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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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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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Stella McCartney Reveals Winter 2018 Ad Campaign

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Stella McCartney reveals her new Winter 2018 Ad Campaign featuring striking images that embrace nature and a sense of escape and freedom. Shot in Mull of Kintyre, the remote Scottish countryside where Stella spent part of her childhood, the campaign is the second collaboration with British photographer Johnny Dufort. The images shot amidst the beautiful landscape reflect the new collections’ softly deconstructed classic and timeless looks punctuated with moments of Stella’s irreverent sprit; presenting both beauty and chaos. Referencing local culture, Stella even enlisted the talents of the Kintyre School Pipe Band which was led by one of the original pipers who played in the Wing’s “Mull of Kintyre” music video.

The new campaign images feature the models from the designer’s Winter 2018 runway show cast; Nina Marker, He Cong and Julia Banas appear in Stella’s designs that emphasize her signature silhouettes, palette and textures in updated classic tailoring, reconstructed dresses and statement knitwear paired with the latest styles of the iconic Falabella bag. Also featured in the new campaign is the designer’s eco innovative Loop sneaker which through technically designed hooks and special stitching that replaces conventional gluing methods allows the Loop’s components to be easily dismantled into 3 parts which are100% fully recyclable, illustrating a more circular product design.

In keeping with Stella’s commitment to sustainability, the new campaign also celebrates the luxury and texture of nature, highlighting the raw beauty of the Scottish landscape; from wild spongy moss to crisp autumn leaves. The organic scenery echoes the use of moss and rockery in the newly opened 23 Old Bond Street store and is juxtaposed with the textures and silhouettes of the collection. A parachute encapsulates volumne and movement as a backdrop to an embroidered lace dress; while a colourful and vibrant piñata shot references grand old painting compositions showcasing minimalist black and white looks.

In addition to the print campaign, is a mood film that further illustrates the spirit of the collection which is going live on www.stellamccartney.com, and the brand’s social media platforms today.

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Models: Nina Marker, He Cong and Julia Banas
Stills and Film: Johnny Dufort
Music Track: ‘Handshaker Stomp’ by Martyn Bennet
Hair: Gary Gill
Make-up: Nami Yoshida

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