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PaperCity Fort Worth March 2021

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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 CODE TEMPORAL V alentino's 2021 Spring Couture show at Galleria Colonna in Rome saw creative director Pierpaolo Piccioli return the house to a more refined, quiet look. The collection, which marked the first time the house included men alongside women for a couture show, saw Piccioli create garments that seem eminently wearable. The Baroque setting, with beats of Massive Attack in the background, contrasted with the contemporary, beautifully cut works parading across the floor. Gone was grandiose statement wear; in its place were perfectly executed works that accented the body rather than overpowering it. Exaggerated platforms made a return to the runway, something we haven't seen in a while. Named Code Temporal, the collection was Valentino's answer to the strange year that was 2020. It showed a more subtle and subdued palette of oatmeal, rust, khaki, mud, and whites, alongside the occasional brightly colored neon piece. A gorgeous sculptural dress made of neoprene saw the house experimenting with new materials on traditional forms, while classic Valentino capes topped menswear and continued the recent trend of gender fluidity in high fashion. Ultimately, the collection was about living in the here and now, using flawless craft to tell the story of clothing we want to wear. Alexander McQueen 39

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