De Beers Unveils New Additions To The Iconic Enchanted Lotus Collection

De Beers continues to draw inspiration from the lotus flower with sophisticated bracelet additions to the signature Enchanted Lotus Collection. Since launching in 2009, De Beers Enchanted Lotus has evoked the serene peacefulness and symbolic beauty of the lotus flower, calling on the silhouette of its petals under the midday sun with sparkling, diamond-set blooms. “Pure and serene, the lotus flower mirrors the beautiful qualities inherent in a diamond”, four new Enchanted Lotus bracelets work in harmony with the Enchanted Lotus pendants, rings, bracelets and earrings to capture the beauty of the lotus flower as it blooms.

Ancient cultures revered the lotus flower for its purity, believing each bloom symbolised the power of life, renewal and the warmth of the sun. The Enchanted Lotus bracelets draw on this power, celebrating the dawn and the dusk with rich shades of mother of pearl, warming rose gold, captivating white gold and peerlessly beautiful diamonds.

As dawn breaks and the lotus flower unfurls, swathes of warm colours fill the sky. This moment is captured with delicate micropavé diamond petals, radiating from a round brilliant solitaire diamond, atop shimmering white mother-of-pearl and rose gold. second rose gold bracelet depicts the lotus flower with petals of micropavé diamonds in an openwork setting. This sophisticated, airy style reflects the brightness of a new day, just as the sun rises to its midday height. As dawn breaks and the lotus flower unfurls, swathes of warm colours fill the sky. This moment is captured with delicate micropavé diamond petals, radiating from a round brilliant solitaire diamond, atop shimmering white mother-of-pearl and rose gold.

As the sun begins its slow descent to dusk, the lotus flower responds in kind, preparing for a new day. An Enchanted Lotus bracelet with micropavé diamonds in a captivating white gold openwork setting signals the start of this process of renewal, hinting at the positivity that is inherent in each lotus petal. Finally, the flashes of colour that shimmer from grey mother of pearl are reminiscent of the tones in the sky as the sun sets. This is beautifully partnered with a micropavé diamond lotus motif in the final Enchanted Lotus addition, complete with the moonlit hues of white gold.

The new Enchanted Lotus bracelets mirror the beautiful micropavé motif present across the entire Enchanted Lotus Collection, including a vibrant selection of pendants. Created to adapt to the lifestyles of modern women, these expertly crafted pendants further tell the story of the lotus flower with delicate openwork designs alongside those with gemstone inlays. When reversed, each ilaid pendant reveals a discreet round brilliant diamond for a subtly sophisticated look. The wider Enchanted Lotus Collection captures the stunning simplicity and purity of the lotus flower in elegant designs, some set with exceptional fancy colour diamonds or creatively adorned with ceramic and gemstone accents. Pieces are linked through the signature De Beers Enchanted Lotus motif, where lines of micropavé diamonds form petals around a sparkling round brilliant solitaire. The spirit of optimism and renewal instilled within each piece is a sentimental way to preserve precious memories and safeguard the most spectacular moments in time.

Hermès AW2017 Men’s Ready-To-Wear Collection

Rhythm of silhouettes with contrasting volumes.
Fullness, suppleness, asymmetry, stripes, checks, patchworks.
Deep semi-overtones.

Verdigris, pilot blue, wine-red, string. Black, flannel, navy, havana.

Belted wrap-around coats with leather detail and asymmetric buttoning, car coats, belted trench coats with detachable sheepskin collar, belted parkas. Straight blousons or with ribbing with a wide contrasting stripe, sleeveless bikers, overshirts. Six-button double-breasted suits, three-button suits with leather detail, three-button jackets with zipped pocket.

Crew neck pullovers, turtle neck pullovers, zipped blousons, buttoned cardigans, polos. Shirts with straight collar, shirts with supple collar, shirts with double shirt-front, shirts with contrasting high collar, shirts in scarves patchwork. One-pleat large trousers, narrow trousers with high waist, straight narrow trousers.

Wool and cashmere broadcloth, macro Prince of Wales wool, corduroy, smooth velvet. Wool and neoprene with checks, wool flannel and technical crinkle, cashmere and wool with blurry stripes. Étrivière babylamb, grained calfskin, cable-effect sheepskin, rubbery lambskin with large stripe, nubuck lambskin. Technical wool cover coat with leather detail, smooth velvet, wool with blurry pinstripes, polka dot wool and cotton. 

Extra-fine cashmere with saddle topstitching detail, 6-ply cashmere, cashmere and suede goatskin patchwork, raglan cashmere with ribbon leather, cashmere with intermingled H, cashmere with maxi-ribbing, cashmere and wool with macro houndstooth pattern, ribbed wool with lozenges, cable-effect sheepskin, wool with satin robot motif. Cotton poplin, cotton with Force centrifuge print, cotton with Cercles et carrés print, cotton and cashmere twill, over-dyed printed silk twill, polka dot cotton jacquard. Corduroy with maxi-ribbing, smooth velvet, wool with blurred pinstripes, wool flannel, wool and cotton serge, cotton gabardine.


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.