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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

The confessions of Manfred Thierry Mugler: George Michael, Beyoncé, his physical transformation and his new career
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The confessions of Manfred Thierry Mugler: George Michael, Beyoncé, his physical transformation and his new career

Fashion In the 1990s, Thierry Mugler made fashion history with high octane runway way shows and his gourmet fragrances, which remain top of best-selling perfume lists today. Having been discreet for a few years, the artistic director is back with a new name, Manfred Thierry Mugler, a new goliath-esque body and a new job as music-hall director. Here he shares his thoughts with Numéro Homme in an exclusive interview. In the 1990s, Thierry Mugler made fashion history with high octane runway way shows and his gourmet fragrances, which remain top of best-selling perfume lists today. Having been discreet for a few years, the artistic director is back with a new name, Manfred Thierry Mugler, a new goliath-esque body and a new job as music-hall director. Here he shares his thoughts with Numéro Homme in an exclusive interview.

“There are no rules about how you represent yourself.” Interview with Grace Wales Bonner
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“There are no rules about how you represent yourself.” Interview with Grace Wales Bonner

Fashion The artistic director of London’s Serpentine Galleries, an eminent figure in the art world and a longtime contributor to Numéro, Hans Ulrich Obrist has been attentively following the career of Grace Wales Bonner since her début. In a class all of her own in the fashion world, the 26-year-old Londoner, who was born to an English mother and a Jamaican father, anchors her collections in solid intellectual research that mixes critical theory, literature, the fine arts, music and history. Her collections seek to express the way European and African cultures currently influence each other, to question the representation of black men in today’s society, and to go beyond the codes and stereotypes associated with gender. The 2016 LVMH Prize winner also regularly publishes zines that record her research using photographs, texts and collages. Hans Ulrich interviewed Bonner for Numéro this August, as a way of answering the question we’d asked him, namely what is it in Bonner’s work and approach that deserves to be understood in the context of art? The artistic director of London’s Serpentine Galleries, an eminent figure in the art world and a longtime contributor to Numéro, Hans Ulrich Obrist has been attentively following the career of Grace Wales Bonner since her début. In a class all of her own in the fashion world, the 26-year-old Londoner, who was born to an English mother and a Jamaican father, anchors her collections in solid intellectual research that mixes critical theory, literature, the fine arts, music and history. Her collections seek to express the way European and African cultures currently influence each other, to question the representation of black men in today’s society, and to go beyond the codes and stereotypes associated with gender. The 2016 LVMH Prize winner also regularly publishes zines that record her research using photographs, texts and collages. Hans Ulrich interviewed Bonner for Numéro this August, as a way of answering the question we’d asked him, namely what is it in Bonner’s work and approach that deserves to be understood in the context of art?

Who is the activist model Adwoa Aboah?
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Who is the activist model Adwoa Aboah?

Fashion At the age of 25, this rare British top model, feminist and activist is the most refreshing antidote to the “be pretty and shup up” formula. So how did this beautiful rebel become one of the hottest faces in ad campaigns this winter? At the age of 25, this rare British top model, feminist and activist is the most refreshing antidote to the “be pretty and shup up” formula. So how did this beautiful rebel become one of the hottest faces in ad campaigns this winter?

Fashion, eroticism and creativity, the photos of Mert and Marcus in a book
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Fashion, eroticism and creativity, the photos of Mert and Marcus in a book

Fashion Kate Moss smoking a cigarette with her feet ? The first transsexual model on the cover of Vogue Paris? An excessively erotic Pirelli calendar? All these and more are the work of Mert & Marcus, now available as an ensemble in a new book published by Taschen this autumn. Kate Moss smoking a cigarette with her feet ? The first transsexual model on the cover of Vogue Paris? An excessively erotic Pirelli calendar? All these and more are the work of Mert & Marcus, now available as an ensemble in a new book published by Taschen this autumn.