Another Friday, another roundup. Today marks the end of couture, which means no more fashion shows until the big September Fashion Week that’s going to take over our lives. But while we sit tight (somewhat afraid, but mostly excited) for that to take place, the industry is still treating us with collabs and drops. The Gentle Monster x D’heygere collab may have only just come out yesterday but it’s already the only thing anyone can talk about, and Nicholas Daley continues his FW23 conversation into his new SS24 collection.
Nike is launching its Ultrafly Trail sneaker
Designed for athletes to improve their speed and comfort, the Ultrafly Trail is the latest instalment in Nike’s Trail series, the first to include a carbon Flyplate placed between some ZoomX foam. Basically, the sneakers are decked out in technology that was engineered in collaboration with Vibram, to make its wearer feel and perform better. The new show will start rolling out in Europe on July 27, and a wider, global online release will take place later in July.
Gentle Monster is accessorising its glasses with D’heygere
Merging eyewear and jewellery, Gentle Monster and D’heygere have created a glasses collab that are decorated with rings and earring, attached to the temples. Turning the glasses into a piece of jewellery itself, the collection includes three models – the Rings 01, the Pierced 02 and the Tiara 02 – which are all available for purchase online.
Converse and A-COLD-WALL* reimagine the Chuck 70
Converse and A-COLD-WALL* are far from being strangers, their first collaboration dating back to 2019 for a London Fashion Week show. Now, the partnership is being pushed into a new realm with the two reimagining the Chuck 70 in an Oceana and a Green colour, putting emphasis on a utilitarian aesthetic. The collab, which is accompanied by some matching ready-to-wear pieces, is launching on Converse’s website and stores on July 11.
Serge DeNimes presents its “Saints & Sinners” FW23 collection
For FW23, jewellery brand Serge DeNimes is coming out with its biggest collection ever. Titled “Saints & Sinners”, Serge DeNimes’ collection explores the duality of virtue and vice, innocence and rebellion. A big emphasis is also placed on the theme of luck, with horseshoe and dice symbols seen on some of the 34 pieces that span across rings, necklaces, bracelets and earrings. You can now get your hands on a piece from the “Saints & Sinners” collection online.
SEVENTY ONE Gin celebrates the annual blooming of the priceless botanical: Queen of the Night
The award-winner gin brand SEVENTY ONE knows how to source its ingredients. Found in only one cultivator in the UK, every year SEVENTY ONE harvests the rare Queen of The Night cactus flower (Selenicereus Grandiflorus if we want to get technical about it), known for its captivating scent. To celebrate this year’s harvest, the gin brand hit up the newly opened Gothic Bar in London with Agostino Perrone, and created an event-specific drink, the SEVENTY ONE Queen Of All Nights Perfect Martini, that guests got to sip on throughout the evening.
Nicholas Daley’s SS24 is a continuation of its last collection
For FW23 “Roots to Rebel” collection, Nicholas Daley explored his Afro-Carribean heritage and its impact in the UK, specifically the music scene present during the 70s and 80s, and for SS24, the designer is continuing the conversation with a collection called “Reggae Klub”. Inspired by music photographer Adrian Boot, the new collection features Scottish tartans, a focus on knitwear pieces and a zebra print on the Aloha Shirt and Sling Tote Bag.
Vitaly is collaborating with designer Spencer Badu
Both based in Toronto, Vitaly and Spencer Badu have teamed up together to create a piece that explores the designer’s Ghanaian heritage. The Coast chain, which is now available online for £100, features steel beads, African turquoise stones and cowrie shells, all typical of African beaches. To accompany the launch of the necklace, Vitaly have released a campaign shot in Lagos, Nigeria by photographer Isabel Okoro, showcasing the Coast chain in its natural element: the coast.
Birkenstock is bringing back its Boston EVA shoe
The fan-favourite Birkenstock Boston clog is coming back, this time in an EVA iteration which sees the shoe being made out of a lightweight, water-resistant and shock-absorbing material. Combining style with comfort, the Boston EVA was captured in a campaign shot in Cape Town, following singer and songwriter Nalu, producer Insertcoinz and painter Naledi, taking the shoe out on the streets and in their own personal spaces.
Dr. Martens is going suede for summer
For the warmer days, the iconic shoe brand Dr. Martens is shaking things up by introducing its models in a suede style. The material is added on a range of different silhouettes, ranging from mules and sandals to boots and loafers, with a colour palette as diversified as the shoe models themselves, which are now all available on Dr. Martens’ website.
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