Another week turns yet again into another Friday. This week, we’ve compiled all the news you might have missed out on, which includes a new Vivienne Westwood campaign inspired by a certain famous English playwright and a collaboration between the artist and designer KidSuper and legendary rock band the Rolling Stones. Keep reading for your full briefing.
Gap drops a Sean Wotherspoon-designed collaboration
Now out in the UK after a US launch earlier this month, Gap has tapped experimental designer Sean Wotherspoon. Wotherspoon was inspired by the Gap archives for this one, such as the reversible nylon fleece jacket. The new collection consists of nine fall essentials from a denim jacket to a corduroy baseball cap. The Gap x Sean Wotherspoon collection is now available online and in Gap’s Oxford Street flagship store.
Honey Dijon drops “Earthly Delights” with Johnny Walker
The Grammy Award winning producer Honey Dijon (who also happens to be the opening DJ for Madonna’s tour) has teamed up with Johnny Walker to release the ethereal and energetic sound of “Earthly Delights.” The new sound accompanies the release of Johnny Walker’s Blue Label limited edition Elusive Umami, a scotch whiskey that taps into our fifth taste.
Vivienne Westwood visits Shakespeare’s Globe
William Shakespeare’s Sonnet 18, specifically the words “But thy eternal summer shall never fade” inspired the latest campaign for Vivienne Westwood’s SS24 collection. The campaign was shot in the world-renowned Globe theatre, the same place the late designer read her “Letters to Earth” around the time of COP26. The romanticism is juxtaposed with an air of gloom for the future, both themes found in Shakespeare’s Sonnet as well as Vivienne Westwood’s campaign.
ECCO is back with a bold vision
The Danish footwear brand ECCO turns 60 years old this year and to celebrate it has announced designer Natacha Ramsay-Levi – a Nicholas Ghesquière protégée both at Balenciaga and Louis Vuitton – to be appointed as creative partner. ECCO now looks to the future to refresh the brand, including a Pink Pantheress-starring campaign. Keep an eye out for ECCO as its heat-dropping has only just gotten started.
Story mfg. releases its R.T.S. collection
The Brighton-based brand Story mfg. has always rooted its practice in sustainable methods, and its R.T.S. collection is no different. The new collection includes a range of button-down shirts, knitted jumpers and oversized tote bags. The brand took to its Instagram to state “items that are all organic, and naturally and slowly hand dyed with fruits, roots, bark, leaves and microorganisms.” The full collection is available on Story mfg.’s website.
KidSuper goes tongue out with the Rolling Stones
The legendary rock band the Rolling Stones’ RS No.9 Carnaby has tapped artist and designer KidSuper to redesign their 24th studio album Hackney Diamonds cover. The collaboration comes in the form of a vinyl, CD and cassette that features the iconic red tongue, as well as ready-to-wear pieces such as tees and hoodies. The full Rolling Stones x KidSuper collaboration is now available in the Carnaby Street store and will drop online on October 23.
nanamica collaborates with Dr. Martens
Partnering for the fourth time, the Tokyo-based functionality brand nanamica and the British heritage footwear brand Dr. Martens take a look at the concept of “high-level mix of fashion and function” for this collaboration. The two-piece collaboration consisted of a slip-on shoe and boot inspired by Dr. Martens archival Chelsea boot. Coming in a slick black colourway, each pair of shoes is now available for purchase online.
A. A. Spectrum drops a new AW23 campaign
The Chinese brand that defies fashion conventions A. A. Spectrum has just dropped a new campaign showcasing its AW23 collection. The new collection titled “LIQUIDALLOY-FLORA” was showed at Shanghai Fashion Week with a physical presentation, a first for the brand. The new campaign follows a similar story to the presentation, juxtaposing the season-affected nature with unmovable stone structures.
Saucony is releasing its Crystal Cave sneaker
Dropping today, Saucony has just released a new colourway of the fan-favourite ProGrid Omni 9 silhouette called “Crystal Cave.” The shoe is actually designed to change colours depending on the surrounding light, just like a crystal, with chosen colours inspired by the caves of Pennsylvania. Priced at £150, the “Crystal Cave” ProGrid Omni 9 shoe is now up for grabs online.
Fredwave drops new single “Mind”
In anticipation for his new EP titled GOODNIGHT June set to come out later this year, the British singer-songwriter and producer Fredwave has just released his third single of the year “Mind.” Distorted strings, a charming melody and disarranging percussion sounds accompany the North Londoner’s vocals, giving us a taste of the next chapter to come for Fredwave and his new EP.
Norse Projects come out with the second drop of AW23
For its latest AW23 campaign, Norse Project takes inspiration from the Danish Architect Arne Jacobsen, specifically her form vs function aesthetic. For its second drop of its AW23 offering, Norse Projects focuses on heavier knits and outerwear with an accompanying black & white campaign, highlighting the hero pieces.
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