We are five advent chocolates down and somehow this December is running away from us faster than ever before. No stress however – because this week offers plenty of time to pause, reflect and relax. From escaping into the world of designer Elena Velez to the fresh, yet nostalgic Croc collabs, there is still plenty of time to enjoy the wonders of winter. Incidentally, if your gift lists or wish lists are looking somewhat dry, we have got it covered – with plenty of drops and gift guides to keep this thing Christmas a well-oiled machine.
Keep reading to keep up to date…
MASHING MASHA POPOVA WITH H. LORENZO
Treat yourself to the best of both worlds this week with the Masha Popova and H. Lorenzo collaborative collection. Signature Popova can mean only one thing – denim, denim and, well, more denim. Manipulating the material always in Masha’s way, denim pieces are reimagined, embroidered and coloured to create almost optical illusion-esque designs. Butterflies certainly had their say, with their influence identifiable throughout the capsule on jackets, trousers and embroidered tops. While the duo’s styles align perfectly, skirts remained asymmetric and long – crafted of course in denim, and giving plenty of opportunity to layer lavishly. Available now online – this is a monster mash-up that you can’t miss.
ENTERING AN ELENA VELEZ WORLD
You may have heard the mutters yourself – or only of them through others, but be assured ‘Mutter X Machina’ has arrived…
The first chapter in a series set in designer Elena Velez’s world explores and depicts a feral and patriarchal society, based in a rapidly ‘recomposing’ universe. The film follows ‘Furiosa’ as she incites a jailbreak with a series of anti-heroines – each character based on a separate Elena Velez archetype. First filmed as a live show with an audience in mid-November, the footage was released online a couple of days ago. Think: couture, chaos and machine guns – and you are just beginning to get a taste of Velez’s world. Click the link in their Instagram bio to watch the madness unfold…
CELINE KWAN IS THE ONE (TO WATCH)
If you have a love for couture, then ‘The Love Of Couture’ exhibition just might be for you. Ever since Celine Kwan took the scene by storm in 2021, the young designer has found herself on many ‘one to watch’ lists – only confirmed by her featuring in this art and culture appreciating show. Collaborating with London’s V&A space, Hong Kong’s K11 MUSEA has curated an immersive experience for fashion fanatics to enjoy. “The Love of Couture: Artisanship in Fashion Beyond Time” exhibition is set to showcase six up-and-coming East Asian designers, each of which will present pieces inspired by their cultural heritage and supported by the V&A’s famed fashion archives. Opening on the 8th of December, this show will be one to remember.
BAPE MEETS ITS END – LITERALLY
Bape’s latest collaboration has us bowled over and not just because of its bowling theme. Working with END. – the collection has the lanes in mind, producing pieces perfect for the activity and the day-to-day. The Bape bowling team already has my application, with fans itching to get their hands on the limited edition A Bathing Ape x END. bowling shirt in ecru with satin, burgundy detailing, collar and sleeve turnups. If you get chilly whilst you are pitted against the pins, why not pull on the Bape bowling varsity jacket in a series of colourways.
SPOILER ALERT: JACQUEMOUSSE IS TASTY BUT NOT EDIBLE
A cork, chaos and couture – it must be a Jacquemus Christmas. Jacquemus reminds us that while things may not always be picture-perfect, you can always be well-dressed. Following previous ‘Jacquemousse’ short releases, the fashion film franchise is tackling Christmas, capturing a champagne cork as it shoots across a room, destroying lamps, glasses and the like. Despite its chaotic contents, the clip teases watchers with a world where Jacquemus is available on teleshopping channels and bottles of ‘Jacquemousse’ are across many household shelves.
LAMBORGHINI GETS RHUDE
While we know it exists, the collaboration between Lamborghini and Rhude is still loading…
So, in light of its upcoming drop, let’s break down what we know.
The collaboration was announced yesterday on Rhude’s Instagram – a capsule collection with Army elements will be dropping in mid-December. The creative alliance will continue with the brand’s Autumn/Winter 2023 collection in Paris during January.
Spotted so far – a baseball hat in Army Green with a mustard yellow brim, a similarly green cargo shirt with three Rhude / Lamborghini badges above the left chest pocket and a black “soft toolbox” duffel with an orange, circled Rhude logo. Also incoming, is an aviator and varsity jacket with cargo trousers. Watch this space…
SZA CROCS THE PICTURE
The same woman who brought ‘Ctrl’ into the world now introduces denim Crocs – SZA we couldn’t be more grateful. Despite their several reimaginings on behalf of fashion industry headliners, the second Croc X SZA collab promises to be one of the best. In an air of all things 2000s, the charm of this shoe is surely found in its charms – featuring a floppy disk, flip phone and a bumble bee (yippy!) Produced in distressed denim, the drop has two styles up for grabs; a fur lined, double strap slip on and the classic Croc silhouette with a chunkier sole and double-chain detailing. Available on December 6th, this will be a Croc Christmas to celebrate.
WATCHING THE APOC CLOCK
While winter means we can no longer look forward to long hazy and hot days – it does mean the chance to sink our teeth into holiday gift guides and Christmas drops. So, who better to shop with than APOC who have sustainability on lock? With jewellery, home decor and accessories up for grabs, unique gifting has never been more accessible.
Quick look over there – HARRI’s second collection has just dropped, and it may be more infectious than his first. Working to not just reimagine menswear, the designer aims to rework the idea of clothing altogether. Think sinning tops that you can wear – and you’re halfway there.
Tired of finding white Air Force 1s under the tree? Let’s shake things up, with SCRY unveiling their second collection of new-wave footwear. With sustainability in mind, the brand has dropped a series of black, unconventionally structured sleek shoes that could make even pyjamas high fashion.
More on CULTED
See also: THE WHO’S WHO OF BREAKTHROUGH – WOOLMARK PRESENT THEIR 2023 FINALISTS
See also: CULTED SOUNDS: WESLEY JOSEPH AND HIS GLOWING CREATIVE CAREER