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August 20 2014

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Hugo Boss Goes Big In Beijing

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In a week when Alexander Wang and Nicola Formichetti were both jostling for attention in Beijing, Hugo Boss needed to step things up. The capital’s not shy of multimedia extravaganzas—Burberry recently upped the catwalk ante with its holographic spectacular—but Hugo Boss literally added another dimension on Friday with its first-ever China runway show and after-party. ”To do something of this magnitude is a milestone for the brand and we wanted to give the Asian market this wonderful boost because it’s already so successful,” said BOSS Black womenswear designer Eyan Allen. (It’s a savvy move on their part—the brand plans to open 60 new stores in the mainland over the next three years.)

After six months of planning, the label presented the BOSS Black Fall 2012 collection for men and women (almost 90 percent of the looks were custom-made specifically for the event), live-streaming it in 3-D across the globe. More than a few big names, however, turned out to see the spectacle at the National Agricultural Exhibition Center in person, including Asian A-listers like Hong Kong actor royalty Chow Yun-Fat, Miss World Zhang Zilin, and Korean actor Jang Hyuk, along with international celebrities like Tilda Swinton, Georgia May Jagger, and China Chow.

On the 1,170-square-foot runway, models (Arizona Muse, Carmen Kass, Jessica Stam, and Fei Fei Sun among them) paraded through glittering angular arches that turned the catwalk into a surreal psychedelic tunnel. Of the sleek, old movie-inspired looks, Allen explained, “I’ve added leather corsetry to add some attitude.” As for the menswear, an unusual nicotine shade livened the tasteful mineral menswear palette and man bags came in as chunky businesslike valises.

The second part of the show featured 16 exclusive looks from the BOSS Selection brand. When Chow Yun-Fat did the final turn in a claret velvet tuxedo to the tune of the Beatles’ “Birthday,” the Chinese crowd offered a standing ovation, to the bemusement of the international jet set. It was then announced not only that it was the actor’s 57th birthday, but he will be the face of BOSS Selection for the Asia market. Afterward, the party continued into the early hours to tunes by the Capital Dance Orchestra from Berlin and eighties classics from fashion go-to DJ Michel Gaubert.

Photos: Courtesy of Hugo Boss

Season Of The Panda

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As plans for world domination go, Nicola Formichetti’s isn’t bad: Pitch your tent in some of the biggest fashion cities in the world, and bring gifts. After debuting Nicola’s, his temporary pop-up store, in New York last New York fashion week, he’s bringing his show to China, where Nicola’s is popping up at Lane Crawford in Hong Kong and Beijing, beginning today. In Hong Kong, architect Mark Gage of Gage/Clemenceau created a space paying homage to Formichetti’s animal spirit of choice, the panda. More than 100 pandas decorate the shop-in-shop, nodding both at Formichetti’s nickname, NicoPanda (he even has his panda avatar tattooed on his arm), and a new, limited-edition collection of NicoPanda x Lane Crawford merchandise created especially for the event. Tees, iPhone and iPad cases, Moleskin notebooks, toys, and even mah-jongg sets (the game is huge in China) are emblazoned with the “MangAvatar,” and all products are available for purchase worldwide at www.lanecrawford.com/nicopanda. But it’ll take a trip to Hong Kong to check out the archive of costumes Formichetti created or selected for Lady Gaga as her fashion director, including pieces by Lacroix and Mugler, where he is also creative director. The store and microsite run through May 31.

Photos: Courtesy of Lane Crawford

Elle‘s Belles

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Ever the digital artist, Nicola Formichetti’s latest project is a series of short films, featuring It girl muses like Rinko Kikuchi, Daphne Javitch, Michelle Harper, and Alexis Krauss. The videos, directed by Tim Richardson, were made for ELLE.com to go with the mag’s March issue ten-page story “Empire State of Mind.” Here, watch this seductive unreleased video of Krauss, the songstress of Sleigh Bells, sporting studded leather and an armful of bangles.

The Virtual Vacation

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As anyone who’s currently seated at a desk in the city knows, no one’s seated at a desk in the city. The entire world—well, the entire fashion world, at least—is on vacation this week, and judging by the updates from fashion’s favorite Twitterers, life’s a beach. Marc Jacobs made news when he was spotted on the sand at St. Bart’s in the company of former boyfriend Lorenzo Martone (left), but he’s hardly the only one enjoying some sun. Nicola Formichetti is down in Miami, tweet queen @Bergdorfs is sunbathing in Barbados, and Coco Rocha is relaxing in St. Thomas. If you—like me—are stuck in 30-degree temperatures up north, here’s your chance to live vicariously. A few of their choice snapshots are below. No SPF required—though, as my colleague at Beauty Counter would tell you, even in winter, it never hurts.

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The Many Shoes Of Lady Gaga

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After a ribbon cutting with the Lady herself and the requisite party, Lady Gaga’s 5,500-square-foot winter wonderland at Barneys opens at 11:59 p.m. tonight. The space has been designed and curated by the pop star, along with collaborators Nicola Formichetti, Assume Vivid Astro Focus, and the retailer’s creative director, Dennis Freedman, and features a wide array of exclusive products for the occasion. There are all of the oddities you might expect (including a click-to-hatch toy version of La Gaga in her famous Hussein Chalayan egg from the Grammy Awards), and Gaga being Gaga, shoes of all kinds. There are shoe cookies by the New York bakery Eleni’s, shaped like McQueen’s famous 12″ armadillo platforms, and Noritaka Tatehana’s heelless towers, a giant chocolate McQueen shoe, several varieties of shoe stockings, and a pair of shoe earrings by Yottoi. And for those in the market for an actual shoe, there’s one centerpiece version on display: A $4,100 Tatehana in black or white.

Plus, check back tomorrow for our complete coverage of the opening party.

Photo: Barneys.com