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Coco Capitán Has Collaborated With Charles & Keith on a Two-Piece Collection

Coco Capitán Has Collaborated With Charles & Keith on a Two-Piece Collection

LONDON — Art and fashion collide.Coco Capitán is taking her distinctive artwork to Charles & Keith, where she has collaborated with the brand on a capsule of two androgynous pieces.
She has taken over the brand’s logo with her signature font script rather than her photographs.
Charles & Keith’s signature Perline penny loafers have been scribbled with text reading “Loves Me Blue, Love Me Blue Not.” 
“I wanted the shoes to feature one of my pictures of olive trees, which are so characteristic of the Tramuntana, the mountains which surround the city where I live,” said Capitán, but ultimately she “decided to go with a piece of text and talk about flowers growing in asphalt and my blue daisies, as I felt this was a message that most people would find easier to relate to.”

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The collection evokes a sense of childhood games and romanticism. 
The black top handle tote bag is decorated with wildflowers on one side and the other with prose about wildflowers growing in concrete.

Charles & Keith’s signature Perline penny loafers have been scribbled with text reading “Loves Me Blue, Love Me Blue Not.”

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“It seems incredible to me that nature still manages to grow in big cities, despite how difficult we make it … For me, this is an observation that carries hope within it. Every time I see a flower growing in a crack of concrete in the pavement I am reminded of the strength of plants and nature,” said Capitán of her creative decision.
A two-piece capsule is a rather unusual selling point, but this partnership is a test of whether Charles & Keith can break into the European market.
The brand launched in 1996 and has since accumulated over 600 stores worldwide, with the Asian market being their biggest.
In 2017, Capitán launched a capsule collection with Gucci which debuted during Milan Fashion Week with her famous aphorisms such as “I want to go back to believing a story.”
Capitán has a loyal following that’s invested in her art form.
“I work when I have to work, and I wait for inspiration to find me in the process of working. Waiting for inspiration is a bit pointless, because I cannot possibly know when is the right time. Ideas come and go, the work that you produce is the only thing that stays. It is more about discipline than anything else. Some of the things you make will turn out good, others, not so much,” said Capitán.

Fashion and Art Meet for Luxury Swimwear Collaboration

Fashion and Art Meet for Luxury Swimwear Collaboration

French luxury swimwear brand Vilebrequin and contemporary art Swiss publishing house JRP Editions are pooling their resources for a museum-ready swimwear collection. 

Pieces from the Vilebrequin x JRP Editions collection by artist Kenny Scharf.
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“Bringing art to the beach has always been the dream,” said Roland Herlory, chief executive officer of Vilebrequin, which is part of the G-III Apparel Group. “This long-term collaboration with JRP Editions will push our artistry to new places over the coming seasons.”
That includes the original Saint-Tropez trunk, men’s and women’s swimsuits, tops and accessories, like bags, hats, beach towels and even custom-print ping-pong sets. There are 25 pieces in total, that come in various hues such as purple hot rod flames, rainbow-color happy faces, sea turtles, graffiti-like splashes of paint and shades of sky blue, while exploring such themes and topics as elitism, feminism, fetishized luxury, randomness, gender-identity and artists of color.  

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Pieces from the Vilebrequin x JRP Editions collection by artist John Armleder.
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“Our swimsuit fabrics are an entirely new terrain for artists,” Herlory explained. “We do not consider what we do art; we’re more focused on reproducing artists’ work as closely as possible to the original in the most honest and respectful manner. With the know-how of Vilebrequin studio and ateliers, we are capable of delivering printing techniques that reproduce an original artwork’s unique color and contrast as faithfully as possible.” 
John Armleder, one of the artists featured in the collaboration, added: “There is no essential difference between a painting, a print or a swimsuit. What changes fundamentally here is the context and the distribution modes of the object. The forms and compositions can thus migrate freely from one support to the other.”

Pieces from the Vilebrequin x JRP Editions collection by artist John Armleder.
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Additional artists include Kenny Scharf, Sylvie Fleury, and Racquel Chevremont and Mickalene Thomas, also known professionally as “Deux Femmes Noires.” The collaboration was curated in partnership with JRP Editions founder Lionel Bovier, who also serves as director of MAMCO, a contemporary art museum in Geneva, and Arnaud Hubert, chief executive officer of JRP Editions. 
“We wanted to curate a collection that would allow us to explore as many voices and designs as possible,” Bovier said. “This meant bringing together artists with radically different approaches, but who share an interest in how their work can migrate from the canvas or walls to textile. They are united by a common thread: the power of their work, the clarity of their artistic language and the integrity with which Vilebrequin handled their projects.”

Pieces from the Vilebrequin x JRP Editions collection by artist Kenny Scharf.
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The limited-edition collection launched May 3, just in time for warm weather and summer travels, on vilebrequin.com and JRP-editions.com, as well as select global Vilebrequin stores. The collection, though now out as the world reopens, was actually conceptualized during the pandemic when people were still just dreaming of far-flung getaways. A second drop, the “Faces in Places” print by artist Kenny Scharf will come out June 21, followed by a second capsule later this year and a third in early 2023. Sizes range from XS to 3XL in men’s and XS to XL in women’s, with prices ranging from $105 to $315.

Vilebrequin was founded by Fred Prysquel in Saint-Tropez in 1971 as a men’s swimwear business. In 2012, G-lll Apparel Group purchased the brand. The following year, women’s swimwear was added to the mix.

Nike Unveils Off-White Blazer Low Sneaker

Nike Unveils Off-White Blazer Low Sneaker

Nike is continuing Virgil Abloh’s legacy with its next release with Off-White.
The sports giant revealed Wednesday it will be releasing the Nike x Off-White Blazer Low sneaker style on April 8, the first style released in collaboration with Abloh’s fashion brand since his passing in November.
“Prior to his passing, Abloh was characteristically prolific,” reads a statement from Nike. “In his planning with Nike, Abloh and his creative trust had developed fully realized product collaborations and uniquely Abloh marketing and storytelling vehicles for seasons to come.”
The Nike x Off-White Blazer Low’s release is “in accordance with Abloh’s wishes” and “in partnership with his wife, Shannon Abloh,” according to Nike.

Nike x Off-White Blazer Low
Courtesy of Nike

The sneaker comes in two colorways: black/green and white/university red. It is inspired by basketball, skateboarding and running silhouettes, like the Nike Air Terra Humara. The sneaker has an exposed foam tongue, an accented over lace Swoosh tab, punched-out holes and is emblazoned with the text, “Off-White for Nike/ ‘Nike Blazer Low’/ Beaverton, Oregon USA/ c. 1977.”
The Nike x Off-White Blazer Low retails for $140 and will be available at Nike and Off-White stores.
The collaboration comes after Abloh revealed a Nike Air Force 1 sneaker collaboration in his Louis Vuitton spring 2022 men’s collection a few months prior to his death.
Abloh passed away on Nov. 28 at the age of 41 after a private two-year battle with cancer.
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H.E.R. Talks Leveraging Her Filipino, Brooklyn and Vallejo Backgrounds for Fashion Line

H.E.R. Talks Leveraging Her Filipino, Brooklyn and Vallejo Backgrounds for Fashion Line

H.E.R. is highlighting her background for her upcoming fashion collection.The Oscar- and Grammy-winning musician is teaming with Amazon’s The Drop — which is the company’s fashion category that releases limited-edition collections with celebrities, influencers and brands — for a loungewear collection that takes inspiration from H.E.R.’s Filipino background as well as her upbringing in Vallejo, Calif. and Brooklyn. The collection will be available on Tuesday.
“The main [inspiration] is where I’m from,” H.E.R. said, noting her upbringing in the two cities. “The two places that make me who I am today made me the artist I am and the creative I am. Just being from Vallejo, but also to have been in Brooklyn for a lot of my life and how being in New York City half raised me, too. It just kind of made me come out of my shell, so being from those two places just made me the creative I am.”

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H.E.R. incorporated the two cities in the collection by inscribing pieces with the 707 area code and with “Brooklyn, NY.” The collection also includes a sweater featuring an image of the Bay Bridge.
The musician also looked to her Filipino roots for the collection, featuring a common saying that means a lot to her in many of the pieces.

H.E.R. modeling styles from her Amazon collection.
Courtesy of Robb Klassen

“I’m half Filipino, and I wanted to include something that represented my culture,” she said. “A phrase that my mom and my grandmother used to say to me growing up was, ‘Bahalaka sa buhay mo,’ which is actually a very funny phrase to anybody who grew up in a Filipino household. Whenever I would ask if I could go out with my friends or if I could stay out later or anything I wanted to do when I was a kid where I had to ask my mom’s permission, she would say, ‘Bahalaka sa buhay mo,’ which means like ‘whatever with your life, go ahead.’ As I got older, it took on a new meaning to me. It really means it’s your life. It’s a funny and sentimental thing, but it’s also a mindset. It’s your life, do what you will with it.”
The saying is featured on pieces, including several T-shirts and hoodies. The collection comes in a muted color palette of white, black and olive and offers pieces like T-shirts, hoodies, shorts and sweatpants. All styles retail for less than $100 and are offered on Amazon’s The Drop.
The collection reflects H.E.R.’s own casual, yet stylish vibe when it comes to her fashion. H.E.R.’s signature, however, are her staple sunglasses, which she’s always seen wearing on the red carpet or during performances.
“I’ve always been a sweatsuit girl,” she said on how the collection reflects her style. “I remember there was a time when I was afraid to wear chill sweatsuits on stage and I kind of just dared to be different and went against the grain of what it means to be glam all the time. Sweatsuits kind of became my thing and I thought it was only right for me to do [a loungewear collection] now that it’s becoming more popular.”
H.E.R.’s collection is the latest to come from Amazon’s The Drop. Earlier this week, the retailer released its size-inclusive collection with influencer and Megababe founder Katie Sturino, which was The Drop’s most size-inclusive collection to date.

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Zara Taps Susan Fang for Chinese New Year Crossover

Zara Taps Susan Fang for Chinese New Year Crossover

Fast-fashion powerhouse Zara is teaming with fashion designer Susan Fang on its first major designer collaboration for the Chinese market, following a sold-out capsule with South Korean brand Ader Error last year.The collaboration with the Chinese designer, which includes 22 pieces of women’s wear, men’s wear, kids’ wear and accessories, will be on sale from Monday ahead of the Chinese New Year, both online and in selected flagship stores in Bejing, Shanghai and Chengdu.
Zara said the collaboration demonstrates its confidence in supporting the large-scale commercial development of Chinese designers, and its determination to introduce Chinese design to international markets.
While the brand has worked with several other local Chinese talents on smaller projects, Fang is the first globally acclaimed Chinese designer Zara has ever worked with.

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“The interesting thing is that our theme is about love, togetherness, and family, and what I experienced during the project is a true Zara family,” Fang told WWD.
“Although they are a huge company, the way we worked was very intimate and personal, they were very caring for how our brand runs. How we hand-make our products is in a small handmaking team. It was a tightly knit team working closely with many of their members in different backgrounds and areas. They were all very kind, professional and extremely efficient, from the beads to fabric, to campaign and store designs, everyone tried their best, from Spain to China. It really moved me,” she added.
For the capsule, Fang created special prints that feel like spray paint and feather floating.
“It was to represent dreamy and happy memories, and our new textile technique from last season called Air Flower, for the women’s wear and kids’ wear they all feel very light and happy. The men’s wear uses a darker shades of blue and everything is connected by special flower encased resin beads. We also used a lot of red to connect with the Chinese New Year season,” Fang said.
Within just a few seasons after her debut upon graduating from London’s Central Saint Martins in 2017, Fang had collected a prestigious list of stockists — including Net-a-porter, Browns, Dover Street Market and Joyce — appreciative of the slightly preternatural feel of her clothes. One of the earliest breakout pieces for the designer was clear bubble-looking bags that Fang handcrafts with crystal glass, a technique she also deploys on shoes and other accessories.
Shortlisted for the LVMH Prize in 2020, Fang was named winner of the Lane Crawford Creative Call Out award, taking home a $25,000 prize last year. She now shows during Shanghai Fashion Week.
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Shangri-La’s Latest Collaboration Brings You the Ultimate Shopping Experience on Wheels

Shangri-La’s Latest Collaboration Brings You the Ultimate Shopping Experience on Wheels

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Bringing the ultimate high-fashion experience to Shangri-La’s doorstep, InstaRunway has collaborated with the hotel for an afternoon tea package embellished with the exclusivity of shopping on wheels. Rolling out with a selection of offers for hotel guests and visitors, the collaboration is the perfect addition to every shopping enthusiast’s Dubai to-do list.
The InstaRunway shopping experience sits as part of a package that includes a stay at the horizon club rooms and suites at the hotel, an AED 500 shopping voucher at the bus, and an IKandy floating breakfast experience. The collaboration is hosted by a daily afternoon tea from 1pm to 6pm at the Lobby Lounge, priced at between AED 199 and 275 for two people with a private shopping experience on-board upon request. The afternoon tea features a selection of bites and deserts that promise to please one’s tastebuds, along with a sip of afternoon tea or non-alcoholic French bubbly Alavie.
The afternoon tea features bites with sips of tea. Photo: Courtesy of Shangri-La
Bites include beetroot gravlax salmon dill cream cheese, and roasted cajun chicken and sun dried bread, balanced out with a savory and extremely Instagrammable selection of deserts like a Furla-themed chocolate handbag and SJP-inspired shaped edible shoes.
Photo: Courtesy of Shangri-La
InstaRunway aims to “elevate and transform the shopping landscape for luxury brands in the Middle East region”, a vision it has been thriving in according to its clientele’s rave reviews. It parks with shelves starring a personalized selection of global luxury brands like Furla, SJP by Sarah Jessica Parker and The Golden Concept, and has been described as the ultimate gift. The private shopping experience isn’t one you’re likely to forget anytime soon.
Photo: Courtesy of Shangri-La
Strategically located by Sheikh Zayed Road and offering a panoramic view of Dubai’s glimmering skyline, skyscraper Burj Khalifa, the Arabian sea, and the city’s traditional souk markets, Shangri-La hotel checks all boxes for an elevated and luxurious city stay.
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C.P. Company Draws the Curtain on 50th Anniversary With Emporio Armani Collab

C.P. Company Draws the Curtain on 50th Anniversary With Emporio Armani Collab

MILAN — How do you mark a milestone in 2021 if not with a flurry of collaborations?That was the strategy of C.P. Company for its 50th anniversary celebrations, which are closing with a bang: A capsule collection in collaboration with Emporio Armani.
The pandemic has certainly scuppered some of the plans for IRL events and parties but the team at the Italian sportswear company known for its street cred didn’t hold back.
There are plenty of achievements to be remembered for a firm that pioneered the garment-dyeing technique in the ’70s and is credited with having defined the notion of Italian sportswear — filled with military and utilitarian references — as we know it today.

Over five decades C.P. Company has attracted international youth subcultures, become recognizable for its “goggle jacket” introduced in 1988 and has most recently entered a new phase of its development strategy under Chinese owner Tristate Holdings Ltd. and with the appointment of Lorenzo Osti, the son of the brand’s founder Massimo, as president in 2019.

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The C.P. Company x Emporio Armani collection.
Quentin De Briey/Courtesy of C.P. Company

Throughout 2021, C.P. Company released almost monthly drops of new cobranded or special merchandise, including a collaboration with streetwear brand Patta; a limited-edition run of statues of a British sailor with crossed arms, the brand’s logo; a windbreaker and boat shoes set in partnership with footwear firm Sebago, also popular in the ’80s, as well as tie-ups with Barbour and Adidas Spezial, among others.
Additionally, the brand issued a book titled “C.P. Company 971–021. An informal history of Italian sportswear” published by Idea and centered on personal anecdotes of 50 personalities linked to the brand.
The 10th and final tie-up with Emporio Armani pays homage to both brands’ ethos and is made up of 20 pieces developed using dedicated fabrics, in nods to Massimo Osti’s textile-driven approach to outerwear, and includes field and bomber jackets, trench coats, as well as goggle hoodies and sweaters with chest pockets, all done in blue and white.
This year also marks Emporio Armani’s 40th anniversary, which designer Giorgio Armani celebrated with a coed spring show at the Armani/Teatro, the exhibition “The Way We Are” at the Armani/Silos and the release of a special issue of the Emporio Armani Magazine.
The capsule debuts on Saturday at the Armani store on Milan’s Via Manzoni and at C.P. Company’s flagship on Corso Matteotti, before an online release planned for Dec. 13 at both brands’ e-shops.

The C.P. Company x Emporio Armani collection.
Quentin De Briey/Courtesy of C.P. Company

Founded in 1971 by Osti, the brand was originally known as Chester Perry and made a name for itself by releasing screen-printed T-shirts. In the wake of lawsuits filed by Chester Barry and Fred Perry, both claiming Osti had unlawfully used their name and surname, respectively, the brand’s name was changed into C.P. Company in 1978, simultaneously opening the way for a more experimental design approach and focus on outerwear.

What To Expect From the Tiffany & Co. X Supreme Collaboration

What To Expect From the Tiffany & Co. X Supreme Collaboration

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Tiffany & Co. is on a hot streak. Since being acquired by LVMH in January of this year, the New York luxury jeweler has repeatedly made news: celebrity partnerships and faces, a new collection with a limited edition artist collaboration component, neighborhood pop-up shops, and now a blockbuster partnership with Supreme. The six-piece collaboration draws on the iconic Return to Tiffany collection, adjusting the tags with a quippy “Return to Supreme” line. There are pearls—a truly androgynous trend piece—as well as sterling silver keychains, a star bracelet, and heart tag earrings.
Supreme teased the collaboration over the weekend on their social media, showing the freshwater cultured pearl necklace with silver tag worn with a simple white t-shirt—no text to explain. Come Monday morning, both brands had confirmed the November 11 release.

The collaboration, which starts at $54 and caps at $1250, is an introductory price point for the luxury jeweler and hits a demographic that may be enticed by Beyoncé in the Tiffany Yellow Diamond, Jay-Z in a Schlumberger brooch, or Hailey Bieber in yellow gold and diamond pieces, but unable to buy the higher-priced items. It also speaks to Alexandre Arnault’s involvement in the brand. Arnault, son of LVMH’s chairman Bernard Arnault and current VP of product and communications at Tiffany & Co., is the former CEO of Rimowa and has collaborated with Supreme to much success in his past role.

Heritage Brand Hobo Partners With Habitat for Humanity

Heritage Brand Hobo Partners With Habitat for Humanity

American, family-owned accessories brand Hobo is giving back via a partnership with Habitat for Humanity.The female-founded brand, known for handcrafted handbags and accessories, is pledging a $100,000 donation to Habitat for Humanity International to expand the global housing nonprofit’s work in improving and increasing access to safe, decent and affordable shelter.
“When we started Hobo 30 years ago, our house was everything,” said Hobo cofounder and chief visionary officer Koren Ray. “Answering phone calls from the kitchen and shipping bags from the back porch, we never would have made it without the security of the place we called home. This is why we are proud to support Habitat for Humanity. We share Habitat’s belief that everyone deserves a decent place to live. We are inspired by their vision for change and the opportunities they are creating to help people.”

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To celebrate the launch of the partnership, the brand — which is celebrating 30 years in business — is adding a new “Annapolis” shopper shape to its offering, donating 100 percent of the $30 purchase price of the sale of each tote, while supplies last. Additionally, online customers will have the option to make a $1, $5, $10, $15, $25 or $50 donation to Habitat for Humanity at checkout.
Hobo employees will have the opportunity to engage in local Habitat volunteer opportunities through the end of 2022, including three build days with Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake, which is located near Hobo headquarters in Annapolis, Md.
“It became clear the partnership would be a natural fit,” explained Julie Laird Davis, vice president of corporate and foundation relations at Habitat for Humanity. “Just as Hobo stays true to its roots, Habitat partners with families to set down roots and build a strong foundation for their futures.”
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Fashion and Beer? Fashion Brands Are Looking to Brewing Companies for Their Latest Collaborations

Fashion and Beer? Fashion Brands Are Looking to Brewing Companies for Their Latest Collaborations

The fashion world is no stranger to the unexpected collaboration, with brands regularly teaming with companies across multiple industries.While this year has seen several fashion brands and designers delve into the wine industry, other brands are going in on the beer world with new collaborations for streetwear apparel, athleisure and footwear.
Here, WWD looks at some of the most recent collaborations between fashion brands and brewing companies. Read on for more.
Modelo

A campaign image from the Modelo x 424 co-branded capsule collection.
Courtesy of Modelo

Mexican beer company Modelo is taking aim at the streetwear market with its co-branded clothing collaboration with premium streetwear and design stores across the U.S. The company’s first collection, which dropped on Aug. 26, is created with 424’s founder Guillermo Andrade and includes bandanas, jeans and a range of upcycled shirts that feature both companies’ logos.

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“Modelo has an edge that we’ve found translates well through the vision of iconic streetwear designers who want to create fashion-forward apparel with the brand that excites our shared audiences,” said Rene Ramos, vice president of field, lifestyle and experiential marketing at Constellation Brands, the company exclusively brewing, importing and marketing Modelo beers in the U.S.
Modelo is continuing the initiative with more streetwear collections that will drop through the end of the year. The company will be working with KidSuper’s founder and designer Colm Dillane in New York; Centre TX in Austin, Texas;  RSVP Gallery in Chicago, and Unknwn in Miami.
M.Gemi

M.Gemi’s collaboration with Peroni.
Kate Haus Photography

To celebrate their shared Italian heritage, shoe brand M.Gemi and beer company Peroni teamed for a capsule collection of sneakers released on Aug. 24. The white sneakers are handmade in Italy and feature a blue leather detailing and a small red Peroni flag. The shoes retail for $228 and are available in men’s and women’s sizing on M.Gemi’s website.
Starter

Pieces from Starter’s Budweiser collaboration.
Courtesy of Starter

Iconix Brand Group-owned apparel brand Starter celebrated its 50th anniversary in August by teaming with several global brands, including Budweiser and Coca-Cola, for a capsule collection. The collection includes pieces that reflect iconic moments from the last 50 years, such as Coke teaching the world to sing on a hilltop and Budweiser’s Bud Bowl.
Starter, best-known in the sports world for its jackets, kicked off the collaboration in January with a collection of T-shirts, sweatshirts, jackets and hats designed with Budweiser’s red and white colorway and logo. The pieces are available on the brand’s website and range in price from $35 to $170.
Pacifico x Obey Clothing

Styles from the Pacifico x Obey Clothing collection
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Beer company Pacifico is teaming with Obey Clothing for a line of eco-friendly merchandise releasing on Aug. 30. The merchandise collection includes T-shirts and tote bags that feature illustrations of Pacifico’s logo. The brand is donating 100 percent of proceeds from the collection to Surfrider Foundation, an organization that helps protect and preserve the world’s oceans.
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