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GIVENCHY IS PRE-GAMING
This week, Matthew M Wiliams unveiled his SS24 womenswear Pre-Collection at Givenchy. As usual, the clothes straddled a laid-back California cool with all the savoir fair of a storied Parisian maison – unstructured suits in Chantilly lace, crystal-encrusted separates cut from powder-blue leathers, and snow leopard trench coats. Click here to see more from the collection.
PALACE AND OAKLEY GET WITH EACH OTHER
Is gorpcore the new streetwear? Are hiking shoes the new wiggle boards? Are legs the new arms? Palace launched its latest collaboration with Oakleys this week, taking inspiration from both brands’ 00s archives. The limited edition collection includes eyewear and clothing, among them workwear jackets, cargo trousers, and a pair of aerodynamic sunglasses – all of which have been showcased in a short film made by longstanding Palace collaborator Adam Todhunter. Head over here for more on that.
DONATELLA COMES OUT FOR QUEERS
Donatella Versace further committed herself to the LGBTQ+ cause by becoming a co-chair of the Elton John AIDS Foundation's The Rocket Fund – a five-year fundraising campaign to support queer communities around the world. “At Versace, we have always championed Elton and his extraordinary Foundation and their mission to end AIDS and the stigma attached to it by 2030,” Donatella said. “I am truly honoured to be a co-chair of The Rocket Fund and to be supporting this vital initiative together with the Versace Foundation.”
LOUIS VUITTON TRAVELS THROUGH THE ETHER
Louis Vuitton is embarking on an expansive “voyage” into Web3, bringing the physical and the digital into closer harmony. This all begins with the VIA Treasure Trunk – the first digital trunk to have been created by the label – which is basically a form of storage for all the other digital collectables which will launch soon. Click here to read more about Louis Vuitton’s digitrunk.
MISSONI MEETS ITS MATCHES
Matches Fashion just launched an exclusive, 12-piece collection with Missoni. Designed with a “perfect vacation” in mind, the genderless collection comprises kaftans, skirts, shorts, and bikinis – all of which have been emblazoned with a unique-to-Matches zigzag print in vibration-raising stripes. Head here to see more of that.
LVMH ANNOUNCED ITS 2023 PRIZE WINNERS
The 2023 winners of the LVMH Prize were announced this week, with the top award going to Satoshi Kuwata of Setchu, who took home €300,000. Runners-up included Better and Magliano, who won the Karl Lagerfeld Prize, knocking Aaron Esh, Paolina Russo, and Raul Lopez off the final podium.
WALES BONNER SCORES BIG
Grace Wales Bonner also won big this week, scoring £100,000 as the recipient of this year's BFC/GQ designer fashion fund. Along with the lump sum, Bonner has been given a 12-month business mentoring programme and pro-bono legal services from Sheridans. “It is a great affirmation for myself and my team as we continue on our journey,” the designer said. “Receiving this kind of support is very meaningful for us as an independent brand.”
BALMAIN IS BEGGING YOU TO TAKE ANNUAL LEAVE
Long before people became aware of the climate crisis, Pierre Balmain was private-jetting to Asia, the Americas, Africa, Australia, and all corners of Europe. As part of the brand’s Pre-Fall 2023 collection, Olivier Rousteing has conjured the founder’s “l’art du voyage” spirit in a new handbag. Arriving in three separate colourways, the B-Buzz Dynasty takes inspiration from vintage travel vanities. It’s meant to evoke “images of powerful women and luxury voyages – women moving through life with determination, mixing glamour with sensuality,” and you can see more about that here.
VETEMENTS TURNS UP THE HEAT
Vetements has opened its archive for the first time ever and has handed over key pieces to HEAT. Dropping globally on June 14, HEAT will be curating a series of mystery boxes that include Demna’s DHL designs, the flame-print boots beloved by Rihanna, and the SS19 collab with Oakley. The whole thing ranges from £500 to £990 to £5,000. Head over here to get a surprise delivery.