MATCHESFASHION.COM held a two-day pop-up event in Hong Kong recently and showcased its preview of the SS2015 collections and to shop a curated edit of men’s and womenswear. A video installation showcased the designers for the season ahead.
women’s highlights include US designers Rosie Assoulin, Wes Gordon and Juan Carlos Obando, alongside emerging names 1205, Vetements, and Danielle Romeril. New menswear designers include emerging British talents Craig Green, By Walid and Astrid Andersen and US brands Orley, Baja East and Longjourney.
The event also launch RAEY, the in-house collection from MATCHESFASHION.COM, which will be available exclusively online and in-store from January 2015. Designed by an in-house team led by Creative Director Rachael Proud, the collection is rooted to a modern, minimal aesthetic with a relaxed attitude.
Peter Jensen FW2014 Menswear Claus von Bulow collection designed in conjunction with Peter’s Womenswear Pre-fall collection inspired by American socialite Sunny Von Bulow, it of course made sense for the FW2014 menswear collection to be her husband Claus. Peter explains "I thoroughly enjoyed making this collection and being able to work with fabrics that I really love like corduroy, Scottish suiting wool and English drill. I really wanted to focus on the colours that were similar to those worn by Claus these being navy, bottle green, burgundy and mustard.”
The collection consists of corduroy puffer jackets, fair isle jumpers and heavy wool overcoats. Peter first became fascinated with the pair after watching the film ‘Reversal of Fortune’ a film starring Jeremy Irons and Glenn Close. The store being based on the controversial von Bulow case. Claus was accused of killing his wife Sunny by administering and insulin overdose in 1980 but was twice found not guilty.
BUCCELATI - The haute jewellery house has returned to Hong Kong for an important cultural event, hosting the private viewings alongside to reconfirm its presence among Hong Kong’s jewellery enthusiasts. The atelier was established in 1919 by Mario Buccellati, who was captivated by the craft of jewellery and the abundance of precious stones the world had to offer.
With a natural talent for drawing and a thirst for knowledge, Mario created jewellery and silver objects that conjured up images of the Renaissance era, and thus instilled the historical heritage of Italy into his works of art.
Alongside the brand’s distinctive texture engraving techniques used to resemble the finest of fabrics, it was this timeless, ethereal style that enabled each Buccellati masterpiece to transcend through time, and facilitated the jewellery house in becoming a leading brand in the realm of luxury jewellery.
Joining this series of illustrious events was President and Creative Director, Andrea Buccellati, and Communication Director, Maria Cristina Buccellati, members of the family’s third generation who continue to uphold the long-standing traditions and artisanship of the renowned namesake.
Among the key collection exhibited at the private viewing was an extensive selection of Buccellati’s silver creations, ranging from intricately crafted silver centerpieces and bowls to lifelike animal figurines.
Also featured was the Ducale bracelet designed by Gianmaria Buccellati: inspired by the Doge’s Palace in Venice, this exemplifies the art of gold weaving through Buccellati’s typical tulle workmanship.
However, the undisputed star of the occasion was indeed the Bartolomeo necklace. Crafted with Buccellati’s signature honeycomb technique, the statement piece boasted a cascade of diamonds held in white gold settings, and embodied an impressively elegant and refined design.
Boggi Milano FW2014/15 collection is built around four main themes: printed season, new comfort, exclusive yarn and black watch. The season is strongly characterized by the return of mismatched garments, opening the wardrobe to patterned jackets and blazers in soft light colors. Prince of Wales, over checks and Vichy patterns replace plain color coats, typical of past seasons allowing to play with combinations thus conferring a refreshed look. Also shirts, in both classic and sporty version, show micro weaves and three‐dimensional print effects. Noteworthy are the printed shirts with paisley motifs, micro floral and polka dot which give a less formal look but sophisticated and above all never ordinary.
The big news of the season is the introduction of a new fit that makes the garments more comfortable and closer to tailoring. The brand introduces a range of blazers with shirt‐effect rounded shoulders to confer maximum comfort. Another new entry is the Fit Drop 8, a more fit suit model with contoured waist and slimmer revers.The fitted cut of the trousers and turtlenecks give a contemporary style, less formal but elegant with the “new comfort”, that take place of the shirt and tie.
130’S wool yarn suits or jackets in unique mixture of wool and cashmere with patterns and colors that are specially created for the brand. These exclusive fabrics for Boggi mingle with more technical materials, hence providing a wide high quality selection. Noble fibers such as cashmere and silk are mixed with wool obtaining an effect of unique brilliance and touch. One of the common thread that runs through the entire collection is Alcantara, a detail that gives added value to shirts and sweaters. Knits, apart from consolidated classic yarns, offer a variety of luxury mixes such as alpaca, angora and cashmere.
Very important are also double knits that are lined with different fabrics such as jersey and nylon. Of particular interest is the versatile fullzip padded with quilted nylon ‐ halfway between a sweater and a jacket. The sports line BM39 sees the return of the British style with the black watch: a check pattern characterized by navy and dark green shades. Included in this mood are also the shirt and pants both embellished with details in dark shades with a sophisticated and at the same time sporty connotation.
The quilted jackets combine nylon with black watch flannel, creating an interesting patchwork. The color palette protagonist of the Fall Winter fades from the classic Boggi blue to brown and gray shades with brighter shades of color on the patterned garments. The collection shows its innovative and cutting edge essence also thanks to the wide selection of outwear pieces like the practical reversible and warm quilted jackets. Must have from the collection is the Urban Motor Jacket: a waterproof caban coat rich in details such as the windproof belt, wrists, reflective strips that disappear, easy detachable body warmer waistcoat, perfect for the cold season. The renewed and fresh image of the brand emerges from its accessories: ties, handkerchiefs and scarves key elements of the look of men wearing Boggi.