Fashion continues to push the boundaries of creativity and innovation this week, with plenty of collections and collaborations gone underway. This week, we’ve got a special link up between Alicia Keys and Moncler, who had already worked together on Moncler’s The Art of Genius event during London Fashion Week. JD has also released a new campaign, titled “King of Trainers”, showing off some of their best pairs including exclusives. Keep reading for your Friday Roundup.
JD IS THE KING OF TRAINERS
The UK-based footwear retailer JD features all the sneakers you could possibly think of in its latest campaign titled “King of Trainers”. Covering all grounds, JD has featured men’s, women’s and kids’ options, spanning from the everyday icon to some exclusive pairs. A favourite of anyone’s, we find the Nike Air Max 90s, 95s and 97s, as well as classic Vans models, the adidas Ozweegos, running shoes by ON RUNNING and comfort shoes by Birkenstock. Exclusive to JD, we can also spot Nike AF1’07 LV8 and the New Balance 1960R trainers in a grey colourway. All styles are now available at the “King of Trainers” website.
CLARKS GIVES ITS PLATFORM TO TRAILBLAZING ARTISTS
For its SS23 global campaign, Clarks celebrates individuality, creativity and wellbeing by tapping model and ambassador Jourdan Dunn, poet and model Sonny Hall, and the Royal Ballet’s Principal Dancer Marcelino Sambé. Titled “The World Ahead”, Clarks envisions the future and the social impact the brand has that could shape it. The collection introduces a new silhouette, the Torhill boot, a new icon bridging the gap between its Shoes and Originals lines. Inspired by its 90s predecessor, the Torhill boot is reminiscent of Clarks’ classic Wallabee, with a chunky sole and will be made available in a series of colours.
THE ALICIA KEYS X MONCLER COLLAB IS HERE
Linking up earlier this year for a very special performance at the Moncler The Art of Genius event during London Fashion Week, Alicia Keys now reveals her collection made in collaboration with the Italian brand. Inspired by 90s New York, the gender-bending collection features hues of dark greens on sleeveless puffer vests and matching trousers, baggy jackets and pant legs, as well as an aluminium-like full look, consisting of a parka, light jacket and trousers. The collection is now available for purchase on Moncler’s site.
CONVERSE CHAMPIONS CREATIVITY WITH LIVERPOOL FC
Titled “creativity from the ground up”, Converse x Liverpool FC’s collaboration puts emphasis on its inspirational vision by tapping various artists to feature in its campaign. Among those present is the singer Rain Castillo, broadcaster Rubi Deschamps, artist Sterling Rose Kelly, rapper Dayzy and campaigner Roopa Vyas, as well as familiar faces from the LFC team. The collection itself offers 9 pieces, including the classic Chuck 70 high top sneakers decorated with Liver birds, and will launch on April 6.
TIMBERLAND GOES BOATING IN ITS NEW COLLECTION
Releasing a 5 piece collection that revisits its 3-Eye Lug Handsewn boat shoe which first appeared in 1978, Timberland has turned to its work heritage for inspiration. 3 new iterations of the Boat Shoe can be found, prioritising hand-sewn stitching and rugged outersoles, as well as workwear inspired clothing, including a Cropped SS Shop shirt and a Hemp Chore jacket. Each piece is built upon Timberland’s history of over 40 years, capturing the bold spirit of workwear attire. To celebrate the release of this collection, Timberland will also be hosting a series of workshops – from shoe cleaning to tattooing – in its Carnaby Street store in London between March 25 and April 6.
UD REVEALS ITS LINEUP FOR ITS ‘INDUSTRY TAKEOVER’ FESTIVAL
The London-based youth organisation UD has been supporting Black culture and communities for 20 years by creating a bridge between artists and musicians alike. Taking place in UD’s new east-London home the “Talent House”, the organisation will hold a week-long “Industry Takeover” event in which will host conversations, workshops and performances dedicated to educating the next generation of musicians. With an incredible roster of talent, including V&A’s Africa & Diaspora curator Jacqueline Springer, and tickets being free, this is not an event you want to miss.
THE CITY INSPIRED C.P. COMPANY’S AND KANO’S COLLABORATION
Exclusive to Flannels, the C.P. Company x Kano collection revises the Metropolis Series, specifically the Field Jacket. Paying homage to his own musical journey, Kano revised the jacket by adding interior details reminiscent of his early studio sessions when producing “Hoodies All Summer”. The jacket also features the water-resistant GORE-TEX 3L technology and comes, for the first time, in an all-black colourway. The release of the Field Jacket is accompanied by a campaign video shot in the streets of London and Milan, tapping into that metropolis lifestyle. The collaborative jacket will be available for purchase on March 30 on Flannels’ website.
DR. MARTENS GOES OCELOT FOR ITS LATEST COLLECTION
The iconic shoe brand turned to nature to inspire its new collection. The new Dr. Martens shoes, which includes 3 different silhouettes – Jorge, Adrien and 1461 – are all decorated with an Ocelot Print Hair-On leather. The brand continues to explore its rich history based on subversive instincts, bringing the wild to the smart shoes. While no date has been announced yet, we can expect the new collection to drop next month.
BEN SHERMAN TAPS ARTIST PAULI LOVEJOY FOR IT SS23 CAMPAIGN
The multi-disciplinary artist whose talents span from drumming and DJing to creative directing Pauli Lovejoy can add model to his extensive list of occupations. Starring in Ben Sherman’s ‘B By Ben Sherman’ campaign, Pauli Lovejoy can be seen soaking in the Los Angeles sun while wearing the new designs. The collection itself includes a multi-coloured short-sleeves polo top and a relaxed fit grey zip up hoodie and is now available for purchase on Ben Sherman’s website.
REPRESENT TURNS GREEN FOR ITS NEW COLLECTION
Titled “Owners’ Club”, the British luxury brand Represent has just dropped a 3 piece collection centred around the colour green, specifically Island Green. Putting emphasis on its craftsmanship, the collection revisits some of Represent’s classic pieces, including a hoodie, t-shirt and mesh shorts all adorning the brand logo, as well as a new edition of the Reptor Low sneaker. The collection, which ranges between £85 and £155, is now available for purchase online.
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