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Balmain x Beyoncé exclusively at Gente Roma

After the unprecedented show of Beyoncé at Coachella last April 2018, Balmain creative director Olivier Rousteing and the queen of pop have signed an extraordinary Capsule Collection inspired by the iconic garments worn by the singer and her 200 dancers and musicians during the two performances of the Californian Festival.

The Limited Edition, which has now become a must-have, will be available from July 14th 2018 exclusively at a group selected directly by the Maison made up of the globle’s most prestigious retailers, including Gente Roma.

It will be possible to purchase the Balmain custom made garments designed for Beyoncé at Via del Babuino, 77 and Via Frattina, 92 boutiques. This special edition is composed of exclusive pieces such as hooded sweatshirts and t-shirts, in fuchsia, yellow and black, all finely embroidered with engaging prints and badges full of rhinestones and crystals.

The "Balmain x Beyoncé" label has been developed for this collaboration, stitched on all garments to make them real cult pieces.

The motifs chosen as embroidery also pay tribute to the spirit of the "America's historically black colleges and universities" (HBCUs) and turn the spotlight on the social importance of the integration of minorities.

For this reason the Maison has decided that the proceeds of the collection will be aimed at financing the work of the UNCF (the United State’s largest and most effective minority education organization) in the important project of helping thousands of students not only to access the college, but to grow and graduate.

Balmain x Beyoncé is a unique collaboration, an unmissable opportunity to wear exclusive items.

“Frida Kahlo - Making Her Self Up”: on show the style and the wardrobe of the artist

The Victoria & Albert Museum in London has opened its halls to tell the most intimate and personal world of Frida Kahlo, one of the most controversial and appreciated women in the history of contemporary art.

"Making Her Self Up" is the title of the great exhibition, for the first time outside Mexico and scheduled until November 4, focused not only on art but also on the beauty and fashion side of the artist.

It is a trip behind the scenes that collects 200 pieces from Casa Azul, the home inhabited by Frida Kahlo, which showcases in addition to Mexican costumes, paintings, letters and thousands of photographs taken by Man Ray, even the jewelry, make-up, drugs and orthopedic prostheses decorated as works of art, to reproduce a real portrait.

Highlight of "Frida Kahlo: Making Her Self Up" is the selection of cosmetics owned by her since 1954 and perfectly preserved by her husband and artist Diego Rivera, including eyebrow pencil, orange lipstick and rosy blush, all signed Revlon : testimony not only of his creative life but also of his beauty routine.

On show also his hand-painted corsets and orthopedic devices which he was forced to use because of his physical disability, an aspect that certainly also influenced his sartorial choices, while not giving up the class, the bright colors and especially the creation of a personal style that has gone beyond the epochs becoming a legend.

Behind the artistic personality of the feminist and nonconformist spirit there is in fact hidden a true style icon. Its uniqueness and femininity have allowed it to become a real source of inspiration for world-renowned designers such as Jean Paul Gaultier, Moschino, Alberta Ferretti and Dolce & Gabbana.

The exhibition offers an unusual perspective to discover the private life of Frida Kahlo, a woman who has managed to leave her mark not only for what made her famous in the world, her art, but also for her style unique and iconic so much above fashion, to influence fashion itself until today.

2018 CFDA Fashion Awards: the best and brightest in American design

The 2018 CFDA Fashion Awards, in partnership with Swarovski for the 17th year, will be hosted by Issa Rae on Monday, June 4, at the Brooklyn Museum.

Each June, the international fashion community honors the best and brightest in American design at the CFDA Fashion Awards. Founded in 1981, they are the highest honor in fashion and recognize the outstanding contributions made to American fashion in womenswear, menswear, accessories and emerging talent, as well as journalism, creative vision, personal style, positive change, and lifetime achievement.

Diane von Furstenberg will receive Swarovski's Award for Positive Change for her work empowering women across the world through various non-profit initiatives.
The complete list of candidates for the Best Designer of the Year is wide; Raf Simons for Calvin Klein, Gabriela Hearst, Marc Jacobs, Virgil Abloh for Off-White and Ashley Olsen and Mary-Kate Olsen for The Row. For her role in women's emancipation, Diane von Furstenberg will be honored with The Swarovski Award for Positive Change. Donatella Versace will receive the International Award.

Naomi Campbell will receive the Fashion Icon Award at the June 4 CFDA Awards ceremony. In accepting the honor, Campbell joins the ranks of past icons Franca Sozzani, Rihanna, Beyoncé, David Bowie, Pharrell Williams, and Kate Moss, just to name a few.

From the covers of Vogue to the most legendary designers' shows to appearances in music videos for a full-fledged career in television. Musa for the whole life of Azzedine Alaïa, and the first black model to appear on the covers of French Vogue and Time She really deserves the capital S in Supermodel.

Below is the full list of nominees and honorees for this year’s awards:

Womenswear Designer of the Year

Raf Simons for Calvin Klein

Gabriela Hearst

Marc Jacobs

Virgil Abloh for Off-White

Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen for The Row

Menswear Designer of the Year

Raf Simons for Calvin Klein

Virgil Abloh for Off-White

James Jebbia for Supreme

Thom Browne

Tom Ford

Accessory Designer of the Year

Paul Andrew

Stuart Vevers for Coach

Rachel Mansur and Floriana Gavriel for Mansur Gavriel

Irene Neuwirth

Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen for The Row

Swarovski Award for Emerging Talent

Mike Amiri for Amiri

Laura Vassar Brock and Kristopher Brock for Brock Collection

Aurora James for Brother Vellies

Kerby Jean-Raymond for Pyer Moss

Sander Lak for Sies Marjan

Swarovski Award for Positive Change

Diane von Furstenberg

Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award

Narciso Rodriguez

Founder’s Award

Carolina Herrera

Media Award in Honor of Eugenia Shepherd

Edward Enninful

International Award

Donatella Versace

Fashion Icon Award

Naomi Campbell

"Azzedine Alaïa: The Couturier": a Tribute to a Fashion Legend

Six months after the death of Azzedine Alaïa, London homages the famous Designer’s talent and the timeless beauty of his creations with the great exhibition "Azzedine Alaïa: The Couturier" on show at the London Design Museum until October 7th, 2018.

It tells the uniqueness of a revolutionary genius, the only major designer to produce collections on his own timetable, against the frenetic rhythm of the fashion world and its constant and obsessive search for the "new". A pressure to which the famous couturier has always escaped, presenting his collections not when the calendar of the fashion system dictated but only when he really felt ready to go on the catwalk.

Alaïa himself was involved in the planning of the Design Museum exhibition, together with Mark Wilson. The plan was set up according to the instructions that the Tunisian stylist had given before his sudden death occurred on November 18, including the selection of 60 rare outfits, some of which created for the occasion.

Each step of his long career, from the early '70s up to 2017, is represented by his most original creations such as the dress with ruffles inspired by Spain, the bandeau dress, the belt-corset, the dress-sculpture in fabric of stretched lycra and the creations made with perforated leather. It is an exhibition of outfits of a timeless elegance presented in chronological and thematic order altogether: from the sculpture approach to decorativism style, from the oversized volumes to the "wrapped forms", from the exotic influences to the historical inspirations.

The scenic background chosen for his wonderful creations is a timeline of iconic images as landmarks of Alaïa's career, from his first experiences at Christian Dior’s in Paris in the late fifties, to his friendship with Franca and Carla Sozzani, to the emotional bond with one of his muses, Naomi Campbell, who was only 16 when she first paraded for him.

The exhibition celebrates Azzedine Alaïa’s creativity and his respect towards both his own inspiration and the woman's body, always empowered and never overshadowed. A free artist, as the welcoming quote says at the entrance to the exhibition: «I always feel free. When I don’t want something I don't do it».

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