It’s the Monday before the Menswear leg of Milan Fashion Week commences. Cue the industry whispers, trend predictions and all-important reviews of last year’s killer year of shows. But as the fashion world preps for a brand new batch of designers, drops and creative director swaps, we’re here to ensure that you stay up to date with everything in between.
From World Cup revelations to Fendi x Tiffany collaborations, keep reading for your Monday briefing.
LACOSTE CHAMPION OLYMPIC TRAILBLAZERS
Lacoste has enlisted three new Olympic athletes changing the narratives around diversity and stereotypes within their sports. Partnering with Ashleigh Johnson (Water polo – USA), Ruth Mwandumba (Shooting – UK) and Marcel Nguyen (Gymnastics – Germany) Lacoste have since released a set of striking campaign images featuring the athletes, in a celebration of the label’s commitment to championing the rising stars of the sporting world.
MERCEDES-BENZ X SUPERPLASTIC LAUNCH “SUPERDACKEL” COLLECTABLE
Luxury powerhouse Mercedes-Benz have teamed up with entertainment brand SUPERPLASTIC, in a collaboration which sees their iconic nodding dog ‘Wackeldackel’ dash ornament reimagined as ‘SUPERDACKEL’ in both digital and physical forms. The collaboration follows the release of the duo’s animated short film, which features classic SUPERPLASTIC characters Guggimon and Janky ‘borrowing’ a Mercedes-Benz for a quick joy ride around the streets of New York. Check out the full film here.
ACNE STUDIOS’ MUSUBI BAG GETS AN SS23 JEAN TREATMENT
Acne Studios’ iconic Musubi Bag has received a fresh new look for SS23. Inspired by the knots of traditional Japanese obi sashes, their drop of four new Musubi styles feature dappled, tie-dyed leathers; bleach-speckled exteriors and an all new distressed denim treatment. Available to shop now, the updated Musubi is an early contender for the must-have bag of 2023.
PLAY COMME des GARÇONS X K-WAY RETURNS
Marking their second collaborative collection, PLAY COMME des GARÇONS and K-Way have joined forces to bring us a nostalgically 90’s campaign. Featuring signature styles from the French outerwear label’s archive such as the Claude Full Zip and Leon Half Zip with sprinklings of CDG energy in the form of their classic PLAY heart logo, the collection merges durability with style in multiple colour ways for both adults and youths alike.
RIHANNA DROPS SUPER BOWL COLLECTION
Rihanna is the Queen of building hype – as her latest Savage x Fenty drop in celebration of the Super Bowl proves. Announcing a ‘Game Day’ collection for the huge sporting event via a set of all-new campaign images, the fashion mogul and music superstar poses in perforated two-tone LVII jerseys, sweatpants and a ‘Property of Savage x Fenty’ beanie. Game on, Rihanna.
THE BAGUETTE GETS TIFFANY-FIED
The iconic Fendi baguette, as worn by hundreds of A-Listers and ingrained into fashion history by the likes of Carrie Bradshaw, has received the Tiffany treatment at last. Now, the long awaited collaboration between the luxury jewellery leader and handbag-aficionado label has finally arrived, featuring the classic Fendi Baguette silhouette treated to a Tiffany-Blue emblazoned calfskin finish, embellished with iconic silver FF buckling. Accompanying the Baguette release you’ll also find adorable nano-versions, detachable strap options and even a Pico Baguette Charm.
EMINEM’S £7MIL QATAR SNUB
Eminem reportedly turned down an eye watering £7 million offer from World Cup officials. According to a recent statement from 50 Cent, the pair were offered a total of £7.5 million to perform after Argentina’s spellbinding win in Qatar – a sum of which 50 Cent was more than happy to only take a tiny portion of in comparison to Eminem. Despite this, the latter declined the offer, with 50 Cent quipping: “If you would do a one-off show, maybe you would do the biggest live sporting event in the world.”
WEDNESDAY RETURNS FOR SZN 2
Wednesday stans, rejoice – the hit Netflix show has been confirmed for a second season. Announcing the news via their Twitter feed, the streaming giant delighted goth-core fans around the world with a teaser clip for the upcoming season, featuring none other than the now infamous sped-up version of “Bloody Mary” by Lady Gaga, eternalised on TikTok by millions of Wednesday-themes dance routines. Netflix knows how to give the people what they want.
LIZZO CANCELS ‘CANCEL CULTURE’
Lizzo has a lot to say about the Cancel Culture epidemic. Taking to Twitter to discuss the implications of the culture, the singer – who often uses her platform to talk about issues that affect marginalised communities – called cancel culture ‘appropriation’, claiming that it has become “trendy, misused and misdirected.” She finished her train of thought with hopes that cancel culture would ‘phase out’ and that outrage would soon shift to focus on ‘real problems’.
This may be a random time to say this but it’s on my heart.. cancel culture is appropriation.— FOLLOW @YITTY (@lizzo) January 8, 2023
There was real outrage from truly marginalized people and now it’s become trendy, misused and misdirected.
I hope we can phase out of this & focus our outrage on the real problems.
NIKE’S SLIDE SITU IS CALM
Our first look at Nike’s newest foray into the world of slides is here, with their latest styles dubbed ‘The Calm Slides’. Featuring a smooth, boat-like silhouette in EVA foam material, the slick new design will be available to shop in five colour ways including “Black,” “Geode Teal,” “Sesame,” “Sail,” and “Jade Ice”. Despite initial comparisons to the Yeezy Slide’s minimalistic design, the Calm Slides have received positive feedback from footwear fans on social media, with many commending the affordable $50 price tag.
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