Amy Yasmine discovers a rebellious sense of individuality taking over the Spring/Summer ’19 collections, proving that fashion isn’t solely a profit-motive magnet.
In this age of hype, where social media reigns supreme, fashion’s role as a progressive incubator has waned. Italian critic Angelo Flaccavento said it best on the Business of Fashion last January: “The profit motive killed the magic, and Instagram did the rest. Influencing is the art du moment. Does anyone actually care about the product?” A just question to ask really, when you consider the barrage of logo-centric tracksuits, bum bags, and skinny sunglasses on every runway and street-style star’s Insta-feed, perennially sensationalised by the Kardashians. This Spring/Summer ’19, however, change was on the horizon as the collections brought about a season of renewed individualism, backed by a rebellious spirit that relentlessly defied the status quo.
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Here Comes The Sun
With a collection heavily inspired by American artist Judy Chicago’s pastel-bright masterpieces, creative director Sophie Delafontaine shines light on a new and empowered chapter of the Longchamp woman. Amy Yasmine discovers how the American artist’s framework has imbued feminism into the brand’s Spring/Summer ’20 collection, with an unexpected contemporary update.
THE RISE OF THE INSTA-GRIEVER
Celebrity deaths have turned Instagram into a digital Wailing Wall. Bob Morris reveals how to mourn socially, with dignity.
OUT OF OFFICE
Sometimes, the best way to get ahead is to look inside. As the recent MCO has inspired many to explore fresh pursuits, three Malaysian creatives share their most personal account of #WorkingFromHome, leading to a revelation of new personal and professional endeavours.
IN HIS SHOES
For his largest exhibition ever, Christian Louboutin opens up his world of whimsical curiosities at the Art Deco Palais de la Porte Dorée. Amy Yasmine heads to Paris to discover the exhibitionist side of the shoe maestro in an exclusive interview.
AND THE WINNER IS …
Following the dazzling turns in ‘Black Mirror’, ‘Fast Color’, and ‘The Morning Show’, Gugu Mbatha-Raw is taking the crown playing the first black Miss World. She tells Lydia Slater about fighting for feminism, embracing her heritage, and the secret of happiness in Hollywood.
The cultural advisor in the creative department of Dior and daughter to Maria Grazia Chiuri on her journey through fashion, importance of feminism, and her ever-evolving personal style.
Linda Cantello, the international make-up artist for Giorgio Armani Beauty, talks make-up trends, bright brows, and the problem with filters.
THE GREEN DREAM
Fendi creative director Silvia Venturini Fendi’s family country retreat represents a confluence of the Italian house’s timeless savoir-faire and the designer’s own eye on the future.
BRAVE NEW WORLD
In the midst of our global pandemic, Bvlgari shows true leadership in crisis support, spurring more participation by other luxury brands. Jean-Christophe Babin, Group CEO of Bvlgari, talks about saving lives, and how the company is rewiring for the future, in an exclusive interview with Natasha Kraal.
Screen goddess Monica Belluci is proof that beauty and allure have no age.
The New Fighter At the CFPB
Rohit Chopra wants to know more about tech companies’ plans for financial products
Next on Your Plate: Bug Burgers
The faux-meat industry is starting to explore fruit fly patties and mealworm nuggets
Ready Aim Omicron!
Drugmakers always knew variants would arise. The latest will test their preparedness
Crossing Borders With Crypto
A Mexico-based startup says it can send remittances from the U.S. cheaper and faster
Treasure Hunters Of the Stalled Supply Chain
For salvage companies, an unclaimed shipping container is a potentially profitable mystery box
In the EV Age, Hyundai Still Has High Hopes for Hydrogen Cars
The South Korean automaker sees fuel-cell technology as key to decarbonizing global transportation
The Next Accounting Fiasco
Twenty years after Enron’s failure, investors are still vulnerable to corporate numbers games
When Same-Day Delivery Is Too Slow
Gopuffis trying to outrace its competitors in the “dark convenience store” business
A Crash Course in Omicronomics
Sussing out the impact of the new coronavirus variant on growth and inflation
Health The growing influence of Apple on healthcare
In a 2019 interview with Mad Money’s Jim Cramer, Apple CEO Tim Cook said: “If you zoomed out into the future, and you look back, and you ask the question, ‘What was Apple’s greatest contribution to mankind?’” After a short pause, he answered his own question: “It will be about health.” Two years on, his vision is already becoming a reality for the company.