In fashion, you keep up with the trends and the headlines. Here’s a recap of what the fashion world has been up to recently:
Fendi and SKIMS collaborate on a very Kim K-inspired collection
The idea for a collaboration came to Kim Jones in Fendi‘s Rome studio. He was sitting around a table with his team when suddenly, he says, the women went silent looking at their phones. It turned out they were waiting for the launch of a new SKIMS collection.
Kim Kardashian West, who founded SKIMS, was presumably thrilled at the honourable prospect. “Both FENDI and SKIMS have a cultural power very different from each other, but equally as strong,” she shares. “We share a desire to push boundaries, think differently and challenge convention which is why we found so much common ground collaborating on this collection together.”
The collection combines SKIMS’ signature focus on fit and form, with inspiration drawn from archived sketches dating to a collection presented by Karl Lagerfeld in 1979 which he explored twisted tube tops, pops of colours and tight sashes. Fendi x SKIMS shows off neutral shades, nylon sportswear, bonded leather dresses and of course, contemporary shapewear.
“My FENDI is about creating something for every woman, every different shape – and that’s something at the heart of SKIMS too,” reflects Kim Jones.
The FENDI x SKIMS collection will launch on 9 November 2021 in Malaysia.
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Balenciaga drops two new Crocs
You might not be a fan of Crocs, but Balenciaga is here to change your mind. In partnership with Crocs, Balenciaga introduced two new styles for stilettos and boots on the Spring 2022 runway. In October, they officially hit stores worldwide debuted with a campaign created by Berlin-based mixed media artists Anna Uddenberg and Kristina Nagel.
For the Crocs 2.0 campaign, Uddenberg created custom sculptures based on a theme of cultural codes. She used repurposed fashion items (including Crocs) and upcycled Balenciaga materials to create these sculptures, mixing them together with the idea of contorted body parts. The scenes were staged and photographed by Nagel on the streets of Berlin.
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Kristen Stewart wears Chanel as the late Princess Diana in “Spencer”
Chanel has partnered up with the film “Spencer” by Pablo Larraín, starring Kristen Stewart as the late Princess Diana. The film covers the imagined events of Diana’s life in the early 1990s over Christmas at Sandringham with the royal family, while her marriage to Prince Charles was breaking down.
It’s known that Diana had a long relationship with Chanel, and she loved the House. She was often photographed wearing Chanel and was notably hailed as one of the most fashionable women of her time. The late Princess of Wales remains a style icon and muse for many fashion designers today.
Stewart, who is a Chanel ambassador, wears a number of Chanel outfits in “Spencer”. In particular, is a beige organza evening gown embellished with gold and silver sequins forming floral branches — look 82 from Chanel’s Spring/Summer 1988 Haute Couture collection. The gown, and several other classic pieces including a red tweed coat from the Fall/Winter 1988 ready-to-wear collection, were entirely remade by Chanel and multi-award-winning costume designer Jacqueline Durran.
The film premiered at the 78th Venice International Film Festival and is now available to stream here in Malaysia on Amazon Prime.
Gucci 100 years
According to Musixmatch, the word ‘Gucci‘ appears in exactly 22,705 song lyrics. Gucci themselves set to research its connection to music, working alongside the music data company to inspire an important celebration in fashion history: 100 years of Gucci. In conjunction with its centennial, the Maison has unveiled Gucci 100 as a manifestation of its connection between clothing and music.
“The centennial, for me, represents an opportunity to bear witness to Gucci’s eternal vitality that year after year, is reborn, it renews itself, reestablishing an unusual relationship with contemporaneity as a boy, forever young, observing the world with a powerful vision,” Alessandro Michele explains.
“I recognised the manifestation of its youth in its having intercepted and traversed, for one hundred years now, popular culture in all its forms. Above all, in music: the only medium, aside from fashion, more reactive to the times that mutate and mark the new, the today, the now.”
Ready-to-wear pieces and accessories feature the special Gucci 100 logo or feature lyrics from three songs chosen by Michele: “Music is Mine Gucci Seats Reclined”, from the song “The R” (1988) by Eric B. & Rakim, “This One’s Dedicated To All You Gucci Bag Carriers Out There It’s Called You Got Good Taste” from “You Got Good Taste” (1983) by rock band “The Cramps” and “And The Men Notice You With Your Gucci Bag Crew” from Amy Winehouse’s “Fuck Me Pumps” (2003)
Salvatore Ferragamo releases an upcycled collection on Farfetch
The Italian fashion house is continuing its efforts towards a future where fashion is sustainable and environmentally conscious. To that, the house launches Salvatore Ferragamo Icon-Up: a limited 300-pieces-only collection of shoes and belts using upcycled materials. Key designs within the collection include a remake of Salvatore Ferragamo‘s iconic Vara and Varina shoes.
Each item is made with materials recovered from the brand’s stock of old shoes, accessories and printed silk, such as the tiger print silk from the house’s current exhibition at its museum in Florance, to the signature Gancini print of collections past. The pieces come in upcycled drawstring bags and new Favini Remake paper boxes: an innovative paper blended with 30% post-consumer waste pulp and 25% pre-consumer leather waste.
If you’re interested in learning more about Salvatore Ferragamo’s eco journey, visit the brand’s Sustainable Thinking platform.
(Main image credit: Fendi)