Another Friday marks another roundup of fashion and arts news, specifically curated just for you. In this week’s edition, brand’s are going all out for PF23, with Fiorucci taking inspiration from its own archives in a collection that blends the past with the present, and Balmain which has released a bag inspired by its original designer. Other brand’s aren’t focused so far ahead, with Valentino enjoying the heat of the summer to come with its new Hawaiian shirts. Keep reading to stay in the loop about what’s been happening in fashion.
BALMAIN HAVE A NEW BAG FOR PRE-FALL 2023
Adding to the house’s BBuzz line, Balmain are introducing a new bag for Pre-Fall 2023, the B-Buzz Dynasty. Designed by creative director Olivier Rounsteing and inspired by the original Pierre Balmain and his love of travel, the B-Buzz Dynasty has a vintage look to it while maintaining a fresh, new look. Coming in a green crocodile print leather and a maroon karung leather version which are now available online, another black version is set to arrive on June 8.
LACOSTE IS CELEBRATING ITS 90TH ANNIVERSARY
90 years ago, French tennis player René Lacoste, nicknamed the crocodile, brought the now widely-recognized reptile logo onto the field. Celebrating this iconic moment, and the brand’s birth, Lacoste has been highlighting its global impact that now spans way beyond the world of sports. Hitting up all corners of the world and their subcultures, including São Paulo’s Lacosteiros, Tokyo’s vintage fashion collectors and Miami’s amateur golfers, Lacoste’s campaign of “Impossible Encounters, which was shot by Ronan Gallagher, showcases both the differences and overarching similarities by worldwide Lacoste wearers.
VALENTINO WANTS US TO GO SURFING
The Italian maison is teaming with the Japanese brand Sun Surf for a tropical-inspired collaboration. Based around the Hawaiian shirt, Valentino has created lightweight, silk fabric pieces for ease at the beach or sunbathing on your balcony. Each shirt features a vibrant motif created with Sun Surf, including the “SURF RIDER”, “HULA GIRL” as well as including “ISLAND PINEAPPLE” and “VOLCANO” designs, now available for purchase on Valentino’s website.
FIORUCCI TURNS TO ITS ARCHIVES FOR PRE-FALL 2023
Fiorucci is perhaps best known for its angel graphics, and this season the spiritual guardian makes its comeback in an unexpected way: laser-printed onto denim pieces. Creative director Daniel Fletcher used the brand’s own archive for inspiration, with images snapped up at Studio 54 appearing on shirts, as well as old logos making a comeback. Merging the past with the present, the Pre-Fall 2023 collection also offers a classic white tank with a brand new red-embroidered logo, a banana handbag and red-knitted sleeveless jumper, which is available from today on Fiorucci’s website and in its Soho store.
BARRIE IS TAPPING CULT-FAVOURITE DIRECTOR SOFIA COPPOLA
The Chanel Métiers d’Art cashmere brand Barrie turns to “The Bling Ring” director Sofia Coppola for its new collection. Intended to create a series of clothing adapted to Coppola’s own style and way of life, the collection will feature an array of comfortable and versatile cashmere pieces that will drop in November of this year. Speaking on this partnership, creative director Augustin Dol-Maillot stated “I have always considered Sofia’s elegance to have that special touch which makes it relaxed and comfortable, yet so stylish. To me, this is exactly what the Barrie DNA is made of, and this collaboration is the dream opportunity to embody that”.
NOTWOWAYS IS INTRODUCING A NEW SHOE MODEL
The notwoways range is growing with the introduction of its new shoe: the Formula. An evolution from two past models, the Formula features a three-piece cupsole silhouette as well as anti-crease technology to ensure the longevity of the sneaker. Coming in an array of colourways, the notwoways logo is found on the lace’s aglet as well as on the metal clip piece in an acronymized version. Priced at £110, the unisex shoe will drop on June 6.
WEDGWOOD ENTERS THE WORLD OF WEB3
Josiah Wedgwood’s iconic artistic pottery may be over 200 years old, but his legacy lives on, now alive in the form of NFTs. The turn to Web3 comes at the same time as the appointment of new creative director Alice Bastin, who joined the Wedgwood team last year and has been working to innovate the brand’s vision. The release of Wedgwood NFTs was celebrated through a special event hosted at the V&A, in which each guest received their very own unique NFT.
KARU RESEARCH X SMALL TALK STUDIO TURNS TO ART FOR INSPIRATION
Ahead of the summer season, Karu Research and Small Talk Studio take a look back at pioneering 20th century French artist and medium Hélène Smith to inspire their new collection. Known to draw while in a trance, Smith’s horticultural and Indian-inspired motifs make an appearance on the collections pieces, which includes a white denim handwoven jacket and matching trousers. With each piece taking more than 9 hours to illustrate, the collection is one that reflects across centuries and various worldly cultures and will be available exclusively on Mr Porter.
GOOMHEO’S AW23 COLLECTION IS A HEDONISTIC FEST
Studs, faux fur, leather and super-short hemlines are spotlighted for GOOMHEO’s upcoming AW23 collection which is an exploration of uncompromised pleasure. With characters like Goom’s Angels and Party Boys making an appearance, highlighted in the campaign which sees models wearing sleeveless faux fur coats and cropped denim waistcoats with matching fringed trousers on top of a horse and motorcycle.
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