Men’s Fashion Week is finally over, we can all take a breath. After the hectic few weeks in which brands showcased their menswear SS24 collections from London to Paris, we’re back on track with our regular news rollout of collabs and drops. In this week’s Monday Briefing, Kid Cudi is finally getting his own sneaker with MSCHF while Casablanca welcomes a new CEO. Keep reading to get your full fix.
AT LAST, MEN’S FASHION WEEK IS OVER
Just like that, another season has come and gone. Softly starting in London, Men’s Fashion Week then travelled to Milan where we saw Prada gave us a slimy show. It then hit Paris, where so many of the big shows took place – we saw Pharrell’s Louis Vuitton debut, Rick Owens’ return to an all-black collection and Loewe’s sparkly collection. We’ll have to wait until September to see the womenswear offerings for SS24.
KID CUDI IS BRINGING OUT A SNEAKER WITH MSCHF
It’s surprising that Kid Cudi doesn’t have his own sneaker considering he’s collabed with brands like BAPE and has the cultural impact of any musician who would have a shoe out. Maybe he was just waiting on MSCHF all along. The art collective and “Man On The Moon” rapper have worked on a Super Normal 2 shoe together, featuring a swirly fleece look that is definitely not super normal, set to release later this year.
ALAÏA IS TAKING SELFIES FOR FALL 2023
For creative director Peter Mulier’s fourth collection at Alaïa, the meaning of the brand was explored through mirror-style selfies. With the human anatomy put at the centre of the Fall 2023 collection, the models themselves took the selfies that showcase the structure, skin tight clothing that emphasises every natural line and curve.
DRAKE IS RELEASING NEW MUSIC WITH HIS BOOK
Drake recently announced that he would be releasing a book titled “Titles Ruin Everything”, and now fans have noticed that new music will be following too. To promote the new book, the rapper released a New York Post newspaper, in which a QR code can be found with the words “For All The Dogs”. After scanned, that QR code takes fans to a website that reads “I made an album to go with the book”, quite the announcement.
NO GREY AREA HONOURS ITS SOUTH EAST ASIAN HERITAGE FOR SS24
From spirituality to personal memories, No Grey Area’s SS24 is inspired by its South East Asian roots, specifically the Madras region of India. Using traditional draping techniques, breathability and non-gender conforming ways of designing, the collection features Kaftan dresses, draped skirts and tops, trend coats co-ord pieces that use Indian fabrics and crafts.
THERE’S A NEW CEO AT CASABLANCA
Frederick Lukoff is the latest to join the Casablanca family, named by founder and creative director Charef Tajer himself as CEO. Before joining Casablanca, Lukoff used to work at Stella McCartney, Courrèges, Paco Rabane and Lanvin, so his CV is looking pretty hefty. Now at Tajer’s brand, the two are aiming to open Casablanca’s first flagship in Paris, as well as expanding the brand as a whole.
KARU RESEARCH EXPLORED INDIAN MASCULINITY FOR SS24
Taking inspiration from two key figures, the Maharaja of Indore and the former captain of India’s cricket team, Karu Research is redefining masculinity for SS24. An ode to creative director Kartik Kumra’s home, this is the first collection from Karu research ever since he moved back to India from the US. Embroidered and dyed by hand, the collection features an array of linen, knitwear and wool pieces, heavy in colourful prints.
THERE’S A NEW BALANCE X COMME DES GARÇONS HOMME SHOE ON THE WAY
First seen in a grey pair earlier this year, the New Balance x Comme des Garçons Homme slip ons have resurfaced online, after being posted on Instagram by the shoe brand’s Marketing Manager Tsuyoshi Ikedo. The laceless pair, set to release for Spring/Summer 2024 comes in a black and a white colourway, taking on the 610 silhouette with mesh panelling and co-branding on the tongue and the shoe’s front.
DR. MARTENS IS LAUNCHING ITS OWN MUSIC PLATFORM
The cult-favourite Jadon boot, which is celebrating its 10 year anniversary this year, has become a key piece in various underground music scenes, and to celebrate, Dr. Martens is launching its very own global music platform. The Alternative Platform will showcase emerging artists who are defining the culture of alternative music with a community-first commitment. Dr. Martens has now opened its applications in search of artists that will join them on tour in London, New York and Tokyo by the end of the year.
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