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" Future of Fashion: An innovation conversation with Stella McCartney" launched during this year's Salone del Mobile. Hosted at Caselli 11-12, the exhibition is a portrait of material innovation and sustainability — two themes that McCartney has proudly embraced throughout the years as the steward of her brand. The ambitious, wide-ranging exhibition saw a collaboration with Italian heavyweight furniture maker B&B Italia, exploring the future of furniture while reinterpreting BB's iconic Le Bambole armchair, originally designed by Mario Bellini in 1972. From furniture, the works turned to wallpaper, where the designer partnered with Cole & Son for an eco-friendly, sustainable version of Cole's hand-drawn Fungi Forest toile de Jouy print. McCartney also created an infinity room, an immersive sculptural experience with psychedelic fungi neons and bioelectric sounds composed by musician Cosmo Sheldrake meant to transport guests through sight and sound to new dimensions. And, if this were not enough, viewers were invited to explore curated items that spanned the designer's two decades of work, including her new Frayme Mylo bag — one of the first luxury bags crafted from mycelium, c re a t e d i n p a r t n e r s h i p w i t h B o l t T h r e a d s . STELLA WAS A DIVER AND SHE WAS ALWAYS DOWN P erfection in anything is exceedingly rare. It's an idea to which many aspire, yet few achieve. In the first collaboration between designer Philippe Starck and Christian Dior, Starck was tasked with reimagining the classic Medallion chair — a feat he compares to creating "the perfect black dress." How to improve on such a form? Starck dreamed up the idea of creating a version of the chair he calls Miss Dior, a tribute to femininity and elegance. Driven by an ethos of minimalism, he designed with the goal of stripping away the elements until only a pure silhouette was left. Made from molded aluminum, the chair re-emphasizes the beauty and timelessness of the form in almost — dare we say — perfect fashion. It's a sight to behold. Shown at Palazzo Citterio for Salone; see it online at THE PERFECT DRUG Stella McCartney at Salone Philippe Starck's Miss Dior MILAN'S SALONE DEL MOBILE 2022 (continued from page 30) 32

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