There’s plenty to talk about in the wide world of fashion this week, both on a local and global scale. From a new partnership between Uniqlo and the Louvre to Nike’s new adaptive shoe style, here’s the fashion news you need to know.
Uniqlo will launch a Musée du Louvre Collection on February 12
Incorporating original designs for its women’s UT (Uniqlo T-shirt) line as well as a covetable selection of men’s styles created by famed graphic artist Peter Saville, Uniqlo’s upcoming Musée du Louvre offering marks the beginning of a four-year partnership between the Japanese retailer and fabled French institution. In the first batch of pieces from the union, available on February 12, you’ll find wearable takes on some of the Louvre’s most well-known collection items like the Mona Lisa and Venus de Milo — meaning you can admire these masterpieces sans the trip to Paris.
Marine Serre dropped a new anti-pollution face mask
There’s sadly no end in sight to when we’ll stop wearing masks in public, but thankfully, fashion brands continue to innovate with their face covering offerings. Cult label Marine Serre just announced it has collaborated for a second time with French mask specialists R-Pur on a new pollution-filtering design for Spring 2021. The timely launch features two takes on Serre’s ubiquitous graphic prints, and speaks to “a product that nowadays is a must in our daily life,” as Serre notes in a press release.
Naatal partnered with Farfetch to highlight Black fashion creatives
Global multimedia brand Naatal, which amplifies the contemporary cultural output from Africa and its diaspora, has joined forces with e-tailer Farfetch to create a platform that promotes the ideas and work of Black creatives. To celebrate the launch, which was timed to Black History Month, Balmain’s Creative Director, Olivier Rousteing, speaks to the importance of his muses — Grace Jones, Josephine Baker and Beyoncé — as well as the cultural importance of Black style, and what it was like creating Balmain’s latest collection during lockdown (pieces from which you can also get your hands on via the site).
Nike announced its first hands-free shoe
Boasting a bi-stable hinge and midsole tensioner that allows for a shoe to be put on and taken off without the use of hands, Nike’s new Go FlyEase style is set to change the shoe game forever. The inclusive design has already found a fan in Paralympian Bebe Vio. “Usually I spend so much time to get in my shoes,” the champion fencer said in a statement. “With the Nike Go FlyEase, I just need to put my feet in and jump on it. The shoes are a new kind of technology, not only for adaptive athletes but for everyone’s real life.” Now available for select Nike members, the Go FlyEase will have a wider launch later this year.
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