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Gucci’s 3rd Eye – Behind The Scenes of Surreal Gucci Show F/W 2018

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Gucci Show Fall/Winter 2018 – Milan Fashion Week

With Alessandro Michele at helm, Gucci became a fairy land where the unchained imagination of the creative designer is running wild, blowing up the fashion scene at Milan’s Fashion Week, Fall-Winter 2018/2019, with his surreal looks, making out of Gucci’s show THE show you’re sorry you couldn’t attend – for it was like a movie, with a very cool script, written out of the inspiration dragged from movies like “The Legend of the Baby Dragon in a Jar” and “The Tale of Tales” starring Salma Hayek. Every show is a story, but this one took 6 months to prepare in a titanic work of the artists involved in the making. It is known that in high fashion couture it may take up to 300 hours of handwork for just a single dress, or 30 for a bag – 6 months turned into reality Michele’s world, with the help of Makinarium – a Rome-based production centre – and now we have baby dragons and iguanas instead of bags, horns, 3rd eyes, and simulacrum of own heads – “We are all Doctor Frankenstein of our lives,” he told Vogue. “Nature has not given us an untouchable body.”

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Gucci Show Fall/Winter 2018 – Milan Fashion Week

There’s a clinical clarity about what I am doing. I was thinking of a space that represents the creative act. I wanted to represent the lab I have in my head. It’s physical work, like a surgeon’s” – Alessandro Michele said. “We exist to reproduce ourselves, but we have moved on. We are in a post-human era, for sure; it is under way. Now, we have to decide what we want to be,” the designer continued.

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Gucci Show Fall/Winter 2018 – Milan Fashion Week
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Gucci Show Fall/Winter 2018 – Milan Fashion Week
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Gucci Show Fall/Winter 2018 – Milan Fashion Week
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Gucci Show Fall/Winter 2018 – Milan Fashion Week
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Gucci Show Fall/Winter 2018 – Milan Fashion Week
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Gucci Show Fall/Winter 2018 – Milan Fashion Week
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Gucci Show Fall/Winter 2018 – Milan Fashion Week
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Gucci Show Fall/Winter 2018 – Milan Fashion Week
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Gucci Show Fall/Winter 2018 – Milan Fashion Week
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Gucci Show Fall/Winter 2018 – Milan Fashion Week
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Gucci Show Fall/Winter 2018 – Milan Fashion Week
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Gucci Show Fall/Winter 2018 – Milan Fashion Week
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Gucci Show Fall/Winter 2018 – Milan Fashion Week
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Gucci Show Fall/Winter 2018 – Milan Fashion Week
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Gucci Show Fall/Winter 2018 – Milan Fashion Week
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Gucci Show Fall/Winter 2018 – Milan Fashion Week
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Gucci Show Fall/Winter 2018 – Milan Fashion Week
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Gucci Show Fall/Winter 2018 – Milan Fashion Week
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Gucci Show Fall/Winter 2018 – Milan Fashion Week
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Gucci Show Fall/Winter 2018 – Milan Fashion Week
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Gucci Show Fall/Winter 2018 – Milan Fashion Week
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Gucci Show Fall/Winter 2018 – Milan Fashion Week
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Gucci Show Fall/Winter 2018 – Milan Fashion Week
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Gucci Show Fall/Winter 2018 – Milan Fashion Week
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Metropolitan Museum of Art Hosts “China: Through The Looking Glass” Exhibition

New York – this one of a kind city hosts countless splendid art exhibitions. The one I want to bring to your attention is “China: Through The Looking Glass“, featuring haute couture designs inspired by the magical Chinese tradition, sculptures and a range of films. I’m not sure if it’s still on, so, here is a glimpse of some of the gorgeous itmes on display, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. 

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Evening coat, ca. 1925; Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The
Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of the Brooklyn Museum, 2009; Gift of
Mrs. Robert S. Kilborne, 1958 (2009.300.259)
Photo: Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Photography © Platon
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Jar with Dragon (Chinese), early 15th century; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of Robert E. Tod, 1937 (37.191.1), Photo: Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Photography © Platon
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Film Still from In The Mood for Love, 2000; The Metropoltan Museum of Art, New York
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John Galliano (British, born Gibraltar, 1960) for House of Dior (French, founded
1947), fall/winter 1997–98
Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Photograph by Chris Moore,
Catwalking
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John Galliano (British, born Gibraltar, 1960) for House of Dior (French, founded
1947), fall/winter 1997–98
Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Photograph by Nick Knight, Nick Knight / Trunk Archive
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Evening dress, Valentino SpA (Italian, founded 1959), “Shanghai” collection 2013, Courtesy of Valentino SpA
Photo: Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Photography © Platon
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Film still from The Last Emperor, 1987
Photo: Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art
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Tom Ford (American, born 1961) for Yves Saint Laurent, Fall/Winter 2005/2005
Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Photograph by Marcio Madeira
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Exhibition “China: Through The Looking Glass” at The Metropolitan Museum of Art
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Mrs Wellington Koo, 1943,
Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Photo by Horst
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Court Robe, Qing dynasty (1644 – 1911), 19th century; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of Ellen Peckham, 2011
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Exhibition “China: Through The Looking Glass” at The Metropolitan Museum of Art
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Detail of Festival Robe, Qing Dynasty, (1644 – 1911), 19th century, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Anonymous Gift, 1944
Photo: Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Photography © Platon
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Celebrating The Great Mademoiselle – Coco Chanel – Soon In London

Exactly 132 years ago one of the most stylish woman of the twentieth century was born – Gabrielle Bonheur Chanel. The legendary Coco changed forever the perception of   women all over the world, being the only designer who got to be on the list of “100 most influential people of the XX century,” according to Time Magazine. Every child knows who she is, the crossed letter C logo, along with her quotes and remarks which turned into movies and musicals. 

Today, on her birthday, I want to take the opportunity to remind you how an orphan from the town of Saumur was able to become one of the most influential figures of its time, and why she deserves all the glory. 

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Coco Chanel’s exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery in London

Gabrielle is 11 when her mother,  Eugénie Jeanne Devolle ( laundrywoman in the charity hospital run by the Sisters of Providence), dies of bronchitis at the age of 31. Her father, Albert Chanel ( street vendor of work clothes and undergarment), sends her to the convent of Aubazine,  where life was frugal and demanding strict discipline. This period puts a huge mark on her work – her collections came out as formless dresses in austere black.

At 18 she goes to work in the theater, where she mets her first patron, Étienne Balsan, a young French ex-cavalry officer, who drove her into a life of luxury and decadence by making her his mistress. She soon leaves him for one of his friends, Captain Arthur Edward ‘Boy’ Capel, a wealthy member of the English upper class. He installs her in an apartment in Paris and finances Chanel’s first shops. Coco is still often accused because she received start-up capital, but do not forget that in the beginning of the twentieth century women entrepreneurs were not usual or normal to meet, and Coco was all for the independence. In 1910 she opens her first store hats, which, frankly, no one was buying, but she just had to wait.

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Coco Chanel’s exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery in London

After a couple of years, the most fashionable and wealthy women of Paris lines up to Chanel, whose outfits, long before this, all seemed ridiculous: no excessive decoration, simple straight silhouettes, architectural hats, restrained colors, and, above all, the use of jersey and tricot – humble fabrics primarily used for men’s underwear. Coco comes up with the first bag that can be worn on the shoulder – the same 2.55; dresses the whole world into “mourning” with the little black dress, covering the knees; debuts with the first ever synthetic aroma, Chanel №5; she introduces the fashion for short haircuts, cutting off their chic hair; and gives us the same tweed suit which Jacqueline Kennedy loved so much.  Deprived by Arthur Capel (in 1916 Chanel was able to reimburse Capel his original investment—a decision Chanel made on her own, without Capel’s input), who dies in a car accident, she never marries, and that is not welcomed at the beginning of the XX century. She becomes one of the first self-made  woman, which means more than the modern sense of the word. Karl Lagerfeld carries on her legacy for over 30 years, a reputation that is not just about a successful fashion house , but the embodiment of fashion and luxury. 

In her honour London Saatchi Gallery hosts an exhibition seen through Karl Lagerfeld’s eyes, focused on her fashion career – a selection of haute couture pieces, a focus on the perfume that has featured in Vogue the most – Chanel №5 – and a re-edition of the Bijoux de Diamants haute jewelry collection created in 1932 and recently reinterpreted by Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel haute couture Fall/Winter 2015-2016. Check it out in London, from October 13 to November 1 2015

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Coco Chanel’s exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery in London
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Coco Chanel’s exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery in London
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Coco Chanel’s exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery in London
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First Look – Alexander McQueen’s “Savage Beauty Exhibition” in London

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Alexander McQueen “Savage Beauty Exhibition” at Victoria & Albert Museum, London

As we were saying in a previous post, Victoria & Alber Museum prepared to host one of the most anticipated exhibition – the evolution of Alexander McQueen – Savage Beauty Exhibition. The museum finally opened its doors and as we step foot inside we are welcomed by the designer’s words – “London is where I was brought up. It’s where my heart is and where I get my inspiration.

From the first London room, displaying his earliest work, we enter Savage Mind, a space dedicated to his tailoring development, where McQueen tells us: “That’s what I’m here for, to demolish the rules but keep the tradition.”  Opens to public 14th of March, don’t miss it, it will only enrich your soul!

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Alexander McQueen “Savage Beauty Exhibition” at Victoria & Albert Museum, London
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Alexander McQueen “Savage Beauty Exhibition” at Victoria & Albert Museum, London
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Alexander McQueen “Savage Beauty Exhibition” at Victoria & Albert Museum, London
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Alexander McQueen “Savage Beauty Exhibition” at Victoria & Albert Museum, London
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Alexander McQueen “Savage Beauty Exhibition” at Victoria & Albert Museum, London
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Alexander McQueen “Savage Beauty Exhibition” at Victoria & Albert Museum, London
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Alexander McQueen “Savage Beauty Exhibition” at Victoria & Albert Museum, London
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Alexander McQueen “Savage Beauty Exhibition” at Victoria & Albert Museum, London
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Alexander McQueen “Savage Beauty Exhibition” at Victoria & Albert Museum, London
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Alexander McQueen “Savage Beauty Exhibition” at Victoria & Albert Museum, London
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Alexander McQueen “Savage Beauty Exhibition” at Victoria & Albert Museum, London
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Alexander McQueen “Savage Beauty Exhibition” at Victoria & Albert Museum, London
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Alexander McQueen “Savage Beauty Exhibition” at Victoria & Albert Museum, London
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Alexander McQueen “Savage Beauty Exhibition” at Victoria & Albert Museum, London
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Alexander McQueen “Savage Beauty Exhibition” at Victoria & Albert Museum, London
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Alexander McQueen “Savage Beauty Exhibition” at Victoria & Albert Museum, London
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Alexander McQueen “Savage Beauty Exhibition” at Victoria & Albert Museum, London
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Alexander McQueen “Savage Beauty Exhibition” at Victoria & Albert Museum, London
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Alexander McQueen “Savage Beauty Exhibition” at Victoria & Albert Museum, London
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Alexander McQueen “Savage Beauty Exhibition” at Victoria & Albert Museum, London
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Alexander McQueen “Savage Beauty Exhibition” at Victoria & Albert Museum, London
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Alexander McQueen “Savage Beauty Exhibition” at Victoria & Albert Museum, London
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Alexander McQueen “Savage Beauty Exhibition” at Victoria & Albert Museum, London
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Alexander McQueen “Savage Beauty Exhibition” at Victoria & Albert Museum, London
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Noise – by Federico Cabrera for REVS Magazine Winter 2014

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Noise – by Federico Cabrera for REVS Magazine Winter 2014
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Noise – by Federico Cabrera for REVS Magazine Winter 2014
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Noise – by Federico Cabrera for REVS Magazine Winter 2014
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Noise – by Federico Cabrera for REVS Magazine Winter 2014
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Noise – by Federico Cabrera for REVS Magazine Winter 2014
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Noise – by Federico Cabrera for REVS Magazine Winter 2014
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Noise – by Federico Cabrera for REVS Magazine Winter 2014
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Noise – by Federico Cabrera for REVS Magazine Winter 2014

Photographed by Federico Cabrera.

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Under Ether – by Alexandre Dubois for FAINT Magazine December 2014

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Melanie Blat by Alexandre Dubois for FAINT Magazine December 2014
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Melanie Blat by Alexandre Dubois for FAINT Magazine December 2014
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Melanie Blat by Alexandre Dubois for FAINT Magazine December 2014
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Melanie Blat by Alexandre Dubois for FAINT Magazine December 2014
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Melanie Blat by Alexandre Dubois for FAINT Magazine December 2014
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Melanie Blat by Alexandre Dubois for FAINT Magazine December 2014
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Melanie Blat by Alexandre Dubois for FAINT Magazine December 2014
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Melanie Blat by Alexandre Dubois for FAINT Magazine December 2014

Model Melanie Blat;

Photographed by Alexandre Dubois;

Hair Joel Gionis;

Assistant Taryn Gionis;

MakeupLiz Sharp;

Website  faintmag.com.

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Electrifying – by Solve Sundsbo for i-D Magazine Winter 2014

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Nika Cole & Diana Khalitova by Solve Sundsbo for i-D Magazine Winter 2014
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Nika Cole & Diana Khalitova by Solve Sundsbo for i-D Magazine Winter 2014
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Nika Cole & Diana Khalitova by Solve Sundsbo for i-D Magazine Winter 2014
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Nika Cole & Diana Khalitova by Solve Sundsbo for i-D Magazine Winter 2014
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Nika Cole & Diana Khalitova by Solve Sundsbo for i-D Magazine Winter 2014
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Nika Cole & Diana Khalitova by Solve Sundsbo for i-D Magazine Winter 2014

Model Nika Cole & Diana Khalitova;

Photographed by Sølve Sundsbø;

Hair Angelo Seminara;

Makeup Val Garland.

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Coco Rocha by Chuando & Frey for L’Officiel Singapore September 2014

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Coco Rocha by Chuando & Frey for L’Officiel Singapore September 2014
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Coco Rocha by Chuando & Frey for L’Officiel Singapore September 2014
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Coco Rocha by Chuando & Frey for L’Officiel Singapore September 2014
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Coco Rocha by Chuando & Frey for L’Officiel Singapore September 2014
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Coco Rocha by Chuando & Frey for L’Officiel Singapore September 2014
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Coco Rocha by Chuando & Frey for L’Officiel Singapore September 2014
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Coco Rocha by Chuando & Frey for L’Officiel Singapore September 2014
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Coco Rocha by Chuando & Frey for L’Officiel Singapore September 2014
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Coco Rocha by Chuando & Frey for L’Officiel Singapore September 2014
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Coco Rocha by Chuando & Frey for L’Officiel Singapore September 2014
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Coco Rocha by Chuando & Frey for L’Officiel Singapore September 2014
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Coco Rocha by Chuando & Frey for L’Officiel Singapore September 2014
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Coco Rocha by Chuando & Frey for L’Officiel Singapore September 2014

Model Coco Rocha;

Photographed by Chuando & Frey;

Stylists: Jumius Wong and Jack Wang;

Hair Roberto Di Cuia;

Makeup Nigel Stanislaus.