Pilvi Takala investigates how social behavior effects society; for her Emdash Award project at Frieze this year, she established a committee of children to decide how to spend its proceeds (£7,000, after R&D costs) through a series of workshops, with the goal of engaging people to think about decision-making methods.
Christian Louboutin is celebrating 20 years of red-soled success with his recently launched exhibition at the Design Museum in London, on through July 9. From boots and pumps to sneakers and stilettos, the exhibition features all the highlights of Louboutin's storied career, as well as an insight into his creative process—from his initial sketches to the final production.
To commemorate its 150th anniversary, the French house of sweets commissioned fun Japanese ready-to-wear designer Tsumori Chisato to create a special collection. "I love their macarons, like everybody, and it's a beautiful French maison, with a great savoir-faire and a very poetic universe," says Chisato.
The rush of fashion weeks can be a lot to handle: all those invitations, flights, looks, even slideshows to click through. And yet in her infinite wisdom, Miuccia Prada has found a way make each successive fashion week new again. On the first week of each city's fashion weeks—New York (today), London (Feb. 17), Milan (Feb. 22), and Paris (Feb. 28)—that city's flagship Miu Miu boutique will exclusively make available a line of limited-edition bags.
Christian Louboutin celebrates two decades of stylish success with his 20th anniversary capsule collection. "In France, 20 years defines a generation," says the designer. "This is a celebration of the first generation of this brand; an anniversary of its first young adventure."
Model Dree Hemingway had never designed before when French label Sandro asked her to collaborate on a capsule collection.Â "It was and still is so new and exciting," she tells Interview. "There's the process of getting all the ideas and inspiration, and then having to translate that through into a collection, which can be a little overwhelming. After that having to find the color palettes, fabrics, shapes, etc."
Using innovative charm and a virtual window shop concept, NET-A-PORTER fashionably introduced the new KARL line by Karl Lagerfeld with a global launch reaching Berlin, London, New York, Paris and Sydney.
Classic meets classically chic, as H Huntsman has teamed up with Alexander McQueen on a made-to-order collection. Alexander McQueen by Huntsman intermingles the traditional Saville Row style of Huntsman and the modern design of Alexander McQueen. Pieces from the collection were debuted at Alexander McQueen's AW 11/12 showcase in Milan.
Bag champs Longchamp has collaborated with Mary Katrantzou, an emerging London-based designer for a range of printed tote bags. "Growing up, Longchamp to me was a brand with a great heritage, but a brand that was also accessible, something you could carry without feeling it was taking you over," says Katrantzou.
When you get an email from Nicola Formichetti's assistant asking to take on Lady Gaga's "Born This Way," you don't refuse. "As an aspiring designer, you never expect to have pieces from your college thesis collection be worn by one of the biggest fashions icon of the generation," says Jordan.