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Fornasetti Introduces New Looks And Scents To Candle Collections

Five fresh new façades and one new fragrance are lighting up Fornasetti Profumi’s scented candle collection this September; the enigmatic face of Italian-born opera singer Lina Cavalieri taking on three new guises – each more mysterious and beguiling than the last – a new architectural set and a rather novel addition to the ‘Pennini Nero’…

Fashion’s Rising Stars


Emerging designers are plumping for maximum impact with dramatic silhouettes and exaggerated proportions. Here are some of our favourite looks for Autumn Winter 2016. Aganovich 4 favourites, Aganovich continue to push their accomplished, avant-garde aesthetic: Vetements The Parisian collective have had a huge effect on both womens and menswear and can seemingly do no wrong: Undercover Jun…

Where In The World?


We’re in the middle of summer and it’s officially holiday season, so this month we’ve asked some of our favourite designers if they could be anywhere in the world right now, where would they go? David Koma “Cancun, Maxico, with friends.” Rick Owens “Exactly where I am right now – overlooking the sea in Lido Venezia.”…

Summer Sale Buyer's Highlights


Our buying team select their spring summer 2016 sale highlights. Up to 50% off, Shop online or in-store. Featured Womenswear: Rundholz Sheer Jacket, Olgana Mink Fur Flats, Simon Miller Dress, Jerome Rousseau ‘flicker’ Heels Haider Ackermann Gilet, Rombaut Slip On Sneakers Featured Menswear: Yang Li Sash Shirt, Ann Demeulemeester High Panel Sandals, Haider Ackermann Draped Sweatshirt, Forme D’expression Shirt, Matthew Miller Oversized Linen T-shirt

Manta Resort Offers A Private Island To Sleep Beneath The Waves


Underwater accommodations seem to have become a trend among hotels in recent years, but a resort off the coast of Tanzania is now putting a unique spin on the concept. The Manta Resort recently unveiled its Underwater Room, a three-floor suite that floats beside a thriving coral reef and boasts a submerged master bedroom surrounded by windows…

Tom Dixon Designs Interior For New London Restaurant Bronte


Tom Dixon has designed the interior of new restaurant Bronte on The Strand, London. The venue overlooks Trafalgar Square, with an arched glazed facade leading from the traditional colonnade terrace. Inspired by the history of the Strand and Victorian explorers, the restaurant’s interiors are marked by a pink concrete breakfast bar, a green granite kitchen…

AGi Architects Cardiac Rehabilitation Centre In Kuwait


With stone-clad walls and a deep red atrium, this medical centre in Kuwait was designed by AGi architects to look more like a cultural building than a health facility. The architects – whose past projects include a house with four hidden roof terraces and a property with a mist-cooled courtyard – wanted to create a building that eschews the typical look and feel of a medical facility, and…

UNDERCOVER MONOGRAPH


Rizzoli have published the first comprehensive book on the work of Jun Takahashi of UNDERCOVER. Takahashi is regarded as an icon of Harajuku streetwear and the presumptive heir to the heavy mantle of Japanese deconstruction. While not quite populist, his generative influences are instead romantic—even gothic and over time his Undercover label has come to be recognised as one…

Vetements Spring Summer 2017 Couture


Earlier this month, Vetements kicked off the Autumn Winter 2016 haute couture shows in Paris. Held in the Galeries Lafayette, the Spring 2017 men’s and women’s show was entirely comprised of collaborations with the likes of Reebok, Levi’s, Champion, Brioni, and Juicy Couture, the latter of which birthed a red tracksuit sure to be seen around town come the…

What We Learnt From The Spring Summer 17 Menswear Shows


Menswear is booming and with the mens buyer’s market projected to reach $33bn in 2020, up 14 per cent from 2015, there are a number of interesting developments occurring on the catwalks. Here’s our take on the SS17 Shows. Haider Ackermann Steals The Show After three years establishing his menswear line, there was a creeping suspicion that the…

David Koma Resort 2017


David Koma played with contrasts for this year’s resort collection. Drawn to the elegance of Fifties fashions, the designer offered an array of flared hems, mini skirts and dresses that were toughened up and made to look more contemporary with the addition of zips, cutouts and geometric metallic embellishments, inspired by German artist Heinz Mack. The…

Wonder Of The Vulgar: Barbican Exhibition To Delve Into Garish Fashion


The Barbican gallery in London has announced a new exhibition for the autumn dedicated to vulgarity in fashion from the renaissance to the present day. The Vulgar: Fashion Redefined was conceived by exhibition maker Judith Clark and psychoanalyst Adam Phillips. It explores how ideas of vulgarity have changed and evolved, from extreme 18th-century corsets to the modern…

What to look out for at Paris men's fashion week


Today sees the start of Paris Fashion Week with nearly 50 fashion houses due to unveil their Spring Summer 2017 collections in the French capital. Here are the shows and trends to watch out for: Balenciaga Balenciaga is staging a men’s fashion show for the first time in the history of the label. Creative Director and Vetements…

4's Summer Sale Has Begun


Up to 50% off Men’s and Women’s Spring Summer 2016 collections from A.F Vandevorst, Ann Demeulemeester, Courrèges, Craig Green, Gareth Pugh, Haider Ackermann, Issey Miyake, Juun.J, J.W Anderson, Marsell, Mugler, Rick Owens, Undercover, Yohji Yamamoto, Vetements and many more. Shop online or visit the store today.

LC:M Highlights


Here are our highlights from the London Collections Menswear shows which concluded yesterday in the wet and breezy English Capital. Next up our attention turns to Pitti, Milan and Paris. Craig Green Craig Green kicked off the LCM S/S 2017 schedule on Friday evening with a free-spirited, even romantic, unfurling of everyday uniforms. Green began with hybrid suiting,…

Mugler Resort 2017


Last week, Mugler unveiled its 2017 resort collection. David Koma has been Mugler’s creative director for over two years and has developed an aesthetic that places prominence on figure hugging, largely monochrome, sculptural and graphic skirts, dresses and suits. Kinetic art was a strong influence on this collection and that is felt in the curved cuts, slashed shapes…

Thamanyah On The Move


Eugene Rabkin explores the work of Ahmed Abdelrahman, founder and designer at Thamanyah. “There is uniqueness in Abdelrahman’s approach to taking the traditional Middle Eastern dress, making it modern, and mixing it with Western sartorial codes. In his hands a white kandora turns black and gets paired with a fine wool bomber jacket. Not only such a…

Luxury Labels Embracing Androgyny


Luxury fashion labels are breaking with tradition and bending the rules of gendered dressing through their designs and marketing. From fashion shows and unisex collections to cross dressing in campaigns, brands are incorporating themselves into the larger conversation around gender identity and androgyny has effectively infiltrated the fashion industry as a whole. “While there is certainly more designers…

The Many Disguises of California's Cell Phone Towers


In Southern California cell phone towers are disguised as trees to help them merge into the natural environment more effectively. Photographer Emily Shur has been documenting this for over 3 years. “I mostly notice them along freeways or close to a freeway,” says the photographer, adding that the neighborhoods she tends to find them in “have largely been either…

Tom Dixon Presents THE CHURCH


This year for Clerkenwell Design Week Tom Dixon will collaborate with Andrew Baughen, the enlightened Vicar of St James’ – a classic 17th century church on Clerkenwell Green, where he sees the potential of making his unique building available to the daytime residents of Clerkenwell – the creative workforce, and a place for the residential community to use as…