• photography by KEVIN BUITRAGO

    J.Lindeberg SS20 collection

    Written by Meghan Scott

    J.Lindeberg presents Spring / Summer 2020 in London - Chapter ⅘ in ‘future.archive’ : ‘sub.culture’.

    ” ‘Future.archive’ is an overall concept introduced by Jens Werner when he took over as Creative Director for J.Lindeberg. It's a journey that spans five seasons and portrays the brand's journey into the future where sport and fashion united in the meeting between tradition and tech, classic and innovation. J.Lindeberg introduced the collection during an event in its new showroom in London on June 27th.”

    SS20 tells a story about how some cultural movements replace others and how something groundbreaking becomes mainstream, in order to be passed to passé in the next step and then return as “cool” in new subcultures. How cultures within a culture develop and transform into something new. The Mod movement is an interesting representation of just that - how the attitude and the self-confidence of a few individuals have been able to characterize style and clothing codes for decades, ” says Jens Werner.

    Werner has taken the brand into a new future, taking iconic pieces and redefining them with tech fabrics and bulky silhouettes. Key looks include oversized fishtail mod parkas, carcoats, and long bomber jackets. Thick wool knits still prevail but in a coolmax blend. These fashion chapters weave in the golf and ski aspect of J.Lindeberg and sub-cultures, with a strong sense of longevity.  

    Photography by KEVIN BUITRAGO

  • CHANEL HAUTE COUTURE FALL-WINTER 19/20

    Written by Jahwanna Berglund

    PARIS –Tuesday 2nd of July

    A new era has arrived with Virgine Viard as the Creative Director for the
    French luxury house Chanel, which has been directed by Karl Lagerfeld since 1983. Ms Viard has been working a longside Lagerfeld as the Artistic Director and his right and left hand for the past 30 years.

    This Tuesday her third collection for Chanel was shown at the Grand Palais in Paris.
    Ms Viard and her team had created a stunning scenery, where she presented her first couture collection for a more modern woman for autumn19/20. In an old library set design, inspired by Coco Chanels apartement on Rue Cambon, the models showed off more wearable couture silhouettes. The designs were in lighter materials and in a more colorful palette than we are used to seeing for autumn.

    Ms Viard, who specializes in couture felt spot on for this season.

  • Tom Dixon Announces ’TouchySmellyFeelyNoisyTasty’ at his King’s Cross HQ

    Written by Fashion Tales

    Tom Dixon Announces ’TouchySmellyFeelyNoisyTasty’ at his King’s Cross HQ

    As a part of 2019’s London Design Festival, British designer Tom Dixon will fill his King’s Cross hub with the flavours, the fragrances, the sounds, the colours and textures of the future. The entire Coal Office – from the studio, shop, factory and trade counters to the bar and restaurant – will become a multi-sensory lab with interactive installations, workshops and talks inspired by the six senses and how they shape the future of design.

    Tom says: ’As designers, we look at everything. We determine the shape, the colours and the aesthetics of a space before anything else. But here in the Coal Office we wanted to explore the role that all our other – often lasser recognised senses – contribute to our experiences of interior or the wight of an object – or even the most intangible of all – the sixth sense. Hence why we have called this season TouchySmellyFeelyNoisyTasty, because after all, we are multisensory animals.’

    The latest designs and innovations launched in April at Salone del Mobile – Fat, Swirl, Spring and Opal will be on display and available to buy at the Coal Office. In September, two new fragrances join the Electic range, Alchemy and Underground, and will be on display in our perfumery.

    For the first time King’s Cross will be an official LDF DesignDistrict and is poised to be one of the top destinations during the Festival with neighbours and friends such as Design Junction, Samsung, COS, STORE store, Central Saint Martins and House of Illustration all having special exhibitions.

  • KARL FOR EVER

    Written by Fashion Tales

    KARL FOR EVER
    A TRIBUTE TO KARL LAGERFELD HELD IN PARIS ON JUNE 20, 2019
    co-hosted by CHANEL, FENDI and KARL LAGERFELD.

    PARIS, FRANCE – Thursday, 20 June, the Houses of CHANEL, FENDI (LVMH) and KARL LAGERFELD all came together to pay tribute to Karl Lagerfeld at a celebration designed, directed and staged by Robert Carsen.


    The many facets of this extraordinary man were evoked through a tapestry of videos filmed throughout his life, interspersed with testimonials from people who knew him, as well as the generous “live” contributions of highly talented actors, musicians, dancers who interpreted some of the music and literature Karl loved so much.


    Actresses Tilda Swinton, Fanny Ardant, Cara Delevingne and Helen Mirren, friends of Karl Lagerfeld, recited and read excerpts from works by his favourite authors, such as Virginia Woolf, Stéphane Mallarmé, Colette and Edith Sitwell.


    The extraordinary Jookin dancer Lil Buck, the brilliant violinist Charlie Siem (who played Paganini, one of the favourite composers of Karl Lagerfeld’s mother Elizabeth), Argentinian choreographer German Cornejo, accompanied by his troupe of 17 tango dancers and his 7-piece orchestra from Buenos Aires (Carlos Gardel was Karl Lagerfeld’s favourite singer and the tango was his favourite dance), the celebrated pianist Lang Lang (who played Chopin on the grand piano designed by Karl Lagerfeld for the 150th anniversary of Steinway), and American artist Pharrell Williams were also on stage to pay homage to the man who had deeply marked them and who was their friend.


    These artists – as well as the 2,500 guests present at the Grand Palais to celebrate Karl Lagerfeld – were immersed in a spectacular exhibition of 56 giant enlargements of portraits taken throughout his life by some of the most famous photographers in a setting designed by Robert Carsen, inspired by Karl’s favourite colours: black and white enhanced with a touch of red.


    In turn, the participants also paid tribute to the aesthete, this man of culture, photographer, creator… in an exceptional moment as grand as his talent.

  • Alexandre Bonnet x Bea Åkerlund

    Written by Fashion Tales

    Bea Åkerlund is the LA-based fashion activist who moves between film, fashion, and music. She is known as one of the most influential stylists and costume designers in the industry, collaborating with world stars such as Madonna, Beyoncé, Lady Gaga and Rihanna.
     
    Bea Åkerlund has taken inspiration for this year's design for Alexandre Bonnet from two classic fashion elements - Pearls and Diamonds.
     
    “For me, champagne is a drink that is strongly associated with party and luxury. For the design of Alexandre Bonnet gift boxes, I have chosen to work with beads that symbolize the bubbles in the champagne and pink diamonds that communicate the feeling of luxury.” - says Bea Åkerlund


    You can discover Alexandre Bonnet's champagnes, Grande Réserve Brut and Perle Rosé Brut, in collaboration with Bea Åkerlund, at Mondowine.

  • LOUIS VUITTON MENS FASHION JEWELLERY

    Written by Fashion Tales

    Louis Vuitton presents
    Men’s Artistic Director Virgil Abloh’s first fashion jewellery collection

    June 2019 — Louis Vuitton introduces new fashion jewellery pieces into the current collection, a concept envisaged by Men’s Artistic Director Virgil Abloh. A natural continuation for Louis V uitton accessories, this jewellery collection encapsulates the contemporary mood of the House and embodies the new vocabulary introduced across all categories.

    The collection is a reinterpretation of classic menswear
    chains that debuted during the men’s Spring-Summer 2019 show across various accessories and leather goods. Here, elements from these explorations are offered across pendants, bracelets, and rings.

    To offer a full wardrobe of jewellery, from pieces for the red carpet to daily wear, an alternative to this show-stopping piece comes in an entirely palladium-finished version, with features of Monogram artfully scattered across it. Two exceptional white ceramic pieces - a pendant and a ceramic signet ring embossed with Monogram palladium-finished brass. All necklaces and bracelets come with an innovative new system of closing; a clever cylindrical slide specially developed to ensure security.
    The clasp comes embellished with Louis Vuitton branding and an “R” engraving, the registered trademark symbol, a detail that runs throughout the collection. Both pay tribute to the Spring-Summer 2019 collection, where Virgil Abloh introduced immaculate white ceramic jewellery.
    This collection includes essential additions to Louis V uitton menswear. Each piece combines the signature Louis Vuitton savoir-faire with Virgil Abloh’s vision of style.

    An entirely new Louis V uitton chain is introduced. Inspired by classic Cuban links, it nods to wider cultural references, from hip-hop to skate culture, and a dynamic community of collaborators. Rooted in the heritage of men’s jewellery, the chain has been twisted into a new, highly exclusive form through an inventive and meticulous use of materials and finishes.


    A multi-hued chain, nods to the rainbow story which was central to the Spring-Summer 2019 collection – a tribute to diversity and an open invitation to a new, global audience. It showcases an array of exceptional finishes, techniques and materials, which are carefully united together across the links. Coloured enamel in orange and blue tones, brass with aged gold effect, palladium finishing with Monogram engraving, and crystal encrustations in a range of hues are all united across one chain.

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