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Ahead, discover the biggest fashion headlines of today, and catch up on all of the news the fashion folk are chatting about — in layman’s terms.
P.E Nation launches menswear
Having won over the sporty, stylish women of Sydney’s Eastern suburbs, Melbourne’s south side and beyond, P.E Nation is expanding its offering to include a menswear collection. And as lovers of directional gym kit that can be worn outside the gym, we’re stoked.
Inspired by the role sport plays in our everyday lives, P.E Menswear is a streetwear-active wear hybrid with form and purpose. Designer Ben Mazey describes the first collection as the “building blocks of the urban guy’s active wardrobe” — black-on-black essentials which are complemented with technical pieces in statement colours and silhouettes. The aesthetic is slightly more performance-driven than the brand’s women’s collection, and we expect it to be a hit with the run club contingent. The vision was to create “a complete active dress code centred around functionality, freedom of movement, endorphin escape and activity in a global, urban arena,” says the brand.
And it delivers, with performance pieces incorporating the brand’s premium sustainable active fabric, AIR FORM, to facilitate comfort and peak performance.
The first drop is now available in P.E Nation’s Sydney store and online.
Dior Tears pops up
At the conclusion of last year, Dior Men’s artistic director Kim Jones staged one of his most spectacular shows yet, inside Cairo’s Grand Egyptian Museum. But he didn’t do it alone — Tremaine Emory, the founder of streetwear brand Denim Tears and current creative director of Supreme, joined forces with Jones on a capsule collection aptly called Dior Tears. It was a playful mix of casual and classic pieces that referenced the history of jazz music while celebrating the long lineage of Black musicians, scholars, and activists during the early 20th century. And now, the collection has arrived at a handful of exclusive pop-up stores around the world.
While an Australian pop-up is yet to be announced, you can still shop the capsule online. And if you are passing through London, Seoul, Tokyo or Shanghai, we highly recommend stopping by to witness the incredible visual merchandising and storytelling that makes Dior Dior.
Fernando Alonso joins team Boss
He may not be on top of the Formula 1 leaderboard (he’s currently in third place, nipping at the heels of second placed Sergio Perez), but Spanish driver Fernando Alonso has already reached Boss status. And by that we mean: he’s just been crowned the new brand ambassador of Boss. As part of the partnership, you can pretty much anticipate Alonso will be wearing Boss everywhere minus the pit — the brand will be dressing him for official events off the racetrack, including all major red-carpet moments and interviews.
The announcement is part of Boss’ larger sponsorship of the Aston Martin F1 team. Since June 2022, the brand has developing looks, formal apparel, and high-performance team and travel wear for its roster of drivers.
“I look forward to working closely with the brand and representing what it means to be a true BOSS – both on and off the racetrack,” said Alonso in a statement. Now this is a partnership we can get behind.
Moncler taps sneaker messiah Salehe Bembury
He has leant his creative genius to brands as diverse as New Balance, Yeezy, Versace and Crocs. And now, Salehe Bembury — who is widely regarded as one of footwear’s most zeitgeisty designers — has created a collection in collaboration with luxury outerwear brand Moncler.
Born from a shared appreciation of the great outdoors — Bembury is an avid hiker — the collection is described as “a utilitarian uniform made for re-wilding.” We’re particularly fond of the teddy fleeces and the designer’s re-imagination of Moncler’s heritage Trailgrip sneakers. Just like everything Bembury touches, we expect this to turn into gold.
Jamie Dornan and Omar Apollo become Loewe boys
The internet asked, and Loewe listened. Handsome men Jamie Dornan and Omar Apollo are the stars of the Spanish brand’s autumn/winter 2023 campaign, which, according to Loewe, “explores the possibilities of the gaze and the body gesture to express feelings and sensations”. We’ll say. Appearing in a pair of high fashion long johns, musician Omar Apollo, looks properly cherubic while Dornan’s puppy dog eyes are too big and pleading to resist. The whole purpose of a campaign is to attract attention and drive sales. The former was most definitely achieved, and now, we can watch this collection fly out the door.
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