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Chloé Unveils Spring-Summer 2019 Campaign

If you’ve ever wondered what female utopia looks like, then you’re in for a pleasant surprise.

For Spring-Summer 2019, Chloé presents a new campaign featuring an artistic collaboration between Creative Director Natacha Ramsay Levi and acclaimed photographer Steven Meisel.

The third short film shot by Steven Meisel brings forth a narrative with Rianne van Rompaey, Carolina Burgin, Hannah Ferguson and Imaan Hammam – all of whom take part of an exotic voyage in Greece where the Mediterranean sun meets feminine utopia.

And so, the Chloé girls flaunt their modernistic hippie spirit in an ever-so gracious manner, just as Natacha Ramsay Levi did back in the House’s Spring-Summer 2019 runway show – think scarf prints, warm colors and everything you already know about hippie modernism. Entitled “A Warm Soft Parade” and shot in New York City, the short film is just another addition to the series of collaborations and films the creative director has already did with Steven Meisel. Within the same spirit, one is transported into the Chloé world, where women are endlessly powerful and fashion is a strong and true language spoken by everyone who’s anyone.

Stay tuned as the full film will be revealed on January 21st.

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A New Story with Bvlgari’s Serpenti Viper Novelties

Check out Bvlgari’s Serpenti Viper novelties here.

Spring is the season of renewal and Bvlgari definitely knows a thing or two about this. So, the Italian high jewelry house unveils new Serpenti Viper marvels – adding charm and mystery to this iconic collection.

These novelties take snake scales, which constitute a cornerstone in the design and aesthetic of this line, to new levels through 3 bracelets crafted from 18-carat pink gold and colorful touches that recall the multi-colored skin of the snake. From the rich green of malachite to the fiery red of carnelian and the elegant black of onyx, you will get to explore its sources of inspiration that never cease to impress us.

Under the title of “Little Secrets of Seduction”, Bvlgari launches a new digital campaign that depicts the powerful and elegant personality of the Viper woman as it unfolds her irresistible charm. And for this campaign, the Roman jewelry house taps Nadine Nassib Njeim as 2019’s face of Serpenti Viper in the Middle East. The Lebanese actress embodies the spirit of the iconic collection through her outstanding beauty and her captivating charm.

In a series of short films, Bvlgari accompanies Nadine Njeim to different locations in order to capture the character of the Serpenti Viper woman. Her journey starts when she wakes up and turns off the alarm then starts preparing herself and wearing her jewelry as a true Bvlgari woman does. It continues with her passing through the hotel corridor, where she drops her necklace and a handsome man catches it and gets charmed by her elegance. As she sits in an Italian café and waits for her coffee, she realizes that her necklace has disappeared. Soon enough, the waiter comes and brings her the coffee along with the pendant. A bright smile illuminates her face when she discovers that the handsome man gave her back the pendant, predicting the start of a treasured love story. A true Bvlgari fairytale…

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A Ramadan Journey with Bvlgari and Aseel Omran

Bvlgari’s world of accessories is a click away…

On a beautiful and blessed Ramadan day in Old Jeddah, she woke up to a day filled with professional and familial duties. However, she has always taken those as an opportunity to prove herself and realize her dreams. As an energetic woman who’s always on the go, she never fails to embrace life with joy and positivity and that definitely shows from the elegance of her style. She’s contemporary yet always truthful to her origins and authenticity, bold yet never fails to show off that beautiful shyness, cosmopolitan yet proud of her past and heritage.

No one is better than Aseel Omran to embody this woman filled with contradictions that make her personality nothing less than complete. An artist and social media influencer in her own right, she takes us on a journey to the streets of Old Jeddah while highlighting the importance of the integration between the past and the present. In fact, that’s her way in boldly striving for a better future while having that respect and nostalgic feeling for the past.

Celebrating this blessed month, she leaves her house accompanied by her bag from Bvlgari’s Ramadan capsule collection that was exclusively dedicated to the Middle East region and starts her journey. She completes her elegant look with this beauty that brings together emerald green and a brownish red hue and never fails to take her from day to night in a unique style.

And if you think that this journey with Bvlgari has come to an end, you’re absolutely wrong. This journey is not all about the historic Jeddah, but also about its contemporary side. In a second video, join us as we accompany Aseel during her visit to an exhibition entitled ATHR. Diving in the contemporary art world, she highlights the importance of the present and all it offers us while she carries this versatile Bvlgari bag from the Middle East-exclusive Ramadan Capsule collection.

After all, what more could we expect from Bvlgari and Aseel Omran coming together than the perfect combination of authenticity, audacity and fashionable style?

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CHANEL’s 3.55 Podcast Takes Cannes

It’s at the heart of the French Riviera that CHANEL’s 3.55 Podcast comes alive for the second time and entrusts author and director Audrey Diwan with its antenna.

And so, Diwan welcomed actresses Marion Cotillard, Margot Robbie, Chloë Sevigny and Valerie Pachner as well as the director Lukas Dhont into the fabulous world of CHANEL, a world where fashion, art and cinema come together in the most fabulous of ways. The conversations revolved around the French Maison, with each person evoking CHANEL through a Gabrielle Chanel quote about creation or the importance of being oneself.

Looking back, one would definitely reminisce upon the one too many moments where Gabrielle Chanel and Karl Lagerfeld dressed numerous stars both on and off the screen. With CHANEL’s legacy imprinted on all of cinema’s red carpets, one would expect such a loyal following of celebrities, from director Sofia Coppola to numerous actresses such as Keira Knightley, Kristen Stewart, Vanessa Paradis, Penélope Cruz, Margot Robbie, Rinko Kikuchi, as well as Lily-Rose Depp.

Curious to listen to the podcasts? You’ll be happy to know that they are available on Apple Podcasts.

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Meet the New Milan-Based Label Darin Hachem

Searching for a new designer to put on your radar? The hunt stops now. Introducing Darin Hachem, founder and designer of her own eponymous brand – alongside co-founder Fernanda Gallardo – a designer whose creativity and talents have brought to life a set of unique multicultural pieces.

The brand in particular aims at bringing forth Middle Eastern notions and blending them into a modernized system that feeds on multicultural amalgamations. So, it only seemed fair the Spring-Summer 2019 collection would follow suit, featuring numbers that could only be described as eclectic and reminiscent of the brand’s various souls: heritage, tradition, concept and textures. The inspirations seem to flow from various sources, from Edward James’ surrealist architectures and gardens in ‘Las Pozas’ in Mexico, to the existentialist works of Swiss sculptor Alberto Giacometti – amongst others.

And as fashion, art and culture come together in perfect harmony, Darin Hachem creates a world where cultural barriers vanish into thin air and a fusion of diversity bloom amidst a sea of asymmetric shapes, feminine draping techniques and androgynous styles. The collection features earthly colors and a slew of natural fabrics like cottons, linens, and silks.

So whether you’re looking to add some fresh finds into your wardrobe or you’re simply a fan of multicultural labels, feast your eyes on Darin Hachem’s exquisite creations. 

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Azzi & Osta Present “Memoirs from the Silk Road"

It was during Paris Haute Couture week that Lebanese power duo Azzi & Osta unveiled their Spring-Summer 2019 Couture collection “Memoirs from the Silk Road”, at the famed Hotel de Crillon.

Inspired by the ancient trade network connecting East and West, every gown pegs itself as an homage to a city, a monument or a memorable landmark.

“It was always very fascinating to us how silk as a luxury had to travel from one side of the earth to another to get to the royal courts of Europe .The idea of how secretive and protected was the provenance and art of silk making, is very similar to Couture, the savoir-faire, the well-kept secret of the couture house, and the journey that every piece undertakes”, stated the designers.    

And so, the collection features a slew of exquisite designs featuring various techniques such as pleating on dresses, flowy fabrics, antique embroideries and sculptured structures. The fabrics, on the other hand, range from silk satin, organza, double satin duchesse, and gazar – all of which reflect the minimalism of the desert dunes and the peacefulness lying within sea horizons. Topping off the collection are two diaphanous bridal looks, including one with a detailed embroidered cape that took twenty craftsmen hand embroidering it and over 120 hours to make. 

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