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Gucci perfume in 2017: Dakota Johnson named new face of the fragrance “Bloom”

Wholly fashioned by creative director Alessandro Michele, Bloom is the new spring summer fragrance by Italian luxury house Gucci. With actress Dakota Johnson as the face of its campaign, the fragrance is slated to represent the modern woman. The launch of the scent was celebrated on May 2 with a party in New York.

Michele, who was appointed creative director of the house in 2015 and who is responsible for all of Gucci’s men’s and women’s collections, worked in collaboration with master perfumer Alberto Morillas to create this feminine fragrance.

The scent is a mix of tuberose and jasmine, combined with Rangoon Creeper — a unique flower discovered in South India that is being used for the first time in fragrance.  Bloom will be packaged in a classic, rectangular-shaped bottle in powder pink, decorated with a minimalist black and white label. The floral element ties in with Michele’s ready-to-wear designs, which regularly feature botanical motifs.

Italian-born Michele was a leather goods designer at Gucci before taking over as creative director following the departure of his predecessor Frida Giannini. He is credited with breathing new life into the house, and his feminine, vintage-inspired designs have inspired legions of fans around the world.

From May 3, Bloom will be available to pre-order in limited quantities ahead of the official release, which will be in August for the US, but not until Spring 2018 in Europe.

Designer bicycle: Limited edition Gucci ‘Guccissima’ bicycle from 2005 goes up for sale

For those who remember a time when Tom Ford was the creative mind behind Gucci, you may recall that the designer had created more than just designer clothes. Prior to his departure from the Italian label, the designer produced what is now known as the Gucci ‘Guccissima’ Limited Edition 2005 bicycle. For those who would love to get their hands on anything vintage and unique, then this may just be your chance.

According to Cope & Cabrera, who happens to have just one of the bicycle’s as a part of its private collection, this is the first time that one is up for auction. Hand-crafted and a work of art that few will be able to call their own, the bicycle features all the signature Gucci characteristics. From the signature leather seat that showcases the chocolate brown shade that Gucci is known for to the seat pack that is fitted with a buckle enclosure and a double pannier travel bag, no detail has been left to chance.

The metallic bronze frame of the bicycle also displays the signature stripes of Gucci and has the large double-G emblems throughout. If that was not enough, the brand even engraved ‘GG’ on the bell. The bicycle has been on display for eight years now and is said to be in near perfect condition Though, should you wish to own the Gucci ‘Guccissima’ bicycle, be sure to part with a cool US$11,676 — a small price really for something that is expertly crafted.

To learn more about how to get your hands on the Gucci ‘Guccissima’ bicycle, visit Vestiaire Collective for more information.

Gucci Sponsors Chatsworth House Fashion Exhibition

Gucci Sponsors Chatsworth House Fashion Exhibition

Britain’s Chatsworth House has been revealed as the setting for what is widely expected to be one of 2017’s major fashion exhibitions, sponsored by Gucci.

“House Style: Five Centuries of Fashion at Chatsworth” is set to explore the life of the historical Cavendish family and additional famous figures, including Bess of Hardwick, the 18th century “Empress of Fashion” Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire; Fred Astaire’s sister and dance partner Adele Astaire and Nancy Mitford. Supermodel Stella Tennant will also have a starring role in the show.

Covering art history, fashion, jewelry, design and textiles, the exhibition will tell the story of the Devonshire Collection and the role fashion played in the protagonists’ lives. Curated by International Editor-at-Large at American Vogue Hamish Bowles, it will be set into various rooms of the house and organized by theme, including ‘Coronation Dress’, ‘The Devonshire House Ball’, ‘Bess of Hardwick and the Tudor influence’, ‘The Georgiana Effect’ and ‘Entertaining at Chatsworth’, among others. Highlights include a Givenchy bolero worn on the Duchess of Devonshire’s wedding day, uniforms, coronation robes and fancy-dress costumes, and historic and contemporary couture from Christian Dior, Gucci, Helmut Lang, Vivienne Westwood, Alexander McQueen and Vetements.

“This exhibition proves how much historical objects are an incredible source of inspiration for creating the present,” says Alessandro Michele, Creative Director at Gucci. “Thus far the house has been speaking, now House Style gives a voice to the wardrobes of its inhabitants and guests.

“House Style: Five Centuries of Fashion at Chatsworth”, a 200-page survey of fashion at Chatsworth featuring photographs by Mario Testino, Cecil Beaton and Bruce Weber, will also be published to mark the exhibition.

The exhibition will run from March 25 to October 22 2017. For more information, see www.chatsworth.org

Perfect Pairing: Bridges Between Art, Fashion

Fashion and Art used to be separate worlds, obeying different codes and serving opposite purposes. This season though, the two universes got a step closer, through abounding references and unique collaborations between brands and artists.gucci-perfectpairing-2

From Gucci to Burberry, L’Officiel Singapore selected the most remarkable examples of this phenomenon in their October issue, dedicated to Pop Culture. Read the full “Perfect Pairing” story on lofficielsingapore.com.

Creating Fashion that Sells Isn’t a Sin

What is the point of high fashion these days? Is there a reason that designers still get to sit on their high horses when the most talked about brand these days is Vetements, with all its nonstop talk about “clothing people actually wear”? It’s really an issue of the industry failing to catch up with the times, which is strangely ironic considering that fashion is supposed to represent and extol the times it lives in.

In the aughts of haute couture, and really since before the time of Charles Frederick Worth (considered the progenitor of high fashion) and Marie Antoinette, what fashion represented in the zeitgeist and times was desire. Plain and simple, it was about elevating and making clothing so beautiful, flattering, and jealousy-inducing that it was a means to a social end. Fashion is so strikingly bourgeois and hierarchical today precisely because it has, for so many years, represented a certain degree of sophistication and, indeed, wealth.

Selling isn't a sin: Chanel

Chanel

So what is high fashion for today, if Chanel is no longer haughtily pronouncing items of clothing démodé and instead, planting emojis onto accessories and clothing? If a brand as vaunted and intellectual as Prada is selling bags straight off the runway, can it still maintain a cachet of luxury and intelligence without the stink of shilling products (perhaps by making customers wait for the rest of its seasonal fashion direction)?

Selling isn't a sin: Balenciaga

Balenciaga

I posit that high fashion today is returning to its core, plain and simple, all over again. It is about beautiful clothing, wonderful things people feel an urge to wear, and representing the cultural values of the times. It is why Balenciaga under Demna Gvasalia feels so… right. With its post-modern melding of old-world techniques and new-age street-wise tricks, it has been vaulted right back into the fashion consciousness – and it is worth paying attention to again. With the advertising and PR money of fashion, it sometimes becomes difficult to differentiate what’s worth the time and what’s paid for. The purest reaction, then, is clothing that can convince customers to part with money to put on their back.

Selling isn't a sin: Vetements

Vetements

The ’90s were all at once the best and worst time for intellectual fashion, but that’s gone down the drain now. Conglomeration of brands and companies meant that fashion as an art and a means to an end was becoming monetized. Think of LVMH, Kering and Prada group’s expansions at the time.

Today, LVMH’s brands are represented in a good half of all fashion magazines’ front bumper of ads. Louis Vuitton, Dior, Céline, Loewe, Kenzo, Marc Jacobs, Givenchy, Fendi – even jewelry and watch brands such as Bulgari, Chaumet, Hublot, TAG Heuer, etc. Kering rounds it up with Gucci, Saint Laurent, Bottega Veneta, Alexander McQueen, Balenciaga, Stella McCartney, etc. Where did the mavericks like Helmut Lang and Martin Margiela go?

In an environment where people simply demanded more and more clothing, it became hard for such intellectually-driven and conceptual designers to continue – never mind that the clothes they designed and created were eminently wearable and beautiful. But it was tricky, because the old shows from Prada, for instance, were such subtle exercises in decryption. Meaning was layered and veiled, and it took a trained eye and mind to pick apart what exactly Mrs Prada was saying each season. Today, a collection like its FW16 vagabond girls-on-the-run one is, while beautiful, almost obvious to interpret. In recent seasons too: fast cars and sweaty glamour, stiff Stepford wives’ tailoring, duney desert travellers. They make big political and cultural statements, but they’re plain to see.

Selling isn't a sin: Saint Laurent

Saint Laurent

Therein lies the problem. When fashion becomes grounds for intellectual concepts, customers get frustrated. It was famously hard for people to grasp Craig Green’s debut SS15 collection with flowing judoka quilts and banners bound to the models. But it struck a chord with the industry collective viewing the show – inspiring some tears, even. Here was a collection set against an Enya soundtrack, resplendent in creative liberty and in the luxury of time it took to craft. It was beautiful and it sold. Next season, he did a similar thing – line and silhouette were only slightly different, but there was a complete reversal in the reaction of the press. Lambasts of similarity and repetition abounded, and it became clear that the industry was on the same page as its readers’ attention spans. Never mind giving designers time to develop an idea and letting it stew, mutate, evolve and be felt out. We wanted more and more of the new.

Selling isn't a sin: Prada

Prada

So where is intellectual fashion’s place in today’s fast-paced commercial churning environment? It is a conundrum that is hard to solve. Perhaps that is why Vetements is so successful – because it makes you feel like you’re thinking and being smart about things while contributing no effort at all. Perhaps it is why Hedi Slimane’s Saint Laurent was such a runaway commercial success – because you didn’t have to think while wearing his clothes, you just had to partake in his vacuous vein of L.A. grungy cool. Perhaps it is why Phoebe Philo’s Céline is so influential – women don’t have to think about what they’re representing to the world because Philo’s clothing whispers refinement for them. Perhaps it is why Alessandro Michele’s Gucci is so refreshing – they’re simply fun to wear (the same, season after season) and don’t offer much by way of a political or cultural message.

I am not against any of this.

Selling isn't a sin: Jacquemus

Jacquemus

On the contrary, it is the way fashion is today, and to whine about time gone by is to be astoundingly near-sighted – rather, rear-sighted. Karl Lagerfeld has been so good for Chanel exactly because he takes to the times he lives in like a cultural sponge. There’s a respect to the historical foundations of the brand, but even more surely a perspective of today.

Selling isn't a sin: Gucci

Gucci

What I’m saying is that “commercial” isn’t necessarily a bad word. We’ve been wary of the financial beast for long enough; it’s time to be smart about it and synthesize what we know with what we want. There’s a reason designers such as Christian Lacroix went out of business despite his reign in the ’80s and ’90s in Paris: extravagance and bonanza dresses stopped becoming relevant. After sobering financial crashes, actual plane crashes and a global worldview of uncertainty, the dream was over.

Selling isn't a sin: Dries Van Nolen

Dries Van Nolen

Today, the new dream is perhaps clothes that slide right into daily life. A note: I’m not saying poorly designed and poorly made clothes with nary a thought or smarts should get a pass for being easy to buy and wear. I’m talking about fashion that has a contextual place in contemporary culture and represents a designer’s point of view. Ultimately, that’s the place of fashion: on our backs.

This article was first published in L’Officiel Singapore.

Alessandro Michele Declares Trends Dead

Does anyone else have trouble telling the Gucci seasons apart? I, for one, have to guess by the set of the show and the embroidery motif of the season (if it’s a bee or snake, for example). Since Alessandro Michele took the helm at the Italian house, there’s been an industry-shaking revitalisation of fashion and, indeed, a new creative powerhouse in Milan. At the start of Michele’s Gucci, things were so intoxicatingly fun one didn’t bother taking the time to dissect the meaning of the clothes. Sequins, bees, velvet, fur, lamé – not a second’s hesitation, I had to have all of it!

Three seasons in, though, and it’s about time we think a little about what makes the Italian wunderkind’s magpie, art-sieving and vintage-adoring aesthetic work. Michele pulls a great number of references: Pucci, Saint Laurent, Valentino, Prada, Zegna, Tom Ford, Cavalli, Ralph Lauren, among many others. In some frothy dresses, too, one senses a bit of Valli and Elie Saab. What makes them stand leagues apart, though, is the quasi bad taste approach he’s taken to things. As if a cupcake of a multicoloured tiered dress isn’t enough, here’s an off-shoulder sleeve with an exaggerated puff and fur trimming. Not content with this humongous yellow fur jacket? Have some yellow-tinted sunglasses, bags, shoes and leggings to really look like an expensive version of a Sesame Street character. It’s that daring to go just over the edge of conventional taste that makes his designs so exciting.

To really appreciate this Gucci, though, one must go into the stores and look at the clothes up close and personal. While most fashion houses produce editorially-minded runway shows and end up stocking commercial pieces in stores that weren’t shown, Michele’s Gucci gives you everything you see on the runway. It’s when they’re taken apart that you realize, in a tizzy, that you want a bit of everything. A racing-striped skirt, for example, is less intimidating to approach when you take away the matching bag, socks, and bejewelled cable knit sweater. A bomber jacket with a pink fur collar, too, becomes easier to appropriate without its contrasting floral blouse and abundance of appliquéd ribbons.

For the more traditionally minded, the tailoring retains that Gucci edge of slender sexiness. A full black pantsuit is straightforward. Take it up a notch, and you can try the peak-lapelled cream suit. One more step forward, and perhaps a Prince of Wales checked suit with hanging tassels and jewellery. For the bravest, the option of either a top-to-toe hot pink ensemble, or a fur-cuffed and fully-sequinned disco number.

What the man is saying with his clothes has quietly taken a hold of the industry’s psyche towards churning out marketable trends – shallow, mass-produced kitsch-chic and clashing versions that imply bad (or indeed, no) taste. Dig a little deeper, and you’ll see that the Alessandro Michele is really about clothes for every individual, for every taste, and for ever.

Gucci Cruise 2017, Tom Hiddleston

Tom Hiddleston Fronts New Gucci Campaign

Who needs Taylor Swift when you have Gucci? Having spent several months as the man who may have inspired another Swiftian tune, Tom Hiddleston has ditched that unsightly “I Heart T.S” t-shirt (why? Just, why?) and, instead is looking dapper in a tailored suit by Gucci for the brand’s new Cruise 2017 campaign.Gucci Cruise 2017, Tom Hiddleston

The British actor, who is rumoured to be in the running for James Bond, is photographed in a series of shots in a luxurious estate, once owned by the late artist Tony Duquette, in Los Angeles. With Hiddleston as the new face of Gucci, Alessandro Michele enlisted the help of photographer Glen Luchford to capture the laidback sophistication for the new campaign.Gucci Cruise 2017, Tom Hiddleston

However, Hiddleston is not the only star of the campaign. His co-stars are Afghan hounds with hair so sleek and smooth, we feel envious of their manes by simply looking at these shots. These beautiful creatures, the Afghan hounds we mean, are not the first animals to star in Gucci campaigns. For example, for the brand’s Cruise 2017 campaign and Spring 2016 campaign, Michele had in fact included farm animals and peacocks respectively.

Etro does stripes - spring/summer 2017 - Milan. © AFP PHOTO/ALBERTO PIZZOLI

5 Highlights from Milan Fashion Week SS17

Spring/summer 2017 of Milan Fashion Week bridged subtle sentiments and exuberant opulence. Even though eyes will be on Paris now, some offerings were just simply unforgettable. Here, we recap five highlights of the Milan presentations.

Frills for days

Like many labels showing collections in Milan, Diesel Black Gold brought frills to its spring/summer 2017 line. © ALBERTO PIZZOLI / AFP

Just like New York and London, frills were the trend-of-the-moment at Milan Fashion Week. It brings a display of flamboyance with a side of sensuality. Gucci’s interpretation was adorned with golden embellishment, while Blugirl and Diesel Black Gold (above) incorporated frills on their dresses.

Prints plethora

Prints on the Dolce & Gabbana runway - spring/summer 2017 - Milan. © AFP PHOTO/ALBERTO PIZZOLI

No matter the shape and size, prints and patterns are here for the season. Florals in spring may not be groundbreaking, but it is a perfect match – as demonstrated by Blumarine and Roberto Cavalli. Other designers also played with varieties of stripes (Etro, Cristiano Burani, Fendi), spots (Anteprima), geometrics (Versace, Byblos Milano), ethnic prints, and abstract patterns (Giorgio Armani). Dolce & Gabbana (above) stood out with Italy-inspired prints. 

Diverse array of dresses

A long dress by Blumarine - spring/summer 2017 - Milan. © GIUSEPPE CACACE / AFP

Dresses were all the rage at the Milan shows. Some were cut short, like at Francesco Scognamiglio, Fendi, Giorgio Armani and Giamba. Longer iterations carrying a bohemian and romantic vibe were seen at Blumarine (above), Gucci, and Etro. Meanwhile, N°21, Anteprima, and Bottega Veneta opted for calf-length cuts

A sporty finish

A pleated dress by Byblos Milano - spring/summer 2017 - Milan. © GIUSEPPE CACACE / AFP

The trend was spotted at Fendi, Versace, Byblos Milano (above), Philipp Plein and Francesco Scognamiglio. Even though most collections were naturally feminine and elegant, designers added more color with sportswear accents. Specialist materials, zips, hoods, pockets, and sneakers were incorporated to the collections. Athletic-inspired pleated dresses were also spotted.

Retro-grade

etro hot pants from Prada - spring/summer 2017 - Milan. © ALBERTO PIZZOLI / AFP

The past merged with the present in conversation-worthy attire. Designers paid tribute to the 1970s with tight high-waisted hot pants and sensational prints at Prada (above), as well as Roberto Cavalli’s flared pants. Gucci in particular, fully embodied the retro spirit as it continues its current period.

Gucci Milan Fashion Week 2016

3 Beauty Trends: Milan Fashion Week

Milan Fashion Week is over and we are gearing up for the next round of runway shows that we will certainly cover in due course. However, before we hop over to Paris, we took a look at some of the beauty looks that made an appearance on the ramp. The three beauty looks here may even be key trends to look out for this season.

Glittery FunFendi Milan Fashion Week 2016

The vibrant trend was out in full force starting with Fendi. Bringing his love for fun and games to the runway, Karl Lagerfeld decked Gigi Hadid and the rest of his lovely models out with winged eyeliner and glittery pouts (above). The result was a striking and sequin-like effect that captivated the audience. Over at Giamba, models sported the glitter in a way that created an illusion of floating brows. Versace featured the trend as well but concentrated on the inner eyes, making their take on the trend slightly more wearable. However instead of using actually glitter, the brand chose to use just a dab of iridescent metallic shadow that captured the light.

Youthful HairDiesel Balck Gold Milan Fashion Week 2016

The trend saw a playful vibe carried over from the beauty looks to hairstyles with unsophisticated styles dominating the runways. From miniature top knots (above) at Diesel Black Gold to the pigtails at Fendi, the designers added a little bit of fun to their collections. At Emanno Scervino, models walked the runway with ruler-straight schoolgirl bangs and pastel hair shades.

Surreal FashionAtsushi Nakashima Milan Fashion Week 2016

Of course, fashion week would be a yawn without a few daring designers who went to the extreme with their looks. At Atsushi Nakashima, models presented the designs while sporting painted-on misplaced lips (above). Over at Cividini, prismatic eye shadow in colorful hues made for a bold look while Gucci embraced exaggerated wigs (main picture) that played with proportions.

Gucci Spring/Summer 2017

Gucci Spring/Summer 2017: Magic Lanterns

The Roman designer credited with reviving the fortunes of what was a flagging brand returned to the themes that have underpinned his turnaround and, it seemed, pushed each envelope a little further. Androgynous looks were more prevalent than ever, his trademark giant glasses more jewel-encrusted than before, the platform shoes more vertiginous and shimmering with gems.gucci-milan-fashion-week-runway-4

The idea, according to Michele’s notes to a show entitled “Magic Lanterns,” was to create a collection in which “the clothes tell a story steeped in wonder, phantasmagoria and unorthodoxy.” That meant, in practice, that the converted railway siding that hosted the show was done up with pink velvet banquettes to create an ambience somewhere between a super-kitsch 70s nightclub and a courtesan’s boudoir.Gucci Spring/Summer 2017

Slippers with platform wedges were said to have been inspired by Venetian prostitutes, gowns were enriched with embroideries and ruffles and there were sparkly gold and purple leggings aplenty. Wild animals were a theme on bags and on the backs of austere tweedy jackets. Suits on the male models nearly all featured three-quarter length trousers while the bell-bottomed female versions might have been designed for a hairy-chested lothario from the early 70s.Gucci Spring/Summer 2017

The inspirations for hairstyles were equally eclectic – spanning a range from Mork and Mindy to Marie-Antoinette. That eclecticism might have been what Michele was referring to in his notes when he explained that he was seeking to “cultivate the unexpected.” He certainly did that and star guests actress Dakota Johnson and the cellist Kelsey Lu looked impressed.Gucci Spring/Summer 2017

But the initial online reaction was not nearly as rapturous as has been the case for Michele’s previous collections. Has he gone too far this time? Gucci’s French owners will not mind as long as sales keeping ticking up as they have done consistently under the designer’s artistic stewardship.

Gucci Spring/Summer 2017

Livestream: Gucci Spring/Summer 2017

Gucci brings us its final standalone women’s runway show at Milan Fashion Week. The brand will be merging its men’s and women’s runway shows from next season which makes this a significant show for the brand. Catch the livestream for Gucci’s Women’s Spring/Summer 2017 runway show on September 21 at 8.30pm.

Gucci Cruise 2016 Ad Campaign

Gucci Brings New Web Experience to Korea, Japan

The Internet holds no terrors for Italian luxury label Gucci as it expands its reach with its redesigned website into the Korea and Japan markets. Fans of the brand there finally get a look at what the new site can do, after its launch in the US last October.

The new online concept for Gucci.com, pioneered by the brand’s new Creative Director Alessandro Michele, aims to better integrate content and e-commerce functionalities, and includes an editorial section titled “The Agenda” which provides further insight into the fashion house’s collections.

The fresh-look site, which made its debut in the United States last October and was then extended to Europe, the United Arab Emirates and Australia in March, has also been designed to be more mobile-friendly. Bear this in mind when you visit the site from anywhere else because your experience will be very different. We hope the powers-that-be at Gucci (and parent group Kering) will see fit to standardize this experience globally so no market is left behind.

Michele was tapped by iconic designer Tom Ford in 2002 and his 12-year design tenure at Gucci (in various roles) was followed by his appointment as the new Creative Director of the house in 2015 in a bid to give the brand a fresh direction.

Gucci #24HourAce: International Artists Takeover

Advertising doesn’t have to conform to a single formula, especially when one is as imaginative as Alessandro Michele. Following the success of the #GucciGram last year, this year sees the #24HourAce. For 2016, the house of Gucci tapped artists all over the world to create Instagram short films, as well as take over the label’s Snapchat for an hour each based on the theme of the Gucci Ace sneaker.

On July 27, fans of the brand were treated to a 24-hour Snapchat broadcast, as well as a mini tour of the world, as artists posted from Tokyo, Brazil, Norway and New York, among other countries. Art is not bound by geography.

For those of us who have missed the Snapchat takeover, Gucci’s Instagram holds treasures from the collaboration. Read more about the #24HourAce on Men’s Folio Singapore.

This story is also available in Bahasa Indonesia. Read it here: Gucci #24HourAce: Takeover Akun Snapchat Gucci Oleh Jajaran Seniman

18 Best Pre-Fall Womenswear Trends 2016

From androgynous dress suits in floral prints to saccharine-sweet pastels and kitsch sensuality, the trends for Pre-Fall 2016 are pretty diverse, so there’s something for everyone. Here, our friends at L’Officiel Singapore have done the research for you to bring you 18 looks you should sport for the transitional season.

DRESSY SUIT

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Givenchy by Ricardo Tisci

When it comes to suiting now, bolder is better. Give your classic navy and black suits a rest and look to versions in daring prints and opulent fabrics – think Bottega Veneta’s mismatched tailoring or Givenchy’s flower-embellished stunner punked up with studded boots.

STANDARD (RE)ISSUE

Alexander Wang

Alexander Wang

Military gets a cool downtown vibe with Alexander Wang’s introduction of grunge elements – beanies, 
chains and opaque tights – and unexpectedly ladylike accents in the form of velvet heels.

DOUBLE COATED

Dior

Dior

A clever take on layering by the design team at Dior, with a gently curved olive coat shrugged over another coat in rich brown fur. A lace-trimmed slip and sparkly flats lends ease and lightness to the look.

SHEAR THING

Burberry

Burberry

Shearling continues to be a giant trend for Pre-Fall, turning up as cool outerwear at brands as diverse as Coach, Paco Rabanne and Stella McCartney. Christopher Bailey showed an oversized one at Burberry, which he paired with sleek flares and a boyish rucksack.

FUN FURS

Fendi

Fendi

Shearling’s more luxurious cousin is also having its moment in the sun, but these furs are not your grandmother’s dowdy ones. Pre-Fall’s best shaggy pieces come in fabulous hues and patterns like those on Marni’s graphic check fur stole, Valentino’s ombre fur robe and Fendi’s floral explosion.

CANDY CRUSH

Michael Kors Collection

Michael Kors Collection

Considering the fact that most Pre-Fall collections hit shop floors at the height of summer, it makes sense to drench them in sweet, uplifting shades. Giorgio Armani showed tiered dresses in washed-out blues, Sportmax proposed pale lemon for our outerwear, while Michael Kors had us thinking pink.

MASCULINE FEMININE

Versace

Versace

Boy-meets-girl is a trope fashion loves to reinterpret. This season’s offerings include Jason Wu’s jackets that were sculpted for a feminine silhouette, butterfly and lipstick prints on an Alexander McQueen pantsuit, and Prince-of-Wales tailoring at Versace shot through with baby blue and worn with a tiny skirt.

SHINE ON

Emilio Pucci

Emilio Pucci

Who says that sequins should only come out when the sun goes down? When styled with the right pieces, metallics make a wonderful daytime statement too. Case in point: Phillip Lim’s gold wide pants, worn with a silk shirt, and Emilio Pucci’s sequined shirt, paired with a breezy skirt and a sandal-sock combo.

PRETTY PLEATS

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Gucci

The pleated midi skirt is fashion’s favourite skirt shape of the moment and no one does it better than Alessandro Michele. This season he rendered it in high-impact silver worn with an equally shiny pink bomber. Elsewhere, Michael Kors, Giorgio Armani and Max Mara also offered beautiful options of the pleated midi.

MODERN ETHNIC

Alexander McQueen

Alexander McQueen

The current-season way to pull off ethnic influences can be seen in the collections of Alexander McQueen and Altuzarra. The key is to go for a sharper, more fitted silhouette; the end look needs to come off sleek and polished instead of billowy and bohemian.

POWER TULLE

Stella McCartney

Stella McCartney

Where Miuccia Prada goes, others are sure to follow. After last season’s enchanting tulle layers at Miu Miu, the gauzy fabric is shaping up to be a key layering element. Molly Goddard has built a name with her joyful tulle creations, while Stella McCartney presented a womanly version worn over trousers and a bustier.

TIE DYE TWIST

Valentino

Valentino

Designers are reinventing tie-dye with a luxe spin, moving it farther away from hippie-dippy and muddy music-fest connotations. Our favourite version is from Valentino, where the saturation is amped way up and cut into a modern anorak, juxtaposed with a smart shirt and thigh-highs.

SWEET ’60s

Bally

Bally

The youthful charm of the ’60s look has always endured – who can resist the appeal of a little skirt, a fitted jumper and a flattering peacoat? The best looks aren’t faithful reproductions, though; we love Pablo Coppola’s take at Bally where the coat is cut ultra-sharp in bright red and the skirt comes in glossy leather.

’70s REDUX

Saint Laurent

Saint Laurent

The ’70s is another decade that fashion keeps returning to, but no one makes a more convincing case than Hedi Slimane. At Saint Laurent, he conjured up the bohemian glamour of Loulou de la Falaise with his swishing culottes and midi skirts, all topped with silken blouses and showstopping cloaks and capes.

NAUGHTY & NICE

Chanel

Chanel

Fashion loves a good clash of contrasting ideas and this season, designers are riffing on the themes of naughty and nice. Bally has a sharply tailored trench in glossy, fetishistic patent; Alexander Wang put fishnet tights under prim skirts and Karl Lagerfeld invoked Italian screen sirens wearing leather and lace with tweeds and pearls.

SPORTS COUTURE

Paco Rabanne

Paco Rabanne

Athleticism in fashion is here to stay but the most talented, innovative designers are constantly finding new ways to elevate and marry it with high fashion. J.W. Anderson, for example, created bold new things from the idea of nylon and tracksuits, while Julien Dossena at Paco Rabanne cleverly mixed zippers and mesh with lush materials for an effortless but luxurious take.

PUFF PIECE

Louis Vuitton

Louis Vuitton

The grandly exaggerated Edwardian shoulder continues to get more play for Pre-Fall. It showed up with retro inflections at Gucci, while at 3.1 Phillip Lim and J.W. Anderson, it was deconstructed and updated for today’s cool girls. But the most interesting mash-up was at Louis Vuitton where Nicolas Ghesquière paired sculpted shoulders with motorcross leggings and edgy, chunky boots.

DENIM DREAMS

Valentino

Valentino

This wardrobe staple has been given a fancy upgrade for Pre-Fall. At Carven, it was mixed with shearling and shown as a total-look statement. Julie de Libran also showed denim-on-denim at Sonia Rykiel but her looks were embroidered while Massimo Giorgetti’s Pucci pieces were printed with feathers. The most whimsical were Valentino’s versions, which bore elaborate scenes and dreamscapes.

 

 

Gucci Announces Second Phase of DIY Service

It is Creative Director Alessandro Michele’s wish for the customers to reinterpret his aesthetic and express themselves through personalization. You’ve seen the DIY Dionysus bag – Gucci now takes it a step further with unisex jackets and shoes, all at the mercy of your creative prowess.

Fabrics, colors, motifs and even embroidered initials can be switched up to one’s heart content. Go crazy; it’s a little piece of Michele with a little piece of you.

Read more about the collection on L’Officiel Singapore or on Men’s Folio Singapore for a different take.

Prints: Resort 2017 Runway Trend

Monochrome and graphic color blocking are so last season. Don’t believe us? Just take a look at the latest resort 2017 collections to have hit the runways. From abstract, animalistic to floral, the trend is certainly going to excite those who have never been drawn to the plain and safe choices of seasons past.

Edun Resort 2017

Edun Resort 2017

Of course, that isn’t to say that all the prints are loud and vibrant to the point of no return. Fashion — as it always has — provides us with a vast range to choose from and this trend has something for everyone. Those who veer towards minimalist fashion should look to Edun. Inspired by the iconic image of Diana Ross in the 1970s as she lounged by a swimming pool in Palm Springs as well as the Gio Tribe of Northeastern Liberia, the brand has brought out a whole host of colors. Producing a stripe pattern, Edun brings ecrus, rose pinks and soft pale blues together with vibrant yellows and reds.

Michael Kors Resort 2017

Michael Kors Resort 2017

Don’t care too much for color? Michael Kors is your man (or designer). With the help of contemporary houndstooth, tinsel-style stripes and polka dots, the designer shows us how prints can be done in style. Alternative aesthetics are available in the form of floral and feminine motifs from the likes of Carven, whose Prairie-style skirts were livened up with colorful embroidery, and Rochas, whose dainty take on the tropical herbarium saw fluid fabrics dappled with printed orchids, hibiscus, jasmine and wild geraniums.

Dior Cruise 2017

Dior Cruise 2017

Continuing the floral theme was Dior with dainty tea dresses showcasing tiny blooms. A surprising move was from Gucci, whose loud Britannia-loving collection that was filled with Union Jacks and tartans also made way for the girlish and flowery maxi skirts. Of course, the bold and the fashionable are also richly rewarded this season thanks to Moschino. Embracing prints of every kind, the brand channelled the 1970s with full-length animal prints. Another who followed the path of the bold prints was Emilio Pucci who brought palm tree prints, while Roberto Cavalli favored a whirlwind of kaleidoscopic patterns and colors. Even the normally restrained Chanel threw caution to the wind at its Cuban resort show, unveiling patchwork printed jumpsuits and glitzy shift dresses on the catwalk.

23 Stories X Condé Nast, Gucci Create Film Series

23 Stories, an award-winning advertising unit of Condé Nast has partnered with Gucci for an original film series featuring the Italian label’s Pre-Fall 2016 collection.

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The four episode series is the first branded program of its kind for the two established firms. Under the critical eye of acclaimed director Gia Coppola, the modern interpretation of classic Greek romance “The Legend of Orpheus and Eurydice” retells the Greek tragedy, set in modern day New York. French personality Lou Doillon (who also happens to be Jane Birkin’s daughter) is styled in creative director Alessandro Michele’s charming, elaborate designs, including a dramatic custom 10-foot wedding veil. Supported with original music courtesy of Devonte Hynes, the atmospheric film is 10 minutes of pure cinematic delight, and perfectly encapsulates the romance and eccentricity of the Seventies.

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Marco Bizzarri, Gucci President and CEO, commented “Through the authority and reach of the six Conde Nast brands that are part of this pioneering initiative, we are able to take advantage of highly original and qualitative content to engage with a broad, but targeted audience across geographic regions and platforms in an authentic way.” Bizzarri continued, “Digital narrative – whether through film, social media or native journalism – is the way that Millennials in particular like to be engaged today. Consequently, this type of innovative approach to digital marketing will certainly play an increasingly important part of our strategy going forward.”

The full series will be available exclusively across Vogue, Vanity Fair, GQ, New Yorker, W Magazine, Pitchfork and Gucci, and will be marketed globally across leading Condé Nast digital brands.

 

4 Beauty Looks That Ruled Resort 2017

Chanel might have showed a spectacular Havana-inspired collection and Dior channeled the spirit of travel, but nothing got us more excited than the beauty looks. There’s a lot to be hyped up for Resort 2017, and if you’re doubtful you can achieve these looks, think again – they’re surprisingly easy to score. From ephemeral glowing skin at Louis Vuitton to fiercely-defined eye makeup at Dior, here are four of the biggest looks the transitional season has to offer.

Chanel

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Usually a look only reserved for the beach, Karl Lagerfeld made loose, low-slung ponytails chic again at his Havana-themed show. A dash of apricot-hued blush and hint of dark eyeshadow on dewy, bronzed skin completed the breezy look, and gave off a vacation-vibe that had us wishing the holidays were here sooner.

Louis Vuitton

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The girls at Louis Vuitton went au naturel this season. Strong eyebrows framed the otherwise clean faces, each positively glowing thanks to a dash of shimmer on their faces and lips. Their hair, flowing and loose, were kept untreated for a carefree and insouciant vibe, which helped draw focus to the athletic-inspired apparel.

Gucci

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Gucci continued channeling geek chic with a confidently understated look – think lightly powdered matte skin and pale matte lips. The simple look is complete with curled lashes (without mascara, mind you), to open the peepers for the statement eyewear that accompany the looks.

Dior

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Things at Dior got fiercely amped up with bold eyes and tightly scraped back hair. The dark exaggerated eyes were juxtaposed by ungroomed, haphazard brows, creating a look that was both empowering and feminine at the same time. The French Maison completed the look with lightly glossed nude lips to prevent the look from becoming too wintery.

 

 

Gucci Cruise at Westminster Abbey

Held in the same venue that hosts the coronation ceremonies of the British monarchy and that sealed one of the most popular unions for the British royal family in the last two centuries, Westminster Abbey played host to Gucci and the brand’s Cruise 2017 collection. Filled with prints, colors and a truckload of materials the collection was all kinds of fun. It may have even given many a new appreciation for granny-chic.

To learn more about the collection and to see our favourite looks, head to L’Officiel Singapore.