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
電話: 2526 8250
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.
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.”
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.
The First Athelegant Footwear
Alluring, artistic always, and more audacious than ever before.
R · SANDERSON London proudly presents ALKE – a momentous collection of athletic-inspired, customisable, sleek and elegant point-toe flats and heels, each made by hand in the Apennine Mountains using traditional Italian shoemaking techniques and century-old know-how.
A new, unique interpretation of the ubiquitous fashion trainer, ALKE articulates its athletic design through a multitude of distinctive elements: a bold and fluid design line, white rubber inserts, cushioned in-soles, the synthesis of multiple materials from suede, patent, calf, nappa to plexi, perforation detailing, juxtaposed with the precious and instantly recognisable R. Sanderson London 24-carat gold leaf heel.
Inspired by the spirit and personification of courage and battle-strength, from Greek mythology, amplified by the slogans “Be Brave”, “Trust Yourself” and “Believe in Extraordinary”, ALKE is the consummation of fusing bravery, empowerment and individuality. Presented with a range of customisable accessories such as metal tags, detachable gaters with optional hand-painted initials, and interchangeable laces that can also be styled in limitless ways to reflect one’s unique flair and character.
From day to night, seven days a week, all activities of work and play, ALKE is a genuine alternative to the regular fashion trainer, providing style and comfort every step of the way. It harmoniously compliments any outfit, exuding the spirit of freedom and vivacious energy, and the unmistakable elegance of R. Sanderson London.
In the continual pursuit of challenging the conventions of luxury footwear, R. Sanderson London has pushed the limits of what was once considered impossible by its shoemakers in Bologna, Italy. Demanding more than a year of dedicated research and development, numerous failed attempts, nothing comparable has ever been put forward in the world of shoemaking; ALKE is a true “game changer”, pioneering and disruptive.
- Sanderson London ALKE is an extension of the brand’s aesthetic of grace and sophistication, whilst remaining true to its core DNA of audacious ingenuity, bringing a much-needed breath of fresh air to the industry with innovative form and function.
The ALKE collection is available exclusively at R. Sanderson London boutiques.
AUTUMN WINTER 2019
For Autumn Winter 2019, Malone Souliers Founder and Creative Director, Mary Alice Malone continues to explore themes of identity and belonging through the study of symmetry and a ratheranalytical attitude to proportion and structure – reinventing, reinterpreting and reinforcing key brand detailing, but reimagining in new and always evolving fabrications and colours.
A fusion of organic and earthy tones brings Malone Souliers’ Autumn Winter 2019 collection to life this season. New and classic silhouettes are encased in subdued shades
of garnet, heather, mocha brown, blush and dusty rose as well as khaki, teal, and a very rich mahogany to add depth and understated elegance. In these simpler, more understated fabrications, the signature Malone Souliers detailing appears tonal rather than contrasting for a very subtle overall
effect. Mary Alice once again explores elements of menswear patterns and tailoring and introduces incredibly striking houndstooth printed elaphe on bicolour panelled boots in addition to the signature styles, including Maureen, Marion and Constance for a bold day offering.
For Autumn Winter, Mary Alice experiments with shearling to create the perfect winter’s day shoe. Colours are soft and muted including off whites and dusty pinks, trimmed with tonal nappa and suede.
For evening, iconic and new silhouettes for the first time ever are adorned with crystals to create a more dramatic and theatrical yet always wearable collection. New designs meticulously embellished with crystals include a fold over bootie and mule, in timeless black and white, as well as jewel tone
garnet and teal. In addition, existing styles Terry and Tasha are presented under a new light, with tonal crystals and on block heels.
The new V Cut Vamp mule carries major impact with striking lines, eye-catching colour combinations and a distinctive circular crystal buckle detail. The Maite, is presented in a combination of classic or bright satin colours, such as Fuchsia Pink, Emerald Green, Yellow, or Nude and Silver, on both a 45 and a 70 mm heel.
The Autumn Winter 2019 Collection represent Malone Souliers’ timeless craft combined with a modern muse, skillfully presented in an array of exquisite materials and colours to create an offering destined for longevity.
The Malone Souliers AW19 Collection is available to purchase in store and online from May.
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For Autumn Winter 2019, Stella McCartney invites kids to embark on a Stellar Trip and to explore the cosmic universe of the brand. Inspired by kids’ natural imagination, it takes us through a galaxy of stars and on adventures with magical creatures.
In this Stellar universe, geometric shapes are giving form to abstract flowers and playful animals. Urban and trendy pieces with a modern, oversized fit feature colour blocking logo prints. Outerwear pieces introduce vegetarian leather and corduroy to the kids collection, and can be styled on top of sweaters with handicraft style and patch detailing denim. Gift sets come in a fun, refreshed look with redesigned packaging.
CHANEL presents Margot Robbie as New Fragrance Ambassador
Australian-born Margot Robbie earned international praise for her break-out performance alongside Leonardo DiCaprio in The Wolf Of Wall Street directed by Martin Scorsese.
She was nominated for an Oscar for her portrayal of Tonya Harding in the film I, Tonya, which she also produced through her company LuckyChap Entertainment. She launched LuckyChap Entertainment in 2014 with the goal of telling stories with strong female characters, led primarily by female directors and writers.
Margot Robbie, who just starred as Queen Elizabeth in Josie Rourke’s film Mary Queen Of Scots, will also play the role of actress Sharon Tate in the upcoming Quentin Tarantino film Once Upon A Time In Hollywood alongside Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio.
Since 2018, Margot Robbie has been a CHANEL fashion ambassador.