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GUCCI PRESENTS ARIA
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GUCCI PRESENTS ARIA

Fashion Here it comes, with the precision of a toll. This birthday. One hundred years have gone. One hundred Earth’s revolutions questioning the flow of time. One hundred spins around the Sun to get back to that spring, where everything was about to burgeon and refract. An important time that has to be celebrated.   Going through the hour when everything originated is a great responsibility for me, and a joyful privilege. It means being able to open the locks of history and linger over the edge of the beginning. It means soaking in that natal source to relive the dawn and the coming into view.   I wouldn’t like to sentimentalize a biography though. Gucci’s long history can’t be contained within a single inaugural act. As any other existence, its destiny is marked by a long series of “endless births” (M. Zambrano) and constant regenerations. In this persistent movement, life challenges the mystery of death. In this hunger for birth, we have learnt how to dwell the time.   Celebrating this birthday means to pay homage to the mother’s womb then, but also to the becoming other. The legacy, but also the possibility of its afterthought. Past, in fact, is not a motionless conveyance and a repetition of the immutable: it rather “necessarily involves the idea of movement. It is not a datum, it is a motion: it is the movement of variation of the heritage that entails processes of transformation” (M. Centanni).   Benjamin would say that to plan the future we need to change the past, tracking down, as it unfolds, energy reserves that potentially have further life. In my work, I caress the roots of the past to create unexpected inflorescences, carving the matter through grafting and pruning. I appeal to such ability to reinhabit what has already been given. And to the blending, the transitions, the fractures, the concatenations. To escape the reactionary cages of purity, I pursue a poetics of the illegitimate.   In this sense, Gucci becomes for me a hacking lab, made of incursions and metamorphoses. An alchemical factory of contaminations where everything connects to anything. A place where thefts and explosive reactions happen: a permanent generator of sparkles and unpredictable desires. On this occasion, then, I want to honour my filial affection betraying the legacy that was handed down to me. Because the promise of a never-ending birth is only renewed through an evolving capacity.   Crossing this threshold, I have plundered the nonconformist rigour of Demna Gvasalia and the sexual tension of Tom Ford; I have lingered over the anthropological implications of what shines, working on the brightness of fabrics; I have celebrated the equestrian world of Gucci transfiguring it into a fetish cosmogony; I have sublimated Marilyn Monroe's silhouette and old Hollywood’s glamour; I sabotaged the discreet charm of the bourgeoisie and the codes of men’s tailoring.     Here we are then, ready to celebrate, wearing our most glittering clothes. Preparations for the event are in full swing. We are eager to walk through The Savoy’s doors again, one century later: an immaginific topos in the history of Gucci. A very long corridor separates us from that astral and magic passage. The myth of foundation is reinhabited in the light of the present. We get into a club, neon lights and cameras, but we find out that the party we deserve doesn’t happen in the lobby of a London hotel of the 20s. It’s rather like a deep and ecstatic diving in everything we yearningly miss today: a feast of air. A jubilee of breath. So the idea of the party glorifies in the generating power of nature and in the breath of life that pervades it. Breath is in fact what every living thing constantly generates, “it is the first name of being-in-the-world, it is the vibration through which everything opens up to life” (E. Coccia). It is a nativity that we honour in its oscillatory motion: “inhaling, that is letting the world get inside us, and exhaling, that is projecting ourselves in the world that we are” (E. Coccia). I therefore celebrate the air as a sacred principle of interpenetration, blending and connection: a principle of existence infused with the chemical enchantment of the leaves. To these creatures, my praise. To their being fragile and vulnerable. To their ability to renew and get back to life after winter has passed. -  Alessandro Here it comes, with the precision of a toll. This birthday. One hundred years have gone. One hundred Earth’s revolutions questioning the flow of time. One hundred spins around the Sun to get back to that spring, where everything was about to burgeon and refract. An important time that has to be celebrated.   Going through the hour when everything originated is a great responsibility for me, and a joyful privilege. It means being able to open the locks of history and linger over the edge of the beginning. It means soaking in that natal source to relive the dawn and the coming into view.   I wouldn’t like to sentimentalize a biography though. Gucci’s long history can’t be contained within a single inaugural act. As any other existence, its destiny is marked by a long series of “endless births” (M. Zambrano) and constant regenerations. In this persistent movement, life challenges the mystery of death. In this hunger for birth, we have learnt how to dwell the time.   Celebrating this birthday means to pay homage to the mother’s womb then, but also to the becoming other. The legacy, but also the possibility of its afterthought. Past, in fact, is not a motionless conveyance and a repetition of the immutable: it rather “necessarily involves the idea of movement. It is not a datum, it is a motion: it is the movement of variation of the heritage that entails processes of transformation” (M. Centanni).   Benjamin would say that to plan the future we need to change the past, tracking down, as it unfolds, energy reserves that potentially have further life. In my work, I caress the roots of the past to create unexpected inflorescences, carving the matter through grafting and pruning. I appeal to such ability to reinhabit what has already been given. And to the blending, the transitions, the fractures, the concatenations. To escape the reactionary cages of purity, I pursue a poetics of the illegitimate.   In this sense, Gucci becomes for me a hacking lab, made of incursions and metamorphoses. An alchemical factory of contaminations where everything connects to anything. A place where thefts and explosive reactions happen: a permanent generator of sparkles and unpredictable desires. On this occasion, then, I want to honour my filial affection betraying the legacy that was handed down to me. Because the promise of a never-ending birth is only renewed through an evolving capacity.   Crossing this threshold, I have plundered the nonconformist rigour of Demna Gvasalia and the sexual tension of Tom Ford; I have lingered over the anthropological implications of what shines, working on the brightness of fabrics; I have celebrated the equestrian world of Gucci transfiguring it into a fetish cosmogony; I have sublimated Marilyn Monroe's silhouette and old Hollywood’s glamour; I sabotaged the discreet charm of the bourgeoisie and the codes of men’s tailoring.     Here we are then, ready to celebrate, wearing our most glittering clothes. Preparations for the event are in full swing. We are eager to walk through The Savoy’s doors again, one century later: an immaginific topos in the history of Gucci. A very long corridor separates us from that astral and magic passage. The myth of foundation is reinhabited in the light of the present. We get into a club, neon lights and cameras, but we find out that the party we deserve doesn’t happen in the lobby of a London hotel of the 20s. It’s rather like a deep and ecstatic diving in everything we yearningly miss today: a feast of air. A jubilee of breath. So the idea of the party glorifies in the generating power of nature and in the breath of life that pervades it. Breath is in fact what every living thing constantly generates, “it is the first name of being-in-the-world, it is the vibration through which everything opens up to life” (E. Coccia). It is a nativity that we honour in its oscillatory motion: “inhaling, that is letting the world get inside us, and exhaling, that is projecting ourselves in the world that we are” (E. Coccia). I therefore celebrate the air as a sacred principle of interpenetration, blending and connection: a principle of existence infused with the chemical enchantment of the leaves. To these creatures, my praise. To their being fragile and vulnerable. To their ability to renew and get back to life after winter has passed. -  Alessandro

MODERNITY AND TRADITION CLASH – DR. MARTENS ANNOUNCE FIRST COLLABORATION WITH JAPANESE STREETWEAR TITAN ATMOS
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MODERNITY AND TRADITION CLASH – DR. MARTENS ANNOUNCE FIRST COLLABORATION WITH JAPANESE STREETWEAR TITAN ATMOS

Accessories Since beginning life as a small footprint in the back streets of Tokyo, atmos have grown in force and in influence. Dr. Martens x atmos is a trend-defying, cross-category innovation. A combination of DM’s resilience and durability with bold, contrasting colours and textures that unites their Originals and our Casual range more than ever.     Dr. Martens silhouettes say something different each time they’re laced up — and we know that one remix is never enough. With a reputation for coveted, mould-shattering collaborations, it is hard to imagine a better partner than atmos to reboot styles from not one but two of our ranges. Our Original 1461 3-eye shoe, and the utilitarian Combs Tech boot.     The 1461 shoe has been a subcultural icon since it stomped off our production line 60 years ago — and this season it’s still kicking harder than ever. The 1461 atmos is built in our famous Black Smooth leather with bold injections of colour that signify the Atmos touch. Hiker-style laces woven with Blue and Pink details. Bright, webbed heelstrips. Dual branding and innovative design. An exposed foam padded tongue and Water White DMS outsole. Like its creators, the 1461 atmos is never standing still.     Their Tract line blends utilitarian heritage with contemporary trends. A style that rarely sees collaborative remixes, the Combs Tech is the perfect canvas for a bold new statement. Built using a combination of our Black Smooth leather and Recycled Super Knit. Signature atmos shots of colour stand out with Pink, Blue and Yellow accents across the tongue and laces. Dual branding in clear bubble patches on the tongue. A high-gloss heel strip. Stacked on a WaterWhite Tract sole and nished with our trademark yellow welt stitching and scripted AirWair heel loop. UndeniablyDocs — with atmos disruption to cause a scene.     Dr. Martens X atmos drops 17.04.21 and will be available at drmartens.com and select partners. Since beginning life as a small footprint in the back streets of Tokyo, atmos have grown in force and in influence. Dr. Martens x atmos is a trend-defying, cross-category innovation. A combination of DM’s resilience and durability with bold, contrasting colours and textures that unites their Originals and our Casual range more than ever.     Dr. Martens silhouettes say something different each time they’re laced up — and we know that one remix is never enough. With a reputation for coveted, mould-shattering collaborations, it is hard to imagine a better partner than atmos to reboot styles from not one but two of our ranges. Our Original 1461 3-eye shoe, and the utilitarian Combs Tech boot.     The 1461 shoe has been a subcultural icon since it stomped off our production line 60 years ago — and this season it’s still kicking harder than ever. The 1461 atmos is built in our famous Black Smooth leather with bold injections of colour that signify the Atmos touch. Hiker-style laces woven with Blue and Pink details. Bright, webbed heelstrips. Dual branding and innovative design. An exposed foam padded tongue and Water White DMS outsole. Like its creators, the 1461 atmos is never standing still.     Their Tract line blends utilitarian heritage with contemporary trends. A style that rarely sees collaborative remixes, the Combs Tech is the perfect canvas for a bold new statement. Built using a combination of our Black Smooth leather and Recycled Super Knit. Signature atmos shots of colour stand out with Pink, Blue and Yellow accents across the tongue and laces. Dual branding in clear bubble patches on the tongue. A high-gloss heel strip. Stacked on a WaterWhite Tract sole and nished with our trademark yellow welt stitching and scripted AirWair heel loop. UndeniablyDocs — with atmos disruption to cause a scene.     Dr. Martens X atmos drops 17.04.21 and will be available at drmartens.com and select partners.

Daily Paper's SS21 Resort Line Brings a Fresh Take to Springtime-Ready Staples
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Daily Paper's SS21 Resort Line Brings a Fresh Take to Springtime-Ready Staples

Fashion Featuring shapes and details inspired by African flags, the continent's cuisine, and a range of newly designed summer gear.     Daily Paper introduces their mid-season Resort line as part of their main Spring/Summer 2021 collection. Tailored towards the warmer months ahead, the line presents a colourful range of unisex essential sets, multicoloured items, summer accessories and sporty styles in a variety of easy wearing shapes.     Back to the Roots:   Drawing on the colours of the Somali, Ghanaian and Moroccan flags, Daily Paper introduces new athleisure prints, made from ecological low impact-ink. The tie-dye inspired styles to translate the Daily Paper founders heritage into nostalgic pieces. Three colourways are available in both lightweight tees and comfy oversized sweaters. Building on their tie-dye offerings, a number of silhouettes in bleached dark navy tones comes in both women's and unisex styles.       Bordered Camo:   Earthy green Recamo designs revisit the patterns first introduced with the 2020 Daily Paper x Crocs collaboration. This time by featuring shapes of African countries on classic cargo silhouettes. Two sets are available for different occasions and climates. The lightweight Recamo shirt comes with matching swim shorts for the warmer days, while the camo jacket comes with matching cargo pants for breezy Spring nights.     Womenswear:   Lightweight and playful garments for hot summer days. Daily Paper introduce a colourful take on branded monogram print in the form of the silky Remono dress and Rerise top. Reflecting the Ghanaian flag bright red, green and yellow, the nostalgic feel of the line continues. The line includes a matching handbag, and swimwear makes a return with a timeless swimsuit silhouette.     New Spring-Ready Accessories :   A range of new gear is introduced through a branded water bottle, a staple carabiner and an essential iPhone case to bring along on your summer get-aways.       Monogram Patchwork:   The Repatch pieces highlight the Daily Paper branded monogram print, translated into a contrasting colourful patchwork design. The set features a lightweight button-up shirt, a classic wide-legged pair of swim shorts and a stylish bucket hat with branding across the front.     Heavy Cotton Staples:   At the heart of the line are unisex matching sets. Each set is crafted from premium heavy cotton in classic laid-back shapes and luscious colourways. Ranging from the classic black, earthy green tones are introduced alongside a rich red and a pastel blue. Designed for practicality and comfort, these items are the perfect fit for an understated aesthetic.      Alongside the essential sets, the brand explores the continent's cuisine by introducing graphics of popular drinking cans offered across the African continent on classic tees. The latter comes in staple black and white colourways.     The forthcoming Daily Paper Resort 2021 collection is priced from €10 - €150 and will be available April 16, 12 PM CET, at Daily Paper storefronts in Amsterdam and NYC, as well as online via www.dailypaperclothing.com and selected retailers worldwide.        Campaign Credits: Photography: Mounir Raji  Photography assistant: Mylan Rosendaal  Art Direction: Florian Joahn  Styling: JeanPaul Paula Make up: Laura Yard  Hair: Keanna Williams    Talents: Shaliona Williams  Faouziat Biera Faous  Tobi Afeez Amao  Salif Ly Featuring shapes and details inspired by African flags, the continent's cuisine, and a range of newly designed summer gear.     Daily Paper introduces their mid-season Resort line as part of their main Spring/Summer 2021 collection. Tailored towards the warmer months ahead, the line presents a colourful range of unisex essential sets, multicoloured items, summer accessories and sporty styles in a variety of easy wearing shapes.     Back to the Roots:   Drawing on the colours of the Somali, Ghanaian and Moroccan flags, Daily Paper introduces new athleisure prints, made from ecological low impact-ink. The tie-dye inspired styles to translate the Daily Paper founders heritage into nostalgic pieces. Three colourways are available in both lightweight tees and comfy oversized sweaters. Building on their tie-dye offerings, a number of silhouettes in bleached dark navy tones comes in both women's and unisex styles.       Bordered Camo:   Earthy green Recamo designs revisit the patterns first introduced with the 2020 Daily Paper x Crocs collaboration. This time by featuring shapes of African countries on classic cargo silhouettes. Two sets are available for different occasions and climates. The lightweight Recamo shirt comes with matching swim shorts for the warmer days, while the camo jacket comes with matching cargo pants for breezy Spring nights.     Womenswear:   Lightweight and playful garments for hot summer days. Daily Paper introduce a colourful take on branded monogram print in the form of the silky Remono dress and Rerise top. Reflecting the Ghanaian flag bright red, green and yellow, the nostalgic feel of the line continues. The line includes a matching handbag, and swimwear makes a return with a timeless swimsuit silhouette.     New Spring-Ready Accessories :   A range of new gear is introduced through a branded water bottle, a staple carabiner and an essential iPhone case to bring along on your summer get-aways.       Monogram Patchwork:   The Repatch pieces highlight the Daily Paper branded monogram print, translated into a contrasting colourful patchwork design. The set features a lightweight button-up shirt, a classic wide-legged pair of swim shorts and a stylish bucket hat with branding across the front.     Heavy Cotton Staples:   At the heart of the line are unisex matching sets. Each set is crafted from premium heavy cotton in classic laid-back shapes and luscious colourways. Ranging from the classic black, earthy green tones are introduced alongside a rich red and a pastel blue. Designed for practicality and comfort, these items are the perfect fit for an understated aesthetic.      Alongside the essential sets, the brand explores the continent's cuisine by introducing graphics of popular drinking cans offered across the African continent on classic tees. The latter comes in staple black and white colourways.     The forthcoming Daily Paper Resort 2021 collection is priced from €10 - €150 and will be available April 16, 12 PM CET, at Daily Paper storefronts in Amsterdam and NYC, as well as online via www.dailypaperclothing.com and selected retailers worldwide.        Campaign Credits: Photography: Mounir Raji  Photography assistant: Mylan Rosendaal  Art Direction: Florian Joahn  Styling: JeanPaul Paula Make up: Laura Yard  Hair: Keanna Williams    Talents: Shaliona Williams  Faouziat Biera Faous  Tobi Afeez Amao  Salif Ly

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C.P. COMPANY CINQUANTA  PRESENTS CHAPTER 02
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C.P. COMPANY CINQUANTA PRESENTS CHAPTER 02

Fashion From the very beginning, Massimo Osti's idea on the creation of a brand started with the desire to create a product with a strong identity, completely different from anything else available on the market. Once convinced of the strenght of his idea, he analysed and personally chose the new name, designing also the logo. After some issues related to brand's name, he shortned the former name, Chester Perry, into C.P. Company, but he kept the same logo - a life buoy.     Later on, a British sailor with arms crossed, becomes the new brand's leading figure: smiling, dependable and informal. The inspiration came from one of the books about military uniforms, which Massimo Osti collected for his studio's library. Since 1975 until nowadays, the Sailor has always been the main brand logo and represents the link between tradition and innovation.     In occasion of the 50th Anniversary, C.P. Company has created an exclusive porcelain sailor statue. Handmade in Italy by Tuscan artisans, in only 150 pieces, the sailor represents a memorabilia of its great story and pays homage to Italian artisanal tradition.     The British Mariner will be avaialble, from April 14th, on 50.cpcompany.com and in all C.P. Company flagship stores in Milan, Amsterdam, London, Seoul and Tokyo.     50.cpcompany.com From the very beginning, Massimo Osti's idea on the creation of a brand started with the desire to create a product with a strong identity, completely different from anything else available on the market. Once convinced of the strenght of his idea, he analysed and personally chose the new name, designing also the logo. After some issues related to brand's name, he shortned the former name, Chester Perry, into C.P. Company, but he kept the same logo - a life buoy.     Later on, a British sailor with arms crossed, becomes the new brand's leading figure: smiling, dependable and informal. The inspiration came from one of the books about military uniforms, which Massimo Osti collected for his studio's library. Since 1975 until nowadays, the Sailor has always been the main brand logo and represents the link between tradition and innovation.     In occasion of the 50th Anniversary, C.P. Company has created an exclusive porcelain sailor statue. Handmade in Italy by Tuscan artisans, in only 150 pieces, the sailor represents a memorabilia of its great story and pays homage to Italian artisanal tradition.     The British Mariner will be avaialble, from April 14th, on 50.cpcompany.com and in all C.P. Company flagship stores in Milan, Amsterdam, London, Seoul and Tokyo.     50.cpcompany.com

DIESEL CREATIVE DIRECTOR GLENN MARTENS’ DEBUT COLLECTION TO BE SHOWN DURING MILAN FASHION WEEK
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DIESEL CREATIVE DIRECTOR GLENN MARTENS’ DEBUT COLLECTION TO BE SHOWN DURING MILAN FASHION WEEK

Fashion DIESEL is beyond proud to announce that Creative Director Glenn Martens will present his debut collection for the brand on June 21st over Milan Fashion Week. This occasion marks the very first time the DIESEL label has appeared on the MFW calendar.     While the show will be held during Milan’s menswear programming, the collection itself—Spring/Summer 2022—will feature an all-gender wardrobe and will reflect Martens’ design vision applied across DIESEL’s entire range of product categories.     The show is a major step of Martens’ role in overseeing the brand’s creative identity, design, and communications. Prior to his appointment as Creative Director, Martens created a denim-focused capsule collection for the Diesel Red Tag Project in 2018. DIESEL is beyond proud to announce that Creative Director Glenn Martens will present his debut collection for the brand on June 21st over Milan Fashion Week. This occasion marks the very first time the DIESEL label has appeared on the MFW calendar.     While the show will be held during Milan’s menswear programming, the collection itself—Spring/Summer 2022—will feature an all-gender wardrobe and will reflect Martens’ design vision applied across DIESEL’s entire range of product categories.     The show is a major step of Martens’ role in overseeing the brand’s creative identity, design, and communications. Prior to his appointment as Creative Director, Martens created a denim-focused capsule collection for the Diesel Red Tag Project in 2018.

YSL BEAUTY PRESENTS TOUCHE ECLAT LE TEINT
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YSL BEAUTY PRESENTS TOUCHE ECLAT LE TEINT

Beauty The iconic "light" of the Touche Éclat illuminates all over the world. An ironclad beacon of unpressible brightening, the Touche Éclat Le Teint foundation is hailed as a weightless fluid that promotes a radiant glow and provides a flawless complexion. Even stronger, brighter and more flawless, the icon is now being reinvented. Considered an ally for skin, the formula, as well as the weightless texture and finish, have now been enhanced and enriched with botanical extracts from the YSL Beauté Ourika Community Gardens. It is high time to take this impeccable brightness to the next level: the new Touche Éclat Le Teint offers the skin three essential benefits: it provides a natural glow, 24-hour light coverage and 24-hour moisturizing effect. for uncompromising flawless skin. Get out of the shade. With Touche Éclat Le Teint by her side, every woman is "the light". The iconic "light" of the Touche Éclat illuminates all over the world. An ironclad beacon of unpressible brightening, the Touche Éclat Le Teint foundation is hailed as a weightless fluid that promotes a radiant glow and provides a flawless complexion. Even stronger, brighter and more flawless, the icon is now being reinvented. Considered an ally for skin, the formula, as well as the weightless texture and finish, have now been enhanced and enriched with botanical extracts from the YSL Beauté Ourika Community Gardens. It is high time to take this impeccable brightness to the next level: the new Touche Éclat Le Teint offers the skin three essential benefits: it provides a natural glow, 24-hour light coverage and 24-hour moisturizing effect. for uncompromising flawless skin. Get out of the shade. With Touche Éclat Le Teint by her side, every woman is "the light".

BALMAIN AND MALUMA ANNOUNCE A SPECIAL LIMITED-EDITION COLLABORATION
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BALMAIN AND MALUMA ANNOUNCE A SPECIAL LIMITED-EDITION COLLABORATION

Fashion It happened almost every evening during last spring’s lockdown. After exhausting myself from yet another day of never-ending Zooming with my team, I’d simply switch screens, and try to find some escape via streaming. I’d end up non-stop clicking on the series that I had loved during my childhood—and I know that I am far from being the only one who found a bit of comfort in nostalgia during that stressful period. After so many nights spent with so many classic episodes... well, it was no surprise to see the bright tones, sharp tailoring and incredible graphics that defined my favorite ‘80s and ‘90s programs eventually work their way into my most recent designs.   My friend Maluma was quick to note that Balmain’s new relaxed Miami Vibe—with all those pastels and eye-catching patterns—was a perfect match for his distinctive style and addictive beat. And, after he was photographed giving a perfect Caribbean twist to one of my modern takes on the classic French petit-pois pattern, Maluma began working with me to create a one-of-a-kind tropical look for last year’s Video Music Awards. We ended up riffing on the sherbet tones, sexy styling and ‘80s silhouette of Crockett and Tubbs for Maluma’s amazing performance of Hawái, during last August’s show.   And, after the success of that VMA appearance, we knew we had to push our partnership further.   That’s when Maluma and I began working closely together on a whole new line of designs intended for his tour. And, although the pandemic might have forced a rescheduling, we’ve decided to release our Balmain-Maluma collaboration as a special, limited-edition collection. Those one-of-a-kind Balmain-Maluma sneakers and ready-to-wear designs will be available across the globe, on April 12th.   At the same time that Maluma and I were working on these designs, the speakers inside the Balmain atelier were blasting out a continual loop that both inspired and reflected our work. I’ve pulled that selection of tunes together for our collaboration’s special playlist, which is now available on the Apple Music Signature platform. This Balmain-Maluma seamless mix of music and fashion makes perfect sense, of course. It reflects this house’s distinctive DNA, in which music and fashion are thoroughly intertwined—and neither Maluma nor I could ever conceive of fashion without a full helping of music (or vice-versa). - Olivier Rousteing    I released two albums in eight months, and no one was expecting that. First, Papi Juancho, with all those vintage Miami Vice vibes, and then I went to Jamaica and fell in love with the culture there. I feel like Olivier and Balmain does that, too, by trying to change the rules of the game every time you want to play it. This collaboration represents us merging our fashion and music worlds, and breaking the rules with style, colors and mostly importantly blending our cultures together.   It’s been one of my goals to work with a respected fashion house on a collection, but this journey was more exciting, as Olivier pushed me to design with him and sketch looks that I personally will wear off the stage and showcase high couture with a bit of Papi Juancho. This process was exciting as I have always dreamt to design one day, and I was happy to have a friend like Olivier let me express creatively through fashion. - Maluma   It happened almost every evening during last spring’s lockdown. After exhausting myself from yet another day of never-ending Zooming with my team, I’d simply switch screens, and try to find some escape via streaming. I’d end up non-stop clicking on the series that I had loved during my childhood—and I know that I am far from being the only one who found a bit of comfort in nostalgia during that stressful period. After so many nights spent with so many classic episodes... well, it was no surprise to see the bright tones, sharp tailoring and incredible graphics that defined my favorite ‘80s and ‘90s programs eventually work their way into my most recent designs.   My friend Maluma was quick to note that Balmain’s new relaxed Miami Vibe—with all those pastels and eye-catching patterns—was a perfect match for his distinctive style and addictive beat. And, after he was photographed giving a perfect Caribbean twist to one of my modern takes on the classic French petit-pois pattern, Maluma began working with me to create a one-of-a-kind tropical look for last year’s Video Music Awards. We ended up riffing on the sherbet tones, sexy styling and ‘80s silhouette of Crockett and Tubbs for Maluma’s amazing performance of Hawái, during last August’s show.   And, after the success of that VMA appearance, we knew we had to push our partnership further.   That’s when Maluma and I began working closely together on a whole new line of designs intended for his tour. And, although the pandemic might have forced a rescheduling, we’ve decided to release our Balmain-Maluma collaboration as a special, limited-edition collection. Those one-of-a-kind Balmain-Maluma sneakers and ready-to-wear designs will be available across the globe, on April 12th.   At the same time that Maluma and I were working on these designs, the speakers inside the Balmain atelier were blasting out a continual loop that both inspired and reflected our work. I’ve pulled that selection of tunes together for our collaboration’s special playlist, which is now available on the Apple Music Signature platform. This Balmain-Maluma seamless mix of music and fashion makes perfect sense, of course. It reflects this house’s distinctive DNA, in which music and fashion are thoroughly intertwined—and neither Maluma nor I could ever conceive of fashion without a full helping of music (or vice-versa). - Olivier Rousteing    I released two albums in eight months, and no one was expecting that. First, Papi Juancho, with all those vintage Miami Vice vibes, and then I went to Jamaica and fell in love with the culture there. I feel like Olivier and Balmain does that, too, by trying to change the rules of the game every time you want to play it. This collaboration represents us merging our fashion and music worlds, and breaking the rules with style, colors and mostly importantly blending our cultures together.   It’s been one of my goals to work with a respected fashion house on a collection, but this journey was more exciting, as Olivier pushed me to design with him and sketch looks that I personally will wear off the stage and showcase high couture with a bit of Papi Juancho. This process was exciting as I have always dreamt to design one day, and I was happy to have a friend like Olivier let me express creatively through fashion. - Maluma  

Louis Vuitton presents the new Tambour Street Diver
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Louis Vuitton presents the new Tambour Street Diver

Watches The new Tambour Street Diver is everything that Louis Vuitton symbolises – high artisanal quality, multi-functionality, creative ingenuity and the freedom of expression. It continues the House’s horological journey into the unexpected, one that began in 2002 with the launch of the Louis Vuitton’s very first watch.     Crafted from a single block of metal and larger at the base than at the top, the unique shape of the Tambour was inspired by a drum. With applied horns that seamlessly integrate the case and strap, the position of the hours are indicated on the case- band by the 12 letters “L-O-U-I-S-V-U-I-T-T-O-N”. The Tambour has, in two short decades, become an iconic and instantly recognisable watch.     Like all great designs, the Tambour case is timeless and adaptable and, over the past 19 years, has taken on various forms from spectacular high jewellery masterpieces to the acclaimed Tambour Horizon connected watch, via models boasting the most complications such as 2020’s Tambour Curve Flying Tourbillon Poinçon de Genève. The new Tambour Street Diver is everything that Louis Vuitton symbolises – high artisanal quality, multi-functionality, creative ingenuity and the freedom of expression. It continues the House’s horological journey into the unexpected, one that began in 2002 with the launch of the Louis Vuitton’s very first watch.     Crafted from a single block of metal and larger at the base than at the top, the unique shape of the Tambour was inspired by a drum. With applied horns that seamlessly integrate the case and strap, the position of the hours are indicated on the case- band by the 12 letters “L-O-U-I-S-V-U-I-T-T-O-N”. The Tambour has, in two short decades, become an iconic and instantly recognisable watch.     Like all great designs, the Tambour case is timeless and adaptable and, over the past 19 years, has taken on various forms from spectacular high jewellery masterpieces to the acclaimed Tambour Horizon connected watch, via models boasting the most complications such as 2020’s Tambour Curve Flying Tourbillon Poinçon de Genève.

A cast of personalities attended ‘Bottega Veneta Salon 02’ at the Berghain
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A cast of personalities attended ‘Bottega Veneta Salon 02’ at the Berghain

Fashion Week Notable people included Burna Boy, Skepta, Slowthai, Kwes Darko, Virgil Abloh, Roberto Bolle, Tricky, Honey Dijon, Stefano Pilati, Oumi Janta, Michelle Nicol, Thea Djordjadze, Sven Marquardt, Marc Goehring, Polina Semionova, Maria and Joerg Koch. Notable people included Burna Boy, Skepta, Slowthai, Kwes Darko, Virgil Abloh, Roberto Bolle, Tricky, Honey Dijon, Stefano Pilati, Oumi Janta, Michelle Nicol, Thea Djordjadze, Sven Marquardt, Marc Goehring, Polina Semionova, Maria and Joerg Koch.

AUDEMARS PIGUET UNVEILS A LIMITED-EDITION ROYAL OAK CONCEPT “BLACK PANTHER” FLYING TOURBILLON IN LOS ANGELES DURING A VIRTUAL LIVE SHOW
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AUDEMARS PIGUET UNVEILS A LIMITED-EDITION ROYAL OAK CONCEPT “BLACK PANTHER” FLYING TOURBILLON IN LOS ANGELES DURING A VIRTUAL LIVE SHOW

Watches Swiss Haute Horlogerie manufacturer Audemars Piguet is delighted to reveal the first iteration of its Marvel Super Hero watch series, the Royal Oak Concept “Black Panther” Flying Tourbillon. This limited edition of 250 pieces was revealed on April 10 during the brand’s virtual event “Audemars Piguet & Friends, Live Show from Los Angeles” in celebration of its new long-term collaboration with Marvel Entertainment. The live event, which was publicly broadcast around the world, was hosted by stand-up comedian and actor Kevin Hart alongside Audemars Piguet’s Chief Executive Officer François-Henry Bennahmias, with LeBron James, Serena Williams, Ian Poulter, Anthony Joshua, Lu Han, Jon Gray and Mark Ronson in attendance.     The live show was accompanied by a dedicated auction to profit the long-term educational programme Audemars Piguet has established with non-profit organisations First Book and Ashoka, to support agents of change in low-income and historically excluded communities. The auction was introduced by Kyle Zimmer – founder and CEO of First Book as well as Ashoka Board Member and Senior Fellow—and led by Michael Friedman, Head of Complications at Audemars Piguet, who worked in the past with leading auction houses including Christie’s, Sotheby’s and Antiquorum. Bidders from multiple countries competed for a chance to own one of four distinct auction lots – including a unique version of the Royal Oak Concept “Black Panther” Flying Tourbillon.     The show also encompassed live music performances by R&B band Free Nationals as well as Grammy Nominated R&B singer/songwriter Givēon and the event was followed by the reveal of the limited edition in key cities around the world.     THE ROYAL OAK CONCEPT "BLACK PANTHER" FLYING TOURBILLON   Rooted in ancestral craftsmanship and advanced technology, the limited-edition Royal Oak Concept “Black Panther” Flying Tourbillon celebrates the Manufacture’s long-held values of tradition, innovation and family embodied by Marvel’s Black Panther character. The futuristic design of this 42 mm watch, powered by Calibre 2965, recalls the cutting-edge suit of the Marvel Super Hero.   The dial brings together the pulsating flying tourbillon at 6 o’clock with a highly contemporary carved and hand-painted rendition of Marvel’s Black Panther, comprised of white gold.     A UNIQUE TIMEPIECE IN SUPPORT OF THE NEXT GENERATION OF CHANGEMAKERS   A unique version of the Royal Oak Concept “Black Panther” Flying Tourbillon timepiece was auctioned off during the event to support the long-term educational programme Audemars Piguet has established with First Book and Ashoka.   This unique piece features an 18-carat white gold case and bezel entirely engraved by hand with a motif inspired by Marvel’s Black Panther character. The dial showcases a very detailed rendition of Black Panther, whose suit has been outlined with streaks of purple paint for a sharper contrast. The mention “Unique piece” is written on the purple inner bezel visible through the sapphire caseback.   For the occasion, Serena Williams, Ian Poulter and Anthony Joshua also auctioned off dedicated lots in profit of the educational programme developed by First Book, Ashoka and Audemars Piguet.   This joint programme seeks to support students from low-income families and historically excluded communities with tools to drive long-term impactful change in their communities and help them realise the power they have to do so. The inaugural donation from the auction will enable the programme to reach an initial group of 17,000 First Book educators and as many as 500,000 students, ages 10-18, across the United States – with the aim of extending internationally in the years to come. Through this programme students will learn and practice a critical set of skills to identify problems, work with their peers, educators and other adults to implement solutions for a more equitable and stable world in a way that prioritises their experiences and perspectives. Swiss Haute Horlogerie manufacturer Audemars Piguet is delighted to reveal the first iteration of its Marvel Super Hero watch series, the Royal Oak Concept “Black Panther” Flying Tourbillon. This limited edition of 250 pieces was revealed on April 10 during the brand’s virtual event “Audemars Piguet & Friends, Live Show from Los Angeles” in celebration of its new long-term collaboration with Marvel Entertainment. The live event, which was publicly broadcast around the world, was hosted by stand-up comedian and actor Kevin Hart alongside Audemars Piguet’s Chief Executive Officer François-Henry Bennahmias, with LeBron James, Serena Williams, Ian Poulter, Anthony Joshua, Lu Han, Jon Gray and Mark Ronson in attendance.     The live show was accompanied by a dedicated auction to profit the long-term educational programme Audemars Piguet has established with non-profit organisations First Book and Ashoka, to support agents of change in low-income and historically excluded communities. The auction was introduced by Kyle Zimmer – founder and CEO of First Book as well as Ashoka Board Member and Senior Fellow—and led by Michael Friedman, Head of Complications at Audemars Piguet, who worked in the past with leading auction houses including Christie’s, Sotheby’s and Antiquorum. Bidders from multiple countries competed for a chance to own one of four distinct auction lots – including a unique version of the Royal Oak Concept “Black Panther” Flying Tourbillon.     The show also encompassed live music performances by R&B band Free Nationals as well as Grammy Nominated R&B singer/songwriter Givēon and the event was followed by the reveal of the limited edition in key cities around the world.     THE ROYAL OAK CONCEPT "BLACK PANTHER" FLYING TOURBILLON   Rooted in ancestral craftsmanship and advanced technology, the limited-edition Royal Oak Concept “Black Panther” Flying Tourbillon celebrates the Manufacture’s long-held values of tradition, innovation and family embodied by Marvel’s Black Panther character. The futuristic design of this 42 mm watch, powered by Calibre 2965, recalls the cutting-edge suit of the Marvel Super Hero.   The dial brings together the pulsating flying tourbillon at 6 o’clock with a highly contemporary carved and hand-painted rendition of Marvel’s Black Panther, comprised of white gold.     A UNIQUE TIMEPIECE IN SUPPORT OF THE NEXT GENERATION OF CHANGEMAKERS   A unique version of the Royal Oak Concept “Black Panther” Flying Tourbillon timepiece was auctioned off during the event to support the long-term educational programme Audemars Piguet has established with First Book and Ashoka.   This unique piece features an 18-carat white gold case and bezel entirely engraved by hand with a motif inspired by Marvel’s Black Panther character. The dial showcases a very detailed rendition of Black Panther, whose suit has been outlined with streaks of purple paint for a sharper contrast. The mention “Unique piece” is written on the purple inner bezel visible through the sapphire caseback.   For the occasion, Serena Williams, Ian Poulter and Anthony Joshua also auctioned off dedicated lots in profit of the educational programme developed by First Book, Ashoka and Audemars Piguet.   This joint programme seeks to support students from low-income families and historically excluded communities with tools to drive long-term impactful change in their communities and help them realise the power they have to do so. The inaugural donation from the auction will enable the programme to reach an initial group of 17,000 First Book educators and as many as 500,000 students, ages 10-18, across the United States – with the aim of extending internationally in the years to come. Through this programme students will learn and practice a critical set of skills to identify problems, work with their peers, educators and other adults to implement solutions for a more equitable and stable world in a way that prioritises their experiences and perspectives.

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