Fashion buzz: Celine unveils its new store in Pavilion KL, Paul Andrew exits Salvatore Ferragamo, and more


By Joan Kong

Fashion buzz: Celine unveils its new store in Pavilion KL, Paul Andrew exits Salvatore Ferragamo, and more

Celine’s new concept store in Pavilion KL is now open


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Celine’s first new concept store is here. Located in Pavilion KL, the duplex store spans across 316 square-meter, and it houses the French Maison’s women’s ready-to-wear collection, as well as its well-loved leather goods and accessories. The bags to check out? SS21’s Triangle bag, the Triomphe shoulder bag, and its freshly launched Lunch Box bag.

Its sculptural interior features juxtaposition of materials including natural stones (granite and marble), reclaimed oak, concrete, steel and brass, while the Brutalist-inspired furnitures are all designed by its very own creative director Hedi Slimane. Take a peek into its changing room and you’ll notice the bronze sculpture called ‘L’Lelan’ by renowned French artist Hedva Ser.

Celine is located at Lot 2.18 & Lot 3.20 at Pavilion KL.

Paul Andrew is leaving Salvatore Ferragamo


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After five years with the brand, creative director Paul Andrew is exiting Salvatore Ferragamo. According to Business of Fashion, the designer will make his exit after completing the Pre-Spring 2022 collection in early May. His departure is also followed by a few changes to the board members: Leonardo Ferragamo will replace Ferruccio, his brother, as chairman; Giacomo Ferragamo will rejoin the board after stepping down last year; and Giovanna Ferragamo will also be leaving the company. No official statement has been made, nor a replacement has been named.

First joined the label as the footwear director before being promoted to creative director, Andrew was the man behind some of the House’s most well-loved designs, including the new Viva pumps and Viva Bow bags, to the innovative runway formats that the brand has introduced in the past few seasons.

Chanel highlights the iconic 11.12 bag in its new campaign

Chanel’s 11.12 bag needs no introduction, but if you need a refresher, the Maison has released a new campaign that celebrates the classic favourite, titled The Chanel Iconic.

Aside from the ad campaign shot by Inez and Vinoodh, there’s a digital film—directed by Sofia Coppola—that puts the well-loved bag in centre stage. Models including Carole Bouquet, Anna Mouglalis, Zoé Adjani, Louise de Chevigny, and Iman Perez can be seen strolling the streets of Saint-Germain-des-Prés in Paris with the iconic bag in tow. Coppola says in a statement, “That bag is a star, it’s such a symbol of womanhood—and makes you feel a certain way. Your first Chanel bag is an unforgettable moment, it’s a rite of passage. I wanted to focus on the bag, how it’s made, and how it makes you feel—how you notice women passing by in Paris who seem to be going somewhere and have a life… and some mystery.”

Accompanying the video, is a clip that highlights the savoir-faire behind the iconic piece that’s shot in the Ateliers de Verneuil-en-Halatte, where the bags are made. From the piqué retourné (“stitch and turn”) technique to the points de bride stitches, the-making-of is truly one that’s not to be missed.


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Bottega Veneta launches first digital quarterly journal

Ever since Bottega Veneta deleted all its social media platforms earlier this year, fans of the brand has been left wondering what’s next. But last week, the Italian fashion house announced the launch of a quarterly digital journal. The first, entitled ‘Issue 01’, features a compilation of artwork, images, and films by different collaborators, including Barbara Hulanicki and Rottingdean Bazaar. There’s also a remake of the MV for Missy Elliot’s 1999 song Hot Boyz shot by Bottega Veneta’s longtime collaborator Tyrone Lebon.

“It’s about allowing people to immerse themselves into our world—by taking their time rather than scrolling past on a feed,” said creative director Daniel Lee to WWD. “A slower pace in consuming culture today”, according to him, is the way to go.

In an interview with The Guardian, the designer says: “There is a mood of playground bullying on social media which I don’t really like, I wanted to do something joyful instead. We are not just a brand, we are a team of people who work together, and I don’t want to collude in an atmosphere that feels negative.” We can’t wait to see what’s in-store next.

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