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Charlotte Olympia and Puma show collaboration; Alice Dellal fronts campaign

Filed by Lucire staff/March 3, 2020/10.50

After getting full control of her label back, Charlotte Olympia has embarked on a collaboration with Puma, with its founder’s sister, model Alice Dellal, modelling the new line.
   Charlotte Olympia Dellal had often taken her label into collaborations, including with MAC Cosmetics and Agent Provocateur. Dellal had hinted last month that she was collaborating with a sport brand.
   The Puma × Charlotte Olympia collection merges boxing-inspired silhouettes with Hollywood glamour, featuring leopard prints, ‘Kitty’ embroidery, fringe accents, and the Charlotte Olympia spider’s web symbol.
   Going beyond the Puma × Charlotte Olympia Cali Sport shoe (RRP NZ$180) are the TFS AOP track jacket (RRP NZ$190) and the AOP shorts (RRP NZ$100), all of which blend sports and glamour. There is also a reversible Bucket Hat (RRP NZ$55).
   Puma, meanwhile, has been working with female designers recently, including Tabitha Simmons and Sophia Webster. Working with Charlotte Olympia is another step in the label’s attempt to court women as customers.
   In New Zealand, the collection will be available from April 1 at and at Karen Walker and Hype stores.


Panos Papadopoulos condemns racism; pledges financial support to family of ‘heroic’ doctor who warned about coronavirus

Filed by Lucire staff/February 24, 2020/9.02

Panos Papadopoulos, known in the Nordic countries as the “king of swimwear”, is trying to locate down the family of the late Dr Li Wenliang, whom Panos dubs a ‘hero’ for trying to warn the world about the coronavirus on December 30, pledging to offer financial support to his family.
   In early February, Dr Li succumbed to the same virus he tried to warn the world about before he was initially silenced.
   Panos strongly condemns the racism he sees targeting all east Asians as a consequence of the virus spreading, and says he wants to use his position of privilege to take a stand.
   As a Greek immigrant to Sweden himself, Panos can relate. ‘After the crisis in Greece in 2007–8, the Greek people were treated like pariahs. We had done nothing wrong, however we were made targets for evil prejudice and ignorance. And now Asians around the world are abused for the disaster caused by the virus. The virus is not an Asian problem, it’s a global one. We are all in this together. Racism is a human disgrace in any form it may appear,’ he says.
   Panos came to Sweden in his late teens as a Greek refugee, escaping conflict and political instability back in Greece. Through his drive and determination he created a successful business from scratch and his swimwear brand became the biggest in the whole of Scandinavia.
   He finds some of the comments levelled at Chinese and at all east Asians on social media despicable.
   ‘I’m seeing Filipinos, Thai, Japanese and other nationalities being made targets by the small-minded. There are Chinese in Europe who have been here for generations and never set foot in China. Yet racists and xenophobes seem to revel in their own ignorance,’ Panos says.
   Panos says the rise of social media has emboldened many ignorant people, but he believes they can instead unite for the common good.
   ‘Our planet is round, we own our problems together. The human race has to unite and help each other through crises like this, and it does not matter where they spring from. No nation or people should stand alone when it comes to issues concerning us all. We must all take action and responsibility,’ he says.
   He says that Dr Li was an example of someone who understood the coronavirus to be indiscriminate—affecting people regardless of creed, colour or nationality.
   He believes that Dr Li made an enormous sacrifice by following the Hippocratic oath, serving humanity whatever the cost, and practising his work with love and passion.
   Panos says that he wants to pay his deepest respects to Dr Li.
   ‘As a statement for peace, an act of humanity and an appeal for global unification, as well as sending a clear signal to fight injustice, racism and the misuse of power, I want to reach out to the family of late Doctor Li Wenliang. According to the media he and his wife were expecting their second child. I can’t even imagine the terror the family is going through. It’s so tragic,’ Panos continues.
   It remains to be seen if he can connect to the Li family.
   ‘It’s important for me to be able to thank these brave people, in the loving memory of their father and husband, as an act to defeat the coronavirus, and the racism following in its wake. The late Dr Li and I seem to share the same values. My mission has always been to follow my strong beliefs in respect, love and passion. Both in my former career as a business leader and fashion designer, as well as in my future business, House of Panos,’ he says.


Julianne Moore, Kim Kardashian, Gigi Hadid, Riccardo Tisci head to WSJ Magazine’s Innovator Awards

Filed by Lucire staff/November 8, 2019/14.59

Lars Niki

It’s not your usual awards’ season ceremony, but it certainly pulled plenty of stars: News Corporation’s WSJ Magazine held its ninth annual Innovator Awards at MoMA on November 6, sponsored by Harry Winston and Rémy Martin, honouring Julianne Moore (acting and activism), Cindy Sherman (art), Studio KO (Karl Fournier and Olivier Marty, for design), Eddie Murphy, readying himself for a stand-up comeback (entertainment), Riccardo Tisci (fashion), Melina Matsoukas, director of the upcoming Queen & Slim (film), Tyler, the Creator (music), and human rights’ lawyer Bryan Stevenson (social justice). VIPs attending the event included Kris Jenner, Imaan Hammam, Gigi Hadid, and Mj Rodriguez, while presenters were Bette Midler, Molly Ringwald, Madison Cox (president, Fondation Pierre Bergé–Yves Saint Laurent), Jerry Seinfeld, Kim Kardashian West and Kanye West, Hype Williams, A$AP Rocky, and Trevor Noah.
   Each winner received an award designed by former ‘Innovators’ winner Joris Laarman.
   The special ‘Innovators’ issue is available in the US from Saturday, with split runs featuring each of the honorees as the cover model.

Lars Niki


Giambattista Valli × H&M’s Roman spectacular: a homecoming at the Palazzo Doria Pamphilj

Filed by Lucire staff/October 25, 2019/9.32

Valerio Mezzanotti; Nowfashion

On Thursday, Giambattista Valli × H&M held a catwalk show at the Palazzo Doria Pamphilj, Roma, Valli’s home town, and a fitting setting for the opulent collection.
   Valli, who left for Paris at a young age, saw the setting as coming full circle, and says that his home town had shaped his views and personality. The concept behind the show was that of a Roman girl who had travelled the world, returning to her home town to spend time with friends.
   ‘I created my fashion house in Paris, but I proudly claim my Roman origins: my heart will always belong to the Città Eterna, and this is why I chose Rome for the show and in particular Palazzo Doria Pamphilj,’ he said. To this end, those who modelled in the show included high-profile and professional talent such as Kendall Jenner and Vittoria Ceretti, as well as everyday Romans cast on the street.
   It was very appropriate for a collection that blended the boundaries between genders and eras, to bring together people of different backgrounds. Guests included Sofia Carson, Alexa Demie, Alice Pagani, Halima Aden, H. E. R., Li Yuchun (李宇春, or Chris Lee), Troye Sivan, Chiara Ferragni, Cameron Monaghan, Gabriella Wilson, Parker Kit Hill, Luis Borges, Bryanboy and Susanna Lau (Susie Bubble), many of whom appear in the collection’s campaign.
   H&M’s creative adviser, Ann-Sofie Johansson, said, ‘Hosting the Giambattista Valli × H&M launch event in what was a genuine Roman night full of fun and glamour with a dolce vita spin was absolutely delightful. The spirit of this unique collection came to life in rooms full of historic splendour, as the new wave of Valli girls and Valli boys walked the runway, ready to take over the night and the streets.’
   After the show, guests headed to the Grand Hotel Plaza for a party hosted by DJ collective Circoloco. Peggy Gou, Seth Troxler and Clara 3000 performed.
   The collection launches worldwide in selected stores on November 7.

Catwalk show

Valerio Mezzanotti; Nowfashion

Red carpet and behind the scenes

Valerio Mezzanotti; Nowfashion


Kendall Jenner, H. E. R., Chiara Ferragni, Li Yuchun lead Giambattista Valli × H&M campaign

Filed by Lucire staff/October 17, 2019/21.29

Mert and Marcus/H&M

While the look book for the Giambattista Valli × H&M collection features a line-up of professional models, the campaign has bigger names—already previewed in part by the celebrities who wore the pre-drop collection at AmFAR at Cannes earlier this year: Kendall Jenner, H. E. R., Chiara Ferragni, Clara 3000, Luka Isaac, Li Yuchun (李宇春, or Chris Lee) and Cameron Monaghan.
   The campaign was shot in Roma, Valli’s home town, by Mert and Marcus. Melanie Ward styled both the photos and campaign film.
   In May, when the collection was previewed, Valli said, ‘I am excited about this collaboration: H&M gives me the opportunity to bring my vision of style and my celebration of beauty to a wider audience. The goal is to share my love for beauty and to be able to be part of everyone’s “happy moments”, to help create love stories all around the world.’
   The collection is meant to be a summary of his style without a narrative, said the designer, although there is ‘a sense of fluidity’ between womenswear and menswear. The range spans jackets, dresses, coats, cargo pants, sweatshirts, and accessories. It is his first foray into menswear.
   The collection launches worldwide in selected stores on November 7.

Mert and Marcus/H&M


Giambattista Valli × H&M look book released in full

Filed by Lucire staff/October 4, 2019/8.40

Hennes & Mauritz has shown the full Giambattista Valli × H&M look book featuring the women’s and men’s collections.
   The look book has been photographed in Roma, Valli’s home town, by Kyle Weeks, and styled by Giovanna Battaglia Engelbert. Oslo Grace, Leslye Houenou, Mara Kasanpawiro, Kohei Takabatake, Luka Isaac and Tom Rey model in the look book.
   The collection launches worldwide in selected stores on November 7.
   It was originally previewed during the Festival de Cannes in May, with a pre-drop selection shown by a group of high-profile celebrities. Kendall Jenner, Li Yuchun (李宇春), Chiara Ferragni, H. E. R., Bianca Brandolini d’Adda, and Ross Lynch showed off an initial series of gowns that became available in 12 selected stores in late May.
   ‘I am excited about this collaboration: H&M gives me the opportunity to bring my vision of style and my celebration of beauty to a wider audience. The goal is to share my love for beauty and to be able to be part of everyone’s “happy moments”, to help create love stories all around the world,’ said Valli.
   ‘We are thrilled to collaborate with Giambattista Valli. He is the undisputed master of haute couture with a knack for the memorable silhouette. To be able to bring his signature styles to our customers is a dream come true. We can’t wait to see their reactions to this beautiful collection,’ said Ann-Sofie Johansson, H&M’s creative adviser.


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