You already know what time it is… here comes your Friday Roundup. This week is filled with new collaborations, like Rick Owens’ DRKSHDW and Converse’s new TURBODRK shoe. As summer approaches, brands are putting out their SS23 offering, including Represent with its footwear and Loro Piano with its Italian lifestyle-inspired summer resort collection. Keep reading to get your weekly fix and stay in the know.
VEUVE CLICQUOT ARRIVES IN PICCADILLY CIRCUS
The luxury French champagne brand looks back at its history in an exhibition titled “Solaire Culture” that was previously on show in Tokyo and LA. On top of looking at the evolution of the Veuve Clicquot bottle and random branded objects such as a mailbox or watering can, the exhibition also showcases for the first time various artworks from 9 renowned female artists including Yayoi Kusama curated by Camille Morineau.
CONVERSE AND RICK OWENS’ DRKSHDW ARE BACK AGAIN TOGETHER
Inspired by the musician, producer and performance artist Peaches, Rick Owens states “her scrappy resistance and ferocity are in the tradition of the Ramones, who represent the spirit of Converse the most to me”. Having released the TURBODRK Chuck 70 two years ago, Owens and Converse are giving the shoe a brand new laceless look and a sole that uses 40% of repurposed Converse scraps in a process called “Max Grind”. Coming in a “hot pink” and “dust” colourway, the Converse x DRKSHDW is available from May 16 on both brands’ websites.
CÔTE&CIEL TAPS AN AI ARTIST FOR ITS NEW CAMPAIGN
Blending creativity from both the physical and the digital world, côte&ciel uses 3D renders of its Allura range with AI-generated imagery from the artist NEWFACET*. Debunking the wave of scepticism that surrounds the new technology, côte&ciel showcases its commitment to minimalist designs created through sustainable ways with its ARNO, ISAR M and SORMONNE recycled leather pieces on show.
REPRESENT IS LAUNCHING MULES FOR SS23
Launching the Initial Mule Clog and the Initial Sandal, Represent have released its summer essential footwear with comfort in mind. Both coming in a “Black” and “Taupe” colour, the shoes feature a suede upper and strap with the metal “R” logo. Priced at £160 and £130 respectively, the Mule Clog and Sandal are now available for purchase on Represent’s website.
SEKOU PUTS OUT HIS DEBUT SINGLE
After having performed the song at Glastonbury festival last year as part of BBC’s Introducing platform that spotlights emerging talents, Sekou’s debut single titled “Better Man” is now out. Only 18 years old, the singer has captured the attention of worldwide fans through his soulful voice that he shows off on social media, and is currently working on his first LP which we can expect to drop later this year.
CECILIE BAHNSEN & ASICS CREATED A LIMITED RANGE OF SNEAKERS
Exclusively available at Dover Street London, Cecilie Bahnsen and ASICS come back together after a successful upcycled collaboration last year for another link up inspired by the Danish brand’s romantic nature. The range, which only offers 150 pairs, comes in several colours, including blue, silver and black, and fronts a collage style with floral patches, reminiscent of Bahnsen’s nature-filled aesthetic.
PALM ANGELS IS OPENING ITS FIRST PARIS FLAGSHIP STORE
After presenting its FW23 collection in Paris last month, Palm Angels is setting up in their new home by opening its first Paris-based flagship store. Created in collaboration with Humid House and with design by Studio Henry, the store space blends two seemingly opposite worlds, Palm Angels’ streetwear inclination and Paris’ bourgeois history. Inside the rue Saint-Honoré store can be found a central marble staircase, a botanical corner, a lounge space, skate ramp references and of course Palm Angels’ men’s, women’s, kids’ and accessories’ collections.
AXEL ARIGATO GOES BULKY FOR ITS NEW SANDALS
Playing with form and proportions, Axel Arigato’s new summer footwear comes in two variations: the Magma and the Delta. The first is a unisex style that takes inspiration from a classic mule in a rounded, oversized style with cutouts at the front and sides, while the second is a women’s sandal riffed off of the classic flip flop, rounded off with a platform sole. Both shoes are made out of the bio-based EVA material and are available online in an array of earthy tones and vibrant colours such as orange, blue and pink.
LORO PIANA’S SUMMER RESORT COLLECTION IS ALL ABOUT THE ITALIAN SPIRIT
Crêpe and Solaire linen fronts Loro Piana’s new collection, for its freedom of movement and lightweight quality that is evocative of the easy-going Italian summer lifestyle. Caftans, tunics, shirts, and dresses are all seen in front of the Mediterranean background, alongside an array of beach and swimwear. New bags are also introduced this season, including the Onde clutch and the Blossom bag, both accentuating the clean-cut and slow-paced life aesthetic of Loro Piana.
K-WAY BRINGS BACK LE VRAI JACKETS FOR SS23
An ode to K-Way’s history and codes, the french rainwear brand is releasing its “Le Vrai” collection for SS23. Core jackets are included in this collection in an array of energetic colours and made with K-Way’s waterproof, water-repellent, windproof and breathable materials. The collection also offers unisex sweatshirts with a sporty design and much more, now available on K-Way’s website.
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