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Exploring Morocco with Oumayma
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Exploring Morocco with Oumayma

Travel We would like to introduce to you our new contributor Oumayma Elboumeshouli.   Oumayma is a fashion influencer and all-round creative from the Netherlands. She lives in between Amsterdam, The UAE and Marrakech. From a young age she knew what she wanted and pursued her dream of creating creative content and strategies for different kinds of brands. With her Arabic heritage she often uses the Moroccan scenery as a great source of inspiration. Oumayma knows how to tell a story and creates mind blowing images. Her style can be described as ‘urban chic’ as she knows how to combine high-end fashion with street style items. Oumayma has an eye for detail and a talent for styling, photography and art direction. Brands love to work with Oumayma as her content is a real piece of art. She is professional, driven, creative and carefully selects the brands she wants to work with.     I would like to dedicate my first article to my heritage: Morocco. A country that has a special place in my heart. After every visit I leave more inspired. I’m sharing some locations which are worth visiting when you are in Morocco.   RIAD EL FENN https://www.instagram.com/p/BvCdUocnPal/ One of my favorite places to stay in Marrakech is Riad El Fenn in the Medina. What I love most about this Riad is not only the location (which is super easy reachable by car) but also the surroundings. All the touristic attractions are a few minutes away on walking distance. Also the interior game of this Riad is super strong.   THE MEDINA https://www.instagram.com/p/B5Zz_UNBKaX/ If you want to experience the real authentic Morocco make sure to bring your most comfortable shoes and prepare yourself your long and inspiring strolls in the medina. It doesn’t matter how many times I have visited, I always manage to find some hidden gems such as authentic Moroccan restaurants and shops.   HOTEL MAMOUNIA https://www.instagram.com/p/BkVPF9qn0eU/ One of the most luxurious destinations in Morocco and hotels in Africa. Another favorite for me when it comes to having ‘me-time’. I love to visit the hotel just to enjoy some Moroccan tea and sweets in the famous garden. The hotel has also a selection of luxurious brand boutiques with the latest runway collections.    AGAFAY STONE DESERT https://www.instagram.com/p/B5Zz_UNBKaX/ When in Marrakech it is an absolute must see, to visit the Agafay stone dessert which is located 20 miles outside the city centre. Make sure to plan an entire day in the dessert or even spend the night. The Agafay desert has literally everything you desire in the middle of nowhere. For me as a creative it’s an absolute source of inspiration and a huge set to create content. Most people like to visit and do activities such as quad biking and camel rides.   HUGGING GOATS ON YOUR WAY TO ESSAOUIRA https://www.instagram.com/p/BvQ3iFKnU8w/ If you love goats, make sure to stop on the road when you’re on your way to Essaouira from Marrakech. You can spot different Argan trees with goats in it. Sometimes if you ask the farmer nicely they will let you hug one of the goats and have a photo moment with them just like I did.   LIKE A MOVIE STAR https://www.instagram.com/p/BpU5jx5iuxI/ I travel a lot to the south of Morocco because that is where most of my family lives. My dad was born In Ouarzazatte which is an absolute must visit when you’re on your way to the south. Another hidden gem is Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou, a old town which is now mostly used as a movie set and decoration. The little town is 5 miles on your left before you reach Ouarzazatte.    SAHARA AROUND THE CORNER https://www.instagram.com/p/BpT7L4ai9iX/ Zaggoura, to me one of the most magical places in Morocco where you could see the skies full of stars in the night and enormous palmtree fields for the best dates. This city is also called the gate of the Sahara because it’s basically around the corner.   For more images check out her profile on instagram @oumaymaboumeshouli We would like to introduce to you our new contributor Oumayma Elboumeshouli.   Oumayma is a fashion influencer and all-round creative from the Netherlands. She lives in between Amsterdam, The UAE and Marrakech. From a young age she knew what she wanted and pursued her dream of creating creative content and strategies for different kinds of brands. With her Arabic heritage she often uses the Moroccan scenery as a great source of inspiration. Oumayma knows how to tell a story and creates mind blowing images. Her style can be described as ‘urban chic’ as she knows how to combine high-end fashion with street style items. Oumayma has an eye for detail and a talent for styling, photography and art direction. Brands love to work with Oumayma as her content is a real piece of art. She is professional, driven, creative and carefully selects the brands she wants to work with.     I would like to dedicate my first article to my heritage: Morocco. A country that has a special place in my heart. After every visit I leave more inspired. I’m sharing some locations which are worth visiting when you are in Morocco.   RIAD EL FENN https://www.instagram.com/p/BvCdUocnPal/ One of my favorite places to stay in Marrakech is Riad El Fenn in the Medina. What I love most about this Riad is not only the location (which is super easy reachable by car) but also the surroundings. All the touristic attractions are a few minutes away on walking distance. Also the interior game of this Riad is super strong.   THE MEDINA https://www.instagram.com/p/B5Zz_UNBKaX/ If you want to experience the real authentic Morocco make sure to bring your most comfortable shoes and prepare yourself your long and inspiring strolls in the medina. It doesn’t matter how many times I have visited, I always manage to find some hidden gems such as authentic Moroccan restaurants and shops.   HOTEL MAMOUNIA https://www.instagram.com/p/BkVPF9qn0eU/ One of the most luxurious destinations in Morocco and hotels in Africa. Another favorite for me when it comes to having ‘me-time’. I love to visit the hotel just to enjoy some Moroccan tea and sweets in the famous garden. The hotel has also a selection of luxurious brand boutiques with the latest runway collections.    AGAFAY STONE DESERT https://www.instagram.com/p/B5Zz_UNBKaX/ When in Marrakech it is an absolute must see, to visit the Agafay stone dessert which is located 20 miles outside the city centre. Make sure to plan an entire day in the dessert or even spend the night. The Agafay desert has literally everything you desire in the middle of nowhere. For me as a creative it’s an absolute source of inspiration and a huge set to create content. Most people like to visit and do activities such as quad biking and camel rides.   HUGGING GOATS ON YOUR WAY TO ESSAOUIRA https://www.instagram.com/p/BvQ3iFKnU8w/ If you love goats, make sure to stop on the road when you’re on your way to Essaouira from Marrakech. You can spot different Argan trees with goats in it. Sometimes if you ask the farmer nicely they will let you hug one of the goats and have a photo moment with them just like I did.   LIKE A MOVIE STAR https://www.instagram.com/p/BpU5jx5iuxI/ I travel a lot to the south of Morocco because that is where most of my family lives. My dad was born In Ouarzazatte which is an absolute must visit when you’re on your way to the south. Another hidden gem is Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou, a old town which is now mostly used as a movie set and decoration. The little town is 5 miles on your left before you reach Ouarzazatte.    SAHARA AROUND THE CORNER https://www.instagram.com/p/BpT7L4ai9iX/ Zaggoura, to me one of the most magical places in Morocco where you could see the skies full of stars in the night and enormous palmtree fields for the best dates. This city is also called the gate of the Sahara because it’s basically around the corner.   For more images check out her profile on instagram @oumaymaboumeshouli

Louis Vuitton re-purposes its French workshops to make non-surgical face masks
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Louis Vuitton re-purposes its French workshops to make non-surgical face masks

Design Louis Vuitton has launched the production of hundreds of thousands of non-surgical protective masks, re-purposing its French workshops in Marsaz and Saint-Donat (Drôme), Saint-Pourçain (Allier), Ducey (Manche) and Sainte-Florence (Vendée), where three hundred artisans are mobilised in response to the French government’s plea for the increased production of alternative non-surgical masks to aid in the battle against Covid-19.     Michael Burke, Louis Vuitton Chairman and CEO, formalised the start of production by visiting the Sainte-Florence workshop, where twenty-two artisans are voluntarily stationed and already making masks that will be provided to protect frontline healthcare workers.     Mrs. Correira, Director of the Marpa nursing-home in Sainte-Florence and Mr. Gaborieau, Director of the Saint-Vincent de Paul care home in Essarts, Bocage, both being among those receiving the newly created masks, joined Michael Burke in greeting the volunteers. These non-surgical masks have been approved by the di erent governing bodies and are created in collaboration with Mode Grand Ouest, a regional network of the textile industry who are supplying one of the main materials.     In appreciation of the volunteers’ exceptional contribution, upon visiting the Sainte- Florence workshop, Michael Burke, thanked them, declaring: “As an important French House, Louis Vuitton wishes to commit at its level to producing many thousands of masks that will be distributed within the region, at no charge, to protect those who are most exposed. This production is the fruit of a wonderful collaboration with the regional sector of the textile industry.” Louis Vuitton has launched the production of hundreds of thousands of non-surgical protective masks, re-purposing its French workshops in Marsaz and Saint-Donat (Drôme), Saint-Pourçain (Allier), Ducey (Manche) and Sainte-Florence (Vendée), where three hundred artisans are mobilised in response to the French government’s plea for the increased production of alternative non-surgical masks to aid in the battle against Covid-19.     Michael Burke, Louis Vuitton Chairman and CEO, formalised the start of production by visiting the Sainte-Florence workshop, where twenty-two artisans are voluntarily stationed and already making masks that will be provided to protect frontline healthcare workers.     Mrs. Correira, Director of the Marpa nursing-home in Sainte-Florence and Mr. Gaborieau, Director of the Saint-Vincent de Paul care home in Essarts, Bocage, both being among those receiving the newly created masks, joined Michael Burke in greeting the volunteers. These non-surgical masks have been approved by the di erent governing bodies and are created in collaboration with Mode Grand Ouest, a regional network of the textile industry who are supplying one of the main materials.     In appreciation of the volunteers’ exceptional contribution, upon visiting the Sainte- Florence workshop, Michael Burke, thanked them, declaring: “As an important French House, Louis Vuitton wishes to commit at its level to producing many thousands of masks that will be distributed within the region, at no charge, to protect those who are most exposed. This production is the fruit of a wonderful collaboration with the regional sector of the textile industry.”

Dekmantel Festival 2020
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Dekmantel Festival 2020

Music This summer, Dekmantel Festival returns for the 8th year running. The Dutch event enters a new decade by continuing to deliver five days of performance in and outside of Amsterdam – occurring day and night, drawn from all corners of the musical spectrum – while also pushing its programming out to further reaches and new heights. It takes place from 29th July to 2nd August.   Some standout bookings for Dekmantel Festival 2020 include a highly rare joint performance from afrobeat great Seun Kuti and firebrand poet Yasiin Bey, EBM originators Front 242, Dutch hard acid hero Miss Djax, Shangaan disco king Penny Penny, and a 10-hour marathon set from Theo Parrish. Also on offer at the festival will be the first Robert Hood live show in six years, Balearic demigod DJ Harvey, devious electroclash duo The Hacker & Miss Kittin, IDM scientist Objekt teamed with cutting-edge designer Ezra Miller, and veteran noisenik Nurse With Wound. Futher highlights are Laurel Halo performing both live and DJing, a full A/V show from electronica genius Floating Points, Berlin’s queer rave supergroup Herrensauna XXL (SPFDJ, CEM, Héctor Oaks and MCMLXXXV), and a one-off performance of Philip Glass and Rob Malasch’s 1982 work “The Photographer”, as well as new Glass compositions, by the American Philip Glass Ensemble and other special guests. Close to 150 artists will be a part of Dekmantel Festival 2020. They are spread across Wednesday’s tentpole Opening Concerts; Thursday’s extensive programme of talks, film screenings, radio shows, club events, split across venues either side of Amsterdam’s IJ river; and the Friday to Sunday daytime festival, encompassing eight stages in the leafy and spacious Amsterdamse Bos. On display at Dekmantel Festival will be a broad sound-world, free from conventions and limits. Unique combinations of musicians will flourish. Genre-defining veterans flank young DJ talents. Major stars can, and will, appear in any place, at any time of day. Bold electronic music of all shades once again makes up the core of Dekmantel Festival. Whether it is the steamy Greenhouse, the monolithic UFO, last year’s new deep listening realm The Zone, or stately theatres around Amsterdam, electrifying artists from across the globe will converge on the festival. Amongst them are Almaty’s techno jewel Nazira, Shanghai’s beat conceptualist 33EMYBW, Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo’s funky diggers Carrot Green & Trepenado, Osaka’s freeform drone unit Goat, Winnipeg’s breakcore goliath Venetian Snares and Kampala’s polyrhythmic troupe Nihiloxica. Returning favourites include Batu, DJ Stingray, Parrish Smith, upsammy, OKO DJ, re:ni, Oceanic, David Vunk, object blue, Roza Terenzi, Interstellar Funk and Helena Hauff. An overview of the line-up can be found on the festival website.    Dekmantel Festival aan ‘t IJ (Wednesday-Thursday): Muziekgebouw / Bimhuis / Shelter / Tolhuistuin / Eye Filmmuseum Dekmantel Festival Amsterdamse Bos (Friday-Sunday): Main Stage / UFO / UFO II / Greenhouse / Selectors / Boiler Room / Red Light Radio / The Zone   Tickets & Info: 4 Day Ticket Dekmantel Festival (July 30 - August 2): € 182,- excluding service charges 3 Day Ticket Dekmantel Festival (July 31 - August 2): € 149,- excluding service charges Wednesday Ticket – Philip Glass & Rob Malasch present The Photographer (July 29): € 29,- excluding service charges Camping Ticket (5 Nights) (July 30 - Aug 2): € 56,- excluding service charges Camping Ticket (4 Nights) (July 29 - Aug 2): € 46,- excluding service charges   Dekmantel Instagram: www.instagram.com/dkmntl Dekmantel Facebook: www.facebook.com/dkmntl This summer, Dekmantel Festival returns for the 8th year running. The Dutch event enters a new decade by continuing to deliver five days of performance in and outside of Amsterdam – occurring day and night, drawn from all corners of the musical spectrum – while also pushing its programming out to further reaches and new heights. It takes place from 29th July to 2nd August.   Some standout bookings for Dekmantel Festival 2020 include a highly rare joint performance from afrobeat great Seun Kuti and firebrand poet Yasiin Bey, EBM originators Front 242, Dutch hard acid hero Miss Djax, Shangaan disco king Penny Penny, and a 10-hour marathon set from Theo Parrish. Also on offer at the festival will be the first Robert Hood live show in six years, Balearic demigod DJ Harvey, devious electroclash duo The Hacker & Miss Kittin, IDM scientist Objekt teamed with cutting-edge designer Ezra Miller, and veteran noisenik Nurse With Wound. Futher highlights are Laurel Halo performing both live and DJing, a full A/V show from electronica genius Floating Points, Berlin’s queer rave supergroup Herrensauna XXL (SPFDJ, CEM, Héctor Oaks and MCMLXXXV), and a one-off performance of Philip Glass and Rob Malasch’s 1982 work “The Photographer”, as well as new Glass compositions, by the American Philip Glass Ensemble and other special guests. Close to 150 artists will be a part of Dekmantel Festival 2020. They are spread across Wednesday’s tentpole Opening Concerts; Thursday’s extensive programme of talks, film screenings, radio shows, club events, split across venues either side of Amsterdam’s IJ river; and the Friday to Sunday daytime festival, encompassing eight stages in the leafy and spacious Amsterdamse Bos. On display at Dekmantel Festival will be a broad sound-world, free from conventions and limits. Unique combinations of musicians will flourish. Genre-defining veterans flank young DJ talents. Major stars can, and will, appear in any place, at any time of day. Bold electronic music of all shades once again makes up the core of Dekmantel Festival. Whether it is the steamy Greenhouse, the monolithic UFO, last year’s new deep listening realm The Zone, or stately theatres around Amsterdam, electrifying artists from across the globe will converge on the festival. Amongst them are Almaty’s techno jewel Nazira, Shanghai’s beat conceptualist 33EMYBW, Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo’s funky diggers Carrot Green & Trepenado, Osaka’s freeform drone unit Goat, Winnipeg’s breakcore goliath Venetian Snares and Kampala’s polyrhythmic troupe Nihiloxica. Returning favourites include Batu, DJ Stingray, Parrish Smith, upsammy, OKO DJ, re:ni, Oceanic, David Vunk, object blue, Roza Terenzi, Interstellar Funk and Helena Hauff. An overview of the line-up can be found on the festival website.    Dekmantel Festival aan ‘t IJ (Wednesday-Thursday): Muziekgebouw / Bimhuis / Shelter / Tolhuistuin / Eye Filmmuseum Dekmantel Festival Amsterdamse Bos (Friday-Sunday): Main Stage / UFO / UFO II / Greenhouse / Selectors / Boiler Room / Red Light Radio / The Zone   Tickets & Info: 4 Day Ticket Dekmantel Festival (July 30 - August 2): € 182,- excluding service charges 3 Day Ticket Dekmantel Festival (July 31 - August 2): € 149,- excluding service charges Wednesday Ticket – Philip Glass & Rob Malasch present The Photographer (July 29): € 29,- excluding service charges Camping Ticket (5 Nights) (July 30 - Aug 2): € 56,- excluding service charges Camping Ticket (4 Nights) (July 29 - Aug 2): € 46,- excluding service charges   Dekmantel Instagram: www.instagram.com/dkmntl Dekmantel Facebook: www.facebook.com/dkmntl

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LIU JO releases the new Sport collection for Spring & Summer
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LIU JO releases the new Sport collection for Spring & Summer

Fashion A collection made to dress a cosmopolitan, ironic and feminine woman, who has made a perfect balance between comfort and style her signature: this is the Liu Jo Sportcollection that, in the Spring/Summer 2020 season, is focussed on the development of new fits, colours and shapes, on unusual combinations and on colour. And colour is just the star of the next season: from the softer shades of the first pieces to the vibrant, rich shades of summer, it tells about the many sides of a femininity that unleashes its full potential in the warmer months. So, in Spring, we find a mix of black and white (also featuring on the entire collection), Lotus and red, while, as the season goes on, it is pink, purple and fuchsia that take centre stage and are lit up with touches of Verde Germoglio – the shade that also closes the last part of the range, in tune with Belize and Verde Salvia.    In the early season, pride of place is given to sweatshirts, especially a range that combines cotton and viscose with lace in matching shades, the surface (like the T-shirts) dazzling with a special all-over frostedfinish; they should be worn with a pleated lace skirt. There are also plenty of clothes in super-trendy neoprene, softened by a silver chain piping, to be matched with T-shirts with or without fringes and logos, and with pieces where viscose is mixed with satin – also available on pants and shorts – with a multi-logo made of embroideries, glitters or metallic threads. The world of metals also thrives in a capsule of shiny, engineered items, for an unmistakable sparkling effect, while knits in viscose blend, tulle and jacquard complete everything. For the early Spring, outerwear includes comfy, super-light quilted jackets with metallic details: a long jacket with a sparkling glittery back and a quilted jacket with details of metallic rings and a matching jacket case.   As the season goes on, the world of pinks – from pale pink to bright purple – steals the limelight: here, again, there are plenty of cotton sweatshirts in block colours with sequinned details and an iconic logoed tape, or viscose pieces trimmed in striped ribs and full-studded details. Research in new volumes is key: the cotton sweatshirts that steal the show are the most innovative ones, those that look like kaftans, or the super-comfy oversized sleeveless ones; both are decorated with shiny trimmings. Now, the pieces in Milano ribs, the collection’s must-have pieces, see special combinations with mesh in matching colours and details of iridescent rhinestones, while there’s a profusion of photographic prints that thrive on ironic, colourful oversized versions. This inspirational world is ideally finished off by rib-knit pants, a pair of shorts and a blouse, while the matching knits include a mix of colours, mesh and metallic yarns, playfully lighting up the first sunny days; outerwear includes a parka jacket with rhinestone details, a coloured nylon set, oversized rain jackets in block colours or in ‘running’ style, and a sparkling jacket with full-sequinned details on one side. Lastly, the special pieces include T-shirts with new volumes and above all a new tulle skirt (with shorts underneath) and a full-sequinned leotard, available in different colours: to shine, every single day. With the arrival of the fine season, the most vibrant, lively colours tinge the collection with a tough attitude. The fabrics get even lighter, and there’s a riot of light cotton, organza, jersey and mesh, here. Clothes keep shining with fully sequinned sections and ombre prints, while attention is focussed on tropical-inspired pieces in cotton interlock (a pattern that recurs in a special Active capsule) and light, summery stretchy jersey. Here, metallic knits can be found on the most special pieces, paired with jersey, such as cotton matched with organza, so light and dreamlike. In addition, the hot summery days are dressed in a plethora of cotton and viscose jersey dresses, the most outstanding ones being striped with lace details.    In addition, as many as three different sets have been built around the more ‘Active’ world, which is going stronger than ever: in solid Lycra mixed with tulle and a matt material, in Lycra mixed with stretchy lace – plain or printed –, in stretchy jersey decorated with embroidered sequins. Engineered fabrics are also used for the world of « bottoms », which includes six high-tech stretchy pants, either ‘thick’ or loose, as well as a few pieces in eco-sustainable cotton and recycled polyester; the same focus on the world of eco-sustainability also looks to the world of sweatshirts and T-shirts, in organic cotton and natural materials.    Lastly, the entire collection is completed by ironic, trendy accessories to be worn every day with a casual attitude: belt bags, mesh and sequin backpacks, a bag that can double up as a backpack, transparent and colourful shoppers, satin and mesh totes and shoulder bags, and even coloured neoprene bags; this is a truly wide range and can be matched with anything, and it has been designed for women who love to play with their outfits, adding an ironic touch with baseball caps with rhinestones, in nylon or with fun brims, to face the sunny days in style.  A collection made to dress a cosmopolitan, ironic and feminine woman, who has made a perfect balance between comfort and style her signature: this is the Liu Jo Sportcollection that, in the Spring/Summer 2020 season, is focussed on the development of new fits, colours and shapes, on unusual combinations and on colour. And colour is just the star of the next season: from the softer shades of the first pieces to the vibrant, rich shades of summer, it tells about the many sides of a femininity that unleashes its full potential in the warmer months. So, in Spring, we find a mix of black and white (also featuring on the entire collection), Lotus and red, while, as the season goes on, it is pink, purple and fuchsia that take centre stage and are lit up with touches of Verde Germoglio – the shade that also closes the last part of the range, in tune with Belize and Verde Salvia.    In the early season, pride of place is given to sweatshirts, especially a range that combines cotton and viscose with lace in matching shades, the surface (like the T-shirts) dazzling with a special all-over frostedfinish; they should be worn with a pleated lace skirt. There are also plenty of clothes in super-trendy neoprene, softened by a silver chain piping, to be matched with T-shirts with or without fringes and logos, and with pieces where viscose is mixed with satin – also available on pants and shorts – with a multi-logo made of embroideries, glitters or metallic threads. The world of metals also thrives in a capsule of shiny, engineered items, for an unmistakable sparkling effect, while knits in viscose blend, tulle and jacquard complete everything. For the early Spring, outerwear includes comfy, super-light quilted jackets with metallic details: a long jacket with a sparkling glittery back and a quilted jacket with details of metallic rings and a matching jacket case.   As the season goes on, the world of pinks – from pale pink to bright purple – steals the limelight: here, again, there are plenty of cotton sweatshirts in block colours with sequinned details and an iconic logoed tape, or viscose pieces trimmed in striped ribs and full-studded details. Research in new volumes is key: the cotton sweatshirts that steal the show are the most innovative ones, those that look like kaftans, or the super-comfy oversized sleeveless ones; both are decorated with shiny trimmings. Now, the pieces in Milano ribs, the collection’s must-have pieces, see special combinations with mesh in matching colours and details of iridescent rhinestones, while there’s a profusion of photographic prints that thrive on ironic, colourful oversized versions. This inspirational world is ideally finished off by rib-knit pants, a pair of shorts and a blouse, while the matching knits include a mix of colours, mesh and metallic yarns, playfully lighting up the first sunny days; outerwear includes a parka jacket with rhinestone details, a coloured nylon set, oversized rain jackets in block colours or in ‘running’ style, and a sparkling jacket with full-sequinned details on one side. Lastly, the special pieces include T-shirts with new volumes and above all a new tulle skirt (with shorts underneath) and a full-sequinned leotard, available in different colours: to shine, every single day. With the arrival of the fine season, the most vibrant, lively colours tinge the collection with a tough attitude. The fabrics get even lighter, and there’s a riot of light cotton, organza, jersey and mesh, here. Clothes keep shining with fully sequinned sections and ombre prints, while attention is focussed on tropical-inspired pieces in cotton interlock (a pattern that recurs in a special Active capsule) and light, summery stretchy jersey. Here, metallic knits can be found on the most special pieces, paired with jersey, such as cotton matched with organza, so light and dreamlike. In addition, the hot summery days are dressed in a plethora of cotton and viscose jersey dresses, the most outstanding ones being striped with lace details.    In addition, as many as three different sets have been built around the more ‘Active’ world, which is going stronger than ever: in solid Lycra mixed with tulle and a matt material, in Lycra mixed with stretchy lace – plain or printed –, in stretchy jersey decorated with embroidered sequins. Engineered fabrics are also used for the world of « bottoms », which includes six high-tech stretchy pants, either ‘thick’ or loose, as well as a few pieces in eco-sustainable cotton and recycled polyester; the same focus on the world of eco-sustainability also looks to the world of sweatshirts and T-shirts, in organic cotton and natural materials.    Lastly, the entire collection is completed by ironic, trendy accessories to be worn every day with a casual attitude: belt bags, mesh and sequin backpacks, a bag that can double up as a backpack, transparent and colourful shoppers, satin and mesh totes and shoulder bags, and even coloured neoprene bags; this is a truly wide range and can be matched with anything, and it has been designed for women who love to play with their outfits, adding an ironic touch with baseball caps with rhinestones, in nylon or with fun brims, to face the sunny days in style. 

In conversation with Tiffany Hsu
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In conversation with Tiffany Hsu

Style We had a delight to speak with Tiffany about the coming Spring & Summer trends and her highlights.   What are your top 5 new trends for Spring & Summer 2020?   90´s Clean Lines: A ‘90s mood for clean, monochromatic elegance was a favourite in Milan, particularly from the likes of Jil Sander and Bottega Veneta. Minimalism and streamlined tailoring is still a mainstay trend continuing from last season— this time, in an even more pared-back way. We loved the elegant box blazers from newcomer Low Classic, as well as The Row’s impeccable construction. The simple leather accessories we saw at Loewe—modern staples with simple lines—made the biggest statement.   Neon: A rainbow of neons was seen on the runway, with over-the-top fuchsia, fluorescent orange, bright yellow and lime green making a statement within the collections. Dries Van Noten—with a surprise appearance from fashion legend Christian Lacroix —was the occasion to see a sophisticated spin on neon colours that was more inclined towards eveningwear and dresses. Standout styles for us included Valentino’s pairing of tone-on-tone bags with belts, diamonds-meet-neon jewellery from Melissa Kaye and EÉRA, and Kwaidan Editions’ highlighter-green power suit.   Jungle: Strutting down the runway in the same plunging silk-chiffon jungle dress she infamously wore to the Grammy Awards in 2000, Jennifer Lopez’s appearance at Versace was on everyone’s feeds and lips this September. The dress inspired the creation of Google Images, as well as one of the strongest prints for next season. From Fendi’s and Dolce & Gabbana’s luxuriant green leaves to Marni’s abstract blooms, tropical prints have been flowering during Spring/Summer ’20, with palm trees and vivid colors invading dresses, jackets and footwear.   Leather: Following the wave of leather-on-leather men’s tailoring, new leather looks appeared in the womenswear collections. Even if all-black leather is still a favourite, new and different shapes have emerged, such as power shoulders at Maison Margiela and elegantly oversized dresses at Givenchy. Designers also incorporated new colors, such as Gucci’s slit pencil skirt in butter yellow and Bottega Veneta’s anorak dress in tan.          Bermuda Shorts: Bermuda shorts have been introduced as the new suiting silhouette of the season, as seen from Chloé, Max Mara and Valentino. Our clients not only purchase suits as all-in-one looks, but also as separates—making this trend a key transeasonal look that offers even more options to layer and mix. Another highlight for next season is the sophisticated leather short. Exhibit A: a nappa leather, thigh-length version, brought to you by Daniel Lee’s Bottega Veneta.     How do fashion weeks in different cities and countries differentiate for you?    Generally all cities have a unique aesthetic and approach to their respectable fashion weeks. London for example is quite compact and curated – only talents that have been selected by the British Fashion Council are able to present their latest collection. Therefore you are able to see the best that the city has to offer within a short period of time. Paris on the other hand is well known for its big productions of the major fashion houses: complex backdrops and breath-taking locations are a must. For me personally Paris is always quite busy and hectic since I am not just attending shows but am also  simultaneously buying for Mytheresa. Milan, comparable to Paris, is a fashion mecca and the home of luxury heritage brands. Their creations are about incredible craftsmanship, highest qualities and tailoring. Finally New York is very laid back and the fashion crowd seems to be more experimental – something that I find inspiring.      Name some of your new fashion week highlights.   Peter Do: I am super obsessed with this up and coming US based brand. Peter’s designs are minimal and androgynous, like a 90ies revival of Helmut Lang mixed with #oldceline. What’s not to like about this super cool brand.   Low Classic: A Korean based contemporary brand which offers all the fashion staples you need in your wardrobe without burning a hole in your pocket. High waisted blazers combined with easy culottes – you name it, they have it.   Nodaleto: Julia Toledano is the “new kid on the block” in the shoe world. She offers cool chunky heels with a bit grungy touch, but not too alternative. Her styles are perfect for the fashion savvy cool girls who want something different.     What were a few of your favourite shows for SS2020?   Bottega Veneta Valentino Loewe Jacquemus Gabriela Hearst   All the amazing pieces from the looks Tiffany is wearing on the images you can now purchase at MyTheresa.com     We had a delight to speak with Tiffany about the coming Spring & Summer trends and her highlights.   What are your top 5 new trends for Spring & Summer 2020?   90´s Clean Lines: A ‘90s mood for clean, monochromatic elegance was a favourite in Milan, particularly from the likes of Jil Sander and Bottega Veneta. Minimalism and streamlined tailoring is still a mainstay trend continuing from last season— this time, in an even more pared-back way. We loved the elegant box blazers from newcomer Low Classic, as well as The Row’s impeccable construction. The simple leather accessories we saw at Loewe—modern staples with simple lines—made the biggest statement.   Neon: A rainbow of neons was seen on the runway, with over-the-top fuchsia, fluorescent orange, bright yellow and lime green making a statement within the collections. Dries Van Noten—with a surprise appearance from fashion legend Christian Lacroix —was the occasion to see a sophisticated spin on neon colours that was more inclined towards eveningwear and dresses. Standout styles for us included Valentino’s pairing of tone-on-tone bags with belts, diamonds-meet-neon jewellery from Melissa Kaye and EÉRA, and Kwaidan Editions’ highlighter-green power suit.   Jungle: Strutting down the runway in the same plunging silk-chiffon jungle dress she infamously wore to the Grammy Awards in 2000, Jennifer Lopez’s appearance at Versace was on everyone’s feeds and lips this September. The dress inspired the creation of Google Images, as well as one of the strongest prints for next season. From Fendi’s and Dolce & Gabbana’s luxuriant green leaves to Marni’s abstract blooms, tropical prints have been flowering during Spring/Summer ’20, with palm trees and vivid colors invading dresses, jackets and footwear.   Leather: Following the wave of leather-on-leather men’s tailoring, new leather looks appeared in the womenswear collections. Even if all-black leather is still a favourite, new and different shapes have emerged, such as power shoulders at Maison Margiela and elegantly oversized dresses at Givenchy. Designers also incorporated new colors, such as Gucci’s slit pencil skirt in butter yellow and Bottega Veneta’s anorak dress in tan.          Bermuda Shorts: Bermuda shorts have been introduced as the new suiting silhouette of the season, as seen from Chloé, Max Mara and Valentino. Our clients not only purchase suits as all-in-one looks, but also as separates—making this trend a key transeasonal look that offers even more options to layer and mix. Another highlight for next season is the sophisticated leather short. Exhibit A: a nappa leather, thigh-length version, brought to you by Daniel Lee’s Bottega Veneta.     How do fashion weeks in different cities and countries differentiate for you?    Generally all cities have a unique aesthetic and approach to their respectable fashion weeks. London for example is quite compact and curated – only talents that have been selected by the British Fashion Council are able to present their latest collection. Therefore you are able to see the best that the city has to offer within a short period of time. Paris on the other hand is well known for its big productions of the major fashion houses: complex backdrops and breath-taking locations are a must. For me personally Paris is always quite busy and hectic since I am not just attending shows but am also  simultaneously buying for Mytheresa. Milan, comparable to Paris, is a fashion mecca and the home of luxury heritage brands. Their creations are about incredible craftsmanship, highest qualities and tailoring. Finally New York is very laid back and the fashion crowd seems to be more experimental – something that I find inspiring.      Name some of your new fashion week highlights.   Peter Do: I am super obsessed with this up and coming US based brand. Peter’s designs are minimal and androgynous, like a 90ies revival of Helmut Lang mixed with #oldceline. What’s not to like about this super cool brand.   Low Classic: A Korean based contemporary brand which offers all the fashion staples you need in your wardrobe without burning a hole in your pocket. High waisted blazers combined with easy culottes – you name it, they have it.   Nodaleto: Julia Toledano is the “new kid on the block” in the shoe world. She offers cool chunky heels with a bit grungy touch, but not too alternative. Her styles are perfect for the fashion savvy cool girls who want something different.     What were a few of your favourite shows for SS2020?   Bottega Veneta Valentino Loewe Jacquemus Gabriela Hearst   All the amazing pieces from the looks Tiffany is wearing on the images you can now purchase at MyTheresa.com    

Fondation Louis Vuitton presents Digital Events
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Fondation Louis Vuitton presents Digital Events

Exhibition As per the French government’s directive, the Fondation Louis Vuitton is closed, and all its events and activities cancelled until further notice. During these exceptional circumstances the Fondation continues to share content with its public and community allowing them to relive or discover certain exhibitions, concerts, masterclasses and events that it has offered since its 2014 opening. Each week the Fondation sets 3 digital events: - Wednesday at 6 p.m. a visit of an exhibition with commentary by the curators - Friday at 8:30 p.m. a concert held at the Auditorium - Sunday at 5:30 p.m. a concert by the graduates of the Classe d’Excellence de Violoncelle led by Gautier Capuçon  Program #FLVfromhome for the week of March 23:     Wednesday March 25 – 6 p.m. "In Tune with the World", exhibition presented from 11 April 2018 to 27 August 2018 (2018, 18 min., French version with English subtitles) Ever since the first exhibition of emblematic works from its collection, during the 2014 inauguration of the building designed by Frank Gehry, the Fondation Louis Vuitton has regularly exhibited different collection displays. Some followed the four main categories that inform the making of the Collection (Contemplative, Expressionist, Pop, Music & Sound), and others were dedicated to contemporary art from specific regions of the world such as dedicated to China (2016) and Africa (2017).   Throughout the galleries, "In Tune with the World" (11th April - 27th August 2018) unveiled a new selection of artists from the collection, using several different media, bringing together modern and contemporary works.   Head curator: Suzanne Pagé Curators: Angéline Scherf, Ludovic Delalande and Claire Staebler The exhibition film "In Tune with the World" is available Wednesday at 6 p.m.:https://youtu.be/x48D3ZVes_0     Friday March 27 – 8:30 p.m. Concert by Lang Lang (recorded on the 28 October 2014, 62 min.)   After starting his career with a dazzling debut in Carnegie Hall in 2001, the prodigy has earned his place among the world's greatest talents, with an aura that now extends far beyond the confines of the classical repertoire. Lang Lang has become the piano phenomenon of the 21st-century.  His worldwide concerts have been met with great acclaim, especially his versions of Liszt, who ranks as one of his favourite composers.   Program: Mozart, Chopin, Liszt, Tchaïkovski The concert by Lang Lang is available Friday at 8:30 p.m.: https://youtu.be/7j36IbYG2NE     Sunday March 29– 5:30 p.m. “Violoncelles, vibrez !” - documentary on the Classe d’Excellence de Violoncelle (2014, 54 min., French version) The documentary looks at the work of Gautier Capuçon with his 6 graduates from the promotion 1 of the Classe d’Excellence de Violoncelle. The 6 students of season 1 were selected by audition by Gautier Capuçon who then accompanied them from December 2014 to June 2015. A musical immersion in the heart of Frank Gehry’s building.  The documentary “Violoncelles, vibrez !” is available Sunday at 5:30 p.m.: https://youtu.be/9oSaP_ueN_0   As per the French government’s directive, the Fondation Louis Vuitton is closed, and all its events and activities cancelled until further notice. During these exceptional circumstances the Fondation continues to share content with its public and community allowing them to relive or discover certain exhibitions, concerts, masterclasses and events that it has offered since its 2014 opening. Each week the Fondation sets 3 digital events: - Wednesday at 6 p.m. a visit of an exhibition with commentary by the curators - Friday at 8:30 p.m. a concert held at the Auditorium - Sunday at 5:30 p.m. a concert by the graduates of the Classe d’Excellence de Violoncelle led by Gautier Capuçon  Program #FLVfromhome for the week of March 23:     Wednesday March 25 – 6 p.m. "In Tune with the World", exhibition presented from 11 April 2018 to 27 August 2018 (2018, 18 min., French version with English subtitles) Ever since the first exhibition of emblematic works from its collection, during the 2014 inauguration of the building designed by Frank Gehry, the Fondation Louis Vuitton has regularly exhibited different collection displays. Some followed the four main categories that inform the making of the Collection (Contemplative, Expressionist, Pop, Music & Sound), and others were dedicated to contemporary art from specific regions of the world such as dedicated to China (2016) and Africa (2017).   Throughout the galleries, "In Tune with the World" (11th April - 27th August 2018) unveiled a new selection of artists from the collection, using several different media, bringing together modern and contemporary works.   Head curator: Suzanne Pagé Curators: Angéline Scherf, Ludovic Delalande and Claire Staebler The exhibition film "In Tune with the World" is available Wednesday at 6 p.m.:https://youtu.be/x48D3ZVes_0     Friday March 27 – 8:30 p.m. Concert by Lang Lang (recorded on the 28 October 2014, 62 min.)   After starting his career with a dazzling debut in Carnegie Hall in 2001, the prodigy has earned his place among the world's greatest talents, with an aura that now extends far beyond the confines of the classical repertoire. Lang Lang has become the piano phenomenon of the 21st-century.  His worldwide concerts have been met with great acclaim, especially his versions of Liszt, who ranks as one of his favourite composers.   Program: Mozart, Chopin, Liszt, Tchaïkovski The concert by Lang Lang is available Friday at 8:30 p.m.: https://youtu.be/7j36IbYG2NE     Sunday March 29– 5:30 p.m. “Violoncelles, vibrez !” - documentary on the Classe d’Excellence de Violoncelle (2014, 54 min., French version) The documentary looks at the work of Gautier Capuçon with his 6 graduates from the promotion 1 of the Classe d’Excellence de Violoncelle. The 6 students of season 1 were selected by audition by Gautier Capuçon who then accompanied them from December 2014 to June 2015. A musical immersion in the heart of Frank Gehry’s building.  The documentary “Violoncelles, vibrez !” is available Sunday at 5:30 p.m.: https://youtu.be/9oSaP_ueN_0  

Stay at home with Acqua Di Parma
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Stay at home with Acqua Di Parma

Lifestyle ACQUA DI PARMA adds some new fragrances to the Home collection, the perfect companion these days for staying at home...   The sophisticated aromas lend themselves perfectly to creating the ideal home office or, now that springtime has officially started and the sun just keeps on shining, to start dreaming of typical summer scenes like drinking a cocktail on a sun-drenched terrace.   The first rays of sunshine are a fact… The ideal opportunity to enjoy the refined scents of the Acqua di Parma scented candles and diffusers that create a sensuous atmosphere and spread refined aromas throughout the house.   Two new creations are now joining Luce di Colonia, Buongiorno, La Casa sul Lago, Caffè in Piazza, and Oh, L’amore: Aperitivo in Terrazza and Profumi dell’Orto.   Luce di Colonia, the most popular product of the Acqua di Parma Home collection, envelops the spaces in the iconic light, sunny fragrance of Colonia, now even more sensational in a new, large format for scented candles (500gr) and fragrance diffusers (500ml). Staying at home becomes a lot nicer with the Home Collection by Acqua di Parma ... ACQUA DI PARMA adds some new fragrances to the Home collection, the perfect companion these days for staying at home...   The sophisticated aromas lend themselves perfectly to creating the ideal home office or, now that springtime has officially started and the sun just keeps on shining, to start dreaming of typical summer scenes like drinking a cocktail on a sun-drenched terrace.   The first rays of sunshine are a fact… The ideal opportunity to enjoy the refined scents of the Acqua di Parma scented candles and diffusers that create a sensuous atmosphere and spread refined aromas throughout the house.   Two new creations are now joining Luce di Colonia, Buongiorno, La Casa sul Lago, Caffè in Piazza, and Oh, L’amore: Aperitivo in Terrazza and Profumi dell’Orto.   Luce di Colonia, the most popular product of the Acqua di Parma Home collection, envelops the spaces in the iconic light, sunny fragrance of Colonia, now even more sensational in a new, large format for scented candles (500gr) and fragrance diffusers (500ml). Staying at home becomes a lot nicer with the Home Collection by Acqua di Parma ...

Saint Laurent in collaboration with Lomography
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Saint Laurent in collaboration with Lomography

Accessories Saint Laurent and Lomography have collaborated together on the release of two limited edition Simple Use Film Cameras.   These two cameras are available with either a star pattern preloaded with color negative film or with a black and white checkered pattern preloaded with B&W lm.   Both equipped with ash, plus creative color gels to bring new hues to your shots (for the star pattern camera), these cameras work as single use cameras, but are reusable and can be reloaded with any 35 mm lm. These Simple Use Film Cameras will capture beautiful shots in analogue style.   Available at the Saint Laurent Rive Droite stores in Paris and Los Angeles. Saint Laurent and Lomography have collaborated together on the release of two limited edition Simple Use Film Cameras.   These two cameras are available with either a star pattern preloaded with color negative film or with a black and white checkered pattern preloaded with B&W lm.   Both equipped with ash, plus creative color gels to bring new hues to your shots (for the star pattern camera), these cameras work as single use cameras, but are reusable and can be reloaded with any 35 mm lm. These Simple Use Film Cameras will capture beautiful shots in analogue style.   Available at the Saint Laurent Rive Droite stores in Paris and Los Angeles.

McLaren's latest addition to acclaimed 7T Series
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McLaren's latest addition to acclaimed 7T Series

Lifestyle The OnePlus 7T Pro McLaren Edition, the latest addition to the acclaimed 7T Series, is be available at OnePlus.com.   With 12 GB of RAM and powered by the Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 855+ mobile platform, the ultra-premium OnePlus 7T Pro McLaren Edition is the fastest-ever device designed by OnePlus. Boasting a 90 Hz QHD+ Fluid Display, triple-camera system, Warp Charge 30T and UFS 3.0 256 GB storage, the flagship offers unparalleled performance.    Faster and Smoother than ever before  Inspired by McLaren Automotive’s iconic supercars, the OnePlus 7T Pro McLaren Edition boasts an array of class-leading technology, such as the 90 Hz Fluid Display, with a 6.67-inch screen and 3120 x 1440p QHD+ resolution. The incredibly smooth display refreshes at 90 times per second for an immersive viewing experience.  The powerful Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 855+ mobile platform delivers 15% faster graphics performance compared to its predecessor. Under the hood, there is 12 GB of RAM making loading apps and multitasking super quick and effortless. The device also comes with UFS 3.0 256 GB storage, with a fast read-and-write speed comparable to a computer SSD.  With Warp Charge 30T, you get a day’s power in half an hour and a full charge in one hour.    Elevated design  Drawing inspiration from a super composite material seen in ultra-car Speedtail, the OnePlus 7T Pro McLaren Edition features the telltale wood-like pattern on the back design. The mysterious texture alters depending on the viewing angle and light conditions.    Beautiful pictures every time  The OnePlus 7T Pro McLaren Edition sports a triple-camera system powered by the UltraShot engine. The 48 MP main camera features a ½ inch super-sized sensor with a F1.6 aperture. The 16 MP ultra-wide lens has a F2.2 (117°) aperture, accompanied by a telephoto lens with a F2.4 aperture. Nightscape 2.0 completes the set-up.    The phone has a stunning design and takes incredible images with it's both cameras.It packs a Snapdragon 855+ processor with a Snapdragon X55 5G modem and 12GB RAM. It includes the famous 1440p 90Hz AMOLED display that was on the OnePlus 7 Pro, and a whole lot more.   The best about the device is the long lasting battery, 90 Hz display, loud stereo speakers and it's amazing high quality design among other things. While on the downside is that is is not water resistant nor has wireless charging possibility.     The OnePlus 7T Pro McLaren Edition, the latest addition to the acclaimed 7T Series, is be available at OnePlus.com.   With 12 GB of RAM and powered by the Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 855+ mobile platform, the ultra-premium OnePlus 7T Pro McLaren Edition is the fastest-ever device designed by OnePlus. Boasting a 90 Hz QHD+ Fluid Display, triple-camera system, Warp Charge 30T and UFS 3.0 256 GB storage, the flagship offers unparalleled performance.    Faster and Smoother than ever before  Inspired by McLaren Automotive’s iconic supercars, the OnePlus 7T Pro McLaren Edition boasts an array of class-leading technology, such as the 90 Hz Fluid Display, with a 6.67-inch screen and 3120 x 1440p QHD+ resolution. The incredibly smooth display refreshes at 90 times per second for an immersive viewing experience.  The powerful Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 855+ mobile platform delivers 15% faster graphics performance compared to its predecessor. Under the hood, there is 12 GB of RAM making loading apps and multitasking super quick and effortless. The device also comes with UFS 3.0 256 GB storage, with a fast read-and-write speed comparable to a computer SSD.  With Warp Charge 30T, you get a day’s power in half an hour and a full charge in one hour.    Elevated design  Drawing inspiration from a super composite material seen in ultra-car Speedtail, the OnePlus 7T Pro McLaren Edition features the telltale wood-like pattern on the back design. The mysterious texture alters depending on the viewing angle and light conditions.    Beautiful pictures every time  The OnePlus 7T Pro McLaren Edition sports a triple-camera system powered by the UltraShot engine. The 48 MP main camera features a ½ inch super-sized sensor with a F1.6 aperture. The 16 MP ultra-wide lens has a F2.2 (117°) aperture, accompanied by a telephoto lens with a F2.4 aperture. Nightscape 2.0 completes the set-up.    The phone has a stunning design and takes incredible images with it's both cameras.It packs a Snapdragon 855+ processor with a Snapdragon X55 5G modem and 12GB RAM. It includes the famous 1440p 90Hz AMOLED display that was on the OnePlus 7 Pro, and a whole lot more.   The best about the device is the long lasting battery, 90 Hz display, loud stereo speakers and it's amazing high quality design among other things. While on the downside is that is is not water resistant nor has wireless charging possibility.    

In conversation with GRiZ
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In conversation with GRiZ

Music GRiZ’s sound is a mixture of electronic elements, funk, hip-hop and bass. Last year saw him release his acclaimed ‘Ride Waves’ album, which featured collaborations with the likes of Wiz Khalifa and Snoop Dogg. He completed two tours of the US around the album, taking in over 30 shows in the process.  To give a bit of background, Last year  his collaboration with Subtronics, ‘Griztronics’, hit huge success, becoming the #1 trending song on Tik Tok and was placed in a number of end-of-year lists, including Billboard’s Top 50 dance songs of the year. GRiZ’s message is all about showing love and spreading love, and every year he launches a GRiZmas initiative , consisting of a number of events to raise money for local causes (including group meditation etc…), amassing over $100,000 this year, and he is an advocate for LGBTQ+ community, after coming out in an open letter via the Huffington Post. GRiZ has also just been announced high on the bill at this year’s Coachella, which was moved to a later date this year, and performed also at last years’s Electronic Family festival in the Netherlands.    I had the opportunity to speak with Grant about his work and his life. See below the full interview:   What were your beginning with electronic music like? I think that the best things in life come to you  out of places that are unexpected and out of leaving yourself open to putting energy into things & letting that energy flow you into the next space instead of trying to push against the currents. I'm putting energy out there and if it's not resonating back to me,  then i'm gonna switch it up.  When I was 14, my friend's older brother introduced me to music production software and electronic music, so we got it all in once and I was already musical at the time playing an instrument and I loved working on music. It was always just easy to do it, I did not have to sit myself down and push myself to do it so it kind of came naturally. And here we are now, still feel the same and that hasn't changed.    Could you firstly tell me more about your twelve day festival called GRiZmas?   I think that the most important thing is an invention to bring fans into Detroit from even the times when Detroit was less populated city as compared to a lot of other cities, Detroit is many things and for sure a very musical city as well.  Due to the amount of fans we really wanted to engage with the fans and have fun besides the primary objective which is to raise money for charity.  When I was in elementary school I was offered to play a musical instrument like many other kids. Back in 2009 many music school programs were cut in public schools in Detroit. We can contribute by creating an solution which is GRiZmas. With the primary objective to raise money for charity. What the charity then does is that they offer after-school music programs and arts programs as well as computer technology programs to kids.  We hope this can be as inspiration also for other people to get involved as well. While it won't fully solve the problem, as the education issue is way larger than anytime before.   How did you become an advocate for the LGBTQ+ community and what are the positive outcomes since you have started?   I saw my position in the music scene as a place of visibility, people see me on stage. When i was growing up, I did not have many role models to look at that i could particularly relate to. I represent myself, therefore I needed to be first comfortable with myself and what was going on with me. So I wanted  to find myself in the good space with it and now I use this platform as an extension to show kids that it is cool to be gay, and it's lame to be gay & and it's normal to be gay. I think that by exposing different lifestyles it becomes more "normal".    Describe Amsterdam with your own words.   Hazy but on point. Dream-like in a way for sure. It surely changes in different seasons and it's always a cool experience.   What are your expectations of Coachella as this year sees you make your debut?   I'm excited. I've been playing at festivals for almost a decade and this is one I have never played at, as we were waiting for it to be the right time besides being in the right mental space with what the festival has to offer. Playing this year it's really fantastic to come at it from a place of ownership of my brand and who I am, which also comes to a great realisation that GRiZ is counter culture and at a place like Coachella that is really cool. I think that people from Coachella try to think outside of the box and keep it new and fresh. I’m also excited about releasing some new tracks there and show people that dance music has so many different faces and put our  flag on the moon, check it out.   What is your message with creating music? I just want it to be emotional and reflecting of my feelings and honest. Positively, inclusivety and pride of course. Deep down the surface for it to be emotional. I want you to come to my show and cry, get chills, give somebody a hug... music is all these different things to me.   How was it like collaborationg with the likes of Wiz Kalifa, Snopp Dogg to name a few on your new album?   They're cultural icons and I have been listening to their music forever. I never though I would have an opportunity to even have a conversation with them let alone have their vibe mingling with my music. Still the experience hasn't sunk in yet. It's such an honor.   What else do you have planned this year? Among many festivals internationally both completely new shows or some I have played before, also releasing a lot of new music this year. Continue to keep things fresh and come out with new music and enjoy the experience.   GRiZ’s sound is a mixture of electronic elements, funk, hip-hop and bass. Last year saw him release his acclaimed ‘Ride Waves’ album, which featured collaborations with the likes of Wiz Khalifa and Snoop Dogg. He completed two tours of the US around the album, taking in over 30 shows in the process.  To give a bit of background, Last year  his collaboration with Subtronics, ‘Griztronics’, hit huge success, becoming the #1 trending song on Tik Tok and was placed in a number of end-of-year lists, including Billboard’s Top 50 dance songs of the year. GRiZ’s message is all about showing love and spreading love, and every year he launches a GRiZmas initiative , consisting of a number of events to raise money for local causes (including group meditation etc…), amassing over $100,000 this year, and he is an advocate for LGBTQ+ community, after coming out in an open letter via the Huffington Post. GRiZ has also just been announced high on the bill at this year’s Coachella, which was moved to a later date this year, and performed also at last years’s Electronic Family festival in the Netherlands.    I had the opportunity to speak with Grant about his work and his life. See below the full interview:   What were your beginning with electronic music like? I think that the best things in life come to you  out of places that are unexpected and out of leaving yourself open to putting energy into things & letting that energy flow you into the next space instead of trying to push against the currents. I'm putting energy out there and if it's not resonating back to me,  then i'm gonna switch it up.  When I was 14, my friend's older brother introduced me to music production software and electronic music, so we got it all in once and I was already musical at the time playing an instrument and I loved working on music. It was always just easy to do it, I did not have to sit myself down and push myself to do it so it kind of came naturally. And here we are now, still feel the same and that hasn't changed.    Could you firstly tell me more about your twelve day festival called GRiZmas?   I think that the most important thing is an invention to bring fans into Detroit from even the times when Detroit was less populated city as compared to a lot of other cities, Detroit is many things and for sure a very musical city as well.  Due to the amount of fans we really wanted to engage with the fans and have fun besides the primary objective which is to raise money for charity.  When I was in elementary school I was offered to play a musical instrument like many other kids. Back in 2009 many music school programs were cut in public schools in Detroit. We can contribute by creating an solution which is GRiZmas. With the primary objective to raise money for charity. What the charity then does is that they offer after-school music programs and arts programs as well as computer technology programs to kids.  We hope this can be as inspiration also for other people to get involved as well. While it won't fully solve the problem, as the education issue is way larger than anytime before.   How did you become an advocate for the LGBTQ+ community and what are the positive outcomes since you have started?   I saw my position in the music scene as a place of visibility, people see me on stage. When i was growing up, I did not have many role models to look at that i could particularly relate to. I represent myself, therefore I needed to be first comfortable with myself and what was going on with me. So I wanted  to find myself in the good space with it and now I use this platform as an extension to show kids that it is cool to be gay, and it's lame to be gay & and it's normal to be gay. I think that by exposing different lifestyles it becomes more "normal".    Describe Amsterdam with your own words.   Hazy but on point. Dream-like in a way for sure. It surely changes in different seasons and it's always a cool experience.   What are your expectations of Coachella as this year sees you make your debut?   I'm excited. I've been playing at festivals for almost a decade and this is one I have never played at, as we were waiting for it to be the right time besides being in the right mental space with what the festival has to offer. Playing this year it's really fantastic to come at it from a place of ownership of my brand and who I am, which also comes to a great realisation that GRiZ is counter culture and at a place like Coachella that is really cool. I think that people from Coachella try to think outside of the box and keep it new and fresh. I’m also excited about releasing some new tracks there and show people that dance music has so many different faces and put our  flag on the moon, check it out.   What is your message with creating music? I just want it to be emotional and reflecting of my feelings and honest. Positively, inclusivety and pride of course. Deep down the surface for it to be emotional. I want you to come to my show and cry, get chills, give somebody a hug... music is all these different things to me.   How was it like collaborationg with the likes of Wiz Kalifa, Snopp Dogg to name a few on your new album?   They're cultural icons and I have been listening to their music forever. I never though I would have an opportunity to even have a conversation with them let alone have their vibe mingling with my music. Still the experience hasn't sunk in yet. It's such an honor.   What else do you have planned this year? Among many festivals internationally both completely new shows or some I have played before, also releasing a lot of new music this year. Continue to keep things fresh and come out with new music and enjoy the experience.  

ARKET for Spring & Summer
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ARKET for Spring & Summer

Fashion The floral prints of ARKET’s spring 2020 draws inspiration from the island of Djurgården in central Stockholm. Covered with extensive stretches of oak forest and vibrant wildflower meadows, it is one of Stockholm’s greenest islands and one of its most beautiful parks. The floral motifs are based on botanical studies of flowers found on the island - tulips, peonies and hoary stock growing in its gardens, and a variety of foraged wild flowers from the spaces in-between. The prints are developed from field drawings, done on location last spring and ink-on-paper paintings of floral arrangements made in our design studio on Södermalm in Stockholm.  The print works as decorative motifs on fluid satin dresses as well as an all over print on denim and shirt-dresses and summer blouses. For that mini-me look, the floral print can also be found on baby bloomers and dresses as well as dresses for children. The print also appears on selected homeware items, such as pillow cases and trays. Available for purchase in all ARKET stores and online. For prices and material information, please visit www.arket.com The floral prints of ARKET’s spring 2020 draws inspiration from the island of Djurgården in central Stockholm. Covered with extensive stretches of oak forest and vibrant wildflower meadows, it is one of Stockholm’s greenest islands and one of its most beautiful parks. The floral motifs are based on botanical studies of flowers found on the island - tulips, peonies and hoary stock growing in its gardens, and a variety of foraged wild flowers from the spaces in-between. The prints are developed from field drawings, done on location last spring and ink-on-paper paintings of floral arrangements made in our design studio on Södermalm in Stockholm.  The print works as decorative motifs on fluid satin dresses as well as an all over print on denim and shirt-dresses and summer blouses. For that mini-me look, the floral print can also be found on baby bloomers and dresses as well as dresses for children. The print also appears on selected homeware items, such as pillow cases and trays. Available for purchase in all ARKET stores and online. For prices and material information, please visit www.arket.com

Speaking with  Christophe Lemaire
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Speaking with Christophe Lemaire

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

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