If by some strange occurrence you weren’t fully convinced the planet is dying, this week’s weather forecast should be enough to shake some sense into you. With some weather models predicting temperatures in the UK could reach 40 degrees celsius (something unheard of in the prediction models), summer in London has reached dizzying new heights, about 30 years too early.
With all eyes, ears and temperature gages trained on the heat this week, it would be easy to miss the series of happenings that have gone down this week in fashion and culture – from the latest in Nigo’s regular KENZO drops to Frank Ocean exploring psychedelics on radio. So, instead of trawling through the sites and using up precious sunbathing hours we’ve compiled a list of everything you need to know about from this week and last – welcome to the Monday Briefing.
ACNE SAID ‘ARE WE HUMAN, OR ARE WE DANCER’?
For the brand’s latest campaign, Acne Studios has debuted a new installation on its flagship in Stockholm. Showcasing the Musubi bag, the campaign enlists male dancers (or their bodies) as the visual content, giving photographer Talia Chetrit free reign on the creative direction of the project.
KENZO KEEPS THINGS COMING
If there’s one thing about Nigo’s KENZO, it’s that they’re not going to rest. Dropping periodically throughout the year, Nigo ensures that his collections remain at the forefront of imaginations, long after fashion weeks pass. With this 2nd launch highlighting the dialogue between the house’s Parisian legacy and his personal heritage, we see the classic caps out in full force this July.
A CLOSER LOOK AT MAXIME
After a showroom in Paris last month, Maxime is the brand blending boxy tailoring and an affinity for the English countryside for its latest collection. Entitled ‘Edition 4 – The Escape’, the release sees a message of escapism and exploration promoted – channelling the wholesomeness of staycations but elevating affairs into the realms of expanded, crafted fashion. Check them out here.
NOTWOWAYS ARE TWO-STEPPING INTO SUMMER WHITES
Simplicity always wins, right? If the prevailing success of Nike’s AF1 is anything to go by, people love a white trainer – and notwoways are here to provide the goods. For this drop, the cult favourite footwear brand is actually releasing a new silhouette in four hand-picked shades: “Pure White,” “London Cloud,” “Essential Grey,” and “Arctic White.” Featuring familiar notwoways detailing, these are available to pick up now.
MCM ARE BLINGING OUT YOUR MOUTH
The latest in the MCM-verse sees the brand link up with Milk and Honey London to produce a couple of branded tooth gems. In the works for over a year, the collaboration places UK creative artistry at the forefront of self-expression. The actual gems are limited edition and 18K gold, and available from today.
CASA MANS IS CHAMPIONING COLOUR
Showing off-week was Mans, in Madrid. For founder Jaime Alvarez, the key is not producing anything which he wouldn’t wear himself. The result? A cohesive collection of vibrant prints, bold colours, and sleek yet relaxed tailoring to be worn from beach to city.
BLONDE(ED) HAS MORE FUN
Frank Ocean has treated us to two more episodes of Blonded Radio. With one episode going into psychedelics and the next about Qi Gong, we see Frank delve into topics of healing, energy and produce scores for each. Accompanying the release is a merch drop, with various tees and a commemorative Channel Orange poster for your shopping pleasure.
THE CLOCK IS TICKING FOR ADIDAS ORIGINALS
adidas Originals has just launched a new campaign. Entitled ‘TIME FOR ME’ (if you’ll pardon the pun), it aims to reflect the dynamic, impromptu and honest lives of young creatives. Using the watch as an extension of individual style, the timepieces come in 4 iterations: Concrete Junglists, Reeewind Time, Sustainably Strapped and Game On The Go.
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