Rimowa gets a Rih-brand, and Dapper Dan gets his fashion flowers
RIMOWA GETS A RIH-BRAND
Dazed’s current coverstar Rihanna has earned herself another gig this week, fronting luxury luggage label Rimowa’s major campaign. It comes as the LVMH-owned brand announces a sea change in its offering – downsizing its iconic ridged, aluminium suitcases into a coterie of handbag-worthy iterations. The billionaire mogul stars alongside Lebron James, Roger Federer, and Patti Smith, and has been pictured jigsawing suitcases into the back of New York taxis, with metallic pillbox bags strapped across her body, and clasped in her hand. Oh, to be crushed between Rihanna’s fingers!
SOTHEBY’S IS AUCTIONING KARL LAGERFELD’S OLD STUFF
Though Lagerfeld famously left his entire estate to his pet cat, Choupette, auction house Sotheby’s has somehow managed to wrangle a few items for itself – now staging a sale of some of the late designer’s most prized possessions, including 200 pairs of his trademark “sliving” gloves. Goyard trunks, wine goblets, art-deco furnishings, and some Choupette-china plates make up the rest of the collection. Not to mention iPhone cases and KL figurines, which, allegedly, testify to the designer’s wide-spanning appreciation of the arts. The auction goes live later this year.
MACHINE-A AND DENIM TEARS COLLABORATE
Cult concept store and long time design incubator, MACHINE-A, is dropping a capsule with London brand Denim Tears, as part of its ongoing collaboration series. The collection, which consists of Union Jack jeans and crumpled rastafarian t-shirts, is said to have been inspired by the Windrush and centers the Jamaican diaspora. To coincide with the drop, which goes live today (September 17), Khalid Wildman has designed a bespoke installation to house the collection within MACHINE-A’s Soho boutique.
DAPPER DAN GETS HIS FASHION FLOWERS
The CFDA, the Council of Fashion Designers of America, announced the honorees of its 2021 award ceremony, among them Dapper Dan, who will receive the Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award. It marks the first time that the governing body has prized a designer who has never staged a runway show. “Thank you to the CFDA for making me the first black designer to win this lifetime achievement award,” he wrote on Instagram. “Harnessing the Dapper Dan brand to Gucci mounted it on a global track, now the whole world knows what Harlem always knew, that the Dapper Dan brand is a thoroughbred brand.”
MONCLER GENIUS IS BACK
On September 25, Moncler will present the next iteration of his genius cohort, beamed digitally across five cities and hosted by Alicia Keys. JW Anderson, Craig Green, and 1017 Alyx 9SM will be making their return, while Gentle Monster is among the project’s newcomers. Coinciding with Milan Fashion Week, log onto mondogenius.moncler.com at 1pm CET to get a glimpse of the blockbuster spectacle.
IoDF TURNS ITS WIZARDRY ON RICHARD QUINN
The latest victim of the Institute of Digital Fashion’s captive, world-bending ploys is London designer Richard Quinn, who has collaborated with premium distillery Royal Salute on a round of collectible whiskeys for London Fashion Week. Having taken a big old swig themselves, the Matrix-looking team behind IoDF have created a VR universe in which anyone, and everyone, can take a trip though Quinn and Royal Salute’s hyperactive dreamscapes. By clicking onto an Instagram filter, users can sweep through a Richard Mosse-esque universe, where colours, time, and space itself have been inverted to hypnotic effect. It’s not just about high fashion hootch, though, IoDF are prodding at the edges of IRL experience. As co-founder Catty says: “it’s paving the way for a brighter future. It’s inclusive and democratised, anyone can attend and it has zero impact on the environment. It’s beyond the restrictions of our physical world, the possibilities are endless. Let’s start a revolution and rethink how fashion is presented.”
SWAMPGOD AND RICK OWENS ARE GETTING DARK WITH BROWNS
Oh, Venice! All chocolate box lagoons, Dolmio gondolas, and Byzantine cathedrals. Home to Vivaldi, Tintoretto, and Shylock. Scratch beneath the floating city’s gilded frescos, however and there lies a gruesome underbelly. Stinking canal systems, rotting real estate, and a crush of year-round tourists outnumbered only by the sheer number of pigeons which plague Piazza San Marco. There are 391 bridges in Venice, and every single one of them is sinking. What lies in the shadows of the city – bubbling beneath the cruise liners and clownish Carnivale masks – is what upcycler-designer Swampgod has spent the past 18 months trying to articulate. Now collaborating with fellow Venetian, Rick Owens, Browns has picked up the duo for an exclusive capsule collection of diced and spliced clothing, forged from Owen’s deadstock. Check it out here.