Fashion Buzz: Celine reopens its boutique in Bangkok, Jay Chou is the next Dior ambassador, and more

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By Benedict Unang

Featured images courtesy of Celine
Fashion Buzz: Celine reopens its boutique in Bangkok, Jay Chou is the next Dior ambassador, and more

This month’s headlines include the launch of Ralph Lauren’s Artist in Residence programme, the reopening of Celine’s boutique in Bangkok and Coach’s latest collaboration with Lil Nas X.


Jay Chou is Dior’s latest global ambassador


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Dior recently named Jay Chou as its latest global ambassador for Dior fashion and Kim Jones collections. “The Mandopop artist embodies the spirit and singularity of Dior style, a modernity with a timeless signature,” the French luxury house shared in a statement. Prior to the announcement, the Taiwanese superstar donned a powder blue custom Dior suit created by Kim Jones for his Carnival World Tour show in Bangkok. Jay Chou now stands alongside Jisoo of Blackpink, Jimin of BTS and TXT as the face of the brand.


Ralph Lauren debuts its Artist in Residence programme with Naiomi Glasses


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Ralph Lauren has officially kicked off its Artist in Residence programme, which invites skilled artisans to partner with the brand’s creative teams and celebrate the heritage craft. Naiomi Glasses, a seventh-generation Diné (Navajo) textile artist and weaver, has been selected as the first collaborator and launched the Polo Ralph Lauren x Naiomi Glasses line that pays homage to the artistry of Navajo traditions. 

Although the capsule collection is set to launch in three instalments, the first portion has already been released and features ready-to-wear pieces and accessories in a colour palette inspired by the lands of Dinétah (Navajo Nation), where the Glasses family resides. Among the standouts are the woven jacquard blanket coats, wraps made with natural wool, as well as refreshed Ralph Lauren classics like ranch coats and thicket jackets. A percentage of the proceeds from the first drop will be donated to Change Labs, a Native-led organisation that supports the growth of Navajo and Hopi-owned small businesses.

Shop the collection here


Matteo Tamburini is the new creative director of Tod’s


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Following Walter Chiapponi’s official departure from Tod’s last September, Matteo Tamburini has been appointed as the new creative director of the Italian brand. Tamburini previously worked for Bottega Veneta and now oversees both the women’s and men’s collections for Tod’s. Of the appointment, Diego Della Valle, president and CEO of Tod’s group, notes: “Matteo Tamburini is a talented creative. His modern vision of high quality and Italian lifestyle will definitely bring an added value to our brand.”

Tamburini also expressed his excitement about joining Tod’s family and becoming a part of a label that is deeply connected to his roots. “I identify myself with the brand’s values and the continuous pursuit of high quality and style it has undertaken until now, and I look forward to contributing with my expertise”, he adds. Tamburini is slated to present his first collection for Tod’s AW24 women’s collection next February. 


The Lil Nas X Drop from Coach is a colourful addition to your wardrobe


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Ahead of the long Christmas weekend, Coach reveals ‘The Lil Nas X Drop’ collection inspired by the American rapper’s bold approach to fashion. Lil Nas X hand-picked and customised several pieces from the House’s latest winter collection for the limited-edition line. A few of Coach’s archives have also been reworked to round out the series. “We evolved heritage styles introduced on the runway last season by amplifying colour, texture and graphics to create pieces that celebrate our love for individuality and authentic self-expression that we share”, says Stuart Vevers, creative director of Coach. Key pieces from the capsule include a vivid shearling coat, an American varsity jacket and a hot pink leather motorcycle jacket. 

The Lil Nas X Drop will be sold online and at all Coach stores nationwide beginning December 26, 2023. 


Uniqlo reunites with Marimekko for a limited-edition winter collection


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Uniqlo has teamed up with Finnish design house Marimekko once again for a one-off collection that will be released early next year. This time, four unique prints—Kivet, Kissapöllö, Seireeni, and Hattara—are incorporated into the offerings, along with Nordic nature-inspired motifs such as stones, owls, and clouds. Among the must-haves are the fleece full-zip jacket and fleece skirt made of warm fabrics as well as the Heattech turtleneck T-shirt. Additionally, the iconic ‘dumpling bags’ and the Heattech socks make great final touches to your winter outfits. 

The Uniqlo x Marimekko collection will be launched online and in stores on January 1, 2024. Find out more about the collection here


Demna alters Hollywood style with the Balenciaga Fall 24 collection


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Balenciaga presented its Autumn 2024 collection in Los Angeles earlier this month. Demna reinterpreted the city’s extensive fashion codes, elevating activewear and adding sophistication to evening wear. The models strolled down the runway in low-slung trousers and cropped hooded jackets before neo-grunge elements like the cut-up asymmetric trousers and embroidered leopard-motif coat stole the show. Along with this, new accessory lines—such as the 10XL shoe, the Le Cagole Tote XL, and the croc-embossed Rodeo bag—complete the season’s range. Closing the show were evening gowns that fused the past and present, among which were one-shoulder gowns and a massive white gown in rich white satin.


Saint Laurent launches its largest flagship store in Paris

The largest flagship store of Saint Laurent has opened its doors to the public in Paris. Located in a historic building on the famed Avenue des Champs-Elysées, the store was conceptualised by the House’s creative director, Anthony Vaccarello, who seeks to foster a sense of discovery while celebrating the authenticity of the original architecture. The building sports a modern Haussmannian facade, and its airy interior is filled with a variety of spaces that deliver shoppers an engaging retail experience. At the same time, the rooms are decorated with Donald Judd furniture pieces, and the brand’s products are framed by marble displays. Other features include a double-height foyer adorned by a neon light installation by artist Cerith Wyn Evans, black-lacquered wood surfaces and curved staircases, and a tranquil private garden for clients.

Address: 123 Avenue des Champs-Elysées, Paris France 75008

Opening hours: 10.30AM – 8PM (Monday to Saturday) / 11PM-6PM (Sunday)


Celine reopens its Siam Paragon boutique in Bangkok

Good news, Celine fans—you can now shop at the brand’s newly refurbished boutique in Siam Paragon. This store is an extension of Hedi Slimane’s architectural design concept and spans over 310 square metres on a single floor. The interior has been constructed with high-quality materials, such as natural stones and warmer accents like oak, brass, and antique gold mirrors. Further, the lounge areas are decorated with vintage furniture that Slimane thoughtfully crafted to lend a sculptural touch and soften the space. Joining the official launch of the shop were the global ambassadors, Lisa of Blackpink and Park Bo-gum.



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