Presenting Gucci’s Cruise 2019 Campaign: #GucciGothic

For Cruise 2019, Gucci has created its own, surreal take on the legend of Noah’s Ark.

Building on Gucci’s signature fascination with the natural world, the campaign pictures a rural community where animals and people co-exist in harmony. With a nod to the idea of a fantastical petting zoo, the images show the Gucci tribe feeding and interacting with their animal companions. A dramatic rainfall then requires the construction of a giant wooden ark, into which the animals are led. The story ends with a color-drenched horizon.

The tale is a familiar one, but Gucci’s young farmer-punks bring a new perspective to it. A film that accompanies the photography invites the viewer deep into a surreal, mythological world, where an agricultural landscape and the changing weather emphasise the power of nature.

The campaign breaks in October across all media.

Source: Gucci


BALLY SS19 Presentation In Milan

The open road beckons once more. An adventure inspired by photographic road trips in which retro sportswear inspired by 1970’s and 80’s colour photo hues is given a modern contemporary spin. Bally’s carefree wanderlust yearns to discover a simpler time and place disconnecting if only temporary, from today’s hyper-connected world. By escaping a bit, a connection to Bally’s luxury roots in Schônenwerd, Switzerland is found again. Not left behind is the desire for ease, comfort and functionality in stylish sportswear and accessories. Let the journey home begin.

In line with Bally’s pioneer spirt, spring summer 2019 draws inspiration from two fine artphotographers with journalistic leanings who led the colour photography art boom in the 1970’s though separate cross-country road trips. On these quests, they captured the ordinary in extraordinary photographs, especially in Los Angeles and parts of California.

Both photographers created images marked by a bold colour saturation mixed with muted vintage sepia tones. Taking a passer-by approach, Joel Sternfeld’s images capture plain every-day and often ironic vignettes of American life migrating from the urban scrum to the expansive open road, particularly evident in a 1983 photograph of a father and son from Canyon County California. Contemporary Stephen Shore’s snapshots elevate the banality of everyday circumstances and objects which are channeled throughout collection with nostalgic touches.

Paying homage to the warm glow of a California sunset, Spring 2019 is presented in amonochromatic peach set styled as a flea market bazaar quite similar to a roadside rummage sale.

Bally’s rich archives are considered with each collection. For Spring 2019 references of Bally’s Swiss home in Schönenwerd are extracted. Select archive styles of shoes and bags are revisited in modern interpretations. A ribbon-style Bally logo from a 1940 Reynold Vuilleumier advertising poster is seen on clothes and shoes.

Launching new key styles for a 2019 drop with first-time eyewear partner Marcolin Group, eyewear reflects the palette and laidback ease of the season.The unisex styles juxtapose two very different silhouettes, each evoking a luxe retro cool. An oversized and square acetate frame, almost shield-like, allowfor voyeuristic observance while revisited pilots with a geometric reflectivelens shade the world in yellow and pink tones in a nod to the carefree era of Shore’s and Sternfeld’s photography.

Bally owns the designer sneaker category having made the first one in the1930’s. Spring 2019 marks two key introductions which include sizes for both men and women. The Vulko sneaker in both hi-top and low-top offerings feature longitude and latitude coordinates stamped on the outsole for Schônenwerd, Switzerland, nod to Bally’s progressive style-homecoming. Also, key is the reissue of the Bally Champion sneaker worn by Swiss tennis great Jakob Hlasek in 1990.

Alongside the indispensable sneaker, Spring 2019 offers a variety of iconic sandals, pumps and boots. A structured urban city sandal calledOtta channel the retro vintage mood holding a surprisingly flexible sole. The new Jordy stripe mule reflects Bally’s ribbon heritage and the Alexa family introduces a mod bootie with block heel and flat styles with scored mirrored leather inspired by an archive style from the 1939. Janelle finds a new form ina sandal, peep-toe mule and boot.

Cecyle – named after C.F. Bally’s wife – for SS19 comes in diamond- shape, embossed studded leather resurrected from a 1990’s bag in new sizes and shapes catering to all occasions.

The new Janelle adjustable cross-body bag in croc print calf skin plays sleek homage to Bally’s iconic Janelle buckle babouche completing the family.

A striped canvas tote to hold treasures found along the journey takes its cues from a 1941 archival style shoe. Dreamy phrases on bags such as “A Place called Elsewhere” evoke the feeling of cross-country exploration.

Unexpected layering emphasizes different textures. Laminated cotton, calf hair and lamb nappa trench coats create a structured and polished outer shell to accompany relaxed sportswear. A generous silhouette in trousers made from crochet viscose and washed silk drill allow for ease of movement and relaxed elegance.

Source: Bally


Elle Macpherson To Attend Lexus Design Pavilion On Derby Day

Australia’s Elle Macpherson will join luxury lifestyle brand Lexus as a guest of honour in the coveted Lexus Design Pavilion at this year’s Victoria Derby Day, the opening event of the Melbourne Cup Carnival.

Macpherson will visit the prestigious international race event coinciding with the first year of Lexus as the principal partner of the Victoria Racing Club and naming rights sponsor of the Melbourne Cup.

Elle Macpherson, co-founder of Wellness brand WelleCo – has long been an advocate for female empowerment. She has received numerous international business awards and continues to demonstrate a strong affinity between femininity and the future of women in business.

“I am excited to be coming back to Australia in November as a guest of Lexus. I’ll be spending Derby Day in the Lexus Design Pavilion – and this is their first year as the new principal partner of the Victoria Racing Club”, Macpherson said.

Lexus will also stage the Australian premiere of its all-new UX luxury compact SUV at this year’s event. Development of the innovative UX – which will become a new gateway vehicle to the Lexus brand – was led by the luxury carmaker’s first female chief engineer and executive vice president of Lexus International, Chika Kako.

Kako’s vision for the UX was to break with the conventions of the segment and create a compact design that is strong, stylish, distinctive and dynamic, and showcase Lexus as progressive global luxury lifestyle brand with leading levels of design, technology and innovation.

Lexus Australia chief executive, Scott Thompson said Lexus is thrilled to have the prominent Australian icon and businesswoman attend the Lexus Design Pavilion.

“Elle is synonymous with Lexus’ core brand values – progressive, innovative and sophisticated”, Mr Thompson said.

“As an entrepreneur in business and role model for young Australians, she adds an exciting dynamic to this year’s carnival”, he said.

“The Lexus Melbourne Cup holds a special place in people’s hearts and we are proud to be the new custodians of the race that stops the nation™. As the new principal partner, we look forward to driving the Melbourne Cup Carnival to new heights.”

The Lexus Design Pavilion, located within the exclusive Birdcage enclosure at Flemington racecourse, is Lexus Australia’s key annual design project. Its exquisite design reflects the timeless craftsmanship within every Lexus vehicle and is inspired by heritage Japanese design philosophies.

This year the Lexus Design Pavilion will reside at pole position in the exclusive Birdcage enclosure and cover an expansive 1000 sqm across three levels of luxury and opulence.

Designed with Lexus’ core values and guiding principles of Takumi craftsmanship and Japanese philosophies surrounding anticipation, consideration and hospitality — in mind, the unrivalled all-black structure features 1,280 louvre windows and will house up to 300 guests per day and service approximately 1,200 guests throughout the carnival.

Source: Lexus


Laurent-Perrier X Kerrie Hess at The Langham

Laurent-Perrier, one of the finest champagne houses in the world has collaborated with Australian artist and illustrator Kerrie Hess to create a limited edition Cuvée Rosé Gift Box to celebrate its cherished Cuvée Rosé and the 50thanniversary of this iconic champagne.

Created in 1968, Cuvée Rosé was developed from the boldness and know-how of the House of Laurent-Perrier. Perfected at each stage of its making, Cuvée Rosé is acknowledged for its consistency and its high quality and is widely regarded as the benchmark of its category.

Kerrie’s illustration for the gift box was inspired by her time in Paris and captures the Parisian romance of enjoying Cuvee Rosé amongst the city’s most well known landmarks including the Eiffel Tower and The Pont Alexandre III Bridge. The pink water-coloured tones are inspired by the hues and sensory characteristics of the champagne.

Paul Stenmark from Laurent-Perrier says, “We are delighted to release this beautiful, limited edition gift box for Cuvée Rosé. The unique gift box is a celebration of the elegance and freshness of Cuvée Rosé. Kerrie’s style aligns perfectly with the origins of the brand and its subtle richness”.

Kerrie Hess says, “Laurent-Perrier Cuvée Rosé has always been one of my favourite champagnes. I wanted to evoke the romance of Cuvée Rosé through the Parisian setting and soft rose coloured tones.  I also wanted to pay homage to the time fifty years ago when this champagne first launched with a slightly vintage feel; while still being fresh and modern. Just like the champagne itself.”

As part of the collaborative process Kerrie visited Maison Laurent-Perrier in Tours-sur-Marne, in the outer regions of Champagne where she toured the vineyards and cellars of Laurent-Perrier.

With only 500 units released nationally, the Kerrie Hess Limited Edition Cuvée Rosé Gift Box is sure to become a cherished collectors item for followers of Kerrie’s work and champagne connoisseurs alike.

Available from selected independent retailers nationally from September.

RRP = $140

Source: Laurent-Perrier


News from The Library - The Editor and The Writer Unveiled

The Library has unveiled the final additions to its award-winning ‘Secret Chapters’ with the opening of The Writer and The Editor ultra-luxurious villas in September 2018 at the acclaimed Thailand property situated on Chaweng Beach in Koh Samui.

The Library, a member of Design Hotels, has now completed the creation of an exclusive collection of Secret Pool Villas which offer outstanding leisure experiences though conceptually engaging design and warm Thai hospitality.

Each of the new villas has been designed by The Library’s Owner and Creative Director, Kasemtham Sornsong and Project Manager and Interior Designer, Tirawan Songsawat.

In a profoundly evocative and romantic atmosphere, The Editor’s core ethos is revealed through its focus on ‘emotion’.

Tirawan Songsawat lends her artistic vision in creating a special space for travelling couples where every room has a specific scenario.

A beautiful palette of seductive red hues awakens the passion and verdant green tones soothe the senses.

Key features include a custom-made 3.3-metre-wide bed with mood lighting, a full dining area with pantry, dedicated reading room, an outdoor sala, a spacious Jacuzzi bathtub and an 8-metre-long saltwater swimming pool.

The Editor is a 278-square-metre villa for 2 adults.The enduring design philosophy of The Library is that of minimalism and The Writer subverts that narrative with a play of contrasts – a merging of flamboyant interiors and sharp-lined exteriors, a juxtaposition of the modern and the exotic, a melting pot of Western and Eastern sensibilities.

Borne from the imaginative mind of Kasemtham Sornsong, this 359-square-metre pool villa stands as a singular bold statement of a well-travelled working creative.

Key features include an absolute beach frontage and access, a custom-made 3.3-metre-wide bed, dedicated living and dining spaces, a library, an outdoor cinema, expansive courtyard with private gym and Jacuzzi, an upper floor terrace with spectacular views and an 8.5 x 7.5-metre-long saltwater swimming pool.

The Writer is the largest and most exclusive pool villa available at The Library and is for adults only.

With an enchanting beachfront location and a minimalist design, The Library is the perfect place to curl up with a good book.

True to its name, this unique conceptual hotel features an expansive library of more than 1400 books available for guests to borrow.

This wealth of literature is complemented by the clean lines and bold design choices of its 46 luxury pool villas, suites and studios, each furnished with a reassuring assortment of premium amenities and entertainment technology.

The famous red swimming pool provides stark contrast to the alabaster-white buildings of the property.

From The Page restaurant on the beachfront, to the Drink Gallery and Tapas Bar fronting the street, The Library seals the chasm between nature and modern life.

For The Library bookings contact your travel agent or rsvn@thelibrarysamui.com

Source: The Library Samui