Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Next-Up On Dua Lipa’s Jam-Packed 2020 Schedule? A Collaboration With Puma

“My very first memory of Puma was when I was around six or seven years old and my Dad bought us a pair of matching burgundy suede sneakers, they were my favourite shoes!” Dua Lipa told British Vogue.

Nearly a decade on from when the singer wore her father-daughter Pumas, she is set to join forces with the brand in a professional capacity, working on a series of collaborations. “From performance rehearsals to hiking in the hills, it’s important to feel comfortable and look good,” she remarks. “I’ve got so many ideas for the projects and campaigns I’ll be taking part in, and look forward to bringing them all to life with the Puma team.”

As the new face of the brand, Dua will feature in numerous campaigns and support empowering initiatives to inspire women all over the world. From next year, she will headline Puma’s She Moves Us project, a female-focused partnership that champions connectivity through sport and culture. 

To kickstart the collab, Puma will serve as the key sponsors of the star’s highly anticipated Studio 2054 project. Set to be livestreamed on 27 November, Dua’s virtual world comprises a series of killer performances: just this week, she announced that FKA Twigs has joined the glittering line-up. 


Teasers of her active calendar appointments and non-stop rehearsals have dominated the singer’s Instagram feed of late. True to her fashion aficionado status, each post has debuted multiple stylish looks, the majority of which have featured new sparkling additions from Italian jewellery brands Eéra and Bea Bongiasca.

Hot on the heels of her Future Nostalgia album launch – whose track list features the likes of Madonna, Missy Elliott, Gwen Stefani, Mark Ronson and Yaeji – Studio 2054 acts as a culmination of Dua’s jam-packed 2020 schedule.

Since turning 25 in August, the singer has released a TikTok music video for her upbeat intergalactic tune “Levitating,” and a similarly melodic song entitled “Fever” co-starring Angèle. And if that wasn’t enough, the former Vogue cover star has hosted an Instagram Live conversation with Elton John, appeared on The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon and received a duo of AMA nominations for Best Song Pop/Rock and Favourite Female Artist Pop/Rock.

“I guess I kind of never stopped really,” she told British Vogue last month, speaking of her perennially busy diary. “I do really enjoy just like, cooking and being at home. It’s something I don’t really get the opportunity to do when I’m travelling so often,” she added.

The 11 Biggest Autumn/Winter 2020 Trends

In this strangest of years, you could be forgiven for thinking that the autumn/winter 2020 trends are somewhat moot. So much has happened in the world since Louis Vuitton closed out the season in early March. Back then, fears of the coronavirus swirled, and many journalists, buyers and influencers skipped town early. Very few, though, could have predicted the scale of the global shutdown that was to follow – nor predicted the many ways in which it has left the relative weaknesses of the fashion industry exposed.

If the pandemic has given us a renewed sense of perspective on fashion’s relentless pace, its voracious desire for newness, and the pressures this places on people and the planet, it has also reinforced that most basic tenet: at its best, fashion can decorate your day, inspiring and edifying in equal measure. As the countless “lockdown looks” posted on social media in the last few months attest, wearing good clothes can lift the spirits immeasurably. While many fashion houses were forced to stall production on their autumn/winter 2020 collections, the phenomenal creativity on show back in February and March prevails in the pages of Vogue: never underestimate the power of a great fashion story to lift your spirits – nor that of a gallery of fabulous looks from the catwalks of New York, London, Milan and Paris. 

The tale of the autumn/winter 2020 season may yet be best summed up with the idiomatic “all dressed up with nowhere to go”: eveningwear exemplars were all over the catwalks. Even if you’re confined to your living room, you can expect serious fun with the season’s extraordinary volumes, manifesting in everything from ballooning sleeves (as seen at Chanel, Fendi, et al) to exploding skirts (most jaw-droppingly at Gucci, Molly Goddard, Off-White, and Carolina Herrera). Gorgeous gold, too, was a prevalent theme on the runways – Tom Ford’s cut-away number was shown in Los Angeles to its best advantage by Bella Hadid – as was an exuberant weakness for fringing (you can thank Miuccia Prada for that). 

Elsewhere, a somewhat studious theme emerged, equally suitable for these sobering times. Nerdy knitwear abounded, with cardigans and argyle sweaters paired with everything from go-anywhere denim to after-dark silks. As did skirt suits, which are surely the most empowering purchase you can make if you’re planning a serious “back-to-work” look when the office reopens. And when we say there is a lot of head-to-toe black – well, trust us. Black is most certainly back.

Then there are the “just because” pieces that will never fail to delight. Seeking to make one key investment buy this season? Make it a hot red dress, preferably in slinky sequins. (Most of the front row is still dreaming of Adut Akech in Valentino’s paragon.) Here’s Vogue’s edit of the biggest autumn/winter 2020 trends.

The Balloon Affair


Whether you’ve got Anthony van Dyck’s portrait of Queen Henrietta Maria or Dynasty’s Alexis Carrington saved in your iPhone screenshots, there is only one rule when it comes to sleeves this season: pump, pump, pump it up. From refined ruffles and leg o’ mutton shapes at Max Mara to choux pastry puffs at Chanel, statement swathes at Jil Sander and shoulder shelves at Isabel Marant, nothing says “she’s arrived” quite like an XXL sleeve.

Gold Standard


Gold has smashed through a new price record on the global markets as the pandemic continues to take effect, but fashion got there first: the February runways were filled with glistening gowns (Tom Ford and Oscar de la Renta), sumptuous day dresses (Celine), and one-off armoured Joan of Arc-inspired outfits (Paco Rabanne). If you’re shopping for a Christmas party number, this is the hue to pursue.

Cardigan Square


One nil to the street-style set: after seasons of ‘It’ girls and influencers championing the shrug-it-on ease of a cardigan, the librarian favourite is back on all the biggest and brightest catwalks. Worn with everything from Seventies-hued denim (see Chloé) to trouser suits (Coach 1941) and pencil skirts (Fendi, Christopher Kane), our favourite look came courtesy of Jacquemus, where Simon Porte Jacquemus, with the help of Jill Kortleve, made the cardigan sex symbol-worthy.

Reality Check


Gather up those tartans, houndstooths, ginghams and Prince of Wales checks and get to work: this is the easiest trend of the season, and all it requires is an unabashed passion for clashing. From Alexander McQueen to Brandon Maxwell, who offered elegant cross-hatched “yes Marm” dresses at one end of the spectrum, mixed with grown-up leather accessories, to Burberry at the other, where tights, skirts, coats, and headscarves in jubilant house checks were worn altogether, there are multiple ways to wear your squares come autumn.

Swish Swish


The first look out at Prada almost always ends up proving definitive of the season, and autumn/winter 2020 was no different: Miuccia Prada paired a businesslike grey blazer with an ebullient fringed skirt and just like that, femininity was bolstered for another autumn. “I wanted to use fringe as a symbol of what is considered feminine… the quintessential cliché. This is a way of saying that you can be strong and feminine at the same time,” she said, of her new wardrobe equation. Elsewhere, designers fell for fringe in a big way: from ’20s flapper-style tassels at Dior, to wild chunky trails on coats, bags and dresses at Bottega Veneta, these styles are best worn with a forward-march sense of resolve.

Enter The Matrix


Your coat’s vital stats for autumn: take Keanu Reeves’s Matrix character as your muse and make like Neo. Yes, there were XXL coats and shearling coats and trench coats and capes, but it was the buttery-soft leather coats that caught our eye. Structured and a little prim at Fendi and Versace, louche and more Nineties at Khaite and Tod’s, you’ll be surprised with how quickly they add a little polish to your jeans-and-a-sweater combo. Not convinced? As the Architect would say: “Denial is the most predictable of all human responses.”

Red Alert


If the allure of the red dress has passed you by, get thee to Valentino – no one does the fiery hue quite like the Italian brand, after all. Hot on its heels is Bottega Veneta, whose sequin-spangled version was worn with rubber wellingtons – proof, if you needed it, that this is quite simply an item that can be paired with, uh, anything. Fiery, unapologetic, it’s worth investing in this season. As Vogue once opined, “You cannot retreat in red”. Go get ’em.

The New Suit


A skirt suit? For 2020, this slobbiest of years, measured out in working-from-home track pants? We’re serious. If you’re planning a return to the office, why not look the part, in lemon-yellow Marc Jacobs?

Press To Inflate


Already pressed inflate on your sleeves? Well then, you’re halfway to autumn’s boldest look, which deals in extraordinary proportions and even leaves room for lunch. From bulbous creations at JW Anderson to Marie Antoinette-inspired cake dresses with serious presence at Moschino, unexpected volumes lifted numerous collections. Our top: start small, then rise to the occasion.

Borrowed From The Boys


Bella Hadid was all over this traditionally masculine trend before it hit the catwalks. No wonder, then, that Matthew Williams, the newly installed creative director at Givenchy, put her in a leather tie and white shirt combo from his Alyx collection. Doesn’t she look… ravishing? There are plenty of places to grab a slice of that, from Dolce & Gabbana to Gucci and Versace.

Back To Black


As the autumn shows drew to a close, the front row lost count of how many had opened with a head-to-toe black look. Even Pierpaolo Piccioli, the master of colour, fell for it in a big way at Valentino, editing out the striking neons and rich colour pairings that have defined his solo tenure at the house in favour of black sequins, black corsets, black trousers, black coats. It was moody and sexy – and echoed elsewhere, often with some black leather thrown in for good measure (thigh-high, second-skin leather boots alert!) at Alexander McQueen and Victoria Beckham. Even the grown-up tailoring at The Row and Carolina Herrera had a moody edge. And if head-to-toe feels a little severe, well, a pair of stompy boots is non-negotiable.

Elite Model Management To Offer Insurance For Models

Elite Model Management USA is introducing insurance for models, a first in the industry.

Health-care access and coverage will be made available to all models represented by Elite Model Management USA at a low cost, effective Nov. 15.

Models, who are considered independent contractors and not entitled to many employment-related benefits, have typically had to seek out coverage by other means, if at all

Sergio Leccese, Elite USA’s chief financial officer, said, “Modeling is one of the most exciting, yet unpredictable careers possible. We’ve always made it our mission to prepare our models for that unpredictability and protect them so they can flourish at the highest level. Insurance for Models is a natural extension of that core philosophy. We wanted to give our roster of models unparalleled peace of mind. This way, if they face a natural accident or interruption customary for any other profession, they know they’re taken care of — even if they’re on the other side of the world.”

Coverage will include medical assistance, medical expenses (including dental), personal accident, private third-party liability, travel/flight inconvenience (delayed/cancelled flights, missed connections, delayed return of luggage) and cover stay (in case of medical detention ordered by authorities for safety reasons).

The plan will be administered by Strategica Insurance Management, an international insurance broker, and underwritten by AXA Assistance — Inter Partner Assistance S.A., a leader in travel insurance and assistance, in conjunction with Elite. The insurance plan will be accepted internationally. Models can manage their policies with a web app, which features a dashboard for the network and 24/7 emergency medical assistance.



According to Leccese, the insurance plan’s cost to the model is $580 a year, and it can be deducted monthly from their statement. Elite isn’t subsidizing the costs. He is hoping that other modeling agencies will offer this plan to their models as an industry benefit.

He said Elite made this move to be able to give the models additional support, in the same way that they offer advice in banking, real estate and other investment matters. He is offering this plan to Elite’s talent, which includes models, actors, musicians, DJs, influencers and athletes, at its New York, Miami and Los Angeles offices. They will be covered globally under the plan. Elite doesn’t offer 401(k) plans to its models or pay worker’s compensation for its models.

He explained that the plan is custom-made for the model, and an affordable rate is possible because the models are coming in as a group.

In citing some examples, Leccese noted that if a model gets a bad scratch on their face and can’t work, she would be covered, even though a regular working person wouldn’t get covered for a scratch. If a model gets injured on a shoot, the client’s insurance covers it, but if the injury is the fault of the model, she is covered by the model insurance. If the model damages someone or something during the shoot, she also has the third-party liabilities that covers models. Mental health is covered if it’s a consequence of an incident, he added.

Sydney Giordano, associate director of Model Alliance, a New York-based advocacy group focused on models and others employed in the fashion industry, confirmed that modeling agencies haven’t offered health insurance or other benefits to models, “and many models remain uninsured.”

“In the past, we at the Model Alliance have helped to register models who are uninsured to enroll in health insurance plans through the New York State of Health Marketplace,” she said.

Do Fashion Films Have A Future In The Industry?

As another season of fashion shows comes to a close, what once seemed like a giant question mark has...well, came and went. The Spring/Summer 2021 shows confronted designers with different questions than usual: instead of where and when to show a collection, they had to get creative and show their collections in new and more socially distant ways.

While some opted for in-person shows with limited and distanced guests, several designers took to the digital realm to showcase clothing through artistic mediums like film and photography projects. Scaling larger-than-life runway presentations down to the size of a computer screen is no easy task, however, designers stepped outside their comfort zones composing new and inventive approaches to the traditional catwalk presentation in an effort to create engaging virtual experiences for those on the other side of their device screens. Between lush visuals, musical scores, and docu-style formats, there was no lack of excitement despite mandates of social distancing.

The season posed challenges for designers, yet each participating house helped create a new and modernized concept of the traditional fashion runway we all know and love. As the future of the fashion shows seems more and more unclear, the format of the fashion film has provided an alternate strategy for designers to artfully present their collections in a safe and effective ways. While the big production fashion shows may be a thing of the past, we look towards a future of experimental (and socially distant) ways to show off the sartorial splendors fashion month offers up. 

Michael Kors

The unveiling of Michael Kors Collection Spring/Summer 2021 was accompanied by a documentary film, Up On The Roof, which explored the strength and spirit of New York City. Narrated by Kors himself, the short video unearthed the designer's inspiration for the season—nature interpreted through an urban lens.


The essence of the collection was embodied by budding filmmaker, writer, and visual artist Haley Elizabeth Anderson. Showcasing the beauty of the metropolis Kors calls home, the film also featured surprise guest and founder of the New York Restoration Project Bette Midler, whose commitment to transforming urban spaces only affirmed the brand's heartening message.

Chromat

Becca McCharen-Tran, designer and founder of Chromat, enlisted the activist Tourmaline to create the brand's Spring/Summer 2021 film entitled Joy Run. In partnership with Reebok, the film and collection personify Chromat's long-standing goal of a more diverse and gender-inclusive athletic space. 


The film tells the story of two trans athletes, Andraya Yearwood and Terry Miller, who became activists for the trans community when Connecticut parents petitioned to ban the two from playing on female sports teams. Olympians who have been discriminated against also tell their stories, including Caster Semenya, who was forced to undergo sex testing and withdraw from the competition after winning the 2009 World Championships.

Tran and Tourmaline juxtapose stories of struggle with stories of activism, hope, and joy, hence the film's title. The duo's goal is to show sports as an enjoyable and joyful space for everyone at any level, regardless of gender identity. 

Salvatore Ferragamo

The Salvatore Ferragamo show took place in person at the Rotonda Della Besana in Milan, but it opened with nine minutes of Alfred Hitchcock-inspired fashion film directed by Luca Guadagnino. Titled Suspense, Intrigue and Beauty, the film features Ferragamo-clad models like Anok Yai, Mariacarla Boscono, and Maggie Cheng strutting through grandiose Milanese locations, heels clacking with each step. Like many of Hitchcock's films, the Ferragamo film presentation evoked an elegant blend of suspense, intrigue, and beauty that climaxed with the opening of the runway show.


Loewe

Instead of a regular Loewe runway show, creative director Jonathon Anderson opted for a "Show-on-the-Wall": a box filled with everything he wanted his audience to experience, delivered promptly to them ahead of the collection's release. The box included posters of the Spring/Summer 2021 looks, sheet music, a roll of wallpaper, and more. In an exclusive mini film, Anderson walks through the concept of this experience, unveils the posters, and describes each look. 


Moschino 

Jeremy Scott's Moschino collections usually follow the more-is-more mantra, but for this unorthodox season, the designer took a scaled down approach by literally shrinking everything. He debuted the Moschino Spring/Summer 2021 collection through a puppet show with marionette dolls as models wearing miniature versions of the looks. He even included doll versions of typical show guests. 


Thom Browne

The press release for Thom Browne's men's and women's Spring/Summer 2021 collection read, "good afternoon and welcome...reporting to you live from 239,000 miles above the earth, in celebration of the first lunar games." The collection wasn't actually 239,000 miles above Earth, but rather at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, where it was shot in a video format. Home to the Summer 2028 Olympic games and many Olympic games past, the Coliseum served as the backdrop for Browne's 2132 Lunar Games: a futuristic version of the Olympics in which models and athletes paraded down rows of steps in a re-imagined opening ceremony. A tailored ode to sport and sportsmanship, the collection included Browne's iconic suits interpreted in new ways.


Stella McCartney

Fashion's queen of sustainability presented her collection through a short video filmed in the gardens of Houghton Hall in Norfolk. Shot by creative duo Mert & Marcus and entitled McCartney A to Z Manifesto, which refers to an A to Z list of brand pillars that McCartney created ("A" for accountable, "S" for sustainable, "Z" for zero waste, etc.), the film expresses a desire for the connection of nature, art and fashion. 


Maison Margiela

For Maison Margiela's Spring/Summer 2021 collection, John Galliano published a nearly 45-minute long film called S.W.A.L.K. II, a sequel to the brand's summer film released during Haute Couture season in July. Nick Knight directed the film in Tuscany, and it features Galliano himself discussing his inspiration for the collection: the tango, translated through fiery reds and accented with whites and greys. Perhaps the best part, though, is the underwater wedding that takes place at the film's closing. A bride and nine accompanying characters are fully submerged, their Margiela looks billowing in the hazy blue water.


Mugler

In this unprecedented season, Creative Director Casey Cadwallader unveils his ambitious prelude to Mugler's Spring Summer 2021 collection in a short film directed by Florian Joahn. The film is a tribute to the city of Paris, depicting both the bourgeoisie and the suburbs while introducing a global, dynamic cast of models in Parisian skylines and interiors. An almost trompe l’oeil visual effect permeates throughout the collection against a pulsing electronic backdrop in the film, and Mugler's new line emerges in this psychedelic clash between Mugler’s past and present aesthetics. With that said, Mugler's legacy is intact and embraced, as the short film celebrates the fashion fantasia of the Mugler universe like never before.


Marni

With a grand note on fashion globalization, Marni's Creative Director Francesco alongside Artistic Director Babak Radboy delivered a collection on a worldwide scale, fusing live-broadcasting and social-distancing for a show spanning four continents and dozens of cities. Dubbed Marnifesto, the presentation engages with viewers and models as human beings, portraying each person walking in the collection (live or pre-recorded) to show a snippet of their daily lives with their complete individual autonomy, in a venue that is anywhere and everywhere imaginable.


Captured on camera phones by their loved ones, the film is truly a manifesto of visual storytelling in a time of uncertainty, and Marnifesto nonetheless affirms that there is power in fashion film presentation: the power of fashion democratization, and the power of creative masses in the future to come.

By Far And Vestiaire Collective Unveil An Upcycled Edit Of It Girl-Ready Accessories

“All our pieces are designed with quality and longevity in mind; we believe a circular approach to fashion lies at the heart of achieving a more sustainable future for all,” say By Far founders Sabina Gyosheva, Valentina Ignatova and Denitsa Bumbarova. Keen to promote conscious consumption, the trio has teamed-up with Vestiaire Collective on a capsule of By Far signature pieces, reworked with a sustainable spin. 

Made up of two parts, the first chapter of the new Future Collectibles edit features six upcycled Mini Rachel bag styles, fashioned from deadstock and pre-loved By Far pieces found on the Vestiaire site. The shoulder bags have been decorated with appliqués that replicate floral motifs, and the distinctive chainlink adornment dangles from the strap.

The three women also cherry-picked 20 archive pieces from their own closets. Customers will be able to get their hands on By Far styles that have been central to the success of the It-girl favourite brand since the beginning – namely the very first Rachel bag and boots ever released, and the now discontinued Scandi mule, which was snapped up by Irina Shayk, Bella Hadid, Elsa Hosk and Priyanka Chopra.


“Fashion resale and recycling is one of the solutions that can have a positive impact on the current climate crisis, allowing fashion lovers to extend the lifespan of their pieces and encouraging participation in the circular economy, which will help address the urgent issue of waste reduction,” Vestiaire co-founder Fanny Moizant tells British Vogue. “More and more we see first-hand brands adapting to include resale and recycling into their strategy, and we hope by partnering with brands such as By Far, that we lead by example and continue to see the change towards a more sustainable fashion future.”

Teaming up with By Far was an easy decision for Moizant and her co-founder Sophie Hersan – hype surrounding the brand has sky-rocketed in recent years. The best part? All proceeds from the collab are being donated to Women For Women International, a humanitarian organisation that supports women in war-torn countries.

It’s part of an ongoing series of partnerships that reflect Vestiaire’s commitment to sustainability. “The Future Collectibles, we feel are the future icons, the ones that consumers will still be searching for for many years to come,” says Moizant. 

A Look Behind Burberry’s New Planet-Conscious Cashmere Project

With winter fast approaching, it’s officially cashmere sweater season. Soft, luxurious, and most importantly warm, it’s the ultimate staple for this time of the year — particularly for those of us who are WFH for the foreseeable future. Sadly, our love of cashmere can come at a tremendous cost to the environment, particularly in places such as Mongolia, where overgrazing and climate change have led to the degradation of an estimated 70 per cent of grasslands, with a shocking 25 per cent turned to desert. 

That’s why The Burberry Foundation — Burberry’s philanthropic arm — has set up a five-year programme to ensure that cashmere is produced as sustainably as possible, as part of the luxury brand’s mission to give back to society (as seen through their recent partnership with British footballer Marcus Rashford to help children living in poverty). Based in Afghanistan, the cashmere initiative provides goat herders with training on sustainable farming, harvesting techniques and animal welfare practices, helping them to achieve higher quality cashmere and, in turn, higher prices for the natural fibre. 

“Cashmere is a really important raw material for the luxury fashion industry,” Pam Batty, secretary to the Burberry Foundation and VP of corporate responsibility at Burberry, tells Vogue. “We chose Afghanistan [for the programme] because it’s the world’s third-largest producer of cashmere after China and Mongolia. We were also very aware of the social and economic challenges [faced by] the people of Afghanistan — it’s suffered from years of conflict and has been impacted significantly by climate change.”

What does Burberry’s cashmere initiative involve?

Despite 90 per cent of goats in Afghanistan producing cashmere, the vast majority of herders are simply not aware of its value as a luxury raw material. “They’re sitting on a goldmine if the right techniques are employed,” says Agnė Baltaduonytė, advocacy manager at Oxfam in Afghanistan, which is partnering with Burberry on the initiative. “It starts with knowledge: ‘This is how you clean it’, ‘This is how you process it’.”

Helping goat-herders to form collectives allows them to get higher prices for their cashmere. Previously, individual herders would have to sell to middlemen rather than the big traders — meaning they’d be paid significantly less. In less than three years, the initiative has helped raise the price of cashmere in Afghanistan from $17 per kg in 2017 to as high as $31 per kg in 2019. “Now herders have access to one-stop shops inside their communities, where they can collect their cashmere [together] and sell a larger amount for a much higher price,” says Mohammad Ali Roshan, cashmere programme manager at Oxfam in Afghanistan. 


Empowering women, who play a crucial role in these herding communities, is another key aspect of Burberry’s cashmere initiative. “Women are often the ones working with livestock, doing the dehairing [separating fine cashmere from the coarser hairs],” Baltaduonytė says, adding that 28 per cent of the herders supported through the initiative so far are women. “We've been trying to promote women in leadership positions, and having female co-ordinators at the stop shops.”

How will the Burberry initiative help to protect the environment?

Ensuring that herders in Afghanistan have financial security is important from an environmental perspective, too. “We are seeing overstocking of pastures, but it’s not cashmere that’s producing that situation — there are a lot of different livestocks that Afghan producers have,” explains Andrew Nobrega, global programmes director at PUR Projet, a bespoke project development company working on the initiative. “If we want to see a reduction of overstocking, we need to improve the livelihoods of the producers so they have the flexibility to help manage those ecosystems in a better way.”

While land degradation from cashmere production is not currently an issue in Afghanistan, the programme offers training in regenerative farming techniques to prevent it from becoming one in the future. “We're seeking to promote the ideals of good pasture management, which should regenerate the pasture and sequester carbon over time,” Nobrega adds. Enabling herders to achieve higher yields of cashmere from fewer goats will also help protect natural resources in the long-term: “We need [producers] to understand how to protect the sustainability of this programme, so they can continue to produce this [cashmere] in perpetuity.” 

Creating a more responsible fashion industry

The Burberry Foundation’s cashmere initiative shows the impact fashion can have on local communities, by building closer relationships with producers in the supply chain. “It’s about livelihoods,” Batty says, describing how the climate crisis is making living conditions in Afghanistan more precarious. “Last year there was a severe drought, and they're becoming more frequent. Building this resilience in the communities on the ground is really important.”

With sustainability now a key concern for consumers, the project will help brands source cashmere more responsibly by diversifying the range of options on offer. While recycled cashmere is becoming an increasingly popular choice for eco-conscious brands, continuing to support the livelihoods of cashmere herders remains important. “Recycling is fantastic from a climate change and resource perspective,” Nobrega explains. “At the same time, there's a real opportunity to actively improve the livelihoods of people in vulnerable positions, and promote net-positive environmental action; it's finding the right balance.”

The programme is a tangible example of what fashion brands can actually achieve on the ground, in a relatively short space of time — allowing us to make cashmere purchases with a clearer conscience. “Burberry has stepped up and said it wants to address this [issue], and improve the sustainability of the cashmere industry as a whole,” Nobrega says. “[Brands] have to take responsibility and say we represent an industry that cares about climate change, social wellbeing and equity.”

Dolce & Gabbana To Stage Digital See-Now-Buy-Now Runway Shows Every Month

As lockdowns keep the future of fashion shows in limbo – and customers away from stores – Dolce & Gabbana have come up with a digital answer to both challenges. Stefano Gabbana speaks to Vogue about the designers’ newest initiative: monthly digital see-now-buy-now runway shows.

If the pandemic has been posing a threat to the runway show, Dolce & Gabbana have no intention of giving in. Today (13 October) the designers are releasing Walking in the Street, the first in a new monthly series of digital capsule shows released on their website, DolceGabbana.com. “While everything is in development, we try to make something different,” Stefano Gabbana explains on the phone from Milan. “Not to ‘stay alive’,” as he puts it, but to get with the programme; to embrace change. “At the moment, the problem with the market is that people can’t go shopping in stores. So, it’s about e-commerce and social media.”

Released every 30 days, the see-now-buy-now shows will be captured in a moving runway format with about 10 models, 35 looks, and no audience. They will showcase a mix of the brand’s pre collections and new looks designed with each mini-show’s theme in mind. The capsules are separate to the ready-to-wear collections Dolce & Gabbana intend to continue to present to an audience in Milan twice a year, if Covid-19 restrictions permit. “Pictures are beautiful but they’re too static to speak to a big audience. A show allows an audience to see things much better and understand what you do. Every month we’ll be making a capsule collection with a real show, with models, hair, make-up, everything!” Gabbana says. “It’s a big investment.”

Ever since the pandemic put the importance of runway shows up for debate, Dolce & Gabbana have been staunch defenders of the classic presentation format. When July’s haute couture presentations came around and other houses produced moving editorial, they staged a pre-recorded, audience-less fashion show in the classic runway style. When the delayed men’s shows took place that same month, Dolce & Gabbana were the first to return to the live catwalk, albeit with limited attendance. It was followed by three more live shows in September.


“For Domenico and me, the show is the most important thing. We can give the audience a different story than we can with a picture,” Gabbana says. For these designers, sticking to the runway isn’t about vanity or refusing to move with the times. It’s about a presentation format that has historically worked for their business, and one that the fashion industry – despite many alternative ideas – has kept returning to for that same reason: communicating your vision and product to the customer in the clearest way possible. Right now, that’s more important than ever.

“In Europe, from March until now, things have been working very slowly. We’ve lost a lot of money,” Gabbana admits. “We’re working well in Asia through the stores, and in North and South America through e-commerce. We’ve put a lot into e-commerce in the last few months, so we’re thinking about what we can do to make something new and different. We don’t know if it’s going to work or not, but we’ll try,” he says, referring to the new digital capsule initiative.

The first one, released today, takes inspiration from the urban D&G wardrobe of the 1990s: tailored jackets, lace tops, ripped jeans and trainers. (“The second one will be totally different,” Gabbana says, emphasising the freedom that comes with the monthly initiative.) Made immediately available to customers, the capsule collections are openly a more commercial gesture than the designers’ ready-to-wear collections. In a time of uncertainty, that’s crucial.

Ten days ago, Gabbana says, he and Dolce temporarily halted production on their next Alta Moda haute couture collection – which normally shows in early December – because they simply don’t know when they’ll able to present it. Similarly, “a client from Moscow wanted to try a dress, but we can’t send anyone there to do the fitting. For this reason, we’ll probably also have to do the Alta Moda show digitally in January.” As for the men’s show that same month, and the women’s show in February, “We need to wait and see. Every day is a new day. I hope we will have a [live] show, but for sure we will do something, digital or otherwise.”

Sunday, November 15, 2020

Colour Story

Telling a story through colour

In fashion each season has its colours. Trends influence the selection of the colours in clothing stores, and in our wardrobes. Each colour has its own name, such as an electric shade of blue called 'AI Aqua' that will be trending in 2021. This colour is often described as a positive hue that triggers feelings of clarity and is both sporty and fashionable.

We also have our own favourite colours. We tell stories through the colour choices that we make daily. Have you noticed how colours can evoke feelings and affect our moods?

We can also use colours when we want to make a certain impression, whether this is done consciously or unconsciously. You might choose a different colour when you want to connect to a youthful audience or when you want to strengthen the trust of an elderly audience. My lawyer friend once told me that she chooses the color of her suit or dress in court depending on the case.

Even though we all have our own interpretations and preferences, colour can have different meanings across cultures and geographies. For example, a traditional Western bride would wear white, whilst the preferred bridal colour in India is red, and a Moroccan bride’s dress is often green. There is also the study of colour psychology, which suggests correlations between colour and human behaviour.



The colour of your clothes can impact how others perceive you as they view you through their own associations. Choosing the optimal colours for the occasion can help you to stand out from the crowd or blend into it.

Let me share some of the most common associations for primary colours in the West. As you read through them, I invite you to reflect whether these descriptions match your personal meanings.

Yellow is associated with sunshine and therefore many connect it with happiness, cheerfulness, positivity, and optimism. It can boost energy and enthusiasm.
“The colour red is often linked to passion, energy, and excitement. It can capture attention like no other colour. This might explain 'the red dress effect' in which a person wearing red is perceived to be more sexually attractive than when wearing other colours.” - Katja Rusanen
 

Blue is the colour of trust and loyalty. It often has a calming and peaceful effect, perhaps because it reminds us of the blue sky that is often associated with no worries. However, this depends on its hue, as it can also have negative associations such as coldness. And we also have the saying 'feeling blue'.

Three secondary colours tell their own stories

Green is highly connected to nature, health, and growth. It also carries some negative associations, such as the saying 'green with envy'. This is synchronistically the colour of American dollar bills, which were given a green design for practical reasons. Green also symbolises stability that is often linked to finance.

As orange is a combination of yellow and red, it radiates the warmth that comes from yellow, and the energy of red. It is considered a vibrant colour that encourages creativity, adventure and enthusiasm.

 

Purple is associated with spirituality, wisdom and imagination. It can inspire us to explore our thoughts and support us on the path of spiritual growth. It is also considered a royal colour, and connected with luxury. This might be because it is relatively scarce in nature.

Yes, we truly can use the colour of our clothes to tell a story. Next time you open your wardrobe, consider what kind of story you’d like to step into, or what statement you’d like to make, and choose accordingly. 


Article: Katja Rusanen

Photography: Pantone / YSL / Valentino / Venturelli / Contributor / WireImage / Getty Images

Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Now You Can Sleep In Rixo’s Cult Prints

The instantly recognisable ditsy-print patterns of Rixo’s popular ready-to-wear line now decorate a range of pretty PJs that are perfect for upgrading your WFH lifestyle. The brand’s founders, Orlagh McCloskey and Henrietta Rix, designed the new pyjama capsule during the first lockdown, and as it turns out, its release now coincides with a second national shutdown. “We’re driven to be agile and make sure we’re adapting to what’s going on,” Henrietta tells British Vogue. “We are the customers of Rixo, so it’s a case of knowing what we want right now.” And what they want is cute pyjamas.

The brand’s cult dresses have become a go-to for wedding guests and influencers alike – for autumn/winter 2020, Rixo enlisted the help of four Scandi IG It-girls to showcase the versatility of its vintage-inspired flowing maxis. When embarking on the sleepwear line, the friends focused on the sort of joyous prints that have become a signature since the label’s conception five years ago. “The prints aren’t toned down just because they’re pyjamas,” McCloskey points out.


Rixo’s devoted Insta following will be thrilled to see playful details like gingham prints, embroidered collars, scallop trims and galaxies of stars in the uplifting nightwear edit, released in the brand’s 5th anniversary year. Designed with the #WFH woman in mind, the boxy cotton short-sleeve shirt with embroidered scallop collar could easily see a late riser through a surprise Zoom, nightwear or not, while the “Eat, sleep, be happy, repeat” slogan serves as a useful reminder in lockdown.

While day-to-night womenswear has been central to the brand since Rix and McCloskey founded it as university students, sleepwear seems like a natural next step for the pair. “Back when we used to share the same wardrobe, we had this one blue nightdress that we wore all the time,” Orlagh says. “Even though it was a nightie, you could style it to make it suitable for the evening.

Dr Jill Biden Makes Her Appearance As First Lady

Joining her husband, President-elect Joe Biden, on stage in Wilmington, Delaware, Dr Jill Biden wore an asymmetric floral dress by Oscar de la Renta, coral kitten heels, minimal jewellery, and the accessory of 2020: a simple black mask.

Dr Biden chose an A-line silhouette with draped collar and sleeves from the Oscar de la Renta resort 2020 collection. The dress evoked both the firmness and kindness she will bring to the role of First Lady. Her approachable style reminded the world of her friend, former FLOTUS Michelle Obama. 


The choice is notable because it was designed by Fernando Garcia and Laura Kim, both immigrants to the United States who trained under Oscar de la Renta (himself an immigrant from the Dominican Republic). Garcia and Kim took over the label in 2016, two years after de la Renta’s death. The piece is currently available on The Outnet. 

During his address to the nation, the President-elect put Dr Biden front and centre. “As I said many times before, I’m Jill’s husband,” he began, underscoring the importance of his wife and family. “Jill’s a mom – a military mom – and an educator. She has dedicated her life to education, but teaching isn’t just what she does – it’s who she is. For America’s educators, this is a great day: You’re going to have one of your own in the White House, and Jill is going to make a great first lady.” 

Monday, November 9, 2020

Diane Pernet Paris Perfumes

Diane Pernet is an internationally renowned fashion creative, film journalist and founder of 'A Shaded View Of Fashion Film' (ASVOFF) festival. Famed for her enigmatic sheaths of black, feature Mantilla and signature sunglasses aesthetic - her distinctive, holistic approach to the fashion and media industries inspired her to search and capture the essences of her talents, experiences and inspirations to present within a unified perfume collection. Diane Pernet Paris Perfumes are composed of five main scents with each one acting as the protagonist of various emotive acknowledgements. Shaded, Wanted, Love Affair, To Be Honest and In Pursuit Of Magic form the unisex collection which was produced for Pernet between 2014 – 2016.

Created in close partnership with the Intertrade Group, the collection took two years with its clandestine formation between Pernet and Celso Fadelli, group CEO. Over a short period of time, the collaboration blossomed and a shared inquisitiveness led to the investigation of the collection's narrative - exploring the recurring memories, moods and sensations that echoed across Pernet's life, allowing her to carefully seek the perfect musical notes for the composition of her choral chapters.

Pernet’s collaboration with the Intertrade team of chemists sought to immortalise her sense of style and experiences within each perfume, by seeking out the optimum combination of ingredients with which to hit the right note. A comprehensive analysis of all details was respected - from the minimal design of the bottle (paying homage to her iconic spider symbol), to other aspects of her persona which was embodied through a succession of olfatic narratives and vivid vignettes. Such details were realised for the project by designer Mario Salvucci, who was responsible for the content - right down to the inside of the cap and container which pays homage to her exact shade of lipstick.


The inimitable launch took place within the Palais Royal’s Joyce Gallery in Paris. Curated by Cristiano Seganfreddo, the creative entrepreneur and business partner of Intertrade Group, the event featured iconography and artwork from international talents such as Ivo Bisignano, Alessio Bruno, Mitja Bokun, Roger Duncan, Marisa Fjarem, Sonny Gu, Miguel Villalobos and Nick Walker; all of whom had been inspired by the trademark style of one of the most recognisable women in fashion. A special jewellery collection comprising the infamous spiders worn by Pernet was also created by Salvucci and sold exclusively within the Intertrade Group.

Each fragrance within the Diane Pernet Paris collection demonstrates a passion, experience and 'joie de vivre' as a vehicle from which to reminisce over the power of memory, the importance of happiness, the pleasure of being unconditionally loved and the sanctity of sincerity.

SHADED

Shaded Eau de parfum is a woody, aromatic unisex fragrance which evokes visions of nocturnal rendezvous and night swimming under the illumination of a full moon. The scent of fresh saltwater caressing your body then trickling down into a more subtle incense base provides a sensation akin to that of eagerly awaiting a lover's touch. Gently embraced within the ocean's haze, emotions are obscured by the vigorous plume of vetiver’s smoky incense which dances across a passionate caress of musk and guaiac wood, affording the wearer a intimate fade into the darkness with the essence of the emotions that lovers have and transmit without the use of words.

 

Shaded derives from a smoky, earthy family - blending bracing maritime notes and aromatic vetiver with the earthiness of musk and guaiac wood. This enigmatic fragrance also features peng musk with discreet notes of incense. Shadowy, yet amorous top notes allow this fragrance to set the mood through its woody amalgams. If ever there was a perfume for unexpected encounters, then this is it. Just don’t tell anyone.

WANTED

Wanted is a spicy, woody unisex fragrance. Within this chapter, we experience the reminiscence of a random stroll through an eclectic oriental garden as a fine mist befalls it on a cool autumn day. Around us is an unkempt and outgrown garden which has been encapsulated by damp textural moss, morphing into ancient stone sculptures which have been forgotten by a curtain of heavy foliage over the course of time. During this wander, we are welcomed into sporadic pockets of exotic scents which are elevated and transposed by a soft cloud of steam across natures rugged playground.

 

Wanted is an earthy, aromatic, spicy fragrance with appearances from clove, sweet juniper, leather, nutmeg and spicy musk - lingering in the air to create an addictive combination. Quietly confident and striking, this will refresh and invigorate your senses with all the potencies of Mother Nature's cabinet.

LOVE AFFAIR

Love Affair is a floral, woody, musky unisex fragrance which invites us to take a sacrificial leap into the holistic heights of passion. The gratifying rose base captivates like the accountable, hazy memories of a first love. Brimming with secret passion and emotion, we remain grounded by the intense notes from its mossy vetiver. Love Affair conjures ethereal notions that whisper memories from the most sensual of past liaisons, whilst acknowledging the reality of the present moment.

 

Love Affair is an enriching, musky fragrance which accommodates an emotive floral connection. Appearances from rose, wood, vetiver and moss leave you unwittingly and momentarily love struck. Sensual and captivating, this will affirm to you the priceless pleasure of memory and the timeless vulnerability of love.

TO BE HONEST

To Be Honest is a woody, spicy unisex fragrance. It conveys the discovery of an ancient church, hidden within a woodland clearing, whilst on an early morning walk; one enriched with clear air, woody tones and green notes. This luscious, fertile and enriching fragrance then beckons you further to respectfully investigate this solemn space. Once inside, the energy of an unseen guest surrounds you within the sanctuary where candles burn silently with only their flames dancing gently in the morning's cross breeze. Plains of incense linger high above the oratory, giving the impression of a recently departed congregation with the only presences still in attendance being the notes of black pepper, myrrh, patchouli, vetiver, amber and cedar wood which stay to pay homage to an universal, unseen love.

 

To Be Honest is intrepid, candid and bold. This earthy, aromatic fragrance features fusions from the most authoritive notes of nature. A strategic selection of spicy black pepper, patchouli, myrrh, vetiver, rich cedar, amber and leather mingle to create a rich and full bodied perfume which employs nature’s bounty for the perfect way to make yourself be heard. With or without words, for a day or for an eternity.

IN PURSUIT OF MAGIC

In Pursuit Of Magic is a citrus, aromatic unisex fragrance which indulges you with the sensation that you have crossed over into a familiar, yet parallel world. Commanding views of the world below, you stand before the doors of an abandoned temple, nestling high upon an unforgiving hilltop. Within this space, time appears to be abandoned within the stolen moments from its sensory overload. The surrounding citrus air both invigorates and purifies you with its tart, intense and clean presence; leaving its host feeling both restored, protected and almost spellbound.

 

In Pursuit Of Magic hails from the alters of the earthy, green, spicy and aromatic citrus notes - with the occasional undertone of Marijuana. This presents the carrier with a mysterious yet elegant scent which slowly gains momentum as the day progresses. It simultaneously evokes the emotions of bitterness and joy alongside the unknown and the familiar within this exotic elixir of juxtapositions.

If you´re still unsure about why fragrance has power of persuasion stronger than that of words, appearance or emotions, then acquiring the personification of experience from the Diane Pernet Paris collection of characters will always end hitting the right chord; wherever you feel like going in your imagination.

Saturday, November 7, 2020

METAMORPHOSIS

"Metamorphosis" is a story about self acceptance. It's about a young man who is liberating himself from toxic masculinity. He starts his journey in the water, purifying himself and letting go of the old stereotypes he was embodying. Walking through the forest, he starts to get in touch with his real self; learning self love, exploring masculine fragility but also confronting his demons, until he finds his way out and reaches the sky. Here he can finally be free, start accepting and being himself. This is not only the story of a young man, but it's the story of many of us. Letting go of what is holding us back to be our true selves, learning self love and self acceptance. It is a never ending process, but it's worth the journey.











































Sophie Christ is a half-German, half-Argentine photographer who is currently based in Berlin. Having studied film in England, her work is driven by stories, containing short stories. Laura Loi comes from Sardinia and is a stylist and collage artist living and working in Berlin. Vintage aesthetics have a strong influence within her work, with which she escapes the ordinary world by creating dreamy and romantic scenarios. They are two friends that met through work during COVID times and decided to use the moment as an opportunity to collaborate on this project. The clothing was supplied from Berlin based fashion designer Judith Bondy, European vintage stores and the stylists own collection.

Photography by Sophie Christ / www.sophiechrist.com / IG: @sophiechrist.nsm
Styling by Laura Loi / IG: gorbatshow
Model Leon Mathée signed at Louisa Models / IG: leonmathee
Hair & Make-up by Paula / IG: @paula_bethge
Editing by Dani Tejedera / https://danitejedera.tumblr.com / IG: @danitejedera

Wednesday, November 4, 2020

These New Jacquemus Ceramics Are A Guaranteed Instagram Smash

Simon Porte Jacquemus has yet another Instagram hit up his sleeve, and this time, it’s homeware. The creative has joined forces with Greek ceramicist Daphne Leon on a capsule of 15 pieces that riff on signature Jacquemus designs, unveiled exclusively for Browns’s 50th anniversary.

A sunshine-yellow iteration of the viral Le Chiquito bag sits next to a bunch of radishes on one plate, while another takes the shape of the brand’s instantly recognisable raffia hat, complete with black ribbon.

It’s not the first collaboration for the pair. Last autumn, Leon was enlisted to create 30 plates to decorate the tables of Jacquemus’s restaurant venture Oursin, which he founded with Caviar Kaspia. Leon moulded dainty ceramic peaches, anchovies, asparagus and mussels that were swiftly harnessed for their IG potential by diners at the Paris venue. 


This time around, Leon has shifted her focus from food to fashion. “I begin with samples, and then a conversation starts wherein comments and additions help me make his vision come to life,” the artist tells British Vogue of her most recent Jacquemus collab.

Designed with the home in mind – timely as countries including the UK enter a second lockdown – Leon was keen to create ceramics that, while ornamental, were not placed high on a shelf out of reach. “I would place it on my very loaded coffee table as a decorative element, on a dining table as a centrepiece, or in conversation with other plates – and objects – ceramic or not,” she says. “I would not hang it on a wall, I like to place it where I would put a regular plate – only with the difference that I cannot use it.”

With much of the nation shifting into nesting mode ahead of lockdown 2.0, the playful ceramics could bring a welcome ray of Provençal sunshine to fashion fans’ homes this winter. Hollie Harding, Browns’s non-app buying manager, agrees: “As we are all now spending more time working from home, it’s important to have things around you that brighten your day and this Jacquemus X Daphne Leon collab will undoubtably put a smile on your face.

The 2021 Men’s Fashion Week Schedule Is Disrupted By The Pandemic

Fashion week, again? The official dates of the spring 2021 shows came to a close in early October, but lookbooks and live streams have continued to trickle in from Raf Simons, Michael Kors, Celine, and more, extending what was once a concise four-week exercise into a months-long event. That begs the question: Are we really going to do this all again in January, when the menswear shows typically start in London and wrap up mid-month in Paris? With the virus seeing a resurgence across Europe, some brands with both women’s and men’s might not have the resources to show a new collection so soon to finishing their last one.

The British Fashion Council has proposed an alternative. The governing body of London Fashion Week is officially merging its menswear collections into its womenswear shows, creating a genderless fashion week that will run from 19 February to 23 February, 2021. The schedule is presumed to be mostly digital, however the BFC notes there will be select in-person events, and will continue to be genderless for the rest of 2021, with shows scheduled for June: 11 to 14 and 17 to 21 September. 


“As the fashion industry moves towards a more sustainable and responsible future in line with the newly formed Institute of Positive Fashion [the BFC’s responsible fashion hub], our aim is to continue to redefine our fashion week model, embracing digital and technological innovation while offering ideas and solutions that will work for all designer businesses,” said BFC chairwoman Caroline Rush in a release. “Moving LFWM into LFW in February will continue to de-gender LFW, allow designers greater flexibility to consider what collection they show when and minimise travel requirements, taking us one step closer to a more sustainable future.”

Dylan Jones, the editor in chief of British GQ and the BFC’s menswear chair, echoes the importance of a unified week. “When we launched London Collections: Men in June 2012, which then became London Fashion Week Men’s, we were responding to an industry need and to the necessity to have a platform for our brilliant British menswear designers from emerging talent to Savile Row tailoring. A lot has changed since then, and this year’s pandemic made us all rethink the current system in place,” he said in a release. “We are confident that this move will help designers reach more people via the digital LFW platform, while still allowing them to do business as early as January without the deadline of a show.”

The shifting dates will give designers more time to develop a new collection as well as serve to emphasise a new genderless future for fashion. Charles Jeffrey, Grace Wales Bonner, and Bethany Williams are three British designers traditionally associated with the menswear week that have moved into womenswear or genderless design. Will more follow suit? Tune in this February to see.