Cass x Prada
Cassius Hirst was the son of Damien and an artist. Sneakers were always a favorite canvas. He painted his first pair of sneakers at 14 as a gift for his father. Prada has hired the Gen-Z superstar to reinterpret the classic America’s Cup sneaker. There are four styles available with names that reflect each style. The ATT4CK style features molded neon pins and the D3CAY style has faded and distressed leather. Axel Morin created the campaign, which showcases the sneakers with customized masks that give each look an anonymous character. This limited edition collection can be found at selected Prada boutiques as well as on prada.com.
Valentino’s 90th birthday
Valentino Garavani, who was 90 on May 11th, said these famous words: “I love beauty. It’s not mine fault!” The house has made a limited-edition sweatshirt in which the quote is embroidered. All proceeds will go to Giancarlo Giammetti and Fondazione Valentino, who are Garavani’s non-profit. The Teatro Sociale, Voghera, Italy will host a special retrospective by the Italian label. The exhibition will be open to all from May 11th through June 5, and includes Garavani’s personal drawings, sketches, as well as iconic archival looks, including 36 red gowns that graced runways starting in the 1960s until his last runway show in 2007. Visit valentino.com for more information.
Fendi and Versace teamed up to create a fashion line in September 2021. Supermodels such as Naomi Campbell, Kate Moss, Mariacarla Boscono and Gigi Hadid were just a few of the notable faces that wore Versace’s clothes. Kim Jones and Donatella Versace had done the impossible: they linked two iconic houses to create a new look for Fendace, as it was called. The designers insist that this was not a collaboration. They had finally done the unthinkable: they linked two classic houses to create a new look for “Fendace,” as it was named. Handbags in black, gold, cream, and pink featuring a combination the brands’ signature emblems (soaring columns, Medusa heads, Versace) can be bought at Fendi boutiques, special pop-up locations and on fendi.com. From May 12th to June 19th, the pop-ups in SoHo, New York, and Los Angeles will be open.
Gabriela Hearst x Madres & Artesansas Tex
Gabriela Hearst’s Nina bag, which was first introduced in 2016, has been a fashion favorite with a long wait list. The top-handled, round pouch bag carryall was named after Nina Simone, an artist and activist. It would eventually be replaced by the smaller Demi version. Madres has partnered with Hearst to reimagine her it bags. Artesanas Tex is a group of small women-owned businesses that specialize in handcrafted fabrics and production techniques. Hearst worked closely with the Bolivia-based non profit to provide the artisans with a sketch. This sketch served as the basis for four colorways, called Fire, Neutral, Phoenix, Mineral. All were made in cashmere and hand-crocheted. Gabrielahearst.com has more information about the limited edition collection.
Catbird x Vito’s Gems
It’s one of the most charming collaborations we have seen this year. Catbird has partnered up with Vito Giallo (a 91-year old artist, illustrator and antiques dealer) to create a limited-edition collection of unique jewels. Giallo, a New Yorker for over 30 years, has a unique New York story. He was Andy Warhol’s apprentice and the first to present Warhol a solo exhibition in 1954. Giallo also owned an antiquing shop right across from The Carlyle, which was a popular destination for famous names such as Mark Rothko and Andre Leon Talley. Greta Garbo and Robert Mapplethorpe were among the many customers. Vito acquired a trunk filled with gems in 1969. A few were sold to Warhol and the rest he kept for 53 years. Catbird x Vito’s Gems is a collection that was inspired by Vito’s New York: night at the ballet, his shop on Madison Ave, and an end-of–day martini at Bemelmans bar. It also reflects the arc connecting the past and the present. The collection will be unveiled in two parts. Visit catbirdnyc.com for more information.
Kerby Jean Raymond, Pyer Moss designer, has taken the playful, cheeky, and on-the-nose design philosophy he taught upon his first haute couture collection, Wat U Iz, which was shown in July 2021 to accessories. Jean-Raymond’s coveted brand introduced a line handbags and a mainline of women’s shoes for the first time. The Wat U Iz presentation was the first to unveil a version of Jean-Raymond’s sandal collection. Some of the sandals have straps that tie the leg. The bags, which are cartoon-esque in hand motifs and come in wallet, shoulder bag or handbag designs. There are charming triangular handbags that can be used both daytime and night, for those who want something more traditional. Check out the complete line.
Fernando Jorge at Bergdorf Goodman
Fernando Jorge, a Brazilian jewelry designer, created his eponymous brand 10 years ago. His body of work has received a lot of industry attention and awards since then, including a nod by the British Fashion Council, and a Gem Award in jewelry design. The designer, known for his distinctively sculptural and elegant designs launches a two month residency at the Bergdorf Goodman jewelry shop. Jorge’s 10 year-old work is featured in the shoppable exhibit, as well as new designs. Studio Mellone collaborated with Jorge to design the space. Jorge’s work is influenced by his Brazilian heritage and love for the natural world. Mellone, also from Brazil, helped Jorge to create the perfect backdrop, inspirated by modernist and mid-century design and neutral palettes, nature and [their] shared South American heritage. The Fernando Jorge residency is open for viewing and shopping until June 7th.
Off-White c/o Church’s
An Off-White c/o Church collaboration shoe made its debut on Paris Fashion Week’s Off-White runway. Virgil Abloh designed the Burwood brogue oxford, a classic staple from the British shoemaker. This collaboration between Burwood and Off-White, which is one of two in Off-White’s world (Abloh, as many know was a prolific collaborator), demonstrates the designer’s obsession with reinterpreting classics and re-contextualizing them. In true Off-White style, the shoes are screen-printed with “Special Events” as well as the brand’s signature hangtag. The collaboration is available now at Church’s and Off White stores and church-footwear.com
Telfar x Eastpak
Telfar, a Black-owned fashion label that produces genderless clothing and is well-known for its “Bushwick Birkin”, has finally made a backpack. The two brands teamed up with Eastpak, a well-respected luggage maker and pack company. They combined style and technology. The collaboration was launched in Telfar fashion through a blind presale, where customers purchased the bag without ever seeing it. It sold out within minutes. The collection is now available in select retail shops. The collection includes Telfar’s iconic shopping bag, in three sizes, and a new circular bag, reworked by Eastpak. The prices range from $110 to $298.
Comme des Garcons Shirt x Sky High Farm Workwear
Dover Street Market’s Dan Colen and Joana Avillez collaborated on a line for Sky High Farm in February 2020. This 40-acre farm is located in New York’s Hudson Valley. Colen bought it on a whim nine years ago. Colen launched four-part collaboration with DSM, which included collaborations with artists, big names in streetwear and food, after the capsule was quickly sold out. The final chapter of the collaboration is now available. Comme des Garcons SHIRT has partnered Sky High Farm Workwear for the first of a series luxury brand partnerships that launched in April this year. Sky High Farm receives all profits from sales. This allows it to fulfill its mission of making nutritious food grown using regenerative farming methods available to all communities. Quil Lemons shot this campaign featuring Ella Emhoff, Sam Hines and other friends. The range includes button-ups, short-sleeve and longer-sleeve T-shirts in tie dye, stripes and patchwork fabrics.
Kenzo by Nigo
Diesel’s extravagant return to fashion, Schiaparelli’s cone-shaped denim jacket and Telfar’s first venture into jeans are all examples of Diesel’s outlandish fashion returns. If you look at spring 2022 trends, you will see denim leading the pack, even among the most fashion-forward, haute couture-minded brands. Kenzo men’s Fall 2022 collection featured embroidered work jackets and swing skirts in the fabric. There were even mushroom-shaped pageboy cap designs. If you are familiar with Nigo, the label’s new creative director, you will know that jeans have been a key part of his style as a fashion designer and record producer. He’s now extending his love of denim to Kenzo ready–to-wear. The Kenzo capsule collection, which is limited edition, focuses on denim staples. Jackets, button-down shirts and denim shorts are embellished with embroidered flowers, similar to what can be found on Kenzo’s mens runway.
Louis Vuitton’s Moonlight Boot
You can now shop the peep-toe boot that mixes sandal and boot at Nicolas Ghesquiere’s Louis Vuitton spring 2022 collection. On its website, the Maison has revealed the Moonlight ankle boots, its latest silhouette. This allows fans to browse the shoes that complemented each look on the runway. The shoes are modeled by Lous, LV’s face, and the Yakuza in a moon-like setting. You can choose from black, white polka dots and a royal purple shade. Our personal favorite is black patent leather.
Opening Ceremony x The Lindas
You may be familiar with The Lindas, an all-girl punk group that became famous with the hit “Racist Sexist Boy.” Bela Salazar and Eloise Wong are now making their way into fashion with a limited-edition collaboration with Opening Ceremony. Humberto Leon, co-creator of OC, shot the campaign. It depicts four members of The Lindas as Godzilla-sized barbarellas who take over Los Angeles. They are wearing the tshirts, crewnecks and varsity jackets. The design is based on The Linda Lindas’s “kittyliner” eye makeup that Valerie Vonprisk and Leon created especially for this collaboration.
Birkenstock x Manolo Blahnik
One could draw a range of shoes starting from the most comfortable to the most luxurious, and then ending with the most elegant. It’s easy to see that Birkenstocks or Manolo Blahniks would be at opposite ends. Today, the two-part capsule collection was announced. We’ve seen many high-fashion Birkenstock collaborations in the past, from Valentino and Proenza Schouler. But this one feels especially delightful due to Manolos’ legendary position in the stiletto pantheon.
The legendary shoe designer and Kristina Blahnik are Birkenstock lovers since the beginning. Blahnik released a statement. “Fusing Manolo Blahnik’s aesthetic with the everyday comfort and Birkenstocks is simply amazing!” The Birkenstock website will sell the first batch of shoes that includes styles from Arizona and Boston in black leather and jewel tone velvet.