The week that was – and a big one indeed in the name of fashion. As the year slowly draws to a close, the parties only get greater and the collections hotter. From an evening exploring the endless halls of the National Gallery of Victoria and Chanel, to immersive experiences in Van Cleef & Arpels' enchanted gardens, here are 5 of the best fashion moments from the week that was.
Leading us into the magic of the festive season, Van Cleef & Arpels have created an otherworldly trove of delicacy and majesty, titled Enchanting Garden. Taking place over the summer, the space offers a selection of exclusive High Jewellery creations and timepieces inspired by a poetic vision of nature. Collaborating with French artists Charlotte Gastaut; the Enchanting Garden has been imagined as a universe of mesmerising forest and fabulous gardens – accentuated by a wide palette of colours, furnished patterns and elegant characters. The perfect setting to reveal the poetry and beauty of Van Cleef & Arpels' High Jewellery collections.
In an exclusive collection, Celine Homme and Mr Porter set off for their first collaboration – a spring summer capsule title 'Cosmic Cruiser'. Inspired by the restless dreams and mentality of post-pandemic youth, the collection features 37 exclusive styles across ready-to-wear, shoes and accessories. Noteworthy pieces include a pink wooden skateboard with a matching bucket hat with the slogan ‘Flamingo Tensions’, alongside printed wide leg pants, embroidered leather jackets and a long-line double breasted sequined blazer. Paying homage to neo-rave, 'Cosmic Cruiser' is the ultimate love letter to escapism.
Saint Laurent's Rive Droite project knows no bounds – the latest instalment, an ephemeral gallery exhibiting Japanese artist Sho Shibuya's work, "55 Sunrises". Constructed for the occasion of Art Basel Miami Beach, Shibuya's series, Sunrise from a Small Window, was born out of a daily meditation on the contrast between the stable morning sky and the increasingly chaotic news. Over time, the idea evolved into a visual and emotional interpretation of the political and environmental landscape featured on the front page of the New York Times, hiding individual details under a layer of paint. 53 of these paintings are exhibited in the gallery, with the New York-based artist creating two new paintings to complete the series; commemorating the 55th anniversary of the opening of the first Rive Gauche ready-to-wear boutique.
The long-awaited opening of the Gabrielle Chanel. Fashion Manifesto exhibition has finally arrived, and to celebrate, friends of the House gathered at the National Gallery of Victoria on Thursday to celebrate at the Avant Première. Chanel ambassador and Australian actress Phoebe Tonkin, artist Budjerah and actress Lily Sullivan were amongst the celebrities in attendance; given the opportunity to experience the first major Australian museum showcase of Gabrielle Chanel's work. The exhibition will be open until April 25, with tickets available to purchase through the NGV website.
Moncler releases Genius FW21 collection, 8 Moncler Palm Angels
Moncler has announced and released its latest collection, a collaboration with Palm Angels’ founder and creative director Francesco Ragazzi, titled 8 Moncler Palm Angels. The latest drop is centred around the idea of harmony – elevating materials, volume of details on a range of classic garments to subvert the familiar into something surprising while still retaining function and simplicity. Through the collaboration, Ragazzi has taken a line-up of signature Moncler archetypes; the puffer jacket, with or without sleeves, is the focus, closely followed by the Hawaiian shirt, the cardigan and the jumper, the tracksuit, the sweatshirt, the Moon Boot. Each piece resembles the idea of spontaneous reshuffling and a sense of transformation; turning the known upside down.