Major fashion houses made the real difference in Milan this season.
In particular, @Prada and @Fendi charmed retailers with their collections, while the @Gucci show captured attention with its experiential set unveiling the behind-the-scenes of a fashion show.
According to retailers, an overall sense of luxe sophistication emerged from the catwalks, which were dominated by neutral colors and black. An extensive use of leather and fringe also stood out as a key trend this season, along with revisited tailoring and miniature accessories.
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@Dior has partnered with the @museelouvre to restore Tuileries Garden.
The French fashion house has signed a five-year partnership to restore the park in Paris, where it will show its fall collection.
Created by Catherine de’ Medici in 1564, the Tuileries garden was famous for hosting lavish royal parties. It was redesigned by famed landscape architect André Le Nôtre under King Louis XIV, who later opened it to the public. After the French Revolution, it became a public park that now welcomes 14 million visitors a year.
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Giorgio Armani sparked controversy today, blasting fellow designers at the Emporio Armani show in Milan. "I am tired of hearing about trends. They are nothing. I want to improve the woman who lives now. There's all this musing about the past as a trend, but I don't agree with it at all," said a feisty Armani. "So please stop writing about trends," he urged the journalists assembled backstage for a briefing about the collection. "Write about what [Alessandro] Michele did at Gucci, what Miuccia Prada did at Prada and what I am doing, but let's not play this game. You should get to the bottom of it, what is the thinking behind what we do. Stop being dominated by raving about the Nineties [as an example]. I am at a moment when I can say what I think," he added. "There is so much talk about women being raped, but women today are regularly 'raped' by designers.” He continued: “I am thinking of certain ads where women are shown in a provocative way, half naked, and many women feel pressured into looking like that. That for me is rape. It's unbefitting. Look around, they think that by wearing black leggings and a bomber they become modern. Excuse my outburst and the strong words, but I felt like I had to say this," he concluded.
Rhoxanne Villaseñor is keeping her family's "rh" theme alive.
Like her brother, Rhuigi of Rhude Villaseñor has a background in design. She launched The Rhod, a jewelry brand named after her father, several years ago, around the same time that her brother launched his cult-favorite streetwear brand. The Rhod, Villaseñor said, was mainly costume jewelry made of brass with gold plating. She has since elevated to fine jewelry, working strictly with gold and diamonds for Rhox, her newest jewelry venture. "As I’m getting older, it was important for me to be true to myself," said Villaseñor. "The way we marketed and branded Rhox, it’s more studio-artistic. I’m using fruits to reflect body parts and shapes because I want people to visualize themselves without comparing [themselves to] another person. The images are vibrant, bright, and it’s a reflection of me and my spirit. I want to bring joy to people — I do it for a living." 🍋