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August 20 2014

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24 posts tagged "Lane Crawford"

Hong Kong, They Love You

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This weekend, 28-year-old Pablo Ganguli, the flamboyant curator of culture and creative characters, took his Liberatum festival for the arts to Hong Kong, co-curated with pianist Rosey Chan. Despite the endless black rain, the nonprofit three-day event, which featured lively talks with Pharrell Williams, world-renowned producer William Orbit, and Paul Schrader as well as installations by filmmaker Mike Figgis and a performance piece by Terence Koh, attracted editors and culture enthusiasts from around the globe. On Saturday night, the festival’s participants and spectators joined Ferragamo at Hong Kong’s Kee Club for dinner, dancing, and a surprise performance by one of the weekend’s most glamorous headliners, Spanish actress and Almodóvar muse Rossy de Palma. “As long as I can remember, Rossy has influenced me with her dynamic character,” Ganguli said.

The talk quickly turned to the festival’s temporary home. “When people talk about China these days, they usually talk about money,” said Vogue China’s editor in chief, Angelica Cheung, who turned up in a smart black Lanvin look. “The art scene in China, as everybody knows, is very active. But everything here is often commercial, commercial, commercial! More people should be doing things like this,” she added, noting that she particularly enjoyed Stephen Webster’s lecture, which took place at the festival earlier that day. (Webster, as it turned out, was in Hong Kong for reasons commercial as well as artistic: In addition to the fair, he was in town for a show of his jewels at Lane Crawford. “I brought all my best stuff because I really want to test it out here,” he said.)

De Palma made her grand entrance in a sequined Custo look, fluttering a black fan. “It was always my fantasy to come to Hong Kong. I am obsessed with China!” she said. It was her first time in the city, but her burlesque performance included an improvised homage: “Hong Kong, my darling, I love you!”

Photo: Courtesy of Liberatum

Kate Moss To Appear On Ab Fab, Uniqlo To Take On Shopping Malls Next, And More…

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Absolutely Fabulous has recruited Kate Moss to star in a spin-off episode of the show. Moss will be joined by Stella McCartney, who outfitted the supermodel at her London showcase of her eveningwear last month. The episode’s plot is expected to revolve around the 2012 London Olympics. [Vogue U.K.]

Selfridges is continuing to up its digital game. After unveiling its revamped womenswear department at the end of last year, the department store has just released short videos from Alexander McQueen, Rick Owens, and Comme des Garçons to screen alongside their merchandise. The films explain inspirations and references but are tied by the common thread of a “strong female character at the center of each film,” the store’s creative director explains. [Independent]

Uniqlo CEO Shin Odake has revealed plans to increase the Japanese retailer’s stateside presence in shopping malls. While major cities like Los Angeles and Chicago are also important targets, Odake tells Racked that “in order to expand in the U.S., we also need to open successful mall locations throughout.” Uniqlo’s anticipated collaboration with Undercover designer Jun Takahashi hits stores tomorrow. [Racked]

A Lane Crawford customer is seeking 50,000 Hong Kong dollars, plus two Chanel bags, as compensation for allegedly being locked in the store’s VIP room for over 90 minutes. The customer had returned to the department store after noticing defects on a recently purchased Chanel handbag. [WWD]

Photo: Ferdaus Shamim / Getty Images

Manolo Makes A Few New Friends, Revives A Few Old Ones

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Plenty of ink has been spilled about the “Manolo moment,” during which the fashion world has turned its attention back to the pump—and with it, to one of the pump’s sturdiest champions, Manolo Blahnik. Now Lane Crawford is taking its turn to celebrate the legendary footwear designer. The store invited Blahnik to collaborate with a handful of heritage brands to create limited-edition items available only at LC and through its Web site, LaneCrawford.com. The participants range from the century-old glovemakers Causse Gantier, who worked with Blahnik on five styles of leather gloves, and the English trunkmakers Globe-Trotter, who offered a striped luggage collection, to New York’s Connor, who created stationery with Blahnik’s illustrations. Above and below, Style.com has an exclusive look at a few selected pieces on offer, alongside Blahnik’s sketches for the collections. And as well as creating the new, he’ll be toasting the old: ten styles from the Blahnik archive dating back to 1974 will be re-released, including the Piaggi sandal and the mesh lace-up stiletto booties at bottom.

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Lane’s Trifecta

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For its latest Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott-lensed campaign, Lane Crawford cast another group of Asian models. This time around, the retailer tapped a Chinese trio: actress Li Bingbing, Chinese It girl Chen Ran, and model Sui He, to show off the latest pieces from brands like Azzedine Alaïa, Alexander McQueen, Alexander Wang, and Balenciaga. The campaign, styled by Panos Yiapanis (who has done editorials for the likes of Another Man and VMan and worked with photographers like Nick Knight and Steven Klein), was shot in London back in November. Here’s a Style.com exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the shoot.

Photos: Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott

Eastern Promises

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Lane Crawford is one of the Far East’s premiere shopping destinations, and for its Fall campaign, the store stayed close to home. For the new images, shot by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott, Lane Crawford selected a fully Asian cast of models, runway and campaign stars all: Liu Wen, Ming Xi, Shu Pei, Fei Fei Sun, and Xiao Wen Ju. Marie-Amélie Sauvé styled the beauties in pieces from the collections of Alaïa, McQueen, Balenciaga, Celine, Givenchy, Haider Ackermann, and more. Above, an exclusive first look at the new campaign, and below, behind-the-scenes video straight from the set.

Photo: Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott / Courtesy of Lane