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Etro in Dialogue with AI
Etro's SS24 campaign, under the creative direction of Marco De Vincenzo and in collaboration with digital artist Silvia Badalotti, transcends into a digital utopia. This unique venture blends human creativity with artificial intelligence, producing a series of synthetic images that redefine the boundaries of fashion and digital art. The campaign, inspired by a fictional place called "Nowhere," uses AI to explore endless scenarios, creating a captivating digital fantasy that reflects the limitless potential of human imagination and technological innovation.
Rimowa's Newest Colorway
Rimowa's Essential collection, known for its pioneering polycarbonate suitcase, introduces a rejuvenating twist with the new Sea Blue capsule collection. Inspired by the restorative aura of the sea, this vibrant blue shade breathes new life into the collection's iconic grooved design. The launch is set against the backdrop of a 1950s Barcelona home, where the serene Sea Blue perfectly complements the house's Modernist architecture, symbolizing Rimowa's sophisticated design and functionality for global travelers.
Montblanc's “The Desk” at Paris Fashion Week
During Men's Fashion Week in Paris, Montblanc unveiled its newest leather collections in the elegantly restored La Galerie Bourbon. This showcase, harmoniously blending Montblanc's rich heritage with fresh, audacious designs by Artistic Director Marco Tomasetta, also introduced 'The Desk' theme, celebrating the desk as a creative sanctuary for writers and designers alike. The event paid tribute to Montblanc's iconic writing instruments while evoking the spirit of literary legends like Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, who found inspiration within the walls of La Galerie Bourbon.
Prada Re-Nylon x National Geographic
In collaboration with National Geographic Creative Works, Prada unveils the latest phase of its Prada Re-Nylon project, with social responsibility at the forefront. This partnership delves into the critical issues facing our oceans and aquatic ecosystems through a series of three insightful episodes. Each episode, led by National Geographic's esteemed photographers and explorers, explores distinct marine habitats — from the endangered coral reefs of the Indo-Pacific to the warming Arctic oceans and the Mediterranean's delicate ecosystem — underscoring the urgent need for ocean literacy and conservation. Prada's commitment to this cause is further reinforced with 1 percent of proceeds from the Prada Re-Nylon Collection supporting SEA BEYOND, an educational initiative by Prada Group and UNESCO's IOC, emphasizing the brand's dedication to sustainability, education, and cultural enrichment.
The Closet Campaign
In a striking campaign captured by the renowned Inez & Vinoodh, Balenciaga reintroduces the beloved Le City Bag, a trendsetter since its 2000 debut. The updated Le City, crafted from metal-free Arena leather, integrates vintage features from its archives, creating a new classic adorned with original-sized studs and lacquered leather accents. Showcased in the campaign alongside Balenciaga's signature Le Cagole and Hourglass bags are personalities like Kim Kardashian, Paloma Elsesser, and Devon Lee Carlson. Each of them is elegantly positioned amidst museum-esque closets brimming with personal treasures.
Audemars Piguet x Tamara Ralph
Audemars Piguet recently revealed an enchanting Royal Oak Concept Flying Tourbillon in collaboration with Haute Couture designer Tamara Ralph at her Spring 2024 Couture show in Paris. This limited-edition timepiece is characterized by its 18-carat pink gold and Frosted Gold finish, featuring a captivating gradient of brown, bronze, and golden tones. It perfectly embodies the fusion of bold femininity and timeless elegance, bridging the worlds of Haute Horlogerie and Haute Couture.
Gentle Monster Releases Exclusive Collaboration
Gentle Monster's 2024 GENTLE JELLY collection introduces a unique fusion of 'jelly' details with sleek, wrap-around eyewear silhouettes. This daring line showcases Gentle Monster's commitment to innovative design, blending whimsical jelly characteristics with an expanded color palette. Accompanying the collection is a bold campaign and unique pop-up experiences in Seoul and Beijing, featuring imaginative installations like a giant jelly pouch sculpture, which enhance the playful and eccentric essence of the GENTLE JELLY collection.
FFORME Launches on Net-a-Porter
In a celebration of contemporary style and innovative design, FFORME, known for its dynamic approach to silhouette, proudly debuts on Net-a-Porter. With a special focus on elevated knitwear, the brand artfully plays with shape and volume, crafting pieces that effortlessly resonate with the body's natural rhythm.
MCM introduces its Spring/Summer 2024 collection, a reflection of the 'Mavericks' tribe ethos, featuring an eclectic mix of ready-to-wear apparel, cutting-edge leather goods, and innovative footwear. Each piece, blurring the lines between leisure and workwear, is crafted for the dynamic maverick on the go, embodying the spirit of the sophisticated rebel. Complementing this collection, MCM has unveiled its campaign spotlighting the first faces of the 'Mavericks' tribe: the effortlessly rebellious Cara Delevingne and South Korean modeling sensation Xu Meen. Captured by the renowned team of Craig McDean and Pat McGrath, and under the visionary direction of Fabien Baron, the campaign encapsulates the essence of the collection in a powerful ode to contemporary rebellion.
Chloé x Atelier Jolie Is Now Available
Art and purpose unite in Chloé's collaboration with Atelier Jolie, as they unveil an exclusive womenswear collection masterminded by Angelina Jolie. This collection blends Chloé's hallmark feminine elegance with Jolie's minimalist style, featuring eveningwear ensembles crafted from sustainable materials like organic silk and certified wool. This choice of materials underscores their profound commitment to social and environmental sustainability. The designs in the Chloé x Atelier Jolie collection are timeless, embodying both brands' ethos. This exquisite collection is now available at Chloé boutiques and online at Chloe.com.
Loro Piana is the Title Sponsor for the Giraglia Regatta
In a nod to its maritime passion and heritage, Loro Piana proudly announces its role as the official Title Sponsor of the 71st Giraglia Regatta, a hallmark event in top-tier Mediterranean sailing. This June, the Maison will showcase its deep-rooted connection with the sea and sailing heritage in a grand celebration. The Loro Piana Giraglia 2024, setting sail from the azure waters of Saint-Tropez to the historic port of Genoa, epitomizes a regatta of renowned prestige. This partnership is a testament to Loro Piana's commitment to excellence, innovation, and an effortlessly luxurious outdoor lifestyle. It reflects the brand's dedication to crafting garments that elegantly transition from sea to city, embodying both style and functionality.
Piaget's High Jewelry Creations to Celebrate the Lunar New Year
Piaget, continuing its tradition of celebrating the Chinese Zodiac, has launched a spectacular Lunar New Year capsule collection as the 12-year cycle restarts, showcasing the magnificence of the Dragon and Phoenix. First introduced in 2012, the collection now features 10 new dazzling pieces. Each piece captures the dual essence of masculinity and femininity, as well as strength and grace, through exceptional watchmaking and high jewelry craftsmanship. For the first time, the capsule includes high jewelry creations such as a unique Dragon brooch and ring, and two Phoenix ear cuffs. A key aspect of this collection's charm is the contribution of enameling virtuoso Anita Porchet. Her collaboration with Piaget, which began in 2006, has consistently infused each creation with unparalleled artistry and emotion.
New Balance's Iconic 990v4 Through Joe Freshgoods' Eyes
Joe Freshgoods and New Balance have collaborated to create the visually captivating 990v4 collection, a tribute to the iconic ‘90s era. Joe Robinson, the creative force behind Joe Freshgoods, draws inspiration from the influential late ‘90s, fusing elements of hip-hop, film, and the arts. His designs resonate with luxury and thoughtful nostalgia. The collection showcases a classic black-and-white palette, with ‘1998’ prominently emblazoned on the heel. This symbolizes Robinson's journey in creativity and design. Each piece offers a fusion of refined curves, textural contrasts, and cinematic inspiration, making the collection a standout in both style and storytelling.
Okhtein's FW23 Collection, Garden
OKHTEIN has unveiled its Fall/Winter 2023 collection, born from a creative collaboration with Yasmin Sabri. This vibrant celebration of Egyptian heritage showcases artisanal mastery and the profound bond of sisterhood. Inspired by the tranquil sanctuaries of Arab gardens, the collection features an array of handbags and sunglasses. These pieces are not only visually delightful but also signify the brand's deep-rooted commitment to cultural authenticity and modern elegance.
Razane Jammal Announced as Dior Beauty Ambassador
Dior announces the appointment of British-Lebanese actor Razane Jammal as its new beauty ambassador for the Middle East, extending her role from Dior fashion ambassador to encompass the brand's fragrances, makeup, and skincare. Celebrated for her captivating performances in notable series like Paranormal and The Sandman, Jammal's appointment highlights a blend of fashion and beauty, showcasing Dior's iconic creations through her influential regional and international presence.
MARLI New York Opens Its Doors in Bahrain
Nestled within the luxurious Moda Mall, MARLI New York celebrates the opening of its first boutique in Bahrain. Marking a significant expansion of the brand's presence in the Middle East, the 110-square-meter space, conceptualized by design agency Aranda/Lasch, features an elegant marble façade and bespoke interiors, showcasing MARLI’s exquisite collections from Cleo to LIFE in a space where visitors can experience the fusion of artistry and wearability in each unique piece.
Les Benjamins' Newest Collection Is Here
Under the direction of Bünyamin Aydin, Les Benjamins introduces its Fall 2024 collection, "Eastern Punk," inspired by Turkish punk heritage. Set against the backdrop of Istanbul, the collection pays tribute to 70s Turkish punk icon Tünay Akdeniz, bringing traditional Turkish motifs with the raw energy of punk. Featuring vibrant colors, and intricate details like trompe l’oeil and patchwork, Eastern Punk blends brilliantly with Turkish culture.
Dior to Show in New York
Dior has announced that its upcoming Fall 2024 Ready-To-Wear collection will be shown in New York. Marlene Dietrich, a charismatic and unconventional actress closely associated with Dior, serves as the bridge between the cultures of Paris and New York. Celebrating the founding-couturier’s passion for the fascinating American metropolis, the show will take place at the Brooklyn Museum.
Miu Miu's Upcycled Denim
The fourth edition of the Miu Miu Upcycled collection embraces sustainable fashion by reinventing vintage denim and patch bags. Miu Miu's eco-conscious endeavor, which began in 2020, underscores its commitment to circular design and celebrates the rich histories embedded in vintage attire, weaving them into contemporary narratives.
Christie's Colored Diamonds and Gemstones Exhibition
Christie's Middle East and A2Z join forces to present The Beauty of Color: A Selling Exhibition of Colored Diamonds and Gemstones from January 10th to 13th in DIFC. This exquisite public exhibition showcases around 150 pieces of remarkable jewelry, featuring a spectrum of colored diamonds, emeralds, rubies, and sapphires, offering an enlightening journey into the origins of these vibrant gemstones.
The New Louis Vuitton Remix Collection
With the newest LV Remix collection, a new look for Louis Vuitton's cherished Monogram styles emerges, featuring a blend of iconic Denim and Vernis designs from the early 2000s, worn in the campaign by Phoebe Dynevor, Lous & the Yakuza, Shay Mitchell, and Nana Ouyang. This collection merges nostalgic pieces like the 2002 Croissant bag with contemporary shapes and vibrant pops of color, showcased in a range of bags, shoes, and accessories. Completing the collection are micro versions of Louis Vuitton's iconic bags, presented in Monogram Denim and vibrant patent leathers, alongside three iconic fragrances in specially designed, colorful 2000s-inspired boxes.
Hublot Takes on a Chinese Trinity
Hublot's Spirit of Big Bang Titanium Dragon, limited to 88 pieces, captures the essence of 2024's Chinese Year of the Wood Dragon, marrying the ancient art of Chinese paper cutting with contemporary design. In collaboration with artist Chen Fen Wan, this timepiece features a multi-level dial creating a 3D dragon silhouette, blending Hublot's signature components into a symbolic design, extending even onto the first-ever rubber marquetry strap. The spirit of the dragon – a symbol of prosperity and wisdom – heralds a new era of artistic expression in watchmaking, complete with a 50-hour power reserve HUB1710 automatic movement.
A Constant Reinvention: The Lady Dior Art Project
Echoing the maison's lucky number, the eighth edition of Dior's The Lady Dior Art Project has brought together artists from Japan and England to the United States and China to reinterpret this celebrated accessory in their own unique ways. Dior invited Mircea Cantor, Jeffrey Gibson, Gilbert & George, Ha Chong-hyun, Lee Kun-yong, Mariko Mori, Ludovic Nkoth, Hilary Pecis, Mickalene Thomas, Zadie Xa, Michaela Yearwood-dan and Xu Zhen to play the metamorphosis game, keeping the fundamentals of the Lady Dior bag, and highlighting its heritage – all while transforming this object of desire into a veritable work of art.
Burberry's Lunar New Year Is Here
In the spirit of the Lunar New Year, Burberry ushers in a time of celebration with its exclusive capsule collection. Global brand ambassadors Tang Wei and Chen Kun grace the historic streets of Chengdu, perfectly embodying the fusion of Burberry's British heritage and the vibrant festivities of the Lunar New Year. The collection, a blend of classic British wardrobe archetypes, showcases the timeless houndstooth check, a seasonal rose print, and an auspicious vibrant red, which traditionally symbolizes good luck and prosperity.
Boucheron's New Boutique in Kuwait
Boucheron has recently reopened its flagship boutique in Kuwait's The Avenues Mall following significant renovations. This boutique – a cornerstone in Boucheron's longstanding presence in the Middle East since 2016 – has been reimagined to mirror the opulence and warmth of a luxurious home, reminiscent of the Maison's iconic Place Vendôme location in Paris. The boutique's exclusive VIP Salon and its curated selection of iconic collections, including Quatre and Serpent Bohème, underscores its commitment to creating a personal and intimate experience for its clientele, deepening its ties with Kuwait and the wider region.
Armani Privé's Haute Couture Fragrances Exhibition
Armani Beauty brings its exquisite “L’Exposition Édition Nomade” to Dubai, an immersive exhibition showcasing the Armani Privé Haute Couture Fragrances collection from January 9th to 14th at the Dubai Opera Garden. This exhibition merges the realms of luxury and creativity, allowing visitors to experience how Giorgio Armani's haute couture inspirations are transformed into an enchanting olfactory experience. It also takes attendees on a sensory journey through the Armani Privé fragrance collections, each represented in uniquely themed spaces, from the tranquil garden of Les Eaux to the oriental allure of Les Milles et Une Nuits, culminating in a grand display of the full fragrance collection.