Stone Island opens first store in CanadaStone Island opens first store in CanadaStone Island opens first store in Canada

Stone Island opens first store in Canada

Stone Island has selected the city of Toronto and its renowned Yorkville Avenue to open its first store in Canada, expanding its presence in the North American market. This opening marks the brand’s third store in North America after opening in New York and Los Angeles.

The store features large corner windows and covers an area of over 190 sqm across two levels, creating ample exhibition space for the Stone Island and Shadow Project collections.

The interior design follows the concept used for Stone Island stores created by Marc Buhre, industrial designer from Heidelberg (Germany) and founder of Zeichenweg TM architectural firm. Each element of the system has been created to work together in a highly functional design.

The bush-hammered stone flooring is also used on the walls, interspersed with parts in through-colour MDF and metallic mesh on a steel substructure. Furnishings are in black-stained natural oak, hangers are composed of carbon bars and anodized aluminium and shelves are in shades of anthracite.


The Italian Footwear Industry: in the first half of 2019 exports increased by +7.1% in value

The Italian Footwear Industry: in the first half of 2019 exports increased by +7.1% in value

Italian footwear appeals to foreign markets: in the first six months of 2019 Italian exports for the sector increased significantly by +7.1% in value (the average price is now 47.55 Euro/pair, +8.2%). This figure comes from the report on the Italian Footwear Industry, First half of 2019 – that was prepared by the Confindustria Moda Research Centre for Assocalzaturifici. The snapshot to emerge from the sectoral report reveals that, despite the performance of exports, certain difficulties still remain due primarily to chronically weak domestic consumption – after a decade of slow decline, in the first half of this year the reduction in household spending intensified (-3.7% in quantity, with much more negative trends for traditional retail). To this we must add the climate of uncertainty at an international level: from the probable continuation of trade tensions and protectionist approaches, to the slowdown of major economies (foremostly China and Germany), through to the lack of a recovery in key markets for certain footwear manufacturing districts. These include Russia where, after a trend reversal in 2018, we are once again seeing reductions of over 15%, and then we have the uncertainties over the timing and mechanics of Brexit, with the danger of a “no deal” still looming large.

“To get through this difficult period we need to invest in ourselves and in our skills – states Siro Badon, Chair of Assocalzaturifici –. It is essential to train new professionals that are able to innovate Italian footwear manufacturing companies and fully espouse our tradition and the standards of excellence that characterise our production. Training, combined with targeted internationalisation strategies and important trade fair events like Micam, is the concrete response through which we can kick-start the process of relaunching Italian footwear and confirm our global leadership. The sector is crucial for our economy and can be a driver for Italian industry as a whole”.

The evolution of foreign sales, that was positive overall and led to a significant consolidation in the trade surplus for the first 6 months of the year (+10.7%), actually conceals acute differences in company performances. Indeed, alongside outstanding results for many international luxury brands, which a large number of companies operate for as subcontractors (as demonstrated by the significant
increases in trade flows towards Switzerland – a traditional logistics and distribution hub for major brands – and France), there is also a fairly significant number of companies still struggling to get back on track and experience positive trends. There is no shortage of expanding markets (with double-figure increases in value for North America and the Far East), but these increases are often accompanied by reductions in volume (of almost -4% for the US and Canada; more limited decreases, -1.1%, for countries in the Far East, with Japan faring poorly).

Moncler unveils House of Genius pop-ups in various global cities.Moncler unveils House of Genius pop-ups in various global cities.

Moncler unveils House of Genius pop-ups in various global cities.

Italian luxury label Moncler has launched a series of ‘House of Genius’ pop-ups in Milan, Paris and Tokyo, as part of its ongoing strategy to push the boundaries of innovative customer retail experience by merging “offline and online, unity and multiplicity”.

The temporary concept pop-ups will be open until the end of January 2020 and each city will feature a series of live events and creative sessions in store starring international headliners.

The stores will sell all Moncler Genius lines from the year, starting with exclusive pieces from the Moncler House of Genius, and then will add newly launched Moncler collections as they drop throughout the next couple of months.

Each of the Moncler House of Genius will also feature items specially developed products for the chosen city, selling limited-edition merchandise including apparel and tech accessories highlighted with a dedicated city crest.

The Moncler House of Genius falls under the artistic direction of Francesco Ragazzi, who has imagined the retail spaces as art galleries where artworks are continuously installed and updated. The idea is to create a “space that is shaped shapelessly, designed to provide an ever-changing, immersive experience with unlimited potential,” added the Italian brand. “They are spaces to meet thinkers, artists, designers and to connect with Moncler through a unique live programme.”

Balmain “Truth or Dare” film featuring Cara DelevingneBalmain “Truth or Dare” film featuring Cara Delevingne

Balmain “Truth or Dare” film featuring Cara Delevingne

The film part of the “Truth or Dare” campaign showcases a night in Paris with Cara Delevingne and Olivier Rousteing as they go around the City of Lights to play TRUTH or DARE, featuring the new #BALMAINBCORD bag.

Tommy Hilfiger announces integration of 3D design technology into all design teams at its Amsterdam HQTommy Hilfiger announces integration of 3D design technology into all design teams at its Amsterdam HQ

Tommy Hilfiger announces integration of 3D design technology into all design teams at its Amsterdam HQ

Tommy Hilfiger has announced that 3D design technology will be integrated into all design teams at its headquarters in Amsterdam. Spring 2022 fashion collections will be the first to be fully designed with Tommy Hilfigers innovative 3D design platform. This plan builds on the company’s ambitious goal of digitizing the entire production chain.

Daniel Grieder, CEO of Tommy Hilfiger Global and PVH Europe, said, “The potential of 3D design is limitless, enabling us to meet consumer needs faster and more sustainably.” Technology has become a fundamental tool in our collection design the potential to significantly shorten our time-to-market and completely replace traditional product photography For our autumn season of 2020, our men’s shirts will be 100% 3D, with no pattern production, unlike traditional processes, and that’s the future. ”

To realize his goal of 3D design, Tommy Hilfiger has founded a technology lab called STITCH dedicated to digitizing the company’s design practices. Since 2017, a team of software engineers, 3D design experts and transformation specialists has developed tools that enable a fully digital design workflow.

The implementation of 3D design technology in the TOMMY HILFIGER collections follows a two-year pilot phase in which the 3D design platform has been successfully integrated into Tommy Hilfigers state-of-the-art digital showroom. While Digital Showroom technology has revolutionized the company’s sales methods, the bottom-up approach to ongoing 3D design transformations will continue to expand the digitization of Tommy Hilfiger’s end-to-end value chain.

Versace Fall 2019 RTW collection available for interactive shopping

Versace Fall 2019 RTW collection available for interactive shopping

VERSACE Fall 2019 RTW collection is a celebration of versace iconography, a contrast of styling elements, fabric innovation and an ode to photography.

“With this collection, i wanted to show that side of a woman that isn’t afraid to step outside of her comfort zone because she knows that imperfection is the new perfection,” said Donatella Versace.

The golden Greek Key and newly embellished Safety Pins are juxtaposed with tweeds, bondage straps, lace and knitwear. An explosion of color celebrates the essence of Versace.

Featured on key looks in the Fall 2019 collection, the iconic portraits of Donatella Versace were photographed by Richard Avedon in 1995 for the launch of the fragrance blonde.

The collection is now available to shop via interactive tools on the website!

The Metropolitan Museum of Art to host “About Time: Fashion and Duration” exhibition

The Metropolitan Museum of Art to host “About Time: Fashion and Duration” exhibition

The Metropolitan Museum of Art will host “About Time: Fashion and Duration” for its annual spring Costume Institute exhibition. Taking place from May 7, 2020 until September 7, 2020, the show will also aid in the museum’s ongoing celebration of its 150th anniversary, as it illustrates 150 years of fashion history.

The Costume Institute’s spring 2020 exhibition will trace more than a century and a half of fashion—from 1870 to the present—along a disruptive timeline, as part of The Met’s 150th anniversary celebration. Employing Henri Bergson’s concept of la durée (duration), it will explore how clothes generate temporal associations that conflate past, present, and future. Virginia Woolf will serve as the “ghost narrator” of the exhibition.

A linear chronology of fashion comprised of black ensembles will run through the exhibition reflecting the progressive timescale of modernity, and bringing into focus the fast, fleeting rhythm of fashion. Interrupting this timeline will be a series of counter-chronologies composed of white ensembles that predate or postdate those in black, but relate to one another through shape, motif, material, pattern, technique, or decoration. For example, a black princess-line dress from the late 1870s will be paired with an Alexander McQueen “Bumster” skirt from 1995, and a black bustle ensemble from the mid-1880s will be juxtaposed with a Comme des Garçons “Body Meets Dress—Dress Meets Body” dress from 1997.

The exhibition will conclude with a section on the future of fashion, linking the concept of duration to debates about longevity and sustainability.

MICAM presents a preview of fashion trends Autumn-Winter 2020/2021MICAM presents a preview of fashion trends Autumn-Winter 2020/2021MICAM presents a preview of fashion trends Autumn-Winter 2020/2021MICAM presents a preview of fashion trends Autumn-Winter 2020/2021MICAM presents a preview of fashion trends Autumn-Winter 2020/2021

MICAM presents a preview of fashion trends Autumn-Winter 2020/2021

MICAM, the footwear industry’s key international trade event, reaffirms its role as a fashion forecaster thanks to research carried out by WGSN on the trends expected to dominate next year’s autumn-winter season. 

1. Considered comfort, inspired by soft, comfortable materials for an indoor-outdoor look that pushes dress-code boundaries; 2. Tech-tility, which focuses on the relationship between actual and virtual reality and uses tech materials and innovation to create futuristic accessories; 3. Reconstructed Legacy, which looks to the past to find new solutions for the future, with a strong focus on sustainability. 

1. Considered comfort

Considered Comfort explores the new relationship between fashion and the home: multi-purpose accessories are becoming more and more popular (just think about slippers, which are now considered ‘cool’ enough to wear outside), and comfort is paramount. We will be seeing a lot of soft, natural and tactile materials, and shapes that cocoon and cuddle. The concept of hybrid footwear will be explored, such as blending slipper shapes with something more premium, inspired by ballerina shoes. 

Considered Comfort reflects a shift in customer expectations, with consumers becoming increasingly focused on their choice of clothing. Whether at home, at work or for an evening out, the important thing is to be comfortable and well-dressed. With the suit becoming more casual and streetwear more stylish, the result is a redefined concept of “informal elegance”. Active and athleisure trends continue to influence footwear: the by now ubiquitous hybrid shoes are updated with futuristic trims and pop-colour accents. Meanwhile, more traditional colours combined with modern styles create a look that has broad appeal and suits everyone. 

2. Tech-tility 

The dividing lines between real and virtual, authentic and false, truth and fantasy are becoming increasingly blurred. Tech-tility explores the way the clothing industry approaches this issue. The more time we spend in front of the screen, the harder it is to distinguish between what is real and what is digital, and more importantly, we are not interested in understanding the difference. 

The colours will be those of the digital world, chosen as much as for how they appear on the screen as how they look in real life; innovation and high-tech materials will be at the centre of attention with ‘smart’ fabrics that respond to movement and regulate body temperature. 

This evolution will give our clothes a more fantastical look; just think of sportswear’s futuristic or gender-neutral styles, structured activewear that re-shapes the body or the conceptual outerwear and sneakers that wouldn’t look out of place on the moon. 

In this new scenario, the everyday will become more extreme and tech more tactile: it’s time to rethink design conventions. Men’s fashions have always included a mix of different designs, and with its blend of real and virtual the Tech-tility trend stretches such concepts even further and becomes crucial for this market. While younger customers are now discovering tailoring, innovations in textiles and techniques will make even the most formal office attire easier and more comfortable to wear. The trend explores designs, materials and colours that stand out on video screens. Print stories are inspired by glitches and digital debris while iridescent dichroic details create ephemeral and otherworldly effects. Shoes with sporty trims explode with fluorescent colours, as a constant reminder of the trend’s “active” origins. 

3. Reconstructed Legacy 

In periods of instability, the past takes on an irresistible allure. Reconstructed Legacy explores how clothing will reinterpret the past in the light of the future, but in a more sustainable way.
We can expect classic, preppy styles to be energised by a more edgy, even punky, streetwear look, with materials and details taken from the past and reinterpreted with tech fabrics and more modern shapes. 

Underpinning these new designs will be an intrinsic sense of value and history. The point will be to do better, and not more, because sustainability is becoming an increasingly urgent issue for all of us. 

With the rise of the digital culture, as far as the fashion industry is concerned the past has always represented a stable point of reference in a continually changing world. But in 2021, even the traditions of the past will be brought up-to-date.
Male consumers love buying products with a history and the Reconstructed legacy trend panders to this preference: classic models reworked to adapt to more modern life-styles that respect nature. Great attention is given to well-designed, familiar and eco-friendly accessories. 

The use of artisanal techniques not only for formal clothing but also luxury streetwear, gives the latter a timeless appeal and, potentially, turns it into a classic that will last forever . 

Prada and adidas announce collaboration

Prada and adidas announce collaboration

Italian luxury label Prada is joining forces with sportswear giant adidas on a new collaboration.

At this time no more information is known, however the hashtag #pradaforadidas has already been set in motion.

Pitti Winter fair upcoming theme: Show your flags at Pitti

Pitti Winter fair upcoming theme: Show your flags at Pitti

At the upcoming Winter Pitti fairs taking place at the beginning of 2020, the theme is revolved about flags. Rectangles of cloth, lines, colors, drawings and beautiful geometric patterns: the Pitti Immagine flag flutters in the snap taken by the great photo reporter Franco Pagetti for the campaign dedicated to the winter fairs, under the art direction of Angelo Figus, who curates also the setting at the Fortezza da Basso together with the architect Alessandro Moradei. Constantly moving fabrics, like in the clothing we wear and which, just like clothes, are mobile symbols of identity, belonging, thought, feeling. A flag is never a silent fabric, it always has something to say, it consistently arouses emotions because it speaks according to universal messages. It is expressive, enthusiastic, insolent. It flutters, falls, is lowered, is raised, carried, folded, waved. Flags are also beautiful geometrical compositions; they give pleasure to the people who see them flying. Pitti is like the United Nations of Fashion where every brand has its own flag, but also where each one of us can become our own flag. Go ahead then and “Show Your Flags at Pitti”!