Lady Dior Bag by Pietro Ruffo

At Maison Dior, their creations are the result of supreme savoir-faire. Inspired by a young Christian Dior embarking on a journey to foreign lands, artist and longtime collaborator for the French fashion house, Pietro Ruffo, hand drew the eclectic Rêve d’Infini motif.

Discover the Dior Savoir Faire behind the Lady Dior Bag from the ‘Dior Cruise’ 2023 collection by Maria Grazia Chiuri that features this motif in a relief design, having it embossed into the supple material. This three-dimensional technique is unique to the handmade bag, and truly encapsulates the wonderment of the design.

The ‘Dior Cruise’ Lady Dior Bag is available at Dior boutiques worldwide. Come into the beautiful world of Christian Dior.

If you have a designer pet with attitude, Balenciaga has the dog bowl for you

Balenciaga Objects, home of the Haute Couture water bottle, is back with another collection of insanely luxe collectibles including homeware, pet accessories, and over-the-top tchotchkes. A fuzzy pink dog bed, an insulated lunchbox, a bench, and a doormat all feature in the latest drop. The bumper collection, available now, almost has too many things to mention – but rest assured, there’s something for everyone.

Expect to find everyday items, such as soap, lunch boxes, vases, pillows, scented tags, coffee cups, and champagne flutes, alongside special-edition pieces in the form of a furniture collaboration with Tejo Remy and a sculpture series iconizing the Triple S sneaker, Knife Pump, and Barbes Tote.

For the glassware, the brand’s bootleg take on another famous logo is etched onto gold or silver-rimmed wine and champagne glasses, and corresponding coaster sets. Bedding is emblazoned with the Balenciaga Hotel & Resorts artwork, which is repeated across a doormat, towels, and tableware crafted in collaboration with renowed porcelain maker Ginori 1735, which, like Balenciaga, is owned by French fashion group Kering.

Not only are the humans able to dine off Balenciaga dinnerware, though – the bowl of man’s best friend’s has got a serious upgrade. In fact, pets are set to benefit greatly from the collection. The French Maison is offering a harness, collar complete with a personalized tag and a yellow leash resembling a tailor’s measuring tape. A plush heart-shaped pink dog bed with a matching blanket brings to mind Bruiser Woods from the ‘Legally Blonde’ films.

If you have a designer pet with attitude, Balenciaga has the dog bowl for you.

A seasonal addition comes in the form of Christmas decorations, which see baubles shaped like iconic Balenciaga pieces. Elsewhere, a yoga mat, a jersey pillowcase made from upcycled T-shirts, a travel pillow, and a rabbit-shaped incense burner with Balenciaga-scented cones feature.

From November 21, selected Balenciaga boutiques will offer a custom gift-wrapping service with personalized silver ribbons. To capture the ‘Balenciaga Gift Shop campaign’, the French fashion house enlisted the skills of documentary photographer Gabriele Galimberti, who often uses his camera to capture “expansive portraits of everyday eccentricities”. Take a look through the collection above, and for more design – check out the latest from Tekla, which just launched its holiday collection in time for the festive period.

Come into the beautiful world of Balenciaga.

Inside The Brooklyn Museum’s ‘Thierry Mugler: Couturissime’ Exhibition

Photo’s by Danny Perez, Courtesy Brooklyn Museum

The past isn’t just the present, but it is also very much the future at the Brooklyn Museum’s new exhibition ‘Thierry Mugler: Couturissime’.

That message rang loud and clear, during a walk-through Monday morning with the museum’s senior curator of fashion and material culture Matthew Yokobosky, Mugler creative director Casey Cadwallader, and the head of the Mugler archives, Marion Bourdée. Enthralling and forward-thinking as the show is, it also will sound a knell, as Manfred Thierry Mugler died unexpectedly in January at the age of 73. The Brooklyn exhibition will be the final stop in a five-city tour.

First shown at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, then in Germany, the Netherlands and France, the traveling ‘Thierry Mugler: Couturissime’ exhibition has officially landed at its final destination: New York City’s Brooklyn Museum. There, exhibition curator Thierry-Maxime Loriot and the museum’s senior curator of fashion Matthew Yokobosky have adapted the limitless, historical showcase for New York’s fashion crowd, now on view from November 18, 2022, to May 7, 2023.

Spanning Haute Couture designs and unpublished archives, the exhibition houses more than 100 looks (most of which are on view for the first time) along with accessories, videos, photographs, sketches and fragrances that define Thierry Mugler’s unequivocal stamp on fashion. It’s the first retrospective to explore the French designer’s imaginative, no-holds-barred universe — a daring world that he first began curating in the 1970s.

Originally a dancer for the Ballet de l’Ópera national du Rhin, Mugler had an intimate understanding of the human form, one that proved pivotal in the creation of his legacy-defining silhouettes. In the ’70s, the designer coined his clientele ‘glamazon’ (a conflation of ‘glamour’ and ‘Amazon’), a fashionable, modern woman whose style had elevated since the hippie codes of the ’60s. Throughout his career,

Mugler’s penchant for risk-taking, be it through boundary-pushing silhouettes or unlikely fabrics (think glass, PVC, vinyl, latex and chrome), set a new tone in fashion via stylized provocation, fembot couture and rewritten codes. In the ’80s and ’90s, he spearheaded the renaissance of haute couture with thought-provoking collections and theatrical presentations, which, to this day, continue to impact fashion’s landscape.

The exhibition champions Mugler’s industry-altering portfolio by theme, separating the designer’s interests into rooms dedicated to fantasy, glamour, science fiction, eroticism and the natural world. In the Brooklyn Museum’s Morris A. and Meyer Schapiro Wing and Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Gallery, the showcase begins with a life-size hologram of Mugler’s designs for a theatrical production of ‘La Tragédie de Macbeth’, presented by the Comédie-Française at the 1985 Festival d’Avignon. To the left, there’s a wall filled with sketches for the play; and on the right, enlarged text chronicles Mugler’s journey over five decades.

In the following corridors, the visionary’s designs claim the spotlight, lined against the wall in sartorial coordination. Upon entrance, Mugler’s FW95 Venus dress, which Cardi B wore to the 61st Grammy Awards in 2019, attracts the eye at first glance. Next to it, Mugler’s Haute Couture FW97 embroidered velvet pagoda jacket and baroque basques Muslin-crested skirt become acquainted with a FW95 fitted, velvet evening coat with crystal and feather embellishments.

A fashion visionary, Mugler established himself as one of the most daring and innovative designers of the late twentieth century. His bold silhouettes and unorthodox techniques and materials—including glass, Plexiglas, vinyl, latex, and chrome—made their mark on fashion history.

In galleries designed by Berlin artist Philipp Fürhofer, Mugler’s futuristic silhouettes, inspired by science fiction and comic-book superheroines, medieval armor and uniforms, appear in battle-ready legions. He collaborated with Jean-Pierre Delcros and Jean-Jacques Urcun to create robotic humans, which wear FW95 metal and Plexiglas full-body catsuits and FW89 bustiers with ‘radiator grille’ and ‘headlight’ adornments at the showcase. A standout, the designer’s prized creation, ‘Maschinenmensch’, which debuted in 1995 during his 20th-anniversary show, reflects a full armor suit that took six months to produce.

In the foreground of natural scenes, the ‘Metamorphosis’ gallery highlights adventurous silhouettes from Mugler’s ‘Les Insectes’ and ‘La Chimère’ collections from 1997-98. Front and center, the exhibition spotlights a black velvet sheath and train adorned with feathered butterfly wings and a dress donning iridescent scales with crystal embroidery. In the left corner, the designer’s Haute Couture FW99 ‘Méduse de bal’ gown stands confidently, with coated and pleated organza bodice and double crinoline; and on the opposite side, there’s an Haute Couture SS97 catsuit and velvet satin cape, worn by Kylie Jenner during the exhibition’s opening.

In the 1970s, Mugler defined trends with his acclaimed ‘glamazon’, a chic, modern woman whose style evolved from the hippie fashions of the 1960s. In the 1980s and ’90s, Mugler galvanized the renaissance of haute couture through his provocative collections and theatrical fashion shows, which involved grandiose locations and the era’s most iconic models.

Elsewhere, there’s a gallery dedicated to Mugler’s iconic fragrances, with a new section honoring the 30th anniversary of the Maison’s Angel scent. (Notably, the fragrance’s inclusion of ethyl maltol, a sweetening food compound, single-handedly launched a new perfume category: gourmand.) ‘Couturissime’ also traverses Mugler’s iconic fashion photography, showcasing works by artists and collaborators including Lillian Bassman, Guy Bourdin, David LaChapelle, Karl Lagerfeld, Sarah Moon, Pierreet Gilles, Herb Ritts and Ellen von Unwerth. Naturally, the exhibition dedicates a sizable portion to Mugler’s lifelong collaborations with photographer Helmut Newton, specifically with 23 works on view.

“The constant innovations, inventions, and avant-garde architectural silhouettes in the work of Mugler have marked an era”, said Loriot. “His singular style found a place in the history of fashion that still has a powerful influence on today’s generation of couturiers, not only because of its designs but also because of the strong message of inclusivity, diversity, and empowerment in his body of work”.

Casey Cadwallader, creative director of Mugler, added, “I’m so excited to bring ‘Couturissime’ to Brooklyn. The exhibition is a vibrant journey through Manfred Thierry Mugler’s vision and legacy. A true creative running in his own lane, everything he touched, from silhouettes and craft to casting and fragrance, was different. He was always true to himself because it was the only way he knew how to be”.

The exhibition features over one hundred outfits ranging from haute couture pieces to stage costumes, alongside custom accessories, sketches, videos, images by leading fashion photographers, and spectacular installations that mirror Mugler’s futuristic approach. The Brooklyn Museum’s presentation also introduces an expanded section dedicated to fragrance, centered on Mugler’s trailblazing scent Angel. ‘Thierry Mugler: Couturissime’ is an opportunity to discover and rediscover the fantastical work of this multidisciplinary artist, who revolutionized the world of fashion.

Thierry Mugler: Couturissime
November 18, 2022 – May 7, 2023
Morris A. and Meyer Schapiro Wing and Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Gallery, 5th Floor

Come into the beautiful world of Thierry Mugler. Tickets for The Brooklyn Museum’s ‘Thierry Mugler: Couturissime exhibition’ can be reserved on the museum’s website

DefenAge Skincare Announces Men’s Skin Provision System Specifically Formulated for Men

Products of American company DefenAge, founded in 2014 by a team of regenerative medicine experts whose anti-aging discovery became the heart and soul of its formulas, are widely recommended by dermatologists as a high-performing, anti-aging cosmetic skincare for visible skin rejuvenation and as a safe alternative for retinol. Today the manufacturer and distributor of the revolutionary, evidence-based, anti-aging products, launches its first skincare system developed for men.

Evolved from the DefenAge Men’s Skincare Kit, the brand’s highly successful and popular skincare set for men, the new Men’s Skin Provision is further tailored directly to men’s unique needs and expectations for skincare products.

The Next Generation of Men’s Skincare

The Men’s Skin Provision set is centered around the regenerative power of DefenAge’s proprietary Defensin-molecules, which naturally refresh and renew skin (US Patent No. 11,491,096). This scientifically-proven technology is an effective solution for daily skin maintenance, as it promotes healthy skin that looks fresh, energized, and young.

The simple-to-use two-step system contains a face cleanser and moisturizer. Through an innovative formulation, DefenAge discovered a way to make the new moisturizer, 24/7 Barrier Balance Cream – Men’s Formula, just as effective as DefenAge’s award-winning, clinically proven multi-step system, cutting down on time and steps and creating a more simple and efficient system for men. Formulated for men, the innovative moisturizer received an advanced inflammation-controlling system for smoothing and calming, as well as an upgraded super-charged moisturization complex. It also contains barrier protection ingredients, antioxidants, vitamins, and vital nutrients for skin.

We conducted significant market research about what is most important to our male-identifying customers and heard what they had to say about our Men’s Skincare Kit. Overwhelmingly, we found that men seek simplicity, value, and efficiency in their skincare. We discovered a way to deliver this without compromising efficacy.Nikolay TurovetsDefenAge’s CEO

The Men’s Skin Provision is priced below $100 for a month’s supply of cleanser and moisturizer.

Additionally, DefenAge developed a Men’s Skin Booster to jump start the skin for high-performance use once or twice a year. This system contains a full size DefenAge 1-Step-Mult-Cleanse and 24/7 Barrier Balance Cream – Men’s Formula, plus a ‘booster’ of the Defensins-packed 8-in-1 BioSerum and exfoliating 2-Minute Reveal Masque to optimize skin regeneration and cell turnover. The Men’s Skin Booster concept was developed after multi-year observations and clinical studies proved that this extra dose of Defensin-molecules promotes new skin, ‘boosting’ the skin to repopulate with fresh cells when done at least annually. This combination produces outstanding benefits for the look and appearance of the skin and overall visible skin health.

Find the Men’s Skincare Provision on defenage.com for a $98 month supply of cleanser and moisturizer. The Men’s Skin Booster retails for $134. The products will also be available in a professional formulation (Pro Exclusive Platinum Edition) through select dermatology and plastic surgeon offices, and med spas.

Nosotros Tequila Releases First-Ever Tequila Aged in Cider Barrels

In the spirit of the Season of Change, Nosotros Tequila and Mezcal releases its Cider Añejo, the first-ever tequila aged in wet cider barrels, just a few months after launching its Madera line. This limited release was created in collaboration with 2 Towns Ciderhouse.

2 Towns Ciderhouse used former Woodford Reserve Whiskey barrels to create their ‘Bad Apple’ cider batch. These barrels were then moved to Mexico by Nosotros for the first step in aging this cider añejo. Nosotros Blanco was aged for 20 months using a single barrel aging process, to create the first-ever tequila aged in wet cider barrels.

Nosotros describes this añejo as “Rich and smooth, with a candied complexion, featuring a one-of-a-kind tasting profile and production process. The experience of this añejo is a unique blend of cooked agave and warm apple, along with spicy sandalwood and nutty almond scents”.

“My cousin is the Head Cidermaker at 2 Towns Ciderhouse, which sparked this idea,” shared Michael Arbanas, Nosotros Co-Founder. “When developing our Madera Collection, it is important for us to maintain Nosotros’ additive free process while creating unique products, and this was the perfect way to do something that has never been done in our category”, continued Carlos Soto, Nosotros Founder and CEO. “We are excited that that we now get to share this perfect Autumn spirit”, finished Arbanas.

“It is so cool to be working with Nosotros on the cutting edge of innovation” said David Takush, Head Cidermaker for 2 Towns Ciderhouse in Oregon. “Their creativity and dedication to excellence really shines through in this collaboration. I was truly amazed at my first taste of this añejo out of the barrel”.

With only 1,500 individually numbered bottles, do not miss out on this once in a lifetime product, sold on the Nosotros website and in a limited number of partners in our distribution markets.

About Nosotros

Founded in 2017, Nosotros became the winner of the San Francisco World Spirit Competition, claiming the ‘World’s Best Tasting Tequila’ title a few months after joining the marketplace with Nosotros Blanco. Since then, Nosotros has launched Nosotros Reposado, Nosotros Mezcal (Espadín y Tobalá), and its Nosotros Madera Collection. For more information, please visit Nosotros Tequila and Mezcal and @nosotros.

Balenciaga Leaves Twitter

French fashion house Balenciaga has officially left Twitter following Elon Musk’s acquisition. The luxury brand’s decision to exit the social media platform comes after several major brands like General Motors and Dyson have suspended their ad campaigns on Twitter and celebrities like Gigi Hadid left the platform as well.

Since the acquisition in late October, Elon Musk’s strategic decisions and implementation plans have caused stakeholders and users alike to be concerned. Musk had initially expressed plans and has gone through with a mass layoff when he stepped into his role as CEO. He also plans to focus much of his efforts to promoting free speech, all while minimizing content moderation on the website.

Business of Fashion reports that over the years, fashion companies have relied less and less on Twitter to create online buzz. However, Kering-owned Balenciaga has garnered much discussion with its latest Demna-led collections including the $1,790 USD leather trash bags and $950 USD Crocs.

It remains to be seen if other luxury brands will follow suit.

Estée Lauder Acquires Tom Ford for $2.8 Billion USD

Estée Lauder is officially concluding its deal to acquire Tom Ford. The beauty conglomerate is expected to tap other partners to help with the fashion and accessories side.

The Wall Street Journal was first to report the completion of the deal. While New York-based Estée Lauder Cos. is the main buyer, they will involve additional partners to help the beauty brand to understand the workings to enter into the competitive luxury fashion and accessories space. Earlier this month, Business of Fashion reported that Tom Ford is worth around $3 billion USD.

It was also recently reported that Estée Lauder was competing with French luxury conglomerate Kering. Ford’s former employer. In 2004, Ford and his business partner Domenico De Sole parted ways and in 2005, the Tom Ford brand launched as Estée Lauder’s official beauty partner. Now, owning Tom Ford will drive greater profits for the group as Tom For sits on prestigious makeup and fragrance categories, growing 18% and 13% respectively during the second quarter of 2022.

It is unclear if this new deal will allow the Tom Ford brand to continue to expand into the womenswear collection and if Tom Ford himself will continue to be the brand’s creative director. Come into the beautiful world of Tom Ford.

Clarins Introduces T.R.U.S.T., A Platform Using Blockchain Technology To Provide Transparency On Ingredient Traceability And Product Manufacturing

Following its ethical and sustainable commitments, Clarins takes one step further in consumer transparency by launching T.R.U.S.T., a one of-a-kind platform base on blockchain technology to share full traceability of the ingredients that go into product formulas as well as the manufacturing process. Starting today with the latest product batch numbers, anyone has access to:

  • All steps in the product manufacturing process – including quality and safety controls, where and the product has been formulated and packed.
  • Exhaustive information regarding plant-based ingredients – including geographical origin, harvesting method and Clarins sourcing certifications.
  • Behind the Clarins expertise – via visuals and testimonies from our factory, laboratories, and overall facilities in Pontoise (France).

To make T.R.U.S.T. possible, Clarins uses the blockchain technology to ensure safety and transparency of the process. The blockchain technology is used to store and transmit information in the safest way possible as it does not have a centralized control system. It forms a database that records secured exchanges between different users (suppliers, producers) and once a piece of information is entered in the system, the blockchain technology certifies their authenticity, without allowing anything to be modified.

Clarins T.R.U.S.T. is an ongoing initiative and while not all products and ingredients are available yet, the list is growing every day for total transparency. 30 products and 40 plant extracts can now be found, and there will be close to 100 by the end of 2023.

By simply entering a product batch code on Clarins T.R.U.S.T. platform, anyone can have access to the manufacturing process and discover the origins of its plant ingredients: https://traceability.trust.clarins.com/en_US

About Clarins

Founded in a professional Parisian beauty institute by Jacques Courtin-Clarins in 1954, Clarins has become the #1 prestige skincare brand in Europe. More than 65 years later, the brand remains family-owned and is distributed in more than 140 countries – offering skincare innovations for face and body, men’s and makeup. With unique expertise in Phyto-chemistry, Clarins Laboratories are considered pioneers in the fields of plant science and technology.

The Maison values are rooted in an ongoing dialogue with women (and men), an abiding respect for nature and people, and commitments to sustainable sourcing, including Le Domaine Clarins – their organic farm and open-air laboratory in the French Alps. Clarins is accelerating its sustainable actions to become a Certified B Corporation by 2023. Currently carbon neutral the company will further reduce its carbon footprint by 30% and become 100% plastic neutral using 100% recyclable packaging by 2025. Partners include: Pur Projet – over 618,000 trees planted to date, Plastic Odyssey – a three-year expedition across three continents, 30 stopovers to fight against plastic pollution, and FEED — over 38 million school meals provided to children in need by the end of 2022.

Come into the beautiful world of Clarins.

Watch the Trailer for ‘Lamborghini: The Man Behind The Legend’

Lionsgate recently released the first official trailer for ‘Lamborghini: The Man Behind The Legend’. ‘Based on the incredible true story’ of Automobili Lamborghini founder Ferruccio Lamborghini, the upcoming film chronicles “the long life of the iconic entrepreneur, from the manufacturing of tractors at the start of his career, to creating military vehicles during World War II, and then on to designing and building the Lamborghini cars that ultimately defined his profound legacy”.

Set against the backdrop of post-war Italy, this story mirrors the complex transformation of his homeland. From Lamborghini’s modest beginnings building tractors to the infamous rivalry he shared with Enzo Ferrari, his unparalleled genius made him a true icon in the automobile industry. However, his passions also ignited emotional turmoil in his personal life, which was full of both romance and tragedy. Told through a tightly constructed narrative style and imaginative visual design, ‘Lamborghini – The Legend is the true story of the man behind the machine’.

‘Lamborghini: The Man Behind The Legend’ stars Frank Grillo as Ferruccio Lamborghini, with Mira Sorvino, Eliana Jones, Francesca De Martini, Luca Riemma, Giorgio Cantarini, and Gabriel Byrne as his rival Enzo Ferrari. Written and directed by Bobby Moresco, a great focus is placed on Ferruccio’s rivalry with Enzo but a striking throughline throughout the project is the Lamborghini founder’s pursuit of unwavering perfection.

Watch the trailer for ‘Lamborghini: The Man Behind The Legend’ set to release in select theaters nationwide and on VOD November 18.

Sally Beauty Introduces bondbar: Bond Repair for All Hair Types

Bondbar 4-Step System for Your Healthiest, Happiest Hair

Sally Beauty, the destination for pro-quality hair color and care, is proud to launch bondbar — a new line of pro-quality bonding technology products for all hair types and textures. Born from the company’s vast knowledge and deep passion for hair, the line includes a four-step, accessibly priced system that bridges the gap in care for damaged hair.

Key industry trends have propelled the demand for powerful hair repair solutions that the beauty retailer couldn’t ignore.

Over the last few years, we’ve witnessed a remarkable increase in DIY styling and hair color, from vibrant to natural shades. Customers are taking beauty into their own hands. However, frequent coloring and the use of heat can lead to damage. That’s why we see our customers take a more skincare-based approach to hair care. They want their hair to feel and be healthy — not just appear healthy.

Steve Chattin, Vice President of Global Product Development at Sally Beauty.

Bonding technology is booming within the industry, but the category tends to be premium priced. As an industry leader, Sally Beauty knows this space and developed bondbar at an accessible price. This intentional move was to meet the needs of the hair-conscious consumer who is looking for both quality and value.

Bondbar’s quality is evident in its performance, which is a unique point of difference. When all four bondbar products are used as a system, the regimen promises up to 70% reduced breakage during combing and up to 90% improvement in wet detangling. Bondbar is cruelty-free, vegan, SLS/SLES free, paraben-free, and phthalate free. “It was crucial for us to deliver a product that truly delivers on its promise to strengthen and repair damaged hair at an accessible price point,” said Chattin. Additionally, each bottle is also recyclable and sustainable.

The current lineup features four quality products that can be used as a complete system based on individual needs:  

  • #3 Bonding Pre-Shampoo: apply the hair treatment to damp hair allowing it to sit for at least 10 minutes before rinsing. This product helps reduce breakage and generate new bonds for stronger hair.
  • #4 Bonding Shampoo: strengthens and hydrates damaged hair while preventing flyaways and frizz.
  • #5 Bonding Conditioner: improves manageability and prevents the formation of split ends.
  • #6 Bonding Styling Cream: the leave-in styling cream strengthens and moisturizes while reducing frizz for up to 72 hours.

“We are proud to launch bondbar. Hair damage is something that everyone experiences, so delivering a high-quality, accessibly priced product with clinically proven performance was key,” said Maryann Herskowitz, Group Vice President of Merchandising at Sally Beauty.

Learn more about bondbar and shop the complete system at SallyBeauty.com and Sally Beauty stores.

About Sally Beauty Holdings, Inc.

Sally Beauty Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: SBH), as the leader in professional hair color, sells and distributes professional beauty supplies globally through its Sally Beauty Supply and Beauty Systems Group businesses. Sally Beauty Supply stores offer up to 7,000 products for hair color, hair care, nails, and skin care through proprietary brands such as Ion®, Generic Value Products®, Beyond the Zone® and Silk Elements® as well as professional lines such as Wella®, Clairol®, OPI®, Conair® and L’Oreal®. Beauty Systems Group stores, branded as CosmoProf® or Armstrong McCall® stores, along with its outside sales consultants, sell up to 10,000 professionally branded products including Paul Mitchell®, Wella®, Matrix®, Schwarzkopf®, Kenra®, Goldwell®, Joico® and Olaplex®, intended for use in salons and for resale by salons to retail consumers.