Fashion buzz: Chanel goes punk-chic for Cruise 2022, Miu Miu collaborates with Levi’s, and more


By Joan Kong

Fashion buzz: Chanel goes punk-chic for Cruise 2022, Miu Miu collaborates with Levi’s, and more

Chanel’s Cruise 2022 show was a punk-chic affair

Presented at the Carrières de Lumières (Quarries of Light) in the South of France, Chanel’s Cruise 2022 collection was inspired by Gabrielle Chanel’s close friendship with French director Jean Cocteau, who filmed the 1959 ‘Testament of Orpheus’ at the exact spot.

“Echoing the modernity of Cocteau’s film, I wanted something quite rock”, creative director Virginie Viard said in the show notes. As an homage to the simplicity, the precision and the poetry” of his work, the collection was clean and distinct, with a colour palette that consists of bright white and deep black. What lacked in colour was made up for in details—leather fringes, beads and sequins, feathers, and graphic prints amp up that glam-meets-punk ‘tude. The double-C lip piercing jewellery that lends a rebellious flair was the perfect finishing touch.

The Miu Miu x Levi’s collection is coming soon


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Five months after the collaboration was announced, the Upcycled by Miu Miu x Levi’s collection’s launch date has been announced: May 24. Ahead of the release, the brand unveiled its campaign online which features actress Emma Corrin and models Lila Moss and Georgia Palmer. In the series of images, the ladies don the American brand’s denim pieces that have been given a Miu Miu update with its signature details and silhouettes, from pink beaded embellishment to puffy sleeves.

The collection will be available on Miu Miu’s website and select stores worldwide.

Valentino taps five painters for its latest advertising campaign

For its latest Valentino Collezione Milano campaign series, the Italian Maison joined hands with five emerging artists across the globe to “challenge the notion of how fashion is meant to be communicated”. Alexis Ralaivao from France, Louise Giovanelli from UK, Shexian Zhang from China, Nahum Kim from South Korea, and Iori Nagashima from Japan were given free rein to create an artwork featuring the Valentino Garavani accessories, and the art pieces perfectly showcased the aesthetic of each creative.

Check out the artwork and the artists’ thoughts behind each art piece below:

Weekend Max Mara’s first store opens at Pavilion KL

Looking for more fashion brands to shop from? You’re in luck, as Weekend Max Mara has opened its first boutique in Malaysia. Located at Pavilion KL, the 90-square-metre store aims to evoke a “home away from home feel, and it houses the label’s chic and casual pieces. For Spring/Summer 2021, its signature capsule collection—designed in partnership with American illustrator and artist Donald Robertson—is filled with vivid hues and lively prints.

The Weekend Max Mara store is located at L3.53.00, Level 3, Pavilion Kuala Lumpur.

Gucci is heading to Hollywood


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Mark your calendar: Gucci is hosting its next fashion show in Los Angeles on November 6. A continuation of the brand’s centenary celebrations which kicked off with the Gucci Aria show back in April, the next fashion runway will be held in the city that has been “a constant source of inspiration and which has played a significant role in Gucci’s hundred-year history”, writes the brand’s statement. The event will coincide with the 10th LACMA Art+Film Gala, for which Gucci is the founding and presenting sponsor.

Mulberry launches “Made to Last” manifesto


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Can luxury bags ever be sustainable? In conjunction with its 50th anniversary, British luxury brand Mulberry has unveiled a Made to Last manifesto that focuses on six goals: The first, establishing a ‘farm to finished product’ supply chain model; second, sourcing low carbon leather from a network of environmentally conscious farms; third, achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2035; fourth, extending the life of its own products through repair and restoration; fifth, buying back, resell or repurpose any Mulberry bag; and lastly, extending its commitment to being a real Living Wage employer by working with a network of suppliers to achieve the same.

Mulberry CEO, Thierry Andretta, said: “At Mulberry we have already taken significant action to embed sustainability across our business, but today we offer our commitment to a programme of transformative change, embedding principles of regeneration and circularity across our entire supply chain.”

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