Whether you’re ready to take a (metaphorical) trip with Bruno Mars and Lacoste or Moncler and Jonathan Anderson, this week’s fashion news presents the design-related escapism we need right now.
Bruno Mars (a.k.a. Ricky Regal) dropped a collection with Lacoste
Assuming the vibe (and moniker) of his designer alter ego, Ricky Regal, pop icon Bruno Mars has teamed up with Lacoste on a nostalgia-inducing assortment of pieces — some of which you’ll spy in the video for his new song with Anderson .Paak, “Leave The Door Open.” Mars is quoted as saying” “I’ve been very fortunate to have been asked to do collaborations in the past, but it always came with guidelines. Lacoste was the first and only brand that said, ‘Bruno you can do whatever you want.’ The respect of such creative freedom coming from a heritage fashion house was an honor.” And just what did his artistic license yield? A variety of bold athleisure-meets-soulful psychedelic looks including patterned shirting, tracksuits, and a pair of aviator sunglasses. Get ready to croc on when the collection drops Monday, March 8.
Jonathan Anderson’s latest Moncler Genius offering launched with a film curation and podcast episode
While working on Spring 2021 designs for the Moncler Genius line, London-based creative Jonathan Anderson took inspiration from a nomadic, seafaring lifestyle and applied the ensuing spirit of wanderlust to an array of classic silhouettes from outerwear to ribbed knits. To augment the new 1 Moncler JW Anderson launch, an inaugural episode of the Moncler Genius Podcast series — featuring Anderson, natch — has been made available; it details his creative process and scope of influence. Additionally, the streaming service Mubi currently hosts a group of films from shorts to documentaries that explore “the mindset of the perennial traveler”, in order to amplify concepts explored within the collection. Bon voyage!
Iris Apfel created a list of shoppable picks for Etsy
Boasting over 100 happy-making finds from across Etsy’s range of vendors, a new assemblage of favourites from the almost 100-year-old fashionista, Iris Apfel, is available for your consideration. “In otherwise gloomy times, I think it’s important to let ourselves indulge in pretty things,” Apfel said in a statement about the curation of goods, which includes jewellery, scarves, garments and more. “I’ve always been amazed how a sparkly pair of earrings, an interesting ring, or a brightly-coloured necklace can transform my mood.” Found amongst the playful picks is a statement collar by Quebec brand Noémiah, which won the Global Clothing Prize in the 2020 Etsy Design Awards.
Tommy Hilfiger introduces its first circular denim styles
Created with oversight by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation — a leading voice in the sustainability sphere — Tommy Hilfiger recently heralded the release of seven garments that nod to the importance of creating of a circular economy to combat climate change. The collection, comprising five styles of jeans and two denim jackets, was conceived as part of the Foundation’s initiative called ‘Jeans Redesign’ and crafted “with durability, material health, recyclability, and traceability in mind”, according to a press release from the brand. Details like detachable buttons, the removal of metal zippers, and using 100% organic fabrics are components of the array’s mindful design approach.
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