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.

Kim Jones made his Haute Couture debut for Fendi

Kim Jones made his Haute Couture debut for Fendi on January 27 at the Palais Brongniart in Paris. Named Artistic Director of Women’s collections of the Roman house last September, the British designer is also head of Dior Men. Inspired by the writings of Virginia Woolf and timeless Italian codes, Kim Jones proposes a romantic vision of the Fendi woman.

The only surviving recording of writer Virginia Woolf is from a 1937 BBC radio broadcast series called ‘Words Fail Me’. Kim Jones chose her mysterious voice to open his first haute couture show for Fendi, setting the tone for the collection: “Words, English words, are full of echoes, of memories, of associations – naturally. They have been out and about, on people’s lips, in their houses, in the streets, in the fields, for so many centuries”.

Words infuse the collection, from love letters written by Virginia Woolf to her lover Vita Sackville-West, to her novel ‘Orlando’, inscribed on mother of pearl minaudières or leather boots. The set for the show also referenced the author in a glass labyrinth decorated with bookcases to create intimate ‘rooms of their own’.

For his first haute couture show, Kim Jones surrounded himself with longtime friends including Demi Moore, Kate Moss and her daughter Lila, Naomi Campbell, Christy Turlington and Cara Delevingne. They took to the runway alongside androgynous models with carmine lips wearing long flowing capes to the sound of Max Richter’s soundtrack.

Fendi represents artisanal quality of the highest order, and it is all about family. It is in its third generation with a Fendi at its helm, and I am guest starring while bringing in the fourth.

Kim Jones

In addition to literature, Kim Jones also found inspiration in the murals painted by Virginia Woolf’s sister Vanessa Bell at Charlheston Farmhouse, the regular meeting place of the Bloomsbury group to which they belonged. Her decorative motifs are embroidered on gowns. Another key theme of the collection is marble, mirrored on an imperial gown worn by Naomi Campbell. The marble palette is a tribute to the Galleria Borghese in Italy, a country adored by the Bloomsbury group, and above all the native land of the Fendi family.

The history of Fendi provided a final and equally central inspiration for Kim Jones’ maiden haute couture collection. He paid tribute to Karl Lagerfeld, who shared his love of literature and was his predecessor at Fendi for over 50 years. The final Fendi monograms designed by Karl are beaded onto boots. The history of Fendi is that of the family that founded the Maison in 1925. Silvia Venturini Fendi is today Artistic Director for menswear and accessories, while jewelry designer Delfina Delettrez Fendi also walked the runway. As Kim Jones noted, “Fendi represents artisanal quality of the highest order, and it is all about family. It is in its third generation with a Fendi at its helm, and I am guest starring while bringing in the fourth”.

Come into the beaautiful world of Fendi.

Louis Vuitton has launched E-Commerse in Hong Kong

Especially for our readers from Hong Kong: French Maison Louis Vuitton announces the opening of online shopping for clients located in Hong Kong. Shop from a selection of Louis Vuitton collections, including ready-to-wear for men and women, small leather goods and more. Clients can also enjoy hot-stamping, engraving services and complimentary same day shipping or Click and Collect at select stores.

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.

Louis Vuitton Pre-Fall Lookbook

While the rest of the world begins winding down, fashion designer Virgil Abloh continues to deliver as he shares the lookbook for his Louis Vuitton (PARIS:MC.PA +0.77%) Pré-Fall 2021 collection.

Following the second installment of the French Maison’s LV2054 lifstyle line earlier this month, the artist director now showcases an upcoming collection in which he focuses on the new normal. Exploring the mundane dress codes of an establishment in evolution, Abloh studies the luxury of normalcy and what conforming to a new state of being normal means post-2020.

Tailoring arrives in boxy silhouettes, with suits doused in tie-dye galaxy monogram prints, a caban restructured with an asymmetrical monogram leather panel and a peacoat embossed with a reworked brand logo along the sleeves.

Suits have also been paired with hoodies, zipped jackets and denim, while evening wear is also featured through mid-layers. On a more casual note, blousons, cardigans and shirts arrive in a Damier salt print that boasts a faded and distorted brand motif. A beautiful collection, but sadly each progressive collection / lookbook feels more and more like an ‘Off White’ release with LV monograms, instead of the wardrobe of a chic French fashion house.

Come into the beautiful 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.

French Maison Hermès a Diversity Leader

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. Fifteen artisanal métiers nurture the creativity of the Maison, whose collections are presented in over 300 stores around the world.

Now Hermès reached the fifth position in the ‘Diversity Leaders’ ranking published by the British newspaper Financial Times, which assesses employees’ perception of companies’ inclusiveness and efforts to promote various aspects of diversity. To establish it, an independent survey was conducted in 16 European countries among more than 100,000 employees from 15,000 companies.

French Maison Hermès is a mosaic of men and women who work every day for its development all over the world. Maintaining its diversity of people and talents is at the foundation of the Maison’s richness and creativity. As a responsible employer, Hermès continues to develop concrete actions in favour of ethics, diversity management, inclusiveness, gender balance, and integrating people with disabilities.

Well deseved. I would like to go a little step further: In the years that I worked for Hermès, I cannot say otherwise, that Hermès is one big family. It was never important whether you are male or female, what color your skin is, wheter you are straight or gay, or…… Those details are not important, it’s about who yóu are…. Hermès was – and still is – way ahead of its time.

Come into the beautiful world of Hermès.

Hermès opens the doors of new Stockholm Boutique

On the 9th of October, Hermès is delighted to open the doors of its new address in Stockholm sits on the ground floor of Nordiska Kompaniet, the heritage-listed Art Nouveau department store.

The design draws on Stockholm’s historic cityscape and oneness with nature. In a nod to Scandinavian design, central structural columns have been plastered and reimagined as modernist, sculptural forms. Feature walls, clad in undulating cherrywood panelling, add warmth and texture to the room.

The result displays a marked appreciation of organic form, abundant light and a sense of spaciousness that provides a convivial backdrop and ideal scene in which to peruse the sixteen métiers of the Maison.

Come into the beautiful world of Hermès.