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Luis Antonio SS/15

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The first part of the show, Antonio delivered high luxe, architectural prints on lavish gowns, made exactly for what one would wear to the Cannes Film Festival. The second part was, indeed, more nautical, with cocktail dresses covered in a faded rope print. We especially adored the jumpsuits, and the ruffled side bows. The material of the looks were very tailored and prim, which made it seem as if the models were walking paper dolls.

EFFORTLESS FRENCH SS15 BY MAISON KITSUNÉ

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LOOK-25LOOK-101New York, NY January 2, 2015

Maison Kitsuné unveiled “Effortless French,” during its spring/summer 2015 men’s and women’s collection,  in New York City.

Paying tribute to the Parisian lifestyle and emphasizing the subtle balance between curated and carefree styles, the models presented the collection by posing in front of large tableaux representing postcards of Paris, walking around the panels and among the crowd, while Kitsuné’s latest mix tape played in the background.

First known as a music label, the French/Japanese Maison Kitsuné has been making a splash in the world of Fashion by creating timeless, neat, both clean-cut and playful pieces that offer a Parisian, street-style twist.

 

THE NIKE ZVEZDOCHKA RELAUNCHES AFTER 10 YEARS

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New York, NY January 2, 2015

Nike announced the re-release of the ZVEZDOCHKA, an ahead-of-its-time shoe that launched in 2004 and was designed in partnership with Marc Newson.

Nike has long worked with artists, designers, and athletes, especially in recent years with Mark Parker at its helm. In fact, Whitewall’s summer 2011 issue, featuring an interview with Parker, saw the ZVEZDOCHKA grace its cover. “Design is an iterative process. One idea often builds on another…The principles of the ZVEZDOCHKA have the power to unlock many exciting opportunities at Nike–from customization and modularity to sustainability and manufacturing,” said Parker, reflecting on the now 10 year-old collaboration.

The shoe is futuristic in look and shape, with a designer’s eye towards function and comfort. It’s modular, made from four interchangeable parts made to feel like a second skin for the foot. The ZVEZDOCHKA was also one of the first designs that committed to the Nike Considered Design ethos, created with sustainability in mind.

“For me as a designer, it is vital always to push boundaries—to look to the future and think about how things will be. Otherwise you are irrelevant. For me, design is always about exploring possibilities with new technologies, processes and materials. Often cross-pollinating between industries,” said Newson in a recent statement.

 

The ZVEZDOCHKA is available starting December 29 in select NikeLab locations at at nike.com/nikelab.

 

ACCESSORIES LEAD THE WAY AT MULBERRY

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Look_20Look_21New York, NY December 22, 2014

It’s difficult to recall any brand or designer without a serious initial logo that wasn’t widely known for their accessories, rather than their clothes (Kate Spadeaside, her full-name bags garnered attention eons ago). Welcome to London Fashion Week spring/summer 2015, and you have Mulberry to thank for this challenge. The brand debuted their latest collection at their English headquarters, where their handbags and shoes took the mainstage and demanded the spotlight over the clothes.

Sure, model-of-the-moment, Cara Delevingne, is their current campaign spokeswoman. Nevertheless, Mulberry knows a thing or two about a classic, beautifully crafted handheld accessory. Make no mistake, these pieces were the star of the show. Serving as perfectly capable supporting roles, however, was a ready-to-wear collection inspired by English gardens, specifically cornflower and delphinium. Angular hemmed jacquard blazers were silvery and abstract, built to resemble cow parsley and pretty enough to remain in our memory. Luxe black dresses get a sporty remix with laser-hole cutouts and boxy panels. The collection is solid, with many classic and attainable pieces, but our money still rests on that Mulberry bag.

 

KIMONO-INSPIRED SLEEVES, SASHES, AND SHOULDERS AT MARNI

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Aside from the pleasantly surprising and well-placed flower market pop-up, complete with gardening-inspired accessories to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Marni, the brand debuted one wearable art piece after another for Milan’s spring/summer 2015 Fashion Week. All three of the Castiglionis (Consuelo, Carolina, and Gianni) produced a collection that invoked a rather Zen-like quality as each ensemble carried a fluidity and spiritual presence within their designs.

Lots of structured, loose linen hang beautifully on the body and are gathered slightly at the waist with long, kimono-style sashes. Deep Vs appear on the fronts and backs of thinly strapped tops fitting sharply around the bust while billowing out in angular, long hems at the hips. Soft grays with stark whites lend a calming and delicate appeal to otherwise strong and asymmetrical lines. Pairings of black and white feels artistically modern along with splashes of color like paint to a blank canvas. It’s quite impressive that such a contemporary collection can be feminine and masculine, spiritual and secular, loud and quiet, all simultaneously. Twenty years solid, we say in unison, and yet the best is yet to come for Marni.

 

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