Louis Vuitton’s spring / summer 2013 runway show was unveiled on one of the many catwalks of Paris fashion week, see the runway photos from GQ Uk.
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The British Council and TOPMAN hosted a reception this week to celebrate the recipients of the SS13 NEWGEN MEN awards. This season six of London’s cutting edge menswear designers will receive mentoring and support to showcase their collections at the first ever men’s collections in London on 15th – 17th June.
It was announced that Lou Dalton and Sibling will receive catwalk sponsorship and Christopher Raeburn, Martine rose, Matthew Miller: presentation sponsorship and Bunney: installation sponsorship.
“We’re delighted to be supporting six of London’s emerging menswear talents this season, with special thanks going to TOPMAN for their continued and on-going support of the NEWGEN MEN initiative. This announcement kick-starts the countdown to the launch of our dedicated menswear showcase, London Collections: Men, and is the perfect opportunity to celebrate Britain as a leading force in menswear and capital of emerging talent.”
Caroline Rush CEO British Fashion Council
The full schedule is now available online at: http://www.londoncollections.co.uk/men/schedule.aspx
[dropcap]O[/dropcap]nce again, Dior takes up residence in Saint-Tropez and settles in the intimate atmosphere of the gardens of the Embassy. In an eighteenth century in an atmosphere Dior opens its temporary boutique that allows both to buy the latest creations from the houseand enjoy little culinary moments.
Peter Marino has handled the interior design and was inspired by the famous boutique on Avenue Montaigne which includes femininity and modernity in shades of gray and “toile” .The spaces are filled with contemporary works such as the table Hubert Le Galland Lawrence Chauvat mirror.
The “Plus” of this year: the ephemeral concept store expands with a new room exclusively dedicated to ready-to-wear.
On the other side of the street, moved the temporary boutique Dior Homme. The selection of ready-to-wear and accessories reflects the inspiration and aesthetics of Dior Homme.
Le « Dior des Lices »
For the second consecutive year, the triple starred Chef, Yannick Alleno, will settle in the gardens of the Dior boutique in St. Tropez.
He will welcome customers for a unique moment of relaxation with a glass of champagne, served in the beautiful gardens sculpted by Peter Wirtz.
Yannick Alleno was inspired by Mr. Dior to create its delicious summer menu and just as ephemeral as the shop. At The « Dior des Lices » the privileged can enjoy gourmet moments throughout the day.Dior à Saint-Tropez 13, rue François Sibilli Tel: + 33 4 98 12 67 67
[dropcap]B[/dropcap]ottega Veneta has opened its first men’s store in New York City on Saturday, April 28th at 23 East 67th Street. The 1,661 Square foot townhouse space will feature leather goods, luggage, shoes, tailored clothing, furnishings, and a limited amount of sportswear amongst others. The shop’s interiors are all custom-made, from the leather door handles to the canapé sofas. In the back of the store is an entrance to a quiet seating area with wood flooring.
In response to a high demand last fall, Bottega Veneta created a limit edition collection of 50 different “informale” men’s bags and with a new Made-to-Measure program. They also announced that they will offer a bespoke service where shoppers can have their bags or accessories initialized.
Thomas Maier, Bottega Veneta’s Creative Director states “The new Men’s Store will enable us to offer a more engaging shopping experience, in a neighborhood store, where the products have been selected especially for the man who lives and shops there.” According the WWD, Menswear accounts for nearly 30 percent of Bottega Veneta’s total sales. PPR Group, the company behind Bottega Veneta and Gucci has posted a 29 percent increase from January to March.
At this time there is no mention of further plans to open additional men’s stores.
[dropcap]M[/dropcap]icah Lidberg just might be the first designer to debut a collection at New York Fashion Week that features dinosaurs ripping into the flesh of lifeless prey. But when Lacoste L!VE invited the Missouri-bred illustrator to bring his whimsical, storybook style to the brand, they knew what they were getting into. Lidberg, whose work has appeared everywhere from the New York Times to Nylon, is known for images full of flowing movements, bright color, strange critters and occasional violence. “I designed the tag last,” he says. “It was almost like signing a painting.” The pieces won’t be available until June, but Lidberg gave SPIN a preview at the picturesque Lacoste Lounge during fashion week earlier this month.
[dropcap]T[/dropcap]hey say that opposites attract. But, this latest fashion collaboration feels like two worlds colliding. Converse and Missoni have gotten in bed together and birthed the fifth Missoni for Converse line, spanking new twist on the classic Chuck Taylor design for the Spring 2012 season.
The line features two women’s-only versions of the shoe with a touch of metallic sparkle added to Missoni’s signature zig zag, knit used in the uppers. One comes in green and white with silver and gold metallic detailing and the other in white and tan with subtle hues of peach accented with silver and gold.
In addition to the women’s-only versions, the collection also includes a fresh unisex model that comes in Missoni’s exclusive multi-stitch, space-dyed fabric in sharp hues of navy and white. Already familiar from past Converse and Missoni collaborations, each shoe has premium leather on the tongue’s upper, logos, heel-pull-tabs and toe caps. It is more than sure that these beauties will be some of the most sought after sneakers of the season.
Kenzo and Vans announced also a series of new collections for summer 2012. There will be three installments of products set to hit stores in May, June and July. Headed by Opening Ceremony founders Humberto Leon and Carol Lim, Kenzo, has recently seen an injection of youthful designs.
For the first assortment of styles, Kenzo’s vibrant colors and net prints from the Spring Summer 2012 season will be featured on Vans’ original skate shoe, the Era. The collection includes seven colorways available for men and women that feature the bright blue, white, green and red colors.
The collections will be sold at Kenzo stores, Kenzo.com and at select retail partners including Opening Ceremony, Colette, Harvey Nichols, Bosco Milan,Lane Crawford and IT starting in mid-May 2012.
[dropcap]T[/dropcap]he first Parisian Tom Ford Store just opened during the Fashion Week, right after the Chanel show.
A new prestigious brand to add to the long luxury brand list of Rue François 1er, that will be located on the 48 bis. The store of 350m² is divided in three floors, exclusively dedicated to menswear, including ready-to-wear, accessories, sportwear, shoes, sunglasses and fragrances.
We will have to wait until December to discover the first womenswear store, to be opened on rue Saint Honoré and introducing the coming SS13 collection !
[dropcap]T[/dropcap]he British Fashion Council have announced plans for a brand new menswear showcase: “London Collections: Men” which will launch in June 2012. This will take place from 15-17th June allowing London to kick start the menswear calendar!
London collections: Men has been developed from the men’s day at LFW and will showcase British brands aiming to emphasise both the creative and commercial importance of our emerging talent.
London’s emerging talent MAN, NEWGEN MEN sponsored by Topman and Fashion Forward will contribute along with heritage, Savile Row and iconic British designers such as Margaret Howell, Aquatscutum, Richard James and E Tautz.
Dylan Jones, Editor GQ and Chair of Fashion 2012 Menswear Committee commented:
“This is a fabulous initiative, and one that will undoubtedly draw even more attention towards London this year. Whether you’re involved in sport, fashion, media, retail, entertainment or tech, or indeed any industry, London is the place to be in 2012.”