For the Fall 2022 Dior Men’s Collection, artistic director of menswear Kim Jones draws inspiration from an epochal figure, the author Jack Kerouac – a man who shifted writing as seismically as Christian Dior changed fashion.
Kerouac’s second Novel, ‘On the Road’, is widely agreed to be the defining work of the beat generation. published in 1957, the year of Christian Dior’s passing, it marked a new era for his métier, just as Dior’s debut ten years earlier had, in turn, for his.... Read More
The body, that of women in particular, is both a matter of fact and a cultural construct, of which beauty canons change over time, imposing now tense verticality, now soft horizontality, celebrating certain parts of the anatomy over others. In the system of Haute Couture this drive to idealization materializes in the body of the house model, on which everything is designed and built, becoming real while remaining an abstraction.
Driven by the urgency of rethinking the rituals and... Read More
By definition, haute couture is handmade, from start to finish. The labor-intensive process is hidden in the details, and to the untrained eye, all there is to see is exquisite runway plastered with detailed embroidery, fancy embellishments, and expertise in textile manipulation. But what we rarely think about is the time that goes into it. These made-to-measure designer items are akin to art, and many belong in a museum. For Dior’s spring-summer 2022 haute couture collection, sometimes it... Read More
Time stands still – a wave of consciousness overcomes you like the rising tide over a vast stretch of glistening sand. In a rush, like an undulation of emotions, the ripples of the waves crash creating a beautiful chaos, as the golden shores glimmer in the sunlight. A wild torrent of feelings, layers becoming undone – swept away with a serene calmness, into the now.
Barefoot on mid-August’s burnt grass, to the touch of softening leather car seats of a drop-top vintage convertible... Read More
The stars were out in more ways than one at Gucci’s Spring/Summer 2022 ready-to-wear show, set upon the iconic Hollywood Walk of Fame and TCL Chinese Theater on Hollywood Boulevard. — The place where stars like Marilyn Monroe, Lucille Ball, Clark Gable, and Judy Garland are immortalized with cemented handprints – Alessandro Michele hosted a bevy of A-listers, fashion insiders, and influencers to enjoy his “Love Parade,” which essentially paid homage to some of the people who made Hollywood,... Read More
Glenn Martens unveils his vision of Gaultier haute couture – the second designer to do so, after Chitose Abe of Sacai last season – Martens was doing what he does so well: exuding grace and humor under pressure. And make no mistake, the pressure is indeed on. “Apparently, with couture, you finish it the minute before it goes on the runway,” Martens said, with a laugh. “So, we are a bit stressed, but not for the first time.”
One of the looks he was furiously working on, viewed courtesy... Read More
It's finally here: Matthew M. Williams official runway debut for Givenchy. After having to debut and show the past few collections under remote settings, the Givenchy spring/summer 2022 runway show was the first full taste of a Williams production, complete with a live audience. And it was hardly a disappointment.
Young Thug provided the music to the entire show – a mix of previously unreleased tracks as well as songs from his upcoming album – while artist Josh Smith helped amp up the... Read More
As reticent as Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren are, they indubitably know something that the rest of us don’t or they frame the expected in ways that make us reconsider it. That is certainly the case with their latest collection, which at first glance, might seem to tread familiar ground, with coat shapes resembling those from their Russian doll collection for fall 1999, and slogan sashes from spring 2019. The pair carried over their interest in jeweled embellishments here, though in... Read More
Spring 2022 is a renewal and return to (night)life, rewriting cyberpunk codes for a Stella woman living in the moment and conscious of tomorrow. Taking cues from ‘Y is for Youth’ from the McCartney A to Z Manifesto, the collection harmonises the nostalgic with the futuristic – connecting Y2K music subcultures to the digital generation of today and hacking into the experimental edge of ravers and club kids. It is an elevated yet effortless wardrobe blending innovative materials, technical... Read More
No need “to celebrate the excellence”, as there’s no such thing as perfection. Although there’s indeed very important research related to artificial intelligence, new technologies in general which became a part of fashion, shown by models. Dolce & Gabbana and the Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT) in this Fall Winter 2021-2022 show brought up research in the technological field and its infinite applications, fashion included.
The multifunctional humanoid robots iCub and R1 (... Read More