New week, new happenings. As ever, the industry never sleeps – and this week has seen a whole load of news hit the headlines. This week we’re catching you up on everything you need to know as we head into the weekend – from new collections by some of the scene’s most dynamic brands, to new icons becoming the face of them. There’s also the spillover from London Fashion Week which kicks off next week, ready to be scheduled in and combined with one of the city’s other major cultural events. Keep reading for all the info you’ll need to plan ahead and sleep easy this weekend.
THE APOC STORE GRANT CAPSULES ARE COMING
APOC Store has quickly become the destination of choice for radical creativity – in shopping and discovery. Operating outside the borders of convention, the platform was originally conceived as a place where a new generation of creatives are celebrated and supported – an ethos which has continued with its latest project – the APOC Grants.
Now, the grant-winning creatives (Yaku Stapleton, Yining Sun, Jules Bramley, YINGLIN and Hadiyah Hussain) who span the worlds of innovative and reference-heavy fashion, art and design are just about ready to drop their capsule collections on the site. Set your alarms for the 18th of October.
FANCY ANOTHER ONE? LFW 2.0 IS NEXT WEEK
You may have thought fashion month was over, but think again. Next week, in conjunction with the Frieze Art fair in the city will be a ‘Citywide Celebration’ of all things fashion – aka London Fashion Week 2.0. With over 450 events and experiences open to the public, the week will also see rescheduled shows taking place – including Raf Simons and Alexander McQueen’s eagerly anticipated SS23 presentations. Catch you there.
TAKE A LOOK THROUGH ROBERTA EINER’S LOOKBOOK
Speaking of fashion week, Roberta Einer’s SS23 just dropped. After opting to cancel its show as a result of the paired-back LFW, the brand returned to its creative roots and channelled this energy into a lookbook for SS23 – which chronicles Einer’s first full collection since 2020, and showcases the designer’s much-loved knits in all their glory.
From the celebrity favourites to the TikTok viral, Roberta Einer’s SS23 pushes beyond the parameters of previous seasons to present a vibrant, dynamic and glamorous offering here. Easy-wear tailoring that’s synonymous with the brand’s identity is present with woven, patterned knit with jaunty fastenings, and silhouettes serve to emphasise the body. With party season fast-approaching, we’ll be taking a leaf out of Roberta’s (look)book.
SWIM DEEP AT DEEP IS THE WATER
Supported by Nike Swim, Tayler Prince Fraser has constructed a new exhibition, titled Deep Is The Water. Showcasing a series of images capturing the joy of water, the exhibition also aims to normalise and create conversation surrounding the need for a more diverse representation of swimmers. Opening with a panel discussion and launch last night, the exhibition will be running at the Espacio gallery in Shoreditch.
FROM KUWAIT TO THE WORLD – CLAUDETTE IS SEEING CLEARER
In a highly saturated streetwear scene, it takes a lot to cut through the noise. One brand doing this on their debut is CLAUDETTE – dropping its AW22 collection in conjunction with four cinematic short films. Championing messages that combine wellness with playfulness, narratives from the films carry through to their tracksuit designs. With hand-embroidered finishes and four distinct colourways, this debut no doubt signals big things to come from the Kuwait-born brand.
& THE NEW FACE OF ACNE STUDIOS IS…
After being seen in the brand for months, and dropping into their Paris store opening at the beginning of Summer, it was only a matter of time before we saw motomami of the moment, Rosalía, star in one of Acne Studios campaigns. This one though, shot entirely on iPhone in Barcelona, taps into both entities’ shared aesthetic mission of youth, freedom of expression and just great style. It was hard to imagine a campaign that would ensure that Acne’s pieces live in my mind rent free more than they already do, but adding Rosalía may just have done it.
BOTH PARIS X CHARLES & KEITH: NAME A MORE ICONIC DUO (OR QUARTET)
Speaking of Rosalía, and the brand that made her iconic tour boots have teamed up with Charles & Keith on a new capsule. Centred around 90’s punk and streetwear aesthetics, the collection sets out to celebrate the art of imperfection. Taking inspiration from Kintsugi – a traditional Japanese method of utilising gold to mend cracks in ceramics or to bind broken pieces together – the shoes and bags utilise this same concept.
Reimagining some of Charles & Keith’s iconic styles (loafers & Chelseas) with both Paris’ experimental rubber soles, this is a collab that goes beyond a basic link up: using each brand’s DNA to create a fresh hybridisation. Innovation, experimentation & utilitarianism are words that are often thrown around in the fashion sphere – but with this capsule, they ring true.
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