Luxury Italian footwear brand Ballin celebrates Expo 2015 with an exclusive food-related limited edition line inspired by Italy’s world-famous coffee.
Alber Elbaz presented his Lanvin Pre Fall 2015 collection at his Faubourg Saint-Honore studio where he transformed his space into a ‘grandma’s house’ Setting to give editors the comfort we’re lacking of in current days according to his view.
In the room decorated with well-worn velvet sofas, antique floral paintings, chunky ashtraps, a napping goldfish and a Persian cat, he intended to slow down the pace of the hectic fashion week to have a valuable time with his fellow men and women guests.
The clothes he showed had a similar intimacy. Sumptuous textures and generous proportions, loading of colorful crystal pendants or brooches and paired with men’s oxfords or knew-high boots, a short sheath in rose brocade under a gleaming metallic duffle finished with leopard-print loafers and bag, a long wrap skirt paired with tee shirt, all representing the notion of glam casual chic.
‘Mix’ is the key message, while the confidence to be comfortable, to be intimate is the quintessential elegance of Lanvin’s Pre Fall this year.
Prada opens in Salzburg, in Alter Markt (Old Market Square), which is an integral part of the historic centre and of the city’s social life, inside the Steindl Haus, a prestigious building of the 14th century.
Curated by architect Roberto Baciocchi, the project and the restoration works are aimed at preserving the image of the Steindl building. With this goal in mind, Prada has collaborated with the Austrian Department of Fine Arts and the City of Salzburg to preserve the soul of this historic site, aligning the brand’s image with the history of the Steindl Haus, an elegant fashion boutique and local landmark for more than a century.
The store, on two levels, occupies a total area of about 250 square metres and is dedicated to women’s ready-to-wear, leather goods, footwear and accessories and to the men’s collections of leather goods and accessories.
The façade of the building – of great artistic and cultural importance – is characterized on the ground floor by high curved windows, dating back to the early 20th century, on either side of the entrance, while on the first floor the four large windows provide a glimpse of the interior’s atmosphere.
The new elements, designed in full respect of the spaces, integrate with the existing architectural elements of this historic store: the elegant wooden staircase, the vaulted ceilings, the restored wooden furniture and the original cash register.
Innovation, heritage and Prada’s historic reference elements are in this way perfectly balanced: the chequerboard floor in black and white marble of the first Prada store, opened in 1913 in Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II in Milan, as well as the precious chandeliers, stucco work, moldings and detailing.
Also the leather goods steel display cases, with glass shelves and backdrops in studded parchment, are perfectly integrated into the context, reinforcing the magnificence of the store, while the countertops in polished steel and chairs in wood and leather complete and embellish the atmosphere of the ground floor.
While climbing the beautiful wooden staircase to the first floor one can admire the original wooden paneling and wall mirrors. In this luminous area, overlooking Alter Markt, beige carpets laid over the beautiful original parquet floor embrace two intimate sitting rooms, with beige leather sofas and polished steel glass tables, where the women’s ready-to-wear and footwear collections are displayed in a sophisticated and yet discrete luxury atmosphere, which characterizes this very special Prada store.
Located inside the Four Seasons, the 140 square meter store is the perfect showcase for the brand’s cutting edge designs. It reflects an evolution of the identity of Givenchy’s Paris concept store situated on 28 Faubourg Saint-Honoré epitomizing the DNA of the house – a mixture of aristocratic elegance, dark romanticism, sensuality and renewed classicism.
The store carries Givenchy women’s and men’s collections, from ready-to-wear to accessories and footwear. The concept of the store renders homage to the iconic Givenchy boxes historically used to deliver Haute Couture garments. In this store, two room-sized boxes made of burnt oak have been installed to display both the women’s and men’s ready to wear collections. The interior of Men Ready-to-Wear box is clad in grey basaltina (volcanic) stone & the Women Ready-to-Wear box is in white sivec marble. Accessories are presented on water-drop shaped displays in stainless steel, sahara marble or golden brass. Outside of the boxes, the flooring is natural oak herringbone parquet reminiscent of Givenchy’s Avenue George V couture salons.
The store opens with Spring/Summer 2015 Collection. This season, Artistic Director Riccardo Tisci goes back to the seventies and his early days at Givenchy, those days when the woman was sexy and powerful, sensual and self-confident. For men, a strong, masculine and military-inspired look is counterbalanced by tender touches evoking a tribute to love and religion.
The Prefall 2015 Collection sees the return of the Gucci woman’s bourgeois soul as a progression from the summer season. Designs with sleek, essential lines mix with Seventies-inspired, geometric prints for a new glamour. Styles alternate between masculine tailoring and knee-length dresses that take inspiration from the chemisier.
SILHOUETTE and MATERIALS
Boyish glamour. Menswear materials make for timeless tailoring, while silk is the starting point for new dresses destined to become year-round wardrobe staples. Suits and outerwear have a form-fitting shape in tweed, herringbone, and geometric jacquards. On coats and jackets, colorful trim and embroideries define pure lines. Blazers are sharp and smart with fabrics such as wool mélange. Pants provide options – the low-waisted, cuffed short trouser in silk-wool, the flannel oversized pant, corduroy or flannel flares, and tapered pants. Black denim has a lived-in look enriched with black-on-black embroideries. Elsewhere, embroideries subtly cover Nordic patterns on knitwear woven in mohair, merino, and alpaca. Meanwhile, the dress plays a leading role this season. Knee-length designs take inspiration from the chemisier. Defined waistlines, puffed sleeves, and fluid skirts alternate with more clean, jacquard mini-dresses. The leather dress turns heads thanks to new hardware: snap closures complete a robe-inspired design while studs and embroidery outline a crew-neck dress. Fur sets the tone for both day and evening, as seen on the woven goat jacket, shearling outerwear with Mongolian lamb on the neckline, and patchwork jackets in fox. Evening is multifaceted: from the printed gown to the tailleur, from mixed and matched separates to the cocktail dress; embroideries, furs with inlay workings and mini-vests express an opulent yet composed attitude.
COLORS and PRINTS
An eclectic, nuanced palette reveals warm shades of brick red, soft burgundy, apricot, dark orange, hints of pink, along with cooler tones including slate, dusty blue, and ivy green, as well as neutrals in the way of charcoal, black, and camel. Characteristic of the collection, Seventies-inspired prints range from geometric patterns to a design of overlapping foliage reminiscent of camouflage.
True to the season’s sleek sharpness, statement accessories have a strong, contemporary allure. The House’s interlocking signature acts as a closure for chain-style handbags – in shiny brushed calfskin, exotic skins or suede covered with studs. Striking lace-up shoes feature pointed toes and brogue workings on both stilettos and flats – in contrasting colors of python or leather. Alongside suede and python stiletto sandals.