A STROKE OF GENIUS


 

If you haven’t heard, Italian outerwear label Moncler has launched Moncler Genius for the autumn/winter 2018 season during Milan Fashion Week. Italian billionaire Remo Ruffini’s project for the luxury label, which he had snatched from the jaws of bankruptcy, is the result of a collaboration with eight brilliant designers, including Pierpaolo Piccioli of Valentino and Craig Green. These capsule collections are being rolled out as monthly drops beginning with June 2018.

This month, Green shines in the limelight with a collection showcasing his signature puff and ruch formula that melded seamlessly with Moncler’s design aesthetic. Although what he created for display at the Moncler Genius Building for the launch was impactful – calling to mind astronauts in space suits – you ’ll find more realistically proportioned pieces from this fifth Moncler Genius drop. Sharp looks aside, every piece also bears the hallmark quality that the outerwear label is best known for.

Moncler x Craig Green launched in August 2018. See www.moncler.com for details.

BURBERRY TEAMS UP WITH VIVIENNE WESTWOOD AND RICCARDO TISCI


The fashion world is abuzz with Burberry’s upcoming collaboration with fashion royalty, Dame Vivienne Westwood and Riccardo Tisci. We cannot say just how curious we are to see what will come out from this coopetition. The capsule collection will support Cool Earth, a rainforest charity organisation.

Available in December 2018.

EASTPAK × MSGM CROSS PATHS AGAIN


If you’ve missed Eastpak’s first collaboration with MSGM in 2014, you’re in luck. The two brands w ill come together once again this year, releasing a collection that merges Eastpak’s functionality with MSGM’s signature bold design details to deliver plenty of serious street cred. We already have our eyes on the backpacks, but other options to consider include the messenger and crossbody bags.

Visit msgm.com for more information.

DANIEL LEE TAKES OVER AT BOTTEGA VENETA


No one saw it coming, but Tomas Maier has decided to pack up at Bottega Veneta after 17 years. Maier has indisputably elevated the popularity of the Italian luxury label with his elegant and tasteful designs, and will be sorely missed by his loyal fans.

While the appointment of Daniel Lee as the brand’s new creative director may not have been met by the same level of fanfare and hype as other reshuffles and hires within the industry, the 32-year-old designer espouses a progressive vision for the future of Bottega Veneta.

“I look forward to evolving what has gone before, while contributing a new perspective and modernity,” said Lee. With an impressive resumé that includes stints at Balenciaga, Donna Karan, Maison Margiela and Céline, Lee could well map out a new and interesting path for Bottega Veneta that’s steeped in innovation, elegance and strong design values.

Lee’s first collection will be out in February 2019.

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