Window displays given pride of place by Studio Viaduct

After the widespread closures due to the pandemic, a number of stores are attempting to renew their selections and offer clever new ideas so that customers continue to desire, dream and shop despite the current context. In Copenhagen, Studio Viaduct has invited six artists and brands to take over the design of six window displays that can be seen from the street and are closed to the public.

Studio Viaduct’s initiative

Entitled “Between Spaces”, these new booths have thus become real little boutiques with a distinctive character that showcase craftsmanship. The products can subsequently be found in their e-shop, thus allowing customers to go window-shopping in complete safety.

The design magazine ARK Journal designed a window display comprising totemic sculptures, artists’ steles and the Noguchi lamp. All created in tones of beige and wood.

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Entirely in line with the minimalist trend, featuring wool loop pile and solid oak, we dive back into a world reminiscent of Charlotte Perriand for a minimalist and maximalist effect.

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The second Magniberg window display with the brands Nina Nørgaard and Cecilie Bahnsen adopts a bedroom ambience. Putting a spin on the store in this way and finding clothes directly in a living space allows you to imagine yourself in it. The feminine pastel tones invite customers into a warm Nordic atmosphere.

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The third window display created by Mathias Mentze is minimalist yet offers an invitation to intimacy. The screen motif was specially designed for Viaduct by Ana Kras and can be displayed as wallpaper in an interior. The Noguchi lamps go hand in hand with Pierre Chapo’s wooden stools.

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Renowned guests

During the second multi-brand session, three new guests and worlds were presented.

Atelier Axo invites us into an imaginary living room in which straight lines intersect. From the checked pattern to the geometric shapes on the sideboard, this interior with old-fashioned accents is enlivened with its colourful touches.

Plethora Magazine, the independent art publisher, and Plethora design studio have set up their installation with their brand Plethora Magazine. A cross between a magazine and a selection of fine art prints. A gentle and timeless brand in the light of the accelerated digitisation of our world. Here, we find ourselves at the heart of this library atmosphere where paper is king.

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Last but not least, the vintage Norwegian store Lokaal Studio is genuinely interested in the quality of its materials. The studio looks to pay careful attention to the properties of materials and to their details, craftsmanship, shape and texture. This unique selection will soon be available in Studio Viaduct’s online store.

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This is how creativity is being renewed in these times and how new forms of retail are emerging, combining physical spaces with a digital component.

FASHION WEEKS’ FUTURE

Already having been turned upside down and in major flux, the fashion world has seen its standards shift over the past few seasons, with the global Covid outbreak only accentuating these fundamental questions, namely the date and format of the presentations of the collections, or even the pertinence of fashion weeks…

Questions that have been around for a while

These questions are nothing new as, already in late 2015, the CFDA – the Council of Fashion Designers of America – had considered several options for reorganising the way in which the new collections are presented during New York Fashion Weeks. And for good reason: “designers, retailers and editors have been questioning the relevance of Fashion Week in its current format for some time,” Steven Kolb, its CEO, explained to us.

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And then from 2017 there followed a series of announcements and actions by top houses such as Burberry, which shows its women’s and men’s collections together, with all the clothes being immediately available for sale both in stores and online. Gucci has also made the decision to merge its men’s and women’s collections and only offer mixed shows.

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“In a world that has become increasingly immediate, the current way of showing a collection four months before it is available to customers is an antiquated idea and one that no longer makes sense,” stated the American designer Tom Ford.

According to Demna Gvasalia, the artistic director of the Vêtements collective and the Balenciaga brand, there is a need to simplify the production process and get out of the “vicious circle of the current system”, an infernal whirlwind that “kills both the creativity and the business”.

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Post-Covid: a key step in fashion weeks’ future

And now what? Some are completely renouncing the fashion show, while others are arranging non-professional shows, an example set by Givenchy.

The post-lockdown period has led to new announcements… A few days ago, Gucci’s creative director, Alessandro Michele, announced that from now on he was going to choose his own tempo for presenting his collections and shows. The designer no longer wants to get caught up in the frenzied pace of fashion, a desire already expressed by several top houses.

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In a long post published on his Instagram account, Alessandro Michele explained that the upheaval caused by the coronavirus crisis has been an opportunity for reflection.

“These days of confinement, in a suspended time, I try to ask myself what is the meaning of my actions,” he writes in this post. “Our reckless actions have burned the house we live in. In my own small way, I feel the urgent need to change a lot of things in the way I work.”

A new chapter in fashion is undoubtedly beginning, in which we will all play a part…

“Full Metal Jacket”: Vollebak’s copper-based jacket

The avant-garde clothing label presents a new jacket made from copper yarn. But what is so special about it? It is able to protect us from diseases and other malicious viruses. A godsend in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic.

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An anti-virus material

While its name sounds like a homage to Stanley Kubrick’s legendary feature film, Vollebak’s Full Metal Jacket remains first and foremost a pure gem of textile innovation. The first step in the development of smart clothing with a health focus, this antimicrobial piece presents the specific feature of being crafted from copper yarn. And for good reason: known for boosting the circulation of heat and electricity, copper also makes it possible to kill bacteria and viruses that might try to weave their way into our immune systems.

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“The copper releases electrically charged ions which first make it difficult for a microbe to breathe, before punching holes in its outer membrane, moving in and completely wiping out its DNA, preventing it from developing any future resistance. These properties have been demonstrated by an extensive body of research and have come under the spotlight again this year in initial Covid-19 studies,” explains Vollebak.

A jacket tailored to everyday life
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Made from a blend of 65% copper, 23% polyamide and 12% polyurethane, the jacket – which single-handedly boasts 11 km of copper yarn – nonetheless remains a highly desirable item. Soft, supple, waterproof, windproof and breathable, Full Metal Jacket is also set off with a fleece-lined collar and pockets for optimal comfort, while falling in line with current style trends.

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Its secret? A demanding production process, making it possible to transform the precious metal into a viable fabric by laminating the metal yarn with the waterproof and breathable Schoeller C_change® membrane. With this method, Vollebak is looking to show that this type of material may be used to design smart clothes while focusing on the production of antimicrobial fabrics.

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New Antonia flagship store in Hong Kong.

After this complex period with coronavirus and the demonstrations beforehand, Hong Kong is finally getting back to normal everyday life. The best indicator of this return to normal is still, as always, the retail trade. We find an example here with the opening of the new Antonia store.

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Cottagecore, a new aesthetic where nature prevails

The internet has been the stage for the emergence of several aesthetics trends, and most of them actually end up becoming guides for the development of food, beauty, fashion and design products. During the first trimester of 2020, a specific aesthetic has gained numerous adepts: The Cottagecore.

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Cordura’s new Combat Wool fibre

A versatile fabric that offers the look, comfort and feel of 100% merino wool but also boasts in-built durability? This is the feat achieved by Cordura, presenting its new product, Combat Wool, which is as luxurious as it is environmentally friendly.

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Ouate Paris, the must-have kids’ skincare brand

The booming natural skincare market is not exclusively dedicated to the women’s sector. For some time now, we have noticed that the number of skincare brands for kids is continuing to grow. Discover one of them – Ouate Paris, the new French skincare brand we love dedicated to children.

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