Plus Paolina Russo’s optical illusions at DSM, Chopova Lowena’s new book launch... at DSM, and other fashion news you might have missed
PAOLINA RUSSO’S OPTICAL ILLUSION KNITWEAR HITS DSM
With yarn sourced and spun in Yorkshire, fabrics hand-dyed in Glasgow (from natural materials gathered across the UK) and garments assembled in London, Paolina Russo’s latest collection has finally reached the final destination on its UK tour: Dover Street Market. Reopening after its AW23 seasonal changeover, DSM is now exclusively stocked with the British designer’s “illusion knits” – made in association with the International Woolmark Prize 2023 – alongside her signature warrior knits, lycra shapewear, and pieces crafted out of reflective leather, all captured in an incandescent shoot by Aidan Zamiri.
CHOPOVA LOWENA’S CONVERSATIONS WITH ANGELS COMES TO LONDON
Last month, Chopova Lowena shared Conversations With Angels, the label’s third book, featuring surreal prose from Precious Okoyomon, photography by Charlotte Wales, and a starring role for Chloë Sevigny in a romantic retelling of the 1844 fairytale The Snow Queen. “I gave myself over to whatever fantasy they wanted to create and enter[ed] into their world,” Sevigny told Dazed at the Manhattan launch. “Hopefully, I channelled whatever they wanted to present.” Reader, she did. And now, Londoners will get a chance to absorb some of the poetry and pageantry at the UK launch of Conversations With Angels, taking place this evening (August 4) at DSM.
LABRUM FANCIES A PINT OF THE BLACK STUFF
Labrum’s AW23 show paid homage to Brixton’s immigrant communities, so it’s only right that the trailblazing British brand’s new collaboration with Guinness revolves around founder Foday Dambuya’s fond memories of his hometown, Freetown, Sierra Leone. Via a one-of-a-kind print, the collection tells the story of the capital’s streets, where friends and family meet to chat and play checkers over a glass of the black stuff. The drop itself includes Labrum’s famed safari shirt, alongside a t-shirt, cap, bucket hat, and socks. But, as Dambuya himself says: “[The] collaboration goes beyond clothing... it’s a union of passion, heritage and community.”
LEVI’S FLEXES JAPAN’S DENIM CREDENTIALS
Double denim might immediately conjure visions of Americana, rodeos, Lana Del Rey lyrics, etc (or, if you’ve been keeping up with Timothée Chalamet’s wardrobe, a return to the worst parts of 00s hipster fashion). Thousands of miles away, though, Japan boasts some of the most coveted denim in the world, and Levi’s are here to serve up a reminder. The brand’s AW23 Made in Japan collection features fabrics sourced from the renowned Kaihara Denim Mill in Hiroshima, which still uses rare, vintage shuttle looms in a nod to traditional craftsmanship. Launching today (August 4), the collection features a range of jackets and jeans in time-honoured, intricately-assembled silhouettes, with an accompanying campaign captured on the streets of Tokyo.