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Game Changers: 5 Bags For All Seasons

This season’s most memorable bags are all about reform (nothing destructive, though). Whether it is newly introduced styles or impeccable updates of icons, our picks aren’t only attractive, they’ll also shift your perspective.

Holographic City Trunk PM by Louis Vuittonlouis-vuitton

We never thought Nicolas Ghesquière could be so… Zen. This little piece of hardware proves that. Yes, there’s a dent in it, and that’s the beautiful reason why we’re rethinking the entire sphere of Ghesquière’s spirituality. Despite its overtly contemporary form, the City trunk emanates wabi-sabi (the Japanese art of finding beauty in imperfection), which is enlightening, considering how every other brand strives, instead, for perfection.

Tweed Amazona by Loeweloewe

As far as tweed bags go, most of them have been chichi. Thank god for Jonathan Anderson, the holy mastermind of the Amazona reinvention. Now he’s bringing a chic, fringy update that masks the bag’s actual silhouette. With plenty of texture, it’s the one-of-a-kind bag you’ll sport to death. Every inch of it will end up frayed and we reckon that’s the look Anderson wants you to achieve.

MIUlady by Miu Miumiu-miu

Miuccia Prada knows how to spoil her girls: this is the bag for 2k16 aristocracy. Coming from a designer who consistently plays with ostentation in an ironic fashion, you have the license to have every kind of fun with it. Even if you’re not born a Jenner or a Hadid (who are both atypical of a Miu Miu runway), make sure your purchases convince everyone of your royal lineage.

Runway by Diordior

For Fall/Winter 2016, the Runway proved that studio heads Lucie Meier and Serge Ruffieux are going strong, even without a creative director. Pictured here is a version embroidered entirely with sequinned flowers and fringes – it’s intense. The bag comes in such delicate versions, you’re likely to be engulfed with the fear of getting tangled in everything – but fret not, the workmanship is fantastic.

La Pionnière by Pradaprada

We understand the thrill and prestige of being the first (hence the name) in any field — who wouldn’t want to be associated with innovators and groundbreakers? In today’s world of chaos, we rely on what’s inventive to move us forward. The hunting-inspired cross-body was the first bag Prada offered at the dawn of the “see now, buy now” game, which begs the question: if our lady Miuccia is doing it, will the rest of the industry follow suit?

This article was first published in L’Officiel Singapore.

5 Must-Read Design Books 2016

The London Design Festival is bringing the art of design to the heart of the British capital, from now until September 25. Here is a look at some useful reading material to bring you up to speed with the world of design this fall.

Hadid by Philip Jodido, published by Taschen

After her sudden and unexpected death this year, this book celebrates one of the leading figures of world architecture. Known for her large, bold structures with audacious curves, Zaha Hadid was the first female recipient of the Pritzker Architecture Prize. This Taschen monograph looks back over the renowned architect’s extraordinary career.

Arita / Table of Contents: Studies in Japanese Porcelain by Anniina Koivu, published by Phaidon

The art of Japanese porcelain manufacturing began in Arita, some 400 years ago. This book, published by Phaidon, celebrates traditional Japanese ceramic culture through the ages.

Volez Voguez Voyagez (Louis Vuitton) published by Assouline

Based on the recent Louis Vuitton exhibition at the Grand Palais in Paris, this book from Assouline is ideal for anyone who couldn’t catch the show. It is also a great way to discover the world of the famous French luggage maker, intent on making traveling effortless and fashionable.

Empire Style: The Hôtel de Beauharnais in Paris by Jörg Ebeling and Ulrich Leben, published by Flammarion

In 1803, Joséphine Bonaparte – wife of the future Emperor of France – acquired the Hôtel de Beauharnais in Paris, which she renovated for her son, Eugène de Beauharnais. Becoming an embassy during the 19th century, the Hôtel is a visible incarnation of Consulate and Empire décor styles. This first monograph dedicated to the building is due for release in November.

Cartier Dazzling: High Jewelry and Precious Objects by François Chaille, published by Flammarion

Although mere mortals can only dream of donning Cartier’s legendary jewelry creations, this book showcases a selection of the luxury label’s dazzling delights. The tome is written by the same French fashion writer behind The Book of Ties.


Bottled Luxury: Les Parfums Louis Vuitton

You might know Louis Vuitton for its timeless leather accessories and sturdy travel trunks, but now, the French luxury brand is also delving into the world of fragrances. As the first series in almost a century, it’s safe to say that the Maison is going all out in achieving the perfect scents for the collection, entitled Les Parfums Louis Vuitton.

The seven scents – Rose des Vents, Turbulences, Dans la Peau, Apogee, Contre Moi, Matiere Noire and Mille Feux – were exclusively designed by master perfumer Jacques Cavallier Belletrud using special extraction techniques, so you can expect the purest of floral and leather – no surprises there – accents within.

The fragrances are set to be released in 100- and 200-ml sizes, and cost $240 and $350 respectively.

Find out more about Les Parfums Louis Vuitton at L’Officiel.com now.

Louis Vuitton Blossom High Jewelry 2016: Full Bloom

Louis Vuitton launched its high jewelry collection less than 10 years ago, making it relatively new to the scene but the brand works hard to prove itself in the world of fine jewelry. For 2016, the French fashion house brings us the Louis Vuitton Blossom High Jewelry collection that charts the evolution of the iconic monogram flower. While the brand has included the emblem in previous collections, the flower now has a starring role in its newest high jewelry additions.

Louis Vuitton's Blossom High Jewelry 2016: Bracelet with Opal and Bracelet with Tsavorite and Moonstone

Louis Vuitton’s Blossom High Jewelry 2016: Bracelet with Opal and Bracelet with Tsavorite and Moonstone

First created by Georges Vuitton himself to honor his father, the floral monogram is now a signature of the brand and the designers have found a way to incorporate the iconic flower into 60 new rings, bracelets and earrings. Each design shares another similarity, in the form of gems that are the centerpieces of the designs. From the bright orange of the mandarin garnet, to the black opal paradoxically filled with color thanks to the numerous hues visible in the light and even the luminous green tsavorite, each gem stands out in the design.

Louis Vuitton's Blossom High Jewelry 2016: Earrings with Mandarin Garnet and Earrings with Merelani Tsavorite

Louis Vuitton Blossom High Jewelry 2016: Earrings with Mandarin Garnet and Earrings with Merelani Tsavorite

Accompanying these precious gems are chalcedony, black onyx and diamonds that provide contrast. That one flower is reimagined in numerous forms with the help of deft gem-cutting and Grand Feu enamelling for a trompe l’oeil effect. For those who have a keen eye for subtle details, it will be relatively easy to see Gaston-Louis Vuitton’s signature V in several designs.

Louis Vuitton's Blossom High Jewelry 2016: Necklace with Mandarin Garnet; Necklace with Beryl and Chalcedony

Louis Vuitton Blossom High Jewelry 2016: Necklace with Mandarin Garnet; Necklace with Beryl and Chalcedony

Another highlight of the collection comes not from the designs, but Louis Vuitton’s use of ethically mined gems. Having obtained its certification from the Responsible Jewelry Council in 2012, the 7.13-carat mandarin garnet, 53.01 Australian black opal and 29.75-carat tsavorite and other precious materials are obtained with social, environmental and societal principles in mind. The end result is a captivating high jewelry collection that has already proven to be a hit.

To learn more about the Blossom High Jewelry Collection for 2016, visit Louis Vuitton.


Bandouliere Series: Louis Vuitton Shoulder Straps

You don’t always have to shell out a whole lot for a brand new bag – well, sort of, because now that Louis Vuitton has unveiled a new collection of shoulder straps for the Bandouliere collection, we guarantee your trusty old Speedy or City Steamer won’t look the same again.

Available in an array of leathers and colors – think Epi leather in hot pink or exotic python skin in forest green – match the straps according to your personality, mood or even wardrobe. To make things even more personal, Louis Vuitton will also extend its initial-personalization services to the straps, so you know yours is truly one of a kind.

The Bandouliere collection is now available in Singapore at the Louis Vuitton Island Maison at Marina Bay Sands and Ngee Ann City. Prices range from S$680 for a Monogram canvas bandouliere, S$765 for the Epi leather version and S$1,210 for the python leather ones.

View more of the collection and find out more at L’Officiel.com now.

Louis Vuitton Denies Nicolas Ghesquiere Departure

Rumors have been rife that Nicolas Ghesquiere, Creative Director of Louis Vuitton, might be following the lead of his industry peers and leaving the label he is currently helming. Amid the ensuing flurry of confusion and “not-again”s, the French label has finally stepped forward to put an end to all that hearsay. Ghesquiere’s contract with Louis Vuitton will only expire in November 2018. This means we’ll still see him with the Maison for at least a good two years more.

All that gossip was not entirely unfounded, however. In a TV interview dated from June, Ghesquire expressed his desire to start his own label, even going as far as to state that he would soon be in a position to work on that – except no one knew soon translated to 2 years in Ghesquiere’s mind. Adding fuel to the fire, LVMH CEO Bernard Arnault himself has even suggested that he’s considering a change of Creative Director at Louis Vuitton, with Jonathan Anderson of Loewe his man of choice. Throw the rampant phenomenon of revolving doors (yet again) plaguing the industry into the formula, and the fashion world is thrown into a state of mild panic. How can we live without Nicolas Ghesquiere at the head of Louis Vuitton?

If recent happenings are any indication, we fashion people will manage, especially since Ghesquiere still has two more years left in his tenure. We’re not going to take our Creative Directors for granted anymore, what with their ephemeral presence.

This article was written with information from Business of Fashion.

Louis Vuitton Packs Up New Rolling Luggage

Looks like Louis Vuitton is set on dominating the realm of luxury travel again – its latest collaboration with Marc Newson, the New Rolling Luggage, is a reinvention of its iconic trunks, only made better with technology.

Crafted from a revolutionary self-reinforced polypropylene composite, Newson translated his expertise in product design to the series to make it lighter, thinner and more shock-absorbent. Other thoughtful features such as an external anodized extendable cane and new transversal side hinge eliminate unnecessary grooves and a 180-degree opening respectively. The TSA-approved luggage also features a revolutionary zip-lock system that’s designed to minimize damage and stress points while reducing weight.

And because this is Louis Vuitton we’re talking about here, expect each luggage to be coated in its signature range of leathers, including the iconic Monogram Damier canvases and brightly-hued Epi leather. Available in two sizes, the collection is available at Marina Bay Sands, Ngee Ann City and ION Orchard Singapore.

Head over to L’Officiel.com to find out more about this collaboration.

This story is also available in Bahasa Indonesia. Read it here: Louis Vuitton Hadirkan New Rolling Luggage

Louis Vuitton Introduces Men’s Denim Collection

It is general knowledge that denim never dies, and the fact that Louis Vuitton Men’s has jumped onto the denim boat is testament to that. Inspired by the houses’s archival trunks and the Monogram, the Denim Collection is crafted with the authentic Japanese and European denim savoir faire. It’s casual luxe at its best.

But of course, Louis Vuitton being Louis Vuitton, the French house constantly outdoes itself. Accompanying the regular collection is a five-piece Heritage Denim Capsule collection, where three are limited editions. Featuring silver, gold and opulent crocodile versions, the Heritage Denim Collection will be available in six stores worldwide, and Singapore’s Island Maison at Marina Bay Sands is one of them.

Read more about the collection at Men’s Folio Singapore.

3 Runway Trends Paris Fashion Week

We may be reeling from the Brexit saga, but that doesn’t mean the world stops turning. While the rest of the world is focusing on 10 Downing Street, we take a look at another member of the European Union (Britain will enter into ‘divorce’ proceedings, so they still count), as it hosts some of fashion’s elite at Fashion Week. Here then are three new trends from yet another day at Paris Fashion Week.

African Inspiration


Minus the political statement a la Balenciaga, Louis Vuitton has taken bold inspiration from Africa for the collection seen on the runway of Paris Fashion Week. Designer Kim Jones brought the wilderness to France with animal prints on sweatshirts and giraffe motifs on monogramed silk shirts. Paired with slim trousers, the designs would not have looked out of place in Cape Town or Nairobi or even a safari. The influence of Africa was even seen in the zebra-striped loafers. On second thought, this too might be political…

Keeping it Light


Unlike Vuitton, Rick Owens chose to go with more light-weight and breatheable fabrics for the season. While the garments are similar to other designs that he has showcased in previous collections, what caught us by surprise was how normal the runway show was. We did not spot even one model masquerading as a backpack. While we were a tad disappointed by the lack of excitement in the show, it did give us a chance to focus on the clothes themselves. Floaty parachute pants — which we assume are roomy — were teamed with sneakers while longline tunics were used to create abstract forms. The collection saw mustard yellow and burgundies in among the trademark black and then even more black typical of Owens.



Venturing away from the comfortably goth theme at the Owens show, was Issey Miyake. The bright and breezy collection was filled with primary colors and tie-dye-motifs that added some much needed life to a day filled with neutrals and dark shades. Tunic tops were updated by pairing them with white trousers that were cropped close to the ankle while swirly patterned bomber jackets created a fresh approach for Spring 2017.

Interview: Kim Jones for Louis Vuitton

With a love for travel and a mind constantly on the lookout for exotic and interesting designs, Kim Jones of Louis Vuitton makes for an extremely innovative artistic director of menswear. Our friends at Men’s Folio take a look at what goes on in the designer’s mind as he goes through his process of creation as well as his thoughts on the future of the industry.

You can check out the interview over here.

Insider: 9 Beauty Notes

In a world where the benchmark of beauty glamour are dictated by sirens of the celluloid screen, we bring you 9 insider tips to help you sparkle and shine in your unabashed realness.

On Brigitta: Mesh bodysuit, La Perla. Leather whipstitched booties with tassels, Roger Vivier. Gold brass necklace, Louis Vuitton. Gold brass bracelet, Céline. On Fabio and Matthew: Swimming briefs, Calvin Klein Underwear.

On Brigitta: Mesh bodysuit, La Perla. Leather whipstitched booties with tassels, Roger Vivier. Gold brass necklace, Louis Vuitton. Gold brass bracelet, Céline. On Fabio and Matthew: Swimming briefs, Calvin Klein Underwear.

Beauty note 1:

Opium from Yves Saint Laurent is a behemoth of an oriental spicy scent. The time-tested classic conjures cigarettes left burning and the shadow of a demi-mondaine. M.A.C. Face and Body foundation is fantastic for giving exposed skin coverage and an even finish. To achieve an all-over glow, Tom Ford’s Soleil Blanc Shimmering Body Oil will leave a decadent cast of gold.

On Nicolai: Acetate sunglasses, Loewe.

On Nicolai: Acetate sunglasses, Loewe.

Beauty note 2:

Red is as timeless as it is powerful: a strong lip in the classic M.A.C Rubywoo lipstick is faultless and universally flattering. NARS Audacious Lipstick in Jeanne is a vampy alternative. On the eyes, try the Matte Eyeshadow in Persia from NARS for a colour-blocked statement on the lids.

For colour-treated hair, Sachajuan Silver Conditioner deeply moisturises and tones the colour to prevent brassiness and dullness. Hanz de Fuko Claymation gives good lift and structure to hair, allowing you to style it any way. A bit of the timeless L’Oréal Elnett Hairspray will keep things in place, with a subtle flaxen finish.


Beauty note 3:

The waft of seduction and desire is captured in Tom Ford’s Tobacco Vanille, a spicy-sweet fragrance that combines the heaviness of a musky wood base and the masculine sweetness of cloves and cacao – the kind of accords that make you stop and take a deep breath.

On Brigitta: Mesh body suit, La Perla. Gold brass necklace, Louis Vuitton. Gold brass bracelet, Céline. On Fabio and Matthew: Swimming briefs, Calvin Klein Underwear.

On Brigitta: Mesh body suit, La Perla. Gold brass necklace, Louis Vuitton. Gold brass bracelet, Céline. On Fabio and Matthew: Swimming briefs, Calvin Klein Underwear.

Beauty note 4:

Express your inner lady-in-red with a spritz of Frederic Malle’s Carnal Flower, rendering a piercing gauze of animalic camphor married to the feminine wiles of tuberose. Mousse Fort and Volupt Spray from Sebastian Professional build volume and give silken lightness to hair. Define and introduce mystery to the eyes with the Tom Ford Eye Defining Pen, NARS Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow in Pasiphae and Chanel Illusion d’Ombre in Mirage.

On Brigitta: Silver loop earrings, Hermès. Tribale earrings, Dior.

On Brigitta: Silver loop earrings, Hermès. Tribale earrings, Dior.

Beauty note 5:

To achieve hyper sculptural facial structure, put a shadow to the cheekbones with Tom Ford Shade & Illuminate, using the namesake Shade & Illuminate brush. Head-turning highlights can be achieved using NARS The Multiple in Copacabana, copiously smeared on the high points of the cheekbones, nose bridge and brow bones. Coat the eyelashes in these layers: Tom Ford Extreme Mascara, Chanel Le Volume, finished with M.A.C Opulash to tube and set.

Prep the hair with Shu Uemura Art of Hair Volumizing Mousse to give a voluminous start, followed by Sachajuan Styling Cream for a sleek finish. A light spray of OSiS+ Extreme Hold Hairspray will lend a pliable but finished gloss for hair that flies and defies gravity.

On Brigitta: Transparent hoodie, Longchamp. Mirrored earring, Loewe.

On Brigitta: Transparent hoodie, Longchamp. Mirrored earring, Loewe.

Beauty note 6:

A good pucker takes effort – Clé de Peau Lip Treatment is a luxuriously smooth and refined serum that leaves lips soft and plump. Follow that with a swipe of Tom Ford Matte Lip Colour in the delicious shade Black Dahlia to enhance the pout – all the better to kiss with.

On Brigitta: Denim jeans, Calvin Klein Jeans. Silver earrings and Kelly bracelet, Hermès. On Fabio and Matthew: Denim jeans, Calvin Klein Jeans.

On Brigitta: Denim jeans, Calvin Klein Jeans. Silver earrings and Kelly bracelet, Hermès. On Fabio and Matthew: Denim jeans, Calvin Klein Jeans.

Beauty note 7:

Prep the face with a dollop of Illamasqua Radiance Veil for a lit-from-within lustre. The high points of the face can be brought forward and given light using Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector. For a golden pout, try NARS Larger Than Life Lip Gloss in Gold Digger.

On Nicolai: Acetate sunglasses, Loewe. Silver Collier de Chien bracelet, Hermès.

On Nicolai: Acetate sunglasses, Loewe. Silver Collier de Chien bracelet, Hermès.

Beauty note 8:

Pamper the body with a generous layer of Les Exclusif de Chanel Crème Pour Le Corps body cream from Chanel, designed to maximise and increase the longevity of perfume worn after – Coromandel from the Les Exclusifs range is a spicy balsamic inspired by Chinese lacquered screens. Follow with Guerlain Sunless Tinted Self-Tanning Gel for a bronzed finish – vacation in Ibiza not necessary.

On Brigitta: Neoprene bodice; La Perla. Gold brass necklace, Louis Vuitton. On Fabio and Matthew: Swimming briefs, Calvin Klein Underwear.

On Brigitta: Neoprene bodice; La Perla. Gold brass necklace, Louis Vuitton. On Fabio and Matthew: Swimming briefs, Calvin Klein Underwear.

Beauty note 9:

Seduction for boys and girls comes in Sege Luten’s Five O’Clock Au Gingembre, combining the unexpected spice of candied ginger and the sweetness of over-ripe fruits. Call it bronze or call it gold — NARS Monoi Body Oil I can be used on for daily for moisture and the subtle glimmer of gold flecks. Chanel Le Vernis in Pirate is a timeless red that, when worn, imbues the hands with a beguiling pop of color.

Story credits:

Photography Chuando & Frey

Styling Joshua Cheung

Hair Marc Teng/ Atelier using Sebastian Professional; Sean Ang FAC3INC using La Biosthetique

Makeup Rick Yang, FAC3INC, assisted by Hong Ling using Make Up For Ever

Model Brigitta Liivak, Fabio Toledo, Matthew Djordjevic, Nicolai Otta

This story was first published in L’Officiel Singapore.

Interview: Johnny Coca of Mulberry

The designer Johnny Coca (Spanish) wears a personal uniform of a kilt (Scottish), hoop earrings (indeterminate provenance, but very endearing), and is now the creative director for Mulberry (English). After a two-year hiatus without direction and much headway, Mulberry has brought on new blood – proof of post-modernity’s disregard for national boundaries – and Coca’s new vision for the English brand is revitalising, energising and exciting to witness as it unfolds. The FW16 season saw Coca present his debut collection on the London Fashion Week catwalk, complete with ready-to-wear, accessories and, of course, the season’s newest bags.johnny_coca-mulberry-featured

How did you get into fashion design?

“I think it all began when I had a job in visual design while I was at the École Boulle art school. I had to sketch bags for the windows and I decided to show my designs to Yves Carcelle at Louis Vuitton. I gradually worked my way up. I love to draw and this led to me getting more and more work. I then started to design for more and more product categories: first at Céline with Michael Kors, then at Bally, and then back at Céline again with Phoebe Philo – and now at Mulberry where I am designing the ready-to-wear as well as accessories, shoes, jewellery and travel items.”

How does your education in architecture and physics inspire your work?

“My education in architecture meant choosing the show venue was a very important part of showcasing the collection. The Guildhall – where we showed – was the perfect venue as it really demonstrated the juxtaposition between the old and contemporary, which is very much what the collection was about – contrast.”tailoring-mulberry-johnny-coca

As the accessories designer behind some of Céline’s greatest hits, what do you think makes for a successful bag?

“Designing a bag is like building a house – it must be modern, practical, functional and accessible.”

What’s the starting point in your design process?

“It all starts with a concept and then everything stems from there. It’s like a tree – lots of branches with lots of different things create the whole picture.”

Speaking of trees, you’ve scrapped Mulberry’s iconic willow for an archival logotype. What was the reason for your looking back instead of creating something new from scratch?

“It’s important as a creative director to know the heritage and history of the brand.  The new logo is an example of this as it’s actually an old Mulberry logo from the 1970s. I found it when I was researching and going through the archives. I felt it could represent the brand in such a modern way while also resurrecting some of Mulberry’s history.”Mulberry-Johnny-Coca

What were your intentions with your debut at Mulberry?

“To create a modern and accessible collection.”

How did you feel after your first show as a creative director?

“I was full of every emotion possible – happiness, relief, fear… The show was a defining moment for Mulberry and for my career too.”

Were you intimidated by the pressure of becoming the creative face of Mulberry?

“I was extremely humbled and proud to be named the creative director of such an iconic British brand which people love so much. Mulberry is so iconic and has such a prestigious heritage and history, so it was an honour for me to join the team. I’m embracing every part of my role and am excited for what’s to come.”Mulberry-Johnny-Coca-2

How do you feel about becoming a ”famous” name now that you are a creative director?

“I am a creative first and foremost, so everything I do, I do for the collections. I want the designs to be able to speak for themselves.”

What are your intentions with Mulberry’s ready-to-wear? Will it, or the bags, drive the brand’s story and identity?

“We’re in the midst of a big modernisation process, which we are very excited about. I’m passionate about design and the whole process that goes with it. It takes so much to go from sketches to catwalk and that’s what excites me. We’re planning to move Mulberry forward by creating more of a lifestyle brand through expanding the product categories into jewellery, sunglasses and shoes, as well as concentrating on the ready-to-wear and, of course, bags. There are lots of things to come. Watch this space!”

Do you think the catwalk presentation format is still relevant for an accessories-driven brand like Mulberry?

“The catwalk shows are extremely important to brands and designers.  The FW16 show was a defining moment for Mulberry. We would not have been able to have the impact we wanted – – and had – without a catwalk show.”

Is Mulberry considering a see-now-buy-now approach?

“Yes, Mulberry embraces the new see-now-buy-now approach. Our Pre-Fall capsule collection was available online and in stores worldwide on 1 April. This included key styles, such as the new Clifton and Chester bags, and the Marylebone press studded boots and Mary Janes.”Mulberry-Johnny-Coca-3

It’s a funny coincidence that Spain and the UK’s biggest bag brands have swapped creative director nationalities: Jonathan Anderson is at Loewe, and you, a Spaniard, are at Mulberry. Do you think creatives’ nationalities still matter?

“As long as you understand the personality and heritage of the brand, it should not matter where you come from. Mulberry is both a British heritage and an international brand and we want our collections to appeal to women and men around the world.”

Last question: Is there a meaning to your uniform of the kilt, hoop earrings, etc?

“That’s just me. I love kilts and tartan, but I keep it simple with a plain shirt or knit jumper – depending on the British weather!



Nicolas Ghesquière Eyes Louis Vuitton Exit?

Could the end be near? While Hollywood may be mourning the loss of its favorite IT couple Taylor Swift and Calvin Harris, the fashion world may be on the verge of losing (another) one of its own. Hot on the heels of its Cruise 2017 collection, it seems that Nicolas Ghesquière may just be ready to break off to start his own label.

Speaking as a guest on the current affairs show Le Petit Journal, the designer and current Creative director of Louis Vuitton’s women’s collections set tongues wagging with his responses (and is on his way to breaking the Internet). When asked about plans to create his own label, he responded with “I’d like to do it very soon. Very soon.” His revelation is one that could be more impactful than that of Hedi Slimane.

After three years of being the brains behind the luxury label, he seems to have had success in bringing his own style to each collection. Having trained under Jean Paul Gaultier for 15 years, his experience and creativity is one that an incumbent would have a tough time matching. Rumors of his departure come in the wake of more designers speaking out about the hectic work life and numerous responsibilities they juggle.

For now though, the waiting game begins…

In other news, Louis Vuitton recently announced a new made-to-order service, to mark the 10 year anniversary of the iconic Men’s Driving Shoe. They’ll be creating personalized Caïman leather pairs at special outlets – allowing customers to personalize these through a set of unique options.

You can find out more on this story over at Men’s Folio.


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.


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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

LV Cruise 2017

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 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.



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.



Interview: Alicia Vikander for Louis Vuitton

Alicia Vikander is one of those women who make you hate yourself. Let me explain.

She is, first of all, a prodigiously gifted actress: She channels a steely inhumanity in the Alex Garland-directed sci-fi movie Ex Machina, playing a female robot. Here, her training at the Royal Swedish Ballet School shows: a mastery of her physicality rewards us with a discomfiting robot who throws us headfirst into uncanny valley. In Tom Hooper’s The Danish Girl, Vikander manages to sensitively capture the confusion, frustration, and unrelenting love of the wife of Eddie Redmayne’s Lili Elbe, a transgender woman who received one of the world’s first prominent sex reassignment surgeries. She then surprised us with her comic ability as a ’60s mod mechanic turned covert agent in The Man from U.N.C.L.E..Alicia-Vikander-Louis-Vuitton-article-3

To top it all off, Alicia Vikander is painfully beautiful. On the surface: stormy eyes, a tawny complexion, and a softly sculptural bone structure. She has the kind of simmering charisma that wordlessly demands you gaze at her for just a little bit longer. It would be easier to dislike her (out of jealousy, mostly) if she weren’t so charming.

How did you feel about becoming the new muse of Louis Vuitton?

“I was overwhelmed! I started buying fashion magazines when I was 13 and I looked in awe at all the fashion adverts, but it never occurred to me that I’d be the face of one of those brands. My work as an actress is my main profession and any commercial work I take on would have to be integrated with it. I had to say ‘yes’ to Louis Vuitton because they have always used strong, adventurous women in their campaigns.”

Muses and creators work hand in hand. What made you say yes to Nicolas Ghesquière?

“I like that he portrays other Louis Vuitton muses such as Jennifer Connelly, Charlotte Gainsbourg and Michelle Williams as strong, independent, as well as beautiful. I’ve always admired free-thinking women and it’s a huge honour being in the mix. I was a bit nervous about meeting them because they’re all women whose careers I’ve followed, but they were so warm and lovely that my nerves fell away – and we were united by the fact that we’d all collaborated with Nicolas.”

What do you like about Nicolas’ Louis Vuitton?

“I’m amazed how he always makes me feel as though I’m seeing things I’ve never seen before. I see, for example, a spiky shoe in leather or crocodile and it’s made up of so many different things that I’m almost a bit scared of it. And then, after a while, I find myself very drawn to it. Nicolas seems to be some kind of visionary. I think of him as a futuristic designer; if I look back at a show from a year earlier, he has somehow just captured now.”Alicia-Vikander-Louis-Vuitton-article-2

Do you have any early memories about Louis Vuitton?

“Yes! When I was 15, I went with three other girls to audition for the Royal Swedish Ballet company in Stockholm. We stayed with my friend’s grandmother and before we set off for the auditions, she made sure we all had the right water bottles and a picnic lunch. I brought out a carrier bag to put all my things in and the grandmother told me to wait. She reappeared with a vintage Louis Vuitton bag and said I could borrow it. The colours were faded because she’d had it since she was very young. I’d never seen such a prestigious and expensive bag with a history you could feel when you held it. I remember sitting on the tube being worried that someone might steal it. It’s important to me that Louis Vuitton has a considerable history; I loved the idea that my friend’s grandmother had owned her bag for decades and intended to pass it on to my friend at some point.”

Is history and legacy important to you?

“Even though I have moved away from my home country, I have a very strong sense of my roots and my heritage. I’m very proud of being Swedish. I mostly work abroad now, and I haven’t had the chance to do a Swedish film in two or three years. I’m hoping to work with a Swedish director in the near future but it comes down to the fact that Sweden doesn’t produce many films because it’s a small country. As an actor in Sweden, you can’t only work in film. You have to do other jobs too.”

What else have you worked in?

“I used to train as a ballerina but I got injured – I had surgery on my foot and back problems that still haunt me today – but the main issue was my commitment. As a dancer you have to be 150 per cent committed. It’s like being in an elite sports team. My classmates had limitless passion: they would turn up early to fit in an extra hour of practice before the day even started – you have to want it that much.”Alicia-Vikander-Louis-Vuitton-article-1

Was it easy making the switch from ballet to acting?

“The decision to become an actor instead of a dancer was the toughest decision I’ve ever made, and it took me at least a year to make up my mind. It was scary, but I reached a stage where I no longer thought dancing was the right thing for me.”

We think it’s a blessing you went into acting, but how do you feel about it now?

“It was absolutely the right decision! When I found my true passion as an actor, the commitment came naturally. I’m fine with having two hours of sleep every night because I’m so excited about the work I’m doing. I didn’t go to theatre school, so I see my dance education as my artistic foundation.”

It’s very apparent in Ex Machina! Ava, the sentient female robot that you play, leaves us feeling very uncomfortable: she’s graceful and elegant but certainly not organic or human.

“I was certainly aware of my dance training when I played Ava. Her physicality and the way she moved was really important when I was playing her. My dance training is a direct tool for getting into character, whether it’s the way they move, carry themselves or talk.”

Your filmography reads like a list of Academy Award nominations now. With that probably comes the luxury of choosing your roles. What do you look for in a script?

“I have a very instant response to scripts. When I read Alex Garland’s script for Ex Machina, for example, I couldn’t stop turning the pages and I was completely immersed. The people who are involved matter as much as the script to me – the filmmaker, actors, the director of photography. It’s all about the collaboration.”

Speaking of collaboration – can you tell us about your most memorable experiences with the many talented actors and actresses you’ve had the chance to work with?

“I’ve had to pinch myself I don’t know how many times over the last couple of years. To watch Julianne Moore coming out of her trailer in her jumpsuit when we were shooting Seventh Son? Incredible. She was holding a coffee and I was almost shaking. I’ve also worked with Michael Fassbender and Rachel Weisz and they really pushed me to give my best performances. Their impulses and reactions are so fluid that you end up exploring very different directions. I’ve had to learn through making mistakes – be it at ballet school, on set, or in front of other actors – but the great actors and directors I’ve worked with have made me feel like I’ve been in a place that’s safe enough to take risks. It’s not about passing on advice or telling me things; it’s about instilling a sense of calm.”

This story first appeared in L’Officiel Singapore.

Bright Idea: Louis Vuitton Cruise 2017, Rio

Over the weekend, the Niteroi Contemporary Art Museum played host to Louis Vuitton’s Cruise 2017 show. With the brand’s guests and muses in attendance, the show was set to be one of the highlights in the world of fashion. While the collection brought to life the French art of living to Brazil (and was the payoff of months of anticipation) it also paid tribute to two of Brazil’s major artists: Helio Oiticica and Aldemir Martins. Louis-Vuitton-Cruise-article-1

Constructed 10 years ago, the museum’s corridors acted as the runway on which Nicolas Ghesquière’s creations were presented. The collection featured the lively and vibrant free spirit inspired by the city and its art with the help of various textures, materials and silhouettes. The laid back vibe was evident with the embroidered skirts that were wrapped around the model’s waists much like a beach towel. Trousers featured slashed stripes that helped to lengthen the body.

With the likes of Alicia Vikander, Adriana Lima and Jaden Smith in attendance, the influence of Oiticica and Martins was evident on the parkas and cape-dresses (lightness inspired by Oiticica) as well as the prints used in the collection (Martins’ work) on several Louis Vuitton classics. With bright colors dominating the collection, leather also had a strong presence in various forms.Louis-Vuitton-Cruise-article-2

“In Rio de Janeiro, what I saw most of all was movement and an explosive energy that lives somewhere between modernism and tropicality. I was fascinated by the constant duality between nature and urbanism and the pictorial explosion it creates” said Nicolas Ghesquière, creative director. He also added “ For me, the main question was how to incorporate into my collection all these elements that are part of Brazilian culture, without forgetting that I am just a visitor who brings his own Parisian and French cultural references to the moment.

Luxury Brands Struggle to Draw Net Generation

Seducing hyper-connected “Millennials” poses an increasing challenge for luxury brands, which find their markets slowing as young, skeptical consumers force them to rethink strategies.

Goldman Sachs estimates that 92 million Americans are in the Millennial generation – born between the early 1980s and the 2000s – surpassing the famed cohort of postwar Baby Boomers who are now approaching a geriatric phase.

The huge pool of Millennial consumers grew up with the Internet, smartphones and the sharing economy in which owning things like cars is seen as almost unhip, although cars of all sorts are experiencing a boom at the moment.

Regardless, studies show Millennials have different expectations than their elders, who were relatively better paid and less indebted at the same point in life.

Deloitte analyst Nick Pope spoke this week at an FT Business of Luxury Summit of “a structural worry” as to whether there would be the “same level of spending in product ownership and luxury as there was in their parents’ generation.”

A Deloitte study targeted Millennials as an opportunity for luxury brands, but warned that they require “a high level of investment” and are more “mercurial” consumers whose brand loyalty can quickly shift.

“Their engagement with digital technology has exposed them to more sources of information, a greater range of influences, and smaller brands,” the study said of Millennials. “To attract, excite and engage Millennials will require a high level of brand investment.”

Luxury-sector sales, excluding the effects of currency changes, were up only one percent last year, and similarly tepid growth is expected this year, according to global management consulting firm Bain & Company.

US jeweler Tiffany recently announced a disappointing financial forecast, and the maker of the well-known British Burberry trench coat has embarked on a money-saving plan.

Digital Panacea?

“The people in the luxury space, they got very spoiled, because there was a market of people who consistently spent,” Sarah Quinlan of MasterCard Advisors told AFP on the sidelines of the FT luxury summit in San Francisco. “That market is no longer there.”

Oligarchs with lavish spending habits in Russia and China have seen growth slowing in their countries. It is unclear that Millennials, with their fickle and prudent spending styles, will take up the slack.

But Burberry has taken aim at those Millennials with a digital strategy cited as an example for the industry.

And LVMH, the France-based multinational luxury goods colossus, reached into the Silicon Valley talent pool last year and recruited Apple executive Ian Rogers.

Luxury brands including Burberry, Louis Vuitton and Tiffany have taken to relying heavily on social networks such as Snapchat that are popular with young people. Having a presence online and in social media has become a necessity for brands.

It promises to become even more important as people use smartphones while making buying decisions on the move. Internet titans are pitching instant shopping opportunities based on time, location, interests and more.

Still, brands such as Tiffany face a problem: some young people see them as “old-world luxury” items that don’t jibe with their Internet Age values and lifestyles, according to Neil Saunders of Conlumino retail research company.

Being on social networks has become a “must” in the marketing equation, but it is not enough, contended Quinlan.

“The bottom line is having something relevant that fits into their lifestyle,” Quinlan said of luxury brands that court Millennials. “I don’t think they’ve done enough to curate their brands.”

The fading allure of luxury items among Millennials is “not necessarily an income problem,” she contended.

Data collected by Mastercard describes consumers who choose to enhance their lives with spending on trips, dinners, outings and other experiences instead of on “stuff.”

“They might buy one piece; if it’s very special, it’s very valuable, has a memory of a trip somewhere,” Quinlan said.

Yet, Pope saw the luxury goods market as “absolutely sound,” so long as brands recognize the shifts under way and offer “value enhancing” products.

Thus, companies could transform their shops into places where people can socialize and linger as they might in a coffee shop, or connect with increasingly popular historical, ethical or sustainability trends.

Living with Louis Vuitton Objets Nomades

Here’s another way you can show your love for Louis Vuitton – its latest Objets Nomades collection is one you’ll want in your living space(s), not in your closets.

The exclusive range of foldable furniture and travel accessories have come a long way since the first presentation at Design Miami in 2012. This year, a total of 10 designers have joined Louis Vuitton’s line-up, including new names in the industry such as Raw Edges and established ones like Campana Brothers.

Keeping in mind the House’s special orders of the past, such as the iconic Bed Trunk or Wardrobe Trunk, the creative minds not only rethought the intuitiveness of common home goods but also covered them in the buttery-soft leather Louis Vuitton is known for. Here, we walk you through some of the ‘Objets’ on display at the Louis Vuitton Island Maison at Marina Bay Sands. This exhibition runs from now till June 30 2016.

Hammock by Atelier Oï

Hammock by Atelier Oi

If you’re going to kick back and relax on a cool summer’s day, might as well do it in absolute style. Inspired by Louis Vuitton’s savoir-faire in knitwear, Atelier Oï’s Hammock sees refined leather strips weaved to create a graceful web and reinforced by gilded rivets. Complete with a leather headrest, all you have to do is grab a cocktail of choice, and revel in the opulence of it all.

Concertina Table by Raw Edges

Concertina Table by Raw Edges

The entire Concertina range centers around Yael Mer and Shay Alkalay’s long-time interest in collapsible objects, and this table is no exception. The flower petal design is referenced from the House’s famous Monogram design, while its ash-wood legs is a stark contrast to the Nomad calfskin leather, giving the portable table what the designers call a “special presence”.

Ernest Bed by Gwenaël Nicolas

Ernest Bed by Gwenael Nicolas

Here’s something that would render sleeping bags irrelevant. Gwenaël Nicolas’ Ernest Bed is a roll-up leather-edged canvas mattress with a Nomade-leather pillow. Its sturdy oak structure and neutral colorway is inspired by Ernest Hemmingway’s African travels, and is frankly, too beautiful to use in the wild outdoors.

Cocoon by Brothers Campana

Cocoon by Campana

Like a protective shell, the Campana Brother’s Cocoon is created to provide comfort and reassurance from the outside world. The perforated pod utilizes the latest high-tech stereolithography – a form of 3D printing – which is then covered with calfskin leather outside, and quilted leather inside. Inside, the pod embraces with broadcloth-covered cushions while you sway gently in the breeze.

Lounge Chair by Marcel Wanders

Lounge Chair by Marcel Wanders (3)

Described as “an unfolding and portable oasis for relaxation”, Wanders’ thoughtful creation consists of three individual modules that create three distinct styles by way of leather straps – a chaise lounge, armchair or pouffe. The modules are manufactured in high-tech carbon fiber, which means that it is lightweight, sturdy and super portable. Rich, soft leather envelops the exterior, while suede lines the inside. Ardent fans of Louis Vuitton will appreciate the version in the House’s classic tan leather, while the bold will enjoy the “Ocean Drive Inspiration” version – an exclusive turquoise rendition inspired by Ocean Drive in South Beach, Miami.