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Ninamounah: Collection 006 for Spring / Summer 2021
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Ninamounah: Collection 006 for Spring / Summer 2021

Fashion A reflection of our most intimate surroundings. For Spring/Summer ’21 they looked inwards. Melting together deadstock materials and recalibrated signature silhouettes. Born from a moment of stillness and reassessment, our new collection comes from a feeling of hope for a bright new future.     Taking cues from traditional Dutch costume and Ninamounah’s usual threesome of leather motor suits, French corsetry and pinstripe tailored suits, the collection offers a contemporary take on familiar tropes. The ‘Kraplap’, a breastcloth garment made of stiff, starched cotton is interpreted as a tailored suit jacket and trousers.     Trousers featuring thigh high contrast panelling are informed by fishermen’s boots, while a traditional trench coat is rendered in luxurious satin hues. Inspired by motor garments, pieces feature side panelling and a relocated seam. A zipper in the waistline can be worn open to show extra skin.     By embracing the method of reclaiming used materials with a specific user’s history for our designs, Ninamounah synthesizes traces of a forlorn past with future realities. Working exclusively with fabrics and leathers that would otherwise be discarded or destroyed, we take responsibility for our planet.       Photo Woody Bos Art Direction Ferdi Sibbel Hair La Toya Velberg Make up David Koppelaarand Jan Fuite Bodypaint Julia Kiryanova   Talents: Nella (Paparazzi Models) Rogier (Success Models) Jairo (Known Model Management) Mira (Vein Agency) A reflection of our most intimate surroundings. For Spring/Summer ’21 they looked inwards. Melting together deadstock materials and recalibrated signature silhouettes. Born from a moment of stillness and reassessment, our new collection comes from a feeling of hope for a bright new future.     Taking cues from traditional Dutch costume and Ninamounah’s usual threesome of leather motor suits, French corsetry and pinstripe tailored suits, the collection offers a contemporary take on familiar tropes. The ‘Kraplap’, a breastcloth garment made of stiff, starched cotton is interpreted as a tailored suit jacket and trousers.     Trousers featuring thigh high contrast panelling are informed by fishermen’s boots, while a traditional trench coat is rendered in luxurious satin hues. Inspired by motor garments, pieces feature side panelling and a relocated seam. A zipper in the waistline can be worn open to show extra skin.     By embracing the method of reclaiming used materials with a specific user’s history for our designs, Ninamounah synthesizes traces of a forlorn past with future realities. Working exclusively with fabrics and leathers that would otherwise be discarded or destroyed, we take responsibility for our planet.       Photo Woody Bos Art Direction Ferdi Sibbel Hair La Toya Velberg Make up David Koppelaarand Jan Fuite Bodypaint Julia Kiryanova   Talents: Nella (Paparazzi Models) Rogier (Success Models) Jairo (Known Model Management) Mira (Vein Agency)

METAMORPHOSIS OR THE ART OF TRANSFORMATION
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METAMORPHOSIS OR THE ART OF TRANSFORMATION

Accessories Befitting these turbulent times, KOMONO renews its creative vision and explores radical new design propositions. We are leaving behind ubiquitous notions of identity and are reimagining our future.     They believe change represents progress and development. It causes us to improve and helps us to transform our current environment. The ever-progressing integration of sustainable practices, both in our design as in our broader culture, is reflected within this season's novelty and reworking of our timeless classics.     SS21 now available at komono.com or in one of their stores. Befitting these turbulent times, KOMONO renews its creative vision and explores radical new design propositions. We are leaving behind ubiquitous notions of identity and are reimagining our future.     They believe change represents progress and development. It causes us to improve and helps us to transform our current environment. The ever-progressing integration of sustainable practices, both in our design as in our broader culture, is reflected within this season's novelty and reworking of our timeless classics.     SS21 now available at komono.com or in one of their stores.

ON SAINT VALENTINE’S DAY: ACQUA DI PARMA A GIFT IS AN ART FULL OF LOVE
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ON SAINT VALENTINE’S DAY: ACQUA DI PARMA A GIFT IS AN ART FULL OF LOVE

Beauty A sentiment that is blossoming, a deep and well-established af nity, a fresh alchemy. Every love story is unique and special. It’s a joy to celebrate it on Saint Valentine’s Day together with Acqua di Parma, with a gift that relates in every detail the brightest Italian style. A sincere gift and the excitement of preparing it with care.     The rst step is to choose the fragrance that most re ects the beloved, their tastes, and their unique nature. The different shades of male elegance with the Colonie for him in the 100 or 180ml format. Colonia, Colonia Futura, Colonia Pura, Colonia Essenza, Colonia Intensa and Colonia Club. The glamour of Le Nobili for her. Three unforgettable Eau de Parfum, Rosa Nobile, Peonia Nobile and Magnolia Nobile, in the 100ml format. Each one dedicated to a magni cent ower to extol femininity in its in nite facets.     Then comes the packaging; a box identi ed in all its parts in the bright Parma yellow, together with the black and white, according to the Maison’s visual codes. The unmistakable cylindrical box which contains the bottle is completely wrapped in an exclusive graphic design for this occasion. Fresh and light, a line naturally traces little hearts and, as if written by hand, the words “With love”. The same original motif returns on the tag, to be associated with unfailing shopping, complete with the band in black, white or yellow.     Colours and conical shapes for a gift that will be recognised immediately by the person who receives it, with all the radiant freshness of the Acqua di Parma Italian style. Togive an even more personal note, the top and bottle of the fragrance can be personalised with a beautiful, hand-made etching. The initials, a phrase, a name etched while you wait by a craftsman working carefully with hands protected by white gloves.     An Acqua di Parma gift, on Saint Valentine’s day and on all other occasions, is also a gesture of love for nature. The Maison, in line with the Acqua di Parma Futura sustainability plan, chooses environmentally-friendly materials. Highly- prized FSC certi ed cardboard for the cylindrical box and for the tag and recyclable glass for the bottles. The bands are made of TencelTM, a compostable and biodegradable fabric which is environmentally-friendly and made of beech and eucalyptus bre. A sentiment that is blossoming, a deep and well-established af nity, a fresh alchemy. Every love story is unique and special. It’s a joy to celebrate it on Saint Valentine’s Day together with Acqua di Parma, with a gift that relates in every detail the brightest Italian style. A sincere gift and the excitement of preparing it with care.     The rst step is to choose the fragrance that most re ects the beloved, their tastes, and their unique nature. The different shades of male elegance with the Colonie for him in the 100 or 180ml format. Colonia, Colonia Futura, Colonia Pura, Colonia Essenza, Colonia Intensa and Colonia Club. The glamour of Le Nobili for her. Three unforgettable Eau de Parfum, Rosa Nobile, Peonia Nobile and Magnolia Nobile, in the 100ml format. Each one dedicated to a magni cent ower to extol femininity in its in nite facets.     Then comes the packaging; a box identi ed in all its parts in the bright Parma yellow, together with the black and white, according to the Maison’s visual codes. The unmistakable cylindrical box which contains the bottle is completely wrapped in an exclusive graphic design for this occasion. Fresh and light, a line naturally traces little hearts and, as if written by hand, the words “With love”. The same original motif returns on the tag, to be associated with unfailing shopping, complete with the band in black, white or yellow.     Colours and conical shapes for a gift that will be recognised immediately by the person who receives it, with all the radiant freshness of the Acqua di Parma Italian style. Togive an even more personal note, the top and bottle of the fragrance can be personalised with a beautiful, hand-made etching. The initials, a phrase, a name etched while you wait by a craftsman working carefully with hands protected by white gloves.     An Acqua di Parma gift, on Saint Valentine’s day and on all other occasions, is also a gesture of love for nature. The Maison, in line with the Acqua di Parma Futura sustainability plan, chooses environmentally-friendly materials. Highly- prized FSC certi ed cardboard for the cylindrical box and for the tag and recyclable glass for the bottles. The bands are made of TencelTM, a compostable and biodegradable fabric which is environmentally-friendly and made of beech and eucalyptus bre.

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Gucci’s campaign for Lunar New Year celebrates the House’s dedicated collection featuring Japanese manga character Doraemon
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Gucci’s campaign for Lunar New Year celebrates the House’s dedicated collection featuring Japanese manga character Doraemon

Fashion To celebrate the upcoming Lunar New Year, commencing on February 12th and which heralds the Year of the Ox, Gucci’s Creative Director Alessandro Michele has imagined a dedicated collection of special items that feature the famous Japanese manga and anime character, Doraemon – the cat-type robot sent from the XXII century to help a young boy called Nobita Nobi with secret gadgets from his four-dimensional pouch. The resulting Doraemon X Gucci collaboration is also marking the manga’s 50th anniversary.     The special collection for men and women featuring pop icon Doraemon in his classic blue color over the GG motif, across different product categories, will debut on January 12th.  Later in the month of January, a new special and playful Doraemon‘s disguise, exclusively created in tribute to the year of the Ox, will be revealed.     For the occasion, Doreamon takes the stage of the new Gucci Lunar New Year campaign shot by photographer Angelo Pennetta. This highly recognizable character becomes a companion who transforms everyday activities into joyful adventures. From having breakfast, to playing video games with friends or partying in the garden, the affable Doraemon in the role of an imaginary friend brings color into people’s lives.     The pieces will be promoted through Gucci’s digital channels and selected Gucci stores worldwide. Gucci Pins, the House’s ephemeral stores inspired by the pins seen on interactive digital maps, will also bring immersive shopping experiences to several cities.     The Gucci 2021 Lunar New Year Collection has its own sustainable packaging, which comprises fully recyclable green bags and matching swing tickets referencing the 50th anniversary of the cartoon, all featuring Doraemon.     Furtherly under the spotlight, the Japanese manga character will take over selected store façades and street installations in different cities across Australia, China, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam.  Doraemon will also be the star of two Gucci ArtWalls in Shanghai and Hong Kong, where he will pose over the GG motif, as in the collection.      Bespoke entertainment will be available on the Gucci App bringing Doraemon figure to life thanks to Augmented Reality. Scanning the Gucci ArtWalls and the dedicated packaging, users will discover a choreography by their favourite character.     Credits:   ©Fujiko-Pro Creative Director: Alessandro Michele Art Director: Cristopher Simmonds Photographer: Angelo Pennetta To celebrate the upcoming Lunar New Year, commencing on February 12th and which heralds the Year of the Ox, Gucci’s Creative Director Alessandro Michele has imagined a dedicated collection of special items that feature the famous Japanese manga and anime character, Doraemon – the cat-type robot sent from the XXII century to help a young boy called Nobita Nobi with secret gadgets from his four-dimensional pouch. The resulting Doraemon X Gucci collaboration is also marking the manga’s 50th anniversary.     The special collection for men and women featuring pop icon Doraemon in his classic blue color over the GG motif, across different product categories, will debut on January 12th.  Later in the month of January, a new special and playful Doraemon‘s disguise, exclusively created in tribute to the year of the Ox, will be revealed.     For the occasion, Doreamon takes the stage of the new Gucci Lunar New Year campaign shot by photographer Angelo Pennetta. This highly recognizable character becomes a companion who transforms everyday activities into joyful adventures. From having breakfast, to playing video games with friends or partying in the garden, the affable Doraemon in the role of an imaginary friend brings color into people’s lives.     The pieces will be promoted through Gucci’s digital channels and selected Gucci stores worldwide. Gucci Pins, the House’s ephemeral stores inspired by the pins seen on interactive digital maps, will also bring immersive shopping experiences to several cities.     The Gucci 2021 Lunar New Year Collection has its own sustainable packaging, which comprises fully recyclable green bags and matching swing tickets referencing the 50th anniversary of the cartoon, all featuring Doraemon.     Furtherly under the spotlight, the Japanese manga character will take over selected store façades and street installations in different cities across Australia, China, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam.  Doraemon will also be the star of two Gucci ArtWalls in Shanghai and Hong Kong, where he will pose over the GG motif, as in the collection.      Bespoke entertainment will be available on the Gucci App bringing Doraemon figure to life thanks to Augmented Reality. Scanning the Gucci ArtWalls and the dedicated packaging, users will discover a choreography by their favourite character.     Credits:   ©Fujiko-Pro Creative Director: Alessandro Michele Art Director: Cristopher Simmonds Photographer: Angelo Pennetta

Louis Vuitton Men’s collection by Virgil Abloh Spring-Summer 2021
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Louis Vuitton Men’s collection by Virgil Abloh Spring-Summer 2021

Men Louis Vuitton Men’s collection by Virgil Abloh Spring-Summer 2021 ‘Myth vs. Reality: The Full Story’ Chicago, IL, September 2020.     “The more mundane the xed text, the more dramatic is the Signifyin(g) revision. It is this principle of repetition and difference, this practice of intertextuality, which has been so crucial to black vernacular forms of Signifyin(g), jazz and its antecedents, the blues, spirituals, and ragtime. Signifyin(g) is so fundamentally black...so shared in [our] culture as to have long ago become second nature to its users.” – Henry Louis Gates, The Signifying Monkey: A Theory of African- American Literary Criticism, 1988.     “The narrative of direct cause and effect, the lapsarian before and after, of heroic origin and farcical repetition, will no longer do. Many of us recite this narrative without much thought – but with great condescension toward the very possibility of contemporary art. “ – Hal Foster, Who’s Afraid of the Neo-Avant-Garde?, 1994.     In the fall of 2019, on a life-related hiatus, Virgil Abloh found himself introspective at home for an extended period of time after several years of non-stop travel and continuous work. He spent this time around his mother and father saturated in his Ghanaian heritage and childhood memories. He decided that moving forward, the creative premises of his work at Louis Vuitton would spring directly from his cultural heritage. His work would visualise unapologetic Black Imagination in an autobiographical and deeply personal voice. A second-gener-ation African-American, Abloh’s Ghanaian-born parents draped his childhood in a cultural tapestry of Kente cloth, hand-carvedgurines, wooden masks, and the iconography of spirituality. That winter, he approached his mother Eunice with an idea. Soon, Mrs Abloh commissioned a series of traditional wooden sculptures from family artisans in the Arts Centre market in Accra, Ghana. Imagined by her son, the artefacts fused the properties of West African art with the characteristics of Louis Vuitton. These works of art created the foundation for his Spring-Summer 2021 collection.     Now, Abloh’s every point of inspiration came to life through the lens of his childhood. Slender suiting, broad shoulders, and surreal accessories and motifs reminded him of the way Ghanaian men – his father in- cluded – dressed in the 1970s. These men came of age in the early years of Ghanaian independence from colonial rule and used the symbolic power of style and tailoring to express newfound power and freedom. Abloh drew parallels to ska, two tone and the African diaspora’s manifestation in the Jamaican elements adopted by British subculture, as well as the patterns and silhouettes of La Sape, the dandies of Kinshasaand Brazzaville. In the red, yellow and green of the Ghanaian and Ethiopian ags, Abloh recognisedthe wardrobes associated with Rasta and reggae.     Shopping for his children in a toy store in Paris in January 2020, he caught a glimpse of him-self in a mirror, his pockets stuffed with puppets of all shapes and colours. They made him think of the carved masks, gurines and dollshe knew from Ghana, and references he recognised from the Louis Vuitton genetics: a teddy bear designed by Marc Jacobs for the Spring-Summer 2005 Men’s collection, and the Maroquinaris. Zoologicae series of small leather goods created for the house by Billie Achilleos in 2011.     Organically, the colourful characters of ‘Zoooom with friends’came to life, animating garments and accessories throughout his collection. Abloh based each character on real people in his life who accompanied him on his journey since his first days in the Louis Vuitton offices. The symbiosis of inspirations that informed the puppets made Abloh contemplate the cultural and sub-cultural belonging we ascribe to the things that inspire us: the territorialism of inspirations, and the myths of derivation wecreate around objects, references and people. In the tradition of Thomas Mann, myths are stories spun from collective memory. They are tools for authors and artists, which transcend the existing and allow for the creation of something new. “I have never tried to produce the illusion that I am the source of the history of Joseph,” Mann said of his bildungsroman Joseph and His Brothers published 1933-43. “Before it could be told, it happened, it sprang from the source from which all history springs, and tells itself as it goes.”     A suit painted in clouds reminds some of Magritte and others of Raphael, but in the eyes of a child, does it not belong to a skygazed upon mutuallyacross the globe? In his essay The Myth of Originality in Contemporary Art from 1964, the sculptor David Hare re ects on theoriginality of familiar and age-old imagery in art. “A Rembrandt cow has little resemblance to a Dubu etcow and neither of them are art because of the cow, who [...] is hermetically original. More simply, man’s originality is comparative, whereas God’s may notbe.” He further argues: “Once an artist begins to use originali- ty as an attribute which is his, once the public begins to go out of their way to look for it, its meaning is lost.” Louis Vuitton Men’s collection by Virgil Abloh Spring-Summer 2021 ‘Myth vs. Reality: The Full Story’ Chicago, IL, September 2020.     “The more mundane the xed text, the more dramatic is the Signifyin(g) revision. It is this principle of repetition and difference, this practice of intertextuality, which has been so crucial to black vernacular forms of Signifyin(g), jazz and its antecedents, the blues, spirituals, and ragtime. Signifyin(g) is so fundamentally black...so shared in [our] culture as to have long ago become second nature to its users.” – Henry Louis Gates, The Signifying Monkey: A Theory of African- American Literary Criticism, 1988.     “The narrative of direct cause and effect, the lapsarian before and after, of heroic origin and farcical repetition, will no longer do. Many of us recite this narrative without much thought – but with great condescension toward the very possibility of contemporary art. “ – Hal Foster, Who’s Afraid of the Neo-Avant-Garde?, 1994.     In the fall of 2019, on a life-related hiatus, Virgil Abloh found himself introspective at home for an extended period of time after several years of non-stop travel and continuous work. He spent this time around his mother and father saturated in his Ghanaian heritage and childhood memories. He decided that moving forward, the creative premises of his work at Louis Vuitton would spring directly from his cultural heritage. His work would visualise unapologetic Black Imagination in an autobiographical and deeply personal voice. A second-gener-ation African-American, Abloh’s Ghanaian-born parents draped his childhood in a cultural tapestry of Kente cloth, hand-carvedgurines, wooden masks, and the iconography of spirituality. That winter, he approached his mother Eunice with an idea. Soon, Mrs Abloh commissioned a series of traditional wooden sculptures from family artisans in the Arts Centre market in Accra, Ghana. Imagined by her son, the artefacts fused the properties of West African art with the characteristics of Louis Vuitton. These works of art created the foundation for his Spring-Summer 2021 collection.     Now, Abloh’s every point of inspiration came to life through the lens of his childhood. Slender suiting, broad shoulders, and surreal accessories and motifs reminded him of the way Ghanaian men – his father in- cluded – dressed in the 1970s. These men came of age in the early years of Ghanaian independence from colonial rule and used the symbolic power of style and tailoring to express newfound power and freedom. Abloh drew parallels to ska, two tone and the African diaspora’s manifestation in the Jamaican elements adopted by British subculture, as well as the patterns and silhouettes of La Sape, the dandies of Kinshasaand Brazzaville. In the red, yellow and green of the Ghanaian and Ethiopian ags, Abloh recognisedthe wardrobes associated with Rasta and reggae.     Shopping for his children in a toy store in Paris in January 2020, he caught a glimpse of him-self in a mirror, his pockets stuffed with puppets of all shapes and colours. They made him think of the carved masks, gurines and dollshe knew from Ghana, and references he recognised from the Louis Vuitton genetics: a teddy bear designed by Marc Jacobs for the Spring-Summer 2005 Men’s collection, and the Maroquinaris. Zoologicae series of small leather goods created for the house by Billie Achilleos in 2011.     Organically, the colourful characters of ‘Zoooom with friends’came to life, animating garments and accessories throughout his collection. Abloh based each character on real people in his life who accompanied him on his journey since his first days in the Louis Vuitton offices. The symbiosis of inspirations that informed the puppets made Abloh contemplate the cultural and sub-cultural belonging we ascribe to the things that inspire us: the territorialism of inspirations, and the myths of derivation wecreate around objects, references and people. In the tradition of Thomas Mann, myths are stories spun from collective memory. They are tools for authors and artists, which transcend the existing and allow for the creation of something new. “I have never tried to produce the illusion that I am the source of the history of Joseph,” Mann said of his bildungsroman Joseph and His Brothers published 1933-43. “Before it could be told, it happened, it sprang from the source from which all history springs, and tells itself as it goes.”     A suit painted in clouds reminds some of Magritte and others of Raphael, but in the eyes of a child, does it not belong to a skygazed upon mutuallyacross the globe? In his essay The Myth of Originality in Contemporary Art from 1964, the sculptor David Hare re ects on theoriginality of familiar and age-old imagery in art. “A Rembrandt cow has little resemblance to a Dubu etcow and neither of them are art because of the cow, who [...] is hermetically original. More simply, man’s originality is comparative, whereas God’s may notbe.” He further argues: “Once an artist begins to use originali- ty as an attribute which is his, once the public begins to go out of their way to look for it, its meaning is lost.”

Montblanc appoints Laurent Lecamp as Managing Director for the Watch Division
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Montblanc appoints Laurent Lecamp as Managing Director for the Watch Division

Watches The Maison has appointed Laurent Lecamp as Managing Director Watch Division, effective from January 1st 2021. Laurent will be taking over from Davide Cerrato who will pursue new professional challenges outside the Richemont group.     Montblanc is pleased to announce that Laurent Lecamp, previously International Sales Director and Board Member at Carl F. Bucherer, will now assume the role of Managing Director Watch Division, bringing new views in terms of strategy, design and innovation to the maison.     Laurent Lecamp began his professional career at LVMH as Brand Manager Wine & Spirits in Switzerland, and since then has held various entrepreneurial and leadership roles within the watch industry. Besides co- founding his own watch brand Cyrus Watches in 2010; which he left after having selling his equity in 2014. Furthermore, Laurent has carried out numerous research projects and published books, before joining Carl F. Bucherer as Executive Vice President of Sales in 2014.       Nicolas Baretzki, CEO of Montblanc, stated:   “I am delighted that Laurent has decided to join Montblanc as our new Managing Director Watch Division and that we are able to embark on this exciting new chapter together. With his extensive watchmaking expertise he will play a vital role in continuing the successful strategy of rooting Minerva deeply into Montblanc’s watch division, driving the Maison’s important watchmaking pillar into the future.”     “I am convinced that the success of Montblanc’s watch division is measured equally by its innovation as well as its strong emotional bond with its customers, press and watch aficionados. I will strive to further build on these two drivers, relying on Minerva’s outstanding heritage, passionate collaborators and an unparalleled craftsmanship” explains Lecamp. The Maison has appointed Laurent Lecamp as Managing Director Watch Division, effective from January 1st 2021. Laurent will be taking over from Davide Cerrato who will pursue new professional challenges outside the Richemont group.     Montblanc is pleased to announce that Laurent Lecamp, previously International Sales Director and Board Member at Carl F. Bucherer, will now assume the role of Managing Director Watch Division, bringing new views in terms of strategy, design and innovation to the maison.     Laurent Lecamp began his professional career at LVMH as Brand Manager Wine & Spirits in Switzerland, and since then has held various entrepreneurial and leadership roles within the watch industry. Besides co- founding his own watch brand Cyrus Watches in 2010; which he left after having selling his equity in 2014. Furthermore, Laurent has carried out numerous research projects and published books, before joining Carl F. Bucherer as Executive Vice President of Sales in 2014.       Nicolas Baretzki, CEO of Montblanc, stated:   “I am delighted that Laurent has decided to join Montblanc as our new Managing Director Watch Division and that we are able to embark on this exciting new chapter together. With his extensive watchmaking expertise he will play a vital role in continuing the successful strategy of rooting Minerva deeply into Montblanc’s watch division, driving the Maison’s important watchmaking pillar into the future.”     “I am convinced that the success of Montblanc’s watch division is measured equally by its innovation as well as its strong emotional bond with its customers, press and watch aficionados. I will strive to further build on these two drivers, relying on Minerva’s outstanding heritage, passionate collaborators and an unparalleled craftsmanship” explains Lecamp.

VERSACE SPRING-SUMMER 2021 CAMPAIGN: Welcome to Versacepolis
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VERSACE SPRING-SUMMER 2021 CAMPAIGN: Welcome to Versacepolis

Fashion Donatella Versace welcomes you to the mythical world of Versacepolis for the Spring-Summer 2021 campaign.     Dive into an underwater fantasy with fierce Versace faces Precious Lee, Hailey Bieber, Kendall Jenner, and our new La Medusa handbag. These modern muses are captured by Mert and Marcus in a setting envisioned by Donatella. Inspired by the vastness and beauty of nature, she transports us to the ocean’s previously unexplored depths to present a campaign that is fresh, fantastical and thought-provoking.     “With these images I wanted to portray the modern Medusa. Or better, to highlight how her many faces can be drastically different from one another and every woman can actually be Medusa. All of us, with our differences and unique characters, we can express ourselves also in the way we decide to dress. The same thing is true for me, of course. We live in a world in which gender differences are no longer important and we have been given a kind of freedom like never before. Let’s use it and use it well!” - Donatella Versace     Medusa is the ruler of Versacepolis and namesake of Versace’s latest handbag line, La Medusa. Each style is adorned with a Medusa-head plaque – the same plaque that’s on the doors of Via Gesù, 12: the brand’s first headquarters in Milan. The bag takes centerstage in a series of imagery and videos that portray strength, confidence, and seduction – values at the core of the brand and our Spring-Summer 2021 Collection.     Wearing designs depicting the sea themed Trésor de la Mer motif, the models are illuminated by droplets of saltwater and pictured next to vibrant neon jellyfish, which are called Medusa in Italian.     #Versacepolis #VersaceSS21 #VersaceLaMedusa     CREDITS: Chief Creative Officer: Donatella Versace Creative Director: Ferdinando Verderi Photographers: Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott Stylist: Jacob K Hair Stylist: Paul Hanlon Make-Up Artist: Lucia Pieroni Talent: Hailey Bieber, Kendall Jenner, Precious Lee, Mona Tougaard, Mica Argañaraz, Raphael Balzer, Simone Bricchi   Donatella Versace welcomes you to the mythical world of Versacepolis for the Spring-Summer 2021 campaign.     Dive into an underwater fantasy with fierce Versace faces Precious Lee, Hailey Bieber, Kendall Jenner, and our new La Medusa handbag. These modern muses are captured by Mert and Marcus in a setting envisioned by Donatella. Inspired by the vastness and beauty of nature, she transports us to the ocean’s previously unexplored depths to present a campaign that is fresh, fantastical and thought-provoking.     “With these images I wanted to portray the modern Medusa. Or better, to highlight how her many faces can be drastically different from one another and every woman can actually be Medusa. All of us, with our differences and unique characters, we can express ourselves also in the way we decide to dress. The same thing is true for me, of course. We live in a world in which gender differences are no longer important and we have been given a kind of freedom like never before. Let’s use it and use it well!” - Donatella Versace     Medusa is the ruler of Versacepolis and namesake of Versace’s latest handbag line, La Medusa. Each style is adorned with a Medusa-head plaque – the same plaque that’s on the doors of Via Gesù, 12: the brand’s first headquarters in Milan. The bag takes centerstage in a series of imagery and videos that portray strength, confidence, and seduction – values at the core of the brand and our Spring-Summer 2021 Collection.     Wearing designs depicting the sea themed Trésor de la Mer motif, the models are illuminated by droplets of saltwater and pictured next to vibrant neon jellyfish, which are called Medusa in Italian.     #Versacepolis #VersaceSS21 #VersaceLaMedusa     CREDITS: Chief Creative Officer: Donatella Versace Creative Director: Ferdinando Verderi Photographers: Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott Stylist: Jacob K Hair Stylist: Paul Hanlon Make-Up Artist: Lucia Pieroni Talent: Hailey Bieber, Kendall Jenner, Precious Lee, Mona Tougaard, Mica Argañaraz, Raphael Balzer, Simone Bricchi  

BARBIERE SKINCARE: Two new formulations for an Italian-style daily routine.
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BARBIERE SKINCARE: Two new formulations for an Italian-style daily routine.

Beauty A new day dawns and it is a pleasure to nd time to devote to yourself. The Italian art of shaving, with its safe and accurate movements, is the natural expression of true male elegance. A rewarding experience to be had together with BARBIERE, a contemporary version of a ritual passed down from generation to generation.     The textures of the pleasant sensory nature and the fresh bright tones of Colonia characterise the formulations, all new and intended for different times of self- care: shaving, after-shave, beard trim, hair care, styling products and facial treatment are now enriched with the new Multi-Action Face Cream and the new Refreshing Face Cleanser. It is essential to pay due attention to facial skin for personal wellbeing and for a relaxed and impeccable look.     With these two new speci c formulations for men’s skin, BARBIERE creates a simple daily routine which is designed for the real needs of the modern man and for his lifestyle.     In an increasingly connected daily life, it is essential to protect the skin from the harmful effects of Blue Light, a source of free radicals and therefore a cause of early skin aging. Multi-Action Face Cream, designed to combat exposure to digital screens and environmental agents, combines moisturising, smoothing and revitalising properties in a single formula. Atmospheric factors and pollution also require the effective purifying action of the Revitalising Face Cleanser.     An environmentally-friendly pack for both products, in line with the Maison's sustainability plan, “Acqua di Parma Futura”. The elegant outer box is made of highly-prized FSC-certi ed cardboard. The screw pump of the Multi-Action Face Cream can be removed and separated from the glass bottle. Part of the Refreshing Face Cleanser tube contains 50% recycled plastic (plastic recycled from post-consumer waste).     Two supplementary formulae, with the comfortable sensory nature and the new functional capability, to devote even just a few minutes a day to a full routine. A facial treatment designed to make you feel at ease with yourself, to be sure of your look on every occasion and to live according to the purest Italian style.       acquadiparma.com A new day dawns and it is a pleasure to nd time to devote to yourself. The Italian art of shaving, with its safe and accurate movements, is the natural expression of true male elegance. A rewarding experience to be had together with BARBIERE, a contemporary version of a ritual passed down from generation to generation.     The textures of the pleasant sensory nature and the fresh bright tones of Colonia characterise the formulations, all new and intended for different times of self- care: shaving, after-shave, beard trim, hair care, styling products and facial treatment are now enriched with the new Multi-Action Face Cream and the new Refreshing Face Cleanser. It is essential to pay due attention to facial skin for personal wellbeing and for a relaxed and impeccable look.     With these two new speci c formulations for men’s skin, BARBIERE creates a simple daily routine which is designed for the real needs of the modern man and for his lifestyle.     In an increasingly connected daily life, it is essential to protect the skin from the harmful effects of Blue Light, a source of free radicals and therefore a cause of early skin aging. Multi-Action Face Cream, designed to combat exposure to digital screens and environmental agents, combines moisturising, smoothing and revitalising properties in a single formula. Atmospheric factors and pollution also require the effective purifying action of the Revitalising Face Cleanser.     An environmentally-friendly pack for both products, in line with the Maison's sustainability plan, “Acqua di Parma Futura”. The elegant outer box is made of highly-prized FSC-certi ed cardboard. The screw pump of the Multi-Action Face Cream can be removed and separated from the glass bottle. Part of the Refreshing Face Cleanser tube contains 50% recycled plastic (plastic recycled from post-consumer waste).     Two supplementary formulae, with the comfortable sensory nature and the new functional capability, to devote even just a few minutes a day to a full routine. A facial treatment designed to make you feel at ease with yourself, to be sure of your look on every occasion and to live according to the purest Italian style.       acquadiparma.com

DR. MARTENS X KEITH HARING: A NEW COLLABORATION WITH THE BOUNDARY-BREAKING SOCIO-POLITICAL ARTIST
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DR. MARTENS X KEITH HARING: A NEW COLLABORATION WITH THE BOUNDARY-BREAKING SOCIO-POLITICAL ARTIST

Accessories Keith Haring’s impact on the art community was unparalleled. Even those who aren’t familiar with his name are familiar with his work. His art is everywhere. On t-shirts. On the side of buildings. Chairs, keyrings and badges. And now our boots and shoes. As part of a series of collaborations with radical artists, DM’s are shining a spotlight on Haring’s legendary artwork.     The New York-based artist’s colourful, cartoonish graphics were deep-rooted in social activism. His publicly-minded pieces questioned authority whilst being accessible and upbeat. There was always more than met the eye. And therestill is. An artist who spent his life ghting for the oppressed and against convention, the proli c artist’s legacy continues to make waves. In our rst collaboration, we pay tribute to an individual who lived the DM’s mindset everysingle day.     Their Original silhouettes are printed with Haring’s instantly recognisable illustrations, and detailed with two bright character lace charms. The 1460 boot is built from Smooth leather enhanced with black graphic detailing across theupper. Complete with a strip of his bold, colourful gures graphic on the heel.     Their two 1461 shoes are made from Smooth leather and decorated with his staple designs — the rst a nod to his ‘angelicbaby’ designs with white colouring, and the second is an all-over print featuring Haring’s iconic characters.     Finishing off the collaboration is a black kids 1460 boot. Constructed from soft Hydro leather, it’s printed with his classic bat graphic and features a cartoon dog on the lace charm and an illustrated sock liner. Keith Haring’s impact on the art community was unparalleled. Even those who aren’t familiar with his name are familiar with his work. His art is everywhere. On t-shirts. On the side of buildings. Chairs, keyrings and badges. And now our boots and shoes. As part of a series of collaborations with radical artists, DM’s are shining a spotlight on Haring’s legendary artwork.     The New York-based artist’s colourful, cartoonish graphics were deep-rooted in social activism. His publicly-minded pieces questioned authority whilst being accessible and upbeat. There was always more than met the eye. And therestill is. An artist who spent his life ghting for the oppressed and against convention, the proli c artist’s legacy continues to make waves. In our rst collaboration, we pay tribute to an individual who lived the DM’s mindset everysingle day.     Their Original silhouettes are printed with Haring’s instantly recognisable illustrations, and detailed with two bright character lace charms. The 1460 boot is built from Smooth leather enhanced with black graphic detailing across theupper. Complete with a strip of his bold, colourful gures graphic on the heel.     Their two 1461 shoes are made from Smooth leather and decorated with his staple designs — the rst a nod to his ‘angelicbaby’ designs with white colouring, and the second is an all-over print featuring Haring’s iconic characters.     Finishing off the collaboration is a black kids 1460 boot. Constructed from soft Hydro leather, it’s printed with his classic bat graphic and features a cartoon dog on the lace charm and an illustrated sock liner.

In conversation with David Puentez
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In conversation with David Puentez

Music Recently we had a pleasure speaking with David Puentez.   How would you describe your work and music across the past, present & future?   I started with electro house went further with future house and lets see what the future brings now.I’m always open to new things and always try to think outside the box and be innovative, that is what i have been doing and will keep on doing!      When making music, what is the first thing you do or process you turn to, when creating a new tune?    Most of the time,lately,I get a vocal topline and from there it’s a bit of trial and error, what fits and what works. I usually start with the groove and basic elements and then top it with a bassline, melodies etc until there is a rough demo. I always try playing and testing the tracks live as well which helps in the finishing process. Of course, right now, there are no shows but as soon as there are, i will continue doing this!     Tell us about your new track ‘Banana’on Warner music, how did that come about and what inspired the single?   I got the vocal before the first lockdown in Germany, around February, and instantly wanted to make a cool tune with timeless sounds. I’m always aiming for something timeless and I like the uniqueness and simplicity of the track. Warner has been following me for a while and I am happy we were able to make this partnership happen!     What has been your favourite release of your career and why?    Definitely ‘Superstar’, this tune went big when the first lockdown in Germany happened, and also on the German and international radios - and it still gets played today. It’s ust crazy to see how some tracks blow up and some not so much;you never know what happens and that is the exciting thing about music.      You also went to #1 on the German Top 100 iTunes charts with ‘Lalalife’ – how did that feel?    Kinda crazy and unreal at the same time when you see your name on top of so many other huge names but also very happy that my community supported LaLaLife so much!     How did you also come to remix Tiesto on his label Musical Freedom? That is an amazing link-up!    I think I have remixed him three times, now. The frst time, it was a remix contest between Splice and Musical Freedom, which I won, and then I remixed ‘Jackie Chan’ with Post Malone and, last but not least, ‘Ritual’ with Rita Ora and Jonas Blue!     Tell us about your studio set up – what is the one piece of equipment (hard wear or software) that you can’t live without?    My own sample library with fancy kicks, snare, fills and more sounds in it, that I am and have been carefully collecting for years.      What can we expect from you in 2021, and how do you plan to make sure it beats 2020?!   A lot of new music for 2021 and some great collabs and featuring other artists. I have so much music here laying around; I always try my best and strive to challenging myself, so lets see if 2021 will start off with a bang!      What is your career highlight so far?    My first gig I had in Hollywood, Los Angeles, on a Thursday night. The main room was completely packed and it was the best night of my life – so intense!But I am working hard every day to make sure I have a lot more highlights in my career.        Recently we had a pleasure speaking with David Puentez.   How would you describe your work and music across the past, present & future?   I started with electro house went further with future house and lets see what the future brings now.I’m always open to new things and always try to think outside the box and be innovative, that is what i have been doing and will keep on doing!      When making music, what is the first thing you do or process you turn to, when creating a new tune?    Most of the time,lately,I get a vocal topline and from there it’s a bit of trial and error, what fits and what works. I usually start with the groove and basic elements and then top it with a bassline, melodies etc until there is a rough demo. I always try playing and testing the tracks live as well which helps in the finishing process. Of course, right now, there are no shows but as soon as there are, i will continue doing this!     Tell us about your new track ‘Banana’on Warner music, how did that come about and what inspired the single?   I got the vocal before the first lockdown in Germany, around February, and instantly wanted to make a cool tune with timeless sounds. I’m always aiming for something timeless and I like the uniqueness and simplicity of the track. Warner has been following me for a while and I am happy we were able to make this partnership happen!     What has been your favourite release of your career and why?    Definitely ‘Superstar’, this tune went big when the first lockdown in Germany happened, and also on the German and international radios - and it still gets played today. It’s ust crazy to see how some tracks blow up and some not so much;you never know what happens and that is the exciting thing about music.      You also went to #1 on the German Top 100 iTunes charts with ‘Lalalife’ – how did that feel?    Kinda crazy and unreal at the same time when you see your name on top of so many other huge names but also very happy that my community supported LaLaLife so much!     How did you also come to remix Tiesto on his label Musical Freedom? That is an amazing link-up!    I think I have remixed him three times, now. The frst time, it was a remix contest between Splice and Musical Freedom, which I won, and then I remixed ‘Jackie Chan’ with Post Malone and, last but not least, ‘Ritual’ with Rita Ora and Jonas Blue!     Tell us about your studio set up – what is the one piece of equipment (hard wear or software) that you can’t live without?    My own sample library with fancy kicks, snare, fills and more sounds in it, that I am and have been carefully collecting for years.      What can we expect from you in 2021, and how do you plan to make sure it beats 2020?!   A lot of new music for 2021 and some great collabs and featuring other artists. I have so much music here laying around; I always try my best and strive to challenging myself, so lets see if 2021 will start off with a bang!      What is your career highlight so far?    My first gig I had in Hollywood, Los Angeles, on a Thursday night. The main room was completely packed and it was the best night of my life – so intense!But I am working hard every day to make sure I have a lot more highlights in my career.       

Louis Vuitton Horizon wireless earphones are the perfect combination of the most cutting-edge technology and House design
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Louis Vuitton Horizon wireless earphones are the perfect combination of the most cutting-edge technology and House design

Accessories The Louis Vuitton Horizon wireless earphones collection now also includes a new blue gradient version.     With the ever-expanding range of wireless earphones, created two years ago, the House remains faithful to its sense of creativity in the smart, connected universe. Combining daring design and some of the best sound quality on the market, these Louis Vuitton Horizon wireless earphones have become an everyday must-have.     Already available in deep black, intense red, immaculate white, powder pink, fluorescent yellow and a recent black and neon green padded version designed in partnership with Louis Vuitton’s Men’s Artistic Director Virgil Abloh, these connected objects today feature a new blue gradient. The play on asymmetry and the contrast between coloured acetate and mirror-polished steel is a striking tribute to the House’s creativity. Two Monogram flowers, pointed on the left, round-shaped on the right, are nested in their stainless-steel charging case, inspired by the shape of the Tambour Horizon connected watch.     At the crossroads of two worlds – fashion and technology – these earphones combine a new aesthetic value with market-leading sound quality and enhanced features, demonstrating the technical know-how of audio specialist Master & Dynamic. An optimised Bluetooth connectivity is paired with an induction charging mode for up to 30 hours of playtime. The two microphones embedded in each of the earphones significantly enhance sound quality and allow each earphone to be used separately. Moreover, the earphones provide a two-mode audio experience: active noise-cancelling to isolate oneself and ambient-listening to stay connected with the outside world. A sophisticated and cutting-edge accessory, the Louis Vuitton Horizon wireless earphones have found their place in today’s connected, on-the-go society, becoming an ideal solution for both communicating and listening to music.     louisvuitton.com   The Louis Vuitton Horizon wireless earphones collection now also includes a new blue gradient version.     With the ever-expanding range of wireless earphones, created two years ago, the House remains faithful to its sense of creativity in the smart, connected universe. Combining daring design and some of the best sound quality on the market, these Louis Vuitton Horizon wireless earphones have become an everyday must-have.     Already available in deep black, intense red, immaculate white, powder pink, fluorescent yellow and a recent black and neon green padded version designed in partnership with Louis Vuitton’s Men’s Artistic Director Virgil Abloh, these connected objects today feature a new blue gradient. The play on asymmetry and the contrast between coloured acetate and mirror-polished steel is a striking tribute to the House’s creativity. Two Monogram flowers, pointed on the left, round-shaped on the right, are nested in their stainless-steel charging case, inspired by the shape of the Tambour Horizon connected watch.     At the crossroads of two worlds – fashion and technology – these earphones combine a new aesthetic value with market-leading sound quality and enhanced features, demonstrating the technical know-how of audio specialist Master & Dynamic. An optimised Bluetooth connectivity is paired with an induction charging mode for up to 30 hours of playtime. The two microphones embedded in each of the earphones significantly enhance sound quality and allow each earphone to be used separately. Moreover, the earphones provide a two-mode audio experience: active noise-cancelling to isolate oneself and ambient-listening to stay connected with the outside world. A sophisticated and cutting-edge accessory, the Louis Vuitton Horizon wireless earphones have found their place in today’s connected, on-the-go society, becoming an ideal solution for both communicating and listening to music.     louisvuitton.com  

HUGO BOSS names Chris Hemsworth first global brand ambassador for BOSS
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HUGO BOSS names Chris Hemsworth first global brand ambassador for BOSS

Men Starting this year, actor Chris Hemsworth, best known for his role as Thor, will be the first Hollywood star to be appointed new global brand ambassador for BOSS. In this role, he will be the international BOSS face of the worldwide fashion campaigns planned for 2021 and 2022. Hemsworth has already been collaborating with HUGO BOSS on the iconic BOSS Bottled scent since 2017. By expanding this partnership, the Group is ensuring a globally consistent BOSS brand image that will bridge various product groups. The generated synergies will also further enhance the brand's appeal.     "I've been a huge BOSS fan for a long time, so I'm really happy to now represent the brand's collections as global ambassador.  Our partnership over the past few years has been absolutely brilliant. I’m very excited to be working more closely with the BOSS team," said Chris Hemsworth.     Yves Müller, Managing Board Spokesman at HUGO BOSS AG, stated, "We are proud that, in Chris, we have been able to secure a world-class star who is a perfect fit for our BOSS brand.  He embodies a contemporary take of success and masculinity. Chris perfectly exemplifies the modern man of today: self-confident, authentic and approachable. His global fame will further augment the BOSS brand's desirability going forward."     With the appointment of Chris Hemsworth – a passionate surfer who epitomizes a well-balanced lifestyle – the Group is taking another step in its casualization process of the BOSS brand. This will also be reflected in the direction the new campaign will take.     In addition to his career as an actor, Chris Hemsworth is a dedicated environmentalist, and strategically leverages his popularity to draw attention to climate change and species protection.  More than 45 million followers on Instagram demonstrate that he has become a role model for younger generations. The first campaign featuring Chris Hemsworth will begin in spring 2021. The partnership will also see the launch of a joint BOSS capsule collection with a sustainability focus.  With this collection, HUGO BOSS underlines its leading role as a sustainable company within the textile industry. Starting this year, actor Chris Hemsworth, best known for his role as Thor, will be the first Hollywood star to be appointed new global brand ambassador for BOSS. In this role, he will be the international BOSS face of the worldwide fashion campaigns planned for 2021 and 2022. Hemsworth has already been collaborating with HUGO BOSS on the iconic BOSS Bottled scent since 2017. By expanding this partnership, the Group is ensuring a globally consistent BOSS brand image that will bridge various product groups. The generated synergies will also further enhance the brand's appeal.     "I've been a huge BOSS fan for a long time, so I'm really happy to now represent the brand's collections as global ambassador.  Our partnership over the past few years has been absolutely brilliant. I’m very excited to be working more closely with the BOSS team," said Chris Hemsworth.     Yves Müller, Managing Board Spokesman at HUGO BOSS AG, stated, "We are proud that, in Chris, we have been able to secure a world-class star who is a perfect fit for our BOSS brand.  He embodies a contemporary take of success and masculinity. Chris perfectly exemplifies the modern man of today: self-confident, authentic and approachable. His global fame will further augment the BOSS brand's desirability going forward."     With the appointment of Chris Hemsworth – a passionate surfer who epitomizes a well-balanced lifestyle – the Group is taking another step in its casualization process of the BOSS brand. This will also be reflected in the direction the new campaign will take.     In addition to his career as an actor, Chris Hemsworth is a dedicated environmentalist, and strategically leverages his popularity to draw attention to climate change and species protection.  More than 45 million followers on Instagram demonstrate that he has become a role model for younger generations. The first campaign featuring Chris Hemsworth will begin in spring 2021. The partnership will also see the launch of a joint BOSS capsule collection with a sustainability focus.  With this collection, HUGO BOSS underlines its leading role as a sustainable company within the textile industry.

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