actions by highly vetted conservation organization working for safeguard the future of elephants.     #LOEWEkomp #KnotOnMyPlanet #ElephantCrisisFund In support of the Elephant Crisis Fund, LOEWE’s annual collaboration with Knot On My Planet presents the Elephant bag crafted in traditional Shuka fabricwith a tasselled strap hand-woven by women from Kenya’s Samburu Trust.     LOEWE’s collaboration with wildlife campaign Knot On My Planet is now in its third year, and brings the Elephant bag entirely crafted in Shuka; a vibrant checkered fabric traditionally used by the Kenyan Maasai tribes people to create shawls.     The LOEWE and Knot On My Planet Elephant bag features a tasselled strap hand-woven by an artisan collective of women from the Samburu Trust in Northern Kenya. Also crafted in the same vibrant colours found in the Shuka shawl, this textile speaks of the Samburu people’s affinity with the natural world that sustains their way of life: blue for the sky, red for the blood of their cattle and white for their cows’ milk. Limited to 300 editions, the Elephant bag launches on March 25, 2021 as an online exclusive, on loewe.com and MyTheresa.com.     Named after the age-old tradition of tying knots to remember—as elephants never forget —Knot On My Planet was founded by Trish Goff and David Bonnouvrier, focusing on a simple mission: to highlight the plight of the African Elephant. The continuing demand for and trade in ivory has encouraged the ongoing poaching of these majestic creatures in their natural habitats, dramatically shrinking their numbers. 100 per cent of the bags’ sales proceeds will be donated to the Elephant Crisis Fund—a joint initiative of Save the Elephants and the Wildlife Conservation Network, that funds the best ideas and most urgent actions by highly vetted conservation organization working for safeguard the future of elephants.     #LOEWEkomp #KnotOnMyPlanet #ElephantCrisisFund

Givenchy presents the CUT-OUT bag
1264

Givenchy presents the CUT-OUT bag

Accessories Givenchy presents the Cut-Out, a forward-looking unisex handbag that distills the essence of Creative Director Matthew M. Williams’ vision for the House.     Distinctive for its sculptural, graphic lines, the Cut-Out nods to the Givenchy archives and ethos, notably the House’s V-shaped signature, here deftly deconstructed and counterbalanced by a squared base and a supple shoulder strap with striking silver embellishments. Like the latest reinterpretation of the Antigona, the Cut-Out is made of sophisticated, Box-finish leather. Various treatments span discreet matte or embossed textures evoking exotic scales with matte, metallic or vintage croc-effect finishes. Its modern allure is defined by the designer’s flair for innovative hardware signatures, as evidenced by the bold, cubic 4G chain, and the precedence of craft-driven flourishes, for example on a black leather version that is fully embellished with small silver eyelets that have been placed by hand.     The Cut-Out is available in Small with or without the sinuous 4G chain, and in an ample Large size that makes a distinctive, fashion-forward statement. Colors include classic beige, tan or black, as well as directional shades of baby pink, purple and red.     Prices: from 990€ to 1,390€ for the small style; 1,990€ for the large.     The Cut-Out will drop starting on February 26th, 2021, in Givenchy stores worldwide and on givenchy.com. Givenchy presents the Cut-Out, a forward-looking unisex handbag that distills the essence of Creative Director Matthew M. Williams’ vision for the House.     Distinctive for its sculptural, graphic lines, the Cut-Out nods to the Givenchy archives and ethos, notably the House’s V-shaped signature, here deftly deconstructed and counterbalanced by a squared base and a supple shoulder strap with striking silver embellishments. Like the latest reinterpretation of the Antigona, the Cut-Out is made of sophisticated, Box-finish leather. Various treatments span discreet matte or embossed textures evoking exotic scales with matte, metallic or vintage croc-effect finishes. Its modern allure is defined by the designer’s flair for innovative hardware signatures, as evidenced by the bold, cubic 4G chain, and the precedence of craft-driven flourishes, for example on a black leather version that is fully embellished with small silver eyelets that have been placed by hand.     The Cut-Out is available in Small with or without the sinuous 4G chain, and in an ample Large size that makes a distinctive, fashion-forward statement. Colors include classic beige, tan or black, as well as directional shades of baby pink, purple and red.     Prices: from 990€ to 1,390€ for the small style; 1,990€ for the large.     The Cut-Out will drop starting on February 26th, 2021, in Givenchy stores worldwide and on givenchy.com.

SAINT LAURENT PRESENTS SUMMER 2021 #YSL39 BY ANTHONY VACCARELLO
1262

SAINT LAURENT PRESENTS SUMMER 2021 #YSL39 BY ANTHONY VACCARELLO

Fashion Art Direction : Anthony Vaccarello Director : Juergen Teller Talents : Aylah Mae Peterson, Alma Corbic, Sihana Shalaj, Laiza de Moura, Mica Arganaraz, Liya Kebede, Mika Schneider, Assa Baradji, Alyda Grace Carder, Anja Rubik, Kiki Willems #YSL #SaintLaurent #YvesSaintLaurent @anthonyvaccarello Art Direction : Anthony Vaccarello Director : Juergen Teller Talents : Aylah Mae Peterson, Alma Corbic, Sihana Shalaj, Laiza de Moura, Mica Arganaraz, Liya Kebede, Mika Schneider, Assa Baradji, Alyda Grace Carder, Anja Rubik, Kiki Willems #YSL #SaintLaurent #YvesSaintLaurent @anthonyvaccarello

CELINE HOMME presents the collaboration with  Tyson Reeder
1261

CELINE HOMME presents the collaboration with Tyson Reeder

Men CELINE HOMME  is  pleased to announce the launch of their new line of products in collaboration with the Chicago-based painter Tyson Reeder.   His work “Autobahn” has been printed on several pieces from the CELINE Homme Summer 2021 collection The Dancing Kid – A Teen Romance - shorts, sneakers, hoodie, jackets, tee-shirt, bucket hat & tennis shoes - available from March 26th on our e-commerce and selected stores.     TYSON  REEDER  (B.  1974)  IS  AN  AMERICAN  ARTIST  WHOSE  PAINTINGS  SHOW  THE  SWEET  STRANGENESS  IN  THE  EVERYDAY.  BASED  IN  CHICAGO, HE PAINTS VIVID PASTEL SCENES THAT REVEAL THERE IS ALWAYS MORE TO SEE. IN AUTOBAHN, THE CURVING ROAD THAT’S BUSY  WITH  CHOPPER  BIKES  IS  A  SMALL  DETAIL,  COMPARED  TO  THE  GLORY  OF  THE  WILD  TREES  THAT  FILL  THE  CANVAS.  IN  SUNSET  VAN, A RAINY STREET IS BROUGHT TO LIFE BY THE UNREAL SUNSET DEPICTED ON THE SIDE OF A VEHICLE. REEDER IS ALSO A CURATOR, AND HE SEES ALL HIS WORK AS GATHERING TOGETHER SOURCES OR SOUNDS TO SAY SOMETHING NEW. “I LOVE USING PAINTING AS A KIND OF AMPLIFIER OR DISTORTION PEDAL,” HE SAYS, “WHERE A HANDFUL OF DEAD-END SUBJECTS – TREES, CARS, BUILDINGS – ARE ALLOWED TO SING A NEW SONG OF WILFULLY ARBITRARY COLOR AND PATTERN.” CELINE HOMME  is  pleased to announce the launch of their new line of products in collaboration with the Chicago-based painter Tyson Reeder.   His work “Autobahn” has been printed on several pieces from the CELINE Homme Summer 2021 collection The Dancing Kid – A Teen Romance - shorts, sneakers, hoodie, jackets, tee-shirt, bucket hat & tennis shoes - available from March 26th on our e-commerce and selected stores.     TYSON  REEDER  (B.  1974)  IS  AN  AMERICAN  ARTIST  WHOSE  PAINTINGS  SHOW  THE  SWEET  STRANGENESS  IN  THE  EVERYDAY.  BASED  IN  CHICAGO, HE PAINTS VIVID PASTEL SCENES THAT REVEAL THERE IS ALWAYS MORE TO SEE. IN AUTOBAHN, THE CURVING ROAD THAT’S BUSY  WITH  CHOPPER  BIKES  IS  A  SMALL  DETAIL,  COMPARED  TO  THE  GLORY  OF  THE  WILD  TREES  THAT  FILL  THE  CANVAS.  IN  SUNSET  VAN, A RAINY STREET IS BROUGHT TO LIFE BY THE UNREAL SUNSET DEPICTED ON THE SIDE OF A VEHICLE. REEDER IS ALSO A CURATOR, AND HE SEES ALL HIS WORK AS GATHERING TOGETHER SOURCES OR SOUNDS TO SAY SOMETHING NEW. “I LOVE USING PAINTING AS A KIND OF AMPLIFIER OR DISTORTION PEDAL,” HE SAYS, “WHERE A HANDFUL OF DEAD-END SUBJECTS – TREES, CARS, BUILDINGS – ARE ALLOWED TO SING A NEW SONG OF WILFULLY ARBITRARY COLOR AND PATTERN.”

ABODI PRESENTS THE NEW COLLECTION FOR AW21/22
1260

ABODI PRESENTS THE NEW COLLECTION FOR AW21/22

Fashion The latest AW21/22 collection is a new chapter and beginning for ABODI. An adventure to develop a more sophisticated aesthetics. The brand opened at 2013 and went through a major change. The company and the head of design Dora Abodi decided to start a collaboration with Szilveszter Mako who Co-Ed from this season.     ABODI created a timeless collection for the season driven by the reevaluation of the most imporatant values and heritage of the brand. The ’between 4 walls’ state of mind is embodied in the leading patterns, the checks, reminiscent of the different rooms and internal spaces of living in different lock-down situations.     The black is symbolising the endless nights spent with surrealistic dreams or awake, the brown and camel refers to the nature and a kind of lure for simple and clean things. Lavander and off-white shades are adding a futuristic and modern twist, yet the royal purple is a reference to the ABODI’s Transylvanian heritage and the values of nobility, power, creativity, grandeur and independece.     Carefully selected high quality fabrics, like wools, custom knit, soft vegan leather,moiré taft, printed silk twill, vegan fur are treated with newly developed layering techniques, patchwork combinations and pleating and to develop into tailored looks balanced with feminine details and contemporary approach.     The silhouettes are featuring power shoulder overcoats, voluminous shouldereddresses, oversize jackets, dresses with signature ’Cloud’ details. A new line ofhandbags with ABODI Twin Unisus myth's symbol made in Italy, coordinated - clogs inspired - sandals coming from the Swedish Calou and tip toe stillettos handcrafted in Budapest, beautiful enamel and golden layered buttons and pins handcrafted in Italy.     Wearable expression of female power is an essence of the collection, dressing up for self-gratification and self-empowerment, kind of time travelling in full armor of self confidence.     www.abodi.it @abodi_official_ The latest AW21/22 collection is a new chapter and beginning for ABODI. An adventure to develop a more sophisticated aesthetics. The brand opened at 2013 and went through a major change. The company and the head of design Dora Abodi decided to start a collaboration with Szilveszter Mako who Co-Ed from this season.     ABODI created a timeless collection for the season driven by the reevaluation of the most imporatant values and heritage of the brand. The ’between 4 walls’ state of mind is embodied in the leading patterns, the checks, reminiscent of the different rooms and internal spaces of living in different lock-down situations.     The black is symbolising the endless nights spent with surrealistic dreams or awake, the brown and camel refers to the nature and a kind of lure for simple and clean things. Lavander and off-white shades are adding a futuristic and modern twist, yet the royal purple is a reference to the ABODI’s Transylvanian heritage and the values of nobility, power, creativity, grandeur and independece.     Carefully selected high quality fabrics, like wools, custom knit, soft vegan leather,moiré taft, printed silk twill, vegan fur are treated with newly developed layering techniques, patchwork combinations and pleating and to develop into tailored looks balanced with feminine details and contemporary approach.     The silhouettes are featuring power shoulder overcoats, voluminous shouldereddresses, oversize jackets, dresses with signature ’Cloud’ details. A new line ofhandbags with ABODI Twin Unisus myth's symbol made in Italy, coordinated - clogs inspired - sandals coming from the Swedish Calou and tip toe stillettos handcrafted in Budapest, beautiful enamel and golden layered buttons and pins handcrafted in Italy.     Wearable expression of female power is an essence of the collection, dressing up for self-gratification and self-empowerment, kind of time travelling in full armor of self confidence.     www.abodi.it @abodi_official_

Fashion + Design Festival Arnhem 2021 (FDFA)re- examines the PURPOSE of  the current fashion system
1259

Fashion + Design Festival Arnhem 2021 (FDFA)re- examines the PURPOSE of the current fashion system

Exhibition Arnhem, March 24, a new year, and a new world due to the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic, a time when people are looking en masse for a new form of reflection and immaterial possession through meaning, or PURPOSE.     Fashion + Design Festival Arnhem this year, together with designers and artists, investigates in a hybrid festival format how the desire for meaning manifests itself in fashion and design. And how the fashion system is reinventing itself.     The festival is all about PURPOSE, but certainly also about REPURPOSE and a reset of the fashion system in a contemplative way. The festival zooms in on the way in which fashion and product design responds to the changing focus from material to immaterial happiness and meaning, based on the ten dimensions.     The ten dimensions refer to domains such as consumption, equality, ratio, emotion, empathy and are derived from the Tree of Life of the Kabbalistic teaching, with the aim of finding a perfect balance through a combination of these dimensions, allowing visitors to see that contemporary ideas about meaning, sustainability and the fashion system, are not black and white, but rather look for a new balance.     FDFA offers a high-quality hybrid festival from June 3 to July 3, 2021, where online and offline events alternate and complement each other. Every week a number of dimensions from the overarching theme 'PURPOSE' are highlighted. FDFA offers depth on the theme every week by means of videos and hybrid events. The programming takes place mainly on Thursdays and Fridays in June and is organized in collaboration with partners of the FDFA.   The digital program consists of an opening week with designer talks on the theme PURPOSE within the ten dimensions. Throughout the month, the FDFA presents digital programs, such as video interviews with the talents within the dimensions, how they create videos about the creative process and craft with local Arnhem designers and substantive visual installations. The FDFA lets experts talk about the hacks for a sustainable, upcycled wardrobe, and where clothing comes from.     The FDFA gives a seminar on PURPOSE & RE-PURPOSE and within the themes talks are hosted about sustainable projects such as The Linen Project and Fashion For Good about the future of circular design and new biobased materials. The Linen Project is investigating whether it is possible to start the local production of flax, linen and (linen) products in a sustainable manner in the Netherlands, so that the quality and origin of the products can be brought back to a local level. On the interactive parts, workshops are given in crafts such as screen printing and knitting. During the Fashion Month, the final exam students of ArtEZ University of Arts and Rijn IJssel Creative Industry will show their graduation collections.   The physical program of the FDFA will consist of local, small-scale events with the local partners, a tour along different dimensions through the city, which can be taken alone, and a shop exhibition ArtEZ Toile de Luxe will be photos of ArtEZ Fashion Design Bachelor students. exhibited at various locations in the city center and the Modekwartier. Together with the PURPOSE exhibition, these form a route through the city. The program is continuous in the month of June.   The FDFA fulfills a regional platform function in the field of fashion, which links regional professionals and organizations in fashion and design and communicates current fashion and design themes. The role of the designer in the interaction with the user is central to the festival. This happens to a large extent during June Fashion Month, when FDFA bundles various initiatives and presents them to the outside world together.     The last generations in the Netherlands have grown up in a consumer society in which fast fashion, rapid trend changes and mass consumption are the norm. Property and capital are equivalent to wealth in today's Western culture. Due to the internet and social media, beauty ideals are taking on more and more unnatural forms worldwide. Driven by algorithms, the pressure to live up to these ideals is mounting. The performance society dictates an unending quest for perfection, but the downside of the quest is an increase in burnouts. And the use of antidepressants and drugs is on the rise. At the same time, a counter-movement is emerging in which the interest in mindfulness and yoga expresses itself in a search for a deeper form of meaning. In short, this group wants to rethink today's performance society. And they are trying to change the consumption patterns that underlie it.   The University of Utah concluded that spiritual experiences cause the brain to produce dopamine and provide much the same pleasure as with sex, gambling and the use of stimulants. More than ever, we seem to be looking for meaning and happiness in our lives. Happiness that we apparently don't find in our current, busy performance society. Following this trend, the Fashion + Design Festival Arnhem this year focuses on the theme of meaning with its participating designers, artists, partners and the public on the basis of the ten dimensions.     Credits: Photography: Wendelien Daan © 2020 Styling: Mary-Lou Berkulin Models: Lisette Ros, Liv ten Thije, Robin Griffin Assistant Photo: Robin Griffin Arnhem, March 24, a new year, and a new world due to the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic, a time when people are looking en masse for a new form of reflection and immaterial possession through meaning, or PURPOSE.     Fashion + Design Festival Arnhem this year, together with designers and artists, investigates in a hybrid festival format how the desire for meaning manifests itself in fashion and design. And how the fashion system is reinventing itself.     The festival is all about PURPOSE, but certainly also about REPURPOSE and a reset of the fashion system in a contemplative way. The festival zooms in on the way in which fashion and product design responds to the changing focus from material to immaterial happiness and meaning, based on the ten dimensions.     The ten dimensions refer to domains such as consumption, equality, ratio, emotion, empathy and are derived from the Tree of Life of the Kabbalistic teaching, with the aim of finding a perfect balance through a combination of these dimensions, allowing visitors to see that contemporary ideas about meaning, sustainability and the fashion system, are not black and white, but rather look for a new balance.     FDFA offers a high-quality hybrid festival from June 3 to July 3, 2021, where online and offline events alternate and complement each other. Every week a number of dimensions from the overarching theme 'PURPOSE' are highlighted. FDFA offers depth on the theme every week by means of videos and hybrid events. The programming takes place mainly on Thursdays and Fridays in June and is organized in collaboration with partners of the FDFA.   The digital program consists of an opening week with designer talks on the theme PURPOSE within the ten dimensions. Throughout the month, the FDFA presents digital programs, such as video interviews with the talents within the dimensions, how they create videos about the creative process and craft with local Arnhem designers and substantive visual installations. The FDFA lets experts talk about the hacks for a sustainable, upcycled wardrobe, and where clothing comes from.     The FDFA gives a seminar on PURPOSE & RE-PURPOSE and within the themes talks are hosted about sustainable projects such as The Linen Project and Fashion For Good about the future of circular design and new biobased materials. The Linen Project is investigating whether it is possible to start the local production of flax, linen and (linen) products in a sustainable manner in the Netherlands, so that the quality and origin of the products can be brought back to a local level. On the interactive parts, workshops are given in crafts such as screen printing and knitting. During the Fashion Month, the final exam students of ArtEZ University of Arts and Rijn IJssel Creative Industry will show their graduation collections.   The physical program of the FDFA will consist of local, small-scale events with the local partners, a tour along different dimensions through the city, which can be taken alone, and a shop exhibition ArtEZ Toile de Luxe will be photos of ArtEZ Fashion Design Bachelor students. exhibited at various locations in the city center and the Modekwartier. Together with the PURPOSE exhibition, these form a route through the city. The program is continuous in the month of June.   The FDFA fulfills a regional platform function in the field of fashion, which links regional professionals and organizations in fashion and design and communicates current fashion and design themes. The role of the designer in the interaction with the user is central to the festival. This happens to a large extent during June Fashion Month, when FDFA bundles various initiatives and presents them to the outside world together.     The last generations in the Netherlands have grown up in a consumer society in which fast fashion, rapid trend changes and mass consumption are the norm. Property and capital are equivalent to wealth in today's Western culture. Due to the internet and social media, beauty ideals are taking on more and more unnatural forms worldwide. Driven by algorithms, the pressure to live up to these ideals is mounting. The performance society dictates an unending quest for perfection, but the downside of the quest is an increase in burnouts. And the use of antidepressants and drugs is on the rise. At the same time, a counter-movement is emerging in which the interest in mindfulness and yoga expresses itself in a search for a deeper form of meaning. In short, this group wants to rethink today's performance society. And they are trying to change the consumption patterns that underlie it.   The University of Utah concluded that spiritual experiences cause the brain to produce dopamine and provide much the same pleasure as with sex, gambling and the use of stimulants. More than ever, we seem to be looking for meaning and happiness in our lives. Happiness that we apparently don't find in our current, busy performance society. Following this trend, the Fashion + Design Festival Arnhem this year focuses on the theme of meaning with its participating designers, artists, partners and the public on the basis of the ten dimensions.     Credits: Photography: Wendelien Daan © 2020 Styling: Mary-Lou Berkulin Models: Lisette Ros, Liv ten Thije, Robin Griffin Assistant Photo: Robin Griffin

DIGITAL LAUNCH PARTY SETS THE TONE FOR BOSS X RUSSELL ATHLETIC
1255

DIGITAL LAUNCH PARTY SETS THE TONE FOR BOSS X RUSSELL ATHLETIC

Fashion Young, fresh and new. The launch of BOSS x Russell Athletic proves the combined energy of two iconic brands is impossible to contain. To the sounds of classic hip hop, a basketball-inspired film marks the release of the collaboration in playful, fun, and uplifting style.     Set in a locker room and on a basketball court, the film depicts a basketball squad who celebrate after being crowned the season’s champions. The team – including Ashley Graham, Bella Hadid, Precious Lee, Lucky Blue Smith, Keith Powers, and more – dances, poses and parties together as it showcases the new BOSS x Russell Athletic collection with nothing but good vibes.      Drawing on both brands’ archives, the collection of off-court classics includes many unisex styles, and features a retro-inspired BOSS x Russell Athletic logo.        Creative conception and production of the launch party was orchestrated by premier special events company villa eugénie at Gotham Hall in New York. The film is accompanied by a high-profile, 360-degree digital campaign that adds more global talent to the BOSS x Russell Athletic team, including social media superstars Maluma, Winnie Harlow, and Mina El Hammani.     #BOSSUpYourGame   The multi-channel #BOSSxRussellAthletic social media activation will include a TikTok challenge, #BOSSUpYourGame. Inspired by the teaser phase of the social campaign on Instagram, starring NBA star Dennis Schröder, it invites creators show off their skills using the signature BOSS Athletic pink basketball.      To the 90s sounds of I Wish by Skee-Lo, TikTok creators includingDesi, Levin Hotho, The Sharp Twins,Tega Alexander, and Kayliah Balou will turn the channel into their very own basketball court. The challenge will be kicked off by selected tastemakers in the UK, France, Germany and Russia between March 24 and April 1.     BOSS x Russell Athletic is now available online at boss.com and in stores worldwide.     From March 31, personalized BOSS x Russell Athletic sweatshirts will be available exclusively online. Customers can add up to four varsity-style letter patches to the back yoke to create an individual design. Young, fresh and new. The launch of BOSS x Russell Athletic proves the combined energy of two iconic brands is impossible to contain. To the sounds of classic hip hop, a basketball-inspired film marks the release of the collaboration in playful, fun, and uplifting style.     Set in a locker room and on a basketball court, the film depicts a basketball squad who celebrate after being crowned the season’s champions. The team – including Ashley Graham, Bella Hadid, Precious Lee, Lucky Blue Smith, Keith Powers, and more – dances, poses and parties together as it showcases the new BOSS x Russell Athletic collection with nothing but good vibes.      Drawing on both brands’ archives, the collection of off-court classics includes many unisex styles, and features a retro-inspired BOSS x Russell Athletic logo.        Creative conception and production of the launch party was orchestrated by premier special events company villa eugénie at Gotham Hall in New York. The film is accompanied by a high-profile, 360-degree digital campaign that adds more global talent to the BOSS x Russell Athletic team, including social media superstars Maluma, Winnie Harlow, and Mina El Hammani.     #BOSSUpYourGame   The multi-channel #BOSSxRussellAthletic social media activation will include a TikTok challenge, #BOSSUpYourGame. Inspired by the teaser phase of the social campaign on Instagram, starring NBA star Dennis Schröder, it invites creators show off their skills using the signature BOSS Athletic pink basketball.      To the 90s sounds of I Wish by Skee-Lo, TikTok creators includingDesi, Levin Hotho, The Sharp Twins,Tega Alexander, and Kayliah Balou will turn the channel into their very own basketball court. The challenge will be kicked off by selected tastemakers in the UK, France, Germany and Russia between March 24 and April 1.     BOSS x Russell Athletic is now available online at boss.com and in stores worldwide.     From March 31, personalized BOSS x Russell Athletic sweatshirts will be available exclusively online. Customers can add up to four varsity-style letter patches to the back yoke to create an individual design.

Celeb Favorite Urban Sophistication Launches their new collection
1253

Celeb Favorite Urban Sophistication Launches their new collection

Fashion Urban Sophistication, created by the Israeli-based siblings behind the celeb loved and community-based street wear label are heavily influenced by their fans and the idea of fifteen minutes of fame culture. Each product is a reflection of the age we live in, altogether creating a Portrait of US.    The brand tapped their fans to select and help design the collab as well as featured them in the campaign imagery.       I’M YOUR BIGGEST FAN I’LL FOLLOW YOU UNTIL I LOVE ME.   This time last year, as COVID-19 was starting to spread and the world went into lockdown, the brand started to run a private instagram account (@urbansophistication_core) where hardcore users could give their opinions and advice on future designs.      The collection is a result of the dialogue with their followers. What connects these products is not necessarily the topics they touch on but the way they were created.     COVID has challenged the balance between IRL and virtual existence, with the latter becoming the primary. This campaign explores the emotional adjustments to this new reality. It reflects the conflicts between the idea of the online space and the individual experience of it. The internet is limitless yet many feel trapped in the screen’s four walls; alone in a feed full of people. We worry about our privacy while live-streaming every moment of our lives.     Do we turn on the screens to connect with our family and friends or are we avoiding staying alone with ourselves? With this question in mind Urban Sophistication painted this Portrait of Us.      This is the largest apparel collection the brand has ever launched. The fits look amazing on both men and women with flattering fits that are comfy and have volume.    The focus is always on the storytelling and the ideas behind every piece, the selection of words, are what makes the pieces stand out.   On top of that, the pieces represent a journey of different aspects of fandom, that ends with loving and embracing yourself. The whole collection is imagined as a dialogue between you and your idol that ends with an inner conversation between you and yourself.      In that story line, the “opening” piece is the “Urban Sophistication I love you” knit. From there it continues to explore what that love means. That takes us to a series of ironic pieces that reflect both tangible classic ways to feel your idol like the eBay “celebrity chewed gum pieces;” and pieces that represent fame in a more abstract form as we know it today especially on social media, the facade, the people who look famous to us but we don’t know why they are famous - the people whose claim to fame is that they wear sunglasses at night as we call them in the black hoodie.     The focus shifts from the object of fame to the fan with the inside-out grey crew neck that says “insecurity” and “place logo here” printed above it - even the biggest logo can’t help hide your insecurity. and the “growing up” piece that calls to create by yourself rather than staying only a fan of the work of others. The brown hoodie is our wish for the USers - “make a wish and then make it happen.”      Over the weekend, DUA LIPA flashed her Urban Sophistication case and Hari Nef snapped a puffer case by the brand.The puffer case along with their tongue in cheek phone cases which include slogans like "SOCIAL MEDIA SERIOUSLY HARMS YOUR MENTAL HEALTH" have put this brand on the map.     We had a pleasure speaking with the designers Neta & Elad about the new collection.     What does fashion and visual expression mean to you?   A personal form of communication. A Conversation.     Tell our readers who you are in your own words.    We are Neta and Elad Yam, siblings and co-founders of Urban Sophistication. The brand exists as a storyboard of pop culture, archiving moments in time with physical manifestations. The pieces reflect the age we live in, altogether creating a portrait of Us aka Urban Sophistication.      Among all the designs you have made so far, which one embodies your personality the most?   Probably the puffer phone case – mostly because of the way it was made. We photoshopped a Balenciaga puffer on a phone. When we saw our followers' enthusiastic reaction, we found a way to bring it to life.     Who is the one voice that has inspired you the most in your personal life and your career?   Our parents. They raised us to be ourselves and have always pushed us to follow our passions and dreams. They are both independent hard workers who have built their own businesses and that definitely inspired us to start ours.     What are your upcoming projects this year and new collections?    We are excited to expand our ready to wear collection; our new Portrait of Us Collection is the biggest apparel drop yet. We’re also looking forward to being able to showcase the idea of US in new categories like jewelry; and have several exciting collaborations coming in the next couple months. Urban Sophistication, created by the Israeli-based siblings behind the celeb loved and community-based street wear label are heavily influenced by their fans and the idea of fifteen minutes of fame culture. Each product is a reflection of the age we live in, altogether creating a Portrait of US.    The brand tapped their fans to select and help design the collab as well as featured them in the campaign imagery.       I’M YOUR BIGGEST FAN I’LL FOLLOW YOU UNTIL I LOVE ME.   This time last year, as COVID-19 was starting to spread and the world went into lockdown, the brand started to run a private instagram account (@urbansophistication_core) where hardcore users could give their opinions and advice on future designs.      The collection is a result of the dialogue with their followers. What connects these products is not necessarily the topics they touch on but the way they were created.     COVID has challenged the balance between IRL and virtual existence, with the latter becoming the primary. This campaign explores the emotional adjustments to this new reality. It reflects the conflicts between the idea of the online space and the individual experience of it. The internet is limitless yet many feel trapped in the screen’s four walls; alone in a feed full of people. We worry about our privacy while live-streaming every moment of our lives.     Do we turn on the screens to connect with our family and friends or are we avoiding staying alone with ourselves? With this question in mind Urban Sophistication painted this Portrait of Us.      This is the largest apparel collection the brand has ever launched. The fits look amazing on both men and women with flattering fits that are comfy and have volume.    The focus is always on the storytelling and the ideas behind every piece, the selection of words, are what makes the pieces stand out.   On top of that, the pieces represent a journey of different aspects of fandom, that ends with loving and embracing yourself. The whole collection is imagined as a dialogue between you and your idol that ends with an inner conversation between you and yourself.      In that story line, the “opening” piece is the “Urban Sophistication I love you” knit. From there it continues to explore what that love means. That takes us to a series of ironic pieces that reflect both tangible classic ways to feel your idol like the eBay “celebrity chewed gum pieces;” and pieces that represent fame in a more abstract form as we know it today especially on social media, the facade, the people who look famous to us but we don’t know why they are famous - the people whose claim to fame is that they wear sunglasses at night as we call them in the black hoodie.     The focus shifts from the object of fame to the fan with the inside-out grey crew neck that says “insecurity” and “place logo here” printed above it - even the biggest logo can’t help hide your insecurity. and the “growing up” piece that calls to create by yourself rather than staying only a fan of the work of others. The brown hoodie is our wish for the USers - “make a wish and then make it happen.”      Over the weekend, DUA LIPA flashed her Urban Sophistication case and Hari Nef snapped a puffer case by the brand.The puffer case along with their tongue in cheek phone cases which include slogans like "SOCIAL MEDIA SERIOUSLY HARMS YOUR MENTAL HEALTH" have put this brand on the map.     We had a pleasure speaking with the designers Neta & Elad about the new collection.     What does fashion and visual expression mean to you?   A personal form of communication. A Conversation.     Tell our readers who you are in your own words.    We are Neta and Elad Yam, siblings and co-founders of Urban Sophistication. The brand exists as a storyboard of pop culture, archiving moments in time with physical manifestations. The pieces reflect the age we live in, altogether creating a portrait of Us aka Urban Sophistication.      Among all the designs you have made so far, which one embodies your personality the most?   Probably the puffer phone case – mostly because of the way it was made. We photoshopped a Balenciaga puffer on a phone. When we saw our followers' enthusiastic reaction, we found a way to bring it to life.     Who is the one voice that has inspired you the most in your personal life and your career?   Our parents. They raised us to be ourselves and have always pushed us to follow our passions and dreams. They are both independent hard workers who have built their own businesses and that definitely inspired us to start ours.     What are your upcoming projects this year and new collections?    We are excited to expand our ready to wear collection; our new Portrait of Us Collection is the biggest apparel drop yet. We’re also looking forward to being able to showcase the idea of US in new categories like jewelry; and have several exciting collaborations coming in the next couple months.

DIESEL X DIESEL
1252

DIESEL X DIESEL

Fashion When I arrived at Diesel, its founder Renzo Rosso was working on a unique, temporal take on fashion collaboration: past Diesel and present Diesel. He was studying how to fuse the label's heritage within the context, and outlook, of the year 2021. Then and now, together. I thought, what better a place to begin? I embraced this vision and I am proud to have worked alongside him in amplifying what you see here, today. In some ways, it symbolizes the passing of the proverbial baton; we are celebrating Diesel’s background as we steer into a new era, and I am excited about the direction in which we are heading.     Diesel is world famous for its irreverence, its boldness, and, simultaneously, its universality. Denim is its engine, and denim is a global fashion staple. Whether through subversion, irony or sometimes flat out audacity, there was always something more being said through a Diesel garment. There is commentary about the era, and there are reflections of the moment. Look closely, and you’ll find it everywhere.     With this in mind, Renzo wanted to create a layered capsule; one that brings back vintage Diesel pieces while updating them for 2021, a year in which the world looks profoundly different than it did in the 1980’s. He called it Diesel x Diesel, and I love this meta-referential title. It is a collection of revamped “classics,” brought into the brave new now. The line-up is a tight edit of 24 pieces, selected from a register of many thousands of garments.     To accompany this collection, I thought of a brand-new campaign. It is called “Fake Smiles” but the phrase has more to do with exaggeration than artifice. Channeling Diesel’s “For Successful Living” mantra, “Fake Smiles” is about our constant pursuit of happiness. The campaign’s images feature subjects in daily mundane scenarios, all masked with extra-joyful expressions, creating surreal imagery that evokes a sense of nostalgia and captures the spirit of the decades that inspired this collection.     Our intention is to steer Diesel into the 2020’s with a new focus; one that honors its iconicity and its unique history, yet one that is powered by today’s globalized and interconnected currents. It’s an extraordinary time to be a creative director and I look forward to sharing more with you as the year rolls on. - Glenn       MORE ABOUT THE COLLECTION:    Diesel x Diesel was born out of Renzo Rosso’s desire to reintroduce our timeless icons in the modern day. The capsule takes on a distinctly North American aesthetic, with a deep look back at all the memorable research trips that Renzo and his multicultural design team did back in the late ‘80s. Inspiration cues go back to college apparel, Route 66, and the essential Diesel identifier of workwear. A varsity jacket has been reimagined in extra-distressed leather, with a new Diesel typeface in patches across the shoulder blades. A mixed-material coat of shearling, cotton, leather and jacquard wool has been recreated; it was originally inspired by a late 1980’s research trip to the South of the U.S.  A treated leather vest from the tail end of the 1980’s has patches that recall an American road trip. For each piece, the underlying idea is the bridging of entities that are separated, whether governmentally (land borders) or temporally (the then-and-now). When I arrived at Diesel, its founder Renzo Rosso was working on a unique, temporal take on fashion collaboration: past Diesel and present Diesel. He was studying how to fuse the label's heritage within the context, and outlook, of the year 2021. Then and now, together. I thought, what better a place to begin? I embraced this vision and I am proud to have worked alongside him in amplifying what you see here, today. In some ways, it symbolizes the passing of the proverbial baton; we are celebrating Diesel’s background as we steer into a new era, and I am excited about the direction in which we are heading.     Diesel is world famous for its irreverence, its boldness, and, simultaneously, its universality. Denim is its engine, and denim is a global fashion staple. Whether through subversion, irony or sometimes flat out audacity, there was always something more being said through a Diesel garment. There is commentary about the era, and there are reflections of the moment. Look closely, and you’ll find it everywhere.     With this in mind, Renzo wanted to create a layered capsule; one that brings back vintage Diesel pieces while updating them for 2021, a year in which the world looks profoundly different than it did in the 1980’s. He called it Diesel x Diesel, and I love this meta-referential title. It is a collection of revamped “classics,” brought into the brave new now. The line-up is a tight edit of 24 pieces, selected from a register of many thousands of garments.     To accompany this collection, I thought of a brand-new campaign. It is called “Fake Smiles” but the phrase has more to do with exaggeration than artifice. Channeling Diesel’s “For Successful Living” mantra, “Fake Smiles” is about our constant pursuit of happiness. The campaign’s images feature subjects in daily mundane scenarios, all masked with extra-joyful expressions, creating surreal imagery that evokes a sense of nostalgia and captures the spirit of the decades that inspired this collection.     Our intention is to steer Diesel into the 2020’s with a new focus; one that honors its iconicity and its unique history, yet one that is powered by today’s globalized and interconnected currents. It’s an extraordinary time to be a creative director and I look forward to sharing more with you as the year rolls on. - Glenn       MORE ABOUT THE COLLECTION:    Diesel x Diesel was born out of Renzo Rosso’s desire to reintroduce our timeless icons in the modern day. The capsule takes on a distinctly North American aesthetic, with a deep look back at all the memorable research trips that Renzo and his multicultural design team did back in the late ‘80s. Inspiration cues go back to college apparel, Route 66, and the essential Diesel identifier of workwear. A varsity jacket has been reimagined in extra-distressed leather, with a new Diesel typeface in patches across the shoulder blades. A mixed-material coat of shearling, cotton, leather and jacquard wool has been recreated; it was originally inspired by a late 1980’s research trip to the South of the U.S.  A treated leather vest from the tail end of the 1980’s has patches that recall an American road trip. For each piece, the underlying idea is the bridging of entities that are separated, whether governmentally (land borders) or temporally (the then-and-now).

loading
More articles