We bring exciting news from the worlds of fashion and beauty. This month, our round-up is all about cool collaborations and philanthropy initiatives.
The French perfume brand Parfums de Marly hosted an exclusive event at Printemps Doha last month to celebrate the regional launch of their new fragrance, VALAYA. This musky-woodyfloral perfume brings together a synergy of natural materials and innovative molecules. The scent is composed of a minimalist bouquet that revolves around orange blossom and mandarin notes. These ingredients are enhanced by a dose of musk and placed atop noble wood and vanilla opulence. Other notes are white peach, vetiver and akigalawood. The sensual base is Ambrofix, a molecule that gradually delivers a warm facet of amber. Parfums de Marly was established by Julien Sprecher, the brand’s Founder and Creative Director, who loves perfumery and history. With Parfums de Marly, he expresses his passion for the olfactory universe and the splendour of the 18th century – for him, classic is always audacious. Printemps Doha is the destination for luxury fashion, jewellery, scents, unique dining experiences and much more.
For A Good Cause
The luxury Italian brand Valentino collaborated with the Education Above All (EAA) Foundation, a global organisation established in 2012 by Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, creating a jewellery collection unveiled at the Doha Jewellery & Watches Exhibition 2023. The proceeds from these pieces will be put towards supporting EAA’s project in Somalia. The initiative is a partnership with CARE and aims to bring 57,600 primary school children back to education by 2024. Regarding the collaboration, EAA’s Director of Partnerships, Parintaj Sulaiman, said: “We are proud to be working with Valentino, a global brand known and respected for its iconic designs and commitment to an inclusive society made by local entities and global movements. Thanks to this partnership, Education Above All will now be able to bring primary education to the children of Somalia.” The collaboration is part of EAA and Valentino’s commitment to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 17, which calls for a global partnership for sustainable development.
Jewels Of Joy
The French jewellery house Messika has designed a special capsule called MESSIKA CARE(S) to help women and children in Lebanon. For each piece purchased from this collection, the Valérie Messika Foundation, created in 2021, will donate 100 euros to the CARE NGO. The goal is to provide monthly basic hygiene kits to help young Lebanese and refugee girls. Valérie, the brand’s Creative Director, chose her iconic motif, the Move and its diamond-in-motion design to compose the creations. For this collection, they come in a smaller size. There are two bracelet designs, one in rose, yellow and white gold and another option with the same gold colours plus diamonds and a diamond cord necklace. The bracelets are available in two wrist sizes to be worn by both mothers and their children – the perfect gift to share, a symbol of attachment and family ties.
Luxury fashion house Jimmy Choo celebrates the 30th anniversary of the iconic manga Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon with a collection highlighting the brand’s principles of bold individuality, unique imagery and female empowerment. The pieces fuse the visions of two female creatives, Sandra Choi, Jimmy Choo’s Creative Director and Sailor Moon’s creator Naoko Takeuchi. “This collaboration underscores our shared values not just of female empowerment but for fashion’s ability to inspire inclusivity and individuality through personality and self-belief. The notion of transformation via fashion is central to Naoko Takeuchi, and clothes play a vital role in the identity of her superheroines, especially their shoes, the most powerful transformer you can step into,” said Sandra. The Jimmy Choo x Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon collection translates these qualities in a capsule of footwear and accessories themed around the key characters: Sailor Mercury, Sailor Mars, Sailor Jupiter, Sailor Venus, their mentor cat Luna and, of course, Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon herself.
Sports brand adidas and IVY PARK, an athleisure clothing line owned, managed and operated by American singer Beyoncé, through her management company Parkwood Entertainment, have announced their latest collaborative collection called PARK TRAIL. The creations are inspired by the resilience of the outdoors, the spirit of the streets and the possibilities of the future. As with the previous adidas x IVY PARK offerings, this latest drop features distinctive looks with inclusive and gender-neutral sizing in fashion styles, performance gear, footwear and accessories. The versatile apparel looks re-visit classic outdoor styles and interpret them through elevated fabrics, powerful iconography, sequins and camouflage. PARK TRAIL’s footwear elevates well-known IVY PARK classics while adding distinct newness, capturing iconic styles from the adidas archives. Fully convertible backpacks, bags and hats are all crafted with utilitarian accents, including carabiners and fastenings that channel the great outdoors.