The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute spring 2017 exhibition, Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between, on view from May 4 through September 4, examines Kawakubo’s fascination with interstitiality, or the space between boundaries. In Kawakubo’s work, this in-between space is revealed as an aesthetic sensibility, establishing an unsettling zone of oscillating visual ambiguity that challenges conventional notions of beauty, good taste, and fashionability. A thematic exhibition, rather than a traditional retrospective, this is The Costume Institute’s first monographic show on a living designer since the Yves Saint Laurent exhibition in 1983.
he exhibition features approximately 140 examples of Kawakubo’s womenswear designs for Comme des Garçons, dating from the early 1980s to her most recent collection. Objects are organized into nine dominant and recurring aesthetic expressions of interstitiality in Kawakubo’s work: Absence/Presence, Design/Not Design, Fashion/Anti-Fashion, Model/Multiple, High/Low, Then/Now, Self/Other, Object/Subject, and Clothes/Not Clothes. Kawakubo breaks down the imaginary walls between these dualisms, exposing their artificiality and arbitrariness. Her fashions demonstrate that interstices are places of meaningful connection and coexistence as well as revolutionary innovation and transformation, providing Kawakubo with endless possibilities to rethink the female body and feminine identity.
Sônia Bogner, born in Brasil, who built and inspired the German label Bogner together with her husband Willy Bogner, sadly passed away yesterday at the age of 66. She set trends in the fashion world with her distinctive style, both nationally and internationally. It did not take much to see that this woman had a passion for her business, the fashion industry and her creations. She was active as part of the board of directors at Willy Bogner GmbH &Co KGaA until the last moment. The fashion industry will miss this very talented woman. WeAr Global Magazine sends its deepest condolences.
UBM Fashion, the world’s leading organizer of trade shows for the fashion industry has announced a strategic partnership with Mirjam Dietz, who has been appointed as an official consultant for UBM Fashion in the European Market, focused on building awareness and sales in Europe for UBM Fashion events in the apparel and accessories sectors. Mirjam Dietz’s extensive fashion background in the European markets will serve as a vital asset for growing UBM Fashion’s presence in Europe and developing its global portfolio.
The scope of work of Mirjam Dietz includes building awareness of UBM Fashion and its apparel and accessories shows through public relations efforts as well as managing the activities of a new team of representatives for Scandinavia, Spain, Portugal, Poland, Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Furthermore, Mirjam Dietz will act as an ambassador in helping build relationships with European Government Trade Offices and Associations in addition to building relationships with key individual fashion brands.
Pure London has launched its new campaign, which will immerse visitors to the S/S 2018 show in July in ‘Oriental Futures’; a cultural fusion exploring Eastern-inspired arts and artistry with a futuristic and celestial approach.
Unveiling its new theme inspired by WGSN’s S/S18 trend forecast, Pure London aims to create a fashion movement which ties together two fundamental ideas – the first being Oriental culture, the second being interplanetary travel.
With a focus on unity and collaboration across cultures and galaxies, Oriental Futures explores the stratosphere where scintillating constellations meet Eastern-inspired arts. Delve deeper into a unified cosmos rich in tradition, yet contemporary and authentic. WGSN trends reference eastern artistry and discover new galactic realms inviting you immerse yourself in a journey of collaborative auras.
The next edition of Pure London will take place from 23rd – 25th July at London Olympia.
US GROUP presented their collection at King Pins Amsterdam and Denim PV in Paris in April 2017 and will go to present the collection in Kingpins NYC in early May 2017.
The Umer Siddique Group was established by two friends, Mr. Mian Ahsan and Mr. Javaid Arshad Bhatti as a part time apparel trading business intended to finance their higher education abroad. The US Group opened their doors at a new regional office located just off Oxford Street, London. The group are continuing to expand US Denim Mills moving towards it’s first Leeds Certification in unit V. Today US Denim Mills and Apparel & Textiles form the US Group.
The lookbook shot by Nick Clements and Stephiane Sian Smith, present an overview of the collection highlighting several fabrics such as Selvedge, Feather Weave, Re:vive, Evoke, Black Concrete, Stretch, Stretch & Bi-Stretch Selvedge
Furla will be buying back its Australian distribution network from Luxury Retail Group. The distribution network will add to its strategy of strengheting its position in Australia and New Zealand. With this, Furla will be opening five new stores between the two countries and will also expand its existing Sydney boutique.
Cartier will be launching a pop-up shop on Net-a-Porter in their first partnership with the e-commerce site. The pop-up will coincide with the launch of its Panthère de Cartier watch, a revived with from the early 80s.
The collection will consist of 12 different models in different variations such as rose/yellow/white gold as well as stainless steel, some embellished with diamond bezels, some without.
Net-a-Porter will produce elusive content for its social media platforms to pay homage to the revived watch. The Cartier Panthère collection will be available on Net-a-Porter from May 2nd until May 31st, 2017.
Replay has opened its first flagship store in, Sao Paolo, Brazil, on the central shopping street Rua Oscar Freire. The store concept designed by Studio 10, consists of 220 sq.m space featuring a giant 10 metre garden wall and an array of materials such as wood, raw concrete, leather and black iron.
The core of AlphaTauri being the combination of sophisticated, forward-looking design and the latest technologies are perfectly reflected in the collections, and now also in the new online shop.
The state-of-the-art online shop features a full-screen language, a sophisticated navigation and the latest e-commerce solutions. The homepage and all product pages are divided into four content blocks and allow you to navigate in all four directions. In terms of content, there is information on the technologies, videos, detailed views, other product recommendations or shop the look suggestions. The fully responsive design allows for an optimal display on all end devices, from the mobile device, tablet to the widescreen monitor. The product groups are navigated via the AlphaTauri stars constellation, as well as submenus on the individual product listing pages.
Avant Toi, innovative and avant garde Italian brand, launches its exclusive and first Home collection; hand painting, the iconic feature of the brand, decorates and enhances an infinite composition of blankets, covers, pillows, carpets, tablecloths and many other elements of design. Avant Toi experiments with passion, matching and blending materials to create unique, home-made pieces: needlework of vintage foulards on a light, impalpable knit, patchworks of cloths create colorful carpets with thousands of hues, mixes of furs on felted cloths, jacquard wall hangings in a chenille of silk, cushions and bedspreads in a furry stitch or jacquards which recall blankets of leaves, covers and carpets with rudimental seams.
The Avant Toi showroom in Via Carlo Botta 8, staged for the launch with the exclusive collection, transformed into the “Avant Toi Home” in the occasion of the 2017 Fuorisalone, which took place earlier this month.