DIOR SPRING-SUMMER 2021 HAUTE COUTURE COLLECTION

Dior Spring Summer 2021 Haute Couture collection pays subtle homage to Monsieur Dior, who also believed in the signs of destiny. “Being superstitious, I rushed to touch the slightest piece of wood,” he confided in his autobiography. A mesmerizing passion, filled with a sense of magic and dreams.

Fascinated by Italo Calvino’s novel The Castle of Crossed Destinies, Maria Grazia Chiuri chose to design her collection using the wonderful Visconti-Sforza tarot cards for exceptional creations symbolizing the major arcana. A tale celebrating the magical beauty of the divinatory arts.

Tarot cards are among the keys to accessing the magical realm, to explore the unknown while fearlessly looking deep inside oneself. Maria Grazia Chiuri immediately felt a connection with these imaginary worlds and this visual language whose symbolic lexicon is rich in complex and fascinating characters. In uncertain times marked by a palpable desire to reconnect with the world’s soul, Maria Grazia Chiuri wished to explore, through the spring-summer 2021 haute couture collection, the mysterious and pluralistic beauty of the tarot in a series of dresses featuring virtuoso constructions; manifest proof that couture remains the ultimate territory of experimentation and possibility.

A series of extraordinary evening gowns features abstract constructions, some with veritable bas-relief openwork bodices punctuated with illustrations by Pietro Ruffo. In this spirit, the Roman artist created a singular deck of cards in which characters disclose the graphic energy of the symbols.

Dior gray appears in tweed, cashmere and organza on shirts, skirts, pants and capes. Meanwhile, the Bar jacket is revisited in black velvet, its curves reinterpreted to express a new attitude.

In his staging of these haute couture creations, Matteo Garrone, one of Italy’s most high-profile directors, builds on the narrative iconography by drawing on the visual force of the Visconti-Sforza tarot. Decorated by the illuminator Bonifacio Bembo for the Duke of Milan in the 15th century, this tarot deck illustrates the marvelous tale of this collection. Splendid cards embellished in gold, enamel, and vegetal and geometric interlacing have a solemn and enigmatic presence, revealing an inner journey, like an adventure of self-discovery. A voyage to the heart of a castle populated by characters embodying the major arcana who question and disorient, inviting the viewer to look at the world from a new perspective. In the director’s interpretation, this quest surpasses gender boundaries, presenting a synthesis of masculine and feminine in a new heraldic mythology evoking the enchanted worlds Matteo Garrone loves.

A clairvoyant asks to draw a card in a deck designed as a catalogue of possibilities, a cryptic dictionary of the world. The High Priestess, the Empress, Justice and the Fool, are notably sublimated through excellence of savoir-faire celebrating the art of weaving: lace is inlaid with hand-painted embellishments, golden velvet is enlivened with the signs of the zodiac and precious jacquards are sprinkled with stars, while a cape in multicolored feathers showcases 3D volumes.

In this story, the insider always needs the feminine complement and vice versa, because only such a fusion makes it possible to approach a formative path leading to self-awareness. As Italo Calvino points out in The Castle of Crossed Destinies: “The world has to be read upside-down”.

Source: DIOR.COM

The Row Fall 2020

Designer duo Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen presented their Fall Winter 2020 collection during New York Fashion Week, at the Greenwich Street studio. This marked The Row’s 10th anniversary of their first New York Fashion Week show. An installation of sculptures by Beverly Pepper—an American artist who worked in stone, corten steel, and iron, served as a backdrop for the effortless and minimalist collection.

Gigi Hadid opened the show in a gray three-piece suit, elbow-length gloves, and leather slippers. The lineup was a characteristically sleek run of tailoring – remarkable for its lightness and ease; layers upon layers of slouching, tonal elegance executed with the painstaking finesse that imbues every facet of the brand. Check out the amazing lineup below.

Dion Lee Fall 2020

Australian designer Dion Lee has debuted his Fall/Winter 2020 collection at New York Fashion Week featuring his signature technical aesthetic and innovative construction. Along with his new pieces, the designer featured a selection of jewelry on the runway spanning from earrings, necklaces and chain-link constructions found throughout the men’s and women’s collection. Lee told Vogue:

“The collection started with this idea of incorporating jewelry elements into the clothes. I found this chain for myself that I have been wearing for the past year… [it informed the development of] a custom chain that moves between the jewelry, bags, shoes and into the clothes, used to gather fabric, to control pleating and to bring in the silhouettes in places.”

The presentation extended throughout each floor of The Shed in New York where the models descended down the elevators showcasing the latest designs. Dresses, shirts, jackets and other silhouettes arrived in a range of textures and tonal color palettes, as well as indigo tie-dye techniques. Lingerie-inspired corsetry has been incorporated into the women’s collection altering its restrictive fabric by using softer materials like jersey.

Check out the collection below.

Elie Saab Spring Summer 2020 Couture

Lebanese designer Elie Saab took style cues from Mexico for his Spring/Summer 2020 collection.

The designer presented his latest imaginings as part of the French capital’s Haute Couture Week on Wednesday, January 22, showcasing a dreamy affair of fluid fabrics, theatrical capes and scatterings of embellishment.

“The collection features delicately embroidered shapes and forms inspired by an Imperial Mexico,” Saab’s atelier posted on Instagram following the show.

The dazzling collection featured shades of white, cream and blush, with intricate gold detailing, while structured shoulders added a certain strength to otherwise romantic evening gowns. Check out the entire lineup below.

Seditious Simplicity | Prada Resort 2020 Campaign

The Prada Resort 2020 campaign celebrates the beauty of living, of reality, of today.

As the Prada Resort collection proposes an alternate viewpoint on classicism – the idea of simplicity as a rebellion, of the extraordinary to be found within the ordinary, the new inside the familiar – so a fresh perspective is found here, a different take on the very concept of fashion advertising. No longer a static, distanced image viewed through the lens of the page or the computer screen, the Prada 2020 Resort campaign is integrated into everyday life, subverting convention by breaking down those barriers. It debuts idiosyncratically, not only on the pages of magazines but as something to be experienced, to be lived. Tactile paper images wrap fragrant bouquets at florists in key cities around the globe – London, Milan, Moscow, New York, Paris, Shanghai, Tokyo – at points unexpected, unknown, unanticipated. Everyday places filled with beauty, romance, poetry and stories.

The two photographers selected by Prada to document this collection are noted for their dichotomous yet equally powerful portrayals of personalities – of humanity. New York-based Drew Vickers has drawn international acclaim for composed, calm and elegant portraits that sensitively highlight the quiet and tender human emotion within his subjects. Here, the photographs are as much an expression of the feeling of the collection – a portrait of the fashion – as of the sitters themselves. Prada has chosen to contrast these with the work of Japanese photographer Keizo Kitajima, noted for his real and dynamic street photography from the 1970s through until today.

What’s Trending Now

Scrolling through Instagram pages we may notice some memorable items that everyone seems to love. Here we gathered and are happily sharing with you the trendiest must haves of the season. (Hint! It involves a whole lot of Bottega Veneta, our current obsession..)

All eyes are on Bottega Veneta for Fall/Winter 2019 season thanks to creative director Daniel Lee, formerly director of ready-to-wear design for Céline.

One of the key items is The Pouch Bag, an oversized clutch made with delicate folds of smooth buttery soft calf leather that envelope the bag’s frame and create a voluminous rounded shape.

THE POUCH IN BUTTER CALF LEATHER

The Padded Cassette Bag is another big cult hit. A cross-body bag with a padded maxi weave is spotted on every fashion insider this season.

PADDED CASSETTE IN PAPER CALFSKIN

These Chelsea Boots are the MUST HAVES of the season. This boots add a touch of luxury to every look, and will effortlessly carry you through this season and beyond.

MID-CALF BOOTS IN STORM CUIR

Bloc Boots are crafted in Italy from crackled vintage-effect calf leather. Featuring a rounded square toe, these shoes add a touch of minimalist style to any outfit. 

BLOC BOOTS IN LAVILLE CALF

Surprisingly, but who are we do disagree, these Mesh Pumps are another big thing in Insta-fashion world.

STRETCH PUMPS IN MESH AND BERRY CALFSKIN

Bottega Veneta’s new aesthetic came to spotlight at the right time with the right amount of polish and punch to captivate the Old Celine crowd.

CHANEL Exhibition In Tokyo

“Mademoiselle Privé”, these two words appear on the door that led into Mademoiselle Chanel’s Creation studio on the third floor at 31 rue Cambon in Paris. Today it is the title of an exhibition that invites us to open the door onto CHANEL’s creation offering an immersion into the three original creative worlds of the House, Haute Couture, CHANEL N°5 and CHANEL High Jewelry.

Passing through one chromatic ambiance to another, the exhibition brings together all the integral parts of CHANEL’s aesthetic vocabulary: white for the staircase, beige for the sofa, black for the dining room, red for the writing desk and gold for the fireplace.

Mademoiselle’s apartment is a place of inspiration into the creative worlds of CHANEL. Its atmosphere can be seen as an integral part of the House’s aesthetic vocabulary magnified by Karl Lagerfeld and Virginie Viard.

The exhibition opens its doors at the B&C Hall-Tennoz in Tokyo from October 19th to December 1st.

Nordstrom Fall 2019 Campaign

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As part of the celebration of Nordstrom NYC flagship, the latest fall 2019 campaign was concepted in collaboration with legendary photographer Joel Meyerowitz to document the poetry, soul and rhythm of the New York cityscape, features real people – models and passersby alike – on the streets.

The campaign features the latest fall fashion from a wide range of brands including Balenciaga, Converse, Chloé, FRAME, Levi’s, Nike, Rag & Bone, Sies Marjan, Simone Rocha, Staud, Top Shop, Valentino amongst many others.

Shop Fall 2019 designer collections at NORDSTROM.COM.

LAFW | Landmee Spring Summer 2020

On Oct. 9, Thai designers took the LA Fashion Week runway at the Petersen Automative Museum in Los Angeles’ Miracle Mile district. The Royal Thai Consulate – General and the Team Thailand debuted an exciting line up of their talented and innovative Thai fashion designers including: Landmee Forever, Kanapot Aunsorn, Salisa Official and Renim Project.

Landmee joined LA Fashion Week for the first time and debuted an amazing new collection of ’80s inspired party dresses.  The ’80s vibes were all over the lineup with exaggerated shoulders, ruffles, bows, silhouettes and with the background music “Another One Bites the Dust” by the British rock band Queen. One of the standout looks was the green velvet mini dress.

Landmee is a high fashion contemporary label designed by Netdaw Vattanasimakon, creative director & artist, she knows how to make edgy fashion for any occasion. Landmee’s focus has always been creating stunning looks for women that want to SLAY, why fit in when you were born to stand out is their motto. Check out some of the best looks from Landmee Spring Summer 2020 collection below.

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Max Mara To Show Resort 2021 In Saint Petersburg

Max Mara is heading to Russia to unveil its Resort 2021 collection. The show will take place on May 25 in Saint Petersburg. The event’s location is still undisclosed.

Previously, starting with the 2015 pre-fall season, the Italian women’s fashion group has staged runway shows in New York, London, Shanghai, Reggio Emilia, Italy, and Berlin.

Max Mara’s runway show in Saint Petersburg will be part of the seasonal resort marathon, which will also see the fashion crowd flocking to Capri to attend the Chanel cruise show on May 7.

While the majority of luxury fashion houses have yet to announce the dates of their resort shows next spring, the pre-fall schedule already counts a Dior men’s showin Miami on Dec. 3 and a Giorgio Armani women’s show on Nov. 14 at the Armani Theater in Milan. During the event, the designer  who will receive the 2019 John B. Fairchild Honor award at the WWD Apparel & Retail CEO Summit to be held Oct. 29 and 30 in New York — will also unveil the first high jewelry collection under the Giorgio Armani luxury label.

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