Alexander Wang, the new creative director of Balenciaga, introduced two variations of the new bags Neo Classic Chain and Neo Classic Mini Chain. Both models are crafted in a cool streamlined shape with minimum hardware and a convenient strap handmade from leather and metal. The metal buckle refers to the design of iconic handbag Balenciaga Biker, and it already has the signature of Alexander Wang. These pieces are conveyed in a rose bubble gum and black shades and the mini is available in additional color – bleu navy.
Designer Elise Dealmeida launched the chikimiki label, which is inspired by art and the world that surrounds us. The label is influenced by Japanese design and it was created for individualistic woman who is not afraid to be different. Dealmeida’s clothing is unique, versatile and seasonless. Chikimiki tries to bridge the gap between fashion and art by making one of the kind pieces. The concept focuses on the crafmanship that has no fear of time and can be worn five years later. Each garment is made in the highest quality. Most of the chikimiki pieces are crafted in New York – at a studio or at local factories. Ten percent of the profit made from selling a garment goes to Bookfriends, an organization in charge of providing schoolbooks for children in Africa. The latest collection offered edgy, original and feminine attire.
Maria Francesca Pepe studied literature and philosophy at the Università degli Studi di Milano, and she completed her Fashion Design BA at the Marangoni Institute in 2003. After two years working as a print and fashion designer in Milan for the brands Blumarine, Luciano Soprani and Kookai, Maria Francesca Pepe moved to London to complete her masters in Womenwear Fashion at the Central Saint Martins. She founded her eponymous brand MFP-Maria Francesca Pepe in 2007 with the focus on fashion jewellery. She has received numerous achievements for her originality, high quality and uniqueness. High profile celebrities like Lady Gaga, Rihanna, Jennifer Lopez, Kate Moss, Pixie Lott, Katy Perry, Elle McPherson, Skin (Skunk Anansie), Shirley Manson (Garbage), Sienna Miller, Hilary Tsui, Kelly Rowland,The XFactorUK, Fergie (Black Eyed Peas), Sarah Jessica Parker, Boa, Yukimi Nagano (Little Dragon), Cheryl Cole, Susie Bubble, Yasmin and others wore her pieces. MFP-Maria Francesca Pepe collaborated with Urban Outfitters, Topshop, Victoria’s Secrets, Wolford, Amanda Wakeley, Roksanda Ilincic, Emilio De La Morena, Aldo Shoes and Morellato. The jewelery is usually inspired by British avant-garde and crafted by Italian artisans. The bold, sharp and geometric designs are combined with a touch of romanticism. Maria Francesca Pepe enhances the classic elements and shapes them by adding a techno-deco appeal. Her latest Spring/Summer 2015 collection “In the City” channeled references from the city skyline, urban graphics and pop neon inspired by Art Deco, which introduced unique handcrafted timeless pieces of high quality fused with cutting edge design.