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With 23 star studded vintage book covers, no one could miss Nicolas Ghesquière’s latest pre-fall campaign…but, just in case you did, that’s what we’re here for, with the latest news from our beloved brands around the world.
Don’t judge a book by its cover, they say; well, in this case, the adage doesn’t apply. Louis Vuitton’s Creative Director and lover of all things ‘80s, Nicolas Ghesquière, has created 23 vintage book covers as the brand’s Pre-Fall campaign. Casting his crew of LV muses, from the usual suspects Léa Seydoux, Sophie Turner, and Laura Harrier, to newbies Cody Fern, Billie Lourd and Woodkid, each took on their role as a book’s protagonist, integrating the House’s fashion as an omnipresent character in the story. With quirky titles and killer looks, it’s a sleek and spooky way to apprehend what’s coming this Fall.
Try not to freak out, but it is actually happening – Hermès just debuted its very first foray into the cosmetic world with a range of lipsticks, Le Rouge Hermès. Adding beauty to its portfolio of ‘Hermès objets’ by drawing from its celebrated heritage, the collection is helmed by Jérôme Touron, the newly minted creative director of Hermès Beauty, and realised with input from the great House’s brains, such as Bali Barret, the director of the women’s universe and naturally, Pierre-Alexis Dumas. The line? Twenty-four refillable shades of matte- or satin-finish lipsticks, accompanied by a limited collection of three colors, to be renewed every six months and nestled into delicately handcrafted Hermès leather cases. It’s cute and small, it’s French, and it’s made to make you look beautifully yourself.
Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, and I bet you lunch that if Oscar Wilde would have been a Millennial, he’d have been Alessandro Michele’s best pal. See, for Gucci’s latest sneaker launch, the Italian brand tapped London-based artist Max Siedentopf to capture the flex-out of the Gucci 1977 trainer. Humorously playing on the idea of imitation and replication, the director brought together an all-inclusive cast of models and turned the narrative into a hypnotic trip around Rome. His subjects: clones and doppelgängers, all sporting versions of the sneakers, eating together, on the bus, or gossiping over tea with their BFFs. The message: You don’t need friends – just yourself, and some killer shoes.
FEEL THE HEAT
Daniel Lee and Tyrone Lebon’s Bottega Veneta Spring-Summer 2020 campaign kicked up the heat a notch with a little help from Mica Argañaraz and an 85-foot yacht (straight to my summer moodboard). The steamy imagery of sex-spiring models and ‘heat’ accessories has landed us in ecstatic fits of extreme retail anxiety. We want every single piece she’s wearing: the padded intrecciato sandals, the disco pumps, the sunglasses, the towel… The Daniel Lee Bottega Veneta is simple, sleek, and extremely desirable, and the brand’s campaign blazes like the fireworks that close a party, searing dreams of what a life could beinBV.Thisisonesun-drenchedsummerdream.Sea,sexandsequins,nothingmore…
Picture British actor Robert Pattinson shadow-boxing his way to your bathroom cupboard… 1. You read it right and 2. It’s already happening. In a new short film directed by French music and video duo The Blaze, Dior unveiled a new version of the iconic Dior Homme fragrance. Masterfully crafted by the Maison’s Perfumer-Creator François Demachy, the new scent, embodied by a sensual Sir Pattinson, brings the suave you’ll need to complete all of your outfits. And if you’re wondering what a Dior man smells like, he’s woody and virile, with musk, patchouli, atlas cedar, and Haitian vetiver, but tempered by the soft touch of bergamot and light zest of citrusy elemis – aka irresistible.
LICENCE TO KILL
Bond Girls are iconic, intrepid, and loyal acolytes to MI6’s most famous secret agent. Mostly naked or in teeny bikinis, they typically have a rare commitment to incredible jewels. Since later this year we’re about to be blessed with a new 007 movie, in which Daniel Craig is very likely to save, once again, the world and the honor of MI6 (will it be his ultimate one? We wouldn’t bet on it), we’re also looking forward to some sparkling encounters, this time, with a Chopard tag on it. Ana De Armas, one of the three main female leads, will be sporting three high-jewelry pieces created exclusively for the movie by the House – in total, 140 carats of dazzling diamonds, enough to blind even the most vile of villains. One more detail: the jewels are all made of sustainably mined materials, as part of the House’s Green Carpet collection – a responsible thrill.
RAISE QUESTIONS, TURN HEADS
It all started with a drawing, an esquisse, but most probably, a question too… Frédéric Boucheron dreamed it back in 1879, created it few years later, and the House’s current Creative Director, Claire Choisne, decided to give it a brand new face and eight siblings. Presented over the Couture Week shows, the Point d’Interrogation collection is a majestic renaissance for the iconic jewelry piece. With their asymmetrical shapes, XXL dimensions and organized cluster of spirited nature, the modern designs are heightened by the addition of precious stones and delicate arrangements. Removing the clasp, Boucheron removed the need for an extra set of hands to help affix your dazzling accessories. Free women raise questions and create the future; he knew it oh-too-well already.
WOMEN WHO WORK TOGETHER
With the arrival of spring comes the unavoidable need of a polished pedi. We got it. But what comes with a polished spring pedi is a hero shoe, and we have a serious contender. Amina Muaddi’s triangle heel is the viral accessory on everyone’s feet. Following a scintillating Parisian dinner with the Capitale’s ‘it-girl’, the Italian-Jordanian designer will be launching an exclusive collaboration with luxury online retailer Mytheresa. Ten looks, sunshine colors, glitter and crystals on Mykonos-ready sandals or a Cinderella- at-Coachella pump, this is a collection of fabulous shoes you’ll need in your life. March 18th – mark this day, and set your alarms.
LIVE FAST, BUY FAST
Rejoice! Online retailer Farfetch’s constant lookout for cutting-edge designers and upcoming contemporary labels brings the spice we all need to turn up our OOTD-heat. With daily traffic of millions of visitors, the e-commerce site’s efforts for a personalized experience are more important than ever. And they did make the effort: in line with our issue’s theme, both men and women can now tap into the retailer’s edgy edit, a selection of weirdly wonderful items that are a promise you won’t find anyone nearby looking like you. From Alyx’s chunky metallic boots to New-York label Area’s runway headpiece, Rick Owens’ signature fits or Japanese streetwear House, Ambush’s bold accessories, there’s all you need to look rad and ready. Go on, not – spoil yourselves.
JUST FOR US
Middle-East-based accessory freaks with CD-monogram mania are in for the win; Dior is about to drop some very special treats – a collection of iconic accomplices in regionally exclusive hues. Launching in the region on April 2nd, this dedicated capsule offers all the additions needed for a deeply chic summer. With a color palette of sandy tones and powdered pink laden on Saddle, Lady Dior and Dior Tote handbags, sandals, and a legion of relevant extras, these most valuable players of the Dior troupe are ready to hit the sandpit.
Saudi Arabia is having a moment. From international music festivals to the Coachella-backed Desert X exhibition that spanned the grounds of the Al-‘Ula oasis, the country is engaging in dialogues and shaping its own voice. For that extra dazzle to reach maximum shine, Winter at Tantora Festival has teamed up with Swiss jeweler Piaget on an exclusive collaboration, presenting precious patrimonie pieces alongside newly designed watches and necklaces, merging heritage and modernity, and symbolizing an intricate bond between the Maison and the Unesco-protected site. Hot on the heels of the collaboration, an auction of Piaget watches and jewels will be organized with all proceeds funding academic scholarships to benefit Al-‘Ula’s artisan community.
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