Dior presents A.B.C.Dior podcast series, a captivating inside look at the Maison’s codes and icons

French Maison Christian Dior has released a fascinating podcast series called A.B.C.Dior, retracing the destiny of couturier Christian Dior and his Maison from 1947 to the present. In this fun and enchanting primer, each letter of the alphabet introduces a symbol with a wonderful story behind it.

Motivated by a desire to let women rediscover joy, elegance and beauty, French fashion house Dior became synonymous with exquisite fashion and luxury right from its creation in 1947, rapidly growing into a global success.

The audio stories in the A.B.C Dior series explore the life of the couturier, his passions and meetings with charismatic personalities, his childhood in Granville, along with the creative energy and vision of his successors and the exceptional savoir-faire that continues to reinvent the Maison’s timeless codes.

The star, the lily-of-the-valley, the leopard print, Lady Dior, the cannage motif… These symbols of Dior style that have marked the history of fashion are revealed through the Maison’s different universes, from haute couture and perfumes to jewelry. This heritage has been revisited thanks to the creative vision of the Artistic Directors who reinvent it with inimitable Dior audacity, magic and excellence. The podcast episodes are bursting with anecdotes, iconic creations, traditions and  symbols.

The first two episodes of A.B.C.Dior explore the letters M and L: M for muguet, lily-of-the-valley in French, Monsieur Dior’s lucky flower, and L for leopard print an homage to Mizza Bricard, the couturier’s eternal muse.

Don’t miss this captivating journey through time with A.B.C Dior

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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Nona Source, the first online resale platform for materials from LVMH Fashion & Leather Goods Maisons

LVMH has announced the launch of Nona Source, the first online resale platform for ‘re-sourcing’ exceptional materials from the Group’s Fashion & Leather Goods Maisons. Designed by experts from LVMH via its DARE intrapreneurial program (Disrupt, Act, Risk to be an Entrepreneur), Nona Source supports LVMH’s environmental strategy by rethinking sourcing and supporting the circular economy.

A new digital deadstock resale platform for brands is helping to minimise the environmental cost of fashion.

A veritable revolution in sourcing, Nona Source offers emerging creatives and brands in Europe access to high-quality fabrics and leathers at competitive prices to encourage creative re-use of materials. Created by three experts from LVMH – Marie Falguera, Romain Brabo, Anne Prieur du Perray and  Nicolas Forge – Nona Source is a startup incubated by LVMH’s DARE intrapreneurial program to accelerate innovative solutions. With their expertise in materials sourcing and digital transformation, they designed a game-changing platform to re-use deadstocks, the ‘sleeping beauties’ stored in the warehouses of exclusive LVMH Fashion & Leather Goods Houses. Developed with a sustainable vision, Nona Source favors local distribution. Because stocks are located in France, the platform will for the time being deliver within Europe (including the United Kingdom).

An all-digital experience, Nona Source provides an innovative solution for creatives. The catalogue proposes a wide variety of prestigious materials, from lace to leathers in different compositions, weights, colors and patterns. Only exclusive patterns or branded fabrics are not available. All materials are carefully selected and re-valued at competitive prices. Product characteristics are presented in minute detail thanks to high-quality visuals, videos to translate the touch and feel experience, plus displays on wooden mannequin’s for fall and drape visualization. Thanks to high-fidelity color data and a digital sensorial experience to faithfully characterize these luxury materials, professionals can purchase rolls, skins or panels, depending on available quantities, without cutting or sampling.

Nona Source is a concrete solution to address the challenges and opportunities of circularity, a key pillar of LVMH’s environmental strategy articulated in the LIFE 360 program (LIFE: LVMH Initiatives For the Environment). This future facing creative solution for more sustainable fashion derives its name from one of the three Parcae goddesses of Roman mythology. Nona, the youngest, spins the thread of life, Decima weaves it and Morta cuts it. Nona Source thus embodies the re-use of materials so that the thread is never cut, but on the contrary revitalized with fresh creativity.

Come into the beautiful world of Nona Source.

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.

Couturier Dennis Diem passed away

Sad news from the fashion world. Just heard that a sweet, versatile, incredibly talented designer has left this life. Fashion designer Dennis Diem, a beautiful person, a warm person, and an incredible source of inspiration, has passed away at the age of 42.

Diem was born in Amsterdam, but grew up in the United States. When he was 22 years old he returned to the Netherlands and attended the fashion course, where he graduated in 2000. During a Pink Ribbon event in 2007, the born Amsterdammer showed his first collection of his own, which he had also financed independently.

The body changes through a corset. It’s almost like sculpting.

Dennis Diem, fashion designer

A year later he opened his studio at 144 Oudezijds Achterburgwal. Japan was the basis for his second collection, Yurei, where he went on a study trip. He showed his spring / summer 2012 collection ‘Fool’s Gold’ to the general public during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Amsterdam in 2011.

Next came the collections ‘Asphalt Jungle’, ‘Florence Nightingale’, ‘Opium Dream’ and ‘Trouble in Paradise’. The couturier mainly focuses on autumn / winter collections. His last major show was in 2016. He became known for his ornate creations, which showed a great love for craftsmanship. The designer was specialized in making corsets.

The big breakthrough of the born Amsterdammer was the famous red dress that he made for Trijntje Oosterhuis. The singer wore the dress in 1996, when she sang the equally impressive song ‘De Zee’ (The Sea) during the opening of the Amsterdam ArenA. Many famous Dutch women such as Romy Monteiro, Georgina Verbaan and Victoria Koblenko wore his creations. For Dennis, great style icon Els Pynoo, singer of Vive la Fête, he designed all kinds of corsets for her tours. Dennis also made outfits for ‘The Ladies of Soul’, Berget Lewis, Edsilia Rombley, Glennis Grace, Candy Dulfer and Trijntje Oosterhuis.

During Amsterdam Fashion Week in the summer of 2014, Victoria Koblenko wore a Dennis Diem couture dress, made from 10,000 Thai ‘green’ beetles. Two holes were made in each beetle to attach it to the dress. The actice wanted a green dress and Dennis Diem, who was always looking for natural materials, found this special Thai Jewel Beetle. When the bugs are dead (a natural death) they are picked up and then the shields are used for art and fashion projects, among other things – they are so beautiful. A dress with a story and beautifully made!

We encountered his creations not only in the Netherlands, but also internationally. Iconic was the golden dress for model and performance artist Nina de Lianin, which she wore during the fourth Cine Fashion Film Awards 2017. Very special also because Nina has been the muse for years, and a good friend of the French couturier Manfred Thierry Mugler, and the face of his perfume Aura Mugler. In The El Capitain Theater, in Los Angeles, the winner shone in her special creation. The fashion designer’s creations were also worn at the Oscars and Golden Globes by his muse Dorith Mous.

What beautiful creations came from his hand. And not only in terms of couture. The most beautiful creations also appeared with paint and brush and through other art forms. Because in addition to fashion, the couturier was mainly involved in making art in the last years of his life. And running a Bed and Breakfast…

Where Dennis was, was warmth, love and beauty. You will be missed terribly, the world is a lot less colorful without you…. Thanx for all the fun adventures during AFW, in the studio and on ‘the boat’. Bye dear, talented, inspiring man, the sky will shine like you did with your creations on the catwalk and everywhere! Thank you for the blossoming collaborations, so inspiring, you were and will remain unique…. a very beautiful person.

Dennis leaves behind his beloved parents Eugénie and John, his brother John-John, friend Bram, Joost and little dog Brammetje. We wish your family and friends a lot of strength, what will you be missed…. Dear, sweet Dennis, I sincerely hope that you are at peace now…

Louis Vuitton Reveals New Ginza Namiki Tokyo Flagship Store

French Maison Louis Vuitton announces the reopening of a newly designed store spanning seven floors in Tokyo’s Ginza district. Clients can shop the full men’s and women’s ready-to-wear and leather collections, jewelry, watches, Objets Nomades and City Guides as well as enjoy the new Le Café V by celebrated chef Yosuke Suga.

Louis Vuitton’s first in-house chocolates will also be making their debut at the store at the end of April

Since 1981, Louis Vuitton has occupied the same corner in Ginza. Aoki and Marina have transformed the location into a highly modern appearance that interprets the reflections of water as a material phenomenon. Those passing by are reminded of the smooth, undulating surface of water through the shimmering angles of the glass building.

Presenting an ambitious transformation of an existing location, the new store is reimagined as an aesthetic dialogue between virtuoso architects, Jun Aoki and Peter Marino, inspiring wonder both outside and within. Jun Aoki’s highly modern exterior interprets the reflections of water as a material phenomenon.

The façade’s outer panes curve and ripple, creating a three-dimensional effect that is enhanced by a dichroic film that produces endless color variations. Inside, Peter Marino’s design emphasizes the building’s organic aesthetic with a central staircase of sculptured oak bordered by glass. Shifting through different expressive tonalities, color acts an uplifting and inspiring theme that takes many forms.

From the acidic hues of Pierre Paulin and Stefan Leo furniture to a four-story feature wall showcasing a reinterpretation of Kimiko Fujimura’s painting, Wave Blue Line, color infuses the store with vibrancy. The store will present the full women’s and men’s ready-to-wear and leather collections, accessories, jewelry, watches, fragrances, iconic travel sets, Objets Nomades and Louis Vuitton City Guides.

In addition, the store will showcase exclusive pieces, including the Men’s LV Ollie sneaker embellished with pearls and the Boîte Pharmacie Monogram trunk designed in collaboration with kabuki actor, Ebizo. The store experience culminates on the top level in Le Café V, where celebrated chef Yosuke Suga collaborates for the second time with the Maison. Additionally, Louis Vuitton’s first in-house chocolates will also be making their debut at the store at the end of April.

Louis Vuitton Ginza Namikidori Store
7-6-1 Ginza, Chou-ku, Tokyo, Japan
Opening Hours
Monday-Sunday 11 am – 8 pm

Come into the beautiful world of Louis Vuitton.

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

Jonathan Anderson talks to novelist Danielle Steel

Spanish fashion house Loewe is one of the world´s major luxury houses. With over 170 years of history, today it is defined by the modernity of its past, an unwavering confidence in the present, and a firm look forward.

Craftsmanship, progress and unequalled expertise with leather, Loewe’s founding pillars, are reconfigured with a timely awareness evident in desirable and functional products across multiple categories, including ready-to-wear, accessories, home and lifestyle. Spain is where Loewe was born and remains the brand’s home. While its current landscape contains elements from places near and far and the Spanish legacy is expressed in modern ways, the heart of Loewe still beats in Madrid, where all of its world-renowned leather goods continue to be manufactured.

Jonathan Anderson is Loewe’s creative director. Anderson was born in 1984 in Northern Ireland. After graduating from the London College of Fashion in 2005, he established himself as one of the most acclaimed talents in the industry.

A Show in the News, the FW21 women’s presentation created in response to the cancellation of the runway show. Loewe creative director Jonathan Anderson speaks to two collaborators about their involvement in the concept.

Under Anderson, Loewe started a new chapter, presenting itself to the world more multi-faceted and dynamic than ever. Anderson’s first ready-to-wear collections for Loewe were presented in 2014. Streamlined, ultrasoft leather accessories are given a playful dynamic in the shapes of animals, and the T Pouch, now a bestseller, is the perfect hand carry accessory. The Puzzle, a completely new bag design by Anderson, his first for the fashion house, adds a novel character to Loewe´s range of iconic accessories, pairing of-the-moment functionality and aesthetics with ingenious construction and incredible softness.

Recorded on Zoom last week, Loewe’s creative director Jonathan Anderson talks to novelist Danielle Steel, as they discuss their creative process and prolific output. Danielle is one of the best-selling authors of all time, with over 800 million copies of her 180 books sold worldwide. The first chapter of her upcoming novel ‘The Affair’ accompanies A Show in the News for Fall Winter 2021.

The new Loewe Conversations podcast is now available on iTunes. Come into the beautiful world of Loewe.

Whatever you do, do it with passion

© Photo Pierre Perrotino, Collection Christian Dior Parfums, Paris

Whatever you do, do it with passion

Christian Dior

These words by Christian Dior still inspire each one of the French Maison’s actions. Keeping alive a long tradition of creation, their team is made of women and men who are passionate about their craft and driven by a strong will to constantly innovate. ​
Present since the beginning, especially since the launch of the New Look in 1947, they inherited from this creative passion which is, more than a value, the signature of Maison Dior.​

Come into the beautiful world of Christian Dior.

Oliver Rouseing on his inspirations for blending fashion and music together

Grace Jones’s power and fearlessness is reflected in the fact that she was one of music’s first female acts to play with androgynous dress codes.

Oliver Rouseing, designer Balmain

Celebrating Black Creativity in Fashion, French Maison Balmain’s designer Oliver Rouseing on his inspirations for blending fashion and music together. Come into the beautiful world of Balmain.