GUCCI’S ALESSANDRO MICHELE SUCKS US INTO HIS HAZY, ALL-PINK WORLD FOR SPRING

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A look from the spring 2017 Gucci collection. Photo: ImaxtreeA look from the spring 2017 Gucci collection.

In New York, it's difficult to imagine anyone other than Marc Jacobs closing out the shows. He has always provided the proverbial mic drop of New York Fashion Week. Who could ever one-up him? In Milan, it seems that all designers who aren't Alessandro Michele are put in a somewhat challenging position now, as we left Gucci — the first big show of Milan Fashion Week — thinking about how they all have a very tough act to follow over the next six days.

First, there was the set: an all-pink-everything boudoir with what can only be described as disco balls made into walls, pink carpet with the signature Gucci stripes and a star motif going down the circuitous runway, pink velvet ottomans for seating and strings of mirrored squares dividing the space into sections.
Models emerged from a '70s-inspired beaded doorway, but it almost felt like they'd appeared from thin air thanks to the smoke that filled the room (and visibly irritated a few editors who wanted to better see the clothes... or maybe breathe more easily).

Despite the visual obstruction, the effect of the smoke machines and dark pink lighting was undeniably cool, and many elements of the collection were (intentionally) bold enough to be seen through the pink haze: eccentric headpieces; fans, shimmering sequins and paillettes on everything from gowns to pants to leisure suits; sparkly pineapple-shaped sleeves on a dress; piles of dyed tulle and very vertiginous, colorful platforms.

Basically what I could see. Photo: ImaxtreeBasically what I could see. 

With the towering, glam-rock footwear, other '70s and '80s inspired pieces and overall theatrical rock club vibes, we were reminded of Jacobs's last few shows. But where Jacobs likes to reinvent himself regularly, Michele has stuck to the same eccentric, romantic, colorful, vintage-inspired scriptthat we can't get enough of. Just about every look that came down the runway was unmistakably his.

Not that he hasn't evolved that aesthetic. Upon closer inspection (online photos), this was Michele's most adventurous collection yet in terms of color, fabric, silhouette and eye-catching accessories. 

Did a few looks veer towards costume-y? Sure. But it seemed that Michele was more interested in communicating a feeling than showing off the details of his clothes (that's what re-sees are for), and perhaps forcing us to rethink the way we perceive a runway show altogether. 

Michele called the collection "Magic Lanterns," writing in the show notes, "The clothes tell a story steeped in wonder, phantasmagoria and unorthodoxy. Such stories don't mimetically represent reality. They rather act as magic lanterns, as distorting mirrors, altering languages, signs and consolidated codes." He went on to quote French sociologist and intellectual Roger Caillois: "As in a game, the attempt is to destroy, for a moment, the stability of perception so that the lucid conscience is forced to undergo a kind of sensual panic."

There's no doubt that, for a few minutes, our minds were 100 percent in Gucciland and the experience left us a little bewildered. It wasn't see now, buy now; it wasn't a spectacle that took attention away from the clothes: it was something a lot more interesting, and another fascinating glimpse into Michele's genius mind.

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DIORAMA GUSSETED CARD HOLDERS

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If you couldn’t just get enough of Dior’s cardholders, well this one is good news for you as Dior came out with a Gusseted Card Holder from the Diorama Collection. Yes, another cardholder that is quite different from the Lady Dior Gusseted Card Holder.

This cardholder is the bomb of all bombs and the cherry on top of every cardholder out there because it looks effortlessly beautiful and elegant in all the right places. Made from hyper silver metallic crackled deerskin leather, this one would surely be the apple of your eyes.

It looks like an intergalactic shiny and shimmery star that has fallen from the sky. Yes, it’s that gorgeous that we might even run out of words to describe it. Who would have thought a cardholder could look as fascinating as this one? Dior really put up its best when it made the Diorama Gusseted Card Holder that can hold your several cards, thus making it easier for you to carry them around.

The crest-shaped clasp with the Dior logo printed on it absolutely took our breaths away. It has 5 gusset compartments making it practical to use anywhere you go.

Measuring 10.5 x 6 cm, the price is unknown for now and is available via Dior boutiques.

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MEET THE 10 DESIGNERS JOINING THE CFDA FASHION INCUBATOR CLASS OF 2018

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Charles Youssef fall 2016 presentation. Photo: Mireya Acierto/Getty ImagesCharles Youssef fall 2016 presentation. 

The CFDA has announced the newest class of designers joining its Fashion Incubator program, selected by a panel of industry experts with established backgrounds in retail, media and business. For the next two years, the designers will have access to affordable studio space in the Garment District, an eight-month MBA program with NYU's Stern School of Business, seminars, mentorships and networking opportunities. The purpose of the program is to help these designers build their brands' businesses, which spans from developing retail, marketing and branding strategies to becoming more knowledgable of finance, cost and production.

So without further ado, get to know the CFDA Fashion Incubator's 4.0 class of 2018:

YESTADT MILLINERY

New York-based Molly Yestadt launched her line of hats that mix classic craftsmanship and modern style in 2008. She's collaborated on exclusive runway pieces with Marc Jacobs, 3.1 Phillip Lim, The Row and Public School and her designs are available at stores such as Neiman Marcus, Bloomingdales and Anthropologie.

HAERFEST

Brothers Tim and Dan Joo launched Haerfest, a streetwear-leaning brand of minimalist men's accessories, after following very different career paths: Tim studied design at Parsons and FIT and worked for Patrick Ervell and Opening Ceremony, while Dan studied engineering and worked at IBM. Their cool, functional bags are now sold everywhere from Barneys to OC to Havery Nichols.

THADDEUS O'NEIL

Launched in 2013, Thaddeus O'Neil's cool, après-surf "playwear" has already brought him to the finals of the 2015 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund and the International Woolmark Prize. O'Neil found an early supporter in none other than Anna Wintour, who encouraged him to branch out into womenswear. Oh, and Bruce Weber shot his portrait as a child — nbd. 

K/LLER COLLECTION

Katie Degusman and Michael Miller met at Parsons in 2000 studying furniture design, but it wasn't until 10 years later that they partnered to launch a jewelry line, now completely handmade in their Brooklyn studio. They use oxidized metals, fish jaws, arrowheads and other organic, sustainable materials that result in sculptural, sleek and edgy designs. 

BROTHER VELLIES

After launching in Jan. 2013, Aurora James's "It" footwear brand Brother Vellies has been no stranger to mentorship programs. Back in November, the Brooklyn-based label became one of three winners of 2015's CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund, and it's currently a finalist for the CFDA + Lexus Fashion* Initiative. To this day, James sources her materials from South Africa, Kenya and Morocco, often visiting workshops in those locales

Founded in 2014 by designer Daniel Ddugoff (who studied architecture Washington University in St. Louis), this menswear label is full of what he calls "unbasic basics." Signatures include subtle color palettes with a mix of livelier graphics and patterns.

JI OH

Ji Oh may have only debuted in 2014, but the New York-made womenswear label is already carried at big-name retailers like Barneys. The Korean-born, Parsons-trained designer works heavily in minimalistic, sleek silhouettes that often sway more gender-neutral than women's-specific, while also being incredibly comfortable, versatile and sophisticated.

CHARLES YOUSSEF

With degrees from Central Saint Martins and Parsons as well as design gigs at Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren and Gareth Pugh on his resumé, Charles Youssefmade his buzzy debut on the New York Fashion Week Calendar for spring 2015. He's been impressing us with his feminine, thoughtful, subtly Japanese-inspired collections ever since. Barneys bought his first collection, but he'll need more stockists to stay in business, and the Incubator will help him get there.

ALIX

It often signals good business sense when a designer finds a niche and focuses on just one product done really well. Alexandra Alvarez did this with the bodysuit in 2014, after graduating Parsons. They all have a snap crotch (so you don't have to take them off to pee!) and she recently expanded into swimwear.

HAUS ALKIRE

Design partners Julie and Jason Alkire launched high-end womenswear labelHaus Alkire in 2012 and have since received a slew of industry recognition, including winning both the Ecco Domani Fashion Foundation Award in 2012 and The Fashion Group International Rising Star Award in 2015. The brand is known for its architectural and artistic styles, often embodying abstract themes — like Anthropomorphism for its fall 2016 collection.

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Roger Vivier first bride wedding design series released

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Roger Vivier have the opportunity to accompany the many beautiful women in the world who attend numerous important occasions, among them the First Lady and their royal family. Season, Roger Vivier very pleased to share its first designed specifically for the bride’s wedding series with you.

 

Classic Belle de Nuit use ivory satin high-heeled shoes decorated with iconic Pilgrim crystal buckle. The series of shoes using the traditional style, but with a different heel height options. In addition, the design is waterproof so Limemight Choc wear more comfortable shoes.

 

Ondulation Privilege Ivory satin sandals using complex interwoven design, the beautiful bride foot line perfect presentation, filling the elegant posture, lightness of the state.

 

Dorsay StrassOn the basis of ivory satin rhinestone embellishment on the delicate, graceful lines of the toe and heel careful outline, elegant in keeping gorgeous wedding shoes, while a little more chic mind, density diamond inlay design makes the shoe body unique lighting effects, showcasing the looming.But also for the love flat shoes bride carefully prepared a pair of pure ivory Ballerines Chips, relaxed and comfortable colleagues reveal simple and elegant atmosphere.

Superb quality technology combined with luxury, Roger Vivier wedding series brings unparalleled beauty, to witness your most important moments.

 

 

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The Big Reveal: Our PurseForum Members’ Debut The Céline Bags of Their Dreams

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Louis Vuitton Minaudiere Petit Tresor

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Alright, so by now we know that Louis Vuitton has already done everything with their iconic Monogram Canvas – from belts to bags, from flats to hats, the only thing that are missing now are ‘underwears’ (or did they do that too?).

A bit serious; the signature Monogram Canvas was launched in 1896 and the company made the worldwide patents on it. Monogram Canvas is a woven material, made from cotton. It’s completely water-resistant and durable.

If you live in a big crowded city, where they have subways (I don’t mean the fast-food chain) and so on, then the high probability is high, that in every corner there is at least one person carrying a Louis Vuitton Monogram Canvas Bag. The fame has spread faster than virus around the globe and Louis Vuitton must be doing something right.

Talking about clutches, here is a piece called the ‘Louis Vuitton Petit Tresor Minaudiere’. If you love this kind-of shapes – round edges, small and wearable, faux-pas resistance, luxurious and glamorous simultaneously, and Alexander McQueen’s silver skulls and knuckle boxes keep you from falling asleep, then welcome, you’re are at the right address.

Here’s what I like; it comes with a shoulder chain so you can carry it by hand or on your shoulder. It’s fabulously designed, mixed with monogram canvas pattern and golden embellishment, the L’s and V’s standouts like diamonds in the sky. The hand-cut silk jacquard creates a subtle yet exciting signature, leaving a brilliant impression like it’s entirely hand-made for you.

And because it’s lined with lambskin, the minaudiere is and feels light weighed, it’s spacious enough to hold all your evening essentials. Measuring 5.1′ x 3.1 x 2.0′ (W x H x D) inches.

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