ICYMI: Coach’s unexpected ambassador, Gucci’s pastel collection, compelling podcasts by Dior, and more
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CBA All-Star Jeremy Lin as Coach's newest ambassador
The basketball player's partnership with Coach will begin with global advertising campaigns for leather goods, ready-to-wear, and footwear beginning with the fall/winter 2020 season. Lin will also debut for the house in its second China Collective collection available in stores and on its website on 1 August 2020. Following the success of the first collection, graphic artist Guang Yu will collaborate with the house along with two of his protégés, Li Ruosi and Tanqian. The collection will feature the artists' reinterpretations of Coach's iconic Horse and Carriage motif — its first-ever house logo.
Gucci's new and playful pastel collection Towards the Sun 2020
Colour is the key to a spirit of freedom and playfulness in Gucci's Towards the Sun collection, evoking the idea of light and warmth, with a range of pastels reflecting a mood of joy and optimism. Both formal and informal, the highly versatile designs are suited to many occasions. Refined, elegant, and contemporary, Towards the Sun pieces — which comprise bags, shoes, ready-to wear, accessories, and small leather goods — have a characterful, informal spirit and are enriched by the presence of Gucci House motifs and hardware. The women's bags in the collection are from the GG Marmont 2.0 (featuring the metal GG detail in shiny silver for the first time), Gucci Zumi, and Gucci 1955 Horsebit lines. Towards the Sun also sees the addition of a new idiosyncratic bucket bag and a whole range that breathes new life into a print from the House archive: the bold red/yellow/green/blue Baiadera stripe.
'The Female Gaze' hosted by British journalist and author, Charlotte Jansen, on 'Dior Talks'
Exploring the power and acuity of the female gaze, this series of podcasts gives voice to Maria Grazia Chiuri as well as House photographers, friends, and collaborators: Brigitte Niedermair, Maripol, and Janette Beckman. Developed in response to the writings of feminist film theorist, Laura Mulvey, and as an extension of her book 'Girl on Girl: Art and Photography in the Age of the Female Gaze', Charlotte Jansen moderates insightful interviews, addresses issues of self-affirmation, image, identity, and representation on the podcast.
Limited edition t-shirt capsule from SS20 VANGUARD designers
VANGUARD — NET-A-PORTER's incubator programme — was launched in 2018 to extend mentorship to emerging designers in the areas of business strategy, buying, social media, and public relations and marketing, with the aim of ensuring long-term success for their brand and support growth in the fashion industry. As part of the collaboration, Christopher John Rogers, GAUCHERE, Ioannes, and S.Joon have reimagined the official VOGUE T-Shirt in four styles that are in line with their individual design ethos. The t-shirts have been made using GOTS certified 100% organic cotton and produced by PHYNE. They are now available on NET-A-PORTER.
Johnny Coca as Louis Vuitton Women's Fashion Leather Goods Director
Rising from a leather goods designer at Louis Vuitton, Coca says "The journey now has come full circle, to the place where I was lucky enough to hone my passion first-hand and learn the fundamentals of leather craftsmanship in the ateliers at Asnières. It opens a new chapter in my own creative adventure, in an extraordinary laboratory that blends heritage and modernity." Delphine Arnault, Louis Vuitton's Executive Vice President, is confident that Coca "will strengthen [their] creative energy and [their] ability to innovate" and he is "in perfect unison with Louis Vuitton's spirit and shares [their] vision."