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We’re in the depths of summer, with temperatures reaching a fever pitch and the fashion is following suits. Another month of hot fashion news and collaborations is afoot, including the dreamy, earth tone-tinged collab between Moncler and Salehe Bembury, plus Blumarine’s Y2K-themed collection with Marc Jacobs. Keep your eye on this space as we update with everything you need to know—and need to add to cart—this month.
Moncler and Salehe Bembury Debut Trail-Ready Collaboration
who: Moncler and Salehe Bembury
what: Moncler equipments collaborative capsule
where: Online at moncler.com and in stores starting July 14
why: Moncler’s Genius line is a playground for guest designers to explore different areas of the brand’s vast archive and bring a fresh perspective, and its latest collaboration with designer Salehe Bembury—equipements—is no different. Bembury took cues from the muted bronzes, greens, and browns he’s seen on hikes and brought them to life on the utilitarian Moncler vests, activewear, and trail shoes that were begging for a day in the sun, discovering uncharted territory.
Marc Jacobs Enlists Blumarine for Heaven Collaboration
who: Marc Jacobs and Blumarine
what: Marc Jacobs by Blumarine capsule collection
where: Online at marcjacobs.com, blumarine.com, in Heaven stores, and at Dover Street Market locations
why: Fashion collabs are a dime a dozen these days, so how do you stand out from the pack? Enter Marc Jacobs’ cult Heaven line, which called upon Nicola Brognano of Blumarine to create an 11-piece wardrobe perfect for sweaty days and balmy nights. The easy, breezy, and skimpy outfits of the Y2K craze that Brognano has brought back during his tenure at Blumarine are a match made in, and for, Heaven. We’re placing bets that Olivia Rodrigo will wear a few pieces for her upcoming album press tour.
Coach Launches Collaboration With Observed By Us
what: Collaborative capsule with Observed by Us
where: Online at coach.com
why: The whimsical art of doodling translates beautifully to clothing, especially on this adorable collab between Coach and Observed by Us, a project between illustrator and designer Jessica Herschko and actor Kirsten Dunst. The joyfree, nature-filled pieces include crochet sweaters, fruity accessories, and this cream top handle bag that epitomizes summer fun.
Fashion Trust Arabia Announces 2023 Advisory Board
who: Arabian Fashion Trust
what: FTA Prize 2023 Advisory Board
where: Awards ceremony to take place in Doha in late October
why: Since its inception, Fashion Trust Arabia has provided a platform for MENA (Middle Eastern and North African) designers to gain access to a worldwide network of fashion experts, plus publicity and mentorship that ensures they will become successful businesses. This year’s advisory board was just announced, with returning members like ELLE’s Nina Garcia, Gaia Repossi, and new names like legendary stylist Carlyne Cerf de Dudzeele, interior designer Kelly Wearstler, and jewelry designer Ana Khouri. The awards this year will continue the Guest Country partnership, this year with Nigeria, and winners selected from the 24 finalists will receive cash awards, sponsorships with Matchesfashion and Harrods, plus key mentorships with industry legends. We can’t wait to see who comes out on top this year.
Cecilie Bahnsen and ASICS Collaborate on Fashion Dad Sneakers
who: Cecilie Bahnsen and ASICS
what: Shoe collaboration
where: Available on asics.com starting July 19
why: Danish designer Cecilie Bahnsen is a master of balancing soft and hard, masculine and feminine, and this is most apparent in her cult collaboration with ASICS. This go-around, the ASICS GT-2160 style meets the world of CB with lace-embroidered detailing in a modern take on the Mary-Jane, providing ultimate ease of wear without sacrificing delicate detailing. The first run on Matchesfashion and Cecilie Bahnsen’s website sold out in 10 minutes, so don’t miss out on the re-stock.
Gentle Monster Partners With D’Heygere on Sunnies Collab
who: Gentle Monster and D’Heygere
what: Sunglasses collaboration
where: Online at gentlemonster.com and dheygere.com
why: Gentle Monster is the Korean sunglasses brand that has become the go-to for fashion collaborations, breaking boundaries and defying traditional collaboration standards for refreshing takes on sunshine. Its latest union with Paris-based jewelry brand D’Heygere is no different, with two different styles straddling the lines between eyewear and jewelry with ease, adding a bit of sparkle and swag to your face.
Valextra Presents Casa Valextra in Kyoto
what: Casa Valextra: A Conversation on Craft
where: In person at Casa Valextra on Hanami Street, Gyon, Kyoto and online at valextra.com
why: Milanese leather goods house Valextra has opened Casa Valextra, an experiential space in a former Kyoto tea house, marrying the best of Italian design with the rich history of Japanese craft. The projects mark Valextra’s foray into the lifestyle category and prompts a thought-provoking conversation between two cultures steeped in artisanry, juxtaposing furnishings by such icons as Gabriella Crespi and Gianfranco Frattini with traditional Japanese architecture as a backdrop for the new range. Products span the spectrum from quotidian essentials (desk pads and pencil cases) to the Costa travel case, engineered to hold a kimono and a special edition of the firm’s Inside handbag. Don’t miss the second floor speakeasy-inspired bar, a collaboration with the Ritz Carlton where Bar Basso’s Maurizio Stochetti will take up residence later this year.
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