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ICYMI: Balenciaga clones, BOSS celebrates Pride and Bella Freud says “Hello Cunty”
Fashion | 13 June 2021
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 Balenciaga/Gucci hack and Bottega Veneta’s celeb phone book. 

Balenciaga staged a strange Spring 22 show
Walked by deepfake clones of artist Eliza Douglas and watched by an audience who weren’t really there, Demna’s latest show existed between fact and fiction, physical and digital, reality and fantasy. It also saw the latest hack between Balenciaga and Gucci, with the Italian house’s logo and luggage appearing on the runway, remixed by Balenciaga.

More info here.

And if you’re giddy for more, Demna and Gucci’s Alessandro Michele sat down for a deep dive head-to-head chat discussing their ongoing Hacker Project…

BOSS celebrates Pride 
In support of ILGA World, a global federation campaigning for equal rights for LGBTQIA+ people, the German brand has recruited two key figures from contrasting angles: actor, writer, director, photographer and activist Tommy Dorfman alongside Peter Zurkuhlen, Chief of Staff of Get Help programming and board member of the Los Angeles Chapter of StartOut, which champions LGBTQIA+ entrepreneurs. Together, the two wear a specially designed capsule collection that recasts the BOSS logo in the Pride rainbow, alongside the phrase: “Love For All”.

“It is important to listen to the LGBTQIA+ community and to amplify queer voices and queer creativity,” say the campaign stars. “It’s necessary for us to look into the mirror, look at one another, look at our differences and see those as strengths, not as things that pull us apart. We need to aim for the goal that everybody should be able to be who they want to be and whoever they feel they are is great. Just celebrate each other and every facet of our community. Just show love for all.”

The collection is available now at

Bottega Veneta‘s latest campaign was star-studded
Skepta, Slowthai, Little Simz, Tricky, Neneh Cherry, Valeria Golino, Sue Webster, Venetia Scott, Malachi Kirby… the list goes on, and on, and on…

Shot by Tyrone Lebon, the imagery captures Daniel Lee’s new Wardrobe 02 collection: all dynamic tailoring and glam embellishment.

More info here.

Bella Freud says: “Hello Cunty”
In collaboration with Sotheby’s, Bella has created a t-shirt in homage to Soho’s infamous Colony Club, where her father – Lucien Freud – would take her as a kid; a Gauloises between her lips and vodka and lime in hand. The tee is fronted by the phrase, “Hello Cunty” which is how founder and owner Muriel Belcher, a sharp-tongued Jewish lesbian, would greet guests. “[Muriel was] famous for her scathing and brilliantly funny pronouncements,” says Bella, “she referred to everyone as She, regardless of their sex. Francis Bacon was the person she adored more than anyone and he was known as Daughter.”

The notorious drinking den ran for 60 years, boasting a wild bunch of eccentric regulars – from artists like Frank Auerbach, Damien Hirst, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Francis Bacon, Alberto Giacometti and Marc Quinn, to the Krays, The Clash and Kate Moss – inside its famed green walls. Read more about the club here.

Bella’s Hello Cunty t-shirt will be available from 21st June at Sotheby’s new Emporium in New Bond Street, and from 23rd June on Sotheby’s Buy Now platforms online.

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