Time flies, so to keep you in the loop, we’ve rounded up all the important snippets of fashion news from the past seven days into one neat feature. This week includes Fashion Week Accra and a Paco Rabanne escape.
Christopher Kane wants us all looking nice this Christmas
This will be a Christmas season like no other. Replacing the usual whirlwind of festive events are oncoming doldrums, not so much a run-up to the big day as an ambling plod. For Christopher Kane however, that’s no excuse for letting things slip in the wardrobe department and – if anything – an excuse to do the opposite.
With his new Festive Collection, Kane encourages exactly that. Full of sensuous, seductive clothing that you’ll want to wear round the house, ‘just because’, the collection is an excuse to re-discover the joy of dressing up.
Shop the collection here.
The new Asics x Kiko Kostadinov collab was born in Japan
When Asics invited Kiko Kostadinov to create a 30th anniversary iteration of their GEL-LYTE III model, the designer took off with his team to Kobe, Japan, in search of inspiration. There he found it in the delicate balance of technology and craftsmanship, which he has carried over into this running shoe hall-of-famer with fitting deftness. Merging the silhouettes of Asics’ GEL-LYTE III and GLIDERIDE models, this lovechild resembles the best of both.
The GEL-GLIDELYTETM III is available online and in retail stores.
Bally hit new peaks
With a new, eco-friendly 37-piece capsule collection, Bally are re-affirming their commitment to preserving endangered mountain environments with a collection inspired by their transcendent beauty. The release comes at the one year anniversary of the Fashion Pact, signed by Bally and other industry leaders to improve fashion’s sustainability, and will see all proceeds go to the Peak Outlook Foundation. Shot by Swiss artist Michel Comte against the UV protective sheets that swaddle Switzerland’s Rhône Glacier, the accompanying visuals are testament to the urgency of this cause.
The Bally Peak Outlook capsule collection is available in select stores around the world and online.
Paco Rabanne released an escapist collection
Titled Lose Yourself, Julien Dossena’s new unisex Paco Rabanne capsule is a welcome distraction from the chaos outside. We’re talking tie-dye hues and comfy fits. What’s more, the collection is designed in collaboration with legendary UK graphic designer Peter Saville.
Shop the collection here.
Mercedes-Benz hosted an alternative Fashion Week Accra
After it was scheduled to re-launch this October, Week Accra was sadly postponed due to ongoing Covid-19 complications. Mercedes Benz refuse to be beaten however, and in its place have organised an alternative event that still manages to celebrate young Ghanaian fashion talent.
Launching this week is a series of portraits spotlighting a selection of the country’s most promising designers, including Larry Jay, Steve French, Hazza, Atto Tetteh and Chloe Asaam. Shot by local Carlos Idun-Tawiah, the images riff on the idea of generational transmission, specifically the way in which stories, skills and teachings are passed on.
Find out more here.
Carhartt WIP released playlists created by indie record labels
Carhartt WIP loves its music, so it makes sense that the brand’s latest project sees them team up with global, iconic independent record labels for an ongoing monthly podcast series. These include Tokyo-based Jazzy Sport, UK pioneers Ninja Tune, Los Angeles Stones Throw, Munich’s Public Possession, and two NYC imprints, DFA Records and Ghostly International.
Alongside the sonic goodness, Carhartt WIP will release limited edition tees, hoodies, sweatshirts and gadgets, that pay tribute to some of the foremost independent record labels across the globe. Having a soundtrack to your clothing, we approve.
MATCHESFASHION launched a curated holiday series
Struggling to think of good gift ideas this season? Or perhaps you just want to treat yourself after a whirlwind 2020 – you deserve it. Either way, MATCHESFASHION have asked thirteen ambassadors to each curate a holiday shopping edit inspired by their personal style and influences – as well as things they would like to receive this year: hint, hint. These names include musicians Kelsey Lu and Moses Sumney, skater Evan Mock, art curator Kimberly Drew, restauranteur Ruth Rogers and designer Giles Deacon.
Shop the edits here.
Top image: Atto Tetteh. Courtesy of Mercedes-Benz, shot by Carlos Idun-Tawiah