Christian Dior Spring Summer 2019 Haute Couture

With the Dior Spring Summer 2019 Haute Couture show, Maria Grazia Chiuri offered one jaw-dropper after the next. As if the circus tent setting and the gravity-defying performances by Mimbre acrobats weren’t already enough, she took the circus theme and combined it with the best of the House’s savoir-faire, sending out short dresses and playsuits that burst to colorful life, tailoring trimmed with embroidered frogging, and vaporous evening gowns of the kind of which dreams are made.

The collection consists of a superposition of images: a woman’s tattooed skin, reminiscent of the Victorian circus and its fairground phenomena, becomes a motif-drenched unitard that shapes the body and tells a wearable story under dresses. Powdery shades that come together and blend into an infinite palette – like those on the curtain painted by Pablo Picasso for the ballet Parade – also symbolize this sense of the worn, of the fine dust that sprinkles stage clothes. Skirts embroidered or inlaid with opaque sequins are shortened as tutus that nod to the circus codes of acrobats, tamers and riders.

Maria Grazia Chiuri employs this broad variety of images to compose her own “parade”, comprising full and very light pants, narrowing at the ankle, which can also become sumptuous jumpsuits. Shorts are paired with sheer white shirts accented with ruffs or ribbons seemingly frayed with the passage of time. There are also leather corsets, sailor stripes, and black jackets inspired by that of the lion tamer. The geometric white clown outfit, whether spare or sumptuous, is reinterpreted through its materials, embroidery and proportions.

The show is animated with performances by the all-female circus company Mimbre, which, in a constant search for the poetic in the unexpected, highlights the trust and bond between the acrobats’ bodies.

The circus is presented as a place of inclusion in which the clown, through its androgynous and asexual dimension, becomes the expression of a possible equality and an evocation of modernity, one where beauty, origin, gender and age are no longer important, and only technique and daring matter. Check out #DiorDreamParade below.

Alexander Wang Pre-Fall 2019 | Collection 2

Alexander Wang just debuted his latest ready-to-wear collection for Pre-Fall 2019 titled Collection 2, with Sophia the robot sitting in the front row, wearing Wang’s boxy blazer style, with metal safety pins forming hearts on both of her sleeves. As a follow-up to Collection 1, this collection celebrated the great American hustle. The dark edgy fall collection resembled both classical and timeless elegance as well as fresh and funky vibes of the early 90s. The number one material that inevitably inspired Alexander in creating of this collection is leather.

The leather is a staple piece of all looks whether in an execution of skirts, pants, coats or dresses. Showcasing both men’s and womenswear, the collection is a seamless mix of both high and low-class interpretations, with a luxury twist amongst the threads.

Oversized tailoring is paired with full leather hoodies, vests and pants – combining streetwear silhouettes and luxury materials. Breaking up the edgy pieces, sporty rugby shirts are emblazoned with street-art prints bringing a casual touch to an otherwise grunge-driven collection.

See the entire lineup below.

VALENTINO PRE FALL 2019 IN TOKYO

hp_valentino_prefall19_tkyValentino showcased its first co-ed Pre-Fall 2019 collection by Pierpaolo Piccioli at Warehouse Terrada in Tennozu Isle, Tokyo, on the occasion of the launch of a special Valentino concept store in its space at Ginza Six.  The collection was inspired by Japan and the concept of “Wabi Sabi”. Focused on contrasts such as symmetry and asymmetry, harmony and balance and the house’s signature color – RED. The iconography of the Maison – the ruffles, the lace, the grace, and then the flowers, the colors, the motifs – is interpreted in a wabi sabi key. Volumes are purified, ruffles are crushed, pleats are misaligned. Black and red are splashed onto prints, the V logo marks allover.

Intermissions allow meanings and possibilities to expand.
The space between things is a place for pondering and inventing.
A syllable captures this suspended idea of construction: Ma.

Ma as an expansive and meaningful void.

Familiar signs are transposed and seen anew. Change is in the point of view: a quest for imperfect perfection. The code becomes inclusive, keeping the street as the horizon.

Check out the entire lineup below.

 

First Look At DIOR ‘From Paris To The World’ Exhibition In Denver Art Museum

 

img_4200The first major retrospective of Dior in the U.S. has landed in Denver Art Museum. Running until March 3, 2019, the exhibition Dior: From Paris to the World celebrates more than 70 years of haute couture creations by evoking the global outlook and visionary spirit of Christian Dior and his successors, Yves Saint Laurent, Marc Bohan, Gianfranco Ferré, John Galliano, Raf Simons, and Maria Grazia Chiuri.
A selection of more than 200 couture dresses, as well as accessories, costume jewelry, photographs, drawings, runway videos, and other archival material, trace the history of the iconic haute couture fashion house, its founder, Christian Dior, and the subsequent artistic directors who carried Dior’s vision into the 21st century.
The exhibition breaks from the Paris display and is divided up by creative director, with rooms in between focusing on topics like the influence of gardens through the history of the brand and iconic gowns worn by celebrities and socialites.
Christian Dior, the art gallerist who became a celebrated couturier, generated a revolution in Paris and around the globe after World War II. Dior created haute couture expressing modern femininity, completely shedding the masculine silhouette that had been established during the war. He conceived sophisticated designs featuring soft shoulders, accentuated busts and nipped waists that marked the beginning of an epic movement in fashion history that would eventually lead to Dior successfully becoming the first worldwide couture house.
This exhibition is organized by the DAM and curated by Florence Müller, the DAM’s Avenir Foundation Curator of Textile Art and Fashion. It features exhibition design by internationally renowned architect Shohei Shigematsu, principal of OMA New York.

Images by Lia Twen For SILHOUETTEANDSTYLE

Salvatore Ferragamo Debuts 2018 Holiday Season Campaign

salvatoreFor its first-ever Holiday Season campaign, Salvatore Ferragamo invites you into their world. Shot by Sofia Malamute, the campaign stars a cast of three women and two men that expands the Patchwork Of Characters concept – an embrace of difference and diversity. Appropriate to the season – a time of togetherness, sharing and joy – they are portrayed celebrating each other’s company in a beautiful heritage location.

Paul Andrew, Women’s Creative Director, says: “Being part of Ferragamo’s story is a true gift. Our dynamic creative community has all the rich heritage of this house to explore, and we enjoy total freedom to play with those codes from the past in order to reinvent them for the present. Shooting this campaign alongside Sofia and watching all that work come alive was extremely exciting. That’s because the greatest privilege in being able to explore the archive, passed down via generations of Ferragamo expertise and passion, lies in being able to introduce it to a new generation.”

The campaign will break mid-November across digital platforms and social media. It highlights a special edit of Pre-Spring 2019 ready to wear, and dedicated Holiday Season collections which contemporize two of the greatest designs handed down from the Ferragamo archive. The famous 1938 Rainbow wedge that was created by Salvatore Ferragamo himself for Judy Garland: its immortal and inspiring rainbow palette is integrated into bags and shoes, both in rainbow stripes and block colour rainbow shades.

The grosgrain bow Vara was invented by Salvatore’s daughter Fiamma in 1979. This season that famous bow, reimagined in leather, is applied to three new shoe styles – a thigh high boot in stretch nappa, a stretch nappa bootie, and a black ankle-strapped platform wedge. These new styles come either in black – part of a graphic black and white story accented by snake pattern that is also a key Holiday Season theme – or in the reimagined Sumatra print.

This 1990’s print, found by Paul Andrew in the Ferragamo archive, has been spliced and re-proportioned in silk scarves on shoes and handbags.

Fresh vision and vintage codes combine to make a collection and campaign that reveals a world rich in exciting new discoveries ready to be shared and enjoyed this Holiday Season.

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Mad For Plaid

‘Tis the season to wear plaid. Designers including Fendi, Saint Laurent, Prada, and Calvin Klein feature gray plaid in their Fall 18 collections, making it the standout pattern for the season. But plaid isn’t even the original name of this checkered pattern: proper plaid is actually tartan, a woven wool cloth donned with the iconic pattern. Different variations of the pattern were used in Scotland during the 1500s to distinguish one clan or geographical region from another — so basically, it was style with a purpose.

With my today’s look I mean business. I wore my plaid blazer over a short sleeve turtleneck, and paired it with wide leg pants. To create an edgy look, I completed my look with oversized sunglasses (which I am obsessed with) and an eye popping red bag. Check out my outfit deets below.

Images by Richie Quintero

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Natacha Ramsay-Levi’s First Chloé x NET-A-PORTER Capsule Collection

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The exclusive capsule collection epitomizes the modern mood Natacha Ramsay-Levi has brought to the French fashion house. Chic, confident and effortlessly cool, discover this collection of sharp suiting Western-inspired blouses and fresh iterations of the ‘Tess’ bag—it’s time to meet the new Chloé girls.

Shop Chloé Fall 2018 capsule collection exclusively at NET-A-PORTER.

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Riccardo Tisci Honors Burberry’s Legacy With “B Classic” Collection

Taking to Instagram this weekend, Tisci shared images from the ‘B Classic’ collection. The 16 looks are inspired by well-known patterns and silhouettes from the archive and have been designed by Burberry’s in-house team.

The lineup includes the Heritage Trench, the car coat, Harrington jacket, kilt and cape. Burberry said the pieces sit at the heart of the pre-collection, and allude to a new aesthetic vision under Tisci, who was named chief creative officer in March, replacing Christopher Bailey.

“I wanted to celebrate the beauty, heritage and legacy that I discovered when I first arrived at Burberry. ‘B Classic’ is an edit that I’ve curated to honour the icons of the House – pieces like the trench coat, the quilted jacket, the car coat, the kilt – which sits at the heart of the SS19 pre collection designed by the fantastic Burberry design team.”

You can see the full set of teaser images from Burberry’s SS19 pre-collection in the gallery below.

Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show 2018

The Victoria’s Secret Fashion show was filmed yesterday in New York City, but the full broadcast will air December 2 on ABC. Meanwhile check out all the runway looks from the show with models like Adriana Lima, Behati Prinsloo, Candice Swanepoel, Kendall Jenner, Gigi and Bella Hadid, to name a few.

The show paid a special tribute to Lima, featuring a video montage of clips from her past iconic Victoria’s Secret moments. The video ended with a “thank you” message to Lima before the catwalk darkened and the model herself came out.

Lima, 37, strutted solo down the runway, visibly tearing up when she reached the end of the runway while the crowd rose to their feet to cheer for the supermodel as she walked in her 19th and final VS show.