EXO’s KAI collaborates with Gucci on a teddy bear-themed collection.
The K-pop superstar is no stranger to Gucci, having made various appearances at the luxury fashion house’s runway presentations, events, and even fronted a Gucci Eyewear campaign for spring/summer 2020. The relationship has taken a step further now that artistic director Alessandro Michele has designed a collection with KAI at the centre of it. KAI x Gucci is themed around a teddy bear — an iconic representation of childhood that KAI just so happens to adore — wearing a blue bow tie and depicted across ready-to-wear and accessories. The collection will exclusively be available in Gucci’s ION Orchard boutique from 15 April 2021.
Coach recreated Friends for its autumn/winter 2021 presentation.
Starring K-pop stars HyunA and Dawn, Coach made a rather detailed attempt at recreating the Friends purple-walled apartment as part of its digital autumn/winter 2021 presentation. The 58-second clip (the perfect duration for Instagram) showed the duo dance battle it out for the last piece of an Oreo cookie, before deciding to split it equally and engage in a tongue battle. We can’t decide if we were witnessing a Rachel-Ross or Monica-Chandler dynamic but we definitely appreciate the ’90s television throwback.
Reebok and Maison Margiela dropped a second iteration of its sneaker-Tabi collaboration.
There are not that many shoe designs that are as easily recognisable and as iconic as Maison Margiela’s Tabis. They’ve been done in every silhouette imaginable — boots, loafers, sneakers, and even ballet flats — with a cult following that’s even spawned an official Instagram account. As part of a continued collaboration with Reebok, the Classic Leather Tabi sneaker was dropped worldwide this week in all-black and all-white leather iterations following an original release that had a painted effect. And as expected, they’re almost completely sold out everywhere.
Onitsuka Tiger made its Milan Fashion Week debut.
After showing its ready-to-wear collections as part of Pitti Uomo and then Tokyo Fashion Week, Onitsuka Tiger showed for the first time during Milan Fashion Week for the autumn/winter 2021 show season. With the world still grappling to get the pandemic under control, the debut was done in the form of a digital film that the brand calls UNFASHIONSHOW featuring the artistic talents of Italian rapper M¥SS KETA, dancer Gabriele Esposito, and visual artist OZMO.
Margaret Zhang is Vogue China’s newest Editor-in-Chief.
Starting out as a blogger when she was just 16 before venturing into content creation and consulting, Margaret Zhang was announced as the successor to Angelica Cheung’s role as Editor-in-Chief of Vogue China. The appointment may be non-traditional in nature — Zhang hasn’t had the sort of publishing experience typically required of the role — but signals Condé Nast’s strategy to be more digitally focused. The appointment also makes Zhang the youngest Vogue editor in the world at 27. Who said blogging was a waste of time?
Dover Street Market opens another space in Paris.
While there is yet to be a full-fledged Dover Street Market store in the fashion capital, the Comme des Garçons-owned concept store has just opened a small offshoot that its calling Dover Street Little Market. Operating with a similar concept, Little Market is home to just seven brands — including Honey Fucking Dijon and Singapore’s very own Youths in Balaclava — and is situated at 54 Rue du Faubourg St. Honoré. This marks Dover Street Market’s second retail concept in Paris, the first being Dover Street Parfums Market that opened in 2019.
Fashion brands are making their stand against anti-Asian violence known.
The rise of anti-Asian violence and hate crimes in the US — reportedly stoked by the origins of the pandemic in China — have spurred fashion brands to come out on social media and denounce such anti-Asian rhetoric. The Asian community has long been big supporters and spenders of fashion (specifically luxury fashion, with China being the industry’s largest market) as well as being part of the manufacturing processes of fashion. Hence, it’s little wonder that the industry is speaking out (as it should) to bring awareness on the issue and as a way of showing solidarity.
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