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Exclusive Givenchy Essentials Range for Japanese Store Isetan

LEGENDARY French label Givenchy has teamed up with luxury department store in Tokyo to create a unique homage to Japanese culture.

GIVENCHY KOBE LOOKGivenchy Essentials by Riccardo Tisci for Isetan Tokyo

Isetan – the destination for all things fashionable and luxurious – has been long at the cutting edge of Japanese fashion. Located in the Shinjuku district, it makes for a perfect match with Givenchy’s effortless style which marries cool with timeless.

GIVENCHY FLORAL MANGivenchy Essentials by Riccardo Tisci for Isetan Tokyo

Designed as a tribute to Japanese culture, the capsule collection showcases the signature aesthetics of Givenchy’s creative director Riccardo Tisci. Building on the traditional ample, geometric silhouettes and graphic prints Tisci incorporated the modern mood of the Japanese streets – playful and elegantly flamboyant. The resulting ready-to-wear collection carries his signature star motifs across the range and natural penchant for bringing the taste of haute couture to everyday wear.

GIVENCHY FULL SREET LOOKGivenchy Essentials by Riccardo Tisci for Isetan Tokyo

Consisting of men’s and women’s wear items, as well as footwear and accessories, the exclusive range contrasts classic Givenchy’s effortless opulence with traditional Japanese themes drawing on nature, especially the ever-present florals. Juxtaposed against the sensational style of modern Japanese fashionistas, the collection forms a complete testimony to continuing brilliance of the country’s culture.

GIVENCHY TRADITIONAL COUPLEGivenchy Essentials by Riccardo Tisci for Isetan Tokyo

by Magda Pirowska

The Givenchy Essentials range will be exclusively available to purchase at the brand’s pop-up store at Isetan Shinjuku 13 from September 7 until 13.


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.

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.


Camilla Elphick

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.

Harvy Santos
Harvy Santos

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


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

La Perla Debuts Atelier Collection

  • La Perla Debuts Atelier Collection, Paris Couture 2015
    La Perla Debuts Atelier Collection, Paris Couture 2015

LINGERIE brands often have a hard time breaking into the ready-to-wear market. Something about the inherently risqué nature of lingerie makes this type of design sometimes difficult to translate. But, some lingerie brands get it very right, producing prêt-à-porter clothing with all the sensuality and craftsmanship of high-end lingerie but with a delicious wearability.

Case in point – the recently debuted La Perla Atelier Collection. This ready-to-wear collection debuted on Monday, 26 January at the Hotel Salomon de Rothschild in Paris, as the couture shows kicked off into high gear. Featuring the likes of Naomi Campbell, Natasha Poly and Lindsey Wixon, this collection fuses modern design with the artisanship one has come to expect from La Perla – with all the delicacy, luxe fabrics and immaculate construction.

The 2015 La Perla Atelier Collection interestingly questions the boundary between lingerie and clothing, not just through literal lingerie-style detailing on clothing but through the application of intricate techniques in new and innovative ways. This collection builds on the brand’s signature designs through the utilization of quietly ostentatious frastaglio detailing, including gold thread, crystals and feathers overlaid on floral patterned silks and tulle. Designs tease at the anticipation of a reveal without showing too much, through layers that show off the fundamental architecture of a dress.

Both the design and materials speak to La Perla’s 100+ year heritage. Some are deliberately referential to early archive patterns from the turn of the 20th century; and others incorporate lace techniques straight from lacemakers in Calais. While traditional techniques are used, the designs feel fresh and new and feel like proper clothing with a hint of the structure and sensuality of undergarments, but in the most sophisticated way. Metal buckles replace bra straps and shorts are elevated through the clever application of precious tones and embellished embroidery. Part of the success of this collection lies in the muted colour palette, wherein primary blacks are complemented by a range of pink, grey, white and red with blue and nude accents here and there.

by Jessica Quillin