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Honouring Craftsmanship & Design: Loubi in Progress

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Enter: Christian Louboutin’s Paris atelier. On the floor of the studio, strewn amongst the brand’s unmistakable kraft paper shopping bags and shoe boxes, measuring tapes, endless heeltaps and patterns, we’re greeted by AW18’s hallmark collection, Loubi in Progress.

Redefining deconstruction as the new construction, Loubi in Progress gives a stylistic nod to Christian Louboutin’s iconic “Trash” technique, which originated in the AW11 collection when pieces of thread, postage stamps, scribbled notes, leftover sequins and fabric swatches from seasons past were collaged under PVC to select styles.  Yet again, we’re taken behind the scenes of the designer’s creative process as pieces of kraft paper from the brand’s shopping bags are torn by hand and encapsulated in PVC on women’s styles So Kate, Louis Women and a new bootie for fall, Croche Kraft, as well as Huston, Louis and Lou Spikes for Homme. Paloma bags of all sizes for women and Skypouch and Explorafunk Backpacks for Homme receive the same tailored treatment. Referencing couture techniques, measuring tapes are utilised as bows on styles Metrisandal and Metripump, while the raw stiletto support used to create Christian Louboutin’s sky high heels remains uncovered.

The final touch: the shade “Loubi” is born. The rich, true red Christian Louboutin is known for comes to life as an all-over shade for the first time ever and for seasons to come.

Transport to the fantastical couture ateliers of Paris with Loubi in Progress beginning May on ChristianLouboutin.com, at Christian Louboutin boutiques, and on @LouboutinWorld.

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Rita Ora Wears Ralph & Russo Couture to the 2018 UNICEF Summer Gala

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Hollywood Star, Rita Ora, wears Ralph & Russo couture to the inaugural UNICEF Summer Gala in Porto Cervo, Sardinia.

Wearing a raspberry, tangerine and purple double satin panel gown, featuring draped crossover bodice and navy silk velvet ribbon detailing from the Autumn-Winter 2018/2019 couture collection.

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Constance Wu Wears Ralph & Russo Couture To Crazy Rich Asians Premiere

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Constance Wu, lead actress in the much-anticipated film Crazy Rich Asians, dazzles in Ralph & Russo couture at the Los Angeles premiere.

Wearing a silver illusion tulle off-the-shoulder dress featuring a geometric sequin-encrusted design, Swarovski crystal embellishment and off-white silk fringed tassels from the Spring/Summer 2018 couture collection.

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A Patchwork Of Characters

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Suffused by a dynamic and diverse new spirit, a peerlessly exquisite historical Italian house suddenly echoes with life, laughter and youth again.

For Autumn Winter 2018 Salvatore Ferragamo presents neither one Ferragamo woman, nor one Ferragamo man – instead inviting a broad community of models to reflect the glorious multiplicity of today in a patchwork of characters under the creative direction of Paul Andrew. Shot by Harley Weir and featuring Stella Tennant, Shanelle Nyasiase, Rianne Van Rompaey, Xiao Wen Ju, Piero Mendez and Edoardo Sebastianelli, this milestone Ferragamo campaign represents a fresh page in the  house’s remarkable history.

The new ‘Ferragaristocracy’ as imagined by Andrew is defined by its commitment to progress – because to embrace change is the key to success in contemporary culture. Andrew says: “One of the original inspirations of the collection featured in this campaign was the Duchess of Devonshire – a formidable personification of old-school elegance and privilege. And her grand-daughter Stella inhabits that refreshed persona with an effortless grace. But in 2018 you don’t have to be to the manor born to have a compelling and stylish manner about you. Curiosity, taste and a breadth of vision – not a narrowness – is what counts today.”

Punchy colour, rich texture and flowing deformalized silhouettes punctuated with Andrew’s signature Ferragamo shoes, boots and accessories – starring the new Ferragamo Studio bag –  make up the grammar of Ferragamo’s revived visual language. Harley Weir deploys her realist’s eye and analogue authenticity to present an imagined house-party whose guests hail from across the globe. What’s brought them together? The newly-rebooted Salvatore Ferragamo aesthetic as defined by Andrew in partnership with Menswear Design Director Guillaume Meilland.

Andrew says: “I want Ferragamo to assert a distinctly special voice. The best way to do that is to be collaborative, inclusive and open – which is why I’m so excited to be working alongside talents like Guillaume, Harley, and this powerful cast of models. Together we’ve found a harmony that truly reflects the bold and positive change that’s afoot at Salvatore Ferragamo.”

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