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Dior: London Show May Unveil New Creative Director

The fashion world waits for no one. So if you thought you could catch a breather after Fashion Week, we have news for you. Fashion house Dior has already set a date for its next show in London and might have something special in store…

Taking place May 31 at Blenheim Palace, the show is making the news for one reason. Word has it that Dior will use the show to not only unveil its 2017 cruise collection but also the debut of Dior’s new Creative Director. Said to be taking over from Raf Simmons after his departure in October of 2015, is Jonathan Saunders.

Like Bouchra Jarrar in the days leading up to her new role at Lanvin, Saunders has closed his own well-known brand. Having left Pollini in December 2015, many are speculating that the event will be a perfect way to showcase not only Saunders but also his influence on LVMH’s luxury fashion brand. Dior’s show in London will take place two days before rival Gucci’s own display on June 2 at Westminster Abbey.

Fashion Week: 5 Beauty Trends to Follow

The clothes were not the only things we kept a look out for during Fashion Week. Beauty looks and accessories draw just as much attention, and with good reason. Trends seen on the runway tend to have a major impact for the next season and if the beauty looks we’ve seen at the Fall/Winter 2016 ready-to-wear shows are any indication, drama is key.

We start with the crowning glory: The Hair. We can say goodbye to sleek hair, as designers chose big-attention grabbing hair. While Gucci in Milan featured voluminous hair, models at Rick Owens in Paris donned hair nests that some felt bordered on the conceptual. Other designers who went for the volume with the hair, was Manish Arora as he complemented his designs with crimped, wavy bouffant locks piled high.

Manish Arora at Paris Fashion Week

Manish Arora at Paris Fashion Week

Volume was not the only hair trend seen on the runways. This fall may see us take a break from the straightening irons with many such as Altazurra in New York and Giorgio Armani in Milan championing the curl. Fendi was another label to favor the look, with tight curls. One designer who put a different spin on the look was Vivienne Westwood where she pinned curls to the models’ heads for a subtle historical spin.

Fendi at Milan Fashion Week

Fendi at Milan Fashion Week

An instantly dramatic trend that some followed is that of the bleached brow. Varying levels of camouflaging and lightening were seen on the runways of Milan, London and Paris. While Armani chose to scuff out the brows of his models, Givenchy chose bleached eyebrows that seemed to appear invisible.

Irina Shayk for Givenchy's Fall/Winter 2016 collection at Paris Fashion Week.

Irina Shayk for Givenchy’s Fall/Winter 2016 collection at Paris Fashion Week.

Fashion Week took a trek back in time to revisit urban grunge with the help from the extreme smokey eye. In Paris, Saint Laurent treated guests to a visually captivating beauty look with models sporting thick-winged eyeliner flicked up to the temple. Others such as Tadashi Shoji and Dries van Noten opted for a softer, smudgier interpretation that was still striking.

Saint Laurent from Paris Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2016

Saint Laurent from Paris Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2016

The last of the beauty trends was the dark lips. Glam-goth was the name of the game at Rihanna’s Fenty x Puma show in New York as models walked down the ramp with black lipstick. Marc Jacobs followed suit though designers chose to lighten it up in London with deep red tones. In Paris however, Dior and Louis Vuitton sealed the deal with the former choosing a lacquered black lip.Fenty-Rihanna-NYFW-2016

 

All images are courtesy of AFP and Saint Laurent.

Interview: Alessandro Michele for Gucci

As with everything else, and very much so in fashion, timing is everything. In this seasonal trade, the relevance of any collection undoubtedly moves with the times. By the words of English author, critic, curator, and fashion historian James Laver, “When a trend is in fashion, it is ‘smart.’ A year before this, it is ‘daring.’ And 20 years later, it becomes ‘ridiculous.’” Fashion clichés aside, in this rapidly changing business, what’s in may be out faster than you think.

Timeliness is demanding and that’s all part of the business. Most of us don’t get the opportunity to witness this creative process, but we can appreciate the intricate affair of combining foresight and craft to produce collections. Before any designer showcases his or her collection for the world to see, he or she has the daunting task of forecasting what’s in for that season before he or she starts to design the pieces.

It’s this notion of timeliness that Gucci’s No Longer/Not Yet exhibition explores. Curated by its creative director, Alessandro Michele, and Love magazine’s editor-in-chief, Katie Grand, the exhibition invited seven artists (Cao Fei, Li Shurui, Jenny Holzer, Rachel Feinstein, Glen Luchford, Nigel Shafran, and Unskilled Worker) from all over the world to offer their takes on what is contemporary through their creative works including paintings, photographs, sculptures showcased in separate rooms at the Minsheng Art Museum in Shanghai. The exhibition also includes a piece by Michele titled The Boy In Red.

Since Michele took control of the house, he was inspired by the attitudes of youth and the contemporary images presented by great fashion photographers. According to the designer, “it is a state of temporal flux, where relics of the past merge with signs of the future, and where there is freedom to construct new meanings at this intersection of divergent paths.” It is with this appreciation that Michele’s Fall/Winter 2015 collection encapsulates traces of pre-existing worlds and glimmers of worlds in the making.

According to Michele, his work has been largely influenced by the Italian philosopher Giorgio Agamben’s take on the subject. “Those who are truly contemporary are those who neither perfectly coincide with their time nor adapt to its demands… They are never at home in the present moment.” With the prevailing theme of exploring the notion of contemporary as well as Agamben’s writing as a starting point, the seven artists got to work.Gucci-Tian_Full-View_Courtesy-of-HE-Yuchao

How did the two of you put this exhibition together?

Alessandro Michele: It began with a brave idea – we did not have a lot of time to tell the story. I wanted to show my personal approach to what time and contemporary meant. It is not a very precise idea, but I shared it with some people, and we began with this idea. When you have to work on a show, it is such hard work. It is about long hours, people waiting, and focusing on all the minute details. You see a beautiful picture that people love – and this is an accumulation of effort. I understand people just want to see the posh side of fashion, but it is something that comes with a lot of work. When I started working at Gucci, I tried to destroy everything and create something new. We changed the space completely, and the way we worked transformed with the space, along with our working attitudes. I tried to push another design language as well. It was a bit of a crazy place to be at the time, but if you want to create something new in the fashion or art world, you have to go a bit mad first. That’s when you can start your own little revolution.

Katie Grand: And this is something extremely different to what Gucci was before, where it was greatly focused on luxury and travel.

AM: I wanted to liberate Gucci from the cage that is fashion. I was very inspired by the attitudes of youth and the contemporary images presented by great fashion photographers. This was the beginning where I felt like I needed to clean up Gucci. But I am not a minimalist designer, I am more maximalist. I need more and more. It is a way to communicate, I feel. I like this invention of a super sleek language.

What does the title of the show, No Longer/Not Yet, mean?

AM: It is about the now. It is a beautiful sentence that says, “I need to talk about the present, the contemporary.” My point of view on this is very personal. If you want to talk about what is contemporary, you can’t use something succinct and present, you also have to look to the past, which I do with my designs. It is a way to see where we are now. It is a philosophy that I follow, even though it’s difficult to explain.

Katie, what is your take?

KG: When people talk about modernity so much in fashion, it becomes a word that has been used too often.

AM: People in the fashion industry are very sensitive to the future, but I am not too much. My work is much more of a process. I really love talking about what is contemporary; in the way everyone can use a minimalistic expression to explain what contemporary means to them. The future is not something I am interested in very much, because I see value in using what is in the present to build the future instead. You can dream about the future, but the most inspiring thing about the present is truly the now.Nigel_Courtesy-of-XIE-Yingjie

There is a piece by you, Alessandro. What is it about?

AM: I decided to talk about the idea of beauty, and decided to construct a space with a cube to translate the illusion of beauty. Placing it inside a mirrored box and coupling it with a reproduction of an old Tudor painting in my home. I wanted to let the past talk to the present. I tried to put some meaning to allow differing points of time to communicate – beauty becomes an open space and it becomes an idea that the beauty you value is the one that you don’t wholly understand.

Your works amplify the effect of gender-blurring. So is this a reflection of how you think we dress ourselves?

KG: I think it is interesting as when I first walked into the Gucci store, and it was the first time Alessandro’s collection was in the store. And for someone like me who knows the brand inside out, I was confused as to whether what I was seeing was for men or women. And he answered, it is whatever you want it to be. It’s an elegant way to merge differing aesthetics that we adopt into our daily lives.

AM: It is a way to live. I try to push the question of gender, and I think it was very clear in my show. My personal idea of beauty is reflected in this statement. Even when I shop in my own time, I find myself being drawn to beautiful pieces from women’s collections. It is to say that you can liberate yourself, and be free without prescribing to gender norms. If you’re free, everything is fun.

Story Credits

Text by Lance Lim

This story was first published in Men’s Folio.

Hairy Situation from Fashion Week

As I try to combat the frizz in my hair thanks to the humidity in Singapore, the runways of Paris, New York, Milan and London seem to have embraced it. Far more glamorous than my unruly mane are the models who have stepped out in variations of the wild style for the likes of Altuzarra, Gucci, Fendi Manish Arora and Maison Margiela.

Altuzarra at New York Fashion Week

Altuzarra at New York Fashion Week

This “big hair, don’t care” was seen in the form of rainbow afro wigs, voluminous waves, spirals, ringlets and bouffant locks. And while finding a way to tame the frizz may seem like a challenge, achieving the look is one that requires little effort. The secret? Volume.

To get wild, unstructured waves, beauty vlogger Jennaly recommends braiding hair when wet and leaving it in place for as long as possible. This simple yet effective method requires you to section off wet hair in multiple braids and then wind them on to the top of your head, before you call it a night. Come morning, you can wake up to textured waves that give you a youthful, undone edge.

Manish Arora at Paris Fashion Week

Manish Arora at Paris Fashion Week

Alternatively, follow model Britney Watkins (aka Bwatuwant)’s advice and use a hairdryer with a diffuser attachment to lift your roots. Watkins deep conditions her hair before applying curl boosting products and scrunching the hair while wet to create the desired shape. She lets it air dry for around 30 minutes before using the diffuser on a high heat setting to boost volume for a bold look.

For those with fine hair that is less resistant to product, Victoria Sun suggests choosing one key curl spray or oil before drying your hair upside down with a hairdryer. Do away with the nozzle attachment for all-over coverage. Another stlye vlogger Sazan Hendrix, suggests brushing through the ends with a wide tooth comb to add more volume. To ensure a cohesive look, simply correct any straight strands with a curling wand.

Fendi at Milan Fashion Week

Fendi at Milan Fashion Week

8 Winning Jewelry Looks at Oscars 2016

Unlike the parade of off-whites and reds, this year’s Academy Awards Red Carpet proved to be a revolving door of varying styles, silhouettes and colors. As with previous years, the outfits were not complete without some of the finest jewelry and the stars did not disappoint. It was truly difficult to select just a few of our favorites but we did it. Luxuo brings you eight of our favorite accessories from the 2016 Oscars Red Carpet.

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Hoping to bring the luck of the Irish with her, the young actress walked the red carpet in a green Calvin Klein gown. It was a case of less is more as she paired her outfit with mismatched earrings by the jeweler Chopard. Taken from the Maison’s High Jewelry Collection, the Best Actress nominee was a hot topic of discussion with her red carpet choice. Her earrings featured pearls, 18.28 carats of emeralds, 5.74 carats of jadeites and 3.25 carats of diamonds in white gold. She also chose an emerald and diamond ring in white gold to complete her look.

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The newly minted Oscar winner went with Gucci for her big night. She chose a half-updo that was held in place by a beautiful diamond brooch, worn as a barrette, that lent a fairy-tale like feel to her flowing periwinkle gown. She kept it fairly simple with elegant Niwaka diamond and pearl earrings while a pearl encrusted belt has helped seal her status as the breakout style star this award season, coming close to Jennifer Lawrence and Lupita Nyango.

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One of our favorites on the list is Charlize Theron, who starred in Mad Max: Fury Road. While the movie swept up numerous awards that night, Theron stunned on the red-carpet in a red number from Dior. It’s not a color that she has worn on the carpet and it certainly is refreshing. What caught our attention though were her accessories. No better way to complement the deep neckline than with Harry Winston diamonds. Worth nearly $3.7 million, she selected a 48.8 carat Secret Cluster diamond necklace, 15.49-carat Winston Diamond Cluster earrings. She completed it with an 8.78-carat cushion-cut diamond ring with micropave setting and a 7.44 carat Queen diamond ring, all of which were set in platinum.

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This may just be the new “revenge dress” that was previously made famous by Princess Diana. The black asymmetrical custom-made Atelier Versace number, was the perfect balance of sultry and sweet and made the newly single-star one of the favorites for every best-dressed list. Rather than going with plain diamonds, the actress selected one that featured 10 carats worth of diamonds and a hint of color. Her wrists sparkled with four bracelets weighing in at 150 carats. The diamond and platinum bracelets amount to a whooping $2.5 million dollars. To bring it all together, she also wore an emerald-cut diamond ring worth $250,000.

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Talk about classic Hollywood glamour. The Australian beauty arrived in a custom-made Armani Privé number that left many guessing its exact color. The metallic sequins changed from a deep blue to a bright purple under the spotlight as she made her way down the carpet. There to support her husband Leiv Schriber for his nomination, she selected an elaborate statement necklace from Bulgari to complete her glamorous ensemble.

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We expected her to show up with something from the Tiffany Blue Book collection and she did. What shocked many however was the dress itself by Armani Privé. On anyone else this pastel blue with feather flowers would have looked all wrong but on the Oscar winner, it looked elegant and appropriate. She paired her gown with platinum drop earrings set with marquise and round cut diamonds. For some arm-candy, she chose a starfish cuff with round diamonds and a ring with a 2.3 carat round diamond and round diamond border, all in platinum.

Tina Fey with BulgariTina-Fey-Oscars-article

Not bad Liz Lemon, not bad at all. Not a shade you see the actress in very often, and also not one that would flatter many. Yet the former Oscar host made a statement in a custom Atelier Versace gown. One critic compared her look for the night to Liz Taylor and we agree. Her strapless silhouette was accompanied by a diamond and sapphire necklace from Bulgari’s High Jewelry collection. It is purely coincidental that Taylor is strongly associated with Bulgari.

Alicia Vikander with Louis VuittonAlicia-Vikander-Oscars-article

The Swedish actress has showcased some interesting looks on the red carpets this season. Many expected her to arrive in a edgy metallic number from Louis Vuitton, like what we saw at the Baftas and Golden Globes. Instead Vikander channelled Belle from Beauty and the Beast — her Prince Charming a.k.a Michael Fassbender was not far on the carpet. She accessorised it with Louis Vuitton chandelier earrings that featured the brand’s floral emblem. A fairy-tale ending for a whirlwind year that has seen the actress go from relative unknown to Oscar winner.

Profile: Elsa Hosk

Packing the vigor of a professionally trained athlete, a killer body, stunning good looks and an infectious character to boot, Victoria’s Secret Angel Elsa Hosk is the complete model package. Our friends at L’Officiel Singapore brought us the story and this fantastic spread.

With her light blonde locks and crystal blue eyes, Swedish model Elsa Hosk may bear some resemblance to a certain same-name snow queen from Disney’s Frozen, but trust us when we say that this lithe lady is anything but icy. Beaming with warmth and energy, Hosk is sensational when placed in front of cameras and on the runway, going from cheeky to sizzling in seconds. It’s no wonder the good people at Victoria’s Secret crowned her a full-fledged Angel this year, just three years after her first Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show.

Red wool wrap coat and black wool high-neck sweater by Boss Womenswear

Red wool wrap coat and black wool high-neck sweater by Boss Womenswear

Born and raised in Stockholm, Hosk began her career at 14 after her father submitted photographs to various local agencies. With her big break still out there waiting in the wings, no pun intended, the leggy Scandinavian decided to pursue her budding basketball career with the Swedish women’s basketball league. She played for two years at a national level before taking the plunge and relocating to the Big Apple to focus on modelling.

Olive green wrap coat by Zac Posen; White strapless asymmetrical flare dress Donna Karan; GG Marmont pumps by Gucci; Leather choker by Zana Bayne

Olive green wrap coat by Zac Posen; White strapless asymmetrical flare dress Donna Karan; GG Marmont pumps by Gucci; Leather choker by Zana Bayne

Hosk’s athletic background is visible in her powerful yet slender physique, which is impressive even by Victoria’s Secret’s standards. An inkling of her big break came when she was appointed the face of Victoria’s Secret’s sister line Pink in 2011. Several shows followed – that moment when she nearly hit Ariana Grande with her pink fur-trimmed “wings” in the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show 2014 is sure to go down in Angel history – but it wasn’t long before the 27-year-old graduated from Pink to Angel, alongside It models Stella Maxwell, Sara Sampaio and Martha Hunt. The recent extravaganza in New York City is her first since getting her wings. Hosk may have been in the industry for over a decade, but the Angel’s career is still taking flight.

Chevron print silk-wool georgette button down shirt, chevron print silk-wool georgette skirt and aged metal rings with Swarovski crystals by Gucci

Chevron print silk-wool georgette button down shirt, chevron print silk-wool georgette skirt and aged metal rings with Swarovski crystals by Gucci

Bright emerald-princess rose washed cotton linen short kimono and mid heel gladiator boots in platino galassia with bows and pearls by Gucci; Ruthenium chain link bracelet with crystals by Chanel; Latex gloves and stockings, stylist’s own

Bright emerald-princess rose washed cotton linen short kimono and mid heel gladiator boots in platino galassia with bows and pearls by Gucci; Ruthenium chain link bracelet with crystals by Chanel; Latex gloves and stockings, stylist’s own

Story Credits

Photgraphy by Jack Waterlot

Styling by Jumius Wong and Jack Wang

Hair by Fernando Torrent/ L’Atelier NYC

Makeup by Yumi Lee / L’Atelier NYC

Manicure by Yukie Miyakawa/Kate Ryan Inc. using Dior Vernis

Casting Director Neill Seeto

Photography Assistant Herman Van Den Brandt

Styling Assistant Erin McSherry

This article was originally published in the December/January 2015 issue of L’Officiel.

10 Key Looks at Milan Men’s Fashion Week

Wild is certainly a good word to describe what is happening on the runways at Milan this week. With men’s fashion week in full swing in Milan, Monday, January 18 saw autumn/winter 2016-2017 shows from Emporio Armani, Gucci, Etro and Fendi. Most of the collections had a romantic, almost fanciful feel, but a handful of others – such as Ermanno Scervino – kept things decidedly more masculine. Gucci stood out from the crowd with colorful pieces in pink, red and yellow. Overall, the looks are relaxed – loose even – and seem to represent the inevitable triumph of pajamas over formal wear.

Emporio Armani showed oversized leather pants and coats, plus sleek sportswear pieces with a distinctly urban vibe. Leather gloves stood in contrast to chunky padded scarves. Gray and black were the dominant shades. AFP Photo

Emporio Armani showed oversized leather pants and coats, plus sleek sportswear pieces with a distinctly urban vibe. Leather gloves stood in contrast to chunky padded scarves. Gray and black were the dominant shades. AFP Photo

With skis, short jackets showing a flash of flesh, thick gloves and ski helmets, Emporio Armani is ready for the slopes in AW16-17. AFP Photo

With skis, short jackets showing a flash of flesh, thick gloves and ski helmets, Emporio Armani is ready for the slopes in AW16-17. AFP Photo

Gucci brought a touch of color to the Milan catwalk, with a cute, fun-feeling collection. Check out this multicolored Snoopy t-shirt twinned with a patterned jacket with embroidery detail. AFP Photo

Gucci brought a touch of color to the Milan catwalk, with a cute, fun-feeling collection. Check out this multicolored Snoopy t-shirt twinned with a patterned jacket with embroidery detail. AFP Photo

Showcased in all-red surroundings, Gucci's AW16-17 man rocked a retro and romantic style. Nature was a key trend in the collection, cropping up in details such as flower prints and birds. Gucci was big on color too, using lots of pink, yellow and red. AFP Photo

Showcased in all-red surroundings, Gucci’s AW16-17 man rocked a retro and romantic style. Nature was a key trend in the collection, cropping up in details such as flower prints and birds. Gucci was big on color too, using lots of pink, yellow and red. AFP Photo

Etro also channeled the romantic, with a free and easy feel to the AW16-17 show. The collection featured lots of very high rollnecks, as well as premium fabrics like cashmire and tweed. AFP Photo

Etro also channeled the romantic, with a free and easy feel to the AW16-17 show. The collection featured lots of very high rollnecks, as well as premium fabrics like cashmire and tweed. AFP Photo

Etro took a walk on the wild side with a leopard-print jacket over this fir green ensemble. AFP Photo

Etro took a walk on the wild side with a leopard-print jacket over this fir green ensemble. AFP Photo

With shades of gray, black and white, Ermanno Scervino put color aside for its AW16-17 collection. The show featured lots of extra-long scarves, plus sweaters bearing single words, like "Wild" or "Heroes." AFP Photo

With shades of gray, black and white, Ermanno Scervino put color aside for its AW16-17 collection. The show featured lots of extra-long scarves, plus sweaters bearing single words, like “Wild” or “Heroes.” AFP Photo

With impeccably tailored trousers, Ermanno Scervino stuck with a more masculine look than many of the collections seen in Milan this season.

With impeccably tailored trousers, Ermanno Scervino stuck with a more masculine look than many of the collections seen in Milan this season.

Fendi kept things snug and cosy with thick, check-print pyjama trousers and dressing gowns, all matched with furry mules. AFP Photo

Fendi kept things snug and cosy with thick, check-print pajama trousers and dressing gowns, all matched with furry mules. AFP Photo

Fur took center stage at the Fendi show, seen on coats, necklines, bags and shoes. AFP Photo

Fur took center stage at the Fendi show, seen on coats, necklines, bags and shoes. AFP Photo

Runway Revisit: 10 Trends for Fall/Winter 2015/16

The Fall/Winter 2015/2016 shows seem so long ago but since winter is coming, we thought we would revisit the top trends. Among the many fabrics, colors, cuts, motifs and inspirations seen on the runways, what are the essential fashion items of the season? Which accessories should take pride of place in your closet and in particular, what items should be banned from your wardrobe? These are the pressing questions facing fashionistas in the northern hemisphere as the big chill looms…

A model presents a creation for Lanvin during the 2015-2016 fall/winter ready-to-wear collection fashion show on March 5, 2015 in Paris. AFP PHOTO / FRANCOIS GUILLOT

A model presents a creation for Lanvin. AFP PHOTO / Francois Guillot

Coats take on a longer dimension

Vests and bomber jackets are to be kept on hand throughout the upcoming months, though long and even extra-long coats (as seen at Lanvin above) are essential seasonal pieces this year. In terms of fabrics, leather, sheepskin and faux fur dominated designer collections. The color palette includes black and red with various vibrant shades and a large selection of motifs. As seen profusely in the fashion shows, hooded coats and jackets are a definite wardrobe staple.

Leather is chic

Winter 2015 will exude a very sixties vibe with, in particular, the return of leather to the fashion scene, both chic and very rock’n’roll. The noble material is used on every wardrobe piece from dresses and skirts to coats and tops. The season calls for classic colors like black (as seen at Hermès below) and camel hues as well as a vibrant array of bright shades.

A model presents a creation for Hermes during the 2015-2016 fall/winter ready-to-wear collection fashion show on March 9, 2015 in Paris. AFP PHOTO / BERTRAND GUAY

Hermès. AFP PHOTO / Bertrand Guay

Immaculate white

Though the winter color palette is generally darker in tone, this year white was at the heart of a number of collections. An all-white ensemble gives a refined, fresh and chic look to any silhouette.

Other color trends to note are a return to red, as seen at Hermès, Alexander McQueen, Elie Saab, Christian Dior, John Galliano, Shiatzy Chen, Iris van Herpen, and Valentino. Beige – running to nude – also figures prominently, with some lovely shades on show at Chloe (of course), Nina Ricci, Alexander McQueen and Allude. The AFP also found violet hard at work at Moon Young Hee, Chanel, John Galliano, Kenzo, Issey Miyake and Emporio Armani. Finally, touches of yellow and orange found their way into the shows at seen at Kenzo and Miu Miu in particular, but also at Louis Vuitton, Shiatzy Chen, Valentin Yudashkin, Vanessa Seward, Esteban Cortazar, Akris, Céline, Givenchy, and Rochas.

A model presents a creation from the Burberry Prorsum collection during the 2015 Autumn / Winter London Fashion Week in London on February 23, 2015. AFP PHOTO / LEON NEAL

Burberry Prorsum. AFP PHOTO / Leon Neal

Fringe

Often associated with summer festivals, and in definite supply on the spring/summer 2015 runway shows, fringe is a key detail this season, as seen above at Burberry Prorsum. Dresses, skirts and coats are all embellished with fringe for an edgy bohemian-chic take on winter.

A model presents a creation for Chloe during the 2015-2016 fall/winter ready-to-wear collection fashion show on March 8, 2015 in Paris. AFP PHOTO / PATRICK KOVARIK

Chloe. AFP PHOTO / Patrick Kovarik

The cape

A big hit last winter, capes (seen above at Chloe) move to the top of the winter must-haves this year. Whether in block color or printed material, they add a retro touch to any outfit and can be worn over a dress or pants.

Quilted details

The fall/winter collections of 2015 ooze a decidedly retro spirit with a strong presence of quilted pieces.  A signature detail of the Chanel fashion house, quilted details, in particular on bags, vests and dresses, are a definite fashion “do” this winter. The possibilities with this trend are endless and include very avant-garde interpretations.

Sleeveless trend

Once relegated to the darkest corner of your closet, puffer jackets, gilets and sleeveless quilted vests are back in the limelight. Dresses are preferably sleeveless or made from completely different materials, playing on contrasts. Some designers have even created removable sleeves on a number of items.

A model presents a creation for fashion house Gucci at the women Fall / Winter 2015/16 Milan's Fashion Week on February 25, 2015 in Milan. AFP PHOTO / GIUSEPPE CACACE

Gucci. AFP PHOTO / Giuseppe Cacace

Transparency

Much more subtle this season, transparent details remain a key trend for a sensual and sexy style. Not to be used extravagantly, discreet touches are all that is needed to convey sensuality. Opt for transparent details in dark fabrics with a focus on the arms, back, thighs and bust.

High-waisted elements

For fall/winter 2015, the waist is showcased for a sophisticated and ever-so-retro look. All major pieces are cut with a high-waist including suit pants, skirts and dresses. The waist is often embellished with a belt, either wide or narrow.

Model Natasha Poly presents a creation for fashion house Versace at the women Fall / Winter 2015/16 Milan's Fashion Week on February 27, 2015. AFP PHOTO / FILIPPO MONTEFORTE

Versace. AFP PHOTO / Filippo Monteforte

Logos

The names and logos of fashion labels appear in XXL lettering on even the most sophisticated ensembles, oftentimes in bright eye-popping colors for better visibility and “wow” factor. The trend should without a doubt continue into the coming season.

5 Watches Bringing High Fashion to Your Wrist

Fashion watches bear their houses’ codes to match technical brilliance with sartorial splendor. Our thanks to the team at Men’s Folio Singapore for putting together this spread to inspire us.

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Dior Chiffre Rouge A02 in stainless steel with bracelet; Dior Homme Cotton shirt, wool suit, pressed flower badges, silk bow tie

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Gucci G-Timeless in steel with NATO strap, cotton shirt, wool pants, leather belt, assorted metal rings, wool beret

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Louis Vuitton Escale Time Zone in steel with alligator strap, wool blend print jacket

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Givenchy Seventeen Titanium Automatic Edition in titanium with NATO strap, silk blend print shirt, wool print pants

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Hermès Slim d’Hermès Perpetual Calendar in rose gold with alligator strap, cotton shirt, cotton blend jumpsuit, wool turtleneck jumper

 

Photography by Joel Low; Styling by Tok Wei Lun

Grooming: Benedict Choo using M.A.C cosmetics

Model: Erlend /  Mannequin

 

1921 gucci menu

Gucci Restaurant Opens in Shanghai

1921 gucci menu

Gucci recently opened its first full-service restaurant in Shanghai, China.

With this new culinary destination, called the “1921 Gucci Café,” Gucci is paying tribute to its history, referencing the year of the label’s foundation.

Gucci has chosen one of Shanghai’s most popular commercial avenues for its first restaurant. Located on the fourth floor of the IAPM luxury shopping mall on Huaihai Lu, the 1921 Gucci Café took two years to complete and is accessible by means of an elevator from the Gucci store in the mall.

Epicureans will step into a décor that perfectly reflects the iconic brand’s style. With elegantly done-up interiors in gold shades and full of velvet, every inch of the place radiates Gucci style; the 1921 Gucci logo is stamped on everything from menus to cutlery to napkins.

Thousands of miles from its native land, Gucci is nonetheless sticking to its roots when it comes to the food. The menu is high on Italian cuisine but the restaurant offers a wide range of options to satiate foodie cravings.

Chinese gourmands will thus have the chance to experience authentic bruschetta, made with marinated tomatoes, garlic and basil.

The pasta options are an obvious highlight, especially the spaghetti with mussels, urchins and calamari. Prices start at 150 yuan for a two-course lunch, 300 yuan at dinner (just under $50).

Although 1921 Gucci Café is the brand’s first full-service restaurant, there is a Gucci-themed cafe in Florence attached to the Gucci museum, which opened in 2011 to celebrate the label’s 90th anniversary. 

Gucci Museo Caffe Restaurant

Gucci Pre-Fall 2015 campaign

Gucci Pre-Fall 2015 by Alessandro Michele

Gucci Pre-Fall 2015 campaign

Gucci presented the first images of its Pre-Fall 2015 advertising campaign, thus marking the official debut of Alessandro Michele.

The former accessories designer took over from Frida Giannini as creative director of the brand in January.

Though already creative director of Gucci during February’s runway shows, Alessandro Michele had yet to truly present his own vision for the Italian brand. With this Pre-Fall 2015 ad campaign he’s accomplished just that.

A new look

Gucci Pre-Fall 2015 campaign

The first images indicate a significant shift in the brand’s direction, with an increase in simplicity and restratin, both in the designs and the models themselves.

Alessandro Michele particularly made a statement with the choice of photographer, an important and decisive change for the brand.

Lately, the previous campaigns, under the direction of Frida Giannini, had been produced by Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott, responsible for several glamorous and sexy fashion campaigns (Versace with Lady Gaga, or the sensual Dolce & Gabbana beauty campaign with Vittoria Ceretti).

Gucci Pre-Fall 2015 ad campaign

This time, the new creative director called on British fashion photographer Glen Luchford, a longtime Prada collaborator who has also produced campaigns for Yves Saint Laurent, Elie Saab and Chloé, all the while dabbling in other art forms, such as cinema and painting.

Gucci Pre-Fall 2015 ad campaign

The result is a more intimate and sober atmosphere in which we find Swedish top model Julia Hafstrom gazing at the muscled bare chest of Jack Chambers, whose face we don’t actually see. It’s all in the power of suggestion, an approach which indicates a new focus for the brand.

Gucci and william

Gucci and will.i.am launch new ‘smartband’

Gucci x will.i.am

Gucci Timepieces and Will.i.am have joined forces on a new wearable “smartband” device, unveiled during the luxury watch salon Baselworld.

The fashion house enlisted the help of the musician in creating the device, which will feature the ability to make and receive phone calls, send text messages and emails, play music, monitor fitness and more, even providing users with a personal assistant activated by voice command.

Will.i.am with Gucci CEO Marco Bizzarri

The star commented: “i.am+ and Gucci Timepieces are setting the pace with our vision for a untethered wearable. In creating a device that is both fashionable and technologically advanced, we aim to define this category.

“I coined the term ‘fashionology’ …a merging of the worlds of fashion and technology and that’s exactly what this collaboration with Gucci represents.”

A retail price and launch date has yet to be announced.

Alessandro Michele

Alessandro Michele Confirmed At Gucci

Alessandro Michele

Gucci has decided to stay in-house and hand the creative director title to its head accessories designer Alessandro Michele.

Former creative director Frida Giannini departed the Italian brand ahead of the men’s show that took place on January 19 and Alessandro Michele, along with other members of the team, took the bow, but the spotlight was firmly on the bearded designer.

A graduate of the Accademia di Costume e di Moda in Rome, Michele has risen through the ranks at the brand, having joined Gucci in 2002, after a stint at Fendi as Senior Accessories Designer.

Last year he was also given the role of creative director of Richard Ginori, the Italian fine porcelain brand that Gucci acquired in June 2013.

 Gucci Fall/Winter 2015 collection

Marco Bizzarri, president and CEO of Gucci, described the selection process, which was rumored to also include Joseph Altuzarra and Givenchy creative director Riccardo Tisci, as “considered and thorough.”

He also referred to the well-received men’s show as “a clear indication that the brand is ready to take a new direction.”

Michele’s first collection will be the women’s ready-to-wear for Fall/Winter 2015, set to be unveiled on February 25 in Milan.

Frida Giannini portrait

Frida Giannini Leaves Gucci One Month Early

Frida Giannini portrait

Gucci creative director Frida Giannini has left the fashion house a month earlier than planned after a new CEO took control of the label.

Giannini was scheduled to stay until the end of February, after the label’s fall 2015 womenswear collection was shown in Milan, but the company confirmed Monday that she is no longer with the company.

“I would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the outstanding contribution that Frida Giannini has made to Gucci’s legacy during her nine-year tenure as creative director,” Marco Bizzarri, president and chief executive officer of Gucci said in a statement Monday. The two coming collections will be completed and presented by in-house design teams.

This move leads to further speculation about who is set to take over the top job at one of the biggest names in the fashion industry.

Rumors are already swirling that Giannini’s deputy Alessandro Michele, currently Gucci’s head accessories designer, is in line for the promotion, while others are pointing to fellow Kering employee Joseph Altuzarra, and even Riccardo Tisci, the creative director at rival LVMH-backed luxury brand Givenchy. The brand is promising an announcement “in due course”.

Malgosia Bela for Gucci

Malgosia Bela in the latest Gucci campaign

Malgosia Bela for Gucci

Italian design house  recruited Polish actress and model Malgosia Bela for its Spring-Summer 2015 campaign.

In a refined, minimalist style, the campaign presents looks from the new collection against a grey background.

Two celebrity models pose for the famous fashion photography duo Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott: Malgosia Bela for the women’s line, and Danish model Mathias Lauridsen for the menswear collection.

Mathias Lauridsen for Gucci

The Spring-Summer 2015 collection turns the spotlight on colorful floral prints and denim for her and geometric lines and stripes for him.

Seen on catwalks all over the world, Malgosia Bela has recently appeared in campaigns by Lancel, Rag & Bone and Escada. For his part, Mathias Lauridsen is seen in the latest Giorgio Armani campaign.

Frida Giannini and Patrizio di Marco

Giannini And Di Marco Both Leave Gucci

Frida Giannini with Patrizio di Marco

‘s chief executive officer and creative director are leaving the global luxury brand, its parent company Kering said in a statement on Friday.

Patrizio di Marco, who has headed Gucci for six years, will leave as of January 1 and will be replaced by Marco Bizzarri, who served as chief executive of Bottega Veneta for more than five years before heading up Kering’s Luxury Couture & Leather Goods Division in April.

Gucci creative director and Di Marco’s partner,  who has been with the house for 12 years, will leave in February, after showing her 2015 F/W collection. Her replacement has not yet been announced.

Frida Giannini and Patrizio di Marco

Rumours that Di Marco would be replaced at the helm of Gucci have swirled for months, as Gucci’s sales have steadily slid since 2013.

The Italian brand is the prized jewel for Kering, the luxury goods holding company that owns brands like Bottega Veneta and Stella McCartney.

Gucci’s new boss Bizzarri oversaw a “dramatic” increase of sales and profit during his time at the helm of Bottega Veneta (2009 – 2014), when he was appointed to head up Kering’s Couture and Leather Goods division.

Marco Bizzarri

“After successfully setting up Kering’s ‘Couture & Leather Goods’ division in only a few months, I am fully confident that he will now build on Gucci’s extraordinary legacy to have the 93-year-old house enter a new momentum and continue to write bright chapters of its exceptional history,” said KERING chief Francois-Henri Pinault.

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Gucci Pre Fall 2015

Luxe 70s tailoring at Gucci Pre-Fall 2015

Gucci Pre Fall 2015

For Pre-Fall 2015 Frida Giannini decided to go hunting around in the ‘bourgeois soul’ of the  woman.

The journey included plenty of fur, including a woven goat jacket, shearling outerwear with Mongolian lamb on the neckline, and fox-fur patchwork jackets.

Menswear-inspired tailoring in tweed, herringbone and geometric jacquards was worn with wide-leg culotte pants, knee-length skirts, and silk blouses with waistlines pulled in and sleeves puffed out.

The 70s-inspired looks continued with suede and leather pieces (some with crystal embellishment), and mohair, merino and alpaca knitwear.

The color story (shown off in solid colors and prints) was focused on brick red, burgundy, apricot, and dark orange, along with pink, blue, and ivy green. These were complemented by charcoal, black, and camel neutrals.

The black and deep blue denim came with added sparkle from the embroidery. The key footwear looks were the python stilettos which were also reimagined as flat point-toe brogues.

Gianna Jun

South Korean actress Gianna Jun poses for Gucci

Gianna Jun

Italian fashion brand  chose Gianna Jun as the star of its latest accessories campaign, which was shot over the weekend in London.

The South Korean actress will model the brand’s eyewear, jewelry and watches in a campaign lensed by Solve Sundsbo.

Shot in London under the supervision of Gucci creative director Frida Giannini, the complete campaign will not be revealed until January 2015.

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“Gianna Jun has just the type of natural beauty and sensual sophistication that is perfect for a Gucci woman,” said Giannini.

“Her contemporary femininity is well suited to our accessories, which she will bring to life in this new campaign.”