COACH FALL 2018

INTRODUCING THE DREAMER “IT” BAG AND PRESENTING A NEW DARK ROMANCE

WITH A POP-UP IN HONG KONG

Coach presents the debut of Dreamer, its new “IT” bag, perfectly matched to the romantic styling of its American-gothic themed Fall 2018 ready-to-wear collection — available at its new pop-up store at Pacific House, Central, from August 28 to October 17, 2018.

Coach’s Dreamer bag is an elegant and effortless style inspired by romantics and the endless possibilities of New York City. Touted as a “take-everywhere” bag already favored by the likes of Selena Gomez, Kiko Mizuhara and Guan Xiaotong, the three-compartment satchel in glove-tanned leather is available in three sizes — Dreamer, Dreamer 21, Dreamer 36 — and features modern hardware and a signature charm.

The latest Coach Fall 2018 ready-to-wear collection enchants with a spectral charm, where goth and supernatural toughness make for a twisted, dark romance. Feminine floral dresses move with gossamer effect, while plush shearling layers meet embroidered details with jagged edges and mystical symbols. Explore the tension between New York City and the American Southwest, where nature transposes to the urban setting to create a new vocabulary.

The Coach Dreamer Pop-Up invites shoppers to participate in a special interactive retail experience, which includes a playful digital photo-booth and surprise gift-vending machine:

  • To join the photo-booth fun, fans simply need to visit the Coach Dreamer microsite, create their own photo-invitation card, and share on their Facebook timeline — which entitles them to redeem a magnetic boomerang photo giveaway at the store.
  • With purchases made at the pop-up, shoppers can receive a special surprise at the Coach gift-vending machine.

To celebrate the Coach Dreamer Pop-Up grand opening, American artist Chelsea Champlain — whose painterly mystic roses, moths and floral skulls adorn the new Dreamer collection — will attend the party on August 30, to live-paint on Dreamer bags.

BOSS x Michael Jackson

HUGO BOSS launches “BOSS x Michael Jackson” capsule under its core brand BOSS, this project is supported by a distinctive social media campaign using the hashtag#BOSSxMichaelJackson.

Designed to celebrate the King of Pop on what would have been his 60th birthday, BOSS will release a new edition of the iconic suit that Michael Jackson wore on the cover of his game-changing album, “Thriller”.  This new version of the suit will be limited to 100 pieces globally, each one individually numbered.  The re-edition picks up the 80s revival and the current retro trend in fashion. The contemporary, slim-fit design references the original suit’s silhouette, fabric and details throughout and is entirely designed and made by expert tailors at the brand’s headquarters in Germany.

Next to a new edition of the iconic Michael Jackson “Thriller” white suit, three unisex T-shirts, each featuring iconic moments in Michael Jackson’s career, round off the capsule, which pays tribute to the pop legend as both an artist and a style icon.

Juicy Couture Launches Fall 2018 Collection

Juicy Couture launches its Fall 2018 global advertising campaign with the hashtag #JUICYAD, the #JUICYAD campaign features seven social media influencers recruited via the platform from different parts of the globe, each tasked with expressing their individuality utilizing the latest Juicy Couture Fall 2018 collection.

The latest collection continuing the brand’s focus on updated nostalgia. Pulling inspiration from the FW18 NYFW presentation, Juicy’s latest assortment brings 80’s and 90’s fashion influence to Juicy girls all over the world. Fashion track is elevated with new silhouettes in satin, cashmere and luxe jacquard, while pieces like faux fur coats, embellished denim and dressy jumpsuits bring newness to the collection.

Paul Smith 2018 Autumn Winter

Across the Autumn/Winter 18 men’s and women’s collections, Dreamer print appears on the men’s hand-painted leather jacket, jewel tones knitwear, rucksacks and large weekend bag as well as the women’s Concertina printed with bright psychedelic graphics, which offer a comprehensive and in-depth take on the inspiration for the season.

A unique fresco wool fabric has been developed in partnership with specialist merchants Huddersfield Cloth this season. Fresco wool is a soft, open weave fabric with a dry handle that is trans-seasonal and well-suited for warmer climates. A series of brightly coloured men’s and women’s suits shown on the catwalk in damson, teal and red.

Classic wool coats also available in bright and rich colours from teal, blues and a red dogstooth pattern. With different check pattern on one side and the other, it demonstrates how a traditional British check pattern can be presented in an unexpected way. The new overcoat takes inspiration from military coats with reworked classic designs. Detailing includes exaggerated lapels, detachable sheepskin collar, longated zips on the cuff that mirror the design of leather biker jackets which shows Paul Smith’s playful style.

DIOR Colorquake Sunglasses

Sandro Homme | Helly Hansen

Sandro Homme collaborates with Helly Hansen for Fall-Winter 2018.
Founded almost 150 years ago, Helly Hansen made a name for themselves through the innovation and performance of their products, capable of withstanding the elements.Later in the mid-90s, the brand also became iconic when the greatest rappers and R&B artists started to reclaim it; members of Redman, Brand Nubian or NTM bands made it popular from the streets of Manchester to New York. In Paris, Joey Starr and Kool Shen made the headlines with the famous puffer jackets.

Paris 2018: Wu Tang Clan resonates with Sandro Homme. Playing with references from the 90’s, omnipresent in its collections, the Parisian studio revisits Helly Hansen’s iconic pieces. The contrasted legacy of the Norwegian brand is combined with Sandro Homme’s urban and minimalist aesthetic.

Sailing and puffer jackets, sweatshirts, tee-shirts or duffle bags are all conceived with the brand’s technical sophistication and take an old-school look. Even though characterised by their impermeability and their breathability provided by the double layer fabric, the sailing jacket and the windbreaker were not designed for the docks, but rather the pavement. Available in camel, navy or black, the studio reimagines the iconic jacket in a red tartan print. The 90’s puffer is now reversible, one side in black plunged lambskin, the other in waterproof nylon. A duffle bag in black grained leather is branded with the black Helly Hansen logo and embellished with silver hardware. Round neck sweaters, hoodies and cotton tee-shirts are available in navy, red, white or mottled grey, and proudly feature the Norwegian flag and the codes of vintage hip-hop.

Available from September 11th, 2018.

SHANGHAI TANG FALL/WINTER 2018-19 COLLECTION


                                A dance of threads. A dreamlike journey from Italy to China.

A dance of threads. A dreamlike journey from Italy to China: a silken thread strung between the West and the East, a veritable bridge extending from Europe to the faraway lands of the Dragon Throne that follows the historical traces of two ancient cultures. A blend of textiles and threads of overlapping motifs that intertwine two worlds and two contrasting yet complementary visions as if by magic.

China is the breeding ground of aesthetics and cultures, a thousand-year-old backdrop for exchange and a workshop of symbols. The journey is an epic, in which western travellers come face to face with ancient Chinese nobility and its enchanting world of rites, brimming with splendour and decorative collections.

A palette that gradates from light pastel shades and then intensifies, becoming vivid and allegorical. Light pink turns into fuchsia, peach becomes tangerine, and light blue deepens to a turquoise enamel. Straw colours slip lavishly into imperial yellow on black. Venice and the resplendent Cathay appear in unison in brocades that erupt in vibrant abstraction.

Patterns, that take on huge proportions and become dynamic in the lines and weaves, dance together with the looms in rhythmic progression, in time with the quick and dexterous hands that weave gold thread embroidery. A group of dignitaries from the Tang dynasty wear overcoats embellished with studs, the collection’s leitmotiv. With idealised knights and horses, explorers and merchants on the Silk Road, this is a fantastical voyage that draws life from pure, fundamental, crisp forms embellished by broderies resembling brocades and damask, reminiscent of linear Mandarin styles.

Imprinting makes a resurgence in the small waistcoats, which bear a resemblance to the flared trapezoid cuirasses that high officials of the Celestial Empire used to strap to their armour, as well as in the court coats that have a simpler artistic design use and a simpler use of textiles. The clothing is indented and structured by pleats that stand out thanks to row of tiny studs. Pleated skirts open out, revealing a mysterious transparent trompe-oeil effect. The animal print of Ming paintings is clear in the edge, hem and cuff details, an allusion to the legendary snow leopard skin, as well as the domesticated cheetahs that aristocrats used to bring with them when hunting on horseback.

Fabrics on fabrics, geometric inlay work, empty space on top of filled space. The traditional mandarin garment is the inspiration for the bulbous black dress coat, with a barely visible rounded collar and spotted inserts on the pockets. The traditional exuberant and ironic playfulness of the Maison is evident in the contrasting printed linings. As well as this, animal print coats stand in opposition to the vivid, amethyst interior. The full sleeve jacket with a large stand collar, combined with thread embroidered, brocade-effect trousers are now the new luxury outfit.

The prints on scarves recount this dreamlike journey, and are framed like artwork, featuring images of war horses, traditional costume, fierce dragons, snuff bottles and a nebulous scattering of spots on a base of lacquer hues and pop and fluorescent colours, vibrant jade green celadon, and yellow and violet surface textures.

The jewellery puts a new spin on certain ancestral necklaces and charms with a modern and refined style: it explores stylization, geometric balance and harmony, and gives new meaning to the exotic with an extraordinary and conceptual desire for the abstract.

The red lacquer defines the men’s collection: it intensifies by giving colour to the stripes and check pattern of the shirts. It is printed onto the linings that adorn the new mandarin jackets. The most outlandish blazer comes in a smooth velvet with deep background colours, which in combination are complementary and contrasting. The mohair oversized jumper features dynamic lines of a dusty colour palette assaulted by a vibrant and vivid Chinese yellow: a subtle approach that does not undermine a revamped sartorial experimentation. A silk, mini-print pyjama shirt provides a sophisticated casual look perfect for the evening. The pyjamas inspire the flowy nature of the pinstriped single-piece suits, with white satin piping.

Pure cashmere coats with velvet inlay edges reveal a removable cushioned interior that is reminiscent of historical armour. The parka marries a military spirit with golden spirals of the heavenly dragon. The bomber jacket with a mandarin collar opts for a tongue-in-cheek playfulness with the multi-coloured patches. The traditional uniforms of the imperial armies adopt a shearling interior, creating new sporty style icons.

The Shanghai Tang look now has an army.

PORTS 1961 AUTUMN/WINTER 2018

A collective collection, of individuals in individual looks. For autumn/winter 2018, Ports 1961 is an urban tribe. Striding between divides of town and country, male and female, decorated and minimal, the collection responds to a mood of perpetual change, underscoring the peripatetic state of contemporary life and the notion of travel intrinsic to the identity of Ports.

Creative Director Nataša Čagalj and her team draw inspiration from reality ­– the reality of a woman’s wardrobe, the world around her, her social and cultural identities. Decorative motifs are drawn from the actuality of fabrics and manufacture: MADE IN ENGLAND and MADE IN ITALY are used for jacquard patterns and prints. These echo the internationalism of fashion today, and Ports’ identity in particular. Graphic capes are based on manufacturing labels, and care instructions taken from cashmere goods. These respond to another reality – that of luxury now.

There is a mood of bricolage – the innate freedom encourages combinations of different elements and themes, united in their diversity. The Ports 1961 show takes place in the Tanks of Tate Modern.

Art meets artisanal – a sense of the hand and of craft is vital to Ports. Textures and textiles place 2-D and 3-D side by side: finely woven Japanese wool, double-face silk cady and slick coated cottons contrast with intricate, hand-woven and hand-knitted textiles and 3-D print finishes in gloss or flock. Double-face fabrics feature trompe l’oeil animal patterns in differing scales, jacquarded into reversible double-face capes. A mohair twinset is knitted with holographic fringe, their iridescence echoed in waterproof coatings on suiting and cottons, and sequins form “showers” of fringe – practical and witty takes on the inclement British weather. The palette contrasts sombre shades of suiting with bright injections of colour – rich browns, camel, greys and khaki against ginger, pillbox red and Wallis blue.

Both silhouettes and inspirations are free and layered. Flyaway rectangular panes of fabric lend movement to shapes, shoulders are wide and eased off the body, pleated skirts animate. Garments shift, change and transform. Panels and sleeves can be added to and subtracted from pieces, the former drawn around oversized tailoring to transform shapes and perception, defining the waist to shift from masculine to feminine – another move, a different kind of travel.

For autumn/winter 2018, Ports 1961 debuts a full line of accessories. Shoes are flat, mannish brogues in leathers or silks, alongside block-heeled boots. The handbag offering includes the new Hatton, shown both as a ladylike frame shape and compact, elongated clutch with signature modernist burnished-brass clasp. The rigour and precision of these accessories form a contrast to the freedom elsewhere.

This collection traverses new territory for Ports 1961 – a different journey, a fresh terrain. A new tribe.

 

MICHAEL KORS 2018

A NEW PERSPECTIVE: MICHAEL KORS UNVEILS FALL 2018 COLLECTION
AD CAMPAIGN PHOTOGRAPHED BY INEZ AND VINOODH


“I wanted to capture the relaxed attitude that is today’s answer to jet set glamour,” says Michael Kors of the Fall 2018 Michael Kors Collection ad campaign, photographed by renowned Dutch photographers Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin. “Inez and Vinoodh, with their love of travel and fashion, were the perfect collaborators for this Fall campaign.”


The new campaign offers a modern take on the designer’s iconic jet set sensibility. Inez and Vinoodh, the first new photographers to shoot the brand’s advertising in more than a decade, capture model Binx Walton traveling via private jet, the setting as intimate as the styling is personal. The images frame the brand’s signature glamour and essential ease in an irreverent, relaxed manner, evoking the essence of jet set today.

The clothes and accessories embody “the joy of fashion,” says Kors. “The collection is about the pleasure of personal style for women who love getting dressed.” Wardrobe classics—a handknit Fair Isle sweater, lush faux fur jackets, a romantic, rose-print dress—are given luxe and unexpected twists, then combined in an exuberant mix of florals, tartans, animal prints and stripes. Accessories, including mixed-media treatments of the Bancroft bag and boots and slides in leopard- and zebra-print, heighten the eclectic sensibility that characterizes the collection. The global campaign will debut in July, with print ads running in fall issues worldwide. The images will also appear in digital outlets, as well as social media platforms and traditional outdoor media placement.