NEED TO MAKE small talk at a fashionable event? Wish you knew the answer to that fashion question at pub trivia, when the new Song for the Mute x Adidas Originals collaboration will drop (it’s soon!) and why Idris Edlba is making a capsule collection with Calvin Klein? Here, discover the biggest fashion headlines of today, and catch up on all of the news and reviews fashion folk are chatting about.
Earls Collection brings its Māori heritage to a zeitgeisty Asics collab
New Zealand-born brand Earls Collection has quietly become one of the region’s coolest outfitters; founded by former Rugby League player Lewis Brown, its fresh take on classic sportswear has found an audience of guys who like look good and feel comfortable—two very important ingredients for menswear in this market. In recent years, Earls has collaborated with G-Shock and New Era, but this month marks the launch of their biggest collaboration yet with global sportswear brand Asics.
As part of the partnership, Brown has put his own spin on one of Asics’ most iconic styles, the GT-2160™ sneaker. The shoe’s brown and green colours are inspired by the designer’s Māori heritage; the brown suede cage represents marae, a traditional wood carving, while the emerald green laces are symbolic of the pounamu necklaces worn by his tribe, Ngāi Tahu, from the South Island. The mesh is also imbued with meaning; it represents traditional harakeke weaving.
The collab has generated its fair share of hype, no doubt due to the unique colour combination and also the backstory—Brown’s pop, who played a major role in his life and sporting career, wore Asics almost every day. But it also goes to show the growing popularity of Earls Collection, which continues to grow into the arbiter of cool it is. This Asics collaboration speaks volumes of that.
See the collaboration here.
An update to ZEGNA’s iconic Triple Stitch sneaker
Very few brands craft sneakers with the same attention to detail as they would loafers, dress shoes or boots. But ZEGNA would have nothing less. Its Triple Stitch sneaker, or ‘luxury leatherwear shoe’ as it’s appropriately titled, is crafted by a historic Italian tannery with generations of leather making experience. The slip-on style was first reimagined in 2019, and it’s since become the cornerstone of the ZEGNA wardrobe—the full stop at the end of every perfect outfit.
Now, the sneaker evolves once more, with the arrival of ‘SECONDSKIN’, a Triple Stitch that’s crafted from the finest glove leather. The softness and delicate texture of this leather means the sneakers really do fit like a glove, while a unique tanning process ensures protection against the elements. It’s the kind of comfort that needs to be experienced to be believed—the kind of comfort that comes from approaching sneaker construction with the same exactitude as you would loafers, dress shoes and boots.
Fine jewellery and threads for the vaquita
The vaquita is one of the most elusive and endangered marine mammals in the world. As of this time last year, scientists estimated there were fewer than 10 vaquitas alive, yet the small porpoise (it reaches a maximum body length of 150 cm) plays an incredibly important role in the Gulf of California’s marine ecosystem, supporting an array of marine life including sharks, whales, turtles, and many species of reef fish. When Australian jewellery designer Jordan Askill and Double Rainbouu co-founder Michael Nolan found out about the vaquita’s precarious existence, they felt compelled to raise awareness of its plight—Askill’s practise is inspired by the ocean and the need for greater marine conservation, while Nolan’s resort collections regularly feature beach-inspired motifs. So it was only natural that a jewellery and apparel collaboration would be the appropriate call to action.
Made up of vaquita-shaped pendants and earrings in certified recycled 10 karat gold and silver, and complimented by t-shirts and hoodies printed with vaquita graphics, all profits made from The Vaquita Project collaboration will go to the Sea Shepherd conservation society, which has been focused on protecting the species for over a decade.
Shop the range and learn more about the vaquita here.
A Rimowa take on the vanity case
Bring back the vanity case. That’s what Rimowa, the German manufacturer of the world’s most aspirational luggage, is saying with a new update to an archival case that dates back to the 1970s. Apparently, Rimowa customers had been asking the brand to bring back the style for years. Made using its iconic grooved aluminium, the vanity case pops open to reveal a leather-lined compartment with space for all of your products and essentials. There’s also five sections for bottles, and a bespoke removable aluminium and plexiglass tray for holding smaller tinctures. Better yet, the vanity case includes a travel strap that allows it to be attached to the brand’s cases, so you can access your signature scent, moisturiser or toothbrush on the go. As such integral travel companions, your vanities deserve nothing less.
The next era of Nike Air
For more than a decade, Nike has been driving the footwear cushioning revolution. Hundreds of iterations of comfy, stylish shoes later and the brand’s latest innovation, the Nike Air Max Dn, has arrived to deliver even more bounce than ever before. The shoe will be the first to feature Nike’s trailblazing new Dynamic Air technology, which includes a new dual-chamber and four-tubed Nike Air unit that’s designed for unreal comfort, a smooth stride and plenty of boing. Naturally, the colours are fire. Featuring bubble-like air chambers in fuchsia, Nike’s ‘All Night’ pair is bound to find an audience of club kids in need of sneakers that will carry them from dusk til dawn.
Idris Elba teams up with Calvin Klein
Following the first instalment of Calvin Klein’s Spring 2024 campaign, which featured Jeremy Allen White on a New York rooftop in his underwear, the brand has proved no act is too hard to follow with a second series of images starring British actor and DJ Idris Elba. Here, Elba wears the kind of refined essentials we know and love Calvin Klein for, such as seersucker suiting, classic long-sleeve t-shirts, and, of course, jeans. You don’t need us to tell you he looks good in all of it. And while we don’t expect the internet to break in quite the same way as it did when Allen White’s photos were released, there’s no doubt this campaign—which is Elba’s first for the American brand—will travel far and wide.
BOSS debuts its first holographic campaign
If you happened to be strolling through London’s Potters Fields Park, near the iconic Tower Bridge, between sunset on January 31 and sunrise on February 1, you might have seen a 10 metre-high hologram of BOSS ambassadors Lee Minho and Gisele Bündchen. Why? To celebrate the brand’s new #BeYourOwnBOSS spring/summer 2024 campaign, of course.
Marking the first time a fashion brand has launched a major global campaign using a large-scale hologram, BOSS’ activation lit up the London night sky while projecting its positive messaging to the world: with confidence and self-determination, you too can shine bright. Dressed in pieces from the brand’s SS24 collection, which was defined by a sophisticated, muted colour palette and finished with the brand’s new interwoven Double B monogram, Minho and Bündchen look like exactly the type of muses who understand the power of being their own boss.
Song for the Mute x Adidas Originals 003 is coming—and so is the return of the Country
First released in the 1970s, the Adidas Originals ‘Country’ was designed as a trail running shoe. Over the years, in the shadow of the Stan Smith and more recently the Samba, it’s maintained a quieter profile, but with Song for the Mute x Adidas 003 dropping on February 21, you can expect the shoe to re-enter the zeitgeist in a big way. Song for the Mute’s Lyna Ty has reimagined the shoe in three 90’s-inspired colour combinations: there’s pale grey and teal nylon reminiscent of vintage wind-breakers, as well as classic black leather with suede detailing, and a silver, white and beige version to round the trio out. Instead of conventional eyelets, cord-style laces are threaded through D-rings, giving the shoes a retro-futuristic personality.
This season, the apparel will consist of eight very considered garments; a sherpa fleece zip-up jacket and press-stud track pants are among our favourite pieces, while an oversized, sporty blazer in metallic black and silver is a clever statement piece. Given the popularity of their first two collaborations together, which have given new context to Adidas Originals’ Shadowturf and Campus sneakers, we expect this third instalment to fly off the shelves the moment it hits them. Visit Song for the Mute’s flagship store on George Street in Sydney for the IRL experience, or shop the collection online at both songforthemute.com and adidas.com.au from February 21.
Orlebar Brown and Bondi Wash make magic
Bondi Wash, the Australian brand behind some of your bathroom’s best smelling products, is releasing a special ‘Swim and Sports Wash’ with Orlebar Brown—the British brand behind some of the world’s best board shorts. Safe to say, both brands know their way around the seaside and poolside, and what’s required to rinse off the salt and chlorine when the fun is done. The packaging features toucan palm prints from Orlebar Brown’s latest resort collection, while the wash itself is made from 100 percent plant-based ingredients and fragranced naturally with an energising Sydney peppermint and rosemary scent to effectively remove odour, sweat and salt from fabrics. Sign us up.
Bassike for basics
Time and time again, Australian brand Bassike presents the best-ever basics. Crisp cotton shirts, jersey tees that feel softer than air and utility pants you can dress up and dress down (essential). In the brand’s new pre-collection this rings true; a wardrobe of fundamentals you can wear day after day, the pieces have been photographed on dancers, highlighting the fact they’re designed to be worn and moved in. It’s no wonder Bassike has become the go-to for so many Australian guys.
Tommy Hilfiger returns to NYFW
The Tommy Hilfiger runway is always one of the biggest spectacles on the New York Fashion Week calendar, and this season is shaping up to be another standout moment for the brand. On February 9, the brand will present its autumn/winter 2024 collection at a central Manhattan location, “maximising that New York energy in an ode to dreaming big”. In a statement, Tommy Hilfiger says “the show will represent a modern-day expression of Classic American Cool through the eyes of the ultimate American dreamer.” Suffice to say, we’ll be watching.
A blissful new scent from Bulgari
Inspired by the peacefulness of the great outdoors, Bulgari’s newest fragrance for men is both balanced and versatile, forged through the freshness of Darjeeling tea and the subtle elegance of musk accord. A new concentration of the brand’s iconic Eau de Toilette, the BVLGARI Pour Homme Eau de Parfum, as it’s known, is the handiwork of Master Perfumer Jacques Cavallier. A spritz you won’t get tired of smelling.
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