We can all rejoice in the fact that it’s finally Friday, and this week’s news is filled with heavy-hitters. From Isa Boulder’s gritty menswear campaign for SS23 to HEAT about to deliver some of the most cutting-edge designs from VETEMENTS’ archive, the industry is treating us with some heavy styles for summer. Keep reading to get all caught up before you go off to enjoy your weekend shenanigans.
FLANNELS IS OPENING A RENTAL POP-UP IN LIVERPOOL
The first of its kind in the North of England, the luxury retailer FLANNELS is using its Liverpool flagship store to host its 6-month rental pop-up, which opened up yesterday. After holding a FLANNELS RENTAL event on Oxford Street, London, the Scouse-based occasion will tap into the Northern aesthetic with specially curated designer pieces from brands like Mugler and Laquan Smith, with customers able to borrow the pieces for 4 or 8 days.
ISA BOULDER GOES GRITTY FOR ITS SS23 MENSWEAR CAMPAIGN
The Bali-based knitwear brand Isa Boulder captures its models in a gritty, rundown backdrop for its second-ever menswear collection, photographed by Adam Peter Johnson. Using muted tones of browns, greys and teals, the new collection features experimental pieces that highlight traditional craftsmanship of local Indonesian artisans. Speaking of the collection, designer and c-founder Cecilia Basari stated “we kept this idea of [a] playful and daring man in mind, someone that is not only interested in clothes, but most importantly in the way they’re made”.
ABOUT:BLANK CONTINUES WITH ITS SS23 DROPS
Launched online yesterday, about:blank releases new pieces of its SS23 collection titled “Perceptiva Altero”, a Latin saying translating to “Altering Perspectives”. This ethos is embedded into about:blank’s new drop, which creates a versatile uniform that can live anywhere, on anyone. The drop itself includes an array of t-shirts, a cropped wool cardigan, a wool vest, bermuda shorts, and the brand-favourite cropped trousers.
FARFETCH TEAMS UP WITH PALM ANGELS FOR A SPECIAL F1 COLLAB
In celebration of Monaco’s 80th F1 Grand Prix race, FARFETCH is partnering with the brand that made its debut in the F1 world last Miami race, Palm Angels, having an ongoing collaboration with the MoneyGram Haas F1 Team. The collaborative graphic tee, now available on FARFETCH’s website for £380, features racing visuals, as well as names of cities from Monza to Las Vegas, reminiscent of past Grand Prix races.
ARTIST SCARLETT COSTELLO & PEACHY DEN ARE GETTING BUSY
Model and artist Scarlett Costella is no stranger to the London-based Peachy Den, having worked together on past campaigns, but this is the first time the two are collaborating on a design. Costello applies her illustrative style onto Peachy Den’s Scarlette denim jeans, as well as working on the fan-favourite Mimi bottoms and several tops. The full collaborative collection, priced between £65 and £125, is now available for purchase online.
HEAT IS TURNING TO VETEMENTS’ ARCHIVE
Ahead of its upcoming mystery luxury box drop, HEAT has announced a partnership with the disruptive VETEMENTS. The boxes, which will be available to pre-order from May 31 on UPPFIRST* and to purchase on HEAT’s website on June 14, will contain archival pieces from the brand, dating back to any time between 2016 to 2022. While the contents of the boxes will remain a mystery until opening – that’s the whole point of a mystery box – we can expect to see pieces from VETEMENTS’ SS18 DHL collection or even the SS19 collaborative sunglasses with Oakley.
A.P.C.’S PRE-FALL 2023 COLLECTION IS ALL ABOUT ALLURE
Photographed by Robin Galiegue, A.P.C. has revealed its FW23 pre-collection campaign which is as alluring as it gets. Inspired by the iconic Le Mans race as it celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, A.P.C.’s collection takes subtle cues from 70s style, and creates rac-car approved designs, including a bomber jacket adorned with vintage-inspired driver’s logos. Legendary driver Ayrton Senna also becomes a source of inspiration for the collection, which envisions the driver’s uniform inside and outside the race car.
CARHARTT WIP LAUNCHES ITS NEW MAGAZINE ISSUE
For the 8th issue of its biannual publication, Carhartt WIP taps musician Fousheé to grace the cover for the second time, dressed in head-to-toe denim Carhartt WIP. The issue itself dives into modern metropolitan life, featuring talents from cities such as Paris’ REX Club, LA’s sculptor Diana Yesenia Alvarado and Berlin as a background to capture skater Steffen Grap. Priced at £5, the issue is now available online.
KWN DROPS “NO CINDERELLA”
The first single released this year for East London’s kwn after numerous teases on TikTok, no cinderella details the hardships of a relationship bound to fail despite none of those involved wanting to let go. In the music video directed by Gugzay, the artist highlights various London spots in a glitchy aesthetic. Speaking on the track, kwn states “I draw from my life experiences every time I write now but before I struggled to put my thoughts to paper, I felt too vulnerable, so this was a big step for me”.
REPRESENT GOES PASTEL FOR ITS SUMMER COLLECTION
Open for purchase on May 31 online, REPRESENT’s summer capsule brings loose and relaxed fits made from lightweight materials for the hotter season. With prints and monochrome pieces that are rooted in classic colours as well as pastel hues, REPRESENT offers a range of t-shirts, button-ups and shorts, as well as accessories from hats to bags. For the occasion, the British brand is also revisiting its Bully Sneaker in a “sesame/pink” and “khaki/cream” colourway.
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