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AMI unveiled its Spring-Summer 22 collection through a film titled “L’Échappée Belle”
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AMI unveiled its Spring-Summer 22 collection through a film titled “L’Échappée Belle”

Fashion Week L’Échappée Belle – a French expression meaning the great escape. A short feature film, the spontaneous jaunt of a close-knitted group of friends. The title is an allegorical reference to a newfound freedom, to the outdoors, to better times ahead. It is a celebration of the joy of being together, much of which we have sorely missed in the past year.     The film is set on the grounds of a seemingly abandoned funfair at night, with its deserted alleys of stands, rides and carousels. Neon lights, strong pop colors and mirrors lend a fun and intemporal atmosphere to the location, while the emptiness brings an eerie, dream-like sensation, reminiscent of our once empty cities in lockdown.     The main characters: a group of friends, carefree, leaving the city for an escape in a more poetic, almost apocalyptic environment. They enjoy being together again, at long last. The friends take possession of the funfair, wandering around in a space only for them, a night of exploration of what the future will be, a night of liberty and discovery, in a metaphor of the passage between old world and new world, between lockdown and freedom..     The 6-minute film was directed by Alvaro Colom, the Spanish filmmaker and photographer, whose background as a dancer influences his work with a graceful, choreography-like flow. New York-based Alvaro regularly shoots some of the most sought-after names in fashion, for magazines such as Vogue and Vanity Fair, and has been the mind and lens behind multiple campaigns for top fashion houses.   This marks Alvaro’s second collaboration with AMI: he has previously signed Fall-Winter 21’s digital presentation “Le Défilé”— the most-watched presentation ever in the brand’s history.     THE SET   Alexandre Mattiussi pictured the Ami Funfair as the ideal setting for his great escape, L’Échappée Belle. Traditional rides, including a carousel, a mirror maze, bumping cars and a life-size ferris wheel -all dressed in neon lights-, were recreated inside a Parisian venue.     The alleys were transformed into a runway for the models, who acted as a group of friends escaping the city into this almost surreal scenario.     THE COLLECTION      AMI’s Spring-Summer 22 highlights the quintessential design spirit of the brand. The collection of the New Normal, intrinsically fresh and dynamic, yet intuitively elegant. The approach is free lighthearted. AMI’s effortless Parisian chic; its concept of wardrobe, expressive, wearable.     The collection is defined by its familiar palette, a vibrant mix between levels of tonalities: from pastels to strong, flashy colors, and muted, darker sophisticated ones -including dusty pink, bright fuchsia, deep burgundy, pale aqua and bright green-.     AMI’s iconic, modern silhouettes get sharper shapes, more volumes, and an utmost sartorial sense. Womenswear shows a newfound femininity, stronger and modern, with pieces that emphasize the waist, refined shoes, and all-over mesh embroideries.     L’Échappée Belle features a new range of bags in neutral colors that complement the energetic tones from the ready-to-wear collection: the Accordéon, AMI’s latest “it-bag” for Spring-Summer 22, a geometric shape with utilitarian feeling, and the Small Déjà-Vu - the reinterpretation on the Déjà-Vu, first seen in AMI’s Fall-Winter 21 runway. L’Échappée Belle – a French expression meaning the great escape. A short feature film, the spontaneous jaunt of a close-knitted group of friends. The title is an allegorical reference to a newfound freedom, to the outdoors, to better times ahead. It is a celebration of the joy of being together, much of which we have sorely missed in the past year.     The film is set on the grounds of a seemingly abandoned funfair at night, with its deserted alleys of stands, rides and carousels. Neon lights, strong pop colors and mirrors lend a fun and intemporal atmosphere to the location, while the emptiness brings an eerie, dream-like sensation, reminiscent of our once empty cities in lockdown.     The main characters: a group of friends, carefree, leaving the city for an escape in a more poetic, almost apocalyptic environment. They enjoy being together again, at long last. The friends take possession of the funfair, wandering around in a space only for them, a night of exploration of what the future will be, a night of liberty and discovery, in a metaphor of the passage between old world and new world, between lockdown and freedom..     The 6-minute film was directed by Alvaro Colom, the Spanish filmmaker and photographer, whose background as a dancer influences his work with a graceful, choreography-like flow. New York-based Alvaro regularly shoots some of the most sought-after names in fashion, for magazines such as Vogue and Vanity Fair, and has been the mind and lens behind multiple campaigns for top fashion houses.   This marks Alvaro’s second collaboration with AMI: he has previously signed Fall-Winter 21’s digital presentation “Le Défilé”— the most-watched presentation ever in the brand’s history.     THE SET   Alexandre Mattiussi pictured the Ami Funfair as the ideal setting for his great escape, L’Échappée Belle. Traditional rides, including a carousel, a mirror maze, bumping cars and a life-size ferris wheel -all dressed in neon lights-, were recreated inside a Parisian venue.     The alleys were transformed into a runway for the models, who acted as a group of friends escaping the city into this almost surreal scenario.     THE COLLECTION      AMI’s Spring-Summer 22 highlights the quintessential design spirit of the brand. The collection of the New Normal, intrinsically fresh and dynamic, yet intuitively elegant. The approach is free lighthearted. AMI’s effortless Parisian chic; its concept of wardrobe, expressive, wearable.     The collection is defined by its familiar palette, a vibrant mix between levels of tonalities: from pastels to strong, flashy colors, and muted, darker sophisticated ones -including dusty pink, bright fuchsia, deep burgundy, pale aqua and bright green-.     AMI’s iconic, modern silhouettes get sharper shapes, more volumes, and an utmost sartorial sense. Womenswear shows a newfound femininity, stronger and modern, with pieces that emphasize the waist, refined shoes, and all-over mesh embroideries.     L’Échappée Belle features a new range of bags in neutral colors that complement the energetic tones from the ready-to-wear collection: the Accordéon, AMI’s latest “it-bag” for Spring-Summer 22, a geometric shape with utilitarian feeling, and the Small Déjà-Vu - the reinterpretation on the Déjà-Vu, first seen in AMI’s Fall-Winter 21 runway.

GIVENCHY PRESENTS SPRING 2022 WOMEN’S & MEN'S READY-TO-WEAR PRECOLLECTION
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GIVENCHY PRESENTS SPRING 2022 WOMEN’S & MEN'S READY-TO-WEAR PRECOLLECTION

Fashion Week Creative Director Matthew M. Williams celebrates freedom and individual style with the graphic artist Chito.     “In my collections, I always speak to lived reality. For Spring 2022, our first pre-collection runway show, I wanted to bring together my American roots and my brand new life in Paris. There’s an energy of striking out for a new adventure, of drawing on something familiar yet creating something completely new. Chito made an ideal collaborator because we share that storyline; we speak the same language. Like me, he expresses his distinct visual signatures through unique pieces that give people total freedom to make creations their own personal statement.” Matthew M. Williams, Creative Director, Givenchy     With the Givenchy Spring 2022 pre-collection, Creative Director Matthew M. Williams expands on the new tone and attitude he has established for the House by celebrating two cultures and two loves — his homeland, and France, the country he now calls home.     A video shot by Jasmine Loignon evokes Matthew M. Williams’ journey from the U.S. to France. It opens with Lady Liberty beckoning Givenchy women and men to strike out in search of urban adventure and they roam the city freely in a rich, slightly Surreal layering of cross-border references. A spirit of bridging worlds — with a runway set amid a Paris train yard — becomes an ideal metaphor for the Creative Director’s first artistic collaboration for Givenchy: a playful, directional dialogue with the Seattle-born, Mexico-based artist Chito for clothes, accessories and RIMOWA suitcases. In the closing shot, New York and Paris become one. Creative Director Matthew M. Williams celebrates freedom and individual style with the graphic artist Chito.     “In my collections, I always speak to lived reality. For Spring 2022, our first pre-collection runway show, I wanted to bring together my American roots and my brand new life in Paris. There’s an energy of striking out for a new adventure, of drawing on something familiar yet creating something completely new. Chito made an ideal collaborator because we share that storyline; we speak the same language. Like me, he expresses his distinct visual signatures through unique pieces that give people total freedom to make creations their own personal statement.” Matthew M. Williams, Creative Director, Givenchy     With the Givenchy Spring 2022 pre-collection, Creative Director Matthew M. Williams expands on the new tone and attitude he has established for the House by celebrating two cultures and two loves — his homeland, and France, the country he now calls home.     A video shot by Jasmine Loignon evokes Matthew M. Williams’ journey from the U.S. to France. It opens with Lady Liberty beckoning Givenchy women and men to strike out in search of urban adventure and they roam the city freely in a rich, slightly Surreal layering of cross-border references. A spirit of bridging worlds — with a runway set amid a Paris train yard — becomes an ideal metaphor for the Creative Director’s first artistic collaboration for Givenchy: a playful, directional dialogue with the Seattle-born, Mexico-based artist Chito for clothes, accessories and RIMOWA suitcases. In the closing shot, New York and Paris become one.

Jacquemus presents the new collection "La Montagne" for Spring & Summer
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Jacquemus presents the new collection "La Montagne" for Spring & Summer

Fashion Week After pausing their shows for a year, they have arrived at La Montagne. They set out to explore men’s and women’s fashion once again together and with exhilaration; to elevate a Pop feeling; to reinvent our codes with extra strength.     Thus, we drew inspiration from trek and ski garments: crisp, technical fabrics; a mix of earthy and vibrant colours; reinterpreted outerwear; carabiners and strap systems that are both decorative and functional. Yet we also integrated lingerie features, interpreting contoured shapes and details in our own language of sensuality. Styling crosses over while proportions are constantly redrawing the body – from second-skin ribbed knits to ample, fold-over pants cinched with cord. In this shared wardrobe, men wear crop tops and women wear large cargo pants. The outcome: silhouettes that develop sport references with sexiness – at once multipurpose and exciting at first sight.     The collection proposes sharp constructions throughout: tailoring in stretch wool that is soft and fluid, or else lightly padded. Pants are cut long and lean with hook-and-eye fastenings that create flared legs. Dresses in viscose, lycra and mohair are similarly fitted and include slinky columns and angular skirts with delineated waistlines and deep slits. Crisp, coated wool jackets and poplin shirts are assembled with modular details such as an integrated belt bag or detachable pockets.     Outerwear garments are reimagined with a streetwear slant: jackets in ripstop or impermeable fabrics; detachable elements that transform into shorts; thumbholes in fluffier knits. Shearling makes its debut – from cropped to oversized, natural camel and ivory to crystal blue.     Layering takes many forms – from second-skin knits visible under larger volumes, to hybrid roll-up bustiers and harnesses worn over blouses and shirts. Colours are layered throughout the line-up, too. Tonal groupings of ecru, sand, khaki green and darker brown alternate with a vivid sport-inspired palette comprising saturated red, orange and shades of pink. For balance, cool blues are accented with optic green. Black reframes the sport attitude with sophisticated allure.     Surfaces are layered with fine straps and custom hardware – shiny gold clips and clasps, lingerie finishings and signature Jacquemus nameplates. Floppy flower petals are tacked onto puffer jackets for dimension, in addition to appearing as an all-over tonal or contrast motif.     All materials are of European origin, which allows for improved traceability and lower transport time, ultimately redu- cing the carbon footprint. Suppliers are largely eco-responsible in their manufacturing methods.     The new bag, Ciuciu, offers a compact horizontal shape that is rigid and boxy with an exaggerated chain and thick strap boasting a functional pocket. Jacquemus socks in recycled ribbed cotton, offered in a spectrum of complemen- tary hues, convey the completeness of each look.     Says Simon, “For this collection, after such a particular year, I wanted to gather people inside and share a fashion moment together. I wanted to focus on the clothes, the silhouettes, the colours, the fabrics, the details, and the energy of the models. I wanted the set to be minimal and sharp, recreating an abstract artistic mountain that portrays the ins- piration of the collection.” After pausing their shows for a year, they have arrived at La Montagne. They set out to explore men’s and women’s fashion once again together and with exhilaration; to elevate a Pop feeling; to reinvent our codes with extra strength.     Thus, we drew inspiration from trek and ski garments: crisp, technical fabrics; a mix of earthy and vibrant colours; reinterpreted outerwear; carabiners and strap systems that are both decorative and functional. Yet we also integrated lingerie features, interpreting contoured shapes and details in our own language of sensuality. Styling crosses over while proportions are constantly redrawing the body – from second-skin ribbed knits to ample, fold-over pants cinched with cord. In this shared wardrobe, men wear crop tops and women wear large cargo pants. The outcome: silhouettes that develop sport references with sexiness – at once multipurpose and exciting at first sight.     The collection proposes sharp constructions throughout: tailoring in stretch wool that is soft and fluid, or else lightly padded. Pants are cut long and lean with hook-and-eye fastenings that create flared legs. Dresses in viscose, lycra and mohair are similarly fitted and include slinky columns and angular skirts with delineated waistlines and deep slits. Crisp, coated wool jackets and poplin shirts are assembled with modular details such as an integrated belt bag or detachable pockets.     Outerwear garments are reimagined with a streetwear slant: jackets in ripstop or impermeable fabrics; detachable elements that transform into shorts; thumbholes in fluffier knits. Shearling makes its debut – from cropped to oversized, natural camel and ivory to crystal blue.     Layering takes many forms – from second-skin knits visible under larger volumes, to hybrid roll-up bustiers and harnesses worn over blouses and shirts. Colours are layered throughout the line-up, too. Tonal groupings of ecru, sand, khaki green and darker brown alternate with a vivid sport-inspired palette comprising saturated red, orange and shades of pink. For balance, cool blues are accented with optic green. Black reframes the sport attitude with sophisticated allure.     Surfaces are layered with fine straps and custom hardware – shiny gold clips and clasps, lingerie finishings and signature Jacquemus nameplates. Floppy flower petals are tacked onto puffer jackets for dimension, in addition to appearing as an all-over tonal or contrast motif.     All materials are of European origin, which allows for improved traceability and lower transport time, ultimately redu- cing the carbon footprint. Suppliers are largely eco-responsible in their manufacturing methods.     The new bag, Ciuciu, offers a compact horizontal shape that is rigid and boxy with an exaggerated chain and thick strap boasting a functional pocket. Jacquemus socks in recycled ribbed cotton, offered in a spectrum of complemen- tary hues, convey the completeness of each look.     Says Simon, “For this collection, after such a particular year, I wanted to gather people inside and share a fashion moment together. I wanted to focus on the clothes, the silhouettes, the colours, the fabrics, the details, and the energy of the models. I wanted the set to be minimal and sharp, recreating an abstract artistic mountain that portrays the ins- piration of the collection.”

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Exclusive editorial in collaboration with Alexander McQueen
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Exclusive editorial in collaboration with Alexander McQueen

Fashion We are very excited to share our latest editorial collaboration with Alexander McQueen Numéro Netherlands x Alexander McQueen  Photography @vmerinoph  Fashion @ginogurrieri Hair and makeup @bastienzorzetto  Casting @timiletonja  Models @marcus.hansma@themovementmodels @roemerfris@theeyemgmt  Fashion Assistant @magdalenaroe  Fashion @alexandermcqueen Pre-Fall 2021 We are very excited to share our latest editorial collaboration with Alexander McQueen Numéro Netherlands x Alexander McQueen  Photography @vmerinoph  Fashion @ginogurrieri Hair and makeup @bastienzorzetto  Casting @timiletonja  Models @marcus.hansma@themovementmodels @roemerfris@theeyemgmt  Fashion Assistant @magdalenaroe  Fashion @alexandermcqueen Pre-Fall 2021

Jacques presents the new collection "La Montagne"
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Jacques presents the new collection "La Montagne"

Fashion Week JACQUEMUS showcased the new collection “La Montagne” yesterday during Paris Fashion Week and we love it.  JACQUEMUS showcased the new collection “La Montagne” yesterday during Paris Fashion Week and we love it. 

Jacques presents the new collection "La Montagne"
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Jacques presents the new collection "La Montagne"

Fashion Week JACQUEMUS showcased the new collection “La Montagne” yesterday during Paris Fashion Week and we love it.  JACQUEMUS showcased the new collection “La Montagne” yesterday during Paris Fashion Week and we love it. 

In conversation with Marques’Almeida
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In conversation with Marques’Almeida

Fashion We had a pleasure speaking with Marques'Almeida about their collaboration with 7 FOR ALL MANKIND and sustainability.       The collection sort of based on sustainability, how did you make the collection sustainable?   The collection is called reM’Ade by 7FAM because its part of the reM’Ade label we created under our main MARQUES ‘ ALMEIDA label in which the products are done with deadstock or waste materials. 7FAM is one of the first collaborators to embark on this journey with us to produce collections with waste materials!     How did this collaboration happen?    It came as a continuation of our first very successful and happy collaboration and because we were both as creatives and as brands thinking about sustainability and what steps we could take next to join this conversation and raise awareness to this issue in the fashion world.     A collab is between 2 designers, how did you make sure that the collection has the Marques’Almeida look and feel?   7FAM have always been incredibly generous and trusting when it comes to our creative vision and their team is incredibly hands on to bring on their knowledge and heritage to make this shared vision comes to life!     This is the second collaboration with 7 For All Mankind, will there be more collaborations with them in the future?   We hope so. :)     What or who inspired the designs in the collection?   For us at M’A is always about making sure it attracts a diverse audience – yes we have an ideal of girls in mind, and maybe more so when we started years ago, but that has been loosing importance everytime because its become more about understanding embracing and loving diversity and we hope these pieces get worn and loved and enjoyed by a different range of people!     Sustainability, inclusivity and diversity are something you’re aiming for with your brand, how do you achieve that?   We’re taking steps as we go along and learning more about it and making mistakes and learning from our mistakes but for us it really has to do with questioning that in everything we do .making sure we’re using our platform to give voice to whoever doesn’t normaly have a voice in this industry as they’ll know better than us what we should say what we should do to be a more inclusive supportive industry.     And how do you feel about the fashion industry right now? Are they doing enough to achieve these goals as well?   Unfortunately not. There’s a lot of greenwashing and a lot of performance – and its hard to navigate and I don’t mean to discourage younger smaller brands with judgement. But the big corporations must really question things and turn them on its head because its them who will make the real change. That’s why we were so thrilled that a big company like 7FAM with its enourmous reach would join forces with us so willingly on a project like this J     In your bio you quote Helmut Lang “fashion is about attitude not hemlines,” how do you apply this mindset to your work?   I guess it means that for us its always about the purpose, the principle, about what it says and not just the product in itself as a soulless product is not worth much.     Is there something you learned from 7 For All Mankind while working on this collection together?    We learned the challenges a bigger company has in front of them when they try to go a different route. In many ways its easier to change when you’re a smaller company. We also always learn thorugh them about the heritage and technical knowledge in the jeanswear field which we very much appreciate     You won various prizes in the past, is there something on your bucketlist that you really want to achieve in the future?   Change, meaningful change, that’s our biggest dream right now. We’re just coming of of the first 10 years of M’A and we hope the next 10 are about affecting real meaningful change.     We had a pleasure speaking with Marques'Almeida about their collaboration with 7 FOR ALL MANKIND and sustainability.       The collection sort of based on sustainability, how did you make the collection sustainable?   The collection is called reM’Ade by 7FAM because its part of the reM’Ade label we created under our main MARQUES ‘ ALMEIDA label in which the products are done with deadstock or waste materials. 7FAM is one of the first collaborators to embark on this journey with us to produce collections with waste materials!     How did this collaboration happen?    It came as a continuation of our first very successful and happy collaboration and because we were both as creatives and as brands thinking about sustainability and what steps we could take next to join this conversation and raise awareness to this issue in the fashion world.     A collab is between 2 designers, how did you make sure that the collection has the Marques’Almeida look and feel?   7FAM have always been incredibly generous and trusting when it comes to our creative vision and their team is incredibly hands on to bring on their knowledge and heritage to make this shared vision comes to life!     This is the second collaboration with 7 For All Mankind, will there be more collaborations with them in the future?   We hope so. :)     What or who inspired the designs in the collection?   For us at M’A is always about making sure it attracts a diverse audience – yes we have an ideal of girls in mind, and maybe more so when we started years ago, but that has been loosing importance everytime because its become more about understanding embracing and loving diversity and we hope these pieces get worn and loved and enjoyed by a different range of people!     Sustainability, inclusivity and diversity are something you’re aiming for with your brand, how do you achieve that?   We’re taking steps as we go along and learning more about it and making mistakes and learning from our mistakes but for us it really has to do with questioning that in everything we do .making sure we’re using our platform to give voice to whoever doesn’t normaly have a voice in this industry as they’ll know better than us what we should say what we should do to be a more inclusive supportive industry.     And how do you feel about the fashion industry right now? Are they doing enough to achieve these goals as well?   Unfortunately not. There’s a lot of greenwashing and a lot of performance – and its hard to navigate and I don’t mean to discourage younger smaller brands with judgement. But the big corporations must really question things and turn them on its head because its them who will make the real change. That’s why we were so thrilled that a big company like 7FAM with its enourmous reach would join forces with us so willingly on a project like this J     In your bio you quote Helmut Lang “fashion is about attitude not hemlines,” how do you apply this mindset to your work?   I guess it means that for us its always about the purpose, the principle, about what it says and not just the product in itself as a soulless product is not worth much.     Is there something you learned from 7 For All Mankind while working on this collection together?    We learned the challenges a bigger company has in front of them when they try to go a different route. In many ways its easier to change when you’re a smaller company. We also always learn thorugh them about the heritage and technical knowledge in the jeanswear field which we very much appreciate     You won various prizes in the past, is there something on your bucketlist that you really want to achieve in the future?   Change, meaningful change, that’s our biggest dream right now. We’re just coming of of the first 10 years of M’A and we hope the next 10 are about affecting real meaningful change.    

BALENCIAGA PRESENTS THE FALL 2021 AD CAMPAIGN
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BALENCIAGA PRESENTS THE FALL 2021 AD CAMPAIGN

Fashion Launched on June 25th, 2021, a campaign directed and produced by video game developer Quantic Dream announces the launch of Balenciaga’s Fall 21 collection in stores.   Using motion capture to create animated versions of real actors, the video follows two characters that meet at a fictional facility providing temporary escapes to virtual scenarios. The protagonists wait in line for a VR headset and separately enter the controlled experience. While there, though, each cannot help but remember the other, hoping to meet up in either the digital or physical realm.     The virtual world these characters enter is partially made of the intricate settings created for Afterworld: The Age of Tomorrow—a groundbreaking cloud-based video game that introduced Balenciaga’s Fall 21 collection.     Fantastic landscapes and other characters enjoying the virtual experience cannot distract the protagonists from their goals of finding the person that caught their interest in line, though. Once the headsets are removed, the protagonists see one another and embrace, each of them transforming into other distinct characters to signify the uncertainty of place and identity in this realm, too. Launched on June 25th, 2021, a campaign directed and produced by video game developer Quantic Dream announces the launch of Balenciaga’s Fall 21 collection in stores.   Using motion capture to create animated versions of real actors, the video follows two characters that meet at a fictional facility providing temporary escapes to virtual scenarios. The protagonists wait in line for a VR headset and separately enter the controlled experience. While there, though, each cannot help but remember the other, hoping to meet up in either the digital or physical realm.     The virtual world these characters enter is partially made of the intricate settings created for Afterworld: The Age of Tomorrow—a groundbreaking cloud-based video game that introduced Balenciaga’s Fall 21 collection.     Fantastic landscapes and other characters enjoying the virtual experience cannot distract the protagonists from their goals of finding the person that caught their interest in line, though. Once the headsets are removed, the protagonists see one another and embrace, each of them transforming into other distinct characters to signify the uncertainty of place and identity in this realm, too.

KOMONO & The Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp collaborate on a dope collection
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KOMONO & The Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp collaborate on a dope collection

Accessories For the third year in a row, KOMONO is proud to renew its partnership with the fashion department of the RoyalAcademy of Fine Arts Antwerp. KOMONO worked together with ve master students in the creation of a pair ofsunglasses linked to the students’ personal work. The result is an outspoken collection that bolsters the fresh vision of tomorrow’s top designers.     This capsule collection is part of a new project, KOMONO NEXT, a continuous experiment exploring the boundaries of fashion accessories and a platform for some of the world’s most creative talents.     KOMONO x Julie Kegels   Julie Kegels found her main inspiration in The Dinner Party, an installation artwork by Judy Chicago from 1979 in which she sets a gigantic triangular table for 39 strong women. Her collection brings together the concept of dressing up for a dinner party with the idea of this kind of mythical or world-famous woman. The glasses itself are referencing lace blindfolds.     KOMONO x Luca Holzinger   An ode to his grandmother who broke free from a restrictive relationship, Luca Holzinger brings an allegory of asecretary who passes by a river and cannot resist to go for a swim. When she returns to her o ce, all her clothesare wet and messed up, yet she feels more beautiful than ever. For the eyewear Luca played around with lycra fabric, commonly used in swimwear, which he draped around an archetypical cat eye frame. He also added a transparent colorway which feels like liquid water, again referencing this story.     KOMONO x Kaya Gayoung   Kaya Gayoung Lee sought inspiration in semiotics and symbolism. She wanted to research love as an universallanguage and how verbal expressions of a ection can be translated into garments and eyewear. Both the movie ‘The Color of Pomegranates’ and the photography of Viviane Sassen played a big in uence in her work. For theeyewear, she played with shadows and spiky, angular shapes that reference arrows.     KOMONO x Mohammed el Marnissi   The collection of Mohammed el Marnissi references an Arabian myth about two con icted lovers who built alabyrinth to keep their relationship a secret. This comes to life in glasses which have a double layer as if there were two frames placed upon each other. Combined with a brownish color palette and graphics inspired by the paintings of Verner Panton, the glasses feel distinctively 60s and reveal a love story in the making.     KOMONO x Ingmar Patton Plusczyk   Ingmar Patton Plusczyk honors Marchesa Louisa Casati, a wealthy and extravagant aristocrat who suddenly lostall of her wealth and ed to London where she could be found scrambling through trash, trying to nd items todecorate herself with. In his collection, Ingmar combines the very luxurious with the idea of something very cheap, the trash bag. His collection reinforces the idea that self-expression comes from within and has little to do with accumulated wealth.     The collection will be made available, starting from June 21st, through KOMONO.com, the KOMONO Antwerp store and selected retailers for a suggested retail price of 199 euros. For the third year in a row, KOMONO is proud to renew its partnership with the fashion department of the RoyalAcademy of Fine Arts Antwerp. KOMONO worked together with ve master students in the creation of a pair ofsunglasses linked to the students’ personal work. The result is an outspoken collection that bolsters the fresh vision of tomorrow’s top designers.     This capsule collection is part of a new project, KOMONO NEXT, a continuous experiment exploring the boundaries of fashion accessories and a platform for some of the world’s most creative talents.     KOMONO x Julie Kegels   Julie Kegels found her main inspiration in The Dinner Party, an installation artwork by Judy Chicago from 1979 in which she sets a gigantic triangular table for 39 strong women. Her collection brings together the concept of dressing up for a dinner party with the idea of this kind of mythical or world-famous woman. The glasses itself are referencing lace blindfolds.     KOMONO x Luca Holzinger   An ode to his grandmother who broke free from a restrictive relationship, Luca Holzinger brings an allegory of asecretary who passes by a river and cannot resist to go for a swim. When she returns to her o ce, all her clothesare wet and messed up, yet she feels more beautiful than ever. For the eyewear Luca played around with lycra fabric, commonly used in swimwear, which he draped around an archetypical cat eye frame. He also added a transparent colorway which feels like liquid water, again referencing this story.     KOMONO x Kaya Gayoung   Kaya Gayoung Lee sought inspiration in semiotics and symbolism. She wanted to research love as an universallanguage and how verbal expressions of a ection can be translated into garments and eyewear. Both the movie ‘The Color of Pomegranates’ and the photography of Viviane Sassen played a big in uence in her work. For theeyewear, she played with shadows and spiky, angular shapes that reference arrows.     KOMONO x Mohammed el Marnissi   The collection of Mohammed el Marnissi references an Arabian myth about two con icted lovers who built alabyrinth to keep their relationship a secret. This comes to life in glasses which have a double layer as if there were two frames placed upon each other. Combined with a brownish color palette and graphics inspired by the paintings of Verner Panton, the glasses feel distinctively 60s and reveal a love story in the making.     KOMONO x Ingmar Patton Plusczyk   Ingmar Patton Plusczyk honors Marchesa Louisa Casati, a wealthy and extravagant aristocrat who suddenly lostall of her wealth and ed to London where she could be found scrambling through trash, trying to nd items todecorate herself with. In his collection, Ingmar combines the very luxurious with the idea of something very cheap, the trash bag. His collection reinforces the idea that self-expression comes from within and has little to do with accumulated wealth.     The collection will be made available, starting from June 21st, through KOMONO.com, the KOMONO Antwerp store and selected retailers for a suggested retail price of 199 euros.

DIOR PRESENTS THE SUMMER 2022 MEN’S COLLECTION
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DIOR PRESENTS THE SUMMER 2022 MEN’S COLLECTION

Fashion Week CHRISTIAN DIOR JOURNEYED TO AMERICA AS EARLY AS 1947; ONE OF HIS FIRST DESTINATIONS ON THIS ODYSSEY WAS TEXAS, WHOSE EXTRAORDINARY LANDSCAPES MADE A LASTING IMPRESSION. INSPIRED BY DIOR’S DEEP-ROOTED CONNECTION TO THIS AMERICAN STATE, KIM JONES HAS LASSOED THIS LEGACY INTO TODAY, COLLABORATING WITH THE TEXAN-BORN RAPPER, SINGER, SONGWRITER, AND RECORD PRODUCER TRAVIS SCOTT. TAILORING, REFLECTING THE SAVOIR-FAIRE OF THE HOUSE, UNDERPINS THE COLLECTION, WITH THE TAILLEUR OBLIQUE LENDING A TOUCH OF FORMALITY TO CONTRAST WITH THE SPORTSWEAR ELEMENTS. TRAVIS SCOTT HAS REIMAGINED THE DIOR LOGOTYPE VIA A SERIES OF GRAPHICS, WHILE THE ACCESSORIES FEATURE A REVISITED DIOR OBLIQUE MOTIF. THE SADDLE BAG IS ALSO REINTERPRETED WITH A SOLID STIRRUP HANDLE, WHILE A NEW DIOR SNEAKER EVOKES THE SKATEBOARDING UNIVERSE. EXPLORING AMERICA THROUGH DIOR’S EYES LEADS BACK TO FINE ART: IN A SERIES OF WORKS, KIM JONES, TRAVIS SCOTT AND THE HOUSE OF DIOR COLLABORATED WITH CELEBRATED US ARTIST GEORGE CONDO ON A SERIES OF HAND-PAINTED SHIRTS, IN A VIRTUOSO ALLIANCE OF CREATIVE VISIONS. CHRISTIAN DIOR JOURNEYED TO AMERICA AS EARLY AS 1947; ONE OF HIS FIRST DESTINATIONS ON THIS ODYSSEY WAS TEXAS, WHOSE EXTRAORDINARY LANDSCAPES MADE A LASTING IMPRESSION. INSPIRED BY DIOR’S DEEP-ROOTED CONNECTION TO THIS AMERICAN STATE, KIM JONES HAS LASSOED THIS LEGACY INTO TODAY, COLLABORATING WITH THE TEXAN-BORN RAPPER, SINGER, SONGWRITER, AND RECORD PRODUCER TRAVIS SCOTT. TAILORING, REFLECTING THE SAVOIR-FAIRE OF THE HOUSE, UNDERPINS THE COLLECTION, WITH THE TAILLEUR OBLIQUE LENDING A TOUCH OF FORMALITY TO CONTRAST WITH THE SPORTSWEAR ELEMENTS. TRAVIS SCOTT HAS REIMAGINED THE DIOR LOGOTYPE VIA A SERIES OF GRAPHICS, WHILE THE ACCESSORIES FEATURE A REVISITED DIOR OBLIQUE MOTIF. THE SADDLE BAG IS ALSO REINTERPRETED WITH A SOLID STIRRUP HANDLE, WHILE A NEW DIOR SNEAKER EVOKES THE SKATEBOARDING UNIVERSE. EXPLORING AMERICA THROUGH DIOR’S EYES LEADS BACK TO FINE ART: IN A SERIES OF WORKS, KIM JONES, TRAVIS SCOTT AND THE HOUSE OF DIOR COLLABORATED WITH CELEBRATED US ARTIST GEORGE CONDO ON A SERIES OF HAND-PAINTED SHIRTS, IN A VIRTUOSO ALLIANCE OF CREATIVE VISIONS.

Hermès presents the new men's collection for Spring & Summer 2022
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Hermès presents the new men's collection for Spring & Summer 2022

Fashion Week This collection is about a sense of lightness, relaxation and freedom. It is a response to our need for wider perspectives, for the great outdoors. It is an invention and reinvention of a wardrobe in which different fabrics are interwoven, and where technical innovation finds inspiration in craftwork legacy.     Depth and fantasy: a duality of spirit shaking up appearances. Paper becomes fabric, Toilbright and a cotton cover fuse together, leather is enlivened with bursts of colour and stitching graphics. Forms in trompe-l’œil: overshirts, double jacket-cardigans, coats and parkas in two materials.     This hybrid approach ushers in a renewed elegance synonymous with energized and flexible shapes: the seemingly casual style belies a structured sophistication to the night as it fades in from the day. Innovation and precision, a dialogue with legacy patterns devoured, blurred, perforated and otherwise transformed by modern techniques.     A harmonious play on contrasts accentuate the colours. Celadon-green, algae, chocolate, and carbon hues blend with the softness of faded rose, stone-grey and raw-silk. A bright, soft sweater, a daisy pattern and large Bermuda shorts embody this liberated relaxation.     Suffused with optimism and energy, this creative collection is bursting with the vitality of a world reclaimed. This collection is about a sense of lightness, relaxation and freedom. It is a response to our need for wider perspectives, for the great outdoors. It is an invention and reinvention of a wardrobe in which different fabrics are interwoven, and where technical innovation finds inspiration in craftwork legacy.     Depth and fantasy: a duality of spirit shaking up appearances. Paper becomes fabric, Toilbright and a cotton cover fuse together, leather is enlivened with bursts of colour and stitching graphics. Forms in trompe-l’œil: overshirts, double jacket-cardigans, coats and parkas in two materials.     This hybrid approach ushers in a renewed elegance synonymous with energized and flexible shapes: the seemingly casual style belies a structured sophistication to the night as it fades in from the day. Innovation and precision, a dialogue with legacy patterns devoured, blurred, perforated and otherwise transformed by modern techniques.     A harmonious play on contrasts accentuate the colours. Celadon-green, algae, chocolate, and carbon hues blend with the softness of faded rose, stone-grey and raw-silk. A bright, soft sweater, a daisy pattern and large Bermuda shorts embody this liberated relaxation.     Suffused with optimism and energy, this creative collection is bursting with the vitality of a world reclaimed.

HAVANA CLUB AND PIGALLE PARIS LAUNCH EXCLUSIVE CAPSULE COLLECTION
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HAVANA CLUB AND PIGALLE PARIS LAUNCH EXCLUSIVE CAPSULE COLLECTION

Lifestyle Cuban rum brand Havana Club has joined forces with French label Pigalle Paris, best known for its colorful streetwear collections and iconic, brightly colored basketball courts. Together they release a limited-edition capsule collection. This consists of a unisex clothing collection and a bottle of Havana Club 7 with special label designed by Stéphane Ashpool, founder and creative director of Pigalle Paris.       When Stéphane Ashpool first visited Cuba, he says he immediately fell in love with the Island. This gave him the idea to create a collection in collaboration with a local brand as a tribute to the beauty of the island. Stéphane ended up at Havana Club, a much-loved Cuban brand that also fits perfectly with Pigalle's vision. Both brands share core values ​​such as community involvement, diversity and inclusivity.     Inspiration: the colors of Cuba.     Ashpool took inspiration for the collection from the streets of Havana, which fascinated him from the very first moment with the colours, the vibrant energy and the music. The warm pastel colors of the sun-stained houses can be seen throughout the island in architecture and design. Every color he used for this collection reflects a piece of Cuba's unique history: from the eclectic architecture and the vintage cars to the colorful skies at sunset.     Limited edition capsule collection:     Ashpool incorporated these iconic Havana colors into the bottle's label, which he also designed himself. This label with handwritten message formed the basis for the capsule collection, consisting of a leather jacket, a box logo T-shirt, a tracksuit and a cap. Stéphane also incorporated the same faded tones in the tie-dye print on the T-Shirts and tracksuits. The tracksuit, like the leather jacket, has a '7' on the back. This is a direct reference to both the '7' on the Havana Club 7 bottle and to the sportstyle culture that the designer has been inspired by for many years. With this unique limited edition, Ashpool manages to bring the streets of Havana and Paris together in its own way.     Both the creatively designed Havana Club 7 bottle and the capsule collection are available in limited edition. The bottle of Havana Club 7 costs €39.95 and is exclusively available via www.drankboutique.nl. The unisex collection is exclusively for sale at Four Amsterdam from last week. Prices range from €50 for the T-Shirt to €90 for the hoodie. The leather jacket, which will be available worldwide in a limited edition, costs €1,000.     Cuban rum brand Havana Club has joined forces with French label Pigalle Paris, best known for its colorful streetwear collections and iconic, brightly colored basketball courts. Together they release a limited-edition capsule collection. This consists of a unisex clothing collection and a bottle of Havana Club 7 with special label designed by Stéphane Ashpool, founder and creative director of Pigalle Paris.       When Stéphane Ashpool first visited Cuba, he says he immediately fell in love with the Island. This gave him the idea to create a collection in collaboration with a local brand as a tribute to the beauty of the island. Stéphane ended up at Havana Club, a much-loved Cuban brand that also fits perfectly with Pigalle's vision. Both brands share core values ​​such as community involvement, diversity and inclusivity.     Inspiration: the colors of Cuba.     Ashpool took inspiration for the collection from the streets of Havana, which fascinated him from the very first moment with the colours, the vibrant energy and the music. The warm pastel colors of the sun-stained houses can be seen throughout the island in architecture and design. Every color he used for this collection reflects a piece of Cuba's unique history: from the eclectic architecture and the vintage cars to the colorful skies at sunset.     Limited edition capsule collection:     Ashpool incorporated these iconic Havana colors into the bottle's label, which he also designed himself. This label with handwritten message formed the basis for the capsule collection, consisting of a leather jacket, a box logo T-shirt, a tracksuit and a cap. Stéphane also incorporated the same faded tones in the tie-dye print on the T-Shirts and tracksuits. The tracksuit, like the leather jacket, has a '7' on the back. This is a direct reference to both the '7' on the Havana Club 7 bottle and to the sportstyle culture that the designer has been inspired by for many years. With this unique limited edition, Ashpool manages to bring the streets of Havana and Paris together in its own way.     Both the creatively designed Havana Club 7 bottle and the capsule collection are available in limited edition. The bottle of Havana Club 7 costs €39.95 and is exclusively available via www.drankboutique.nl. The unisex collection is exclusively for sale at Four Amsterdam from last week. Prices range from €50 for the T-Shirt to €90 for the hoodie. The leather jacket, which will be available worldwide in a limited edition, costs €1,000.    

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