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A remarkable collaboration between Max Mara and Chinese artist Liu Wei

 

With his futuristic city décor for the Max Mara pre-fall runway show and an outstanding capsule collection, Chinese artist Liu Wei is busy working wonders.

By Léa Zetlaoui

Fascinated by cities, their evolution and their topography, artist Liu Wei yesterday unveiled his décor for the 2017 Max Mara pre-fall collection at the Shanghai Exhibition Center in China. Futuristic spaceship or imaginary city, the combination of sculptures and paintings by Liu Wei, entitled Metropolis, established a striking dialogue between the legacy of Max Mara and its desire to move into a future where innovation and technological advances completely shake up the brand’s identity.

 

This confrontation is also very much a part of the capsule collection conceived by the artist for the Italian label. In the iconic house colours – namely beige, black and white – a complete wardrobe of 11 pieces comes in sublime fabrics including alpaca, silk and precious leathers, all set off beautifully thanks to the Max Mara savoir-faire.

 

Layers of laser-cuts, mixes of materials and tromp-l’oeil prints can be found over the coats, skirts, shirts, sweaters, trousers, sunglasses and pocket squares, imbuing this collection with a bold sense of singularity and avant-gardism, all while echoing the distinctly architectural vision of the artist. 

 

Max Mara Metropolis collection is available on maxmara.com

Carlo Mollino’s erotic Polaroids inspire Jeremy Scott for Moschino
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Carlo Mollino’s erotic Polaroids inspire Jeremy Scott for Moschino

Photography It was only when he died that Carlo Mollino’s erotic Polaroids came to light at his villa in Turin. Countless images of half-naked anonymous women caught in lascivious poses. For his sublime fall-winter 2018/19 pre-collection, Jeremy Scott drew inspiration from these saucy pictures taken in the Italian architect, designer and photographer’s spare time. It was only when he died that Carlo Mollino’s erotic Polaroids came to light at his villa in Turin. Countless images of half-naked anonymous women caught in lascivious poses. For his sublime fall-winter 2018/19 pre-collection, Jeremy Scott drew inspiration from these saucy pictures taken in the Italian architect, designer and photographer’s spare time.

“Envol”, a fashion story by Txema Yeste
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“Envol”, a fashion story by Txema Yeste

Fashion Discover Edita Vilkeviciute in the new exclusive fashion story “Envol” by Txema Yeste. Discover Edita Vilkeviciute in the new exclusive fashion story “Envol” by Txema Yeste.

Meeting with Bebe Moratti, rock and philanthropist designer
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Meeting with Bebe Moratti, rock and philanthropist designer

Fashion A free spirit and activist, passionate about music and photography, the talented artistic director of Redemption has managed, in barely five years, to position his glamorous, feminine, rock-chic style at the forefront of the Parisian scene. Numéro met up with an enlightened and compassionate entrepreneur who, by bringing his generous vision of life to fashion, is working towards a better world. A free spirit and activist, passionate about music and photography, the talented artistic director of Redemption has managed, in barely five years, to position his glamorous, feminine, rock-chic style at the forefront of the Parisian scene. Numéro met up with an enlightened and compassionate entrepreneur who, by bringing his generous vision of life to fashion, is working towards a better world.

“I don’t understand what is going on on this planet, it’s all so fucked up.” Interview with Stella McCartney
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“I don’t understand what is going on on this planet, it’s all so fucked up.” Interview with Stella McCartney

Fashion Principled in her convictions, Stella McCartney has made respect for animals and for the environment the cornerstone of her fashion house. It’s a commitment that requires constant vigilance, as the British designer explains in a bracingly frank interview that pulls absolutely no punches. Principled in her convictions, Stella McCartney has made respect for animals and for the environment the cornerstone of her fashion house. It’s a commitment that requires constant vigilance, as the British designer explains in a bracingly frank interview that pulls absolutely no punches.

Naomi Campbell by Peter Lindbergh and Babeth Djian
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Naomi Campbell by Peter Lindbergh and Babeth Djian

Fashion Discover Naomi Campell in the new exclusive fashion story “Naomi” by Peter Lindberg and Babeth Djian. Discover Naomi Campell in the new exclusive fashion story “Naomi” by Peter Lindberg and Babeth Djian.