ICYMI: Rumours of Raf Simons joining Prada Group, H&M’s collaboration with Sabyasachi, and a Margiela Tabi sneaker by Reebok
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H&M is collaborating with Indian designer Sabyasachi.
Next up on the H&M designer collaboration lineup? None other than the Indian haute couturier Sabyasachi! The collection, titled "Wanderlust", will include eclectic, hand-crafted pieces intended for a global nomad's travel wardrobe. The fashion will naturally draw on Sabyasachi's design language, which takes its cues from India's rich history of textiles and craft. H&M x Sabyasachi will drop on 16 April 2020 at the brand's flagship at H&M Orchard Building, as well as online.
Naomi Watanabe is Kate Spade New York's 2020 global ambassador.
The Japanese comedian, actress and fashion designer Naomi Watanabe was tapped by the New York brand as its face of the year. She was chosen to represent the brand's celebration of diverse women and the stylish lives they live with confidence, joy, and originality — something the brand's creative director Nicola Glass hopes inspires "multi-generational self-styled and self-motivated women" to "live their lives with substance, sophistication, and a smile".
Margiela makes a Tabi sneaker with Reebok.
At the recent Paris haute couture fashion week, Maison Margiela sent the debut of its new sneaker collab down the catwalk: the house's iconic Tabi boot fused with Reebok's Instapump Fury sneaker. It's one of the more actually exciting high fashion sneaker collabs in recent memory, and the divisiveness of both constituents — you either love or hate the Tabi and Instapump — makes this one of the strongest sneaker drops to look out for this year.
Musical chair rumours aplenty for Raf Simons.
The rumour mill was in mild overdrive this past week, and there were whispers of big moves. Raf Simons' and Miuccia Prada's names were thrown around a lot, and there's talk that Raf might be heading up either the Prada or Miu Miu brand soon. There's also whispers that Phoebe Philo is plotting a comeback now that her non-compete is likely over — for Chanel, allegedly. And — most tantalising — are the claims that Jean Paul Gaultier, after a bombastic 50th anniversary-cum-retirement show, has passed his house on to one Simon Porte Jacquemus.
Balenciaga is making its haute couture comeback.
Fifty-two years ago, Cristobal Balenciaga shuttered his brand. It eventually made a comeback in 1986, but had since stuck to the world of ready-to-wear fashion. Now, under the sole creative leadership of Demna Gvasalia — who is undoubtedly enjoying the focus without having to split his time between Balenciaga and Vetements — the brand is relaunching and entering the haute couture schedule in Paris. Its first such show will be in July, for the fall/winter 2020 couture season.
Craig Green announces a sneaker with Adidas Originals.
The hyper-conceptual English designer is set to make his sneaker debut via a collaboration with Adidas — arguably a rite of passage for any up-and-coming designer these days. The collection is built around an ethos of treating "footwear like sculpture", not unlike Green's own aesthetic and philosophical approach to the way he creates fashion. The first of these will be available on 31 January 2020, so it's fast fingers first for a sneaker range that will undoubtedly become hugely collectible.
Dior builds a gigantic goddess installation/venue space.
The goddess installation, titled "The Female Divine" was a result of a partnership with the feminist artist Judy Chicago for Christian Dior's recent spring/summer 2020 haute couture presentation. According to Chicago, it was an opportunity for her to revisit an unproduced figure that she had originally designed in the 1970s. The installation, which was set at the Musée Rodin, opened for a week to the public, though you can always see this edition of Maria Grazia Chiuri's seasonal feminist statement online.
Louis Vuitton is partnering with the NBA on a bespoke trophy case.
This latest partnership continues a Louis Vuitton legacy of creating custom travel cases for some of the world's most prestigious trophies. Think: the America's Cup, FIFA World Cup, Rugby World Cup, Davis Cup, and the League of Legends Summoner's Cup. The NBA is the first North American sports league that the French luxury brand has partnered with, and the latest custom-designed trunk in its "Victory Travels in Louis Vuitton" series will house the iconic Larry O'Brien trophy.