An Unforgettable Accessory: Loewe’s Elephant Bag

Spanisch fashion house Loewe, led by Jonathan Anderson, is always here to make you smile, constantly delivering quirky renditions of simplistic silhouettes. In recent memory, the luxury label has provided mouth-watering doughnut sets, crystal-crusted reflective tees, and sinkhole-plunged Cubi and Amazon 15 bags taken from its Fall/Winter offering.

Now, Loewe morphs its Spring/Summer 2023 leather goods into loving elephants for its latest seasonal delivery. The accessory arrives in ‘Tan’, ”Black’, Ásphalt Grey’, and ‘Cyan’, handmade from high-quality calfskin leather for a premium look. Much like the one seen in the fashion house Fall/Winter Collection, the bag is folded into a cute elephant shape, representing the land mammal with miniature eyes, flapping ears, and a dangling trunk.

The bag features dual handles up top for easy access, while detachable leather straps allow for multiple styling options. Herringbone cotton canvas lining and interior zippers complete the design in style.

The Loewe SS23 large elephant bag is available at Loewe Boutiques worldwide, an online now via Loewe’s website for $2,450 USD. Come into the beautiful world of Loewe.

Louis Vuitton x Yayoi Kusama Animations Take Over Giant Billboard in Tokyo

Boundless abstractions. Revealing animated motifs from inside a polka-dotted Louis Vuitton trunk, Yayoi Kusama (she’s about 93-years-old and more famous than ever!) invites you into her magical world that unravels from the Shinjuku building in Tokyo.

After early shots from onlookers were teased last week, we now get a closer look at the Louis Vuitton x Yavoi Kusama animations currently on view at Tokyo’s giant Cross Shinjuki Vision billboard. The massive French Maison’s 3D anamorphic display starts with a polka-dotted Louis Vuitton Damier trunk which opens up to reveal three of Kusama’s iconic pumpkins. The yellow one, famously installed on the art island of Naoshima, is worn by the artist as a helmet as she’s seen peering over the ledge. The animations then pivot to visuals of shimmering orbs from her ‘Narcissus Garden’ artwork and other polka-dotted LV objects.

Ten years after a first collaboration, Yayoi Kusama’s symbolic objects, hypnotic motifs, and imaginings of infinity take over the Maison’s own emblems, creating magical objects that transcend time and space. First revealed on the Cruise 2023 runway, this year’s collaboration brings not only the artist’s signature dots to the Monogram canvas, but also explores a wide range of recurring themes.

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The Louis Vuitton x Yavoi Kusama display is set to run at the billboard outside of Shinjuku station’s east exit until December 7 and the collaboration is set to launch in January 2023. More information can be found on Louis Vuitton’s spectial interactive site.

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

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.

Balenciaga Launches Official Re-Sell Program

Photo by Daniel Lee

Reduce, recycle, resell. Balenciaga has partnered with Reflaunt to assist in the re-selling of your pre-loved Balenciaga pieces, enabling you to become part of the circular fashion revolution.

As the consequences of mass consumption continue to be realized, companies have doubled down on sustainability efforts. One such brand that has expanded its practices for reducing environmental impact is iconic Maison Balenciaga. By investing funds into carbon removal projects, sponsoring agroforestry projects across the world with each ecommerce purchase and integrating other sustainably minded initiatives, the French maison has continued its mission of becoming a fully sustainable company. Embracing the increasing popularity of the secondhand market, Balenciaga has now officially introduced its Re-Sell Program, an initiative that backs the company’s commitment to the environment.

The Re-Sell Program involves customers dropping off items at select Balenciaga stores or having them picked up for documentation, authentication, professional photography, pricing and listing. To assist in the listing process, Reflaunt’s worldwide network of over 25 secondary marketplaces is used. Once sold, the seller is compensated in either monetary or Balenciaga credit value. When opting for a Balenciaga voucher, the payout value is 20% greater than it would be in cash, incentivizing the circular process.

Starting today, products can be dropped off at participating Balenciaga stores or collected via a scheduled service. The Balenciaga Re-sell Program is currently available in France, Italy, the UK, the US, and Singapore. Find the list of participating Balenciaga stores here. Come into the beautiful world of Balenciaga.

Dior Opens Men’s Winter 2022 Pop-Up Boutique at Rodeo Drive

Following the Maison’s menswear Winter 2022 Collection debut in January of this year, the French Maison Dior has now opened a respective pop-up store in Los Angeles.

Located on Beverly Hill’s infamous Rodeo Drive (where else), the boutique offers another look at Kim Jones’ refined collection that was filled with asymmetrical closure pants, elevated overcoats, exquisite wrap and double-breasted blazers, relaxed yet refined pants and more.

Whether it be a light gray wool overcoat or a waist-hugging blazer, tailoring was Jones’ exhibition of beauty. Alongside ready-to-wear garments, the show also featured Dior’s now popular Birkenstock collaboration.

Bringing Paris to the West Coast, the pop-up store is inspired by the Alexandre III bridge with an array of Art Nouveau lamp posts and images of the Parisian skyline. The boutique also features a gold 3D-printed Pegasus sculpture that is exclusive to the Rodeo Drive location. From elevated overcoats and cheetah-print jackets to bejeweled derbys, the boutique showcases a range of the Winter 2022 collection pieces.

Dior Mens Wear Pop-Up Boutique
362 N. Rodeo Drive
Los Angeles, USA

The Dior Mens Wear Pop-Up Boutique is now open through Monday, September 19. Come into the beautiful world of Dior.

Balenciaga Unveils Porcelain Couture Figurines and a Candle

The legendary French couture Maison, which has thrust itself into the limelight in recent seasons – thanks to creative director Demna – presented unusual products for the latest Couture Fashion Week.

It’s an extraordinary collaboration presented in the wake of the latest couture show. Balenciaga is setting up its own couture store on Avenue George V in Paris. With specially developed products sold exclusively at the historic location of Cristóbal Balenciaga’s salon, the French Maison is giving itself a new direction. Or perhaps that of the entire industry? After all, it has always been a problem to make couture accessible to those who don’t have an unlimited fashion budget.

Among the first limited-edition pieces from the Balenciaga Objects Line are handmade porcelain figurines that are modeled on the original looks of Balenciaga couture, and a candle.

The figurines are the ones we have seen on the catwalk with models Aki Nummela and Minttu Vesala in their outfits from the 50th Couture collection. They were made purely by hand at Porzellanmanufaktur Nymphenburg near Munich. The manufactory, founded in 1747, is one of the few remaining porcelain makers in the world where porcelain is still made purely by hand. This process includes meticulous hand-painting in a historic master workshop overlooking Nymphenburg Castle.

The limited-edition Balenciaga Couture figurines replicate on a small scale the exact look dictated by a number card that each model holds in their miniaturized hands, with the same attention to detail as the artistic creations they represent. 

Next up in the objects line is a minimalist candle that comes in a round mirror-polished silver tin. With notes of burnt incense, old paper, tobacco smoke, tanned leather, aged wool, oak and more, the aroma channels Balenciaga’s Couture heritage and its subsequent re-emergence. Additionally, the refillable candle comes in two sizes.

Both the limited-edition porcelain couture figurines and the candle are available now for purchase at Balenciaga’s Couture store located at 10 Avenue George V in Paris. Come into the beautiful world of Balenciaga.