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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

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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

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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.

Tie-Dye

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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.

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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.

Chanel

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

Louis Vuitton

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

Gucci

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

Dior

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

 

 

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

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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.

Louis Vuitton Presents Malle Extraordinaire

From now until the end of June, fans of steamer trunks should head over to the Louis Vuitton Island Maison at Marina Bay Sands for the Malle Extraordinaire exhibition. With a long and illustrious history, Louis Vuitton has garnered many fans around the world, some more prominent than others. To celebrate this and to allow the public to explore this history, the brand has flown in several heritage trunks to Singapore.Malle-Extraordinaire-Singapore-personalised-trunk-2

You would be amazed at how well preserved the trunks are, given that some were created nearly a century ago. However, given that this is Louis Vuitton, a brand renowned in its superior woodwork and leather craftsmanship, this has to be expected. Using materials such as Gaboon and Beech wood, the trunks are sturdy creations that can withstand hard knocks while allowing for the natural expansion of the wood.Malle-Extraordinaire-Singapore-personalised-trunk

On display, are trunks that once held the possessions of royalty and historical figures; clients included Napoleon III’s wife Empress Eugénie de Montijo, the Maharajas of Jammu and the royal family of Egypt. These trunks from the company’s archives even bear the customs stamps as well as shipping and boarding labels that serve as a memento of its original owner’s travels.

Malle-Extraordinaire-Singapore-07Many of these historic trunks were even personalized along with the emblematic monogram or Damier print, allowing the trunk to be recognized from afar. While hat cases may be of little use today and a wardrobe trunk for timepieces may not be the kind of luggage we see often, the Malle Extraordinaire gives us a chance to travel back in time. While the past may very well be in the past, some traditions may never die, which explains why Louis Vuitton still constructs some of its luggage by hand, much like it did in 1854.

The Malle Extraordinaire exhibition will be on display at Louis Vuitton Island Maison at Marina Bay Sands until June 30. 

Paris Luxury Stores to Open Sunday

As a visitor to Paris, Sundays have always been an excellent time to take in the scenery because the stores are closed – well, not anymore because the city’s top luxury stores will be throwing open their doors from this weekend onwards.

Tourists flocking to the French capital will now be able shop at luxury shops that line the Champs Elysees and the Place Vendome on Sundays as a key government reform comes into effect.

An agreement between luxury shops and employee unions on Sunday hours has come into force, said Sylvie Zawadzki, who heads up tax and social issues at the French Fashion Federation.

The deal allows shops to take advantage of a reform pushed through by Economy Minister Emmanuel Macron last year allowing for shops to open on Sundays in newly created international tourist zones in Paris.

Sunday openings for shops in France is severely restricted.

“It is an agreement that provides companies the possibility to open (on Sundays) but it is a decision they take based on their commercial strategy,” said Zawadzki.

The flagship shops of luxury brands such as Chanel, Christian Dior and Louis Vuitton are covered by the deal.

Zawadzki declined to say how many companies are concerned, but according to the business daily Les Echos some 30 brands and nearly 100 shops could now open.

Other international tourist zones cover the central part of Paris, including the area where many of the city’s top department stores are located, including Galeries Lafayette. So far only one, BHV, has reached a deal with its employees.

Focus: Fred Allard Bridges Fashion, Art

French artist Fred Allard says, “Art is the way I express my feelings.” Allard’s style is creating art pieces surrounding fashion using different textures, colors and pictures that express his artistic voice. As a result, Allard revolutionizes the way we look at the bag as a fun, characterful and quirky object.

His recent project ‘Vide son bag’, features a series of bag designs that combine the ordinary with luxury: Campbell soup cans with Chanel handbags, Coke cans with Louis Vuitton bags, Chup-a-chup lollipops with Cartier paper bags – resulting in a style that is funky, unique and fresh. The bags of ‘Vide son bag’, fall in three different categories: the IT Bag, the Basket Bag and the Shopping Paper Bag. With each of these types of bag, he questions our way of using them – the shopping bag does not contain luxury articles but is amongst the most practical; the basket bag, an epitome of practicality and function; and the IT bag, authentic high fashion bags that he fills with everyday products to show the place of the luxury in our everyday lives.

With a background in fashion, Allard has a keen sense of textiles and colors and how they shape imprints, iconographies and culture. He is deeply inspired by street art, pop art, and music and finds food for thought in magazines and department stores. He finds value from observing the street, mixing the array of colors and materials from everyday life in his pieces and weaving commonplace objects into his works. The Allard style is an enthusiasm for materials, words and colors. He manifests his style onto his bags, which he seems to treat as sculptures of the humanistic desire for material wealth: the bag is a symbol of the lives we carry with us – it is both an intimate and personal object.

Beyond just the commonplace, at the heart of Allard’s works is the desire to portray the zeitgeist of the modern society: how our consumerist attitudes and need for status symbols blinds the simple joy of living in the ordinary. His works capture the “everyday objects, like uniting two opposites, the contradiction and the mix,” says Allard. By aligning Hello Kitty next to Hermes, he highlights the contradiction by “combining high end shopping bags and filling them in with products that can be bought from the supermarket, a perfect combination which perfectly blends together to create a unique object.”

Allard studio mirrors that of his works – spray cans lying around, graffiti all over the walls, machinery to create his sculptures of bags, as well as his artist tools: sand, boards, buckets, masks, clamps, brushes, hammer, screws. His studio has the same wealth of textures as his bags have colours. It is no wonder that his studio in the south of France is the incubator for his expressive thoughts.

“Luxury becomes popular and what’s popular become precious”, says Allard. ‘Vide son bag’ juxtaposes the ordinary with the luxury to bring out the fun contradiction of everyday living.

*For more information, please visit www.galeries-bartoux.com.

This story first appeared in Art Republik.

Léa Seydoux Named Louis Vuitton Campaign Girl

Léa Seydoux goes from Bond Girl to campaign girl for Louis Vuitton’s Spring/Summer 2016 campaign. Decked out in the label’s athletic and cyberpunk pieces, the Spectre actress portrays a “daring, confident heroine who is constantly on the move” within the modernist compounds of Cuadra San Christobal. The “travel” campaign is lensed by the famed Patrick Demarchelier and styled by Marie-Amélie Sauvé.

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“I deeply admire Nicolas Ghesquière’s work, especially his newness,” Seydoux said earlier this year. “His incessant search for novelty is also highly impressive.”

Find out more about Léa Seydoux and her “travel” experience with Louis Vuitton on L’Officiel.com.

6 Runway Accessory Trends Maximizing Impact

The fashion runways churn out an impressive number of style stories with their trends and designs. Today we take a closer look at the accessories that don’t need to try too hard to catch your attention — simply because you can’t miss them. Bigger is always better it seems with the looks we’ve seen on the catwalk and we can’t wait to share some of our favorites, which are also the favorites of L’Officiel Singapore, who put together this piece.

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Statement necklaces and arm parties have seen their day. With so many designers cutting away garments to reveal necks and shoulders, it only makes sense to draw more attention to these areas via a pair of huge, sweeping shoulder-dusters.Make them the focal accessory by going for interesting details and colour combinations, lots of sparkle, or an arresting sculptural shape.

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Fashion’s fallen head over heels for this punk-tinged hardware, but given it a decidedly feminine touch. Alexander Wang used gold chains to embellish the dainty mesh bags in his romantic all-white Balenciaga collection. Miuccia Prada used them on retro, ladylike pieces in her rich, tactile collection, while Armani and Sarah Burton at Alexander McQueen draped them on the body to offset light, delicate clothes.

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Plastic truly is fantastic. Designers as varied as Christopher Kane, Simone Rocha, Karl Lagerfeld at Chanel and John Galliano at Maison Margiela all offered versions of the transparent stuff plastered on bags, heels, sandals and hats. The most directional pieces, though, came from Jonathan Anderson who used it on garments at his eponymous label and on plastic Puzzle bags, pouches, jewelry and even trousers at Loewe.

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If you’re looking to indulge your inner princess fantasies, now is the time to do it. The girls at No 21 wore bands of sparkling stones atop their dreamy white looks. The Rodarte sisters wove medieval-looking gold leaves into their models’ hair, while Dolce and Gabbana crowned their glamorous Italian girls with fruits, crystals and flowers. Not everything was so princess-like though; both Miuccia Prada and Hedi Slimane showed actual tiaras at Miu Miu and Saint Laurent, respectively, but their girls and the clothes had an alluringly rebellious vibe.

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Sandals are a fail-proof summer staple but they’ve now been given a fun fashion twist via luxe materials, bright punchy prints and, most importantly, an elevated standing thanks to a sturdy flatform or a low chunky block heel. We love Fendi’s graphic leather slides, Ferragamo’s strappy ones with pop-coloured soles and those printed Chanel sandals that light up like an airport runway.

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For Spring/Summer ’16, designers have chosen to make their biggest statements in white. The effect is clean and chic, but far from minimal. At Balenciaga, Alexander Wang sent out rucksacks, totes and clutches in beautifully delicate silk satin, lace and woven leathers. Phoebe Philo’s white Céline bags were graphic with interesting hardware details while her Chelsea boots had a chunky, mannish appeal. Massimo Giorgetti’s sandals at Emilio Pucci on the other hand were romantically dotted with pearls.

Story Credits

Text by Jeffrey Yan

This story first appeared in L’Officiel Singapore.