‘Thierry Mugler: Couturissime’ Will Open This Fall at the Kunsthal Rotterdam




In 2011, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts presented the landmark exhibition The Fashion World of Jean-Paul Gaultier – effectively illustrating how a new generation of designers had extended the influence of fashion far beyond its traditional perimeters. The show went on to tour eleven more cities, including New York, London, Paris, Melbourne and Seoul.

Another such radically brilliant designer is Strasbourg’s own Thierry Mugler, who also rocketed to stardom amidst the wild experimentation of the 80s; and like JPG, his talents were, and are, legion. So it’s hardly a surprise the MMFA would make him the focus of yet another monumental survey, Thierry Mugler: Creatures of Haute Couture, which debuted in March of this year.

Now it will make its way t0 Europe, where a reimagined edition titled Thierry Mugler: Couturissime will open at the venerable Kunsthal Rotterdam, one of the Continent’s most innovative cultural institutions.



On display will be more than 150 outfits created between 1977 and 2014, including costumes for the staging of Shakespeare’s Macbeth by the Comédie-Française at the Festival d’Avignon, and Cirque du Soleil’s daring Zumanity…along with never-before seen accessories and stage costumes, archival documents, sketches and videos.

“I have always been fascinated,” Mugler reveals, “by the most beautiful animal on Earth: the human being. I have used all of the tools at my disposal to sublimate this creature: fashion, shows, perfumes, photography, video…”

Most fascinating will be the exhibition’s exploration of his storied history of famous – and infamous – collaborations, including the considerable likes of David Bowie, Lady Gaga, Isabelle Huppert, Juliette Binoche, Andrée Putman, Herb Ritts, Helmut Newton and David LaChappelle. Not to mention his “Too Funky” video for the late George Michael.



Not unlike the Gaultier show, many of the galleries – designed by artists Michel Lemieux and Philipp Fürhofer, along with special effects studio Rodeo FX – will have an immersive quality. The mannequins have been custom created by Hans Boodt Mannequins, also of Rotterdam.

The Kunsthal, it must be said, has become a leader in the staging of high-profile fashion exhibitions, having last year presented Viktor&Rolf: Fashion Artists 25 Years. And the museum’s Director Emily Ansenk enthuses of the Mugler show, “We consider it a great honor to be able to present yet another fashion icon to the Dutch public this autumn.”

Thierry Mugler: Couturissime will be on exhibit from October 11, 2019 to March 8, 2020.



self-portrait Debuts First U.S. Concept Shop in Soho

Images courtesy of self-portrait



Michelle Obama, Beyoncé, Jennifer Lopez, Katy Perry, Gigi Hadid, Kendall Jenner…they’re all fans. But Han Chong’s super hot label self-portrait – launched in 2014 at London’s Selfridges – had yet to find a Stateside home. Until now.

From the moment you enter the new temporary concept shop at 158 Mercer Street in NYC’s Soho, you are enveloped with Cire Trudon Odalisque, the signature scent of the Mayfair, London flagship. What awaits is a 2,590 square foot space, with soaring 22-foot ceilings, designed by StoreyStudio.

It’s a genuinely magical place, inviting visitors on a journey of exploration, touch and discovery, a tactile labyrinth of layered lace suspended within a timber structure. A soft, flowing gradient of tonal lighting illuminates the rings of hanging fabric, engaging at every moment, while decisively capturing the unique femininity that is self-portrait.



Amidst the visual dazzle, of course, hangs the Autumn-Winter 2019 collection, once again characterized by Chong’s experimental textures and graceful silhouettes – which have already seduced the British royals (both Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle has been spotted wearing his designs). In addition to the ready-to-wear collection, a selection of swimwear and footwear, launched earlier this year, is also on offer.

Sadly, it’s open only until December – but expect upcoming, limited edition products to include chic sticky notes, water bottles, tote bags, t-shirts, and sweatshirts. Said items will be dropping periodically, with in-store release dates to be announced via the brand’s Instagram account, @mrselfportrait.


First Images: Bella Hadid Stars in Missoni Winter 2019 Campaign by Mert & Marcus



Nearly two decades after shooting their first Missoni campaign together – still early in their now storied career – fashion photography legends Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott have collaborated again under the creative direction of Angela Missoni to shoot the house’s Winter 2019 campaign in Cappadocia, Turkey. It’s set against the surreal volcanic landscape of spired rock formations known as the ‘Fairy Chimneys.’

Mert & Marcus take full advantage of this arid and beguiling moonscape, home to Bronze Age cave dwellers and adventurist tradesmen who traversed the desert for centuries, trading exotic spices and fabrics across kingdoms and empires. They used this imposing but exquisite backdrop as the stage upon which an exhibition unfolds of long, form-fitting dresses in black-and-white or colorful graphic motifs, vertical bands, geometric forms, and sophisticated monochromatic hues.



The landscape is only eclipsed by the warm, vibrant color scheme selected by Ms. Missoni and punctuated by trademark geometric elements of Missoni patterns that are so familiar to those who know and love the Missoni aesthetic – always contemporary, yet elegantly classic.

The sumptuous, warm pieces from the Missoni and Missoni Man collections are worn by supermodels Bella Hadid and Adut Akech,  as well as Alton Mason and Dong Su Moon. They appear as magical creatures, supernatural apparitions silhouetted against the terrain, like intergalactic travelers caught up in unrevealed and mysterious scenarios.

They are beings from the future, rendered extraordinarily perfect and seductive through the digital manipulations of Mert & Marcus – cyborgs composed of human features that both enchant and mystify.


Karl Lagerfeld Paris’ Fall Collection Includes Tribute to Choupette the Cat



The fashion media is ever promising to spill the secrets of “French Girl” style, only to reveal yet another navy and white striped t-shirt or lash-skimming Lou Doillon-inspired fringe.

While we’re generally skeptical of any article that encapsulates style into a half-dozen pieces that can be easily purchased at your neighborhood H&M (or an equally ill-advised bangs experiment snipped in front of your bathroom mirror), there is something intriguing about the effortlessness self-confidence that many French women project. It’s a slightly off-kilter combination of classic shapes artfully woven with quirky, attitude revealing pieces; and if you’re looking for a place to start, look no further than master himself, the late Karl Lagerfeld.

Although the exalted designer/provocateur may have taken his last bow, his legacy lives on through his eponymous collection, Karl Lagerfeld Paris. His women’s fall collection offers ladylike sheath dresses and tweedy blazers alongside rocker-inspired skinny jeans, graffiti tees and covetable Margot Tenenbaum-esque faux fur jackets and leopard-print coats.

While the apparel line may lean classic and refined, the real fun begins with the accessories collection. In true “French Girl” fashion, this is where the brand’s style philosophy really shines through. The shoe collection ranges from sequined patch-covered sneakers in red, mustard and navy, to Chelsea boots with pearl-encrusted heels or metallic silver leather. Handbags run from classic totes and bowling bags to trendy quilted fanny packs and sleek evening bags.



But, by far, the season’s must-have item is a meow-mix of hats inspired by the designer’s erstwhile feline companion, Choupette. The collection includes a beanie with Choupette’s likeness in sequins (wearing Lagerfeld’s trademark dark sunglasses, naturally), a knit headband adorned with tiny, fuzzy cat’s ears, and a classic French beret encircled with a halo of cat-shaped silver-studs.

As one would expect, the surprisingly affordable collection invites the wearer to reveal as much, or as little, about herself as she would like. And that’s truly the essence of the Parisian charm and wit that Lagerfeld always sought to cultivate.

The collection will be available online and at Karl Lagerfeld Paris boutiques globally.


Report From London: Dior Opens a Very British Pop-Up at Harrods


Perhaps suggesting that good style can triumph over Brexit, for the launch of its Fall-Winter 2019-2020 ready-to-wear collection by creative director Maria Grazia Chiuri, Dior has opened a totally Anglophilic pop-up shop at London’s exalted retail temple Harrods.

Inspired by classic British symbols and iconography, the collection features interpretations of bold, large, boxed tartans, in alternating black and green, black and red and black and white. The pop-up’s décor nods to the colors of the collection, celebrating the strong ties the French fashion house has always cultivated with all things English. A traditional British telephone booth and even an iconic English taxi, clad in the same motifs, complete the homage.

The shop includes a selection of pret-a-porter, footwear and bags, such as the Dior Book Tote, available in leather and checks, and the Dior Oblique jacquard. But we fell hard for a limited edition adorned with a Union Jack motif.



Woven bracelets and D-Connect sneakers by Chiuri, already fashion musts, as well as the refined bob hat created by Stephen Jones, have been reinterpreted in striking new green versions. The TravelDior line in Dior Oblique canvas – presented almost exclusively here – dedicated to the world of travel and composed of items including a trolley, a vanity case, a travel-sized perfume case and luggage labels, is also featured in this limited-edition showcase. A unique ABCDior customization service makes it possible to personalize the Diorcamp and Dior Book Tote bags, as well as Walk’n’Dior sneakers and luggage labels.

To mark the occasion of the pop-up, taxis and a double-decker bus – themselves wrapped in two-tone checks – will motor through the streets of London for the duration of the event, which concludes August 31.

Should the dog days of summer find you in the British capital, we urgently recommend checking out this once-in-a-lifetime collab between one of our fave labels, and equally fave retailers.


Idris Elba Launches New DJ-Inspired Clothing Line 2HR SET



Is there anything Idris Elba can’t do? The award-winning actor, director, producer and internationally acclaimed DJ can now add a fashion brand, 2HR SET, to his already superhuman resume.

Elba previously collaborated with Superdry in 2016, before quietly soft launching 2HR in the U.K. last year – and he’s now taking it global. The venture was inspired by his love of music and DJ culture, and the name, 2HR SET, refers to a DJ’s usual set time – as well as his hyper-focused approach to everything he does.

“A two-hour set is the acid test for a DJ,” he explains, “But for me, I’ve taken this idea a step further. Whether I’m behind the decks on stage, in the gym, or studying a new script, I’ll give myself two hours and really get stuff done. It’s my window to go for it, get it done, and get it done well.”



The 2HR SET line for men, women and little rock stars will be released in two drops. The first features hoodies, tees, bomber jackets, hats, leggings and joggers, and footwear prominently featuring the brand’s cool graphic logo. The second is set of collabs with artists who have inspired Elba, including fellow Brit superstar DJ and music maker Fatboy Slim.

As passionate as he is about music, Elba is equally fired up about giving back. 2HR boasts a selection of hoodies and tees with “Don’t Stab Your Future” splashed across the front, to bring awareness to the knife crime epidemic in Britain. Proceeds from the sale of this campaign are donated to Faron Alex Paul’s Faz Amnesty campaign to educate youth and stop street violence.

The line is available exclusively through his website, 2HRSET.com.



Phantogram, Lykke Li Feature on ‘PROJECTmusic’ Fashion Show Soundtrack




We’ve always believed that clothes (kind of) make the pop star. And to celebrate the endless love shared between music and style, the 2019 PROJECT fashion trade show (happening this week in Las Vegas) has an appropriately fashionable accompanying soundtrack.

Titled, appropriately, PROJECTmusic: Volume 2, it features a couple of our current faves: Tycho + Saint Sinner’s Roxyesque “Japan,” and a cool remix of Lykke Li‘s “sex money feelings die.” But there’s also the Lykke collab with Mark Ronson, “Late Night Feelings,” Chance the Rapper’s “Do You Remember (featuring Death Cab For Cutie),” Phantogram’s “Into Happiness,” Télépopmusik’s “Connection (featuring Young & Sick), and 17 other very stylish tracks.

It’s easily one of the summer’s best playlists, whatever your musical inclinations. Just please remember to dress to kill before pressing play.


A Really Cute Panda Named Fendidi is Launching the FENDI x Jackson Wang Capsule Collection



Because, why not?…Fendi has created an adorable panda character to be featured in an installation at its Chengdu boutique, to inaugurate its FENDI x Jackson Wang capsule collection.

Exclusively designed by Fendi and artist Oscar Wang, this playful panda called Fendidi, will stand at the entrance of Shamao Street at Chengdu IFS. His name translates to ‘Fendi’s little brother.’  The whole thing actually comes in at about 11 feet in length and 7 feet wide, and will be up through July 28th – before embarking on a world tour to promote the collection.



Personalized by “F is for…Fun, Friends, Fantasy and Funk (some of our favorite things), Fendidi is of course stylishly turned out in an FF logo outfit and the cross-body Men’s Baguette from the FENDI x Jackson Wang collection. We can already tell that #Fendidi will be a real trendsetter, so we enthusiastically recommend following him and his little baby pandas on their journey around the globe.

They even made a special of Fendidi video, featuring Wang’s ‘Fendi Man’ track and the official first selfie of #Fendidi. You can also check out his super cute collection of Emjoji GIFS.

If we’re being honest, we already can’t get enough of Fendidi.


First Images: Dior’s Stunning New Champs-Élysées Paris Flagship



Its name literally translates to Elysian Fields. And the Champs-Élysées has also been called La Plus Belle Avenue du Monde – the most beautiful street in the world.

Of course, throngs of tourists, and a fair degree of over-commercialization means that a stroll along the fabled avenue now also includes a Disney logo here, a Starbucks logo there. But a quick craning of the neck to take in the breathtaking Haussmann-era architecture, and you’ll quickly remember how it got its name.

We also vigorously recommend skipping the H&M and Marks & Spencer, for a genuinely Francaise shopping experience – which as of this week will include a temporary but no-less spectacular Dior boutique at number 127. It will act as the pro tempore Paris flagship, while the brand’s iconic HQ at 30 Avenue Montaigne undergoes what is expected to be an approximately two-year renovation.


And one notices right away that the new location is very much an homage to the former, as an optical-illusory drape bearing the image of 30 Avenue Montaigne covers, and will continue to cover the facade for the duration. But inside, hallmarks of exalted decorator Victor Grandpierre (subject of the 2018 book Dior and His Decorators) are very much in evidence, and no expense was spared in creating a space that is the genuine epitome of understated elegance. From Versailles parquet flooring, to the “ghostly” grand staircase, to a cabinet of curiosities displaying accessories, books and fragrances, to furnishings ay Paolo Castelli and Phillipe Malouin, to the house’s signature Cannage motif, it is all very, very Dior, indeed.

As for what will be unveiled along the Avenue Montaigne in 2021? Expect the newly renovated space to house three times the previous retail space, which will expand to 3000 square meters. And, very much in keeping with the 21st Century fashion zeitgeist, there will also be a new Dior branded restaurant and museum on site.