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The North Face has outfitted hikers and outdoor enthusiasts for more than 50 years with stylish and functional gear made for almost any weather condition. Today, such multipurpose clothing has become more important than ever, and luxury brands are keen to join the party. New partnerships pop up regularly amongst heritage outdoor brands and luxury fashion houses, and the latest collaboration finds Gucci partnering with The North Face on an collection THE LUXE OUTDOOR MOVEMENT CONTINUES THESE BOOTS ARE MADE FOR TALKING L ouis Vuitton's Pillow boot is a contrast in materials — a soft, pillowy upper that conceals a structured interior. It's waterproof. Fun. Easy to wear. From track suits to dresses, this boot looks good wherever you want to go. In black, white, and khaki. $1,140, at the Louis Vuitton boutique, Taking a more traditional tact, Alexander McQueen continues to expand its boot selection for men. The black leather Worker boot sports an exaggerated toe shape and oversized combat rubber sole. Functional and timeless, it's a staple in any man's wardrobe. $850, at alexandermcqueen. com. of adventure-inspired luxury wear. The go-anywhere, do-anything men's and womenswear, conceived by Gucci artistic director Alessandro Michele, includes jackets, shirts, sweats, pants, luggage, shoes, and even tents and sleeping bags. Sustainable materials such as ECONYL have been incorporated, while packaging minimizes environmental impact. D ior's latest handbag, the Dior Caro, is the perfect everyday bag with a timeless look. Meticulously crafted at the house's atelier in Italy, each bag receives more than 18,000 stitches during the quilting process to create the subtle geometric weave of cannage. Already being hailed as an icon, the Caro is available in small and large sizes, in classic black, gray, beige, and ivory, with edgier red, sky blue, mint green, and compass-rose options, as well as exotic variations in shearling and raw denim for the smaller size. Dior Caro, from $3,800, at the Dior boutique, A NEW ICON WHAT IS "EXPECTED" I n his third collection for Schiaparelli, artistic director Daniel Roseberry challenges popular conceptions of what couture is. He explores the notion that couture must offer up wispy fairytale dresses and polite garments — or, alternatively, that they must be serious works drenched in irony or macabre beauty. The result is the Haute Couture Spring Summer 2021 collection, which incorporates much of house founder Elsa Schiaparelli's original intent while pressing forward with innovative ideas that explore the body and how fabric reacts to its movements. The collection celebrates the joy of being the center of attention — of playing the peacock from time to time. A stunning full-length pink viscose velvet-and-silk dress is suspended by a jewelry headband, creating the illusion of material floating over the body. A flared dress in white silk satin has a dramatically plunging neckline and frayed edges. An extra- large black clutch in double satin is embroidered with black resin beads and adorned with trompe l'oeil pierced- nose jewelry. A black jacket with teeth-shaped gold and black buttons is tied in front and paired with a black mini-skirt, its mesh intarsia inspired by corsetry belts. Rounding out the look is a '90s-inspired double-satin-silk faille pant with exaggerated wide leg, oversized pockets, and gilded-padlock detailing. In a world where imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, Roseberry and Schiaparelli stand apart for their desire to challenge norms and define their own future. Schiaparelli Haute Couture Spring Summer 2021 Alexander McQueen 36

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