Get your hands on your monthly dose of fashion, entertainment, beauty & luxury. December is the month of joy and festivities, curl up by the fire and read to your heart’s content!
HARRIS REED DEBUTS FIRST LOOK FOR NINA RICCI
Nina Ricci’s new creative director is set to make his runway debut in February during Paris Fashion Week. Making the decision of not waiting that long, Harris Reed debuted his first look this month. Reed created a custom look for Adele for her “Weekends With Adele” concert in Las Vegas. The dress also happens to be the first custom VIP look for the brand in the last 5 years. Appointed creative director for the fashion house in September, he has promised a “magnified femininity” at Nina Ricci and has stated that the gown is just a “small nod of what’s to come.” Coming to the actual dress, it is a full length, off-the-shoulder gown in black velvet and features voluminous circle sleeves in black tulle as well as sequin polka dot embroidery and Swarovski crystals. The dress also had the singer’s name embroidered inside in a scrolling pink script.
MALONE SOULIERS’ ‘EMILY IN PARIS’ COLLECTION
Emily in Paris – a Netflix offering that every fashionista keeps an eye on. And it also happens to be the gift that keeps on giving! The show’s outrageously beautiful fashion looks make it a style heaven; a style heaven that has inspired many luxury collections. The latest to join that list happens to be Malone Souliers. The luxury footwear brand took it upon itself to design an entire shoe collection taking inspiration from the show. It also includes the Emily silhouette that features a girly bow on the vamp. The shoes are stunning and are based on characters from the show. One thing is for sure though, Mademoiselle Cooper would certainly give her approval!
NARS DEBUTS AI-POWERED AMBASSADOR CAMPAIGN
It seems that beauty brand NARS chose to travel down an unconventional route while selecting a face for its newest campaign. Instead of choosing someone, the brand opted to create three virtual brand ambassadors. Prompted by the brand’s Powermatte Lipstick Launch, the ‘Power Players’ are completely digital spokespeople. Each of the three ‘meta-humans’ was inspired by a different lipstick shade and has their own tech-tinted career backstory. Maxine is a New York-based DJ, Chelsea is a digital artist in London and Sissi is a Shanghai digital fashion designer who also happens to be an early adopter of NFTs. The campaign from the French cosmetics company is redefining the meaning of being digitally native. The production pipeline Unreal Engine 5 fleshed out the designs and the makeup was done by The Global Artistic Director of NARS – Lena Koro. The AI ambassadors are intended to reflect the consumers’ increasing usage and awareness of the metaverse and Web3 environments. They’re also expected to unlock new opportunities to further engage and inspire the NARS community since consumer behaviour evolves in emerging digital environments.
COPENHAGEN FASHION WEEK ANNOUNCES AW2023 LINEUP
The Copenhagen Fashion Week happens to be one of the go-to events for fashion connoisseurs. It’s the event where the style set prefers to go to discover cult brands on the runways and decode what trend is going to dominate the coming year. It is also a good place to discover new Scandi style for the streets. An event that many wait eagerly for, the fall/winter 2023 line-up is all set to delight the fashionistas. The brand line-up for AW2023 has been released and it includes both, veteran, and new names alike. The line-up is pretty exciting this time and showcases the best of Nordic design. The brands have been through a successful screening – from both a fashion design perspective and a full value chain perspective. So, mark your calendars properly and set aside the dates from January 31 to February 3.
GUCCI’S NEW VALIGERIA BOUTIQUE IN PARIS
Gucci has opened its first luggage-exclusive boutique called Gucci Valigeria in Paris. The boutique is located at Rue Saint-Honoré, and also happens to be permanent. The first items that Gucci’s founder, Guccio Gucci offered up after opening his store in 1921 in Florence were trunks, suitcases, and hatboxes. And in October, Gucci also opened up a small Gucci Valigeria pop-up boutique at London’s The Savoy Hotel where a young Guccio happened to be a luggage porter. And this original Florentine store is from where the travel line’s permanent locations derive inspiration from. The press release stated that “Gucci Valigeria is a powerful reminder of our Florentine roots and our timeless craft.” And that the Saint-Honoré store, in particular, was created to be “a portal into our ever-expanding world of travel and discovery.” If you’re curious to know more about the store itself, it is a 2,000-square-foot retail space spread over 2 floors. The boutique seems to have taken inspiration from the heyday of rail travel during the Belle-Epoque. The vintage light fixtures, the window displays taking cues from luggage carts, and the interior’s neutral-hued canvas surfaces and dark walnut furniture give an impression of well-travelled opulence. The store offers the full range of Gucci’s travel line – from totes and backpacks to hat cases and suitcases – you’ll find everything here. Another thing you’ll be able to find here, are trunks as well as the newly launched and “Off the Grid” versions in regenerated Econyl nylon. The store will also see the retail debut of the freshly launched aluminium trolley suitcases.