Selfridges has announced a new sustainability initiative, Project Earth. Featuring new design innovations, retail concepts and thought-provoking ideas in sustainability, the series of new commitments part of the project, are set to radically change their business.
“Project Earth is an exploration into how we can change the way we shop by 2025. We believe that by driving a transition to more sustainable materials, exploring new business models, and challenging the mindsets of our partners and customers as well as our own teams, we can offer an alternative perspective on retail and create a sustainable future.”
Back in Fall 2010, Givenchy unveiled a new addition to its leather-goods collection: the Antigona bag, which soon became a classic of the Maison. Its precise, structured lines were an original take on a modern, timeless aesthetic.
To celebrate the 10th anniversary of this icon, Maison Givenchy is revealing a new interpretation: the Antigona Soft. It naturally reprises the shape of its elder sister, this time in supple leather. This new fluidity and sensuality break with the strict curves of the original, lending the Antigona Soft a more relaxed air. This subtle slouchiness contrasts volume with purity of line. Wide, enveloping handles allow the Antigona Soft to move seamlessly from day bag to weekender.
The anniversary of the Antigona is being marked, in the windows of Givenchy’s Paris boutiques, by a neon installation inspired by the bag’s iconic lines, which bridges the gap between the original design and its new, supple variation. These two visions of the same idea of leather goods reflect the creative freedom advocated by the couture house.
Swedish recycling business, Re:newcell, has announced a new collaboration with US denim giant Levi’s. Levi’s has launched two new lines which will be produced using Circulose, a recycled materials which is made at Re:newcell’s plant in Kristinehamn.
Circulose’, a dissolving pulp, is produced using post-consumer and post-industrial cotton waste. Re:newcell takes old jeans, t-shirts and other worn out cotton clothes and transforms them into a new natural material without – it is claimed – quality loss. Circulose garments will be available to buy in stores in collaboration with selected brands over the coming months.
“This collaboration is solid proof that Circulose a high-quality material and a direct substitute for unsustainable cotton. We’re incredibly proud,” said a spokesperson for Re:newcell.
Said Paul Dillinger, Levi’s vice president of global product innovation said: “The fashion industry has long been chasing the potential of the circular economy. The jeans we’ve made in collaboration with Re:newcell show it can be done.”
The latest edition of Mipel ended with excellent results in terms of visits just before the outbreak of the Covid-19 emergency in Italy; now the event not only confirms its dates (20-23 September 2020 at FieraMilano-Rho), placing itself among the first fairs to take place again physically since the start of the pandemic, but relaunches with an innovative platform: the “Mipel Digital Trade Show,” a virtual event that will guarantee maximum visibility for participating exhibitors to international visitors who, for obvious reasons related to the global health emergency, will not be able to travel.
The partner chosen by Mipel to inaugurate the beginning of this digital path is the leading B2B e-commerce platform NuORDER. Exhibitors will benefit from NuORDER’s market leading features such as digital catalogs, line sheets, 360 imagery and Virtual Showroom to boost their wholesale business.
“We are excited about this collaboration,” says Franco Gabbrielli, President of Mipel. “The main international brands of leather goods and fashion accessories that animate our event every year will have the opportunity to get in touch with a qualified network of over 500,000 retailers linked to NuORDER thus creating an unprecedented digital networking system for Mipel. The physical fair remains for us and for the exhibitors an extremely important moment of contact and comparison and the beginning of such a digital path adds further value to the event.”
“We are excited to partner with the global leader of the leather and accessories industry to power its first ever digital trade show,” says Heath Wells, Co-Founder and Co-CEO of NuORDER. “MIPEL has responded quickly to address the needs of its exhibitors and attendees to ensure the crucial connections can still take place alongside its physical event. We are thrilled to provide NuORDER’s leading platform to Mipel’s global network and look forward to the opportunities of enhanced brand discovery and commerce that will be forged through this new way of collaborating.”
WSN wants to strengthen its event despite the exceptional circumstances and have decided to postpone Who’s Next l IMPACT l Traffic (which was originally scheduled from the 4th to 7th September 2020 at Porte de Versailles) to take place alongside Premiere Classe from Friday 2nd to Sunday 4th October 2020, in the heart of Jardin des Tuileries during Paris Fashion Week.
The Vimeet platform will now be accessible from the 2nd to the 4th of October 2020 to enable exhibitors to organise their meetings with buyers and present physically or through videoconference for Who’s Next I IMPACT I Traffic & Première Classe. All visitors who have already obtained their badge for Who’s Next I IMPACT I Traffic will be able to use it to enter this event from the 2nd to the 4th of October 2020 in Jardin des Tuileries: Who’s Next I IMPACT I Traffic & Premiere Classe.
To celebrate the legacy of Pitti Uomo, Pitti Connect has launched History of Pitti: a four-part video series highlighting four select designers who contributed to the heart of Pitti’s history. The first in the series features Raf Simons, who has exhibited three times at Pitti Uomo, over his career. The video focuses on the Florence experience and, of course, the designer’s aesthetic research.
On his relationship with Pitti Uomo, Simons has stated, “Florence holds a special place in my heart, as, over the years, I have regularly come back to show my work or to collaborate on projects that closely mirror my vision.” And in highlighting this history, we hope not only to focus on an enduring legacy, but to show the development of a total vision that looks forward to many years to come. “Our history always informs our present and hence our future,” says Simons. “Our past experiences direct the way we react to present challenges. Or, everything I’ve done or created in the past has a direct or indirect impact on what I’m doing now.”
On August 6th, 2020 the monthly Prada Timecapsule drop will be launched on prada.com – at 3pm CET – for 24 hours only. Prada Timecapsule is an exclusive product drop of 50 items, occurring once a month, each first Thursday.
This series of drops offer a classic boxy shirt, one of Prada’s wardrobe essentials, presented as unisex in an original printed version. The print’s motif is inspired by a theme related to the month of launch and includes a specific limited edition number 1/50, 2/50….
For this release, scheduled August 6th, Prada presents a new cotton popeline shirt for both women and men, featuring an exclusive black, light-blue and white graphic print, inspiredmby the biking world.
Next drop will be on September 3rd, 2020.
In the center of Lecce, in the south of the Puglia region, models walked the runway of the Dior Cruise 2021 Collection without an audience to respect social distancing guidelines. Much more than a simple post card, this live show culminated a creative journey that celebrates this region of southern Italy.
Puglia has always held a special place in the heart of the Creative Director for Dior women’s collections and provided the starting point for her latest creations. Texts by anthropologist Ernesto De Martino dedicated to the region’s traditions prompted her to explore their roots. As part of this process she invited local artisans and artists to help her craft certain pieces.
Talking about her motivations in creating a collection as a ‘choral work’, the Italian designer said: “During this period, I sought to give collective efforts a new dimension. Despite the disadvantages of distance, bringing a different perspective to our daily lives has given us strength and imagination.”
She also wanted to spotlight exceptional local savoir-faire, including fabrics from Le Costantine Foundation, which were used in a series of emblematic Bar jackets. The workshop’s motto – “Amando e Cantando”, “Loving and Singing” – is also woven on the back of skirts.
Wonder Woman has found her way onto the fronts of three new Miu Miu T-shirts.
The Miu Miu Wonder Woman t-shirts capsule is available in selected stores and online on www.miumiu.com
Crafted in clay by her mother, Queen Hippolyta, and afforded magical powers by the Greek gods, Wonder Woman – aka Princess Diana of Themyscira and, in civilian identity, Diana Prince – is the ultimate female superhero. Originally inspired by early campaigners for women’s rights and by Margaret Sanger, pioneer of the birth control movement, in particular, she made her debut in All Star Comics in 1941.
Moncler is accelerating its digital transformation defining a new corporate organization and announcing the direct management of its e-commerce, in line with an increasingly digitally integrated vision aimed at personalizing the experience and strengthening the relationship with the customer across all brand touchpoints.
“After Moncler Genius, which rewrote rules and conventions and explored new ways of dialogue, we are at another turning point in the way we interact with our community. We have decided to directly manage our e-commerce, and soon we will offer a new platform concept where the experience will be at the center of an ever more tailored customer journey. At Moncler, every project ranging from the definition of collections to product development and events’ concept definition should be ‘digital first’ and must therefore be inspired and designed to perfectly fit digital platforms as the first touchpoint with the customer, to then be spread across all other channels. This new approach requires a rapid organizational, cultural and technological evolution and opens us up to a future full of creativity, experimentation and “contamination” of content as well as interactions with our consumers on all social channels. With the acceleration of our digital strategy Moncler aims to double the share of its online business over the next three years”, comments Remo Ruffini, Moncler’s Chairman and CEO.