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Source: WWD

Dior Opens Miami Design District Store

Dior Men is broadening its retail presence by unveiling a new boutique. Nestled within Miami's vibrant Design District at 161 NE 40th Street, this chic Dior Men storefront will showcase an extensive array of categories, encompassing ready-to-wear attire, leather goods, small leather accessories, shoes, and various complementary items. The Gem Dior fine jewelry collection will also find its place here. Spanning two levels, the boutique divides its offerings efficiently: the first floor encompasses all men's categories, while the second level introduces two exclusive VIP salons.

Intriguingly, the Dior Men's boutique pays homage to the Design District's artistic ethos through its internal and external distinctive design. The exterior façade, a product of collaboration with artist Thomas Trum, boasts a vibrant, multicolored spray-painted pattern, subtly mirroring the lively palette inherent to the district's landscape. The store's interior is adorned with an engaging tapestry of textured paintings and artistic installations. Notable contributors include multidisciplinary artist Elias Sime and digital Painter Gioele Amaro, whose works enrich the space with creativity and allure.

This foray into Miami marks the latest addition to Dior's lineup of standalone men's boutiques across the United States, with existing destinations in New York City and Beverly Hills.

Source: WWD

Kendall Jenner Makes Her Stella McCartney Debut

Kendall Jenner takes center stage in Stella McCartney's captivating fall 2023 campaign, lensed by Harley Weir amidst the picturesque landscapes of Camargue, a serene region in southern France. This collaboration marks the model's inaugural venture with the esteemed British fashion Designer, creating an artistic union with immense promise.

In one mesmerizing nocturnal frame, set against the backdrop of Camargue's renowned salt pans, Jenner reclines on a majestic white horse, her form draped solely in thigh-high boots and a coordinating Falabella handbag— an arresting testament to Stella McCartney's distinctive style. Another scene finds Jenner bedecked in a meticulously tailored crimson ensemble, gracefully surrounded by a choreographed procession of horses. These equine companions, orchestrated by the skillful horse whisperer and rescuer Jean-François Pignon, emphasize a profound bond built on mutual trust. Pignon's unique approach involves raising and training horses without physical contact, forging relationships of astonishing rapport.

Stella McCartney, steeped in her family's enduring equestrian tradition, illuminated the foundation of this artistic venture: "My mother Linda once said, 'I would travel only by horse if I had the choice,' and I feel the same. I have loved horses since before I can remember." This affinity for horses resonates throughout the campaign, as McCartney passionately describes their role in inspiring compassion and unity across species. She shared, "To me, they represent the rich, rare and respectful relationships humans can have with animals—with a complete understanding and affection that transcends language. I find being on my horse so healing, and it inspires me to keep fighting to protect our fellow creatures in everything I do."

The decision to cast Kendall Jenner was rooted in their profound connection with horses. Jenner, an accomplished equestrian since age 10, has nurtured this affinity through her own ranch. McCartney articulated the choice eloquently, affirming, "You can see how at ease she is around these sensitive creatures, and them with her." The campaign thus brings together two kindred spirits, celebrating the harmonious rapport between humanity and these majestic animals.

Source: WWD

Marc Jacobs Beauty Is Coming Back

According to Coty's CEO, Sue Nabi, Marc Jacobs Beauty is about to return after the designer signed a licensing agreement with the cosmetics company.

Initially introduced in 2013 by Kendo, LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, and Sephora's beauty incubator, Marc Jacobs Beauty line saw its journey halt in 2021 without any explanation. Nabi told WWD that Coty has just begun work on a Marc Jacobs prestige beauty line, which will be ready in roughly two to three years. "There is a great opportunity, and this will add to our prestige color cosmetics growth engine next to Gucci makeup, next to Burberry makeup, next to Kylie Cosmetics," she added. For around 20 years, Coty has owned the Marc Jacobs fragrance license; the Daisy family has done exceptionally well.

"Marc and I are pleased to add one of the most exciting categories of the Marc Jacobs brand to our long-successful partnership with Coty. Bringing Marc's creative vision to life in its fullness is our ongoing goal, and delivering it to our customers requires a strong focus on aesthetics. The devoted followers of Marc Jacobs Beauty, who have been fervent in their calls for its revival, attest not just to Marc's unwavering cultural relevance but also to the significance of teaming up with a partner who shares our passion and ideals. Without a doubt, Coty has shown itself to be the group that can take Marc Jacobs Beauty to new heights," said Eric Marechalle, CEO of Marc Jacobs International.

Source: WWD

Supreme Opens First Store in Seoul

Seoul has welcomed the cult streetwear brand Supreme from New York with great excitement. Devoted followers of Supreme camped outside the Sinsa-Dong store days before the official store opening last Saturday in hopes of getting a chance to buy the Seoul-only box logo T-shirt and the first release from the autumn 2023 collection.

The boutique, situated in the posh Gangnam neighborhood, is next to the lovely Dosan Park, a Louis Vuitton pop-up, and Gentle Monster's Haus Dosan flagship. Thanks to its skater-friendly slanted entrance, sleek black exterior, and floor-to-ceiling glass windows, the store appears to be an art museum from the street.

Customers will see a massive mural of elf-like characters painted by Rita Ackermann, a mainstay of the downtown New York scene who previously produced artwork for Supreme's Chicago location, inside the 2,273 square-foot store. A massive collage by Weirdo Dave, which includes pop culture references ranging from Lisa of Blackpink to popular cat memes, is on the opposite side of the wall. Nate Lowman's bullet hole paintings, which are also on the walls and the spotless floor, help give the shop a splash of color. The two speakers attached to the ceiling, specially created by speaker artist Devon Turnbull of Brooklyn, New York, are the shop's most eye-catching design feature.

The legacy streetwear brand first entered the Chinese market with a store-in-store at Dover Street Market Beijing, its exclusive wholesale partner, a year before the store's opening in Seoul. Supreme has the potential to double its reach by increasing its retail base in Asia and Europe in the medium term, according to Martino Scabbia Guerrini, Executive Vice President and President of EMEA, APAC, and developing brands at VF Corp. "However, this should be done with discipline because Supreme is a wonderful model, but you must keep innovating the products, aesthetics and communication. You'd rather avoid oversaturation; the scarcity model…is the tool to remain exclusive," Guerrini said.

Source: Rolling Stone

Cindy Crawford Is The New Face of MCM

With its most recent advertising campaign, MCM is embracing its history by highlighting its caramel-colored, monogram leather goods and '90s superstar Cindy Crawford.

Crawford, who originally appeared in a Herb Ritts-shot MCM campaign in 1996, went for a studio photoshoot with Juergen Teller while perched atop a collection of backpacks, totes, satchels, and weekenders. She is holding the Mode Travia, the newest cross-body design from the German company. “It was nostalgic for me to travel back in time with MCM from our first photoshoot,” Crawford mused, noting that its classic bags remain “timeless.”

The campaign, which debuted on MCM's website and social media channels on Monday, is a part of the company's efforts to redefine itself as a digitally-driven luxury brand by introducing a broad range of accessories, ready-to-wear, and lifestyle products. According to a report from last June, MCM recently hired Tina Lutz and Katie Chung to oversee and create its new global design and creative direction, boosting the brand's distinctive characteristics and ensuring they are relevant to today's market demands.

According to Fabien Baron, Creative Director of the ads, Crawford continues to be a "true professional," adding wisdom and persistence to her most recent modeling endeavor. The Crawford campaign, according to Sabine Brunner, President and Global brand and Commercial Officer of MCM Global AG, highlights connections to the brand's historical iconography while fusing "this heritage with the dynamism of Gen Z. Cindy Crawford, as both a supermodel icon and a timeless symbol, aligns seamlessly with MCM's iconic designs."

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