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In fashion, you keep up with trends, and the headlines. In case you missed it, here’s a recap of what the world of fashion delivered this June:

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Cole Haan is set to drop gender-neutral sneakers

Stand up, step out, and leave your mark on the world — that’s the go-getter attitude the collection hopes to inspire. Crafted for the next wave of professional talent, the Generation Zerã-Grand with Stitchlite will be the first of more Zerøgrand collections to launch in time. These sneakers, which officially drop in July, are engineered to maximise airflow and support. The outsole helps absorb pavement and lends a subtle spring to each step, while the one-piece tongueless upper design with an alternating eyelet lacing system helps lock in support. While collections are still categorised under ‘men’ and ‘women’, they’re all for in and come in multiple colourways. Till July, you’ve got these kicks.

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Gucci isn't quite ready for summer, but wait...

Gucci is acknowledging the time of the year before the weather turns really hot (aka summer), with a collection that’s breezy, lightweight, but not quite beach-esque. As such, you can expect to see materials like straw matt, a viscose straw-effect fabric and raffia for weaves. The collection features bags, ready-to-wear pieces like 80s-inspired sweatshirts for women, and for men; sportswear that even a striped boating blazer and a range of bowling shirts. If you want to get just one item, we’re obsessed with the straw matt wicker Sylvie bag.

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Kim Jones designed BTS's world tour ensembles

BT-who? We can’t imagine a world where someone hasn’t heard of BTS, but for formality sake, they’re just about the biggest boy band in Kpop and have smashed a number of international records. It’s only natural that designers are honoured to dress them and the latest is Kim Jones for Dior. The ‘Speak Yourself’ tour which just closed, saw all seven members on stage in different utilitarian sportswear silhouettes based on Jones’s Pre-Fall 2019 collection. It’s the first time that Dior has created men’s stage costumes for a pop band!

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Prada launched a line of sustainable bags

Re-Nylon is the Italian luxury fashion house’s latest project in a move towards total sustainability. That’s right — Prada‘s ultimate goal is to covert all virgin nylon into generated nylon they call ‘Econyl’. This material is a recycled, purified mix of plastic waste collected from oceans, fishing nets, and textile fibre waste. It can even be recycled indefinitely with no loss of quality, which means the brand will continue to deliver the quality it’s known for. Six classic styles have been revisited for the collection: the belt bag, shoulder bag, tote, duffle and two backpacks.

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A tribute to Karl Lagerfeld was held in Paris

The houses of Chanel, Fendi and Karl Lagerfeld came together to honour the legend, as did just about everyone in fashion — or at least 2,5000 of them. The celebration was designed, directed and staged by Robert Carsen, with 56 giant portraits in a space inspired by the late designer’s favourite colours of black, white, and a touch of red. Pharell Williams peformed on stage, friends of Karl Lagerfeld like Tilda Swinton, Cara Delevingne and Helen Mirren read excerpts from his most-loved authors, there was a tango dance accompanied by an orchestra, and pianist Lang Lang played Chopin on the grand piano Lagerfeld designed for the 150th anniversary of Steinway.

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