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In conversation with Jérôme Dreyfuss
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In conversation with Jérôme Dreyfuss

Fashion   We had a great time speaking with designer Jérôme Dreyfuss.     Tell our readers who you are in your own words.   I am a French designer who’s trying to make the people happy. I am deeply concerned by the climate change and I do work hard on trying to change the mentalities to give hope to the new generations and help them to change the world….     What is your first memory of fashion?    I remember Catherine Deneuve. She was the Image of the French women…right after Brigitte Bardot.     Among all the collections you have designed, which one embodies your personality the most?    I think each collection is all little part of what I am, how I feel at the moment I am building it. It is like a picture of me at a certain time.   What gives you confidence?    Love! Who is the one voice that has inspired you the most in your personal life and your career?    The voice of confidence…   What is the most daring thing you did recently and tell us something that is not on your resume.   I had the luck to meet President Macron, and I told him how much I was disappointed about the fact that he is not acting enough on the climate change. I did the high school of music …this is not on my resume!   What is your personal motto?    When you want, you can!   What are your upcoming projects for this year?    I am re-designing my stores and launching a unisex line of bags.   Why designing? What inspired you to embark on a career in this industry?    I am designing because it is the only way I found to express myself as I was young. It was just my way, I started when I was really young as it was really natural to me.   What is your work of art about and what does it mean to you?    To me, Fashion is not art.  I am just proposing my point of view. I am just trying to give happiness and wellness to my clients.     With work you have traveled a lot. What are some of the favorite places you have seen and been to so far and why?    The most amazing was my trips to India. I remember my first time in Delhi like being in Star Wars! Everything was new, the colors, the smells, the feelings…I really fall in love with this amazing country.   I also loved Japan. I am a huge fan of architecture and I must say that I have discovered that the bases of everything I love in architecture is coming from the Japanese culture…   What is your biggest outtake and lesson from last year?    I have learned that I could organize my company in a different way. I have learned to give more trust to my collaborators.   As the theme of our Spring & Summer season is ELEMENTS and it is about sustainability, nature. Tell us about your perspective on sustainability and environment.    I do believe that we have to consume less, that we have to eat less meet, that we have to change the way we are living. It is a huge challenge and I think that my generation has to show the right way to the next generations. I am putting all my energies in this, and I am glad it is finally starting to move a little bit (everybody was laughing at me 20 years ago as I was talking about it….). Vivienne Westwood is for me an example to be followed, she is the most inspiring and clever designer in the fashion industry.     Tell us about your new collection.   For this SS21 collection I wanted to give a wind of freedom. Counterbalance with the general atmosphere related to the global pandemic and allow us to dream and escape. Bright colors and tangy prints for a gipsy universe, dream of the open roads, a nomad’s life, sleeping under the stars… Ready for the trip ?   We had a great time speaking with designer Jérôme Dreyfuss.     Tell our readers who you are in your own words.   I am a French designer who’s trying to make the people happy. I am deeply concerned by the climate change and I do work hard on trying to change the mentalities to give hope to the new generations and help them to change the world….     What is your first memory of fashion?    I remember Catherine Deneuve. She was the Image of the French women…right after Brigitte Bardot.     Among all the collections you have designed, which one embodies your personality the most?    I think each collection is all little part of what I am, how I feel at the moment I am building it. It is like a picture of me at a certain time.   What gives you confidence?    Love! Who is the one voice that has inspired you the most in your personal life and your career?    The voice of confidence…   What is the most daring thing you did recently and tell us something that is not on your resume.   I had the luck to meet President Macron, and I told him how much I was disappointed about the fact that he is not acting enough on the climate change. I did the high school of music …this is not on my resume!   What is your personal motto?    When you want, you can!   What are your upcoming projects for this year?    I am re-designing my stores and launching a unisex line of bags.   Why designing? What inspired you to embark on a career in this industry?    I am designing because it is the only way I found to express myself as I was young. It was just my way, I started when I was really young as it was really natural to me.   What is your work of art about and what does it mean to you?    To me, Fashion is not art.  I am just proposing my point of view. I am just trying to give happiness and wellness to my clients.     With work you have traveled a lot. What are some of the favorite places you have seen and been to so far and why?    The most amazing was my trips to India. I remember my first time in Delhi like being in Star Wars! Everything was new, the colors, the smells, the feelings…I really fall in love with this amazing country.   I also loved Japan. I am a huge fan of architecture and I must say that I have discovered that the bases of everything I love in architecture is coming from the Japanese culture…   What is your biggest outtake and lesson from last year?    I have learned that I could organize my company in a different way. I have learned to give more trust to my collaborators.   As the theme of our Spring & Summer season is ELEMENTS and it is about sustainability, nature. Tell us about your perspective on sustainability and environment.    I do believe that we have to consume less, that we have to eat less meet, that we have to change the way we are living. It is a huge challenge and I think that my generation has to show the right way to the next generations. I am putting all my energies in this, and I am glad it is finally starting to move a little bit (everybody was laughing at me 20 years ago as I was talking about it….). Vivienne Westwood is for me an example to be followed, she is the most inspiring and clever designer in the fashion industry.     Tell us about your new collection.   For this SS21 collection I wanted to give a wind of freedom. Counterbalance with the general atmosphere related to the global pandemic and allow us to dream and escape. Bright colors and tangy prints for a gipsy universe, dream of the open roads, a nomad’s life, sleeping under the stars… Ready for the trip ?

Summer ready with the aesthetic SS21 CK Swimwear collection
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Summer ready with the aesthetic SS21 CK Swimwear collection

Fashion We are gradually moving towards the summer days and it is high time to stock up on swimwear again. Good news, because this month Calvin Klein is launching a new Swimwear collection: Basic Beach. The collection consisting of swimwear for that, him and her is characterized by black basics, shaded with Calvin Klein's logo in white. You can never have enough bikinis and swimming trunks in your wardrobe. That is why Calvin Klein has released a swimwear collection with black basics, for every body type. The items are characterized by the minimalist, but aesthetic shapes and looks. Because the items fit together well, it is easy to combine with each other.     The Basic Beach collection contains cover-ups for those, him and her if you are going for a quick bite to eat at your favorite beach club. No waterproof shoes and sand on your feet? Calvin Klein has also thought of this with a pair of slippers in the Basic Beach collection. We are gradually moving towards the summer days and it is high time to stock up on swimwear again. Good news, because this month Calvin Klein is launching a new Swimwear collection: Basic Beach. The collection consisting of swimwear for that, him and her is characterized by black basics, shaded with Calvin Klein's logo in white. You can never have enough bikinis and swimming trunks in your wardrobe. That is why Calvin Klein has released a swimwear collection with black basics, for every body type. The items are characterized by the minimalist, but aesthetic shapes and looks. Because the items fit together well, it is easy to combine with each other.     The Basic Beach collection contains cover-ups for those, him and her if you are going for a quick bite to eat at your favorite beach club. No waterproof shoes and sand on your feet? Calvin Klein has also thought of this with a pair of slippers in the Basic Beach collection.

In conversation with Kaylee, founder of sustainable swimwear brand JUA June
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In conversation with Kaylee, founder of sustainable swimwear brand JUA June

Sustainability   Tell our readers who you are in your own words.   My name is Kaylee, I am 26 years old and I am from the Netherlands although I live in England at the moment. I am a capricorn and I am the founder of sustainable swimwear brand JUA June and I have studied media and communications in the Netherlands and got my masters degree in marketing communications in England. I love cooking and sports, and when there are no lockdowns going out for dinner or drinks with my friends.     What is your first memory of fashion?   My mom actually studied fashion, so my earliest fashion memory would be of her behind the sewing machine. She would often make clothes for my brother and I, especially for themed parties or events, or for example our Christmas dinner. She would get magazines with patterns in them and we had a small fabric shop near our house, or we would go to the market where I could pick my own fabrics. I love these memories because it was bonding time with my mom but also allowed us to be creative and play with different textures and fabrics. If people would then tell me they liked my clothes I was so proud to say my mom made them!     Among all the designs you have created so far, which one embodies your personality the most?   It's difficult to say because what I like to wear or feel confident in depends on my mood! All of the designs fit my personality, I think our Kai bra style top and Wai high rise, cheeky bottoms are my favorite at the moment because it’s sexy but classy which makes me feel confident when I wear it. I also love the fit of the bottoms because it highlights the right areas of your body. Because I am mixed raced I tan quickly which is why I never used to wear a lot of swimsuits, but lately I love swimsuits! The Makai swimsuit is one of my favourites too as it is a bit more fun and playful with the cut out details and I also love the semi-bandeau style top. I think we have a good mix of styles that are sexy or sporty and styles that provide more coverage and support as well as cheeky items.      What gives you confidence?    I think if you feel good you look good which shows confidence. I am lucky to be surrounded by people with good energy and who are supportive of me and my business. When you get good feedback or compliments about your work or your appearance it gives you a massive boost and a feeling of being on the right track.       Who is the one voice that has inspired you the most in your personal life and your career?   My fiance, he is the most dedicated person I know. He always wants to do better and achieve more, and if he can do the smallest thing that could help make a difference he will, which I love about him. He motivates me to bring out the best in myself and pushes me to do better and take risks.     What are your upcoming projects and collections for this year?   Because we are a sustainable brand creating items that are made to last, we don’t follow the traditional fashion calendar of releasing 4-6 collections a year. Instead, we aim to create timeless pieces of long lasting quality, so it is a combination of style and sustainability. We launch new complete collections for the summer season, and in the months between we can launch variations of our current items, for example a design in a different fabric or colour. What I want to focus on this year is extending our collection to even more sizes and body shapes so we can be as inclusive as possible. For the future I would love to expand to kids collections and add beach accessories.     Why did you decide to design swimwear? What inspired you to embark on a career in this industry?   Because I felt that something was missing in the swimwear industry. I felt that swimwear that was trendy was often of bad quality and would only last one season, and the difference in price with designer brands was simply too big. I wanted to create swimwear that was both stylish as well as of good quality, at a fair price point. Then I started developing the ideas more and how we could use design to celebrate the female body. When I learned about sustainable fabrics I knew I was on the right path as I could combine fashion with raising awareness for the environment. I especially loved the fact that by using these fabrics we would contribute to reducing waste problems and recycling waste into beautiful new swimwear.   ​ As the theme of our Spring & Summer season is ELEMENTS and it is about sustainability, nature. Tell us about your perspective on sustainability and environment.   Sustainability is the core of my business so it means a lot to me. I think we have a responsibility to try and protect the environment and preserve it for future generations. I am glad there is more awareness now for climate change and loss of wildlife, but we are nowhere near the target necessary to prevent irreversible damage. I think it is amazing to see that every year there are more initiatives relating to sustainability, whether it is new eco friendly materials, machines or clean up devices or charities, it is clear that people are becoming more aware and want to do something to help. Every little change can make a big impact so whether you want to skip eating meat once a week or buy from sustainable businesses, every little bit helps.     Tell us about your recently launched swimwear collection made of plastic bottles.   This year we have introduced a new fabric into our collection. It is a beautiful, innovative rib fabric made of 100% recycled yarn from plastic bottles and waste of the Mediterranean Sea. This way we can combine sustainability and aesthetics and source local materials. We have also introduced new tops and bottoms, and I think we now have a good range of different styles. We aim to design pieces that would fit different styles, personalities and body types. We have classic triangle shape tops with a twist without padding, bra style tops with cups for more support and a sporty high neck top, as well as sexier plunge swimsuits and playful cut out styles.           What made you tap into sustainable fashion?   I have always loved fashion but I never really realised how bad it is for the environment in terms of waste, toxic chemicals and excessive stock that gets destroyed or put into landfill. That is why I wanted to do it differently and bring positive change with my products. Fashion should not cost the earth and I think the sustainable way is the way forward for the future. I also think that as brands are discovering sustainable materials, it was the right time for us to launch to still be one of the first brands offering this so we are not following a trend but leading with innovative fabrics.     What is the change you want to see in the world (and thus the reason why you started JUA June)?  I started JUA June because I wanted to combine my passion for fashion and love for nature. In the future I hope that running a business sustainability is the norm and not an exception. Don’t get me wrong- I am not saying everyone should turn into an eco-warrior, I am not myself either, but every small change makes a huge difference and being more aware of what we consume and at what cost will help revert these issues of for example plastic pollution. It should not be acceptable to dump tonnes of plastic in the ocean or to bury or burn waste and the sooner we find solutions for these problems or ways to prevent it the better so we can change our ways.     What would you say to young women (like yourself) to convince them to buy sustainable products moving forward? i.e. why is it worth the investment?   It is worth the investment because even though you might pay a bit more for an item, it will last a lot longer so in the long term it will save you money. You don’t have to buy a new swimsuit every year, and the quality will last longer. Cheaper, non sustainable items often loose its elasticity and stretch, fade colour or the fabric get damaged after you’ve only worn it on holiday for a few days. Our fabric for example is quite thick but has an amazing stretch to it, and features an innovative protection layer against chlorine and lotion damage which contributes to the long lasting quality. Also, cheap is never really cheap, there is always someone or something paying a price. I would mainly advise to become more aware of what you are buying, who made your product and what is it made from. If you start educating yourself on these concepts you will learn more about the production processes and materials and this will explain and justify the price and thus why it is worth investing in.              Tell our readers who you are in your own words.   My name is Kaylee, I am 26 years old and I am from the Netherlands although I live in England at the moment. I am a capricorn and I am the founder of sustainable swimwear brand JUA June and I have studied media and communications in the Netherlands and got my masters degree in marketing communications in England. I love cooking and sports, and when there are no lockdowns going out for dinner or drinks with my friends.     What is your first memory of fashion?   My mom actually studied fashion, so my earliest fashion memory would be of her behind the sewing machine. She would often make clothes for my brother and I, especially for themed parties or events, or for example our Christmas dinner. She would get magazines with patterns in them and we had a small fabric shop near our house, or we would go to the market where I could pick my own fabrics. I love these memories because it was bonding time with my mom but also allowed us to be creative and play with different textures and fabrics. If people would then tell me they liked my clothes I was so proud to say my mom made them!     Among all the designs you have created so far, which one embodies your personality the most?   It's difficult to say because what I like to wear or feel confident in depends on my mood! All of the designs fit my personality, I think our Kai bra style top and Wai high rise, cheeky bottoms are my favorite at the moment because it’s sexy but classy which makes me feel confident when I wear it. I also love the fit of the bottoms because it highlights the right areas of your body. Because I am mixed raced I tan quickly which is why I never used to wear a lot of swimsuits, but lately I love swimsuits! The Makai swimsuit is one of my favourites too as it is a bit more fun and playful with the cut out details and I also love the semi-bandeau style top. I think we have a good mix of styles that are sexy or sporty and styles that provide more coverage and support as well as cheeky items.      What gives you confidence?    I think if you feel good you look good which shows confidence. I am lucky to be surrounded by people with good energy and who are supportive of me and my business. When you get good feedback or compliments about your work or your appearance it gives you a massive boost and a feeling of being on the right track.       Who is the one voice that has inspired you the most in your personal life and your career?   My fiance, he is the most dedicated person I know. He always wants to do better and achieve more, and if he can do the smallest thing that could help make a difference he will, which I love about him. He motivates me to bring out the best in myself and pushes me to do better and take risks.     What are your upcoming projects and collections for this year?   Because we are a sustainable brand creating items that are made to last, we don’t follow the traditional fashion calendar of releasing 4-6 collections a year. Instead, we aim to create timeless pieces of long lasting quality, so it is a combination of style and sustainability. We launch new complete collections for the summer season, and in the months between we can launch variations of our current items, for example a design in a different fabric or colour. What I want to focus on this year is extending our collection to even more sizes and body shapes so we can be as inclusive as possible. For the future I would love to expand to kids collections and add beach accessories.     Why did you decide to design swimwear? What inspired you to embark on a career in this industry?   Because I felt that something was missing in the swimwear industry. I felt that swimwear that was trendy was often of bad quality and would only last one season, and the difference in price with designer brands was simply too big. I wanted to create swimwear that was both stylish as well as of good quality, at a fair price point. Then I started developing the ideas more and how we could use design to celebrate the female body. When I learned about sustainable fabrics I knew I was on the right path as I could combine fashion with raising awareness for the environment. I especially loved the fact that by using these fabrics we would contribute to reducing waste problems and recycling waste into beautiful new swimwear.   ​ As the theme of our Spring & Summer season is ELEMENTS and it is about sustainability, nature. Tell us about your perspective on sustainability and environment.   Sustainability is the core of my business so it means a lot to me. I think we have a responsibility to try and protect the environment and preserve it for future generations. I am glad there is more awareness now for climate change and loss of wildlife, but we are nowhere near the target necessary to prevent irreversible damage. I think it is amazing to see that every year there are more initiatives relating to sustainability, whether it is new eco friendly materials, machines or clean up devices or charities, it is clear that people are becoming more aware and want to do something to help. Every little change can make a big impact so whether you want to skip eating meat once a week or buy from sustainable businesses, every little bit helps.     Tell us about your recently launched swimwear collection made of plastic bottles.   This year we have introduced a new fabric into our collection. It is a beautiful, innovative rib fabric made of 100% recycled yarn from plastic bottles and waste of the Mediterranean Sea. This way we can combine sustainability and aesthetics and source local materials. We have also introduced new tops and bottoms, and I think we now have a good range of different styles. We aim to design pieces that would fit different styles, personalities and body types. We have classic triangle shape tops with a twist without padding, bra style tops with cups for more support and a sporty high neck top, as well as sexier plunge swimsuits and playful cut out styles.           What made you tap into sustainable fashion?   I have always loved fashion but I never really realised how bad it is for the environment in terms of waste, toxic chemicals and excessive stock that gets destroyed or put into landfill. That is why I wanted to do it differently and bring positive change with my products. Fashion should not cost the earth and I think the sustainable way is the way forward for the future. I also think that as brands are discovering sustainable materials, it was the right time for us to launch to still be one of the first brands offering this so we are not following a trend but leading with innovative fabrics.     What is the change you want to see in the world (and thus the reason why you started JUA June)?  I started JUA June because I wanted to combine my passion for fashion and love for nature. In the future I hope that running a business sustainability is the norm and not an exception. Don’t get me wrong- I am not saying everyone should turn into an eco-warrior, I am not myself either, but every small change makes a huge difference and being more aware of what we consume and at what cost will help revert these issues of for example plastic pollution. It should not be acceptable to dump tonnes of plastic in the ocean or to bury or burn waste and the sooner we find solutions for these problems or ways to prevent it the better so we can change our ways.     What would you say to young women (like yourself) to convince them to buy sustainable products moving forward? i.e. why is it worth the investment?   It is worth the investment because even though you might pay a bit more for an item, it will last a lot longer so in the long term it will save you money. You don’t have to buy a new swimsuit every year, and the quality will last longer. Cheaper, non sustainable items often loose its elasticity and stretch, fade colour or the fabric get damaged after you’ve only worn it on holiday for a few days. Our fabric for example is quite thick but has an amazing stretch to it, and features an innovative protection layer against chlorine and lotion damage which contributes to the long lasting quality. Also, cheap is never really cheap, there is always someone or something paying a price. I would mainly advise to become more aware of what you are buying, who made your product and what is it made from. If you start educating yourself on these concepts you will learn more about the production processes and materials and this will explain and justify the price and thus why it is worth investing in.           

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STUDIO VOLTAIRE AND LOEWE FOUNDATION ANNOUNCE A MAJOR NEW AWARD TO INCREASE OPPORTUNITIES FOR UNDER–REPRESENTED ARTISTS
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STUDIO VOLTAIRE AND LOEWE FOUNDATION ANNOUNCE A MAJOR NEW AWARD TO INCREASE OPPORTUNITIES FOR UNDER–REPRESENTED ARTISTS

Fashion Studio Voltaire and LOEWE FOUNDATION have today announced the LOEWE FOUNDATION / Studio Voltaire Award – a new programme bene tting seven artists with two years of support through rent–free studio space, professional development opportunities and a bursary. The second phase of the award, a new year–long residency for an international artist to be based at Studio Voltaire, will also be announced later this year. This major new programme coincides with the reopening of Studio Voltaire in October 2021, following a transformative capital development project.     The award has been developed in direct response to the urgent need for affordable and secure workspace for artists. In recent years, there has been a signi cant decrease in studio provision in London. The Covid–19 pandemic has had a detrimental impact on artists’ lives, with many experiencing reduced opportunities, losses in income and isolation. The LOEWE FOUNDATION / Studio Voltaire Award aims to cultivate spaces where artists can connect in a supportive studio environment that facilitates creative possibilities, risk–taking, experimentation and exchange.     The LOEWE FOUNDATION / Studio Voltaire Award has been established to celebrate talent, individuality and original thinking within contemporary art practice. The award will support artists at all stages of their careers including emerging and underrepresented artists, particularly those who are marginalised or experience intersecting forms of discrimination. The programme aims to increase and strengthen equitable representation and access, and amplify artistic voices across class, race, gender, sexuality and disability.   The two–year programme has been developed to provide a range of support including: • A rent–free workspace within Studio Voltaire’s newly developed buildings • A bursary of £2,000 for each artist • An individualised programme of mentoring and professional development • Curatorial and pastoral support • Access to local and international audiences via public events programming     Awards will be allocated based on talent and need. Applications will be received through an open call and via a group of selected nominators. Nominators include: Sheryll Catto, Co–Director of ActionSpace; Languid Hands, an artistic and curatorial collaboration between Rabz Lansiquot and Imani Robinson, writer and lmmaker Juliet Jacques; Dr Mark Sealy, Director of Autograph ABP; Linsey Young;   Awarded artists will be selected by a panel of leading curators and artists: Sepake Angiama, Artistic Director of Iniva; Andrew Bonacina, Chief Curator of The Hepworth Wake eld; artists Anthea Hamilton and Elizabeth Price; and Studio Voltaire’s Curator of Studios and Residencies, Maggie Matić and Director, Joe Scotland.     Applications are now open at studiovoltaire.org.     Joe Scotland, Director of Studio Voltaire, said: ‘This special programme is even more urgent given Covid–19’s effects on artists. The need for spaces where artists can connect and be supported is vitally important. London has lost signi cant numbers of studio spaces in the last three years and it’s estimated that more than a third of existing studio spaces will vanish by 2024. 2021 is going to be an extremely important year for our organisation and through this award we will increase accessibility and opportunities for artists, speci cally those with limited nancial means or experiencing barriers within their careers.’     Jonathan Anderson, Creative Director of LOEWE, said: ‘Supporting creativity is at the heart of all LOEWE does and it is therefore a great privilege for the LOEWE FOUNDATION to support this vital new initiative, especially in light of the impact Covid-19 has had on the artistic community. I have long admired Studio Voltaire and the work it does and am delighted we can be a part of it.’ Studio Voltaire and LOEWE FOUNDATION have today announced the LOEWE FOUNDATION / Studio Voltaire Award – a new programme bene tting seven artists with two years of support through rent–free studio space, professional development opportunities and a bursary. The second phase of the award, a new year–long residency for an international artist to be based at Studio Voltaire, will also be announced later this year. This major new programme coincides with the reopening of Studio Voltaire in October 2021, following a transformative capital development project.     The award has been developed in direct response to the urgent need for affordable and secure workspace for artists. In recent years, there has been a signi cant decrease in studio provision in London. The Covid–19 pandemic has had a detrimental impact on artists’ lives, with many experiencing reduced opportunities, losses in income and isolation. The LOEWE FOUNDATION / Studio Voltaire Award aims to cultivate spaces where artists can connect in a supportive studio environment that facilitates creative possibilities, risk–taking, experimentation and exchange.     The LOEWE FOUNDATION / Studio Voltaire Award has been established to celebrate talent, individuality and original thinking within contemporary art practice. The award will support artists at all stages of their careers including emerging and underrepresented artists, particularly those who are marginalised or experience intersecting forms of discrimination. The programme aims to increase and strengthen equitable representation and access, and amplify artistic voices across class, race, gender, sexuality and disability.   The two–year programme has been developed to provide a range of support including: • A rent–free workspace within Studio Voltaire’s newly developed buildings • A bursary of £2,000 for each artist • An individualised programme of mentoring and professional development • Curatorial and pastoral support • Access to local and international audiences via public events programming     Awards will be allocated based on talent and need. Applications will be received through an open call and via a group of selected nominators. Nominators include: Sheryll Catto, Co–Director of ActionSpace; Languid Hands, an artistic and curatorial collaboration between Rabz Lansiquot and Imani Robinson, writer and lmmaker Juliet Jacques; Dr Mark Sealy, Director of Autograph ABP; Linsey Young;   Awarded artists will be selected by a panel of leading curators and artists: Sepake Angiama, Artistic Director of Iniva; Andrew Bonacina, Chief Curator of The Hepworth Wake eld; artists Anthea Hamilton and Elizabeth Price; and Studio Voltaire’s Curator of Studios and Residencies, Maggie Matić and Director, Joe Scotland.     Applications are now open at studiovoltaire.org.     Joe Scotland, Director of Studio Voltaire, said: ‘This special programme is even more urgent given Covid–19’s effects on artists. The need for spaces where artists can connect and be supported is vitally important. London has lost signi cant numbers of studio spaces in the last three years and it’s estimated that more than a third of existing studio spaces will vanish by 2024. 2021 is going to be an extremely important year for our organisation and through this award we will increase accessibility and opportunities for artists, speci cally those with limited nancial means or experiencing barriers within their careers.’     Jonathan Anderson, Creative Director of LOEWE, said: ‘Supporting creativity is at the heart of all LOEWE does and it is therefore a great privilege for the LOEWE FOUNDATION to support this vital new initiative, especially in light of the impact Covid-19 has had on the artistic community. I have long admired Studio Voltaire and the work it does and am delighted we can be a part of it.’

FENDI launches a #FendiPeekaboo video starring award winning actress Naomi Watts
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FENDI launches a #FendiPeekaboo video starring award winning actress Naomi Watts

Fashion The new video, called ‘Wild Untamed Naomi’ is a vignette of a private moment in Naomi Watt’s day within her apartment in New York, documenting her hidden and surprising side, accompanied by the FENDI Peekaboo ISeeU bag.     What starts as an average and restless day becomes untamed as Naomi escapes into her own world and discovers the joy of releasing stress and anxiety through a cathartic release of movement, unleashing her inner, wilder, and unseen side. With the help of her FENDI Peekaboo ISeeU bags, Naomi will seek out the extraordinary in the ordinary.     The wistful instrumental music, reflecting Naomi’s initial restless mood, leaves space to the catchy and upbeat electro-pop track, ‘Beggin’ by Canadian duo HUMANS, which brightens the atmosphere and evokes the audience to dance along with Naomi during the video.   Intimate in scope and irreverent in tone, the video is a journey to self-love that plays with the FENDI values of creativity, craftsmanship and playful spirit, whilst celebrating the eternal narrative of the FENDI Peekaboo bag – the hidden beauty within.   “I love the colours! And it is a classic shape that’s very functional, whether you’re travelling with it or just using it as a day to-day bag. It just works.” said Naomi Watts about the FENDI Peekaboo bag.   Presented for the first time in the FENDI Fall/Winter 2020-21 Collection, the iconic Peekaboo ISeeU features an accordion-frame shape, to open in a deep ‘smile’ featuring inside pockets which can be interchangeable in smooth leather or precious skins and personalised with one’s initials.   The #FendiPeekaboo video featuring Naomi Watts launches globally on 31st March 2021.     #FendiPeekaboo #Fendi   Access the ‘Wild Untamed Naomi’ video here         Credits Directed by Sophia Li Executive Producer & Talent Director: Rikki Keene Fashion Editor: Melissa Levy Director of Photography: Isabella Tan Lighting Design and Photographer: Andy Harrington Hair: Ryan Trygstad Make-Up: Mary Wiles Set Design: Kyle Hagemeier Movement Director: Elena Vazintaris Producer: Antonia Tedroff Project Manager: Mollie Dixon Editor: Nicholas Blatt Track: “Beggin (Gang Signs Remix)” by HUMANS The new video, called ‘Wild Untamed Naomi’ is a vignette of a private moment in Naomi Watt’s day within her apartment in New York, documenting her hidden and surprising side, accompanied by the FENDI Peekaboo ISeeU bag.     What starts as an average and restless day becomes untamed as Naomi escapes into her own world and discovers the joy of releasing stress and anxiety through a cathartic release of movement, unleashing her inner, wilder, and unseen side. With the help of her FENDI Peekaboo ISeeU bags, Naomi will seek out the extraordinary in the ordinary.     The wistful instrumental music, reflecting Naomi’s initial restless mood, leaves space to the catchy and upbeat electro-pop track, ‘Beggin’ by Canadian duo HUMANS, which brightens the atmosphere and evokes the audience to dance along with Naomi during the video.   Intimate in scope and irreverent in tone, the video is a journey to self-love that plays with the FENDI values of creativity, craftsmanship and playful spirit, whilst celebrating the eternal narrative of the FENDI Peekaboo bag – the hidden beauty within.   “I love the colours! And it is a classic shape that’s very functional, whether you’re travelling with it or just using it as a day to-day bag. It just works.” said Naomi Watts about the FENDI Peekaboo bag.   Presented for the first time in the FENDI Fall/Winter 2020-21 Collection, the iconic Peekaboo ISeeU features an accordion-frame shape, to open in a deep ‘smile’ featuring inside pockets which can be interchangeable in smooth leather or precious skins and personalised with one’s initials.   The #FendiPeekaboo video featuring Naomi Watts launches globally on 31st March 2021.     #FendiPeekaboo #Fendi   Access the ‘Wild Untamed Naomi’ video here         Credits Directed by Sophia Li Executive Producer & Talent Director: Rikki Keene Fashion Editor: Melissa Levy Director of Photography: Isabella Tan Lighting Design and Photographer: Andy Harrington Hair: Ryan Trygstad Make-Up: Mary Wiles Set Design: Kyle Hagemeier Movement Director: Elena Vazintaris Producer: Antonia Tedroff Project Manager: Mollie Dixon Editor: Nicholas Blatt Track: “Beggin (Gang Signs Remix)” by HUMANS

In conversation with Calvyn Justus
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In conversation with Calvyn Justus

Men We had a pleasure speaking with Olympic swimmer Calvyn Justus, captured by Riley Taylor.     How would you describe your work and swimming across the past, present & future?   I think it’s been a good journey although I believe I’m still in the beginning stages, there’s so much I still want to do and achieve so hopefully there’s still a long road ahead, but I’m having the time of my life.      What has been your favourite swimming moment of your career and why?    Winning my first national title in 2016 which secured my place on the Olympic team. I wasn’t a favorite for the race, I went into the final ranked 6th.      Tell us something that is not on your resume.   Outside of swimming and modeling a huge passion is film and photography, I’ve been lucky enough to have directed and produced a few campaigns and commercials for the biggest swimming brand, Arena.      Have you learnt or explored any other new passions during this past year?   For awhile pools were closed, actually to this very day most still are, so I kept my fitness exploring another passion of mine, Surfing.      When did you start swimming and when did you know it was what you wanted to do as a career?    I began swimming competitively at 9 and that same year watched South Africa win and break the world record in the 4x100m freestyle relay at the Athens Olympics in 2004. Becoming an Olympian was all I thought about from then on.      What is your daily beauty routine like? And what beauty products you cannot go without?   I’m usually up pretty early to go for a surf, swim or run. When I get back home I’ll have a shower and use a face wash, when I’m out the shower I’ll apply a serum from ‘The Ordinary” along with a face moisturizer with sunscreen in it. Sometimes I’ll spray my face with rose water face mist. I’ll repeat that in the evening before bed using a night time serum instead. I’ve also been using a zinc sunscreen from a company called EIR NYC and it’s great for surfing.      How was it like competing at the Olympics and are you preparing for the coming Olympic Games in Japan?   Competing at the Olympics was a dream come true and an honor, I feel incredibly blessed and I’m so grateful for the experience.  Preparing for Tokyo 2020 has been incredibly challenging with Covid and the pool closures. Whether the games will be on or not is still being decided and that adds another layer to a challenging preperation. It’s something I’m just having to take day by day at the moment.    How is it different living in Los Angeles now to South Africa where you grew up?   The weather and coastal living are very similar, the culture and the way people operate in LA took a little adjusting and learning to drive on the opposite side of the road felt strange at first but ultimately I love having the option of both places, they’re so different and satisfy different parts of me. I love California and I’m really happy to be here. I wish more people could see how beautiful and unique South Africa is.      What are your other passions next to swimming? What kind of other creative things and projects have you been working on?   Touching on the video and photo passions I mentioned earlier, I definitely want to explore that world more, in-front and behind the camera. I’m trying to spend a lot more of my time writing and editing content. I’m also really enjoying the modeling and fashion world and I think there’s a few ways I could merge these two worlds together, I’m excited to keep learning and exploring.      What are some of your favourite travel spots you have been to and why? Also which are some of your bucket list places you want to visit after Covid-19?   With my swimming career I’ve spent a lot of time training and racing in Europe, I really love France and Italy, at one point I nearly took a directing job in Rome. I love Greece and the Maldives for vacation too. I would really love to spend time in Japan, I’m fascinated with the culture and food. Travel is one of the best parts of life and learning and I’m always excited to visit new places and cultures.      What does fashion mean to you?   Fashion to me is a way to express yourself and different versions of yourself visually. It’s how you’re choosing to show yourself to the world and it’s one of people’s first things they’ll learn about you on first impression. I love the idea of being different characters and experimenting with styles and colors. It’s such a big part of the world of film and photography and I can’t wait to learn more.  We had a pleasure speaking with Olympic swimmer Calvyn Justus, captured by Riley Taylor.     How would you describe your work and swimming across the past, present & future?   I think it’s been a good journey although I believe I’m still in the beginning stages, there’s so much I still want to do and achieve so hopefully there’s still a long road ahead, but I’m having the time of my life.      What has been your favourite swimming moment of your career and why?    Winning my first national title in 2016 which secured my place on the Olympic team. I wasn’t a favorite for the race, I went into the final ranked 6th.      Tell us something that is not on your resume.   Outside of swimming and modeling a huge passion is film and photography, I’ve been lucky enough to have directed and produced a few campaigns and commercials for the biggest swimming brand, Arena.      Have you learnt or explored any other new passions during this past year?   For awhile pools were closed, actually to this very day most still are, so I kept my fitness exploring another passion of mine, Surfing.      When did you start swimming and when did you know it was what you wanted to do as a career?    I began swimming competitively at 9 and that same year watched South Africa win and break the world record in the 4x100m freestyle relay at the Athens Olympics in 2004. Becoming an Olympian was all I thought about from then on.      What is your daily beauty routine like? And what beauty products you cannot go without?   I’m usually up pretty early to go for a surf, swim or run. When I get back home I’ll have a shower and use a face wash, when I’m out the shower I’ll apply a serum from ‘The Ordinary” along with a face moisturizer with sunscreen in it. Sometimes I’ll spray my face with rose water face mist. I’ll repeat that in the evening before bed using a night time serum instead. I’ve also been using a zinc sunscreen from a company called EIR NYC and it’s great for surfing.      How was it like competing at the Olympics and are you preparing for the coming Olympic Games in Japan?   Competing at the Olympics was a dream come true and an honor, I feel incredibly blessed and I’m so grateful for the experience.  Preparing for Tokyo 2020 has been incredibly challenging with Covid and the pool closures. Whether the games will be on or not is still being decided and that adds another layer to a challenging preperation. It’s something I’m just having to take day by day at the moment.    How is it different living in Los Angeles now to South Africa where you grew up?   The weather and coastal living are very similar, the culture and the way people operate in LA took a little adjusting and learning to drive on the opposite side of the road felt strange at first but ultimately I love having the option of both places, they’re so different and satisfy different parts of me. I love California and I’m really happy to be here. I wish more people could see how beautiful and unique South Africa is.      What are your other passions next to swimming? What kind of other creative things and projects have you been working on?   Touching on the video and photo passions I mentioned earlier, I definitely want to explore that world more, in-front and behind the camera. I’m trying to spend a lot more of my time writing and editing content. I’m also really enjoying the modeling and fashion world and I think there’s a few ways I could merge these two worlds together, I’m excited to keep learning and exploring.      What are some of your favourite travel spots you have been to and why? Also which are some of your bucket list places you want to visit after Covid-19?   With my swimming career I’ve spent a lot of time training and racing in Europe, I really love France and Italy, at one point I nearly took a directing job in Rome. I love Greece and the Maldives for vacation too. I would really love to spend time in Japan, I’m fascinated with the culture and food. Travel is one of the best parts of life and learning and I’m always excited to visit new places and cultures.      What does fashion mean to you?   Fashion to me is a way to express yourself and different versions of yourself visually. It’s how you’re choosing to show yourself to the world and it’s one of people’s first things they’ll learn about you on first impression. I love the idea of being different characters and experimenting with styles and colors. It’s such a big part of the world of film and photography and I can’t wait to learn more. 

Louis Vuitton is pleased to announce the launch of Knokke’s limited-edition OnTheGo
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Louis Vuitton is pleased to announce the launch of Knokke’s limited-edition OnTheGo

Accessories Louis Vuitton is pleased to announce the launch of Knokke’s limited-edition OnTheGo in celebration of the House’s Summer 2021 Collection ‘Summer by the Pool’.   Showcasing gradient pastel Monogram Giant canvas with woven raffia gussets, this year’s OnTheGo not only features the name of the city but also a one-of-kind shell-shaped leather charm, reminiscent of Knokke’s flag.   Spacious and easy to carry by its shoulder straps or top handles, this large tote is a versatile bag to have by the beach as well as in the city.   The OnTheGo Knokke is exclusively sold in Knokke Louis Vuitton store for a limited period of time starting April 2nd. Louis Vuitton is pleased to announce the launch of Knokke’s limited-edition OnTheGo in celebration of the House’s Summer 2021 Collection ‘Summer by the Pool’.   Showcasing gradient pastel Monogram Giant canvas with woven raffia gussets, this year’s OnTheGo not only features the name of the city but also a one-of-kind shell-shaped leather charm, reminiscent of Knokke’s flag.   Spacious and easy to carry by its shoulder straps or top handles, this large tote is a versatile bag to have by the beach as well as in the city.   The OnTheGo Knokke is exclusively sold in Knokke Louis Vuitton store for a limited period of time starting April 2nd.

Medusa Power Talks Versace Challenges the Double Standards Faced by Women in Power
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Medusa Power Talks Versace Challenges the Double Standards Faced by Women in Power

Fashion In a year that has shaped the world and taken us into an era of unprecedented change, Versace is reclaiming leadership in the conversation about female empowerment. Donatella Versace will launch Medusa Power Talks, a female-led platform that will discuss the experiences of women in power in 2021. Driven by her own unique experiences of what “power” means, Donatella creates space for women and nonbinary folx to discuss the role power plays in navigating modern life, and the double standards they must often maneuver in moments of expressing power, or even in positions of authority.     “The archetype of a powerful person has changed forever. For me, to be powerful is above all, the freedom to express yourself as you are, without any fear. Power plays many roles in our everyday lives. With my amazing panel of friends, Medusa Power Talks will discuss, examine and no doubt argue, about what it means for us all to be powerful in 2021. I am passionate about offering a platform to voices that represent the future I want to see, and I can’t wait to hear their stories.” - Donatella Versace     The project will launch with a series of recorded interviews with participating speakers, including Precious Lee, Indya Moore, Irina Shayk, Chelsea Miller, and of course, Donatella Versace. These interviews will be shared on Versace’s social media platforms from March 30 and will culminate in a live discussion on the brand’s newly launched Clubhouse profile. The project aims to magnify voices making progressive steps towards gender equality and championing female power.      Medusa has long been a symbol of power. For Versace, she represents unapologetic authority and female empowerment. She is an iconic signifier of the fearless Versace woman.      As part of our ongoing commitment to supporting gender equality, Versace donated a portion of sales made during the International Women’s Day weekend to the Women’s Center for Creative Work, an LA-based organization prioritizing and elevating the work of women of color, queer, trans, and non-binary folx and artists in other marginalized communities.   In a year that has shaped the world and taken us into an era of unprecedented change, Versace is reclaiming leadership in the conversation about female empowerment. Donatella Versace will launch Medusa Power Talks, a female-led platform that will discuss the experiences of women in power in 2021. Driven by her own unique experiences of what “power” means, Donatella creates space for women and nonbinary folx to discuss the role power plays in navigating modern life, and the double standards they must often maneuver in moments of expressing power, or even in positions of authority.     “The archetype of a powerful person has changed forever. For me, to be powerful is above all, the freedom to express yourself as you are, without any fear. Power plays many roles in our everyday lives. With my amazing panel of friends, Medusa Power Talks will discuss, examine and no doubt argue, about what it means for us all to be powerful in 2021. I am passionate about offering a platform to voices that represent the future I want to see, and I can’t wait to hear their stories.” - Donatella Versace     The project will launch with a series of recorded interviews with participating speakers, including Precious Lee, Indya Moore, Irina Shayk, Chelsea Miller, and of course, Donatella Versace. These interviews will be shared on Versace’s social media platforms from March 30 and will culminate in a live discussion on the brand’s newly launched Clubhouse profile. The project aims to magnify voices making progressive steps towards gender equality and championing female power.      Medusa has long been a symbol of power. For Versace, she represents unapologetic authority and female empowerment. She is an iconic signifier of the fearless Versace woman.      As part of our ongoing commitment to supporting gender equality, Versace donated a portion of sales made during the International Women’s Day weekend to the Women’s Center for Creative Work, an LA-based organization prioritizing and elevating the work of women of color, queer, trans, and non-binary folx and artists in other marginalized communities.  

The Dior Book Tote With Palm Trees
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The Dior Book Tote With Palm Trees

Accessories This season, the essential Dior Book Tote comes adorned with the Dior Palms motif, a reinterpretation of the signature toile de Jouy motif in a vegetal version designed by Maria Grazia Chiuri. Emblems of elegance, dazzling palm trees sublimate this iconic bag punctuated by the name “Christian Dior,” blending together in shades of soft and vibrant blue. Crafted in Italy using exceptional artisanal techniques, this colorful accessory also features traditional Ikat Endek fabrics from Bali, Indonesia. The fruit of the House’s virtuoso savoir-faire, this essential completes a sophisticated summer look, like an invitation to travel. This season, the essential Dior Book Tote comes adorned with the Dior Palms motif, a reinterpretation of the signature toile de Jouy motif in a vegetal version designed by Maria Grazia Chiuri. Emblems of elegance, dazzling palm trees sublimate this iconic bag punctuated by the name “Christian Dior,” blending together in shades of soft and vibrant blue. Crafted in Italy using exceptional artisanal techniques, this colorful accessory also features traditional Ikat Endek fabrics from Bali, Indonesia. The fruit of the House’s virtuoso savoir-faire, this essential completes a sophisticated summer look, like an invitation to travel.

ELISABETTA FRANCHI CONSOLIDATES ITS PRESENCE IN THE NETHERLANDS
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ELISABETTA FRANCHI CONSOLIDATES ITS PRESENCE IN THE NETHERLANDS

Fashion ELISABETTA FRANCHI consolidates its presence abroad with the opening of a new flagship store in The Hague.     Though not the capital, The Hague is the country’s third largest city and attracts a wealth of foreign students and politicians thanks to it being the home to many international associations and the Dutch seat of government. The store is located on the high street – Noordeinde – the ultimate shopping and art district known for its exclusive boutiques hosted inside Art Nouveau buildings. Boasting an area of 87 sq. m, it offers clients the same warm and sophisticated traits that are typical of the fashion house and its collections.     The expansion in The Netherlands is part of a broader international strategy that encompasses key destinations in Europe and confirms the continual growth of the Elisabetta Franchi brand on both the wholesale and retail distribution channel. ELISABETTA FRANCHI consolidates its presence abroad with the opening of a new flagship store in The Hague.     Though not the capital, The Hague is the country’s third largest city and attracts a wealth of foreign students and politicians thanks to it being the home to many international associations and the Dutch seat of government. The store is located on the high street – Noordeinde – the ultimate shopping and art district known for its exclusive boutiques hosted inside Art Nouveau buildings. Boasting an area of 87 sq. m, it offers clients the same warm and sophisticated traits that are typical of the fashion house and its collections.     The expansion in The Netherlands is part of a broader international strategy that encompasses key destinations in Europe and confirms the continual growth of the Elisabetta Franchi brand on both the wholesale and retail distribution channel.

SPRING-SUMMER 2021 RUNWAY DISCOVER THE FILM IMAGINED BY (LA)HORDE FOR ISABEL MARANT
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SPRING-SUMMER 2021 RUNWAY DISCOVER THE FILM IMAGINED BY (LA)HORDE FOR ISABEL MARANT

Fashion Around the Pol Bury’s fountains in Paris, nothing is like it used to be. Isabel Marant decided to get rid of the tent and stands and take a step into the adjoining garden to focus on the essential.     The models walk unperturbed while a swarm of bodies is unleashed around them. Speeding, carrying each other, losing their balance, the bodies convey the urgency to adapt to a world that is tipping over. A transformation of energies takes place in order to bring us movement, energy, light and joy.     The film imagined by (LA)HORDE for Isabel Marant is intended to capture the energy and experience shared with the audience during a live show. This moment of jubilation and liberation of the body makes even more sense today in a world that has not yet reopened, and where dance has still not found its place.   Isabel Marant’s invitation to the dancers still resonates in our bodies and souls, like a reminiscence of a future we hope is near!     Please find below the link to the YouTube video of the SS21 Show by (LA)HORDE : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fKzObCvs198 Around the Pol Bury’s fountains in Paris, nothing is like it used to be. Isabel Marant decided to get rid of the tent and stands and take a step into the adjoining garden to focus on the essential.     The models walk unperturbed while a swarm of bodies is unleashed around them. Speeding, carrying each other, losing their balance, the bodies convey the urgency to adapt to a world that is tipping over. A transformation of energies takes place in order to bring us movement, energy, light and joy.     The film imagined by (LA)HORDE for Isabel Marant is intended to capture the energy and experience shared with the audience during a live show. This moment of jubilation and liberation of the body makes even more sense today in a world that has not yet reopened, and where dance has still not found its place.   Isabel Marant’s invitation to the dancers still resonates in our bodies and souls, like a reminiscence of a future we hope is near!     Please find below the link to the YouTube video of the SS21 Show by (LA)HORDE : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fKzObCvs198

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