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Longchamp celebrates Bastille Day
IN FRANCE, July 14 is Bastille Day, the national holiday marking the storming of the Bastille prison in 1789, at the start of the French Revolution. Every year, the nation turns out to celebrate with military parades, fireworks and dancing in the streets — and this year, Longchamp is adding to the festive mood with two special editions of Le Pliage. For the first edition, the iconic foldable bag comes in navy nylon canvas with tonal Russian leather trim. The Longchamp racehorse in front of the bag is embroidered with the colors of the French flag: blue, white and red. On the back of the bag, printed upside down, a block of red text pays homage to Longchamp’s heritage through its Paris address, and the signature Très Paris. The second edition features an all-over print of the LGP monogram in red, white, and blue, and is complemented by navy leather trim. Both editions are available in a variety of classic Le Pliage formats. Longchamp is exclusively available at Rustan’s Makati, Rustan’s Shangri-La, Rustan’s Cebu, Greenbelt 5 and Rustans.com.
COS’ Summer 2021 Collection
LONDON-based fashion brand, COS, opened its Manila store at the Upper Ground Floor of SM Aura Premier with its Summer 2021 collection. Inspired by the renewal of the seasons and the brand’s optimism for the future, this latest collection embraces warmer weather, while remaining versatile and timeless. Its loose-fitting silhouettes are designed to live in, whether at home, on the beach or in inner city locations. The season focuses on fibers that require less water and pesticides to cultivate, such as linen and hemp. These fabrics are durable, while appearing weightless, fostering movement and draping. Repurposed materials are adopted throughout, with recycled nylon utilized in swimwear. A continued focus on material innovation is highlighted within accessories. Developed by BloomTM, whose manufacturing process helps to clean and restore the environment, men’s sandals feature a flexible, high performance foam partly made from Algae Biomass. In Womenswear, a relaxed and effortless approach to the season endures, highlighted by throw-on shirt dresses and swimwear styled in a ready to wear guise. Feminine blouses and cut-out detailing harmonize with utility accents. A 1990s minimalist aesthetic is achieved through streamlined silhouettes and clean line layering, while craftmanship remains central to the collection with an exploration of smocked details and braiding. The color palette is framed by bright whites, contrasting against summer darks to inject positivity and vibrance. Within Menswear, a streetwear influence resonates throughout the season, with wide legged trousers, pull-on shorts, and light layering pieces creating a relaxed dress sense. The Menswear color palette has a strong neutral ground, with a focus on shades of navy and green. Washed teals and light beige offer opportunities for tonal dressing.
Greek beauty brand Korres now in PHL
BEAUTY Bar’s newest skincare brand is Korres. Born out of Athens’ homeopathic pharmacy in 1996, it delivers safe, effective, clean plant-powered products. The brand uses natural, high-quality ingredients that are endemic to Greece like Greek yoghurt, green olive, wild rose, and pomegranate. Among Korres’ wide assortment of Bath & Body products are a line based on Greek yoghurt including the bestselling Greek Yoghurt Foaming Cream Cleanser, which also removes impurities, make-up, and mascara; the Comforting Probiotic Serum and Comforting Probiotic Moisturiser which promise 48 hours of soothing hydration and maintenance of the skin’s microbiome balance; and the Probiotic Nourishing Sleeping Facial and the Hydra-Biome Probiotic Superdose Face Mask. There is also the Yoghurt Suncare Collection, a four-product line-up which includes the Yoghurt Cooling Gel, Yoghurt Sunscreen Face + Eyes Cream-Gel, and Tinted Sunscreen Face Cream. Its Greek Olive collection includes day and night creams, hand and body creams, lip oils, body balsams, creamy cleansing emulsions, creamy foam shower gels, and 100% natural olive oil-base soap bars. The Wild Rose range includes day and night creams, cleansing foaming creams, exfoliating cleansers, and the Allure-awarded Advanced Brightening Bi-Phase Booster with 15% Super Vitamin C to reduce signs of premature ageing and fatigue. The Pomegranate range includes the Pomegranate Pore Blurring Gel Moisturizer, Triple-Dose Resurfacing Mask, and Refining Cleansing Gel. Shop for Korres products in select Beauty Bar stores, beautybar.com.ph, trunc.ph, and the Korres Flagship Store in LazMall.
Pinoy fashion brands fly PH flag in JP fashion district
EIGHT Filipino fashion brands — Bagasao, Feanne, HA.MÜ, J Makitalo, Jill Lao, Kelvin Morales, Lorico, and Neil Felipp — debuted new collections, which sprung from a pioneering fashion mentorship program, in a showroom exhibition in Lifork Harajuku in Tokyo, Japan, from July 7 to 9. The exhibit, which was shown to Japanese buyers, press, and influencers, was presented by H3O Fashion Bureau and LIT Fashion Consultancy. The showroom exhibition was the culmination of PHx Tokyo, an eight-month program where market specialists Jason Lee Coates and Hirohito Suzuki of H3O Fashion Bureau and Tetta Ortiz-Mattera of LIT Fashion Consultancy equipped the eight participating designers with essential skills that spanned marketing, branding, and the rudiments of Japanese retailing. PHx Tokyo was spearheaded by the PHx Fashion Group and the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM). To date, the PHx Tokyo designers have produced a 292-strong and Japanese market-ready collection of apparel and accessories. All PHx Tokyo brands are also housed on FAME+, CITEM’s digital platform for the country’s home, fashion, and lifestyle (HFL) sectors.
Cartier collaborates on Expo 2020 Women’s Pavilion
EXPO 2020 Dubai has unveiled the Women’s Pavilion in collaboration with Cartier, reaffirming a shared commitment to closing the gender gap. The pavilion hosts the New perspectives exhibition which will showcase women’s contribution to society. The Pavilion is meant to inspire visitors to become change-makers in their own communities. Taking place in Dubai from Oct. 1 to March 31, 2022 — the first World Expo to be held in the Middle East, Africa, and South Asia region — Expo 2020 Dubai is the first World Expo since the 1900s to have a stand-alone pavilion dedicated to women. Driven by a common conviction that the global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and aspirations for a peaceful and prosperous world cannot be achieved without gender equality and women’s empowerment, Expo 2020 and Cartier will come together to remind the world that full and equal participation of women in all fields is essential to building a more equitable and just world.