TOD’S embarks the project “T Factory”, a series of collaboration in which talents from all areas of creativity are invited to give their own take on TOD’S DNA. This dialogue with designers will give rise to immediately available capsule collections and limited editions presented number of times a year. The new calendar reflects a new creative approach.
Alessandro Dell’Acqua inaugurates the project, the first of a series, with a wardrobe of sensually tactile elegance and accessories in which the unmistakable Tod's “gommini” embrace moccasins and flat-heel ballerinas with
a velvet bow or stretch ankle boots. A strong and sophisticated synthesis, underscored by a meticulous choice of just three colours: TOD’S tan and Alessandro Dell’Acqua’s signature “rosa cipria” and black.
Italian lifestyle sets the scene: innate good taste and saper vivere, wherever, whenever. An exploration of what is beautiful simply because it is made beautifully. Italian excellence Going through the knowhow of expert hands and unique minds, selecting the finest materials to transform them into pieces of incomparable quality.
The project unites heritage, innovation and creativity, since innovation thrives only when you free the creativity with awareness of your roots. The Handmade Signature is a distinctive script: exquisite finishes give personality to the encounter between metropolitan cool and artisanal ‘Italianity’.
International Appeal is the result. Italian style, when genuine, speaks a language without frontiers, rooted in harmony and subtle contrasts. The coming together of Alessandro Dell’Acqua’s vision and the Italian excellence of Tod’s creates a “nonchalant glamour”. The unveiling of a new wardrobe; a lifestyle.
Montblanc showcased a new Travel-in-Style products, including the latest Urban Racing Spirit leather collection and the previously launched Nightflight #MY4810 luggage collection with a pop-up concept store in Elements Mall recently to enable customers to experience the modish jet-set spirit of sophisticated travellers.
The pop-up concept store exhibited an outrageous but innovative, chic and intelligent style. Backgrounded with a black tone and wilful street style graffiti, the concept store was styled as a container truck with a vibrant and refreshed look. In addition to displaying a collection of travel products, a special design zone allocated to personalise their purchased items by choosing different fonts and design-individualised stickers to create their own unique suitcases.
At the pop-up, Montblanc also showcased the brand new Urban Racing Spirit leather collection which is designed for the hectic and dynamic pace of city life. While comfort and functionality are defining attributes of the collection, a combination of smooth and perforated black leather inspired by vintage racer gloves gives the collection a distinctly sporty look.
Recalling the stripes on 1970s racing cars, red detailing on the zipper pullers and shoulder straps enhances the sporty attitude of the Urban Racing Spirit Collection. The stylish reference to speed was featured on the special jacquard lining as red dotted lines on black.
Emerging from the Montblanc Nightflight collection, the #MY4810 is a leather collection that caters to the needs of city explorers and world travellers. The high performance, fashion forward, durable and multifunctional features of the collection suit the rapid lifestyle of this group of adventurers perfectly. Featuring 24 new bags, 13 newly designed leather accessories and 5 suitcases which facilitate intelligence and personality.
The Montblanc Travel-in-Style pop-up concept store symbolised contemporary urban travel whilst inheriting the excellence of the Montblanc tradition, integrating practicality, delicate craftsmanship and modern designs that are the perfect partners for each and every wonderful journey in the future.
Mosaic. The very name conjures up images of art and light, the meticulous assembly of multi-coloured fragments of which the combination forms an artistic motif. In a 41 mm-diameter Arceau watch, 2,200 tiny juxtaposed leather squares form a horse profile inspired by the Hermès “Robe du Soir” silk scarf designed by Florence Manlik in 2018. Set against an electric blue backdrop and matching strap, the colourful fragments are lit up by the rose gold glow of the round case with its asymmetrical lugs and slim leaf-type hands. This horological creation imbued with the Hermès saddle- and leather-making heritage is issued in a 12-piece limited numbered edition.
It’s all there in a notebook kept safely under lock and key, harbouring the secrets of the Hermès artisan who imagined and developed this exclusive technique. A full year and a half of R&D was devoted to devising a process that her touch alone is capable of mastering. For several weeks, she patiently fashions a miniature work of art composed of thousands of variously coloured leather squares. First of all, no less than 3,500 tesserae are finely cut out from carefully selected full-grain calfskin. Subsequently, to fit inside the even smaller space afforded by the dial, 2,200 leather fragments compose an equestrian motif picked up from the Hermès “Robe du Soir” silk scarf.
This new rose gold Arceau reaffirms its style in radiantly vibrant colours. The horse with its vivid hues stands out beautifully against the electric blue background, enhanced by a Swift calfskin strap in the same shade. Designed by Henri d’Origny in 1978, the famous round case with its stirrup-inspired asymmetrical lugs lends its classicism to the unbridled originality of this model. Sweeping over the leather mosaic dial, the slender hours and minutes hands are driven by a self-winding Manufacture Hermès movement that can be admired through the sapphire crystal case-back. Issued in a 12-piece limited numbered edition, the Arceau “Robe du Soir” watch transposes the art of contemporary mosaic into the playfully creative world of Hermès.
Chloé AW2018 Advertising Campaign continues Natacha Ramsay Levi’s artistic collaboration with the acclaimed photographer Steven Meisel in New York City in a second short film for the house.
Situated on an industrial pier on the banks of the East River, Meisel’s cyclical narrative creates a series of dynamic and intimate tableaux that portray the Chloé girls as a sisterhood of graceful characters in a hyper-real environment.
Cinematic pans to the city skyline accentuate the vast spatial effect that resonates throughout the piece, furthering the notion of call-and-repeat that throws each protagonist into sharp focus as they move about the inspired exterior setting, replacing each other in a free-spirited game of déja vu.
Walking, seated, standing, or riding a bicycle, the five women exchange quiet words and secret glances, exuding a confident femininity as they bask in the crisp haze of winter sun.