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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

“I don’t see why wearing flat shoes makes you more intelligent.” Interview with Donatella Versace
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“I don’t see why wearing flat shoes makes you more intelligent.” Interview with Donatella Versace

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Chanel’s Métiers d’art: a guided tour around the Lemarié ateliers
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Chanel’s Métiers d’art: a guided tour around the Lemarié ateliers

Fashion As the Chanel Métiers d’Art runway show celebrates the city of Hamburg, Numéro visits the plumassier atelier of Lemarié, one of the houses with an exceptional savoir-faire that Chanel pays tribute to with this glittering event. As the Chanel Métiers d’Art runway show celebrates the city of Hamburg, Numéro visits the plumassier atelier of Lemarié, one of the houses with an exceptional savoir-faire that Chanel pays tribute to with this glittering event.

Chanel’s Métiers d’art: a guided tour around the Lesage embroidery ateliers
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Chanel’s Métiers d’art: a guided tour around the Lesage embroidery ateliers

Fashion As the Chanel Métiers d’Art runway show celebrates the city of Hamburg, Numéro visits the embroidery atelier of Lesage, one of the houses with an exceptional savoir-faire that Chanel pays tribute to with this glittering event. As the Chanel Métiers d’Art runway show celebrates the city of Hamburg, Numéro visits the embroidery atelier of Lesage, one of the houses with an exceptional savoir-faire that Chanel pays tribute to with this glittering event.

 Exclusive: the Sies Marjan spring-summer 2018 collection as seen by Blommers & Schumm
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Exclusive: the Sies Marjan spring-summer 2018 collection as seen by Blommers & Schumm

Fashion During their spring-summer 2018 runway show at New York Fashion Week last September, Sies Marjan invited the celebrated photography duo Blommers & Schumm backstage to take a series of exclusive shots. During their spring-summer 2018 runway show at New York Fashion Week last September, Sies Marjan invited the celebrated photography duo Blommers & Schumm backstage to take a series of exclusive shots.

A dream cast for the new Pirelli calendar shot by Tim Walker
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A dream cast for the new Pirelli calendar shot by Tim Walker

Photography Naomi Campbell, Whoopi Goldberg, Adwoa Aboah, Lupita Nyong’o, Djimon Hounson… British fashion photographer Tim Walker orchestrates a dream cast as he revisits Alice in Wonderland for the 45th Pirelli calendar. Naomi Campbell, Whoopi Goldberg, Adwoa Aboah, Lupita Nyong’o, Djimon Hounson… British fashion photographer Tim Walker orchestrates a dream cast as he revisits Alice in Wonderland for the 45th Pirelli calendar.

Keira Knightley covers “Le Tourbillon de la Vie” for Chanel
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Keira Knightley covers “Le Tourbillon de la Vie” for Chanel

Video   In a new video for the Coco Crush line of fine jewellery, English actress Keira Knightley covers Le tourbillon de la vie, originally sung by Jeanne Moreau in François Truffaut’s legendary Jules et Jim.   In a new video for the Coco Crush line of fine jewellery, English actress Keira Knightley covers Le tourbillon de la vie, originally sung by Jeanne Moreau in François Truffaut’s legendary Jules et Jim.