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Chanel presents The Métiers d’art 2020/21 “Le Château des Dames” collection campaign with Kristen Stewart photographed by Juergen Teller
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Chanel presents The Métiers d’art 2020/21 “Le Château des Dames” collection campaign with Kristen Stewart photographed by Juergen Teller

Fashion The Château de Chenonceau breathes its history and its mysteries into the CHANEL Métiers d’art 2020/21 collection campaign.  After the show on December 3rd 2020, filmed in the grand gallery with its black and white checkered floor, this campaign continues exploring the “Château des Dames”:  the actress and CHANEL ambassador Kristen Stewart embarks on a romantic chassé-croisé before the lens of photographer Juergen Teller.     This campaign, embodied by Kristen Stewart, evokes the silhouette of the women who lived in the Château de Chenonceau, from Catherine de’ Medici to Diane de Poitiers, as well as that of contemporary women.  Constantly reinvented by Virginie Viard's creativity and the dialogue she maintains with the Métiers d'art, it is a celebration of women, detail and sophistication.     Visit their website for more information: https://www.chanel.com/nl/ The Château de Chenonceau breathes its history and its mysteries into the CHANEL Métiers d’art 2020/21 collection campaign.  After the show on December 3rd 2020, filmed in the grand gallery with its black and white checkered floor, this campaign continues exploring the “Château des Dames”:  the actress and CHANEL ambassador Kristen Stewart embarks on a romantic chassé-croisé before the lens of photographer Juergen Teller.     This campaign, embodied by Kristen Stewart, evokes the silhouette of the women who lived in the Château de Chenonceau, from Catherine de’ Medici to Diane de Poitiers, as well as that of contemporary women.  Constantly reinvented by Virginie Viard's creativity and the dialogue she maintains with the Métiers d'art, it is a celebration of women, detail and sophistication.     Visit their website for more information: https://www.chanel.com/nl/

In conversation with Gottmik
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In conversation with Gottmik

Fashion We had a delight speaking with Kade Gottlieb AKA Gottmik.       Who are you and what is your profession?   Hi! My name is Kade Gottlieb AKA Gottmik from RuPauls drag race season 13 and I am a performer! From makeup to drag I am ready to show my artistry in every way possible!      When did you start as a Make-Up Artist? How and why did you start?   I have been in love with makeup for as long as I can remember but I started working as a signed professional makeup artist when I was 21! I grew up painting and drawing, so seeing my skills translated on people made it living art and I was obsessed.     What are your first memories when it comes to fashion?   The first time I was beyond moved and realized I wanted fashion to be a part of my life was Alexander McQueens Fall 2009 collection. I was in 7th grade and I remember feeling emotions and seeing beauty in a way I never had felt before. A backstage photo from that runway to this day is hung above my bed!      What inspires you the most when it comes to fashion?   I love when art makes people feel something. When I do anything I want to put my emotions and my life experience into whatever I’m doing and that’s what inspires me when it comes to fashion as well. Feeling emotion through a runway is just such a butterfly magic moment for me.     What person in the (fashion) industry inspires you the most?   Anyone that pushes boundaries in the fashion industry inspires me. Galliano, Gaultier, McQueen, Rick Owens, Vicente Westwood, Thome Browne. I could go on forever!      What is your first memory with drag? And how did you start doing drag?   I first saw drag when I was 16 at my first pride in Phoenix Arizona! The queen I saw was very androgynous and I remember thinking that I finally found my art form. It was a way to explore gender and I never looked back!     What is your favorite song at the moment and why? Do you have a playlist that you would like to share with us?   Right now off the top of my head I’d have to say that strong enough by Cher is my favorite song because I’m on tour right now with two of my favorite people in the world (Vanessa Vanjie Mateo and Asia Ohara) and we play that song right as the show is about to start and we dance like I have never danced in my life every time!!       What is the first thing you like to do when you wake up, and last thing you like to do before going to bed?   When I wake up honestly I check my phone to see what time it is because if I’m not being woken up by an alarm these days I’m panicking that I missed something. The last thing I do before I go to bed is thank God and the universe for my life. Literally every blessing and opportunity that is coming my way currently seems so surreal and truly feels like my dreams are coming true, so I have to give credit where credit is due!     Tell us about your highlights in your career, especially after RuPaul's Drag Race?   Being on RDR was absolutely a dream come true for me, and every opportunity that has followed so far has been insane and it has only been a few months! I got to present an award at the MTV movie and tv awards with RuPaul, Michelle Visage, and Symone, I got to go on tour with some of the best drag entertainers in the world, and now I’m on the cover of Numero!      How has it been after the show? How did it affect your personal life and growth?   My life after the show has been non stop. I haven’t really had a full day off since the finale and I wouldn’t have it any other way. Every day I am growing as a person and an artist whether is physically thanks to drag queens around me teaching me old tricks, or if it’s spiritually/ emotionally thanks to meditation and finding inner strength to get me through these long days! either way I’m beyond blessed and thankful and so excited for what the future holds!     What are some of your favorite moments when thinking of your RuPaul's Drag Race experience?   Since we filmed during a pandemic, my favorite moments when thinking of my RuPauls drag race experience would have to be about relationships I made with the other queens. Being able to interact and bond with such amazing artists at a time where we could even leave the house outside of set was insane and made us all cherish every single moment.     How did RuPaul's Drag Race affect your career?   RuPauls Drag Race changed my life and career forever in so many ways. I will never give up the art of makeup but for now I was honored to have my own personal artistry shown of the biggest drag stage in the world and I’m ready to show what I can do even more than the world saw on the show. I am forever thankful to RuPaul, World of Wonder, and VH1 for giving me this opportunity and I’m ready to push my artistry to the next level.      What are your next steps and plans?   My next steps are to stay true to myself, work harder than I ever have before, take every opportunity that comes my way, and fight for my community. I was able to open a few doors for trans and non binary people by being a voice on RuPauls drag race and I want to keep that momentum going and keep elevating queer and trans people as much as I can always.      Did your fashion style develop or change throughout that period? And if so why?    My fashion style definitely stayed true to me, but seeing myself on tv really helped me understand and physically see what I need to refine and level up. I am always ready to learn and have an open mind towards my art so I can’t wait to keep pushing my art to the highest level I can possibly imagine!     Team credits:  Photo : Jack Waterlot @jackwaterlotstudio  Talent: Gottmik Stylist : Karen Levitt @karenlevittstylist  Hair by Tracy Moyer @tracymoyerhair@therexagency Nails by Erin Moffett @artdeptagency  Fashion director: Lisa Jarvis @lisajarvis_stylist  Casting: Timotej Letonja @timiletonja  Photo assistants: Shane Rooney Production assistant: Allison Nguyen We had a delight speaking with Kade Gottlieb AKA Gottmik.       Who are you and what is your profession?   Hi! My name is Kade Gottlieb AKA Gottmik from RuPauls drag race season 13 and I am a performer! From makeup to drag I am ready to show my artistry in every way possible!      When did you start as a Make-Up Artist? How and why did you start?   I have been in love with makeup for as long as I can remember but I started working as a signed professional makeup artist when I was 21! I grew up painting and drawing, so seeing my skills translated on people made it living art and I was obsessed.     What are your first memories when it comes to fashion?   The first time I was beyond moved and realized I wanted fashion to be a part of my life was Alexander McQueens Fall 2009 collection. I was in 7th grade and I remember feeling emotions and seeing beauty in a way I never had felt before. A backstage photo from that runway to this day is hung above my bed!      What inspires you the most when it comes to fashion?   I love when art makes people feel something. When I do anything I want to put my emotions and my life experience into whatever I’m doing and that’s what inspires me when it comes to fashion as well. Feeling emotion through a runway is just such a butterfly magic moment for me.     What person in the (fashion) industry inspires you the most?   Anyone that pushes boundaries in the fashion industry inspires me. Galliano, Gaultier, McQueen, Rick Owens, Vicente Westwood, Thome Browne. I could go on forever!      What is your first memory with drag? And how did you start doing drag?   I first saw drag when I was 16 at my first pride in Phoenix Arizona! The queen I saw was very androgynous and I remember thinking that I finally found my art form. It was a way to explore gender and I never looked back!     What is your favorite song at the moment and why? Do you have a playlist that you would like to share with us?   Right now off the top of my head I’d have to say that strong enough by Cher is my favorite song because I’m on tour right now with two of my favorite people in the world (Vanessa Vanjie Mateo and Asia Ohara) and we play that song right as the show is about to start and we dance like I have never danced in my life every time!!       What is the first thing you like to do when you wake up, and last thing you like to do before going to bed?   When I wake up honestly I check my phone to see what time it is because if I’m not being woken up by an alarm these days I’m panicking that I missed something. The last thing I do before I go to bed is thank God and the universe for my life. Literally every blessing and opportunity that is coming my way currently seems so surreal and truly feels like my dreams are coming true, so I have to give credit where credit is due!     Tell us about your highlights in your career, especially after RuPaul's Drag Race?   Being on RDR was absolutely a dream come true for me, and every opportunity that has followed so far has been insane and it has only been a few months! I got to present an award at the MTV movie and tv awards with RuPaul, Michelle Visage, and Symone, I got to go on tour with some of the best drag entertainers in the world, and now I’m on the cover of Numero!      How has it been after the show? How did it affect your personal life and growth?   My life after the show has been non stop. I haven’t really had a full day off since the finale and I wouldn’t have it any other way. Every day I am growing as a person and an artist whether is physically thanks to drag queens around me teaching me old tricks, or if it’s spiritually/ emotionally thanks to meditation and finding inner strength to get me through these long days! either way I’m beyond blessed and thankful and so excited for what the future holds!     What are some of your favorite moments when thinking of your RuPaul's Drag Race experience?   Since we filmed during a pandemic, my favorite moments when thinking of my RuPauls drag race experience would have to be about relationships I made with the other queens. Being able to interact and bond with such amazing artists at a time where we could even leave the house outside of set was insane and made us all cherish every single moment.     How did RuPaul's Drag Race affect your career?   RuPauls Drag Race changed my life and career forever in so many ways. I will never give up the art of makeup but for now I was honored to have my own personal artistry shown of the biggest drag stage in the world and I’m ready to show what I can do even more than the world saw on the show. I am forever thankful to RuPaul, World of Wonder, and VH1 for giving me this opportunity and I’m ready to push my artistry to the next level.      What are your next steps and plans?   My next steps are to stay true to myself, work harder than I ever have before, take every opportunity that comes my way, and fight for my community. I was able to open a few doors for trans and non binary people by being a voice on RuPauls drag race and I want to keep that momentum going and keep elevating queer and trans people as much as I can always.      Did your fashion style develop or change throughout that period? And if so why?    My fashion style definitely stayed true to me, but seeing myself on tv really helped me understand and physically see what I need to refine and level up. I am always ready to learn and have an open mind towards my art so I can’t wait to keep pushing my art to the highest level I can possibly imagine!     Team credits:  Photo : Jack Waterlot @jackwaterlotstudio  Talent: Gottmik Stylist : Karen Levitt @karenlevittstylist  Hair by Tracy Moyer @tracymoyerhair@therexagency Nails by Erin Moffett @artdeptagency  Fashion director: Lisa Jarvis @lisajarvis_stylist  Casting: Timotej Letonja @timiletonja  Photo assistants: Shane Rooney Production assistant: Allison Nguyen

Alexander McQueen presents the new womenswear autumn/winter 2021 shot by Paolo Roversi
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Alexander McQueen presents the new womenswear autumn/winter 2021 shot by Paolo Roversi

Fashion   It feels like now is a time for healing, for breathing new life, for exploring echoes from the past to enrich our future. More than ever, a sense of humanity, of the team working together with a single aim – to make something beautiful, something meaningful – feels both precious and important. We looked at water, for its healing properties, and at anemones. Anemones are the most ephemeral owers, here made permanent in cloth. The women wearing the anemone dresses almost become like owers, like their embodiment, their character – but ampli ed, grounded, radiant and strong. Sarah Burton, Creative Director.   It feels like now is a time for healing, for breathing new life, for exploring echoes from the past to enrich our future. More than ever, a sense of humanity, of the team working together with a single aim – to make something beautiful, something meaningful – feels both precious and important. We looked at water, for its healing properties, and at anemones. Anemones are the most ephemeral owers, here made permanent in cloth. The women wearing the anemone dresses almost become like owers, like their embodiment, their character – but ampli ed, grounded, radiant and strong. Sarah Burton, Creative Director.

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The Fashion + Design Festival Arnhem re-examined the PURPOSE of the current fashion- and design system to make the world even better place by local Arnhem based initiatives
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The Fashion + Design Festival Arnhem re-examined the PURPOSE of the current fashion- and design system to make the world even better place by local Arnhem based initiatives

Fashion The Fashion + Design Festival Arnhem kicks off   The new edition of the Fashion + Design Festival Arnhem has officially started on the 3rd of June 2021.This year, together with designers, artists and partners, the festival has a hybrid character due to the current global pandemic.     Within the theme, all participants explore how they make the world a little more beautiful, cleaner and sustainable with their designs and creations. The festival organization aims to offer the visitor a general, well-grounded, compelling overview of the theme PURPOSE alongside the 10 dimensions of the Kabbalah, without any given prejudices of judgments. FDFA aims to offer the broadest spectrum of the content and thematic of PURPOSE, to make the topic widely available to each possible audience. The goal is to collaborate with the designers to look at many initiatives and inspire visitors, watchers and enthusiasts.      The festival is all about PURPOSE, but also about RE-PURPOSE. The festival zooms in on the way in which fashion and product design responds to the changing focus from material to immaterial happiness and meaning, based on the ten dimensions of Kabbalah. At least 4 videos are linked to each dimension within the theme:      How they create videos: a designer explains the ways of working and how he/she contributes to the theme.   An artistic video from a designer/stylist on a given subject within the dimensions of Purpose  Vision: a designer, entrepreneur or artist shares it’s experimental vision on the theme Rijn IJssel Purpose TV:  The local students of the Rijn Ijssel Academy head out in the streets to examine the local Arnhem population on their fashion consumption behaviours and the underlying thoughts and attitudes in a more playful and accessible format        The FDFA offers a high-quality hybrid festival from June 3 to July 3, 2021, in which online and offline events alternate and complement each other. Each week, a number of dimensions from the overarching theme "PURPOSE" are highlighted, with exhibitions, lectures, events and performances. The programming takes place mainly on Thursdays and Fridays in June and is organized in collaboration with partners of the FDFA. View the current program via this link: https://www.fdfarnhem.nl/programma     The costs of digital programming on Thursdays are free to attract the widest possible audience, to keep the program as inclusive as possible and make the program accessible to everyone. The Fashion + Design Festival Arnhem kicks off   The new edition of the Fashion + Design Festival Arnhem has officially started on the 3rd of June 2021.This year, together with designers, artists and partners, the festival has a hybrid character due to the current global pandemic.     Within the theme, all participants explore how they make the world a little more beautiful, cleaner and sustainable with their designs and creations. The festival organization aims to offer the visitor a general, well-grounded, compelling overview of the theme PURPOSE alongside the 10 dimensions of the Kabbalah, without any given prejudices of judgments. FDFA aims to offer the broadest spectrum of the content and thematic of PURPOSE, to make the topic widely available to each possible audience. The goal is to collaborate with the designers to look at many initiatives and inspire visitors, watchers and enthusiasts.      The festival is all about PURPOSE, but also about RE-PURPOSE. The festival zooms in on the way in which fashion and product design responds to the changing focus from material to immaterial happiness and meaning, based on the ten dimensions of Kabbalah. At least 4 videos are linked to each dimension within the theme:      How they create videos: a designer explains the ways of working and how he/she contributes to the theme.   An artistic video from a designer/stylist on a given subject within the dimensions of Purpose  Vision: a designer, entrepreneur or artist shares it’s experimental vision on the theme Rijn IJssel Purpose TV:  The local students of the Rijn Ijssel Academy head out in the streets to examine the local Arnhem population on their fashion consumption behaviours and the underlying thoughts and attitudes in a more playful and accessible format        The FDFA offers a high-quality hybrid festival from June 3 to July 3, 2021, in which online and offline events alternate and complement each other. Each week, a number of dimensions from the overarching theme "PURPOSE" are highlighted, with exhibitions, lectures, events and performances. The programming takes place mainly on Thursdays and Fridays in June and is organized in collaboration with partners of the FDFA. View the current program via this link: https://www.fdfarnhem.nl/programma     The costs of digital programming on Thursdays are free to attract the widest possible audience, to keep the program as inclusive as possible and make the program accessible to everyone.

TWO DIORIVIERA POP-UP STORES IN MYKONOS
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TWO DIORIVIERA POP-UP STORES IN MYKONOS

Fashion An incomparable paradise in the heart of the Cyclades, Mykonos is hosting two ephemeral boutiques dedicated to the Dioriviera capsule designed by Maria Grazia Chiuri. The summer wardrobe has been unveiled on May 19th in a pop-up store in the center of Chora, one of the Greek island’s must-see spots, and will be unveiled on May 28th in a two-level space in Nammos Village. For the occasion, the name of this dream destination will feature on delicate sailor-striped tops,Mitzah scarves and J’Adior bracelets. Plays on House codes – from toile de Jouy to the Dior Oblique motif – appear on ready-to-wear, leather goods, shoes and accessories illuminated with acidic, Pop-inspired hues of chartreuse and raspberry seen in the Fall 2021 collection. Summer essentials and decorative objects by Dior Maison prolong this celebration of art de vivre, an invitation to escape. An incomparable paradise in the heart of the Cyclades, Mykonos is hosting two ephemeral boutiques dedicated to the Dioriviera capsule designed by Maria Grazia Chiuri. The summer wardrobe has been unveiled on May 19th in a pop-up store in the center of Chora, one of the Greek island’s must-see spots, and will be unveiled on May 28th in a two-level space in Nammos Village. For the occasion, the name of this dream destination will feature on delicate sailor-striped tops,Mitzah scarves and J’Adior bracelets. Plays on House codes – from toile de Jouy to the Dior Oblique motif – appear on ready-to-wear, leather goods, shoes and accessories illuminated with acidic, Pop-inspired hues of chartreuse and raspberry seen in the Fall 2021 collection. Summer essentials and decorative objects by Dior Maison prolong this celebration of art de vivre, an invitation to escape.

Samsøe Samsøe presents the new  UNDYED capsule collection
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Samsøe Samsøe presents the new UNDYED capsule collection

Fashion Samsøe Samsøe launches a new sweat set series in the most perfect shade of Beige, as the pieces are fully undyed - mening less water & chemicals being used during the production process.    ”We have created products, where we decided to leave the cotton undyed. The products are made in the natural off-white colour of the raw cotton and the fabric has been given minimal treatments, reduced to only washing to take out vegetable fats, stabilizing processes and pre shrinkage treatments”, says Gitte Wetter, head of Design.    This means that Samsøe Samsøe’s undyed programme will save 80L of fresh water per kilo of fabric produced. In this first production programme, it means that the brand will in total save 480.000L of water. Since the fabric is undyed, the brand is also saving 80% of the chemicals normally used in the dyeing processes, which also leads to a substantial reduction of the energy consumed - when producing an item. This is a product with the lowest possible impact, as it is using virgin materials.   The cotton used for the programme is organic and produced under the GOTS certification. This means that no genetic engineering has been used, the entire supply chain, from the cotton field to our Portuguese garment manufacturer, is certified from a social aspect. This includes payment of correct wages on time, controlled working hours, no discrimination or child labour, health and safety in the work place and the cultivation of the cotton is using only organic fertilizers and no pesticides and insecticides.   Samsøe Samsøe is also analyzing, and looking into the possibilities of recycling the cutting waste from the undyed programme, so that they can turn this into new yarn, blending in 50% new fibres, for a potential continuation of this specific collection.      Samsøe Samsøe launches a new sweat set series in the most perfect shade of Beige, as the pieces are fully undyed - mening less water & chemicals being used during the production process.    ”We have created products, where we decided to leave the cotton undyed. The products are made in the natural off-white colour of the raw cotton and the fabric has been given minimal treatments, reduced to only washing to take out vegetable fats, stabilizing processes and pre shrinkage treatments”, says Gitte Wetter, head of Design.    This means that Samsøe Samsøe’s undyed programme will save 80L of fresh water per kilo of fabric produced. In this first production programme, it means that the brand will in total save 480.000L of water. Since the fabric is undyed, the brand is also saving 80% of the chemicals normally used in the dyeing processes, which also leads to a substantial reduction of the energy consumed - when producing an item. This is a product with the lowest possible impact, as it is using virgin materials.   The cotton used for the programme is organic and produced under the GOTS certification. This means that no genetic engineering has been used, the entire supply chain, from the cotton field to our Portuguese garment manufacturer, is certified from a social aspect. This includes payment of correct wages on time, controlled working hours, no discrimination or child labour, health and safety in the work place and the cultivation of the cotton is using only organic fertilizers and no pesticides and insecticides.   Samsøe Samsøe is also analyzing, and looking into the possibilities of recycling the cutting waste from the undyed programme, so that they can turn this into new yarn, blending in 50% new fibres, for a potential continuation of this specific collection.     

A BLAST FROM THE PAST WITH TOMMY JEANS
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A BLAST FROM THE PAST WITH TOMMY JEANS

Fashion The latest TOMMY JEANS capsule collection features a range of styles with iconic characters from the 90's and 2000s TV shows, including Beavis and Butt-Head, Garfield, MTV, Ren & Stimpy, Spongebob SquarePants and Space Jam.     Explore the new collection on their website: https://nl.tommy.com/heren-tommy-jeans-capsule-collection The latest TOMMY JEANS capsule collection features a range of styles with iconic characters from the 90's and 2000s TV shows, including Beavis and Butt-Head, Garfield, MTV, Ren & Stimpy, Spongebob SquarePants and Space Jam.     Explore the new collection on their website: https://nl.tommy.com/heren-tommy-jeans-capsule-collection

Louis Vuitton LV2 Collection by Virgil Abloh Pre-Spring 2022
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Louis Vuitton LV2 Collection by Virgil Abloh Pre-Spring 2022

Men Squaring: the multiplication of a number by itself. The acknowledgment that one idea can co-exist with another.     For Pre-Spring 2022, Louis Vuitton launches its second LV2collection – “Louis Vuitton squared” – continuing the creative conversation between Men’s Artistic Director Virgil AblohTM and Nigo®, the founder of the label Human Made. United by friendship and a shared subcultural practice popularly known as streetwear, the two designers investigate their diverse cultural roots under the global emblem of Louis Vuitton. The sophomore season expands on this exchange in a celebration of Nigo®’s Japanese provenance, the inherent tapestry of his fashion upbringing, and the geo-specific gaze on the Western men’s wardrobe instilled in him from boyhood.     Informed by Nigo®’s personal collections of British subcultural dress, LV2 cross-pollinates a Western 1950s and ‘60s’ tailoring silhouette with a Japanese sensibility. Garments and accessories native to sartorial tropes, military icons and traditional costume are observed through a decidedly formalised lens, consistently imbuing the casual with a heightened elegance. 1950s’ workwear blazers materialise in colour-blocking alongside generational denim suits constructed in Monogram camou age. Nodding at prep uniforms, a cropped rowing blazer is emblazoned with the Monogram stripes used on the lining of Louis Vuitton trunks, while chino-like trousers evoke a schoolboy t.     Pieces central to the classic men’s wardrobe splice with the properties of kimonos: the belt of a navy wool coat nods at the obi, a tailored jacket in striped Monogram features a wrap structure, and shirting is infused with kimono codes. Instinctively, this cultural cross-pollination intersects with the travel territory of Louis Vuitton. The process sees the classic Damier pattern mutate into a post-stamp likeness, exercised on a red and white shirt, a eece jacket, and detachable jersey sleeves. Likewise, Virgil AblohTM applies his travel-centric accessomorphosis technique – the morphing of bags and garments – to a jacket in the Monogram coated canvas employed in the Maison’s bags.   Boyish mascot motifs adorn the collection and serve as a new idea of logos, from duck-shaped buttons and bags to tiger heads and stripes, and the red hearts key in the graphics used by Nigo®at Human Made. A protection boot features patches embellished with these motifs, which can be swapped or removed, while the LV Trainer has been reinterpreted with all-over graphics. A second LV Trainer is realised in a grainy leather base and denim drip-shaped fabric; another variation appears in the post-stamped Damier, a detail echoed in a sleek leather boot with a cut-out detail revealing the pattern.   Through the eyes of Nigo®, classic Louis Vuitton bag designs integrate Japanese elements, such as a cruiser bag with a small scarf knotting detail informed by furoshiki wrapping cloths; similarly, a large summer tote features a folded construction on the side. A cross-body bag morphs into the image of a duck, highlighting the playful spirit of the collection likewise expressed in artisanal enamel jewellery pieces with silver nishing. Here, rings, earrings, tie clips, brooches, and keyrings manifest in the images of the duck, tiger and heart, while a crystal necklace and a Cuban chain bracelet with the LV2 logo cement the shared – and squared – premise of the creative dialogue.       For further information visit their website: www.louisvuitton.com Squaring: the multiplication of a number by itself. The acknowledgment that one idea can co-exist with another.     For Pre-Spring 2022, Louis Vuitton launches its second LV2collection – “Louis Vuitton squared” – continuing the creative conversation between Men’s Artistic Director Virgil AblohTM and Nigo®, the founder of the label Human Made. United by friendship and a shared subcultural practice popularly known as streetwear, the two designers investigate their diverse cultural roots under the global emblem of Louis Vuitton. The sophomore season expands on this exchange in a celebration of Nigo®’s Japanese provenance, the inherent tapestry of his fashion upbringing, and the geo-specific gaze on the Western men’s wardrobe instilled in him from boyhood.     Informed by Nigo®’s personal collections of British subcultural dress, LV2 cross-pollinates a Western 1950s and ‘60s’ tailoring silhouette with a Japanese sensibility. Garments and accessories native to sartorial tropes, military icons and traditional costume are observed through a decidedly formalised lens, consistently imbuing the casual with a heightened elegance. 1950s’ workwear blazers materialise in colour-blocking alongside generational denim suits constructed in Monogram camou age. Nodding at prep uniforms, a cropped rowing blazer is emblazoned with the Monogram stripes used on the lining of Louis Vuitton trunks, while chino-like trousers evoke a schoolboy t.     Pieces central to the classic men’s wardrobe splice with the properties of kimonos: the belt of a navy wool coat nods at the obi, a tailored jacket in striped Monogram features a wrap structure, and shirting is infused with kimono codes. Instinctively, this cultural cross-pollination intersects with the travel territory of Louis Vuitton. The process sees the classic Damier pattern mutate into a post-stamp likeness, exercised on a red and white shirt, a eece jacket, and detachable jersey sleeves. Likewise, Virgil AblohTM applies his travel-centric accessomorphosis technique – the morphing of bags and garments – to a jacket in the Monogram coated canvas employed in the Maison’s bags.   Boyish mascot motifs adorn the collection and serve as a new idea of logos, from duck-shaped buttons and bags to tiger heads and stripes, and the red hearts key in the graphics used by Nigo®at Human Made. A protection boot features patches embellished with these motifs, which can be swapped or removed, while the LV Trainer has been reinterpreted with all-over graphics. A second LV Trainer is realised in a grainy leather base and denim drip-shaped fabric; another variation appears in the post-stamped Damier, a detail echoed in a sleek leather boot with a cut-out detail revealing the pattern.   Through the eyes of Nigo®, classic Louis Vuitton bag designs integrate Japanese elements, such as a cruiser bag with a small scarf knotting detail informed by furoshiki wrapping cloths; similarly, a large summer tote features a folded construction on the side. A cross-body bag morphs into the image of a duck, highlighting the playful spirit of the collection likewise expressed in artisanal enamel jewellery pieces with silver nishing. Here, rings, earrings, tie clips, brooches, and keyrings manifest in the images of the duck, tiger and heart, while a crystal necklace and a Cuban chain bracelet with the LV2 logo cement the shared – and squared – premise of the creative dialogue.       For further information visit their website: www.louisvuitton.com

Bottega Veneta presents their new Wardrobe 2 ad campaign captured by Tyrone Lebon
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Bottega Veneta presents their new Wardrobe 2 ad campaign captured by Tyrone Lebon

Fashion We are excited to be sharing the images of the new ad campaign of Bottega Veneta.  The campaign features 16 Talents in total – including Bottega Veneta staples and collaborators Neneh Cherry, Roberto Bolle, Slowthai and Tricky. But we also took this opportunity to welcome new talents to our Bottega Veneta community like Arca, Little Simz, Mark Leckey and Sue Webster. Also Oumi Janta is making a comeback as she was featured in our digital journal Issue 01.     All the talents featured are Valeria Golino, Roberto Bolle, Skepta, Sue Webster, Caleb Femi, Oumi Janta, Melina Matsoukas, Little Simz, Slowthai, Tricky, Acra, Neneh Cherry, Mark Leckey, Kenzie, Venetia Scott, Malachi Kirby     Photographed by Tyrone Lebon.   More on: https://www.bottegaveneta.com We are excited to be sharing the images of the new ad campaign of Bottega Veneta.  The campaign features 16 Talents in total – including Bottega Veneta staples and collaborators Neneh Cherry, Roberto Bolle, Slowthai and Tricky. But we also took this opportunity to welcome new talents to our Bottega Veneta community like Arca, Little Simz, Mark Leckey and Sue Webster. Also Oumi Janta is making a comeback as she was featured in our digital journal Issue 01.     All the talents featured are Valeria Golino, Roberto Bolle, Skepta, Sue Webster, Caleb Femi, Oumi Janta, Melina Matsoukas, Little Simz, Slowthai, Tricky, Acra, Neneh Cherry, Mark Leckey, Kenzie, Venetia Scott, Malachi Kirby     Photographed by Tyrone Lebon.   More on: https://www.bottegaveneta.com

BALENCIAGA PRESENTS THE "CLONES" SPRING 2022 COLLECTION
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BALENCIAGA PRESENTS THE "CLONES" SPRING 2022 COLLECTION

Fashion Week Balenciaga’s Spring 22 presentation considers our shifting senses of reality through the lens oftechnology. We see our world through a filter—perfected, polished, conformed, photoshopped. We no longer decipher between unedited and altered, genuine and counterfeit, tangible and conceptual, fact and fiction, fake and deepfake. Technology creates alternate realities and identities, a world of digital clones.     To illustrate this concept, every look in the Spring 22 collection is seen on Eliza Douglas, an artist who has either opened or closed every show and appeared in most campaigns for the past several years. In a video directed by Quentin Deronzier, Eliza appears as a series of digital clones, some of which are deepfakes, ormodels with Eliza’s photogrammetry-captured and CG-scanned face digitally grafted on.     Some looks are styled to illustrate artificial manipulation using props, like chainmail headpieces in silver, gold, chrome, and rusted metal. The models march down a minimalist runway to a sci-fi-inspiredsoundtrack composed by BFRND and an AI voiceover reciting the lyrics of “La Vie En Rose.” The video’spost-production processes include planar tracking, rotoscoping, machine learning, and 3D modeling, implemented in order to achieve a hyper-realistic effect.     The season introduces a range of new shapes and wearable concepts and functional accessories, as wellas products from The Hacker Project, conceptual interpretations of Gucci’s recognizable signatures asBalenciaga products. The Hacker Project presents pieces that merge Gucci and Balenciaga House codes and in so doing explores and questions the ideas of authenticity, counterfeiting, and appropriation within the fashion industry. For example, an archival double-G diamond monogram design is transformed to consist of double-B logos in Gucci’s iconic tone-on-tone palette on a variety of leather goods and classic accessories. The line, which also includes limited edition bags hand-tagged with This Is Not a Gucci Bag, will be in stores starting in November of 2021.     Tailoring is deconstructed and engineered to sit off the body in various silhouettes. Dresses are patched, draped, and ultra-pleated, forming cocoon-like shapes in bright colors, florals, and graphic prints consisting of overviews of Balenciaga products mimicking icons on a computer desktop. Wrap coats recall a classic Balenciaga cocoon construction, but safety-pinned to one side and frayed at the hem. Trenches, coat dresses, and bombers are mostly reversible, giving the same garment two aesthetic functions.     Each a Balenciaga signature, the parka and the puffer have shortened sleeves and lengthened collars that stand up and away from the neck to underline the typical Balenciaga attitude built into the construction of those garments. Another new signature, the tracksuit, is seen in multiple styles and functionalities. Tactical cargo pants transform into coveralls and cyber goth-style raver pants; skirts in denim are tricked out with metal hoops and studs, optimizing zippers, side pockets, and straps.     Graphic prints reference themes of authenticity, such as a blank square that reads Your Ad Here over ahotline number. A hoodie’s strass front says Bébé (referencing the French way of pronouncing theBalenciaga double-B logo and also meaning babe); another hoodie, which reads No Comment, speaks for itself in its meaning; yet another one depicts The Simpsons family dressed in recognizable Balenciaga pieces from past seasons.     Fetish stiletto sandals, pumps, and boots emphasize the shape of toes, imprinted in soft calfskin. Ultra flats and pumps take on the shape of toes in carbon effect flexible high-tech material. Blade pumps and boots are defined by their super-sharp lines. Balenciaga Crocs 2.0, the second collaboration between the two brands, sees the classic clog made into pumps, boots, and platformed pool slides. Trooper boots and derbies are thick-soled, square-toed, and angular on all sides. Runner sneakers, introduced in Winter 21, have a DIY, cut up aesthetic in the shape of a traditional running shoe.     Continuing a series of modern interpretations of archetypal bags are the Mag Basket in thermoformed leather, the Fast Clutch in carbon fiber that resembles the shape of fast-food packaging, the Monday Shopper in printed soft calf leather, and the Hourglass Frame, which adjusts the iconic bag’s shape, givingit softer and rounder volume.     Eveningwear is reimagined in a corseted molleton pant suit, a variety of matte spandex draped dresses, and finally a red stretch velvet ballroom gown inspired by and in tribute to Divine, the iconic drag artist. Balenciaga’s Spring 22 presentation considers our shifting senses of reality through the lens oftechnology. We see our world through a filter—perfected, polished, conformed, photoshopped. We no longer decipher between unedited and altered, genuine and counterfeit, tangible and conceptual, fact and fiction, fake and deepfake. Technology creates alternate realities and identities, a world of digital clones.     To illustrate this concept, every look in the Spring 22 collection is seen on Eliza Douglas, an artist who has either opened or closed every show and appeared in most campaigns for the past several years. In a video directed by Quentin Deronzier, Eliza appears as a series of digital clones, some of which are deepfakes, ormodels with Eliza’s photogrammetry-captured and CG-scanned face digitally grafted on.     Some looks are styled to illustrate artificial manipulation using props, like chainmail headpieces in silver, gold, chrome, and rusted metal. The models march down a minimalist runway to a sci-fi-inspiredsoundtrack composed by BFRND and an AI voiceover reciting the lyrics of “La Vie En Rose.” The video’spost-production processes include planar tracking, rotoscoping, machine learning, and 3D modeling, implemented in order to achieve a hyper-realistic effect.     The season introduces a range of new shapes and wearable concepts and functional accessories, as wellas products from The Hacker Project, conceptual interpretations of Gucci’s recognizable signatures asBalenciaga products. The Hacker Project presents pieces that merge Gucci and Balenciaga House codes and in so doing explores and questions the ideas of authenticity, counterfeiting, and appropriation within the fashion industry. For example, an archival double-G diamond monogram design is transformed to consist of double-B logos in Gucci’s iconic tone-on-tone palette on a variety of leather goods and classic accessories. The line, which also includes limited edition bags hand-tagged with This Is Not a Gucci Bag, will be in stores starting in November of 2021.     Tailoring is deconstructed and engineered to sit off the body in various silhouettes. Dresses are patched, draped, and ultra-pleated, forming cocoon-like shapes in bright colors, florals, and graphic prints consisting of overviews of Balenciaga products mimicking icons on a computer desktop. Wrap coats recall a classic Balenciaga cocoon construction, but safety-pinned to one side and frayed at the hem. Trenches, coat dresses, and bombers are mostly reversible, giving the same garment two aesthetic functions.     Each a Balenciaga signature, the parka and the puffer have shortened sleeves and lengthened collars that stand up and away from the neck to underline the typical Balenciaga attitude built into the construction of those garments. Another new signature, the tracksuit, is seen in multiple styles and functionalities. Tactical cargo pants transform into coveralls and cyber goth-style raver pants; skirts in denim are tricked out with metal hoops and studs, optimizing zippers, side pockets, and straps.     Graphic prints reference themes of authenticity, such as a blank square that reads Your Ad Here over ahotline number. A hoodie’s strass front says Bébé (referencing the French way of pronouncing theBalenciaga double-B logo and also meaning babe); another hoodie, which reads No Comment, speaks for itself in its meaning; yet another one depicts The Simpsons family dressed in recognizable Balenciaga pieces from past seasons.     Fetish stiletto sandals, pumps, and boots emphasize the shape of toes, imprinted in soft calfskin. Ultra flats and pumps take on the shape of toes in carbon effect flexible high-tech material. Blade pumps and boots are defined by their super-sharp lines. Balenciaga Crocs 2.0, the second collaboration between the two brands, sees the classic clog made into pumps, boots, and platformed pool slides. Trooper boots and derbies are thick-soled, square-toed, and angular on all sides. Runner sneakers, introduced in Winter 21, have a DIY, cut up aesthetic in the shape of a traditional running shoe.     Continuing a series of modern interpretations of archetypal bags are the Mag Basket in thermoformed leather, the Fast Clutch in carbon fiber that resembles the shape of fast-food packaging, the Monday Shopper in printed soft calf leather, and the Hourglass Frame, which adjusts the iconic bag’s shape, givingit softer and rounder volume.     Eveningwear is reimagined in a corseted molleton pant suit, a variety of matte spandex draped dresses, and finally a red stretch velvet ballroom gown inspired by and in tribute to Divine, the iconic drag artist.

In conversation with Aron Piper
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In conversation with Aron Piper

Fashion Last March ARON released his long awaited debut EP, under the name “NIEVE”.     The young Spanish German singer and actor presents us with five songs produced by artists such as Mygal, Iseekarlo, Tweak or Miqui Brightside and features the collaborations of Jesse Báez and Polimá Westcoast, two of the artists with the most personality and relevance on the Latin American scene. , thus consolidating itself as one of the Spanish artists with the most international projection for this 2021.     “Nieve”, the title track of the EP, is accompanied by a visual piece in the form of a video clip shot by Tomás Peña with Manson and produced by CANADA. It shows us a life full of excesses in which success and fame generate a negative emotional weight in the artist, causing him a huge loneliness in the purest Malick style, also with an excellent photography direction by Albert Gay, who makes it the best music video of the singer so far.     The artwork created by the artist Cataln Ignasi Monreal, portraying the musician who, after achieving more than 25 million reproductions on digital platforms, presents his best work so far to show that this is only the beginning.     The whole EP has already more than 10M plays on digital platforms.       Tell our readers who you are in your own words.     I'm a chill guy, insecure and afraid of the world. I've been fighting for what I want and I got fame from one day to another so I'm trying to process it all now. I'm grateful everyday for what's happening to me and I'm now and lucky, so I'm trying to have a good and healthy relationship with my life, trying to keep doing good and most important, being a normal guy.     What is your first memory of acting and music?     First thing I remember as an actor is saying to my father: “Dad, I'd love be an acotr and I want to do it right now” I was 12 years old and he looked for some short films for me on the internet, trying to match my profile with some castings and that's where it all started.     In music I think the first thing I remember is when I was 10 years old, I used to note my songs over Eminem songs, showing them to my best friend Sam when we met.       Among all the roles you have played so far, which one embodies your personality the most?     I'm trying to give a big part of myself in each character I play. If I dont do it I just feel that the characters get empty, so that's why I want to feel they all represent me. The one I enjoyed the most is “El Desorden Que Dejas”, at least by now.     What gives you confidence?   My close friends, my family, my team... Since I'm famous the confindece looks mistrusted, so you gotta learn how to deal with it.       What is the most daring thing you did recently and tell us something that is not on your resume?   Going to La Resistencia (Spanish TV Show) for example .I've had never been on a TV interview with public, so I was quite scared but it wasn't such a big deal at the end.     Something I dont have in my CV? That I keep it for myself, I try to not show too much of my private life, if I dont then I wont have anything else for me hahaha.     What is your personal motto?   Take care of life and life will take care of you.     What are your upcoming projects for this year among the new season of Elite?     I'm focused on music now and doing casting, looking for some interesting projects as an acotr. It's been some time already without acting and I'm pretty excited to do it again. I've got some projects but I expect to have some more.       Why acting and why music? What inspired you to embark on a career in this industry?     Always acting. It's been hard for me to deal with my emotions and that's because I feel like everything affects me pretty much. It's a fight between my way to adapt to things and how I get affected by everything that surrounds me. Being an actor saved me from that because it's a different way to express deeper emotions.     My career as musician is pretty similar, but with music I can express my own feelings.       With work you have traveled a lot. What are some of the favourite places you have seen and been to so far and why?     Travelling is the most beautiful thing in the world. It opens your mind and makes you disconnect from your routine and your hometown. My best trip by the moment is Mexico, the longest I've done and the one I enjoyed the most.     What is your biggest outtake from last year?   The loss of my privacy, no doubts, and losing confidence in people who doesnt know me and judge you, doesnt mind if good or bad.     As the theme of our Spring & Summer season is ELEMENTS and it is about sustainability, nature. Tell us about your perspective on sustainability and environment.   It's something that worries me a lot and I'd love to get more involved with it. Most important thing right now is our land, earth, the world... and it's all getting too fuck up.     Tell us about your recently released debut EP.   It's something that feels old for me now, but I guess it'll always happen the same. From the moment you start working on it until you release it, feels like ages. But I'm very happy with how it's working and with the position it gives me as a musician. Best is still to come. Last March ARON released his long awaited debut EP, under the name “NIEVE”.     The young Spanish German singer and actor presents us with five songs produced by artists such as Mygal, Iseekarlo, Tweak or Miqui Brightside and features the collaborations of Jesse Báez and Polimá Westcoast, two of the artists with the most personality and relevance on the Latin American scene. , thus consolidating itself as one of the Spanish artists with the most international projection for this 2021.     “Nieve”, the title track of the EP, is accompanied by a visual piece in the form of a video clip shot by Tomás Peña with Manson and produced by CANADA. It shows us a life full of excesses in which success and fame generate a negative emotional weight in the artist, causing him a huge loneliness in the purest Malick style, also with an excellent photography direction by Albert Gay, who makes it the best music video of the singer so far.     The artwork created by the artist Cataln Ignasi Monreal, portraying the musician who, after achieving more than 25 million reproductions on digital platforms, presents his best work so far to show that this is only the beginning.     The whole EP has already more than 10M plays on digital platforms.       Tell our readers who you are in your own words.     I'm a chill guy, insecure and afraid of the world. I've been fighting for what I want and I got fame from one day to another so I'm trying to process it all now. I'm grateful everyday for what's happening to me and I'm now and lucky, so I'm trying to have a good and healthy relationship with my life, trying to keep doing good and most important, being a normal guy.     What is your first memory of acting and music?     First thing I remember as an actor is saying to my father: “Dad, I'd love be an acotr and I want to do it right now” I was 12 years old and he looked for some short films for me on the internet, trying to match my profile with some castings and that's where it all started.     In music I think the first thing I remember is when I was 10 years old, I used to note my songs over Eminem songs, showing them to my best friend Sam when we met.       Among all the roles you have played so far, which one embodies your personality the most?     I'm trying to give a big part of myself in each character I play. If I dont do it I just feel that the characters get empty, so that's why I want to feel they all represent me. The one I enjoyed the most is “El Desorden Que Dejas”, at least by now.     What gives you confidence?   My close friends, my family, my team... Since I'm famous the confindece looks mistrusted, so you gotta learn how to deal with it.       What is the most daring thing you did recently and tell us something that is not on your resume?   Going to La Resistencia (Spanish TV Show) for example .I've had never been on a TV interview with public, so I was quite scared but it wasn't such a big deal at the end.     Something I dont have in my CV? That I keep it for myself, I try to not show too much of my private life, if I dont then I wont have anything else for me hahaha.     What is your personal motto?   Take care of life and life will take care of you.     What are your upcoming projects for this year among the new season of Elite?     I'm focused on music now and doing casting, looking for some interesting projects as an acotr. It's been some time already without acting and I'm pretty excited to do it again. I've got some projects but I expect to have some more.       Why acting and why music? What inspired you to embark on a career in this industry?     Always acting. It's been hard for me to deal with my emotions and that's because I feel like everything affects me pretty much. It's a fight between my way to adapt to things and how I get affected by everything that surrounds me. Being an actor saved me from that because it's a different way to express deeper emotions.     My career as musician is pretty similar, but with music I can express my own feelings.       With work you have traveled a lot. What are some of the favourite places you have seen and been to so far and why?     Travelling is the most beautiful thing in the world. It opens your mind and makes you disconnect from your routine and your hometown. My best trip by the moment is Mexico, the longest I've done and the one I enjoyed the most.     What is your biggest outtake from last year?   The loss of my privacy, no doubts, and losing confidence in people who doesnt know me and judge you, doesnt mind if good or bad.     As the theme of our Spring & Summer season is ELEMENTS and it is about sustainability, nature. Tell us about your perspective on sustainability and environment.   It's something that worries me a lot and I'd love to get more involved with it. Most important thing right now is our land, earth, the world... and it's all getting too fuck up.     Tell us about your recently released debut EP.   It's something that feels old for me now, but I guess it'll always happen the same. From the moment you start working on it until you release it, feels like ages. But I'm very happy with how it's working and with the position it gives me as a musician. Best is still to come.

OFF-WHITE™ LAUNCHES FIRST FULL SUNGLASSES & EYEWEAR COLLECTION
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OFF-WHITE™ LAUNCHES FIRST FULL SUNGLASSES & EYEWEAR COLLECTION

Accessories Off-White™ and its founder and creative director, Virgil Abloh, are thrilled to announce the launch of the label’s first full eyewear collection. Genderless, avant-garde and bold, the collection will arrive in stores throughout June 2021, and will feature shapes and silhouettes that exemplify Off-White’s well-known graphic codes: architectural linearity and of-the-moment aesthetics.   The eyewear debuted today over a WeChat preview. One model—an oversized, square silhouette called the “Catalina,” replete with a red Off-White™ “Arrow” logo—will be exclusive to the app and to China. (Other colorways of this design will be available globally.)   Additional styles include a comprehensive range of concepts and colors, each with a singular, eclectic appeal personally overseen by Abloh. The “Marfa,” for instance, is a narrow, extended cat-eye (it’s available in hot pink and off white colorways in addition to more traditional black and tortoise). The “Alps” provides a high-impact visual statement, with oversized shield lenses and wraparound frames at the temples. The “Manchester” takes an inverted trapezoidal shape and offers a late 1980’s vibe. Both styles are distinguished by a play on volume, for a 3-D graphic effect. On the subtler side, there is the “The Cape,” which features a 1990’s-era inspired metal oval, manufactured with a coating of natural materials, to accommodate those with metal sensitives. The collection also includes the classic “Virgil” shape; the “Arthur”, a time-less rectangular option; the “Tropez”, an oversize mask; and the “Cady”, which embodies the iconic Off-White™ concept of holes with its lasered frame and lenses.   “I don’t believe in gender, only design,” says Virgil Abloh. Off-White™ and its founder and creative director, Virgil Abloh, are thrilled to announce the launch of the label’s first full eyewear collection. Genderless, avant-garde and bold, the collection will arrive in stores throughout June 2021, and will feature shapes and silhouettes that exemplify Off-White’s well-known graphic codes: architectural linearity and of-the-moment aesthetics.   The eyewear debuted today over a WeChat preview. One model—an oversized, square silhouette called the “Catalina,” replete with a red Off-White™ “Arrow” logo—will be exclusive to the app and to China. (Other colorways of this design will be available globally.)   Additional styles include a comprehensive range of concepts and colors, each with a singular, eclectic appeal personally overseen by Abloh. The “Marfa,” for instance, is a narrow, extended cat-eye (it’s available in hot pink and off white colorways in addition to more traditional black and tortoise). The “Alps” provides a high-impact visual statement, with oversized shield lenses and wraparound frames at the temples. The “Manchester” takes an inverted trapezoidal shape and offers a late 1980’s vibe. Both styles are distinguished by a play on volume, for a 3-D graphic effect. On the subtler side, there is the “The Cape,” which features a 1990’s-era inspired metal oval, manufactured with a coating of natural materials, to accommodate those with metal sensitives. The collection also includes the classic “Virgil” shape; the “Arthur”, a time-less rectangular option; the “Tropez”, an oversize mask; and the “Cady”, which embodies the iconic Off-White™ concept of holes with its lasered frame and lenses.   “I don’t believe in gender, only design,” says Virgil Abloh.

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