It’s finally Friday again, and whether you had a hectic week or a relaxed one, a lot has happened this week that might’ve crept under your radar. From the debut of an array of new Spring-inspired collections to the opening of a truly breathtaking exhibition in London, we’ve compiled a list of news, drops, and events which you won’t want to miss: read on for this week’s Friday Roundup…
BEAMS BENDS THE BOUNDARIES OF LIGHT, SOUND, AND SPACE
Hosted at the Royal Docks in London, Beams – London’s most talked about nightlife venue – just unveiled their latest exhibition, titled Thin Air. Playing and experimenting with art and technology, the space invites audiences to take a transformative journey through 55,000 sq ft of awe-inspiring light and sound induced stimulation. The exhibition was curated by digital artist Alex Czetwertynski, and produced in collaboration with arts and culture consultancy, That Right There, open to visit from today.
TWO WORLDS COLLIDE IN BARACUTA X NEEDLES COLLAB
The iconic duo is reunited, as Baracuta and Needles are teaming up once again for another capsule collection. Dropping today, the collaboration merges the aesthetics of British and Japanese contemporary culture as it has done in the past, producing garments which combine the modern, vibrant and expressive colour scheme of Needles with the authentic and classic British aesthetic of Baracuta. Culminating in a hypnotic selection featuring the G9 jacket, Jacquard trousers, and Fraser Tartan, the collection reinterprets classic Barucuta silhouettes with a new Needles twist.
GUESS WHO? THE GUESS ORIGINALS X REALTREE DROP
GUESS Originals, the heritage inspired division born out of American luxury clothing brand Guess?, is tapping Realtree for their latest drop. Exploring the aesthetic associated with the American heritage worker, the collection pulls on Realtree’s iconic camo aesthetic, producing a selection of GUESS Originals core silhouettes in updated styles. From shorts and jeans to trucker hats and belt skirts, the collaboration looks to the all-American for inspiration, transporting us to Texas for their sunburnt orange and camo-printed limited collection, each stamped with GUESS’s iconic logo.
VALENTINO INVITES YOU TO UNBOX SS23
Valentino is celebrating the launch of its SS23 Unboxing Valentino collection, a massive project taking place in the windows of Valentino stores around the world. Inviting a collection of globally recognised stylists – including Law Roach, Anna Dello Russo, and more – to offer their own creative interpretation on Valentino’s SS23 collection, the Unboxing project has reimagined some of Valentino’s most visited stores in vibrant and exciting styles, from Paris to New York to Tokyo. Visit Rebecca Corbin-Murray’s concept at the London Old Street Boutique to see her take.
SAGE NATION AW23 IS A BLEND OF CULTURES
Japanese-born and London-bred clothing brand, SAGE NATION, is debuting its AW23 collection, a selection of tailored jackets, oversized trousers, and clean shirts in a gentle, earthy colour-palette. Inspired by the cold-weather aesthetic worn by granddads across Japan and the UK, the collection pulls on simple and classic styles and silhouettes, as well as the brand’s three iconic pillars: balance, perspective, and purpose. Merging cultures to create garments with such a strong visual narrative is no simple feat, yet is conquered by the brand’s founder’s roots across both England and Japan, culminating in a collection of polished, luxury, staple pieces.
ZARA RELEASES SS23 STUDIO COLLECTION
For Zara’s SS23 STUDIO Collection the brand is focusing on the joy of clothes, throwing rules to the wind and instead playing with the idea of freedom, rebellion, and spontaneous simplicity. Debuting yesterday in Women’s, Men’s, and Children’s categories, the brand’s STUDIO Collection is as ever the high expression of Zara’s workmanship. With carefully considered designs which encapsulate the spirit of the Spring, Zara’s Women’s collection features sunny, silky, feminine and tomboyish silhouettes, and Menswear explores smart tailoring in modernised yet preppie styles.
TOMMY HILFIGER X SHAWN MENDES SAID LALALALALA
On Wednesday, TOMMY HILFIGER released a Classics Reborn collection in collaboration with singer Shawn Mendes. The new collection, which is inspired by pre-90s prep, highlights comfort through relaxed fit styles all in promotion of the brand and Shawn’s shared vision of a more sustainable tomorrow. By using recycled and innovative materials, TOMMY HILFIGER has created a collection of staple sweatshirts and tees, and denim jeans and jackets which “Wastes Nothing and Welcomes All”.
ARIES X YOOX ‘THEY ARISE’ COLLECTION HAS ARISEN
Aries and YOOX are debuting their limited capsule collaborative collection, titled ‘They Arise’, featuring genderless garments in crisp tailoring and streetwear styles. Showcased on models who are not only of all genders but are also brothers, sisters, couples and friends who share the same wardrobe, the collection sets out to showcase the fluidity of clothing, the freedom of self expression, and the fact that gender is no longer a barrier to style.
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