LuisaViaRoma shut down Florence

Fashion news of the week: Plus! Dr Martens and NTS’ Curiosity Cafe, Celine’s swanky new parfumerie space and Levis’ hooks up with Marcelo Burlon.

LuisaViaRoma puts on an iconic show in Florence

LuisaViaRoma knows how to throw a party. Last week, the luxury retailer put on an iconic open-air catwalk show in Florence in partnership with British Vogue and editor-in-chief Edward Enninful. With 1500 guests in attendance and over 50 brands involved, Enninful took guests on a trip through the past (seriously good archive pieces from Vivienne Westwood and Alexander McQueen), the present (courtesy of Rick Owens, Nensi Dojaka and Coperni’s latest collections) and the future (see: futuristic space man-esque ensembles from Moncler and C.P. Company).

It’s been a year in the making, according to LuisaViaRoma’s CEO Andrea Panconesi: It’s a huge project – and it starts and finishes in one night. That’s fashion. It’s temporary, a form of art that represents a moment more than any other work, because it lives for one season. For us, it’s one night. We only live once, so we need to enjoy ourselves.”

There was no shortage of enjoyment on the night. An evolution of LuisaViaRoma’s 90th anniversary celebration in 2019, everything about the show, titled Runway Icons”, was, well, iconic, from the elevated runway at Piazzale Michelangelo and Andrea Bocelli’s opening performance, to the pounding dance anthem show soundtrack (vibe shift!) arranged by Hale Zero and the 100 plus looks from the likes of Tom Ford, Valentino, Burberry, Bottega Veneta and Versace, The Attico, Christopher John Rogers and more. The models made it, from new-gen faces Mona Tougaard, Kai Isiah Jamal, Alva Claire and Jill Kortleve, to seasoned pros Eva Herzigová, Mariacarla Boscono and Pat Cleveland, who sashayed her way down the runway to rave reviews.

The scale and spectacle of the event demonstrates the calibre of visionary talent within our industry and I am honoured to bring this to life for so many people,” says Enninful of the event. Starting this month, LuisaViaRoma will continue to collaborate with the likes of Amina Muaddi, Blumarine, 16Arlington, Nensi Dojaka and more, via a series of exclusive, weekly capsule collection drops from June to November. Keep your eyes peeled.

Limited-edition drops will be shoppable on luisaviaro​ma​.com

Dr. Martens X NTS celebrates musical freedom

Dr. Martens and NTS have joined forces for a limited edition collection, designed for music lovers. The boot and music makers are both on a mission to do things differently, and this hookup sees Dr. Martens cult classic 1461 Smooth Leather Oxford shoe undergo a bold, acid-bright refresh, led by NTS’ Don’t Assume” slogan, which appears on the shoes in gothic lettering.

To celebrate the launch, they’re inviting you to Curiosity Cafe, an event during Paris’ Fête de la Musique, soundtracked by NTS DJs and artists. Tarot readings, surprise giveaways and magical moments will all be on offer, so get stuck in.

The collaboration will release via Dr. Martens and select retailers on 22nd June

Celine’s swanky new Harrods space

Three words: French, fancy, sweet. No, we’re not talking about those little iced cakes (as tasty as they are). These are the words we’d use to describe Celine’s swanky new haute parfumerie space in the heart of Harrods’ beauty hall. Introducing the brand’s first dedicated fragrance space in the UK, the installation mirrors the fashion house’s scent space in its Parisian flagship store – mirrored organ, oak columns and black metal furniture included.

Designed to facilitate a dimension in which the memories and emotions associated with each scent have the space to resonate with those participating in the ritual of selecting a new signature scent, the fragrances are accompanied by candles and a series of Maison Celine objects designed by Hedi Silmane himself, ranging from vanity sets and metal perfume holders to gold logo embossed tortoiseshell combs. C’est bonne!

Head to Harrods to experience the space IRL

Levis’ hooks up with Marcelo Burlon

Nothing stands the sartorial test of time like well designed denim. Levi’s and Milanese menswear label Marcelo Burlon are both firm believers of this, which is why they’ve linked up to reimagine an oversized Levi’s vintage trucker jacket and a pair of 551Z jeans, in celebration of the 150th anniversary of Levi’s cult 501 silhouette. Unveiled as part of Burlon’s SS23 collection during Milan Fashion Week, the denim duo has been laser treated to create an allover patchwork finish and is manufactured by Kaihara Mills in Japan. Top notch.

The limited-edition drop is available on levi​.com and instore from 22nd June

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