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Aston Martin x Hogan: Luxury limited edition sneakers debut at London Men’s Fashion Week

Sneaker heads, this one’s for you! Men’s Fashion Week in London has shown us a number of collaborations between designers and brands, with this one being one of the most anticipated. Combining the ultimate street style cult favourite — the sneaker — with the sleek curves of a luxury car, the ‘Aston Martin x Hogan’ limited edition sneaker is stepping out this fall for Autumn Winter 2017/18.

Luxury sports car manufacturer Aston Martin is lauded for their contemporary and sophisticated aesthetic. Melding with Hogan’s quality craftsmanship, this pair of sneakers is one you’d need on your feet. Modelled after the iconic ‘Olympia’ sneaker by Hogan, these sneakers are made of full leather accompanied with nylon mesh to give it a sportier look. Details on the shoes are from Aston Martin’s artisan leather craft, reflecting the elegance of an Aston Martin sports car.

The tongue is decorated in Aston Martin’s classic kestrel tan leather with a pinched seam detailing, featuring a print of the iconic Aston Martin wings. Offered in four seasonal colours, the versatility of these sneakers gives you the free reign to dress them up, or down.

“Collaborating with brands that share our views on quality, style and elegance is important to us,” said Marek Reichman, EVP & Chief Creative Officer at Aston Martin. “Working with creative teams outside of the automotive industry helps to broaden our designers’ minds, and this is always a positive experience for both myself and my team at Gaydon. We take inspiration from all walks of life and our work with Hogan will help to shape and inspire many aspects of our future creations”.

“Hogan’s attention to detail and passion for beautiful products, and Aston Martin’s beautiful craftsmanship made this project a natural fit,” said Sergio Azzolari, General Manager from Hogan. “It was a pleasure for us to collaborate on a shoe that reflects the attention to detailing in Aston Martin sports cars.”

Each of these sneakers are crafted with the same exquisite craftsmanship seen in the British marque’s sports cars and the Italian master’s casual luxury shoes. Only 3,000 pairs of these lux kicks will be produced, so get them while they’re hot! The ‘Aston Martin x Hogan’ exclusive collection will be available at Hogan flagship stores worldwide, at Hogan and at the Aston Martin Dover Street brand centre from the end of June.

For more information, do visit Hogan and Aston Martin.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Salvatore Ferragamo introduces #AmoFerragamo digital project showcasing the Pre-Fall/Winter 2017

We’re only a foot into Summer and Fall/Winter collections for 2017 are already creeping up on us! Celebrating a new chapter in their history is Salvatore Ferragamo with a new shoe collection for the upcoming season. Despite being under the Pre-Fall/Winter label, the brand brings bright and bold colours in their pictorial. Under Design Director Paul Andrew’s vision, the collection debuted on May 22 alongside the brand’s digital project: #AmoFerragamo.

Dedicated to the Ferragamo women, the project captures the perfect qualities of the admirable independent, modern woman. Expressed through colour, craftsmanship and design, Ferragamo’s appreciation and reverence for today’s unique and empowered women is evident.

On top of that, the brand also revealed their muses for the project. Through a multi-chapter and multi-sensory digital journey, the Pre Fall/ Winter shoe collection for 2017 will be remixed, restyled and reimagined by it-girls from all over the globe. Nicole Warne, Julia Restoin Roitfeld, Lee Sung Kyung and others will be the face of their own chapter in the series: “Shoe La La”, “Shoe It”, “Shoe Me”, “Alphabet Yourself”, “How To”, and “Dance, Dance, Dance”. Each dressed in a spectrum of bold colours, the series showcases the different colours and characters of women today.

For this collection, Andrew marries Ferragamo’s lifelong loyalty to quality craftsmanship with state of the art technology. Classic Ferragamo motifs and designs make their comeback with a twist. The iconic ‘F’ wedge is reinterpreted in lush velvet and suede available in an array of shades. Modern silhouettes lift the ‘Flower Heel’ to new heights with a kaleidoscope of hues away from its signature black gold combination.

Paul Andrew states: “My concept for the collection was simply to highlight the fundamentals that made Salvatore such a profound and groundbreaking presence in his field and to express those values through designs that are relevant to a new generation of strong, discerning women”.

For more information, do visit Salvatore Ferragamo.

Katy Perry Launching New Shoe Collection

Katy Perry is the next celebrity in line to attempt to branch out into the fashion world. Her new foray outside of the world of music will see the singer launch a new shoe collection called “Katy Perry Footwear” in collaboration with Global Brands Group. Katy-Perry-Shoe-Sketch-2

Unlike her BFF and fellow singer, Rihanna, the Grammy award winner will not be focusing on stilettos. Instead, her collection is set to feature everything from sneakers to stilettos and even strappy sandals with fringed block heels all complete with her signature glitzy embellishments. “It’s been a creative goal of mine to be a real contributor in the affordable fashion space,” Perry told WWD. “Launching a footwear collection felt like a natural first step for me.”

Katy-Perry-Shoe-SketchApart from her music career and an upcoming fashion line, the newly minted designer is also a businesswomen, with multiple fragrances under her name. Earlier this year, she released a beauty collection with CoverGirl which consisted of highly-pigmented lipsticks and mascaras at affordable prices.Katy-Perry-Shoe-Sketch-3

We can only wait and see which new pop diva is going to join the ranks of Perry, Rihanna and Jennifer Lopez to launch their own shoe collection. Let the battle of the footwear begin!

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Stuart Weitzman Exits Creative Director Role

There never seems to be a dull moment in the fashion world, which is as it should be. This week, after 25 prolific years as a creative designer and executive chairman, Stuart Weitzman is stepping down to make way for Giovanni Morelli, whose appointment will be effective May 2017.

Morelli, whose extensive portfolio includes big names the likes of Prada, Marc Jacobs and Spanish leather marque Loewe, will bring 25 years of experience to the design table. Weitzman won’t be completely out of the picture though, the American designer will continue to oversee the business as chairman. The company still bears his name, even after he sold it to Coach in 2015 so why wouldn’t he stay involved somehow.

“In Giovanni, we have found a creative director who will ensure that the unique DNA of the brand will be preserved while infusing his creative vision for a modern age,” Weitzman said in a statement.

Weitzman’s shoes have had many a major red-carpet moment. Actress Laura Harring wore the Million Dollar heels to the Academy Awards in 2002 – a 464-diamond embellished pair of heels that cost, well, $1 million (certainly no false advertising there). Two years later, he commissioned the Two Million Dollar heels for Alison Krauss at the 2004 Academy Awards, adorned with 565 Kwiat diamonds set in platinum.

Interestingly, Weitzman is also quite an accomplished and noted stamp collector, being the owner of the British Guiana 1c magenta, arguably the world’s most famous stamp. And so ends our unrelated trivia digression…

Find out more about the departure and some of his best campaigns at L’Officiel.com now.

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Michael Kors Kids Shoes: Europe Launch

Designer Michael Kors has launched his children’s footwear collection in Europe, following a successful debut in the US.

The shoe line, dubbed “MICHAEL Michael Kors”, includes 17 different styles for infants, children and girls in various colors, with sizes ranging from 16 to 36.

The collection will be available for purchase in Europe from this month, in multi-brand stores across the UK, the Netherlands, France, Italy and Spain.

The expansion is the latest boost for the Michael Kors empire, which also includes watches, eyewear, jewellery and perfume.

Source: Fashion Mag

#DGLOVES Sneakers Inspired By Cities’ Icons

It is another tribute to personalization, this time with Dolce&Gabbana’s #DGLOVES sneakers. Yes, that’s only the latest product to actually feature a hashtag in its name because communication without hashtags is so last century…

Drawing inspiration from nine metropolitan cities, the limited capsule collection will feature designs sporting symbols from each city, along with a dedicated color hashtag. For example, the Hong Kong version boasts the city skyline with its iconic skyscrapers.

If you’d prefer a more generic version, there is also a pair designed specially for the global citizen, which features a globe patch and the hashtag #DGLOVESYOU instead. The sneakers are only available online, and will be launched in two months’ time. We have to wonder though if two months is too much lead time for an exclusively online sale.

Read more about the #DGLOVES sneaker collection on Men’s Folio Singapore.

This story is also available in Bahasa Indonesia. Read it here: #DGLOVES Sneakers Terinspirasi Oleh Kota Ikonik

Puma X Filling Pieces: Destruct To Rebuild

Puma’s Blaze of Glory is getting a facelift, again. This time round, however, the sneaker sees a more luxurious reconstruction, in a partnership with Filling Pieces, which is described as the official press release calls it, “destruct to rebuild”. Renowned for merging streetwear and high-end fashion aesthetics, the Blaze of Glory is reinvented with only the finest materials. It is luxe athleisure at its best, and all very cool.

The Puma X Filling Pieces series is an exclusive drop of 45 pairs, available only in Singapore’s Limited Edt stores.

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

Giuseppe Zanotti Collaborates with Jennifer Lopez

You can now quite literally walk in the shoes of Jennifer Lopez – Giuseppe Zanotti has announced a collaboration with the pop star and actress for a capsule collection called Giuseppe for Jennifer Lopez (or #GiuseppexJennifer for all you social media mavens).

Slated to go on sale worldwide in January 2017, WWD reports that the line will first be shown at the Footwear Fashion Association of New York from August 2 to 4. While we expect the designs to be top secret till its launch, Zanotti has let us in on a bit of the collection – expect crystal-encrusted booties, strappy gladiators in snakeskin-printed leather and embellished wedge sneakers. Two styles of handbags are also in the works, and the collection is expected to retail from a reasonable $795 to $1,195.

This isn’t Lopez’s first foray into the fashion industry. The American personality has a portfolio that includes a now-defunct eponymous clothing and lifestyle label J.LO in 2001 and an everyday fashion collection for budget retailer Kohl’s. She has also collaborated with perfume conglomerate Coty on 17 different fragrances. While Zanotti has previously crafted shoes for stars the likes of Kim Kardashian and Janet Jackson, the Italian shoe designer is highly selective of his collaborators; he’s worked with Beyonce and model Anja Rubik, but Lopez will be his first major celebrity collaborator to date.

“It’s impossible not to feel like a more confident, sexier version of yourself when you’re wearing a pair of Zanottis. The shoes are so in line with my personal style, it felt easy and natural.” Lopez mused.

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Move aside, the Jimmy Choo army. Marking 20 grand years this FW16, the British label moves away from its usual preference for a model gang, and opts instead to focus on the personalities of seven ladies. (This earns our nod of approval, for models aren’t just pretty faces.) Shot by Craig McDean, key pieces of the FW16 collection were underlined with an air of innate confidence and effortless glamour – just like the quintessential Jimmy Choo woman.

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The campaign stars Amber Valletta, Milla Jovovich, Sasha Pivovarova, Taylor Hill, Lexi Boling, Jasmine Tookes and Xiao Wen Ju, who lent their charm (and their feet) to this season’s iconic designs. We’re talking about the “Maloy” boots, “Trick” sandals, “Romy” stiletto pumps, “Mari” sandals and “Monroe” boots. Shot against a minimalist purple-toned background, Craig McDean seeks to augment and focus on the charisma of the stars.

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“The Autumn Winter campaign is a reflection of the characters who embody the Jimmy Choo brand values both during the past 20 years and into the future. It is a modern vision for our woman and signals a bold new chapter,” stated Sandra Choi, Creative Director of Jimmy Choo. It’s a step in the right direction to shoe in another grand decade, in our opinion.

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Japan Fashion Police Push for High Heels

Feminists, look away! Fashion police in Japan want to ’empower’ women by persuading them to wear high heels, insisting the country’s historic ‘kimono culture’ has led to many women having poor posture.

The Japan High Heel Association (JHA) is calling on women across the country to trade sensible shoes for a pair of stilettos, insisting that standing tall will give them ‘confidence’ — and improve their gait.

“Japanese women walk like ducks,” JHA managing director ‘Madame’ Yumiko told AFP in an interview at her plush Tokyo salon.

“They waddle along, pigeon-toed, with their bottoms sticking out as if they’re bursting to use the toilet. It looks ghastly,” she added.

In an apparent bid to improve this situation, the all-female organization charges thousands of dollars for etiquette lessons, including special classes where women are taught to walk correctly, and particularly in high heels.

Critics have branded the idea sexist and laughable, particularly as women are still battling against a deeply ingrained patriarchal culture that once expected them to pace three steps behind men.

Yet the “walking etiquette classes” are proving hugely popular: At JHA students pay 400,000 yen ($3,700) for a six-month course — and so far 4,000 have taken part, while similar lessons and schools are popping up nationwide.

The 48-year-old former ballerina blames the countries sartorial heritage for the posture problem.

“Chinese or Korean ladies don’t have these problems,” she said. “It’s a result of Japan’s kimono culture and shuffling about in straw sandals. It’s ingrained in the way Japanese walk.”

“But very few Japanese wear a kimono all day anymore. We should know about Western culture and how to wear heels correctly,” Yumiko added.

Japan High Heel Association managing director "Madame" Yumiko (R) giving a lesson on high heels in Tokyo. © AFP PHOTO/TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA

Japan High Heel Association managing director “Madame” Yumiko (R) giving a lesson on high heels in Tokyo. © AFP PHOTO/TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA

Barefoot protest

The shift away from traditional Japanese clothes happened gradually from around the late 19th century but it is only been since the 1980s that stilettos have become a fashion staple.

This ‘call to heels’ comes at a time when the West is experiencing a feminist fightback against diktats on how women should dress.

Hollywood star Julia Roberts went barefoot on the red carpet during the Cannes Film Festival in May — an act of rebellion after organizers caused uproar by ejecting women for wearing flat shoes at the previous year’s event.

Last month more than 100,000 British people petitioned parliament in the UK, calling for a change to an outdated dress code law that allowed employers to require women to wear high heels in the work place. The campaign, now backed by several politicians, was launched by a receptionist who was sent home by a firm for wearing flat shoes. But Yumiko argues wearing heels will help “Japanese women become more confident”.

She explains: “Many women are too shy to express themselves. In Japanese culture, women are not expected to stand out or put themselves first.”

Her solution is for women suffocated by such strict protocols to simply “throw on a pair of heels,” arguing the freedom it brings can unlock the mind. Prominent Japanese social commentator Mitsuko Shimomura dismissed the idea as “nonsense” that most would laugh at.

She said: “There’s no relationship between wearing high heels and women’s power. It sounds crazy.”

Men need heels too

Heels have been in and out of vogue — for men and women — for centuries, with murals on ancient Egyptian tombs dating them back to around 4,000 BC.

But they still have a key role to play in modern courtship, according to JHA director Tomoko Kubota. “If women look sexier, it will help Japanese men buck up their ideas,” the 45-year-old said.

A 2014 study by scientists from France’s Universite de Bretagne-Sud supports this view. The group conducted social experiments that showed men behave more positively toward high-heeled women.

In one test, they found if a woman dropped her glove on the street, men were 50 percent more likely to stop and return it to her if she was wearing heels rather than flats, while female behavior remained unchanged regardless of shoe worn, according to results published in the journal, Archives of Sexual Behaviour.

Students from across Japan sitting JHA exams for a certificate that allows them to become high heel instructors sing from the same hymn sheet.

“We learn how to move in a kimono and how to bow correctly, but not how to walk (in heels),” said hypnotherapist Takako Watanabe, 46 after a walking lesson. “It might help us catch a hunky guy,” she adds.

Fellow JHA alumni Ayako Miyata agrees it is an important skill that few Japanese women have mastered.

“It makes you look more lady-like,” said the 44-year-old, who has spent thousands amassing a stiletto collection. “They’re an essential item for a modern woman to feel pride and confidence in herself.”

Yumiko, whose parlor is a veritable shrine to France’s King Louis XIV, lined with frilly curtains embroidered with the image of the dandy, heel-wearing monarch, gives short shrift to accusations of sexism — she wants men to change their footwear too.

She explains: “As in the Renaissance period, men want to look taller and more stylish. Men should wear heels, so they can preen majestically like Louis XIV. I’m sure it will happen.”

Chloé Fall 2016: Dance of Desire

“My fall collection is influenced by the athletic nature of dance, and a sense of fluidity and movement,” explained Clare Waight Keller. She’s been the creative director at the French fashion house Chloé since 2011, and she’s helped to keep the brand’s vision of women’s clothing – wearability, luxuriance, airiness, flow – on the straight and narrow. Even now, just coming off summer’s Sun 2016 collection, for Fall 2016, she’s still holding to that course.

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Yet, beyond the flowing lines, effortless feel, and sense of grace, Keller’s also found a way to anchor it down with a playful sense of contrast. Breezy dresses and vibrant ephemera (kilim carpet jacquards, velvet, and mosaic floral silks) are pushed up against touches like washed denim or track pants. Silhouettes follow from every stage of a dance – from studio warm-ups to onstage performances.

In terms of colors, rustic, earthy tones of terracotta, ocher, burgundy and chocolate brown are matched with lighter shades of grey and blue. An equally scattered sense of playfulness works its way into the accessories: two-tone fold-down boots, wedges with shearling detail, and the iconic “Drew” and “Faye” handbags decorated with geometric patchworks of suede and python. The whole collection emanates an easy slackness.

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All this makes for a collection marked by feminine and completely trans-seasonal apparel. Fall’s Chloé Girl is the look that’s hard to beat.

Are You Game for Fish Skin Shoes?

Rarely do people like fish skin, and countless tonnes are thrown out every year because of a worry that some bit of that despised fishiness might still remain in those scales. Also, the scales are bit tough. Yet, a French shoe manufacturer seems to find value in this toughness. Jean-Jacques Houyou from the company Don Quichosse believes in tanning the skins into material fit for making espadrille shoes, and he’s sourced out salmon trout from the cold mountain streams of the renowned Banca valley in the foothills of the Pyrenees in the French Basque country – whose skins he claims are particularly beautiful. These come from the Goicoechea family’s fish farm, whose trout are prized by gourmets.

There is a history behind wearing the smelly leather though. Fish skin boots have been worn for thousands of years by Inuit peoples, and fish skin shoes and handbags were common in Germany during World War II when cow leather ran out. Yes, it took a world war to get people to accept fish skin leather. Even so, several luxury shoe brands have also bought into the idea, with Manolo Blahnik once creating 800-euros-a-pair sandals in an “eco shoes” range. The Brazilian label Osklen has also had great success with it salmon skin Arpoador sneakers, which sell for $580.

One of the possible reasons for this practice may be because of ‘exclusivity’ and uniqueness. Houyou noted to AFP that making the espadrilles was an “extremely exacting process, the most difficult thing is to find two skins with the same marks which makes each pair so original”. His own shoes go for around 120 euros ($135) a pair, in seven colors. He has 10 shoemakers work in their homes turning out 20,000 pairs of espadrilles a year, which traditionally have soles made of jute, but sometimes they also have soles of cork.

There’s an environmentalist plus to Houyou’s products. The espadrilles are much more eco-friendly than mass market footwear, which is difficult, and sometimes almost impossible to recycle. Perhaps a greater awareness of the possibilities of fish-skin can cut down on some of the furious waste that goes on when they’re discarded rather than used. All this makes for an interesting and possibly tasteful option for fashion designers in the future.

 

This story was written in-house, with an AFP story as the source as well as an image from the AFP.

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.

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Text by Jeffrey Yan

This story first appeared in L’Officiel Singapore. 

Spring/Summer 2016: 4 Celebrity Collaborations

It’s always fun to learn of celebrity collaborations with notable brands. Here, we take a look at some of the most anticipated lineups for Spring 2016 you’d want to include on your shopping list.

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Rihanna isn’t showing signs of slowing down when it comes to collaborations. This spring, she adds yet another exciting project to her busy fashion plate with famed luxury shoe designer Manolo Blahnik for a capsule footwear collection entitled “Denim Desserts”. The collection includes six models: ankle boots, stilettos and thigh-high boots. The embroidery and beading featured in the designs, are inspired by the award-winning singer’s many tattoos.This very limited-edition collection goes on sale from May 5 in Manolo Blahnik stores in London, New York and Hong Kong.

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One of Robert Clergerie’s most iconic designs makes a come-back from the 1980s with the help of Sonia Rykiel. The closed-toe wedge sandals with an ankle strap that sealed the brand’s success got a breath of fresh air with bejweled, striped and sequined designs. Fans looking to embrace the iconic style of the ‘80s can do so in June when the updated designs head to both brands’ stores.

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Uniqlo has quietly edged into the top spot for designer collaborations after working with some of the industry’s best – think Pharrell Williams, UNDERCOVER and Jil Sander. This season, in celebration of Liberty London’s 140th anniversary, the Japanese chain brings a selection of charming floral prints by the English label to bloom on 20 Uniqlo designs, including T-shirts, dresses, pants and lightweight down jackets for women, men, children and babies. The range is out now in stores and online.

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Kendall and Kylie Jenner have taken over the world one Instagram post at a time, and now they’re about to take over our wardrobes too. The capsule collection of chic, high-end pieces designed for Neiman Marcus as part of the label’s “#OnlyatNM” program sees moto jackets, shorts and maxi dresses designed by the powerhouse sisters, and is available in the luxury label’s stores or online at neimanmarcus.com.

 

New Balance Zante Generate – 3D Printed & Limited

3D printing has gone quite far but New Balance aims to take the next step with its limited run high performance shoe model – the Zante Generate. With only 44 pairs going up on sale, those enamored with the specially developed honeycomb structure of the midsoles had better act fast.

For more information, you can check out the story over at Men’s Folio.

Images courtesy of New Balance

Shred Like A Gentleman – Jimmy Choo Shoes SS16

Fashion shows typically follow a fixed blueprint, with little variation to the action. With the exception of Chanel, whose consistently innovative set design wows each season (how can one not be impressed by a Chanel airport or casino?), it’s usually tall, thin models moodily walking to some obscure soundtrack in an industrial-slash-ultra-modern space for a good 12 minutes before the designer takes a bow. I’d hazard a guess that no fashion show has ever gone the route of presenting an entire street sports club, complete with skating ramps, BMX riders and skateboarders flipping ollies in designer threads. Until the Jimmy Choo’s presentation for their Spring/Summer 2016 mens collection, that is.

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Modelled as a rule-breakers’ rendition of the British gentleman’s sporting club, the Jimmy Choo skatepark even boasts a pompous Latin motto that loosely translates to a modern day #yolo, “Vive Sicut Audes”. During the preview, bigshot street stunt masters and athletes like James Hewett, Zac Miller, Jak Tonge and more put the latest Jimmy Choo collection and themselves to the test as onlookers were awed. Designer Sandra Choi explains the reason behind her youthful inspiration – “These sports are all about seeing the urban environment in a new way, with a creative disrespect, and then using it as a crucible for adrenalin and originality. We are very excited to see the collection put to the test by these radical athletes.”

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Latest shoe offerings play on extremely bright pops of colour, alongside ugly-chic design motifs like stonewashed denim and pinstripe. Styles play on a marriage between old and new schools, sports and formality, by working around odd combinations of materials. Scuba shoes and miltirary boots combine in the Ezra’s form, while brouged uppers perch atop vulcanized rubber soles in the Ross and Reggy for a neat medley of uptown and downtown. Even familiar Jimmy Choo classics get a street-style remake, and some of them veer towards punk, like the Argyle high-top sneaker that features a cool mesh upper.

Jimmy Choo makes it trendy to be caught in limbo this season, and our feet are bolder for it.

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Text by Beatrice Bowers

This article was originally published in Men’s Folio

Christian Louboutin Introduces New Hues

If you’ve been blessed with a skin tone that is anything darker than a warm beige, then you know the pain of having to settle for a ‘skin-tone’ product that is anything but close to your skin tone. With few beauty brands and designers providing a truly ‘nude’ collection, it comes as good news that luxury shoemaker Christian Louboutin is making a change.

Using the social media platform Instagram, the designer announced the new colors added to his ‘Nudes” footwear collection—we managed to stitch together the three posts for a full view of the collection. The two new shades join the existing five for Spring. From porcelain to deep chocolate, the hues will be featured on pointed flat pumps with simple ballerina bow details on the front. Made of flexible matte nappa leather and finished with a simple ballerina bow detail, the shoes are designed to mimic the look and feel of skin and provide a light minimalist result.

While this is Louboutin’s first diverse collection, which is getting much positive feedback, he isn’t the only footwear designer who has created nude shades to match various skin tones. In March, dancewear brand Bloch unveiled its nude “Eric Tan” shoe in honor of African American Royal Ballet soloist Eric Underwood. Having seen the dancer ‘pancaking’ his pale dance shoes with dark makeup to match his natural skin, the brand created the first black flesh tone ballet shoe in the world.

While the beauty industry has been making much-needed inroads into the issue of catering for non-white skin tones for some time — and continues to do so, with singer Kelly Rowland recently revealing plans to develop a makeup line for dark skins — the fashion industry has been slower to catch on. Will Louboutin and Bloch encourage other designers to put their best foot forward?

 

Manolo Blahnik Goes High Street?

A collaboration between the legendary Manolo Blahnik and retailers H&M and Topshop may be possible after all. That is of course if the designer is given the creative freedom he needs.

With no conditions, the Spanish designer may just be convinced to create a collection available to the masses, much like the Balmain collection for H&M.

“I like my shoes to be outside there. Not copied, like in China, but the real thing!” said the 73-year-old Spaniard who was a close friend of the late Princess Diana.

Blahnik, whose designs were popularised by the US television series “Sex and the City,” has resisted the overtures of global fashion giants to stay independent — and now has eight solo stores in Dubai, Hong Kong, London, Madrid, Moscow and New York.Manolo Blahnik - BB Lace pumps

He said he would only stop being independent “after I drop dead,” adding: “I love freedom, I adore freedom of any kind.”

“People say I need to do that, I need to do that, I really can do that. I can’t work that way.

“It took me so long to live in my conditions,” he said in accented English.

Blahnik’s designs have appeared on the feet of some of the most glamorous women in the world. Asked which celebrities had the best ones, he named actresses Raquel Welch and Brigitte Bardot but said he was disillusioned by modern-day stars.

“They are not those great old stars that used to wear flat shoes and be so sexy,” said Blahnik, whose shoes can sell for more than $1,000 (916 euros) a pair.

Blahnik decried the modern trend of women wearing trainers, saying they “could destroy” their feet. “But they say that about shoes all the time, that they destroy women’s feet. Nonsense!”Manolo-Blahnik-Topshop

Born on November 7, 1942 in the Canary Islands, Blahnik is the son of a Czech father and a Spanish mother and grew up on her banana plantation.

His parents wanted him to become a diplomat but US Vogue’s legendary editor Diana Vreeland steered him towards fashion design. Blahnik’s new store, in London’s luxury Mayfair district, opened at a glitzy launch on Tuesday, is in the Burlington Arcade — a gallery built in 1819 near Piccadilly Circus close to some of the British capital’s most expensive shops.

He faces some busy months with a new documentary on his life and an exhibition with 500 of his designs to be launched at the Venice Film Festival in September.

“It’s going to be in the places of Europe that I love best. It’s going to end up in Spain, but first of all it’s going to be in Venice because I worked in Venice for years and it’s the most beautiful city.”

He said it would also travel to Prague, his father’s native city, and be displayed in the world-famous Hermitage Museum in Saint Petersburg. “Can you imagine? It’s a great privilege and I don’t know why. Because I do shoes, after all.”

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First design out from Rihanna Puma collection

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Sports wear manufacturer Puma has unveiled the first fruits of a collaboration with Barbadian singer Rihanna and her Fenty label.

Leading the Puma By Rihanna Collection is the Puma Creeper, which remixes the classic Puma Suede design “with a little bit punk and a little bit rebel.” Musician and record producer Travi$ Scott was a creative director for the Puma Creeper photo shoot.

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A limited edition Creeper was made available September 14 with a global rollout from September 18. Early sales will take place at a Bowery Street pop-up in New York, September 15-17.