THE MENSWEAR TREND FALL 2015 REPORT

ALEXANDER MCQUEEN
ALEXANDER MCQUEEN
BOTTEGA VENETA
BOTTEGA VENETA
TOM FORD
TOM FORD
COMME DE GARCONS
COMME DE GARCONS
MARC JACOBS
MARC JACOBS
CALVIN KLEIN
CALVIN KLEIN
BURBERRY PRORSUM
BURBERRY PRORSUM
SAINT LAURENT
SAINT LAURENT
BERLUTI
BERLUTI
HERMES
HERMES
KENZO
KENZO
MARGARET HOWEL
MARGARET HOWEL
RAF SIMONS
RAF SIMONS
GUCCI
GUCCI
SALVATORE FERRAGAMO
SALVATORE FERRAGAMO
BRUNELLO CUCCINELLI
BRUNELLO CUCCINELLI
3.1 - PHILLIP LIM
3.1 – PHILLIP LIM
JIL SANDER
JIL SANDER
MICHAEL KORS
MICHAEL KORS
ETRO
ETRO
ALEXANDER WANG
ALEXANDER WANG
VALENTINO
VALENTINO
LOUIS VUITTON
LOUIS VUITTON
LANVIN
LANVIN
BALLY
BALLY
FENDI
FENDI
GOSHA RUBCHINSKIY
GOSHA RUBCHINSKIY
DIOR
DIOR
DRIES VAN NOTEN
DRIES VAN NOTEN
GIVENCHY
GIVENCHY
BALENCIAGA
BALENCIAGA
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KITOKO STUDIO – 8 SQ.MT APARTMENT IN PARIS

kitoko studio fills tiny 8 sqm parisian apartment with hidden amenities

photo © fabienne delafraye

8 sqm in Paris by Kitoko Studio
8 sqm in Paris by Kitoko Studio

Maid rooms in Paris have long been considered unattractive and secluded spaces in the beautiful haussmann buildings, renovations commissioned napoleon III and led by georges-eugene haussmann. always located on the top level under the roof, they are characterized by their small size, with a rudimentary interior aesthetic and common circulations difficult to access. over time, the rooms have known different usages, therefore losing their original purpose and becoming attics or storage closets. thereafter, the general increase in property prices has also generated a new consideration of these forgotten areas and generated a renewed housing. in response, kitoko studio has taken on the task of arranging an 8 square meter location for a client’s future au pair.

8 sqm in Paris by Kitoko Studio
8 sqm in Paris by Kitoko Studio
8 sqm in Paris by Kitoko Studio
8 sqm in Paris by Kitoko Studio

despite the limited dimensions, the space had to be functional in order to sleep, cook, eat, wash, work and store a maximum amount of items. according to the studio, their architectural response that implements many different amenities refers to the ‘concept of the swiss army knife’. the accessory is a simple knife but, by a game of sliding and folding, it can contain a multitude of tools in a very small object. therefore, the renovation is a modular transcription of such an object with elements of storage, a bed, a table, a wardrobe, a staircase, a kitchenette and a bathroom, all fully integrated within a large closet, which can be opened and closed according to the needs and changes the perception of space. kitoko believes, ‘the requirement of a unique multifunctional space has first been seen as a fairly complex constraint and, in the end, it became the real strength of the project.’

8 sqm in Paris by Kitoko Studio
8 sqm in Paris by Kitoko Studio
8 sqm in Paris by Kitoko Studio
8 sqm in Paris by Kitoko Studio
8 sqm in Paris by Kitoko Studio
8 sqm in Paris by Kitoko Studio

ARISTIDE IN PARIS : HOTEL FOR URBAN CATS

LOGO OF HOTEL ARISTIDE FOR URBAN CATS
LOGO OF HOTEL ARISTIDE FOR URBAN CATS

Paris has been Catified with a brand new “hotel for urban cats”. Aristide is a cat boarding facility that’s unlike any I’ve ever seen. Sleek and modern, it’s filled with just about everything we’ve ever written about here on Hauspanther, from the CatWheel to the Catissa floating cat tree. These elegant accommodations would make any kitty look forward to a little getaway.

HOTEL ARISTIDE FOR URBAN CATS
HOTEL ARISTIDE FOR URBAN CATS

The owners really outdid themselves with the Catification of this facility. They definitely designed the space to accommodate the cats’ needs. First and foremost, they have incredible climbing and perching options, something that’s so important for making cats comfortable in their environment. This would be especially true in an unfamiliar space, where the cats will want to survey their territory.

HOTEL ARISTIDE FOR URBAN CATS
HOTEL ARISTIDE FOR URBAN CATS

It looks like they’ve created perches at every height from just off the floor to way up toward the ceiling. Everything appears well connected by a cat superhighway that has plenty of on- and off- ramps and multiple traffic lanes. Lots of great lookout points, too!

HOTEL ARISTIDE FOR URBAN CATS
HOTEL ARISTIDE FOR URBAN CATS

Next, they added lots of different scratching surfaces to allow the cats to mark their territory. Big sisal wrapped poles give kitties something they can really dig into.

HOTEL ARISTIDE FOR URBAN CATS
HOTEL ARISTIDE FOR URBAN CATS

They also have plenty of soft, comfy beds, another important thing for territorial marking. Deep bucket beds and wider open beds, like the recycled suitcase cat bed, give guests lots of different options for lounging.

HOTEL ARISTIDE FOR URBAN CATS
HOTEL ARISTIDE FOR URBAN CATS

They also have plenty of soft, comfy beds, another important thing for territorial marking. Deep bucket beds and wider open beds, like the recycled suitcase cat bed, give guests lots of different options for lounging.

HOTEL ARISTIDE FOR URBAN CATS
HOTEL ARISTIDE FOR URBAN CATS

Interactive toys and puzzle games also keep the visiting felines occupied during their stay, although these kitties look like they’re over it already. Next toy please.

There’s no doubt that any cat staying at Aristide will be excessively pampered. If you read French, you can find out more about Aristide at aristide-hotel.com or like them on Facebook

LOUIS VUITTON READY TO WEAR SPRING SUMMER 2015 PARIS

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Picking up perfectly off the back of last season’s show, Ghesquière created a cohesive collection that developed ideas that he had just touched on in his debut.  His impressive talents with state of the art construction techniques and love of modern fabrics once again worked marvelously well, backed by the wealth of noble textiles Louis Vuitton has put at his disposal.

He started strong with some fitted “mixed media” dresses and tops that wove together an array of different knitting techniques to create a textural eye-catching design. One that he elaborated on throughout the collection, later offering the idea up in softer ruffled short dresses, and towards the end he folded in sections crafted out of knitwear or leather to give the elaborate construction a heightened sense of daring.

A selection of stripy eel pieces will be fought over for editorial coverage. As will some playful pieces covered in a print that featured floating household objects like hairdryers, eyelash curlers and salt and pepper shakers or a group of shimmer trompe l’oeil mini dresses. The velvet pants and head to toe printed versions will also get pulled by stylists but might be passed over by customers who want to keep that aspect of the 70s a distant memory.

There was also a large selection of quilted, boxy Louis Vuitton bags to choose from. But they actually worked like accessories this season, rather than statement pieces, blending in seamlessly into each technically impressive look.

Louis Vuitton, Ready to Wear Spring Summer 2015 Collection in Paris

http://uk.louisvuitton.com/eng-gb/stories/women-spring-2015-collection

FONDATION LOUIS VUITTON

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A gigantic glass-encased structure overlooking the Jardin d’Acclimatation, a popular children’s park, is coming up on the northern edge of the Bois de Boulogne in western Paris. Visible from far away sailing above the trees, the Fondation Louis Vuitton appears to be a ship floating on water, mirroring the river nearby. American-Canadian architect Frank Gehry, who’s heading the project, terms it an iceberg encircled by a cloud in what is a revolution in the use of glass in architecture, where translucent panels are positioned to reflect different colors and light patterns throughout the day. Having built a reputation in fashion, the French luxury goods conglomerate LVMH (Moët Hennessy – Louis Vuitton, which includes Louis Vuitton, Christian Dior and Givenchy among its many brands) desired a more permanent place in the art world and unveiled a striking design by the 85-year-old architect housing a new cultural foundation that Bernard Arnault, Chairman and CEO of LVMH, views as a logical follow-up to his company’s extensive sponsorship of the arts.

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Mostly though, this monument dedicated to contemporary art (it includes a restaurant, 360-seat auditorium and forum and lower-level gallery that may be used for live fashion shows) will demonstrate Arnault’s role as the penultimate tastemaker and LVMH as an institution devoted to fostering high culture in France and abroad. The new building may also allow Arnault to score a publicity coup against his luxury goods rival, François Pinault, owner of Christie’s, Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent, who abandoned plans to build a museum for his contemporary art collection outside Paris, after years of red tape, and acquired the Palazzo Grassi in Venice instead.

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On site, the edifice soars 46 meters high, resembling a ship made from a confusion of wood beams, steel and aluminum, where we can see the complex fastening mechanism. Composed of a succession of white shapes punctuated by four tree-lined terraces, the imposing iceberg with a white concrete façade, strange and chaotic with its curves and angles, seems to disappear under immense glass canopies composed of 12 twisting glass sails that were subject to tests of high wind resistance and form the defining feature of the building, demonstrating esthetic audacity and technical prowess.

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The unique characteristic of this architecture is that every element is different. A sub-layer of black insulating material, then 19,040 white custom-cut Ductal (ultra-high performance concrete, a ductile material that beautifully expresses shape) panels – a veritable conundrum of geometric precision to respect the imposed layout – covers a hull of 9,200 sqm comprising the iceberg’s facades. The 13,500 sqm of external glass surfaces are constituted from 3,584 panels of the same size, curved or fitted, installed on a structure of wood and steel. Each piece of glass has a unique shape, respecting the architect’s complex design.

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This envelope will allow the creation of spaces housing a permanent collection formed from Arnault’s vast corporate and private collections of art, including 20th-century classics from Picasso, Yves Klein, Henry Moore and Andy Warhol and modern work by Agnes Martin, Frank Serra, Jeff Koons, Pierre Huyghe and Gilbert&George, and the organization of temporary exhibitions of the work of established and contemporary artists like Jean Dubuffet, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Francis Bacon or Damien Hirst. Based on an art collection that is mainly contemporary, the Foundation’s purpose is to support art and creation and to promote its national and international outreach by welcoming all audiences. Its tasks include: exhibiting permanent collections, showcasing temporary exhibitions of modern and contemporary art, organizing multidisciplinary events, developing educational activities and programs – notably aimed at young audiences – and organizing meetings and talks with outstanding artists and cultural partners.