Italian luxury label Gucci is continuing its Artisan tour in Chicago and New York, while French hipsters A.P.C. set up store in Singapore, and fashion professionals including Belgian designer Dries van Noten vote on the best new talent in the south of France. Also coming up over the next weeks: the Met Ball, Chanel's Cruise collection, and the opening of Uniqlo's biggest international store in Shanghai.

Gucci Artisan Corner tour
April 26 & 29
US

While Gucci's current ad campaign shows the working process in ateliers, a group of designers and artisans are traveling the brand's boutiques of the world, where they show their audience what steps are involved in making one of the label's handbags. Fashion fans can look on as moodboards are sketched and materials are worked into the final product, and they can even have their initials embossed if they choose to buy the bag.
Upcoming tour dates include:
April 26: Chicago (900 North Michigan Avenue)
April 29: New York (725 Fifth Avenue)
http://www.gucci.com/us

Northern by Comme des Garçons
April 24 - July 25
Osaka, Japan

The fashion-forward brand will exhibit the works of Japanese photographer Daiso Moriyama in its own gallery space Six (Minamisenba 3-12-22, Chuo-ku, Osaka, Shinsaibashi 2F Fuji Building).

A.P.C. store opening
April 27
Singapore

The French label will open its first boutique here at 328 North Bridge Road, Raffles Hotel Arcade, carrying the complete collections.
http://www.apc.fr

Hyères Fashion and Photography Festival
April 30 - May 3
Hyères, France

The French festival, which has brought designers such as Sandra Backlund and Henrik Vibskov to greater public attention, will celebrate a quarter of a century in existence this year. Round-table conferences and exhibitions make up the program of the event, while ten designers as well as ten photographers will compete against each other for a cash prize and the professional recognition from the jury presided over by designer Dries van Noten.
http://www.villanoailles-hyeres.com

Met Ball
May 3
New York, US

To celebrate the opening of the Metropolitan Museum's spring exhibition American Woman: Fashioning a National Identity, hosts Anna Wintour and Oprah Winfrey will stage the yearly Costume Institute Gala Benefit, or Met Ball, one of the most important society events on the annual fashion agenda and the museum's biggest fundraiser.
http://www.metmuseum.org

American High Style: Fashioning a National Collection
May 7 - August 1
New York, USA

To mark the new relationship between the Brooklyn Museum and the Costume Institute at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Brooklyn Museum presents an exhibition of some of the most renowned objects from its costume collection, including designs by American and international designers such as Charles James, Norman Norell, Gilbert Adrian, Elsa Schiaparelli, Jeanne Lanvin, Madeleine Vionnet, and Christian Dior.
http://www.brooklynmuseum.org

Chanel Cruise Collection presentation
May 11
Saint Tropez, France

After showing last year's Cruise range at the Lido in Venice, Chanel head designer Karl Lagerfeld is inviting a selection of VIPs to the iconic Cafe Senequier in St Tropez to take in one of the most-anticipated shows on the international fashion agenda. A new short movie starring model Heidi Mount and French actor Pascal Greggory will be shown on the occasion.
http://www.chanel-news.com

Uniqlo store opening
May 15
Shanghai, China

Following its New York, London and Paris flagship openings, Uniqlo is launching its biggest international store (outside Japan) to date, boasting 3,600 square meters on three floors at 969 west Nanjing Road.
http://www.uniqlo.com

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