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.

You can shop Dior’s Birkenstock Collaboration Now

After unveiling the collaboration at the start of the year, French Maison Dior has now officially released its capsule with Birkenstock. The collection features two signature silhouettes — the Tokio Mule and Milano Sandal — and takes inspiration from Christian Dior’s love of gardening.

Celebrating this influence, the two silhouettes mix functionality and elegance in tribute to the couturier. The mule and sandal also arrive in a variety of finishes, including black nubuck calfskin, grey felted wool and, for the Tokio Mule, a ‘Greige’ nubuck calfskin.

Alongside the Birkenstock collaboration, the French Maison has also released its new CD 1947 capsule. This collection is based on a dialogue between Kim Jones and the legacy of Christian Dior, with this relationship exemplified by a new ‘Christian Dior’ signature combined with ‘1947’ in honor of the first Dior show.

Both the CD 1947 collection and the full Birkenstock collaboration are available now via the Dior web store.

Burberry and Pop Trading Company Collide for a Liberated Skate Capsule

Following the unveiling of its sharp Fall/Winter 2022 Collection in March, iconic British fashion house Burberry has tapped Amsterdam-based label Pop Trading Company for a capsule collection inspired by global skate communities.

A fusion of Burberry’s design DNA and Amsterdam’s skate-inspired style, reinterpreting the sense of adventure and freedom in every Burberry piece.

Ditching signature tones of beige and birch brown, the range instead opts for a palette of grey, black and red, paying homage to dark cityscapes in Japan where skating is restricted during the day and comes alive at night. Among relaxed silhouettes and liberated proportions, the collection encapsulates the imprints’ twin penchants for sartorial exploration.

Under Burberry’s codes, the line plants a new blurred Check in an exclusive colorway onto technical parkas, zipped jackets, silk shirts, cotton cargo trousers and a multitude of accessories. Elsewhere, reflective Check resides on classic car coats and an enlarged Icon stripe is jacquard-woven onto a grey melange cardigan.

Meanwhile, oversized T-shirts, hoodies, baseball caps and a blanket are doused in dual-branding motifs, some of which include the exact coordinates for both brands’ headquarters, while others provide a more playful remix with animated lettering. For footwear, the collaboration offers deep maroon leather loafers detailed with a metal logo medallion.

The full collection will be available to shop in select Burberry boutiques, on Burberry’s website and on Pop Trading Company’s website beginning June 15. Take a look at the collaborative range above.

Canali Balance, feel better

Italian Olympic fencing champion Daniele Garozzo embodies Canali Balance, thought for dynamic gentlemen who put their own wellness first. 

Canali Balance represents a new direction in men’s tailoring. This range of garments is crafted from high-tech fabrics that are treated with a natural mineral compound. Thanks to this feature, the garments reflect the energy produced by the body in the form of heat, bringing it back to the skin to relax and support men who put wellbeing first. Such as Daniele Garozzo, Olympic fencing champion.

Over 85 years of experience intertwining with the evolution of menswear, and telling the story of a brand that has become a symbol of Made in Italy worldwide.

This technology works best when combined with a balanced lifestyle. Wear Canali Balance, feel better. In the SS22 collection, formal Canali Balance garments are joined by more casual items, such as blousons, t-shirts, shirts, polos and pants. Clean lines, versatile silhouettes and high performance fabric create an arsenal of pieces to combine to help you take on the challenges of everyday life with a renewed sense of style and energy.

The Canali Balance Collection is available at Canali Boutiques and selected stores worldwide. Come into the beautiful world of Canali.

The love child of Fendi and Versace has arrived

Fendace is finally here – and now, we’re getting the chance to experience the lauded mashup collection between Fendi and Versace with a front row seat. To celebrate the collection’s official release, the houses have activated ten worldwide pop-up shops in Dubai, Kuwait, London, Los Angeles, New York City, Osaka, Paris, Shenyang, and Tokyo for Fendace fans to purchase the full collection.

The two Italian powerhouses combine their signature style codes in the Fendace collection. Fendi and Versace come together to create a collection that celebrates the legacy and symbols of both fashion houses. Signature silhouettes, expert craftsmanship, FF patterns and the iconic Medusa motifs are seamlessly combined in a showstopping selection of ready to wear and accessories.

It’s a swap rather than a collaboration and, most of all, it is done out of friendship. It is the beauty of togetherness after time apart and a celebration of women who have inspired me so much.

Kim Jones

After months of increasing anticipation, the Italian labels have finally released Fendace – a collaboration swap that was debuted during Milan Fashion Week back in September. The partnership finds Versace chief creative officer Donatelle Versace teaming up with Fendi artistic director Kim Jones to create two separate collections that combine signature elements and time-honored codes from their fashion houses. 

Fendace consists of the ‘Fendi by Versace’ range as well as ‘Versace by Fendi’, the latter of which was a joint effort between Jones and Silvia Venturini Fendi. The collections consist of ready-to-wear pieces, handbags, footwear, and accessories, which are presented in “an exchange of roles and brand codes”.

The campaign captures the same sense of friendship and energy we had when we were designing the collection. Kim is a visionary designer and innovator. To me, Fendace will always mean love.

Donatella Versace

Fendi’s double F logo is paired with Versace’s Baroque print, the Fendi baguette is paired with a Versace Medusa emblem, and a selection of tees and hoodies feature co-branded graphic designs.

The labels showed off Fendace with a Steven Meisel-photographed campaign as well as a men’s and women’s visual directed by Alec Maxwell.

The world of Fendace comes to life, arriving in opulent colour and vibrant style to pop-up events across the world. From Paris and London to Los Angeles and Osaka, the Fendace pop-up experience takes the excitement of the moment global. 

The Fendace collection is now available to purchase online at Versace and Fendi as well as in person at Fendace pop-up boutique locations:

Paris
44 Avenue Montaigne
May 12 – June 12 

London
Harrods, 87-135 Brompton Road
May 12 – 30

Dubai
The Dubai Mall, Fashion Catwalk
May 12 – 21

Kuwait
Fendace Display, The Avenues, Ghazali St. Al Rai 
May 12 – 21

Los Angeles
323 N Rodeo Drive, CA
May 12 – June 19 

New York
90 Prince Street, SoHo, NY
May 12 – June 19 

Tokyo
Isetan Shinjuku, Main Bldg. 3-14-1, Shinjuku-Ku
May 12 – June 31 

Osaka
Umeda Hankyu Men’s 8-7 Kakudacho
May 12 – May 17

Osaka
Umeda Hankyu Women’s 8-7 Kakudacho
May 12 – May 17

Shenyang
Atrium, 1/F, Mix City, No. 288 Qingnian Street
May 17 – May 29

Museum of Decorative Arts – Paris: Shocking! The Surrealist Worlds of Elsa Schiaparelli

From July 6, 2022 to January 22, 2023, the Musée des Arts Décoratifs is honoring the bold and inspiring work of Elsa Schiaparelli, an Italian designer whose inspiration was nourished by a privileged relationship with artists from the Parisian avant-garde of the 1920s and 1930s. Nearly 20 years after the retrospective dedicated to him in 2004, the museum wanted to revisit his work in order to rediscover to the public his innovative fantasy, his taste for the show and his artistic modernity.

Shocking! The Surrealist Worlds of Elsa Schiaparelli, brings together 520 works including 272 costumes and fashion accessories, compared with paintings, sculptures, jewelry, perfume flacons, ceramics, posters, and photographs signed by the greatest names of the time, from Man Ray to Salvador Dalí, from Jean Cocteau to Meret Oppenheim or Elsa Triolet. This major retrospective also highlights the legacy of the Schiaparelli style with silhouettes interpreted by famous couturiers paying tribute to it: Yves Saint Laurent, Azzedine Alaïa, John Galliano, Christian Lacroix, Daniel Roseberry, artistic director of Schiaparelli since 2019, interprets the legacy of Elsa Schiaparelli. The exhibition is presented in the fashion galleries Christine & Stephen A. Schwarzman in a poetic and immersive scenography entrusted to Nathalie Crinière.

Neiman Marcus Beverly Hills celebrates latest Loewe x Paula’s Ibiza Collection with immersive in-store activations

Loewe x Paula’s Ibiza at Neiman Marcus Beverly Hills. Courtesy of John Daniel Powers.

Neiman Marcus, in part of an ongoing collaboration with Spanish fashion house Loewe, announces the second iteration of the Loewe x Paula’s Ibiza pop-up exclusively at Neiman Marcus Beverly Hills. The pop-up experience, aptly named La Playa, features the latest capsule collection of Balearic staples alongside artful activations such as a complimentary nail art station and specially curated cocktails.

Our customers are ready to travel again this summer, have fun with shopping experiences, and express joy in their personal style. As we continue our special partnership with Loewe, we are creating an exciting, exclusive Loewe x Paula’s Ibiza immersive installation that gives them the opportunity to explore the carefree playfulness of summer in Ibiza. We always look to innovate the ways in which we engage with our customers, and the vibrant ready-to-wear and accessories from this collection transport our Beverly Hills store visitors all the way to Spain through the one-of-a-kind La Playa experience.

Lana Todorovich, President and Chief Merchandising Officer, Neiman Marcus

The La Playa experience at Neiman Marcus Beverly Hills nods to Loewe x Paula’s Ibiza’s signature fun and lively culture by featuring a curated selection of vinyl records with 100% of the proceeds benefitting The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts. Customers can also enjoy a complimentary manicure and nail station offering original artwork, custom cocktails at the Bar on 4, and opportunities for exclusive one-on-one shopping experiences with style advisors.

Inspired by the endless party that is associated with Ibiza’s identity, the new Loewe x Paula’s Ibiza collection is full of vibrancy for a colorful take on easy-to-wear staples. With an emphasis on personal freedom, liberation, hedonism, and sensuality, the gender-neutral assortment features ready-to-wear, accessories including new degrade leather on the iconic Puzzle, as well as two new handbags – the Anagram Degrade Basket Tote and the Flamenco Petal Clutch – exclusively available at Neiman Marcus first. Paula’s Ibiza pieces are adorned with feisty and playful prints, made with artisanal fabrics crafted in Japan, featuring colorful overdying on faded denim and crocheted elements. Dresses and tops are sparkling with all-over sequins, and relaxed shirts are made of silk. For accessories, the collection features small leather goods with marquetry cocktail motifs, sunglasses, hats, charms, and jewelry, with an emphasis on woven straw and raffia textures.

The experience at Neiman Marcus Beverly Hills runs May 5 – 23, and the pop-up runs at Neiman Marcus Atlanta from May 16 – 31. The collection is available now at Neiman Marcus Beverly Hills, select stores and on neimanmarcus.com. Come into the beautiful worlds of Loewe and Neiman Marcus.

Sydney Sweeney named Tory Burch’s brand ambassador

American fashion designer Tory Burch is pleased to announce Sydney Sweeney as the fashion house’s ambassador for handbags and shoes. 

An award-winning actor and multi-hyphenate, Sweeney has garnered rapid global attention for her role in HBO’s record-breaking series Euphoria. She has appeared in a diverse range of films and TV shows, including The White Lotus, The Handmaid’s Tale and the forthcoming Marvel film ‘Madame Web’.

Sweeney began acting at the age of 15, having created a business plan to convince her parents to move to Los Angeles. In 2020 she established her own production company, Fifty-Fifty Films, to spotlight up-and-coming female directors, screenwriters and authors. Off-screen, Sweeney restores vintage cars and is trained in mixed martial arts.

I’m so excited to partner with Tory Burch as her brand ambassador. I’ve been a fan of her clothing and accessories for years, and I admire her tireless work to support women. I’m inspired not only by Tory’s vision and the business she has built, but also by her kindness and philanthropy. I am so looking forward to the beautiful partnership and meaningful conversations to come.

Sydney Sweeney

Sweeney’s incredible talent, entrepreneurial spirit and passion for supporting women resonated with Burch instantly. “Sydney is one of the most talented and relevant young actors working today, but I am equally inspired by her curiosity and confidence,” Burch says. “She is unapologetic and empowered in her approach to acting and business. I am thrilled to start working together”. 

About Tory Burch

Founded in 2004 in New York City, Tory Burch is an American luxury brand known for beautiful, timeless pieces. As a designer, Tory draws inspiration from art, her family, and women globally. Her collections include ready-to-wear, handbags, footwear, accessories, jewelry, home and beauty.

Empowering women is Tory’s guiding principle, underpinning her design philosophy and driving the work of the Tory Burch Foundation. Tory launched the Foundation in 2009 to advance women’s empowerment and provide capital, education, and digital resources to women entrepreneurs in the United States.

Come into the beautiful world of Tory Burch.