GIVENCHY HAUTE COUTURE FALL-WINTER 2019 COLLECTION

Themodernity of Haute Couture is in equilibrium, where the threads of a gilded past weave a radical future. Amidst ingenuity, the Givenchy Haute Couture Fall-Winter 2019 collection embodies a palimpsest of glamour – as traces of peerless majesty are streaked with rebellion. Unravelling a tapestry of romance and antiquity,Clare Waight Keller invokes the notion of Noblesse Radicale, inflecting the traditions of Givenchy Haute Couture with new textures and volumes. Bearing the fruit of imaginary journeys  through villas, chateaux, and stately homes, these swans emerge as punk effigies – bowerbirds of plumage traced with Indian palamporeand silver filigree. Paraded through the nave of the Musée des Arts Decoratifs, each silhouette bears the name of French Châteaux, in a subtle wink to the birthplaces of the grand tradition of Haute Couture.

En tremblant, ensembles shiver with rapturous embellishment – accumulating heirloom finery from head to toe. From flowering wallpapers and rich upholstery to heraldic silverware, impressions of the past dissolve into modern contrasts of tailleur and deconstructed eveningwear. Debuting in shredded hound’s tooth and
dégradé tweed, the greyscale palette is warmed through in petrol and Prussian blue with soft shades of flamingo pink, periwinkle, jade and straw. On a sculpted round shoulder and hourglass waist, blazers and coats evoke riding capes or tuxedo hybrids in grain de poudre wool, silk satin and double-face cashmere. Invoking the immortal symbolismof the ‘Tree of Life’, the unfurling leaves, petals and ripe fruits of palampore motifs are woven through monochrome jacquards and adorned with precious beading, their chintz and chrysanthemumblooms appearing on swathes of draped taffeta, dazzling sheaths of tonal sequins, and crèpe flecked with sprays of marabou.
Flyaway ribbons cinch parachute shapes layered over dropped crinolines and pleated tulle skirts, whilst fitted bodices fall into iridescent lace pleating or fountains of fringe. Evoking the notion of ‘undone glamour’, opulent men’s silhouettes reprise the palampore motif in embellished lounge tailoring encrusted with metal work. On foot, classic pointed pumps and booties are finished in jewel-toned transparency, as sandals are traced with crystal vines. Accentuating the rebellious grandeur of crested mohawks and seed pearl chandelier

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Stella McCartney Unveils the ‘All Together Now’ Campaign

Stella McCartney launches her new ‘All Together Now’ collection, unveiled by breakthrough American singer-songwriter Billie Eilish over the weekend as she wore a custom set for her first ever Glastonbury performance. The collection and its accompanying campaign are inspired by the iconic Beatles film ‘Yellow Submarine’, bringing its spirit back to life and sending its message of peace, love and togetherness to a new generation. Starring up-and-coming artists Oscar Jerome, Keyah Blu, Joy Crookes and Femi Koleoso, the campaign film is a psychedelic adventure through a colourful world and a celebration of the power of music, capturing the playfulness and irreverence that are core to the Stella McCartney DNA.

‘Yellow Submarine’ celebrated its 50th anniversary last year, with its hand-drawn, vivid imagery digitally remastered for today, and upon revisiting it Stella was inspired by its positive message and was driven to do something special.

Stella says of the campaign and the collection: “It’s shockingly modern, what those 4 young guys did. The beauty of the lyrics blows me away. I found that I was removing myself from the fact that it was family, and just finding myself as a fashion designer watching a piece of material that was massively and emotionally effective to me. We pulled apart the music, the lyrics, the psychedelia and the comedy and turned them into something new.”

The campaign features key pieces from the new ‘All Together Now’ collection which are directly inspired by scenes and motifs from ‘Yellow Submarine’. Classics are transformed with pop-art portraits and text graphics, dresses are brought to life with vivid prints and outerwear is transformed with eclectic embroidery. Each piece is statement-making, unique and alive with colour, honouring the original artwork while offering a modern perspective. The collection spans men’s ready-to-wear and kidswear and also includes accessories and knitwear.

Since launching in 2001, the Stella McCartney brand has been deeply rooted in its dedication to being a responsible and modern company taking responsibility for the resources it uses and the impact it has on the environment.  As a vegetarian brand, the brand never uses leather, fur, skins or feather in any products for both ethical and environmental reasons, setting a standard for the use of alternative materials.

The digital campaign is going live on www.stellamccartney.com and the brand’s social media platforms on the 8th of July. Stay tuned to the brand’s channels for further announcements.

The collection will be available in Stella McCartney stores and on Stella McCartney.com, as well as select stores worldwide. For women, ready-to-wear ranges from HKD 2,600 to HKD 22,550, and shoes and accessories range from HKD 5,150 to HKD 10,200. For men, ready-to-wear ranges from HKD 2,300 to HKD 53,400.

Credits:

Models:                       Oscar Jerome, Joy Crookes, Keyah Blu and Femi Koleoso

Stills and Film:            Semaine

Styling:                        Karen Langley

Hair:                            Kei Tarada

Make-up:                    Ciara O’Shea

Ports 1961 2019 Fall/ Winter Collection

“UNCLASSICAL”

A new view on elegance. For Autumn/Winter 2019, PORTS 1961 design team examine archetypes of bourgeoise dressing, twisting the classic, the known, to become different.

Pared back and precise, the collection is built around cut. Gestures of draped cloth, inspired by foulards and handkerchief swatches, animate silhouettes with flying panels and scarf-effects. Layering evokes an idea of protection, of revelation in the unwrapping. The interiors of bonded fabrics in generously-cut outerwear match the clothes worn underneath, a take on a conservative twinset.

Evoking scenarios of bourgeoisie life, a baroque wallpaper pattern becomes a placement print on cottons and wools, interrupting the surfaces. Sometimes a skirt is literally twisted, to show its other side.

There is play with the age-old building-blocks of a wardrobe: coats, suits, dresses – classics. The clothes are layered up and stripped away, a lady coming undone. The signature PORTS 1961 white shirt is dissected, deconstructed – the collar becomes a decorative device, skin exposed. Knitted dresses are dissected into composite parts, allowing slashes of skin to be revealed. Woollen work shirts are carved out in back.

There is a touch of trompe l’oeil toying – again, a twist on the expected. Jackets appear with double-front, as if layered over other pieces; trousers worn underneath dresses are actually boots, with attached sleeves of cloth; jewellery features locks of hair, the earrings appearing to add length to the wearer’s own. And a sequence of furs are actually created from weightless looped yarn knits.

Fabrics are pure, assured: cashmeres and camelhair, wools coated and bonded, houndstooth and prince-of-wales tailoring, cottons. They are rendered in a hyper-classic palette of grey, camel, black and white, weighted with off-kilter touches of carmine, satsuma and eggshell. Animal patterns – reworked zebras, leopard – are recreated in jacquards and knit. For evening, stretch and double face duchesse satins in striking black and white evoke masculine tuxedo dressing, but feminised.

The whole is an emotional journey – pulling apart, putting back together. Twisting, turning, voyaging. A layered exploration, each outfit offering a fresh port of call.

 

Z Zegna Summer 2020

A CONSCIOUS LIFESTYLE

Desertification is an environmental challenge of our time and must be considered as a threat to global wellbeing. For over eighty years, Ermenegildo Zegna has been at the forefront in developing reforestation and environment preservation, which resulted in the outstanding Oasi Zegna in Biella, Valdilana Region.

In keeping with the company’s continuous commitment to a sustainable world, with the Summer 2020 season, Z Zegna embraces an ethical and conscious lifestyle, driving the choice of materials and techniques. In this perspective, the concept of desertification is not only the theme inspiring Artistic Director Alessandro Sartori’s distinctive and authentic vision, but is a reflection of a mindset shaping the present and the future of the brand. Enhanced by the engaging set up of an infinity room – installed at Fortezza da Basso’s Teatrino Lorenese – unexpected video projections outline an imaginary desert where real and virtual merge.

Materials crafted from up-cycled and recyclable fibers, water-friendly treatments and washing processes, as well as fibers blends, are the invisible stitches conveying Z Zegna’s mindful approach to cutting-edge, urban sophistication.

Conceived for contemporary metropolitan explorers, the collection perfectly matches ultra-lightness, high-performance and unquestionable style. Deconstructed silhouettes are manufactured from featherweight materials, which are left unlined or feature electro welded membranes fusing into the external layers. High-tech net with a silky feel is printed with revisited Madras checks, while chiné reveals Z Zegna’s refined take on iridescent motifs. Loose outwear styles, including windbreakers, anoraks and bombers, sporting a charming mix and match of shiny and mat textures, are paired with pants cut in three different shapes: slim, cargos and carrots.

Breaking new grounds in the industry, Z Zegna also evolves its TECHMERINOTM WASH&GO project, featuring crease-free merino natural wool, which now shines with tactile, textured effects. Evoking the striking colors of the desert at sunset, deep rust is peppered by prismatic accents. Nocturnal indigo is refreshed with off-white and orange shades, while desert and khaki neutrals are paired with the neon boldness of lime green and pink red.

Quintessentially urban, the iconic A-MAZE sneakers with chunky soles are juxtaposed to high-tech sandals and chukka boots with a lived-in effect, which set an adventurous utilitarian aesthetic.

CHLOE | Fall/Winter

Sentiments of volcanic sensuality stir the Chloé FALL Winter 2019 collection to great heights – from the aurora borealis through lost forests and ancient seas – as a clan of Chloé girls navigate the volatile territory between love, passion, and commitment.

In intrepid crescendo, the collection battles the elements – coaxing the trappings of old world ceremony towards new zeniths of womanhood.

Contrasting pale Chloé neutrals with tones of the tundra, the palette plays both hot and cold in shades of navy and petrol, indigo, umber, dusty pink, and cornflower blue.

Through deconstructed archetypes and brass button finery, outerwear and flou become entwined in fitted redingote or cape shapes, open kilt skirts, and slim, high-waisted flares.

Mixed-media jewels encompass ombré resin amulets and cuffs, as the Femininities motif finds new duality as a two-tone lovers’ charm.

On foot, square-toe ankle boots on a stacked heel are inlaid with piped leather, checks and ribbed knit.

In embossed leathers and soft calfskin, the belted Aby chain bag is joined by the Aby lock clutch in stamped croc, whilst the ‘C’ and Tess shapes return in two-tone ombré leathers.

Ports V – Psychedelic love – 90s summer state of mind

PORTS V is proud to introduce its second contemporary, 90s streetwear and pop culture-inspired collection ‘Psychedelic love’. Designed by Creative Director Milan Vukmirovic, the limited edition “see now, buy now” capsule is exclusively sold online at Portsv.com and Farfetch.com.

Reimagining PORTS V’s wild urban romanticism through 90s pop culture, this collection explores the spontaneous bygone era in a nostalgic, Miami-inspired sun-dazed colour palette.

Paying homage to a vibrant 90s grunge spirit and psychedelic patterns, this collection takes inspiration from cool bohemian club kids and bold varsity sporty style.

Eccentric, clashing retro prints in laid-back silhouettes and colourful hues defines this collection. Key pieces include paisley mosaic print relaxed trousers, cardholders and hat, tie-dye jacquard bomber jackets, drawstring trousers, Bermuda shorts and pullovers. As an ode to the vibrant, tropical nature of Miami, exotic hibiscus flower prints are rendered on precisely tailored shirts and shorts. Dip-dye and tie-dye details are elegantly expressed on clean-cut polo shirts and darted trousers to strike a modern balance. Much-loved PORTS V preppy classics made a comeback in bright vivid hues, packing a punch of colour for the summer. Logo varsity striped polos and swim shorts are here to make a sophisticated yet daring old-school statement. The versatile colourblocked technical outerwear will keep you warm and stylish, whether city hopping or vacationing by the seaside.

PORTS V’s dreamy positivity is reinforced through slogans of ‘LOVE ONLY’ and ‘We should all accept recognise and celebrate our differences’ found on tie-dye hats and varsity messenger bags.

Further musing on the free-spirited and spontaneity of 90s pop culture, this collection features ‘LOVE’ slogan T-shirts with an abstract interpretation of the retro peace sign. Founded upon the brand’s modern streetwear motto, both inspirations — 90s psychedelic print and preppy varsity stripes — although dashingly different, are versatile and designed to be worn together in a bold clashing edit or on its own for a stunning total look.

Anchored by the spontaneous, immediate emotions of 90s youth culture, this line-up features bright tie-dyed tailored pieces adding a retro edge to smart casual dressing; while varsity striped sleeveless shirts, polos and swim shorts are perfect for any summertime indulgence. This collection is a perfect embodiment of PORTS V’s celebration of youthful romanticism and its experimental, fearless attitude.

Jimmy Choo Autumn Winter 2019 Campaign

Jimmy Choo unveils their Autumn Winter 2019 campaign featuring global supermodel, Kaia Gerber, for a second season.  The series of captivating images celebrate modern luxury, created by world renowned fashion photographer Steven Meisel.

The campaign debuts Jimmy Choo’s monogram, JC, the brand’s initials as an oversized sculpture in a  succession of powerful portraits. Meisel captures Gerber’s fresh and dynamic spirit, reflecting the very essence of a modern heroine; the muse for the Autumn Winter collection.

Heralding a new chapter for Jimmy Choo, the JC monogram features the brand’s initials cast in a brushed gold faceted font with a confident inter-linked silhouette. Ever-present and celebrated throughout in multiple iterations, JC is a constant reminder of the brand’s meaning and value providing an authoritative hallmark for signature styles.

LANVIN 2019 | FW19 Mystic Pilgrims

The 13th century Musée de Cluny plays host to the first Women’s and Men’s collection designed by Bruno Sialelli for the house of Lanvin, sublimating the illustrious heritage of the Parisian maison in the midst of its own renaissance. As the first true purveyor of lifestyle, Lanvin encompasses a prismatic vision of fashion. Contemplating the life and times of our founder Jeanne Lanvin, a vital optimism permeates this respectful evolution – acknowledging the maison as a florilegium of creative energy. Embodying a folkloric spirit, the Fall Winter 2019 collection roams from the Rue Saint-Honoré to Brest and far beyond, reminiscing upon cinematic and literary personas through history.

Reviving Lanvin’s playful narrative in a symphony of romantic archetypes, Sialelli draws upon a multitude of moods: from nautical to bucolic, regal to childlike, the collection personifies lyrical conversations in cloth. Pre-Raphaelite colours depart from Lanvin ‘quattrocento’ blue into powdery shades of avocado, absinthe, banana and bergamot warmed by mahogany, navy, tomato and a blaze of ultraviolet. Inciting pure comfort and a suite of leisurely pursuits, classic shapes are spliced with sensual fabrications, as Norwegian blankets, exotic Fair Isles, and giant clan tartans swaddle inherently French garments. ‘Whole garment’ knits create sinuous volumes shaped in cashmere and lurex, whilst the vareuse from Brittany, the heart-collar caban, zipped blousons and riding coats are rendered in cashmere, gabardine, intarsia shearling or wool gazar.

Passing from myths to modern fairy-tales, graphics flit from Paul Iribe’s logo La femme et l’enfant (1924) on stamped muslin to mosaic monogram pyjama silks and delicate marguerite micro-florals. Evoking the whimsy of Cécile and Jean de Brunhoff’s Babar the Elephant books, illustrated scenes float over crewneck twinsets and foulard riding boots, whilst tufted hares and foxes frolic across transparent tulle. Sensuous and in perfect symmetry, shaped necks and contoured sleeves impart blouses or dresses with a medieval line, as the scrolling imprint of illuminated manuscripts is writ large across silk twill. Faded Merovingian splendour is woven throughout, from gilded leather amulets and dipped thimble rings to St. George’s dragon resplendent on embroidered velvet. Voluminous kaftan gowns trail with linings inside and out, layered with bands of lace, pleated satin, and portrait print georgette.

Lanvin’s muse is embellished with abandon, adorned from head to toe with heraldic charm jewellery and porcelain chokers, fruit minaudières and salome wedges in Viennese metalwork. Grounding the season’s mystic vision, satchels, flat totes and asymmetric bucket bags are crafted in supple suede, canvas and calfskin to match fringed tennis shoes, studded clogs and moulded moccasin boots.

PARIS, FRANCE – FEBRUARY 27: A model walks the runway during the Lanvin show as part of the Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Fall/Winter 2019/2020 on February 27, 2019 in Paris, France. (Photo by Kristy Sparow/Getty Images For Lanvin)

BOSS

Style never stands still. And neither does modern life. Whether your journey is by train, plane or car, getting from A to B and beyond can ruffle even the most impeccable look. BOSS travel-friendly pieces that will ensure you are on the move in style, wherever you are heading.

The focus is on lightness, breathability and versatility – each element paramount to comfort and style while travelling.

Travelling can bring out one’s adventurous, risk-taking side. For leisure travelers, BOSS timeless and trend-driven causal pieces ensure you are always ready for the unexpected.

The must-have trench coat is designed in stretch fabric with a water-repellent finish for all-weather wear. The relaxed silhouette and smooth lining allow for easy layering over tailoring and casual looks alike. Paired it up with a knitted sweater that features a marine-inspired stripe.

If you prefer to throw something a bit colorful, a hooded jacket features all-cover camouflage print with elasticated hems and cuff details is unique yet subtle. The refreshing sporty look allows comfortable outdoor activities.

On the other hand, for business travelers, it is difficult to stay in one place for long. With a busy schedule of meetings and event, packing smart and looking impeccable whatever the situation has become second nature. Tonal colours, crease-resistant fabrics and adaptable smart-casual pieces are key features of BOSS business travel selection. Suits and jackets are crafted from natural wool with mechanical stretch for ease of movement and crease resistance, while internal constructions are stripped back and lightweight.

 

DIOR FALL 2019 CAMPAIGN

Posing for the American photographer Zoë Ghertner, the actress and Dior muse Jennifer Lawrence wears some stars from this capsule of looks created by Maria Grazia Chiuri for the Fall 2019 ready-to-wear collection. Conceived like an ode to craftsmanship and traditional kinds of savoir-faire, this collection, along with the 30 Montaigne, the new iconic bag marked with the founding couturier’s initials, embodies a contemporary and committed vision of femininity according to Dior.

The nerve center and heart of the House since 1946, 30 Avenue Montaigne saw the birth of all of Dior’s icons inside its very walls. Now, this legendary address lends its name to a wardrobe designed by Maria Grazia Chiuri. Modern and timeless, it combines the contemporary codes the Artistic Director favors with revisited emblematic pieces such as the Bar jacket, the pleated skirt or houndstooth check.