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5 Things To Know About Halpern’s Optimistic SS23 Show And Barbie Collab

5 Things To Know About Halpern’s Optimistic SS23 Show And Barbie Collab

From London’s key workers to the stars of the Royal Opera House’s ballet company, Michael Halpern’s muses are always eclectic. The London-based New Yorker’s latest leading light? Barbie. “I always played with them growing up, but I was more interested in their incredible hair than their clothes,” laughs the designer of the collaborative component to his spring/summer 2023 collection, which brought some ostentatious, optimistic oomph not only to a sombre city, but to Mattel’s Dreamhouse.

The opening look honored the Queen

A couple of years ago, Halpern was lucky enough to speak with Queen Elizabeth II, as part of an audience with London’s most exciting design talent. Halpern divulged his love of ostentation to Her Majesty – an aesthetic evocatively conveyed in the opening commemorative look of his spring/summer 2023 show. The first exit, presented in total silence, featured a breathtaking, floor-trailing cape in cornflower silk taffeta, paired with a mint headscarf. “It was our way of respectfully paying tribute,” Halpern explained.
Home comforts just got glamorous

Halpern is soon to gain his British citizenship and permanent residency in the UK, and he found the process of opening the final box of his belongings shipped to London particularly poignant. Inside, he discovered old photographs of his mother sporting outré house gowns, more suited to chic soirées than slouching on the sofa. A hooded gown in sumptuous leopard print velvet was inspired particularly by a kaftan Halpern’s mother owned, which to his horror, she did not hold on to. “Hosting at home is the most glam thing,” he said. “Growing up I felt completely safe to be creative in my house. There was no restriction.”
Halpern is embracing escapism

The designer has never been one for restriction. “When I see ruffles and texture, it brings me complete joy,” Halpern said with a smile. In idiosyncratic fashion, his spring/summer 2023 collection embraced escapist volumes and unabashed ostentation, from bustiers in pastel “jellyfish” flounces to gowns exploding with cloud-like sleeves, disco flares in hand-painted flocked tulle and minidresses in kaleidoscopic chevron sequins. A series of looks, imagined in blue velvet and embroidered with a sparkling nighttime sky, recalled the neon stars Halpern stuck to his bedroom walls as a child. “They’re about building these worlds, checking out and going to another planet,” he explained. “Fashion being harnessed to create fantasy.”
Accessories went XL

The collection featured super-sized accessories, like huge hoop earrings and “tacky gold” headbands dangling with Hellenic metal leaves. Like other embellishments in the collection – including huge bows swathed in crystals – they were dramatically scaled up. “Doll proportion is a thing!” Halpern laughed.

Barbie took to the catwalk

The Barbie Dreamhouse celebrates its 60th anniversary this year, and its doll residents were keen to celebrate. Barbie has partnered with a host of fashion labels, including Comme des Garçons, Versace and Moschino, and as part of Halpern’s collaboration, a section of his show was inspired by the doll’s decade-spanning archival looks. Think ’80s power gowns and Barbie’s first swimsuit, which debuted in black and white stripes in 1959. Halpern first worked with Mattel in 2019, when he dressed a Barbie Role Model doll made in the likeness of Adwoa Aboah in a sequined minidress and turban. A cascading asymmetric gown in glittering orange polka dots will also be scaled down for the Dreamhouse’s most extravagant occupants.
Originally published in Vogue.co.uk
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Cara Delevingne Opens Up About Her Favorite Memory With Karl Lagerfeld

Cara Delevingne Opens Up About Her Favorite Memory With Karl Lagerfeld

Photo: Courtesy Karl Lagerfeld
Even after the untimely passing away of the fashion icon, Karl Lagerfeld carries forth his legacies into new collections and collaborations. Karl Lagerfeld has long since been the backbone of fashion, with his eye for detail and innovative, bold ideas. He changed the fashion world by introducing a legacy brand and building it into one of the most influential fashion businesses in the world – Chanel, which is only one of his many offerings to fashion.
Now, the brand Karl Lagerfeld has come together with supermodel Cara Delevingne for a very special project, a gender-neutral line of clothing. “When Karl passed away, Karl Lagerfeld asked me to help design a tribute limited-edition shirt. This was two years ago, and all the proceeds went to “Sauver la Vie”, a charity that funds medical research at the Paris Descartes University which Karl supported for many years,” Delevingne explains. “After that, we wanted to find another way to work together so this collaboration came about naturally. The collaboration focuses on genderless styles.” As she gears up to celebrate the new collab, she shares more on her style, the new collection, and her best memories with Karl.
How do you like to dress?
I personally dress in a way that allows me to play with gender. So when I was thinking about a collection that I wanted to exist but also that I wanted to be true to my personal style, I knew it needed to be genderless.
Do you think unisex is the future of fashion?
I think clothes should have the ability to be worn by everyone.
Photo: Courtesy Karl Lagerfeld
What is the message behind the collection?
Because this is a gender-neutral collection, I think the message is inclusivity. It doesn’t matter how you identify. There are pieces in this collection for everyone. It’s made for everyone.
What do you like about the Karl Lagerfeld brand?
At Karl, they are always innovating and pushing the bar of fashion. They do things that make a difference – which I absolutely adore, and fit in perfectly with who I am and what I believe in.
What have you learned from working with Hun Kim and the Karl Lagerfeld creative team?
I have learned that no goa/ is out of reach – to always strive for greatness.
What is your favorite piece of the collection and why?
Photo: Courtesy Karl Lagerfeld
I love the reversible bomber jacket. The blue faux fur is so cozy it feels like a cloud!
Which has been the most memorable moment for you during this collaboration?
Seeing all the clothes for the first time in person was a real pinch me moment.
How did you go about keeping the spirit of Karl Lagerfeld in your designs?
For me, Karl’s style is timeless, classic, chic, yet simple, and always has a twist which is what I kept in mind while making this collection.
How much creative input on the collection did you have?
I worked very much in collaboration with the Karl Lagerfeld design team. We went back and forth on designs for months, continually sharing ideas and making adjustments. Hun Kim, Karl Lagerfeld’s Design Director, and the creative team came over to meet me whilst I was filming in Prague so that we could work on the collection, and spent time in the studio in Amsterdam. I wanted to ensure the collection truly reflected my style.
How would you describe the collection to someone who hasn’t seen it?
Stylish, fun, and something for everyone!
What has surprised you about the creative process?
Photo: Courtesy Karl Lagerfeld
The amount of editing involved was totally unexpected. I just had such an abundance of ideas and narrowing them down was really the hardest part. I am fortunate that Hun understood my vision, and was able to guide me through the process of editing the collection.
The collection embodies inclusivity. Who, in your opinion is the audience/target group for this collection?
Everyone!!
Do you remember the first time you met Karl in person? If so, what do you remember?
It was at my first Chanel show, and the first time I met him, I was immediately blown away by his kindness and generosity
What did Karl teach you?
Karl really taught me the importance of embracing your weirdness. He was uniquely himself and he really didn’t care what anyone else thought. I try to live with that attitude every day.
What is your funniest memory with Karl?
Going to dinner with him, picking his brain, and listening to his stories would always leave me with sore cheeks after laughing so hard
What three things did you love the most about Karl?
His creativity, his intellect, and his love for the people he cared about
What do you think would be his reaction on the collection?
Photo: Courtesy Karl Lagerfeld
I know he would love it – that’s the most rewarding part of this experience.
What is your favorite memory of Karl Lagerfeld?
One of my favorite things to do with Karl was to sit with him alone and hear stories about his past. His life was so fascinating. Getting to know him was my favorite memory. However, / will always deeply cherish each moment we had together. His personality was infectious, and I was always elated to be in his presence.
In your opinion, what is Karl’s greatest legacy?
Karl is his own greatest legacy. Everything he did will be remembered and seen as an inspiration for future generations.
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Shangri-La’s Latest Collaboration Brings You the Ultimate Shopping Experience on Wheels

Shangri-La’s Latest Collaboration Brings You the Ultimate Shopping Experience on Wheels

Photo: Courtesy of Shangri-La
Bringing the ultimate high-fashion experience to Shangri-La’s doorstep, InstaRunway has collaborated with the hotel for an afternoon tea package embellished with the exclusivity of shopping on wheels. Rolling out with a selection of offers for hotel guests and visitors, the collaboration is the perfect addition to every shopping enthusiast’s Dubai to-do list.
The InstaRunway shopping experience sits as part of a package that includes a stay at the horizon club rooms and suites at the hotel, an AED 500 shopping voucher at the bus, and an IKandy floating breakfast experience. The collaboration is hosted by a daily afternoon tea from 1pm to 6pm at the Lobby Lounge, priced at between AED 199 and 275 for two people with a private shopping experience on-board upon request. The afternoon tea features a selection of bites and deserts that promise to please one’s tastebuds, along with a sip of afternoon tea or non-alcoholic French bubbly Alavie.
The afternoon tea features bites with sips of tea. Photo: Courtesy of Shangri-La
Bites include beetroot gravlax salmon dill cream cheese, and roasted cajun chicken and sun dried bread, balanced out with a savory and extremely Instagrammable selection of deserts like a Furla-themed chocolate handbag and SJP-inspired shaped edible shoes.
Photo: Courtesy of Shangri-La
InstaRunway aims to “elevate and transform the shopping landscape for luxury brands in the Middle East region”, a vision it has been thriving in according to its clientele’s rave reviews. It parks with shelves starring a personalized selection of global luxury brands like Furla, SJP by Sarah Jessica Parker and The Golden Concept, and has been described as the ultimate gift. The private shopping experience isn’t one you’re likely to forget anytime soon.
Photo: Courtesy of Shangri-La
Strategically located by Sheikh Zayed Road and offering a panoramic view of Dubai’s glimmering skyline, skyscraper Burj Khalifa, the Arabian sea, and the city’s traditional souk markets, Shangri-La hotel checks all boxes for an elevated and luxurious city stay.
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What To Expect From the Tiffany & Co. X Supreme Collaboration

What To Expect From the Tiffany & Co. X Supreme Collaboration

Photo: Instagram.com/tiffanyandco
Tiffany & Co. is on a hot streak. Since being acquired by LVMH in January of this year, the New York luxury jeweler has repeatedly made news: celebrity partnerships and faces, a new collection with a limited edition artist collaboration component, neighborhood pop-up shops, and now a blockbuster partnership with Supreme. The six-piece collaboration draws on the iconic Return to Tiffany collection, adjusting the tags with a quippy “Return to Supreme” line. There are pearls—a truly androgynous trend piece—as well as sterling silver keychains, a star bracelet, and heart tag earrings.
Supreme teased the collaboration over the weekend on their social media, showing the freshwater cultured pearl necklace with silver tag worn with a simple white t-shirt—no text to explain. Come Monday morning, both brands had confirmed the November 11 release.

The collaboration, which starts at $54 and caps at $1250, is an introductory price point for the luxury jeweler and hits a demographic that may be enticed by Beyoncé in the Tiffany Yellow Diamond, Jay-Z in a Schlumberger brooch, or Hailey Bieber in yellow gold and diamond pieces, but unable to buy the higher-priced items. It also speaks to Alexandre Arnault’s involvement in the brand. Arnault, son of LVMH’s chairman Bernard Arnault and current VP of product and communications at Tiffany & Co., is the former CEO of Rimowa and has collaborated with Supreme to much success in his past role.

A$AP Rocky And Amina Muaddi Have Designed The Ultimate Going Out Shoes

A$AP Rocky And Amina Muaddi Have Designed The Ultimate Going Out Shoes

Tina Kunakey. Photo: Pierre-Ange Carlotti / Courtesy of Amina Muaddi

If there were a Fashion Olympics, A$AP Rocky and Amina Muaddi would have to battle it out for the gold medal in personal style. The two creatives are so full throttle in their daily outfits, sharing them on their Instagram feeds and on red carpets, that following along provides a thrill akin to that of a full fashion show. The good news is that rather than dueling, the pair are collaborating on a new collection of AWGE x Amina Muaddi shoes. The collaboration releases this week through a selection of global retailers like Net-a-Porter, Browns, Just One Eye, and On Pedder, and is sure to fly just as quickly as the shoes in Muaddi’s permanent collection.
So the million-dollar question: How will they wear them? Muaddi offers some ideas: “The gladiator is something that you could wear with something short: a skirt or a dress. The shoe with the butterfly, you can wear it with anything from jeans to a gown because it’s very versatile. It’s very elegant, but it can be dressed down or dressed up in so many ways.”
Rainbow gladiator lace-ups by AWGE x Amina Muaddi. Photo: Pierre-Ange Carlotti / Courtesy of Amina Muaddi

The collaboration is Muaddi’s first for her own brand, though she has also designed a range for Rihanna’s Fenty collection. “For me, it was important that the first collaboration I do is one that is special and close to my heart,” she says. “I wanted to do it with someone who shares my values and my perspective on creativity and design. Rocky doesn’t compromise himself in his work or whatever he does; he’s a perfectionist the same way I am.”
The butterfly motif is a reference to A$AP Yams and is often included in AWGE creations. Photo: Pierre-Ange Carlotti / Courtesy of Amina Muaddi

Those that have followed Rocky’s career will know this to be intrinsically true. Within the fashion world, he is one of the few musicians granted true insider status. When he’s front row at JW Anderson or Raf Simons — both brands have brought him on for collaborations — his take on the collection is as sought after critics’ reviews, and his personal wardrobe is the fodder of high-level fashion critique and endless Reddit threads. AWGE, his creative agency, has also opened up the world of fashion for a new generation of fans. Perhaps his secret is the same one many other designers have held true to: Don’t over-explain. “We don’t really talk about [AWGE]; it has a mystique. That’s the tradition of it. What I will say is, I just always was looking for outlets to express myself and expression is key,” he says. “I think AWGE was just another platform for people such as myself to come together and just create.”
A$AP Rocky and Amina Muaddi. Photo: Amina Muaddi

Rocky and Muaddi have been friends for years, running in the same circles of musicians, artists, and designers. “It has been so many years that we’ve known each other; it was only natural someday it would lead to something like this,” Muaddi says. Though ideas have been flowing between the two since they met, the strange year that is 2020 helped push their musings into reality. “Everything happens when it’s meant to,” she says. “It was a natural time for us.”
There is also a version that laces all the way up the leg. Photo: Pierre-Ange Carlotti / Courtesy of Amina Muaddi

The four shoe styles that are the result of the collaboration are a marriage of their personal tastes. “Even if we come from such different parts of the world and we have different backgrounds, we have very similar aesthetics,” Muaddi continues. Designing women’s shoes, Rocky says, came naturally. “I know what I like and don’t like in fashion, [and] I love what she does already with the shoes,” Rocky begins. “Amina has an aesthetic and a flow going, just in general, you know, I wanted to make sure that whatever we did it bridged the gap between both of us, and it moved cohesively. It was easy collaborating with Amina. Knowing how passionate she is about her own brand, and knowing everything that she puts into it, it was a no brainer going into this collaboration, because I already had the experience and was familiar with her work. And [she was familiar with] my aesthetic too. We have a mutual admiration for style.”
“It was just about incorporating his universe, his aesthetic, his visuals,” Muaddi picks up. “A lot of the inspiration came from his personal jewelry, and things that I would see him wearing. Even before we did the collaboration, I would tell him, ‘Oh, I love this. This could be so cool on a shoe.’”
The collection is grounded by Muaddi’s signature blunted heel and uses AWGE’s and Rocky’s iconography and signatures throughout. A crystal butterfly that adorns a perspex mule is pulled from AWGE’s recurring butterfly motif, an homage to A$AP Yams who “had a giant birthmark on his face that we said resembled the butterfly,” Rocky explains. “Since his passing, we always put it in our work, hearing it secretly, in visuals, or in clothing collaborations. I think it’s dope because it kind of goes with a lot of the other stuff that I have made previously with butterflies. People could kind of style those things together.”
A sandal features a crystal chain and AWGE charm inspired by A$AP Rocky’s jewellery. Photo: Pierre-Ange Carlotti / Courtesy of Amina Muaddi

A chain-link piece with a dangling AWGE charm is the pair’s rendition of Rocky’s signature jewelry. Moodboards reveal dozens of images of his jewelry, his outfits, his past fashion items — ideas that were workshopped between the two designers for months to make sure that each style is as authentic as can be.
Tina Kunakey. Photo: Pierre-Ange Carlotti / Courtesy of Amina Muaddi

That chain link shoe “is very sexy and fierce at the same time,” Muaddi says. “And then there’s the super-high gladiator. That is a special one.” With rainbow studs that creep all the way up the thigh, it would take a very daring dresser to pull it off. Luckily the pair provides plenty of inspiration: The actress Tina Kunakey stars in their lookbook.
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Liam Freeman contributed reporting. Originally published on Vogue.com

Rihanna’s New Collection with Amina Muaddi is Here – This is Why You’ll love It

Rihanna’s New Collection with Amina Muaddi is Here – This is Why You’ll love It

Courtesy of Fenty

Romanian-Jordanian designer Amina Muaddi recently launched her second collection in collaboration with megastar Rihanna’s brand, Fenty.  The collection, called ’11-20′ features four new designs in pumps, sandals, and slingbacks. Rihanna has been a long-time admirer of Muaddi’s shoe brand, regularly seen sporting her shoes over the last few years – which makes this second collaboration not a surprise.

“When I’m designing for Fenty, I think of Rihanna – she needs to like them,” Muaddi told Vogue earlier this year. “But in general I don’t think of a particular person, because I feel like every woman can be an Amina Muaddi woman or a Fenty woman. It’s not that I think women will like the whole collection, but I think there’s a little something for everybody,” she added. The release on the Fenty website said, “Fenty explores one of its core beliefs in the last and final Release of the summer – to work with a diverse community of creative talents. Long heralded as one of Robyn Rihanna Fenty’s favorite shoe designers, Amina Muaddi has been tapped to co-design shoes for Release 7-20 – a limited edition of bold styles and colors.” It follows on the heels of Muaddi’s first collaboration with Fenty in July. Just after the collection drop, Muaddi posted pictures from the new collection on her Instagram sharing, “We’re back! Amina x @fenty @badgalriri about to get you Caged In again 💙🤍🖤”

The new line remains true to Rihanna’s edgy Fenty ethos with accents of Muaddi’s embellishments and colors. The collection features shoes in a variety of colors from hot pink to electric blue, in true Muaddi style. Although, unlike Muaddi’s wide-flared heels, this design features tapered or straight “metal” heels that look like they could go right back into the shoe if needed. The pair launched their first capsule collection in July and decided to work on a second collaboration due to the successful reception of the collection in spite of the pandemic.

The new collection will be available now on fenty.com and will also release on Farfetch and levelshoes.com.
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