Cardi B is Balenciaga’s newest face, Joe Exotic does underwear, and more

Cardi B is Balenciaga’s newest face, Joe Exotic does underwear, and more

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Text: Emily Heng

Image: Instagram | @iamcardib

Cardi B is the star of Balenciaga's AW20 campaign.

Mark this date down in your calendar folks, for this is a momentous occasion. Not only is it the first-time Balenciaga's creative director, Demna Gvasalia, has featured a celebrity in a campaign, but it is also the first-time Cardi B has repped a major fashion house. The revelation that the photos were self-styled and self-produced during lockdown only adds to the sense of wonderment. Is this real life? Well, we — and Cardi B — should hope so.

Joe Exotic is launching boxers with his face emblazoned across the crotch area.

Alongside other Tiger King-inspired merch, we might add. Done in collaboration with designer, Odain Watson, the full capsule comprises hoodies, tees, trackpants, and accessories. All apparel harbours the same underlying message: that Exotic be pardoned from the 22-year-long jail stretch he's currently facing for purportedly hiring a hitman to take out rival, Carole Baskin. The full range will drop 7 September to commemorate Exotic's second arrest. Uh... rad?

Stella McCartney introduces a gender-inclusive line, Stella McCartney Shared.

Think tailored suits, puffer jackets, trenches, and hoodies that can be donned by all; a range that disregards the restrictive gender labels. McCartney likens it to be a celebration of individuality and diversity while still being eco-friendly. "We need not compromise style for sustainability and we can show that it is possible to build a healthy profitable business with mindfulness and consciousness," she states. "Time is up. Our house is on fire and we need to act."

Louis Vuitton announces an all-new skate range.

The news broke when skater and model, Lucien Clarke, posted a prototype of an LV sneaker on his Instagram. It later made its debut in Thrasher magazine, where designer Virgil Abloh elaborated that he gave Clarke "free rein to design his pro model."

Lacoste teams up with Chinatown Market for a capsule collection.

Credited as Lacoste's "most creative line," fans can expect a Chinatown Market's characteristic streetwear flair imprinted upon classic Lacoste silhouettes such as the polo. Available at Chamber located in Wisma Atria beginning 9 September.

Vaquera joins Dover Street Market's line-up.

DSM Paris will look after the indie label's international sales whilst taking over roughly half of their production and all of its distribution. That's not to say this will be an acquisition, though, as Vaquera remains firm that they will remain independent. Dover Street Market International's president and husband, Adrian Joffe, revealed in an interview with The Cut that they've always been "interested" in the label. "We are delighted to welcome them to the family," he said.

Burberry designs costumes for Marina Abramović's Opera Project.

The 7 Deaths of Maria Callas premiered 1 September and centres prolific opera singer, Maria Calla. In a press statement, it is said that the design process was "a joint creative experience, evolving the dramatic, theatrical costumes of opera and reinterpreting them through a modern lens." We expected nothing less.

Onitsuka Tiger partners with American artist, Brian Kelly, for the D-Trainer Boro.

The sneaker pays homage to the deconstructionist movement with elements taken from iconic Onitsuka Tiger styles and reinvented. The end result: a sporty, urban pair of kicks that shouts a "spirit of playfulness and fun" while still being functional. This is evidenced by the incorporation of the brand's Fuzegel technology, which allows for better cushioning and soft ground impact.

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