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ICYMI: Lovers Rock, metal Balenciaga trainers and a holiday collection done right

Matty Bovan out and about in York in North Yorkshire / BOVAN Holiday Capsule

This article is part of HERO Dailies – Essential culture, curated daily and also part of ICYMI – Your weekly fashion news bulletin

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 a 2.5kg Balenciaga trainer and Matty Bovan Xmas gifts. 

Grace Wales Bonner paid tribute to Lovers Rock
Shot by renowned photographer Liz Johnson Artur at Wales Bonner‘s January show, the new campaign celebrates the musical genre of Lovers Rock (incidentally, the subject of Steve McQueen’s latest film) and the Afro Caribbean community who gravitated to its underground blues parties in 70s London.

In choosing Artur to shoot the campaign, Bonner has tapped into the mind of a legendary artist who has spent the previous 30 years documenting the African diaspora across the globe. Artur’s documentary-style of photography is attracted to aesthetic differences among Black communities and her commission from Wales Bonner is no different, capturing the collection’s hybrid fusion of Jamaican and British styles.

The FW20 Lovers Rock collection is in stores internationally, and available here.

Grace Wales Bonner’s Lovers Rock FW20, by Liz Johnson Artur

Dover Street Market and friends glow-up Black Friday
For most, Black Friday is the unofficial carnival of capitalism, where humans will quite literally trample over other humans in an ugly rat race for cut-price ‘stuff’. Dover Street Market are giving the whole thing a makeover with their two-part Fluro rebellion, calling upon a host of their most frequent collaborators to produce vibrantly coloured limited-edition collections and one-off items.

For part one, launching today, the initiative sees releases from the likes of AMBUSH, Bianca Chandôn, Castro, CDG Shirt, Charles Jeffrey LOVERBOY, Dreamland Syndicate, IDEA, Honey Fucking Dijon, MM6 by Maison Margiela, Stüssy, Vans Vault x DSM, and Wasted Collective. Part two comes two weeks from now, with items from Off-White, Solange, KAWS x DSM, Brain Dead and Youths in Balaclava.

Shop Part 1 of the collection here

Bianca Chandon

Matty Bovan and his mam have been getting festive
If there were a season that promoted tactility and craft it would be Winter, when even the most sterile creative minds find themselves dressing Christmas trees, icing festive bakes, or suspending decorations. Matty Bovan, who is the antithesis of such a person, is honouring the sentiment with an inaugural holiday collection for his eponymous brand that celebrates the simple joys of creative expression.

Partially produced in collaboration with his own mum (now that’s what this time of year is all about), the collection spans loungewear, drawings, jewellery and knitted scarves, all embellished with Bovan’s signature glittering idiosyncrasies and brought to new heights by his infectious energy and appetite to create.

Matty Bovan’s capsule collection is available exclusively via the Matty Bovan e-shop

Matty Bovan out and about in York in North Yorkshire / BOVAN Holiday Capsule

Balenciaga released a new line dedicated to shiny relics
Balenciaga‘s new Objects Line is exactly what it claims to be. The objects in question are rarefied treasures, the sort of thing you might choose to stake a long-term investment in or plan an elaborate heist to steal (please don’t do this). Introduced individually throughout the year, they are, according to the release, “designed to be timeless.”

When you see the Objects Line inaugural object you get it. A replica Track.2 trainer, cast in palladium and brass and weighing in at just over 2.5kg must be considered timeless if for no other reason than its sheer indestructibility. Limited to a run of twenty you might need to sacrifice an organ to get your hands on one but we reckon it’s worth it.

Stay tuned for more from Balenciaga’s Objects Line

Balenciaga are helping people adopt pets
And now more Balenciaga news: the house’s employees have been taking cute pics of their pets and printing them across tees, hoodies, totes, and more for a new capsule celebrating our little friends. Ten percent of proceeds go to French animal charity, La SPA, and the collection comes with a Balenciaga hotline you can ring for pet adoption advice – now that’s something we didn’t think we’d be typing.

More info here.

Berluti released a penny loafer anniversary prezzie
It’s Berluti‘s 125th anniversary this year – quite the milestone – and the fashion house has flipped tradition by offering everyone else a present: reinventing its iconic Andy shoe as a Penny Loafer. Created in collaboration with the Monnaie de Paris, the limited edition shoe is cast in the brand’s signature hand patinated full-grain and comes a special insole announcing the house’s ripe old age of 125.

Quick history lesson: the shoe is named after Andy Warhol, who requested the shoe’s specific square-toed loafer silhouette back in 1962. The artist’s original, bespoke pair contained a visible flaw due to the hide belonging to a “subversive cow” who loved to rub against the barbed wire fence – a detail Warhol loved, obvs.

The Berluti x Monnaie de Paris collection is available online now

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