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Spring is in full swing, and so is the creative energy buzzing throughout the artistic world. Below is our Brand New roundup of collections, collaborations, and newly released products you won’t want to miss.
Last week, Alice + Olivia launched a capsule collection in collaboration with artist Donald Robertson. The collection features ready-to-wear pieces (including dresses, sneakers, bags, and more) with fun and bright lip and cheetah motifs created by Robertson.
Assouline presented Alaïa: Livre de Collection, a raw and truthful behind-the-scenes look at the details that go into putting together a fashion show. A tribute to Prosper Assouline’s friendship with designer Azzedine Alaïa, the book is a republication of Assouline’s Collector’s Book from 1992 featuring words and photographs by Prosper himself.
In addition to Alaïa: Livre de Collection, Assouline is also highlighting its Spring 2018 Connoisseur Collection with Missoni, releasing The Missoni Family Cookbook. The colorfully curated cookbook features a forward by family friend, Quincy Jones, and an introduction by Francesco Maccapani Missoni, the grandson of the founders. The cookbook shares a collection of the iconic family’s recipes, which are just as unique as their designs.
Remy Martin, the official partner of Cannes Film Festival, returns for the 15th year with its limited edition Remy Martin XO Cannes 2018. With a bottle design inspired by the twinkling, lighted letters of iconic movie theaters, the delectable amber cognac reveals hints of plums, figs, candied oranges, and white flowers, which are accompanied by notes of cinnamon and freshly grated hazelnuts. The warm hue and luxurious softness of the Remy Martin XO undoubtedly bears the deeply rooted history of Remy Martin’s exceptional cognac.
Danish design brand Kvadrat introduces the Twill Weave textile—its first collaboration with American designer Jonathan Olivares. The material was inspired by Olivares’s search for an upholstery-grade textile to pair with a carbon fiber twill weave textile while working on a design project for Harvard’s Philip Johnson Thesis House. The Twill Weave textile is available in nineteen colors, all of which can be found within the colors of Earthen materials and minerals, such as carbon.
The Tambour Moon Divine shines as Louis Vuitton’s latest addition to its “Tambour Moon” collection. An elegant, feminine timepiece, the new addition bears a monogram flower motif on either a silky lacquered or mother-of-pearl dial. The watch, which comes in three sizes (28 mm, 35 mm, and 39.5 mm), sparkles with delicate diamonds, has the option for a steel or pink gold case, and is available in black, white, or red.
Hermès Perfumer Christine Nagel explored the meanderings of imagination, soul, and matter in the latest fragrance collection, “Hermessence.” The exquisite new scents transform ancient and rare materials like musk, myrrh, and cedar into an olfactory experience, meant to take the wearer on an invigorating journey. The two essences de parfums and three eaux de toilettes (Myrrhe Églantine, Cèdre Sambac, Agar Ébène, Cardamusc, and Musc Pallida) are presented a classic bottle featuring a calfskin leather cap, making them delightful to wear, and as the perfect vanity decoration, too.
Montblanc has revealed “Homage to Ludwig II of Bavaria,” the latest installation in the Patron of Arts collection. The inspiration for the collection, Ludwig II, was known for being a patron of composer Richard Wagner, as well as being the creator of the fantasy castle, Schloss Neuschwanstein. The Limited Edition 5 pen, the rarest of the collection, features a Romanesque motif reminiscent of the interiors of Neuschwanstein, as well as a ruby baguette set in the cap and a diamond nestled within the gold royal crown on the cap top. Other models in the collection include the LE 4810 and the LE 888.
Parmigiani Fleurier premiered its latest collaboration with artist Marcello Lo Giudice earlier this week at an exclusive event at Opera Gallery New York. Each of the twelve timepieces in the collection feature an exact replication of pieces of Lo Giudice’s work. Michel Parmigiani describes the replications as pieces that resemble the way a glass prism separates white light into its full spectrum of colors. A highlight of the collection is the special edition Tonda 1950 Marcello Lo Giudice, which features thinner hands in a sage leaf shape, and a rose gold case bearing the names “Marcello” and “Michel”—engraved as homage to the friendship created through the collaboration.
New School’s Parson’s School of Design gifted the city with “Street Seats,” a temporary installation of public seating on East 13th Street in New York. The two parking spot-sized installation was created with sustainability in mind, featuring details like repurposed fishing nets used for seating and a structure made of naturally rot-resistant Cedar wood. The environmentally friendly design was completed with a set of independent solar powered light panels and biodegradable planters, which help reduce noise from the street and provide an inviting, relaxing environment for both people and pollinators. “Street Seats” is the result of the fourth iteration of an elective design class at Parsons.