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SAMSØE SAMSØE Spring & Summer 2020 Mid-Century's Modern collection
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SAMSØE SAMSØE Spring & Summer 2020 Mid-Century's Modern collection

Fashion Week Building further on pre-Spring’s humancentric approach to fashion, where clean lines, high quality materials and the consideration of function converge, Spring/Summer 2020 sends a nostalgic nod to the Danish Modern design movement, characterised by these same guiding principles. As relevant today as ever, the soft modernism of Scandinavia plays out on a collection where cuts become looser for the warmer months, and elements of sportwear and workwear and their way into the everyday wardrobe. Looking to the era that gave us many of our modern wardrobe staples, the collection is lled with versatile pieces that remain sartorial building blocks: structured transitional jackets cut for aboxy  from tweedy fabrics or tactile velvet areminimally detailed with practical pockets; new renditions of the ubiquitous polo shirt are imbued with nostalgic details and cut for a closet from crisp blends; and oversized sweaters in thick ribbed knits with half-zip fastenings underpin the importance of well made clothing. Just like the design movement, new materials shape the collection’s styles: Samsøe Samsøe’s longstanding tradition of crafting garments from natural fabrics results in pieces that are celebrated as much for their quality as for their simple yet modern shapes. A trench coat for her is cut from structured linen blend and pared back to its purest form with gently rounded shoulders and raglan sleeves. Fusing workwear with streetwear, classic menswear is given utilitarian edge on cotton twill trousers, cut in a new, relaxed shape. Sustainable fabrics and blends also celebrate the shapes of the classics: the bowling shirt has an updated t so it feels in nitelymore modern, cut from soft tencel that falls ina liquid-like drape. Palazzo-style pants designedwith the working woman in mind are crafted inheavy crepe with a lustrous nish. And softlytailored shirts and blouses juxtapose sleek lines with organic shapes, using these new and natural blends to reimagine traditional styles. Purposely devoid of pattern, the collection’s singular standout is a lively bird print found in our archives and inspired by furniture designer Kay Bojesen’s iconic wooden decorations, printed on an ankle-grazing silk dress with shirred cuts. Stripes move away from varsity sensibilities to take on a more nostalgic feel, and an abundance of heritage checks reference the upholstery fabrics of the mid-century movement. Touched with the era’s signature coloursand rooted in nature, monk’s robe, midnight blue and desert sand are enlivened with misty rose and seaweed green. Blurring the lines between how pieces are worn, shirts become jackets, knits become teesand trousers and shorts resemble skirts at rstglance. It’s all about function — and wearing them with an air of studied nonchalance thatbe ts the modern urbanite. more on samsoesamsoe.com Building further on pre-Spring’s humancentric approach to fashion, where clean lines, high quality materials and the consideration of function converge, Spring/Summer 2020 sends a nostalgic nod to the Danish Modern design movement, characterised by these same guiding principles. As relevant today as ever, the soft modernism of Scandinavia plays out on a collection where cuts become looser for the warmer months, and elements of sportwear and workwear and their way into the everyday wardrobe. Looking to the era that gave us many of our modern wardrobe staples, the collection is lled with versatile pieces that remain sartorial building blocks: structured transitional jackets cut for aboxy  from tweedy fabrics or tactile velvet areminimally detailed with practical pockets; new renditions of the ubiquitous polo shirt are imbued with nostalgic details and cut for a closet from crisp blends; and oversized sweaters in thick ribbed knits with half-zip fastenings underpin the importance of well made clothing. Just like the design movement, new materials shape the collection’s styles: Samsøe Samsøe’s longstanding tradition of crafting garments from natural fabrics results in pieces that are celebrated as much for their quality as for their simple yet modern shapes. A trench coat for her is cut from structured linen blend and pared back to its purest form with gently rounded shoulders and raglan sleeves. Fusing workwear with streetwear, classic menswear is given utilitarian edge on cotton twill trousers, cut in a new, relaxed shape. Sustainable fabrics and blends also celebrate the shapes of the classics: the bowling shirt has an updated t so it feels in nitelymore modern, cut from soft tencel that falls ina liquid-like drape. Palazzo-style pants designedwith the working woman in mind are crafted inheavy crepe with a lustrous nish. And softlytailored shirts and blouses juxtapose sleek lines with organic shapes, using these new and natural blends to reimagine traditional styles. Purposely devoid of pattern, the collection’s singular standout is a lively bird print found in our archives and inspired by furniture designer Kay Bojesen’s iconic wooden decorations, printed on an ankle-grazing silk dress with shirred cuts. Stripes move away from varsity sensibilities to take on a more nostalgic feel, and an abundance of heritage checks reference the upholstery fabrics of the mid-century movement. Touched with the era’s signature coloursand rooted in nature, monk’s robe, midnight blue and desert sand are enlivened with misty rose and seaweed green. Blurring the lines between how pieces are worn, shirts become jackets, knits become teesand trousers and shorts resemble skirts at rstglance. It’s all about function — and wearing them with an air of studied nonchalance thatbe ts the modern urbanite. more on samsoesamsoe.com

BOSS  launches a new capsule collection
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BOSS launches a new capsule collection

Fashion To celebrate the launch of the new BOSS ALIVE eau de parfum, BOSS Womenswear introduces an eight-piece capsule collection. Mirroring the contrasting masculine and feminine ingredients in the fragrance, the ALIVE capsule includes both sharp tailoring and softer silhouettes, in a palette of white, black, and shades of pink.   A relaxed, double-breasted suit in white stretch cotton is a focal point of the capsule, perfectly combined with the “Feel ALIVE” slogan-print T-shirt in tonal white or pop-color coral. An easy-fit white cotton shirt is designed to be worn with the suit, or with the capsule’s stretch-cotton wrap skirt in pale blush pink. A soft merino wool sweater in the same shade can also be effortlessly mixed and matched with other pieces, and is an essential addition to every woman’s wardrobe.   A flowing silk dress adds relaxed femininity, while a short-sleeved blouse in sheer black silk takes the collection from day into evening. With options available for whatever the day brings, every BOSS woman will find herself in this capsule of versatile, timeless designs.   The BOSS Alive Capsule Collection is available as of half April in the BOSS stores in Amsterdam and Antwerp and via boss.com To celebrate the launch of the new BOSS ALIVE eau de parfum, BOSS Womenswear introduces an eight-piece capsule collection. Mirroring the contrasting masculine and feminine ingredients in the fragrance, the ALIVE capsule includes both sharp tailoring and softer silhouettes, in a palette of white, black, and shades of pink.   A relaxed, double-breasted suit in white stretch cotton is a focal point of the capsule, perfectly combined with the “Feel ALIVE” slogan-print T-shirt in tonal white or pop-color coral. An easy-fit white cotton shirt is designed to be worn with the suit, or with the capsule’s stretch-cotton wrap skirt in pale blush pink. A soft merino wool sweater in the same shade can also be effortlessly mixed and matched with other pieces, and is an essential addition to every woman’s wardrobe.   A flowing silk dress adds relaxed femininity, while a short-sleeved blouse in sheer black silk takes the collection from day into evening. With options available for whatever the day brings, every BOSS woman will find herself in this capsule of versatile, timeless designs.   The BOSS Alive Capsule Collection is available as of half April in the BOSS stores in Amsterdam and Antwerp and via boss.com

Yasmin by Marco Van Rijt
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Yasmin by Marco Van Rijt

Fashion Fotografie: Marco van Rijt @ Link Details Styling: Koen T. Hendriks @ House of Orange Haar: Hester Wernert Rijn @ Walter Schupfer Management Make-up: Carlos Saidel Manicure: Frédérique Olthuis @ House of Orange Model: Yasmin Wijnaldum @ Elite Amsterdam Fotografie Assistent: Santiago de la Vega Styling Assistent: Nour Ezzi Casting: Timotej Letonja all clothing: SAINT LAURENT BY ANTHONY VACCARELLO - Fall & Winter 2019-2020 Fotografie: Marco van Rijt @ Link Details Styling: Koen T. Hendriks @ House of Orange Haar: Hester Wernert Rijn @ Walter Schupfer Management Make-up: Carlos Saidel Manicure: Frédérique Olthuis @ House of Orange Model: Yasmin Wijnaldum @ Elite Amsterdam Fotografie Assistent: Santiago de la Vega Styling Assistent: Nour Ezzi Casting: Timotej Letonja all clothing: SAINT LAURENT BY ANTHONY VACCARELLO - Fall & Winter 2019-2020

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Exclusive Digital Editorial by Seb Giraud
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Exclusive Digital Editorial by Seb Giraud

Fashion Photographer: Seb Giraud Casting: Corinne Patron Lighting Assistant: Alex Digital: Matias Brigidano Fashion Editor: Joy Sinanian Assistant Fashion Editor: Manavi Dang Hair/Make-up: Mickael Jauneau @ Agence Aurelien Hair/Make-up Assistant: Karine Walzack Using GHD hair et Leonor Greyl hair Grooming with the line Boy de Chanel Models: Anton, Felix, Tom, Milan, Lorelle, Paul, Bartholome #NumeroDigital  Photographer: Seb Giraud Casting: Corinne Patron Lighting Assistant: Alex Digital: Matias Brigidano Fashion Editor: Joy Sinanian Assistant Fashion Editor: Manavi Dang Hair/Make-up: Mickael Jauneau @ Agence Aurelien Hair/Make-up Assistant: Karine Walzack Using GHD hair et Leonor Greyl hair Grooming with the line Boy de Chanel Models: Anton, Felix, Tom, Milan, Lorelle, Paul, Bartholome #NumeroDigital 

Speaking with  Christophe Lemaire
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Speaking with Christophe Lemaire

Fashion UNIQLO U 2020 Spring & Summer collection has launched lifeWear essentials.   We had a chance to speak with Christophe Lemaire about the collection:    Can you explain what is Uniqlo U in your own words?  Elevated essentials, functionality and sense of ease. For myself and the Paris R&D team, when we started Uniqlo U we wanted to propose an elevated proposition, or something a little more experimental, a slightly more daring proposition of LifeWear. We very much wanted to be perceived or understood to be an extension of LifeWear. We made ours to be part of the values of the brand, which are clothes for every day and for everyone.  Functionality and ease are very important. Of course because we have this background of Paris and Europe, and London too, we are looking to create a European vibe in the product offering. And we are trying to be as sophisticated as possible when designing affordable, necessary items to be worn daily. For us, a “good color” is not necessarily more expensive than a “bad color,” and a “good cut” is not necessarily more expensive than a “so-so cut.” There are many ways of improving an affordable product; this is our overall philosophy.   What is the value of LifeWear to you? I come from a high-fashion background. And actually most of the team here in Paris does too. We learned a lot through this experience, through aesthetics, quality, and refinement. But I think we all share a desire to propose style and quality for everyone. We are very respectful of this democratic dimension of UNIQLO. And this is one thing we are very excited about with Uniqlo U; we wish to try to bring style, contemporariness and quality, but at a very affordable price. This is the strength of being the part of UNIQLO system, and to be able to reach that is a great achievement.   One important focus of this new collection is Denim, isn’t it? Yes it was, absolutely.We have been looking for a new straight leg, a higher rise, proposing an alternative to the curved line we did before, which was the carrot fit line that proved to be very successful. But our role in the Paris R&D Center is to continue to explore new options, so this season for both men and women, we feel there is a need for a straighter leg, a new silhouette and a higher rise, again.  In addition to the beautiful denim we worked on together with the LA team (the Jeans Innovation Center, JIC), we were also interested in cotton satin, which we proposed for the Trucker Jacket. This is a beautiful cotton satin that we can also call moleskin, but it is not brushed, available in very interesting colors. For women, we worked with cotton satin to propose a new style in the curved design, which has been very successful, and has patched pockets and details taken from a carpenter’s pants. For men we offer a four-pocket jacket in different washes of denim. And for women, we created a total look in one wash denim, with straight leg jeans and kind of a boxy men’s shirt in 6.5 ounces denim. Also, a dress in washed denim, slightly oversized; it’s a light denim, I think only 6 ounces. The idea here was to produce a full-range of denim and cotton satin products. Cotton satin is a classic material used in workwear, and so is denim. Therefore, together with the supplier we developed a superior quality cotton satin. The wonder of cotton satin is that it ages beautifully, and the more you wear it, the more it’ll achieve a specific patina or finish.   Can you talk about some of the unique details of the T-shirt collection? There’s a lot to say about the details. In general, the T-shirt is an interesting exercise, because it seems like the items is always the same. Usually a T-shirt comes in a crew neck and with short sleeves, although sometimes long sleeves. We believe in the need to be extremely precise on the weight of the cotton, the way it’s knit and other details such as the finishing, volume and colors. So this is kind of a general statement we have in mind, and I have to say I work with a great team of designers and developers, who are extremely passionate every season about making the perfect T-shirt. This season we have a lighter jersey with a cool and dry touch. It’s a double-faced jersey with Supima Cotton on the outside and AIRism inside to allow for freshness and breathability, especially in hot weather. We applied the beautiful technique of AIRism and integrated it into a Uniqlo U product with a specific cut that is slightly loose. For women, we offer a series of loose cuts which were introduced last summer, but with a lighter jersey and the interlock and mercerized rib jersey.   Did the inspiration for this come from a travel look?  Yes, it definitely came from this idea of a female reporter who travels. For example, she can run in these pants, or move comfortably, or even dance, from an idea of liberating the movement. In our design we think about movement, about breathability and having a certain freedom. There’s also this idea of a travel suit and a new setup, but in a cut and sew item. So, trying to find this balance between something stylish, timeless, and elegant, but also that is easy and has a certain fluidity and comfort. It’s something we always try to achieve, this balance.    The men’s Blocktech coat is also an iconic item. Can you comment on the overall outerwear collection? Well for us, good men’s outerwear has to first be functional. Of course, the Blocktech technique is amazing. There is also the need in the volume, in the details, and to be as authentic as possible – to be as faithful to the beauty of an original trench-coat and what makes a trench coat stylish.  We don’t always want to be literal and reproduce exactly, say a military 1940s American Army trench coat, but we look at one and try to understand what makes it classic. The weight of the lapels, the positions of the pockets, the stitching, and the way the belt is designed. All of this is considered very precisely, and our design team spends a lot of time, sometimes with the approach of a maniac. But I think especially for Menswear we have to consider every single detail of the cut, and of course the choice of the material.  I think it’s important to understand clothing history, for example, the history of military wear, workwear, and tailoring. We are passionate and obsessed in the Menswear team with the history of design, and to understand where it comes from. For this specific trench, we looked at the U.S. Army military trench, as well as the British RAF (Royal Air Force) version, etc., and we tried to make a good fusion of all this, while at the same time try to understand today’s consumer needs.  It’s also important to sometimes be faithful to tradition, because there’s a reason why those pieces are so successful. For instance, one thing we are trying to promote is the fit. Maybe today it’s more and more understood, but sometimes there is kind of habit to take a classic piece and just make it slim, and just because you made it slim, it’s now “contemporary.” We don’t think so. Sometimes the room of the sleeves, the longer volume, or the bigger volume, is actually super stylish and can be contemporary. And this is in the fashion world today, this “room” that is a little bit more oversized. get your favorite pieces at Uniqlo.com UNIQLO U 2020 Spring & Summer collection has launched lifeWear essentials.   We had a chance to speak with Christophe Lemaire about the collection:    Can you explain what is Uniqlo U in your own words?  Elevated essentials, functionality and sense of ease. For myself and the Paris R&D team, when we started Uniqlo U we wanted to propose an elevated proposition, or something a little more experimental, a slightly more daring proposition of LifeWear. We very much wanted to be perceived or understood to be an extension of LifeWear. We made ours to be part of the values of the brand, which are clothes for every day and for everyone.  Functionality and ease are very important. Of course because we have this background of Paris and Europe, and London too, we are looking to create a European vibe in the product offering. And we are trying to be as sophisticated as possible when designing affordable, necessary items to be worn daily. For us, a “good color” is not necessarily more expensive than a “bad color,” and a “good cut” is not necessarily more expensive than a “so-so cut.” There are many ways of improving an affordable product; this is our overall philosophy.   What is the value of LifeWear to you? I come from a high-fashion background. And actually most of the team here in Paris does too. We learned a lot through this experience, through aesthetics, quality, and refinement. But I think we all share a desire to propose style and quality for everyone. We are very respectful of this democratic dimension of UNIQLO. And this is one thing we are very excited about with Uniqlo U; we wish to try to bring style, contemporariness and quality, but at a very affordable price. This is the strength of being the part of UNIQLO system, and to be able to reach that is a great achievement.   One important focus of this new collection is Denim, isn’t it? Yes it was, absolutely.We have been looking for a new straight leg, a higher rise, proposing an alternative to the curved line we did before, which was the carrot fit line that proved to be very successful. But our role in the Paris R&D Center is to continue to explore new options, so this season for both men and women, we feel there is a need for a straighter leg, a new silhouette and a higher rise, again.  In addition to the beautiful denim we worked on together with the LA team (the Jeans Innovation Center, JIC), we were also interested in cotton satin, which we proposed for the Trucker Jacket. This is a beautiful cotton satin that we can also call moleskin, but it is not brushed, available in very interesting colors. For women, we worked with cotton satin to propose a new style in the curved design, which has been very successful, and has patched pockets and details taken from a carpenter’s pants. For men we offer a four-pocket jacket in different washes of denim. And for women, we created a total look in one wash denim, with straight leg jeans and kind of a boxy men’s shirt in 6.5 ounces denim. Also, a dress in washed denim, slightly oversized; it’s a light denim, I think only 6 ounces. The idea here was to produce a full-range of denim and cotton satin products. Cotton satin is a classic material used in workwear, and so is denim. Therefore, together with the supplier we developed a superior quality cotton satin. The wonder of cotton satin is that it ages beautifully, and the more you wear it, the more it’ll achieve a specific patina or finish.   Can you talk about some of the unique details of the T-shirt collection? There’s a lot to say about the details. In general, the T-shirt is an interesting exercise, because it seems like the items is always the same. Usually a T-shirt comes in a crew neck and with short sleeves, although sometimes long sleeves. We believe in the need to be extremely precise on the weight of the cotton, the way it’s knit and other details such as the finishing, volume and colors. So this is kind of a general statement we have in mind, and I have to say I work with a great team of designers and developers, who are extremely passionate every season about making the perfect T-shirt. This season we have a lighter jersey with a cool and dry touch. It’s a double-faced jersey with Supima Cotton on the outside and AIRism inside to allow for freshness and breathability, especially in hot weather. We applied the beautiful technique of AIRism and integrated it into a Uniqlo U product with a specific cut that is slightly loose. For women, we offer a series of loose cuts which were introduced last summer, but with a lighter jersey and the interlock and mercerized rib jersey.   Did the inspiration for this come from a travel look?  Yes, it definitely came from this idea of a female reporter who travels. For example, she can run in these pants, or move comfortably, or even dance, from an idea of liberating the movement. In our design we think about movement, about breathability and having a certain freedom. There’s also this idea of a travel suit and a new setup, but in a cut and sew item. So, trying to find this balance between something stylish, timeless, and elegant, but also that is easy and has a certain fluidity and comfort. It’s something we always try to achieve, this balance.    The men’s Blocktech coat is also an iconic item. Can you comment on the overall outerwear collection? Well for us, good men’s outerwear has to first be functional. Of course, the Blocktech technique is amazing. There is also the need in the volume, in the details, and to be as authentic as possible – to be as faithful to the beauty of an original trench-coat and what makes a trench coat stylish.  We don’t always want to be literal and reproduce exactly, say a military 1940s American Army trench coat, but we look at one and try to understand what makes it classic. The weight of the lapels, the positions of the pockets, the stitching, and the way the belt is designed. All of this is considered very precisely, and our design team spends a lot of time, sometimes with the approach of a maniac. But I think especially for Menswear we have to consider every single detail of the cut, and of course the choice of the material.  I think it’s important to understand clothing history, for example, the history of military wear, workwear, and tailoring. We are passionate and obsessed in the Menswear team with the history of design, and to understand where it comes from. For this specific trench, we looked at the U.S. Army military trench, as well as the British RAF (Royal Air Force) version, etc., and we tried to make a good fusion of all this, while at the same time try to understand today’s consumer needs.  It’s also important to sometimes be faithful to tradition, because there’s a reason why those pieces are so successful. For instance, one thing we are trying to promote is the fit. Maybe today it’s more and more understood, but sometimes there is kind of habit to take a classic piece and just make it slim, and just because you made it slim, it’s now “contemporary.” We don’t think so. Sometimes the room of the sleeves, the longer volume, or the bigger volume, is actually super stylish and can be contemporary. And this is in the fashion world today, this “room” that is a little bit more oversized. get your favorite pieces at Uniqlo.com

LIU JO  beachwear for Spring & Summer 2020
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LIU JO beachwear for Spring & Summer 2020

Fashion A new collection, a new project. Liu Jo Beachwearis re-born in a new, important dimension, driven by a major upgrade in terms of fits and product quality: actually, as from Spring/Summer 2020, the range of swimsuits and accessories for the beach or the swimming-pool will be reorganised, now staking its all on updated styles and unique fits; these are efforts that cry out for the great personality of the collection and tell about an unusual, amazing product. The figure is enhanced in the name of the search for the perfect fit, which has been specially designed in every style; so, each single item has been designed for a woman who makes self-confidence her distinctive trait, in the name of a special balance where shiny touches, trendy influences and summer glamour live together on sexy fits and special finishes.   Firstly, the next season’s inspiration nods to the iridescent world ofmetallic materials: metal effects and glossy details shineon the collection’s items, where colourful metals play with small and big sequins in matching shades and where the ‘star’ print takes centre stage, sometimes scattered all over if matched with a logoed elastic band. Next to them, there are camaieu effects and animal prints in shades of lilac – paired with neutrals, green and Tropical– for a fresh touch of lightness and transparency, flounces and romantic details.   In the midst of the season, the prints get fresh and floral; the volumes get lighter and softer, the tropical versions are matched with details of tassels, chic stripes on cotton poplin– super-feminine details spiced up by fluorescent touches. Fluorescent is the buzzword in this inspirational world, where bursts of colours and an energetic attitude live on the one-piece swimsuits and bikinis that colour up the summer, to be worn with shorts, T-shirts and mesh dresses to stand out from the crowd.   Even the more “basic” styles have been completely renewed, and now they are chic, feminine and sophisticated: made from a new Lycra, the solid-colour styles are really the go-anywhere summer pieces, brightened by metallic and gold details, ribbons and trimmings.  A new collection, a new project. Liu Jo Beachwearis re-born in a new, important dimension, driven by a major upgrade in terms of fits and product quality: actually, as from Spring/Summer 2020, the range of swimsuits and accessories for the beach or the swimming-pool will be reorganised, now staking its all on updated styles and unique fits; these are efforts that cry out for the great personality of the collection and tell about an unusual, amazing product. The figure is enhanced in the name of the search for the perfect fit, which has been specially designed in every style; so, each single item has been designed for a woman who makes self-confidence her distinctive trait, in the name of a special balance where shiny touches, trendy influences and summer glamour live together on sexy fits and special finishes.   Firstly, the next season’s inspiration nods to the iridescent world ofmetallic materials: metal effects and glossy details shineon the collection’s items, where colourful metals play with small and big sequins in matching shades and where the ‘star’ print takes centre stage, sometimes scattered all over if matched with a logoed elastic band. Next to them, there are camaieu effects and animal prints in shades of lilac – paired with neutrals, green and Tropical– for a fresh touch of lightness and transparency, flounces and romantic details.   In the midst of the season, the prints get fresh and floral; the volumes get lighter and softer, the tropical versions are matched with details of tassels, chic stripes on cotton poplin– super-feminine details spiced up by fluorescent touches. Fluorescent is the buzzword in this inspirational world, where bursts of colours and an energetic attitude live on the one-piece swimsuits and bikinis that colour up the summer, to be worn with shorts, T-shirts and mesh dresses to stand out from the crowd.   Even the more “basic” styles have been completely renewed, and now they are chic, feminine and sophisticated: made from a new Lycra, the solid-colour styles are really the go-anywhere summer pieces, brightened by metallic and gold details, ribbons and trimmings. 

Exclusive Editorial with GUCCI starring Nella Roz
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Exclusive Editorial with GUCCI starring Nella Roz

Fashion   photography: Walter Pierre Styling: Koen T. Hendriks @ House of Orange casting: Timotej Letonja Make-up: Anita Jolles Manicure: Frédérique Olthuis @ House of Orange Collage Artist: Marije Seijn Model: Nella Ngingo @ Paparazzi Model Management photography assisntant: Luka Balm Styling assistant: Nour Ezzi   All clothing & accessories:  GUCCI Fall & Winter 2019/20   photography: Walter Pierre Styling: Koen T. Hendriks @ House of Orange casting: Timotej Letonja Make-up: Anita Jolles Manicure: Frédérique Olthuis @ House of Orange Collage Artist: Marije Seijn Model: Nella Ngingo @ Paparazzi Model Management photography assisntant: Luka Balm Styling assistant: Nour Ezzi   All clothing & accessories:  GUCCI Fall & Winter 2019/20

In conversation with MJ Rodriguez
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In conversation with MJ Rodriguez

Portrait MJ Rodriguez, a young and promising star, who most people know for her role as Blanca in the hit TV series »Pose«, dreamt of being an actress since she was 7. She is a part of the largest cast of transgender stars in the world of TV. MJ knew early on in her life that she was different, not happy in her own body. Her transformation process began during her stage career, where she is also known for her various performances on Broadway.   MJ, you are one of the leading ladies in the FX's series »Pose«, a series that made history with it's cast featuring the largest number of transgender actresses. This is a series set in New York City's ballroom scene in the 80s, exploring the lives of black trans women. What were your thoughts when you were cast in one of the leading roles, as Blanca?   I was extremely apprehensive at first because I was scared as to how the audience would receive our stories. So many don't know or are not educated on our lives as women of a specific experience. When the 1st season aired and I saw the reception of the viewers, it was a complete sign of relief because there was nothing but love given and understanding. This was the best welcome for my first television role as a leading actress. I felt like I did the women, who were here before me, justice and their stories were seen and heard.   For your role in »Pose« you were described as a breakout star and your performance didn't go unnoticed by critics, who praised you. What would you describe as the thing that connects you the most to this character? And which is the most special thing about your character?   The thing that connects me with this character the most is her will to keep going and her drive to stay focused on laying a foundation and securing a legacy for her children.  She's very secure in herself and knows exactly who she is and we definitely have those things in common. The most special thing about her is her heart, I truly believe she is pure in her actions and what she positively wants to accomplish.   You were studying at Berklee College of Music in Boston and were in your freshman year when you landed your first professional role, as Angel, in an off Broadway production »Rent«. Tell us more about the development of your career.   When I was going to Berklee, I was completely in my element as an artist. I was in a  place of comfort and a place where I could truly explore myself artistically. I took all types of fundamental classes, but the most fulfilling ones were my music business class and songwriting class. These two classes gave me glimpses into how I should take complete control of who I wanna be as an artist as well as storytelling. By the time I was nearing the end of my first semester, I felt like I was inches closer to where I wanted to be. During summer break I took part in a small community production of Rent, that was held at New Jersey’s Performing Arts Center. There I met a woman named Freddie Walker Brown. We created such a Wonderful Rapport by the end of the run. After the run, I went back to school to try and finish off my first semester, but by the time finals had come, I found myself in the middle of going back and forth from Boston to NYC, auditioning for »Rent«, the off-Broadway revival. In these moments I felt like Berklee prepared me for not only Rent, but also for what was to come.    Who is the most special and important person in your life, and why?   My mother is the most special and important person in my life, simply because she keeps me grounded. She's never failed me and now I expect that kind of security from others. I know it's a high expectation, but that's what I feel I deserve when it comes to partnerships and people who I really want to consider lifelong friends.    What would be your advice to young trans people who are still trying to figure out their true identity?   My advice to younger individuals would be to never second guess who you are. If you're ever in doubt, look into the mirror and see the beauty that is starring right back at you. Also know that you are enough!   You're an advocate for your community. Why do you believe being an advocate is such an important role in trans world?   The reason why it is so important, is because people need a voice that uplifts in a positive and factual way and I feel like I, as well as many others are trying our best to be that. We need to be pillars and totem poles for the generations behind us to climb, so that they can be at the top.    What can we expect from you in the future, on your personal level and career wise from »Pose«?   I feel like there's so many things that one can expect from me in the future. The biggest one of them all is being incorporated in more mainstream TV and Film, specifically drama, comedy, romantic and action. As far as on personal level, the most important thing you should expect from me is growth. I'm a person who loves to learn and I'm a person who loves to change things for the better.   To people, who don't know and watch »Pose« yet, why would you suggest it to them? I would suggest »POSE« simply because it is a groundbreaking show that beautifully journeys through lives of individuals who are simply just trying to make a way for themselves and the people that are part of their community, and I think everyone in the world has done that. It's a show that does nothing but raise the bar for awareness, especially when it comes to HIV and AIDS. It's also a show that really digs deep into the true definition of what the human condition is. That's why people should tune into this show.   photographed by Philippe Vogelenzang casting by Timotej Letonja styling by Ronnie Hart make-up by Grace Ahn hair by Ursula Stephen MJ Rodriguez, a young and promising star, who most people know for her role as Blanca in the hit TV series »Pose«, dreamt of being an actress since she was 7. She is a part of the largest cast of transgender stars in the world of TV. MJ knew early on in her life that she was different, not happy in her own body. Her transformation process began during her stage career, where she is also known for her various performances on Broadway.   MJ, you are one of the leading ladies in the FX's series »Pose«, a series that made history with it's cast featuring the largest number of transgender actresses. This is a series set in New York City's ballroom scene in the 80s, exploring the lives of black trans women. What were your thoughts when you were cast in one of the leading roles, as Blanca?   I was extremely apprehensive at first because I was scared as to how the audience would receive our stories. So many don't know or are not educated on our lives as women of a specific experience. When the 1st season aired and I saw the reception of the viewers, it was a complete sign of relief because there was nothing but love given and understanding. This was the best welcome for my first television role as a leading actress. I felt like I did the women, who were here before me, justice and their stories were seen and heard.   For your role in »Pose« you were described as a breakout star and your performance didn't go unnoticed by critics, who praised you. What would you describe as the thing that connects you the most to this character? And which is the most special thing about your character?   The thing that connects me with this character the most is her will to keep going and her drive to stay focused on laying a foundation and securing a legacy for her children.  She's very secure in herself and knows exactly who she is and we definitely have those things in common. The most special thing about her is her heart, I truly believe she is pure in her actions and what she positively wants to accomplish.   You were studying at Berklee College of Music in Boston and were in your freshman year when you landed your first professional role, as Angel, in an off Broadway production »Rent«. Tell us more about the development of your career.   When I was going to Berklee, I was completely in my element as an artist. I was in a  place of comfort and a place where I could truly explore myself artistically. I took all types of fundamental classes, but the most fulfilling ones were my music business class and songwriting class. These two classes gave me glimpses into how I should take complete control of who I wanna be as an artist as well as storytelling. By the time I was nearing the end of my first semester, I felt like I was inches closer to where I wanted to be. During summer break I took part in a small community production of Rent, that was held at New Jersey’s Performing Arts Center. There I met a woman named Freddie Walker Brown. We created such a Wonderful Rapport by the end of the run. After the run, I went back to school to try and finish off my first semester, but by the time finals had come, I found myself in the middle of going back and forth from Boston to NYC, auditioning for »Rent«, the off-Broadway revival. In these moments I felt like Berklee prepared me for not only Rent, but also for what was to come.    Who is the most special and important person in your life, and why?   My mother is the most special and important person in my life, simply because she keeps me grounded. She's never failed me and now I expect that kind of security from others. I know it's a high expectation, but that's what I feel I deserve when it comes to partnerships and people who I really want to consider lifelong friends.    What would be your advice to young trans people who are still trying to figure out their true identity?   My advice to younger individuals would be to never second guess who you are. If you're ever in doubt, look into the mirror and see the beauty that is starring right back at you. Also know that you are enough!   You're an advocate for your community. Why do you believe being an advocate is such an important role in trans world?   The reason why it is so important, is because people need a voice that uplifts in a positive and factual way and I feel like I, as well as many others are trying our best to be that. We need to be pillars and totem poles for the generations behind us to climb, so that they can be at the top.    What can we expect from you in the future, on your personal level and career wise from »Pose«?   I feel like there's so many things that one can expect from me in the future. The biggest one of them all is being incorporated in more mainstream TV and Film, specifically drama, comedy, romantic and action. As far as on personal level, the most important thing you should expect from me is growth. I'm a person who loves to learn and I'm a person who loves to change things for the better.   To people, who don't know and watch »Pose« yet, why would you suggest it to them? I would suggest »POSE« simply because it is a groundbreaking show that beautifully journeys through lives of individuals who are simply just trying to make a way for themselves and the people that are part of their community, and I think everyone in the world has done that. It's a show that does nothing but raise the bar for awareness, especially when it comes to HIV and AIDS. It's also a show that really digs deep into the true definition of what the human condition is. That's why people should tune into this show.   photographed by Philippe Vogelenzang casting by Timotej Letonja styling by Ronnie Hart make-up by Grace Ahn hair by Ursula Stephen

Eclectic Nomad
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Eclectic Nomad

Fashion The Eclectic Nomad Collection by EDITED gets us in the mood for summer with a super-trendy mix of sunshine styles. From boho and batik to sporty, the new looks effortlessly combine a wide variety of fashion references to celebrate summer and the 80s.   The 1980s are a key theme in the collection: power shoulders, accentuated sleeve designs and high waists with wide belts set the tone. Details from this unforgettable fashion decade are teamed up with new inspiration; a deliberate play on contrasts flows through the collection. Typical 80s shapes meet romantic boho patterns and flounces. Pastel shades and batik fabrics are mixed with bright-colored sportswear. Mesh knits and light denim styles are also part of the collection. Basics in white or nude shades bring everything together.   Brand Director Franziska Nellessen and the EDITED production team shot the collection lookbook with model Ilya Vermeulen in Cape Town.   The collection was designed by Design Director Clarissa Labin and her team in Berlin.   The Eclectic Nomad Collection is available from April 2, 2020 at EDITED.nl and in all EDITED stores. The Eclectic Nomad Collection by EDITED gets us in the mood for summer with a super-trendy mix of sunshine styles. From boho and batik to sporty, the new looks effortlessly combine a wide variety of fashion references to celebrate summer and the 80s.   The 1980s are a key theme in the collection: power shoulders, accentuated sleeve designs and high waists with wide belts set the tone. Details from this unforgettable fashion decade are teamed up with new inspiration; a deliberate play on contrasts flows through the collection. Typical 80s shapes meet romantic boho patterns and flounces. Pastel shades and batik fabrics are mixed with bright-colored sportswear. Mesh knits and light denim styles are also part of the collection. Basics in white or nude shades bring everything together.   Brand Director Franziska Nellessen and the EDITED production team shot the collection lookbook with model Ilya Vermeulen in Cape Town.   The collection was designed by Design Director Clarissa Labin and her team in Berlin.   The Eclectic Nomad Collection is available from April 2, 2020 at EDITED.nl and in all EDITED stores.

New collaboration between Koche & Eastpak
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New collaboration between Koche & Eastpak

Accessories In their first-time collaboration, Eastpak and KOCHÉ are celebrating the crossover of sports, street culture, and craftsmanship. The collection deconstructs some of Eastpak’s classic designs, reimagining them in the hexagonal patch style of a soccer ball. Shaped by an athletic aesthetic, the four-style collection features stand-out stitching and a vibrant mix of fabrics. Three colorways include the KOCHÉ Black patchwork of different black fabrics, the soccer jersey-inspired KOCHÉ Multi, and the embossed PU KOCHÉ Snake.   We had a chance to speak with Christelle Kocher about the collaboration:   Can you tell us more about the Koché x Eastpak collection? What was the inspiration behind the collection? The KOCHÉ x EASTPAK collection was based on patchwork and football imagery. I played with the hexagons that you find on soccer balls. It is very graphic patterns.   Can you tell us more about the inspiration behind the Snakeskin print? And behind the football print? It was fun to use the codes of luxury with snakeskin for a popular product. Of course, it is fake skin. It is interesting to mix codes of two different universes: rare and luxurious skins with popular bags inspired by soccer culture!   Why did you choose to work with these styles? And which one is your favorite piece? I love the KOCHÉ x EASTPAK Padded Pak’R. The best of our two brands in one bag.   Is this collaboration a direct reference to your SS20 collection? Definitely yes! The pieces were shown on my Spring Summer 2020 show during Paris Fashion Week. They are 100% part of my world, 100% part of my collection. However, I feel that they are kind of easy to wear with a lot of outfits. They are not reserved for a certain period of the year or season.   Did you design the apparel collection and the Eastpak accessories together or was the apparel collection already created? The 2 collections evolved in parallel. It was important for me. This is how I see collaborations. It must be organically linked, otherwise it does not work. In their first-time collaboration, Eastpak and KOCHÉ are celebrating the crossover of sports, street culture, and craftsmanship. The collection deconstructs some of Eastpak’s classic designs, reimagining them in the hexagonal patch style of a soccer ball. Shaped by an athletic aesthetic, the four-style collection features stand-out stitching and a vibrant mix of fabrics. Three colorways include the KOCHÉ Black patchwork of different black fabrics, the soccer jersey-inspired KOCHÉ Multi, and the embossed PU KOCHÉ Snake.   We had a chance to speak with Christelle Kocher about the collaboration:   Can you tell us more about the Koché x Eastpak collection? What was the inspiration behind the collection? The KOCHÉ x EASTPAK collection was based on patchwork and football imagery. I played with the hexagons that you find on soccer balls. It is very graphic patterns.   Can you tell us more about the inspiration behind the Snakeskin print? And behind the football print? It was fun to use the codes of luxury with snakeskin for a popular product. Of course, it is fake skin. It is interesting to mix codes of two different universes: rare and luxurious skins with popular bags inspired by soccer culture!   Why did you choose to work with these styles? And which one is your favorite piece? I love the KOCHÉ x EASTPAK Padded Pak’R. The best of our two brands in one bag.   Is this collaboration a direct reference to your SS20 collection? Definitely yes! The pieces were shown on my Spring Summer 2020 show during Paris Fashion Week. They are 100% part of my world, 100% part of my collection. However, I feel that they are kind of easy to wear with a lot of outfits. They are not reserved for a certain period of the year or season.   Did you design the apparel collection and the Eastpak accessories together or was the apparel collection already created? The 2 collections evolved in parallel. It was important for me. This is how I see collaborations. It must be organically linked, otherwise it does not work.

Giorgio Armani presents Maìn
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Giorgio Armani presents Maìn

Men For spring/summer 2020, Giorgio Armani presents Maìn, a collection inspired by the nautical world featuring pieces and accessories in a colour palette of dark green, white and blue, with touches of red. Paired with trousers and Bermuda shorts, practical and elegant single-breasted or double-breasted jackets in linen and viscose canvas are embellished with satin-finish gold Giorgio Armani-logo buttons, and moss-stitched pinstriping crafted entirely by hand. A durable technical fabric in Maìn green is used for jackets, Bermuda shorts and trousers, and contrasts with the soft white or blue cashmere of cardigans and knitwear with inlayed double stripes. Logo-marked T-shirts and polos are in stretch viscose, and fresh, ultra-lightweight cotton shirts have Mandarin collars or edging details. Rounding off the selection are logo-marked swimwear and accessories, including a beach towel, hat, trainers in the three colours of the collection and a duffel bag in Maìn-green waxed canvas.   For spring/summer 2020, Giorgio Armani presents Maìn, a collection inspired by the nautical world featuring pieces and accessories in a colour palette of dark green, white and blue, with touches of red. Paired with trousers and Bermuda shorts, practical and elegant single-breasted or double-breasted jackets in linen and viscose canvas are embellished with satin-finish gold Giorgio Armani-logo buttons, and moss-stitched pinstriping crafted entirely by hand. A durable technical fabric in Maìn green is used for jackets, Bermuda shorts and trousers, and contrasts with the soft white or blue cashmere of cardigans and knitwear with inlayed double stripes. Logo-marked T-shirts and polos are in stretch viscose, and fresh, ultra-lightweight cotton shirts have Mandarin collars or edging details. Rounding off the selection are logo-marked swimwear and accessories, including a beach towel, hat, trainers in the three colours of the collection and a duffel bag in Maìn-green waxed canvas.  

O'Neill Blue Capsule in collaboration with Kimberley Jenneskens
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O'Neill Blue Capsule in collaboration with Kimberley Jenneskens

Fashion Week On March 6 O'Neill presents the Blue Capsule collection during Amsterdam Fashion Week in Het Hem. The Blue Capsule collections represent the future of the brand, aiming for a growing sustainability percentage with the mission to ensure that the entire O'Neill collection is sustainable by 2025. For the latest capsule collection, we collaborated with all-round creative Kimberley Jenneskens. As a brand ambassador, Kimberley is responsible for the upcoming campaign shoots and presentation during Amsterdam Fashion Week. As far as O'Neill is concerned, this is the start of a broader collaboration.   O'Neill Blue Capsule: Inspired by Jack O'Neills Objective Vision, the iconic lifestyle surf brand focuses on change and sustainability with the aim of preserving the Earth for our kids and all generations to come. Each O´Neill Blue Capsule is released in a limited edition and the entire collection is made according to the O'Neill Ocean Mission guidelines. Already 44% of winter and 42% of the summer collection consists of sustainable items. The swimwear collection is even 78% sustainable. Collection is processed with recycled consumer waste, PET bottles and old fishing nets. For the Blue collection, we collaborate with various partners including Repreve, Econyl, Waste 2 Wear and BCI. Blue summer and winter capsule: During Amsterdam Fashion Week, a sneak preview of the summer and winter capsule collection was given in Het Hem. The summer capsule draws attention to the problem of micro plastic in the ocean, which is reflected in the use of bright colors and abstract shapes. The winter capsule zooms in on the endangered species from the ocean images within the color palette and prints. Kimberly Jenneskens for O'Neill: For the Blue Ocean Mission, partnerships are sought that support the Ocean mission and increase its impact. Kimberly Jenneskens was chosen as the first Dutch fire ambassador. Dutch designer and all-round creative Kimberley Jenneskens and sports brand O'Neill found each other in their love for sustainability, tech and sportswear. They join forces to bring the Ocean Mission to the attention of a new generation. On March 6 O'Neill presents the Blue Capsule collection during Amsterdam Fashion Week in Het Hem. The Blue Capsule collections represent the future of the brand, aiming for a growing sustainability percentage with the mission to ensure that the entire O'Neill collection is sustainable by 2025. For the latest capsule collection, we collaborated with all-round creative Kimberley Jenneskens. As a brand ambassador, Kimberley is responsible for the upcoming campaign shoots and presentation during Amsterdam Fashion Week. As far as O'Neill is concerned, this is the start of a broader collaboration.   O'Neill Blue Capsule: Inspired by Jack O'Neills Objective Vision, the iconic lifestyle surf brand focuses on change and sustainability with the aim of preserving the Earth for our kids and all generations to come. Each O´Neill Blue Capsule is released in a limited edition and the entire collection is made according to the O'Neill Ocean Mission guidelines. Already 44% of winter and 42% of the summer collection consists of sustainable items. The swimwear collection is even 78% sustainable. Collection is processed with recycled consumer waste, PET bottles and old fishing nets. For the Blue collection, we collaborate with various partners including Repreve, Econyl, Waste 2 Wear and BCI. Blue summer and winter capsule: During Amsterdam Fashion Week, a sneak preview of the summer and winter capsule collection was given in Het Hem. The summer capsule draws attention to the problem of micro plastic in the ocean, which is reflected in the use of bright colors and abstract shapes. The winter capsule zooms in on the endangered species from the ocean images within the color palette and prints. Kimberly Jenneskens for O'Neill: For the Blue Ocean Mission, partnerships are sought that support the Ocean mission and increase its impact. Kimberly Jenneskens was chosen as the first Dutch fire ambassador. Dutch designer and all-round creative Kimberley Jenneskens and sports brand O'Neill found each other in their love for sustainability, tech and sportswear. They join forces to bring the Ocean Mission to the attention of a new generation.

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