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 seventies streetwear collaborations, mind-bending mirrors and jumbo Carhartt WIP puppets.
Carhartt WIP x Toogood is, in fact, too good
No one loves a re-work more than us, so when we heard about Carhartt WIP’s latest venture with London-based design studio, Toogood, suffice to say they caught us hook, line and sinker. A series of one-off pieces – also referred to here as ‘hacks’ – created by the interdisciplinary label aim to imbibe Carhartt WIP’s historic workwear silhouettes with new sensibilities, re-cut and styled in totally voluminous fashion. Using Carhartt WIP’s now-legendary cotton Dearborn canvas as a base, the unisex capsule “has come from a very natural place for both brands,” says Erica Toogood, combining their respective aesthetics with a fervour for utilitarian style. The collection will culminate in an installation featuring XXL puppets cloaked in these new creations at Spazio Maiocchi from June 6th-12th, during Milan’s Salone del Mobile furniture fair.
Wales Bonner and adidas Originals go for round four
Wales Bonner’s fourth collaboration with the sportswear giant is a sunkissed ode to community. Fusing her research into photography and music in the West African locale of Turkina Faso, the designer’s affinity with the 70s continues to play out in graphic prints, slouchy zip-ups and jaw-dropping ribbed knitwear. The designer even resurrects the WB Samba in a handful of new colourways, making way for the coolest socks known to man. We believe in the field of design they call it leaving no stone unturned.
Take a closer look at the campaign, shot by Jalan and Jibril Durimel.
Valentino gets the varsity look
Fancy getting your hands on new Valentino before anyone else? Of course you do. Head to Mytheresa, where the e-commerce destination have an exclusive pre-launch of looks from the Valentino and Valentino Garavani Fall’22 menswear collections. Here, the street steps onto the runway, as collegiate iconography, sportswear details and downtown 70s tropes are translated through Valentino’s unique lens, offering a relaxed formality fit for every occasion.
Dr. Martens celebrates Pride
It’s a near-universal truth that Dr Martens are the preferred shoe of the queers. Through riots, marches and even some kinky boot-licking, the brand’s signature leather footwear with its Tom Of Finland connotations has a myriad of meanings to members of the LGBTQIA+ community all over the world. In lieu of London’s pending Pride Month celebrations, the brand is giving back to the community by creating a platform for some of its unsung heroes. Titled Pride Generations, the show they’ve created is a safe space for guests to discuss their ‘vital work in activism as well their personal background and organisations history’, with guests such as Lady Phyll (co-founder of UK Black Pride) and Lucia Blayke (founder London of London Trans+ Pride) being the first to take to the production.
Catch the first episode here.
Kenzo FW22 has arrived…
…And with it, comes more poppies! The favoured floral fancy of creative director Nigo, this month’s drop focuses on a great escape from the City of Love. With bulky, sticker-splattered trunks, the Kenzo crew find themselves in a situation we know all too well: a late dash for the train. Donning berets, puffy skirts and patterned neck ties, the gang thunder past the Eiffel Tower, their fresh threads glistening in the sun. They probably don’t even have the correct tickets to board, but that’s okay, being this well-dressed makes us think they’ll be able to sweet-talk themselves out of a fine, no problem.
Take a look at the brand’s last drop here.
Meet Rick Owens’ favourite mirror-maker
How exactly do you break into mirror-making? We won’t lie, we have no idea, it is a pretty niche industry after all, and one that George Henry Longly and his Go-Go Mirrors have pretty much cornered. Longly, the multi-disciplinary artist who operates under studioghl, first debuted his Labrythian creations in 2011, during a two-person exhibition with none other than Rick Owens. And in the years since, the designer has lent his fascinating and intricate maze-like patterns to the likes of Hoi Polloi, Bistrotheque and The Ace Hotel, dolling up many a wall and bathroom in the process. These days, the designer has been working hard on a stunning, multi-hued collection of his famed mirrors that are now available in fluro-yellow, fluro-pink, red, pink, dark-cyan, tangerine, green and violet. Just try not to get lost in them…