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Manolo Blahnik’s New Coffee Table Book – Fleeting Gestures and Obsessions

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Manolo Blahnik: Fleeting Gestures and Obsessions

488 pages of history trapped in one amazing book – Manolo Blahnik: Fleeting Gestures and Obsessions – a complete book about inspiration and creativity, whose texts Blahnik wrote himself, a dialogue the designer has with Sofia Coppola, Pedro Almodovar, Andre Leon Telly and many other prominent figures which inspired him along the way. 

Four decades of life and perfect shoes, 250 pictures of the best models in the history of Manolo Blahnik, saw the light thanks to the publishing house, Rizzoli New York.

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Manolo Blahnik: Fleeting Gestures and Obsessions

I think, My God, I’ve been through a lot! But I haven’t done yet what I wanted to do, more or less. I want more things, I want to experiment in new materials. In that aspect, I’m very old-fashioned. I’m very curious. Those pages say, ‘Yes, this is what I have done,’ now the children get inspired or they copy or whatever, and I just move on. This book, maybe it’s there to say goodbye to those kind of shoes, [but] the people in the book who inspired me will be with me forever.” – said Blahnik.

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Manolo Blahnik: Fleeting Gestures and Obsessions
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Vivienne Westwood Unveils The Story Of Her Life

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Vivienne Westood by Vivienne Westood & Ian Kelly

The british fashion icon, Vivienne Westood, decided to unveil the story of her life with a biographical book, for the first time ever, written by the designer herself with the contribution of renowed biographer, Ian Kelly. A controversal figure in the fashion and political world, Vivienne gathered together 464 pages of wild and glamorous life, with friends like Naomi Campbell, Pamela Anderson and Prince Charles contributing anecdotes during the two years needed for the writing of the book.

The story begins with the opening of Westood’s first vintage clothing store with Malcolm McLaren, manager of Sex Pistols, on the King Road in 1970. Since then, with her unusual way of being, she created an empire, the british culture and history remaining her main inspiration font.

The book, from whose cover the queen of fashion, photographed by Jurgen Teller, is watching us, is available to pre-order at www.viviennewestood.com, for $ 31.45.

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Audrey Hepburn – The Style Icon

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Audrey Hepburn by Bob Willoughby

Publisher Tachen returns to the best seller shelves – an album of photographs of Audrey Hepburn, made by famous Hollywood photographer Bob Willoughby, who captured glorious stars like Marilyn Monroe, Jane Fonda and Elizabeth Taylor. Being a close friend to Audrey, he framed her working and home life during time, and when the book was first published, for years ago, the turquoise album – the colour of Tiffany & Co., of course – released in small quantities, was sold in a matter of days.

 “She took my hand like… well a princess, and dazzled me with that smile that God designed to melt mortal men’s hearts,” Bob Willoughby remembers.

Under the book’s pages lie hundreds of photos, colour or black and white, showing her family and stage life – a tribute to the world’s famous character from “Breakfast at Tiffany’s“. The album will be sold worldwide starting end of September 2014.

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Audrey Hepburn by Bob Willoughby
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Audrey Hepburn by Bob Willoughby
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Audrey Hepburn by Bob Willoughby
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Audrey Hepburn by Bob Willoughby
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Audrey Hepburn by Bob Willoughby

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Simply Divin – A New Fragrance By The Legendary Editor-in-Chief of Vogue US, Diana Vreeland

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Diana Vreeland

The legendary editor, the woman who changed the face of fashion, Diana Vreeland – editor-in-chief of Vogue US in the 1960s – now has her own perfume caring her name, thanks to her nephew, Alexander Vreeland who came up with the idea. There are five different scents in the collection, and their names are inspired by Diana’s outstanding personality – Extravagance Russe, Absolutely Vital, Perfectly Marvelous, Outrageously Vibrant, Simply Divine. ” Each scent unveils a vibrant top note, echoing Madame Vreeland’s distinct style ” – revealed Alexander Vreeland. The coloured glass bottle symbolises her love for colour, while the cap, her taste for extravagance and the oversized –  manufactured with the traditional French craftsmanship.

In her autobiography Diana Vreeland used to say about perfume : “ There’s a whole school now that says that the scent must be faint.  This is ridiculous.  I’m speaking from the experience of a lifetime. I always carry purse scent – that way I’m never without it.  Do you notice any scent on me now?  Don’t come any closer – if you have to sniff like a hound, it’s not enough! Perfume is an extravagance.  But it’s odd that Americans, who God knows are an extravagant people, have never used scents properly.  They buy bottles, but they don’t splash it on.  Chanel always used to say, keep a bottle in your bag, and refresh yourself with it continually.”

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Diana Vreeland

The launching date of the fragrances will be one week before the shows, in New York, in September, along with three scented candles and a body lotion, available exclusively at colette in Paris.

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Nostalgia of Africa – An Endless Source Of Inspiration

Africa – a continuous source of inspiration for jewellery makers. The nostalgia for this continent strikes those with a true passion for jewels with souls. The vastness of the teritory, the variety of tribes and the existence of so many cultures represent an endless source of creation for the designers. Maintaining a modern note here are some extraordinary pieces with simple geometric shapes and amulets.

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Lydia Courteille – Silver, gold and diamond Tribal Art earrings. Unique piece
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Vhernier – Ebony and rose gold Trottola necklace
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Valadier – Jet bracelet with rose gold and white diamonds
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Cartier – L’Odyssée de Cartier earrings in white gold, orange garnet, obsidian and white diamonds.
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Lydia Courteille – Tribal Art ring in gold, silver, ebony, diamonds and golden coral. Unique piece
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Ramon – Yellow gold Planet ring with smoky quartz, diamonds and enamel
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Cartier – L’Odyssée de Cartier bracelet with obsidian, diamonds and a cabochon brown tourmaline
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Uno de 50 – Silver and ebony-effect resin earrings
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DML – Yellow and burnished gold Cleopatra cuff with jasper and diamonds
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Hausmann & Co – Rose gold ring with brown diamonds and a smoky quartz
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Monique Péan – Black tourmaline and garnet earrings with diamonds and recycled gold
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Mattioli – African Queen jet bracelet with rose gold
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10 Coffee Table Books – All About Fashion

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Veruschka: From Vera to Veruschka, Rizzoli, €75

Veruschka: From Vera to Veruschka

She was one of the biggest faces of the 1960s. Actress and muse to photographer Franco RubbartelliVera von Lendhorff became Veruschka over the course of her a career that still holds us in thrall today. A beautiful new tome from Rizzoli – by photographer Johnny Moncada, who shot her several times for Italian Vogue – presents a 300-strong edit of thousands of recently discovered and previously unpublished pictures of the German model. From Rome to Capri, via the white sand beaches of Sardinia, the volume charts the Dolce Vita of the long-legged baby doll on shoots in Italy, as she plays femme fatale, young innocent and water nymph in the crystal clear waters of the Mediterranean Sea.

Veruschka: From Vera to Veruschka, Rizzoli, €75.

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Dior- The Legendary Images, Rizzoli, €35

Dior: Images en Légende

Granville, Christian Dior’s childhood home since converted into a museum of the designer’s life, is preparing to welcome the Dior: Images en Légende exhibition September 3 to 21. The show explores the dialogue between the legendary fashion house and the world of photography and in parallel, a new book from Rizzoli retraces Dior history, as seen by some of the biggest fashion photographers  in the world. Fashion historian Florence Müller has brought together a collection of more than 200 photographs ranging from well-known press images to behind-the-scenes shots, from image-makers including Richard Avedon, Cecil Beaton, Helmut Newtonand Peter Lindbergh. Florence was also behind last October’s Dior: Impressions.

Dior: The Legendary Images, Rizzoli, €35.

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Oscar de la Renta, Assouline, €90

Oscar de la Renta: The Style, Inspiration and Life of Oscar de la Renta

US designer Oscar de la Renta launched his label back in 1965 and his opulently romantic uptown look soon became a reference of American style. In the tradition of Charles James, considered to be one of the first US couturiers, long dresses with structured bodices feature in most of his collections and after concentrating on his ready-to-wear collections for 35 years, in 2000 the designer launched his first accessories and leather line, adding the final touch to his super feminine looks. Chairman of the CFDA (Council of Fashion Designers Awards) from 1973 to 1976 and creative director at Balmain from 1993 to 2002, from his first fashion steps as an assistant at Lanvin to the creation of his own fashion house, Oscar de la Renta has evolved with the times to become one of the greatest designers of his generation. A new book from Abrams prefaced by Anna Wintour, retraces this journey in tribute to a man who has played a central role in the fashion industry for nearly 50 years. A sumptuous look back at more than four decades of fashion history through photographs from the designer’s own personal archive and many previously unseen documents.

Oscar de la Renta, Assouline, €90.

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Fashionable Selby, Abrams, €38

Fashionable Selby

Launched in 2008 by Todd Selby, theselby.com takes a behind-the-scenes look at the creative processes of some of the artists of the moment through a carefully composed look inside their homes and studios. The site is now bookmarked by creatives around the world and the American photographer has gone on to publish two books, The Selby is in your Place bringing together his best images, and The Edible Selby, featuring personalities from the food world. Fashionable Selby is a third tome that lifts the lid on fashion through a mosaic of inspiring images from around the world. From the offices of Franca Sozzani, editor-in-chief of Vogue Italia to the design studios of Dries van Noten, the book paints a sincere portrait of a fascinating milieu.

Fashionable Selby, Abrams, 38.

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Annie Leibovitz, published by Taschen, €2,000

Annie Leibovitz

Named Commander of the French Order of Arts and Letters in 2006, Annie Leibovitz has been photographing artists, politicians and actors for the biggest names in the publishing world for the past 40 years. From Rolling Stone to Vogue US, she is the name behind some iconic images, including the special Hollywood cover of American Vanity Fair every year, Annie Leibovitz is considered as one of the biggest names in fashion photography, who still works with  houses like Louis Vuitton andChristian Dior on their advertising campaigns. Her timeless pictures bring together a clutch of different inspirations, which are displayed in a book as big as her talent. There are only 9,000 copies of the tome available, the 76cm thick, 25 kilos SUMO retraces Annie Leibovitz‘s career with 250 large-scale prints on which to feast your eyes.

Annie Leibovitz, published by Taschen, €2,000.

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Seven Sisters Style, published by Rizzoli, €26

Seven Sisters Style

The Seven Sisters group of seven women-only American universities counts amongst its alumni such stars of the silver screen as Katharine Hepburn and Meryl Streep. For the first time, the Seven Sisters Style book looks over the preppy style of the young women who have become synonymous with elegance, grace and refinement, for their classic look that mixes tomboy inspiration with aristocratic spirit, in a sporty-preppy mash-up for girls from good families. The book explores the many sides of this inspiring style, painting a portrait of The Seven Sisters from the 1920s to the present day. From Dior, to Balenciaga and Band of Outsiders, so many fashion houses have been inspired by a style which is still relevant today.

Seven Sisters Style, published by Rizzoli,  €26.

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The House of Worth, published by Abrams, €30.

The House of Worth: Portrait of an archive

Charles Frederick Worth was a British-French couturier who launched his own house in 1858 and is now widely regarded as the founding figure of haute couture. A true visionary, it was Worth who changed the fashion world drastically from the 1850s onwards; he didn’t just design to meet his clients’ needs, Charles Frederick Worth created silhouettes that had never been seen before, marketing them with his own name and holding runway shows to showcase them in luxurious salons. It is also to him that the idea of seasonal fashion can be accredited, as his collections changed over the course of the year to cater to his clients every desire, before they even knew them, themselves. In gathering numerous color illustrations and near to 300 photographs from its own fashion archives, the Victoria & Albert Museum in London has created an Abrams-published work of 176 pages which trace the history of the first Paris fashion house, making it an indispensable reference for one of the most important chapters in fashion history.

The House of Worth, published by Abrams,  €30.

10 Corso Como- A to Z, published by Rizzoli, €38
10 Corso Como- A to Z, published by Rizzoli, €38

10 Corso Como: A to Z

Although she had been a journalist since the end of the 1960s, in 1990Carla Sozzani, sister of Vogue Italia Editor-in-Chief Franca Sozzani, took a step into the art world when she opened her first modern art gallery in Milan’s 10 Corso Como. The former garage was converted into a brand new space which has welcomed more than 250 photography, fashion and design exhibitions since it opened, shining a spotlight on some of the art world’s biggest players, from Paco Rabanne to Man Ray. 10 Corso Como has been constantly evolving since the 1990s, and now features a store, restaurant and hotel, making it an must on the Milan trail. Carla Sozzanihas also opened a Japanese outpost of 10 Corso Como in Tokyo with Rei Kawabuko of Comme des Garçons, as well as three Oriental boutiques: two in Seoul and one in Shanghai. She has become an important fashion and art figure, and now, the former journalist and close friend to Azzedine Alaïa opens her world on the pages of 10 Corso Como, giving an interesting insight into the fashion world today. Via memories and tips, words and images, 10 Corso Como tracks the evolution of the eponymous concept store that brings style and culture together so effortlessly.

10 Corso Como: A to Z, published by Rizzoli, €38.

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A Denim Story, Rizzoli, €25

A Denim Story

As Vogue Paris sets its sights on the big blue for April, Current/Elliot founder-designers Emily Current and Merit Elliott guide us back through the history of the timeless must-have blue jeans. A symbol of US culture around the world, the new book is an inspired look back at an endlessly reinvented classic, from Kate Moss’ signature grey skinnies to Current/Elliott‘s own boyfriend jeans. Iconic photos and the authors’ own designer moodboards come together in a visual love letter to the denim jean that will transport you to the US West.

A Denim Story, Rizzoli, €25.

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Halston & Warhol- Silver & Suede, published by Abrams, €40

Halston & Warhol: Silver & Suede

In their own ways, both Halston and Warhol shocked the fashion and art worlds with their fresh visions of beauty, becoming legends of the American creative scene in the 1970s. While Andy Warhol turned contemporary art criticism on its head with his silkscreen prints and criticism of consumer culture, Roy Halston Frowick made American fashion more accessible with his brightly colored flowing dresses. Setting its sights on Studio 54 and the 1970s, Halston & Warhol brings the link that united the two men to light with a series of unseen documents, photographs and reproductions of each of the artists’ work.

Halston & Warhol: Silver & Suede, published by Abrams, €40.

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‘You Khanga’ Ballet Shoes- Italian Quality and African Culture

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You Khanga – Italian Quality and African Culture

Living in Africa and having the Italian craftsmen at disposal along with some inspiration. Combine the two distant cultures and make them live together in a single project. YOU Khanga is all this, AFRICAN LIFE & ITALIAN STYLE: where imagination meets the Khanga and the ‘know-how’ of master Italian shoemakers. This is how a new project was born – the You Khanga ballerina flats, created in fabrics made strictly in Kenya animating, under the sign of uniqueness, the elegance of the made in Italy shoes. This is because each Khanga is unique and unrepeatable, including their small imperfections.

What is Khanga
In Equatorial Africa Khanga can be everything. First of all is a rectangle of printed cotton in bright colors and decorated with phrases and proverbs written in Swahili language. But for women it is also a way of life: because Khanga can be a dress or a hat , can be used to carry babies on their backs, and even to decorate their homes .

Why Are They Unique
Every You Khanga product is unique for one simple reason : because no Khanga is identical to another. They are similar but not identical. Each of them has its own identity. Because in Kenya there are no serial processing or laser prints . So every shoe will be cut at a slightly different place on the fabric making each pair unique .

Kenya
Our will , when the Italian mastery is not needed , is to make the greatest contribution to the development of the local populations. Each pair of shoes will be sold with its made in Khanga bag. That’s why these bags, also made ​​using the Khanga, are produced directly and in a traditional way in Kenya. So for every sale they make a percentage of the purchases will go to the charitable projects dedicated to women and children in Kenya, starting with the support of the orphanage Asante Sana Roberto Children’s home of Mambrui .

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You Khanga – Italian Quality and African Culture – 170. 00 Euro
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You Khanga – Italian Quality and African Culture –  170.00 Euro
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You Khanga – Italian Quality and African Culture – 170.00 Euro
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You Khanga – Italian Quality and African Culture – 170.00 Euro
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You Khanga – Italian Quality and African Culture    – 170.00 Euro
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You Khanga – Italian Quality and African Culture – 170.00 Euro
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You Khanga – Italian Quality and African Culture – 170.00 Euro
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You Khanga – Italian Quality and African Culture – 170.00 Euro
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You Khanga – Italian Quality and African Culture – 170.00 Euro
Mila Kunis for Gemfields' 2014 Advertising Campaing

Mila Kunis – The New 2014 Face and Global Ambassador of Gemfields

Monday evening a crowd of gemstone lovers showed up to celebrate Gemfields‘ new tabletop book, “Emerald” and the new advertising campaign showing actress Mila Kunis. She had spent seven days in Zambia earlier last year as she had been chosen global ambassador of Gemfields. “It’s really a luxury to own jewellery and gemstones. If you’re in a position to do so, you’re fortunate. Given that, I think it’s important to pay attention to what you’re wearing and where it came from.” said the beautiful Mila.

Mila Kunis for Gemfields'
Mila Kunis for Gemfields
Gemfields' new Tabletop Book, Emerald
Gemfields’ new Tabletop Book, Emerald

The new advertising campaign, shot by Peter Lindbergh, is unlike most jewellery ads for Mila is not actually wearing any jewellery. She was captured in her natural beauty, in black and white photos, without wearing any makeup and no hair being styled before the shoot. Also the emeralds are presented in their natural state – unpolished and uncut. “It’s beautiful to go bare. I don’t think enough people do it, and it’s so rare to see a campaign with no makeup that’s kind of effortless. It oddly reflects an emerald. You see all the imperfections in my face the same way that an emerald has imperfections in each and every gemstone” Kunis said.

Mila Kunis for Gemfields' 2014 Advertising Campaing
Mila Kunis for Gemfields’ 2014 Advertising Campaing
Mila Kunis for Gemfields' 2014 Advertising Campaing
Mila Kunis for Gemfields’ 2014 Advertising Campaing

While in Africa, I learned that the entire journey that each Gemfields stone takes is carefully considered and that the environment and the local communities where its mines are located are held in the highest regard… I truly belive in Gemfields’ mission of ethical mining, and I absolutely have fallen in love with the rarity, beauty and history of emeralds.”

Mila Kunis for Gemfields' 2014 Advertising Campaing
Mila Kunis for Gemfields’ 2014 Advertising Campaing
Mila Kunis for Gemfields' 2014 Advertising Campaing
Mila Kunis for Gemfields’ 2014 Advertising Campaing
Mila Kunis for Gemfields' 2014 Advertising Campaing
Mila Kunis for Gemfields’ 2014 Advertising Campaing
Magical Kaleidoscope - Nike in collaboration with artist Yuko Kanatani

Joint Collection – Nike and the Japanese Artist Yuko Kanatani

Nike designers have created a new Spring/Summer 2014 collection of leggings –Tights of the Moment – in collaboration with the Japanese artist Yuko Kanatani. These leggings offer an increased comfort – as always, when it comes to Nike – and the latest fashion trends. The result of the collaboration was the creation of three limited edition models of leggings, the first of which – Magical Kaleidoscope – will be presented in late January.

At the beginning of the project, needing to match my drawings to a moving body was quite a hurdle,” Yuko says. “But it was also very inspiring and interesting to have outside direction and try something new.

Magical Kaleidoscope - Nike in collaboration with artist Yuko Kanatani
Magical Kaleidoscope – Nike in collaboration with artist Yuko Kanatani

Yuko was asked to tailor her illustrations to a body map provided by the Nike Sport Research Lab. A body map uses athlete-informed data to show the location of an individual’s muscles and heating and cooling zones. Using this as her compass, Yuko created three-dimensional drawings to match these key areas of the body. For example, the NTM-Magical Kaleidoscope features pops of colors and shapes aimed to highlight leg muscles in a flattering fashion. Digital sublimation technology, which employs a heat press to send ink from a printed picture onto a piece of fabric, transferred Yuko’s art onto the tights.

Magical Kaleidoscope - Nike in collaboration with artist Yuko Kanatani
Magical Kaleidoscope – Nike in collaboration with artist Yuko Kanatani

To picture a body in motion, Yuko looked to the circus, envisioning a fantastically colorful environment rich with movement and music. Yuko used colored pencils to bring this vision to life.

Magical Kaleidoscope - Nike in collaboration with artist Yuko Kanatani
Magical Kaleidoscope – Nike in collaboration with artist Yuko Kanatani
Magical Kaleidoscope - Nike in collaboration with artist Yuko Kanatani
Magical Kaleidoscope – Nike in collaboration with artist Yuko Kanatani

Performance is typically achieved through science,” Yuko says. “But mood impacts performance as well, and since visuals influence one’s mood, I looked to create colorful and cheerful artwork. I wanted to lift the spirits, and thus the performance, of those wearing the tights.

Yuko’s dynamic aesthetic complements the tight’s performance attributes. Soft Nike Dri-FIT fabric pulls sweat away from the skin to help keep athletes dry and comfortable.

Magical Kaleidoscope - Nike in collaboration with artist Yuko Kanatani
Magical Kaleidoscope – Nike in collaboration with artist Yuko Kanatani

The NTM-Magical Kaleidoscope will be available in select retailers and on Nike.com in China and Sweden beginning Jan. 28 and globally on Jan. 31. The collection’s remaining two designs will roll out in the coming months.