Innovation, Made in Italy and the Japanese culture meet in the new Dolce&Gabbana x Jujutsu Kaisen Special Collection, creating new synergies between art and style.
The Jujutsu Kaisen universe, which became highly popular in Japanese culture, has inspired Dolce&Gabbana in the creation of a new – yet coherent with the brand’s DNA – Special Collection. Dolce&Gabbana’s vision meets the Japanese creative universe, from the Mix&Match to the street style aesthetics of many vibrant and contemporary districts of Tokyo, among which Shibuya and Harajuku. The seemingly distant creative universes of sartorial excellence and pop culture, intertwine uniquely in this Collection, introducing a new form of beauty. Symbols and stylistic elements, that can be traced back to the identities of the various characters, are translated into garments and accessories with a strong personality.
The Collection introduces a special no gender aesthetic: cotton and jersey T-shirts and sweatshirts are combined with nylon jackets. All personalized with screen printing, digital 3D prints and ideograms, symbols of the Japanese universe. All these elements create tactile games and a three-dimensional thickness. The art of anime and the innovative spirit of the younger generations talk with the Italian manufacturing tradition.
The Collection creates new links between fashion and art, culture and lifestyle. The Dolce&Gabbana x Jujutsu Kaisen Special Collection will be available in selected boutiques in Japan starting end of April.
Mirroring the material’s historic origins, GG canvas is reintroduced in a timeless mix of blue and beige for Gucci Love Parade. With a low environmental impact, the canvas has come to the forefront of each collection decade after decade to become a hallmark of the House.
Drawing from the Archive, the classic palette defines a wide array of products for both men and women and is declined on the Leather Goods world and in particular on an extensive selection of Luggage. luggage remains part of the Gucci narrative, even more so in the Love Parade collection as the offering expands to include a variety of materials and functional bags, including roller suitcases and duffles.
The blue GG canvas is revived through a dedicated campaign where the attention is focused entirely on the motif. From the floor to the ceiling, everything featured within the setting is decked out in the signature pattern. The Gucci items blend with the backdrop, just defined by the blue leather trim and the blue-red-blue Web stripe.
The blue GG monogram is featured on luggage and handbags, expanding the men’s and women’s offer as an alternative to the already well-known ebony and beige combination first introduced in 1969.The new color variation, dating back to the early ‘70s, is declined on a selection of styles from the Ophidia line, refreshing the assortment with a contemporary touch: a trolley in different sizes (small, medium and large sizes), a duffle bag (medium, large sizes), a garment bag, two different backpacks, a hobo bag, a shoulder bag and a belt bag. Included as well are a tote in different sizes, a briefcase and a messenger bag. One can find feminine options, completing the handbag collection.
Paired with a blue-red-blue Web, blue leather trim and silver-toned hardware, the new shade is introduced through a selection of styles including the Jackie 1961, the Gucci Horsebit 1955 and the Dionysus. Small Leather Goods for men and women, including wallets, chain wallets, card cases and key cases top off the selection. The new colorway is declined across different shoe styles ranging from dressy to casual. Slide sandals, slippers, slingback pumps, Gucci Jordaan loafers, GG Rython sneakers all present the new blue GG canvas. GG Marmont reversible belts and a selection of hats including a baseball cap and a flat cap round off the offer.
Louis Vuitton’s Men’s and Women’s Pre-Fall 2022 collections remind us of why we admire the luxury fashion house.
The Women’s Pre-Fall 2022 collection showcases an array of accessories platforming bold color stories and ready-to-wear pieces. Whether you’re in search of a scarf, new pair of shoes or sunglasses, Lous Vuitton will have the perfect accessory to add to your luxe collection. Check out some of the stunning new handbags.
Regarding the collection, Abloh explained, “My philosophy is very much informed by the clothes that people actually wear. What I do is an analysis of a generation: what do people buy and why do they wear it? That question naturally creates an equal interest in tradition as it does in changing tradition. But it’s also about challenging myself and exploring different land. That is creative freedom.”
Louis Vuitton Pre-Fall 2022 Men’s Daybreak Capsule Collection
The vision for the AMSALE collection began with the smoky romance of underground Jazz clubs in old school New York. “There was a modern, optimistic energy resonating across the world and New York City was the epicenter,” says Head Designer Michael Cho. “Iconic photos of stars like Billie Holiday, lit with smoky spotlights, splashed across every newspaper. These pictures make the songstresses appear as rare flowers blooming in the night. I was inspired by dreamy nocturnal flowers that are so different from the garden flowers we typically associate with weddings.”
Thus moonflower and Queen of the Night bloom across this season’s gowns, designed with vaulted curves and sculptural silhouettes. “Luscious lavender fabrics are reminiscent of moonlight and adorned with patterns of paillettes and crystal appliqués,” Cho says. “It’s a beautiful representation of AMSALE’s aesthetic.”
The collection calls to mind and celebrates those once-in-a-lifetime moments of a wedding—the first dance, celebratory toasts—but also the modern bride herself, a powerful and confident vision in high fashion. Ever focused on the bride’s evolution, AMSALE introduces clean, tailored separates in this latest collection: refined jackets and dresses, sharp trousers and form-fitting bias cut skirts and tops. Like the moonflower opening its petals, the tailored pieces allow the bride’s look to evolve throughout the night.
“A bride’s wedding day is her moment to shine, and we wanted to create looks, including tailoring, that allow the modern bride to express herself and make her feel her most confident,” says Chief Creative Officer Sarah Swann. “The collection is in full bloom, from painted tulle ball gowns to sleek tailored blazers and trousers. There is a beauty and profoundness in appreciating the singular moments of your wedding day—that’s what this collection celebrates.”
Founded by Amsale Aberra and Neil Brown, The Amsale Group is one of the world’s leading luxury bridal houses, and widely credited as the inventor of the modern wedding dress. A Black-owned business headquartered in New York City, with a salon on Madison Avenue, the label offers a range of collections including Amsale, Nouvelle Amsale, Amsale Bridesmaids, Little White Dress and Evening that are carried in some of the finest bridal salons and specialty stores worldwide.
In the spirit of the concept store, Vault’s virtual shelves, already home to a distinctive combination of rare vintage Gucci finds and new creations by handpicked designers, will also welcome a wider offering of noteworthy brands dear to Alessandro Michele through exclusive capsule collections or curated selections. One of the first to create a limited-edition lineup for Vault is Belgian Maison Delvaux, which was founded in 1829 making it the oldest luxury fine leather goods brand in the world.
Forever in flux and staying true to its constant pursuit of ideas that go beyond the confines of time and space, Vault will continue to present monthly drops of rare vintage finds, as well as a regular rotation of exclusive capsules, special collaborations, and new brands. The latest releases will be highlighted on its dedicated Instagram account, @guccivault, and its Discord server, GucciVault.
A crystal ball heralds its arrival. Mysterious and fascinating, the magical globe is the gift the digital avatar of Alessandro Michele, Gucci’s Creative Director, offers Wagmi-san, world-renowned digital artisan who has invited the designer — already on a journey towards new paradigms and forms of creativity– to his virtual shop in New Tokyo.
We cannot resist using the lexicon of fairy tales to describe 10KTF Gucci Grail, the new initiative happening in Vault’s experimental space. In collaboration with digital accessory shop 10KTF, Gucci has created ad hoc digital outfits designed by Alessandro Michele and created by Wagmi-san to dress PFPs from eleven selected NFT collections including Bored Ape, World of Women, Cool Cats and many others. The “PFP” acronym stands for ‘Picture For Proof’, a NFT version of a profile photo, used by collectors both as their portrait and as extreme expressions of artistic and technological talent. The encounter between Wagmi-san and Alessandro Michele generates two custom Gucci looks, available in different colors, inspired respectively by the Aria and Love Parade collections, for those who aspire to express their individuality through fashion in the parallel digital worlds.
The House is already present in the realm of NFTs, the ‘Non-Fungible Tokens’ that have transformed our experience of art, sublimating it into immaterial digital works. Acquiring personalized virtual garments also involves several steps, not unlike the actual process of securing a designer creation (which requires several fittings).
Over the past few days, the crystal ball has been accessible to three groups of people – those who already own a PFP; those who are members of the Gucci Vault community on the Discord server, and those who already ‘inhabit’ New Tokyo, where artisan Wagmi-san lives. Those who redeemed their crystal ball were able to choose between the different Gucci looks artfully tailored by Wagmi-san and receive their customized digital avatar.
With only a limited number of users involved, this project has the feel of a unique work: “10KTF Gucci Grail” not only highlights the individuality of each person, but it also unveils the huge, spectacular potential of virtual realities, enabling us to design a digital identity in an alternative world. To be dressed for the metaverse is to have another self that Vault allows us to generate through the codes of Gucci.
Founded in Florence, Italy, in 1921, Gucci is one of the world’s leading luxury brands, led by President and CEO Marco Bizzarri and Creative Director Alessandro Michele. Following the House’s centenary, Gucci forges ahead into the next hundred years, continuing to redefine luxury while celebrating the creativity, Italian craftsmanship, and innovation at the core of its values.
Gucci is part of the global luxury group Kering, which manages the development of a series of renowned Houses in fashion, leather goods, jewelry and watches.
Founded in September 2021, 10KTF is the leading shop known for producing bespoke digital accessories in the Metaverse. Located in New Tokyo, the shop is owned and operated by Wagmi-san, a renowned artisan who creates 1:1 digital collectibles for select parent NFT projects.
When people hear the word “Phoenix” they are reminded of the mythological story about the “Phoenix rising from the ashes.” Like most stories as legend would have it part of it is correct. Take the story of Nicholas Mayfield, if you’ve been involved in the world of fashion since 2009; Even now, you may recognize his work. His current day notables are pieces such as the extended t-shirts and the button ups to drop crotch pants and joggers just to name a few.
In recent times Nicholas Mayfield has been labeled as the designer from whom the couture brand Gucci has stolen his “strawberries” and “black faces” designs which are one of the many staples of his brand. The theft of the “strawberries” and “black faces” was the topic to L.A. Fashion Week on the Wonderland Artist 2nd Headlining Appearance, with his show “God Moves” in 2018 and in 2019 with “In The Dark There’s The Spark.”
The unique evolutionary visions of Nicholas’ mind captivate the audience to be engaged in the ideas that are the kaleidoscope of Nicholas ‘mind. As a designer Nicholas uses elements of urban everyday street life and couture fashion as the perfect combination to represent his influence on popular culture.
In the United States there are approximately 103 species of strawberries; Why do you believe Gucci bit off your strawberries and black faces?
Nicholas was contacted by well over 100 different followers, friends and clientele within 48 hours with his designs side by side with Gucci’s product. “I dropped born of an immigrant,” in 2017 a collaboration I did with barely broke on brown and black hard labor as in relevance to America’s Foundation; long before Gucci dropped their collection in 2019. Also, my strawberries are hand painted which creates the uniqueness individually personalized hand painted pieces which are done by my signature hand, the essence of my designs and style.” -Nicholas Mayfield
Growing up Mayfield
As a child Nicholas began drawing at the tender age of 5. He had aspirations of being a cartoonist and drawing comic books early in life. At the impressionable age of 7 years old, Nicholas had plans for a friend to spend the night, therefore his parents bought pizza, drinks and snacks and rented movies all in efforts for a great night. However Nicholas’ friend didn’t show up, Nicholas’ father saw the devastation and disappointment on his son’s face, as Nicholas went to the table and began to draw. Drawing had always been his outlet of expression. Nicholas’s father looked at him and said, “son keep drawing your characters, those are your friends.” The inspiration that Nicholas received in that moment from his father would allow him to trust in himself, and commit himself to his artistic endeavors.
People believe the Phoenix wings are on fire when it flies out of the ashes, yet the bird still soars. The mythological story beholds intrigue of supernatural phenomenon just like the characters Nicholas Mayfield drew as a child.
NM what has been up with you?
I am having a full circle moment right now, I feel like it is the 2006 Soulful Commando warehouse in Corona all over again; which began with just 5 t-shirt designs. I recently released my “Nicholas Mayfield Over Everything Collection”; which is a retrospective collection after years of designing I felt like taking it back to the drawing board of what created me to be me. I’m gassed with my first wave of hats and t-shirts being released. It’s like the art I first started doing, so it’s cool.
Has any of the social climate stemming from the murder of George Floyd by the police affected your creativity?
Oh absolutely I am a Black man of God first, not only that, “our now” is always a platform to express what is happening for the current time. I have the responsibility to let those coming after me know what the world looks like and to pay homage to those who came before me. While doing this I saw two of my brothers yesterday and what I love and appreciate more than anything is true success; it’s that we are men now, some of us are fathers; yet most importantly pillars in our community killing the Willie Lynch mentality. For God is in Us. When we were younger they called us dreamers, now they love our world that they are now apart of.
An unknown part about the Black Phoenix is that it gets burned over a funeral pyre (the burning wood for cremation). As the Black Phoenix rises it is completely renewed and a new life cycle begins
Nicholas Mayfield is a Black Phoenix. As the seasons change, his creative perspective is constantly evolving. The transformations of his interpretations of design remains progressive and renewed. His focus is to continue to “be” as it has always worked; Nicholas Mayfield continues to rise as delivers his style on a future wave. In fashion when your friend copies you, their unoriginal; When Gucci bites off of you, you’re a Trendsetter. As an independent artist Nicholas Mayfield was bent not broken as a Black designer he knows everything is earned and nothing is given. It is his unique originality that allows him to rise from the ashes, when a bird is meant to fly nothing can stop it. Not even getting burned.
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