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Berluti & Brian Rochefort collaborate
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Berluti & Brian Rochefort collaborate

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

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

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

AGANOVICH COUTURE  2020/2021
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AGANOVICH COUTURE 2020/2021

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

At home with Casil McArthur
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At home with Casil McArthur

Culture At home with Casil McArthur, captured by Antonio Eugenio.       Who are you and what is your profession? I am Casil, a man who loves pretty things and who is trying to change what masculinity means to people. My profession is modeling, and as a trans man, I feel very lucky to be given this type of platform to be able to bring my world into the homes and sight of people who may not think too much on trans experience.    How do you think Covid-19 will affect the fashion industry both long-term and short-term?  How do you see the impact of Corona crisis on the general perception of fashion?  Obviously because photoshoots and runway shows always involve a lot of crew/people working close together to create something, I think the epidemic has effected the industry on every level.  It'll be a long time before things can go "back to normal" so the best thing fashion can do is be as innovative with its creative process as possible, video call and zoom shoots it is for now!      How do you spend your Quarantine time and are you still able to create while being quarantined? Being creative in quarantine is very easy with all the free time. I've spent my time drawing, writing songs and playing video games. But I do believe my fashion creativity has been lacking, for now I am okay with not focusing on outfits and style all the time.      What is in your planning or was in your planning for this year and how will Covid -19 effect that? I was in London when the travel ban was about to take place, luckily I got home before I ended up spending the duration of quarantine in a different country.  I had a few plans to travel for work this year which is no longer possible for an undetermined but probably very long amount of time, I think this coming fashion week in September won't play out as usual which is sad. But I'm excited to see how the industry handles these hurdles.      What is your daily beauty routine like? And what beauty products you cannot go without? Nothing too special, I've finally gotten my skin to balance out so skin care has gotten super easy (I suffered from very bad cystic acne for a while due to hormone imbalances, I found out its not great too forget to take my testosterone for a month.... oops.) I wash my face every night before I go to sleep, and then I use pure vitamin E oil to keep my skin hydrated and to help with any lasting scarring and fine lines I massage my skin with small circles gently using my ring fingers. I spend maybe 15 minutes for my whole routine. I just ran put of this product, but I was using Elysian finishing treatment after the vitamin e oil and that left my skin incredible looking/feeling. I cant live without it, I have to get more!     What is the coolest new thing you have learnt since being quarantined and how did you learn it? I learned how to hitch a car onto a towing trailer, to help my friend. Trial, error, and then FINALLY, YouTube! A good lesson for life!           Tell us something about yourself that isn't on your resume. I really miss being a barista and working at the cute coffee shop in my town. I love coffee and teas, I love creating drinks for people to enjoy. It's a relaxing job even on the most hectic of days and the constant flow of regular and new faces is always a joy.      What's the first place you'd want to go when it's safe again to travel and go out of our homes and why there? I haven't really thought of that, maybe on a road trip with friends? I've always wanted to see Zion national park, I hope I can go there soon one day.      What is your favorite song at the moment and why? Do you have a playlist that you would like to share with us?  Agostina by Puscifer, I just really really really love the guitar and bass towards the end. It gives me goosebumps. So good.  I don't really have a playlist because I don't use music apps. I like CDs, I prefer listening to full albums, my favorites are from Tool, all of their albums are episodic.        What is the first thing you like to do when you wake up, and last thing you like to do before going to bed? I like to make a cup of tea and check my animal crossing in the morning(a very cute video game I love.) Before bed I like to watch what Trevor Noah and Markiplier have uploaded for the day on YT, then I do a meditation to help me sleep.       What is your go-to work-out for staying in shape? What does working out mean to you? I don't really care for working out. I know that I should and I'll have to become serious with it as I get older but for now, I just like doing exercises that involve laying or sitting down on the floor. I've been walking a ton recently.        What is your favorite painting and has it inspired you for any of your work thus far?  I'm not sure I could name a single painting, I like tons of art but I never remember the names of them. I own a few prints of anthropomorphic goat paintings from an artist who is local to my state named Dusty Ray, I /LOVE/ their artwork. I also commissioned a goat art piece from @Jhuisk on Instagram, they're also local to Colorado and I'm so so so excited to meet with them to receive it once it's safe! ♡     What does Pride mean to you?  To uplift the amazing black and brown trans women of our community. We can't forget to thank who came before us, and why we even have pride to begin with.  There would be no pride without Marsha P Johnson and Sylvia Rivera, we would have no pride without black trans women.  We have to make sure trans women of color are supported, protected, loved, hired, paid, encouraged, thanked, and that should be year round.      Tell us about your activism activities for the Trans community.  Right now my activism has been going to protests in my state for Black lives matter, fighting against police brutality, and racism. Black people are dying at a higher rate from covid and because of systemic racism many do not have the privilege to have been able to quarantine. These marches are more important than staying in quarantine especially when so many simply cannot do that even if they desperately need and want too. We all need to be focusing, and keep going to these protests.   In the words of my friends Jame and Camille.  "This doesn't end until our officials, recognize the grievances of a people and the potency of a moment to radically redress their communities. Too demand of our congress, our house, our nation, a full and comprehensive reparations program. Until they will demand Healthcare as a human right and cut its ties from one's market exploitation. Until they will guarantee dignity and the means to live to all of our citizens. Until they will do what they were put there to do and actualize what the only legitimate role of a government is: to secure the freedom of individuals within a collective to self determine their own lives and allow our finest human capacities to flourish."   We must not allow those who wish to see this moment pass, to hijack the now. We need to defund the police and I personally believe we must fight to abolish them. Abolish ICE, predatory social work, the military, and landlords.    Create autonomous zones. Keep marching.  At home with Casil McArthur, captured by Antonio Eugenio.       Who are you and what is your profession? I am Casil, a man who loves pretty things and who is trying to change what masculinity means to people. My profession is modeling, and as a trans man, I feel very lucky to be given this type of platform to be able to bring my world into the homes and sight of people who may not think too much on trans experience.    How do you think Covid-19 will affect the fashion industry both long-term and short-term?  How do you see the impact of Corona crisis on the general perception of fashion?  Obviously because photoshoots and runway shows always involve a lot of crew/people working close together to create something, I think the epidemic has effected the industry on every level.  It'll be a long time before things can go "back to normal" so the best thing fashion can do is be as innovative with its creative process as possible, video call and zoom shoots it is for now!      How do you spend your Quarantine time and are you still able to create while being quarantined? Being creative in quarantine is very easy with all the free time. I've spent my time drawing, writing songs and playing video games. But I do believe my fashion creativity has been lacking, for now I am okay with not focusing on outfits and style all the time.      What is in your planning or was in your planning for this year and how will Covid -19 effect that? I was in London when the travel ban was about to take place, luckily I got home before I ended up spending the duration of quarantine in a different country.  I had a few plans to travel for work this year which is no longer possible for an undetermined but probably very long amount of time, I think this coming fashion week in September won't play out as usual which is sad. But I'm excited to see how the industry handles these hurdles.      What is your daily beauty routine like? And what beauty products you cannot go without? Nothing too special, I've finally gotten my skin to balance out so skin care has gotten super easy (I suffered from very bad cystic acne for a while due to hormone imbalances, I found out its not great too forget to take my testosterone for a month.... oops.) I wash my face every night before I go to sleep, and then I use pure vitamin E oil to keep my skin hydrated and to help with any lasting scarring and fine lines I massage my skin with small circles gently using my ring fingers. I spend maybe 15 minutes for my whole routine. I just ran put of this product, but I was using Elysian finishing treatment after the vitamin e oil and that left my skin incredible looking/feeling. I cant live without it, I have to get more!     What is the coolest new thing you have learnt since being quarantined and how did you learn it? I learned how to hitch a car onto a towing trailer, to help my friend. Trial, error, and then FINALLY, YouTube! A good lesson for life!           Tell us something about yourself that isn't on your resume. I really miss being a barista and working at the cute coffee shop in my town. I love coffee and teas, I love creating drinks for people to enjoy. It's a relaxing job even on the most hectic of days and the constant flow of regular and new faces is always a joy.      What's the first place you'd want to go when it's safe again to travel and go out of our homes and why there? I haven't really thought of that, maybe on a road trip with friends? I've always wanted to see Zion national park, I hope I can go there soon one day.      What is your favorite song at the moment and why? Do you have a playlist that you would like to share with us?  Agostina by Puscifer, I just really really really love the guitar and bass towards the end. It gives me goosebumps. So good.  I don't really have a playlist because I don't use music apps. I like CDs, I prefer listening to full albums, my favorites are from Tool, all of their albums are episodic.        What is the first thing you like to do when you wake up, and last thing you like to do before going to bed? I like to make a cup of tea and check my animal crossing in the morning(a very cute video game I love.) Before bed I like to watch what Trevor Noah and Markiplier have uploaded for the day on YT, then I do a meditation to help me sleep.       What is your go-to work-out for staying in shape? What does working out mean to you? I don't really care for working out. I know that I should and I'll have to become serious with it as I get older but for now, I just like doing exercises that involve laying or sitting down on the floor. I've been walking a ton recently.        What is your favorite painting and has it inspired you for any of your work thus far?  I'm not sure I could name a single painting, I like tons of art but I never remember the names of them. I own a few prints of anthropomorphic goat paintings from an artist who is local to my state named Dusty Ray, I /LOVE/ their artwork. I also commissioned a goat art piece from @Jhuisk on Instagram, they're also local to Colorado and I'm so so so excited to meet with them to receive it once it's safe! ♡     What does Pride mean to you?  To uplift the amazing black and brown trans women of our community. We can't forget to thank who came before us, and why we even have pride to begin with.  There would be no pride without Marsha P Johnson and Sylvia Rivera, we would have no pride without black trans women.  We have to make sure trans women of color are supported, protected, loved, hired, paid, encouraged, thanked, and that should be year round.      Tell us about your activism activities for the Trans community.  Right now my activism has been going to protests in my state for Black lives matter, fighting against police brutality, and racism. Black people are dying at a higher rate from covid and because of systemic racism many do not have the privilege to have been able to quarantine. These marches are more important than staying in quarantine especially when so many simply cannot do that even if they desperately need and want too. We all need to be focusing, and keep going to these protests.   In the words of my friends Jame and Camille.  "This doesn't end until our officials, recognize the grievances of a people and the potency of a moment to radically redress their communities. Too demand of our congress, our house, our nation, a full and comprehensive reparations program. Until they will demand Healthcare as a human right and cut its ties from one's market exploitation. Until they will guarantee dignity and the means to live to all of our citizens. Until they will do what they were put there to do and actualize what the only legitimate role of a government is: to secure the freedom of individuals within a collective to self determine their own lives and allow our finest human capacities to flourish."   We must not allow those who wish to see this moment pass, to hijack the now. We need to defund the police and I personally believe we must fight to abolish them. Abolish ICE, predatory social work, the military, and landlords.    Create autonomous zones. Keep marching. 

Transmotion by Iris Van Herpen
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Transmotion by Iris Van Herpen

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

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

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

Ninamounah 006
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Ninamounah 006

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

MR PORTER presents Gone Surfin'
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MR PORTER presents Gone Surfin'

Men MR PORTER, the award-winning global online retail destination for men’s style, is pleased to announce the launch of Gone Surfin’, a series of exclusive capsule collections that honour and nod to the rich history and tradition of surf culture across the globe.     Launching 6 July, Gone Surfin’, features 15 brands with 171 exclusive pieces of clothing, shoes, accessories and lifestyle items from ahnah, Birdwell, Faherty, Go Barefoot, James Perse, Miansai, Mollusk, Noon Goons, Outerknown, Peyote Bird, Pilgrim Surf + Supply, Reyn Spooner, Saturdays NYC, Sonic Editions, and The Elder Statesman. The series of capsules are rounded out with a curated selection of natural skin care product from Salt & Stone, as well as Mr Laird Hamilton’s book, Fuel Up.     Each collaborator has tapped into their own unique take on the surfer style and spirit, and together, they compriseMR PORTER’s nod to the ritualistic sport and defining subculture.     “In our celebration of surf culture, we collaborated with an expansive and defining group of surf-minded partners, each with their own unique voice, history and engagement with the surfing lifestyle. The collection is wide- ranging and the appeal is universal; both for our customers who are surf zealots through to those whole like toembrace the casual style.” Mr Sam Kershaw, Buying Director, MR PORTER     MR PORTER will launch Gone Surfin’ with a global creative campaign featuring South African surfer Mr Mikey February. MR PORTER will also launch a series of dedicated editorial and social content across our online magazine The Journal and social media platforms. The Gone Surfin’ capsule collections will range in price from£5/€5/$5 - £1,005/€1,145/$1,045 MR PORTER, the award-winning global online retail destination for men’s style, is pleased to announce the launch of Gone Surfin’, a series of exclusive capsule collections that honour and nod to the rich history and tradition of surf culture across the globe.     Launching 6 July, Gone Surfin’, features 15 brands with 171 exclusive pieces of clothing, shoes, accessories and lifestyle items from ahnah, Birdwell, Faherty, Go Barefoot, James Perse, Miansai, Mollusk, Noon Goons, Outerknown, Peyote Bird, Pilgrim Surf + Supply, Reyn Spooner, Saturdays NYC, Sonic Editions, and The Elder Statesman. The series of capsules are rounded out with a curated selection of natural skin care product from Salt & Stone, as well as Mr Laird Hamilton’s book, Fuel Up.     Each collaborator has tapped into their own unique take on the surfer style and spirit, and together, they compriseMR PORTER’s nod to the ritualistic sport and defining subculture.     “In our celebration of surf culture, we collaborated with an expansive and defining group of surf-minded partners, each with their own unique voice, history and engagement with the surfing lifestyle. The collection is wide- ranging and the appeal is universal; both for our customers who are surf zealots through to those whole like toembrace the casual style.” Mr Sam Kershaw, Buying Director, MR PORTER     MR PORTER will launch Gone Surfin’ with a global creative campaign featuring South African surfer Mr Mikey February. MR PORTER will also launch a series of dedicated editorial and social content across our online magazine The Journal and social media platforms. The Gone Surfin’ capsule collections will range in price from£5/€5/$5 - £1,005/€1,145/$1,045

In conversation with Harlow Rose Monroe
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In conversation with Harlow Rose Monroe

Fashion Exclusive interview with the face of Diesel's latest cmapaign Harlow Rose Monroe.   Who are you  and what is your profession?    My name is Harlow, I am originally from Calgary, one of the major cities in Canada), and I now live on the coast in the UK. I transitioned 6 years ago as of July 2020, and i am proud to be a transgender wome. I got discovered in 2017 by my amazing manager Chantale Nadeau and I started modelling (professionally) at the beginning of 2018.  I'm a living mannequin essentially; I get to transform into all these different characters and play dress up all day, its great! The other half is like marketing myself to clients, people in the fashion industry, and to the public. There's definitely a lot more that goes into it but that’s some of the basics.       How do you think Covid-19 will affect the fashion industry both long-term and short-term?  How do you see the impact of Corona crisis on the general perception of fashion?    As awful as this virus is, I’d like to think it'll have a positive effect on the industry. In the short term it'll definitely slow everything down a bit. We all have to protect ourselves and others around us. As things start to return to normal there's still going to be a lot of social distancing and regulations that we have to follow to keep everyone safe. Just the way we do things is going to be really different, there are usually so many people on set to shoot a campaign or an editorial but we will have to adjust to having fewer people and take on more ourselves. Models, photographers, stylists, makeup artists, hair stylists, assistants, clients, and many others work really closely together, so we will have to find new ways to execute our jobs for the final product we as a team produce. I hope that the slowdown of the fashion industry continues into the long term. By slowing down, it gives designers and fashion houses more time to produce well thought out collections, and really gives them a chance to be more creative and explore their creativity. The same goes for how brands will advertise their products. They would have more time to come up with good concepts and how they’ll execute them. I think it's really important for the industry to slow down as we need to stop producing so much waist.  I think it has become very apparent to people within and outside of the fashion industry that we all need to do better. More than ever people are being more tactile with their shopping habits, they are buying more used and vintage clothes as well as only buying what they need. people want more quality pieces that will stand the test of time, I feel like people are shifting towards a more sustainable way of shopping and I think this pandemic in a way will force the industry to reflect that. People want to see the industry change; they want to see the industry reflect their shopping habits and their beliefs. a good way to do that is to slow down and stop producing so much.      How do you spend your Quarantine time and are you still able to create while being quarantined?    I've spent most of my time in quarantine just hanging out with my boyfriend, renovating our house, cooking, watching Netflix and just being creative. I am extremely thankful that I am still able to create, I've mainly been experimenting with photography, mostly of myself but have managed to create some cool photos with just my phone and a few apps. I have sketched a bit as well but really wish I had my sewing machine as I have so much time on my hands it would be great to make some clothes again.       What does PRIDE mean to you?     To me it’s a time to celebrate and remember where we’ve come from, the hard ships we have faced as a community and how far we have come, and to stand and fight for our freedom to continue to have the rights we do have and to further the rights we deserve. Pride is a statement, we are saying that we are not afraid, we are proud, and we are here to stay. Pride is so important because it allows the LGBTQ+ community to come together globally, it helps us share our knowledge, story's and lift each other up. It's our time to feel heard and validated in a world where we still don’t have equality for all people.        What is your daily beauty routine like? And what beauty products you cannot go without?   The best way to describe my daily beauty routine is simple. I don’t like to use too many products because my skin doesn't like it, but I also just want a few solid products that work really well for me, I like to keep it simple. Skin care is where I spend most of my time in my beauty routine. I actually use a lot of CeraVe products because they work really well, and it’s a bonus that they are quite inexpensive. For me I'd say the four products I can't go without are the foaming cleanser and the moisturizing lotion and cream from CeraVe and Cosrx’s BHA blackhead power liquid. After my skin care, I'm pretty much done, depending on what I'm doing I'll wear light makeup, and I'll just let my hair do its thing. When I was growing up, I was doing full on drag every day, so I've really come to appreciate simplicity.      What is the coolest new thing you have learnt since being quarantined and how did you learn it?   By far the coolest thing I've learnt in quarantine is how to surf, I'm still learning as this is only recently become a hobby. The past few weeks the beaches where I live have reopened so I've been spending a good amount of time in the ocean, still social distancing of course. I've been very lucky to haave such a great boyfriend who is willing to teach me.       Tell us something about yourself that isn't on your resume.   well I mentioned this earlier during the interview but I don't think a lot of people know this about me unless they know me from back home in Calgary. when I got to the point when I stopped caring about what others had to say and got sick of people telling me who i could and couldn't be, and how I should express myself I had like an explosion of creativity and fearlessness. I was still trying to figure out who I was but I finally had the power within myself to explore my gender identity to the fullest. I did that through drag, for years I would wake up early spend at least three hours getting ready every day. it was an EXTREAM look but I felt so powerful. drag is such an amazing thing, it really allows you to find something within yourself and just own it and not give a damn what anyone has to say about it.       What's the first place you'd want to go when it's safe again to travel and go out of our homes and why there?   One hundred percent the first place I'd travel to is Calgary to visit my family. I was planning on visiting them just as lockdown started so sadly, I had to cancel my trip.             What is your favorite song at the moment and why? Do you have a playlist that you would like to share with us?    it would have to be a song from the new Landy Gaga album Chromatica, it's hard to choose because there's like at least four songs I'm obsessed with on the album, but it would have to be Alice or Rain On Me. I honestly love this album so much because it brings me joy, it has such a good upbeat vibe that just really makes you want to dance. It's definitely something I think we all need in these dark times.  i do actually have a playlist to share, its one I created awhile back. it's called French Vanilla Fantasy, I'm still adding to it all the time, but it has a lot of good throwback songs. It's really nostalgic for me, it's a lot of Destiny’s Child, Beyoncé, X Tina, Paris Hilton, all those iconic pop queens. You can follow me on apple music @harlowrosemonroe and listen to the playlist.      What is the first thing you like to do when you wake up, and last thing you like to do before going to bed?     The first thing I like to do when I wake up in the morning is make myself a cup of tea, then get back in bed and decide what I am going to do first. tea in bed is the best way to start any day! the last thing i like to do before bed is doing my night time skin care routine then snuggle up with my boyfriend.     How did the collaboration with Diesel arise? What is the feeling like for being a part of something so great?    I guess it first started like any other job really, my agency came to me with the opportunity, asked me how I felt about it and then a few days later i had a zoom meeting with Francois Rousselet the director. we talked about the project and my relation to the character, and we discussed what we hopped for this project and shared our excitement for it. a few days after that meeting I got the good news from my agency. I honestly have so many feelings in relation to this film, I am absolutely honoured to be a part of it and that Diesel wanted to create something like this and wanted me to be a part of it is truly such an amazing feeling. it was all around a wonderful experience with an amazing end result.      What does it mean to your community that you are a part of the campaign? And what is your message to them (us).    I'd like to think it means a lot. I can really only speak from my own point of view but there's something that just feels so different about this. like that things are really shifting. it's really nice to see such an iconic brand tell a story like this and share it with the world. It's nice to see the story of a trans person that doesn't involve struggle or oppression, it's nice to see a trans person who can accomplish a dream and live a happy and fulfilling life. I think it's great to share these positive story's because it gives our people and our communities hope that we can achieve what in some cases is still considered unachievable.  my message is we can do and be whoever we want to be, nothing should stand in our way of being who we are. all of us are beautiful in our own way and we should celebrate that. the best thing you can do to live a happy life is to celebrate yourself for who you really are, because you are beautiful and you deserve to be happy and free. spread love and kindness and stand up for equality because we all matter just as much as one another. Exclusive interview with the face of Diesel's latest cmapaign Harlow Rose Monroe.   Who are you  and what is your profession?    My name is Harlow, I am originally from Calgary, one of the major cities in Canada), and I now live on the coast in the UK. I transitioned 6 years ago as of July 2020, and i am proud to be a transgender wome. I got discovered in 2017 by my amazing manager Chantale Nadeau and I started modelling (professionally) at the beginning of 2018.  I'm a living mannequin essentially; I get to transform into all these different characters and play dress up all day, its great! The other half is like marketing myself to clients, people in the fashion industry, and to the public. There's definitely a lot more that goes into it but that’s some of the basics.       How do you think Covid-19 will affect the fashion industry both long-term and short-term?  How do you see the impact of Corona crisis on the general perception of fashion?    As awful as this virus is, I’d like to think it'll have a positive effect on the industry. In the short term it'll definitely slow everything down a bit. We all have to protect ourselves and others around us. As things start to return to normal there's still going to be a lot of social distancing and regulations that we have to follow to keep everyone safe. Just the way we do things is going to be really different, there are usually so many people on set to shoot a campaign or an editorial but we will have to adjust to having fewer people and take on more ourselves. Models, photographers, stylists, makeup artists, hair stylists, assistants, clients, and many others work really closely together, so we will have to find new ways to execute our jobs for the final product we as a team produce. I hope that the slowdown of the fashion industry continues into the long term. By slowing down, it gives designers and fashion houses more time to produce well thought out collections, and really gives them a chance to be more creative and explore their creativity. The same goes for how brands will advertise their products. They would have more time to come up with good concepts and how they’ll execute them. I think it's really important for the industry to slow down as we need to stop producing so much waist.  I think it has become very apparent to people within and outside of the fashion industry that we all need to do better. More than ever people are being more tactile with their shopping habits, they are buying more used and vintage clothes as well as only buying what they need. people want more quality pieces that will stand the test of time, I feel like people are shifting towards a more sustainable way of shopping and I think this pandemic in a way will force the industry to reflect that. People want to see the industry change; they want to see the industry reflect their shopping habits and their beliefs. a good way to do that is to slow down and stop producing so much.      How do you spend your Quarantine time and are you still able to create while being quarantined?    I've spent most of my time in quarantine just hanging out with my boyfriend, renovating our house, cooking, watching Netflix and just being creative. I am extremely thankful that I am still able to create, I've mainly been experimenting with photography, mostly of myself but have managed to create some cool photos with just my phone and a few apps. I have sketched a bit as well but really wish I had my sewing machine as I have so much time on my hands it would be great to make some clothes again.       What does PRIDE mean to you?     To me it’s a time to celebrate and remember where we’ve come from, the hard ships we have faced as a community and how far we have come, and to stand and fight for our freedom to continue to have the rights we do have and to further the rights we deserve. Pride is a statement, we are saying that we are not afraid, we are proud, and we are here to stay. Pride is so important because it allows the LGBTQ+ community to come together globally, it helps us share our knowledge, story's and lift each other up. It's our time to feel heard and validated in a world where we still don’t have equality for all people.        What is your daily beauty routine like? And what beauty products you cannot go without?   The best way to describe my daily beauty routine is simple. I don’t like to use too many products because my skin doesn't like it, but I also just want a few solid products that work really well for me, I like to keep it simple. Skin care is where I spend most of my time in my beauty routine. I actually use a lot of CeraVe products because they work really well, and it’s a bonus that they are quite inexpensive. For me I'd say the four products I can't go without are the foaming cleanser and the moisturizing lotion and cream from CeraVe and Cosrx’s BHA blackhead power liquid. After my skin care, I'm pretty much done, depending on what I'm doing I'll wear light makeup, and I'll just let my hair do its thing. When I was growing up, I was doing full on drag every day, so I've really come to appreciate simplicity.      What is the coolest new thing you have learnt since being quarantined and how did you learn it?   By far the coolest thing I've learnt in quarantine is how to surf, I'm still learning as this is only recently become a hobby. The past few weeks the beaches where I live have reopened so I've been spending a good amount of time in the ocean, still social distancing of course. I've been very lucky to haave such a great boyfriend who is willing to teach me.       Tell us something about yourself that isn't on your resume.   well I mentioned this earlier during the interview but I don't think a lot of people know this about me unless they know me from back home in Calgary. when I got to the point when I stopped caring about what others had to say and got sick of people telling me who i could and couldn't be, and how I should express myself I had like an explosion of creativity and fearlessness. I was still trying to figure out who I was but I finally had the power within myself to explore my gender identity to the fullest. I did that through drag, for years I would wake up early spend at least three hours getting ready every day. it was an EXTREAM look but I felt so powerful. drag is such an amazing thing, it really allows you to find something within yourself and just own it and not give a damn what anyone has to say about it.       What's the first place you'd want to go when it's safe again to travel and go out of our homes and why there?   One hundred percent the first place I'd travel to is Calgary to visit my family. I was planning on visiting them just as lockdown started so sadly, I had to cancel my trip.             What is your favorite song at the moment and why? Do you have a playlist that you would like to share with us?    it would have to be a song from the new Landy Gaga album Chromatica, it's hard to choose because there's like at least four songs I'm obsessed with on the album, but it would have to be Alice or Rain On Me. I honestly love this album so much because it brings me joy, it has such a good upbeat vibe that just really makes you want to dance. It's definitely something I think we all need in these dark times.  i do actually have a playlist to share, its one I created awhile back. it's called French Vanilla Fantasy, I'm still adding to it all the time, but it has a lot of good throwback songs. It's really nostalgic for me, it's a lot of Destiny’s Child, Beyoncé, X Tina, Paris Hilton, all those iconic pop queens. You can follow me on apple music @harlowrosemonroe and listen to the playlist.      What is the first thing you like to do when you wake up, and last thing you like to do before going to bed?     The first thing I like to do when I wake up in the morning is make myself a cup of tea, then get back in bed and decide what I am going to do first. tea in bed is the best way to start any day! the last thing i like to do before bed is doing my night time skin care routine then snuggle up with my boyfriend.     How did the collaboration with Diesel arise? What is the feeling like for being a part of something so great?    I guess it first started like any other job really, my agency came to me with the opportunity, asked me how I felt about it and then a few days later i had a zoom meeting with Francois Rousselet the director. we talked about the project and my relation to the character, and we discussed what we hopped for this project and shared our excitement for it. a few days after that meeting I got the good news from my agency. I honestly have so many feelings in relation to this film, I am absolutely honoured to be a part of it and that Diesel wanted to create something like this and wanted me to be a part of it is truly such an amazing feeling. it was all around a wonderful experience with an amazing end result.      What does it mean to your community that you are a part of the campaign? And what is your message to them (us).    I'd like to think it means a lot. I can really only speak from my own point of view but there's something that just feels so different about this. like that things are really shifting. it's really nice to see such an iconic brand tell a story like this and share it with the world. It's nice to see the story of a trans person that doesn't involve struggle or oppression, it's nice to see a trans person who can accomplish a dream and live a happy and fulfilling life. I think it's great to share these positive story's because it gives our people and our communities hope that we can achieve what in some cases is still considered unachievable.  my message is we can do and be whoever we want to be, nothing should stand in our way of being who we are. all of us are beautiful in our own way and we should celebrate that. the best thing you can do to live a happy life is to celebrate yourself for who you really are, because you are beautiful and you deserve to be happy and free. spread love and kindness and stand up for equality because we all matter just as much as one another.

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