50 posts tagged "Marni"
Each year during the second week of April, the modest city of Milan hosts one of the world’s preeminent design weeks, drawing from the farthest reaches of the greater design community. While most major brands introduce their home furnishing collections at the convention-center-based Salone del Mobile just outside of town, various districts in and around the city center house events, installations, and group shows of both established and emerging designers. Amid the seemingly endless events, exhibitions, and installations peppered throughout the city, a comprehensive sense of innovation and creativity seeped through. Now that the festivities have come to a close, here’s a look at the highlights.
COS x Nendo
In the world of design, few studios generate as much buzz as Tokyo’s Nendo. Its eye for simplicity and detail-driven design lent itself nicely to the recently unveiled collaboration with Swedish fashion brand COS. To introduce the collection, Nendo founder Oki Sato created an installation in the Brera Design District with white shirts winding through a stark gallery space like dominos, displayed on stands and suspended from the ceiling in a gradient, from white to gray and black.
Kvadrat x Raf Simons
One of the more exciting collaborations launched during the week had to be the new collection of textiles by Raf Simons for Danish textile company Kvadrat. As Simon’s first foray into textiles for home furnishing, the range included eleven color and texture-heavy fabric designs—including velvet, which seems to be trending this year. To show the materials’ versatility, Milan’s Spotti showroom hosted a variety of vignetters with an extensive collection of iconic mid-century furniture upholstered in the collection.
Marni “Animal House”
As with last year, Marni again hosted a charity-driven installation of furniture and sculpture just outside the city center. Giraffes, ostriches, rabbits, ducks, donkeys, and flamingos, each made of metal and brightly colored PVC by a group of Colombian craftswomen, dominated the landscape of a perfectly deteriorating indoor/outdoor space. Every aspect of lighthearted installation played on the collection’s theme of asymmetry.
While ceramic, copper, and cork continued to dominate, it seemed bright colors, too, were having a moment in industrial design. From big brands at Salone del Mobile to the playful work of more up-and-coming designers showing in the Ventura Lambrate and Brera Districts, cool hues were cleverly being utilized across the board. Drawing on all aforementioned materials, Something Good—a new concept brand focused on the next generation of Italian design—did well to stand out with its second-ever collection.
Marimekko Unikko 50th Anniversary Installation
Marimekko’s most celebrated design turns 50 this year, and to commemorate the iconic Unikko poppy pattern—designed by Maija Isola in 1964—the Finnish brand debuted a modest installation housing the new anniversary collection of textiles and homewares. While the color added a nice burst of energy to the environment, a loft within the area packed with pillows offered a momentary refuge for exhausted design enthusiasts.
Safilo x Marc Newson
Italian eyewear brand Safilo recently tapped famed Australian industrial designer Marc Newson to create a new range of frames. Inspired by Safilo’s 80th anniversary, Newson drew on vintage silhouettes seen in the Safilo archives for his five new designs. Milan institution 10 Corso Como hosted the launch of the capsule collection, alongside an installation at the Triennale Design Museum.
Palace Skateboards Pop-Off Shop
Coinciding with design week, Milan’s celebrated streetwear purveyor Slam Jam set off on the first of many events to celebrate its 25th anniversary, starting with a pop-up shop for London’s Palace Skateboards. Inside the “Pop-Off” shop, you found the entire current collection of softgoods, a range of exclusive Italian-inspired colorways, and vinyl from Palace’s recent collaboration with house DJ Theo Parish’s Sound Signature.
Nike Aero-static Dome Installation and Event Space
To introduce the new Kobe 9 Elite Low HTM, Nike created a multipurpose gathering space near the famous Duomo Cathedral. Designed by Miniwiz founder Arthur Huang, the Aero-static Dome installation was a buoyant structure entirely supported by the movement of air. The public space hosted daily design talks, while a series of display cases offered a detailed view of both the Kobe 9 HTM and the new Magista football boot—all while simultaneously anchoring the dome via thread and carbon fiber.
There’s finally a light at the end of the tunnel. Temperatures in New York are slowly rising, and it seems spring hasn’t forgotten us after all. As the East Coast inches toward warmer climes, we’re wasting no time pulling out our new spring pieces—even if the air is still a little brisk. Despite the season’s many covetable trends, there’s nothing as fresh as a breezy white ensemble. We feel lighter just thinking about crisp ivory blouses and bright white jeans—so much so that we’ve already started wearing them. White is a year-round hue, after all, and we highly recommend investing in a standout piece or two. They will carry you straight through the summer (and maybe even the fall). Shop our favorite white pieces by Marni, Ashley B, Miu Miu, and more, below.
1. Ashley B mixed-media bomber jacket, $745, available at saksfifthavenue.com
2. Paige Denim Verdugo ultra skinny jeans, $178, available at shopbop.com
3. ASOS casual clutch bag, $37.64, available at asos.com
4. Miu Miu leather slingback flats, $550, available at mytheresa.com
5. Marni crystal-embellished resin necklace, $1,310, available at net-a-porter.com
Believe it or not, there’s quite a bit of number crunching that goes into creating our top ten new models list. Each season, we go through the crop of fresh faces and break down each girl’s show list. We consider the quantity and quality of shows she walked and factor in exclusive appearances (yes, going the selective route can still pay off) as well as all-around buzz. One part of the equation that requires a bit more deliberation is deciding just who qualifies as “new.” Take Lexi Boling, for example. Technically, it was the Chicago-born catwalker’s sophomore season; she did Alexander Wang and several big shows in Paris during Spring ’14. But she didn’t pop up in all four cities last September and we couldn’t deny the impact she made this season, so we included her in our Fall ’14 roundup. On the other hand, someone who didn’t make the cut because we felt she had a tad too much experience was icy blond Nastya Sten. With sixty-three Fall shows under her belt, the Russian model was the most in-demand girl of the entire season. Meanwhile, we’re positively smitten with Natalie Westling’s flame-red hair and tomboyish appeal, but she simply didn’t stomp enough catwalks to qualify as a top newcomer. But that’s not to say that these ladies don’t deserve shout-outs. Below, we bring you the stats for Sten, Westling, and more noteworthy runners-up for Style.com’s top ten new models list.
Name: Nastya Sten (THE SOCIETY), middle right
Shows Walked: 63
Highlights: Opened Vera Wang, Tory Burch, Peter Pilotto, Chalayan. Closed Chanel, Diane von Furstenberg. Walked Altuzarra, Calvin Klein Collection, Proenza Schouler, Christopher Kane, Fendi, Versace, Alexander McQueen, Céline, Lanvin, Miu Miu, Saint Laurent.
Name: Natalie Westling (THE SOCIETY), top right
Shows Walked: 13
Highlights: WalkedMarc Jacobs, Giles, Fendi, Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Saint Laurent, Valentino.
Name: Kate Grigorieva (THE LIONS), top left
Shows Walked: 17
Highlights: Opened Donna Karan, Barbara Bui. Closed Giambattista Valli. Walked Gucci, Versace, Isabel Marant, Céline, Givenchy, Stella McCartney, Alexander McQueen.
Name: Iana Godnia (MAJOR), middle left
Shows Walked: 24
Highlights: Exclusive Calvin Klein Collection. Walked Burberry Prorsum, Christopher Kane, Bottega Veneta, Alexander McQueen, Céline, Chloé, Louis Vuitton, Miu Miu, Nina Ricci, Valentino.
Name: Kasia Jujeczka (IMG), bottom left
Shows Walked: 22
Highlights: Opened/closed Aquilano.Rimondi. Walked Calvin Klein Collection, Alexander Wang, Prada, Marni, Dior, Lanvin, Miu Miu, Sacai, Valentino.
Name: Larissa Marchiori (THE SOCIETY), bottom right
Shows Walked: 14
Highlights: Opened Dries Van Noten. Walked Prada, Emilio Pucci, Alexander McQueen, Miu Miu, Sacai, Saint Laurent, Valentino.
Florals aren’t exactly a “new” trend, but the eye-catching flora and fauna we’ve seen on the Fall ’14 runways definitely feel like they’re turning over a new leaf. Keep in mind these aren’t your typical ladylike, garden party flowers—there isn’t a pastel in sight. Instead, we’re seeing blown-up proportions, supersaturated hues, and a vibe that errs more toward artsy than girly. At Dolce & Gabbana, a black lace column was covered in tangled blooms and branches for a glam-meets-handmade effect. Stella Jean had quite the opposite approach, combining giant orange daisies with digital African-inspired prints. And at Marni, an oversize shift was covered in ruched white blossoms with pops of electric pink and green for good measure. Dressing like a flower child has never felt so modern.