The Launch: April’s Hottest Fashion Drops
We’re finally getting into the swing of spring, and fortunately, the fashion is right there with us, ready to bloom. From Veja’s new collaboration with Mansur Gavriel to the watch we’re eyeing from Shinola, we’ve got the scoop on the best and boldest fashion news, collaborations, and releases this month. Watch this space for more intel as the month continues.
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Veja Joins Forces With Mansur Gavriel
Who: Veja and Mansur Gavriel
What: New sneaker collaboration
Where: Available online at veja-store.com and mansurgavriel.com
Why: For what’s destined to be the shoe collab of the summer, footwear brand Veja, beloved by Meghan Markle, has partnered with cult-favorite NYC label Mansur Gavriel on a collection of sustainably made luxury sneakers. As a nod to Mansur Gavriel’s eye for minimalism and use of color, the monochromatic Campo style (pictured here) comes in a rainbow of hues. Made in Brazil, the shoe comes equipped with a vulcanized sole that’s bio-sourced and made of up to 65 percent recycled materials, with an upper made of ChromeFree leather (translation: no chrome, heavy metals, or acids were used in the making of this chic sneaker).
Shinola Debuts New Timepiece Collection
What: New timepiece collection
Where: Available online at shinola.com
Why: Shinola is ready to travel again—and it wants you to do so with a chic timepiece, naturally. Case in point: the lifestyle brand’s new Traveler Watch, available in four vintage-inspired colorways with classic paper vellum textured dials, is the perfect road trip (or plane ride) companion. Choose between a woven canvas strap or leather strap that will fade until it’s time for your next getaway.
Joshua James Small Drops Third Collection
Who: Joshua James Small
What: The “You Are Human, Therefore You Are” collection
Where: Available online at joshuajamessmall.com
Why: The latest drop from independent London-based designer Joshua James Small delivers what he does best: sustainable high fashion that’s made to be worn. Inspired by art ranging from late Victorian era paintings to contemporary conceptual pieces, “You Are Human, Therefore You Are” is a feat of creativity. Eye-catching silhouettes made from materials like upcycled curtains and deadstock Swarovski crystals demonstrate Small’s unwavering commitment to reframing the way we think about luxury. The takeaway here: regardless of origin, there is something special about taking what’s been neglected and reshaping it into something new.
Alina Abegg Releases Stuck On You Collection
Who: Alina Abegg
What: Stuck On You jewelry collection
Where: Available online at alinaabegg.com
Why: Nineties nostalgia is permeating the fashion world, with nouveau-grunge, minimalism, and shiny, Britney-inspired separates popping up left and right. And one quintessential accessory from the decade is back with it: the stick-on earring, especially pairs made to look like glam little gemstones. Berlin-based fine jeweler Alina Abegg drew inspiration from these stickers for her latest offering, Stuck on You, a playful array of rings, necklaces, and earrings that emulate the colorful stick-ons you probably grew up wearing. The only difference? You’ll need your ears pierced this go-around.
Superga Partners with Emily Ratajkowski
Who: Superga and Emily Ratajkowski
What: New ambassadorship and collaborative collection
Where: Available online at superga-usa.com
Why: Italian footwear brand Superga is stepping into spring—on vulcanized rubber soles—with an announcement of its new global ambassador: model, actress, and author Emily Ratajkowski. Along with the news comes a collaborative capsule collection, which softens the old-world heritage of Torino, Italy with relaxed, cool-girl designs inspired by Ratajkowski’s personal style. For SS22, you’ll see her creative take on the brand’s 100-plus-year-old tennis shoe design, as well as a spin on the Alpina, a retro-era trekking sneaker. Summer adventures require the right pair of shoes, and Superga and Emily Ratajkowski have you covered.
Adidas and Pharrell Williams Release Genderless Collection
Who: Adidas and Pharrell Williams
What: Genderless collection of premium basics
Where: Available online at adidas.com/pharrell, in-store, and via select retailers
Why: After a popular first-run, the fan-favorite unisex apparel line from Adidas and Pharrell Williams has returned. The latest iteration of the collaborative series, called Humanrace, is a colorful array of premium basics made for everyday wear. The collection is sized per Adidas’s Unite Fit system, which doesn’t take traditional gendered measures into account, making the process of fitting more about the human than the standard. The minimalist designs (think: crewneck sweatshirts, sweatpants, hoodies, tees, and shorts) are all constructed from quality organic French terry cotton, making it easy to create a laid-back, yet impossibly cool look.
Zara Origins Returns With New Edition
What: New edition launch
Where: Available online at zara.com/zaraorigins and at Zara locations in New York, Miami, Los Angeles, and Houston
Why: Zara Origins is moving further with its goal to create the building blocks of your wardrobe with its latest release, introducing bolder tones and more modern silhouettes. The second edition of Zara Origins features staples for all occasions: breathable linens, technically crafted outerwear, a retro worker jacket, even a twill wool suit. To top off the looks, the retailer has also expanded its first accessories collection to include natural pearl necklaces, sunglasses, bandanas, slippers, and visors. Functional and stylish options at an outstanding value? Sign us up.
New Balance and Ganni Team Up for Sneaker Collab
Who: New Balance and Ganni
What: New sneaker collab
Where: Available online at ganni.com, newbalance.com, and at select Ganni and New Balance stores worldwide
Why: For the first time ever, Copenhagen label Ganni is teaming up with New Balance to hone in on a remake of the iconic 2002R silhouette. The construction remains true to the athletic wear brand’s model of using recycled materials, while the Ganni influence permeates the style component with a high-spirited, youthful energy and two distinct colorways. The partnership sets a new standard in functional, fashionable, and sustainable footwear.
Jacquemus Unveils New Collection Exclusively at Net-a-Porter
Who: Net-a-Porter and Jacquemus
What: New collection via exclusive retail partnership
Where: Available online at net-a-porter.com
Why: One of the most exciting brands in French fashion is teaming up with luxury online retailer Net-a-Porter just in time for summer—a welcome reminder that everyone’s favorite season is quickly approaching. The Jacquemus for Net-A-Porter collaboration gives off Palm Springs vibes in a color story involving mint green and coral pink. The collection, comprised of 23 pieces, includes beach-ready swimwear, unique ready-to-wear silhouettes, sweetly nostalgic accessories, and, of course, the unmistakable, highly Instagrammable Jacquemus bags. Net-a-Porter has chosen wisely in professing its love for Simon Porte Jacquemus’s outstanding designs by showcasing them front and center. Now customers can find their ultimate vacation wardrobe all in one place. All that’s left to do is book a flight.
Dior Introduces Or Capsule Collection
What: Dior Or capsule collection
Where: Available online at dior.com
Why: All that glitters is gold—or silver, or rose gold, or rainbow. Dior’s new Or collection brings the house’s striking metallics to signature house pieces, from handbags like the Lady Dior to its classic J’Adior slingback heels. Knit polos and full skirts are rendered in sweeping gunmetal lamé, and body-hugging knit polos take on an extra sheen. Complete the look with a mini Lady D-Lite adorned with multicolor beads, perfect for catching that early morning spring light.
Fendi Releases Petite and Micro Peekaboos
What: Micro and Petite PeekabooISeeU bags
Where: Available online at fendi.com
Why: Great things come in small packages, and Fendi proves this is definitely the case with its new Micro and Petite PeekabooISeeU bags. Not lacking in style or craftsmanship, the new line of accessories provides the appropriate pop of color and shine to any look. The Petite comes in a dozen bright tones that translate impeccably onto Fendi’s signature nappa leather. To honor the mini bag’s release, Fendi enlisted Italian director Luca Guadagnino to film icon Adwoa Aboah floating high above Rome—with her Micro Peekaboo in tow, naturally.
Celine Debuts Haute Maroquinerie Collection
What: New accessory collection
Where: Available online at celine.com
Why: As is his wont, French photographer and fashion designer Hedi Slimane is the driving creative force behind Celine’s new Haute Maroquinerie (French for “fine leather goods”) collection. Each piece is truly one-of-a-kind, assembled to order by an expert artisan in a range of 14 colorways. Specifically, the attention to detail in the crocodile bag, accented with gold hardware, is testament to the high standard of craftsmanship held by Celine. With this range, Slimane chose to focus on two signature bag designs: the contemporary 16 and the classic Triomphe. Both creations pay tribute to the French masters of art and architecture that Celine aligns with.
Dolce & Gabbana Casa Opens Two New Milan Boutiques
Who: Dolce & Gabbana Casa
What: New retail spaces dedicated to D&G’s home collections
Where: Milan, Italy
Why: The first boutiques dedicated to the world of Dolce & Gabbana Casa have just opened in Milan—and the label’s vibrant themes of Blu Mediterraneo, Leopardo, Carreto Siciliano, and Zebra are brought to life via furniture, table accessories, fabrics, and decorative items that demonstrate the ideal D&G lifestyle. Both boutiques are divided between home accessories and large furnishings, yet remain cohesive in their aesthetic. The Via Dorini location houses the elegant fabric sofas, majestic oak tables, and sophisticated bar cabinets, while the Corso Venezia space is an artful display of decadent cushions, mouth-blown glassware, and Sicilian ceramic dinnerware, all of which showcase the skilled craftsmanship that Italy is known for. For the Italian brand, home is indeed where the art is.
Calvin Klein Teams Up with Palace on CK1 Palace
Who: Calvin Klein and Palace Skateboards
What: New collaborative collection
Where: Available online at palaceskateboards.com and calvinklein.com and at Palace stores in London, New York, Los Angeles, and Tokyo
Why: Few places represent the bustling energy of metropolitan life better than New York and London. It makes sense, then, that the two skylines set the scene for the latest collaboration between Calvin Klein and Palace Skateboards, two brands that call the cities home, respectively. CK1 Palace is a combination of the cool minimalism of Calvin Klein and Palace’s devilish streetwear attitude. The collection takes its inspiration from the ‘90s, when skate culture was a dominant force in fashion and Calvin Klein’s iconic campaigns were omnipresent. For CK1 Palace, the tri-Ferg logo is imprinted on CK’s signature underwear, denim, tees, fleeces, basketball jerseys, baggy shorts, and, to top it all off, a unisex fragrance. The look, feel, and scent of the collab brings us back to Calvin Klein’s glory days—with Palace’s modern take, of course.
Still Here Launches New Denim Collection and Café Concept
Who: Still Here
What: New bone wash denim collection and café
Where: Available exclusively online at stillhere.nyc and at Still Here Café later this month
Why: Denim and coffee are pretty much a match made in heaven—ask any fashion person ever. Just in time for Earth Month, denim brand Still Here is bringing everyone’s favorite pairing under one roof at the soon-to-be-open Still Here Café in New York’s Nolita neighborhood. In addition to serving coffee made from actual cotton waste (yes, you read that correctly), the store will house the label’s new (and sustainable) bone wash jeans, made from fabric comprised of 80 percent upcycled cotton and 20 percent organic cotton. Just make sure not to spill.
Louis Vuitton Releases Charitable Bracelets Made by Virgil Abloh
Who: Louis Vuitton and UNICEF
What: Charity bracelet collection
Where: Available online at louisvuitton.com and at select Louis Vuitton stores
Why: From the mind of the late, great Virgil Abloh comes the latest creative riff on Louis Vuitton’s Silver Lockit bracelets benefitting the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). The first LV Lockit collection created for the worldwide humanitarian aid organization debuted in 2016; since then, a new iteration is released each year to raise money for relief in areas like India during the COVID-19 outbreak, Lebanon after the Beirut explosion, and, most recently, the crisis in Ukraine. The colors and materials of the bracelets hark back to Abloh’s runway presentations, with black titanium details contrasting against neon cords. For each purchase of the new Silver Lockit bracelet, $100 is donated to UNICEF to help children in urgent need—a steady continuation of LV’s commitment to aiding UNICEF in its efforts to protect children around the world.
Lafayette 148 Presents the L148 Outdoor Collection
Who: Lafayette 148
What: New outerwear collection
Where: Available online at lafayette148.com
Why: Lafayette 148 is bringing its luxury POV (literally) into the wild with the launch of its new outerwear collection, appropriately called L148 Outdoor. Comprised of a waterproof elongated anorak, trench, and car coat, each piece is constructed to brave the elements—in the most stylish way possible. Special design techniques such as thermo-sealed taped seams that form masculine silhouettes are softened by feminine details. April showers have truly met their match.
Wandler Launches Artist in Residence Series With Germans Ermičs
What: First Artist in Residence collaboration with Germans Ermičs
Where: Available exclusively online at wandler.com
Why: Elza Wandler, the creative director behind cult accessories brand Wandler, is a passionate art and design enthusiast—a trait that’s exhibited in her sculptural handbags and footwear. So it’s no surprise that Wandler is launching its very own Artists in Residence program for artists to inject their unique POV into Wandler’s beloved accessories. For the very first collab in the series, Wandler has tapped Lavtian-born, Amsterdam-based artist German Ermičs, known for his innovative takes on color play and space, and using striking color permutations on glass objects. Ermičs’s signature Blue Collection was the jumping off point for the series of handbags, spray-painted by hand in an elegant blue gradient. The result? Wearable art that blends utility and style.
Etam Debuts in the U.S.
What: Etam’s U.S. debut
Where: Available for purchase at 10 Nordstrom locations in the U.S. (NYC, Seattle, Chicago, Miami, Dallas, San Francisco, San Diego, San Jose, Washington D.C., and Phoenix) and online at nordstrom.com and us.etam.com
Why: A new brand is touching down in the States, offering the French tradition of savoir-faire corsetry for all fashion-loving Francophiles to enjoy. For background, Etam, founded in Paris in 1916, is the only lingerie label to participate in Paris Fashion Week, and its most recent collection includes a very covetable genderless capsule. The company prides itself on being a sustainable option for delicate, low-profile lingerie. In fact, half of Etam’s styles are made using recycled or organic fiber, and it uses technical methods such as vegetable dyeing and making linen lace from flax to reduce harm to the environment. Suffice to say, Etam’s lingerie gives your everyday undergarments what it’s been missing—that certain je ne sais quoi.
Goldie Introduces Goldie Organic
What: New sustainably sourced T-shirt line
Where: Available online at goldietees.com and amazon.com
Why: Goldie, purveyor of high-quality, sustainable basics, single-handedly changed the T-shirt game back in 2016 when it quietly launched with a curated collection of its perfect take on the staple. To further improve on its first (very successful) design attempt, it’s now rolling out Goldie Organic, a new collection featuring six new styles certified by the Global Organic Textile Standard, meaning both the materials and supply chain are environmentally conscious. Additionally, the manufacturing process prioritizes fair pay and working conditions in the northern Amazon and mountains of Lima, Peru. These lightweight, super-soft tees complete any casual look, and reflect Goldie’s mission of protecting both each other and the planet.
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