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THE COUNTDOWN TO LIBERATION DAY: PART 2

In part 2 of our countdown to liberation Day we take a look at fashion in Kuwait: 1. YSL Yves Saint Laurent opened his first boutique in the Middle East in Kuwait in the 1970s and it remained the only YSL store in the region for a number of years. 2. The Dishdasha An essential garment…

Vetements Has A Unilateral Plan To Shake Up The Shows


Vetements has announced it will be mixing its women’s and menswear collections together in one show in Paris, two months ahead of the women’s shows, which traditionally commence their rounds in New York, London, Milan, and Paris. It’s a seismic shake-up that Guram Gvasalia, Vetements’s 30-year-old CEO, has strategized with his elder brother, creative director Demna. Their…

Q&A | CLAUSTRUM Founder Takeshi Endo


Founded in 2004 and hailing from Ginza, Japan, Claustrum offer simple and innovative metal items based on the exploration of function and motion. Claustrum products are all assembled and finished at the Ginza factory. Read a short interview with founder Takeshi Endo below. What does “CLAUSTRUM” mean? The word “Claustrum” is Latin, meaning “to close or lock.” It also…

A Day In The Life Of Rick Owens


The editorial arm of Barneys New York – The Window – visited fashion designer Rick Owens in Paris to offer a rare glimpse into his secret life. Located in the 7th arrondissement of Paris, Owens’ home is completely stripped back to the bare necessities, with concrete walls and monolithic sculptures giving it a distinctly brutalist feel. Watch the…

A Loving Gift On Valentines


A simple expression of affection can have a wide variety of emotional effects. Here’s our pick of special gifts for Valentine’s Day. SCENT Unique, sensual, unisex fragrances from Goti Perfume. To order Goti perfume online contact us here. TOUCH Cold industrial stainless steel accessories by Claustrum, made in Japan, exclusive to 4. To order Claustrum online contact us…

The Countdown To Liberation Day: Part 1


This year on the 25th of February Kuwait marks 25 years of Liberation from Iraq. To celebrate, we’ve delved into the archives and selected some of the things we love about the country; starting on the subject of history: 1. Souk AlMubarakiya This popular traditional market is located in Kuwait City, between Abdullah Al-Mubarak, Abdullah Al-Salem & Palestine…

Room To Swing A Bat: The Terraced House With Secret Cave


A terraced cottage with a secret cave has gone on sale for just under £200,000. Dracups Cottage in Bridgnorth, Shropshire, appears from the outside to be a tiny house. But the deceiving frontage gives way to not only two bedrooms, a living room and a galley kitchen but a huge sandstone cave with vaulted ceilings and…

Tom Dixon At Maison Objet


Tom Dixon unveiled two new ranges of home accessories at the Paris Maison & Objet interior design trade fair, which concluded on Tuesday. Iridescence Bringing iridescence back to the forefront of design with a new collection titled “Oil”, Dixon presented large and medium-sized scented candles, a reed diffuser and a wax diffuser all tinged with oily multi-coloured…

Vetements, The Most Talked About Label In Fashion


One of the biggest fashion success stories of recent years, Vetements has unveiled a photobook made up of candid snapshots taken behind the scenes at their Spring Summer 2016 collection. Shot by Corsican photographer Pierre-Ange Carlotti – more commonly know for his intimate portraits of the city’s hedonistic nightlife – the book captures the lo-fi aesthetic synonymous with the brand and…

Thamanyah Autumn Winter 2016 Collection


We’d like to share these look book images from Thamanyah’s Autumn Winter 2016 Collection which was presented last week in Paris. Thamanyah is exclusive to 4. Shop the collection here.

Etudes Autumn Winter 2016 Collection


From pilots to foot soldiers, the military is an almost constant source of inspiration for menswear and the army has provided countless narratives for designers to draw on. With Paris Fashion Week entering its final few days, Etudes took to an abandoned factory space to present their own take on martial wear featuring oversized outerwear, raw-hemmed hoodies and bleach-splashed tops. While…

Ann Demeulemeester Autumn Winter 2016 Collection


Textural effects abounded for Autumn Winter 16 as Creative Director Sébastien Meunier used materials including mohair, fil coupé and an alpaca-silk blend to create deep-pile effects on glossy coats, jackets and pants. “I really wanted to use all the expressions of hair in this collection,” he explained backstage, but while some of Meunier’s experiments —…

Henrik Vibskov Autumn Winter 2016 Collection


Henrik Vibskov unveiled his Autumn Winter 2016 Collection in Paris on Sunday with a runway installation featuring a series of 200 wooden nutcracker heads unfolding and chanting in unison as the models strode by. The installation was a reaction to the overload of information that floods our daily lives, driving humans “to the border of sanity” and…

Rick Owens Autumn Winter 2016 Collection


In his show notes Rick Owens asked some challenging questions and described eloquently what his collection was all about. “Change can be ominous but isn’t evolution inevitable? Do we really expect to live forever? or might we gracefully go the way of the dinosaur?” Set in the brutalist concrete basement of the Palais de Tokyo in Paris, this was Owens’…

Haider Ackermann Autumn Winter 2016 Mens Collection


“It’s just about clashes — it’s the same old story,” Haider Ackermann shrugged backstage after his Autumn Winter 2016 Mens Collection show in Paris last night. The designer was referring to the contrast between the collection’s military influences and its more glam-rock elements. Yet something about the combination of the extravagantly opulent setting (the gilded reception…

Yang Li Spring Summer 2016


Channeling an ethos of understated rebellion, Yang Li reworks utilitarian, urban staples with elongated proportions and the clean tailoring of 90’s minimalism for Spring Summer 2016. Yang Li is exclusive to 4. Shop the Mens Collection here.

Damir Doma Autumn Winter 2016


Under the imposing steel canopies of the Milan’s main railway station Damir Doma presented his Autumn Winter 2016 collection, set against the graphic red and gray lines of a stationery express train. Following his move to Milan and the merger of his men’s and women’s lines, this was his first collection fully managed out of Italy…

Mugler Resort 2016


Optical art, metal pearls, cut-out contours and draped asymmetry. Mugler Resort for Spring Summer 2016. Exclusive to 4. Shop the collection here.

Inside The World Of Fornasetti's Milan Home With Director Virgilio Villoresi


Barnaba Fornasetti has opened the doors of his home to the Italian director Virgilio Villoresi, who tells its story through a whimsical stop-motion video. The video features music composed by Cesare Picco and celebrates all aspects of the Fornasetti world. Fornasett is exclusive to 4. Shop the collection here. Read the full post on Design Boom. https://player.vimeo.com/video/149256122?title=0&byline=0&portrait=0

Juun.J Makes the Case for Statement Outerwear


Given the honor of serving as the guest menswear designer at the 89th edition of the menswear mecca Pitti Uomo, Juun.J used the platform to simultaneously honor Italian artisans and create a futuristic collection of largely monochrome avant-garde outerwear. The clothes were traditionally masculine with an emphasis on proportion and volume but there was also the inclusion of more formal…