Dior drops a new loafer, there’s an Issey Miyake book on its way & more

Dior drops a new loafer, there’s an Issey Miyake book on its way & more

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Monday, here we go again. If you managed to enjoy a sun-soaked off-screen weekend, you probably miss out on all this newness, but we’ve got you covered. In this week’s Monday Briefing, we’ve got an upcoming Issey Miyake publication, footwear drops by Dior and Birkenstock, as well as new music by Lava La Rue and Strandz.

Issey Miyake and TASCHEN bring you pleats on paper
Issey Miyake ©

The publication purveyor TASCHEN is getting ready to release a gold mine of a book, paying tribute to one of the greatest designers, Issey Miyake, by that very name. Midori Kitamura is the brain behind this operation, ideating and conceiving the retrospective work after 43 years of working closely alongside the Japanese designer. “Issey Miyake” will take us as early as 1960 till 2022, the year of Miyake’s passing, underpinning years of material and technical innovation, and of era-defining fashion, accompanied by photographs by Irving Penn, Yuriko Takagi and others. Priced at £80 / $100, the book is set to come out on TASCHEN’s website next month.

There’s some new Dior loafers on the block
Morgan O’Donovan for Dior ©

The new Dior Buffalo loafers were first presented as part of the Summer 2024 collection designed by Kim Jones, tapping into the French Maison’s long-standing heritage and infusing with a London cool-kid edge Jones is prone to. The footwear pieces come in several variations, some with a tweed inlaid decorated with cannage graphic details, others with a quilted leather taking over the outside of the shoe. The Buffalo is finished off with a silver ‘Dior’ branded buckle, as well branding found punctuated in the heel. The new Dior loafer is now available for you online.

C.P. Company x Kiko Kostadinov has landed at Dover Street Market
Dover Street Market ©

Gorpy London boys rejoice, your latest favourite collaboration has just landed at the Haymarket hotspot, Dover Street Market. C.P. Company x Kiko Kostadinov first collaborated in 2020, leading to a slew of demand for another round. 4 year later, the pair is back together, doing what both do best: technical jackets, among other pieces, merging utility and explorative form and style.

Lava La Rue drops a new single
Lava La Rue / Blackksocks ©

Since their last 2023 “Renegade” tune, Lava La Rue is back with a new single, titled “Push N Shuv,” the first glimpse into their forthcoming album, STARFACE. The new track sees the artist tap into an 80s alternative sound, a song written and recorded by a 21-year-old Lava La Rue prior to the pandemic. The song is accompanied by a fun-loving music video directed by Lava themself, Claryn Chong, and Mr & Mr Films, embracing the light-hearted energy of a past-century late-night infomercial, now available to stream on YouTube.

PUMA touches down in Italy with the Palermo

PUMA’s classic Palermo sneaker is back with two soft new colour schemes, “Grape Mist,” and “Alpine Snow.” These bad boys are not just nice on the eye but easy to wea, too, thanks to a low-top profile and contrasting gum outsole. The latest Palermo campaign follows up from the belter Jack Grealish and Dua Lipa-led “Forever Palermo” campaign last year, which spotlighted the lifestyle sneaker through a new lens. If you fancy treating yourself, head to the PUMA website and grab a pair now. 

K-Way is joining forces with Maison Kitsuné
Maison Kitsuné x K-Way ©

Utilitarian sophistication gets a new look in the latest Maison Kistuné x K-Way collaboration, which sees none other than a windbreak at the centre of this creative exchange. The capsule’s offering is seen in Maison Kitsuné’s signature hues of blue and yellow, where colour-blocked pieces sit next patterned alternatives. To bring this one to life, photographer Basile Bertrand captured the collection with a Parisian background, evoking the familiar feeling of romance and city ventures. 

EYTYS embraces the Dolce Far Niente for Spring/Summer 2024

If you haven’t booked your summer holiday yet, EYTYS’ latest campaign might just convince you to splurge on that Sicilian holiday you’ve been non-stop yapping of. Set in Southern Italy, the SS24 campaign takes on this Dolce Far Niente (translating to ‘Pleasant Idleness’) mentality, where leisure is made a priority and something is enjoyed out of nothing. Shirts take form according to the sea-side breeze, and ripped denim embraces the carefree state of mind of vacation time. Head over to EYTYS website to discover the full SS24 offering.

Y-3 Atelier is back for round two
Y-3 ©

The adidas and Yohji Yamamoto-founded collaboration line’s Atelier has just released a second collection, fusing innovative footwear with determined elegance. The Y-3 Atelier’s newest work found itself in the Yohji Yamamoto and the Yohji Yamamoto POUR HOMME archives, reinventing some original designs with waterproof 3-layer GORE-TEX® material. Black vests, coats, parkas and other jackets form this collection, without compromising that avant-garde look with the addition of extended seams and out-of-the-ordinary shapes, now available in select stores.

Strandz commands “Attention” on his new track
Strandz ©

The South London rapper Strandz blends aspirational lyricism with a punch beat on his latest release entitled “Attention.” The track is all about “the emotional miscommunication often seen in couples of this generation where the guy thinks the girl wants materialistic tokens of love and sacrifices time to afford them when really all she wants is his time,” as Strandz explains. This not marks another song in the artist’s repertoire, but also gives us a first glimpse as to what to expect for his debut project,  “No Time,” set to release on March 28.

Birkenstock heads downtown for its new 1774 collection
Birkenstock ©

Everyone’s comfy pair of shoes Birkenstock is looking towards the heat of New York City for its SS24 1774 collection, turning to the playful functionality of the 70s and 80s for inspiration. Six different styles make up the collection, including the signature Boston clog as well as the Arizon, Florida, Milano, and Berlin shoes, seen in fall hues of black, carafe, moss green, and kurkuma. Head over to Birkenstock’s website to grab a pair before they’re all gone.

Emporio Armani sets its sustainable values for SS24
Emporio Armani ©

Ahead of the SS24 season, Emporio Armani takes inspiration from tropical environments for its Sustainability Values capsule. A ready-to-wear selection comprises floral and animal prints plastered on jackets, jumpsuits, skirts, shorts, and denim pieces. The looks are completed with head and footwear, all made out of organic or recycled materials, all adhering to the ASV protocol of sustainability requirements.

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