SELF-PORTRAIT SPRING SUMMER 2019

Feminine urban ease was at the core of Han Chong’s spring effort. While she maintained her signature romantic touch, the designer injected a more edgy vibe into her flattering clothes.

Micro- and macro-floral patterns as well as a variety of geometric motifs with a Sixties’ vibe were combined on fluid maxi dresses, their silhouettes peppered with plissé panels, draping and ruffles.

Delicate lace inserts embellished mini frocks with soft bows at the collars, while the roomy, ample caftans were infused with a breezy resort vibe. Exuding a certain retro vibe, macramé lace dresses punctuated by embroidered daisies looked girly and sweet.

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RALPH LAUREN FALL WINTER 2018/19

For Ralph Lauren’s 50th anniversary show, the brand returned to the same location as his 40th in 2008, this time round at the famous Bethesda Terrace in Central Park. The show attendees included celebrities like Kanye West, Anna Wintour, Oprah Winfrey, Hillary Clinton, Jessica Chastain, Robert Di Niro, designer icons Tommy Hilfiger and Diane Von Furstenberg, to name a few.

“MY 50TH ANNIVERSARY COLLECTION IS INSPIRED BY THE TIMELESS HEROINE WHO THRIVES ON ORIGINALITY, CREATING HER OWN PERSONAL STYLE THROUGH AN ECLECTIC COMBINATION OF INFLUENCES, FROM A ROMANTIC KIND OF VINTAGE TO A BOLD, MODERN SOPHISTICATION. IN CELEBRATION OF 50 YEARS, I CELEBRATE A WOMAN’S FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION, HER STRENGTH AND INDIVIDUALITY.” Ralph Lauren

The western influences dominated the first half of the show, while the All-American cool was seen in the high-low mix of sequinned skirts and heavily embellished everyday wear paired with a cable-knit jumper for women and tailored tweed jackets worn with dungarees for men. The Polo brand was well represented, as was Ralph Lauren sport, ski and scholar chic.

The patchwork was one of the central motifs of the season. One of the standout looks was worn by model Gigi Hadid, a handmade patchwork gown of 132 separate patches united by zigzag stitching and embroidery. Requiring the skilled work of three master artisans, the gown showcases a patchworked American Flag—a symbol synonymous with RL style since the debut of the American Flag Sweater on his Fall 1989 runway, as well as Mr. Lauren’s personal commitment to the restoration of the Star-Spangled Banner at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History beginning in 1998.

But this show – which featured more than 150 models – wasn’t so much about the clothes as the Ralph Lauren concept. The second part summed it up best when models arrived with children, showing that Ralph Lauren is a brand that has mass market, cross-generational appeal.

“To design without fashion in mind, to design something that is legendary and timeless, is what I aspire to.” Ralph Lauren

 

 

 

Tom Ford Spring Summer 2019

Tom Ford kicked off New York fashion week Spring/Summer 2019 season by sending down the runway models Kaia Gerber, Gigi Hadid, Joan Smalls in Tom Ford’s signature seductive glamour, in a dusky lilac, faded pink and smoky shades of black.

“I feel that fashion has somehow lost its way, and it’s easy for all of us to be swept up by trends that have lost touch with what women and men actually want to wear,” Tom Ford said. “So I didn’t want to make clothes that were ironic or clever, but simply clothes that were beautiful.”

The front row was seated by Tom Hanks with wife Rita Wilson, rap star Cardi B, Vogue high priestess Anna Wintour and Golding, the hero of “Crazy Rich Asians” and ideal personification of the Tom Ford man. Check out the full lineup below.

KARL LAGERFELD X KAIA COLLECTION IS HERE

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The KARL LAGERFELD X KAIA collection was designed with the model Kaia Gerber. The designs combine Karl’s iconic vision with Kaia’s confident, trend-setting eye for style. A fusion of their two points of view, the new collection brings a fresh, cool-girl touch to Karl’s effortless classics.

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The launch of the collection was celebrated at an exclusive event in Los Angeles last night. Co-hosted with REVOLVE and Kaia Gerber, it was held at the REVOLVE Social Club and attended by over 200 VIPs and influencers and included a performance by Kaia’s best friend and singer Charlotte Lawrence.

Shop the collection on REVOLVE.com and Karl.com

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BRANDON MAXWELL FALL/WINTER 2018 CAMPAIGN

Brandon Maxwell employs the power of nostalgia and family ties with the debut of his Fall 2018 campaign. Starring his maternal grandmother Louise Johnson, affectionately known as “Mammaw”, the eighty-one-year-old matriarch is directed in campaign stills and video by Brandon Maxwell and Jessy Price. The video, a combination of archival imagery and recent footage gives homage to Mammaw, her influence on Brandon and their hometown of Longview, Texas.

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“My life in fashion was very much informed by and as a result of my relationship with my grandmother. I’ve spoken endlessly about having grown up in a clothing store with her and the effect that had on me as a young child, which ultimately led me on my career path. Beyond our shared interests there is also a deep and never-ending love between us that has sustained me throughout my life. I am proud to have created this legacy project that immortalizes our relationship. This film and series of photographs is, as always, an invitation to our customers into my life: past and present.”

A young Brandon appears throughout the footage capturing the middle of Mammaw’s career as a buyer at the luxury women’s boutique Riffs in Longview. It is clear what a significant impact his grandmother had on his life, with the juxtaposition of shots from her fashion shows for the boutique set against Brandon’s Fall 2018 runway show. The campaign ends with Mammaw wearing Fall 2018 looks with visual cues taken from the FW18 fashion show.

Brandon Maxwell continues his love letter to women with this glimpse into his personal archive and the genesis of his design journey. Strong women are the foundation of his collection and will continue to inspire him for seasons to come.

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The campaign debuts on Brandon Maxwell’s Instagram channel as well as www.brandonmaxwellstudio.com.

 

Natalie Portman Stars In Dior’s Rouge Dior Ultra Rouge Campaign

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The House of Dior just unveiled Rouge Dior Ultra Rouge, its new long-lasting lipstick, as unforgettable as a kiss. This is the first incredibly long-wearing lipstick with the comfort of a lip ink: a true revolution in the history of lipstick. Ultra Rouge offers a lightweight, ultra-comfortable formula and all the color of a high-pigmentation lipstick. The colors seem more saturated with a luminous, semi-matte finish for incredible sensoriality and hydration. Natalie Portman stars in the ad campaign. The actress has been the face of Dior since 2010.

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DIOR BACKSTAGE AIRFLASH, THE ICONIC SPRAY FOUNDATION

Born backstage and put to the test by Peter Philips, Creative and Image Director for Dior Makeup, Dior Backstage Airflash foundation is relaunching with new shades and a brand new professional routine complete with the Radiance Mist and the Buffing Brush. This best-selling spray foundation is guaranteed to perform under pressure and create a flawless complexion that’s always runway-ready.

Infused with light-diffusing pigments and Dior’s blend of oils, this featherweight fluid melts seamlessly onto the skin for a buildable, airbrushed effect that instantly boosts radiance. The texture is thin and fluid for an intense glow. Pigments adhere to the skin for color that stays true, while the weightless, water-resistant formula feels like a second skin and provides up to 12 hours of wear.

Fronted by Dior Makeup ambassador Bella Hadid, the full lineup is showcased in a video, sporting a wide range of makeup looks you can achieve with the products at hand. ”With Dior Backstage, I want everyone to have access to my expertise,” said Peter Phillips, adding that the items were created to reflect a real makeup artist’s survival kit.

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Five Covers of WSJ. Magazine September 2018

The Wall Street Journal’s WSJ. Magazine presented five covers of the tenth anniversary September issue. Photographed by Inez and Vinoodh and features ten models who have regularly appeared in the magazine’s pages over the years: Imaan Hammam, Andreea Diaconu, Tao Okamoto, Rianne Van Rompaey, Freja Beha ErichsenAnna EwersAdwoa Aboah, Carolyn Murphy, Karlie Kloss and Doutzen Kroes. Styled by George Cortina, the women wear Givenchy, Balenciaga and Marc Jacobs, illustrating the “80s glam sub-current that’s running through fashion right now,” said O’Neill.

Denver Art Museum Announced “Dior: From Paris to the World” Exhibition

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Dior is getting its first major fashion retrospective in the U.S., and it’s opening this November in Denver Art Museum (DAM).

From Paris to the World, an exhibition surveying more than 70 years of the House of Dior’s enduring legacy and its global influence. A selection of 150 haute couture dresses, as well as accessories, photographs, original sketches, runway videos and other archival material, will trace the history of the iconic haute couture fashion house.

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Dior: From Paris to the World also will profile its founder, Christian Dior, and subsequent artistic directors, including Yves-Saint Laurent (1958–1960), Marc Bohan (1961–1989), Gianfranco Ferré (1989–1996), John Galliano (1997–2011), Raf Simons (2012–2015) and Maria Grazia Chiuri (2016–present), who have carried Dior’s vision into the 21st century.

Stella McCartney Winter 2018 Campaign

This season Stella McCartney takes us back to her childhood in one of her most personal ad campaigns yet. The campaign was shot in Scotland, Campbeltown, where Stella grew up as a child. It embraces nature as well as a sense of escape and freedom. Set against a beguiling Scottish landscape that reflects the new collection’s softly deconstructed, textural and timeless looks.

“The ocean, the bagpipers from the Kintyre School –  – these are all part of my childhood memories. It is one of my most emotional ad campaigns ever; it allowed me to connect with the local people and nature. I worked with Johnny Dufort and the models He Cong, Julia Banas, and Nina Marker to bring life, personality and a kind of character into the clothes and into the entire spirit of the shoot. Johnny brings a kind of sense of humor, a sense of comedy.” – Stella McCartney

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