Mulberry has launched the Portobello Tote, its first 100 per cent sustainable leather bag.
Made entirely in the UK at Mulberry’s carbon-neutral Somerset factories, the bag uses heavy-grain leather – a by-product of food production – from a gold-rated tannery.
The Portobello is unlined and stitched with Epic EcoVerde thread, a recycled polyester fibre. The streamlined tote also features double loop handles and a shoulder strap, so it can be carried or worn across the body.
“Our starting point for this family was the ultimate everyday item, the plastic bag – functional, but throwaway. The Portobello keeps the beautiful utility of this silhouette and elevates it into an elegant tote that is practical and, more importantly, made to last,” said Johnny Coca, Mulberry creative director.
The bag will be available in store and at mulberry.com in a range of signature and seasonal shades: Black, Midnight, Chestnut, Nordic Blue, Crimson, Tangerine Orange and Mulberry Green.
Paul Smith, born in Nottingham on July 5, 1946, was an avid cyclist until he was 17, when a road accident put paid to his competitive dreams.
He then found himself in a new world of creative young people and embarked on a life-long journey of discovery in design, music and fashion.
He met his now wife Pauline when he was 21, and she introduced him to visual arts, cinema and much more. Her influence and training at the Royal College was instrumental in developing Smith’s understanding and skill in tailoring and garment design.
He opened his first shop called Paul Smith Vêtements Pour Homme in Nottingham in 1970 and sold established brands alongside pieces he had designed himself.
In 1976, Smith travelled to Paris to showcase his first men’s collection, which featured a mix of casual and semi-formal wear. The brand continued to grow, with the first flagship London store opening in 1979.
Smith has grown to become one of Britain’s top designers, known for his creative spirit, which combines tradition with modernity. Individuality is key to the Paul Smith ethos and this theme carries through all collections and products that the company creates. Paul Smith is synonymous with colour and playful design, most represented by the iconic stripe which has had many incarnations over the years.
From its origins in one small shop in Nottingham Paul Smith has grown into a global business, selling to five continents, over 70 countries and 3,000 shops. Paul Smith remains an independent company, with Smith himself holding the majority stake.
The 50th anniversary of the brand will be marked by the launch of a book celebrating the designer’s inspirations through portraits of 50 objects. The book puts together the selected objects along with quotes and contributions from many of Smith’s friends and collaborators during his 50 years in business.
A 50th anniversary capsule collection of casual menswear and womenswear looks into the vast back-catalogue of photo prints that Smith has created over the years. Archive graphics spanning 1988 to 2002 offer a snapshot of Smith’s vivid approach to design. This year not only sees the brand’s 50th anniversary, but also the launch of the Paul Smith’s Foundation. Launched in September 2020, the foundation will provide advice to creative people via a digital platform, which will list all the he has given and received over the last 50 years. Having advised many young people looking to grow their own businesses – a testament to Smith’s drive to always look ahead.
Fashion brand Diesel has gone “green” with this year’s autumn/winter collection in line with its “responsible living” strategy, which was first launched at the start of this year.
The strategy is based on four key pillars, namely be the alternative, stand for the planet, celebrate individuality and promote integrity.
The green strategy started with Diesel’s spring/summer collection this year, in which it launched new styles produced in line with its sustainability strategy.
Its latest collection, titled “Respectful Denim with Diesel DNA” features classic jeans in vintage wash, some with laser-etched scratches and abrasions. These garments were created using innovative techniques that significantly reduce the use of water and chemicals during the production process. Every pair is treated with a minimal amount of chemicals and up to 40 per cent less water.
The t-shirts, sweatshirts and hoodies in the collection are made from organic cotton and recycled polyester made from consumer waste – think used plastic bottles and factory waste.
The collection is marked with a graphic of recycling arrows forming the letter “D”.
Diesel has also introduced flannel shirts made entirely of organic cotton grown without the use of synthetic chemicals or genetically modified seeds, as well as outerwear for men made of 75 per cent recycled wool.
The collection stands out thanks to Diesel’s Green Label, which identifies responsible practices and minimal impact on the environment.
Stella McCartney’s latest collection is inspired by strong-willed women grounded in reality but free in spirit. Bold touches flirt with boundaries, leaping into uncharted territories to evoke the fearless female energy of pioneers, disruptors and visionaries.
The Winter 2020 collection takes inspiration from the art deco stylings of Russian-born French designer and illustrator Erté (1892–1990), from whose archives Stella was permitted to procure never-before-used fashion prints.
The resulting designs feature a compelling tension created by the feminisation of masculine clothing, sculptural silhouettes and minimal embellishments balanced with natural textures. True to Stella, the palette includes terrestrial tones of mineral, clay, sand, charcoal, walnut and navy alongside punches of lilac and ginger.
The season draws inspiration from both Erté and a rebellious energy, with prints by the artist including Tumbling Locks, Starburst and Jellyfish. The opulence is disrupted with touches of lumberjack, layered check and leather bindings. In this defiant spirit, Winter 2020 has more animal-free vegan leather than previous ready-to-wear collections, expanding the cruelty- and PVC-free material beyond accessories – including decorative perforated vegan leather and shaggy pile animal-free shearling.
Bowed shirts and belted trousers are shown in soft and sensual patterns, while dresses with bound extensions are draped and fluidly wrapped around the body. Unstructured silhouettes are embellished with luxurious metallic beaded designs.
Stella’s tailoring is seen via structural outerwear that transitions through the collection from minimalist, neutral tones in micro mouliné flannel and flecked melton to a more utilitarian lumberjack check. The collection’s knitwear teases a variety of textures, juxtaposing clean-cut shapes with decadent comfort – from felted checks to a new long-pile animal-free sheepskin.
A key bag this season is a mid-century-inspired shoulder bag featuring a softer aesthetic contrasted against structured vegan leather, with a braided strap. Another focal bag is immediately recognisable for its unique geometric shapes, the iconic Falabella chains in a chunky style and animal-free crocodile leather. There is also an oversized, slouchy Hobo bag in sumptuously soft vegan leather bonded with animal-free suede.
Flat goth boots march into the season with an oversized metallic front zipper and a sharp, pointed toe. The Emilie Chelsea boot also makes its show debut, with the high vegan leather upper sitting atop a layer of Macadamia wood and a split chunky sole. The Cage 2 flat pump is anything but flat stylistically, with cut-outs at the pointed toe as well as along the sides.
Gold and silver animal jewellery are an eccentric addition including broaches, earrings and necklaces inspired by ancient hieroglyphs and mid-century art.
The Winter 2020 collection from Stella McCartney is at The EmQuartier, M Floor (call (02) 021 2111.
Jul 15. 2020Lara Trump, in Chiara Boni La Petite Robe, at an appearance during last month’s Tulsa rally with her husband, Eric. MUST CREDIT: Washington Post photo by Jabin Botsford
By The Washington Post · Robin Givhan · FEATURES, FASHION
The Chiara Boni La Petite Robe brand of womenswear might best be described as efficiently feminine and abundantly wearable, which is a rare combination in fashion. The dresses, which travel with ease, have been embraced by news anchors and celebrities, but they are practically a uniform among Trump boosters, who tend to wear them like telegenic armor, with significant heels and impeccable grooming.
Instead of disavowing this Trumpian connection – or carefully ignoring it – the brand has embraced it with social media glee. This, too, is virtually unheard of in fashion. It might even be considered reckless in these dire and politicized times. More than half of the country disapproves of the president’s handling of a job that is now defined by the pandemic, the tanking economy and calls for racial justice.
To be clear, the veteran designer who is the namesake of Chiara Boni is not reveling in the brand’s connection to Trump world. Boni, who is Italian and based in Milan, is focused on her clothes’ fit, her signature jersey fabric and the issue of sustainability. The brand’s official Instagram account is dominated by runway images and highlights of the company’s covid-19 response.
“I definitely think fashion should be a safe space – not a place for politics,” says customer Niki Levy, in an email.
The Trump association is highlighted by Anthony Vecchione, who owns the New York sales showroom of Chiara Boni USA. He is friendly with many of the high-profile women who inhabit Trump-ville – Jeanine Pirro, Lara Trump, Kimberly Guilfoyle – and regularly posts pictures of himself alongside them and dutifully tags the fashion brand for emphasis.
Vecchione’s willingness to do this is notable because the fashion industry has had an antagonistic relationship with this White House since before Trump’s inauguration. Soon after the election, a litany of designers announced they would not dress the first lady. Even now, when she purchases ensembles at retail, companies have been reluctant to take credit. (The most vociferous exception has been Dolce & Gabbana.) When presidential counselor Kellyanne Conway wore Gucci to the inauguration, the brand went out of its way to make clear that her decision to do so was beyond its control. A whole movement was launched encouraging consumers to boycott brands that supported the new administration, and that animosity has only grown during this election cycle.
“I am very much not influenced by who is wearing what. It’s more about what I like and what best suits me,” Chiara Boni customer Veronica Bulgari – of the jewelry family – writes in an email. But it’s “certainly not a plus to know that Trump campaign members are wearing them!!!”
Waters that were already treacherous have become practically lethal. Regardless, Vecchione dives in.
“I’ll take any woman who pays retail,” he says. “We dress the right, the left and everyone in the middle.”
Chiara Boni La Petite Robe was founded in 2007 and quickly became profitable, thanks in large measure to Vecchione and its popularity in the United States.
The dresses come in eye-catching jewel tones and are often embellished with a ruffle or something akin to a half peplum. They’re body-conscious garments that keep everything precisely where a woman would like everything to be.
They sometimes have a well-placed slash at the neckline or at the shoulders to reveal a flash of skin. They aren’t overtly sexy, but they are knowingly so. They are power-dresses for the male gaze.
The collection is regularly shown on the runway in New York, but viewers of television news will have seen these dresses in the wild, as they are in regular rotation behind the anchor desks at Fox News, as well as the other networks. Vecchione once appeared on “Justice with Judge Jeanine” as a first lady fashion expert and tsk-tsked his industry for not lauding Melania Trump’s style during her 2017 visit to Saudi Arabia and Israel.
“What they should be doing right now is praising our first lady for how beautiful and how chic she is representing our country,” Vecchione said during his TV appearance. (Melania Trump has not worn Chiara Boni in the White House.) “The woman looks statuesque. She floats. She’s beautiful.”
The collection has also turned up on the red carpet on women such as Niecy Nash, and on the cover of O magazine, worn by its regular cover model Oprah Winfrey.
The O magazine cover is a testament to the tenacity of Vecchione, who set out to meet the media mogul by stalking her best friend, “CBS This Morning” anchor Gayle King, who is also editor at large at the glossy. He knew that King had purchased a Chiara Boni dress in the past, and so “I went to Hearst publications and sat in the coffee area for three hours until I ran into Gayle King.” She was his introduction to the magazine’s creative director who oversees Winfrey’s editorial shoots.
In explaining why he was not thrown out of the building for loitering, Vecchione says, “I have a charming manner to me.”
He grew up in New Jersey and now lives in New Rochelle, a small city about 20 miles north of Manhattan, with his husband of 26 years, who works in real estate. “My husband and I are blessed to be very social,” he says. “We are the most invited gay couple around.”
When a phone interview interrupts Vecchione during his at-home manicure, he is both gracious and garrulous. At 54, he has already worked in the business more than 30 years, beginning when he was selling textiles to some of the founding fathers of modern Seventh Avenue, such as Bill Blass and Oscar de la Renta, whose lives were interwoven with their clients’.
One of the things he learned from those years was that business is personal; friendships beget profits.
He is not swayed by the usual bright shiny objects that make the industry swoon. He brags that Birmingham is one of his biggest markets. He is happy to dole out fashion-show tickets to non-famous customers who may have made only modest purchases, if it means generating goodwill. He donated a dress to a Museum of the Bible fashion show last year. There he is smiling on Facebook with a founder of the Trumpettes USA, Toni Holt Kramer.
“I became friends with our clients. You have to become part of the customers’ life. You become part of their world,” Vecchione says. “Everything we did, we did with a charitable cause. You can buy a page in Vogue for $100,000, but I started to get involved in diabetes (charities) … in every charity out there. You want to take money from people, you have to give.”
Vecchione became acquainted with Pirro, a friend of Trump, thanks to the geography of Westchester County where he lives and where Pirro was once district attorney. But he says they really bonded when, during a fashion show at Neiman Marcus in White Plains, Pirro raved to the assembled guests about the brand. When asked to chat about her friendship with Vecchione, her representative at Fox News wrote, “We’ll pass.”
He has known Lara Trump since before she was married to the president’s son Eric, he says: “A whole clique of us used to hang out.” Lara Trump did not respond to requests to discuss their relationship.
But Vecchione’s Instagram account bears witness to his affection for his pals and their style. There is a picture of Lara Trump in a clingy white dress standing alongside campaign fundraiser Guilfoyle (girlfriend of Donald Trump Jr.) in a cobalt blue one. The two are smiling from the president’s Tulsa rally last month. Vecchione is pictured in Trump Tower with Pirro, who’s wearing pearl-studded Chiara Boni pants; he’s beaming with Lara at a birthday celebration for Eric. He is at Mar-a-Lago; he’s at the White House in Melania’s forest of red Christmas trees.
And he’s posing with press secretary Kayleigh McEnany, who’s dressed in festive red.
“She’s chic and stylish,” Vecchione says of McEnany. “She packages herself very well.”
In the past, fashion has been a cultural data point that puts an indelible stamp on an era: the pillbox hats, the Kenneth Jay Lane pearls, the power sheaths. But today, fashion has become just another industry in economic crisis, another nesting place of inequality, a faint source of wistful distraction – and a vague memory of joy.
Vecchione keeps faith that friendship, politics and fashion can be mutually beneficial and yet, separate. That belief is by no means a reflection of the times. And its singularity is an indictment of them.
Thai fashion brand goes viral with chic ‘new normal’ look
May 28. 2020
By THE NATION
Thai fashion brand Issue is turning the virus crisis into an opportunity with stylish fresh designs for the “new normal” era of safety-consciousness.
The leading brand is also focusing more on e-retail, offering online customers special promotions and exclusive privileges.
The digital age and Covid-19 pandemic had combined to create a new normal of everyday life in which everyone is concerned about health and travel outside the house, said Pupawit Kritpolnara, Issue’s owner and creative director.
Yet, fashion is still in demand as a force that rejuvenates and refreshes our lives, he added.
“After the crisis is over, fashion business will recover since entrepreneurs have learned to adapt. … I believe that there is opportunity in the midst of crisis. We foresee opportunities to adjust and shift marketing strategies to focus on e-commerce, which is open and unlimited. This strategy will serve the growth of our brand and fulfil our business expansion plan sustainably in the digital era, ” Pupawit said.
Among new Issue designs popular with online customers is the so-called Survival Cap, an embroidered bucket cap that melds fashion, art and technology and comes equipped with a UV plastic face shield to ward off Covid-19.
Also, Issue recently teamed up with Japan’s Wacoal (ISSUE x WACOAL) to launch a new collection of travel wear that doubles as chic pyjamas to suit the lifestyles of people staying at home to combat the virus outbreak.
Swarovski has joined hands with social media platform Line for Thai shoppers.
The Line Friends collection captures the youthful and vibrant spirits of Line’s most beloved characters including Brown, Cony and Sally through exquisite craftsmanship and dazzling designs, Swarovski said.
The special range consists of jewellery, bag charms, ballpoint pens and home decors.
For fans of Line Friends, Swarovski will be selling exclusively via Line @swarovskithailand from now onwards. In addition, customers can receive 10 per cent discount with free delivery from now until the April 30.
The Swarovski Line Friends collection is currently in Swarovski stores, @swarovskithailand, and online store.
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