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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

Tyler, The Creator x Lacoste, this summer’s coolest collab
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Tyler, The Creator x Lacoste, this summer’s coolest collab

Fashion The rapper Tyler, The Creator, known for his pastel and vintage aesthetic, is launching a capsule collection of sportswear inspired by California in collaboration with Lacoste. The rapper Tyler, The Creator, known for his pastel and vintage aesthetic, is launching a capsule collection of sportswear inspired by California in collaboration with Lacoste.

“Pool Party”, the fashion story by Sofia Sanchez and Mauro Mongiello
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“Pool Party”, the fashion story by Sofia Sanchez and Mauro Mongiello

Fashion Discover Sasha Knysh, Manu Rios, Lucas Ucedo, Jae Won, Kim Juju Tuner, Egypt Craft, Vivica Dehi and Ben Hearst photographed by Sofia Sanchez and Mauro Mongiello. Discover Sasha Knysh, Manu Rios, Lucas Ucedo, Jae Won, Kim Juju Tuner, Egypt Craft, Vivica Dehi and Ben Hearst photographed by Sofia Sanchez and Mauro Mongiello.

Ethical Fashion series: Applecore
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Ethical Fashion series: Applecore

Fashion Following in the wake of the legendary Vivienne Westwood, a young generation of designers is reinventing fashion through the prism of ecological and ethical values, putting the accent on craftsmanship, upcycling or new methods of sustainable production. “Numéro” shines the spotlight on five environmentally conscious pioneers. For this last article, discover Applecore. Following in the wake of the legendary Vivienne Westwood, a young generation of designers is reinventing fashion through the prism of ecological and ethical values, putting the accent on craftsmanship, upcycling or new methods of sustainable production. “Numéro” shines the spotlight on five environmentally conscious pioneers. For this last article, discover Applecore.

Ethical Fashion series: Bethany Williams
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Ethical Fashion series: Bethany Williams

Fashion Following in the wake of the legendary Vivienne Westwood, a young generation of designers is reinventing fashion through the prism of ecological and ethical values, putting the accent on craftsmanship, upcycling or new methods of sustainable production. “Numéro” shines the spotlight on five environmentally conscious pioneers. For this fourth article, discover Bethany Williams. Following in the wake of the legendary Vivienne Westwood, a young generation of designers is reinventing fashion through the prism of ecological and ethical values, putting the accent on craftsmanship, upcycling or new methods of sustainable production. “Numéro” shines the spotlight on five environmentally conscious pioneers. For this fourth article, discover Bethany Williams.