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”.

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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.

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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Louis Vuitton Spring Summer 2020

At the Cour Carrée of the Louvre Museum in Paris, Nicolas Ghesquière staged his Spring Summer 2020 collection for Louis Vuitton, against a stripped back set.

Dominating the space was a digital wall, projecting the artist Sophie’s 2017 music video “It’s Okay To Cry” in a version specially made for the occasion in collaboration with Woodkid.

Nicolas Ghesquière turned to the Belle Époque, the culturally rich period spanning the turn of the 20th century up until World War I – as the starting point for his newest collection for Louis Vuitton. As a time of great excitement and tremendous change, it also saw the founding of Louis Vuitton, the building of the family’s Art Nouveau home in Asnières, as well as the Maison’s first travels around the world. Today, for his Spring-Summer 2020 Collection, the Artistic Director of Women’s Collections circles back to the pleasures of sartorial protocol, a certain kind of dandyism that blends styles and genres.

Harking back to the fundamentals of romanticism and transposing Art Nouveau onto clothing, Ghesquière construes a community that celebrates the enthusiasm of singularity.  In this spirit, the collection adopts the evocative cattleya orchid as a sort of signature, worn on the lapel like the fanciful symbol of ultimate refinement. Louis Vuitton picks up the thread of its own history and brings together two nascent centuries, the dream-like dawn of the 20th century and the 21st century that yearns to remember it.

Chanel Spring Summer 2020

The romantic rooftops of Paris served as a fitting look-out point for Virginie Viard to unveil her first ready-to-wear collection for Chanel.

Created in the Grand Palais with chimneys sourced from flea markets, the set was one in which a modern-day Mary Poppins would have looked perfectly at home. “The roofs of Paris remind me of the atmosphere of the Nouvelle Vague I saw silhouettes walking on the roofs” noted Viard, in her collection notes.

The collection was appropriately cinematic, with fluid silhouettes, jackets with flounce and masculine tailoring among the most photogenic looks.

Swinging black kilts worn with opaque tights, neat bouclé jackets, long-line coats and Chanel’s take on the pillbox hat created a new-look Chanel oozing with Gallic glamour. Stand-out pieces included an ivory puffball skirt worn by Kaia Gerber. Gigi Hadid was also on the catwalk in black micro shorts and embroidered jacket. Chanel has a new-found modernity and subtle femininity in Viard’s hands. But it has continuity too.

Her rise from long-standing Chanel employee and the right hand of Karl Lagerfeld up until his death from cancer earlier this year represents no sea change for the brand. As a result, Viard’s collections have a quiet confidence that can only stem from experience. Her success will depend on whether she can breathe her own spirit into this house.

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Saint Laurent Spring Summer 2020

With Anthony Vaccarello at the helm of the label, YSL showcased its Spring/Summer 2020 collection last night in front of a gorgeous Parisian backdrop.

This year the Parisian label erected a runway complete with light beams opposite the Eiffel Tower at night, turning the show into one of the biggest events during the week.

As for the collection Anthony Vaccarello took inspiration from what Yves Saint Laurent created throughout the 20th century and channeled it into a modern and contemporary design. Taking on the classic Le Smoking suits, Vaccarello brought back tailoring, shape and cut-offs in the SS20 collection.

Applying his signature rock-inspired aesthetic, the range saw an experiment of materials which ranged from pleated lamé skirts to chiffon blouses, as well as chic necklines, sexy silhouettes and Western-like boots. Tailored jackets and short shorts dominated the range, as well as gorgeous materials and opulent embroidery, emphasizing Saint Laurent’s luxury yet wearable aesthetic. Of course, we also saw party-ready dresses and sequin-clad pieces in true Vaccarello fashion.

All in all, the Spring/Summer 2020 range was a softer take on the signature rocker-chic aesthetic that Anthony Vaccarello has applied to Saint Laurent, with softer silhouettes and materials taking the spotlight. Consisting of a total of 87 looks, the collection was closed off by none other than Naomi Campbell, who wore a sequin two-piece suit that glittered in the spotlights.

Dior Spring Summer 2020

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Dior kicked off Paris Fashion Week with Spring Summer 2020 women’s ready-to-wear collection by Maria Grazia Chiuri. It took place at the Longchamp Racecourse and celebrated nature and ecology. Chiuri opted to stage the runway in the middle of a secret woodland garden, with the models walking between the trees.

Dior notes that nature and gardens have long been a source of inspiration for its designs. It began with Christian Dior himself, who designed many an iconic floral dress, and this year’s show also paid homage to his sister Catherine who was an avid gardener.

‘It appeared essential to me that this legacy be addressed with a new perspective,’ Chuiri noted ahead of the SS20 show. ‘Flowers and plants don’t just serve an ornamental purpose, they are our environment. We have a commitment to care for them, today more than ever.’

The show guests included Jennifer Lawrence, Karlie Kloss, Jorja Smith and Erin O’Connor. The models walked down the runway sporting straw cloche hats – familiar territory for Dior, dating back to the 1960s, plus diaphanous, bohemian floral chiffon dresses.

Continuing the eco theme, the show also debuted separates embellished with nature-inspired motifs – like beadwork in the shape of thistles and skirts that resembled camouflage netting.

Dior said their show is also in keeping with its zero-waste policy and sustainability commitment, with the rest of the set being completely recyclable and plastic-free.

Chiuri expressed her wish to create an ‘inclusive garden’ and send a message of co-existence between fashion and nature, so collaborated with a company called Coloco which employs botanists, gardeners, landscape designers and urban planners. The 164 trees that featured in the show all come from different nurseries in France, Germany and Italy and will continue their journey after the show, joining sustainability projects around Paris. Each tree was tagged with a story of its origin and future destination.

Check out the entire lineup below.