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35 NOTES ON A ROSE BY ANY OTHER NAME BY STEVEN HEMPEL FASHION I n November, Alexander McQueen debuted its latest installation, "Roses," at its Old Bond Street store. Recently introduced by creative director Sarah Burton, the installations showcase the brand's archives and the creative processes that build its collections. "Roses" follows "Unlocking Stories," which debuted alongside the Spring/Summer 2019 collection and is the second installation at the showroom. The program — which shares McQueen's history with visitors through the staging and curation of thematic installations — invites students from around the U.K to enhance their knowledge of design and craft alongside members of the McQueen studio. Each installation explores the link between the McQueen archives and the unique crafting techniques of the house. The centerpieces of "Roses" are two finale dresses designed around the form and energy of flowers: the Red Rose dress designed by Burton for the finale of the Autumn/ Winter 2019 show and the Lee Alexander McQueen dress made of fresh flowers, created for the Sarabande 2007 Spring/Summer show. As the installation progresses, visitors can see and feel the elements that brought each to life. Moving from the background research to materials to work-in- progress samples and finally a step-by-step video demonstration of its creation, the installations preserve the memories that went into the making of these remarkable pieces. At Alexander McQueen, 27 Old Bond St., London. C all it the rise of the sneakers. O n c e w o r n primarily for their utility, they now occupy an important role in the style and consciousness of the fashion world. As sneakers rise in prominence (and price), so do the accessories that accompany them. Unveiled at Atelier Louis Vuitton in the Miami Design District, the sneaker box is the answer to even the most demanding sneaker head's storage needs, storing and showcasing up to 14 pairs in extreme luxury. The latest Atelier offering is finished in cowhide leather with metallic hardware, studs, and buckles; LV monogrammed doors; and transparent casing. And, for those who need ideas on how to fill their new Sneaker Box, consider the limited- edition LV 408 T r a i n e r s . SNEAKER HEAD, MEET SNEAKER TRUNK First presented for Spring- Summer 2019 on Virgil Abloh's debut runway show as men's artistic director for Louis Vuitton, the LV Trainer has become a staple menswear sneaker. The limited-edition LV 408 comes with new colorful laces and a matching Monogram tag, designed specifically for the release. When I was asked to write about Tom Ford's Fucking Fabulous Beard Oil ($70), a few things popped into my mind. First thought: Beard oil exists? Second thought: Why would a man actually want to use it. I can now attest that not only does beard oil exist, but it's a pleasure to use. Described as "a decadent Oriental leather with an intoxicating grip" that "captures rarefied air," this oil goes on smoothly, smells great, and leaves a nice shine. After a few days of regular use, it actually softens the beard and left my face — as well as those that touch it — very pleased. This finishing touch definitely has a place in every man's toolbox. At Tom Ford boutique, Neiman Marcus. HELLO, BADASS Louis Vuitton sneaker box, here and below "Roses" exhibition, London

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