The latest Chanel Cruise 2018 collection was presented yesterday in Paris, but not the Paris that comes to mind. Traditional landmarks were replaced by Karl Lagerfeld’s world: an Ancient Greek themed runway, a complete spectacle with faux ancient ruins and models clothed in draped dresses and gladiator sandals. Lagerfeld is no stranger to a fashion spectacle, each season offers up a new backdrop, a new way of looking at fashion and design. This back to Greek civilization is an interesting theme that Chanel is exploring this season, as the general feeling within fashion recently has felt like a craving for back to basics. Also the idea of women as goddesses feels very fitting for now, with women, femininity and feminism front and centre of the fashion discussion right now. Cruise or Resort is a slightly odd collection rollout, because in reality the average consumer probably doesn’t know about or understand this fashion terminology, but the collections are hugely important and perfect for the luxury consumer who is preparing for travel and vacations. Key items were updated here by Chanel: a standard swimsuit came with added allure, two-pieces for the younger body conscious consumer, and glamorous cover-ups for the more mature audience. The accessories were evolved versions what we’ve seen before, think the demure Chanel headband but in a gold braid, perfect for daytime by the beach. Also, branded earrings (similar to the luxury branding we saw on the catwalk at YSL- a return to celebrating logos) were key. All in all it was light airy show, complete with the key pieces one expects to see at Chanel (for its core consumer base) with a few exciting pieces for the new, viral, Instagram-obsessed Millennial consumer. The post Chanel Cruise 2018 Collection: A Voyage to Ancient Greece (by way of Paris) appeared first on WGSN Insider. http://ift.tt/2qErIVu

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Brazil’s Veste Rio is a fashion event not to be missed, especially because it offers up a great place to spot new design talent. WGSN’s Rio Manager, Luiza Nolasco headed to the busy week of shows, speeches and two important exhibitions (one on the top 10 new Brazilian talents and the other one focused on the resort collections) to get the lay of the land and research the most interesting emerging names. Here she gives us her top fashion designers to watch out for – remember their names! PARADISE Thomaz Azulay and Patrick Doering presented very beautiful women’s and menswear Summer 18 collections. Since the brand offers digital stamping as its USP, the main focus was matching tropical tailor shirts and pants/skirts, and also matching bathing suits and beachwear. The prints were very surrealistic, combining elements from classical art, jewellery, nature and Greek mythology. As expected, the accessories were a must-have: a collab with the upcoming accessory-brand Phrisma, they complement the Victorian style seen in many of the brand’s different collections. WYMANN Tropical Minimalism was Raquel Wymann’s main inspiration and she based her SS18 collection on the Carioca lifestyle, but using elements of the easy-wear European style. She brought to the catwalk a ready-to-wear collection, where knots and layers were key, not only for the architectural utility theme but as styling components. The prints were black and white, with minimalist silhouettes enhanced by complementary duos. HANDRED André Namitala used Alto Paraiso city as a reference for his collection. His inspiration was the spiritual movement of looking to your inner self in silence, seeking for peace and personal growth. To create the collection the designer looked back at local traditions such as the straw-sun hats along with farming influences using a palette of colours of soft green, white, grey and black, And for the prints he used the vine flowers and mushrooms as inspiration. No-gender was also a key theme in the collection. The brand presented many loose fitting robes, styled on both men and women, an element that gives a beautiful insight into his idea of genderless style and the future of fashion. The post Veste Rio: The rising design talent from Brazil’s biggest fashion event appeared first on WGSN Insider. http://ift.tt/2pKuM2j

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Boosted by social media, celebrities and a younger male consumers’ propensity to experiment, pink has trickled into the menswear industry slowly but surely. Pink in menswear held 2.9% of new-ins in the UK over March 2017. 32% of these new items were offered by ASOS – a significant increase of 116% YoY in their merchandise, while River Island grew its assortment of menswear pink new-ins by 157% YoY suggesting that young fashion brands are grasping this new found openness with both hands. River Island pink Pink’s biggest presence was previously in men’s shirts (formal shirts are often in shades of pink), but it is now tops that hold the majority of pink new-ins at 43.9%, championed by young fashion retailers such as Boohoo and H&M. Tailoring is another significant gain, increasing its share of the new-in pink assortment to 12%. The introduction of pink has also allowed other typically feminine details such as velvet, embroidery and floral products to enter the UK menswear market with some SKUs out of stock featuring these elements. Merchandising and window displays are critical to stimulate consumer demand. Outfit building suggestions (both instore and in online editorials) presenting pink alongside other complimentary colours to suggest how these new shades can be worn, will help consumers visualize pink in their wardrobes. With an older audience, subtlety is key – so instore staff suggestions and guidance will help these shoppers branch out. New Look pink for men Millenial pink has become a staple part of assortments as a symbol of the younger gender-fluid generation and pink will remain a staple part of ranges into A/W 17/18. As the season progresses, dusty shades of pink can be introduced into assortments as accents to deeper purples such as Bordeaux and steel greys as the perfect foil for winter wardrobes and party season. The post Thinking Pink: Why menswear is getting a hint of blush this season appeared first on WGSN Insider. http://ift.tt/2p9OX86

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