The Emporio Armani magazine Revives During London Fashion Week

The Emporio Armani magazine was produced by Giorgio Armani between the years of 1988 and 1997. Published approximately twice a year, it ran to 18 numbered editions (not counting the launch edition, numbered zero). Edited by Giorgio Armani and art directed by his sister Rosanna, the title was developed to explore the possibility of new ways to communicate with the younger, more fashion-conscious customer Armani had begun catering for with the launch of Emporio Armani in the early 1980s.

Now, after a hiatus of nearly two decades, Giorgio Armani is publishing issue 19 of the magazine to celebrate the exciting activity around Emporio Armani this autumn/winter, which includes its Spring/Summer 2018 fashion show in London and the launch of a new store concept in Bond Street.

With creative direction by Giorgio Armani himself, the title will replicate the large format of earlier issues and will look back at the pioneering work published then, while looking forward to today with contributions from young contemporary photographers and respected journalists of our time, including Tim Blanks, Peter Howarth, Angelo Flaccavento and Tony Chambers.

Giorgio Armani says, ‘I am really excited about this project. Since 1998, many people have asked me about the Emporio Armani magazine and why we did it so many years before this form of communication became common. I always say that I simply wanted to connect with a younger audience through a medium that was more engaging for them than conventional advertising and press. Now, with the new energy towards Emporio Armani, I feel it is the right time to revisit the magazine, and to once again champion great image-making, writing and ideas. When traditional media is thinking about its role and the function of print and digital, I want to remind people of how wonderful and inspiring imagery on paper can be’.

The Emporio Armani magazine became notable for its large format, which allowed it to present photography at a dramatic scale. As well as featuring the work of some more established names, such as Peter Lindbergh, Michel Comte, Albert Watson and Aldo Fallai, the title showcased photography by the young talent of the day. In its pages, you will find extended stories by the likes of Norman Watson, Roxanne Lowit, Max Vadukul, Enrique Badulescu, Pamela Hanson, Kurt Markus and many more who were defining a new dynamic visual aesthetic.

But as well as striking and memorable imagery, the magazine was also remarkable for the wide-ranging features it ran: from profiles of directors such as Wim Wenders and Federico Fellini, to the poetry of Lorca in an edition dedicated to Cuba, to cultural essays covering anything from the enduring appeal of The Beatles and the films of David Lynch, to the Abbagnale brothers, the medal-winning Italian professional rowers.

A young Jodie Foster gave an interview after making The Accused, while Rem Koolhaas, Cecil Beaton and Bernardo Bertolucci were brought into an expansive photo essay on the human body. Writers who penned prose for the title included Ingrid Sischy, Richard Buckley, Stefano Tonchi, Dylan Jones and Jay Cocks.

rEArranged - Issue 19 of the Emporio Armani magazine – have been published in a dual language edition (Italian and English) and available at select Emporio Armani stores worldwide and at the Armani/Silos in Milan.

PRADA Opens In Brussels

Prada opens its first store in Belgium on high-end Boulevard de Waterloo,one of the main shopping streets of Brussels. The store, covering a total surface area of some 400 square metres, offers the ready-to-wear, leather goods, accessories and footwear collections for women and men.

Framed with narrowbands of black granite, the massive store windows reveal the atmosphere of the luxurious interior where the Prada brand’s classic codes mix with references to the history of Italian design to create a unique, sophisticated image.

The iconic chequered flooring in black and white marble, the walls lined with panels of green cloth and the chairs designed by Osvaldo Borsani produced exclusively for Prada and upholstered in green velvet define the store concept.

New and contemporary elements complete the store design, including marble display units; narrow, green ceiling beams; geometric-patterned rugs in various hues; and green Alpi marble doorways.


OMEGA New Limited Edition Master Chronometer Pays Tribute To Michael Phelps

OMEGA new Limited Edition Master Chronometer pays tribute to American swimming legend - and friend of OMEGA - Michael Phelps. To celebrate his phenomenal swimming career, OMEGA has released a watch that's pool-blue, water resistant and sporty to the core. Cased in stainless steel with a blue ceramic [ZrO2] and rubber ring, the Seamaster Planet Ocean "Michael Phelps" has a uni-directional rotating bezel, in polished blue ceramic, which features orange rubber for the first 15 minutes. The diving scale, along with the dot at 12H, includes Super-LumiNova which emits a green glow, while the minute scale, also filled with Super-LumiNova, emits a blue glow to avoid confusion at depth.The striking polished white ceramic dial sports blued applied indexes and an Arabic numeral 12 in orange. The blued hour, seconds and counter hands with white Super-LumiNova have a blue emission to match the indexes, while the minute hands emit a green glow in line with the dot on the bezel.

Turning the watch over reveals a wave-pattern screw-in caseback engraved with "PLANET OCEAN", "600 m / 2000 ft", “LIMITED EDITION” and number. There is also a transferred "Michael Phelps" logo. The sapphire crystal caseback allows the wearer to see the exceptional movement in action. Driving the OMEGA Seamaster Planet Ocean Chronograph 45.5 mm "Michael Phelps" is the OMEGA Co-Axial Master Chronometer Calibre 9900, which has been tested and approved at the industry's highest level, according to criteria set by the Swiss Federal Institute of Metrology (METAS). The watch is presented on an integrated blue structured rubber strap with blue-orange rubber lining and orange stitching. It comes with a 4-year warranty, Master Chronometer certification card and Certificate of authenticity. Limited to just 280 pieces, in recognition of the legendary Olympian's 28 medals, OMEGA's new Planet Ocean "Michael Phelps" is a true collectable and a fitting tribute to the greatest athlete in the history of aquatic sport.

PAUL SMITH AW2017 Feather Print

 Feathers are a focus for Paul Smith this season as a colourful new print features throughout the men’s and women’s collections. Inspired by British gentleman naturalists and collectors, the new AW2017 motif builds on Paul Smith’s reputation as an innovator in print design.

Paul Smith’s in-house print design team created the new motif after being inspired by Victorian-era naturalists, who carefully documented their findings in drawings and taxidermy collections. As well as appearing as a bold graphic, the feather is symbol for the season, appearing in a wide range of forms and applications.

For men, the vibrant feather graphic is printed onto nylon bomber jackets, shirts and pocket squares. It also features as a subtle accent on jacket linings and pocket linings. Single feathers are also embroidered onto key outerwear and tailoring styles, Western shirts and the signature Basso trainer.

For women, all-over print feather shirts are styled under classic overcoats with feather embroidery. Feathers also appear printed onto purses and other small leather goods. Finally, delicate feathers attached to the bond of women’s hats give the feather a three-dimensional form.


LACOSTE 2017 New Eyewear Collection

LACOSTE 2017 new collection balances a sporty style with contemporary trends, reinterpreting vintage style with modern, sophisticated materials, processes and details. The brand’s iconic motifs take on three-dimensional effects and exclusive shades that combine innovative and functional design with a “modern player” style.

PRADA AW2017 Womenswear Advertising Campaign - Dialogue

PRADA AW2017 Womenswear Advertising Campaign - Dialogue
One woman, a multitude of identities - reinvented again and again through fashion. Willy Vanderperre captures the magnetic presence of Kris Grikaite in six different states, inspired by key Prada handbags for the AW2017 season. The inspiration is a conversation, a dialogue, between the different images – each showcasing both the woman and her bags, in luxuriant close-up. A portrait of both femininity, and of fashion, these photographs are striking in their intimacy; they are personal, honest. Just as ‘etiquette’ was established as a code of behaviour in the 17th century, so the Etiquette bag expresses every ‘code’ and ‘behaviour’ of Prada. The typological innovation, a fetishization of craftsmanship, an exploration of the nature of brand and product, and the idea of the inside-out, the anti-status. Turning fashion on its head. What is normally concealed, is revealed.

Pure and modernist, the Prada Monochrome handbag features a three-dimensional tone-on-tone logo in relief on Saffiano leather - as the light falls, the logo appears and disappears. In startling white with graphic hand-painted piping, the Monochrome is a sleek delineation of the Prada aesthetic. For a woman who is a fan of Prada in its purest form. A volte-face; the Prada Corsaire, evocative of travel and adventure, eclectic and multilayered. Inspired by saddle and game bags, the Corsaire has a dynamism, its surface animated by leather thonging and hardware rings. It is for a woman who explores, who dares and pushes boundaries.

The different identities assumed by Kris Grikaite are underscored by her accessories; each represent a different side of not only Prada, but the Prada woman. The new Prada Etiquette bag, the innovative style first offered in the AW2017 fashion show, takes centre stage. It is presented here in a duo of styles - timeless, iconic Prada fabric, and calf leather with metal studs, keyed to the of-the-moment aesthetic of the AW2017 womenswear show. In contrast to its name, the Etiquette toys with the rules of fashion, in true Prada style. It is a rebel, an iconoclast, a gamechanger. The Prada Etiquette bag places the pale-blue Prada ready-to-wear label - until now, a subtle luxury enjoyed by the wearer alone - on the outside. It is exposed, daringly.

This season brings a new iteration of the Prada Cahier bag, in fine velvet with trompe l’oeil renditions of its signature hardware detailing. Inspired by a metal-bound antique diary - in which the most personal and intimate thoughts are recorded – the colour variations afforded in the new velvet incarnation allows most to be unique. A handbag for an individual. Finally, the absolute classicism of the Prada Light Frame - a handbag as archetype, imbued with feminine elegance, timeless and eternal. A pop colour palette of Saffiano leather reinvents this ageless form with a fresh currency. It represents a dialogue between the past and the present.

The strength in using a single model to encapsulate these myriad identities proves the true transformative power of fashion. The ability of clothing to express deep desires and needs. These images, in turn, become a dialogue - a dialogue between the different facets of a woman, between her different identities and incarnations. A woman, and the women she wishes to be.