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EXCLUSIVE: Kaia Gerber Stars in Alexander McQueen’s New Campaign for the Slash Bag

EXCLUSIVE: Kaia Gerber Stars in Alexander McQueen’s New Campaign for the Slash Bag

LONDON — Kaia Gerber is the face of Alexander McQueen’s new campaign for the Slash bag.
It is Gerber’s debut campaign with the luxury British brand, and also the first time that Alexander McQueen has tapped a celebrity for an accessories campaign.

Gerber wore McQueen to her first Met Gala in May with her actor boyfriend Austin Butler.

The body of the bag is divided into vertical, padded leather sections, inspired by the slices and slashes in McQueen’s silhouettes.

The handle is a series of rings with the McQueen signature knuckle and skull motif, encrusted with Swarovski crystals. The bag, which also has a silver chain strap, retails for 2,250 pounds.

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The campaign was shot in two mediums by the British fashion photographer and film director Glen Luchford, who regularly shoots for The Face, Self Service Magazine, Arena and many others.

The still-life image shows Gerber staring inquisitively at a prosthetic lookalike. The campaign also features a short film set in a dystopian future.

Gerber is dressed in McQueen, and wearing the Slash bag on her shoulder as she makes her way through a lonely, white, futuristic space. She encounters her mannequin double, strokes the face and starts to cry.

Luchford is a cinephile. His film takes elements from Denis Villeneuve’s “Blade Runner 2049,” with the orange hued lighting and sci-fi mood of Pedro Almodóvar’s “The Skin I Live In,” with clinical prosthetics.

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In 2001, Luchford directed “Here to Where,” a film about a man stranded at an airport, which has been cited as inspiration for Steven Speilberg’s “The Terminal.”

In 2023, Gerber will star in “Mrs. American Pie,” a period comedy miniseries on Apple TV+ that will also feature Kristen Wiig, Laura Dern and Allison Janney. She will also appear in “Bottoms,” a teen sex comedy produced by husband and wife duo Elizabeth Banks and Max Handelman.

McQueen has put the focus on film in its latest campaigns. Earlier this year, McQueen collaborated with the award-winning visual artist Sophie Muller on a short film that brought pieces from the brand’s spring 2022 collection to life.

Mirroring the concept of the fashion show, which was shot on the rooftop of a car park in East London in October 2021, the film features models standing and moving at the top of a building in central London with the city’s skyline and various cloud formations as the background.

“I love the idea of embracing the mystery and unpredictability of the sky, the fact it is always moving, always changing,” said Sarah Burton, creative director of Alexander McQueen, when the campaign was released.

“I look out over London from our studio where the views are incredible and represent our home throughout history from St. Paul’s Cathedral to the London Eye. The sky against which those familiar monuments appear may be calm and restorative at times, and menacing at others. For me, the tension between the two is extremely inspiring,” she added.

Muller has produced hundreds of music and fashion videos in her four-decade-long career. Her work has won numerous awards, including a Grammy, a Brit Award and several MTV Awards. Her most notable collaborators include Maroon 5, Kylie Minogue, Gwen Stefani and Rihanna.

Janet Jackson, Letitia Wright, and Hero Fiennes Tiffin Under the Dome at Alexander McQueen

Janet Jackson, Letitia Wright, and Hero Fiennes Tiffin Under the Dome at Alexander McQueen

Alexander McQueen drew a handsome crowd for its spring 2023 show staged under a transparent dome, once again, in the courtyard of the Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich, London. The brand first introduced the clear dome concept last year at the Tobacco Dock in East London for its spring 2022 season.
Janet Jackson, who has had a fruitful Paris Fashion Week run, sat in between British Vogue’s Edward Enninful and Kering chairman Francois-Henri Pinault. She wore a sharp double-breasted tailored jacket with cutout details on the elbow from McQueen and carried the brand’s signature jeweled satchel bag to complete the look.

Yseult, British Vogue’s Edward Enninful, Janet Jackson, Kering chairman Francois-Henri Pinault, Letitia Wright, Hero Fiennes Tiffin and Sheila Atim at the Alexander McQueen spring show.

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Also in attendance was the “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” star Letitia Wright. With the highly anticipated Marvel blockbuster coming out in November, Wright said the movie contains “a lot of adventure, fun and love,” and she urged the fans to book their tickets now for optimal viewing experience. For the show, she styled her silver embellished dress with an oversize jacket and several sparkly rings and earrings.

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Wright sat next to Sheila Atim, who also appeared in the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Sara Wolfe in “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.” Atim, who won her second Laurence Olivier Award for her performance in the play “Constellations,” looked poised in a pale lime green dress.

Speaking about her latest project “The Woman King,” Atim said she played one of the warriors and the spiritual adviser to the king of the West African kingdom of Dahomey.

“We did a lot of training, weight training and stunt training. We did all of our own stunts. It was a new thing for all of us, and we learned a lot of new skills,” Atim added.

Other notable show attendees included tennis legend Maria Sharapova, model Kristen McMenamy, photojournalist Don McCullin, TikTok sensations Charlotte and Abby Roberts, writer Antwaun Sargent, “Guardians of the Galaxy” actress Pom Klementieff, and actor Hero Fiennes Tiffin.

Hero Fiennes Tiffin attends the Alexander McQueen show.

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Klementieff, who dressed as a pin-up goddess for the occasion, said she has been busy filming the latest “Mission Impossible: Dead Reckoning” part one and part two movies.

“I play a femme fatale while I kick some asses, but that’s all I can tell you. I can’t say much more,” the half-Korean French actress said, adding that she fell in love with McQueen after wearing a leather biker ensemble for one of her red carpet appearances during the Cannes Film Festival.

Ramla Ali, Pom Klementieff, Tiwa Savage and Kristen McMenamy at the Alexander McQueen show.

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Hero Fiennes Tiffin said he is excited about his zombies horror comedy “The Loneliest Boy in the World” hitting Apple TV and cinemas from next week.

The actor also said he is open to explore more stage work when the right project comes along.

Emma Watson Wears Lace Alexander McQueen Dress at The Kering Foundation’s Caring for Women Dinner

Emma Watson Wears Lace Alexander McQueen Dress at The Kering Foundation’s Caring for Women Dinner

Emma Watson made a rare red carpet appearance at Thursday night’s Kering Foundation Caring for Women Dinner.

The actress attended the inaugural event in New York City in a white, sheer lace dress from Alexander McQueen. She paired the look with a black Alexander McQueen bag and jewelry from Pomellato. Her look was styled by Law Roach. 

Watson was among many attendees at the Kering dinner, joining the likes of Salma Hayek, Jodie Turner-Smith, Andra Day, Anderson Cooper, Gloria Steinem and many others. 

Emma Watson, Gloria Steinem and Salma Hayek Pinault attend the Kering Foundation’s first Caring for Women Dinner on Thursday at The Pool on Park Avenue in New York City.

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This is the first Caring for Women Dinner hosted by The Kering Foundation. The event was organized to benefit three charities that work toward ending gender-based violence. The charity supported the National Network to End Domestic Violence, Global Fund for Women and Ms. Foundation for Women.

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Watson normally shies away from public appearances, but has recently been participating in several events and brand campaigns. This summer, Watson sat front row at the Schiaparelli fall 2022 couture show alongside the likes of Hunter Schafer, CL and Natasha Lyonne. 

Last month, Watson was tapped by Prada for its newest fragrance. The actress starred and directed in the campaign for the scent, making the partnership her directorial debut. 

Emma Watson attends the Kering Foundation’s first Caring for Women Dinner on Sept. 15 at The Pool on Park Avenue in New York City.

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Girly to Grunge: Karen Wazen Sported Two Surprisingly Different Outfits Within 24 Hours in New York

Girly to Grunge: Karen Wazen Sported Two Surprisingly Different Outfits Within 24 Hours in New York

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Trust fashion week fixture Karen Wazen to serve two distinct outfits in one day. While in New York to attend the off-schedule Alexander McQueen show, the Lebanese entrepreneur went from sporting an ultra-feminine look to a bold and edgy one within a span of 24 hours.

To view the show during the day, Wazen opted for a dress in pale yellow from the British fashion house, which featured a fitted bodice with zip detailing at the neck, balloon sleeves, and a pleated, flared-out skirt fit for a modern-day princess vibe. Balancing the look and adding a touch of maturity to it, the mother-of-three went for black pumps whose pointed toes were adorned with studs. The choice of footwear also complemented her second outfit for the evening. This time embracing a grungier aesthetic, Wazen looked to the fail-safe head-to-black look, but stepped it up a notch by incorporating not one, but two sustainable leather pieces. Her black bandeau top was topped off with a matching belted coat, and paired with straight-fit trousers.
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Wazen’s beauty look to go with the outfits? Sideswept bangs and a top knot that went from polished to messy as the day went on, working in favor of both ensembles. As for her glam for the day, the influencer offered makeup inspiration for the summer by adding a pop of color to her eyeshadow. With her eyelids painted in a muted blue shade, the rest of Wazen’s look featured glowy skin and a pinky nude lip.
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5 Looks From Alexander McQueen’s Fall/Winter 2022 New York Show That You Have To Check Out

5 Looks From Alexander McQueen’s Fall/Winter 2022 New York Show That You Have To Check Out

New York is where all the action was last night, with Alexander McQueen presenting its Fall/Winter 2022 collection—26 years after its first show in the Big Apple, which took place back in 1996. “I am so happy to be back in New York, a city that has always been close to our hearts,” creative director Sarah Burton said post the presentation, which showcased vibrant looks inspired by nature. What made the collection twice as noteworthy was its mindfulness. Crafted using 85% upcycled materials, the latest McQueen offerings were more than just a visual delight; they also took into account fashion’s very real concerns when it comes to sustainability and showing respect for the environment.

Hosted in a discreet warehouse in Brooklyn—the Agger Fish Building, to be precise—Alexander McQueen’s Fall/Winter 2022 line celebrated the sense of community that comes with life in NYC. “We showed the Dante collection here in 1996, and then came again with Eye in the autumn of 1999. It is part of our community, a place that has always welcomed us, and this season I want to honor that,” Burton explained. “So, this collection is inspired by that idea of community, and specifically by mycelium, by the reality of nature as a community that is far, far older than we are. Mycelium connects even the rooftop of the tallest skyscraper to the plants, to the grass, to the ground, to animals and to human beings. Mycelium has the most profound, interconnecting power, relaying messages through a magical underground structure, allowing trees to reach out to each other when either they or their young need help or are sick. The idea is humbling – beautiful – and, of course, a metaphor for interconnection and for community between people, between us all. We exist as single, individual entities on one level, but we are far more powerful connected to each other, to our families, to our friends, to our community. Given everything that has happened over the past two years, that seems more important than ever. As a community we are infinitely more able to restore, reinvent, rejuvenate – heal.”
The thought came to life on the runway via pieces that jumped out in a vibrant palette—think neon green, canary yellow, and show-stopping scarlet—complemented with silver-toed leather harness pumps with mushroom and sequin mycelium embroidery, edgy chokers, stacks of rings, and ear hooks. Below, Vogue Arabia’s picture editor Ankita Chandra shares her top picks from the showcase.
Take your classic red pantsuit and give it a McQueen makeover with a black and white mushroom print.
Burton’s mushroom detailing also found itself making an appearance in fiery shades of orange on a black tulle dress.
Neons were at the forefront of Burton’s latest collection, with highlighter hued pantsuits winning everyone’s vote.
Burton gave this party-ready number a psychedelic spin by accentuating its asymmetric silhouette with multicolored tassel and embroidery detailing.
Styled with intricately buckled silver boots, one of the most exciting looks from Alexander McQueen’s New York show had to be this molten silver dress, which came with an exaggerated 3D bow.

Watch Alexander McQueen’s Fall/Winter 2022 Show Live from New York Here

Watch Alexander McQueen’s Fall/Winter 2022 Show Live from New York Here

Alexander McQueen SS22. Photo: Courtesy
Off the official fashion week calendar, Alexander McQueen will present its Fall/Winter 2022 collection in New York on March 15. This will mark the British fashion house’s first show in the Big Apple in 26 years after designer Alexander McQueen made his New York debut with the Fall 1996 show.

While the brand currently helmed by Sarah Burton has been a part of the Paris fashion week, it decided to go off-schedule last year. The “storm-chasing” SS22 collection was presented in London’s Yellow Park, Tobacco Dock where models walked and guests sat under a giant bubble-like structure on top of an 11 story car park. If that is anything to go by, the set of tonight’s show in Brooklyn will be no less extraordinary. Vogue Arabia will be in the front row, delivering the action straight from the runway to your screens, so make sure to keep an eye out on our Instagram.
To watch the Alexander McQueen Fall/Winter 2022 Ready-to-Wear show live, tune in below at 2am GST.

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‘Lee Alexander McQueen: Mind, Mythos, Muse’ Curators Discuss Upcoming LACMA Exhibition

‘Lee Alexander McQueen: Mind, Mythos, Muse’ Curators Discuss Upcoming LACMA Exhibition

“Lee Alexander McQueen: Mind, Mythos, Muse,” opening April 24 at the L.A. County Museum of Art, will be the first West Coast exhibition about the influential late designer, putting his clothing in context of the paintings, sculptures, photos, decorative arts, textiles and historic dress that helped inspire it.The exhibition is the result of a gift of the largest collection of McQueen ensembles outside of the London studio archive, donated to the museum in 2016 by Los Angeles-based fashion collector Regina J. Drucker.
The last exhibition about McQueen was the 2011 blockbuster “Savage Beauty,” which set attendance records at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London.

“‘Savage Beauty’ changed the landscape for costume curation and catapulted McQueen to another level. That was a retrospective done in cooperation with the house, and nothing can compare to what was achieved by our colleagues at the Met and the V&A,” says Clarissa Esguerra, co-curator of the LACMA show. “Because that show already happened, we can curate this in another way related to art history. We are trying to illustrate his cycle of inspiration that looked at so many different types or artwork in different times in history.”

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McQueen synthesized into his exquisite tailoring and dressmaking references to everything from film (the spring 2004 “Deliverance” collection inspired by 1969’s “They Shoot Horses, Don’t They”) to cutting-edge technology (the ghostly Kate Moss hologram in the fall 2006 “Windows of Culloden” collection).
LACMA’s exhibition will feature 70 complete McQueen looks from 1994 to 2010, including shoes, bags and some hats that belonged to the designer’s muse Isabella Blow, juxtaposed with 200 objects from the museum’s permanent collection.

Left: Alexander McQueen, woman’s dress, fall 2003 Right: Trunk with brocade (Kati Rimo) design, Tibet, 17th-18th century
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“We have a dress from his autumn 2003 ‘Scanners’ collection in a silver and black geometric pattern, which we realized is a Tibetan Kati Rimo silk brocade.…We have at the museum two Tibetan trunks as well as Buddhist priest robes with the same pattern, so not only can we illustrate the historic precedent, but also the narrative of the collection telling the story of a journey from Tibet to Japan, reflecting the history of how this textile pattern traveled across borders,” explains co-curator Michaela Hansen.
“His spring 2004 collection, performed as a choreographed show, referenced the film ‘They Shoot Horses, Don’t They,’ but we were also noticing how it pulled from Americana during the Depression era, so we have period photographs from that era. We were also able to draw parallels to artists from Weimar, Germany, referencing the idea of the dance to the death,” Hansen says.
Why is there such an enduring interest in the designer?
“One reason is he was at the forefront of new technology. His final collection, ‘Plato’s Atlantis,’ was one of the first livestreamed runway shows. And unlike many other artists, there is so much content about McQueen online. Showstudio did all these interviews with him, and because of his presence on the web, and his love for pop culture, he made fashion accessible to people who couldn’t necessarily afford his clothing,” Hansen says.

“Also, thematically, he was tackling a lot of issues we’re still tackling — understanding colonialism, misogyny, climate change, identity,” adds Esguerra. “He said in so many interviews, if you want to know about me, just look at my clothes. In every collection, he’s trying to make sense of the world.”
“Lee Alexander McQueen: Mind, Mythos, Muse,” April 24 to Oct. 9 at the L.A. County Museum of Art. 

Queen Rania Aced High-Low Dressing in a Cosy Mauve Zara Jacket While Visiting a Local Women’s Organization

Queen Rania Aced High-Low Dressing in a Cosy Mauve Zara Jacket While Visiting a Local Women’s Organization

Photo: Royal Hashemite Court of Jordan
HM Queen Rania of Jordan recently paid a visit to the Tal Al Rumman Women’s Cooperative, which provides local women with skill-based employment opportunities. A long-time champion of women’s empowerment, especially within her country, the royal’s trip marked her show of support, as she stopped by various training sessions and areas of the organization to learn more about its economic and social programs.

The ensembles Queen Rania picks for royal engagements are always noteworthy, and spotlight her multifaceted, carefully curated wardrobe of luxury international designers, local and traditional craftsmanship, as well as high-street brands. This time, she opted for an affordable number from Zara, coincidentally in the same week as her fellow royal Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, who was spotted in a black turtleneck sweater from the Spanish retailer.
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Not one to shy away from color, Queen Rania wore a wool shirt jacket in mauve, nearly channeling the Pantone Color of the Year, ‘Very Peri’. The structured jacket was worn buttoned up and lightly cinched at the waist with a belt. Offering her take on high-low dressing, the royal paired the Zara piece with black straight trousers from Alexander McQueen, and Nike sneakers. With minimally styled hair, Queen Rania’s wavy tresses were parted sideways and pinned behind her ears in a faux half-up-half-down way.
Photo: Courtesy of Royal Hashemite Court of Jordan
Videos and images shared on the royal’s Instagram account showed her taking a tour of the organization and interacting with the craftswomen. “Enjoying Tal Al Rumman’s beautiful nature and the company of its amazing people,” she captioned a photo of her holding a wooden piece presumably created by one of the women at Tal Al Rumman. Founded in 2017 and located in Balqa Governorate, it is the sole community-based organization in the village and offers women skill-specific training sessions in cooking, embroidery, sewing, baking, and dairy production.
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14 Times Kate Middleton Showed Us How to Re-Wear an Outfit and Make It Look Brand New

14 Times Kate Middleton Showed Us How to Re-Wear an Outfit and Make It Look Brand New

Kate Middleton is undoubtedly one of the world’s most sought-after muses when it comes to designer fashion, but – despite a seemingly endless list of prominent names queueing up to dress her – the Duchess of Cambridge tends to stick to a specific set of tried-and-tested looks.
Even better? She’s so fond of some of her looks that she sees no shame in wearing them again. And again, and again, in some cases, using her reach to make a strong case for recycling looks. How many of those significant fashion moments, analyzed by the world’s most intense press, would you be comfortable recycling?
Kate Middleton has worn and re-worn over 50 of her most show-stopping outfits, but we’ve picked out 14 of her most iconic, recycled looks:
Jenny Packham gown
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First worn: During a tour of Pakistan back in 2019Last worn: The Royal Variety Performance in London in November 2021
Barbara Casasola dress
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First worn: At the Natural History Museum for the Art Fund Museum of the Year prize in 2016Last worn: At an Addiction Awareness Week dinner in 2019
Alexander McQueen dress
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First worn: To a state dinner in Malaysia in 2012Last worn: To the 2020 BAFTAs
Catherine Walker coat dress
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First worn: Arriving in New Zealand at Wellington Airport in 2014Last worn: At the Commonwealth Day Service in 2019
Alexander McQueen coat dress
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First worn: During a 2014 trip to New ZealandThen worn: To the RAF Air Cadets 75th anniversary celebration in 2016Last worn: In 2019 the naming ceremony for The RSS Sir David Attenborough
Mulberry coat
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First worn: At the Stephen Lawrence Centre in 2015Last worn: Visiting Coventry Cathedral in 2018
Alexander McQueen coat dress
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First worn: At Princess Charlotte’s 2015 christeningThen worn: For 2016’s Trooping The ColourThen worn: For the Passchendaele Commemorations in Belgium in 2017Last worn: At Meghan and Harry’s 2018 wedding
Alexander McQueen dress
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First worn: Visiting Prince Edward Island in Canada in 2011.Last worn: At Wimbledon in 2012.
Jenny Packham dress
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First worn: At the “Our Greatest Team Rises” Olympics concert in 2012Last worn: At the 2018 Tusk Conservation House Awards Banquet
Roland Mouret dress
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First worn: In 2012 for a dinner hosted by The Thirty Club at ClaridgesLast worn: At the 2013 premeire of Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom
Day Birger et Mikkelsen coat dress
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First worn: At the 2006 wedding of Laura Parker BowlesThen worn: At the 2011 wedding of Zara PhillipsThen worn: At the 2012 London Paralympic GamesLast worn: In 2016 at the Secretary of State’s annual Garden party
Emilia Wickstead dress
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First worn: At Queen Elizabeth II’s Sovereign Monarchs Jubilee luncheon in 2012Last worn: Just a few days later, at a Garden Party held in the grounds of Buckingham Palace
Roksanda dress
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First worn: Arriving at LAX Airport in 2011Last worn: At the UK’s Creative Industries Reception in 2012
Temperley London dress
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Gucci Collaborates With Wallet for Limited-edition ‘Pochette’

Gucci Collaborates With Wallet for Limited-edition ‘Pochette’

WHAT’S IN YOUR WALLET: As a grand finale to the end of its 10-issue publishing run, Wallet magazine and Gucci have teamed up to release a limited-edition collectible mega Wallet.Created by Elise By Olsen, Wallet dissected fashion industry issues including technology, casting, criticism and archives with each edition. The compact publication was meant to be a finite series. Now Wallet fans and new readers can peruse its fine print through the Gucci collaborative box. There, they will find interviews with Comme des Garçons’ chief executive officer Adrian Joffe, fashion designers Hussein Chalayan and Grace Wales Bonner, Showstudio founder Nick Knight, Ssense founder Rami Atallah, The Washington Post’s Robin Givhan, The New York Times’ Vanessa Friedman and Pierre Consulting director Pierre Rougier, among others.

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Produced by Gucci and designed to be reminiscent of a pochette bag, the $90 box set includes the complete collection of the Wallet series. There is a limited run of 100 available for purchase now at Dover Street Market’s outposts in London and Giza, as well as Climax Books, the Fondation Alaïa and RareBooksParis.
Gucci was a main advertiser in the Wallet back issues, Olsen said. Along with the interviews with fashion heavyweights, Wallet featured curated visual essays from Alexander McQueen, Telfar, Issey Miyake, Yohji Yamamoto, Prada and others.
The luxury house has been in the news in recent weeks, due partially to the blizzard of publicity surrounding the release of the Lady Gaga-starring film “The House of Gucci.” In recent days, there have also been reports of Aldo Gucci’s heirs’ scathing criticism of the family’s portrayal in the movie by director Ridley Scott.
Gucci and Olsen planned the release of the pochette in time for holiday shopping, not in conjunction with the movie’s release, Olsen said. In late July, she announced that Wallet would be winding down after the 10th issue. Olsen is founder of the International Library of Fashion Research, which will unveil a physical outpost next year in Oslo. Olsen plans to keep one of the pochettes for herself for posterity and another to include in the International Library of Fashion Research’s permanent collection.

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