Pop-In@Nordstrom Launches Exclusive MCM Capsule Collection

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Considering the recent collaborations that have characterized Olivia Kim’s Pop-In@Nordstrom series, you might get the impression she’s attempting stylistic diplomatic détente with those nations our current administration has willfully damaged relations with. Indeed, last month the program brought the best of Mexican fashion across the border; and now comes this natty collaboration with exalted German accessories purveyor MCM.

Available at select Nordstrom locations, the capsule collection features bags and small leather goods in the brand’s signature color palette of red, blue and green (the gold-plating is a luxe touch) – along with select leopard print items, for the wildly feline-inclined. But there’s a sporty side too, with MCM logo-clad boxing gloves and punching bag, as well as Wilson basketballs and footballs (just in time for the season, of course).

 

 

“I have been a long-time fan of MCM,” says Kim, Nordstrom VP of Creative Projects. “I love the timeless, yet modern and cool appeal of their pieces. It was incredible to dive into the brand’s archives and be given the opportunity to bring the world of MCM to life in our shops. MCM and Nordstrom are like-minded in offering product that is intended for everyone regardless of age, gender or lifestyle.”

Oh, and to add just the right amount of cheek to the proceedings, they shot a campaign for the collection with rapper-provocateur Slick Rick.

The Pop-In@Nordstrom Exclusive MCM Collection will be available through November 11.

 

 

 

 

Fashion + Art Converge at CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Design Challenge

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Tightening investment purse strings means backing for young designers, as well as emerging contemporary artists, faces increasing difficulty.

So the ongoing support of the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund at least means up-and-coming fashion talent can still gain critical exposure. And the Whitney‘s emerging and contemporary artists program strives for the same in the field of the visual arts. So it made perfect sense that those ideologies came together at America’s premiere museum of modern and contemporary American art.

 

 

Indeed, blank walls became veritable canvases for the emerging designers, with each Fashion Fund finalist drawing inspiration from an iconic American artist. To wit, Matthew Adams Dolan‘s interpretation of Keith Haring’s second wave Pop Art in denim; and Christian Cowan reimagining Barbara Kruger in a particularly glittering manner.

Just as glittering was the crowd, which included previous Fashion Fund finalists Joseph Altuzarra, Brett Heyman and Prabal Gurung, as well as, of course, Vogue Editor Anna Wintour and CFDA’s Steven Kolb.

 

 

Margherita Missoni Returns to the Missoni Group

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Generally shying away from the question often posed regarding her taking over the fashion empire her grandparents Ottavio and Rosita founded in 1953, Margherita Missoni actually left the company a few years ago to pursue her own projects. But in Italy, family still reigns above all – and she has at last returned to the fold, this time as Creative Director of M Missoni.

Launched in 1998, M has become a staple of the higher end of the ready-to-wear market, bringing the mothership’s bold, intrepid colors and fabrics to a more comprehensive audience. It’s currently sold in 60 countries, with annual sales of more than 50 million euros.

“Being identified as the person who can lead the future course of the new M Missoni fills me with pride,” she beams. “It’s exciting to have the opportunity to set new paradigms and forge new directions for this brand, all whilst using the Missoni aesthetic which lives within me.”

“In her professional trajectory within and outside the company, Margherita has demonstrated her considerable skills,” explains Angela Missoni, President / Creative Director of the Group (and mother to Margherita). “Together with her natural understanding of style and her forward thinking creative capacities, she also proved to be an authentic and successful communicator of the house codes.  I am confident that her talents will make M Missoni a relevant brand for the years to come.”

The M Missoni SS 2020 collection will be the first under Margherita’s creative leadership, though nothing has yet been revealed about future stylistic direction.

 

 

Diesel Teams Up With Berlin’s Most Famous Kebab Kiosk On A New Capsule Collection

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The fashion world is no stranger to collaborations. In the last year alone, Calvin Klein has teamed up with Andy Warhol, Raf Simons with Robert Mapplethorpe and Coach with our favorite Disney characters. Now, Diesel has partnered with famous Berlin kebab kiosk Mustafa Gemüse Kebap, on a streetwear-inspired capsule collection designed by the owner. The line, which features sweatshirts, t-shirts and hats, shows a reimagined version of their logo alongside colorful patches on each piece.

“I just tried to add some special ingredients,” Gemüse told DAZED, “and make sure everybody involved was happy and not hungry, holding a fresh kebab in their hand.”

Along with the collection, the brand made a teaser video that showcases just how popular Mustafa Gemüse Kebap really is. In one of the world’s coolest cities, skaters, punks, tourists and fashion girls alike all line up for blocks to taste one of Gemüse’s exalted delectables. (Now we’re hungry, and can’t wait to get back to Berlin.)

Watch the Diesel x Mustafa Gemüse Kebap teaser video, below, and be sure to cop the collection online and in select stores, starting September 3.

 


 

Photo/video courtesy of Diesel

 

Givenchy’s Fall 18 Campaign ‘Night Noir’ is All ’80s Berlin

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Photography by Steven Meisel for Givenchy

 

Givenchy’s Fall / Winter 18 campaign, shot by Steven Meisel, takes the brand’s leathery, architectural collection and places it in the black-and-white, dramatic world of (an albeit much younger, more modern version) a noir film.

Creative Director Clare Waight Keller drew upon ’80s Berlin clubbing in creating her shoulder pad-filled, sensual collection – so it only makes sense for the actual setting of the campaign to mimic that – though the party scenes could really take place anywhere. The images comes accompanied by an aesthetically corresponding short film.

 

 

 

BLACKBOOK PREMIERE: Kristina Bazan’s Seductive, Thought-Provoking Video for ‘VR’

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Safe to say, Kristina Bazan is a veritable phenomenon. She rose to prominence as the very young force behind fashion/travel site Kayture, and she’s a model who has turned singer – without any of the skepticism sometimes attached to such modern media hyphenates.

To wit, this seductive, thought-provoking new single and video “VR,” which BlackBook premieres here. Part Luc Besson sci-fi enigma, part David Lynch noir mystery, it shows Bazan lasciviously glammed up, and getting particularly friendly with a dancer’s pole. Her come hither croon is, to say the least, irresistible.

“I had the idea of this night club,” she reveals, “where men and women can go to have a drink and relax while meeting people in VR. The whole song talks about this, the contrast of illusion and reality, what feels real and what in fact is not. And especially our need for ‘instant turn-on'”

 

 

The track itself has a slinky, new wavey aesthetic, perfectly underpinning the sensuality of her vocal delivery.

“It’s influenced by ’80s rock music, with a psychedelic disco vibe,” she says. “I wanted something sexy and fun, yet with an underlying melancholy and mystery. Bands like Blondie and Siouxsie & the Banshees inspired the creation of the song.”

The single is taken from her debut EP, EPHV1, which will be released October 26 – followed by a full album in January 2019. She promises it will be very much about how technology lords over our lives.

“It’s going to be very eclectic,” she explains, “with many different influences and directions, and a predominant electronic, futuristic, technologic feel.”

 

Fashion Détente: ‘Pop-In@Nordstrom’ Brings Mexico Across the Border

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Impossible though it may seem, the United States currently finds itself at political and ideological “war” with both of its neighbors, Canada and Mexico – obviously the result of the ongoing follies of the current administration.

Thankfully, fashion exists far above such absurdities – wanting only to help us spend our days feeling a little more fabulous via our stylistic choices. Nordstrom’s venerable VP of Creative Projects Olivia Kim, specifically, has made a mission of exactly that; and her latest undertaking, Pop-In@Nordstrom ¡Viva México!, crosses our unnecessarily controversial southern border to bring a bit of Latin heat and chic to select Nordstrom locations.

Launching this Friday, August 31, it will feature some of the hottest and most authentic Mexican apparel, accessories and home decor brands – Binge Knitting, Olmos Y Flores, Siempre Viva, Carla Fernandez – exhibited in a fittingly elegant and artistic manner.

 

 

“Cultural exploration is a guiding theme for Pop-In@Nordstrom,” enthuses Kim. “We have had partnerships inspired by different countries including France, Italy and Korea; and I’m so excited to bring the vibrant culture of Mexico to our customers through a unique curation of our favorite finds that have been created by Mexican designers and artisans.”

And putting the project decisively above the political fray, a partnership with the Mexican Consulate will celebrate Mexican Independence Day on September 16, featuring traditional chefs and street food vendors.

 

Rihanna’s ‘Savage x Fenty’ NYFW Show Was an Inclusive Spectacle

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If there’s one thing that characterizes every New York Fashion Week, it’s a battle for the most attention-grabbing spectacle. But Rihanna’s very much buzzed-about lingerie line Savage x Fenty accomplished not only that, but also managed to stir up the ever important conversation about female inclusivity.

The line itself was launched earlier this year (May 11, to be exact) to much chattering amongst the fashion classes. The 90+ piece collection of sleepwear and accessories was divided into four distinct lines: On the Reg, U Cute, Damn and Black Widow. At the time she told Vogue, “Women should be wearing lingerie for their damn selves. I can only hope to encourage confidence and strength by showing lingerie in another light.”

 

 

The NYFW show was actually live streamed on YouTube. And while the considerable likes of Bella Hadid and Joan Smalls were present, the model casting keenly represented women of all body types, including a pregnant Slick Woods.

The setting, a Brooklyn Navy Yard warehouse, was given a sort of tropical-futuristic atmosphere, with an emphasis on nature (chirping birds), and featuring almost tribalistic dancing – a celebration of primal sisterhood, in a sense. And, of course, a no-holds-barred expression of sexuality; the line, after all, features whips, crops, pasties and – no kidding – furry handcuffs.

 

 

‘ON CANAL’ Will Bring Installations, High-Tech Immersion + Cultural Enlightenment to NYFW

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As if New York Fashion Week (September 6 -14) wasn’t enough of a spectacle unto itself…the fascinating new project ON CANAL (launching September 6) will transform its legendary namesake NYC street into a cultural extravaganza of epic proportions. Founded by Wallplay CEO Laura O’Reilly and Vibes Studios‘ Sonny Gindi, it has taken 20+ vacant Canal Street storefronts and filled them with thrilling, edifying and perception-altering programming.

To wit, they’ll set up temporary showrooms for fashion zeitgeisters Telfar and CFDA / Vogue Fashion Fund finalist Luar (a fave of Kendrick Lamar and Solange Knowles), as well as up-and-comers the likes of Kim Shui, Sektor, Vaquera and Gauntlett Cheng. But there will also be tech fascinations like the Beheld 3D scanner – creating a three-dimensional model of each guest – a VR installation from DiMoDa, futuristic, responsive garments from Wearable Media, as well as a mixed-reality installation by FELT Zine – and let’s face it, who doesn’t need a bit of altered reality right now?

 

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Some of it will be heady. For instance, you can firsthand witness the recycling of your unused threads, as Colm Dillane of KidSuper has set up sewing machines for instantaneous repurposing, a thoughtful commentary on waste in the fashion biz. And Osmunda, an organization devoted to the re-greening of NYC, will host forums and discussions on sustainable practices in the industry.

So, when the shows and schmoozing get to be all too much, there will now be a place to escape for a bit of fascination, enlightenment, and, most importantly, a lot of dazzle. Could this be the future of fashion weeks?

 

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