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Gucci Aria: 9 ways Alessandro Michele celebrates Gucci’s centenary in the collection

Just days before Alessandro Michele unveiled Gucci’s latest collection, word of a collaboration with Balenciaga built up buzz for the show. Since the creative director took over the helm in 2015, he has led the house’s renaissance with such a myriad of diverse collaborations – spanning from artists and cartoon characters to storied brands such as Major League Baseball, Paramount, Sega and The North Face – that the question for every new collection is: Who’s next? Partnering a fashion house would be a bold, truly progressive step to move the needle when fashion is opening up to more meetings...

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Jendaya is a new luxury platform focused on Africa

Prada, Givenchy, and Marine Serre are just some of the labels that will be available on this new luxury platform aimed at African consumers, alongside local labels such as Rich Mnisi, AAKS, and Imad Eduso. The launch is scheduled for July 1, by invitation only. Meet the needs of African consumers looking for luxury clothing and highlight designers from the continent: these are the main objectives of the e-commerce platform Jendaya, which will soon offer ready-to-wear pieces, accessories, and luxury beauty products for men and women. A launch that aims to alleviate various problems faced by...

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Livestream: Michael Kors Collection Fall 2021

Livestream: Michael Kors Collection Fall 2021 Michael Kors will be presenting his 40th anniversary collection for Fall/Winter 2021 tomorrow, April 20, at 9pm (Singapore time). Streamed live from New York’s Broadway, the multi-layered digital show is Kors’ tribute the city’s hard-hit theatre district. “When I was starting out at 21, I could never have imagined I’d be here, 40 years later, sharing my collection with the whole world,” says the designer and theatre enthusiast. “I’ve been fortunate to do what I love my whole life, and I want to use this celebration to spotlight another...

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From Hermes to Balenciaga, luxury fashion brands are championing leather alternatives

Luxury fashion has (mostly) sworn off fur, but animal leather might soon be next on the list. That’s thanks to the rise of sustainable leather alternatives that are now being produced from all kinds of substances: pineapple fibres, apple waste, palm leaves and even wine. These materials, which are made to mimic the texture and tensility of animal leather, are also much more appealing than the plastic-based fabrics that the term “vegan leather” used to be limited to. For one, plant-based materials, like plant-based meat, are much more eco-friendly. And, since most of them are produced in labs,...

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Gucci Beloved collection is creative director Alessandro Michele’s tribute to the house’s cherished bag icons

Creative director Alessandro Michele pays tribute to four of the heritage fashion house’s cherished bag icons – Dionysus, GG Marmont, Gucci Horsebit 1955 and Jackie 1961 – with the Gucci Beloved collection. Elevated in precious skins, these expressions distinguished with historic links evolve with a modern spirit in every new collection. The Jackie 1961 mini shoulder bag in ostrich The gold-tone piston hardware illuminates the ever-so-chic hobo with a new mini size and a second strap that offers more ways to wear the bag. The Dionysus top-handle bag in snakeskin A double tiger-head closure,...

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The first Karl Lagerfeld x Amber Valletta collection features cactus leather

The Karl Lagerfeld brand has revealed the fruits of its first collaboration with actress, model and activist Amber Valletta, focusing on a series of ethical and eco-responsible accessories. The cactus, one of several vegan and sustainable alternatives to animal leather, is at the heart of this collection to be discovered exclusively on Karl.com and Zalando. The alternatives to animal and synthetic leather are already numerous and increasing, and the fashion industry seems keen to progressively integrate them into future collections. After mushroom fibers, used by Hermès and Stella McCartney,...

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Spring/Summer 2021: Our editor’s picks of the season’s must-have bags and shoes

Spring/Summer 2021: Our editor’s picks of the season’s must-have bags and shoes Your Spring/Summer 21 plus-ones are the bags and shoes with the highest marks on fashion’s scorecard. Here’s a hit list of six styles that takes you ahead of the curve. The shopper Celine by Hedi Slimane Dior Fendi Givenchy Gucci Hermès (Image: Filippo Fior) Loewe The top-handle Alexander McQueen Bottega Veneta Chanel Fendi Hermès...

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Livestream: Gucci Aria for Fall/Winter 2021

Livestream: Gucci Aria for Fall/Winter 2021 Gucci will be unveiling its Aria collection by creative director Alessandro Michele tonight at 9pm (Singapore time). As with the last season, the house will be presenting its Fall/Winter 2021 range through a short film, which will also mark the brand’s 100th anniversary. Ahead of the debut, Gucci teased the industry with a puzzle book titled GUCCIQUIZ! (see above) that’s filled with themed riddles (see above). Get cracking while you wait for the show to begin via the livestream below: (All images: Gucci)

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Fendi introduces new ‘Basket’ handbags

Fendi introduces new ‘Basket’ handbags For spring/summer 2021, Fendi unveiled new bright and playful handbags made from recycled plastic. Channelling the plastic baskets of the ‘90s, the new bag is designed with one main net-like compartment, finished with gold-coloured hardware and embellished with a tone-on-tone embossed leather Fendi stamp. Acting as part of Silvia Venturini Fendi’s final collection for the house, the basket bags come in two size options and crafted from 100% recycled plastic to keep the brand’s sustainability efforts at helm. The material is directly sourced...

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