Apparel and lifestyle company Moncler just revealed its newest brick-and-mortar store at Marina Bay Sands, Singapore and we were there to preview it on Thursday (21 March). The new Moncler boutique covers a total area of 5,600 sq ft spread across two floors, making it among the biggest Moncler store in the APAC Region.
Spring presents some unique – not to mention trying – style challenges, particularly given the increasingly unpredictable nature of the weather.
Our inner Disney kid is screaming already - the iconic Disney character, Dumbo the Elephant takes a whole new form as part of LOEWE's limited edition capsule collection.
How many of us here can't live without the staple white shirt in our wardrobe? The classic piece, which is so easy to mix and match, flattering and timeless for every occasion, undergoes a new update under the COS White Shirt Project this month.
Online jewelry brand Wanderlust + Co introduces their first ever charm collection, Make It Yours. Comprising of 37 pieces, each of the item is 14K gold-plated, with a subtle shade of champagne gold.
How to dress after 50: just don’t even start, according to readers. Photograph: FashionPPS/Zuma Wire/Rex/ShutterstockI’m going to let you in on a little secret about the Feminist Agenda™: we’re not actually too bothered about equal rights and bodily autonomy and all that other guff. No, what we’re really interested in is equal misery. We want to make men suffer. (Why else do you think they were called the suffragettes?)You can imagine, then, how my heart sang when the Observer published a piece over the weekend called “What not to wear if you are a man over 50”. Finally! Progress! After centuries of women being given rigid rules about how they should dress and behave in order to be “age-appropriate”, men are finally getting the same treatment. Welcome to hell, fellas! We’ve got a very strict dress code here.Weirdly, the Observer’s sage sartorial advice didn’t go down well with a lot of guys. Judging by the comment section, readers seemed to object to being told that wearing a pair of Converse after 50 is a “warning sign of somebody desperately trying to hang on their youth”. Nor did many readers react kindly to the notion that baseball hats and combat trousers were on the “to ditch” list for the self-respecting older man.Similarly, there did not seem to be much appreciation for the observation: “A lot of men entering their 50s fall into one of two camps … those who have given up, and those who don’t know when to give it up.” Really, it’s a shame the piece didn’t make clear that uncouth language doesn’t suit a man of any age, because the general response to the article appeared to be “fuck off”.I understand that being lectured on how to dress “age-appropriately” is a little irritating, but we all have to face harsh biological truths. The fact is, the body of a 25-year-old man is extraordinary. The body of a man of 50 is not extraordinary at all. It is even less extraordinary in cheap footwear and a baseball hat. I don’t make the rules, I’m afraid, that’s just the way the world works. It’s sad so many men got hysterical over an article that was only trying to make them look a little less hideous.> The body of a man of 50 is not extraordinary at all. It is even less extraordinary in cheap footwear and a baseball hatAs far as I’m concerned, the Observer article didn’t go far enough in policing men’s clothing choices and planting age and appearance-related insecurities. As it turns out, however, capitalism and our image-obsessed culture is already doing a pretty good job on both those counts.Male grooming, for example, is rising dramatically. There has been an explosion in skincare and anti-ageing creams for men as more guys grow increasingly concerned about their wrinkles; more than one-third of American dads say they care about preventing the signs of aging, according to a 2018 Mintel study. And men also seem to be increasingly self-conscious about their body hair; according to Kantar data, hair removal products are the fastest growing category in the toiletry market for male shoppers, up 25% year-on-year in the UK. Body image issues are also growing among men, with studies suggesting that men are as unhappy with their appearance as women are.We seem to be marching very quickly towards a future in which men and women are equally plagued by unrealistic expectations about how they should look that have been concocted by the fashion and beauty industries. While it seems to be taking us a very long time to close the gender pay gap, we’re doing a great job in closing the appearance-insecurity gap. Something to feel cheerful about, I suppose!
Timex Group Luxury Division announced the launch of a new collection of Swiss Made watches with a green concept - the Vincent Bérard collection. The range deploy only mechanical Swiss Made movements, which do away with batteries, and incorporating only sustainable materials, suitable for everyday use.
Theresa May arrives at Westminster Abbey for a Commonwealth Day service. Photograph: Frank Augstein/AP If Theresa May’s recent political style could be described as chaotic, myopic and inconsistent, her fashion style has been a little easier to gauge. Witness her look this week: a two-layered coat, some statement necklaces and, most importantly, several pairs of leather gloves. May’s gloves are the short, driving kind, and came in fawn (worn to the Commonwealth Day service), black or black with studs. On the one hand, they are the perfect transitional accessory; on the other, a paradoxical addition to the prime minister’s armoury given they have become popular across the board. They appeared on the autumn catwalks at Shrimps, Richard Quinn, Erdem and Off White; on the model Gigi Hadid, who wore opera gloves for half of Paris fashion week; and finally, on the BBC Newsnight reporter Emily Maitlis, who wore a pair while writing at speed, and rolling her eyes, during Brexit reporting outside parliament on Tuesday night. On the high street, too, leather driving clothes have just gone in-store as part of the new season at & Other Stories and Asos. The leather goods market is one of fashion’s fastest-growing sectors and is expected to reach almost £475bn globally by 2025. Last year Louis Vuitton, a label whose profits are rooted in leather and who featured gloves on their AW19 catwalk, opened two workshops in France to keep up with demand. And just last week, an exhibition opened at the Fashion Museum Bath which aims to highlight the role, rise and decline of gloves in fashion history, and includes a pair of 19th-century Limerick gloves worn by Queen Victoria. “Maybe they are a protection that make her feel safer from the outside world and ready to fight,” said Patrick Fagan, a consumer psychologist at Goldsmiths University. Even if May’s politics are off-point, her accessorising is anything but.
Princess Anne's daughter Zara Tindall has had a busy week, attending all four days of Cheltenham Races.
Winston Churchill, pictured wearing his one-piece ‘siren suit’ in 1942. Photograph: Hulton Archive/Getty ImagesRegarding the recent discussion about boilersuits (Liberated and louche – all hail the boilersuit!, G2, 13 March), my friend Jillie and I were travelling around Europe in the mid-1970s, our income supplemented by busking. As we approached the East German border in Berlin, kitted out in our Millet’s boilersuits, our guitars slung over our shoulders, the two border guards said something and collapsed into giggles. Jillie translated for me: “Here come the workers!” Joanna Harding Holmfirth, West Yorkshire• In 1976 my family and I visited a friend in California. I decided to bring the children home on the QE2 (steerage) “for the experience”. While in San Francisco I bought a jumpsuit – skin-tight denim with flares. I put this on and sashayed along the corridors up towards the bar, feeling like a real cool cat. A woman approached me. “Do you work here?” she asked. Collapse of cool cat. Margaret Harvey Netherbury, Dorset• I never realised that all my working life as an engineer I was a forerunner of political gender-resistance by wearing a boilersuit. Hugh Edwards Grange-over-Sands, Cumbria• The boilersuit was the de rigeur style of dress for the sinkers, welders and platers at Shildon British Rail Engineering in the 125 years it operated before the Conservative government closed it in 1985. But more of an oily blue rather than the orange and pink shown in the article. Peter Sixsmith Shildon, Co Durham• Can’t find a suitable Churchill/Bowie/Jarman boilersuit? Make your own – Kwiksew pattern K3389 (sewing machine required). There’s a whole Guardian Weekend article here. Bob Everett London• Join the debate – email firstname.lastname@example.org• Read more Guardian letters – click here to visit gu.com/letters• Do you have a photo you’d like to share with Guardian readers? Click here to upload it and we’ll publish the best submissions in the letters spread of our print edition
Louis Vuitton’s January menswear show featured several pieces that paid homage to Michael Jackson that were due to go on sale in the summer. Photograph: Victor Boyko/Getty ImagesTwo months after showing an autumn/winter 2019 collection inspired by Michael Jackson, the French fashion house Louis Vuitton has said it will no longer produce any of the pieces that directly reference the performer after allegations of child sexual abuse in the HBO documentary, Leaving Neverland.The January menswear show, which took place just over a week before the documentary’s premiere at Sundance, featured several pieces that paid homage to the performer that were then intended to go on sale in the summer. These include a pleated shendyt similar to that worn by Jackson in the Remember the Time video; a collection of flag-print pieces inspired by We are the World; a jumper, hoodie and a shirt and trousers with cartoon figures from The Wiz, the 1978 all-black musical version that starred Jackson; a T-shirt printed with an image of the singer’s loafers and socks; and a jacket based on the three-zip red version worn by Jackson in the video for Beat It.Michael Jackson in 2009. Louis Vuitton have announced they are pulling Michael Jackson-themed clothes from a new collection in the wake of the “Leaving Neverland” documentary. Photograph: Carl de Souza/AFP/Getty ImagesBefore the show, guests were also sent invitations on a single rhinestone-encrusted glove similar to those worn by Jackson, while the show’s New York-themed set inside a tent in the Tuileries gardens in Paris also drew heavily on the video for Billie Jean. His music also played intermittently throughout the show.On Thursday, Virgil Abloh, men’s artistic director at Vuitton, released a statement to the fashion news site WWD, saying: “I am aware that in light of this documentary the show has caused emotional reactions. I strictly condemn any form of child abuse, violence or infringement against any human rights.“My intention for this show was to refer to Michael Jackson as a pop culture artist. It referred only to his public life that we all know and to his legacy that has influenced a whole generation of artists and designers.”Michael Burke, the label’s chairman and chief executive officer, also told WWD: “We find the allegations in the documentary deeply troubling and disturbing,” and added that “child safety and welfare is of utmost importance to Louis Vuitton. We are fully committed to advocating this cause.”Representatives for Louis Vuitton stressed the revelations had caused the label “the greatest pain”. It also said it had been unaware of the documentary at the time of the show. When asked for further comment, Louis Vuitton directed the Guardian to the statement provided to WWD.In an interview in the New Yorker’s 18 March issue, Abloh admitted he had not heard about the documentary, and insisted he had been intent on paying homage to “the Michael that I thought was universally accepted, the good side, his humanitarian self”. Before the show, Abloh also described Jackson as “the most important innovator in menswear history” and “the ultimate muse”. He added: “We watched him grow, but he stayed a boy the whole time.”Louis Vuitton’s decision to address the controversy surrounding its products make it the latest luxury fashion house to do so after a customer-led outcry on social media. There had been speculation about how the brand would handle the collection after the documentary, which aired on Channel 4 last week.Elsewhere, some radio stations have banned Jackson’s songs after the allegations of sexual abuse against children, and this week Transport for London said it would remove advertising that claimed Michael Jackson was innocent.
To celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Commonwealth, the Royal Commonwealth Society collaborated with fashion students from the Management Development Institute of Singapore (MDIS) to champion the message of sustainability through an avant-garde themed fashion show. 12 fashion students showcased their creations at the British High Commission on Monday (11 March), which was hosted by British High Commissioner to Singapore, His Excellency Scott Wightman.
We’ve seen bum-flashing shorts, a ‘topless’ jacket and a ‘naked bra’ trend but now shoppers have been left baffled by an extremely risqué fishnet bodysuit.