The Bold Scoop #15 :: August 22-28

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Italians are coming... Emilio Pucci, Valentino, Gianni Versace, Giorgio Armani, Fendi, Prada, Dolce & Gabbana, Marni and others are on display at the McCord Museum in Montreal. Organized by London’s Victoria and Albert Museum and presented by Holt Renfrew, Eleganza: Italian Fashion From 1945 to Today is an exclusive look at some of the iconic Italian designers who changed the face of fashion following the Second World War. Displayed chronologically, the exhibition features around 130 objects, including almost 100 garments, shoes, bags, photographs, magazines, drawings and film clips - all divided into 5 themed sections.

One of the key figures of Italian design was Gianni Versace who was shot dead on July 15, 1997 by serial killer Andrew Cunanan. According to a recent book by Giuseppe Di Bella, a former member of the Calabrian Mafia known as the N'drangheta, the designer was allegedly killed "over debts" he had with the Godfather Paolo De Stefano... claims the Versace family denounced as "false and shameful". Nothing to see here. 🙈

Up Close and Personal
Eleganza: Italian Fashion From 1945 to Today is on display until September 25 at the McCord Museum in Montreal. Click here to plan your visit. For thoughts from Sonnet Stanfill, the curator of the exhibit, click here.

To get the most out of your experience, visit Eleganza on Wednesday, August 24 for a screening of Made in Italy. The feature covers the development of Italian fashion from the 1940s in Rome to the move to Milan. Alternatively, you can find out more from the Introduction to the Exhibition tour hosted daily at 12:30 pm.

Worldwide, one in every 113 people on the planet is now either a refugee, internally displaced, or seeking shelter - that's a whopping 65.3 million people on the move globally. Social artist and designer Helen Storey has created Dress for Our Time - a unique installation that combines data and fashion, and traces the global movement of people who have been forced to flee their homes due to conflict or persecution. This one-of-a-kind dress was made from a decommissioned UN refugee tent that once housed families in a refugee camp in Jordan, and is meant to inspire humanity and help us connect to what was previously unimaginable.

Refugees and fashion are two things that don't usually mix... remember Kanye's "migrant chic" collection 😂... but one up-and-coming designer has hit the nail on the head and created pieces that are actually going to help refugees. Angela Luna's unisex, one-size-fits-all designs have useful elements, like reflective material, flotation capabilities, or insulation, and the idea is to sell them to campers and hikers at sporting goods stores and use the profits to fund the donation process. Talk about functional and fabulous - see her incredible designs here.

Up Close and Personal
Dress for Our Time is on display until September 4 at the Science Museum. Plan your visit here.

The exhibition uses the very latest UNHCR data – which represents the movement of 8 million refugees around the world – to create an animation that is projected onto the dress. The data and the dress work together to highlight the number and location of displaced people around the globe, humanising the numbers by using a point of light for every one hundred human lives. Click here for a peek at the dress.

Diesel is celebrating youth and creativity in a unique collaboration with London College of Fashion. The institution's MA students were tasked with creating a concept that would embrace the history of Covent Garden and help tie the brand's flagship to the area that it's located in. The winning design celebrates flower girls and is on display until September 12. During that time, the store will house a flower market on the ground floor, a male grooming station & a jazz band on the lower ground floor as well as flower crown tutorials by Grace & Thorn on the first floor. Stop by for a taste of history mixed with a little debauchery.

Covent Garden and its flower girls were put center stage in the 1964 film My Fair Lady which starred Audrey Hepburn. At the time, the movie was the highest grossing picture in Warner Brothers history bringing in $72 million... and 8 Academy Awards. A lesser known fact is perhaps that Hepburn wasn't much of a singer so most of her songs were eventually dubbed over and performed in the movie by Marni Nixon.

Up Close and Personal
The Diesel and London Collage of Fashion collaboration is on display until September 12 at Diesel's Covent Garden store (43 Earlham St, London).

The grooming parlor will operate on specific days via the brand’s CRM loyalty program, with bouquets by Grace & Thorn coming gratis for customers who spend above a certain level.

The winning design came curtesy of Eshaan Dhingra, Griselda Ibarra, Irene Rodriguez, Laksamee Jong and Maxime Laprade. Their specialist studies range from fashion curation to fashion entrepreneurship and innovation, fashion media production and strategic fashion marketing.
🤖 Kanye West is taking his retail concept global... the controversial rapper opened 21 temporary stores over the weekend - see this map for locations. You'll find items such as hoodies, tees and vintage denim among the Life of Pablo themed merchandise.

☔️ Is summer rain putting a damper on your style? We've found the perfect chic cover-up that you can use now and wear well into fall... Japanese designer Keiichiro Kadoya's navy Foldable Rain Jacket is exclusively available at the MoMA Design Store and is a total steal at $50. Plus it comes in a pouch for convenient storage.

👗 Daniella Issa Helayel of Issa fame has teamed up with Monsoon for a capsule range of dresses. The 13-piece collection includes Helayel's signature ladylike designs in a variety of materials and colors - our favorite is the colorful Raquel maxi dress. The collection is available in stores and online, prices range from £89 to £149.

👠 New York shoe lovers rejoice... quirky footwear brand United Nude is hosting a summer pop-up until September 12 in Soho (40 Prince St, NYC) where you'll find women’s styles marked up to 70% off retail. Pick up a pair of classic with a twist pumps for as low as $50.

Best Dressed Of The Week :: The prize this week goes hands down to Zoe Saldana who rocked this amazing Burberry gold velvet dress in a mayan inspired print. The piece also highlights a major trend for fall 2016 - velvet. See below for some of our top picks in this luscious cold-weather favorite.

Zoe Saldana via Harper's Bazaar - click for more

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