Fashion Buzz: Alessandro Michele is the newest director of Valentino—plus other fashion news you may have missed this March

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Fashion Buzz: Alessandro Michele is the newest director of Valentino—plus other fashion news you may have missed this March

This month’s headlines include the appointment of Alessandro Michele as Valentino’s new creative director, the arrival of Loewe’s Crafted World exhibition in Shanghai and the grand opening of Chloé at The Gardens Mall. 


Alessandro Michele is the latest creative director of Valentino


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Following the departure of Pierpaolo Piccioli from Valentino, the esteemed fashion house has announced Alessandro Michele as his successor. Effective April 2nd, 2024, the Italian designer will assume his new role in Rome, the birthplace of the brand in 1960 and where its creative essence thrives. Celebrated for his bold embrace of maximalism, Michele expresses: “It’s an incredible honour for me to be welcomed at Maison Valentino. I feel the immense joy and the huge responsibility to join a Maison de Couture that has the word ‘beauty’ carved on a collective story, made of distinctive elegance, refinement and extreme grace.” Michele is slated to debut his first collection for the House at Paris Fashion Week SS25. 


Gentle Monster teams up with Maison Margiela for the second time


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Gentle Monster and Maison Margiela have launched their latest collaborative eyewear collection, marking another milestone in their partnership. The new line showcases 17 designs, highlighting fresh templeless styles, artisanal leather-wrapped frames and the iconic four white stitches emblematic of Maison Margiela’s avant-garde aesthetic. Crafted from high-quality acetate, the frames boast signature colour palettes, including black, white, grey, cream, transparent and tortoiseshell. Additionally, leather-framed options are offered in rich shades like ivory, khaki and blue. The MM101 and MM102 designs are presented in silver Glam Slam cases, while other glasses are housed in sleek white Glam Slam cases. 

The Maison Margiela x Gentle Monster collection is now available online and at Gentle Monster’s store in The Exchange TRX


Loewe debuts the Crafted World exhibition in Shanghai


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Loewe has unveiled its much-anticipated Crafted World exhibition at the Shanghai Exhibition Centre. Curated by creative director Jonathan Anderson, this marks the House’s first-ever public exhibition, commemorating Loewe’s 178-year journey of creativity, innovation and mastery in craftsmanship. The exhibition invites visitors to delve into the brand’s iconic designs and cultural collaborations, tracing its evolution from a humble leather-making collective to a global icon in luxury fashion. With nine interactive rooms to explore, standout pieces include the larger-than-life leather sculptures, an enchanting ‘pronunciation tunnel’ and a suspended flower garden nestled within an infinite hall of mirrors. 

The Crafted World exhibition runs from March 22 to May 5, 2024, and admission is free. 


Bright, Mark Tuan and Davika Hoorne star in the latest Calvin Klein Jeans campaign


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The Asian stars continue to illuminate the fashion landscape, as Bright Vachirawit, Mark Tuan and Davika Hoorne take the spotlight in Calvin Klein Jeans’ latest campaign. Captured by notable Korean photographer Mok JungWook, each of them effortlessly exudes a modern, youthful vibe while flaunting key pieces from the Spring collection. Bright rocks the classic ’90s Straight and Slim Straight Crop denim styles, while Mark radiates a casual yet refined aura in the 37.5 Body and Modern Taper Jeans. Meanwhile, Davika brings elegance to the campaign in the Body 5 Pocket Ankle and High Rise Flare jeans. 

Shop the collection here


Chloé opens its second Malaysian boutique in The Gardens Mall

Chloé recently launched its second establishment in Kuala Lumpur at The Gardens Mall. Crafted entirely from natural materials, the new boutique embodies the brand’s dedication to authenticity and warmth with the facade fashioned from Vicenza stone, setting the tone for a luxurious shopping experience. Inside, carefully curated sections for each product category ensure a personalised touch, elevating each visit to one of tailored sophistication. Every showcased piece not only celebrates Chloe’s timeless designs but also reinforces Maison’s unwavering commitment to reducing environmental impact, making every purchase a meaningful step towards a more sustainable future. 


Chloé @ The Gardens Mall

Address: G-252, Ground Floor

Opening hours: 10AM – 10PM (Monday to Sunday)



Cillian Murphy is the new face of Versace


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Fresh off his maiden Oscars victory earlier this month, Cillian Murphy has been handpicked by Versace to serve as the first men’s talent for Versace Icons. The acclaimed actor is set to headline a special campaign showcasing select pieces from the men’s Versace Icons collection. Expressing her excitement for the collaboration, Donatella Versace shares: “I am thrilled that Cillian is joining the Versace family. He is a truly exceptional actor. He is magnetic and mesmerising in front of a camera and I loved seeing him bring this collection to life in his unique way in the campaign.” The Versace Icons campaign will go live worldwide on April 3, 2024.


Prada launches an all-new store in Thailand


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The presence of Prada in the region has been amplified with the unveiling of a new boutique at Siam Paragon in Bangkok. Spanning an impressive 300 square metres, the interior radiates sophistication with its classic black and white chequered marble flooring alongside walls tinted in soothing green tones. On top of that, the shelves and drawers are adorned with precious metal and crystal details, adding a touch of luxury to the surroundings. The ambience is further enriched by plush green velvet seating and thoughtfully arranged canvas and glass showcases, culminating in an atmosphere of unmatched elegance and refinement. 


Tumi names Mun Ka Young as its next global ambassador


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Tumi hosted a prestigious event in Singapore to celebrate the launch of its latest women’s handbag collection, Asra. More than 200 prominent celebrities, VIPs and influencers from the region, including Malaysian actresses Scha Alyahya and Koe Yeet, were in attendance at the ‘Discovering Asra’ affair. The evening commenced with a picturesque sunset cruise aboard luxurious Tumi-branded yachts, followed by a lavish dinner at the Sentosa Golf Club. Adding to the excitement, Korean actress Mun Ka Young has been named the newest ambassador of the international travel and lifestyle brand.


H&M partners with Rokh for its latest designer series


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After successful collaborations with Mugler and Rabanne last year, H&M’s designer collaboration series is back with an exciting new partnership, this time featuring the up-and-coming brand Rokh. If you haven’t heard, the Paris-based label is coveted for its customisable designs imbued with a distinct sense of off-beat elegance. The upcoming collection will showcase Rokh’s versatile styles, featuring double-layer trench coats, playful office-inspired bags and bold jewellery pieces. “Rokh designs have a classic appearance with a radical construction for a timeless approach to design. I’m very excited to share our vision with more customers around the world thanks to this milestone collection with H&M,” says Rok Hwang, the creative director at Rokh. 

The Rokh H&M collection will launch in selected stores and online on April 18, 2024. 






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