NAMESAKE has dropped its FW23 lookbook, detailing its latest collection, “SILKROAD,” which highlights the importance of endurance and tenacity. The collection is inspired by the brand’s founders’ struggles as children. Personal struggles and anecdotes formed the basis of the collection, which explores how we overcome these issues.
The campaign looks at the discipline of equestrian to inform its exploration, where hurdles are overcome, symbolising the hurdles we must overcome in life. Weaving techniques are continuously explored through semi-sheer fabrications translated into winter outerwear, including Kvadrat upholstery fabrics and embroidery plaids with wide hues. Basket raschel and de-bossed eco-leather feature as part of NAMESAKE’s varsity team, with shirts able to be worn as dresses and pants that can be worn as tops making up the collection.
Shot against a melancholy rural backdrop, we see the land meet the sky, a motif furthered through the collection’s multi-styling capabilities. Models are pictured with shirts around their waists and carrying leather shoulder bags and knitwear features deep V-neck detailing, revealing collared shirts beneath. Cargo pants arrive with exaggerated zip pockets, bringing added utilitarianism to channel the courage and determination needed for success.
Bright colour palettes are emphasised to reflect the mirage of life. This season, NAMESAKE expanded into the realm of bags and headwear while remaining true to the brand’s DNA. Jersey bags, trophy-esque vanity bags and Harlem-inspired panel hats blend basketball elements with a classic styling sensibility.
NAMESAKE’s SILKROAD is both elevated and wearable, fusing relatable narratives into the offering. NAMESAKE is a family-run Taiwanese label founded by Steve, Michael and Richard Hsieh in 2020. Its name translates to “in the name of my father” and is inspired by the brothers’ time spent with different generations. The label’s authentic exploration of these themes led to an LVMH prize nomination and a collaboration with adidas, which was teased during Paris Fashion Week in June this year.
NAMESAKE’s SILKROAD collection is available on the brand’s webstore, with prices ranging from $118 to $975.
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As part of the final instalment of the Fred Perry and Raf Simons partnership which has spanned more than 15-years, a collaborative track jacket is a highlight of the collaboration. Featuring a high neck and branded zip detailing, the Fred Perry x Raf Simons track jacket is a perfect winter layering secret weapon.
FENDI appointed Kim Jones for its Spring 2021 Haute Couture collection, and since, the Dior Men’s Creative Director has taken FENDI womenswear into a space that combines Milanese chic with a dash of boldness, and plenty of core accessories set for cult status. However, Jones’ collection for Spring/Summer 2024 – debuted today at FENDI’s headquarters in Milan – conjured up other thoughts. Sadder, more sombre thoughts.
Unlike many shows, FENDI stuck to one track – an elongated rendition of “This Bitter Earth / On the Nature of Daylight” by Dinah Washington, Louisa Fuller, Natalia Bonner, John Metcalfe, Philip Sheppard, and Chris Worsey. The song has been featured in many a film, from 1978’s Killer of Sheep to the 2010 Martin Scorsese film Shutter Island, and now for FENDI, it served a similar purpose – setting the tone for a series of clothes that felt like Jones at his most open and honest.
Why? Because the clothes differed from previous FENDI women’s seasons. Instead of a consistent palette, we got all the colours – some in block tone, others in mix-and-match. For example, lush knitwear in baby blue got the Golf livery treatment thanks to highlighter orange accoutrements and neon yellow bags being tightly clutched in hand. It was later reversed on neon orange knit dresses with blue gloves, or totally transformed with the use of a baby blue weave that melted into leopard print on the bottom of another dress, here accented with FENDI’s take on the it-girl staple, the ballet pump.
FENDI prints stuck tightly to skin-gripping turtle neck dresses, while on the contrary, military influences were painted off-white for a break from the bold, albeit leaving space for neon yellow heels.
Jones’ final look was an unexpected one, taking the chance to explore FENDI’s technicality with a dress that was knitted using three-dimensional proportions. Its volume was flat, instead relying on tone-on-tone shadowing to create definition on the body.
What does it all mean? Well, perhaps Jones has found his stride as FENDI’s womenswear designer. Perhaps, he wanted to bring a softer, more sophisticated, grown up attitude to this legacy House. Out goes the fun for fun’s sake, in comes a maturity that only a designer like Jones can exude, explore, and portray.
Take a look at FENDI SS24 in the gallery above. Find more Milan Fashion Week content across Culted, on Instagram, and on TikTok.
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The long-awaited Samuel Ross’ A-COLD-WALL* x Nike TNs finally dropped at Dover Street Market London.
The release follows a well-followed campaign shot by Gabriel Moses. The TN is an icon on its own, having become part of the unofficial road man uniform in London. Here’s your chance to level up your fit with this official ACW* collab.
Onitsuka Tiger returned to the Milan Fashion Week schedule to present its SS24 collection designed by Creative Director Andrea Popinou. The show represented the pull of the brand, with Momo, the Japanese singer, rapper, and member of the South Korean girl group Twice, walking in the show, receiving a warm response from the audience.
The collection began with dark hues, blending tailored jackets and overcoats with shorts. Long flowing jackets were paired with a wide low-top trainer that splayed across the catwalk, followed by a look which paired shorts with knee-high black boots, which was continued into the following looks (spoiler alert: continuation continues way too continuously in this collection).
Next, we saw a similar-length tailored jacket paired with yellow boots. While displaying an excellent approach to tailoring that perfectly played with proportion to distinguish looks, it felt like further contrast could have been added between looks.
The first womenswear pieces seen continued in a black hue, with layered one-shouldered dresses ushering in some asymmetry. Sheer mesh detailing was featured across necklines from the thigh. Mesh featured in menswear looks, too, with long sleeves tucked into trousers and arms moving with the pace of the model.
Again, black hues were broken up with yellow dresses using mesh layering and one-shouldered detailing for contrast, with the dress arriving in shorter and longer length options. Feels like we’ve heard this one before.
Aside from length, the collection offered very little variety and felt like it could have been cut in half. Yes, the tailoring was strong, but we did not need to see it four times. The same goes for the boots. The shoe selection could have been a lot stronger for a brand with such a varied footwear offering. The it girl-approved Mexico 66 not only comes in a host of colour options but could have perfectly complemented both the men’s and womenswear looks seen. While the boots worked well with shorts, perhaps pairing them with full-length trousers to see their wider styling potential could have strengthened the collection
Muted shades of cream were peppered into the offering, too, combining loose necklines with ruched detailing. The collection is accessorised in neutral hues with silver contrasting detailing. Full-length evening dresses were crafted in the same hue and delicately adorned with textured detailing and silver accents.
Florals were introduced towards the latter end of the collection, with printed floral tees layered with shirts featuring the same work. Floral prints are also featured on dresses of varying yellow hues of varying fervency, replacing more of the same with what felt like … more of the same.
Overall, Onitsuka Tiger’s collection was strong. However, many looks borrowed from each other, which is not inherently bad and could say more about the industry’s expectations for constant reinvention and new designs. Onitsuka Tiger SS24 provided a solid selection of tailoring, elegant dresses, and footwear; one thing’s for sure it was consistent, only too consistent.
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French eyewear label Emmanuelle Khanh led by its creative director Eva Gaumé has officially joined Skepta’s MAINS fashion line to redefine what stylish modern frames look like, infused with rich heritage and savoir-faire.
Skepta debuted his first MAINS fashion show for SS24 during London Fashion Week which was, overall, well received for being a brand that can offer a wide array of essentials with intriguing design elements. Part of the styling was achieved thanks to Gaumé, as Emmanuelle Khanh introduced two collaborative pairs of sunglasses.
The current offering comes as two versions of aviator-style sunnies with thick, rounded frames – one in a chrome silver colourway while the other features a black rims and yellow frames. These were made in Oyonnax, France, where the eyewear company produces all of its products, and inspired by the musical legend Miles Davis. The pairs pay homage to styles that have come before, transferring their beloved status into a new age of fashion.
Gaumé explains that “Emmanuelle Khanh’s rich heritage in the world of fashion, having evolved over the decades from its roots in ready-to-wear to its current rise in the eyewear domain, aligns perfectly with MAINS’ commitment to pure streetwear, that flirts with the couture world.”
Now that MAINS and Emmanuelle Kahnh have partnered up, we’re sure to be provided with some pretty slick Skepta-approved eyewear options. If you want to get your hands on a pair, you don’t even have to wait for the whole SS24 collection to drop, with a pre-drop at Dover Street Market London. Now available, the sunnies come in only five pairs of the glossy black version retailing for £400, so you better be quick with it if you want .
The two will continue to redefine eyewear, pushing the boundaries of the future of style as more collections are unveiled season to season. In the meantime, we’ll just have to wait for early 2024 for the full collection to launch.
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Whether you’re most interested in hitting up Milan Fashion Week, getting cosy in the London rain, heading to Barcelona for the festival of the summer, or taking a trip to Tokyo for some much needed culture, we’ve got you covered. Here’s our list of the fashion, music, arts, and cultural events that are opening their doors this week around the world.
SS24 Fashion Month heads to its next stop: Milan
With New York and London ticked off the list, that can only mean one thing: Spring/Summer ‘23 is heading to its third stop on the fashion world tour. You guessed it, we’re hitting up Milan. With the likes of Prada, Gucci, Valentino and Versace preparing to take to the runway throughout the course of the next few days, Milan Fashion Week is always big, always exciting, and always does the most. Keep up with the next week’s events over on our Instagram.
Axel Arigato links up with 10 Corso Como in Milan
As the rest of us all look to Milan for the pending SS24 Fashion Week which kicks off today, Axel Arigato’s also hitting up Milan, preparing for the launch of its new AW23 setup at the iconic 10 Corso Como concept store. Open from September 19 to October 5, the physical store will host a range of footwear and ready-to-wear from Axel Arigato’s AW23 menswear and womenswear collections. If you’re in Milan this week, don’t miss it.
JW Anderson’s getting artsy at Offer Waterman
JW Anderson is teaming up with London-based Modern Art gallery, Offer Waterman, this Autumn for a new exhibition titled “On Foot.” With an aim of bringing contemporary artists into the dialogue when it comes to iconic British artworks, the exhibition will feature a variety of JW Anderson’s own designs for LOEWE and his eponymous brand, alongside other British artists including Frank Auerbach, Shawanda Corbett, Lucian Freud, Barbara Hepworth, and more. Find the exhibition in Mayfair, free and open to the public from September 18 till 28 October.
Tokyo hosts the Exhibition of Yves Saint Laurent
Previously hosted in Paris, the Exhibition of Yves Saint Laurent is now travelling over to Asia this Autumn, and more specifically to Tokyo where it will be hosted at the The National Art Center, Nogizaka. Featuring 110 iconic pieces, including garments like the 1965 Mondrian dresses and sketches of Saint Laurent at work, the exhibition is the perfect follow on from Tokyo’s recent showing of Christian Dior’s past works. Open from today until and running through ‘till December 11th, this isn’t one to be missed.
Bex Day’s celebrating the vulva in London
Photographer Bex Day is unveiling her latest photographic series titled “PETAL,” with a solo exhibition and book launch in London this week. The exhibition, hosted at Have a Butchers, celebrates the uniqueness of the vulva, a subject that Day’s new works have sought to challenge the preconceived notions of, in an effort to rewrite the patriarchal narratives around genitalia. Hit up the “PETAL,” exhibition and celebrate your vulva between September 14 and October 6.
La Mercè Festival is lighting up Barcelona
Barcelona’s biggest annual street party, La Mercè Festival, returns this September with light-shows, fireworks, food stalls, and more festivities. Lasting for five days, the over one-hundred-year-old festival is a celebration of the end of summer, welcoming the cooler months of autumn and filling the streets with events, fire runs (Correfoc) and as many people as can fit. One of the more traditional, cultural, and wholesome events on this list, if you’re in Barcelona check it out on September 22 to 25.
Lacoste is celebrating its 90th Birthday with Wavey Garms
Lacoste is turning 90 this year, and in celebration of its 90th anniversary is hosting a pop-up event in Shoreditch, London with Wavey Garms. Open from the 14th – 26th September, the pop-up at Truman Brewery will house over 400 vintage pieces from tracksuits, polos, and runway pieces, all priced between £50-£350. By partnering with vintage resale phenomenon, Wavey Garms, Lacoste has sourced only the most desirable and elite products to put on offer, as well as a series of activations in-store.
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For SS24, ICEBERG went all out, celebrating 50 years of the brand, which has been slated by many as one of the first-ever streetwear labels. The collection, overseen by Creative Director James Long, kicked off Milan Fashion Week with a sexy utility.
Leather featured heavily amongst the mixed material make-up, with low-waisted leather trousers paired with a halter-strap top of the same fabric. Models wore heavy eye-shadow, extending the colour palette beyond clothing.
Snakeskin featured heavily as part of the offering. A collared leather jacket comprised of grey and yellow two-tone snakeskin print, alongside padded biker style sleeves. The look was matched with shorts of the same composition, and a white shirt was paired with a brown leather tie underneath, with snakeskin mules completing the look.
Black featured heavily throughout the collection in a series of looks that channelled the energy of the club onto the catwalk. Mesh tank tops were tucked into black leather cargo trousers and embellished with zips which extended from the thigh. Little black dresses featured semi-sheer ruched detailing to give the effect of shedded snake-skin. The post-club commute was channelled into an iridescent boiler suit worn with the top half undone and tied around the waist, revealing zip detailing. Snakeskin detailing could be seen on undergarments, tote bags and heels.
Long described the collection as “the true spirit of ICEBERG today: fun, full-on, confident, strong,” describing the pieces as something to “throw on, enjoy wearing and dance til dawn.” With the collection closing to the sounds of Skrillex, Fred again and Flowdan’s ‘Rumble’, models moved to the sound of the beat, looking rave-ready, despite the show’s 9:30 start time.
Muted beige shirting was paired with knee-length shorts and contrasting snakeskin loafers alongside a textured chest harness, furthering the utilitarian motif. Other looks featured, cream beige and grey patchwork cargo trousers and shorts paired with harnesses and coats, which flowed into the introduction of monochrome grey looks.
For SS24, details were key, with printed snakeskin boots finished with zip detailing from top to bottom, alongside high-altitude hardware. As part of its 50th anniversary celebrations, ICEBERG looked to its archives to revive the ‘Envelope’ bag, being pumped up for modern wear.
The brand was founded in 1974 by Giuliana Marchini and Jean-Charles de Castelbajac, who wished to spice up the Italian sportswear market. It was adopted by English football fans, or casuals in the 80s and 90s, and Garage heads in the 90s and 00s. As a brand, it has a deep subcultural footing, which was channelled into the SS24 collection.
For ICEBERG’s SS24 collection, it gave us looks as ready for a heady night out for its 50th anniversary. It remained true to the brand’s roots while feeling relevant for today, thanks to a series of looks built on its fusion of casual and chic.
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Moncler and Pharrell Williams are no strangers to each other, having started their long-time collaborative relationship in 2009 and most recently worked together on the Art Of Genius event that took place in London last February. Now, the two have worked on an outdoor ready-to-wear collection.
The collection was created with a “lust for life,” giving us a blend of urban city-ready options as well as your go-to camping attire – well it’s Moncler and Pharrell so realistically it’s lux glamping we’re seeing here. Down padding with curvilinear details on jackets, a padded sleeveless jacket with geometric triangular shapes and a pocketed-out jacket with a triangular neckline showcase Moncler’s innovative and boundary-pushing take on outerwear mixed with Pharrell’s pulse as a multi-disciplinary artist.
The idea of camping is all about being stripped down to solely the strict necessities out in the wild, which is why packing smart is key. Transformability comes into play in this collaboration, offering its wearers 2-in-1 pieces for storage-saving efficiency such as a duvet blanket that doubles as a cape or long trousers that zip off into shorts.
Even the co-branded logo patch is detachable, an interesting choice considering the current fashion’s obsession with logos. Pharrell and Moncler put the nail in the coffin on the logomania trend with this choice, which makes sense considering the muted tone colour palette that extends between slate grays and moss greens. It’s clear the focus of this collection is on craftsmanship and form.
The collection also features some more basic pieces, like zipped knits, simple tees and hoodies offering more wearable options to the otherwise playful garments designed with an avant-garde edge.
The full Moncler x Pharrell Williams collection will drop on September 22 online and in select Moncler stores.
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See ya London, ciao Milan Fashion Week. We’ve officially made it into leg number three of Fashion Month, and the chaos continues to ensue (except now it’s all in Italian). As per usual, it’s a packed schedule but we’ve mapped out just some of the shows to keep an eye out this season, with creative director debuts at Gucci and Tom Ford. There’s also the sizzling hot DSQUARED2, everybody’s favourite diffusion line Maison Margiela MM6 and the uber camp Moschino. Milan, bring it on.
Onitsuka Tiger – 20/09 (1 p.m. CET / 12 p.m. BST)
Andrea Pmpilo’s Onitsuka Tiger will return to the Milan Fashion Week schedule for its SS24 collection. Known for fusing its Japanese sporting heritage with a fashion-forward design sensibility. Look out for textured layering, a varied fabric selection, and a diverse accessories offering.
Fendi – 20/09 (2 p.m. CET / 1 p.m. BST)
When it comes to Milan Fashion Week, Fendi is a definite highlight. Since being founded in Rome in 1925, the brand has carved a name for itself thanks to high-quality craftsmanship and an innovation linked to its Roman roots. Look out or creative director Kim Jones’ eclectic blend of tailoring with streetwear influences this season.
Diesel – 20/09 (9 p.m. CET / 8 p.m. BST)
Diesel just gets it. Under the helm of Y/Project founder Glenn Martens, Diesel has received a sexxed-up injection and continues to capture everyone’s attention, especially us. As per usual, Diesel is opening its show up to the public breaking down the elitist barriers of the industry. Make sure to check it out if your looking for your next hot girl summer fits.
Moncler – 20/09 (9 p.m. CET / 8 p.m. BST)
Moncler, the luxury Italian Fashion House, produces ready-to-wear outerwear with a fashionable take on weather-ready clothing. Expect its signature down to be crafted into womenswear staples such as skirts and dresses as part of its stylish take on versatile clothing. Following the success of the Moncler ‘Art of Genius’ exhibition in London, which unveiled a host of successful partnerships and a Pharrell-designed collection, we can’t wait to see what the brand has in store for Milan.
Moschino – 21/09 (6 p.m. CET / 5 p.m. BST)
Camp and cool, Moschino is the Italian label known for its lively designs, and it always keeps us on our toes. For SS23, we saw inflatables moulded to models as part of its “inflation chic” looks. Expect vibrant colours as part of its sensory display. This season will be the first collection since Jeremy Scott stepped down from the brand last year, marking the start of an exciting juncture for the brand.
Prada – 21/09 (2 p.m. CET / 1 p.m. BST)
Prada is regularly cited as a highlight of the fashion schedule, and for good reason. Elevated, high-end and timeless, the Pradaverse is a thing of beauty. From the invites to the clothes themselves, the Italian luxury fashion house pulled out all of the stops, with a green opaque slime falling from the ceiling, creating last year’s viral moment. With Raf Simons serving as Co-Creative Director alongside Miuccia Prada, Prada’s collection regularly leaves show attendees and worldwide live-stream viewers in awe, as Simons’ love of colour is met with Miuccia’s minimal fusion of traditional styling and modern influences.
Maison Margiela MM6 – 21/09 (3 p.m. CET / 2 p.m. BST)
Since 1997, MM6 has taken its conventional approach to womenswear (seen in its unique cuts and print) to a ready-to-wear collection that also honours Martin Margiela’s avant-garde approach to design, that had (and still does) have the fashion world in a chokehold. Look out for wearable, everyday garments with an elevated sentiment. Look for boxy jackets and oversized tailoring as part of the wearable designs.
Tom Ford – 21/09 (9pm CET / 8pm BST)
Tom Ford is no longer Tom Ford – or at least not led by Tom Ford, the designer. Tom Ford, the house, has been handed over to Peter Hawkings, has been a long time collaborator of Ford’s, having worked for him during his helm at Gucci in 1998 before joining the eponymous brand in 2006. While we’re sure Hawkings has his own vision for the brand, a return to Tom Ford-era Gucci infused into the current Tom Ford brand is something none of us would be mad about. In fact, we’re all here for it.
Gucci – 22/09 (3pm CET / 5pm BST)
Gucci is also of the many brands that are debuting a new creative director this fashion month. Sabato De Sarno will reveal his vision for the Italian house after a successful in-house FW23 collection. There’s lots that De Sarno can play with – the double G logo, the monogrammed pattern, iconic pieces like the horsebit bag – but what he will focus on will all be revealed in due time. Either, all eyes will be on Gucci – no pressure De Sarno.
Versace – 22/09 (7:30 pm CET / 6:30 BST)
Versac-eh, not Versac-ee, is always one to look out for the big-name models. Gigi Hadid opened both the FW23 and SS22 show, its Pre-Fall 2023 show was co-designed by Dua Lipa, and regular show-walkers include Bella Hadid, Kendall Jenner, Naomi Campbell, Irina Shayk, Emily Ratajowski and more. This week’s Versace show is sure to have at least a few of these familiar faces dressed in its dark feminine take on fashion with it girl-approved pumps.
Ferrari – 23/09 (9:30 am CET / 8:30 am BST)
A wildcard of Milan Fashion Week, Ferrari led by Rocco Iannone has an interesting point of view considering the brand’s automobile origins. The brand’s collections are definitely more vibrant colour-wise for its spring-summer shows, often playing with different patterns and Ferrari-logo graphics. Last season showcased a collection that played a lot more with proportions with its exaggerated padded balloon pants, something we hope to see Iannone experiment with more this season.
Ferragamo – 23/09 (11:30 am CET / 10:30 am BST)
Maximilian Davis has been transforming Ferragamo ever since his debut SS23 show where he took over as creative director. We’ve come to see strong tailoring and clean-cut silhouettes from Davis. For SS24, the designer will surely keep building on his already-established aesthetic for the Italian house, showing a range of neutral toned looks as well as a big emphasis on the colour red. Although, since its a warmer-season collection, there might be some experimentation with a colourful palette, just as he did for SS23.
AVAVAV – 24/09 (4pm CET / 3pm BST)
The master of “expect the unexpected,” AVAVAV’s FW23 took the fashion by storm as the clothes were being ripped off the models when they walked down the runway before the set completely fell apart – all intentionally of course. Knowing the creative director Beate Karlsson, she won’t repeat last season’s trick, but she’ll definitely pull out some non-conventional surprise that will have us all in awe.
Rave Review – 24/09 (6pm CET / 5pm BST)
Rave Review is one for the girlies. The Stockholm-based brand is now officially part of the Milan Fashion Week schedule and will be debuting their first runway show. It’s going to be a monumental occasion considering their past lookbooks filled with upcycled girl-coded with edge collections. We already see Rave Review receiving raving reviews.