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Fashion Notes By Steven Hempel W e've covered them before, and here they are again. Louis Vuitton, the brand that has everything under the sun, continues to carve out projects as only they can. The Artycapucines collection, now in its fourth iteration, sees the Capucine bag, named for the Rue Nueve- des-Capucines in Paris where Vuitton's first store was launched in 1854, used once again as a blank canvas for an incredible collection of contemporary artists. This year's efforts find the work of international artists Amélie Bertrand, Daniel Buren, Peter Marino, Park Seo-Bo, Ugo Rondinone, and Kennedy Yanko working with the brand to create a limited edition of 200 bags available at Louis Vuitton stores worldwide. Each bag is truly a treasure. One of the most appealing aspects of this project is the sheer variation from bag to bag, with the personalities of the artists shining through. At times it's subtle; at others, it hits you right in the face. The Peter Marino bag, if you've ever seen the artist in person … is very Peter Marino. It's also fantastic. If I had a purse, this might be the one. Daniel Buren's work MORE THAN SKIN DEEP THE MIGHTY MIGHTY CAPUCINES! ETERNAL GOLD for the Spotless Mind W hen I saw that Prada is launching a high jewelry line, my first thought was simply: Why? How would this fit with the brand we've followed for so long? For years, Prada has intertwined its fashion sensibilities and environmental footprint in such a way that the two have become inseparable. Unsurprisingly, Eternal Gold, the house's first fine jewelry collection, follows tradition to a T. Made from 100 percent recycled gold and meeting the Chain of Custody standards set by the Responsible Jewelry Council, every step of each piece's journey is traceable, allowing clients to verify the authenticity. Stylistically, the inaugural collection leans on the House's long-time codes, with the shape of the Prada triangle found throughout. Composed of classic motifs, hearts, snakes, chains, and ribbons, this is a new beginning. These are classic pieces of art that are meant to be passed down from generation to generation; the circular pattern reinforces the collection and the house's message. T wo iconic figures from the fashion world are trying their hand at wellness: model Kate Moss, the It-girl and tabloid sensation, and Stella McCartney, an environmental crusader whose namesake brand has carried the torch for environmentally conscious fashion for more than 20 years. It's no surprise that the paths of these two children of the '70s have converged as each seeks a way to make 50 the new 30. Moss' journey began in earnest during the COVID-induced shutdown, when she found herself increasingly aware of the impact of the mind on wellbeing. The supermodel developed interests in gardening and nature and found herself drawn to creating products that would help her find balance in life. The result, Cosmoss, is her entry into the world of wellness. The collection of essential oil, cream, cleanser, and teas is environmentally friendly and sustainably sourced. Used individually or together as a regimen, each has a touch of the model's mystic side. The initial launch includes Sacred Mist, a fragrance with notes of orange flower, bergamot, jasmine and oak moss; Golden Nectar CBD oil to rejuvenate the skin; and a facial cream and cleanser. Cosmoss, $52 to $120, at McCartney's latest offering, Stella, follows in the footsteps of the designer's focus on sustainability. Launched to offer a mindful alternative in beauty, the new line, developed with LVMH's Beauty Division, is all natural, vegan, and cruelty-free. It's also deceptively simple. Launching just three products — a cleanser, serum, and moisturizing cream — Stella gets high marks for simplifying what can be a complicated journey into keeping one's looks tip-top. Following the principle of not overstimulating our skin, the line prioritizes long-term health over short-term results and continues the mission of minimizing our footprint via refillable containers that were designed from the ground up from recycled materials. Stella, $45 to $140, at stellamccartney is simple, elegant, artistic. Each bag so fully encapsulates the dynamism and work of the artist that they are simply not to be missed. This is an amazing collection of color, form, and structure made possible by Vuitton's commitment to supporting out-of-the-box ideas and designs and its incredible reservoir of talented makers — aka savoir faire. The images speak for themselves. Seek these out. They are art. They are design, so nicely encapsulated on a small vessel meant for our consumption. Enjoy! Louis Vuitton Artycapucines collection 34

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