L’ATELIER DE CHINE

Here is the most sublime collection of Fashion Week and the theme is Art Nouveau, an artistic style that develops from the late nineteenth century, first in Belgium and then in France. It flourishes in architecture and decorative arts. The search for functionality is one of the concerns of architects and designers. Art Nouveau is characterized by forms inspired by nature, where the curve of nature dominates.

Unlike many other artistic movements, Art Nouveau does not seek to promote a precise system of artistic principles invented by an artist or a group of artists and theorists. The name itself is that of a store in Paris, the Maison de l’Art Nouveau, opened in 1895 by the German art dealer Siegfried Bing. For Bing, as for many of his contemporaries, European civilization was going through a period of great turbulence and was facing unprecedented political, social and technological changes; the world of art and decoration therefore had to respond to the demands of this evolution. Continue reading

JASON WU 2021

Purified images of the fading day, where China’s nocturnal resonance fogs, Europeans wake up. Here is the most orderly designer in his vision, he stigmatizes his memories of the landmarks of his life in counterpoint and from Shanghai sends us the image of the Middle Kingdom.

Jason Wu is not to worry about finding explanations for these dreams, he lets his imagination unfold in vision of the premise of the hot summer that is fast approaching. As if the madness of sewing made him shiver, he sews without ever stopping, like a poem on the catwalk, like a spiral that imposes itself over the minutes, like a sovereign evidence of his imagination. Before me floats an image of the universe of Flora, this ancient deity of Rome whose main role was to protect the flowering. Continue reading

ERMANNO SCERVINO

“I always wanted to be a stylist” Ermanno once announced. And from a young age, he dreamed of dressing the most beautiful women in the world. This is not a first for us, because we already talked about him in 2010. A collection of ultra-feminine style and the time was to highlight the curves and other feminine attractions, because down the masks, thus throwing the spotlight on dresses guipure for legs as long as compasses.

Guipure from Ireland, Flanders, Le Puy; making guipure for a sublime trench coat, collar, cuffs with lace ruffles, not too young they say, but it is the only material that silk likes for neighbor, and this one comes from China. This static show deserves nothing less than the epithet of Royal, at least for the atmosphere of the almost moving sculptures, of an intense presentation that in terms of eloquence sews to the maturity of a great, from the Huang Mountains. Continue reading

HERMES ACQUIRES SEARS

The luxury brand Hermes is set to open in 2023 a large, new store as part of a redevelopment and expansion of a mall in the Los Angeles Valley.

An expansion and redesign of a Westfield mall in the Los Angeles Valley is getting a big boost of luxury with Hermès signing on as its new anchor tenant.

Hermès just leased a 7,500-square-foot space at the Westfield Topanga, taking over a location formerly occupied by Sears, a longtime anchor tenant for malls and shopping centers throughout the country. This will be one of the first instances of a single luxury brand being an anchor tenant in a mall  historically, such a tenant is a department store that is offered a steep discount for a long-term lease. But such stores have been declining in popularity for several years. Continue reading

CHINA YU PRIZE

Chen Peng, the designer best known for his outsize down puffer jackets, took home the top award from the Yu Prize, the platform founded by Wendy Yu that seeks out China's best up-and-coming fashion talent.

Chen will receive funding of 1 million renminbi, or $152,000, in addition to a year’s mentoring from OTB Group, retailing at Harrods, and a showcase by the Fédération de la Haute Couture et de la Mode. The inaugural event grew from one prize, as it was originally announced, to four awards that grant the winners a total of 1.5 million renminbi, or $229,000. Continue reading

SUPERMASK MEDICAL MUSIC

Music group Black Eyed Peas introduces his newest tech innovation today: Xupermask. Pronounced “supermask,” the product is made in partnership with technology and manufacturing company Honeywell International.

The wearable face technology, launching April 8, is made using medical-grade silicone and an adjustable elastic strap, featuring three dual-speed fans and a Honeywell created filtration system, plus noise-canceling audio, a microphone, a magnetic earbud docking system, Bluetooth connectivity and a seven-hour battery. Produced in two colors and sizes, Xupermask retails for $299 and will be available in the U.S., Canada, the U.K. and E.U. at Xupermask.com.

The product offers newness as consumers adjust to COVID-19, its impact on everyday life today and moving forward. While the price point might prove prohibitive for some, especially when compared to the myriad cloth or Continue reading

RALPH LAUREN AND SELFRIDGES

Ralph Lauren Corp., which has been on course to build even stronger digital connections, has made some key changes in its creative department.

Jack Becht, most recently digital fashion director at Selfridges, joined last month as creative director, agency, at Ralph Lauren, overseeing the Polo, Luxury, Lauren, Home and RL content studio divisions.

He reports to Alice Delahunt, chief digital and content officer, who has been with the company for three years, having cut her teeth at Google, Snap Inc. and Burberry, where she worked for six years and rose to global director of digital and social.

Becht has more than 10 years of experience in advertising, branded content and editorial. Prior to his year at Selfridges, he spent three years as creative director at Condé Nast, where he led the Fashion/Luxury group creating advertising and content campaigns for client’s channels, as well as the print, digital and social platforms of Condé Nast’s brand portfolios.

H AND M SNEAKER

After the Vuitton sneaker the H and M sneaker the two extreme ones are here, except that Vuitton was an April fool, so stop calling the office to know where the sneakers are on sale.

Sustainable sneaker label Good News has joined forces with H and M on a capsule collection of unisex sneakers. The sneakers, which have a retro flair and feature upbeat stripes and colors, were made using grape leather, fibers derived from banana plants and biodegradable soles.

Despite these efforts, there remains a lot of scrutiny around fast-fashion giants and their sustainability claims which some often dismiss as greenwashing.

For the Good News duo, however, the retailer’s willingness to make changes and its levels of transparency the Swedish company topped the 2020 transparency ranking by campaign group Fashion Revolution made the tie-in a step in the right direction. Continue reading

THE MOBILE CELLULAR SNEAKER

The T-mobile company in collaboration with “dans quelle monde Vuitton!” proposes this year the ultimate musical accessory: the Mobile Phone Sneakers, in other words, speaker sneakers, which produce a high quality sound, and which can be activated by voice so that you do not have to bend down. They are charged by kinetic energy, i.e. by your movements, and have a battery life of 15 hours. “Inspired by the past but with a vision in the future” for the firm of the Lord of the Arnault. Continue reading

GUCCI VACCINATES EMPLOYEES

Gucci will open the doors of its corporate offices and facilities to vaccinate more than 6,000 Italian employees, including offices, factories and retail. The rollout of COVID-19 vaccines has been slow in Italy and a number of Italian fashion companies are taking steps to help speed up the process.

Gucci on Monday said it was joining an initiative by Italy’s association Confindustria. Even LVMH has thought of using its new flagship la Samaritaine to vaccinate its employees. As soon as Italian national and regional health regulations allow it, Gucci will open the doors of its corporate offices and facilities to vaccinate more than 6,000 Italian employees, from offices, factories and retail.

The decision is in line with that of parent company Kering, which is offering its own spaces and those of the other brands of the group operating in Italy. Continue reading

MAURIZIO GUCCI A VISIONARY

While much of the subsequent media attention obviously focused on Maurizio Gucci’s murder in 1995 the anniversary of which is Saturday his ex-wife Patrizia Reggiani’s jealousy and greed, and their strained relationship, Morante talked some light on the events that preceded the tragedy and which also helped set the scene for the global development of the luxury goods industry  such as the arrival of private equity funds and international and diverse creative and management teams as well as the challenges family businesses face.

Maurizio Gucci was the first to realize the potential of the Gucci brand at a moment when the luxury industry was nascent. In the late ‘80s, Maurizio understood ahead of time that the luxury industry was about to embark on and experience a global renaissance. Not everybody was convinced at that stage, he told to Jacques Mouclier about Haute Couture and Metiers d’Art ; the only man who shared the same opinion. Continue reading

LADY KLAMA STUDIO L.A

Lady Gaga is today unveiling “The Studio by Klarna x Haus Labs. The creative space, a hub for her cosmetics brand Haus Laboratories, is based in Los Angeles County.

The pop star and actress who’s currently making headlines as she shoots Ridley Scott's anticipated film “House of Gucci” (portraying Patrizia Reggiani, ex-wife of Maurizio Gucci) on location in Italy with Al Pacino, Jared Leto and Adam Driver launched the vegan and cruelty-free beauty brand exclusively on Amazon in 2019.

Teaming with Swedish fintech company Klarna, Gaga hopes the studio will help foster creativity. It’s a platform for her company, for Haus of Gaga (her behind-the-scenes creative team) and a resource for emerging creatives.

The first group of creators has been chosen by Klarna and Haus Laboratories often referred to as Haus Labs to receive a $10,000 grant from Klarna and mentorship from the Haus Labs team. The current list includes an L.A.-based influencer known as Biddy and makeup artist Tavaris Jefferson, better known as Vari. Continue reading