It’s finally Friday and honestly, it’s about time. With New York Fashion Week kicking off today, we’ve rounded up all the fashion and culture news you need to know before the chaos of fashion week ensues. In this week’s Friday Roundup, Little Simz has just released a new EP, Cecilie Bahnsen has a new collab, and Heineken® has a very special treat for football fans. Keep reading to find out more.
Little Simz releases her new Drop 7 EP
Little Simz is on a roll this year. After receiving three BRIT Award Nominations and winning the MOBO award for the Best Hip-Hop Act, the British artist continues to thrive with the release of her new EP titled Drop 7. Continuing on her short projects mission, Drop 7 naturally follows the release of her 2020 Drop 6, with fittingly seven tracks total, each highlighting her raw knack for lyricism and shifting gears towards a more experimental, club-like sound. Little Simz’s Drop 7 is now available to stream on all major platforms.
Valentino drops a campaign film for the Chinese New Year
Just in time for the Chinese New Year, Valentino has released a campaign film titled “Valentino The Beginning of Red,” metaphorically painting three Chinese towns red. The colour red is key to this campaign, being both a heritage colour in Chinese culture as well as a core code to the Italian Maison. Through the campaign film, red can be seen in various forms, as Valentino dives into stories pertaining to Hangzhou, Quanzhou, and Taizhou, all in a festive spirit.
Cecilie Bahnsen x Nona Source is here
Attention all girlies: Cecilie Bahnsen is back with another collaboration. Launched yesterday, the Danish designer tapped the sustainable and circular experts Nona Source to create a capsule collection made out of Nona Source’s archives of deadstock fabric. Tapping into that very feminine aesthetic that Bahnsen has carved out for herself, the collection includes a dress made out of sheer organza and a crisp cotton poplin shirt-dress in a baby pink colour. If this sounds like a bit of you, head here to snatch a piece.
QUAY collaborates with Danielle Guizio
The eyewear specialists QUAY has tapped the NYC it girl staple designer Danielle Guizio for an exclusive collaborative limited-edition collection. The two have merged their aesthetics for a bold feminine result that all the city girls are bound to eat up. The collection offers three different styles – the chunky Uniform, the cat-eyed Slate, and the noughties-inspired Balance – each available in two colourways and priced at £110. Get your girlie gaze in for the summer by shopping the collection here.
Love Saves The Day announces its 2024 lineup
The leading Bristol festival Love Saves The Day has just announced this year’s lineup, and it’s going to be a hefty banger. We love to see women having such a strong presence in this year’s lineup, with talents including Shanti Celeste, Peach, Saoirse, Eliza Rose, and Girls Don’t Sync among others, joined by the likes of CamelPhat, Rudimental, The Streets, Shy FX: Specials and a whole lot more. Taking place on May 25 and 26 at Bristol’s Ashton Court, tickets are now available online. Snatch them up to secure your community-focused weekends filled with great sounds and even greater vibes.
Virgil van Dijk and Jill Scott MBE share a cold one with Heineken®
Football culture has changed drastically in the last few years and Heineken® is here to visualise it for us. In its latest “Cheers To The Real Hardcore Fans” campaign, the beer specialist tapped former Lioness Jill Scott MBE and captain of the Netherland’s men’s team Virgil van Dijk to star in the campaign, defining what a true ‘hardcore fan’ is. In an effort to eradicate all negative connotations of your average football fan, Heinekein® is offering you (yes, you) the chance to redefine the ‘hardcore fan’ look – simply share your story here. Oh and, by the way, if you do share your story then you could live the experience of a lifetime, by having the opportunity to win tickets to attend the UEFA Champions League Final. What are you waiting for?
Crocs taps Tion Wayne for its new campaign
Crocs has tapped London-based musician Tion Wayne for its latest campaign, showcasing the Echo Storm silhouette, merging all-terrain durability with fashion-forward design. Arriving in “Midnight” and “Tundra” colourways, and making use of a vented upper, the shoes inject a conceptual design focus into the classic Crocs silhouette. If this is a bit of you, head to the Crocs online store.
There’s a Lee® X Jean-Michel Basquiat on its way
Lee® Jeans has collaborated with the esteemed artist, Jean-Michel Basquiat, fusing the artist’s work and distinct style of dress with Lee®’s durable denim. Highlights from the collection include the Men’s Black Striped Blazer with matching Relaxed Striped trousers, Women’s Chore Jacket and Wide Leg Jeans, which are all emblazoned with Basquiat’s groundbreaking artwork. If you like the sound of this, head over to the Lee® Jeans website on February 21.
Ksubi has its eyes on Mars for Spring 24
For Spring 24, Ksubi is launching its “Express To Mars” collection. Futuristic and edgy, the new collection gives classic denim pieces a new look by accessorising it with metal hardware details for an overall rebellious attitude. Biker and street style aesthetics are infused throughout, giving Martians a masterclass on fashion. Head over to the Ksubi website for a deep dive into the collection.
New Balance launches exclusively on JD
New Balance is back at it again, this time launching its 9060 sneaker exclusively on JD. The silhouette has been reimagined with a Y2K tech style infused with futuristic elements, in three different colourways. Proudly stunting the new show in a campaign is global ambassadors Cat Burns, Trayvon Bromell, and A.GIRL. Head over to JD’s website to grab yourself a pair.
SANDRO drops its Spring/Summer 2024 campaign
SANDRO is soaking up the colour for its Spring/Summer 2024 campaign, featuring Rolf Schrader, Achol Ayer, Antoine Brabant and Zaquei Mendes, who all done pieces against a range of hue-heavy, textured backdrops. Structured suit jackets and overcoats are pictured alongside biker-style leather jackets and boots, in-line with the brand’s androgynous aesthetic.
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