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Aquascutum Launches New Bag and Trench Collection

FOR its Autumn 2016 accessories collection, London-based brand Aquascutum imbues the traditional with a touch of contemporary, modernising their signature navy handbags with subtle elements from the latest prêt-à-porter pieces.

Each bag, made from soft Aniline leather which is sourced and manufactured in Spain, features a contrasting red base and Van Dyke stitching, matching the undercollar of the new Penryn trench coat. The collection therefore compliments the new season’s trends while remaining distinctly Aquascutum.

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Newman Trench in Camel, Aquascutum Autumn 2016 © Aquascutum

Elegant, functional, durable – the bags have been designed to support the 21st century working woman and what’s more, with prices ranging from £165 for a wallet to £650 for a large tote, each comes with an affordable price tag.

 

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Piccadily Cape in Navy, Aquascutum Autumn 2016 © Aquascutum

To celebrate the launch of the bags, Aquascutum has curated an interactive game – available both in stores and online – in which customers are asked to find five handbags in the hand-drawn illustration of London, below.

 

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by Hannah Bergin

Miu Miu CustoMIUzation Project Opens in London

MIU MIU have announced the launch of their original CustoMIUzation project. For a limited time only, the customers at Miu Miu, in the New Bond Street store, will be able to personalise their bags with a selected rage of exclusively designed patches.

 

The brand has designated a selection of madras leather and denim bags to be decorated with patches that include motifs based on latest AW16 ready-to-wear collection, as well as some designed especially for the occasion.  A total of 12 unique, heat-sealed badges are available embodying Miu Miu’s playful aesthetic evident in the signature stars  – as well as slogans such as Love, Kiss and Forever.

A dedicated Italian artisan has been scheduled to assist the customers with their CustoMIUzation designs over an approximate period of 30 minutes which are needed to customise each bag.

by Magda Pirowska

The CustoMIUzation Project is available at Miu Miu, New Bond Street, London from September 16

Bao Bao Issey Miyake presents new Prism Metallic range

ISSEY Miyake’s futuristic accessories range Bao Bao Issey Miyake launches its new Autumn Winter 2016 colour selection. The Prism Metallic bags have gained their popularity for their innovative design and seasonal shades. The metallic tones are created with the use of an iridescent pearl paint which gives them their unique multi-dimensional effect which results in an intricate play of hues of each of the triangles that make up the bags, which change their perceived colour depending on the angle and the lighting.

Issey Miyake Bao Bao bagBao Bao Issey Miyake Prism Metallic AW16

 

Issey Miyake Bao Bao bagBao Bao Issey Miyake Prism Metallic AW16

The latest series premiere a selection of new, glossy shades introduced to Bao Bao Issey Miyake bags for the first time.

 

Issey Miyake Bao Bao bagBao Bao Issey Miyake Prism Metallic AW16

The launch is accompanied by a campaign video which is directed by Yugo Nakamura from tha ltd. The short picture explores of fluctuating, accidental shapes that have become signature for the range.

by Magda Pirowska

Fluff and Furry As Romy LDN Goes Monochrome

DRESS up in style with a sleek new look from Romy LDN and join in the fluffy frenzy this season. Now in ever stylish monochrome, Romy’s pyramid bags add a touch of glamorous fun to every outfit. As a sporty alternative to the pom-pom, the  bags come with an interchangeable fun-fur cuff which allows you to mix and match from daytime to party looks.

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White Monochrome Pyramid Bag by Romy LDN. Photograph: Romy LDN

 

Romy LDN, a luxury British brand, described by its founder Alice MacFarlane Hickox as “youthful, fresh, and accessible” has been producing faux-fur accessories since 2014. The brand offers a diverse range of luxury accessories which include oversize grab bags, clutches and even furry soda-can sleeves. The brand owes its success to the ability to combine unique styling with attractive and long-lasting materials. These include durable leathers, neoprene and a superior faux-fur that remains soft and glossy – even after repeated use.

 

600x400 BLACK POM POMBlack Monochrome Pyramid Bag by Romy LDN. Photograph: Romy LDN

Modern and minimalist, the Romy pyramid bag offers a ultra-light design which is elegant, practical and irresistibly fluffy.

by Miranda Charalambous

Accessories by Romy LDN can be found here. The Pyramid Bag retail at £355

Front page image: White Monochrome Pyramid Bag by Romy LDN. Photograph: Romy LDN

 

 

Versace Dreams the Vibes of Chicago – Film by Bruce Weber

VERSACE launch their FW16 collection with Chicago Is My beat, a grainy black-and-white film shot by Bruce Weber starring supermodels, Gigi Hadid and Karlie Kloss. The collaboration rekindles a time-honoured relationship between the flamboyant fashion brand and Weber, a fashion photographer renowned for his unrivaled productions both for Calvin Klein and Ralph Lauren.

Chicago Is My BeatVersace FW16 – Chicago Is My Beat. Film © Bruce Weber

The short film places fashion at the heart of the community, uniting empowered glamour with the spirited pulse of the metropolis where energetic routines embrace Versace’s vison with ease. Rock-chic and freestyle dancing give way to svelte gowns and languid looks as the hubbub proceeds into the night. Keith Milkie’s arresting operatic soundtrack drifts to the tune of Chicago’s past while Versace re-imagines the future.

Bruce Weber says, “The actor Robert Mitchum once told me, ‘When you first get to a new town, always make friends with a Blonde’. Well, when I got to Chicago, I found my blonde in you, Donatella. I wanted us to visit this city together because of its rich history and the spirit of love and harmony you feel in its music.

“Chicago is going through a tough time at the moment and could use a little encouragement – just like we all need every once in a while. Because the kindness of its people helped me to make these photographs, I feel like I can now call Chicago ‘my beat’.”

“Bruce Weber is the true master of our times. His photography is deeply personal and rich, a reflection of the world as he sees it. It has been my pleasure to enter once again into that world for this Versace campaign. With this new campaign, Bruce gave me my history back,” adds Donatella Versace.

 


by Miranda Charalambous

Versace FW2016 – Chicago Is My Beat. Film © Bruce Weber

Jerome Dreyfuss Launches Advertising Campaign by Jean-Paul Goude

EPONYMOUS French leather goods label Jérôme Dreyfuss have launched their new ballet inspired advertising campaign for their latest collection.

The Dreyfuss house appointed Jean-Paul Goude – the legendary graphic designer, illustrator, photographer and advertising film director known for his groundbreaking series images of Grace Jones, to create an engaging campaign in his distinctive style.

AD Maurice bag campaignAurélie Dupont with Jérôme Dreyfuss Maurice bag

Goude worked with his muse Aurélie Dupont – the prima ballerina and étoile of Paris Opera Ballet School – on series of images that convey passion, beauty and sensuality. Dupont is depicted with three key pieces from the collection – shoulder bag Bobi, elegant tote Maurice and oversized sporty – like Goude.

 

AD Jean Paul bagAurélie Dupont with Jérôme Dreyfuss Jean-Paul bag

A trained dancer himself, Goude is known for his fascination with the human body and its interaction with external factors and this campaign also rests on that extrapolation. Aurelie Dupont is seen clutching the bags in a close, skin to skin contact in a fetishistic-like way. These scenes are serving as an allegory of love and the passion realised in the tangible synthesis of the dancer and the bag that heightens the sense of longing.

Both Dreyfuss and Goude are inspired by the strong females and create with the image of those exceptional personas in mind. That combined with the unparalleled beauty and poise of Aurelie Dupont makes for a captivating campaign.

by Magda Pirowska

ESMOD Berlin MA Fashion Graduates Debut their Collections

ESMOD Berlin International University of Art for Fashion MA programme Sustainability in Fashion is an unique course which allows students to develop practical as well as analytical skills in sustainable fashion design with the aim of setting up feasible businesses. The course revolves around the notions of partnership and collaboration which are crucial to building a paradigm of interdisciplinary exchange and, therefore, a common platform for communication.

The course at ESMOD promotes holistic design practice in which the creative process focuses on economical, ethical, social and cultural awareness and sustainability while not compromising on beautiful aesthetics.

Lena and Nir - the weddingThe Plant Stories project by Renana Krebs for ESMOD Berlin International
University of Art for Fashion MA programme

ahmed picture 2 The Samrdd project by Hira Ahmed for the ESMOD Fashion MA programme.

The program is based on four main parts – sustainable design strategies, sustainable textiles and production, sustainable marketing and business and design anthropology – with each student being supported by a high-profile business partner.

While studying on the MA,  the students choose their own specific focus which allows them to place their discipline and interest within a broader aspect of study and therefore enrich their own ideas and design practice.

We have selected five designers of the 17 recent graduates from the ESMOD MA course to look at their work a little more deeply.

alice beyer schuchAlice Beyer-Schuch’s Further textile rebirth project for ESMOD

Israeli-born Renana Krebs comes from a family of botanists which has hugely influenced her Plant Stories project which she developed in partnership with Hessnatur, Smartfibre AG, Spinnerei Feldkich, Comazo GMbH. Inspired by  classical ballet and driven by sporty elegance, she designed a 15-piece collection with flowing silhouettes that offer comfort and unrestricted movement while still remaining elegant.

Krebs’s main focus in this project was exploring the interactions between man and nature and the possibility of developing new materials that benefit both the environment and humankind. The result of this was a development of a new yarn combination from the micro-organisms of algae with micro-modal elderweiss and a fabric that releases moisture into the body of the wearer.

Remo Polack looked at sustainable design strategies in his project Remoform developed in partnership with Dutch aWEARness, Lauffenmuhle and Persu at Work. His was interested in garments that were a part of mass production and so he focused on uniforms – a garment which is produced in large quantities and, more often that not, discarded once it is worn out.

Inspired by the Cradle to Cradle circular business-model, Polack worked towards a sustainable standard that sees all uniforms produced from one material which would allow them to be recycled and, hence, adding to them infinite value and saving on the natural resources necessary to produce new garments.

remo pollack Remoform by Remo Polack for ESMOD Berlin International University of Art for Fashion MA programme.

Another student pursuing the notion of sustainability in design is Hira Ahmed, whose project Samrdd aims at close collaborations with traditional artisans. Hailing from Pakistan, Ahmed has embarked on a journey reconnecting her with her roots and developing a longing for cultivating the traditional block-printing textiles technique practices by inhabitants of remote areas of Pakistan.

Due to their poverty and the extremely challenging conditions these people live in, this technique is on a verge of extinction. Ahmed works exclusively with the artisans sourcing all of her fabrics from them with the aim of  bringing better income and general life – enhancing investment to the are while practising fair trade and preserving the unique craft of hand-dying of silks and cottons.

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A look from Hira Ahmed’s Samrdd project for the ESMOD Ma Programme

Similar sentiments are reflected in Isabelle Regier’s project Ive – which focuses on a sustainable leather concept. Supported by companies Wet Green, YKK and Trippen, Reiger has designed a collection of organic leather bags that build on local resources, recyclability and ethical business practices. Her aim is to create an entirely transparent production chain from the designer all the way to the user, deploying the notions of responsible production and conscious consumption.

Regier used olive leaves to tan the leather so she could create goods that are fully biodegradable. So the bags fully recyclable as well as responsibly produced. The collection has also been created around the concept of timelessness and therefore aims at maximising the longevity of the items despite fashion trends and seasons.

isabelle reigerA bag in the Ive project by Isabelle Regier for ESMOD Berlin MA programme

Alice Beyer Schuch explored the possibilities of sustainable textiles and production in her project Further – textile rebirth catalyst. Tasked with establishing a comprehensive business, Schuch worked on creating a new type of textile but also devising a promotional campaign to present the idea to the public and to attempt to instigate wide-reaching change in thinking by the public.

The fabric she worked on is based on a technology which recycles old textiles. The final of this is a 100 per cent cellulosic material which is completely recyclable. The general idea is to create an event that bring brands and designers together so that they can work together eventually producing the end product to the customer.

Sustainability in Fashion MA at ESMOD is a unique course that tackles issues of paramount importance to the modernday world – resource renewability, waste, mindless consumption. It furthermore challenges the notion that responsible and organic fashion comes second style-wise to high-end luxurious design.

Thanks to the comprehensive selection of course units that complement each other the course aims to effectively educate a new generation of designers and business professionals who may be instrumental in a chance of turning around the industry.

by Magda Pirowska

For more details about the course, please visit here:

ESMOD Berlin International University of Art for Fashion MA programme Sustainability in Fashion 

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British Fashion Council Announces Designer Showrooms Schedule for LFW AW16

The British Fashion Council has announced the designers showcasing in the Designer Showrooms – including ready-to-wear, footwear, jewellery, bags and multi-label showrooms – and the features that will be available at the Brewer Street venue.

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ROKH by Rok Hwang for AW16

Visitors to the showrooms will be able to familiarise themselves with collections from 45 designers showing for the first time. Imaginative design, the blending of various techniques and exceptional craftsmanship will be presented by the knitwear designers such as Caitlin Charles-Jones (on of  Vogue Talent’s Ones to Watch and a participant in Boden’s Future British scheme in partnership with the BFC), Yakshi Malhotra, Laura Theiss and Sabinna.

TeijaA look by Teija AW16

Further brands such as Teija, ROKH (by Rok Hwang) and designer Samuel Dougal will be showcasing their sharp, detailed tailoring while  NATALIEBCOLEMAN, Tommy Zhong and Leanne Claxton will show pieces that apply that quality with the use of their unique, tailor-made fabrics. No.288 and Ellis White will be presenting their new footwear collections.

Claire BarrowA look by Claire Barrow AW16

Displays at the Showroom will also include an installation by BFC’s talent identification scheme NEWGEN sponsored by Topshop and a pop-up showroom for this season’s NEWGEN designers: Ashley Williams, Claire Barrow, Danielle Romeril, Faustine Steinmetz, Marta Jakubowski, Molly Goddard, Ryan Lo and Sadie Williams as well as this season’s One-To-Watch Roberta Einer.

Roberta EinerLooks from Roberta Einer’s AW16 collection

BFC’s fine jewellery and millinery initiatives will be presenting the finest of accessories design from Emma Yeo, Harvy Santos, Keely Hunter and Sophie Beale – Headonism in a space co-curated by Stephen Jones OBE – Ana De Costa, Beth Gilmour, COMPLETEDWORKS, Jacqueline Cullen, Lily Kamper, Ornella Iannuzzi, Rachel Boston, Ruifier, Shimell and Madden and Yunus & Eliza – Rock Vault in a space co-curated by Stephen Webster MBE.

COMPLETEDWORKSA piece by COMPLETEDWORKS

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Shoes by Camilla Elphick AW16

Established brands returning to the showrooms this season include Camilla Elphick as well as Eudon Choi, Fleet Ilya, Fyodor Golan, Georgia Hardinge, Holly Fulton, Loxley England, Phoebe Coleman, Stephen Jones Millinery, William Chambers Millinery and Zoë Jordan.

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Harvy Santos

Elsewhere Scoop London will be as usual presenting their womenswear trade show at the Saatchi Gallery, Chelsea.

NATALIEBCOLEMANNatalie B Coleman AW16

More pop-ups will be located at Brewer Street Car Park. Accredited guests will be able to visit Sunglass Hut and personalize their House of Holland LFW tote and get a customised sunglass case. The work and lounge spaces available to the visitors include: Press and Buyers Lounge by American Express x The Store, pop – up HIX Café by renowned chef Mark Hix, Maybelline New York Lounge and salon by TONI&GUY with label.m offering instant style refreshers.

by Magda Pirowska

London Fashion Week runs from February 19-23.
Concierge Amex Insiders and Swatch Timeline will be helping the visitors to navigate the space and stay up to date with all shows and schedules.
For the full pop-up schedule visit LFW website

Kenzo Pre-Fall 2016 Collection Announced

Japanese brand Kenzo have announced their pre-fall 2016 collection. Kenzo’s creative directors Humberto Leon and Carol Lim said of the launch, “For our women’s collection for pre-fall 2016, we were inspired by the power of women. Our woman is equally a member of an all-girl biker gang as of a group of demure urban professionals.”

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Kenzo pre-fall 2016 jacquard lacquered pants with matching double breasted cocoon coats

Leon and Lim ensured that the collection appeals to a modern woman who is not afraid of being a leader and expressing her personality through her fashion choices. Lacquered jacquard trousers with matching double breasted, origami cocoon jackets, printed indigo denims and floor-length dresses lend themselves to special occasions or days when one wants to experiment.

print separates and gold bootsKenzo pre-fall 2016 printed separates and gold ankle boots with rectangle kitten heels

For everyday staples, the collection offers pleated stretch skirts, flattering tunic tops, classic separates and jersey dresses and add a bit of luxury with mohair and cashmere knitwear. To cover up in the colder months there are shaved shearling bomber jackets with kimono sleeves, puffer maxi-jackets and patterned swing coats.

 bomber jacketsKenzo pre-fall 2016 shaved shearling bomber jackets with kimono sleeves

Main silhouette of the designs is “spacious, layered and oversized”. It furthermore carries bold colours and distinctive prints of  “graphic Tanami flowers, half stars upon stripes, rising suns and soft abstract clouds” of separates in bold colours, flattering tunic-tops, the mid-length skirts and classic jeans.

jumper with leather pants imageKenzo pre-fall 2016 graphic knitwear in mixed mohair, cashmere and wool

Japanese influences carry into the accessories range made up of belts and embroidered chest plates. The sharp graphic angles also feature in the ankle boots with distinctive rectangular kitten heels, whilst the platform ballerina flats designs have been brought out back from Kenzo design archives.

pront dress balerinas and a bagKenzo pre-fall 2016 platform ballerinas and Champ bag

The biggest treat however have been reserved for the bag lovers as Kenzo brings the Tanami flowers’clutches alongside two new designs: a rectangular leather satchel Rizo and the nylon jacquard Champ selection of functional sports bags distinguished by origami construction.

by Magda Pirowska