JIL SANDER

JIL SANDER WOMEN SS2020 SHOW

The harmony of opposites. The Meier’s Jil Sander is rooted in this practice. For the Spring/Summer 2020 season the interplay, the symmetry, of softness and severity is found in the reciprocity of constructions, fabrics, colours, prints, and embroideries. In the way they merge emptiness and density. The distribution of elements into space. Marbled prints simultaneously evoke psychedelia and artisanal Florentine paper. Elaborated intarsias and embroideries in raffia, paper and beads, with tassels and collars, bedeck, and sometimes contrast (white on black), the preciousness of shirts, shirt-dresses, and gowns – their formal high necks and well defined shoulders – giving them movement, perspective, and depth. A translation of handwork and craft into structural elements.

Black and navy are shown together with earthly tones: almond, ecru, sand, cocoa, and dark green. Fabrics are noble. Linen crepe, popeline, satin, silk jersey and washed silk match the sharp tailored wools of jackets and trousers.

A majestic, long white shirt dress is straight at the front and pleated at the back. Mostly off-white or pale yellow, the draping is fluid and voluminous, floating off the body, with gliding or accentuated shoulders, broad, asymmetrical bottoms and hems, and bare arms, the only visible skin in the collection. The looks are emphasised by the season’s delicate and elemental suede sandal-boots that lighten the silhouette.

Tailoring is sharp, precise, and masculine, with cropped over-the-ankle trousers, straight or slightly flared. Dresses are often worn over trousers and under tailored jackets, accentuating the union of the structured tailoring with softer, more feminine pieces.

Colours merge into each other in a fluid, organic way. The black and white prints of fish and women’s bodies on silk, and the colourful embroidered birds, add allusions to the informed counterculture of early 1900s Vienna or 1960s San Francisco. Soft or sharp, bags are cut in pure geometry. A new classically shaped clutch is created by folding a round sheet of leather, in burgundy or black. The Jil Sander signature box bags are developed in different sizes, in leather or suede, with thin golden or silver chains. Real mother-of-pearl shells are lined with bright coloured suede and transformed into tiny, precious shoulder bags. A patchwork of off-white leather hexagons shapes a new basket bag. The Goji bag is reinterpreted and ornamented, or proposed in new proportions.

Paul Smith

With a spirit of self-expression, Paul Smith Autumn/Winter ‘19 confidently clashes codes that are deep-rooted in the fabric of modern Britain.

In the late Sixties a keenly resourceful young Paul Smith would charm expert tailors in his hometown of Nottingham into deviating from their norms, cutting him one-of-a-kind clothes in unfamiliar fabrics. A pair of curtains would be transformed into a handmade two-piece suit and floral dress fabrics would become dandyish shirts. Nodding to this notion of self-expression, throughout the Autumn/Winter ’19 collection the restraint of traditional British sartorial codes is loosened but with consistently elevated construction.

An unfussy and gently dishevelled British elegance prevails with familiar styles recut and refabricated to suit modern needs. A 1930’s British riding jacket in thick cavalry twill provided early inspiration for the collection, its interpretation typical of the twisted classics Paul Smith is famed for. The proportions of the jacket are exaggerated and the construction is modernised, what would’ve once been an 18oz British wool is substituted with a lighter weight Italian cotton and wool cloth and jackets are finished with a floating canvas to allow for complete manoeuvrability.

The horseplay continues when the riding-inspired pieces are paired with flight trousers and biker boots. Punk nuances are inspired by more ‘do-it-yourself’, this time from Paul’s wife, Pauline. In the Seventies, Pauline a trained couturier would be called upon to customise her teenage children’s clothing with zips or dying army surplus in a cooking pot.

Old meets new when Tatersall checks–which first appeared on 18th century horse blankets and later in flannel shirting–are recoloured and find their way onto nylon outerwear and women’s tailoring. Prints see posh and punk collide as painterly florals merge with cut and paste graphics and animal prints.

Music highlights the best of modern and diverse Britain. Young artists including London-born post-R&B soloist Tirzah and Scottish disco quartet Amor fill the soundtrack. The Autumn/Winter ’19 collection is a celebration of the individuality and independence that’s proudly been at the heart of Paul Smith since those early days of resourcefulness and self-expression.

SHANGHAI TANG 上海灘

SHANGHAI TANG 上海灘 – New Sunglasses Collection THROUGH A CHINESE LENS

Shanghai Tang presents a stunning new range of men’s and women’s sunglasses named ‘Through a Chinese Lens’. The collection captures the modern Chinese aesthetics and spirit of the brand, distilled into contemporary and playful eyewear perfect for all occasions this summer and beyond, be it hopping around town or sun-kissed vacations.

The versatile line features a total of 12 designs each in multiple colourways. A creative mix of materials, vivid pop colours and intricate detailing echo the distinctive style and elements. The use of lightweight stainless steel wire, hand-painted in bold, metallic colours using a lasering technique resulting in intense and durable shine. This laser-coloured wire echoes the iconic contrast piping often seen on Shanghai Tang’s renowned ready-to-wear items, including Tang jackets and silk pyjamas.

Design in a statement-making angular butterfly frame, ‘Pollen’ is flanked with lasered wire on the outer rim for a standout impression. This style’s lenses are uniquely mounted in front of the frame, creating a clean, modern rimless impression. ‘Felix’ is another key style from the collection, featuring a chic oversized cat eye frame constructed with metallic lasered wire seamlessly encased within the acetate front. The clever design perfectly balances the contrasting materials and creates a playful semi-hover effect at the sides of the frame. Also not to be missed is ‘Spotlight’, with coloured wired inset around the lenses within the acetate frame, catching the light wherever you go. Inspired by Chinese scholars, ‘The Poet’ takes the instantly recognisable round frame and elevates this classic shape with a modern spin in lightweight stainless steel with a chic matte finish.

All styles in the ‘Through a Chinese Lens’ collection feature signature Shanghai Tang elements, including engraved brand logos, star icons and motif hardware. The box packaging comes in four pop colours for customers to choose from.

 

Michael Kors 2019

MICHAEL KORS UNVEILS FALL 2019 MICHAEL MICHAEL KORS AND MICHAEL KORS MENS AD CAMPAIGN

NEW YORK August 5, 2019 — Michael Kors is pleased to announce the release of a new Fall 2019 ad campaign for MICHAEL Michael Kors and Michael Kors Mens, starring Bella Hadid and Austin Augie and shot in studio by legendary photographer David Sims.

The Fall 2019 MICHAEL Michael Kors apparel and accessories tap into customers’ desire for elevated sportswear that can keep up with a high-speed life. A graphic mix of zebra stripes,

rock ‘n’ roll studs and the brand’s Signature logo print lend a versatile appeal to the season while statement cheetah print punctuates everyday must-haves. For a chic escape, the Bedford group of travel luggage in Signature logo gets updated with red racing stripes.

For Michael Kors Mens, Austin sports urban essentials including outerwear, separates and accessories. An array of travel luggage, including the Brooklyn backpack, duffle bag and hip pack, rounds out the season. Coupled with Augie’s athleticism, the campaign brings jet set to new heights.

The global campaign will debut in August, 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.

 

DIOR Be a jet-Setter

Simone Rocha

Simone Rocha celebrating the opening of brand-new store in Hong Kong

The Hong Kong store is the third standalone Simone Rocha store since its first store opening in Mayfair, London in August 2015 which was followed by a second store opening in New York two years later in February 2017. With each new store, Simone takes the opportunity to create an intimate and unique retail atmosphere that offers her customer a chance to engage with the clothes physically and to experience and understand the fabrications and embellishments up close as well as exploring the narrative of her collections.

The 900-square-foot store located on Ice House Street, Central is a joint venture with I.T Group and will feature Simone’s signature Perspex furniture and hand-made sculptures, a balance of craft and modern materials that will be reimagined within the store each season. Alongside these interiors will be hand-molded floral cornicing, pink marble and curated art pieces – including works by Ren Ri and Francis Bacon.

The store will explore continued inspirations of art, family, nature, Ireland and Asia through the store’s design and displays. It will be a platform to present the full range of product that the collections offer, including ready-to-wear, bags, shoes, knitwear and jewellery.

Simone Rocha Hong Kong store

Address: 10 Ice House Street, Central, Hong Kong

Opening Hours: 11am – 8pm

Tel: 2526 8250

 

Simone Rocha香港專門
地址: 中環雪廠街10號

營業時間: 早上11時至晚上8時

電話: 2526 8250

 

CAMPER: AUTUMN/ WINTER 2019 SNEAK PEEK

RAINBOW RACING COLLECTION

CAMPER kicks off its A/W 2019 season with Rainbow Racing, a sneak peek of new-collection TWINS asymmetric styles enhanced with colorful racing stripes and other playful details in bright seasonal shades.

Strongly influenced by the upcoming season’s design inspiration of smart and sporty looks, the Drift, Oruga and Trisha styles are tuned up and head to the starting line to jumpstart CAMPER’s A/W 2019 season.

 CAMPER STORES  
Shop 616, Times Square, Causeway Bay •  2997-9248
1 Cleveland Street, Causeway Bay •  2342-5983
Shop 143, Cityplaza, Taikoo Shing  •   2907-0457
Shop GB01, THE ONE, Tsimshatsui •  2677-0025
 Shop 137, Silvercord, Tsimshatsui •  2377-1021
Shop B1-16, Langham Place, Mongkok •  3514-9112
Shop UG-33, Festival Walk, Kowloon Tong  •  2605-8661
Shop 1093, YOHO Mall I, Yuen Long •  2325-7298
Shop 20-21, 6/F, Sogo, Causeway Bay •  2831 8842

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Gucci Appoints Renée E. Tirado

Gucci announces that Renée E. Tirado has joined the company to lead its diversity, equity and inclusion efforts globally. Tirado’s appointment is part of the company’s continued mission for a positive corporate culture and long-term diversity and inclusion plan announced earlier this year in February. She will be based in New York and will report directly to President and CEO, Marco Bizzarri.

“Since 2015, Alessandro and I have worked to put culture – self-expression and inclusivity – at the center of what we do. I strongly believe diversity empowers creativity. All that we have accomplished has been driven by these values,” said Marco Bizzarri. “This appointment is a fundamental building block to further our commitment and support the initiatives already in place. As a learning organization, we have challenged ourselves over the last few months to accelerate our vision to develop a stronger organization. I am confident that Renée will help us create the meaningful change we want to see not only in our company but in the fashion industry.”

Tirado will design, develop and implement a global strategy to create a more inclusive and equitable workplace and increase workforce diversity as it relates to Gucci’s business initiatives. She will ensure diversity, equity and inclusion are implemented across all regions by hiring and leading a global team of DE&I advocates. Tirado’s strategy will progressively impact our current recruitment approaches as well as our ways to review and promote talents internally. Building upon Gucci’s existing corporate culture initiatives, Tirado will oversee the Cultural Awareness Learning Program for all global employees, the Global Multicultural Design Fellowship Program, the Internal Global Exchange Program, and Employee Resource Groups while aligning with parent company Kering’s overall DE&I vision.

At a grassroots level, Tirado will weave the existing core values of DE&I into the fabric of Gucci’s organization touching all levels, positions and regions. She will advance the many initiatives the brand has launched in the last several years, such as support of the LGBTQIA community and gender equality through Gucci’s membership of Parks, support of the “UN LGBT Business Conduct Standards,” and United States Supreme Court brief in favor of LGBTQ workers, participation in UNICEF’s Girls’ Empowerment Initiative, and Gucci’s CHIME FOR CHANGE campaign.

Tirado will become a member of the Gucci Changemakers Council, an external collective of community leaders and social change experts committed to the advancement of diversity and inclusivity through actionable change.  She will partner closely with Antoine Phillips, the recently appointed Vice President of Brand and Culture Engagement at Gucci America, and his team in their efforts to strengthen local social impact activities through the Changemakers initiatives. Given Tirado’s extensive work for women’s equality, she will also join the CHIME FOR CHANGE Advisory Board. CHIME FOR CHANGE was founded by Gucci in 2013 to convene, unite and strengthen the voices speaking out for gender equality globally, with a focus on Education, Health and Justice.

“I am in the business of making human connections that start with the foundations of inclusivity, respect, and diversity to ensure Gucci remains culturally relevant and economically competitive. I am honored to join a company that puts these non-negotiable values at the forefront of their business model, not as ‘a nice to have’ but as a key component of its business strategy” said Tirado. “Diversity is on the agenda of many companies, but Gucci has now assumed a leadership role in the industry through the breadth of initiatives it is undertaking and the prioritization it has placed on it as a part of the overall business.”

Bizzarri noted, “Renée believes that diversity and equity should be a daily way of being. She understands that this mission is something that needs to be shared by all within the company as an essential foundation of our Culture of Purpose. It is this deep commitment paired with her unique experience that made her the natural choice for this leadership role.” 

 

PortsPURE FW19 Collection

100% PURE

This season, PortsPURE explores the topic of consumerism. Expanding on the concept of environmental protection and sustainability, the collection features sustainable yarns, eco-furs and tongue-in-chic graphics that poke satirtical fun at how we consume.

The concept starts with fabrication. The adage of “Reduce. Reuse. Recycle.” is “Revisted” and more important than ever. Recyclable wool features prominently, taking this age-old warmth-giver on to an even greater sustainability level. Our Eco-fur feels just as lush and warm as the real thing – nothing feels sexier than being cruelty-free.

In terms of silhuoettes, PortsPURE stays true to its roots, taking masculine and feminine archetypes and turning them inside out in a play of contrasts and contradictions. Soft blouson shapes top structured work trousers, poplin shirting sleeves unexpectedly show up on casual crewneck jumpers and utilitarian quilting, long used as lining is brought front and center in a stunning two piece coat.

This season’s palette is strong and graphic, playing off the idea of how we consume in today’s day and age – the colors draw your eye just like a billboard or banner ad. “Fresh Squeezed Ideas” and “100% Pure”, strong slogans plastered in print or intarsia knits advertise subversively while strings of “Best Before” stickers playfully edge trouers, skirts and also sweaters.

To be human is to consume, make no bones about it but maybe, just maybe, we could do it with thought and intention. Conscious decisions made today, is a step towards a sustainable future.