Another Monday can mean only one thing – another Monday briefing. As gift guides slowly begin to infiltrate our notes app, let’s get caught up on the freshest collaborations to help get your shop on. Meanwhile, watch as fashion does its bit with the start of the COP27 conference and getting the ball rolling on the World Cup.
So, let’s not waste any more time – keep reading to keep up.
GREEN IS IN
The UN’s Conference of the Parties (COP) is underway with the twelve-day event playing host to panel discussions and announcements on the future of fashion. On day two, the Global Fashion Agenda announced the launch of its Fashion Industry Target Consultation, to determine and meet the environmental targets.
So – what do we know so far? Fashion does have a passion for the use of sustainable materials and companies like Germany’s AMSilk may just have all of the answers, stating: “…today, there is a great potential for smart biotech materials to substitute current fossil-based materials and create new and innovative applications for the fashion industry.”
Meanwhile, significant focus will also be paid to the identification of ‘greenwashing’ campaigns, to shine a light on falsified sustainability claims and raise an awareness of the use of non-sustainable textiles. The event will end on the 18th, and hopefully the industry will play its part in addressing the climate crisis.
IF LIFE IS DIESEL’S GAME – CONSIDER ME PLAYING
What would the festive period be like without a little Diesel? As the brand debuts its new holiday campaign, it is clear that there will be more than baubles hanging on our trees this year – with the featured 1DR bag in chrome-silver being teased as the tastiest decoration to date. The festive fun doesn’t end there – with the campaign featuring the brand’s most craved and crazed accessories, alongside select pieces from their Resort 2023 collection. With what can only be described as a scrapbook lookbook – the brand is making sure we are ready to hear some sleigh bells.
The “Life Is A Game” campaign video hit all the marks – featuring fun proportional illusions, snow-filled backdrops and candy canes until you drop. Models appeared in Diesel logo sweaters, chrome co-ords, waterproof denim – and more. As Diesel reminds us, it’s all about red – some were dressed in red face and body paint, while another balanced carefully on a tightrope made of Diesel shoelaces.
With Glenn Martens in the driving seat, Diesel is set to make this Christmas our most playful yet.
BOTTEGA HAS US SEEING DOUBLE
Having caught only a glimpse of the Double Kalimero bag during Bottega Veneta’s Spring/Summer 2023 runway show – it is back and here to leave an impression.
Matthieu Blazy knows that the best things come in twos – with its latest release doubling down on Bottega’s new it-bag – the Kalimero. Blazy is bringing the heat – reimagining the bag by doubling its proportions and curating a padded, leather bucket bag which ensures a party in both the back and front.
The bag is available in the colourways “Bitter Chocolate” (which we are not bitter about) and a lively “Pollen” yellow – with an intertwined, rope like structure for its over the shoulder handle. The designs employ and enjoy the brand’s signature Intreccio weave, finalised with brass hardware that embrace the bag’s silhouette. This may not be a happily-ever-after ending however, as the bag is retailing at $10,500 and selling rapidly.
REDESIGNING HISTORY WITH JORDANLUCA
Meet the love child of queer representation, historical referencing and luxury fashion – all thanks to JORDANLUCA. The brand’s Fall/Winter 2022 campaign is all about symbolism, calling upon classical artworks to help us help ourselves during the complex times in which we live.
Working with Loyd Lye to curate a campaign of 3D artwork, the brand turn to Michelangelo’s Pieta, David and Winged Victory to ask: “What is beauty? What is victory? What is brotherly love?”
The representation of David as half-man, half-amphibian speaks to a need to care for our planet – relayed impeccably while David dons Serpentine Jeans, with a lengthened and distressed leg alongside a dangling jewelled brooch on the front. With this and so much more available now online, let’s let our clothes do the talking.
MAYDE WORLDWIDE AND PERFECTING THE BASICS
The model, stylist and influencer Aleali May has had her say on a series of projects in the past – including the design of select Nike Jordans.
While you may think that she has already been responsible for plenty, May is not ready to stop anytime soon. Announcing the launch of her own collection, Mayde Worldwide is about to set the world of staples on fire, and reminds us that basics do not have to be basic.
The brand is starting out feeling blue – with its first drop including the perfect oversized hoodie, sweatpants, bike shorts, a bra top and ribbed tank top, all in an electric, cobalt blue. With later drops every month and collaborative projects in 2023, the brand is raring and ready to reimagine go-to wardrobe pieces.
CASE-ING THE JOINT WITH ADER ERROR AND CASETIFY
Prepare to make your tech very happy – ADER ERROR and Casetify are in the ring for round two. The duo’s second drop of accessories launches on the 17th, and is set to be all about ADER’s iconic jet blue hue. Blurring the lines between technology and fashion, the collaboration will keep your phones, AirPods, and laptops cosy this winter – each designed with a new printing technique which mirrors the look and feel of water. Casetify’s founder Wes Ng, when speaking on the collab said: “It is an honour to put our heads together again with ADER ERROR in this second drop, which contributes to elevate further the status of K-Fashion.”
CARHARTT EXPERIENCES A BLACK-OUT THANKS TO MASTERMIND JAPAN
Carhartt is bringing the heat to their Fall/Winter 2022 collection – collaborating once more with mastermind JAPAN.
The 8-piece capsule collection sees Carhartt WIP’s signature style reworked to appear in mastermind JAPAN’s iconic all-black colour story, accompanied by silver hardware and the brand’s trademark skull motif. The capsule is set to include hoodies – as both zip-up and standard, alongside dungarees, joggers, jackets and long sleeve tops.
The coming together of the two brands sees a focus on Japanese craftsmanship, combined with elements of streetwear, to curate comfortable sportswear with a refined and elegant twist.
The Carhartt WIP X mastermind Japan dropped in Asia and the US on the 12th, but European shoppers will have to wait until the 19th to get their hands on the pieces.
IS IT COMING HOME?
With the start of the FIFA World Cup next week, some are calling for a focus on football, while others aren’t ready to let go of its more controversial elements. When Qatar won the bid to host the event in 2010, eyebrows were raised and questions asked. As a small state, with no historical connections to the World Cup, concerns have been vocalised – particularly when considering the safety of the LGBT+ communities and the welfare of migrant workers.
Ten European football associations came together to give a joint statement on the controversies surrounding the event. As footballers and fans express their views on socio-political issues and human rights – FIFA’s hope that teams keep hush is becoming increasingly unrealistic. After the raising of so many questions and much debate, all that is left to do is get wrapped up in the event’s nail biting intensity.
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