Hermès unveils new Beijing flagship

French Maison Hermès has unveiled a newly transformed flagship store in Beijing’s business district, in the China World Trade Centre. 

The ‘eye-catching façade that beckons from afar’, covers two floors and more than 900 sq m. The 11m-high storefront is said to be ‘a technical feat of engineering and craftsmanship’ cast in undulating, engraved double-glass panels, that ‘evoke a forest of bamboo’.

The store can be accessed both from inside the mall and the street and features the complete Hermès line-up across women’s and men’s fashion, accessories, beauty and home collections.

The interior was created by Parisian architecture agency RDAI as an ‘open plan and fluid layout, awash with a feeling of lightness and tranquillity’. It features ‘nuanced pastels and mineral hues, like celadon and gold, of traditional etchings and paintings’. The murals on the first floor were painted on Chinese wild silk; and the woven bamboo on the second floor was also locally sourced. There are also bespoke design details ‘realised via a tremendous collaborative process with local craftsmen, such as the nuanced terrazzo floors (made of Chinese stone and pebble aggregate), the renowned Faubourg Saint-Honoré mosaics, hand-fashioned furnishings and cabinetry’. 

The first floor houses silks, perfumes and fashion jewellery, plus menswear. There’s also a men’s made-to-measure salon set off to the side for added privacy for higher-spending customers. 

A split staircase, which gives visitors a view of the two levels of the store, is backed by a 3D plaster wall that echoes the façade. It leads to up the larger second floor that houses leather goods, watches and jewellery, home collections and womenswear, plus a private VIP room. 

The Maison said that throughout the space, a “carefully curated selection of art illuminates the relationship between Hermès and China”. The two notable commissioned artworks, are an equestrian-inspired triptych by French artist Jean-Louis Sauvat that sits almost suspended from the wall above the staircase, and an ink drawing by Chinese artist Li Xin in the perfume area.

With a focus on local anchoring and sustainable natural materials, Hermès is developing its environmentally responsible culture through the renovation of its store in the heart of the China World mall in Beijing, which opened on 30 April.


G/F, China World Shopping Mall , No. 1, Jianguomenwai Avenue ,
Beijing, 100004,
China

The new Hermès store in Beijing China World combines artistic heritage and local know-how with the architectural codes of the Hermès Faubourg Saint-Honoré store, in Paris, in order to introduce visitors to the Maison’s métiers. Come into the beautiful world of Hermès.

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New Hermès Harrods Femme store

French Maison Hermès opened a new space dedicated exclusively to the women’s universe inside Harrods, London.

On 12 April 2021, a unique Hermès store dedicated to the women’s universe has opened within Harrods in the heart of London, embracing the spirit of the contemporary Hermès woman. The Harrods Femme store is the third addition to the offering within the luxury department store, where Hermès has been present since 1991. Expressing an optimistic vision and reflecting the house’s creativity, the Harrods Femme store combines original architectural signatures with a modern twist. Offering a new kind of stimulation – one of understated femininity and lasting dedication to craftsmanship.

In London, Hermès is also present on Bond Street, Sloane Street, within the Royal Exchange and at London Selfridges. Come into the beautiful world of Hermès.

Hot off the press: A Show in the News

Read all about it: Spanish fashion house Loewe has presented its Fall/Winter 2021 womenswear collection titled ‘A Show In The News’. In a boundary-breaking (news) attempt to subvert the world of fashion as we know it today, the label’s creative director Jonathan Anderson continues his efforts to create paper-based shows by presenting the new FW21 collection in the most commonly-found media format there is, producing a supplement for newspapers that will feature in ‘Le Figaro’ and ‘Le Monde’ in France, ‘El Mundo’ of Spain, ‘The Times’ of London, ‘The New York Times’, and Japan’s ‘The Asahi Shimbun’.

Originally scheduled to take place today in Paris, the Loewe Fall Winter 2021 women’s runway show has been cancelled. Instead, the latest collection is presented as A Show in the News: a newspaper supplement that has been distributed in the world’s leading news titles.

It’s a response to a show that wasn’t meant to be thanks to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, but that hasn’t halted Anderson’s creativity. Instead, it put a fire under his feet to create something millions will see, emblazoning the supplement with a bold headline reading ‘The Loewe Show Has Been Cancelled’ alongside a Loewe logo for the masthead.

Upon reading your supplement, you’ll find imagery captured by Fumiko Imano that sees Freja Beha Erichsen wearing the latest and greatest designs from Loewe’s FW21 collection. Bright, acrylic tones flood the collection alongside structured graphics, which sees billowing silhouettes become seemingly structured with their use of lines – in short, it’s all very Mondrian, very modern abstract art, and perfect for when you want to feel special when dressing up at home.

Featuring Freja Beha Erichsen and photographed by Fumiko Imano, the presentation is accompanied by an exclusive preview of best-selling author Danielle Steel’s latest novel The Affair.

Standouts from the ‘A Show In The News’ include the lead quilted look. Quilting takes pride of place in the collection, but it’s strongest in the green and white coat that’s fluid yet firm. The shapes (in this and in the entire collection) are curvaceous but structured, and with this coat, the dimensions are only accentuated by the colorful lines cutting through it.

Elsewhere, the Spanish fashion house presents complete contrasts that are still playful. For example, there’s a black riding coat and matching culottes that are decorated with gigantic pink tassels, while an asymmetrical dress is covered in sparkles and glitter for a smattering of glam.

Electricity. The Loewe Fall Winter 2021 women’s runway collection is a bold, visually saturated statement in shape and colour, pumped up to the max.

Rounding out the ‘show’ is the return of Loewe’s Amazona bag, which first released back in 1975. It’s a quintessential Loewe accessory, and this season it appears in Nappa calfskin and anagram jacquard variations that fit perfectly alongside both the vivid and subtle pieces in the collection. Additionally, Anderson has made color-blocked lug-soled boots, pleated buckle and bracelet high heel boots, a new range of Puzzle bags, knotted and twisted bracelets and earrings in sterling silver, and finishes it all off with signature twisted chain elements in gold or rhodium-finished silver.

Free editions of ‘A Show in the News’ will be available at selected Loewe stores worldwide, until stocks last.

Loewe’s ‘A Show In The News’ can be seen in the photo’s above or in the aforementioned newspapers, and will drop in-store and on the fashion house’s website sometime this August. Come into the beautiful world of Loewe

Maite Infantes Torralba crafts Loewe’s Flamenco Clutch

Loewe artisan Maite Infantes Torralba crafts the Flamenco clutch in calfskin leather. Maite, who has been an artisan at the Spanish fashion house’s atelier for 21 years, compares the making of a bag by hand to the intricacies of architectural design.

The nappa we use is a very light leather. Making this bag is a great responsibility because the bag has been at Loewe for many years and has been transformed and modernised over time.

Maite Infantes Torralba

The Loewe Flamenco clutch is available at Loewe and selected stores boutiques worldwide. Come into the beautiful world of Loewe.

Show Off Your (beautiful) Feet With Maison Margiela’s Transparent Tabis

Spring and summer are slowly coming. Lighter clothes are slowly being removed from the closet. And summer clothing also includes summer footwear. When the open shoes, sandals and flip-flops raappear, people start to take more care of their feet. A must! And this summer maybe more then ever!

After dropping its fairly apt surgical adaption of the classic slip-on mule last week, French Margiela now introduces a transparent iteration of its quintessential iconic Tabi shoe. Introduced at the very first show of the Maison, for the Spring-Summer 1989 season, the Tabi shoe takes inspiration from the traditional Japanese split-toe sock, bearing the same name.

A staple of the French fashion house since its first show over 30 years ago, the split-toe look is synonymous with the Maison, having been reworked countless times since. A browse through the Margiela webstore alone draws up a surfeit of Tabi styles, while a recent collaboration with Reebok gave the look an entirely new audience.

Now though, for the first time, the fashion house has used a polyvinyl butyral (PVB) material to craft its all-new fully transparent Tabi lace-ups. Sat on a wide black sole with a comfortable leather footbed, Margiela’s latest release is completed with two eyelets on the medial side of each shoe for added breathability.

Maison Margiela’s Transparent Tabi Lace-Ups are available at Maison Margiela’s boutiques and selected stores worldwide, retailing at €765 (approximately $930 USD), plus the price of a pedicure treatment. Come into the beautiful world of Maison Margiela.

Fight Covid in style with these Tom Ford face masks

Since Covid 19 and the associated social distancing and safety norms are here to stay for a ‘little’ longer, it makes sense for us to upgrade our styles in line with the situation.

Fashion designer Tom Ford is giving us the opportunity to do so with exclusive face masks! Spinning luxury into essentials, the marquee has recently introduced elegant and high-quality face protection that is unparalleled at best. Made in Italy from a smooth and super soft jersey knit fabric, the masks are available in eleven colors.

While not par with medical-grade protection, the Tom Ford masks provide fashion-forward connoisseurs with the liberty to stay shielded with elegance. The luxe covers come with a jacquard Tom Ford logo, a fabric-covered adjustable nose piece, and tonal elastic ear loops.

Tom Ford’s facemasks are available in two sizes: small (length 14.8cm, side length 5cm, width 21cm) and large (length 16cm, side length 5.5cm, width 27cm), the face masks retail at $95 each. Though a bit pricey, there’s no denying the sheer luxury of donning a Tom Ford face mask. After all, who says we can’t fight Covid 19 in style?

They are currently available for sale online as well as in select Tom Ford stores worldwide. Come into the beautiful world of Tom Ford.

Louis Vuitton: Check Out Their New Collaboration With Artist Urs Fischer

When it comes to artist collaborations, no one comes close to Maison Louis Vuitton, having partnered with some of the biggest names from the likes of Jeff Koons, Stephen Sprouse, Takashi Murakami and Yayoi Kusama, just to name a few. The French luxury Maison started the trend of releasing limited-edition capsule collections at the time when it was unheard of, and this January, the French luxury Maison has now tapped on the talents of contemporary visual artist Urs Fischer.

An entire collection encompassing accessories, bags, RTW is now available, with the key highlight being the monogram flowers and LV initials that come in an enlarged format. The artist calls them ‘memory sketches’, drawing the motif completely by hand before giving it a distorted look to create that bold and graphic twist.

Officially, the collection launches on 8 January 2021 worldwide, but several boutiques (including Louis Vuitton Singapore’s online store) have begun pre-sales. Most of the accessories and bags come in Tufted Monogram Canvas, with the pattern applied using an exquisite tuffetage technique to give an almost velvet-like texture. There are also two colour combinations to look out for, Black/Red (black base, red pattern) and White/Black (white base, black pattern), making them visually appealing even from afar.

And should you need help narrowing down the bags, here are 5 must-have pieces to consider. Familiar favourites like the Keepall Bandoulière 45 and Speedy Bandoulière 25 make a fun return in the LVxUF pattern, both coming with a matching shoulder strap for you to sling easily across the body or over the shoulder. There’s also the Onthego GM if you’re on the hunt for something big and roomy, all thanks to the 41 cm by 34 cm size that makes it a perfect weekender for him and her.

Looking for something new and equally exciting? That’s where the LVxUF Cabas comes in, and you will find that it’s essentially a slimmer (and taller) version of the Onthego. Measuring 38 cm by 36.5 cm, this tote is armed with a snap hook closure to keep your belongings secured, along two pairs of top handles (short and long) for hand and shoulder carry respectively. Lastly, the Pochette Accessoires now comes in a slightly reworked format that will allow you to switch the top strap out to an accompanying longer version. You can now wear the Pochette Accessoires across the body (a new format for the PA), giving it an added touch of versatility that’s certainly refreshing to boot.

The Louis Vuitton ‘Urs Fischer’ Collection is available at Louis Vuitton boutiques worldwide. Come into the beautiful world of Louis Vuitton.

Dior Fleurs Bibliques Vertical Book Tote

French Maison Christian Dior knows again how to suprise….. So ladies!! Make haste and head down to your nearest Dior boutique because these vertical totes have finally arrived on our shores. No, these are not China or Japan-exclusives as some of the previous designs were, but rather part of the current Cruise 2021 collection that also includes these vertical totes decorated with an array of flower motifs.

The Dior Book Tote, an original style introduced by Creative Director Maria Grazia Chiuri, has become a staple of the Dior aesthetic. This vertical pink style is entirely embroidered with the multicolor Fleurs Bibliques motif. Adorned with the ‘Christian Dior’ signature, this bag is an excellent example of Dior savoir-faire and can be paired with other Fleurs Bibliques (which translates to ‘biblical flowers’ in English) creations from the collection.

Aside from Mille Fleurs (which will be covered in time to come), there’s the gorgeous Fleurs Bibliques spotted in 3 colour combinations over on the Vertical Book Tote. The intricate pattern features different flowers on different bags, and you will find a blue/purple blooms on the grey, a bold red on the latte (almost white) and finally a purples and greens on the pink tote.

Each bag follows the common theme of Fleurs Bibliques, each special and unique in their very own way, with the vertical format measuring some 26 cm by 20 cm.

The model above is wearing a light pink technical cashmere jacquard sweater with Fleurs Bibliques motif, a technical taffeta jacquard short with multicolor Mille Fleurs motif, and multicolor technical fabric sneakers with Mille Fleurs Print.

The Dior Book Tote is available at Christian Dior Boutiques and selected stores worldwide. You can also opt to have it personalised with your initials (exclusive personalization service available in a selection of boutiques.) over at the back, or just leave it be with the embroidered flowers taking centerstage. Come into the beautiful world of Christian Dior.

Bottega Veneta Has Left Social Media, Deleting Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter

Today, Italian fashion house Bottega Veneta deleted its social media accounts on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. The luxury brand, currently helmed by creative director Daniel Lee, has not made a statement about the reason and duration of their social media blackout, but perhaps they have already laid the groundwork for a more low-key approach.

The fashion house Spring/Summer 2021 Collection was presented before a shortlist of industry leaders and big-name influencers, in contrast to the swath of attendees you typically see lining the runway at fashion week.

Nonetheless, the move to erase social media entirely is quite novel. ‘Business of Fashion’ rightly notes fashion’s growing reliance on social media as a marketing tool and direct line of communication with customers, especially in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic; over the past year, many fashion brands have adapted and expanded their social media strategies to suit the ‘new normal’, even embracing burgeoning platforms like TikTok.

But influencer marketing on social media isn’t without its drawbacks. In 2019, brands were projected to spend $8.5 million USD on influencer marketing alone, but a report that year found that influencer fraud collectively cost brands $1 billion USD – a number that was predicted to swell by 50 percent in 2020. The report also found resulting that a staggering 50 percent of engagement in sponsored content was fake, driven by purchased fake followers and engagement numbers.

Come into the beautiful world of Bottega Veneta.

Hindu Activist Calls Louis Vuitton’s Cowhide Leather Yoga Mat Hugely Insensitive

Meditative stretching takes on a sleek bent with the Louis Vuitton Yoga Mat. But the French Maison has found itself in trouble after upset Hindus called the luxury fashion house for using cowhide leather to construct its recently released Yoga Mat.

Hindu religious statesman, activist and President of Universal Society of Hinduism, Rajan Zed, called the €1600 ($2,390 USD) luxury item ‘highly inappropriate’. Noting that the yoga mat seemed and offending two serious concepts of Hinduism – cows and yoga – and is hugely insensitive to Hindu feelings.

Rajan Zed also highlighted how wrong performing yoga, a profound, sacred and ancient discipline introduced by Hinduism, on a mat made from a killed cow is. “A sacred and long venerated animal of the religion, is a case of ‘religious appropriation’. Marking the Yoga Mat as sacrilege and an item that ridicules serious spiritual practices of an entire community”.

Rajan Zed is calling for Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton (LVMH) CEO Bernard Arnault, Louis Vuitton CEO Michael Burke and Louis Vuitton Executive Vice President Delphine Arnault to issue a formal apology and pull the item as it goes against its the concept of ethical responsibility included in the company’s ‘Acting Responsibly and with Social Awareness’ section of its Code of Conduct.

Louis Vuitton has not yet issued a statement regarding the outrage over its Yoga Mat. Come into the world of Louis Vuitton.