Lots of mystery has surrounded ARKET since it was announced in March as H&M’s new retail brand, then described as a “modern-day market that will offer essential products for men, women, children and home.” ARKET follows the mega-retailer’s previous expansion & Other Stories, which quickly has become a high street favorite for upscale beauty and fashion garments for high-street prices – but with this new brand, H&M seems to be moving specifically into the territory of interiors and homeware. First, a Regent Street location was announced to open in London in autumn 2017 – and now, amazingly, it was revealed this week that ARKET will open their first store in Copenhagen too.
Live from the picturesque Miho Museum outside Kyoto, Japan, Louis Vuitton’s ever-touring cruise collection is ready to show their take on the sartorial future of the best travel life. Central to the 2018 collection, which is designed by chief designer Nicolas Ghesquière, is a collaborative celebration of Japanese fashion maestro Kansaï Yamamoto, who was central in defining avant-garde Japanese fashion in the 70s and and 80s. Yamamoto still lives on today as an understated icon, and his global appreciation is way overdue. Click below to tune in for the full story.
Last night, the famous Hyères Fashion Festival went down in the picturesque French resort of Hyères, celebrating the brightest design talents of the future. Previous alums include Viktor & Rolf, Anthony Vaccarello, Julien Dossena, and Felipe Oliveira Baptista – a bit of a star factory, in other words. This year, the Grand Prize went to Geneva design student and former Balenciaga intern Vanessa Schindler, whose master’s collection “Urethane Pool, Chapitre 2″ skillfully merged traditional textile craftsmanship with liquid polymer, a radical technology that gives off the appearance of dripping honey. As the grand winner, Schindler snatched a €15,000 award, and will also collaborate with Chanel’s Métiers d’Art division on a project to be sold by the brand, worth €10,000 plus royalties. Not the worst graduation prize! The smaller but equally well-regarded Chloé prize went to German designer Gesine Försterling, while Finnish Maria Korkeila. Check out the runner-up designers here, and look out for these names in the future.
We’re usually pretty excited about the annual Met Gala looks, but last night, we couldn’t help but feel deflated. The hyped event marks the opening of the annual fashion exhibition at the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, one of fashion’s most observed institutions that have given us some of the best museum memories in recent years – think last year’s China Through the Looking Glass, or Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty – while the gala opening itself is a well thought-out fundraiser for the museum masterminded by US Vogue Editor and Met Patron Anna Wintour. The red carpet usually attracts clever and creative sartorial responses from celebs to the exhibition in question, and with this year being devoted to the work of Rei Kawakubo, ultimate doyenne of deconstruction and everything avant-garde, and arguably the most important living designer, it could hardly get any better. Or could it? Once again, the world of celebrity showed that style is nothing more than a walking advertising opportunity for brands desperately seeking red carpet credibility. What could have been a ravishing evening of collectively questioning the very nature of fashion and its (mis-)uses, the Met Gala instead – with the couragous exception of Rihanna, Michèle Lamy, Helen Lasichanh, and Tracee Ellis Ross – ended at some odd no-man’s land between the Oscar’s and New York Fashion Week. Not the kind of “in-between state” we were looking for. While the Oscars is not necessarily a bad thing (we did, for example, love Gwyneth Palthrow‘s revival of the iconic baby pink one-shoulder), we still dream of a fashion world who dare to wear the fashion that expands our idea of clothes, instead of calling Carolina Herrera on first impulse. Boycotting our own coverage of the evening’s best looks, here’s instead 10 outfits – sources from the past three seasons of Commes Des Garçons – we wished we had seen last night on the likes of Priyanka, Kim, and Cara. Stylists, take note.
Another remarkable chapter has been added to Louis Vuitton’s love affair with the world of art – a hyped collaboration with American mega-artist Jeff Koons.
Congratulations to the insanely talented and inspiring Edward Enninful OBE who has been appointed editor-in-chief of British Vogue. This marks the first step of a new exciting era for the magazine.
People say that Danish designer, musician, and artist Henrik Vibskov applied to notorious fashion school Central St. Martins because he was in love. We can only thank God that his design career has far exceeded his adolescent crush, as he now figures as the absolute biggest vanguard talent within our native borders. In the past two decades, Vibskov has created over 30 collections for both genders, and has championed the realms of dance, music, theatre, and performance with his idiosyncratic and conceptual vision. His career as an artist has resulted in several solo shows at some of the most established exhibition spaces in the country, and he is the only Scandinavian member of the French Chambre Syndicale de la Mode Masculine. His year-long love affair with Paris will manifest next month in a spectacular retrospective at the Maison du Danemark, as the Danish cultural center gives carte blanche to the visionaire to look back at his practice across all media. From mint forests to boob seas, undoubtedly, it will be an installation cosmological in nature – so don’t miss, should you be in the city of love.
Denim has been a cornerstone of Acne Studio’s rise to success since head designer Jonny Johansson, then but a member of the larger multidisciplinary collective ACNE, created one hundred pairs of raw denim jeans with red stitching and gave them away to friends and family. Acne became synonymous with quality jeans of the 00′s and 10′s, celebrated for their perfect fit, long durability, a subdued marketing – in 2006, the redefined Acne Studio launched as a separate company and label. 11 years later, and a couple of denim trends later, Acne Studios is once again back to define how to wear our indigo, with the launch of Acne Studios Blå Konst.
Jared Leto has come a long way since he obnoxiously roamed Beijing’s Forbidden City as a possessed American emo child in that 30 Seconds to Mars Video – in just a couple of years, he has shown the world an incredible acting range, channeling most memorably the glamorous AIDS-ridden trans woman Rayon in the 2013 feature Dallas Buyer’s Club. Leto is defiantly transgressive in terms of his performance of masculinity, subverting and expanding the image of a “straight Hollywood actor” again and again both on the silver screen and in real life. His romance with fashion and in particular Gucci has been a clear platform for this – in fact, one of our favorite memes concern Leto’s neon green Gucci coat – since Alessandro Michele’s 70s revival at the brand, he has been a frequent face on the front row, and proudly sporting Gucci looks at every red carpet opportunity. Now, this affair has reached a new level, as Michele has cast a groomed Leto in the campaign for their most recent scent, Gucci Guilty Absolute. Designed by world class parfumeur Alberto Morillas, it features leather and wood-like components, and and hints of patchouli – and quite uniquely, has been formulated to keep its odeur in tact on the skin throughout the day – meant to encapsulate quite literally a liberated masculinity, freed from social norms and expectations. Straight back to the Forbidden City.
Gucci Guilty Absolute – DDK 970, 130€