• Converse’s 2018 Pride Collection

    Written by Fashion Tales

    Brought to life with LGBTQ+ artists, stories of love set the stage for Converse’s 2018 Pride Collection. Designed by Miley Cyrus, all net proceeds of the Converse Pride Collection will support LGBTQ+ youth community partners globally. 

    Pride represents the incredible progress made possible when voices come together and speak out. The global movement demonstrates that a spark can ultimately change the course for generations to come, and serves as a reminder that there is more work to be done everywhere. 

    Born out of the Converse Pride Employee Network, the Converse Pride Collection carries this spirit as the brand’s annual Pride celebration.  It also serves as a small contribution for those that have paved the way and continue to advocate for people of all ages to be their true selves today. Designed by Miley Cyrus, all net proceeds of the Converse Pride Collection will support LGBTQ+ youth community partners globally, including the Happy Hippie Foundation, It Gets Better Project, Minus 18 and RainbowYOUTH.

    In addition to the full streetwear uniform designed for PRIDE celebrations, Converse worked with these community partners to socially curate statements of hope and love from LGBTQ+ youth as they get ready for Pride 2018. Donating its creative resources and partnering with artists such as Ionut Radulescu, Liam Donnelly and Rooney, Converse worked to visualize the contributed statements. The result is a powerful body of poster art that celebrate PRIDE, share love and serve as means for encouraging empathy across cultures.

    The Converse Pride Collection by Miley Cyrus is available now exclusively on Converse.com and at select Converse stores, with prices ranging from €45 to €110.

  • Chanel Neige

    Written by Fashion Tales

    Under the impetus of Karl Lagerfeld, CHANEL presents the first ever Coco Neige collection. A logical continuation of both Gabrielle Chanel’s love of the open air and the regular presence of sportswear in the CHANEL collections. A few years ago, the House even launched its own skis and snowboards. So today Karl Lagerfeld wanted to go a step further and create an entire line devoted to winter sports, designed for the slopes and the après-ski. Coco Neige revisits the mountains by combining it with the codes of CHANEL: masculine/feminine inspiration, tweed and leather and quilting work set the tone for this line with its slender and sporty silhouettes. Satin, wool, fringed tweed, velvet, denim and leather are paired with waterproof and windproof materials, with heat-sealed seams and reinforced protection to take full advantage of the slopes and the après-ski terraces.

    Discretion is of course key: Coco Neige instils the attitude and the style of CHANEL through a palette of black and white with flashes here and there of blue and fuchsia. The camellia, the braid, the collar and pocket of the suit jacket all appear in a refined sobriety. Each item is made for skiing and boarding, allowing for maximum comfort and a great freedom of movement. The high collars of the parkas and the down jackets protect from the wind, the trousers and salopettes fit the legs beautifully, flaring out to cover ski-boots, while the jackets perfectly cover the lower back. A hint of childhood memories is in the air with the slim-fit sweaters, the gilets with mountain motifs, the ribbed knit balaclavas, the crests and medals in the shape of snowflakes. Suede mittens, denim caps, nylon ushankas and wool berets add an urban touch to the collection.

    As for shoes, two-tone booties in shearling, mountain shoes with hooks and laces in tweed or in nylon, and boots in long-haired fur have all been designed for strolling through the ski resort. The bags play the high-altitude café terrace game: backpacks and shoppers in quilted nylon and shearling, and the 11.12 bag in suede braided with wool rub shoulders with a down-filled soft nylon line embossed tone on tone with the name CHANEL. Finally, the eyewear, designed especially for the mountains. A pilot frame with 18-carat white gold lenses guarantees maximum protection against the rays of the sun and the luminosity of the snow. Its titanium structure ensures high impact resistance, protects the skin from the cold and is hypoallergenic. Its cable-style temples are curved for perfect support. Removable covers in quilted black, white, raspberry, pine green and grey blue lambskin embellish the frames. A pair of XS black ski goggles are elegantly simple with a CHANEL signed adjustable strap and can be worn with a helmet.

    When it comes to relaxing, a pair of sunglasses with a shield structure combine gradated black or silver mirror lenses with wide temples in black quilted leather embellished with the CC logo. With Coco Neige, Karl Lagerfeld imagines a collection that’s as aesthetic as it is sporty.

    Discover the nineteen silhouettes imbued with the style and the allure of CHANEL in boutiques from July 2018.

    Backstage photography by Olivier Saillant.

  • Isadeco

    Written by Fashion Tales

    The spring collection by Isadeco is inspired by case study houses. 

    With the ambition to reconcile the fashion industry's collections with interior design, the Swedish design brand Isadeco launched 2017 pots that can take place at home.

    The inspiration behind the season's collection has been taken from the American architecture project “Case Study Houses”. A project that ran between 1945-1966 and involved designers and architects like Richard Neutra, Pierre Koenig and Charles and Ray Eames. The architecture of the houses, as well as the way in which they have been documented, have been the basis for inspiration for the collection.

    “There is a mystery in the portrayal of the life that is happening in the interior that we have wanted to recreate within the framework of our campaign. We have chosen to capture both the light and the aesthetics,” said Vivianne Issa, founder and creative director.

    The new color arrangements for the popular Fashion pot to jump are dark green, clear and white. In Base Collection we see a supplement in the shape of a turquoise and black pigmented pot. For the Iconic line, Isadeco continues with its pink and white marble pots.

    Isadeco's pots are sold at around 40 dealers around the country such as the Nordic Gallery, Asplund, the Fire Station, Perspective Studio and Vallgatan 12. The new collection is available now with prices from 250 kr. All of Isadeco's products are also available for sale at www.isadeco.se.

  • 5preview SS18

    Written by Fashion Tales

    5preview SS18 “2008” collection – that’s weird, to call the collection 2008. Right? Well, it all started out in 2008.

    This year the Swedish brand 5preview celebrate their 10 year anniversary, and they have looked through everything that they have made so far. They even made a retrospective book.

    They have a huge archive, with a couple of red threads running through it. So 2008 is an important year for 5preview. Looking back, looking forward. They tied together those red threads, heading towards the future. The ”2008” collection sums up 5preview. This is how it is, and how it will be. Focus on the prints. Simple shapes. Handmade. Could easily be printed by hand. Both allover and placed prints. The colors in the SS18 collection are really wearable: earthy colors, new basics. Military green, khaki beige, shades of blue, off white, navy blue and hints of warm apricot and silver. Workwear inspired volumes, simple cuts but yet feminine details (as pleats, ruffles and sheerness). Made in natural materials such as silk, silk chiffon, cupro, rayon/viscose, cotton and tencel.

    Check out the whole collection here!

  • GOLF le FLEUR * TWO-TONE

    Written by Fashion Tales

    The collaboration between the rapper and creator Tyler, The Creator and Converse is nothing new. Since the first collaboration that was revealed in July 2017, they have done four collections together. The GOLF le FLEUR * sniper is now a regular product in the Converse range.

    Now, Converse and Tyler, The Creator are happy to release another collection, Converse x GOLF le FLEUR * TWO-TONE. This new two-color style of the GOLF le FLEUR * complements the latest Mono-collection and adds a colourful playfulness, an aesthetic that is not rarely associated with Tyler, The Creator. The sneaker comes in four different colors: pink / orange, red / blue, light blue / light pink and finally a purple / green. The collection is unisex and consists of both sneakers and clothes. In addition to two Converse Essentials GLF T-shirts, of two Converse Essentials GLF crew sweatshirts, the collection also consists of a new long-sleeved polo shirt in two different colours. All the clothes have the GOLF le FLEUR * logo embroidered.  

    The GOLF le FLEUR * TWO-TONE collection is available from today, the first of June, and will be sold at Sneakersnstuff, NAKED, WoodWood, Très Bien and Converse.com.

  • Viktor&Rolf: Fashion Artists 25 Years (27 May - 30 September 2018)

    Written by Fashion Tales

    The exhibition ‘Viktor&Rolf: Fashion Artists 25 Years’, on the occasion of the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Amsterdam-based high fashion house  Viktor&Rolf, shows some of the most impressive and innovative works by this Dutch design duo at the Kunsthal Rotterdam. For the past 25 years the  symbiotic collaboration between Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren has led to works of uncompromising beauty and extraordinary collections. It is impossible to trace the results of their collaboration back to individual contributions. In their own words: “We often play with the idea of two people  being one, or both of us being of one mind, and we play with our imageto express that.”   

    The exhibition ‘Viktor&Rolf: Fashion Artists 25 Years’shows Viktor&Rolf’s radical conception of ‘wearable art’ and explores the elements that make  their designs unique in the contemporary fashion world. Throughout their illustrious career, Viktor&Rolf have carved a contradictory identity that  pushes the boundaries betweenart and fashion, often contrasting romance and rebellion, exuberance and control, classicism and conceptualism.  Around sixty works from Viktor&Rolf’s haute couture collections give an insight into their unconventional and conceptual approach, also showing that  they have never shied away from criticising the fashion industry (of which they are a part themselves). With regard to form and materials – the  interplay of lines, volumes, bows, collars, ruffles etcetera  – their creations are stunningly beautiful and technically perfect. Their fashion shows are  like powerfully eloquent ‘performances’. The 1999 Russian Doll show, for which Viktor&Rolf draped ninelayers of clothing around a single woman,  top model Maggie Rizer, meant their international breakthrough. Subsequently many other high-profile haute couture shows followed. Creations from  collections such as ‘Bedtime Story’(2005), ‘The Fashion Show’(2007), ‘NO’(2008), ‘Cutting Edge Couture’(2010), ‘Red Carpet Dressing’(2014),  ‘Wearable Art’(2015) and ‘Van Gogh Girls’(2015) can be seen in the exhibition, as well as pieces that have never been shown before from their newest collections, ‘Boulevard of Broken Dreams’(2017), ‘Action Dolls’(2017/18) and ‘Surreal Satin’(2018).

    The  exhibition  includes  25 handmade  examples  from  the  ‘Dolls’  series  which  consists  of  replicas  of  antique  dolls  dressed  in  some  of  the  fashion  artists’  most  iconic designs.  Each  porcelain  doll  is  dressed  in  an  haute  couture  creation  that  was  exactlyscaled-down  on  the  basis  of  the  original  patterns,  a meticulous  and  extremely  labour-intensive  process.  Even  the  fabrics  have  been  woven  to  scale,  and  the  miniature  model’s  hair  and  makeup  are  exact  copies  of  the  runway  styles.  

    One  of  the  special  loans  is  the  wedding  gown  that  Viktor&Rolfdesigned  in  2004  for  Princess  Mabel  van  Oranje-Nassauon  the  occasion  of her  marriage  to  Prince  Friso.  It  can  be  admired  alongside  its  miniature  ‘Doll’  version,  a  special  loan  from  ING  Art  Management.  Other remarkable  works  include  the  garmentViktor&Rolfdesigned  for  Madonna,  to  be  worn  during  her  2016  benefit  concert  at  Miami  Art  Basel, and  the  theatrical  costumes  for  the  Dutch  National  Ballet  production  of  ‘Dutch  Doubles’  (2014). 

    Viktor  Horsting  and  Rolf Snoeren  (both  born  in  1969)  graduated  in  1992  from  ArtEz  Institute  in  Arnhem  (The  Netherlands).  In  1993  they  won  the  first  three prizes  of  the  most  important  fashion  competition  in  the  world:  Le  Salon  Européen  des  Jeunes  Stylistes  in  Hyères  (France).  From  1994,  they started  to  present  their  haute  couture  collections  asinstallations,  mainly  in  art  galleries,  until  1998  when  they  presented  their  first  haute couture  collection.  In  2000,  they  launched  their  ready-to-wear  line  for  women,  until  2013,  to  focus  onlyon  haute  couturesince  then. Their  work  is  included  in  numerous  Dutch  and  international  museum  collections  and  is  worn  by  famous artists  such  as  Tilda  Swinton,  Tori  Amos  and  Rufus  Wainwright.  In  2016-17,  the  exhibition  titled  ‘Viktor&Rolf:  Fashion  Artists’was presented  at  the  National  Gallery  of  Victoria  (NGV)  in  Melbourne followed  in  2018  by  its  adaptation  to  celebrate  the  duo's  25th anniversary  exhibition  at  Kunsthal  Rotterdam.

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