DIOR PRESENTS THE CATSTYLEDIOR SUNGLASSES

Unveiled in the fall-winter 2019-2020 ready-to-wear show, the CatStyleDior sunglasses ooze modernity. Combining boldness and elegance, certain models sport daring rectangular or butterfly shapes, while a resolutely couture version is embellished, by hand, with more than a thousand Swarovski crystals. The latter is also available in hematite and Aurore Boréale – a unique crystal developed in collaboration with Christian Dior in 1956 – versions. Super-light designs that complete the silhouette.

 

Bianca Jagger attends the Christian Dior Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2019 2020 show as part of Paris Fashion Week on July 01, 2019 in Paris, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images for Dior)

Paul Smith Autumn/Winter ‘19

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.

Styling by Max Pearmain
Hair by Luke Hersheson
Make-Up by Lynsey Alexander and the M.A.C PRO team

alice + olivia Spring/Summer 2020

alice + olivia Spring/Summer 2020 is a modern bohemian field of dreams. Across the collection, color block dressing is highlighted with dramatic new shapes anchored by strong pants, a nod to the trouser core of alice + olivia’s brand DNA. Voluminous sleeves, legs and skirts imbue classic sportswear with couture presence, while engineered floral prints and fine embroidered details transport the imagination into the fashionably surreal.

At this season’s show at Root Studios, Designer Stacey Bendet’s fashion dreamscape unfolded in a series of nine transportive sets, each revealing a realm of the collection. In a field of lilac saturated flowers, a sky blooming with pink clouds, a minty pristine kitchen, and a bright buttercup pool, tailored and embroidered Spring/Summer looks seemed to have sprouted from their colorful surroundings. “When the colors are right in a space you exhale and tune into your own interior,” Bendet says, “I dream in color and these rooms are fashion dreams come to life.”

In each brightly hued world, colors converse in a sherberty palette. The combinations highlight the considered silhouettes and elevated constructions in this collection, which balance dramatic volume with day-to-day favorites. Bold moire silk sleeves, a sculptural bow cumberbund belt, pleated chiffon and dramatic waterfall ruffles complement oversize blazers, clean tie around tees, cycle ready bike shorts and of course, perfect high waist trousers. Welcome to high feminine sport.

In modern bohemia, blouson sleeves are fit for lazing in the grass and powering through the city. Flower has new power: square neck cuts and tea length skirts feel fresh with bright engineered paisley and cool sneakers.

SS20 also introduced an exclusive collaboration between alice + olivia and Murder Bravado designer Everard Best, a rising fashion star known for his singular style of hand embroidered, dyed and distressed denim. Describing the union between the two brands as, “When Kanye West appeared on Katy Perry’s track E.T.,” Best, who has collaborated in the past with the likes of Virgil Abloh, Heron Preston, and Mr. Porter, sees the collaboration with Bendet as “an opportunity to work with one of the foremost American womenswear designers in the industry.”

COCA-COLA COLLABORATES WITH DIESEL

COCA-COLA COLLABORATES WITH DIESEL TO DESIGN CAPSULE COLLECTION CREATED FROM RECYCLED MATERIALS

This Autumn, two iconic brands, Coca-Cola and Diesel, have joined forces to create The (Re)Collection; a beautifully crafted and edgy capsule collection incorporating recycled materials.

The range includes recycled materials such as recycled PET derived from plastic bottles and recycled cotton, to create a fresh, modern interpretation of the Diesel casualwear aesthetic combined with Coca-Cola iconicity. Creating beautiful fibres from waste plastic, this collaboration aims to raise awareness on the value of recycling with all pieces made with recycled PET fibres.

To showcase the value of recycling to conscientious shoppers and style-seekers across the globe, Diesel x Coca-Cola: The (Re)Collection will be exclusively available online from September 27, 2019 by scanning any recycling logo worldwide, giving access to a hidden site on DIESEL.com to shop the collection.

The collaboration will roll out worldwide from September 27, with a global first showcase of The (Re)Collection taking place at the renowned department store, Galeries Lafayette, on Saturday September 28 in Paris. This event will unveil the collection and bring to life the unique recycling message during Paris Fashion Week as well as give Parisian style seekers the chance to dress in style with a collection incorporating recycled materials. The launch event in Paris will be followed by a series of collateral events that will take place around the world including London, Berlin, Milan, Tokyo, Shanghai, Beijing, Hong Kong, Amsterdam, New York, among others.

ABOUT COCA-COLA x DIESEL: THE (RE)COLLECTION

The (Re)Collection combines Diesel’s casualwear aesthetic together with the iconicity of Coca-Cola, offering 12 key pieces which transcend seasons.

Hero denim pieces from the collection include a unisex denim workwear jacket featuring red stitching detail, emblazoned with the iconic Coca-Cola logo, which can be paired with the denim workwear pant – a loose fitting cut to suit all shapes – or the womenswear short – a classic high-cut, frayed short embroidered with the Coca-Cola Spencerian Script.

The black zip jersey tracksuit offers a tapered silhouette, featuring playful accents of contrasting Coca-Cola red as well as drawstring detail for a sports luxe finish.

The (Re)Collection features premium Diesel x Coca Cola staples, including; hooded sweatshirts, sweatshirts and T-shirts, available in a range of colourways including; black, blue, gray melange and white, as well as a beanie hat in black and white.

Additionally, the capsule includes mens swimming briefs in classic black with a drawstring waistband and womens scoop-back swimsuit in black and white options, both showcasing the Diesel x Coca-Cola logo.

Michelle Moorehead, VP of Global Licensing & Retail for The Coca-Cola Company explained: “We are excited to partner with DIESEL on this collection. Not only does The (Re)Collection generate awareness of the importance of recycling in a very approachable way – by showcasing beautiful fashions created from recycled materials – it’s also a collection that celebrates individuality.”

The capsule collection merges both Coca-Cola and DIESEL’s DNA to create something special; Coca-Cola – known for celebrating togetherness and inclusivity and DIESEL – known for provoking its audience with irony, boldness and its ability to challenge conformity. Both brands have collaborated to celebrate two unique identities and the iconic products they produce.

Renzo Rosso, founder of Diesel commented: “As a leading pioneer in denim and casual fashion, Diesel has always been known in the industry as an innovator. The (Re)Collection is a collaboration between two authentic and iconic brands that are both committed to doing business responsibly. Inspired by our vision of the future, we are collaborating with Coca-Cola to explore new methods of creating fabrics, whilst challenging ourselves to incorporate recycled materials in our collections.”

The collection will be available from September 27 in Selfridges retail network in the UK, in TMall and in selected Diesel stores in Greater China and from September 28 in Galeries Lafayette in France. In will be then released at selected DIESEL stores worldwide and on diesel.com from October 7, 2019.

DIOR

Ready-to-Wear Spring-Summer 2020 Collection

Think we must. We must think.“*

For the spring-summer 2020 ready-to-wear collection, Maria Grazia Chiuri drew inspiration from archival photographs of Catherine Dior – Christian Dior’s sister – showing her surrounded by flowers in her garden, her passion. An essential protagonist in Dior’s history, she was a courageous heroine of unique determination and force of character: she embodied Miss Dior. Not only was that her nickname, the House’s first, now-iconic perfume was so named in her honor.

Catherine tended the Dior family’s gardens. She was a gardener in the most complete and profound sense of the term — a woman who cultivated freedom and independence, acting in harmony with nature and the cycle of the seasons. This new collection evokes – through its motifs and embroideries, through shine and the texture of raffia – a vision of luxuriant vegetation, presented in the manner of herbaria, living catalogues and the memory of botanical species.

For Maria Grazia Chiuri, these creations have little to do with nostalgia or the revival of a decorative tradition. Rather, they raise questions, like at the beginning of a long journey, about what caring for plants and flowers means today. Though we are living in the Anthropocene era – in which man rules the planet – is it still possible to re-establish the balance of this relationship? Such questioning gives rise to concrete utopias, like that of Monte Verità, a community based on avant-garde ideas that was founded in Switzerland in the early 20thcentury, that has been a constant source of inspiration for all manner of artists ever since. The aura of this singular place, built in the heart of nature, illuminates a series of dresses awash in color, from yellow to red.

Conscious of the visibility and responsibility her role as Creative Director entails, Maria Grazia Chiuri wished to create an “inclusive garden”, a place of co-existence and diversity in which every gesture counts. The scenography for the show was designed in collaboration with Coloco, an atelier committed to the collective art of cultivating gardens as a driver of urban inclusiveness. These landscape artists conceived the show like a moment suspended in time, where plants of diverse origins temporarily come together. The trees that appeared at the Paris-Longchamp hippodrome for the duration of this show will continue their journey, joining several long-term projects so that this pluralistic garden’s life may endure. More than a décor, this ephemeral landscaping concept introduces the creation and reinforcement of wooded areas rich in a diversity of plant species, a symbol signifying that everyone can contribute to the cultivation and preservation of nature’s beauty – and our future.

As imagined by Maria Grazia Chiuri, the woman gardener observes the infinite and ongoing project that every parcel of land represents, however small or vast it may be. At once delicate and determined, this creative terrain is the expression of mindfulness and caring.

*Isabelle Stengers and Vinciane Despret (according to Virginia Woolf), Women Who Make a Fuss: The Unfaithful Daughters of Virginia Woolf, 2014

 

Shanghai Tang

Shanghai Tang celebrates its Silver Jubilee by presenting the preview of “Milano Shanghai Living Cities” – an exhibition curated by the prestigious photographer Aldo Fallai, who also shot the campaign of the relaunch of “Imperial Tailoring”, the iconic bespoke line of the Chinese Brand.

Shanghai Tang is thrilled to present an exhibition which tells a story of the lifestyle of Milan and Shanghai seen through the lens of leading photographer Aldo Fallai, in celebration of the 40th anniversary of the sister city.

From 20 to 23 September, the Shanghai Tang Showroom in Via Montenapoleone 3 will host the preview of the exhibition with a selection of some of the 40 photographs that will be part of the Milano-Shanghai Living Cities event scheduled for November in Shanghai during the China International Import Expo in the Jing An district.

This event is part of a series of events about the sister city that started last September with a Forum at Palazzo Marino in Milan about the Jing An District, hailed as the Manhattan of Asia. Shanghai Tang joins the celebration of the sister city in the Milan Fashion Week by presenting the campaign of the brand’s relaunch of “Imperial Tailoring” project also through the eyes of Aldo Fallai.

Shanghai Tang has long been renowned for its one and only Chinese Haute Couture bespoke tailoring service. For the relaunch of this iconic bespoke tailoring line, Shanghai Tang will offer to its customers traditional Chinese silhouettes with a modern-chic reinterpretation suitable for different occasions. Limitless customisation possibilities are abound, offering customers their own choice of fabrics and embellishments.

Each piece is crafted with time-honoured Shanghainese tailoring techniques combined with innovative design and contemporary Haute Couture aesthetics. In addition to traditional Chinese silhouettes, the brand will also offer international styles, both under the creative direction of Victoria Tang-Owen.

“The exhibition narrates the lifestyle of the 2 cities captured through the faces the people who live and work there. Curiosity, emotions and feelings become the expression of daily life seen through the lens of Aldo Fallai,”describes Stefano Mologni, President of the Italy-China Fashion & Creative Council and curator of the collaboration events between the 2 cities of Milan and Shanghai.

The preview will be open to public from 10:00am to 7:00pm for the entire period of the Fashion Week at the Shanghai Tang Showroom in Via Montenapoleone 3, and will then move to Shanghai for the aforementioned events.

“For the shooting I have been using the angle of a tourist visiting Shanghai and discovering its human aspects through the simplicity of its traditions. Concept and feelings that I see also in Shanghai Tang and the campaign curated for its Silver Jubilee and its connection with Chinese culture,” says Aldo Fallai.

Esteemed photographer Aldo Fallai is an icon in the Italian photography scene and in particular in fashion photography. He has curated campaigns for Giorgio Armani and other renowned international brands.

“We at Shanghai Tang are excited to celebrate our Silver Jubilee in Milan during the Fashion Week and honoured to present our brand through the lens of the prestigious photographer Aldo Fallai,” commented Maurizio De Gasperis, CEO of Shanghai Tang.

 

DIOR PRESENTS THE PERSONALIZED WALK’N’DIOR

ABCDior makes it possible to customize your Walk’n’Dior sneakers, whether in Dior Oblique or plain canvas versions. Up to three letters may be custom-embroidered on a two-tone label, then affixed by hand with two rivets on the back of the shoe. It’s a composition game with multiple, seemingly infinite combinations, and the right foot isn’t necessarily obliged to follow the left. Inaugurated with the Dior Book Tote bag, this experience is offered in a selection of thirty stores worldwide, since September 16th.

H&M | SUSTAINABLE FASHION

With pieces made from recycled materials or materials that have less impact on the environment, the Fall 2019 collection continues to highlight H&M’s commitment to only use sustainably sourced materials 2030. From the softly tailored check separates to the animal print dresses and oversized hoodies, all in a colour palette of light neutrals, black and pops of orange-red, the vibe is laidback yet sophisticated. The H&M Fall 2019 Conscious Collection launches in September and will be available worldwide, in store and online.

Recycled polyester is the key material for H&M’s Fall 2019 Conscious Collection, found in the dresses, shirts, knitwear, outerwear and tailored pieces. Most often made from used PET bottles, recycled polyester is processed and spun to create a fabric that’s easy to care for. Meanwhile, the jersey pieces in the collection are made from organic cotton or blend made out of TENCEL™ lyocell fibres.

“H&M’s Fall 2019 Conscious Collection is all about the timeless classics and wardrobe staples you never get tired of. Long-lasting design in more sustainable materials and the autumn must-haves you need to update your wardrobe,” says Maria Östblom, Head of Design Womenswear at H&M.

Figure-flattering dresses and tailored separates are key, with cosy oversized hoodies that can double as dresses and a checked shirt that can be thrown over any outfit balanced out by leggings and slim jeans. Knitwear features high necks and cropped bodies, while the outerwear is boxy yet chic. Details throughout the collection include ruching, wide cuffs and subtle side slits. The colour palette features light neutral tones, black and pops of orange-red. Animal prints and different kinds of checks heighten the sophisticated, cosmopolitan look.

“We want to use our size to lead the change towards circular and renewable fashion. The H&M Fall 2019 Conscious Collection is an amazing example of how far we have come with technology and innovations replacing conventional materials with recycled alternatives,” says Pascal Brun, Global Sustainability Manager at H&M.

For more information about H&M Group’s sustainability work, please visit: https://www2.hm.com/en_asia1/ladies/shop-by-feature/autumn-conscious-collection-2019.html

 

 

Mark Webber Stars In Porsche X BOSS FW19 Campaign

Porsche and BOSS: two iconic German companies united by a commitment to design, innovation, precision and quality.

As part of an ongoing collaboration, Fall/Winter 2019 sees the launch of the latest fashion capsule collection that brings together the strengths of these two brands.

Highlights include a signature BOSS suit in a streamlined fit with sophisticated details; a leather jacket with sharp panelling; and a lightweight jacket with technical features and red trims.

Polo shirts, knitwear and a bomber jacket feature textured panels and flashes of signature red, while curved panels recalling the lines of Porsche’s sleek sports cars appear on shirts, trousers and jeans.

The collection is supported by a campaign starring former racing driver Mark Webber. The Australian won nine Formula One Grands Prix before competing in the FIA World Endurance Championships in Porsche cars.

alice + olivia by Stacey Bendet Fall 2019 collection

alice + olivia by Stacey Bendet Fall 2019 collection is inspired by fantasia, a narrative that is derived from deep inside the imagination. Not based strictly on history or fact, but rather a modern fairytale, a romantic story, a place where magic touches on reality, beauty empowers, and dreams really do come true. Dreaming the girl in a world of whimsy and color, Bendet has managed to merge art, fashion, and fantasy with a show that brings her clothes to life through a detailed and imaginative visual experience that speaks to the dreamer in you.

For the collection, the clothes evoke surreal beauty and sensual moments, set on stages of magical sparkling snow, and rooms made entirely of red roses and glowing butterflies and sparkling leaves. Bendet weaves a story of fantasy and reality, creating a magnificent and decadent fall collection. Step into the dream world of alice+olivia through artistic and elaborate sets at the enchanting Angel Orensanz Foundation, where imaginative prints are complimented by a color palette of rich jewel tones in shades of bordeaux, merlot, ruby, and pink mixed with black, white and sparkling metallics.

The Queens of Fantasia are the stand out looks – a pleated bordeaux skirt made with yards of iridescent pleated taffeta is paired with a top created in a new technique of velvet sequin, and a giant rose crown. The snow princess is in a full length skirt of ivory feathers with a gorgeous white puffer jacket.