With just a few days to go until the fashion and beauty event of the season, Mall of Qatar’s House of Fashion in association with Harper’s Bazaar magazine has announced a stellar line-up for the leading annual event. Running from March 13 to March 15, the three-day celebration of fashion, beauty, and lifestyle, which showcases Mall of Qatar’s most exciting and luxury retailers across fashion, beauty, and home interiors, will feature some of the region’s best loved personalities and leading industry voices.The highly anticipated opening event, due to be held on Monday 13th at the Luxury Galleria at Mall of Qatar, will feature an in conversation with a selection of pioneering individuals playing a key role in Qatar’s burgeoning fashion scene including artist and designer Fahad Al Obaidly, Interior Design luminary Shaikha Al-Sulaiti, and fashion icon, entrepreneur, and former Harper’s Bazaar cover star Amal Ameen.As part of the Grand Opening event, Mall of Qatar’s House of Fashion is also thrilled to welcome the multi-talented Jessica Kahawaty. From ambassadorships with the world’s most luxury brands to significant humanitarian work, entrepreneur and international model Jessica Kahawaty is a truly multi-faceted woman and a leading light in the global fashion scene.Empowerment and stories of success will also take centre stage with conversations across Tuesday 14th and Wednesday 15th with a range of innovative individuals joining the line-up. From wellness trailblazer Jawaher Al Fardan and Milan Fashion Week alumnus Winonah de Jong, to beauty entrepreneur Najla Al Fardan, design talent Dana Al Saify, entrepreneur Husnaa Malik, and leading sustainability advocate Rina Saleh, we’ll be discussing their pioneering paths to the top.Open daily from 2.30pm, guests will also be able to visit Mall of Qatar’s House of Fashion at leisure and enjoy personalised styling with Harper’s Bazaar Senior Fashion Editor Nour Bou Ezz, who has styled some of the world’s biggest celebrities, and enjoy a range of activations and masterclasses from Mall of Qatar retailers.The engaging and immersive House of Fashion will be hosted in the Luxury Galleria of Mall of Qatar and will shine a spotlight on the latest Spring / Summer 2023 collections across the Mall’s retailers and showcase a series of catwalk shows. Inspired by the bustling streets, style, and flair of Italy, guests will be transported to the world’s greatest fashion capital. Walking through a floral archway, along an Italian-themed path, they will encounter the House of Fashion – an ode to an iconic Italian palazzo.With its bespoke design and luxe furnishings, the House of Fashion is the perfect space to showcase Mall of Qatar’s must-have styles, key new trends, and luxury offerings. Audiences will discover Mall of Qatar’s leading new retailers across womenswear, menswear, and homeware, including Fratelli Rossetti, Doucal’s, Pal Zileri, Tombolini, Hackett London, Pepe Jeans, Iceberg, Philipp Plein, Dolce & Gabbana Casa, and Luxury Living; as well as KIKO Milano and L'Occitane, The Trove, BoConcept, Marli New York, Messika, Prime London, Swarovski, Karl Lagerfeld, Michael Kors, Tory Burch, and Hugo. Guests can meet and mingle in the House’s Garden, chat over coffee in the Styling Suite, or sit back and be pampered in the Beauty Boudoir.For latest information, follow @mallofqatar and @harpersbazaarqatar.
French fashion label Chanel took to a darkened runway for creative director Virginie Viard’s fall-winter collection on Tuesday, showing a glamorous line-up infused with references to a key brand symbol, the camellia flower.The entire set was built around towering, white camellia sculptures that faced the audience, seated in steep risers ringing the space, a sprawling exhibition hall south of the Eiffel Tower.Projected onto the giant camellias were images of Nana Komatsu, styled to resemble the 1960s film character Polly Maggoo, with thick eyeliner and a sleek hairstyle that curled up at the bottom.The label's ubiquitous camellia appeared throughout the show, worked into the patterns of sweeping overcoats and dresses, rendered as stark white three-dimensional embellishments on all-black ensembles, and cropping up as a patch of black flowers adorning the collar of a slick black jacket.Most looks were black and white, paraded by models striding on shiny black platform boots, often with patterned white tights. Bermuda shorts and matching jackets, loose-legged jumpsuits and tweed ensembles were accessorized with the label’s signature jewelry – chained belts, earrings and swinging necklaces that sparkled down the runway.For the finale, the massive camellia sculptures suddenly glowed red, and slowly shifted between red and a bright pink as models rounded the room.The catwalk presentation was held on the final day of Paris Fashion Week, which drew crowds of celebrities to the French capital, and featured big-name labels including Hermes, Valentino, LVMH-owned (LVMH.PA) Dior and Louis Vuitton, Kering-owned (PRTP.PA) labels Saint Laurent and Balenciaga.
Louis Vuitton (LVMH.PA) took to the Musee d'Orsay for its fall-winter catwalk show on Monday, sending a modern lineup of playful, sculptural looks down a slick, black runway designed to evoke a Paris street.Exploring notions of French style, Nicolas Ghesquiere, artistic director of the label's womenswear collections, played with volumes of clothing and trompe l'oeil effects, including boots that looked like black high heel shoes worn with white socks and fuzzy coats resembling blazers.Other looks included bulky Bermuda shorts, wide bustier dresses cinched with thin belts and glittering beaded dresses.Handbags were varied, including one fashioned to look like a typical blue Paris street sign, trimmed in green - with "Louis Vuitton" stamped in white letters.At the end of the show, the sound of footsteps was projected through the space, giving the impression of invisible models walking down the runway - an effect drawn up by sound artist Nicolas Becker.Ghesquiere then trotted out, flashing a grin at the guests in the front row, who included film stars Emma Stone, Zendaya and Catherine Deneuve who sat alongside members of the family of LVMH's chairman and CEO, Bernard Arnault.Pharrell Williams, named artistic director of Louis Vuitton's menswear designs last month, also attended the show.Paris Fashion Week, which features big-name fashion labels including LVMH-owned Dior, Kering SA-owned (PRTP.PA) Saint Laurent, Valentino and Chanel, winds up on Tuesday.
HE Assistant Foreign Minister Lolwah bint Rashid Al Khater met on Tuesday with HE Minister of State for Development and Africa in the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office Andrew Mitchell, on the sidelines of the 5th UN Conference on the Least Developed Countries (LDC5), currently in session in Doha.The meeting discussed aspects of bilateral cooperation and ways of enhancing and promoting them, especially in aid and development, in addition to the latest developments in Afghanistan and the Horn of Africa.
French label Pierre Cardin returned to the official Paris fashion week schedule for the first time in decades, sending out a colorful, off-beat lineup of styles that recalled its space age heyday.Models paraded two-toned suit jackets with triangular shaped lapels, asymmetrical dresses and capes, shimmery gold trousers and thin ties that formed an arrow-like shape at the tip.Attendants flashed spotlights on models as they made their way down the temporary runway, set up in the label's empty flagship store that is undergoing renovations.Spinning holograms were projected in the windows of the store — located across the street from France's Elysee Palace — and one model carried the three-dimensional projection in a handbag.The late designer's great nephew, Rodrigo Basilicati Cardin, who took the reins of the label following Cardin's death in 2020, said he worked with the design studio to pare back the looks, which were made from recycled materials as well as fabric that sat in storage for decades.Seeking to spark interest in the label among younger crowds, Basilicati Cardin said he set up competitions to bring on talent from other countries, like Mexico and South Korea, for stints at the label."My goal is to manage the label and bring it on track," he said, speaking to journalists after the show as he greeted guests including French singer Mireille Mathieu.
Having fled war as a child, Georgian designer Demna made fashion a sort of battleground of provocative ideas at the helm of Balenciaga. It was tremendously successful — until it wasn't.The 41-year-old, who dropped his last name Gvasalia in 2021, returns to the catwalk at Paris Fashion Week on Sunday for the first time since his hot streak was brought to a screeching halt late last year by a spectacularly ill-considered publicity campaign.The ads featured children with teddy bear bags that had studs and harnesses — supposedly meant to evoke a punk aesthetic but looking a lot like bondage gear.It coincided with another ad campaign that included a strange background detail — a print-out of a US Supreme Court judgement about child abuse.Demna apologised profusely in the pages of Vogue, denying any intention to reference child abuse, but the damage was done, with a slump in fourth-quarter sales and criticism from celebrity friends such as Kim Kardashian.He vowed to drop the provocations."I have decided to go back to my roots in fashion as well as to the roots of Balenciaga, which is making quality clothes -- not making image or buzz," he told Vogue.- 'Unbridled creation' –It is an unexpected moment of contrition for a designer who was named among the world's 100 most influential people by Time less than a year ago.Demna is on thin ice: "We are allowed to make a mistake in a group like Kering," said the boss of Balenciaga's parent company, Francois-Henri Pinault. "We don't have the right to make two."He also barely escaped contagion from the controversies around his friend Kanye West, who opened Balenciaga's last show in Paris in September. The label cut ties with the rapper after his outbursts about Jews.Before then, Demna's playful and inventive campaigns had made Balenciaga one of the hottest brands around.A 2021 show saw guests arriving along a red carpet and then presented with a film of their entrance that revealed the models had been secretly mingling among them, wearing the new collection.One campaign was done in the style of a dystopian newscast; another playing with the tropes of reality TV.His daring designs included the head-to-toe black shrouds worn by Kardashian at the Met Gala in 2021."The unbridled creation has worked well but he will have to tame it down a little bit," said Arnaud Cadart, of fashion consultancy Flornoy Ferri.- Ugly luxury –It will be a tough reinvention, not least since one of Demna's tricks has been to turn the ugly into luxury, from his pimped-out Crocs to his notorious $1,500 garbage bags."Demna uses his radical approach to overturn stereotypes of what is normal and what is luxury," said Serge Carreira, a fashion expert at Sciences Po University in Paris.It is an approach that worked, attracting all kinds of stars from cerebral French actor Isabelle Huppert to brash US rapper Cardi B.There was a fascinating backstory, too.A year ago, Demna's Paris show fell just after Russia's invasion of Ukraine, recalling his traumatic departure from Georgia at the age of 12, forced to flee ethnic cleansing by pro-Russian separatists.The show saw under-dressed models walking out in an artificial snowstorm, carrying those infamous trash bags.Some found it distasteful but it was deeply felt.The invasion "triggered the pain of a past trauma I have carried in me since 1993, when the same thing happened in my country and I became a forever refugee", he said.Trained at the Beaux-Arts Royal Academy in Belgium, Demna worked for Maison Margiela and Louis Vuitton before creating his own label, Vetements, with his brother in 2014.He was named creative director at Balenciaga in 2015.For many years, his trauma affected his work but he told Vanity Fair in 2021 that counselling, meditation and exercise had helped exorcise some demons."Fashion used to feel like a battle for me. That is why there was a lot of aggression and darkness in what I did. Today I feel at peace with the system," he said.
Gianvito Rossi presents a new, audacious Fall-Winter collection defined by a mysterious sensuality. The designer plays with references from the punk and gothic worlds, elevating them to a new sophistication.Boots take center stage: knee-high or over the knee, these designs underline the subtle game of strength and sensuality that defines the entire collection.An audacious to-the-knee boot in black patent leather, with a high stiletto heel, opens the collection. Its clean, essential silhouette with a side zip-up detail reflects a vigorous force. Crafted in patent leather, platform pumps and striking d’Orsay pumps are enriched by countless front straps.To-the-knee boots with cut-out details express magnetic allure. The gladiator silhouette is instilled with a gothic twist: broad bands in black leather frame the leg in a captivating game for the eye, whilst a back zip goes up to thigh.A diamond cut-out pattern reveals the skin on the front, side and back of a sensual over-the-knee boot in supple suede. The definition of high elegance.In a nod to punk culture, a metallic chain detail, laid over the ankle, gives a new vigor to an outstanding over- the-knee boot in precious nappa, which envelops the leg in a fierce embrace. Its 10cm stiletto heel conveys a newfound strength to the overall silhouette.And finally, a Western-inspired boot with a lifted toe enriches the collection with a completely new silhouette, mirroring a strong individuality.
Dior designer Maria Grazia Chiuri dove into archives from the 1950s for the French fashion house’s fall women's catwalk show, adding a modern spin to the era's feminine mainstays.Models strode around a hulking, fantastical set parading familiar silhouettes – neat, short-sleeved button-up shirts paired with full skirts, bustier dresses, trim cardigans and cropped jackets – in somber colors and stylized floral prints.Chiuri softened structured jackets and drew on fabrics woven with metal thread to give a new, creased texture to classically-cut dresses -- pushing styles into a sporty direction, for daywear.Accessories including pearls, gloves and thick, black headbands, the tassles tied into bows.Chiuri sought to add a Parisian flair to the styles of the period, which are often associated with American Hollywood productions.“It was very different, the situation in Europe than in the USA,” she told Reuters, noting that the women who served as inspiration for the collection -- Christian Dior’s sister Catherine Dior and French singers Edith Piaf and Juliette Greco -- were rebuilding their lives following the Second World War.Moody organ music kicked off the show.Models wound around the space -- a tent in the Tuileries Gardens -- under a massive, hanging set, its bulbous tentacles embellished with hand-sewn crochet work, fringes, sequins and feathers.Portuguese artist Joana Vasconcelos described her work as an abstract flower, forming a “magical garden like another world, another dimension.”“It’s quite unique for the contemporary art world to have this connection to the fashion world,” she said, noting the show added intimacy to her monumental art.Held on the second day of Paris Fashion Week, the show drew crowds of fans angling for a glimpse of Kpop singer Jisoo and actress Charlize Theron, who sat in the front row next to members of LVMH CEO Bernard Arnault's family.
Givenchy creative director Matthew M. Williams focused on dresses at the French fashion house’s fall runway show at Paris Fashion Week on Thursday, sending out a line-up of long, slinky gowns that swept the runway.First he kicked off the show for the LVMH-owned (LVMH.PA) label with all-black, sharply-tailored outerwear – coats with sleeves that fell below the wrists and hemlines that reached the ankles.Models then paraded down the stark, white runway wearing gowns with plunging necklines and long slits, with just a few touches of bright colours – including sheer dresses in lime green, bright pink and lavender.The trademark embellishments - chains and extra buckles were relegated to the sidelines, leaving only the occasional belt lined with metal loops, some leg straps with buckles and a thick, gold handle on bright green clutch.Layered looks were less present than in previous seasons, though there were a few, mixing brown shearling and slick, black leather.While the models marched to a solemn, electronic beat in a temporary tent at the Ecole Militaire in central Paris, some of the guests were more flamboyant.Actor Jared Leto turned up in a shimmery gold top, with a huge, chunky gold chain around his neck, while singer Aya Nakamura wore the label’s signature Shark Lock boots in shiny silver, with a matching handbag.The show took place on the fourth day of Paris Fashion week, which runs through March 7, and features big name labels including Dior, Saint Laurent, Louis Vuitton Hermes and Chanel.
Saint Laurent designer Anthony Vaccarello drew his Paris Fashion Week audience into a dark, chandelier-lined runway Tuesday night, sending out a sensual lineup of night-club-ready eveningwear derived from office classics—blazers, pinstripes and pencil skirts.The show opened with a series of sharp-shouldered suit jackets – extra wide, double-breasted – worn over skimpy silk tops and slender, knee-skimming skirts.Models marched down a carpeted catwalk on spiky, pointy-toed sling-backs, some with scarves trailing behind, as the styles moved between airy, feminine pussy bow blouses and more assertive masculine styles, like hulking bomber jackets and long, tailored coats in red plaid.Aviator glasses and slicked-back hair styles completed the glamorous looks.The set, which included low-hanging bronze chandeliers, evoked the ballroom of the Intercontinental Hotel, the label’s favored venue for haute couture collections in the late 1970s through the start of the 2000 – but transported into a “radically contemporary black-box setting”, according to the label’s show notes.The temporary venue was set in the label’s traditional spot facing the Eiffel Tower, which glittered as the last guests streamed out after the show.The Kering-owned (PRTP.PA) label grew strongly last year, passing 3 billion euros ($3.2 billion) in sales, and the group plans to expand its retail network this year.
Giorgio Armani offered plenty of soft, fluid looks at his Milan Fashion Week show on Sunday as the veteran Italian designer presented the autumn/winter 2023 collection for his main, eponymous line.The 88-year-old, affectionately called "King Giorgio" in his home country, opened the show with beige and bronze creations - smooth long dresses and roomy trousers, loose macs and tops.Models wore silky pyjama-like shirts and trousers as well as dresses. Some designs were worn layered: elongated jackets or long dresses on top of trousers.Armani also used plenty of black, mixing it namely with pink for ensuing designs - day wear including velvet pinstripe suits and black jackets worn with shiny pink trousers, or black dresses with pink floral embroidery for the evening. Beaded belts or sequins added shine to black evening suits and frocks.Accessories included two-tone brogues as well as fringed shawls and berets with beaded fringes.
Italian luxury label Gucci drew from its past to present an eclectic mix of looks at its womenswear show at Milan Fashion Week, paving the way for the next chapter as it awaits its new creative director.The brand's creative team revisited Gucci's glamorous and colourful looks of the 1990s, 2000s and 2010s - nodding to silhouettes and creations by past designers like Tom Ford and Frida Giannini.Gucci parted ways with its star designer Alessandro Michele last November as sales lagged competitors, and the prized brand of French luxury group Kering (PRTP.PA) will welcome its new creative director, Sabato De Sarno, later this year.A model wearing a tiny metallic bikini top, long black satin pencil skirt and gloves opened the show. Androgynous trouser suits followed as did plenty of faux fur coats in lilac, blue, fuchsia and yellow. There were furry lapels, oversized knits, footwear and bags. One coat dazzled with sparkling silver fringes."The Gucci Fall Winter 2023 Women's Collection connects the creative cultures that cross-pollinate the history of the House in an evocative but contemporary proposal," show notes read."A free expression founded in collective memories that blur the lines of time, it is an illustration of the beating heart of Gucci: the ecosystem of designers and artisans whose shared understanding of the House has passed down and evolved from creative to creative for over a century."Slim trousers were slit at the bottom front while bustier dresses had exaggerated sides. One model wore a crumpled shirt tucked into a miniskirt, others were dressed in coats with voluminous shoulders.There were plenty of see-through designs: white embroidered sheer shirts and skirts and black transparent dresses.Tights were red, orange, lime and pale blue. There were new offerings of the Gucci loafer and the brand's famed handbags.At the end of the show, Gucci's creative team came out to loud applause. De Sarno will present his first collection for Gucci in September.At Tod's (TOD.MI), creative director Walter Chiapponi offered a sober collection in earthy tones that played with tailoring.Models wore pea coats as well as long oversized coats, and also appeared in parkas and cropped aviator and elongated bomber jackets. Zipped ribbed tops had leather detailing while round-collared shirts had slightly voluminous shoulders.Dresses were belted or had draped shoulders.Called "Italian Feeling," the collection came in hues of brown, dark green, camel and cream. Chiapponi ended the show with several pinstripe looks."The idea was to go back to sobriety, with a certain rigidity in the construction," Chiapponi told reporters."In a way it's a very masculine show. The feminine touches are the skirts, embroideries... high heels."
Florals bloomed on skirts, shoes and from the ceiling at Italian designer label Prada's Milan Fashion Week show recently.Designers Miuccia Prada and Raf Simons turned wedding dresses into everyday looks, opening their autumn/winter 2023-24 catwalk presentation with a range of long and short white skirts embellished with white flowers and paired with knits.Utility suits became long shirt dresses with trains, while large boxy jackets were matched with slim ankle-length trousers in mainly dark shades.Models wore shirts with stick-out shoulders, knits and jackets with colourful inside collars, and pastel-coloured cigarette trousers paired with ribbed tops.Kitten heels in a range of colours bore cut-out floral patterns.The collection also featured white puffer and dark asymmetrical mini skirts, colourful printed dresses, buttoned capes and duffel coats.Last month, the Hong Kong-listed fashion group (1913.F) said it had appointed a new chief executive, Andrea Guerra, taking the place of Patrizio Bertelli and Miuccia Prada and easing a transition to the next generation of the founding family.At Emporio Armani, models walked on a round catwalk to present the latest collection of veteran designer Giorgio Armani's second line.The 88-year-old designer, affectionately called "King Giorgio" in his native Italy, presented a sleek offering with plenty of black that was brightened with pinks, reds and purples.Jackets had asymmetric buttons, velvet trouser suits were loose and comfy, while black and lilac evening looks shimmered with sequins."It is a collection under the sign of discretion even in displaying a slightly eccentric fashion," Armani told reporters.He will present his latest collection for his main Giorgio Armani line on Sunday.Milan Fashion Week is the third leg of the month-long catwalk calendar, during which designers present their autumn/winter 2023-24 collections.
Moschino is all about fashion and love with its new SS23 collection, that has everything from ready to wear pieces to the perfect accessory additions. Moschino is ready to celebrate all things love this February 14th with the ideal outstanding looks for with just the right looks for the occasion.Valentine's Day is the perfect excuse to purchase an iconic dress, invest in a heart-shaped bag, or accessories with stunning jewellery pieces that complete the look.Stand out with Moschino's eye-catching SS23 statement dresses. The iconic black dress with inflatable red hearts on either side makes for a stunning little black dress with some subtle yet statement pieces. An alternative look would be the cropped blazer pantsuit look with red hearts. The combination of black and red is taking over. Moschino's eye-catching long black maxi cut-out dress with giant heart details is perfect for Valentine's Day. Pink and red are the colours of love, and with Valentine's Day quickly approaching, Moschino has the perfect pink dress with mini gold hearts.Pair any simple, subtle look with Moschino's Red Heart Biker Bag, the heart-shaped bag is just the statement piece needed to complete any look. The Black clutch with an inflatable heart is a great bag for a lovely Valentine's Day dinner.Add some sparkles with Moschino's dazzling accessories. The chunky long gold lifeboat earrings are simple yet sophisticated and can amplify any look. Moschino's SS23 collection is all about hearts. The inflatable heart-shaped earrings are a perfect addition to make any special on Valentine's Day.
Italian Sabato De Sarno has been appointed creative director at Gucci, the luxury label and parent group Kering announced on Saturday.De Sarno, who until now supervised the men's and women's collections at Valentino, will present his debut runway collection for Gucci at Milan Women's Fashion Week in September.The designer from Naples succeeds Alessandro Michele, who left the Italian luxury brand in November after seven years as creative director.Called in in 2015 to relaunch sluggish sales, Michele breathed new life into the label with daring collections, often very flowery and playful but did not succeed in boosting sales with the same vigour as Gucci's rivals.De Sarno will lead Gucci's Design Studio and will report to the fashion house's CEO Marco Bizzarri.His role will be "defining and expressing the house's creative vision across the women's, men's, leather goods, accessories and lifestyle collections," Bizzarri said."I am proud to join a house with such an extraordinary history and heritage, that over the years has been able to welcome and cherish values I believe in," said De Sarno. "I am touched and excited to contribute my creative vision for the brand."De Sarno began his career at Prada in 2005, then moved to Dolce & Gabbana before joining Valentino in 2009 where he rose through the ranks to become fashion director.Francois-Henri Pinault, chairman and CEO of Kering, said: "With Sabato De Sarno at the creative helm, we are confident that the House will continue both to influence fashion and culture".
Are you looking for the perfect accessory to complement your professional wardrobe? Look no further than the French luxury heritage Masion, the answer to your style needs. Faure le Page offers a range of quality leather goods and accessories that are perfect for work attire. From stylish handbags to wallets, Faure le Page pieces can add sophistication and elegance to any look.Each piece is made with traditional Parisian craftsmanship, and features luxurious leather materials, modern design, and thoughtful details. With Faure le Page, you can look the part without sacrificing functionality or style. This edit consists of leather goods from the brand that highlights its iconic pattern print, including its Quiver Saga bag, Ladies First Saga Pochette, 6CC Wallet Etendard Saga, 4CC Card Holder Etendard, and the best-selling Daily Battle 19 bag. These products feature the Ecailles scale motif as the house signature. This motif – at once armor and ornament, evoking dragons and mermaids – confers power and allure to its wearers.The artisan screen-prints the Ecailles scale pattern onto the weave of the canvas in steps, using different stencils. This demanding technique is intricate and requires the hand of a virtuoso. This method enables Fauré Le Page to pair superlatively strong canvas with the embellishment reserved for the finest of fabrics.
Swiss watches are in high demand these days, but sales of second-hand timepieces are also booming, driven by Generation Z buyers who want luxury goods but are also sustainability-minded.The global second-hand watch market is estimated at nearly 20 billion Swiss francs ($21.7 billion) and could reach 35 billion francs by 2030, according to a study out in October by the auditing and consulting giant Deloitte.Historically the province of collectors scouting for rare watches at auction, the second-hand market is turning increasingly professional with the proliferation of online sales sites that verify authenticity -- with even the watch manufacturers themselves getting involved."Nowadays, there is a realisation that we need to consume more responsibly," said Fabienne Lupo, the former head of the Foundation High Horology, who organised a second-hand luxury watch salon in Geneva in November.The event was attended by the online auction giant eBay, the watch sales platform Watchbox, and Swiss brands such as Zenith.- Never say new again –Lupo said the craze for second-hand watches could be explained by the consumer choices of Millennials (born between 1980 and the late 1990s) and Generation Z (born between 1997 and 2010) who are "very concerned about the future of the planet, and no longer want to buy new".There is also the fashion for vintage objects "that you can't find everywhere", she said.And furthermore, buying certain Swiss luxury watches new is getting harder, as the booming market means longer waiting lists.Swiss watch exports hit a new record in 2022, climbing 11.4 percent year-on-year to 24.8 billion Swiss francs, the Federation of the Swiss Watch Industry announced Tuesday."And then there is the digitalisation which has accelerated with the pandemic," Lupo told AFP.The growth in the pre-owned watch market is such that the British online platform Subdial has developed an index tracking the 50 most-traded models.The average price fell from a record 45,000 Swiss francs in February 2022 to 35,000 francs in September, which Deloitte called a "correction" rather than a sign that the market was shrinking.Sales platforms for certified pre-owned (CPO) watches are multiplying online, with the sector still attracting new entrants, including the US site Bezel, which counts former Disney president Michael Ovitz, comedian Kevin Hart and singer John Legend among its investors.The luxury giant Richemont -- which owns the Cartier, IWC and Piaget brands -- entered the field as early as 2018, buying the British platform Watchfinder.Rolex also took the plunge in December, pulling the rug from beneath the counterfeiters by launching a CPO programme with the Swiss retailer Bucherer, which authenticates the watches.The programme is set up in six countries, including Britain and France, with the aim of extending it to the United States in the future.- Watch your image –"Watch manufacturers typically have been worried about the secondary market as it was closely associated with the grey market, where discounted watches could be found," said Jon Cox, an industry analyst with the Kepler Cheuvreux financial services company."However, they realise there is a halo effect of having strong secondary prices, enhancing the brand value of the primary watches," he told AFP.For top-end luxury brands like Richard Mille, where average watch prices exceed 260,000 Swiss francs, second-hand timepieces are even a way of enhancing their image."We might have a client who tells us, 'there was a limited edition of 100 watches; it was always my dream to buy one and now I have the money -- but you no longer make them and they are almost impossible to find'," said Alexandre Mille, who took over from his father who founded the brand.Mille said his teams can seek out the sought-after timepiece.Deloitte's study found that buying a cheaper watch was the main motivation for 44 percent of respondents.But Cox also noted that second-hand watches were a "store of wealth", being "worn and shown off for years but still retaining value to be resold so another watch can be bought in its place".
For a man with seemingly infinite creative ambitions, it is fitting that Indian designer Rahul Mishra's latest Paris haute couture collection attempts to encapsulate the entire universe.Monday's Fashion Week debut of "Cosmos" became the latest showcase for one of Asia's leading stylists, whose works have been modelled by Michelle Yeoh, Viola Davis and other top film stars.Mishra invited AFP to tour his frenetic workshop on the urban fringes of New Delhi several times over the collection's production, from its initial sketchbook concepts to his last-minute agonies over sudden revisions.His long and laborious journey reflects a desire to evoke the boundless mysteries of life, told through his trademark embroidered flourishes of animal contours and luminous details."This is actually the true cosmos in its ultimate manifestation," Mishra, 43, told AFP this month while proudly unveiling one of the more than two dozen gowns he was about to send to Paris."It justifies the name of the collection."The gown's flowing pleated silhouette is alive with intricately embroidered depictions of the animal kingdom, where schools of fish rub shoulders with the night sky's constellations.Mishra has spent months engrossed in every microscopic detail of the piece, but even in the frenzied final week before its Paris debut, he was compelled to make a major conceptual change."It looks dramatic, it takes too much attention," he says as he agonises over a bold decision to pin two giant golden fish ornaments to the gown's bust, wondering if it upsets the delicate harmony he has cultivated.Mishra often defers to the expertise of his team and solicits their opinion but they share his taste for the flamboyant and give a resounding vote of approval to the new look.- 'It has to be spectacular' –"The more we try to know about cosmos, the less we know; the more we try to know about ourselves, the more remains to discover -- this is the true meaning of cosmos," Mishra said of his artistic vision.The theme is well-suited to a designer whose creations fuse together as many materials, textures and patterns as the laws of physics allow."We work like an art studio that tries to mix mediums, to assemble ideas, to create a new expression that is not necessarily just fashion," he said."Our dresses are full of life -- they are growing, expanding, they are reaching for something in an ever-expanding universe."The collection's more extravagant pieces reflect Mishra's preoccupation with the natural world and include a sequined gown with translucent veils, modelled on the pulsing movements of a jellyfish.Other eye-catching works feature elegant embroidery of pink-tinged leaves, golden ladybird brooches, or frilly bustiers with blue sequins and marine life motifs to elicit the ocean's depths.Mishra's intention to portray a fantasy journey to "something that doesn't exist" have this time led him out of his traditional obsessions and into the urban environment.On an ankle-length coat, uncharacteristically monochrome against the designer's usual colour bursts, skyscrapers float upside down on a ruffled hem against speckled silver stars to channel the magic of cities at night.Flamboyant even by the standards of the Parisian runway, Mishra abhors any suggestion of aesthetic restraint."It has to be spectacular, otherwise why would you create something?" he said. "There are already so many beautiful clothes in the world."
The adventures of Emily Cooper – an ambitious American marketing executive who unexpectedly lands her dream job In Paris – have become a global sensation for good reason. Romantic intrigue, sparkling wit, and, of course, the most beautiful city on Earth, are all part of the hit show’s irresistible appeal. However, that is to neglect one key ingredient: the fashion. Emily in Paris is very much a show about style, with each key character’s personality communicated through the clothes they wear. We have partnered with Paramount Consumer Products to create a capsule collection that embodies the spirit and stylish joie de vivre that the MTV Entertainment Studios-produced Emily in Paris is best known for.As with the show itself, taking centre stage in the collection is Emily, a brand-new silhouette that’s set apart by a striking statement bow on the vamp. The Emily will be available in a number of iterations, from evening-ready black and white satin to whimsical pink gingham, alluding to our protagonist’s eclectic sense of fashion. Next is the romantic and sophisticated Camille, inspired by the character of the same name: Emily’s confidante and guide to all things French. Taking Camille’s elegant personal style as a starting point, the shoe is graceful and purposeful in its shape, with a large, crystallised heart motif on the toe. And then there is the Mindy, named for Emily’s closest friend and fellow outsider to Parisian culture. Drawing on Mindy’s signature glamour and love of performing, we designed this shoe as an eye-catching number, replete with organza appliqué flowers across the toe.Finally, Malone Souliers also nodded to the show’s male characters with a couple of timeless men’s shoes. The Gab is a casual yet sophisticated sneaker, while the Alfie is a sharply modern take on the lace-up derby.Malone chose Emily in Paris because it’s one of the most stylish shows on television, but it doesn’t hurt that Mary Alice, Creative Director of Malone, is an avid watcher. “Like everyone else, I became obsessed with Emily in Paris when it first aired in 2020,” Mary explains. “The witty humour is what first drew me in, but then I couldn’t take my eyes off the outfits. I knew it would be the perfect show for Malone Souliers to collaborate with.”“Malone Souliers has captured the loveable characters and captivating fashion of Emily in Paris in a luxurious and romantic footwear collection that both fans of the show and fashion lovers are going to adore,” said Jose Castro, Senior Vice President of Soft Lines, Global Fashion Collaborations & Specialty Retail, Paramount Consumer Products. “The designs are beautifully crafted, whimsical and sophisticated - just like the characters and styles in the series."
As he stitches together the final threads of his latest Paris Fashion Week collection, acclaimed Indian fashion designer Rahul Mishra is taking inspiration from France -- and a fellow master from another era."I want to achieve the impossible, I want to paint air," he told AFP, quoting the 19th-century impressionist painter Claude Monet.Both men are known for their artistic urge to depict nature -- Monet on canvas, and Mishra on his extravagant haute couture gowns, feted for their bursts of embroidered floral colour and petal-shaped ornamental flourishes.Mishra's creations are a regular staple of the world's leading fashion magazines where they are modelled by film stars including Cate Blanchett and Michelle Yeoh.Dozens of designers, tailors and crafters have been hard at work in his new workshop near India's capital New Delhi, putting the finishing touches on the "Cosmos" line he will debut on the Parisian catwalk on Monday.Some sit on mats in front of embroidery looms sewing flower motifs onto delicate sheer fabric in a painstaking enterprise that stands testament to the force of Mishra's creative vision."I dream a lot, I am often lost in a new world, in a kind of fantasy," said the casually dressed 43-year-old, striding in Nike trainers between workbenches to introduce the work of his colleagues."I come back and share it with my team, I speak to them, talk to them... and then that dream becomes a common dream, everybody starts believing in this idea."Mishra's fantasies have materialised into hot property in the years since he won the International Woolmark Prize -- one of the fashion world's top accolades -- in 2014.The French Fashion Federation included his work on the Paris ready-to-wear runway the same year, and in 2020 he became the first Indian to feature in its haute couture programme.- Natural preoccupations –Nature has been Mishra's most enduring source of inspiration, beginning at the age of 10 when he felt compelled to sketch the blooming flowers and natural scenery of his rural hometown.With no mentor and a doctor father who pushed him to pursue a more steady career, Mishra almost abandoned his couture dreams before breaking off his university science studies.He enrolled at the National Institute of Design, India's premier creative arts academy, before studying in Italy's fashion capital Milan.His recent artistic triumphs show how little he has strayed from his roots.A highlight of his "Tree of Life" collection last year is a sleeveless floral gown bursting with a cornucopia of 120 colours in the couturist's embodiment of spring."This must be the most colourful piece I have ever done," he said, adding that each floor-length dress represented 5,000 hours of labour.Items from the collection sold for up to 12,500 euros ($13,500) once they went on sale."There are hardly 200 artists across India who are able to manage this kind of multicolour work," he added. "It is more difficult to replicate the original piece than to create it."- 'Celebrate mistakes' –Mishra now has his sights set on building a global presence and in March, will launch a new ready-to-wear collection in Europe.His first European boutique will open in London later this year thanks to a joint venture with Indian conglomerate Reliance, a key distributor of luxury brands which has exclusive tie-ups with Balenciaga and Armani.But his ambitions ultimately rest on building a "fairly serious" alternative to fast fashion giants like Uniqlo and Zara, utilising India's seemingly bottomless pool of textile talent."Now is the right time," he said."My biggest goal is that one day we'll be able to provide employment for more than a million people around the world."Like many artists, each one of Mishra's finished endeavours is a reflection of the torment and doubt that come with habitual agonising over minute details -- an emotional struggle that is also a wellspring of creative inspiration."We celebrate mistakes, we celebrate when we fail," he said. "The beauty of trying something new, the excitement and the intent to do something new is always celebrated.""I think more than the final fashion show... what excites me most is the process."