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.

Repair your Hermès

A creator, artisan and seller of high-quality objects since 1837, Hermès is an independent, family-owned French house that employs more than 15,000 people worldwide. Driven by its permanent entrepreneurial spirit and consistently high standards, Hermès cultivates the freedom and autonomy of each individual through responsible management.

The company perpetuates the transmission of exceptional know-how through strong territorial presence that respects people and nature, a source of exceptional materials.

A Hermès object is designed to stand the test of time. It can be maintained, repaired, or restored, by expert craftsmen trained in our workshops. Its longevity allows it to be passed on from one generation to the next.

Repaired objects are loved objects. The 311 Hermès boutiques across the world receive about 100,000 intervention requests each year. For maintenance work or a simple repair, the object is sent to a local workshop in a dozen cities in Europe, Asia, and the United States.

For a refurbishment that is more delicate, or one that requires more specific intervention, objects pass into the expert hands of the Maison’s artisan-repairers in Paris who put their all know-how and dexterity into meeting every request.

Discover Hermès’ values and their unique relationship to sustainable development on their website, or contact your nearest Hermès boutique. Come into the beautiful world of Hermès.

Louis Vuitton Monogram Shadow Duo Messenger

French Maison Louis Vuitton has launched a new Duo Messenger. In full leather (well, Monogram Shadow leather, to be precise), the highly versatile series of bags (or multi-pouches, if you prefer) has become instant hits for the simple fact that they are functional, stylish, and carry that magical ability to be worn by both genders.

The new Duo Messenger comes in Monogram Shadow, a grained black leather that’s subtly embossed with the brand’s iconic monogram pattern. Completing the ‘tone-on-tone’ look would be the accompanying purse and complementary jacquard shoulder strap, as well as black metallic hardware that makes it a so-black piece. Unlike its older sibling, the Duo Messenger comes with just one roomy pouch that measures 26 cm by 18.5 cm.

The Louis Vuitton Monogram Shadow Duo Messenger is available at Louis Vuitton Boutiques worldwide. Come into the beautiful world of Louis Vuitton.