The Plant

photography Peppe Tortora

realization Valentina Ilardi Martin

Issue VII

model XIAO WEN JU at IMG NEW YORK

hair and makeup GIULIO PANCIERA

location MERCEDEZ-BENZ BAD CANNSTATT ENGINE PLANT and UNTERTURKHEIM FORGE, STUTTGART

 

This two-toned wide brimmed hat is designed by Albertus Swanepoel for BILLY REID, and is worn over a leather bonnet by STETSON. A printed velvet gown by KENZO reveals a dotted tulle bodysuit by WOLFORD, adorned with a frill on the neckline. The brass round-cuff, with black rhinestones and bronzed stones, is designed by IOSSELLIANI. The "Mercedes-Benz 500 K Touring" is a very rare, special soft-top body model of the Mercedes-Benz 500 K and 540 K series. Constructed in 1935, this luxury car was only built 16 times. In this chassis version, the eight-cylinder compressor engine is located directly behind the front axle, while the monumental radiator sits level with the front wheel hubs. Capable of 160 km/h, its safe handling and excellent comfort were unparalleled at the time.

This psychedelic kiddasia fur mixes fuchsia with black and is designed by GIORGIO ARMANI. The green draped damask skirt is from VIVIENNE WESTWOOD RED LABEL. The tribal deco green Swarovski and brass spike earrings, with matching brass chain bracelet, adorned with jasper and red tiger eye, are both designed by IOSSELLIANI. The sage perforated gloves by SERMONETA frame the look.

This total look by CYNTHIA ROWLEY features an oversize burgundy leather jacket, trimmed with fur, a grey cotton sweatshirt and nylon printed leggings. The black leather and silver monocle is designed by HEATHER HUEY. The brown leather boots are by HOLLYWOOD TRADING COMPANY. This limited "Mercedes-Benz SL 500 Edition I" has an exclusive "designo magno" crystal silver paint finish, a designo exclusive classic red leather interior, and 48.3 cm AMG 5-spoke light-alloy wheels painted in titanium grey with high-sheen finish. It belongs to the most recent generation of the Mercedes-Benz SL Roadster, combinig technical innovation with sleek sportiness and classic luxury, and reinterprets the legendary Mercedes-Benz classic of the 1950's for today. Manufactured almost completely from aluminum, it weighs a lot less than its predecessor.

The severity of this military wool felt mink jacket, embroidered with Swarovski elements, is softened by the falling silk dévoré long skirt, with deep slash on the front, both belonging to the JASON WU collection. The metallic gold horsehair headwrap is from HEATHER HUEY. The suede leopard spotted creepers are by UNDERGROUND.

Multicolor dots are displayed on the midnight sheepskin coat by EMPORIO ARMANI, worn over a blue lace stretch bodysuit from WOLFORD. The leather aviator bonnet by STETSON encases the look.

This SHARON WAUCHOB ensemble is comprised of a black calfskin and wool double-face waistcoat, with a red and black fox fur collar, and printed, pleated organza skirt, here combined with a tangerine lurex cardigan from VIVIENNE WESTWOOD RED LABEL. The look is styled with a leather and lapin aviator hat by STETSON, and tween and orange muffs from the GIORGIO ARMANI collection. The high heel laced up booties are by MARSÉLL.

A cappuccino breitschwanz jacket, with hand embroidered jewel applications, by PRADA, is worn over an off-white cotton dress from LIMI FEU. The BAD CANNSTATT ENGINE PLANT is the home of Mercedes-Benz' V-engine production. Officially opened in 1997 and significantly enlarged in 2004, it received and indsutry award for the best factory design in terms of shaping and functionality. The current generation of Mercedes-Benz V8 and V6 engines is produced here on three assembly lines. More than 5 million V-engines have left the assembly line since the start of production.

This black wool and textured grain leather jacket matches its flared skirt, both belong to the LOEWE collection. Underneath, a cotton printed t-shirt is designed by VIVIENNE WESTWOOD for LEE. The black calfskin boots from C' N' C COSTUME NATIONAL are worn with silk ribbed stockings by MARIA LA ROSA. The red leather gloves are by KENZO.

This forest green leather bolero, combined with a double-wool coat and sheepskin pockets, is complimented by a wool dress adorned by a stylized orchid-motif. The look is accesorized by yellow glasses with black frame. All from the FENDI collection. The shiny midnight blue trousers are by ANN DEMEULEMEESTER. The UNTERTÜRKHEIM FORGE looks back on a rich heritage as the cradle of Daimler AG and is the location of the company's headquarters. The plants hot and cold forging activities started here in 1904. Since then, state of the art technologies have consistently been implemented, making it one of the most massive forming operations, with the introduction of the newest automation equipment in 2005. Various forged parts for engines, transmissions and chassis components are made here.

A futuristic motif adornes this wool dress, worn with green stretch muslin leggings, both from the CHANEL collection. The fringed brass earrings by IOSSELLIANI are illuminated by colorful rhinestones. The brown leather laced up shoes are from MARSÉLL.

A grey wool check dress is dramatized by the velvet and rayon floral-patterned sleeves, while a wide gabardine trenchcoat is knotted on the waist. All from the JUNYA WATANABE collection. A pair of patent printed loafers by KENZO are worn with silk ribbed stockings from MARIA LA ROSA. The UNTERTÜRKHEIM PASSENGER CAR REPAIRS is one of the oldest and biggest car repairs worldwide. With its highly qualified personnel and advanced equipment, it offers a large variety of services. It is the only location worldwide authorized to perform carbon-fiber repairs on Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren models. Its skilled paint shop staff easily master tasks, such as special paints for exhibition vehicles or effect paints.

Colorful strokes enlighten the damask and black tulle dress designed by VIVIENNE WESTWOOD for her GOLD LABEL line. An anthracite turtleneck by CYNTHIA ROWLEY is worn underneath. The look is accesorized with a black backpack from Y-3 that combines technical fabric with leather details, and an orange jasper and rhinestone brass ring by IOSSELLIANI. The black stockings by MARIA LA ROSA, compliment the bicolor pumps from PRADA.

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