For those who have been following the videos on the Lucire TV player, youâ€™ll have seen two videos starring Dutch model Doutzen Kroes appear earlier this week, one of them showing the model in the latest workout gear from HunkemÃ¶ller.
The video, uploaded two weeks ago on YouTube, is part of Doutzenâ€™s Stories, the range in which the model has design input as well as represents.
The Doutzenâ€™s Sport Stories collection has similar input from Kroes working alongside the brandâ€™s design director, ZoÃ« Price-Smith. The collection is now available from HunkemÃ¶ller.
Kroes shared some of her routine at a launch event on January 4. It includes boxing, weights, skipping, cycling and â€˜Piloxingâ€™, a combination of Pilates and boxing.
The designs have a black base mixed with mesh, with a bold graphic print featuring sharp coloured stripes reminiscent of the 1980s. They have â€˜DK1985â€™ emblazoned on them in a heavy Rockwell typeface, a reference to the year KrÅ“s was bornâ€”she celebrates her 32nd birthday next Monday. The sports bras appear comfortable, as does a white mesh jacket. HunkemÃ¶ller says that there are three sports bras, for different degrees of intensity.
â€˜To design a sports collection is a dream coming true,â€™ said Kroes at the launch. â€˜I love wearing the items of the collection in combination with street style. My preferences in terms of fashion influences and favourite materials, in combination with ZoÃ«â€™s expertise, [proved] to be very successful.â€™
Triumph has hired top photographer Rankin to shoot its springâ€“summer 2017 lingerie campaign, with Australian model Jessica Hart its main face for the season.
Triumph says the season marks a new creative direction, though the message isn’t dissimilar to its previous one: women should be able to find the correct intimate apparel to fit them. The brand has continued to use its Find the One message.
There is more of an acknowledgement that women have many roles in their lives, and that Triumph can fit every occasion.
Rankin said of the campaign, ‘The images are modern, accessible and incredibly confident. We’re really pushing the fact that it’s not just for the “perfect” women. Triumph is for every woman and every woman can wear Triumph and feel really confident in it.’
On Jessica Hart, Rankin said, ‘She is the sort of person I’ve always wanted to photograph. I love empowered women and she’s really empowered.’
Hart said, ‘It’s a really cool new look and I’m super excited to be part of itâ€”representing this playful side of Triumph that speaks to all women. Triumph understands that women play so many roles in their everyday lifeâ€”we’re fascinating creatures! A huge part of being yourself is feeling comfortable. One day you might feel more like being cozy and supported, another you might want to feel sexy and strong. The exceptional fit and comfort of Triumph products lets you be whoever you want to be and that’s something I really love.’
Belstaff has shown its autumnâ€“winter 2017â€“18 collection in London, for both men and women. The Jolly Roger collection, inspired by World War II Royal Navy uniforms, even has vintage wax treatments on some designs to give them a worn look. Belstaff notes that the pea and duffle coats have been re-created, while the parka is based on a Belstaff design created for the British military in 1960. Creative Director Delphine Ninous said, ‘The formal naval-inspired pieces are contrasted with a more rugged and free-spirited look appropriate to downtime on the docks. This sense of temporary escapism is reflected in edgier elements such as naval tattoo designs and the Jolly Roger flag, giving a sense of rebellion and individuality.’ Tones are red, brown, blue and military green; base colours are charcoal grey, black and navy, with highlights in spruce teal, sanderling, cardinal red and burnished gold.
Meanwhile, Chanel has previewed its advertising campaign for its springâ€“summer 2017 prÃªt-Ã -porter collection. The campaign itself has been overseen by Karl Lagerfeld, with contrast at its core. A pop Lolita metamorphoses into a cyberpunk; a tweed jacket has an electronic circuit board as a motif; an off-white silk and lace coat covers a black babydoll. There’s a startling modernity to the images, tying in to the Data Center Chanel catwalk show in Paris last October, which saw high-tech meet the 1990s.
Kristen Stewart, Caroline de Maigret, Pharrell Williams and Cara Delevingne will appear in Chanel’s new campaign for its Gabrielle bag. The new advertisements break April 3.
All four have links to Chanel, either as campaign faces over the years, or, in the case of de Maigret, having a friendship with Karl Lagerfeld.
The Gabrielle bag was first shown at the house’s springâ€“summer 2017 prÃªt-Ã -porter catwalk show. The bag has a thermo-formed base, a light calfskin body, and a double chain in leather with golden and silver metal. The look was inspired by the shape of augmented reality glasses, and by the binocular cases seen at racecourses.
In creating the Gabrielle, Lagerfeld pays tribute to Gabrielle Chanel’s 1955 original handbag.
Gigi Hadid poses naked, save for her Stuart Weitzman metallic satin ankle boots, in the company’s upcoming campaign for spring 2017, photographed by Mario Testino.
It’s not the first time the model of the moment (or the year, according to the British Fashion Council) has posed nude for the brand: its spring 2016 campaign featured her alongside model colleagues Joan Smalls and Lily Aldridge in a headline-grabbing shot by Mario Testino in December last year.
The boots are in Stuart Weitzman’s Clinger style.
A second shot sees Hadid wear a loose white blouse with white trousers, complementing her sparkling, jewelled sneakers.
The images were released prior to Stuart Weitzman releasing full details of its spring 2017 campaign.
Hadid has also signed up as a designer for Stuart Weitzman, with her first pair, the Gigi boot, making its first appearance in October.
Stuart Weitzman has also committed to build three schools, one each in Ghana, Guatemala and Laos, during the autumn 2016 season.
Adidas and Porsche Design, the design company founded by Butzi Porsche, have released their springâ€“summer 2017 Porsche Design Sport by Adidas collection.
These sportswear items blend the idea of Adidasâ€™ performance heritage with efficient design. Jacques Chassaing, senior design director for the label, says that wearers are active even during Europeâ€™s cold winter months, and need items that help them stay warm and dry.
Because customers wear the items not just at the gym, but as part of their everyday travel and commuting, the padded jacket is designed to keep them warm, thanks to PrimaLoft Gold insulation. There is also a vest that can be paired with the wool mix top, and a water-repellant, five-pocket Commuter pant.
Porsche Design Sport by Adidas also has the UltraBoost trainer collection, again blending Porsche Designâ€™s functional ideas with Adidasâ€™ performance ones. Foam aids comfort, while the leather adds luxury. The Drive Team bag has an EVA-moulded compartment to protect valuables, and ventilated slits allow wet clothing inside to dry out.
Unifying some of this seasonâ€™s designs is a subtle hexagonal pattern, intended to give a futuristic look, and features reflective elements for safety, appearing on the Reflective jacket, Reflective Cap II, Seven-Eighth Tight and Endurance 2Â·0 shoes, and the OT back-pack.
The colour palette is focused on dark blue and black, though some pieces are in a bright red shade, which is particularly eye-catching and fitting for this season.
Living Nature’s Colour Me Beautiful lipstick gift packs have become a permanent line, featuring three complementary, certified-natural, organic lipsticks in each pack. They are presented in three themes: Colour Me Natural, Colour Me Romantic, and Colour Me Vibrant.
Living Nature points out that in a lifetime, we can ingest up to 1Â·7 kg of lipstick, hence choosing ones with natural ingredients is vital. Living Nature’s lipsticks feature coconut extracts, vitamin E, and nourishing waxes, moisturizing the lips. They are allergen-free, have no synthetic chemicals or preservatives, and are safe for use during pregnancy. Retail price is NZ$75, and they are available through Living Nature’s website.
Meanwhile, Ã†gean-raised, London-based designer Ãœmran Aysan is contributing to sustainability in fashion.
As a counter to fast fashion, and with a desire to reintroduce craftsmanship and a respect for local and ethical sourcing, Aysan has launched her eponymous label, featuring pieces for resort 2017 using exquisite, natural fabrics. Look closer and you’ll see delicate needle-craft and other details from local artisans. Positive Luxury has deemed Ãœmran Aysan a â€˜Brand to Trustâ€™ for her commitment to sustainability and her support of local communities.